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Page 8 The ADVOCATE CAMPUS Bellevue Community College Friday, April 22, 1983 Graduates return for numerous purposes by Jlameeal IDorKb Advocate Staff Reporter Many students who already hold degrees from four year institutions are reentering school on the community college level and revising their educational needs for a variety of reasons. Administrators interviewed at the College have corroborated on who these students are and why they returned. They are: *Unemployed teachers returning to gain a second career. *Displaced homemakers acquiring the necessary skills to update their degrees and reenter the business world. *Persons with degrees in liberal arts returning for specific skills in vocational programs. *Employed individuals leaving their jobs and entering different programs in the community college so they may change careers. What these students have in common is a desire to compete in today's economically depressed employment market. 'I have witnessed a trend (returning students) that is due to the economy," said Don Noble, associate dean of student activities. Five years ago Mary Ellen Brune, director of the Women's Center, "noticed people in the 30 to 40 age range who already possessed degrees were returning to the CoUege. Bet the present state of the economy has continued from page I Income tax rally Our taxes are not being used for human services; they're being used for accelerated that trend." The College offers reentering students an abbreviated matriculation .from the four year educational institutions. =Many of these students take advantage of the two-year programs in data processing, allied health, and business," states Arlys Lemon, program assistant in admissions. Previously employed persons seek the programs here and-at other community colleges in order to rejuvenate a career gone stale. "Nurses suffering from 'burn-out' are entering the College," said Jeanette Gray, peer counselor at the Women's Center, "to learn about other areas outside of hospitals where they can continue their nursing careers." Individuals holding four year degrees who have not been employed in their fields for an extended period of time find they lack the competitive edge necessary in job placement. Brune cites as an example science degrees. =Degrees in science are only good for approximately five years," she said. Persons dormant in their chosen field return to update their- knowledge or change careers altogether. The consesus of opinion among administrators is that the community college may be a workable solution for persons wanting to specifically their career goals but who lack the necessary vocational or business skills. the military, which gives nothing back to the community," said protestor Tim Moore. =Nearly 50 percent of our federal taxes go to nuclear defense spending; "Our taxes are Not beinS used for human services; they're  mad .for the military, which  aoth/nS back to the community," said protester T'm Moore. Human Development Center advisor, Chuck Doughty, marches for peace. that's insane," said Seattle resident Jan Beinner, there with her husband and son. At least one person disagreed with the protestors. Driving past the marchers in his car, he told the crowd a good defense is necessary to keep from being taken over by the Soviets. The procession ended after more than an hour. MORE OPPORTUNITIES for EDUCATION Now MOEN ASBCC V.P. of Student Affairs Pa,d pOllliCa] announcement The opinions expressed in the ADVOCATE are not necessarily those of the Associated Students of Belleuue Community College or the College Administration. Letters to the Editor are encouraged and may be deliuered to Portable Flue. All letters must be signed. Names will be withheld on request. Please include your phone number and address. Holly Nesr embracu her mentor, Ronnle Gilbert. Opinion Rebels loin uoices to inspire audience by 00bomh McCarthyism is to Ronnie Gilbert what nuclear disarmament is to Holly Near--oppreasive issues, each from a different time, which demand attention. Any other differences that several generations create dissolve when these two strong and dynamic women are together. Their warmth and energy, which reach out to their respective audiences, clearly showed station, live interview by Susan Madden. And Seattle audiences wiR hear their powerful voices and enjoy their presence this Sunday at the University of Washington's Meany i HaL Both women bring to this concert their history of social activism. Gilbert, raised in the 1920's and 1930's, remembers the influence of Paul Roheson, Woody Guthrie, and Cisco Houston, not to mention the blacklist of the 1950's. The blacklist thwarted Gilbert's singing career, along with that of Pete Seegar, Lee Hays, and Fred Hellerman, the other members of the Weavers. Until the House Un-American Activities Committee labelled them subversives in the entertainment |[industry, the Weavers' music ptured the attention of many people, including Decca Records. But with the blacklist, bookings diminished, and Decca Records dropped them in 1952. The Weavers reunited for a 1955 concert at" Carnegie rm,0000y 00sb,0000ed in 1963. During the next 20 years, while Gilbert performed in theatre and recorded a couple of solo albums, Holly Near listened to the Weavers' and !eamed from G'dbert's self- ured style. .... ": " =When I got into high school, I was part of a singing group called the Freedom Singers," Near said during a taped interview, =and I was very proud that we sort of fashioned ourselves after the Weavers. It gave me the opportunity to play the part of Ronnie." Near'$ childhood fantasy of performing with Gilbert comes true in this tour. Gilbert didn't know Near, but wanted to meet her after hearing the album she dedicated to Gilbert When they did meet, they discovered they had much in co--on. Thanks to Near's family, she learned about the social injustices that Gilbert experienced first hand. 'I was very fortunate to grow up in a family that talked about peace, the Rosenbergs, the concentration camps, and how the Indians were being treated." Her activism gained a stronger foothold after she participated in the 1971 Free The Army show, entertainment brought to Asia by Jane Foda and Donald Sutherland. This tour provided the focus which crystallized her political beliefs and emerged in 1973 in her first album, "Hang in There. Five other albums have followed, each revealing Near's immense singing ability and writing talent. Since Near's political exposure in the FTA tour, she has charmed and educated audiences about nuclear Esarmament, women's equality, and at a multitude of folk festivals. One of her most poignant songs, which she wrote commemorating the courageous, women in Chile, gains additional emphasis when sung by both Near and Gilbert. They joined voices in the documentary of the Weavers, Wasn't That A time, the second reunion concert for the Weavers at Carnegie Hall in 1980. Their collaboration opened up a new world for both women. As Gilbert says, "We've been singing together, and it feels as if we were horn in it." 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