Monday, January 29, 2018
VOL. 51, NO. 8
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Board of Trustees names new CLC president
Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief
The College of Lake County’s Board of Trustees named Lori M. Suddick of Green Bay, Wisconsin, as the new president to take over on May 1. “[My position at CLC will be] an entirely different position for me than the one I’m currently in,” she said. “I’m excited that the Board selected Dr. Suddick as the next president,” current interim president Rich Haney said. “During the last month, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with her several times and can honestly say that I think she is a strong fit for the institution.” “She brings great energy and passion for helping students succeed,” Haney said. Since 2009, Suddick has served as the vice president of learning and chief academic officer at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. She has also been a faculty member and associate dean, totaling over 18 years of experience at two-year institutions. “With every position I’ve held and every job transition I’ve had,” she said, “I try to take the time to understand how the role I’m in now fits within the context of the whole organization’s ecosystem. I want to understand how to leverage my role to advance the strategic objective of the organization.” “Dr. Suddick is coming to the college at a great time, as we have just completed a successful reaffirmation of our accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, our graduation and transfer rates have increased
approximately ten percent, and we have maintained our AAA bond rating and strong financial standing,” Haney said. According to a press release from CLC, Suddick has “presented at the national and state level on topics including student success, systemic engagement of faculty, K12 partnerships, flexible adult learning, and alignment of credentials with the labor market needs.” “The work that I have done in higher education has really been a passion and commitment for student success,” she said. “I’ve had the great benefit to engage in national initiatives that have exposed me to the right ways to go about that work, or at least the right questions to ask.” One of the college’s recent struggles has been dealing with proper allocation of funds, due to the limitations of the state budget. “I think it’s important that everyone understands that I know I have a lot to learn about the state’s funding system,” she said. “I think my experience in Wisconsin and really dealing with reduced funding structures over the years will help serve as a good foundation for me.” During her positions at Northeast Wisconsin, Suddick has experienced a 30% state funding cut, a tax levy freeze, minimal tuition increases, and the implementation of outcome-based fundings. “Those are a lot of fiscal restrictions and challenges that I’ve had to learn how to deal with in terms of making sure that organization missions, visions, and priorities are sustained while working with less funding to
do so,” she said. “As [CLC] begins its new strategic planning process, I believe a few areas will surface as opportunities and strategic priorities,” Haney said. “These include closing the achievement gap, implementing mental health services for students, upgrading facilities, and celebrating CLC’s 50th anniversary.” “What I don’t want to do is come in to CLC giving anyone the impression that I already know what needs to be fixed,” Suddick said. “I need to make sure I take the time to listen, learn, and reflect on what I experience so that I can understand what’s needed most from my role as president.” Suddick also shed some light for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students, or Dreamers, who attend CLC. “Our world is in some really interesting and disheartening times when I see how publicly we’re treating people as disrespectfully as we are,” she said. “I’m not really clear on what we’re currently doing, but this is an area that every organization of higher education needs to be very clear about.” “We need to be aware of the environment that is being created for Dreamers,” she said. “We need to be a place where people know they can come and be safe to pursue their dreams.” “It’s my sincere goal to create that environment for everyone-- and everyone means everyone,” Suddick continued. “It’s certainly irrelevant to me what people are coming to us with when they come through the doors of CLC. We need to make sure we’re providing services and support so that
Lori M. Suddick will be taking over as CLC president this May. Photo courtesy of the Door County Pulse
students can come in and achieve their goals.” Suddick also commented on her awareness of the importance of her new role as the CLC president. “I’m sure there’s some anxiety-- anxiety and excitement-- for people, with a new president coming in,” she said. “One of the most important things I think I can do is get to know people and let them get to know me to help ease that anxiety about the unknown. I really want to dig in and understand the school and its students.” Lastly, she wants to
encourage all students to interact with her once she steps onto campus in her hopes to foster an “inclusive and student-ready culture.” “Please interrupt me and introduce yourselves to me,” Suddick said. “Please invite me into things that you’re doing so that I can experience CLC through your eyes. Bother me, interrupt me, and help me know how to make CLC everything that students hope it to be.” “I have great confidence that under Dr. Suddick’s leadership, CLC’s best days lie ahead,” Haney said.
Fitness center equipment upgrade
Students review wing renovations
Members’ exhibition debuts new artwork
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Students weigh in on fitness center’s new equipment Melanie Bobbitt Copy Editor The College of Lake County school board has approved purchasing over $80,000 worth of new equipment for the Grayslake Campus’ fitness center. The new equipment replaced outdated and unusable equipment, some of which was up to 20 years old. When asked about the old equipment, CLC student Hannah Zaeson said, “It smelled really bad.” Other students had similar comments, like Taha Tayyabi, who uses the center to play basketball.
Tayyabi commented that the old equipment was pretty dull and boring, but now he believes the center is more colorful and has much better equipment. The overall number of machines has decreased which has led to a more spacious workout environment, and the quality of the equipment has greatly increased. This extra space has created more room for students to do aerobics on workout mats. CLC student Jordan Mendiola uses the fitness center regularly and was excited about the new equipment. “The equipment was average before, but now
Students pump iron on the fitness center’s new gear. Photo by Melanie Bobbitt
it’s the best,” Mendiola said. “I’m a runner, so I use the treadmills a lot. The new treadmills are really nice and easier to control.” When asked what could still be done to improve the center, Mendiola answered, “It needs mirrors.Not to sound conceited, but they help when you’re working out.” “When you go in [the fitness center] you immediately become buff. It’s magical, ” CLC student Carlos Alvarez joked. CLC student Tony Gonzales explained that the center has become more accessible for beginning fitness enthusiasts. “For someone who doesn’t know how to use the equipment, these new machines are easier to use,” Gonzales said. The center features more than just new aerobic and strength equipment. It offers free Zumba and yoga classes on Fridays during the fall and spring semesters. “It’s amazing to see that large of a change in the fitness center,” Harry Fredrick, student and the vice president of Student Government said. “All persons involved did an excellent job, and I am excited to see what the next installment or
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Jaime Blanco and Antonio Vasquez do situps for their workout. Photo by Melanie Bobbitt
renovation will be.” In order to swap out the old equipment in the fitness center before the start of spring semester, the school board waived the obsolete equipment policy. As a result of waiving the policy, CLC was able to donate 15 pieces of cardio and strength training equipment, valued at up
to $10,000, to the Lake County Regional Office of Education Regional Safe Schools Program (RSSP). For students interested in utilizing the fitness center, it’s open from 7:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M., except for Fridays, when it is open until 4 P.M. The center is not open on weekends.
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CLC hosts monthly Opioid Initiative meeting Andy Pratt
The College of Lake County hosted a monthly meeting of the Lake County Opioid Initiative on Thursday, Jan. 18. Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim led the meeting, along with various representatives from medical and mental health offices, as well as law enforcement agencies, including the Illinois State Police and the Lake County Coroner’s office. According to Jill Wolf, a program director with the Caring Ambassadors Program, hepatitis C, which is the nation’s largest chronic-disease outbreak, affects “five times as many people as HIV.” This form of hepatitis wasn’t discovered until 1992, and if left untreated, can lead to cirrhosis of the liver. However, it is one of the few chronic diseases that has a cure. A person’s blood must come into contact with infected blood to contract the disease, an example being the sharing of needles. Illicit drug users who have been using from five to eight months have an 80 percent chance of contracting hepatitis C. “Young people don’t understand the gravity [of hepatitis C],” Karen Wolownik Albert, Director
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of the Gateway Foundation in Lake Villa, said. “It is a very serious problem. [Society doesn’t] do the prevention education they need.” However, the “A Way
Out” program allows for people in Lake County to seek help from law enforcement officials, in regards to an opioid overdose or for referrals to an addiction treatment
program. Police in participating departments may even offer rides to a treatment site. The Gateway Foundation in Lake Villa offers a 24-hour hotline to help allocate law enforcement with available medical and mental health providers. “It’s really special what we have here in Lake County,” Wolownik Albert said. “We’re doing something no one else has.” Law enforcement officials reported that the “A Way Out” program has received 307 walk-ins since its inception in 2016. According to Nerheim, many of the participants came in most “often in the middle of the night.” Law enforcement officials also reported that various police departments donated over $50,000 to the program, all from drug forfeiture funds. The collection of 13,068 pounds of leftover opioid medications collected from disposal drop boxes was also reported. The Lake County Opioid Initiative offers a link on their website for the locations of these drop boxes. Linking Efforts Against Drugs, a Lake Forest-based non-profit organization, reported they received over 15,000 text messages in 2017 for the text-a-tip hotline, which is open for anyone to text concerns relating to depression,
anxiety, and bullying, among other concerns. The hotline is anonymous and will connect users with available licensed mental health counselors. The code for Lake County is LAKECO, and it should be included in the text to 274637. Governor Bruce Rauner signed an amendment for the Illinois Controlled Substances Act earlier this January, which had originally been filed by State Senator Melinda Bush, who also participates in the Lake County Opioid Initiative. The amendment will require pharmacists to check the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program before filling an opioid-related prescription. The Lake County Coroner’s office reported 85 opioid-related deaths during the course of 2017, with 16 cases pending. Law enforcement officials also reported that 223 lives were saved by police officers using Naloxone. A moment of silence was held for former judge John T. Phillips, who passed away on Jan. 6. Phillips helped develop the specialty courts in Lake County for veterans and for people with addiction and mental health issues. The next Opioid Initiative meeting will be held in room A013 at the Grayslake campus on Feb. 16.
C wing evacuation caused by power outage Rachel Schultz News Editor
College of Lake County students experienced a jolt of excitement on Thursday, Jan. 18. At 10:47 A.M. that morning, one of the transformers located in the C wing failed, according to Mike Welch, CLC’s facilities director, knocking out the electricity to the C wing and interrupting a number of classes. After investigating the cause of the power failure, administrators prompted students to evacuate classes
held in C wing. “There was a small amount of smoke (not even enough to set off the fire alarms),” Welch said. “However, because we did smell smoke and it was located within an electrical room, the best course of action was to evacuate the C wing until the college felt safe that students could return.” As swarms of students spilled out of their classrooms and crowded Student Street, staff wearing safety vests kept things moving. The backup measures
installed in case of emergencies worked normally, according to Welch. “Emergency lights were working,” he said, “and the generator turned on, as expected when there is a loss of power.” Until a new transformer was installed, C wing classes were relocated, mostly to A and B wings. Altogether, 31 C wing classes were relocated for two days. The faulty transformer, which was about 7 years old, was replaced on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Graphic by Diana Panuncial
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English professor turns the page on career at CLC Kristina Imshaite
Robin Kacel, a long-time English professor at the College of Lake County, will be starting the next chapter of her life and retiring from her teaching career this upcoming June. Kacel has been a full-time staff member since 2006. With all of that teaching time beneath her belt, she constantly finds herself reminiscing on her earlier years leading lectures and classroom discussions. In one of her English 121 classes, Kacel had a particular student who understood literature eloquently, despite English being his second language. She remembered him being more astute in analysis than his peers. “Even with grammatical errors in his essays,” she said, “he was still the best
writer in that class because of his psychological depth.” She is often astounded by the capabilities and determination of the students here at CLC. “They’re very devoted,” Kacel said, elaborating with stories of coming in on a Sunday at 9 A.M. or leaving at 10 A.M. on a Friday night to see students studying away. One struggle Kacel faced during her years as a student was entering college with the belief that she would be the perfect student and would read every single assignment completely. “I soon learned that the art of being successful as a college student was not reading everything but knowing what to read and being selective,” she said. Her passion and career path was clear to her early on. She admired many of her English teachers and decided she also wanted to
teach English herself. “There were many years where I resented not feeling like I had all the choices women have today,” Kacel said. “But now looking back, I wouldn’t change the path my career has taken for anything.” Although she enjoyed teaching every course she taught at CLC, Kacel’s favorite course to was Creative Writing, considering she held three degrees in the field. “Creative writing was a class where students discovered that they loved writing when they had never tried it before,” she remarked. After teaching for many fruitful years, Kacel’s career has come to a close, but the memories will remain with her and her impact at CLC will continue for years to come.
Robin Kacel, English professor, will retire after this semester. Photo courtesy of Bob Booker
Café Willow offers vegan options Café Willow and the Humans for Animals Club at the College of Lake County have collaborated to add more vegan dishes to the Grayslake campus. Every week on Mondays and Thursdays, vegan dishes, such as
vegetables mixed with alternative vegan “meats” and soups will be served. More dishes are planning to be added. Currently, there are a few vegan options served every day such as bean burgers, rice noodles, stir fry, mixed
vegetables, soy milk, and non-meat based soups using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. If these options interest you, stop by Café Willow and show your support for the expansion of vegan items on the menu.
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New wings provide open spaces for students Kevin Tellez
Features Editor After many months of construction, the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus has opened two new wings– the newly remodeled C wing and the brand new A wing. Access to these two areas were opened to the student body just as the Spring 2018 semester started on Tuesday, Jan. 16. A few students at CLC have been able to give their thoughts and opinions on the remodeled wing and addition to the campus. “C wing definitely looks similar to the old B building,” said Susie Muñoz. “I don’t see much of a difference between the two wings. Both buildings have the same general layout. But it gives students another space to meet up or relax when the cafeteria gets too full.”
“The blue color scheme makes the C wing stand out and look different from the B building,” said Saul Cervantes. “It feels newer. Even if it looks like the B wing, it’s a whole lot cleaner and brand new.” “The C building remodeling looks a whole lot nicer than before,” said Tyler Aument. “Before the construction, the building looked a lot older and a lot more confining. The grey walls look a lot better nowadays, whereas before the walls were sort of off-white and dirty. The openness and windows help it feel more welcoming and natural.” “The addition to the A wing looks way different from the rest of the building,” said Nicole Hernandez. “It feels like the T wing in that it’s open and has a lot of windows for natural light to come in. It feels and looks like a professional
science setting.” “Overall, I like the new addition to the A wing. Right now, it looks and feels really nice,” said Maritza Suarez. “I like how spacious it feels and I like the new technology added. Each classroom has a smart board which the teachers use, and the addition of more monitors in the lecture rooms come in handy to help students follow along better.” “I think [the new A wing] fits well as a science and math wing,” said Jesus Palacios. “All of the rooms and hallways feel more modern and different from rooms in other, older wings like the B or D wings.” At the same time, students were willing to offer critiques and suggestions to improve the new additions to the campus. “One thing to improve the C building would be to add more bulletin boards, like there are in the common
area,” Muñoz said. “Also, I know they’re adding tables to the building, but maybe some more leisurely seats like those that are in B wing already. It would help give the C wing a more welcoming, relaxed atmosphere.” “Adding interactive event boards would really help spruce up the new remodeling,” Cervantes said. “Like the touchscreen boards in the B wing and in the main lobby. It would help keep students up to date with events, or help them navigate campus better.” “Maybe do some tweaking on the wiring,” Aument said. “Some precautionary measures to help keep another electrical hazard from happening again. Other than that, I personally think the remodeling is fantastic.” “For the A wing addition, I’d say more food vending machines would always
be more welcome,” Hernandez said. “There are drink dispensers there, I know, but having more food dispensers makes the wing a lot more convenient for the students.” “Honestly, I don’t have many gripes with the new A building,” Suarez said. “I’ve only been using the new facilities for a couple of days and haven’t had any problems.” “I think the layout is a little cramped, honestly,” Palacios said. “When you walk in, it’s a single hallway that branches out into the rooms on your right. It’s less spacious than other wings.” The various reviews of the new additions to the Grayslake campus all appear to be in full support of recent changes, as it gives CLC a fresh and updated look that many students feel was needed.
The new A wing, located in the newly added science building, provides many open seating and study areas for students, including cozy seats by the railings on the second floor. Photo by Nick Sinclair
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Members’ exhibition displays local artists’ talent Daniel Lynch
A & E Editor
The College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus debuted “A Members Exhibition” at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art on Friday, Jan. 19. The exhibit features artwork from members and students ranging from watercolor, digital photography, acrylic
Graphic by Hannah Strassburger
paintings, digital art, and varying combinations of the different forms. According to a CLC press release, “the gallery’s artist membership program helps to support the gallery and promotes opportunities for local artists.” The opening night of the art exhibit felt like attending a fancy dinner party: beautiful collections prominently on display with a delicious assortment of refreshments, underlaid by the subtle music of the Rick Embach duo. The artists themselves were also in attendance to talk about their work and compliment their colleagues. The enormous acrylic, landscape paintings “Alaska Inside Passage” and “Sawyer Glacier” by Tadeusz Czerkies will keep you coming back for a second and third look. Doug DeWitt, a member whose piece was given the
spotlight at the exhibit, described his finished project as “abstract found sculpting.” The piece itself is a “found” sculpture where rope hangs from a wedge of wood and is coiled to form a cocoon shape. “My process is what feels natural,” DeWitt said. “I don’t craft my pieces with a specific image in mind. I go to work and let my piece become what it becomes.” The sculpture itself didn’t take very long to assemble, according to DeWitt. “I found myself with a bit of coincidental meaning behind my piece,” he said. DeWitt compared the shape of the cocoon in the piece and how the rope held its place by dipping the rope in shellac, a material that comes from insects, to his own “metamorphosis.” “I’m undergoing a metamorphosis with my art,” he said. “It was a
Doug DeWitt poses with his abstract piece on opening night. Photo by Daniel Lynch
coincidence, using the product of an insect to create a cocoon shape without having done it so intentionally.” Currently, DeWitt is a very active artisan. One of his future projects includes
ecological restoration in different areas of the local country. “I also have interest in crafting my own ‘found landscape’ exhibit that people can tour through,” he said.
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‘The Post’ receives standing ovation for top-notch plot Daniel Lynch
A & E Editor
Steven Spielberg returned to the silver screen with the Academy Award nominated film, “The Post,” which premiered Jan. 12. Titled after the Washington Post news publication, the focus of the film is not on breaking news as much as it’s about the principles of the news as a system to check the government, and the ethical issues that confront publishers. Although the New York Times broke the story first, the Post contested the federal government’s ruling to prohibit any major news outlet from releasing classified documents that could be potentially harmful for the Republic and its citizens. The Post eventually published materials it was specifically aware it should not publish in the interest of the public, thereby standing in solidarity with the Times. All of this is precipitated
by Meryl Streep’s character, who is a woman in position of power at a time when women were not specifically in power. What stood out the most during the film was the atmosphere that capitulated the audience. I went to see the film a week removed from its initial release date, and half expecting that it wouldn’t draw a large crowd. I’ve personally never seen a film receive an ovation (and I recently went to go watch “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”). Perhaps it was the timeliness of the film’s release that made its theme resonate with the audience, but the movie doesn’t achieve the height of filmmaking but on a scene to scene basis the performances are top-notch. While there is very little action, the movie is ripe with tension as you experience a recreation of the past. One of the movie’s strongest traits is how it characterizes people from history.
“The Post” was directed by Steven Spielberg and released Jan. 12. Photo courtesy of Pratt Institute
The movie acknowledges that we are at times blinded by the prestige of government and perhaps give too much credit when in the past people in government have abused that power. That’s not to say our past leaders didn’t accomplish incredible things, but it’s important not to ignore their faults. Particularly there is a
great scene that portrays Henry Kissinger played by Bruce Greenwood. In a scene where he defends his actions, you get a smart glimpse into his state of mind. He later provides a chilling description of the Nixon administration that acknowledges the darker forces in the White House. It does a good job of contextualizing how
members of the government can end up working for people who they truly do not believe, and the dangers of an unchecked administration. The film’s portrayal of historical figures is one of the most impressive aspects of the film, making its context, combined with its musical score and acting performances, a must-see.
‘Star Wars’ franchise continues success with upcoming films movies focusing on the stories of individual characStaff Reporter ters in the “Star Wars” lore. The latest release in the In the history of cinema, franchise, “Last Jedi,” was very few franchises hold released last year on Dec. as important of a cultural 15. spotlight as the “Star Wars” Since its release, it has franchise. Released in May 1977, the franchise inspired an entire generation of moviegoers and filmmakers, broke box office records, and helped to create the blockbuster as we know it today. Fast forward to 2018, and the franchise is in an interesting position. When Lucasfilm, the film company that produced and owned the franchise, was bought by The Walt Disney Company for $4 billion back in 2013, the grossed $604 million dohead of the company, Bob mestically and (as of this Iger, announced more “Star report) earned $1.3 billion Wars” movies to come. worldwide, with a producNot only was there go- tion budget of $200 miling to be a sequel tril- lion. ogy, but there would be Compared to the gross of stand-alone anthology the previous main install-
ment in the saga, “Force Awakens,” which grossed $2.1 billion worldwide and $966 million domestically, that may seem like a bit of a comedown. That is, until you take into account several impor-
Clones” made less than “The Phantom Menace.” There was another factor at play as well: competition. When “Force Awakens” was released, it went up against fairly coldly-received counterprogramming. Early in 2018, there was one other film that was arguably the biggest surprise of the year in terms of quality: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” The film surpassed the low expectations set by its poor marketGraphic by Hannah Strassburger ing by pleasing its audiences, resulttant factors. ing in the film earning over First, every second in- $700 million worldwide. stallment in a “Star Wars” It took away some of the trilogy is the lowest gross- audience that “Last Jedi” ing of the trio. “Empire would have had with potenStrikes Back” made less tial repeat viewings. than the original “Star Director J.J. Abrams’ speWars.” “Attack of the cialty lies in making crowd-
pleasing movies that play with nostalgia, so it stands to reason that Episode 9 will be much more focused on pleasing the all sectors of the fanbase and winning back anyone who was unhappy with the dark nature of “Last Jedi.” With its surely-increased focus in being a crowdpleaser, Episode 9 will without a doubt outgross Episode 8 when it releases. But “Last Jedi” is not the only major “Star Wars” movie taking the town by storm. Another “Star Wars” movie is due to release in four months. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is the second “Star Wars” anthology film and is currently slated for release this May 25, and its production has been an interesting one thus far. The current trajectory of these anthology films will be the subject of a sequel to this article in the next Chronicle edition.
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New CLC president must uphold college’s mission Diana Panuncial
Lori M. Suddick from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College was voted to be the new president of the College of Lake County, and will take over as of May 1. Chosen for her experience throughout many areas of a two-year institution, she has taught and been a member of the faculty, associate dean, vice president of learning, and chief academic officer. Her new title at CLC means she will speak for the only public college in Lake County. Suddick has all the characteristics that students look for in their new president. The political state at the national level is full of avalanches that could potentially bury a student’s hopes in the blink of an eye. CLC should at least address potential changes with the livelihood of its students in mind. For example, when President Donald Trump announced that his administration would repeal the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) policy last September, students at CLC didn’t know if they could show up for class the next day, or if they can
drive to school safely in the first place. A few weeks after this announcement was made, interim president Rich Haney released a statement saying that all students are “welcome” at CLC. Walking around the campuses, students are reminded of this-- no matter what race, class, gender, sexuality, etc. they are. They are welcome at CLC. Suddick, who has stated in this edition’s interview that one of her main goals is to make CLC an environment where students can pursue their dreams, must follow through on that statement with actions. Taking a presidential seat means more than just making tough financial decisions or presenting strategies to increase enrollment and graduation rates. It means having a genuine concern for the well-being of all students, because they have invested their time, money, and entire future with CLC. They have trusted CLC with providing them a quality education by paying for that ticket price, but they have also looked to CLC as a place to cultivate and foster their other interests and passions. They have looked to CLC to make lifelong friends, be activists in issues that
they care about, and seek mentors in their professors. So if students introduce themselves to Suddick, she must be ready to invest in those students, including Dreamers, just as they have to the school. She should consider taking a stronger stand on behalf of the college. A stronger stand than saying that all students are “welcome” here, but instead why not say that all students and their families will be safe on campus ground? Furthermore, it is no secret that CLC is extremely diverse. From student clubs and organizations to sports and fundraising events, CLC students love to get involved. There are honor societies, multicultural programs, tutoring centers, and more that make up all these niches at CLC. It’s safe to say what all students at CLC want, whether they are a part of many clubs, the honor society, or going to the writing center to ask for help on their next paper, is to feel that the president is involved in and interested in all that they’re doing. Suddick should also consider giving students more financial support to clubs and organizations who often spend afternoons on Student Street running bake sales. These clubs put these bake sales together
not only to fund their group, but to also support other students by raising money for scholarships. If the college were able to contribute to those causes, maybe match the amount of money they raise, then that would be concrete evidence that the college valued what the students were doing. Now, it’s hard to keep up with the thousands of students who attend CLC, but the next president should visit student activities. Stop by club tables. Attend events like the Literary Arts Society’s Poetry Slam or the Program Board’s Battle of the Bands. Going to these events, or even going to the same cafeteria and coffee shop as the students, will help show them that the president cares about what they’re doing. The president might even hear how hard a tuition increase hit them, how their 40 hour work week is making it hard for them to pass their class, how expensive books are, how a single-section class they were looking forward to got canceled, or how one of their favorite adjunct professors got spiked due to not having a master’s degree, and do something about it. The majority of these student concerns have to
do with resisting the urge to make CLC a corporation rather than a school. Yes, the president has to manage finances, deal with a challenging state budget, and attract students in the county to come to the school with modern renovations. But in doing that, the president should never lose sight of the college’s mission to educate. Education, not business, defines the college. The college is composed of students, staff, and teachers-- not stakeholders, brokers, or marketers. As Haney said, CLC is looking forward to some of the best times with Suddick as the new president. Although many are undoubtedly anxious for her arrival, there must also be excitement in the right places. One way to excite students would be to listen to them. One way to excite everyone in Lake County would be to make this college a leader. Overall, Suddick will certainly experience a culture shock upon her arrival at CLC. However, if she keeps her goals of enriching the students’ experience in mind-- in all areas, whether personal or educational-- then she should have no problem calling the Lake County area her new home.
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Local elections still contribute to state of country Juan Toledo
The Lake County Board, responsible for approving the county budget, met with its Commission for Government Reform and Accountability in early January to discuss recommendations on electing the new Chair, the size of the board, and redistricting options. Among their list of provisions, the Commission’s primary suggestion would shift a peer-selected Chair to a voter-elected one; a process they’ve already tried to expedite by introducing it as legislature before it was ultimately vetoed by Governor Bruce Rauner. Labeling the motion as “inappropriate interference,” Gov. Rauner reinforced the notion that the Board should let its con-
stituents decide whether or not they wish to vote for the County Chair, rather than delegating the issue to the state. This now means that Lake County residents will be able to vote on whether or not they want to elect the Chair for the Lake County Board during the November midterm election. If approved, residents will get to select their nominee for the 2020 general election. Unfortunately, for Lake County residents, this may not mean much. The decrease in voter turnout, Lake County specifically, has been declining over the years to the point where it has now become a trend. In the 2017 consolidated primary alone, the numbers were down to only 9.31 percent of voters actually participating. Comparing that number
to the 71.28 percent of people who participated in the 2016 general election, it raises an important question. Why will people vote in larger-scale elections, yet brush off important local ones? One theory as to why voter turnout is declining in Lake County is due to the lack of need for change in a majority of the area. The County maintains a AAA bond rating and demonstrates fiscal prudence, meaning a majority of the county are far from poverty, and comfortable with the way things are run by the government; however, one does not typically see their own privilege. Apart from the Presidential Election, Lake County has had a low voter turnout for ballots that directly concern them in their immediate proximity. During the state’s 2014 General Election,
voter turnout was 50.13 percent, which was a drastic forty percent increase from the turnout for the primary election held in Mar. But there’s always room for improvement. The Lake County Board’s Commission for Government Reform and Accountability has presented its constituents an opportunity to not only be leaders, but trailblazers. With the polarizing election we just had, it’s abundant that voting needs to be a priority, not only within the federal government, but the local government as well. These statistics show that county residents need to be active participants within their government. For whatever the reason may be, the right to vote is something that has been taken for granted in Lake County.
By going out and voting, not only would that be demonstrating to the entire state that lake county residents are fully capable of electing a competent nominee for the chair, but that they are responsible and educated voters. Local elections typically tend to have a greater impact on citizens than general elections. The role of local governments is to provide for the needs of local residents that the Federal government can’t account for. By making an effort to be active voters, residents will be echoing the words of former President Barack Obama spoken at 2004 Democratic National Convention: “We are neither a red nor a blue state, but a purple state that stands united.”
Movements speak out for women’s rights more than ever Daniel Lynch
A & E Editor
More than ever before are women and men empowered to speak out against people in positions of power who have used that influence to abuse them. Society has come to a point where it has made concerted efforts to hold itself accountable. It makes sense to examine how this happened and the difficulties of so many people before this point. When Donald Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women without their consent and was later sworn in as president, many people thought society hit a new low; however, the inverse has happened. Standards as a society have risen. People are now being held accountable for despicable behavior who have never had to face any sort of consequences for their actions. These accountability revolutions have come in the form of different movements: Time’s Up, the Women’s March, and #MeToo.
What these movements have done at their core is given people an environment where they could feel comfortable to reveal that they have experienced mistreatment from their abusers and a solidarity that they are loved and can feel safe to do so. These movements have started conversations about topics that were previously excluded in public discourse. There have been many fallacious instinctive arguments that people make to downplay the seriousness of a victim’s trauma. “Why would they wait until now to come forward?” The fallacy here and, many like it, assume that there is a selfish motivation for victims to come forward. In reality, many victims come forward very quickly but their reports are not taken seriously, which is in part because of the above knee-jerk criticism. “Well what were they wearing and how much were they drinking?” In reality, the perpetrator
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selects the victim. The victim’s behavior or clothing choices have no effect on whether they consented or not. Just because someone didn’t buy strong locks doesn’t justify a burglar stealing possessions from your house. Even if you live in a bad neighborhood where robbery is common,
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you are still entitled to the same protections as any citizen. It may be cynical but it seems as if these movements have allowed the market to realize that this movement is a demographic that can be tapped, for better or for worse. In elements of the media that are defined by their
public image, such as film companies and news organizations, we have experienced a new wave of justice sweep through. Some of the worst, yet most powerful figures have been fired, denounced, and had their contracts revoked. Some of the worst and most significant being Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer. The essence of these movements have served as an answer to the people that have said that society have become too sensitive, or that society is too politically correct. That somehow caring for one another, and ending the abuse of evil people, is somehow harmful for society. In reality, what this movement has shown is that systematic mistreatment of victims is molding our society to care even more for one another. Year after year, the Women’s Marches have proven this force can become political and will likely play a huge role in future elections for the betterment of society and future generations.
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VOL. 51, NO. 8
Men’s tennis shows confidence before start of season William Becker
Lead Layout Editor After last year’s historic run, The College of Lake County’s men’s tennis team is confident they will win regionals and return back to nationals with a shot to win it all. Very few expected much out of the team last year, as with their prior two seasons, CLC won two matches in total.
They entered the new season with mostly freshmen and a clean slate. “Starting off the season, we didn’t know what to expect,” sophomore and mechanical engineering major Octavio Velasquez said. “We just got better and better with every match.” The team pulled the program around from the prior two years. They went on to go 6-3 overall, 5-1 in region and
4-1 in conference. Their performance paid off with CLC claiming the program’s first Skyway Conference championship since 2000. They also went on to win their regional and place 26 overall at nationals. Two of the most successful athletes on the squad were Jason Gomez and Oliver Gallego. The team will be taking a big hit this season, as the pair will not be returning.
Men’s 2016-17 tennis team after qualifying for the NJCAA Division I National Championship. Photo courtesy of CLC
Velasquez is not concerned about their loss, though, as the team still has many returning sophomores and a handful of freshmen to fill in those gaps. One new athlete, Velasquez said, that will be able to step in smoothly is freshman and education major Brandon Reichel. “I’ve been working hard and getting my body right,” Reichel said. “I’m going out and hitting a lot. I hope I’ll be able to step up for the team.” Reichel also has been happy with the amount of help and support the sophmores have been giving the freshmen during practice. Since they are motivated to get back to nationals, he said the sophomores have been showing them what it takes to bring the same intensity every day. Teammates like Velasquez are the kind Reichel said keep him motivated. “If you miss a shot, he’ll be the first one to come up to you and tell
you, ‘It’s alright and you’ll get the next one,’” Reichel said. Not only has the chemistry between the returning sophomores continued to grow, Velasquez said the freshmen have integrated well, which excites him for the upcoming season. “We already know what to expect at regionals and what to expect at nationals,” Velasquez said. “With the new freshmen coming in, we can share our knowledge, motivate them, and give them the determination they need to get better.” Velasquez could not be more excited for the 2018 season. He said this year will be even easier for the team than the last. They have built off of last year physically and mentally. Prairie State will be their toughest competition, but Velasquez said they’ll be able to beat them. That confidence is evident in the rest of the team as well. Both Reichel and Velasquez said they are excited to go back to nationals.
CLC basketball finds stride during midseason stretch Sammie Wilkins
The College of Lake County’s men’s basketball team is currently 11-8, with an optimistic outlook towards the rest of the season. In previous years, the team struggled with finding their stride. However, times have drastically changed for the team. “It is an entirely different team this year,” head coach Chuck Ramsey said. Since CLC is a junior college, it is typical for the team to see new faces. Each brings new strengths
and adds to the success of the overall team. Ramsey has coached the men’s basketball team at CLC for the past six years. As a result, he has discovered his own methods to build a successful team. “Year after year the thing that stands out to me as most important are the basics, the fundamentals,” he said. He revealed that it is more difficult to build skill and improve the team without a good foundation. This method of coaching proves to be extremely successful, especially when looking at the achievements of
individual players on the team. “Catoni’ Collins is averaging over 22 points and over 11 rebounds a game, while also leading the team in assists,” Ramsey said. “Alexio Ramirez also, is averaging 10 points a game. He has really stepped up in recent weeks, taking advantage of the various opportunities available to him.” Ramsey said a few other players that have done a tremendous job contributing to the team are Brian Julien, Zach Pilcher, Jarod Stonis, Elijah Wychers, and Michael Benko.
“Two other players have been redshirting with the team, Sam McKinney and Grant Stephens,” Ramsey said. “They have been really helping us out.” Having skill on its own can only get a player so far. As Ramsey said, it’s teamwork that drives the team towards success. “This year’s team is playing very well together,” he said. “We have been getting a lot of assisted baskets.” Ramsey said players are set out to help one another. As a result, they are benefiting the entire team. “I am optimistic about the rest of the season, as
long as we can focus on improvement,” he said. “We need to continuously improve, and as long as the players buy into that, keep an open mind, and make those improvements, we can be a successful team.” Throughout the wins and the losses, CLC’s team is built upon hard work, unity, and dedication to the sport. As Ramsey constantly tells his team, success is not achieved easily. “There are no easy solutions, there is no easy pass, no tricks to success,” he said. “It’s hard work that leads to being a very sound basketball team.”