2008 Scion XB Posting

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-5 Speed Transmission
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-One Owner
-81,000+ Miles
-New Winsheild
-Custom Mats
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The New Face of Hate

If you are white, middle-aged, and attend tea parties you are a probably a racist. If you don't agree with Obama's healthcare plan you are probably a gun-toting conservative. On the other side of the aisle Democrats are considered to be hippy, pot-smoking, kool-aid drinking liberals for their stand for Obama's healthcare proposition or for the revision of immigration rights. Are you serious? In a nation that says they are tolerant of others, why is that we can't tolerate those within our own country?

I don't know about you but my mom and dad taught me that it was wrong to talk about people and to not call people names. Have people gotten to the place that name-calling and stereotyping is now ok.

All month long at Linn-Benton Community College I had the wonderful privilege of attending many workshops held by the Diversity Achievement Center. One such workshop, the "Illumination Project", helped me to see the effects of stereotyping and the pain and violence that is brought about by such prejudices. During one of the skits a young white man remarks to his African-American friend about the neighborhood that he grew up in, "my mom smoked crack too", to which the the African-American replies, "my mom doesn't smoke crack".

Stereotypes. They are everywhere and coming out of our ears. The wars between MSNBC , CNN and Fox News have shown us since this last election (at least it seems more pronounced) that it is an acceptable thing to low-blow those that disagree with you politically by calling them names and stereotyping.

Keith Olberman said in a special report about racism called those that went to the tea parties throughout America the "Tea Klux Klan". The tea party movement is about lowering taxes and limited government control but according to Olberman they are racist and only attended by whites.

According to the Media Awareness Network a stereotype is:
Stereotype: A fixed, commonly held notion or image of a person or group, based on an oversimplification of some observed or imagined trait of behaviour or appearance.

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In the words of the late great Martin Luther King in his "I have a dream" speech ,"there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."

It's ok to disagree with people but it should not be ok to mark these people through stereotypes. Let us as American's stand above the prejudices and discriminations that come our way and judge righteous and good judgement toward our fellow man.

At a glance:

Who: Media outlets and throughout society
What: Stereotypes and racism are exploited while generating more stereotypes and racism
Why: To put to not the disagreeing group
How: Through media and diverse forms
Where: All over America

Stand up and be counted

Every year, since 1790, Americans everywhere have had an impact in their state and community by taking part in the United States Census. With the 2010 Census just around the corner, just a couple weeks from now, your part can make a difference.

Since the beginning of the Census, people have made a difference in their community by filling out the 10 question questionnaire and sending it back (for free) to the Census Bureau. It only takes 10 minutes, according to the Census Bureau website.

The 2010 Census will be shelling out around $400 billion to help various communities with hospitals, job training, senior centers, public works projects, schools and much more. Every person counted will be worth around $1300 per their community. Congressional districts also are affected by the Census and if you are not counted, it is hard to get representation.

This year marks a turn for the Census Bureau who has been asking colleges to take an active part in the Census. Previous years have come and gone and few students have participated. According to the Census campus website, “Historically, the highly mobile college student population living on and off campus has been hard to count – in part, because many people believe that college students are counted on their parents' questionnaires. However, students living away from home will receive their own questionnaires, so to prevent students from being counted twice (or not at all!) in the census, they and their parents need to know this.”

It’s important to note that no one will check to see if you have a criminal background or if you are a legal resident. Students involved in student government and faculty will be reminding students this year to take part. It’s up to us. Stand up and be counted!

Illumination Project: Illuminating Minds About Racism.

The Illumination Project event Friday, was put on by one of the departments of Portland Community College that focuses a plethora of discrimination topics and by our Diversity Achievement Center.

Students from PCC gave a performance based on certain circumstances that have happened to them in their lives involving racism. The first portion of the performance, the actors gave 4 or 5 real-life circumstances involving racism and then in the second portion they gave the same performance and students were able to interject and give their version of resolving the racial conflict.

PCC will be working on another feature for the coming year concerning discrimination toward homosexuals and diversity in relationships. To find out more you can visit their site.

Toni Klohk: A Woman on a Mission

Professional, head held high, full of confidence and with purpose, Toni Klohk, Diversity Achievement Center Coordinator, is a woman on a mission.

Klohk, was born and raised in Albany, Ore and is the oldest of three children; raised by a single mom who had to work two or three jobs to support the family.

After graduating at West Albany High School Klohk joined the military. It wasn’t until Klohk joined the Army that she realized the stereotypes and beliefs that she had held unconsciously were not as accurate as she formerly believed.

“Think about some of the history where we get some of the things we say to other people in a negative way”, Klohk said, “When we call someone a slave driver; slave driver meant at one time someone that oversaw African-American slaves during the slave times. One thing that makes me mad is when a boy is called a ‘sissy’ when they are bad because in the minds of the one who said it they are like girls.”

After the military Klohk came to Linn-Benton Community College and into the classroom of history teacher Doug Clark, who helped shape some of the values she holds dear and that changed the way she looked at diversity.

Klohk said, “It’s a matter of opening our ears and minds and becoming aware of what we say and do. Not to feel guilty, but to seek and learn so that we can become better people”.

Valerie Zeigler, Outreach and Retention Specialist, located in the DAC said, “She is passionate about social justice and moving diversity forward on the campus”. Rinee Merritt, a student in the graphic design program at LBCC, concurred, “She’s very commited to social justice”.

Klohk desires a better society where stereotypes are diminished and diversity will thrive. With drive and ambition and a mindset to achieve Toni Klohk is a woman that is alive.

“She’s like our ‘momma’, she makes sure that we clean up and gives us puzzles to do and she takes care of us”, said Kathrine Lee, a student that frequents the DAC.

At a glance:

Who: Toni Klohk
Where: The Diversity Acheivement Center at LBCC
Why: Because of her unique views she has found in life by overcoming certain stereotypes.
What: She has created programs and projects relating to diversity and discrimination
How: She is motivated by her experiences and has overcome stereotypes.

The Book of Eli:

Picture Courtesy Of Warner Bros.

Movie Length: 118 minutes
Released: Jan. 15, 2010
Starring: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, and Mila Kunis
Directors: Allen and Albert Hughes
Screenplay: Gary Whitta
Showing: The Carmike and Regal Cinemas
When: Various times

Once again, Denzel Washington
comes through the screen with a largerthan-
life role in the new movie “The
Book of Eli.” Full of great action-packed
sequences and a plethora of surprises,
this movie will be a treat to apocalyptic
adventurers everywhere.

For 30 years, Eli (Denzel
Washington) has been walking across
America to the west, carrying a book
that “God” has told him to take to a
certain city by faith. After many mishaps,
he finally comes across a functioning,
populated town so that he can charge his
iPod. During his time there, trouble breaks
out and he finds himself before bad-guy
Carnegie (Gary Oldman). They have a
scuffle over the book, which Carnegie has
been searching for all his life. Meanwhile,
Eli meets Solara (Mila Kunis) who
follows him when he leaves town. Right
up until the end it’s a page-turner of a
movie with a surprising ending that speaks
a lot about the value of having a certain
kind of faith.

Roger Ebert, in his blog for the
Chicago Sun-Times, says: “The Book of
Eli’ is very watchable. You won’t be sorry
you went. It grips your attention, and
then at the end throws in several “WTF!”

Michael O’Sullivan of the
Washington Post said: “Most people have
some good in them and some bad. This is
one of the messages of ‘The Book of Eli,’
a hyper-violent, post-apocalyptic Western
in the mold of ‘Mad Max’ that can’t make
up its mind whether it wants to be corny
or misanthropic.”

Though there are some Christian
references in the movie, most viewers
shouldn’t find things overwhelmingly
spiritual. “The Book of Eli” is still an
action movie, with lots of shotguns,
ladies, killing, broken bones and gore.

Alex Remington of the Huffington
Post sums it up best when he wrote
this concerning the movie:
As movie
premises go, it’s hard to top a postapocalyptic
action movie. Every scene
and setpiece is a perfect empty canvas
for a lunatic art department to create a
frightening, barely recognizable vision
of our world to tell a story with burnt-out
rubble of how humanity destroyed itself,
as we all know will happen some day.
There are many great movies
coming out with special effects; this
movie is in my top-ten of 2009-10
because it has a good plot, awesome
special effects, and it has a great cast to go
with it. Gary Oldman plays an awesome
super-villian and Denzel Washington is a
truly heroic figure in the quest for good.
If you liked “Mad Max,” you’ll love this
movie. This movie gets four out of five

Here's To Your Success!

Some people just don't get math, and to those of you that do get it; my hat comes off to you. According to Vicki Maurer, math faculty and Learning Center coordinator, "Math is like learning a new language." I couldn't agree more.

Last week, Jan. 12 and 13, Maurer taught a seminar on "So Much Math, So Little Time'', one of six Academic Success seminars taught by various instructors at Linn-Benton Community College this term. During the seminar she talked about the importance of taking notes, understanding how to read your math textbook and not being afraid of asking your instructor for help, to name a few key elements.

“At LBCC, we are all about student success”, said Maurer. “Through these workshops I help students increase awareness of the math resources we offer and give them tips to help make math less intimidating. Anything I can do to help students succeed is a good use of my time.”

Chareane Wimbley-Gouveia, a member of the Developmental Studies department and co-coordinator of the Learning Center, located at WH-226, said, "The success workshops have been going on for 10 years. They were created because some students couldn't take the credit classes, and we wanted to make sure that everyone could get the tools for college success."

Mandy Lassley, a psychology major who attended the math workshop a term ago said, "The math workshop helped me a lot even though I didn't find that everything applied to me. After math class I go straight to the Math Angle and I have the help that I need. If you struggle with stuff (math) it's a big help."

For more information you can visit the Linn Benton Website or download the PDF.

At a glance:
What: Academic Success seminars
When: January-March various times
Who: The Learning Center, LBCC
Where: Various classrooms, Albany, Corvallis, and Lebanon Campuses.
For more information see the Linn Benton Website.