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CLC wins award for outstanding green initiatives Nick Sinclair Layout Editor The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission presented College of Lake County with the “Best Management Practice Project of the Year” award on Feb. 1. The award was presented to David Husemoller, CLC’s sustainability manager, and Mike Welch, the facilities director, specifically for their work on reducing polluted stormwater from entering local bodies of water through the use of bioswales. Bioswales are specialized ditches comprised of vegetation and plant plugs that are designed to block contaminated stormwater from entering nearby water sources. “This award was a great honor for the college,” Husemoller said. “It demonstrates that CLC is making great strides in improving the environment.” But the effect extends further than just CLC, impacting students and the community. “A lot of folks may not know how cars and parking lots impact water quality in
local streams and lakes,” Husemoller said. “This award helps us to educate people about how native plants in bioswales remove pollutants and reduce flooding.” However, the implementation of bioswales is not the only action CLC has taken to become a greener campus. “I think that CLC has made great strides over the past couple of years, especially with the renovation of the B and C Wings and the construction of the new science building,” Husemoller said. “The [A wing] has its own geothermal heat exchange system, 187 solar photovoltaic panels, a green roof, and rainwater catchment and reuse.” “[It] was a smart investment for the college, which will ultimately save utility costs for years to come,” Welch said. CLC is comprised of visionaries-- faculty and staff alike are working together in order to continue the green reputation at all campus locations. “I am working with Dan Buranoski, CLC student and sustainability intern [to improve] our signage [and]
help students and faculty to understand our recycling program and improve sorting of waste,” Husemoller said. “We’re looking at new technology to improve building performance (energy efficiency), and possibly looking a netzero project (a building that produces all of its own energy),” Welch said, “as well as a new LEED Platinum building in Waukegan’s Lakeshore campus [in the near future].” LEED Platinum is the highest level of green building standards awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. This certification system encourages the construction of energy efficient buildings that are healthy for both the surrounding environment and those that will be using it directly. “Despite being new to the college, [CLC’s green efforts are] a change for the good,” Welch said. “We’ve opened the eyes of a lot people that may not of thought about what they can do in their office, classroom, division, [which] adds up to a huge impact on the college.” The actions of Husemoller, Welch, and CLC as a whole
Graphic by Hannah Strassburger
have left an everlasting imprint on Lake County’s surrounding communities, as well as other colleges. “Our efforts are being recognized by colleges across the country,” Welch said. “We’ve been approached by other schools about how to start a sustainable plan. Since we’ve executed a plan, we’re being looked at as model for
other colleges.” On the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Campus Sustainability Index, CLC ranked number eight in North America for sustainability. “CLC is definitely a leader among other colleges in sustainability,” Husemoller said.
CLC speech team anticipates winning gold at nationals Rachel Schultz News Editor The College of Lake County speech team has a good chance of winning gold in the national speech tournament this year, in spite of stiff competition, according to Rick Soller, a
communications professor, speech coach, and former director of the CLC speech program. “There are a lot of good schools in Illinois,” said Soller. “Illinois is one of the top three states in forensics, and has some of the top speech programs are in Illinois.” Two of the top colleges
in the state are Bradley and Northern Illinois Universities. In fact, many of CLC’s speech coaches and professors either studied at one of those two colleges, began their careers there, or both. Soller is one of them, having studied, competed, and coached on Northern’s debate team before deciding
to make communications his career. The other speech team coaches are: Joel Chmarra, who specializes in poetry, Lynn Harper, who currently directs the speech team, Nedra Adams-Soller, Rick Soller’s wife, who is skilled at public address, and Patrick Carberry, who coaches in every
speech area. The College of Lake County has a chance to be a serious contender for the national Phi Rho Pi tournament, held in Florida this April.
Speech team continued on p. 4
HBCU expo at CLC
Circus show visits CLC
Florida tragedy must open eyes
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CLC police chief promotes campus safety after Florida Juan Toledo Opinion Editor In wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, CLC Police Chief Tom Guenther addressed concerns of the probability of an active shooter on college campuses, as well as security resources available for students. Guenther, who has been CLC police chief for five years, cited a study conducted by the FBI based on 160 active shooting incidents from 2000 to 2013. The study showed that of 24.4 percent of active shootings that occur in educational environments, only 7.5 percent occurred on institu-
tions of higher learning. According to Guenther, these events have a higher impact, which leads them to receive massive media coverage, despite their low frequency. However, the unlikeliness of these events doesn’t deter the college from preparing for them. In fact, CLC is one of four colleges out of 107 in the state to be recognized with the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System’s Agency Preparedness Award. “The sign of a good organization is being out in front of disasters, trying to mitigate their circumstances, to lessen the impact that would be caused on our institution,” Guenther said.
Students in front of Douglas High School after the Feb. 17 shooting. Photo courtesy of NY Daily News
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CLC prepares itself by conducting a multitude of drills that range from active shooters, extreme weather, bloodborne pathogens and even the most common fire drills. “Just because there is no tornado, that doesn’t mean you don’t plan for it,” Guenther said. “There’s a remote possibility that a tornado would ever directly affect CLC but we plan for that, it’s a remote possibility that a chemical spill would ever happen but we plan for that,” he said. Another example, on Aug. 7, 2017, the college carried out an Active Shooter Drill, however, “there are certain parts of CLC emergency operation plan that are public, certain annexes that will always remain secure. Because you would never want people to use our plan to plan against us as an institution,” Guenther said. In addition to its award-winning safety guidelines, CLC is patrolled by some “heavy hitters that bring a lot of experience,” Guenther said. “Each police officer comes to the college with a pedigree. With over more than 5,000 cumulative hours, this is what makes our institution safe, continual and up to date training.”
CLC Police Chief Tom Guenther. Photo courtesy of Teaching, Learning, and Education Tech Center
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Historically Black Colleges visit Grayslake campus Melanie Bobbitt Copy Editor
The College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus hosted a college expo featuring Historically Black Colleges and Universities on Feb. 17. Historically Black Colleges and Universities are institutions that were established before the Civil Rights Act and work to serve the African American community. Students from CLC and surrounding high schools were able to meet with representatives from 25 colleges and discuss enrollment. Alexandra Salas, a representative from Florida Atlantic University, was excited to have an opportunity to speak with students about the benefits
of the university. “There should over 250 students that come through today,” Salas said, “they all want to know what kind of majors we offer and what campus life is like.” Campus life was a particular area of concern for students looking at out-ofstate colleges like Florida Atlantic University. Another out-of-state college represented at the expo was the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Being much closer than Florida Atlantic University, students that live near CLC would still be able to commute to Parkside. Parkside’s representative, Tifashia Norphet, said she had received a lot of various questions from students, but the main question that was asked was about the
transfer program. Parkside is one of the schools that is part of CLC’s Guaranteed Transfer Admission (GTA) program. GTA allows CLC students to easily transfer to a four-year college or university, without having to worry about credits transferring or other admission issues. Herzing University is another institution that is a part of the GTA program. Jonalyn Haraty, Herzing University’s representative, was especially eager to let students know about Herzing’s “Degree Up” program. The “Degree Up” program maximizes a CLC student’s transfer credits and makes sure that he or she won’t have to retake any courses that have already been completed.
In addition, some credits taken with Herzing through the “Degree Up” program may later be applied toward a Master’s degree. When asked what most students were curious about, Haraty said that many students wanted to know about the nursing program. Haraty even had mini bottles of hand sanitizer that were dressed in a nurse’s uniform to hand out to students. “People love our clothed hand sanitizers,” Haraty said, laughing. In addition to CLC students, the college expo also attracted many high school students. Joclyn Mason, a junior at Waukegan High School Washington Campus, came out to see what each school had to offer. “I’m interested in
teaching and I saw a lot of schools I liked— I have a lot of choices,” Mason said. Another group of juniors from North Chicago High School had reactions similar to Mason. One of these students, Earl Epps, saw a lot of schools that caught his attention. “I look at what the required ACT score is, classroom size, campus life, financial aid [when considering colleges],” Epps said. “There is a big mix of things to think about.” The event was sponsored by CLC’s TRiO Educational Talent Search and African American Outreach Committee. The event also offered 30-minute workshops about transferring and admission in addition to CLC campus tours.
Englewood school closings negatively impact students Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief
Chicago Public Schools’ plans to shutter all four Englewood public schools due to low enrollment and performance have split the area and its surrounding communities. CPS initially planned to close Harper, Hope, Robeson, and TEAM Englewood high schools in June, allowing current seniors to graduate. However, after multiple protests from the students, community, and the Chicago Teachers’ Union, CPS has decided to close the
schools in three years instead. The four schools will no longer enroll new students, but will allow current freshmen and other classes to graduate before closing. Still, the Englewood community is unhappy. “Schools are communities. It doesn’t matter how ‘bad’ a school is,” said Jenny Lee, College of Lake County English professor. “It’s still a place where [these students] go, where they have friends, where they have teachers who care about them. Dissolving a community like that for a young student who is still figuring themselves out-- to take that away-- can be in-
Robeson High School is one of the Englewood schools closing. Photo courtesy of Online Universities
humane.” “Where will students go? How will they get there? Taking away that part of someone’s life can really destabilize them,” Lee said. “It’s discouraging to [those] students,” said CLC student Matthew Lacayo. “The country is trying to improve education so that [us] students can improve ourselves. But if my school were to close, where would I go to educate myself?” “School is fundamental,” Lacayo said. “It’s important for a young person to progress.” John Tenuto, CLC sociology professor, said that a division between those unhappy with the schools closing and those who accept it can place a negative effect on the community as a whole. “[The community] is experiencing anomie,” Tenuto said. “It’s a sociological term for instability experienced by a group.” He also looked at the crisis in Englewood from a functionalist perspective, which is the sociological belief that all parts of a community must work together in order to function. “People are unhappy with the schools closing partly
because of the emotional attachment,” Tenuto said. “There’s history in all four schools and that history has been part of the community for a long time.” Eduard Voroshilov, a CLC student, said that in order for the Englewood community to be satisfied with CPS shutting the four schools down, there must be “a plan of action.” “Phasing out the schools’ closing instead of closing them immediately is some type of a solution,” he said. “But it’s still not going to make people happy.” CPS also plans to build an $85 million school in place of Robeson, which will merge all four neighborhoods into one. The school will open in 2019, but will only accept freshmen temporarily and will gradually open up higher levels, said CPS. “The main thing that will upset people about the new school [opening in 2019] is that it won’t be enrolling all students,” Voroshilov said. “So they need to devise a plan to try and be able to enroll all students right away into this new school.” Combined, the four schools have an enrollment of 450 students, which is
one of the reasons that CPS is shutting them down. “You still have 450 students there,” Lee said. “They may be low performing, but the solution is not to shut them down. The solution is to invest more.” “Kids are not dumb by any means. They know that there’s money being poured into the north side [of Chicago], schools that are being funded,” she said. “Putting in $85 million dollars just for one school in one area is not an appropriate use of funding,” Voroshilov said. “It makes no sense for only one grade to be there with that amount of money.” Even though CLC students are not primarily based in Englewood, Lacayo said that “we should still care.” “As a student, seeing that happen to other students is sad,” he said. “We have a role to play in the community. We can do something even if we’re not living in that area. We should vote for the right politician, or vote in general, for politicians who have students in mind. No one wants to be stripped of the opportunity to learn.”
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Speech team Continued from p. 1 “We’re taking first in a number of events. We’re making the finals in a number of events,” Soller said. Theresa Snarski is the strongest all-around CLC speech team member. In a speech competition this February, the Parkland Winter Classic, held at Parkland College in Illinois, she won 6th for her speech in the poetry category, 4th for program oral interpretation, and 1st place for her speech to entertain. “It’s been a while since we’ve had someone who’s a contender for gold, and Theresa looks like she can fit that bill,” he said. “Theresa Snarski, is, I’d say, the strongest student [on the speech team].” There are twelve categories in speech competition, including extemporaneous speaking, persuasive speaking, and program oral interpretation, in which contestants make a demonstrative presentation consisting of at least two different forms of prose, poetry, or drama, transitioning from one to another. Snarski is strongest at this
last form of speech, called POI for short. “It’s basically a form of speech with humorous elements in it, but at the end, a serious point,” explained Soller. “I think Theresa can wind up with a gold medal at the national,” said Soller. “I think she should do well at the state [competition]. She’s been taking first place at several tournaments. That’s why I think she’s got a really good chance at getting a gold medal.” C h a r l e n e Wa l k a n o f f , another member, is also doing well. She ranked first and third in her first rounds in the category of Prose speech, but failed to make it to the final round. This isn’t the first time that she has nearly made to the final. Soller thinks Walkanoff could win a bronze nationally this spring. The CLC speech team has been around for at least twenty years, and in the last few years, they’ve had a strong performance in regional tournaments. “[Students] set up practice times with a coach, and go over their presentations,” said Soller. They rehearse on their own, as well.
Then they might change things around, revise it, and take it to competition events.” Sometimes, students will arrange practice times together, so they benefit from peer advice during their presentations, according to Soller; however, most of the time, they don’t have more than a few students as an audience in the preparation of their speech. Anyone is welcome to join the speech team, Soller said. “There are no limitations; any student can participate,” he said. “The college pays for expenses. There’s also a scholarship to reimburse college tuition for students that are on the speech team.” Soller described what he likes about being a coach. “I like limited preparation events like impromptu and extemp. I like to see how people think on their feet.” Referring to his wife, he said, “She’s more of a public address coach, and I’m a limited prep person. She’s good with persuasive speaking.” He also said he enjoys the human stories and emotion in many people’s speeches.
Charlene Walkanoff is a member of the speech team. Photo courtesy of Charlene Walkanoff
For example, one speech that he heard, describing a miscarriage and the heartwrenching aftermath, made a big impression on him. Nedra Soller said that, for the students, important components of being on the team include the comradery between contestants, teammates, and the process of working on and improving their speeches. “I think it’s really important that students have
a chance with something they’re working on, to see it evolve,” she said. “They get critical feedback that’s really helpful. It’s not like a class paper that they turn in and are done. They’re spending an entire season with one speech. What’s special about it is that, with the students, there’s a sense of helping each other. They come together, and support each other.”
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LAS hosts dance to promote new scholarship Arturo Ramirez
The Snowball dance was held to commemorate the life Staff Reporter and times of late club memThe College of Lake Coun- ber, Alexander Castile, as ty’s Literary Arts Society well as to fund the Honorary held their first annual semi- Sterling Award scholarship formal masquerade Snowball through a silent auction, the dance on Saturday, Feb. 24. award which will be given in
Castile’s name. “The Snowball was all about people coming together to support the Literary Arts Society and its goals in a fun and friendly environment,” said LAS’s public relations officer and event coordinator Tomani Raimondi. “It’s about remembering those whose writing helps them get through their daily struggles.” “I took a bit of a leading hand in helping put together the event,” Raimondi said. “I created the schedules, oversaw decorations, and collected donations. But the Snowball couldn’t have happened as soon as it did without contribution from our own members.” “The event was only possible because of the large amount of hard work that the club as a whole has put in,” said the president of the Literary Arts Society, CJ Stockman. “As for my role in this event, I’ve helped make
decorations, gone to businesses asking for donations and I’ve tried my best to keep everyone organized and I’ve tried to keep communication between club members running smoothly.” “There was a great deal of fun to be had at the Snowball,” he said. “There was a photo booth with props, lots of food, and dancing. The necessities of a good dance. But to top it all off was the silent auction.” “The prizes ranged from gift cards to local restaurants, books signed by their author, and tons of self-care items,” Stockman said. “The Literary Arts Society is also working to put together other projects for students to partake in,” said the club adviser Bridget Bell. “Alongside that, we have Bards Against Humanity, which is just Shakespeare’s version of Cards Against Humanity, on April 26th
to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday,” Bell added. “We also have an idea for a campus-wide open mic night in the works.” “It’s common for a student to only attend their classes and not go to any events or join any clubs,” Bell said. “A fundamental thing for CLC students is to get involved. Get the full experience! It’s out there!” “Time will tell if the Snowball will make its return,” Stockman said. “If students show enough interest in it around the same time next, it definitely will! But it really depends on what the future hold.” “All in all, people should come to the Snowball because not only going to be a fun time but it’s a great opportunity to be involved on campus,” Stockman said. “We want to be able to create a fun welcoming community that reflects CLC’s diversity.”
Poetry slam hands CLC students and faculty the mic
Features Editor To slam or not to slam? That was the question at the Literary Arts Society’s Poetry Slam held at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus on Thursday, Feb. 22. The event was open for everyone who wanted to showcase their original pieces of poetry for leisure, or if they decide to, can exhibit their piece competitively for a chance to win one of three prizes. There are prizes that competitors have a chance to win: an Amazon gift card, a Barnes and Noble gift card, and a Starbucks gift card. Other activities available for those who were attendance is the opportunity to purchase tickets to LAS’s first annual semi-formal masquerade Snow Ball-- of which the first 50 people to purchase received an exclusive gift-- as well as give donations to fund LAS’s newly created Sterling Award scholarship. The Poetry Slam was brought together with the help of the president of the LAS, CJ Stockman, club
adviser Bridget Bell, and head of public relations Tomani Raimondi. Competitors had their poems judged by president Stockman and other LAS members Sydney Seeber and Megan Towne out of a possible high score of 15 points from each judge. The actual event began with public relations officer Raimondi opening the stage with a few advertisements for the LAS, including the Snow Ball, as well as a classic beginning poem to get audience members warmed up-- “Mom’s Spaghetti.” Raimondi’s opening act definitely seemed to have worked, considering a large crowd of students came to observe and support the competition. Not only did a great crowd surround the event, but a number of other students have felt confident enough to deliver their own original pieces of poetry. “My motivation for writing my poem was because I was an adopted child into a white family,” said Charlene Walkanoff, who delivered her poem titled “Colorblind.” “My mother is older and
claims that she doesn’t see race or color, which makes it very difficult to speak with her through a black person’s perspective,” she said. “The way she sees things just doesn’t make sense to me, so I have to do all that I can to make sure she doesn’t read this poem.” “My poem was just me trying to cope with a deeply troubling problem that I was going through in my life,” said George Sayerstad, who delivered his poem titled “Skeleton.” “I never wanted my poem to spite or attack anyone in particular, it was just a way for me to work out my thoughts,” he said. “I wrote my piece because of how deep of a love I had for the story of Hades and Persephone,” said Courtney Petsche, who delivered her poem titled “Lips Stained Red.” “To put it simply, I just wanted to share my passion for these characters outwardly, and the Poetry Slam was a good way to do so,” she said. The eventual winners of the competition were Maria Contreras, Sydney Mudd, and Courtney Petcshe.
Tomani Raimondi at the Poetry Slam on Feb. 22. Photo by Kevin Tellez
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CLC gauges its need for a ‘happiness’ class Sammie Wilkins
Yale University recently offered a one-time-only course on happiness which has quickly become the largest class seen in the schools history. Sparking media attention from sources such as The New York Times and National Review, the course has gained more popularity than anyone had anticipated. With a total of 1,182 students taking the class, the college has resulted to converting its symphony hall to the new course classroom in order to accommodate all of the students. “We are in a day and age where a lot more students in college have more mental disorders than any other time before,” Martha Lally, professor of psychology at the College of Lake County, said. “What makes this course important is that it is focused on positive psychology, or o bserving the strengths people have, the good things that are going on in their lives, and looking towards strengthening those behaviors.” Not capping this class
allows every student that needs this course, for their own well-being, to be given the opportunity to do so. “It would be really helpful to other people, because a lot of people get into college and get distracted by temporary things,” said student Timothy Horton. “They make rash decisions that define the rest of their lives, because they do not know how to be self satisfied or content with themselves.” The course is beneficial to the students who take the class as it can help those coming in with mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression, lead happier lives while at school. This however, raises the question on what would classify a “happier” life. “Who is prioritizing what they would call happy life habits and bad life habits? Who is making this diagnosis?” said Leslie Hopkins, professor of philosophy. “I wouldn’t call the course happiness, I would call it more of a stress relieving course.” The professor of the course and also head of one of Yale’s residential colleges, Laurie Santos, is hoping the large class enrollment
will help spark a change not only in the students themselves, but in culture on campus as well. “Not only would it help me, but it would help my children,” said Elizabeth Study, another student. “My children have severe anxiety, and if I could learn things to help them through their lives it would be good.” “If people continue to stress [the importance of behavioral change] at a college level, it certainly does have the potential to change [the culture around campus],” Lally said. That is a big “if” however, as many people think that a one-time-only class does not have the power to change an entire community of people, no matter the magnitude of it. “If it works, it would be an amazing idea,” said student Caroline Postl.“It sounds like something interesting and if it actually works, and if it were offered here, I would most likely have taken it.” The ideas behind this course are not only putting a more positive spin on life at Yale’s campus, but it is also spreading awareness across the nation. “This is getting a lot of
media attention as is, it can reach out to people who may see it and think ‘this is me, I am stressed and all I do is homework,’” Lally said. “It’s a conversation, and sometimes that’s all that is needed.” “I think you can teach a happiness course, but it would have to be taught by a team of philosophy, psychology, and humanities professors,” Hopkins said. “That way students can hear different theories, and different way they found happiness.” “I think it would be great for people who are dealing with that stuff, understanding your illness would probably help a lot of people,” said student William Fitzgerald. “I really don’t see a downside of [taking the class].” Although the hopes for this course will be to help students better themselves at Yale and the message will hopefully be spreading to other colleges, it is very unlikely the CLC will see anything like this itself, in the near future. “A lot of community colleges will not offer courses like these, as it is our goal is to help our students transfer, and a course like this
will most likely not be percepted at other universities,” Lally said. “Positive psychology however, is covered in our other psychology classes and is touched upon.” “I like the idea of it, and I do think a lot of people could benefit from it, but I personally wouldn’t take the time to take the class,” said Io Manjarres, student at CLC. “If anything, I am trying to transfer out and I don’t want to put money towards that and I don’t want to take another time slot out of my semester for it.” Even though CLC will not be hosting a class on bettering oneself specifically, the campus is doing its very best to supplement its students who are facing mental disorders in other ways. “CLC is working really hard to meet the mental health needs of our students. We are working really hard so that students have access to free mental health services to assist them,” Lally said. “We know our students are stressed and have a lot of needs, and we are trying our best to help meet all of the needs of our students.”
Latino Alliance promotes togetherness with karaoke Diana Panuncial
Editor-in-Chief Students and staff were invited to take center stage at the Latino Alliance’s Karaoke Night on Thursday, Feb. 22. The tradition of hosting a karaoke night started last year, according to club members Jennifer Tello, Vanesa Guerrero, and Jessica Quiroz. “People really started to enjoy it after we did the first one, so now we’ve began to do one every month,” Tello, club president, said. “It really brings the community together,” Quiroz said. “We invite students to sing songs in different languages. They’re allowed to sing whatever they feel like singing.”
“Even though the Latino Alliance hosts the event, we want everyone to be here,” Tello said. “A former club president thought of the idea just as a way for students to come and have fun,” Guerrero, vice president, said. “And it is fun. It’s like stress relief, something different than just going to classes.” Each karaoke night is a collaboration between the Latino Alliance and another club. For example, they teamed up with Asian Student Alliance for the Feb. 22 karaoke night. Next, they are excited to work with International Club. “It’s a good way for us to get to know each other and interact with other clubs,”
Tello said. The event took place from 6-9:30 p.m. The date is to be announced, but the Alliance stated that they
will be having another karaoke night next month on a Thursday. Another upcoming event that the Latino Alliance
will be hosting is Sabor Latino, where everyone is invited to dance, sing, and enjoy Latino culture.
From left, Jessica Quiroz, Jennifer Tello (President), and Vanesa Guerrero (Vice President) at Karaoke Night. Photo by Diana Panuncial
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Cirque Zuma Zuma stretches limits of performance at CLC Jacky Toledo
Staff Reporter Cirque Zuma Zuma, a touring African circus, brought a little bit of Africa to the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center on Saturday, Feb. 17. The members of the group, from a total of 16 different African nations, delivered astounding performances. Throughout the whole night, they were able to captivate the audience with an exceptional blend of African music, dance, and acrobatics. The show was split in two acts that were filled with
juggling, contortions, human pyramids, and balancing on chairs. They were able to make the impossible seem possible, and it was shocking for the audience to see them defy gravity with their difficult acrobatics. One performer used chairs to levitate himself six feet into the air, just to see how easily they moved around and performed was mind-bending. The show was filled with suspense and an “edge-of-your-seat” feeling throughout the entire performance. It was not just the performance that was impressive, but the interac-
tion with the audience as well, as Cirque Zuma Zuma wanted the audience to participate as much as possible. Each of the performers interacted with the audience in his or her own way. Whether it was by clapping or audience involvement, it made you feel like a part of the show. Throughout the whole performance, the audience are captivated by diverse music and acrobatics It was not just their performance that enticed you but their energy as well. The performers made the whole show feel exciting and exhilarating. The traditional African
Cirque Zuma Zuma performed at CLC’s JLC on Feb. 17. Photo courtesy of Tahlequah Daily Press
music and drums added flair to the show. The unique dancing styles made you realize how diverse Africa is, and the rhythm practically invited you to get up and dance.
From their energetic performances to their vivid music, Cirque Zuma Zuma gave a wonderful experience. Any opportunities to see them in the future would be well worth it.
Indie music group MGMT transitions into ‘Dark Age’ Fernando Toboada
Staff Reporter Ten years later and after a five year hiatus, indie pop/rock group MGMT returned with their fourth studio album, “Little Dark Age,” on Feb. 9. In their latest music video for “Me & Michael,” MGMT mocked the process of making a song for the radio. It featured them stealing a hit song from Filipino al-
ternative band, True Faith, then receiving stardom and being featured on a talk show with death as the host. The album as a whole provides a lot for its listeners with their uneasy punk driven lyrics on singles such as “When You Die” and “Little Dark Age.” There are dream pop melodies on “Me & Michael” and their wind-down song, “Hand It Over.” MGMT offers a lot of talent from their front mem-
bers Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. In addition, they have well-known acts like Ariel Pink and Connan Mockasin as support throughout the tracks. MGMT’s new album gives a breath of fresh air and has won the hearts of critics. It received an overall positive score compared to their albums from the past 10 years. Hailing from a small town in Connecticut, MGMT are arguably the
biggest pioneers of psychedelic indie pop in the last decade. Their ability to produce a sound and then scrap it for a new one every album keeps listeners on edge and excited every time they announce a new project. MGMT first came upon huge commercial success with singles they produced in their dorm like “Kids,” “Electric Feel,” and “Time to Pretend” in 2008. These singles were
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Marvel superhero trailblazes future for representation Rebecca Martinez
Staff Reporter With an almost entirely black fronted cast, director, costume designer, and soundtrack by musician Kendrick Lamar, Marvel’s “Black Panther” released Feb. 16 celebrates African history through a meaningful lens. Jorge Tennin, director of student activities and an adviser to the College of Lake County’s Black Student Union, offered his own thoughts on the film’s triumphant debut, including its cultural reception regarding black youth and beyond. “I’ve heard of students going in groups, clubs like Men of Vision, are all planning to go see the film,” Tennin said. After mentioning plans to bring his kids to watch it he adds, “It’s kind of funny, they’re anticipating ‘Black Panther’ to be bigger than ‘The Incredibles’.” In terms of his own personal motivations for seeing
the film, Tennin said the film “honors Black History Month and has a full African-American cast.” “Obviously, it teaches children such positive aspects of being African,” he said. “It’s refreshing, I consider myself to be a feminist and I look forward to my daughter seeing it.” It has taken about 50 years for the character, Black Panther, to have a film dedicated solely to his own ventures. “In my opinion, racial barriers made it difficult [for the film to be made],” Tennin said. “Blaxploitation of the 1970s and 1980s superseded black history and diminished the outlook on black people.” Blaxploitation is defined as a subgenre of film that often exploited black people via casting them for stereotypical roles. “‘Black Panther’ has an element for everyone, so it’s surprising it’s taken such a long time for the character to be made into a film,” Tennin said.
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Tennin thinks having a highly publicized black superhero as a strong lead character will have a “huge impact” on black youth. “I’m so relieved this isn’t a movie about drugs or violence,” he said. While ‘Black Panther’ does contain some violence because it is a superhero film, Tennin said the film isn’t “geared entirely towards that.” “It’s refreshing we can compare [the Black Pan-
ther] to Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Hulk, and just [to] have people of color be seen in that category,” he said. He hopes the release of this film “empowers not just African American children, but all children, that they have someone to look up to, and to feel excitement of having a superhero of color.” Over President’s Day weekend, “Black Panther” amassed $218 million in
box office sales. The film’s ticket presales on Fandango and IMAX has surpassed all superhero films, and it made $25.2 million in ticket sales on preview night alone. “Black Panther” broke numerous other records such as biggest February opening weekend, biggest nonsequel opening weekend, and highest-grossing movie (in North America) directed by a black filmmaker.
‘Black Panther’ album breaks ground as movie soundtrack Joey Galea Staff Reporter “Black Panther: The Album” is the original soundtrack with music written for Marvel’s newest superhero film, “Black Panther” released Feb. 9. The album is a collection of songs curated by musician Kendrick Lamar with some killer features from fellow labelmates SZA and ScHoolboy Q.
“Black Panther: The Album” cover.
With a consistent theme throughout the record, its structure is what makes it stick out amongst other motion picture albums. It is at heart another one of Lamar’s signature concept albums and his skills as an artist and producer are showcased in this 14-track work. The rhythm of Lamar’s vocals in relation to his lyricism is familiar and welcome. The album starts with
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an introduction “Black Panther” that is signature to Lamar’s style. This short intro is met with an open ending of brass ringing out and fading into the next song. The intro is followed by track “All of the Stars,” featuring a powerful, synthdriven chorus sung by SZA. Lamar’s spitting above a thundering beat made it a strong radio-esque opener. Next was an easy favorite song on the album, “X.” Lamar’s infectious chorus is paired with a rapid-pinging hi hat and thundering kick make this one of the heavier tracks which is a sharp contrast to the previous one. ScHoolboy Q’s verse and features from Saudi and 2 Chainz are interesting, the former more so; the tripletinfused flow is also a cocktail of English and Zulu which is unique, making it memorable off the bat. This pattern of balancing the lighter songs with
heavier ones recurs until the end, with plenty of notable moments. More specifically, Khalid’s “The Ways” a bubbly, hurried beat paired with angelic strings. Vince Staple’s track “Opps” is hypnotic and the buzzing and gravity of the beat in contrast to the melody of the chorus is the exact opposite. Overall, “Black Panther: The Album” is absurdly well-produced. It’s full of original samples, and this plays to the strengths of the variety of styles represented by the album. The fading in and out of each track is smooth and almost dreamlike; the flow of continuity between the tracks makes the whole album pleasant to listen to, especially at home. With the right set of headphones or speakers, there are a lot of gems hidden in the production that make it worth listening to many
times. Being familiar with Lamar’s library and maturation over the years brings a huge degree of appreciation for this album. It is, of course, a soundtrack album; this star-studded combination of prolific and talented singers, rappers, and engineers makes every song on this album worth listening to in its own way. This feeling is accentuated by Lamar’s chops as a producer, and on almost every song he is featured with either a verse, a chorus/hook, or both. The transitions from track to track are reminiscent of the concept-album style that comprises much of Lamar’s own discography. It composes its own story independent of the film it represents. With “Black Panther: The Album” being an instant hit, Lamar has made himself a king amongst paupers in terms of vision and raw ability.
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Chicago artist showcases work at Grayslake campus Chicago artist Roland Kulla debuted an exhibit of paintings inspired by urban architecture at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus on Friday, Feb. 23. “I am fascinated by the built environment,” Kulla said. “I reflect on what the structures tell about their builders as well as their interaction with nature and the results of time.” “Since 1998, I’ve focused on the engineering ingenuity that created Chicago’s many bridges,” he said. “Structural elements are abstracted from their context and painted with
a hard-edged realism on a scale that highlights the monumentality of the forms and the creativity necessary for their existence.” Kulla works in a variety of mediums and had a varied career path before becoming a full-time artist in 2002. He was a social worker, case worker, administrator, researcher, teacher and consultant. He has also created set designs, restored two Victorian-era Chicago homes and currently enjoys a former tavern as a live/work studio that has
extensive gardens. Kulla is represented by ZIA Gallery in Winnetka. The exhibit will be showcased at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art until March 24. The gallery is committed to displaying the works of Illinois artists and increasing the visibility of nationally known artists in Lake County. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Stage show sends CLC audience down ‘Rockin’ Road’
Irish dance meets rock and roll in “Rockin’ Road to Dublin,” a fusion of concert and stage show on Friday, March 16 at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Irish dance and rock and roll make an unlikely pairing in “Rockin’ Road to Dublin,” a concert and stage show debuting on Friday, March 16. The show will be held at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of
Lake County’s Grayslake campus. World Champion Irish Dancer Scott Doherty joins Celtic rocker Chris Smith to combine two musical genres with highly original choreography. Complete with 14 Irish dancers, male and female lead vocals, and an eightpiece band, the show incorporates technical mastery and Broadway flourish that appeals to all generations. Doherty, co-creator, executive producer and lead dancer, made his
professional debut in 2005 with the North American tour of “Riverdance.” Since then, Doherty has toured the world with both “Riverdance” and Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance.” Since 2007, he has performed in Irish dance shows at Busch Gardens, serving as Celtic Fyre’s dance captain and the principal lead dancer since 2012. A Massachusetts native with Irish grandparents, Doherty has been a guest performer with many
acclaimed Irish acts, including the Irish Tenors, Cherish the Ladies, Michael Londra and Andy Cooney. Chris Smith, co-creator, executive producer and lead percussionist, is a lifelong musician and performer who has toured the world with one of the top Celtic rock bands, The American Rogues. A native of the Richmond, Virginia area, he has performed as a percussionist in the most popular shows at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia.
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Florida shooting must open eyes in wake of tragedy Juan Toledo Opinion Editor The United States was witness to its 18th school shooting in 2018 on Wednesday, Feb. 14. This tragedy– which, by any means, could have been prevented– claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a city that was once known as the “safest city” in the state. Although the number of shootings doesn’t correlate to the mortality rate, the frequency of these events don’t seem to be the main problem. Americans are desensitized to active shooting incidents because of the frequency in which they occur, we only notice these atrocities when schools are the subject of the attack. But in order to grasp an idea of how society becomes synonymous with gun violence, it’s important to know the details the events that occurred this past Valentine’s Day. Ben Bennight, a bail bondsman from Mississippi, said in an interview that he reported a suspicious comment left on one his YouTube video last fall
by a user named “Nikolas Cruz.” “I’m going to be professional school shooter,” the comment from Sept. 24, 2017 said, and for nearly two hours on that unfortunate day, he was. At the age of 19, Cruz methodically conducted what is considered one of the most deadly school shootings since Sandy Hook. According to a police report, Cruz arrived to Marjory Stoneman approximately around 2:19 p.m. via Uber. On his person was a black duffle bag and backpack, which were used to carry extra ammunition and his AR-15 rifle. He proceeded to fire his semi-automatic rifle at unsuspecting victims on school grounds, and eventually made his way into the building where he shot people inside five classrooms on the first and second floor of the freshmen building. Cruz then discarded his vest, rifle and ammunition, and escaped through the crowd by blending in with former students. Surveillance footage later shows Cruz wandering about the area after the shooting.
The videos depicts Cruz stopping by Subway, WalMart and McDonald’s before police were able to detain and arrest him outside the scene of the crime. Prior to the shooting, Bennight had contacted his local FBI field office in 2017, but the organization later stated that the lack of information on the whereabouts of the person’s identity rendered them from investigating further. But if the FBI had a sufficient amount of information, the NRA lobbies to protect the 2nd amendment, which prohibits the FBI from investigating into these potential threats to public safety. However, students that were interviewed said they predicted that Cruz would be the one to commit a school shooting. They just neglected to bring their concerns to the attention of administrators. An investigation into Cruz’s social media pages revealed that the 19-yearold posted disturbing images of dead animals, and frequently displayed his collection of firearms. Unlike past shootings, the detailed account and video footage of the events
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from students have begun to spark a trend of that encourages students, parents and faculty members that if they see something, they should say something. In Seattle, a grandmother filed a report on her troubled– or disturbed– grandson after she found a notebook that detailed a premeditated shooting. Moreover, a local ABC news outlet reported that a sixth grader, 11, from Pembroke, Florida was arrested after writing a threatening letter to the Assistant Principal. In addition to these reports, on Monday, Feb. 19, Round Lake High School had an incident with a student who recorded himself loading shotgun shells
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into an assault rifle, which prompted some students from attending class the next day. More than ever, it’s important for people to realize that to prevent us from becoming further desensitized to the horrors of gun violence that students and faculty must indeed say something in order to prevent something. Furthermore, attorneys for the Cruz case have stated that the court decision will factor down to the Defendant’s mental health, which begs another question: are schools looking out for the welfare of their students by neglecting those who need help the most?
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Entering college prompts student reinvention Arturo Ramirez
A college experience offers students the opportunity to reinvent themselves as a person or student. When transitioning into college after high school, you may—whether it be consciously or not—reinvent yourself. I reinvented myself by improving my physical appearance, attending classes with an objective attitude, socializing and interacting more within my community, and by breaking bad habits. The reinvention process may be inevitable, especially when one ventures into uncharted territory, such as a new school. An explanation for this behavior may partly stem from a constant desire for improvement. People prepare themselves for a new life by making minor, or sometimes drastic,
changes to who they are as a person. Attending a four-year university or a community college pushes students to take more responsibility for themselves because, in theory, students are on their own. In this case, students may feel pressured to reinvent themselves. For example, a student may break his or her bad habits in order to take on responsibilities like completing assignments or maintaining healthy relationships with peers or instructors. It is also possible that a student may feel the need to improve his or her physical appearance in order to look more appealing around his or her peers (I’ve felt this way before). The idea of reinvention implies someone doing things he or she wouldn’t typically do. For instance, a student may feel the need to step
out of his or her personal bubble and ask for help from a teacher, a counselor, or a financial aid advisor. Students might also feel pressured to perform exceptionally well in their classes because they paid the tuition themselves. People may tend to dislike and avoid change, unless they have no other choice. College coursework is difficult, but it is intended for the students to learn and eventually possess expertise in their desired field. Ultimately, if someone doesn’t want to change internally, then you’re unlikely to get him or her to reinvent themselves. Wanting to reinvent yourself is a personal thing. If someone wants to change, he or she may do it themselves; take steps towards self-improvement. If someone doesn’t want to change, he or she won’t, unless the change is due to unforeseen circumstances
and forced upon that individual. Finally, I would like to point out that a person attending a conventional four-year university may have more responsibilities to take on. Having a roommate may be a source of distraction from your studies, buying everyday essentials (food, supplies, etc.) at your own expense may lead you to focus on sticking to a budget, and tuition is higher (and harder to pay off) at a
four-year university than at a community college. Students attending a community college may tend to live with their families, and they may also have immediate access to seek help from a family member or a close friend. I reinvented myself because I knew there was room for improvement. I knew it would be a good thing for me to do, so why not go ahead and embrace the reinvention process?
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Chicago must support its schools, not close them Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief When a school is considered to have “low performing” students, closing it down is not the solution. Chicago Public Schools have decided to shutter four public schools in Englewood-- an impoverished community already-and in their place, build an $85 million school to open in September 2019. That is over a year that students will have to suffer with the closing of their schools. They might have to relocate schools, spend more money on transportation, and generally have a tougher high school experience. CPS said that their reasons for shutting the schools down were due to low enrollment of 450 students across all four schools, and that those few students were “underperforming.” But closing down underperforming schools only worsens the problem. It essentially means that CPS is giving up on its students, not realizing the underperforming students are also the students that need the most help. $85 million could have been spread throughout the four schools to improve them; to provide better tutoring programs, money
A rendering of the new Englewood school that will open September 2019. Photo courtesy of Chicago Public Schools
for books, money for supplies, anything else that a school needs to function. Chicago has had an unfortunate reputation of closing its schools and that’s because there has been wrong allocation of funds. Since Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011, the funds for these four schools have been slashed to almost $20 million. Needless to say, money was being invested in the wrong places. If CPS was able to conjure up $85 million-- which was originally somewhere around $70 million before the protests-- then they can definitely afford to invest in the four closing schools. But instead of doing
that, they have decided to build a shiny, new building, erasing the histories and emotional attachments that current and former students had with those schools. This new school will also only be accepting freshmen, which means that no other students in different levels can enroll. There is a clear gap here because non-freshman students who are moving to Englewood will need to find other schools to go to, or not move to Englewood at all. If one of the reasons behind building this new school is to try and attract more people to Englewood, having a big $85
million dollar school is one thing-- but having it only accepting freshmen is another. While it’s good to build a new school, what hurts the most is if it strips away the old ones. The 450 students in the four schools are still 450 students keeping themselves in school regardless of the plague of gang activity, homicides, and other forms of violence. No matter how small that number is, it is still a great accomplishment to be in school for Englewood students fighting against outside forces. If CPS is closing the four schools, then it is important that they provide the
impacted students, teachers, and faculty resources to cope with the instability. They are only providing the impacted around $8 million to deal with the closings, but the community has said that is not enough. Overall, consolidation will only worsen the problem of school closings in Chicago. It is not just the responsibility of schools themselves to ensure appropriate allocation of funds; it is the responsibility of the district and board as well to take care of its students and invest in them just as their students have.
A happiness class could be useful for students Sammie Wilkins
Managing Editor Martha Lally, a professor of psychology at the College of Lake County, shared an online survey with me about finding my own character strengths. After taking the quiz myself at www. viacharacter.org, it revealed to me that my top character strengths were fairness, gratitude, and kindness. This quiz is a type of positive psychology, a field in which people’s
strengths are focused on, as well as bettering oneself in general. Typically, college classes on psychology touch upon the topic of positive psych; however, there are rarely any classes fully dedicated to the topic. The majority of psych classes are focused on disorders and things are wrong with people, or bad in their lives. This year, Yale opened up a course on “Happiness” to its many students, to which 1,182 enrolled right away. The focus of this class being to equip students
with the necessary skills to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression, in order for the individuals to better themselves. This raises the question: can happiness be taught in a classroom? Although the skills that are taught in this class help students with mental disorders, and are very valuable, do they actually equate happiness? After speaking with professors of psychology and philosophy, it was made clear that this class was not so much oriented around happiness, as it was
around destressing oneself. The class seems like a good opportunity to take for these students, as there are no real downsides to it. Even if people are not going through feelings of stress or anxiety at the moment, they may learn skills that can help them with these feelings in the future. They may also learn tips to share with their friends and family, if someone they know is going through a rough time in their life. It is unclear if the class actually helps students become happier; however,
one main goal was to help people better themselves, something that the class does in fact do. Whether students take this course as a way to honestly help themselves, or just because this is a “pass or fail” class, there are no negative side effects to it. At the end of the day, students will gain positive knowledge which will be beneficial to their lives, or another’s, at some point, making it clear as to why this is the campuses most popular course to date.
Sports CLC students flake on Winter Olympics
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Even though millions of people tune in to watch the Winter Olympic Games, the viewership numbers continue to decrease. The opening night of this year’s Pyeongchang games brought in 19.2 million views across all platforms. That number is down from the 20.8 million views the Sochi games had four years ago, according to Variety. This depletion of viewership is also reflected by the students at the College of Lake County. Students say they don’t watch the games because they don’t have the time, find them boring, or don’t follow sports in general. Student Gabriel Tijerina has watched the Winter Olympics in the past, but this year he didn’t even think about it. This is his first semester at CLC and since he’s been more busy at school, he
didn’t have time to watch the games. Since the games only happen every four years, he didn’t fit it into his schedule. Along with Tijerina, first year student Marc Gillespie hasn’t been watching. Along with not having time, he isn’t interested in the events. “They’re boring, we’re losing, and I don’t really have the time,” Gillespie said. “All the events are repetitive. It’s snow and ice; literally everything looks the same. I’ll look at the results, but I’m not going to watch it.” Another reason Gillespie said he doesn’t enjoy the games is because the majority of the events are about racing the clock. However, that is one of the reasons student Quinn Landl enjoys the games. “I love sports and I love America,” Landl said. “When America competes against other countries in sports, it’s great. I love it.” Landl watched the games
every day they where on and he watched every single event. He said he does this with the Summer and Winter Olympics every year they occur. Despite how much he enjoys the winter games, Landl said he enjoys the summer games more. Along with Landl, Tijerina and Gillespie both said they enjoy the Summer Olympics more than the Winter Olympics. All of them participated in sports like track or soccer and are able to relate more to the summer games than they can to the winter games. Gillespie also said he enjoys sports like basketball, soccer, or volleyball more than the events of the Winter Olympics because he is accustomed to them. Besides the students at CLC, the popularity of the Summer Olympics can a be seen through viewership numbers. In the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, viewership
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averaged at 27.5 million over the first 15 days, according to Variety. Although that number seems high, it is a nine percent decline from the 30.3 million viewers of the 2012 London Olympics, according to Wired. While this may be seen as a drop in popularity, people view content in different ways then they use to in the past. During the 2016 games, the hashtag “Rio2016” was viewed 75 billion times
and Facebook interaction with the same hashtag was viewed 1.5 billion times, according to Wired. The growing social media interaction is even causing students like Collin Holmes, who has no interest in sports, to view highlights of 2018 games on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat. While the NBC ratings of the games aren’t as good as they used to be, more people are watching than is realized.
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German student athlete thrives on basketball court Brandon Ferrara Staff Reporter Hannah Raupach, a new student athlete from Germany, has given the College of Lake County women’s basketball team a boost this season. She is currently leading the NCJAA Division II in rebounds, she is third in rebounds per game, and fourth in blocks. Raupach is able to play a little of every position on the court. Lately, she’s been play-
ing point guard and forward while fine-tuning her rebounding and blocking. “I try not to be that one sided player,” Raupach said. “I try to see the whole court so I know where to pass the ball.” Raupach moved from Frankfurt, Germany to the United States in June 2017 because of a job offer her father received. For Raupach, this was a dream come true. “I really love it,” Raupach said. “It’s been a huge dream of mine to live here. Since I was little, I always
said that I wanted to live in the United States, and now I’m here.” Raupach mentioned basketball has been an integral part of her life. She started playing and following the sport at the age of six. “My parents played basketball and my whole family did too,” Raupach said. “Since I first started playing, I could never stop.” Having come from a basketball family, Raupach’s biggest supporters have always been her fam-
ily, especially her mother. “The biggest impact on me has been my mom,” Raupach said. “She was always there and she drove [me] to practice. She’s a huge supporter. I always looked up to her.” When moving from Germany, Raupach said she wanted to go to a school that would acclimate her to life here in the states. “With my lack of the English language, I thought it would be a good idea to first go to community college to get
used to everything,” Raupach said. Although it’s difficult to get used to a entirely new culture, Raupach said basketball is an outlet to help her through the transition. “Basketball is the sport that I can play and forget everything around me,” Raupach said. “I can just compete against others without worrying.” Despite being thousands of miles from her hometown, Raupach is still striving to be the best she can be, on and off the court.
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