las celebrates late member through poetry
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CLC students fuel passion for ﬁreﬁghting with internship Demi Richter Staff Reporter
The College of Lake County became the ﬁrst and only community college in Illinois to offer a Fire Fighting associate’s degree and local internship program. It is created in partnership between CLC and the Grayslake Fire Department. Students are put through two semesters of strenuous real-life training where they can fully develop their skills as a ﬁreﬁghter. Students wishing to enroll in the program must ﬁrst complete the course “Introduction to Fire Science” before applying, as well as a background check before beginning the program. Candidates must also be able to handle the physical and mental demands of ﬁreﬁghting when it comes to combating wildland and structural wildﬁres. After the application and testing period, students then interview with the lead instructor and chair of CLC’s ﬁre science technology department, Randy Justus,
Fireﬁghting students at CLC.
where GPA and professionalism are taken into account. Justus, who leads the program, has dedicated his life to ﬁre service for the past 30 years, 16 of which he was Chief of the Mundelein Fire Department. “We want all students to get the desired skills needed to become the total package ﬁreﬁghter through real on the job training,” Justus said. “These kids work so incredibly hard and become so close like a family. [This course] is not for the faint of heart, but those who commit really stand out in the crowd.” The students who make the ﬁnal cuts then begin their ﬁre-ﬁghting training, where they are given custom-made equipment and uniforms and given hands-on training. Pupils of this program must be hard-working, prompt, and willing to perform assigned tasks during “ride-alongs,” where students ride in the ﬁre engines with local departments to emergency scenes. Students have also been able to attend the removal of structures, roadside ac-
CLC students pose in front of a structural wildﬁre.
cidents, and management of controlled wildﬁres. After completing the course, students can receive a part-time position that can lead to a full-time ﬁreﬁghting job. Graduates of the program earn their Associate of Arts
Photo by Demi Richter.
Photo by Demi Richter.
& Sciences degree and are eligible for certiﬁcation at the Fire Basic Operations level by the Ofﬁce of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, in addition to receiving their Emergency Medical Technicians License by the Illinois Department of Public
Health. In its ﬁrst year at CLC, the Fire Science degree and internship program boasts nine out of 10 graduates are currently employed in ﬁre service, seven of whom are employed in local ﬁre stations.
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Community strolls through CLC campus farm The campus farm is dedicated to utilizing sustainable, eco-friendly methods in their farming practices. The farm offers handson learning for students in the sustainable agriculture program at CLC. The growth of crops in the farm’s outdoor plots and it’s two transparent plastic hoop houses, help extend the growing season and are planned and implemented by CLC students. Literature on CLC’s Horticulture Program and sustainable agriculture was handed out at the event. The farm stroll, which was to take place rain or shine, took place on a clear, sunny day-- perfect weather for exploring all 34,000 square feet of the farm with friends and family. Attendees were asked to dress appropriately and bring some cash for food and activities on the farms. Various recreational stations were provided at the campus farm event as well. Visitors were allowed to hand-pick and arrange a bouquet of flowers from the plot located on the farm for free. A station for painting campus-grown pumpkins, a farmer’s market, and a pony named Blue for
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The College of Lake County’s campus farm, along with 10 other local family farms, participated in the first-annual Lake County Farm Stroll on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. During the Farm Stroll, members of the community had the opportunity to explore the various local farms while learning more about topics like sustainable agriculture and propagation. Located on the east side of the Grayslake campus, community members were able to explore the CLC campus farm on a free, self-guided tour, and students and staff from the Horticulture Department were readily available to answer any questions. Some CLC staff gave individual tours of different parts of the campus farm. Ed Popelka, CLC maintenance engineer and beekeeper, led an hourlong tour of the college’s apiary, or bee colony, from 12:00P.M.-1:00 P.M. A tour of the greenhouse was given afterwards from 1:00P.M. to 2:00 P.M., and a presentation on propagation was given at 1:00 P.M.
The ﬁrst annual Lake County Farm Stroll was welcomed with sunny skies on Sunday, Sept. 17. Photo by Kim Jimenez.
children to pet were also present at the event. At the farmer’s market stand, produce such as pumpkins, spinach, tomatoes, and squash grown on CLC farm soil were available for purchase. Jars of honey made at the CLC apiary, some aged over a year to give the honey a richer flavor, were also sold at the market. Selected produce grown on the campus farm, like its lettuce and tomatoes, are also used in Café Willow at CLC’s Grayslake campus. The Lake County Farm Stroll is a joint effort of CLC, the Lake County Farm Bureau, and the University of Illinois Extension office in Grayslake. The other participating farms in this year’s event were the Historic Wagner
Farm, L.L. Studer Bees, Prairie Crossing Farm, Fields & Fences Equestrian Center, Grow Wll Farm, Didier Farm, Krueger’s Vegetable Stand, Valentino Vineyards, Jamek’s Farm, and Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm. Fields and Fences, which offers lessons in riding, jumping, and other skills on horseback, gave a tour of the horse stables, barns, and riding area. One display showed the amount of hay (25 lb) dry food, and water consumed by the average horse in a day. Visitors were able to observe some riding students learning to jump through an obstacle course. Jamek’s Farm, a familyrun farm in Wadsworth, presented their herd of award-winning dairy goats. Visitors could walk into the
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the goat shed and pet the goats in their pen. Some of the goats mischievously tried to squeeze outside the gate when it was opened. The younger goats played on top of a hill, pushing each other off and butting heads with each other. The family-run farm also included chickens, ducks, and several kinds of turkeys, including a breed called Narragansett, a cross between a wild and a domestic turkey. Chickens and turkeys walked freely on the lawn and investigated visitors. Some of them had extremely soft coats, others were more coarse. The family that owns Jamek’s farm sells the goat milk, and plans to start making shampoo, soap, and cheese from the milk.
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CLC reaches compromise on master’s degree requirement Rachel Schultz News Editor
According to Acting Provost Ali O’Brien, the College of Lake County has reached an agreement with the adjunct faculty union, called a Memo of Understanding, regarding its previous requirement that all adjuncts teaching in transfer programs have master’s degrees. The current compromise allows faculty who do not have master’s degrees to continue teaching, as long as they promise to work on earning one. This compromise does not apply to new hires, however. All new faculty members will have to have earned their master’s to qualify for a CLC teaching position in a transfer program. Last semester, the administration decided on the requirement, based on guidelines received from the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits colleges and universities. A dispute arose between the adjunct faculty and board over CLC’s interpretation of the document. A major point of the dispute revolved around John Mose, a popular music instructor and director with years of experience in both teaching and performing. Mose’s flaw, based on
CLC’s interpretation of the guidelines, was that he had a degree in music education instead of a master’s. “Qualified faculty members are identified primarily by credentials, but other factors, including but not limited to equivalent experience, may be considered by the institution in determining whether a faculty member is qualified,” read a portion of the Higher Learning Commission document. The guidelines went on to say that each institution could decide what experience to accept in lieu of a four-year degree or doctorate. “When faculty members are employed based on equivalent experience,” the document stated, “the institution defines a minimum threshold of experience and an evaluation process that is used in the appointment process.” The HLC guidelines do not apparently state any new requirements; however, either a master’s degree in transfer program teaching, or the equivalent tested experience, is standard in academia. ”The criteria established by the Higher Learning Commission in the “Determining Qualified Faculty” document were extensively considered,” O’Brien said, “and applied by the college and faculty in setting
minimum qualifications for each department. Tested experience is a characteristic that is applicable in certain career programs, but is not applicable for transfer departments. The CLC administration has not explained why they chose to interpret the guidelines to require all adjunct faculty members who teach in transfer programs to have master’s degrees. Michael Flack, who chairs CLC’s music department, expressed his frustration with the situation. “Certainly, it’s a change for CLC,” Flack said, “because in the past, we’ve been able to hire people based on the fact that they had significant experience in place of a master’s degree. Now, the administration seems to be saying that anyone hired must have a master’s degree.” This is particularly difficult for the music department, where the hiring pool has experience, but not always a string of degrees. “We had to hire a gospel choir director last minute this year,” Flack said. “We had a really hard time finding someone who had a master’s degree.” The new director, Matthew Hunter, has a lot of experience in music and directing, just not a master’s. In order to hire him, the
Michael Flack, chair of CLC’s music department. Photo courtesy of Michael Flack.
music department had to change one of the courses Hunter would be teaching. “The only way we were able to keep the gospel choir running,” Flack said, “was to cut the transfer program and only run it as personal enrichment.” “There’s a definite difference of opinion on what constitutes a qualified teacher,” Flack said. “I understand where the administration is coming from in terms of not wanting to put our accreditation at risk, but they seem to be ignoring the paragraphs of the document. Using tested experience instead of an earned credential is an option listed by the Higher Learning Commission.”
“They’re ignoring an entire section of the document that deals with using tested experience in place of an earned credential, and they appear to be sticking to that for all new hires,” said Flack. “There are teachers at four-year colleges who have vast experience, but do not have master’s. Those are the colleges our students are transferring to.” “It seems to be viewed as a minor issue, because it affects so few faculty in the overall scheme,” Flack said. “But to some of us in certain departments, it’s a big deal going forward. Because we’d like to hire people who have tested experience, not necessarily an earned credential.”
Government Career Day opens doors for students William Becker Staff Reporter
The College of Lake County hosted a career day put on by Lake County government institutions on Wednesday, Sept. 20. The event, organized by CLC’s Business and Industry Manager LaMar Black, was an opportunity for students and other members of the Lake County community to meet with job office representatives, which gives students access to possible internships or future job opportunities. The attendees were encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes. The hiring func-
tion was separated into two presentations. The first presenters were representatives from the Circuit Clerk, Human Resources, Information Technology, Recorder, State’s Attorney, and Treasurer. Representatives from the Coroner, Health Department, Stormwater Management, Transportation, and Workforce Development presented in the second session. All the representatives spoke about the different jobs offered within each business, in addition to the required degrees a student would need to pursue the job. All offices in the second session offer internship opportunities, except
for the Department of Transportation. After their presentations, the representatives stayed after to talk to interested attendees. Events like these are ones that Black highly encourages students to attend. “I think we need to help students understand the importance of these events and the opportunities that are available whether or not they are transferring, or going directly going into the workforce,” Black said. “There are a lot of students who come back to Lake County upon graduation from their 4-year institution seeking employment,” he added, “so having knowledge of which companies
to look for will be highly beneficial.” The departments that were in attendance were all reached out to by Black, as he has been in constant contact with the offices for the Career and Job Placement Center at CLC; all resources he encourages students to use. The Career and Job Placement Center is a service that helps students find leads for job opportunities. They also help build cover letters, resumes, and other skills needed when making the transition to the work force. Black also said that they will give feedback on how to interact with an employer, which is some advice he gave.
“We all know first impressions can go a long way, so when a student approaches an employer and looks professional, they are perceived in a positive image,” Black said. “Also, being able to ask quality questions regarding the company and opportunities they present is something employers like. “This means the student is focused and has been attentive to the information the representative has relayed.” Black intends to keep in contact with these government offices to let students know when job openings are available. He also plans making this event and ones like it possible in the future.
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Hurricanes sweep nation, raise suspicion for Lake area Demi Richter Staff Reporter
A recent slew of hurricanes and tropical storms has devastated numerous islands in the caribbean. On Monday, Sept. 18, category five hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, a U.S-controlled territory, decimating the island. It left the islands’ 3.4 million inhabitants without power, killing 59 people, and has set the country (already in financial trouble) back 20-30 years. Hurricane Maria alone caused about $50.1 billion dollars worth of damage in the lesser antilles. Maria was preceded by hurricane Harvey, which caused extensive damage to Texas, killing 82 people and Irma, which killed 72 in Florida. These hurricanes started the chain of events that tore through the Caribbean islands, a disaster for already poor countries.
After moving up the coast of Florida, Maria has since been downgraded to tropical storm status and seems to be moving away from the coast of North Carolina. The prevalence with which these hurricanes are occurring is reason for concern nationwide. Even land-locked states are experiencing extreme weather and temperature fluctuations. Earthquakes, storms and floods seem to be increasing. This past July, Lake County was declared in a “state of emergency” due to excessive flooding. Early July, Lake County experienced excessive flash flooding due to heavy rains. The Des Plaines River, Skokie River and Fox River all flooded as well, adding to the excess. The College of Lake County also experienced flooding. Lake County alone had 3,200 homes that were damaged, including 244
homes with major flood damage and 2,985 with less severe damage. On Sept. 1, Governor Bruce Rauner sent a request to the White House asking for the approval of federal assistance to help people in the northern Illinois region, including Lake County, recover from record flooding. With the recent hurricanes impacting the South East, many are left wondering how this will affect the rest of the country. Could we experience another major flood from excessive rains? “Lake County can get heavy rains from hurricane remnants, although it’s difficult since Gulf storms typically move to the northeast when they come on shore,” said CLC professor of mete Eric Priest. “Thus, most dying hurricanes will pass south and east of Lake County.” “However, the official top two 24-hour rainfall
Hurricane Irma approaching the Florida coast. Photo courtesy of Forbes.
events in Chicago history were from ex-hurricanes,” he added. “The top rainfall event was associated with the remnants of Hurricane Gustav in Sept. 2008. “The second event occurred in August 1987 from a remnant Pacific hurricane that traveled up through the Gulf of California and moved northeast-
ward, dumping heavy rain over Chicagoland.” Current weather predictions have Lake County as being unseasonably warm for the next few weeks with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s, followed by some possible thunderstorms in the second week of October.
Mano a Mano workshop ensures you Know Your Rights Kim Jimenez Managing Editor
CLC hosted two “Know Your Rights” workshops on Sept. 20 and 21 at the Grayslake and Lakeshore campus which aimed to inform the community of President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA and explain what that means for undocumented people. On Sept. 5, President Trump directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end DACA over the next two and a half years. The workshops were organized by the CLC Multicultural Center, the Undocumented Students Issues Committee, and Mano a Mano, an organization which provides valuable resources to inform and empower the immigrant community in Lake County. At the workshop, Mano a Mano representative Jael Mejia-Gutierrez explained the situation of the rescission of DACA and what is to be expected in the aftermath. Enacted as an execu-
tive order under former seen happening now.” go to an organization like President Barack Obama in Both workshops were Mano a Mano that’s been June 2012, DACA, or the open to students, staff, accredited through the Deferred Action for Child- faculty and community mem- Department of Justice for hood Arrivals program, bers. immigration advice and allowed approximately It was also an opportunity legal services. 800,000 immigrants who for DACA recipients to learn “Every time there is a were brought to the U.S. and ask about DACA renewal change in immigration, we as children a temporary procedures. [Mano a Mano] know that reprieve from deportation. Mejia, who hosted the fraud is going to be a very DACA recipients, also Know Your Rights work- big issue for immigrant comknown as DREAMers, munities,” Mejia said. were also given permis“We focus on providsion to work, study, and ing correct information obtain driver’s licenses on what’s happening in the U.S. and helping people To be eligible for understand what that DACA, applicants had means for them.” to meet a number of reMano a Mano proquirements. vides information Applicants for DACA about individuals, so had to be under 31 they know who can years of age when the represent them and program began, they give them legal advice. had to have lived in the “It’s the only way U.S. continuously since people can understand June 15, 2007, and they what options they had to have arrived in the Graphic by Hannah Strassburger have, because every case U.S. before age 16. is different depending on “The situation right now shop at CLC, stressed the specific situations in their is definitely very difficult for that one of the most im- life,” Mejia said. “Their case many,” Mejia-Gutierrez said. portant things for DACA has to be tailored legal advice. “Many have been able to recipients is to know their It’s very important that they stay in the U.S. without risk of rights. get quality legal services.” deportation. Now that’s being She urged those affected President Trump has urged stripped away because it was by the rescission of DACA Congress to pass legislation never a law. It was an execu- and those with undocu- to replace DACA before the tive order, and any president mented status to go to an phasing out of the program can take that away as we have immigration attorney, or begins on Oct. 5. Until any
legislation passes, the fate for DACA recipients will remain uncertain. “It’s murky waters right now, because no one is really sure how the administration is going to move forward with any policy,” said Cynthia Padilla-Gaytan, former cochair of the CLC Undocumented Student Issues Committee. Mejia also urged that the most important thing is to get a full legal screening either by an attorney that specializes in immigration or an accredited organization accredited so they can figure out what options they have. Due to the tumultuous nature of immigration, it is important to stay up to date and go to reliable sources for information on the current status of DACA and other immigration programs. Reliable sources include unitedwedream.org, informedimmigrant.com, defenddaca.com, ilrc.org, nilc.org, weareheretostay.org. “The best case scenario is for congress to act,” Mejia said. “People will be more comfortable because it will be law. It won’t just be an executive order anyone can terminate.”
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LAS celebrates late member through poetry Jenn Arias Features Editor
The College of Lake County’s Literary Arts Society hosted its 28th Annual Poetry Slam on Thursday, Sept. 21. Held every semester, this particular poetry slam celebrated LAS member Alex Castile, who died earlier this fall. Hosted in the student commons near Willow Café, students were invited to drop in and read from their original work, or a published poem they enjoyed, to share the power of words. Refreshments and snacks were made available including a chocolate fountain. Hosting the event in the student common area turned out to be a creative and convenient location. Not only is it the most popular area for students to hang out, but students already seated on the half-circle couches could glance up and take a break from their homework to
listen to the creativity of others. Run by the members of LAS, three judges were on hand, Christina Branaman, George Sayerstad, and Sydney Seeber. Each judge was ready with dry erase boards to give out scores on a 15-point scale. First prize winner earned a $20 gift card to a bookstore in Gurnee Mills, while second and third place received a $15 gift card to Amazon. LAS also utilized the event to raise money for Shatterproof, an organization that fights addiction and substance abuse in addition to honoring Castile’s love of poetry by celebrating his work and creating a collage of their memories and adventures together. CJ Stockman was MCing the event, and launched the poetry slam with a reading of one of Castile’s original works. There were even a few professors that dropped in to enjoy the show.
Michael Latza, English professor, enjoyed much of the poetry slam, even reading a few poems from his own published collection of poems, “Rip This Poem Out.” The LAS faculty advisor, Bridget Bell, stood up and read a few works, even after claiming she hadn’t written much poetry in her lifetime. Bell and Latza did not compete in the challenge, but simply participated to support LAS, poetry, and the spoken word. While at first many people were shy to get up and reveal their work in front of a bunch of strangers, the confidence of the LAS members was contagious, and curiosity getting the better of students, they began to trickle in as they walked past and having finished their lunch at the Café. Seeing and hearing the courage of those reading seemed to spark a desire for others to read or merely sit in and experience
A collage of LAS memories.
real, deep, original work. While the event lasted only two hours, every spare moment ended up being filled with detailed poems, and resulting in students leaving inspired with their brains buzzing. LAS is constantly hosting events on campus to bring awareness to this form of art, including a bake sale on Oct. 5, and a Publisher Day on Sept. 28, where published authors visit CLC and talk to students about how to get
Photo courtesy Jenn Arias.
their own work published. As lovers of literature, LAS strives to motivate others to get imaginative, and get the ball rolling on creativity, while challenging others to look inside themselves for true and meaningful feeling that can be harnessed in the form of literature. Based on the level of involvement and excitement of the audience, this poetry slam celebrated each of these individual goals.
Community keeps campus watch to reduce crime Diana Panuncial
The College of Lake County’s three campuses are taking their communities one step closer to safety with the campus watch program. Lead by Sergeant Darryl Harlan at Grayslake, Officer Nick Treantafeles at Lakeshore, and Officer Chuck Scoles at Southlake,
the program is an opportunity for students, faculty members, and employees to take ownership of their campus’ safety. The program has seven key goals to promote campus safety: to provide a forum for exchanging strategies to reduce crime, educate members on safety on and off campus, focus on issues relating to crime
Sergeant Greg Slivka posing in a CLC police car. Photo courtesy of CLC.
prevention, encourage community involvement, share with the College a comprehensive plan for the prevention of crime, encourage the community to be educated on crime, and to encourage the cooperation between the College and the community at large towards the goal of a crime free environment. Students, staff, and faculty members who are in the program are designated as safety coordinators, responsible for the safety of a certain area around campus. “Whether it be an emergency response situation or severe weather in the area, [the members] will play an active role at that particular area,” Harlan said. Meetings are held once a month, where members of the program evaluate the crime trends and hold an open discussion on the basis for improving campus safety. Crime Prevention Through Environmental
Design (CPTED) is often one of the topics discussed when it comes to preventing campus crime. CPTED is a multidisciplinary approach to preventing criminal behavior through environmental design, whether it be the strategic placement of shrubbery around campus or where the streetlights in the parking lots need to be in order to keep students safe. “[Members would] identify, based upon our case reports and their own observations, certain areas where they are more vulnerable or they see a trend in a crime like theft,” Harlan said. The majority of enrolled members in the program are currently staff and faculty members, with a small amount of students. “At Lakeshore, we might have 10 people attend a meeting,” Harlan said. “But most of them are instructors or staff members.
Only one of them might be a student representative.” This is a concern for the campus watch program because enrollment in the program and meeting attendances have been tremendously low. “What students see [around campus] and what they want to change is what helps the program develop,” Harlan said. “It doesn’t take a 100 people in an auditorium, but it takes a good amount of [student] representation throughout the three campuses to come and let us know what’s going on from their end.” For those interested in joining the campus watch program, the next informational meetings at CLC will be held on the following Thursdays from 1:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.: Oct. 26 – B269, S206, & V122 and Nov. 30 – D132, S206, and V122. More information can also be found by contacting (847) 543-2081.
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Veteran Ruck March raises awareness about veteran suicide Samantha Wilkins Staff Reporter
The first annual Lake County Veteran Ruck March took place on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 A.M.-6:00 P.M. This event is a cause created to highlight the current veteran suicide epidemic America is now facing. The march began at Veterans Memorial Park on 18th St., North Chicago, and concluded in Grayslake on 100 South Atkinson, having participants walk an astonishing 22 kilometers, or 14 miles, per person. The inspiration for the Lake County march comes from the Annual Chicago Veterans Ruck March that takes place every May, in which residents all over the city come together in appreciation for those
who served and are still currently serving our country. Approximately 20 veterans commit suicide every day, or once every 72 minutes. The event not only raises awareness for this devastating cause, but it aims to help directly with 93% of every dollar earned, going back to help veterans and their families. Heroes of our country are killing themselves at an alarming rate, and in order to try and save the men and women who fought for the country’s freedom, faculty adviser of the Student Veterans club, Joe Bochantin, wants to reunite the military world and general public once again. “Less than one percent of the U.S. population is currently serving,” said
Felipe Vasquez, vice president of the Student Veterans of CLC. This makes the majority of the public unaware of the qualities one needs in order to serve the country, unlike many years ago. “There is a big gap of understanding,” Bochantin said in regards to how things have changed over time. In the past there was a greater participation in the military, so much so that almost everyone had either a family member or friend in the service. Although much of the participation was due to the draft, many people had a more direct, well understood, and respected relationship with those who served in military around them. The greatest connec-
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tion much of the population now has to the military are through stories told by their grandparents. “Much of the current population would be more aware and involved with the military if it were someone of [a younger] age,” Bochantin said. According to Bochantin, a major goal of the march is to help “fill the gap and bring awareness to the other 98 to 99 percent of the country.” “Around [CLC’s] campus, three to four percent of the student body, have or still are currently serving,” he said. The Veteran Ruck March was put together by CLC’s very own Student Veteran Club, and will occur again next year in celebra-
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“Three Little Pigs” production hogs children’s attention Anna Erdman Staff Reporter
The College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts will ring in the fall season with “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” based on the bestselling children’s book written by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Performances were from Thursday, Sept. 28 until Sunday, Oct. 1. Although the show was targeted towards a younger crowd, audiences of all ages were welcomed to join in on the fun and laughter the performance brought. The show utilized a combination of acting and singing performed by CLC theater students who brought the story to life while keeping the audience engaged.
Production director Alisha Hall said she is thrilled to be working on this show during her second year at CLC. “The cast and crew only had six weeks to create this production, beginning the first day of auditions,” Hall said. Due to the tremendous amount of hard-work and dedication of the CLC theater department, Hall affirmed that the show was a can’t-miss production. Participation and interactions between the crowd and crew was a unique element brought to the show, with audience members “oinking” along with the cast throughout the performance. “Three Little Pigs” is about a trial, held in Piggsylvania, for Alexander T. Wolf in which
he will finally be able to share his side of the classic story on his encounter with the three little pigs. The moral behind the performance teaches its young audience that there are always two sides to a story despite quick judgement and harsh words. “You can’t judge people based on preconceived ideas,” Hall said. “Any good play can resonate with all ages.” Although “Three Little Pigs” was not directly targeted to a collegelevel audience, the CLC community may be pleasantly surprised at how much they can enjoy a playful and meaningful production and a clever renovation on a classic story.
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“Kingsman” sequel keeps spy franchise golden Paul Raasch
only Eggsy and Merlin, new villain. Harry Hart, who returns to Kingsman tech guru Poppy Adams, played the Kingsmen after sufferStaff Reporter and field support, who is by Julianne Moore, is an ing a gunshot wound to the “Kingsman: The Golden played by Mark Strong. extremely powerful drug head, which occurred in Circle,” a sequel to the 2014 Eggsy and Merlin are cartel leader who attempts the first film, where he was spy-action film “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” was directed by Matthew Vaughn and released on Sept. 22. Both films are based on the comic book series “Kingsman,” created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. The film, set several years after the previous one, begins with the protagonist, Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, played by Taron Egerton, leaving the Kingsman tailor-shop and being attacked by former Kingsman trainee, Charlie Hesketh, played by Edward Holcroft. What proceeds is an over-the-top car chase that ends with Charlie barely getting away. Afterwards, the audience learns of Eggsy’s private life and his lively relationship with Crown Princess Tilde of Sweden, played by Hanna Alström. Taron Egerton returns to the “Kingsman” franchise. Photo courtesy of the Jakarta Post Eggsy then meets Princess Tilde’s parents at a royal dinner, but he is then forced to team up to hold the world ransom by presumed dead. interrupted by news that with the American counter- infecting the drugs she ships “Kingsman: The the Kingsman headquarters part of the Kingsmen, the out with a mysterious virus Golden Circle” is a and aforementioned tailor- Statesmen--think regular that affects anyone who stylish roller coaster that shop has been attacked by Kingsman, but hooked takes them. occasionally feels overan unknown enemy. on whiskey and donning The film also takes stuffed due to an extreme The event cripples stylish cowboy outfits-- on a sub-plot of actor emphasis on action-filled set the Kingsmen down to where they both discover a Colin Firth’s character, pieces.
The actors and actresses all do their job very well, but the script is so fastpaced, constantly moving from subplot to subplot, that there isn’t enough time to develop any new ideas or characters. Statesman tech guru and field support, Ginger Ale, played by Halle Berry, is a good example of this. Although her character is important to the plot, she isn’t expanded beyond the role of a sidekick except for a few scenes. Another character who doesn’t get enough screentime is Tequila, played by Channing Tatum, who only appears for an action scene near the second act of the film. The story, in turn, feels slightly lacking. While these criticisms are apparent, the sequel is still watchable and entertaining, as it still holds that quick-paced, manic energy that made the first film so enjoyable. The film has enough good ideas to keep it fun to watch, even if it doesn’t have the same conciseness and focus that helped the first film rise above a generic spy movie.
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Cover of Prairie Voices magazine released in Spring 2017.
Photo courtesy of CLC website.
CLC literary magazine wins first place award The 2017 edition of Prarie Voices, the College of Lake County’s literary arts magazine, has won first place for the central division in the Community College Humanities Association Annual Literary Magazine Contest.
In addition, five CLC students’ work received awards. In photography, Ronald Ballok of Waukegan won first place, and Christiane Laskowski of Lake Zurich finished second. In painting, Andres Vences of Waukegan received third for “Cuba’s
Jews,” and Daniel Henreckson of Mundelein received an honorable mention for “The Galaxy of the Vortex: the World of the Introvert.” “It is a particular honor to win the first place award three out of the past four years,” said Nicholas Schevera, Ph.D., Prarie
Voices editor and professor of English and humanities. “For many students, this is their first time being published, and their faculty mentors are extremely excited for them.” CLC students interested in being published
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Films must make whopping profits to succeed Peter Anders Staff Reporter
Making a successful movie is very risky. The average cost to produce a summer movie is upwards of $100 million, and the amount of money a movie has to earn to be successful is mind-boggling. Typically, movie studios split the gross profit with theaters. Ideally, the studio gets roughly 49% of the revenue made in the U.S. and Canada, while movie theaters keep around 51% of the revenue. There is a common misconception that a movie
has to make twice its production budget in order to be a success, but this is rarely the case. All costs have to be factored in when trying to determine if a film is successful. More accurately, a film would have to make a minimum of three times its production budget in order to be a success. However, Hollywood is usually very secretive about how it finances their movies, causing people to speculate how much a movie profits or loses. A Hollywood film’s production costs are left to speculation as well. The 2014 hack of Sony
Pictures, in which hackers released thousands of internal files, was one of the only times the public caught a glimpse into how Hollywood does its calculations, and they are usually different from what is reported. Another instance of this was with the film “22 Jump Street” which was reported to have a budget of $50 million, but a hack revealed that the actual cost to produce the film was $84 million. Studios sometimes misconstrue finances in order to cheat participants out of money owed through deals they may have signed before production began.
When a blockbuster loses money, it is an unbelievable amount of money that they lose. The film company 20th Century Fox released the widely reviled “Fantastic Four” reboot in 2015, and the movie lost roughly up to $100 million. The consequences for a film underperforming are almost fatal to the film company that produces it. Studios often earn a large amount of money when TV networks pay them a fee to air the movie on their respective channel. Home video sales can also bring in a large flow of revenue. The biggest earner
of the year does not necessarily translate to the most successful film. According to Deadline.com, the highest-grossing movie at the box office in 2016 was “Captain America Civil War,” but the most profitable movie of the year was actually Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets.” Next issue will be a case by case analysis of the summer’s slate of releases, we will see which movies lost the most money and which ones made the most for their studios. The results are not as obvious as one would imagine from looking at the box office charts.
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Lakeshore renovations must be weary of state budget crisis Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief
The College of Lake County is back on track with its renovations of the Lakeshore campus in Waukegan three years after the plans were first introduced in 2014. There was a large delay of renovations due to the state budget crisis, as well as the College’s focus on the Grayslake campus’ renovations and new science building. According to a February article by the Chicago Tribune, “The plan is to build a new six-story building along Genesee Street, Madison Street and Sheridan Road; connect the new and existing buildings to each other and an existing Sheridan Road parking garage; and develop an outdoor space for students, according to the release.” Renovations are estimated to have a budget of $48 mil-
lion dollars. Construction is set to begin in May 2018 and end May 2021. The CLC website states that “the goal of the new [Lakeshore] expansion is to address a number of aesthetic and functional design challenges of the existing campus and the downtown Waukegan environment.” The new Lakeshore campus will also feature OneStop Enrollment Services, Life Sciences, Library Adult Education, Administration, and Child Care—similar to what is being offered at Grayslake. While it is no question that the sister campuses of Grayslake are in desperate need of these renovations, especially campus essentials like enrollment services and even a child care center, one can’t help but speculate whether these ambitious plans will follow through. Looking at the renovations being made at Gray-
A rendering of the six-story renovation planned for Lakeshore. Photo courtesy of Legat Architects
slake, I have a feeling that Lakeshore’s plans will take longer than expected for many reasons. First, the gigantic change from small campus to sixstory building is ambitious because you must have dif-
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ferent routes for the community to take during construction. For example, at Grayslake, students are often rerouted to go around the entire campus, sometimes even go a floor up then back down just to get to their everyday class. While inconvenient for the College’s patrons, this also means that because construction can’t go on in the entire school during the year because of heavy traffic. If construction goes anything like the Grayslake campus, construction must be done one portion at a time, which increases the chances of setting the schedule back. Additionally, the state budget crisis for colleges has greatly affected planned renovations for CLC campuses before—who’s to say it won’t do the same now? Lakeshore’s renovations were already pushed back three years because of this crisis, and while administration may have a plan to move forward, the economic future of CLC can only be so predictable. $48 million dollars may seem like a lot now, but money can come and go easily, especially with a plan that shoots for the stars, not wanting to miss. Outside of possible construction setbacks, the students at CLC might also be affected by these plans by more than just having to take a different route to class every day. Because of the state budget crisis last year, tuition
per credit hour was raised from $130 to $135. Five dollars doesn’t seem like a lot for the renovations being done to Grayslake, but how much would it spike up when the renovations at Lakeshore become real? Then Southlake? The CLC website also states, “The overall plan for the campus creates a sense of place by developing a consistent image for the new and existing buildings and physically connecting them to all the program elements.” CLC has made it clear that it cares a lot about its image because of the modernization of its Grayslake campus, as well as having the Higher Learning Commission evaluate its aesthetic components on top of its educational services. With all this caring about how the campuses look, will CLC eventually forgo the value of education and the fact that students go to CLC for its quality education despite the price tag and become more expensive in the long run? I think that students would rather have to listen to a great professor talk in a room with white walls for the price of $135 dollars than have the privilege of blue or green walls in a room for $150 dollars. At the end of the day, CLC should focus on catering to its students—the very people that make them one of the best community colleges in the country—rather than what it looks like.
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Trump’s racist beliefs may be dividing the country
In last edition of The Chronicle, I published an article detailing the methodical steps President Donald Trump, and his administration, have been taking in order to transform America into a White-Christian nation. With unconstitutional executive orders giving religious organizations the freedom to endorse and engage in political candidates and discourse, as well as his decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—subsequently stripping its recipients of a chance to gain legal status in the U.S—Trump has done just about everything but explicitly state what exactly he’s attempting to accomplish for his base of supporters. However, this changed on Sunday, Sept. 24 when Trump verbally assaulted the N.F.L, specifically former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, for allowing its athletes to ‘disrespect’ America—and its troops— by taking a knee for the
national anthem rather than stand, a gesture initially demonstrated by Kaepernick to protest police brutality against people of color. Trump claims that his firm stance against the N.F.L and those protesting ‘traditional patriotism’ has resonated among his core supporters,
Care Act, Trump’s top aides have admitted that the President’s remarks correspond with his longstanding narrative to win a so-called ‘culture war’ on behalf of his white, working-class base. Moreover, if you’re someone like me, who’s outraged and confused by this blatant
in 2016. On Aug. 21, Thomas Reuters and the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics conducted a survey following the fatal event in Charlottesville, polling around 5,360 American adults and asking questions about race that respondents could agree
49ers players Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated.
whist also having no quarrels alienating his detractors. While many politicians, including Chicago’s Mayor Rham Emanuel, have dismissed Trump’s attack on the sports network as simply a distraction from his dangerous rhetoric towards North Korea, and his persistence to repel Obama’s Affordable
practice of institutional racism, then it’s important to note that Trump’s core group of supporters actually oppose White Supremacy just as much as you do, yet, they still blindly mold themselves into this game of Identity Politics that Trump has been pandering to since he began his campaign
or disagree with to varying degrees. Their studies found that the vast majority of Americans polled expressed support for racial equality, but their responses got cloudier when it came to expressing their viewpoints on particular issues related to race and extremism.
Originally published by the Huffington Post, the article stated, for instance, “while only 8 percent of respondents said they supported white nationalism as a group or movement, a far larger percentage said they supported viewpoints widely held by white supremacist groups: 31 percent of Americans polled strongly or somewhat agreed that ‘America must protect and preserve its White European heritage,’ and 39 percent agreed that ‘white people are currently under attack in this country.’” Trump is divisive, and his authoritarian leadership wants nothing more than to sway whites into falling for his cult-of-personality because what Trump symbolizes, at the end of the day, is racism and hate; but, we mustn’t attack those who know no better. It’s our civic duty to inform those who are blindsided by ignorance that the only way to trump hate in America is to stand united and say with one clear voice “we the people will not allow race to define what we value as a country.”
Athletes #TakeTheKnee against racism, not the American flag Austin Weber Staff Reporter
By now, any sports fanatic must’ve heard of the protests going on in the NFL during the national anthem, but it has become apparent that many people have no idea what these athletes are actually protesting. A majority of the players involved in the kneeling prior to Sunday, Sept. 24 were African-American, and what they are kneeling for is something that has not been achieved in hundreds of years of American history despite countless attempts: equality regardless of skin color. The message was made clear over a year ago that the players were going to kneel during the anthem to protest the nation’s unfair treatment of minorities. The point is to bring attention to the issue and start a conversation, not to be disrespectful towards anyone. Most people argue the
players are protesting the military; however, the players haven’t come out and said otherwise, despite the claims people are making against them. In actuality, multiple players have come out and said they respect the military, but people are too blind to look past their form of protest to actually get the message. There have been veterans and current members of the military who have said that the protest is disrespectful, but many also say that this is one of the rights that veterans had fought for and see no problem with the protests. It doesn’t help the cause that the current president, Donald Trump, came out calling for protesters to be fired. President Trump also said himself, that kneeling is disrespectful to the veterans, adding more fuel to the false-reasonings fire behind the protest. The country seems to be more divided than ever
because of this protest, but would that be the case if everyone understood the real reasoning of all this? For example, how many people would be upset if they knew that these players were against racism? None. Many, however, argue that these players have no right to protest because they make millions of dollars and aren’t actually suffering. Although this is true, they do have a lot of money now, but what about the first 20 years of their lives? The players weren’t born into the NFL, these men have faced difficulties their whole lives based on the color of their skin, and now that they have a chance to say something, they are. I’m a white man from a middle class family, so I cannot say that I can relate to the struggles these men have faced in their lives, but what I can do is empathize with them and try to understand their issues. Something that
John Middlemas, 97-year-old WWII veteran takes the knee. Photo courtesy of Maile Auterson.
most people don’t do in today’s society. Patriotism is a topic that comes up often. It’s “unpatriotic” not to stand during the national anthem, but what is more “unpatriotic”
than hating on men making a stand for our country to live up to the words “all men are created equal?” A phrase written in our very own Declaration of Independence for us all to abide by.
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Changes in campus safety meet increased challenges Andy Pratt Staff Reporter
After the massacre at Northern Illinois University, on Feb. 14, 2008, I published an article for the Feb. 28 edition of the Chronicle, emphasizing a need for vigilance and accountability. A vote was to be held on whether to update Campus safety to a Police force. This would have allowed Campus ofﬁcers to carry their sidearms. I said, “as long as the average American citizen can obtain a gun, there will be the potential for violence.” I argued that an armed campus safety would help in response time, in the event of an emergency. Having had a love for the open atmosphere of the Grayslake campus, I felt it the most appropriate course. On Feb. 12, 2017, I was offered the chance to apply as a police ofﬁcer, a role I hadn’t thought myself as capable. Holding to my original preference for trained ofﬁcers having ﬁrearms, I decided to see if I could be capable of such a role myself. I now own a Glock 22. I failed my ﬁrst attempt at the P.O.W.E.R. Test, on Feb. 15. I’ve attended a storm spotting session for Lake County Skywarn. I’ve been on a ride along with a municipality in Lake County, and am even studying for a Technician’s license from the FCC to operate HAM radio. Surely, a police ofﬁcer is more than someone who carries a gun. The idea can be egnimatic in its occupational function, as there is much to learn. This continuing interest inspired me to return as a
student at CLC, after having graduated in Spring 2008 with an Associates of Arts degree in Sociology. I’ve come back to a school with classroom doors which can be locked electronically from the inside. To a college that has had police ofﬁcers trained for active shooter responses, according to the CLC Police Department Annual Report 2016. To vending machines that ask if you are sure, when buying a bag of chips. And yet, the campus remains an open campus. Curious to learn more, I talked with a former mentor of Sociology, professor John Tenuto. “The myth of a closed campus, is if a shooter has more impediments, they’ll have less time to do what they want,” Tenuto said.
a “increasing frequency” of incidents annually. The study was not limited to mass shootings. “The FBI found that 64 incidents (40%) would have been categorized as falling within the new federal deﬁnition of “mass killings,” which is deﬁned as “three or more killings in a single incident,” the study said. An estimated 7.5 percent of those shootings had occurred on College campuses. “There’s a danger in interpretations, deﬁnitions, of statistics,” Tenuto said. “It can depend on how you look at the numbers, over 20 years, 10 years. We have to be careful, to avoid a moral panic, to focus on facts.” A signiﬁcant issue that changed prior to coming back as a student, was the
mit holding culture has impacted the social psyche. The signs themselves, posted on windows of buildings, say what words never could. “I don’t have a sign like that on my home,” Tenuto said. “My father was a police ofﬁcer.” “Every morning, he would have a gun on the kitchen table. We were taught to respect the gun, never touch the gun. I would never have one, its not in my nature; but I respect someone’s right to own one.” According to a CBS News article, published on July 25, 2017, “more than 5000 illegal guns have been conﬁscated” in Chicago this year alone. However, it was because of the implementation of
“Irony is, according to the New York Crime commision, of 190 mass school shootings, 76 were on college campuses. Whether open or closed campuses, it doesn’t appear to matter much.” The New York Crime Commission report “Aiming at Students: the College Gun Violence Epidemic” was published in Oct. 2016. The report analyzed trends from 2001 to 2016, as well as speciﬁc information regarding the years inbetween. Another report, published by the FBI entitled, “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2010 and 2013,” found there was
implantation of the Illinois Concealed Carry License (CCL) which among other stipulations, requires a minimum of 16 hours of ﬁrearms training by an ISP approved instructor. There is a preferred focus on a pistol you would utilize most. The College of Lake County is one of many places, which does not permit license holders to carry. There is a reasonable question as to if concealed carry permits have helped make the communities in Illinois safer. Aside from the occasional report, where a permit holder utilizes their gun against a would be robber or assailant, with or without ﬁring a shot, one cannot help but wonder how the per-
the Concealed Carry act that buildings post a form of a “No Gun” sign. One has to wonder if the potential threat of presence of a ﬁrearm, is inspired in more people whom have come to visualize the possibility, due to this form of approach. There were worries of the possibility of shooter incidents at CLC in 2008. In fact, the Grayslake campus was put on lock down on Oct. 23, 2007, after reports of a student bringing in a gun to the High School Tech campus. The suspect had been apprehended, and no gun was found. The need for vigilance and accountability is as present as it ever has been. Only the approaches have
changed. “Campus Safety would have had their hands tied, if they couldn’t be safety ofﬁcers,” Tenuto said. “I’ve only had instances were I was proud to work with them. If there’s a medical emergency, they may be the ﬁrst there. “The College has experienced bomb threats, ﬁres, etc. I don’t necessarily feel safer with guns on campus, but we probably are. It’s a tougher world than when I started here.” And to be sure, Campus Safety had worked honorably as well. It was Campus Safety that responded in the lockdown in 2007. Far beyond once helping to jump start my car, Campus Safety and then Campus Police, have long been committed to serving the College c o m m u n i t y. , even sitting down with students to be interviewed for articles with the Chronicle, over various t o p i c s through the years. E v e n as names change, they serve, as they offer such as self defense training, as well as help in sexual assault prevention. Police ofﬁcers can help change tires. They can aid in reporting weather conditions to the National Weather Service. They may provide First Aid and CPR. It takes a lot of work to become a police ofﬁcer. “Nothing lasts longer than a great theory,” Tenuto said. “It should be applicable beyond its conﬁnes.” As far as gun ownership is concerned, Illinois has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and I recall passing a Statistics class was more challenging than obtaining my FOID card.
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Men’s golf team ﬁnishes Skyway Conference on par Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief
The College of Lake County men’s golf team won ﬁrst place at the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Championship on Monday, Sept. 25. They entered the conference’s ﬁnal meet at the Pine Meadow Golf Club in Mundelein with ﬁrst place standings, winning it overall with a score of 1669 and 16 points total. It was the golf team’s 26th win throughout the history of the Skyway Conference, making it the winningest team in the conference. The team’s last championship win was in 2013. For a team of ﬁve players, the competition against other colleges at the conference was intense. “The guys really worked hard in the off season. Both returning sophomores im-
proved and we were able to sign three solid freshmen to the group,” said head coach Chris Wyniawskyj, who lead the team to victory. “All ﬁve players are talented and can shoot good scores,” Wyniawskyj said. “They are all friends and they support each other on the course in competition.” Three Lancers men also made the All-Conference team: Karl Torola of Beach Park, Orlando Avilaortiz of Gurnee, and Edgar Avilaortiz of Gurnee. According to the CLC Lancers website, “The guys really came ready to play today,” Wyniawskyj said on the day of the championship win. “Oakton and Moraine Valley were solid and came in with very respectable scores, but the Lancers rose to the challenge.” “I couldn’t be more proud of our men’s golf program,” said CLC Athletic Director,
The Lancers’ men’s golf team took home the 2017 Skyway championship. Photo courtesy of CLC Athletics website.
Nic Scandrett. “To see how far the program has come since last year is remarkable. We went from ﬁnishing last place two years in a row to winning a championship.” “Most importantly, our student-athletes have put a lot of time in and stayed focused through adversity,” he said. In addition to the Lancers’ win, Wyniawskyj was voted Skyway Conference Coach
of the Year. Wyniawskyj has been head coach of the golf team for three years. “[His new title] is a testament to Coach Wyniawskyj’s hard work. He was dealt as tough of a hand as you can get and he deserves a lot of credit,” Scandrett said. The Lancers are currently preparing for the NJCAA Region IV Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 5 until Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Oak Ridge
Golf Course in LaSalle, IL. A top ﬁnish at the tournament will bring the team to the NJCAA National Tournament. “[The team is] all proud of our accomplishments, but we recognize that the conference was ﬁlled with good competition and defending our title next year will not be an easy task,” Wyniawskyj said. “However, our outlook for the future is positive and
Lancers’ XC teams cross ﬁnish line for the fall season
Shelby Brubaker Staff Reporter
It’s the ﬁnal stretch of the Lancers men and women’s cross country seasons, as it is coming to a close on Saturday, Oct. 7. The College of Lake County men’s team kicked off the 2017 season on September 9 with an 8K race at the 26th Annual Ken Weidt Cross Country Classic, hosted by Concordia Wisconsin University. Joining the men at CWU, the women’s team made strides at the same meet during the 6K race. Although the 26th Annual Ken Weidt Cross Country Classic was an NCAA/ NAIA competition, CLC athletes rose to the occasion. The top runner for the men was Jeremy Wallace, who
placed eighth in 28:11 over the 8K course. Cameron Detweiler (30th in 29:53), Jeffery Meverden (31st in 29:58), Frederick Mascorro (33rd in 30:07), and Michael Schonter (38th in 30:31), all assisted CLC in bringing home ﬁfth out of 12 teams. As for the women’s team, Cindy Alcala led the team as a freshman with a 34th place ﬁnish in 26:42. Paloma Alcala (57th in 29:42), Stephanie Paredes (58th in 30:02), Jacqueline Betancourt (61st in 30:52), and Sophia Martinez (76th in 32:46), all helped the team ﬁnish ninth out of 14 teams. According to the Lancers Athletics website, the team’s dove right into the competition this season without apprehension. “This was an encourag-
ing start from a very young team, I’m proud of the poise and execution they all demonstrated. The college race is two miles longer than high school and it demands higher mileage now and in pre-season training,” said Head Coach Jorge Colin after the men’s meet. “Our women are working very hard every day and the results of that hard work will be evident when it matters most,” Colin said. “I am very proud of the effort from these young women.” The following meet for both teams was the third Annual Tom Hoffman Cross Country Meet held at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on September 16. This meet, like the last, was also a NCAA competition while CLC is an NJCAA school. The women’s
team placed 13th out of the 15 teams that competed, and the Men’s team placed 12th out of 13. Colin expressed his concern of each team’s performance with the abnormal heat experienced this fall. “The heat was deﬁnitely a factor today, we will continue to work hard and I expect better performances to follow,” he said. However, Colin is content with the hard work these athletes have endured. “I have been impressed with the effort we have been getting from our women every day,” he said. “I am very proud of the effort from this young team.” During the races, the freshman on both teams are leading the pack. Women’s Cindy Alcala placed 35th in 27:25 and
men’s Jeremy Wallace who placed 46th in 29:44. Also contributing to the women’s score was Paloma Alcala (98th in 30:42), Stephanie Paredes (99th in 30:43), Jacqueline Betancourt (108th in 31:41), and Sophia Martinez (134th in 34:22). Other scorers for the men were Jeffery Meverden (75th in 30:27), Nicholas Zblewski (101st in 31:33), Frederick Mascorro (104th in 31:51), and Michael Schonter (123rd in 33:24). The Lancers have two more regular season meets on September 30, October 7, and on October 14, catch the Lancers at the Skyway Conference Championship hosted by the College of Lake County.