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Sexual assault fabricated Joshua May


The CLC police were informed Oct. 24, of an alleged sexual assault on the Grayslake campus by Highland Park Hospital. After an investigation, the report was found to be fabricated.The CLC Police were told that a female student was assaulted in “the area of the main courtyard” by a

white male who was familiar with the alleged victim. By the end of their investigation, the department was told that the entire ordeal never occurred. “We always investigate as if the incident absolutely occurred,” Police Chief Tom Guenther said. “Our in-depth investigation found inconsistencies with her story, and she then admitted that it was fabricated,”

While a false accusation is unfortunate, Guenther said this resolution should help ease concerns around campus. “This is a good thing,” Guenther said. “First, this incident never occurred. Second, the campus is safe and that’s something all our campus stakeholders should know.” Filing a false police report is a crime, but the CLC

Lancers Cafeteria fails health code inspection Joshua May


Lancers Cafeteria failed an inspection by the Lake County Health Department Nov. 12, but Lancers h a s passed follow-up inspections Nov. 15 and Nov. 27.

The inspection report cited “Repeated time/temperature violations” as the reason for the cafeteria’s failure. The reasons for the inspection failure have since been corrected. Ted Poulos, dean of business and auxiliary services, said a change in

inspectors led to the report. “We had the same inspector for 15 years, and in the last two months we’ve had a new guy,” Poulos said. Poulos said many variables can affect an inspection, including the time of the inspection and the experience the inspector has with

the location and its staff. He said Lancers had no problems with cleanliness or food spoiling. “They usually find little things like that,” Poulos said. “They let us know and we correct them,” CLC student Cid Cente, 28 of Lake Zurich was troubled

that Lancer’s customers were not informed. “It concerns me, especially that it wasn’t announced,” Cente said. “They seemed to keep that well under wraps.” CLC student Demetre Wells said it could be a learning experience for the staff at Lancers.

Fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington stalled Joshua May


Negotiations aimed at avoiding the fiscal cliff that approaches at this year’s end between the White House, Senate Democrats and Congressional Republicans appear to have stalled. House Speaker John

Boehner said that “no substantive progress” has been made during the two weeks of negotiation. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid told reporters “I don’t understand his brain,” in reference to Boehner. If congress does not reach an agreement by Jan. 1, automatic tax increases and


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spending cuts will take effect. Some in Republican leadership have signaled that they are open to new revenue as well as spending cuts, a change rooted in political necessity after the president’s convincing re-election. That stance defies Re-

publican activist Grover Norquist and the no-tax pledge that a vast majority of congressional republicans have signed. “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, told Macon station WMAZ. “If we do

it his way, then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.” Though talks have hit a road bump, the White House remains optimistic about a deal before new years. “We remain optimistic that this can get done,

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Religious Observances Act soon to be implemented Maria Garcia

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In August, Gov. Quinn signed into law the University Religious Observances Act (URO) which will be in effect Jan. 1, 2013. The URO Act guarantees that students in public institutions of higher learning, who for religious purposes are unable to attend class, or participate in any examination, study or work requirement for that day, will be excused and given the opportunity to make up any work missed on that day. This URO Act will not penalize any student as long as students notify faculty members or their instructor well in advance of any expected absence. “I like the law because it allows students to pursue their religious beliefs without being penalized for it,”

said Roland Miller, Dean of Communication Arts, Humanities, and Fine Arts Division. The law was discussed briefly among CLC faculty at a division meeting in October but an informational discussion will take place during orientation before the spring semester. “The main thing we have to do is educate the faculty and let them know more about the Act,” Miller said. “There is going to be a learning process with this act. It’s one thing to write or create a law and it’s another thing to apply it.” Miller ensured that the requirements for the act will be met by faculty and instructors, but the details on how they will be met will vary. “A lot of the details of the URO Act will depend on the course, instructor, students, and will be dependent on a

lot of things,” Miller said. “Other instructors and departments might interpret the Act in different ways.” In spring 2013, Miller encourages staff to add the URO Act to their class syllabus and also encourages them to be as liberal and as accommodating as possible to students using the Act. “Most of our faculty is reasonable and will interpret the Act in appropriate ways,” Miller said. Most instructors already have attendance policies that allow students to miss a certain amount of classes for whatever reason. Based on the URO Act, if someone misses beyond allowed days for religious observances they will be excused. Currently, there is no limit of days that can be missed for religious obser-

vances. Miller said that students who want to misuse the law certainly could but does not anticipate abuse being an issue. “We trust that a majority of our students are honest and are here to get an education,” Miller said. “I will encourage my faculty to take students for their word, and that they are absent because of legitimate religious observances.” To avoid this issue, Miller will make an effort to publicize most holidays and celebrations for main religions but would prefer that teachers do not feel the need to investigate absences of their students. “The responsibility should be put on the students and not the teachers,” Miller said. “If you miss class, you only short-change yourself. The instructor is still there,

the rest of the class is still there. No one is making you be here, you’re the one paying money, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t want to be here.” CLC student Sarah Silverstein, who is an Orthodox Jew, supports the URO Act. “The Act shows an understanding for the different needs that present themselves in a college setting and set a solid standard for how these needs must be met,” Silverstein said. Silverstein has had only positive experiences with CLC instructors excusing her from class due to religious observance. “I am sure this Act will only be helpful and will make sure that whenever I miss class due to religious observance I am given the opportunity to make up whatever I missed,” Silverstein said.

Clubs forced to abandon food sales, giveaways Joshua May


The Lake County Health department has informed CLC that health permits are required in order to sell or give away hot or cold food during public events, an email to club and organization advisers from Interim Executive Director of Stu-

dent Life Teresa Aguinaldo Nov. 29 said. “Student Life does not currently have permits to sell or give away food. Therefore, we are being asked to cancel hot or cold food sales or giveaways from now on, with the exception of non-perishable and prepackaged goods; bake sales also are okay,” the statement

said. Many student clubs and organizations rely on food sales to raise revenue and on giveaways to attract crowds to events. “Not allowing the clubs and organizations at CLC to utilize food sales at their activities gravely limits our opportunities to raise funds at the campus which we use

to sponsor our events,” Phi Theta Kappa service officer Carlton Kindred said. Student clubs and organizations will have to find new ways to raise funds. “Student Activities staff are brainstorming other creative ways clubs can draw numbers and make money. These will be discussed during the next ICC (Inter-

Club Council) meeting S pring Semester,” Aguinaldo’s email said. “I am sorry to have to share news of this change in the way we do business. Personally, I will miss the tasty tacos, Indian dishes and all of the other food that brings variety on a regular basis to CLC’s cafeteria.”



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CLC wins five awards at Skyway Festival Kelley Byrne Editor-in-Chief

The Skyway Writers Festival was held at CLC on Nov. 28 and featured students from eight community colleges throughout Illinois with submissions in poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama. Each college was allowed to submit 20 total submissions, five in each category. There were 119 submissions total from the eight schools. CLC contributed 14 submissions to the event and won five awards. After a dinner and open mic session, students who participated in the event were able to go to two workshops during the event. Each time slot had four different workshop options from the same authors. The workshops were held by writers and event judges

Penny Dawn (Sasha Dawn), Rocco Versaci, Tania Runyan, and Neil Haven. Erotic fiction and young adult fiction writer, Penny Dawn (Sasha Dawn) also teaches English Composition at CLC and McHenry County College. The keynote speaker for the event was Jian Pin author of,“Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China” that was eventually turned into a documentary. Ping grew up in China and has edited and written multiple books and now runs her own company. The five winners from CLC along with the other seven schools received their awards on stage and had their photos taken during a ceremony after the keynote address. CLC students, Rodney Johnson, Elise Robertson, Yazmin Garcia, Margo K. Smeland, and Madalina

Roscan-Guzman all won an award for a submission. CLC student Elise Robertson, 19, won first place in Short Fiction for her story “Small Town Road”. “It was really cool, they were calling all the names and I was getting really nervous. I’m glad that they considered that work good enough for first place. Every time I read it, I realize that its my favorite piece that I’ve ever written, and I’m glad it won first place,” Robertson said. This was her first time participating in the Skyway Writers Festival. She plans on pursuing a career as a teacher in Creative Writing, and is transferring to Illinois State University next semester. Each first, second, and third place winner received a CLC bag that was filled with a signed book from

Photo by • Doug Shimizu

Elise Robertson won first place in short fiction. one of the judges, as well as a certificate and medal to commemorate their award. All participants received a certificate for each submission to the event even if it did not place. After the awards, the writers featured in the event held

a book signing with books available for purchase in the CLC library. Each year, the conference is held at a different school with different authors and writers as judges creating a unique experience for the students who participate.

CLC profs debunk Mayan Calendar myth Emili Holms

Staff Reporter

“Earthquakes to floods, to poles reversal, beasts from the sea, comet or meteor strike, endless summer, endless winter, climate change, hurricane based mythology… I’ve heard just about everything,” said Jeffrey Stomper, Introduction to Anthropology professor, Dean of Social Sciences, and the school’s most knowledgeable source on Mayan mythology. Five CLC professors were asked about the Mayan 2012 prediction. It was unanimous: none thought that were was any truth to the apocalypse prediction presented by the media. Angela Yesh, an Introduction to Philosophy teacher who has also taught Ethics and Logic, agreed the world is not coming to an end but “there might be some truth depending on the way you interpret it in a sense that the world that the Mayans knew is coming to an end.” “The world is continuing on in the way that it has always been,” Yesh said. “You can’t really predict the future. If we had a really powerful computer and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle was false, then maybe.” Yesh is one of many in the community who doubt this

notion. “The people I hang around with have a scientific and philsosophic turn of mind,” said Michael Herbst-Synowicz, the only professor currently teaching Philosophy of Religion at CLC. “Therefore, they, like me, think the idea is rubbish.” Stomper said he and his friends joke around about the idea. “My archaeologist friends regarded it with amusement,” Stomper said. “We make little jokes among friends like how we’re going to schedule the date of this semester’s finals.” Dr. Kenneth Kikuchi, a Social Psychology teacher said this was the first time talking about the subject but had heard the apocalypse rumor before. “It’s just a calendar,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any link or correlation with the world ending.” Stomper has actually seen the Mayan ruins, which are nestled in the remote areas of the Mexico and Guatemala border. He agreed that we have nothing to worry about and offers some explanation to what it means. “What will happen is the Mayan calendar is restarting,” said Stomper. “The Mayan calendar and Y2K are very similar.” Just like the computer pro-

grammers who first created a clock for the computer never thought their computers would be running the same programs for another 30 or 40 years. “They thought people would replace their systems so they just kept the two digits for the year,” Stomper said. “The Maya used five digits, or number locations, and so it gave them 5,000 years on a calendar. They never thought they would need a calendar for another 5,000 years.” Alan Shear, a world religions teacher, brought up the subject with his class. “A student of Mexican/ Mayan descent opined that, in fact, the Mayan calendar is circular and so repeats itself after progressing through it cycle,” Shear said. “Therefore, the prediction is not regarding the end of the world, but the end of the calendar cycle which will start again at the beginning. The rejection of this prediction was consistent with the student’s understanding that there is no source of knowledge (scriptural or revelatory from a deity) that can or would make such a prediction.” There has even been dispute on whether this date is even relevant to the modern calendar. “However, the date still

coincides with the winter solstice by chance or design, I’m not sure,” Stomper said. Some have rejected the idea just because of changes to the calendar. Shear said that “Leap Year, the shift from the Julian to Gregorian system, and the Gregorian calendar adjustment in the 18th century” are all changes that affect the number of days that have passed since the calendar was created. David Stuart, a friend of Stomper and Professor at University of Texas at Austin is giving a lecture on the Mayan Hieroglyphs Dec. 1 at the Art Institute of Chicago. He will essentially tell the public what is written on the ruins and what is just Hollywood hoopla. There is a lot of hype from the media about the Mayan 2012 Prediction. The Daily

Show with Jon Stewart has referenced this idea satirically and the Chevrolet commercial that aired during the most recent Super Bowl used all the doomsday theories to show the dependability of their truck. “They entertain such notions because most people are not critical thinkers,” Herbst-Synowicz said. “They go for quick, easy, and sometimes seductive ‘answers’ rather than the painstaking effort of real analytical thinking.  Moreover, people are basically on ego trips thinking that everything that occurs has a personal significance in their lives.   “They are unable to entertain the notion that the universe as a whole is completely indifferent to the human drama.”

A&E Alan Broadbent brings ‘Art of Jazz” to CLC Chronicle

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Maria Garcia

Managing Editor

CLC Music Department presented the “Art of Jazz” concert featuring Grammy nominee pianist, Alan Broadbent which showed Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Mainstage Theatre. Broadbent performed with the CLC Monday Night Jazz Ensemble which featured many of his own arrangements. Broadbent attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He went on to win

two Grammys with his first one being an orchestral arrangement accompanying a vocal “When I Fall In Love” as well as the New Zealand Order of Merit Broadbent has gone on to perform with conductors and artists like Diana Krall, Sir Paul McCartney, Glenn Frey, King Cole, along with renowned ensembles. He has performed solo piano concerts in the UK, Poland, and France and returned to the U.S. to conduct in the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

The first song “Almost Like Being In love, “performed by Alan Broadbent was a good introductory piece for this section. It started off loud and strong and the group showed more emotion and passion in their performance. The second piece “Journey Home,” arranged by Alan Broadbent was one his best pieces performed. The piece was light and smooth which flowed perfectly. The instruments gradually picked up and got louder at perfect timing.

The beat was on key and the piano was wonderful. Another favorite piece was Broadbent’s “Love in Silent Amber.” The piece was four minutes of slow, soft and romantic music that brought an old school soul and R&B feel that filled the room. The piece “Chris Craft” by Broadbent was a lot different compared to the others. The beginning lacked jazz influence. Broadbent’s “Woody ‘n’ Me was the most unique piece performed because of its diverse use of instru-

ments. In the beginning it started as a piano solo which was nice and slow. Then the saxophone came in along with the snare drum, followed by the trombone. Towards the middle, all instruments came together strong and loud. Towards the end it slowed down and picked, when it ended slow. Overall, the concert was worth the time spent. CLC ensembles proved their talents and hard work, and their opportunity to perform with Alan Broadbent was welldeserved.

‘Skyfall’ potentially the best Bond to date Brett Starkopf Copy Editor

Three weeks after the release of the 23rd installment to Albert Broccoli’s James Bond franchise and 50 years after the world was privileged to meet the suit wearing, martini drinking, womanizing secret agent, “Skyfall” continues to sit atop the box office charts, and can arguably be considered the best Bond movie to date. After production of “Skyfall” was briefly halted in 2010 when MGM declared bankruptcy, Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) recovered and may have regenerated the entire Bond franchise for future audiences. Mendes, along with writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (both of whom wrote the previous four Bond films) rebounded significantly from the disappointing “Quantum of Solace.” Daniel Craig’s third stint as 007 begins with a fight on top of a train where Bond is trying to recover a hard drive containing the names of all the undercover agents. Fellow MI6 agent, Eve (Naomie Harris), looks onward through the scope of a sniper and by M’s orders, pulls the trigger, accidentally striking 007 causing him to land in the river below and the hard drive to remain at large. Presumed dead, the unkempt Bond retires to an island where he discovers an attack on MI6 while watch-

The newest film in the James Bond franchise continues to live up to its name. ing the news. Bond soon discovers Raoul Silva (played by Oscar-winner Javier Bardem), a cyberterrorist, is behind the attacks and has a personal vendetta against MI6 and its commander, M (Judi Dench). What makes “Skyfall” standout is how the writers gave Bond more of a back story. Silva is an ex-MI6 and it can be inferred that Silva played the role of James Bond before Bond became a secret agent. However, after M gave up Silva to Chinese agents, Silva set his sights on M in what can be referred

to as unresolved mommy issues. The grudge Silva has for M plays to the theme of the movie to the likes of which we’ve never seen in any Bond before. From the past films (and books), the only thing we know about Bond’s childhood is he was an orphaned by the death of his parents. Judi Dench’s M assumes the role of Bond’s “mum,” (he even calls her mum) and although she threatens 007 is replaceable, Bond remains loyal. Bond and M even retreat to Bond’s childhood home in Scotland after M is attacked by Silva during a

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public hearing. For those who aren’t into the entire Bond series, the acting by Bardem, Craig, Dench and Fiennes is superb. Silva is a haunting villain, somewhat comparable to The Joker in “The Dark Knight.” His first appearance isn’t until halfway through the movie, making him all the more menacing. He is soft-spoken and uses his whimsy to express his maniacal plot against M and MI6. For the 50th anniversary, “Skyfall” also pays homages to past Bond movies. Most

notably, Bond unveils a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that he kept in storage, equipped with all the gadgets and gizmos from “Goldfinger.” “Skyfall,” was one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2012 and for good reason. Mendes revamped and, with the introduction of new characters and reintroduction of some beloved originals, set up more Bonds for the future. As always, after the end credits roll, and the text appears that “James Bond will return in…” 2014 as


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CLC prof showcases his neon brillance Courtney Gillen Features Editor

y CLC department chair of ethe Digital Media and Design eprogram, Michael Kozien, has exhibited his art worlddwide from New York City, tChicago and Sacramento to Germany, Iceland and Italy. sHis most recent installation Cis being showcased at the -Urban Institute for Contemrporary Arts in Grand Rapids, hMI from Dec. 21 to Feb. 17 -entitled “Neon Promise” for the Utopia/Dystopia exhibit. “As an artist, “Neon Promise” is kind of my response to the current cultural climate that we’re in in the United States. It touches on the economic down turn with the recession, polarization of politics, the widening gap between rich and poor, etc. It’s that kind of dwindling of the middle class and how the middle class is used as this kind of pawn in politics and other aspects,” said Kozien. “Neon Promise” showcases 10 white neon signs which create Kozien’s first large neon installation. “I chose all white neon because, as a media artist, I use a lot of technology, but I was really interested in taking a step back and working with a more utilitarian kind of low end technology, of which neon has been for a long time. It’s an entire room that is filled with these signs, full on style which means that it’s all up and down the walls and kind of collages on them.



The room’s painted black and with the neon it kind of reflects off of the walls” said Kozien. Kozien incorporates simple ideas and phrases into “Neon Promise”, evoking the audience to delve into a deeper mindset that allows them to become more aware of their daily surroundings and interactions. “All of these tiny words I feel like are stitched into the fabric of our lives, but in terms of the visual culture that we exist in, I feel like these are very simple words and phrases that are not often communicated but they’re communicated in a very complicated way,” said Kozien. By this, Kozien absently makes the viewer look at society and the more important elements within it that we turn a blind eye to on a daily basis at a more personal level. “There’s a statistic that the average human sees 55,000 images a day, so if we think about the meanings that are tied into those images and how the images have multiple meanings, it explodes in terms of how many ideas that we’re having, which I think is quite phenomenal,” said Kozien. By using short phrases and single words, Kozien takes this concept back a step and palaces the focus on a more specific idea. By doing so the observer is allowed to take some of those countless images and see the deeper meaning in them. “The idea is that neon is used usually for a kind of

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“Direction”. instruction, informational, or directional signage. Because neon is everywhere, it’s ambiguous with the landscape, especially with the city and an urban landscape. You see it in store, gas stations, restaurants, and it usually says simple things like opened or closed. It almost becomes decoration because it’s part of a visual fabric and soaks in where we don’t really notice it, until you really start looking around and realize it’s everywhere,” said Kozien. With techniques like this, Kozien forces the viewer to look at something they are comfortable and trusting of and brings the subliminal meaning to light. While we are aware of the straight forward meaning of such things as open or closed, Kozien takes words like “wait” or “fear”

Photo courtesy of • Michael Kozien

and makes you think about what he is really trying to say and, in turn, what our subconscious is trying to tell us through these interpretations. “It focuses on the unconscious thoughts that you have like why I’m kind of fearful of certain things, I’m worried about what direction I’m going in my life or where I’ve come from, and these are things that I feel people think about and its very specific to this age that we’re living in,” said Kozien. Through the process of having the observer go through the mental journey of finding the hidden messages in his neon signs, Kozien creates a truthful atmosphere. Allowing the spectator not only to look at society and the issues within it from his point of view, Kozien’s exhibit allowes them to turn the camera on themselves and realize these deeper issues and their stance on and within them. “For me as an artist, I want to meet the audience half way. My role is not just to challenge societal norms and ideas and ideologies, but it’s also giving some of my own perspective and giving them a twist on that as well as their own. I also feel the artist is a visual historian and as such, the artist is like a historian of cultural time, and for me it’s how we’re in this hyper visual time of technology and images and texts and we take it all for granted,” said Kozien. By his incorporation of simple

neon with basic phrases, Kozien turns the focus on what we take for granted, how they impact us individually, and how they impact us. Such self-reflection places a permanent hold on the emotional, economic, and personal stance in the world at this time through the sustained glow of the neon signs. “I feel, like going through this last presidential election, that fear is often times the motive for political positioning and to motivate people. A lot of times we don’t think it’s fear but it really is, like economics and things like that. In this country, if you don’t obtain a certain status then it’s considered a failure and we then become fearful of that if we don’t attain something,” said Kozien on his piece entitled, FEAR, which is currently being featured in CLC’s Robert T. Wright Gallery of Art until Dec. 9. Kozien’s purpose is not to evoke fear into the viewer, but rather make them aware of the fact that doing day-to-day life has hardened us. We have become used to feeling afraid, and certain other emotions, and Kozien is trying to bring attention to our blind eye. “I want the audience to leave knowing they were challenged and that they were provoked to think about their current state and their place in the world and personal worth,” said Kozien. For more on Kozien’s art



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Honor Scholars present research projNate Sousa

Opinion Editor

Students in CLC’s Honors Scholars Program will be present research projects they have been developing this semester on Dec. 8 at an end-of-the-year Honors luncheon. Their projects are centered on the course theme of competition and vary from fiction writing to research papers about vegetarian diet benefits, genetically modified food and comparisons of tragic characters in literature. The Scholars program at CLC is an intensive academic program designed to provide additional academic opportunities to well-qualified students who seek a rigorous and challenging educational experience much like that offered by selective public and private universities. The program was created by CLC President Dr. Jerry Weber as an offshoot of the Honors Program. It started in fall 2010 with eight scholars, then grew to 12 scholars

the following year and currently has 10 scholars. The program is run by Honors Director Nicholas Schevera, as well as Executive Assistant to the President Lyla Chandy, Associate Dean James Crizer and Instructor Robert Lossman. “The goal was to provide a seminar style learning environment of these students,” Schevera said, “but also to set up scholarship opportunities at four year universities for these scholars” The program provides free tuition, fees, and textbooks for students who are accepted. They also receive specialized advising, assistanceseeking scholarships, intensive academic experiences, projects and activities. The program also aids students in transferring to fouryear universities. One of the main objectives of the program is providing students with an academic experience that will prepare them for the rigorous curriculum at a toptier four-year university. “The program helps us

stand out from other students when applying for other schools,” Honors Scholar Hsiao Wei said. “It also presents more challenges that the Honors Program does not offer.” The group also expressed interest in the program because many of them enjoy a challenge. “The reason I joined the honors scholar program and the honors program is because I like to be challenged,” Freshmen Honors Scholar Lisa Matson said. “I feel that honors classes are more productive because I really want to get a lot out of my time at CLC.” Many of the scholars find the seminar class structure to be an advantage to the program. “I really enjoy the small class we are a part of. It is nice to have others around that are going through the same classes and same stresses,” Honors Scholar Taylor Ronne said. While the small group creates in depth discussions, the seminar is split into three

different modules with three different instructors. The different modules cover the seminar’s theme of competition from the points of view of nature, culture and sociology. “I like that the program works to shape us into ‘scholars’,” Sophomore Honors Scholar Macey Swierczynski said. “It works to have us think critically about a variety of topics.” Each module is taught by different instructors who are just as excited about the seminar as the students. The faculty who taught the seminar include Ben Almassi, John Kupetz and John Tenuto. “The teachers that were chosen for this program are really top notch,” Sophomore Honors Scholar Caleb Town said. “They have a passion for learning and pushing the boundaries of intellectual comfort. They have also introduced me to some great material.” The small class size, experienced faculty and enthusiastic students provides

the scholars with a sense of academic community, which makes the program that much more appealing. “I enjoy the community atmosphere that we have created within the academic scholars program,” Honors Scholar Rosalie Metallo said. “I like that we can talk openly in class about any ideas we have on topic brought up in the module discussions without the fear of being judged.” Information about the program for next year will be made available in the spring semester. Applicants will be able to apply by May 1, and interviews for admission will be conducted in June for the fall 2013 semester. “We are looking for bright highly motivated students who want to transfer to top tier universities and plan to receive their associate’s degree here at CLC,” Schevera said. If you are interested in applying for the CLC Scholars Program, contact Schevera at

Nichols perseveres through family health crisis Erin Kelly

Staff Reporter

Katie Nichols is a woman of many facets. Worker, caregiver, daughter, sister and liberalist. But this 31 year-old only recently added “student” to her list of identities as Katie re-enrolled at CLC to finish her associate degree. Nichols’ short semester long absence is due to the loss of her father, who died of pancreatic cancer this past August, leaving her stay at home mother and mentally disabled brother with a long list of medical bills and an overdue mortgage to pay. “I am not far enough through the grieving process to really see or appreciate anything good from this, or find any silver lining,” Nichols said. “I don’t know if I ever will. I am angry and sad and feel cheated. My father will never meet my children, never walk me down the aisle and will never see me finally start my career.” Her father, George Nichols, graduated from the University of Chicago and made his living

working for Bank of America. Two years ago, he broke his neck, which effectively ate through the family’s savings. When he was laid off about a year ago, the family’s financial situation became even more stressed, and with a special needs brother, Nichols’ mother took on the role of caring for him full time years ago, making her unable to get a job. When George was diagnosed with cancer in June, the family knew that he did not have much time left. “Dad would talk in parameters of the long term, which I knew was incredibly unlikely because his cancer had spread to his lungs and abdomen,” Nichols said. “But I went along with his survivor attitude because even though only five percent of pancreatic cancer patients live beyond one year, somebody has got to be in that five percent and why not my dad?” That would not be the case. He was diagnosed June 29 and died August 10. The course of events has changed Nichols priorities for the future.

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Page 9 | Friday, November 30, 2012

Honors program enhances CLC experience Nate Sousa

Opinion Editor

There are obvious benefits m to taking honors classes at CLC, like scholarships exy clusive to honors students, e excellent instructors, and the c designation of having hons ors classes on college trano scripts. What makes being n involved in the honors prot gram really worthwhile are c the goal oriented students, e more discussion based class r curriculums, freedom to be more creative, and the benee fit of challenging themselves l academically. e Lots of students avoid taks ing honors classes, even if y they are encouraged too, for - several reasons. Some may n be afraid of a more difficult - curriculum, either fearful that their grades might dip, t or because they like doing s things the easy way. This asp sumption also equates with o the idea that honors classes - learn harder material, are a given more homework, and have more tests. - Also, some students ass sume honors classes are a filled with bookworms who have nothing better to do on a Friday night then study. Students with these pre-conceived notion of the honors program are not only doing themselves a disservice of not looking into the program, but are also reinforcing a stereotype of honors students which is far from the truth. A great benefit of taking honors classes at CLC is interacting with like minded students and creating posi-

tive peer relationships with classmates. Honors students find that they have many similar interests and/or hobbies. Many friendships are made through the honors program, and there is a real sense of community within the honors program. “Being surrounded by other motivated students helps enhance the environment in honors classes,” honors student Alexandra Turcios said. Learning is as just as much a communal process as it is an individual one. This peer like-mindedness makes learning not only easier, but exciting as well. “A lot of the quality of a student’s college experience depends on interactions with their peers. “ CLC Honors Instructor Dr. Mark Beintema said. Sometimes, there is no need for teachers to hold students to a higher standard because the students themselves are holding each other to a standard of excellence. “In an honors class, where all of the students are serious and working hard, the standard is raised for everyone.” Beintema said. “This is partly due to competition, but also because there are more thoughtful questions raised in class, resulting in more thoughtful discussions and thus an improved intellectual atmosphere.” The mutual respect that honors students have for one another enhances the more discussion based nature of their classes. This is another advantage of taking honors classes,

because it allows students to consider various points of view. “The level of participation and discussion sets honors classes apart from regular,” honors student Taylor Ronne said. “It makes the honors classes more interesting and engaging.” This type of approach to class allows students to have a well-rounded understanding of content they are learning. Having students discuss ideas more often and more thoroughly creates more critical thinking, not more homework. People may be surprised to discover that the content covered in honors courses is not so different from the content covered in regular courses. “The material covered is often not so different,” CLC Honors Instructor Ben Almassi said. “I ask honors students to write more and review each other’s work more often, with fewer tests and quizzes, accordingly. I also ask honors students to take on a greater role in guiding our class discussions and in framing their own research projects.” This sense of freedom that honors students have over their projects is an incredible luxury. Most honors courses promote students to create their own projects from the start of the semester, which makes organizing their semester schedule more manageable. “I also find that we are allowed to be more

creative and independent, which leads to a better learning environment,” said honors student Lydia Wells. “I personally like the elimination of busy work and the fun projects that we do.” These kinds of projects require more independent work and inventive thinking from the students, but give them the freedom to create projects on subjects that interest them, rather than being bound to an inflexible project model. These projects are also representative of creative thinking that students will need for a four year university or the workplace. “I expect my students in Honors to do more research on their own and to use various media to get the information across,” said CLC Honors Instructor Dr. Phyllis Soybel. “I think anything which challenges students to go above what they think

they are capable of is a benefit.” The benefits of the honors program are tremendous. For a student, the most fundamental element is their ability to personally challenge themselves cognitively. All of the other reasons listed before are encompassed by honor student’s desire to challenge themselves. It’s this passion for learning new and interesting things is what fuels the fire of CLC’s Honors Program. The program is not about past success or failure, but a student’s desire to learn. “Even students who didn’t do well in high school can attend CLC and be successful in non-honors courses and then join the Honors Program,” CLC Honors Director Nicholas Schevera said. “We don’t look to the past but want students who are successful now at the college.”


New food policy unfair to student organizations Joshua May


The Lake County Health Department’s decision to require student clubs and organizations to apply for a permit for each event is unnecessary, invasive and unfair. Clubs selling food to raise money or passing out free food to

promote themselves is a tradition at CLC. The inability to do this would cripple some of the small organizations and clubs. “I have no idea what we’re going to do,” Mari Anne Tan of Newman Catholic said. “That’s the main way we raise funds.” Of course, cleanliness and food safety are important but CLC has the

resources and knowledge to make sure they are a priority. A blanket permit covering these events would suffice. It’s important to make sure food is being served properly. But that can definitely be done without crippling clubs and taking away one of the traditions that makes CLC special.





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Bears offensive woes hidden by great defense Sam Greenberg Sports Editor

At 8-3, the Bears are first in the NFC North, hold the third best record in the conference, have the NFL’s third highest ranked defense and have forced a league best of 33 turnovers. Cornerback Tim Jennings leads the league in interceptions (8) and fellow corner Charles “Peanut” Tillman has forced seven fumbles and is in the conversation for defensive player of the year. On the surface, everything seems to be shaping up perfectly for the monsters of the midway. Below the surface, however, there are many questions that make you worry about how far this team can really go. Can the offensive line protect Jay Cutler? Will the offense be able to score against premiere defenses? How healthy is Matt Forte? Can the defense continue to support the entire team? Where the heck is Devin

Hester? Week to week, when one of these questions seems to be answered, another glaring deficiency breaks through. Coming into 2012, hopes were high that the offense would finally be able to put up some points and the passing game would be one of the best in the league. Through 12 weeks, the Bears passing offense ranks last in the league, only recording 177.2 yards per game and they are 30th out of 32 teams in total offense. Cutler has had a respectable season thus far, with just over 2,000 yards and 13 touchdowns, but he has thrown 11 interceptions and passed for over 300 yards just once (333 yards in week one versus Indianapolis). After suffering a concussion against the Texans Nov. 11, Cutler missed the Monday night contest against San Francisco, but returned to throw for 188 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings Nov. 25. Brandon Marshall, his favorite target, has proven to be

everything the Bears thought he would be. He and Cutler have rekindled what they had in Denver to the tune of Marshall catching 81 passes, eight touchdowns and recording his sixth straight 1,000 yard season. But the eye test proves that the excessive use of Marshall overshadows the lack of production from every other member of the offense. The other five receivers listed on the Bears roster have a combined 57 catches and three touchdowns. Earning eight wins through twelve weeks in an NFL season will always win a team some praise. Although, for the Bears, it seems that they can not compete with elite teams. Their three losses – week two in Green Bay, week 10 against Houston and an utter embarrassment week 11 against San Francisco – have shown that this team is yet to join the ranks of the elite, despite their record. Heading into week 13 against Seattle, the Bears have quite a slew of injuries to overcome.

Starting guard Chris Spencer injured his knee and has not determined if he can play, guard Lance Louis has been placed on injured reserve and is out for the season, Matt Forte tweaked his ankle and may not be able to play, receiver Alshon Jeffery is still out with a knee injury, Charles Tillman will play, but may be slowed by an injured foot and Hester suffered a concussion and is unlikely to suit up. While the injuries to Forte and Hester can be masked by competent back-ups Michael Bush and Eric Weems, losing two starters on the weakest offensive line in football has offensive coordinator Mike Tice experimenting. Edwin Williams will likely get the start in place of Spencer, while Gabe Carimi will slide over to guard to spell Louis. The Bears also signed five time pro-bowl guard/center Andre Gurorde on Tuesday to add depth to the o-line. The Seahawks (6-5) come in with the NFL’s fifth ranked defense and will likely try and exploit the Bears weakened

line and get to Cutler. They also boast one of the most feared secondary’s in the NFC with the 6’3 Richard Sherman and 6’4 Brandon Browner Although Sherman and Browner have both been suspended by the league for the use of the banned substance Adderall, the appeals process will not take place before the game and both are likely to play. If there is any game this season where home field advantage can apply, it is this one. Seattle has struggled mightily on the road, going just 1-5 Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has an anemic 75.5 quarterback rating and has thrown all eight of his interceptions away from Seattle. The Bears will face tough competition on the lakefront but it should be another winable game. The injury bug has changed the way the Bears have to game plan, but if the patchwork offense and the rock solid defense can finally put together a complete game, the Bears will keep control of their playoff destiny.

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Vol 46, No. 7

Soccer star pursues passion for teaching

Nate Sousa

Opinion Editor

Sophomore, Elizabeth Gutierrez, does not take many things for granted. After graduating from Stevenson High School in 2009, she was not sure if college was a part of her future because of her concerns about how she would pay for it. “When I was in high school I didn’t think I was going to go to college,” Gutierrez said. “I was thinking I am not going to school. I don’t like school, but I wanted to be a teacher and I knew I had to go to school to be that.” Gutierrez knew she wanted to pursue a career in Special Education since her sister encouraged her to get involved with the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWRSA) her freshmen year of high school. The program allowed her to work with children with disabilities one on one in preschool and kindergarten. “The program made me realize how much patience I had for the children,” she said. “Anything else, I don’t have patience for, but for them I do. When you help them, they make your day so

much better.” She began taking a few classes when she was approached by CLC’s soccer coach who showed an interest in her playing for the soccer team. After initially turning down the offer, which included an athletic scholarship, she reconsidered and has been heavily involved with CLC and the soccer program ever since. She was a captain of the soccer team this past season and helped lead the team to conference title, regional title and their first trip to the National tournament. Even though the team came up short at Nationals, she emphasized that the trip signified the hard work her team had dedicated to the season and a symbol of their team chemistry. “It was the best experience ever,” Gutierrez said. “Even though we lost, that trip was a great way to end my experience with my team.” Gutierrez attributes a large amount of her success not only to her teammates, but to the college as well, noting that the opportunities they have given her are monumental. “CLC has given me two scholarships that have paid

for a whole year of classes,” she said. “I am so now so much closer to becoming a student aide and I never thought I would be this close to working in a classroom if it weren’t for CLC.” Gutierrez was a recipient of the Keith Ryan scholarship, which is awarded to two student athletes and one student pursuing a career in journalism in honor of famed Lake County sports announcer Keith Ryan. “The Keith Ryan scholarship has helped me even more because now I can get my teaching certificate in a year,” she said. All of these opportunities that were made available to Gutierrez by CLC have influenced her to take advantage of all the resources at CLC. “I would have never thought I would be so involved in a community college, but I am so glad that I am and I am happy to be here,” she said.

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Sophomore Elizabeth Gutierrez is pursing a teaching career.

Men’s Basketball team off to rocky start

Joe Copeland

Staff Reporter

The early season feedback has been up and down for Head Coach Chuck Ramsey and his CLC Men’s basketball team. Two impressive wins early have been followed by a string of tough losses. The team sits with a 3-4 record but has only played two games at home. Players on the team are staying even keel about their roller coaster start. Freshman Forward Karl Nettgen is looking at the step up in competition for the mixed results. “I knew that the first few games would be against lesser opponents and not to be much of a judgment scale,” Nettgen said. “How-

ever, I also think it’s safe to say the team as a whole began to lose sight of where our improvement needed to be to contend in conference play.” Some early numbers from the team that could use work are free throws and assists. As a team, the Lancers are shooting only 51 percent from the line. There are countless games in basketball that are won and lost at the charity stripe, so that has been a focus in practice for the team. With a new offensive scheme, the team has so far struggled to find a groove. They are averaging a mere 4.3 assists per game. A lot of that can be attributed to the plethora of new players still trying to find their role in the offense.

However, CLC is shooting a respectable 47 percent from the field. If they can maintain their shooting touch it could help ease the transition into the new system. The top two scorers on the team are freshman forward Jerry Gaylor and freshman guard DeAndre Charles. Fellow freshman Jalen Brown leads the squad in assists. “We run a reactive offense that requires a special kind of movement on the floor that has not yet been mastered,” Nettgen said. “Although, I am quite surprised how well everyone has befriended each other and if that would simply carry onto the floor we will soon find success.” With the new scheme, the

Lancers are averaging 63.4 “Success only comes from points per game. a team, not one individual However, they are allow- player.” said Nettgen. ing 67 points a night. During the current threegame skid, they have given Upcoming Home up over 80 points twice. games: A win again Triton College, ranked 14th nationDecember 4 - Triton ally at the start of the College season, Dec. 4 could be the type of game that can kick start a season. January 5- College of With only two of their DuPage next 10 games coming at home, the road will only get January 8- Carthage tougher. The next stage of this College team’s development is Dec. 1 with a trip to Chicago January 10- Robert to face Wright College. Morris This team has yet to find their on-court identity, but they know that it will take all 10 of them to reach their goals.

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