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Dr. Weber accepts job from Bellevue College, leaving CLC Robert Biegalski News Editor

Dr. Jerry Weber, President of the College of Lake County, has accepted an offer to be the next president of Bellevue College in Washington, Weber said in a statement Wednesday, March 29. In the statement to the College community, Weber addressed his departure as well as CLC’s future. “My feelings of excitement for this new position are tempered by how much I will miss CLC and all of you,” Weber said. “Together we have accomplished so much in these last eight years, and I believe that CLC is poised to continue to grow stronger, grounded in our core values, our mission of service to our communities, and the enterprising spirit embodied in students, staff and faculty.” Weber assured a smooth transition in leadership as he leaves. “Over the next three months, I will be working with the Board of Trustees

and the Cabinet to ensure continuity in leadership, programs, services, and new initiatives,” Weber said. Weber also said he will send a message to the community before he leaves regarding the College’s future plans. Bellevue College is the largest community college in Washington, enrolling over 30,000 annually, offering both two-year and four-year degrees. The Bellevue College Board of Trustees announced Weber as one of three finalists for the position on Feb. 28, 2017, according to the Bellevue College website. CLC Board Chair Dr. William M. Griffin thanked Dr. Weber for his accomplishments at CLC. “Under Dr. Weber’s tenure, CLC has earned national awards in diversity, sustainability and international education, among others,” Griffin said. “He led the college to develop both a comprehensive strategic plan and a sustainable

campus master plan, resulting in new and updated facilities. By implementing these plans and a variety of student success initiatives, CLC is known as a leader among community colleges nationwide. Dr. Weber will be missed greatly, and the college community wishes him great success in his new position.” Dr. Lisa Chin, Chair of the Bellevue College Board of Trustees, is looking forward to Weber leading their community. “Dr. Weber brings a track record of exceptional leadership,” Chin said. “He has a deep commitment to the values we cherish and a passion for creating pathways to success for traditional and nontraditional learners. “We are thrilled that he’ll be leading our community, and after a thorough search with an exceptional pool of candidates, we know he’s the best choice to inspire the college to reach new heights.” Weber is confident CLC will continue to be successful in achieving

its goals following his departure. “While there will always be challenges, I can say with certainty that CLC will meet them with the character and resilience

that it has always shown,” Weber said. “I know this because each day you dedicate your skills and knowledge to making CLC the great institution it is.”

Dr. Jerry Weber, President of CLC Photo courtesy of CLC Public Relations and Marketing

CLC seeks legal advice in degree vs. experience dispute Rachel Schultz Editor-in-Chief

The College of Lake County is terminating 18 part-time faculty members who teach transfer programs because they lack master’s degrees. CLC Provost Rich Haney said the college’s actions are in accordance with the Higher Learning Commission’s requirements for teaching college-level transfer programs. However, while Haney maintained his view that the

college is correctly interpreting the requirements, he added in a March 10 email response to the Chronicle that CLC has asked its lawyers “to review the situation.” “This has been a longstanding practice and is not a new requirement,” Haney said. “As a result, we decided to do an audit of faculty credentials to ensure we are meeting accreditation standards. “During the audit of over 800 faculty members’ credentials, 98 percent met

or exceeded the degree requirements,” said Haney. Eighteen part-time faculty members did not and received a letter this semester stating that they would not be coming back in the fall. Two are from the Biological and Health Sciences Division; three from Engineering, Math, and Physical Sciences; five from Business and Social Sciences; and eight from Communication Arts, Fine Arts, and Humanities. The 18 professors are all part-timers who were previ-

ously hired by the college without having master’s degrees. One of those teachers is John Mose, a music instructor and Grammy-winner with extensive experience in both teaching and producing music. He stands to lose his job if the master’s requirement is enforced. Mose as well as Michael Flack, the music department chair who hired Mose, questioned the colleges reading of the Higher learning Commissions standards at a board meeting in February. A

contingency of Mose’s students also appeared at that meeting and expressed their disapproval of the college’s actions. Other CLC faculty have expressed their support for Mose and their disagreement with how the commission’s standards are being read and applied. “John is a great teacher, and his students absolutely love him,” said Michael Latza, a full-time English professor at CLC. “His personality is a huge DEGREE / page 4



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Student involvement tops SGA president’s agenda Peter Ralston Staff Reporter

Hansel Lopez, an engineering major and Waukegan High School alumni, became student president at the beginning of this semester. Lopez is now head of the student government association, which consists of 13 senators who work hard to fairly represent the interests of the student body, uphold the Student Government Association constitution, and initiate legislation to address student related issues and affairs, according to its page on the school website. Those 13 senators include Lopez, the vice president, the treasurer, and the secretary. Now, you may be

wondering what an engineering student is doing in student government. For Lopez, it’s a perfect fit. “Engineers must manage time, and work in teams to solve problems through innovative thinking,” Lopez said. “SGA members get the chance to enhance those skills.” Lopez describes himself as a lifelong volunteer and is a member of various different clubs at CLC such as the Latino Alliance, the Asian Student Alliance, and Phi Theta Kappa. He became student president around November 5th, and he ran for president hoping to bring more opportunities for students. Lopez’s goal is to provide an outstanding CLC student experience. One of the best things

that Lopez and his crew of senators has done was adding cheaper and more diverse options on the cafeteria menu. This was due to a popular demand for cafe improvement voiced anonymously through rolling board questions. Rolling board questions allow students to write suggestions to student government so that they are more able to represent the student body’s needs at campus committee meetings. The student government helped introduce the one and two dollar menu items, the five dollar value meals, the option to purchase sides and entrees a la carte, dark roast flavored coffee at Kaldi’s, and more options after 2:30 P.M. such as hot soup, grilled

sandwiches, and pizza. Because of how effective rolling board has been in cases such as these, Lopez wants to expand the ability for students to participate in rolling board. Essentially, Lopez wants more student representation in school affairs. Along with the increase of cafeteria items, Lopez wants to increase the array of extracurriculars that students can partake. One of the biggest challenges for CLC’s student government, as with any community college, is getting more students involved. With everyone commuting to school, and many working part-time, oncampus involvement becomes tricky.

If the diversity of clubs increases, then the chance for more students to join does as well. That is why student government happily supports any new clubs or campus-wide activities. It certainly helps that every member of student government are members of other clubs at CLC. Students can help Lopez’s expansion of rolling board questions as long as they continue to use them. Students make up the vast majority of the people at school, therefore it is very important that their voices are heard. With smart, passionate, and hard-working people, like Lopez, working in student government, you can expect better things for students at CLC in the coming year.

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CLC workshop clarifies rights of immigrants

Kimberly Jimenez A&E Editor

Representatives from Mano a Mano presented a workshop for immigrants and their families on Thursday, March 16 at the Grayslake Campus at the College of Lake County. The workshop lasted from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and covered a wide range of topics and scenarios to better inform the immigrant community of their legal and constitutional rights. Mano a Mano Family Resource Center is a nonprofit organization based in Lake County. Their mission is to help immigrants and their families become fully adjusted to American life and provide them with the tools and resources they need to be successful. The Mano a Mano workshop at CLC advocated that knowing your rights as an immigrant living in the U.S. is the best way to defend yourself. The workshop emphasized that if you are an undocumented immigrant, that does not mean you do not have legal or constitutional rights– everyone has rights. The focus of the workshop was to inform immigrants of their basic legal and constitutional rights, many of which had previously been obscure to them. The presentation was given entirely in Spanish, but provided an English translator. Jael Mejia, representative from Mano a Mano, presented valuable information for both immigrants who wanted to learn about their rights and to others community members who wanted to understand these issues.

The event was sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Diversity Council at CLC. Dr. Sonia Oliva, sociology professor at CLC, added that this was the first event organized by undocumented students at CLC. The workshop covered what to do in many real-life situations pertaining to the immigrant community. At one point of the presentation, Mejia went over what to do if you are an immigrant who has been pulled over by a police officer. At another point, the workshop addressed what to do when an immigration officer arrives at your front door. The workshop also detailed what not to do in these situations. For example, Mejia discussed that a police or immigration officer needs probable cause to search your home. If they ask to search your home, they most likely do not have probable cause and you have the right to refuse them entry. Additionally, Mejia said that a police or immigration officer must present a warrant to search your home. Mejia warned the audience to, in this situation, always keep the door closed. “Do not open the door to a police or ICE official,” Mejia said, “because to do so would give them authorization to enter your home.” She said to instead ask the officer to slide the warrant under the door or to hold it up against a window. The workshop also discussed topics such as what to do if you are confronted by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer (ICE), what to do if you or a family member is detained, what to do in

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an immigration court, and how to find the right legal attorney. This workshop is partly a result of the harsh and uncertain rhetoric used by president Donald Trump against immigrant communities. This, coupled with Trump’s recent executive orders, strict regulations on immigration, plans for increases in the number of detention centers and ICE officials, and plans for the construction of a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border are what prompted CLC and Mano a Mano to take part in assisting the immigrant community during this time of uncertainty. Due to the current political climate, more attention has been brought upon the topic of deportation– as well as more fear. Oliva said she hopes the Mano a Mano workshop will increase knowledge and awareness of the cur-

rent immigration situation in the US and teach the immigrant community about the rights they have. When asked if the current political climate makes the immigration topic more relevant, Oliva agreed. She said the event was a “timely response” to the immigration ban and executive orders that had been recently introduced and to the growing fear they have created within immigrant communities. The Mano a Mano Resource Center serves as a valuable resource for immigrants and their families. Mano a Mano has several different locations in the Lake County area which assist immigrants and their families through many programs and services. Some of these services include help with applying for citizenship, community school for parents where they offer courses in

ESL, computer instruction, and GED preparation, and assistance in job search and preparation. One of the women at the workshop, Anton Menez, said the most important thing she learned from the presentation was that she does not have to open her door to an immigration official and that one should always stay attentive to the law. “In case of a confrontation with ICE,” Menez explained. “That I do not have to answer to anything or sign any paperwork. That I only have to give them my name and that’s it.” The workshop taught Menez of her right to remain silent when confronted with an ICE official and that she does not have to respond until she has a lawyer or legal attorney present with her – a right that does not cease to exist for undocumented immigrants.

New transcript request service promises efficiency Diana Panuncial Managing Editor

The College of Lake County’s Student Records Office will go live with official transcript services from Credentials Solutions on April 3. The purpose of this transcript service is to

make official transcript ordering and fulfillment processes more efficient. Additionally, the college is implementing a $10 fee for official transcript requests. Unofficial transcript requests can be viewed free of charge for students as needed.

Currently, it takes 24 to 48 hours to send an official transcript. Electronically, sending the official transcript would only take minutes. Hard copies of official transcripts are mailed in a short 24 hours, whereas it has taken 3 to 5

days in the past. Ordering official transcripts is only required when unofficial transcripts are not accepted. Official transcripts are only necessary at the final step of admissions or transferring credits to their four-year college or university.

Students can request an official transcript online through myStudentCenter, as well as fill out a form provided on the official CLC website under Student Services. To request in person, students can visit the Office of Registrar and Records at the Grayslake Campus.



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plus. It takes a great personality to work with artists, students, and other members of the community to bring productions together. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to replace him.” Flack said he specifically recruited Mose for his musical expertise. Nine years ago, when he was hired, his lack of a master’s was apparently not a problem for either CLC or the Higher Learning Commission when Flack recommended hiring Mose. “I have known John Mose for over 20 years and have had the pleasure of performing with him on numerous occasions,” Flack said. “John is a consummate musician, having performed with the likes of Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra,

Jr., and Bob Hope. This is exactly the kind of teacher that our students should be exposed to, someone with the ability to connect them to the real world of work.” CLC is interpreting a document from the Higher Learning Commission to mean that all transfer program instructors, whether full time or part time, must have master’s. Haney said the commission requires this standard for accreditation approval. “Tested experience is designed for use in career and occupational programs that prepare students for specific careers,” Haney said. “If you look closely at the HLC document you will note that tested experience is specifically noted in the bullet point addressing “career and technical education.” However, the HLC document includes a section that addresses the use of “tested experience” as an alternative to a master’s degree. Under

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the headline “Using Tested Experience as a Basis for Determining Minimally Qualified Faculty,” the document states, “Tested experience may substitute for an earned credential or portions thereof.” The document explains “tested experience further. “(This practice) allows an institution to determine that a faculty member is qualified based on experience that the institution determines is equivalent to the degree it would otherwise require for a faculty position” it says. “This experience should

be tested experience (original emphasis) in that it includes a breadth and depth of experience outside of the classroom in real-world situations relevant to the discipline in which the faculty member would be teaching.” In his email, Haney maintained his position about interpreting the HLC standards but added that the college has asked its lawyers to review it and offer a legal perspective. “My responsibility is to ensure that the College of Lake County is in

compliance with our accreditation agency,” Haney said in his email. “Again, the master’s degree requirement is the minimum qualification to teach baccalaureate transfer courses. It is very possible to teach other courses at CLC without a master’s degree, including in our career and technical education programs and non-credit classes. While I believe we are interpreting the guidelines appropriately, we have asked our legal counsel to review the situation and provide their opinion.”

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Business club helps secure a profitable future Kimberly Jimenez A&E Editor

The College of Lake County’s Business Club will undergo major changes later in the semester to provide invaluable resources to students. Evan Steele, president of the Business Club, encourages students to participate and take advantage of the benefits that the club will provide. With these changes occurring within the Business Club, CLC students can enjoy many benefits they might not expect to find at a community college. Evan Steele grew up in the business world, but hadn’t considered it as a career choice until recently. After completing a semester at CLC in 2009, Steele served in the Marine Corps as a non-commissioned officer. He then got an office job working in IT, but quickly decided that it wasn’t for him. Around this time, Steele’s father was working at a community garden. After noticing how much enjoyment his father got out of gardening, Steele decided to follow in a similar path. Steele, now president of the Business Club, hopes to transfer to Northern

Illinois University and graduate with a degree in Horticulture. He hopes to someday open his own commercial greenhouse and combat food deserts--urban areas deprived of fresh fruit and vegetables--in inner cities by bringing greenhouses and jobs to these areas. Steele decided to get involved in the Business Club at CLC due to his interest in entrepreneurship, but when he started out, the Business Club did “basically nothing.” “Last semester it went defunct,” Steel said. “About halfway through the semester, they disbanded it because there was just no interest. I inherited this defunct program.” Since then, Steele has worked on improving the club. One of the ways he plans to do this is by bringing in speakers with varying areas of interest and expertise. Later in the semester, the Business Club plans to put together a panel of speakers with business experience, such as local business leaders and entrepreneurs, so that students can begin networking with them. The club also plans to

conduct presentations covering topics such as how to dress and how to conduct yourself in the workplace, business writing, and other business orientated topics that are helpful for students to know before entering the workforce. When asked what other specific programs the Business Club has in store, Steele replied that there are “surprises coming up.” He did reveal, however, that the Business Club will be mainly planning fundraisers and speaker panels. Steele also added that members of the Business Club have gained important “middle-management” skills through planning, organizing, and executing these events that will come in handy to them in the future. However, Steele said the most important thing that the Business Club teaches its members is ethics. “Yes, you’re going to pick up your day to day business skills,” Steele said, “but teaching people to do the right thing in business is the most important aspect of why I’m participating in the Business Club. I want to make sure these people have the right mindset and

that the people coming out of Business Club are ethical businessmen and women.” Steele added that if you are a student who wants to get into business or corporate, then the Business Club is the “most powerful resource available to you at CLC.” Another resource that the Business Club can provide students are internships. However, Steele said that many of these internships go unfilled and that he believes many students are misinformed about them. “If you get an unpaid internship this summer, the school would pay you to do that internship,” he said. “The school has a budget that can pay you to do an unpaid internship. We can practically give people jobs and they still don’t show up.” Furthermore, these internships are not all business-oriented. Many of them cover a wide range of interests. Steele explained that the Business Club will collect all of these work-related resources available at CLC and put them all into one place. “Just because we’re a community college doesn’t mean we can’t provide you with those resources that a

CLC’s Business Club hosts a presentation at their meeting. Their club focus is to educate students in the world of business.

big university can.” Steele added. The Business Club will, thus, serve as a major resource for students and provide them with the essential skills that can be applied to almost all workplace situations. This will make the Business Club more than just business, but rather a place where students of every major can gain the experience and skills necessary for them to succeed in their field. In fact, Steele encourages everyone, especially non-business majors, to go to Business Club because “business is what runs everything.” Steele believes that the Business Club can, therefore, point students in the right direction. Steele stresses that his goal is for students to recognize and use the Business Club as a resource to prepare themselves for the future, for securing a job, and for getting into business. “I’m hoping that over the next few years,” Steele said, “people find that the Business Club allows them to get more out of their experience at CLC when they might have expected to just come for an education.”

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Intern Spotlight Name: Nathaniel Smith Year: Freshman Year graduating: 2018 Social Media and Information Intern Job: Responsible for facilitating the technological needs of the department and providing information to students, alumni and community.

courses available. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed studying at this school so far and have learned so much. As an international student, finding a job at CLC was very important to me. I knew I wanted to become a student worker and after being hired Why did you choose by the Career and Job CLC to further your Placement Center, and education? working for a semester, I I chose to study at CLC found work an intern in partly because of financial the department. reasons, but also because I As an Intern, gaining was very interested in the experience and confidence in the work area is most important to me. As I am majoring in Digital Audio Visual Production and Editing, having the opportunity to focus on the CJPC’s social media sites is very helpful in gaining experience for the future.

Nathaniel Smith is a freshman Social Media and Information intern. Photo courtesy of LaMar Black


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“Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast was released on March 17.

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New live action remake transforms Disney classic

Ariel Notterman Staff Reporter

The highly-anticipated film “Beauty and the Beast” hit theaters on March 17. Disney’s live-action remake of their classic animated feature lived up to hype by retelling a famous love story with honesty and care. Humanizing and bringing depth to characters that were originally animated is no easy task, but the all-star cast of “Beauty and the Beast” exceeded expectations with their wholehearted performances. Emma Watson brings new life to the role of Belle, portraying her as a kind and bright young woman with ideas ahead of her time. Belle is determined to leave her sheltered life and seek adventures like the ones she has read about. Watson’s refreshing yet faithful portrayal makes Belle a figure that young girls can look up to. Dan Stevens is both gruff and charming as Beast. His computer-animated form still possesses the facial expressions and mannerisms of the actor, making it easier for both Belle and the audience to recognize the man beneath the monster. Luke Evans brings the

villain Gaston to life perfectly, while Lefou becomes more than just a silly sidekick in the hands of Josh Gad. Lefou’s moral conflict, combined with his wit, makes him a surprising favorite among audiences. Other standout performances include Kevin Kline as Maurice, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe. The entire cast of “Beauty and the Beast” brought their full energy and potential into their roles, which is apparent in the final product. The film also made sure to fill in plot holes that were present in the original animated film. Details about the enchantress’s curse on the castle are explained, and much more information is given about Belle’s mother and Belle’s early life. The Beast’s past and family life are also elaborated on in the film, giving the audience more insight into how Beast became so shallow in the first place. The expansion of knowledge on the film’s title characters allows the audience to empathize and connect with them even more, as well as explain how the

two characters could fall in love. The entire story as a whole feels more solidified and believable as a result of these additions. “Beauty and the Beast” feels even more believable and fantastical than the original movie because of the film’s artistic elements. The sets and scenery of the film, such as Belle’s village and Beast’s castle, are indicative of the time period, the 1780s, which adds a touch of both realism and fantasy to the film. The costumes of the film also display the splendor of the era, but are simple and toned-down at the appropriate times. All of Belle’s outfits, including her iconic golden ballgown, are elegant, yet simple, perhaps reflecting Belle’s honest and straightforward nature. As a result of the film’s art design, the story feels like history and fantasy mixed into one, which is a treat to behold. Perhaps the most important and most memorable aspect of “Beauty and the Beast” is the film’s musical numbers. Favorite songs from the original film are performed, yet slightly altered to better fit the context of the story, which only propels the

songs’ intention and meaning. “Gaston” is hilariously performed by Josh Gad and company, while Emma Thompson’s rendition of the title song, “Beauty and the Beast,” is simple and beautiful. In addition to old favorites, four new songs from original composer Alan Menken are included in the film. These pleasant surprises breathe new life into “Beauty and the Beast” and make this retelling unique without losing sight of the story’s message. “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is a sweet and nostalgic tune, while “Evermore” is a

heart-wrenching expression of the Beast’s pain. “Days in the Sun” reveals the past of the characters in the castle, and Belle sings a bittersweet tune about her childhood. These pieces meld beautifully with the original musical numbers while infusing power and emotion into key parts of the story. “Beauty and the Beast” is a film that will not fade into the background of the current trend of live-action remakes. The film is comprised of hard work from dedicated and talented artists who have transformed this “tale as old as time” into a new classic.

LeFou played by Josh Gad and Gaston played by Luke Evans Photo Courtesy of IMDB



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CLC Gospel Choir joins with Chicago Ensemble Cassie Garcia Staff Reporter

The CLC Gospel Choir and the Chatham Choral Ensemble of Chicago, both directed by Charles Hayes, joined together for a concert on March 18 at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. The concert lasted from 4 to 6 P.M. and demonstrated the hard work and growth of the CLC Gospel Choir over the past semester. As Hayes walked onto the stage, the audience rose from their seats to applaud him. Hayes is not only director of the two choirs that performed at the concert, he is also founder of the Chatham Choral Ensemble. He

introduced the first choir to perform and the concert began. The first segment of the concert was performed by the CLC Gospel Choir. They opened with the song “Music Down in My Soul” arranged by Moses Hogan. This was followed by “Feeling Good,” which was beautifully done by soloists Violette Betancourt and Cody Carrigan. “He Reigns Forever” and “We Are Not Ashamed” were the final two songs performed by the CLC choir, with solos by Violette Betancourt, Mark Jones, Lisa Symanski, and Darryl Ellis. The next segment of the concert was performed by the guest choir, the Chatham Choral Ensemble. “Precious Lord,” arranged by Arnold

Sevier, was their opener. They performed other gospel classics such as “Wanting Memories” composed by Ysayee Maria Barnwell, and concluded with “City Called Heaven” arranged by Josephine Poelinitz with solo by Monica Perdue. The final segment of the concert was performed by the two choirs together. They started off with “Gospel Mass” by Robert Ray and concluded with “Swing Down Chariot” by Roberta Martin with solos by Daryl Ellis and Tobi Ward. Gospel music is characterized by dominant vocals with a strong emphasis on harmony, and that is exactly what the two choirs delivered at the concert. Dancing and smiling,

audiences can see the passion Hayes has for his choirs. Hayes started playing the piano and trumpet at nine years old. He joined the school band in high school, but it wasn’t until 1973 that his love for singing took over his life. Hayes has been the music director at the Historic University Church in Chicago since 2012 and the director of the CLC Gospel Choir since 2014. He also worked with the Chicago Children’s Choir for many years. Hayes has music degrees from Cornell College and the University of Iowa, and has done graduate work at Roosevelt University and the Catholic University of Chicago. He is the founding director

of The Chatham Ensemble and is currently the principal conductor of the Classic Act Choral Ensemble. American gospel music can be traced back to the 17th century and its meaning of “good news.” Throughout history, gospel music has emphasized the spiritual aspects of love, understanding and respect between the races, particularly during the African-American civil rights movement. The genre has inspired many and provided comfort during bad times. It is no wonder that so many have found inspiration through gospel music and that it continues to be a genre that is cherished and beloved by many.

“Logan” is bloody, atypical superhero movie Peter Anders Staff Reporter

“Logan” is an American superhero action film which released on March 3. It is the 10th X-Men film and the third and supposedly final Wolverine solo movie. “Logan” stars Hugh Jackman back in the title role, for his last time after playing the character for 17 years. In a bleak, not too distant future, Logan (Wolverine) finds himself slowly dying. When he encounters a young girl with powers similar to his own, played by newcomer Dafne Keen, he find himself on the run from a large paramilitary force that will stop at nothing to capture her. “Logan” is not a typical superhero movie. It does not feature huge action set pieces, nor is it full of witty banter. Rather, it is a bloody and violent film that does not conform to the typical superhero plot or outline. To people who are expecting a typical X-Men film or anything bearing resemblance to one, I would advise them to pass this one by. However, you’d be missing what is undoubtedly one of the best superhero movies

of the decade and a true love letter to fans of the character. “Logan” is a very emotional film. It makes up for its lack of heavy action with deep character studies of its central characters: Xavier and Wolverine. This is a very dark film set in a future where Mutantkind is bordering on extinction and America is now a police state where remaining mutants are hunted. Thankfully, we are not forced to endure an exposition explaining how this came to be. The film drops only a few lines referring to past possible events that might have caused the events in this film. Despite the film’s effective use of a bleak, dystopian setting, the world seems relatively normal. There are still bachelor parties, casinos, and people living their day to day lives. It makes one wonder if this world is better off without mutants. This film is not like “The Hunger Games” or “Divergent” where it took a massive worldwide catastrophe for the world to end up the way it did. The series of events in this film instead feel frighteningly plausible.

Mangold sets the film far enough in the future from the other “X-Men” movies, while still allowing it to feel like a natural progression of the previous films. The “X-Men” franchise has always had a loose continuity, but this film feels the most natural in that aspect compared to the films that came after the original “X-Men” back in 2000. “Logan” has a great visual style. The director James Mangold’s most famous film of his career is perhaps the remake of “3:10 to Yuma,” a classic western. So, it’s no surprise this film has a heavy resemblance to the cinematography of old school westerns. Cinematographer John Mathieson shoots the movie with the same visual style found in films like “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly” and “Children Of Men.” The landscape in this film is not supposed to be pretty. There is tons of dust and deserts, beaten down cars, rusted technology, and the characters all look like they haven’t taken a shower in months. This film is unlike worse films in the superhero genre that rely purely on spectacle, which

severely crippled films like “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The exploitation of spectacle is simply not present in this film. In fact, “Logan” had a much lower budget than many of the previous “X-Men” films. Out of the film’s 221 minute runtime, maybe 30 minutes are solely dedicated to action. The decision to use action sparingly, makes those scenes even more effective and spectacular when they occur. This is a brutal film due to its violence and very mature themes. Those who have wanted to see Wolverine go truly berserk will get their wish and then some. Limbs go flying, heads are impaled, bodies are torn apart by gunfire, and there is enough fake blood to fill an olympic-sized swimming pool. Whenever Wolverine enters a fight, we are unsure of when he will stop killing since he is so unrestrained. This movie sincerely makes the viewer feel afraid whenever the “hero” uses his powers to cut people to pieces. The film also delivers spectacular performances from the cast.

Patrick Stewart shows us a different side of Professor Xavier’s character, one who is not only broken but also insane. His dream of mutant-human coexistence has been shattered and when he loses control of his powers, there are serious consequences. Hugh Jackman has saved his best performance for last, but the true showstopper is newcomer Dafne Keen as Laura, a.k.a. X-23. Keene genuinely feels like a younger version of Wolverine and is equally as scary as him, if not more. She does a remarkable job of showing emotion with very little dialogue. “Logan” is a great superhero film that elevates its genre in many ways. I have only mentioned some of the many positives this movie has, but it excels in almost every category I can think of. “Logan” is the best movie I have seen so far this year. It also may be the best film to come out of the X-Men canon, and one of the best superhero films ever made. Although it is not for everyone and requires viewers to throw their expectations out the window, this is a film that must be seen by anyone who likes good cinema.



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Lake County’s Best Dance Crew returns to CLC Danny Rivera Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County’s Asian Student Alliance will be hosting Lake County’s Best Dance Crew on April 15 and the 3rd Annual Lake County’s B-Boy on April 1. Returning for its 9th annual event, LCBDC will take place at CLC from 7 to 10 P.M. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M. with free admission for students and $10 for participants. Lake County’s Best B-Boy will be hosted at CLC’s gym on April 1 and start at 6 P.M. Presidents of ASA, Venn Cariaga and Nicole Gruezo, shared some information regarding the history of the LCBDC event. The event dates back to

a decade ago when Alan Castro, a former CLC student, was on the scene. Castro was the former president of the Asian Student Alliance. Castro, along with a close friend of his, began brewing up possible event ideas for dancers in the area. Eventually, Castro’s friend suggested that the ASA create a showcase where Lake County dancers can perform. Before they created the platform for dancers, there was a conflict within the atmosphere at CLC’s hallways. CLC staff and officials were frustrated to finding some students dancing in the hallways at random times. CLC found it to be disrupting. Castro and his friend saw that these actions

were frowned upon and, wanting to bring the dance community together, founded LCBDC. The ASA has continued to host this event for 9 years, and they receive more than a dozen auditions each year from talented dance crews in the area. In addition to LCBDC, the ASA created a new performance venue called Lake County’s Best BBoy. LCBB are the preliminary rounds and the last 4 individuals are sent to LCBDC. Gruezo said this will be her fourth time attending the LCBDC and that her favorite part of the event is watching the energetic dancers that they bring. “Being able to see the different dance styles is what excites me,” Gruezo

said. “There’s so much positive energy at these events and since my sister is a contemporary dancer, watching her perform on stage makes me happy.” Venn said that he enjoys being in the crowd to watch the dancers perform. “Anticipating the crowds excitement is what gives me that euphoric feeling,” Cariaga explained. “I especially like to see the exhibition crew showcases because of the explosive dance moves.” LCBDC and LCBB are organized each year thanks to the efforts of all members at the Asian Student Alliance. Daniel Facundo is ASA Treasurer; Pia Lenon, ASA Secretary; Tricia Dizon, ASA Historian; and Justin

Farias, Molly Le, Kana Takahashi, Renea Ongcal and Julius Gil are ASA Public Relations. The Asian Student Alliance hosts many events each year to educate students. A few recent events they held were Round 1 in Bloomingdale, IL on March 21; Seafood city in Chicago on March 22; and Vertical Endeavors in Glendale Heights, IL on March 23. ASA and International Club will join together on April 27 to host the International Fair at CLC. ASA invites everyone to see what the club is about. They encourage everyone to make a day for watching some incredible performances at CLC.






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Earth Week celebrates sustainability and green living

Shea Walter

Staff Reporter

The month of April means a celebration of Earth. Earth Day first began on April 22, 1970 when 20 million Americans held rallies in support of sustainability for the earth. Since then, Earth Day has grown into a global movement. This year on Saturday April 22, people across the globe will come together in support of our Earth. Washington D.C. is holding a rally and teach-in to focus on the importance of holding our leaders in both politics and in science accountable for the future of our planet. The city of Chicago will also be holding a rally on Earth Day; an exact time and location has yet to be determined. The College of Lake County is celebrating by holding green events between April 17 and 22. CLC has been preparing for Earth Week for quite some time. Students in the Environmental Club held an information booth at the Green Living Fair March 18 to inform the Lake County community about the best

methods for recycling and upcoming events here at CLC. To kick off the week there will be a campus clean up from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. on April 15. Students can meet outside of the James Lumber Center and work together to help clean up our campus. Everyone is welcome and help is always needed. Some other highlights of the week include a Water Warrior presentation April 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. in the A-Wing Auditorium. Updates from the Dakota Access Pipeline and other petroleum pipelines will be provided, as well as discussion of Native American traditions surrounding water and other natural resources. On April 20, CLC will be hosting the Lake County Green conference in the A-Wing Auditorium from 1:00 to 4:45 P.M. Green energy and technology will be discussed, including how students can connect with green technology, the latest developments in green construction at local schools, and tips for bringing green projects to your community.

These are just a few of the many events planned, so look for more events and details around campus and in the next edition of The Chronicle. CLC has also been working on encouraging students to compost. CLC implemented a compost bin in the cafeteria a few months ago, and yet it seems that some students are still unaware or don’t know

how to properly use it. The bin is green, has an apple core on it, and is currently located near the cashiers in the cafeteria. Food scraps and some paper are great to compost there; however please no plastic! Informational signs on what should be composted, recycled, or thrown in the trash will be placed on the tables of the cafeteria in the near future.

CLC has been working hard to keep sustainability in mind, but there are other ways students can help and participate. Think about creating or buying a compost bin for your own home, as well as getting involved with the events during Earth Week. Earth Day only comes once a year, but we can make it every day by taking care of our environment.

Graphic by Hannah Strassburger

Students say experience, not M.A., makes best teachers Maria Garcia Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County is executing a requirement that any faculty member who teaches courses must have a Master’s Degree if they wish to continue teaching in the fall of 2017. Likewise, instructors’ classes are to be given to someone who does meet the requirements if the instructors themselves do not have the degree by Sept. 1, 2017. CLC claims this change is being applied in agreeance with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the accreditation body of the college. CLC is taking matters into their own hands and seems to only be following the revised guidelines from the HLC document that requires all faculty to have a Master’s Degree. However, the document later states that if someone

does not have a Master’s Degree, they may still be eligible to teach classes if they have tested experience, which stands in place of the degree. A total of 18 faculty members are being affected by these measures. Students, faculty, and staff are not on board with the new decision. Carlos Leguizamo, a Physical Education major, has qualms with the way CLC is handling the policy. “No matter if you have a degree or not, it’s what you do with it that matters, and no matter how much knowledge you have, it’s what you do with it that matters,” Leguizamo said. Leguizamo believes it be unfair that CLC is threatening to fire teachers while simultaneously ignoring a provision that protects their job. Leguizamo also feels that some professors with tested experience hold

skills on par with those in possession of a Master’s Degree. “We have amazing professors that have the same level (of skill) that Master’s Degree professors have,” Leguizamo said. Carla Gonzalez, an Early Education major, agreed with Leguizamo. “I don’t believe it’s fair to tell professors that they need a degree to teach, because they have already gone so many years without it,” Gonzales said. “It’s the way they impact students, not the title of having a Master’s Degree that makes them any better than other professors.” Lupita Garcia, a Nursing major, agreed. “Requiring a Master’s Degree is not better than having tested experience. “In the real world, experience is what they’re going to be look-

ing for. Having a Master’s Degree is good, but not as much as the experience.” Elana Green, a culinary student, is on the same page as Garcia. “Being a worker in a specific field, the most important part of school I think is being in the industry and working,” Green said. “My chefs are very knowledgeable and I trust what they do even without their resume saying they went to a four-year school or through a Master’s program,” Green said. “When you work with your hands, it helps you realize the importance of working in action that school sometimes doesn’t makes you realize.” Course-based Master’s Degrees are centered on structured course modules that are taught through lectures, seminars, laboratory work or distance learning, while tested

experience has students carry out their own research project(s) in a specialized field of study. This gives students a sense of what it is really like to work in the real world. There are pros and cons to both sides: while tested experience seems to be held in high regard by CLC students, a Master’s Degree shows that faculty member have gone through intensive training and have the credentials to take on the job. As jobs become more specialized, institutions are demanding that workers enter the field with higher forms of education. However, even if CLC wants this for its faculty, the college cannot ignore that the HLC has provided alternative routes. Words and actions must match, otherwise both faculty and students will become distrustful.



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Students face pressure to graduate with STEM degrees Nayely Estrada Flores Staff Reporter

With the rising rates of college tuition every year, students in high school and college have trouble affording tuition. Institutions like CLC help alleviate the cost through two-year programs, allowing students to better afford transferable credit courses. But economic pressures aren’t the only thing plaguing students in both high school and college: pressures like finding the “right” kind of major and finding the “right” career path are hammered into students now more than ever, specifically the importance of receiving degrees in STEM programs. These programs are marketed as “guarantees” for

finding a job after college. This pressure of following a STEM program makes students feel as though their preferred path is actually the “wrong” path. By following this supposed “wrong” path, students are supposedly unable to maintain themselves financially later in life. Personally, I have been told it is “better” and “smarter” to follow a path in nursing rather than English. This is based on the assumption that I won’t be able to find a job once I earn my Bachelor’s degree. However, the fact of the matter is, even if I went into nursing, no institution would hire me because of my horrendous bedside manner-that’s the straight truth. I find a comfort and challenge in writing; English is where

I feel the most potential for my abilities. I am not the only student who feels this way. This pressure to pursue a STEM degree is something high school students also face. It is disheartening to see younger students think they have no choice in pursuing the major they want. It is disheartening to think that these incoming students won’t enjoy their education. While I am aware that education is not meant to be 100% fun, students should find it interesting and engaging, not miserable and overwhelming-- or even so difficult that their grades suffer tremendously. Implications of choosing a so-called “safe” path over a preferred one includes feeling disconnected from one’s work, having a pro-

found dissatisfaction for one’s career, feeling regretful, and feeling one is stuck with the job they have ended up with. That being said, peers and adults should not criticize students who are pursuing education outside of the STEM programs. Because they, like STEM students, are just trying to make a living. Having other individuals constantly tell non-STEM students that they made the “wrong” decision, does not make them of lower status or class than STEM students, and vice-versa. Something that should be stressed is that nothing is gained from verbally attacking each other about picking the wrong major-- especially now, when students are more pressured in receiving

a bachelor’s degree to even get a job. This pressure equates a bachelor’s degree to a high school diploma. Which means that an individual’s bachelor’s degree is a necessity when competing in the job market, making it easier to push the notion that students need to pursue a specific field like science or technology in order to succeed. It is harmful to endorse this idea because any student wanting any degree should not feel ostracized for pursuing passion, for pursuing dreams. Even though options are limited for struggling students, they should still have as much freedom as possible to pursue the major or career of their dreams.

Minimalist lifestyle a personal investment

Courtney Prais Opinion Editor

Before spring break had even started, I was spending my time as most college kids do: watching Netflix, per usual, and avoiding any and all real impending responsibilities. Technically it was the last week before break, so I was just mentally checkedout. After a few episodes of Shameless, I wandered over into the ‘Documentary’ section of Netflix. There weren’t many options to chose from, but one documentary in particular caught my eye. It was a documentary on minimalism. Don’t start laughing at me, but I am a follower of the “tiny home” trend that is sweeping both HGTV and YouTube. Through YouTube, people from around the world upload videos about their experiences living in a tiny home. These homes range from the humble basics to flat-out luxurious. Some are buses converted into livable spaces, or custombuild designs. With tiny homes, the possibilities yield endless opportunities for architectural creativity and the

freedom to relocate where one pleases. However, one downfall of tiny homes rests in the name of the phenomenon itself- the lack of space. Since affordability is one of the main reasons individuals gravitate towards the tiny home option, many owners go for basic necessities, not luxury. Receiving the basic necessities while still remaining relatively costefficient means many tiny home owners must deal with moving all of their belongings into small spaces. Hence where the concept of minimalism comes into play. Living in a tiny home does not equate to being a minimalist, but many who live in a tiny home find a minimalist lifestyle to be more practical. Of course, mainstream popular culture had led me to believe minimalism was an Instagram feed trend, or a photography concept, or millennials dressing in dark, solid colors. But when I actually took time to watch the documentary on Netflix, starring Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus-- “the minimalists”-- I realized that minimalism was not simply a trend, but a thoughtful, sustainable

way of life. Millburn and Nicodemus’ big point was that our lives revolve so heavily around this “stuff.” America is a capitalist society and we, as Americans, are enormous consumers. Consuming is mainstream, so much so that we do not give enough thought to what or why we are consuming. Minimalism forces you to ask yourself if you actually value all of your belongings-- in other words, how much of what you own is just stuff, and how much is valuable material? It also forces you to be mindful of what you bring into your environment, again prompting the question of mindless consumption versus added life value. I had had a revelation. Immediately, I went home to purge my room of unnecessary accumulations. My closet was the first victim; I piled up every shirt, blouse, pair of pants, dress- you name it- that I no longer wore. Outfits I had only worn on one occasion. Shirts my mother had bought with good intentions but that had been tucked away (for years). Clothes in sizes I had not

been able to squeeze into for a long, long while but provided some sad glimmer of hope (which I guess is gone now- oh well!). Everything went into a giant bag for donation. I threw away worn shoes, useless bags, trinkets, perfume bottles. I recycled papers and notebooks. In essence, I reevaluated my things- my things which, in some way, reflected not only myself, but also my entire life. I decided what mattered to me and what didn’t. What I could live without. I engrained moments and stories into memories, and figured if I one day couldn’t recollect such memories, a scrap of paper wouldn’t do me much good. It was a cathartic experience, too-- a weight lifted off my chest. Amongst all the junk were mounds of papers from classes past. My recycling bin was brimming by the end of the day, that’s for sure. Of course, taking the steps towards a more enriching life may be complicated by time, which most students do not allow themselves enough of. Busy, overloaded schedules make it difficult to pause and focus on the important aspects of life. Between classes, extracurriculars, homework,

family, relationships, and work, the idea of tackling a huge lifestyle change may seem overwhelming. Instant gratification and mindless motions are easier when you’re constantly on the go, which explains how fast-food corporations have risen to such popularity in our society-- that and low cost. Yet, a lifestyle like minimalism is about investment, not only in materialistic items, but in leading a more wholesome, substantive life. It’s really much easier than you think-- even for students. In fact, your life may feel more simplified and more organized with a mindful attitude. After taking a few small steps towards being a better minimalist, I am beginning to explore a zero-waste lifestyle as well, which brings unity to minimalism and environmentalism. Both lifestyles seem daunting at first, but when you begin to view your sacrifices as enrichments, it’s actually an exciting, motivating journey. Not everyone has the privilege to choose less, but if you find yourself often abusing your power to choose more, maybe it’s time to choose less.



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LGBTQ+ activist proves transgender identity is valid Michael Crisantos Staff Reporter

To be human is to be alienated. To be human is to face struggles. To be human is to be an individual. What builds our character is how we as humans face these issues and overcome our individual struggles. I believe it is those who are unafraid of their alienation due to individuality that have the ultimate potential of creating change. Aydian Dowling is man who has used his own alienation to his advantage. Dowling is a transgender man, activist, YouTuber, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker who has broken down barriers by embracing who he is, rather than hiding from his identity. When he is not worrying about his clothing company .5CC, he can be found on the Ellen Show, the cover of

Men’s Fitness, or at home making YouTube videos for his 45k subscribers. While Dowling has received a lot of praise for his accomplishments, he still acknowledges that his successes are because of the entire transgender community. Personally, Dowling has changed the way I view myself as a transgender man. Through his actions. Dowling has shown that being transgender does not mean being constrained or having limited options being transgender means I am capable of accomplishing what may seem unfathomable. He has allowed me to be more confident and secure in the qualities that make me, me. What I admire most about Dowling is how he never forgets where he came from. He still does everything he

can for the transgender community-- he advocates for them. Additionally, Dowling has started a nonprofit to provide money for those wanting to undergo top surgery, need breast form, or chest binders. Dowling will be at CLC on April 12 at 6 P.M. in the Multipurpose Room. His visit is a great opportunity for students and staff to educate themselves on an array of topics which Dowling will touch on. His talk, “My Journey To Authenticity,” will give people the chance to hear how he overcame the struggles that lead to his successes. There will also be a Q&A after the presentation. I strongly believe the world is starting to acknowledge the differences in gender identity in a positive light, and I am hopeful for the future of the LGBTQ+

community. Despite setbacks faced by the transgender community under the Trump Administration, I remain hopeful. Just within the short two years I have been at CLC, I have seen tremendous change. The college is working towards making

this educational institution a safe place for students regardless of gender identity, which I admire and respect. It is critical the CLC community come out and see Dowling and support the LGBTQ+ Resource Center now more than ever. This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

YouTuber and LGBTQ+ activist, Aydian Dowling. Photo Courtesy of Aydian Dowling



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Truth Conquers All Since 1969

Vol 50, No.12

Lancer baseball Where is Lancer pride? warming up for spring season Ryan Haass Sports Editor

Ryan Haass Sports Editor

After an early week long trip to a South Carolina tournament, the College of Lake County men’s baseball team found themselves tripping up a bit, as they went 5-7 to begin the season. However, playing in Region IV (Division II) of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA), they have now adjusted back to their typical competition and are one of the hottest teams in the competitive region. The boys in white and blue have started to hit their stride, and the ball, as they’ve gone 5-2 in their last seven contests and won all of their last three games, earning a 10-9 overall record. To go along with that impressive winning streak is a 2-1 record against Prairie State College, which is the only divisional foe that the team has faced so far. In their first meeting with their rival, the Lancers put on an overwhelming display of offensive firepower on Prairie State’s own diamond, coming back to Grayslake with a 12-0 victory. With 10 hits on 25 at bats, Lancers boasted an impressive .400 batting average. The Grayslake favorites also pitched well, as Prairie State managed just 3 hits. Though just one game, the Grayslake faithful should be more than excited about their team, given that

the season statistics show a pattern of efficiency. Despite a deep and talented field of competitors, CLC is 3rd in average strikeouts thrown (9.15), 5th in home runs (6), 5th in ERA (6.03), and 7th in runs scored (103). The freshmen duo from Waterford, Wisconsin, Mike Schmidt and Matt Wezyk, have impressed those in attendance. Schmidt, the starting shortstop for the Lancers, has compiled an astounding 12 bases stolen, meaning that he leads everybody in the region to this point. Meanwhile, his old teammate at Waterford Union High School, Mike Schmidt, come in at 4th in the region for runs batted in (RBIs). With two very talented freshman players putting together a productive season, Lancers baseball should be a very good team this year and next. The Lancers have a lot of positives to look at, but with a 3 game stint against McHenry College, which has a higher winning percentage than CLC, it is important not to become complacent. Following that, the boys will be heading to Wisconsin for an April 2nd matchup with the winless Milwaukee Technical College and an April 4th doubleheader against unbeaten Madison College. Lancers baseball has impressed as of late and, if they keep the right mindset, they should continue to climb the regional standings.

Growing up, I played multiple sports and was-- and still am-- a die hard sports fan. So, when I heard the Chronicle needed a sports editor with a writing background, I pounced on the opportunity. I mean, why wouldn’t I? From the perspective of an ex-athlete, there is nothing that compares to playing underneath the bright lights and hearing the roar of cheering spectators. From the perspective of a sports fan, there is nothing quite like the feeling of watching your favorite team, especially when it’s your friends and peers, compete and grow right before your eyes. However, I must admit that I’d never been to a sporting event for the College of Lake County prior to getting involved with the paper. Coming from a high school with elite athletic teams and facilities, in addition to a ravenous student body of about 5000, perhaps my expectations for Lancers events were a bit unrealistic. Walking into my first Lancers event this spring-one of the men’s basketball team’s home games-- I was a bit confused as to which side of the court was the home team’s stands and which was the visitors. Obviously I knew that the larger stands were the home team’s, but there seemed to be just as many, if not more, spectators in the small bleachers as there were in the large ones. I figured that this was a fluke and that the next game would produce a larger Lancer crowd and was excited for my second event. Once again, in regards to the amount of attendees, there was almost no distinction between the two sets

of bleachers. In fact, every CLC sporting event that I’ve gone to has had poor showing from the student body. This past week I set out to get a better understanding of why the student body doesn’t support their fellow Lancers by talking to random people that I came across throughout the college. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of the individuals I spoke to said that they had never gone to an athletic event for their college and some didn’t even know which teams are active. However, every single person that I spoke to said that they had gone to a sporting event when they were in high school. When asked why they attended such events in high school and not college, I consistently heard people say that they were too busy, weren’t aware of the events, and that no one else seemed to care. I can certainly understand that college students, especially those at a commu-

nity college, are very busy. However, the lack of awareness and positivity about Lancers athletics points to a larger issue. The College of Lake County needs to change its sports culture because, quite frankly, it appears to many as if it doesn’t have one. One of the many ways in which a school can become a more cohesive community, is through the commonality that pride in athletics provides. Students can always find postings about upcoming sporting events in the Chronicle, on the TVs around student activities, on the college’s website, or by going to the fitness center. Yet, it doesn’t seem like simply knowing about the events is enough. Students and faculty alike need to begin valuing the hard work that their peers are putting in by going to cheer them on with enthusiasm. It’s time that we, as a community, treat each other the same way we want to be treated.

Player makes a 3-point shot on March 30’s faculty vs. students basketball game. Photo by Cody Dufresne

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