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Qackamas Community College_________________________________________ _____________________________________________ Wednesday, October 17,1984
Local fundraiser helps combat Measure 2
Clackamas Community
College , is once again gearing
up to campaign against
another property tax limita­
tion measure. This Friday,
Oct. 19, a local fundraiser will
be held to raise money to buy
television time for ads oppos­
ing Ballot Measure 2, Bob
Ellis, dean of community
education, said.
The fundraiser is being
sponsored by the Committee
to Support Community Ser­
vices (CSCS) and will be held
at the Oregon City Armory
from 4-9 p.m. Tickets were
available Oct. 1, and cost $5
Ellis explained CSCS
represents Clackamas County,
and it is working in conjunc­
tion with the Oregon Commit­
tee, which is the statewide
committee involved in
defeating Ballot Measure 2.
The Oregon Education
Association (OEA) is also in­
volved in campaigning against
the measure.
Ballot Measure 2 is a pro­
perty tax measure designed to
limit the rates of annual pro­
perty taxes to 1/2 percent, or
$15 per $1,000 of assessed pro­
perty value.
The major activities for the
College’s campaign at this
point include rounding up
volunteers to go canvassing,
and seeking contributions.
“We’re (College) trying to get
people to participate,” Ellis
Canvassing is scheduled to
take place Oct. 27-28 and Nov.
3-4. In regards to the cam­
paigning effort the College put
out to defeat Ballot Measure 3
in 1982, Ellis said the canvass­
ing played a major role in the
success of that campaign.
Campaign goals include the
ability to raise at least $20,000,
possibly more, in order to help
pay for television advertising.
Ellis said $20,000 was raised
back in 1982, not counting in­
dustrial contributions. He also
said television time has been
reserved and is awaiting pay­
Overall, Ellis said the spirit
among campaign members
was one of optimism, and he
added that once the public is
aware of all the consequences
of Ballot Measure 2, it should
be defeated.
“It really is a difficult
measure; it takes time to
know. But once you have a
well-informed group at the
polls the chances of it being
Anyone interested in
volunteering time to the cam­
paign against Ballot Measure 2
can talk to either Ellis at ext.
408, Shirley Cressler, who is
organizing the faculty, at ext.
376, or Kevin Forney
classified staff organizer a
ext. 502. Ellis said he is work­
ing with the administrative
group at the College.
Enrollment declines
further to 10 percent
Figures tabulated for the
first two weeks of classes at
Clackamas Community Col­
lege show a projected drop in
student enrollment of approx-
'imately 10 percent, according
to Charles Adams, director of
admissions and records.
Enrollment numbers total
4,830 students as opposed to
5,400 this time last year.
“I don’t want to paint a
‘doom and gloom’ picture in
the minds of the public,”
Adams said. “There is no real
problem now.”
He also said, however, that
if enrollment continues to
decline in the future some of
the currently offered classes
may have to be cancelled.
college athletes and coaches gathered for a
roast beef dinner Tuesday night in the College
defeated are greater,” Ellis
In regards to possible
reasons for the drop in enroll­
ment, Adams said, “Basically
fall, winter, and spring term sports events,
Photo by Joel Miller it is economics. We (College)
have a lot of good instruc­
tional programs and quality
teachers, but people are star­
ting to really take second looks
at how they spend their
“People who are working
aren’t going to be able to just
quit their jobs and go to
school. The jobs, they fear,
won’t be there when they get
back,” he added.
Another reason Adams gave
. for the decline in enrollment
“Money’s tight,” he said.
“There is a lack oT funding in
the agencies that sponsor
students for training.”
When breaking down the
actual statistics, Adams ex­
plained that 45 percent of the
students are in transfer pro­
grams, 38 percent are in oc­
cupational programs and the
rest are involved in general
self-improvement courses.
Laugh Clinic prescribes humor for health
By Shelley Ball
Of The Print
The magazine Reader’s
Digest is famous for coining
the phrase “laughter is the
best medicine.” The idea
humor is medically beneficial
has become more than just an
adage however. It’s a reality.
Using humor to reduce
stress and cope with tension
are two of the many concepts
that will be taught at the
Laugh Clinic, a newly-formed
organization that will be
holding a series of two-hour
sessions at Clackamas Com­
munity College. The first in­
troductory session was held
last night.
“Our (clinic’s) basic
premise is people can learn
how to develop and use their
sense of humor for productive
purposes, ’ ’ Carol Petersen,
College health and PE instruc­
tor, said. Petersen will be the
main person leading the clinic
Other guest leaders or
members of the clinic include
famous lecturer and speaker
Dr. Lendon H. Smith; Joseph
Patrick Lee, clinic founder;
Jerry Parrick, president of
Parrick*Milpacher, Inc; E. T.
(Cy) Eberhart, director of
chaplain services at Salem
Hospital; and Mayor of
Oregon City Ronald D. Thom.
Besides teaching people how
to use humor as an alternative
to stress, Petersen said humor
has been scientifically proven
to change the body’s chemistry
to a more healthful status.
One such example is Nor­
man Cousins, a man Petersen
said was suffering from a
degenerative disease of the
muscles. Through the use of
humor, Cousins was able to
change his body chemistry to a
healing chemistry. Cousins has
since written a book about his
recovery, titled Anatomy of
An Illness, and a movie has
been made as well.
While there have been
humor conventions and
seminars on humor before,
Petersen said she thinks the
Laugh Clinic is .an original in
the way it teaches people to
use their sense of humor for a
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