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CLC Teachers Union elects new officials Erin Kelly News Editor

CLC’s Federation of Teachers, local 2394 elected a new president and secretary April 16 after the current officers stepped down because their terms ended. Vasilka Maslanka and Holly Ledvina will replace current union president and secretary Rick Soller and Ellen Anderson in mid-May. 73 percent of members voted. “I’m excited and honored to represent my colleagues because I work with wonderful people,” Maslanka said. Maslanka was the only presidential candidate and said Soller asked her to run. She is an English instructor and has never held a union position. “I felt if he came to ask me it was probably needed that I do it,” she said. This lack of participation is something Maslanka would like to address at the full-time faculty union over her approaching two-year term. “Maybe when I leave my position there will be a real election with two or three people,” she said. “Wouldn’t that be exciting?” She plans to encourage union participation by making the meetings as efficient as possible so people are not sitting, staring at their watches, she said. But overall, her goal is to maintain the good work Soller has done, Maslanka said. UNION / page 6

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Tracey Hoy reads letters to the Board of Trustees from those who could not attend the meeting. Both students and faculty addressed the Board.

Board to decide fate of professor emeritus Miles Hoehne Managing Editor

Board members were addressed by several CLC faculty and students at the April 22 Board meeting, speaking in response to the Dean of Adult Basic Education’s decision not to renew faculty member Suzanne Leibman’s Professor Emeritus status. In an April 17 email to faculty, former Faculty Union President Rick Soller said the non-renewal of Leibman’s emeritus status was a decision whose justification was unprecedented. “The sole reason provided by Raiana Mearns, Dean of Adult Education,

was to give preference to adjuncts whom have status to receive a Good Faith Offer,” Soller said. Leibman is an Adult Basic Education, GED and ESL professor who started teaching at CLC in 1991 and continued to teach after retirement, but in late March she was notified that her Professor Emeritus status had not been renewed. In a letter addressed to the Board written by Nedra Adams-Soller, she also addressed her concerns with the Board’s decision. “The decision to deny professor emeritus status to Suzanne Leibman appears baseless and personal, and is affecting employee

morale,” Adams-Soller said. In her letter also cited an excerpt from Jay Parini’s article, “Living up to the Meaning of Emeritus,” in the May 12, 2000 edition of “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” “So it’s not mere kindness to ‘include’ emeriti in the workings of an institution. It’s common sense,’” Adams-Soller said, quoting the article. Adjunct ESL Adult Education and Literacy instructor and Adjunct Faculty Organization President Marilyn Sarich addressed the Board, in addition to presenting other letters from faculty members. “Many of us in Adult Ed feel that the denial of

Suzanne’s status is not related to her teaching performance, but rather to an event last fall,” Sarich said. “One of her students appeared at a board meeting to protest the cancelation of intensive ESL classes. Suzanne had nothing to do with this student’s appearance and the statement. To some of us, denying her in the middle of her emeritus status does smack of retribution.” ESL student Rebecca Arreola, who attends classes at the Lake Shore campus, told the Board how Leibman had helped her in the classroom. BOARD

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Therapy dogs help soothe ‘Dog Gone Stress’

Phil Brahm Editor-in-Chief

Five therapy dogs and their handlers from Therapy Dogs International will visit the Grayslake campus May 5, 8 and 13 to ease finals stress with comfort and companionship. “Dog Gone Stress,”

was piloted last semester by librarians Michelle Carter and Donna MacCartney in conjunction with the Counseling Center and the Office for Students with Disabilities. Therapy Dogs International is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing certified handlers and

their trained therapy dogs for visitations. Vickie Goode, a counselor at CLC explained the decision behind the dogs’ visit to CLC. “The end of the semester can be a stressful time for students, especially as they prepare for final exams,” Goode said.

“What a great way to take a break, de-stress and hang out for a while with a furry friend.” TDI consists entirely of volunteer handlers and has over 24,000 participants nationwide, in all 50 states. DOGS / page 2


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“She made me feel comfortable in class when I can’t pronounce,” Arreola said. “I remember one day when I had problems and wouldn’t want to go to class any more. She heard me and told me with her calm voice, ‘“Don’t worry, we are going to look for a solution.”’ Biology instructor Elisabeth Martin spoke to the Board on behalf of two colleagues who could not attend the meeting and read their statements. In the first letter by English instructor Jennifer Staben discussed how Leibman helped ESL students transition from Adult Education to college credit courses. “Every couple of semesters, I’m lucky enough to have some of Suzanne’s former students in my English class,” Staben’s letter said. “Suzanne gave them the confidence and skills to tackle that journey.”

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The second letter, written by retired ESL instructor Adena Staben, said Leibman devoted to her students outside the classroom. “When an ESL teacher was needed to partner with the horticulture department to develop vocational ESL, Suzanne volunteered for the job, donned big rubber boots to go out in the field with the students and instructor, learned what the students learned and created specialized materials,” Staben’s letter said. Leibman also took her work to other departments in order to further the learning of ESL students, the letter continued. “When the automotive department had the same request, Suzanne spent many, many hours in the classroom outside, learning about car engines and brakes and suspensions, resulting in curriculum and materials for this department as well,” Staben’s letter said.

ESL instructor Anna Kan also expressed her concerns to the Board. “We are stunned, disheartened and demoralized by the decision to deny our colleague Suzanne Leibman emeritus status at the College of Lake County,” Kan said. “We recognize this as a tremendous loss to the students who will be unable to benefit from the outstanding teaching practices Suzanne brings to the classroom.” Part-time Adult Education and Literacy instructor Derick Bonewitz also addressed the Board to object to the non-renewal. “I’m told that Suzanne’s contract is not being renewed so that room can be made for other adjuncts,” Bonewitz said. “This decision will be seen as arbitrary and capricious, perhaps even mean-spirited. That is an outcome the college can ill afford and we should all strive to avoid.” In a letter by CLC student Genoveva Topete, she stated how Leibman helped not

only improve her writing abilities, but others as well. “Thanks to Suzanne, today I can compose an email or letter with more confidence in myself,” Topete said. Topete added that she was not “completely ready,” but her grammar had improved and she and other students had gained trust in themselves. Topete asked the Board not to take away the opportunity from other students to know and learn from one of the “best teachers at CLC.” In response to Soller’s April 17 email, Adult Basic Education and Literacy instructor Jackie Hamlett shared her support of Leibman in an April 21 email. “Suzanne embodies and promotes CLC’s mission statement as a community college that delivers high quality, accessible learning opportunities to advance student success and strengthen the diverse communities we serve,” Hamlett said.

Along with their dogs, these handlers make frequent visits to schools, hospitals and other institutions where therapy dogs are needed. She said these visits offer a chance for people to take a step back from their everyday routines and are proven to benefit those who take advantage of these canine companions. According to TDI’s website, visits from therapy dogs have shown an increase in happiness, calmness and overall emotional wellbeing. It also has been clinically proven petting, touching and talking with animals lowers stress and depression. The four-footed therapists’ visit will mark the second time therapy dogs have visited CLC in the current academic year. “Since it was such a success, it was not only continued, but expanded,” Goode said. For more information on the event and the dogs coming to campus, visit the displays located in B-court and upstairs in the library.

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Annual plant sale helps to grow funds Freddy Miller Staff Reporter

May 8-9 the horticulture department will hold its annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in building H near Brae Loch road to raise funds for scholarships and career enhancement programs. Given the recent budget cuts that drastically affected the school and the horticulture department specifically, the sale will also serve to pay for the positions that the college will no longer be able to fund. Furthermore, the sale helps the department reach out to entities and people that might not otherwise know about the department and horticulture in general. “It gives the community as well as the college a chance to learn about the (horticulture) program in general that they might not otherwise have an opportunity to learn about,” Horticulture Department Chair Rory Klick said. Klick said the hard work of organizing the event often falls on the hands of the students involved in the horticulture program when they begin seeding in January. Klick and his colleagues meet in September to discuss what plants will go on sale and assess what crops are worth growing into the spring. They discuss what plants people liked the most and what grew the most productively. By far, the most productive and popular products are the hanging baskets, he said. “We have about 300 (hanging baskets) when we start and on the first day, I would say about one ‘o’ clock, they’re all gone,” Klick said. The plant sale provides a learning opportunity for the students involved in the program, however, Klick admits the challenge with this is “sometimes things don’t work out.”, meaning sometimes the plants the department plans to sell don’t actually make it to the sale because there is a mistake made and the crop fails.

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CLC’s annual plant sale is hosted by the horticulture department. The sale runs May 8-9 from 10a.m. to 7 p.m. That being said, Klick went on to talk about the sense of pride that students feel when it comes to selling their “classwork” come May. “The students are actually the best salesmen,” Klick said. “They know how the plants react in dry soil and heat. They’re the ones that have worked with it (the crop) all winter and all spring.” There is a plethora of plants to choose from including annuals like alyssum to zinnias in six-packs and four-inch containers as well as a wide variety of vegetables. In addition to this, there are herbs like rosemary, basil and thyme available for purchase and there is a wide range of year round plants, or perennials, available in six packs. Overall, the plant sale the horticulture department puts on every year, in addition to acting as a fundraiser, is also a chance for the department to get information out to thecollege as well as t

he local community. Furthermore, it serves as a learning experience for those students who have worked on the products year round. Similarly, the Grayslake Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on May 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Like CLC’s plant sale, products ranging from perennials, annuals, herbs and some vegetables will be for sale. The sale is located in the municipal parking lot opposite the Grayslake Village Hall and across the street from Grayslake Feed on the corner of Center and Seymour Street.

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Astronomy Day has CLC students seeing stars Ana Tarlas

Astronomy Day is sponsored by the Lake County Astronomical SoCLC hosts events ciety and CLC’s Engineerfor Astronomy Day ing, Math and Physical to educate about the Sciences division. All events importance of space on May are free and open to the 10 at the Grayslake public, and will be held in Campus. the Technology Building. Staff Reporter

There will be a variety of daytime events from noon to 4 p.m. Daytime activities consist of comet-making, solar observing through tel scopes, tour walking a scale model of the solar system, kids’ activities,

hands on telescopes and more. If weather permits, an evening star party is planned for 7-10 p.m., which gives participants the chance to view the moon and stars, Saturn, Jupiter

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and many other aspects of the night sky with a variety of well-equipped telescopes. Last year’s event brought hundreds of participants. Program Chairman Darryl Hedges said the events are meant to enlighten and educate members of the general public about astronomy. Club members set up exhibits and displays on astronomy related topics and their own binoculars and telescopes for the public to use. Club members will be available throughout the events to answer any questions. There are scheduled speakers to give star talks and short presentations about other additional subject matter relating to astronomy. These events are designed to uplift interest in the history of Earth and the solar system to people of all ages. “We want to spark their imaginations so that they will take an active interest in learning more about the history of the Earth, solar system, and universe,” he said. Hedges acknowledges the overwhelming amount of technology kids are provided with to occupy their time, and how that makes it difficult to interest them in timeless things, like science, geology, astronomy and math. “There are so many things we do not know about where we came from and so many exciting discoveries being made every day about a vast array of topics,” Hedges said. Hedges recalled the first time he saw Saturn through his telescope. “The idea that I was looking at another planet almost one-billion miles away, and I could see the multicolored rings encircling the planet, was truly something special,” he said. “That’s what we want everyone to experience. That’s the kind of experience that you carry with you the rest of your life.” For more information on Astronomy Day, visit www.lcas-astronomy.org.


Upcoming Events

Beginning LinkedIn

May 8th, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Grayslake Campus, Tech Bldg, Room T216

This workshop is for anyone who does and /or does not have a LinkedIn account. Learn how to create an account, complete your LinkedIn profile, invite and create contacts, and how to join groups on LinkedIn. Presenter: Lisa Kocourek, Career and Placement Services, College of Lake County

Resume Workshop

May 8th, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

111 N. Genesee St., Waukegan Campus, Room N205 Do you need tips to writing a resume that will help you at an interview? If you answered yes, bring a copy of a job description you are interested in, a thumb drive or disc to save your work and walk away with a winning resume. Presenter: Gail Norris, Career and Placement Services, College of Lake County

Resume Guidelines

May 20th, Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Grayslake Campus, Job Center Bldg, Room E124

An effective resume will sell your skills and abilities to the extent that a potential employer will want to know more about you. Its major purpose is to get you the interview. Topics covered in this workshop will include how to format and develop an effective resume. Presenter: Fresia Rojas Woznick, Career and Placement Services, College of Lake County

Job Searching the Internet

May 22th, 4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.

111 N. Genesee St., Waukegan Campus, Room N205 Recognize and manage the stress of searching for employment and develop a winning plan. Focus on gaining and keeping a positive mindset. Share your success and concerns from the job-seeker perspective and remain on track with your job search. Presenter: Gail Norris, Career and Placement Services, College of Lake County


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Continued from Page 1 “We have wonderful working conditions at the College of Lake County and I’d like to continue to work effectively with administration,” Maslanka said. “We have the same goal and it is student success.” Maslanka said she is a big supporter of the union because it supplies people with community and something that is working for them. “The minute there is more people there is more power,” she said. She said she looks forward to working on her listening skills in this position and ensuring the 226 union members have a positive environment to work in. Maslanka said this is very mportant to her because when educators do not have a good workplace it trickles down to the students. “Who wants a crabby professor?” she said. The largest area Maslanka said that affects the working conditions of instructors is contract negotiations. This is where she thinks Soller has done an excellent job, especially because he managed to negotiate fair contracts in an unsteady economy, she said. “Rick Soller has done a wonderful job,” Maslanka said. “I’d like to continue his good work and I might get some tips from him on how to listen well.” Soller first became the union president in 2003-04 when he finished the term of Brian Smith who became interim dean. He then served from 2005-10 and 2012-14. He said the gap between 2010 and 2012 is because union bylaws limit the number of consecutive terms to two. Soller could run for another term, but decided not to. He is in the middle of a graduate program and is the communication department chair. He said he would like a little less on his plate so he can teach more. Although the union has created opportunities for instructors to converse at the start of the fall and spring semesters, Soller said he wishes he would have had more time to increase these opportunities. “When I retire, I’ll have worked at the same place with some faculty for 30 years, but will regret I didn’t have more time

to talk to them,” Soller said. “The union has created some opportunities such as having a lunch at the start of the spring and fall semesters, but these one hour gatherings always leave me wanting more.” As he steps down, Soller said he wishes he could give all the experience he has gained to Maslanka. “I worry about how the new president will deal with all the issues that are still on-going,” he said. “I know

I’ll be around for her to talk to me if necessary, but I wish I could give her all the wisdom I’ve gained in the position.” Faculty union nominating committee member Lauren LoPresti said Soller did an excellent job as union president. “Rick is not afraid to represent everyone in the union,” she said. “He conducts meetings that are extremely efficient. He has a fairness about him and he’s

not afraid to speak up.” LoPresti said when choosing a candidate, she looks for someone who is respected at the college and is accurate. As a librarian, LoPresti said Ledvina fits her requirements as someone who knows how to take accurate notes and be an effective listener. “I felt honored to be elected by my peers,” Ledvina said. LoPresti, Michelle Cart-

er and Fred Hutchinson make up the nominating committee. Their job is to coordinate the vote. LoPresti said 73 percent of members voted, which is a huge turnout compared to the last election which had about 55 percent of members vote. She said this turnout is because of how easy it is to vote. Voting was done electronically April 7-15 and included a reminder.

Y OU’ RE INVITED! Students in CLC’s Garde Manger class would like to invite you to view their final class project - a showpiece of techniques and products they have learned throughout the semester. Garde Manger includes foods prepared in the cold kitchen, such as smoked meats, sausages, pâtés, and terrines. Students in our advanced baking and pastry classes will also be showcasing their breads and desserts.

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Students ponder future plans as semester closes Alexis Malapitan Satff Reporter

With summer quickly approaching, this semester has CLC students itching to get out and hoping to conquer their next milestone in their academic and social careers. It’s hard to believe that with a total of five snow days and school closings earlier this year that sunny days and occasional heat is gracing us with its presence. Unfortunately, this bipolar weather has people wondering if the higher temperatures are another one of Mother Nature’s cruel April Fool’s jokes. On Wednesday, April 23, three out of five CLC students on the Grayslake campus said they would be spending this summer and fall at CLC campuses close to home. Gerardo Lopez, who is planning to be a Bio-Chemistry major, is one of them.

“I’m going to be traveling a lot this summer. I love soccer, so I’m going to Brazil for a month to watch the World Cup. Then I’m going to Florida for a soccer tournament with my team that I play with. Because of my busy schedule, I’ll be here for another semester in the fall. I’ll be taking six classes including Physics, Environmental Biology, and Anthropology,” Lopez said. Chelsea Nason is spending her first year attending CLC after dropping out of high school her senior year. She is undecided on her major, but hopes to work with young children in the future. “I’ve lived a complicated life. After high school, I started working at McDonald’s. I used to live in Maine, but I moved here to better my life. I want to keep working at McDonald’s as a way to earn money and work

towards finding a major, by taking classes here.” Nason said. An Art Therapy major, Monique Martinez, will also be one of the students who plan to spend summer and fall here on campus. Martinez is experiencing her first year of college after taking a semester off. “I took a semester off to figure out what I wanted to do, and that’s something I regret doing because now I have to take a boatload of classes for General Education,” Martinez said. “I’ve decided I want to major in Art Therapy with a minor in Psychology because I love kids, especially babies. I grew up in a big family, so I want my art to help people. This is something I enjoy doing. I just wish I realized it sooner.” While these three pupils will be hard at work trying to earn an Associate’s Degree, two other students

will be enjoying their time in the sun. “School has been stressing me out so much,” said Autumn Dahlgren, a junior from Grayslake. “I can’t wait for it to be over. I need to get away from all this homework jazz. I’m going to Disneyworld with my boyfriend and best friend from high school since I haven’t been on vacation in about two years.” Dahlgren is among one of the many CLC students who also plan to transfer out in the near future. “I have to work my butt off in the fall since I’m planning to transfer to

Illinois State in the future,” she said. Adam Fine, an Accounting major, is another student who plans to transfer out after almost three years here. “I’m from Buffalo Grove. I’m tired of the same old thing, which is why I’m looking forward to attending DePaul this fall. I worked extremely hard to finish my degree here and I can’t wait to experience city life,” Fine said. With what seems to be a never-ending winter, midterms, and finals quickly approaching, there seems to be plans for everyone.

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Coordinator Lisa Daniels accepts 2014 Justice Award Erin Smith Features Editor

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Daniels received the award from Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim.

Lisa Daniels, the Senior Program Coordinator for Judicial Services at CLC, won the 2014 Justice Award during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week ceremony held on April 10. The award was presented by Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim. She won the award for advocating for victims of DUI during Live Victim Impact Panels. Live Victim Impact Panels are presentations for offenders of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs, which t

hey may be required to attend as part of a sentence. As part of the presentation, there will often times be a convicted felon who speaks to the audience about how you do not necessarily need to fit the stereotype of a convicted felon to become one. They go on to illustrate how any average person could become a convicted felon if they make the wrong choices. Another part of the presentation includes speeches by other victims of DUI, whether it may be a friend or family member of somebody who passed away in an accident or somebody who may have been in an accident themselves. This shows DUI offenders another side of the situation that they might not have considered before. This may deliver a better understanding of the trauma caused by alcohol-related vehicular accidents. The main goal of the Live Victim Impact Panels is to help offenders of DUI to see that they need to start making safer choices before they cause any real harm. Daniels was always interested in seeing a Live Victim Impact Panel and was eager to attend the

presentation until eventually the Judicial Services department was asked to take over the Live Victim Impact Panels for Lake County. She now is the coordinator of the event. Similarly, the department is involved with Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM), an Illinoisbased organization that works to help victims of drunk driving. Speakers from AAIM will come to talk to audiences to help bring awareness to the seriousness of DUI’s. The message of the speakers informs audiences that although it is unfortunate that they got DUI’s and that it cost them a lot of money, they could have seriously injured or even killed somebody, so they need to learn from the experience and make better choices. Daniels said that even though they cannot affect everybody, they do affect many people who will afterwards apologize for their choices they made and acknowledge that they need to rethink their actions by perhaps arranging to have a designated driver or seek treatment for their alcohol problem. As Senior Program Coordinator for Judicial Services, Daniels’ main role is to

supervise the adjunct faculty of the department who teach various programs that they offer. The programs include traffic school, which may be a four hour class, an eight hour class, or a four hour online class, Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving, and the DUI Panel. Daniels teaches classes on occasion, as well. She particularly enjoys teaching Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving. “We talk to them not so much about rules of the road but about decision making and why you are choosing what you choose,” Daniels said. “It’s a class that not a lot of teachers are very enthusiastic about but I really like that one because you feel like you’re getting people to really think about what they are doing and where they are going.” Daniels was born and raised in Lake County and has been a lifelong resident. She has a degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Education, and after working in corporate for a while, she later found a job at CLC while they were setting up the Driver Safety program. Daniels has been at CLC for 23 years, and although she started off part-time, she has been

full-time for the past 11 years. During her time at CLC, Daniels has taken advantage of CLC’s program for continuing education. She has earned two Master’s degrees, both from Northern Illinois University. One of the degrees is in Adult and Higher Education and the other is in ESL Education. When Daniels is not busy at work, her main hobbies include volunteering in the community and at CLC. She is the coadvisor for the Newman Catholic Club, she is a member of the Specialist Senate Salary and Benefits Committee as well as the College Overall Benefits Committee. Every now and again she enjoys watching television shows such as Seinfeld. With her son attending the University of Connecticut, she also likes to travel to go visit him. Even though she has lived in Lake County her whole life, Daniels thoroughly enjoys seeing other parts of the world. “I went to Hawaii last year, I traveled in Europe which I really enjoyed, and I’ve been to most states,” Daniels said. “I really do enjoy travel and I like historical sightseeing.”

Art gallery sports award-winning works

Sunny Muehleman Staff Reporter

10 students won a combined $1,000 April 11 at the CLC Robert T. Wright Art Gallery’s Annual Art competition. 250 people attended the 33 annual event where 55 students’ work was showed. The exhibit is on display in the library and includes drawings, paintings, digital art, computer graphics, ceramics, jewelry and photography. The prizes came from donations from student activities, the art faculty, award memorials and a purchase fund from late student Margaret Salem. Student Deven Posedel won the Margaret Salem purchase award and the

$100 2-D emerging artist award from the art faculty for his watercolor titled “Grumpy Wumpy.” Posedel said he spent about five hours working on the copy paper sized piece. “I’m actually really surprised I won an award,” he said. “Compared to everything else that was there, it didn’t seem like what I painted deserved it. But I am so happy I won that. I am lucky.” Other winners include David M. Cervantes, Geovanni Gonzalez, Kenneth Greenberg, Leah Pibolis, Mary Russert, Judith Sweetwood, Laura Tumminello, Ivan Vasquez and Amy Young. These winning pieces and 56 others are on

display in the Gallery of Art until May 17. “It is important because it rounds out the education of art students from just making the pieces to actually presenting and selling them,” curator Steve Jones said. “I like that I get to work with diverse artists.” The gallery hosts two other annual shows that include a Recent Pieces show and a Members show. The gallery not only hosts these shows but provides artwork that is found all around the campus. These works of art even include QR codes to engage the students in the artwork that is displayed outside of the business offices.

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Ten students took home a combined $1,000 in prizes for their artwork.The gallery is located in the CLC library.


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Santos takes center stage The CLC Chronicle earns highest honor at statewide contest

Erin Smith Features Editor

Brandon Santos of Mundelein is a sophomore at CLC who graduated from Vernon Hills High School in 2012. At CLC, he is taking cultural communications, mythology and fairytales, social problems, enviromental biology and humanities. Santos’ main interest is music and enjoys listening to it in his free time. Creating music, playing guitar, singing and going to local concerts are other activities that he likes to do. Santos also likes to go skateboarding when the weather is nice and hang out with his friends when they are home from school. When his friends are home from school, they like to catch up and enjoy each other’s company, which may include going to the mall or having bonfires. At his home in Mundelein, Santos is an only child who lives with his mom and his American Eskimo Dog. The American Eskimo Dog is one of his favorite dog breeds because it has a long, fluffy white coat. Recently, Santos has started taking his favorite hobby of making music a step further by recording his first song. “I have a friend who is in a band and has his own little makeshift studio in his bedroom. I hit him up one day and said, ‘Hey man, I finished this song and now I’m ready to record it. I want to show people what I can do musically, can you help me record it?’ and he agreed,” Santos said. “We didn’t finish it in one day, we probably did it in about five days of recording guitar and vocals, and I finally got that done. It was a lot of fun.It was stressful, but I found it to be fun because it’s something that I like to do.” The music that Santos makes is influenced by school, stress, family and friends. “My experiences in the past year have just led me and driven me to take all these emotions and make it into art, lyrically

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Brandon Santos’ is a CLCsophomore who enjoys music and musically,” Santos said. Not only has Santos started recording music, but he also has his first show coming up at the Oasis in Grayslake on April 25. “Off the top of my head, I believe there will be five other bands, three of which are good friends of mine so it’s actually pretty cool that I’m opening for them finally and have a chance to get out there,” Santos said. Santos intends to start playing more shows in the future at other venues and possibly joining or forming a band someday. “I want to start a band. Doing this acoustic thing is basically advertising that I want to be in an actual band with some people,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to be on stage in front of my friends at local shows and whatnot, so it’s something to do in the meantime until I find a real band.” Although Santos would like to have a serious career in music down the road, he intends to finish college so that he can have a degree to fall back on if the musical career is not a huge success. This upcoming fall semester, he plans to transfer out of CLC to finish school. “I have three possible choices. My third choice is Northern Illinois University, my second is North Park University and my

The Chronicle recently won 16 awards, with four first places that included the top prize in “general excellence,” in statewide competition among community college newspapers. The awards, which were presented April 5 at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association’s spring conference at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, put the College of Lake County’s student newspaper in competition with Division I student publications produced at the state’s biggest community colleges. In addition to the overall first place in “general excellence” for a student newspaper, three other first place awards went to Chronicle staff members for journalistic work produced in 2013. Phil Brahm won first place in staff editorials for his Nov. 15 “No-shows the norm at CLC glass house. Brahm, current editor of The Chronicle, also won a third place in column writing for his Dec. 6 “Finals should be final with exam schedule” and a second place for his Sept. 9 news photo accompanying a front-page story by staff reporter Freddy Miller on the college’s mechatronics program. Layout editor Jimmy Pierson won first place in graphics as well as a second place in advertising design. The Chronicle layout and design staff also earned third place awards in overall publication layout and in front-page design. Besides Pierson, the layout editors in 2013 included George Tillis. The Chronicle also won first place for its article headlines, with Tillis and sports columnist Sam Greenberg credited

with most of the winning submissions. Three additional second places in reporting and writing went to Chronicle staff members. Managing editor Miles Hoehne’s second place in staff editorials for his Dec. 6 “New payment policy unappealing to students” gave the publication the top two Division I awards in the state in that category. News editor Erin Kelly won second place in newsstory competition for her Dec. 6 front-page article, “Radioactive rocks pose no risk, consultant says.” Reporter Megan Lauer won second in arts features forher Nov. 1 “Werner brings Midwestern charm to CLC.” An additional award in feature-writing competition went to former editorand managing editor Brett Starkopf, who won third place for his Oct. 18 “Silverman encourages students at CLC.” Sports editor Trey Martin won two awards for his reporting in his section. They include a third place in sports-news competition for his Nov. 15 coverage of the women’s soccer team’s winning the regional championship. He also won an honorable mention in sports-feature competition. An addition honorable mention in sports journalism went to Matt Bell in sports-photo competition for his Oct. 4 photo accompanying an article by reporter Casey Chan on the men’s soccer team. In the last seven years, The Chronicle has won 77 awards, including 20 first places, in the statewide contest. The judges for the ICCJA competition are professional journalists and journalism educators.

number one choice is University of Wisconsin at Parkside, which is in Kenosha, about 40 minutes away from where I live,” Santos said. Santos is a communications major, and because it is such a broad major, he is not sure yet of what other type of career he would like to pursue. Although he lives and studies locally, Santos dreams of going to see other parts of the country. “I’ve always wanted to go to New York. I always found cities and skyscrapers to be so intriguing. I’ve been to Chicago many times, but I’ve seen pictures of New York online, and my friends have been there and they’ve loved it,” Santos said. “I’ve always wanted to go there to see the skyscrapers and see what the night life is like there.” For the long term, however, Santos does not envision himself straying too far away from the region that he grew up in unless the cold weather eventually drives him away. “When I’m older, I would like to live in another suburb of Chicago to get a feel for what it’s like outside of Lake County The Illinois Community College Journalism Association at least, but I could also held its annual conference and competition April 4-5 at go for someplace warmer,” Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Il. he said.


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Young Frankenstein prepares for summer shows at CLC Zariana Davis Staff Reporter

The CLC theater, music and dance departments will be holding open community auditions for the upcoming summer production of “Young Frankenstein” by Mel Brooks on Monday, May 19 and Tuesday, May 20 from 6:30-10 p.m. The musical “Young Frankenstein,” which premiered in 2007, is a “monstrously funny” comedy set in Transylvania in the year 1934. Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan co-wrote the script and Mel Brooks composed the music. It is based off of the 1974 comedy movie of the same title. It is described as a “parody of the horror film genre” and is considered to be a collaboration of both Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” which was produced by Universal Studios in 1931, and its sequel “Son of Frankenstein,” which came out in 1939. The musical follows the young Dr. Frankenstein as he tries fervently to

finish his father’s masterpiece, bringing a corpse back to life. With the help of some kooky characters, Frankenstein finally achieves his father’s longtime goal and creates a monster. The production is directed by Craig Rich, who has directed two previous CLC summer musicals. Last summer he co-directed “A Chorus Line” with Tom Mitchell and the year before that, he directed “Sweeney Todd.” Auditions are open to all members of the community over the age of 13 and those interested in auditioning should prepare a one-minute cut of a song from the musical. A pianist will be available to accompany the singers. Actors who wish to audition should bring an acting resume if they have one. “We have a great number of talented people living in Lake County,” Rich said. “This is an opportunity for them to participate in a highquality theatrical production.” The director is looking for a cast of 30-40 people, in-

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CLC will host shows in late July. Auditions are being held on May 19 and May 20. cluding the lead roles of Dr. Frankenstein and his variety of “sidekicks,” the “monstrous creature” he creates, his “oddly-shaped” helper, Igor, his flirtatious lab assistant, Inga and his nutty fiancée Elizabeth. There are also a number of chorus roles available. Rich encourages those in the community to attend because of the great team of talented professionals work-

ing on the production. The directing team consists of Craig Rich as the director, Jean Hersey as the musical director, choreographer Lamaiya Lancaster, Paul Hefner as the orchestra director and Tom Mitchell as the technical director. “For our technical theater students, it’s an opportunity to work on a large-scale production with multiple settings, period

costumes, and elaborate lighting and sound design,” Rich said. “It’s theater on a grand scale.” Performances are July 18-19, July 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. and July 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. on the Mainstage Theater of the JLC. “I think our audiences have come to expect both quality and creativity,” Rich said. “We hope to deliver another great show.”

Array of musical events coming to CLC Megan Lauer Staff Reporter

May 2 at 7:30p.m., Tuesday Night Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dave Hibbard, will play tunes that include “BeBopper’s Blues” by James Linahon, “Miss Fine” by Oliver Nelson, “Jamie” by Sammy Nestico, “Bird’s Eyeview” by Jim Martin and “Amoretto” and “A Tribute to Kenton” by Lennie Niehaus. Experienced director Dave Hibbard has taught music for many years and continues to perfect the quality and musical abilities of the Tuesday Night band. He also teaches private lessons at CLC. Directed by Dr. Michael Flack, the Monday Night Jazz Ensemble will also play a variety of Jazz pieces. This ensemble is open by audition and features “seasoned players, experienced teachers and professional musicians who perform challenging jazz music and play with top visiting musicians.”

On May 4 at 4p.m., the Wind Ensemble Concert will delight audiences with an assortment of tunes from “The Symphonic Gershwin” by George Gershwin to “Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings” by Johan de Meij. This 60-member ensemble is also under the direction of Dr. Flack and performs about four concerts per year. “The wind ensemble performs music from both the classic and modern band eras,” Flack said. “I try to program pieces based on an order that will keep an audience’s attention, alternating fast and slow, varying styles and styles.” The members of the ensemble are as diverse as the exceptional music they present, ranging from doctors or lawyers to music majors looking to transfer to a university to complete their Bachelor degree, Flack said. Members of the Wind Ensemble were invited to Italy to perform in an international band festival

in 2005. In addition, the Wind Ensemble annually performs with guest conductors from prestigious university music programs and renowned guest artists. The concerts continue on May 5 at 7:30p.m. with the CLC Student Jazz Combo. This combo is directed by saxophonist and CLC instructor Tim Barclay. They will present a free concert in room P101. The seven-member ensemble featuring Paul Roupas, Neal Lukenbill, Quamaine White, Skyler Kite, Jesse Herscher, Ethan Balmes and Ryan Johnson will perform jazz standards and three original compositions. The Spring Choral Concert will take place on May 9 at 8p.m., presenting an extensive musical program featuring madrigals, motets, ballads and folk music in secular and sacred styles. It will be performed by 125 vocalists from the Chamber Singers, CLC Singers, Gospel Choir and the Choir of

Lake County. Dr. Charles Clency, the director of the CLC Gospel Choir said the Choral Concert features something for everyone. There will be 18 pieces including blues, jazz style, spiritual, praise and worship songs, upbeat jazz pieces, folk and Bossa Nova. “The Gospel Choir will be singing a spiritual acapella, a spiritual blues/jazz style song, one with a worship church style, an upbeat jazz tune, and finally a 1970s easy listening pop song,” Clency said. CLC students and the public are in for a real treat, not only because of the wide array of pieces being performed, but also because they have an opportunity to witness the acclaimed talents of the school’s very own choir members. “The highlight of the concert will be a 40 minute classical piece by a classical composer, called Mass in Time of War,” Clency said.

35 CLC choir members will perform this very piece on June 16 at New York’s renowned Carnegie Hall as part of a Manhattan Concert Productions concert. The final May Concert presented by the music department will be featuring the Concert Band on May 14, at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of John Mose, the 60member band will present a program that includes Alfred Reed’s “Music for a Carnival,” selections from the movie “Aladdin” and a medley of songs from “Showboat” and “Carnival of Venice.” A trumpet trio will also be featured. The Concert Band draws its inspiration from Sousa, Broadway, orchestral transcriptions and a number of world class band composers. It consists of high school students, college students and community members. For tickets, call the JLC Box Office at (847) 543-2300 or visit www. clcillinois.edu/tickets.


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Opinion

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CLC has hopes for a student-engaged campus Phil Brahm Editor-in-Chief

As the conclusion to another academic year approaches and my time here at CLC nears its end, I will take many fond memories with me as I transfer to a four-year university. Excellent programs, commendable professors and outstanding extracurricular activities have help prepare me for my future as a student and a person. I am grateful for much of what I will be taking from this college, and I have a suggestion the students and the college from a soon-to-be graduate. First, the overall attitude of the student needs to change. Disconnected, disengaged, detached or whatever word describes the indifference, it is clear that most students have little interest in the college aside from earning a degree. Showing up, going to

class and getting the hell off campus as quickly as possible is not just a habit. It has become an academic standard for students at CLC. A change in attitude is the first step in transforming the atmosphere so that students take a role in defining “the college experience.” That means taking an interest in what the college is doing. Remember that you are paying for it after all and it makes sense to get the most out of your hard earned dollars. CLC may not offer all of the same opportunities as many fouryear universities, but with over 40 clubs and organizations, 12 sports programs, several theatrical and musical performances and other activities that cater to students’ interests, there are more than enough options to become involved. It is truly a mistake to fail to take advantage of

these opportunities. The administration also needs a change in attitude. It can start by giving the students a true voice when it comes to policy and financial decisions that ultimately fall upon their education and wallets. Taking at look at two of the biggest changes to hit CLC this year, the new drop procedure and the recent tuition increase, students were left in the dark until it was too late. While CLC has organizations such as the Student Government Association, to represent students’ best interests, they are not given enough notice to do so as well as they could. On several occasions administrators pressured senators to provide a goahead vote without allowing any time for the senators to go out and learn the true opinions of the students they represent. The SGA’s vote is nothing more advisory, but when

it casts that vote these senators need an opportunity to ask their constituents what they think. Administration decision or not, students would appreciate being made aware of discussions and decisions taking place in regards to matters that impact them directly. The college can plaster posters around the school advertising policy changes through the “shameless use of cute animals.” However, students would appreciate it more and might be encouraged to engage better with their education if the college made a legitimate effort to ask them what they think. Under the current circumstances there is hardly any incentive for students to even try and voice how they truly feel about what is going on and how the college is being run. This contributes to the massive indifference, but it can be addressed.

My suggestion for the college is this: try letting go of reins and give up some of the power. Give the students a meaningful voice. Give student senators enough time to ask their constituents what they think. Then give more than an advisory role to an SGA vote. My advice to the SGA senators is even if your vote is nothing more than advisory and the Board will do what it wants; make them do it over your objection. If you find out your constituents do not what their tuition raised, vote no. This is not the “College of Last Chance.” It is the College of Lake County. If the CLC wants to be an inviting place that gets credited for offering a good education it is time to take the first step toward creating a student-engaged campus.

Tuition increase raises concerns at CLC Alexandra Turcios Opinion Editor

CLC has approved the $13 tuition increase, another financial burden placed upon students. Not only are students now responsible to pay for over-priced books in the CLC bookstore, they are expected to carry the weight of the $2.8 million shortfall CLC is anticipating. The CLC Board of Trustees proposed the tuition increase as a means to compensate for the projected shortfalls in the upcoming academic years. A reduction in funding married with a projected 5 percent decrease in enrollment has appears to be the cause of these budget deficits. There are obligatory costs the school must endure, but there are also superfluous costs the school can cut rather than placing the burden on students. After the increase was passed, Board Chairman Amanda Howland expressed that a tuition

increase should be a last resort for solving the financial deficits of the college. So why are students now paying the price? Feb. 25, administrators gave a presentation to the Student Government Association about the proposed fee increases and what they would be used for. After the presentation the senators asked several questions, such as if they could approve some of the fee increases in exchange for keeping other fees stagnant. For example, approve the increase in student activities fee and not the increase in athletic fees. They were told it was an all-or-nothing deal. Administrators were not even willing to compromise with the students, which is ironic, seeing as the board had the option to approve certain fees that accounted for the total amount of the tuition increase, but not others if they didn’t want to. This prompted the SGA president to ask if the

decision could be deferred. The request was rejected. In lieu of things, 13 members of the SGA voted unanimously in favor of the proposed increase, a notion that seems questionable due to its potential negatively impact a large number of students. It is important to note the fact it appears as though a major factor in the unanimous approval of the proposal was administrators’ pressuring them to do so. They were not given an opportunity to cast a vote that accurately represented the opinions of the student body. In fact, they were forced to vote for the convenience of the Board that had planned to vote on the matter themselves in a few days. It was clear at the meeting that several of the student senators were not ready to cast a vote on such a complex matter. There were a myriad of questions and concerns voiced by those in SGA. A tuition hike is not fair to the student population and treating students as a homogenous

body is not representing them, it is generalizing them. SGA is premised on the basic fact of representing the students and relaying their opinions, but if the board is not granting them with sufficient time to deliberate and truly represent students, what is the point of SGA? They seem powerless and futile in the grand scheme of things. It is the student’s voices that are taken for granted. Had the members of SGA been given time to gather a collective opinion on the proposed tuition increase, a true and fair consensus could have been reached. More likely than not, students would have objected the proposal. The tuition at CLC is what has made it so appealing of an alternative than to go straight to a university or to a community college elsewhere. The sad reality is that students may not be able to afford to attend the college in upcoming semesters due to this

increase, which will most likely contribute to an even larger decrease in enrollment. The administration and Board needs to be held accountable for their actions, along with their decisions that will affect the entire student body, as they seem to be out of touch with the true reality of financial burdens the students at CLC have to bear. The board needs to reconsider how they administer these meetings, allowing sufficient time to deliberate both on behalf of the board and the students. Students need to have a bigger voice at CLC, especially in matters pertaining to their own education.

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Student reflects on memories and personal growth at CLC Alexandra Turcios Opinion Editor

As this year draws to a bittersweet end, I am compelled to write a formal farewell to the memories and experiences that have enveloped me while at CLC. I have spent two years preparing for this moment. What started as an eager countdown to the moment I move out of my parents’ home, has led me to summon the halt of such eagerness. I came to CLC with the same demeanor as any student who has lived in Lake County their entire lives. It is a degenerating, dumpster town filled with lustful encounters, decrepit drug users and lingering high school grudges. CLC is the college of last resort because those who were smart got

out while they could. University had it spelled out that it was the only way to escape the abysmal nightmare that encapsulates Lake County. But, I was wrong. And you are wrong if that is what you think. CLC is not the college of last resort and it is absolutely not just a community college. CLC is dynamic, it is fruitful with opportunity and experience and it paves the way to success, if you invest in it properly. It is the opposite of a dead end, it is a gateway to greater and better experiences and it helps you prepare for the university. I chose CLC because, although I was sick and tired of Lake County, because I saw the fertile soils in which I could plant the seeds of my adulthood. At the tender age of 18, I was not yet established as

a person. I was transitioning from a teenager to an adult. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the garble of others, but I didn’t let that stop me. Upon my arrival at CLC I immediately sought an advanced classroom settings that would be both stimulating and engaging. I am against lecture based classrooms that seem to repress student thought. I did my research. CLC had an honors program that encompassed both criteria. I also researched my professors before I signed up for their class, but I also took into account the subjectivity of those ratings. Did this open some hidden treasure and bring me to the climax of my epiphanies? No, but it opened doors to other opportunities. I was invited to the study abroad session in the British Isles for two weeks and was grant-

ed a scholarship that covered half of the tuition. I opened more doors and joined student organizations like Sister to Sister and was elected as treasurer. I contacted the paper to showcase my talent and love for language aesthetics and became the opinion editor. I never knew how much fun being part of a highly integrated group was until I did it and now I have an impressive résumé to show four-year universities and employers. I kept my GPA at a 4.0 during these two years to show how much I have grown since high school and got to know myself better than I ever have. CLC is filled with an eclectic list of organizations and resources to not only help you become the best person you

can be, but to actually indulge in them. Your life at CLC is just the beginning and it is not something to be ashamed of. It is something to boast about because the small classroom setting and personal growth that one finds is far more enriching than losing yourself to college stereotypes and parties. The experience at CLC is about creating yourself and using the experience to propel forward while carrying more wisdom and eloquence. I am thankful I chose CLC because I utilized the resources and established networks that I would not have gotten otherwise. It was the best decision I have made and I hope the rest of the student body comes to the same consensus I have.

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HAWKS

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“I think this year’s team, we went through a lot, a lot of adversity throughout the year, and I think we grew from last year,” Captain Koivu told AP. “The experience we have now from the first round brought us together in many ways.” Wild star forward Zach Parise led the NHL in the first round by tallying 10 total points. Closely followed by Johnathan Toews, who notched seven points. Toews only tickled the twine three times against the Blues, but all three goals wound up as game winners. The goalie matchup is one to watch. Hawks net minder Corey Crawford took the two losses to the Blues as motivation and posted a stellar 1.38 goals-against average on the way to four consecutive wins. The situation on the other side is a bit more complicated. The Wild started five different goalies during the regular season, but settled on Ilya Bryzgalov and Darcy Kuemper in the first round. It was Kuemper who started Game 7, but left with an injury during the third period. While consistency in net can be key in the playoffs, Parise isn’t worried. “It’s not really affecting us at all,” Parise told AP. “We’ve had a pretty unique goaltending situation this year, but it really hasn’t affected us in the locker room at all. We’re comfortable with whoever we’re playing with and it really hasn’t changed the way we play at all.” Special teams will also be a deciding factor in this second round series. The Hawks were an impressive 27 for 29 on the penalty kill against St. Louis, while Minnesota only let in three goals in 25 opportunities in round one. Chicago was hit with 32 penalties in the first round. With both teams stars firing on all cylinders and two opponents that are familiar with each other, round two could be a fight to the finish. Game one is tonight, the puck drops at 8:30.

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Sports

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ESPN has become all entertainment, no sports Trey Martin The multimedia sports entertainment company, which is owned by ABC, an indirect subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, boasts over 50 business entities, seven domestic cable networks and in 2012 produced over 30,000 hours of live events and studio programming, according to espnmediazone. com. It also owns 24 international networks spanning all seven continents.

Teddy Bridgewater’s handsize will affect his draft stock. There are certain players who are clearly favorites of the network, as well. Lebron James, Tim Tebow and Tom Brady are a few that come to mind. James and Brady are perhaps worthy of such frequent praise, but “Tebowmania” was a completely ESPN driven narrative. Last June, after signing with the New York Jets, Tebow was mentioned

However, I start to have a problem when an entire, minute-long, Clipper’s highlight package features nothing but Blake Griffin dunks. That might even be OK in some instances, but what if the game was an exciting back-and-forth affair that eventually went into overtime? What if the other team hit some big shots down the stretch? Wouldn’t any real sports fan want to know about that, to see those plays? All too often the “Worldwide Leader”

There are other sports networks, but ESPN has essentially monopolized the industry. This has become a problem, as recently the quality of their programming has diminished. The most notable offender is the network’s flagship program, SportsCenter. I grew up watching SportsCenter and still do. And while the show and network do many things better than anyone else, there are some disturbing trends. SportsCenter has managed to dull the minds of sports fans in the U.S. and around the world, while simultaneously managing to make those same fans over-confident. It does this through the shortening of highlight packages, its bias towards certain teams and players and shallow, narrative-fitting debate. As the self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader,” it has the responsibility to present facts and highlights for all teams and players, with as little bias as possible. It seems ESPN dedicates more time to one sport, than all the others combined. Not an episode of SportsCenter goes by without, at least some, in-depth coverage of football, even is football season a long way off. I would rather see a few highlights from every game that happened that day, than know why Mel Kiper or Todd McShay thinks

137 times in a two-hour span, on the ESPN family of networks. Bias towards certain teams is prevalent, as well. The network does not make much effort to rid itself of the “East Coast Bias” stigma it has been associated with for years. Watch an episode of SportsCenter and you will surly know how the Red Sox, Knicks or Patriots did. That would be fine, if that over coverage wasn’t done at the expense of smaller market teams, who are often left out of the show entirely. These days, SportsCenter will be riddled with pointless debates between so-called experts. These facades rarely provide any substance. They generally serve to further the network’s narratives. Again, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if the debates did not take the place of substantive highlights. ESPN’s flagship program used to feature, almost exclusively, highlights from the day’s games. In addition to its progressively shortened highlights, it now only seems to show the parts of the game that fit their narratives, even if they weren’t the pivotal moments in the game. What am I talking about, right? Well, a popular ESPN narrative has been that Los Angeles Clipper’s forward, Blake Griffin, is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Now, that’s a fair enough premise in itself.

favors aesthetically pleasing or spectacular plays over the important plays, the game changing plays. This kind of thing happens day in and day out, on SportsCenter. Sticking with that example, say Griffin had

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only scored a few points, while one of his teammates went off for 30, but since Griffin’s points came via inhuman dunks, he’s the one who gets all the highlights. Now, not only do you have a false impression of how the game went down, you leave with the impression that one player is the reason his or her team won. This can make the average fan believe they know the important parts of the game when, in reality, they only got a small, biased, slice of what actually happened. Some would counter by saying it is supposed to be a “highlight” show, and if Griffin, or whomever, brings the “highlights,” that’s what should get play on SportsCenter. I argue that what’s important when recapping the games for the entire nation, are the turning points, the key plays, not the feats of jaw-dropping athleticism. There is an entire segment of the show specifically

dedicated to the spectacular. It’s called Top Plays. These misconceptions become a problem with the birth of the 24-hour sports news cycle. When people see something a bunch of times, try as they might to resist, they start to think it’s the truth. Thus, there are people writing articles, going on TV and basing their opinions on skewed and inaccurate reports or debates. Others then read those inaccurate or off-base reports or articles and can’t help but let it sink in. It only further perpetuates the cycle of inaccuracy breeding ignorance. Do not misunderstand. I’m not saying ESPN is terrible, or you shouldn’t watch SportsCenter. I simply implore you to think about how what you’re seeing is shaping your opinion. Some call ESPN the “Evil Empire.” I wont go that far, but we should all expect better from the Worldwide Leader.


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Page 19| Friday, May 2 2014

Chicago teams must Clippers’ Sterling punishment win by their whiskers is harsh, many years overdue Sam Greenbrg Sports Columnist

Ditka, Jackson, Guillen, Quenneville. These are the names of the last four coaches in Chicago to win championships. But how exactly did they win? One can argue Phil had the greatest player of all time playing for him. Another can say Ditka had the best defense of all time paired with one of the top running backs. I guess that dynamic can help win championships. But there is one thing that is not often talked about and overlooked as the reason for success. This one thing all four coaches had and it rested just above their upper lips. Of course, I’m talking about the mustache. Now, I’m not saying that having a mustache ensures a title. Former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt had a mustache, but when you follow the glory that adorned the face of Ditka, you can only hope your five o’clock shadow fills in. There have also been the few teams that have succeeded despite a cleanshaven coach. Lovie Smith led the Bears to the Super Bowl in 2006 (Rex was his quarterback), but fell to the Colts and the mustachioed Tony Dungy. Other than Wanny, the likes of Dick Juron, Smith and now Marc Trestman have trophy cases a bare as their faces. In 1991-1992, Mike Keenan took his 36-29-15 Hawks to the Stanley Cup finals sans-mustache. They were outdone by Mario Lemieux and the Penguins. In 2003, a mustache and toothpick enhanced Dusty Baker secured the Cubs first division championship in over a decade and came within five outs of the World Series. Let’s just say, Bartman didn’t have a mustache. Think about it. Ditka donned da-stache en route to the Super Bowl in ‘85. The Bulls dynasty of the ‘90s was fueled by the zen mustache of Jackson. Guillen’s mustache, well it was more of a goatee, but let’s not split hairs, was often accompa-

nied by obscenities, but he hoisted the World Series trophy on October 2005. The most recent and possibly most epic stache sits atop the stern upper lip of the twotime Stanley Cup champion in Quenneville. Ditka’s stache had character like a young Burt Reynolds, while Quenneville and Jackson’s salt and pepper stache’s were mature and exuberant like an older, Boogie Night’s-esque Reynolds. The Cubs have trotted out clean-shaven names like Jim Riggleman, Lou Pinella, Don Zimmer and Dale Sveum. Not to mention Mike Quade, who has alopecia and in turn, no hope of even coming close to the World Series. Why no titles on the North Side since 1908? No prominent mustache to call the shots. The South Siders have also been scorned by the follicular gods. Jim Fregosi, Gene Lamont, Terry Bevington and even Jerry Manuel, who didn’t rock the facial hair until he left Chicago, led unsuccessful seasons. Smooth lipped Tim Floyd, Scott Skiles, Jim Boylan and Vinny Del Negro, among others, led the Bulls through years of futility after the zen-stache bolted for Los Angeles. Since the departure of Jackson, the Bulls have a record of 576-688. Hidden in that record is the most important stat of all, zero mustaches. If only Tom Thibodeau modeled himself after Tom Selleck. A guy can dream. Until Quenneville, it was like a Zamboni cleared the hair from the faces of Blackhawks coaches. Bob Murdoch (‘87-88), Darryl Sutter (’92-95), Dirk Graham (’98-99) and Denis Savard (’06-08) tried their best but, to no avail. So hide the razors because the mustache-to-championship ratio is not just follicle fallacy. Come to the wind city and embrace the handlebar, fu-manchu, heck even the Rollie Fingers curl. Don’t worry if it’s confused for a caterpillar or as light as peach fuzz, because not unlike the fabled mustache, championship rings can really grow on you.

Trey Martin Sports Editor

Donald Sterling is a bigot, and he deserved the harsh punishment handed down by NBA commissioner, Adam Silver. But the time to be outraged and to remove Sterling from his position was years ago. This recent recording was far from the worst thing he’s done during his tenure as the Clippers’ owner, and this scandal has the media focused on the wrong things. Sterling was banned from the NBA for life, Tuesday, and ordered to pay a $2.5 million fine, the maximum allowed by the league’s constitution. It was also strongly recommended that the other owners force Sterling to sell the Clippers. This was in response to a recorded conversation between Sterling and a woman known as V. Stiviano. The recording was first leaked by TMZ. The audio is disturbing in its overt racism, but the writing has been on the wall for over a decade. Silver and former commissioner David Stern have known exactly what kind of man Donald Sterling is for years. As have the other owners. After all, he is the NBA’s longest tenured owner. In 2009, Sterling paid out the largest housing discrimination lawsuit in the history of the United States, because of his attempts to evict black and Hispanic people from his properties. In a separate case, in 2003, 19 plaintiffs sued Sterling for housing discrimination, again because of his efforts to displace black and Hispanic tenants. Where was the outrage then? Did the NBA, and its fans, not find those acts detestable? Housing discrimination is a serious issue in this country. It has a real effect on people’s quality of life and contributes to the problems we see in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. While the tape may have been off-putting, these actual crimes by Sterling are much more heinous and should have caused backlash when they originally surfaced. Sterling has left a trail of racist quotes in his

“I don’t like Mexican men because they smoke, drink and just hang around the house,” Sterling stated, according to testimony by a property manager. In that same sworn testimony, it was made clear that Sterling’s pervasive racism influences his business decisions. “I like Korean tenants,” he told Dean Segal, chief engineer at a Sterling property called the Mark Wilshire Tower Apartments, according to information Segal gave in the Housing Rights Center case. “I don’t have to spend any more money on them, they will take whatever conditions I give them and still pay the rent.” Sterling also, allegedly, sent his wife to properties he owned, for the purpose of denoting the race of their tenants. He is the kind of man who, according to former Clippers’ manager Elgin Baylor, brought women into the locker room after games, while players were showering, and implored them to “look at those beautiful black bodies.” Bomani Jones has been ahead of the curve on this issue. He wrote columns on Sterling’s racism in 2006 and 2009, and he offered some perspective on the Dan LeBatard Show, Tuesday.

“This is fairly illuminating, because he says this is how things go with the rich people I hang out with,” Jones said. “The rich people I hang out with don’t want their woman hanging out with black people, even if she’s black.” This tape is a glimpse into a way of thinking which is all too common in this country, especially with its elite. The conversation has to shift to the systematic racism that still exists in America. And it should not take a leaked, private, conversation between an old man and his mistress to start that conversation. This has morphed into something far bigger than a mere sports story. But what should not be lost in all this is the fact that Sterling has consistently been the worst owner in the NBA. They might be in the Playoffs now, but the Clippers are historically the laughing stock of the league, thanks in large part to a string of missteps by their owner. If you want to be mad at Sterling, go ahead. If the owners decide to force him to sell, I say good riddance. But be angry with his past actions. Be mad about housing discrimination. Compared to that, this scandal is a joke.

Photo Courtesy of • LATimes.com

Clippers owner Donald Sterling was handed a lifetime ban by NBA commissioner Adam Silver for his racist comments. He was also fined the maximum $2.5 million.


“there is one thing that is not often talked about and overlooked as the reason for success. This one thing all four coaches had and it rested just above their upper lips. Of course, I’m talking about the mustache.” Page 19

Friday, May 2, 2014

Truth Conquers All Since 1969

Vol 47, No.14

Blackhawks hope to run Wild in round two Sam Greenberg Sports Coulmist

After silencing the Blues with four straight wins, the Blackhawks are set to open their second round series against the Wild. The Hawks are back in familiar territory, advancing to the second round for the fourth time in six seasons. It has been 11 years since Minnesota survived the opening round, when they reached the Western Conference Final, only to fall to Anaheim. The Wild finished right behind the Hawks in the Western Conference with 98 points and the number four seed. Minnesota took the regular season series 3-1-1, going 2-1 at home and 1-0-1 in Chicago. Both teams played eventful first round series, but no game was more exciting than Game 7 between the Wild and Avalanche. The game featured several lead changes and the Hawks Patrick Sharp recalled watching the game. “It was crazy. Back and forth. Every time there was a goal scored, I

Graphic By • Sam Greenberg

was thinking we were playing that team or the other team, right down to the very end,” Sharp told the AP. These two teams collided in last year’s first round,

when the Hawks won in five games. But Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville knows this is a new look Wild sqad. “It is definitely a different team,” Quenneville told

AP. “You got to commend them on how they played at the end of the year to get themselves in the playoffs. Had a great run and had a lot of momentum going into that series, and they played a

great series.” Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu, had six points in the first round and spoke to the experience of his team coming together to take Game 7. HAWKS /

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Students react to instant replay in major league basball

Casey Chan Staff Reporter

Summer is almost here and that means baseball is underway. Major League Baseball is set to give fans another season of great baseball, but this season comes with a few changes. Instant replay has been a topic of discussion within all four of the major North American sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA) for years now. The MLB was the last of the major sports leagues to implement instant

replay when it brought in the system in 2008. Originally the only person that could ask for a video replay during the game was the umpire crew chief and the only plays they could review were home runs. This year the MLB decided to expand the use of instant replay and now the manager for each team is allowed one challenge per game. Managers are able to use their challenge on fair and foul calls and balls that are caught, or trapped by the player catching the ball.

If neither team has a challenge after the seventh inning, the umpire crew chief is allowed to initiate a video review if necessary. While the system was put in to help officials make more accurate calls to help the game progress, some have seen it as more of a nuisance. After speaking with five CLC students four said that expanded replay is a problem in the game of baseball. Alex Faerber, a sophomore at CLC, is not a supporter

of the new replay rules. “I’m not a fan of the new replay system,” Faerber said. “They are still missing calls and it makes the game longer than it should be.” Khizar Kahn, also a sophomore at CLC, felt the same way. “The MLB is having the same problems that the NBA is having,” he said. “There should have been more thought put into the new rules before they were brought into the MLB.” Kevin Keefe, also a

sophomore at CLC, had a different opinion on the new replay system. “If the MLB has the technology to review certain plays they might as well use it,” Keefe said. “It’s only going to help the game in the future and every other league is using it so why not?” With the baseball season just starting, MLB will have plenty of time to decide how they are going to improve the use of expanded replay in America’s favorite pastime.

May 2, 2014  

May 2, 2014 issue of The Chronicle

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