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    Prouty, Edwards risk all
to lobby for state colleges
By J. Dana Haynes
Of The Print
Staff Photos by Duane Hiersche
Delaney forsees
more tough times
By Tina Riggs
Of The Print
the lumber industry, but the
lumber supply isn’t the pro­
blem. Without demand, an in­
creased supply means nothing.
There have been a few mills
reopened, but just as many
have closed,” Delaney explain­
ed. The future seems uncertain
now, but not much will change
until interest rates go down and
stay down. For the present,
there is very little to do, he
said. “I am very pessimistic. I’d
say the earliest we might see a
lasting change would be fall,
Delaney said, “There just aren’t
any bright signs.”
Last November, Peter
Delaney, economics instructor
at the College, made a few
predictions about the future of
the economy in the United
States and Oregon. Most of his
‘crystal ball’ predictions have
run true; the unemployment
rate has hit an estimated 11.2
percent compared to the 12
percent Delaney expected, and
there still aren’t apy ‘bright
signs’ to show an improving
Since the economy can
change, sometimes drastically,
within any three month period,
Delaney had a few more com- .
ments to make.
“The unemployment rate
seemed to drop from 8.9 per­
cent to 8.5 percent .nationally,
The College’s speech
which should be good news, team travelled to Willamette
but you can’t make a judge­ University last weekend to take
ment based on that,” he said. first among community col­
“Those figures don’t show a leges and fourth overall in the
rise in employment. They are a Willamette University Invita­
sign of discouraged workers; tional.
people who aren’t trying to find
Speech Coach Frank
jobs anymore because there
Harlow is proud of how well his
are no jobs to be found.”
grammerians did. “When
Inflation dropped con­
they’re only three community
siderably last year-from 12
percent in 1980 to 9 percent in colleges competing, things are
1981. Delaney attributed this going to be darn tough,” said
to good crops, the recession, Harlow.
Pulling through for the
and a fall in the.prices of oil and
silver tongued Cougars against
He added, “Some people the 13 other colleges were;
predict an upturn in spring or Teresa Svatos who hailed first
fall, but I think it may be tem­ in novice expository, and
porary. If the interest rates re­
main high, it won’t last,”
“I don’t think the big cuts
of the 1983 budget will actually
go through,” Delaney com­
mented. “The plan is to cut
social programs greatly and ex­
pand the defense budget. I just
don’t think they can pass cuts
that severe.”
The recent( withdrawal of
lumber harvesting in the ‘red
zone’ surrounding Mt. St.
Helens has caused speculation
on negative effect to the Nor­
thwest economy. However,
Delaney feels there will be little
change with or without the ad­
ditional supply of lumber.
“Oregon is dependent on
Wednesday, February 10, 1982
As the special session of
the state congress lumbers into
it’s fourth week, the 13 com­
munity colleges of Oregon are
anxiously watching to see what
budget cuts, if any, the future
has in store.
Two Clackamas Com-
munity College students are
doing more than watching,
however. Karen Prouty and
Dick Edwards have been lobby­
ing in Salem on behalf of the
colleges throughout most of
January. Edwards is the liaison
between the Community Col­
leges of Oregon Student
Association and Commissions
(CCOSAC) and the Oregon
Educational Coordinating
Committee (OECC). Prouty is
CCOSAC’s Oregon student
Prouty spent nearly all of
the first two weeks of the ses­
sion in Salem and Edwards has
spent as much as four days a
week there. And the personal
“Well, let’s say I’m wor­
ried,” Edwards said, referring
to his class attendance, “I have
to talk to my professors and see
if we can arrange something.”
Edwards is in his last year
at the College. From here, he
will go on to either a career in
law or law enforcement.
Prouty is also having trou­
ble keeping a pace with her
classes. “I haven’t attended
many of my science or accoun­
ting classes this term,” she said.
Unlike Edwards, Prouty
has no definite plans for the
future. “This is probably my last
year here, then I’ll transfer to
the University of Oregon, if I
can keep my financial aid,that
Prouty is currently taking
12 credit houfs, the minimum
needed for financial aid. If her
current lobbying efforts result in
failed classes, her aid may be
revoked, and her stay at the
College prolonged a year.
There are educational
benefits to the hours of work,
Edwards feels. “If anyone real­
ly wanted to learn something,
on-the-job training is the way.
I’m learning so much,” he said.
Another benefit is the op­
portunity to meet and work
with some of Oregon’s most in­
fluential people. Thanks to the
lobbying effort, Edwards now
has a part-time, volunteer job
working for Senator Ted
“Dick and Karen have
When asked why she is done tremendous work,”
jeopardizing her classes, just to Associated Student Govern­
lobby, Prouty said, “I feel for ment President Sam Crosby
this school. It’s done a lot for said, “We couldn’t ask for bet­
me. I don’t think I’m any more ter representation. I commend
concerned than the next stu­ the job they’re doing. Unfor-
dent; I just have the opportuni­ tunately, the legislature isn’t
doing their job as well.
ty to help.
Speech team places
fourth at Willamette
novice oratory; while Mike
Doane took first in novice
poetry; as Ed Coyne and Scott
Van Cleave teamed up for the
second place title in novice
debate; and Linda Perkins was
a finalist in open oratory.
representatives Kari Nelson,
Carolyn Ellenbrock, Karen
Prouty and Lori Bevington will
travel to Western Washington
University in Bellingham for a
three-day competition.
Harlow said “California
teams will be there, and that
means a lot of out-of-work ac­
tors will be competing.” Harlow
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