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New Director of Campus Safety Brings Positive Outlook

Former Police Captain Jeffrey Schneider is optimistic about his future at Pierce.

Nick Nelson/Staff Photo
The new Campus Safety Director, Jeff Schneider, who started his job in April.

There are many people working behind the scenes at a college who students might never see, including Jeffrey Schneider, the new director of campus safety and district director of safety and security.

Before coming to Pierce, Schneider had a long career in law enforcement and security.  At age 21, he started his law enforcement career at Central Washington University (CWU), which has a more traditional police force, unlike Pierce’s non-commissioned security force.

He worked at CWU for a few years before moving up the road to the Yakima Police Department in 1984, where he worked his way up from beat cop to captain in just 13 years. He served as captain for more than 20 years, with the last few as captain of YPD’s detective unit, serving for a combined total of 33 years.

In March, he retired from the Yakima PD, and was hired on as Pierce’s director of campus safety following the departure of Chris MacKersie.

Schneider said that one difference between a traditional police force at a university and campus security at a community college is that campus security can’t make arrests and aren’t armed. According to Schneider, the biggest focus of a campus security officer is providing services to the college community: unlocking doors, jumpstarting cars, and escorting students who feel unsafe for any reason.

“They’re a lot more proactive about providing service here than a police department ever was,” Schneider said. “With a police department you have to be in trouble first before you can get them to help you. Here, you just need to have a question.”

Regarding his approach to campus safety, Schneider looks to the college’s primary mission: education.

“It’s all about education,” he said. “How does the safety department fit in? Most people would say it’s completely unrelated, but I believe that’s not the case. You need to have a safe and secure campus so that students here don’t have to worry about things.”

Schneider reflected on some of the broader issues facing campuses across the country, particularly in the wake of school shootings. He stated his belief that armed security on a campus does not prevent shootings, such was the case with Parkland and Columbine. In his opinion, what makes the biggest impact regarding safety is interaction with students and faculty.

“The students, the faculty here, all know what’s going on,” Schneider said. “You may know about a person who is having issues, or had issues, or maybe you just feel uncomfortable. It’s important that you reach out to the officers or staff here. There’s a number of resources.”

While Schneider believes that overall Pierce is a safe campus, he did emphasize the importance of personal safety and responsibility. Campus safety can’t be watching over students and faculty at all times, and disregard for personal safety and belongings can lead to theft and other crimes.

“We do what we can to keep people safe, but people are always are a part of that process,” Schneider said. “Whether it be on campus, at home, at work, you have some responsibility for your personal safety. Just like you don’t drive through the worst neighborhood in town.”

Schneider encouraged students to always reach out to campus safety officers if they have any needs: “Feel free at any time to talk to any officers,” he said. “They’re more than happy to talk to the students if you have concerns, issues or even just to talk and shoot the breeze. We can learn a lot just shooting the breeze.”

Regarding Schneider, Robert Rockey, campus safety officer, said that he interacts with him on an almost daily basis. “I like him, and I trust his experience,” Rockey said.

He added that he believed Schneider will bring positive changes to campus security, but could not speak about specifics. His colleagues at the Campus Safety Desk echoed his sentiment, stating that Schneider seemed pleasant and easy to work with.

New edition of SLAM

Resumes, cover letters, interviews are not just for after graduation

Job and career connections center can help prep for that perfect job

Debbie Denbrook
Find resume help at the job and career center.

For such a small space, there is a wealth of resources available to students, alumni, and the community in a corner of the Cascade building. The job and career connections center, affiliated with WorkSource, is available to the campus community. The center provides a multitude of career readiness.

Job and career connections manager Diana Baker, along and with a co-located staff,  are available to help with matters related to securing employment. A WorkSource employee travels between the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses, along with a staff member of the Metropolitan Development Council.

The job and career connections center can help students who are looking for a job while in  school or with that dream job after graduation. It can assist with completing the FAFSA, financial aid barriers, placement tests, identifying community resources and providing career assessments. Career assessments help students identify what they enjoy doing. And it is also important to consider the environment that a job will be in.

Baker said, “Job seekers tend to focus on the tasks at hand, rather than the environment they will thrive best in.”

She said the tasks of a job and environment are important and some employees don’t realize until they are on the job that the environment is not a good fit for them. The staff at the job center can help with giving information about the environment of jobs so students don’t make this mistake. Many times students change the career pathway they are interested in while in school, Baker said.

The center has a wall with job postings, brochures, hiring events, training and employer announcements. It has three computers available to those who need to write a resume or cover letter. There is staff that can help with reviewing resumes, cover letters and interview preparation.

“Everyone needs to have their resumes reviewed,” Baker said.

There are different types of interviews including in-person, phone, Skype – and the center can help with all of those. A staff member can help students practice their interview skills by doing a mock interview and prep for different styles of interviews. The staff can provide information about career paths so one is equipped with the more knowledge about the job going into an interview.

There is also a website that students and alumni can register on to see job and internship postings. There are hundreds of job postings. It can be found at myinterfase.com/pierce_ctc/student. One can also post a resume for employers to view. Resumes are screened by job and career connections to make sure that there aren’t any big mistakes. Baker is also available for anyone who has questions about internships, not just on campus, but in the business community as well.

For those graduating this year – mark your calendars. There will be a job fair on campus May 2. There will be 30-35 employers with active, open positions available.

Walk-ins are welcome at the job and career connections center 8-11 a.m. Monday – Friday. For assistance in the afternoons, schedule an appointment. Services are free and unlimited.

Jan. 3, 2018 / Vol. 51 Issue 4

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Read a book, celebrate National Book Month

Book reviews in recognition of January being National Book Month (part 2)

‘Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland’
by Lewis Carroll

alice in wonderland
Megan Quint/Staff Illustration

Review by
Megan Quint/
Staff Writer

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll is an imaginative children’s novel that has had a lasting impact on society. Originally published in 1865, it tells the story of a young girl named Alice who falls into a rabbit hole and enters an imaginary “Wonderland” filled with strange anthropomorphic creatures, nonsensical poems and riddles.

Alice must navigate through Wonderland to try and find her way home – seeking advice from a hookah-smoking caterpillar, getting directions from the Cheshire cat, attending a “mad” tea party with the March Hare and Hatter, playing croquet using a flamingo with the Queen of Hearts, and trying to figure out “why is a raven like a writing desk?”

It is a must-read for anyone who enjoys stretching their sense of logic by reading a story rich with satire and symbolism — and for fans of the animated Walt Disney and live-action Tim Burton-directed film adaptations. Want more? Read the lesser-known sequel to the book, “Through the Looking-Glass.”

‘Ticket to Childhood’
by  Nhat Anh Nguyen

Hannah Nguyen/Staff Illustration

Review by
Hannah Nguyen

“One day, I suddenly realized that life is dull and boring.” Every child has had those thoughts, but adults rarely remember. That’s how the “Ticket To Childhood” by Nhat Anh Nguyen, starts.

This book can be appreciated simply because it combines the innocent thoughts of a child and the wisdom of an experienced adult. As the author writes on the back of the book, “I do not write this book for children, I write for those who were children.” The adult reader enters a time machine when reading the book, as children can see the present, but adults can see the past. The tone is simple, yet precise, emotional and mischievous. Anh uses these features to compare how humans ironically lose themselves when they grow up, which draws readers into an enjoyable journey—a journey back
to childhood.

The journey starts when the narrator was an eight-year-old boy named Mui. He recounts his childhood spent with his four best friends. In their world, the world of the children, they do “childish” things that no adults can understand, but also the world that every adult has experienced. There is a court for parents, a school that teaches 1+1=3, a language that only children can understand. The story also describes the adult world, a completely opposite world. Both worlds have the same phenomena but depending on being a kid or a grownup, the observer looks through different lenses.

Nhat Anh Nguyen, via his work, shows then grownups how they used to “childishly” live in their own childhood.

The beauty of ‘Ticket To Childhood” is that it succeeds in integrating two prisms, and thus brings two distinct worlds closer together. Or rather, those who have been children can once again remember their own childhood, enabling them to understand more about children and also about themselves.

by Frank Herbert

Review by
Justin Ngo/Staff Writer

dunenovels.com/Courtesy Photo

If you’re looking for a good science fiction book to read, “Dune” is one I recommend for you. It was first published in August 1965. The beginning of the book is at first a little difficult in immersing within, but the world building in the story develops similar to Tolkien and pays off with reading experience. The world of “Dune” incorporates elements of fantasy and science fiction like noble houses and creatures like sand-worms and themes of capitalism and environmental science.

The story includes aspects of real world religions of the Abrahamic faith and mystical spiritualism like the Orange Catholic Bible, Fremen, and Bene Gesserit. The story also takes the conventional hero’s journey through a dark exploration of themes like prophecy and free-will. Through Herbert’s detailed writing and story-building, the characters of “Dune” go through interesting character arcs and provide for intriguing commentary on politics and feminism.

The characters of “Dune” themselves feel genuine and real like George R.R. Martin’s characters in “Game of Thrones” and the prose of which provides an insightful tone.

“Paradise Lost” by John Milton

Wikimedia Commons/Gustave Doré/Courtesy Illustration
Illustration for John Milton’s “Paradise Lost“ engraved by Gustave Doré.

Review by
Craig T. Hiblar/Contributing Writer

Paradise Lost is an epic poem written by the 17th century English writer John Milton (1608-1674). Milton’s poem, which was published in 1667, is considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces in English literature. Paradise Lost is an epic that can be compared to Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey. When Paradise Lost was published, it consisted of twelve books and over ten thousand lines of verse. What makes this poem so unique is not only its length but the fact that Milton was completely blind when he wrote it. Being able to read and understand Milton’s poem is to understand the state of religious flux in 17th century England. This was the time of the Reformation when the Catholic church was challenged by the rise of Protestantism. As a faithful Protestant, Milton wrote Paradise Lost to, in his own words, “justify the ways of God”.

Paradise Lost is a Biblical epic about Satan’s rebellion against God and his expulsion from Heaven to rule in Hell. Satan then causes the Fall of Man by setting out to destroy Adam and Eve, God’s creation, by causing them to sin and be cast out of the Garden of Eden. The poem also describes how God had advance knowledge of Satan’s plans to cause the Fall of Man and how his son Jesus volunteered to take the form of man and die to save God’s creation from sin and eternal damnation. The conclusion of Paradise Lost finds Adam and Eve being escorted out of Eden by the angel Michael. Michael shows Adam a vision of the future birth of Christ who will be the savior of Man. Meanwhile, Satan and his followers are punished by God for causing the Fall of Man. They are all turned into serpents, the form that Satan took, to beguile Adam and Eve into eating from the Tree of Knowledge.

Reading Milton can be a real intellectual challenge. Like the plays of William Shakespeare, Paradise Lost requires the full attention of the reader. In fact, the best way to read Milton is to read the poem orally. To speak the words of Paradise Lost out loud is to feel the power of the poem’s words. The poem can take several days to read. The reader should not be in a rush to read Milton. One or two pages a day will help the reader to understand how much faith that Milton put into God and the Bible. Anybody who wishes to study the literature of 17th century England should read Paradise Lost by John Milton, one of the greatest English poets of his time.



Read a book, celebrate National Book Month

Book reviews in recognition of January being National Book Month (part 1)

‘The Hobbit’
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Review by
SuYoung Park/Staff Writer

dragon illustration
SuYoung Park/Staff Illustration

‘The Hobbit” begins with Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, a shorter-than-average-size man. He is an outcast who is accustomed to being alone in solitude. Then, his life turns upside down with adventures when random strangers, dwarves and a wizard force themselves into his ordinary life. They go on a quest to slay a legendary dragon. Through a series of events Baggins and his dwarven friends have to overcome, Tolkien talks about different kinds of happiness.

In the adventure of Baggins and his companions, they find that no one — alone — can be a hero. All have their shortcomings — but all cooperate with each other. Baggins, who is at first looked down upon because of his small stature, becomes a hero in the story as he endures life challenges and does not give up.

That is what life is about — not giving up but finding creative ways to face challenges. It is about realizing and learning about ourselves along those paths we took. So, share this book with loved ones who struggle with their own insecurities and doubts. It helped me understand what life and community is about. I really hope it will speak to others that might need that same encouragement.

We don’t have to fight the battles by ourselves.

by Ted Dekker

Review by
Debbie Denbrook/Staff Writer

Debbie Denbrook/Staff Photo

“Black” by Ted Dekker is fantasy and romance combined. It starts off with the main character, Thomas Hunter, being chased down an alleyway in Denver, Colorado. Thomas is shot in the head and wakes up in a different world with a colored forest, furry talking white bats and a beautiful woman. But when he goes to sleep, he wakes up back in Denver and starts questioning if Denver is a dream world. Each time Thomas goes to sleep, he wakes up in the other world and his actions in each world impacts the other world.

“Black” is the first (or perhaps the second book) in the Circle series, it depends on how the books are read because the series literally is a circle. So if one is looking for a good solid ending, this is not the series to read. But “Black” is just a beginning, Dekker’s other books and series will frequently tie into this world that he has created in Black. So for those that can’t get enough of this fantasy world, it doesn’t need to end.

Other books by Dekker can be found at www.teddekker.com.

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”
by Douglas Adams

portrait of Douglas Adams
Michael Hughes/Wikimedia Commons/Courtesy Photo
A portrait of Douglas Adams who wrote “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”.

Review by
Lorelei Watson/Staff Writer

What do you do when your friend shows up to tell you that everything you know will be destroyed to make way for an intergalactic highway?

You join him on his journey to hitchhike around space, of course!

Along the way, you’ll meet a handful of peculiar friends, hear some unique poetry — and even find out the answer to a question, seven and a half million years in the making!

If a blend of science fiction and comedy are your cup of tea, pick up a copy of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

“The Walking Drum”
by Louis L’Amour

Review by
Marji Harris/Staff Writer

book cover of "The Walking Drum"
louislamour.com/Courtesy Photo

I have never held a Damascus dagger, but I can tell you of the steel, of the fine edge of the blade. I have never been a slave aboard a pirate ship, but I can tell you how the weight of the chains feels as I pull on the oars. I have watched as scholars come from all over to create books that catalog a civilization, written works that would fill Carthage. I have seen the mark that the Phoenicians, Greeks and the Moors left in their architecture throughout Spain and Eastern Europe. I looked for a candle in the dark houses of Europe as superstition about education and Christian beliefs clashed. I knew Paris when she was still stinking of rotting carcasses and raw sewage, far from the jewel she is today.

“The Walking Drum” records Mathurin Kerbouchard’s travels as he searches for his father. Twelfth-century Carthage and Córdoba become bustling trading hubs, full of color and scent, not buried in some dusty history book. Politics among the Byzantine Empire come to life, played out by Abd-al-Mumin and al-Hakim. Slavers, merchantmen carrying Persian rugs and spices, all tell of life from the Horn of Africa to Amorica (home of the Gauls).

There are few storytellers that have been able to match L’Amour’s gift. “The Walking Drum” is perhaps one of his best works as he weaves a tale full of politics, intrigue, betrayl, love, and life.

A year later: Food pantry sees expansion, need on campus


Justin Ngo/Staff Photo

Food and resources available for students in the food pantry.

It has been nearly a year since Student Life opened the food pantry, located right ouside the student life office. What started as a place for students to grab a lunch if needed has grown and expanded.

A community resources list and other helpful information now covers half of the inside of the pantry doors. Translations in other languages are also being implemented.

The idea grew from a request made to Becky Anderson, the campus community resource counselor, several years ago. While Anderson, was collecting from food bins placed around campus for local food banks, a student approached her and asked if some could be shared with students before going to the food bank.

With planning and support from the poverty committee, the student government and college president Denise Yochum, the idea became a reality Jan. 5, 2016.

As student vice president, it is William Syhlman’s role to make sure the pantry is replenished. He found he also liked the responsibility.

“It became fun to see what is taken and what is left,” Syhlman said.

Other times he finds it challenging to keep it filled. “Sometimes it is frustrating to get students to take one thing,” “The pantry was intended to be just to fill in the gap, one meal at time. I stock it every morning at 8 a.m. and some days is cleaned out before lunch.” Syhlman said.

When class schedules permit, he will stock it again around noon for those looking for lunch options, and then again at 3 p.m. for those taking night classes.

Food that is left more than a week is donated to a local food bank, after checking expiration dates.

There is one major change in the works. The current configuration creates a challenge for many students in reaching the top shelf. Student government is working on a plan for a different set-up that makes it easier for people to reach those shelves.

Issues and Awareness Coordinator Nathan Devish has also helped to keep the pantry stocked. He is working on ensuring resources and opportunities are available to students who are struggling with life challenges. He said the biggest impression came when he saw a dad bring his little girl with him to the pantry.

“It was a little disheartening to watch the dad send his daughter to pick out food. I could tell he wanted some too, but he was only concerned that his daughter had something to eat. As a dad that hit me hard,” Devish said.


Most useful items for food pantry:

* Top Ramen
* Peanut butter
* Campbell’s soup
* To-go microwave meals
Personal hygiene products:
* diapers
* lotion
Donations may be dropped off at Student Life during regular office hours. Any questions can be directed to
[email protected]


St. Leo Food Connection
The largest food bank in Pierce County. You can visit the Food Connection once a week to get three days’ worth of food for your family.
Location: 1323 S. Yakima Ave.Tacoma 98405
For days and hours,


Nourish Food Bank
1704 E. 85th St.
Tacoma, 98445
Monday and Friday:
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

More food banks

Student art display encourages altering books

Over the past several weeks, an intriguing art display was set up across the hallway from the Fort Steilacoom art gallery on the 3rd floor of the Olympic Building. Students and faculty would pause to interpret the meaning of the pieces of art in the “Altered Book” display.

Students in Karen Doten’s art class were given a challenging assignment: to change a book into a creative piece of art. They first needed to find interesting visual or conceptual books from local thrift stores, then modify the books into a unique sculpture. Materials such as wire, plaster, paint, thread, glue, collage, etc. could be used. Many students chose to incorporate a nature theme into their pieces.

Student Leslie Pellegrini spent 20 hours creating her artwork. She said her idea was to represent a city and nature blending together. She collected different images from books that show a view of an old city. Her piece uses a tree made from copper wire to connect the beauty of the city with the richness of nature to represent how humans have a connection toward each other in society. One of the most interesting parts are the random quotes Pelligrini hid throughout the piece in small type at different angles.

“Wire that connects the pieces of wood are used to integrate all aspects of the project and show that nature can grow out of anything, as well as represent the inclusivity of all living things,” said Pellegrini.

Student Jennifer Paretta created a tree with a hole carved in its trunk. She said she created crystals from glass by baking the glass, then directly put it in cold water so it would crack internally. After crushing the glass with a hammer, the crystals were glued into the hole. For the book, Paretta said she folded pages of the book into flowers. She also used a special technique to fold the pages at the top of the tree to spell out imagine.

“I just really want creativity to flourish through books,” said Paretta.

Student Shanley Willers said she was inspired by her daughter, who loves reading books.

Her piece is one she hopes her daughter will use as a night light in her room. The fairy and the key lock unlocking the book were her daughter’s ideas, she said. These features help the book to “explode with imagination,” said Willers.

“Using pages from the book and folded them into butterflies, flowers, and other features, so that bring the pages are brought to life out of the book,” she said.

Different ideas are presented in student Sabre OcKimey’s artwork. She chose to incorporate nature into her project by creating a tree growing through a book. She cut a piece of wood in half to make the tree and used wire as vines. She added hot glue to make the tree appear as if it is dripping with sap.

“I wanted to portray the calming part of nature,” said Ockimey.

Student Areauna Brown had a religious idea to commemorate the death of Jesus with a book.

“I want to incorporate the day God died on the cross,” she said.

In order to do so, she superglued several pages of a book and carved them into a real cross. Pages of the book are also used to create a background and a figure of Jesus. She even added blood on the face of Jesus and real nails in his hands.

Student Jordan Dombrowsky’s idea was to create a book stand.

He said he used a base to hold the center book by using a technique with craft glue, Mod Podge. His artwork includes support pieces on each side to hold additional books.

“I used pinecones and pine needles as additional decorations because they feel like Washington,” said Dombrowsky.

Raiders vs. Everett Trojans

December 14 @ HEC


Crossover Tournament
Final score 91-100
Raiders lost

New Year’s resolutions

2018 illustration
Beatrix Cendana/Contributing Illustration

The new year is close, and plans for the day involve gathering with family and having quality time or just staying home to write resolutions.  New Year’s Day is traditionally time to reevaluate what we have gotten through and accomplished in the previous year. Some people write in their diary and write down resolutions for the new chapter.

It is good to have resolutions, even just one, as it could impact your life in the future. Here are some suggestions for writing down resolutions with passion and a promise to pursue them in the next year.

First, don’t regret or worry about what is in the past because there are still chances to change it in the year ahead. As long as the focus is to keep one’s word to fulfill tasks or goals, it should be good. Some people always feel that they are disappointed because haven’t finished all the things that were decided the year before.

Second, don’t forget to notice the small things that you have accomplished. All things happen from one small thing. Think about it for moment, find some quiet place to do this and take notes if necessary.

Third, we should be willing to change—and that starts from inside the heart. Showing an intention to change is halfway there to accomplish the resolution. For me, time management means commitment and trust in myself. If I have both, I can finish the job in the best time and can enjoy my life freely.

Finally, list all of your resolutions in your notes or diary. You should prioritize which one is the most important and sort them into steps. Remember to put a deadline next to your resolution. If you are still not sure about when to set the deadline, you could leave it and rethink about that.

But when New Year’s comes, you need to write down the deadline following your resolution. Review the notes and read and upgrade it from time to time.

Going over the checklist after you complete your resolutions is helpful by marking what you have completed and continuing to the next part.

Keep in mind that all you need is to believe that finishing well does not always have to mean perfect.

Getting a quick coffee at the Olympic Building

Espresso Plus offers ‘fancy’ coffee drinks, cinnamon rolls, scones

Sometimes driving down to Starbucks for coffee and lunch can be inconvenient, but luckily there’s a cafe on the second floor of the Olympic Building, near the entrance.

Espresso Plus runs from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with two different baristas working the shifts.

The newest employee Vanessa Bennett, started working this fall quarter at Espresso Plus.

“I was contemplating on going to school, but I decided to work full-time as a barista, so when I looked through Craigslist ads I saw one posted here at Pierce,” Bennett said. “The process first began with open interviews and I’ve worked with my boss Kelsea Klingelhoffer, another Espresso Plus employee on coffee, and was finally interviewed by her boss Renae (Perez) about my working experience.”

Running Start student Michelanie Allcock said, “I think the staff is really kind and patient, and there is a great variety of items on the menu. I like that it’s open around school hours because I can take my time to eat and relax after class”.

According to Bennett, the cafeteria in the Cascade Building and the cafe in Olympic are connected as Espresso Plus operates like a satellite from the cafeteria services. Renae Perez, Food Service Director of Lancer Hospitality, runs the businesses.

Lancer Hospitality provides services for the satelitte cafe, and the main cafe in Cascade, which offers special meals of he day and discounts.

Lancer Hospitality services are contracted by the school and the revenue profits the business of the Lancer Hospitality and employees. Employment opportunities are available for students at the campus cafeteria. They will also work around class schedules and pay minimum wage, according to postal ads.

Besides providing employment opportunities for students, Espresso Plus provides interesting coffee flavors and similar ones at Starbucks or McDonald’s. The most popular items on the menu are the London fog, mocha, chai, caramel macchiato,  cinnamon rolls and scones.

If you’re interested in secret menu items, there’s caramel and white chocolate coffee mixed together, said Bennett.

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