Monday, December 20, 2010

RALLY to save Employment Related Daycare (ERDC)!

PLACE: State Capitol Building: 955 Center Street Northeast, Salem, OR 97301
DATE: Wed, Feb. 9, 2011
TIME: 12pm noon

Please join the many advocates for an Employment Related Day Care Rally on Wed, Feb. 9, in the Oregon State Capitol. We will be doing a peaceful demonstration. This date was chosen to repeat last years rally at the US capitol.
...Funding for ERDC is due to run out Feb 2010. Continuing funding is vital to help many low income parents continue to work.

Others Who Joined The Cause Last Year at the US Capitol:
Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance
Children First

Others Who are fighting for the cause:
Facebook's Page: Save Oregon ERDC (Employment Related Day Care)

ERDC affects families and especially single mothers. It affects domestic violence survivors and especially children. More information about how the cancelation of ERDC affects families can be found here:

Join our group on Facebook:!/home.php?sk=group_163582780353847

Join our event on Facebook:!/event.php?eid=137840982938619

Even if you can not attend please share this link on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere! Also write your senator and congressman.

Senator Ron Wyden
Phone: 202-224-5244
Fax; 202-228-2717

Senator Jeff Merkley
Phone: 202-224-3753
Fax: 202-228-3997

Representative David Wu
Phone: 202-225-0855
Fax: 202-225-9497

Representative Greg Walden
Phone: 202-225-6730
Fax: 202-225-5774

Representative Earl Blumenauer
Phone: 202-225-4811
Fax: 202-225-8941

Representative Peter DeFazio
Phone: 202-225-6416

Representative Kurt Schrader
Phone: 202-225-5711
Fax: 202-225-5699

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Arson at Corvallis Mosque Fuels Strong Emotions

Arson at Corvallis Mosque Fuels Strong EmotionsArticle for The Commuter
By Lisa A M Bauman

This season’s festivities have been hot – too hot actually. Portland has suffered bomb threats and in retaliation an arsonist targeted a Corvallis mosque.

The annual tree-lighting ceremony that occurs the day after Thanksgiving is a proud tradition for Portland. On Nov. 27, people were densely packed together to view the spectacular 75-foot tree provided by Stimson Lumber Company. The Pacific Youth Choir and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana were prepared to host a sing-a-long. Thomas Lauderdale, members of Pink Martini, and the Oregon Symphony were also there to perform for the crowd.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a 19-year-old, Somali-born, former OSU student attended this event with a different idea in mind. He is accused of planning to detonate a car bomb in the middle of Portland’s crowded streets during the ceremony. “It’s gonna be a fireworks show ... a spectacular show,” said Muhamud, according to an article on the Huffington Post.

Muhamud had reportedly been planning his destructive deed since he was 15 years old. Fortunately, Mohamud’s plans were thwarted. He was arrested after attempting to detonate the bomb. What Mohamud didn’t know was his bomb was a decoy put together by FBI agents in a sting operation.

In the article, Mohamud further went on to cite his religious beliefs as the reason for this destruction. “To my parents who held me back from Jihad in the cause of Allah. I say to them ... if you make allies with the enemy, then Allah’s power ... will ask you about that on the day of judgment, and nothing that you do can hold me back.”

Beaverton Muslim leaders expressed concern about the incident. Imam Mikal Shabazz, president of the Oregon Islamic Chaplains Organization, made a formal statement that he in no way supports Mohamud’s actions.

This religious connection caused a chain of events that no one could have predicted. Because of the religious reference and his connection to Corvallis through OSU, the Corvallis Gazette-Times produced an article that showcased Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center where Mohamud occasionally attended prayers.

In the article, there was a statement from the mosque that denounced Mohamud’s actions and made it clear that he was not a regular attendee of the Mosque. The article communicated the center’s feelings against the bombing attempt, but it also brought attention to the place of worship.

The next day, a fire was set in the mosque, and many have been affected by it.

“My friend messaged me on Facebook around 2 a.m. and asked me what was going on at the mosque. I didn’t even respond. I went over right away,” said one dual-enrolled LBCC/OSU student who asked to remain anonymous.

Eighty percent of the center’s office was burned. There were Holy Scriptures left in ruin and melted electronics. The fire did not spread to worship areas or any other rooms, but the tragedy has left many people unnerved.

“To think that someone could retaliate like that is horrendous!” said Muna Hassan, another dual-enrolled LBCC/OSU student who is Somali-born and is part of the Muslim community in Corvallis. “[The bombing attempt in Portland] is not a representative of Islam. That goes against everything our religion teaches us.”

“The young people are afraid for their parents. They are afraid to be in public now,” said another LBCC student who didn’t want to be identified.

Yosof Wanly, the center’s imam, told MSN reporters that he is thinking about temporarily relocating his family because of the possibility of hate crimes.

*** An article for The Commuter: Linn-Benton Community College, Fall 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Veterans Day Parade: Albany Shows Its True Colors

Veterans Day Parade: Albany Shows Its True Colors
Article and Video for The Commuter
By Lisa A M Bauman
November 19, 2010

There was a chill in the air last Thursday, but that didn’t stop the estimated 40,000 adoring spectators who came to honor our beloved Veterans in Albany’s Veteran’s Parade. One couple even brought their own thermoses of hot chocolate to survive the cold. There were folding chairs, warm blankets, and of course, flags waving.

The parade is a proud tradition for Albany that is said to put the town on the map. Over 200 floats offered considerable diversity. Motorcyclists, heavy machinery, modern SUVs, and antique cars paced by as children and families sang, danced, and cheered. You could hear chanting in the distance as an announcer introduced decorated soldiers and families who came to represent their loved ones. Even representatives from the from the Northwest Civil War Council came clad in their historically accurate attire.

The parade began on the Pacific Highway overpass and ended at the Linn County courthouse downtown. Motorcyclists zoomed and roared their engines in their patriotic packs. The Army Band followed. Fly-by’s from the Coast Guard with one of their HH-65C Dolphin helicopters and an F-15 Eagle from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland filled the air with an impressive sound.

Some floats such the West Albany High School and the North Albany Middle School bands went away with ribbons. This year was an event to remember.

*** An article and video for The Commuter: Linn-Benton Community College, Fall 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Running club aims to run like a … penguin?

Running club aims to run like a … penguin?
Article and Video for The Commuter
By Lisa A M Bauman
November 17, 2010

The sound of the earth compressing against your feet and the feel of breeze against your skin - these are the things that make a bond between runners. Frank Warren, the running club representative, has found a way to bring like-minded athletes together by forming a campus running club.

“I’m crazy about running.” said Warren.

If you are a runner, this is your opportunity to spring to action. New members are needed and welcome. You can join the running club by contacting Frank Warren who says that meetings should start within a month. We’ll go into the winter term with a fresh start.” said Warren. The club’s goal is to meet twice a week for running and move towards having meetings and luncheons that have guest speakers and inspirational movies.

“We are taking the penguin approach.” said Warren. He explains that running “penguin” style is running for the pure joy of the activity.

The idea of the penguin runner comes from author John Bingham in his book “Running for mortals.” Bingham states that you don't have to run competitively to reap the rewards of running. According to the "penguin mantra," all that you need to become a runner is the courage to start.

“It’s just about getting out there and doing it.” says Rob Priewe, running club advisor and journalism instructor. He says that running can be a really social activity and that a runner’s speed is not important.

The penguin runner believes that the most important changes that happen in a runner are the changes that occur inside. An excerpt from Bingham’s website calls these “the very real changes in the strength of your resolve and your spirit.”

According to Bingham “By discovering your limitations and then overcoming them, you can learn to be your own hero.”

In addition to the personal benefit of running, a major bonus of the sport is that a runner’s gear is very minimal. Warren suggests that you have a good pair of shoes and comfortable light weight clothes.

Warren’s theory is that running makes him a better person. It boosts his energy, makes him feel good, and improves his self esteem. “Running itself makes you an athlete.” said Warren.

*** An article for The Commuter: Linn-Benton Community College, Fall 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

LBCC Costume Contest!!!

LBCC Costume Contest!!!An Article and video for The Commuter
Created by Lisa Bauman
Oct. 29, 2010

On Oct. 29 LBCC hosted the 12th annual October Celebration. The crowd in the Commons was a strong contrast to the serene atmosphere of the picture window that revealed fall’s brightly colored leaves.

The room was filled with unusual sights, laughter, and tasty treats provided by the baking contest applicants. The judges lined up against the picture windows while Paul Tannahill, the e-learning systems administrator, announced for the event.

Contestants paraded in their festive garb and even performed entertaining dramatizations for the audience. Debbie Zeller, the baking contest coordinator, said that she would like to thank Vickie Keith for her organizational assistance with the event.

*** A video created for Linn-Benton Community College's The Commuter on November 3, 2010. ***

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Kid's Trip to Protected Bend Cave


By Lisa A M Bauman

*** A video created for your entertainment.

Under The Lake Cave, Lost &Found Cave


By Lisa A M Bauman

*** A video created for your entertainment.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Camping and Caving, August 2010

Camping and Caving, August 2010Trout Lake, Washington
By Lisa A M Bauman

*** A video created for your entertainment.

Monday, August 23, 2010

JaR Cave, August 21, 2010


JaR Cave, August 21, 2010
By Lisa Bauman

This cave has so many formations. It was a truly amazing experience!

*** A video created for your entertainment.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rainbow Cake

By Lisa Bauman

You make this cake using regular cake mix and seven colors of dye.

*** A video created for your entertainment.

Kids Day At Trout Lake


By Lisa Bauman

Grotto families enjoyed caving at New Cave and exploring the Natural Bridges that Trout Lake Washington is decorated with.

*** A video created for your entertainment.

Days With Frog and Toad: The Kite


Video By Lisa Bauman
This is a story By Arnold Lobel.

I decided to try a new form of filming and editing. Please rate up and tell me what you think.

*** A video created for your entertainment.

Dynomited Cave Conservation Event


By Lisa Bauman

Several grottos worked together with the direction of Hester to remove waste from Washington's Dynomited Cave. The wood was located after three drops wich required repelling and long lava paths with large rock fall. The temporature was around 50 degrees. The wood had to be cut, baged, and hauled up in packages wrapped in plastic. Each bag weighed around 50 pounds because it was wet. Thank you for watching my video and please treat caves and other nautral treasures with kindness!

*** A video created for your entertainment.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Eugene Pro Rodeo 4th of July Show

By Lisa Bauman

What a show! Here is a video I created using footage I captured from The Eugene Pro Rodeo on the 4th of July using Microsoft Movie Editor.

*** A video created for your entertainment.

Motorcycle Jumping at The Eugene Pro Rodeo

By Lisa Bauman

This awesome proformance occured at the Eugene Pro Rodeo Firecracker Bullride 2010 4the of July Celebration. I created the video using footage I captured and Windows Movie Editor.

*** A video created for your entertainment.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Alcohol: Risky Business For The Brain

By Lisa A M Bauman

Imagine sitting by the sea sipping a margarita without a care in the world. Now imagine each sip traveling through your body making signals to your brain that cause a chain reaction. Our bodies are working everyday in ways far beyond our imagination. Alcohol can harm many parts of the body, but its effects on the brain are frightening. Because of societal pressures and lack of awareness about the effects of alcohol consumption in the brain, many people do not know that alcohol can quickly and permanently kill brain cells even if the person is not an alcoholic. This lack of self-awareness can be life-altering when combined with alcohol abuse. It is important that when you drink you fully understand the risks and responsibilities involved with alcohol consumption and use this information despite the influences of peers and cultural pressures. The affects of alcohol in the brain, the scope of the problem, and the long term consequences involved in drinking alcohol are worthy of examination.

A person becomes intoxicated when they ingest ethanol, which is a generic term for alcohol. This ethanol is produced through fermentation from many types of foods ("Alcohol Intoxication"). Fermentation is possibly the oldest chemical technology in world and is believed to be first discovered a millennia ago by Middle Eastern and Far Eastern cultures. Since after the first century A.D, distillation has been used to provide an even purer form of ethanol ("Alcohol History"). It is a simple reaction that occurs when yeast metabolizes sugars in fruits, vegetables, honey, molasses, or grains and produces ethanol as a byproduct ("Alcohol History"). The most common recipes today include barley, hops, and grapes ("Alcohol Intoxication").

Alcohol abuse affects American society greatly. Americans commonly drink alcoholic beverages at social gatherings and overlook signs of alcoholism in themselves and their friends. Nearly fourteen million Americans abuse alcohol or are alcoholic. According to several national surveys, about ninety-two percent of US adults report binge drinking “within the last month” ("Alcohol and Public Health"). From the 100,000 US deaths in 2001, 19,817 were alcohol-induced and 27,035 were from alcohol related chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. This means that up to forty-seven percent of American deaths each year can be related directly to alcohol consumption ("Statistics about Alcoholism").

In addition to the direct effects alcohol abuse can cause to the brain, there are significant indirect effects. Brain damage can occur as an effect of alcohol consumption even if the victim has not ingested alcohol. For example, an unborn child can suffer brain damage if the mother consumes alcohol, injury can occur during drunk driving accidents and other acts of poor judgment, or harm can be done by violence caused by an intoxicated person. Damage can also occur when alcohol consumption alters the immune system and hormones and create substances that travel through the bloodstream to the brain. Alcohol can indirectly damage the brain due to alcohol-induced deficiencies in nutrition and liver disease. (Boggan).

It is important to understand the types of use that are considered abuse when discussing the negative effects of alcohol in the brain. Many people believe that because they are not alcoholic that they are not abusing alcohol. Moderate drinking in America is usually defined as men who drink no more than two drinks per day and women and people over sixty-five years of age who drink no more than one drink per day. One drink is considered to be twelve ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of eighty-proof distilled spirits ("What Is Alcohol Abuse?").

There are several types of alcohol abuse: at-risk use, alcohol abuse, and alcohol dependence. At-risk use means that the person is consuming alcohol in a way that has the risk of leading to another form of more serious alcohol abuse. When a man has four or more drinks a day or a woman or person over sixty-five years of age has more than three drinks a day, all are considered to be at risk ("What Is Alcohol Abuse?").

Although physical dependence is not an aspect of alcohol abuse, if it is not treated it can lead to alcohol dependence. Alcohol abuse can be identified by several symptoms. Alcohol abusers may have difficulty carrying out major responsibilities at work, school, or home, they may drink in physically dangerous situations and while driving, or they may have legal problems related to using alcohol. Another sign alcohol abuse is that the abuser continues drinking despite ongoing problems that are caused by drinking ("What Is Alcohol Abuse?").

One very dangerous form of alcohol abuse is binge drinking. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) National Advisory Council defines binge drinking as a "pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 gram percent or above." In general men who consume five or more drinks, or women and people over sixty-five years of age who consume four or more drinks in two hours are considered to be binge drinking ("What Is Alcohol Abuse?").

The most damaging long-term form of alcohol abuse is alcohol dependence, or alcoholism. There are many symptoms of alcoholism. The first sign is an alcohol tolerance. This causes the drinker to require increasing amounts of alcohol to produce the same effect. After an absence of alcohol in the body, the alcoholic may suffer withdrawal symptoms, such as shakiness, sweating, nausea, anxiety, and depression. Alcoholics may use alcohol to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms or may find themselves drinking larger amounts and for longer than they intended. The alcoholic may become obsessed with the consumption of alcohol by dedicating an excessive amount of time obtaining alcohol, drinking it, and recovering from it. They may even reduce leisurely and work related activities to enable more time for drinking. Finally, despite the negative effects that alcohol is creating, alcoholics are unable or unwilling to quit. If a person has three or more of these symptoms within a year he or she is considered to be an alcoholic ("What Is Alcohol Abuse?").

The brain controls all the systems in the body. To understand how alcohol interferes with brain processes one needs to know how a normal brain functions. Each area of the brain is used for different processes. The cerebellum is involved with coordination, the frontal cortex is used for cognitive processes, the occipital lobe is for vision, and the temporal lobe is used for hearing. Each part of the brain is connected together with nerve cells called neurons which enable the brain to communicate between each brain area. This complex system is estimated to contain 100 billion nerve cells (Boggan).

Between nerve cells there is a small gap called a synapse (see Fig. 2) and chemical signals called neurotransmitters (NTs) are used for transmission of information between neurons. Neurotransmitters travel across this synapse and bind to a receiving neuron's receptor site. This site is specifically designed for the unique neurotransmitter. The action causes some change in the receiving cell, which will excite it or inhibit it from performing an action. "Though there is usually only one or two NTs released from a particular neuron, numerous NTs bind to each neuron and their collective action determines the overall response of the neuron (Boggan)."

As a person increases their intake of alcohol their symptoms of impairment from intoxification increase. The first sign of intoxification is disinhibition which is often demonstrated by loud talking, laughing or lack of social awareness ("Alcohol Intoxication"). Because of this symptom, many people associate alcohol with amphetamines (Boggan; Dekker). Although disinhibition may appear to be an excitatory effect, it is not (Boggan).

The next symptoms are loss of memory, confusion, and disorientation. A person's movements will become uncoordinated and the symptoms will start to become progressively lethargic. If the person continues to ingest alcohol, he or she may go into a coma and even die because the respiratory centers completely shut down ("Alcohol Intoxication"). The succession of symptoms illustrate that increasing ingestion causes a progressively more severe depressant state in the brain and body.

Every system in the body is affected when alcohol is consumed and the effect starts at the brain. Let's look at several specific areas of the brain that are affected to understand the impact. The limbic system controls memory and emotions. Alcohol affects this part of the brain by causing memory loss and exaggerated states of emotion. The cerebellum coordinates muscle movement. When alcohol affects the cerebellum, muscle movements become uncoordinated. The medulla, or brain stem controls body functions that occur automatically, such as the heart rate, temperature, and breathing. When alcohol affects the medulla, a person will start to feel sleepy (Boggan).

This intoxified state impairs mental and physical abilities. When alcohol is introduced to a neuron's synapse, the normal neurotransmission is affected and impairment occurs. Alcohol interferes with the communication between nerve cells by interacting with their receptors in the brain ("Alcohol Intoxication"). Alcohol’s molecules fit neatly into receptor sites and appear similar enough to corresponding inhibitory neurotransmitters that the body responds by increasing inhibitory nerve pathway activity. In other receptor sites, the molecules fit just enough to block the intended excitatory neurotransmitters and deny natural excitatory body functions from taking place (Boggan; Dekker).

Alcohol affects four major neurotransmitters in the brain: glutamate, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), dopamine (DA), and serotonin. Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. When ethanol is introduced to this system, it inhibits glutamate receptors and reduces their excitatory actions. GABA is the brain's major inhibitory neurotransmitter. Ethanol acts on GABA's receptors as well, but enhances its natural inhibitory effect (Boggan). In addition to the dramatic inhibitory affects caused by these changes in both types of receptors which make the natural neurotransmitters unable to bind to neurons, this combination appears to be the cause of a person's development tolerance to and dependence of alcohol. Additionally, dopamine and serotonin are involved in reward processes in the brain and are believed to give the drinker a feeling of reward when ingesting the drug (Boggan).

When a person incurs brain damage caused by alcohol consumption, it is called alcohol related brain injury (ARBI). People with this type of brain damage may experience memory problems, poor cognitive abilities, physical incoordination, and “a range of medical and neurological disorders.” The cycle of brain injury begins when alcohol takes its toxic effect on the central nervous system. It leads to a change in metabolism, heart functioning and blood supply, and drastically interferes with the absorption of vitamin B1 (thiamine). Thiamine is an important brain nutrient. The inability to absorb it can lead to poor nutrition, dehydration, and the loss of brain cells (“Alcohol and Brain Damage”).

Most research about alcohol's affect on the brain has been done on chronic alcoholic patients. Only recently have studies been popping up that find insight into the damage that can occur in light drinkers, binge-drinkers, and non-alcoholic, heavy drinkers. In a recent study commissioned by Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (ACER), the official journal of the Research Society on Alcoholism and the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism, frontal white brain matter, which is associated with lower executive and working memory functions in the brain, was found to be lower in heavy drinkers than light drinkers (see Fig. 3). Dr. Dieter J. Meyerhoff explains that "Although the men and women who drank heavily for many years demonstrated fewer changes in brain metabolites than do alcoholics in treatment, the abnormalities that we found are nonetheless associated with lower brain function." Lower cognitive functioning can affect daily living routines in ways that may be too gradual for the person to notice, but will considerably interfere with basic "cognitive processes such as decision making, planning, regulation of emotion and motivation, memory, and motor control (Blumenfeld et al)."

It is very possible for someone to suffer brain damage over a short period of time from aggressive binge drinking, especially if the binge drinking results in alcohol poisoning. Rapid intake of alcohol can cause a more concentrated ethanol distribution in the brain to increase because the body in unable to metabolize it at the rate that it is ingested. This causes BAC level to rise. Alcohol begins to work its depressant or inhibitory effect immediately in the system. It mostly affects the frontal lobe and cerebral cortex. When a person suffers alcohol poising alcohol's affect begins to move into the brain stem. This is the most insensitive part of the brain, but the most crucial for survival since it is responsible for maintaining heart rate, respiration, and digestion. As alcohol concentration increases in the body, the brain stem begins to shut down and die ("Alcohol and Brain Damage;" Sullivan).

There are several types of brain damage that can occur through any form of alcohol use and abuse. Cerebellar atrophy can occur when damage takes place in the cerebellum. This is often called ataxia or cerebellar degeneration ("Alcohol and Brain Damage"). This happens because neurons in the cerebellum deteriorate and die. The most characteristic symptom of cerebellar degeneration is a "wide-based, unsteady, lurching walk, often accompanied by a back and forth tremor in the trunk of the body.” Other symptoms may include slow, unsteady and jerky movement of the arms or legs, slowed and slurred speech, and rapid, small movements of the eyes ("Cerebellar Degeneration Information Page").

Other types of brain damage cause memory and cognition problems and physiatric issues. As during acute intoxication with many recreational drugs, alcohol consumption and blood alcohol level can cause frontal lobe dysfunction (Espay). This damage results in cognitive difficulties with abstract thinking and planning. Hepatic encephalopathy, another form of brain damage, causes psychiatric symptoms, mood changes, confusion, and hallucinations. Hepatic encephalopathy has been known to occur especially in patients with alcohol related liver disease.

In addition to alcohol's affect on cognition, the brain can send painful signals to the body if it has been damaged due to alcohol's affects on the nerves. Peripheral neuropathy, often referred to as alcoholic neuropathy, is a form of brain dysfunction that causes the body to be affected by numbness, pain, and a feeling of pins and needles. It is caused by the affect of alcohol's widespread damage to nerve tissue by disabling the body's ability to absorb nutrients, especially thiamine, which is essential to healthy nerve function ("Alcohol and Brain Damage;" "Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet").

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is a two-stage brain disorder caused by an alcohol induced thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is needed for cells to generate energy from sugar. If thiamine levels drop too low, this ability ceases. Wernicke encephalopathy is the first phase and Korsakoff psychosis is the second chronic stage of the disorder. Symptoms of the Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome include confusion, permanent gaps in memory, problems with learning new information, vision impairment, stupor, coma, hypothermia, hypotension, ataxia, and confabulation ("Alcohol and Brain Damage;" "Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome Information Page"). Confabulation is a symptom where patients make up stories to fill the missing gaps in their memories. They may not be lying, but actually believe the newly created memories (

Early detection and treatment can reverse some of the damage, but the majority of alcohol related brain injuries are permanent. Recovery from this form of brain damage in alcoholic patients is limited because the problem is compounded by deficiencies in nutrition and the inability of the body to retain necessary nutrition for the repair due to the damage caused by alcoholism. Alcohol abuse can lead to nerve damage, liver function damage, and the inability to absorb several B vitamins that are essential in neuron health (

Since the 1960's researchers discovered that contrary to common belief adults can grow new brain cells. This was facilitated by the discovery of stem cells which can divide infinitely. This new information is leading to research for new treatments that can be made for children born with down-syndrome and people who suffer from alcohol related brain damage. Still, more research and testing needs to be done before treatments become available ("Alcoholic Brain Damage").

Our culture promotes drinking and leaves the impression that it is a harmless and fun activity. Drinking alcohol is more than a leisurely activity, it is a serious health risk. Alcohol immediately affects the brain when ingested and can cause brain damage even when the user is not an alcoholic. In addition, alcohol can be responsible for brain damage from deadly circumstances created by others who are drinking. It is important that when you drink you understand how to advocate for your own health through a real understanding of the risks involved with consuming alcohol despite the influences of peers and cultural pressures.

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*** Research Essay for WR123: Research Writing Class, Instructor Linda Spain, Linn-Benton Community College, Spring 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

LBCC Houses The Gladiators of Writing Support

LBCC Houses The Gladiators of Writing Support
Written by Lisa AM Bauman
Contributing Writer & Assistant Sales Director for The Commuter
Ever get that kind of help in your studies that makes you feel like Spiderman just swung in from a building, rescued you, and set you down onto solid ground? OK, that may sound a bit dramatic, but if you have ever been really struggling and someone knew just what to say, then you know how empowering that can feel. This is exactly what the Writing Center aims to do and they have been backing it up with gladiator-like training.

Victoria Fridley, the Writing Center Facilitator has devised a training program for student assistants with the help of other faculty and advice from OSU's Assistant Director and Writing Center Coordinator, Dennis Bennett. The intensive training requires 4 hours of reading, and about 12 hours of training, prior to the start of the quarter. The trained assistants then partake in 6 to 10 hours of observation. Even more training is required for individuals who will respond to student writing that is submitted through OWL, a service that allows students to submit writing via the internet.

“It’s a complex position involving … different subjects … different people … and different types of writing.” says Fridley. The process requires an assistant to rapidly change topics and adjust to different student personalities.

The first element in the training is for the assistant to read "The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors" by Leigh Ryan and Lisa Zimmerelli. Then, several class sessions discus, present, and walk the assistant through the ideals presented in the material.

The training often incorporates guest speakers who are authoritative and specialize in subjects such as scholarship essays and learning disabilities. “I sometimes bring a guest speaker in from ESOL … to tell about skills we need to be more effective in working with students whose main language is not English." said Fridley.

The Writing Center's policy is to advocate the writer's idea and "argue for that position, to help them make as strong as a case for it as possible” regardless of the assistant's feelings on the piece. “We talk about that a lot in the training. That is one of the core values.” said Fridley. “It is extremely important that students feel welcome.”

The training focuses on listening with respect and responding in a very supportive way. The goal is to help students "strengthen writing skills and become a more confident writer.” says Fridley.

In addition to the annual training, the Writing Center cultivates an on-going team mentality. “We try to get together at least 3-4 times a quarter as a team.” Fridley said. “We continue learning. Every time we work with a student we learn. All of us are responsible for the success of the Writing Center.”

*** An article for The Commuter: Linn-Benton Community College, Spring 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

An aware student is a safe student

An aware student is a safe student
By Lisa A M Bauman
Contributing Writer & Assistant Sales Director for The Commuter

Ever wonder just how safe you really are on campus? Instead of wondering think about being proactive. Marcene Olson, Manager of Safety and Loss Prevention gives a few pointers on how to make sure you and your valuables are safe while you study.

“Relatively speaking, LBCC is a pretty safe campus." she said. Still, she admitted, theft is an issue. "Occasionally vehicles will get broken into, and accidents will happen.” said Olson. Make sure your car is locked and you don’t leave valuables anywhere they can be seen. "It’s best not to have anything visible.” she said.

“Don’t leave items of value anywhere if you are not with them at all times. Use lockers and make sure you use locks on them if you are in the gym.” she continued.

"We have rollouts frequently, usually several per term.” said Olson. “Students can register vehicles here, which is a good thing to do. If something happens, then we can find you and let you know."

Olson noted that students must notify security about issues. "Things need to be reported so we can help you.” she said.

“We provide security at our extended campuses. We have 7 full-time and 4 part-time [security officers]. On main campus we always have someone here.” In addition to vehicle registration services and 24-hour patrol, campus security provides personal safety escort, a first-aid station, and a lost and found for property returns. They even offer the use of a jump-start battery pack free of charge!

LBCC's Campus Security website offers other suggestions for being safer such as locking your vehicle, walking in groups and in well-lit areas, and having your keys ready before arriving to your vehicle.

It is important to make sure you know the evacuation routes and how to communicate if an emergency situation occurs. "We always have brochures. They’re right inside the security office.” she noted.

“If you have a cell phone, subscribe to FlashAlert." said Olson. This alert sends vital information via twitter, cell text, or email about emergency and weather closures. Olson mentioned that you must enroll into this service. Students are not automatically enrolled.

In summary, students must take a pro-active stance about understanding their safety resources on and off LBCC. “Number One: Be aware of your surroundings.” says Olson.

*** An article for The Commuter: Linn-Benton Community College, Spring 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

TRiO Points to Success

TRiO Points to Success
By Lisa A M Bauman
Contributing Writer & Assistant Sales Director for The Commuter

Ever feel yourself meandering the campus in a state of confusion? Navigating the educational system can be overwhelming for a student, especially if no one in your family has ever done it before. The good news is that LBCC offers TRIO Student Support Services. It is a program that can set you on track and they are enrolling now.

“The best way to describe Trio is a one stop mentoring center.” says Lynn Groshong, Retention Specialist for TRIO Student Support Services. This no-cost program is specifically designed for low-income and first-generation college students and/or students with disabilities. “We do academic advising, personal counseling, have tutors, help students apply for scholarships, [and] help them navigate financial aid.” commented Groshong.

“One of the really important aspects of this program is our Personal Success Program, or PSP. There [students] can set personal goals.” said Groshong. She explained that PSP helps students set personal goals as well as academic and career goals. “We meet each term and assess if they are meeting their goals.” she said.

To encourage this attitude of goal-setting and tracking TRIO offers workshops. “We do several per term. They can cover academic, personal, or financial [areas].” said Groshong.

Groshong noted that students are most helped by the tutoring. "This is a home-base place for students. It’s a place for them to feel centered and feel like they belong. It’s a place where they can get their questions answered and they don’t have to go all over campus.”

In addition to tutoring and mentoring, students are given access to recourses that can aid them financially. "We have a small library of text books and we try to loan at least one text book per term per student. They come out of budget or people donate them to us. Students barrow them for the term and bring them back.”

Another valuable recourse TRIO offers is its ability to direct students to additional college funding. TRIO can assist students with financial aid and scholarship applications and “help students locate more scholarships.” says Groshong.

TRIO is accepting applications now. Applications are available in the TRIO Student Support Services Center, room HO-116. It is advisable to get them and fill them out quickly. “We are a government grant program and get funding from the Department of Education. We can take 160 students per year.” says Groshong. “Our graduation rate for students who meet the same demographics is generally higher than the exact demographic.” She continued.

*** An article for The Commuter: Linn-Benton Community College, Spring 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pepper spray ineffective in killing zombies, say security experts

Pepper spray ineffective in killing zombies, said security expertsBy Lisa A M Bauman
Contributing Writer & Assistant Sales Director for The Commuter

Marcene Olson, Manager of Safety and Loss Prevention at LBCC discuses campus safety procedures during a zombie outbreak. She suggested that you should run for your life and lock down. Olson stated that "All we have here is pepper spray and I don't think that would be effective to use against a zombie. Use the nearest piece of furniture is my advice."

Hiding from a zombie may be difficult because they have a very strong since of smell and feel no pain. They also rot very slowly, so if they find you, they will inevitably wait outside until you die of starvation. These unfortunate circumstances require that you must "kill" the zombie to protect yourself against attack. General consensus is that the only way to kill a zombie is to destroy the brain.

Max Brooks' "Survival Guide, the complete protection from the living dead" offers information for serious zombie attack preparation. Before explaining defense tactics, the book gives an in-depth explanation of how zombies are created, what they are, and how they spread the disease. It explained that zombies are created by an virus called Solanum that reaches the brain. It is transferred by direct contact to a zombies' body fluids. This explains why the common zombie bite can cause reanimation of the dead. The bad news is that once you are infected with the virus there is little that can be done to save you. Solanum moves quickly through the bloodstream. A few people have severed the limb that was infected immediately after a bite, but only 10 percent have had success in survival afterwards. The good news is that because a zombie's circulatory system does not function, the chances of being splattered with its infected blood during combat is low.

You can purchase zombie protection kits online. has several relatively low cost kits that include wall mounts and glass protectors labeled "In Case of Zombies, Break Glass." Simply break the glass and you have immediate access to machetes and large handguns to aid you in the situation.

Onko offers a zombie alert system that is backed up with a $1,000,000 guarantee. Their website encourages people to install alert systems because ninety percent of zombie related fatalities occur in the home. Zombie Alert claims to use a patented cyclo-kinetic energy radiation server that activates only when the living dead are present in your neighborhood. These alert systems can be installed on your wall, in a watch that you wear, or on your vehicle.

You can even join the Zombie Squad whose motto is "We make the dead deader." They offer seminars, an annual world-wide member meeting, community events, and "Zombie Con" a very tough training program for people who want to learn zombie disposal skills.

One major component in guarding yourself during a zombie attack is fitness. As quoted from the flick Zombieland "Fatties die first." There are several zombie preparation fitness programs available online and the good news is that many of them are free. Facebook has several groups available where members can meet for training programs and dialog about the subject.

Gyms are even responding to this desire to prepare for the immanent so called Z-Day. Excel Gymnastics Academy in Chicago offers three weekly zombie fitness training classes. Unicus Fitness Center offers a program especially for Z-Day preparation as well. Since surviving the dangers of a zombie invasion require specific skills, these programs have specific goals. Excelling in the program will make you be able to lift and throw heavy things, run fast and for long distances, and be able to navigate obstacles and urban environments in an efficient manner.

The moral of being prepared for a zombie attack on campus is to be prepared and come to terms with the fact that you may have to break open a few corpses during your escape. Since firearms are not legal on campus, you may need to get creative when a situation occurs. Above all get in shape because escaping a band of hungry zombies may require a long distance run. It's a lot of work hacking off the head of the living dead, so make sure you have strength to do it!

Source Information
LBCC Campus Security, Phone: 541.917.4440, After Hours Phone: 541.926.6855
Max Brooks' Survival Guide, the complete protection from the living dead
In Case Of Zombies incaseofzombies.comOnko
UMD Zombie Survival Fitness Training
Excel Gymnastics Academy
Unicus Fitness Center,34885/
Zombie Squad

Photo InformationPhoto #1: A member of Zombie Squad's Zombie Con escapes an attack during a training. Portland, Oregon. 6-8-09
Photo #2: A member of Zombie Squad's Zombie Con stands prepared for an attack during a training. Portland, Oregon. 6-8-09
Photo #3:'s Dual Pistol Mini preparation kit. It contains 10x8 inch Box, 2 small replica pistols and a zombie survival tips Guide.

*** An article for The Commuter: Linn-Benton Community College, Spring 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

I Hung My Head


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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Give My Love To Rose


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

NASU: Join the Tribe

By Lisa A M Bauman
Contributing Writer for The Commuter April, 28, 2010

Is the Great Spirit calling you? Could be. The Native American Student Union (NASU) is ramping up and looking for new members and position holders. Jay Cavazos, spiritnamed “Bear” and President of NASU, invites students to attend the first 2010 meeting at 3 p.m., April 28 at the Diversity Achievement Center in room F-220.

“There are positions open.” Cavazos announced. He said the positions open included vice president, secretary, treasurer, and note taker.

NASU is open to all and will meet twice each month. “This club is open to everybody,” Cavazos said. “You don’t have to be part of a tribe or be Native American to join.” In fact, Cavazos commented that a familial attitude is encouraged in the club. “We encourage members to bring their children if they like,” said Cavazos. “They just have to bring themselves and want to learn and be community oriented.”

The NASU seeks to offer opportunities for sharing the Native American culture with hands-on experiences, historical teachings and cultural crafts. “We do genealogy studies and learn how to make fry bread. We do moccasin work, beading work and learn to make dream catchers,” said Cavazos. “A lot of people like to do their genealogy. You can do this activity even if you are not of Native American descent,” he added.

The NASU hosts on-campus pow wows. These ceremonies include tribal dancing, music and the passing of the chanupa, a pipe used in tribal ceremonies. “Often there is a misconception about the chanupa that makes people think of pot because the ceremonial tobacco is a green color,” said Cavazos. According to Cavazos, the tobacco is created from a unique blend of tobacco, sweet grass, sage, and other herbal medicines that many Native Americans believe hold healing properties. “It is a ceremonial tradition,” Cavazos said.

In addition to the cultural experiences, the NASU highly encourages community involvement. “We do food drives, clothing drives, and we have elder days. We have garbage days where we remove all the garbage on campus. Last year there was over 8-10 garbage bags that were collected and removed,” said Cavazos.

There are many off-campus opportunities and field trips available to NASU members, including pow wows and other native gatherings. Members are invited to attend field trips where they will meet Chief Bill Stann, spiritnamed Blue Eyes, to learn cultural histories, crafts and ceremonies. This summer some of the members are traveling to North Carolina to attend the Strong Sun Festival Pow Wow. The cultural experiences in this event include Native American traditional dancers, Native American music, tribal chiefs from across the south, storytelling, fire starting and craft demonstrations. “They’re flying me there to make fry bread,” Cavazos said.

*** An article for The Commuter: Linn-Benton Community College, Spring 2010