Monday, November 12 , 2018
VOL. 52, NO. 6
Truth Conquers All Since 1969
Midterm election brings new faces to office
The midterm election resulted in Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives, as of reporting, with a net gain of 30 seats and a small gain in the Republican leadership in the Senate by two seats As of reporting, the Georgia governor race is unannounced, as are the Florida and Arizona senate races because they are too close to call. Additionally, a net six governorships were taken by Democrats across the country, including the governor of Illinois going to J.B. Pritzker. There were no major upsets from any high profile races in Florida, Georgia, or Texas. As of reporting, Republicans are leading with likely victories in all these races while the Texas senate race has been officially called. It was a remarkably
close Senate race in Texas where the Democratic candidate received more votes than the Democratic presidential candidate ever received in 2016. Despite this Beto O’Rourke was still defeated by incumbent Ted Cruz with a three point gap. Never has Texas seen as high of voter turnout in a midterm election, with the results of voter turnout nearly doubling those of the 2014 midterms. As of reporting on Nov. 8, the Arizona senate race to replace Jeff Flake has taken a remarkable turn. While the Republican Martha McSally was leading in the vote count by a single percentage point, The Hill is now reporting that the Democratic candidate has gained the lead by around 2000 votes with a 0.1% lead; however, a sizeable portion of the remaining votes to be counted are coming from Phoenix. Sinema’s own congressional district.
In a series of firsts this election saw, the inauguration of the first openly gay governor in the U.S. history, Jared Polis. The significance of such can be felt even in Illinois When interviewing a small number of LGBTQ students the day before the election, there was a consistent sense that healthcare was a major issue for the community at large. “I believe that hormones and sex change surgeries should be covered by insurance,” student Heidi Jiminez said. The youngest women ever, both being 29, were elected to congress. In fact, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York, and Abby Finkenauer, Iowa, are both still paying off student loans. The first Muslim women were elected to Congress as well, Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota. The first two Native American women were
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also elected to congress, Sharice Davids in Kansas, and Deb Haaland in New Mexico. There was a strong showing of a Republican majority in Florida,
whereas the Democrats took a lead in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Iowa; all of states that Donald Trump previously won in 2016.
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Veterans Day success story
Kealoha brings inspiration
Women’s tennis wins regionals
News CLC urges students to avoid opioids
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Staff Reporter The CLC’s Grayslake campus hosted Nick Morgan to share his recovery story from an opiate and alcohol addiction on Oct. 2. Morgan is the founder of Crush the Epidemic, an addiction awareness and outreach group on Facebook. While giving a message of hope in recovery, Morgan also brought attention to the crippling epidemic of opioid misuse and overdoses currently gripping the country. “Opioid overdoses accounted for more than 42,000 deaths in 2016, more than any previous year on record” according to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. In 2016 and 2017, 11.4 million people misused prescription opioids,
2.1 million people had an opioid use disorder, and 886,000 people used heroin. Last year, the U.S.D.H.H.S. declared a public health emergency to acknowledge the opioid crisis. Currently, heroin and prescription pain medications are the primary drivers in this devastating crisis. While heroin has a much stronger effect than pain medications, both have shown similar statistics among overdoses and addiction. “It stratifies all socioeconomic lines,” said Chief of Police Tom Guenther. “I think that from the South and West sides of Chicago all the way up to Zion and along the North Shore, which is a very affluent area, heroin and opiate addiction can grab anybody at any socioeconomic situation.” “We’re all human beings
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and these are all physical things we can get trapped in due to the severe addictive properties of heroin and the prescribed drugs,” he said. Lake County is not
untouched by this adversity either, as it is estimated that over 120 Lake County residents will die from drug overdose this year according to Morgan. “Lake County is really
aggressively working to rein in this issue and is being very active in trying to get a handle on it,” Director of Health Services, Michelle Grace, said.
‘Prairie Voices’ allows students to express artistic talents Erin Neeson Staff Reporter
The Community College Humanities Association holds an annual literary magazine competition, and this year CLC’s “Prairie Voices” won Best Overall Magazine in the Central Division. This is not the first time CLC has received recognition for student writings and artworks in “Prairie Voices”. As a matter of fact, CLC’s “Prairie Voices” won the same award for its 2014, 2016, and 2017 editions. This magazine is important for the student body as it serves as a collective outlet of CLC student voices and expressions. Through mediums such as visual art, poetry, creative nonfiction, and short stories, students cultivate creative growth - both personally and professionally - through their innovative work in
Humanities. A few of the recognized students include Val Brandner who won second place for Artwork, Makada Hunt who won second place for Poetry, and Ronald Ballock who won third place for Photography. These students showed extraordinary progress in their work within the 2018 edition of “Prairie Voices”. However, they represent just a small portion of the near fifty students whose works were also published in this year editions. “Students learn to prepare and revise their work to get it ready for possible publication. They also get the opportunity - if published - to speak about their pieces to the larger community and share their individual insights about the composing process,” English professor and editor of “Prairie Voices,” Dr. Nick Schevera, said. “I am very excited that the magazine has won first
place, it is a collaborative effort,” Schevera said. “The student writers and artists, the student editors, art editor Bob Lossmann, and graphic designer Elaine Lazarus all work together to produce an exemplary product that highlights the many talents of our students.” The CCHA chooses the Best Overall Magazine based on the magazine’s aesthetics, correct editing, ease of navigation, and strength of student work. “Prairie Voices” was chosen out of a pool of community colleges ranging across eleven states in the central division because of the success in each of CCHA’s criteria for this award. All of this being considered, “Prairie Voices” has truly Image courtesy of College of Lake Country succeeded in providing a forum for the exchange of CLC students writings their own voices. it provides students with and artwork, and has According to Schevera, a way “to showcase their offered students a chance the most important role writing and art.” to express and develop of this magazine is that
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Student shares story overcoming self-harm
News Editor CLC student Sam Cotugno knows what it’s like to deal with multiple issues faced by young people today. As a teen, she was suicidal, struggled with thoughts of self-harm, and was also caught up into the sex trafficking industry. At first, her home life was normal in many respects she said, although her dad was often gone. “I grew up as an only child, [with] my mom, dad, and maternal grandmother,” Cotugno said. “My dad worked a job where he traveled during the week. So he would leave Sunday nights, and come home Thursday or Friday evening. It was pretty much me, my mom, and my grandmother mostly.” When she hit the teenage years, things became rockier. “My mom and I started to clash, because we both have very similar personalities,” said Cotugno. “We’re both very stubborn, very hotheaded. We both have a quick temper. Up until I was in fourth grade, things were great.” The bouts with her mom took their toll on her. “I started to struggle a lot with mental health issues by the time I was twelve,” Cotugno said. “[That] was when I first self-injured.” “We both had a tendency to say things we didn’t mean, when angry,” Cotugno said. One of the issues she was struggling to cope with was ADD. As a result, she didn’t always think through her actions. One day, out of curiosity, she slashed a screen door with a pair of scissors. Her mom was angry. “My mom came into my room, grabbed the scissors and said, ‘Why did you do that? Soon you’ll be doing it to yourself,’ ” Cotugno said. “That was the first time self-harm had ever entered my mind. I was probably about ten at the time of that incident. Two years later, I ended up self-harming for the first time.”
She continued this until she was 17, she said. The medications that she was prescribed also caused some problems, and at one point, she had to be hospitalized for a bad reaction. She said she viewed a video in a health class in high school that dealt with teen mental health issues.
but hadn’t addressed it. “I told my mom, ‘Hey, I have depression. I need help,’” she said. “And she didn’t do anything about it, didn’t take it very seriously.” Her mom didn’t believe her, accusing of faking her depression to get attention. “I had a breakdown
“That video saved my life,” she recalled. She had experienced many of the symptoms described in the video, including suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. Finally, she could put a finger on some of her problems, and she spoke to her mom about it. Her mom had noticed scars on her arms,
a sense of diminished self-worth. I was reeling, to find a home, to find people that would love me unconditionally. I know now, with the gift of hindsight, that my mom would always do what she thinks is best for me, even if that hasn’t always been the best thing.” To make matters
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at school, just cried in the nurse’s office,” said Cotugno. “My mom got called in, with the orders to take me to the ER.” She went to her visit with the person who is still her therapist now, ten years later. Today, she can better understand the causes of her trauma. “Something needed to change,” she said. “I felt
worse, her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer the same year she was diagnosed with depression. Fortunately, it was caught at the earliest possible stage. “The issues [I had] with not being good enough, unfortunately led me to seek that approval elsewhere,” Cotugno said. That search for approval
caused her to fall victim to sexual victimization, via the web. She became involved with an international video gaming site, and soon met gamers who had something else on their minds besides video games. “In this one group we were in, I met a guy,” she said. “I was 14 at the time.” The man she met was states away, but they began an online relationship, which soon included things like web camming. The online activity escalated, and soon included multiple ‘clients.’ “It was a whole scary world,” she said. “It wasn’t until I was over 18 that I started realizing the gravity of what I was doing at that time.” Therapy helped her escape from the online pedophile ring, and continues to help her recovery today, including helping her to understand what constitutes a healthy relationship. She realized that she had confused abuse with love. “It’s not you they want to keep safe; it’s their control over you that they want to keep safe,” she said. She has some advice for young people caught in similar situations. “Have faith that you’re not alone,” she said. “Know who you can talk to, because you can’t talk to everybody. Know someone who’s going to give you the response you need; whether it be a hug advice, or just someone to listen to you.” “Find that person who’s going to help you get through an immediate crisis. In these situations, you feel so alone, like no one’s ever gone through what you’ve gone through. That’s not true.” “Other people can relate and give you advice based on their own situation,” she said. “You are worthy of help, and worthy of feeling better. Knowing that you can have hope is the greatest gift you can give yourself.”
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CLC Student veteran shares life experiences Zatozia Duffie Staff Reporter As Veterans Day approaches, it is important to think of those who have honored this country through their service. While CLC fosters a safe learning environment for its students who have served, it also offers many resources for its veteran students. These individuals are some of the most selfless and dedicated, as their success and rigor transfers to their academics. While academics are part of their livelihood, so are their families and hobbies outside of college. Navy veteran Ricardo Medina says that he enjoys gardening and playing video games when he isn’t spending time with family and friends. This journey of spending time with others has been present throughout his life. He recalls growing up in Honduras and being raised by his loving grandmother. Ricardo shares how grateful he is for her support and presence in his life. At the age of 12 years old, Medina moved to the United States where he went to live with his parents in Brooklyn, New York.
“The most difficult part of adapting to life in the United States was living with my parents for the first time in my life,” he said. Although Ricardo loves his parents, he still found it difficult to get used to the different way of life. Medina recalls the
easier for him to pick up because he was still young. He was surrounded with much diversity, as he learned English with Polish, Italian, and Spanish students. After getting a job immediately following high school, a close friend
difficulty of learning a new language but he was reassured by others who were learning with him. The language became much
of Medina inspired him to join the Navy when he was 18 years old. He was motivated to serve his country, while also earning
benefits for his family. The opportunity to join the military allowed Medina to demonstrate his patriotism for a country he loved. “As a child, I never thought [that I would] get the chance to travel and see the world,” he said.
“I am sure to always be on time and always watch what I say before I say it,” Medina said. Medina became a leader in the Navy as he trained others through his courage and confidence. This confidence has allowed him to be selfreliant in his classes. “As I am taking this [Speech] class, I am not afraid because I had a lot of training,” Medina said. He also recollects being responsible and respectful while serving. These traits were some that he credits his success to and what he will try to instill in his children as well. On Veterans Day, Medina often reflects on his time in the Navy and how proud he is to have served. At this time, he remembers others who served before him. When celebrating the holiday, Medina thinks it best to go out and volunteer at your local Veterans Center, where one’s direct impact may be felt. “[One] can volunteer at the V.A. hospital instead of just raising money,” he said. “Person to person Graphic by Hope Pham interaction is much more Beyond his travel impactful.” experience in the Navy, he says that he has applied other Navy traits to his life now.
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Kealoha inspires students through animated performance Rebecca Martinez
Features Editor Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawaii, performed at the James Lumber Center on Oct. 25. On a night surging with expressive poetry, song, and dance, Kealoha not only entertained the audience, but he left an uplifting and lasting impact. His first poem,“Recess” portrayed Kealoha’s complexity as an artist. In a combination of comedy and nostalgia,“Recess” conjured up images of being unruly children and genuinely enjoying the technology-less company of friends and family. “Why are we striving so hard to grow up?” remains a distinct line from the poem, emphasizing how unfettered Kealoha is to societal pressures. Being a graduate from MIT with a degree in Nuclear Engineering makes Kealoha an unlikely figure in slam poetry; however, his major in the scientific field and minor in writing is what forms Kealoha’s individual voice. One of the most notable aspects of Kealoha, is that he is a storyteller; this allows
him to transcend a variety of creative mediums, from playing the ukulele and singing, to breakdancing. It was profoundly inspiring to watch a single person enact scenes from their life using words, body movement, and an occasional instrument. A significant facet to his performance, though, is his commitment towards keeping his Hawaiian culture alive. Kealoha calls upon Hawaiian family values, like taking responsibility for one another and treasuring his community, to inspire him. “Immersing ourselves in nature enhances us as humans,” Kealoha says of his connection to the world around him. Among the rest of his songs and poems, he spoke about “The Story of Everything”, a creation story that actually consists of both his passions; beginning with the Big Bang and extending to the future of mankind. While Kealoha tours “The Story of Everything” as an entirely separate performance, one complete with visual art, music, and dancers, he was able to perform a scene by himself
from the story. Luckily, Kealoha hopes to return to CLC to perform “The Story of Everything” in its entirety soon Towards the end of Kealoha’s performance, he took questions from the audience, which ranged from pure praise to introspective life questions; one of which regarded how Kealoha goes about “shooting his shot” or how he takes so many risks in his life. To this, he eloquently responded with wisdom from a former professor: “some will, some won’t, so what, next.” The importance of this phrase cannot be lost on college students investing in choices that may prove to be either successes or failures. What made it more impactful was hearing the phrase being said by a successful poet that majored in Nuclear Engineering who, even after immense hardships, was able to meld his passions and talents together into an empowering career. As a result, Kealoha is much more than a slam poet, he is a natural visionary.
cinematography, the movie has a distinguishable look to it. The original was known for its vibrant and lavish colors. The remake instead is dark and muted that adds to the immersive Cold War setting of the movie. No matter one’s feelings towards remakes, one cannot deny that Luca Guadagino has gone out of his way to make this iteration of ‘Suspiria’ his own. Guadagino’s direction is well done, with dynamic camera movements, wellexecuted tracking shots, and lingering shots that truly allow the viewer to absorb the rich visuals. The film showcases incredible blood and gore effects, complimented by sound effects that allow the viewer to feel each crunch and snap of the bone. Since ‘Suspiria’ is so focused on dancing as a core concept, it is a good thing
that it executes the dances to perfection. The numerous dance sequences, choreographed by Damien Jalet, add to the mystique and the beauty of the film, and will stick with the viewer long after the credits roll. Great dancing is bolstered by a beautiful musical score from Thom Yorke (of Radiohead fame) with a score that feels period appropriate yet modern. All of this would be for naught if the cast performances were not “up to par,” with Tilda Swinton being the obvious standout. Swinton plays Madame Blanc with a sense of motherly warmness, exuding an aura of eeriness and creepiness, that makes her steal the show whenever she is on the screen. Dakota Johnson also gives a great performance and manages to do well beside Swinton in the leading roles.
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‘Suspiria’ choreographs a new genre of horror
Peter Anders Staff Reporter
“Suspiria” is a horror film starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Jessica Harper. A remake of the 1977 Italian film of the same name directed by Luca Guadagnino, ‘Suspiria’ was released by Amazon Studios on Nov. 2. ‘Suspiria’ is a truly unique film in a modern theatrical landscape. The film tells the tale of young dancer Susie Bannion, played by Dakota Johnson, after she enrolls in a prestigious dance academy. She soon discovers that the location is troubled by some unusual, possibly supernatural occurrences. The best parts of ‘Suspiria’ are the visuals. With incredible
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Unfortunately, the script and storyline for the film is a mixed bag. While the initial mystery is quite gripping and leaves the viewer eager to get answers, the script “shows its hand” a little bit too much and reveals twists too far in advance at times. The pacing in ‘Suspiria’ is wildly uneven; at times it feels too slow and other times it feels too quick, but the pacing works the best in the second act of the movie. Though it is admirable for ‘Suspiria’ to try to explore the deep themes of motherhood and guilt, the
execution leaves the viewer less than satisfied, leading to a feeling of pretension that can come off as somewhat grating. ‘Suspiria’ is a remake that is definitely not for everyone. While it is truly unique, the script problems and pacing issues make it a film that is hard to fully endorse. It is worth a watch, but everyone will take away something different from the experience, for better or for worse.
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Chicano poet holds workshop for upcoming writers
CLC will be visited Nov. 14 by poet José Olivarez, author of “Citizen Illegal.” Not only will Olivarez be doing a reading from the book, but he will also be leading a writing workshop open to the whole community. “Attendees will learn how to bring a chorus of competing voices into a poem, and they will learn how contradiction creates tension and room for advancement in a poem,” Olivarez said. Competing voices are not new terrain for the author who puts aspects of his Chicanx heritage, his midwestern upbringing, and his Chicago roots into his poetry. “Citizen Illegal” has been praised by critics for being a timely piece that attacks the accepted rhetoric on immigrant families, Chicanx culture, and life as a child of immigrants. In doing so, he helps us hold ourselves accountable for the educating ourselves before making judgements on any group. Professor Miguel Jimenez
of the CLC English department praises Alvarez for putting forward stories and experiences people have rarely gotten to see in literature. “He writes about the America we rather pretend is not there,” Jimenez said. His work is incredibly complex; not only is it deeply emotional, raw, and truthful but also light and funny. It is difficult to find a balance when writing about the harsh realities of the world, but Olivarez manages to do so in a way that makes it a little easier for the reader to stomach. Those who go to his writing workshop will learn how to better express their thoughts through the written medium, no matter what level of writer they are. In a time full of political and cultural unrest, we may find ourselves wanting to express our emotions, our stories, and our truths but being unable to do so because we don’t know how to translate our thoughts onto the page. If so, José Olivarez’s poetry reading and writer’s workshop should be exactly where we find ourselves.
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ bites the dust with critics Jason Lee
Staff Reporter “Bohemian Rhapsody” stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, and follows his life leading up to Queen’s Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985. The film also stars Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon. Malek brings a hilarious, charming, and very human performance as Mercury. Although Malek’s story arc works fine here, there’s unfortunately not a lot to be invested in. His romance arc isn’t fleshed out enough, and it ultimately feels unnecessary. Although some of the drama works well, it’s a very flat and paint-by-the-
numbers screenplay that feels like a compilation of song production and live performance scenes. It’s a pattern that can get really exhausting after a while, and the flat direction doesn’t help at all. While the film did have its moments, the execution of the story feels too familiar. The dynamic between the band members isn’t very interesting, as we don’t know too much about their friendship and don’t really feel a struggle between them. The film was also paced slowly, which dragged down the story. Memorable scenes felt as if they were too few and far between. Although the Live Aid sequence at the end is fun, I was questioning whether it really needed to be there. It’s not the worst film like this film won’t rock feel like a champion while of the year, but it looks you, and won’t make you watching this.
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‘Faces Places’ addresses generational spaces Fernando Reynoso Staff Reporter
Every photo taken tells someone’s story. This is the main theme in the Oscar-nominated French documentary, “Faces Places.” The third international film was held at the Grayslake Campus, cosponsored by CLC’s French week, in room C105 on Oct. 5, and was presented by Chris Cooling. “Faces Places” is a very joyful collaboration between talented French film director Agnes Varda, and French photographer
known only as JR. They both embark on an eight month journey to meet people and listen to their stories, while paying tribute to them with their creative talents by taking photos of the people, enlarging them, and pasting them on buildings. It is an intimate and humorous adventure that touches on the subjects like age, equality, hard work, joy, and love. Varda and JR begin their journey on the road in JR’s “magical truck” which is a photobooth on wheels that prints out large pictures. Each side of the truck is designed with the image of a retro-style camera.
On their adventure they encounter people from different villages: the last inhabitant living in a deserted street where miners lived, a hard working farmer, a group of factory workers, an old soul named Pony, and even a visit to JR’s hundred year old grandmother. All the photos taken and posted are beautifully striking and wonderfully creative. The climax of the film is a trip to visit Jean-Luc Godard, a French film director and colleague of Varda, though it ends in bitter disappointment, it’s an overall sweet gesture of kindness.
Once the film ended, Cooling talked further about the film, holding a discussion with the audience members on their thoughts and feelings. One audience member addressed the bond and relationship between generations. She stated that the future generation doesn’t realize that they came from the older ones, which brings to mind the principle to treat others the way you want to be treated. Where we are now in life, they already experienced it, and where they are now in life, we will experience one day. It was hard to tell if
the interactions were scripted or spontaneous for some scenes, but you can feel the true emotional moments when they tug at your heart, and you catch yourself smiling with misty eyes. Even if you might not enjoy foreign films and documentaries you’ll still truly love this film. It is a must see story that is full of heart, creativity, joy, and humor that should be experienced. The next international film is from South Korea: 2017’s “On the Beach at Night Alone” on Dec. 7.
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CLC hosts ‘Chalk Talk’ photo exhibit, Nov. 19 workshop exploring bias Examining one’s own perceptions and biases, and bridging cultural and communication gaps in diverse communities, is the subject of “Chalk Talk,” a traveling photo exhibit that will be on display Nov. 16 to Jan. 11, 2019 in the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art on the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus. Additionally, a dynamic workshop on identity and diversity, led by “Chalk Talk” originator and documentary photographer Wing Young Huie, will take place from
3-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 in the gallery. “Chalk Talk” features photographs from the Zion-Benton Community traveling exhibit, based on a workshop Huie led in the Zion area in 2016. Residents came together to continue an ongoing community conversation about character traits. Each participant was paired with someone unfamiliar, and in a nonconfrontational manner, Huie asked residents open-ended questions about perceptions and biases regarding race, gender and other social
issues. Photographs capture the respondents holding their messages written on portable chalkboards. The Nov. 19 workshop at CLC will follow the same format, but no photos will be taken of participants. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Live music and refreshments will be provided. A Minnesota native, Huie earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota in 1979 and became a
full-time professional photographer in 1989. His projects explore social issues, including immigration, race, adoption, gender, homelessness and youth culture. Huie’s photographs have been exhibited in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Rotterdam and other cities. For more information on Huie, visit w w w. w i n g y o u n g h u i e . com. The Gallery of Art is located in the Library at the Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Please park in Lot 1 on
the north side of campus and enter through the Technology Building entrance (T1). For more information, call the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division at (847) 543-2040 or visit www. gallery.clcillinois.edu. Gallery hours: MondayThursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Sundays. Hours vary during college breaks and between semesters. For information on the exhibit, call (847) 5432040.
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‘Doll House’ explores universal themes of gender equality The College of Lake County Theatre Department presents the drama “A Doll’s House” Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. Performances take place in the Studio Theatre of James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on CLC’s Grayslake Campus. A groundbreaking modern masterwork by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, “A Doll’s House” is the story of Nora
Helmer, a young wife and mother married to Torvald, a recently promoted bank manager. The pair seem to have an idyllic life until a terrible secret from Nora’s past threatens to shatter her world and she begins to question everything. When it first premiered in 1879, “A Doll’s House” sent shockwaves throughout Europe and, nearly 150 years later, it continues to be as bold, brilliant and alive as ever. The play’s universal themes of gender equality and what it means to have a true partnership in a
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marriage still resonate today, said Alicia Hall, adjunct threatre professor who is directing the play. “Because of the challenge to perceived gender roles, ‘A Doll’s House’ struck a deep chord in audiences of the time and was viewed as highly controversial work,” said Hall. “It’s one of the earliest plays to be centered around a female character, and the emerging women’s rights movement seized the play as a banner for women’s independence.”
‘A Doll’s House’ cast and hometowns:
Nora Helmer: Maddison Crecchio (Round Lake Beach) Torvald Helmer: Dylan Thomas (Winthrop Harbor) Dr. Rank: Gregory Nevil (Waukegan) Kristine Linde: Kassandra Phelan (Waukegan) Nils Krogstad: Josh Pride (Wadsworth) Anne-Marie: Makala Griswold (Round Lake) Helene: Isabella Cernuska (Round Lake)
About the CLC Theatre Department:
The CLC Theatre Department offers 13 different courses and an Associate in Arts degree, with emphasis either on theatre performance (acting/directing) or technical theatre (design/stage management). For more information, contact the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division at (847) 543-2040 or visit www.clcillinois. edu/programs/the. Or become a fan of the College of Lake County Theatre Department Facebook page.
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There’s still time to help food donations
The Maristella Organization is hosting a canned food drive at the College of Lake County in hopes of preventing hunger and homelessness in the Lake County area. Almost everyone has an extra can of chicken noodle soup in the cupboard, and that
might be the saving grace for a person who is very much in need this winter. Their organization originated in 1955 and has been helping homeless women and children in the local area ever since. They are always looking for volunteers, canned food, or monetary donations. Conveniently stationed around CLC’s Grayslake Campus there are boxes
ornate with decorative fall leaves that have posters advocating the Maristella cause. Of course, at CLC, they can only accept non-perishables; however, food pantries are often in need of fresh produce and other perishable items such as lunch meat, milk, or other items that people typically eat every day. There are also similar cardboard box stations
around the Grayslake Campus that are asking for backpack donations as well. These goods will be going to veterans in need of lightly used bags or backpacks so that they may save some of the out of pocket expense on something else. We should give back to those who put their lives on the line for us. These two options are CLC exclusive; however, there
are many more opportunities available to those who have the time, kindness, and ability to help those who are less fortunate. Local food pantries are always looking for volunteers, churches are always looking for donations, and there are charities and soups kitchens that are free to work in. Not to mention there will be good karma be invoked by helping those in need.
Don’t get distracted from the attorney general firing Juan Toledo Copy Editor As of Nov. 8, Democrats won 30* seats in the House, which loosened the GOP’s power grasp on Capitol Hill. While these results provided voters with hope that bipartisan breakthroughs are on the horizon prior to the 2020 elections—Trump’s and the GOP’s reaction to those results seemingly changed those hopes within a 24-hour span. Following Election Day, Trump ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign from his position— and announced his interim replacement would be Matt Whitaker, a lawyer who chaired Sam Clovis’ bid for
Iowa state treasurer in 2014. This raises concerns among House Democrats because Clovis also served as Trump’s campaign chairman and is also a current witness in the Mueller probe. In 2017, Whitaker appeared on CNN to discuss a possible scenario in which Sessions is fired, and his replacement undermines the Mueller investigation by severely crippling its budget. Another issue raised after the midterm election stems from a news conference held at the White House on Nov. 8, where CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass was revoked after he was accused of putting his hands on an intern. Acosta is being defamed by Press Secretary Sarah
Sanders after she tweeted a doctored video that depicts Acosta karate chopping the young intern, despite C-SPAN footage that refutes these claims. The White House’s retelling of the events are blatant lies, and just another tactic being employed in Trump’s war against the truth, and the media. Mueller’s special counsel has been required to stay silent during the period before Nov. 6, but the 18-month-old investigation has led to charges against 32 people, including 26 Russians. Mueller now faces a crucial decision: whether to accept only written answers from the president or to fight for an interview. And, with Jerry Nadler—a
New York Democrat— becoming the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, he can use subpoena powers to summon government witnesses to oversight hearings, this includes the president—and he’s already promised to investigate his dismissal of Jeff Sessions. Democrats seem prepared for a ‘break-glass’ scenario in which Trump tries to shatter the Mueller probe, if that happens—senior Democratic officials say Mueller would likely get an immediate summons to Capitol Hill for nationally televised testimony about his findings. We’re now just two years under the next election; a calm before the storm, so to speak, and while the
discourse and rhetoric of the midterms was a mental task in itself—it’s important to remember that with an equal power balance in Washington, tensions are only going to increase the turbulence. In the age of ‘Fake News,’ political civil discourse must become the new norm amongst all its citizens. We can no longer live in a society where politics are driven by dogmatic beliefs. The press secretary is pushing a narrative from a doctored video, while the president continuously dodges ones that make him susceptible to legal consequences.
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Nation struck with wave of tragedy, not politics
Elizabeth Taylor Staff Reporter
Leading up to the election, Republicans preached of a red wave while Democrats declared a blue wave was coming. In the end, both sides did have their respective wins but overall, the American people won. Voter turnout was the highest it has been in 50 years. Whether they were campaigning for Democrats or Republicans, the efforts of those who worked to get people out to the polls worked tremendously. In some places, early mail-in voting was higher this year than the overall turnout in 2014. As of reporting Republicans did increase
their majority in the Senate, winning two previously Democrat seats, but it was Democrats who won big. Democrats flipped 30 seats in the House of Representatives which were previously held by Republicans, one being Illinois’ 14th district which the College of Lake County is seated in. The President will try to diminish this victory but it is a victory nonetheless; Democrats now hold a majority in the House, effectively giving them a check on President Trump. For the past two years of his presidency, Republicans have had a majority in the House and the Senate which they used to help further Trump’s agenda. Now that the House has a Democrat majority, there
is a solid check on Trump’s power. Sure there are other ways which fanatical ideas such as the border wall or family separation can be put to rest, but having the majority in the House is a definite win for Democrats. They can now write and pass legislation which will help America progress as a nation. After such a victory for Democrats, some time to soak in the celebration is in order before getting to work to fix the problems in the nation. However, a tragedy occurred only two days after the election which brought many issues to the front again. On Nov. 8, a shooter opened fire in a Thousand Oaks, California bar,
killing 12. The 307th mass shooting in 2018. School shootings are becoming more frequent than ever. It feels like almost every public place where one might expect to feel safe there has been a massacre. Exit polls from the 2018 midterm have shown that the main problem on voters’ minds was healthcare but a major safety issue we desperately need to start looking at is gun reform. After every mass shooting there are the people in power who give their “thoughts and prayers” and, subsequently, there is an outcry calling for gun reform in the United States. After a week or two though, our focus moves to whatever controversial and distracting issue is being blasted at us.
If we want comprehensive gun reform or any real legislature to be put in place to stop these mass shootings, we must not stop talking about it. Now that Democrats have the majority in the House, legislation can be passed which could finally put an end to, or at least slow, these ever coming horrors. Though even if enough Republicans came on board with gun legislation to pass in the senate the President still has veto power and he has given zero initiative that he will ever do anything to oppose the gun lobby despite making public commitments shortly after the Las Vegas massacre which killed dozens through use of bump stocks.
Student believes discourse is no longer open-minded
Sammie Wilkins Editor-in-chief
The Midterm elections took place on Nov. 6, and the push to vote seemed to be bigger than ever, but so did the tension between political parties. There has always been debate between liberals and conservatives, but now more than ever as these two ends refuse to acknowledge any good that comes from the opposing side. The personal vendetta each side holds has escalated dramatically, as each party has seemed to turn towards a more personal attack on the other instead of sticking to politics. A big reason for this new extremely tense political environment is that no one wants to listen to what others have to say. Everyone wants to be heard, yet no one wants to listen. We live in a society that all too often just waits for their turn to speak, rather than trying to understand what the other person is actually speaking about. If we all took the time to actively listen to each other, it would help alleviate the us vs. them mentality. People want to say their
piece, vent about their day, and say what’s on their mind but cannot be bothered to reciprocate the gesture. We have to ask ourselves, ‘What is driving this psychology in America?’ When we examine society’s dissatisfaction with the status quo, and the way we are presented information, it’s hard to ignore all the biases we are faced with. When the media spends so much of its time catering to certain political demographics, such as MSNBC and Fox News, which use select language to tell the same story two differing ways, they further polarize their audiences. The issues themselves that Americans disagree on should always be subject to an honest debate, but there are so many people who are more interested in arguing with one another, rather than actually having a meaningful discussion. I am a strong believer that there is always something to be taken away from a conversation when both parties are actually listening to one another. Even if it is a difficult conversation to have perhaps one stemmed from hate - understanding where this hatred comes from can
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be key to debunking it in the future. The issue is that as soon as someone hears what they do not like, they immediately formulate more arguments for their own sake, and stop listening to what the other party has to say. One prime example of this phenomenon occurring in politics, are the many ads released that are in support of one candidate, yet trashes the others name. Rather than solely releasing information on what the candidate will do, or do in direct response compared to another, they release flyers that have very little to do with the supported candidate, but instead focus
on the failures and disgraces of the other. The biggest effect this has on politics is not from the candidates doing this directly, but from their followers instead. We’re at a point in society where it is becoming more difficult for us to listen to each other rather than listen. Even candidates that ostensibly want to help their citizens regardless of their politics, can still be characterized as an ‘enemy’ for some, just by belonging to the opposing political party. What would better the country and the entire world, would be to actively listen to each political party.
Don’t immediately support or deny anything based on a political party, but listen with an open mind instead. Doing so will only allow more people to be heard, and perhaps allow better ideas to emerge that combine the best ideas from each party. Certain topics won’t be discarded due to the mere fact of who said them and what party said individual identifies with. While in theory listening to others can help us better understand others, it takes effort to understand those who you may not immediately agree with and that effort is unfortunately something many people are not willing to put forward.
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Constant deportation kills immigrant who dreamed of America Kevin Tellez
Managing Editor In 2017, 45-year-old Mexican immigrant Adrián Luna and his family visited the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Idaho Falls. Unfortunately, it was discovered that Luna was to be deported back to Mexico, away from his family and everything he knows in America. “He told my husband to hug his family one last time,” said Belinda Luna, Adrián Luna’s wife, to the New York Times. “Can you imagine the sadness for a father to be humiliated like that? That was the day my life began to fall apart.” However, despite his apprehension, Luna still had enough fight left in him to attempt to return to the only place he understood as his home. This past July, after almost a year of attempting to reconnect with his family, Luna’s body was discovered and identified in the California desert. Cause of death was exhaustion during his trek to return home. And so extinguishes the life of a man looking to improve his life with the countless opportunities offered to every man by the United States.
Or, at least, almost every man. Despite being born in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, Luna had known most of his life in the United States. He had seeked a better life in America as early as 18 years old, when he moved to eastern Idaho to begin a career as a construction worker. “Adrián was just one of us,” Chad Harding, a supervisor on the construction crew where Luna worked, told New York Times. “I know people say we have immigrants who are here illegally, they need to go, case closed.” “But Adrián supported his family, never made any trouble,” Harding added. “What happened with him was wrong.” Since his move up north to the U.S. at 18, Luna led a clean life causing no trouble. Paying his taxes, working hard, and raising a family. That is until 1992 when Luna was deported back to Mexico, and re-entered the United States illegally. However, following reentry, Luna’s case still remained the same: he had kept his nose clean and working only to provide for the good of his family. Yes, illegal re-entry into the United States is a felony, but when you have a home
and a secured career in this country, it’s only instinctual to try and retrieve what was taken from you. That instinct to return is wholly intensified when you also have a wife and kids that were taken from you, such was Luna’s case with his second deportation in 2017. This raises an important question for the case of Mr. Luna: legalities aside, if you strip a person away from their love, their offspring, their income, and their shelter, can you blame them entirely for trying to get it all back? It obviously differs between people, but I definitely would not blame him, especially since he was an innocent man before his first deportation in 1992, and he between the years 1992 and 2017. Unfortunately the struggle was all for naught, considering
we now have a man who was merely attempting to reconnect with his American dream and his home dead due to the Trump administration’s fervor for deporting immigrants who had already established lives in the U.S. According to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, the number of I.C.E. interior removals - removals of immigrants who are already living in the United States - in the fiscal year 2017 was 81,603, an increase from 65,332 in 2016 and 69,478 in 2015. The way I see these numbers is that they’re the numbers of families who have been ripped apart, and the number of homeowners who’ve had their property taken from them. In a perfect world, the United States would leave immigrants alone if they’ve caused no trouble and have settled themselves into their
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An altar dedicated to Adrián Luna at his sister’s home. Photo courtesy of The NY Times
lives. Administrations would realize that a person’s life is their own to lead, and it’s earned if they so choose to pursue it here. Yet the trouble does not end here. According to the International Organization for Migration, 412 migrant deaths were reported on either side of the MexicoAmerica border in 2017, up from 398 deaths in 2016. In the course of two years, a total of 810 immigrants with a dream for a better life were thrown to the proverbial wolves, and their lives were extinguished due to our inability to accept them into the country in their time of need. The United States’s sentiment toward aliens from other countries especially in recent years - has caused the deaths of hundreds of people in need, and I wholeheartedly believe that number will only go up.
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CLC Faculty are woke to the importance of sleep Katrina Topacio
As college students, sacrificing an hour or two of sleep to finish an assignment has become an everyday norm, with feelings of exhaustion the next day a typical consequence. Dr. Martha Lally, a Professor of Psychology for the past 11 years at CLC, is an advocate of getting a good night’s sleep and warns her student’s accordingly. “Sleep is considered an alternate state of consciousness,” Lally said. “It is also a behavior that is influenced by our daily circadian rhythm, and the onset of sleep is influenced by the surrounding light.” “A brain area, known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus, analyzes the strength and duration of the light,” she said. “When the light level is low, a signal is sent to the pineal gland to secrete melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep.” College students, need to sleep for a certain range of hours in order to maintain a healthy, functioning body. “The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults receive sevennine hours per night,” Lally said. “To receive quality sleep, one must also have an adequate quantity of sleep. Years of research indicate that people who sleep between seven and eight hours each night live the longest. In addition to the adequate amount, there must be quality too. Poor sleep causes inflammation which
is correlated with a variety of diseases.” Professor Branko Jablanovic, who has been a part of CLC’s biology faculty for 14 years, indicated what proper rest typically feels like. “You had a good night sleep if you wake up refreshed, rested, vigorous, and very often hungry,” Jablanovic said. “This rest happens in the stage 3 (deep sleep) of non-REM phase of sleep,” he said. “During the REM (rapid eye movement) phase we dream due to increased brain activity and have increased breathing rate.” Jablanovic said the ease at which one falls asleep varies from person to person. “Having accomplished something by the end of the day helps me fall asleep fast,” he said. He then similarly asserted that the body does not function as well later in the day, and that the most suitable time to work or otherwise be active is during the morning. “Daily activities should gradually decrease in the evening as the lack of natural light increases production of the pituitary hormone melatonin to make us more and more drowsy,” Jablanovic said. “Contrary to that, as our brain cortex wakes us up in the morning hormones of our adrenal glands raise blood pressure and supply us with enough glucose to face the day,” he said. “Working out or training should be done as close to this nature-
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organized energizing time as possible.” “One of the worst tortures ever invented is the chronic sleep-deprivation,” Jablanovic said. “In this state, many people will confess to the crimes they never committed just to fulfill a strong urge to rest.” The detriments that occur when our bodies are systematically denied proper rest are extreme, and as someone who has worked as a clinician for 20 years prior to coming to CLC, Lally listed out such consequences. “Accidents, especially driving accidents are linked to sleep deprivation,” she said. “Up to 60 percent of driving accidents involve sleep deprivation and driving while sleepy is one of the leading causes of death among college students.”
The consequences are even more severe within the structures of the human body. “Without adequate sleep the immune system is weakened due to the body not producing enough antibodies to fight off illnesses,” Lally said. “Sleep helps repair blood vessels, so without adequate sleep there is an increase in hypertension, strokes and heart disease,” she said. “There is also a loss of connectivity between neurons in the hippocampus, which interferes with the ability to learn information.” As for the physical effects, Lally claims that lessened sleep time is directly connected with increased appetite. “Weight gain is related to sleep deprivation as hormones related to hunger
become unbalanced and food cravings occur, especially for carbohydrates,” she said. Poor sleeping habits not only stunt the brain’s cognitive abilities, but it also negatively impacts our emotional stability and can potentially worsen preexisting health conditions. “Sleep deprivation disturbs thinking patterns, it can cause someone to become anxious or increase existing anxiety,” Lally said. “Sleep deprivation is also correlated with irritability, lack of impulse control, and can be associated with depression for those with insomnia,” Lally said. “Overall, there is not a single organ in the body that is not negatively affected by sleep loss.”
Students should sweeten coffee with modera tion Andrew Fine
With finals approaching, students will need more energy to get through testing. That is where the caffeine comes in. Caffeine acts as central nervous system stimulant, and when it reaches your brain of the first effects are alertness, decreases drowsiness. However there are some
drawbacks when it comes to coffee consumption, some of which being that it can cause headaches, irritability, and drowsiness. Studies have found that people who drink coffee regularly have a lower risk of developing Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and cut suicide risk by 45 percent. Migraines and headaches are often due to a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Caffeine is noted to be a vasoconstrictor
when consumed in excess amounts. Caffeine is able to constrict inflamed blood vessels and allow normal-like blood flow to resume during migraines or headaches. Additionally, caffeine in coffee minimizes normal blood flow to the brain when high amounts of caffeine are consumed. This is why headaches are caused from high consumptions. Also it increases the acid
in your stomach which can make it hard on your digestive system. So how much coffee can a student drink? According to Mayo Clinic, an average adult can drink up to 400(mg) of caffeine a day which is equivalent to four cups. Aside from opioids, caffeine is a widely used drug in around the world. According to a study, consuming that days worth of 400(mg) of caffeine
at one time is too much and can interfere with sleep, stress, and anxiety. Moderation is a must. According to a study done in the Military Nutrition Division found that 200 mg of caffeine is the most optimal to enhance cognitive function and too boost your mood. Caffeine is just another tool in the toolbox to help you, but moderation is key.
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Climate change caused by environmental abuse
Lewis Gabanski-Hill Staff Reporter
It’s projected that the global temperature will increase by two degrees Celsius, reported by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization on Oct. 7. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that the current temperature will increase by 1.5, and by 2052 there will be another increase of 1 degree. In the southern hemisphere, there is a call to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is a goal that is within our reach according to Jim
Skea of the IPCC. One of the ways that other countries are trying to stop global warming is in New Zealand, where they have stopped excavating for fossil fuels under the government of Jacinda Ardern. The media tells society to buy vegetables, energy efficient light bulbs, and conserve water. But this fails to take into account that hundreds of companies cause 71 percent of all of the world’s pollution. People need to dismantle the system that drives profit off the destruction of the planet. The neoliberal seeks more free markets and an individual focused society. Studies have shown that
individuals who were born during the neoliberal period tend to be individualistic and consumeristic. This is exemplified in a quote from Margaret Thatcher; “there is no such thing as society.” What is to be done to stop the harm of the neoliberal ideology. One of the many issues is that we tend to blame the individual rather than the society. The neoliberal has internalized guilt for not having a good job, being in debt, and now for not stopping climate change. We shouldn’t blame the individual who cannot buy the right energy-efficient products. We should fight the wealthy who make profits
off the destruction of the planet. “Those who are willing to sacrifice the literal—the existence of organized human life, not in the distant future, so they can put a few more dollars in highly overstuffed pockets. The word ‘evil’ doesn’t begin to approach it.” Noam Chomsky said on Democracy Now! July 30. We should focus on fighting the ultra-wealthy not those who cannot buy the right products. We should endorse public transportation into the public sector. We should tax all companies who use fossil fuels and use that money to fund the use of renewable energies.
At this moment in the history of our species, we are facing the decision on how to react to the destruction of the planet. We are beginning to fight climate change together rather than by ourselves. Those seeking to bring climate justice are starting to win. They are blocking the construction of pipelines and getting countries, states, and cities to adapt clean energy sources. Despite what Thatcher said about society our society is beginning to work together to fight climate change rather than as individuals.
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Students face anxiety in response to school stresses
Health & Science Editor As time progresses, so do one’s emotions. Fatigue, anxiety, and depression are common and normal responses to stressful situations. “Anxiety is a persistent feeling of uneasiness and apprehension,” said CLC psychology professor Martha Lally. Constant unrest comes about for a number of reasons; fear of being judged, recognized, or harmed in any shape or form. “The amygdala controls autonomic responses, associated with fear and arousal,” said Lally. “The amygdala also contributes with memory processing and storage.” “All of the information we have on the function of amygdala comes from the tests on rats,” Branko Jablanovic, biological
sciences instructor, said. “Chronic maternal neglect in rat pups causes an increase in the size of amygdala followed by the lifelong aggressive behavior.” “Learning in those pups was impaired too, since there was a five to 12 percent decrease in the strength of impulses reaching prefrontal cortex,” Jablanovic said. According to the Mayo Clinic, anxiety is able to have several other forms, such as agoraphobia, the fear of places that may cause embarrassment. Symptoms of anxiety include avoiding social activities, restlessness, and sweating. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine studied 76 children, each seven to nine years of age. The researchers asked the parents to complete a anxiety assessment on their children.
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“The children underwent non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of brain structure and function,” according to the study. “The researchers found that children with
high levels of anxiety had enlarged amygdala volume and increased connectivity with other brain regions responsible for attention, emotion perception, and regulation, compared to
children with low levels of anxiety.” Even though, anxiety and fear are seen as antagonistic feelings, it does serve a purpose in our lives.
CLC wins sustainability award on two environmental media outlets In recognition of its efforts to promote environmental sustainability, the College of Lake County recently has made the list of top two-year colleges in Sierra magazine and the Princeton Review. Additionally, CLC received Oct. 23 the Illinois Sustainability Award from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CLC is now listed on the Princeton Review’s ninth annual Guide to Green Schools athttps://www. p r i n c e t o n r e v i e w. c o m / college-rankings/greenguide. The recognized schools were selected based on their academic offerings, campus policies, initiatives, activities and career preparation for students, according to a Princeton Review news release.Princeton Review is a college admission services company offering test-preparation services and other resources, and it is not affiliated with Princeton University. Additionally, CLC has
made Sierra magazine’s 2018 list of Cool Schools (https://www. sierraclub.org/sierra/ cool-schools-2018/ cool-schools-2018full-ranking). Sierra is the national magazine of the Sierra Club, an environmental nonprofit that reports 3 million members. The awarded schools in the 12th annual list were ranked based on academic criteria such as environmentally focused curriculum, engagement such as campus activism, operations including oncampus recycling and waste management, as well as planning and administrative standards, according to a Sierra Club news release. “Many students and their parents use these two national lists to help them to decide where they should consider going to college,” said David Husemoller, CLC sustainability manager. “This is the first year that these guides have included community colleges. Having CLC listed on these reviews demonstrates that
we are outperforming our peer institutions and many four-year colleges in regard to sustainability.” In addition to the recent distinguished rankings, CLC and 26 other Illinois organizations received the Illinois Sustainability Award during an Oct. 23 ceremony at the Union League of Chicago. “It’s truly an honor for the college to receive a statewide award,” said Husemoller. “Once again, it shows that our ongoing efforts to promote environmental stewardship are paying off, and we are inspired to work even harder, as living sustainably is an effort of continuous improvement.” Kevin O’Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, said, “Illinois’ success as an economic and cultural leader depends upon our responsible management of natural resources, as well as sustainable development. Every year, a group of champions represents the highest models of sustainable commerce, resource use
and governance – the winners of the Illinois Sustainability Awards.” CLC’s accomplishments include a Science & Engineering Building that opened in January. The building contains solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, a 1,500 square-foot green roof and a system that uses harvested rainwater to flush toilets. The building also includes daylight harvesting to reduce the need for electric lighting. Additionally, the Grayslake Campus includes a campus farm, apiary (managed bee colony), 66 acres of natural prairie, wetland and wooded areas, an arboretum and walking trails. Most recently, the college has allocated parking spaces on the Grayslake, Lakeshore (Waukegan) and Southlake (Vernon Hills) Campuses for faculty, staff and students driving fuelefficient and low-emission vehicles. Beyond physical features, 195 CLC courses contain content or an indepth focus on one or more of the environmental,
social equity or economic aspects of sustainability, Husemoller said. Additionally, the college hosts various workshops, speakers and events designed to connect students and community members to promote environmental responsibility, social equity and economic stewardship. Husemoller added that the college’s new Living Lab Trail, which is scheduled to open this fall, will highlight CLC’s sustainable features and opportunities to explore wellness and will connect visitors with opportunities for community action, education and careers. The state award, plus the two recent notable rankings, follow seven other awards or accolades that CLC has received over the past two years for promoting sustainability. To learn more about CLC’s environmental stewardship, visit www.clcillinois. edu/gogreenor contact Husemoller at (847) 5432643 or dhusemoller@ clcillinois.edu.
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Women’s Tennis crowned NJCAA Regional Champs
Staff Reporter CLC’s Women’s Tennis team has earned the title of 2018 NJCAA Regional Champions and will be heading to the national tournament in May. “The girls played great,” head coach Jim Love said. “We were able to overcome and won the tournament by half a point.” On the road to the win this year, they were able to defeat last year’s regional champion and current conference champion Waubonsee Community College. In previous years, the Lancers did not qualify for nationals as a team making this victory a great accomplishment for the women. Last year, only team members Sjana Henderson and Sydney Misiek qualified to compete individually at the tournament. Henderson led the team this year as their number one
player. Going into regionals, she was undefeated and continued that streak throughout the tournament. Her efforts contributed to the team’s win and also earned her the number one Singles Championship Title for the second year in a row. Misiek, number two player for the Lancers, won twelve matches in a row in her contribution to the team’s victory. Numbers three and four, Gabby Diaz and Gabby Palm, were both named regional champions in their flights. Diaz and Palm came together to also win the championship title in number two doubles. Many of the matches over the weekend were extremely close, coming down to third round tiebreakers. “I am very proud of the fact that some of the players who had lost in the first and second round still came back to win in the third round,” Love said. “It can be easy to give up after losses but they
were able to come back and rebound.” Those small victories all contributed to the team’s total, which allowed them to claim the regional championship. Keely Mulcahy and Grace Moreno competed as the team’s number five and six and were among those small victories that really supported the team. They competed as a doubles team as well and found success in a first round victory. Andrea Morales is the team’s number seven player and—although number seven does not have the opportunity to compete at regionals— worked extremely hard in order to help prepare the other women for this tournament. As a whole, the team was very satisfied with their performance by seeing some major improvements from every player. “Several of our players even won matches against players that they had lost to earlier in the season,” Love said. “Every single player
contributed and did their part to help the team.” Following the team’s victory, Coach Love was named the Skyway Conference Coach of the Year. “I am grateful for the team’s hard work and skill that has allowed me to have that honor,” Love said. “Our new assistant coach, Betsy Poggensee, who just joined us this year, has done a great job with the girls.” Looking ahead, the women will be continuing practice throughout the winter and spring season in preparation for nationals which will be held in Tyler, Texas this
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coming May. Other schools around the country will be having their regular season matches and regional championships in spring. The team wants to thank those who have supported them so far this season. This includes the parents, the Men’s Tennis team who came out to watch their matches, and the local high schools that have allowed them to use their courts for practice. “We want to say thank you to for all the support,” Love said. “It’s been a great season so far.”
Soccer star named Skyway Conference Player of the Year
The Women’s Soccer Team has ended their season with a 7-6 overall record and a 2-4 record in the Skyway Conference. It’s a step in the right direction for the program, and Head Coach Kevin Talbot mentions that their growth has been partially attributed to Freshman forward, Rachel Moore. Moore, a new addition to the program and former high school, varsity athlete, has been voted Skyway Conference Player of the Year. Out of the schools in the Skyway Conference who have soccer teams, each coach nominates a player who he or she thinks is
deserving of the award, and then they vote on it collectively. The winner of this vote is then crowned Skyway Conference Player of the Year. “I think she was Conference Player of the Year because she was the most dangerous player in the conference attacking wise,” Talbot said. “She has very good technical abilities, like her dribbling, passing and scoring,” he said. “The most noticeable thing that separated her from other top forwards around would be her unbelievable speed.” Being a new coach during the time when recruiting was most crucial, he had to rely on a previous coach’s list of players in which another forward from Antioch
Community High School, Morgan Keefer, was on. “I had remembered Rachel from the first time I had seen Antioch play,” Talbot said. “Rachel and her mom reached out to me and said that she was interested in CLC.” “I saw Antioch play a couple times after that, but instead was looking at the both of them,” he said. Playing soccer at the collegiate level was something that Moore always wanted to accomplish. “CLC is a really good local school. I knew I would want to play soccer no matter where I went to school,” Moore said. “Soccer is a big motivator for me and keeps me focused.” “To me, soccer has always been a stress reliever and
kind of my getaway,” Moore said. “When I play soccer, it might sound cheesy, but I kind of lose myself in the game.” Moore has her internal motivations as to why she keeps up with the sport. “I love to score goals, that’s for sure,” Moore said. “Although truth be told, I like bonding with my teammates. Soccer is not just a sport to me, it is my life.” Having a strong bond with her teammates is something that is most important and satisfying when it comes to her pure love for the sport. “The biggest impact on me as a soccer player has been my teammates,” Moore said. “I could not have achieved what I have throughout my soccer career without my
teammates. Soccer is a team sport!” Skyway Conference Player of the Year is a great achievement for any player. “I feel honored with this award. It is amazing that out of all of the great players in the conference, I was chosen as player of the year,” Moore said. “This is not just my award, it is my teammates’.” Moore is determined, motivated and ready for her second season as a Lancer. “I want people to understand that even though I’m small, I can achieve great things,” Moore said. “[Does] not matter what people tell you can’t or can do, if you work hard enough you can achieve it.”