Pierce Pioneer

Raider Review and Cram ‘n’ Jam to help students prepare for finals

Pierce College’s study resources centers will have extended hours at both the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses for an ongoing quarterly event where students can study and have fun around finals.

Here at Steilacoom you have returning students and ex-military that are looking for events like this.”

— Connor Fredericks

Students have the chance to relax, play games, and eat food while getting some extra study time. The tutoring, writing center, and the library will be open past regular hours. The Raider Review is today and tomorrow at the Fort Steilacoom campus in the Performance, Fireside and Student Life lounges from 4 to 8 p.m. The Cram ‘n’ Jam is tomorrow in the library at the Puyallup campus from 6 to 10 p.m.

The “cram sessions” were initiated for students to “blow off some steam” and to have more assistance with their finals. It happens at the end of each quarter. Student life Supervisor Annie Morrow brought the event to Fort Steilacoom from the Puyallup campus. “The essence between the two events is the same, but there are some differences in the students attending the events on each campus,” Morrow said.

The Raider Review at Fort Steilacoom has had a better turnout in previous quarters, administrative senator Connor Fredericks said. The difference is the student demographics. “Here at Steilacoom you have returning students and ex-military that are looking for events like this.” The average age at the Puyallup campus is 18 to 24 years old. There’s also about 100 students that constantly attend events like this at the Fort Steilacoom, Fredericks said.

It’s more attractive to do events in the morning because you get more attendance and better numbers,”

— Zakariah Swanson

Puyallup’s Cram ‘n’ Jam is working on building their student participation. They discontinued the event for the past few years because of low student involvement. This year, Student Life and Pierce student leader, Zakariah Swanson began spearheading the revival of the Cram ‘n’ Jam. Last fall they only had eight attendees in the festivities. There were board games which were not popular and was discontinued. For Puyallup, this quarter’s event will set the standard for continuing in the future at their campus.

These events allow night students to participate when they normally do not have the opportunity. “It’s more attractive to do events in the morning because you get more attendance and better numbers,” Swanson said.  “Often times there are very small amounts of events that would be catered toward and convenient for night students, so I’m hoping this is one.”

This is a family-friendly event that also allows you to bring a companion. The amenities are free. At the Cram ‘n’ Jam, there will be a daycare area with toys and movies, so the student’s with children can spend time studying while their kids play. There will also be karaoke for all. Most importantly, assistance with math and biology is available as well as staff from both the writing and tutor centers.

The Raider Review will have video games, ping pong, foosball and miniature bowling. Tutors will come down to the main area to assist students.

Whichever campus students attend, they can be guaranteed a good time, Swanson said. “These events have the option to be fun, educational and useful,” he said. This is a useful combination of support to assist students in their academic success, he added.

*This article was edited on March 19, 2019 to reflect the correct dates of the Raider Review.

New students mingle, meet over ‘New Raider Welcome’

Guest speaker Tom Krieglstein encourages students to look for new opportunities


It’s a new quarter and for many students coming in, it is their first time on a college campus. A community college does not have the same challenges and pressures that a university has, but it is still different than high school.

Sept. 14 was a day just for them. Guest speaker Tom Krieglstein helped the Running Start students and those fresh from high school break the tension. According to his website, Swift Kick, the entrepreneur, speaker, and professional travels to colleges giving presentations on “how to build a culture of connection.”

His message was not centered around the academic’s expectations. His approach used a mix of his own stories with interactive exercises to get the audience engaged. By the end of the morning, they knew things about each other that otherwise they may have felt shy about sharing.

They knew that the worst thing they ever did on a dare maybe wasn’t really as bad as they thought. They learned each one has a super power that is unique. One student shyly admitted to twirling a baton, while another has an IQ of 158.

There were two parts of the presentation that had a significant impact. The first was a video about a young man, Matt Harding, who randomly would pick a location and set up his cell phone to record as he danced. Then, he would post the video on YouTube. People would jump in and join Harding at later events.

Harding later received a job that allowed him to travel all over the globe for a year —  expenses paid — doing what he did originally. Only this time, it was people in the countries Harding was visiting that jumped into the video.

The second half of the presentation, “Take a seat, make a friend,” was a video put together by SoulPancake.

Strangers were invited to sit and talk in a large bin, containing plastic balls with questions written on them. Some of the questions mirrored the same ones the students answered.

Krieglstein encouraged students to look for opportunities. Going to college can be more than just showing up for classes and finishing assignments, he said.

“When I graduated from college, I already had a billion-dollar business going. I started by selling textbooks on Ebay that no one needed any more,” Krieglstein said.

After having them team up and create their own secret handshakes, it was time to break for lunch, catered by Lancer Hospitality.

Around the room, tables from various support teams and other groups on the campus were present.

Sitting at the Veteran’s Center table were William Cole III and Holland Cooley. Cooley, who is usually at the Puyallup campus, was here to welcome new students.

The center’s primary mission is to be a support system for students who are military veterans. Part of that support is a revised program, Vet Navigators.

“We want to be a resource of resources for veterans. Whether they need help with housing, mental health, anything for transitioning to civilian life,” Cooley said.

“Having an actual presence on campus gives better communication between vets and staff,” Cole said.

A new support group, ASPIRE, was also present. Miguel “Aki” Smith is the retention manager and Kiana Fuega is the outreach specialist.

The organization’s goal is to serve and support students on campus who are of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage.

“These groups historically are underserved and we want to expose then fill gaps in services. Language is not the only barrier, Sometimes the barrier to a successful education can come through stereotypes. For example, often the perception is that Asian students do not need preparation or assistance when coming to school,” Smith said.

“ASPIRE seeks to reach across those cultural barriers to successful academics,” Smith said. By assisting with goal-setting, personal growth, and development, they will reach, support, retain, and see their students graduate.

At the WorkSource table, Jayna Petterson had pamphlets with information on the criminal justice program and the B-tech program. She enjoys events such as this because students can get a lot of information at once.

Because she is also connected to WorkSource, she has funding connections. “Students can look here for additional, possible funding resources,” Petterson said.

Raider Cheer Squad marches in Puyallup Rodeo Parade


The Washington State Fair begins annually with the Western Rodeo Parade & Cattle Drive.  On September 9th, Pierce College cheerleaders and volunteers showed their school spirit, walking and handing out candy to children along the parade route.  The merry procession included marching bands, cowboys, and equestrian riders.

Linda Buzbee, from Pierce College Marketing and Communications, organized the attendees who marched for the school.  “Pierce will be celebrating 50 years of providing educational opportunities to our communities, and we'll be in full 50th gear for the parade.”    “This is a great opportunity for the college, and our program, to get some really good visibility in the Puyallup community.”

After the parade, the Washington State Fair, commonly known as the Puyallup Fair, was open for free entry with the donation of school supplies to Communities in Schools. 

Ask the Raider Bird

Submit your questions to the Raider Bird and he will answer them!


Dear Raider Bird,

Do you like to dance, and if so what kind of dance move you like to do?

How do you not trip?


Hi there.  These two questions go well together.  You would think with these big talons I might have trouble walking and dancing.  I will say that going up stairs can be tough.  But I get around best by dancing!

It’s easier to not step on my own toes when I’m shaking my tail feathers.  If you see me, I’m usually shuffling my way around the halls.  There are few things I enjoy as much as dancing.

My favorite dance move is the “cabbage patch.”  This one came from a music video “The Cabbage Patch,” in which the dance was performed by the Gucci Crew II.  It’s an easy dance move.  You just put your hands together, and move them together in a circular motion.  Imagine you are stirring a really big bowl of cake batter with a huge spoon.  Then just groove with it while your work that cake batter!

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