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T he ClAckAMAs P rìnt
Wednesday, October 7, 1998
Lack of signs
confuses
students
How about a televised divorce?
Clinton scandal late-nite fun
LEAH CHAPIN
Staff Writer
ERIC EATHERTON
Staff Writer
College will always come as
something of a shock for someone
fresh out of high school.
But it doesn’t help that it can
be very difficult, for someone en­
tirely new to the college scene, to
navigate the campus. And at
Clackamas, the fact that the signs
on the buildings say basically
nothing about what is inside the
buildings makes it even harder.
Clackamas Community College
is not large, when compared to a
campus like Oregon State Univer­
sity, for example. But to a college
freshman just out of high school,
it’s plenty big and plenty confus­
ing.
For starters, the Dye Learning
Center is an easy way to throw a
freshman for a loop. When I first
came to this campus for registra­
tion and saw that building, my first
thoughts were, “They have an en­
tire building for learning how to
dye things?” I didn’t realize that the
title “Dye” was in honor of Eva
Emery Dye. Who would, until they
walked into the building and saw
the memorial plaque dedicating it
to her? The name of the building
is somewhat misleading. In addi­
tion, the sign does not indicate that
the library is housed there... very
important information!
Streeter Hall is another place
that can give problems to some­
one new. Nowhere on the build­
ing is it stated that Streeter Hall
houses the main computer lab—
at least, not until one goes into the
building and look around. One
must usually be told by someone
else that the computer lab is in
Streeter Hall.
And if you’re trying to find the
theater, it could get a little infuri­
ating to try to find out which build­
ing it’s in. Yes, you can ask just
about anyone else on campus and
they’ll direct you, but shouldn’t
students be able to find these
things on their own, without hav­
ing to ask for directions or wander
aimlessly until stumbling across a
campus directory?
There are a few buildings on the
main campus whose names are
fairly self-explanatory: the Com­
munity Center, the Family Re­
source Center and the Gregory
Forum. And granted, Randall Hall
has a sign that says “gymnasium”
on one side. But with the other
buildings, it can be confusing to
understand what’s there or where
things are.
I’m not suggesting that the
buildings’ names be changed, but
somewhere underneath the block
letters which proclaim the name of
the building, we should place a
sign explaining what is inside. Un­
derneath the Dye Learning
Center’s name, display a plaque
that says “Library”; on Streeter
Hall, display a sign that says
“Computer Lab.”
I don’t think that creating signs
located directly on the buildings—
easy to read and in plain view—is
too much to ask. Those of us who
are new - and the new students
who come to Clackamas in the fu­
ture - will appreciate the effort.
Our President got caught with
his pants down, and it could cost
him his job. Unless you checked
out of the Reality Hilton ultra-
early, you know the big buzz of
DC-Town. This political scandal
has become the stuff of late-night
talk-show hosts’ monologues.
But of course, in Washington,
scandals are nothing new, espe­
cially those of the sexual kind. (Re­
member Gary Hart’s little monkey
business with Donna Rice back ’87
way?)
Ironically, Clinton had been par­
ticularly adept at covering up scan­
dals (remember White-water or
Travelgate?), sexual or otherwise.
It doesn’t hurt that his wife is a
shrewd lawyer.
There are those who claim
Clinton is morally unfit to be a
leader of people, but I have a re­
ality check for those who hold
those beliefs: if we suddenly es­
tablished moral requisites for
those who wish to lead, we'd
probably find few who qualify.
And those who would qualify
probably wouldn’t have the de­
sire to lead. Case in point: my
mother, the most morally up­
standing woman I know and who
probably has more common
sense than a lot of politicians
currently in DC, the 50 state
capitals and the 3K-plus county
seats. Yet when I suggest she
should run for office (you can
only take so much BS from the
politicians), she tells me simply,
“I should think not.”
I think there are lessons we all
can learn from this:
1. Throughout history, there re­
mains no two more proven aphro­
disiacs than money and power. A
contemporary American example
of this (aside from Clinton, of
course) is JFK, as his dalliances
with Marilyn Monroe are well-
known.
2. Sometimes, those two items
tend to corrupt even the most mor­
ally sound of people. It’s often
been said that money is the root
of all evil.
3. More often than not, the
things we do after we allow our­
selves to get corrupted hurt those
closest to us. In the case of this
current scandal, two words:
Hillary and Chelsea.
Which brings us to: why the hell
would married-man Bill, married
close to a quarter-century to Hillary
with a daughter in college (Stanford,
no less!) carry on extramarital af­
fairs? Could it be we have the first
President to have a mid-life crisis?
What should we do with Bill?
Congress is debating the impeach­
ment of Slick Willie. But what do
I think? Should he be impeached,
should he resign, or should he just
be censured? (For those who don’t
know, that’s when Congress tells
him, “Bad President! Bad Presi­
dent!”)
I may be a little sadistic, but
here’s my suggestion: None of the
above will do. Instead, how about
this: since Monica has told all
about her affair with Bill, now
Hillary should seek a divorce while
Bill’s still President - and the di­
vorce should be televised! By
making an example of the First
Philanderer, we could cut down on
future problems.
14HWB
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