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Brad Schneider hosted at CLC town hall meeting Yuliya Mykhaylovska Staff Reporter

Democrat Brad Schneider, a candidate for the 10th congressional Illinois district, answered a variety of questions from students at a town hall meeting at CLC on Thursday. Before the event, sponsored by CLC’s Environmental Club and Latino Alliance, Schneider spoke to the Chronicle about the economy, community college funding, and his Republican opponent, Bob Dold, among other things. Regarding his ability to appeal to more moderate and conservative-leaning voters in Lake County, Schneider responded that he is “representing all of the 10th district.” Concerning his opponent, Schneider criticized Dold for voting against the Affordable Care Act. This race is the third time Schneider has run against Bob Dold in a race for the same seat, in 2012, 2014, and this year. Schneider said that it was a “tight race back in 2012” and Dold lost by only 2 percent. The next election, he won, unseating

Brad Schneider with two members of the Latino Alliance Club at CLC on Thursday. Photo by Cody Dufresne

Schneider. Schneider said that college needs to be more accessible. When asked why he thought he would make a better representative than Dold, Schneider said it comes down to values and priorities. He stated that he is against tax cuts. Instead, his plan is to boost the economy by concentrating on the middle class. On domestic policy,

Schneider stated that he backs government-funded health care and wants to require background checks on gun purchases. Schneider also said that everyone should have the same opportunities and must be given the future they deserve. Schneider introduced himself. He told a story about his grandmother’s immigration from Russia. She narrowly missed making the trip to

America on the Titanic. He later went on to answer questions from members of both CLC clubs. The question and answer portion of the event lasted about forty five minutes, and included questions from members of the audience. The Environmental Club asked questions about climate change, recycling, and fracking. Brad Schneider said that his number-one issue

if elected is growing the economy. He believes this will create job opportunities. Schneider said that he believes raising the minimun wage would boost the economy, but didn’t specify how. The Latino Alliance asked Schneider if he thought decriminalization will lead to recreational use of marijuana. Schneider responded that he understands the concern, having lived in Colorado, where marijuana laws are laxer than Illinois. He also gave his opinion on drug abuse jail time. “Far too many are imprisoned for drug offenses,” Schneider said. Concerning climate change, Schneider said it is “a real and current threat.” He praised Canada’s system of carbon taxes and incentives, and pledged to push for similar measures if elected. He said that he believes that lessening and potentially reversing the effects of climate change is possible if all countries unite and work together. He did not mention any new ways we can improve the issues of climate change.

CLC battles to maintain funds with state budget

Diana Panuncial Staff Reporter

Illinois is approaching its second year without a state budget, leaving the College of Lake County in a battle to maintain its funds. In the fiscal year of 2015, CLC received approximately $8.1 million in funds from the state. Since the financial cutback, the school only received $2.2 million for the

fiscal year of 2016, and so far in the fiscal year of 2017, has only received $3.4 million. This significant gap in funding has caused the school to feel uncertain about its budget, making it difficult to plan. Without a concrete number on what CLC is going to receive in terms of a budget in these upcoming years, the financial department is struggling

to budget its resources. “Last year, CLC assumed it would receive most of a typical year’s state funding, about $8 million,” said CLC Vice President Ken Gotsch. “Instead, we received only $2.2 million. This forced us to quickly reduce travel and purchase of supplies, defer needed facilities maintenance and cut 20 positions from our staff.” CLC President Jerry We-

ber says that a special budget has helped the school maintain its funds and work as efficiently as it can in spite of the uncertainty of state funding. A group of legislators called the Budget Task Force convened to find ways to control costs, increase efficiency, and create revenue. The Budget Task Force meets regularly to discuss financial options. “It’s difficult to plan initia-

tives,” Weber said. “We’ve formed a special budget that really reviews all the ways we can save money. Leaders across the college are on a committee that are bringing us the best ideas for cost saving now and in the future.” The constructions and renovations being done at CLC are not being gravely affected by this large financial cutback. Budget / page 2



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“Construction is continuing as planned,” Gotsch said. “The Sustainable Master Plan for campus improvements is funded by bond sales back in Feb. 2012 and Sep. 2013.” There were difficulties in completing construction on CLC’s campuses because of this issue. “Unfortunately, due to some political squabbling, we had to work with our state legislators to free capital funding so that we could finish the science building and restart the Lakeshore campus,” Weber said. While most of the student programs are still being funded by CLC’s budget, developing new programs and improving upon facilities proves to be a challenge. “Some state funding cutbacks impact CLC’s ability to improve student retention services, develop new academic programs and career

paths, implement campus facility maintenance, and replace worn-out assets,” Gotsch said. The long-term impact of the state’s lack of funding for CLC is that the College may have to rely more on local property taxes and student tuition. With local property taxes undergoing heavy inflation over the years, the unpredictability also caused CLC to tighten up its plans. “CLC might become more expensive, almost like the bigger universities in Illinois,” said Josh Peete, first-year student at CLC. “Because none of the higher education schools are getting funded either, the students might have to pay more to go to community college.” Another student added what he believes to be necessary in order to keep costs down for students.

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“It’s much more important to make sure that students are receiving the proper funds needed to make the college affordable,” said Ryan Haass, second-year student. “There are many scholarships available to students throughout CLC.” While these are challenging times for both the state and CLC, every initiative the staff and Budget Task Force has taken can work toward the school budget becoming more efficient. “We are confident in the ability of CLC faculty, staff and students to find creative ways to work collaboratively to address state budget shortfalls,” Gotsch said. “We need to work hard to lobby our elected state representatives to demonstrate that CLC is a terrific steward of public resources and that investing in community college education is worthwhile.”

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CLC police win preparedness award

Felicia Rivas Staff Reporter

The CLC Police Department recently won the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Preparedness award, according to Tom Guenther, the College of Lake County’s Chief of Police. “The Police Department here just received the ILEAS Preparedness Award out of 106 police agencies in the northern Illinois area,” Guenther said. “We are one of only six departments to receive that level of education and preparedness for emergencies.” “We have an excellent police department, very highly educated. Many of us have master’s degrees. “Experience is key. We average close to 500 years of combined experience or more, if you take the totality of all the law enforcement experience we have.” In addition to experience, Guenther attributes the police department’s success to their open-door policy. “If my door is open, that

means someone can come in and talk to me anytime about any issue here on campus,” Guenther said. “I try to be extremely responsive and my officers, telecommunicators, and community service officers do, too. Developing those relationships makes a safer campus.” According to Guenther, those relationships are the most rewarding part of his career. “I’ve been doing this for over 33 years and I’ve done everything from undercover operations to investigating homicides,” he added, “but still, when it comes down to it, I enjoy the personal interaction with the students, faculty, and staff here. “It’s a great environment to work in,” he said, “and the department has enjoyed success and acceptance from the faculty, students, and staff.” In light of school shootings becoming more frequent, Guenther said the department has strict gun restrictions on campus, as well as excellent training for officers.

The officers had 3,146 cumulative credit hours of training in total for the year 2015. “If there is a situation that we’re apprised of, we try to maintain vigilance on that individual or that group so they don’t harm or hurt our constituents,” Guenther said. He also addressed the recent portrayal of police in the media. “There are many great Chicago police officers, very professional, that do their jobs day in and day out,” Guenther said. “It’s a thankless job on a lot of occasions, because when your life is personally threatened, you make an arrest, and you do everything top-notch, the media doesn’t usually pick up on those things.” When the news stories first come out, the public is often misinformed about what really happened, Guenther said. This leads to misconceptions about the police who handled the situation. Then, when the situation is investigated further, the real

story surfaces. “Having said that, in any profession, whether you’re a doctor, a lawyer, a police officer, a teacher, an instructor, or a grocery store manager, there’s going to be those that do an excellent job and those that don’t,” Guenther said. “The best thing we can do is have great communica-

tion with the public that we serve,” Guenther continued. This communication is what he believes makes a successful police department, and considering his experience level and the award that his department has won, it appears the CLC police department is heading in the right direction.

Chief of Police Tom Guenther at CLC’s main entrance. Photo by Cody Dufresne

Prairie Voices takes Judicial Services celebrates 25 years first in annual contest

The 2016 edition Prairie Voices, the College of Lake County’s literary arts magazine, has won first place (central division) in the Community College Humanities Association Annual Literary Magazine Contest. CLC’s magazine also won first place in 2014. In addition, five CLC students’ work received awards. Short Story: Kelsey Swanson (Grayslake) won first place for “Inspiration” and Katie Erdman (Lakemoor) received second place for “Yes Girl.” Creative Nonfiction: Matthew Pieper (Winthrop Harbor) won first place for “Let’s Fly Together (But Not Too High...)” and Angela Jacksack (Libertyville) received second place for “Consider the Shelter Dog.” Art: Geovanni Gonzalez (Highwood) won first place for a charcoal drawing, “Untitled.” “It is a particular honor to win the first place award two out of the past three years,”

said Nicholas Schevera, Ph.D., Prairie Voices editor and professor of English and humanities. Schevera expressed his pride in the students’ achievements, as well. “For many students, this is their first time being published, and their faculty mentors are extremely excited for them,” Schevera continued. “This publication is a joint effort by many people, including the 52 writers and 17 artists who contributed poetry, prose and artwork; the faculty; the staff in Public Relations and Marketing; and Bob Lossmann, art editor.” CLC students interested in being published in next year’s edition should submit writing to Dr. Schevera and artwork to Bob Lossmann by Dec. 1. For more information, contact Schevera at or (847) 543-2959.

In the past 25 years, the College of Lake County’s Judicial Services department has helped improve the quality of life in Lake County by training more than half a million people to be safer drivers and better parents and by supporting many community efforts to improve safety, reduce underage drinking, and much more. To celebrate this milestone, Judicial Services hosted a celebration Oct. 4 at the CLC Grayslake Campus with the 19th Judicial Circuit Court to recognize award-winning educational programs and thank longtime instructors and those who support their work. At the event, the Honorable Jorge Ortiz, Chief Judge of the 19th Circuit Court, remarked on the great partnership the court has with the college, one that provides for the safety of motorists, helps parents through difficult family changes, and mentors those on probation to encourage them to be better

citizens. Officials attending the anniversary included six judges from the 19th Judicial Circuit; CLC Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dr. Philip Carrigan; Jeffrey Hofstetter, senior director of state and court programs of the National Safety Council; and representatives from the Lake County State’s Attorney office, Lake County Chiefs of Police, National Safety Council and the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists. CLC’s Judicial Services’ services include defensive driving courses for teen drivers and adults with minor traffic violations; the Family Parenting Program, for parents of minor children seeking a divorce; the Court Services Program to provide volunteers to assist Adult and Juvenile Probation with mentoring, tutoring, clerical assistance and group reporting; and the live victim impact panel, where victims of DUI tragedies speak to first-time DUI offenders of the impact

a DUI crime had on their families and loved ones. In addition, Judicial Services supports and hosts community-wide education and safety events such as the Girl-Wise Conference, Lake County Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force, Mundelein STAND UP Coalition and National Safety Council Teen Driver Safety Forums. Judicial Services has received numerous awards, including Program Excellence from the National Association of Counties and Illinois Community College Board and the Liberty Bell Award from the 19th Judicial Circuit in 2002. The National Safety Council has recognized CLC every year for its programming, including Star Award DDC-Online, Best Performance DDC-4 and Trend Setter DDC-Alive at 25. For information, visit, call (847) 543-2185 or email judicialservices@clcillinois. edu.

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Poets ‘slam’ together an interactive performance Courtney Prais Opinion Editor

Award-winning slam poets Dan “Sully” Sullivan and Tim “Toaster” Henderson will be performing at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in Room C005, otherwise known as the C Wing Auditorium, at the Grayslake Campus. Sullivan and Henderson will be leading a workshop from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Oct. 20 in Room T345, followed by their performance of original work from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. After the performance, the poets will stay for a Q&A session with the audience. All the events are free and open to the public. Robin Kacel, associate English professor at the College of Lake County, has helped coordinate and sponsor the event. “(Sullivan) has won the Mental Graffiti Poetry Slam award in 2003, 2004, and 2005; and he is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award,”

Kacel said. Sullivan is also a Chicago resident and founded the Urban Sandbox, an all-ages poetry event in Chicago. Sullivan has appeared on “WGN Mornings News,” National Public Radio, and on HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.” “(Sullivan) is being joined by Tim ‘Toaster’ Henderson, who’s a poet, a mural artist, and a musician, who has represented Chicago in the National Poetry Slam,” Kacel said. Henderson has also been featured on National Public Radio and the world’s largest youth poetry slam, “Louder than a Bomb.” Henderson works as a teaching artist in Chicago public schools for the nonprofit Young Chicago Authors, and leads his own workshops in elementary schools, high schools, and universities. Kacel has seen both poets perform and remarks on their talent. “They are personal, com-

pelling, funny, and profound all at once,” Kacel said. “Slam poetry grabs you by the throat on a level similar to traditional poetry, but even more intensely because the person is talking to you.” Kacel also talked about the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division, which is credited for making this event happen. “We have a program called the Reading Series at the College of Lake County,” Kacel said. “It’s funded by the Communication Arts division and it provides a generous amount of money to bring two professional authors to campus, one in the fall, one in the spring.” CLC offers a rich communications program and a forensics team which participates in statewide competitions each year. “I hope more and more students will discover slam poetry,” Kacel said. “I discovered it through one of our faculty members here, Joel Chmara. He’s a speech

teacher (at CLC) and he’s a slam poet. He will be introducing these slam poets and he’s told me he will perform a poem himself.” Kacel speaks highly of Chmara’s work, and of the pure sentiment behind the art of slam poetry. “It’s the combination of the raw emotion, the sarcasm, the wit, but also the serious nature of a person telling their truth to you,”Kacel said. The workshop Thursday afternoon provides a more one-on-one experience between the poets and public. Sullivan and Henderson will lead the workshop and focus on the topic of slam poetry. “They’re not performing, they’re actually teaching,” Kacel said, “and lecturing and interacting with the audience. It’s about slam poetry, about the genre, how to approach it and how (the poets) got into it as well.” These events, along with other Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts events allow people to un-

leashing their creativity. “Hopefully it encourages people to experiment with the genre in particular and creative expression in general,” Kacel said. Students have the opportunity to see poetry in an intimate setting, to see artists express themselves in ways that paper cannot effectively illustrate. Kacel urges everyone who can to take advantage of this event, and see art in its living, breathing form. “Anytime you see an artist in the flesh performing,” Kacel said, “it can be very inspirational. Poetry in general is meant to be heard. These are young artists putting themselves out there and often tackling subjects that are on the minds of many people, but are not always spoken of openly and passionately. “I think it can be very enlightening to see a poet making himself so incredibly vulnerable, and to realize how that vulnerability creates so much power.”

CLC teacher encourages students to pursue the ‘Sustainable Cause’ Jose Quevedo Staff Reporter

David Husemoller, CLC’s sustainability manager, finds plenty to keep him busy here at the College of Lake County. Between teaching Sustainable Landscaping and Sustainable Landscape Management classes at CLC, organizing events with the Environmental Club, like the recent Brad Schneider town hall meeting, and making sure that CLC’s construction plans incorporate environmentally friendly designs, Husemoller has his hands full. At CLC, Husemoller’s office measures, tracks, and logs various aspects of energy and resource consumption. He helps CLC make sustainable decisions in its operations, like choosing responsible materials and using environmentally friendly products. He understands the impact an active student body can have on its campus.

He engages, empowers, and encourages students of all careers to participate and organize in the advancement of the Sustainable Cause, in the pursuit of Resiliency. In his classes, students design and install sustainable projects on campus, such as green roofs, rain gardens, and more. His classes are geared for both green career professionals and recreational gardeners. Husemoller also works with the Environmental Action Committee here at CLC and other clubs, including the Social Action Club and First Generation Club, and looks forward to helping student organizations across all departments. Husemoller plans and executes countless other events on and off campuses. This September, as part of Climate Week, he organized a public screening of the environmental film, “Racing Extinction.” In April he will launch Earth Week in

collaboration with multiple campus departments and clubs to provide over 20 different events open to the public. At the annual Lake County Green Conference at CLC he brings together green businesses, community organizations, the general public, and students to learn and share about local sustainable efforts and products. Husemoller doesn’t just limit himself to the CLC campus. He is also very active on social media, spreading news and events about local and remote sustainable and resiliency efforts. On Facebook, he can be found under “David at Sustainable CLC.” College of Lake County has its own sustainability Facebook page, “College of Lake County-Sustainable CLC.” Husemoller also manages a current list of events and meetings local to sustainable efforts, which can be found by Googling “CLC Sustainable Calendar.”

CLC’s Sustainability Manager David Husemoller.



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Students guaranteed admission through CLC Katie Point Staff Reporter

The new Guaranteed Transfer Admission Program offers College of Lake County students a seamless transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree from top colleges and universities. CLC has partnered with 19 colleges for this program so far, including DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, The University of Illinois Chicago, and even The American Business School in Paris. Students can view the full list of participating colleges on CLC’s website. Tammy Mireles, CLC’s international recruiter for the transfer program, listed benefits for transferring students.

Students will receive personalized academic planning from both institutions, she said. They will also be invited to campus activities and programs at participating institutions. Some universities will waive application fees, and CLC students can qualify for scholarships for up to $14,000. Other benefits may include eligibility for honors programs at some colleges and universities. Students can also study abroad and complete a bachelor’s degree in Paris. “The most important benefit is knowing your educational plan, so you can start planning for the future and saving thousands in tuition costs along the

way,” said Mireles. “There is no cost to students who participate. This program is available to both domestic and international students at CLC. “Whether it’s their first semester at CLC or their third, CLC can help guide them on the right path for this program,” she continued. Most of CLC’s partners for the transfer program, including ASU, one of the top public universities in the nation, have nationwide rankings. “This program is designed for students to start at CLC, get the solid foundation they need from faculty in highquality classes, utilize all the resources available to them, and begin on a path to success to transfer seamlessly to a top college

or university,” Mireles said. “Many international students at CLC have already taken advantage of the Guaranteed Transfer Admissions program. “They understand the value of saving money by starting at a community college like CLC.” Julia Lachkova, an international student from Ukraine, has signed up for DAPP (DePaul Admission Partnership Program) as part of the Guaranteed Transfer Admission initiative at CLC. It is helpful for international students to know their educational plan ahead of time, making the Guaranteed Transfer Admission program an important part of their decision-making. Lachkova said she is

enjoying her studies and experience at CLC, knowing she has a guaranteed spot at DePaul University when she is ready to transfer. Lachkova is working as an international student ambassador in the Center for International Education at CLC and also interns at the Illinois Small Business Development Center. The Guaranteed Transfer Admission Program is a great opportunity for students at CLC. Being able to save thousands in tuition and knowing they will get into the partnered college of their choice if accepted could relieve students of a lot of pressure. To learn more about CLC’s Guaranteed Transfer Admission program, visit

Yoga class teaches how to stretch away stress Jenn Arias Staff Reporter

College is a stressful time for everyone. Most students are juggling a full-time job on top of school work and any extra-curricular activities they choose to participate in. It can be extremely difficult to find the time to de-stress both body and mind. The College of Lake County has taken the initiative to assist its students and community members to ease their anxiety and calm their minds. CLC has begun a new program in the dance department: free yoga classes. Therese Crews, who has been teaching dance classes at CLC since 2004, has recently started teaching the yoga program after attaining her yoga instructor certification both for the college and for personal reasons. A lifetime lover of dance and performance, Crews began the program as another form of expression for her students. “I like seeing students and dancers when they sort of feel it all coming together,” Crews said, “The alignment comes together and the breath… It’s a very beautiful moment, whether it’s ballet or yoga.” Crews has been doing

dance and gymnastics since she was very young and always thought she would turn this love into a career. In college, she received an undergraduate degree in both theater and English, but dancing is what helped her find her center. “Movement always helped ground me and focus me,” Crews explained. “When I went to school for acting, I fell in love with modern dance and appreciated the wisdom of the body. It felt like I was coming home.” She decided then to pursue a career in modern dance. After receiving a graduate degree in dance from Temple University in Philadelphia, Crews went on to join a German dance company, participate in physical theater to combine her love of theater and dance, and teach dance part time at the University of Chicago. She began teaching to pay the bills, but found a real knack for passing on her knowledge and experience, eventually bringing that talent here to CLC. “We’re studying the history of dance, the history of yoga, the philosophy of yoga, the aesthetics of dance, so it’s really about educating the whole person, which I think is so important in this culture now,” Crews said. “We just get so disas-

sociated with our heart and our mind and our bodies, so with dance and with yoga, it just gives people the chance to move and to breathe, to de-stress. It helps them to be human beings and not just robots who receive information.” Participating in yoga has helped her become a better person and a better teacher, but it wasn’t all breathing exercises and arched backs, Crews said. There were two phases to her yoga instructor certification process: the first was a 200 hour training that she completed at the University of Chicago in 2004, and the second was an additional 500 hours. “What happened was, they needed a yoga teacher,” Crews said of her time teaching at the University of Chicago. “And I said, ‘Well, I’ve been practicing, I’ll just get certified.’” These standards are regulated by the Yoga Alliance, which has also helped form certification classes for yoga instructors at CLC, which they hope to have established in Fall 2017. “Students that are taking classes just for fun can also, with a little extra effort, earn a teaching certificate,” said Crews. “It seems like yoga is very popular, so we’ve had a lot of students ask ‘Where

can I get certified?’ So that kind of initiated the desire to have one here.” In addition to benefiting the mind and de-stressing, yoga has several physical benefits as well. It helps the body and spine realign, eases muscle tension, regulates breathing, and eases many of the illnesses that can be brought on by stress, including acid reflux and depression. “Yoga, just like dance, is about studying yourself, so it’s a lot like psychology,” Crews explained. “You start noticing patterns in the mind, patterns in your body, patterns of how you react to situations in life, and then you start to learn how to control negative patterns.” Yoga has been made very popular in the past few years and the benefits of participating in it have trickled down to combat the difficulties of college life. Crews urges students to get involved in CLC classes and productions for the purposes of self-expression and self-discovery. The calming classroom environment makes for a better body and mind, according to Crews, and becomes a place for a person to stop, breathe, and to be present in the moment. “It’s incredibly powerful. They’re also learning how

to be strong, how to stand strong in standing poses, how to calm themselves down with forward bends, how to wake themselves up with back bends… It’s very organic.” Crews said. “ And the alchemy of doing yoga, it seems to kind of de-clutter the mind, de-stress the body, and when you’re in a clearer place, your true voice emerges.”



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‘Miss Peregrine’ makes a peculiar addition to Burton films Peter Anders Staff Reporter

A new fantasy film, “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children,” from director and Hollywood heavyweight Tim Burton, was released Sept. 30th. Tim Burton has had his share of hits such as “Edward Scissorhands,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and “Batman.” However, Burton has also had his share of misfires like “Alice Through The Looking Glass,” “Dark Shadows,” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” While not one of his better efforts, “Miss Peregrine” shows glimpses of why Tim Burton is as respected as he is. Sadly, it has flaws that hold it back from reaching its full potential. “Miss Peregrine” stars Asa Butterfield as Jake, a typical, socially awkward teenager. The attractive girls in his class don’t recognize him, his mom is barely present, and he doesn’t have any friends. His life changes, however, when his father is mysteriously killed. Jake discovers his father had once been cared for in an odd place known as “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.” Jake later learns the “peculiar children” there have unique abilities.

Jake is left to pick up where his father and grandfather have left off, protecting his new home from dark forces. There is no way to talk about this movie without acknowledging how similar it is to Marvel’s “X-Men.” In fact, it borders on ripoff at times. Because of this, a lot of the plot points are easy to predict ahead of time. Unfortunately, this lessens the impact of some of the twist and turns the story has, especially with the villain, played by scene-chewing Samuel Jackson. The story itself, while serviceable, is one of the weaker aspects of the film. There are numerous plot holes that are impossible to overlook, and often when the movie explains something about the mythology, it accidentally makes the audiences ask another question that is left unanswered. Questionable moments are sadly plentiful throughout. Additionally, supporting characters are underused, which is a shame, due to the prevalence of great actors in the cast. Eva Green is not in the movie as much as one would hope, which is sad because her character is fun to watch with her upbeat personality

and unique charm. Judi Dench is in the movie for barely fifteen minutes, and Terence Stamp is in it for all of ten minutes, which is unfortunate because their characters provide a breath of fresh air from Butterfield’s gloomy Jake. Not only is the character of Jake not that interesting, but Butterfield is wooden in terms of his performance. Regardless of the film’s odd and clumsy changes of tone at the halfway mark, his expression remains the same. The rest of the movie is quite well done. The art direction in “Miss Peregrine” is incredible. With great looking sets, costumes, makeup, and props, the art team went above and beyond Hollywood standards. Perhaps the true star in the concept art of the movie are the monster designs, which are truly interesting and deviate from the fantasy norm. Despite “Miss Peregrine” being marketed as a children’s movie, Burton manages to incorporate some elements of horror. For instance, the villain Mr. Barron (Samuel Jackson) kills people by eating their eyes. The score of the movie also seems more suited for the horror genre than

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fantasy. The CGI, with the exception of some of the flying effects, is decent. The cinematography is incredible, and naturally blends the movie’s gothic atmosphere with the Americana of the 1940s. It works wonders as far as visuals go, and is a treat for the eyes. The film also manages to convey a true sense of wonder, and there are some visual moments that were easily astounding to the audience.

Even though it suffers from an uninteresting lead, awkward tonal shifts, a convoluted plot, wasted side characters and some predictable tropes, “Miss Peregrine” still manages to be an enjoyable visit. Burton’s stylish direction, the interesting mythology, wacky characters, well done pacing, a-list actors, and excellent monster designs manage to make this visit to Miss Peregrine’s home one worth making.

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Solange album speaks out for black culture Ricky Ochoa Staff Reporter

Between the dark times facing the black community and our country going through what is probably one of the most consequential elections in history, singer/songwriter Solange delivers a powerful message of unity through her latest album, “A Seat at the Table.” Eight years after releasing her second studio album, “Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams,” Solange Knowles strikes the world with a full album that pleases the ear for neo-soul and R&B. While Solange gets most of her recognition from being the younger sister of mega-successful popstar, Beyoncè, her talent, passion, and dedication showcased through this latest venture is worthy in itself of greater recognition. With collaborations from the likes of Louisiana native rapper Master P,, her sister’s former band mate, Kelly Rowland, her mother, Tina Lawson, father Matthew Knowles and one of our own, BJ the

Chicago Kid, Solange tells a powerful story of the struggle many Black Americans face in our country. The story begins on the first track, “Rise,” with a message of self-empowerment. The lyrics “fall in your ways, so you can crumble/ fall in your ways, so you can sleep at night/fall in your ways, so you can wake up and rise” suggests to stay true to yourself regardless of failures. Solange is saying that staying true to who we are as people is the only way to find inner peace, and at the end of the day we will be able to overcome our obstacles. “A Seat at the Table” closes with a track consisting of the many narrations by rapper Master P. Titled “Closing: The Chosen Ones,” Master P discusses his belief of how he got his glory from those who came before him. “Now, we come here as slaves, but we going out as royalty, and able to show that we are truly the chosen ones,” he said in a verse. While the music on its own was very impactful, some of the strongest moments on the album

came through the interlude narrations. Two of those specific narrations were both from her mother, Tina Lawson, and her father, Matthew Knowles. On the Interlude titled “Dad Was Mad,” father Mathew Knowles tells a story about being one of six black kids growing up going to a white school. “We lived in the threat of death every day,” he said, referring to being seen as outcast by white kids, and treated badly by others, including members of the racist, white supremacy group, the Ku Klux Klan. Mother Tina Knowles speaks in her interlude titled, “Tina Taught Me” about her pride for her black heritage. She speaks about the beauty she sees in the color of her skin and her people and mentions the problems she faces daily with white people seeing her pride as reverse racism or anti white. She says on the track: “It’s such beauty in black people, and it really saddens me when we’re not allowed to express that pride in being black, and that if you do, then it’s considered antiwhite. No! You just pro-

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black. And that’s okay. The two don’t go together.” It is work like Solange’s “A Seat at the Table” where society witnesses unique talent and potential being used in good service. With everything that is happening in the black community, it is a comfort to know that there are people with big voices and talents

using them in support of that community. With some moments on the album being serious and others more upbeat and seductive like on the track “Where Do We Go,” the soothing soulful sounds of R&B in “A Seat at the Table” are a much-needed break from the chaos of the world.

Tensions rise with disaster film ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Peter Anders Staff Reporter

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“Deepwater Horizon,” a disaster film directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, was released on Sept. 30th. The film is based on the explosion that occurred April 20, 2010 on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Disaster films can often be a mixed bag. For every good disaster movie like “Titanic” and “Contagion,” there are bad ones like “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow.” The genre often has problems balancing characters and going overboard with special effects. Thankfully, Berg has managed to avoid the typical pitfalls of the genre, delivering well-rounded characters with great performances

and incredible disaster sequences. As a leading actor, Mark Wahlberg has definitely come a long way since the Tim Burton “Planet of the Apes” remake, where he was lacking in presence and was upstaged by the apes themselves. “Deepwater Horizon” cements Wahlberg’s status as a true A-List actor. His charisma makes him instantly likable and relatable. Wahlberg expertly conveys the emotions his character experiences, especially fear and sadness. It is easy to see genuine pain in his eyes, and genuine anger. Wahlberg’s acting is complemented by great performances delivered by Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, Dylan O’Brien, and Gina Rodriguez. Matthew Carnahan and Matthew Sand’s script is full

of great banter that makes the wait till the main event hardly noticeable. John Malkovich is a little bit over the top in this one. Here Malkovich plays the slimy BP businessman Donald Vidrine, who is portrayed in the same manner as Giovanni Ribisi was in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” The movie tries to give him some depth with a small three-minute scene between him and Wahlberg, but that’s all, and even then he still comes off as a caricature. “Deepwater Horizon” delivers the goods when it comes to the main event, in a truly spectacular fashion. From the time the oil rig begins to fall apart, the tension stays high. It’s like watching a train wreck in motion spiral out of control. The visual effects are a great sight to behold, as the rig falls apart around our

main heroes and intense explosions rage around them, you cannot help but want to freeze-frame certain scenes. This is a beautiful film; not just the explosions and visuals, but also the cinematography. Enrique Chediak brings his A-game to “Deepwater Horizon.” The filmmaker’s excellent use of sound and music manages to leave you on the edge of your seat. At times, it feels like the oil rig is literally trying to kill them, and this pitting of man against failed machinery and technology is unique in its execution here. The villain is the oil rig itself, a man-made force. The movie is not perfect. But with a great script, characters, actors, visuals, and pacing, Peter Berg manages to create a thrilling experience that is highly



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New CLC exhibit showcases artists’ originality Crystal Best Staff Reporter

The newest art exhibit, “A Juried Competition,” opened on Oct. 7 at CLC’s gallery of art next to the library. On their way to class, students can now marvel at the stained glass windows and glimpse the show within. The gallery is open to the public for viewing, commenting, and even purchasing of all the unique pieces the artists have to offer. About $2000 will be awarded in cash prizes and purchase awards for the collection. Featuring pieces from a variety of fine art mediums, all artists and speculators can find enjoyment. On opening night, those in attendance listened to live music while they enjoyed refreshments and discussed the work.

The artists who had their pieces featured in the gallery were there to speak with the public and share personal stories. Ivan Vasquez, one of the artists, had two pieces in the show, “Sprinkler Room Door” and “Passenger.” Vasquez primarily works with oil-based paint, but also draws with chalk and pastels. The inspiration for his two pieces were contemporary landscapes, inspired by his community. “I use familiar places, like my town, to express the lighting of shapes and atmosphere,” Vasquez said. “Being involved with my community helps me create art.” Vasquez also hopes to further his artistic talent by working with other mediums, experimenting with other techniques and different themes. “I would like to thank my teacher, Hans Habeger, be-

“In Memoriam” by Lisa Sulzbach., a submission to the gallery. Photo by Crystal Best.

cause he helped me grow in my talent,” Vasquez said. “Hans works in the same field and introduced me to both old and contemporary styles.” George Haasjes, a digital photographer, entered two photographs in the competition, “Means of Support” and “Three Forks,” which won an honorable mention for the night. Haasjes enjoys expressing his vision of photography from the past 60 years of

his life. All of his life experiences can be seen in his photographs, where he is unafraid to show creativity and appreciate individuality. “Art is the window to a person’s soul,” Haasjes said. “Art doesn’t need anyone’s approval for originality.” Geovanni Gonzalez, illustrator, won the Award of Merit for his Conte crayon pieces. He drafted film drawings, “Tony” and “Fernanda.” Gonzales’s inspiration for

the drawn pieces stem from his relationships with his friends and family, who he used as models. “My father inspired me to start drawing with graphite as a child,” Gonzales said. “I hope my talent leads me to becoming an art instructor in the future.” All pieces of the competition were judged by a third party and the results were given by Erick Rowe, a photographer who previously participated at CLC’s art gallery openings. “I hope to increase community involvement in the art gallery,” Rowe said. “I like to see people get excited for their potential learning experiences in learning about art and making it.” “A Juried Competition” will be open for spectators until Nov. 12. For more information regarding future events at the gallery, contact the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts.

Versatile JLC cast applauded for ‘Giant’ performance

Ariel Notterman Staff Reporter

The Mainstage theatre at the James Lumber Center was full of children and families in late September and early October to see the College of Lake County’s production of “James and the Giant Peach.” Young audience members gasped in awe at the lavish sets and costumes, dazzling special effects, and playful characters. The magical happenings at the beginning of the show, such as the large garden peach, captured their attention. The silly antics of the insects that inhabited the peach, especially the character of the Earthworm, kept them laughing throughout the performance. Parents and grandparents were also enjoying the many layers of humor present in CLC’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story. By the time the curtain fell and the cast were taking their bows, both children and adults were applauding, waving, and smiling for James and his friends. The play was not the only

exciting event for the audience. After the performance, the cast appeared in the JLC lobby to sign autographs, take photos, and chat with young audience members in-character, creating a fun and unique meet-and-greet experience. “Meeting the kids is my favorite thing,” said CLC student Bonnie Hart, who plays Lady Bug in the production. “I love it so much.” The cast of “James and the Giant Peach” was comprised of CLC students as well as some teen and pre-teen performers. The collaboration between CLC students and non-students proved to be successful for both parties. “We know what it’s like to be kids in the arts, so we want to help them grow as actors,” said Moises Diaz, a theatre major at CLC who played the role of Centipede. 12-year-old Christopher Welsh, who played the title role of James Trotter, is the youngest cast member. Welsh said he is used to performing in a cast of only kids and teenagers, so being the youngest actor in a college production is new for him. “It’s just been a com-

pletely different and great experience,” Welsh said. Performing for an audience comprised of children is very different than performing for adults, but for the cast of “James and the Giant Peach,” the rewarding feeling of performing for a younger audience is worth the minor challenges. “You have to be a lot more animated with all of your actions and your voice to get them interested in the show,” said Angela Athanas. Athanas played three roles in the production: James’ Mother, First Officer, and Onlooker. Although it takes more energy to capture the attention of a young audience, many cast members of “James and the Giant Peach” agreed that catering to a different age group was enjoyable. “It’s so much better than just performing for an adult audience,” Welsh said. No matter the age, it was easy for audience members to tell that the actors performing onstage were enjoying themselves. In turn, the audience had fun watching them. The genuine friendships between the actors were also heartwarming to witness,

and resonated to the audience through their performances. Robert Williams, who played Grasshopper, said it best. “The theatre department at CLC, as a whole, is very inclusive and welcoming to anyone who wants to be a

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part of it,” he said. “James and the Giant Peach” was a heart-warming addition to the successful productions at CLC, and with the season just barely beginning, audiences can look forward to much more coming up.

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Community college offers benefits a four-year doesn’t Diana Panuncial A&E Editor

Family are some of the last people you would want to disappoint. Unfortunately, that is what happened when I told my aunt and uncle, whose children had both gone to prestigious four-year universities, that I was going to community college. Throughout high school, I followed an honor student path. With AP classes, excellent test scores, and a decent GPA on top of a part-time job, it must have surprised them when I, a “perfect” student, chose to go to community college instead of pursuing a “better education.” At the time, I explored all my options. Each university interested in me, with the feeling returned, felt like a dream. In the end, when I crunched the numbers, that’s all I had: dreams. There are a lot of students like me who did well in high school but chose the more practical option of community college.

While others call the College of Lake County the, “College of Last Chance,” many do not see it that way. For students who grew up in a less privileged, financially struggling environment, sacrificing tens of thousands of dollars on a four-year university for the same general education one could get at CLC seemed not only impractical, but impossible. So, to those who think that going to CLC is selling yourself short or not living life to the fullest, those who look at us with disappointment instead of pride that we chose to pursue anything at all, think of all the money saved by attending a community college. Think of the fact that the majority of students get the same amount of education, if not more, than they would at a four-year university for general education. A smaller, communitybased environment is more beneficial for a student who wants to stay home for a sense of security or truly get to know their instructors.

“CLC just gets such a bad reputation because people think its students aren’t the ‘cream of the crop,’” says Iris Garza, first-year student. “What they don’t know is that we have smart kids. It’s just other things like financial situations that made us be more practical.” Brianne Green, secondyear student, adds CLC has a high percentage of people who don’t graduate, but that is only because CLC is an all-opportunity school. Without a strict criteria on who can be a student at CLC, it’s no mystery that not every student is going to excel, but it’s unfair to generalize all students here as unsuccessful. “A lot of people refuse to look at the fact that so many different people come here,” Green said. “Anyone can get an education if they want to, but it’s being determined and making good connections that help you through any college. “If you’re a person who didn’t like school, who doesn’t want to go to college, and your parents

are just forcing you to go, then you wouldn’t make it at CLC or a four-year university,” she said. Abigail Fino talks about the benefits of going to CLC, and how a smaller college can actually help a student personalize their experience in higher education. With four-year universities, a personal connection can be hard to make, and therefore it becomes more difficult to really discover who you are. “There are smaller classes, and you get to know your teachers more,” Fino said. “I think if you were at a university, a larger class would prevent you from making a good connection with your teacher, so it’d be harder to get the same amount of knowledge.” Nathan Sell thinks that CLC is a great place to be for its community. After graduation, so many students want to leave their hometown, but it’s hard for some to be away from their comfort zones. It would be more comfortable for some students to know that they

have something to fall back on, even if it’s something as simple as knowing they have a couple extra thousand dollars or parents to come home to. “You can knock out thousands of dollars while you’re picking a specific major,” Sell said. “It’s helpful because at four-year universities, switching your major after two years is a whole lot of money wasted. “At CLC, you can really figure out who you are and that makes for a better atmosphere.” Of course, a community college experience is different from going to a university, and some might argue that it’s “less fun,” but if the same values are learned and a large chunk of money is saved, then who would it hurt? While maintaining a good GPA, working a part-time job, and discovering what you love and what you want to do for the rest of your life, don’t listen to those who try to discourage you. It doesn’t matter where you learn and grow, only that you do.

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Election 2016

Contentious election plays mind game with voters Robert Biegalski News Editor

The polarized U.S. political system has gotten worse this year with the controversial candidacies of Clinton and Trump. The reasons the system has become the way it is are mostly political, but the basis for a person’s political foundation has a lot to do with psychology, according to Martha Lally, a Psychology professor at the College of Lake County. Lally described some theories discussing the personal evolution of political beliefs. One such theory is of ingrained beliefs, Lally said. People develop many of their political ideologies based on their upbringing. Generally, as children grow up, they internalize their family’s values.

Commonly, children will be influenced most by their parents. In a household with more strict parents, the children will more likely hold conservative values. This is often because conservatives are more focused on safety and protection. Meanwhile, children with a less strict parental model will tend to be more liberal. These two parental models help shape the worldview of the children experiencing them, Lally said. I can speak to the validity of this coming from a family model which leaned toward nurture over nature. My parents have been supportive of me in a relaxed and open way. They can be strict, but for the most part I had a healthy amount of freedom growing up. Perhaps as a result of this, I tend to hold more liberal

political views. Another psychological theory suggests that political ideologies can be affected by personality differences, Lally said. For example, political attitudes can be observed in homes. In more conservative homes, there might be more emphasis on order, while in liberal homes, there might be more emphasis on academics. This demonstrates the values of a family without directly communicating them. There are noticeable details that exist within everyday life that either point to political ideology or help to form it. These details are clearly visible, but making the connection to politics can be difficult. I have thought about these tendencies. For example, conservatives value safety

and liberals value charity. The difference is I did not make the connection between these values and their common indicators. Psychology was necessary to establish this connection. It seems to me that our politics and personal lives are directly related to one another. According to psychology, our personal lives and our upbringing influence our politics. I think this could also be reversed so our political views influence our personal lives. This may seem selfexplanatory, but it could also be overlooked. People who are dedicated to their worldview will sometimes change the way they live to act in accordance with it. For example, vegans believe in fair treatment of animals and do not consume

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Fall favorites help students chill CLC sports can add Maria Garcia spirit to ‘community’ Staff Reporter

Sweater weather is finally upon us. It’s time to finally pull out our favorite fall attire to warm us without getting heatstroke throughout the day. Fall is definitely the best season of the year. But before you know it, midterm week has arrived and stress has consumed the student body. For a quiet, calm moment in the midst of the chaos, meet some friends at Cafe Willow and get a warm bowl of soup to discuss upcoming midterms and assignments. To focus on something a little more exciting, attend a CLC sporting event like the men’s home basketball game Nov. 1. Taking free yoga or zumba

classes in the aerobics room on Fridays can help revitalize your energy. While the temperature is dropping and nights become longer, the air maintains a distinct smell. That musky scent of pinecones and dirt tells us fall is here to stay awhile. Take a walk around your favorite park and notice the differences. See how the leaves turn a beautiful rusty red or magnificent sunset orange. The leaves have begun to cover the pavement and make a sharp, crunching sound as you move over them. After a long day of classes, flip on the TV and watch a few classic movies such as “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Hocus Pocus” to prepare for the upcoming holiday.

Halloween is around the corner with the thick cobwebs, warning signs that read “Enter If You Dare” written in bloody letters, and jack-o-lanterns lighting the night. As a kid, nothing fascinated me more than taking a walk through my neighborhood and seeing the different types of decorations that transform the houses. There’s also something about fall festivals that puts you in a childlike state. Maybe it’s the haunted haystack ride or bobbing for huge crab apples that seem almost impossible to grab. All in all, there are many things to do at CLC to put you in the fall spirit. Take in the best parts of fall with friends while cherishing what it has to offer.

Courtney Prais Opinion Editor

The beginning of the high school football season was always exciting. The chilly air on game day, the team walking down the halls in their jerseys, and the student body making plans with friends to meet Friday night to watch the games. Homecoming was the tip of the iceberg. Whether you enjoyed sports or not, there was a sense of anxiousness in the week or so leading up to the big game. Every other day of the year, students separated into their cliques, acted like high school was the utmost evil, and wanted absolutely nothing to do with assemblies or similar activities which attempted to bring the student body together. When I reminisce on those happy high school times, football games are most definitely a part of them. Our high school didn’t have the best band, and we lost nearly every game, but when you sat in the stadium, there was an energy that you couldn’t ignore. It was a chance to take pride in our team and our school, even when we knew we would come out on the bottom. Football games are high school’s adrenaline rush. Coming to CLC, I lost some of that rush.

We do not have Fridaynight football games. We do not have bright lights illuminating a part of the campus with students decked out in spiritwear, faces painted blue and white. This is something I never imagined I would miss, especially because all those Friday-night games were never enough to spark an interest in sports. However, the basis of a school’s spirit should not lie in one particular sport. We should be proud of all of our teams. A college’s athletics make a statement about the school itself, as do the students who show love and support for it. Turn to the sports section and look at the dates for upcoming games. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. We have many teams, many opportunities. As a student or faculty member of CLC, make a point of showing up to at least one game this year and bring some friends. You might just be surprised by how much “community” is derived from sports, if only for the spirit which emerges from uniting a group of people to support the college to which they belong.

Oct. 19: CLC professors to analyze current presidential election What: Lunchtime panel discussion that will be moderated, with some questions from the moderator and an opportunity for audience Q & A. When: 11:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19 Where: Room C003, lower-level C Wing, College of Lake County Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Who: Ribhi Salhi, adjunct political science professor; Dr. Phyllis Soybel, history professor; Dr. Sonia Oliva, sociology and gender studies professor; and Robert Kerr, economics professor emeritus. Why: The faculty of CLC’s Business and Social Sciences division want to help students and community members make sense of this historic election, which will occur in less than four weeks. The results will significantly influence the country’s direction regarding foreign and domestic policy as well as the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court.



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Limiting free speech restricts individuality Rachel Schultz Editor-In-Chief

Is there an unlimited right to free speech? Most reasonable people would say no. The old adage about shouting “Fire” in a crowded theater comes to mind. Under United States laws, hate speech, libel, and slander are some other forms of speech that carry penalties. The problem with the limits on free speech comes when people assume that their right not to be offended trumps another’s right to a differing viewpoint or way of expressing themselves. Before the Constitution was ratified, the colonies that would eventually make up the first United States went through growing pains. It was as though they were experimenting with freedom and restraint by trial and error. Most of the colonies were composed of people seeking religious, political, and economic freedom. But some of them, like the Puritans in Massachusetts, had trouble granting others the same freedoms they themselves were seeking. There are lots of freedoms outlined in the U.S. Constitution, but not one of them includes the right to freedom

from offence. The reason for this should be obvious: if, before we said anything, we had to first decide whether it could conceivably be offensive to anyone, we would all have to take permanent vows of silence. In effect, setting limits on freedom of speech is also setting limits on our individuality. When the U.S. constitution was being drawn up, the states refused to ratify it unless it had explicit protections for their citizen’s rights added. The first amendment added to the Constitution guaranteed the freedoms of speech and the press. I think this placement shows how important these freedoms were to early Americans. Freedom of the press is directly related to freedom of speech. Without the existence of an independent press as a watchdog to keep tabs on policy, injustice and corruption can easily slip under the radar. At its best, the press functions as both the voice of the people, and their informant on issues. Colleges and universities are places that should have extra protections concerning the freedoms of speech and

the press, but, unfortunately, that is too often not the case. The existence of “free speech zones” on campus is one strange example. Shouldn’t a whole campus be a free speech zone? Does a publicly-funded institution really have the authority to regulate the speech of its students, staff, and faculty? After all, if higher education isn’t all about the free exchange of ideas, what is it about? Any good teacher welcomes feedback from students as part of the educational process. If teachers didn’t allow disagreement from their students, how would they learn anything? As a conservative student at CLC, I was unsure at first how to navigate the college experience. At first, I was inclined to keep my opinions to myself. But my experience so far in my classes at CLC has been that my teachers appreciate my perspective precisely because it’s different. They have welcomed, even encouraged, disagreement. Diversity means nothing if it’s just skin-deep. True diversity embraces a variety of ideas, because restricting discussion deprives hearers as much as speakers.

Another example of the college chill on speech and the press occurred last year at the University of Missouri. Attempting to photograph a protest on campus, a student reporter was assaulted by, of all things, a journalism professor. In an infamous video posted on YouTube, the professor was recorded shouting, “I need some muscle over here!” as she attempted to shove the student away. Melissa Click, the professor, was fired after her conduct surfaced, and U of I admitted that, yes, their journalism students had a constitutional right to practice journalism. In Massachusetts, the Puritans, who had fled persecution by the Church of England, took issue with Roger Williams, a free speech and religious freedom advocate. In 1636, after finding him guilty of spreading “new and dangerous opinions,” they forced him to leave the colony. Williams had the last laugh, however. His ideas greatly influenced the foundation of the United States and the formation of the Constitution. Curiously enough, the “Puritans” of today now seem to be colleges and uni-

versities. Instead of championing freedom of speech, they often police it. There are acceptable opinions and attitudes, and woe be to the person that crosses the lines of acceptability. The academic world should be free speech’s biggest ally, but, too often, it acts to stifle or silence certain types of speech that are deemed “offensive.”

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The College of Lake County volleyball team overcame Elgin Community College 3-1 Tuesday, Oct. 11 at home in a best-of-five set. The game was a part of “Pack it Pink,” a fundraising event the volleyball team hosted to help raise money for breast cancer awareness. According to Susan Garcia, the Operation and Event Coordinator of the Athletic Department, the “Pack it Pink” night was a huge success and raised $341 for the Lake County Health Department’s Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. After a lackluster first game, losing 19-25, Head Coach Bill Szczesniak made some changes in order to regain control. “We had some players who were just struggling a little bit and just weren’t on their game right at that point,” Szczesniak said. “We made some modifications and moved some players around, and things kind

of just fell into place.” After adjustments had been made, Szczesniak and the girls were able to win the next three games, securing the match victory. Team Captain Melinda Blomberg spoke on how the team tends to struggle at the beginning of matches. “Starting is always a problem for us,” Blomberg said. “But after that we always come together and really take off. We are positive and celebrate every point and push each other to be better. We really focus on communication, supporting and encouraging each other.” And take off they did. After the first game, the girls rallied behind the impressive hitting and serving of Madison O’Brien and some key blocks and hits from Monica Donald. “Madison O’Brien has had a huge impact on this team,” Szczesniak said. “ She has been a great addition to the team with her all around game. She can play all six rotations, and that’s why we keep her in so much.” Not only is O’Brien a

leader in her versatility on the court, but she is also a positive influence on the other girls on the team. “What tends to help get the girls fired up is when she gets that roll on her serve and starts to pile up the aces,” Szczesniak said. “She’s got a great attitude, she keeps everything light, she keeps the girls laughing and having a good time. She’s been a very important addition to the team.” During the third game, Elgin Community College struggled to get the ball into play, missing 5 serves throughout the game and helping the Lancers coast to victory. Late in the fourth game there was a double hit call. Elgin Community College attempted to hit the ball over the net. A CLC defender attempted to block the ball. The referee called it as though the ball got caught in the net. When the defender went to play the ball again, she received a double hit violation. The coach for Elgin Community College argued with

the referee and ultimately received a red card for his unruly behavior. This resulted in a free point for the Lancers and a silence falling over the crowd. Side events like “Serving for a Cure” took place between the second and third game. Spectators and players alike could pay to serve volleyballs, and if the ball landed on a prize mat across the court the server would receive the corresponding prize. During breaks in the action, there also were gift baskets being raffled away to those who bought the raffle tickets. Between the results of the fund raiser and the victory achieved by the volleyball team, the night could be said to be an overwhelming success.

Women’s soccer accepts defeat with grace V.s. Bryant &

Stratton College November 1

7:15 p.m.


joliet jc november 10

7:15 p.m.

Simeon Tate Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County’s women’s soccer team was soundly defeated in a 10-0 loss to Moraine Valley on Oct. 5. The team is led by head coach Alyssa Tworek and assistant coach Kevin Craver and was on a two game win streak after defeating Joliet Junior College and College of DuPage. The game started out energetic and competitive, as the coaches were being vocal to their teams. Tworek stressed the importance of “movement”

and “communication” as the game was progressing. Moraine Valley was on the offensive and scored the first point 15 minutes into the game. CLC continued to put pressure on Moraine Valley, but it was not enough as the team fell to a 0-7 deficit at halftime. At halftime the coaches challenged the team to dig deep within themselves and not give up. Craver made it a point of emphasis to “play together as a team.” The Moraine Valley soccer team is made up of players that have known each other and have played under their head coach for a couple

of seasons. The CLC team has players that come from all over Lake County who have only a couple of months to practice together. At the start of the second half, CLC came out kicking, as they had multiple scoring attempts they could not capitalize on. The referees let the game play out as it became a more physical battle. Moraine Valley fought back as they continued to outscore the Lancers. With twelve minutes left in the game, Moraine Valley scored their last point, making the final score 10-0.

Although the team lost, their response is what Tworek was proud of. “It wasn’t the prettiest performance, but to have players walking off the field with their heads held high in smiles definitely says something,” Tworek said. “I love this group of girls, they take criticism with grace. “It’s been fun to see this group build friendships that will honestly last a lifetime. They are just an overall joy to coach.” Although the team lost the game this season, the team is confident they can return to their winning ways.

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