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An Open Letter to the People of Puerto Rico

By: Allison Soliman, Editor

The tragedy in Puerto Rico the last few weeks has been heartbreaking to watch. Men, women, and children left to pick up the damage for themselves after a natural disaster has completely destroyed cities and families. President Donald Trump went to Puerto Rico a couple weeks ago and threw paper towels to the people in need, as if that would clean up the mess that the hurricane made in the country. A week or so later, the President tweeted, “…We cannot keep FEMA, the Military, and the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances), in P.R. forever!” even though Puerto Rico needs help from the United States now more than ever due to the damage the country has experienced.

On the bright side, many people of Latinx descent have been speaking out about the situation in Puerto Rico and what the government is doing to help. Tony Award winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda has been tweeting and speaking out about it nonstop and even got a bunch of latinx celebrities to collaborate with him on a new song regarding the devastation. He is donating all the proceeds from the song to the Hispanic Federation. You can find the link to the song in this article.

Puerto Rico is in desperate need of help from the United States. Without it, many more people may suffer and more lives will be lost. It is doubtful that the President will work very hard to keep First Responders in Puerto Rico, so the citizens of this country should work hard to help them instead. They are just as important as Texas and Florida.

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New Beginnings 

by Allison Soliman, Editor


This evening was the 57th Annual Commencement for Clatsop Community College. For the first time in over forty years, the ceremony was held on campus inside the new yet unfinished building, Patriot Hall. We had tear-jerking and comedic speeches from President Chris Breitmeyer and guest speaker, Chris Nemlowill, co-founder of Fort George Brewery. 

Departmental Awards:

Art: Ashley Schacher

Business: Jolene Hartill

Health and Physical Education: Jay Dickason

Lives in Transition: Carlie Joy

Maritime Science: Ashlyn Fisher

Math: Christopher Patenaude

Medical Assisting: Kara Main

Nursing: Liliana Diaz

Psychology: Alex Lyon

TRIO Award: Maritza Casarrubias

Welding: Avery Anderson

Writing and Literature: Alex Lyon

Instructional Council Awards: 

Avery Anderson, Grace Autio, William Benefield, Autumn Buckridge, Liliana Diaz, Jay Dickason, Jolene Hartill, Melissa Lahti, Jesse Miller, Haley Werst, Brooke Willoughby. 

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society:

Avery Anderson, William Benefield, Joyce Benson, Brian Davidson, Liliana Diaz, Josef Glover, Stacey Hall, Jiadi He, Carlie Joy, Katherine Karna, Jacob Kaup, Sarah Kuhl, Victoria Lindgren, Alex Lyon, Christopher Patenaude, Joshua Raichl, Millena Riffe, Ryan Russell, Courtney Stephenson, Robert Warner, Haley Werst. 

Honors Program:

David Adkinson, Brian Davidson, Alex Lyon, Millénaire Riffe, Haley Werst. 

President’s Award:

Liliana Diaz 


Congratulations, Graduates! You did it! Go make Clatsop Community College proud and pursue those bright futures ahead of you. 

Beautifully Controversial

by Allison Soliman, Editor

The Student Art Show highlights the talents of many, and acknowledges that many are working on refining their talents. On Thursday, May 18th, the art show was officially open to the public and displayed many works of art. There were powerful pieces, like #SignedByTrump by Aria Watson, there were many beautiful landscape pieces, and there were some hand-held, artsy pieces like This is Just the Beginning by Amberlyn Smith. There were many students whose pieces were not selected for the show, but were just as incredible as some of the talent displayed.

The pieces in the show varied in skill level and, according to Teri Sund, a judge for the show, that was intentional. She, along with the rest of the judges, wanted to be inclusive of all student’s skill-levels and display their pieces based on what they left behind in the piece, showing a “sense of the artist” through their work. Teri Sund wanted to get involved in our campus’ art show specifically because “great things are happening here” in the art department and it’s truly inspiring for her and aspiring artists.

Aria Watson, first place winner in Photography and Design, spoke a bit about her piece, #SignedByTrump, saying that her inspiration was the election and Donald Trump winning said election. She, like many others, was fired up and ready to speak out against Trump and did so through her powerful, and controversial, photo-series. Aria’s wasn’t the only powerful print-series, however. Ruth Bonner, third place winner in Photography and Design, spoke about being inspired by a “lack of women [being] presented as strong and not [as] objects” in mainstream media. So, because of this, she created her print-series, Women of the USCG-SA Ashcraft, to show that women are not weak objects.

One beautiful piece that stood out was from Anngelina Chasteen’s Azur Series. One of the three images in the series was selected for the show. Visually, the piece is incredible. In creating said piece, Anngelina was inspired by wanting to develop her skills as a photographer, wanting to be able to do space/night photography. She describes herself as an “artist with a camera” in that, she’s aiming to make the pictures aesthetically pleasing and visually interesting like the Azur Series. 

Here are the rest of winners of the student art show:

3D Art: David Campeshe (3rd Place), Roy Hackin (2nd Place), Being Present Marcie Philips (1st Place)

Photography and Design: Ruth Bonner- Women of the USCG-SA Ashcraft (3rd place), Brian Davidson- Cape D (2nd place), Aria Watson- #SignedByTrump (1st Place)

President’s Choice: Karen Briselle- Midnight Tsunami (1st), Linda Kister- The Storm is Brewing (2nd)

Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking: Bill Logan- River’s Edge (3rd Place), Karen Oberholser (2nd Place), Dick McGaffin (1st Place)

Art Department Award: Ashley Shocker- The Tiger

Be sure to check out all of these pieces in the Art Building on campus.

Please contact The Bandit if any names were spelled incorrectly. 

All art pieces mentioned will later be added. 

Patriot Hall: The Long Awaited Remodel

by Allison Soliman, Editor

Picture taken by Allison Soliman, Editor

Clatsop Community College is a small school with character. We have some lovely buildings that could use a touch-up or two. Patriot Hall is one of those buildings that was in desperate need of a “touch-up”. Patriot Hall has been under remodel since 2014 and it has been a long ride. The students and faculty here on campus have been coping with this endeavor for quite sometime, and some have grown weary of whether or not this building will ever be completed. Chris Breitmeyer, the new President of Clatsop Community College, says that they’re aiming to finish Patriot Hall by the first week of June. They were originally hoping to finish the project in late May or earlier, however, due to terrible winter weather, the opening had to be pushed further back. The opening of the building is completely dependent on the weather, though, the construction workers are working day and night on this project. Chris Breitmeyer was hired on as President of the college in June of 2016 and has been President of CCC ever since.

Patriot Hall is expected to be a facility dedicated to promoting “community involvement [in the school]” (President Breitmeyer) and it’s to be 70% more energy efficient than the old Patriot Hall. The building now has natural cooling systems, LED lighting, and hot water circulating through the floor as a more efficient heating system, which could save a ton of money for the college and make the campus a bit more environmentally conscious.

There are also plans underway for a potential remodel/expansion on the MERTS campus for the Marine Science program in the near future. The President hopes to add another floor to the building and add some new facilities.

As President, Mr. Breitmeyer expects, in the next five years or so, to strengthen the academic environment here on campus by; creating new programs and opportunities for students to explore, promoting a more diverse student body, and adding on to foreign language studies.