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Vol 51, No. 6

CLC announces five finalists in presidential search

Keith Cornille

Lori Suddick

Michael Thomson

Cliff Davis

Amit Singh Photos courtesy of CLC.

Kim Jimenez Managing Editor

The College of Lake County has selected five finalists as candidates for the new president to replace Dr. Jerry Weber who left last spring, and Dr. Rich Haney who is current interim president, according to director of human resources Julia Guiney. Open forums will be held throughout the week of Nov. 13-17. The forums will be open to CLC students, staff, and community members and will allow them to voice their opinions and provide feedback. Guiney said she wants to stress the importance of attendance and participation at these forums. “I would encourage as much participation as possible in the open forums,”

Guiney said. “I’ll work with Student Development to make sure we communicate with students and invite them to attend. The student’s perspectives are important and the Board feels it’s important as well.” In addition to the forums, Guiney said that the CLC community will also be receiving feedback forms via email. The Board of Trustees are scheduled to interview on the days they are on campus for the open forums. “We have five [finalists] coming in five days of the week,” Guiney added. The Grayslake campus forums will begin Monday, Nov. 13, with Keith Cornille, Ed.D., who is executive vice president/chief student services officer at Madison Area Technical College in

Madison. Tuesday, Nov. 14, will have Lori Suddick, Ed.D., who is vice president of learning and chief academic officer for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI. Wednesday, Nov. 15, will have J. Michael Thomson, Ph.D., who is the Eastern Campus president of Cuyahoga Community College in northeast Ohio and Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, Ohio. Thursday, Nov. 16, will present Cliff Davis, M.A., who is president of Ozarks Technical Community College’s Table Rock Campus in Springfield, MO, as well as system vice chancellor. Finally, Friday, Nov. 17, will have an open forum with Amit B. Singh, Ph.D.

who is provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Clark Short biographies of each of the finalists, as well as dates and times each finalist will appear for their individual forums at each of the campuses, are available online. Each of candidates are scheduled to appear at the Grayslake, Southlake, and Lakeshore campuses for open forums. The CLC Presidential Advisory Search Committee, comprised of students, staff, Board and community members, have reviewed and interviewed 11 semi-finalists for presidential candidates over the past few weeks. Semi-finalists were asked a series of standard questions and had the opportunity to ask the committee questions, Guiney said.

“[They] then further refined the list to those who the committee felt best aligned with our mission vision values, opportunities, and challenges with CLC,” she added. The five finalists, who have been recommended by the search committee, will appear at CLC campuses from Nov 13-17 at open forums and interviews with the Board of Trustees. The open forums at Grayslake campus will be live streamed and recorded for those unable to attend. Also at the Grayslake campus, the open forums have been set up to target specific groups: 9:30 will target students, 11:00 will target staff, and 2:00 will target faculty.



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Gender neutral bathrooms introduced to Grayslake Samantha Wilkins

The official gender-neutral restroom will be open in January. “I feel gender-neutral bathrooms are a great start in allowing transgender people a normal experience,” said student Sarah Hoffman. “People have been discriminating against transgender people for a long time now, and it is not right. “Transgender people should be able to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, and, because of the controversy around the topic, gender-neutral bathrooms are a great solution for this.” These restrooms will help make not only transgender people, but those who do not identify as either male or female, feel comfortable using the bathroom as well. Not only are there plans for incorporating bathroom accommodations for members of the LGBTQ+ community at Grayslake campus, but in other CLC campuses as well. “We do have a genderneutral restroom planned for our new Lakeshore Building planning to open up in 2022,” Welch said. There are also students who are not comfortable with the idea of these restrooms, as they fear it will make people uncomfortable.

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The College of Lake County has recently introduced temporary gender-neutral bathrooms to its Grayslake campus. On the second floor of the school library, the restroom doors now have signage posted on them stating that “gender diversity is welcome here” and “all are welcome to use the restroom that best fits their identity.” These restrooms are meant to give individuals who do not identify as male or female, a comfortable place to use the bathroom without fear of judgment or criticism from others. “These signs were temporarily installed by library staff,” said facilities director Mike Welch. “The college is going through our internal approval process of adding additional signage to all the restrooms.” Although these library restrooms will eventually revert back to single-sex restrooms, there are plans for an official gender-neutral restroom to be built on campus. “As we were in the planning phase of the new C wing remodel, we had an opportunity to include one in the design,” Welch said.

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The idea of introducing gender-neutral restrooms to the CLC community has been a topic of discussion for some time, but it is just recently that the community has been able to see the effects of it. “We’ve been working on it for about one to one and a half years,” Welch said of where they can incorporate gender-neutral restrooms on


campuses. These restrooms help CLC make another stride towards ensuring the college is a safe and accommodating place for every student there. If there are any questions about why these restrooms are being added to the college, or would like to support the decision, visit the LGBTQ+ Resource Center in room B113D.

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“Although I support all different lifestyles, I strongly feel that bathrooms are places where people need to feel comfortable,” said student Ellerese Topacio. “It does not matter whether you are a man who has declared to be a woman, and wants to use the ladies bathroom instead of the men’s,” she said. “It doesn’t change the anatomy of the person.”

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Science building to open next year after setbacks Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief

The College of Lake County’s new science and engineering building will open in January 2018, according to Mike Welch, facilities director at the Grayslake campus. The building, originally set for a release date by the end of last spring, fell behind due to heavy rains occurring throughout the year. “We’ve had some issues with water entering the building,” Welch said. “Over the last couple of months, the contractor has removed the metal panels and is making corrective work to ensure a weathertight building.” “A new material is being applied to the walls to fix any water infiltration problems, and then new panels are being installed.” According to the master plan of the building, found on the CLC website, construction built the metal panels of the exterior during summer 2016. Welch is unsure of how much money was spent to cover the costs of the extra repairs, but he stated it was “minor drywall repair.” “[The amount is not covered by the school’s budget because] it is a state

project,” he said. “It’s currently being covered by the Capital Development Board.” Along with the new science facility, there will be new ways for students to get hands-on with the science program. The master plan states, “[the three-story] facility will house an engineering and photonics labs on the first floor, and chemistry labs on floors two and three.” “The new building will offer expanded classes for chemistry, photonics, and mechatronics,” Welch said. “[There will be] renovations of labs, that will include cadavers [for student use].” “Students will be able to learn about how the building’s geothermal, rain water harvesting, its solar panels, and more,” he said. The master plan also states, “Some of the green features of this building include a rooftop photovoltaic array, geothermal heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting, LED lighting and a living wall.” Students speculated that the possibility of this “living” wall, which is essentially a wall space on the building where plants can

The science building is projected to open in January 2018.

grow, may even bear fruit that can be picked on the way to class. “The green wall will have live plants growing, however, fruit will probably not be an option,” Welch said. Green roofs will also be an addition to the building. A green roof is a vegetated roof that will be able to hold plants, insects, and other animals.

According to How Stuff Works, green roofs should “last longer than conventional roofs, reduce energy costs with natural insulation, create peaceful retreats for people and animals, and absorb storm water, potentially lessening the need for complex and expensive drainage systems.” “The building will have

Photo by Cody Dufresne.

green roofs and will be incorporated into the curriculum, but we will not be growing gardens on the roof,” Welch said. “These plants will be native plants to the area that can withstand cold months.” “The college wanted to ensure we take ownership of a quality building before we move in,” he said.

CLC continues to provide health services for students Andy Pratt Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County continues to provide health services, as the nation heads into open enrollment for health coverage. The Affordable Care Act in 2010 created a nation wide time frame for individuals and families to purchase health insurance, amongst other changes to preexisting policies. “Kids could stay on their parents insurance up to age 25,” Director of Health Services Michelle Grace said. “That was a beautiful thing for a lot of people.” Open enrollment for 2018 will last from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. According to Grace, students should foster a health conscious focus, so they can be more prepared for the challenges of college life. “If you’re not well, in a

multidimensional, holistic way, you’re not going to succeed at academic life,” she said. The Department of Health Services at the college remains engaged with the student body, at the Grayslake campus. “A lot of times, our referrals are under insured or not insured,” Grace said. “We find sliding scale programs. We cast our net far and wide, to give them the help they need.” However, they are currently not able to provide the Lakeshore and Southlake campuses with the same level of support. “We don’t have the funding for the presence,” Grace said. “We would staff those. At Grayslake, we are here for them as well. Transportation can be a issue.” President Donald Trump’s declaration of a public health emergency on the opioid epidemic would allow federal

agencies to allocate already available funding to the states. “With help from the government, we may be eligible for grants or funding already in place,” Grace said. “Maybe that’s just wishful thinking.” Among the variety of services provided by the college, the health services community remains engaged in addressing the opioid epidemic, whether through referring people to programs available in Lake County, to teaching about the epidemic in classes, including the nursing program. “The students learn about the science of what opioids do to the body and body over time,” department chair for the nursing program, Carmella Mikal, said. The nursing program for the college is the main provider of accredited registered nurses, for various health facilities throughout Lake County. Registered nurses cannot

prescribe medications, although students who choose to pursue advanced degrees at other colleges can. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding the ongoing opioid epidemic, centers around qualified physicians prescribing opioids, which are a form of narcotics. “A lot of heroin use starts with addiction to prescription opioids,” State senator Melinda Bush said. “Truly, it’s hard to believe, but it’s what happens.” Bush’s office meets once a month with the Lake County Opioid Initiative, which will meet on Nov. 16 at the Grayslake campus, room C003 at 10:00 a.m. According to an Patient Preference and Adherence article, published on April 3, 2014, the patient satisfaction surveys, which aided officials in the allocation of government funding under the Affordable Care Act, often influenced a doctor’s decision

to prescribe an opioid. One doctor responded in the survey, that the “drug seeker knows the game and threatens to call administration more than any group.” The Affordable Care Act did not cause the epidemic. According to an Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment article, published on April 11, the pharmaceutical industry implemented marketing campaigns in the 1990’s, to encourage physicians to “regard these drugs as safe and effective for treating pain unrelated to cancer.” According to an PLOS Medicine article, published on Aug. 29, nearly one third of the people that receive treatment for Substance Use Disorder “rely on Medicaid.” “A lot of people are watching and waiting to see if the other shoe drops,” Grace said.



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CLC sponsors panel discussion on social justice and nonviolence Samantha Wilkins Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County Grayslake campus hosted “Take a Stand: NonViolence as Affirmation of our Shared Humanity,” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in which the college invited a panel of experts to speak on the topic of social justice and nonviolence. The panel consisted of four members, each with individual experiences and ties to various social justice movement. The panel members included: Cecilia Litovsky, Henry Cervantes, Aaron Bledsoe, and Lawrence Leck. Each panelist was given 15 minutes to speak about their experiences and stance on nonviolent movements, followed by time for the audience to ask questions.

The panel eventually concluded with closing statements on the topic, encouraging everyone to take a nonviolent stance on a social issue. The first to speak was Litovsky, who was born and raised in Argentina and witnessed the authoritarian dictatorships that were present in her country. Litovsky panel focused on the importance of duty, and how every individual has a responsibility to act. She stressed the importance of standing up for a cause, no matter what that cause is, as keeping quiet is just as bad as doing the action themselves. “Silence is the best friend to hate,” she said. The next to speak was Cervantes, who teaches Kingian non-violence, methods derived from Martin Luther King Jr., to students at the

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and inmates at the Cook County Jail. Cervantes included two activities for the audience to participate in, one asking the audience about their own experiences in life, and the other involving a roleplaying activity on how to respond to a certain violent situation with non-violence. “The way you think and the way you work are the only things you really own,” he said. Bledsoe was the next panelist to speak, who is a trainer for Peace Works at the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking. Bledsoe works closely with students at Marquette to help them discover self-respect as well as their own self worth. One key part of taking a stand and being nonviolent according to Bledsoe

is to take responsibility for one’s own life and choices and to use “I” statements. “Take ownership of your own actions and the consequences that result from them,” he said. The last speaker to go was Leck, a faculty member of CLC’s humanities and fine arts division, and co-coordinator of the Center For Nonviolence. During his 15 minutes, Leck spoke about the importance of frame of reference and taking action. He stated that people should consider other’s

perspectives prior to getting upset with a situation, as it could help parties come closer to understanding one another. “It takes strong people to practice nonviolence,” Leck said. The event was sponsored by the CLC’s Center for Nonviolence, and for more information on the topic, or to get into contact with any of the panelists, contact Lawrence Leck at lleck@, or call the Communication Arts division office at (847) 5432040.

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Two students participate in the Speed Cultural Networking Event. Photo by Christina Branaman.

CLC celebrates diversity through networking event

Christina Branaman

Staff Reporter

In celebration of Diversity Week, the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus hosted multiple events on the week of Nov. 6 to celebrate the campus’ incredibly diverse community. According to the Spring 2017 headcount on the CLC website, ethnicities range from White, Black,

Asian, American Indian, Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and those who aren’t specified. “It’s important to really get to know the students that we see in our classes,” said Beverly Phelps, the multicultural coordinator on campus, who agrees that it is important to appreciate our diversity. This is especially true for those students who simply

show up for class and go straight home afterwards without getting to know their peers. The Speed Cultural Networking event, held on Monday, Nov. 6, was an effort to tackle this issue. Students sat down across from each other and were presented with a piece of paper with basic introductory questions like “What are your hobbies?”

and “What is your favorite food?” These questions sparked conversations that typically lasted a minimum of ten minutes. This event was a great way for people to get to know other students and where they are from. Beverly assured that there would be more events like this one at CLC that aim to celebrate

diversity, including the celebration of Black History Month in February. This semester’s diversity week was certainly ambitious, as the Speed Cultural Networking event left those who participated with a much greater understanding of another student’s life.



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MSA unifies Islamic countries through fashion Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief

The College of Lake County’s Muslim Student Association invited students to “Explore Islamic Fashion Around the World” on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 12 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. on Student Street. The club had many tables and a clothing rack set up for students to stop by, try on a piece of fashion, and snap a photo. Each piece represented fashion worn by individuals from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and many more. “[The event was set up] to bring awareness of the religion of Islam,” said Bayan Mubarak, president of MSA and third-year student at CLC. “We wanted to show people that, because all of these countries are coming together through their ideas of fashion and style, they can be more peaceful than violent.” “[All countries] share the ideal of dressing modestly,” Mubarak said. “We wanted to show the different ways that they dress while still honoring their values.” “Muslims wear all different kinds of clothes,” said second-year student and vice president of MSA,

Students show off their Islamic fashion at the event on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Khaled Badahman. “Every country has textures, colors, even style, that’s unique to them, but also influences the others.” Badahman also mentioned that this merging of

style represents the culture of Islamic people. “Through time, different cultures merge together,” he said. “They have the same roots when it comes to being modest, but where they

really shine is how they interpret these roots.” “[MSA] wants to educate students, faculty, and staff that there is a lot of diversity in Islamic countries,” Badahman said.

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Those interested in joining the MSA can contact adviser Robert Booker at, or visit the Multicultural Resource Center.

Classic American poets are honored with choir concert Rachel Schultz News Editor

As part of its fall choral concerts program this semester, the James Lumber Center hosted Celebration of American Poetry on Oct. 28, a concert in honor of the work of classical American poets. Four choirs performed in the concert, made up of both CLC students and community members. The Choir of Lake County was the largest, with around 40 members, directed by Ingrid Mikolajczyk, as well as the Chamber Singers and CLC Singers, two of the other choirs. The two groups sang together on the opening number, “Sure on this Shining

Night,” based on a poem by James Agee. Mikolajczyk has extensive experience with vocal performance as a classical singer. “I started as a performer and that’s where my training is,” she said. “It’s a privilege to be able to shape the music, to decide what the overall concept will be, she said. “I enjoy working with the singers. It’s interesting to be in the process of creating the music, but not actually making the sound.” The poems were sung in an art song style. The singing imitated a man frantically rushing around, fretting about important business. Another audience favorite was “Fame is a Fickle Food,” based on a poem by Emily Dickinson.

A series of short selections was based on Ogden Nash’s Animal Crackers. “The Panther” was one of the short poems. “Should you behold a panther crouch/ Prepare to say Ouch. Better yet, if called by a panther,/ Don’t anther.” The next two selections were based on Robert Frost’s poetry: “The Road not Taken,” and “Choose Something Like a Star,” sung by the Choir of Lake County. “I Dream a World,” a poem by Langston Hughes about his hope that peace and freedom would triumph over racism, was sung slowly, like a hymn, also by the Choir. The gospel choir rounded out the performance, with a soloist, Lisa Syzmanski,

singing Psalm 121 from the Bible, “My Help Cometh from the Lord,” as well as two spirituals. The director, Matthew Hunter, joined CLC’s faculty this fall. “The theme for this song actually comes from Psalm 121,” he said, “which is one of the most poetic parts of the Bible.” “When you hear gospel music, you can feel it from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet,” Hunter said. “You might be saying to yourself, ‘But I don’t sing,’ “ he said. “Well, tonight, you will. And that’s OK.” The last gospel selection, “Thank You,” featured two soloists, Mark Jones and Gwethalyn Bronner. Jones’ voice was especially good, hitting the notes spot on. He

definitely has a future as a gospel singer. For the final selection, all four choirs combined sang, “The New Colossus,” based on the famous poem by Emma Lazarus, inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. The director, Mikolajczyk, noticed one of the audience members dressed in a Statue of Liberty costume. “How appropriate,” she said. “I feel like inviting you on stage!” The combined choirs sang the famous lines, “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”



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Jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton to perform at CLC Kim Jimenez Managing Editor

Jeff Hamilton, prolific jazz drummer who has worked with the greatest names in jazz, will play alongside the Monday Night Jazz Ensemble at the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4 P.M. Preceding the concert, Hamilton will host a free clinic and masterclass on Nov. 18 from noon to 1:30 P.M. at the JLC. The class will be open to both CLC students and community members, musicians and non-musicians alike. Monday Night Jazz Ensemble director Dr. Michael Flack explained that, at the masterclass, Hamilton will teach some of his drumming techniques, talk about his career in the music business, and give students tips on how to succeed and market themselves in the music industry. “He’s really the best at what he does,” Flack said. “He’s also an experienced teacher.” The Guest Artist Concerts have brought worldrenowned musicians to CLC since 1977. The 41st Annual Guest Concert will feature Hamilton whom Flack called “the

preeminent jazz drummer in the United States and, really, even the world.” He explained the process of getting Hamilton to perform at CLC. “We [CLC] have a good reputation in the music circles,” Flack said. “With Jeff, I know people that he knows. I’ve played with people that he’s played with.” Flack explained how the Monday Jazz Ensemble, as well as the Tuesday Night Jazz Ensemble who will open the concert, might benefit from this experience. “They’re not used to performing with someone who is on that level,” Flack said. “Someone that’s professional and experienced. He’s got that combination I’m looking for as far as teaching and performing.” Hamilton and the Monday Night Jazz Ensemble are set to perform the following program: “Magic Flea,” composed by Sammy Nestico, “Max,” composed by Hamilton and arranged by John Clayton, “Back Home Again in Indiana,” composed by James F. Hanley and arranged John Clayton, “The Serpent’s Tooth,” composed by Miles Davis and arranged by Thomas Matta, “Samba de Martelo” composed by Hamilton and arranged by Joe Clark, and “Latin Import,” composed

Jeff Hamilton will be performing at CLC on Sunday, Nov. 19. Photo courtesy of Bill King from JazzWorld.

by John Fedchock. Hamilton is regularly described as a musician who brings “originality” to the groups he performs with. He regularly records and performs around the world, as well as teaches, arranges, and has composed music. Hamilton, who began playing drums at the age of eight, studied with American jazz drummer John Von Ohlen, who is widely known for being the drummer for Woody Herman and Stan Kenton, after graduating

from Indiana University. He got his first big break playing with the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1974, and, in 1977, he accomplished a childhood goal by joining Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd with whom he had several recordings. Since then, Hamilton has played with many distinguished jazz musicians including Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra, and Monty Alexander. His drumming has been

featured on nearly 200 recordings with artists like Natalie Cole, Milt Jackson, and Barbra Streisand. Hamilton currently tours with his trio, the ClaytonHamilton Jazz Orchestra, and Diana Krall. For those who’d like to witness the masterful drumming of Hamilton alongside CLC Jazz Ensembles, tickets are available on the JLC website. Tickets are priced $8 for regular admission, and $7 for CLC students, staff, and seniors.

Students won’t take bite out of Apple’s new iPhone Daniel Lynch Staff Reporter

Can college students afford Apple’s new smart phone? The iPhone X is the newest apple smartphone to hit the market in 2017. It’s one of the most expensive mass produced phones ever made. With a face I.D. scanner, almost entirely glass exterior, and a $1,000 price tag, it’s understandable that college students could be hesitant about such a large investment. “The price is kind of a lot,” said Anthony Castro, a computer networking student at the College of Lake County who described himself as a “tech geek.” He purchased

the phone despite its price. “I don’t really spend a lot on myself, but this was my way of splurging on myself,” he said. He also did get a minimal case and an insurance policy on the phone in case it breaks. Gina, another student, said that she was interested getting the new iPhone until she heard of the price. “It’s a thousand dollars?!” she said. She expressed that spending over $700 as a college student feels unreasonable for a phone. “I would never spend $1,000 on a phone that’s going to be outdated within a year,” she said. “It’s a nice accessory, but there are better ways to spend your money, and preserve your credit rating,” said Liz Keller, a CLC student.

Keller currently has an iPhone 7 and doesn’t have an interest in phones outside of the apple ecosystem. However, when asked in detail about her opinion of the Face I.D. scanner, she said it “sounded too ‘Big Brother’ for me.” “Big Brother” is a popular reality television show in which contestants compete against each other for a grand prize, at the expense of always being watched by a ‘big brother,’ or someone who keeps surveillance of the group. Student Elsa Chumacero had an interest in the new phone but after hearing about the price point was dissuaded. She currently has an iPhone 6S and thought the iPhone X “would be good

for mother’s birthday to upgrade both of their phones.” She also considered the new Samsung Galaxy S8 for the quality of its screen, which is currently $725. Crawford Evans, a CLC student and painter, currently has a Sprint flip-phone, which is unheard of in the digital age. “I have zero interest,” Evans said. His phone is only used for work and emergencies. Spending even more than $100 on a phone seemed over the top to him. Smartphones are clearly an integral part to most students lives. While you can live without them, they can be immensely useful. Having one that’s both affordable and up to date is important to students, but maybe Apple is starting to

branch outside of what’s reasonable for most people. A lot of students expressed an interest in staying inside of Apple’s brand, but when something costs more and is less durable it might loosen Apple’s stronghold on the market.

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Women’s Center offers food and toys for holiday season Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief

Grocery bags full of dinner rolls, grape juice, and even frozen turkeys lined up the walls of the Multicultural Student Center in the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus after the Women’s Center hosted their annual Thanksgiving Drive the week of Nov. 6. The Women’s Center gave students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to “adopt a family” for Thanksgiving. Those who wanted to adopt a family were given a list of items to buy for that family’s Thanksgiving dinner, or could donate the amount of money needed to buy those items. Donors could choose from families as small as two members, or up to families of nine. The names of the family were not given to the donors. “We have had people

adopt anywhere from 70100 families,” said Tammy Burns, a specialist at the Women’s Center. “This year we’ll probably have about 75-80 families.” “I always worry that we won’t get enough donors to feed all the families that we have,” Burns said, “but it never happens. We have never come up short.” “Lots of people think that students can’t give much money because they’re a student,” she said. “But they give what they can. And that’s what humanity needs. It’s important for people to see the impact they make when they give back.” Another way that the Women’s Center raised money for the Drive was selling crafts such as handmade flower vases and bookmarks on Student Street until Thursday, Nov. 9. All proceeds were used to provide low-income CLC students and their families.

The Women’s Center is also hosting a Giving Tree Drive early this December, where people can “adopt a child” to give gifts to. They are then given the child’s wish list of gifts they want under $20, and they can choose to buy those gifts or something else. If children are given especially generous donors who give them more gifts than needed, the Women’s Center makes sure that each child receives a fair amount of gifts by using the proceeds to purchase more gifts. “The important thing about our community, regardless of our socioeconomic differences and how we might give charity, is that we’re all here [at CLC together],” Burns said. “Those differences don’t come into play. When you feel like it does, you want to do more. You want to give back.”

Jamilynn Mrozinski and Tammy Burns pose with some groceries they collected. Photo by Diana Panuncial.

English professor highlights student talents in career fair Rachel Schultz News Editor

Keeping classes interesting is always a challenge for teachers, but one CLC teacher found a creative way to make persuasive research English papers more fun for her students. Clarissa Henmueller, who teaches English 121, had her students write their papers about why their dream careers were the best, then held a mock job fair as a midterm class project. Some students acted as presenters, while others judged them on their eye contact, posture, voice clarity, and knowledge of the career topic they were presenting. Each of the presenters was timed, and had to fit their presentation into the allotted time slot. The students presented a variety of different jobs. Olivia Williams, who is interested in forensic psychology, decided to make her presentation about that career type. She covered pros and cons, salary size, and interesting aspects of the job. “I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer, but the more I researched it, the more it’s

something I want to pursue,” she said. “Right now, I’m in a regular psychology class, but next semester, I think I’ll take a criminal psychology class to learn more.” Her favorite part of forensic psych is “understanding how criminals’ minds work,” said Williams. “Because personally, I could never imagine committing a crime. I think it’s weird that people can justify that in their heads. I would like to figure that out.” Other students presented on acting, personal training, physical therapy, writing, and mechanical engineering. Ryan Freimuth brought in a computer tower that he had assembled himself. He pointed out all the parts and described their functions as part of his presentation. He said he would like to get into computer hardware engineering. “I like fitting all the parts together, working with my hands,” he said. Beatrice Dumenko, who presented marketing as a career prospect, was enthusiastic about her subject. “Marketing is how companies communicate their products and services to people. Basically, without marketing, businesses wouldn’t really

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work,” she said. Dumenko used an Axe deodorant commercial as an example of a good marketing technique. “It’s pretty memorable. It doesn’t have a lot to do with deodorant, really, but it sticks in your mind,” she said. James Wilson chose personal training and strength/ conditioning coaching as his topic. He emphasized the importance of the job, and

the positive impact it can have on other people. “Training is very important,” Wilson said. “Working out reduces the risk of colon cancer and breast cancer. Being active leads to better sleeping habits, and helps prevent diseases later on in life.” After the first round of presentations, the presenters swapped places with the “audience members,” and

they took their turns presenting, until everyone had tried presenting. For some of the students, presenting was a nervewracking experience, but they were glad when it was over. Learning real-life job skills isn’t easy, but this class project will likely come in handy in the students’ future careers.



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International talents work with CLC dance troupe Melanie Bobbitt Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center will showcase the eclectic dance styles of the Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe at the Winter Spirits Dance Concert on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2. CLC’s Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe was created to provide a professional contemporary dance experience to students. For people unfamiliar with contemporary dance, it borrows elements from modern, ballet, and jazz in order to create a completely new style. Although the Winter Spirits Dance Concert will be predominately focused in the contemporary style, there is variety within these pieces. Each piece is choreographed by a different artist, including CLC faculty members, like CLC dance instructor Valerie Alpert, and special guest artists. Alpert has been primarily responsible for selecting the guest artists. She also selects which dancers will appear in

what piece of choreography. In the past, Alpert has recruited guest artists from all over to help teach and choreograph. Whether they were from nearby Chicago, or all the way from Europe, the guest artists have supplied the Prairie Spirits with valuable experiences in dance. By using several different artists, it is ensured that each piece in the Winter Spirits Dance Concert will vary and be exciting for the audience. One of the unique aspects of the show is the incorporation of a Cyr wheel into its choreography. A Cyr wheel is a giant wheel without spokes in the middle so that performers can dance with it and inside of it. The wheel almost looks like a large, steel hula hoop. The use of the Cyr wheel in the circus and in the renowned Cirque du Soleil has greatly increased its popularity. “[Dancers will] spin inside the wheel,” Alpert said. “They’ll move all across the stage. It’s gorgeous.” One of the guest artists whose choreography will be

The Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe will perform in early December. Photo courtesy of the CLC dance department Facebook page.

featured is Matthew Kinney. Kinney is a Chicago-based artist and has been working with the Cyr wheel for roughly two years. He will choreograph two students, neither of which were previously exposed to the Cyr wheel. “I think it’s going to be an amazing show,” Alpert continued. “I think sometimes people don’t realize what we

actually offer [with our dance program].” For anyone interested in attending the Winter Spirits Dance Concert, tickets are available now for Dec. 1 and 2. You can buy tickets online at the JLC website, or you can call the box office at (847) 543-2300, option 5. The dance troupe is open to CLC students as well as community members. These

dancers perform both on campus and off, and, just recently, they’ve performed at the Chiwaukee Dance Festival at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan, IL. Although the troupe has about 25 dancers this year, there have been as many as 50 members of the group in the past.

Theater instructor directs final play before retirement Kevin Tellez

“During this time, the wealthy [Woodrow] Wilson’s admin- on the set-design of “Street and established Anglo-Saxon istration in the 1920s.” Scene.” Staff Reporter majority class was upset at “The treatment of social “The challenge of designhow well the immigrants from issues, like racism, bigotry, ing the realistic street setting The College of Eastern Europe were going in womanizing, adultery, and with a multi-level apartment Lake County’s production of “Street Scene,” directed by CLC theater instructor Thomas B. Mitchell, was held at the James Lumber Center on Nov. 10-12 and will be showing Nov. 16-18. This production will mark the final play directed by Mitchell before he retires, after more than 30 years of working in the CLC theater department. Following the Nov. 18 performance will be a retirement reception for Mitchell which will celebrate his work with CLC theater. There will also be opportunities at the reception and throughout the run of the play, The cast of “Street Scene” pictured at rehearsal. Photo courtesy of CLC’s theater department Facebook page. to donate to theater student scholarships. Mitchell shared a few the melting pot of America. class structure, are all charac- building on the stage along thoughts on his final produc- They were threatened by it.” terized in the people that we with the amount of characters tion, “Street Scene.” “It portrays racism and see onstage to expose us to the are my favorite parts about “The play is unique in the shows its ugliness. It is in bad and make us appreciate directing this play,” he said. way that it portrays the im- direct response to the Trump the good of the lower-middle “The actor blocking is epic.” migrant community in 1920s administration’s treatment class in this country.” Mitchell said what he’ll New York City,” he said. of immigrants, much like Mitchell also commented miss most about CLC is

working with the students and staff. “We all have created some wonderful shows and memories,” he said. One of the highlights of his career was the building of the JLC in 1997 and witnessing the administration’s dedication to the theater program. “I was able to give lots of feedback to the architect,” Mitchell said, “and was even able to give them a rough design of the studio theater. “The administration encouraged them to give me the style of theater to really present an amazing space for dramatic presentation. The result was a truly impressive theater building.” “Another highlight,” he said, “was serving as the chair of the faculty senate and being instrumental in creating the Diversity and Environmental Action committees.” Tickets for “Street Scene” are $10 for regular admission, and $8 if you are a CLC student, senior, teen, or JLC subscriber. Special price tickets for Nov. 10 and 16 are buy one, get one free.



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CLC hosts screening of ‘Right Now, Wrong Then’ Anna Erdman Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County hosted a screening of the Korean film “Right Now, Wrong Then” on Friday, Nov. 3 as part of the Free International Film Friday program. The film, directed by Hong Sang-soo, centers around two people falling in love at the wrong time. The cliche theme is given a unique modification as the film gives insight to both of the lover’s different perspectives on one storyline. This decision reveals one of the major themes in the film, which is that small changes can impact a situation greatly. “Right Now, Wrong Then” is centered around a well-known art film director named Ham Cheon-soo who, due to a scheduling error, arrives a day early in the town of Suwon, Korea,

where he plans to screen one of his films and give a lecture at a nearby school. During his stay, he stumbles upon a fledgling artist named Yoon Hee-jeong, and the two of them end up spending the entire day together. The interactions between the two characters are painstakingly awkward with uncomfortable conversation paired with clumsy actions. This style of acting is played on throughout the first half of the film. In the second half of the film, there seems to be a shift in both acting and directing, as if the director was intentionally trying to throw the viewer off guard. At first, Hee-jeong seems to be totally comfortable speaking to Cheon-soo, even though they had just met. Later in the film, however, she begins to show uncomfortable behavior and body language. The first act

ends with Hee-jeong, disappointed and upset over the fact that Cheon-soo coaxed her into liking him. Cheon-soo compliments her and her paintings, but when she later discovers that he is married, she is left frustrated and alone. The second act begins the same way as the first with both Hee-jeong and Cheonsoo meeting in the blessings hall of a temple. This time, however, Hee-jeong seems to act a little differently. She is less infatuated with the fact that Cheon-soo is a highly-acclaimed director and comes across as distant. Nevertheless, she still agrees to have coffee with him later that day. Odd things begin to happen throughout the second act, slowly transforming entire scenes. This creates a more relaxed and emotionally-driven environment in the film, which the first act was seriously lacking in.

Hee-jeong comes across as more independent and headstrong in the second act of the film. Her entire character seems to have really changed as well as her behavior towards Cheon-soo. “Right Now, Wrong Then” is also unique in its execution of setting, plot, and camera angles. The scenery, for instance, played a subtle, yet important part to the story. It seemed that the warmer weather in act one was intentionally contrasted with the two characters growing colder to each other. The second act, which had cooler weather, exhibited the characters growing warmer towards each other. The contrast in scenery plays with the viewer’s mind, setting them up for a more uplifting story instead of one filled with disappointment and despair. The plot is unique in the sense that the film is based

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on timing and angles. In the first act, the camera stayed in one position for extended periods, giving the film a very monotone viewpoint. As an audience member, this quickly become very boring. The second act, on the other hand, was a lot more playful in its choice of camera angles, creating a more enjoyable viewing experience. Although the film doesn’t delve into any of the character’s consequences, Hong does a great job to convey the feeling of closure. After seeing the first half of the film, viewers might be left with an unsatisfied feeling, but after watching the entire film, the message behind it all begins to surface: if we were to change an incident, even in the slightest, how drastically would it alter the outcome?

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12-2 PM, student street street fair/ country presentations and study abroad information students from different nationalities will introduce their countries, cultures, and traditions. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about the diverse background of our students and try free traditional desserts from these countries. 12-1 PM, southlake campus, atrium experience korean drumming Join the campus community for a performance and workshop of this traditional Korean music event led by the award-winning global pungmal institute.

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MGMT to release new album in early 2018 Paul Raasch

Staff Reporter

Indie rock band MGMT have returned with a new single, “Little Dark Age,” four years after the release of their self-titled album in 2013. The band’s forthcoming album of the same name is scheduled to release early 2018. MGMT are an eclectic, psychedelic rock outfit whose core members are Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. Released mid-October, “Little Dark Age” is a more structurally straightforward track compared to the hazy, psychedelic frenzy that was their self-titled album four years ago. The track is a sonic departure for the group, opting to rely on dark synthesizers and electronic drums which sounds like a mix between Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode. The track, with its dark,

‘80s synth-pop sound, would fit snuggly in a playlist with artists like The Cure and Gary Numan. VanWyngarden’s familiar tenor is put through a filter and hauntingly delivers abstract lyrics which create compelling imagery that warrants repeated listens. Instead of a grandiose, catchy, pop chorus, the group takes on the chorus of their latest song with effective subtlety as VanWyngarden sings, “Forgiving who you are/ For what you stand to gain/ Just know that if you hide/ It doesn’t go away,” and finish with, “Horrified with each stone/ On the stage/ My little dark age.” The lyrics change in the second and third choruses but remain compelling and prove the group is becoming more crafty and polished in their songwriting. Mixing well with the dark, mysterious lyrics is slick production that give the synths a

dark and strangely funky vibe that makes for a hypnotizing listen. The song’s bridge contains what sounds like a harpsichord that is put tastefully over the beat and synthesizers. Near the ends, all elements of the track are brought together in layered, electronic bliss. The track’s music video contains fun imagery that lives up to the band’s reputation for strange, almost disturbing video productions. With grainier resolution, the video could easily pass as something you would find on MTV in the early ‘80s. The two musicians, VanWyngarden and Goldwasser, came together in 2005 and released their demo album “Climbing to New Lows,” which got them signed to Columbia Records. In October 2007, the band released their debut LP, “Oracular Spectacular,” which proved to be a massive

success. Its three big singles, “Kids,” “Time To Pretend,” and “Electric Feel,” became chart-toppers on radio stations. “Oracular Spectacular” also received copious amounts of online streams, and, 10 years after its release, the songs are still fondly remembered. The band followed with the release of “Congratulations” in 2010, a terribly underrated album that was less accessible than their debut, but still adventurous and creative. Although the 2010 album didn’t receive the same commercial backing as their debut and had no big singles, MGMT earned a new level of respect from the music world. It became obvious that the group wasn’t just out to make pop hits. They were more than ready to take risks. In 2013, the band released their self-titled album, “MGMT.”

Interesting, but flawed, the album found the group becoming even more experimental than in their last two projects. Although it had a few highlights, the bad tracks were swamped with odd mixing decisions and tended to meander. While the album was respectable, it also caused worry among fans with the band’s inconsistency. Their eclectic releases made audiences anxious, but also curious, to what the group was going to attempt next. With the release of their latest single, however, anxieties can be put to rest. “Little Dark Age” proves that MGMT can execute dark, ‘80s-inspired gothic sound while pleasing their fans. If this new track is any indication, their upcoming album should be slated as one of the big albums worth listening to in 2018.

‘Justice League’ fails to hype up fans

Peter Anders

films. Why is DC not having the same run of successes both critically and commerWarner Brothers Studio is cially as their competitors? set to release the superhero For starters, DC made a team epic “Justice League” crucial error by not followlater this month. ing the blueprint laid out by “Justice League” has been in the works for well over a decade now, going through multiple directors and different interpretations. Warner Bros. wanted to create excitement for the film, yet that excitement seems to be absent. The film is expected to have a $110 million opening weekend, which is bigger than “Wonder Woman,” but below films like “Man of Steel,” “Batman vs. Super- the competition. man: Dawn of Justice,” and Marvel Studios had made “Suicide Squad.” a genius move when they “Justice League” is planned to make solo films supposed to be the biggest for each of the members of film out of them all, yet it is the Avengers, leading up to dangling on the lower end of their team movie. the spectrum in comparison. First, there was “Iron For those who don’t know, Man,” followed by “The a cinematic universe is when Incredible Hulk,” “Iron several different films take Man 2,” “Thor,” and finally place in the same setting, “Captain America: The First allowing for events such as Avenger,” all culminating crossovers and team-ups, in the crossover film “The like Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers.” Avengers.” Marvel’s genius plan lied It also allows for big mo- in allowing audiences to tion pictures to tease audi- watch each of these heroes ences of other upcoming grow on their own. Staff Reporter

When Marvel began showing trailers for “The Avengers,” audiences had already grown an attachment to each of the heroes. Advancing the character arcs of the Avengers by

it can be interpreted as a sequel to “Thor,” but it can also be looked at as a sequel to “Captain America.” It especially works as a sequel to “Iron Man 2.” The film does not be-

Photo courtesy of IMDB.

showing a film in which they all come together enticed audiences, who were now hyped and eager to see the film. It was not solely the explosions and the action that drew audiences to multiplexes to see “The Avengers.” It was the characters, and watching them come together, confronting danger, that drew them in. The genius also lied in Marvel making the film feel like it could be another solo film for any one of the characters. For example,

tray any of the rules and character developments established in any of the first movies. This way, “The Avengers” did not have to spend too much time establishing who these characters were, where they came from, or what they were about. There was not the problem of feeling that the characters were underdeveloped because audiences had already seen the movies in which they each evolve. With “Justice League,” this is not the case. Audiences have not been

introduced to Aquaman, they know nothing about Cyborg, and The Flash has not been introduced either. The trailers for “Justice League” are not showing the characters, but are merely showing the action set pieces. How can audiences get excited about the action unfolding on screen when they do not yet know the people in danger? The trailers show nothing of the individual characters. All they show are the heroes performing actions as a team, but they show very little of how they came together as a team. It doesn’t matter how epic the music that plays over the trailer is if people don’t care about what’s happening on the screen. The overreliance on bad-looking CGI cannot help the film either. Another crucial factor that hampers the hype of the “Justice League” is the way the studio has been planning its movies, and how they’ve been communicating these plans to audiences and the press. This topic will be analyzed in the next issue of The Chronicle.



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Change begins with the individual, not the dollar bill Juan Toledo Opinion Editor

In the latest edition of the Chronicle, editor-in-chief Diana Panuncial conducted a survey asking students whether or not wealth, or campaign contributions, should be taken into account when voting for a candidate. The consensus drawn from each student was that a politician’s wealth, or lack thereof, typically doesn’t influence their vote. In fact, the students overwhelmingly agreed that a politician’s ideas are what should matter most. And, while political ideologies should be held to high standard when voting, one must also recognize that campaign contributions can influence how politicians approach certain issues like healthcare, or education. In Illinois, both Republican and Democratic frontrunners for the midterm elections are setting a precedent for contributing millions from their own pockets for their own campaigns; and, while this may not seem like a “big deal,” the notion is reinforcing an idea that many voters had concluded after the 2016 general elec-

Senator Bernie Sanders maintained the fact that his campaign was able to collect $2 million in independent donations. Photo courtesy of CNN News.

tion: politics is for the rich and super-wealthy. During the 2016 primaries, Senator Bernie Sanders maintained the fact that his campaign was able to collect $2 million in independent donations. Garnishing a large support from young voters, Sanders identified with the workingmiddle class Americans because they were able to feel like they were a part of a movement that finally gave them a voice in government.

After Trump won the election a lot of people felt discouraged. They felt that their voice was lost. But on Tuesday, Nov. 7, republicans overwhelmingly lost to democrats in Virginia and New Jersey. Proving that the democrats’ voices aren’t going unheard. Not only is it important to vote but it’s also important to stay informed on the policies that each candidate is advocating for.

Because what the Trump presidency established was that anyone with no political background can run for office. And if they can attract enough media, whether it be in a negative, or a positive connotation, that platform could prove detrimental to a candidate that has genuine policy plans. And if people don’t want to feel like we’re stuck in a purgatory of political gridlock, then a certain account-

ability has to be maintained by an individual within a community, because at the end of the day, government is run for the people by the people. If people don’t want to feel excluded then a certain amount of people need to hold themselves accountable to seek the truth As we’ve learned from the Trump presidency, if you’re feeling ostracized, you need to speak up. Even if you’re not affected today, you could be tomorrow. There is a culture of silence that is deeply embedded in our society, and if individuals feel the need to be proactive they need to vote. In the case of the upcoming Illinois midterms- the two frontrunners that are self-funded, while they may not share the same rhetoric as Donald Trump, someone who is self-funded could, at the end of the day, could go into business for themselves. They could promote what’s best for them personally, while that’s not to say that’s what those candidates are going to do. Money has time and again proven that it speaks more to politicians than their constituents.

Opening up can aid one’s addiction Andy Pratt Staff Reporter

Whether it’s media exposure through a College of Lake County news outlet, or through a broadcasting corporation, the experience can be uniquely defining. Even in the age of social media, where seemingly anything can go viral. As such, a responsible news outlet has to endeavor to get to the heart of a story, dig a little deeper, while attempting to askew sensationalism. With the best of intents, this approach can go awry. This means that ongoing discretion is needed. Take into account the CNN article “This is skid row: What two current heroin addicts want you to know,” published Oct. 26. Both have been addicted since their teenage years, and are now 46.

Johnny, who shoots up in a graveyard in case he overdoses. He has buried five friends since 2016. Allie, an addict who also sells. She advises her clients to not buy into the drug, warning of how withdrawal can lead otherwise normal people to do things they would never consider, such as have sex with someone they would have never talked with, or much worse. She says the most dangerous clients she deals with are the “functioning heroin addicts,” people who buy regularly from her that can balance work and home life for now. Some of these clients for Allie include a anesthesiologist and a pilot. A majority of heroin addiction cases start with an addiction to legally prescribed opioid medications. According to an USA To-

day article “How to Help Someone with an Opioid Problem,” published Oct. 8, the success rate for breaking the addiction without medical assistance is 10 percent or less. If any reader, who is already further along in an addiction treatment program, would like to be profiled by the Chronicle, please call 1(847)543-2057 or email, after you have thought about the idea for a while. I waited a full year before I decided to get my tattoo. Media exposure of any kind is different, and it can leave a person of any age feeling vulnerable. That doesn’t mean it cannot assist in the reader’s journey toward recovery. It should not be seen as necessary, or worth the risk

if you are struggling to resist There are a lot of people a relapse, which can happen who would love to hear your with a lot of people commit- story. ted to breaking an addiction.



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Gun victims must be remembered Daniel Lynch

command, killed himself in his patrol car without any Staff Reporter prompt. Described as an upGun violence, and beat person who seemed the debate surround- completely normal; ing gun control have become a major part of our news cycle. There is however, a very pressing issue that isn’t broadly covered. As tragic as mass shootings are, gun deaths by suicide happen at almost twice the rate of gun related homicides. In 2015, the center of disease and control reported that gun related homicides totaled to 12,979, while gun related suicides were totaled at 22,018. Without diminishing the horrific nature of homicide related deaths, we have to ask why a similar problem that is about twice the issue it brings up is the as bad doesn’t have as much nature of impulse control in focus. relation to acquiring guns Back in August, and mental health. Vice news spoke with a This issue affects South Caroline County the entire country, but sheriff--Leon Lots-- narrowing in on how it spewho recalled an incident cifically affects law enforcewhere an officer, under his ment could help us find a

solution. An example that comes up is the Israeli defense force where they found that 90 percent of suicides occurred with firearms.

another idea: being open about mental health issues in the department. “But our collective silence only compounds the problem. By ignoring

Graphic by Sydney Seeber.

The military changed the policy so that soldiers couldn’t take their firearms off base on weekends. The suicide rate fell by 40 percent. These numbers clearly illustrate a possible solution. Chief Lots argued

the issue, we implicitly promote the unqualified expectation that police must, without question, be brave, steadfast, and resilient. Our refusal to speak openly about the issue perpetuates the stigma

many officers hold about mental health issues — the stigma that depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide are signs of weakness and failure, not cries for help.” These are public servants who are required to carry firearms to protect communities. But, when they are personally suffering from mental health issues it shows tragic possibility that many people outside of law enforcement face. When your mental health deteriorates and you aren’t in the right state of mind and you have access to a tool that could end your life. There is a debate going on about how to prevent mass shootings, it unfortunately overshadows a conversation we should be having along side about mental health in this country and preventing impulse access to firearms.

Acts of heroism can be misinterpreted in tragedy Juan Toledo Opinion Editor

‘Acts of heroism’ are often measured by the degree of boldness and dedication that an individual exhibits; however, heroism itself mustn’t be measured by how ‘good’ or ‘satisfactory’ said actions make that individual feel. For example, when a fireman rushes into a house on fire to get someone out, it is quite absurd to imagine him thinking, “Okay, I’m going into the blaze. I’ll feel so good afterwards.” As psychologist Alfie Kohn emphasizes, “The [hero] must do more than point to the smile on his/her face if they mean to show that they had a pleasant afterglow in mind.” Conversely, when dispatched to an emergency, police officers risks their health and well-being to se-

cure the safety of civilians. In New York, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, this was exactly the case for Officer Ryan Nash when he was responding to the terrorist attack that killed eight and injured 12 others. After firing nine shots, Officer Nash detained Sayfullo Saipov, whom drove a rental trunk into group of cyclists. Nash has since been heralded as a hero by many New York public officials on Twitter, but the officer remained humbled stating, “We were just doing our job, like thousands of officers do every day.” “I understand the importance of [October’s] events, and the role we played, and I am grateful for the recognition we have received,” Nash said. Not all, though, seek recognition. Some—like self-professed “King of Instagram” Dan Bilzerian, seek gratification.

Known for his outspoken support for the second amendment and machismo, Bilzerian was in attendance for the country music festival during the Las Vegas massacre on Oct. 1, which left 58 dead. In a statement to local authorities, Bilzerian claimed, before rushing his companions to safety, he witnessed a woman standing beside him getting ‘her head blown off.’ Bilzerian later aimed to ‘do-the-right-thing’ by returning to the scene, armed, and attempting to apprehend the shooter himself: he did just that. A minute-long video of Bilzerian running toward the Mandalay Bay suite in hopes of taking-down Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter stationed on the 32nd floor, was upload to YouTube. Although, by the time he returned, Las Vegas police arrived at the scene and

urged Bilzerian to leave the situation to the authorities. While Bilzerian arguably tried to do ‘good’ by his own means, one must take into account the possibilities of bystanders potentially being but in a higher risk situation with the inclusion of more firearms. Recently, on Monday, Nov. 6, another mass shooting left 26 dead at the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church in Texas. The shooter, later identified as Devin Kelley, had legally obtained his firearms, even though he was known for having a violent past. Before anymore could have been slain, Kelley was shot twice by a civilian whom had a concealed firearm of his own; however, even after firing two shots to wound Kelley, the shooter died by a selfinflicted gunshot. Trump stated that Texas shooting is a matter of

mental health, not gun control. In a statement released Nov. 7, Trump argued that stricter gun laws could have potentially led to ‘hundreds’ more being killed in Texas. The President’s remarks were not only insensitive, but misleading. Guns, at the end of the day, are instruments of destruction designed to cause harm; and, the argument that we should have guns as a preventive measure from those whom have guns to cause distress is fallible and contradictory. Guns are what got us to this point to begin with, and adding more to the equations increases the risk of more being wounded in the crossfire. If the U.S. wants to avoid seeing this stories from reappearing in the news cycle, then the time for discourse must now turn into a time for regulation and policy.



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Companies overstep boundries with technology

Abigail Hernandez Staff Reporter

ABC News recently published an article with a headline reading, “Three Square Market becomes the 1st American company to implant employees with microchips ” Yes, you read it correctly. The unnatural idea of microchips being implanted in human beings has been a topic that’s been around for the long-haul and it continues to spark discussion. It is now a true hot topic since August of this year, when Three Square Market headquarters based in River Falls, Wisconsin decided to be the first American company to implant chips and have a “chip party” where 41 of its 85 employees agreed to be voluntarily microchipped. There are many questions we can raise pertaining to this topic but among the many, these have always crossed my mind: Is it ethical? What effects does it have on your body? And what could this mean for employees at Three Square Company? When we think about the word “ethics,” one of the very first things that pops into our .brains is the phrase” right from wrong.” As we know it, what makes something ethical varies from person to person. However, every person on earth has a conscience, a culture one is raised in, and even human rights-- these three factors at minimum allow common ground to say it builds our ethics. It is said that these chips are about the size of a rice grain but oh boy, do they have so much power! The bottom line is that this implantation can’t be ethical. Company officials mentioned that “the data in the microchip is encrypted and does not use GPS, so it cannot be used to track employees or obtain private information.” The chip allows employees to open doors, log onto computers or buy breakroom snacks by simply waving their hand. If any type of activity like that can be monitored, it gives me the idea of control. The idea of advancement

and potential supervision of location. The reason I mention that is because, according to the article, “the company hopes the microchips can eventually be used on everything from air travel to public transit and storing medical information.” The manipulation behind these chips will creep into your veins-- literally. I’m sure that before employees got implanted some paper work was required and then the moment of truth. Research through dogs, lab rats and other animals, demonstrated that implanted microchips cause cancer. Although this has been widely known, it is ignored due to mere power convenience. There are computer viruses which can cause viruses in the chip and eventually someone who is carrying the infected device as a dire medical condition over the individual. As told by Israel National News, reported in 2009, a “Saudi Arabian inventor has applied in Germany for a patent for a human tracking microchip that could be used to track wanted criminals.” Noted also that after implantation, the chip tracks to confirm a person’s identity and location. Another chip would release a deadly poison if a security risk is involved producing a lethal dose of cyanide that would allow the person to be exterminated remotely. Keep in mind, this was in 2009. It is now 2017 and the company only has three perks with this chip. I’m sure you can envision what the years to come will look like considering this report from Saudi Arabia. Although it seems like a positive option due to the ability to capture criminals, it is not the most effective way. There are many different criminal cases and because of that each situation should be assessed differently, not death caused through something citizens are able to trust for safety and accessibility to food, banks, medical attention, flight tickets, and even passports. The use of these chips will eventually advance and the potential here is for genocide. According to Prophecy

News Watch, the RFID chip also picks up and amplifies ambient electrical energy. This is to say if you have one of these chips and get in the range of a powerful electromagnetic field it can actually burn you. Now, by no means I am opposed to advances in

technology. I use QuickPay to send money over to my sibling, I use a key fob to get into work, and I can also use my phone to scan items to direct me to a webpage. However, when it hinders my health, when I know I am being controlled, and when it causes many nega-

tive consequences for society; I just rather not. The idea behind this chip is to create efficiency but isn’t self-checkout enough? Is it really necessary or is it just a way to have control over employees?






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Behind the mask Jeanpierre Carreon Construction Rollar Coaster

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Bongiorno brings winning attitude back to basketball Shelby Brubaker Staff Reporter

John Bongiorno was named head coach of the women’s basketball team by the College of Lake County last spring after its inability to field a season. Bongiorno has coached basketball since the mid-1980s. He started his first job as assistant coach at Elmhurst College. In the years to come, he coached four high school teams as head coach. He won three Illinois High School Association regional titles during that time. Bongiorno also coached at a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school where he took home two conference championships in six years. On top of coaching, Bongiorno also served as an athletic director for three different schools. With plenty of experience, Bongiorno is ready to

build up the Lady Lancers’ basketball program. “I had taken a year off when the CLC job opened,” Bongiorno said. “I was intrigued because they didn’t have a program last year. It would be a chance to build something from scratch and I like that kind of challenge.” A challenge is exactly what Bongiorno was walking into, but he is committed to rebuilding a successful program. “It was very difficult building our roster,” Bongiorno said. “The young women in Lake County were a little skeptical about our program and probably for good reason. We didn’t have a program last year.” “When I went to games and spoke with players and coaches, I could tell that CLC wasn’t held in high regard basketball wise,” he said. “I hope that by fielding a hard-working team, I will attract the high school seniors in the county. My

goal is to make this program one that the community will be proud of and that players will want to play for.” In the short-term, Bongiorno wishes to build a strong relationship with his team. His long-term goal is to hopefully achieve winning a conference championship. “I love the game. I enjoy the relationship with players as we build something,” Bongiorno said. “My goals are the same every year and that’s make every player better and compete for a conference championship.” The Lancers played their first game under coach Bongiorno on Thursday, Nov. 2. They took home their first win of the season with a final score of 77-33 against Olive-Harvey College. “The first game went well. We established our defense early and they never recovered,” Bongiorno said. “One thing I was happy with

John Bongiorno starts his first season for women’s basketball. Photo courtesy of CLC.

was that we played hard the us to play smart, hustling entire game. We are always basketball with great execulooking to improve on every tion.” aspect of our game. I want

CLC athletes, students split on NFL protests William Becker Sports Editor

Student athlete Thomas Boeh, who plays baseball at the College of Lake County, said he would not kneel at one of his games. The act is unpatriotic and disrespectful to soldiers who have given their lives for his country, according to Boeh. His perspective of the movement is also that the problem isn’t being resolved. “Kneeling is putting the attention on the athletes and not the movement because viewers are not taking action,” Boeh said. During week two of the NFL’s regular season, at least one player on every team protested the national

anthem. Athletes either knelt or sat while many teams locked arms. Three teams didn’t go out onto the field. These events sparked due to negative comments made by President Donald Trump regarding individual players protesting the national anthem in weeks prior. Players continue to protest as the season continues with knowledge of many fans and viewers either supporting or disagreeing with their actions, which has caused some fans to stop watching-- 7.5 percent, according to ESPN. Boeh and head baseball coach Heath Cummings had the same solution. “If you don’t like it, then make a difference in your community,” Cummings

said. “From there, your community can make a difference within your state and then in your country. I don’t think they are going to solve the problem by doing what they are doing.” Cummings also said he believes it is unfortunate what the athletes are doing. The athletes do have free speech, but he said he believes they are offending a lot of people, especially people like him who have family and friends in the military. While a lot of people are offended, student Jeremy Perez tries to see what is going on from both points of view. He said athletes, as public figures, should use their platform as a place to voice

their opinion, but the act of kneeling he doesn’t agree with entirely. If he was put in the athlete’s situation, Perez said he wouldn’t kneel, but he would lock arms with a teammate that was kneeling. For him, this shows how he stands up for his beliefs but respects his teammates. “One view I see it from is the player’s perspective,” Perez said. “There is the sense of unity, and even if they don’t agree with their teammates and what they stand for, they want to let them know they have eachother’s backs.” Another student, Christian Tafolla, sees the protest as a non-violent form of politicizing a greater cause. “The act of kneeling and

locking arms shows their unity against oppression to bring positive change,” he said. Angel Calderon, another CLC student, also agrees with Tafolla. “Their point is not to dampen the flag or the country,” he said. “It’s to dampen the people that are still so unfair to people because of their skin color.” Calderon and Tafolla said even if they weren’t directly affected by oppression, they would kneel in support of people who were. While they would kneel, not everyone would. “I don’t really think it’s disrespectful. That’s what soldiers fight for, for you to be able to have that voice,” Calderon said.

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