The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, March 04, 1987, Page 2, Image 2

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Leaving the past for the future is hard
by Lyn Marie Thompson
Photo Editor
Leaving friends, family, and
all that you know and love
behind you to venture off into the
unknown is a frightening con­
cept. But at some point in each
and everyone’s life, the break
must be made.
For many it comes immediate­
ly after high school graduation.
You get a job, move out of the
folks’ place, get married, and
follow die set patterns thereafter.
For others, it comes later, after
college maybe, or for some, like
myself, after a few previous (and
unsuccessful) attempts. Eventual­
ly, we all make the final cut on
the bonds that hold us back.
It is the finality that is so
frightening. The knowledge that
you can never go back, that
things will never be the same.
High school friends go on to
find new lives without you. Fami­
ly members are always there, they
just wonder when you’re ever go­
ing to grow up and be an
“adult,” get a real job, get mar­
ried, and provide grandchildren
for them to spoil.
You go out into the real world,
not prepared for what it holds,
but ready to go to battle even so.
Now is the time to find out exact­
ly who you are and what you’re
made of. Now is the time to
spread your wings, to grow, to
make your dreams come true, or
realize their futility.
Yes, it’s scary. But it’s exciting
too. You make new friends, learn
more about yourself, learn more
about reality, and you learn
about the possibilities of life.
True, reality has it’s harsh side.
Paying bills is a real bummer. But
you learn to deal with it.
Life in high school was easy
compared to being on your own.
It was easy to plan your life then.
Staff Writer
As you all know, t&ls is the
first of the month and with it
comes the bills. I never can
decide which bill should be paid
and which should be left for
next month. One time I decided
to pay a little bit on every bill
for several months, and see if I
could keep from growing that
way. Well I’m not an organized
person. I never sit down and
«rite out my monthly expenses
like some people do.
Take my mother for example.
She spends hundreds of dollars
on file folders and notebook
organizers. Bills to be paid and
bills already paid are neatly fil­
ed under their suitable subtitles.
The figures march in straight
columns through book after
book, year after year.
Well as I was saying, I can’t
remember from one month to
the next what’s been paid and
what hasn’t. Each month I com­
plain loudly to whoever wants
to listen, that my bills have
doubled from the month
before; finally, some good
friend showed me the graph on
my electric bill, that keeps track
of how may kilowatt hours I’d
used from month to month. It
so happened that the month she
pointed this out to me the line
was about a sixteenth of an inch
shorter than it was the month
sefore. So I was forced to admit
that my bill hadn’t doubled
after all. 1 think that little graph
is, a good idea. I don’t know
“People play the biggest part
in life. People come and go,
but there willbe some that
you will never forget... ”
People play the biggest part in
life. People come and people go,
but there will be some that you
will never forget, and will do your
best to remain close to. You may
go your own ways, but you’ll
always remember them, and love
The hardest part of going out
on your own is the actual act of
making the final break, to let go.
of the past and start on the
future. Friends and family don’t
always understand. When it
comes time to leave, things
become tense, strained. It gets to
be hard to even see those that you
care so much about, knowing
that you’re leaving them, even if
you don’t go far. Knowing that
you need more than they can of­
fer hurts. It hurts both of you.
But we survive. The love bet­
ween- you and your loved ones
will pull you through. The
friends and family will still be
there. Things will never be the
same, but they don’t have to
end, they just develop into a
new, unique relationship.
Leaving is always hard, this is
a fact of life. But we as human
beings have a neat little internal
photo album called a memory,
into which we enter all that I
special or dear that has come i I
to our lives. And al mo I
anything can open the pages I
that album - a song, a certal
perfume or cologne, anythin]
Whatever it may be, it jogs tl
memory, your eyes get glossy]
smile creeps over your face, al
you get the warm fuzzy feelinl
you had then. Yes, even if yl
never go back, you’ll alwn
Editor’s note: Lyn Thoml
sori, who has been Pho]
Editor of The Print tJ
year, is leaving Clackam
Spring term to work on
fishing boat in Alaska. Tl
last of her stories and phot
will appear in next week;
edition. We’ll miss her!
Letter to the
Bills, bills,^ills...
which oneshall I pay?
by Tammy Swartzendruber
Now... well, life can throw some
pretty gnarly curve balls your
way. You just have to learn to be
flexible, be ready, expect the
why the telephone company
doesn’t get smart and do the
same tiring, because I still think
my phone bill doubles everj
month. In fact I’m sure of it.
Anyway, as I was saying
earlier, I decided to pay a little
on each bill everymonth. Well 1
ran into a real problem. I didn’t
keep track of. what I’d sent to
the different companies. I even
got the checks in the wrong
evelopes. I paid the electric
company $25 and sent the
telephone company $70. The
next month I was horrifed to see
how big my electric bill was.
When my telephone bill came I
discovered I had a credit. I was
amazed and pleased. I mean it’s
pretty neat to think that so­
meone has paid your telephone
bill. It took me a couple days to
figure out that I was my own
Since then I have discovered
the perfect solution: I give my
money and my bills to a certain
trusted friend. Now my bills are
paid regularly, and J have more
money than I’ve every had in
my life. The bill collectors are
no longer pounding down my
door and my mail is no longer
full eft returned do&dts. My ad­
vice to all of you who have had
similar problems in paying your
bills, is quite simple: make
enough noise about the high
cost of living that some good
friend will step in and do it for
I loved Tammy Schwartzen-
druber’s inspirational piece on
living a bless-filled life. I wish
that you had more uplifting ar­
ticles in your newspaper.
PS. Keep up the exceptional
Arthur Main, night custodian
at CCC.
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continued from p.1
proximity to finals week, and an
overall apprehension thal
students would not attend,
thereby making the effort not on­
ly fruitless but actually detrimen­
tal by showing a lack of studenl
concern. Alternative solutions to
the rally were explored for max­
imum effect and optimum stu­
dent involvement. What was
decided on was a statewide stu­
dent voter registration drive, a
letter writing campaign aimed at
state representative, and a renew­
al effort by the PIC team to in­
fluence legislators.
When asked of COSACS ac­
complishments, one represen­
tative said, “As for as ac­
complishments, I think learning
is our most important area. Like
the boy scout motto ‘Be
prepared’ because sooner or later
it’s (budget cuts) going to happen
and we’ll (COSAC) know how to
combat it.”
The Print aims to be a fair and impartial newspaper covering the college
community. Opinions expressed in The Print do not necessarily reflect
those of the College administration, faculty, Associated Student Govern­
ment or other members of The Print staff. Articles and information
published in The Print ean be reprinted only with permission from the
Student Publications Office. The Print is a weekly publication distributed
each Wednesday except for Finals Week. Clackamas Community Col­
lege, 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City, Oregon 97045. Office : Treier
B. Telephone: 657-8400, ext. 309.
Editor-In-Chief: Dean Grey
Design Editor: Bret Hodgert
Photo Editor: Lyn Thompson
Opinions Editor: Stephani Veff
Sports Editor: Christopher Curran
Copy Editor: Scott Wyland
Business Manager: Jim Brown
Staff Writers: Mary Prath, Marie Stopelmoor,
Heleen Veenstra, Ted Weiss
Photographers: Beth Coffey, Amber Davis
Cartoonist: Jo Crisp ■
Typesetter: Crystal Penner
Layout Staff: Becky Bontrager, Jeff Schoessler,
Judy Singer, Melody Wiltrout
Advisor: - Linda Vogt
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