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LEL K E L L O G G C O M M U N I T Y C OK L LE EG OGG COMM U N I T Y C O L LAprilE2014 GE uin Binda renovations bittersweet Lacy Janousek Co-Editor Mark O’Connell stands in front of blueprint boards, pointing to where improvements will be made in the old Binda Theater. O’Connell, the Vice-President of Administration and Finance, explained the theater renovation will expand the lobby area to allow space for intermission but also allow space for job fairs, blood drives, the transfer fair and other student events. “We are getting all those upgrades but the key initiative is the new educational space for student activities in the center and heart of our campus,” O’Connell said. “We are going to take the lobby, double the size and we are going to open it up so we have a large area for our student events.” A large hurdle was jumped during the remodel of the Student Center when more bathrooms were added. One stall bathrooms once stood between the student center and the theater, unable to handle the amount of people who attend shows in a timely manner. More bathroom stalls were added in addition to creating more secluded areas for studying. “When we redid the student services area, we took all that open space and carved it up so students felt Binda Theatre before and after. Renovations will allow more campus sponsored activities. photo provided by Mark O'Connell continued on page 5 The invisible students Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor Esther Sang offers a shy smile and a thank you to every student she encounters at her job at the checkout desk in the LRC. This might come off as typical customer service, but for Sang it is a way of life. Shyness and genuine thankfulness are a part of the Burmese culture in which she was brought up. Burma, or as it’s officially known Myanmar, is a part of Southeast Asia bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. In search of a better life free from religious and social persecution, many Burmese people, with the assistance of church sponsors, have settled in Battle Creek. Currently there are approximately 1600 Burmese people in the Battle Creek area. The city is ideal for immigrant families because it is not too big, shopping is accessible, and it is a great place for families. The Burmese population has grown over the last twenty years after the first few families settled in Battle Creek, more connections were made and a community was born. The biggest draw has been the creation of the Burma Center. The Burma Center located on Dickman Rd. is a hub for the Burmese people. At the center they can receive help translating and navigating the American systems, such as the IRS and DHS. “ When the Burmese people come to America, they are starting from zero and are already in the negative,” Martha Thawnghmung, Burma Tim Sleevi returns... Pg 3 Spectrum offers a new hope... Pg 4 Esther Sang assists students at the LRC photo by Tiffany Thatcher Center director explains, “In Burma there are no house payments or taxes. There are all these bills they never had before and they feel tremendous pressure. They now have to get accustomed to a different way of life.” The majority of the Burmese people came here in search of the American dream. Burmese parents are willing to sacrifice everything to send their children to school Laura's Catering hires Doris Klaussen students... Pg 6 so the next generation can have better lives. This doesn’t mean that the children will have an easy time in school. Transitioning from a country where everything was censored by the government, from the Internet to reading materials, is not easy. In Burma books and computers were not readily accessible, so Burmese children never Alamo Drafthouse provides a new movie experience... Pg 11 continued on page 9 High ranking Bruin baseball begins.... Pg 16

April 2014

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