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A print edition is published approximately once a month or more during Fall, Winter and Spring quarters for students, faculty and the local community. More content can be found online at https://clarkcollegeindependent.com/. Responsibilities for establishing news and deciding issues related to content rest solely with the student staff.

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Interested in the Run for Beer event that happened last week? One of our reporters participated in the event to get the ...
06/13/2021
You Can Run For Charity or You Can Run For Beer

Interested in the Run for Beer event that happened last week? One of our reporters participated in the event to get the inside scoop and information about the great event

Read all about it below!

Story: Russ Flight

Running under the tree cover of Franklin Street, I was unaware of the beauty that the waterfront held in store for me. Following behind some fellow runners, it was nice being in a position to

Clark’s student government held a mental health week. The motive for the event was to provide students with coping skill...
06/13/2021
Clark College Holds Its First Ever Mental Health Week

Clark’s student government held a mental health week. The motive for the event was to provide students with coping skills and resources at Clark.

Read more about the event below.

Story: Holland Burris
Graphic: Mary Guevara

Clark’s student government hosted a variety of events for the first ever Mental Health Week last week, where participants joined virtual workshops and had the opportunity to win a gift card. The goal of Mental

ASCC's Japanese Program hosted an intro tp Kimonos event over zoom on May 28. The event was part of a series of Japanese...
06/13/2021
ASCC's Japanese Program Hosts an Intro to Kimonos Zoom Event

ASCC's Japanese Program hosted an intro tp Kimonos event over zoom on May 28. The event was part of a series of Japanese Culture events.

Read more about the virtual event below.

Story: Yaneli Jimenez-Carmona

ASCC is hosting an event with Takako Elting to learn about Japanese kimonos on May 28 from 4-5 p.m. The event is part of an ongoing series on Japanese culture. Elting is the founder of

USDA farmers to families was a food box program that benefitted both farmers and citizens during COVID-19. The program h...
06/13/2021
USDA Farmers to Families Program Comes to an End in Battle Ground

USDA farmers to families was a food box program that benefitted both farmers and citizens during COVID-19. The program has recently c0me to a close.

Read more about the program below!

Story: Miranda Manzano
Picture: Midori Davis

On Saturday morning in Battle Ground, Scott Keller gathered his volunteers for the last time. He spoke to them about their work over the last 9 months, repeated his message of hope and encouragement, received

Jay Inslee recently passed the WA Climate Commitment Act on April 26. Read an interview with a meteorology professor at ...
06/01/2021
Climate Change Q&A with Clark Meteorology Professor

Jay Inslee recently passed the WA Climate Commitment Act on April 26. Read an interview with a meteorology professor at Clark who answers big questions about climate change and the bill.

Story: Yaneli Jimenez-Carmona
Graphic: Mary Guevara

Governor Jay Inslee passed the the WA Climate Commitment Act on April 26. This act is the first piece of legislation in all of the U.S. to pave the way for net-zero carbon emissions by

Clark College’s ASCC has showcased a few earth day themed art. The effort is to help spread awareness of our environment...
05/31/2021
Student Artists Render Earth Day Awareness

Clark College’s ASCC has showcased a few earth day themed art. The effort is to help spread awareness of our environment we live in.

Click the link below to read about the art!

Story by Zoë Buhrmaster

In an effort to promote environmental awareness through a new, unique format, the ASCC is showcasing a variety of student's Earth Day themed art. Each year people around the world recognize Earth Day as a

Will Clark College follow the steps of the other colleges that have required vaccines for their students this fall? This...
05/31/2021
What if Clark Required The COVID-19 Vaccine?

Will Clark College follow the steps of the other colleges that have required vaccines for their students this fall? This is a question that has yet to be answered.

Read a few student opinions about the possibility below!

Story: Edwin Flores-Calderon

As of May 21, Clark College has not made it a requirement for students to be fully vaccinated by the fall term. Gov. Jay Inslee was at the Clark College campus on April 30 to

Clark College’s security team is offering free safety whistles for all students. The safety whistles help notify others ...
05/31/2021
Safety Whistles to the Rescue

Clark College’s security team is offering free safety whistles for all students. The safety whistles help notify others of danger, and is one step closer to a safer campus.

Read more about it below!

Story: Paige Evans
Graphic: Mary Guevara

Many students have expressed concerns regarding safety on campus and elsewhere in the community. To promote safety and relieve some fear, Clark College Security provides free safety whistles. Mike See, the director of security and

The beloved Clark County Fair has been cancelled again due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, the CEO of the fair has hi...
05/25/2021
Clark County Fair CEO Talks Cancellation and Announces 2022 Dates

The beloved Clark County Fair has been cancelled again due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, the CEO of the fair has high hopes to return in August of 2022.

Read more about it below!

Story by Mary Guevara
Picture by Midori Davis

The Clark County Fair is cancelled for the second year in a row due to COVID-19 public health concerns. According to Clark County Fair manager and CEO John Morrison, the annual event has been cancelled

Clark's activities program has come up with another fun event. This time it's a photo contest. The theme is 'something t...
05/25/2021
Photo Contest Prompts Students to Bring Out Emotions

Clark's activities program has come up with another fun event. This time it's a photo contest. The theme is 'something that brings the photographer's emotions out'. The deadline is May 31.

Read more about the contest below!

Story by Midori Davis
Graphic by Mary Guevara

The Clark Activities Programming Board is hosting a photo contest May 3-31. The contest is open to all Clark students and participants are asked to submit a photo of “something that brings out emotion in

Dozer Days encourages the younger generations to pursue the field of construction work by showing off equipment. This ye...
05/25/2021
Dozer Days Builds for the Future

Dozer Days encourages the younger generations to pursue the field of construction work by showing off equipment. This year the event was designed as a drive thru.

Read more about the event below!

Story by Russel Flight
Pictures by Midori Davis

Watching TLC Towing’s 40-ton rotator recovery truck raise and lower a shredded 18-wheelers' shipping container on a loop felt surreal. But then I realized that this is critically important work for our society to function.

Success in finding jobs has been easy for students at Clark who are getting a bachelors in applied sciences. Some of the...
05/25/2021
Clark’s Bachelor’s of Applied Science Students are Hired Right Out of the Program

Success in finding jobs has been easy for students at Clark who are getting a bachelors in applied sciences. Some of them even found jobs before they graduated!

Click the link below to read a few success stories!

Story by Holland Burris
Graphic by Mary Guevara

Students from Clark College’s Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Human Services program are having great success in finding job opportunities before they even graduate. Nichole Hamberger, who graduated from Clark’s program in 2020, found a

A new club has been formed at Clark called Christ's club. The club allows students, faculty members, and others to discu...
05/25/2021
Christ’s Club Provides a Space for the Study of Christian Faith

A new club has been formed at Clark called Christ's club. The club allows students, faculty members, and others to discuss and learn more about the christian religion.

Read more about the club below!

Story by Gracie Newberry
Graphic by Mary Guevara

Christ’s Club, a recently formed club at Clark College, is a place for students, staff, faculty and community members to meet, discuss and study the Christian faith. Club President Justin Hymas formed the club during

Clark is celebrating the OSWALD awards in person this year! Only the nominees and Clark's president will be attending th...
05/21/2021
Clark Plans to Celebrate OSWALD Awards In-Person

Clark is celebrating the OSWALD awards in person this year! Only the nominees and Clark's president will be attending the event on June 3, an improvement from last year's fully virtual event.

Read more about it below!

Story by Madison Reznicki

Clark College plans on celebrating the annual OSWALD Awards in-person on June 3 at 6 p.m. in the Gaiser Student Center. Nominees will receive their award certificate and a goodie bag filled with a DoorDash

A virtual trivia night was hosted by Clark's Activities programming board in effort to connect students. 100 questions w...
05/21/2021
Clark's Activities Programming Board Hosted Free Virtual Trivia Event

A virtual trivia night was hosted by Clark's Activities programming board in effort to connect students. 100 questions were asked over the course of the event!

Read more about the fun event below!

Story by Abby Anderson.

Last Friday, Clark College’s Activities Programming Board hosted a free virtual trivia event available to all Clark students. Winners received Amazon gift cards. The hour-long Zoom event included 100 questions with subjects ranging from Star

Did you know that Washington state's flower, Rhododendrons, don't bloom in the Eastern side of Washington? Read more int...
05/21/2021
Rhododendrons are Washington State History in Bloom

Did you know that Washington state's flower, Rhododendrons, don't bloom in the Eastern side of Washington?

Read more interesting facts about the history of the Washington State flower below!

Story by Miranda Manzano.

Photos by Miranda Manzano With large evergreen leaves and clusters of bell-shaped blossoms in hues of pink, the Washington state flower is in peak bloom all around us. That is, if you live in the

On May 8, Walk/Run for the Animals was hosted in downtown Vancouver. The event has helped raise money for The Humane Soc...
05/19/2021
Pet-Lovers Support Furry Friends During Walk/Run for the Animals

On May 8, Walk/Run for the Animals was hosted in downtown Vancouver. The event has helped raise money for The Humane Society for Southwest Washington for the last 30 years.

Read more about the event below!

Story by Madison Reznicki
Pictures by Midori Davis

Photos by Midori Davis/The Indy Sidewalks in downtown Vancouver were full of furry friends and their owners on Saturday. These pet-lovers were participating in The Humane Society for Southwest Washington’s annual fundraising event called Walk/Run

Clark College has a announced their online degree program will now have 15 majors with completely online offerings. This...
05/19/2021
Clark College Launches New Online Degree Program this Fall

Clark College has a announced their online degree program will now have 15 majors with completely online offerings. This decision was decided through the obvious need for it from students.

Read more about the new program below!

Story by Jacqueline Salvon

Clark College is launching a new online degree program this fall that will offer 15 degree majors in various fields of study. Previously Clark had only offered three fully online degree or emphasis area offerings.

Farm Days, a nonprofit organization, embraces the beauty of Yacolt and Pomeroy Farm. There is animal petting, live music...
05/18/2021
Farm Days Showcases Country Living

Farm Days, a nonprofit organization, embraces the beauty of Yacolt and Pomeroy Farm. There is animal petting, live music and more offered for guests! The event is hosted every first weekend of the month until August.

Read more about what the event has to offer below!

Story by Russel Flight
Pictures by Midori Davis

  Wrapped around a ring of mountainous forest, a flat outcropping sits in beautiful Yacolt. On this pristine land sits a very old and famous property, Pomeroy Farms. With the mission to inform and showcase

Have you heard of local businesses having success during the lockdown? Fuel Medical Group and Madden Industrial Craftsme...
05/18/2021
Some Local Businesses Succeed Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

Have you heard of local businesses having success during the lockdown? Fuel Medical Group and Madden Industrial Craftsmen had record breaking results during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more about their success stories below.

Story by Troy Williams

As the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns swept the nation, small businesses bore the full brunt of shutdowns. Many closed their doors for good and most were barely able to make ends meet. Yet, some

Many universities are starting to require COVID-19 vaccines for students returning to class this fall. Lewis and Clark C...
05/18/2021
Portland Universities Require COVID-19 Vaccinations By Fall

Many universities are starting to require COVID-19 vaccines for students returning to class this fall. Lewis and Clark College and the University of Portland will have this requirement.

Read more about it below.

Story by Edwin Flores-Calderon

Photos by Edwin Flores-Calderon Lewis and Clark College and The University of Portland both announced that they will require students to be fully vaccinated before returning to class next fall. The two private schools are

Graduation for Clark students is coming up fast! On June 17, Clark is holding a commencement ceremony for the class of '...
05/12/2021
Clark College Plans for Commencement Ceremony

Graduation for Clark students is coming up fast! On June 17, Clark is holding a commencement ceremony for the class of '21. However, no guests are allowed to attend.

Read more about it below!

Story by Paige Evans.

Clark College has announced that they will be having a ceremony for the graduating class of 2021 on June 17. Due to COVID-19 guidelines students and faculty are the only ones allowed to attend the graduation

During an Archer Gallery art talk on April 30, Artist Richard Tinkler explains his journey with artRead more about it be...
05/12/2021
Artist Richard Tinkler Talks Figure and Field

During an Archer Gallery art talk on April 30, Artist Richard Tinkler explains his journey with art

Read more about it below.

Story by Midori Davis

  Brooklyn-based artist Richard Tinkler shared his geometric works during an Archer Gallery Art Talk on April 30. Using either oil on canvas or pen on paper, Tinkler takes a very bilateral approach to his

The Tower Mall has made a transition from COVID-19 testing to COVID-19 vaccines. The site offers free vaccines from 8:30...
05/12/2021
Tower Mall Community COVID-19 Testing Site Set to Shift into Vaccination Site

The Tower Mall has made a transition from COVID-19 testing to COVID-19 vaccines. The site offers free vaccines from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on select days.

Read more about it below.

Story and graphic by Mary Guevara

After months of serving Clark County, the Tower Mall community COVID-19 testing site has closed. According to Clark County Public Health senior communication specialist Marissa Armstrong, the site has been open since early January 2020

With graduation coming up next month, all 7 of Clark's ASCC student leadership positions are open for new members. The d...
05/09/2021
ASCC Prepares for a Complete Turnover in Student Leadership

With graduation coming up next month, all 7 of Clark's ASCC student leadership positions are open for new members. The due date to apply is May 14.

Read more about the positions and how to apply below.

Story by Gracie Newberry
Graphic by Mary Guevara

  ASCC is facing a complete turnover of members in the coming year, meaning that all seven student leadership positions are up for hire for the 2021-22 school year. According to ASCC vice president Ellie

Virtualandia's poetry slam event had amazing performances that highlighted emotions and talent. Jordan Wolmut was named ...
05/09/2021
Slam Poetry Succeeds with Powerful Performances at Virtualandia

Virtualandia's poetry slam event had amazing performances that highlighted emotions and talent. Jordan Wolmut was named champion of the event.

Read all about the event below!

Story by Miranda Manzano.

In the second round of Virtualandia, a youth poetry slam competition, Jordan Wolmut overcame the distance that comes from performing for a virtual audience and spoke with authority directly to the judges. “This poem doesn’t

Clark’s ASCC Japanese Program recently hosted Sora to educate students about the art and importance of Shodo. Click the ...
05/09/2021
Japanese Calligrapher Explains Shodo Art and Techniques

Clark’s ASCC Japanese Program recently hosted Sora to educate students about the art and importance of Shodo.

Click the link to read more.

Story by Madison Reznicki.

Clark College’s ASCC Japanese Program welcomed performing artist Sora from Portland to teach viewers about a form of Japanese calligraphy called Shodo. Sora demonstrated multiple types of Shodo, offered a lecture and Q&A during a

Breaking news! Jay Inslee while visiting Vancouver today announced that he might decide to require the COVID-19 vaccine ...
05/01/2021
Gov. Inslee Says Community Colleges May Be Requiring Vaccinations This Fall

Breaking news! Jay Inslee while visiting Vancouver today announced that he might decide to require the COVID-19 vaccine for returning students this fall.

Read more about it below!

Story by Nick Gibson

During a visit to Vancouver today, Gov. Jay Inslee said that Washington community colleges may be moving in the direction of requiring students and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19, prior to returning to campus

Interested in calligraphy? Join Clark's ASCC Japanese Program virtual event with artist Sora to learn about Shodo tomorr...
04/30/2021
Join Virtual Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Event Hosted by ASCC Japanese Program

Interested in calligraphy? Join Clark's ASCC Japanese Program virtual event with artist Sora to learn about Shodo tomorrow.

To learn more about the event, click the link!

Story by Madison Reznicki

Curious about calligraphy? Join a virtual event by Clark College’s ASCC Japanese Program as they welcome artist Sora to teach viewers about Shodo on April 30. The event includes a lecture on Shodo calligraphy, demonstration,

Two students from Clark, Natalie Worthy and Erin Lysne, have been recognized for their academic and community service ac...
04/30/2021
Two Clark Students Named to All Washington Academic Team

Two students from Clark, Natalie Worthy and Erin Lysne, have been recognized for their academic and community service achievements by joining Washington's 2021 Academic Team.

Read more about these two students of Clark's below.

Story by Nick Gibson

Two Clark College students have been named to the 2021 All Washington Academic Team, which recognizes students in Washington State for their academic excellence and community service. Clark students Erin Lysne and Natalie Worthy were

Interested in understanding more about the recent astronomic events that have occurred lately? A reporter had an intervi...
04/30/2021
Spring Brings April Meteor Showers

Interested in understanding more about the recent astronomic events that have occurred lately? A reporter had an interview with Amy Sibal, an astronomy teacher at Clark. Sibal gives insight to what these events really are.

Story by Yaneli Jimenez-Carmona

Starting Thursday Apr. 15 the Lyrid meteor shower will become visible to the naked eye until Apr. 30. The Lyrid meteor shower occurs yearly typically towards the middle or end of April. This Lyrid shower

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