ASA dodgeball tournament spikes scholarship funds
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Students say Weinstein deserves worse punishment Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief
27 women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault by American ﬁlm producer and now-former ﬁlm studio director, Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein, 65, co-founded ﬁlm distribution company Miramax in the late 1970s, and is most famous for being co-chairman of the Weinstein Company from 2005-2017. Some women who came forward recounted times they rebuffed encounters with Weinstein and quickly escaped, while others claimed that he outright demanded them to have sexual encounters with him before they could leave. Kate Beckinsale, 44, was 17 at the time of the incident. “He opened the door [of his hotel room] in his bathrobe [when he asked me to meet up],” Beckinsale said in an Instagram post. “I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him. After declining salcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left,
uneasy but unscathed.” Cara Delevingne, 25, was also a victim when Weinstein asked her to kiss another female actress in front of him in order to “make it in the business.” “[Before that], he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I’d never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood,” Delevingne said in an Instagram post. The full list of 27 names can be found on ABC News, and the encounters range from Weinstein asking the women for massages to pouncing on them and forcing them to kiss, and even unfortunate cases where Weinstein asked them to perform oral sex. Since the allegations came out, Weinstein has been removed from the Weinstein Company by the board and has checked himself into rehabilitation, where, according to his spokesperson, he will get help and hopefully be given a second chance. CLC student Nick LaRose stated that he doesn’t believe Weinstein will change his ways despite seeking help. “If he’s already done it to 27 women, I highly doubt he’ll genuinely change,” LaRose
said. “It might just be a publicity stunt for him to get away with [the allegations]. He used his position as a means to get away with [the encounters]. It wasn’t an accident,” he said. Another student, Mariela Vega, agreed. “Going to rehab was just his excuse for not going to jail,” she said. “It was his way of punishing himself, not the right way that would bring justice for the women.” When asked whether or not Weinstein should be forgiven by the public or by the women for these allegations, student Cindy Alcala said, “It depends. Each person deserves a second chance, [...] unless he doesn’t change from coming back from rehab.” “Whether or not the company forgives him doesn’t really matter,” said student Brett Uransel. “The most important thing is whether his victims will forgive him.” The four students came to a consensus that Weinstein checking himself into rehabilitation was not enough of a punishment. “He needs jail time, and to compensate the women
Weinstein, ex-owner of the Weinstein Company, in 2015. Photo courtesy of David Walter Banks of the New York Times
he victimized,” LaRose said. “Going to jail would teach him a better lesson. Rehab isn’t enough,” Alcala added. The majority of the allegations date as far back as the early 1990s, when most of the actresses were budding in the ﬁlm industry. When asked why the women might have taken so long to confess, the students said it was because of fear. “[The actresses] waited so long because they didn’t know what would happen to them, or how it would affect their career,” Alcala said.
“They might have also been scared of what other people thought of them for trying to talk bad against such a big person,” Vega said. “There’s a possibility that the women who were harassed or assaulted did speak up, but they just weren’t heard,” LaRose said. “It’s terrible that he was caught only after 27 people came out and not earlier. It’s terrible that it took that momentum for him to get exposed.”
Lakeshore campus offers different classes for students William Becker Staff Reporter
An open house was held at the College of Lake County’s Lakeshore Campus, on Wednesday, Oct. 4 for current or future students. The event was put on in order to attract more attention to the Lakeshore Campus and show what it has to offer through its courses, career programs, and student services.
For Lina Brandonisio, a senior bookstore clerk on campus, the Lakeshore-speciﬁc programs are one part of the school that makes it a quality campus. “What I really love about this campus, too, is that we’re really family-oriented,” Brandonisio said. “Everybody knows everybody here; it’s because we’re small.” Brandonisio also helped run the open house and said
in order to make the event possible, they spent a lot of time reaching out to the communities around campus about the event. One of these events reached Juan Sanchez, a recent graduate of Waukegan High School. Sanchez is taking a year off from school currently, but is planning on attending the Lakeshore campus next year for either a dental hygiene or a medical assistant
degree. Sanchez decided to visit the campus during the open house in order to talk to representatives about the two majors he is thinking about pursuing. At the open house, guides took attendees on a tour that showcased speciﬁc courses that can only be taken at Lakeshore. The campus offers a dental hygiene program with a full state of the art clinic, along with
phlebotomy, and a medical assistant program. The tour started in the front of the building, where attendees received a map with the stops of the tour. At each stop the representative would stamp their section and give out a prize. If each section was stamped at the end of the tour the individual would receive a bigger prize. Lakeshore / page 2
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Earn a GED and healthcare career certiﬁcate in new CLC program Thanks to a new College of Lake County initiative that started this fall, adult education students who have completed their English as a Second Language or High School Equivalency program can earn a healthcare-related certificate in as little as one semester. The program, known as the Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) in healthcare career pathways, allows qualifying students to enroll in one of two shortterm certificates: nurse assisting (one course) or healthcare office assistant (two courses). Either certificate can lead to a career in the healthcare industry or serve as a gateway to additional certificate programs or an associate degree. The new program supports students through team teaching by a faculty each from the Biological and Health Sciences division as well as the Adult Education and ESL division. While participating in the ICAPS
in healthcare program, students are also enrolled in an Adult Education support class that includes study skills, time management, homework completion, and review of class content. Funded by the federal and state Adult Education and Family Literacy grant, the ICAPS in healthcare certificates are the latest offerings for adult education students to prepare them for the workforce. Other career pathways are currently being planned for spring 2018 under ICAPS in the manufacturing industry, such as certificate programs in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HET) engineering technology and in automotive technology. Enabling adult education students to transition to a post-secondary education and earn a credential is part of CLC’s response to a changing job marketplace. “Studies show that by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require postsecondary education
in the front, the tour guide brought attendees to talk to representatives about phlebotomy, nursing, and medical assistant degrees at the school. Following that,
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terminology course, said she likes “learning the language of healthcare” while brushing up on her studying and note-taking skills. She also appreciates having a math class tutor, who is helping her achieve another personal
ers that had representatives from the Career and Job Placement Center and some from the University Center. The University Center at the Grayslake Campus
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will hold an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 1, which will contain information of what they have to offer.
goal: overcoming math anxiety. “Through this new program, I’m getting a great opportunity at CLC,” said Etcheson, who plans to earn her Certified Medical Assistant certificate in May 2018 and work in a physician’s office.
they were brought to student services and ﬁnished in the dental hygiene. At the front, there were some tables that contained CLC merchandise, and oth-
CLC Phlebotomy instructor Angela Norwood (right) and student Natalie Etcheson. Photo courtesy of Diane Rarick.
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and training. Also under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, adult education providers such as CLC are part of the workforce development in their local communities to meet the needs of both employers and the workforce,” according to Dr. Arlene Santos-George, dean of Adult Education and ESL. The program is offering a fresh start for Natalie Etcheson, a 43-year-old Round Lake resident and nail salon owner. She appreciates the opportunity to pursue a healthcare office assistant certificate and a High School Equivalency at the same time. “In high school, I struggled as a student and did not finish,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed working as a nail technician, but I’d like to have a healthcare career. I want to help others feel well while using my communication and people skills. Earning a High School Equivalency as well as a CLC certificate will be personally satisfying.” Etcheson, who is enrolled in a medical
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National Coming Out Day honors freedom of identity Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief
The College of Lake County celebrated National Coming Out Day by hosting a screening of the awardwinning ﬁlm, “Moonlight,” on Wednesday, Oct. 11. “Moonlight,” released in 2016, is a coming-of-age drama ﬁlm that tells the story of Chiron, an AfricanAmerican teen in a low-class community struggling with identity and oppression, speciﬁcally being a young, gay teenager. Shanti Chu, faculty coordinator for the LGBTQ+ Resource Center and philosophy professor at CLC, shared why “Moonlight was the perfect movie to screen on National Coming Out Day. “[It] works with challenging aspects of identity, speciﬁcally through the protagonist not only being gay, but he’s also dealing with these other facets of oppression,” Chu said. “He’s within an AfricanAmerican community in a low-class household. He’s also struggling with notions of hypermasculinity within that community, so that adds another dynamic to the ﬁlm’s complexity.” “The ﬁlm does a really good job addressing these issues [of identity],” she said. “It addresses these notions of coming out in a very unique way. It’s not the typical LGBTQ+ story that’s told.” Chu, who has been faculty coordinator for the
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LGBTQ+ Resource Center since Fall 2016, described the roles that the center and Pride Alliance play at CLC when it comes to celebrating LGBTQ+ events. “National Coming Out Day is a holiday within the community to celebrate something that is scary and potentially frustrating, alienating--coming out,” Chu said. “Not everyone’s coming out story is the
same, some are more challenging than others… more negativity or bullying than others. So, we are here to convey to the college that [National Coming Out Day] is a day to celebrate-identities shouldn’t be stiﬂed.” “The resource center is here to promote knowledge, empowerment, and freedom of identity,” she said. “Speciﬁcally, people who identify in the spectrum,
and for allies as well, so part of concretely fulﬁlling that goal is to have educational events, awareness raising events, and things like that, to celebrate identity.” Regarding students who identify or are seeking to come out as LGBTQ+, Chu stated that they can always go to the resource center or join Pride Alliance. “If you don’t wanna come out, that’s totally ﬁne too
--it’s all your choice,” Chu said. “If you have come out or do wanna come out, we’re here to support you. This is a welcoming college community, it’s a safe space here.” “We are here to support you, educate you—the entire campus is,” she said. “Staff, faculty, the students here— we’re all about promoting a safe, comfy environment for LGBTQ+ individuals.”
ASA dodgeball tournament spikes scholarship funds Samantha Wilkins Staff Reporter
The College of Lake County’s Asian Student Alliance (ASA) club is hosting a Dodgeball Tournament Oct. 20, from 7:00P.M.10:00P.M. in the Physical Education Center. All proﬁts from the event will be put into the club’s student scholarship opportunity, that will help students pay for their schooling. If students are interested in participating or viewing the event, there is a fee
of $7 per person. This will give the students the option to participate in a free-for-all at the end of the tournament, or just watch the event unfold. For ﬁrst, second, and third place winners in the tournament, there will be prizes awarded; however, the ASA wishes for everyone to maintain a good sportsmanship attitude throughout the competition. Students may also play in teams for $49. These teams may consist of players from other colleges or high schools as well, as
long as there is at least one CLC student per group. All payments for the tournament must be made in cash. Players must complete a liability waiver, which can be found in the student activities ofﬁce, but if a participant is under 18 years of age, the form must be completed by a parent or guardian. In addition, players must all read the rules of the game prior to participating. These include the general rules on how the game will be played, as well as rules
on catching, blocking, dead balls, showdowns, and lastly clothing. After reading the rules, players must then sign an agreement proving they have understood the rules of the game to maximize a safe and efﬁcient game. All forms, including a registration form that must be ﬁlled out, are due by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 to Mardi Chaput in the student activities ofﬁce. Players will not be allowed to play if they are either shirtless, or not wearing proper footwear as
this could potentially lead to safety issues during the event. Participants must be in the Physical Education Center by 6:30 P.M. on the day of the tournament, or risk the chance of not receiving the required wristband at check-in. The band must be worn at all times during the tournament, and if it is removed, the team will be dismissed from the competition without a refund.
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New advisers of Psych Club boggle members’ minds Christina Branaman Staff Reporter
If you ever find yourself over at the D Wing on Wednesdays between 2-3 P.M., you can stop by room D212 and take part in Psychology Club. The new club advisers, Matthew Ramussen and Suzanne Valentine-French, are working with the current club officers and members to rebuild the club now that past officers have graduated. While it is a great club for psychology majors to meet, those who are simply interested in psychology are more than welcome to join. Their vice president, Vanessa Adan, explained in that the club often plays games like “2 Truths and a Lie” and brings them to
a whole new level. For example, a member will create two lies and one truth about themselves leaving the other members to ask questions and guess which statement is a lie based on body language or hesitation. In addition, they encourage members to put together a presentation on a topic of their choice relating to psychology. This gives the members a chance to practice their public speaking skills and offers new information to those watching the presentation. Along with the games and presentations, the club votes each year on where they’d like to do community service. In the past, they’ve attended Feed My Starving Children and will be volunteering their time
again on Friday, Nov. 10. As for keeping their club going, they have been brainstorming new ways to raise funds including bake sales and a movie night. These fundraisers help them pay for field trips to
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colleges within the area, which allows members to learn about psychology departments in different colleges and figure out which field of psychology they wish to major in. Since a few members, including Adan, will be
graduating before the spring semester, the Psychology Club will be looking for new officers. If you are interested in joining the Psychology Club, their meetings are held every Wednesday from 2-3 P.M. in D212.
Latino Alliance celebrates heritage with cultural events
Members of Latino Alliance pose for a picture during Churro Day.
Diana Panuncial Managing Editor
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Week, the Latino Alliance hosted five different cultural events from Monday, Oct. 9 to Friday, Oct. 13. The events were open to all students, faculty, and staff, whether they were members of the club or not. The club hosted a Lotería game on Monday night, which is a game similar to bingo, from 10-12 P.M. in C106. Although the game has a set of rules for its players to follow, Jennifer Tello,
President of the Latino Alliance, discovered something unique. “I found out that each family plays it a little differently,” Tello said. “It’s interesting, because the game is regional that way.” On Tuesday, the Alliance held a Latino Faculty and Staff Panel from 12-1 P.M. The panel featured Latino faculty and staff, such as Myra Gaytan-Morales, Assistant Dean for Academic Services and Programs at the University Center, and Rodolfo Ruiz-Velasco, one of the advisors for the Latino Alliance. “[Myra] recently got her
Photo by Diana Panuncial.
Ph. D and is also an immigrant, so having the opportunity to ask her questions was very helpful for students at the panel,” Tello said. On Wednesday, they hosted Karaoke Night from 6-9 P.M. in A013 with a great turnout, as Tello said it’s one of the students’ favorite ways to get together. The Latino Alliance is also working on fundraising for their scholarship, the Alicia Hernandez Scholarship, which awards $1,000 to students each year. Last year, they raised $5,000 to give away to five different students. “Our goal for this year
is $6,000 for six different students,” Tello said. “Of course, fundraising is hard, so we’re reaching for at least $5,000, but to give it away to six students would be great.” Tello also shared how the club has raised money for other causes throughout the years. “Most recently, we raised $1,000 for Hurricane Irma, which hit Mexico last month,” she said. Their last event, where members of the Latino Alliance gave salsa dance lessons, was on Friday, Oct. 13, from 12-1:30 P.M. “Latinos are a growing community in America,
especially the number of people who are Latina are going to college, so to have support [from a place like Latino Alliance] is important,” Tello said, when discussing the importance of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Week at CLC. “I know that if Latino Alliance didn’t exist here, I would’ve felt out of place. What kind of club do I belong in? I didn’t know much about my heritage,” she said. “It’s really important for schools to have [diverse clubs] for its students.”
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Beginnings, Chicago tribute band, will be playing at CLC.
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Tribute band continues legacy at CLC Kevin Tellez Staff Reporter
“Beginnings, a tribute band to the classic rock band Chicago, will make their Chicagoland debut at the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center on Saturday, Oct. 21. Mason Swearingen, lead bassist for the Beginnings, briefly discussed the experiences he and the other band members have had throughout the years. “The band had been brought together through
a mutual love and respect for the music of Chicago,” Swearingen said. Beginnings is a family-friendly rock band that elicits a great deal of energy from the crowd with every performance. The band implements a hybrid of jazz and classic Rock ‘n’ Roll which are adapted from the songs by the legendary rock band that inspired them. The group, who shares an adoration for Chicago, consists mostly of rhythm and horn players from bands based out of Long
Island, New York. Formed in 2002, Beginnings was very wellreceived early on in their local circuits, playing in various casinos, parks, and recreation centers. Eventually, they received enough recognition and experience to take their music to the national level and tour across the country. Swearingen said his favorite part of performing is the pure excitement that the band and audience feel while they’re playing. “It’s incredibly fun inter-
acting with the crowd while [we] play the high-energy music of Chicago,” he said. Like many other performers, Swearingen said he loves to visit new cities and experience places he’s never been to before. Beginnings frequently tour around the New York City and New Jersey area, occasionally making stops down south to Southeast Florida and Texas. Swearingen replied that it will be the first time the band has performed in the Chicagoland area, when the
band plays at the JLC later this month. “There’s a lot of excitement to play Chicago in Chicago,” Swearingen joked. Tickets for the Beginnings tribute concert are sold at the JLC box office. Regular tickets are $37 to $42. For Seniors, Staff or Alumni, tickets range from $36 to $41. CLC Student and Teen tickets are $15, and Children tickets are $12. The JLC subscription price for regular admission ranges from $33 to $38.
International Film Series showcases ‘Blow Up’ Paul Raasch Staff Reporter
The College of Lake County’s Free International Film Series held a screening of the 1966 film “Blow-Up” on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Grayslake campus. “Blow Up” is a British/ Italian film directed by the acclaimed Michelangelo Antonioni, which is based on the story “Las babas del diablo” by Julio Cortázar. Dr. Christopher Cooling, CLC Humanities professor, has hosted the international film series since 2008 and has expressed great pleasure in exhibiting these films. Through this series, Dr. Cooling has been able to screen more art-house films, or films that are independently produced, which allow audiences to participate in deeper discussions that most contemporary films, save for some exceptions, don’t allow. “Blow-Up” is centered
around a high-fashion photographer named Thomas, played by David Hemmings, whose daily routines are showcased throughout the film. At the beginning of the film, Thomas photographs numerous female models in bizarre outfits. These scenes become increasingly more intense as Thomas becomes snarky and demanding, moving uncomfortably close to the models while photographing them. While some may argue that this behavior is considered inappropriate today, the film portrays Thomas’ conduct with a casualness that might suggest the filmmaker’s desire to express how liberal sexuality had become. The women in the film also seem to go along with Thomas’ questionable behavior, perhaps because of the difficulty of acquiring him as a photographer. Upon its initial release in 1966, the film was lauded as an important part of the
burgeoning “mod” scene that was taking over Europe and North America. The “mod” movement expressed an interest in sexual freedom, subversiveness of social norms, and more complex, demanding photography, film, and other forms of art. Artists like Andy Warhol, whom Dr. Cooling mentions, were an integral part of this new artistic revolution. Aside from the steamy photo shoots, Thomas’ character is explianed through bits and pieces as the film documents the mundane activities that are part of his everyday life. The camera work and directing of the film are top-notch and landed Antonioni an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. The fluent camera movements and the grounded acting of the performers give the film a stylized feel that manages to keep the audience’s attention as it follows Thomas meander-
ing around England taking photos, conversing with young girls who wish to be photographed, and an especially irrelevant scene in which he goes antique shopping and purchases an old, wooden propellor. Mundanity is an important theme of the film, and no serious conflict becomes apparent until halfway through the film when Thomas photographs a couple in the middle of a wide park for a photography project of his. The woman of the couple notices him photographing them and asks Thomas for the photos, but he responds by teasing the woman and photographing her even more. Later in the film, however, as Thomas goes over his rolls of film, he realizes that a murder might have taken place before he left the couple in the park. What happens afterwards is for the audience to see. One last aspect of the film worth noting is the music. The jazzy score of the
film was done by an early Herbie Hancock, famous for his 1983 song “Rockit,” and features a soundtrack that includes early music from the English rock band The Yardbirds. The Yardbirds appear during a later scene in the film which will make classic rock fans swoon as they see the young Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck play some oldfashioned Rock ’n’ Roll. The audience will have more questions than answers by the end of the film. The discussions after the film screening, mediated by Dr. Cooling, were created for just that. Although the film’s creativity and credentials are worth noting, the ambiguous plot is tailored more to an active audience who wishes to dissect the film and discuss its intentions. More casual moviegoers, however, might find the film slow and end up frustrated with how open-ended it is by the time the credits roll.
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Lake Forest Symphony strikes new note at JLC Daniel Lynch Staff Reporter
The vibrations in the floor and the air, the coordination of their movements, and the poetry of sound in the music being performed—these are all characteristics of the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra. The College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus hosted the LFS for their 60th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8. “Expect the unexpected,” said Vladimir Kulenovic, conductor of the LFS. “Live performance is as exciting as things get: its beauty can never be predicted or repeated.” LFS described their mission, as an ensemble: “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of many, one). All of the indi-
viduals within the orchestra work as hard as they can together, which allows them to shine individually. For the 2017-2018 season, LFS has many new exciting additions to the orchestra. Their Composer-in-Residence Jim Stephenson will
and passionate musicians, LFS is committed to enriching our community through meaningful programs played on an ever-expanding level of artistic excellence,” Mr. Kulenovic said. “We tirelessly push the envelope forward and are breaking new ground at every concert – that’s what you can expect.” Mr. Kulenovic himself was raised around music and educated at Juilliard in New York. For those interested in attending LFS orchestras, the Photo courtesy of the Lake Forest Symphony next events will be on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 P.M. at the be conducting his piece, the experience home with Cressey Center for Arts at “There Are No Words.” its audience. Lake Forest Academy. The Also highlighted was DeboThey are recording two next showing at CLC will rah Stevenson who will be CD’s on Cedille Records be on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 performing an English horn which will be the first com- P.M. at the Grayslake camsolo in Dvorak Symphony mercially released music in pus’ James Lumber Center. No. 9. the 60-year history of the The Symphony is also orchestra. working on a way to take “Comprised of dedicated
Psychological thriller brought back to life in ‘Flatliners’ Anna Erdman Staff Reporter
“Flatliners,” a drama/science fiction remake of the 1990 film of the same name, was released on Wednesday, Sept. 29. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, the film is about five medical students who conduct an experiment by stopping their hearts for several minutes, triggering a near-death experience, giving each character a firsthand look at the afterlife. These experiments become increasingly more dangerous, however, as the students become haunted by their personal sins. This is the perceived consequence of trespassing through the paranormal realm. The beginning of the film starts off strong with an intense background on the main character Courtney, played by Ellen Page. The film reveals that Courtney had suffered through a serious car crash nine years earlier in which her younger sister, Tessa, had lost her life. Courtney is determined to find out what the afterlife
held for her sister and to see her one last time. As she “flatlines” for the first time and feels her soul ascend from her body, she is ultimately brought back to the scene of the accident that killed her sister. The second to flatline is Jamie, played by James Norton, followed by Marlo, played by Nina Dobrev, and Sophia, played by Kiersey Clemons. Ray, played by Diego Luna, is the only character who decides not to flatline and seems to be the only sane student who understands the risk. Nearly the entire group of characters go through the joys of afterlife, but their intoxicating experiences soon end with the confrontation of their darkest, most hidden sins. The consequences they must pay begin to chase after them. Courtney begins to randomly see and hear the voice of her dead sister until she is ultimately attacked by its apparition. Each of the friends who have flatlined then begin to experience their own unique form of torture and descent to madness. By the end of the film, the audience is left wanting something more, something
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a little more memorable, but instead the film concludes with the moral that you must “forgive yourself to be freed from your past,” which is rather cliche and uninteresting. The film tries to keep audiences on their toes with cheap scares, endless hallucinations, and a cameo of Kiefer Sutherland, who starred as Nelson in the original 1990 film.
Although the plot was interesting, the storyline felt confusing at times. The film tries to cater to every genre with hints of romance, comedy, and horror, but unfortunately falls flat due to the lack of commitment. The acting is subpar and the writing is so pedestrian, that even the best actors in the film couldn’t rise above it.
Some people, however, may find the film rather enjoyable, or at least parts of the film. Although the “Flatliners” remake does not uphold the credibility of the original film, it still exhibits certain appealing qualities that will have audience members talking about it afterwards.
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Tom Petty, frontman of the Heartbreakers, dies at age 66 Kimberly Jimenez Managing Editor
Tom Petty, legendary frontman for the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, passed away in Los Angeles on Monday, Oct. 2, at 66 years old. The singer, song-writer suffered from cardiac arrest in his home in Malibu, California early on Monday morning and was taken to the U.C.L.A. Medical Center, said Tony Dimitriades, Mr. Petty’s longtime manager, in a statement. He was pronounced dead at 8:40 p.m. Mr. Petty, born Thomas Earl Petty on October 20, 1950, was born and raised in the city of Gainesville in northern Florida. Growing up, he had a difficult relationship with his father, Earl Petty, an insurance salesman, and was uninterested in school, so he turned to music. In 1962, he got his first guitar, and by the mid-1960s, he was playing in his first band the Sundowners. A few years later, Petty quit high school at the age of 17 to join one of Florida’s top bands, Mudcrutch. However, after moving to L.A. in the early ‘70s to pursue a record contract, the band soon disbanded. In 1975, Mr. Petty and
two returning members from Mudcrutch, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, as well as other Gainesville musicians would form the Heartbreakers, and begin a longtime career of creating meaningful music together. Petty sold millions of albums with the Heartbreakers, and, up until his death, he had played with the band for more than 40 years. The Heartbreakers formed in late 1975. The band consisted of guitarist Mr. Campbell, keyboardist Mr. Tench, Stan Lynch on drums and Ron Blair on bass. Petty played guitar and lead vocals. The Heartbreakers 1979 album, “Damn the Torpedoes,” reached number 2 on the Billboard album chart, and sold more than 3 million copies. The Heartbreakers also had million-selling albums with “Hard Promises,” in 1981 “Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)” in 1987, “Into the Great Wide Open,” in 1991, and “Southern Accents,” in 1985. The band’s 1993 “Greatest Hits” album stayed on the Billboard album chart for six years. Later in their career, Mr. Petty and the Heartbreakers toured with the singer, song-writer Bob Dylan
Singer, song-writer Tom Petty dies at age 66.
on a 60-concert tour. In 1996, the Heartbreakers backed Johnny Cash in his album “Uchained.” In the late 1980s, Mr. Petty teamed up with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison to form the Traveling Wilburys. The group wrote, recorded, and produced several albums together. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers spent much of this year touring across the
Photo courtesy of Mr. Petty’s twitter.
United States and Canada. Although Mr. Petty is gone, he is immortalized through his heartfelt music that spoke to millions. The song-writing of Mr. Petty tends to speak to the underdogs. Songs like “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Into the Great Wide Open,” “Refugee,” and countless other hit songs will immortalize Mr. Petty and his band for generations to come.
“One thing about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is that they’ve been around for ages,” said Jack Mcclure, adjunct faculty of the CLC Engineering, Math, and Physcial Sciences Division, about Mr. Petty’s death. “I grew up listening to them.” “In some ways, it’s like the sad passing of a friend, because, although they weren’t a big part of my life, it’s still a part of my life.”
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Summer cinema digs graveyard for Hollywood Peter Anders Staff Reporter
To conclude my series of articles about Hollywood’s summer disasters, the last issue I’ll cover is that this summer, Hollywood had more movies that did not make money than those that actually did. Out of 38 wide releases this summer, only 14 of them made a proﬁt for the studio during their theatrical run. Compared to the 15 ﬁlms in the summer of 1989 that made a proﬁt out of the 27 wide releases, that is an ugly ratio. Back then, the losses were not too severe when a movie bombed, but nowadays when a tent pole fails, it can be enough to send the studio down under. The biggest successes in terms of proﬁt were “Despicable Me 3,” “Wonder Woman,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2,” “Dunkirk,” “Girl’s Trip,” and “Baby Driver.” But this summer offered some truly insane moneylosers. Some of these could eventually break a proﬁt for their studios, but no studio ever wants to be stuck in a situation where they are forced to rely on other sources of income to make up their deﬁcit. Others will probably never break even. Some of these losers include “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Cars 3,” “The Dark Tower,” “Baywatch,” and “Alien: Covenant.” And when one summer ends with some of the biggest franchises in the industry being put down under, it lends itself to an incredibly negative but not inaccurate perception of failure for the entirety of the slate of releases during the season. The best example of a ﬁlm designed to make the studio “all the money” is “Transformers: The Last Knight.” This is another fascinating case where a movie can make over half a billion worldwide and yet still not make any money. Earning just a little over $600 million worldwide, the ﬁlm is, as of this writing, possibly $200 million shy of making a proﬁt for
Paramount Pictures. When people talk about sureﬁre hits, this series would usually come up. Thus, the studio thought apparently this would be the biggest one of any of them, so they threw more money at it than ever before. “Who cares if it ﬂops in
Warner Brothers had envisioned this as the beginning of a six movie series, perhaps to ﬁll in the void left by the concluded MiddleEarth ﬁlms. They certainly threw enough money at it to give that impression: a production budget of reportedly
corp, a proﬁt. However, Luc Besson had sold the movie to multiple different entities so that they could distribute the movie themselves. For instance; STX Entertainment paid for the rights to release the movie in the United States, any of the
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America? It’ll make it’s money overseas” was an argument that did not hold water with the robots in disguise, and the studio knows this since reportedly they’re looking for ways to cut down cost on the next installment in the series, a spinoff focused on the character bumblebee, giving it a production budget of less than $120 million reportedly compared to the budget of Transformers 5 which was around $260 million. The most bafﬂing loser of the summer was without question Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”
$175 million. It ended up making only $146 million, leaving it so far in the realm of “unproﬁtable” that it will never break into proﬁt. What was often cited as a huge money loser for its producers was the Luc Besson science ﬁction blockbuster “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” which cost an astounding $180 million to produce and was based on a French graphic novel from the sixties. If we took normal Hollywood rules and applied them to the ﬁlm when all was said and done, Valerian would be $419 million away from making the studio, Euro-
gross that normally would have gone to the studio who made it instead would go to STX. Imagine that scenario times a dozen all across the world and “Valerian” had already been paid for before it ever hit the big screen. That is not to say the movie made its studio a proﬁt, it did not, but it did not lose them $200 million-plus as it normally would have. Blockbuster movies all have to make a lot of money for their investors in order to be successful, and they have incredibly bloated budgets behind them. Studios are putting more
and more eggs in those baskets in hopes of big rewards. And yet, it was smaller movies like “Despicable Me 3,” “Dunkirk,” “Annabelle Creation,” and “Baby Driver” who won the summer, with “Despicable Me 3” being the most proﬁtable of any of them. Though some big successful movies seemingly beat “the curse” and also rode the ﬁnish line to victory such as “Fate of the Furious,” “Spiderman: Homecoming,” “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2”, and especially “Wonder Woman.” The strategy of “spending more money on less movies” is a strategy that was never truly sound to begin with, and they are discovering this the hard way as their victories are seemingly insufﬁcient to balance out the losses. Was this summer really that bad? In terms of quality movies I would argue deﬁnitely not, but when looking into which movies were actually proﬁtable and which were not one, absolutely. For Hollywood, this summer was as bad as can be, where even the studios who made a ton of money also lost a ton of money. This amount of revenue wouldn’t be viewed as such a disaster if the producers would cut back on the budgets for these tent poles. When people ask, “How can you say that Hollywood movies have a problem making money?” those people fail to grasp what money goes to the producers and what percentage goes towards anything and everything else. It takes a lot of money to make some of your favorite movies, and they need to make a lot because most of the money that a ﬁlm makes does not go towards those who spent the money to make it. This is not to say that all of Hollywood is going bankrupt, but the summer movie season is no longer a special time of the year for cinemagoers. Looking at next year’s release slate, it does not look to be an improvement at the box ofﬁce, but if there is one thing that this summer has taught onlookers, it’s to expect the unexpected.
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CLC faculty will present collective of original work
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Seven members of the College of Lake County creative writing faculty will read from their original poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in Room A013 at the Grayslake Campus. The reading will feature faculty members Elizabeth Aiossa, James Crizer, Robin Kacel, Michael F. Latza, Esley Stahl, Kathryn Starzec and Larry Starzec. The event is free and open to the community. Elizabeth Aiossa has published poetry, creative nonfiction, interviews and scholarly essays in print and online journals (including Oyez Review, LUVAH, Penumbra and Teaching English in the Two-Year College). Her screenplay “Swell” received an honorable mention at the latest Vegas Cine Fest. At conferences, she presents on radical representations of gender and monstrosity in zombie films. She is the Coordinator of CLC’s Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP) and earned a B.A. in English and M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Roosevelt University and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute. James Crizer serves as associate dean of the Communication Arts, Humani-
ties and Fine Arts division and teaches writing. He was formerly an instructor and administrator in the general studies writing program at Bowling Green University and assistant editor for the Mid-American Review. Crizer has published more than 20 poems in The Portland Review, Cimarron Review, New Orleans Review, Sonora Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Washington Square, The Canary and Pearl. He earned a B.F.A. in theatre from the University of Mississippi and an M.F.A. in poetry from Bowling Green State University. Robin Kacel has published articles in English Journal, Writing! Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and Those Who Can, Teach, and interviews with poet Nikki Giovanni and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel. Kacel has written scripts and lyrics for the WBBM-TV show The Magic Door. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in English from the University of Chicago and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Michael F. Latza is editor of CLC’s award-winning creative writing journal, Willow Review. Latza
has been published in The Solitary Plover, Red River Review, Bear River Review, Appalachian Journal and the Prairie Home Companion website. His collection of poetry, Rip This Poem Out, is available on Amazon.com. Before becoming a writing instructor, Latza had a 25-year career as a mailman. Esley Stahl has published work in Stymie Magazine, Knee-Jerk Magazine and the Chicago Sun Times. She holds a B.A. in criminal justice from UIC and an M.F.A. from Roosevelt University. Kathryn Starzec wrote the screenplay for “The Woman Behind the Wall,” a film produced by Studiobema. She earned an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Vermont College. Larry Starzec has published poems, short fiction and essays in Other Voices, Ascent, The Cream City Review, Kansas Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review and South Dakota Review. “In this neighborhood, of this Earth,” was a notable selection in the anthology Best American Essays in 2005. Starzec earned B.A. in philosophy from Northern Illinois University, an M.F.A. from the Warren Wilson College
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Program for Writers and did a semester of post graduate study in M.F.A. Program for Writers at Vermont College. For more information on the CLC Reading Series, contact Robin Kacel at (847) 543-2561 or rkacel@ clcillinois.edu. The read-
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Disregarding experience over master’s degrees loses credibility
Rachel Schultz News Editor
Last semester, the College of Lake County administration decided to require all its faculty members teaching transfer programs, even parttime staff, to have master’s degrees. This decision meant that experienced, qualified professors like John Mose, a professional musician, choir director and music teacher at CLC, would lose their jobs. The September 1, 2017 deadline didn’t allow enough time to obtain a four-year degree, especially while handling a full workload. Including Mose, there were eight professors from the Communications Arts, Fine Arts, and Humanities Division (which includes the Music Department) slated for termination. The others on the chopping block included two faculty members from the Biological and Health Sciences Division, three from the Engineering, Math, and Physical
Sciences Division, and five from the Business and Social Sciences, for a total of 18. The provost and board claimed to be basing their policy off of a document they received last fall from the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits colleges, universities, and other places of higher learning. Since then, CLC has reached an informal agreement with the part-time faculty union, compromising somewhat. Current faculty members would be allowed to stay on, provided that they work on getting a degree in the next four years. However, new faculty hires are required to have master’s degrees, which is putting a squeeze on some of the programs at CLC, like the music department. When the gospel choir director position unexpectedly opened, Michael Flack, chair of the music department, was only able to fill the position by hiring a director who did not currently
have a master’s, with the understanding that he would work towards getting one. Even so, although the new director, Matthew Hunter, is fully qualified, he can’t teach any transfer courses until he gets his degree. The Higher Learning Commission document on which CLC based its decision mentioned the possibility of using tested experience in place of a degree in several places. But, in spite of faculty and department head protests, CLC’s administration refused to consider the possibility. Flack has made no secret of his opinion. “There’s a definite difference of opinion on what constitutes a qualified teacher,” Flack said. “They seem to be ignoring the same paragraphs they were in the past, about using tested experience in place of an earned credential. ” Many four-year universities and colleges use this standard to evaluate and hire profes-
sors, including Northwestern University, and the University of Indiana. At Northwestern, Pulitzer Prize winner and author Michael Janeway, the dean of the Medill School of Journalism, had only a bachelor’s degree. He was hired on the strength of his resume, which included editing the Boston Globe. He went on to head Columbia University’s journalism program. At U of I, Professor Jeff Nelson, who teaches in the Jacobs School of Music at U of I, doesn’t even have a bachelor’s degree in music education. His experience as a professional musician is good enough for Indiana. To take such a strident stance with its faculty appears pointless. Why is the College of Lake County applying this artificial standard to its professors, when many of the 4-year schools that its students will transfer to, are not? To make matters worse, because the administration
didn’t manage to reach an agreement with the part-time faculty union until the week before classes started, few of the teachers actually benefitted from it. Their classes had long since been given to other professors. John Mose and one other professor were able to continue at the college. This was almost certainly not the case for the other 16 faculty members who were slated for firing. “To me, that was ridiculous,” said Flack, “because they had all summer to work it out; longer than that, even. These people should have been told a lot sooner. Their classes were no longer there for them to teach. “It’s disgraceful because these people have been teaching with distinction at the college for a long time,” Flack said. “They certainly didn’t deserve to be treated that way. Then, to drag it out like that before coming to a solution is making it even worse.”
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Should public figures be psychologically evaluated?
Should psychologists be expressing their opinions on public figures’ sanity when they haven’t had an opportunity to actually examine them? Dr. Martha Lally, professor of psychology at the College of Lake County, responded to a Newsweek article “The Most Dangerous Man in the World: Trump is Violent, Immature and Insecure, Psych Experts Say” published in September. The article included four essays from four different psychiatrists, describing why they believe president Trump is a threat to national stability. The psychiatrists are members of the American Psychiatric Association, which prohibits such disclosure under the “Goldwater Rule.” “There’s going to be a pushback,” Lally said. “They’re going against the ethical code they agreed to. Others say they have a duty to warn, a right to share with other people.”
According to an article which ran in Time magazine, “Why the ‘Goldwater Rule’ Keeps Psychiatrists From Diagnosing at a Distance,” published in July, a psychiatrist may share with the public their expertise about psychiatric issues in general. The “Goldwater Rule” reinforces this position, by deeming it unethical for a psychiatrist to offer their professional opinion “unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.” The APA established the “Goldwater Rule” in 1973, in response to a survey which ran in Time during the 1964 election. Ralph Ginzburg, who was editor at the time, asked 12,356 psychiatrists if they believed if candidate Barry Goldwater was fit to serve as president of the United States. After only winning six states in the electoral college, Goldwater sued Time for libel, and in May 1968 was awarded $75,000 in damages. Ginzburg was sentenced to five years in
prison, although he only served eight months. At the center of concern was that none of the psychiatrists had personally performed an assessment of on Goldwater. “I cannot identify someone without having done an assessment on them,” Lally said. “That alone can lose credibility. These people haven’t had the opportunity to diagnose. It’s not just about ruling something in. It can be about ruling something out.” Psychiatrists differ from psychologists in a variety of aspects, one of which is they may prescribe medication. Psychologists may pursue a doctorate degree if they choose, but theirs is a doctorate of philosophy. Practitioners of either profession may serve as psychotherapists. “Psychiatry allows the use of the medical model, for biologically based therapies such as electroconvulsive therapy,” Lally said. “Cognitive types of psychotherapy look for the whole focus. Behavioral, dialectical therapies. Cognitive is a type of talking therapy, without
medications.” There are various reasons why some psychiatrists decided to present their concerns to the public. According to Lally, one of these reasons included their worries about other people attempting to diagnose the president, while having no professional experience in any form of psychotherapy. “They’re bothered because the other people are not trained,” Lally said. “Some people feel they have a duty to tell others if they believe a person is dangerous. Not everyone agrees.” All members of the APA are licensed practitioners, as are the members of the American Psychological Association, as well as the American Psychotherapy Association. Either psychiatrists or psychologists may become members of the American Psychotherapy Association. That some individuals may be garnering public interest through the media, or social media outlets such as Facebook, serves as a concern of its own. These situations may also affect the credibility of professional
practitioners. “In psychology, there’s the idea of confirmation bias,” Dr. Lally said. “If we believe one thing, we’ll look for that data.” Information for many topics can be accessed online, including various criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth edition. The practical application of this knowledge cannot be downloaded. “In a class, I can give history, experience as a practitioner, the opposite side of an issue,” Lally said. “I try to train classes in how they are going to apply it.” In an age that offers a plethora of conflicting information regularly, students would be wise to utilize discretion. According to Lally, nobody should “take everything [they] read verbatim.” “One has to critically think,” she said. “You have to look at all sides of an issue.”
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Accountability in the age of social media ing them. And this past September, Twitter informed it’s users that it would be testing a doubled character limit, bumping it up from the standard 140, by gifting certain users with a beta. These announcements comes with its skeptics, respectively; but, for Twitter, the skepticism stems from Journalists and media outlets that think a doubled character count defeats the ‘purpose’ of Twitter, which is to spread news as quickly, accurately and coherently concise as possible. However, their skepticism isn’t unwarranted. Notable public figures, Graphic by Hannah Strassburger or ‘real-people,’ have their accounts verified by Juan Toledo ing predominately con- blue circle with a white sists of fake accounts that check-mark stamped next Opinion Editor retweet—or spread—his to their names to signify Long-time Internet users divisive rhetoric, as a Twit- that the account belongs to can say goodbye to AOL ter audit reported that nearly the person, or group, that Instant Messenger, who, 53 percent of Trump’s fol- they’re claiming to be. on Thursday, Oct. 5, an- lowers are ‘bot’ accounts. Most verified users think nounced that it would be These ‘bots’ use cease its operations this algorithms to advertise December. political issues to users For those unfamiliar with based on their likes, shares, AIM, it was one of the first comments and retweets.; major contributors to the so, those advertisements globalization of the internet you see popping-up while via instant messenger. scrolling through your feed Moreover, the site are part of a political tactic aided its users on devel- to sway you into the polls, oping typing skills, new something Trump’s been effriendships and unique fectively utilizing since his online personalities by al- campaign amassed the suplowing them to create user- port of the online Alt-right, names for their accounts. KKK and White SupremaAOL ushered us into the cist community. age of social-media that There’s no denying the we’re witness to today, influence and impact socialmost notably through the media sites have on our introduction Facebook and society, and with the Twitter. presence of ‘bots’, more However, social-media’s pressures have been place unprecedented integration upon users to click and into the world of politics scroll through sites responhas caused ire and contro- sibly, in order to avoid versy amongst those whom blindly falling into online use the site as nothing more cultish movements. than a way to connect with Should a standard for fellow suitors. speech be set by these We now live in an age sites, similar to the way a where some prominent standard of etiquette has political figures use social- been set for emailing, or media sites as mode of should they aim to give usreaching towards potential ers more freedom in regards voters, or anyone that might to speech? These are issues share their political ideolo- both Facebook and Twitter gies. have been toiling with for The most recent contro- quite some time. versy comes from President As a measure to prevent Donald Trump and his us- online-bullying, Facebook age of sites like Twitter and discussed introducing proFacebook. grams that would alert usAn active tweeter, ers of potentially ‘lewd’ or Trump’s online follow- ‘hateful’ words before post-
that the standard 140 keeps tweets grounded and avoids a cluster of ‘click-bait,’ fake news, and advertisements from consistently appearing on people’s feeds. Their fears lie within the assumption that with a larger character count, more and more fake accounts will have an even larger platform to spread disruptive speech and distract users from obtaining the facts. While the impact of the test run hasn’t been immediately seen, those whom have been gifted with 280 characters have used their privilege to advocate against it, stating that there’s got to be an efficient and effective way of spreading truth without giving ‘bots’ 140 more way to be divisive. Some have suggested that Twitter should strive towards verifying more accounts to counteract the presence of ‘bots,’ hoping that in doing so it will al-
low users to easily filter out anything that may appear to be fake. The issue, however, with the suggestion raises questions in the on-going issue of internet privacy. The road to verification is a tedious and dubious process, but one most tweeters most definitely strive towards, as users must submit personal information to the website to demonstrate their public influence within a community, whether that influence be positive or negative is subjective; But, while you don’t have disclose information like your SSN, or provide a birth-certificate, promoting users with verified accounts defeats the merit of those whom already have one and raises concerns to what sort of information should be viable to confirm someone’s ‘real’ status.
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Boy Scouts branch out to girls, but why? Diana Panuncial Editor-in-Chief
The Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday, Oct. 11, that it would finally allow girls to join its organization; the change will occur sometime within the next year, beginning with the Cub scouts. They have previously allowed girls into their organization, but only limited access. By 2019, they hope to give older girls the chance to be ranked as an Eagle Scout. While at first glance, this seems like a progressive move for the group who has, for almost a century now, only allowed young boys to become scouts, many speculate that the shift’s attempt at being politically correct is actually wrong. Many are celebrating the step forward for the organization, saying that it’s about time that girls were allowed
into the BSA and that they should have been allowed to join a long time ago. Their perspective is that girls can do anything that boys can do, so why not merge the two groups together? The BSA’s decision was heavily criticized by the Girl Scouts, who said that they felt “blindsided” by the announcement in an interview with NYT. “So much of a girl’s life is a life where she is in a coed environment, and we have so much research that suggests that girls really thrive in an environment where they can experiment, take risk, and stretch themselves in the company of other girls,” said Lisa Margosian, chief customer officer for the Girl Scouts, in the interview. While it is, in theory, a good decision to give girls the option to join the BSA to empower them, what might have been a better decision for the
organization is to evaluate both its own program and the Girl Scouts program to see where comparisons can be made. What is it about the BSA that makes girls want to join it so much? What is it about the BSA that the Girl Scouts don’t have? Why allow girls into the Boy Scouts when you can just add more things to the Girl Scout curriculum that appeals to all kinds of girls? Because while it may be more inclusive to allow girls into the Boy Scouts program, isn’t the main message here for girls to empower themselves and to know that they can do the same exact thing that boys can do, and vice versa? Except that’s not what this move is getting at so far. If girls join the Boy Scouts because they’re more interested in building fires or
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ship skills behind selling cookies, what k i n d of message is that sending to young girls? It’s sending the message that they can’t do what they want to do in the Girl Scouts so they must join Boy Scouts instead, because Girl Scouts isn’t good enough. So, the smart move here is to implement skills learned in Boy Scouts in the Girl Scouts curriculum so that young girls can really be empowered by their identity, instead of thinking their Scouts program—built specifically to strengthen girls their age—isn’t good enough for them. Instead of letting them think that they aren’t like the other girls in their troop, so they must join the boys’ troop. Instead of forcing them to move to another group and possibly making them more ashamed to be a girl. Margosian said that young girls strive in a single-gender environment because they’re always in a coed environment in schools. Young girls need to learn what it’s like to be supported by other girls, to be loved by other girls, and to be appreciated because they are a girl. It’s true that girls can do things that boys can do and boys can do things that girls can do, but what about empowering the idea that, “Hey, I’m a girl. And I can do this thing that boys do, but that doesn’t make me like a boy. It makes me… a girl.” If we really want to give young girls confidence in their own identity, we don’t send them off to a group that’s all-boys, because that’ll only alienate them. They’ll think they like all
the things that boys do, so they must not be “like a girl.” Instead, we must reinforce the idea that gender identity is incredibly powerful— w e must e m brace the fact that there’s an all-girls group and an all-boys group and, in everyone’s best interest, keep it that way. Because then it teaches young girls to be proud to be a girl, and that knowing how to do “boy” things don’t necessarily make her “like a boy” if she doesn’t want to be. It teaches her that she can be a girl who just does extraordinary things, not extraordinary things that only boys or only girls can do. According to the NYT, the curriculum for Girl Scout groups isn’t very diverse when it comes to catering to girls with less “feminine” interests. There is a trend that the scout troop is dependent on their group leader— meaning that if a parent loves crafts or cooking, then their group will most likely focus on those things. “If you have a daughter who’s more rough and tumble, it’s not going to be a good fit,” said Rebecca Szetela, a mother of four from Canton, MI. In that case, open up the Girl Scout curriculums so that there is more diversity in the program. Maybe have a week dedicated to crafts or a week dedicated to going through an obstacle course. It doesn’t have to be exactly that, but somewhere in the same vein of a diverse set of activities so that there’s more inclusiveness of girls of all types. The change won’t come until next year, but until then, we can hope that the BSA considers the criticisms its receiving and that, on the other hand, the Girl Scouts do their best to continue empowering young girls—especially if it means discussing gender identity.
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Lady Lancers ace Skyway Conference championship Shelby Brubaker Staff Reporter
College of Lake County’s Lady Lancers Tennis team brings back new hardware from their Championship win at the Skyway Conference. With a brand new set of girls, Coach Jim Love kept the bar high as far as goals for the team this season. “The seven members of this year’s womens tennis team are all playing for CLC
the first time this season,” Love said. “Six of the players are incoming freshmenone team member is a sophomore,” he added. “Our number one goal [for the members] this year was to win the conference, to be Skyway Conference Champions.” Not only did the Lady Lancers win the Conference Championships, but they exceeded Coach Love’s goals by going undefeated.
But, the Lady Lancers have an appetite for more. They aren’t satisfied with just being Conference Champions. “Our next goal is to finish first or second in regionals and to qualify to the national tournament,” Love said. Being at the top of the conference is nothing new to CLC Women’s Tennis. Coach Love’s team also brought home a conference championship in 2011. Although the Lady
Lancers walked away as Champions, it didn’t come easy. Competition was fierce in the quest for the Skyway Conference Championship. “The competition was very tough. We won three of our conference dual meets by the score of 5-4,” Love said. “Every player contributed to the success of the team in those victories.” The team competed in the regional meet over the weekend of Oct. 13. The Lady Lancers
competed against the best teams in the region and fought for a qualifying bid to the NJCAA National Tournament. Love would like to qualify for the national tournament as a team. “We are counting on having them all back to defend our conference title and to qualify for the nationals, hopefully for the second year in a row,” he said.
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