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Friday, April 5, 2013

Vol 46, No.12

Campaign for Board of Trustees enters final days maria Isabel Garcia Managing Editor

The Lake County Clerk Office has offered a grace period registration for Tuesday’s CLC Board of Trustees election until Saturday. The two seats are currently held by John W. Lumber and Barbara D. Oilschlager, who are also running as candidates, with three other contestants. T hey are Phillip J. Carrigan, Jeanne Marie Dauray and Darl E. Drummond. The new board will face tough budgeting decisions after the current board rejected a proposal to raise tuition by $3 per credit hour. The money effected from

the proposed tuition increase may have to be made up by budget cuts or another source of revenue. Approximately 410,400 people are registered voters out of a population of 706,222 in Lake County. In the 2011 election, two candidates won seats on the CLC Board with less than 20,000 votes each. The April 9 election includes five candidates who are seeking two six-year board seats at CLC. The College of Lake County Federation of Teachers Political Action Committee is urging the CLC community to learn more about the candidates and to vote. “This election is crucial

because its effect on CLC’s current situation and that of its future,” Tracey Hoy, CLCFT-PAC Chair said in an April 3 email. “The board that is seated after the election will be dealing with many important issues such as state funding, IL debt issues and the effect on pensions, implications of the Affordable Care Act for CLC employees, CLC’s upcoming building projects at GLC and Lakeshore Campus, and implementing the visions of the College’ Master Plan. These are all concerns right now and for the future.” The administration’s recommendation to increase tuition and fees was rejected by CLC’s current board in

From left: Carrigan, Oilschlager, Drummond, Dauray, and Lumber

March. The proposal included a $3-per-credit-hour increase for in-district tuition and fees which would boost district tuition up to $115 in the fall. Lumber, elected to a sixyear term in 2007, said CLC expenses are fixed so it’s difficult to find areas to cut. He said a property tax increase may be the most reasonable way to gain extra revenue. Oilschlager, a CLC trustee since 1989, said she does not support any tuition increases. She said there are other ways to balance the budget instead of putting it on the backs of the students. “Every time tuition is increased, access to higher

education is decreased,” Oilschlager said. Carrigan said increases in tuition and fees are subject to careful analysis. “I don’t favor tuition increases, but I’m not a ‘no,’” Carrigan said. Drummond, who recently retired after 15 years as CLC’s vice president for student development said her concern and highest-priority campaign issue is affordable tuition. “I believe tuition increases should be the last option instead of the first option for generating operational and capital funds,” Drummond said.

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Roger Ebert dies after long, accomplished career Phil Brahm

Opinion Editor

Iconic film critic, Roger Ebert, 70, died Thursday after losing his longtime battle with cancer. With countless reviews published in the Chicago Sun-Times, along with cohosting the long running program “At the Movies”, the citric became a household name across America. Ebert’s wit and the simplicity of his “thumbs up, thumbs down” rating system connected with readers and viewers for generations. Roland Miller, Dean of Communication Arts, Hu-

manities and Fine Art here at CLC, recalls Ebert’s unique rating system. “I think the simple “thumbs up, thumbs down” was a nice way to for people to just quickly understand his opinion,” Miller said. Born in Urbana, Ill. on June 18, 1942, Roger Joseph Ebert, son of Walter and Annabel Ebert, he was brought up in strongly liberal household. Working as a co-host on Urban High School’s Saturday morning radio program and co-editing the school’s paper, Ebert began to develop his interest in journalism. He later attended the University of Illinois where he

not only wrote weekly political and opinion journals, but also served as an editor for the Daily Illini until he graduated in 1964. Soon after he took on a position at the Chicago Sun-Times where he spent 46 years. Ebert received numerous rewards for his work throughout his career. One of his most honorable was a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1975. First diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002, Ebert had to have his chin removed losing his ability to speak. Despite the hardships he faced with his illness, he continued to write reviews and make public appear-

ances at movie premiers, which many people deeply admired. “Fighting a disease such as cancer while being productive, and still making a difference,” Miller said, “He was a good example.” It was clear that this critic would not let Ebert died after a long battle with cancer. anything silence his voice. will always have a place in “He had a major impact on the movies. His insightful, the movie industry based on yet sometimes harsh rehis reviews,” Miller said. marks helped shape films to Roger Ebert is a name that become what they are today.



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ELECTION Continued from 1 Dauray, whose husband is a CLC part-time instructor, said tuition and fees are an ongoing issue with many academic institutions. “We should probably examine what other community colleges have successfully done to close the gap, in addition to taking a close look at all the options the college has in order to ensure the best outcome,” Dauray said.

Hoy said some voters may be influenced by the |tuition increase issue because it has received a lot of publicity. But she also said tuition increases are only one component in a very complicated structure of CLC’s finances. “In a time where state funding is cut and tax revenues decline and enrollments drop, the College has limited options when it needs money to operate,” Hoy said. “We would not want to see educational opportunities


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decrease or cut services.” The elected trustees will be seated right after the election at the meeting Monday April 29. The trustees then will choose its chairperson and vice chairperson for the coming year. They will also decide on a contract extension for CLC President Jerry Weber. “It is a challenging time for colleges in Illinois and the CLC Board will need to be unified and collaborative in its actions and supportive of its president

and administration to keep CLC the wonderful and high quality institution that it is,” Hoy said. Students can visit www., for candidate resumes, biographies and questionnaire responses. In her email Hoy added that voting by mail and early voting are currently in progress. If you are not registered to vote, you can take advantage of grace period registration and register and vote early in the same visit until April 6.

For eligibility to vote you need to be U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age by the date of the next election and a resident of your Lake County precinct address for 30 days immediately before an election. To register to vote you can go to Lake County Clerk’s Office at 18 N. County St. in Waukegan or Lake County Central Permit Facility at 500 W. Winchester Road in Libertyville Hours are: MondayFriday from 8:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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CLCFT-PAC opposes Oilschlager’s candidacy To the Editor:

to reconsider their top choice • Wasted more monies on CLCFT-PAC Letter to the a second search Editor •� Dismissed ���������� the ���� recom������ Barbara Oilschlager USED mendation of the second to be a good College of Lake search committee. County (CLC) board mem•�� ���������� ���� ������������� ber. ally hired a candidate that Eight years ago that was her “friend” but who changed. was considered to be a poor It started when CLC choice by the committee. conducted a search for a • “Fired” this president new college president and after about two years into Oilschlager refused to sup- his hire because he caused port the candidate recom- such disarray at the colmended by the entire search lege (of course he was kept committee. on the payroll through his She led a board initial contract, contingent that: writing a “report” • Dismissed from his home in the college/comTexas) munity-member •� Accused �������� ���� facsearch-commitulty and staff of a tee’s recommenlack of cordiality dation and collegiality. • Wasted time • Paid out more and money nemoney to interim gotiating an offer presidents and that ultimately Barbara Oilschlager a third search, a failed with a third search that second-tier candidate at least resulted in a hire that • Rejected the request was in line with the search from the search committee committee and who is our

current president. Fortunately, CLC’s current President, Jerry Weber, has brought an era of stab�l��y� ���� ����������� ���� ����������� g��w��� ��� ���� College. Unfortunately, Barbara Oilschlager’s singular mission at the moment seems ��� b�� ��� fi��� ����� P��������� and replace him, after another costly search or �������� by� fi��� �l���,� w���� another “friend” (one possibility is current CLC board ���b��� B�ll� G���fi�� w��� tried to usurp the post a few years ago, only to cause such an outcry from faculty and staff that he withdrew his name from consideration). Although it is unclear why Oilschlager bears such enmity for CLC President Dr. Jerry Weber, part of the cause may be that he recommended CLC use a public bidding process before awarding large contracts that Oilschlager was accustomed to awarding to

“friends.” I�� ��� ���fi��l�� ��� ���prehend why the Daily Herald endorsed Barbara Oilschlager or why they ����� ��ly� ��bl������ l��ters of support for her candidacy and not in support of other candidates; it certainly couldn’t be based ��� ��������� �b���������� ��� ���� �������������l� b�������� during CLC board meetings because the Daily Herald only sends a reporter to attend a meeting a couple of times a year. In contrast, CLC Faculty ����� �� ��������������� ��� ��ery CLC board meeting. Based on our� �b�����tions and our knowledge of our community and our college we are recommending three candidates for the two open board seats: Phil Carrigan, Jeanne Marie Dauray and John Lumber. R����w� ���� w�b����� ��� �����l�.��g or our Facebook link at CLCFT PAC for information on candidate ���fil��� ���� ��� ����������

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CLC is much more than the ‘College of Last Chance’ Nate Sousa News Editor

While giving your school a nickname is not reprehensible, reinforcing a nickname that has a negative connotation is. Students who refer to CLC as the “College of Last Chance” need to stop the name-calling right now. I don’t know where or when the name “College of Last Chance” began, but I have heard the moniker since I was a junior in high school. I had begun doing research on potential places I wanted a college degree from and I did not want to go to CLC. I don’t know why I didn’t; I had never visited it, I had never talked to anyone about it—all I knew was that it was close to my house and that every one of my peers thought poorly of the college down the street. Many potential high school students and even current students don’t see CLC as a credible institu-

tion because of the negative connotation that comes with the nickname: the “College of Last Chance.” While there may be truth in the name, that does not make it appropriate to use. I, for one, do not think there is anything negative in additional chances for someone to continue or complete their education. The name confuses chances with failure. Just because someone has made a mistake in their past and is now considering attending CLC because they have limited educational options, does not mean that the institution itself should be diminished. Chances are a fortunate thing and we should be thankful for them. CLC provides options for many students who have fallen on bad luck, financial instability, and for those who are unsure of their future. There is not a slightest bit of shame in saying that CLC has provided many people with a second

chance that other schools cannot. If anything, it is the greatest strength of our college. For those who believe they are getting a second hand education at CLC, that is not the case at all. Many of the teachers at CLC are here because they love to teach and prefer not to teach at four-year universities. They like the interpersonal relationships they build with students and the community more than the prestige that four-year universities offer. As for the name itself, when you reinforce a name that diminishes your school, you have effectively diminished other people’s perception of you. That perception affects how others think of CLC. You should acknowledge that though CLC is not the school for you, it is a school for many people seeking opportunities. The moniker also diminishes the perception of the community around CLC.




When you say you don’t want to go to the “College of Last Chance” because you don’t want to live at home or you want to go to school farther away, you have provided a personal reason for not wanting to attend the school—not something that is actually wrong with it. The college’s various locations are one of the many things that make it a great institution: the multiple campus’s gives students flexible commuting options based on where they live. Students need to stop comparing CLC to other colleges because the college is not trying to be like other schools. The college is not in the midst of an identity crisis. So what if CLC doesn’t have an amazing sports program or an amazing off-campus social scene? These are not things that the college values, unlike some four year universities might. It values providing an education to anyone in the local

community who wants one. CLC provides options— not chances. This is why we need to rid the name, “College of Last Chance” and instead, embrace the name, “College of Lots of Choices.” This is a more accurate representation of what CLC is about: it gives students with troubled pasts the option to continue their education, it gives students with financial instability the option to get a degree for an affordable price, and it gives students who are unsure of their future the option to find something they are passionate about. These options are something to be celebrated and not something overlooked. So the next time you want to joke around with your buddies that CLC is the “College of Last Chance,” keep in mind you’re not just speaking on behalf of yourself, but for an entire community. One that you obviously think you are too good for.

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A&E Justin Hay’s dedication to ceramics pays off Chronicle

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To recognize and witness talent in motion is a privilege within itself. Many people wish they possessed it, or even blindly conceptualize that they already do, but for those who haven’t yet found their talent can only participate as an admirer of such talent. The lower level of CLC’s Grayslake campus is frequently inhabited by CLC student, Justin Hay. Each week the 22 year old Grayslake native spends up to 20 hours in the ceramics lab working on his collection of distinct pottery pieces. His love for the craft is even more evident through his recurring enrollment in multiple courses. “I’ve taken all the courses here, some even several times,” Hay said. His passion for ceramics began in high school when he decided he needed a “blow-off” class for one of his elective courses. Ironically, his inclination to participate in a class with minimal work had the exact opposite effect and allowed him to find something he was passionate in. “Any chance I could spend time in ceramics I would,” Hay said. “During my study

hall, breaks between classes and even sometimes through lunch.” Hay used the ceramics lab as an escape and as a place for his own creative expression. He has jokingly called the lower level of the college his home for almost five years and has wasted no time in developing his artistry. The signature characteristic of Hay’s pieces is their manifesting mouth openings. His mouth designs are frighteningly animate, bringing an eerie sense of spirit to a lifeless object. In each mouth there are large caricature-like teeth, each one created separately and attached to the lips of the mouth. Each tooth is perfectly distorted which adds to the distinct character of his style. These ceramics are in terrible need of some dentistry. Recently, he has specialized in making large incense burners using his signature mouth design. “I’ve been creating more designs for the incense burners,” Hay said. “I have used the same design for jugs and vases, but I have mainly been focusing on making each incense burner unique and different.” The concept for the burners was created through

some unexpected experimentation. “I really made them on accident,” Hay said. “I poked through the top of a lid for a jar and figured an incense stick would hold there with a key ring.” He began selling his works independently as result of a very supportive friend who also independently sells his artwork online. He uses social media websites like Facebook, under the name “Hunger Clay Werks,” to promote his artwork and as a way for interested buyers to contact him. Hay is a great example of a student who fully utilizes the opportunities that the college provides him with. In a struggling economy where many students feel forced to choose more traditional majors, Hay proves that not everyone has to be a business major. “I feel like, ceramics is almost a dying art,” Hay said. “Not many other people do it, so I like it because it’s different.” Hay amends much of his success and development to a collection of people. He notes that when he first started taking ceramics classes at CLC many students in higher skilled classes helped him improve his abilities. “When I was struggling

there were a lot of people who gave me advice and tips,” Hay said. “I couldn’t even name all of them, there are so many.” Hay also says that he is no ceramic master and still faces several complications in his creating process. “The hardest thing is deadlines,” Hay said. “Starting new pieces used to be a stressful process, but now that I stuck with it it’s become easier.” He is the most recent recipient of Lake County Art League (LCAL) scholarship for his piece, “Moon Socket Jar.” He also has a display case in the D-Wing of the Grayslake campus with some of his selected works. This has led some of his classmates to crack jokes at his new “local celebrity.” “One scholarship and now he’s a hot shot,” one student said to Hay. “Remember us when you’re big and famous Justin,” another student said to him. He acknowledges the light-hearted jokes with an amiable chuckle and returns to his work. Hay’s talent in ceramics is only matched by his humbleness. He needed to be asked to speak up when talking because he was a little uncomfortable talking about himself. Not because

he is bashful or worrisome of others perceptions of him, but because he has a commendable humility to him. “To get where I am took a lot of time,” Hay said. “Now that I have learned so much, it’s nice to be able to do something with it.” After the news of Hay’s scholarship each one of his classmates personally congratulated him on his hard accomplishment. It is evident from the way many of the other students watch him work that he inspires them to work hard and be creative with their own artwork. He recognizes that he is just one piece of an artistic community as a part of the ceramics department. He and his classmates help each other out not just with ceramics, but with life’s issues as well. “In my advanced class we share stories and experiences with each other,” Hay said. “We share life stories, as well as experiences with ceramics.” If you are interested in purchasing one of his pieces you can contact him through his facebook page. Hay’s work will also be on display at College of Lake County Student Art Competition, which will displayed in the Robert T. Wright Gallery from April 12th to May 18th.

Photos by Nate Sousa

Open mouth designs are a type of signature for Hay’s work (left, middle). He recently won the Lake County Art League Scholarship for “Moon Socket Jar” (right)

A&E Kirk Thurmond performs in Lancers cafe Chronicle

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Kirk Thurmond, performed in Lancers Thursday. The 25 year old, native Texan filled CLC student’s lunch break with soft acoustic covers of widely known songs and original pieces from his sophomore album Only Love. Thurmond’s soft but soulful brand of music reminds you of a mash up of John Mayer and Jason Mraz with various scatting mixed in. Music has been the foundation for this young man’s life. At a very young age Thurmond became involved in the music program at his church with his brothers allowing him to develop an ear for harmonies. His ease on stage was obvious the guitar he held seemed to be an extension of himself. “I have been playing for

ten years, I first got started in grade school, Thurmond said, around 15 I started playing shows.” Thurmond pursued different direction than his previous works, he claimed that this current release is a true representation of the artist that he currently is. “My first record Born in the city came out popper than I wanted and I just was not happy with it, Thurmond said, I want more. I want to redefine pop music.” A strong belief in Christ has always been a part of Kirk’s life, but this is the first time you can hear the influences of God in his works. Although he is not an outright Christian artist he is not shy to profess his beliefs. “I am a fervent believer in Christ and this album has been me stepping out in him,” Thurmond said, “my belief has been the only thing that could have re-

stored me from where I was to where I am now.” Kirk is influenced by many artists especially from the sounds of Motown, but with this latest album he focused more on the sounds of Michael Jackson. “With this record in particular there is a lot of Michael Jackson in it, Thurmond said, I was happy to have that influence it made me proud to put that in a record and have people recognize it.” A revitalization of the music industry is long overdue for this indie vocalist. Thurmond calls for a new era in the quality and depth. “Pop is popular music, it does not have to sound a certain way, Thurmond said, Motown was pop back then it was not just soul it was the music of the time and I want to get back to that level of music.” A real person is difficult to find in the music industry.

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Recycled fashions displayed in fashion show Kathleen Hunt Staff Reporter

The Pride Alliance held a fashion show in the CLC atrium on March 20th. This fashion show featured all reused clothing that would be donated to CLC’s Women’s Center and was used to promote their larger collection.

Jason Gaona, Pride Alliance Vice President, explained that the event served two purposes: to promote the collection of clothing for the Women’s Center and to encourage people’s over all perspective of reused clothing. “We’re showing how students can be fabulous with recycled clothing,” Pride

Alliance President, Paul Najarro III said. The event was very upbeat and its lively MC’s, Najarro and Gaona, kept the crowd smiling and laughing. Passersby could not resist the joyful atmosphere the two had fostered. In total, 10 models, both male and female CLC students, vibrantly strutted

down the runway, showing a variety of clothing. “We’re very happy about all of the support CLC has given us,” Pride Alliance advisor Ryan Echeverria said. Support came from the Latino Alliance and the Environmental Club, as well as from many other CLC students who contributed

to the collection. Project Recycled Runway was the first fashion show to be held by the Pride Alliance in two years and they hope the show’s success will lead to many more. “It doesn’t stop here,” Gaona said. Pride Alliance meets every Monday from noon to one in the Glass Lounge.

Students tackle tough questions in Ethics Bowl Alex Aranda Staff Reporter

Ethical debates challenge individuals to observe opposing opinions constructively. The ability to effectively articulate a reflective analysis on a given ethical issue involves cerebral practice and exercise. For years, teams of students from colleges and universities have competed in regional and national debate bowls all over the country, debating on various topics from the ethics of consuming meat to gun control. The first Ethics Bowl team for CLC has surfaced and will compete at their first Community College Ethics Bowl at Harper College Apr. 6 at 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The team consists of students Tom Belles, Kate Hunt, Genesis Reyes and Caleb Town. CLC Professors Ben Almassi and Matt Wion coach the team. Almassi coached ethics debate clubs while in graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle. He said his passion stems from his interest in philosophy as a social process. “What entices me is thoughtful reflective disagreement between reflective people because that gives us a platform from which to further explore the opposite reasoning,” Almassi said. Almassi believes that this experience at the Ethics Bowl will have a positive impact on the participating students and CLC. In preparation for the debate, each team received the same set of varied case studies to review and practice. Potential topics include: the Family Smoking Pre-

vention and Tobacco Control Act; the ethics behind allowing a Human Resources Director the ability to view internet information, i.e. Facebook or Twitter regarding an applicant to further assess their probability for employment; and bills introduced into the Minnesota House and Senate in April 2011 claimed it illegal to record footage or audio from inside an animal facility without authorization. Only 12 topics will be chosen for discussion during the actual debate on Saturday. “These debates give students a protracted amount of time to look and study these cases. They’ve been thinking in a real developed way about how to approach these cases,” Almassi said. According to the rules and regulations, participants in the event are not allowed to utilize any form of literature or their laptops for aid. They are to rely solely on their intellectual organization and practice of the material provided. The amount of information within each case study will prove challenging. “Criticisms are not always antagonistic. It is a subtle challenge in that you learn how to offer criticism for things that you might agree with. Ethics is a place where reasonable people disagree about moral issues,” Almassi said. Human beings obtain the capacity to anticipate various outcomes following a choice or decision.

Everyone subconsciously makes decisions, but not everyone is aware of how their decisions impact the world. Almassi clarified the purpose of an ethics debate. “The point is to reflect on why we hold the moral positions that we do. The ones we agree on and the ones we don’t,” Almassi said. “Start to think about the reasoning behind our moral

commitments. We look at why other people provide the reasoning that they do.” Though there are numerous variables that undoubtedly influence a person’s decision making capabilities, an individual/culture develops a code of ethics that further diversifies a person’s judgment of similar occurrences. “So part of what we do is look at the main moral

theories that people have subscribed to throughout history, but I like to think about that as a resource to help us each individually figure out how we can think more clearly about our own moral positions,” Almassi said. The event is free and open to the public. For more information email Almassi at Balmassi@

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Spring Reading event emotional, hilarious Courtney Gillen Features Editor

CLC held a Spring Reading Series on Mar. 19 in C005. It featured performing poets Derrick Brown and Shanny Jean Maney. CLC Communications Professor and longtime friend of Brown and Maney, Joel Chmara, was the host of the event and opened with a piece of his own. Chmara began the show with a story about Brown and Maney and how they both performed at his wedding. Maney was also a student of his at one time. He further evoked the audience to play along with the interactive nature of the night and even encouraged them Chmara’s piece was a comical take from the view of a teacher and how his students perceive him. He poked fun at how teaching made him “uncool” and proceeded to make jokes about his own age and that he has suddenly become out of touch with the youth. His lines were entertaining and endearing saying how he watches DVR because shows he wants to see start at 9 p.m. on a school night and how students are shocked when they “dig the same music,” going on to say that the student would then perceive it as, “it meant I’d be buying them a red solo cup at a lacrosse party.” Chmara’s performance was lighthearted and a great open to the hilarity that continued through the show. Brown and Maney performed their first piece together in which they teased about people’s perception of spoken word and were very satirical. They entitled it “Short Poems We Wish Were in the New Yorker.” The two went back and forth on the microphone spewing short topics like, “Why I like laundry machines with circular windows” and “Good looking fishermen on the dock.” They eased into their last piece together in which Maney played the violin while Brown read a piece about interesting stories his grandparents told him. He went on to tell the story of Roy and how he had been struck by lightning more than anyone else and lived each time. Brown eased his piece

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Derrick Brown (left) and Shanny Jean Maney (far right) shared their poetry at CLC on March 19. from the lighthearted story into a more serious tone with lines from Roy’s point of view like, “money broke up with me a long time ago,” and “I stopped reading the bible and started believing in miracles.” As Brown’s piece took a more serious tone, Maney’s phenomenal violin skills added emphasis and evoked emotion as the audience leaned in and consumed the words that were musically thrown at them. Brown ended the piece telling the audience, “may you write and make us see us.” Shaney read poems from her book, “I Love Science!” which is published through Brown’s company, Write Bloody Publishing. Shaney’s first poem was a comical piece entitled “Famous, Sexy, Paleontologist” and brought humor and life to what some would have otherwise considered a boring topic. The piece was about a time when she asked a paleontologist why we refer to dinosaurs as “him” and why we seem to make all non human things scary. Under her funny lines Maney made deep statements like, “the worst thing we can do is tell kids their either good at science and math or art.” She brought a literary and artistic edge to a science themed topic, in which she ended, “He (the paleontologist) is a poet, he is a scientist, this is science, welcome to my grand hypothesis.” Shaney then delved into a hilarious piece entitled, “An erotic love poem to Jeff Goldblum.” The piece is told from her point of view as an 11-year old and her obsession with Jeff Goldblum.

Lines like, “If I had a bra, I think I’d let you touch the strap of it” allowed her to encompassed the voice of a pre-pubescent crush in the most entertaining and sidesplitting of ways leaving women of all ages through the audience shaking their head in hysterical laughter with a deep and silent understanding. Her next piece she titled “Baby Poem” in which she spoke of the difficulties of her miscarriage. It was a smooth transition from her comical pieces into a more somber one and allowed the audience to get a deeper look into who Maney is and what she has lived through. Her one line said, “I drink extra just because I’m not pregnant.” She brought the emotion and trauma into her words and the feeling was felt with every line, having the audience raise their “pretend” glasses in a toast to babies, everything about them: their tiny clothes, soft feet and on. Even with the serious topic of the poem, Maney budged out some jokes throughout ensuring the audience it was okay to smile and crack a laugh. Her last three pieces were merged together and incorporated “Famous, Sexy, Paleontologist,” “An Erotic Love Poem to Jeff Goldblum” and “Baby Poem” into a dream sequence. She took the deeper, hidden meaning behind all the poems that were otherwise not apparent to the audience and left the crowd in awe. Her experience with miscarriage and the difficulties and raw emotion that came with it flooded into her last piece and brought out the hidden parts of her first three

pieces. Maney’s ability to make humor of science and turn it into art and something that even someone who hated science could love was utterly impressive. I found myself laughing at scientific things I would otherwise tilt my head to. Her artistic ability showed when hiding deeper meanings in previous poems and bringing them all out at once, leaving you with a surge of emotions. Maney’s struggle with miscarriage and the passion she had when speaking about it was hard to ignore, I would be lying if I said I did not have a tear in my eye by the end of her last piece. Brown’s first piece, “Instead of Killing Yourself,” was a profound poem in which he started, “Wait until a year from now, where you say… I can’t believe I was going to kill myself before I etcetera’d.” He went on to list random things like photographing electric jellyfish or teaching someone to read. Brown ended the brief piece with, “The red washing down the bathtub can’t change the color of the sea at all.” The audience was left in silence, looking within themselves in deep reflection. Before his next piece, Brown went on to explain that he believes in a pre and afterlife which gave prelude to the poem he was about to perform that was accompanied with audio. “Zero darkness, zero voice, here’s the story of one man with strange light.” In this piece, Brown went through the stages of his life, from pre-birth, his infancy, childhood until present day. He spoke of his father telling him while still in the

womb, “I have a suitcase full of things I couldn’t be, I can’t wait to dress you up in it,” to him speaking of a past love that he had lost and professing how much he loved her. He would fast-forward through time, jumping to memorable points in his life, the highs and lows and once to present day, proceeded to forward through the rest of his life. The running topic with him through those times was Margaret, the love he no longer had. Brown confessed to her, “Margaret, I want to go home but I don’t know what that is. I want to go home and I don’t know what it means.” Following through to the afterlife, Brown left the audience, much like Maney, with a deeper sense of who he was ashamed as an artist. His emphasis and uncensored emotion translated to the audience seamlessly, once again, leaving a heavy feeling in the gut and a tear in even my eye. He ended with saying, “When we die, it is poetry that leaves the body.” Brown and Maney’s performance fell nothing short of amazing. Their hilarity mixed with their misfortunes took the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions and a deeper understanding of both of them as people. Brown and Maney’s pieces forced the audience to turn within and discover something deeper within themselves through their words and passion. I would strongly recommend going to see one, if not both, of them perform. Even for those who are not fans of spoken word or poetry, Brown and Maney are sure to turn you into a believer.


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Baseball returns from Florida with hot bats Joe copeland Staff Reporter

There is nothing like playing a conference game in college baseball. It brings intensity to the field that you wouldn’t normally see. A quick look at the recent run for the CLC baseball team would indicate they like conference play a lot. Freshman pitcher Jared Helmich feels the club has become more of a cohesive unit. “The first six games were in Florida, so we were getting used to playing with each other and just getting into the swing of things,” Helmich said. “So now being back we have played together and have gotten all

of the cob webs out. So I guess you could say we have more confidence playing these games now.” It was a tough trip in Florida for this team, but they seem to be relishing playing back in familiar territory. An impressive 14-4 and 7-0 double over Morton College was followed by a pair of one run victories over Oakton Community College. Not every game is going to be a blow out, and in order to become a good team it’s how you handle the tight games that will make the difference. If the Apr. 3 sweep of Oakton is any indicator, the team is making great strides in that aspect. Offensively, there have been a few standouts. Soph-

omore Ryan Miscenic leads the team with a .444 batting average. He is one of four players that are north of the .400 mark. Alex Letto, Malcolm Frazier and James Lesniewski are the others. Letto also leads the team with three home runs. The Lancers are hitting .292 as a team and have tallied 49 runs thus far. The pitching has left a little to be desired as the team ERA sits at 4.28 and opponents are hitting .291. Sophomore Caleb Haley has the lowest ERA at 3.48 while his 13 strikeouts lead the Lancers staff. 10 games are not a lot to go off of in such a long season, but Sophomore Sean Harling is happy with what he has seen so far.

“The biggest thing is that we are still pulling for each other. We are a tight knit group and always pick each other up,” Harling said. “We are going to win our fair share of games. The good teams play together and win close games, blow teams away and put together streaks.” Apr. 6 which kicks off a nine game stretch over the next seven days. No matter whom you are, that is grinding work. Harling is looking confidently towards the future and feels a slight adjustment in the team’s approach is the final key to sustained success. “Coach has talked about “what’s our approach going to be.” Not only should we improve our approach to ev-

ery inning, pitch, at bat, etc. we need to change our approach to the game,” Harling said. “If we start believing that we can beat any team we face, we’ll be better. If we believe that we are the best team, we’ll be hard to beat.” Upcoming conference foes Waubonsee Community College and Elgin Community College both sit above 500. and will not roll over easily. You can tell this team is close to truly finding its stride this season. A legitimate power bat must emerge in the middle of the order and perhaps Letto is that guy. The pitching staff needs to maintain their battling characteristics while also lowering the overall ERA.

Starting pitching gives Cubs, Sox 2-1 start sam greenberg Sports Editor

The Cubs are 2-1 and owe the wins to their starting rotation. Second year starter Jeff Samardzija kicked off the season Apr. 1 with a masterful outing against the Pirates. He gave up no runs, struck out nine and gave up only two hits through eight innings. “He (Samardzija) stuck to his game plan,” Chicago

manager Dale Sveum told the Associated Press. “That was probably as good of a game that he’s pitched in his starting career.” First baseman Anthony Rizzo supplied the power with a two-run home run to propel the Cubs to a 3-1 win Game two soured the winning spirit as the Cubs managed only two hits off of the Pirates Wandy Rodriguez and fell 3-0. The Cubs loaded the bases in the

seventh inning but failed to capitalize. Travis Wood gave the Cubs another solid start Apr. 4, tossing six innings, surrendering only one hit and no runs. Carlos Marmol gave up two runs in the ninth, but escaped with a 3-2 win. “It does feel good, when you’ve been struggling and give up a base hit and walk people, to strike out one guy and get a groundball, it feels great,” Marmol said to AP.

The north-siders take their winnng record to Atlanta to face the Braves Apr. 5-7 As for the White Sox, Chris Sale shut down the Royals on opening day, Apr. 1. The lefty tossed seven and two-thirds innings, gave up seven hits, no runs and struck out seven en route to a 1-0 win. Catcher Tyler Flowers supplied the only offense with a solo home run.The offense woke up in a game two

win, when the south-siders got home runs from Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Flowers. Veteran starter Jake Peavy kicked off 2013 with a solid outing, going four innings and striking out six.The first loss of the season came Apr. 4, when Kansas City scored three runs in the fifth inning off of Sox starter Gavin Floyd and the Sox lost 3-1. The Sox welcome Seattle Apr. 5-7

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Softball team struggles after 8-0 Florida trip Joe Copeland Staff Reporter

Spring time in Illinois is perennially unpredictable and this year is no different. The varying weather has not allowed the CLC softball to really find a rhythm. Following their perfect 8-0 start, the team has dropped seven of the next nine to leave them at 10-7. However, in that time six games have either been canceled or postponed as a result of poor weather “The schedule has been very unexpected but I think we’re handling it just fine,” said freshman infielder Raquel Ness. “We have been a little discouraged with practicing indoors all the time, but it’s warming up now so we will be good.” Offensively, the team has been outstanding thus far. As a team they are hitting a superb .354 with 120 runs scored in 17 games. The offense has been sparked by Sophomore Brenda Botzenhart who is hitting .460 with six home runs and 22 RBI’s.

Shockingly, her .460 average is only good for third on the team. Sally Snarski and Deanna Wise lead the way at .488 and .467 respectively. Wise also leads the club in doubles (9) and steals (4). The Lancers have scored ten or more runs in five games this season. Their record in those games is 5-0. “Our lineup is very solid all the way through so that really helps,” Ness said. “We know how to string hits together and once we get started, we can do a lot together.” In the world of sports nothing usually goes exactly the way you expected it to. You can plan and prepare, but ultimately, there will always be another factor. This season has been no different for CLC. However, different isn’t always a bad thing if you ask Ness. “Besides the horrible weather we’ve gotten stuck with in the beginning of the month, there have been a couple games in which we would have loved to win,

batted and they gripped the bat tight and wanted to kill the ball just like we would,” said Lopez. “I feel like the team did a great job winning while having fun but kept sportsmanship in mind.” Not only has the offense been extremely potent this year, the pitching has been solid as well. Wise and freshman Stephanie Rodriguez have five wins apiece this season. Five players on the team have a fielding percentage of .940 or above. However, Ness still sees room for improvement for the squad. “I would like to improve my hitting a bit, so I’ve been working hard at practice on that! But as a team, I would like to see us minimize our Justin Leyba • The Chronicle errors, both physically and Freshman Jessica Cantinella takes a swing against Waubonsee. mentally,” said Ness. “We need to support each other but they were all really close College. every step of the way.” and we can only learn from “Oakton wasn’t your orThe team will take their games like those,” said Ness. dinary team because they first step towards gaining Following a week off, the had only nine players with their mojo back with a cruteam came back Apr. 2 for a decent pitcher and the rest cial conference clash with a convincing 16-0 victory were trying their hardest, Elgin Community College over Oakton Community as a catcher I saw how they on Apr. 9.

Final Four teams in NCAA tournament head to Atlanta Kyle Risinger Staff Reporter

Louisville, Michigan, Syracuse and Wichita State are the last four in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Louisville is the clear favorite as they are the only number one seed left. Plus, they have added motivation

after guard Kevin Ware’s gruesome leg injury. Louisville outscored Duke in the Midwest Regional final 64-43 after Ware broke his leg, en route to an 85-63 victory. Wichita State is the next roadblock for Louisville in a path to cut down the nets in Atlanta. They are a number nine seed but should not be

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taken lightly, although no nine-seed has ever won the championship. The 1985 Villanova Wildcats, an eight seed, is the lowest seeded team to ever win the tournament.But in the tournament, anything goes. That statement is embodied by Florida Gulf Coast, who was the first number 15 seed to reach the Sweet Sixteen.

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The Shockers are the beloved “Cinderella” in this tournament, but their coach, Gregg Marshall, thinks otherwise. “After winning a game or two in the NCAA tournament, and when you get to the regionals, there’s no longer a Cinderella factor,” Marshall told ESPN. On their way to the final four, Wichita State beat Ohio State and Gonzaga, the top two seeds in their region. The other game matches up two four seeds in Michigan and Syracuse. This is Syracuse’s first Final Four since the Carmelo Antony led Orangemen to a championship in 2003. This year’s team is led by point guard, Michael CarterWilliams. His astounding play this year comes after a year where he watched most games from the bench. “Going from last year to this year is special to me because I went through so much last year,’’ CarterWilliams said for an article on

Their opponent, Michigan, is led by AP player of the Trey Burke and junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. This is Michigan’s first Final Four appearance since the Fab Five in 1993. This year’s team is capable of besting their 1993 counterpart. The Wolverines are coming off a 20 point win over Florida in the Elite Eight and an improbable comeback win over Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen. Burke hit a three from about five feet beyond the three point arc to force overtime against Kansas. They went on to win by two. Burke had 15 points while freshman guard, Nik Stauskas, had 22 against Florida in the South Regional Final and went a perfect 6-6 from deep. Michigan will face a tough Syracuse’s zone defense, which stifled No.3 Marquette and No. 1 Indiana. It’s one thing for a team to make the Final Four. It’s another to cut down the nets.

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