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Wednesday, April 28, 1999
ASG releases official candidates list
ROBERT SCHOENBERG
News Editor
Clackamas has more candidates
for this year’s ASG elections than
ever before, said ASG Elections
Officer Paul Creighton. Four can­
didates are campaigning for Presi­
dent and three seeking the office
of Vice-president.
Every registered student has a
vote.
It should prove to be one of the
more interesting ASG campaigns
in a long while. Not only will there
be many candidates, the elections
will be held during a week when
events outside the Community
Center will bring students out of
doors.
Except for one candidate, the of­
fice seekers are already involved
in ASG. Campaigning for President
this year are, in alphabetical order:
• ASG Chief of Staff Lynn Brown
• ASG Senator at Large Mike
Lewis
• ASG Childcare Senator Jennifer
Rankin
• ASG Student Access Officer
Rachelle Snowley
Those seeking the position of
Vice-president are:
• ASG Campus Affairs Officer
James Gould
• Student Jacob Pence
• ASG Legislative Officer Chris­
tine Reed
ASG adviser Norm Bemey said
he is not aware of any election that
has had as many candidates.
The candidates and their elec­
tion managers can begin campaign­
ing today. The ASG provides ma­
terials, using student activity
funds, for the posters and flyers
that will appear on campus.
Next week, a candidate’s forum
will be held on campus at a loca­
tion to be announced. The candi­
dates will present their views and
take questions from students, said
Creighton.
Over the last three years, voter
turnout during the spring elec­
tions was low. There were 1,554
full-time students enrolled for
spring term, 1996. Only 214 cast
ballots. In 1998, of 1,964 full time
students, 204 voted in the elec­
tions.
ASG Student Affairs Officer
Laurie Robinson said that voter
turnout was high in the year when
the polls were open during Inter­
national Week. This year the elec­
tions will be May 10 and 11. The
Environmental Fair will be May 10
and 12. On May 10 the Clackamas
Chamber Singers will perform out­
side the Community Center.
Creighton said that election vol­
unteers will walk the campus that
day asking students to vote. He
expects a high turnout this year.
Polling stations will be set up
outside the Community Center for
eight hours each of the two days
of the election. The candidate with
the most votes, even without a
majority, will win.
What makes a kid A/OTexplode, turn
SUSAN ABE
StaffWriter
In his Senior year of high
school, Lance was killed in a car
accident. Chuck was the driver,
andfor months friends feared that
his life was over, too. Years later,
Joe’s sanguine reaction was: “It
couldn’t have happened to a nicer
pair of guys.”
Now, Joe’s not a cruel, insensi­
tive guy. In fact, he was shocked
that he could react so callously to
a tragedy touching people he
knew. But Chuck and Lance had
tormented him, day after day after
day, since sophomore PE, had re­
jected him and put him down.
Eventually that had eroded his
ability to see Lance and Chuck as
human beings. Joe can understand
the emotions that drove Eric Har­
ris and Dylan Klebold to massa­
cre their classmates in Littleton
last week.
But Joe never killed anybody.
Neither did Leah, or Jeremy, or
Sarah, or Bernie.
Why not?
Reducing the motive
Every crime involves motive,
means and opportunity. This week,
people have looked at gun con­
trol—reducing means—and
school security systems—reduc­
ing opportunity. Others are trying
to reduce motive, by taming vio­
lent young people.
According to human develop­
mental theory, teenagers are tasked
with differentiation —learning how
they differ from other people and
defining their own separate identi­
ties. As a consequence, feelings
of isolation are common; Simon and
Garfunkel’s “I am a rock” and Joy
Division’s “Love will tear us apart”
resonate in high school.
Most kids manage to endure it.
How?
Joe remembers one talk with his
father, who said, “At graduation,
your life begins. These guys, their
time will be over.” Leah got in­
volved in journalism projects. Jer­
emy and Sarah were certain that
they’d get caught and that their
tormentors weren’t worth facing
punishment. Bernie didn’t want to
disappoint his dad.
Here is the common factor: each
of these people knew that some­
body noticed and cared what they
did. Adolescent counselors report
that youths who become violent
are often not convinced that any­
body knows or cares.
How do we provide every ado­
lescent with that knowledge?
Juvenile Crime Prevention
Across the country this week,
civic leaders are debating ways to
establish firm supports for shaky
kids, supports that will endure
when the horror has worn off.
In Salem, Governor John
Kitzhaber’s Juvenile Crime Preven­
tion Agenda, first announced in
January, 1998, is moving to the fore.
The first days of the 1999 legisla­
tive session were devoted to a work­
shop on the issue.
Senate Bill 555 adds youths who
are “taken into custody for pos­
sessing a firearm or dangerous
weapon in a public building” to the
list of those who must appear in
court before being released to their
parent or guardian, and requires
the court to order a mental health
and sociological evaluation. It was
heard before a crowd by the Sen­
ate Judiciary Committee on Friday
afternoon, April 23, and appears
likely to pass.
SB 555 is only one element of
the Agenda. Other goals focus on
intervening with children and
youths before they begin carrying
weapons, investing in crime pre­
vention rather than punishment.
Specifically, the Agenda calls for:
• Community support for high-risk
juveniles before they fail.
• Protection from domestic vio­
lence for children and families.
* Ensuring the health of each child
entering school (and also insuring
each child’s health).
Most of these ideas do not re­
quire new statutes. They do require
funds. Kitzhaber has called for $30
million for these programs in the
1999-2001 biennium; since the
budget is the last task for every
Legislative Assembly, this won’t
really be debated before late May.
Various departments of state
government are directing special at­
tention at at-risk youth. Most of
the money, however, Kitzhaber in­
tends to devolve to the counties
and cities to use according to the
needs of the specific communities.
Who is an at-risk youth?
The difficult question, in a popu­
lation where almost every teenager
feels isolated, is identifying those
most urgently in need of help.
Kitzhaber’s Agenda targets those
who are disproportionately repre­
sented in youth correctional facili-
ties: those who have not suc­
ceeded in school, those with a his­
tory of self-abuse, those with fam­
ily members convicted of crime,
those with gang affiliations and
those with children.
Such a complex target popula­
tion requires diverse support so­
lutions. The Legislature will cer-
Gun control shot down
in Oregon House
Senate Bill 700 would require gun sellers at gun shows to check that
purchasers are not convicted felons or otherwise ineligible to buy firearms.
Recent investigations by the Portland police bureau indicated that up to
27% of the guns used in the city’s gang-related crimes were purchased at
gun shows, mainly from unlicensed gun dealers and collectors.
SB700 passed the Senate but is dying in the House Committee on Busi­
ness and Consumer Affairs, where Chair Roger Beyer, R-Molalla, is disin­
clined to allow it to be debated.
Last Wednesday, the day after the Littleton shooting, Randy Leonard,
D-Porfland, tried a rare parliamentary action to remove it from the committee
and bring it to debate on the floor. The Republican leadership of the House,
protecting the authority of the committee chairs, got wind of the attempt
and organized its members to vote against the measure.
Under Beyer, it is unlikely that SB700 will pass in this session. Such a
measure has been proposed before, and will probably reappear in 2001.
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Call your legislator
Most Clackamas students are represented by Kurt Schrader, D-C anby,
or RogerBeyer, R-Molalla, in the House, and by Rick Metsger, D-
Welches, in the Senate.
Metsger:(503) 986-1714, or metsger.sen@state.or.us '
Beyer: (503) 986-1428, or beyer.rep@statc or.us
Schrader: (503)986-1423, or schrader.rep@state.or.us
It vou aren't sure who represents you, but you do know your ZIP
code, Project Vote Smart can tell you at http://www.vote-smart.org/
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tainly allocate some money to the
effort, although probably not the
$30 million that Kitzhaber re­
quested. Organizations around the
state, inside and outside govern­
ment, are making plans to use
those funds, and they are looking
to the Governor’s Agenda to help
coordinate those diverse plans.
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