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Volume 3 Issue 4 Spring 2010

Inside out

State Grant Deficit

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Century College will host its first full-stage musical in nearly three decades when Cabaret opens in the Century College Theatre on Friday, April 16. CABARET Pg 11 >


New bus service helps students commute John Belisle — Staff Writer

As many have already noticed it’s harder to find a parking space at Century College then in past semesters. This is due to higher than expected enrollment numbers coupled with an already tight parking lot situation. Introduced this spring, a new shuttle service will help ease traffic chaos in our lots. It currently runs a non-stop route from Century College to Maplewood Mall every half hour. The free shuttle begins at 6:30 a.m., when bus driver Dave Stearns starts his route at Maplewood Mall. He continues to make trips back and forth between the mall and school until 5:30 p.m. when he stops at East Campus. The pick up and drop off locations are in front of the Gym entrance on West Campus and outside the East Bruening room on East Campus. Details about the shuttle service can be found on flyers posted around campus.

One change not disclosed in the flyer, is where students get on and off the bus at West Campus. Stearns explained that although the Main Entrance was originally going to be the pickup and drop-off point for students, it was more efficient for stops to be made outside the Gym doors. Michael Bruner, Vice President of Student Services, has been considering this public transportation option for a couple of years. “Metro Transit added a route that comes from Maplewood Mall to the college; however, the timeliness was not what it needed to be,” said Bruner. “The Metro bus can make any number of stops between the mall and our school, and it makes it hard for our students to plan.” With the shuttle service, it takes about 12 minutes to reach Maplewood Mall. Century College employees also worked with Maplewood Mall staff to lease 200 parking spaces for COMMUTE Pg 5 >

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A matter of timing: Century Congestion

John Belisle — Staff Writer

There seem to be many different reasons for students choosing Century over other two-year community colleges when it comes time to make a choice as to where to go to further their education. Some students cite the affordable prices offered by the school, and still others say it simply comes down to the schools location and

the convenience it offers them in their daily commute. Regardless though of the motivations behind why students choose Century over other schools, most students seem to be in agreement that what awaits them on the first day of a new semester is rarely what they had anticipated. It’s not the first day jitters or the anxiety of being in a new situation that is there waiting to greet them with open arms, but

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instead the reality of the traffic situation surrounding the school and its four entrances and exits — a reality which even returning students still seem unable to come to grasps with as the hope for better drive times gets crushed under the realization that, if anything, the situation is only getting worse instead of better. Highway 120 is the road running parallel between both the East and the West campuses

of Century and acts as the main thoroughfare for the majority of traffic to and from the college. It is a state highway whose jurisdiction not only falls to the state, but to the cities of White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi as well. It is because of this shared ownership that the issue of traffic flow and drive times becomes so overly complicated and convoluted as each party CONGESTION Pg 3 >

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Scholars and cents, the value of a great teacher Kathy Bell — Staff Writer

Letter to the editor

In the day to day rush of the average college student’s life, it’s easy to forget that school isn’t just writing papers, taking tests and doing homework. College is a product. Especially open enrollment colleges like Century. Century College markets itself as affordable and accessible, and offers its students a flexible schedule, online classes and transferable credits. These are all great reasons to attend Century, but what else are you paying for, and how do you know if you’re getting your money’s worth? One of the ways to tell if you are getting enough bang for your buck might be to look at who is on the teaching staff. After all, Century College is a business, and as any successful business knows, a good product starts with good qualities. This semester, “The Century Times,” will be presenting the first of a series of “spotlight” stories in-

troducing some of the people that help to make this college the value that it is, beginning with faculty member Dr. Craig Moran. Dr. Moran, who encourages his students to refer to him simply as Craig, is a member of Century’s History and Human Sciences department on the West Campus. But far from being a guy who simply expects you to memorize a bunch of facts and dates, Craig is a Teacher; capital “T” intended. “He brings much more to the table because he taught and lived in China during the Tiananmen Square Massacre”, says 19 year old Century student Reba Ramcharit. A native of Nebraska, Craig’s education began close to home at Dana College, a small Danish Lutheran College set some 25 miles from Omaha in rural Blair Nebraska. At Dana, Craig majored in both Philosophy and English literature.

From Blair, Craig headed east to Iowa, where he earned his Master of Arts degree in philosophy at Wartburg seminary in Dubuque. Craig also attended The University

He speaks three languages, English, Chinese and Finish with “enough Japanese to get by” he adds with a smile. Craig has lived, studied and taught in Taiwan and has also spent a significant period of time in Hong Kong. It was in Hong Kong that Craig met his wife Irmeil, a native of Finland, and they adopted their two children, a son Aleksi now 17 and 15 year old daughter Elli. During the summer, the family often travels to Finland to visit relatives and friends. Along with his Graphics courtesy of Google Images. impressive educational of Michigan where he earned a background it is Craig’s intersecond master’s degree, this one national world view and endless in Chinese Studies and a PhD. In pursuit of knowledge that makes him the complete teacher that he Chinese History. is and expands the borders of his “I chose history because it allowed the broadest range of class room beyond the pages of the study…you have to learn some of history books. everything”, Craig explains. Ramcharit Adds, “Mr. Moran

is a great teacher, very approachable and well educated in his field of expertise. I took one of his classes ‘East Asia since 1600’s’ and was surprised at just how much I had liked it… overall a great class that I would recommend to everyone. Mr. Moran has his own unique way of teaching and this makes the class even more enjoyable…such a great teacher and hands down, I would surely take another one of his classes”. This semester, Craig’s classes include East Asian History, World History, Global Studies, 20th Century Global Conflicts and a new class, The American West. Today, our planet is smaller than ever; globalization is here to stay, and Craig is committed to helping Century students better understand the shape of our new world Craig offers this advice for Century students as we begin to navigate a new world. “While tests and grades are important, don’t stop there; keep learning… be a lifelong student.”

State Rep. Terry Morrow

Minnesota House of Representatives

District 23A (651) 296- 8634 415 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155

March 15, 2010

Minnesota State Grant Program Deficit 2010 and its Implications for College Students The simple, disturbing fact: tens of thousands of Minnesota college students are at risk of losing significant state financial aid. For many, the cut could jeopardize their return to school in the fall. As a college professor— and as a state legislator— I believe it’s my duty to share this information with you. The Minnesota State Grant Program, which currently provides aid to over 80,000 Minnesota college students, faces a $42 million deficit. Minnesota students from low and middle-income families attending two or four-year public or private colleges or universities are eligible for grants. State Grant awards average almost $1,700 per year. About 90 percent of students receiving aid come from families with incomes under $60,000. What caused the $42 million deficit? In 2009, Minnesota saw a 20 percent increase in students who applied and qualified for a State Grant. This was in large part due to the economy— family incomes decreased, unemployment increased, and more students enrolled in school. More students needed aid. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) used its entire $145 million State Grant budget and borrowed from next year’s budget to meet the current need. Minnesota, like virtually every state, is struggling with a large deficit: state revenue has dropped as income, sales, and other tax receipts fell as the global economy dropped. This year, Minnesota must fix a $1.2 billion shortfall because revenue expected in 2009 simply never came in. This deficit makes it extremely difficult to resolve the State Grant deficit. Without additional money, current law requires that student awards be cut to meet the budget for the 2010-2011 academic year. This means cuts ranging from $250-$1,900 per award for tens of thousands of students. It also means that over 9,300 students could lose their State Grant awards altogether. For all concerned, a grant cut is the equivalent of a tuition increase. According to Minnesota State University Student Association chair Jennifer Weil, many students will be unable to return to school in the fall of 2010 because they can no longer afford the tuition. Federal help may partially assist some students. The federal government plans to increase the maximum payment under the Pell Grant program by $200 per student this year and next year. However, the OHE says the Pell increase will not make up for the potential State Grant cut. Ultimately, a cut in the Minnesota State Grant Program means less aid for one-in-three Minnesota college students who rely on government help, a complete loss of state aid for thousands of Minnesota students, and fewer students likely being able to return to college in the fall. In a state known for having a strong, educated workforce, this could be devastating. With over 80,000 students who depend on government aid, we need to make restoring Minnesota’s State Grant Program a priority. Representative Terry Morrow Minnesota House District 23A Nicollet and Sibley Counties


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To commemorate Black History Month Black History Month arrived at Century College

Century College celebrated Black History Month by holding several events and exhibits commemorating this important time of year. Step Afrika!, a professional dance group educated in the art of stepping, held an event in the West Campus Theater February 11th. This Washington, D.C. based group is world-renown, fun to watch, and an important cultural element in the black entertainment community. The well-known Mixed Blood Theater staged an informational and enlightening play during the month of February at Century College, called Africa America, a chronicle of the African Diaspora (a cultural scattering) and African experience in modern America. The Multicultural Center and Black Student Association held open-air events presenting and discussing indigenous Africans who move to the United States, as well as the experiences of those already living here, from February 8-19. The Black Student Association continues to serve as a catalyst to those seeking to learn more about the past, present, and future of the AfricanAmerican community in and outside of Century College. This group is open to anyone at the college, is led by Herbert King, and meets often to discuss and hold campus events.

Forrester Pack - Staff Writer

February is widely recognized throughout the U.S. as black history month. Throughout communities, people give honor to individuals who have played a prominent role in society, past and present. But what is the foundation to this important time? In other words how did Black History Month start, and who are some of the people who have tried to advance not only the African-American race, but society as a whole? Well, here are some facts and information not everyone may know (paraphrased from www.blackvoices. com): -Tenderly remembered and extensively studied is the Slave revolt of 1791, which took place on the Hillary Schmalz - Staff Photographer island of Haiti, which of course, was just devastated by a powerful earthquake. This is an important moment in black history because slaves, with only a few resources, determination, and a charismatic black commander, Toussaint L’Ouverture, were able to defeat a superior military force in the French, under the brilliant tactical general, Napoleon Bonaparte. This is also an important event in contemporary American History, for when the French were expelled by upstart slaves in the Caribbean, they saw little reason to retain their new world holdings in the United States- consequently ceding the vast Louisiana Territory to the Jefferson Administration in 1803. Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a black leader of the revolution, declared Haiti a free republic in 1804. -Madame C.J. Walker cemented her name in Black History in 1917 by becoming the first black female millionaire in history; a staggering feat financially, racially, gender wise and society wise in that time. Females, black or white, still federally not allowed to vote! Born free as Sarah Breedlove in Louisiana in the winter of 1867, Walker toiled as a laundress for as little as a dollar a day after she had moved to St. Louis, Missouri. It would take over thirty years of hard work and discipline before the lightning bolt of financial wealth and merchandising prowess would hit Walker- the moment being when she decided to sell hair-care products and cosmetics. After moving to Indianapolis, Indiana, Walker’s

hair-care and cosmetics business boomed, bringing in money and influence not just to her, but to the over 1000 black employees representing her company. Her majestic home in New York City also served as a prestigious catalyst during the Harlem Renaissance, a meeting place for the brightest black intellectuals of the time, like the poet Langston Hughes. -Perhaps no black political figure was as dynamic as Shirley Chisholm, the Brooklyn, New York-born congresswoman who served the state’s 12th district seven times during the 1970’s and 1980’s. After attending school in Barbados, and earning her M.A. in teaching at Columbia University in New York City, Chisholm won a seat in the state legislature in 1964 and a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1968. She became the first African-American woman to serve in Congress, and also as a member of the Left: Mixed Blood Theater group performing at newly formed Century as part of the Black Congressional History Month celebrations. Black Caucuswhich still exists today. Chisholm is said to have influenced and inspired women’s activist Betty Freidan, journalist and feminist Gloria Steinem, and current California congresswoman Barbara Lee. -Minnesota has played a stage role in the era of black history. Notably, during Dance Photos Bryce Eno - Staff Photographer the 1930’s, civil rights activist Nellie Stone Step Afrika Dance Troupe performed in front of a packed Johnson won union house on Feb. 11 in the Century College Theatre as part of representation for the the African American History Month events. black workforce at the St. Paul Athletic Club. This was a pioneer event that would lead to larger representations of blacks in unions in the future; today, unions are the backbone to laborer’s voices, concerns, and workplace infrastructure. Also, on a social scale, those African-Americans who didn’t have as much of a voice or position of financial leverage in society were given assists by two important progressive black women during the 1940’s, 1950’s, and 1960’s- W. Gertrude Brown, who headed the Phyllis Wheatley House in Minneapolis, and I. Myrtle Carden, who spearheaded the Hallie Q. Brown Community House of St. Paul. Black history weaves through many notable and not-so-notable points in time. But to commemorate the triumphs of African-Americans is profound and enriching, to anyone willing to take that step. Percy Botchway of the Black Student Association explains his view on why we celebrate Black History Month. “I think its important to commemorate black history month because it shows we as a society recognize our history and its one significant way of showing our gratitude to the many black people specifically, who fought tirelessly and endured physical and emotional hardships to give us the much more unified nation we have today.”

Snowshoeing Around Campus John Belisle — Staff Writer

On February 4th, students got together to snowshoe behind West Campus. This event gave students and teachers a great opportunity to learn how to use this equipment while exploring Century campus grounds. Athletic Director, Dwight Kotila, mentioned there were about 10 participants the first time around and many that were interested but couldn’t make it. Please contact Dwight Kotila by email dwight.kotila@century. ographer - Staff Phot Bryce Eno

edu for more information on this and other sports activities at Century.

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Students weigh in on current political issues Voting for change - facing disappointments John Burrell — Staff Writer

I voted for Barack Obama to be the 44th President of the United States in 2008 because, as his campaign slogan so audaciously proclaimed, he would provide “Change We Could Believe In.” He promised that he would provide the leadership to restore America’s image abroad, fix a broken healthcare system, and get America back to work. However, one year into his presidency, Guantanamo Bay, a sore spot upon America’s image, is still open. Every month more Americans continue to find themselves out of work. Furthermore, no healthcare bill has been placed on Obama’s desk despite his assurances that this would be done by August—then by Christmas— and then by the date of the State of the Union Address. During his hour long January 27 address, Obama placed the blame for these broken promises on obstructionism from the Republican Party, and the problems that he inherited from his predecessor, George W. Bush. Shortly after his inauguration, Barack Obama had been given a 60-vote Democrat mandate in the Senate and a 256178 Democrat majority in the House to work with. Instead, the real problem is that Obama and his administration have failed to show the leadership that Americans like me voted him into office to provide. Image Abroad On Jan. 22, 2009 Barack Obama signed an executive order proclaiming that Guantanamo Bay, a detention facility for suspected terrorists, would close within one year. In his State of the Union Address, though, Obama offered no explanation as to why to this day it still remains open. When signing the Executive Order he dismissed his 2008 presidential rival John McCain’s skepticism of setting this sort of timeline rooted in the unanswered question of where the detainees would go. This is exactly the problem that is hindering Guantanamo Bay’s closure today. Lack of leadership in healthcare reform Between the United States Congress and the Obama administration, there are currently two (or more) very different versions of health care reform that have been presented to the American people. The lack of concurrence is a direct result of Obama failing to give significant detail on what his vision actually is-- including whether or not to create a single payer system or to incorporate insurance mandates punishable by fines. (Note that Obama campaigned against mandates and yet they have shown up in the Senate’s version of the bill). Healthcare reform may fail to be enacted, not because of pesky Republicans, but

because of the lack of clear vision from the president. This is the reason, according to Politico, that Senator Franken (D-MN) “ripped into White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod” during a closed-door session with Democrats about healthcare on February 4. Lack of leadership in getting Americans back to work In his State of the Union Address, Obama claimed that he wanted to double the number of US exports as a way to stimulate the economy. However, as former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, Robert Reich, states, there is no international market for more goods produced in the United States. This is exactly the reason that the United States is currently running a $20 billion annual trade deficit with China. In addition, the president proposed that there ought to be a one-time tax credit for small businesses that hire new employees. However, according to an Associated Press report, the Congressional Budget Office has claimed that “Congress enacted a similar tax credit in the 1970s and few small businesses took advantage.” The reason for this is that a mere one-time tax credit is not sustainable for a small business to hire on new employees for the long term. These plans to stimulate the economy are not new, but are repackaged failed policies from the past. Suggestions for Obama Barack Obama is only in his first year of his presidency so there is still time to become the leader that he was elected to be. Barack Obama needs to: Make good on his promise not to put any more American lives in peril by escalating a war in Afghanistan and actually fulfill his promise to get all combat troops out of Iraq by August 2010. Keep his promise to close Guantanamo Bay- a symbol of failed foreign policy. Clearly state his vision for health care reform. Let the American people know what the Obama plan actually consists of. Be a leader in improving the national economy. Merely attacking Wall Street and blaming corporate greed for our economic woes are doing nothing for the 10 percent of American workers who are unemployed. President Obama, I voted for you because of the promises that you made to fix what was broken in this country. Now, you need to turn those promises into real action and real leadership.

Is Sara Palin the next Strom Thurman? John Burrell — Staff Writer

How influential could Palin be in the 2012 Presidential Election? Hundreds of disgruntled Americans gathered at the first national Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tennessee over the weekend of January 6-8. The Tea Party movement, which usurped its name from the Bostonians in 1773 protesting unfair British taxation, describes themselves as being united by their opposition to what

they believe to be the Democrat Party’s affinity for reckless spending. The weekend culminated with a fiery speech by 2008 Vice President nominee Sarah Palin (which was aired on C-SPAN), where she discussed what she believes to be wrong with America— big government, government bailouts, and a lack of patriotism, lack of God in government, and lack of morality. Palin characterized this Tea Party Movement as an independent political faction—and certainly not an arm of the TEA PARTY Pg 6 >

What American Citizens Want to Hear vs. What They Need to Hear 2010 State of the Union Address Katelin R. Hogard — Staff Writer

How can a politician who takes office for two years and have healthcare for the rest of his/her life know what the healthcare system is really like? The senators need to abandon their healthcare for a month and see how the other side lives. The issue with healthcare is that half of the population either doesn’t know what’s going on, has great coverage and they just don’t care, or is trying to change it. Each group has a different opinion and is biased toward it, which is why there’s all this commotion around the issue in the first place. The United States, nor any country for that matter, has the perfect healthcare plan. Canada, for example is a democratic country and has government paid healthcare, which to the outside eye seems like heaven on earth. But wait; there is always a catch. The individual may not need to pay for that hospital visit or to see the specialist when they’ve crushed a bone from playing hockey, but in the time it takes to see that specialist, someone in the United States has already seen the specialist, twice, had surgery and is healing quite nicely. But with the advantage of seeing any kind of doctor or specialist within two days come the downside of those health bills that some private insurance companies won’t pay for. This causes chaos in the system and the current issues the country is having today. Another issue that faces healthcare is taxes. To have a government funded healthcare system, taxes would have to be raised because where else would they get the money to pay for individuals broken bones and bleeding hearts? The American population, that’s where. Canada may be the cream of the crop with its free healthcare, but the population there pays for it out of their own pocket. There’s an average 13 percent tax on everything. Food, clothes, alcohol, you name it. Gas is about $4.00 a gallon. Alcohol is $36.00 for a case, just to keep citizens healthy. So you can easily fight both sides when it comes to the issue, which is why healthcare is such a long running argument and why it probably won’t get resolved for at least another year. Baby steps are key, but when you have people holding you back and others trying to pull you forward, not much will be accomplished and everyone will be at a stand still. In President Obama’s State of the Union Address, he stated: “By the time I took office, we had a oneyear deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. Most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive

prescription drug program. On top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. All this was before I walked in the door” Barack Obama has been in the White House for one year. Not only does he have the healthcare situation to unravel, but he has two wars going on, an economy slowly crawling out of one of the biggest financial crisis since the 1930’s, and unemployment rates at an all time high. George Bush was in office for eight years and since those eight years, all of this commotion has exploded over the country. It took him eight years to make the United States as pleasantly unstable as it is now and the population expects Obama to fix all the scratches and burns in one year. It’s like losing weight; putting on 30 pounds in two months is nothing, but taking it off in that time? Nearly impossible and can be so dangerous to a person’s body, more health issues could ensue. Change takes time, it takes effort, it takes patience. From looking at Obama during the State of the Union, his hair is graying and those wrinkles look deeper, the population isn’t the only people who are stressed about the countries current situation. I believe most people are skeptical about Obama’s promises and words of wisdom because they’re so different than Bush’s from the last eight years. The core of the State of the Union in the past years has focused on the “war on terrorism” and what American’s can do and what the government will do to stop these “terrorists” from entering our country and causing a downfall. Obama concentrated on what’s going on in the homeland, how he will help Americans out of this hole. No, he didn’t mention Guantanimo Bay, but for everyone out there who was waiting for the word “war”, he did mention it. He may have given it the back seat to his priorities, but it’s still happening. Obama is promising Americans that these two wars will be over and troops will be home by August from Iraq, but it does take time. Troops just can’t pick up and leave a place that they destroyed and have now started to rebuild; it takes time. So while we wait for the time to come when these wars will slowly end, citizens should focus on what’s going on right outside their front door. In the State of the Union Address, the President advised: “Rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated Washington for decades, it’s time to try something new. Let’s invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. Let’s meet our responsibility to the citizens who sent us here. Let’s try common sense. A novel concept.” Obama made it clear that the United States isn’t doing all that hot. It’s better; it has started to breathe from drowning in turbulent waters. The calm sea is getting closer, but there is still work.

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Century College’s Greener Living Fair! Get products and information on making our shared environment a healthier place to live.

Thursday, April 22 9 am to 2:30 pm Lincoln Mall, East Campus

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Campus Clean-Up Come help between 9 am and 1 pm - Bags, gloves, and more information in Lincoln Mall • Free Green Snacks • Make your own Earth Day keychain • Plant seeds and take them home with you

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COMMUTE > students wanting to park their cars and ride the bus to school. The lot is located on the Southwest corner of the mall, near Sear’s department store and is marked with signs. The driver stops at this location dropping off any students before turning into the Maplewood transit center. Stearns believes the service is working well. “People are

pretty excited about it and feel good about it,”he explains. The city style bus is hard to miss. It can handle about 70 passengers and has Century College painted on the side. “If someone waves towards me I know that they are coming on the bus,” says Stearns, “I try to wait as long as I can.” The driver will also accommodate students who finish class just before the 5:30 p.m. stop time, but have their car parked in the West Campus lot. He’ll make one last stop to get students

to their cars. For many, this new service will help them get to school on time. Other students may use the shuttle to shop at Maplewood Mall or take a break from school. Regardless of why you are using the shuttle service, the best part is you don’t have the hassle of driving around trying to find that last parking spot.


Real-life Grisham character keynote speaker at Century’s JOURNEYS Conference , April 20 Dawn Dreyling — Staff Writer

the conference’s annual theme. The 5 Goals* of the Conference are:

This year at Century College’s Campus Conference (CCCC) the keynote speaker will be Dennis Fritz. Fritz, a former high school Biology teacher, was wrongfully accused of rape and first degree murder. He, along with friend Ron Williamson, was convicted of this crime, and received a life sentence.  Williamson received the death penalty.  At this year’s conference, where JOURNEYS is the theme, Fritz will talk about his “Journey Toward Justice” and how through 11 years of diligence and attained knowledge gathered in prison, he and Williamson were able to exonerate themselves and find the real killer... who turned out to be the prosecution’s key witness.  Their story is the basis for John Grisham’s novel “The Innocent Man”.    This year Century College’s third annual Campus Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 20.  The conference is a one-day, all-college academic forum that actively engages students, faculty, administrators, and staff to explore

*To enhance student engagement. (student success & student retention)by enabling student, faculty, and staff members to collaborate together.  * To enhance campus engagement by enabling students, faculty, and staff members to participate in the conference as presenters, participants and/or volunteers.   *To foster life-long learning by enabling students, faculty, and staff members to engage in conversation and activities related to the conference’s theme.   *To empower personal and professional development by enabling students, faculty, and staff members to participate in the conference as presenters.   *To enhance community involvement at Century by encouraging community members to attend the conference. (*taken from CCCC mission statement)

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Another American Saturday night Sherina Wies — Staff Writer

The night was filled with cowboy hats, boots, and country fans flooding the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul on Saturday, January 16 for what was expected to be an unforgettable night. Country music star Brad Paisley was in town (with special guests Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore) promoting his newest album American Saturday Night. The highly anticipated concert did not disappoint the many Minnesota country music fans who sang along to all of the artists and had nothing but smiles by the end of the night. In these hard economic times the success of the concert shines a light onto the once again growing popularity of country music in the United States. Taking a look at the Billboard Hot 100 Lists of Top Songs of the Year starting in 2000 through 2009 also shows the huge increase. Ten years ago in 2000 there were nine country songs, then for the next eight consecutive years only ten songs ever made it to top 100 status, three years (2003-2005) had absolutely no tracks! While many of the ten songs could be considered a combination of country and pop music, with artists like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, there is no doubt about the country artists behind the eight songs that made Billboard’s list in 2009 being straight country. Paisley happened to be one of those artists, landing his hit song Then on the popular list. Of course Then was among the playlist but the concert

CONGESTION > involved is looking to best serve its’ own group of constituents, and not necessarily anyone else’s. But surely there must be a solution to the ever increasing gridlock which awaits students who commute to and from the school each day? Couldn’t Century and the involved parties simply get together to alter the timing of the traffic lights in an effort to better increase drive times and lessen the congestion itself? After all, within the last year Century redeveloped the West Campus parking lot, streamlining its design and adding to it 150 parking stalls, all in an effort to ease the burden on students and to accommodate the ever increasing enrollment numbers. The motivation behind such an action would seem to indicate that they are aware of the issues surrounding the traffic situation and were willing to invest the time, resources, and capital in an effort to fix it. Given that, wouldn’t something as simple as the timing of some traffic lights be an easy issue to address? “We get a lot of complaints from the city because we create a choke point, and that’s because so much traffic is coming in and out,” said Mark Holper, Public Safety Director at Century College. “One of the issues we do have, especially coming off of East Campus at that main intersection, is the sensor in the ground is quite a ways forward and a lot of times cars will stop before that sensor. I’ve actually got out of my car, walked up two cars, and told somebody to pull forward.” Holper, who has worked at Century for the past 7 years, is well aware of the situation regarding traffic, as it falls to him to manage the schools parking situation. Century has tried to work on fixing the issue through a multitude of proposals and implemented plans. “We have worked with the jurisdictions over the years and things like that,” Mark Holper said,

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Concert photos from January 16th, American Saturday Night concert at the Xcel Energy Center. Above: Brad Paisley, Left: Miranda Lambert, Right: Justin Moore.

opened with the newcomer Moore performing a few of his hit songs while wearing a Vikings #4 Jersey. Notable songs include Small Town U.S.A., Back That Thing Up, and Backwoods. The energetic opening act started the night off right and lead into the fiery, women empowerment lyrics of Lambert’s records. Lambert was also promoting a new album of her own, Revolution, which already has the hit song White Liar blowing up the airwaves. During her performance she also talked about how she is from a very small town but is an independent, don’tmess-with-me type of girl. Her shirt read ‘Kiss My Grits’ and she lived up to her attitude while giving a memorable performance. Lambert gave reason to go out a buy her latest album but also reminded everyone there why she has been such a success when she sang her well known songs like Gunpowder & Lead, More Like Her, Kerosene, and Famous in a Small Town. The raw emotions of each song made the second act all the more amazing. Finally the reason so many people spent their hard earned money on the night arrived. Paisley came out on stage and gave an unforgettable performance. With so many

“MN/Dot has this down to a science. They routinely check the lights and their timing.” So it would seem that the school is working with the state and the various cities involved. In fact, Mark Holper was able to cite some examples of the school trying to address the issue from doing things such as putting in the light located at the crossroads of HWY 120 and Elm Drive/Woodland to putting in a gravel parking area on East Campus to try and accommodate the ever increasing student population. When looking at the situation objectively, it is hard to find fault with the school itself. Being landlocked and lacking the room for expansion, Century has no other recourse than to try and take part in the machinations of public politics to try and address the burgeoning rush hour traffic and choke points that await new and returning students alike. While the state is more than willing to take part in trying to ease traffic for commuters, other considerations have to be taken into account. Such as the local population who use the same roads as Century students, and its impact on drive times as well as the needs of other cities and their own traffic issues. So what then of the students at Century? If so many different groups and needs are competing at the same time, how can we, the student population, hope to deal with the problem in any reasonable manner? The advice offered by Mark Holper is simple: Be flexible and adjust to the situation. If you know that you’ll hit a choke point, either adjust your drive so you leave earlier, or try an alternate route and avoid areas like the 694E exit on to Hwy 120. There’s also the greener option, to carpool with friends or take the free college shuttle from Maplewood Mall. Whether or not doing such things will either be reasonable or plausible is up to the student themselves and not to the school.

hit songs there was not a single moment the rest of the evening that fans were not singing along. With wide array of music at his disposal Paisley pulled out all the stops. Favorite love songs for the women in the crowd included Waiting on a Woman, She’s Everything, Wrapped Around, and The World. Men also have a few favorites like Mud on the Tires, I’m Gonna Miss Her, Ticks, and Catch All The Fish that could be categorized as slightly romantic, or at least thoughtful. Taking a moment to pause between songs, sip some water, and talk to his fans Paisley had everyone within the Xcel Energy Center on their feet cheering. He did this by talking about a favorite among the men, I’m Still A Guy, and saying that he realized in order to live in such a cold state there must be nothing but real men in Minnesota. This got the guys in the place going but what finished off the applause and screams was when Paisley recognized there is also nothing but real women living in Minnesota loving all these real men. To end the night Paisley and his band came back on stage for an encore to sing a very appropriate song to finish off the night, Alcohol. Looking around most people had on concert shirts with the saying Some of the Best Times You’ll Never Remember… printed across the back. The fans were belting along and swaying back and forth with the music undoubtedly pleased with how their night ended.

TEA PARTY > Republican Party. To her and this movement, the Republican Party has become too moderate on social issues- especially gay rights (with prominent Republicans such as Cindy McCain coming out in favor of gay marriage), and the treatment of immigrants (with Republicans such as John McCain advocating amnesty for many illegal immigrants), This speech affirmed that Palin plans on running for president in 2012. With her extremist views, though, (such as her summation of US foreign policy as “We win, they lose.”) she is unlikely to get the Republican nomination. However, she could very well run as a third party candidate representing angry anti-establishment Americans. She has a historical precedent to refer to;segregationist Strom Thurmond who ran as a third party candidate in the States Rights Party in 1948. He was a South Carolina Democrat who passionately believed that the Democrat Party under Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman had become too accommodating to African Americans on issues of Civil Rights, just as Palin believes that the Republican Party is becoming too progressive on social issues such as gay rights and immigration. In the 1948 presidential election (in which Harry Truman won reelection), Thurmond garnered 39 electoral votes, winning in the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina. Likewise, it is conceivable that Palin’s candidacy could garner her enough electoral votes in states such as Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Oklahoma, where the electorate seems to be most swayed by her form of conservative populist rhetoric, to prevent either a Republican or Democrat candidate to get the requisite 270 electoral votes to be elected president. While many may discount the impact of the Tea Party movement as insignificant, the amount of press that it is continuing to generate within the mainstream media demonstrates that the American public may be dissatisfied with the status quo just enough to deliver Sarah Palin a few electoral victories in 2012. Just as racism led to Strom Thurmond’s electoral support in 1948, Sarah Palin’s platform of anti-gay family values and anti-immigration may be just enough to do the same 64 years later.

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Spring & Summer Break

STAYCATIONS Sherina Wies — Staff Writer

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Plane rides, beaches, warm weather, and an entire week of fun with no school or homework. That is what most people dream of when thinking of the typical spring break. When college students were planning for their spring break this year, money was at the top of their mind. More and more people do not have enough money to

take a week-long trip to Cancun or Miami Beach so they are looking for more things to do around home. Luckily for Century College students, Minnesota has endless amounts of things for entertainment. Let’s get creative and see how to make the most of the school-less time we all look forward to!

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Stay Minnesota & Western Wisconsin The state of Minnesota has an entire website,, dedicated to planning your perfect trip to anywhere in the state. When visiting the website be sure to check out the find deals link on the right side to save some money. Taking a day, or longer, trip someplace in the state will be one of the more costly choices for a non-traditional Spring Break. In order to save money where you can get a group of friends and take the most economical vehicle. Everyone can split the cost of gas and if you decided to make it last longer than a day check out cheap motel chains to split the cost of the room as well. Even though many Minnesotans have gone to the North Shore it is generally during the Summer months, Spring Break are the perfect opportunity to see Gooseberry Falls or Split Rock Lighthouse in a whole new way. Other places worthy of visiting would be Pipestone National Monument in Southwestern Minnesota as well as the bluffs and caves in Winona. Another popular attraction in the Southeastern corner is the historical St. James Hotel in Red Wing near Lake Pepin, for a more luxurious getaway.

Stay Home It doesn’t cost much to stay in your own house, but make it exciting by doing something different. Turn up the heat, throw on a swimsuit, and spread the towels… in your living room! Spend the day pretending you are on the beach with your friends by talking, reading books or magazines, and listening to ocean sound music (hint: make it more realistic by spraying scents like Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena). When it gets dark out light a few candles and watch vacation themed movies. Vacation movies in all genres include Into the Blue, The Perfect Getaway, 50 First Dates, The Beach, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and countless others. Also challenge your friends a classic video game tournament. Break out the old school, think Mario Kart on Nintendo 64, and see who comes out on top. Digging out games you already have but most likely have not played for awhile saves money but is also exciting again.

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Stay Helpful The most rewarding thing you can do with your Staycation time is volunteering and giving back to your community. There are many options available depending on how much time you are able to commit or what you are interested in. Places near the Twin Cities that are always looking for volunteers include Goodwill, Feed My Starving Children, and the Animal Humane Society. Also check with local hospitals or nursing homes to see if they can use your help to brighten another person’s day. Everyone’s unique spring break will surely be filled with millions of memories so don’t forget to capture those moments on camera and enjoy your vacation. Graphics & Photos courtesy of Google Images.

A huge advantage most Century students have is their close proximity to the Twin Cities. Most of us forget how many different and amazing opportunities we are provided with to spend a day soaking up culture, new information, and experiences. One of the great things going on around town is the Omnifest at the Science Museum of Minnesota, for a limited time you and friends or family can spend approximately $36 to watch five great Omintheater movies. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has free admission, making a great choice. Using your student ID the Walker Art Center charges you just $6 to visit the Gallery, but the Sculpture Garden and Cowles Conservatory are free. A few other options are to look for discount priced tickets for events at the Target Center, Metrodome, or Xcel Energy Center. To stay a little closer to home view a matinee movie at the local theater, save money by eating at home before you go or splurge on the popcorn there.

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Getting down & dirty with GUNS Ashley Curtis — Staff Writer

What do the words tragus, labret, and helix have in common? All three terms are widely used in piercings parlors to distinguish certain kinds of facial and oral piercings. Verno Musselman is no stranger to the increasingly exotic world of piercings; in fact, he has been in the business for over fifteen years. As owner and head piercer at The Holy Mackerel Studio in downtown St. Paul, Musselman has been an advocate for better piercer licensing policies in Ramsey and Hennepin counties. His passion for quality work follows the quote that, “This just isn’t about piercing people, or stabbing people with needles, or selling jewelry”. It’s about ethical and safe piercing procedures. With the popularity of piercings and body modification on the rise, it is important to know the basics of piercings and how to avoid the pitfalls. Proper healing of any kind of body piercing is essential if the piercing is to last. Just as with any other wound made to the body, blood cells have to be able to make it to the ‘injured’ site in order to patch up the area. A lack of blood flow can lead to prolonged soreness in the region, sometimes for longer than a year. The piercing procedure has everything to do with the recovery of one’s body. Piercings can be done one of two ways: a needle may be used to make an incision, or a piercing gun can be used to create a puncturelike hole. Musselman states that, “A nice clean wound will always heal better than a tear or a puncture.” Needles create such a ‘nice’ wound, as a semi-circular incision is made that allows room for swelling and blood flow. This form of piercing is commonly cited as safer because needles are thrown out once ‘contaminated’ after a piercing. On the flip side, most studios will not use a gun anymore due to the controversy over the problems linked to the device. Gun piercings are simple and quicka lobe can be bejeweled within minutes at a local mall kiosk for a slightly lower price than a piercing parlor. However, the gun

uses a blunt force to create a tear in the ear that forces tissue to rearrange itself. “At that point, it’s just like getting shot with a bullet” according to Musselman. This kind of trauma causes ear tissue to swell up, not allowing for the necessary blood to reach the site for healing.



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I’m ashamed to say this but there is no legal licensing for any piercer”. Ramsey County requires a license for the ‘environment’, or simply for owning the studio space. Hennepin County does expect piercers to obtain certification, though Musselman admits that, “the requirements are pretty flimsy”. On top of this, health inspections of piercing places are not always up to par either. It is often the same groups who inspect food services that look over a studio, so certain elements of piercing safety can be accidentally overlooked. Inspections only focus on the safety of the environment in which piercings occur, not the procedures themselves. All in all, if a more dependable piercing is desired, a licensed shop with a licensed piercer would be the way to go. Due to the varying policies in the local municipalities, Musselman has stated that he, “is literally fighting” to tighten licensing requirements and procedures in Ramsey County. As for a final verdict from the connoisseur, Musselman himself steers clear of piercing guns. In fact, his studio is covered in stickers with an emblem dictating the ban of such devices. It’s not hard to see why,

issue here is two-fold; healing cannot proceed without adequate blood supply, nor can the risk of disease transmission from shared guns be ignored. Piercing guns are multi-use, so the slight splattering of plasma from each piercing can build up in the loading cavern of the device. The manager of a local Claire’s in the Twin Cities briefly summarized the sterilization of their piercing equipment by stating that, “We use alcohol on the gun in-between piercings. The gun may be multi-use, but a new piece that holds the jewelry is inserted for each piercing to maintain cleanliness”. Musselman takes issue with that, saying that, “guns are not able to be returned to a sterile state. Everything is going to look totally clean, but problem with weak antiseptics (such as alcohol) is that they are not strong enough to kill the larger germs”. As the pathogens build up, the chance Ashley Curtis - Staff Photographer of infection grows. Musselman Above: Verno Musselman explains the situation by saying that, “Now there’s a host (you) and a mode of when the basic facts of healing and disease transmission (the gun). Hepatitis C, herpes, transmission are presented. polio, and hepatitis B can all be transmitted Musselman also offers this final with a gun. In fact, it is just as precaution: the jewelry one purchases for a dangerous as having unprotected sex piercing is important as well. “Most fashion with strangers!” jewelry is made of tin and lead with silver There is a risk of infection painted on the surface” says Musselman, yet by any of these diseases from a gun it marketed under the name of ‘silver’ because piercing, and the sinker is that the of the miniscule percentage of the element in wound can’t even get blood to the site the piece Most folks are allergic to nickel too, to properly heal, much less fight off so it’s best to stick with jewelry made of pure unwanted pollutants. silver, titanium, gold, platinum, or palladium. Not that this all holds much For further questions or to preview consequence to piercing parlors work done by Verno Musselman at the Holy in the St. Paul area; according to Mackerel Studios, visit www.theholymackerel. Musselman, “licensing is kind of a com or call 651-222-4659. municipality thing…it depends on Above: Holy Mackerel Studios courtesy of the business’s Facebook page the area. Here in the city of St. Paul, t

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Erik Ervas — Staff Writer

The Noise is back, people! After taking some time off to pursue musical glory and all that jazz, I decided to make a comeback and revive the Local Noise. This issue will focus on the First Lady of Indie Hip-Hop, Dessa. Dessa, the lone female of the Doomtree crew, just recently released her debut album “A Badly Broken Code.” For die-hard Doomtree fans this record has been long anticipated for years. Dessa teased her fans with a five-song “False Hopes” EP a couple years back and although it took awhile for Photo courtesy of Erick Ervas her full length album to drop, the wait was well worth it. Above: Dessa and Erick Ervas It’s safe to say that Dessa has stepped out of the shadow of intelligent and thoughtful songs, and deliver them as she her Doomtree brethren and is ready to make her mark in gracefully mixes singing and rapping, makes Dessa a force the music world. to be reckoned with. I know it’s early, but Dessa has set the bar pretty damn “A Badly Broken Code” is not your traditional hip-hop high for upcoming independent hip-hop releases. Highalbum. Rather than auto-tuned background singers and synthesizers overpowering a typical rap record, Dessa flips lights for the album would include “Crew,” a tribute to her Doomtree family, “Mineshaft 2” is one of Dessa’s most the script and tends to rap over clarinets, violins, and dirty vulnerable tracks, dealing with heartbreak and “Children’s drum samples. She does a beautiful job of storytelling, baring her soul and flexing her intellectual muscle. Work” is a song that begins with a description of her family then takes you on a journey through her complex brain. A dominant spoken-word artist and lead singer of the all female acapella group, Boy Sopranos, Dessa is a breath I promise, if you are a literary buff, music junkie, or heavily into art this album will satisfy. It’s hard not to of fresh air for women in music and music in general. In appreciate a piece of work when it is obvious the artist had an era where women are expected to market themselves as sex symbols, Dessa (who’s stunningly beautiful without put in everything he/she had to offer, and it is clear that Dessa had done that. dumbing down) refuses to compromise her integrity to be Thanks for reading guys. It is good to be back, and I’ll “marketable for the masses.” Instead, her beauty is shown off by being a genuinely talented artist. Her ability to write catch ya’ll next month.



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• Dessa “A Badly Broken Code” • Freeway & Jake One “Stimulus Package”Gorillaz “Plastic Beach” • Wu-Tang: Method Rae & Ghost “3 The Hard Way” • Ludacris “Battle of the Sexes” • The White Stripes “Under Great White Northern Lights (Live)” • Peter Wolf “Midnight Souvenirs” • Erykah Badu “New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh” • Drake “Thank Me Later” • Usher “Raymond Vs Raymond”

Feedback Comments on this column can be sent to with the subject line “Local Noise”. Heads up on certain bands, upcoming shows and album releases welcome.

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Matt Stice — Staff Writer

Youth In Revolt Rated: R Grade: CDirector: Miguel Arteta Screenplay by: Gustin Nash, Based on the Novel by C.D. Payne Cast: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Buscemi, Justin Long. Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance After viewing this picture, I could only fathom the utter loss of logic it holds in the storytelling. The film starts out with our young protagonist Nick Twisp, played by Michael Cera who lives with his mom, played by Jean Smart and her boyfriend, Jerry (Zach Galifianakis) whom he’s not fond of. One day a group of sailors show up at their door, angry that the car Jerry sold them broke down. In order to solve this conflict the family moves out to a new home in a trailer park. Upon their arrival Nick meets a girl by the name of Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday). Sheeni’s living the American dream: born into the lifestyle of a rich Catholic girl who sees herself a cut above the rest. Right away Nick falls for her and judging by what she has to offer him personality wise, it’s most likely her looks he’s interested in. ‘Why am I so hard on the character,’ you may ask. Well… Sheeni is unlikable; I mean, MEAN. Besides having the chin up (I’m better than you) attitude she carries with her throughout most of the film, she’s a loose cannon. Sheeni goes on her outings with Nick and mentions she has a boyfriend after purposely kissing him (Nick that is).

Being a character of utter unfaithfulness and wouldn’t think twice before throwing her IQ score in Nick’s face, I can’t see why C.D. Payne (author of the book) would choose Sheeni as the main love interest. The story unfolds as Nick moves back to his old house that’s far away from Sheeni. There he creates an alternate ego by the name of Francois Dillenger (a character based on Sheeni’s description of an ideal boyfriend) who takes lead as the protagonist. With this new ego, Nick enters a downward spiral of despair and bad luck throughout the rest of the film. This is where the film gets interesting. Francois himself doesn’t exist and is no more than a mirror of Nick’s own actions that he has no control of. So in retrospect, Nick is a severe schizophrenic and not only is he delusional but he has two personalities. I couldn’t keep up with the story most of the time because I was too distracted by the message that under age teens should be encouraged to loose themselves virginity wise. I thought it would have been a more interesting film if it involved trouble revolved around Nick because he wanted to loose his virginity rather then trying to be accepted by the unacceptable. The level of humor in the picture was mainly derived from the trailer so I guess the editors didn’t try hard enough to savor the funny scenes for the actual movie. I did, how-

ever, find Justin Long to be funnier then ever, and I would agree that Fred Willard gave his best comedic performance in this picture. I would recommend whoever sees this movie to just accept it. Don’t ponder on the story and hold on for the ride.

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Adopting, fostering, or volunteering with P E T S Hillary Schmalz — Staff Writer

Imagine a cuddly, ball of fur nuzzled right up next to you, trying to keep warm as they purr like a loud motor. Picture yourself entering the door of your home and being greeted with a soft “meeeew!” and the most adorable creature rubbing up against your leg. Now, envision a kitten that is hungry, cold, and abandoned wandering the streets with nowhere to call home, and no one to love him. Adopting, fostering, or volunteering with any animal shelter or agency is an amazing way to show you care about stray animals and you would like to make a difference in the community and in the life of rescued animal. Homes and shelters provide rescue and relief to cats and dogs in the area, along with food, water, shelter, veterinary care, socialization, and love until a permanent home can be found for them. Feline Rescue Inc. is a no-kill cat rescue organization founded in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Feline Rescue takes pride in being an all volunteer, non-profit program. Feline Rescue offers cat fostering, adoption, and volunteer work to help cats get forever

homes. They also have events, clinics and fundraisers that contribute to the foundation and help to provide cats with food, toys and veterinary care. As Jocelyn LaBerge says, Feline Rescue Inc. “is an overall better quality of life for cats.” Adopting, fostering, or simply just volunteering at Feline Rescue Inc. could not be easier and is also very rewarding. Volunteering at the organization includes socializing and playing with cats, providing food and water, grooming and cleaning cages in the adoption center. Since Feline Rescue is not funded by local or state government and relies solely on donations, volunteers would also be able to help organize, advertise, and run fundraisers throughout the year. Foster care with Feline Rescue Inc. is a program that introduces cats who are chronically ill, injured, expectant mothers, nursing kittens or elderly cats into a home environment so they can receive a little more tender loving care than the shel-

ter can provide. Foster care is not the same as adopting a cat, but is similar in the sense that you are taking care of the cat, aiding in socialization of the cat, spending time with

that do not or will not do well in a shelter environment. Adoption through Feline Rescue Inc. doesn’t only include owning, caring for and loving your new cat, but involves supporting the caring, no-kill, non-profit organization. Feline Rescue’s president said, “The part of the shelter we are happiest about is that we have a very good sized medical area.” All adoptable cats receive high-quality veterinary care and examinations including feline leukemia tests, FIV test, spays or neuters, fecal tests, parasite treatments and vaccinations. Any person who is willing to love and care for a cat, is a great candidate for feline adoption. If your living situation does not allow you to keep a cat, remember there are so many other ways you can get involved and show that Hillary Schmalz - Staff Photographer you care by just volunteering at a shelter! Feline Rescue the cat, and providing medications if neces- is always looking for good, safe and loving homes for their cats. sary. The Feline Rescue foster care program For more information, please visit www. provides shelter in a home environment, or call (651)642-5900 care, and adoption opportunities for cats

Nursing student shares Service Learning experience Trisha Theis — Staff Writer

maybe once a year, and talked to them only about once a month or less. She did not really have any I first met Vivian on a beautiful September day. She was a slight friends; she knew the ladies that she ate with during meals, but did woman with short gray hair and not socialize much beyond that. wise blue eyes, and she was sitting Vivian told me that all of her old on a bench in a small garden that friends and most of her family had was showing the first signs of already passed on. Trying to make winter withering. new friends To be honest, I was not particularly looking What she said to me when you’re 94 can’t be forward to having to during one of our spend sixteen hours easy; as she with a member of the conversations made elderly population. As part of Century Colmy heart ache... lege’s nursing program, students must spend a certain amount of time each said to me in one of our conversasemester dedicated to service tions, “It’s hard learning. Since I have been worksometimes to ing in a nursing home for the past make the effort to four years, I pretty much get my fair share of the elderly, and doing talk to people. I am somewhat of service learning seemed like a bit a loner at heart of old people overload to me. As I introduced myself to now.” She played the Vivian, I wondered how our time games that the would be spent together, if she activities departwould enjoy my company and I ment hosted, but hers. Vivian, who is a 94-year-old felt they were too widow, lives in a large nursing easy and almost home in St. Paul. I was frankly boring for her. surprised at how homelike this institution actually was. Vivian’s She liked to read the newspaper and room was filled with old pictures sometimes watch the of her family, paintings, a large news, but her TV did not get good bookshelf, and some of her own reception, and her eyes got tired old rocking chairs. At my second visit to Vivian of easily. many, we settled into her rocking The more I talked to Vivian, the more I realized that youth chairs and began a conversation. I was surprised at how much of her is not something that should be life she revealed to me, considering taken for granted, and though wisshe did not know me very well. dom comes with age, it also brings with it debilitation and extreme I soon discovered that Vivian life changes for many. was a lonely person. She had been married twice, and her second Vivian told me that she hoped she wouldn’t have to live much husband had died only a year or longer. She was in fairly good two before. She had three grown daughters who lived on opposite health for someone her age, and was still able to do many of her sides of the country. Vivian told cares herself. But she worried me that she saw her daughters

about how much her room was costing each month; she didn’t want to be a burden to her children. Vivian had been an active member of her church for many years, performing community services, and spent her life being a house wife. What she said to me during one of our conversations made my heart ache, even though it wasn’t the first time I had been told such a thing: “I don’t feel I have any reason to live anymore. I don’t contribute anything anymore

physical abilities, some lose their mental capacity, and all at some time lose their spouse and other loved ones to either or both of those. It is hard to imagine as a 21-year-old just starting off in life what it is like to lose so much of the life you had worked so hard to build. But it does happen, and this is something that I see evidence of every time I go to work. However, even though people are always telling me that I should do everything in my power to not get old, I still get the impression from most of the residents that they wouldn’t trade the time they have been given for an earlier death. They do not seem to be willing to give up seeing their grandchildren and greatgrandchildren grow older. They

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to my family or society or the community in general. All I do is sit here.” Though I reassured Vivian that she was still a good person of value, and that she would always be a mother and had contributed to society many times over, I couldn’t help but remember all the times the patients I had worked with in the past had told me the same thing: “Don’t ever get old!” It seems to be true that with age also comes an inevitable amount of suffering. Some suffer more than others. Some lose their


can help lead do not want to give up the to healing... chance to go out with their families for a meal, or to celebrate another birthday. And that is most reassuring. Even though I work with the elderly population, it is not often I get the chance to sit down and actually have a long conversation with them. There are always more call lights to answer, more people waiting for help, and I cannot ever give just one person my full atten-

tion, which is endlessly frustrating. Though the job can be extremely tiring and discouraging for certain reasons, it is a different feeling completely to leave at the end of the day knowing that even the simplest things you did made someone’s life easier and more enjoyable or comfortable. It is one of the best feelings to know that you do make a difference in someone’s life. When I go to work, it is so wonderful to know that some of the residents there do remember my name, and are excited to see me, and ask me how I’ve been. Taking care of others is one of the most rewarding vocations in life, and the good events always outweigh the bad. So even though I sometimes feel like I’ve overdosed on the elderly, I still know that being a nurse is what I want to do. I enjoy making people feel better and taking care of them, and the service learning that I completed this last semester reinforced that feeling. It was so interesting to be able to get the chance to just talk to someone who had experienced over 70 more years of life than me. I learned how conversation can help lead to healing in certain ways. I gained even more respect for the elderly. So even though I was not exactly excited to complete my mandatory service learning hours, they actually turned out to be a good thing. And though Vivian and I had to part ways at the end of the semester, she told me that she had really enjoyed having someone new to talk to, and that I would be a great nurse someday. As I revisit all the conversations Vivian and I had together, I realize that both of us gained something important: an experience to remember.

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