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7:15PM

Women's tennis takes hit last weekend

By Caitlin Basilio /// Sports Editor

Photo By Quinn Kennelly

Last weekend, the Lewis & Clark women’s tennis team fell to both the Whitworth Pirates, 6-3, and the #16 Whitman Missionaries, 9-0.

On Saturday, LC faced Whitworth where Claudia Lew (’16) won for third time in conference play as the Pioneers’ No. 1 singles player, against Saryn Mooney 6-0, 6-2. Paloma Vizcaino won the only other Pio singles point, winning the opening set 6-3, before falling 6-2 during the second. But the Pios No. 6 bounced back to take her  match with a 1-0 (10-8) win in the third set. Vizcaino and Olivia Sweetman (’14) earned the Pios’ only doubles point, playing as the No. 3.

Lew commented on some positive things about the match, “It helped me improve being patient on the court. As a tennis player I like to be aggressive and patience isn’t really the game I play,” Lew said. “But for this match in particular I had to rely on my patience and wait for my opportunity to go after the ball.”

On Sunday, Lew fell 6-1, 6-3 as the Pios’ No. 1, Sweetman dropped both her sets 6-1 (No. 2), while Makena McCluskey (’14) lost 6-1, 7-5. Allison Schneider (’17) played as the Pios’ No. 4 and was unable to hold off her Whitman opponent. Theresa Grigsby (’15) dropped her two sets 6-2 in the No. 5 spot and Vizcaino fell 6-1 in the No. 6 position.

“This is a new season and a new team, so all I want for the team is for us to work and play hard,” said Lew. “Also, beating Whitman would be a plus. But I am very excited for this season and looking forward to playing with my Pio girls.” 

Catch the Pios’ next tennis match today in the Tennis Dome at 4 p.m., against Willamette.

7:06PM

Influx of Lewis & Clark students at Reed causes complaints, accusations of sexual misconduct

By Zibby Pillote /// Editor-In-Chief

Illistration by Kelsey Gray

“Go home Clarkies,” has become a familiar chant for students at Reed College. After months of influx of Lewis & Clark students to the Reed’s campus in Southeast Portland, the student body has filed a formal complaint against LC to the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark.

Following the Bad Bitche$ Ball on Friday, Feb. 22, several Reed students took to Facebook to express their concern with the number of “off-campus” party attendees.

“What’s the update on the Reedies-to-Clarkies ratio?” Reed student Hayley VanderJagt said.

The discussion that followed included accounts of sexual misconduct and talk of the Reed student government sending a formal complaint to ASLC.

One Reed student, Dylan Holmes, enjoys the opportunity the two schools have to mingle together, but worries that the way LC students perceive Reed is leading to a misconception about the behavior that is welcome there.

One Reed student, Dylan Holmes, enjoys the opportunity the two schools have to mingle together, but worries that the way LC students perceive Reed is leading to a misconception about the behavior that is welcome there.

According to Holmes, some issues are “harmless,” like LC students asking Reed students for ways to find alcohol, weed and various other recreational drugs. However, Holmes also expressed that there is a serious problem with sexual harassment. “Too many people come here with the objective of getting fucked up and hooking up without understanding social boundaries,” he said.  He, too, has fallen victim to such harassment.

“An individual from LC…sweeped me to the side, shoved his tongue down my throat, and proceeded to grope underneath my clothes repeatedly despite my protests,” said Holmes. “I eventually shoved him off and he disappeared…and this is only the tip of the iceberg for my girl friends.”

Holmes claims that many of his female friends have complained about being “frequently accosted, harassed and grabbed on the dance floor” without their consent. According to them, it is almost always drunk LC kids who commit these acts.

HIDE YOUR ‘PIO PRIDE’

According to an article published in the Quest, Reed’s student newspaper, entitled “The Risk Of Being The Coolest College In Town,” campus security officers at Reed have documented at least ten incidents of LC students engaging in acts of misconduct. These acts include, “getting drunk, openly smoking pot…joy-riding an electric cart, stegophily [climbing buildings], and most recently, being uncooperative and confrontational…when asked to leave.”

Reed is renowned and has been widely criticized for its lenient drug policy. The Willamette Week said of Reed in 2008, following a student’s overdose, “Reed College, a private school with one of the most prestigious academic programs in the U.S., is one of the last schools in the country where students enjoy almost unlimited freedom to experiment openly with drugs, with little or no hassles from authorities.” 

“I’ve gone to Beyonce Ball and the Talking Heads dance party since sophomore year,” Tyler Rizzo (’14) said. “LC students have this image of the Reed community as a hardcore, wild party environment which leads to ‘Clarkies’ behaving rudely and disrespectfully—because they think anything flies at Reed.”

Rizzo lived a block from Reed last year, and would often attend lectures, events and parties on campus. “I’ve always been embarrassed to identify myself as an LC student there because all of my peers act like douchebags at their events.”

“We’ve made a huge presence there, not only in numbers but in behavior,” Julia Burns (’16) said, whose boyfriend attends Reed. “They think it’s a free-for-all. Yes, Reed has loose policies regarding drugs and alcohol, but that shouldn’t give us an excuse to go crazy when we go there.”

Yes, Reed has loose policies regarding drugs and alcohol, but that shouldn’t give us an excuse to go crazy when we go there.

Burns states that she’s witnessed LC students stealing from the Reed school store and from party attendees, vomiting in public, peeing in public, disrespecting Reed’s campus safety officers and performing acts of misconduct, such as groping girls on the dance floor.

“I think that the faux-rivalship between our schools has become very much real,” Burns said. “I now feel uncomfortable being a ‘Clarkie’ when I’m visiting Reed.”

PEACE, LOVE AND PASTA

In his 60-second message to students last week, ASLC President Musa Ahmed (’14) said that Cabinet received a complaint from the Reed student government about LC student behavior at Reed parties.

“Our interactions have been very cordial,” Ahmed said. “Reed is coming to campus on Friday for pasta, and they’re bringing dessert.”

Both Reed and LC hope to find a solution to the problem with or without institutional intervention.

“We are meeting them student government to student government,” Ahmed said. “I think once we figure out where we stand and what we need help with, we will reach out to the administration.”

In the meantime, Burns and Rizzo suggest LC reevaluate the party scene on and around campus to better accommodate students’ apparent needs.

“What does Reed have that we don’t?” Burns said. “Speakers. Music chosen by students. A space. It really shouldn’t be that hard for us to do something similar.”

“It sucks, because it turns what could be fun and cool environments between Reedies and Clarkies into really strained and uncomfortable spaces,” Rizzo said.

“I certainly don’t want to see the openness of Reed’s events go away, but the current dynamic of these large parties is unsustainable,” Holmes said. “[We] need to come to an understanding of what's expected of each other in regards to these events, and I think that is entirely possible. I just request that we all respect each other's space, ask consent and not see each other as a means to an end (i.e. drugs or sex) but rather as college students who all deserve to have a good time.”

 

8:12PM

Editorial

Campus Co-op, The Rusty Nail, needs to remain open 

By Caleb Diehl and Zibby Pillote /// Managing Editor and Editor-In-Chief

Photo by Matt Barry

Keith Morency (‘15) watched a facilities worker remove two tattered couches outside the Rusty Nail Co-op with a forklift last Thursday. The operator took the couches for junk, knowing the Co-op is shut down. Campus Living has placed a temporary hold on the Co-op’s operations. The road to that ruling is paved with poor communication, excessive reprimands and misunderstanding of a community resource.

On Dec. 11, 2013, Campus Safety Officer Nick Mobley walked into a party at the Co-op. He reported stepping over two or three empty beer cans “every three feet or so” and entering a room that “smelled like a distillery.” Campus Safety forwarded Mobley’s write-up to the Peer Review Authority. On Jan. 30, 2014 the PRA put the Co-op on probation for violating the college’s alcohol policy. Coordinators appealed the decision.

While snow drifted across campus, the Rusty Nail hosted another party. Mobley found more empty beer cans, and as he shut down the party, students chanted, “fuck campo.” In an email sent Jan. 10, Mobley called students’ actions a “trend” at Co-op events, reported “(likely substance fueled) belligerence,” and suggested that to manage such behavior, campus safety might partner with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission at events like Fall Ball, Spring Fling or Glowdeo. A week later, Director of Campus Living Kelly Hoover turned down the coordinators’ appeal.

Mobley was right to chastise students for shouting “fuck campo,” arguing and acting entitled. Campus safety officers show flexibility with students and work around the clock to ensure their safety. They deserve more respect. 

In other places, administrators and officers have misled coordinators with communications that swing between the hyperbolic and the cryptic. Mobley could have done without the hundreds of words spent lecturing students on being responsible “house-sitters” for the college and his tangent on the OLCC. He promised a write-up, but coordinators didn’t receive it until Feb. 6, two days before their second conduct hearing. Coordinators lost swipe access to the Rusty Nail without notice. 

Administrators have cracked down on community resource with an admirable record. Before Dec. 11, officers had not written up the Rusty Nail since it opened a decade ago.

Administrators have cracked down on community resource with an admirable record. Before Dec. 11, officers had not written up the Rusty Nail since it opened a decade ago. Open to all students, the Co-op has played host to t-shirts bobbing alongside flannels, Seahawks caps alongside Carhartt beanies. Free events feature student bands and slam poets. Through “skill shares,” coordinators taught free workshops on canning, knitting and bookbinding. 

Although coordinators submitted a comprehensive alcohol policy to the PRA an hour before their deadline, met with Forest Area Director Logan Thurnauer and emailed administrators for clarification, the Co-op remains closed. Coordinators are launching a letter-writing campaign today to demonstrate student support for reopening the Co-op. The Pioneer Log will accept op-eds and letters on this subject. If you care about your community space, put it down in writing.

9:01PM

Did you miss Michael Steele and Harold Ford Jr. last week? You didn't miss much

College shells out over $100 per attendee, yet speakers brought little insight to Lewis & Clark campus

By Tyler Wayne Patterson /// Social Media Manager

Photo by Tyler Wayne Patterson 

On Wednesday Feb. 12, the college hosted political leaders Michael Steele and Harold Ford Jr. for a debate titled “Left, Right & Forward: The Future of Both Political Parties.” To finance the event, various college offices shelled out $40,000 in speaker fees. $20,000 of that total came from your student body fee.

Walking into the Chapel, you would never have guessed the event was paid for by mostly student money. Nor would you have guessed the event was intended to benefit students. Less than 10 percent of the front-and-center seating was reserved for students. The dinner prior had few students. Your student fee funded the event, but a few older people reaped most of the benefits.

Beyond the money, the evening was mediocre at best. The debaters, Former RNC chair Michael Steele and Former congressman from Tennessee Harold Ford, Jr., sounded rehearsed. They explored generic and tired topics, adding nothing that students couldn’t get from watching The Daily Show or CNN. 

The debaters explored generic and tired topics, adding nothing that one couldn’t get from watching The Daily Show or CNN."

Both commended the Tea Party’s organizing, and railed against political gridlock. Ford is a business friendly Democrat who supports the Keystone Pipeline and is critical of the Obama administration. Steele, a former chairmen of the Republican National Committee, spent the debate distancing himself from “the crazies” of the Republican party. Both men advocated moderate to conservative positions. They celebrated their own ability to find common ground through respectful dialogue, but perhaps their relative conservatism was what allowed them to compromise on topics so easily.

Throughout the evening, the two speakers stressed that political parties of the future need to work together to pass legislation. After the debate, Steele and Ford said that the one thing they want students to walk away with was seeing the value in compromise. Steele hopes attendees saw “that two gentlemen from very different backgrounds and experiences politically and professionally, who clearly disagree on issues… find [a] space to have a conversation” and reach a consensus. 

The two men repeatedly championed the idea that politicians need to simply put aside their differences and work together. But interpersonal differences are not what discourages politicians from compromising—rapidly homogenizing districts and campaign finances are what is driving political gridlock. Major Political parties must evolve to capture the votes of changing demographics. Democrats and Republicans must look beyond their homogeneous bases and campaign contributors to pass policy. 

It makes sense that the two share many ideals—they both champion moderate to conservative policy. Had we invited a more liberal Democrat than Ford, and ensured that less tired issues were discussed, we might have seen a lively debate. 

Interpersonal differences are not what discourages politicians from compromising—rapidly homogenizing districts and campaign finances are what is yielding political gridlock."

Even if compromise will solve our problems, an entire evening championing this basic value should not cost tens of thousands of dollars. The two have have been ranked on The Daily Beast’s list of overpaid celebrity speakers.

Untrue to its title, the event covered the basics of left and right, but not much forward.

Instead, the college shelled out $40,000 to essentially watch a reenactment of CNN’s Crossfire without the benefit of Newt Gingrich.  

The event was poorly attended, adding insult to injury. Students weren’t interested. 375 tickets were passed out prior to the event. Assuming that 375 ticket-holders were in attendance, the event would have cost over 100 dollars per attendee. However, some campus groups did not distribute all of the tickets they received. The room looked awkwardly sparse, and the crowd never seemed to exceed 250, including non-students. 

Instead, the college shelled out $40,000 to essentially watch a reenactment of CNN’s Crossfire without the benefit of Newt Gingrich."

Why was the event so poorly attended? There was plenty of advertising and no competing events on campus that evening. Either way, the students who were not in attendance didn’t miss much. If you want to learn the value in compromise, read a introduction to political science textbook or watch a clip of cable news. This event should have engaged in critical discussions about the future of the United States politics. The evening should have explored racism in immigration policy and criminal justice, environmental issues or campaign and government reform will be handled differently in the future.  

For that kind of money, we could have invited Ashanti to perform and screened The Colbert Report afterwards. 

My advice to other colleges considering inviting Michael Steele and Harold Ford, Jr. is simply to look elsewhere. These speakers are not worth anywhere near the cost.

Tyler Wayne Patterson writes about American and campus politics and history. He is the Social Media & Website Manager for The Pioneer Log. Follow him on twitter: @tylerpatterson

7:40PM

Pioneers Back on the Wagon: Linfield game launches LC into playoff position

By Maddie Lee /// Staff Writer

Photo by Lacey Jacoby

The Men's Basketball win against Linfield last Tuesday was a necessary turning point late in the season.  After four consecutive losses to Whitman, Whitworth, Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound, the men’s basketball team was looking at a disappointing finish to an otherwise strong season.

“It was a must-win situation. We had come off of four losses straight and it was getting really embarrassing,” joked Randall Jackson (’16).

The win put the Pios in fourth place in the NWC. If they maintain their ranking through next weekend, the men will clinch a spot in playoffs. 

In terms of scoring, free throws were the Pios’ saving grace in the first half against the Wildcats.  They kept the game close despite only sinking four shots in the first 15 minutes, with the Pios scoring eight of their 19 points on free throws. 

Head coach Dinari Foreman identified the Wildcats’ effective defensive coverage as a response to the Pios’ success with the tree-point shot last season. Once the Pios were able to adjust, they pulled ahead.

Shots started to fall right for the Pios towards the end of the first half, with 14 points scored in the last five minutes, a run largely sparked by sophomores Kurt Parker (’16) and Jackson. The Pios went into halftime three points ahead (33-30). 

“If they’re going to take away one thing, you have to exploit the other,” said Foreman, “and [Tuesday] night we did a great job at exploiting that paint area.”

The Pios came out of the locker room ready to dominate the second half, starting it off with a quick eight points before the Wildcats could score once. 

The Pios held the lead for the entire second half, with a final score of 79-70.

Jackson had a breakout game, leading the team with 20 points, far surpassing his season average of 7.4 points per game.

Justin Leathers (’15), Kurt Parker (’16) and Bradley Carter (’15) also clutched up; Leathers with 14 points and five rebounds, Parker with 15 points and three rebounds, and Carter with 11 rebounds.

The Pios improved their overall shooting percentage from 36 percent in the first half to 50 percent in the second.  Over the course of the game, the team shot 83.3 percent from the line.

The Pios were able to ride their momentum to take the next two games over Willamette and Pacific, improving their conference record to 8-5.

LC takes on NWC’s number one and two ranked Whitworth and Whitman this weekend at home for their last games of the regular season.

7:37PM

ASLC recall is everyone's fault

By Liam Healey /// Staff Writer

“I do not recall,” was the defense extensively used by President Richard Nixon during the Watergate hearings, when Nixon denied involvement in the wiretapping of his political enemies.  Recall has to do with memory, but it also has to do with removal from office. Nixon, of course, could not remember, but he was removed.

Photo by Lacey Jacoby

When asked what he thought of the recall and former ASLC President Callie Rice, Presidential Candidate Nathan Weisberg said that he thought Callie Rice was a "perfectly fine president," and that the recall was poorly executed. His opponent, Musa Ahmed, said that the recall was due to the previous president breaking constitutional rules, and that he understood if the student body was confused about it. Weisberg's subjective claims are debatable, but so is the objective claim from Ahmed. No governing body has stated that Rice broke constitutional regulations, and an evaluation of her actions depends on one's interpretation of a specific, vague clause in a no longer current Constitution.

No governing body has stated that Rice broke constitutional regulations, and an evaluation of her actions depends on one's interpretation of a specific, vague clause in a no longer current Constitution."

Ahmed, a RA, has an impressive resume of community involvement, connections to the highest levels of administration and has received endorsements from several notable ASLC Senators. It seems likely he will be the next President of the ASLC. Weisberg, a political outsider, is a recently elected Senior Senator who ran on a self-admitted "joke campaign" consisting of anti-communism propaganda.

Ahmed wants to improve communication through social media and 60 second video meeting recaps, whereas Weisberg’s current serious campaign wants to make student government something students care about intrinsically, harkening back to the 1960’s when the LC student council advocated for civil rights. These are all goals we should care about, but they are not policy actions.

Ahmed's proposed policy initiatives include intra-class barbecues and another "big party" for the student body as a whole.  These are political, visceral appeals to the lowest common denominator. A campus barbecue (hopefully with vegan options), would be fun, but if the recall was about finding a candidate who made it more fun to be a student here, I think that should have been one of the stated objectives on the recall petition. Here, Ahmed is a voice for the recall establishment, but utilizes populist ideology to convince voters that he is representative of who they are.

Weisberg’s platform consists of lowering textbook costs, increasing the number of student jobs on campus and subsidizing student loans. This is standard political rhetoric; Weisberg seeks to help his constituency economically, a strategy most reminiscent of George W. Bush's plan of tax cuts for all Americans in 2000. The problem is that explicitly putting money in voter’s pockets circumvents the idea of government itself. If government serves a role, it is because of a societal recognition that us as citizens, if left to our own devices, would not spend money in the ways that provided the greatest societal benefit.

Photo by Lacey Jacoby

My high school English teacher had a policy against clichés, but the world gets better after high school, right? So I close with a cliché. Those who throw stones should not live in glass houses. While I may not be satisfied with the recall, or the special election, they are as much my fault as any other student on campus.

While I may not be satisfied with the recall, or the special election, they are as much my fault as any other student on campus."

I hope that the new ASLC President shows an ethic of service, as opposed to the sly political maneuvering that the recall procedures and special election have been evidence of. 

7:36PM

Renovations of Juniper hall set to be completed this summer

Juniper to be converted into singles geared towards upperclassmen

By John Rogers /// Staff Writer

On Feb. 14, the Lewis & Clark trustees board approved plans to renovate the Juniper building of the Forest dormitories. The dorms, which will be finished May 15 of this summer, will be available only to upperclassman students.The renovations offer a fresh option for upperclassman who might otherwise choose to live off campus. According to Dean of Students Anna Gonzalez, by renovating Juniper the college hopes “to make housing attractive” to upperclassman and to meet the demand for “high quality living facilities” on campus.

Photo by Lex Shapiro

“The presence of upper-division students in the residential population adds a richness and breadth of experience that fosters the sense of community and connection or belonging among all of our residents, “ said Director of Housing & Orientation, Sandi Bottemiller.

By the time construction is complete, the Juniper dorm will be unrecognizable. Although not finalized, the projected building will consist only of single rooms and shared private, single bathrooms, each containing a toilet and/or shower. A common room with a fully equipped kitchen will be built on the first floor and the upper floor will offer a smaller lounge/business center.The entire building will be energy efficient, costing the school roughly 2,000-4,000 dollars a year to heat. Double-paned windows, LED lighting and trickle vents will help with energy efficiency and cost.  Along with the external renovations, the building will also be structurally reinforced, better preparing it for seismic activity.

The projected building will consist only of single rooms and shared private, single bathrooms, each containing a toilet and/or shower."

According to Michel George, associate vice president for Facilities, funding for the project comes from “funds that are set aside for expenditures [on] projects to improve housing facilities” at Lewis & Clark. Renovations such as this one are done to maintain the value of the property and in this case, to meet student demand and attract upperclassmen.

“Living on campus as an upper classman has been a huge convenience [and] having a similar location with renovated facilities is definitely appealing,” said Hunter Meece (’15), a current Forest resident.

For other upperclassmen, however, the renovations will likely not be enough incentive to stay.

“When you add up room and board, it ends up being too expensive. It just seems like I’m getting more space for less money if I live off campus,” said Maria Saracino-Lowe (’15), an off-campus resident. 

While the project cannot motivate all upperclassman to remain on-campus residents, the Juniper renovations will certainly broaden the spectrum of students who will consider it.

 

10:15PM

The President, the organizer, and the anti-communist

 

Student body presidency up for grabs

By Caleb Diehl /// Managing Editor

By petitioning for a special presidential election, 200 students have upended the office of student body president. Former President Callie Rice ('14) has decided not to run for office again, leaving an organizer of the Walk the Talk movement facing a self-described anti-communist under threat from LC’s secret societies.

ASLC began to search for candidates last week, after Charlie Patterson (’14) submitted the petition. The document accuses Rice of violating the ASLC constitution by mishandling student money, failing to communicate with students and failing to set a clear agenda. Rice has responded to all of the charges. She acknowledges that she learned this month of a bill amneding Article VI, Sec. 4a of the old constitution. The bill makes her spending on speaking fees unconstitutional without senate approval.

Rice said she chose not to run because ASLC has become too entangled in fixing its own problems, rather than meeting students’ needs. For more than an hour and a half last Thursday, senators discussed meeting rules. They left only about 10 minutes to give constituency reports, summaries of what students say they need from ASLC.

“I joined and served within ASLC in order to provide leadership opportunities to students, and advocate for students,” Rice said. “ASLC has become incredibly introspective.”

A history major, Musa Ahmed (’14) is the first candidate on the ballot. He served as a resident advisor for three years in Copeland and Holmes Halls, participated for two years in the Race Monologues and co-chaired the Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies. With student leaders of #LCWalktheTalk on Dec. 6, he organized a march through snow flurries from Maggie’s to the Frank Manor House. Students held a sit-in on the Manor House lawn until late afternoon to protest the administration’s lackluster response to hate speech, and systemic issues with hiring and marketing practices.

In an email to The Pioneer Log sent Feb. 14, the second candidate, Nathan Weisberg (’14), promised to protect students from “the insidious influence of secret societies and communism.” He has gathered 103 signatures on a petition to grant the ASLC president absolute power to confront the communist threat. His efforts, he said, have provoked LC’s secret societies into sending him death threats.

No one has yet found evidence that secret societies actually exist at LC, and no students have reported feeling threatened by communism.

This story has been revised to reflect the following correction: President Rice said she learned this month of the bill that makes her spending on speaking fees unconstitutional. She did not say or write that the spending was unconstitutional. 

Students can vote from today until Monday, Feb. 24. The two candidates will debate at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow in Council Chambers. The debate is open to all students.