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Board eliminates five programs, dismisses tenured instructor Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief The College of Lake County’s Board of Trustees announced the elimination of five programs resulting in the dismissal of one fulltime faculty member at their meeting, which is being challenged by CLC’s faculty union, on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Rich Haney, CLC’s interim president, said that these five programs were identified through a process developed in 2016 that assesses CLC’s career programs, seeing whether they need additional investment or if they must be discontinued. The five programs were construction management, civil technology, emergency disaster management, education paraprofessional, and architectural technology. Three part-time faculty positions will be eliminated due to the loss of these programs. In an article by the Chicago Tribune, Haney said that these programs did not have full-time faculty attached and did not require approval by the Board of Trustees. However, David Petrulis, who teaches CLC’s architectural technology program, is a tenured, full-time

faculty member, and needed approval by the Board of Trustees before his termination. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Trustees voted 7-0 approving Petrulis’ “honorable dismissal” unanimously, with Hansel Lopez, student trustee, against the program’s elimination. Craig Rich, President of CLC’s Federation of Teachers, took the podium as a representative of the union during the meeting regarding Petrulis’ dismissal. “We believe the justification for this action is flawed, and the process leading up to this action has been unfair,” Rich said. “The union was told that the justification for this dismissal is programmatic, specifically the closing of the career program.” Rich said that not only is Petrulis a teacher in the architectural technology program, but in the computer aided design program as well, as stated in his job description. “How can the college justify dismissing this faculty member when one of the two programs he was hired to teach still exists?” Rich said. Rich said the union received a memo Jan. 24 from Haney stating that the ar-

Craig Rich represents the faculty union.

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chitectural program would be terminated and Petrulis would be released from employment at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. The memo also stated if the union wished to bargain this matter, they needed to respond within ten days. The union responded in eight. “We asked Dr. Haney to please cease and desist from taking any further action on this issue until the parties have fully bargained,” Rich said. He also said the union requested information needed to bargain on Petrulis’ behalf, but did not receive information after 19 days of sending a response. He said the union received another memo from Haney on Feb. 20, but instead of giving requested information, Haney said Petrulis’ dismissal would move forward on Feb. 27, during the Board meeting. “We were stunned by this memo,” Rich said. “Why was the union not being allowed to bargain on behalf of Mr. Petrulis?” Rich said that when he asked the administration this question, he was told that according to Illinois Labor Law, the union would be allowed to bargain on behalf of Petrulis, but only after the dismissal was issued. “The Jan. 24 memo lead us to believe we had the opportunity to bargain this matter before any action was taken,” Rich said. “That did not happen.” “Why is CLC dismissing a tenured faculty member who has dedicated 14 years to this institution, its mission, and its students,” he said, “and is still qualified to teach in at least one other program?” “What impact will the

David Petrulis speaking at the meeting.

decision have on the institution, and what message will it send to its employees, its tenured, its students, and the community?” he said. Rich said that if board members were asking themselves similar questions, to vote no on the dismissal of Petrulis. Afterward, Petrulis took the podium, sharing not only his accomplishments as a teacher in the architectural program, but what the program has offered for its students throughout the years, including internships, shadowing opportunities, and job offers. “As an academic institution, a community partner, and a resource for disadvantaged students who would like to enter a very demanding profession,” he said, “I believe it is unfortunate that CLC has decided that architecture has no place here in our institution.” “Personally, my reward has been to inspire students to realize their potential and ability to achieve their goals of being a part of the design and construction industry, and improving their quality

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of life,” Petrulis said. “We have had many successes.” He asked for the board to address how to resolve the situation in a way that would benefit the CLC community, students, and himself. “I believe there is a fair resolution and opportunity for me to maintain my status as a tenured faculty with courses I’m able to teach at this time,” Petrulis said. “I would hope that my students and peers would benefit for the 14 years of my being a part of this institution, the many committees and organizations I have supported, and my ability as an instructor to help inspire many students to reach for goals they were unsure of.” He said he hopes to maintain his position at CLC and looks forward to being a part of the community for years to come. Petrulis, according to the meeting’s agenda, will be given a two-year grace period at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year with a “preferred right of reappointment” to a different position if he receives the credentials.

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CLC tuition increases, students meet it halfway Features Editor The College of Lake County Board of Trustees approved an increase in student tuition rates, which will be effective at the start of the fall semester, at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Students from all campuses will be paying an extra $3 per credit hour starting next semester, bringing the grand total to $141 per credit hour. “The increase was needed because of continuing impacts from going two years without a state budget,” said Richard Anderson, Board of Trustees chairman, “as well as ongoing uncertainty with the state.” According to information given to the board, CLC will be projected to see a fall in enrollment rates of 1.8 percent over the coming year. “Even with the increase, the college’s tuition rates will remain in line with what other community colleges are charging,” said Rich Haney, interim college president. “The Board’s goal is to keep tuition and fees in the middle of the pack.” At that same meeting, the Board had also approved to restart the renovation and expansion on the Lakeshore

campus, which was originally approved in 2012, but stopped in 2015 due to the state’s financial crisis. “More than a third of CLC students live in the northeastern part of Lake County,” Anderson said. “We want a first-class facility with a full range of student services in Waukegan. The college is thrilled that Waukegan mayor Sam Cunningham supports our efforts.” more In order to help fund this expansion, the tuition needed to be increased for all students across all campuses. “It might be a disappointment for students to have to pay more,” said Vanesa Guerrera, student at Grayslake Campus. “But if it’s a way for the college to benefit more from the students, I don’t see how bad it could be.” less “I don’t think it’s too much 1967 2018 of a big deal,” said student Sergio Meza. “I think it won’t have as much of an impact as everyone thinks it will. “As long as the school is doing something for the good of the students, I don’t see the problem in it,” Meza Graphic by Hannah Strassburger said. “I can understand why the students wouldn’t like the tu“Their classes are already also have to pay for text- for food, and to maintain a ition increase so much,” said expensive,” she said. “On books. On top of that too, life.” student Vanessa Frescas. top of class expenses, they they have to pay for gas and

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Speech team update ‘Voiceless’ documentary shown Rachel Schultz News Editor

College of Lake County’s speech team continued its success at the state competition at Illinois Central College with a new member on board, Tomani Raimondi. Although it was only her first public competition, Raimondi won the novice competition in the oral interpretation event. Theresa Snarski also placed seventh in poetry and fourth in her oral interpretation event. Patrick Carberry, who has been preparing students for the competition throughout the semester in all speech categories, said that even though these achievements are exciting, it’s not the only thing about speech that matters to him as a coach.

“It’s about expanding student’s interest,” he said. “Competitive success is less important to me than the student’s individual success.” The team’s next competition, the regional, will be at Moraine Valley College March 23-24. With its strong team this year, CLC hopes to make a strong showing there, even though the competition is stiff, with many of the competitors being four-year colleges. If the CLC team does well at the regional, it will have a good chance in the final competition of this season: the Phi Rho Pi national forensics tournament, which will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida from April 10-15.

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The College of Lake County’s Women’s Center showed “The Voiceless,” a documentary about male survivors of sexual abuse on Thursday, March 8. The documentary profiled five men who had been sexually abused. Their stories were varied, from being molested by baby sitters, to friends who took advantage of them, or parents. The most tragic story of the film was told by Jassim, who grew up in Saudi Arabia. As a child, he was raped by an older boy. By the age of twelve, he was being kidnapped and gang raped by mobs of adults and teens. If that wasn’t horrible enough, he was bullied at school and verbally

abused by his parents. Rape victims in Saudi Arabia, he said, often face execution if they speak up, so are usually silent. Another survivor, Ivan, told a story about being molested by a series of women in his life, from babysitters to older aquaintances. He encouraged men not to think that it’s weak to speak up about being abused, even if the abuse was done by women. Will Keeps, a rapper and motivational speaker from the Chicago area, described the first time his father sexually abused him, as a seven-year-old. The abuse “messed him up,” he said. He dealt with his bottled-up anger by joining a gang, the Black Stones. One day, he was almost killed in a gang battle. As he lay in the street, some-

one helped him to a hospital. That started a turn of events that changed his life. “I want to say to to anyone who has ever been abused, ‘Please, don’t let the accuser win,’ ” Keeps said. “Even if your parents don’t believe you, there are others who will.” At the end of the movie, there was a discussion for the audience. The movie clearly struck a chord, with several audience members sharing similar experiences of sexual abuse. Tammy Burns, a Women’s Center specialist, discussed the numbers of abuse cases that are never reported. “Of these five stories, how many more are out there?” she said.“The numbers that we have are not accurate.”

CLC remodels, strips nameplates and bulletin boards Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief

To match the aesthetic of the College of Lake County’s rebranding, the Grayslake campus has remodeled its nameplates and removed bulletin boards from some of its wings. The nameplates, which are posted outside of each office, only have space for the name of the office or the professor’s name, whereas previous nameplates had a slot for professors to post their office hours. Now, professors are posting their office hours on their doors, or underneath their name plates. Donna Carlson, math instructor, said that she believes having office hours posted enhances studentteacher communication. “Students are not always going to have their syllabus with them or necessarily think to look on Blackboard for their teachers’ offices,” she said. Michael Latza, English instructor, said that he doesn’t have a problem with design, style, and rebranding the college-- only that instructors weren’t no-

tified before the change was made. “You can tell that the instructors weren’t in on the decision,” he said. Nicholas Schevera, English instructor, said that he didn’t like having to slip his office hours in the slots provided under the old nameplates. He said that it became “cumbersome” and prefers posting his office hours on his door instead. “You were limited to that space,” Schevera said of the old slot. “This way, you can make it as large or as creative as you want.” “As part of the faculty contract, faculty are required to post their office hours and they can do so in a variety of ways such as through their Blackboard course, on their syllabus, or on a piece of paper outside their office door,” said Jessica Berek, assistant director of Educational Affairs, in a March 7 email. She said that holders for paper office hour signs were ordered as part of the remodeling. “These holders arrived last week,” she said, “and

facilities will be installing them throughout campus in the next week. With those new sign holders, faculty will be posting hours consistently outside their office doors moving forward.” As a part of CLC’s re-

“They’re an extension of our academic freedom and our teaching ability,” Latza said. “They’re a place for us to showcase special programs within our departments, a chance to showcase the interesting elements of our craft, whether it’s English, Dr. Joe Sm psychology, sociology, ith Office H ours or architecture.” Tues 1pm Carlson said that the -3pm Wed 2p m-4pm math department posted information about 1(847)55 5-0125 classes and advising on s e Evan their bulletin boards. Dr. Jan ours H Office “We are very proud m Dr. Lily Anderson pm-3p of our subject and we Thurs 1 -4pm Office Hours Fri 2pm like to put things out 6 Mon 1pm-3pm 55-012 there that we think stu1(847)5 Fri 2pm-4pm dents may find inter1(847)555-0127 esting, or information Graphic by Hannah Strassburger about advising that students might not know,” modeling, bulletin boards she said. have also been slowly taken Schevera mentioned that down from their respective they believe CLC’s plan wings. is to replace these bulletin According to Latza, a boards with monitors. hallway-long bulletin board “The monitors look in the English department cleaner,” Schevera said. that once showcased many But Latza foresees a time posters for students had constraint monitors will imbeen taken down. pose on students. He said that bulletin “No one’s going to stand boards are important to in front of a monitor to wait have on campus because for the one thing they’re they are not just there for interested in to come up, or “entertainment.” if it does in the first place,”

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Latza said. “It’ll come on for ten seconds then it’s gone.” Another issue Latza had with replacing bulletin boards with monitors is that every poster broadcasted must be approved by the administration. “The bulletin boards are a chance for our freedom of speech,” he said. “It’s a public space, and they took that public space away from us, which is a violation of our first amendment rights.” “One of the goals of this organization is to have successful students,” Latza said. “If you only define a successful student narrowly by one who graduates in two years or one who transfers in two years, that’s not a successful student.” He said that a successful student is presented with many options and they are able to filter through them over time, to pick and choose their interests. “Some students are lost, and you do have some that are focused, but the problem is the ones that aren’t quite sure what they want to do,” Latza said, “and who is? But a bulletin board gives them an option to look at things that are out there.”


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Students share opinions on tip-sharing proposal Fernando Taboanda Staff Reporter

Students at the College of Lake County have responded to the Department of Justice retracting a tipsharing ban enacted by the Obama administration in 2011. Retracting the tip-sharing ban would mean that wait staff at a restaurant would be required to share their tips with other workers, including buspeople, dishwashers, chefs, and etc. “It’s kind of silly,” said student and waitress Andrea Hesse. “There are servers out there who don’t necessarily care about their customers, and I’ve seen that firsthand by some of my coworkers. So if you’re not going to be a good server and you don’t get good tips because of it, that’s on you.” The new regulations would allow employers to split tips equally amongst all restaurant employees, as long as those employees are paid at least $7.25 an hour, or the federal minimum wage. The average wage for wait staff in Illinois who are tipped is $4.95 an hour. Staff at College of Lake County’s Cafe Willow mostly disagreed with the proposed tip-sharing, stating that this new rule would allow their low performing counterparts to thrive without putting in as much ef-

fort as the high performers do. “I work hard to make sure my tables are well managed and satisfied, and because of that I get tipped well,” she said. “I shouldn’t have to work twice as hard because somebody else isn’t going to. I don’t think my tips should be deduced and be shared with someone who didn’t make as much.” “There’s some people in the restaurant business that work harder than others, or are simply better at their job,” said student Connor Sinclair. “Those people tend to make more money in tips, and I think they deserve to,” Sinclair said. “If everyone was making the same tip money, regardless of their performance, I don’t think people would work as hard.” The public originally had until early this January to comment on the proposed rollback, but it was extended until early February. After this, the government has at least two months to address the complaints and issues raised in the comment period. The U.S. Supreme Court is also considering whether to review the rollback. Lawmakers should worry about this, especially because some employees depend on tips. Over 70 percent of workers depend on their tip income. If this rule is established, the Labor Department esti-

mates that it will affect over a million waiters and waitresses, as well as 200,000 bartenders. On the other hand, some people think the idea of equality within tips is essential. For example, let’s say that there are two waitresses, one who is the best in customer satisfaction and one who likes to spend her time on her phone while on the clock, and two guests, one who is a good tipper and one who doesn’t like

tipping. The good waitress gets the non-tipping guest and the waitress who had no time for quality service ends up with the big catch. This is an example of why tip-pooling should be implemented because it’s a step closer to having fair wages for all employees under the same roof. In fact, “Eater,” a popular internet food blog, claims out of 290,000 comments on tip-pool legalization, over 228,000 are respond-

ing negatively, so to say that the public is divided would be an understatement. Could the administration be on the right track with this tip-pool regulation? Or will it be detrimental to workers? Those questions have been debated for the past several months and will continue to be considered, with a final decision possibly coming from the Supreme Court.

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Students For Life raise awareness of sexual assault Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief

The College of Lake County’s Students For Life hosted a Sexual Assault Awareness event on Wednesday, Feb. 28. “We want to provide resources and educate students,” said club president Rachel Schultz, “that all rape is legit, and that it’s not the victim’s fault when it occurs.” The club handed out two information cards to students and faculty that passed by their table. One card was from, defining

consent as “an agreement between people BEFORE they engage in any kind of sexual activity.” Another card provided information for cases of sexual assault and what the victim can do if life is conceived. “These cards help keep people safe and informed,” said club member and first year student, Kaitlyn Chapley. Chapley joined Students For Life at the beginning of the spring semester. “I have had friends who went through different situations of sexual assault,” she said. “Our club wants to try and prevent that as

much as possible.” “It’s important to listen and be supportive if you have people in your life who have been sexually assaulted or considering abortion,” said David Cordaro, upper midwest coordinator of Students For Life of America. “As students, if you’re close with a peer going through this, you need to be an aid,” Cordaro said. “You need to tell them that their situation doesn’t equal what they’re worth. That they can be strong and that you can work through things together.” Schultz said that she knew that being a pro-life

club would be a different point of view for students at CLC, but she encourages them to be open-minded when it comes to aborting life conceived from assault. “Rape is a horrible crime, but we don’t kill rapists,” Schultz said. “The baby shouldn’t suffer. They should be given a chance.” The club was criticized during their event for posting a sign that said “Defund Planned Parenthood” behind their table. “Many people were saying it was too political,” Schultz said. “But we kept it up because we know we’re conservative students at a liberal school. Our voices

need to be heard, too.” “Overall, we just want to encourage students who have different opinions to speak up about them,” she said. “There are so many different ideologies at school. Each deserves to be represented.” Students For Life will be showing the film, “I Lived On Parker Avenue,” on Friday, Mar. 16 from 1:303:00 p.m. in room C106. “I Lived On Parker Avenue” is a documentary about a young man and the story of his adoption, following him as he travels to Indiana to meet his birth parents for the first time and uncover his origins.


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Horticulture student wins first-place at convention Kevin Tellez

Features Editor A College of Lake County horticulture student won first place in the Annual Student Landscape Design Competition last month in Schaumburg. Jean Foley was one of the many participants who designed a 3000 square-foot home fit for residents of suburban Chicago. Foley’s design took first place based on its ability to suit all of the homeowner’s needs. “I’ve had an interest in horticulture my entire life,” she said. “I began taking classes at CLC as an adult to finally realize my dream of completing a horticulture degree and a landscape design certificate. I’m looking forward to the future and I’m excited to continue learning.” “My landscape design instructor, Paul Laiblin, was an important mentor for me as I worked on the competition entry,” Foley said. Foley said that classes she had taken with him include Landscape Graphics, Landscape Design, and Landscape Construction. “Many of the horticulture courses at CLC also prepared me for the competition,” she said. “Classes like Tree and Shrub ID, Herbaceous ID, and Local Flora focused on plants that are native to our northern Illinois region, and helped me choose plant materials in the design that would survive well and serve the function for which they were intended.” While Foley had support from her instructor, she said that her entry into the competition was a challenging effort that required time

management, prioritizing, and focus. “I spent approximately 100 hours on the design that was completely hand drawn on 24’ x 36’ paper and included the building footprint, plant materials, and hardscapes,” Foley said. “I began by considering the design that client wanted,” she said, “and then sketched out many possible designs with conceptual diagrams before I determined the final

product.” Foley said that the entries were judged on the functionality of the design, quality of the graphics, creativity, and even plant choices. “I work full time at the College and have been a member of the Sustainability Council for the past two years,” she said. “I’m also an advocate for using native plants in the landscape and choosing plant materials that attract native pollinators.”

Foley has also been involved with CLC’s efforts to become a Bee Campus USA site, including “giving presentations on the importance of native bees in the environment.” “Students who are thinking of competing should stay focused on the final product,” Foley advised. “Get support from family and friends, and have some fun while they are working.” “I encourage CLC horti-

culture and landscape design students to enter this competition even though it may seem a bit overwhelming,” Foley said. “The knowledge gained from the experience is invaluable and it might even open some doors to a future career.” The competition was sponsored by the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association.

Jean Foley at the ILCA Conference. Photo courtesy of Jean Foley

Social Action Club protests against school violence

The College of Lake County’s Social Action Club is holding the #ENOUGH National Walk Out In Protest Against School Violence to remember the victims of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m. outside of the A-Wing and T-Wing entrance, or near orange balloons.

The shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, which left 14 students and three staff members killed and many others wounded or injured. This memorial project is to show our support for the need to raise awareness and promote solutions to eliminate school violence. CLC will respect and

support student desire to actively engage in free speech as an important form of civic participation, regardless of their individual viewpoints on school safety, violence, and related issues. Students will not be encouraged or be discouraged from participating in the walkout. Students will not be

disciplined for participating in or choosing not to participate in the walkout. Look for the SAC’s roller board on Student Street for additional information. They will also set up at a table on Tuesday, March 13 on Student Street. SAC is a student-led club with a mission to advocate for people, organizations, and worth-

while causes within our community through social action initiatives, community service, spreading awareness, and allocating resources. SAC meets on Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in C106, for those interested in joining or attending meetings.


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Katyrose Mallo

With the first day of spring just around the corner, students at the College of Lake County are scrambling to study for midterms, sign up for fall classes, and finalize their plans for spring break, but some have decided to look back at their New Year’s resolutions.

Student Katyrose Mallo’s resolution was to lose weight. “I wanted to knock out soda and junk food,” she said. “But it’s hard to when it’s all you have around your house.”

“My resolution was to get better at schoolwork,” said business major Frank Dabdoub. “I haven’t been working on it so much, but I’m getting into it, slowly and surely.” He said that a big distraction for him was studying and investing in the stock market. “I love trading stocks,” he said. “It’s what I love to do the most.” Student Edgar Romero had a similar goal in mind. “I didn’t have a clear resolution, but if I did, I would want to be more organized in my life and at school,” Romero said. “I’m horrible at keeping my stuff together.” He said that being a student with two full-time jobs has made it difficult for him to stay organized. “Each person is different,” he said. “It can be hard for someone to keep up a resolution if they have a lot of other commitments.”

Student Government Association President Corryn Smith said that while she did not have a specific resolution at the beginning of the year, she is focusing on many things as the weeks go by. “I have a lot of resolutions in my head,” she said. “It’s mostly been about growing for me. I want to focus on not being so hard on myself, keeping my opportunities open, allowing myself to not be so busy.” As a CLC Honors Scholar and SGA President, Smith has a lot on her plate, which was one reason why she didn’t set up a specific resolution. “I think that resolutions have been stigmatized,” she said. “People have been making fun of this idea that resolutions are short-term. Like you wake up and say you want to work out, but then you stop in a week. “But I think resolutions are a great way to improve yourself. It doesn’t have to be in a set time frame, because that can be limiting.”

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On March 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the University of Illinois in Chicago will be hosting its 14th annual Good Food Expo. Celebrate local sustainable, humane and fair food produced by top chefs and food experts, as well as participating in multiple workshops and fun activities for kids. Entry is free with registration. Performing unique shows since 2005, the Improvised Shakespeare Company will be hosting a show at iO Improv Theatre in Chicago on March 16 at 8 p.m. Witness fully improvised plays using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Tickets are $18.

Spring break is around the corner, and although it hasn’t officially sprung until March 20, this shouldn’t restrict students from enjoying their week off. If you don’t already have a vacation planned, here are a few affordable, local events and activities students can attend to relieve some stress before the tidal wave known as finals occupies our priorities.

Starting off with the most expensive event on this list, the Emmy-Award-winning writer and Chicago native John Mulaney will be performing at Waukegan’s Genesee Theatre on March 15. Known for his quick-wit and Netflix specials, Mulaney will surely bring shrewd observations and hilarious storytelling to the stage. Tickets range from $35-45.

On March 17, Waukegan will host its monthly Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Downtown Waukegan. Free to all those who attend, celebrate all unique exhibits, music, and eat dinner with friends. • • • •

Genesee Theatre: 203 N Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085 UIC Forum: 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608 iO Theatre: 1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642 Waukegan Main Street: 214 Washington St, Waukegan, IL 60085


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Gender neutral haircuts style CLC students Nick Sinclair

Layout Editor The College of Lake County’s LGBTQ+ Resource Center teamed up with Lake County Tech Campus’ Haircut Studio for their first Gender Neutral Haircut event on Thursday, March 1. The event was coordinated by LGBTQ+ Resource Center Director Shanti Chu, philosophy professor, and Sydney Mudd, student worker. “Not only did we have a fair number of people sign up, around 25 people, but a lot of them participated,” Mudd said. “The attendance was diverse in regards to gender, and especially gender expression.” The LGBTQ+ Resource Center felt that this event was necessary to call attention to the critically gendered structure of hair salons and barber shops. “This gendered pricing structure and the judgment that the LGBTQ+ community can experience when getting a haircut is just an example of daily macroaggressions that are extremely harmful,” Chu said. “By promoting the event as gender neutral, it calls attention to the fact that so much of what we do in our daily lives is unnecessarily gendered,” Mudd said. “Also, by marketing the

event as gender neutral, it lets community members know that they won’t be judged for the haircut they get.” Getting one’s hair cut can be anxiety-inducing for someone who does not fit the binary of boy or girl. The cosmetology students were taught in advance how to cut and style hair to be androgynous, and they were also accommodating of individuals’ identities and pronouns. However, mistakes sometimes happen. “We all make assumptions about other people’s gender based on our individual understanding of gender,” Mudd said. “Therefore, it is easy to make false assumptions. If I were to change something about the event, it would be having the participants wear name tags with personal pronouns on them. That way, no one would be misgendered and feel uncomfortable.” The LGBTQ+ Resource Center also organizes many other events that foster inclusivity throughout the year. “We organize and facilitate a mixture of educational, social, and social justice events,” Chu said. “We bring in speakers and activists to discuss issues pertaining to gender and sexuality such as Sampson McCormick, Aydian Dowling, and Pidgeon Pagonis to foster dialogue

and awareness of various facets of LGBTQ+ identity.” “We also have free film nights,” Mudd said. “All of the films we show are LGBTQ+ films that showcase the intersectionality of identities with the LGBTQ+ community. It fosters a sense of inclusivity on campus because the diversity in our films mirrors the diversity of the CLC community.” Those are just a few examples of the many events held to promote inclusivity. Not all of the event the LGBTQ+ Resource Center hosts are large scale. The center operates daily to ensure there is always a safe space on campus. “We also are just an open space for CLC community members to come in if they have any questions or concerns,” Chu said, “or just want to hang out, do homework, and chat after a busy day.” “The simple fact that the campus has an LGBTQ+ Resource Center and that we host community-wide events,” Mudd said, “shows the general campus population that LGBTQ+ people exist on campus; we are here and we are not going anywhere.” The mission of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole is more than just inclusion. It is about enabling each individual to celebrate

Shealynn Hall gets a haircut during the Gender Neutral Haircut event. Photo courtesy of Sydney Mudd

who they are. “To identify in and be an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community means so much to me,” Mudd said. “I identify as a queer transgender man and being a part of the

LGBTQ+ community constitutes a large part of my identity. Inclusion gives me strength to openly identify within, and advocate for my community.”

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‘Animaniacs’ causes mania at James Lumber Center Rebecca Martinez

Staff Reporter The College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center hosted “Animaniacs In Concert” on Sunday, March 4, much to the delight of long-time fans of the 90s animated series. The show involved two main contributors Randy Rogel, a song and scriptwriter, and Rob Paulsen, a prominent voice actor. Rogel played the piano and frequently sang along with Paulsen as they performed 20 songs from the hit T.V. show, pausing every so often to divulge how these popular songs came to be.

The two even shared Hollywood secrets, like how Rogel drew inspiration from raising his own kids to write “I’m Mad,” or insider knowledge of what it’s like to pitch ideas to Steven Spielberg. While Paulsen mostly sang along to Rogel’s piano, the cartoon would sometimes be shown through a projector for songs, emphasizing the creation of the storylines and ideas in their journey to the final end result. One of the songs that left the audience reminiscing in their childhood nostalgia was Paulsen’s performance of “Yakko’s World,” in which he recited all the countries in the world with-

in two minutes, a song that countless students study for their history classes. After the concert concluded, Rogel and Paulsen stayed for an extra forty-five minutes to answer questions from the audience. During this Q&A, the duo hinted at the revival of “Animaniacs” in the near future, and while they would still be involved in new episodes, the show might incorporate more mature comedy like the polarizing cartoon “Family Guy.” As a result, they were asked about the degree of political correctness that is now focused on in the media, when it wasn’t as discussed in the 90s. Rogel and Paulsen ac-

knowledged this change in society and made a point to state that while they never want to offend people, they still hope the audience will understand to not take jokes too seriously. Throughout the concert, Rogel repeated how much he loved to interact with the audience in more personal settings, since he spends so much time in his office, crafting song and script ideas. Similarly, Paulsen referred to the “Animaniacs In Concert” tour as a “labor of love,” and that he was humbled to find out how he affected people’s childhoods so positively. “My favorite part of the show was the interaction

between between them,” said audience member Sarah Pfister. “There was a lot of audience interaction, learning more about the show and the work they did was great. Hearing more about the industry and their opinions on it, was so informative since I want to pursue something in that field.” “It was unbelievable, and it was just very inspiring to see someone talk about a career out of a show,” said audience member Georgia Anderson. “It was so interactive,” she said. “The Q&A at the end was really a surprise.”

Lancer Radio encourages CLC students to tune in Arturo Ramirez

Staff Reporter Lancer Radio is the College of Lake County’s own broadcasting network where student DJs run shows every week from Monday through Friday. “Lancer Radio has been around since at least the 1980s,” said Lancer Radio adviser Mick Cullen, “but it was somewhat forgotten and run by only a handful

of students and advisor Dan Prowse for several years before I took over in 2013.” “Lancer Radio’s format is talk,” Cullen continued. “Students can host talk shows if they so choose, but I do not currently have any on-air hosts using a talk show format.” “There has been difficulty with the program as far as I can remember,” he said. “When I took over Lancer Radio, the station was physically a mess.”

Cullen described how there was obsolete equipment, sketchy wiring, and a disorganized music library. “Most of the student population didn’t know the station even existed,” Cullen said. “It took six months for us simply to get the station organized, cleaned up, and prepared to be on the air in a cleaner, more professional studio environment,” he said. “Most of the difficulty

comes from making sure all of the controls are in order,” said student DJ Fernando Taboada. “Not to mention the fact that it takes a lot of guts to broadcast yourself on the air for so many people,” Taboada said. “My usual routine is to lay down tracks and talk about shows that are happening nearby,” Taboada said. Cullen said Lancer Radio doesn’t run in episodes, but instead broadcasts 24

hours a day, seven days a week. Students host their shows 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. “We train everyone, and no experience is necessary,” Cullen said. Students can get involved with Lancer Radio by contacting Cullen at mcullen@ or by calling (847) 543-2573. Lancer Radio is available on TuneIn. com.

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Art festival showcases CLC’s unstoppable veterans Ryanne Olson

Staff Reporter The Veterans Art Festival, hosted by the College of Lake County’s Veterans Club, took place at the Grayslake campus on Thursday, March 1. The goal of the event was to have veterans come together to celebrate art and help service members recover and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. The formal talent show

was led by Captain Walt Dalitsch. Coming all the way out from Colorado, his wit was sharp and he handled any technical difficulties or pauses in momentum excellently. There were many great performances, most notably being Babette Peyton, a disabled, yet unstoppable, veteran in a wheelchair. She holds a gold medal in archery. Peyton is able to shoot the arrow by pulling the bow string with her mouth.

Her act was a performative dance that showed all of us that a wheelchair doesn’t stop anyone from dancing. The routine got the crowd involved and brought smiles to the whole room. “Life is too short to not tell the people you love that you love them,” Peyton said. There was a duet performance of “Old Devil Moon” by former service members John Pearce and Kathy Serbin. The vocals were sung by the low rum-

ble of Pearce’s voice and was accompanied by the lively pipes of Serbin. Among other acts were tributes to fallen friends and family members. One of these acts came from Jacob Davidson, who performed a vocal solo of “Say Something” by A Great Big World as a tribute to his father who passed away a month earlier. Davidson said it was a song they always used to sing together. The event concluded with all the performers join-

ing each other on stage to perform “Sweet Home Chicago.” Besides the live event, there were many other forms of art on display for all to see. There was photography, poetry, and paintings with a variety of style. Some highlights being “Nature” by Joe Gordon and “What? You want me to be a service dog?” by Angela Walker.

Montreal artist shares talent in web performance

Fernando Toboada Staff Reporter

Montreal-based solo musician, HOMESHAKE, or Peter Sigar, played live on Pitchfork’s Juan’s Basement, a web-based performance featuring an involved interview after a set. Sigar played a good bunch of tracks from his albums “Fresh Air” from 2017 and “Midnight Snack” from 2015. The 36-minute performance was coated smoothly with lo-fi guitars and alternative R&B vocals.

After his 10 song set, Pitchfork followed up with an interview, the questions being generated by fan submissions. The questions all brushed the topics of Prince, R&B, Sade, synths, and favorite anime series. HOMESHAKE first started his band in 2012, briefly before his departure from Mac DeMarco’s live band. Since then Sigar has not wasted time and has released 3 albums and 2 EPs on his record label, Sinderlyn Records. When asked about what drew him to synthesizers,

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‘Annihilation’ revitalizes sci-fi genre with impressive release Peter Anders

Staff Reporter “Annihilation,” a science fiction horror movie directed by Alex Garland based on a novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, was released Friday, Feb. 23. “Annihilation” is what you get when you mix “Ar-

rival,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “Interstellar” in a blender, with a tad bit of John Carpenter’s “The Thing” thrown in for good measure. The end result is one of the best science fiction movies to grace the big screen in some time. “Annihilation” stars Natalie Portman as Lena, a former army soldier

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turned biologist, whose husband, played by Oscar Isaac, comes home from a top secret mission and is infected with a deadly biological contamination. Lena learns he is one member of a team of soldiers sent into a dimensional tear that seems to kill anyone who heads inside. With seemingly no way to cure him, Lena and a team of scientific experts head into this tear in space/ time known as the “Shear.” “Annihilation” succeeds on every front it can hope for, and yet it is a movie many people may not enjoy. Even though it has great acting, writing, character building, and great atmosphere, it is extremely slow paced. It requires one to pay heavy attention to what is happening on screen; it leaves much for the audience to interpret and con-

template. Normally a movie like this would come off as pretentious, but the movie manages to keep you engaged and wondering what is going on so much that you, as an invested audience member, can stay on board for the whole ride. “Annihilation” is also visually stunning. It has some of the most unique creature and world designs in film recently, with the appearance of the monsters being truly special. The world of the “Shear” is also beautifully distinct and horrific, and the way Garland contrasts it visually with the gray color palette of the normal world, gives the viewer a sense of an unnatural world. The third act is the part of the film that makes or breaks it for the viewer, where the true nature of the “Shear” is revealed. Some are going to love how ambiguous the reveal

is, and how it plays with the expectations of the audience, while others will undoubtedly feel cheated that it did not give them a climatic visual spectacle they are hoping for. Many will just be confused. Movies like “Annihilation” are unfortunately few and far between. Most science fiction movies now rely on grandiose special effect, explosions, and loud noise to keep the attention of audiences. It still remains a highly recommended film, despite knowing that some viewers may not enjoy it, because it is something that deserves to be seen for its ambition alone. While this film may not be a financial success, “Annihilation” has the makings of a cult classic much like the original “Blade Runner,” back in its day.

‘Red Sparrow’ looks into the dark side of espionage Jacky Toledo

Staff Reporter Thriller film “Red Sparrow,” directed by Francis Lawrence, from a book of the same name by Jason Matthews, a former CIA agent, was released Friday, Mar. 2. The film follows Dominika Egorova, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who is a successful dancer that suffers an accident that ends her ballet career. Soon she finds herself as a spy for her country. She becomes a Red Sparrow, a group of agents who are trained to extract information with intense psychological manipulation and seduction. Egorova starts as a determined and ambitious dancer but she soon evolves into a strong, independent woman who is willing to do anything to survive. The movie’s complex characters keep you guessing until the end. CIA agent Nate Nash, portrayed by Joel Edgerton, plays Egorova’s love interest. He is someone who is

not patriotic but is an agent due to the lifestyle it brings. His ambiguous backstory unfortunately leaves you wishing it was explored more thoroughly. The uncle, Vanya Egorov, who is played by Matthias Schoenaerts, is enjoyable to watch. He plays a disturbed, patriotic uncle. “Red Sparrow” gives a different perspective of the spy world. Unlike the “James Bond” franchise, which leans more towards adventure spy movies, it gives the audience an understanding of the dark espionage lifestyle and ideology. It doesn’t glamorize being a spy by showing a lavish lifestyle. Instead, it shows how deadly it is. Audience members see first-hand the intense training and emotional maturity it takes to be a spy through Egorova’s character. The stress of having a double life and not knowing who to trust is especially emphasized. The film starts at quite a slow pace in comparison to other spy and thriller movies, but this change of atmosphere allows for it to

shine as a darker, raw perspective. It is disappointing that certain characters like Nash and Egorov were not explored more. Overall, the movie is somewhat light on action, but it overcomes that with strong characters and a gripping plot, and is therefore recommended for viewers who want to see a different kind of espionage story.

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Board dismisses tenured instructor, forgets its mission Diana Panuncial


The Board of Trustees voted 7-0 unanimously to give an architectural technology teacher an “honorable dismissal” when it eliminated that entire program at its Feb. 27 meeting. David Petrulis is a tenured, full-time instructor who taught 14 years in the eliminated career program. The administration’s justification for terminating Petrulis was its terminating the architectural technology program. The architectural technology program, along with construction management, civil technology, emergency disaster management, and education paraprofessional were eliminated through a process that assesses which career programs are successful or need more investment at the College of Lake County. While it may be justifiable-- though still ruthless-to terminate professors who were attached to these programs as adjunct or part time faculty or because they could only teach in their respective programs, Petrulis is a different case. Not only has Petrulis dedicated 14 years of his life to CLC and worked on several committees to help enrich the architecture program, but he is also qualified to teach computer-aided design. Why would the Board vote to give Petrulis an “honorable dismissal” when he is able to teach in another existing program? What is the motive to get rid of him

and whose motive is it? The Board’s agenda stated that Petrulis would be given a 24-month grace period at the beginning of the 201819 year to be reappointed to another position, given that he had the credentials. But doesn’t he have these credentials already if his job description clearly states he is an instructor in both the architectural technology program and the computeraided design program? This action would make no sense to anyone who heard Petrulis and the president of his union address the board before it did what it did on Feb. 27. If the Board has a clear, direct justification for terminating Petrulis in the matter it did, then Petrulis, his students, his colleagues, and the entire CLC community should be told that reason. Craig Rich, president of CLC’s Federation of Teachers, the faculty union, spoke during the Receipt of Notices at the meeting. He said CLC’s interim president, Richard Haney, had initially sent a memo announcing Petrulis’ dismissal allowing the union to bargain the decision as long as it responded in 10 days. The union responded in eight, and Rich said he heard nothing from Haney for 19 days, just a few days before the meeting, when Haney sent another memo. That memo said the Board would follow through with Petrulis’ dismissal. I’ll ask the same question Rich asked Feb. 27. Why was the union not allowed to bargain on behalf of Petrulis?

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According to Rich, Haney’s final memo said an Illinois labor law would allow the union to bargain Petrulis’ position, but only after his dismissal. Why would Haney send a memo to say the union could bargain and then 19 days later, send a second memo to say it could not bargain until after a 14-year tenured teacher was discarded like an old shoe? If it is a labor law, why wasn’t it addressed in the first memo? Rich went on to ask how Petrulis’ dismissal would impact the CLC community. In Petrulis’ case, the community is losing a phenomenal instructor who has been an advocate for students with high ambitions but low incomes. The community is losing an ally for students who would have otherwise never pursued architecture, which is a demanding field. It takes a brave student to pursue something as challenging as architecture. I have never met Petrulis or taken his class, but I know what it is like to have a professor invest in your education and foster your passion even if it’s not the most popular or practical. Going beyond Petrulis’ case and scaling down the situation of CLC disinvesting in its students, I’m reminded of how CLC spikes under-enrolled singlesection classes. That habit relates to how it is getting rid of these five programs. If you have five students enrolled in Newswriting, there are still five students who want to pay to take that class. If you have 20 stu-

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dents-- or 10-- enrolled in the architectural program, then there are still 20-- or 10-- students. From a business perspective, I can see, for example, how a restaurant might want to take an item off the menu if it is not being sold often. A restaurant might want to focus on its most popular items that are the most profitable. But a restaurant is a business. A school should not be a business. Students aren’t customers ordering a sandwich, they are taking classes and seeking a future. There was talk of making the architectural technology program a transferable degree instead of just a career program. I was told that Petrulis found a half dozen transfer universities that the credits of his classes could transfer to. But that was apparently not enough. CLC’s mission is to “deliver high quality, accessible learning opportunities to advance student success and strengthen the diverse communities we serve.” Its architectural program was the only opportunity in Lake County for lowincome students to pursue that field. It was “accessible” for students. After spring semester, we will have to say goodbye to it, and the other four programs that are being eliminated. Students in the architectural program, according to Petrulis’ statement at the meeting, were able to get internships, job shadow, and even receive job offers as soon as they graduated. The “unpopular” program allowed students to reach their greatest potential by

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being recognized in a small pool. They wouldn’t be able to reach that success if they were to go away to a larger university with more students to compete against. The reason why they chose to go to CLC to pursue architecture is because they couldn’t pursue it anywhere else mainly because they don’t have the money. Isn’t there value in that CLC is honoring its mission this way? At this point, the loss of the five programs and their respective faculty may be inevitable. When it acts like a restaurant and not like a college, I encourage the community to be observant of the direction CLC is taking when it comes to rebranding itself. CLC can have all the fancy nameplates and overexpensive salads that it wants, but soon enough-- if it isn’t already happening-the community will realize how much CLC has not only changed in looks, but fundamental educational values as well. As CLC moves forward, I hope that the administration and the incoming president, Lori Suddick, consider their mission and how they are dishonoring it by wrongfully terminating a dedicated professor and a program that prospective students can no longer pursue. I hope that the union will fight for Petrulis’ right to continue teaching at CLC. He is qualified to do so. His termination is unjust, and it conveys a terrible message about the direction of this college. The “honorable dismissal” dishonored CLC.

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Students can benefit from challenging other perspectives Rachel Schultz News Editor Last semester, I started a pro-life club on campus called CLC Students for Life to promote awareness about human rights on campus. Our club was doing a sexual assault awareness event called “We Care” to support victims of sexual assault at the Grayslake campus on Feb. 28. We had a club table set up on Student Street to pass out information about rape, sexual assault, help for victims, etc.

We also had several vertical banners set up, discussing the topic of rape, that all rape is legitimate, and that children who are a result of rape are equally valuable. A representative from Students for Life, a national organization that assists pro-life student groups at high schools and colleges, helped us set up for the event, along with several club members. The event was almost completely set up when I briefly left to print out flyers. There were two signs that we had put up behind our display, which were vis-

ible to students from one side as they approached the display. One read, “I am the prolife generation,” and the other one read, “Defund Planned Parenthood.” The latter sign was a reference to the fact that some Planned Parenthood clinics have been cited and under investigation for violations of federal and state law by not reporting suspected rape, incest, sex-trafficking, and other abuse cases, while being federally funded. In some instances, abusers have been able to repeatedly obtain abortions





for their victims while continuing the abuse. We didn’t intend the sign to be a focal point of the display, but that’s what it turned out to be. From the reactions we got, we might as well have had a sign that said “Eat puppies.” We were also repeatedly asked to remove the sign because it was “too political.” For all CLC’s talk about diversity, why aren’t diverse ideas welcomed? I don’t enjoy controversy. The whole reason I started the club is to engage fellow students on abortion, as well as other injustices (like sexual abuse), and I probably would have removed the sign if it hadn’t been blown out of proportion. But as a journalism student, how much of a future would I have if I caved on freedom of speech? One of the most important parts of America’s Constitution, the First Amendment, guarantees a list of vital freedoms, including the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press, which means ordinary citizens, not just media outlets, have the right to publish or make ideas generally available to others. As a publicly-funded community college, CLC has a duty to protect its students’ freedom of expression, including its student clubs. Teresa Aguinaldo confirmed that free speech, including political expression, is allowed on campus. She also said that political student clubs are also allowed on campus. There is a paragraph in the student club manual banning political speech, but this refers to faculty and staff, not students. A college education is supposed to challenge students and present them with new ideas, not protect them from troublesome ones. As adults, we should be able to tolerate opposing views. The campus shouldn’t become one big “safe space” to protect its students from political and other potentially divisive ideas.

In an article published by the Huffington Post, Van Jones, a political and civil rights activist and former Obama adviser, said there was a good and bad idea behind safe spaces. The good idea, he said, is “being physically safe on campus, not being subjected to sexual harassment and physical abuse. But there is another view that is now ascendant. It’s a horrible view, which is that ‘I need to be safe ideologically, I need to be safe emotionally, I just need to feel good all the time. And if someone else says something that I don’t like, that is a problem for everyone else, including the administration.” “I think that’s a terrible idea for the following reason: I don’t want you to be safe ideologically,” Jones said. “You are creating a kind if liberalism that, the minute it crosses the street into the real world, is not just useless but obnoxious and dangerous. I want you to be offended every single day on this campus. I want you to be deeply aggrieved and offended and upset and then to learn how to speak back.” Barack Obama made a similar statement about ideological diversity: “The purpose of college is not just to transmit skills. It’s also to widen your horizons; to make you a better citizen; to help you to evaluate information; to help you make your way through the world; to help you be more creative.” He said that the way to do this is to create a space where ideas are presented and allowed to collide. This way, students are learning from each other and broadening their point of view. Fear of talking about controversial issues creates a culture of apathy at CLC. It’s not healthy for anyone, and it doesn’t prepare students for the real world. Being deliberately offensive is one thing, but offending someone isn’t the end of the world. Speak up, but also listen. You might learn something.


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CLC tuition increase disregards low-income students Juan Toledo

Opinion Editor

The Board of Trustees approved a $3 tuition increase for the upcoming fall semester during their Feb. 27 meeting, marking it the fourth increase since 2015. CLC projects a 1.8 percent decrease in enrollment as a result. However, a trend of declining enrollment may skew the college’s projection. In 2016, The Chronicle’s Rachel Schultz reported that CLC’s enrollment had declined by 13 to 14 percent within two years. Former CLC President Dr. Jerry Weber said that when the general economy is poor or in a recession, you typically see a large spike in enrollment growth in community colleges. Enrollment increases when employment rates do because adult students are going back to school to learn skills that will help them find jobs. If CLC aims to increase tuition without witnessing a gradual decrease in enrollment, then they have to realize they are the ones plotting their own demise. In the 21st century, college is as essential as high school was in the 20th cen-

tury, and so public college today should be as free as public high school was then. This argument makes a lot of sense, but its proponents generally don’t explain where they will find the money to make it happen. Colleges have always viewed their mission statement as promoting social mobility, and community colleges are the perfect stations for students to earn that opportunity because of their low-cost, and affordability. In fall 2014, the Integrated Postsecondary Education System– the national system for collecting college data– reported that 72 percent of students enrolled at CLC were enrolled part-time and only 28 percent full-time. While I don’t have demographics of these statistics, it’s fair to say that most community college students must build an economic foundation from the ground up. If tuition continues to increase at the rate it has been, then those part time students are going to have to inevitably work more hours to meet the required cost, which also means spending more time away from the classroom in order to save up.

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As a student that hails from a low-income household, where neither parents have earned a formal high school education or degree, the discussion of attending a four-year university immediately after graduation was practically non-existent because of the overwhelming cost. This prompted me to attend CLC because it was an affordable option that evoked an idea of Horatio Alger, otherwise known as the American Dream. In other words, obtain success through hard work, and dedication; but given the rise in income inequality and the skills needed to get high-paying jobs, the dream is steadily becoming an illusion. In an editorial published by the Washington Post, Fred Hiatt discusses the wealth disparity in the educational environment, and what colleges should be doing to tackle these issues. Hiatt cited a paper published by the Brookings Institution, whom took issue with his argument. “Low-income students account for 37.4 percent of students enrolled in public universities and receive 38.8 percent of all indirect subsidies,” the paper stated. “High-income students, who the conventional wis-

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dom says receive a larger share of the subsidies, actually receive a slightly smaller share (19.5 percent) that their enrollment (21.1 percent).” Yet, Hiatt contests these figures. “If their calculations are correct, more than threefifths of this substantial hidden subsidy is going to people who aren’t poor– and one-fifth is going to the rich,” Hiatt wrote in his editorial. “Where’s the sense in that?” Community colleges are inherently a bargain for those seeking to upward mobility, but if that bargain is broken, then you lose any sense of community buy-in. Wallace Loh, president of the University of Maryland, recognizes those values, and the opportunities they offer. “Maryland is one of the wealthiest states in the union with one of the lowest tuitions, it is a case of the state subsidizing the upper middle class,” Loh said. “We have to do a much better job of providing access to working-class folk.” One way, Loh suggests, to do that would be to raise the in-state tuition rate for those who could afford it, and use extra funds to help those who could not. “Four

thousand a year more would still be a bargain,” he said. Now, I’m not suggesting CLC increase its tuition cost two-fold, but there’s most certainly a more effective way for the college to level its expenses without risking another drop in enrollment, and turning away youths who could benefit most from higher education. At the surface, most students may not think a $3 tuition increase is significant, but at the core, if CLC has done this in the past, it will continue to do so. If CLC does continue to increase its tuition, it should consider lowincome students. It should offer students who come from impoverished households a flat rate to ensure that they’ll won’t have to worry about breaking the bank to reserve their seats in a classroom. With program eliminations, tenured instructors getting fired, and a steady tuition increase, the college has been making motions to demonstrate they’re treating education as a business rather than promoting upward mobility.

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Truth Conquers All Since 1969

CLC baseball pitcher warms up for final season Brandon Ferrara

Staff Reporter The College of Lake County’s baseball team is gearing up for another season, but not without the contributions of righthanded pitcher, sophomore Kurtis Sippy. “I’ve been playing baseball since I was five years old,” Sippy said. “I decided to keep up with it because it’s something I’ve always loved to do. It helps build many skills like leadership and teamwork.” “Growing up, my two main sports were baseball and football, but I soon realized baseball would yield a longer athletic career,” Sippy recalled. “I continued my baseball career at Oak Creek High School in Wisconsin. There, I was a starter on varsity for about three years.”

“When I met with Coach Cummings, I really liked what he was about,” Sippy said. “The vibe I got from him when being recruited was different than the other schools. He said he could tell right off the bat that Cummings “really cares about his players and wants the best for them.” “In high school, I knew I hadn’t developed a lot physically, or as baseball player,” Sippy said. “I knew that spending two years at the junior college level would be two additional years to help me develop as an athlete,” he said. “It gave me more opportunities to play at places I wouldn’t have had the chance to coming out of high school.” “My dad started coaching me when I was five,” Sippy said. “When I was younger, I didn’t really like a lot of the drills and work he made me do, but

now I’m able to understand how vital those were to me being the player I am.” “The chemistry we have with the team is amazing,” Sippy said. “I don’t think I’ve ever played on a team with better chemistry.” Sippy had approximately one strikeout per inning during his freshman year at CLC. Opponents averaged a .191 batting average against him as well. “I always look to further improve my baseball skills,” Sippy said. “In preparation for the season, I’ve been training three to four times a week for a few months.” This season will be his last as a Lancer, but Sippy will continue his baseball career at Trinity International University next season.

Kurtis Sippy during a 2018 team picture. Photo Courtesy of CLC Athletics

Students reflect on low turnout at sports games William Becker

Lead Layout Editor The College of Lake County offers 12 different sports for students. Over 130 students at the college will have participated in a sport as an extracurricular during the 2017-18 school year. At CLC, no tickets are sold, so attending sporting events is totally free. Since it’s free, that means nobody knows the exact number of people in attendance. There are only two schools in CLC’s sporting region that consistently track ticket sales: OliveHarvey College and Wilbur Wright College. At their men’s basketball games last season

Olive-Harvey averaged 110 people in attendance and Wilbur Wright averaged 82, according to the NJCAA. Ten students from the College of Lake County were asked if they have attended a sporting during their time at the school. Every student said they hadn’t. Many students said the reason why they don’t go is because they don’t have a lot of extra time to spare and go to a game. All 10 students said they have jobs on top of going to school. Despite that, every student also they would be more interested in at-

tending a sporting event student Joel Rangel. “If if there was more adver- they had more visibility tising about the events around the school, then I would see when they are and probably be more likely to go.” “The only time I knew there was a sporting event was when I went to the gym one day and I saw people there for the game,” said fellow student Michael Garcia. “Even then I Graphic by Hannah Strassburger had to ask because I wasn’t around the school. sure what was going on.” “I haven’t seen an ad“I would honestly be vertisement of when the more invested if the colgames are taking place lege had more sports I was and where they are,” said interest in,” said another

student, Ben Musich. He isn’t the only one. “I know a lot of guys here that have wrestled, including me, that are disappointed that there isn’t a wrestling team here,” said former wrestler, Ronnie Lester. “That would be a really big part of getting people to come out to sporting events.” “If CLC offered a cheerleading program, I, along with other ex-cheerleaders that I know, would have totally participated,” said ex-cheerleader Jazlyn Harden. “I also think the college should open up a football program and possibly a dance program as well to accompany cheerleading,” Harden said. “I think this would pull in a lot of revenue for the school.”

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