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


By Lisa Bauman

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Give My Love To Rose


By Lisa Bauman

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