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    NEWSXOPINION
The Clackamas Print Page 3
Wednesday, March 8,1995
CCC studentTerry Demezas FRO receives name
V Donors receive thanks at dedication
to lead cultural exchange
by Tina Guinn
Editor-in-Chief
by Anjanette Booth
News Editor
“To promote international
awareness, understanding, and
friendship,” this is the main ob­
jective of the Rural Mexico Cul­
tural Exchange Program.
Terry Demezas, acting
president of the program, and
his 16-year-old daughter,
Myriam, co-coordinator of this
year’s trip and Grant High
School student, will be leading
the cultural exchange to
Teocelo, Veracruz, in July.
Teocelo is a small rural
town in the subtropical region
of Veracruz, about 40 miles
from the southern coast of the
Gulf of Mexico. The movie
“Romancing the Stone” was
filmed in this area.
Demezas will be taking 10
to 13 Oregonians on a one-
month family stay and commu­
nity service program to Teocelo
from July 20 to Aug. 21.
Exchange students are en­
couraged to contribute to the
community of Teocelo with
whatever knowledge or skills
they may have. Past commu­
nity services have included
cleaning up and planting flow­
ers in the church yards, print­
ing street signs, working in the
local health clinic and running
a children’s summer school pro­
gram offering courses in En­
glish, arts and crafts, music and
dance.
Participants and their
Mexican host families can also
participate in a variety of special
activities. Visits can be taken to
the state capitol of Jalpa, to the
port city of Veracruz, to the neigh­
boring rural towns, to ancient In­
dian pyramid ruins and histori­
cal sites and museums.
Oregonians may also enjoy
participating in evening fiestas
and dances, an overnight back­
packing trip to ah isolated moun­
tain village, hiking, swimming,
playing basketball, soccer and
volleyball with local men’s and
women’s teams, and taking Span­
ish lessons.
Demezas is still looking for
Oregonians that are interested in
participating in this cultural ex­
change. He is looking for partici­
pants that aren’t just looking for
a vacation, but are interested in
looking at another culture from
the inside.
“We are looking for people
who have a sincere desire to ex­
perience traditional Mexican cul­
ture or life, and would be sensi­
tive and appreciate cultural dif­
ferences,” Demezas said.
The total cost of the one
month trip, $1,200 per person, in­
cludes trip coordination and lead­
ers and all round-trip transporta­
tion and travel expenses from
Portland to Teocelo. The money
is also used to buy material for
classes and for a night spent in
Mexico City.
If there is money left over, it
will be used to help buy four to
six tickets for citizens of Teocelo
to come to Oregon in 1996.
The cultural exchange pro­
gram was started almost 15
years ago through SETEJ, the
Mexican Educational and Tour­
ist Service for Students and
Youth. Since the program be­
gan, many goals have been
reached, and friendships and
marriages have been made.
In 1987, Demezas and his
wife Vicky, whom he met in
1985 in Teocelo, lead a group
of eight people aging 23 to 65
years old, to Teocelo. While
there, the group lead a summer
school project teaching English
to a group of 67 kids aging from
four to 18 years old.
A generous donation was
also made by the group toward
the “Teocelo Ambulance Fund,”
which ended up helping Teocelo
finally purchase their own am­
bulance.
In 1992, the summer school
exchange program almost
tripled in enrollment with 185
kids. Rod Cooper, an Orego­
nian, also donated 40 boxes of
medical supplies and equipment
to the town. Cooper returned
in the winter to open a free
medical clinic, “Lazos Pro
Salud,” and to donate another
150 boxes of medical supplies.
If you are interested in get­
ting involved in the Rural
Mexico Cultural Exchange
Program,can contact Terry
Demezas at (503) 249-8243.
After a rigorous fund-raising
campaign, the Family Resource
Center has finally been paid for,
and the donors have been hon­
ored.
Last Thursday, at a dedica­
tion reception held in the Gregory
Forum, College President John
Keyser began the ceremony, say­
ing, “This is a great day for ev­
eryone in the room who were in a
partnership for this program.
“It is the culmination of the
past few years of tough, reward­
ing fund-raising to finish payment
on the Elizabeth McClung Brod
Family Resource Center.”
He went on to thank every­
one who contributed and espe­
cially the college board members
who “are responsible for taking
this risk.
“We hit a very large and am­
bitious target,” Keyser said.
Elizabeth McClung Brod,
after whom the Family Resource
Center was named, worked to ad­
vance opportunities for women in
the work force from the 1930’s
until her death in 1989.
McClung Brod made a name
for herself in the industrial field
during a time that was predomi­
nately male.
Since 1992, the staff of the
Family Resource Center, which
houses Life and Career Options
Program, Young Parent Opportu­
nity Program and the Camp Fire
Child Care Center, has been
working to help disadvantaged
families break out of cycles of
dependency while developing and
maintaining needed skills to be­
come self-sufficient community
members.
Camp Fire Child Care Cen­
ter Director Judy Kling was
pleased that the fund-raising cam­
paign had concluded.
“It’s exciting to me to have
been here for the conception [of '
the idea for the Family Resource
Center] to the opening [of the
building] and now to be here for
the dedication and the project be­
ing completed.
“The fact that we’re able to
have a partnership with the col­
lege is a unique and exciting con­
cept. It’s neat that Camp Fire and
CCC can work together and make
this happen for the benefit of the
whole community,” Kling said.
Rene Rathburn, assistant
dean/extended learning services,
was also excited to see the project
finished.
“It is very exciting to have the
culmination of all the hard work
that’s gone into the donation
drive.
“The part.that especially
makes my heart feel good is to see
the people being served through
the program,” Rathburn said.
Approximately 500 people,
donated money to the fund-raiser
to make the dream of a Family Re­
source Center a reality. All of the
donations were appreciated. And
several donations made were
$5,000 or greater.
To honor those who donated
amounts in that category, rooms
inside the Elizabeth McClung
Brod Family Resource Center
were dedicated in their names.
If You’re A Punk, I’m A Rocker
v'Unstereotyping Society
By Daniel Rogers and
Wilson Hur
Contributing Writers
What is life but to live and
die? Is it to be rich and material­
istic? Is happiness found there? I
had a friend named Jacob whose
outlook on life was so different, it
intrigued me to write this paper.
His image was: “I’m a rebel
punker and I do what I want.
Don’t mess with me, or I’ll fu—
you up!” Not only were his atti­
tude and brain cells formed this
way, but he definitely lived it,
breathed it and walked it.
Jacob was an old school punk
rocker. I don’t really know that
much about old school punk, but
in my own words, I would de­
scribe them as a “liberated breed
from society.”
Just as you can’t judge a book
by its cover, you can’t judge punk
rockers by the way they are. Fur­
thermore, who in society are we
tojudge?
Should we judge the head­
hunters in Indonesia who live
opposed to society’s standards,
which are created by society?
Does life advocate their cultural
heritage, which seems weird and
out of place to the norm? Should
we judge people based on color, you doing?” he would say in a
background, family, religion and loud, shrill voice. It was totally
financial status?
obnoxious.
One of society’s downfalls is
We would usually go hang
that it seems to degrade people, out in one of the many places in
stereotypically. Jacob was an easy Seattle. Or, we would visit differ­
target.
ent friends in the shelter. I was
First of all, there was Jacob’s under rage, so I could rarely get
overall appearance. He usually into bars with Jacob, where he
wore a run-down, stained T-shirt went so regularly. So, often, he’d
with an old punk rock band logo buy us a six-pack and we’d hang
on the front.
out and drink our lives away.
He usually had a dirty pair of
Sometimes he would get
work jeans on. His only pair of plastered until 2 a.m. and have to
shoes were a pair of steel-toed be at work at 6 a.m.
work boots, drenched in mud.
One thing about Jacob was if
And of course, he had a tom-up you were real with him, and
black leather jacket with a “Mis­ showed no fronts, he would be
fits” patch on back.
straight up with you. If you were
He stood about five foot five a poser, a faker or snobby, he
and weighed 130 pounds. Various would tell you how it is. No mat­
tatoos covered his defined chest ter who you were, if you screwed
and arms. His dirty blond hair -«with him intentionally, he would
hung down to his mouth, hints of kick your ass. He even did this
old purple dye thinning out. He with his close friends on occasion.
was proud and unashamed of who
I believe Jacob is the person
he was.
he is because he has been in a
Jacob worked construction. normal society, whatever that is.
After a hard, ten-hour day, he He has lived it, hated it and
would come home and plop down screwed it.
on the couch. He would still be in
He grew up in a small ‘hick’
his work clothes, which were also town in Arizona. He automati­
his regular clothes.
cally did not conform to their
“Hey, Wilson dude, what are society’s system of life.
In trying to cope, he turned
to drugs and rebelliousness at a
young age. After running away a
bunch of times and being in many
other bad delinquent scenes, he
was finally admitted to an asylum.
His parents thought he was
crazy. He’s been in a series of fos­
ter homes. He has been homeless
on three different occasions or
more. He’s lost his best friend to
a Christmas Eve suicide, and been
disowned by his parents, whom
he hasn’t seen in years. Finally,
he’s become molded into the per­
son we now know him as.
Jacob has now overcome his
addiction to drugs and has settled
into his construction job. He’s
managed to live to be 23 years old,
and is making a decent living.
He still has no desire for ma­
terial possessions, established
goals nor the way of life society
has to offer. He enjoys living day
by day, moment to moment. That
is all he knows: just to live liber­
ated from the mold of this society
as most of us know it.
Sure, he doesn’t have many
goals in life, but maybe life isn’t
really about goals and money the
way a lot of people think. Just
because his outlook on life is dif­
ferent, does it matter? Perhaps life
isn’t about living to get some­
where, because once you get there,
where are you?
To this day, a lot of people
just don’t understand different
people of different backgrounds.
They may automatically stereo­
type people by the way they ap­
pear to be. But underneath that
outer shell, Jacob is a human be­
ing just like you, me or anybody.
No matter if it’s a bum, a punker,
an African or a school teacher,
you’re still human, no matter
what.
. What I have shared on paper
is really vague. It goes far beyond
any words or ink could ever dis­
play. You see, Jacob was a mean,
hard-core punker, and even vio­
lent at times, but I knew him on
the inside. I hung out with him
and learned that once I got to
know him on the inside, he was
real and genuine.
It just goes to show appear­
ance isn’t everything, so it seems
unfair to judge a person when you
can’t know their heart. I think we
should learn to accept people the
way they are, because once you get
to know them, they may not be
all that they seem.