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CLC offers support, not sanctuary Rachel Schultz

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President of CLC Jerry Weber

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The College of Lake County is not declaring itself a sanctuary college, in part due to state funding concerns. Weber said that CLC took some time releasing a statement about student status because the college’s president, board and staff are trying to walk a fine line between addressing the immigration issue and not becoming involved in politics.

“We didn’t want to say we would be a sanctuary location, because, legally, we might not be able to,” said CLC president Jerry Weber. “A lot of sanctuary locations are private schools. We are state-funded and locally tax-funded, so we were uncomfortable with the notion that we might be leading students on, and (later) find out that what we gave them was meaningless.” In the past couple of weeks, a furious contro-

versy has been raging concerning Trump’s executive orders temporarily halting immigration from several Muslim countries, banning immigration from Syria, and allowing the deportation of anyone who did not enter the U.S. through a legal border crossing. Students were previously allowed legal status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act, known as DACA; if they SUPPORT / page 2

CLC honey sweetens deal for students at LancerZone

Diana Panuncial Managing Editor

A variety of flavors of honey, produced by CLC’s bees, is now available at LancerZone. Plans are even being made to sell it at new vending machines throughout the school. CLC-produced honey is also available at the Willow Cafe. The College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus is also set to become a certified bee campus under organization Bee City USA this spring. Bee City USA is an organization that raises awareness, enhances habitats, and celebrates achievements in the effort to protect bees. In October of last year, honeybees were officially added to the U.S. endangered species list for the first time. Threats that led to the bees’ endangerment include habitat destruction, the introduction of nonnative species, plants, and predators in their habitat, and natural events such as hurricanes, tsunamis, and droughts. However, CLC’s sustainability programs have allowed students and bee-

keepers alike to maintain, protect, and support several havens for the species. Back in September, CLC introduced its brand-new bee apiary, or bee colony, to preserve the species and spread awareness to the community. Bernard Kondenar, a sustainability and agriculture major as well as the student trustee at CLC, coordinated the construction of the apiary last fall. Bee Campus USA, a subset of Bee City USA, focuses on the creation of sustainable habitats for the endangered species on college campuses across the nation. Creating apiaries not only helps keep the species alive, but promotes an education on how to successfully protect and cultivate them as well. It is quite a challenge to successfully care for bees, and because of this, Bee Campus USA has a thorough application on what makes a campus “bee-certified.” Each campus that applies must complete seven steps toward supporting and protecting the bees to be certified. Campuses must establish a committee and develop a habitat plan;

host awareness events; sponsor and track student service-learning projects to improve bee habitats; offer pollinator courses and/or workshops; continuously raise awareness for the cause through signs, promotions, etc.; and maintain a presence on the Web to share progress. Although the process is long, CLC has proven that hard work has paid off when it comes to programs like developing the apiary. There are only about 18 certified bee campuses across the nation, so for CLC to become one of them is a great achievement for the sustainability and agriculture program. Kondenar initiated the application for CLC to become a bee campus last summer. His motivation to begin the application process stemmed from his involvement in the sustainability program. “I was invited by Dr. Weber to sit on the Sustainability Council, so I was confident-- considering his devotion to sustainability-that I would be able to gain his, and others’, support to carry out this complicated process,” Kondenar said. “The app looks simple,

but the coordinated effort needed to carry it out is monumental; the apiary is but one small part.” Kondenar said that although there are no credit courses for sustaining bee habitats yet, CLC is working on incorporating the concept of pollinators across many agricultural classes. “Bees will now be integrated into the program for credit classes and the story has been published in about

eight different places raising awareness about CLC, pollinators, and food security,” Kondenar said. For many beekeepers, it is difficult to obtain a sufficient habitat that will keep the species alive, so maintaining the apiary remains a challenge. However, it’s one that Kondenar and colleague Ed Popelka are not afraid to face. Popelka, a beekeeper and CLC maintenance engineer, BEES / page 2

CLC-produced honey on display for sale at the LancerZone. Photo by Cody Dufresne


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national students and a lot of them come from Muslim countries, so it would definitely impact them,” said Shaikh, co-president of the Muslim Student Association. Another student, Bader Balaawy also expressed concerns. “I am living with two roommates from Yemen and Sudan,” Balaawy said. “I saw one of them crying and I asked him what’s wrong and he told me ‘I can’t go out of the country and my family can’t come to visit me.’” The ban could directly impact Shaikh. “They were thinking of adding Pakistan to the list and that’s where my family’s from,” Shaikh said. “So my mom was really upset too that my uncle might not be able to come.” “It’s a disaster,” Balaawy said.

“There are so many students who were planning on visiting their families over the summer, but now they are not going,” Shaikh said. “They have completely canceled their plans.” “CLC has a strong support system and they have such good relationships in between students and faculty,” Shaikh said. “Reminding the students that they are here for them and willing to talk to them and listen to them means a lot.” Budar is worried that violence and hate crimes will continue to rise now that Trump is president. “The most important thing is that we, as Muslims, want our community to know that we are normal people and we do not mind at all if somebody asks us questions,” Shaikh said. “We are totally open to dialogue.”

entered the U.S. as children. Many colleges have declared their campuses as sanctuaries for undocumented students, including Northwestern and Columbia Universities. Northwestern issued a particularly strong statement in support of its undocumented students, pledging not to comply with immigration mandates. “We will take the necessary actions to protect our students, faculty, and staff,” said Morton Schapiro, the president of Northwestern, in a statement. Under the hashtag # Yo u A r e We l c o m e H e r e , colleges tweeted messages of support for their international students. “It’s a tricky line, because we don’t want it to appear as a political message, because we’re not a private institution,” Weber remarked. “We’re not allowed to be

“Many beekeepers’ bees die off because of colony Continued from page 1 collapse disorder, but there sheds light on the dif- are also species invasions ficulty of maintaining the such as the Asiatic mites,” species’ habitat due to Popelka said. “We’re workmany reasons. ing on keeping the mites

out and studying all the different behaviors of the bees in to make these habitats. “Not only do you get to watch all this honey (being produced), but you get to learn how important these

bees really are. Their pollination services really help keep nature balanced.” Kondenar shares his last few words on the future of beekeeping at CLC. “Get ready to think out-

Robert Biegalski News Editor

President Trump’s immigration ban has caused worry among Muslim and DACA students of the College of Lake County and elsewhere. The executive order banned entry of nationals from seven Muslim countries for 90 days and blocked all refugees for 120 days, with refugees from Syria blocked indefinitely. A federal judge issued a temporary stay on this order. The Supreme Court may also end up ruling on it. Many students have already been affected by this. CLC student Sehr Shaikh works in the Center for International Education and expressed concerns over the ban. “I work with all the inter-

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involved in any political causes, or send out political information,” Weber said. “It’s a state regulation.” Instead, the college emailed all its students with a message from President Weber. “In light of the recent immigration ban signed by President Trump late last month,” the statement read, “and the temporary restraining order issued Feb. 3, I want to assure you that CLC is inclusive and values and respects the diverse opinions of all students, faculty and staff. Our core values of equity and inclusion have not changed.” CLC also posted a video on Facebook of its international students saying “You are welcome here,” each in their own languages. “The idea came from our international recruiting area,” said Anne O’Connell. “We started this because we welcome students from all over the world.”

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Study abroad offers first-hand insight into diverse cultures Kimberly Jimenez Staff Reporter

Through College of Lake County’s Semester Abroad Program, I was lucky enough to spend four months living in Xi’an, one of the four great capitals of ancient China. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. CLC has partnered with Xi’an International University so that students can learn more about Chinese history, culture, and society through invaluable first-hand experience. The next semester abroad in Xi’an, China begins August 23 and goes until December 17. Students will be accompanied by CLC faculty member, Rory Klick and can choose from a variety of courses such as Chinese Literature, Art, and Introduction to Horticulture. With completion of the program, CLC students can earn up to 13 transferable credits toward their degree. The application form and additional requirements can be found on the CLC website. Application deadline is April 14. Studying abroad may seem like a costly undertaking available only to those who are lucky enough to af-

ford it, but that is why CLC has made a semester abroad more affordable to its students who are willing to take the plunge. The total cost of the program, which includes tuition, housing, and airfare, is $5,600 plus the cost of food. However, for eligible students, CLC offers a scholarship that could cover up to half the cost of the program. This, coupled with additional grants and scholarships, can greatly reduce the total cost of the trip. Therefore, students who are interested in participating in the XAIU program should not be intimidated by the initial price. I participated in the program last fall. When I first arrived in Xi’an, I instantly felt welcomed. We were greeted at our hotel, which is located conveniently on campus, by a crowd of students and faculty who were eager to meet us and help us get settled. Throughout our stay, the other American students and I explored the city as much as possible. There were always countless streetvendors lined outside the walls of our university, an endless selection of streetfood, bright neon signs, and infinite crowds of people.

Tourists explore the Great Wall of China.

Kimberly Jimenez in front of the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City.

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All I could do for those first few weeks was watch in awe at the new lifestyle I would come to adopt. Chinese and American lifestyles are very different, but it was an incredible opportunity to experience that part of the world and adopt the lifestyle, if only for four months. I think it’s made me a more open and understanding person, but also more adventurous. Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity for those who have always wanted to travel the world, but never thought they could. As a past participant of the program, the biggest piece of advice that I can give to someone who is thinking

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of going on this trip is to always, remember why you’re there – to appreciate and immerse yourself in a different culture, to learn constantly, and to gain as many experiences as possible. The best thing about being in a new country for four months is the enormous potential for travelling. Plan new trips often and take a Chinesespeaking friend with you. You will have plenty of freedom to go away for the weekend and explore. Although Xi’an is a beautiful city, you would be limiting yourself by not exploring other areas as well. Take pictures along the Great Wall, hike through

the mountains that inspired the movie “Avatar,” eat dinner at the Oriental Pearl Tower’s revolving restaurant, stand in awe before Leshan’s Giant Buddha, or visit the pandas at Chengdu’s Breeding Center. In China, you will never run out of places to visit or things to do. CLC students have a lot to gain by participating in a trip like this. Not only is China a prominent and growing figure in global politics, it is also a hotspot for companies looking to do business and is currently holder of the 2nd largest economy in the world and has a market of 1.3 billion consumers. Participation in this program can also increase competitiveness in the jobmarket and will look good on any transfer application. But it is the experiences and the friendships that you make while abroad that is the greatest reward. Chabbria James, a CLC student who participated in last year’s China program, put it nicely: “I realized that home can be multiple places. It’s a feeling. I think the Chinese students really did that for us. China feels like my home now… I can’t wait to go back.”

CLC student Kimberly Jemenez holds a small monkey. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Jimenez


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Gospel music concert salutes community, showcases talent Abbey Osborn Staff Reporter

The 33rd Annual Salute to Gospel Music presented by the College of Lake County’s Lakeshore campus will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, February 11 at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Ricky Dillard and New G will be performing at the event. Dillard has received three Grammy-award nominations, several Stellar Awards, and a NAACP image award. He also founded New G, originally called New Generation Chorale of Chicago in 1988. The First Baptist Church of Lake Forest Choir and the CLC Gospel Choir, directed by Charles Thomas Hayes, will also perform. Glenn Johnson and Voices of Innerpeace, a local community choir, will be present as well. Effie Rolfe, a Chicagobased media personality, speaker, and author, will serve as emcee, along with JoHaan Cotton Wilson

of the CLC Lakeshore Campus. In addition, the 2017 Harambee Award of Excellence will be presented to Pastor Todd E. Fletcher of the First Baptist Church in Lake Forest. Tickets for the event are available for $33 at the door and also online at www.genessetheatre.com. The purpose of the concert is to promote CLC’s dedication to the arts, as well as expose the audience to a variety of gospel music. According to JoHaan Cotton-Wilson, who was responsible for organizing the event, it takes about a year for everything to come together. The Salute to Gospel Music includes well-known artists, but also features local groups. Cotton-Wilson is especially excited for the CLC Gospel Choir to perform as she believes it will be an opportunity for them to “showcase what they’re learning through performance on a professional stage alongside

national and local artists.” Student success is an important part of this event. By performing with well-known artists such as Dillard and New G, CottonWilson hopes that the CLC Gospel Choir will continue to learn outside of the classroom. “We use this concert platform as a vehicle of outreach into the black community in order to showcase the College of Lake County’s program and service offerings,” Cotton-Wilson said. The Salute to Gospel Music is a way to reach out to many people who share a common interest and to emphasize that CLC values it as well. Cotton-Wilson’s goal for the event is to “position CLC as the first choice when it comes to the pursuit of education by appealing to the love that this community has for gospel music.” Although CLC holds many events throughout the year, the Salute to Gospel Music is a unique opportu-

Ricky Dillard and New G will be performing a gospel music concert Photo courtesy of College of Lake County

nity to see the CLC Gospel Choir perform with other local community choirs and gain some experience by performing alongside professional artists like Ricky Dillard and New G.

It showcases the importance of the arts and music to CLC, and is a unique and creative way for the college to appeal and connect with the community.

CLC surveillance cameras catch video of falling meteor near campus Diana Panuncial Managing Editor

Photo of meteor over CLC parking lot, caught by surveillance camera. Photo courtesy of College of Lake County

College of Lake County Police at the Grayslake Campus captured a video of a meteor passing throughout Chicago on Monday, Feb. 6. The phenomenon was caught on surveillance at 1:30 a.m., and a video was subsequently posted to CLC’s Facebook the following afternoon. The video shows the meteor turning into a vivid green color before dissipating into the night sky. Soon after its publishing, the Facebook video quickly went viral throughout the Lake County area, garnering over 30,000 views and over 700 shares between students and spectators alike. There are many speculations that the meteor might

have crashed, causing a loud explosion. Some viewers even claim that it may have fallen into Lake Michigan. Despite its whereabouts, commenters on CLC’s Facebook post can all agree that the sight was truly amazing. Kiara Soto commented to her friends, “This is what I saw when I told you I saw a firework outside the house when I went to turn on the car! I guess it wasn’t a firework. LOL.” Another commenter, April Sorby, writes, “I hope you weren’t too busy working when these aliens whizzed by.” Aliens or not, CLC has discovered that surveillance can sometimes record beautiful and mysterious things that happen at night.


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CLC faculty members march to the beat of equality Jenn Arias Features Editor

The Women’s March has become a movement that every major city in America is taking an active part in. The ability to pull a page from history, dust it off, and utilize it once again for active positive change is in the heart of these marchers. They won’t quit until they see equality and justice across the board. While the March on Washington captured the attention and support of citizens all over the United States, the one that took place here in Chicago became a great reflection on Chicagoans and the opportunity for us to band together in our own backyard. Students have even taken notice right here at the College of Lake County. Beginning a dialogue and drawing notice to these events and the issues they stem from is a great start. However, a few faculty members have taken their voices one step further and marched with them. Jennifer Staben, English instructor and Faculty Coordinator of the Writing Center, who considers herself “fairly active” politically, was one of the faculty members who participated in the Women’s March in Chicago this past January. Other faculty marchers include Gayle Miller, from paralegal studies, Kathryn Starzec and Cathy Colton, from the English department, who marched at Washington D.C. Staben, who had been active in signing petitions and calling senators often, felt a call to action after the recent election. “Because I work a lot with second language students, because I work with ESL, I think immigrant issues are really important,” she said. “I think in the scheme of things, I’m politically active in that I read a lot and talk a lot. I think a lot about what I do with students as political and empowering, so I feel that at the local level, I have been active within my classroom. It’s talking frankly with my students about differences and preparation and economics, and that that does make a difference. I felt it when I was a student in the ‘80’s and I feel it even

more now.” According to Staben, who teaches more often at the Lakeshore campus, her students first sparked the dialogue about the new president last Fall, shortly after the balloting. “They had actually wanted to talk about the election,” said Staben. “They were really passionate, really upset, really scared. One tutor, who at that point wasn’t yet 18, who hadn’t been able to vote, was really frustrated.” If nothing else, people are finally starting to take notice and become active in protesting the actions by the new president that they find unconstitutional. And it’s beginning to trickle down to younger spectators who witness the advocates for change and become inspired themselves. The March in Chicago, the “Sister March” to the one that took place in Washington D.C., was mainly organized via social media, according to Staben, and it had “been in the works” immediately following the election. She also sent emails to her own tutoring staff from the writing center inviting them to be a part of this historic and moving event. Staben herself marched with the Women Employed group. “It was so big that ‘technically’ we weren’t supposed to march,” said Staben. “But we marched anyway. There was everybody in that crowd: a lot of really young people, clearly a lot of college students, and I would say a lot more middle-aged white ladies were there than in a typical protest. It was really inspiring.” The diversity of speakers at the March was equally inspiring, according to Staben, who believes this is the start of a much grander movement brewing. “After the election,” she said, “there was just so much animosity. I was worried because there was just so much negativity and hate. I felt like this was a nice way to sort of think, look, we can pull this together; and this was just one of many marches. People were really saying, ‘we’re going to stand up; we’re watching.’” The unity between strangers across the country was enough to inspire millions

to march for their cause. The diversity amongst supporters became crucial in encouraging the strength of the whole. There is power in numbers, yes, but there is more power in diversity. “In the same way that I think the Civil Rights March was a historical moment that said something, I think this also does,” Staben said. “Is it actually going to solve all the issues—no. I think it’s ongoing.” Staben, who, like many Americans, is concerned about the possible dismissal of the Affordable Care Act or the other discrepancies along a gender and racial level, worries about what this means for her students. “Health care is a big concern,” she said. “If the ACA goes away tomorrow, that affects a lot of my students. And I think there’s a lot of intersection between women’s issues and immigrant rights and Black Lives Matter. I think that you can’t

Graphic by Hannah Strassburger

separate them. I’m concerned with equity across the board, and I think a lot of things that are at risk right now deal with that.” While many Americans, especially women, may be confronting the next four years with fear and uncertainty, Staben insists there are always options and actions for citizens to take to become involved and help inspire positive change. “We need to read critically and learn about the issues,” said Staben, who also stresses the importance of the source of articles and the meaning behind who is funding it. She also encourages her students to be active in their community. “Figure out what you can do on a local level. Everything that’s been going on has only made me think more strongly about what I do in my classroom. Am I empowering people with skills that they can use so they can go be change-

agents? “But it’s complicated. I think, the more we see women in positions of power, that will help, the more we see those role models. Social media is a good way to get involved, but start small. I think also realizing that you can’t do everything [is important], because you’re going to burn out. Again, start locally. I just keep coming back to, what can I do in my classroom that will start a dialogue?” As far as other advocators for the Women’s March, Staben encourages them to stand their ground, become involved, and not be silenced. “Even if you can’t vote,” Staben added, “you can still call your representatives, you can write things in the paper, you can talk to people, you can learn more about it. I think we have to fight. I feel like if you are informed and active, that is the best thing.”


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Spring play “Cherry Orchard” mixes heart, comedy Jenn Arias Features Editor

Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” will debut for the first time at College of Lake County March 3. Set in Russia in about 1904, the plot foreshadows the Bloody Sunday Revolution of 1905. Scott Mullins, CLC theater instructor, actor, and director of “The Cherry Orchard” first became familiar with Chekhov’s famous play in his college years and really connected to it. When he was contemplating which plays he wanted to be a part of this spring semester, he immediately jumped at the idea of directing “The Cherry Orchard.” “The story revolves around an aristocratic family,” Mullins said, “who have not really managed their finances well over the years and are being encouraged to sell the cherry orchard on the estate to pay the bills so they can stay in the house. It’s about how people behave when the world around them is changing. Some can do it, some can’t.” While Chekhov himself considered this play a comedy, Mullins insists that it is also a tragedy. “I knew I needed actors that could navigate that line between comedy and pathos, but at the same time be very honest and authentic emo-

tionally,” Mullins said. However, according to Mullins, this play has proven to be a challenge. Only four weeks into rehearsal, the CLC actors have just finished navigating movements in each scene, called “blocking.” The excessive “coming and goings” of this play prove to be a bit of a trial for the actors involved to make it all come together in a logical and clear manner. “Once we get it on its feet, then the real fun starts, where we can really start digging into the characters, their relationships, and start making them ‘real people’ behaving in ways the audience can recognize and attach some emotional value to,” Mullins said. “The most fun for me is always tech week, where the sets, costumes, lights, music and performances all come together.” While there is still some work to be done in preparation for this performance, Mullins has made it his objective to make a comfortable environment, to allow the students to realize that directing is not criticism, but part of the collaborative process. “When you’re directing students, you always have to keep in mind that they are students and sometimes don’t have the full skill set you would expect to find in a fully-trained actor,” Mullins

explained. “So you have to take a step back, look at what they’re doing and figure out how you can tweak that here and there to get what you need. Really, it’s my job to help them grow in the craft and push them outside their comfort zone.” Mullins urges students interested in becoming more active in either their passions or curiosities for the performing arts to try out an acting class. He explains that many students had no real desire to be an actor; they simply wanted to try theater on for size. “Sometimes what [students] can achieve, the depth of the experience, is surprising to them,” said Mullins. “Acting is inherently risky; you are exposed, and that’s uncomfortable for many people. But to get good at it, you have to find a way to do that. Acting is, or can be, a pretty self-enriching activity, even as a hobby, if you take the work seriously.” Mullins recommends that students break out of their comfort zones and try out a passing curiosity for the benefits of self-discovery and personal achievement. He insists that live theater is more on-edge and “a bit more radical” than mass media productions you would find on television. It is also more willing to bring up more crucial and controversial ideas that would likely

not appeal to the masses. “Regardless of where you or I might fall on the political spectrum, I think it’s clear to everyone that we are going through some enormous cultural changes in our country,” Mullins said. “This play is really having a conversation with the audience about living in times of change and uncertainty. For some of the characters, this is the start of a new life and it’s a hopeful time. For others, it’s the death of the world they knew and, frankly, they aren’t prepared to live in a new one. “It’s easy to look at the choices others may make about their lives and judge them, but understanding them, having some compassion and empathy, that’s a lot more work and requires a level of self-reflection that not everyone is interested in.”

CLC students are encouraged to attend the performance, beginning on March 3 and going through March 11 to receive and chew on a little “brain food” and insight to current events that this play provides. The benefits of attending a live theater production are completely mentally enriching and thought-provoking. “When I walk into any theater anywhere or go to a movie or watch a TV show, I want the same thing: a profound emotional experience,” said Mullins. “There’s nothing wrong with just being entertained; that has its place. But for real engagement, to see something that’s really trying to say something important with real meat on the bones, I believe you have a better chance of getting that with live theater.”

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Annual CLC theater production “Play On!” benefits students Ariel Notterman Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County’s theater department will showcase their annual student-run production, “Play On!”, this spring. “Play On!” consists of short one-act plays that are directed, designed, and performed by CLC students. The number of productions included in “Play On!” varies every year, an aspect which makes the annual event even more unique and exciting. This year, three plays are being performed: “Babel’s in Arms,” “Banderscott,” and “Clive Way.” Thomas Mitchell, co-chair of CLC’s theater department, explains how all three pieces are tied together.

“They are all comic,” Mitchell said. “The idea is that this is a night of comedy.” “Play On!” is a fun and entertaining way for the college to celebrate the hard work and talent of CLC students. The students, alongside the guidance of theater faculty, use the production as an opportunity to showcase the skills they have developed over their time at CLC. “We created it [Play On!] to get our students involved in something that is studentbased, that is student-created,” Mitchell said. “[Instructors] mentor it; we try to not dictate what’s happening. We try to encourage students’ thoughts and ideas.”

Nicholas Johnson, a theater major at CLC, is directing “Banderscott,” one of the plays being performed in “Play On!”. After working on last year’s production doing scenic design, “Banderscott” will be Johnson’s directorial debut outside of the classroom. “I had a lot of fun last year doing all of the scenic design work,” Johnson said. “So I want to take a step further, because part of being a director is having much more control of the whole production.” “Banderscott” is a dark comedy about a made-forTV product with unusual powers. Johnson’s ideas for the play are inspired primarily through the text. “I just read the script,

think of the story I want to tell, and move from there,” he said. Student directors like Johnson were selected earlier in the year, and have all taken a directing class at CLC. For students who are thinking about directing, his advice is simple. “You just have to try it,” Johnson said. “You’re the leader of the whole thing, so that can be kind of a scary experience, but you have to put yourself together, you have to know what story you’re going to tell, and then you have to try as hard as you can to tell that story.” “Play On!” not only benefits CLC through its student-based philosophy, it benefits the entire community as well.

Because of “Play On!”, the community’s eyes are open to the quality of CLC’s theater education. In addition to being entertained as an audience member, they are seeing CLC’s value as a community member. “I think the community sees the result of what we’re doing here,” Mitchell said. “We’re teaching, and then they see the results of that teaching, and what students are then doing with it.” Audiences can expect this year’s production of “Play On!” to be an event filled with comedy, entertainment, and the talent and dedication of CLC students. Performances will be held at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on April 14, 15, 21, 22 & 23 at 7:30 PM.


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Band releases anti-Trump song after a six-year hiatus Kyle Dalton Staff Reporter

After a near seven years since the release of “Plastic Beach,” virtual band and collaboration project Gorillaz have released the first single for their forthcoming untitled album, “Hallelujah Money.” “Hallelujah Money,” featuring singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine, was released on Jan. 19 and as per their usual standards, is rife with social commentary as well as a beautiful blend of classic rock instruments and electronica sounds. Guest singer Clementine heads the vocals with a chilling vibrato that sets the perfect tone for the haunting opening, yet plays well even as the song builds to a beautiful crescendo with the support of a choir of backup singers. “Hallelujah Money” holds true to the feeling the band has created over the years. However, knowing their broad range and habit of having wildly different sounds from song to song on each album doesn’t give us much of an indication as to what the new project will sound like. may, nonetheless, give us some understanding of the direction of the theme of the album. As mentioned, the group has been consistent with their social commentary, but step into a more heavily political setting with their

A video still from Gorillaz’s new song, “Hallelujah Money,” features Benjamin Clementine. Photo courtesy of Sidewalk Hustle

new track. The title itself seems to be a sarcastic regard to the high-standing money that has always been in capitalistic societies. In addition, since the track was released on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, we can assume the choice is no coincidence. Clementine makes multiple mentions of “walls” as well as “threats from the far east.” Throughout the song, there are clear throws at Trump’s plans to both build a wall on the border of Mexico and the U.S., his proposed Muslim ban, and the U.K.’s recent passing of “Brexit,” or Britain exiting the EU. Being a few weeks past Trump being sworn in as President, we’ve now seen some form of action moving towards both of the former. Brexit also seems to be moving forward at a slightly

slower pace. Power is also a prominent theme as we hear Clementine close his final verse with: “Don’t worry/It’s not against our morals/It’s legally tender/Touch my friend/ While the whole world/And whole beasts of nations desire/Power.” Not only is this an allusion to Trump’s many sexual scandals, notably the “locker room” talk, but the lines spoken point to a grander theme of global power, that which is held by governments and those leading them. The video for “Hallelujah Money” furthers these connections, as we see images from an animated version of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” rallies of the Ku Klux Klan, monarchical aristocrats, and flashes of an Illuminati pyramid. The song has an overall nihilistic and apocalyptic

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tone also: “Don’t worry my friends, if this be the end, so be it.” Much of this can be attributed to what is considered as the rather hellish year of 2016, once again referred to in the video with images of the viral clowns, as if we weren’t all ready to forget that. For those unacquainted with the group, you may remember their song “Clint Eastwood” off of their 2001 self-titled album, but the origins of the band go back just a bit further. Gorillaz was formed by Blur headman Damon Albarnand “Tank Girl” creator Jamie Hewlett back in 1998. While these men may have formed the group, most music videos, interviews, and public personality of the group is done by a set of virtual characters, the Gorillaz themselves.

The band consists of four members with front man 2D on lead vocals and keyboard, Murdoc Niccals with guitar and backup vocals, Noodle on bass, and finally Russel Hobbs on the drums. Their narrative has been told in a range of ways including their music videos, interviews from sites such as “Uproxx,” shows like “The Colbert Report,” and most recently through social media sites like Instagram. Though various methods have been used to promote their first project in six years, three distinctive posts on their social media presence have stirred the music community in anticipation of their new album. Art from Jamie Hewlett’s Instagram account of the group, interviews with band member Murdoc Niccals, and a set of animated videos catching fans up on the events of the past few years since the destruction of the band’s fictional home on the “Plastic Beach” have been released. Gorillaz’s strange dynamic of fake characters making real commentary on world events is something truly special. Gorillaz’s newest project as of yet officially has no release date, but with the buildup coming from the group and their tendency to drop music out of the blue, fans could see it any day now.

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Betsy DeVos’ confirmation threatens the future of public education Courtney Prais Opinion Editor

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” I choose this quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt to build my thoughts off of because these are trying times for the future of education reform in the United States. One privilege I have had, and everyone employed at CLC as either instructor or student has had, that many others have not, is the great window of opportunity provided by obtaining an education. The first school established in America was founded in 1635; mind you, it was a public school, but we’ll get to that later. Since then, education has developed into one of the most important values within American society. With an education, you can write and speak, debate and discuss, research and analyze. With an education, you can learn. And with learning, you can grow. In essence, with an education, you can succeed. Yet, over time, less emphasis has been

placed on the value of our teachers. Less emphasis has been placed on student growth. More emphasis has been concentrated on data, test scores, proficiency- a student’s ability to nail down the facts, with total disregard for a student’s advancement from Point A to Point B. To narrow this down, let’s focus on a low-income, high-needs district. Students coming into first grade are performing below gradelevel, yet the bar has already been set unrealistically high for them. It doesn’t matter if the students progress over the course of the year, showing substantial improvement from where they were at the start; what matters is that the data shows they are proficientthey’ve met the overall standard. In reality, students learn differently. Some students struggle more than others. Some students require extra work, extra time. They don’t make it to those goals. Some students have an easier time and make it past one goal, and then the next, and the next. Yet, for many areas of low socioeconomic status, the cold truth is that the majority of students struggle immensely, and then fall behind because they’re a part of a system that

fails to recognize their needs. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would argue that privatization of education, or perhaps charter schools would cure this issue. However, American education as a whole is suffering. And private education, as well as charter schools, may not churn out the miraculous results this country wishes to see. DeVos has only dabbled with private education herself. Her children are all products of a private education system, and she herself is the product of a private education. She holds degrees in business administration and political science- but no experience in the field of education or as an education leader. It’s bad enough that many current district administrators have distanced themselves from the reality of a classroom, and we’re again choosing someone to make crucial, nationwide decisions from the seat of ignorance. Teachers are the ones who bear the blame of underperforming students. They are also the only ones qualified enough to handle a classroom and the only ones who actually know how challenging managing a classroom can be. So, again, why are the

leaders of American education gaining their positions not because of legitimate firsthand experience, but because they’ve poured millions of dollars into the Republican platform? DeVos had sided with broader school choice, meaning public education would be pushed to the sidelines. I myself have already committed my future to working in a high-needs school, many of which are public schools. Public schools have faced a severe lack of funding from the government in just the last couple of years. They’ve also received quite a bad rep. Ms. DeVos has a past history of strongly advocating for the privatization of education. DeVos was the chair for the American Federation for Children, which supports publicly funded charter schools as well as private education. Under DeVos’s authority, programs may see a shift toward privatization, religious education, and a hands-off approach to accountability for private schools. However, what a public education lends that a private education does not is acceptance of all students. Public schools do not discriminate, do not require

tuition fees, do not require an interview process, adequate test scores, a specific religious affiliation, or any of the like. Generally, high test scores are associated with private schools. Of course, private schools will produce better scores if they’re only admitting those students performing sufficiently in the first place. Public schools require the proper equipment and suitable classroom environments for students with disabilities, something private schools are not required to have. I can vouch for public education and say I have seen many strong leaders come out of the public education system. The system is not brokenit is how public education is discussed and managed (or, mismanaged) that lends to the notion it is “broken.” The answer does not lay in erasing the public school system entirely, a system which has defined American education. “Fixing” the system should be done through focusing on bridging the gaps in the education system, and caring for the well-being of all aspiring students, not just the ones who can pay a pretty penny.

Undocumented students need sanctuary at CLC

Nayely Flores Staff Reporter

With the rise of the Trump presidency, citizens are left to deal with the consequences of the president’s anti-immigrant plans: implementing a refugee ban, construction of a wall between Mexico and the United States, and the deportation of undocumented immigrants, severing the friendly connection between the U.S. and foreign countries. This leaves students-- specifically DACA students-wondering if it’s safe to continue their schooling in the U.S. And while other college campuses have declared themselves as “sanctuary schools,” the College of Lake County has not

made any statement whether they would or would not declare themselves under that title. With CLC’s motto being “connect to your future,” it leaves DACA students asking if that future includes them as well. CLC’s silence on this matter of being a “sanctuary school” really puts into question whether or not it is safe for DACA students to attend CLC. Instead, would they be forced to go to an institution that has promised support in such difficult times? The types of colleges which have declared themselves sanctuary schools range from public to private. The University of Califor-

nia, New York University, and even President Trump’s alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania has vouched to protect its undocumented students. Identifying as a sanctuary school does come with its costs, however. In doing so, colleges jeopardize their federal funding, and also lack legal backing. Trump has expressed plans to defund “sanctuary cities” because of their refusal to cooperate with law enforcement, as well as immigration and customs officers. While CLC does depend on its federal funding, is it too much of a risk to name themselves a “sanctuary school”? Is it too much of a risk to provide a safe space

for DACA students? The speculation does make some wonder if CLC will stay a safe space under the Trump presidency and its ideals. The only word the school has put out addressing students about the issue was sent out via email Tuesday, Feb. 8. Signed by CLC’s president, Dr. Jerry Weber, the email states: “CLC is inclusive and values and respects the diverse opinions of all students, faculty and staff. Our core values of equity and inclusion have not changed.” The email was sent six days post-President Trump’s executive orders, and does not indicate one way or the other if the college has any plans to move forward

as a sanctuary school. Overall, with Trump arguing with the court system via Twitter, and the outcome being a 50/50 chance of his order being enforced to its fullest ability, U.S. residents are left to wonder what the fate will be for immigrants in America. Will plans for mass deportation begin after this travel ban? Who will be singled out first-- Mexican “rapists and drug dealers” or Muslim “terrorists,” as so labelled by President Trump? Or, will it be DACA students who have fully integrated into American society and wish to be successful, prosperous individuals?


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Is Trump really the end of the world? Rachel Schultz Editor-in-Chief

As a conservative, I was sick, to put it mildly, when it became clear that Trump would win the Republican nomination. Many conservatives shared my feelings. For me, this was equivalent to Trump winning the election, since I didn’t see how Clinton could win. Since then, there have been enough political twists and turns to make my head spin. My dad turned from absolutely detesting Trump to voting for him in the election. Some of my family voted for Trump and some did not. I was unconvinced and still hated the thought of Trump for president, so I basically voted for “None of the above.” But my feelings have changed since then. I have talked to many people and thought a lot about this issue. I don’t believe it’s the end of the world anymore that Trump is president. While I am still not a Trump supporter and don’t like his personality, I can’t escape the feeling that something historic is happening;

a political grassroots revolution that has never happened before. Trump is as nonpolitical a president as we’ve ever seen, in my view, as is evident by his sometimes cringe-worthy tweets and off-the-cuff remarks. Having talked to many people who voted for Trump, I’m irritated with the “basket of deplorables” characterization. They are good, hard-working, funloving, reasonable people, and they love their families and their country. They are tired of not being acknowledged, and they aren’t stupid. Yes, some are extreme, but so are some on the other side. From what I’ve observed so far, I honestly think Trump will actually turn out to be good for the country. I would never have believed I would say this. The weird thing is that almost everyone I’ve talked to (outside of college, of course) has said similar things; first, they couldn’t stand Trump; now they think it might not be so bad that he’s president. It’s odd; I almost don’t know what to think anymore. I have no idea what will happen next. I just feel like

waiting and seeing what will happen. As far as the protests, I can understand why people are upset. Especially for undocumented immigrants, including some of my friends, who are understandably nervous. What I don’t understand is the celebrities. What do they stand to lose, and what makes them a purer voice for the rest of us just because they make so much more money-wise? Madonna with her profanity-laced speech doesn’t make much of a point. I watched the protests in Washington D.C. on inauguration day. Some of the protesters were throwing stones at police, and some were throwing flares or smoke bombs. Six police officers were injured in D.C. alone, according to CNN. Cars were smashed and burned. In Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, protesters threw bricks and wielded clubs. One man was shot and critically wounded. Of course, not all the protesters joined in the violence, but enough did so that the protests were anything but peaceful. Since then, there have

been numerous other protests, including by immigrants from Muslim countries under threat from ISIS. I get why the refugees are scared, of course, but I think the best thing that can be done for them is to defeat ISIS, using whatever means are necessary. The tragedy that has happened over the last eight years is hideous, and it is imperative that we, as human beings, do something to stop it immediately. Trump strikes me as believable in his determination to defeat ISIS. I don’t like the “not my president” slogan. If we’re Americans, Trump is our president, whether or not we like the idea, and burying our heads in the sand won’t change the facts. If people liked the idea of the will of the voters if Clinton was elected, why is the will of the voters suddenly demonized just because Trump was elected instead? I am tired of hearing how terrible it is to have to live in the United States now that Trump is president. Not everyone has the resources to hightail it out of the country because they dislike a change within the govern-

ment. And most of us in the U.S. have no idea what it’s like to live in a regime like North Korea, or under ISIS occupation, where freedom is practically nonexistent. I didn’t like Obama for president, but he was still my president, even though some things he implemented I disagreed with. I survived, and my view is that no one will die of a heart attack because of Trump’s election. Maybe it’s my incurable optimism, but I have a strong feeling that things will be okay. I don’t believe Trump will ship masses of people out of the country, or nuke Russia, or any of the other horrible scenarios that people envision.  I believe in a Creator who shapes history and uses the most unlikely people, often in spite of themselves, to accomplish His purposes. America is not a dictatorship; it is a democracy. We are all still Americans, and share a unique heritage and freedom. If we consider how amazingly fortunate we are in the world, it’s hard not to be thankful.

Library renovations will provide more space to study

Maria Garcia Staff Reporter

I walk into the library, ready to do my usual work, and immediately notice something is off. Then it hit me: the computers in the research center on the second floor are gone. Where did they all go? Plans for renovation of the CLC library began in Sept. 2016, and actual construction is to commence this spring. 2,000 square feet of space is being remodeled, and the project will renovate emptied space used by the testing center on the first floor of the library into updated, useful space. Since the testing center has now been removed and placed in B150, what’s left of the space is now being replaced by chairs and tables which can be used for studying or doing homework. The upper level of the

library has also been furnished with more chairs and tables, replacing the computers that were once there, making the upper part of the library appear more spacious. The renovation of the library is part of the College Master Plan. The plan also includes working on other improvements, including geothermal heating and cooling; modernizing classrooms; the A & B wing remodels; and auto shop renovations. Other projects include the cafeteria, bookstore, student activities center, A & B courtyard, main lobby, and restroom renovations. Improving parking lot conditions, the new science building; and installing solar heated water are still others. After a two-year development process, the CLC Board of Trustees approved a complete campus Master Plan, which would address

crucial college needs. The library, which is more than a place to study, houses more than 110,000 books and 900 periodical titles as well as an audiovisual department with access to more than 3,000 films and videotapes, 7,000 audio products and hundreds of other forms of media. The library also provides access to a computer lab, and-- one of the key advantages for students-- a plethora of online databases for conducting research. Many of these databases are also accessible from off campus. As of the 2016-17 school year, all CLC student have been granted access to the New York Times - which usually requires a paid subscription past a certain amount of viewed articles. Carla Gonzalez, an Early Childhood Education major at CLC, is a fan of the renovations thus far. “I like that we have more

space to study and do our work,” Gonzalez said. “Before, it was very crowded when everyone had their final exams going on.” Gonzalez also likes that the library seems more peaceful and says she can concentrate more while studying, but she sympathizes for those who aren’t able to nab a computer. “There are less computers for those who don’t have one at home,” Gonzales said. Lupita Garcia, a nursing student at CLC, also agrees with Gonzalez about the renovations within the library. “I like the fact that it’s getting remodeled,” Garcia said. “It gives it a more modern look so it could fit into the rest of the renovations they’ve done around school.” Personally, I like the overall new look of the library. I enjoy the extra furniture

in place of the testing center; there is more room to lounge around. On the second floor, the quiet buzzing of the computers is no longer there; instead, I am welcomed with the silence of people studying, which is a very pleasant experience.

CLARIFICATION A character in an editorial cartoon about campus construction in the Jan. 30 edition implied that the library is inaccessible on the second floor. It is accessible from the T-wing hall on the second floor.


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Pressure to do better Michael Crisantos Staff Reporter

A lot of us will be parents someday, and for as much as we have progressed as a society, there is still no instruction guide for parenting. So it’s up to us “adults” to make choices for little humans. Personally, I think I will be a horrible parent, but with good reason. I have played a lot of competitive sports in my time and because of this, I am wired to be a competitive person. It has gotten to the point where my friends no longer want to play a simple game of Mario Kart with me because I act like a possessed barking chihuahua. I live by the mentality that “if you are not first, then you are last.” At this point in my life, I would be the parent who wants the 4.0 student all-star tri-athlete as my child. It turns out that is exactly what the College of Lake County wants from us too.

As students at a two-year institution, most of us plan to transfer to a four-year college. The amount of importance that CLC places on what institution we choose is immensely stressful. We are encouraged to attend more prestigious universities for the simple reason that it will give CLC a better reputation. I have had an amazing experience here at CLC and have met professors that I will forever remember due to the support and knowledge they have provided me with. It is hard to imagine that I thought coming to CLC was the end of my life as I watched all of my friends go to four-year universities and start their lives. I would enviously look at their social media as they posted pictures of their new dorms, friends, and late nights at the library, while I stayed in my hometown living in my parents basement, and gaining what felt like fifty pounds.

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To my surprise, I see a lot of people who originally left for four-year institutions come back to attend CLC. One of the biggest reasons for this is money. Going to those four-year universities, especially pretentious ones, is not cheap. I am sure most of us don’t have the thousands of dollars it costs to attend such schools and will somehow have to take out loans or find enough scholarships to make tuition feasible. However, there are also some people that will be

able to finish college debtfree, but the majority of us have to buckle down and try to save money whenever possible. Now, looking at the future of the education system in this nation gives me the chills. I don’t know if right now is the time to take the plunge into a pile of debt just to improve CLC’s image. It is this institution’s time to realize that we, as students, cannot be expected to be Number One all the time, while still praising our efforts and our ultimate

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impact as this country’s future, despite the hard times ahead. CLC will always be the place that helped me build a solid foundation for academic success. It will always hold an important place in my heart because of the amazing experiences I have had with the people here. I don’t think any four-year institution I decide to go to will change that, which is something CLC should be proud of.


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Lancers lose final home game despite Pilcher’s hot night Ryan Haass Sports Editor

The College of Lake County’s Men’s Basketball team closed out their home schedule in a loss to the Prairie State College Pioneers, with the final score being 96-88, on Thursday, Feb. 2. The first few minutes following tip-off, the two teams went tit-for-tat. The Pioneers’ game plan was executed with efficiency, at an advantage against the home team with physicality, traps, and a well spaced up-tempo offense. In conjunction with the defensive game plan of PSC, the bad shot selection, lack of off-the-ball movement, turnovers, and porous transition defense by the CLC Lancers allowed for the outcome of the game to be decided before the first half even ended. During a five-minute

stretch, CLC was outscored 15-6, putting the score at 35-17, with 7:28 remaining in the first half. From there, the Pioneers never looked back, as they entered halftime with a commanding 50-30 lead. The Pioneers came out of halftime lethargically and thought they could easily coast to a victory with their large lead, but the Lancers showed some scrap. Heroic efforts from Zach Pilcher (#10) and Ethan Sage (#20) allowed for the game to become more interesting, but the outcome was never in question, with the final score of 96-88 telling a tale of a game that was closer than it actually was. When analyzing the game, it became evident that the game was won and lost in three areas, with the first being the backcourt. Starting guards for the

Pioneers were both listed as 6’2, while the Lancers’ starting guards are listed as 5’9 and 5’10. The effect of this difference resulted in 7 turnovers by the CLC backcourt, compared to just 1 by their opponent’s. With that said, the Lancers’ point guard Richard Ray (#21) had some really great dishes and should be a solid contributor next season. PSC’s ability to consistently grab offensive rebounds was also a huge problem for the big men of CLC. The Pioneers grabbed 26 offensive rebounds, which means that they more than doubled the amount of the home team. In fact, the visitors had more rebounds offensively than they did defensively, which just shows how dominant they were in the paint. Perhaps the biggest rea-

son for the blowout was the difference in bench size and productivity. Six players dressed for the Lancers and eight dressed for the Pioneers. Having only one substitute means that fatigue is going to plague that team, and it certainly did. The productivity of Prairie State’s bench may have been even more important than CLC’s lack of depth. The Pioneers’ subs finished with 23 points more than the home team’s. This difference alone could have easily decided the game and just goes to show the importance of having depth on a roster. In a game that was very lopsided against the Lancers, CLC sophomore Ethan Sage stood out as a feisty and talented big man from Lakes Community High School. Sage crashed the boards and made contested shots in the paint all night long,

putting together a solid 24 points and leading his team with 13 rebounds. It’s not looking too bleak for the Lancers though, as freshman Zach Pilcher seemed to be the most dominant player for CLC. Pilcher, a forward for the Lancers, made his presence felt on the boards, grabbing 8 rebounds, but was most impactful as an offensive playmaker, putting up 31 points-- 15 of which came on three point shots-- while shooting 61% from the field. In addition to a solid performance from three-point range, Pilcher showed that he has a solid turnaround jumper. He can make shots from anywhere on the court if he follows through on his mechanics. Pilcher has the potential to be a star player next season and that should have Lancers amped-up for more basketball.

Reflecting and a look ahead for Lancers’ men’s basketball Peter Ralston Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County Lancers’ basketball season has been disappointing, to say the least. The Lancers’ basketball team currently sits at a dismal 3-21 record with a 1-8 record against conference opponents. This is unusual for a team that finished one game out of first for the past three years. “The biggest difference this season is talent,” said head coach Chuck Ramsey. “We were looking forward to a championship at the beginning of the year, but we lost a lot of players due to various reasons.” Despite their poor record, Ethan Sage’s outstanding performance has been the

most positive aspect of this season. “Ethan has been our best and most valuable player. He is very competitive, and brings fire and leadership,” Ramsey said. Sage will be a tough player to replace, but they are actively recruiting. This season has not been easy, but players are still motivated and working hard. For Ramsey, their goal right now is to just compete everyday. “What keeps these guys going is their love of basketball, and their motivation to push the right buttons on and off the court,” Ramsey said. Looking ahead, there is plenty of hope for Ramsey, the players, and for Lancer fans.

Increasing talent through recruitment and helping players to come back and improve from off-season are the main goals to help this team compete strongly again. Ramsey’s amazing record is another reason to be excited for men’s basketball in upcoming seasons. He was the head coach at Warren Township High School from 1993-2012 with a 403-142 record, and ten conference championships. Since coming on for this team, Ramsey has gotten them very close to winning conference every year. He has helped quite a few Lancers move on to play for fouryear schools. With the right combination of a stellar coach, and players who are consistent with

their studies and their game, the men’s team should soon get out of this funk. As for recruitment, Ramsey is looking for players who want to compete at the highest level they can, and to win. They also need to develop good study habits and work hard on their game. “Continuing to play basketball at the collegiate level will be large for the growth of players as a student and a human being,” Ramsey said. “In basketball, you need to constantly turn the page and move on. Even when you’re winning, you still have to come back from mistakes and bad plays. It’s a huge life lesson. When you learn to compete at your highest level, you realize you can do more than you think.”

Overall, the benefits can’t be overstated. If you know any high school players who want to perform at the next level, tell them that the Lancers’ basketball team is a great opportunity with a great coach.

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