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16A Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001 From Page One/Community News Continued : Some profs still objecting recent vote, 11 instructors fa- vored starting a team in the fall, while 13 others are ask- ing the college to delay the program at least one year. Two others oppose the pro- gram at any thne. Cawley said the instructors do not believe their concerns are "a voice against football." Rather, they want the col- lege to spend more time studying the football team proposal, Cawley said. Waiting would be more "prudent," he said. The proposal is seen by many instructors as "a quick fix" rather than a long-term solution to falling enroll- ment, Cawley said. In addition, many faculty members fear that additional student athletes will purge the college of any diversity, creating what Cawley called "a two-tiered caste system," one featuring athletes and one featuring everyone else. Not enough money? Cawley said instructors al- so fear that there may not be enough money to fund both football and a full slate of courses. But others threw their sup- port behind the plan for a 2002 team. They include Quincy High School coaches John Gay, Tom Goss and Jeff Ray and former Portola High School football coach Howard Thomas. Gay, who coaches defense for the Quincy junior varsity team, called a football pro- gram "a good thing for the college, a good thing for the community." Gay, addressing concerns that football players' sole in- terest would lie outside the classroom, said that "athlet- ics go hand in hand with aca- demics." Gay said one of his sons played baseball at the college and benefited from it. Goss told the trustees that the college has improved its reputation in the community in recent years. "Feather River College was once its own entity," Goss said. He said a football program would enable the college to further integrate into the community. 'Changing lives' Goss, the head coach of Quincy's junior varsity team, said that football is a chance for the college to play a role in "changing the lives of young people." Football "to me is a unique sport," because it teaches dis- cipline and character, Goss explained. Goss, who also runs a Quincy business, said the idea of a football program has caused "a lot of excitement" in the community. He urged the trustees to start the program in 2002. "It would be beneficial for us to act now, to get ahead of the curve rather than behind the curve," Goss said. Ray told the board that sev- en former Quincy players, in- cluding his son, Matthew, are currently playing football at thejunior college level. "Quincy is a football town," Ray said. "I'm fully behind the proposal." Thomas, now Portola's principal, said he "is really supportive of the idea of a football program." He said it would increase enrollment at the college while enhancing school spir- it. "Athletics are an important part of what we do at Porto- la," said Thomas, who saw three of his school's teams win Northern Section titles during the 2000-2001 school year. Staff supportive Backers of the proposal found support among the trustees and staff members. Paul Thein, dean of student services i chitect of the football propose, said he con- siders football akgy to suc- cess: "Athletics is a way to hook students into education," Thein said. He said such a program al- so is a way to ~develop them as outstanding citizens," while "filling ~he empty seats in our classes." Thein said he disagrees with instructors' beliefs that the proposal has not been studied thoroughly. "This is not new," he said. "This is not rushed. This plan has been around since 1999." Even so, Thein said he un- derstands that the program is going to cause changes at the school. "This is a venture that's go- ing to initiate change, and change is difficult," Thein said. Nevertheless, it is time to move forward with the plan now, Thein said. 'Pull the tclgger' "It's time to pull the trig- ger," Thein told the trustees. "It's time to either move on this or throw it all away .... I don't see any reason in mind my mind to delay it another year." Bob Marshall, who will be sworn in next week as a re- placement for retiring trustee Robert Tewksbury, said he was supportive. Marshall said he sees faulty logic in instructors' fears about football hurting academic programs. After all, Marshall said, an increase in students would mean an increase in students for all programs. Tewksbury said that he considers athletics "academic in nature." While Tewksbury said he is sympathetic about the facul- ty's concerns, he is confident that "there are ways to solve these problems." On Nov. 17, the local Boy and Cub Scouts collected more than 2,500 pounds of food from the citizens of Quincy during their annu- al "Scouting for Food" col- lection. The Scouts distributed more than 500 flyers through the neighborhoods of Quincy and Meadow Valley. The Feather River Bulletin, KNLF, Kabin 99, and KPCO announced the annual food drive. In addi- tion, collection boxes were placed at Placer Sierra Bank, Plumas Bank, and Bank of America. The Scouts returned to collect the donations and drop them off at the Community Network Assistance (CAN) office for distribution dur- ing the holidays. "The annual collection was an outstanding suc- cess," noted Inez Robbins, Boy Scout coordinator for the local food collection. "We can't thank the local community and businesses enough for their support, food and monetary contri- butions." If folks are still interested in making a donation, they can contact Noel Carlson, Cubmaster, at 283-2414, or Inez Robbins at 283-1568. These youngsters got a firsthand lesson Importance of wovknng food to the poor and who run short during the holiday season. are: Weholo Nils Hoist; and Tigers Chandler Robert Hopman and Danny Ryback. Involved, shown, was Tiger Skyler Tweedle. The Central Plamas Recre- have included basketball this is a very posi ation and Park District, in co- games and tournaments, vol- proach to helping operation with Quincy High leyball, healthy socialization youth safe and out School, began its annual Sat- and barbecues, ble," Boland said. urday Night Open Gym pro- The success of Open Gym, Open Gym is gram on Saturday, Nov. 24, at according to coordinator Bob "each the QHS gym. Eschenbaum, depends large- gyms are not in The program, which offers ly on the continued support cy Jr./Sr. High a well-supervised drug-, alco- from school officials, local 10 p.m., from the hol- and tobacco-free recre- sponsors, enough volunteers ational environment for local to provide adequate supervi- Eschenbaum junior and senior high school sion, and continued coopera- asked parents to students, is intended to be a tion by the participatingthat Open Gym is positive alternative to simply youths. Of particular note able to youths in "hanging out and being bored has been the strong level of through 12th in the winter," according to support and interest shown not to be confused recreation and park district by the Plumas County Sherif- care. director, Jim Boland. fs Department. Saturday Night A new sponsor for the "In recent years, deputies is scheduled to Open Gym program this year wearing sweats instead offive Saturdays is the Tobacco Master Settle- uniforms have played basket- month of ment Fund, which promotes ball at Open Gym with thecomplete healthy, activities, choices same kids that they other- Gym dates is and lifestyles for local wise would be scrutinizing through the youths. Typical activities on the streets. We feel that park district roD- 4X : A o mOwn. ,YOU CAN FILL-UP AND BOOT-UP.I J :;~i/ ~,i! -4X | UP TO li LENGTH