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October 13, 2009 The Jibsheet >\> NEWS 5 Disability Month > from page 2 Including Disability PRIDE Day - Journey to Nepal and Back on October 15," from ll:30a.m, to l:00p.m, in the Carlson Theatre on campus. One group reaching out to students is the Rotaract Club, whose purpose is to encourage students to make a difference in their community. In 2008, ASG and Rotaract Club raised funds to send six students and two advisors to Nepal to work with their twin club, the Rotaract Club of Patan Nepal. There, students Jenny Lina, Zafar Haq, Nell Mclnerney, Katie Mckeown, Rani Thykkuttathil, and Marilyn Mayers had the chance to witness what living with disabilities in a third world country was like. David Bruckner and Jerry Bunce advised the group. It was from the Rotaract Club of Patan Nepal that the DRC adopted the motto for this year's awareness month, "We All Are Able." This month, five of the students will relive and bring back their" experiences. They will individually present the lessons they have learned, people they have met, and ways their lives have changed. A video and slideshow from their adventures will be shown, after which the audience can ask the panel questions. Live music will be featured. Chris Jones, a pianist and gospel singer from Twin Falls, Idaho has been blind since birth and uses a guide dog. "He's going to.rock the house," said Gjolmesli. "He has a powerful set of pipes." The day will end with a reception in the lobby. From Had to Be Productions, Carrie Gibson and Anthony Curry will present a play about men and women returning from kaq and Afghanistan with disabilities and combat-related trauma. Before writing their production, Gibson and Curry interviewed many veterans and their family members. Returning veterans suffer from a range of conditions including post- traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, hearing loss, loss of limbs, chrorfic pain, and mobility chaJlenges. The play brings to light the difficulties that veterans face as they attempt to piece their lives together again. The transition from wartime to civilian life can be rough and challenging. To lighten the mood on the harsh realities, humor and music are sprinkled throughout the play, which will be followed by an interactive discussion with the actor/ playwrights and the audience. Stat Medical Inc, the Wellness center staff, PE instructors, the Athletic Program, Rotoract Club and the DRC have worked to create a day of fun, interactive learning! Anyone is welcome to come and enjoy games and activities where they can experience on a firsthand basis what it is like to have a disability for a couple of hours. Wheelchairs will be available for wheelchair basketball games and obstacles. People can be given difficult "assignments," such as going to Tully's and attempting to order a drink without speaking. The goal is to show what a deaf person may face on a daily basis. The disabilities being presented in the gym will just be the obvious ones. "Everyone is disabled," said Gjolmesli. "Everyone has weaknesses. They have strengths in certain areas, but weaknesses in others. Everyone has value." Events planned for disability month this year seem to have hyped students with intrest in getting involved on campus. NEWS@THEIIBSHEET.COM Photo Courtesy of Brianne Wood Andres Munt helps students take in the festive spirit and get excited about clubs on campus and Bellevue College life. Oktoberfest Club Bash gets students pumped ASG puts on a campus-friendly celebration with a Bavarian theme Alina Faustman FEATURES EDITOR The Oktoberfest Club Bash was a huge success. Forty-three clubs participated in the event. Tables were set up outside the campus C building and the weather was clear skies and high 60's. Students who attended were bound to find a club that piqued their interest. There was everything from the Indic Club, Communications Club, Art Club, Computer Science Club, The Debate Club and GSA Club as well as many, many others in variety of events. Andres Munt ASG Representative Andres Munt, an Associated Student Government (ASG) representative said, "The club bash went really well, everyone felt like it was the real college campus life feeling." Everyone was able to hang out and explore the various clubs Bellevue College has to offer. Although, the Bavarian themed food ran out quickly. The German style pretzels :were extremely tasty, and the Bavarian sausages were gone in seconds. However, the Bavarian sausages were not the only thing that students responded to instantly. The biggest hit was the delicious root beer floats that the ASG members served graciously. In fact, they did not anticipate such a large turnout. Albert Gardner, vice president of the Computer Science Club, was astonished by the amount of students who were walking around the club bash. "The bash was a great opportunity for us to interact with new members. There were 30 people that signed up for our club," said Gardner. Overall, the Oktoberfest was a well-organized success. NEWS@THEJIBSHEET.COM Awareness breast cancer. Thanks to better access to >\> from page 2 mamrnography and more targeted College community know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. BC's very own president, Jean Floten, was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of months ago. In a memo sent out to BC's staff, Floten wrote "I have a wonderful surgeon at Swedish who has told me all the positive words I wanted to hear - small, contained, very treatable." Floten also said, "I know how caring and thoughtful you [BC's staff] are, so the natural thing you may be asking is 'What can I do?' For women, please have a mammogram. For men -- please encourage your women friends and family members to do the same. It really does save lives." The sooner the breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chances are for survival. That is why it is important for women to have regular screenings for treatrnents, deaths related to breast cancer have dropped more than two percent every year since 1990. However, the death rate from breast cancer among black women is still 40 percent higher than the death rate for white women. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), "In 2009, an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast' cancer will be diagnosed among women, as well as an estimated 622.80 additional cases of in situ breast cancer." In situ just means that the cancer ceils are confined to ducts or lobules. Also according to the ACS, "'In 2009, approximately 40,170 women are expected to die from breast cancer. Only lung cancer accounts for more deaths in women. In 2009, about 1,910 cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among men, accounting about 1% of all breast cancers: In addition, approximately 440 NEWS@THEJIBSHEET.COM ASG Report >\> from page 4 their first tournament. The Debate Team plans to compete in Longview, Washington on the 21 t. The squad wants to take 10 members to the competition. They also plan on hosting a bake sale to fundraise. They requested funding for a van for 15 people, judging fees, and gas money for the trip. The Debate Team had originally asked for $301.00 but after discussion, the ASG voted to grant the Debate Team $376.00 for additional spending. Finally, to end the meeting, the ASG and Faisal Jaswal, the Assistant Dean of Student Programs, discussed BC's accreditation and how they felt about it. The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m. after an hour of lively debate. NEWS@THEIIBSHEET.COM