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Panel of CLC professors discuss political opinions

Diana Panuncial A&E Editor

The College of Lake County sponsored a facultyled discussion Wednesday, Oct. 19. on the presidential election. Staff members from the Business and Social Sciences Division of CLC presented their views through a question and answer panel, both moderated and open to students in the audience. The panel featured Ribhi Salhi, political science instructor; Dr. Phyllis Soybel, history professor; Dr. Sonia Oliva, sociology and gender studies professor; and Robert Kerr, economics professor emeritus. Faculty members gave answers based on their disciplines in order to provide some clarity for students in the final stretch of the race. Weeks before the election, students are still not sure who to vote for, and faculty says it is because the race has been focused on drama instead of concrete political issues. “This election is different

because Trump does not seem to care about what he says, and Clinton is too careful,” Soybel said. “There’s the stirring up of supporter violence on Trump’s side, and a general disregard for political decorum and human respect.” Kerr said there are two prominent economic problems that each candidate has to focus on: unemployment and inflation. The two are added together to create a misery index, which is a correlation that helps determine how the average American citizen is doing economically, and could possibly help indicate which party stays in power for the election. In 2012, the unemployment rate fell significantly from eight to five percent. The inflation rate is currently at 1.5 percent. “If the misery index is falling, then the party in power stays in power,” Kerr said. “But if it’s rising, then the party in power gets kicked out of power. If we’re going by the misery index, then the party will not change, but there is a caveat

to that. The misery index is just a correlation. It doesn’t explain causation.” Oliva said that gender is also playing a large role in the presidential election because Clinton is the first woman running for president, and Trump is facing a lot of backlash for his derogatory statements against women. “There is a worry that Clinton won’t be competent in office,” Oliva said. “People are asking if she can push that button, if she can be an effective commanderin-chief, and that’s just because she is a woman.” On the other hand, Trump is infamous for his remarks against women. “Trump doesn’t take his words seriously,” Olivia said. “He calls it all ‘locker room’ talk. He has a hypermasculinity that has often gotten him in trouble.” Whether or not the election is rigged was also a significant point of discussion for the panel, and a concern for audience members as well. “The first thing we have to do is define election fraud

and rigging,” Soybel said. “There are cases of ghost voting, and kids voting for their parents that could be considered as fraudulent. Still, it’s very difficult to rig an election. Mistakes can be made during ballot, but there’s still a system of double checking.” Salhi shared his final thoughts on the presiden-

tial election, saying that the next president needs to focus on the American family and how to make America flourish. “I don’t care about who is in office, just who is taking America to the top,” Salhi said. “Just like they say, it doesn’t matter what color the cat is, just how the cat gets the mouse.”

History Professor Phyllis Soybel and Sociology Professor Sonia Oliva discuss the presidential election. Photo by Diana Panuncial

ACCT Equity Award recognizes diversity efforts at CLC Yuliya Mykhaylovska Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County has been chosen to receive an award given to a single community college in the nation that demonstrates equity for underrepresented groups. CLC President Jerry Weber described the significance of being awarded the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Charles Kennedy Equity Award for the first time. “This award is an acknowledgement of our work together to enhance diver-

sity, inclusion, and equity for women, persons of color, LGBTQ and underrepresented populations,” Weber said. Upon receiving the award, CLC was also granted the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Equity and Diversity Award and the Central Region for ACCT Equity Award. CLC was up against four other community colleges for the ACCT. Each college represented one of the five U.S. regions qualifying for the national award. Chief of Staff Derrick

Harden spoke of what the award means for the school and its students. “This award is a recognition of the CLC Board and College’s commitment to making a difference in students’ lives,” Harden said, “creating an inclusive work environment which respects the diverse opinions of its employees.” Harden added that there is still room for improvement. “One of the major things to be done,” he said, “to create a more welcoming community is creating awareness of the many pro-

grams and services we offer to be more engaged.” Some of the many clubs and organizations at CLC include the Student Retention Pilot Project, designed to help students complete their enrollment process, Sister to Sister and Men of Vision, which provide support by establishing a community through mentoring from faculty and staff. Students are encouraged to join the clubs found on the CLC website home page. Students can become more engaged as these clubs are made to enhance their

experience at CLC. “We must be open to change, and change happens when you get involved,” Harden added. “I would encourage students to take advantage of all of the student support services, such as tutoring, academic advising and coaching, CLC has demonstrated continuous efforts to welcome and inspire its students and members of the community. “A diverse world is not out there waiting, it is here at the college and an essential part of the CLC experience,” Harden said



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Title IX awareness causes increase in student reports

Robert Biegalski News Editor

Title IX, a federal law passed in 1972, prohibits gender-based discrimination of any kind, including denial of membership in any group because of gender. CLC’s Dean of Student Life, Teresa Aguinaldo is also the College of Lake County’s Title IX Coordinator. “The Title IX Coordinator’s responsibility is to make sure students, employees, and college community members know they have the right to pursue an education without having to be a victim of any kind of sex or gender discrimination,” Aguinaldo said. Aguinaldo explained some of the criminal acts Title IX protects against. “Sexual violence, harassment, or discrimination based on sexual orientation or pregnancy,” Aguinaldo said. “ All of those are covered under Title IX.” The law has become better known in recent

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years, in part because of the 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter” from the department of education. This letter expanded the terms of Title IX by stating discrimination based on sex also includes sexual misconduct and sexual violence. Recently, no new Title IX staff have been hired. However, the pool of Title IX investigators has been increased. Three CLC staff members have become trained Title IX investigators: Jenny Lee, English Instructor, Nic Scandrett, Athletics Director, and James Crizer, Associate Dean of the Communication Arts/Humanities/Fine Arts Division. Title IX investigators meet with complainants, those filing a report, after receiving their reports. The goal is to give all students involved due process. Every side is considered. Complainants are allowed to bring witnesses, meet with the Title IX office,

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discrimination in schools is called the “Not Anymore” initiative. A flier detailing the initiative describes it as “an online program designed to help you deal with the issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, stalking, bullying, alcohol and drug abuse.” These fliers are posted on various boards throughout CLC. “It’s very difficult to make it mandatory for a community college population,” Aguinaldo said. “But there are groups on campus that are making it mandatory(within the group).” One way awareness could be raised is through classes at the school. “Sometimes these issues, particularly with so much coming out in the news, are perfect discussion points for classes,” Aguinaldo said. “It could be in any class. These are important issues that affect our everyday lives.”

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dure called the Student Discrimination and Harassment Procedure.” Complaints covered under Title IX may become “bigeye investigations,” but may also be dealt with on a smaller level depending on the case, Aguinaldo said. Not every case requires a full Title IX investigation. Regarding her workload as Title IX Coordinator, Aguinaldo has had to resolve “a lot” more cases in recent years. In 2015, Aguinaldo received forty-nine reports. From Jan. 1 through Aug. 31 of this year, Aguinaldo received sixty-three reports. Despite the increased work, it means that more people are reporting, which is what the Title IX office wants, as it means more people are aware of the issues they cover. Aguinaldo attributes this awareness to a new board policy passed in the fall of 2015. An ongoing campaign to raise awareness of sexual


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are told their rights, given copies of the procedure, and informed of any relevant federal guidelines. Aguinaldo said, the goal is to achieve a “fair and equitable process” for all involved. Not every complaint becomes a report because some of the received complaints are not covered under Title IX. Despite this fact, Aguinaldo said, it is good these issues are still being reported. “We encourage everybody to report,” Aguinaldo said. “They’re not always going to know unless they’ve read our twenty-seven page policy. We don’t expect everyone to memorize it.” These reports would be forwarded to another department dealing with student behavior unrelated to sexual incidents. “Sometimes I get a report and it’s non sex-based harassment,” Aguinaldo said. “In that case, I refer them to Student Conduct. And then we also have a proce

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Members of Latino Alliance celebrate Hispanic heritage, Latin American cuisine, and music. Photo by Joshua Rangai

from left: Daniel Facundo, David Ruiz, Julio Lopez, and Vincent Baker Photo by Joshua Rangai

CLC’s Latino Alliance club celebrates heritage month Joshua Rangai Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County’s Latino Alliance club hosted a Hispanic Heritage Celebration of Latin American cuisine and events, including karaoke and dance. David Ruiz, president of the club, talked about its purpose. “It’s to teach them what their cultures are about, what they have to offer everyone and what it actually means,” Ruiz said. Ruiz added that the club aims to encourage more Latinos to graduate from college and go on to get better

careers. “We can rise above bluecollar jobs,” he said. Ruiz not only wants Latinos to be successful, but encourages them to use their success to benefit their community. “Give back to the community that helped you get to where you are now,” said Ruiz. He also wants to encourage Latino students to revive their culture. Students don’t have to be Latino to be part of the Latino Alliance club. Ruiz said opportunities offered in the club are for everyone and the club has resources to help

all its members regardless of ethnicity. Ruiz’s parents were born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. in their twenties. On trips to his parents’ hometown, Ruiz said he noticed how close the community was. Everyone knew their neighbors. Ruiz spoke of other aspects of Latino culture that he enjoys. His favorite food is pozole, a thick Latin American soup made with hominy. Although Ruiz likes a lot of different kinds of Latino music, his favorite genre is Banda, a brass-based form of traditional Mexican music.

Prairie Voices shouts success

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“Prairie Voices,” CLC’s literary magazine, won first place in the Community College Humanities Association Annual Literary Magazine

Contest. In addition, individual CLC students also won awards, including first places for short stories and creative nonfiction. It is an annually published collection of stories, poems, artwork and other submissions from CLC students. The only requirement for submissions is to be a current or former CLC student. It has been published for 25 years, with Nicholas Schevera as its editor for 17 of those years. “The editors look for things that are well-written,” Schevera said, “do not need a lot of editing, and have an intriguing subject matter.” “Prairie Voices” also looks for pieces by international students, to add perspective and interest. For students whose work

appears in “Prairie Voices,” it means a lot, as it is usually the first time any of their work has been published. A reading reception is held at the end of April, where the writers get to come and read their works and talk about themselves briefly. Some faculty members also use “Prairie Voices” as a text for their classes. Shevera said that it can be easier for students to relate to the writings of other students rather than a well-known author. Schevera encourages students to submit their work for next edition. All submissions are due early December via email to Nicholas Shevera. “Prairie Voices” is published every April.

Ruiz also plays the trumpet, and pictures himself playing along whenever he listens to the music. The Latino Alliance Club’s “Lake County Latino Leader Panel” event took place on Monday, Oct. 10. The club invited four successful Latinos from Lake County to motivate, educate, and provide support to future Latino leaders. The panel included: Enney Rivera, an attorney in the General Counsel - Office of the Lieutenant, Christine Lopez, owner of Lopez Consulting, Alicia Ayala, an attorney, and Luis Fuentes, owner of the Luis Fuentes Group.

The event began with each member describing themselves and what they have accomplished. Soon after, the focus shifted toward the other Latinos in the room. The panel gave advice such as, sticking together and about struggles they experienced on the way to success. They also answered questions, reaching out to the students and offering themselves as resources. The overall message of the panel was that education is the most important thing needed to achieve success.



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Students spice up compost with Pumpkin Smash Jose Quevedo Staff Reporter

An organic composting and pumpkin smash event will be hosted at the College of Lake County on Saturday Nov. 5th, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A large dumpster will be available for both students and the general public to drop off old or used pumpkins. The event is free of charge and helps to reduce landfill waste. A collaborative effort between the Environmental Club, Horticulture Club, and CLC’s Sustainability Manager’s office, the event will feature pumpkin smashing games such as: Pumpkin Stacking, Pumpkin baseball, and Pumpkin Bowling. The pumpkin composting event organized last year was very well received.

Over one hundred people dropped off pumpkins to be composted. The event was held in the CLC parking lot, out of traffic’s way, and an entire dumpster was filled to the top. Over a dozen students showed up to volunteer and participate last year. Rory Klick, CLC’s Horticulture Department Chair, helped gather volunteers and participated at last year’s pumpkin smash. “Several cars pulled up with trunks and stow areas full of pumpkin products,” Klick said. After recognizing the great impact and success of last year’s event, Klick expressed hope for the event to continue annually. This event is a volunteerrun program. Students and clubs are welcomed to join and participate.

Pumpkin composting helps reduce organic waste from reaching landfills. Organic composting is an essential aspect of sustainability and resiliency. CLC continues to be an example and resource to local communities in the advancement of environmental resiliency. CLC’s Willow Café will soon feature organic composting bins where students and staff will be able to compost their organic waste. Organic composting has many environmental benefits, beyond reducing landfill waste. It helps create new, nutrient-rich soils and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Often it can be used to deter garden pests, and is a great natural fertilizer.

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Environmental club members unload pumpkins for compost. Photo by: Jose Quevedo



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Students dish out dissatisfaction with food at CLC Liz Braithwaite Managing Editor

Student Street is often crowded with the hustle and bustle of everyday life at the College of Lake County. Home to the Student Activities Office, the newly added Cafe Willow, and the glass windowed Multi-Purpose room, Student Street sees its fair share of student and faculty activities. The Student Government Association placed a temporary addition in this busy area. A comment board stood last week, on which students could answer one of two questions, “What enhancements would you like to see on Student Street?” and “What meal options would you like to see in the Cafe Willow?”

SGA provided post-it notes, teal for comments on Student Street enhancements and yellow for the Cafe Willow’s meal options, as well as pens, facilitating a quick and easy process for students to voice their opinions. By 4:45 p.m. last Thursday, 157 post-it notes decorated the board full of student responses. The teal notes, which added to 39, requested a more recreational area with additional tables and chairs. Students also described a need for a color. Eight comments asked for posters, pictures, art, or another color. Also, seven comments asked for music - three of which offered another perspective. One of these expressed a desire for students to have the ability to “sign up and play.”

Another student had an idea of involving more students in the campus’s groups by having club meetings on Student Street. “One club a week, let’s see and talk to our student clubs,” the post-it read. Other ideas included better wifi connection and free charging stations for electronics. As seen by the 118 yellow post-it notes, many students had something to say about the meal options at Cafe Willow. Most of the comments were of specific food items students wished to see at the new Cafe. These included “shawarma and gyros,” “Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food,” “sushi,” “fried plantains,” “curly, seasoned fries,” and “mozzarella sticks.” Many also wanted fresh

veggies, vegan options, and healthier foods for cheaper prices. “The healthy options are prohibitively expensive,” one student wrote. Besides specific food items, the main thing students expressed was a desire for more affordable prices. One comment was written on the board itself, defying the post-it notes, right in the middle of the two sides. It exclaimed two words, “Dollar Menu!” Comments about the dollar menu were scattered around the board, with 13 mentioning the lack of the dollar menu as their sole critique. A student worker wrote, “I work here, make a decent buck, and can’t afford to eat here!” Another student made a connection between the

high prices at Cafe Willow and the current election. “We are students, not billionaires (like Trump),” the note read. By providing a forum for the exchange of comment and criticism for their community, SGA is promoting an idea that began in 1947 with the Hutchins Report. This concept is based on a belief of what a “responsible press” should do. In adhering to this rule, SGA has given CLC’s students a chance to make a difference in their school and thus their lives. Participating on the comment board not only gives students a voice in CLC’s decision-making process, but gives CLCl a chance to improve itself.

Mike Gattone lift students to success in sports life

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The Health and Wellness program at CLC includes Mike Gattone, an adjunct faculty member who also happens to be a champion weightlifting coach whose students included Tara Nott, the first American female Olympic weightlifting gold medalist, and Jackie Berube, who placed sixth at the 2007 Pan Am games. Between working a fulltime job, teaching at CLC and coaching weightlifting at a performance center in Grayslake, Gattone has plenty to occupy his time. A native of Chicago, Gattone was a track and field athlete in high school. “I was a shot putter and discus thrower. I wanted to be either a strength and conditioning coach or a track and field coach. Eventually, I found I was better at weightlifting than track and field. I stuck with it; it was my passion.” After high school, Gattone enrolled at the University of Arizona, where he earned his undergrad’s. After graduation, he became more involved in weightlifting. In 1988, he began working for the Chicago Bulls as assistant condition-

ing coach, then as manager in coaching education for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Eventually, he became the competition manager for weightlifting at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, after which he met Nott. “Tara was a soccer player in college,” Gattone said. “Afterward, when Nott decided to shift her focus to weightlifting, Gattone became her personal coach. “She and I worked together starting in 1994,” he said, “at the organizing committee for the 1996 Olympic Games, and I started to train her at that time. After the ‘96 Games were complete, she relocated to Chicago to continue training with me.” Gattone described his favorite things about coaching. “I love being a part of students’ passion,” he said. “I love coaching new athletes, to become a part of their lives. It’s fascinating to be a part of that journey with people.” One of his best coaching experiences was working with Nott. “Getting to know Tara as a person was my favorite part,” Gattone said. “She’s one of the toughest mental athletes I’ve ever met. She’s not afraid of challenges, and

weight lifting can be very daunting. She wasn’t afraid of heavy weights.” The 2000 Olympics, held in Sydney, Australia, was the first Olympics that included a women’s weightlifting competition. Nott won gold in the event that year. Gattone couldn’t make the Olympics that year, because he was coaching for the Chicago Bulls at the time. But he did manage to be at the 2004 Olympics, when Notts again qualified for the games. Being busy seems to be something that Gattone is used to. “I taught three or four CLC classes in 2009 and 2010, and again in Spring 2016,” he said. “When I started teaching for CLC, I was also completing my Master’s Degree, running my own gym, and serving as High Performance and Coaching Education Director for USA Weightlifting (affiliated with the U.S. Olympic Committee).” Frank Ardito, the head of CLC’s Health and Wellness program encouraged Gattone to finish his master’s degree, which he had started at the University of Kansas, online. He finished it at a California University of Pennsylvania program (based out of

California, PA). Gattone is not showing signs of slowing down. He currently is coaching over 30 weightlifting athletes at the A3 performance cen-

ter in Grayslake. Eighteen of his weightlifters just finished competing at the Mid-American Championships in Schaumburg.

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Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ steps away from classic pop song gimmicks Ricky Ochoa Staff Reporter

It’s hard to believe that the same Lady Gaga who once wore a dress made of raw meat to the VMAs could one day give the world a personal masterpiece like “Joanne.” “Joanne” was released Oct. 21 and unsurprisingly hit the top of Billboard charts alongside her breakout single track from the album, “Perfect Illusion.” “Joanne” follows the same vein of Gaga’s previous albums: shocking. But this time, Gaga abandons what many critics have called “gimmicks” and truly showed what really makes her talent shine through her voice and love for music. For the span of her career, Gaga has been compared to artists like Madonna, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and other pop icons. In “Joanne,” fans see her exploring more genres like country and rock and roll in her own way. Gaga’s title track “Joanne” is a prime example of her cultivating her pop roots into new genres. “Joanne” is an ode to Gaga’s aunt, who had died of lupus before Gaga was born: “Take my hand, stay Joanne/Heaven’s not ready for you/Every part of my aching heart needs you more

Lady Gaga on the cover of her recent album, “Joanne.”

than the angels do.” In the more upbeat tracks of “Joanne,” fans are actually able to hear the instruments being played rather than the song relying too heavily on electronics. One of the best tracks in the album is “A-Yo,” with a catchy country feel, proving that that Gaga does pop best when mixed with other genres: “I can’t wait to rev you up/Faster than you can say “Ferrari”/Tearin’ up the gravel, watch you unravel/Now it’s a party.” Each upbeat song is surely

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going to get a crowd on their feet dancing, and Gaga proves that even after almost a decade in pop music, that she can still perform. Gaga is also one of the few artists who use their music to communicate a meaningful message to the world. In the past, Gaga has been politically vocal through her work as well as her personal life. She has been a strong advocate and ally to the LGBTQ+ community, she spoke out for immigrant rights in Arizona, and even created the Born This Way

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Foundation to stand against bullying. “Joanne” is just another way for Gaga to express her interest and advocacy for world issues today. A track titled “Come to Mama” opens with: “Everybody’s got to love each other/stop throwing stones at your sisters and your brothers,” speaking out against the spread of hate throughout the nation. Gaga also dedicated a song to fallen Trayvon Martin, called “Angel Down.” Trayvon Martin was a

17 year old African American boy who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch coordinator, George Zimmerman. Racial controversy swept the nation after the event, with many saying that Martin was only shot due to the color of his skin. Gaga sings, “Shots were fired on the street by the church where we used to meet/Angel down, angel down, but the people just stood around.” “Joanne” might be Gaga’s most vulnerable record yet, but she still proves to be a powerful voice in pop music who uses her strong influence for positivity and awareness. Her loyal fans expect nothing less from her and there is no doubt that Gaga will be bringing more hits after “Perfect Illusion.” Although “Joanne” is a big setback from Gaga’s usual dance hits, if you are the fan that hoped to hear more songs like “Speechless,” “You and I,” and perhaps “Edge of Glory,” you are in for a treat. Each track in “Joanne” showcases a different, more personal side of Gaga that fans have been eager to see again for a long time. Loyal fans can anticipate Gaga taking on America’s biggest stage at the Super Bowl Halftime show this coming February.

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Mystery film follows Hollywood formula, lacks originality Peter Anders Staff Reporter

Emily Blunt stars as Rachel Watson in “The Girl on the Train”. Photo courtesy of Bustle

“The Girl on the Train” is a mystery/thriller film directed by Tate Taylor, based on the novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins, released on Oct. 7. The film stars Emily Blunt as protagonist Rachel Watson, a commuter who takes the train on a daily basis. One day, Watson witneses a possible murder in her neighbor’s backyard. When Watson informs authorities, they are reluctant to believe her, due to her troublesome past. Without the help of police, Watson sets out to investigate the murder alone. “The Girl on the Train” is stylish with a hook that keeps the audience guessing with not only what’ll happen next, but what’s happening in the present. The plot remains solid throughout, with a twist at the end, which is well done. The second act and climax

pushes the audience to the edge of their seats. Visuals and cinematography also play an important role in telling the story. The scenery is immersive and leaves the audience in the same “lost” state as Watson. The acting performances are subpar in comparison with the look of the film. Blunt’s performance as Watson is phenomenal for the first half of the movie, but in the second half she is rather draining to watch. Watson’s emotions are constantly one-dimensional and it becomes tedious after a while. Actress Haley Bennett plays Megan, the murder victim, and her performance is rather weak. Megan suffers from depression, but tries to mask it. However, Bennett does not convey this through the entirety her performance. “The Girl on the Train” has some phenomenal supporting characters. Luke Evans plays Scott, Megan’s husband and his

performance is criminally underutilized. His character does not play into the climax whatsoever. Same goes for Allison Janney, who plays one of the detectives investigating the murder. The support characters are interesting, and steal attention from Watson. Instead of ending the movie ambiguously, Taylor played it safe and gave the audiencs a typical Hollywood ending. It follows the same formula of a mystery movie, without any steps outside of the box. The pacing of the storyline makes it difficult to enjoy. At a running time of 112 min., the film drags and can be boring at times, with few interesting moments. The Girl on the Train is not an awful movie, but not much is fresh about it. It’s a perfect film to check out of Redbox, but it’s not worth the price of seeing it in a movie theater.

LGBTQ+ center enlightens youth through comedy Jenn Arias Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County’s LGBTQ+ resource center is hosting a performance by Sampson McCormick this Nov. 1. Sampson McCormick, a comedian, poet, and activist, is hosting a workshop at 3 p.m. on sexuality, race, and political activism, followed by a comedic performance at 7 p.m. Shanti Chu, director of the resource center, is excited about the awareness this will bring about topics such as sexual orientation. “He uses comedy to discuss highly controversial issues in society that are extremely important for everyone to know and be informed about,” Chu said. “Those issues relate to sexuality, gender, and race, politics, religion.” Not only is this an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community to share their voice, but it will inform others about what it means to be a member of this community.

Using comedy as a way to reach people could be a useful tool in expanding students’ minds on campus. “Sampson talks about those issues in a way that’s not combative or antagonistic, but in a way (that makes) people laugh,” Chu said. Creating a safe space for students to feel comfortable and heard is the first goal, and the second is to bring awareness to the controversial issues that surround our lives. In today’s society, which receives diluted news from social media, the LGBTQ+ community has created an environment to begin dialogue about these issues by encouraging students to question them and stand up for who they are and what they need. In the case of McCormick’s performance, laughter is the key tool to creating that comfort, which takes pressure off of discussing these monumental issues, allowing students to be more open- minded. The workshop is interactive, according to Chu, featuring a Q&A as well

as a more serious approach. Chu, who envisioned the idea of having Sampson McCormick perform at CLC, has been working on hosting the event for students since August. “We like to bring in a speaker who can attest to these issues, who can talk about these issues in a relatable, provocative, and interesting way,” Chu said. Chu explained, additions were made to the performance in order to give students more information about standing up for LQBTQ+ issues. “Initially it was just going to be a comedy piece, but I wanted it to be more of an educational piece on activism.” In addition to enlightening students and creating awareness, some faculty members will offer extra credit points to students who attend the event. “People don’t like to talk about sexuality and gender and sexual orientation,” Chu added. “By virtue of McCormick discussing it, I think it creates more of a comfortable

space for students who might be questioning things, or who are more in tune with the issues, or whenever you’re ‘othered’ in society, whatever way it is.” Any student who would like to discuss these issues, or who has any related questions, is encouraged to stop by the LGBTQ+ resource center in B101. There are also opportunities to become a Q-buddy and be partnered with a support system within the CLC community, or an “ally,” a LGBTQ+ mentor to continue the dialogue on

these important issues. Students are also encouraged to take Gender and Sexuality, Sociology, and Women’s studies classes to become more informed. “We need to serve students outside the classroom too,” Chu said. “We need to enhance our sense of belonging, and so if these issues aren’t talked about, especially to students who identify as LGBTQ+ or Allies, then they’re not necessarily going to feel like they’re a part of the campus community.”

Comedian, poet, and activist Sampson McCormick. Photo courtesy of Washington Blade



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Election 2016

Trump’s remarks about women not to be dismissed Courtney Prais Opinion Editor

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump received backlash in the wake of a surfaced tape from 2005 referencing the candidate’s own sexual assault of women. When you’re “a star,” Trump claims, women will let you grope, kiss, and have sex with them. As a woman, I was unaware of this thoughtless exchange when in the presence of a male celebrity. Trump’s remarks are a classic example of how women have, for far too long, been viewed as forthe-taking. What’s worse is Trump has tried to defer attention from his comments by saying they distract from “issues we are facing today.” However, the objectification of women, women’s safety, and equality are pressing matters we do face today, and his failure to realize this and own up to it is sickening. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Trump’s wife, Melania explained that the conversation

between Donald Trump and former “Today” show host, Billy Bush, was simply “boy talk.” Cooperson then asserted Trump was 59 at the time he made his remarks. Trump should have ended his “boyhood” about 45 years prior. So, what gives? For one, Melania most likely is extremely embarrassed for her husband and herself, for having to endure the burden of being associated with a man who has repeatedly and publicly degraded women. Yet, her defense remains weak. She paints herself as a mother trying to protect her child, instead of a wife disgusted by her husband’s behavior. But if she takes the risk of acknowledging how she truly feels about his remarks, then Trump takes a hit to his ego and campaign. In this scenario, publicity overpowers humanity, and man overpowers woman. A major backstep for society. The “boys will be boys” excuse has to stop. It is not a healthy or productive mentality. By allowing it, we are essentially allowing people

to be derogatory, objectify, threaten, and dominate women if we continue to take these vulgar remarks with a grain of salt. At CLC, Title IX has been enforced reputably. Training for Title IX educates students, instructors, and administrators on the nature of sexual assault and sexual harassment, and on how the two should be handled. Some instructors have rewarded students who complete the Title IX training, and CLC has implemented its own reward system in recent semesters. The goal is to make college campuses safer for both men and women, and to make college students more aware of their environment. Trump’s remarks, not just from 2005 but from the 2016 presidential election, are not dismissable. NBC released a statement saying Bush was leaving the “Today” show and was suspended from the network. The effects the tape will have on Bush’s career are unknown, but one can assume he will not be too successful in his endeavors from here on out. Trump’s campaign took

a hit, but he continues his run for presidency and maintains his supporters. At first dismissing the conversation as “locker room talk,” Trump later apologized and then tried to label the topic as not important enough to discuss. Someone who proves to be so continuously blind to

their own actions cannot be made the Executive Chief of our country. Trump’s name should never be tacked onto America’s history alongside the women and men who have fought not to “make America great again,” but to continue making it better for all of us.

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“Free Speech!” show has fun with politics Ariel Notterman Staff Reporter

Nationally recognized comedy troupe The Second City performed their touring show “Free Speech! (While Supplies Last)” on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the James Lumber Center. The performance featured six members of the Chicago based company, all of whom displayed a variety of comedic talents. In addition to performing original sketches, musical numbers, and improvised scenes, some company members showcased their talent through impressions, audience interaction, and even rap music. The underlying theme of “Free Speech!” is, unsurprisingly, the upcoming presidential election. Skits with a political edge were at the forefront of the comedic lineup, but those unrelated to politics were also performed. At a time when mediocre Trump impressions now lurk in every corner, “Free Speech!” is a much-appreciated fusion of politics and comedy. The rehearsed scenes and songs of “Free Speech!” are enhanced with improvisa-

tional comedy, a technique The Second City is famous for. Performers looked to the audience for suggestions during certain scenes, making for some interesting scenarios, such as a postelection New York featuring a character with a banana as a prosthetic leg. Improvised scenes like these are not only entertaining; they also ensure that no two performances are alike. Inviting the audience to voice their ideas also creates a lively atmosphere establishing a relationship between the audience and the performers onstage. Another unique feature of “Free Speech!” was audience participation. One actor spoke to individual members of the audience in a “word-on-thestreet” style to ask about their stances on hot political topics and policies. The performer poked fun at whatever response the participant gave, and the questions were set up in biased and humorous ways. Despite the bashful reactions from those being interviewed, audience members had a good laugh, perhaps partly relieved that they themselves were not in the

Members of Chicago’s Second City comedy group line up for a photo Photo courtesy of Entertainment Central Pittsburgh

limelight. Incorporated into the show were musical numbers, which may have been surprising to JLC patrons. The unexpected comedic addition of music proved to be effective in breaking the fourth wall and landing jokes that might otherwise have received a shocked gasp. The show’s R-rated material took a few minutes to get used to, but soon after the first few skits the audience audibly enjoyed the honest, adult humor. The success of “Free Speech!” comes as no surprise to those familiar with

The Second City. The Second City Theatre has been entertaining Chicago for over 50 years, performing improvisational comedy and creating some of the field’s biggest stars. Saturday Night Live alums Tina Fey, Chris Farley, and Mike Myers studied comedy at The Second City, as well as other successful comedians like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Amy Poehler. In addition to housing improv shows and touring around the country, The Second City also offers classes online and in-person

for both kids and adults. The enterprise has branched out of Chicago with locations in Toronto and Los Angeles. “Free Speech!” and its cast deserved a standing ovation for recreating the intimacy of a sketch comedy show in JLC’s 600-seat Mainstage Theatre. With their unique outlook on life as we see it today, Second City’s performance was a success. In the wake of all the political squabbling going on in the nation, “Free Speech!” reminded audiences that the weight of the 2016 election is much easier to bear with a laugh.

Jazz Ensemble hosts Ernie Watts

Crystal Best Staff Reporter

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The College of Lake County’s Jazz Ensemble hosted guest artist Ernie Watts on Sunday, Oct. 16. As a saxophonist who travels around the world, Watts tries to give audiences the same enjoyment for jazz that he has. The performance consisted of two different groups of players for the Tuesday and Monday ensembles. The ensemble opened with the song, “Oops There!” by Phil Field. The Tuesday ensemble found their seats and began to play a very smooth and gentle rhythm. The performance had calming, beautiful tones as well as rhythmic beats with loud trumpets. The show had a brief intermission so the Monday

ensemble could set up. Joey Galea, drummer for the Monday ensemble, has been practicing for a lifetime of jazz. “I have been playing since the seventh grade and want to make a career in Jazz studies,” Galea said. “I feel inspired and happy seeing the audience feel the music in a way that I do. When I sit behind the set, there’s power from the crowd and music put together.” After the intermission, the conductor announced the Monday ensemble’s opening song, “In a Mellow Tone” by Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington. For this performance, the conductor stood to the side without leading the players. The musicians played loud, energetic music with smooth transitions. Some leading musicians stood as they played solos

during particular songs. The last song played was “Happy Birthday” because it was the birthday of Mike Meyer, trombone player of the Monday ensemble, and the crowd sang along. The show also hosted the 40th anniversary of Guest Artist Concert Series at CLC and the 20th anniversary of the James Lumber Center by introducing Ernie Watts. The talented soloist played some of his favorite songs: “To the Point,” “Lover Man,” and “American Gothic.” Beautifully written, each was heavily drenched with emotion and talent. For more information on upcoming events, please contact the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at (847) 543-2300 from Monday to Friday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.



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Students struggle with socializing at CLC Shinel Banner Staff Reporter

As a freshman, when walking through CLC’s school halls on my way to and from class, I remember seeing the groups of students socializing in the Anderson and Brandel courts. Personally, I had no friends, at or away from school. I was a single mom trying to adjust to life in the civilian world after spending five years in the Army. I was behind, starting college when the people I graduated from high school with were done and starting entry-level jobs and unpaid internships in New York. But, what did I need friends for? I had work to do. Two years later, I am still at CLC after changing my major no less than five times - this is the last one, I promise.

Sometimes, between classes you may see me standing around talking to my acquaintances or chatting over a tuna salad at Cafe Willow. However, there are still a lot of students sitting alone, immersing themselves in their smartphones, while the rest of us laugh together not five feet away. I wondered if making meaningful connections at the college was difficult for most students. For some, making these connections came easily. Miguel Davis said it has been easy meeting new friends, something he suspects has to with his approachability. As a veteran, Davis never expected to form new friendships at CLC because, like me, he got in the game late and just wanted to catch up. “You have to put yourself out there to make your expe-

rience at CLC better,” said Davis. CLC student Acquennetta Abrams said while she doesn’t deny the difficulties of forming new friendships, it was a little easier branching out at CLC since she already knew people here. “I don’t mind putting myself out there,” Abrams added, “whether it be going to certain club meetings or showing up to school events.” Although the drama department and group projects give students the opportunity to make new connections, Ashley Codd said none were meaningful for her. Rather, they served as placeholders for when her friends were not around. Perrin Palmer, a Navy Corpsman taking a few extra classes at CLC, said that after joining a discussion group he was able to

connect with someone off campus. Not all students have had an easy experience. Kayla Codd, a little more introverted than her previously mentioned sister, Ashley, said it has been hard. “Sometimes your class schedule just doesn’t fit in with interacting with other students,” Codd stated. Another CLC student, Danielle Lee, also spoke on these difficulties. “If you don’t fit into a group of people,” Lee said, “you mostly end up alone and isolated.” She went on to add that students suffering from anxiety disorders have a harder time walking up to people and starting conversations. Instead, Lee chooses to focus on her classes. We all have different experiences in navigating the social aspect of college, but it seems like joining clubs and getting involved

on campus is a sure way to meet new people. When you see the person who sits next to you in biology, say hello or bring up the day’s homework. Connections at CLC can make our semesters in

CLC provides students ways to de-stress during midterms Maria Garcia Staff Reporter

Cramming for midterms is at an all-time high and students’ stress levels are through the roof. Luckily, at the College of Lake County, there are plenty of ways to de-stress. Man’s best friend has been making an appearance around campus. These therapeutic dogs can be seen throughout the campus and are available to play during their visit. In

between studying, put the books down, find a furry friend, and relax. Nothing melts away stress better than spending time with a dog or two. During my own study sessions, I feel a strong urge to get away from my desk and go for a walk. Or, I jog and mentally prepare myself for the long hours and sleepless nights ahead. I would grab my headphones and go, whether in my neighborhood or on a hike elsewhere. Mother

Nature’s earthy smells and vibrant colors will lose me in all its beauty and I forget about stress. Also, finding a hobby or something enjoyable is a good way to focus energy on other things. For example, I found that interesting books have a way of helping me forget about stressors. Music can be useful when someone needs to destress. Whether it’s a live concert or background music, when the melody of my favorite songs start, I am able to fall

into a trance-like state. Turning up the volume and singing at the top of your lungs to lyrics you already know by heart is a great, commonly-known feeling and it also helps to lighten the mood. CLC holds various musical events throughout the year. Check either online or at the James Lumber Center for upcoming shows and concerts. Treat your ears and mind. Get absorbed in the music. You’ll thank yourself later when concentrating on studying goes smoothly. As always, laughter can be the best medicine. In moments of high stress, try watching a hilarious movie. Laugh at some silly joke a friend said, or even go to a comedy show like those of the famous Amy Schumer. Another option is to take advantage of the programs CLC has to offer. Joining a sport or simply staying active can help channel stress and also has many health benefits in the long run. CLC also has yoga courses that encourage students to learn new techniques and revitalize the body and soul. Yoga is known to help

relax the mind and body through deep breathing and movement. Free yoga and Zumba classes are available for current staff and students most Fridays and are located in the Aerobics Room. All you need is a student ID. If that isn’t enough, CLC’s Southlake campus’ Center for Health and Wellness Promotion is accepting massage appointments from students. The student massage clinic is open for appointments from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday mornings and can be reached at 847-543-WELL. Massage sessions usually last about 50 minutes. Discounts for the massages are $10.00 for those in active military service, veterans, seniors 55 years or older, and current CLC students, faculty and staff members, or Alumni Association members. Schedule your appointment now and slowly feel the stress fade away. Remember to take care of yourself during midterms. As we all know, exams can be stressful, but it is important to step away from the chaos to give ourselves well-deserved relaxation.



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Concerns addressed over personal pronoun use in classrooms

Courtney Prais Opinion Editor

During the first day of my English 122 course this semester, the teacher passed out a familiar get-to-knowyou worksheet. My classmates and I were presented with the same questions you’d expect to receive pertaining to our skillsets, worries concerning the course itself, and the areas in which we wish to improve. This time, however, one question stood out from the others. It was one I had never been asked, either in an academic setting or in everyday life. It read, “What pronouns do you prefer?” While aware of the different personal pronouns that existed, I had never come across the question of pronoun preference before. The question was sensible, especially with the LGBTQ+ movement pushing for full acceptance in society and for that society to be more understanding and diversified. Shanti Chu, Faculty Coordinator for the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at the Grayslake campus, was able to define which pronouns exist in our culture. “You have the ones that exist on the gender binary like she, her, he and him,” Chu said. “And then they and zhe.” Chu tries to take a more neutral approach when addressing students in her classes. “A few years ago, I some-

times would say, ‘Can he/ she say...?’ and then I realized, this is the gender binary,” Chu said. “So I started saying, ‘Would one say…?’ or ‘Would a person say…?’” Michael Crisantos, a transgender student who has not yet legally changed their name, relates personally to the topic of pronouns. “Before every class I send an email to my teachers that says I prefer to go by this name, and use these pronouns,” Crisantos said. “It’s an email I send before every semester or if I have a new teacher who is not aware of my situation. Sometimes I even go to their office and introduce myself to make sure I got the message across.” Asking someone their pronouns, or even what name they prefer to go by, is especially important to do in an academic setting. Professors engage in discussions with students on an almost daily basis, and often work one-on-one with students outside of the classroom. The connection between instructor and student must be strong and respectful, otherwise the classroom atmosphere could become tense. “If you have a different last name, took your husband’s name, go by a nickname or middle name, it’s important for a teacher to acknowledge that, it’s also important to acknowledge your pronouns,” said Crisantos. “Sometimes the name is unisex and the pronouns could be construed.”

Teachers have a responsibility to make their students feel safe and welcome in their own classroom. “Teachers should take it upon themselves to care about and respect their students enough to ask them these questions before class,” Crisantos said. If asking students what pronouns or name they prefer seems to be a good idea, why, then, is it not mandatory? If the topics of pronouns and names are so crucial to our individual identities, shouldn’t professors take the time to appropriately acknowledge this before class starts or by the first day? Crisantos believed that professors should confront the topic of preferred pronouns and names, although maybe not directly. “It should be mandatory to ask the first day, but if the teacher doesn’t want to take time away from class they can always send an email before (the class) asking the students what name they prefer to go by and their pronouns,” said Crisantos. Crisantos also commented that names may be hard to pronounce, or they may not necessarily be western, and clarifying that name before class would alleviate awkward or incorrect pronunciation. Shanti Chu offered that students may, in fact, be hesitant to disclose their preferred names or pronouns to an instructor, especially at the start of the semester. As to if it should be mandatory, Chu is on the fence.

“Part of me says ‘yes’ because we all make immediate assumptions about people’s gender identities and that happens in the classroom, so it’s a way to disrupt the assumptions,” Chu said. “And then part of me thinks it could be uncomfortable for students, where they might feel outed in some way.” Even writing out preferred pronouns on a sheet of paper, as I did in my English 122 course, may not be the best option. “Maybe the student doesn’t feel comfortable with the professor, especially at the beginning of the semester,” Chu said. “I think it would help too if there was some sort of survey where students were asked: ‘would you feel comfortable letting your professors know your preferred gender pronoun?’” If students do not feel comfortable going to their professors about the subject, the Dean of Student Life, Teresa Aguinaldo, or the LGBTQ+ Resource Center can offer students the services needed. “Let’s say it’s before the semester starts and the student doesn’t feel comfortable, then what they can do is contact the Dean of Student(s) or they can contact me,” Chu added. “Then, what I would do is send an email out to the professors.” Making the mistake of identifying a student incorrectly can be easily resolved by addressing the instructor one-on-one or through an email, but identifying a student by the incorrect name or pronoun can also

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have lasting and potentially negative emotional effects. “At that point, it cannot be resolved,” Crisantos added. “Once you’ve misgendered a student or call them by a name they don’t want to go by, you’ve outed them without their permission. The student had no say and that’s extremely disrespectful. Also the (other) students can make assumptions about the student and it probably makes them feel uncomfortable. There is no going back.”

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Dedicated coach emphasizes importance of education Brad Stevens Sports Editor

After wrapping up a 39-year career coaching basketball at Warren High School in 2012, Chuck Ramsey realized he still wanted to coach. The College of Lake County men’s basketball head coach position happened to be open at the time. It seemed like a perfect fit. Ramsey, of Gurnee, saw this as an opportunity to coach at the college level and work with aspiring athletes again. “Our expectations would be to do a good job academically, and establish a foundation for their education,” Ramsey said. “Secondly, we want to be very competitive, whether it’s in our conference or in the playoffs.” Ramsey has two returning players this year: Jovan Jokic and Jake

Parmley. Jokic was first team All-Conference last year and second team All-Region. “He has a chance to be an outstanding player, and he’s a very good student,” Ramsey said. “He’s a great piece to build around this year.” Ramsey also commented on Parmley’s performance. “Jake was our sixth man last year and he is one of the better sixth men in the conference,” Ramsey said. “We’re hopeful that he and Jovan can build on last year’s success.” Ramsey detailed some of the strengths and weaknesses of his team this year. He said he thinks the team will play well together, referring to the intangibles like team chemistry. However, Ramsey said the team isn’t as quick as he would like, but is impressed with the shooting ability of

some of his players. The combination of good, offensive shooters and not necessarily being the quickest guys on defense, could lead to exciting, high-scoring games. Ramsey also mentioned that he is a firm believer that he will have the most successful running man defense. “It’s been my experience that you are more successful with man-to-man defense,” Ramsey said. “We’ll mix in some zone possibly, but I believe in man defense. It’s the best way to learn how to play, challenge players, and disrupt what the other team is doing.” Ramsey played basketball throughout high school and loves the game. He wasn’t able to play in college, but that is what got him started coaching. “Coaching has given me an opportunity to con-

tinue on with basketball,” Ramsey said. Ramsey added that several CLC players in the last two years have transferred to four-year universities and continued to play.

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“I’m hopeful that several of our kids can transfer to a four-year school and have the opportunity to play,” Ramsey said. “That’s something we take a lot of pride in.”

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Cross country coach remains proud through defeat Simeon Tate Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County men’s and women’s cross country teams hosted the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Championship (ISCCC) on Saturday Oct. 22. The opposing teams of the women’s conference represented the community schools of Moraine Valley and Waubonsee College. The men’s team competed against Moraine Valley, Morton College and Waubonsee College. The CLC cross country program is led by Head Coach Jorge Colin and Assistant Coaches David Acevedo and Spenser Simon. This is not the first year CLC has competed in the Conference Championship. In past years, the men’s team has walked away champions. This year’s team is looking to continue that success. In a competitive slate of races, both teams began con-

fident and looked forward to defending their home course. In the first race, the women were able to finish as runner up to Moraine Valley. “The women’s team definitely performed well,” Colin said. “Second place in the conference is a big deal.” Colin’s pride in his team outshines any critiques he had. “Not having a lot of depth today really hurt us, but I couldn’t be more proud for the way they performed.” A definite highlight includes the race of freshman Allyssa Weitkum, who took home first place. Weitkum gave the waiting crowd a thrill when she passed her opponent just before the finish line. This is Weitkum’s first year of cross country. “Coming into the race, I was having foot problems and was feeling a little off during warm-ups, but once we got going it all went away,” Weitkum said. “It’s weird being in the front of the pack because we have

been racing against bigger schools and CLC is smaller.” Weitkum described how to prepare for an important race. “Physically, you have to take care of your body, and mentally, you have to be confident in yourself,” she said. “At the end, I had to find that runner mentality in myself and it paid off.” Weitkum was awarded runner of the year. CLC had additional runners that finished in the top ten: Paloma Alcala, Yoselin Gonzalez, and Lluvia Chavarria. The men’s team stumbled in this race and the team finished in fourth place. “The men’s side was a bit different today, the expectations were a little bit higher on them,” Colin explained. “We have to go back to the drawing board and regroup for next week, but we had fast times for the conference so I couldn’t be prouder for everyone showing up today.” Moraine Valley claimed

first place with the runner up of Waubonsee College, and Morton College took third. CLC’s men’s team had two runners in the top ten: Brian Acosta and Danny Vincent. “We know who we are, how we performed today is not who we are,” Colin said. “We have to remember that and just show up. It will be a good week knowing we have next weekend of redemption.” Despite the loss, Coach Colin remained positive and gave his thoughts on the team as a whole. “My favorite part about coaching this team is just watching them grow, whether it’s as a collegiate level runner or in the classroom,” Colin said. “Watching them become better people is also a favorite.” The team will be traveling to Moraine Valley Community College for the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Region IV Championship on Saturday Oct. 29.


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