The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, December 06, 1989, Page 7, Image 7

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December 6,1989
Medieval miracle play performed tonight
by Sue Payne
staff writer
‘“The Son of Getron’,” which
will be performed tonight at 7:30
in the Community Center, in­
cludes “sex, violence, and reli­
gion,” according to Dance and
Speech Instructor .Jane Ricken-
The group, Danceof the An­
gels, will perform the medieval
miracle play. Dance of the An­
gels is a group of Oregon danc­
ers, actors, musicians, and schol­
ars who share an interest in
medieval music, dance and drama.
‘The Son of Getron’ tells of a
boy captured by the soldiers of
an evil king, who keeps the boy a
prisoner for a year before he is
rescued by St. Nicholas. This
performance also includes me­
dieval and renaissance dances
from Germany.
“It’s very easy to understand.
It’s a simple play as done by the
peasants in the middle ages,”
Rickenbaugh said.
In addition, members of the
Dance of the Angels group will
take part in a panel discussion on
some of the historical religious
and performance questions which
the play raises. The program will
run a little over an hour.
“Nobody is doing this type
of play in Oregon or Washington
as far as I know. I don’t know if
there is anything like this being
done in the United States,” Rick­
enbaugh said.
In the past two years, Rick­
enbaugh has received five grants
for these projects. Two of these
grants came form the Oregon
Committee for the Humanities;
The Son of Getron will be performed tonight in the CC Mall. Actors Susan Frost and Troy Larkin
rehearse for the production, which will be performed to live music.
another came from the Clacka­
mas Community College Foun­
dation; one came from the Lu­
theran Brotherhood Branch Chal­
lenge, branch number 2039; and
another came from the R.S. Chris­
tianson Foundation.
The group has performed as
CCC befoie, as well as at Mt. Angel
Seminary and Concordia College.
“We have been working on
this since last summer,” said Rick­
enbaugh, who will also be per­
forming in the play.
Hi-Tech Center aids "disabled"
with computer technology
by Cathryn Bangs
staff writer
“Disabled” takes on a new
meaning when considered in the
light of advanced computer tech­
nology. That person is disabled
who is not computer literate.
The Hi-Tech Center is for
disables students which is part of
the learning center in Barlow Hall.
At the Hi-Tech Center, com­
puter technology helps overcome
physical limitations. These ad­
vanced computers are programmed
to speak in eight voice ranges,
enlarge type on the screen, antici­
pate what word the user wants by
the first letter typed, and slowdown
the keyboard functions. In addi­
tion, they are user friendly.
“They’re not threatening, like
I thought they’d be,” said Perry
Lensen-Callas, an instructor at the
center, speaking of the many pro­
grams available. Lensen-Callas is
a former English teacher, but now
spends his time adapting, rewrit­
ing, and developing programs for
students at the center.
The center was designed after
adaptive computer programs in
California. It was incorporated as
a part of the learning center last
About 25 students now use
the facility. An eligibility criteria
is available at the learning center.
One of the newest and most
far-reaching features is access to a
universal “Bulletin Board.” Ex­
clusive to the Hi-Tech Center at
CCC, it allows a user to tap into
programs accessible to phone lines
anywhere in the world.
Carolyn Cate, a specialist at
the center, said she is very excited
about the program.
“Think of someone confined
to a room; this gives them access
to the whole world,” Cate said.
The center has two color
graphic computers with speech
synthesizers, and three other
computers without this feature.
All share the same printer.
Some of the students have
congenital disabilities and some
are victims of accidents or cir­
cumstance, such as illness, that
changed their lives. Computers are
helping them compete successfully
in their academic counseling and
the job market.
Although many people are not
physically handicapped at this time,
according to Dave Campbell,
counselor for the Handicapped
Resource Center, a good number
of people will be faced with a major
hanidcap in their lifetime whether
it be themselves or a family mem­
Computers of this type, and
future advancements, can play an
important part in all of our lives.
Of the students who use the
Hi-Tech Center, Cate says thought­
fully, “They’ve taught me more
than I’ve taught them.”
St. Nicholas, whose feast day
is celebrated on Dec. 6, was one of
the most popular saints through­
out the Middle Ages. “The Son of
Getron” is a story of one of the
episodes that eventually trans­
formed St. Nicholas into the
modern Santa Claus.
The music will be live, with
singers from the Mt. Angel Ab­
bey. The backdrop was done by
Susanna Lundgren. Some of the
actors participating will be Troy
Larkin, Susan Frost, and Shea
The cost to see this perform­
ance will be $3 for adults, $2 for
children, and CCC students get
in free, with two cans of food for
the homeless.
The group will also be per­
forming at the Trinity Episcopal
Church in Portland on Dec. 8 at
8 p.m., and the Newport Per­
forming Arts Center on Dec. 17
at 4 p.m., presenting a program
they did last year at CCC, “The
Play of Herod.”
Page 7
Students travel
will to London
by Donna Agee
Staff Writer
“Students have the opportu­
nity to study in London Spring
term of 1990,” says John Hooley,
Assistant Dean of Instruction at
This 10 week course offers a
variety of classes: Introduction to
Theatre, Composition, Business,
Photography, British Culture, and
English Literature. Students can
choose a minimum of four sub­
Student Services from the
University of London schedule
tours around London that further
enable the student to learn about
the rich history and culture of this
“fast-paced and stimulating” pro­
Students will stay in student
housing and attend classes at the
University of London, but the
classes will be taught by instruc­
tors from the Mt. Hood and Lane
Community Colleges.
“This is a great learning op­
portunity,” says Hooley. “The
program is open to anyone in the
community. A financial aid pack­
age is also available for students.”
Those interested should con­
tact John Hooley at ext. 454.
Friends' program attracts interest
The general consensus of all
by Me-Lissa Cartales
four members of the panel was if
Rhapsody Editor
About 90 people attended someone goes into the field of
the Friends of the CCC Library writing for the money only, they
program on how to publish a .are a fool. Lesley recalled a quote
on the subject.
book, Nov. 15.
Lesley told the audience to
According to Jim Meiser,
President of the Friends, it was imagine all of the bookstores they
one of the best turn outs for an had ever seen and all of the books
open panel discussion.
in them. Then, he told them to
The panel consisted of four imagine all of the bookstores that
speakers and a moderator. The they hadn’t seen and all of the
four speakers were Don books in them. He then told them
Hutchison, Terry Shumaker, that all of that doesn’t amount up
Craig Lesley, and Jim Ander­ to Purina Cat Chow, meaning that
son. Hutchison is the chairman all of the money from all of those
of the Mathematics Department books doesn’t even equal the
here at CCC and author and co­ amount of money made by the
author of several mathematics Purina Brand Cat Chow Company.
textbooks. Shumaker is an in­
Shumaker made the observa­
structor of drafting technology tion that “textbook writers don’t
and author of six texts in that have agents because they don’t
area. Lesley is an english and make enough money.”
creative writing instructor and
Anderson simply said, “Ifyou
author of two novels. Ander­ want to do something for money,
son is the owner and publisher do something else.”
of Breightenbush Books Pub­
Another thing that all four
lishing Company of Portland.
members of the panel agreed upon
Each author had about 15 was that writing a book of any
minutes to talk about his per­ kind takes a great deal of time and
sonal experiences in publishing. energy. Hutchison relayed some
Anderson then had about 20 of the trials and tribulations of
minutes to speak about pub­ writing a textbook and all of the
lishing in general. After the supplements that must go along
entire panel had a chance to with it.
speak, the discussion was opened
Once he had finished writing
up to questions from the audi­ the text itself, the instructor’s
manual, the student’s solution
manual, the computer test bank,
the computer tutorial’book, and
everything else that has to be
done for the Intermediate Al­
gebra book, and heihad just
begun to relax, Hutchison re­
ceived a notice from his pub­
lisher asking “what about the
pre-algebra proposal?” Then,
the entire process started all
over again.
On the same note, Shu­
maker said that there was a span
of “about four years, that I didn’t
know my wife very well,” but
then he said that he felt his
students benefited from it.
One of the funniest mo­
ments of the evening came about
after Hutchison spoke of his
publisher flying him to New
York, and how great it was to
be treated like an author. As
soon as he was finished, Shu­
maker said, with a rather comi­
cally hurt look on his face, “My
publisher didn’t fly me any­
All in all, the program was
a big success. Meiser seemed
impressed with the turnout, as
did other members of the
Friends that were present after
the program. Meiser said the
Friends hope to sponsor more
programs along the same lines
to promote “not only the col­
lege, but the whole community.”