Volume 54, No. 7 December 6, 2012 Times Ticker Wendi Coon/Times (From left to right) Lori Hains, administrative assistant; Dr. Joseph Jacobsen, director of ECAM; Dr. Evonne Carter, vice president of the Oak Creek Campus; Dr. Michael L. Burke, MATC president; Dorothy Walker, dean of the School of Technology and Applied Science and Carrie Brockmann, administrative assistant, participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new wind turbine at the Oak Creek Campus. Wind turbine boosts energy program by Robyn Wiggill Times Staff Reporter Nov. 9 marked the completion of The Center for ECAM’s energy portfolio. ECAM stands for Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing. The building opened in 2007, and houses many sustainable energyrelated technologies and their associated courses. The ribbon cutting of ECAM’s first wind turbine was held at the ECAM building on the Oak Creek Campus at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. The public, along with students, faculty, advisory committee members, politicians, and administrators from MATC, MSOE, Marquette, UWMilwaukee and other partners of ECAM were invited and attended the ribbon cutting. Dr. Evonne Carter, Oak Creek’s vice president, opened the ceremony by welcoming everyone to the event and introduced Dr. Michael L. Burke, president of MATC. Burke spoke about the key role that MATC plays in fields of renewable and sustainable energy, and then he introduced Dr. Joseph Jacobsen. Jacobsen, director of ECAM, explained the renewable energy projects that MATC has completed thus far and some future projects. Jacobsen said ECAM’s renewable energy portfolio consists of a geothermal heat pump, two solar thermal systems and several photovoltaic systems. He also said that there is a weather station on the roof of the ECAM center. Jacobsen then invited all attendees outside to experience the cutting ceremony. The ceremony was finished off with a demonstration, given by Jacobsen, inside the lab showing the digital version of the wind turbine and other equipment. The wind turbine was manufactured by Wind Spot, and took a week to install. Power engineering and energy engineering technology students and instructors as well as Werner Electrics, Grunau Company, Pro Electric and Johnson Controls Inc. were involved in the project. The wind turbine stands 47 feet tall; the blade is 8 feet while the pole is 39 feet tall. The turbine generates 3.5 kWh with a cost of $60,035. There are currently 17 new energy courses, which are sponsored by many partners of ECAM. Partners include the United States Department of Energy, The National Science Foundation, the Wisconsin Technical College System, the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium, We Energies, Mazak, Johnson Controls Inc. and Power Test Inc., to name a few. The building has been referred to as housing the largest equipment and curriculum in the U.S. Programs offered in the ECAM building include Power Engineering and Boiler Operator, Sustainable Facilities Operations, Energy Engineering Technology, Quality Engineering Technology, HVAC, Environmental Controls Technician and more. All these programs will incorporate the wind turbine into their content. The fall 2013 semester will mark the beginning of two new courses, Wind Power I (introduction) and Wind Power II (applications), both of these Turbine Page 2 seem to pop up every day. Eddie Watson, desktop technology and telecommunications director, spoke of a teacher wanting to use the on-screen technology for sign language interpreter training. The ability to have meetings with up to six people without leaving an office will also be an added bonus. Voicemail is now sent to a teacher’s email in the form of a .wav file for anytime, anywhere access and since the phones are I.P. address based, the user needs only input the individual login to allow the phone number to follow them from campus to campus. One of the main priorities for the new phone system is safety. On each phone screen is a button simply labeled “Emergency”; when pressed, it will immediately alert the security desk and enable Public Safety to see what’s happening via that phone’s builtin camera. If anyone dials 911, it alerts security as well. On the surface, this is a story about the new phone system, but the real story is in the intricacies of the process itself. Watson, who oversees the entire process at each campus, spoke of the installation in detail, saying that when you take on a task as big as the entire MATC school system, which includes about 3,000 phones, you deal with what he called “the sins of the past.” This includes 30 years of bad habits and endless wires that have been neglected by previous generations. The main challenge was a puzzle-like order of operations that had to be arranged before Watson could even begin to physically replace the old phone system. In order to have a smooth transition, two phone systems had to be in place for a short time. In order to have two phone systems, more phone closetsw needed to be installed. Additionally, to have more phone closets, more power was needed; more power created more heat, which created the need for more air conditioning units and once that was fully in place, new hardware needed to be installed to replace the old phone switches; only then could Watson begin his portion of the install. When you put factors like that into account, it seems any number of things is bound to go wrong, but Watson says it has been a smooth transition and he is, thus far, cautiously optimistic. “Believe me, I’m the first to be surprised it’s gone well…but I’m not complaining,” he said as he knocked on wood and laughed. “When you can cut a whole campus [phone line] and no one notices…that’s great.” At the most, there was a period Can you hear me or see me now? by Aaron Cleavland Times Staff Reporter By the end of this year, each MATC campus will have its old phone system replaced. There will be a new state-ofthe-art Cisco phone system, an impressive piece of technology with video capabilities that allows people to have a face-to-face conversation. It can be with someone from on campus or at any of the different campuses. In a world of iPhones and Androids, it may be as surprising to hear as it is to say, but these phones are cutting edge. Looking at them reminds you of all the days of your childhood spent hoping for science fiction technologies from “Star Trek” to “Back to the Future 2” to exist. For teachers, this system and the new technology it presents is exciting in more ways than previously imagined as new ideas Phones Page 3 Dance Demo West Campus hosts Native American dancer Page 7 Chess Club Dominates Wins over Marquette and other schools Page 9 Stormers Basketball Can the Men’s team repeat? Page 10 Phoenix Open Mic Displays of poetry, music Page 12 STUDENT LEGAL CLINIC Legal Clinic Article By Mary O’Leary Students may be eligible for Food Share Dear Student Legal Clinic, I am a student in the Human Service Program and I have been turned down for food share because I am a college student and not working 20 hours per week. I know other students who have received benefits. Is this right that I was denied? Signed Clarissa Dear Clarissa, This is a common situation for students. Many of the food share workers do not seem to look at all the exemptions that make a student eligible to receive benefits. There are 13 exemptions that could make you eligible. They are as follow: 1. Employed at least 20 hours a week at any wage. 2. Self-employed at least 20 hours a week with self-employment earnings with earnings equivalent to $145.00. 3. Both employed and self-employed. 4. Participating in a federal or state work study program. 5. Responsible for the care of a dependent household member under age 6. If two parents, only one gets student status. 6. Responsible for the care of a dependent child over 6 but less than 12 if the agency determines that no child care is available. Wendi Coon/Times Classes will incorporate the wind turbine technology next fall. Wind turbine curriculum added to Energy Conservation programs Turbine From 1 courses will use curriculum and instruction based on the wind turbine, both supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The ECAM building focuses on educating students for jobs in safe and clean environments, using high-tech and efficient equipment, many of these jobs are also well paid. Even though there are no more wind turbines currently planned, ECAM is now focusing on earning LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the Oak Creek campus. ECAM is also looking into installing a micro grid (a smallscale intelligent grid system) which will add combustion energy generation, transmission, distribution and control. To get involved with ECAM projects sign up for one of their of sustainable energy certificates. Learn about the environment, about energy and mostly earn an education with a skill set that is directly transferable into a real job that has multifaceted rewards. 7. Single parent with a dependent under age 12. 8. Receiving a TANF cash payment, or working in a W2 trial job. Placed in an institution of higher learning by WIA. 9. Enrolled in a W2 employment position or other TANF funded program under Title IV of the Social Security Act. 10. Physically or mentally unfit for gainful employment. 11. Participating in on the job training. 12. Is assigned or placed in an institution of higher education through or in compliance with the requirements of FSET (PACE). 13. Is enrolled in an educational program that is designed to be completed in 2 years or less and obtaining certification or a diploma will lead to employment that is in demand. For other civil legal questions, please call Mary O’Leary at 414-297-6630, email email@example.com, or stop in Room M346. Parking just got easier at downtown campus Cash in your stamps NOW by Tamryn Andraos Times Staff Reporter As of Nov. 26, the Stormer passes will replace the use of parking stamps at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Archie Graham, director of Student Life, has made parking at the MATC Downtown Milwaukee Campus less stressful and a lot more convenient for students. “I’m always concerned about where to park when I go downtown, if Eighth and State Street lot is full, do I have enough stamps on me? What if there is a special event?” said Livia Börger, an enrolled Liberal Arts degree student, expressing her thought process that occurs on a weekly basis about the parking situation downtown. “Convenience is time,” says Graham. This has been the reasoning behind making the switch from the stamps to the students pass. Now all you need is a minimum of $2 on your card and an amount of $1.50 will be deducted when departing the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Being an active student and having an MATC Parking Permit are the requirements to take advantage of this easy process of parking. Currently, the BMO parking structure holds 250 reserved MATC parking spaces until 6 p.m. and a remaining 50 lots stay open until 10 p.m. Allocated amount of parking spaces will not increase at this stage as Graham does not foresee this to become an issue in the near future. The process of transferring monetary value from the stamps to the Stormers pass will take up to a few days. Students should come to the Campus Office of Student Life to make the change as soon as possible. As of Monday, Nov. 26, students will be denied the use of their stamps at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Alisa Watts/Times Veteran students come together to discuss current events and share old memories with each other and Dr. Burke at the luncheon. Veterans service recognized at special luncheon by Bobbi Kleemann Times Staff Reporter Veterans are celebrated every year on Veterans Day, and on Nov. 12 in Room M616, the Financial Aid and Student Life office hosted a Veterans Day Luncheon. This traditional luncheon has been going on for over three years, while it has been over 10 years for their thank you dinner. From the Korean War to the activated soldiers, students and faculty members gathered around to tell stories of their days in the military. Many veterans told how they made friends over the years and kept that friendship. Talking to some of the veterans, Marcie Nelson, Administration Professional Office Tech program student, stated, “People remember and appreciate what you have done. It always feels good that people appreciate what you’ve done for your country.” Around noon more veterans and guests started to arrive including a visit from Dr. Michael L. Burke, president of MATC, who sat and listened to their stories from their years of service, additionally inquiring as to how they’re doing academically at MATC. Burke stated, “It’s a great idea, an excellent way to appreciate their service that they have done over the years,” when asked how he felt about MATC putting on a thank you luncheon for veterans. MATC has over 700 veterans, and over 40 of them came out to enjoy their thank you lunch. A chat to promote communication by Aaron Cleavland Times Staff Reporter Keio Horton/Times BSU member Okeema Ikanih volunteers in the “Helping for the Holidays” event by serving people drinks. BSU helps families on Turkey Day by Keio Horton Times Staff Reporter On Thanksgiving Day, the Black Student Union (BSU) took time out to do some volunteer work. “Helping for the Holidays” was the theme designed by the BSU for their holiday campaign. Families get together and enjoy some delicious food on Thanksgiving Day. Most people enjoy the holidays at home with their families, while others don’t have that same luxury of a hot meal, a warm bed and a loving family. The BSU and other school organizations spent their Thanksgiving at St. Benedict’s to help out the people who need. Volunteers put in a great deal of hard work to prepare for the guests. The people at St. Benedict’s put all the volunteers into teams. Each team was assigned jobs to assist the workers and prepare for the families. Tasks teams were given: greet the guests, prepare tables, serve the food, and provide drinks. Other duties were designated such as gathering up trays, picking up garbage and washing dishes. The teams were all dedicated to working hard and making sure all of the families had a festive time. While eating and enjoying their food, the families also talked among themselves and watched the football game while they ate. Once done eating, they gave their trays to the volunteers so they could clean them. As some families got ready to leave, the workers of St. Benedict’s gave free coats and jackets so that the people could stay warm, due to it getting colder outside. St. Benedict’s made sure that the displaced people had a happy Thanksgiving and the BSU took something out of helping out the others on that day. New phone system updates college communications Phone From 1 of about 30 seconds to a minute where phone calls couldn’t go in or out. There was an issue at the Mequon Campus where some of AT&T’s hardware was out of date and improperly installed and, as a result, left the campus without incoming or outgoing calls for three days. A rumor began to spread that it was the result of the new phone systems. Not only was it unrelated, however, the IT department had presence of mind to be able to restore a connection to Student Services so that phone calls could be placed and received within the campus if need be. Jim Nance/Times While taking calls, Eugene “Gino” Kraehling, IT Networking student, makes use of the new phones at the Oak Creek Campus. All of the campuses except downtown have been installed without any major problems and Watson assuredly and confidently said that when it comes time to install the downtown campus’ portion of the system there will be no problems whatsoever. MATC’s executive vice president and provost, Dr. Vicki Martin, met with students and staff in an open forum style discussion at the West Allis Campus Tuesday, Nov. 11, creating an unprecedented opportunity to open the air for the concerned and curious alike. Accompanied by the West Allis campus vice president, Al Pinckney, Martin dedicated an hour of her day to taking any and all questions anyone had in regards to MATC. Martin spoke on the reason for this chat, saying that upon looking at the number of employees she serves, roughly 2,200, she began to see a huge challenge in communication. “It was shocking to hear that number, and [I thought] it might be difficult to reach out to everyone,” a sentiment which turned out to be an apt point as the main topic of discussion among students and faculty alike was communication. The first comment was in regards to faculty not being able to access information they may need to relay to students. No one seemed to know how to find out crucial goings on around the school as it happened. They had various means of finding the information but desired more of a one-stop destination for everything they need to know as it happens. Next, a student who was redirected to the forum from another office with concerns about getting the tutoring he needs at hours that cater to his full-time work, full-time school schedule was promptly directed to a student counselor, Tom Wichert, who was sitting in on the session. The conversation again revisited the topic of communication as Laquita Sims, a nursing student, told her story of running into any number of dead ends when it came time to petition for core nursing courses. Wichert was all too familiar with the disconnect between the student and school during this crucial time as he said simply, “Petitioning is extremely complicated here.” He paused, then went on to say, “Secondary admissions tests as part of the petitioning process are a mystery. On our end, there are at least 15 different things that have to be coordinated before petitioning [begins].” He added that after miraculously coordinating this process to completion, if for some reason one thing isn’t correct, a majority of the process has to be redone and usually ends in the student waiting a semester to start the process over. Martin added, “Believe it or not, this is better than it ever was. You used to have to wait five years just to petition.” There was a moderate amount of talk about MATC-wide growth in the near future as well. Not just because of government provided grants but because of the demand for it from the student side, things like truck driver training, accounting and food manufacturing will be developed in the near future, and welding will enlarge its capacity as the Mequon Campus will expand its offerings in that regard. The next chat with Vice President Martin will take place Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Mequon Campus and will once again be open to anyone interested. It should be noted that an opportunity like this does not present itself on a regular basis and if anyone has questions, comments or concerns, this is the best possible way to be heard. Elephant & donkey step away from your screen and get real by Salena Krueger Times Staff Reporter It’s been about a month since the 2012 presidential election has concluded. I don’t miss the misleading political commercials as well as the hard-hitting and condescending television debates. Presidential signs have been removed from yards, candidate rallies have come to an end and political computer pops-ups have disappeared. I believe the election was tense, exhausting and to some extent atrocious, but the political Facebook posts, emails, tweets and blogs were just as stressful on personal and professional relationships. How many friends, family or co-workers did you stop talking to, avoided or ignored on the Internet? I have been warned early on in my career of some big conversation topics to avoid working in the corporate world; religion, politics and sex are a few. So I asked myself why does someone feel it’s appropriate to post, email or tweet their political thoughts behind an electronic device? And better yet, can the majority of Americans have a civil and intellectual conversation with someone face to face who has a different political view? Majority of the “behind the screen” statements are “feelings” and how the person interpreted the information as opposed to “facts” and what’s truly happening in the political world. Free speech and voting is a right as Americans; however, I believe speaking “behind the screen” the person loses emotion, credibility, passion and the opinions are not highly valued. I have collected more knowledge about diverse political views when speaking to real people versus conversing with someone over the Internet. The people I have spoke to range from all different lifestyles, ages, religions and cultures. I can appreciate a mature political conversation but when the individuals “forward,” “post” or publicize random statements regarding politics I question “why?” The short and lengthy discussions I’ve had with people turn extremely interesting when I asked them, “why do you choose to be conservative” or “why do you choose to be liberal?” Born or made? I respect individuals who speak face to face, intelligently and logically when explaining their views on politics and why the choice of GOP or Democrat. With that said I have to believe the fanatical posts on the Internet is a secret way of expressing thoughts and beliefs without confrontation and backing to support political beliefs. Established by Milwaukee Institute of Technology Student Council, March 1960 During some discussions, I have found many American citizens do not realize the extent of or understand significant decisions our American leaders have had to make throughout history. Personally, before I start speaking about politics I think about why I believe the way I do and the facts that support my reasoning. My political views are not defined by the car I drive, the attitude I possess, the sports I watch, my food or drink choices, my physical appearance or what “mommy and daddy” tell me to believe. It’s based on my morals, logical thinking, and what is the most reasonable decision. I recommend three actions: Stop hiding, articulate with your mouth opposed to typing with your fingers and show you’re alive with passion. I have faith in and believe everyone begins with different opportunities but with hard work and perseverance each and everyone can generally overcome those disadvantages. 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We survived bombardment of political ads, caring for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, knowing just how strenuous getting an education is in today’s economy for students. We at the Times have covered the difficulties about waiting in lines and how to avoid them, getting housing through a partnership with UWM, and even got to follow the election from Craig Robinson (Michelle Obama’s brother) to being at one of the events where President Barack Obama came to speak to Contributors Samatha Collier Nick Michalski Mary O’Leary Duane Rodriguez Faculty Adviser Bob Hanson The Times staff celebrated their holiday party this year at Spin Milwaukee. people of Wisconsin. One of the Times’ priorities for next semester will be to bring further awareness to all our readers. Special thanks to the Times staff for their dedication and commitment. 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Milwaukee Area Technical College email us: firstname.lastname@example.org Honors ACP National Pacemaker Award (13-time winner) Inducted into College Newspaper Hall of Fame May 15, 1989 December 6, 2012 Times Online: www.matctimes.com COMPACT REPLAY by DUANE RODRIGUEZ Here is the best box set of the holiday season. It’s been 20 years since Rage Against The Machine released their self-titled studio album in November of 1992. It still is the perfect mix of hard rock supplied by guitar virtuoso Tom Morello with hip-hop influences offered up by vocalist Zack de la Rosa. If you were too young to remember, the No. 1 rap album of that year was Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” and Alice In Chains’ “Dirt” was topping the rock charts. RATM was as close as you could get combining these two projects, making it a win-win for all. This album still holds up with its politically induced lyrics and brilliant hard rock production values. “Rage Against The Machine XX” (Epic/Legacy) is being released in many configurations, starting with the original album with three bonus live-era tracks and concluding with a four-disc Deluxe Box Set. That set has the original album, remastered by Vlado Meller, and a second CD of the band’s previously unreleased 1991 demo that was sold at their shows on cassette for $5. The first DVD of the set includes their free concert at Finsbury Park in the U.K., as well as a ton of music videos. The second DVD includes the band’s first public appearance and a bunch of various era performance clips. The set also includes a great essay by Chuck D of Public Enemy. All that aside, these box sets are pretty useless if the album doesn’t carry any cred. Rage Against The Machine is a pioneering album musically and lyrically. Morello is as much as a guitar innovator as Jimi Hendrix or Les Paul and de la Rosa picked up the social conscience message that guys like Dylan abandoned years ago. Standouts are still “Know Your Enemy,” “Bullet in the Head,” “Killing in the Name,” “Township Rebellion” Box sets to jam-pack your holiday stocking and the live b-side version of “Take the Power Back.” Rage Against The Machine XX is a well worthy re-visit to a very important album. Merry Christmas indeed! This is such a disappointment. Aerosmith has finally gotten around to releasing their first album of new material since 2001, “Music From Another Dimension!” (Columbia). It sure doesn’t sound like an album 11 years in the making. I understand the youngin’s complaints about how ‘geezers’ elbow their way into the limelight that should be reserved for new and exciting musical acts. Truth be told, record companies make more money on albums by these guys than by say new, original bands like the Grammy-winning Civil Wars. Produced by Jack Douglas, who helmed their most successful albums, the 15 tracks here not only mimic the group’s signature hooks and gimmicks, they do it emotionlessly. While musically the band hits most marks, Steven Tyler’s vocals sound limp. Screaming doesn’t equate emotion. Outside of the album’s second track, “Oh Yeah,” written by guitarist Joe Perry, I’d rather listen to their back catalog than this stuff. Let’s hope they take another 11 years before they attempt something this inept again. While we’re talking box sets another one that’s making the rounds is Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” (Swan Song), documenting the band’s triumphant 12/10/07 one-time performance at London’s O2 Arena. The Deluxe four-disc set includes the concert on two CDs, the full performance on Blu-ray and a bonus DVD of the band’s full rehearsal at Shepperton Studios. As the headlining act for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert, we were previously led to believe that with the 1980 death of drummer John Bonham, they would disband. This is simply an amazing performance. The band was the first to successfully combine blues with a real hard-edged guitar rock sound, though fans of The Jeff Beck Group would argue. They released only eight albums during their brief career, all of them considered classics, not a dud in the lot. Robert Plant’s lead vocals have had better days, but who at 64 years of age sounds like they did at 21? Jason Bonham, the son of original drummer John, is the key here, keeping the band perfectly in sync. The gem here though is the band’s dress rehearsal recorded at Shepperton Studio the previous day. As good as the O2 show was, they were without question better in rehearsal. They sound like they were playing in their garage for themselves as opposed to the rabid sold-out crowd. Standouts include “Black Dog,” “Kashmir,” “Good Times Bad Times,” “In My Time of Dying” and “Dazed and Confused.” One more thing, the best thing on the Blu-ray is watching the band in amazement as Jason Bonham perfectly nails his father’s drum solo at the end of “Rock and Roll.” The look of pride on their faces is worth the price of the set all on its own. Here’s a cool little stocking stuffer. Elvis Costello, who has used many different genres to his benefit during his career, has released a pretty hip little compilation. “In Motion Pictures” (UME) puts together 15 of his more popular tracks to appear in motion pictures. Songs include the likes of “Seven Day Weekend,” “You Stole My Bell,” “A Town Called Big Weekend,” “She,” “Life Shrinks” and “Accidents Will Happen” from the likes of “The Big Lebowski,” “Notting Hill,” “Grace of My Heart,” “ET” and “The Godfather III.” JOIN THE TIMES STAFF If you have a passion for writing, art and photography, we are looking for reporters, photographers, graphic artists and cartoonists. Every word counts in becoming a novelist by Ashley Miner Times Staff Reporter In 1999, Chris Baty and his friends decided to become novelists mainly to impress girls. A year later, they wanted to get others involved so they created an annual event as part of National Novel Writing Month called 50,000 Words. Thirteen years later, 50,000 Words is an annual event that receives participants nationwide. Baty came up with 50,000 Words when he grabbed the book, “Brave New World”, estimated how many words were on a page, and multiplied that number by the number of pages in the book. Using that template, 50,000 Words helps people write a novel, one page a day, for one month. Jennifer Medved, librarian at Oak Creek Campus, has been participating in the event for eight of the 13 years that National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, has existed. Medved has been one of the municipal liaisons for this area for the past four years. Medved’s profession makes it convenient to set up a write-in, which they have every Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. on campus. Eric Hanley, former MATC student, also hosts events across the street from the UW-Milwaukee union. This is Eric’s third year participating and he has completed two novels and is currently working on his third. Deb Henderson, another former MATC student, has also published her novel under the pen name D. Perdue Henderson. She has a fantasy trilogy coming out for young adults. Since this is a non-profit organization, all municipal liaisons collaborate with each other in terms of where events are held. There are approximately 30 events and online meetings to keep the words flowing. The gatherings are at UW-Milwaukee, Bucketworks, Gravity Connect, Fuel Café, Alterra Coffee Roasters and a few public libraries in or around the downtown area. In October, gatherings for drafting, character development, and plot outlining help prep for Nov. 1, the first day of the writing month. After the last day of the writing month, December becomes a time to relax, take a break from writing, and have a “Happily Ever After Party” where participants gather and share what they have done during their writing period. Kids participate in the young writers’ portion of the NaNoWriMo event, which was added a few years ago as a way to make it a family event. Twelve-hundred words is the maximum amount within the Young Writers Program (YWP). Nine-year-old, Jonathan Fanning finished his novel on Nov. 17. It’s inspiring to know that kids can do this and should motivate adults to complete 50,000 words. Coming from the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words, another branch of NaNoWriMo inspires people to draw 50 pictures in a month. Some participate in both categories and some writers even get covers for their novels from the illustrators/artists. If you’re a screenwriter, a poet, or even if fiction writing isn’t the thing for you, there’s something for everyone with NaNoWriMo. If you want to know more, visit www. nanowrimo.org. Wendi Coon/Times Ronnie Prescott, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, teaches students how to do the Fish Dance. (Left to right) Danny Preston, Human Resource major, Charles Padmore, IT Networking Specialist and Vice President of SGA West, and Moises Morales, SGA member and Liberal Arts student. One-man Pow Wow at west campus by Wendi Coon Times Assistant Photo Editor West Allis Student Government has been celebrating different cultures each month so in conjunction with Rock Your Mocs Day, Nov. 15, Native American dancer, Ronnie Prescott came to West Allis Campus. Prescott entered the lunchroom in full regalia; he moved through the crowd performing a high-energy traditional Pow Wow dance. Prescott is a San Carlos Apache competitive dancer. Prescott enjoys going to different communities and schools, introducing students to his culture. Prescott went on to explain the significance of his outfit, which he personally made by hand. The warm colors identify that he is from Arizona; the U.S. flags are to pay respect to his father, who fought in World War II. The small mirrors are used to reflect negative attitude from others, and the long fringe emulates the grass flowing in the wind. Prescott said that each person has his or her own personal and unique regalia. Pow Wows are social gatherings, and the friendly dance competition is a way for individuals to honor their ancestors. Dances are performed in a clockwise circle to pay respect to the sun and to represent unity and the life cycle. Men compete in Traditional Grass Dance, which is Prescott’s specialty, and Fancy Dance, where men wear a large headdress. Women compete in; Fancy Shawl and Jingle Dress. Students were treated to several dances. A few students participated; they helped Prescott with the Fish Dance by being little fish, following the big fish. Prescott explained that this dance is spiritual and is performed to pay respect to the fish that sustains the family. The Fish Dance is traditionally performed near the water when the salmon are spawning. MATC students apply for honors and awards by Keio Horton Times Staff Reporter Students are now able to register to be part of the MATC Honors & Awards Program. Did you know that you don’t need to have a perfect 4.0 GPA to apply for these awards and honors? Anyone that has obtained the required number of credits can apply. The MATC Honors & Awards Program allows students to further reach their educational goals by offering different honor societies and academic awards. The honor programs are National Technical Honor Society; Phi Theta Kappa; All USA Academic Team; and President’s, Dean’s and Provost’s Lists. The academic award programs are President’s Award, State Ambassador Award and Lamp of Knowledge Award. Each honor and award has different application requirements. Harriet G. Croskey, Ed.D., coordinator in Office of Student Life, states that most honors and awards require you to have a certain amount of credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. One award, the President’s Award, requires you to have cumulative GPA no lower than 2.75. National Technical Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society also require you to pay a membership fee in order to fully join the society. Despite all the requirements to apply for certain awards, what you can receive will make applying worth it. Croskey stated that applying for any honor or award has been a huge benefit to students’ education. Applying for one of these can be a valuable aid to reach your academic goals. You can be eligible for scholarships for four-year colleges for a decent amount of money. You can also receive positive recommendations for other colleges and receive invites for special events for other awards and honors. Any student can benefit greatly from what each award and honor program has to offer. The MATC Honors & Awards Program can help make your educational path an easier Illustration by Kevin Jones path to travel and it’s worth the challenge. If you choose not to try, you could miss a golden opportunity. Applying for these programs is an opportunity you don’t want to overlook. Try for one or multiple honors and awards and make your pursuit for an education a lot easier. Katie Liegler/Times Students from the American Women’s History class made a quilt for the Divine Intervention Warming Room, a place for the homeless to stay. MATC knights make pawns of their competition by Jim Nance Times Editor-in-Chief Mike Hiller/Times Melanie Lamp and Kaitlyn Schauer from the Visual Merchandising class at the Oak Creek Campus decorate a display case in honor of Veterans Day. Patrick Johnson/Times On Nov. 15, the Culinary Arts Catering class and the Dietetic Technician Food Service Management class serve up a Healthy Holiday Harvest in Room M605 at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus. Persistence has gotten the Chess Club everything they worked for this semester. The club makes a strong impact challenging students in a game of chess for free popcorn, engaging members to join during club recruitment week.Working together as an organization to bring home the trophy from the Marquette University Chess Tournament, they went head- tohead with four-year colleges at Marquette University on Nov. 3. Alvin Atkins, Electrician program student and president of the Chess Club, makes known the hard efforts contributed by members of the Chess Club. “Even though I was not able to attend the tournament, our team was well represented. We were able to win back our trophy from Marquette,” said Atkins in regards to his absence during the competition due to schooling. The team’s captain was club vice president, Volodymyr Opryshchenko, Business Mangagent student; taking several of their members to compete and victoriously win against UWOshkosh and Marquette. The tournament came about a year ago when the Chess Club hosted the Marquette team and unfortunately lost the trophy in their backyard. This year, it was the role of the Marquette team to open and promote the tournament as an inter-collegiate tournament with numerous schools participating, but due to unforeseen circumstances only three schools competed this year. Opryshchenko grew up playing the game of chess as a kid. Taught to him by his father, like others in Ukraine, Opryshchenko saw the game of chess as more than a simple pastime event. “When I play chess it gives me great excitement and passion beyond anything, for me it is better than making love,” stated Opryshchenko on why he is so fanatical on playing. Advisor Brian Speath gives a stimulating approach to those interested in learning chess. Speath said, “The game of chess is an intellectual game, it makes you think. Royalty and noblemen have been playing this game for centuries; it can also make for better students in many classes.” Speath’s statement does prove to have some validity through research studies. Kids today who play chess develop analytical, synthetic and decision-making skills, which they can transfer to real life. In addition, it can give them competitive skills, and engages them to do deep research while building them to be more cognitive thinkers. The Chess Club plans to branch out into the community through mentoring kids and showing them the importance of each piece on the board and how they move. The Club members also have plans to participate in larger scaled tournaments including the infamous Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship. “We found a sponsor who would match us with half the funding we need to enter the competition. Due to short notice we were not able to compete this year, but we’ll be looking forward to going next year,” said Atkins. Congratulations to the Chess Club for bringing back the trophy. They had a final score of 83 points for their varsity first-place win thanks to Opryshchenko. Junior varsity players placed as well: Antonio Washington won first place, Joe Ebel won second place, Omer Austin won third place, and Aric Whelihan took fourth place. Darian Dubinsky/Times Volodymyr Opryshchenko (R) makes a bold move in a recent chess match. Come out and support your team Jasmine Gray, #24, charges down the line during the intense game against the Morton College Panthers. by Wendi Coon Times Assistant Photo Editor As the sun begins to set early and nights get chilly, there is no better place to be but at Alverno College, 3400 S. 43rd St., rooting on your Stormers. The women’s basketball team starts the night with two hours of fast-paced competitive basketball. The men’s team plays right after the ladies and they bring their high energy and amazing dunking skills. The women’s team is young and made up of mostly freshmen. Currently, they are a little short-handed but that will change next year when several players will become eligible to play. On Nov. 13, the women played the Morton College Panthers. They started with an early lead, holding the Panthers to within three at the half. The second half was hard fought and fast paced. The score stayed within three points for the rest of the game. Due to the number of players, fatigue may have become a factor for the women toward the end of the game. Wendi Coon/Times The Stormers ladies were down by two with five seconds on the clock. They tried to execute a quick shot but were unable to connect with the basket, resulting in their fourth loss of the season with a score of 72-70. The Stormers women’s basketball coach Larry Lanciotti said, “The ladies played a tough, hard game and they should be proud of themselves.” The men’s team has no shortage of players; they are made up of many seniors and several new players. It was apparent from the beginning of the game that these men are used to working together. They took an early, aggressive lead. With good communication, teamwork and aggressive defense they were able to keep their opponent, the College of Lake Lancers, from getting within 10 points of their lead. The final score was 67-52; it was the second win of the season. The Stormers are looking forward to playing more games and improving their skills. An unknown author has stated, “Basketball doesn’t build character, it reveals it.” Come see the character of your MATC Stormers. Come and watch the MATC basketball teams. All home games are played at Alverno College, 3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee Wendi Coon/Times De’Andre Gladney, #34, goes up for two, teammate Jermaine Brisco, #30, provides coverage under the basket against the College of Lake Lancers. Photo Nicky Margolis Ryan Pagelow, cartoonist, starts drawing in his office another adventure for Buni and friends. Toony character comes to MATC by Jim Nance Times Editor in Chief While in Chicago at the Associated College Media Press Conference, Ryan Pagelow, photojournalist for the SunTimes Media in the Chicago area, spent his time introducing audiences to his lively and energetic character, Buni. Pagelow, a Wisconsin native, currently lives in Chicago with his wife and 1-year-old son. Getting his start in comics as a teen, Pagelow was published in his high school in Madison. An intern for MAD magazine after high school into college, he continues to write for them. Recently, “My MAD’s Guide to Man Boobs” by Pagelow was featured in their release titled “Totally MAD: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity.” Studying journalism at Ohio University, Pagelow got the opportunity to study abroad in Europe and took an internship for an Italian magazine and later an Argentinean newspaper. In 2009, Buni was created for the Comic Strip Superstar contest by Universal Press Syndicate (now Uclick). “I have always wanted to do a depressing comic strip with cute characters,” Pagelow said. Using influences from Matt Groening (creator of “The Simpsons”), Pagelow sought out to develop his own hapless character, drawing further inspiration from Hello Kitty, Happy Tree Friends, The Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes and Bloom County. “I envisioned a mute Hello Kitty-type character that found itself in terrible situations,” Pagelow stated. He knew the character couldn’t be expressionless, so he manifested features based on what he knew was current references to him. Pagelow gave distinctive qualities to Buni such as snaggle-tooth fangs (due to vampires being the pop culture fad), black and white limbs to catch the viewer’s attention and stand out on the page. His first attempt at creating an animation was while waiting for jury selection. Pagelow created animation from a flipbook by using one of his existing comics, then laying out the slides differently, to later go home and tweak the timing along with adding sound effects. “I hesitate to call it ‘animation’ since it’s pretty basic and crude,” added Pagelow. With some words of advice he knew what he needed to do, but that would require much of his time. “I have a couple more animation ideas mapped out in my head and hope to work on them in the next couple of months,” Pagelow on future endeavors in animation. Pagelow is a rising star; in 1999 he won the coveted Charles M. Schulz National College Cartoonist Award. The Times is overjoyed to bring such talent to the students of our campuses, showing that dedication and drive can get you on the road to success. Pagelow stated, “I am excited to be featured in the Times. Thank you for introducing readers to Buni. Life is hard. May we all have Buni’s optimism to get back up when we’re repeatedly knocked down.” A reawakening of the Phoenix Photos by Darin Dubinsky and Katie Liegler by Zachary Harbin Times Staff Reporter The spirit of poetry, literature and music is always around us, every day, but on Nov. 20, it ignited into a rhythmic flame here at the Downtown Campus, where the Phoenix Literary and Arts Society (PLAS) hosted an Open Mic in the T-Building Auditorium. Students with something to say had the forum to do so. Freedom of speech is a widely used expression, but these days it seems like the expression itself is used more than the concept behind it. The truest form of freedom of speech, in cases that aren’t reserved for the revolutionary spirit, takes the infinite form of art, and that’s what this event was about: the spirit behind those who can create, dictate, and define life as we know it through the written word or painted canvas. Pat Moran, the event’s special guest poet, after describing past life experiences and his highs and lows of breaking into the literary world, read a few original poetic works; notably the first two he read, titled “The Retired Stripper” and “The Retired Drug Lord,” from his series of poems about people who, in his words, “retired from one thing and then became something else.” They were not only thought provoking, but they were remarkably intuitive for someone who is in neither position; uniquely demonstrating the universal nature of struggle and redemption. When asked about the success of the event, Natasha Hollerup, president of the Phoenix, said, “This has been the most successful, out of all three [Open Mics] that we’ve had here at the Downtown Campus.” Hollerup added for any students who may have missed the event, “For everybody who is creative, keep doing it, because you are being heard. Find us so we can publish your work, because this is definitely for the students.” “The MATC community came out with great support and voice at the Open Mic event at the Downtown Campus,” said Jason Kolodzyk, advisor of the Phoenix. “We, the Phoenix student organization, were happy to give students, staff and faculty an opportunity to share their hopes, their dreams, their struggles and their concerns in a variety of creative ways. We also saw the success of the event reach out to the community! PLAS has formed a service-learning partnership with the creative students at Pulaski High School and they had a presence at this event.” “Not only that,” Kolodzyk added, “but a year’s worth of hard work could finally be shared by all: The annual 2012 Phoenix was released to the public at this event. The literary and arts magazine showcases, in many ways, the diverse spirit of MATC.” If you consider yourself an artist, a poet, a musician, or creative by any means, then submit to the Phoenix, they want all the creativity they can get. It is for the students and it is for the sake of creation and art, and all of it is for the student with that creative spirit. You just might see your name in print in the next edition of the Phoenix.