Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

    I read the February article: “RCC/SOU hold lock down in HEC.”
    The story talks about new devices that will be installed to “lock down” doors and a system that will notify people if a “ACTIVE SHOOTER” is on campus. I’ve been through such drills on Portland Community College campuses. And I’ve seen the same thing attempt to be implemented across the nation in all our schools and colleges.
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RCC=Recyclemania

Submitted by the Sustainability Club on Redwood campus

RecycleMania is in full swing at Redwood Campus, and we’re competing against colleges across the nation to see who can recycle the greatest percentage of their waste. So far, RCC is in 3rd place for schools in Oregon, recycling 30.86 percent of our waste. This percentage is ok, but we can do better! The competition is happening until April 2nd and we could really use your help recycling to make this event a success. 
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Show me the money

By Michelle Gideon

Staff writer

    As a financial aid recipient myself, my college education is completely reliant on whether or not I receive aid. Students such as myself are in the “no aid, no go” boat, making financial aid an absolute necessity. This means I am not alone when it comes to the need for funds to cover my education.
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Rising star

By Rev. Brandon Ducharme

Staff writer

Few would guess that behind Morgan Mornings’ perpetual smile and chipper demeanor was a rising young star in Rock and Roll. 
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There’s always hope: A look at homelessness and RCC

By Becky Musard

Staff writer

Look at the people around you in class. Now look at the instructor. After a term you might feel you know them, but would you be able to say if they are, or have ever been, homeless?

Jenny Jackson spent some of her teenage years stuffed into a singlewide trailer lacking electricity, sometimes with 15 to 20 other people. “It was a really dark and sad time in my life,” said Jackson, now the Associated Student Government advisor on Redwood campus. “I was really scared.”

Many others at RCC and in the Rogue Valley are currently in the same predicament as Jackson once was.

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Germana remembered as respected, caring instructor

By Michelle Gideon

Staff writer

Kris Germana    

October 29, 1969- February 17, 2011 

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” 

Kris Germana

–Henry Brooks Adams 

Kris Andrew Germana, respected faculty member and friend, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2011 in his home in Eagle Point. He was 41.

Germana was a Rogue Community College and Oregon Institute of Technology graduate, and began his career as an instructor/coordinator at RCC in the Manufacturing Technology Department in 2003, according to his supervisor, Jeanne Howell, dean of instruction and Workforce/Continuing Ed.

The faculty and staff members at RCC held Germana in high regard, and spoke very highly of his knowledge, and his commitment and dedication to his profession.

 “Kris took a program that was on its way out, and turned it into a program that manufacturers needed and wanted,” Howell said. “He provided a real contribution to the college, and was totally dedicated to the school, the manufacturing program, and to his students. He honored the huge amounts of knowledge that his instructors brought to the program, and he will be greatly missed. ”

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RCC, SOU hold lock down in HEC

By Michelle Gideon

Staff writer

What do RCC, SOU, MPD, and the FBI all hold in common?
Staff members from each of these departments were on hand late January while a staged lock-down took place in the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center in Medford.
    According to Grant Lagorio, RCC Director of facilities and operations, the purpose of this drill was to test the functionality of the lock down devices, and to observe a mock lock-down in order to identify any flaws that could be fine tuned.
    “In the event of an actual emergency where an armed intruder was in or near the facility, we want to make sure that everyone in the building stays as safe as possible,” said Lagorio.
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