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November 5,1997
ELC meeting introduces new programs
Staff Writer
The Environmental Learning Center took time out on Oct.
25 to reap the rewards of this year’s work.
The Harvest theme of the annual ELC meeting was a meta­
phor to the amount of time and accomplishments that the staff,
volunteers and dedicated community harvested.
An outstanding number of 40 people showed up for the
annual meeting.
During the meeting a new website for the ELC was un­
veiled as were the materials for a new self-guided tour through
the ELC. The tour materials consist of pamphlets that have
passages about numbered sites that coordinate with loca­
tions along the trails of the ELC. This offers a variety of
benefits to anyone in the community who is curious about
the nature of the trails. They can also travel the tour at their
own pace.
The Department Chairman of the ELC, John LeCavalier,
is passionate about his mission to work with the college. He
likes the partnership that the ELC has with the college and
thinks that the two have functioned well together.
A Citizens' Advisory Committee compiled many of the goals
and topics for the meeting.
The meeting, which took place in the Lakeside Hall, cov­
ered a variety of topics ranging from the ELC’s history, its
mission, goals and the vital step of needing help from the com­
Recognition and acknowledgments were made for active
supporters of the ELC who not only dedicated their time and
effort, but who continue to serve the ELC by bringing aware-
Depression screening offers
students assessment, counseling
Staff Writer.
"Life sucks."
"Leave me alone. I'm in a bad
"I can't take this anymore."
"I am not having a good day."
"I hate life."
Sound familiar? It should. Ac­
cording to the National Institute of
Mental Health (NIMH), 75 million
Americans suffer from depression.
Clackamas is not beating the odds.
On Oct. 9 a depression screening
took place on campus, led and spon­
sored by various mental health as­
sociations and psychiatrists. Ap­
proximately 40 students partici­
pated in the survey which included
questions of personal reflection on
life, hope, attitude, and physical
Of the 40 students about 25 were
further evaluated by several council­
ors and psychiatrists on hand. Coun­
selor David Campbell said about 13
of them were referred with assess­
ment for further treatment to local
psychiatrists, counselors, or doctors.
He went on to say that these num­
bers were not unusual for the adult
age group that averages a 50 to
60% depression rate. The NIMH stated
that of this percentage only half seek
"Many cannot afford it; options are
limited without a health plan, and costs
are extremely high," said Campbell.
One example is the antidepressant
drug Prozac that sells at an average cost
of $2 per capsule. Patients may be pre­
scribed to take two or three every day.
High depression equals high costs.
Depression has become very wide­
spread in today's society of fierce com­
petition and changing morals.
"In these times you have to be an op­
timist to open your eyes when you awake
in the morning, said 20th century poet
Carl Sandburg.
Depression is a serious disorder that
attacks mind and body at the same time
persisting for a few months to years. Fa­
tigue, blue moods, emptiness, change in
appetite and sleep, feeling of worthless­
ness and thoughts of suicide are only
some of the symptoms of depression.
Causes of depression may be associ­
ated with chemical imbalance in the
brain, stress, illness, or for less obvious
reasons. The National Mental Health
Association reports two common sea­
sonal depressions. The first begin Sea­
sonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which
is cause by lack of sunlight particularly
problematic during winter when the
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days are shorter and darker.
SAD can be treated through
phototherapy. Patients are seated
three feet away from a fluorescent
light 12 times brighter than an or­
dinary room, light, for timed ex­
Another type is the "holiday
blues", caused by stress, fatigue
and unrealistic expectations that
can come with the holiday season.
The holiday blues and other de­
pression disorders require treat­
ments of psychotherapy,
medication, and self help groups
that counsel on ideas such as mak­
ing life more active and busy, serv­
ing others, and not clinging to the
For the many who cannot afford
such solutions, there is a suggested
"Counselors are here to sup­
port," said Campbell, who with
several other counselors offer and
strongly invite students with prob­
lems at home or school, or are
under the pressures of stress and
burdens of daily life, to make an
appointment in the Help Center.
Counselors can meet with students
for half hour or hour sessions de­
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ness to the community.
Of these people recognized for outstanding accomplish­
ments over the past year, Sha Spadey and James Dalton were
noted for their immense participation in raising awareness
and working for the Newell Creek Canyon. These two helped
the ELC to work through the transition of the ELC becom­
ing an official department of the college.
Those who continue to help with the ELC according to
LeCavalier are Chuck Scott, Joyce Sanders, John Swigert,
Larry Beutler, Leslie Winnop-Rapacki, Ken Cameron and
the College Board. These membets of the staff have helped
the ELC to function as a department and are continuously
dedicating their time to bettering the ELC.
Sandy Fox and Wayne Lei are active on the ELC board.
They were active on the board during the time of the change
over from the nonprofit supported ELC facility to the facil­
ity being an official department of the college.
The goals of ELC are made clear in their mission state­
ment: "to provide innovative environmental education and
demonstrate cooperative solutions to ecological challenges.”
The goals and strategies of the ELC need continued active
support from the community and college to be effective,
LeCavalier said.
A huge problem that the college has not fully acted upon is
the water run-off situation. Sediment is streaming into the
headwater of Newell Creek. The run-off is polluting the once
clean waterways and the silt and sediment can be seen cloud­
ing the water. The potentially disastrous effects of this eco­
logical problem are not fully understood by the entire com­
munity. Meanwhile, as the problem persists, new strategies to
stop the ever-flowing stream of silty water need to be imple­
The goal to enact a solution to an ecological problem is
very important to LeCavalier.
“If we can’t protect the headwater of our learning institu­
tion I think there’s’s an ecological problem
which causes ecological damage. It’s new but it’s there. How
do we balance that?” he said.
Missing owl found
near Barlow Hall
Staff Writer
Shadow, a Great Horned Owl, who had escaped from
her cage at the Environmental Learning Center four weeks
ago and flew into the trees surrounding the campus was
dramatically recaptured last Friday, said Leslie Winnop-
Rapacki, owner of Hawk Haven located at the Environ­
mental Learning Center.
Handlers, who witnessed the escape, said she took off
while her cage was being cleaned. Shadow is imprinted to
human beings, which means that she depend's on them for
food. She cannot survive on her
The Great Horned Owl is the
of the North American
Owls with a wing span of 60
difficult to
inches and stands 20 to 25 inches
tall. Shadow is characterized by
see the
long feather tufts over her ears
which gives her a homed appear­
ance. The rest of her feathers
closely match the coloring of tree
bark and works effectively as
camouflage. Shadow roosts near
the trunks of trees during the day
to avoid Crows. They will attack
Shadow stayed in the grove of
trees south of Barlow Hall.
Hawk Haven
“She is difficult to see in the day
time because of her camouflage,
“ said Winnop-Rapacki, “but we
can sometimes tell where she is
by the behavior of the crows who will circle over her.”
Handlers were in the grove with some food for Shadow,
trying to and lure her out of the trees. They weren’t even
sure she was still there. To their surprise, Shadow came
gliding down silently behind them out of the branches and
snatched the food held for her by Winnop-Rapacki.
"She came from about 50 feet up in the trees and landed
on my arm," said Winnop-Rapacki.
Wednesday, Novembers, 1997