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BUILDING A BETTER YOU

The

Vol. 46 Issue 5
Feb 19 - March 5

ommunicator
Spokane Falls Community College
DONT PUSH ME, IM CLOSE TO THE EDGE

NEWS

STUDENTS RECEIVE PG 3
EARLY ALERTS

FEATURES TWELFTH
NIGHT
FLAVORS

HAWAIIAN
FAST-FOOD

SIDELINES
OPINION

PG 9

PG 10

PG 5

PG 7

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Editor: Gage A. Lewis

CONTENTS

International Films

pg.6

Tea v. Common Cold

Twelfth Night

pg.5

Mens Basketball

4
Features
Flavors

3
5
7

Opinions
Sidelines

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pg.10

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Staff members can be reached via email with the following format: sfcc.firstname.lastname@gmail.com.
for any question, comments and corrections found in the paper

Editor-in-Chief
Gage A. Lewis

Managing Editor
Mikayla Davis

News Editor
Jeremy Logan

Features Editor
Mallory Biggar

Flavors Editor
Cassie Russell

Sidelines Editor
Margaret Myhre

Photo Editor
Thania Clark

Adviser
Jason Nix

Photographer
Kristina Johanson

Photographer
Brittany Tolleson

Writer
Isaac Gonzalez

Writer
Gunnar Werhan

Writer
Ron Ford

Writer
Grant Wengler

Writer
Jason Dennis

Ad Director
Desirae Knight

The Communicator is a student-run newspaper that


hopes to maintain a forum in which students are able to
voice diverse opinions on campus-related issues.
The Communicator also aims to inform students about
important events concerning CCS, including sports
and other fun activities that make their college days
memorable.

Want to join the paper


contact our instructor at
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Corrections for issue 46.4:


Ron Ford wrote our Lumbersexual story. Gavin Andrews is no longer
on our Staff.

Editor: Jeremy Logan


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Early alerts help students nd resources


Mikayla Davis | The Communicator

Connie Pittman is on the phone informing students they may be behind and helping them nd the resources that may help lead them to success.

Mikayla Davis
The Communicator
SFCCs Early Alert program is in
progress.
Some students are beginning to
receive calls from the Peer Services
team at Spokane Falls Community
College as part of SFCCs Early Alert
program.
Connie Pittman is the Student
Achievement Manager at SFCC, and is
spearheading the Early Alert program.
The mission for the Early Alert
team is to connect students to
resources as early as possible so they

can be successful, Pittman said. We


wanted to put in a system that helps
us identify students who are having
academic challenges early in the
quarter.
The Early Alert program is a system
CCS has put in place where instructors
and students can send in an alert
when students begin to struggle. Those
alerts get sent to Pittman, and Wendy
Derain, the Student Development
Program Coordinator. They and a team
of 14 staff, faculty, and administration
contact the students either through
email or phone, and sometimes in
person.

One of the rst things we do is ask


if theyve been in to see a peer tutor,
said Pittman. If we nd out early on
in the quarter that its an issue with
something like not having books yet,
or not having a way to get to school,
we can try to connect them with
resources on campus to help face that
before its too far into the quarter.
According to data collected by Sally
Jackson, the Director of Planning,
the program is working in some
departments.
In 2012, when the Early Alert
system rst went into effect, the tness
center credit-class success rates were
at 69.8 percent. As of fall 2014,

success rates are up to 74.2 percent.


Our goal is to get that number
close to 80 percent, said Keith
Snyder, one of the physical education
instructors submitting Early Alerts.
Were getting closer.
The number of instructors and
departments using the Early Alert
program has also increased since the
program began in 2012.
According to data collected by
Derain, only 11 departments were
involved in the Early Alerts rst
quarter, and only 39 alerts were sent
in. Last quarter that number increased
to 19 departments and 251 alerts
submitted.

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Early alerts attempt to help students who


may be struggling in their classes

SFCCs Early Alert program is in


progress.
Some students are beginning to
receive calls from the Peer Services
team at Spokane Falls Community
College as part of SFCCs Early Alert
program.
Connie Pittman is the Student
Achievement Manager at SFCC, and is
spearheading the Early Alert program.
The mission for the Early Alert
team is to connect students to
resources as early as possible so they
can be successful, Pittman said. We
wanted to put in a system that helps
us identify students who are having
academic challenges early in the
quarter.
The Early Alert program is a system
CCS has put in place where instructors
and students can send in an alert
when students begin to struggle. Those
alerts get sent to Pittman, and Wendy
Derain, the Student Development
Program Coordinator. They and a team
of 14 staff, faculty, and administration
contact the students either through
email or phone, and sometimes in
person.
One of the first things we do is ask
if theyve been in to see a peer tutor,
said Pittman. If we find out early on
in the quarter that its an issue with
something like not having books yet,
or not having a way to get to school,
we can try to connect them with
resources on campus to help face that
before its too far into the quarter.
According to data collected by Sally
Jackson, the Director of Planning,
the program is working in some
departments.
In 2012, when the Early Alert
system first went into effect, the fitness
center credit-class success rates were
at 69.8 percent. As of fall 2014,
success rates are up to 74.2 percent.
Our goal is to get that number
close to 80 percent, said Keith
Snyder, one of the physical education
instructors submitting Early Alerts.
Were getting closer.
The number of instructors and
departments using the Early Alert
program has also increased since the
program began in 2012.
According to data collected by
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News

E-cigarettes: pros, cons, controversies


Protection Agency classified
formaldehyde as a possible human
carcinogen under unusually extreme
or prolonged exposure.
With a mission to improve
the smoking populations health,
Jamerson believes his work will
Grant Wengler
simultaneously help the economy as
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well.
The long-term effects of the
There is much controversy over
electronic
cigarette industry is
smoking e-cigarettes, or vaping, on
economic
change, Jamerson said.
school campuses.
Lets
say,
50
years from now,
Students at SFCC are not allowed
everything
continues
to go as it
to smoke e-cigarettes outside of
already
has.
Theres
going
to be
designated smoking areas.
less deaths associated with tobacco
E-cigarettes are devices where
smokers can vape nicotine as opposed smoking, and theres going to be less
hospitalizations.
to smoking tobacco.
More than $96 billion a year are
Theres a correlation between
spent
on health care due to tobacco,
state or city funding to SFCC and if
according
to the Center of Disease
they allow e-cigarettes, said Josh
Control.
Jamerson, President of Smartsmoke,
The healthcare industry is a very
a Spokane-based electronic cigarette
large
financial industry in the United
company. The Opera House, the
States,
said Jamerson. If you have a
Convention Center, the Spokane
ton of people who
Arena, those
arent smoking
are government
anymore, that
buildings paid for
money is being
by the city and they
-Josh
Jamerson
reinjected into our
dont allow the
economy. People
President
of
Smartsmoke
use of electronic
are feeling better
cigarettes.
and
being
more
active.
Concern rises from whether
I dont want to spend money on
e-cigarettes are safer to use than
cigarettes,
said Satam Alwabli, a
traditional cigarettes.
student vaper at SFCC. Now that I
If you look at the specific
have an e-cig I dont want to smoke
ingredients, there are over 4000
anymore.
known chemicals in tobacco, said
Jamerson believes the e-cigarette
Jamerson. If you look at the very
industry
will destroy the traditional
minimal ingredients in electronic
cigarette
industry within the next
cigarettes, its a pretty smart decision
decade,
but
fears government
as to which is going to be the better
intervention, such as Washington
choice.
State Bill #5573, which raises the
According to Maciej Goniewicz
legal age to buy tobacco and all
of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute
e-cigarette products to 21.
in Buffalo, N.Y, e-cigarettes, when
Raising the age on tobacco and
adjusted to a higher voltage, can
vaping
products is a pretty good
produce carbonyls.
debate,
said Travis Jent, president
These carbonyls include
and owner of Vapor Lounge. Were
formaldehyde. If the voltage is set too
having some trouble because these
high on an e-cigarette, formaldehyde
products are making their way into
levels can potentially reach the
youths hands.
same levels as found in traditional
An 18 year old is an adult,
cigarettes.
obviously
they can enlist in the
According to the US Consumer
military, they make their own
Product Safety Commission,
choices, Jent said. If we are willing
formaldehyde is present already in
to put different adult responsibilities
both indoor, and outdoor air.
on them, why cant they make adult
Formaldehyde has been known to
decisions for themselves?
cause irritation of the nose, eyes, and
Under Washington law, smoking is
throat.
considered
a privilege rather than a
In 1987, the US Environmental

Potentially raised
tobacco regulation
may affect vapers

Our mission is to Smokers


into non smokers,

right.
We have a double standard
here, Jent said. We have an 18
year old who can enlist and fight for
our country; why would we take the
decision to vape away from them? We
have to determine if they are adults or
not.
Both Vapor Lounge and Smartsmoke
have a strict policy against selling to
minors, and even non-smokers.
If an 18 year old walks into one
of our stores and has never smoked
cigarettes, we will send them away,
Jamerson said. Our mission is to turn
smokers into nonsmokers.
In 2012, the Center of Disease
Control estimated that 14 percent
of high school students smoked
cigarettes, while 2.8 percent vaped.
For someone who isnt a smoker,
Id really have to ask them why they
want to start, said Jent. Its a subject
Ive always really been troubled with.
Despite Jents wish to keep nonsmokers away from vaping, one in ten
high school students have reported
trying e-cigarettes, according to
the CDC, and the number of high
schoolers using e-cigarettes doubled
between 2011 and 2012.
For 18-year-olds its a good rule,
but if it becomes 21 then they will
have to work to hide their cigarettes,
said Alwabli.
Another bill associated with vaping
is Washington state Bill 1458, which
includes making product sampling
and online purchases illegal within the
state of Washington.
According to Jamerson, if the bill is
successfully passed, all currently listed
e-cigarette flavors will be banned, and
only tobacco flavors will be allowed.
On top of this, a 95% fair market
value vapor tax will be added to all
vapor related devices.
When it comes to banning flavors,
I think its absurd to say that adults
dont like the flavors, Jamerson said.
They assume they are only a way
to market to younger people. If there
wasnt a demand from adults for these
flavors, and they didnt enjoy them,
then we wouldnt have them.
The rule that you cant smoke
cigarettes around campus is good
so the buildings dont smell, said
Alwabli.
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Features

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2.19.2015

Shakespeares Twelfth Night the Spartan

Kiki Johanson | The Communicator


Samuel Peters, Mikyla Bordner, Nicholas Fortner and Robert Johnson rehearse a scene for opening night. Twelfth Night premiers March 5 at 7 p.m. The last showing will be on March 15.

Ron Ford
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The SFCC Revelers will present
Shakespeares Twelfth Night as part of
its 2014-2015 Perception and Deception season.
Bill Marlowe, director of the play,
said the comedy of gender identities
fits perfectly into the seasons theme.
Twelfth Night is the perfect classical choice for our Perceptions and
Deceptions season because it involves
a woman disguising herself as a man
in order to survive in a mans world,
said Marlowe.
Twelfth Night tells the tale of twins,
Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck and believe
each other to be dead. Viola assumes
the identity of her brother in order
to not be taken advantage of in the
male-dominated society.
It is a play Marlowe is very familiar
with.
This is my favorite Shakespeare
play, Marlowe said. This is now my
ninth time working on this play. I do it
because I love it, I love this play, and
I think its very accessible for todays

Shakayla Hacker returns to the


audience, because a lot of it is written
in prose, not in poetry.
SFCC stage after her debut in last
It is common for modern theatres
quarters Rashomon.
to present concept productions of
I play Lady Olivia, and shes lost
her brother and her father and isnt
Shakespeare plays by setting them in
really in the mood for male attention,
different times and places than specHacker said This poses a problem
ified in the plays. This time, however,
Marlowe decided to stage the play as
because it seems that several men in
traditionally as possible.
the show are crazy for Olivia! Creating this in-charge,
Were trying to
uptight persona
recreate as close
for her is challengas we can the environment of what
ing but extremely
a Shakespeare
rewarding.
Hacker joins a
audience member
-Bill Marlowe cast praised by the
would have experienced, Marlowe
Deriector of twelfthNight shows director.
I have an
said. All of the
costuming is Elizoutstanding cast,
Marlowe said. Ive got some just
abethan in nature. All of the music in
terrific new people, and theres some
the show is Elizabethan. So we are
trying to do as authentic a recreation
of our mainstays in it as well.
Blake Krueger-King is happy to be
of the historical period as we possibly
returning to the SFCC stage for the
can.
fourth time.
One convention of Shakespeares
time not being embraced by this
I play Sir Andrew Aguecheek, the
foolish knight, Krueger-King said.
production is the casting of men in
Hes very over-the-top, very foppish,
the womens roles. The women here
a bit feminine. He pumps himself up
are played by women, in spite of the
plots gender confusion.
to be this great fighter that he isnt. I

I love this play, and I think


its very accessible for
todays audience.

do a lot of pratfalls, a lot of physical


comedy because he thinks hes greater
than he is. Its fun, but its fun with the
cost of bruises and painful joints.
Marlowe has encouraged his cast to
improvise physical bits for the raucous
comedy.
If we actors have an idea, Bill
doesnt want to hear us talk about it,
he wants to see us do it, said Nicholas Fortner, who plays Sir Toby Belch.
We get up on stage if we have a bit
in mind, well do it for Bill, and if he
likes it, then well keep it in the show.
And if not, then its back to the drawing board.
In the heat of all the creative energy, personal bonds are being forged as
well.
Im really proud of the cast; were
growing at every rehearsal, Fortner
said. These trusting bonds that weve
built for each other on stage rehearsing, we will take with us to performances. I guess a special family is
growing here. Thats all I can think of
to call it really.
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Editor: Mallory Biggar

Q&A: BSU
President
Hassanatou
Barry
Mikayla Davis
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WHAT DOES THE BSU DO?


WHAT IS THEIR PURPOSE?
The Black Student Union holds events
just like any other club, events that
we try to relate to black culture, but
also that of other groups represented
at SFCC. Its purpose is to serve and
entertain as much the SFCC student
body as we can.
WHAT EVENTS HAS THE BSU
DONE SO FAR?
So far this new year, we had the poet
Saul Williams come over to SFCC for
a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. To
our relief and amazement, it drew a
large, diverse crowd. We even had to
close the doors because of maximum
capacity allowed in the SUB lounges.
Our esteemed SFCC President Dr. Janet Gullickson and Dr. Darren Pitcher
came over to support us as well members of faculty and staff. In collaboration with the Wire Harp, we also held
the Slam Off contest in February in
honor of Black History Month.
WHAT OTHER EVENTS ARE THEY
PLANNING?
February has been a busy month for
our members and advisor, but we
have been discussing what events to
hold next; we would like to keep the
momentum going. A talent contest
has been proposed so far, as well as
a karaoke event. On March 18 we
are planning to serve food to the
homeless with the Blessings Under
the Bridge charity; it was proposed to
us by Carl whose New Years resolution was to volunteer more and we
thought that was a cool idea.
WHO CAN JOIN THE BSU?
Anyone is welcome to join the BSU!
There is a saddening misconception
circulating that you have to be black
to join and there has not been a club
day this year where we have not
discussed that. We would love to have
as many members as possible from

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diverse backgrounds. I am from Guinea (West Africa) and I feel like if I, as


an international student, can join and
serve as President of the Club there is
no reason why anyone else could not.
HOW CAN STUDENTS BECOME
A PART OF THE BSU?
Usually, the way students join is by
signing up during Welcome Week
at the beginning of every quarter.
However, we meet every other Friday
at 12:45 in the Multicultural Room
(sometimes the VIP room of the cafeteria) in the SUB and anyone who
would like to join could just stop by
and join us then!
WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE
BSU (STUDENTS, ADVISER)?
Our adviser is the uber-cool Carl
Richardson. I was elected president
almost midway last quarter, having
taken over from club veteran Marc
Wynn. He literally handed me the
position in the most courteous manner as he thought younger members
should be more involved. Jeremiah
is our treasurer who did that fantastic
introduction piece to Saul Williams.
Kira Prater is the secretary and Canjarri McKinley -who introduced Saul and
who, as we all have learned that day,
wishes she were Oprah Winfrey- is
our habitual representative to the Activities Board meetings every Tuesday.
WHY SHOULD STUDENTS JOIN?
Students should join if they are
interested in participating in college
life at SFCC. That is why I joined. The
BSU, and other clubs for that matter,
exist for that very reason. Moreover,
students who are planning to transfer
to a four-year would want to join to
beef up that resume as well.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART
OF THE BSU?
I am a newbie, but preparing the
MLK Jr. celebration was definitely
great fun and I am looking forward to
holding events such as that one.
WHAT HAVE YOU GAINED
FROM BEING A PART OF THE
BSU?
A newfound love for poetry and
conscious hip-hop. It is a rather small
club; a tight-knit group of traveled
students who care about international
politics and current events.
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International Film Festival

Thania Clark | The Communicator

Spokanes International Film Festival will begin on April 22 and go until May 20.

Ron Ford
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SFCC organizations will be sponsoring a diverse variety of movies
during the winter and spring quarters
for students, faculty and staff to enjoy
free of charge.
The Secular Association will present Kumare on March 4 in SUB
Lounge C.
Kumare tells of the rise of an
Eastern holy man, who develops a
following in the West. But Kumare
is actually an American filmmaker
conducting a social experiment on the
nature of belief and how it is influenced by others.
[This] winner of South by Southwest's Audience Award, Kumare is
an insightful look at faith and belief,
Kino Lorber, a critic for the site Rotten
Tomatoes, wrote.
Viginia Hodges, president of the
Secular Association, said the movie
was selected for its poignancy and
humor.
This movie has a good lesson, a
ton of laughs, and brings up a lot of
questions that are interesting to discuss, Hodges said.
SFCC has sponsored an International Film Festival each spring for the
last nine years. This year will be no
different.
Five films will be screened on
Tuesday evenings between April 22
and May 20 at the Garland Theater,
located at 924 W. Garland. All shows

begin at 7:15 p.m., and are free to


SFCC students, staff and faculty.
The films are selected by a diverse
committee each fall.
There is a committee comprised
of faculty, staff and students from ASG
and Student Clubs that come together in the fall, Gabriel Valenzuela, a
Spanish instructor at SFCC, said. We
find at least three films in each following category, prioritize them, and
finally vote on them based on cost
and availability. [The categories are]
Japanese, French, Spanish, Alliance,
Chinese and Other.
According to Valenzuela, the
festival is one of SFCCs most highly-attended student events, in spite of
being held off campus.
An average of 250 students each
Tuesday for five weeks benefit from
it, Valenzuela said.
For many students, it is their first
exposure to the cinema of other cultures.
The films we show are very educational, and for many students it is
their first exposure to international
cinema, Valenzuela said. In many
surveys that were turned in we read
comments along the lines that the
individual had never seen such a
powerful movie, or it was their first
international film and they cannot
wait to see more, and many other
reviews that really do attest to power
of this festival.
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02.19.2015

The Tea That Kicks a Cold Into Low Gear

Brittany Tolleson| The Communicator

Hawaiian
Fast-Food
Brittany Tolleson
The Communicator
In a place where convenient stores
serve daily fresh sushi instead of
slushies, and where McDonalds
serves a teriyaki burger with a side of
white rice, the local Hawaiian favorite
is a meal called the Loco-Moco. For a
taste of something that is easily made,
cheap to create, and will fill your
stomachs, try a Loco-Moco.
Time to make: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 (very filling)

Kiki Johanson | The Communicator

These fantasic ingredients will help you get back to your normal self in no time when you are feeling under the weather.

Kiki Johanson
The Communicator
Its that time of the year where people
may be getting sick, this simple easy
tea recipe will have you feeling better.
All the ingredients can be purchased
at your local grocery store, and in the
fridge it will stay good for months.
With soothing honey, invigorating ginger, and refreshing lemon, this simple
jelly is a cost effective, high powered
cold remedy.

Ingredients:

Two lemons (washed)


Two ginger roots (washed)
A cup (8 oz.) of raw honey
A 12 oz. mason jar
How to make it:
Slice lemons thinly
Slice ginger into coin sized pieces

Directions:
Distribute lemon and ginger evenly
throughout the mason jar, leaving a
half inch of space at the top
Slowly pour in the honey, letting it
seep completely through the lemon
and ginger, filling the jar.
After being left in the fridge scoop a
large tablespoon or two (depending
on your taste) into a mug of hot water
and enjoy!
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Ingredients:
4 cups white rice
4 hamburger patties-You can add
in flavoring of your choice, but
teriyaki is preferred)
4 eggs
2 cups brown beef gravy (you
can make your own or use store
bought)
Sriracha sauce to taste (optional)
Directions:
Cook rice as directed boil water and
add in rice. Heat up gravy (or if making your own, start the process next.)
Grill hamburger patties to desired level of doneness (keep warm). Fry eggs
over-easyDont overcook yolk. Plate
the meal starting with rice first. Add
hamburger on top. Add gravy, TopCrack egg open with fork and enjoy!
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Sugar diets

Brittany Tolleson| The Communicator

Jonathan Shumate enjoys sugary Coke.

Jeremy Logan
The Communicator
Beyond the waistline and into the
hearts of Americans everywhere, added sugars have found themselves in
nearly everything we eat.
According to The American Heart
Association - added sugar was not
a significant component of the human diet until the advent of modern
food-processing methods. Since then,
the intake of sugar has risen steadily.
Keri Smith, a dietician at Chas, said
that most people arent aware of how
much sugar they are eating.
I will pull out a few facts about
your typical can of regular cola, and it
is going to run about 41 to 44 grams
of sugar, Smith said. The recommended intake of sugar for women
is only 6 teaspoons [30 grams] a day,
and for men its 9 [45 grams]. When
I start telling people those types of
comparisons it really surprises them.
A recent Documentary titled, Fed
Up, claims that added sugars in our
diet, is the main culprit in the obesity
epidemic, and that they can be found
in everything from soda, to diet, nonfat foods.
From my experience its having
a huge impact, Smith said. I see
everything from kiddos, to elderly,
and everything in between, and often
times when I am seeing a patient
because they are interested in weight
loss or they have diabetes, anytime I
am doing an initial assessment, there
is some sort of processed sugars that
make up a large amount of their diet.

David Reed, a student at SFCC who


is enrolled in the Health and Fitness
Technician program, said that he lost
over 100lbs, in part, by taking sugar
out of his diet.
I took a nutrition course and I had
weight issues before I started and I
just saw results, Reed said. Refined
sugars, gluten, soy and dairy. I dont
have any wheat. Mostly I eat rice
flower if I have a bread or a flower.
Wheat flour and other empty carbs
are a form of simple carbohydrate,
and they break down in your body the
same way that added sugar does.
No matter how you get a form of
a sugar or carbohydrate they all break
down into glucose in the blood, but
depending on what type of carbohydrate it is, Smith said. There are
the simple carbohydrates, which are
the refined processed ones, and the
complex ones, which are your whole
grains and so on. They do affect the
body differently, being that whole
grains have higher amounts of fiber, or
occasionally higher amounts of protein and that will affect how quickly
the body will break down a carb into
sugar.
According to Smith the important
thing is to read the labels of your
food and understand what they mean.
There are a number of other ingredients in your food that can break down
into glucose.
They [people concerned with
their health] need to look at the sugar
alcohols which are anything with an
OL at the end of it, Smith said. Sorbitol, mannitol, those are all a type of
sugar, they are low in calories so they
are like a sugar substitute you could
say but the problem with those is that
when eaten in large amounts those
calories can add up and they can
cause digestive issues.
She warns people not to be tricked
by clever labeling.
We had a carb counting class, and
we had an example of Ritz crackers
and the front of the package is plastered with, whole grain Ritz crackers,
5 grams of whole grains per serving,
but when you look at the ingredients
the first ingredient is unbleached,
enriched, wheat flour. Smith said.
The easiest way to know a true whole
grain is if the first ingredient has the
word whole grain or whole wheat
in it. The very first ingredient has to
have the word whole in it to be a true
whole grain product.
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Rons slow
cooking
home chili
Ron Ford
The Communicator
You have classes all day and your
job in the evening. You dont have
time to cook dinner in between. What
can you do?
You could grab a greasy burger on
your way, or you could prepare this
simple recipe in your crock pot the
night before. It only takes 15 minutes.
Then, refrigerate the covered crock
overnight. Take the crock out in the
morning before you go to school, put
it back in the cooker, and plug it in.
Then come home hours later to the
smell of hot, delicious chili, ready to
be devoured.

Ingredients:
2 lbs. ground beef or turkey
1 large onion, chopped
2 minced cloves of garlic
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
15.5 oz. can of kidney beans
(undrained)
14 1/2 oz. can of diced tomatoes
(undrained)
15 oz. can of tomato sauce
10 3/4 oz. can of Rotel tomatoes
(undrained)
Directions:
Cook the ground meat with the
chopped onion on medium heat.
Crumble the meat as it cooks. When
thoroughly cooked, drain the fat. Coat
the inside of your crockpot with cooking spray. Put the meat and onions in
the pot with the rest of the ingredients.
To cook your chili, set the slow cooker for six hours, and go about your
day. Dinner will be waiting when you
get back.
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02.19.2015

Facing the consequences of consumption


Margaret Myhre
The Communicator
The human species seems to be on
a mission to make the earth uninhabitable, but with a little awareness of
the consequences, better decisions
can be made.
The food industry and Standard
American Diet (SAD) may play an
even bigger role on the health of our
ecosystem than any other factors combined, playing a major role in problems like climate change, pollution
and deforestation.
The California University of Science found in a study that a family
that gives up meat is equivalent to
owning a hybrid car, Scott Rollins,
instructor and department chair of Life
Sciences at SFCC, said.
Greenhouse gasses are largely responsible for climate change.
Livestock contribute largely to
greenhouse gasses by producing CO2,
as well as the more potent greenhouse
gases methane and nitrous oxides,
Rollins said. 75% of nitrous oxide
comes from livestock, and it has nearly 300 times the heat trapping capability of CO2.
Livestock also requires tremendous
amounts of resources.
One of the reasons Inland Northwest Vegans promote veganism is to
protect the environment. The society
also educates people about other
harmful effects of an animal based
diet, as well as how to cook healthy
and tasty vegan foods. They also host
a vegan potluck at the Spokane womans club on the third Sunday of each
month.
Regarding water alone, just one
hamburger requires 660 gallons of
water to produce, Tessa Trow, cofounder of Inland Northwest Vegans,
said. 1,000 gallons of water are
required to produce just 1 gallon of
dairy milk.
Producing 1 kg of animal protein
requires about 100 times more water
than producing 1 kg of grain protein
according to Water Resources,
Agriculture and the Environment
published by Colorado University in

2004.
Wasting water can have catastrophic results since only a fraction of
earths water is drinkable. According
to World Water Resources at the Beginning of the 21 Century published
at Cambridge University by Shiklomanov and Rodda, 2003 more than 97%
of the Earths water is in the oceans
As we waste water on animal agriculture, we are also creating deserts,
poisoning millions of hectares of land
with salt, killing entire lakes such as
the Aral Sea and wiping out entire
species, Trow said.
Not only are the food industries
using incredible amounts of water,
they're also polluting water and soil.
The top two water pollutants in
the US are Pathogenic (disease causing), often from livestock manure, and
nutrients from fertilizer, said Rollins.
Although fertilizer is used to
enhance the growth and nutrition in
plants, too much is not good and can
pollute water and soil.
In Spokane, one of the things we
see on Long Lake is harmful Cyanobacteria
blooms,
said
Rollins. These
can be harmful to humans
and animals,
often causing
death in pets.
The pathogenic pollutants
usually come
from livestocks
urine and feces.
A farm with
2,500 dairy cows
produces the same
amount of waste as a
city of 411,000 people, Trow said. It is
drained into entire lakes
which then contaminate
surrounding land.
Although I prefer to eat this way,

its not always possible.


In addition to using and polluting
tremendous amounts of water, raising
animals for food also destroys huge
amounts of land.
30% of the earths
land mass or 17 million square miles are
used to raise
animals for food.
Trow said.
The moon has less
area than that, at 14.6
million square miles.
More than 260 million
acres of U.S. forest
have been cleared to
for cropland to grow
feed for farmed
animals.
The animals eat
way more food than they end up producing, so eating meat requires a
lot more land for growing food
than growing food for human consumption.
1 kg of beef requires 20 kgs of
grain, Rollins said.
Eating animal products at the typical amount for the western
countries is not sustainable, and is causing irreversible
damage to the
ecosystem.

The planet could only feed about


36% of the current population on a
typical American diet consisting of
25% of calories coming from animal
products,
Edward O.
Wilson,
biologist and
chronicler
of the
science of
sociobiology, wrote
in his
- Scott Rollins book The
Future of
instructor, department life.
chair of Life Sciences So what
can someone do to
eat a more responsible diet?
Carolyn Stephens, instructor and
department chair of Fine Arts, enjoys
gardening when the seasons allow,
where she can control the pollutants.
She also tries to support businesses
who practice responsible farming.
In the nice weather months I buy
produce from farmers markets, Stephens said.
If eliminating meat seems to daunting, Trow suggests eating vegan or
vegetarian until dinner. Reducing the
amount one relies on this industry will
also reduce the negative impacts the
industry has.
Reducing the amount of meat is
not only better for the environment
but also our health, Rollins said.
That doesn't mean give up meat, Im
not vegetarian, but try to reduce the
amount.

Livestock contribute largely


to greenhouse gasses by
producing CO2, as well as the
more potent greenhouse gases
methane and nitrous oxides,

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Mens basketball plan: nish season strong

Thania Clark | The Communicator

Setting preseason goals along with intense preseason games, practice, and conditioning have helped Dean Richey and his teammates play well so far during the season.

Isaac Gonzalez
The Communicator
The Mens Basketball Team has just
finished preseason play and is looking
forward to NWAACC league play. The
team is confident in what is to come.
We are hoping all the time we put
in through preseason games, practice,
and conditioning has put us at the position to be ready for League, Coach

Jeremy Groth said.


According to Groth, team goals are
a part of any sports team that want to
be successful.
Just get better everyday with a
young group who are growing better
each day, Groth said.
The CCS team started the season
with a 6-1 record but ran into some
hiccups.
Weve faced a little bit of adversi-

ty and some challenges and our guys


have done a great job responding to
those, Groth said.
According to Groth, the team is
able to overcome these challenges
and move on.
Our guys do great at being positive, Groth said. Sometimes shots
go in sometimes they dont. Pushing
through is something we can do.
The team continues to keep up with

the league standings. They are in 3rd


place with a 5-8 league record and
15-8 total games played. With five
games left in the season they look to
finish out strong.
Competing and having a great
energy as a young team is exciting to
see moving forward, Groth said.

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Team sports involvement prepare students

means to some other goods (friendships, physical shape, etc.), rather


than being the end to which life is
directed.
In sum, sports offer myriad advantages both physically and mentally,
but pose potential problems when
expectations are too high and pressure is too great. Taking both factors
into account help lead to a balanced
and happier life.

Mallory Biggar
The Communicator

Playing organized sports is proven


to make people more physiologically
healthy, but it also builds character,
and prepares participants for life as an
adult.
The True Sport Report, a journal
put out by the Canadian Center for
Ethics in Sport, reports that students
who play sports make higher grades,
have higher expectations, and higher
attainment. Students who play sports
also have a greater connection to the
school and stronger peer relationships.
SFCC coaches say that playing
sports teaches students how to set
goals, communicate, understand
roles, and trust.
I believe that sport helps build,
form, and develop a participants
character, said Jeremy Groth, mens
basketball coach at SFCC.
The benefits that come with participating in sports are abundant.
There are many parallels between

Benefits of regular physical


activity according to the Center
of Disease Control:
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CCS Womens Basketball team benefits from working together for a common goal.

student athletics and life after college.


Every team you coach, you set
goals, said Bruce Johnson, coach of
the womens basketball team at SFCC.
Justin Ryan spent three years
coaching youth soccer in Spokane.
While there are many benefits in team
sports, he pointed out that there are
also disadvantages.

A negative effect can certainly


stem from expectations placed on
the kid from their parents, relatives,
friends, even themselves, said Ryan.
Further, even if a kid reaches all of
their goals, they will quickly realize
that this won't fulfill their desire. As
with other pursuits, sports must be
placed in their proper place as a

control weight
reduce risk of cardiovascular
disease
reduce risk for type 2 diabetes
and metabolic syndrome
reduce risk of some cancers
strengthen bones and muscles
improve mental health and mood
improve ability to do daily
activities
prevent falls for older adult
increase life expectancy

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