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Friday, March 15, 2013

Vol 46, No.11

Tuition increase rejected by Board of Trustees maria Isabel Garcia Managing Editor

A proposal to raise CLC tuition and fees for the 2014 fiscal year was voted down by the CLC Board of Trustees Tuesday night. The recommendation included a $3 surcharge for each credit hour which would boost district tuition to $115 in the fall. Chairman Richard Anderson, Jeanne Goshgarian, William Griffin, Amanda Howland, and Lynda Paul all declined the tuition increase. Trustee John Lumber voted for the increase and Student Trustee Theresa Westberg’s advisory vote supported the measure.

CLC President Jerry Weber said the increase would generate $810,000 for CLC and would prepare the college for the “worst-case scenario” projection of a $920,000 cutback from federal and state funding. Board members however, voted 5-1 in opposition to the tuition increase. Initially, Lumber and Anderson were the only two in favor of the proposal, but at the meeting Anderson voted against the increase in tuition. “I don’t have the confidence I had a few weeks ago that this administration is doing everything they can to make this work better for our students,” Anderson said.

“I’ve changed my mind.” Raising the tuition could online classes at other Trustees Amanda How- ruin CLC’s competi- schools for a more reasonland and Jeanne Goshgarian tive advantage and influ- able cost. TUITION/ page 7 also agreed with Anderson ence students to enroll in saying revenue can be found in already existing areas such as internal cost savings. “We really need to look at serious belt tightening,” Howland said. “I don’t believe there’s any organization that can’t find three percent of savings in every Courtesy of • Public Relations department.” Paul shared a Clockwise from top left: Chairman Anderson, Griffin, Howland, different concern. Lumber, Oilschlager, Paul, Goshgarian, Student Trustee Westberg.

CLC Catholics look to Pope Francis for reform

Candace May

Copy Editor

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, former cardinal of Buenos Aires was elected pope Wednesday. Bergoglio, 76, will be the 266th pope. Making history by being the first pope from the western hemisphere, he has stirred excitement among Roman Catholics. “It is a good thing for the church to get out of Europe and whether it be Latin America or Africa, I am glad that they are moving from the typical European or

Italian pick,” said Maureen Kelleher, born and raised catholic and Administrative secretary at CLC. The revitalization of the Catholic Church is something that is long overdue. Latin Americans and Caribbeans make up 83.3 percent of the catholic population as of 2004, according to the Population Reference Bureau. Bergoglio’s nationality is not the only factor that distinguishes him from the previous popes. He is also a Jesuit. Also known as the Society of Jesus, the order was founded 472 years ago by Ignatius of

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Loyola. The entire premise of the society is to educate the population organizing colleges and schools throughout the world evangelism and aiding the poor while giving the message of faith is the only goal. Although most religions are founded on the idea of helping the poor along with the message of faith , some feel the Catholic Church is not progressing effectively to address problems that exist in the modern era. “Society is changing; the people are changing I am not just talking about gay rights and abortion the Catholic

Church is still stuck in the dark ages,” Sally Fleissner, an officer of the Alpha Alpha Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa said. Bergoglio has never been hesitant to point out hypocrisy amongst his peers. Just a year ago, he spoke of the cardinal’s resistance to be amongst the people. “Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit,” Bergoglio said to a meeting Argentina’s priests. Molestation by priests has

tarnished the reputation of the Catholic Church. As Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio took a strong stance as what he characterized as “tolerated” child abuse in Buenos Aires. “Children are mistreated, and are not educated or fed. Many are made into prostitutes and exploited,” Bergoglio said in the Aparecida Document in 2007. A man of vision, simple faith and a humble life is now one of the most influential people in the world. Only time will tell if he can help the Catholic Church face its challenges.

He is an advocate for the poor and lived in poverty Chose the name Francis after St. Francis of Assisi Archbishop of Buenos Aires Infographic by Kelley Byrne


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Students pleased with current tuition rates Kathleen Hunt Staff Reporter

In the aftermath of the CLC board of trustees’ decision to reject the proposed tuition increase on Tuesday, which would have raised the cost to a total of $115 per credit hour, many questions remain on the standing of our current tuition rates. In comparison to $140 per credit hour at College of DuPage, Harper College, whose at $124 an hour this coming semester, and McHenry County College, with an hourly credit rate of $93, CLC seems to find itself in the middle ground. Tom Belles, a CLC sophomore, explained his optimistic

approach to the low rates of CLC in comparison to larger learning institutions, such as universities. “Well, in my opinion, having a college like CLC with tuition rates that low is a blessing in a time like this, where going anywhere else costs you the same amount of money every year as a typical car. I don’t know where I would be without the low tuition because financial aid doesn’t come easy for a lot of people,” CLC student Sarah Llorens had a similar opinion on CLC tuition rates. “I think they’re just right. Compared to other colleges, CLC’s rate is pretty cheap. I don’t think it would neces-

sarily be fair for the school to immensely cut down the rate. That doesn’t mean I want them to raise the price, but nobody really likes raised prices. Also, I’m in the district, so I pay the cheapest rate. Maybe someone out of district, or even out of state, would have a differing, yet valid opinion.” This semester, Honors Program classes saw their tuition increase: previously, the Honors courses had been free; however they were raised to half the price of regular courses. Zach Young, a CLC Freshman, shared his thoughts on the change. “It is so dumb that they are charging more for them. They did this because they are let-

ting more people into the program. The only problem with this is the more people you let in, the less money there is and the more it will just become regular-like. They should have set standards and let in the most people they can while still paying for all of it.” In regards to tuition, like most other things, students seem to be divided. But there is a common ground, students are grateful for the advantage of the low tuition costs CLC offers. So far, CLC is keeping them low in order to continue offering an advantage to its students.

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Librarians teach researching skills online Grace Choi

Staff Reporter

The CLC library is initiating a new learning environment as librarians specializing in multi-disciplinaries respond to the various ways students interact with information. “Librarians go where students are and we go where learning takes place,” Uri Toch, an Assistant Professor and a Librarian at CLC said. This includes direct and online interactions with the students. Aside from faceto-face assistance by visiting the reference desk during normal hours, CLC library provides 24/7 “live chat” reference service through its library web page. Toch said there are over 70 Blackboard classes this semester where librarians are working with students. And the numbers of online classes are only increasing.

The initiative that Toch and some of the other CLC librarians are working on involves collaborative projects with class instructors via blackboard over the entire semester. “Any time there was paper or some outcome that required research and critical thinking, instructors will partner with us, so we teach the students how to do that research,” Toch said. “Content specialty of a teacher does not necessarily cover how you go out and find that information,” Toch added. Through Blackboard, Professor Toch operates a discussion forum and also posts questions for students to answer. Students can also earn points by participating in these assignments. The purpose of these exercises is to allow students to understand other ways librarians and library re-

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sources can be of help. In addition, students can become familiarized with using specific online sources or databases for research and projects for their classes. Toch supported the internet use, such as the Google search engine. “Even though internet is problematic in one sense, there is so much on the free internet that is not available anywhere else that students will be restricted in their access to ideas, if all they did was use books and library databases,” Toch said. “It is about how to find good information that is unique, instead of having everybody use the same source.” Furthermore, Toch also mentioned that finding information across any disciplinary is important in order to solve problems. As they help students find credible and wide range of unique information, they

hope that students can apply this experience outside of their school. “Information is generally part of any mix of solving a problem,” Toch said. “Its fun when you can be confident in how to find information and you are not as powerless to evaluate what is going on in this world.” “Library and student learning is closely tied,” Toch said. “Our work is collaboration with multidisciplinaries.” Toch is involved with classes in sociology, English, psychology, communication arts and law. But there are also librarians specializing in some of the nontraditional subjects such as courses in biology, math or in the medical fields. In this way, library is taking initiatives to support learning in various disciplinaries. A survey conducted in 2009 by KRC Research for

the American Library Association (ALA) found that 95 percent of Americans agree that college and research libraries are an essential part of the learning community. CLC library is also an essential part of this learning community, as significant number of students come in to do their research work and projects. “On Wednesdays, our use does top the 1,000 student mark” said Connie Bakker, Dean of Library and Instructional Services. “Other days, the mark is closer to 850 or 900 students.” This number according to Bakker does not include students on and off campus who are accessing library resources via the web. In order to improve the learning experience for both faculties and students, the CLC library continues to reach out through various workshops.

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Administration bracing for sequester’s impact Phil Brahm

Opinion Editor

With no proposal to reduce the nation’s long-term debt problem, Congress has initiated a sequester, cutting government funding by $1.2 trillion dollars. Education spending will be one of the many areas affected by the cuts. These cuts affect almost every government activity, project and program included in the nation’s budget, which is split into two different categories. The first category, mandatory spending, also known as direct spending makes up 64 percent of the nation’s budget. This consists mostly of funding for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Many other items including debt interest payments and salaries of federal judges fall under this category. Some programs, which fall under the mandatory spending category such as Social Security and Medicaid are unaffected by the sequester. These two programs alone are responsible for a major portion of the nation’s longterm debt problem, due to the fact that they are increasing at a rapid rate.

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The second category is Discretionary spending. This is portion, composed of national defense and numerous domestic discretional programs, accounts for the other 36 percent of the nation’s budget. These programs will suffer the biggest blow from the mandated cuts which will result in a total of $71.4 billion over the first year according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. One of the biggest pro-

grams that fall under discretionary spending is education. With the removal of millions of dollars in education funding, many schools such as CLC are preparing for the cuts. Nick Kallieris, Director of Development and Legislative Affairs here at CLC, has been working with legislators to determine exactly how much these cuts will impact the college. “At this time, CLC has not

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Initially cuts were supposed to decrease the college’s discretionary funding by just over eight percent but through much negotiation this rate has been reduced. David Agazzi, Vice President of Administrative Affairs, has been working closely with Kallieris and many other officials at CLC as they prepare for the cuts. “Working with legislators, we were lucky to be able to decrease the rate from 8.2 to 5.1 percent,” Agazzi said. The issue is that there is quite a deal of uncertainty as far as to exactly when all this will come to effect. Keeping this in mind, CLC has left room to work with within their budget to address the cuts and is taking numerous precautions to do so. “All grant project directors have been asked to prepare to adjust their budgets by 5.1%,” said Kallieris. With the sequester cutting such a great sum of money from the federal government’s budget, we can be certain that the decrease in funding will have an effect on the entire country over the next 10 years.

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tQuarter system could alleviate midterm madness Nate Sousa News Editor

The academic assault known as midterms will imh pose its unnatural will on the e student’s of CLC next week. e The only thing keeping estudents afloat is the promise gof Spring Break. Students dwho believe that greener Cpastures are on the other .side of midterms do not -realize that the ‘vacation’ is emore accurately a five day edetox from the informa”tion overdose that we will painfully experience in the snear future. Other issues yaside, CLC should consider ndividing their academic calendar into four and ,embrace the quarter system. k A major issue that the tsemester system has is the sludicrous amount of school swork that student’s receive all at once from all of their scourses. To say this doesn’t e y

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happen in the quarter system would be incorrect, but the semester system only has three academic terms and full time students must take more classes in the semester system than they would in the quarter system. The amount of work a student in the semester system has during midterms is considerably larger than a student in the quarter system. The semester system spends the first two weeks of the semester without any real substantial assignments. It could also be argued that the first week of classes in the semester are considered laughable since it has been sharply named “syllabus week”. The overwhelming majority of instructors spend the first day of classes going over their syllabus, forcing their students to participate

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in team building activities, and then ending class early because it’s the first week of class and students already deserve award for showing up. What is stopping us from hitting the ground running? Students have the capabilities of accessing their courses required texts and syllabi online, so they can be more prepared on the first day of class than they have been able to in the past. I suggest that instructors assign the syllabus as homework to be read outside of class so that the first week of classes can cover more material. We have to remember we pay for our school and when we get out of class thirty minutes early on the first day, we are still paying for those thirty minutes. The shorter terms in a quarter system would trim the unneeded information like trimming excess fat on a piece meat. Tamara Wolff is an English instructor at CLC and experienced the quarter system as an undergraduate and graduate student. “For me the quarter system is wonderful, it’s mostly what I knew going to UCLA and then going to DePaul.” Wolff said. “It’s ten weeks. You’re in and then you’re out.” While the pace of the quarter system is incredibly speedy, it is constant and consistent like a car on cruise control. The semester system speeds up and slows down at will without acknowledging the dismay of the students who are getting car sick in the backseat. With any change in the length of academic terms there will be sacrifices. “You never really get to know the other students and you don’t get to know your professors as well either,” Wolff said. “Sometimes you have to short trip a book because you just don’t have the same amount of time.” Now I am not going to sit here and just complain to you that I hate having a bunch of homework because I would just be preaching to the choir. There is the

delusion within the semester system, that students will put the extra weeks they have to good use. It’s actually the opposite. The extra time not only allows them to procrastinate, but makes procrastination an acceptable aspect of the academic lifestyle. Procrastination should be considered a bad habit that needs correcting, not a tolerated and inescapable indulgence. The quarter system creates more comprehensive exams, which in turn, forces student’s to keep up with their courses curriculum. Student’s dependency on all night studying binges and intravenous cramming sessions will prove to be futile in the quarter system, requiring them to create better time management skills in order to rid themselves of their bad studying habits. Students would be taking fewer classes per term, which means less work during midterms, but it also means that students have the opportunity to diversify their classes. Classes with more specific curriculums would flourish under the quarter system. CLC is commonly used to acquire general education requirements that students utilize to transfer to a four year university, this could easily be seen as a disadvantage. A more specific curriculum does not mean more non transferrable classes, but that more introductory courses could allow more options for themes or focuses. For example, CLC offers a Composition II course with a science fiction theme, but is still transferable as a regular Composition II course. This would enable the freedom for professors to teach subjects they specialize in or are passionate about. The result is better teaching and in turn makes for better learning. There is also the issue of dropping and making up courses in the semester system. A full course load can be very overwhelming to transitioning students and students who are taking a wide variety of courses in a semester. The slow, gradual, and easy going academic schedule of the semester system easily deceives many students into thinking they

will be able to handle a full course load without much trouble, until the abundance of schoolwork causes them to cut corners and frequently sacrifice better grades because of it. When a student drops or withdraws from a class because they cannot handle the workload, it takes a much longer time for them to recover and redo the course again if they wish too. The quarter system offers more opportunities for students to take courses they normally wouldn’t take than the semester system allows. Also, the quarter system allows for students who are taking a course they truly despise to finish that course faster than in the semester system. As most students know, a horrible class, teacher, or even one horrible project can make a class a torturous experience. On paper there are many benefits to the quarter system in contrast to the semester system, which CLC currently embraces in their academic calendar. Earlier I noted that I was omitting a multitude of other aspects when considering my argument for CLC’s transition to dividing their academic calendar into quarters. One aspect that should be considered would be the fact that CLC is a community college. That title alone must acknowledge that CLC’s academic schedule should be designed for what is best for the members of the community, not what is ideal for the average student. I do still believe that the college could benefit from the quarter system and promote instructors to begin the semester at a faster pace in order to lessen the eventual burden most student’s face during midterms. This could be resolved by scheduling the college’s Spring Break a week or two earlier so that courses do not have additional time to waste in preparation for midterm exams. What should be the top priority in the scheduling of the academic calendar is how it affects the average student’s workload and whether or not that amount of schoolwork is reasonably achievable. As students, we’re just asking those who provide us with educational opportunities to be a little more astute.


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CLCFT-PAC endorses trustee candidates The CLCFT-PAC, a group dedicated to improving the educational experiences of the citizens of Lake County, is recommending Phil Carrigan, Jeanne Dauray, and John Lumber in the College of Lake County Board of Trustees Election, April 9, 2013.  There are five candidates running for two positions. Phil Carrigan�����������  ���������� has an extensive set of past experiences with the CLC Board and with community organizations. His work in prison reform is admirable and he is committed to serving and providing opportunity to those less fortunate.  Phil believes in the value of all education and continues to be deeply involved with community education and with the College of Lake County. He is a strong voice for our Lakeshore Campus students and community.  Phil will be a dedicated and active Board member. Jeanne Dauray, a CLC alumnus, is more closely connected with what it means to be a CLC student

than are any of the other candidates. She has a great deal of energy and enthusiasm and will be a strong voice for adjunct faculty (who are not currently represented on the CLC Board).  Jeanne is committed to fostering diversity and believes that CLC needs to be aware of the needs of everyone in the present community and for the future.   Jeanne’s collaborative nature and experience working with various groups will be helpful in unifying the Board and helping the group work together more effectively. John Lumber, a retired CLC faculty member and Dean,  has been an excellent Board member and consistent reminder to the CLC Board of Trustees as to how the operational side of the College works.  John has been an independent and thoughtful Board member and has worked hard to have a more unified Board that can effectively work together.  John will continue to be a dedicated and active Board member. We do not recommend

Letter from CLC Faculty Member Uri Toch Black History month means to students like himself. We all benefit when students share authentic stories and how they make meaning of the world – that is what education is all about.    Uri Toch

A community college like CLC depends on a vibrant student newspaper to help create a sense of belonging and awareness. Kudos to the Chronicle for all the local news you are reporting on. Recent articles on Professor/Librarian, the upcoming Board of Master Online Teacher Trustees election; the Prairie College of Lake County, restaurant on campus; IL and some of CLC student organizations all point to an exciting and engaged student community. Be heard.  And, thanks for reporting Submit letters on the crucial issue of gun violence. to the Chronicle. While we may disagree on Room C-101 solutions, it is nice to see a 847-543-2057 student paper taking on controversial topics. chronicle@  Finally, thanks for Joshua clcillinois.edu May’s reflection on what

candidate Darl Drummond. It is too soon after her December 2012 retirement from CLC to enable her to make an effective transition to the role of Board Member. We do not recommend candidate Barbara Oilschlager.  Her lack of support of CLC President, Jerry Weber, is cause for concern.  Having served four consecutive terms on the CLC Board (24 years) it is time for Ms. Oilschlager to step aside. It would be most

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Trustee Barbara Oilschlager was late to Tuesday’s meeting and was unable to cast her vote, but wanted to be acknowledged as opposing another tuition increase. “I didn’t support the in-

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as a whole,” Westberg said. “I feel we can all work with the financial burden as long as it benefits the school.” Although Lumber voted in favor of the tuition increase, he wants the administration to find other alternatives to deal with cutting costs instead of looking at tuition increase as a quick fix solution each year.

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luis gallo

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Shamrocks, leprechauns, tons of beer and an appetite for corn beef and cabbage have dominated the U.S. for over three centuries now. The date March 17th is seen as a celebration of the Irish Culture with unique traditions that go along every city. In the early 5th century Saint Patrick was seen as a hero to the Irish community. With his teachings and performances, he spread Christianity throughout Ireland in rapid succession. Eliminating Paganism over several years with constant travel and countless baptisms. Shamrocks were used by St. Peter in order to explain the trinity and later became a trademark in Irish Catholics. March 17th also marks the date of his death and also a celebration of all his teachings to Ireland. The day is seen as a big thank you for all he has given to the country and they honor him for it. As America became a safe haven for millions of immigrants around the world, Irish immigrants brought

several of their traditions along with them. The first St. Patrick’s day festival was held in 1762, on the streets of New York City. With the rise of immigration the parade in New York City has increased in size since then. Soon many of the immigrants spread around the U.S. taking different traditions wherever they would go. Traditions in Ireland begin a week before March 17th with festivals showcasing Ireland’s native dances, traditional meals, carnivals, and several street performers. The final and most extravagant event takes place in Dublin with a 2.5-kilometer parade with bagpipes, marching bands, chariots, and men in kilts. St. Patrick’s day however is reserved for mass and prayer honoring Saint Patrick himself. Many pubs are closed for the day honoring the importance of the event and the Saint himself. With so much Irish traditions in the U.S. Lake County has picked up a variety of events during St. Patrick’s week. Libertyville’s own “Mickey Finns” brewery and pub will be holding their

fifth annual Miseracordia fundraiser. Mickey Finn’s established itself as an Irish bar with themes that last all year round. There’s always something going on even when it isn’t St. Patrick’s Day. With live music and an assortment of traditional Irish dancers. This spot has become a staple in the Lake County scene. Many CLC students have different opinions when it comes to the Irish holiday. Different traditions for the holiday differ with every single family around the Lake County area. “I usually just wear green so I don’t get pinched. It’s a fun holiday that can really be celebrated by anyone. You don’t have to be Irish in order to enjoy the festivities,” CLC student Jeni Mata said. “When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, I think of leprechauns and having red hair! I would usually be that kid that would pinch anyone that wasn’t wearing green,” Alyssa Garcia said. While other students had a different take on the holiday, “It’s something that really shouldn’t be for here. People

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First St. Patrick’s Day festival held in New York City in 1762

March 17th marks the day of St. Patrick’s death

in the U.S. seem to take the holiday out of context and totally miss the point of what it’s really meant to be,” Sandra Silva said. “It’s really just another excuse to get drunk, and celebrate a holiday that’s not really for everybody,” Taylor Pieklo said. Even so that doesn’t change the tremendous popularity that it has on this country. The Chicago Land area has had a variety of traditions

Many pubs in Ireland are closed on St. Patrick’s day in honor of the holiday

St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin is 2.5 kilometers long

throughout the history of St. Patrick’s Day in America. One of the most well known events is the Chicago River turning green as it is dyed for the special occasion. Chicago’s parade is held the day before March 17th and commemorates the different festivities Ireland is used to. From Balbo Dr. to Monroe St. Chicago will showcase an hour-long celebration of the Irish traditions.

‘Oz’ visually stunning but lacks character

Alex aranda

Staff Reporter

The original literary work of L. Frank Baum’s, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, proved to be an influential literary classic impacting film and theatrical industries over the past century. The magical world of Oz came to be the setting for one of the most beloved stories of the 20th century. With its release in 1900, Baum’s initial work stemmed a 14 piece novel fantasy set, several musical productions, the classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland, the sensational 1978 Broadway adaptation, the Wiz, starring Nipsey Russel and Michael Jackson, several television shows, a Muppets spin-off, and the most recent addition, the computer-generated (CG) prequel to the 1939 film, Oz the Great and Powerful.

Directed by Sam Raimi and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Oz the Great and Powerful (released March 8, rated PG) unravels the CG approach to the world of Oz. The film provided a well animated perceptional stepping stone for the audience. Even after receiving mixed reviews from notable critics, the prequel depicted a semireliable focal point of life in Oz before Dorothy, Toto and friends followed the yellow brick road. The plot follows Oscar Diggs (James Franco) on his journey to attaining recognition as the Wizard of Oz. A conceited circus show magician, womanizer and rebel to society, Oscar rejects mainstream society and intends on living a life of fame and fortune. His plans are short lived as the circus is interrupted by a tornado and he is transported to Oz within

the classic whirling cyclone. Once in Oz, Oscar encounters new friends, creatures and three witches named Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams). Oz becomes increasingly attractive to Oscar until he encounters obstacles requiring him to come to grips with the realization of his self-centered behavior and change or accept the doom of his new friends and Oz. Oscar’s character is a societal generalization of mainstream desires derived within the manifest destiny throughout American history. The information of Oscar Diggs’s life is brief and limited, offering little depth to the character as not much is mentioned about his origins or family. Although the film offers a faint idea of the time period, one can assess the obstacles

surrounding the people of the mid-western United States at that time. It would have been nice to see some of the old characters from the 1939 film. If only they could’ve been incorporated the film in a brief scene depicting their whereabouts, thereby allowing some further depth to the holistic backdrop of Oz before the 1939 classic. Unfortunately, the film leaves the audience guessing. Even though this information was lacking, the new characters make up for the absence of the Scarecrow, Lion and Tin-man. It is a good movie. The animation is brilliant. The scene inside the tornado as it hurled debris from the circus and nearby farms near Oscar almost claiming his life, captured the intensity and disorientation of what the inside of a tornado would

entail. The attention to detail in creating the diverse fauna and flora within Oz delivered a new appreciation for CG. Some of the more exhilarating scenes involved flying monkeys, a waterfall and the battle scenes between good and evil.The ensemble cast delivered an exponentially applauding performance, delivering each of their roles accordingly. Prequels are never a walk in the park. There is a lot at stake when developing the plot, cinematography and dialogue to match up with the original production. Though certain identities and references were glossed over or completely omitted, Raimi and crew stayed true to the delicacies of the classic 1939 film and approached the production of the CG film with refreshing viewpoints of Baum’s Oz.


A&E ‘Tina’s’ a slice of Sicily in Lake County Chronicle

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Alex aranda Staff Reporter

Nestled in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea sits the Italian autonomous region of Sicily, an island whose history is rich with cross cultural heritage emphasized in art, literature, music, religion, education and cuisine. It’s intertwined roots surface through the centuries of cultural overlap between Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman and Spanish influences. The island’s inhabitants flourish under the Mediterranean sun, surrounded by the ancient sea, as the atmosphere blooms over its beautiful hilly fertile soil. Sicily bears the fruits of some of Italy’s wonderful culture. Perhaps the most significant fruit to have blossomed in Italy, flourishing in the Gurnee area of Lake County is Tina Tortorici and her restaurant, Tina’s Italian Bake Shop. Born and raised in Caltabellotta, Sicily, south of Palermo, Tortorici immigrated to the United States in 1979 and eloped with her former husband (at the time a soldier in the United States Navy). Initially, she obtained a teaching degree, but her joyous love for the Sicilian cuisine prevailed. She worked in Chicago pizzeria restaurants before opening an Italian restaurant

in Gurnee with her former husband called, Tina and Tony’s. After a five year stint at Tina and Tony’s, the couple separated and Tortorici moved on to open Tina’s Italian Bake Shop with their only daughter, Angie Childers, twelve years ago. Upon entering Tina’s Italian Bake Shop, one is embraced with the pleasant warm feeling of a Sicilian home. Alex Aranda • The Chronicle A deli-case You can taste Tina Tortorici’s love for her native Sicily in her restaurant’s dishes packed with an array of produce, cheeses and The traditional soups, The impact Tina’s Italian You need to love everything bread appeals to the open pastas, and Sicilian focaccia Bake Shop has on the com- about it or you’ll get tired,” market sensation one might bread are made from scratch. munity of Lake County is Tortorici said. encounter in Italy. The distinctive version apparent with the consistent Her menu has changed “I believe in good food,” of Sicilian focaccia bread, flow of business. very little after twelve Tortorici said. “All my prepared fresh every mornAs lunch approaches, the years in business, offering a greens and veggies are ing, fills the restaurant with restaurant swells as people variety of soups, salads, organic. I’m very particular subtle hints of oregano, rose- crowd the place picking sandwiches, pasta entrees about where I get my prod- mary, and other herbs and up some of Tina’s locally and desserts. uct.” spices. renowned lasagna and perciTina’s warm and affectionThe cherished memories Tina’s kitchen embodies atelli entrees. ate cuisine of Sicilian decent of Tortorici’s family, cap- the techniques that immerge “I want people to feel continues to please the appetured within the rustic photos from her nonna’s (grand- like they’re on vacation in tites of Lake County’s comsuspended on the walls em- mother’s) recipes. Italy when they come here,” munity. bellish the homey sensation The array of eye appealing Tortorici said. “No worries, “It’s like a big family, evof the deeply beloved cul- desserts like Tiramisu and just lunch, a cappuccino, erybody knows everybody. ture. Cannoli plump up the des- biscotti, and forget about ev- It’s a lot of fun,” Tortorici The sounds of Italian sert cooler beautifully wait- erything,” she added. said. Holding true to the music harmoniously cushion ing to be devoured. Though the customers generosity of her Sicilian the tone of the restaurant. “I just like making people encounter a relaxing expe- heritage, she smiles with Yet the most satisfying happy,” Tortorici said. “I rience, lunch rushes tend open arms she said, “Come, sensations hovering within cook for my customers the to be fairly hectic for the manja! Manja!” (Eat! Eat!). the walls of Tina’s restaurant same way that I cook for employees. For more information are the ever inviting aromas my grandchildren. I want “It’s hard at times when it’s on Tina’s Italian Bake of the unique red sauces that everyone to eat good food,” very busy. But I love it. You Shop visit the website stew away on the range. Tortorici said. have to be a people person. at tinasitaliancafe.com

‘Stoker’ disturbingly well-executed thriller kelley byrne Editor-in-Chief

Director Park Chan-wook, whose film “Oldboy” inspired an American cult following, has recently released “Stoker, “an artistic psychological thriller. Fans of the director won’t be disappointed by the film, but the average viewer might be left confused and possibly disgusted. The film centers on the main character, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) whose 18th birthday brings the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney) and the appear-

ance of her uncle Charles Stoker (Matthew Goode). A bizarre coming of age story and love triangle ensues as India’s mother, Evelyn (Nicole Kidman) is attracted to Charles’s resemblance to her late husband’s younger self. India is seduced by her uncle’s mysterious charms. The film’s tagline, “Innocence ends” is the perfect description for the film as it challenges conventional coming of age stories, and makes fun of human sexuality by portraying it so disturbingly. Viewers might feel like

their innocence has also been taken away from them in some incredibly disturbing scenes. Although the film has a grim and often disturbing plot, it is held together by flawless cinematography. The film is nothing without the acting and cinematography, as the lines sometimes sound like they are drawn out on purpose. There is so much detail in each scene that it often feels like an intricate painting. Each part blends together like Kidman’s hair to tall blades of grass. Wasikowska is deadpan

and quiet for the most part, which creates an eerie sense of emptiness to her character. Even when she finally smiles towards the end of the film, the audience can infer she’s only doing it to put on a show. Goode’s ability to constantly smile is a perfect mirror to Wasikowska’s character. It creates the same feeling of emptiness only much more threatening. This elevates the story to a higher level of disturbing. It seems like this film might have translated better to the audience if it hadn’t been cast with non-Korean

actors, because Hollywood does not see films like this very often. A good comparison would be the film “Blue Velvet” directed by David Lynch. Both films make you feel trapped within the movie as if you can’t escape the disturbing content. The color schemes are saturated and surreal while events are often exaggerated in order to create that eerie desperate feeling. “Stoker” is definitely a strange film and not for everyone, but if the viewer is familiar with the director they shouldn’t be surprised.


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CLC hosts Spring Reading Series event Courtney Gillen Features Editor

CLC will be hosting a Spring Reading Series on Mar. 19 at 7 p.m. in C005 and will feature performing poets Derrick Brown and Shanny Jean Maney. The event will be free and open to the public. With its unique and interactive take on poetry, the event allows the audience to get involved with the performer and their most personal thoughts. Unlike reading and analyzing poems, which are often left open ended for interpretation, performing poetry allows the poet to interpret their poem for the audience, add emphasis and intonation and bring their work to life. “It is appealing in both a cerebral and physical way. [You’ll] hear tone, inflictions, interpretation, the musical quality of the performer’s voice as well as the visual experiences of the performer’s posture and move-

ments,” said CLC English Professor Larry Starzec. The excitement, entertainment and sheer enjoyment that come from performance poetry have contributed to its recent growth. “It teaches us things about ourselves, about the human condition and it entertains us in a multitude of ways- it has energy, it’s lyrical, it appeals to our imagination and allows the writer to relate to their audience in a very direct and oftentimes intimate way,” said Starzec. The combination of the intimacy and rhythm of the performance along with its raw and uncensored emotion often leave the audience with a personal connection to the poet. Brown and Maney have produced nothing short of this at past shows. “Performance poetry comes alive when read aloud. Sound is manipulated. Timing and delivery lead the audience to meaning. It takes

the audience through a range of emotions and entertains them along the way,” said Joel Chmara, CLC Communications Professor and longtime friend of Brown and Maney. Chmara has performed with both Brown and Maney numerous times and will be the MC for the event. “The show will be one part comedy show, one part awe striking theater, one part revolution breaking out in a dive bar,” Chmara said. Brown, a decorated former paratrooper, is president of Write Bloody Publishing, what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent presses in the country.” He is also the author of four books of poetry and has been praised by publishing’s like the New York Times and has become one of America’s most beloved performing poets. Brown has performed at over 1,800 venues and universities along with countless other events, both national and

international, including the Mission Creek Literary Festival and The Berlin International Literary Festival. Derrick Brown’s poetry reads well, it has meaning, and reader’s respond to it, but when he performs them those same poems seem to hit an even higher level, they hit the audience in the gut and the heart as well as the head,” Starzec said. Maney co-founded The Encyclopedia Show, which appears in venues internationally, features various local and traveling artists to use their musical and verbal talents to create an encyclopedia entry each month. Both Maney and co-founder Robbie Q. Telfer curated the original show in Chicago. Her first book of poetry, I Love Science!, came out this past spring from Brown’s Write Bloody Publishing. “Seeing [Brown] perform live stirs the senses and feels like a rock concert. He embodies everything that

performance poetry celebrates. Shannon is one of the bravest performers I have ever seen. She stands vulnerable and open to the audience,” Chmara said, “Shanny makes you laugh with her, at her, and then shifts gears and suddenly you are moved beyond words.” With constant appraisal and building publicity from show to show, Brown and Maney are expected to have an amazing and memorable performance. The poets will be available after the show in the auditorium, C005, to talk with the audience. Books and merchandise will be available for sale and signing. “Many of us have limited and mind-numbingly boring experiences with poetry, but modern performance poetry is really engaging,” said Chmara, “If you’re new to hearing poetry, you can expect to laugh your buns off one moment and feel your heart ripped out of your chest the

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‘Light it up Blue’ puts Autism in spotlight Alexandra Turcios Staff Reporter

Apr. 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. CLC celebrates this day with an annual event known as Light It Up Blue. This is sponsored by an autism advocacy organization, Autism Speaks, which promotes autism research and outreach activities aimed at the public. On this day, buildings all over the world steer awareness towards autism by illuminating their halls with blue lights. From the Sydney Opera House, to the Great Pyramids of Giza, The Empire State Building and Willis Tower in Chicago, this effort for autism awareness is global. Tom Crowe in the Office for Students with Disabilities is the main coordinator who organizes and works with countless volunteers to make this event happen at CLC. As the third annual Light It Up Blue campaign at CLC, this day will be filled with festivities while at the same time spreading awareness for autism and the Disabled Students Alliance. Festivi-

ties include information tables, giveaways, raffles and more, in Andersen Court. Non-alcoholic blue martini’s will also be served and the Disabled Student Alliance will vote on the “bluest” and most creative office. The winning office gets pizza. This event offers ubiquitous fun for a larger cause. “As an institution of higher learning, what better way to support education about autism? It benefits students, staff, and our larger community. Enjoying a day when “blue rules” allows everyone to have a little fun for a good cause,” Mary Bretzlauf said, the co-advisor for the Disabled Students Alliance. “Light It Up Blue is a significant annual event at CLC since it combines advocacy, awareness, and affirmation to a population that is too often marginalized.” Autism, a pervasive developmental disorder, is often the cataract of misconceptions. This is because a large portion of people who have not been exposed to autism distort the disorder. “Autism affects 1 in 88

American children - 1 in 54 boys - it is something that everyone needs to be more aware of. If you think you don’t know anyone on the autism spectrum, chances are you do; they just haven’t told you yet,” Bretzlauf said. More people are diagnosed with autism today, than previously thought. Some do not even know that they have autism. Autism can affect anyone-in the most indiscernible ways. This realization can help drive focus towards Light It Up Blue. “While so many children are being diagnosed, this ultimately translates to a future with many more adults with autism. Too often, services for adults are difficult to come by or non-existent,” Bretzlauf said. World Autism Awareness Day reminds us that we all need to learn more to address the present and future challenges for autistic individuals, their families, and their communities. Being aware of this can help facilitate solutions and outreach programs for this growing population.

“There are many misconceptions about autism. Sometimes the press links autistic individuals with criminal activity. People with autism are not prone to violence; in fact, they are more often the victims of bullying and violence,” Bretzlauf said. “Autism is a spectrum. Symptoms range from nonverbal children and adults to Asperger Syndrome, which is associated with unusual areas of giftedness along with social awkwardness. As with people without autism, each individual is different. There is no one description.” Those diagnosed with autism are able to live a normal life, it is not a terminal illness like it may be perceived. The opaque lens that is shadowed over autism is able to be cleared up with Light It Up Blue. “After I tell people I have Autism they are usually shocked. I don’t act like I do. I think others perceive me as a normal person and student. No one can really tell I have autism so many do not know,” John Touhy said, a student active in the Disabled Students Alliance.

“One thing I would want people to know is that it isn’t really a disease. I would classify it more as a lifestyle and that’s how I think others should view it as well.” Being able to break the misconceptions of autism through Light It Up Blue is just one way it brings the community together. You can donate to Autism Speaks while learning about autism and support a good cause. Getting involved, whether it is stopping by Andersen Court for a little while or donating will, it will make a huge difference-and that is the overall goal of the campaign. “It is a great thing CLC is coming together to create autism awareness. It’s something that is usually just swept away when talking about things to bring awareness to, and it’s nice to see it getting the recognition it deserves in the last few years,” Touhy said. Autism is a very important cause that we all should take the time to inform ourselves about and Light It Blue creates the perfect opportunity to do so.

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Lancers baseball swings Tennis prepares for quickly approachinto action in Florida

Joe Copeland

Staff Reporter

There are some things that are instantly recognizable in the world of sports. In football it’s the sound of crunching pads and basketball has the perennial squeaking of sneakers. However, not a lot can compare to the pop that a baseball glove makes when catching ball. That popping sound is about to become familiar at the College of Lake County, which can only mean one thing, it’s baseball season once again. This season’s team returns eight players from spring 2012, including Caleb Haley who had the teams lowest ERA at 2.85. Infielder Malcolm Frazier also returns. Frazier hit a superb .301 last spring. There is a lot of offense that needs to be replaced this season. Leading home run and RBI man Pat Wilson has moved on as has Andrew Hosford who was second only to Wilson in RBI’s and on-base percentage. Freshman Jared Helmich sees great potential with this year’s lineup. “We have a solid line-up from top to bottom. The middle of the line-up has a lot of power and the rest of the hitters are very good contact hitters,” Helmich

said. “We have a lot of speed top to bottom and our bench is also solid with a lot of strong hitters.” A major focus for this season’s edition of CLC Baseball must be consistency. Their 23-22 record last spring is a strong indication of the perpetual ups and downs during a long season. In order for this team to reach the next level, they must find a way to ride out these tough stretches. Each team has their own way of battling these struggles. On an individual level, different players handle the stresses in their own way. However, Helmich will look to his teammates for support. “The team is really supportive of each other so no matter what happens I know that my teammates will always be there to pick me up and I will be there for them,” Helmich said. “On the field, our focus has to be on defense. Our hitting and pitching is strong so as long as we can make plays in the field we are going to win a lot of games this year.” The team will be kicking off their season down in sunny Florida. For many players this is a once a lifetime opportunity to show their skills on a big stage. “I can’t wait to just get going down in Florida, we’ve been indoors long

enough and I’m ready to see what we can do,” said sophomore catcher Sean Harling. “I’m excited about this team and know that we can compete with any team as long as we stay focused and keep our main goal in line.” No team is the same from season-to-season. With the quick two years of eligibility at CLC, the roster is ever evolving and a team’s success on the field could greatly hinge on how well they bond away from the game. Harling sees no issue with this. “This team, already, is the best team I’ve ever played for. We push each other to our limits and know that each of us can get better every day,” Harling said. “Off the field, some of the best guys I’ve ever met. We all get along great and hang out as often as possible.” The Lancers began their season with an 11-6 loss against Tiffin, Mar. 13. This will start the six game schedule in Florida before the team returns home. The pieces seem to be in place for this team: a strong pitching staff, balanced lineup and the desire to achieve big things this season. “I expect us to be really good this year,” Harling said. “We’re going to try and bring a National Championship to CLC.”

ing 2013 campaign Anthony Skillen Staff Reporter

With spring just around the corner, the men’s tennis team is ready to play. Head Coach Randy Malone is entering his ninth season and is preparing his team for the 2013 campaign. “Right now we are practicing in Deer Creek,” Malone said. “We are using this time right now to get (the team) physically and mentally ready.” While the team’s roster is set, the match rankings are still up in the air. “We are also getting their [the team] strokes better and deciding who are numbers one through six in singles,” Malone said. As is the case with most spring sports, the team will have to deal with cold temperatures and more than likely a little snow on the ground. But weather won’t slow the Lancers quick season down. “In April, we have two to three matches a week and the season is done,” he added. Unlike in high school tennis, every player on the team has to participate in both singles and doubles, which can pose a challenge. “Some of these play-

ers never played singles or doubles in high school, so I have to teach them what to do,” Malone said. For the players that never had experience with doubles, Coach Malone has the new players work on specific drills to get them ready. “I have them work on working with a partner, moving when they are not hitting because they are used to hitting the ball when they are in singles play,” Malone said. “It’s a different kind of game because the setting is different and there is a lot less volleying than in singles play.” In the Skyway Conference, some teams have an indoor tennis court and Malone has to prepare his team for the different setting, but has limited time to do so. “We only get to go practice once a week at an indoor facility compared to most of the teams in the conference where they have an indoor facility that they practice in a lot,” Malone said. “So they have a little bit of an advantage compared to us.” The Lancers open their season Mar. 28 at Oakton Community College.

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2013 Major League Baseball predictionsK Anthony Skillen Staff Reporter

The weather is starting to get warmer, birds are coming back from the south, and that means baseball is back. A lot of moves happened this past off season, especially in the American League, where anything can happen. AL EAST The team that has been getting a lot of attention is the Toronto Blue Jays and all of the spending they did in the off season. The Blue Jays signed 2012 Cy Young Award Winner R.A. Dicky from the New York Mets. Along with the signing of Dicky, the Blue Jays traded for pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson and shortstop Jose Reyes. The acquisitions make them the team to beat in the East. The surprise team of last season was the Baltimore Orioles. They are a good team with the hitting and speed of Adam Jones and the power of Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters. If this team stays healthy, then they will be back in the playoffs. The New York Yankees will be without Mark Texiera or Alex Rodriguez until May or June. As strong as the east is, these injuries as well as the age of the Yankees won’t bode well. The team that needs to bounce back from a dreadful season is the Boston Red Sox. After the failed experiment with manager Bobby Valentine last season, new skipper John Farrell is at the helm for the first time in his career. The BoSox made a splash this offseason acquiring pitcher Ryan Dempster, infielders Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew as well as outfielder, Shane Victorino. With arguably the best farm system in the bigs, the Tampa Bay Rays improved with addition by subtraction. They traded away pitchers Wade Davis and James Shield for top tier prospects. 2012 Cy Young contender David Price leads the team on the mound while Evan Longoria leads the team on offense and to the post season. AL WEST. For the second year in a row the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim signed the top free agent, inking Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125

million contract. He will man the middle of the lineup with Albert Pujols and 2012 Rookie of the Year Mike Trout . With the addition of Tommy Hanson, the Angels starting rotation is the deepest in the AL West, possibly the league. Because of Hamilton leaving Texas, the Rangers are not going to be as last year. Their major additions this season were catcher A.J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman. The sleeper team in the west will be the Oakland A’s. They signed japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima and traded for all-star centerfielder Chris Young. AL CENTRAL The AL Central will be a two team race between the Chicago White Sox and the reigning AL Champions, the Detroit Tigers. The loss of Pierzynski will hurt the Sox but the still have the makings of a playoff ballclub. The only thing stopping the Sox will be the defending AL Champion Tigers. They have a good hitting squad with Miguel Cabrera, but the question mark is their bullpen. They’re lack of late inning depth might keep them from the playoffs. NL EAST The team that has been getting that publicity is the Washington Nationals. The Nationals are ready for this season and their pitching squad that they have definitely shows it. With Stephen Strasburg off his inning count, Gio Gonzalez and the addition of Dan Haren, the Nationals have the strongest pitching rotation in baseball for the second year running. And who could not forget about the National’s big hitter, Bryce Harper who could get the MVP this season if he has another great season this year. The Philadelphia Phillies did not make the playoffs last season due to injuries of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard who are the heart and soul of that team. Now that they are healthy, the team should be contenders of the division race because of Roy Halliday and the additon of John Lannan to the back half of the rotation. The acquiring of Michael Young solidifies their corner infield spot. team has. NL CENTRAL

The team to beat is the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds have won the division twice in the last three years and they have a good chance to win in this year as well. With the fantastic squad that they have involving Joey Votto and new guy Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland Indians, the teams should be as dominant as they were last year. But, the team that will have a good chance to go in the playoffs as well in this division is the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates are a young team, and they could get compared to last year’s Oakland As’ with all of the young talent that they have especially Andrew McCutchen. I like them to get a wild

card spot and they could go far into the playoffs if they can show it that they belong there. NL WEST The Dodgers made a big trade last season with the Boston Red Sox acquiring big names as Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett. Along with this, the Dodgers made pitcher Zack Greinke the highest paid pitcher in baseball. Now, along with Beckett and Greinke and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, the pitching will be a force to be reckoned with in the West. As far as the hitting, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have a lot more help with Gonzalez and Crawford with them this season. The defending World Series Champion Giants is the

only team in the West that can compete with the Dodgers. The Giants won it all last season, but I don’t thinkf that they will do it again thisb season. The pitching squad theyc is sub-par even though theys have such names as Mattt Cain and Tim Lincecum,f that’s basically all that theyE have. Linceum is the majors factor in their success. N He struggled last year finishing 10-15 with a 5.18d ERA. b As for the offense, defend-w ing NL MVP Buster Poseyb and World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval lead the charge. o The biggest blow to theirt bats was losing Melky Ca-w brera. b t

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sKane puts Hawks back on winning track sam greenberg Sports Editor

Don’t worry Blackhawks kfans…everything is going to sbe okay. Even though the streak for yconsecutive points to start a yseason ended at 24 with loss tto Colorado, Mar. 8 and was ,followed by an ugly loss to yEdmonton, the Hawks are rstill the best team in the NHL. r After a much needed three 8day break, the Hawks got back to their winning ways -with a 2-1 win over Columybus, Mar. 14. - After a scoreless first period, Patrick Kane fired a pass rto a streaking Johnny Oduya -who put the Hawks on the board with his first goal of the season. The assist gave Kane his 400th NHL point in just 426 career games. Less than a minute later, after a holding penalty on the Hawks Sheldon Brookbank, the Blue

Jackets Jack Johnson blasted a one-timer past Corey Crawford to tie the game. The Hawks out shot the Blue Jackets 13-3 in the third period but outstanding goaltending by Sergei Bobrovsky kept the Blue Jackets alive to force overtime. At the start of overtime, the Hawks were down a man but managed to kill the power play. They Hawks out shot the Blue Jackets again but Bobrovsky held his ground forcing their seventh shootout of the short season. “We had some great chances to score in overtime but (Bobrovsky) came up with some huge saves the whole game long,” Crawford

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The Jackets jumped to a quick 1-0 lead in the shootout courtesy of Artem Anisimov, but were matched by a Jonathan Toews signature five-hole shot to knot things up. Crawford made a nice stick-side save on Ryan Johansen to send Kane onto the ice.

Kane has a highlight reel of impressive shootout goals and this attempt was no different. After several dekes and some fancy footwork, the Hawks had a 2-1 shootout lead. “He has the puck a lot and he’s a threat,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told the AP of Kane. “He was dangerous a lot tonight.” Crawford put the game away on the next shot and the Hawks improved to 22-2-3 on the year The entire game featured outstanding and wild goaltending from both sides. Kane was named the game’s third star while Crawford, who stopped a respectable 29 shots to move to 12-2-3 on the year and earned second star of the game honors. He was outdone by Bobrovsky, who made 39 saves

to earn the number one star. The win marked the fourth one-goal win the Hawks have tallied over the Blue Jackets this season. “They’ve been playing really well lately,” Kane told AP. “They’re a good team, especially compared to last year. It was a good fight for us.” The Hawks were still without forward Patrick Sharp, who will be out three to four more weeks after suffering a shoulder injury Mar. 6 against Colorado. The Blackhawks lead the league with 47 total points, four ahead of second place Anaheim in the Western Conference. The Hawks are on the road for three straight and will meet up with Ahaheim after a game on Mar. 16 in Dallas. With just 21 games left, the Hawks have given fans every reason to believe they will go deep into the playoffs.

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Lancers bring the heat in Florida, start season 8-0 Joe Copeland Staff Reporter

Momentum is a precious commodity in the world of sports. The Lancers softball team is bringing home the momentum after starting the season by winning their first eight games in Florida. Freshman Raquel Ness is encouraged by the results down South. “It’s obviously very exciting,” Ness said. “We all played exceptionally well, especially for it being our first time playing together. We knew what we went down there for and we did it.” The offense was a juggernaut throughout the trip, as evidenced by the team scoring nine or more runs times and outscoring opponents 75-46. Even more astounding is each win saw a different player step up for the game winning hit. Freshman Sally Snarski led the offensive charge with a .545 batting average and is one of eight Lancers who hit over .300 during the trip. The trip was not without

adversity, as Coach Garcia proudly spoke about a particular game that epitomizes this team. Trailing 8-0 heading into the bottom of the third against St. Clair Community College, Mar. 8, freshman Marquita Wright wouldn’t let the team quit. “Wright wouldn’t let us feel sorry for ourselves,” Garcia said. “She got everyone standing up on the fence, cheering for the team.” The inspired Lancers scored 16 unanswered runs, including at seven-run fifth. They tallied two more in the sixth to complete the eightrun slaughter rule, winning 16-8. “I think the team learned never to say never that day,” Garcia said. Veteran star Brenda Botzenhart did not miss a beat from last season. Her four home runs and 13 RBIs both lead the team. However, it’s not just the offense that’s been impressive. Stellar defense by the Lancers contributed to their streak, averaging only two errors a game.

“We made some major league plays: diving catches, double plays, executing a rundown and throwing a couple runners out at the plate,” Garcia said. Freshmen pitchers Deanna Wise and Stephanie Rodriguez both earned wins while five of the 10 fielders remain perfect in the field. Right now the team is trying to stay level-headed after their hot start. Sophomore Alexis Lopez has the old adage in mind, taking it one day at a time. “I believe this season we have to take it one game at time and to build or learn from our previous ones and we got it,” Lopez said. Both Ness and Coach Garcia agree that overconfidence will not be an issue going forward. “We are far from cocky, but confident in ourselves and our future,” Garcia said. “We believe in each other and know that the game does not rest on one person’s shoulders. There are 13 players that can handle the ball and the whole team can feel the energy and excitement that each of the players bring

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to the field.” Ness feels the closeness of the team will help keep each other in line. “Each of us will need to keep each other in check,” Ness said. “I don’t think we have any over confidence issues as of now, but we all know each other pretty well

so we’ll have no problem telling each other the truth.” Complacency is a dangerous thing, and this team would do well to avoid it. However, expectations are high for the rest of the way. All the pieces are in place, now it’s time to go get the expected results.

CLC Men and Women’s basketball fall in playoffs Kyle Risinger Staff Reporter

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Jerry Gaylor led the Lancers Men’s basketball team in points (18.9), rebounds (6.0) and steals (1.6) per game. Both the Lancers Men’s and Women’s team lost their first round playoff games Feb. 28

The season has come to an end for both the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. The Women’s basketball team was ousted in the first round, losing by 30 points to South Suburban College. The team looks to improve next year after the bad loss. They have some things to go back on however as they finished the season at 16-14. The Men’s Basketball Team was ousted in the first round as well. With a brief overview of their season, one can see that it was below expectations, finishing sixth in the Skyway Conference with a 7-22 record. The season ended Feb. 28 at Waubonsee Community College as the Lancers lost 65-58. However, Waubonsee posted a 24-8 record through the regular season, according to the NJCAA.

For the Lancers to lose by seven points to a team of Waubonsee’s caliber is a big boost for their confidence. Freshman Fred Tompkins said they wanted to win badly. They didn’t win, but they weren’t blown out. They stuck to it and fought against one of the better teams in the conference. The team may be hanging their heads after the loss but with the way they came together as a team at the end of the season and the playoffs, they have nothing to be disappointed about. And that can help Coach Ramsey’s cause as he continues to look for a championship. “He’s the best coach I’ve ever had,” Tompkins said. With high praise come high expectations. Coach Ramsey is a great coach and this past season did not show his true colors. His team will be back next year and they will be ready.


March 15, 2013