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CLC’s childcare center receives huge grant Kim Jimenez Managing Editor

The College of Lake County Children’s Learning Center received a $371,952 grant that will help cover childcare costs for lowincome students. The CCAMPIS grant, given by the U.S. Department of Education, began in October with the goal to supplement CLC childcare costs to at least 50 lowincome students each year for the next four years. 30% of the students who receive child care at CLC are low-income. Currently, roughly 100 children are enrolled at the Children’s Learning Center between its two facilities located at the Grayslake and Lakeshore campuses. Some of the parents who have children enrolled at the center are CLC staff and community members, but most of them are students. “Because we are so small, we have never had to turn anyone away who was eligible,” said Sandra Groeninger, director of the Children’s Learning Center. The weekly rate for childcare at CLC ranges from $210-240 for one child, each additional child may receive a 5-10% discount,

depending on the age of the child and whether the parent is a student, faculty, or community member. The CCAMPIS grant is part of the federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School program, which supports the participation of low-income students in postsecondary education by providing campus-based childcare services. CLC was one of just two schools in the state of Illinois to receive the grant. “I wasn’t surprised,” Groeninger said, “because we run outstanding programs at both schools, we’ve been accredited for a long time, and we have a great grant writing department. “Between what we could offer as a program and the expertise of the grant department, I was pretty confident,” she said. With the approval of the CCAMPIS grant, this is the second Department of Education grant that the college has received in the last four years. In order to be considered for the CCAMPIS grant, students must fill out an application which can be found at both children’s centers and on the CLC website. If a student meets the criteria, the grant will cover

Biology major Jessica Rios poses with her daughters, Sara and Allison, at the childcare center. Photo courtesy of CLC Public Relations.

part or all of the student’s childcare costs at the Children’s Learning Center. Furthermore, the grant is not excluded to parents who utilize childcare during the school year, but it is offered for the summer months as well. To be eligible for the grant, students must complete or have a completed FAFSA on file and they must be eligible for the Pell Grant or already receiving a Pell Grant. Applicants will be considered for funding on the basis of eligibility, financial income, need, resources,

and expected family contribution. The Children’s Learning Center at CLC offers two nationally accredited child care centers located at the Grayslake and Lakeshore campuses. The centers offer quality childcare, competitive rates, and a convenient location for students where their children can learn and grow. The center offers yearround services for children aged 2-6 years old, and summer care for children up to 12 years old. Open registration for the

grant for the spring semester is available now. Students who are accepted for the grant should expect to know how much funding they have been approved for before the start of the semester. “We feel, and the research has shown, that the grant enables parents to continue with school,” Graininger said. “Campus parents are highly successful in returning to school, transferring, and graduating.”

Presidential candidates host open forums at CLC Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief

The College of Lake County’s five final candidates in the presidential search conducted hour-long open forums across all three campuses during the week of Monday, Nov. 13. Each candidate hosted an open forum individually

directed to students and the community, staff, and faculty at CLC. Keith Cornille, Ed.D., who is executive vice president/ chief student services officer at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, WI., held open forums on Monday, Nov. 13. During his open forum, Cornille shared some stu-

dent initiatives that he has implemented at MATC and was involved with. Among these initiatives, Cornille has taken part in creating a transportation system for the students at MATC. “Transportation was a barrier for [the students],” he said. The transportation system was part Madison public

transportation and MATC’s own shuttle system. “I assisted the students in making [these initiatives] happen,” he said. “The leadership of students takes us to a lot of great places. They can come to us as an institution and say, ‘you need to get this right for me.’” Lori Suddick, Ed.D., vice president of learning and

chief academic officer for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI., held forums on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

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Presidential candidates host open forums at CLC have a little bit of play.” Next, Dr. J. Michael Thomson, Ph.D., Eastern Campus president of Cuyahoga Community College and chief executive officer of the Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, OH, held forums on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Thomson was asked what efforts he would take to engage the student body personally and be available and open to them. “I inherited a Phi Theta Kappa chapter that hadn’t functioned and at one had been a stellar chapter,” he said. “When I see that situation,” he said, “I jump right in. I collaborated with two faculty members and in two and a half years, we went from zero stars to five stars. I met with them regularly about their projects and became involved.” “If I say I’m going to be connected with students, I’m going to demonstrate that I’m going to be connected to students,” Thomson said. “For presidents, time is like an enemy. Everyone wants something from you,” he said. “But the most important thing for me, as your potential president, would be to carve out time to walk this campus-- visit the other campuses-- so that I can talk to students on a regular basis.”

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Continued from pg. 1 Also at the forum directed to students and community, Suddick was asked what she believes the greatest challenge is for community colleges and what she would focus on if she became president at CLC. “The big challenge that we have to pay attention to [other than the assumed state budget crisis] is the fact that we have shifting demographics in our society,” she said. “We have a growing, diverse population, and unfortunately, for higher education-particularly community colleges, that have been the front door for these individuals-have not done a great job of making sure every student succeeds.” “We need to rework our systems, reframe ourselves, reach down to our K-12 and university partners, to make sure that we’re getting students through our doors,” Suddick said. “I want to focus on building a culture. You can’t perform well unless you’re taking care of the people in your organization,” she said. “It’s about people, passion, purpose, and you gotta

Cliff Davis, M.A., who is president of Ozarks Technical Community College’s Table Rock campus in Springfield, MO, held open forums on Thursday, Nov. 16. At the forum intended for students and the community, Davis was asked about CLC’s greatest strengths and if he could relate it to why he’s interested in the position as president. “I know that you’re a student-centered institution. You care about your students,” he said. “It’s not our responsibility to foster caring and kind students-- we’re not mom and dad. But it’s still something that we can accomplish.” “[My first six months as president] would be an absolute listening tour,” Davis said. “A listening tour of the students, faculty, staff, community, the Trustees, so that I can learn what you like and what you don’t like. I want to make sure that I can work with the community to address those concerns that come out.” “It seems to me that a lot of people walk around with a smile on their face. And I like that,” he said. “When your employees aren’t happy, you immediately have a culture problem.” Finally, on Friday, Nov. 17, Amit B. Singh,

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to be that way? How can I help?’” “When I came to the U.S., I worked part-time on campus just to survive. Then I started sending money back to India, enough for even three to four kids to go to college,” he said. The student who asked the question did not give a name, but emphasized that she believed Singh’s first hand experiences with students as a faculty member made him more equipped for the position. According to Julia Guiney, director of human resources at CLC, the Board of Trustees will make a final decision based on the feedback from the forums and interviews with the candidates sometime in December.

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Ph.D, provost and senior vice president at Clark State Community College in Springfield, OH hosted open forums. At the student and community directed forum, Singh was asked about his experience as a faculty member before taking on his positions at CSCC. “The real fulfillment for me [as a faculty member] was being able to make a difference in students’ lives,” Singh said. “That was my passion-- to make a difference for those who are least able to make a difference for themselves.” “Growing up in India, I’ve seen a lot of poverty,” Singh said. “I was fortunate I came from a good family, but I always asked myself, ‘Why does it have


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CLC celebrates America Recycles Day Christina Branaman Staff Reporter

The saying that there’s power in numbers often proves to be true. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Environmental Club, First Generation Club, Humans for Animals, and Latino Alliance joined together for America Recycles Day. On one side of their table, Daniel Buranosky, from the Environmental club, stood by a wheel featuring various types of items. Once an individual spun the wheel, whichever item they landed on, Daniel would ask them where they thought it was meant to be recycled or put in the trash. Naveen Thomas was one of the many students who took part in this game. “It helped me learn about

what goes in the trash or recycling bin and also how recycling can help make the world more clean and beautiful,” Thomas said. These four clubs provided an educational aspect of this event, yet managed to raise funds for their clubs simultaneously. Earlier in the week, they asked people to donate items, including but not limited to, clothing, hats, and shoes. The idea behind this was to then recycle these in a “garage sale” on student street and price them cheaply. The turnout was rather incredible. The sale included small appliances like as well as clothing, shoes, and other miscellaneous items. All profits from the garage sale were distributed equally to the four clubs who assisted with the event.

International fair Rachel Schultz News Editor

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The Multicultural Center at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus hosted an International Fair on Student Street to showcase some of its students’ countries of origin on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Each country featured its own table, with a flag, and information about the country. Most of the participating students were members of the International Club. Student Ania Leus represented Poland, called in Polish, “Rzeczpospolita Polska,” which means “Republic” or “Commonwealth of Poland.” She described Poland’s attractions, including cultural landmarks, beaches, and mountains, and other aspects of Polish culture, like food. “You’ve probably heard of paczkis,” Leus said. “They originated in Poland. Also pierogies, which are stuffed with meat, cheese, or other fillings. They’re really good.”

Each of the students had a display board including facts and photos of their country. Mirzera Cirkin’s display of her home country, Bosnia, featured a number of Bosnian foods, including tulumbe, a type of donut. “Tulumbe is made of a deep-fried dough that is soaked in syrup,” Cirkin said. “The longer it’s soaked, the better it is.” Cirkin also had samples of Bosnian foods for people to try, including rahat lokum, or Turkish delight, a jellolike sweet made of starch, cut into cubes, and dusted with powdered sugar. Other countries featured included India, represented by Mohammed Hussain; Iraq, represented by Sana Jader; Yemen, by Khaled Badahman; Palestine, represented by Amir Alqaddi, and Cameroon. Jason Ngassa, who hosted that country’s presentation, wore a colorful traditional shirt. There was also a table set up full of international desserts, including baklava, for students to try.

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CLC presidential candidates weigh in on opioid epidemic Andy Pratt Staff Reporter

Two College of Lake County presidential candidates responded to the public health emergency on the opioid epidemic, declared by president Donald Trump. The public health emergency allows for federal agencies to free available funds, to be utilized by the states, in facing the opioid epidemic. College of Lake County presidential candidate Cliff Davis, assisted Ozarks Technical Community College to set up a student emergency fund to help students referred by faculty or staff pay for transportation, food, utilities and personal-care products. Davis said each campus for CLC should be given the autonomy to better serve the students and communities at their locations. “Students already have heavy loads, which they may be bringing from home,” he said. “We have a responsibility to prepare them to be good, kind citizens.” CLC presidential candi-

date Keith Cornille worked with students to ensure that University of WisconsinMadison students received a basic form of health coverage, which also included flu shots. Cornille said the coverage was intended to “help students realize something that may have been neglected in their life.” “One of the first things we would do is make sure we work with public health services in the community to address the mental health crisis as well,” he said. Any endeavor to address substance abuse or mental health issues will require diligence and a constant facilitation of trust. The costs otherwise may grow far beyond the amount of dollars. CLC offers referrals to various programs, a list of which may be found on the CLC website updated in July 2017. Of the referral programs, 20 were listed specifically for treating mental health, and 19 were listed for treating addiction or alcohol or substance abuse. Some of

the referrals offered the option of hospitalization. A google search of these referral programs yielded no red flags, such as arrests of staff members or lawsuits. Opinions of current or former employees for these facilities, usually anonymous, may be found on glassdoor. com, a website geared towards offering readers feedback of a poster’s place of employment. The website offers a generalized rating between five stars, measuring the average of each score a reviewer rates the facility, and by how many reviews are posted. One of the referrals for the college is the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, which received 3.4 stars with 2,971 reviews. Whereas Nicasa Behavioral Health Services received 3.2 stars with five reviews. Each poster is allowed to write as detailed a review as they choose. According to glassdoor. com, each reviewer is required to certify their employee relationship to the company, as well as “email verification from a permanent, active email address,

or a valid social networking account.” The Lake County Opioid Initiative meeting for Nov. 16, at the Grayslake campus, was canceled. The scheduled room C003 was renamed to A013 during the ongoing remodeling on campus. The next meeting of the Initiative, at the Grayslake campus, will be on Feb. 16, 2018. According to a press release for the Lake County Opioid Initiative, Nov. 1, the Boston Globe reported one to 10 Massachusetts residents “revived from an overdose by a fast-acting antidote went on to die within a year.” The information comes from a study done by Dr. Scott G. Weiner, yet to be published in a medical journal. A fast-acting antidote such as Naloxone remains to be very effective, especially in the event of a suspected overdose from an opioid. “Each of my field officer’s carries the Naloxone HCI Injector,” said CLC Police Chief Tom Guenther. “Each officer must be trained on the administering of the device.”

Naloxone, a non-addictive drug, may be purchased at participating pharmacies without a prescription, by anyone of any age. The naloxone standing order requires that all distributors of the drug, which may include pharmacists, as well as opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution programs, to be trained in how to administer the drug. The same training is not required for those who would purchase the drug. While effective, naloxone should not be seen as an alternative to seeking treatment or medical assistance. According to the Mayo Clinic, other pre-existing medical issues may affect the use of naloxone, and “the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do.” There have been no adequate or “well-controlled” studies on the effects of naloxone on pregnant women, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Son of late Holocaust survivor speaks on father’s message Kim Jimenez Managing Editor

The College of Lake County Center for Nonviolence, in partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, gave a lecture with Elisha Wiesel, son of the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, IL on Sunday, Nov. 19. At the event, Wiesel touched upon his relationship with his father growing up, the legacy his father left behind for him, as well as his hopes to further advance his father’s message of global peace and universalism. “My father,” Wiesel said during the lecture, “was not quite prepared to be a father.” “The concept of being a father to a teenager in America was challenging for him on a number of fronts. You also have to remember, this is someone who felt very strongly that it

was a mistake to bring Jewish children into the world for what the world had done to Jewish children,” he said. At the age of 15, Elie Wiesel, a Jewish author, philosopher, and humanist who throughout much of his life has spoken out against persecution and injustice around the world, was sent to Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust, which took the lives of more than six million Jews and millions of others. Of his family, Elie and his two older sisters, Beatrice and Hilda, were the only ones to survive the concentration camps and the Holocaust. As a child, Wiesel described his father as very loving, often singing to him and telling him stories at night. As a teenager, however, he recounted how his father struggled to connect with him and was unsure of how he can ease the burden of his legacy and recognition. “My father was a victim,”

Weisel said. “You have to understand how that sounds or feels at a very young age. It was very hard for me to see my father as a hero, because everyone was telling me that his claim to fame was being one of the world’s most famous victims. That doesn’t necessarily translate well into the world of egos on the schoolyard in first or second grade.” Later in life is when his outlook on his father’s legacy began to change and his Jewish faith strengthened and became meaningful to him as it is today. “I think there was a switch from childhood to adulthood where it went from being a burden to being a privilege,” Wiesel said. “Now, I feel only great pride when I think of my father. “I feel a sense of responsibility and it’s an empowering responsibility because to feel I could do something for my father in his name is a great gift that I could return to my father.” This lecture series, Voices

of Conscience, was created by J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K., in memory of his parents, Donald and Sue Pritzker, for whom the lecture series is named after. Its purpose is to serve as a catalyst for dialogue about the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights issues. Wiesel went on to address various human rights issues seen in society today, one example being that nearly one-third of Holocaust survivors living in the US live at or below the poverty line. As the lecture switched over to audience questions, one audience member revealed himself to be a former bunkmate of Elie’s at Buchenwald, one of the largest German concentration camps from which Elie was liberated in 1945. “I tell you,” Wiesel said, “you should be up here, not me.” The Holocaust survivor, Barney, was then invited onto the stage, stating that he was 12 years old when

he was liberated from Buchenwald. Representatives from CLC’s Center for Nonviolence were also present at the event, handing out literature of the college and informing the public of the initiatives the college has undertaken to promote diversity and foster respect for each student, all in the effort to combat hate. Larry Lawrence, parttime faculty member in the communication arts/humanities/fine arts division at CLC, explained that the Center for Nonviolence works on three levels to combat hate. “One is to educate the educators,” Lawrence said, “another is to work with the community to set up issues around nonviolence, and then attitudes and approaches. “What can we do about the negative, hateful activities and tone that’s going around in society? What can we do to stop that?”



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Students rhapsodize at CLC piano concert

Kevin Tellez Features Editor

The College of Lake County gave piano students the opportunity to showcase their talents at the Piano Concert Extraordinaire on Sunday, Dec. 3. Presented by Applied Piano instructor Kathleen W. Cizewski, the concert will include classical ballads dating back to the 17th century as well as contemporary arrangements. Each piece will be performed by the students of Cizewski’s Piano and Applied Piano classes. Mark Jones, music major and one of Cizewski’s students, will be performing at the concert. He was able to discuss how he started off in the piano business and the artists who have influenced him through the times. He also touched upon the challenges he has faced throughout his musical career and how he overcomes them. “I started to play piano

my freshman year of high school,” Jones said. “At the time I was self-taught, as I was on all instruments I played back then, which consisted of tenor saxophone, acoustic guitar, and singing. “As a pianist, my favorite genre would be classical. I am in love with all of Beethoven’s music. More specifically, ‘Moonlight Sonata’ which I would consider my favorite piano piece to this day. “My biggest influence in music comes from my love for creating music that brings people together and makes them feel a connection to what I’m performing,” he said. “There’s no better feeling in the world than the feeling you get performing for an audience and having them feel the emotion you’re conveying.” “A big challenge I have faced, and still do, is consistently playing one piece of music everyday,” Jones said. “I love trying to play different types of music, so, personally, it’s very easy to

Kathleen W. Cizewski playing the piano.

get distracted by other music and that’s a challenge I constantly face.” When balancing music and school, Jones said that it’s important to keep your priorities in check. “Personally,” he said, “I have to work harder at normal classes like eng-

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lish, math, etc., so I keep constant focus on those. When I have free time, I practice piano and any other work for my music classes. “When I feel like I’m getting stuck creatively, I surround myself with new music and force myself

outside of my comfort zone. It’s nice to take a step back to search and listen to different music or artists. It keeps you wanting to be better and learn more. It’s a good practice to keep yourself interested when you find yourself in a musical rut.”

CLC makes sustainability record as top performer The College of Lake County has made the list of overall “top performer” schools in environmental sustainability, placing eighth among two-year colleges in North America, according to a report released Nov. 6 by the Philadelphiabased Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The rating marks the fourth time in 18 months that the college has been recognized nationally for its sustainable efforts. The report, known as the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, recognizes highachieving colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability areas related to curriculum, community engagement, campus operations and administration. AASHE uses reporting process known as STARS, an acronym for Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™, said David Husemoller, CLC sustainability manager. CLC

and 302 other participating colleges and universities submitted STARS reports. The report highlighted CLC’s accomplishments such as the campus farm and an eight-hive apiary (bee colony) that expands local food production. Honey from the apiary is sold in Café Willow on the Grayslake Campus and at LancerZone bookstores on all three campuses. The campus farm uses integrated pest management and organic methods to grow vegetables and greens for sale at the farm market and Café Willow. Additionally, CLC’s food service provider works to identify and promote items that are grown on campus with a special logo. CLC closes the loop by collecting food scraps and returning them to the campus farm for composting, Husemoller said. Photo: Eddie Popelka (left), a CLC maintenance engineer and beekeeper, with Bernard Kondenar, a sustainable agriculture ma-

jor who initiated the idea, at the apiary’s opening in summer 2016. “We are honored to be recognized with this topperformer rating from AASHE,” said CLC Interim President Dr. Rich Haney. “Sustainability is one of CLC’s strategic priorities, and faculty, staff and students have been working tirelessly to promote environmental stewardship inside and outside of the classroom.” Husemoller added, “This is another exciting achievement because CLC is once again being recognized at the national and international level, as many colleges and universities outside of North America belong to AASHE.” The top-performer rating comes in the wake of three other national “green” awards. In August, CLC received a STARS® silver rating from AASHE, which noted how the college’s Grayslake Campus functions as a living laboratory

for sustainability. AASHE cited CLC’s $148 million sustainable master plan, which includes new and renovated buildings designed to meet LEED Gold and Platinum standards. Other examples cited include CLC’s three distinct academic programs related to sustainability and 23 percent of college course offerings contain all or some element of sustainability in course material. Besides the AASHE recognition, the college’s new Science Building received in May an exclusive Emerald Award for Building Innovation from the Illinois chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The Science Building is scheduled to open in January and contains sustainable features ranging from solar panels to rainwater recovery. Also, in October 2016, CLC was one of nine community colleges nationwide to receive a $10,000 Green Genome award from the American Association of Community

Colleges. The award recognized CLC for incorporating sustainability into its governance structure and overall college culture. Since the college began implementing the sustainable master plan, CLC has saved operational costs with reduced utility bills. Energy-saving LED lights have been installed in campus parking lots, and the new geothermal heating and cooling system is expected to trim energy costs by up to 50 percent in two wings on the Grayslake Campus, Husemoller said. For details on the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, visit Learn more about CLC’s sustainable efforts at www., and details of the master plan are available at CLC’s Spring Semester begins Jan.16. To view course offerings and learn how to become a student, visit spring.



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Students press pause on stress on gaming night Kevin Tellez Features Editor

The College of Lake County’s Student Veterans Club and Computer Club have decided to play “co-op” to hold their Second Annual Gaming Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 30. The games played at the event were “Call of Duty: Black Ops III” and “Super Smash Bros.” for WiiU. With every $2 entry to start a new game, participants were also entered into a raffle sponsored by GameStop. Prizes offered by the raffle were given to the first, second, and third place winners of their respective tournaments. “Players here could win various prizes from the raffle,” said Robert Kolak, employee at the Round Lake GameStop. “You could win a gaming headset, a remote drone, and a copy of Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch,” he said. “Plus a few other smaller, runner-up gifts complementary from us at GameStop.” “The tournament was just held mostly for fun,” Kolak said. “It’s a way for the students to relax and have

Two participants battle each other during a match of “Super Smash Bros.”

a good time. It helps take their minds off of their finals coming up.” The players definitely seemed to agree on that front. “It’s a room full of people who love playing video games,” said CLC student Tahj Varnell, “Super Smash

Bros.” participant. “The tournament really helps me chill out because my plate’s definitely full with all of my exams.” “It really is tons of fun here,” said another student Eric Guo, another one of the “Super Smash Bros.” participants.

“There’s tons of people here who I can hang out with and talk about games with,” he said. “This event has a really low-key, relaxing environment to help me destress before finals.” “Of course I’m having fun here,” said Angel Vergara, another student and a par-

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ticipant in the “Black Ops III” tournament. “I’ve got my mind on finals, but for right now I can take a load off and put my mind on something else. Like ‘pwning noobs.’”

CLC choir director replays experiences in music career Rachel Schultz News Editor

Ingrid Mikolajczyk knows what being busy is like. As the conductor of three of the College of Lake County’s four choirs, she conducts four rehearsals in a typical week, besides scheduled concert performances. “I started as a performer, and got my training in voice performance,” Mikolajczyk said. For her, that gives her a unique perspective, since she knows about the nerves that often affect singers before a performance. As a conductor, she still performs music, but now indirectly. “It’s a privilege, on the conducting side, to be able to shape the music, to decide what the overall concept

will be,” she said. “It’s interesting to be involved with the music, but not actually making the sound.” Her favorite part is working with the choir members. “I love leading the members,” she said, “[and] helping them perform. It’s a humbling position at the same time, where you have the power to make decisions, but also the humility of listening to the people who are actually going to create the music.” She also enjoys the directing side of music; deciding what pieces to perform. “I love going through the choir repertoire,” she said. “There’s so much out there that I’ll never run out of interest, and I love that idea. There’s always something new to learn.” This is Mikolajczyk’s

fourth year at CLC. The choirs she directs are different sizes, from the largest, the Choir of Lake County, which includes about forty singers; to the CLC Singers and Chamber Singers, which range from fifteen to twenty. “We’re always looking for singers,” Mikolajczyk said with a smile, “especially tenors and basses.” She has been involved with music as long as she can remember. “I was a member of the Glen Ellyn children’s chorus and also took private voice lessons,” she said. “I was involved with choirs and musical theater in high school. I also played the bassoon, flute, and was a drummer for the Park High School marching band. Music was always a piece of my life.”

This led to some interesting experiences. During her junior year of high school, the high school director decided to put on an opera instead of the usual musical. Mikolajczyk starred in the opera, Carmen, as the character Micaëla, and had loads of fun doing it. That was an experience that steered her into a career into classicalstyle music. She also was accepted to Wesleyan University on a music scholarship, and was also able to study in Vienna, Austria, which also broadened her music perspective. Her favorite thing about Vienna was the inexpensive opera performances she was able to attend. “I attended over thirty operas during my stay there,” said Mikolajczyk, “and they cost about the same as a

Coca-Cola.” From Vienna, she went to Alaska on a singing tour at the invitation of a friend. After those adventures,she earned her master’s degree at Arizona State University. She hasn’t stopped learning, either. “Sometimes,” she said, “I think I learn as much from my students as they learn from me.” Mikolajczyk will be directing one more major concert at CLC this season. As part of the Fall Choral Concert series this semester, the four CLC choirs will perform the Holiday Choral Concert, featuring Christmas pieces like “Silent Night,” “Nativity Carol,” and “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.”



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CLC’s Narrative Project tells stories of microaggressions Samantha Wilkins Staff Reporter

CLC’s Narrative Project Stories Open Eyes to Microaggressions. Students of the College of Lake County’s Narrative Project shared real stories and accounts of microaggressions witnessed in their lives on Thursday, Nov. 16. Microaggressions are instances of unintentional or subtle discrimination against a marginalized group of people. The first-hand accounts were told by students as part of Henna Kittridge’s speech class final. During the hour-long event, there were various speakers that spoke out about facing microaggressions in their own personal lives, some of which occurred here at CLC. One female student spoke out about her experiences facing the double-bind in today’s society, especially on the topic of crying, saying that crying is linked to weakness in society. Another student discussed her experiences being African-American and facing stereotypes and microaggressions often.

One example of a microaggression this student faced was having her friends call her “the whitest black person they know.” She then discussed the difficulties of overcoming societal oppression, while constantly facing microaggressions in her daily life. Another student also discussed racism in today’s society and the various microaggressions that stem from it. One example this student touched upon occurs whenever people try to guess his race, as if it were a guessing game. He then shared the idea that many people want to end racism; however, not many know how to do it. He said it is difficult for white people to help people of color in terms of stopping microaggressions and oppression, as they are privileged and have a more difficult time recognizing it because it does not affect them. Another speaker shared her own experiences with racism. This speaker was Asian, and due to her hazel eyes and curly hair, she constantly had people telling her that

she must be mixed, despite her 100% Asian ancestry. She also discussed her experiences facing microaggressions as a woman, explaining that she constantly has men trying to do things for her, as if she is too frail or too weak to do certain tasks. The last presenter was a woman discussing the microaggressions she faces due to the language barrier she has had to overcome. She was born in America; however, she lived in Mexico most of her life, and English is her second language. She has had people interrupt her in the middle of her speeches or presentations for class to correct her grammar or pronunciation. When this happens, she has had people attempt to defend her by saying things like, “She is better than most Mexicans. I can actually understand her.” Although she said she believes whoever said this meant well, it still made her feel as if it was her fault that she is unable to speak english like everyone else. Comments such as these made the student feel selfconscious of her darker skin as well, saying that in the

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summer she puts on extra sunscreen all the time to prevent getting darker. Although people do not intentionally mean to harm others with their comments, words can have a lasting effect on how people feel about themselves. These first-hand accounts help open the eyes of people who may be making these types of comments in their daily lives, but do not realize the harm they are causing others.

The event emphasized that it is important for people to speak up about microaggressions, as most people are unaware they are doing it. If made aware, many people would be eager to change their ways to prevent hurting others feelings any longer. By speaking out, the event promoted, people will learn and realize what is socially acceptable to say to others and what is not.

Professor reflects on late actress before ‘Last Jedi’ premiere

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nuto and his family already have tickets. Tenuto also met with Fisher, who played the role of princess Leia, prior to her death last December. “She was the damsel in distress, but she could really handle a gun,” Tenuto said. A Los Angeles Times article from earlier this June listed Fisher’s cause of death as the result of sleep apnea and “other factors,

including drugs.” An exposure to heroin Staff Reporter was found, along with trace amounts of cocaine. According to Tenuto, Prior to their final theatriFisher never got branded cal performance, a College with stigmas that tend to go of Lake County professor along with illegal drug use, said “May the Force be with as well as mental illness. you” to late actress Carrie “She was open about Fisher. her problems,” Tenuto “Star Wars: the Last Jedi” said. “Through interviews, opens in theaters on Dec. books, her witty personal15. Avid fan and sociology ity showed. People admired professor at CLC John Tethat.” Fisher was also a great friend to actresses sexually harassed by Hollywood producers. According to an Huffington Post article in October, Fisher hand delivered a cow tongue in a Tiffany’s box, to such a producer. She told him the next box would contain something of his “that was smaller.” According to Tenuto, Fisher was also equally Professor John Tenuto posing with Carrie Fisher. open to fans. Thousands Photo courtesy of John Tenuto would line up to meet her

at conventions, and she would treat them as if they were the only people in the world. “A lot of celebrities are skittish, and for them fans are not quite friends,” Tenuto said. “For her, fans were friends.” A tragic loss to the “Star Wars” community, Disney Pictures said it will not make a hologram of Princess Leia appear in future movies. The CLC community is also no stranger to the “Star Wars” universe. In late 2006, Hollywood director Patrick Read Johnson, used a room at the College for post-production work, on an autobiographical documentary called “525-77.” The documentary focused on how the premiere of “Star Wars: A New Hope,” inspired Johnson to move to Hollywood, and pursue a career in film. Visual effects supervisor

Michael Pawlak assisted Johnson with the documentary. Pawlak had once attended classes at CLC. Students were allowed to visit the set and Johnson would answer any questions or concerns. Directors Chris and Courtney Macht also made a “Star Wars” documentary in late 2006, called “The Force Among Us.” As part of a nationwide tour of interviewing fans of the franchise, the Directors chose to interview students and faculty members that were willing to be filmed. “Students learn from that type of out of the box thinking,” Tenuto said. “Anything we can do to help make learning a practical experience is a great thing.” “It’s our way of giving back to the community,” Tenuto said. “Children that attend the lectures sometimes wind up taking a class at the college.”

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‘Street Scene’ shines light on social controversy Melanie Bobbitt Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County theater department presented “Street Scene” by Elmer Rice in the James Lumber Center on Nov. 17 and 18. The play was directed by Thomas B. Mitchell, and offered a compelling look into the social issues the 1920s. The play was set in front of an apartment building in a poor part of New York City. The front porch of the building served as the place where people gossiped about the neighborhood. The set was very detailoriented. Through the windows of the building, the audience was able to see a glimpse of each of the character’s apartments. The set served as a reminder that the audience could only see what the characters wanted them to see, only a small part of each of their lives.

The play is centered around four main characters: Rose Maurrant (played by Alma Salgado), her parents Anna (played by Natalie LaVoie) and Frank (played by Juan Hernandez), and their neighbor in the apartment building, Sam Kaplan (played by Alexander Gray). The women of the building gossiped about Anna and suspected she was having an affair with the milk man, Steve Sankey, which Anna was not subtle in trying to conceal. Anna’s daughter, Rose, dealt with a complex relationship with Sam, while also being pursued by her married boss. Her boss offered to get Rose an apartment of her own if she would become his mistress, but Rose refused. She was cautioned against having a relationship with Sam because he was Jewish and mixed marriages were discouraged. Although Sam

loved Rose, it appeared that Rose only saw him as her best friend. “Street Scene” came to its denouement when Anna’s husband, Frank, discovered Anna’s affair and shot both her and her lover in a jealous rage. Rose, who was apparently very well-adjusted and able to cope with trauma extremely well, decided to pack up and leave her home hours after the shooting occurred. Sam offered to run away with her, but Rose insisted that Sam had goals to accomplish first. Aside from Rose’s departure, not much changed in the aftermath of the shooting, as the neighbors continued to gossip and go about their daily lives as if nothing happened. The only proof of the tragedy that occurred was the black bunting Rose hung over the apartment building’s front door. When the play first pre-

CLC students are pictured rehearsing “Street Scene.” Photo courtesy of CLC.

miered on Jan. 10, 1929, it was considered highly controversial because of its critiques of social issues. It also critiqued the effects that urban and industrial society had on everyday people. The play ran for over 600 performances and won the 1929 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Mitchell thought these issues were still being felt

in today’s social climate and believed that now was an appropriate time to showcase the play. Mitchell first read the play as a high school student in 1972 and, after 30 years of service at CLC, he finally had the opportunity to direct it. “Street Scene” was the last play Mitchell directed for CLC as he is to retire in December.

‘Justice League’ can’t defeat competition Peter Anders Staff Reporter

“Justice League,” the super-hero film directed by Zack Snyder and written by Joss Whedon, was released on Friday, Nov. 17. With a budget as excessive as $300 million, not factoring in marketing cost, the film opened to a paltry $96 million its opening weekend. That is less than the opening for any previous DC film to date. Last issue, I pointed out that the path DC had taken on the road to “Justice League” was the worst one they could have taken and that the response to the marketing campaign for the film reflected that. But it took more than a bad marketing run to sink what was supposed to be one of the biggest hits of the year. “Justice League” had undergone one of the most turbulent productions in recent Hollywood memory. With every story that leaked from the set of the film, the public enthusiasm for the film diminished. The film had to undergo ex-

tensive reshoots which may have comprised anywhere from 10-20% of the final cut. Additionally, the “Harvey Weinstein Effect” has enveloped Hollywood and one film that felt its effects was “Justice League.” The flooding of reports about sexual harassment and crude behavior seeping out of Hollywood in the last two months have destroyed the reputations of several actors and directors, also affecting the films said actors and directors were involved in. Someone caught in the fray of this is Ben Affleck, arguably the leading player in “Justice League.” Whenever Warner Brothers’ superhero tentpole was brought up in news outlets, Affleck’s name was attached. After all, in the film, Batman is the leader of the League. He is the one who assembles the team. It becomes hard to separate the actor from the character especially when he spends much of the movie not in costume. The leaks from the set that Ben Affleck is not returning to the role and the way the

actor has been dodging that question did not help matters either. It’s gotten to the point where it’s rumored the studio is drawing up a shortlist of potential replacements. “Thor: Ragnarok” proved to be a bigger hit than anyone expected. For a follow up to

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the unlikeable “Thor: The Dark World,” “Thor: Ragnarok” managed to have more staying power than expected, as audiences continued to flock to the Taika Waititi blockbuster in droves. The Marvel movie undoubtedly stole some of the thunder from the “Justice

League” -- no pun intended. Perhaps a big culprit behind the underperformance is DC films themselves. The audience response to three out of the four films in the DC Cinematic Universe have been polarized, leaning heavily on negative. “Wonder Woman” was enormously successful both with audiences and critics, and it was the runaway success of the summer. However, “Wonder Woman” felt standalone, and the ties it had to the other DC films were few. But one good film is not ultimately enough to repair such a tarnished brand. The fact that “Justice League” sold itself as a sequel/follow up to “Batman v. Superman” much more so than “Wonder Woman” might have also been a fatal mistake. Associating with a movie many people disliked was sure to turn off a sizable chunk of the moviegoing public. It should be said that there is always the chance “Justice League” beats through all these factors and manages

to stay in the top five for the weekends to come, much like “Wonder Woman” did earlier this year. But considering that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is coming out in a few weeks and is already projected to open to $200 million in the United States its opening weekend, and with “Justice League” losing the top spot at the box office over Thanksgiving weekend to Disney/Pixar’s “Coco,” it might just be drowned under the weight of its competitors. This is going to send shockwaves throughout the studio. “Justice League” is a movie made under the wrong circumstances and at the wrong time and in the wrong manner. Is there any time “Justice League” could have been released and succeeded? Possibly, but chances are, not by much. Hopefully, going forward, Warner Bros. picks up the right lessons here. Hopefully, going forward, they follow some form of a blueprint and actually stick to it.



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Jaden Smith’s debut album is met with instant praise Daniel Lynch A&E Editor

Actor, singer, and songwriter Jaden Smith released his debut album “SYRE” on Friday, Nov. 17. Smith has been in the spotlight from the minute he was born. Son of the well-known and beloved American actor Will Smith, Smith is someone who instantly makes headlines -- despite his weirder moments on Twitter. For Smith, there has always been the possibility of a potential solo music career when you consider the work of his sister, Willow Smith, and his features on other artist’s tracks. His music career officially started when he released the mixtape in 2012 called “The Cool Café” and the follow-up “Cool Tape Vol. 2” in 2014. He has been working on his latest album continuously for the past three years. He has also kept himself busy with many other endeavors such as voice acting for the American-Japanese animated series Neo Yokio that was released in September of this year. In this day and age, it’s not surprising for the children of Hollywood stars to pursue music careers. What is surprising is when those children

Jaden Smith released his debut album “SYRE” on Friday, Nov. 16.

release a product as impressive as “SYRE.” It cannot be emphasized enough that this album is outstanding and stands out in a pop genre that is highly competitive and packed with talent.

While the album doesn’t break the mold in any new or interesting ways, it succeeds by the sophisticated quality in each track. There doesn’t seem to be any point in the album where the execution isn’t

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to keep audiences engaged and may very well become favorites in their own right. Off the album, “Falcon,” “Ninety,” and “Lost Boy” show Smith’s legitimacy as an artist as well as his natural talent to produce catchy pop music. Smith also announced that he plans to bring the story of his album to life in the form of a film of the same name coming in 2018. With this substantive release, he has gotten the positive response he rightfully deserves. The fact that he has the ability to create visual counterparts to the music should also excite fans and audiences. Credit must also be given to the many people working on the album, especially Peder Losnegård, or Lido, one of the album’s producers. Nonetheless, the end product is something that should be celebrated. Pop music sometimes feels like it tries to innovate too much to the point of nonsense. Artists put out work, that, while impressive, doesn’t really create a product that can be considered a hit. Smith’s album “SYRE” definitely does not fall into the mainstream.

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College forgets mission when canceling classes Diana Panuncial


At a place prestigious for being one of the best community colleges in the country, the College of Lake County’s three extensive campuses should have no room for wasted potential among its students. CLC prides itself in being diverse not only in its population but also in the education it offers to its students. Hundreds of classes are offered across many majors to address the needs of all students, whether they want a career in automotive or nursing, dance or philosophy. However, the college has canceled some courses over the years due to low enrollment. Earlier this semester, I was signed up for English 124, the only Newswriting class offered at CLC across all three campuses. I plan to major in journalism, work as editorin-chief at the Chronicle, and hope to transfer to the University of Missouri’s journalism school next fall. Newswriting would be the most beneficial for me career-wise, as well as help foster my passion. However, within the first week of school, an email notified me that the class was being offered as a late-start class because of low enrollment. It had about five or six students. A few weeks after that, I was notified that the class would not run at all this semester, leaving me with one class less than I was anticipating. One class less in my schedule meant that I would be a part-time student, making me ineligible for the scholarship I’m receiving at CLC. In my case, I was lucky to have been able to sign up for English 123, Mass Communication, which was related to my major and filled up the Tuesday-Thursday time slot I was missing. I needed the instructor’s permission and got it. But what about the other students who had signed up for the class only to have it spiked and leave them hanging for the semester? What about other the students who may have signed up for a single-section class, as I did with Newswriting, and were not able to take it because the class was canceled? When the number of students was deemed to be too few? When only one such class ex-

ists, it’s their only chance to foster a passion, meet a career goal, or test an interest. Although I don’t have the figures on this, I have anecdotal evidence that this issue hasn’t been limited to my one class in the history of the college. I have heard many professors talk about an old class they used to teach that they no longer teach due to low enrollment. I am sure that there are students like me who wanted to take it, who may not be in journalism but in a similarly obscure area (at least by CLC) who have faced the same problem. Canceling an underenrolled class makes shortrange financial sense and allows for the College to focus on the more popular classes that cater to more students, but is it in the best interest of the students, and of the County-- and the public that funds the college? Does it fulfill CLC’s educational mission, which is stated on the website as, “[CLC] is a comprehensive community college that delivers high quality, accessible learning opportunities to advance student success and strengthen the diverse communities we serve.” Canceling a certain class for the semester might be ok if the college offers multiple sections of that class, because students have backup options if needed. But if it’s single-section, CLC should think long and hard before canceling it. It should consider the diversity of interests and passions in the community that it celebrates so often. Say a student signed up for a single-section class for his or her last semester and it was canceled. This means that it was the last time that the student could take that class before transferring to another university, where the class may be offered for a higher ticket price. Alternatively, what if that was the first class that the student had signed up for at CLC? What if taking it would have opened up a career or fostered a passion that he or she will thus never consider? What has been lost here just because someone is crunching numbers-- like a business instead of a school? CLC should consider why taxpayers and tuition-paying

students support a community college in the first place. It is a place where students of all ages can explore career choices and expand their education. These single-section classes, while they may be under-enrolled, are vital and potentially life-changing for the student who signs up

for them. When it comes to singlesection classes that have low enrollment, the college should still continue to run them for the semester. It’s about the students’ education, not the bottom line, and it’s about educators who want to teach. Students want

to pay the tuition for the class? Why not give it to them and remember your mission? For those who often speculate whether CLC is turning more and more into a business each year than an education institution, this issue would be one of the places to look.






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Smartphones disconnect us from reality Abigail Hernandez Staff Reporter

Our mobile devices are consuming us, yet they remain a staple of our day to day lives. Although these mobile devices were made to connect us, in reality, there is a disconnect in our minds being socially present and our overall control over time. As humans, we inherently enjoy feeling good and in order to feel good we create habits that produce dopamine, a chemical in our brain that is in charge of pleasure. By using our phones, we gain instant gratification. It seems we have have found the most convenient way to gain pleasure. Unfortunately, dopamine becomes desensitized after some time, which is why we continue to revisit our phones at least 150 more times throughout the day. “Smartphone use was in fact associated with symp-

toms of anxiety and depression, as well as increased experience of stress,” said psychologist Dr. Jon Elhai. When your phone doesn’t vibrate, or even if you don’t have your phone on your person, your anxiety goes up and you become concerned about the events occurring elsewhere that you may be missing out on, also known as FOMO. I admit that cell phones still have a very practical use. However, our obsession with our smartphones become an issue when withdrawals are involved. As told by Psych Guides, withdrawals of our cellphones are demonstrated by negative emotions such as anger, tension, depression, irritability, and restlessness. Getting dopamine from our phones was once an honest way of seeking pleasure, but has now subconsciously converted into anxiety and stress in our minds. So how about overcoming

that anxiety by putting the phone away for a few minutes and engage in activities that reduce our anxiety, as it may very well affect our overall well-being. Even when we spend time with our dearest family or friends, we still remain very much involved in our phones to the point that it overpowers the original purpose of seeing them in person. A study, conducted by Flashgap, a photo-sharing app with more than 150,000 users, found that 87% of millennials admitted to missing out on a conversation because they were distracted by their phone. Sure, we are technically multitasking by snapping a photo of dinner, checking in, and responding to that email. However, your friend across from you is giving you a disapproving look because your body language is saying that they are not important. Brian Harris, who worked

as a designer for Google, said that “apps and websites sprinkle intermittent variable rewards all over their products because it’s good for business.” It has been proven that developers have created phones and apps to get you to feed your own time into their own personal revenue. Developers are very intentional about this, as they’re much more concerned about their inventions being successful than your personal relationships. Life is ephemeral. We are spilling our precious time into these devices and getting less done because our phones are not being used consciously. Now, if you are a person that puts their phone away in crucial moments and understand when it’s enough, then this article does not apply to you. There are many of us, including myself, unconsciously spend a substantial amount of time on our cell-

phones. A study conducted by Flurry shows U.S. consumers actually spend over 5 hours a day on mobile devices. Phones have become our daily bread. It’s the first thing we see when we wake up and keeps us in bed for much longer as we constantly scroll down and reply to every message. Instead, charge your phone in the living room overnight, put apps in a second screen not home, allow only notifications from people, and maybe you’ll feel more empowered to get productive tasks done during the day. Smartphones are miracles of modern technology; however, with a myriad of things they offer, it also hinders us to the point where we feel anxious or naked when they are not there. In order to overcome this feeling, we, as a society, need to learn to put the phone down, and live our lives to the fullest potential.

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Masculinity must adopt sensibility Juan Toledo Opinion Editor

Men, it’s time to address the nature of our masculinity. Since the New York Times published the sexual allegations of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in October, the media has been cycling through claims of sexual misconduct like a revolving door. Most recently, on Nov. 29, Matt Lauer—host of NBC’s “Today” show—was terminated by the news network after his colleagues complained about his inappropriate sexual behavior. Lauer now joins a list of nearly fifty prominent male figures to be accused sexual misconduct, which includes comedian Louis C.K., Minnesota Senator Al Franken

and actor Kevin Spacey. And, in a public statement, the anchor expressed deep remorse for his actions, claiming that repairing the emotional damage he’s caused will now become his full-time job. But, as the national discussion of sexual misconduct begins to open the gates for more sexual allegations to surface, it’s becoming abundantly clear, through the sheer number of revelations, that the male libido must succumb to a sort of sense and sensibility. History and film have illustrated to us that women have consistently been subjected to the male gaze, a term coined by the feminist film critic Laura Mulvey that depicts the world and women from a masculine and heterosexual point of view, which presents women

as objects of male pleasure. From the femme fatale in a “James Bond” film to a sociopathic murderer who obsesses over his mother in “Psycho,” or the damsel in distress in any conventional fairytale, women are perpetuated as sexual deviants that need to be saved from their own transgressions. These concepts often blur the line between desire and reality that all men must collectively confront, but almost always repeatedly fail to overcome. An example of this occurred when a photo of Franken groping Leeann Tweeden, a broadcaster and model, in her sleep during a 2006 USO tour surfaced, along with an accusation against the senator. Franken contended that the photo was taken as part of a light-hearted joke, but

these remarks only faced more scrutiny amongst the public, as Tweeden was demeaned to a prop at the behest of Franken. Men typically don’t want to address the nature of their masculinity because it goes against the very notion of what it means to be a man. A healthy sexual existence requires a continuing education, and men have the opposite. There is sex education for boys, but once you leave school the traditional demands of masculinity return: show no vulnerability, solve your own problems. Men deal with their nature alone and apart. Ignorance and misprision are their norms. This can no longer persist. The conventional thought of masculinity dehumanizes women. Society is coming down to an age where it’s

cracking down on civil rights. If men want women to feel safe and comfortable around them, then men must be able to have open discussions amongst other men about the nature of their own masculinity without fear of emasculation. Starting a conversation about the basic understanding of how our libido affects those around us would be the first steps on becoming sensible men. Although Franken has not resigned, he has conducted an ethical investigation on his own behavior, a significant step toward accountability. That self-awareness of his need of rehabilitation should be what Lauer considers a full-time job, not the burden of reparations after his own misconduct.

Video games costing more than initial price tag Peter Anders Staff Reporter

“Star Wars: Battlefront II” has been one of the biggest PR blunders in recent memory. A video game based in a galaxy far, far away should have consumers flocking to the stores in droves. Instead, the blowback against the game has been immense and consumers seem to be relishing in its potential underperformance. One word is the lighting rod of all this backlash: microtransactions. Microtransactions are when a consumer can buy virtual goods and items with real-world currency. No longer do players have to earn it by playing the game; now they can “earn” it by paying with credit cards. This is not a new practice, as the video game industry has been doing this since the early days of Facebook’s “Farmville.” What is new, however, is the concept of loot boxes, a system in which players spend actual money on ran-

domly generated rewards. The entire thing is no different than a slot machine in Vegas. Luckily, for those looking to feed their gambling addiction, there is no limit to how much money players can spend on these virtual items. One especially controversial aspect of microtransactions is that they’re designed to psychologically manipulate the player. “It’s that moment of excitement that anything’s possible,” Ben Thompson, art director of the online video game “Hearthstone,” said in an interview with PC Gamer. “In that moment I could be getting the cards I’ve been looking for for ten or 20 packs,” he said. “That anticipation “has always been a key point in games in general; successful games build on anticipation and release, whether a set of effects or in gameplay.” Essentially, developers try to get players to impulsively purchase unnecessary addons or components to the

game. The biggest audience for this game in particular are people under the age of 21. As I said, “Star Wars” is definitely not the only one seeking to squeeze dry the wallets of its consumers. The difference between it, and games like “Call of Duty: WWII” is that this is targeting minors. How bad is it? According to various sources, Disney made a phone call asking for the microtransactions to be shutdown until the PR dumpster fire is contained. To parents: don’t get fooled by the branding. Much like the Sith featured in the films, the microtransactions have merely gone into hiding, but they will return. The game is not the “Star Wars” you are looking for, it is a bank robbery in disguise of something that everyone used to know and love. “Star Wars: Battlefront II” is an egregious example of corporate greed ruining the fun for millions of potential consumers.

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Interested in the traditional concept of the “American Dream”? Look at and learn about American society through a large variety of films and gradually re-evaluate, modify, or evolve your idea of the “American Dream”. Engage in class discussions easily and often to enhance your learning experience. During this class, apply what you’ve learned about the “American Dream” to a cultural product of your choice-- a project many students have loved and enjoyed in the past.


Ceramics I

This beginning ceramics course covers basic handbuilding (pinching, coiling, and slab building), wheel throwing (basic cylinder and bowl forms), and glaze techniques. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the ceramic process and ceramics as a fine art medium. Note: Students are required to provide their own clay tools, which are available in the bookstore. Clay and glazes will be supplied. Additional materials beyond those covered by course or lab fees will be required. See course syllabus for a list of materials and approximate costs.

Creatively express your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions through the art of writing stories and poems! Never shared your work with others before? That’s okay! You’ll soon learn to open up by sharing your works through in-class readings. A fun and introspective project is featured in this class, which involves exploring and getting to know your own past pains and experiences while creating a literary expressing this aspect of your life. Emotional people, have no fear! Stories can get intense, and it’s totally okay to react however way is natural to you.


Here are some great classes recommended by students!

Lovers of movies and Netflix binge-watchers alike will love this class. In this class, you have the opportunity to be introduced to and watch foreign films you may never have known of without taking the class. In addition to enjoying the film, gain a new perspective on films, focusing on the art perspective of film, not just the entertainment perspective. Interested in studying abroad? Opportunities to study international film internationally are possible! See study abroad program for more information.


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Vol 51, No. 7

CLC baseball looks hopeful for upcoming season William Becker Sports Editor

Basketball season is in full swing at the College of Lake County. Quietly behind the buzz of basketball, CLC’s other sports are still hard at work. Baseball is using their offseason to their advantage. Little to most students knowledge, offseason fall ball was played earlier this semester. The Lancers played 10 games in September and October and lost only one of those games. What is even more impressive, is that the majority of the team are freshmen. Only three sophomores from last season remain on this year’s current team. CLC signed 13 players to the team on scholarships last spring, with an additional nine other freshmen walking onto the team. Freshman catcher, Kasey

Wilson, said with such a big freshman class, head coach Heath Cummings had been making sure to emphasize the mechanics of the game. Wilson said the over emphasis of the basics has helped him a great deal, and by the time the spring season starts, he hopes the game will come even more naturally to him. Based off of what Wilson saw during fall ball, he hopes the rest of the team will continue to improve like he has. “I think we will do really well,” Wilson said. “We were winning even without keeping our starters in, and we were winning by a lot. I think that’s pretty impressive.” Freshman pitcher Connor Kaiser said he was not surprised by the team’s current success. The chemistry of the team is undoubtedly

noticeable to him; however, it isn’t only created on the field, but in the classroom as well. Wilson and Kaiser both said that the team spends a lot of time together outside of practice and games. The sophomores on the team have pushed to the freshman the importance of doing well in school and staying focused. Wilson said the team spends a lot of time in the library doing homework. Kaiser said he is happy with the atmosphere that has been created on the team and it is translating to the field. The Lancers will take a small break for winter, but Kaiser said they are excited for next semester so they can get back at it. At the beginning of next semester, the team will spend three days a week seeing a personal trainer to im-

Freshman Daniel Yates signed with the Lancers last spring. Photo courtesy of Grayslake North High School.

prove their cardio. The other days the team will spend in the school gym practicing their hitting and fielding until it gets warm enough to practice outside. When the season starts the team will have three games a week and practice the other two days.

For Kaiser, that time can’t come soon enough. “We are always working hard and put more and more work in each day,” Kaiser said. “With the guys we had last year and the guys coming in, we are younger and ready to go for the new season.”

Women’s softball team eager for next season Samantha Wilkins Staff Reporter

The players have been hard at work preparing for a successful main season The College of County’s since the month of Septemwomen’s softball team con- ber. cluded their last pre-season During their off season, practice of the year on the players meet for practice Thursday, Nov. 30. twice per week, working on

Sam Beltran at practice on Thursday, Nov. 30. Photo by Samantha Wilkins.

a variety of ways to stay in shape. Practices for the players consists of hitting exercises, throwing, workout and strength conditioning, and fielding practice outside if the weather permits. Player Sam Beltran, a sophomore student from Antioch High school, whose positions range from first base, third base, to catcher, commented on the status of the team thus far. “The team looks good, we all get along and have fun,” Beltran stated. According to Beltran the team plays well together; however, there were not many chances for the team to play during this past fall season. Various scheduled games had to be cancelled during this offseason due to lack of players on the opposing

teams and the rainy weather conditions the area experienced during this past fall season. Fortunately, the team was able to play a few fall ball games, which allowed the players to get a feel for their new team. “We have actually played two games, and the team looked good. We won both games,” Beltran said. Due to the shortage of games played this past fall, the girls are all excited and cannot wait to play again in the spring. The success of their past games gives hopes for a good upcoming season, although it will require hard work and dedication. The team will meet everyday of the week during the spring season. The players will be practicing every Monday, Wednesday, Fri-

day, while playing games on the remaining Tuesdays and Thursdays. Every game the girls play in will also be a double header, giving them added experience as the the season goes on. “It looks like we will have a promising season,” Beltran said. The players are also all very excited for their trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, during this season, in which the players will be participating in a series of tournament games for nationals. Simultaneously, the girls will also be having a fun time bonding together as a team. With the chemistry between the players, in addition to the help of head coach Sue Garcia and assistant coach John Cox, the 2018 season for the team is extremely hopeful.

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