The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, February 18, 1987, Image 1

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Clackamas Community Collage
Oregon City, OR 97045
•Mchohol program to be instituted
iy Thad Kriesher
Currently, the only existing
I In light of the recent national drug abuse program at the col­
«ncern over the topics of drug lege, according to Director of
d alcohol abuse, the Federal Student Activities Debbie
vemment has passed new re- Baker, “consists of brochures,
™uirements in the Re- fliers and those type of things
luthorization Act of 1965. This over in the health center, and
ict allows for the authorization Mary Fitzgerald who is on loan
if all federal financial aid pro- to us from the county two hours
¡rams by congress every five a week to see students with
ears. In order for these pro- alcohol/drug problems.”
rams to remain in effect, the
An alcohol and drug abuse
lstitution offering them must committee consisting of
iass certain eligiblity re­ students and staff has been
formed to look into the forma­
The new requirements state, tion of a program, and to
mong other things, that for an answer the many questions sur­
istitution to be eligible for rounding it.
ederal financial aid dollars, the
Chief among these is whether
nstitution must certify that they or not the existing program is
lave in place a drug abuse enough to comply with federal
irevention program available to regulations. Committee chair­
iny officer, employee, or stu- woman Baker commented “We
lent at the college. In order for may be (in compliance). The
he college to comply with new federal regulations are so
jBederal regulations, the drug sketchy. It says we need to have
Abuse prvention program must a program both available to
Be in place no later than July 1, students or staff. It does not
define what that means.”
The law is, however, vague in
The committee hopes that an
: areas of just what kind of upcoming alcohol and drug
ogram the college must have, abuse workshop in Lincoln City
d what services it must offer, Feb. 22-24 that will be attended
merely states that the college by members Dale McGriff,
ist have such a program Vince Fitzgeralsd, Erna Lewis,
"Contributing Writer
aiiO Debbie Baker will help to
shed some light on the subject.
Other topics on the agenda will
include how to link staff into a
program and education of staff
on how to identify the problem,
and what to do about it.
However, even if the college is
now in compliance, yet another
complication exists. Thlis is the
fact that Mary Fitzgerald is only
here at the county’s leisure, and
could be removed at any time by
the county. Furthermore, Fit­
zgerald is not available over the
As for whether or not a pro­
blem actually exists at Clackamas
is unclear. Baker states that “The
general trend everywhere is that
there is an alcohol and drug pro­
Hem. What they’re finding is that
you don’t think the problem is as
big as it really is until you start in­
vestigating it... I know staff have
indicated to me periodically that
students have come to class and
they just know that they’re on
something. But in terms of
predicting how many students
might be or what the trend is here
at Clackamas, we haven’t done
any kind of study to predict
If the college does not comply
with the new federal requirements
by the set date, the consequences
will be grim for those students
depending on federal aid to at­
tend classes. All federal aid (PEL
Grants, National Direct Student
Loans, Guaranteed Student
Loans, College Workstudy, and
Supplemental Education Oppor­
tunity Grants), will be totally cut.
Although it is not the only
motive behind the recent move to
instate a drug abuse program,
Committee Chair Baker said
that “It certainly made it more
prevalent that we need to work
on it faster. In terms of starting
something, we’ve done that....
But in terms of really taking a
hard look at it, a more realistic
viewpoint, the federal regulations
stimulated that in terms of doing
more about it as opposed to
waiting.” She went on to say of
the new regulations that “I’m not
sure that I think that’s fair. What
I think the federal government is
saying is that there’s a problem,
and we’re trying to find ways to
help combat it.... I don’t know
that there is an easy solution to
alcohol and drugs anywhere. You
know, it’s not just a Clackamas
Community College issue, it’s a
nationwide issue, and certainly
there hasn’t been a solution to it
for years and years.”
A seven member board voted on the new logo for the college on
February 12. The vote was 5 to 1 with one member missing. Acting
as chair for the meeting, Roger Rook voted against the logo. Ac­
cording to him, the logo didn ’t show the progression of the college.
The ideas of a new logo began spring term 1986. The cost, which
was originally estimated at $10,000, turned out to cost only $9,000.
Debbie Baker participates in sweetheart blood drive. ASG
thanks everyone who participated in donating the 108 pints that
was collected.
February 18, 1987
aid changes
by Dean Grey
The 1987-88 school year has
shown changes in the Financial
Aid process. The following are
the highlights and some of what
is available in the way of Finan­
cial Aid.
To those without Financial
Aid the changes have no effect,
but to those who do, the main
changes will be in determining
dependency status. The
guidelines for an independent
filing are more strict than in the
past. This means that “there
will be more dependent
students,” said Financial Aid
Coordinator Kathy Scheer.
Another change is that all
Guaranteed Student Loans
(GSL) will be given on a “need
basis.” This will affect the total
GSL population of the college.
“GSL volume for Clackamas
College will be much less than it
has been,” stated Scheer.
According to Scheer, “For
the first time College Work
Study, Perkins loans, and Sup­
plemental Educational Oppor­
tunity Grants will be available
to half time students”.
The Higher Education act of
1965 is the Congressional Act
that authorizes all federal finan­
cial aid programs. This Act
must be re-authorized every five
years. For 1987-88, the re­
authorization of federal finan­
cial aid programs brought some
major changes. Here are the
Dependency Status - All
students under age 24 are con­
sidered dependent unless they
meet one of the following
criteria: 1) student is a veteran
of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air
Force, Marines, or Coast Guard
with an honorable discharge, 2)
student is a Ward of the Court
or an orphan, 3) student has
legal dependents other than a
spouse. If the student is under
24 years old, they can only be
considered independent if they
can prove they were not claimed
by their parents on parents in­
come tax return for 1985 and
1986 and can document that
they (the student ) earned
$4,000 for 1985 and 1986.
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