Archive for March, 2009

A Day in the Life of a College Mom — Part 2

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

 by Mary Baugh  There is one thing that I know for sure, and that is that laundry never ends…It is a bottomless pit. As Sabrina walks into the room with her fourth outfit of the day on, it really occures to me, that as long as I’m alive, I will be continuessly washing, drying, folding, and putting away clothes, towels, and sheets. Matching up and folding socks. Bleaching out stains. Air drying shrinkables, and sorting clothes according to colors. It’s not that I really mind doing laundry, but everytime I am taking the time to do it, I keep glancing over at my books, and I have a tremenous guilt complex that I’m not studying. On the other hand, if I’m studying, I feel guilty that I’m not doing housework. How do I find that delicate balance?  How do I prioritize when it comes to school and family, and how do I stop myself when I’m buried in a book and I know that dinner needs to be made? These are the things that a mom who goes to school has to ask herself. And believe me, I’m asking. Ever since that first moment when I felt my first-born kick me, I have had a priority. That priority is, that other little person. Every waking moment and every sleeping moment, I can’t imagine that anything could ever ever take precedence over that, and really, nothing ever will. Now that I’m a student AND a mother, I’ve had to, shall I say, reprioritize? Not in a way that takes AWAY from my kids, but in a way that adds dimensions to my life as a mother and a student, WITHOUT taking away from them. So, here I am. I am on my way to pick up Madeline from school. I have to study for my test in Nutrition, and there are loads of laundry to be done. I haven’t made the beds and I also forgot to take something out of the freezer for dinner. Needless to say, the 50 mile an hour speed limit between Eureka and Arcata is extremely frustrating, and the desire to break the speed limit is overwhelming. I simply don’t think that there are enough hours in the day.As I pull up to Madeline’s school, she is rushing to the car through the rain, with her backpack, laptop, jacket, and our pet python hanging on to her thumb.  I really don’t think that there are enough hours in the day. She climbs into the car, and her thumb is dripping blood all over the front seat,and the look in Houdini’s eyes are clear; “I refuse to let go.” I stick my thumb in the snakes mouth and try to pry, but her little hypodermic needle-like teeth pierce my skin and i realize that I need help. Gone are any thoughts of laundry, school work, and dinner. My priority is crystal clear.Racing through the door of the nearest vets office, the doctor rushes out and assists me, releasing the snakes jaws from my daughter’s finger, and allowing a huge breath of relief to escape from my chest. Madeline’s thumb is purple and swollen and she thinks that one of the teeth is embedded in it. I rush her to urgent care at Saint Josephs Hospital, where, 3 hours later, we get a clean bill of health from the doctor, along with instructions on keeping the finger infection free.I walk through the front door, so relieved to be home, and well aware that although dinner isn’t made, the laundry remains dirty and I have yet to study for my test, my daughter is safe, healthy, and is and will always be, my first priority……… be continued

CR Student Looks at Disc Golf

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Golf anyone? 

            Have you ever just wanted to just get away? Ever find yourself sitting in front of the computer bored out of your mind? Or even stuck in front of a cash register wanting nothing other than to get off work, but you know there is nothing to do when you get home?There is this new sport called Frisbee Golf, and it’s only ten dollars for a new disk! Now I’m not saying you are only going to bye one, but you only need one for around 3 months to a year (unless you get really in to it right away).I find Frisbee golf is a great way to get your mind off of all those things that just stress you out. Like an over stimulating day at work, or sitting in front of the computer all day plying the same game. Maybe you need to just get away. Frisbee golf definitely helps get my mind free of all the stress, maybe it will help you to.            So where can you go to play you say? There are four different golf courses in the area. The easiest course from my experience is the one off of Samoa blvd. in Manila, between Eureka and Arcata. Then I would half to say the Madriver course is a little harder. Harder still would be Cooper Gulch in Eureka. All of which are par threes (which means you make the shot start to finish in three shots) and all three courses have 9 holes a peace. The hardest course in the general area would half to be the curtain up on 18th st. behind H.S.U. in Arcata. If you want to play this course I suggest going up there and waiting for someone to lead you through it. First off the first hole is hard to find as are all of the holes. Second there are 18 holes on this course, plus four more hidden ones all of which are par threes. Any of the pros would most likely be glad to show you through. 

            My favorite course in the area is coopers gulch, and I try to get there as often as possible. That’s all for now I hope to see you out there enjoying the sun, and having fun.


Rodney Neff


CR TV News — On the Air

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Catch the latest edition of CR TV News Magazine, the Northcoast’s only TV News Magazine.  The latest edition featuers:

A look and Eureka’s “Arts Alive

A look at Sequoia Park Zoo

 Young Irish Dancers

Vecinos Latinos– Cecelia Rahner and her artist son Pablo

Moonstone Guitars — Featuring Steve Helgeson.

CR TV News Magazine is aired on Access Humboldt.  Check listing.  Alkso see past programs on www.Archive.0rg  Then type in Access Humboldt CR News.

Back to School Mom: Story of Survival

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

                                A Day in the Life of a College Mom                        Mary Baugh  It is 5 a.m. It will be my one and only moment of solitude today, so I cherish it. The smell of coffee slowly stirs my senses, and after the first sip, I feel almost human. The house is quiet, eerily quiet, considering I have 4 children, but although there is stillness, my mind is already racing far ahead. The daily schedule looms in front of me, and I know, inevitably, there will be chaos.ZAP…the solitude is gone. 6 a.m.“Wake up!! come on everyone..RISE AND SHINE!! We do NOT want to be late  today like yesterday!!”“MOM! Madeline WONT get out of the bathroom!! And I have to GO!! BAD!!”“Madeline!! Hurry UP! There are other people in this house you know!”I am brushing hair, brushing teeth, putting on jackets, finding socks and stuffing food into snack bags…”Hurry up gang!! My class starts in 45 minutes! Oh, and yours start in 10!”7:40 a.m.As we back out of the driveway, I realize that I forgot to warm up the car, and there is a layer of ice formed on the windshield.. argh! One MORE delay!Exceeding the speed limit (just a little bit) and gesturing frustratingly at the slow line of cars in front of me I shout “ why don’t we just park here! Jesus!”Such is the morning of a college mom…a mom who desperately wants an education, but not at the risk of life spinning out of control. Not at the expense of her kids. Not if it means failure. That is a word that scares me. If I risk it all, and plunge in headfirst, am I being selfish to my family? Did I take on too much? Will I fail?8:25 a.m.I have dropped off the kids, and am now speeding south on the 101. DAMN! My class starts in 10 minutes, and I still have to park the half mile away!I realize that I didn’t finish the paper due in Sociology because Sabrina had come down with a fever the night before, and Collin had lost his glasses. I am grateful for the one and a half hour break between my first two classes.8:35 a.m.I rush in the door of my journalism class, out of breath and very sorry that I have missed the first 5 minutes of class, because I don’t want to miss one word of anything, and because everytime I walk in late, everyone is laughing at something David said, and I missed it. I plop down in my seat…take out my paper and pen..and my mind drifts off to what I’m going to make for dinner…

To be Continued………….

Introducing CR News On-Line

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Welcome to journalism’s new age — news on-line.  I’m Dave Silverbrand, Journalism Instructor at CR.  This is your chance to become a part of our team.  We are the news organization of our school and we want to shed light on life on campus.  Sports, club activities, on campus issues, whatever you think is relevant is imporant to us.

 We’re making history here–the first on-line college newspaper in Humboldt County.  And we’re preparing our writers for the new media age.  To be part of the team, enroll is Journalism 5 or 1 classes listed in the CR catalogue. 

But you don’t have to be a journalism student to contribute to our on-line newspaper.  Just submit your articles or ideas and we’ll take it from there.

So let’s have your articles or ideas.  Send them to   

And keep checking in for updates.

What is an Early College High School? Come find out at Academy of the Redwoods Information Night March 30th: By Matt Malkus

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Eureka, California, 3/3/09 – The Academy of the Redwoods (AR) will hold an information night on Monday March 30th at 6:30 pm in the large Lakeview Room on the College of the Redwoods (CR) Campus. AR invites anyone interested in finding out what our school is all about to come to our information night.  We welcome interested parents, prospective students and community members who have heard about early college high school and want to learn more.  There will be a brief presentation by principal Matt Malkus and current students and parents will also be available to talk about their experience.  This year we celebrate the first graduating class of AR and want to share with the community what our students have accomplished. The majority of the evening will be open for discussion and an open format will include a question and answer period where any and all your questions about AR will be answered.   Academy of the Redwoods is a Fortuna Union High School District early college high school with an accelerated and rigorous college preparatory curriculum. The school is located on the College of the Redwoods campus. It provides qualified students with a high school diploma and, potentially, up to two years of college credit by the time they complete their four-year high school education. AR was one of the first “early college high schools” in the State of California: currently there are more than twenty in operation throughout the state and more being implemented each year. In the 9th and 10th grades, AR students take predominantly high school courses; students can take up to 11 units of college credit per semester in the third and fourth year of the AR program. The high school curriculum is marked by a clear focus on the importance of literacy in all disciplines: thus, AR students enroll in two years of intensive high school courses to better prepare them for college enrollment and the work that is demanded for success in post-secondary education.   AR is currently accepting applications for the 2009/2010 academic years.  To apply, a high grade point average (GPA) is not a requirement, but a high level of motivation to tackle a rigorous and challenging curriculum is mandatory. Academy of the Redwoods adheres to the Early College
High School Core Principles and thus encourages applications from:
• Low-income young people,
• First-generation college goers,
• English language learners,
• Students of under-represented cultural groups,
• Students who are capable but who may have not realized their potential in school,
• Students who feel under-represented,
• Students who feel confined by the traditional high school setting and would like to participate in an alternative high school with an accelerated approach to education.
 How to Apply?
Application packets and contact information are available at AR’s website at: Academy of the Redwoods Promotional Materials.indd

CR Football Recruit Day: By Frank Skeen

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

The CR football coaching staff and football team are all gearing up for the Saturday, March 7th official recruiting day. The event kicks off at 9:30 AM and lasts into the afternoon.


“We expect anywhere from 20 to 30 athletes to come here to campus and get a feel for the college,” said Head Coach Dave Banducci. Future students will not only meet their future coaches and teammates, they will also have the opportunity to meet various college staff and gather important information about Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing, Academic Advising, and Counseling.


Pointing out the importance of respect and kindness from those on staff and the team, Coach Banducci commented that the majority of the athletes that come and visit CR feel good about the environment, and end up coming in the fall. They say they feel treated well by the people on campus, and feel like College of the Redwoods would be a good fit for them.


“With the visits, we really never know what to expect,” said Banducci, “we talk to them on the phone but you never really know what you’re going to get until they come here.” It’s an exciting time on campus as future student athletes visit, one could only hope they will bring the spark needed to re-ignite football success and bring some fun on campus.

C.R. Old Growth Gazette

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Well this is the starting of the Schools Newspaper. We are taking baby steps for the newspaper and were going to get it going as smoothly as soon as we can.