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Astronomy Club hosting “star parties” Freddy Miller Staff Reporter
The Astronomy Club and classes are teaming up with the Lake County Astronomical society to host “Star Parties” twice a month. The next one is March 18 6:30-9 p.m. Attendants may view the moon, stars and planets during clear evening skies through powerful telescopes and see the night sky in a new way. “My mom was a teacher and she wanted us to learn as much as we could about nature,” Ted Wells astronomy club co-advisor said. “Things were pointed out to me like astronomical phenomena. When I went to school out in Arizona the skies are so crystal clear there, it was a real eye-opening experience for me.” The event is free of charge. These events are family friendly and the club urges visitors to bring along both friends and family. The Astronomy Club was created two years ago by a small group of star-gazers looking to learn more about space. Club president Brian Urban said he decided to start it when he heard there was not an Astronomy Club present at the college. He teamed up chemistry instructor Mary Urban, a co-advisor, to start the club. Meetings include presentations given by members, officers and guest speakers on all things astronomy. These meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in T022. STARS
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Students aim to repeal new drop procedure Graphic by George Tillis
Erin Kelly News Editor
A CLC education major questioned the cost and effectiveness of the drop procedure adopted for spring 2014 in a Feb. 25 appearance before the Board of Trustees. “Should students have to give their financial information to a third party institution to take classes at CLC?” Jeanette Thommes said in a March 11 interview. The procedure gave students two payment options for tuition and fees during registration. If students did not pay in
full or set up an installment plan by Jan. 6, they were dropped from their classes. The semester began Jan. 21. Setting up an installment plan included an extra $25. Students may stretch their installment payments for longer than the old system allowed and set up either an automatic bank payment with Nelnet Business Solutions or automatic charges to a credit card. “I just don’t think they understand what it’s like to be a student and hear that if you don’t do this you will get dropped from classes,” Thommes said. “It’s kind of intimidating.”
Thommes said one of her biggest concerns with the new procedure was Nelnet. “It’s out of their hands how much students are being charged,” she said. “This policy can get out of control with student fees.” Nelnet can charge students $30 if their accounts do not have the funds to make the scheduled payments. Thommes said in her board speech that after researching the procedure she decided to look for the discussion the board had about it in the minutes or the meeting’s transcripts. She found they had been told about it but had not approved its imple-
mentation. “I have many concerns about the payment plan,” she said in her speech, “but the fact that the board did not take action on it concerns me the most.” Thommes said she found many board members opposed a tuition increase because they want tuition to remain affordable. She said Nelnet charges could put this in danger. Faith Young, a Student Government Association senator, said student government and the board will not vote on the issue. DROP /
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As the seat of governor is up for election once more the 2014 primary has reached full steam. With a larger spectrum of candidates to choose from the Republican Party’s nomination is being contested by four different individuals According to an article in the Chicago Tribune on March 9th, “The Illinois Republican governor’s race is tightening, with Bruce Rauner leading and Kirk Dillard surging as the candidates head into the ﬁnal days of the campaign trying to peel away support from rivals and recruit undecided voters into their camp. The jockeying for position in the race continues as the primary election approaches. Each political party attempts to push for the candidate with the most potential to carry their party to victory in the general election that is to occur this November.
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•Governor Pat Quinn, Democratic incumbant. A vulnerable seat with only 30% approval •Tio Hardiman is an AntiViolence specialist and a community activist from Hillside. Republican Candidates
•Bruce Rauner of R8 Capital, current chairman. Present frontrunner amongst the republican candidates •Senator Kirk Dillard of the Illinois Senate presently second amongst republicans. He is making a notable push for the more social conservative vote. •Senator Bill Brady, the multiple former nominee for the republican party in Governor elections •Treasurer Dan Rutherford sits with some of the most political experience amongst the nominees .
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Upcoming Events at CLC International Speaker Series: The Changing Practice of Capital Punishment: A Global Perspective Grayslake Campus, T323 Noon to 1 p.m. Spring 2014 International Speaker Series Presents: Sangmin Bae, Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, will present on the global trends towards abolition on the death penalty and some unique outliers including the US and the Asian region
India Culture Festival Southlake Campus, Atrium Noon to 1 p.m. Experience India! Take a rhythmic exploration of India as you learn interesting facts about dances from around the country and then try the dance from that region. Henna artists and cuisine of India also available. First come, first serve.
Job Search Support Group Grayslake Campus, Job Center Bldg, Room E124 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An informal weekly gathering of job seekers designed to provide emotional support, new ideas, expanding your network and coping with career transition. All topics discussed will help you stay motivated and feel more confident about managing your job search. Each Monday has a mini-workshop followed by group input.
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Continued for Page 1 “The administrators said it is a process of how they are collecting debt, and it does not have to be board approved or approved by the student senate,” Young said. Young made phone calls informing dropped students of their status Jan. 23-25 and told them what their re-enrollment options were. “I was being verbally harassed by students who felt like they had been slighted by the whole process because they did not know about it or believed that they have been covered by ﬁnancial aid,” she said. “On multiple phone calls, I had students curse me out because they had been dropped from their classes and then they continued to say that they just won’t attend this semester because they had been dropped.” Students who had been dropped could either enroll in late start classes or complete the reinstatement process, Young said. This includes getting signatures from instructors and turning them into the Admissions and Records Ofﬁce. Young said these calls should not have been made by students and should have been made by faculty were better informed of the procedure. “Overall, the burden should not be on the students to inform others of their ﬁnancial standing with the school,” she said. “As a student, I would be upset if I had been told I was dropped from my classes and even more upset that the
person on the other end of the phone could not answer my questions and would have to transfer me between departments until my questions could be answered.” Sean Hogan, institutional effectiveness executive director, said 2014 enrollment is down by 5.7 percent compared to 2013. Finance Department Assistant Controller David Hittenmiller said spring 2014 experienced less drops than spring 2013. He also said spring 2014 had 58 percent of dropped students re-enroll whereas 2013 had 65 percent re-enroll. David Agazzi, administrative affairs vice president, said the policy was not a cost-saving measure, but was designed to free seats for students earlier and to give them more payment options. “I expect there will be minimal savings resulting from less mailings sent to students asking them to pay for their classes,” Agazzi added. Agazzi said the procedure was proposed by an administrator and faculty committee concerned with the availability of courses at the beginning of each semester. “It is important to have as many seats available for students who have been kept out of classes because someone else was holding a seat but decided not to attend CLC,” he said. The procedure was presented to SGA. He said they gave positive feedback. “We have not found any kinks in the new system,” he said.
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Continued for Page 1 Last Wednesday’s meeting involved members participating on a panel discussion of the newly revived Fox show, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, hosted by astrophysicist Niel DeGrasse Tyson. Future events include Astronomy Day, which is a worldwide event. It is intended to provide interaction between the general public, various astronomy enthusiasts,
other groups and professionals May 10 in CLC’s technology wing. Trips to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago as well as to the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin are also in the works. Though consistent membership has been sparse, due to brief scheduling conﬂicts and poor weather conditions during star parties, the astronomy club expects steady meetings
and gatherings. Urban and Wells echoed the sentiment that to join the club one does not have to be enrolled in an astronomy course or have signiﬁcant experience in the ﬁeld. “There is a lot of naked-eye astronomy that is possible so not all of astronomy is conducted through strictly a telescope,” Wells said. “The (Astronomy) Club is open to everyone, even
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CLC offers Study Abroad Program in China Erin Smith Features Editor
For students who are interested in studying abroad in China, there will be an information session on the Fall 2014 China Semester Study Abroad Program taking place March 20. The information session will be from 6-7 p.m. in room A261 on the Grayslake campus. The session will inform students about the specific parts of China that the program will visit. Students will see phot graphs of the region and learn about the costs of the trip. There will be information on how to apply for the study abroad program as well as how to get a scholarship or apply for financial aid if need be. Jill Bruellman, the CLC faculty member who is leading the program, gives some advice to students who plan on attending the information session. “Have questions ready. No question is a dumb
question. There may be questions from their parents, too. Parents might be wondering how academic it is and whether or not the classes transfer,” Bruellman said. “There will be people there who have done research and already know a lot about the program and there will be people who do not know much about it at all yet and aren’t even sure if they want to go. The session is for everybody.” Study abroad programs are a unique experience for CLC students. It gives students who would not be able to travel normally an opportunity to go out and see the world while still being in school and earning credits. This way, students can travel and not have to worry about falling behind in school or abandoning their academic responsibilities. “Students can take courses that will transfer or go towards their Associates,” Bruellman said. “It looks good on a resume because
it shows that they take risks, are willing to try new things, and have experience with other cultures.” There are many other benefits to students who study abroad that will impact them as they develop their futures. “It opens their eyes up about the world, another culture’s values and how they see the world. You see the differences between their culture and your own that you would not notice normally unless you see it yourself,” Bruellman said. “By travelling, you learn so much about your own culture and about yourself.” Bruellman also mentioned that several employers look for those who have studied abroad.
Learning more than one language is highly beneficial for anyone and is also a good addition to a resume. Contrary to what students may think, however, they do not need to feel intimidated if they do not have any experience with Chinese before the trip begins. There will be courses taught in English, and those who participate in the program will be learning the language throughout the semester. “There are courses taught by Chinese instructors, but in English, of course, that will educate about the history and culture. It’s cool because if you would take these classes here at CLC, there would be no context for most of our students,” Bruellman said.
“It’s like ‘Oh, let’s learn about the Terracotta warriors’ and ‘Now let’s get on a bus and go see them.’ Whereas here, when you study the Terracotta warriors, all you get to see is a picture and you don’t get to experience the culture.” Students are highly encouraged to study abroad because it is a unique experience that is exclusive to those in college. It offers a chance to learn about culture in a whole new way that would not be possible in a regular classroom environment. For more information, students can contact Beth Tinkham at btinkham@ clcillinois.edu or Dr. Li-hua Yu at soc461@clcillinois. edu.
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There will be a meeting to discuss the Study Abroad Program’s trip to China on March 20 from 6-7 p.m.
“Coming to Loyola was amazing. It was a really smooth transition.” STACEY PEQUENO, EDUCATION MAJOR AT LOYOLA
For Stacy Pequeno, transferring to Loyola from the College of Lake County was a breeze. From reviewing her transcripts to helping her line up financial aid, Loyola’s advisors helped Stacy every step of the way. And that let Stacy focus on what matters most—getting her degree from one of the nation’s best universities. Meet with us at the College of Lake County: Transfer Fairs: Feb. 3, Apr. 9, and May 6 • 10 AM–1 PM PICU Fair: Mar. 11 • 10 AM–1 PM Learn more about transferring to Loyola at LUC.edu/transfer.
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Resume workshop hopes to jumpstart careers Ana Tarlas Staff Reporter
A Resume Guidelines workshop is taking place on Tuesday, March 18, at the CLC Grayslake campus. The workshop will take place in room E124 of the Job Center Building, building E, from noon to 1 p.m. Student Development Specialist and workshop presenter Fresia Rojas Woznick explained the focus of the workshop. “The resume guidelines workshop is for those who need to build a resume, who have not had one, and need to start one,” Woznick said. The workshop is designated to show attendees beneficial strategies for composing a resume, including an appropriate layout and appearance. Having a well-constructed resume is an integral part of every job search and a vital deciding factor in whether someone achieves an interview. “A resume is to get an interview, interest the employer in your abilities and give a positive first impression of you in 10 to 20 seconds,” Woznick said. The workshop will walk attendees through the different styles and components required to build an effective resume. “You’ll learn the different types of resumes that are available and find which one works best for you,” Woznick said. The workshop is open to anyone who wants to attend. The Career and Placement Services also offer other resources to help with resume writing, interview skills and job searching techniques. To learn more about the workshop and other resources CLC offers, visit www.clcillinois.edu/cps.
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Spring break nears as students hope to leave cold behind Alexis Malapitan Staff Reporter
With CLC’s four school closings in the last two months caused by frigid temperatures and snow, these shut downs have people wondering when or if spring will ever make its way to Illinois. Being that spring break is just around the corner, this long awaited event has both students and faculty going crazy with anticipation. Lisa Freeman, an adjunct faculty member in counseling, advising, and transferring, also said she would be having an uneventful week off. “Thank goodness for spring break. I won’t be doing much other than relaxing at home,” Freeman said. “Although I work part-time at the college, it’ll be refreshing to spend
time with my family and friends.” Freeman enjoys her job, especially when it comes to helping students reach their goal in transferring to a four-year university. “I will surely miss walking into work and being greeted by eager students,” Freeman said. “But I think we all need this break even with the few days off these past couple months.” Another faculty member also specializing in counseling, advising and transferring, Meg Smith, said she will be spending time with her loved ones. “I love to travel, but I don’t think a week is enough to cover where I want to go. “I’ll just be with my friends and family. “My family has little gatherings every spring break and that’s something
I always look forward to. “Spending time with my family is something I enjoy doing anyway. “Since I work elsewhere aside from CLC, I don’t get to see my family that often, and I think about them frequently,” Smith said. Mallory McMahon, a 21-year-old student, is not doing anything this coming break. McMahon, who recently moved to Illinois in 2010 from Boston, Massachusetts is still adjusting to the Chicago lifestyle. “In Boston, me and my friends spent spring break together every day. We would pick a person’s house to go to and that’s where we would spend the next week,” McMahon said. “Unfortunately, since I’m not there anymore, I can’t do that.” While some students
and faculty will be staying in Illinois, there are several who will be going out of town. Morgan May, a 19-yearold freshman who is exactly a week shy of her 20th birthday, is going to celebrate her last year of being a teenager with a bang. The fashion and merchandising major originally from Louisville, Kentucky, is going to Wilmington, North Carolina with her family and close friends for spring break. May and her family love traveling and hope to see the world someday. “Me and my family seem to be the busiest around spring break because my birthday is on the 26 of this month and I like doing it big,” May said. “I can’t wait. This will be the best spring break yet.” Hannah Elliott, a 19year-old majoring in cosmetology, is planning
to go to Disneyworld. “I’ve always loved warm weather. This cold is seriously getting on my nerves. First we have school closings, class cancelations and now I can ﬁnally see the ground, which is refreshing since I was starting to forget what grass looked like,” Elliot said. But I can’t wait to go to Florida. Disneyworld is my favorite place ever. Me and my family go there every year.” Students and faculty who responded by saying they weren’t doing much of anything during break say that along with going to school, work takes up a majority of their time. With midterms quickly approaching, spring break can be used as a time to forget the stress of school and classes.
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Magician Bill Blagg looking to ‘change reality’ at CLC Miles Hoehne Managing Editor
Recognized for his largescale illusions throughout venues nationwide, Bill Blagg brings “The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE” to CLC at the James Lumber Center Friday, March 21. Before he started performing professionally, Blagg received his ﬁrst magic kit at the age of ﬁve where he ﬁrst started practicing magic in his Zion childhood home. The kit sparked his love for magic, making it an aspiration to rise in the magic community. Once his father took him to Magic, Inc. on his eighth birthday, the two would take an annual trip back to learn about the newest tricks in the magic ﬁeld.
The tricks that he learned would eventually become the groundwork for his ﬁrst performance for classmates and teachers at Beulah Park Elementary School. As Blagg entered junior high and high school, he told people that he wanted to be a professional magician like David Copperﬁeld. Fellow classmates laughed and thought practicing magic was a “phase.” Blagg describes his work on his personal site, billblagg.com “A lot of people didn’t understand how serious I was about making a career in magic,” Blagg says on his site. In 1996, Blagg started his professional career at the age of 16, after several years of practice
and determination. The following two years brought Blagg a stage presence that made him stand out from his peers because of his personality and energetic performances. When he entered the Abbott Magic Get-Together, Blagg got his ﬁrst big break, winning the Adult Stage Competition. This is where he debuted “The Dancing Hank,” which is now his signature effect and made him the youngest to win Abbott’s Adult Stage Competition. As Blagg worked to complete a degree in performing arts and communications at Carthage College, he was developing his own 90-minute show entitled “Beyond Imagination.” Blagg would then take this production to
select cities around the Midwest after graduation. Blagg creates and stages new illusions every year that is exciting for audiences, but without the help of his crew the show would not be able to go on. Blagg describes how the input of others cotributes to the show on his personal site, billblagg.com “I’m very fortunate to have such extreme dedication from these key people. “Putting together a show is a long process, sometimes it takes over a year, and without the help and support of my crew, none of it would be possible,” Blagg says on his site. During his show, volunteers from the audience levitate and also vanish, with even more to follow. USA Today called Blagg’s
show “unbelievable,” while the Chicago Tribune said it is “simply amazing.” “Blagg has a charm and style all his own; he’s deﬁnitely the best kept secret in magic,” according to Entertainment Weekly. “The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE” starts at 7:30 p.m. and regular tickets are available for $31. For seniors, CLC staff and alumni, tickets are $30. CLC student and teen tickets are $16, while tickets for children under the age of 12 are $13. The Box Ofﬁce is open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be open 90 minutes prior to the show. For more information, call (847) 543-2300 or go to www.clcillinois.edu/tickets.
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Pat Hazell brings his own slice of comedy to CLC Alex Rodriguez Staff Reporter
March 14 at 8pm CLC will be hosting Pat Hazell and his one man comedy show “The Wonder Bread Years,” love letters to the Baby Boomer Generation. With 25 years of experience as a writer, speaker, performer and producer, Hazell has been named one of the ﬁve funniest people in America, according to Showtime. He worked as one of the original writers on the hit 1990s sitcom “Seinfeld” and co-wrote an episode of the superhero show “Lois and Clark.” He is also well known for the commentary pieces he has contributed to National Public Radio. Along with writing, Hazell has appeared on numerous shows, such as “The Tonight Show” and movies including “Glory Road” and “Waiting.” Taking his humor to the business world, Hazell has hosted hundreds of award shows for major companies across the country such as Ford Motor Company, Marriot, MSN and Verizon. A testimonial on the comedian’s website, Jeffery Gitomer, author of “The Little Red Book of Selling” explained Hazell’s ability to mix humor with business. “Pat Hazell’s brand of humor needs to be injected into every corporate environment in America,” Gitomer said. “His humor is not just a competitive advantage, it’s also an internal morale booster shot.” “The Wonder Bread Years” is a production that is a mix of a Stand-up comedy routine and a theatrical performance. It’s like a blast from the past that will take audiences back to a more simplistic lifestyle many members of the Baby Boomer Generation can relate to. The fast and witty show has been described as “milk-snorting funny” by well renowned comedian Jerry Seinfeld. This tour marks the 20th anniversary of “a fresh and funny slice of Americana.” Regular tickets will be available for $30, student tickets will be $16 and senior, staff and faculty tickets will be $32. For tickets, visit the box ofﬁce Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call (847) 543-2300.
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CLC Sapphire Lounge falls victim to reconstruction Alexandra Turcios Opinion Editor
CLC Student Government has invested over $20,000 to build a study hall known as “Sapphire Lounge.” The lounge is beautifully renovated with new wood ﬂoors, cozy couches, tables and ﬂat screen TVs. The Sapphire Lounge provides solace for students seeking a quiet and tranquil environment and away from distractions. Students can unwind, take a respite from studying and indulge in some of the free snacks provided at the lounge. There are also other free resources like laptops for use and printers in order to complete assignments. Sapphire Lounge is a necessary resource for students. In the mornings and early afternoons, CLC is at its busiest which can make ﬁnding an ideal study spot very difﬁcult. The majority of the tables and computer labs located in the library are overﬂowing with students and space is limited. The Sapphire Lounge provides
another outlet for students seeking that remote study area. The lounge is located in the basement of the building, in the same hall as the cafeteria. The clandestine location is great for the students who attend to be separated from the rest of the body of students, but it also deprives other students of even knowing it exists. When asked if students know about the Sapphire Lounge, most students not involved in its creation do not know about it. Devin Nash, a full time CLC student, is among the students who have never heard of the Sapphire Lounge. “I’ve never heard of it. It’s not advertised.” Nash said. The Sapphire Lounge promotes the study halls by placing ﬂyers on bulletin boards and setting them on tables, but students rarely look at the superﬂuous supply of handouts that are around campus. Additionally, study halls are held just a handful of times during the month and for just a few short hours when students
may have class or other commitments to attend. The inconsistent schedule paired with the poor location can provide an explanation for the underutilization of the lounge. I stopped by the lounge during one of the 10 a.m. to noon sessions and though the ambience was pleasant with about eight students quietly working. It is nice the investment is being used but it is certainly underutilized. That is a lot of money for only a handful of students to be taking advantage of. It is undeniable that it provides a resource to students. But, with new construction and modernization for the entire campus underway, the lounge faces serious concerns of its sustainability. In a phone conversation with a construction manager was able to inform me on CLC’s construction plans. The plans include moving the bookstore and cafeteria from the basement up to the ﬁrst ﬂoor of campus to get students out of the basement. This will beneﬁt students and make the bookstore and
cafeteria more accessible, but it also poses a threat to the sapphire lounge. The basement will be used as storage for the bookstore. When CLC just spent $20,000 on a project that appears to just be disposable, this raises concerns about how CLC is spending money. That much money should have never been funneled into a project that is obsolete in the midst of reconstruction of campus. This fact has upset students who could have beneﬁted from that large investment, if it were channeled somewhere else. “I think it was a poor choice [to invest money in the lounge] because no one uses it or knows about it in order to use it.” Nash said, “That money should have been put into student programs like better computers in the labs.” Unfortunately, with construction plans well under way, tacitly, the Sapphire Lounge will not exist next year although Student Government worked so hard to even have it opened. Earlier this year, the stu-
dent government voted against removing the sapphire lounge. Even with this stance, the lounge is still being closed down. Now students are loosing another area to study in. Student Government wants to have a lounge similar to that of the Sapphire Lounge after construction is ﬁnished, but the feasibility of this is contingent on the construction plans, yet again. The institution is putting CLC students ﬁrst by renovating the campus and adding new technology that will enhance their education. On the same note, if the institution isn’t providing additional and quiet areas for students to study, how will they succeed? It seems that they are indeed being placed in second priority, after the construction plans that will bring them more revenue. Students can study at home, but this is just another mechanism of detaching them from the campus community. This oblique concern is just one of several issues that CLC has brushed over and they need to address it.
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Students’ wallets will open to close budget holes Phil Brahm Editor-in-Chief
A proposed tuition increase of $13 per credit hour was brought before the CLC Board of Trustees Feb. 25, with administrators looking to solve projected budgetary shortfalls in upcoming ﬁscal years. This news is certainly nothing new for the halls of CLC, where administrative ofﬁcials take full advantage of disengaged students and enact tuition increases as well as new policies without any reliable effort to get the opinion of students who pay the bills and live with the policies. By the time students realize there is more behind the posters plastered around every corner of the school than just artwork depicting cute animals, it is far too late for them to express their questions, comments or concerns. Fortunately for students who have been set up to be oblivious to budgets and policies that affect them and the cost of their education, the board deferred a decision on the tuition increase. According to a question voiced by trustee William Grifﬁn at the meeting, it appears as though the numbers for the pro-
posal were given to the board members long before the action to vote was placed upon the meeting agenda. “Why did we go forward with the $13 increase a month ago and there wasn’t some debate, discussion prior to that of how we might have felt about it?” Grifﬁn asked. If the numbers for this increase were presented before the Feb. 25 meeting, why wait until the day when a decision was to be reached to express concerns? Looking into a 6 percent increase, an 8 percent increase or whatever percent offers a smaller hit to students’ ﬁnances and might gain more board support. But failing to have explored these options sooner is puzzling. This hesitation raises the question what the decision to defer voting really was. Did administrators start at an 11.6 percent proposed increase while knowing that the board would want to lower whatever it proposed? Maybe it’s all about a favorable reputation. Fighting for and passing a smaller increase would portray the board as helping students by lowering the proposed increase. The board looks good
and the college gets more money—and students think someone did them a favor. If the students and preserving the cost and quality of their education is a priority of the board, other options besides the allor- nothing increase should have been presented to the board at this meeting. The administration should be held accountable for this all-or-nothing gimmick, as it just shows their lack of effort to ﬁx the budgetary shortfalls of the college. According to the college’s three-year ﬁnancial plan, the college is projected to face deﬁcits of just over $2 million in upcoming ﬁscal years and the $13 increase is the quick ﬁx to these economic headaches. This solution would be much easier to accept if the college was not about to begin a massive multi-million dollar construction project at the same time these tuition increases will be employed. Worse yet, there is a projected decrease in enrollment numbers for the upcoming academic years. It would be no surprise to see these enrollment numbers plummet even further if students will be facing the ﬁrst tuition
increase in three years. The affordability of education at an institution whose students cannot afford to attend a fouryear university should call for more effort by the college to avoid raising its prices. Using students’ wallets as the means to eliminate budgetary shortfalls is unfair and also insulting. There has been little mention as to what students will be get in return for the increase in cost other than a bigger bill and constant reminders to pay it. Students are being used as a solution, and students already have to face the fact that they have little say in proposed increase, along with the other policies formulated by the administration and board. Our own student government association, who are responsible for expressing the voice of the students, do not even have a vote in the matter despite being lead on that they do. At a Feb. 20 SGA meeting, a presentation by the administration about the projected budget shortfalls was made to the student senators along with a pitch for the $13 increase.
Senators voiced many questions and concerns giving the impression that many were uncomfortable with the proposal. There were several members who asked to take more time to consider the proposal, but they were pressured by advisers and administrators to cast a vote because the board was to vote on the matter just a few days later. According to those pressing the senators to vote, the board wanted the input of the students to consider as they came to a decision on what to do about the proposed increase. If you are interested in the input of students, you should probably give the senators some time to go out and learn what the actual student body thinks instead of the relying on the opinions of 13 students in a school that enrolled 17,577 just two years ago according to the school’s totals published in their annual ﬁnancial report. The college is fully capable of obtaining opinions from students as we saw with the recent survey sent to all students on Feb. 17 about the videotaping of monthly board meetings. TUITION
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It is a questionable use of energy that students have been polled about videotaping the meetings, something anyone has full rights to do with a recording device, but they did not get a schoolwide survey about tuition increases. The cost of living is rising each year, and the ﬁnancial strain on students is immense. Increases in the cost of food, gas, insurance and other essentials are leaving students with less money for school. Raising the cost of tuition when students are ﬁnancially vulnerable puts a severe hardship on those looking to earn a degree. Over the last 10 years tuition at CLC has increased
over 60 percent from the $57.45 in 2004-05. If the 11.6 percent tuition hike is approved, the $106 per credit hour will represent about an 85 percent increase over 2004-05. While the college has held the line for the past three years by keeping the rates consistent, the administration is resorting to its old habits. How many more trips to the well will it take before the recourses run out? At some point the students will realize their wallets are being used as a solution. At the same point students will have to ask whether maintaining the affordability of education is still a top priority for those who run CLC.
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Relentless Noah deserving of MVP votes Sam Greenberg Sports Columnist
NBA MVP voting will ultimately be a two man race between Kevin Durant and LeBron James. But, with his dominant play as of late and electrifying intensity, Joakim Noah deserves some serious consideration on the ballot. To me, MVP does not strictly mean who can put up the biggest numbers. It should be, what would the team be without that player and how much a player propels his team both on and off the court. Yes, Lebron is the most talented player in the world and Durant had a stretch of scoring that has very seldom been seen in league history. But there is no one in the NBA that brings the sheer toughness, will to win and knock-down-drag-out passion to the court that Noah shows every night. When the Bulls drafted Noah ninth overall in 2007, no one thought he would be the player he is today. He was the crazy-haired, whitesuit wearing immature kid from Florida. But since then he has more than exceeded expectations. He is the engine that drives this Bulls
night in and night out. It’s that extra gear that he kicks into that makes him so great. I haven’t seen a player in recent memory that gets as pumped up and almost angry (in a good way) as Noah when the Bulls face off with Miami. He makes it personal. Every game is personal and every foul, every comment is personal. When you knock down one of Noah’s teammates, he is going to push you out of the way to help his guy up. He is going to go to bat for anyone that puts on the Chicago uniform. Noah is a guy that knows that the men that he suits up with every night Photo courtesy of Lepoint.fr are his family and the guys Noah averages 12.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and a phenomenal 4.9 assists per game in the opposing locker room team. This season more than said Noah also needs to be in league, but even more so, are coming after his brothany has proven that Noah is the hunt for defensive player I believe he belongs in the ers. The definition of a team a franchise player. of the year. MVP conversation. The big player, he plays the game the Averaging 12.2 points, “He’s played very well,” man has three triple-doubles right way and even though 11.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks McHale told reporters. “He on the season, including a he doesn’t put up the swollen and a phenomenal 4.9 as- should be defensive player 13 point, 12 rebound and scoring numbers that othsists per game, he is one of of the year. He’s done a great 14 assist game against the ers do, I’d argue there is no the most complete big men job with these guys. They’ve Knicks Mar. 2. It is Noah’s player more important to his in the league. Especially been winning a lot just on his passing that has gotten team both under the lights with Derrick Rose becoming energy and effort, his kind him national acclaim over an annual spectator, Noah of determination and tough- the past few weeks, when and in the locker room. Move over Derrick (and has stepped up and become ness. Those are all qualities he was able to showcase watch the knee), because the undisputed leader of the everybody appreciates.” it on a national broadcast. Joakim Noah has become Bulls. Rockets coach and I agree that Noah belongs People are finally starting to the undisputed heart and former NBA all-defense in the same breath with take notice of the inevitable soul of Chicago basketball. team member Kevin McHale the best defenders in the energy that Noah brings
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March Madness springs national title dreams Trey Martin Sports Editor
It has been a crazy year in college basketball that saw a Jim Boeheim tirade for the ages, the preseason number one ranked Kentucky Wildcats and their recruiting class hailed as the “greatest ever” fall out of the top-25 in the final poll, Marcus Smart meltdown, accost a fan, get suspended, then carry Oklahoma State back into the tournament conversation upon his return and Bill Self lead his Kansas Jayhawks to their record-setting 10th consecutive conference title despite returning no starters. There were freshman phenoms, super seniors, unbelievable upsets and more court storming than is entirely necessary. Now, in the midst of conference tournament season and with selection Sunday just a few days away, it’s finally starting to feel like March. This is as wide open a year as there has ever been. Yeah, I know, it seems like people say that every year, but this season is different. There is no preverbal “team to beat.” There aren’t, as there have been in years past, four or five title favorites that are a cut above the rest. This year, there are at least 10 teams with a legit shot at the title and another 10 with a chance to make a run at the final four. With all that parity, controlling the tempo will be key. That means officiating will be crucial. The referees have been a hot topic throughout the season due to the new rules regarding hand-check fouls. The hope was that the new rules would allow
players more freedom of movement, thus increasing scoring around the NCAA. Early on, it backfired. The refs took plenty of well-deserved flak early in the year, occasionally calling over 50 fouls in a given game. However, the zebras have improved in conference play, letting some of the physical play slide and allowing the games to flow better. Heading into the tournament, it will be interesting to see if the referees revert to calling fouls as strictly as they did in the non-conference, or if they continue to let some contact go on the perimeter, like they did during conference play. If they do go back to calling games like they did in the non-conference, it could adversely affect defensive minded teams, especially teams that prefer a tough, man-to-man approach. One such team is Cincinnati. The Bearcats are highly ranked despite their constant struggle to score. They make up for it, and then some, with their stifling defense. Their in-your-face defense allows the fourth fewest points per game in the NCAA and they play harder than any team in the country. Watch them play for five minutes and that is obvious. Forwards, Titus Rubles and Justin Jackson are defensive stoppers, but if Cincy has any hope of advancing past the second weekend, senior guard, Sean Kilpatrick will have to carry the team offensively. Could he be this year’s Kemba Walker? The AllAmerican and first team AllAAC Conference performer, leads the team in scoring
UNC: No, I’m not crazy. When UNC thinks they’re great, they aren’t. But if they go into the dance with a chip on their shoulder, they can make a deep run. Ol’ Roy’s still got a few tricks up his sleeve. They boast wins over Duke, Louisville, Mighigan St. and Pittsburgh.
at 20.9 points per game. Teams like Syracuse, Ohio State, Arizona and San Diego State will all rely on their respective defenses in the tournament as well. These offenses often stall and become stagnant, due to a lack of scorers and in some cases offensive identity. They will have to slow the game down and limit their opponent’s run-outs and offensive possessions. This style of play sometimes allows lesser teams to hang around. It also gives the false impression that these teams are not talented because they are in so many close games. Don’t be fooled. History proves defense wins championships. But the fact remains, if these teams can’t find reliable, secondary scoring options, they could be in for an early exit. This was demonstrated by Syracuse’s loss to lowly Boston College. If you cannot score, anybody can hang in there with you, even a team that was (7-19).On the other end of the spectrum, there are teams that rely almost entirely on their offense. No team wants to get into a 3-point contest with Creighton. Just ask Villanova. Duke, Kansas and Iowa State can all score in a multitude of ways from a variety of spots on the floor and will be tough to beat in a high-scoring affair. For these teams, pace is even more important. While they are not likely to be outscored, if they get into a slugfest, they lose their advantage and teams start to believe they can win. That’s what happened to one-seed Indiana last year. They nearly lost to ninth-seeded Temple in the sweet 16, before falling in
their next game to Syracuse. This year’s talented freshman class, and which one of them is the “cream of the crop” has been discussed ad nauseam this season. Now it’s finally time for them to really state their case to their teams, the NBA and the nation. Kentucky will need Julius Randle to be a force in the paint if they have any hope of salvaging what has been a disappointing season. Duke hopes Jabari Parker can keep up the dominating play, and continue to earn those Carmelo Anthony comparisons. And Andrew Wiggins will have to pick up the slack for Kansas, both on offense and defense, after projected #1 pick, Joel Embiid was ruled out for the first weekend of the tournament, with a stress fracture in his back. The story of the tournament last year was Wichita State’s improbable run to the final four. It’s safe to say the Shockers haven’t rested on their laurels. Last year’s David is this year’s Goliath. The Shockers are 34-0 and the first team since 199 to enter the tournament undefeated. Even with their soft schedule, due to a historically bad Missouri Valley Conference, there is no denying how impressive this season has been for Greg Marshall’s team. Make no mistake. This team can play with anybody. Ron Baker, Cleanthony Early and Fred Van Fleet are all good enough to start almost anywhere in the nation. Van Fleet is in the running for the Cousy award, given to the nation’s best point guard and Baker can light it up from the outside. Some other mid-majors to watch are VCU, Stephen
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New Mexico: They burned me last year, but now that perennial “Overrated Coach of the Year” Steve Alford is gone I believe again. They have legit scorers in Kendall Williams, Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk. Teams with multiple threats to score traditionally do well in march.
Iowa State: Don’t forget, they were undefeated in the non-con. Big 12 is a meat grinder. Ejim, Kane and Niang are all threats to go off any given night (all have a 30+ point game this year). Plus, The Mayor AKA Fred Hoiberg is a great coach with an NBA pedigree. He always seems to get the most out of his players.
F. Austin and BYU. I know, I know, BYU just lost to Gonzaga, in the WCC Conference Championship game, on Tuesday, and may have ruined their chances at the NCAA tournament. But, if the Cougars can get in, they could be a threat. They average 85 points per game, third in the nation. They also have Matt Carlino, a heat-check shooter, with parking lot range and unshakable confidence. He has some moments that are almost, dare I say, “Full Jimmer.” If he gets going, watch out. VCU always plays well in the tournament and yet always seem to be under seeded. So, if you’re looking for a lower seed in your bracket to make a sweet 16 run, Shaka Smart’s Rams and their havoc defense, could be just what you’re looking for. Stephen F. Austin is the best story of the college basketball season you probably haven’t heard about. The Lumberjacks are 29-2 and have won 26 games in a row. Their last loss came on Nov. 23. Granted, they haven’t played anybody in the top-50 of the RPI over the past few months, but that’s beside the point. They are the hottest team in the country and it’s not close. They may not be title contenders, but that’s a scary matchup for a 4 or 5 seed. Another exciting regular season of college basketball has come and gone. There is as much parity in the game as there has ever been and the “Big Dance” is shaping up to be the most compelling in recent memory. Now it’s time to sit back, fill out a couple dozen brackets and enjoy the best tournament in team sports. Welcome to the madness.
Virginia: This is not the Virginia team of years past. You know, the one that would get blown out anytime they couldn’t keep the other team in the 50’s. This year they have a balanced offense, anchored by sharpshooter Joe Harris, to go along with their 7th ranked shooting percentage defense.
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‘Windy City Flyer’ Determined Bulls team piles up seeks new destination wins with energy and intensity Sam Greenberg Sports Columnist
The Bears announced last week that they will not resign return man Devin Hester. Let me say that again, Devin Hester will not return. If that sounds familiar it’s probably because he hasn’t been doing much returning in the past six years anyway. Good riddance. “But he’s tied with Deion Sanders for the NFL record with nineteen return touchdowns!” That may be true, but twelve of those came in his first two seasons. Personally I think the 19 touchdown number is misleading. Sure he was one of the most electrifying players in the league in 2006 and 2007 but outside of those two years, the “electricity” was based on reputation. Now, give him credit, he made a name for himself early in his career and made teams think twice about kicking to him. But in recent years when teams wised up and kicked him the ball, rarely did they see the back of his jersey streaking towards the endzone. What infuriated me was the lack of football sense Hester possessed. On countless occasions he would field a kick or punt and run straight to the sideline and out of bounds. Or, while trying to dance and make something happen, he would run backwards! Now, I’m no special teams coach, but I’m pretty sure ‘Don’t Run Backwards” is towards the top of the kick returner rule book. There has been a ton of conversation about whether or not Hester belongs in the Hall of Fame. Are you kidding me?
A specialized player that couldn’t do anything other than return and basically saw the field for less than 20 snaps per game does not belong in the hall. Sanders solidified himself to the Hall with his prowess as a defensive back as well as kick returner. Hester failed as a defensive back and wide receiver, all the while collecting the salary of a star player. The Bears had to strip away all other responsibilities from Hester to get him to return to impact form. It seemed to work out in 2013, when he had an NFL high 1,436 kick return yards on a league-high 52 attempts. But that’s simply too little too late. Take a look around the league at other top return men. Jacoby Jones in Baltimore, Dexter McCluster in Kansas City, Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh, Julian Edelman in New England. One thing they all have in common, they are significant parts of their teams in another capacity. I will always remember Hester returning the opening kickoff of the 2007 Super Bowl, his 108-yard return of a missed field goal against the Giants and his return against the Cardinals in 2006 that triggered Arizona coach Dennis Green to let us know that, “the Bears are who we thought they were.” But the limitations and drop off of his career made a great player, just good. The highlights that weren’t shown that proved the lack of production, the outrageous salary and the overblown reputation that baffled opponents for years are what sent Hester out the door. Hester told reporters that he would be open to signing with Tampa Bay to rejoin Lovie Smith. Let’s go Devin, I’ll carry your bags.
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After nine seasons with the Bears, Hester was released Mar. 6. He had just two return touchdowns since 2011.
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Anyone who knows the NBA well enough can realize that it is a superstar dominated league. While tremendous teamwork can elevate a team into the playoffs, it is the team that always has that closeout player that will ultimately come out victorious. Whether it be Lebron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, etc., every championship team will have a standout player that instills fear into the NBA. This is why one can’t be sugar-coated into thinking that the Bulls can reach a championship without Derrick Rose. While Joakim Noah is playing at a tremendous pace, and the Bulls are exemplifying the importance of the word “teamwork,” that will not help them come playoff time. When every team is playing with do-or-die desperation, all of a sudden the Bulls lose their edge of constant and exceptional hustle. The teams they will face will be playing for their right to fight another day, so to speak, in order to try and pave their own path towards an NBA Title. Without Rose, the Bulls will not be able to find their path towards NBA glory. The Bulls are playing very efficiently in the regular season. Although the statement can be made that the Eastern conference, depthwise, is at oneof its worst levels of competition in NBA history, the Bulls have taken advantage of that. Without Rose and without Luol Deng, the Bulls are in the running for the third seed in the East, currently holding a 35-29 record. Their ability to use their grit and grind attitude night in and night out is allowing them to milk as many wins out of their schedule as they can, no matter the circumstances. Once Derrick went down with another season-ending injury, the Bulls took a chance on D.J. Augustin, and he has flourished. He is averaging nearly 12 points per game and 4
multiple 20 point games. He is helping this Bulls team reach heights thought to be too high for them without Rose or Deng. But Thibodeau’s ‘next man up’ philosophy has been burnt into the minds of these Bulls, as they are willing to give everything they have for him. Arguably the biggest anchor for the Bull’s success this year has been the man in the middle, Joakim Noah. This season, Noah is averaging 12 points, 11 r bounds, and nearly 5 assists per game. Another aspect that is immeasurable is the level of energy and tenacity he brings to his team. It could be a prime time game against the Miami Heat, or it could be against the Charlotte Bobcats in the dead of winter. But Joakim Noah will always bring the a gressiveness and hustle that makes him so invaluable, as well as expecting greatness out of his team. An example of this is when he was asked earlier this year about the thought of “tanking” in an attempt to secure a higher draft pick. He merely scoffed at this idea, saying that anyone who wishes such a thing is not a Bulls fan. He has kept the Bulls from drowning, and has helped them learn to tread the water from all of the flooding. So, where does that leave them for the playoffs?
The Chicago Bulls have been a sight of admiration for fans and figures around the NBA. Their ability to give a good fight against nearly any team shows where solid fundamentals and chemistry can take a team. However, the Bulls will not be able to defeat the two juggernauts in the East. The Miami Heat, fueled by the best player in the NBA at this moment, simply have too efficient of ball movement and shooting to be stopped by Chicago. Their speed and their incredible ability to score lead to there being a short list of teams that can beat them four times, Chicago not included. The Indiana Pacers, on the other hand, are an interesting case. They are built the same way as the Bulls, with priorities set on size and defense. With a young superstar in Paul George, a powerful center in Roy Hibbert, as well as efficient players spread throughout that team, the Pacers are a mirror image of what the Bulls have built. With Derrick Rose, this is an epic chess match, seeing which team would make fewer mistakes over the course of a seven game series. Without Rose, the Bulls are certainly going to give the Pacers (and the Heat for that matter) fits, but they will not possess the ability to beat them four times in a playoff series.
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Women’s Lancers baseball basketball has veteran roster Trey Martin Sports Editor
After defeating Prairie State in the first round of the Region IV playoffs, the CLC women’s basketball team lost, 86-49, to Kankakee Community College on Mar. 2. Kankakee dominated the game on both ends of the floor. The Lancers struggled on offense throughout the game, shooting 34.5 percent from the field and 12.5 percent from the three-point line. Kankakee on the other hand, had a balanced offensive attack, with five players scoring in double-digits. Their shooting success was compounded by a dominating performance on the glass. The Cavaliers outrebounded CLC, 42-30. Point guard, Sarafina Handy paced the Cavs with 16 points, going 5-8 from the field and knocking down all three of her three-point attempts. She tacked on four rebounds and a team-high four assists. At halftime the Cavaliers led 45-17. After an abysmal shooting performance in the first half, CLC was able to knock down some shots in the second, scoring 32 points. But were still unable to slow the Kankakee offense. The Lancers didn’t exactly help themselves by turning it over 25 times. Amanda Davis scored a team-high 17 points and Taylor Davis added 16, providing the majority of the offense for the Lancers. With the loss, CLC ended their season with a record of 13-16, going 7-7 in the conference. The Lancers won eight of their last ten games. It was a strong finish after losing ninestraight, mid-season. Amanda Davis was the team’s leading scorer on the season, averaging 18.3 points per game. Sophomore forward, Kelsey Mills averaged 7.3 rebounds per game.
to begin season Trey Martin Sports Editor
After going 2-7 at a preseason tournament in Panama City, Fla., the CLC men’s baseball team is ready to get their conference season underway. CLC will return 12 position players from last year’s team, in addition to 7 pitchers. The Lancers also added former division-one shortstop, Trevor Theissen. Theissen should be one of the best players in the region, according to head coach Heath Cummings. Theissen’s double-play partner, Blake Busca, will also be back. He hit .342 a year ago. Chemistry will be key this year. Returning captain and utility man, Jordan Weigold, who last season hit for an average of .304 and stole 24 bases, should help with that. The Lancers also return All-Conference outfielder and first baseman, Alex Letto. Letto led the team
in homeruns with 5 and hit .300, last season. Pitching depth is important to the success of any baseball team and CLC’s rotation is much deeper than a year ago. South Paw, Chris DeRue will anchor the rotation. He was named to the AllConference and All-Region teams last year, thanks to an earned run average of 1.41. All-conference pitcher, Kyle Cibrario also returns to the team. Zac Pawlowski and Brandon Hrdlicka will be important pieces out of the bullpen. Along with the returning players, there are plenty of promising freshman trying to crack the starting lineup. Ideally, the intra-team competition will help to breed success on the field. CLC will look to claim their 19th conference championship this season. The Lancers start conference play against Harper College, Tuesday, at 2 p.m. in Grayslake.
CLC SOFTBALL 2014 Preview
Graphic by George Tillis
CLC BASEBALL 2014 Preview Graphic by George Tillis
Softball escapes snow to play spring games in South Carolina Steven Milosavljevic Staff Reporter
As snow continues to fall in the middle of March, the CLC softball team prepares for its first game against Kankakee Community College on March 22. The Lancers are currently at the tail end of their spring trip to South Carolina. After coming off of a 2512 season where they placed second in the Skyway conference as well as a second place finish at regionals, the Lancers are looking forward to another solid season. The Lancers will have four returning sophomores with the addition of three transfer students. The returning students include outfielder, J.C. Catinella, first baseman, Bree Lundman, shortstop, Sara Braden and catcher, Destinee Jacobi. The transfer students are pitcher, Rachel DePouw, second baseman, Molly Smith and first baseman, Natalia Murphy. The Lancers are also adding five new members to
the team, including catcher/ infielder, Kayla Uhwat, third baseman/pitcher, Kaylene Ressler, catcher, Alex Kinnamon and outfielders, Lexi Paulsen and Rea-Anne Sutschek. Susan Garcia, coach of the Lancers softball team, says that those 12 are all versatile players that can play more than one position. The lineup will change from game to game with three pitchers and three catchers to work with. There is one last factor that will depend on who is in the lineup and that is hitting. This year the Lancers have more power spread throughout the lineup. “We are faster and smarter on the bases and should be able to take advantage of our opponent’s mistakes,” Garcia said. Looking to get better from game to game, by learning from their mistakes and capitalizing on the other teams’ errors, the team will continue to work hard every game and will never give up on a game until the last out is made.
March 14, 2014 issue of The Chronicle