The Pioneer Volume 51, Issue 2


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Should you kneel,

stand or sit?

Page 8

Tips, tricks and

events for


Pages 12-16

American dream

in flux for DACA


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Oct. 25, 2017 / Vol. 51, Issue 2

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SuYoung Park EDITORIAL / 3


The faces of Americans dominating the news and social media recently

have told a story. It is a story of grit and hope that is so deeply woven into the

American identity that it is almost taken for granted.

Over a period of weeks, Americans experienced and watched events

unfold that tore at the fabric of their lives. Out of those events, people have

rediscovered what really matters — community.

American faces showed desperation as they cried for relief. Mud and muck

gives a commonality to skin tone on those who arrange rescues from fastmoving


They shouted with fear as they seek to protect the ones around them even as

they run for cover themselves.

They are white and scraggly, mingled with brown and bearded. They wear

skull caps or prayer shawls. Designer clothes are just as dirty as the neighbors’

second-hand threads.

Barely a month ago, the hottest neighborhood buzz had passionate debates

about who was going to win the Mayweather/McGregor boxing match. Fantasy

football players had their teams picked and fans were hotly debating their

favorite players against their opponents.

Social outlets such as Facebook and Twitter were full of people freely sharing

their angry opinions without any regard to the human soul that would be


Now they are desperate for survival. In an instant, their lives changed.

Conversations now centered around who survived the night.

When the water is rising and it is still raining, citizenship status does not

matter. All victims equally; no one stopped to ask to see proof before accepting a

ride in a boat.

Bullets make people bleed and are indiscriminate in their victims. Those

running for cover the day before may have been loud and vocal about gun rights.

Natural disasters such as hurricanes strip away the material stuff of life.

They leave in their wake the bones of an infrastructure that is either healthy and

capable of supporting the community or is just as shattered and broken as the


Mass shootings also strip away facades. Those with personal and political

agendas use the events as examples to further their causes. The faces of the

victims become trophies or targets, depending on the stand.

Behind those faces are human souls that have the same needs. The needs for

clean water, food, shelter, feeling safe going to public even — these are basic

necessities for life.

For a moment — political agendas, immigration status, social injustice — none

of those mattered. For a moment, Americans showed the faces of who they really

are. They came together united as one spirit to tackle what was in front of them.

Andrew Paulson/

Contributing Photo


ABOUT THE COVER: With over 45 different varieties available, the pumpkin is

as diverse as Pierce College’s student body - populated with students from all

over the world. These pumpkins were grown at Kent’s Carpinito Farm.

Debbie Denbrook/Staff Photo


Oct. 25, 2017 / Vol. 51, Issue 2



Women’s Soccer Away Game

South Western Oregon

Coos Bay, Ore.

times vary


Hallows Eve Crafts

Student Life Lobby

11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Women’s Soccer Away Game

Lower Columbia College


4 p.m.


Women’s Volleyball Away Game

Grays Harbor College


7 p.m.


Disability Awareness Day

The Fundamentals of Caring”

Performance Lounge

9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.


Student Gov’t Meeting

Student Life Lobby

11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Georgetown Morgue

$5 / Free T-Shirt

Sign up in CAS 210

5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball Home Game

Centralia College


7 p.m.

ELA Workshop

CAS 528

12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Women’s Soccer Away Game

Tacoma Community College


12 p.m.

Pre- Registration

Advising for Winter 2018

Photos by

Pixabay and Pierce College







Annual BOO Bash!

Performance Lounge

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. CAMPUS / 5



Nourish Food Drive

Donate at the

Student Life Office

Office hours


Women’s Volleyball Away Game

South Puget Sound CC


7 p.m.


ELA Workshop

CAS 528

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Woman’s Raider Volleyball Home Game

Lower Columbia College


7 p.m.


Winter 2018

Registration Begins


Clubs Council

CAS 526

2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.


Women’s Volleyball Home Game

Highline College




Cranes for Kids

Student Life Lobby

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.



Recognition Day

Student Life Lobby

9 a.m.-12 p.m.


MLI Intensive


Fireside Lounge

9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Native American

Heritage Appreciation

Fireside Lounge



Raiders Thanksgiving

Performance Lounge

11:30 a.m.


MLI Workshop

CAS 528

12 p.m.-1 p.m.


Oct. 25, 2017 / Vol. 51, Issue 2

Pending DACA policy change puts

students’ future in jeopardy

Pierce will continue to support ‘Dreamers,’ director says


Contributing Writer

Students, administrators and the

legal community are concerned about

the recent presidential announcement

to rescind the Deferred Action for

Childhood Arrivals.

The Obama-era immigration policy,

also known as DACA, allowed recipients,

to live and work in the U.S. on renewable

two-year work-permit authorizations.

The program was only a temporary

amnesty from deportation for people

who entered the United States when

they were minors. Through the policy,

it gave access to higher education,

job and economic opportunities, and

participation in community activity.

Now those 800,000 recipients of the

immigration policy face an atmosphere

of fear and uncertainty after the Sept. 5

announcement. They fear deportation

from the United States — a threat to

the one place many know as their only


Pierce’s education programs director

Krissy Kim has seen the struggles

of DACA students. She said she has

watched and listened as the uncertainty

about their future grows. She said Pierce

College will continue to support these

students in every way possible.

They overcome major obstacles just

to gain and retain eligibility without

access to federal financial assistance.

(We) are committed continuing to serve

the DACA students, the ‘Dreamers,’ ” she


They are commonly referred to as

“Dreamers,” based on never-passed

proposals in Congress known as

the DREAM Act that would have

provided similar protections for young

immigrants. The DREAM Act —

Depiction of family member of a DACA

recipient; using his time leisurely.

Development, Relief and Education for

Alien Minors — was a federal proposal

that offered many of the same protections

as DACA but was never approved in


Mary (whose last name has been

withheld) attends Pierce in the Running

Start program. As a DACA supporter,

she said she encourages her friends in

the DACA program to “keep going, keep


“It was unfair taking away kids, so young

and so small. They had no choice,” Mary

by Jon Paul Oledan/

Photo Illustration

said about her friends, many who are

undocumented 16-year-olds. “It is the only

home they know.”

She said her friends are in fear — and

uncertain about their life after high school.

They obeyed all the laws,” she said

about her friends, who to qualify for

the program, had to have a clear federal

background check before they could be


Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who

spoke on behalf of President Donald

Trump’s administration, said, “We are CAMPUS / 7

people of compassion and we are people

of law. But there’s nothing compassionate

about the failure to enforce immigration

law. Failure to enforce laws in the past has

put our nation at risk of crime, violence,

and terrorism. A compassionate thing

to do is the end the lawlessness enforce

our laws and if congress chose to make

changes to those laws, to do so by the

process that set forth by our founders in

a way that advances the interests of the

American people. That is what president

has promised to do and has delivered to

the American people.”

Trump gave Congress six months to

come up with a solution before the DACA

protections are phased out next year.

The Washington State Council of

Presidents, Washington State Board

for Community & Technical Colleges,

Independent Colleges of Washington

and Washington Student Achievement

Council issued a statement on Sept. 5,

urging Congress to use those six months

to pass legislation that will allow students

“to continue to contribute to the global

competitive environment.”

“In Washington, all of our students,

regardless of their immigration status, are

invaluable to the teaching we provide in

our classrooms, the research we perform

in our labs, and the discoveries we make

in medicine,” part of the statement said.

These students and those who came

before them are not strangers on our

campuses, in our communities, and in our

homes. They are our neighbors, our coworkers,

our friends and our family. They

are us.”

DACA recipient Mia (whose last name

has been withheld) is a recent University

of Washington graduate who majored

in biochemistry. Mia volunteers at a

local free clinic where she meets diverse

patients, many who were homeless and

unemployed. She said she loves that she

can do something for the community and

help people to get better by working at the

clinic’s help desk.

And she said her experience at the clinic

has influenced her American dream.

“My dream is to extend my education

and use my education and skills to serve

patients,” Mia said, who sister is also

pursuing higher education learning at

Pierce College under DACA.

Nathan Choi, a Seattle attorney who

has worked with many DACA recipients,

said the policy was never meant to be a

permanent solution.

The program could never be a meal

replacement,” Choi said, using a cookie

analogy to describe the deferred action

policy. “That is why it is important to

inform the community about the truth of

DACA, and encourage their social circles,

to vote and be the voices on behalf of the


To keep identity(s) safe,

these illustrations were created

with blurred effects.

by Jon Paul Oledan/

Photo Illustration


Oct. 25, 2017 / Vol. 51, Issue 2

National Anthem debate:

Kneel, stand or sit?

Students, staff

discuss recent NFL



Contributing Writer


PLAYER Colin Kaepernick nearly 13

months ago.

He said in numerous interviews he was

bringing awareness about police brutality

and the present-day racial inequality in

the U.S. by kneeling during the national

anthem at the start of his NFL games. His

actions gained traction with other football

players in the NFL during the 2016-17


On Sept. 25, President Donald Trump

wrote a tweet, calling out NFL players

for their protest and how it disrespects

veterans and the U.S. The tweet helped act

as a catalyst and motivated some players

to protest less, but others increased their

protests. The motivations behind the

current protests are muddled with different

issues like Donald Trump, police brutality,

or racial inequality.

The protests have been supported by

some veterans, athletes, and students at


Pierce basketball player Frank Banks,

who is studying kinesiology, said, “I

understand the motivation behind their

Operations manager

Doug Carson.

NFL players protesting race

issues by kneeling during the

American National Anthem has

divided the public.

protests and how they don’t tolerate

police brutality and the racial problems

in America. I also understand how the

song was made for veterans, but it doesn’t

matter if people disrespect the flag

because people of color are still getting


Another form of protesting is raising

a fist in solidarity of racial inequality

and police brutality during the national

anthem. This form of protesting references

the Black Panther Party and it hasn’t been

commented on. Some athletes, including

Banks, said the national anthem has direct

historical roots of slavery and racism.

Athletic director Duncan Steven said,

“I think it’s creating a conversation in the

U.S. about injustice and inequality. We

don’t have a policy on protesting, but we

allow our players to express their freedom

of speech and protest.”

Veteran student Nathan DiCarlo, who

is studying graphic design, said, “They

make a good point by bringing awareness

to police brutality and racial equality. It’s

Megan Quint/ Staff Photo Illustration

a silent protest and their exercising their

rights. The same constitutional rights that

I fought for them. “

Operations manager Doug Carson

said, “I think Colin Kaepernick and the

other players have a constitutional right to

protest, but the owners can choose to fire

the players as well.”

Veteran student

Nathan DiCarlo

Photos by Justin Ngo /

Contributing Photos SPORTS / 9

Fall 2017 Raider Sports

Audrey Nguyen/ Contributing Photo

Raiders setter Allie Bauer spikes the ball

over the net.

Audrey Nguyen/ Contributing Photo

The Raiders and the Chokers warm up for a match.

Audrey Nguyen/ Contributing Photo

The Chokers lead with a crushing victory.

Jose Gomez takes control of the ball.

Debbie Denbrook/ Staff Photo

Debbie Denbrook/Staff Photo

Tyler Wood races down

the field against Highline

with the ball.

Goalkeeper Alek Greenleaf kicks the ball into play.



Staff Photo


Oct. 25, 2017 / Vol. 51, Issue 2


Li’s goal: Make more friends


Contributing Writer



active and energetic student. This is her

second year at Pierce and she wants to

make a new change in her life by achieving

her goals to be a successful woman.

Her major is business marketing and her

goal is to finish high school at Pierce and

get an associate of arts degree to apply to a

four-year university.

“My goal isn’t just for academic only, but

personally, I’d like to be more sociable in

some organizations, get involved in many

activities that are related with leadership

or any kinds of events. Another goal that

I have attempted to reach is to know more

people then know how to understand


She has already achieved one of

those goals. She met her best friend at a

“Students of Colors Conference.” Through

her friend, she has been introduced to

other activities and events.

One of the biggest adjustments she

said she had to make was to her schedule.

Along with her class schedule, she is

looking to manage the business club.

“Time goes really fast. … My feeling is

in a hurry because I have lots of things

to do, like study in class for four courses,

get a new job. Let say it is time for me to

rearrange my schedule,” Li said.

In the past year, she has built memories

and learned better study habits. Like many

college students, she has learned that

procrastination does not make for good


“When I enrolled in English 101

in the last quarter, I had to deal with

procrastination that affected my grades.

By that time, I always submitted the

assignments until one minute before the

due date and it was awful. I had asked my

English teacher to extend the due date,

(but) for some reason she rejected (it)

since she thought it wasn’t a technical

problem or something happened. After

that, I was struggling enough to get a 4.0

Sabrina juggles classes.

Student Government and

the business club.

but no matter what, I couldn’t get that best

grade for this course just because of the

silly thing I have done.”

She said she used this experience to

step up her efforts to improve her time

management. In setting her schedule, she

now knows which one to put first before

others, including when to prioritize her

business club, too.

Li said her experience with her English

professor has not dimmed her opinion

of people on campus. She still finds

them friendly and mostly approachable.

She finds her professors always offer

encouragement for every student wo

participate in discussions or lectures.

Li said one of her biggest challenges as

an international student is to get to know

more people and use English as her second

language to speak with them.

“It is kind of hard thing to do for me too

when I read a textbook in every subject.

Fortunately, I changed my study style so

I could get through all courses well. And

also, the challenge for me was the first time

I studied here. I never knew that I could

choose the courses based on my skill and

what I wanted. I was confused (on how)

Beatrix Cendana/Contributing Writer

to choose the subjects that were possibly

good for my future career,” she said.

However, she said she does not

let a language barrier stop her from

pursuing opportunities on campus. As an

engagement senator in Student Life, she

has a major responsibility.

“My main job is to maintain all

upcoming events, then promote the event

to all students in Pierce College. I believe

that this promotion will attract all students

to get more involved without being shy or

afraid to be more sociable.”

She offers this encouragement to all

students: “I hope all of them can step out

of (their) comfort zone, especially for

international students. I try to encourage

them to ask if they have questions. Just

don’t be shy and make more friends

with anybody in Pierce, including local

students. Sometimes I found many

students that were so introverted and

never cared about anybody else, except

themselves. It wasn´t good to stay alone

since we are social persons and need to

engage with another people. Thus, we

could learn new perspectives and cultures

from many views.”


Theatre presents

Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Black Box Theatre

9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood

$5 general admission.

FREE for Pierce students with I.D.

For disability accommodations, contact the college 10 days prior to an event. Fort Steilacoom: 253-964-6468 or Puyallup: 253-840-8335 or Relay callers, dial 711 to place your call.

Pierce College is an equal opportunity institution.

Learn more at:

Tickets available at


Oct. 25, 2017 / Vol. 51, Issue 2

Fun Halloween haunts to visit

Challenge your

sense of direction

at South Sound

corn maze


a challenging

maze, great pumpkin

selection and great fall photos,

Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch

and Corn Maze in Kent is the place to

check out.

It is a beautiful “you pick” patch so most

of the pumpkins are still out in the field. They

have a wide variety of pumpkins in different

price ranges, which is nice for those on a

college budget.

Tiny pumpkins and squash are sold for

$1.50. The larger pumpkins sell for 35 cents a

pound. The snacks are a bit more expensive for

a student budget. A small lemonade is $4 and

pre-popped kettle corn is $6 a bag. The smell

of kettle corn permeates throughout the farm.

The sasquatch maze is this year’s big

attraction at Carpinito Brothers. Upon

admission, a paper card with 12 blank

spaces and a map is given to help

complete the challenge. The

maze has 12 posts


in it. On the

posts are hole punchers

for completing the card

for each post found. Those able to get

through the maze and punch all 12 card

spaces are entered in a weekly drawing for a

$75 gift card for Red Robin.

The maze is about 3 miles long with corn

that is well over 6 feet tall. Leave at least an

hour to spare to complete the maze. Entering

the maze gets confusing quickly and the map

is almost useless. This is definitely not a casual

maze to stroll through as many people struggle

to find their way out at all. Finding the posts is a

tricky venture as they are plain brown or white

and are not positioned in obvious places. How

to know when you are at the end of the maze? A

sign that says exit.

It is an afternoon of light-hearted fun, a great

place for a family adventure or for a group of

friends to spend the day.





The tours feature tales of hauntings,

hexes, mummy’s curses, UFOs and

much more. There are three different

tours ongoing Thursday through

Sunday evening. These scenic walking

tours are 60-90 minutes in length.

Downtown Tacoma Tour 1

A 90-minute tour examines hauntings

in downtown from Broadway Street

past the Pantages Theatre, the old City

Hall and the Spanish Steps. Tour runs

Thursday-Sunday and starts at 6 p.m.

Downtown Tacoma Tour 2

This 60-minute tour is for ages 21 and

older and explores haunted Tacoma

from Wingman Brewers to the UW-

Tacoma/Museum District. Tour runs

Thursday-Saturday and starts at 8:15 p.m.

Stadium District Tour

A 60-minute tour that delves into the

history and mystery surrounding Tacoma’s

famed Brown Castle, Stadium High School,

and neighboring museums and temples.

Tour runs Saturdays and starts at 4 p.m.

Purchase tickets

or 253-732-3532.

Things to see and do

at Carpinito Brothers

Pumpkin Patch and

Corn Maze.

Debbie Denbrook/Photo Illustration



302 93rd Ave. SE



Haunted Maze


Corn Maze


Zombie Paintball


Pumpkin Patch


Cow Train

Pierce College Science Dome will offer

fun for the whole family in the festive

Haunted Night Sky presentation on Oct.

28. Visitors will use their imaginations

to find creatures in the night sky, take a

tour of the Sea of Serpents on the moon,

discover the Witch’s Head Nebula, and

other spooky places around the universe.

This family-friendly children’s show

will take place at 12:30 and 2 p.m., and is

designed for visitors ages 12 and under.

Admission for children is $6, and adults

are free during all children’s shows.

“This is such a fun, fall-inspired activity

the whole family can enjoy,” said Science

Dome Coordinator Hillary Stephens.

The Pierce College Science Dome is

a 58-seat digital planetarium, and it is

the only one of its kind in the South

Puget Sound region. The immersive and

interactive facility has a 38-foot domeshaped

screen that allows visitors to view

the night sky from anywhere in the known

universe on a cloudy day, be immersed in

an alien environment with breathtaking

full-dome images, explore the Egyptian

pyramids and much more.

The Science Dome is located inside the

Rainier Building at Pierce College Fort




27508 West Valley Hwy N, Kent

Open daily through Oct. 31 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Corn Maze: $10 for adults

$7 for kids ages 5-12

Free for ages under 5

Debbie Denbrook/Staff Illustration

Discover a Haunted Night Sky at the

Pierce College Science Dome


Reprinted from The Pen

The Orion nebula is 1,450

light years from Earth.


Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW in

Lakewood. More information at

14/ FEATURES Oct. 25, 2017 / Vol. 51, Issue 2



Contributing Writer

Mischief Night is an

evening where people can

engage in tricks as start to

the Halloween festivities on

Oct. 31. It started by people

pulling pranks and practical

jokes on other people.

The pranks may include

throwing eggs at houses,

toilet papering yards and

houses, and setting off

fireworks. A popular prank

on this night is smashing

neighborhood pumpkins

and jack-o’-lanterns.

The holiday, which

originated in 18th-century

Britain, has a strong

presence in the northeast

United States, especially in

New York, New Jersey and

New England areas.

According to,

the origins of Mischief

Night can be traced to 1790

Britain. During that

year, a headmaster

at an English

school hosted

a school play

Ava Zolfaghari / Contributing Illustrations

which ended in “an Ode to fun which

praises children’s tricks on Mischief Night

in most approving terms.”

These pranks, which included switching

shop signs, overturning water tubs and

trapping people in their houses initially

took place during May Day celebrations.

In the late 19th century, the celebration of

Mischief Night was moved to Oct. 30.

The Halloween-related tradition of

Mischief Night pranks began in the United

States in the 20th century, primarily in

areas that have strong Irish and Scottish

roots. Articles about Mischief Night

pranks started to appear in American

newspapers during the 1930s and 40s. This

was a time of much tension in

the United States, which was

suffering from the Great


The seemly harmless

practice of pulling

practical jokes every Oct.

30 soon descended into

malicious vandalism. In

1937, there were reports

in Detroit, Michigan,

of people setting fires,

breaking windows and

ringing doorbells. A

popular prank was to

throw rotten fruits and

vegetables at cars, buses

people and houses. The

throwing of rotten produce

is such a tradition that

in some states such as

Vermont, Connecticut and

New York, Mischief Night

is known as “Cabbage


Another name for

Mischief Night is Devil’s

Night in which people would burn garbage

and commit other acts of arson such as

setting cemeteries on fire.

In the 1984, over 800 fires were set,

according to “Devil’s Night, The History

of Pre-Halloween Pranks,” published by These acts of arson and

vandalism led the citizens to form patrols

on the nights leading up to Halloween.

In 2008, Kwame Kilpatrick, then- mayor

of Detroit, formed citizen patrols to deter

arsonists and vandals who were intent on

breaking the law by destroying property. FEATURES / 15


Grab your broom and discover how its celebrated in other countries!


Contributing Writer

LIFE AFTER DEATH has always been

mysterious and fascinating. People never

completely understand where will they go,

how will they feel, or what will they turn to

be when the moment of death knocks the

door. They are curious about the existence

about a different world that human never

have a chance to access to. That’s why besides

Halloween, variety of traditions and

customs has been made to honor decease

love ones and ancestors.


In China, the origin of the month of the

soul originates from Pluto opening the

Devil’s Door on July 2 every year so that

hungry ghosts can return to the earth and

return to the moon. Therefore, according

to folk customs, earthly people must give

porridge, rice, salt for hungry ghosts so

that they do not interfere with everyday

life. There are places, people call the hungry

ghost is “good brothers”, “god of the

back door” to grab the hearts of hungry

ghosts. Every year, people perform soul

worship on July 14 lunar calendar.


About 1.2 million people are from Chiu

Chow in Guangdong Province, China

lives in Hong Kong. At the Feast of the

Soul, they organize their own festival of Yu

Lan, which can last for the seventh lunar

month. The festival has been held for over

100 years and is officially considered as

part of China’s intangible cultural heritage.

Throughout this month, Chiu Chow

people fills parks, squares, courts and other

large enough places to sacrifice ancestors

and wandering ghosts, burning incense

and paper gold, free rice distribution, and

live performances of Chinese opera and

Chiu Chow-style dramas for the specter in

need of some entertainment.


Chuseok is one of the most important

holidays of the Korean people, this is the

day that the farmers celebrate their ancestors

thanks to their bumper harvest of the

year and their wish for the next harvest.

The most important thing in the Chuseok

ceremony is to show respect to the ancestors

through the beolcho and seongmyo

rituals. On Chuseok day, families will go

to the grave of their ancestors, cut weeds

and clean the area around the grave. After

cleaning the tomb, they will offer ancestral

offerings including fruits, grains and

harvested products to express gratitude to

their ancestors.

Hannah Nguyen / Contributing Illustrator


Believers believe that man has two parts:

the soul and the body. When dead, the soul

leaves the body, the body decomposes and

the soul will continue to exist. The soul

can return to heaven, or reincarnate, or be

exiled to hell according to the good or evil

that he did when alive. However, due to

the bad karma, some souls are not being

received, must wander and suffer cold or

hunger, or harass the living .

Believing in souls, most Vietnamese

keep the worship of their ancestors and

relatives who have died. Offering soul can

be a humanitarian act, to “save” miserable

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Filipinos celebrate family ancestors during Halloween events


Contributing Writer


AS the largest Catholic country in Asia,

celebrates Halloween like the United

States does, but in a different style. While

American children parade from one house

to another, then knock on the doors and

scream out “trick or treat!,” that won’t happen

in Philippines. The event is more quiet

and religious.

Filipinos prioritize togetherness between

family and its ancestors who have died,

while the U.S. accentuates the party and

more fun things to do, such as wearing

spooky costume or sharing candies with

the children.

Halloween in the Philippines runs

Oct. 31 until Nov. 2 with most Filipinos

celebrating the last day as the biggest. The

government gives those days as a break for

whole country. So what do people usually

do in the few days of Halloween?


Some people that live further from their

hometown consider traveling back to their

hometown just to visit their loved ones

that have died.

OCT. 31

Filipinos begin this day or the week

before it by going to the cemetery, putting

flowers in the graveyard, cleaning floors,

cutting the grasses. These all symbolize a

respectful manner to their ancestors.


People gather with their own family in

their hometown. They usually are busy by

that time — buying candles, flowers and

some foods and bring them to cemetery.

NOV. 1

Catholics in this country call it All Saints

Day. The day is to memorialize the souls.

People go to cemeteries and pray, paying

tribute to the dead people that were dedicated

to their family.

NOV. 2

All Souls Day is the last day of Halloween

celebration. Some people return to

work again but a few still tend to pray in

the cemeteries.


souls or a form of “bribe” to prevent

bad lucks made by the souls. The

biggest worship festival is the full moon

day of July, which coincides with the

Buddhist festival of Vu Lan.


The Japanese believe that the souls

of the deceased will visit home during

the festival. On the first day, family

members will visit, repair and clean the

tombs together and invite souls to reunite

with the family. On the last day of

the holiday, people bring lanterns to the

rivers, lakes and beaches to send the deceased

souls to the afterlife. Therefore,

people also call Obon “Soul festival”

and ghost stories are usually told on

this day, as well as to not offensive souls

yet to escape. If Obon is a dignified traditional

festival, then Halloween, which

takes place more than two months later,

is a fun festival with lots of harmless

jokes, and this is also a chance for

children to enjoy and have fun. Therefore,

sometimes the Japanese call Halloween

“Obon of children”.


“Día de los Muertos” or “Day of the

Dead” is a traditional Mexican holiday

honoring the dead and held annually

on November 1 and 1/2. On those days,

the Mexicans built their own altar called

“ofrendas” to commemorate the dead and

wear masks with ghosts or skulls, organize

parties to eat and see it as a reunion.

Popular food on this occasion is tequila,

mezcal, hot chocolate, breads and skullshaped

candy. A name of a person is usually

placed on the forehead of each skull.

People can buy skull-shaped candies with

their friends’ names and enjoy poking each

other by eating “their heads”.


While traditional Halloween involves such

creepy and fancy costumes, mysterious

stories and trick or treat, Halloween in

England is quite different from others.

A massive night parade of masked people

takes place on November 5th every

year. This day in 1605 is considered

a day Guy Fawkes assassinated King

James I and was arrested during the



In Persian Gulf, Qarqe’an is a celebration

which is like Halloween. Children,

however, do not dress up, they

just get treats such as candies or nuts

from the neighborhood by knocking

doors and singing songs. The songs

are mainly about the bless from Allah

to the youngest child in the family.

People from these countries celebrate

this tradition during the middle of

Ramadan, usually between the 13th and

15th of the ninth month in the Islamic



Oct. 25, 2017 / Vol. 51, Issue 2



Censorship, freedom to read part of campus discussion

Science professor Ralph Morasch

reads from “Let’s Pretend This Never

Happened” by Jenny Lawson.

Photos by Sabrina Orozco/ Contributing Photo


Contributing Writer


THE BOOK community Oct. 11 as

teachers brought awareness of banned


It is an event that supports the American

Library Association goals which are to

‘raise the awareness about the harms

of censorship and the freedom to read,’

according to

The association said it annually holds

the one-week event with the entire book

community — librarians, booksellers,

publishers, journalists, teachers and

readers — in shared support of the

freedom to seek and express ideas, even

those some consider unorthodox or


Psychology professor Tom Link held the

first of the two-part event with an hour

of discussion on why and how books are

selected and banned.

Science professors Ralph Morasch and

psychology professor Joanne Geron read

banned books while answering questions

in the Science Dome. The often-banned

books read were “Let’s Pretend This

Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson, “The

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by

Douglas Adams and “The Absolutely True

Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman


A list of the most current banned books

can be found at

This list combines books that are banned

across the world. It also encourages

readers to challenge censorship and the

ways they can do so. The association tracks

and develops trends across the country on

challenged books.

Video of the event is available at tinyurl.


Banned books and the various

cases against them.


Remembering Franklin Pierce

Former president’s name graces college, county landmarks

Franklin Pierce, 14th President

of the United States, poses

for the camera.


Contributing Writer


IMAGINATION where Pierce College

got its name. However, it may be only

the student who just finished a civics or

local history class who knows how Pierce

County was named.

Franklin Pierce had just been elected

President of the United States in November

1852. The Territorial Legislature of Oregon

determined that the Thurston territory was

too large. On Dec. 22, 1852, a piece of land

was cut, creating Pierce County to honor

the new president.

Franklin Pierce was born into politics

on Nov. 23, 1804 in Hillsborough, New

Hampshire. Pierce’s father, Benjamin,

Wikimedia Commons/Courtesy Photo

had served in the Revolutionary War and

served two terms as New Hampshire’s


The younger Pierce studied to become

a lawyer and was admitted to the bar in

1827 and eventually became known as

one of the most successful lawyers in New

England, according to

Following in his father’s footsteps, Franklin

entered politics with a successful run for

a seat in the New Hampshire legislature.

He was then elected to the U.S. House of

Representatives in 1832.

A Democrat who supported President

Andrew Jackson, his career as a politician

continued to rise when he was elected to

the U.S. Senate in 1836. But he resigned

in 1842 before his term as Senator was

complete. His wife Jane Pierce, who was

in chronic poor health, had prevailed

upon him to leave Washington and return

to New Hampshire and resumed his

law practice, according to a biography

presented by

In 1852, the Democratic Party was

searching for a candidate that would

appease the North and South. It was

Pierce’s promise to keep the Union

together and to protect slavery that won

him the nomination for president.

Franklin Pierce would win the election

defeating his Whig opponent Gen.

Winfield Scott in a landslide. Pierce won

254 electoral votes to Scott’s 42.

In a biography published on, he is described

as a “doughface,” a Yankee who possessed

Southern sympathies. Pierce believed the

Constitution protected the South’s right

to own slaves and the U.S. Congress had

no right to pass legislation limiting the

expansion of slavery in the new territories

acquired from Mexico after winning the

Mexican War (1846-1848).

The tragic death of his 11-year-old son

while on the campaign trail only added to

his trials when he took his oath of office.

The dark cloud continued to spread as

he was unable to find a solution to the

increasing division between the North and

the South over the institution of slavery,

according to His push to

expand the borders past the Kansas and

Nebraska territories helped to set the stage

for the Civil War.

Because of legislation he backed to

support expansion of the railroad, in 1854,

an outbreak of violence became known as

“Bleeding Kansas.”

As a result, his popularity declined

and he was not nominated for a second

term. His administration is considered

by historians to be one of the worst in

the history of U.S Presidents, returned to

New Hampshire and became an alcoholic,

according to

He died Oct. 8, 1869.


Oct. 25, 2017 / Vol. 51, Issue 2



Student Life hosts breast cancer awareness event


Contributing Writer



CAMPAIGN organized by major breast

cancer charities educates women and men

on what breast cancer is, its symptoms,

how to detect it and treat it. The month’s

awareness started in 1985, with the pink

ribbon making an appearance as its

symbol as early as 1991, according to


Pierce College’s Student Life is hosting

Hope for A Change 11 a.m.-1p.m. Oct. 20

in the Student Life Lobby. Representatives

from the local American Cancer Society

will distribute educational pamphlets and

answer questions about breast cancer, said

Student Life member Nate Devish, who is

leading the event.

“During the event, Student Life will

hand out pink ribbons and other pink

swag,” Devish said. Students will also be

provided pink craft paper to craft their

own messages of hope for survivors

whether it be a poem or personal


During the 31 days of October, people

gear up to walk, run or bike 3 miles to 3

days to raise money. Companies, including

Estee Lauder, American Airlines and Jersey

Mike’s Subs, pull out all their development

stops to offer their pink products. Even

the National Football League gets into the

spirit by pinking up its official items such

as helmets, chin straps and ref whistles.

An estimated $6 billion is raised

annually in the name of breast cancer,

with research money funding earlier

detection tools, better screening processes

and improved treatment options for those

diagnosed with breast cancer, according to

a Forbes magazine article on May 16.

Debbie Ego, Devish’s great-aunt, is one

such person. She was diagnosed with

breast cancer in August 2012, had surgery

Debbie Denbrook/Staff Illustration

that following September, and began

36 rounds of radiation treatment that

November. Twelve years later, Ego is living

a cancer-free life and she attributes that to

early detection.

Ego said she had been having chest

pains and went to the doctor to find out

what was happening. While the doctor was

ordering labs, he told Ego it had been six

years since her last mammogram. So, the

doctor scheduled one.

When the results came back, she said the

doctor saw things that he was concerned

about and did another mammogram 6

months later. There was calcification so the

doctor did a lumpectomy and found that

the cancer had not moved to the lymph

nodes, she said. Ego and her family were


The doctor went back in to remove the

cancer and during that surgery found a

more aggressive type of cancer that was

not detectable by mammogram. She said

she is fortunate they found the cancer as

quickly as they did and everything went

the way it was supposed to go.

Ego is now an advocate for early

detection. She said she encourages women

to get mammograms when the doctors

recommend them. If there is cancer in

your family history, get it even sooner, she


Despite early detection, the World

Health Organization is predicting that

approximately 320,000 women and 2,400

men in the United States will be diagnosed

with breast cancer — 41,000 of whom will


Ego said even though the medical field

has come a long way — as a society —

breast cancer is still something that isn’t

talked about. Ego said, when she was first

diagnosed, she felt what she was going

through was private because it was her

breasts. Then, she said, she realized the

need to share it. Ego said it is important

for success and recovery when there is

a strong support system that can talk

through what is happening.

Ego said she feels there is a great deal of

stress and fear around breast cancer. When

she was diagnosed, it was the “c word.”

People were afraid to even say the word,

she said, but people don’t have to be afraid

of cancer with the medical world catching

up and early detection.

Debbie’s advice to young women: “You

do have to be realistic. Listen to what your

body is telling you. Don’t ignore the sign.

Be an advocate for your own body. Fight

for the early screenings.”

Why not make your Halloween treat to

yourself a mammogram?”


Oct. 25, 2017 / Vol. 51, Issue 2

Hannah Nguyen/Contributing Illustrator COMMENTARY/ 23



Board President Jeff Brown and Incoming President Jonathan

Harris, presenting board member Mike Smith with an

award for all his hard work running many years of successful

Pierce College Foundation Scholarship Scramble events.

Pierce College Foundation/Courtsey Photo


Contributing writer


funded bunch of dollars into a scholarship

and all students should try to apply for it

— even international students.

There are still more chances to apply

on a website or link for a scholarship at

Pierce — and more students are likely

to experience a chance at earning the

scholarship than at their previous school.

It makes students feel proud because of

these other opportunities.

I thought Pierce College Foundation

scholarship was for all people, including

international students who pay a lot

for the tuition in every quarter. There

are scholarship programs available for

students who love golf or other kinds of

activities. They can be a part of that team

and get more experiences on how to be

success at it. Of course, as an international

student, it will be definitely challenging

for them to get a chance for those kinds of


Scholarships are not a competition

that we saw in many newspapers in my

country of Indonesia. It was more about

effort. The more effort you gave, the more

you received. We also counted luck as the

second factor.

There are lots of students that come

from different countries. They want to

study for a few years but they are upset to

see the price that they have to spend every

quarter in America. So, they postpone

their studies until they get a job in their

home countries and save much money to

study here.

I was excited when I tried to apply

for the scholarship from Pierce College

Foundation. I always told myself that this

was my start in helping my parents to save

their money.

But it wasn’t same as I imagined before.

Applying for this scholarship requires

more than I am eligible for. When I

researched the website, I needed to be

a part of the FAFSA program to apply,

which I understood is not for international

students — only U.S citizens.

However, I feel the scholarship should

be given to either international students or

U.S citizens, whomever is qualified because

of consideration of essay, GPA, and maybe,

proof of English proficiency.

I hope in the future that Pierce

Foundation will give us more chances to

expand our skills to prove that we can get

this scholarship as a key of success in our



Poets, Writers,


and Artists

SLAM, the award-winning Student

Literary and Arts Magazine of Pierce

College, seeks poems, short stories,

creative non-fiction, photographs and

artwork for its Spring 2018 issue.

Submission Guidelines

Anyone who has been a student at Pierce College

in the past year is eligible to submit work.

Please limit your submissions to no more than ten

in any one category.

Submit your work electronically

or via campus mail to SLAM

or to Corrina Wycoff, Olympic 207, FS campus


Please include on a separate page your name,

telephone number and a brief biographical note.

student literary arts magazine

2017 Cover Design by Aiden Woods

Artwork and Photographs:

If possible, submit electronically. Otherwise,

photograph and submit as a slide.

Poems, Short Stories, and

Creative Non-Fiction:

Manuscripts should be typed and include name,

address and telephone number in the upper

left-hand corner of the first page.

Poems should be single spaced.

Fiction and non-fiction should be double spaced.

Submissions of your work on disk is encouraged.

Please note the file format and program.

Submission deadline is


Dec. 13

All submissions will be recycled unless

accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped


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