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CLC completes sustainable science building

The new science building at CLC is expected to open in late August of this year.

Jason Gomez Staff Reporter

The new Science Building at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus is expected to open in late August. Installing and moving equipment takes longer for science labs than for normal classrooms. The purpose of the new building is to house laser labs as well as mechatronics, or technology combining electronics and mechanical engineering, on the first floor; and chemistry labs on the second and third. In the meantime, construction workers are working diligently in order to move in furniture by the

end of April. New equipment will be featured in the building, composed of LEED platinum, which is the highest possible rating in a building. Besides being modern, the sustainability of the building will be outstanding in terms of being eco-friendly and economical. Geothermal energy will fuel the heating of the building in cold months, while the common temperature of the ground will remain consistent in order to provide coolness during the summer. In order to get maximum solar energy, the positioning of the building’s windows has been planned accordingly.

Classrooms have long, rectangular windows that will take in direct sunlight, storing the energy for heating. Another exciting feature will be sun shades that will darken windows during extreme heat in order to provide shade. There are 48 underground wells to collect reclaimed water that will be used to flush toilets as well as serving other needs. Recycling water will lead to reducing the amount used, lowering costs as a result. Solar panels on the roof and LED fixtures will cut 80 percent of efficiency costs as well. Because of the

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environmental focus of the building, a prominent feature will be a “living wall.” A “living” or “green” wall is a wall space covered with plants that run along the wall surface. They have grown in popularity in urban settings in efforts to reduce carbon dioxide levels in the air and now, CLC will have one of its own. There have been talks of having fruit plants installed on the wall so that people passing by can casually pick out a snack on their way to class, as well as a wall of vines and flowers. To further the effect of being outdoors, there will also be three green roofs that

may serve as gardens. Inclusiveness is very important and in order to ensure that everyone will have equal opportunities to conduct research and carry out experiments, counters and mechanics in labs have been lowered in order to allow easier access for students in wheelchairs. Because student zones have grown in popularity, there will be new areas for people looking for a quiet space to study, relax, or hang out. Overall, the new building will be energy efficient, featuring the newest technology and beneficial for everyone on campus, especially science majors and teachers.



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State budget crisis keeps CLC on its toes

Demi Richter Staff Reporter

Because of conflict between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and a Democratic-controlled state legislature, Illinois has struggled to come to terms on a budget agreement. Over the last two years, the State’s budget impasse has been a serious problem for higher education in Illinois. The College of Lake County is no exception to this issue. To find out exactly how CLC is being affected, we spoke to several CLC officials. “Historically, community college revenue is to be distributed equally between tuition and fees, property tax, and state funding,” said Comptroller Connie Kravitz, from CLC’s Finance Office. Currently, CLC’s operating funds, projected for the fiscal year of 2018 are at 64.1 percent from local taxes/property tax, 29 percent tuition and fees, and 6.6 percent state funding. Over the last two years,

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CLC’s state funding dropped from $8 million in 2015, to $2 million in 2016. So far for the fiscal year of 2017, CLC has received $3.4 million. Because of the lack of revenue from the state, this has increased the amount of funding pressure on property tax and tuition/fee increases. With the state still in a fiscal crisis for its 19th month, financial aid funding is already suffering. “Due to the loss of the

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O’Brien, the school plans to add three new faculty members. “The school has not reduced any full-time faculty to part-time teaching positions in the past year,” O’Brien said. “We anticipate hiring three new full-time faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year.” There may be hope on the horizon for Illinois’ higher education. “CLC’s fiscal situation is evolving,” said Kenneth

Gotsch, Vice President of Administrative Affairs. “The state may pass a second six-month budget and adopt a modestly funded higher education budget for next year, in which case there would be no likely position impact. “However, in the event the state budget impasse continues, CLC will ultimately need to look at cutting costs to bring spending in line with state funding realities.”

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state’s Monetary Award Program (MAP), financial funding may be hurting student enrollment,” Kravitz said. “With enrollment down and the state continuing to operate without a balanced budget, those employed in higher education are left wondering how this will affect them.” CLC currently has 224 full-time and 840 part-time teachers. However, according to Assistant Vice President of Education Affairs, Ali

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Lack of state funding causes uncertainty for University Center

The University Center of Lake County is at risk because of the lack of state funding.

Peter Ralston Staff Reporter

Lone among the beautiful prairie that surrounds CLC lies the three-story building called the University Center of Lake County, or UCLC. This building is not owned by CLC. It houses 10 public and 12 private institutions. These schools include Illinois State, DePaul, UIUC, Loyola, and others. The University Center serves non-traditional students that are tied down by jobs and families, but still want the opportunity to further their education. This program was started in 1997 with only 87 students, and 12 institutions: six private and six public. The program began at the CLC campus, but continued growth the Center to be built in 2005. Out of 66 other UCs in the

country, which all started in the 90s, the University Center of Lake County is now the largest of its kind out of 66 other UCs in the country, which all started in the 90s. Gary Grace is the executive director and dean of the UCLC since 2001, and has been passionately working in education for more than twenty years, starting as a teacher. He believes this program is a “great investment and return to the community.” For example, there is a federal grant program supported by No Child Left Behind, that has, provided free tuition to Spanish speaking elementary education majors for 11 years. They must teach at a challenged school for 3 years, usually in an area where they come from. Before, these students were usually paraprofessionals at these schools,

but with a college degree, their salary increased five times. For all other programs, the UCLC helps graduates find jobs, which further insures that their mission succeeds. However, this may not last forever. The Illinois state budget crisis has caused the UCLC’s federal funding to decrease from $2.9 million in 2008, to zero in 2016. To help leverage costs, the UCLC has had to cut employees and certain programs. “We raise more than a million dollars a year through companies such as AbbVie, and we also charge rental fees to member institutions that use the classrooms,” Grace said. All of this places the Center in quite a financial bind that certainly threatens the future of this essential program.

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Even though Grace is uncertain of the future, he remains optimistic. “There needs to be collaborative thinking amongst the member institutions, including all the community colleges that prioritizes university centers. If the state cannot contribute, enough people will be concerned enough to come up with a financial model. Most of our stakeholders are very invested,” Grace said. For now, the UCLC is in good hands. “We have enough money saved up to last without state funding for two years,” Grace said. Keeping UCLC alive is crucial for the hundreds of non-traditional students enrolled. Students that live nearby and commute to UCLC have higher GPAs than students that spend an hour commuting to Chicago,

according to a study Grace cited. Whatever the future of the UCLC, this program fills a void for many older students that probably could not obtain a bachelor’s otherwise. “Most likely, the program can still continue in a limited way if state funding discontinues,” Grace said. “The Illinois State Board of Higher Education has declared that if the UCLC ceases to exist, the property will be taken by CLC.” It is sad to see Illinois’ state budget issues threaten the ability of hundreds of older students to achieve a bachelor’s, a necessary requirement for most well-paying jobs. The future is uncertain for the UCLC, but with enough advocacy and support, this program could remain for future generations.

CLC professor had passion for meteorology, teaching Diana Panuncial Managing Editor

College of Lake County meteorology instructor Viggo Elkjar Jensen III, known as “Vic,” died on Feb. 8, 2017. A private memorial service will be held March 18 for close family. Jensen was born on Aug. 27, 1954 and grew up in Chicago Heights. His family was of Danish descent and he was the oldest of four siblings. His love for meteorology began at the young age of

nine, when a tornado hit his hometown in 1963. “He kept looking out at the tornado,” said his sister, Kim Musashe. “It’s what began his fascination with the weather. As he grew up, he really wanted to be a forecaster.” “His dream was to have his own weather consulting firm,” Musashe said. He also started broadcasting weather reports. Jensen’s sister recalled her surprise at hearing her brother broadcasting “Weather on the Eights” on the radio for

the first time. “I was listening to the radio and I recognized my brother’s voice,” Musashe said. “I didn’t know it was him! I was surprised.” Since then, Jensen had done weather forecasting in Kansas, Nebraska, and Wichita, as well as the Department of Defense in Norfolk, Virginia and the National Weather Service in North Dakota in 1994. While in North Dakota, he began to teach meteorology classes at Bismarck State

College. He retired from the NWS in 2010. Jensen was hired to teach meteorology at CLC in 2014. Christian J. Roldán Johnson, the Associate Dean of the Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences department, shared his thoughts on Jensen. “Vic was the sweetest, most hard-working man you could ever meet,” Johnson said. “He loved his students and hated to miss a single class. In the past four years of his teaching at CLC, he

only missed class twice.” He is greatly missed by his two sisters and brother, as well a niece and nephew. Jensen was a graduate of Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, received his Associate of Arts degree from Governors State University in Will County, took correspondence courses in Meteorology at Penn State University, State College, and got his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees of Science in Meteorology at Northern University in DeKalb.



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International student’s optimism leads to opportunity Abbey Osborn Staff Reporter

College of Lake County German international student, Angelo Schulz, is embracing his opportunity of having a full college experience. The ability to move to America to attend a college like CLC is not an option for most students overseas. This experience has opened many doors for Schulz. “It was an adventure to leave home and attend college in America,” said Schulz, “but it was worth the risk. The people are nice here, and there are many opportunities.” As schools in Germany require students to learn English, a language barrier wasn’t an obstacle to Schulz’s journey to America. He has since become very active in his educational endeavors. Schulz is studying business and participates in the Business Club here at CLC. He is also a student ambassador, giving prospective students tours around the college. This responsibility led to one of his funniest experiences here at CLC. “During a tour, we walk backwards a lot so that the students can understand us better,” Schulz explained. “So, I was walking backwards near the Café Willow area, constantly paying close attention from the corner of my eye for what is ahead

of me,” he began. “When I looked back to my students I saw that some were smiling and one student was about to say something, but it was already too late. I walked right into a sign! Luckily, I didn’t fall.” Fortunately for Schulz, the rest of his time at CLC has been smooth-sailing. It has been exciting and valuable, according to Schulz--but it’s a different experience from a school in Germany. In Germany, directly after grade school, students are placed in different levels of academic success which determine where they can attend school. “There are some advantages and disadvantages to it,” Schulz said. “Some of the advantages are that students in advanced schools have a better learning environment since the general atmosphere is more concentrated on academic success. “[But] if you aren’t doing well in elementary school and get placed in one of the lower schools, your grades could be impacted negatively by other students who don’t really share the interests of learning.” Schulz has friends who attend public universities in Germany, which are free to citizens and international students. Nonetheless, he is glad that he chose to attend CLC as

Angelo Schulz is a German international student at CLC.

he hopes to work in the U.S. Stock Market after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in business administration. However, there are some challenges to being an international student in America. This is a period of time when the government appears to be taking a hard stance on immigration, banning certain countries, and attempting to build a wall

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around ours to keep everyone out. Nevertheless, Schulz says he isn’t worried. “We should not forget that we still live in a democracy,” he said, “where one person has not all the power. There are still other branches who have to approve before something becomes a law, and there are still the people who welcome other people from different nationalities.”

“I realize that as an international student, certain things are more than just difficult to accomplish,” Schulz said. “There is a German saying, ‘Wo ein Wille ist, ist auch ein Weg,’ meaning ‘Where there is a will, there is also a way.’ I believe if you truly want something, there is nothing going to stop you from reaching that goal other than yourself.”

CLC event encourage girls to seek STEM careers Kimberly Jimenez Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County will planned to host STEM Day, a free event for girls in grades 7-12 who are interested in learning more about Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) programs on Feb 25. CLC has emphasized the importance of encouraging girls of a young age to pursue these fields and raise awareness about the issue of gender disparity in STEM through the event. Women make up nearly half the U.S. collegeeducated workforce, yet they continue to be vastly underrepresented in STEM

careers and as STEM degree holders. “We have more and more female students considering these careers,” said Jeet Saini, Associate Dean of Biological and Health Sciences Division. “But, in my opinion, still not enough.” To address the underrepresentation issue of women in STEM, the event will feature hands-on workshops on a wide range of STEM subjects. It will also include informational career advice from experienced scientists and engineers. Scout groups, school groups, youth groups, and individual girls are encouraged to attend. CLC began this STEM

event for girls seven years ago, based on the premise that the shortage of females in STEM fields can be improved if more girls are encouraged to pursue these fields at an early age. According to Saini, the purpose of this event is the same as when it first began: to raise awareness of gender disparity in STEM, to eliminate the idea that STEM is synonymous with masculinity, to motivate anyone who has felt discouraged from pursuing these fields, and to show girls that there are opportunities waiting for them in STEM. Workshops will include hands-on activities that cover a range of subjects. The variety of different

workshops include “Secrets of the Sun,” “Mean Girls,” “Statistically Speaking,” “Infrared Astronomy: More Than Your Eyes Can See,” and much more. “The reason we are focusing on girls at this event is because girls are underrepresented in STEM fields. However, boys are also welcome at this event,” Saini said. CLC also encourages parents to take an active role in opening possibilities for their children. STEM for Parents is an event where parents can learn more about encouraging their daughters to pursue scholarships, programs in STEM, and more. These are fields that are going to lead to higher-

paying careers and more stable jobs. Parents are encouraged to bring their daughters (and sons) to the event and help younger generations “Discover Amazing Opportunities” in the Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math fields. Saini also stressed the responsibility every parent has to educate their children so that they may have a better future and know all of their options. “I have a daughter who is in first grade and a son who is in fifth grade,” Saini said. “We’re already talking to them about math and science. That’s my responsibility as a parent, also: to make them aware of the opportunities.”



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One Earth Film Festival raises awareness about sustainability Shea Walter Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County has recently been raising awareness about new ways to go green. Not too long ago, the school added a composting bin in the cafeteria in order to decrease the amount of food and paper waste going into Lake County’s landfills. Prairieland Disposal then picks up the compost from CLC and brings it to Midwest Organics, a local dairy farm just outside of Wauconda. There, the food waste is composted into nutrient-rich soil. CLC is also utilizing a more entertaining method to spread environmental awareness. During the week of March 3-12, the Chicagoland area is hosting the One Earth

Film Festival (OEFF), which deals with issues involving the environment. According to OEFF, this year there will be 47 screenings of 30 films across 39 venues in the Chicago area. Five of the films will be shown in Lake County. CLC will be working with other local sponsors to show these films, and two of them will be featured on campus. Anyone with an interest in the environment, films, or Leonardo DiCaprio will enjoy taking part in the event. “A Plastic Ocean” will be shown at 6:30 P.M. on March 10 in the A013 auditorium. According to OEFF, “‘A Plastic Ocean’ documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where

they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.” There will be an audience discussion after the film with several guests Jackie Grom, Conservation Partnerships & Programs Facilitator; Shedd Aquarium; and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Refreshments and concrete opportunities for action will also be shared. Following the screening on Friday night, audience members will be able to build art sculptures made out of plastic. This will be a fun way to get involved and be informed, while still enjoying time with friends or meeting new people. There will also be 8-10 virtual reality (VR) headsets before and after “A

Plastic Ocean,” featuring a short film that virtually brings audience members up close and personal with a Coral Reef near Papua, New Guinea. This portion of the event begins at 5:30 P.M. CLC is taking 80--possibly more-reservations for this unique VR experience. The second film, “Before the Flood” with Leonardo DiCaprio, will be shown at 6:30 P.M. on March 11, also in A013 and will feature Spanish subtitles. As stated by OEFF, “‘Before the Flood,’ presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the

reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction.” “Before the Flood” will also have discussions after the screening on Saturday night. There will be different tables made available to individuals at both screenings to talk about environmental issues and ways students can help make a difference. This will be a fun, educational event to promote both sustainability and environmentalism. The events are open to the community, so mark your calendar and invite your friends and family. Watching a movie alone at home is one way to do it, but come experience a community event intended to spread awareness on these important environmental issues.

Condoleezza Rice uses experience to break barriers for African Americans

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Black History Month was initiated to celebrate African American pioneers who overcame many obstacles, including racism and discrimination, to improve opportunities for other blacks and pave the way for others to follow. One of these pioneers is Condoleezza Rice. Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on November 14, 1954. Her musically-inclined mother selected the name Condoleezza for her first and only child, a play on an Italian word which means “to play with sweetness.” Both

her mother, Angelena, and her father, John Wesley Rice, Jr., were teachers. Her father also pastored a Presbyterian church in Birmingham. Rice was a very precocious little girl. At the age of three, she was already learning French, piano, figure skating, and ballet. Her parents taught her that she could be and do anything, if she set her mind to it. Her idyllic childhood did have some dark spots, though. In the 1960s, racial unrest in Birmingham turned violent. Police commissioner, Bull Connor, turned fire hoses and police dogs on civil rights protesters, some of them children, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Then, when Rice was eight, a gruesome tragedy occurred. “I remember being at my father’s church, and there was a low rumble,” Rice later said. “Everyone wondered what it was.” The church down the street from her father’s, 16th Street Baptist Church, had been bombed. The explosion killed four little girls who were attending Sunday School at the time. “Denise McNair, one of the little girls who was killed, had been a kindergarten friend of mine,”

Rice said. “Home-grown terrorism had come to Birmingham.” In spite of the trauma of losing her friend, Rice continued her studies. She continued to excel in piano and sports as well. Growing up, Rice was also a huge football fan. She would watch games with her dad, and became a football expert at a young age. Football is still her favorite sport. She once said that if she could have any job she wanted, she would choose being NFL commissioner. In 1968, Rice moved with her family to Denver, Colorado, where she graduated from high school at age 16. Enrolling in the University of Denver, she started to train as a professional pianist, but eventually changed her major from music to political science. Her most inspiring political science professor who greatly inspired her was the former Czech diplomat, Josef Korbel, whose daughter Madeleine Albright, later became Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton. Rice later became friends with Albright. In 1974, Rice earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Denver, and a master’s

at the University of Notre Dame the next year. Rice, who started out as a Democrat, later changed her political affiliation largely due to her father, who was a staunch Republican. Sometimes, this caused awkward moments. When her friend Madeleine Albright invited her to a Democratic campaign event, she hesitated. “Madeleine,” she finally said. “I don’t know how to tell you this. I’m a Republican.” After Notre Dame she returned to the University of Denver, learned to speak Russian fluently, and earned a PhD in Russian studies in 1981. Upon graduating, she became a political professor at Stanford University. A few years later, in 1986, she became adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff after one of its members, Brent Scowcroft, met her at a meeting and was impressed by her expertise. When George H. W. Bush was elected president, he appointed Rice as Director of Soviet and East European Affairs at the National Security Council in 1989. He came to rely on her more and more, and she became acquainted with the entire Bush family. She remained in this post until 1991, when she returned to Stanford,

becoming both the first female and the the first African American provost there. In 1999, Rice joined George W. Bush’s presidential campaign as a foreign relations adviser. After his election, Bush appointed her as the first female National Security Adviser in 2000, and the first African American female Secretary of State five years later. As Secretary, Rice fought against sexual slavery and other forms of slavery worldwide, and formed a nuclear energy agreement with India to reduce pollution. She also found time for other pursuits, working out almost every day, keeping up with football, and continuing with her piano playing. In 2002, she accompanied professional cellist Yo-Yo Ma for the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. In 2009, she returned to teaching at Stanford. She has written four books, including a memoir about growing up in Birmingham. And in 2012, she broke another barrier, becoming one of the first two female members of the previously all-male Augusta National Golf Club.



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‘Poetry and Jazz’ event gives students new perspective Jenn Arias

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The College of Lake County celebrated Black History Month and honored late student Holly Graham with its annual “Poetry and Jazz in Motion” fundraiser event on Feb. 25. Inspiration for the event began in May 2007 after the former CLC student and member of the Black Student Union, Graham, was killed in a car accident in Waukegan while driving a few students home. “Poetry and Jazz in Motion” emerged from the minds of Jorge Tennin, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Co-Advisor for the Black Student Union, and Beverly Phelps, Multicultural Coordinator, in 2008 to raise money for the Graham Foundation Scholarship. “When we first started [the foundation], we got about 7 or 8 people. And it just kind of grew from there,” Tennin said. “We’ve incorporated more poets and incorporated a phenomenal host, who is absolutely outstanding.

He took it to the next level and started bringing people from Chicago. Last year we had 300 people. And all the money that we raise goes to the Holly Graham Scholarship Fund.” The event featured jazz music by Tim Cunningham, spoken word, poetry, and plenty of food, and was hosted by Phenom, a Chicago poet and rapper. “All of the poets are professional,” Tennin said. “And they’re all just microphone wizards.” While poetry and jazz may seem like two art forms that are rarely paired together, Tennin insisted it was the community’s idea to add music to the previously existing poetry event, and it has been a tradition since then. “I honestly think there’s a misconception,” Tennin said. “When people see poetry, they’re like, ‘I’m not going to that corny stuff.’ And jazz; ‘Oh they listen to contemporary jazz, really boring jazz.’ I think that’s what people are seeing it as, and it’s nothing like that. “Several of the poets

speak about the obstacles and struggles that African Americans face on a daily basis, what they’ve been through, and how it empowered them. All of this touches the African-American community and [shows] how we connect to each other and intertwine. “And then Tim [Cunningham] plays instrumental versions of popular music. For instance, he played Adele’s ‘Hello’ on the saxophone last year and it blew us away.” The modernization of performances and real life content of the poetry is a helping hand to draw in younger spectators who were perhaps previously unfamiliar with jazz or this honest and more contemporary form of poetry. The featured poets spoke about the situations Americans live their lives in, such as the shootings in Chicago, bringing awareness to these issues in a creative manner and attempting to inspire ideas about how it can be changed. “I honestly think it’s easy for people to stereotype us,”

Tennin said, regarding the African-American community. “Media tends to portray a lot of the violence that occurs in Chicago, but there are a lot of wonderful things that happen that they don’t portray. But if you turn on the news, all you hear is violence. I think that’s how that stereotype continues.” Tennin, who also performs poetry himself, explained how the show stresses the importance of “struggles, survival, appreciation, love, women power, and respect.” “I honestly think that if people come to the show, all those generalizations will cease and they will understand that all this love that’s in the room, and all these professional African Americans are unbelievable to see,” Tennin said. The BSU has also been active in the African-American community, providing community service for programs such as PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter) and Bernie’s Book Bank. Tennin said that BSU stays active and continues to bring awareness and show-

case the issues surrounding the African American community. He also suggests that students inform themselves about these problems, and get active attending events, participating, and paying attention to the rolling board monitors that display events around campus. He urges CLC students to slow down and “stop to smell the roses” and see what’s going on at their college and partake in it. “I guarantee you that if they come to the [Poetry and Jazz in Motion], they’re going to walk out being a better person,” said Tennin. “The best way to learn is to really absorb another person’s perspective, not your own. If they really listen to these poets, how deep and how encouraging they are, they’re going to walk away with something special, an expansion of their own life. “It’s like a paradigm shift within your soul. It’s a whole new perspective. It’s unbelievable jazz and unbelievable stories that will have you on the edge of your seat.”

1940s musical revue a nostalgic look at history Ariel Notterman Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts presented “In The Mood,” a 1940’s musical revue, on Sunday, February 19th. “In The Mood,” named after the popular 1939 Glen Miller/Joe Garland song, is a touring revue that has been performing for over 20 years. This was the company’s third time performing at the JLC. The sold-out performance consisted of songs and dance of the 1940’s “Big Band” era, a time when jazz and swing music were performed by a large musical ensemble, hence the name “Big Band.” The music of “In The Mood” was performed live onstage by the 13-piece String of Pearls Orchestra. Although the music, swing dance performances, and costumes of the show evoked a specific point in

time, “In The Mood” was in no way isolating to any demographic. The performance felt like one big party-- a celebration of the 1940’s that all members of the audience were invited to. “The music is timeless,” said Gwethalyn J. Bronner, Executive Director at the JLC. “The language in the music from the 40’s and the 50’s and the “Big Band” music-- the phrases are almost poetic. And that’s why it stays with you.” A lot of audience members grew up listening to songs of the era, and “In The Mood” seemed to spark pleasant memories of the 40’s for those listeners. But “In The Mood” was just as much of a treat for people who were not familiar with the “Big Band” sound. These patrons had the opportunity to experience the best of the genre for the first time, which was especially enjoyable because they were performed

by professional musicians, singers, and dancers. As soon as the performance began the audience was immediately blown away by the sheer talent of performers Emilie Bienne; Sarah Lindsey; Daniel Fuentes; Dwayne Washington; Brittney Leigh Morton; and Ryan Keinman, along with the String of Pearls Orchestra. Each performer was dressed sharply from head to toe in clothing of the 40’s, making the show feel even more authentic. A total of 42 musical numbers were performed, each revealing more and more talent from each cast member. Highlights from Act One include the title song, “In The Mood,” a gravity-defying swing dance performance by Lindsey and Keinman, and Fuentes’s rendition of “Hey! Ba Ba Re Bop,” with a little help from the audience. The second act of In The Mood focused on the popu-

lar music written against the backdrop of World War II, resulting in both lighthearted and emotionally moving performances from the cast. The familiar three-part harmonies of The Andrews Sisters were performed by Bienne, Lindsey, and Morton, and a heart-wrenching “This Is Worth Fighting For” was beautifully sung by Washington. “A Military Salute” was especially heartwarming, and tearjerking for some, as retired and active duty military members were asked to

rise from their seats as the performers sang “America The Beautiful.” The show ended on a light-hearted note with a reprise of “In The Mood,” followed by “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” Unsurprisingly, “In The Mood” received a standing ovation from the JLC audience. “In The Mood” is a delightful trip back in time to the toe-tapping tunes of the 40’s, masterfully performed by professional vocalists, dancers, and musicians.

“In The Mood” was presented at CLC on Sunday, Feb. 19. Photo courtesy of Boch Center




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LAS encourages creativity with second semester poetry slam Diana Panuncial Managing Editor

The Literary Arts Society hosted their spring semester poetry slam at the Willow Café on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Featuring poets from LAS and audience volunteers, the slam had an afternoon of diverse, captivating performances. Like last semester’s slam, performers could choose to have their poem judged by a panel of LAS members or simply read it for fun. The slam was open to all students and faculty, and performers were invited to read their original poetry or choose from a selection given by LAS. The poems, if volunteered for judging, are judged on the same criteria each year: levels of creativity, originality, and performance.

Creativity is judged based on the poet’s usage of literary devices, themes, and motifs, originality is judged based on the uniqueness of the poet’s piece, and lastly, performance is judged based on how the poet delivers their work. Three judges evaluated each performance on a scale of 15 points, giving each poem a total of 45 points to be had in the competition. Some of the poems that were performed at the slam include students James Gutierrez’s “Happiness Sought, Darkness Fought,” Esther Shay’s “Bottled Curses,” Alex Castille’s “Aftermath,” and Charlene Walkanoff’s “I Am Not.” CLC faculty also participated, including Michael Latza, English instructor, who performed “Hands” from his own collection of poetry, called “Rip This Poem Out.”

Tomani Raimondi, president of LAS, shared the origin of the poetry slam and how it encourages poets and writers alike to perform. “I like to think that the entire club works together to create a supportive environment where people can freely express themselves through their poetry or the retelling of poetry,” Raimondi said. “In meetings, we often write and share our works or discuss methods of writing that we personally have found useful.” “Through the poetry slam, we try to recreate the environment we have in the club. Prizes also help us draw people into our friendly competition,” she added. Charlene Walkanoff, vice president of LAS, said that students can benefit from joining LAS because of its

welcoming community. “Joining LAS gives students a place to hang out with people that share your interests,” Walkanoff said. “There are times when we’re serious about writing and criticizing each other’s work, but most of the time it’s just a bunch of people pointing out everything wrong with Harry Potter and writing silly poems.”

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Walkanoff also mentioned how LAS offers a support system for its writers. “When you participate in events like the poetry slam, you have the entire club on your side cheering you on,” she said. “It’s honestly just a good place to be.” “For people that want to join LAS or love the literary arts, I’d say that you’ll never find people who are more passionate than us.”

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“The Lobster” is a science fiction dark comedy film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Photo courtesy of IMDB

CLC International Film Festival shows “The Lobster” Peter Anders Staff Reporter

Greek and British film “The Lobster” from 2015 will be showing at the College of Lake County International Film Festival on March 3. “Lobster” is a science fiction dark comedy film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, and Ashley Jensen. “Lobster” takes place in a dark and strange futuristic society. In this society, it is required that everyone

has a mate, whether it be a girlfriend/boyfriend or husband/wife. Otherwise, they will be placed in a facility called “The Hotel.” At this facility, the singles will have 45 days to find a mate or else they’ll be turned into an animal of their choosing. Colin Farrell plays David, who has had a recent split with his wife. If he cannot find a mate, he has chosen to be turned into a lobster. On the surface, “Lobster” is a very interesting movie. At times, the plot is mesmerizing in its depth

and complexity. This is not a film that can be watched passively; it must be given your undivided attention in order to be appreciated and understood. At other times, the film is so bizarre that it normally would be impossible to take seriously, but thankfully, it is saved by its dark, satirical elements. “Lobster” explores how society views romance, emphasizing how modern relationships are often forced and unnatural. It is a great satire of pop culture with an otherwise bleak atmosphere.

Some elements of dark humor would be better served if they were placed evenly throughout “Lobster,” and sometimes the pacing of the plot is strange. However, vivid and whimsical cinematography does help the film. Visually, “Lobster” is always intriguing even when its scenes are downright boring. “Lobster” is shot in a very interesting way. The cinematographer, Thimios Bakatakis, creates an interesting color scheme for the movie that gives it a unique look. The settings are produced beautifully while still maintaining the dark, depressing tone of the film and staying true to the nature of black comedy. “Lobster” also engages audiences and makes you wonder about the setting. The Hotel and its inhabitants remain mostly a mystery and there is less light shed on regular civilians outside the Hotel, which leaves audiences pondering about the overall setting of the film. Sadly, these elements are left unexplored, likely due to budgetary concerns and running time.

Throughout “Lobster,” the characters are all very stoic and serious, complementing the dystopian nature of the film. Despite the fact that the characters do not show much emotion, the actors manage to play their parts in authentic, visceral ways. Each actor gives a great performance, though some characters are criminally underused in spite of their potential importance to the progression of the plot. For example, John C. Reilly, who portrays Lisping Man, or Robert, is banished from the Hotel immediately after breaking a rule and leaves halfway through the film. From its stoic cold characters, to its minimalist soundtrack, to its bleak ending, and social commentary, “Lobster” is not for everyone, yet still remains a fascinating watch. It is a film that requires more than one viewing to truly comprehend, and to get the most out of it. Well-acted, well-written, and weird: “Lobster” is a film that will have you thinking about it long after you finish watching it.

“The Lobster” will show at the CLC International Film Festival. Photo courtesy of IMDB



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Page 11 | Monday, February 27, 2017

“John Wick” returns for disapppointing sequel Kyle Dalton Staff Reporter

In the follow up to 2014’s “John Wick,” our titular character returns with the film picking up almost immediately following the events ending the first film. Released Feb. 10, “John Wick: Chapter 2” returns with director Chad Stehelski and lead actor Keanu Reeves, but does the second coming of the Boogeyman hold up to its predecessor’s simple formula of basic plot combined with action-packed scenes? Unfortunately, “Chapter 2” fails to surpass the original in almost every way. With an expanded plot, larger and more diverse set pieces, longer run time, and added cast, “Chapter 2” had all of the pieces it needed to be a better sequel, but mostly missed the mark. The biggest problem seemed to be the added run time. With a run time of 122 minutes, “Chapter 2” gets about 20 extra minutes than the original, but doesn’t spend this on the strongest part of the series: the action. Instead, the plot gets the focus and after a captivating opening scene, we spend far too much time with poor writing and some incredibly uninspired acting. This leaves somewhere between a 30-45 minute action drought, which is less than desirable for “Wick” fans. The strongest part of this break is the time spent in Rome where Wick explores more of the underground assassin culture we were introduced to in the first film. From tailors to weapon smiths and back to the familiar ground of one of the safe haven hotels for these assassins, we get a little insight into where these killers get their gear as well as a bigger sense of the renown behind Wick. The setup in these scenes is mostly fun and has some witty banter, but unfortunately this is the slim minority of this dry period, spending much more of it setting up the films main villains. Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) and his sister Gianna D’Antanio (Claudia Gerini), the antagonists, never manage to captivate. Neither one presents any real danger to our protagonist and

Keanu Reeves returns as titular character John WIck.

instead send wave after wave of mostly helpless goons to be slaughtered by our anti-hero. This, however, is where the movie shines brightest as its action continues to be some of the best around. The action featured in the “Wick” franchise is described as “gun-fu,” a style featured in such films as 2002’s “Equilibrium” and 1999’s “The Matrix.” Wick uses a combination of martial arts and commando style shooting in an all-out murder fest, really ramping up the action in the film’s third act. The sound and lighting are worth noting as well. Clear, crisp, and loud bangs fill the film with a true sense of weight and power behind every shot being fired while fantastic set choices in tunnels and subway stations allow for some creative uses of lighting, all the while keeping the action understandable and in frame. The tunnel scene in particular deserves some note as it is our first break from the setup and pays the audience rather well for their patience. The supporting cast boasts some larger names this time around, but often places

them too sporadically to get enough meaningful time with them. John Liguisamo and Ian Mcshane both return while rapper Common and Laurence Fishborne are added to the lengthy list of hitmen in the “Wick” universe. Ultimately, “Chapter 2” is a fun flick and lands about where you would expect most action films, especially being a sequel.

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Its poor main villains, dry period, and complex plot all drag it down, but once the action gets rolling, it’s hard not to have a good time. This feels cut short as the last section of the film feels more like a setup than an ending to the story we’re being given here. The effect winds up feeling more like a “John Wick: Chapter 1.5” than a true sequel. Pre-

Reeves (John Wick) with rapper Common (Cassian)

pare to laugh at a little bit of ridiculousness that most action movies in this vein have as well, considering exactly what we see our protagonist walk away from, especially in the films open. Overall, I give “Chapter 2” a 7 out of 10, but recommend waiting for it on your home screens rather than shelling out the cash at the theater.

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CLC joins #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign Maria Garcia Staff Reporter

Just a few weeks into presidency, Donald Trump put restrictions on entrance of people from seven predominantly Muslim countries into the United States: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Additionally, a temporary restraining order was issued February 3rd. It banned all refugees for 120 days, and Syrian refugees indefinitely. More than 100,000 visas for foreigners inside and outside the United States were revoked, at least temporarily, according to the New York Times. In the future, other countries may be added to the list as well. In response to the ban, one federal judge issued a ruling to temporarily allow people who landed in the U.S. and

those currently in transit and holding a valid visa to remain in the states. But the ruling does not apply to all those affected, leaving some people trapped abroad and unable to return to the U.S., according to USA Today College. Since then, many “universities have expressed opposition, including CLC, and are standing up against the ban by joining the national campaign, #YouAreWelcomeHere to welcome all international students on their campuses. #YouAreWelcomeHere originally started on social media platform Twitter and was later made famous by Temple University in Philadelphia. A total of 16 universities across the nation joined the legal fight against President Trump’s travel ban. For example, Princeton University is one of the 16

schools to join the fight. The president of the university was among one of 40 to write President Trump a letter arguing the order which threatens American higher education and the nation’s principles. Northwestern university students joined hundreds of other individuals at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport to protest the travel ban shortly after it was enacted. A total of 18 people were detained at O’Hare, according to the Daily Northwestern. Moreover, the other universities who joined the fight are: Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University and Yale University. Shortly after the news of the travel ban, CLC’s President Dr. Jerry Weber sent out an email to all students and staff in regards to the issue. “In light of the recent immigration ban signed by President Trump late last month, and the temporary restraining order issued Feb. 3,” the email read, “I want to assure you that CLC is inclusive and values and respects the diverse opinions of all students, faculty and staff.” Dr. Weber went on to state that the college’s, “core values of equity and inclusion have not changed... Please know: you matter to us and we celebrate you.” A follow-up email was sent out which highlighted

the various safe spaces which can be found around campus, should students feel they need someone to talk to. Essentially, the Statue of Liberty represents what Dr. Weber’s email emphasized: celebrating diversity. Originally a sign of the friendship between the people of France and the U.S., and a sign of their mutual desire for freedom, over the years Lady Liberty has become much more- she represents the United States itself. Lady Liberty gladly opens her arms to any and all immigrants. She is a shiny Beacon of Hope for many passengers who dream of making it to this country. By looking at her, many feel inspired and, in a way, encouraged by the image of someone receiving them into the country.

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Small acts of kindness go a long way

Courtney Prais Opinion Editor

Some of us are students. Some of us have problems at home. Some of us are students, have problems at home, and must work a full-time job in order to make ends meet. Some of us are just having a bad day. Some of us wonder and worry about you, the stranger who comes in a few times a week with their own story to tell, but leaves without hardly saying a word. During my two years as a fast-food employee, I’ve seen my fair share of angry customers. People lose their patience if I take two seconds too long to fix a mistake, or to ask a question for clarification purposes.

They repeat their order unnecessarily slowly, with a slightly raised voice, as if they would have the nerve to speak to me that way without my uniform on. As if my uniform automatically makes me incapable of comprehending. I’ve said many times that I wish I could wear a badge which states that, yes, I am a full-time college student. Yes, I went straight here from school to work a 9-hour shift, so I’m sorry if I’m a little crabby. Yes, I could find a different job, but it’s difficult to find one which accommodates to the needs of a full-time college student. I don’t know of many businesses lenient enough to let you take the day off because you need to study for midterms. Thankfully, my fast-food business does.

There are customers who ask. They ask how my day is going, if I go to school. They tell me to have a good day, and I appreciate the small gesture, when said with genuine intent. There are others whose eyes can’t even meet my own. Who hand me money without a look in my direction, without a word. I understand, but I also want them to know that I am human, too. We’re all suffering in our own ways, and if we can extend some kindness to one another during a minute-long exchange in the drive-thru, I would like to take advantage of that opportunity. One time, I had a regular customer bring me an envelope full of scholarship information. Another time, a woman wrote me a check for $50; she worked for a founda-

tion and wanted to reward a hard-working student, she said. Yet another time, during a harsh winter, a man in the drive-thru paid for hot chocolates for all of the employees. I’ve seen people be unbelievably selfless, paying for the strangers who come after them. I’ve seen people be unbelievably selfish, getting angry at me because I forgot to give them a penny. We have elderly individuals who come in frequently; I find myself wondering, if their encounter at the restaurant is the only face-to-face interaction they have all day. I wonder if they’re lonely, if they have family to rely on. I wonder what they think about when they sit, alone, with their cup of coffee. And I figure that if I give them just a smile, or ask about

their day, I should, because I don’t know how many other people give them that pleasure. I’m often embarrassed to admit I work at a fast-food restaurant. It holds many negative connotations. Yet, I am both an employee and a student; who I am as a student, as a person, is not radically different than who I am when I put on a uniform and go to work. So, please, the next time you go out to eat or just come across another hard-working individual, keep in mind the struggles they, like you, are facing. Try not to blow up if a tiny mistake is made. And, try not to act like you are vastly superior to the people who work there. We’re all human beings, even your friendly local fast-food worker.



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Bridging gap between LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities Michael Crisantos Staff Reporter

Between Feb. 17 and 19, I attended the 2017 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) with some other members of the College of Lake County’s LGBTQ+ community. The conference took place in Chicago, right along Navy Pier, and consisted of eight different workshops, which covered an array of topics from “Gay Silent Language,” to “Marxism,” and “Queer Liberation.” After I attended these workshops, I felt such a sense of pride and freedom, but when I entered the workshop “Being Latinx-Queer Identity in Latinidad,” the feeling was unreal. I had spent all weekend with thousands of people who identified with the LGBTQ+ community, but it was different being in a room with my LGBTQ+ Latino community. Most of the time, these two communities do not intersect. Many members of the LGBTQ+ community-- especially those who identify as genderqueer-- experience a constant struggle because a proper vocabulary does not exist through which they

can express their gender identity, or lack thereof. Thinking back to Spanish 101, we learn that absolutely everything in Spanish is gendered. Your pencil is masculine; your shirt is feminine; your shoe is masculine; your mouth is feminine-- the list goes on. Furthermore, Spanish revolves primarily around masculinity. Imagine there is a room full of powerful women. This room holds important Latina women such as feminists, lawyers, doctors, and stay-at-home mothers, all making a change in the world. Out of the multitude of powerful women, there is one Latino man in the corner. When addressing this group of people, I can no longer address them as Latinas because there is a male in the room. I have to address the group as Latinos. The power of one man is really exposed in a scenario like this. Using Latinx instead of Latino or Latina incorporates everyone on the gender spectrum. The use of Latinx also has the ability to make certain members of the LGBTQ+ community feel more connected to their culture because of the inclusivity the word allows.

This could impact the genderqueer community by liberating them from being stuck in the binaries that the Spanish language creates. Latinx is just the start of this inclusivity. The language cannot be changed, but new additions can be made. The implementation of this modified lingo to refer to not only objects, but people, starts now. So what does CLC have to do with any of this? Well, the answer is: a lot. And it all starts with us. The students. The Latinx community. We can substitute Latino or Latina with Latinx. When asked to identify ourselves, we can use Latinx. When

CLC students at MBLGTACC

discussing labels in class, let’s say Latinx. I want this word to become mainstream. I want the word to not have to be autocorrected on my phone or Word. I want to read academic papers in class that use Latinx. I want to see the Latino Alliance one day incorporate the word Latinx. I hope we can, eventually, bridge the gap between the LGBTQ+ community and the Latinx Community. People should not feel left out by one of their communities. It is important that these different aspects of our identities intersect and work together for continued success.

Will CLC break that barrier and allow these aspects of our identities to work successfully together? I believe in CLC. In the short time I have been here, I have seen the CLC staff lose arms and legs to make students feel comfortable. The college has made a difference in many students’ lives. We have an LGBTQ+ Center, Multicultural Center, a Women’s Center-we have all the resources. The first steps have been taken, but there is still a lot of progress to be made. I hope the entirety of the CLC community will be a part of this movement.

Photo courtesy of CLC Pride Alliance Facebook page

Fears inhibit, but discoveries are priceless Courtney Prais Opinion Editor

At the start of 2017, I chose a word to live by. Now an annual tradition, this concept was first introduced to me during my last year of high school. As we began the second half of the school year, my former English teacher prompted us to write an essay on what word we would choose to guide us in the new year. Then, I had picked “selfacceptance.” Self-acceptance was something I had grappled with my whole life, and something I wanted to work on especially upon graduating and starting college. For my first word, it was pretty appropriate.

I don’t remember what 2016’s word was, but for 2017 I finally settled on “discover.” I vowed to discover more about myself, about the world, about the people around me, and about life in general. Discover. Discovering can be a small, simple task, like trying frog legs for the first time and realizing, wow, they do taste like chicken- and they’re pretty darn good. Discovering can also be a huge deal- momentous- like driving to the Grand Canyon to lose your breath at the sight of nature in its most wondrous form, or jumping from a plane. The literal definition of discover is “to find unexpectedly,” and often-

times the unexpected comes from pushing past the barrier between comfort and the unknown.” Some people loathe trying new things. They fear stepping out of their bubble, which isn’t entirely unreasonable when you take into account why someone would have that fear in the first place. For example, heights and I don’t mesh well. Being far off the ground-- often in wide, open spaces-- freaks me out. I’m talking sweaty palms, panic attacks, and full shutdown mode. If you want to have a serious conversation with me, try to save it for when we’ve got two feet on the ground (or on the bottom level). I won’t feel safe otherwise. Instead, I feel vulnerable, as if the floor beneath

me could collapse at any moment and I’d fall to my death. Fun, right? Or, in the case of open spaces, I feel as if there’s nothing to hold onto. Again, a safety concern. So maybe I won’t be bungee jumping anytime soon, but I’ve come to realize discoveries take place in more subdued settings as well. Like I said, discoveries can be small. In a classroom, for instance, discoveries take place every single day. Part of the reason why I value my education so much is the fact that I’m always learning- always expanding on prior knowledge and using prior knowledge in new ways. I discovered recently that the Grand Canyon is everywhere. Even while in a

miserable mood at work, I was shocked by the brilliant pink and orange hues which filled the evening sky. It was probably the most gorgeous sunset I had ever seen. I don’t know what else I will discover in 2017, but I feel it’s been a successful start. At CLC, there are many opportunities for meeting and mingling with an array of diverse people; there are clubs and organizations waiting to welcome students with open arms; there are classes which challenge you, push you to go above and beyond; there are opportunities for leadership, experience, and success. My question to you, then, is what would you like to discover in 2017?



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Black History Month crucial now more than ever Nayely Estrada Flores Staff Reporter

Graphic by Hannah Strassburger

Now is probably the most important time to be informed about the struggles that people of color go through, because of a new presidential administration and new lines being drawn on what it means to be “American.” President Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” has caused a divide among citizens. Because people see how non-white immigrants are being treated, with the refugee ban and possible deportations, the question has become: Does being “American” refer to a particular nationality or skin color? Do neither matter, or does it all depend on who is in power? With institutionalized racism becoming more evident and questioned in today’s media, it is necessary to educate students about the harmful effects of racism. But if students are not educated through isolated celebrations like Black History Month, the one time out of the year where sufficient recognition is guaranteed, how can one expect advances towards a more equal society? That is why it is essential to promote Black History Month like CLC has been doing. Events hosted by the Black Student Union began at the end of January, with “The Dream Workshop” on Jan. 25 and the live drama “MLK’s Journey.” The workshop featured speaker Marcus “Dr. Respect” Gentry, who spoke about historical events and how they connect to current events. On Feb. 8 and 9, BSU

hosted a Black History Trivia Bowl to test students’ knowledge of Black History. Other events included the “Salute to Gospel” performance on Feb. 11 at the Genesee Theater, the “My Black is Beautiful” discussion on Feb. 13 aimed at examining the different types

of hair, a Meet & Greet with CLC faculty and staff Feb. 15, a showing of the film “Eyes from Eden” on Feb. 18, a bake the 21st, a showing of the film “Southside With You” and pizza on the 22nd, and the spoken word and smooth jazz event, “Poetry & Jazz in Motion”


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Lancers’ basketball celebrates sophomore night Ryan Haass Sports Editor

The Lancers celebrated Sophomore Night on Feb. 14. Honoring the battlehardened Lancers preparing to transfer, the men’s basketball team put up a valiant effort in a 78-90 loss to the Waubonsee Community College Chiefs. Throughout the first half, the Lancers had multiple chances to close the gap. During a timeout with 3:34 left in the first half, Lancers’ head coach Chuck Ramsey could be heard telling his guys, “don’t let one mistake turn into 5 mistakes” and “I don’t want anymore jump-shots, it’s not our strength”. However, Lancers kept trying to make long passes to beat the full-court

press of the Chiefs, resulting in too many turnovers. It wasn’t just turnovers, as the Lancers kept taking the exact shots that their coach had told them not to take. With a little over a minute left to go in the first-half, a Lancer bricked a jumper, leading to a livid Ramsey on the sidelines. At halftime, the score was 37-52 in favor of WCC. The Lancers came out of the break with great energy and finally following through on their coach’s adjustments. With 16:59 left in the game, the Lancers had cut the deficit to 6 points. Unfortunately, the boys from Grayslake reverted back to their first-half ways, committing terrible turnovers and shooting more illadvised jumpers. The Chiefs gained

CLC team engages in a bit of action with the Chiefs

momentum and never looked back, with a final score of 78-90. Though I’m sure he would’ve rather had the win, Ethan Sage (#20) had another big night, consistently fighting through contact and making tough plays in the paint. He finished with 26 points and 6 rebounds, leading the Lancers in both categories. In addition, the sophomore led the Lancers in time spent on the floor, as he played all 40 minutes. Last edition, Head Coach Ramsey said that Sage’s leadership has been very important for the team this season. His leadership and respect from the team came into play after the final buzzer. WCC was talking a lot of trash, but Ethan gathered his troops and calmed them down, keeping them

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from getting themselves into trouble. Sage has put together a rather remarkable season, especially when you account for the fact that the Lancers have, overall, been a disappointment. With that in mind, it’s appropriate for the Lancer student body to issue a thank you to the sophomore for the entertaining performances and sportsmanship that he has shown while in Grayslake. There was a big performance put up from Colton Jewell (#40), as well. The forward put up 20 points while shooting over 60 percent from the field. While the freshman wasn’t overpowering or pretty to watch, he made the most of his 29 minutes. Though he didn’t make a big difference on the stat

sheet, I continue to be a fan of Richard Ray’s (#21) game. Ray gets caught up in the moment sometimes, and makes mistakes because of his emotions, but he is a very natural passer. Lancers fans should be excited by the promise that the freshman has shown as a true point guard. Speaking of being excited about next season, Zach Pilcher (#10) had another efficient night. The freshman, whom I highlighted last edition, finished with 16 points while hitting on four of his seven attempted three-point shots. Pilcher also led the Lancers in assists with six, yet managed to keep his turnovers to a minimum, as he cost the Lancers only two turnovers in 33 minutes.

CLC Lancers teammate attempts a freethrow shot Photo by Ryan Haass

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