The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, May 20, 1998, Page 3, Image 3

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    TI- ie CI ac I< amas P r I nt _________
opinion___________________________________ 3
Errors in recent issues of the Pr/nf addressed
Copy Editor
“I was very proud to see the article about Baldwin van
der Bijl...I hold [him] in high personal regard. There­
fore,- you'can understand my irritation at seeing his
quote attributed to Beavis...”
Kathy Logemann, Computer Science.
cessor articles to printed newspaper articles, there are
many changes made for style, clarity, grammar, spelling
and brevity. All told, there are usually between 300 and
400 of these changes made per eight-page issue. For a
12-pager like issue 21, obviously, there are more.
Consequently, more mistakes'are missed. About 30
This week, the newspaper has become the news.
The letter quoted above represents well the letters
and comments the Clackamas Print has received re­
cently due to a number of errors in the paper.
In issue 21, we ran a story about Baldwin van der
Bijl and his recent promotion. The story was fine ex­
cept for the problem mentioned above. The offensive
adolescent to whom the quote was attributed is by no
means our new dean of math, science and allied health.
Unfortunately for the real dean and us, the tem­
plate we generate all of our pulled quotes from has
Beavis’s name as a placeholder. We’re supposed to
change Beavis to the correct name as we need it. This,
obviously, didn’t happen for issue number 21.
“I realize that this is most likely the result of an
error on the part of someone or several someones,”
Logemann goes on to say in her correspondence. This
is true. It’s the page editor’s job change the template,
and the copy editor and advisor’s job to make sure
it’s done.
“However, to choose a name such as Beavis as the
default placeholder shows a lack of judgment,”
Logemann continues. “Perhaps the person who de­
cided to use this placeholder also felt that they would
never make an error. This shows an excessive amount
of arrogance.” This is a good point. Something like
“Name Here” would have been an equal oversight,
but would have been less embarrassing to both van
der Bijl and the Print.
The fact is that, in the transition from word-pro­
changes should have been made on this issue that weren’t
caught. This is a normal number for an issue this size.
In other recent issues, a word in the front page headline
was misspelled, an write-in ASG presidential candidate’s
name was misspelled, and the last line of a photo caption
was left off. The staff of the Print realizes that these errors
are avoidable.
Sometimes errors are beyond our control, however.
For instance, last week the Print was nearly mistake
free—and our printer made an error that severely hurt
its appearance.
The Print has also begun receiving negative feed­
back recently for its content. In particular, a column by
cartoonist Mark Hoffmann (“Dear Grizzo”) and a list of
“Top Ten Reasons to Attend Clackamas” in the Arts and
Entertainment section offended a few readers. Though
these articles were mostly tongue-in-cheek, they were
“on the edge” in the ironic tone they utilized!
The Print staff is concerned about reader reaction
to anything it produces. However, unlike the spelling
and attribution errors, reaction to these columns was
mixed. Some students found them highly offensive,
while others enjoyed them and wanted to see more.
This paper embraces freedom of the press. We do
not adjust our opinions to fit with what the general popu­
lation desires. Any other newspaper would be proud to
admit this fact as well. Therefore, not everything we say
will please everyone. If it did, what would attract read­
Even freedom of the press can be taken too far,
though. It is as much the readers’ decision as ours whether
or not this happens in anything we write. That’s why we
print letters to the editor and have an advisor who lets us
know what is and is not acceptable journalism.
Please see the rest of our opinion section of this
issue for some thoughts on the Print’s content. Do
we go too far? Are we doing our job as a student
paper? You be the judge. E-mail us at or see us in Barlow 104.
We accept feedback of all types.
ASG awards staff for hard work
ASG President
I would
like to
thank all of
the winners
for their '
work.;. You
are the
ment of all
that is right
Jacob Bosnisch
ASG President
There comes a time when the year
winds down, and students and teach­
ers want the year to end! Yet, we must
continue our path to finish and finish
It is also the time where we need to
congratulate teachers and staff for be­
ing strong all year.
Student government wanted to give
credit where credit was due. This year
we have created two new awards that
will become an annual part of our year-
end traditions. The awards are “Best
Help” and the illustrious “Rookie of the
Year” award.
The “Best Help” award is for full-
and part-time teachers who have al­
ways been there for students. “Best
Help” means that an instructor will go
out of their way to make a student’s
education a success. The winners are
of the best quality and have advanced
to a higher level of excellence. They
help students succeed and constantly
improve themselves and their styles.
For the 1997-98 school year student
News griefs
government awarded two full-time and
two part-time instructors. The winners
are, for full time: Geology Instructor
Jon Snively and Speech Instructor
Kelly Brennan. For part-time instruc­
tors ASG has awarded Health Instruc­
tor Tim Pantages and Spanish Instruc­
tor David Miller.
The “Rookie of the Year Award” is
awarded to an individual new to the
Clackamas institution. This person
must personify the Clackamas way, our
mission, and maintain a high level of
service to students and staff. The
Rookie of the Year is our most presti­
gious award. It is an example of ex­
cellence and a symbol of working hard
to make things happen.
This year’s winner has proven him­
self as an accomplished servant, a hard
worker and a great cook. Student gov­
ernment unanimously awarded Cafete­
ria Operator Rick Traynor our Rookie
of the Year award.
I would like to thank all of the win­
ners for their hard work and dedication.
You are the embodiment of all that is
right with Clackamas. Thanks for mak­
ing it a great school year.
The college’s Summer Writers’ Workshop for
Writers of Children’s Literature and Young Adult
Fiction will be held at the college July 10 and 11.
Anthropology 242: Introduction to Field Ar­ Contact Allen Widerburg at ext. 2359.
chaeology will be an exclusive course offered
Summer Term. Contact Bob Keeler at ext. Student parents are invited for the First Annual
2339, or stop by his office in M224.
Ice Cream Sundae Party May 29, from 6:30-7:30
p.m. in the Skylight Dining Room. Contact ext.
Ushers are needed for “Twelfth Night” in ex­ 2247 for more information.
change for free admission. The play will run in
the McLoughlin Hall Theater the evenings of The Clubs Banquet is currently scheduled for June 1
May 21-23,29 and 30 and the afternoon of May at 7 p.m. at the Spaghetti Factory. Contact your club
31. Contact Alice Nelson in Ml 12 or at ext. advisor to RSVP or contact Ellen in ASG at ext. 2247.
Students interested in fundraising for copy
The Water Extrusion Party will be tomorrow machines contact Allison Knott at
.in the Forum at 3 p.m.
The following is Grizzo’s first
letter from an actual person.
Dear Grizzo,
I believe your choice of words
and abusive language are inappro­
priate and cruel. Those individu­
als who took the time to write you
were stating their opinions and
clearly not attacking you...
I further feel that your opinion
directly reflects your attitude re­
garding your teachers, fellow stu­
dents, and those employees that
help you with your college needs.
If you feel we lack higher intelli­
gence are you implying that you
know it all?
Amber Forrester
Please accept my sincere apol­
ogy for any offensive statements I
made in the last issue of The Print.
If you had to deal with these pig­
gish editors and slow-as-snails
staff writers you’d be feeling the
same way. The comments I made
were definitely a bit aggressive
and I probably shouldn’t have
made them. You’ll notice, how­
ever, that I refrained from using
any actual “bad words,” confining
myself solely to witty insults.
Oh, by the way, the people who
wrote in don’t care about the com­
ments I made, because I’m the one
who writes the questions. They
were fabricated and I can tell you
for a fact that my feelings were not
And as for your question about
me knowing it all? I am pleased
you were able to read far enough
into my writings as to discover
that fact. That was the purpose
of my entire column, and you were
able to detect it. This is impres­
sive since all these lepers here in
the Clackamas Print lab still
haven’t realized that am the su­
preme being of all-knowing...
Dear Grizzo,
I hate the Clackamas Print. You
guys ^re always spelling things
bad and uses bad grammar. Why
don’t you clean up your acts and
print a desent [sic] newspaper for
Print Hater
Well, Cretin, if you could lower
your pudgy little nose down to the
level of us lowly Print staff members
for a few minutes you’d realize that
most people are not perfect,
dunderhead. In fact, here at the Print
we are proud of our mistakes and ac­
tually make some of them on purpose
so as to provide some weekend en­
tertainment for miserable fools like
you. Your comments are not appre­
ciated and your snippy little attitude
is certainly going to cause problems
when you hit puberty and start look­
ing for dates.
Well kids, that’s it for another Dear
Grizzo column. I hope you had as
much fun as I did.
Wednesday, May 20, 1998