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Feeney and Graham’s "Big Adventure" Lacy Janousek Assistant Editor English Professor Pam Feeney never loved creative writing. She has always loved the structure, the ease, the research behind academic writing. About a year ago, she found out she would be a grandmother for the first time and her loathing of creative writing softened a little as she began to write a journey for what she thought would be twin grandsons. Eight weeks after finding out her son and daughterin-law were expecting twin boys, Feeney said she must have grown a “creative bone” because she began drafting a children’s book. The book would have been Sammie and Liam’s Big Adventure; however, Feeney’s daughterin-law had her second sonogram and found out the twin boys were truly twin girls. “I knew how to handle boys, I never had girls,” Feeney said. “But why couldn’t two little girls have the same adventure?” With that realization, Feeney tweaked the title and continued writing what became Peaches and Posey’s Big Adventure. The story explains how four-year-old twin girls, Peaches and Posey, sneak out of their family’s Brooklyn,

Graham and Feeney show off their joint venture.

photo by Simon Thalmann

New York apartment to go on an adventure through the city. When she was done drafting Big Adventure, Feeney considered one of her former English 151 students and

current student at KCC, Thomas Graham, for the illustrations. Feeney remembered Graham’s work from one of continued on page 2 the student art shows and

Honored to serve

Color is complicated!

Ann Michels Editor-in-Chief With a dedication to community service, ten KCC students were honored at the 17th annual Outstanding Student Service Awards Celebration in East Lansing on April 13th. Michigan Campus Compact’s prestigious Commitment to Service awards went to KCC students Melissa Swarts and Joshua Englehart. Melissa Swarts, from Coldwater, MI, realized a need in her community and created a menu planning cooking class, and presentation by obtaining outside grant money to make a class happen. She has been offered grant money to provide five more classes and an internship with Michigan State University Exten- Award winner Melissa Swarts with Dr. Bona and MICC's Renee Zientek sion. Another Coldwater resident, Joshua Englehart, lost his brother to Cystic Fibrosis. To memorialize his brother by bringing awareness and funds to the Cystic Fibrosis Organization, Englehart and his family created a flag football game with a concession stand and bake sale, hopeful to turn it into an annual event. They were able to fund-raiser over $4000, and Englehart was the regional winner of the Great Strides award. Heart and Soul Awards were given to Tammy Phillips (Veteran Advocate), Keeton Foley (Haven of Rest), Hallie Adams (ATP and LINKS programs), Alexandra Guebara (American Red Cross), Martha Smith (Haven of Rest), Rebekah Daly (KidCare America), Cassidy Kerr (Marion E. Burch Adult Day Care CenBack Row: (left to right)Martha Smith, Tammy Phillips, Dr. ters), and Stephanie Mastin (Albion Schools). Dennis Bona, Stephanie Mastin, Stevie Simmons—Front Row: (left “It is an honor to celebrate the tremendous accomto right) Rebekah Daly, Alexandra Guebara, and Keeton Foley plishments that our students have been able to achieve a wonderful example of KCC’s commitment to give back while serving in our community,” said Kate DeGraaf, to our community through service.” Service Learning Manager at KCC. “These students are

Student art show winners pg. 2

Summer student aid pg. 3

WICKED in Kalamazoo pg. 4

Student Art Show—Best Drawing—Kadin By Thomas Graham photo by Thomas Graham

Thomas Graham Staff Writer I am often asked, “How do you make charcoal drawing look so realistic?” I've always believed that my drawing skill was a gift from God. Drawing has always come naturally to me, and I never really question why I choose to work with gray scale media over others, until now. I think the simplest explanation is: color is complicated! In elementary school, I learned that I did not see color the way other children did and was labeled color continued on page 3 blind among other things.

Renaissance re-enactment pg. 9

Women and their social media pg. 12

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Student art show 2013 Best of Show Award

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Joan Wetherill, Untitled, Pigmented Inkjet Print (digital photograph)

Instructor Recognition Award\

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Elizabeth Stafford, Untitled#3, Pigmented Inkjet Print, (digital photo graph)

Ceramics

Best of Media Category Nathan Vaccaro, Prize Fight Honorable Mention Sheila Virgil, Anger

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Drawing

Best of Media Category Thomas Graham, Kadin, Charcoal Honorable Mention Morgan Paul, Untitled, Sharpie Drawing Kathy Seifert, Pets, Pen and Ink

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2-D mixed-media

Best of Media Category Dia Massey, Hopes, Dreams & Reality, Pen and Ink with Gelatin Silver Print Honorable Mention Kelly McNees, The Hawk and the Rose, Pencil & Watercolor Megan Ward, Octopus, Ink & Colored Pencil

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Sculpture and 3-D mixed-media

Best of Media Category 6 Paul Edwards, Bull Rider, Steel, Brass and Boot Honorable Mention Joseph McIntosh, T-Rex, Metal Parts Assemblage

Digital Media

of Media Category 8 Best Pam Sikora, Untitled, Pigmented Ink jet Print Honorable Mentions James Schoder, Snowy Day, Pimented Inkjet Print Linda Helton, Warrior Faces, Pigmented Inkjet Print 6 Renee Elkins, Tybee Life Guard, Pigment ed Inkjet Print

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Alternative Photography / Printmaking

Best of Media Category Elizabeth Cook, Swallowtail, VanDyke Print Honorable Mentions Kenzi Rombaugh, Self-portrait, Litho graphic Print / Mordançage

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Animation / Video 4-D

of Media Category 10 Best Stephen Richmond, Hellform, Final Cut Pro Honorable Mention Matthew Dillinger, Pissing Contest: The Movie, Final Cut Pro

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Scholarships

Bryan R. Thomas Memorial Scholarship —Elizabeth Cook Battle Creek Society of Artists Scholarship—Paul Edwards

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Black and White Photography

Best of Media Category 7 Taylor McCoy, Alzheimer’s, Gelatin Silver Print Honorable Mentions Paul Edwards, Reminiscing, Toned Gela tin Silver Print

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knew he would bring another community-level connection to the story. “For an artist living in Battle Creek, it is hard enough to find work let alone find work doing something you want to do,” Graham said. “However, this last summer I was blessed with an opportunity to illustrate a book for one of the finest woman I have ever met.” Graham and Feeney began collaborating ideas for the drawings. “There are little things I wanted in there that a child reading it wouldn’t know, but I do,” Feeney explained as she pointed out a church located by where the twin girls’ parents live in New York. Skimming through the pages, Feeney explained other landmarks lo-

cated throughout the area in which they reside. Taking her suggestions for the illustrations, Graham began working in the spring of 2012 and much into December. Upon completion Feeney noticed Graham had a different vision than she would have drawn, but she was more than satisfied with his work. Once the drawings and writings were completed, Feeney visited 2 Moon Press, a vanity publisher on Michigan Avenue in Marshall. 2 Moon Press charged Feeney $2,000 to print her first book, a price Feeney was glad included free posting on Amazon.com. Feeney explained that 2 Moon Press

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was so impressed by Graham’s work on Big Adventure they offered him a job illustrating other books and novels authors bring in without an illustrator already designated. “I know that working with Ms. Feeney was not only a blessing,” Thomas said, “but an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life.” Her experience has been one she enjoyed so much, she has drafted a second book and began thinking of a third. The third will be based on an experience from Feeney’s own childhood. “There are so many levels of wonderful with his book,” Feeney said. “I can’t pay for their college tuition,” Feeney said of her grandchildren, “but I can give them this legacy to cherish.” Peaches and Posey’s Big Adventure is available on Amazon.com. ~Lacy Janousek loves adventures.

Mosaic winners Dakota Roberts Staff Writer Mosaic poetry awards were recently judged by poet Lynn Pattison. After reviewing some very talented poetry, Pattison awarded The Envelope by Brian Noell with the 1st place prize. Coming in 2nd with Pangaea was Tiffany Thatcher and rounding out the podium was Taylor Thompson with Just to be a Lady. Backing up the poetry awards, Mosaic’s prose section also had some stiff competition. Taking the grand prize was Tonya Hilliker with The Holes, the Buckets, and the Green Beans. Adelle Pouliot took home silver with Filthy Snow on the Curbside. Anthony Allred with Death Penalty wrapped up the 3rd position.

~Dakota Roberts is a sports writer, obviously.

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Community service through Career campaign Siena Heights Doug Goodnough Guest Writer Siena Heights University (SHU) will offer the Community Services major on the campus of Kellogg Community College beginning this fall. Students who are interested in working in human and social service fields can broaden their education with this new bachelor’s degree program. “We know the field of the helping professions is constantly changing,” said Dr. James Sam, coordinator of the Community Services program at SHU. “With the evolving role of federal and state programs, we must adapt curriculum content to meet the needs of today’s job market. This program provides a solid framework and lays the groundwork that prepares students to continue with master’s degree programs in counseling and social work.” This degree prepares students for a

variety of career opportunities in diverse social service agencies as well as in nonprofit, for-profit, faith-based and government programs. In particular, KCC students majoring in the Human Services Administration Associate of Arts program can readily transfer their HUSE credits to SHU. Siena Heights, which has offered classes on the KCC campus since 1992, allows up to 90 semester hours of transfer credit toward its 120 semester hour bachelor’s degree requirement. Evening, weekend and online courses have been offered on the Kellogg Community College campus to meet the needs of working adults. For more information about the Community Services program, call SHU @ KCC Assistant Director Linda Tafolla at 269-965-3931, extension 2950 or 2952. Or email her at ltafolla@ sienaheights.edu. More information is also available by visiting www. sienaheights.edu/communityservices.

Summer student aid Thomas Losey Staff Writer Don’t throw away free money! If students are eligible for financial aid throughout the year, the summer semester is no exception, provided that they haven’t used their full allocation earlier in the year. According to Pernell “Batman” Gibson of the financial aid office, the application process for obtaining summer financial aid is the same FAFSA process used for the fall and spring semesters. Simply apply online and wait for the confirmation e-mail. For those who need a refresher, to obtain student aid, a student must fill out a FAFSA application at fafsa.ed.gov. An applicant will need a few documents and pieces of data, such as a Social Security number, W-2 forms and tax information, and parents’ tax information, unless the applicant student is deemed an “inde-

pendent student.” According to Fastweb, a website dedicated to financial aid, students who do not need their parents’ tax or financial information have to meet certain criteria: they must be either 24 years old, married, have legal dependents other than a spouse, be a military veteran, orphaned, emancipated, or have filed for a change of status with the school. Applicants will also need the Federal School Code for the school that they are applying to. Kellogg Community College’s Federal School Code is 002276. The process for applying for aid can look intimidating and somewhat daunting, but it does not have to be so. Apply online, wait for an e-mail, fill out any forms that the office requests of you, and there should be no problems. If there are problems, well, that’s why the Financial Aid office has Batman on their side, and he can come to the rescue in even the toughest of cases.

I could never figure out why my teacher would hold up two blue crayons and ask which one was blue? In junior high, I remember drawing a picture of Bugs Bunny and everyone asked, “Why is he teal?” After that, I did my best to avoid using color in my drawings and focused more on values and line work of my pictures. In high school, I began to study black and white photographs. I found beauty in the way the images could convey the different tonal ranges without using color. Upon arriving at KCC, I learned to study the negative space around the subject instead of the subject itself. This allowed me to see the subject for what it

Attending secondary education has always been a place not only to increase your knowledge; it is also an institution that increases career skills and job opportunities. That being said, it would make sense that a college would have a supplemental department that provides career and job assistance to their students. Kellogg Community College’s is called the Career and Employment Services Department. With the new Student Center renovations, the Career and Employment Services Department has a few renovations of its own. With the remodel and move, this department is looking to take a different direction for the good: the Career Campaign concept. “Students need to manage their careers the same way politicians manage their campaigns. After all, when applying for a job you are trying to sell yourself the same way a political candidate

~Jake Smith reminds you to keep calm and read on.

Largest number of students inducted Lacy Janousek Assistant Editor There were 106 students inducted into the Alpha Nu Eta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at the Spring 2013 induction ceremony. Academic Advising Secretary Holly Van Dam was excited about induction.

“This is the biggest number that we have had,” Van Dam said. “It was amazing that we were able to go ahead and get the students excited about join Phi Theta Kappa.” Phi Theta Kappa is an invitation only honors society. Students have who at least 12 credit hours and have a GPA of 3.5 or better are eligible for invitation. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at Kellogg Community College, please call 269-965-4124 or e-mail alphanueta@kellogg.edu.

~Thomas Losey is a full-time student thanks

to the Federal Pell Grant, the SEOG, and the William D. Ford loan program.

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Jake Smith Staff Writer

would. Students need to actively manage their career campaign,” explained Patrick Casey, KCC’s Director of Career and Employment Services. The new location will provide an atmosphere for students to create an active portfolio for their future career endeavors. The department will still provide resume assistance and career opportunities; however, the focus is now moving towards preparation for these opportunities and how students can get ahead of the other applicants. “Broadly it gives you the skills to be an active participant in the job market. This new program is another great opportunity that the college has to offer, and students should really take advantage of it,” said Chuck Newman, career and employment services career counselor. The goal of this program is to prepare KCC alumni for life after college. The Career Campaign plans to start their own registered student organization to gain prominence within the college and increase student involvement.

was instead of drawing a preconceived subject from my head. Before coming to KCC, most of the work I had done was in graphite. My habit of reaching for a pencil to draw a picture was quickly broken when my instructor, Vicki VanAmeyden, opened my eyes to the world of charcoal. Although drawing with charcoal was a foreign concept to me, I would quickly fall in love with how the new medium flows with no effort at all. I simply make a line and pull the medium anywhere I please. Throughout VanAmeyden's class, I would learn to use many different types of new mediums; however, none would leave as bold of a mark on me as charcoal.

Current officers, advisors, and new inductees.

photo by Simon Thalmann

Financial Aid Lab May 8

OITC 08 from 3 - 5 pm

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Magic faerie pixie dust, or how librarians really do that stuff Kelly Frost Librarian It happens almost once a day. A panicked student rushes to the Information Desk with a crisis, a question, a problem. Usually after a few questions, clicks, or searches we can pull up the information, double space the paper, or find the book. And many a grateful student will ask, “How’d you do that?” I often smile and suggest that I have a magic wand. Of course, even though the work we do seems like magic sometimes, it’s mostly a matter of listening, asking the right questions, and being able to think outside of the box. It also helps that we work with similar programs and questions every day. Most of us also have advanced degrees in information science, which means we’ve spent extra time learning to research and think about all the issues surrounding information. Understanding how information is organized and collected often gives us a leg up when it comes to finding answers to your questions. And in case you haven’t noticed, we actually sit at the Information Desk just waiting for you and your questions. Even if you can’t make it to the information desk, you can call us, message us on Facebook, or chat with a helpful librarian 24/7 via the Research Help Now chat

box on the library website: www.kellogg. edu/library No question is too small, too routine, or too basic. Recently, I helped a student double space a paper, and then she asked me to help her do a search on Google, since she’d never used it before. Every question offers me the chance to use my magical abilities. Finding information is my job, and I love it. I also love a good challenge. One of my favorite memories as a librarian started with the question, “I’m looking for a book, and it has a black cover…” After some good listening and some further questions, I finally found The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (and discovered an author I really liked). The truth is, librarians really do like finding that kind of stuff, and there is a certain kind of magic that happens when we find that book, article, or answer to a seemingly random question. Unlike real magicians who won’t share their secrets, we librarians want to share our magical talents with you. So instead of just doing things for you, we believe in teaching you to do them for yourself, so you can experience a bit of the magic of discovery for yourself. That’s the reason we take the time to show you how to search our catalog or open up one of our databases. Our mission is to make you information literate so that you can find, evaluate, and use information. That’s the truest form of magic we can offer, and we’re more than happy to share. ~Kelly Frost likes people.

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1 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College North Walkway • 9 am – 2 pm 2 KCC Men’s Baseball vs Glen Oaks Community College Bailey Park, Battle Creek • 2:00 pm 2 Transfer Student Information Table: Siena Heights University North Walkway • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 4 Spring Cabaret 2013, Choral Series Event Branch County Community Chorus—Free will contribution Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater • 7:30 pm 5 KCC Men’s Baseball vs Sinclair Community College Bailey Park, Battle Creek • 2:00 pm 6 Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport University North Walkway • 11 am – 1:00 pm 8 Financial Aid Assistance Open Lab OITC 08 • 3-5 pm 8 Transfer Student Information Table: WMU Haworth College of Business North Walkway • 10 am – 12 pm 10 Spring Mich-Mash Binda Theatre • 7:30 pm May 13 - Aug 2 KCC Student Art Show Recipients Exhibition – FREE DeVries Gallery, Davidson Center • 8 am – 4:30 pm 15 Commencement Kellogg Arena, B.C. 18 Spring Concert: Community Music School Concert Band and KCC Jazz Band Binda Theatre • 7:30 pm 8 Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport University North Walkway • 11 am -1 pm

"The Invisible War" Kari Gremore Staff Writer The Binda Theater held a screening of The Invisible War, an Academy award nominated documentary on April 16 to increase awareness on sexual assault in the military. The film, written and directed by Kirby Dick, showcases the epidemic of rape of both male and female soldiers within all branches of the U.S Military. The documentary interviews different men and women from various walks of life who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

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According to the documentary, over 20% of female veterans have been sexually assaulted. That is approximately a half of a million women per year. Many of these cases, however, are thrown out and the perpetrators of these crimes are never brought to justice. The Supreme Court ruled that rape is an “occupational hazard of the military.” There is a glimmer of hope, however. Upon seeing the documentary, Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, took action and directed military commanders to hand over all sexual assault investigations to a higher ranking colonel. To learn more, please visit notinvisible. com. ~Kari is in her last semester.

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WICKED in Kalamazoo Ann Michels Editor-in-Chief

Garland. Wicked is the untold story of two unlikely friends. One girl was born with emerald-green skin and is intelligent, passionate, and misunderstood. The other girl is beautiful, motivated, and admired. The story unfolds to explain how these women evolve into the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. An excellent time to enjoy a Broadway smash is within 30 minutes of Battle Creek. For more information visit Miller Auditorium Office or call 269-387-2300. Check online at www.millerauditorium. com.

The critically- acclaimed musical Wicked is at Miller Auditorium (April 25-May 5) for a limited engagement. This Tony Award winning play showcases a spectrum of awesome imagery coupled with beautiful music and lyrics. Wicked has been named “ A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and Entertainment Weekly gave the review of “The Best Musical of the Decade,” all the more reason to check out this extravaganza based on the story of The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, who spent his summers at Lake Macatawa in Holland, Michigan. This award-winning blockbuster visits the lives of the witches in Munchkinland prior to the Wizard’s arrival in the balloon, creating a prequel to the beloved story that most of us know from the 1939 movie version starring Judy WICKED funny.

Unlikely friends.

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Good vs evil.

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GO WEST. A new life is out there.

PEOPLE COME HERE BECAUSE THEY’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING. It’s all about discovery. What they find is a challenge—something unexpected—that opens up new frontiers. Those discoveries will be explored with new friends and by looking at things in new ways. Go West. Discover. Explore. This is one of America’s great universities. A lot of people who have become successful—skilled, happy, wealthy and powerful—started by heading West. Western Michigan University. It’s your turn to GRAB THE REINS.

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A summer full of music Julia Tanner Staff Writer

but they’re selling out quickly. Another option for outdoor rocking is in Lansing, Michigan, at the Common Ground Music Festival. Celebrating its 14th year, this year's festival runs from July 8-14. Performers include Barenaked Ladies, Slash, Little Big Town, and thirty other acts perform over the week. A general admission festival pass for the entire week is $89.50 and individual pricing is available per concert. “I have went to this festival for the past seven years, it is always a great time,” said Ann Michels. “Common Ground is an excellent value for the amount of bands performing.” On the Battle Creek music scene, Leila Arboretum will host Leilapalooza on July 27th. Over thirty local bands are scheduled at Battle Creek’s Leila Arboretum.

With summer right around the corner some people might be interested in the music scene. One great place to check out is Battle Creek’s Planet Rock. Every weekend bands are ready to perform for the audience. Tickets can be purchased at the door or pre-ordered. Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio, is another event in the music scene. Rock on the Range will take place on May 17 - 19th. “It’s definitely a different venue because it is outside,” Ashley Everett said. It’s a different experience because you ~Julia plans to rock out this summer! can move around instead of being stuck in one spot like at an indoor venue.” It’s a great weekend full of amazing bands and fun memories for spectators. Part of this year’s lineup includes Korn, Cheap trick, and Buckcherry. “Rock on the Range is more like a party than a concert,” Everett said, who plans on attending this year’s concert. Tickets start at $119.50 for the en- Concert attendees pack together at this outdoor concert. photo by Ashley Everett tire weekend’s events,

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Do you want to make a difference? Contact Siena Heights University to see how your KCC degree will transfer! The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Community Services (CSV) represents a multi-disciplinary program for students interested in or already working in human service careers. A bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University is closer than you think with accelerated courses and our transfer friendly policy.

Contact us today to see how close you are to earning a bachelor’s degree! (269) 965-3931 ext. 2950 or 2952 battlecreek@sienaheights.edu www.sienaheights.edu/kcc Or stop by Room 304 in the Lane Thomas Building

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Renaissance and re-enactment Cassandra Wood Staff Writer Many are excited for the return of Renaissance Faires.  For those who are unfamiliar with the renaissance festivals, they are a place of re-enactment, fantasy, and entertainment.  Medieval times are represented as well as myths and legends. There are several renaissance festivals to choose from in the area. Mayfaire the Renaissance Festival is located in Marshall at the Calhoun county fairgrounds and Blackrock Medieval Fest is, in Augusta, MI.   There are also several types of Renaissance Festivals to choose from.  One could go to a SCA event (Society for Creative Anachronism), known for being period oriented and historically accurate, a fantasy festival, or a mythological oriented festival.  The entertainment found at each will contain similarities, as well as great differences.  For example, a fantasy festival may have shows and improv acts involving faeries and dragons, and other such fanciful creatures, while a SCA event might not.   Both types of events will contain demonstrative shows such as live steel combat (sword fighting)

Renaissance actors parade through the woods..

and jousting.   The food is unforgettable. Almost anything is served deep fried and on a stick.  Turkey legs and scotch eggs, which are hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage and fried, are a common staple in a Renaissance participant’s diet.     There is a

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variety of drinks ranging from water to alcohol, depending on the festival.  At a “dry” faire, the most intoxicating beverage to be found is a carbonated soft drink. Mayfaire runs the weekends of May 18-27th. The fairly new festival, Blackrock runs July 13th - August 4th on week-

ends only.  Both festivals open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.   For discounts and early bird specials, go to http://www. mayfaireren.com/mrf/ for Mayfaire, and http://www.blackrockfest.com/ for Blackrock. ~Cassandra has been a “Rennie” since 2006

Journey through the ages A loved one’s fight Cassandra Wood Staff Writer

Mayfaire the Renaissance Festival, and a commoner at Blackrock Medieval Fest.       My family is convinced that this is just a phase that I will grow out of improv performances and the all-around craziness of “rennie” life.  There are two types of rennies:   The party goers, who are around only for a season or two, then there are the lifers, those who come back year after year, who drink little and are asleep by 10pm so they can be up at the crack of dawn in preparation for a long day of selling wares or entertaining the masses.  I am proud to say, I am a lifer.  At 23 years of age, I have little interest in the after parties, though they are fun.  It is more about entertaining the people that walk in the front gate beginning at 10 a.m.  It is about making sure each and every patron leaves with a smile on their face and a souvenir to show for it, even if that souvenir is a photograph and a pleasant memory.

    I have been interested in renaissance festivals since I was eight years old; I had attended Pennsic, a SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) event in Pennsylvania.   It was a glorious week, living like I was from a time long ago, eating fresh meals hot off the campfire, and viewing jousts and pirate raids on the court appointed area.  It was love at first sight.     I have dreamed of being a part of the commotion ever since then.   Back in 2006, that dream became a reality, when I volunteered at a renaissance faire for the first time.   I could not believe the amount of preparation and work it required for just a single day of faire, let ~Cassandra is addicted to the life of a “Rennie” alone one week!   I handled it well that first time.   Then after a short break, I returned in 2009, I went from being a simple volunteer to being a paid performer. I was a live steel performer to be precise - one of only a few female sword fighters in the circuit, a true moment of pride and glory.   Sadly, I can no longer be a live steel performer; however, I am still very much involved in the festivals.   I am currently photo by Cassandra Wood Live steel performance with Cass Wood. a lady-in-waiting at

Rebecca Nicholls Staff Writer “Your dad has cancer again.” Those five little words can have a major impact on your life. My dad is Mark Nicholls, and last September he was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. NonHodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer in the lymph nodes. NHL affects a person B-cells and T-cells. The same month I started going to college. Once I was told that my dad had cancer again I didn’t know what to do. Everyday I tried to live my life like everything was fine, but in reality I was struggling in school and hanging out with friends a little a photo. too much. Every day I had to make Nicholls and her father pose for photo courtesy of Rebecca Nicholls myself try not to give up and just say that That doesn’t lessen the worry that I I will quit college until my dad gets bethave had for over a year. It doesn’t take ter. I got sick by staying up too late and away all of the tears that I have cried. worrying about what would happen to It doesn’t help to know that the treatthe strongest man I have ever known. ment may have lessened his life span in Since September, my dad has gotdramatic ways. My dad is the strongest ten treatment. He was able to go to the man I will ever know, but when it comes University of Michigan’s Hospital to get to cancer, even he couldn’t fight it off. some meds that helped him, but they Now, I worry about how the aftermath didn’t help his emotional state. In Febof the treatment and what will happen ruary, my dad had to go back to the U of to my dad. Even though he is finishing M to get radiation treatment in order to his fight, it doesn’t mean that others with help fight the cancer. Over the course of this cancer won’t live to see another year. the last eighteen months I have become This year alone over 18,000 people will angry with doctors and the fact that die. With this article I hope that I can they didn’t do anything about my dad’s help raise awareness of Non-Hodgkin’s cancer sooner. Today, his cancer has dilymphoma. minished by 75%, and the radiation will ~Rebecca Nicholls could hardly contain the stay in his system for at least the next six tears while writing this article. months.

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May 2013

You’re only a fold away Gunnar Bjornson Guest Writer

Origami is an art and takes a special talent to make such beautiful pieces. They need flat edges that are tightly creased, as well as folded properly. You can either follow the directions that you are given, or you can create a masterpiece of your own. It is totally up to you. I would like to think the same for the game of golf. It takes a special person and an athletic capability to be able to score well on the golf course. You are faced with many different shots, as well as different lies on the fairways, rough, or green. You can create shots with a draw or fade, but you can also follow what the score card tells you to do. There is no easy way in either of the tasks; however, you face challenges. Even though it’s easy to give up, you must make that last shot or fold better than the previous one. That is the only way you will be able to succeed. While looking at the blue pieces of paper sitting in front of me I thought, “Why would Doctor K. be making us fold origami?” It never made sense to me. The first time I tried folding, it was a penguin. It looked more like a deranged squirrel. I tried a second time. Then a third time, and finally gave up. That is when it hit me. Origami isn’t an easy task to fulfill; it takes time and a

lot of patience to properly do it correctly. So I tried again and again until I made that damn penguin. My next origami figure was the house, it was no easy process. After multiple tries; I made the house and figured that I wasn’t going to be the next protégée in origami folding. But I did learn that it was the same story when I first tried to learn the game of golf. It was a Saturday afternoon and I was sitting on the driving range with my old man. He had been a golf professional for a number of years, but was not in the business anymore. The first swing was painful to watch as I completely missed the ball. The second try I made a divot the size of a sink hole behind the ball. Embarrassed and frustrated were two things that I was feeling at that moment. As time progressed, however, it came down to practice and patience that would make me a great player. I was taught by my dad that there is no such thing as giving up, you must go out and give it your 110% best effort. That is what I take to the course everyday, you must stay patient and give it all you got. That is the only way you achieve your goals and succeed in life. Origami and golf do not sound like they have the same concepts. One is an activity or hobby that you must perform

by folding and creasing without messing up. The other is a sport where you must hit a little white ball into a small hole. But in the end, they both need the same mental preparation. Patience and confidence is what you need the most for both. When you fold origami, it can get to the point where you want to just rip the paper in half and just say forget about it. But you can’t. This is the same with golf; you can’t just walk off the course in the middle of the round because you hit a bad shot. That is why you get multiple pieces of paper, and that's why you don’t just play one hole but eighteen. The second is confidence. When I step up onto the first tee in a golf tournament, I know that I need my A game every time. When you fold origami, if you don’t have the confidence in yourself to do it right, then you’re going to be sitting there for the rest of the day mad at the world. These two activities may be completely different in many categories, but in the end you need the same exact thought process and stamina to succeed in both. Folding origami in class has given me a better outlook on my golf game. Not every fold goes according to plan and not every swing sends the golf ball directly at the pin. You are going to face challenges along the way, but you cannot just crumple the piece of paper up, or drop the golf club and walk off. You need to give your 110% effort on the golf course in any situation and make that blue piece of paper look like a damn pen-

guin. But if you get frustrated, you need to stay patient and remain confident in your self that you can do it. It may be easier to give up, but it tastes a lot sweeter to succeed.

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opinion

May 2013

He says, she says

The older student

Women and Their Social Media

My Anniversary

Kody Carson Staff Writer Today’s society revolves around social media. With various forms from Facebook to Instagram and everything in between, we are fascinated with the massive network of people we can be connected to. Social media is a great way to stay current with news and friends. However with those benefits it’s also a great way for women to piss off men. Women, if you are reading this column, I would like to give you a male perspective regarding some very commonly committed social media faux pas. First we are going to talk about those of you who are in a relationship. One of the main things you must know, especially to those of you who are attached at the hip to your phone, is that there is a specific time and place for using social media; on a date or even in his presence is not one of them. It’s a terrible feeling when a guy takes you out on a first date, and you’re taking a TwitPic of whatever you ordered to show all your friends. Also, if he is talking to you, don’t be changing your Facebook status, or looking at your Pinterest. There is no bigger turn off then when a guy feels out-ranked by a girl's social media outlets. This will cause tension in your relationship or result in you not being asked out again on that illusive second date. I do understand that women also like to use social media as a way to communi-

cate how they’re feeling. I don’t understand it, but I respect it. Do your thing.! However, make sure you’re not using it to complain about your relationship problems. It’s immature! If you have an issue with him, talk it out and resolve it. There is no need to get friends involved. It’s going to make him feel like he not only has to make up with you, but your friends also, and I can almost guarantee he’s not going to do that. Besides, nothing, and I mean nothing, is more unattractive then a girl throwing a pity party to get the attention of her friends. Pity parties could be the reasons why you single women out there are single. If you are publically throwing a fit for all to hear, I can promise you no guy is on the other end saying, “Yes, just what I’m looking for. I want to get involved with her!” On the same hand, don’t go fishing for compliments. If you are insulting yourself or constantly commenting on photos saying how bad you look, you better hope Mr. Right hasn’t “friended” you yet. My final tip for all of the single women out there is to make sure you have completely eliminated all of the pictures of your future life. What I mean by that is that guys don’t want to go out on a date with a women whose Facebook has pictures labeled “Future Wedding” or “My babies nursery.” I realize you’re excited about that stuff but like I said there is a time and a place for it, and if he sees it within the first couple dates, you’ll send him running for the hills. My overall goal is to help the women of KCC keep or find their guy, or maybe it’s just to keep the fellas sane. Regardless, this was information I gathered from men around campus, so I hope the people who were meant to hear it did. ~ Kody plans to be single forever.

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Staff Writers Kari Gremore Dylan Konway Thomas Losey Rebecca Nicholls DeQuan Perry Dakota Roberts Julia Tanner Cassandra Wood

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Editorial Policy The KCC Bruin is a free student publication produced monthly by Kellogg Community College students during the fall and spring semesters. The KCC Bruin welcomes letters to the editor from members of the College and the community. Letters must be signed and submitted with a current telephone number or email address. All letters become property of the Bruin and may be edited for clarity and length. By-lined opinion columns represent the opinion of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the Bruin staff or the College. Letters may be submitted by mail to: KCC Bruin student newspaper, c/o Kellogg Community College, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek, Mich. 49017. Letters may also be submitted at all three KCC sites. At the Battle Creek site, letters may be dropped off in the English Department on the 4th floor of the C Building; the College Life Office in the Student Center; or the student newspaper office. At the Grahl and Fehsenfeld Centers, letters may be submitted at the information desks. The Bruin office is located in room 302 of the Roll Building. The staff can be reached at (269) 965-3931, Ext. 2630 or e-mail the Bruin editor at bruin@kellogg.edu

Tiffany Thatcher Staff Writer Anniversaries are days to be celebrated: wedding dates, milestones, and remembrances of your years together. When you lose a spouse, anniversaries take on different connotations. Instead of celebrating the date that you first met, you are dreading the date that your spouse died and the feelings that day brings. When my husband passed on June 17th, that date became tattooed on my heart. Every moment of that day is burned into my memory. When the 17th came around the next year, I was a mess. I relived the moments of that horrific day as each hour passed. I thought I would never be able to get past my grief and see the 17th as just another day. In the next year, dates suddenly became very important. Our wedding anniversary, his birthday, and the date of his death had invisible circles around them on my calendar. It was like they were screaming at me to make sure that I

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mourned those days. I would start dreading their approach weeks ahead of time, knowing that I would be a weepy mess. It seemed to me that I would never be able to move past those anniversaries. Then something odd happened. My ten year wedding anniversary was a few days ago, and I missed it. I didn’t even realize that I missed it until a few days after the fact. At first I felt a little guilty that I had let such an important milestone pass without acknowledgment. I thought that I was dishonoring my husband’s memory by forgetting our anniversary. Then I realized that I was being ridiculous. I had been waiting for this day for the last three years. I had reached the point where my anniversaries were now just another day. The thought filled me with a mixture of joy and sadness. I was moving on and in turn leaving the life I had lead with my husband behind. To resort to a cliché, the feeling was bittersweet. I know that part of my transformation from grieving widow to an emotionally healthy woman can be attributed to my relationship with my boyfriend. In him I see anniversaries that are just waiting to be celebrated. The main focus of my moving on is based on my attitude. I refuse to be sad anymore. I am embracing the changes that come with each new day. I’m not dreading the dates on the calendar anymore; instead I am looking forward to what the future has in store for me. ~Tiffany is looking forward to the future.

Gun control Conner Beam Guest Writer

The sale, trade, regulation, and legal ownerships of firearms are by all means hot issues in America made ever more apparent recently with the shooting's at Sandy Hook Elementary. This begs the question of whether or not banning the manufacturing, importing, and ownership of many types of firearms will make the American citizens safer, both at homes and on the streets. In a 1997 U.S. Justice Department survey of 14,285 inmates in a variety of state prisons showed that close to 80% of all firearms used in violent crime entered the possession of said inmate through either an illegal street deal, family, friends [stolen, legally sold, or given as a gift], or through some other sort of illegal venue. Several more sheets of anti-gun legislation are not going to stop eight out of ten illegal firearm sales when such illegal deals are not even completed in any form of a legal or supervised manner. Such information makes it quite clear that the current regulatory firearms laws are not stopping the illegal sale of weapons, and merely adding more constraints and forms will only make such a broken system worse by forcing law abiding citizens to follow such regulations, while black market deals continue unopposed. During a time in our nation’s history when firearm restrictions were at their highest, eight out of ten firearms were still illegally obtained. Increasing firearm restrictions did not solve the core issues with firearm related violent crime in 1994, such facts do nothing to suggest that imposing regulations now help at all. The state of Michigan is no stranger to conflicting and ineffective firearm laws. According to a legal statement by the Michigan State Police in 2010, explaining all of the different aspects of Michigan’s handgun carry laws makes our states conflicting laws very clear. The statement explains that a private citizen lawfully owning a handgun can [open carry] said handgun [carry a handgun within plain view of the public] in a public

school if desired. However, the same statement explains that a private citizen holding a legal concealed pistol license [CPL] within the state of Michigan cannot carry a handgun concealed on their body within a public school. A private citizen holding state certified training and a required degree of marksmanship training cannot carry a concealed handgun within the campus of a public school while a person that could possibly have no training with a handgun whatsoever can carry a gun within a school assuming it is openly visible and legally owned. Questionably confusing laws demonstrate proper reform is needed at the state and federal level. Based on a study done by the Government Accountability Office, it is quite easy to gain a firearm legally with falsified information. Using fictional names and falsified drivers licenses made with average retail store offered software and laminators, government investigators had a 100% success rate in legally buying a firearm in five different states from a gun shop. Modern government studies have proven that the current system of background checks does not do a sufficient job of screening out falsified information. Reform is clearly needed on this topic, and lower restrictions on guns and increasing the restrictions on violent crime offenders is factually the best way to solve all of such issues in an effective way. Only time and congress will show how the issue plans to unravel.

Lawfully-owned handgun.

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opinion

Queens of the night DeQuan Perry, Jr. Staff Writer

roles. While others use it as a way to express their creativity and show their inner personality, Madden said, as he explained what Karma, the House Diva at Partners Bar, had explained to him years ago. “For most, it's just a stage and a play to put on. I guess, if there was a common theme, it would be acceptance.” Madden said, “Just what they want is acceptance for differences.” Partner’s Bar located on North Ave, hosts a Drag show every Saturday. Cover is $7 for those 18 to 21 years old and $5 for those 21 and older. For reservations or other questions contact the bar at (269)– 269-7276.

Mike Madden has experience dealing with a type of entertainment that many people may know little about. As one of the head bartenders at Partners Bar, Madden is knowledgeable about what many don’t seem to understand: Drag Shows. “A drag queen is an entertainer that uses gender impersonation as a way to entertain,” Madden said. “Although ~ DeQuan does Drag to let out his inner Diva! some use gender flexibility to entertain, there is a whole drag culture that goes along with that.” Drag queens use gender roles to accomplish their most important job, which in Madden’s opinion is to entertain. “Each one (drag queen) stands for something different, I think that's a hard thing to really explain,” Madden said. Some use drag to gain acceptance or to experiment Karma(second to right stands with her sisters as they photo by Tim Modden with different gender embrace the crowds applause

Bringing words to life Thomas Graham Staff Writer For an artist living in Battle Creek, it's hard enough to find work, let alone find work doing something you want to do. Last summer I was blessed with an opportunity to illustrate a book for one of the finest woman I have ever met. Not only is she a very generous and caring individual, she taught me what it means to believe in myself. The woman is a fulltime English professor, Pam Feeney. In the Spring semester of 2012, I was approached by Feeney to illustrate a book she was writing for her yet to be born twin granddaughters. She had seen some of my work in the student art show and asked if I would like to help her with this book she was in the process of writing. I could have never known what kind of blessing this would turn out to be. A few months later we sat down and began brain storming some ideas which would later become the cover and a few key points in the book. We discussed the amount of time it would take to do such a large project. We figured it would take a couple months, due to my summer job in Missouri. I was scheduled to have the project done by mid-November. Over the summer I found myself focusing more on the day-to-day work and pushing the book to the side. I was overwhelmed by the large project. Upon returning from Missouri the realization of my procrastination hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt I accomplished only a small amount of work on the illustrations for

Feeney's book. Much to my surprise in a meeting with her, she loved my concept drawings and encouraged me to continue with the good work. Over the next month I would finish a few pages including the cover and a few key scenes. The November deadline would soon come and go. In my frustration, I began to work day and night with little sleep. Coincidentally, this is not the way I had envisioned this project going, and my work was suffering the consequences. I managed to spill paint on several occasions all over my work and was forced to redo several backgrounds. By mid-December I was four pages behind and Feeney was looking forward to presenting the book to her family by Christmas, I knew it would not be done. In my desperation I contacted her and said I would not be able to have the book done in time. Even with all the extensions she had granted me, she still had the heart to tell me it would be okay. I will never forget the conversation we had that night and the way she sympathetically reminded me that we all make mistakes, even after I had let her down. Over the next few weeks I managed to finish the book. Even though I felt like a complete failure for not having the book finished in time, the lesson I have learned is one that will stay with me throughout my career. Knowing the feeling of letting down someone who believes in you and your abilities and seeing the disappointment in their eyes has changed the way I see my artwork and how important deadlines are. Looking back, I know that working with Professor Feeney was not only a blessing, but an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life.

that’s the one to drop. You want to do something you love if that’s at all possible. Dr. D.

Dr. Destiny Yo Doc, Who’s going to win the Indy 500? Signed, Race Fan Dear Race Fan The fastest car with the best driver and a solid dose of luck? Is this a trick question? Dr. Duh Dear Dr. Destiny, I am “running out of fuel” for this semester, but I need to finish strong. Where can I find motivation with all the distractions of sunny weather and mini-skirts? Signed, Stud muffin Dear Studly, Keep your focus. The end is in sight; you’ve lasted this long and can stand the final couple of weeks. Plus, there will be bikinis! Eye on the prize (the bikini, of course) Dr. Reality Dear Dr. Destiny, How do you tell a girl you see every day in class that you’re not interested in her. Sincerely, KCC Gentleman Dear Gentleman, No need to tell her. Don’t ask her out, cut your conversations to “hi” and switch eye contact to someone else. If you’re just a nice guy and she has misinterpreted your general friendly demeanor, stay the nice guy you are and make sure you aren’t flirting. She will get the picture, and since we’re at the end of the semester, the problem will soon disappear. Dr. Nice Dear Dr. Destiny, What should a person do if they are between majors? Signed, Confused Dear Confused, Could you keep both majors? In today’s economy, the more well-rounded you are, the better your chance of getting a job. If you love both areas, perhaps they have a common link and really could work together in the future. If you hate one of the majors, then

Dear Dr. Destiny, Sometimes I get bored. What is a cure for boredom? Signed, Super friggin bored Dear Bored, Gads! There are many cures for boredom from volunteering to reading to video games. Is that really the problem, or are you just not interested in anything? Try exercise or join a gym or take an art class … or sit around and complain about how friggin bored you are. Boredom is a choice. Dr. D. Dear Dr. Destiny, How do you feel about Renaissance Festivals? Signed, Lady in waiting Dear Lady, They are not my particular thing, but I do admire the dedication of the participants and the attention to detail. They must take a tremendous amount of time, and people who are involved love them. Wonder if “friggin Bored” would go with you? Dr. D. (From a reader currently serving time in Jackson Prison) Dear Dr. Destiny, Do most people obey laws because they fear the punishments they would receive or are they really decent, honest folks still wandering around? I never met anyone who didn’t cheat at something. Dear Reader, I think there are decent, basically honest people left, but we have allowed the lines of decency to blur, I’m afraid. If I only behave in a kind and honest way when someone is watching, then I’m really not a kind and honest person. We all trip and fall, and some of us get caught. It’s what we do after we get caught that matters. Hoping your time left to serve is short. Dr. D. Dear Dr. Destiny, What is a Bronco (WMU mascot)? Signed, Just wondering Dear Just Wondering A horse. Your first clue might be the logo if it wasn’t the definition of the word. I’m sure Wikipedia has it defined. Dr. D.

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Community counts! Dakota Roberts Staff Writer Opening day has finally arrived and the Battle Creek Bombers are in full swing, both in picking up local talent and providing excellent opportunities for the community. Recent signing's for the Bombers include a pair of Spartans from Michigan State University and a talented Wolverine from the University of Michigan. Zak Wilkerson is one of the pair of Spartans suiting up for the Bomb squad this summer. Wilkerson is a sophomore pitcher and is coming off of an injury that kept him sidelined for the 2012 collegiate season. During Wilkerson’s freshman campaign he played a key role in the Spartans share of the Big Ten title. The Ada, MI, native is looking to find that same success this summer in Battle Creek. Fellow Spartan Cam Gibson will also be calling C.O. Brown Stadium home this summer. Gibson is the son

of the World Series Champion, former Detroit Tiger, and current Arizona Diamondback manager Kirk Gibson. Cam Gibson is paving his own path in his early baseball career. At Grosse Point South High School Gibson was a two year allstate athlete and was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2012. Cam Wysocki will give Wolverine fans a reason to stand and cheer. Wysocki is a freshman pitcher for the maize and blue. At Forest Hills Northern Wysocki led his team to their first District Championship since 1993 and according to Michigan Baseball Prospects; Wysocki was the No. 2 prospect in 2012. Kellogg Community College is partnering up with the Bombers this summer for a worthy cause. During every game there will be a K counter set up in C. O. Brown. Each strikeout throughout the course of a game results in two free tickets for the underprivileged kids, and community members throughout the Cereal City. This event will be called K’s for the Community Program. There will be no lack of talent on the 2013 Bombers roster and no lack for giving back to the community.

~Dakota Roberts keeps classy.

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KCC baseball update Golf galore Dylan Konway Staff Writer

Kody Carson Staff Writer The KCC baseball team is in what is a familiar place, at the top of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Conference. The Bruins are defending champs of the MCCAA and are in a great position to repeat. All a team ever wants is control over their own destiny and that’s exactly what the 2013 Bruins have. “We are starting to come together as a team and having the opportunity to win out and win the conference just means we are on the right path to achieving one of our goals which is winning the conference and qualifying for a regional,” said sophomore catcher Patrick Bobolts. Along the way to the top the Bruins have had their fair share of big time contributions in big time conference match ups. One of the more memorable moments was the 22-0 victory over rival Kalamazoo Valley where freshman left-handed pitcher Keith Phillips tossed a no-hitter in a 5th inning mercy of the Cougars. “That was a very important game for us. I just had to do my best and fill up the bottom half of the strike zone and not be afraid of contact. I had a great defense behind me and I leaned on them throughout the no-hitter and together we achieved it,” stated Phillips. He also added, “Not only was that game very special because of the no-hitter, but that was a game where we hit our stride and started separating ourselves from the rest of the conference.” Another great moment for the Bruins was the very clutch sweep of the Jackson Jets early in the season when the teams were jockeying for position atop the conference. Sophomore outfielder Derek Yoder led the offensive assault on the Jets with 3 hits the first game in an 8-6 victory, and 4 hits in the next to cap off the sweep in a 22-8 Bruin victory. “Sweeping Jackson was a huge turning point in the season for us. We had just come off two conference splits, and it was very important for us to get two. We also beat one of the best pitchers in the conference which gave us tons of confidence at the plate,” said Yoder. The team and individuals have had their moments of excellence through conference play, and they are hoping to capitalize on everybody’s best as they inch game by game towards the regional. “It’s important for us to all being playing at our best at the same time so we have confidence going into the regional and can accomplish our goal of not only reaching the World Series but winning it,” said sophomore second baseman Trent Pell. The Bruins still have a long way to go but they seem to be moving in the right direction.

Steve Remesnik executes a sacrifice bunt to move a runner into scoring position.

~Dylan Scott Konway golfs a lot like Goofy.

Derek Yoder dives back safely on a pick off attempt by Lake Michigan .

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This May, KCC and Lifelong Learning would like to invite women and eventually couples to review the basics of golf with instructor Ron Davis from the English department. The classes will begin on the first Saturday of May from 5-7 p.m. It offers a great way to work on your putting skills as well as your swing. “The first three weeks are for women only, but continuing into June we’ll be having couples classes,” said Davis. “We’re at half capacity right now, so people are probably going to be signing up fast.” To sign up, those interested should contact to Mary Green at KCC in lifelong learning. It is essential to have personal golf equipment (clubs/golf balls) to play three holes every Saturday. The class will meet at the Binder Park Golf Course on B-drive south. Taking the refresher course will be a nice way of getting out of a daily routine by trying something new. Golfing is a great way to have fun and relax, while getting some exercise.

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