Archive for November, 2010

CR Students Fear Class Cancelation

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Drugs and Living on the Street

Friday, November 26th, 2010

What, No Summer School? Pres. Jeff Marsee Answers

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Humboldt Mushroom Fair

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

CR Women’s Soccer Scores Big

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

     This soccer season at College of the Redwoods was the best season that women’s soccer has ever had at CR.  We only lost one league game and beat Butte Community College for the first time to make history at CR.  Also, as many games as we won this season was more games then CR has ever won combined in the history of the womens soccer program.  I found this season of soccer to be very exciting, inspirational and tough all in one.  

     My team worked hard to get to the point we got too.  We had practice everyday at 7 am for three an a half months.  Not only were we waking up early everyday to drive to CR to become a better player but also we had to miss tons of school.  For me it’s very hard to be a student athlete and still stay on the honorall.  Last year I had a 3.88 gpa not many students athletes can say they did that.  It’s very hard to be a student athlete but it was well worth it in the end.  The 2010 CR soccer team will go down in history and hopefull next season we can keep making history.  As the season came to an end all the coaches from the league got together to decide first and second team and as for me I got first team the only freshman to do that and I also got offense player of the year.  Not only did I achieve that I was the 7th leading scorer in all of California.  With all those achievements I’d love to say this season taught me a lot and was a great experience.

Sarah Visser

Thoughts on Martin Luther King

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

God   Bless  You.  While  watching  “  The  Martin  Luther  the  King  Jr.”  speech  documentary  last  year   in  the  journalism 5  mass  communication  class  that  I  attended   and  now  attend  I  thought  of  the  civil rights  movement   of  the  nineteen  sixties   and  I  instantly  thought  of  my  father  and  mother,  being  in  their  thirties  years  of  ages  involved  in  the  NAACP  and  also  they   were  involved  in  the  NAACP  in the  nineteen  seventies,  when  they  were  in  their  forties.

   There  were  many  people  in  and  involved  in  the  civil  rights  movement,  but  did  people  know  what  the  speech meant? 

     The  speech  was said at a time of many years or oppression and  segregation, hoping   for  integration and equality among blacks and whites.  Before to those times the “ I Have A Dream” speech and sometimes now of people and their prejudices who knew of when “ Plessy  Ferguson’s” separate vs. equal would immeasure.  I  often wondered  and wonder if people’s prejudices were acts of jealousy?

    The song, “ We Shall Overcome” had significant meaning then :

  Freedom  Equality


   The barriers  of overcoming prejudices etc…  

     While  I  researched  for  the  Martin Luther KingJr. ”  I  Have A Dream”  speech, I found a lot of information on the legacy.  While visiting “ Dave Silverbrand” who teaches journalism here at College of The  Redwoods  I asked and was wondering if I should just stay focus on “ The I Have A Dream Speech.” He said,” I think you should focus on “ The Dream Speech,” and  the ,”Testament”, and he continued to say “ So ask your parents  about Martin Luther King Jr.” I agreed. I told him I have asked them before growing up in the nineteen sixties and the nineteen seventies and they told me and my older sister  and younger sister and brother.

    What lead to the “ I Have A Dream” speech does go back to the early days.   In  the “ Testament” 1956 Supreme Court the method of nonviolence  was based on the conviction that the universe was on the side of justice.  Martin Luther King Jr. was raised a Baptist. States in Martin Luther King Jr., “A Profile,” when he was a boy he seen and experienced redicule and prejudice from people and the KKK( The Klu Klux Klan), but he was educated. In the  “Testament” it states it was the deep faith in that the supreme court predicted the future that would cause the non-violent resister to accept suffering without retaliation. The truth is that God is on the side of truth, and justice comes down to people from the long tradition of their Christian faith, and another basic thing they had to (YMCA) The Young Men’s Christian Association and the Young Woman’s Christian Association(YWCA) in which King spoke at UC Berkeley 1957.

      In Martin Luther King Jr., “A Profile ,” King attracted and released the energies of men and women of varying  viewpoints. King must’ve been seen as a leader who solved a technical problem that had worried Negro leaders for decades, because as a powerless group dominated by a powerful majority, Negroes couldn’t  stage an open revolt.  The students solved  the problem by clothing a national resistance  movement in the disarmingly appealing garb of love, forgiveness and passive resistance.

States in the “Testament” of  Social: Integration” The Walk for Freedom 1956 march and the “Speech Before Integrated Schools 1959 march to the Washington D.C. 1963 march, lead to “The I Have A Dream” speech. While seeing people of all ages, races, colors and religions and nationalities, creeds come together and march together toward the,” I Have A Dream Speech” documentaries and even President Kennedy who supported  Martin Luther The King Jr. and the people  was to  form freedom and equality.

        I remember  we, as an African American family; my mother proclaimed “Martin Luther The King Jr.’s birthday to be a national holiday. In the nineteen seventies when me and my sisters and brother were in our early education(our older sister was married with kids then)wrote a note for us to give to our teachers to take us out of school on his birthday, so we had and excuse. We also watched documentaries about the  civil rights leader in our early educations. My mother even told her boss she wasn’t coming in to the office on his birthday.  My mother  said during  those times of segregation  the people in the north were different than the people in the south. We, as people have come along way, but still have issues in our society that need resolving. I always wondered why we were called , “ colored” because everybody has a face and is a color.

       Prayer and faith believing and healing and hope are our answers.

                                                                                                                      Mr.Richard A. Hill

Vietnamese Restaurant — a Review

Monday, November 22nd, 2010


Pho Thien Long 

      It’s cold outside. I’m hungry, but I’m too tired to cook tonight. I just finished with a long day of classes and I feel like bellying up to a big bowl of Pho. Pho is a wonderful Vietnamese soup comprised of broth, meat, noodles, spices, and assorted condiments. No one knows the exact origin of pho, but it has influences from both the French and the Vietnamese. The first known pho restaurant started in the 1920’s in Hanoi. It grew in popularity until the 1970’s, when fleeing refugees shared the recipes with neighboring countries. It found its way to America after the war when returning soldiers wanted the spices and variety that they were used to in Vietnam. Here in Humboldt we have few good options for ethnic foods. One place I have found to be very tantalizing is Pho Thien Long.  Located at 615 F ST., across the street from the Eureka Theater between 6th and 7th, Pho Thien Long is a Vietnamese restaurant specializing in Pho. Walking into the place you immediately get greeted with a warm smiling face as your nose gets hit with a plethora of aromatic scents. After I am seated, I notice how warm and inviting the place is on the inside (outside not so much) and how everything is well decorated. The reds and the golds invoke a memory of grand Asian restaurants I have visited in LA and SF. The tables are well organized so that many of the tables are pretty private, perfect for a nice quiet dinner where you can actually hear the person across from you. On the table are some tasty and spicy condiments, including four different kinds of chilies, hoision, fish, and soy sauces.  Looking over the menu there are so many delicious choices. They have nice appetizer or “Khai Vi” menu that has different types of spring rolls, a small 4 item vegetarian “Do Chay” menu, and a kids menu. Offering diverse choices in the pho they have beef, chicken, seafood, and tofu. If soup isn’t your thing, the vermicelli noodle plate “Bun” or the rice plate “Com” comes with different types of meats. Then, if you’re not in the mood for Vietnamese food they have Thai style specials that include soups, curries, fried rice, pan fried noodles, salads, and dessert.   Once our server saw we were finished looking at the menu he came over with a pleasant smile and took our order. First I ordered crispy egg rolls, “Cha Gio,” they were tasty but very greasy and only gave a small piece of lettuce to wrap it with. They didn’t last long. Then I tried to decide what pho to get out of their 26 varieties. I finally decided on the house special combo beef noodle, “Pho dac biet”, a combination of eye round steak, well-done brisket, fat brisket, flank steak, tendon, tripe, meatballs, and I had them add on a few fish balls to round it all out.    They placed this giant bowl in front of me with a small plate on the side for bean sprouts, Thai basil, lime, and jalapeño. Here stands in front of me an amazing site of steaming aromatic broth with a huge mountain of noodles, and various odds and ends of thinly sliced raw beef so it will cook only when its introduced to the broth. The meat and fish balls floated around the bowl, dipping and rising every time they hit my spoon. After adding the different types of chilies and the sauces, my soup goes from a murky tan to a dark red with chilies oil floating up to the top. The great thing about pho is that you get a basic soup, but then everyone can add their own ingredients at the table, making it to their taste.

  Coming from LA I’ve had my fair share of great Pho and this doesn’t beat them but it comes close. The servers were kind and prompt, the décor was tasteful and eye pleasing, the prices were reasonable (a large bowl of Pho is $7.95), the food was delicious, and it’s made with a great deal of local ingredients. This is one of my new favorite restaurants and I will continue to come back and leave that place will a FULL soup filled stomach every time.

Andy Abbott 

Don’t Touch My Junk

Friday, November 19th, 2010

The Media is perhaps one of the most influential sources of labeling. How often do we hear the message: “He/She is…” on the news today?  However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be people that the media labels. Labeling situations is almost just as bad as labeling individuals themselves.

The words “Don’t touch my junk” are possibly going to form the next catchphrase that will embellish T-Shirts and bumper stickers.  John Tyner, the man who refused a body scan and pat down search, recorded a video of his experience of traveling by plane. In the video, Tyner was asked to go through a body scan. When he refused he was offered the next approach, which was a pat down search. Eventually, Tyner was simply unable to board the flight and left the airport, but only after being threatened with a lawsuit and fine for not completing security screening.

It’s unfortunate that we have to suffer through such devious routines when trying to travel. On the other hand, we are only securing ourselves, and security is very essential due to the current hazards of terrorism that we have today. However, when do we draw the line between security and personal rights? Is it right to sacrifice our rights for safety?

What the government is initially doing is reminding us that there is a possible threat, and reconstructing our fears of terrorism. They are spreading a devastating fear throughout our country, and isn’t that what the mail goal of terrorism is?

Why must we keep being reminded about the threats that are plaguing U.S. citizens? It is all for the sake of safety.

The terrorist attack of 9/11 was indeed one of the most tragic events that I have seen. A big part of that tragedy stems from the large amount of people who died. But there is but a smaller part that remains tragic in our society today, and that Is the anxiety of terrorism. Our coping methods and security screenings are only fulfilling what was originally intended to do, and that is to spread fear.

I’m not saying to reduce the amount of security we have, but I do hope in the future that we figure out more refined ways to establish security.

trevor Smith

What is Current TV?

Friday, November 19th, 2010

It’s not often that we can actually find a television show on current events that actually interests us. Most of what is shown on television today, in regards to current events, is shown through documentaries that fail to really capture younger age groups. However, there are certain shows that can really get the younger crowd to tune in.

It’s not easy to create a show that generally interests a specific audience. However, U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt have been considerably successful. Before the launch of Current TV, Gore and Hyatt were eager to start a conventional cable news network. The two had been so discouraged by what was being shown on the news that they wished to establish a huge, accurate source of news.

Current TV offers a number of innovative shows.

·         Vanguard:  An award winning show that explores issues ranging from around the world through a journalists point of view.

·         Embedded:  This show goes behind the scenes with popular musicians traveling on tour and shows what happens outside their public performances.

·         InfoMania:  A satirical news show that offers a comedic touch to the bombardment of information brought by the media.

·         Rotten Tomatoes: Shows you current worthless films that are coming to theaters.

·         SuperNews!: A comedy series that brings the problems of everyday, and pushes it to the extreme through animated characters.

·         Max & Jason: Still Up: A late night wrap up of videos and issues from around the globe.

One show in particular, Vanguard, offers fresh faced journalists that are outstandingly dedicated to getting the story behind current events. These journalists are not beyond getting into a dangerous situation to bring a good story.

Although television has its ups and downs on bringing current information that shows us not what we want to see, but what is actually happening, U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt have created an option for viewers who wish to explore beyond what the media normally televises.

Trevor Smith

You Can Have Your Breakfast …

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

 “We Can Have Our Bacon and Eat It Too”

                Imagine living confined in a small area in which you can’t even move. You never get to see sunlight. You have become so sick and depressed you don’t even care what happens to you and your body; if you under perform a task, you will be killed on the spot. This is what life is like for pigs in confinement operations in American factory farms. One of the huge moral struggles of our time will be for the rights of animals. When it comes to animal agriculture, it’s the practice not the principle that matters; we need to look at industrial farming, biodynamic agriculture and what people need to do about it.

            The suffering of animals is not a concern to In industrial farming, these are referred to as CAFO’s, (Confined Animal Feeding Operation). Animals who are unfortunate to be “raised” in CAFO’s live under horrible conditions. For instance, American laying hens are kept in cages so small they can’t even expand their wings. Living under these conditions cause the animals’ great stress and changes the way they act. For example these hens adapt behavioral issues in which they will rub their bodies against the cages until they bleed, or will attack one another. Broiler chickens have the same problem in cannibalizing one another; to stop this from happening, their beaks are cut off. In the operations with pigs, they develop learned helplessness. Pigs are kept in cages so small they can’t turn around; a lot of the pigs get trampled to death. They never see the sun or get to breathe fresh air.   These animals aren’t treated fairly and suffer their entire life and live under horrible conditions. The sole purpose of American factory farms is to raise a mass amount of animals in an effort to produce the highest output at the lowest cost. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word raise as “to breed and care for to maturity”. These CAFO’s, don’t care about the animals well-being or if they live in healthy conditions; they are exempt from any laws having to do with air and water pollution, not to mention they are free from “bio-surveillance, that is, public monitoring to detect, observe and report on the outbreak of diseases”.

            Biodynamic agriculture is the superior choice over industrial farming when it comes to raising animals. In comparison to CAFO’s, the animals that are raised in biodynamic agriculture are raised differently. In biodynamic agriculture, animals on these farms get treated as individual and unified organisms. An example of biodynamic agriculture would be the Polyface farm in which animals live like animals. The cows graze in the pasture, while the chickens spread around the manure and eat larvae. Everything at the Polyface farm works together. Yes, these animals still are raised to die, but they aren’t suffering their whole life, they’re living as animals should. These animals aren’t being confined to a small room with several of their kind, they are free to roam around and live as they were intended to. In fact, you can actually visit farms that will let you tour the slaughterhouses and even go as far as letting you onto the kill floor.

            Instead of going out and eating any kind of meat, people need to limit their meat and animal products to nonindustrial animals. Everyone doesn’t need to stop eating meet forever and become a vegetarian. Biodynamic farming has provided a healthier alternative that benefits the animals as well. These products can be found anywhere, and they have the American Humane Association’s label, “Free Farmed”. This indicates that meat and eggs have been humanely grown; unlike the meat that is found in CAFO’s which produce cheap, flavorless meat. Fast food chains take this meat and create highly tempting, addictive foods by pumping it full of sugar, salt, fat and chemical flavorings. Now isn’t that something you want in your body? America as a whole is letting animals be treated mercilessly and then eagerly eating them up because we can’t see the bigger picture because we are unable to see past our gut.  

           When it comes to eating animals, people either cast a blind eye, or become vegetarians. When it comes to animal agriculture, it’s the practice not the principle that matters; we need to look at industrial farming, and biodynamic agriculture, and what people need to do about it. It’s when we stop and look at what we’re eating that matters. There are ways to care about animal rights, and still be able to eat meat.  People don’t need to stop eating meat forever, but they need to take a step back and look at what they’re eating and how the meat is being processed. When at the store, people need to look for the packages with the labels that state it was humanely grown. This provides a way for us to have our bacon and eat it too.

-Michelle Stacey