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December 07
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December 06
CWU President calls to preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

​Yakima Herald Republic

The presidents at Central Washington University, Heritage University and Yakima Valley College have joined more than 485 other college and university presidents who have called for the preservation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

CWU’s James Gaudino and John Bassett at Heritage University said the decision to sign the letter was symbolic of action already taken to protect undocumented students on their respective campuses. Linda Kaminski, president of Yakima Valley College, also signed the letter but was not available for comment.

The program, which some say is at risk under President-elect Donald Trump, was an executive order by President Barack Obama in 2012 that allows undocumented students to continue their education without being deported. This applies to nearly 17,000 students in Washington alone, Gaudino said.

“We (at Heritage) believe that these students who came over as small children don’t have a home to go back to because this is the only home they’ve had. They deserve to stay and get a higher education,” Bassett said.

Aside from signing the letter, both schools have numerous provisions to make undocumented students feel safe.

Campus police at both schools do not question students about their immigrant status and do not volunteer information about student’s status unless in response to a subpoena. Additionally, Heritage offers legal and counseling services to students who may need advice on their status or who want to talk about fears after a divisive election.

"There is a great deal of anxiety on campus right now and students say it’s higher because of the rhetoric that surrounded this presidential campaign,” Gaudino said. “Students tell me it’s because of fear of deportation ... We’ve heard that students are worried that some of that may impact their access to education.”

While Gaudino and Bassett said signing the letter was an important step in showing support for students, there are state provisions that would give undocumented students some protections should DACA be reversed. State law sets standards to give undocumented students in-state tuition regardless of their immigration status.

Either way, each says students are not required to submit their immigration status with their college application.     

December 06
YVC men's basketball edged by N. Idaho

​Yakima Herald Republic

SPOKANE — Yakima Valley’s men followed up their first win of the season with an 80-78 loss to Cardinal-Bigfoot Classic co-host North Idaho on Sunday.

Jordan Blodgett scored a game-high 22 points for the Yaks, including going 3 of 6 from 3-point range, which fell to 1-4 on the season.

Modesta Britten had 16 points and eight rebounds and Max Jones added 15 points for Yakima Valley.

The Yaks will play the YVC Alumni on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Sherar Gym.

NORTH IDAHO — Dowd 2-9 2-2 7, Hosley 4-8 1-2 13, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Bevens 4-12 0-0 11, Gotelli 1-2 3-5 6, Golder 7-12 7-8 21, Sheridan 0-2 0-0 0, Satterthwaite 1-5 0-0 2, Erickson 1-4 0-0 3, Henderson 5-6 7-9 17. Totals 25-61 20-26 80.

YAKIMA VALLEY — White 2-7 1-3 6, Kambala 3-5 2-2 8, Webb 2-3 4-4 9, Britten 8-13 0-0 16, Hodge 0-2 0-0 0, Ford 0-0 0-2 0, Gaitor 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 5-14 4-4 15, Blodgett 9-15 1-3 22, Rivers 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 30-62 12-18 78.

Halftime — North Idaho 39-35. 3-point goals — North Idaho 10-28 (Dowd 1-3, Hosley 4-7, Williams 0-1, Bevens 3-11, Gotelli 1-2, Erickson 1-4), YVC 6-14 (White 1-1, Webb 1-2, Britten 0-1, Hodge 0-1, Jones 1-3, Blodgett 3-6). Fouled out — Golder, Ford, Rivers. Rebounds — North Idaho 39 (Henderson 8), YVC 36 (Britten 8). Assists — North Idaho 18 (Dowd 9), YVC 16 (Webb 6). Total fouls — North Idaho 17, YVC 23. Turnovers — North Idaho 8, YVC 9.​


December 05
Will Higher Education Be ‘Trumped’ by State Lawmakers?

​The Chronicle of Higher Education

​As the impact of the 2016 elections takes shape in statehouses, there are early signs that some policy proposals made by President-elect Donald J. Trump are prompting reactions from governors and state legislators.

For those who work on higher-education policy in Washington and in statehouses, the most common reaction to the new administration is uncertainty about the direction in which the president-elect and his nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, may steer the Department of Education when they take office, in January.

"Since the election, the No. 1 answer I’ve given is … I don’t know," Jennifer T. Poulakidas, vice president for congressional and governmental affairs at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, said to a gathering of state higher-education lobbyists last week. The annual gathering, the Higher Education Government Relations Conference, is held by the land-grant association and three other groups: the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Higher Education.

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December 05
Grays Harbor tops YVC

​Yakima Herald Republic

Alexia Thrower led three Grays Harbor players in double figures with 17 points and the Chokers beat Yakima Valley’s women 75-68 in a nonconference game at Sherar Gym on Sunday.

Sequoia Swan led the Yaks with 19 points and added five assists as they fell to 4-2 this season.

Alexis Perez had 15 points and five assists, Wiwnu Mill added 12 points and Desanay Guerrero finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for Yakima Valley.

The Yaks led by one at halftime, but gave up 23 points off of 20 turnovers in the game.

Yakima Valley will host the Yakima Valley Alumni on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sherar Gym.

GRAYS HARBOR — Brisbios 5-8 2-4 13, Begay 6-15 1-2 15, Wilson 2-8 3-6 7, Buchanan 2-8 3-3 7, Thrower 7-14 2-4 17, Sikora 3-8 0-0 8, Brasher-Norwood 2-4 0-0 5, Salazar 1-7 0-0 3. Totals 28-72 11-19 75.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Garcia 1-4 2-2 4, Strom 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 2-4 0-0 6, Perez 6-18 1-1 15, Mills 4-11 3-4 12, Swan 7-20 0-0 19, Biermann 0-1 1-2 1, Eke 0-5 0-0 0, Guerrero 4-10 3-4 11. Totals 24-73 10-13 68.

Grays Harbor 9 22 25 19 — 75

Yakima Valley 16 16 22 14 — 68

3-point goals — Grays Harbor 8-21 (Brisbios 1-2, Begay 2-9, Thrower 1-1, Sikora 2-7, Brasher-Norwood 1-1, Salazar 1-1), YVC 10-29 (Davis 2-3, Perez 2-6, Mills 1-3, Swan 5-16, Eke 0-1). Fouled out — none. Rebounds — Grays Harbor 51 (Buchanan 10, Thrower 10), YVC 47 (Guerrero 7). Assists — Grays Harbor 12 (Begay 3, Thrower 3), YVC 18 (Perez 5, Swan 5). Total fouls — Grays Harbor 13, YVC 19. Turnovers — Grays Harbor 18, YVC 20.​



December 04
Strom, Yakima Valley women focusing on the big picture

Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Whether seated on the Yakima Valley bench or patrolling the sideline, Adam Strom has an ideal vantage point from which to assess his Yaks women’s basketball team.

More importantly the first-year coach has focused on things of long-term importance instead of devoting time and attention to facets of his program that would be best described as quick fixes.

Simply stated, Strom is seeing the forest and not the trees.

“We’re enjoying ourselves right now,” he said Saturday night after YVC’s 85-47 blowout of Portland in Sherar Gym, the Yaks’ fourth win this season in five tries. “It’s fun because we’re winning. Not to say that we’re going to lose later, but we understand how tough our region is. So we’ll find out more about what our team is like when we face some adversity.”

It’s true that Yakima Valley’s real tests will begin in January with the start of NWAC East Region play, and the Yaks’ collective lives become complicated by teams like Walla Walla and coach Bobbi Hazeltine, who have reached the NWAC Tournament 15 times in 17 years while winning two championships.

There will also be demanding road trips to places like Ontario, Ore. (Treasure Valley).

So regarding the region and its power structure, Strom is not claiming that he and his Yaks will become the next big thing. He is hoping, however, that YVC women’s hoops become the next good thing, marking a radical departure from the program’s recent past.

It’s unlikely that Yakima Valley’s women will enjoy the abrupt reversal the men’s team experienced during the 1995-96 season, when under Dean Nicholson YVC went from 3-20 the previous year to 24-8.

But given the staff Strom has assembled, with former Yaks great Andrea Blodgett joining Akil White as assistants, and considering the roster they’ve assembled, YVC might well return to regional relevance sooner rather than later.

Against Portland (1-4), five Yaks hit double figures with guards Sammi Blodgett and Carly Davis scoring 14 points each. Blodgett, in fact, got all her points in the first half before sustaining an ankle injury.

Yakima Valley controlled the game throughout, posting adantages of 56-34 in rebounds and forcing 28 turnovers.

Joining Blodgett and Davis in a three-pronged backcourt is Alexis Perez, a former Davis standout who Saturday had nine points, five rebounds and three assists.

“Alexis has been sort of a diamond in the rough for us,” Strom said. “Getting her to play for us was the result of a few texts and a couple of phone calls, and we’re very glad she’s with us.”

Two Clarkston products, 5-5 Sequoia Swan and 5-10 Jayd Eke, have completed the first five while Mabton’s Desanay Guerrero, a 5-10 forward, has provided frontcourt depth.

Guerrero had 13 points and five boards Saturday and Wiwnu Mills, a 5-8 freshman from Yakama Tribal, added 11 points.

“Desanay was a thousand-point (1,239) scorer at Mabton, and she knows where the basket is,” Strom said. “Plus our big girls are capable of getting out and helping us on the break.”

Others among the Yaks will no doubt step forward as the season progresses. And Strom, from his prime vantage points, will be watching.

“People right now would probably watch us and describe us as scrappy,” he said. “Our hope is that later in the season, they’ll regard us as tough.”

Meaning the coach hopes his team retains the energy of the early season while losing the rough edges.

It’s all part of the big picture.

 

PORTLAND — Robinson 3-10 3-4 9, Gower 2-10 2-2 7, Wiley 1-5 0-2 2, Saluni 2-7 3-4 7, Fernandez 1-6 2-2 4, Danaisha Darbouze 3-10 3-4 11, Lee 0-0 1-4 1, Brown 1-3 0-0 2, Tetrina 1-2 0-0 2, Hernandez 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 17-52 12-20 47.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Carly Davis 6-6 2-2 14, Perez 4-12 0-2 9, Sequoia Swan 4-15 3-3 13, Sammi Blodgett 5-9 3-4 14, Eke 2-8 0-0 4, Garcia 1-6 0-0 2, Strom 1-5 0-0 3, Wiwnu Mills 5-7 1-3 11, Swan-Tsoodle 1-4 0-0 2, Biermann 0-2 0-0 0, Desanay Guerrero 6-9 1-2 13. Totals 35-83 8-14 85.

Portland 9 17 12 9 — 47

Yakima Valley 16 31 21 17 — 85

3-point goals — PCC 1-8 (Robinson 0-1, Brown 0-1, Gower 1-6); YVC 7-26 (Garcia 0-3, Strom 1-3, Davis 2-2, Perez 1-3, Mills 0-1, Swan-Tsoodle 0-1, Swan 2-10, Blodgett 1-2, Eke 0-1). Fouled out — Eke, Guerrero. Rebounds — PCC 34 (Robinson 8); YVC 56 (Eke 7). Assists — PCC 6, YVC 19 (Strom 5). Turnovers — PCC 28, YVC 21. Total fouls — PCC 15, YVC 18.​


December 03
Yaks fall to Whatcom

​Yakima Herald Republic

SPOKANE — Modesta Britten posted a monster double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds Friday night, but Yakima Valley’s Yaks were unable to overcome a 19-point deficit in an 85-82 loss to Whatcom in the Cardinal-Bigfoot Classic.

Max Jones scored 23 points, DeAndre Kambala had 14 and Terrance White added 10 for YVC (0-3), which meets Salish-Kootenai at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Britten, a 6-foot-4 freshman from Sacramento, Calif., hit 9 of 18 field goal attempts and grabbed 11 rebounds off the offensive glass.

The Yaks trailed by 19 early in the second half, but surged to within two points. Jones missed an open 3-pointer from the top of the key, according to YVC coach London Wilson, which would have put YVC ahead by a point.

YAKIMA VALLEY — DeAndre Kambala 2-7 6-6 10, Webb 0-4 0-0 0, Modesta Britten 9-18 4-5 22, Blodgett 1-4 0-1 2, Gaitor 0-2 0-0 0, Terrance White 2-7 5-6 10, Hodge 1-6 0-0 2, Ford 4-5 1-4 9, Max Jones 8-15 4-4 23, Rivers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-75 17-22 82.

WHATCOM — Leif Anderson 6-12 2-2 18, Deon Thomas 4-10 9-11 17, Quinn Daugharty 4-9 6-6 14, Alex Martin 4-12 2-4 10, Lootens 3-3 2-2 9, Murphy 0-3 0-1 0, Clark 2-5 1-1 6, Dante Lewis 4-7 0-0 11, Garcia 0-2 0-0 0, Hayes 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 27-63 21-29 85.

Halftime — Whatcom 39-30. 3-point goals — YVC 5-18 (White 0-1, Kambala 2-4, Webb 0-1, Hodge 0-1, Gaitor 0-2, Jones 3-8, Blodgett 0-1); WCC 10-19 (Anderson 4-5, Murphy 0-1, Thomas 0-2, Clark 1-1, Daugharty 1-2, Martin 0-3, Lewis 3-4, Lootens 1-1). Fouled out — Kambala, Anderson. Rebounds — YVC 49 (Britten 20); WCC 40 (Martin 11). Assists — YVC 10 (Webb 3); WCC 18 (Thomas 6). Turnovers — YVC 13, WCC 13. Total fouls — WCC 27, YVC 24.​


December 03
YVC women's basketball routs Edmonds

Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA — Sammi Blodgett posted game highs of 23 points and eight rebounds Friday night to lead Yakima Valley to a 90-56 victory over Edmonds in a nonconference women’s basketball game in Sherar Gym.

Sequoia Swan added 21 points and Alexis Perez had 14 for YVC, which improved to 3-1. The Yaks have now equalled their victory total for all of last season, which they finished 3-25.

Yakima Valley, which hosts Portland at 4 p.m. Saturday, outscored the Tritons (0-4) 54-19 during the second and third quarters.

The Yaks forced 32 turnovers while committing only 11 and totaled 20 assists to Edmonds’ six.

They also held Edmonds to 29 percent field goal shooting, which helped offset YVC’s 16 for 29 performance from the foul line.

Yakima Valley hit 10 of 23 shots from 3-point range, with Blodgett connecting of 3 of 4 and Swan getting 4 of 7.

Kaya Dumas scored 13 points to lead Edmonds.

EDMONDS — Rodriguez 2-12 3-4 8, Davis 1-6 0-0 2, Deng 3-7 3-4 9, Vaughn 3-5 1-2 8, Moyong 0-1 3-4 3, Coffin 2-4 0-2 4, Ward 1-2 0-0 2, Kaye Dumas 2-12 8-8 13, Brown 1-4 1-2 4, Jensen 1-3 1-1 3. Totals 16-56 20-27 56.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Davis 1-6 0-0 2, Alexis Perez 5-14 2-6 14, Sequoia Swan 6-12 5-7 21, Sammi Blodgett 8-22 6-8 25, Eke 1-8 0-0 2, Garcia 3-5 0-0 7, Strom 1-4 0-0 2, Mills 3-4 0-0 6, Swan-Tsoodle 0-3 0-0 0, Biermann 1-6 2-6 4, Guerrero 3-7 1-2 7. Totals 32-91 16-29 90.

Edmonds 16 11 8 21 — 56

Yakima Valley 19 25 29 17 — 90

3-point goals — ECC 4-13 (Rodriguez 1-2, Davis 0-1, Dumas 1-6, Vaughn 1-2, Brown 1-2); YVC 10-26 (Garcia 1-3, Davis 0-4, Perez 2-4, Swan-Tsoodle 0-2, Swan 4-7, Blodgett 3-4, Eke 0-2). Fouled out — Ward. Rebounds — ECC 53 (Vaughn 7); YVC 56 (Blodgett 8, Eke 6, Swan 6). Assists — ECC 6 (Davis 3); YVC 20 (Swan 6). Turnovers — ECC 32, YVC 11. Total fouls — ECC 22, YVC 23.

December 02
YVC Foundation accepting applications for $400K worth of scholarships

​KIMA

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Yakima Valley College (YVC) Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2017-18 academic year.

The foundation awards more than $400,000 in scholarships annually.

Students can get an application online here or on campus at the financial aid office, the student information desk, or in Prior Hall Room 113.

More than 4,500 scholarships have been awarded, totaling more than $4 million, since the foundation started in 1977.

The submission deadline is February 28, 2017.​

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