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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 December L L E2013 GE uin Paralegal Program: discontinued Johnathan Hogan Staff Writer This year will be the last that Kellogg Community College will be running its Paralegal program. The decision to discontinue the program was made before the school year began. Professor Susan McCabe, the paralegal program coordinator, said she came to the decision following a decline in enrollment. McCabe sent a letter out to students on August 6, explaining the situation and her decision. “Last month, we at Kellogg Community College made a difficult decision that affects our Paralegal Program. Influenced by forces beyond our control, we decided to discontinue the program after the 2013-2014 academic year,” the letter read. McCabe cited several reasons for the decision, including a drop in the number of students enrolling, a decline in the number of students who complete the program, and the growing cost of the program itself. “The college has to look at that and say ‘Is this economical?’” McCabe said, “When things are hard to do, you have to do the right thing.” Students currently enrolled in the program will have until next fall to complete their required Paralegal courses. Students will then have ten years to complete their General Education requirements and graduate with their paralegal degree. McCabe said that most of the students should be able to graduate. Another major reason McCabe cited for the drop in student enrollment was the 2008 economic crisis which caused a decline in the number of jobs available locally. “As the economy has gotten tougher, law firms have struggled,” McCabe said. As local jobs have moved or disappeared, students have had less incentive to study as a paralegal, thus causing a decline in student enrollment. Desiree Belote, a student in the Paralegal Program, is expecting to graduate this semester and has been fortunate in her job prospects. “I have been very lucky in that regard,” she said. Belote was able to find an internship last semester in her hometown of Hillsdale, Michigan. She is already a part-time employee, and hopes to make the jump to full-time after graduating. “I am loving what I do and know that if it were not for this program I would not be doing something that makes me so happy,” she said. Belote also Professor Susan McCabe stated she was sad to see the program go. “I am sad to see that the program is ending, it has done so much for me and it is too bad that it won't be there for others.” The effects of the discontinuation of the Paralegal Program stretch beyond students. Stacey Lott, an attorney who works as a sole practitioner and who specializes in Estate Planning and Elder Law, has previously looked to KCC when hiring paralegals. Like Belote, Lott photo by Simon Thalmann has been lucky with the state of the economy. While she knows lawyers who have struggled, her business has increased as a result of the times. Following the economic crisis, Lott had more clients coming in looking for help managing their estate and preparing for retirement. “That’s why I’m so busy,” Lott said. “Everyone is afraid of losing their money.” As the workload grew, continued on page 3 Sleevi takes a break T.J. Taylor Staff Writer Cancer is the second-biggest killer in the U.S. Most people know someone who has been affected by it, yet when one gets the news, it always throws them for a loop. Tim Sleevi got just that when he was diagnosed with stagethree lung cancer in late October. Sleevi, the Fesehnfeld Center's Director for 15 years, began his medical leave on November 11. This will be his first leave of absence since he began working for KCC. A smoker of 40 years himself, Sleevi stresses the dangers of smoking and what it can mean for your health. "70% of smokers are diagnosed at stage three,” Sleevi sighed. He admits that he has dodged a few bullets over the years, referring to a case of bladder cancer he had about ten years ago and a minor heart attack he suffered only a few years ago. On a more positive note, Sleevi would also like to tell everyone that he is "very, very appreciative of the well-wishes and prayers of the staff and students." Sleevi's doctors want to take an aggressive approach to the cancer and try to knock it out before it spreads, it cur- The Textbook Dilemma... Pg 3 photo by T. J. Taylor Tim Sleevi in his office. rently only occupies his left lung, and becomes more dangerous. This means that Sleevi will be going through radiation treatment every day for six weeks. He is prepared to attempt to conquer this disease with these appointments, Corpses and Cockroaches... Pg 6 Veteran's Reflections... Pg 7 but he knows they will decrease his energy levels. Sleevi hopes to return by next semester and is treating his leave as a hiatus, not a goodbye. His plan has been The Dark Side of Campus... Pg 11 continued on page 2 The Hunger Games... Pg 12

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