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OCT. 10, 2013 VOL. 36

ISS. 4

CAMPUSLEDGER

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OFFICIAL STUDENT-RUN PUBLICATION OF JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, OVERLAND PARK, KS

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ANNUAL JAPAN FESTIVAL HELD AT THE COLLEGE

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THE COST OF SUSTAINABILITY: GALILEO’S PAVILION

NEW CLUBS: ST. PAUL’S OUTREACH AND THE YO-YO CLUB

PROPOSALS TO FIX PARKING PREDICAMENT

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NEWS BRIEFS PARTNERSHIP WITH STOP HUNGER NOW RESULTS IN SHIPPING OVER 14,000 PACKAGED MEALS OVERSEAS The college’s first food packaging event in partnership with Stop Hunger Now shipped over 14,000 meals with the help of over 65 volunteers. This event was held to raise awareness about the international and local problem of hunger. A total of $3,500 was collected, with an additional $700 going to the college food pantry. Volunteers came from various areas within the college, including nursing, nutrition, PTK, Intervarsity, International Club, Model UN, Student Sustainability Committee, academic support, counseling, Science Division, grants office, computer services, and ESL/EAP as well as several other members from both the campus and community. ANNUAL BOOK SALE RAISES MORE THAN $2,000 FOR SCHOLARSHIPS The annual book sale held in COM raised $2,246.35 for scholarships. This is the largest amount raised by the college in the history of the book sale. It’s also the first time that ap-

proximately $1,000 will be donated to each of the two scholarships. After taxes, $2,070.36 is being donated to the JCCC Foundation in the name of the Gene Jack Scholarship, which pays homage to an original faculty member, and the Jana Pinker Scholarship, honoring the daughter of a two long-time faculty members. MENON IS PRESENTER AT NOON AT THE NERMAN DISCUSSION SERIES OCT. 11 Noon at the Nerman’s speaker this week is Jennifer Menon, associate science professor. Presenting Friday, Oct. 11 at 12 p.m. The topic will be “Skipping Skeletons” painted by Allison Schulnik. This discussion will take place in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Noon at the Nerman is a weekly program that discusses works of art that are on display at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and on campus. The program is free and open to anyone. Compiled by Farhin Lilywala, news editor, flilywal@jccc.edu. Illustrations by Alyssa Jolitz.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS ISSUE: NEWS Changes announced for Brown & Gold (pg. 3)

IN FOCUS -Perplexing parking lots (pg. 10-11)

-Galileo’s Pavilion: the cost of being environmentally sustainable (pg. 3-4)

OPINION -Staff Ed: Partisanship: the political poison (pg. 14)

-Options available to avoid student loan defaults (pg. 5)

-Running to relax, refocus (pg. 14)

FEATURE -Campus characters (pg. 8)

-Parking is a gift — embrace it (pg. 15)

-Photos: CEO Club’s Underground meets Upperclass fundraiser event (pg. 5)

SPORTS -Golf: Championship aspirations become par for course (pg. 18)

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POLICE BRIEFS AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND BATTERY Campus Police were dispatched to the Carlsen Center on Sept. 30 when a student reported an assault. The victim stated that while walking to his car, the suspect started screaming and pushing him. The suspect claimed the victim was the cause for his eviction. The victim stated the suspect used to be his friend but started to harass him over the last year. The suspect threw a water bottle at the victim and missed. With another accomplice, the suspect punched the victim in the head; after which, they got into a vehicle and left. The victim did not sustain any visible harm and did not seek medical treatment. The investigation continues. IPAD THEFT On Oct. 4, a college-owned iPad was reported stolen from OCB 157D to Campus Police. The device, valued at about $600, was in a packaged box and was left on a desk with the office door open at about 2:15 p.m. Upon Corrections: In the In Focus feature of issue three it was stated that Student Senate held town hall meetings every week. The group holds general assembly meetings every week.

returning at about 4:00 p.m., the iPad was missing. The victim attempted to ask others with adjoining offices to discover the location of the device, with no avail. The investigation continues. INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL CONDUCT Campus Police arrived in the Carlsen Center to receive information about a lewd behavior incident that occurred in the Billington Library Building. The reporting college faculty member stated he was about to step on to an elevator when he discovered a male and female engaged in sexual intercourse. The faculty member then instructed them to follow him. Upon nearing the second floor of the Carlsen Center, the couple ran down the stairs. Their names are not known, but they are assumed to be students at the college. Compiled by Farhin Lilywala, news editor, flilywal@jccc.edu.

In the Staff Editorial of issue three, it was stated that a club must be in existence for two years before receiving funds. Clubs can ask for funding after being in existence for one year. The Ledger regrets the errors.

Drummond elected as new trustee By Jessica Skaggs Former trustee Robert Drummond was elected on Oct. 1 at a special board meeting, to fill the seat of Melody Rayl who resigned at the end of July. The board narrowed a list of 13 candidates to four on Sept. 26. The other candidates were: Karin Brownlee, independent contractor, Michael Lally, vice president of Olsson Associates, and Stephen Wolf, CEO of Wolf Properties, LLC. Drummond is eager to work with the board to begin to tackle the college’s biggest issues; from slipping enrollment to budget cuts. SEE “DRUMMOND” ON PAGE 4

Robert Drummond was elected by the board of trustees from a pool of 13 candidates. The final vote was five to one, with Trustee Cross casting the lone dissenting vote. Photo courtesy of the college


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Galileo’s Pavilion: the cost of being sustainable

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Changes announced for Brown & Gold

By Lindsay Sax

Galileo’s Pavilion, completed in 2012, won the LEED platinum certificate earlier this year. Photo by Julia Larberg mously in favor of the project, said a ing living green walls, LED lighting, By Farhin Lilywala case study done on Galileo’s Pavilion rainwater irrigation, green roof trays Galileo’s Pavilion is the college’s by The Association for the Advance- to help keep the building ventilated, first environmentally sustainable ment of Sustainability in Higher Edu- reclaimed glass windows, repurbuilding. Studio 804, a program con- cation (AASHE). “The Student Sus- posed slate chalkboards, and a rain sisting of KU graduate architecture tainability Committee appropriated garden. Currently, Galileo’s Pavilion students completed the construction $150,000 from the student green fee acts as a classroom and a lounge. for the building in 2012. The building toward construction, with an extra After its construction, Galileo’s was dedicated in June of last year. $50,000 allocated to cover contingen- Pavilion has received awards such “The building was meant to be cies. The remainder of the funds for as its most recent: a LEED platinum a conversation starter about what a the $700,000 building came from the certificate, making it only the tenth high performance building should college’s campus development and LEED platinum building in the state be,” said Jay Antle, executive direc- capital outlay funds.” of Kansas. tor, Center for Sustainability. Features of Galileo’s Pavilion inThe Student Senate voted unani- clude solar panels, three floor-to-ceilSEE “PAVILION” ON PAGE 4

TUITION BREAKDOWN

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The college’s Brown & Gold club was forced to make changes due to budget issues this past semester. Brown & Gold previously offered free credit classes to members, but on Sept. 26 the Board of Trustees approved a cost of $16 per credit hour and a merger with an outside organization, Coming of Age/Shepherd’s Center Central (SCC). “[There’s] lots of energy, people calling the office about the partnership, people seemed pleased, Brown & Gold members are satisfied the club will stay intact,” said Cheryl Brown Henderson, SCC program director. “They like being part of college history. People feel kinship, a loyalty.” Brown & Gold was formed in the late 1980s for Johnson County residents 55 and older. The $10 membership got members education and cultural benefits at the college, discounted noncredit classes, and tickets to cultural events. The merge with SCC will continue to offer opportunities for travel and day trips to area attractions for members. Brown Henderson says SCC has been in business for 41 years empowering midlife and older adults, and that SCC can benefit Johnson County adults, who have the largest growth of people 55 and older in the greater Kansas City area. SEE “CHANGES” ON PAGE 19

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“DRUMMOND” CONT. FROM PG. 2 “I hope to be able to work with a very committed board, [and] to compliment the skills already present in the board,” Drummond said. “[To] help guide the college through challenging times.” Drummond, who has served previously on the board from 2009-2013, is currently President and CEO of KidsTLC, a local nonprofit organization that provides services and resources to families and children struggling with the difficulties of mental health and other wellness issues. During the election process, the four candidates were allotted five minutes each to address the board and then expected to answer 15 minutes of questioning. All candidates were present for the meeting, except Drummond, who phoned in. In his interview, Drummond said if elected, he would guarantee to be a responsible, accountable member, who would work to move the college forward. After the interview portion, the trustees cast secret ballots. No one on the first ballot received four votes, prompting a second ballot to be cast. In the second ballot, the results were tied between Drummond and Lally. In the final ballot, the board voted for Drummond five to one, with

trustee Gerald Lee Cross Jr. as the lone dissenting vote. At the time of press, Cross was not available for comment. According to Deborah Williams, president, Faculty Administration, the staff reaction to Drummond’s election has been mixed, although generally positive. “All in all I think that faculty are not opposed to having Bob back, they were just surprised after the election, and given the number of applicants that in the end it turned out that he ultimately was back on the board,” Williams said. “They also see that he is experienced, and he works very well with the current board.” Based on the past Williams agrees with the decision. “I’m happy to have him back […] his voting experience has always been faculty friendly and he is very sensitive to the student issues and academic need,” Williams said. “He comes from a background where he has a lot of experience with education and so all in all I think he is a very solid person to have on the board, because he is very familiar with academic, student and faculty issues.” As the budget continues to be an ongoing issue facing the college, Williams is confident in Drummond’s ability to lead the college in the most

humane way possible. “There are many challenges ahead of us and as many of said of him and as I have observed, he is a man of integrity and has a wealth of experience in academe and so I think he’ll be just fine, perhaps serendipitously having a person with his background and experience will serve us well,” Williams said. “In times of great struggle with issues it’s good to have familiarity and to openly discuss challenging issues, so I think he will serve us well and serve the Johnson County community well, given his integrity and his experience.” Drummond says his vision for the college includes not only striving to improve the financial situation, but also maintaining a standard of excellence. “My vision to continue to move the college forward in reputation,” Drummond said. “The classroom is what it’s all about; it’s where the students’ lives are positively impacted.” Drummond will be in attendance for the next board meeting Monday, Oct. 17. Contact Jessica Skaggs, managing editor, jskaggs4@jccc.edu. Visit CampusLedger.com for updates.

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OCT. 10, 2013  VOL 36  ISSUE 4 “PAVILION” CONT. FROM PG. 3 “Being named LEED platinum is kind of a big deal, but that building is not designed to win awards,” Antle said. “That building is really about starting conversations about opportunities for students to learn about high performance building technology, solar panels, wind turbines, water reclamation, green walls, use of daylighting…It makes things real.” In December 2012, Dan Rockhill, executive director, Studio 804, addressed the board of trustees and former President Terry Calaway about some lingering payment issues. After the building construction was completed, Rockhill said the project was over budget $163,000. The question then was who will pay for the additional sum. This matter has been in discussion with the college’s attorneys and Studio 804’s counsel. “There was no lawsuit; there was a dispute for an invoice that was submitted for an additional amount, said Tanya Wilson, college attorney, “We’ve reached an agreement on a fair payment, going forward; we’ve agreed to pay $50,000. Both the college and Studio 804 agreed that the matter is resolved.” Contact Farhin Lilywala, news editor, flilywal@jccc.edu.


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“Upperclass meets Underground” FUNDRAISER EVENT

Left: Lyric Reddick raps to his own tune at the CEO Club fundraiser featuring other artist such as Lowkeezy, Dutch Newman and more in the student center. The benefits of the fundraiser will help the club travel to the national CEO conference in Chicago. Photo by Laura Cobb. Right: Making his way around the crowd, artist Ryan Murff entertains students at the CEO fundraiser in the commons. Photo by Laura Cobb.

Above: Niccollete Paige performs one her own singles at the CEO fundraiser held in the student center on Oct. 4. The CEO club is not only for people with business degrees, but also anyone who wants to learn how to market themselves. Photo by Laura Cobb.

Options available to avoid student loan defaults

By Lindsay Sax Americans have racked up almost one trillion dollars in student loan debt. The rate at which students are defaulting on loans continues to grow every year, but there are options available to keep students out of trouble. Options exist at the college to avoid taking out loans, or if financial aid does not cover the entire cost of tuition. There is a three installment payment plan offered through the bursar’s office. There are consequences to not paying tuition on time. “You can’t add classes, you would have to come in person or call to drop classes and you can’t get transcripts,” said Gayle Callahan, director, Bursar’s Operations. “It keeps you from adding classes for this semester or future semesters until that’s paid in full.” If payment plans are not an option, students may take out loans, but

payment problems happen. In 2011, 10 percent of all borrowers defaulted on their student loans. The national average for a two to three year public college was 15 percent, according to the Department of Education. The college’s rate was 10.3 percent. Loans are considered in default when payments are 270 days late. The consequences for defaulting on loans can range from bad credit scores to having to immediately pay the loan. American Student Assistance (ASA) says that in the first five years after making payments, 41 percent of borrowers will be delinquent on payments, and that more than half of the students at two year colleges are delinquent on payments or already defaulted on their loans. There are income based repayment plans available to borrowers struggling to make payments. These plans include income-contingent repayment, income-based repayment,

public service loan forgiveness and pay as you earn. Currently 1.6 million borrowers are enrolled in these plans. “No one knows how many people are eligible, since we don’t have data on borrowers’ income,” said Lauren Asher, president of the Institute for College Access and Success, in an article in the New York Times. “But we do think there are many more people who could benefit.” Starting this month, the Department of Education will be contacting borrowers who are struggling to repay their loans via e-mail about options available to them, according to the New York Times. The department says about 600,000 borrowers defaulted on loans last year, and many of them could have avoided that if they knew about the options available to them. “We think there are lots of people who could benefit from our incomebased repayment programs but

haven’t signed up, and we want to get to them before they default,” said Arne Duncan, education secretary, in the New York Times. “The challenge is getting the word out.” The department is trying to make enrolling in programs easier for borrowers by putting the application online and by easily being able to import tax return information. For students enrolled in the payment plan, the last payment is due Oct. 15. For information about changing payments go to http://www.direct. ed.gov/ or http://www.jccc.edu/bursar/index.html for information about credit class payment plans. Contact Lindsay Sax, copy editor, at lsax@jccc.edu Information from: studentaid. ed.gov/about/data-center/student/ default


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The new kids clubs on campus: Student senate approves new clubs By Katelyn Larson

Yo-Yo Club

Cordell Hooley does tricks with his yo-yo on the hill.

St. Paul’s Outreach Over the years, the college has had many religiously affiliated clubs. Now, the college has a Catholic club called St. Paul’s Outreach. St. Paul’s Outreach is one of the largest religious organizations internationally. It currently has four missionaries, two of which are part-time students: John Prost, Anna DeMarais, Joe D’Amato and Kimy Garvey. All four are new to campus and work together to lead the club. According to DeMarais, the reason they brought St. Paul’s Outreach to the college is because when students come to college, there are not always groups or programs to help them grow in their faith. “It’s for anyone who wants to grow in their faith, live out their faith, understand their faith, or meet people that believe what they believe,” DeMarais said. Although the activities are derived from Catho-

Yo-Yos aren’t just for kids -- Cordell Hooley, yo-yo enthusiast and creator of one of the college’s newest clubs, believes they are to be enjoyed by all. “I think that anybody can yo-yo,”Hooley said. “And rather than hold my talent in, I like to help other people learn as well.” The Yo-Yo Club is another new club recently approved by the Student Senate. The group has been created and led by Hooley, who is currently ranked 19th in the state of Kansas as a professional yo-yoer. lic teachings and a Catholic background, you don’t need to be Catholic to join. “Having a desire to build a relationship with God is all you really need,” said Prost. “If people are looking for something, or searching for something or have questions about the Catholic faith we invite them to check us out.” Activities the club will be holding include men and women’s small groups, weekly prayer meetings, and weekly Catholic masses held on campus. “The idea is not to just have events but to build a community where people have intentional relationships with each other, who are there to support each other and not just necessarily showing up once a week to something,” said DeMarais. “That’s what sets our club apart from others.” Students interested in being a part of the St. Paul’s Outreach at the college or want more information on the club, can email the leaders at: john. prost@spoweb.org, anna.demarais@spoweb.org, joe.damato@spoweb.org, or kimy.garvey@spoweb.org.

Hooley started a yo-yo club at his high school his freshman year and wanted to do the same in college. The sport is also therapeutic and very relaxing, according to Hooley. Club activities will include the basics of yo-yoing, learning new tricks, and more. Anyone who wants to be a part of the club can join, no matter their skill level or previous yo-yoing experience. If you’re interested in joining Yo-Yo Club or want more information on the club, contact Cordell Hooley at mew3594@gmail.com.

Anna DeMarais, Joe Damato, and Kimy Garvey hold a sign about their Mass. Photos by Laura Cobb Contact Katelyn Larson, reporting correspondent, at klarso27@jccc.edu.

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Dominique Hogue “I would be interested in one on movie making, you know, directing, story, plots, etc; I’d love that. I’ve always been interested in movies. I have 500 movies at home and they’re all from various time periods and are not the most popular films. [...] I’d love to see more of that hands on than just watching a movie and giving an opinion or two.”

Rana Ahmadi “I don’t know if we have one or not, but something dealing with music or dance. Old school rock like the Beatles would be cool. I feel like people aren’t familiar with that time frame and it’s getting lost with more mainstream stuff. I think it would be cool to go back to the Beatles.”

Hao Lai “I would like to see a basketball club. Like some tournament three on three or some training program. It’s my favorite sport; I like to play basketball.”

Colby Guthrie “I’d want a rock climbing club. It’s just something I enjoy and I’m not aware of if we have one on campus yet or not. I think it’s something a lot of people could get into.”

KayLene Seaman “I think having a photography club would be kind of neat, because it’s really pretty. I think it would be really cool for a bunch of photo geeks to get together and take pictures. There’s so many ideas; I’m going to be thinking about that all day.”

Photos by Julia Larberg. Compiled by David Hurtado, features editor, at dhurtado@jccc.edu.


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CAMPUS CHARACTERS Text and photos by Mike Abell

A look around campus will reveal students with hobbies unique as their personalities. From swing dancing to riding unicycles, these students make the college what it is. Caleb Hoskins, Rachel Georges and Miles Johnson are some of the students who can regularly be seen around campus.

“ I get to experience the world a little bit differently, when people walk through the grass with shoes they have no idea if it is wet, dry, sharp or whatever,” Hoskins said. “I know exactly what is happening all the time, I can feel my surroundings.”

For some students, hobbies are a release from everyday life. For Georges, swing dancing was her release from unfortunate circumstances. As Georges danced more and more it helped bring out the confidence in her, though she has always considered herself a very independent individual. After some of her family members questioned her new found love for dancing they tried it themselves and also found a love for

dancing. Georges is a linguistics major and not only plans to bridge gaps with her skills in language, but also in dance. She first joined the swing club on campus, then went to organizations outside of the college and now dances five days a week. Georges said her dance teacher is a big inspiration to her. She now does not only dance as a form of expression but as an important reminder.

“I am very outgoing but in a passive aggressive way.”

“I do it to remind myself that I am free.”

<< Hoskins started going barefoot for Lent three years ago and never gave it up. When Hoskins first started attending the college he had dreadlocks and was constantly being asked about his style. Hoskins said that when he had dreads it seemed to make him much more approaching him. His major is music business and once he leaves the college he hopes to pursue a degree in the music business. As much of a free spirit as he may appear, Hoskins said he does everything with a purpose.

Caleb Hoskins

Johnson is not only known for being an ECAV DJ, but also riding his unicycle around campus. Johnson’s mother and uncle inspired his passion for riding the unicycle as they rode when they were in high school. It took Johnson about a month to learn how to ride. In his spare time Johnson plays in an unnamed band and also considers himself a technology enthusiast. >>

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College workshops seek to build community

JCCC 2 the Max program offers students over 100 events every semester By Josh Bull With posters hanging in nearly every hallway, the college’s JCCC 2 the Max program strives to get students involved. JCCC 2 the Max, which began in 2009, is a series of panels and workshops that range anywhere from learning about Math and English to how to eat cheaply. The program started with ten workshops, but now features over 100 each semester. “It was in response to a kind of an initiative with the college to engage our students and learning early on,” said Mary Jean Billingsley, Program Director of Learner Engagement. At the same time, the program was meant to use the underused space in the commons building, which lead to the creation of the Student Lounge and Campus Center, where the JCCC 2 the Max workshops are held.

A big part of why JCCC 2 the Max was started was for students to make connections with other students and faculty. This was so they could become more involved during their time at the college. “If they would meet at least one other person, whether it was a faculty member or another student or someone, we knew it would make a difference for them,” Billingsley said. Using JCCC 2 the Max to meet social needs has worked out very well for some students. “In fact, they’ve told me before, ‘I met my best friend at one of the programs,’” said Ann Fielders, Coordinator of Leaner Engagement and Student Services. “All the way from meeting the social needs to investigating different majors, exploring talents a student might have. Hobbies, because that’s an important part of life. Life skills,” said Fielders, “A student told me last spring that he didn’t

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know how to take care of himself in terms of feeding himself cheaply. It was too expensive to go to the drive-thru, he didn’t have enough money, didn’t know how to sew on a button, didn’t have the money to pay someone to do that for him.” Student Clinton Mulligan feels that the information gathered from the workshops is valuable and would recommend that students attend. “If you ever feel like you want to find out information,” Mulligan said, “and they have an event like that on something you need or peaks your interest, go to one.” At the same time, however, he is disappointed by the program’s schedule centering most workshops around noon and feels that many student’s class schedules interfere with their ability to attend. “I saw an event today,” Mulligan said, “Not many were there, but I also know not many could show up because they’re usually in class

around noon to oneish.” There is also a financial incentive for students to attend. For every four sessions attended, students can earn a $10 Dining Services card, up to four times per semester. At the end of the semester, there is a drawing for the prize of a $50 gasoline card. “We thought,” Billingsley said, “‘Ok, what do the students really want? What would help our students besides this information.’ Well, they need to eat and they need gas for their cars.” The size of the workshops can vary between them. Some have had over 70 students attending, others have had as few as six. “I feel like it’s providing a community sort of atmosphere, which is really important,” Fielders said, “After all, we’re a community college.” Contact Josh Bull, reporting correspondent, at jbull3@jccc.edu.

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PARKING LOTS Seeking a solution for the parking situation

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By Stephen Cook ith the average cost of a parking space nearing several thousand dollars, students may find it hard to believe the pavement below them costs as much as their car parked on top of it. Currently the college has around 5,000 parking spaces, according to Ryan Wing, senior sustainability data and research analyst. To build new infrastructures, it would cost around $4,000 for each surface parking space and around $15,000 for each parking space in a garage. The college’s sustainability department, along with an engineering firm, conducted studies in 2011 to learn more about the parking situation, Wing said. Elements of this project included tracking how many cars drive to campus each day, when most students arrive for classes as well as the capacity of the parking lots at various times throughout the day. “The conclusions that we drew from this was we really need to reduce daily vehicles and break that relationship between adding a student and adding a car because that’s kind of an unsustainable relationship and ratio to try to maintain,” Wing said. With an average enrollment increase of two percent a year, Wing said the college can’t afford to keep building new lots. This would only provide a temporary fix, whereas he said the college needs to look at a more long-term solution. One of the proposed ideas is for a park-andride bus system using the JO. Students would be able to park at a variety of stops around Johnson County and ride to campus for free with their student I.D., with buses arriving and departing from campus every 30 minutes. “We think this system [...] has the potential to open up the college to a lot more people that might not otherwise be able to attend school HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO WALK ACROSS CAMPUS?

here,” Wing said. The program would cost around $1.5 million a year to operate, but Wing said the JO indicated they would cover a portion of the cost. This would possibly leave the college with a cost of around $1 million a year for the system. Another option that has been discussed is the possibility of parking permits. However, Wing said they have recommended that the college not charge for parking until there is an alternative in place, such as the bus system. “Right now, really the only feasible way for students to get to and from JCCC is a car,” Wing said. “So, what we have said is don’t do that unless there’s some other option for students because otherwise you are just adding cost and discouraging students from coming here.” A carpooling program through the college’s recently-approved policy is another possibility, according to Wing. There would be reserved, close-up parking for students who come to class together. Currently, there are no carpool parking spaces on the main campus, but the Olathe Health Education Center, which is run by the college, already has a system in place. Dwight Rhodes, campus police officer, helped to develop the college’s carpooling policy. “I think a few would [use the carpool spaces],” Rhodes said. “The policy was written with the future in mind because when we build another building or we may designate some other spots that way later on, on campus.” The parking spots also help buildings earn points from the U.S. Building Council to become LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified. Wing said the college can also consider nontransportation based solutions. For example, readjusting class schedules in order to avoid peaks and more evenly distribute cars throughout the

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day. Also, Wing described the possibility of using the college’s satellite locations for classes and hybrid-online courses where students may come to campus once a week while completing the other work via the Internet. “None of those are going to solve the problem by themselves,” Wing said. “It just kind of has to be an all of the above; the bus system has the potential to be the biggest impact as far as providing a solution to the most people.” Until then, Ed Vesey, campus parking enforcement officer, said he believes students should become familiar with existing parking areas, utilize the outer lots and “get used to walking.” Vesey said he has also seen an increase in the number of bicyclists at the college this year. “You see more bikes on campus, which is another option, provided that they’re careful, because there’s a lot of car traffic,” Vesey said. “You’ll see when classes are starting and ending that people tend to be in a hurry so the bicyclists need to be aware of that.” Also, Wing said he could see a campus bike share program happening “very quickly” if students got behind the idea. This would allow students to ride and park bikes all over campus, instead of walking. The carpooling program could also be “quickly” implemented. However, the bus system would require more of a push. “I just think it kind of needs that pressure and or students to say, ‘Hey this makes a lot of sense, I wish I could take a bus to campus rather than driving a car,’” Wing said. “But until there is pressure put on to make that decision, it’s a little bit of a wait-and-see game and wait for the timing to be right.” Contact Stephen Cook, editor-in-chief, at scook35@ jccc.edu.

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(Above) 10-year-old Emma Dodson clashes with her mom, Betsy, in sumo wrestling attire at the Japanese Festival held at the college on Oct. 5. It was the Dodson’s first time attending the annaul Japan festival.

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At the Japanese Festival, students and community members enjoyed everything from performances to workshops to authentic Japanese food. The college has hosted the Japanese Festival for 16 consecutive years. (Above) Mike Halaczkiewicz demonstrates one of his sword exercises in Yardley Hall during the Japan Festival. Halaczkiewicz is a member of the Jinmukan Japanese sword school. (Left) Two-year-old Zoe Stephens approached the character Fu Moffu from the “Full Metal Panic!” series for a hug. It was the Stephens’ family first time at the Japanese Festival.

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Jobs. Whether we like it or not, we all have them. For some, it’s being a full-time student. For others, it’s making lattes or washing windows. However, the people who work for you — yes, you — are not doing their jobs. It is the responsibility of Congress to agree and pass 12 appropriation bills that fund various federal agencies as well as prioritize spending. And as political party commitment has become more and more intense on both sides of the fence, Congress has become increasingly awful at doing this job. Because they have been unable to accomplish this task throughout the years, resorting to a budget known as a stopgap has become procedure. A stopgap keeps the government funded as a continuing resolution. As partisanship would have it, Congress failed to agree on a budget that would have prevented the government from shutting down a little over a week ago. It is the first shutdown in 17 years, with the last one under President Clinton, which remained for 21 days. Similarly enough, the shutdown under the Clinton administration

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I love running. S o m e p e o p l e might think runners are crazy, possibly much like I used to think. A couple of years ago I never thought I would enjoy running distance, let alone be capable of doing so. I was always the track and field kid that enjoyed sprinting and jumps and joked about how bad I would be at distance running, when in reality it was the truth. But to me now, it’s much more than just moving from point A to point B while trying to survive.

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involved a Democratic president defending his program, while a Republican majority in Congress sought to defund it. The primary reason for these squabbles and shutdowns? An unwillingness to compromise. In this more recent case, specifically with regard to the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA). The House of Representatives passed a bill that included the defunding of the AHA, while the Senate passed a bill that kept it funded. Being arguably the most controversial pieces of legislation under President Obama’s administration, it really comes as no surprise that no compromise was reached, given the current political culture on the hill. But it is rather unfortunate that the act of compromise has become a lost art. Although the military and law enforcement will continue to operate, social security checks will be mailed, and veterans hospitals will stay open, other government functions and their websites will be closed. The short list includes, The National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and national parks

and museums. Government employees deemed “non-essential” will be furloughed, while “essential” employees as well as active-service military members will continue to be paid. Perhaps you’ve felt the nuisance of the shutdown when attempting to access government run-websites. Or maybe you know someone who traveled across the country, or even across the ocean to visit a national site only to find it closed. Or maybe you’ve heard of Bo Macan, a local three-year old who doctors believe to have a rare immune system disorder. According to an article on Fox 4 News, the doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital need blood-tests conducted by a government-lab at the National Institutes of Health to confirm and begin treatment. Bo will have to wait more than the general two-weeks to receive life-saving results. Well no worries. Congress is working tirelessly to get these government services and facilities back up and running just as soon as possible… right? Wrong.

Both sides have continued the bickering and finger-pointing that got us in this mess in the first place. Republicans blame Democrats. Democrats blame Republicans. And on and on it continues. Remember, since they’re “essential” they will still be getting paid. Regardless of political affiliation, it’s safe to say that enough is enough. Partisanship never works. Ever. Government is only able to function efficiently if there is compromise, a word that seemingly is only thrown around when one party is bashing the other, as opposed to being acted upon. Just as your boss expects you to do your job, the same should be said about your elected official. And like it or not, it is the responsibility of Congress to seek out middle ground through negotiations. The entire reason Congress exists is to operate for the people who gave them their job in the first place. Their failure to serve the American people is not only irresponsible, but selfish. It’s time for both parties to stop the political games and get to work.

Running to relax, refocus

For one, it’s a way of freedom. In busy day-to-day life, you often run out of chances to slow down and take a breath. Although it may seem ironic, running is my opportunity to do just that. I can’t answer my phone, I can’t respond to email and assignments and projects are out of the picture. When I’m running it’s just me and my music; I’m able to focus and put all of my energy into going faster and doing better than the day before. It’s also an example of perseverance. I’ll admit there have been days when it’s hot or I’m tired and I think about quitting. Even if I’m drowning in humidity, I remember that in the end it would feel much worse to stop than to bear the temporary pain and finish. Knowing I quit and gave up would be mentally worse than the

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Well isn’t this a fine kettle of fish? The once thriving, volunteer run, secular Brown and Gold Club has been has been folded into the Shepherd’s Center, an “interfaith, multicultural organization providing services to 1,200 people in Wyandotte County”

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momentary physical hurt. I believe there are life lessons that can be learned from just about everything you experience. Even if it is a small event in your life, you should be able to take something away that you can apply to your life down the road. This not only helps you to make better choices, but it also helps you to become a stronger individual. For me, running is a learning process that prepares me for my day as well as the weeks, months and years ahead. As I said, it’s a sort of stress reliever; I can escape the world and just think about doing my personal best. At some point in my life I’d like to run a marathon. I have a huge respect for those who can endure and finish with remarkable times in such circumstances. However, I know that

extreme results are the product of extreme preparation. It is ultimately a matter of commitment: deciding to make the right choices in order to accomplish the goal in mind. The thing is, you’ll never know until you try. I don’t want to live my life knowing I didn’t give everything in any area. What is worse than failure is the regret of knowing that you didn’t even try. Then again, maybe I am crazy. Maybe my increased insanity is marked by my growing enjoyment of distance running. All I know is at least it feels good to be crazy. Contact Stephen Cook, editor-in-chief, at scook35@jccc.edu.

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according to their website. Isn’t that just swell for we Johnson County seniors? B&G, once 4,500 strong, vibrant and growing, was destroyed by the lies and deceit of that ego-maniac Calaway who has taken his golden parachute and hopefully

left town. What this most illustrates is the quality of decision making by the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees. Worth remembering next time you vote. In his state of the college speech,

the new president stated he wanted JCCC to serve the “entire community.” Nice start Joe. Ron Platt, Overland Park


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I ’ v e spent $582 on parking permits over four years, then another $480 my boss spent for two years when I worked on campus. In those years I like to say I earned a minor in aggressive parking at KU. You know what that money got me? A walk up a giant mountain, in the middle of the night to my dorm room; a race up another mountain like hill, just to hike some stairs to be just in time to be all sweaty to give a weather briefing. In short, nothing good. I’m not ashamed to say I have followed people around the lot and

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cut in front of cars when I saw a spot open up. I have used these skills parking at events, the mall, and black Friday. They have come in handy, but I have never used them here at the college. From my perspective, parking is not a problem. I have never had to hunt for a parking spot, stalk a stranger, or cut off other cars. I actually park in pretty much the same spot every Tuesday and Thursday. You know that giant parking lot by the parking garage at Galileo’s Garden, yeah, it’s there. I usually see spaces when coming and going at various hours. Oh, but you don’t want to park there because it’s a far walk to your class? The walk from this lot to the student center isn’t far. I do it in not even 10 minutes. The walk from the closest spot at KU to my class buildings was at least 15 minutes, and that’s up

a small mountain. The college is flat, and I am grateful for that. What if it’s raining and cold? There is a nifty thing about the college; the bridges from one main building to another are all pretty amazing. Grab your umbrella or coat, run into the parking garage and stroll onto class. KU oversells parking permits, and they admit it. It’s probably just a way to get more money out of you. I have learned firsthand the consequences of coming back to the dorm late at night and all the parking spots are taken. The overflow lot was located down another small mountain at the football stadium. According to MapQuest that’s .17 miles and should take four minutes. But it’s up a hill, and doesn’t take four minutes any day of the week, whatever time of day. Walking in the dark alone in a

new city, when you thought you had a permit and therefore a parking spot -- now that’s a parking problem, and probably why my mom bought me pepper spray. We as students need to embrace what we have here; awesome skywalks to keep us warm and dry, free and available parking. It’s not always greener on the other side. Because, on the other side, KU parking is a lion and treats you like a gazelle, waiting to make a kill, to tell you, nope it’s a game day, you can’t park here where your permit says you can, take your cash, and give you a million tickets. One million is their quota for a day, has to be. Contact Lindsay Sax, copy editor, at lsax@jccc.edu.

Community college students: never underestimate us

Okay. You caught me. I did not come to the college out of my own will. My financial situation kind of forced me in to it. I thought I was destined to do “bigger and better things,” attend a four-year university, get an internship right away, get an even better job after that. But here’s

the thing: once I got here, I realized these things can still happen. My life is not over just because I attend a community college, and neither is yours. As I walk around campus, I see many people that do not respect the college, their time here and, frankly, do not want to be here. Why? Granted the college is not the most conventional method of schooling, but we are getting an education, knowledge that can never be taken away from us. Not only that, but by attending a community college, we

pay less for the same prerequisites those attending bigger universities take. Therefore, after receiving our associates degrees, we will have gained the same knowledge and saved at least a few grand in tuition and fees alone. Sounds like a good deal to me. We have no control over what already happened; the past is gone, and we cannot bring it back. The present is a gift, so why not be thankful and enjoy it? The future is yet to come and ours to have. We can still be the best doctors, engineers, lawyers, or even authors the world has ever seen, but

only if we believe in ourselves. It is our job to prove those who underestimate us wrong, but only if we believe we can. The college is not our destiny; it is a rung in our ladder to success, a rung that we cannot skip, a rung that will be the foundation of every future endeavor, a rung that we need. As Harvey Mackay said, “Nobody said it would be easy; they just promised it would be worth it.” Contact Farhin Lilywala, news editor, flilywal@jccc.edu.

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SPORTS CALENDAR Golf Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 15-16 NJCAA Division I Preview at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa

Men’s Baseball 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 v. MCC- Longview 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 v. Avila 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 2123 Cavalier World Series

Cross Country Saturday, Oct. 12 Wisconsin Parkside Lucian Rosa at Somers, WI Saturday, Oct. 19 Kansas City Maratho

Softball 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 At Wichita State University

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Championship aspirations become par for golf team By Mac Moore The grass is greener on the Cavalier side of the course. The men’s golf team finished in the top three at the first three tournaments of the fall. The team’s high standard is not surprising based on last year’s output, although the roster has no resemblance to that team. The Cavaliers finished last season with the best finish in team history with a fourth place outing at the NJCAA Division I Golf Championship at The Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock, Texas. Cavaliers finished seven strokes back from national champion Central Alabama. This squad retained none of the five competitors in that tournament. This year’s team has a freshman laden group that still aims to compete at the NJCAA championship this spring. Early tournaments have proved that reloading the team for another run is not a farfetched goal. “We want to have the fall be a good start for us,” freshman Charlie Rhinehart said. “Our goal is to win conference and place top three at nationals. I believe we should be able to contend for top three as a team.” Rhinehart has led the team in two of the first three tournaments. He tied for first place during the second tournament at Turkey Creek Golf Course

in McPherson, Kan. Coach Lafeyette Norwood was pleasantly surprised by Rhinehart’s top finishes early in the season. “He’s been showing a real strong consistency which delights me,” Norwood said. “I didn’t look for him as the top golfer going into the season, but I saw him as easily one of our top five.” The work of Rhinehart and sophomore transfer Parker Miller has helped the team compete in every tournament so far. Miller finished first at the first tournament on the season, edging out Dodge City’s Ryan Hand by one stroke. The multiple second place finishes for the team against strong competition pleases the group, but also leaves them with the goal of improving. “We didn’t achieve some of the things we wanted to achieve but we look at the possibility,” Norwood said. “With second place, I think we have something to look forward to, something to strive toward. Last year at this time we were finishing first place, but when we came back in the spring we lost at early tournaments because we were a little bit complacent.” Rhinehart feels that the pressure of placing first also affects the individu-

al players as much as it does a highly touted team. “Personally I am a good grinder,” Rhinehart said. “Sometimes I might have a bad round early, but I’m able to work my way back in it. I would rather play in the top three or five than hold first in a tournament. The top guy always get nervous, those guys behind him get to focus on chasing him.” The team will get a real look at how much they need to improve and where they stand after the National Division 1 preview that starts on Oct. 15 at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa. The team will get their first look at both the competition and the course they will play on in the championship tournaments this spring. “Everything is in a reasonable grasp,” Norwood said. “It is my responsibility to reinsure to them that every tournament they can go out and win. That isn’t unreasonable for their skill level. If they go out and play like we practice, with the scores they’ve been getting, we are going to have a lot of success.” Contact Mac Moore, sports editor, at mmoore82@jccc.edu

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6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 v. Baker University 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 JCCC/Jayhawk Shootout

Men’s Soccer 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 v. Barton Community College 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 v. Coffeyville Community College 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 v. MCC-Blue River

Women’s Soccer 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 v. Barton Community College 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 v. Coffeyville Community College

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Men’s Soccer Record: 8-4

The Cavaliers keep their winning streak alive, pushing it out to seven straight. The latest victory against Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa on Oct. 2. The squad had needed extra time, winning 5-4 in OT. Sophomore forward Zach Wusterfeld led the team with two of the goals. The team faced Allen Community College in Iola, KS on Oct. 9, scores were not available at press time.

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The Lady Cavs six game winning streak was snapped in El Dorado, KS on Sept. 29 after 1-2 OT loss to Butler Community College. The team quickly rebounded with two home victories, 7-2 against Garden City Community College and 3-0 against Hutchinson Community College. The Garden City game saw four goals by freshman forward Courtney Hughes. Hughes leads the team with 22 goals on the season.

The Lady Cavs have won 13 of their last 14 and look like a team that is gelling at the right time in the season. Sophomore Preecy Seever not only earned her second KJCCC Player of the Week but is now named the NJCAA D-II Volleyball Player of the Week. The team will faced Labette Community College on Oct. 9, scores were not available at press time.


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NFL settlement doesn’t settle concussion problems

By Mac Moore The first class action lawsuit for concussions has been settled by the NFL. According to NFL. com, the magic number is $765 million. The number is miniscule compared to the leagues $9 billion revenue. It also came at the price of knowing what the NFL knew about concussions and when it knew it. The league’s less than forthcoming nature about the risk of concussions was a huge component of the case. The lawsuit patched up a problem that threatens the most profitable sports organization in the world. For now they seem

fine. But just like our knowledge of brain trauma, the subject is too complex for us to know all the complications from a glance. On Oct. 4, 17-year-old Shawnee Mission West High School football player Andre Maloney suffered a stroke during their Thursday night game against Leavenworth High School. Local Fox 4 News reported that he was taken to the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. He died the next day. Maloney was committed to play for the University of Kansas football team next fall. None of the reports indicate that a hit had anything to do with Maloney’s stroke. The incident has not been connected to concussions in early reports, but it has created an initial concern for what role football had in this brain related death. It’s the natural connection that we make when tragedy strikes on the field. According to the Mayo Clinic, a concussion can occur when a brain is forced to slide back and forth forcefully against the inner wall of your skull. It is the acceleration or deceleration of the head that shifts the brain, which doesn’t necessarily require a

blow to the head. A 2011 study from the Taipei Medical University showed a connection between patients with a traumatic brain injury and future strokes. They indicate the need of more intensive medical monitoring to corroborate the link. That is the point though. The brain is such a complex organ; there are still so many unknowns. Football players need the most up to date information on the effects this game will have on them. Any football organization, from the NFL all the way down to pee-wee, will be held accountable if they don’t inform the players of all available information and protect the players in every way possible. The NFL has the lawyers and the money to afford lawsuits. High schools and colleges don’t have that luxury. USA Today reported in March 2012 that a San Diego-area school district paid a $4.4 million settlement to former high school player whose head injury requires him to communicate through a keyboard. This is one of many football related brain trauma cases that have been filed around the country.

High schools won’t put up with million dollar lawsuits for very long. Football is too high of a liability for poor districts to continue to field teams. Fear of ligation is not the only problem. As parents continue to see multiple instances of brain injuries and the long term effects of football, fewer kids will get their parents’ permission to play. The depth charts will diminish. Colleges won’t know what to do as the talent pools dry up. Smaller colleges that face the same financial limitations will also ask themselves if football is worth the risk. The NCAA will wonder what in the world to do, as they attempt to carry the financial burden. The NCAA is currently facing a similar case to the NFL’s concussion lawsuit, and its outcome may set the true precedent for concussion cases that the NFL avoided in their settlement. The NFL must feel like they dodged a bullet with the concussion case. The problem is they might want to look at who was standing behind them. Contact Mac Moore, sports editor, mmoore82@jccc.edu.

Cavalier star watch: Zoe Price Returning sophomore pitcher Zoe Price hopes to lead the Lady Cavs softball team to a productive Spring 2014 campaign. Right now the team is finishing up a fall scrimmage schedule with a game against Wichita State University on Oct. 12 in Wichita, Kan. Price finished the Spring 2013 campaign with a 20-7 record and a 2.98 ERA. The team finished the season 35-13.

Photo by Mike Abell

Team Goals: We want to win conference and make nationals at the end of season. We use the spring to improve team chemistry. We just want to get everyone to gel so that we can play as one in the spring.

Personal Goals: I guess I just want to top last season. Sometimes I feel pressured to do that, but I try to stay chill and not think about it too much. I would like to shutout every team I play this season. Team strengths and weaknesses: The defense is definitely one of our strengths. We have a tight defense that likes to get dirty and work together. I would say we need to work on confidence at the plate. The team just has to be more aggressive when hitting. Favorite Movie: The Fifth Element. I really like Bruce Willis and it’s just a really funny and ridiculous film.

Favorite Artist: The Red Hot Chili Peppers. I really liked them growing up because my dad was really into them. The rest of the girls really get worked up listening to rap in warm-ups, but the Chili Peppers pump me up more. Dream Job: I guess my dream job would just be something in the corporate world, just any job in the big city. If I worked in a small cubicle in New York, it would be great. I don’t really care what the job is specifically. Compiled by Mac Moore, sports editor, mmoore82@jccc.edu.


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“CHANGES” CONT. FROM PAGE 3 “The trips planned and run by members of Brown & Gold were the main attraction for membership,” former Brown & Gold board of directors member Ron Platt said. “They also seemed to annoy the college officials but no one knew why. You would think the college would want as many friends as it could get. Johnson County seniors are, after all, the main financial supporters of the college.” The new Brown & Gold, beginning spring semester 2014, will be open to all Johnson County residents 60 years and older. Members will continue to sign up on the specified date each semester, but the cost will now be $16 per credit hour. The $16 is to cover the cost of student fees which are built into tuition. The Board of Trustees was given the problem of creating a way to keep the Brown & Gold club afloat. Trustee David Lindstrom, treasurer, said

WWW.CAMPUSLEDGER.COM they needed to find a way to balance the budget without impacting the quality of programs. The process is an adjustment for members, according to Lindstrom. “Benefits that people get used to, and then something is taken away; it’s an adjustment.” Lindstrom said. “Frankly, we could have done a better job communicating.” Platt, who has used the club to take 45 hours of classes, says he was essentially fired from the position due to the changes, and they were given no reason. “That would be similar to disbanding the Student Senate or the officers of any campus club, that are officials elected by their members,” Platt said. “No rational reason was ever given.” New perks according to a letter mailed to Brown & Gold members include “direct access to SCC’s personnel and programs, including free “Explore Your Future” and “Capturing the Energy and Expertise of

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People 50+” workshops; free Medicare/Social Security/supplemental insurance consulting; a free caregiver support line, informational classes and training; free home-sharing program access; and free guidance about volunteer and community service opportunities. You’ll also find special opportunities through Johnson County Parks and Recreation 50 Plus programs and activities.” “I would argue the presence of Brown & Gold students is positive for the college,” Platt said. “We are generally serious about learning, and not much bother, and bring a lifetime of experience to each class. It sets the example that learning is a lifelong activity.” Enrollment for the Brown & Gold club for spring 2014 semester begins Jan. 10.

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