Laura Southers

Freeplay pinball machines arrive on campus

By Laura Southers / February 28, 2024

            By Laura Southers Have you played one of the new pinball machines inside the Cougar Café’s dining room? If so, and you enjoyed it as much as countless students, you might thank Casey Sims,  a certified rehabilitation counselor and the Counseling Department chair at CCC.  Sims brought freeplay pinball…

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Balloon artist opens “joy” store

By Laura Southers / May 29, 2022

“Pop-Up Immersive Art Installation” is what the front window says as you approach 825 SW 5th Ave. in Portland. This is a very succinct definition for a space filled with balloon installations encouraging the visitor to immerse themselves into the balloon world created by Kameron Messmer, founder of the Joy Store. Upon entering, there is…

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Braided River exhibit provokes nerves

By Laura Southers / May 6, 2022

I enjoyed visiting the Alexander Art Gallery for the escape it provided from everyday life and for the relaxation provided to my overworked, overly scholastic, eyeballs. This was not possible at the gallery’s last exhibit, “Braided River: Lower Willamette Speaks,” which closed on April 29. It was more of a political manifesto than an artistic…

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