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The Commuter is a weekly student-run newspaper for Linn-Benton Community College, financed by student fees and advertising. Opinions expressed in the Commuter do not necessarily reflect those of the LBCC administration, faculty, and associated students of LBCC. Editorials, columns, letters, and cartoons reflect the opinions of the authors.

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photo courtesy: The Jakarta Post With its epic return to television with another season, “Game of Thrones” has been ...
05/31/2019
Has ‘Game of Thrones’ Reduced in Quality?

photo courtesy: The Jakarta Post With its epic return to television with another season, “Game of Thrones” has been the most popular show in the world; maybe even the most popular thing on Twitter or the internet overall. Because of its notoriety, a few mistakes they have recently made in the airing of the show have been put on blast by the media. [ 802 more words ]
https://lbcommuter.com/has-game-of-thrones-reduced-in-quality/

photo courtesy: The Jakarta Post     With its epic return to television with another season, “Game of Thrones” has been the most popular show in the world; maybe even the most p…

photo courtesy: Vox First, you might not know who James Charles is, I’ll explain. He’s a famous makeup artist who ma...
05/31/2019
Why was James Charles at the Met Gala?

photo courtesy: Vox First, you might not know who James Charles is, I’ll explain. He’s a famous makeup artist who makes money and got his fame from social media and YouTube. He is in the new “famous people” category called influencers. These are basically people who promote things over social media in efforts to get others to follow along or buy a product. [ 463 more words ]
https://lbcommuter.com/why-was-james-charles-at-the-met-gala/

photo courtesy: Vox First, you might not know who James Charles is, I’ll explain. He’s a famous makeup artist who makes money and got his fame from social media and YouTube. He is in the new “famou…

photo courtesy: NME.com After five long years of waiting for something new from the “Take Me to Church” star, Hozier...
05/31/2019
ALBUM REVIEW: Hozier’s “Wasteland, Baby!”

photo courtesy: NME.com After five long years of waiting for something new from the “Take Me to Church” star, Hozier's new album “Wasteland, Baby!” delivered. An intricate selection of sounds has the listener wanting more. The album contains songs from the previously released EP “Nina Cried Power” and much more. His angelic voice makes this over an hour-long album an easy listen all the way through. [ 409 more words ]
https://lbcommuter.com/album-review-hoziers-wasteland-baby/

photo courtesy: NME.com After five long years of waiting for something new from the “Take Me to Church” star, Hozier’s new album “Wasteland, Baby!” delivered. An intricate selection of sounds…

A sense of community is important at LBCC. Strong communities involve people with different cultural, gender, or economi...
05/30/2019
LB’s “Brown Girls Pride” Art Reception Features Mexican-American Artists

A sense of community is important at LBCC. Strong communities involve people with different cultural, gender, or economic statuses accepting and celebrating one another. The first Brown Girls Pride reception, which was held May 22 from 5 to 6 p.m., is one such illustration. Hosted by art instructor Anne Magratten, the reception was a two-way celebration highlighting women and being Mexican. [ 251 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/lbs-brown-girls-pride-art-reception-features-mexican-american-artists/

A sense of community is important at LBCC. Strong communities involve people with different cultural, gender, or economic statuses accepting and celebrating one another. The first Brown Girls Pride…

05/30/2019
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“Pace yourselves,” joked emcee and LBCC Events and Production Coordinator Michael Winder, as local high school students hit the stage for an improv showcase. Winder continued “Look at all this insane talent.” 175 high school students, family members, and community members held a raucous and enthusiastic theater melee for ‘High School Improv Smackdown: The Big One’ on Friday night May 24 at the LBCC Russell Tripp theater. [ 329 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/lb-hosts-local-high-school-improv-troupes/

Jasper Eckert preps his DJ equipment on stage. His partner, Zack Stevens, is connecting the sound equipment and making s...
05/30/2019
Q&A: Local Rap Duo ZAP Talk About Their Inspiration and More

Jasper Eckert preps his DJ equipment on stage. His partner, Zack Stevens, is connecting the sound equipment and making sure the sounds are loud and vivid. Eckert begins to play some beats off speakers that make the whole room shake. The bumpy noise is introduced to Stevens’ voice as he begins to rap. They are practicing for their performance at Bomb's Away Cafe. [ 915 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/qa-local-rap-duo-zap-talk-about-their-inspiration-and-more/

Jasper Eckert preps his DJ equipment on stage. His partner, Zack Stevens, is connecting the sound equipment and making sure the sounds are loud and vivid. Eckert begins to play some beats off speak…

After many years in development, a live-action film adaptation of the “Sonic the Hedgehog” video game series will be...
05/29/2019
Movie Preview: “Sonic The Hedgehog” A “Gangster’s Paradise” or Another Video Game Movie Bomb?

After many years in development, a live-action film adaptation of the “Sonic the Hedgehog” video game series will be released February 14, 2020. Originally set for release under Sony Pictures, the film is now set to be distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film’s plot is a loose adaptation of the video game series: the titular Sonic the Hedgehog (voice of Ben Schwartz, TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) must stop Dr. [ 335 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/movie-preview-sonic-the-hedgehog-a-gangsters-paradise-or-another-video-game-movie-bomb/

After many years in development, a live-action film adaptation of the “Sonic the Hedgehog” video game series will be released February 14, 2020. Originally set for release under Sony Pictures, the …

After an amazing season with first-year head coach Andy Peterson, the LBCC Men’s Baseball team will leave Longview aft...
05/29/2019
Roadrunner Baseball Ends Season Short of NWAC Title But Should Look Back On Coach Peterson’s First Season With Pride

After an amazing season with first-year head coach Andy Peterson, the LBCC Men’s Baseball team will leave Longview after suffering a 11-1 loss to the Lower Columbia Red Devils Saturday, May 25. The loss makes the Beaks finish at 31-11 overall with a 20-4 record in conference. They were still able to capture the NWAC south championship, beating out Mt. Hood by just one game for the top spot. [ 394 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/roadrunner-baseball-ends-season-short-of-nwac-title-but-should-look-back-on-coach-petersons-first-season-with-pride/

After an amazing season with first-year head coach Andy Peterson, the LBCC Men’s Baseball team will leave Longview after suffering a 11-1 loss to the Lower Columbia Red Devils Saturday, May 25. The…

Friday May 24, 2019, The Haus of Dharma and the GSA hosted a drag show in the LBCC activities center. The drag show incl...
05/29/2019
Photo Gallery: LBCC’s Fourth Annual Drag Show

Friday May 24, 2019, The Haus of Dharma and the GSA hosted a drag show in the LBCC activities center. The drag show included students to professionals traveling around the area. This was held as an open event where anyone was welcome to join. Performers dance, sang, and recited poems on stage. Between performances, the host from Haus Of Dharma advocated for HIV awareness, stating you can come to any of the performers personally, or to the Haus Of Dharma to get free testing. [ 220 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/photo-gallery-lbccs-fourth-annual-drag-show/

Friday May 24, 2019, The Haus of Dharma and the GSA hosted a drag show in the LBCC activities center. The drag show included students to professionals traveling around the area. This was held as an…

The soothing, melodic, and familiar British voice of David Attenborough may give you the false pretense that the Netflix...
05/23/2019
Review: “Our Planet” Depicts The Harsh Realities Of Humanity’s Impact On Climate Change

The soothing, melodic, and familiar British voice of David Attenborough may give you the false pretense that the Netflix Original series “Our Planet” will show you beautiful pictures of the natural world, similar to his other shows, “Planet Earth” and “Blue Planet.” You are mistaken. While the nature documentary does show you the pristine and awe-provoking world of the natural ecosystem, it accompanies those images with the jarring reality of climate change. [ 527 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/review-our-planet-depicts-the-harsh-reality-of-humanitys-impact-on-climate-change/

The soothing, melodic, and familiar British voice of David Attenborough may give you the false pretense that the Netflix Original series “Our Planet” will show you beautiful pictures of the natural…

The summer movie season is officially underway, with many films aiming to be the next big hit. While Marvel’s “Aveng...
05/23/2019
“Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” Has Opening Record For Video Game Movies

The summer movie season is officially underway, with many films aiming to be the next big hit. While Marvel’s “Avengers Endgame” has earned its third consecutive weekend at #1 with a gross of $63.2 million; pushing its domestic total alone past $700 million; another film had a very strong second to capture a record of its own: “Pokémon Detective Pikachu.” [ 309 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/pokemon-detective-pikachu-has-opening-record-for-video-game-movies/

The summer movie season is officially underway, with many films aiming to be the next big hit. While Marvel’s “Avengers Endgame” has earned its third consecutive weekend at #1 with a gross of $63.2…

“John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum” is the third installment in the “John Wick” series. While the films have been ...
05/22/2019
Review: “John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum” Is The Strongest Film Yet In The Fantastic Action Franchise

“John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum” is the third installment in the “John Wick” series. While the films have been making their mark on the action genre since they first began in 2014, this latest installment is not only the best entry in the series so far; but easily one of the best action films in recent years. The film takes place after the events of 2017’s “John Wick: Chapter 2.” Wick (Keanu Reeves) has been declared “excommunicado” by a mysterious group of assassins known as the “High Table” with a $14 million bounty placed on his head. [ 301 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/review-john-wick-chapter-3-parabellum-is-the-strongest-film-yet-in-the-fantastic-action-franchise/

“John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum” is the third installment in the “John Wick” series. While the films have been making their mark on the action genre since they first began in 2014, this latest ins…

The postseason has begun following LBCC’s sweep of the Clackamas Cougars and several southern division NWAC teams foun...
05/22/2019
Southern Division Rivals Compete For Chance To Play In NWAC Tournament While Roadrunners Prepare For Next Opponent

The postseason has begun following LBCC’s sweep of the Clackamas Cougars and several southern division NWAC teams found themselves fighting for an opportunity to play in the NWAC Baseball Championship Tournament. Mount Hood, Lane, and Chemeketa all found themselves in the tournament this past weekend. Mount Hood beat Columbia Basin 14-9 in their first bout and iced the series with a 5-4 win after that. [ 347 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/southern-division-rivals-compete-for-chance-to-play-in-nwac-tournament-while-roadrunners-prepare-for-next-opponent/

The postseason has begun following LBCC’s sweep of the Clackamas Cougars and several southern division NWAC teams found themselves fighting for an opportunity to play in the NWAC Baseball Champions…

On Tuesday, May 21 speakers Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood Jr. stood about a yard apart on the stage of the Russell Tri...
05/22/2019
Better Than Hate: Speakers From Opposing Viewpoints Discuss Healthy Political Dialogue

On Tuesday, May 21 speakers Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood Jr. stood about a yard apart on the stage of the Russell Tripp theater, speaking to a diverse audience about a familiar, yet difficult topic: having productive conversations despite partisan differences. This isn’t the first time the Russell Tripp has hosted this kind of event. Last fall, the Civil Discourse Club hosted two mothers with opposing political viewpoints to discuss how their relationship is able to persist despite obvious political tension. [ 524 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/better-than-hate-speakers-from-opposing-viewpoints-discuss-healthy-political-dialogue/

On Tuesday, May 21 speakers Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood Jr. stood about a yard apart on the stage of the Russell Tripp theater, speaking to a diverse audience about a familiar, yet difficult topi…

Linn-Benton Roadrunner Baseball has managed to sweep the Clackamas Cougars in the final series of the regular season, fl...
05/16/2019
Roadrunner Baseball Wins NWAC South Division After Sweeping Clackamas

Linn-Benton Roadrunner Baseball has managed to sweep the Clackamas Cougars in the final series of the regular season, flexing their offensive muscles and allowing the Cougars to only manage four total runs in the series. LBCC started the sunny weekend off with a slow 4-0 win against a Cougars team that wanted to make an impression, but the Roadrunners simply responded by winning the next three games 11-1, 11-1, and 12-1. [ 323 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/roadrunner-baseball-wins-nwac-south-division-after-sweeping-clackamas/

Linn-Benton Roadrunner Baseball has managed to sweep the Clackamas Cougars in the final series of the regular season, flexing their offensive muscles and allowing the Cougars to only manage four to…

“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is an adaptation of the Nintendo 3DS video game “Detective Pikachu,” and the first ...
05/16/2019
Review: “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” Is An Absolute Blast And Proof That Video Game Adaptations Can Be A Success

“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is an adaptation of the Nintendo 3DS video game “Detective Pikachu,” and the first live-action film in the long-running “Pokémon” franchise. Even though adapting the series in live-action was never going to be an easy task, director Rob Letterman has risen to the challenge of not only delivering a strong adaptation; but easily the best live-action rendition of a beloved video game and anime series yet. [ 532 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/review-pokemon-detective-pikachu-is-an-absolute-blast-and-proof-that-video-game-adaptations-can-be-a-success/

“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is an adaptation of the Nintendo 3DS video game “Detective Pikachu,” and the first live-action film in the long-running “Pokémon” franchise. Even though adapting the ser…

As the Commuter reported in a Sep. 15, 2018 column, the Single Stop online site is a "service that streamlines resources...
05/16/2019
Single Stop Provides Connection To Vital Resources That Help Students Succeed

As the Commuter reported in a Sep. 15, 2018 column, the Single Stop online site is a "service that streamlines resources available to students through a fast and easy online form based on your specific needs." As well as updating the online search engine with local services like food banks and health programs and using funds to directly help students with one-time needs such as textbook rentals, Single Stop program coordinator Amanda Stanley works in partnerships with various campus departments and community programs to help students. [ 287 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/single-stop-provides-connection-to-vital-resources-that-help-students-succeed/

As the Commuter reported in a Sep. 15, 2018 column, the Single Stop online site is a “service that streamlines resources available to students through a fast and easy online form based on you…

In this week's edition of The Commuter, read about Single Stop, the LB Roadrunners, the Civil Discourse Club, LB partner...
05/14/2019
The Commuter: May 15, 2019

In this week's edition of The Commuter, read about Single Stop, the LB Roadrunners, the Civil Discourse Club, LB partnering with Western Oregon, and more.
http://lbcommuter.com/the-commuter-may-15-2019/

In this week’s edition of The Commuter, read about Single Stop, the LB Roadrunners, the Civil Discourse Club, LB partnering with Western Oregon, and more.

Since the release of “Avengers Endgame” on April 26, it was always clear that the film was going to break box office...
05/10/2019
“Avengers Endgame” Assembles a $2 Billion Box Office Record

Since the release of “Avengers Endgame” on April 26, it was always clear that the film was going to break box office records. Though some doubted the film would break the threshold of $300 million in its opening weekend, the film ended up exceeding even that expectation by making $357 million in the US and $1.2 billion worldwide. Many theaters even gave the film extra screenings in order to accommodate its mammoth 182-minute runtime. [ 243 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/avengers-endgame-assembles-a-2-billion-box-office-record/

Since the release of “Avengers Endgame” on April 26, it was always clear that the film was going to break box office records. Though some doubted the film would break the threshold of $300 million …

Earlier this off-season, three-year head coach, Everett Hartman announced that he would be retiring from coaching colleg...
05/10/2019
Incoming Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Schaumburg Looks To Apply Experience And Talent To Continue Program’s Trend Of Success

Earlier this off-season, three-year head coach, Everett Hartman announced that he would be retiring from coaching collegiate basketball, after changing a culture and cultivating success in such a short span of time. Athletic Director Mark Majeski took time to find a suitable replacement for Hartman and it led him to Joe Schaumburg, who was officially announced as the new men's basketball coach for the 2019-2020 season. [ 1,097 more word ]
http://lbcommuter.com/incoming-mens-basketball-coach-joe-schaumburg-looks-to-apply-experience-and-talent-to-continue-programs-trend-of-success/

Earlier this off-season, three-year head coach, Everett Hartman announced that he would be retiring from coaching collegiate basketball, after changing a culture and cultivating success in such a s…

Jordan Peele’s new film “US” balances horror, thrills, comedy, and layers of meaning within that takes you on a ri...
05/09/2019
Review: “Us” Is A Strong Sophomore Effort From Director Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele’s new film “US” balances horror, thrills, comedy, and layers of meaning within that takes you on a ride you won’t expect. Since Peele put himself on the director map with his last film “Get Out,” expectations were high for “US.” Although “US,” doesn’t come with the layered meaning of racism within society, it plays with psychology and other similar aspects within society. [ 638 more words ]
http://lbcommuter.com/review-us-is-a-strong-sophomore-effort-from-director-jordan-peele/

Jordan Peele’s new film “US” balances horror, thrills, comedy, and layers of meaning within that takes you on a ride you won’t expect. Since Peele put himself on the director map with his last film…

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