The Pioneer, Vol. 53 Issue 4


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February 2020 / Vol. 53, Issue 4

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The Pioneer is an official publication of the Associated Students of Pierce College and is sanctioned as such by the college’s Board of Trustees and funded primarily

by student fees. It is a public forum for student expression since 1974.

The Pioneer’s mission is:

(1) to inform the student body of issues and events of interest, relevance and importance;

(2) to provide students with a forum for discussion, opinion and expression; and

(3) to provide the student body with editorial leadership.

In carrying out this mission, The Pioneer will use as its ethical guide the Statement of Principles adopted by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Although it will strive to represent the diverse views and interests of the student body, The Pioneer is not responsible for representing, endorsing or promoting

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Remembering Yochum

Our former school president.

Marcom / courtesy photo




Weinstein Trials

Campus resources for students

searching for support.

Tensions Begin 2020

Abri Wilson / Staff Illustration

What to know about the

Iran- US Conflict


Bushfires Affecting Environment

Pixabay / courtesy photo

The longterm affects and

what can be done to help



Mordern Day Love

Abri Wilson / Staff Illustration



Online dating and how

romance evolves

Dating Dealbreakers

What are yours?

Kotone Ochiai/ Staff Photo


Hidden Gems

Ciara Williams / Staff Illustration

More about Maker Space

and the Digital Design Studio


What Equality means to you

We surveyed about 100 students to

find out what equality means to

Pierce College

Jesus Conteras / Staff Photo

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Editorial Manager

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

mourns the death of Denise

Yochum, after a long battle with

cancer. On Jan. 13, chancellor Michele

Johnson announced the news of the

former college president’s passing, which

sparked commemorative responses from

the community she impacted.

Yochum served as Pierce College’s

president for 13 years before retiring last

January; she remained an active member

of the community even after, Johnson

stated in an email. Yochum oversaw the

expansion of many projects on Fort Steilacoom’s

campus, including making the

Science Dome interactive and renovating

classrooms and student services spaces.

“Denise’s commitment to student

success and her dedicated service to the

college was exemplary,” Johnson stated

in an email. “She has also been an active

and beloved member in the local community,

a state leader, and was a shining

example of leadership that was grounded

in integrity, skill, and courage.”

Not only was Yochum a leader, she was

also a friend to many. “Denise’s quick wit

has made us laugh, and we appreciated

her fun and free flowing ways,” Johnson

stated. “Denise’s thoughtful, caring,

outgoing personality and sharp mind has

endeared her to us now and long into the


For Daniel Dino-Slofer, Pierce College’s

media assistant, he admired Yochum’s

ability to inspire others. One of his favorite

memories of her was when he trained

with Student Life in 2015.

“She shared her inspiring experiences

with us on how she started her career

path that ultimately led her to be the

President of the Fort Steilacoom campus,”

said Dino-Slofer. “Her story gave us student

leaders a lot of encouragement on

how far your efforts and goals can take

you when you put your mind to it.”

Yochum will be remembered for her

leadership and service for the Pierce

College community. Yochum is survived

by her husband Eric, sons Eric and Kyle,

five grandchildren, and a large extended

family, Johnson stated in an email.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom has held

a memorial for Yochum on Feb. 9, where

her memories could be shared by those

closest to her.

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In light of the Harvey Weinstein trials, learn what you can do if

you feel unsafe on Campus


Staff Writer

ilms such as Scream, Pulp Fiction,

Django Unchained, and Shakespeare

in Love are just a few of the

movies that represent the filmworks of

an Academy, Tony, and Golden Globe

Award winner that was once seen as Hollywood’s

most powerful film producer.

Seeing Harvey Weinstein now, one

wouldn’t guess they were looking at

the person who once represented the

kind of fame and success all producers

strived to reach. However, since October

2017, more than 80 women have made

allegations of sexual abuse from Harvey


Soon, he will be facing five felony

charges in court. A court date that was

once set for early September 2018 has

now been moved to January 2020, as a re

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unsure of who to go to for help.

Fortunately, Pierce College offers many

resources in helping people who feel

uncomfortable in school, the workplace,

and at home. Holly Gorski, District Coordinator

for Title IX and vice president

for Human Resources, is an important

contact in supporting students who need

help on campus.

Title IX was created to ensure that

nobody feels discriminated against, taken

advantage of, or left out based on their

gender. Gorski said, “We are really here

to be supportive and help students who

have these concerns that fall under the

big umbrella of Title IX.

“I want to encourage people to resolve

issues at the lowest level. If you feel like

you can talk to someone about something

that is happening, please do that. I

think that can be really effective.”

Of course, it also depends on the

situation. If you’re trying to resolve an

issue yourself when communication isn’t

an option, there is plenty of help and support

offered through different resources

at Pierce.

One place that may not be known to

many students is

This site offers a place for

students to go if they have any kind of

issue on campus they wish to report, but

aren’t sure where to go for help. “We are

connecting students with resources, trying

to get them to the places they need,”

as Gorski said.

A report of concern can be in regards

to themselves or a friend. This can be

accessibility accommodations, a student

conduct violation, an accident, or just a

general complaint that doesn’t seem to fit

into any of these specific categories.

In addition, by searching “Pierce

College Get Help” [],

individuals are offered a complete page

of resources offered to students looking

for assistance in places such as food,

transportation, health, legal support, and

more. This can serve in providing help

and support to someone who needs it,

but doesn’t know where to look.

Allison Stewart, a student at Pierce

College, said, “The first step in helping

people on campus is to advertise that

they actually have programs.” Stewart

pointed out that she has never seen

anything advertised regarding student

support on campus. More effective support

can be given if these resources are

further publicized to the general school











While students are able to report a

concern anonymously, the most fulfilling

assistance can be given in cases with the

most information provided. “Sometimes

students come to me with concerns and

they don’t want the college to do anything

or they don’t want the college to

use their name, and I provide support to

those students,” said Gorski. “But if I have

someone telling me not to do anything,

then whatever help I can provide to help

resolve the situation is really limited.”

It is understandable that giving school

officials details of a sensitive situation

could make a student nervous, but staff

members can aid students and connect

them with more help if they get all the

information they need.

Jasmine Ford, a student at Pierce, said

that one method that might offer help

to individuals is to have an anonymous

hotline available. While Pierce doesn’t

have it’s own emergency line to call,

there are plenty of numbers in the Pierce

County area that are available 7 days a

week. Many of these are listed on Pierce

College’s ‘Crisis Resource Page.’ [pierce.]

These resources at schools have become

more prominent as a result of the

#MeToo movement following the Harvey

Weinstein trials. Stewart said, “It creates

a forum for people to say ‘I believe you’

and ‘This happened to me too’ and makes

you feel like you’re a part of something.”

Abri Wilson

/Staff Illustrator

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Students and Professors on campus weigh in their personal

thoughts on the U.S.-Iran conflict


Staff Writer

Beginning 2020, President Donald

Trump authorized an airstrike

that killed Iran’s major general

Qassem Soleimani; an act not approved

by Congress. Iran responded by firing

missiles at bases in Iraq hosting United

States troops. No Americans or Iraqi people

were harmed in this attack.

Trump directed the immediate deployment

of troops to the Middle East a day

after the attack on Iran. While Trump

stated there would be no further attacks

after Iran’s strike, a number of Pierce

College students are still affected by this

news. Pierce College students who are

veterans or active - duty have differing

opinions with the ongoing conflict between

the U.S and Iran.

Julio Russell, an 11-year U.S. Army

veteran, knows how difficult it is to be

deployed, having served two tours in the

Middle East. “It takes a toll on soldiers,

being away,” said Russell. “You come back

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home and everything’s the same for you,

[but] not for us. They teach us how to go

to war, they don’t teach you how to come

back from war.”

Russell adds it doesn’t serve America’s

best interest to get into another conflict

with Iran. “There’s other conflicts and

other things that are more important

than Iran,” he said.

According to BBC News, the tense relationship

between the U.S. and Iran date

back over 60-years. The initial contact

with Iran was in 1953 when the U.S. and

the British intelligence staged a coup to

remove the citizen elected Prime Minister,

Mohammed Mossadeq. Within that

time, the relationship has been inconsistent,

with efforts from both sides having

been unsuccessful.

Pierce College American history

professor David Thomas, P.h.D., said the

Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979 and 9-11

are significant events impacting relations

that have vacillated over the last 7-years.

“To Iranians, we’re a bully who overthrew

[their] government,” he said. “To

Americans, they’re terrorist who kidnap


Even though the next steps for the U.S.

and Iran is unknown, people’s opinions

and assumptions come to light online.

Russell’s day-to-day wasn’t directly affected

other than the social media responses

from what he refers to as “Facebook

keyboard warriors.”

“Are you driving your kid to the

recruiter line right now,” said Russell. “If

they’re not there, boots-on-ground, don’t

tell me nothing. I’ve been there, I’ve done


Twitter sounded off after the attacks.

the potential of World War 3 was the topic

of all tweets, with politicians sending

out information and the American people

creating memes, hoping to soften the

blow. Furthermore, citizens were curious

if this would put Trump’s impeachment

trial on hold.

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According to CNN, in December 2019,

the House of Representatives passed both

articles of impeachment: abuse of power

and obstruction of Congress. Nancy

Pelosi, Speaker of the House, has held off

pressure to send the articles to the Senate.

Tony Rondone, a 26-year Air Force

veteran, said he expects the conflict to be

contained in the region. “[Iran] did what

they were gonna do to save face because

they don’t want a war with the U.S.,” said

Rondone. “Keeping that in mind, we

shouldn’t be provoking them, but you do

what you have to.”

Thomas said there’s a chance that it

erupts into a further war in the Middle

East. “It’s unlikely for a world war to happen

because many other countries would

be wary of getting involved.”

Along with this, provoking Iran sends

a message to the world about how America

operates. “I worry what it looks like

assassinating an official from another

country when we’re not at war,” said


Iran has been active since Soleimani’s

death, with protesters in the streets and

their military on guard. The destruction

of a Ukraine commercial airplane, killing

176 passengers with many of the victims

being Iranian and Canadian, brought

even more protesters out. This leaves the

U.S. in a difficult position, attempting to

find a way to possibly resolve this battle.

Although they were not an option in

the past, Josef Kasprzak, a 13-year Air

Force veteran, said a peaceful talk may be

a solution to get down to the root cause.

“Not all Americans are going to treat

[Iran] the same way as they did in the

past and vice versa,” he said.

Thomas finds a solution to this to be

unlikely, with Trump unwilling to abide

by the Iran Nuclear Agreement President

Barack Obama signed. “I think it was a

mistake to back out of the nuclear treaty

to begin with,” he said. “So ideally, we

could return to that sort of relationship

or agreement.”

There is uncertainty among the Pierce

College community whether this dispute

will be resolved, if at all. Nevertheless,

the history and tension between the two

countries will leave a lasting memory on

Americans and Iranians alike.

Darrell Kuntz/staff


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Firefighters from around the world join Australian firefighters in a battle against a

series of Bushfires threatening the lives of Australians and Wildlife


Staff Writer

ver thirty people

have been killed

in the Australian

bushfires since September

2019. The states of

New South Wales and

Queensland officially declared

a state of emergency,

with other countries,

including the United

States, Canada, and New

Zealand, having sent

firefighters and military

personnel to help

control these fires.

Bushfires are not new

to Australia. However,

according to the Australian

Broadcasting Corporation,

they are becoming

more frequent, especially in

New South Wales, Victoria, and

Tasmania. “A century ago, such conflagrations

hit Victoria every 15- years, the

article states “since 2000 that interval has

shrunk to between one and 5-years.”

These fires have slowly begun to

subside, though their effects on the

environment remain. People are working

to help the animals, with rescue workers,

civilians, and even trained dogs helping

wildlife affected by the fires.

Organizations, such as the Australian

Red Cross and St. Vincent de Paul

Society, are in need of donations and

have been assisting firefighting, rescue,

and relief efforts. WIRES, RSPCA,

World Wildlife Fund, and the Port

Macquarie Koala Hospital have also

been taking monetary donations for the

cause. Supplies can also be sent to the

Brisbane-based Rescue Collective or the

Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild.

So what caused these fires? That is a

complex answer since there are multiple,

separate bushfires. Arson is one contributing


Newsweek reports that 24 people have

been charged with arson as of Jan. 7.

Police have taken action against people

who weren’t complying with a total fire

ban. Another factor is the conditions in

Australia. Newsweek states, “Unseasonably

high temperatures and drought over

the last three months have contributed to

the conditions that have allowed the fires

to proliferate.”

As the weather gets warmer in Australia,

the plant life becomes drier, creating

more fuel for fires. Lightning is also a

weather-based factor, responsible for a

number of fires in Victoria.

Beth Norman, an environmental science

and geology professor at Pierce College,

said windy conditions are causing

the fires to spread faster. “It’s differences

in pressure that actually drive the wind,”

said Norman. “So, if you’ve got bigger

differences in pressure between one area

and another, that means you have stronger

winds; and the stronger the wind is,

the worse the fires tend to be.”

Norman notes that the weather can

also help control the fire. When temperatures

start to cool off, the evaporation

caused by the hot weather comes back

down as rain. The fire will then slow

down, helping fire firefighters put the

flames out more easily.

More than one billion mammals, birds,

and reptiles have been affected by the

fire, according to the University of Sydney,

as reported by the Washington Post,

with many at risk of extinction. Australia

is home to many animals unique to the

country, including koalas, kangaroos,

wallabies, and platypi. As the fires burn

down their habitats, they are in critical


“Some of these areas are eucalyptus,

and the koala only eats eucalyptus,” said

Norman. “So, if you’ve got organisms that

only eat a specific plant, and there’s only

limited areas of the world that have that

plant and that animal, and that area gets

destroyed, then basically, an extinction

has been created.”

The fires aren’t just affecting Australia.

According to Readers Digest, smoke is

making it to New Zealand, which is 1,000

miles away. The fires are also releasing

soot and CO2 into the air. However,

Norman said, “Compared to a volcanic

eruption, fires generally have smaller

impacts than a volcanic eruption would


As firefighters work to control the fire,

Australians face poor air conditions, and

fires have been getting into human-populated

areas. Australians and tourists are

being evacuated from areas in danger,

including Kangaroo Island, a popular

wildlife tourism destination in South

Australia. A third of Kangaroo Island,

home to a number of endangered species,

has burned down.

Australia is facing a large-scale disaster.

The fires and smoke are creating health

and safety risks for people and animals.

But as firefighting and rescue operations

continue, aid and donations from around

the world can help Australia get through






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Love Story

Online dating and the modern day

view of dating and romance

Written By

Taylor Riley

Editorial Manager

Kotone Ochiai/ Social Media Manager /Photo Illustration

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met my husband on Tinder.

It excited me that an app

allowed me to be picky without

judgement. I practically lived on

Tinder when I was 18-years-old, and

fresh out of high school, especially

since I’d never been in a relationship

before. When I came across my

soon-to-be husband, I almost didn’t

even give him the time of day. But

something compelled me to give him

a shot.

After going on a few dates with

him, I soon found out that my husband

had been lying to his friends

about us. Rather than telling his

friends and family that we met on

Tinder, he instead told people we met

at a mall.

The way he describes our fake

meeting makes it almost sound like a

cheesy Rom-Com. “I saw her sitting

by herself in the mall when I decided

to strike a conversation with her,” he

said. “Soon after, we hit it off.”

At the time, I found this reveal to

be funny. I never found it a big deal

telling people, “Yeah, we met on Tinder.”

I could see why he felt the need

to lie about it however. Very rarely

do I hear success stories involving

Tinder, or any dating platforms for

that matter which do a disservice to

the apps themselves.

For awhile, stigmas circled around

online dating, which painted these

apps in a bad light. Pewresearch.

org once conducted a survey, where

23 percent of Americans said that

people who use online dating sites

are desperate. From my own experiences,

I can say that without online

dating I’m not sure I would have been

able to find a relationship. It’s easy

to come to this conclusion however,

with just how accessible dating apps

can be.

Alongside, SwipeLife wrote about

how some people believe that relationships

that start from apps don’t

last long. Part of this stims from the

belief that people can’t make an authentic

relationship with one another

without that first initial connection

that’s made in person. Online relationships,

whether friendly, or romantic,

are still fairly new, and thus still

create doubt amongst those new to

the idea.

Part of the reason I believe these

stigmas exist is because of the aura

of mystery that still lingers around

online dating and strangers online.

Shows like MTV’s Catfish have proven

that you should never 100 percent

trust who you meet online, no matter

how much you may hope that they’re

indeed that person you’re talking to.

Stigmas like this keep some people

from admitting they’ve met someone

they like on these apps. Nonetheless,

in today’s age of technology and

speed dating, I’ve found that you’re

less likely to meet someone in the

classic Rom-Com way than by just

connecting with someone via an app.

According to eHarmony’s 10 Online

Dating Statistics, around 40 percent

of Americans currently use online

dating, with 52 percent of these users

being male. That’s almost half of

America participating in this trend of

online dating.


A survey from Pewresearch

revealed that 59 percent of

Americans now believe that

online dating is a good way to

meet people, as opposed to its

44 percent in 2005.

Online dating became a reality in

1995, after Gary Kremen created

a site known as At the

time, sites like this were for a more

niche audience, the idea of finding

a potential spouse via the internet

being widely judged by the public.

Online dating has changed the way

people go about dating. Before the

2010s, it wasn’t uncommon for someone

to say they met their significant

other through friends or while they

were out. That was the norm; and

while many people still do this, that

norm is slowly beginning to change.

As a woman, I hated being approached

by strangers at the bar,

even despite some being attractive. I

could hold a conversation, but I could

never shake away the idea that this

person could potentially have bad

intentions for the night. After all, how

should I know if this guy I’m talking to

isn’t the next Ted Budny?

Online dating has allowed me to

chat with the people I’m interested

in digitally, before meeting in person.

That way, if I don’t like them I

could just block them and move on.

Online dating had also made it easy

for me to pick a location to meet, as

opposed to being caught off guard

in person. But most importantly, it

provided me the option to safely say

no if I wanted to.

As Valentine’s Day approaches,

if you’re still thinking twice about

whether or not you should download

a dating app and meet someone,

I’d say go for it. As long as it’s safe

and you trust who you’re meeting. So

what else do you have to lose?

Art By Ciara Williams/

Production Manager

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Dating Deal-Breakers


Staff Writer

Hallway Hassel Question:

What are your dating preferences and deal-breakers?

Jesus Contreras/

Staff Photos

“They need to have a good attitude

and be positive when we are out


— Rodrigo Torres —

“If they talk too much. You are having a

conversation and you are not able to give your

side because they are constantly talking.”

— Christine Krysiak —

“Motivation to succeed, just don’t be lazy.

It’s a no-go.”

— Ben Murrell —

“They need to have table manners

and not [be] indecisive.”

— Matthew Soeum —

“You can’t be clingy. I like my independence,

so if we’re in a relationship obviously I will give

up some of that for you; but you can’t hang onto

me all the time. Be reliable, not clingy.”

— Charles Johnson —

“If they’re on their phone too much

on a date. That’s a bad one.”

— Richard Soeum —

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Pierce College’s Digital Design Studio and the Maker Space provides

students with new creative opportunities


Staff Writer

Jesus Contreras/

Staff Photos

Pierce College’s 3D printer on the ground level of the Olympic Building,

room O104

Pierce College is full of useful

resources and commodities put

in place in order to help students

succeed. Many of these outlets, such as

the library and tutoring center, are widely

known about, and regularly give needed

aid to a multitude of students.

However, there are some resources the

college has to offer that are not quite as

recognized as others, and many students

would be astounded to find the tools

they’re missing out on. Made available

mainly for students studying design at

Pierce, although any student can use

equipment and software, are the tools

found in both the Digital Design Studio

and the Maker Space.

Located in CAS 405, right next to the

classroom in the library, the Digital Design

Studio looks like a normal computer

lab at first glance. Look further into the

creative space however, and you’ll find it

to be much more.

The computers in the lab, besides

featuring massive curved monitors, are

equipped with a host of Adobe programs

that cannot be found on most other

computers on campus. Students wishing

to try their hand at Photoshop or After

Effects have complete eligibility to do

so at any time the studio is open, which

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should be for the majority any weekday.

This resource can, has and will save

students much time and money, as these

programs can be quite pricey when

purchased personally, even for students.

Josseline Benitez, a student who works

in the STAT department said, “A lot of

people do use the resources, and they

want to do some side projects, which is

completely fine.”

On the ground level of the Olympic

building is a space filled with colorful

tables, chairs, and room for almost any

activity. Many students see this area

as just another place to study, but this

largely unrecognized area has much

more potential. This is the Maker Space,

an area where students can not only use

equipment like a 3D printer or laser cutter

to create whatever their imaginations

can devise, but also a space for games

and art.

Design student, Diane Russel, works

in the Maker Space and has used its

resources for many of her own projects.

“I would say we’re a pretty valuable

resource,” said Russel. “The tables in the

front are usually pretty full, people come

to study and do homework.”

Russel notes that while the space is

often packed with students, few know

of and utilize the actual equipment they

have available. “I wish I had known about

the 3D printer when I was taking my 3D

class, I think that would have been fun

and would have helped me understand

the spatial aspects more.”

“I would like to see more people use

the Maker Space, using the 3D printer

and laser cutter for projects, and to

expand their knowledge of the programs,

and to use the skills they have in different,

hands on ways. I think that would

be a great thing.” Russel noted in a recent


These two useful resource centers,

although widely neglected, have the

potential to be much more of a help to

students than they currently are, simply

because of how few students know

they exist. Dion Jacobs, another STAT

employee and student who sees the small

number of students who use these assets

said, “I think if there was more word on

where this stuff was at, there would be a

lot more students here, and it would help

them with their classes, and give them a

better experience here at Pierce.”

Feb. 2020 / Vol. 53, Issue 4

What does it mean

to be equal?



We asked this question to 100 students.

on Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s campus.

Here are the most said words and phrases answered with students


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