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Interim president Dr. Haney responds to DACA uncertainty Diana Panuncial
undocumented. Those who are 18 to 24 years old in the Chicago area make up 15 The College of percent of the population. Lake County’s interim That being said, there president Dr. Rich is a good chance that Haney released many DACA students are an official statement attending CLC. regarding the Trump “Community colleges administration’s de- across the country serve cision to rescind the thousands of DACA stuprogram on Monday, Sept. dents each year allowing 11. them to pursue a college ed“Community colleges ucation, including students across the country serve enrolled at the College of thousands of DACA Lake County,” Haney said. students each year “[CLC] is committed allowing them to to continuing to provide pursue a college education, our DACA students with including students enrolled access to resources at CLC,” the statement during this period of from Haney said. uncertainty and would “This announcement like to share the provides a new level of resources on the right,” uncertainty for these stu- Haney said. dents.” “In addition, [CLC] Enacted under Barack is working with Obama in 2012, the DACA local community-based program allowed nearly organizations to ensure 800,000 undocumented our DACA students have immigrants who arrived access to the most up-to-date in the United States be- information regarding fore age 16 and had lived changes in immigration here since June 15, 2007, processes and the to reside, work and rescission of DACA.” attend school in the country “I think it’s very imwithout facing the portant for the College risk of deportation for to release the statement,” two years. said Rodolfo Ruiz-Velasco, Near the end of that Multicultural Student Center two year time span, those Manager and Advisor for under DACA were also the Men of Vision and Latino given the opportunity to Alliance at CLC. renew their status, and “[Releasing that statecould do so until gaining ment to the students] shows citizenship. that we are really here to Because of the Trump support our students. administration’s decision, sIt’s good to know that DACA students, known as they will offer that kind Dreamers, are unsure of of support,” he said. their future staying in the “We didn’t have much country. information when the According to a study statement [by Presidone by the Chicago Tri- dent Trump] was first bune in January of this released, but year, there is an estimate of the College is slowly 511,000 undocumented working to get more immigrants in the state. information in order Illinois has nearly 24 to be prepared for the percent of the population future.” under the age of 18, but Ruiz-Velasco also only 11 percent of them are mentioned that there are Editor-in-Chief
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many efforts throughout Lake County to help DACA individuals struggling with uncertainty. “DACA students at CLC, especially the ones from Mexico, are getting some financial support from the school and community,” he said. “If DACA students want to renew their status, they have to pay a fee of $495. “We try to provide resources for them to help pay this fee. There are also some organizations in the community fundraising to help these students.” One of the organizations in the community supporting DACA students is the Mano a Mano Family Resource Center in Round Lake. They are holding sev-
eral free DACA workshops to help students renew their status on Sept. 16 and 23. Hispanic American Community Education and Services (HACES) is also holding a workshop and permit renewals on Sept. 21 and 28. “I think that our mission at CLC is to provide a safe place for our students,” Ruiz-Velasco said. “We want them to know that they can come to school, their relatives can come to school-- and that they’ll be safe.” Although Haney’s statement does not specifically cover what the College is willing to do in order to help DACA students, the statement ended with hope for these Dreamers.
“My hope for our DACA students is that the House and the Senate will work with the President in a bipartisan manner to resolve this issue once and for all and provide our students with a sense of security so that they can pursue their educational goals and dreams without fear,” Haney said. “While we cannot predict the ultimate outcome, for now, we can work together to ensure that our DACA students feel welcome to pursue their educational goals in a respectful and supportive environment.” The statement pointed students to resources such as the Multicultural Center at CLC at (847) 543-2752, the Counseling Center at (847) 543-2060.
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Upcoming CLC Foundation Gala Southlake lockdown Friends of the College of Lake County are invited to enjoy a grand evening in downtown Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 28 to raise funds for student scholarships. The CLC Foundation’s 2017 Scholarship Gala: Road to Success—Off to a Grand Start will be held at the elegant Drake Hotel. “These scholarship awards are made possible by the continued generosity of CLC Foundation donors, who provide the funding so that College of Lake County students can turn their dreams into real, achievable goals,” said Bill Devore, interim executive director of the Foundation. The Gala’s Diamond sponsor is Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center. Richard J Stephenson, the organization’s founder and chairman of the board, is the Gala Honorary Chair. Volunteer members of the CLC Foundation’s Scholarship Gala committee include: Liz Bronneberg, Highland Park; Pete Govorchin, Libertyville; Holly
Monger, Vernon Hills; Meg Largay, Lake Forest; Michelle Parnell, Lake Forest; Sue Rosko, Lake Forest; and Bob Worobow, Lake Forest. Committee co-chairs are Sandra Shinsky, Gurnee; Lisa Dooley Trace, Lake Forest; and Jan Zobus, Deerfield. The Scholarship Gala begins at 6 p.m. and includes hors d’oeuvres, martini bar, raffles, gourmet dining, and dancing in the Grand Ballroom of the historic Drake Hotel. Silent and live auctions also will take place, and mobile bidding—a new event feature—will allow guests who cannot attend the event to participate in the silent auction. The event’s master of ceremonies is Mike Caplan, a CLC alum and meteorologist for Fox 32 Chicago. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Ron Harris Band. Tickets are $325 each. RSVP is requested by Oct. 9. The grand prize dream vacation raffle, sponsored by R.J. Galla Company of Grayslake, is a trip for two to the winner’s choice of
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Former student Maham Ali delivering a speech at 2016 Gala. Photo by CLC Foundation.
three destinations: British Columbia, Canada, Monte Carlo, Monaco or Montego Bay, Jamaica with air fare for two. Raffle tickets are on sale now for $50 each or five for $200. Raffle tickets are available at the Foundation Office on the Grayslake Campus, at the Gala or online. For more information, visit the CLC Foundation page.
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Three suspects were arrested Wednesday Sept. 13 after restraining a store employee and loading stolen merchandise onto a U-Haul truck, prompting CLC’s Southlake campus to shut down during a police hunt. Police received a call at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday of an armed robbery report at Locksmith Resource, a wholesale keyless entry remote supplier, in the 1500 block of North Barclay Road in Buffalo Grove, according to a press release. The store was unlocked at the time of the robbery. The suspects restrained an employee working at the store and then proceeded to steal containers of keyless entry remotes from the store’s merchandise, loading them onto the U-Haul truck. Nobody was injured. After the suspects drove off, police spotted them near Aptakisic Road and Milwaukee Avenue in Lincolnshire. Officers followed the truck until it
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crashed with three other vehicles near Old Half Day Road and Milwaukee Avenue. Buffalo Grove police procured surrounding police departments, canines, and a police helicopter to track the suspects who at this point had fled on foot from the crash. A handgun and BB gun were recovered from the crash according to police. The stolen merchandise, which was never programmed and unusable, was also confiscated. The surrounding areas of the store and parts of Milwaukee Avenue were shut down during the search. CLC’s Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills was on lockdown from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The college sent alerts at 8 p.m. informing students of the lockdown and warning them to “Stay inside; Check email.” The suspects were later found and taken into custody, according to Buffalo Grove police.
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CLC farm showcased at Lake County Farm Stroll Demi Richter Staff Reporter
The College of Lake County’s campus farm participated in Lake County’s First Annual Farm Stroll on Sept. 17. The Farm Stroll is a joint effort of CLC, the Lake County Farm Bureau, and the University of Illinois Extension office in Grayslake to get the community together to learn about sustainable farming and introduce them to local growers. CLC will be among 11 other local farms to participate in this event. Community members can take free, self-guided tours of Lake County’s family farms. “The most exciting thing about participating in the farm stroll is having the opportunity to meet with people in the community who wouldn’t otherwise have known about or visited our farm,” Matt DeRose, CLC’s Local Foods Coordinator,
said. “We hear from a lot of people in the community, including CLC, that they didn’t even know that we had this going on campus,” DeRose said. “We’re kind of tucked away on the other side of the parking lot from the main building. I’m also really excited to see some kids pick their first carrot or beet out of the ground. It always feels like something they’ll remember.” Started as a community garden roughly seven years ago, CLC’s 34,000 square foot farm is comprised of two large greenhouses located on the east side of the Grayslake campus. During the Stroll, locally grown fresh items such as pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, spinach, kale, peppers, onions and fresh cut flowers are available for purchase. A CLC beekeeper will lead a tour of the college’s apiary (bee colony) from 12 to 1 p.m. There will be a tour
of the greenhouse afterward, and a pony will be on hand all day. Farm representatives will also be in attendance to answer any questions and literature on CLC’s Horticulture programs, including sustainable agriculture. The CLC Horticulture program has incorporated sustainability as a main focus across its curriculum to better prepare students for employment in the green industry. The CLC Farm is committed to serving as a resource to the community to accelerate social, economic and environmental sustainability initiatives across Lake County. Participants will learn about sustainable landscapes, gardens and how sustainable technology can empower students and connect them with training opportunities. Produce grown on the farm is sold at the CLC Farm Market as well as at Café
The CLC Farmer’s Market in June 2017. Photo courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.
Willow. Some is donated to local nonprofits and second distributed to students and volunteers or made into compost that’s used on the farm. “I’m excited to have a chance to show people not just the benefit of buying food that’s grown locally but also the simplicity of having a go at growing some themselves,” DeRose said. “We have a market and sell
produce for real money but we’re largely a demonstration farm, and I think that’s important. “It’s easy to overthink what you eat and where it comes from, but the details seem to fall into place when you decide to participate in it some way. Everybody can do something and the tendency is to share what you learn.”
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CLC launches new supply chain management program Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief
The College of Lake County celebrated the launch of its new supply chain management program on Wednesday, Sept. 13. “Supply chains are all around us,” said Dr. Jeffrey Stomper, the interim assistant vice president of Educational Affairs and dean of the Business and Social Sciences division at CLC. “Ever-shifting and changing, responding to natural disasters, and even the release of the new iPhone. It’s really neat to see that supply chain management is so deeply important to people globally and the economy.” The program consists of a 60-hour Associate in Applied Science degree and two certificates in supply chain management, a career field which involves the movement and storage of material, inventory, and finished goods from supplier to customer.
It also offers two certificates, Introduction to Supply Chain Management (15 credits) and Advanced Supply Chain Management (30 credits). “We will be teaching [supply chain] principles and techniques that can be used for manufacturers and service industries,” said Pam Janson, a new supply chain faculty member at CLC. “There will be a lot of opportunities for in-the-fieldlearning.” The program will include courses that blend industry tours with online material, allowing students with a busy schedule to learn more conveniently. There will be opportunities for students to job shadow, learn about advancing technology, and even practice resource planning systems. Lori Oriatti, a business instructor at CLC, helped develop the program. “Our purpose is to help Lake County employers
retain experienced workers who, in the past, have exhibited little company loyalty,” Oriatti said. “They would job-hop for an additional 50 cents and then the company would have to recruit and train someone else. We have also been told that the need for supply chain people is so extreme that people with any business degree are falling into those jobs. They need to be taught how to pay attention to all the parts of the supply chain.” The program is funded by a grant from Grainger, a Fortune 500 company found in Chicago. “The company has been a longtime friend of CLC, and their collaboration with the college is another example of how Grainger is passionate about education, workforce development, and creating positive change and new opportunities in the city,” Stomper said. Spandana Korukonda is
Pictured left: Jeff Stomper, Jackie Kackert, Spandana Korukonda, and Lori Oriatti. Photo by Bob Booker
a student who is currently enrolled in the program. Originally from Hyderabad, India, Korukonda was advised to enroll. Supply chain management will be her first course ever taken at CLC. Korukonda earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from MLR Institute of Technology in Hyderabad. “I have previous experience in the field,” she said. “I wanted to upgrade my
skills by taking the course.” The program currently has 12 students enrolled. It has late-starting introductory course that begins on Tuesday, Oct. 17 and ends on Tuesday, Dec. 12. There will be an hourlong information session on Tuesday, Sept. 26 starting at 6 P.M. in Room B202 on the Grayslake campus. For more information, visit www.clcillinois.edu/ programs/scm.
Not Anymore educates victims of domestic abuse Andrew Pratt Staff Reporter
To counteract sexual assault and domestic abuse, the College of Lake County says “Not Anymore.” Accessible through the student center online, CLC offers the optional program “Not Anymore,” which trains viewers to recognize signs of domestic violence and sexual assault. Comprised of personal studies told by survivors, “Not Anymore” endeavors to inspire a sense of empathy, to help the viewer better retain the factual knowledge given. “The program’s technology presents students with their own pre-test responses to given questions and then contrasts their pre-test responses against statistical realities,” said the Culture of Respect website, a NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) initiative. “This kind of awareness builds up what not everyone knows at the beginning,” Teresa Aguinaldo, Title IX Director at CLC, said. “Staff are allowed to pro-
mote ‘Not Anymore’ to students, offer looking into it as extra credit. It can open up a positive conversation.” The Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financing assistance.” CLC utilizes “Not Anymore” as an optional form of outreach, to engage with the student body in these issues, as well as offer an information platform for how they can respond to these situations. A core issue emphasized is consent. “A lot of us grow up not understanding [what sexual assault can mean],” Aguinaldo said. CLC’s Title IX program offers information on reporting sex and gender based misconduct. A flow chart for various options can be found online at www.clcillinois.edu/ titleIX, including how to report a confidential source,
such as the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center (ZCenter) in Gurnee. Such confidential requests are not obligated to report to the Title IX coordinator, the college or police. The ZCenter offers a variety of counseling and therapy services, including coping through art therapy. The center has also worked with the college on various other forms of outreach. “A program like ‘Not Anymore’ is only effective if other things go in conjunction,” said Natalie Juarez, ZCenter prevention specialist and member of CLC SaVE (Sexual Violence Elimination) committee. “In the past we’ve offered safety training sessions, with Campus Police, on how to prevent sexual violence,” Juarez said. “They also offer self defense training. The college has offered movies on unmasking masculinity and consent.” According to the State’s Attorney office in Lake County website, one in every three girls and one in every five boys will be a victim of sexual assault
before age 18. Around 80 percent of child sexual abuse will remain unreported, and that 90 percent of children abused, are abused by someone close to them. “They don’t have the language,” Juarez said. “or know it’s wrong [to be abused] until they get older. That [their relationship] wasn’t a normal relationship.” While there has been an overall positive response from students who have taken the program, “there are no peer-reviewed studies of Not Anymore,” Culture of Respect said on their website. “There have been concerns, such as if other students won’t want to take the program, or how the administration may feel,” Juarez said. “It’s good info everyone should have.” As to how the program helps at-risk viewers, who may have red flag traits, recognize themselves before a situation occurs, corresponding research remains to be seen. “I don’t know how many people have recognized [the traits] in themselves,
but I know the program has options [for viewers] recognize,” Juarez said. Domestic abuse and sexual assault are ongoing. The approaches to facing these issues head on need to be timely as well as informed. The vast scope of how they impact any community requires such approaches. “It happens on campuses across the nation, certainly there are victims and survivors on campus,” Aguinaldo said. With proper information, more students may become good bystanders. An example of this would be The Snackman from New York in 2012, who became an internet sensation by eating snacks next to an arguing couple, to help defuse the situation. “A good bystander may think they’re unqualified to respond,” Aguinaldo said. “They don’t have to get into a fight. They can alert someone. They may cause a small distraction, and maybe a volatile situation can be defused. They don’t have to necessarily put themselves in harm’s way.”
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Sociology professor takes students through space and time William Becker Staff Reporter
Ever wonder what it would be like to start a class with a Superman, Star Trek, or Star Wars reference? John Tenuto, a sociology professor at College of Lake County, uses sci-fi and popular culture references to grab his students attention during his classes. Tenuto uses this unique teaching style to “go where the students are.” He pulls the students in by using video clips, references, or characters that the majority of students will know, which he calls, “The Big Ones” to keep the information relevant to them. His goal through using these characters isn’t to tell the students what to think, but to cause them to think for themselves. For Tenuto, teaching is something he’s known he’s wanted to do since he was a child, when his interest in science fiction began. When Tenuto was a child, he would bond over Star Trek and Star Wars with
his family. He went to the movies with his father and his mother would bring home character toys that he still has to this day. Soon, the movies took on a life of their own. Tenuto was drawn into the social aspect of Star Trek and the philosophical aspect of Star Wars. He didn’t quite understand the issues that were being brought up in the franchises until he was a little older, but he now uses this knowledge to teach his classes. “The metaphorical side of Star Trek and philosophical side of Star Wars helps raise pretty complex issues in a way everyone can understand,” Tenuto said. Tenuto doesn’t only utilize his love for the franchises to teach his classes, but he also teaches thousands of other people as well. He and his wife Maria Jose Tenuto, who is also a fellow CLC sociology professor, frequently do library talks. Along with those, they also have spoken at conventions in Canada, Las Vegas, New York and at the St. Louis Science Center.
The biggest crowd Tenuto has spoken to was at the official Star Trek convention to a crowd of 5,000 people while giving a speech about the celebration of Leonard Nimoy, the actor of Spock, shortly after he passed. “I derive a great deal of joy presenting a lecture to students and presenting lectures at libraries,” Tenuto said. “And it means something. I feel like I didn’t do something if I didn’t give someone a new way of thinking about something, challenged something that they know, or frankly, made them uncomfortable with what they know.” Along with their presentations, Tenuto and his wife also write around ten to twelve articles a year for the official Star Trek website. They will be featured on an episode of “The Toys That Made Us” on Netflix this upcoming January. Tenuto’s toy collection is very dear to him. He started at the age of four with “Planet of the Apes” and “Star Trek” toys that his mother bought him.
Married professors John and Maria Tenuto. Photo courtesy of John Tenuto.
To this day, Tenuto continues to build upon and unbox all of his toys so his son can play with them. His 48-year-old collection has grown so much that he has two rooms in his home dedicated to Star Trek, and another for Star Wars. Tenuto may have a lot Star Wars memorabilia in his home, but there is one picture in particular that is more meaningful than the
rest. The picture is of his favorite Star Wars character, Luke Skywalker, looking up to the sky. The moment represents the wonder and adventure that lies ahead for Skywalker. Similar to his favorite character, Tenuto helps people discover their own adventure. He doesn’t only watch The Final Frontier, but has created his own.
Chinese chanters cherish ancient customs
Samantha Wilkins Staff Reporter
The College of Lake County is going to have a free performance by the Chinese Chanting Group from Xinlian College on Thursday, Sept. 21. “It will be something [CLC students] will have never seen in their lives,” said Professor Li-Hua Yu, who started many of the international programs here at CLC, such as the Semester Study-Abroad Program in China and the Japanese Exchange Program. Chanting has been in practice for around 2000 years and is an elegant form of poetry. It originated in China as a way to not only learn about the country’s history, but to experience it as well. It was also a popular reading and learning method in ancient times. The art of Chanting is an important part of Chinese history; how-
ever, this custom of sharing Chinese classic poems has spread to other cultures such as Japan and Korea as well. The Chinese Chanting Group at Xinlian College
my after their performance here at CLC as part of their Cultural Exchange tour. “This will be a very unique opportunity to see Chinese students perform a
Not only will this performance be audibly alluring, the performers and sets will be visually enchanting as well. “They will have very beautiful costumes and
Chinese Chanting Group from Xinlian College, Photo courtesy of CLC’s Theater Department.
was established in 2015 by the Vice President of the college, Mr. Chen Jiangfeng. Despite only performing for two years, the group has successfully played at many different college events. They are heading to Iowa State and then Ames Chinese Language Acade-
very classic form of chinese music, dances, and classical music,” Yu said. As a result of our school’s diversity, the students of CLC are given access to an authentic, Chinese experience--an opportunity not many colleges get to experience.
they have typical chinese instruments, a lot of students probably have never seen,” Yu said. The exposure to this wonderful performance will simultaneously show the students of CLC the beauty and serenity of Chinese culture, while still ex-
periencing an ancient custom that has been around for many generations. “It will be a good opportunity for [the students]. I recommend them to go,” Yu said. The Chinese Chanting Group consists of 16 students and faculty of the Xinlian College, and they will be in traditional Chinese attire. To add to the production, the group will be performing in front of visually appealing backdrops. The performance is free, but tickets are required from the James Lumber Center Box Office. To pick up your tickets for this event, call (847) 543-2300 or visit the Box Office here at CLC; the hours are Monday through Friday, 12-6 P.M. The tickets will also be available 60 minutes prior to the actual performance. The group will be performing at 7 P.M. in the James Lumber Center.
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CLC sophomore takes love of dance to professional level Jenn Arias Features Editor
Most young adults enter their college doors for the first time, filled with hope, ambition, and dreams for the future. Dreams give college students drive and a focal point for the future. The greatest aspect about college is the opportunity to experiment and find out which of these dreams could be a reality. One particular College of Lake County student has taken great steps in striving to make her dreams come true. Anna Brezinski, a CLC sophomore who is majoring in Sportsnet Broadcasting and Communications, tried out for a position the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders this past May 5. The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, known as one of the best teams of dancers in the league, also has one of the most rigorous and challenging tryouts. While each woman is beautiful, talented, and hardworking, it takes something extra to make them stand out and be considered for this team of athletic and ambitious dancers. “The process was very time consuming because it is also filmed for the TV show ‘Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Making the Team,’” Brezinski said. “I made it through to semifinals which was a huge accomplishment for me. The elimination process was tough; you could tell that the judges knew
what they wanted when it came to making the team.” As a child, Brezinski always wanted to be a dancer, which is why she was initially drawn to the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Following this passion for dance since she was three years old, Brezinski says though they are called “cheerleaders,” the Dallas Cowboy women should really be called dancers based on their hard training and rigorous routines. Brezinski initially stumbled across the idea to try out when she realized she wanted to be a doer instead of just a dreamer. “I decided to tryout because I’ve met a lot of people who have said that they’ve always wanted to do something extraordinary, but never do,” she said. “I’m not that kind of person. I would absolutely love to pursue a career in becoming a professional cheerleader.” To prepare for the auditions, Brezinski returned to her old dance studio and took lessons with her favorite teacher. For many people, the aspect of being filmed while already trying out for a very exclusive team would be intimidating, but Brezinski was honored to have been a part of the process. “The entire time I was at the tryout, I felt like I was dreaming,” she said. “I went from watching the show, every single season of it, wanting to know what
it would be like to tryout, to me doing it. I couldn’t believe I was there. I was extremely nervous but also extremely excited.” However, the glamour and popularity of the team was not what drew Brezinski into trying out--it was the opportunity to do what she loved that appealed to her the most. “Performing is like being on a rollercoaster,” she said. “I crave the adrenaline I get when it comes to performing. When the lights are bright, the music is loud, the crazy fans in the stands, it’s the best feeling in the world.” While many of the women were extremely talented, the Dallas Cheerleaders only had so many spots available for new dancers. Several were eliminated, but Brezinski, who made it into the semi-finals, feels confident and ambitious about her future as a dancer. “After the semi-finals, as I was leaving, the producer came up to me and told me that I have to come back. So that was really reassuring,” she said. “Knowing that I made it far enough to make semi-finals, it only makes me wonder how it could be if I made it further. And now that I can sort of see what they’re looking for and what they expect. I know what’s to come for the next time I tryout.” For Brezinski, the sky is the limit and this
Anna Brezinski poses by her tryout number. Photo courtesy of Anna Brezinski.
experience trying out for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders has only increased her drive and made her dreams that much closer to grasp. She now hopes to become a Sportsnet Broadcaster for ESPN, working for either the NFL or NHL, but she
has not lost her love of dancing and has no regrets or disappointments about chasing down her dreams. “If you don’t go after what you want in life,” she said, “you’ll wish you did, regardless of the outcome.”
Student Activities Fair draws attention to student-run clubs Shea Walters Staff Reporter
The College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus held a Student Activities Fair on Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fairs are always a great opportunity for student clubs to showcase themselves, draw attention to their club, and gain new members. It is also an opportunity for CLC students to gain knowledge about clubs and events occurring on campus daily that may
be of interest to them. On the day of the fair, many students walked around to the informational tables set up by the clubs. Students learned about the clubs’ missions, and how they could get involved. Some of the clubs gave away free samples or items for student passer-by. All of the clubs represented worked hard to prepare for the fair. These clubs were excited to share their ideas with potential new members.
Sign up sheets were also available for students who found a club that seemed interesting. Clubs always welcome new members because they want to grow and include as many students as possible. Clubs are student run, so they would not be possible without committed, passionate students who want to run them. The Student Government Association, SGA, had a table to try and recruit new senators. Student Government Associa-
tion, is an essential part of Student Activities, as they make a lot of important decisions about what goes on at CLC. Clubs are a great way to meet like-minded people and make the most out of the community college experience. There was also a table at the fair informing students about co-curricular transcripts, which are available in the Students Activities office at the end of every semester. A co-curricular transcript is a way for
students to officially record their co-curricular activities such as clubs, sports, and awards. Having this transcript can be great for transfer applications and job applications. To join a club; simply show up to a meeting and prepare to be welcomed with open arms. Not only does joining clubs create a path to be successful at CLC, it helps to gain experiences and knowledge that will be remembered for the rest of one’s life.
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International film series promotes diverse thinking Kevin Tellez Staff Reporter
Headed by the CLC Center for International Education (CIE), the Free International Film Fridays program has done wonders for producing a cultured and open-minded community. The Free International Film Fridays program at the College of Lake County screens an international film on the first Friday of each month, which exposes the community to not only different cultures, but also deep-rooted problems from around the world. Dr. Chris Cooling, CLC film instructor and host of the film series, shed light on the program and cinema’s impact on society and communal thinking.
“The program could allow people to experience the college in a deeper, more worldly manner,” Cooling said. With screening these films, Cooling believes new ideas will be spread, and that the openmindedness could keep the community invested in the college and ultimately keep the college more relevant through its multiculturalism. Delving a bit deeper into the melding of cinema and society, Cooling was also asked how effective international films are in teaching the audiences about different cultures. “Even though cinema by itself is a very powerful force for making any given person more worldly, it can never act as a full-fledged substitute for traveling
and exposing one’s self to another culture firsthand,” Cooling said. Film can act as a socalled “empathy machine,” allowing you to see a different part of the world through another person’s eyes, like the film’s protagonist. Cooling elaborated that a film spectator should take what the film portrays with a grain of salt, for every film has that bit of artist manipulation stemming from the director’s own perspective on subject matter: a tug of war in the
cinema industry between director’s bias vs. genuine honesty. Cooling believes that Free Film Fridays offers an adventure to the CLC audience. Post-film discussions allow the audience to expand their ways of thinking, seeing and feeling the world around them. The program is delivered to the students by people who have passion toward the community and look to see it flourish. The films that Cooling, along with the CIE, choose to screen incite curiosity of
the world in their audience. Through word-spreading, this curiosity can move into the rest of the community. The Free Film Fridays program is an endeavor that aims to provide cultural knowledge and openmindedness to the CLC community. Each screening promotes discussions on film and real-world subject matter that spread a desire to learn more about the world and one’s self. “I do it for the community,” Cooling said. “I want to give back what’s given to me.”
Summer box office collapse throws filmmaking into question Peter Anders Staff Reporter
Hollywood film studios faced of one of the worst summer box offices in history, with revenues down 15.7% from the summer of 2017. A major contributing factor seems to be a growing audiences of formulaic contemporary films. A variety of factors would explain why the summer box office collapsed this year. For starters, it’s no secret that money is the biggest motivator behind major movie studios and, as a result, film studios tend to produce results they hope will get the most people in theaters, rather than new or creative films. The highest grossing films this year have all been franchise films. This sways Hollywood to continue making the same type of movies - the ones that are almost guaranteed to make the most money. Traditionally, Hollywood has found that the summer is the best time to release these big, blockbuster, franchise films since history has shown that these movies tend to perform better during this time. This has prompted film
studios to expand the summer film season to last twice as long as it used to. The season of blockbuster and spectacle films, which used to last from June until July, now lasts from May until early September so that studios can capitalize more on these big film productions. The rest of the year is when the Oscar-type films and quieter, indie pictures would traditionally be released. Audiences would be presented with intelligent storytelling cinema until the next summer of spectacle. This trend historically turned summer films into events, thus producing more of an audience turnout. Four months of summer spectacle and formulaic blockbusters, however, make audiences grow tired of being fed the same thing, and they eventually give up and stop going to the theaters altogether. It’s the same effect of riding the same roller coaster too many times: the thrill eventually wears off. What’s worse is that blockbusters, or films from major studios with large budgets that make over $100 million, are being released nearly
year-round now. This December, Disney will release the next installment of the new “Star Wars” saga: “The Last Jedi,” and it will almost certainly be the highest grossing film of 2017. Upcoming releases of films like Warner Brother’s “Justice League” and Disney’s “Thor: Ragnarok” indicate that a stereotypical summer blockbuster, is no longer released just in the summer. Back in the late 1970s, a film sure to be a success would be released in the summer. These days, nothing is special about summer films. Film studios have become too reliant on blockbuster films. Traditionally, film studios could be reassured that whatever money they lost from films released during other parts of the year would be made up for with the summer blockbusters. Most modern films are such big investments that just one of them failing could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions. The days of the summer movie season, being seen as a guaranteed annual cash flow seem to be gone. One key reason that could explain the declining
theater attendance is that movies have become too expensive to see in theaters. With the advent of 3D technology along with IMAX, IMAX 3D, RealD 3D, and other new ways to watch movies, ticket prices have risen through the roof. The average movie ticket price in 2017 is $8.89, and this raise in price mostly happened recently. In 2000, it cost an average of $5.39 to see a movie in theaters. Since then, ticket prices have managed to hike tremendously. Ticket prices alone are not the only cause for audience disinterest. The box office earlier this year had been very steady, with February and March seeing a larger number of tickets sold than the same time last year. What they got is a summer where many of the franchises they relied upon underperformed, franchise starters failed, and the entire way of making movies was thrown into question. “Planet of the Apes,” “Transformers,” and “The Mummy,” were just some of the franchises which hugely underperformed. Attempts at new franchises like “Valerian,” “The City of a Thousand
Planets,” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” lost tens of millions at the box office. Even original films like “Atomic Blonde” and “Detroit” struggled to harbor a theater presence. To explain what went wrong this summer, a wide variety of topics need to be delved into more thoroughly. Many causes range from how the movies are made, how they are marketed, their content, when they are released, the politics of the modern era, audience taste, alternatives to the theater, and even the generational gap. Each article will cover a different aspect of why the summer was such a disaster, and why Hollywood studios face an uncertain future. This series of articles will be going over some history which led the film industry to this point, the mindsets of those in Hollywood who make the key decisions, and lastly, I will explain what this all means for the future of cinema. At the end of the series, it will also investigate why CLC students should care about how Hollywood studios react to what movies you see and what movies you skip.
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For K-pop fans, the wait for next hit album is over Kim Jimenez Managing Editor
Internationally acclaimed Korean boy band BTS released their comeback trailer entitled “Serendipity” on Sept. 4, weeks before the release of their upcoming album “Love Yourself: Her” on Sept. 18. BTS, or the Bangtan Boys, is an immensely popular boy-band from South Korea with an international fanbase. The group consists of seven performers who go by the stage names Rap Monster, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jimin, and Jungkook. “Love Yourself: Her” is currently the number one bestseller in the CDs and Vinyls category on Amazon. The band’s record label, BigHit Entertainment, announced it has already received over 1.05 million pre-orders. Their 2016 album “WINGS” broke records in South Korea with the Gaon Chart reporting that it set a new record for highestselling album in the chart’s history.
Surpassing stars like Justin Bieber, the group also won the Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist earlier in 2017, the first Korean boy band to do so Bieber had hitherto won the award six consecutive years in a row. A music video for “Serendipity,” which has been advertised as a “comeback trailer,” features band-member Jimin solo singing about love and longing. This follows the band’s trend of releasing comeback trailers featuring a single bandmate before the release of an album, like the video “Boy Meets Evil” for their album “WINGS.” BigHit Entertainment, has also revealed that Andrew Toggart from The Chainsmokers contributed to one of the tracks, “Best of Me,” marking the band’s first collaboration with an American artist. The video itself exemplifies the different feelings of love one can experience through different images and various shots of Jimin. It shows love, through clips of Jimin amidst a
Rowe photo exhibit Cassie Garcia Staff Reporter
The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus will present seven exhibits which will include the works of art members of the gallery, CLC art professors, and CLC students. Erick Rowe’s exhibit is the first of seven exhibits to be displayed. The exhibit began September 1 and will be at the gallery until October 7. It is titled “Lumiére Horizon.” Rowe described the exhibit as a “collection of photographs exploring concepts across the United States and how these illusionary spaces reflect the desires of society.” Through his photographs, Rowe explains that everyone wants to live in a perfect town or city, go to a good school, and make a good living.
He also explained that the concept can relate to the presidential election. Society’s constant want for perfection, for him, was what the election was all about when voters chose candidates. This collection’s motivation changed with the body of work, but not with the subject. Rowe has always been drawn to urban spaces and how human structures connect with nature. The photos in his collection were taken in Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, California, Nevada, and Arizona; but not all are shown in the CLC exhibit. Chicago has always been a major part of his work, and was a major step for him to attend graduate school and later teach at Columbia College in Chicago. Art lovers can look forward to the next opening of the second exhibit, “Recent Works: A Juried Competition” on Friday, Oct. 13.
trembling earthquake. Another, of him falling through space which symbolizes how love can be earth-shattering and scary, but also exciting. Various other shots can be representative of the type of love, or serendipity, which the song talks about. High-quality production, exhibited in “Serendipity”, exemplifies the type of creative spirit that loyal fans have come to expect from the group. Lyrics to the song describe a declaration of full-blown love. It’s an easygoing song, with a simple beat, which helps highlight the bandmates incredible singing ability. Additionally, the fact that the lyrics are gender-neutral has also pleased a lot of fans. “Serendipity” was composed by Ray Michael Dijan Jr who has worked previously with the group on their song “Save Me,” and the lyrics were contributed by bandmate Rap Monster. The K-pop group unveiled to fans on social media the album’s tracklist on Sept. 12, less than a week before the album’s release. The album consists of nine
BTS is releasing a new album on Sept. 18. Photo courtesy of iLyrics Buzz.
songs altogether: “Intro: Serendipity,” “DNA,” “Best of Me,” “(Unofficial translation: Dimple)” “Pied Piper,” “Skit: Billboard Music Awards Speech,” “MIC Drop,” “(Unofficial translation: Go Before Worries) Go,” and “Outro: Her.” “Love Yourself: Her” is the fourth of the group’s thematic eras which form a collective narrative; the
first one being the “School” trilogy, followed by “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life,” and the “WINGS” series. The album is expected to be released in four versions: “L,” “O,” “V,” and “E.” Three highlight reels have been released for the “Love Yourself” series, which each delve deeper into the narrative. The series is expected to last until 2018.
Award-winning poet performs at CLC Andy Pratt Staff Reporter
Denice Frohman, award-winning poet, performed Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room A013 at the Grayslake Campus. She has been a featured speaker at more than 200 colleges and universities and performed at the White House in 2016. The event was part of the College of Lake County’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage month and was free and open to the public. Frohman is a writer, performer, educator and speaker, whose work explores the intersections of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality and the “in-betweenness” that exists in us all. Born and raised in New York City, Frohman was the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2014 Canto-
Mundo Fellow and 2014 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Fund for the Arts grant recipient. She was a 2013 Hispanic Choice Award recipient for “Creative Artist of the Year,” 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion and 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her poems have garnered over 7.5 million views online, and she has been interviewed by media including CNN and Univision 65. Frohman’s poetry focuses on social change. As an organizer at The Philly Youth Poetry Movement, a literary and youth empowerment nonprofit organization, she has worked to create safe spaces for Philadelphia teens to discover the power of their voices. Her passion to mentor and work with young people has always been a central part of her work.
Poet Denice Frohman performed at CLC on Sept. 13. Photo courtesy of CLC.
Frohman’s debut album, “Feels Like Home,” blends music, poetry and song in collaboration with several of Lauryn Hill’s former band members and musicians from Alo Brasil. She has also played professional basketball in Puerto Rico after college where she earned a four-year athletic scholarship.
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Classic horror icon returns to Hollywood in “It” Paul Raasch Staff Reporter
“It” was released on Friday, Sept. 7. Directed by Andrés Muschietti, it is a remake of the classic 1990 film. Photo courtesy of IGN.com
with his friends who are aptly named “The Losers Club” to uncover the mystery of the disappearances and to ultimately defeat Pennywise. The acting in the film passes with flying colors. The adults do their job well, and the children whom make up “The Losers Club” also give humanity to each of the characters. Each experience their own personal torment at home, in addition to the torment of Pennywise. The characters are so likable, that if the demonic
clown were removed, it would be a coming-of-age tale that would excel on its own. One of the crowd favorites of the film was Richie, played by Fin Wolfheart, whose immature jokes and charismatic attitude was charming and humorous. It is learned later that Pennywise feeds off the fear of children and needs them to be in a frightened state before consuming them. This allowed for added depth to the characters, and as their fears are discov-
ered, they slowly have to overcome, or battle them, to render Pennywise powerless. Many moviegoers regularly see the characters as targets for the killer in the film. With “IT,” you care if they make it out or not, which gives each scare more weight to it. Muschietti directs the film with a strong flow, quick pacing, and his shots, which were helped by cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung, are composed with expert care. The screenplay is more
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faithful to the novel than the mini-series, but “IT” makes a few changes from the novel which are sensible. An obvious change is the setting, now in the late 1980s, opposed to the late 1950s where the novel takes place. While the film probably won’t entirely terrify, “IT” is a must-see for any horror fan with its memorable characters, intriguing story, and expert technical sensibilities. One can hope that this film will set a standard for remakes from Hollywood. Photo by H. Fajardo. www.henryfajardo.com
“IT,” a new remake of the horror film, based on the Stephen King novel, was released on Sept. 7. With Hollywood’s recent infatuation with remakes, many moviegoers have been cynical over seeing familiar stories retold, to capitalize on people’s nostalgia. Upon the release of the first trailer for “IT,” along with the debut images with actor Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown, people were skeptical of the film, but curious. Directed by Andrés Muschietti (who also directed the 2013 horror film “Mama) “IT,” takes place in Derry, Maine during the 1980s. The town has a dark past, as many of its citizens have disappeared without a trace over the town’s long history. A pattern is discovered that disappearances, especially among young children, spike in the town every thirty years. The time is here again, and Bill Denbrough, played by Jaeden Lieberher, loses his younger brother, Georgie, played by Jackson Robert Scott, to the notorious clown villain Pennywise, early on in the film. Bill swears he will avenge his brother and attempts, along
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“Not Anymore” should demonstrate “Never Again” Andy Pratt Staff Reporter
The luminescence of an Angel of Light, beckoning onto follow forth, through a warm and lovely haze. This is not the common perception of a sexual predator. The “Not Anymore” program aims to clarify for students, who voluntarily access through their student center accounts. Providing students with peer based accounts of surviving domestic or sexual abuse, “Not Anymore” has an effective approach that flows consistently through the course, as long as its content is deemed believable to that target audience. The effectiveness of the program relies heavily on how viewers can relate with those they see on screen. Simply, the more the viewer feels they can relate with the survivors, the more apt they will be to believe. The program goes to great lengths to address many demographics of a student body, including race, sex and students with disabilities. According to the Culture of Respect, colleges which utilize the program can “select any combination of the 19 modules offered.” While Student Success has reported positive
reviews of “Not Anymore” from students that have used the program, according to Culture of Respect there have been “no peer-reviewed studies of Not Anymore.” The long term effectiveness of a program which has aimed at appealing to a generation of students, affected by a heroin epidemic, which grew up in an age with pornography available through many places online, is yet to be seen. What would help in its purpose, is if “Not Anymore” allowed for the testimony of a remorseful perpetrator of an incident. Not to glorify this individual, but to provide a thorough portrayal of the journey of those victimized, to being a survivor. The remorseful person on screen, alongside many survivors, would help achieve this purpose. “I don’t know how many people have recognized in themselves, but I know the program has options to recognize,” said Natalie Juarez, ZCenter prevention specialist and CLC SaVE (Sexual Violence Elimination committee). The program endeavors to reconcile its mission with sensitivity, by offering trigger warnings. Victims and survivors of any stage of coping, with personal experiences of domestic
abuse or sexual violence, would be wise to remember there is no shame in worrying about triggers. There is no shame in not being able to process something they may feel uncomfortable, or terrifying as Hell. In addition to violent fits of rage, and extremes vastly unpleasant, I have had to live through traumatic memories partially resurface into the conscious mind, as well as night terrors. There have been instances, my mind and body made decisions without me. Although never having sexually assaulted or raped anyone, a significant portion of my social demeanor would reasonably be considered a red flag, by conscientious members of either sex searching for someone to be with, have fun with, build a future together. A common perception of one hoping to pair with a broken personage, in hopes to “change” or improve their lives, is oft a symptom of a cyclical pattern of an abused mentality. Through which many endeavor to escape in vain, only if they are brave enough to try to save themselves. This has impacted my ability to hold, and maintain, any intimate relationships. This has impacted how I have seen life since
childhood. That I have to accept this, with regret; I cannot let it define me. While a majority of victims of domestic or sexual abuse won’t go on to become abusers themselves, the line can get vague as to where any person should not dare tread across. There are abusers that were once victims themselves. Whether subconsciously acting upon fixations developed, which may have originated from prior occurrences upon the perpetrator, can be the difference compared to someone not caring for how their victim will feel. The “Not Anymore” program would do well, to include an account of a remorseful perpetrator of
sexual abuse or assault. Not to undermine the experiences of survivors, but to provide a point of reference, for the overall goal that rehabilitation may work. That victims can reclaim their lives, and that some abusers may change. To remind students and others that their friends, or themselves, could one day be caught in these situations. That there is no clear profile for who will. A goal of recovery can be for victims to reclaim their lives from their abusers. The college is wise in not requiring this program for graduation. Not Anymore, say “Never Again.”
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Student rediscovers voice, future at CLC Maria Garcia Staff Reporter
Autumn has unofficially made its debut. Not only in the weather, in the other parts of our lives as well. The colorful transition from summer to autumn not only reminds us of all things Halloween and pumpkin spice lattes, but the idea that things are changing. It comes by as a reminder that school is back in session and to goodbye to all the memories made over summer break, making room for the responsibilities and commitments that are soon to come our way. I fully admit that I am one of those people who have a hard time adjusting
when school starts. I use to sleep in and wake up late, I did not have any homework to worry about, and going to class seemed like a faraway dream. Luckily, returning to an environment like the College of Lake County has always made it an easier transition. CLC has all the right materials needed for me to thrive this semester. For those struggling with new classes, CLC offers a great tutoring center in the library for both math and english. If I ever need help with math homework or an essay revision, I know I can seek help in tutors. Reaching out to the resources given to you simply is a matter of going
the extra mile. They have counselors who are helpful in choosing the correct classes needed for a degree or certification at CLC. They can also give me advice on how to handle transferring to a bigger school after my degree, which is something I always worry about when planning for my future. I am fortunate enough to have an amazing transfer counselor who is showing me step by step on what to do next since I will no longer be a student at CLC after this fall semester. I plan to finish my last two years of undergrad at DePaul University in Chicago where I will major in journalism. After that, I plan to enroll in law school at
DePaul’s College of Law, and hopefully get my master’s degree in Immigration Law. Choosing a college to transfer to was definitely not easy, but CLC made it easier. Another thing that I and many other students worry about is how to afford college. CLC provides scholarships and financial aid, in addition to the reduced prices per credit hour in comparison to other big universities. Now that I look back, going to CLC was by the far the best decision I have ever made because I didn’t have to pay an outrageous amount of money for a single semester at a bigger institution. My two years at CLC
having been nothing but bliss for me. I had the opportunity to meet great people who have helped me not only career wise, but they helped me work towards improving myself. I look back at my first semester as a freshman versus my last fall semester, right now, and I can honestly say that I have changed. Coming in, I felt I like I had an idea of who I was and what I wanted to major in, but CLC polished me like an old penny. I now know who I am, and where I want to take the next step in life. My future has never looked brighter, all thanks to CLC.
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Nuclear war is unrealistic for opposing countries Daniel Lynch
All recent evidence suggests that North Korea has attained the capability to produce nuclear weapons. On September 3, North Korea tested a weapon that yielded a 100 kiloton explosion which is six times stronger than the weapons used on Japan in WWII. Every time North Korea is in the news it’s hard to ignore it. News outlets will talk about the implications of war, the ranges of missiles, and maybe your friends even joke about the doom of a nuclear war or being drafted to fight. But how many of us understand the situation of U.S. and North Korean relations? It can be similar to asking “Why is there a war in Syria right now?” The answer is obviously complicated. North Korea is a highly militarized rogue state that is consistently threatening destruction upon its enemies. But how real is that possibility? Should we be scared? The answer to our safety lies in the GMD (Ground-based Missile Defense system) and the Patriot Missile system. Both of these defense mechanisms almost assure the security of the United States, should an enemy launch a nuclear strike. Their function is to intercept ballistic missiles that would be heading towards us. Although it is unclear if North Korea has yet built a delivery system capable of
reaching the mainland of the United States. If you’ve ever felt the imminent danger that the media and some politicians want you to feel, these are the facts that can help you can rest easy. So then, what are the stakes of dealing with North Korea? Where is the danger? Is there going to be a war? If you listen to President Trump and some of his military advisors, it would seem like war is imminent. “Fire and Fury” was promised by President Trump on August 9th as a red line on North Korea making threats. So obviously later that day North Korea threatened they had the capabilities to attack Guam. And twenty days later on August 28th North Korea launched a missile test that flew over Japanese airspace. So we draw lines and make threats, but we’re not following through. Again, what are the stakes? For the nuance answer, we turn to the former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. “There is no military solution” He said in a recent interview with Robert Kuttner of the American Prospect “Forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about; there’s no military solution here, they got us.” And that is the truth of it. We can’t go to war with North Korea because they
Graphic by Hannah Strassburger
will retaliate at our allies of South Korea and Japan. And while we could certainly win that war, it’s not worth the loss of life. There is not a real prospect of an imminent war. Does that mean that North Korea is something to be ignored? Of course not, they have the capabilities and motivation to be dangerous. That is why the United States
has a military base in South Korea, and why we engage in shows of force with our navy, air forces, and those of our allies. They are not there to invade North Korea. Instead, they demonstrate that we can and will react to them if they make a military action. The long term solution to handling North Korea is going to require cool heads and
in depth negotiations. But, it seems unlikely we will see that in our current administration. South Korea is reasonably on edge when North Korea makes its threats, and the United States responds in turn. However, Russia, another major power in the region has been pushing for both sides to negotiate instead of boister.
We need to talk about our disagreements, not reject each other Rachel Schultz News Editor
This summer has been full of violence. From college rallies that descended into chaos, to Hitler salutes at Neo-Nazi rallies, to cars speeding into crowds of people, to anti-fascists battering police and protesters, there seems to be no end in sight. Everyone has strong opinions; that much is clear. What isn’t clear is just why they think violence and thuggery is the answer. If one side will just shout loud enough, maybe they can drown the other side out. What happened to the
hope and optimism voiced in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.? “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war,” he declared, “that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Tragically, King’s words and example were ignored when his life was cut short by an assassin. Abandoning the non-violence that was winning the struggle for civil rights, mobs began loot-
ing, burning, and destroying. None of it could undo King’s killing, all it did was add more violence to it. “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive,” King said. “He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” This truth is easy to ignore. Too often, we can easily find the bad in our enemies, while conveniently forgetting that the same potential for good or bad is in us as well. It’s way too easy
to write off the opposition as ignorant, wacky, or evil. But if both sides write each other off, breaches will continue indefinitely. We should never forget that no matter where we stand or what our views are, we are human beings. Not one of us is a hopeless case, and a little listening goes a long way. So what’s the problem? Should we not discuss controversial issues, in hopes they will go away? Historically, that hasn’t worked so well for us. Slavery was the most controversial issue in our history, but keeping it on the back burner didn’t help; it only led to Civil War.
We need to talk. We need to listen to other’s viewpoints, especially when we disagree with them. We need to get off social media mode and respect each other. Disagreeing is one thing. Dehumanizing others is another. We are not more right when we do that, just more selfrighteous. We should speak up against injustice, while not forgetting that there are two sides to every issue. And we should never the forget the humanity of those who disagree with us.
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Trump administration praying for a racist America Juan Toledo Staff Reporter
Is the Trump administration racist? The answer: an emphatic yes. If the fact wasn’t already abundantly clear during Trump’s proclamation for the 2016 presidency where he marginalized all Mexicans as “rapists,” or his complacent response to condemn the Klansmen, Neo Nazi’s and White Supremacists in attendance for the unite the right rally in Charlottesville, then Trump’s decision to end the Obama era’s DACA program was the writing on the wall. Prior to his inauguration, the President’s campaign rhetoric was promoting hate speech towards ‘minority groups’, journalists, or any media speaking negatively of his tenure; subsequently garnishing a cult-like following throughout the campaign trail. Outspoken critics of immigration law like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Kris Kobach—creator of Arizona’s controversial “Paper’s Please” law—soon started to endorse Trump as their nominee for president. Trump’s comments have spiraled his approval rating to record lows for a President, standing in the mid30s; and it’s now becoming increasingly obvious who
Trump’s base consists of, and what it is they’re trying to accomplish while Trump holds office. Among that base is former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, who tweeted the following the day after Trump’s election victory., “Donald J. Trump now has the chance to become one the greatest Americans to have ever lived - we have the moral high ground, 100%!” Since January, Trump, his administration and his cult-of-personality, have been making subtle strides to transform America into a White-Christian nation. On May 4, Trump signed “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” an executive order that enables any religious organization to engage in or endorse political speech and candidates; violating the first amendment of the constitution as a result, which states, “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Then, on Sept. 6, Trump once again made his agenda known by deciding to rescind DACA. Capt’n Trump’s white whale. Only he’s hallucinating this ‘whale’ by perpetuating more lies about Latin-Americans and Immigrants. The GOP’s recent claims
accuse DACA recipients for the failing economy and high unemployment rate in the U.S., but those facts couldn’t be any further from the truth, as all DACA recipients are ineligible for welfare programs and legal status. All of these baseless claims are exactly that: baseless. It only reinforces the fact that this country is currently being run by incompetent bigots that will resort to scapegoating in order to “Make America Great Again.” For centuries the U.S government has been exploiting and profiting off of all ‘illegal aliens’, regardless of their ethnic background. I speak on behalf of those whom have been emotionally affected by Trump’s recent actions, and from the experience of coming from a household of immigrants, whom have been in the United States since the early 70’s. The truth about undocumented immigrants is that they have no choice but to abide by the law or they face the risk of deportation; so, that means they pay taxes like any average American, even though they don’t have social securities to receive refund checks. And without Social Security, most medical or living expenses for undocumented immigrants
must come directly out of pocket. To add more fuel to the fire, prior to this decision Trump pardoned and praised Joe Arpaio, an Arizona Sheriff that was convicted of criminal contempt after racially profiling illegal immigrants. Even if you are a Trump supporter and you find yourself disagreeing with his recent comments, or lack thereof, then you have to realize that his demeanor is being stigmatized and practiced by those who continue to align themselves with his divisive politics. Southern Poverty Law reported about 900 cases of hate crimes within the first ten days after his election; and on Sep. 13, 24 year-old William Boucher was arrested outside of a Chicago Starbucks for aggravated
battery while shouting out racial slurs. Trump has no intent on intergrading immigrants into this country, as this is racism’s last ditch effort in the form of white nationalism. As he stated on Sept. 14 that his administration is not seeking amnesty for young immigrants here illegally, adding to the notion of border security, “if we do not have that wall, we’re doing nothing.” Trump and base do not embody this country’s values and it clear now that he does not represent its best interests, and if he continues to defy the law that this country was based on, then, sooner rather than later this country will become one nation under Trump, divisible by hate speech and the injustice of whites.
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Athletes deserve to be heard, not silenced Austin Weber
People have always used sports as a way to distract themselves from what’s going on in the world. They’re fun and, unless you find yourself a die-hard fan, not very serious for anyone not competing. But lately, sports has become a stage for people of influence to speak their mind on social issues and politics. This brings up an issue: is this the right time and place? When athletes or other prominent figures speak, society tends to listen. We look up to the LeBron James’ and the Tom Brady’s of the world because they’re successful. When they have
something to say, we wanna hear it. But does this mean we want their opinions to take away from sports? In 2016, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines by taking a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African-Americans and other minorities. His motivations behind it were harmless, but his choice kneeling during our country’s song came with a ton of backlash; people calling him anti-American and disrespectful, among other things. This protest has continued into this year and likely won’t end anytime soon, and it has potentially cost Kaepernick any chance of
playing in the NFL ever again. It has become a distraction to the fans who want to watch the game. But by causing the distraction, he is able to bring millions of people’s attention over to the issue. The latest incidents involving politics and sports have come with similar backlash from the fans. Amidst the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, radio announcer Robert Lee was pulled from announcing a game because his name bears resemblance to the civil war general. This was obviously ridiculous because no fan would be opposed to listening to the man because of his name, and provides of an
example of why politics and sports shouldn’t always be mixed, but is far from being a reason to separate the two altogether. Most recently, ESPN’s Jemele Hill sent a tweet calling president Donald Trump a “white supremacist” and a “bigot.” These aren’t new ideas; Trump is called these names all the time. Sports fans, however, have grown tired of political talk, and she even nearly lost her job because of it-- all for stating her opinion. The problem with the backlash that Hill has gotten is that she didn’t even say this on a sports platform; she tweeted it. But because she represents ESPN, people don’t want to hear her opin-
ion on politics. I understand that sports is a place to escape all of the stresses of the world, but athletes and sports personalities are people with opinions, just like everyone else in the world. An average person can do something to try and spark change or start a conversation about an issue, but they don’t have the platform to be seen. Athletes have the privilege of being heard when they speak, so why should we be against them using it to do good? We should be commending them for having the courage to stand up for what’s wrong in this country and speak out for those who can’t.
Monday, september 18, 2017
Truth Conquers All Since 1969
Vol 51, No.2
Former women’s basketball player signs to Trinity International Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief
Justice Moore, a 6’1’’ former women’s basketball player at the College of Lake County, has committed to play basketball at Trinity International University as of Wednesday, Aug. 9. Moore was a part of the 2014-15 team at CLC where she earned 2nd Team AllSkyway Conference honors. Moore finished her sophomore season at CLC placing 25th in the NJCAA in blocked shots, and was an NJCAA national player of the week. As a high school basketball player for North Chicago High School, Moore helped lead her team to an IHSA regional title. Additionally, she was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. Moore’s passion for basketball began in fourth grade, and since then, she has been following her dream. “Although I knew CLC’s basketball team sometimes struggled, I knew what my
talent and hard work would bring [to the team],” she said. “I saw the opportunities open to me at CLC [at the time], so I took what was given to me. But it’s also taught me that change is good,” she said. “Being able to adapt to new players and a new coach takes time, but in the end it’s all worth it.” Moore chose to transfer to TIU because of the school’s dedication to its students and emphasis on education. At TIU, she will be pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. “It’s astonishing how the staff are determined and passionate about their students,” Moore said. “TIU has a great academic reputation and basketball program. By attending [TIU], I hope this experience helps shape me into a very unique, independent, and successful entrepreneur.” “TIU’s basketball program had an impact on me because I saw that they had a new coach,” Moore said.
Justice Moore, bottom right, poses with supporting family members as she signs with TIU. Photo courtesy of the TIU Athletics website
“[Coach Irvin Jerry] has a great reputation.” Jerry’s team earned a NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)scholar award, with its athletes averaging at a 3.20 GPA. According to Jerry at TIU, “Justice is a perfect fit for what we will do on both
ends of the ball.” “It’s hard to find six-footers that can get a doubledouble, let alone do that while playing inside out; we found that in Justice,” Jerry said. Moore’s biggest piece of advice to young female basketball players looking for a college to transfer to as
an athlete is to find stability in a school. “Make sure the school is big on academics. And make sure that you, as an athlete, work as hard as you can on and off the court,” Moore said. “No one has a guaranteed spot on a team-- they have to earn it.”
Scandrett said. “It’s going to outlive me and outlive many people here so we need a system to set the requirements.” Scandrett is looking to lay down the foundation for future generations of athletes and staff at CLC. “It’s not something that we want to do every year,” he said. “I think it’s important to wait a certain number of years after they have left CLC to be considered for the Hall of Fame because the unique thing about [CLC] is that our athletes’ careers don’t end here. They usually go off to play somewhere else, like a four year school, and they continue being suc-
cessful.” The importance of not only being an athlete, but being an athlete at CLC, was stressed by Scandrett. “We want them to make an impact at CLC, accomplish something here – we want them to have a story career with us,” he said. Apart from the charter and requirements, Scandrett wants to make sure CLC stays away from popularity contests. “I hope to establish a board to vote in the nominees. It shouldn’t be just one person shaping the history or recognizing CLC athletes,” Scandrett said. After the Charter is
set and the board is established, Scandrett hopes to go back through history and pick out athletes that might have fell through the cracks throughout the years. “We want to honor the key people in our history,” Scandrett said. “We want to look back and figure out who has been worthy to take a second look at.” The college can be on the lookout for an induction night in spring 2018, where they will announce the nominees and officially induct them into the College of Lake County’s Hall of Fame as the HOF Class of 2018.
CLC Hall of Fame to be updated for spring semester Shelby Brubaker Staff Reporter
The College of Lake County’s Athletic Director, Nic Scandrett, and his team have began to update and revamp the college’s Hall of Fame. CLC’s Hall of Fame hasn’t had any new inductees since 2010, but that will change for the upcoming spring semester of 2018. Scandrett has been working on organizing and digitizing the Hall of Fame throughout his time at CLC. “Our first task was to take care of the information we have already and better display it,” Scandrett said.
The athletic department has spent many hours tracking down biographies and pictures of the Hall of Fame inductees to display on the athletic website and have on record for anyone to access. “It’s a long process trying to dig through all of the files that need to be looked at. This is the hard part,” he said. Scandrett and the Athletic Department are also working on some sort of guidebook to determine who qualifies for induction into the Hall of Fame. “We need to have some sort of charter that outlines the criteria to be considered for the Hall of Fame,”