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Friday, May 3, 2013
Vol 46, No.14
Springfield leaders split on pension solution Phil Brahm
The Illinois House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday, to help resolve the state’s pension crisis In a 62 to 51 vote, lawmakers approved speaker Mike Madigan’s bill that will help reduce the state’s 96.8 billion dollar pension deficit. This bill will ensure that the state will make its payments to the pension system by enforcing regularly scheduled payments. This payment plan will begin in the 2015 fiscal year and continue until 2044. Once all payments are made the pension system will be completely re-funded. If the state does not meet its payment obligations, the pension system will be allowed to pass a mandate to force the state to make the payment.
Graphic by George Tillis
In order to generate this pension funding, the bill calls for cuts and adjustments to public employees’ current benefits. The cuts will fall into effect by raising the retirement age for state workers, force them to pay two per-
cent more of their salaries into their retirement funds and decrease retirees’ benefits. Rick Soller, teacher’s union president at CLC feels that Madigan’s proposal is not a efficient solution to the pension crisis.
“It is unfair to make changes to the current pension system because public employees did not cause the problem,” Soller said, “ The problem was caused by the State borrowing from the pension fund or not making mandatory contributions.”
students were on Public Assistance and 2211 students were unemployed,” Charuhas said. “For those in particular, the cost of the test will be a barrier.” Anyone planning to take the test will also need a credit card and an e-mail address to register for the exam for the first time. “A person will need to be able to pay for the test electronically,” Charuhas said. “The college is trying to identify a means of payment without requiring a student to have a credit or debit card.” The new version of the test is the creation of a publicprivate testing program relationship. “The GED Testing Service is a joint venture between Pearson and the American Council on Education
(ACE). They are saying that in their research, the responses on the computer are equivalent to the responses on paper tests.” Charuhas said. There is concern that test takers without proper computer skills will be at a serious disadvantage when test day comes. Suzanne Liebman teaches ESL and works at the Adult Basic Ed/GED/ESL Division at CLC. “For these students who are already nervous about test-taking, the required change to a computer-based test only increases anxiety,” Leibman said. “It also makes classroom-based test practice harder to coordinate.” The changes create new challenges for the faculty who prepare test-takers for
the GED. The need to emphasize keyboarding and computer skills only adds new material for the faculty to cover. “The computerized testing will add a new dimension to the curriculum,” Charuhas said. “GED teachers will need to incorporate the computerized response along with the content response to GED questions.” Simply adding to the curriculum could be a difficult task and possibly take away from other subjects that need to be covered. “Teaching even basic keyboarding is time-consuming and our instructional time is limited.” Leibman said. “While we try to incorporate some practice in classes, most students will need additional out-of-class time in order to succeed
The bill has been passed on to the senate, but it has not been well received. Senate President John Cullerton, has called Madigan’s proposal unconstitutional. The Illinois Constitution guarantees public employees pensions will not be diminished,” Soller said, “Perhaps the current actions by the legislature is why this provision exists.” Union officials are currently working with Cullerton, to formulate their own plan, that wont leave public employee’s short handed. While the details of their plan have not been revealed, Cullerton has announced that it would give public employees’ a choice between pension reductions and other options. While there are still various details to be worked out, Cullerton feels confident this proposal will be more effective.
Changes to GED program could limit access Nate Sousa News Editor
The process for earning a GED will change as a new computerized version of the exam becomes accessible online. The new version of the test will be implemented in 2014 and it is predicted that the number of test-takers—both locally and statewide, will drop. Along with the change in format, there will also be an increase in price for taking the exam in Illinois. According to CLC faculty, these new elements of the GED test-taking process pose multiple issues for prospective test takers. Mary Charuhas is the Dean of Adult Basic Ed/GED/ESL Division at CLC. “In 2012, 1174 of our
comfortably.” Typing skills and experience with computers are common requirements for many of today’s occupations; the new GED has the potential to provide testtakers with a wider array of skills than preceding tests. “In today’s world, you cannot apply for a job unless you can use a computer. Almost every job requires some use of a computer whether it is scanning products or it is data entry,” Charuhas said. “For people to survive in a digital economy they have to learn about computers.” The availability of financial aid at CLC will attempt to provide those who have financial woes some relief in the costs of GED classes.
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Board of Trustees selects new leaders maria Isabel Garcia Managing Editor
CLC selected new board leaders for the next year, a decision pushed by the teachers’ political action committee. After seating the newly elected trustees, the board conducted its annual reorganization and selected Trustee Amanda Howland at the Apr 29 board meeting to serve as chairman. Jeanne T. Goshgarian was selected to serve as vice chairman, and new trustee Phillip Carrigan as secretary, all for 2013-14 school year. Replacing Trustee Richard Anderson is Howland who was elected to the board in 2009. Howland told the Daily Herald that one of her goals is to get some board colleagues to set aside personal agendas so the board can work together in order to ensure that CLC continues to grow and move forward. “We need to work together and work issues out and respect that people have different ideas,” Howland told the Daily Herald. Trustee Jeanne Goshgar-
Continued from 1 “CLC and Lake County has been in the forefront of community colleges in helping GED students transition to college programs, including several scholarships dedicated to GED graduates” Leibman said.
ian was chosen by a vote 5-2 to replace Trustee William M. Griffin as vice chairman. Newly elected trustee Phillip Carrigan was selected to replace Howland as secretary. Throughout the election Tracey Hoy, Chairman of CLC Federation of Teachers Political Action Committee (CLCFT-PAC) stressed the importance for change in board leadership roles in effort to encourage new ideas. Hoy said in an email before the board meeting that she wanted to “energize the board by sharing board leadership roles more equitably” without anyone holding the same roles in the past. The board also seated the new student trustee, Kendall Welton, to serve a one-year term, replacing Theresa Westberg. Welton graduated from Wauconda High School. She currently holds a 3.62 grade point average, is a Student Government Association senator, and is a new member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Welton plans to pursue a career in nursing. The GED will be completely new in 2014, so those who are studying for the GED now—or those who need to retake or pass any of the five courses of the test, must do it before the end of 2013. “One of the most important other pieces of information that students might want to know is that with the start of the new test in 2014, old test scores will expire.” Leibman said.
3rd quarter revenue shortfall exacerbates budget problems Phil Brahm
CLC administrators are discussing potential cuts for next year’s budget but are declining to provide information about where the cuts will come before the board of trustees meeting May 21. With the rejection of the tuition increase, the administration was forced to find another solution to make up for the college’s 5.1 percent decrease in revenue.
David Agazzi, the vice president of administrative affairs, reported that the college’s 3rd quarter revenues and expenditures are short of projected amounts. Revenue totals were $4.2 million below projected estimates, with expenditure totals falling $9.8 million short as well. A plan has been formed, but will not be released to the public until the board of trustees meeting. Department directors have met with school officials to discuss how the cuts will affect their depart-
ments but have been told not to discuss the matter until the budget plan is released. Teresa Aguinaldo, director of student life, is among those who have been told not to reveal any details about the discussion. “I’m in the same position as the other administrators and am unable to provide any certain information until the budget report comes out later this month,” Aguinaldo said. These cuts will have an effect on all students and programs at CLC.
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Correction: A caption for a photo of CLC softball pitcher Deanna Wise on p. 16 of the April 19 edition of The Chronicle incorrectly said she would miss the season because of a torn ACL. The injured pitcher is Stephanie Rodriguez, as reported in the accompanying article. In addition, the “Lancers baseball not deterred by weather” article on p. 15 of the same edition is bylined with Anthony Skillen. The byline should have been Joe Copeland. The Chronicle regrets the errors.
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CLC staff member shares love for bees Candace May Copy Editor
Eddie Popelka, member of the Lake County Bee Association ( LCBA) held a symposium Thursday March 25 outside C005. Popelka is also a Maintenance engineer at CLC. He has always been an advocate for the environment, but his passion for bees is a fairly new conquest. “I grew up as a kid in the woods, when this place was all farmland,” Popelka said, “I grew up with a gun and fishing pole in my hand.”
Popelka feels as if the environment has been forgotten by the public. He vehemently supports efforts such as recycling and home gardens. “We should be able to grow a garden in our yard, these are certain rights I take pride in as an American in Lake County,” Popelka said. “They are trying to change that.” He first got involved in bee keeping through a class at CLC and from that point on he has continued to turn that passion in to a small business.
Popelka’s new found love has also made him hyper aware of the local environment. “A lot of bees are dying, and they are trying to tell us something,” Popelka said. “Bee’s are a great bio indicator, frogs and toads are like sponges they tell us about our water health, but bee’s are good about our air.” If you want to get in contact with Eddie for honey or to learn more in general about bee keeping you can contact him via email at SpecialBeeProducts.net.
Photo by Candace May
Maintenance engineer, Eddie Popelka sells his homemade honey.
The Chronicle recognized at ICCJA awards The Chronicle recently won 13 awards, including five first places, in statewide competition among community college newspapers. The awards, which were presented April 5 at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association’s spring convention in Springfield, put the College of Lake County’s student newspaper in competition with weekly and biweekly student publications at the state’s biggest community colleges. The first place awards went to Maria Garcia for news, Josh May for columns, Alex Aranda for arts features, Sam Greenberg for sports news and Kelley Byrne for computer graphics. Byrne and May also won honorable mentions, with Byrne winning her additional awards in advertising as well as front-page design and May winning his honorable mention in editorial writing. Byrne, May and Greenberg’s first places also represented an upgrade on awards they won a year ago in the same categories. Garcia’s first place in news marked the third consecutive year a Chronicle staff member has won the top prize in this category.
Garcia’s winning entry was for her Feb. 1 “Five candidates run for Board of Trustees.” May’s first place was for his Feb. 15 column “Black History Month is a call to action.” A year ago, May won third place in opinion writing. Byrne’s first place was for her Oct. 26 two-page spread comparing the presidential candidates in the Nov. 2 election. Her award improved on the third place she won a year ago in the same category. Alex Aranda’s first place in arts features was for his Feb. 1 “Light the Lamp Brewery: a hidden gem.” The Chronicle won the top two awards in this category, with Courtney Gillen winning second place for her Nov. 30 “CLC prof showcases his neon brilliance,” a story covering a Michigan art exhibit featuring work by CLC instructor Michael Kozien. Greenberg’s first place was for his Sept. 28 “Eligibility issues deny Lancers postseason play.” The award improved on his third place award in the same category a year ago.
The Chronicle sport section also won an honorable mention for sports photography, with Jose (Justin) Leyba’s photo. Nate Sousa joined Byrne and May as a multiple award winner in the 2012-13 competition.
He won three awards, including second place in features. Sousa also won honorable mentions in editorials and columns. His column was his Feb. 1 “Teachers should adopt a strict laptop policy.”
In the last six years, The Chronicle has won 61 awards, including 16 first places, in the statewide contest. The judges for the ICCJA competition are professional journalists and journalism educators.
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Horticulture department holds plant sale Alex Aranda A&E Editor
The array of beautiful flora fills the green house and provides an embracing wave of tranquility. Flowers, plants and produce resonate with soothing vitality and harness a calm atmosphere. The quality and aromas of the youthful plants, grown within the green houses of the horticulture building at the College of Lake County, produce a strong appreciation for their presence. The appreciation for the uniqueness of natural floras echoes within every human being as plant life is a vital part of the diversity of the ecosystem. It is this appreciation for and the knowledge of such a practice that drives the students in the horticulture program at CLC to pursue this vital field of interest, and share it with the surrounding community. The Horticulture Department is hosting a plant sale May 9-10 in the north and south green houses. The students of CLC and the surrounding
community will have the opportunity to contribute to the vital program. Increasingly the developed classes and curriculum within the horticulture department are more inspiring and culturally invigorating. The plant sale is a result of the extension of the practiced and preserved knowledge that enables students to reinforce the integrative understandings geared towards sustaining horticultural traditions. The plant species were grown by students in the horticulture program at CLC. All proceeds from the plant sale will go to a student scholarship and further support the program for future students. “It’s supporting CLC’s program. People don’t always understand that horticulture, gardening, and architectural landscaping are important jobs for people,” Gianna Fazioli, said, Local Foods Coordinator and instructor for the horticulture department at CLC. “If we don’t include opportunities like the plant sale, our pro-
gram would struggle. The overall support from the community will ensure the continuance of the program for future students.” For those who do not actively partake in gardening or other forms of growing plant life, understand that certain types of flora require maintenance due to their fragility. Of course, there exist uncontrollable factors, such as weather and pests that are not always predictable. These obstacles prove challenging when they arise, offering the horticulturist little flexibility in adjustments. The green house environment offers a platform for the students to really engage themselves in the environment and experience some of these challenges. Some of the unique vegetation being offered includes Red Begonias, Trixi Mix’s, Heirloom Tomatoes, and the Rhumba Squash. Along with these are a variety of perennials, annuals, veggies, and herbs to be sold. Taking the time to admire the beauty nature offers is a
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wonderful opportunity for people in dense urban societies. There are a multitude of benefits that derive from owning and maintaining plants. It is a hobby for some people and a completely new experience for others, yet owning a plant proves to provide the raw experience in observing nature grow. Surrounding oneself with plant life allows for a connection to the environment that does not revolve around food. People eat out every day, yet not many people who do so take the time to consider the hard work that went in to producing a meal. Though there are machines and pesticides that lead to monocultures, which provide the majority of the food people consume, the traditional sustainable agricultural farmer occupation needs preservation. Although it is important and related to the plant sale, it is another topic in and of its own. “There should be a shift in the paradigm for professions towards farming and landscaping architects, I
think about the big picture. It’s not just about awareness, but for the plant sale, awareness is key,” Fazioli said. A raw connection with nature keeps people interacted with some ancient and traditional practices of horticulture and agriculture. Understanding the relationship of tending a garden or a crop field is often lost in translation through the rising generations. Thankfully, the horticulture department at the CLC is providing a plant sale that will enable students and the community to have the opportunity to purchase and maintain a variety of plant and produce specimens. They are on the frontier of the counter-culture embracing wise traditions and surfacing the urgency for continuing and preserving the traditional relativeness between man and vegetation. “Everybody might not relate to owning a plant, but everybody relates to eating food, which in-turn connects function, community, and traditions,” said Fazioli.
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Darfur survivor seeks to inspire CLC community kelley byrne Editor-in-Chief
In 2003, when members of Sudanese Arab tribes, often known as “Janjaweed”, fired on his village of Mara in western Sudan, Darfur, a young Guy Josif Adam and his family were beaten and eventually fled in different directions. Except for one brother, they never saw each other again. Adam, an international student at CLC, is not sure how old he is because his records were destroyed during the genocide in his country. He believes he may have been born in 1986, which would make him 27. Formerly Abdelhamid Yousif Ismail Adem, Adam changed his name after converting to Christianity. “I got baptized in the Evangelical church in Khartoum,” Adam said. “When I was young, I saw a lot of people being killed without reason because of their religion. According to me, this is not what is written in the Koran, and I do not want to be a part of this crime against human rights and international law.” When Adam made the decision to leave his village of 2000, he didn’t have a plan. “I didn’t know where I was going,” Adam said. “I just walked.” He eventually met some men from the U.N. who helped him escape. “I told them that my village was burned and I had left my family there,” Adam said. “They wanted me to go back to the village with them, but I refused because I was afraid of being killed by the Janjaweed. A nearby village had been burned recently and a lot of young people there were killed even in the hands of the U.N., so I knew that they could not protect me if I returned. Instead, some of the U.N. workers hid me in their car while they went to my village and saw that it was destroyed and that all the people had either escaped or been killed. They were unable to find my family.” Adam stayed with the U.N. and eventually moved to its main office in Khartoum, Sudan, where he worked as a security guard. One U.N. employee supported him so that he could go to school. “Before the genocide, I had
attended school only through the sixth grade, after which I dropped out because my parents did not have money for school fees,” Adam said. “I was interested in education, but there was no opportunity for me to pursue it due to our family situation. The little money we had was used for survival and to provide the family with basic necessities. In my new life as a refugee, I was able to resume my education.” Adam completed his high school degree and eventually attended the University of Juba in Khartoum. “Even at the university, I was not safe,” Adam said. “The government would arbitrarily arrest students from Darfur and South Sudan, take them to the security prison, and torture them. Some of my good friends were killed while at the university.” After one month at the University, Adam was arrested and imprisoned for three months. “I was tortured, beaten, and insulted,” Adam said. “They asked me what I was doing with the UN and why I was working with them.” Adam was released but then arrested again a month later and held for two weeks during which time he was tortured and beaten again. “No matter how much they beat me, I would not answer their questions and so they released me,” Adam said. Adam was arrested again one week after his release. One of his friends wrote an article that was published in a local newspaper about his mistreatment and requested his release. His captors read the article and released him but told him he only had one week to leave Sudan. “There was someone from the U.N. who tried to help me go to Denmark, but the process would take at least a month and I told him that if I stayed one month it could cost me my life,” Adam said. “I heard there was a way for refugees from Darfur to go to Israel. I made my decision, and I set off for Egypt from Khartoum.” Adam traveled by train Wadi Halfa which is at the border of Egypt and Sudan, and he entered Egypt. He lived in Ain Shams, Egypt, for one month where he met someone who was working to bring immigrants into Israel.
From there he traveled with a group of 23 people from Darfur and Eritrea. Only 10 survived. Some were arrested, and others were shot or injured at the Egyptian border. According to CNN, refugees from places like Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia often face organ harvesting and trafficking by Bedouin smugglers on their way to Israel. These organs are then sold to Egyptian citizens. “Some people were killed,” Adam said. “Their organs were taken. The human beings are alive like that. Then they open their body up and they take their organs out. They call it ‘black diamond’.” Despite the hardships he endured, Adam continued on his journey to Israel. “When you survive, you survive,” Adam said. “When you die, you die.” When he finally arrived in Israel, he was disappointed by what the government would do to help him. “I came to Israel because the Israelis and Darfurians have a shared history of genocide,” Adam said. “I was expecting to find the Israeli government and society willing to help me to go to school so that I could do something to stop the ongoing killing in Darfur and work for change in my home and the rest of the world, but when I arrived I saw that everything was the opposite of what I expected.” Adam was sent to a detention camp in the Negev Desert in Israel where he spent 28 days. The judge released him with a visa for three months. Every three months he would have to renew his visa to stay in Israel. “Sudanese are ‘protected’ under a temporary group protection,” Adam said. “With this conditional release visa there are no rights other than to legally stay in the country. We have no medical or social rights there. We went to the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency) in Israel and they seem not to care for the plight of African refugees in Israel.” His dream was always to study in the in the United States so Adam applied to colleges and Universities all over the country. He was searching for schools in Chicago when he
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Guy Josif Adam came to CLC in December 2012 after surviving the genocide in Darfur found out about CLC. “I started to look at the program, and they were really interesting,” Adam said. “I saw that there were a lot of international students and I was just interested and I applied.” He speaks four languages including his native language Fur (Western Sudan), Hebrew, Arabic, and English. He is currently taking English language instruction classes to improve his English reading and writing. Adam has grown an appreciation for the United States since living here. “I really appreciate the United States of America,” Adam said. “It’s given me the right to do what I want to do. I see a lot of respect. People are treated equally.” Adam has been a member of Black Student Union at CLC since the second day of classes this semester. “I made a lot of friends and the topics that we discuss are really interesting. It’s nice to know different people. I’m black, so I think it’s the right place for me to be,” Adam said. Adam hopes to use his time
at CLC to pursue a degree in political science and possibly international law and he hopes to help other people in Darfur and promote human rights. “My people are not educated,’ Adam said. “There is a political marginalization because of the lack of education, and I feel if I don’t help, my land will be taken. What I want to do is to help them to go to school and study and try to protect our country.” At his core is a belief in human rights and equality. “I believe that as human beings we are equal as we were born, whatever our color: black, white, pink, blue,” Adam said. “I believe that we are all human beings.” Adam is unable to work because of his documentation. In order to help pay for tuition, the sister of one his friends from Israel, who attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison, set up a fund. Current donations total over $13,000, with a goal of $20,000. Visit the website at fundly. com/help-a-darfuri-refugeestudy-in-the-us.
A&E ‘Oblivion’predictable but packed with thrills Chronicle
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Nate Sousa News Editor
With an overwhelming amount of near-future apocalyptic films scheduled to release this summer, Joseph Kosinki’s “Oblivion” provides movie goers with a nimble preview of what is to come in the upcoming months. The film’s plot centers on Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), a drone repairman on the severely damaged and nearly deserted planet Earth. The Earth’s uninhabitable status is the result of a detrimental war with an alien race called the Skavs. Harper and his partner Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are assigned the duty of monitoring the surveillance drones which protect the effort of extracting vital resources from the Earth for humanity’s relocation to Titan, a moon on Saturn. The duo takes order from their mission commander (Melissa Leo) who lives on the Tet, an orbital space station and base of operations. Harper is a likable and speculative of his people’s choice to go to war and sacrifice the place that he loves to call home. He is responsible for many of the best moments of the film, from his altercations with the drones that he is
there to fix, to his admirable value of the world that his commanders who now merely see as a resource. The film was directed by Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) and was based on an unpublished graphic novel wrote with comic book writer Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi). Kosinski was responsible for the creation, initial story, screenplay adaptation, and direction, making the project incredibly personal. Kosinski is no stranger to CGI and futuristic world creation, but “OblivCourtesy of • Relativity Media ion” offers movie- Cruise gives a strong performance as an engineer who uncovers perilous secrets. goers with a much reflective storyline. The plot is strongly cen- the avid science-fiction fan, Cruise does not shine like see familiar plot devices to tered around Harper and his but will be satisfying none- his co stars, but still plays some of the other favorite own internal conflict of leav- theless. the role with some success. films. ing the planet that he calls The film’s small cast and His experience in acThe film still is able to home. strong focus on Harper tion films aided him in his create a relatively creative Those searching for a builds great suspension for performance that was over- interpretation of a possible post-apolyptic war epic will his first contact with the shadowed by an intriguing post-apocalyptic world. be disappointed by the con- Skavs. storyline and a visually reIt may not be what Kotemplative chronicle that is Even with a relatively markable futuristic setting. sinski had expected, which “Oblivion.” small cast, there are an abun“Oblivion” is not a great might be oblivious to the This is not to say there is dance of prime performanc- action film, or the cleverest audience, but the sophomore no action. es from legends like Morgan science fiction film to ever director still successfully The story is filled with Freeman (March of the be created. Action fans will creates an entrancing enough interesting twists and turns Penguins) and Oscar winner want more futuristic warfare film in “Oblivion” to keep that can be predictable for Melissa Leo (The Fighter). and science fiction fans will moviegoers intrigued.
New films, old school fun at McHenry Drive-In Alex Aranda A&E Editor
Dusk settles on the car-lot as the weather cools and the sun disappears into the horizon. The stars scatter across the sky as cars spread throughout the lot. Hundreds of eyes eagerly wait for a story to be told through the big white box and experience a true American cultural tradition. The immense glowing screen transports the viewers to the past, where memories long gone see the light of day. The McHenry Drive-in Theater will open its doors Friday May 3rd, 2013. The theater is under new ownership by Golden Age
Cinemas, who also operate the Liberty Theater 1 & 2 in Libertyville, IL. The Drive-in will kick off the season with its double feature of “Iron Man 3” and “Oz, the Great and Powerful.” Other features to be shown at the McHenry Drive-in during this season are “Monsters U,” “Epic,” “After Earth,” “Pacific Rim,” and much more. In addition to these new releases, the Drive-in theater will feature classic re-run throwback films near the end of the season such as “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Drive-in theaters mark a turning point in the historical mainstream American entertainment. Stemming from the 1930s,
Drive-in theaters experienced a peak in the 1950s and 1960s. However, with the increase of real estate costs, Drive-in theaters began to decline thereafter to roughly four hundred in the whole country. Travis Gibbs is a location manager for Golden Age Cinemas and a current College of Lake County Student. “Our society has disseminated from the ‘family era’. A lot has changed with what society did then and now,” Gibbs said. “Trends have shifted with what technological shifts have slowly been going on.” They provide current generations the opportunity to experience what their parents experienced.
However, this experience is hanging on by a thread. “We’re going to keep going as long as we can, but the theater needs some renovations in order to show future features,” Gibbs said. “The main challenge we face in ensuring the continuance of the Drive-in is raising funds for a digital projector.” It is the common balancing obstacle of affordability while meeting operational costs. Drive-in theaters provide the comfort, relaxation, and privacy of experiencing movies in a classic atmosphere. Unfortunately, the reality resides on the public’s involvement in attending and supporting the drive-in theater as it resonates with
aesthetical appreciation for the original American culture. Take the opportunity to enjoy, visit and support this raw, nostalgic, historical, American entertainment before it ceases to exist. “It is the natural ‘letting go’ of the drive-in era. Everything will eventually go out of style.” Gibbs said. “It is something that will naturally disappear unless people go and support their local drive-in. We can only keep our doors open as long as people keep coming.” The McHenry Drive-In Theater is located near the intersection of Rt. 120 and N Chapel Hill Road. For show times check out Golden Age Studio’s website: http://www. goldenagecinemas.com
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‘Arrested Development’ returns on Netflix Brett Starkopf Copy Editor
After nearly a decade, the long awaited return of TV’s most dysfunctional, yet lovable family is over. May 26 marks the arrival of the Emmy-winning “Arrested Development” to Netflix with 15 new episodes, all being released at the same time. The new episodes will guide the transition from the small screen to the big one, although a movie has not been green-lighted. Creator Mitchell Hurwitz told Entertainment Weekly on May 5 that a new season would make it easier to establish background history of the show’s complex characters rather than just making A.D. into a movie. Hurwitz told EW that if he spent five minutes catching up the audience on each Bluth, it would be 45 minutes before the movie’s story line actually began. When “AD” was canceled midway through its third season, the future was uncertain, although talks about a movie were beginning to surface. Due to the loyalty of the fans and the popularity of the show because of Netflix, a new season and movie are now a reality. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, described “AD’s” cult following: “Between the DVD rentals and streaming on Netflix, the audience was already nearing what the show had seen in its network run,” Sarandos told EW. “Television cult fan bases typically get smaller and more intense. The ‘Arrested’ fan base has gotten bigger and more intense.” In fact, some fans were so committed to the show that Hurwitz had to dismiss ideas for a movie because of fan fiction. Hurwitz refers to the new season as an “anthology.” Each episode focuses on an individual character rather than the whole family; the only character to appear in every episode is Michael (Jason Bateman). “The only way we could get everyone together for what we’ll loosely call an anthology, was to dedicate
each episode to a character’s point of view,” said Hurwitz in a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association press tour in January. “We started finding out that the stories would intersect. You’ll see a scene again from the other perspective and you’ll get all this new information. It is kind of an evolution of the storytelling that was necessary.” The show resumes seven years after the Bluth’s fled from the law at the end of season three. “The biggest Graphic by Jimmy Pierson story is the famiAfter a celebrated run on Fox was cut short, fans have anticipated the shows return for 10 years. ly has fallen apart at the story of the show,” Hurwitz told craveonline.com in to these episodes if for January. “They all went their some unfortunate reason own way, without Michael the movie doesn’t hapholding them together, so pen, but they are all meant they’re left to their own to work within one andevices, and they’re not the other as a package of ‘Armost successful devices.” rested Development.’” Since the episodes are Michael Cera, who is AMERICA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL released at once, each credited as Michael’s son ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL INVITES installment acts as a continu- George Michael, can now ation, resulting in the entire add a writing credit to YOU TO TOUR OUR CAMPUS! season to essentially act as his IMDB page. Cera one long episode. helped Hurwitz and his Discuss your work in-depth with our admissions counselors, There will be events or staff write the new epiwho are also working artists, designers, and visual scholars jokes from one episode sodes. Tour our state-of-the-art facilities and incomparable that are revisited in later “(Cera) is such a residence halls episodes. “Which basically brilliant guy, and he’s Explore Chicago, our urban campus is simply just the first act such a great writer,” Hurof what we hope to continue witz said during the panel. For more information and to reserve your space, visit and complete in a movie “He completely unsaic.edu/tour which will be act two and derstood the complex act three,” Bateman said story. He added to it. He during the panel. “These are pitched in character. It beepisodes that set that up. One came clear that ‘Arrested does not work without the Development’ is his first other.” language.” “And eventually a theme Not many shows get park,” added Will Arnett, a second chance like the who plays Bateman’s big Bluth’s are getting. brother Gob in the show. However, Hurwitz and Bateman also wanted the rest of the cast are to clear up that the new excited about their revival episodes should not be and the possible chance at considered “season four.” a movie. “I think it was sort of “If we get the movie, mislabeled early on by a it’s the cherry on top blogger that this was season of the sundae,” said Tony four,” Bateman said dur- Hale, who plays Miing the panel. “In fact, it is chael’s younger brother, Photo by Kirk Gittings, The Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing. not that. We should probably Buster. “If we don’t, make that clear. It is certain- it’s been a really delicious Admissions | 312.629.6100 | firstname.lastname@example.org ly a satisfying conclusion sundae.”
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Staff Editorial: Time for CLC to speak up Nate Sousa News Editor
This past year has been a very successful year for the Chronicle and its staff. Last semester we feared that there would not be a large enough staff to continue publishing the Chronicle. Thankfully, we have added new and promising members who we are confident will keep pushing this publication to reach its full potential. That being said, we are only students. We cannot cover the news with the same intensity as professional publications can. We wish we could, but we can’t. Now while we can’t cover news like a professional publication, we can report it with the best of them. That is where we need you, the members of our community, to aid us in our search for news.
I am asking each and everyone one of you to not only approach us with any issue/event/idea you want the Chronicle to cover, but to voice your opinion on it. This is a call to every student, administration, faculty, staff and especially club members to contact the Chronicle as a means to communicate with the CLC community. You don’t have to write for the Chronicle in order to contribute. Take in this message and let it resonate, so that for the rest of your time at CLC you will know that no topic is too small for us. No issue is insignificant. Stop by our office, call and talk to an editor, email us, hound us in the hallways. Do whatever you can to tell us your idea and I promise you, we will actively listen. We love this school and everyone who contributes to
its betterment. We want to know what you think about anything and everything. We want to inform our community of how one of its members feels because it is not farfetched to think that they might agree with your stance. This publication wants to be the primary means of communication to the students about what is happening at the college. It is our opinion that not enough members of this community use our talents to their own advantage. We have the privilege of being the only publication with the CLC community solely in mind. There are several clubs and faculty members who do approach our staff and contribute to the Chronicle, and it is proved to be incredibly successful to the promotion of their events and ideas. I would like to applaud those who do contribute and
encourage them to continue. You are the example that everyone should follow. With club participation becoming increasingly sparse, our staff encourages club leaders to approach our editors with information on their club’s upcoming events or issues they believe need to be addressed at the college. It would be misleading to say that we want you, as community members, to do our work for us by finding our stories. Our goal is to be open and approachable so that local news has a chance to prosper. It is a personal detriment to the Chronicle when we lack content on any issue because then we have not properly informed community members of the college’s affairs. We cannot promise publication of every story, but we will do our best within our means and capabilities of covering as much as we can.
That is a promise I know our staff can keep. Our mission is to report stories that we believe are newsworthy and reflect the current state of the college. The Chronicle wants to be your voice, so I plead for those who feel they have no say to speak up. For those who feel unheard, we will listen. For those who wish to become aware, stay tuned, because the Chronicle plans to report the news.
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Collins’ announcement one small step forward Alexandra TUrcios Staff Reporter
Jason Collins, back-up center for the Washington Wizards, came out on Monday, May 29 on a Sports Illustrated interview. Collins is the first major American sports player to come out while still active. Collins’ coming out is monumental because it will affect a huge demographic of people that will look at him as a role model for his power to stand up against social constraints and prejudice. Now is the perfect time to stand up for one’s own sexual orientation with so much attention geared towards the gay rights movement. Carlos Martinez is a CLC student and spoke out about Collins’ coming out. “As a gay man who defies the feminine stereotype of a homosexual male, [Collins] coming out as an athlete is a clear progression towardse-
quality,” Martinez said. “But it leaves me questioning ‘what’s the big deal?’” Yes, this is a step towards society accepting gay people, but why are we making them climb a ladder towards acceptance? The media attention Collins is receiving is a bit ridiculous. Collins should not have to face such massive news coverage. Sexuality and sports create a false dichotomy: why does sexual orientation have to conflict with one’s athletic ability? It doesn’t, but the way media is covering the story is with engrossed fascination that a sports player is coming out. It should not have to be that way.We are glorifying Collins’ coming out as if it is a phenomenon that a gay male could play the role of the archetypal, straight, American athlete. While it’s hard to dissipate the countless former years that conservative views on homosexuality have pre-
dominated our culture, I’d like to believe that our country is mentally able to fully accept them now. We are in the 21st century. Sexuality is a topic we are all very aware of. Gender stereotypes are contextual to the time period-however ambiguous the definition is. In the modern day, we should be able to move past stereotypes, gender typing and fascist ideals of how one identifies their sexual orientation. Collins is being branded the ‘gay athlete’ but is this necessary? Why is there a need to label Collins, alienate him and perceive him as different from everyone else? In reality, his coming out is most likely a means of trying to connect. His coming out is an opportunity to unite people so disbanded from one another. Coming out can be viewed like reaching a hand out for acceptance, a liberation of shackles. Sexuality is something we are all entitled
to and should be comfortable with. Exploring your sexuality is normal and one should not feel obligated to conceal who they truly are. “I wasn’t mentally there. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin. If you had asked me five years ago if I was gay I would’ve flat-out lied to you and denied it,” Collins said. “I’d have been lying to you and lying to myself.” Homosexual males can
encompass everything a heterosexual man can without the passive feminist behaviors associated with living that lifestyle. Sexual orientation is what we should make universally accepted regardless of race, gender, class. Collins coming out is a baby step towards addressing this broad issue our society faces. Hopefully this will open doors to acceptance on a larger scale.
Collins’ recent announcement has received outrageous attention. The fact that people are shocked an NBA player is gay is the problem.
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The unfriendly confines of Wrigley Field Sam Greenberg Sports Editor
“If it comes to the point that we don’t have the ability to do what we want to do in our outfield, then we’re going to have to consider moving.” This statement from Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts has fans wondering if the possibility of a Wrigley relocation could become reality. Let me start out by saying that I am all for everything the Ricketts family has proposed. Wrigley field is the most out-of-date, dilapidated stadium in professional sports and any plan that will reduce the probability of concrete falling on my head, is fine with me. The Cubs have the worst team facilities and visitor clubhouse in baseball, which goes a long way to the poor performance of the team. When players have to put a tarp up over their lockers in order to take batting practice during an inning, something is wrong. The pictures that emerged recently paint, in my eyes, a phenomenal picture of what Wrigley Field could be. A hotel, office building and parking lot, as well as restaurants and shops would reduce the eyesore that is Wrigley Field and no doubt bring more fans to the game. A proposed 6,000 square foot video scoreboard is planned for left field and
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The proposed 6,000 foot scoreboard has rooftop owners upset around the obstucted view of the veiw. would be fledged with ad- revenue generated by the warranted, but possibly too Plain and simple the roofvertisements, bringing Wrig- rooftops. late. Ricketts could have said tops are a miniscule part of ley into this century. Keep in mind that the roof- the exact same thing a long the Wrigley Field experience But high above Waveland top seats are a separate entity time ago and not seemed and need to be pushed out of and Sheffield, there are mon- from the Cubs organization desperate. Though he has the picture. There would be ey-grabbing naysayers ruin- and the Cubs do not sell every right to say everything no money lost and the backing every hopeful thought. rooftop tickets. he has said. He is the owner lash from the parasitic roofThe rooftop owners are the Part of the contract states of a ‘business’ and an outside top owners can be squashed main reason the renovation that the Cubs can’t do any- source is telling him that he under the powerful foot of plans are at a standstill and thing to obstruct the view of isn’t allowed to improve his the Cubs chairman. while they do have a (idi- the rooftops. business. The Cubs aren’t going otic) contract with the Cubs, Ricketts finally resulted The Cubs bring in mas- anywhere, Wrigley will they need to back off and let to threatening to move the sive revenue for the city of be renovated and the roofthe renovation happen. team if the rooftop owners Chicago and not utilizing the top owners are going to The contract that was didn’t allow him to make the outfield and a scoreboard for enjoy staring at the back of a signed in 2004, entitles the changes he wanted. revenue generating adver- magnificent jumbo-tron. Cubs to 17 percent of the The threat was certainly tisements is simply foolish.
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Vol 46, No. 14
Softball team set for Regional Final Frazier
leads Lancers offensive attack
Sam Greenberg Sports Editor
CLC Softball is on a roll. They have won 15 of their last 20 games and head into the Regional Finals with a 25-10 record and a four game winning streak. Even more impressive is the 11 game streak the Lancers put together from Apr. 7 to Apr. 25. Massive offensive outputs have keyed many of the wins, including 12-2 and 8-0 wins over McHenry as well as a 10-0 and 17-0 trouncing of Morton. The Lancers boast an extraordinary .376 batting average, .546 slugging percentage, and their .458 on-base percentage ranks fourth nationally. Freshman infielder Sally Snarski leads the offensive charge with a .533 average. There is little drop-off as the Lancers have eight players batting over .300 and five over .375. Snarski also leads the team with 11 home runs, followed by sophomore Brenda Botzenhart with ten. In the Regional Semifinal on Apr. 30, CLC shut down McHenry in back to back games, 10-0 and 9-0. Dur-
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The Lancers have outscored opponents 38-3 in their past four games. ing their four game winning streak, the Lancers are outscoring opponents 38-3. While the offense gets much of the credit for the wins, the pitching and defense deserve praise as well. Sophomore Deanna Wise has been the workhorse on the mound, amassing an 18-7 record and a 3.35 ERA. Every game she has started, she has finished. Wise tossed
25 complete games, including seven shutouts and totaled 69 strikeouts. Defense has also been solid for CLC, with a team fielding percentage of .933. Freshman infielder Bree Lundman leads the team with a perfect 1.000 percentage and six other Lancers have a fielding percentage over .900.
Not often do you see a team that can put every aspect of the game together. But Lancers softball has every gear turning at the right time. Lead by head coach Sue Garcia, the team heads to Freeport, IL May 3 to play in a double elimination tournament before finishing with the Regional Championship game May 4.
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The Lancers baseball team is 18-13-1 (7-6-1 Skyway Conference) heading into the final week of the season. However, there remaining four games are away from Grayslake, where they boast a 9-3-1 record. Their seven conference wins is an improvement from last year when the Lancers finished seventh in the Skyway with a 3-11 record. This year, they finished fifth. Behind sophomore Malcolm Frazier, whose .474 BA is good enough for fifth in the nation in NJCAA Division II, the Lancers look to finish the season on a high note, heading into the playoffs. Frazier is also the team leader in hits (45), RBIs (33) and slugging percentage (.639). Freshman Alex Letto leads the Lancers with five home runs. Defensively, freshman pitcher Kyle Cibrario is fifth in the region with a 1.78 ERA and leads the team in wins with three. Freshman Chris DeRue leads the Lancers in strikeouts with 39 and saves (2). Head coach Heath Cummings welcomed back only nine players from last season, but the new freshman class has thrived. The Lancers will wrap up the season with four road games, two against Illinois Valley on May 4 and for their finale, Kankakee Community College on May 5. Sectional Playoffs begin May 11 and the Regionals are May 17. The location of both rounds are TBA.
Lancers Baseball Upcoming Schedule May 4 @ IL Valley (Double-Header)
May 5 @ Kankakee (Double-Header)
May 7 @ Carthage College
May 11/12 Sectional Tournament
May 17/19 Regional Tournament
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