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CLC remembers slain nursing graduate Rachel Schultz Staff Reporter
A former CLC student was shot and killed Sept. 25 in Champaign near the University of Illinois campus while walking with two friends. George Korchev, the victim, was a graduate of CLC’s nursing program last fall. He had just passed his nursing exam, and was scheduled to start a new job as a nurse at Advocate Condell Medical Center the day after he was shot. Korchev was pronounced dead at 1:02 a.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was taken after the shooting. Four other people, including two of Korchev’s friends, both students at U of I, were also shot but survived. One
person was injured by a car after ﬂeeing from shots. The shots started after a quarrel at an off-campus party turned violent. Korchev and his friends happened to be passing by at the time shots were ﬁred. Police are still in search of the suspect. “The persons who were shot were not at the party or directly involved in the ﬁght,” said LaEisha Meaderds, a Champaign police spokesperson. Jerry Weber, CLC’s president, expressed his profound regret at Korchev’s death. “It’s a horrible tragedy,” he said. “I’m speechless. It’s hard for me to express how sorry I am. I think it’s especially tragic when you hear the details and know that this young man had just graduated and was set to start his nursing
career the next day.” Weber remarked that the randomness of the tragedy made it seem even more sad. “It’s alarming to all of us,” he said. “It shows how fragile we are, with the backdrop of all the senseless violence.” The University of Illinois held a memorial vigil in honor of Korchev. Erik Lasaine and Robbie Shepard, the two students with Korchev when he was shot, were some of the speakers at the memorial. They remembered Korchev as a selﬂess, caring, and funny young man. Among the 300 people attending were the police chiefs of Champaign, Urbana, and the University of Illinois, also Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh. A teacher at Mundelein
High School, which Korchev had attended, described her memories of him. “George is the kind of kid you remember right away because he had personality plus,” she said. “Not all students want to be interactive with their teachers, but he was. It’s the kids that are interactive with you that
leave a long-lasting impression.” After graduating from Mundelein High, Korchev was a student at CLC from spring 2012 to fall 2015, which he graduated from with a Certiﬁed Nurse Assisting certiﬁcate and Associate’s in Applied Science in Nursing.
George Korcher and girlfriend, Akaysha Abernathy Photo courtesy of www.dailyherald.com
Political debate resembles a ‘Twitter ﬁght’ Rachel Schultz Staff Reporter
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at September 26 debate. Photo courtesy of www.nydailynews.com
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, and Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, squared off in their ﬁrst presidential debate on Sept. 26. Students at the College of Lake County weighed in on the debate. One said that he was dissatisﬁed with either candidate, and wished Bernie Sanders was still running. “They should put Bernie back in the race,” suggested Travis Bork. “There was no issues with him.” “The thing I don’t like about Hillary,” said another student, Anthony Flemings,
“is that (her free college program) will really raise taxes. She’s trying to raise the minimum wage to $15 (an hour), which isn’t going to happen, because our economy just can’t support that.” Flemings suggested that tax cuts might be a better solution for workers than raising the minimum wage. “Cutting taxes is important, because it might stop major companies from leaving, like Ford.” The student was also less than enthusiastic about Trump. “He has a real problem with pointing ﬁngers,” said Flemings. Another student, Jason
Bach, said that he felt that Hillary tried to turn the debate into an infomercial. “She was trying to get people to buy her book,” he commented. Some students objected to the debate’s personal tone and attacks. “The debate was more of a Twitter ﬁght than an actual debate,” Flemings said.
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CLC Block Party celebrates new student spaces Katie Point Staff Reporter
A student block party was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 20, to celebrate the end of construction and the opening of new spaces in the College of Lake County, including the Willow Cafe.
The event was held on Student Street, which is the walkway that heads from the Student Activities office to the cafe. Students had the chance to meet Baxter, CLC’s new robot, which was sitting on top of one of the long tables. The big, red plas-
tic robot captured the attention of many students as it picked up and rearranged blocks on the table in front of it. LaMar Black, CLC’s career programs coordinator, said that the robot was purchased to teach CLC’s robotics students how to
Students enjoy snacks at the Block Party held to celebrate the opening of new campus spaces.
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space where everyone can be themselves and be surrounded by people who support them. Tennin is available for students who need help in his office at Student Activities. As music played through speakers, students enjoyed the board and video games. The attendees were competitive, laughed, and had fun with their fellow students. For the majority of the party, the most-played video game was “Super Smash Bros.” Overall, the Student Block Party, with its energetic vibe, was an enjoyable success. Baxter the Robot, free pizza, cake, CLC merchandise, and time with new and old friends created an environment where students could relax and participate in the fun on Campus, enjoying CLC’s new renovations.
troubleshoot and program. The event featured free pizza, cake, board and video games, and giveaways, among other activities. The high turnout of students made the party energizing and enjoyable. Once students got food, pencils and T-shirts, they were invited to the conference room across from student activities to relax, eat, and socialize with friends. Video games were projected onto screens for students to play. Jorge Tennin, assistant director for student activities, helped set up board and video games. He said students would also be playing chess and charades. “We want students to feel special, like they belong here,” Tennin said. Tennin also expressed that CLC staff arrange events such as this for students to get to know each other and make friends. Staff want to create a
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Prairie Restaurant re-opens to serve food, education Felicia Rivas Staff Reporter
The Prairie Restaurant, located at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus, opened its doors to customers on Sept. 7. The restaurant is run by students in the culinary program with the help of their instructors, Chef Robert Wygant and Chef William Vena. The culinary program at CLC takes about two years to complete and the last class that students must take to graduate from the program allows them to work at the Prairie Restaurant. Every week the students prepare and serve cuisine from various parts of the country and of the world. Wygant and Vena work on ordering the products, developing the menu, and handling the finances, but the students do most of the physical work on campus. They are the ones who take the orders, prepare the food, and serve it to hungry customers. “We do a lecture, we learn everything there is to know about the area we’re in, and then they develop a menu,” Vena said. “We try to get seasonal products every
week when they change the menu.” The Prairie can be found in room C001, on the lower level of the C Wing, near the Lancer BookStop. It is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., as well as every other Tuesday and every other Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, student workers serve regional American cuisine from all over the country. Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Prairie offers contemporary American food. And Fridays, the students prepare French cuisine. Working at the Prairie gives students on-the-job training and real life experience in the culinary world. This experience helps prepare them for their careers as chefs. “Our goal here is to have them properly serve, but also run a kitchen, so when they leave here, at the end of the program, they can hopefully get into any type of hotel, restaurant, or country club, and be able to manage at an entry level,” Vena explained. Vena admitted that his favorite part of leading the culinary program revolves around his students.
“Watching them grow and develop, and turning them into, what I like to call them, future chefs of America,” Vena added. Venu also explained some of the benefits of dining at the Prairie Restaurant. “It’s very affordable, we’re a non-for-profit restaurant,” Venu said. “It’s student run, so if you’re here on campus, try to come down and enjoy it. Have some tea, have some coffee. It’s a nice setting.” Students and faculty at CLC, as well as the general public, are welcome to dine at the Prairie.
“It’s good food on a low budget,” explained Jacob Meier, a student who dines at the Prairie often. “These culinary students are getting a chance to actually learn how to make the stuff, and we get to taste it, so that’s why I like going there.” Meier explained one of
his reasons for his continued business at the Restuarant. “It’s not that expensive, compared to professional chefs who make the same food. It’s actually a lot cheaper,” Meier confirmed. “Go to the Prairie restaurant. Try it out. It’s worth it.”
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Voters register Cody Dufresne Lead Photographer
The Student Government Association, along with the organization Rock the Vote, held a National Voter Registration Day event on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the College of Lake County Grayslake Campus, near the Willow cafe.The goal of the day was to get as many people registered to vote as possible. Rock the Vote and the Student Government Association were able to register 45 people in the first three hours of the event. According to staff mem-
ber Rory Klick, students have until Monday Oct. 10 to get registered for this upcoming election. Kelly Trock, a senator in CLC student government, emphasized the importance of voting. “Voting is our duty as citizens,” she said. It is not too late to register, even if you missed the voter registration event at CLC. You can still register with any certified staff member at CLC. You can also stop by student activities to find out more information about voter registration at the school. You can also register to vote at The DMV or your City Clerk’s office.
Faculty Rory Klick and SGA students advocate registering to vote Photo by Cody Dufresne
CLC Board of Trustees receives clean audit Completing a process underway since June, auditors gave the College of Lake County’s Fiscal Year 2016 financial statements an unmodified (“clean”) opinion. Representatives from RMS LLP US reported on the audit at the Sept. 27 CLC Board of Trustees’ meeting. The audit included a review of basic financial statements, grants from the Illinois Community College Board, internal controls, credit hour reporting and the CLC Foundation as well as the clarity and transparency of financial records. “Being financially accountable and transparent in our practices is a top priority for the Board of Trustees,” said Board Chair Dr. William M. Griffin. “We are very pleased to again receive a clean audit.” The board approved the audit report and authorized
the college to file it with the Illinois Community College Board and appropriate federal agencies. Ken Gotsch, vice president for administrative affairs, provided a fiscal accountability report covering the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2016. Gotsch said that the college ended FY 16 with total operating fund revenues of $95.4 million. This amount was $7.4 million below the budgeted amount due to state fiscal crisis that reduced funding to CLC. In response, administration made tough decisions and reduced spending by $7.9 million, resulting in a surplus that allowed the college to add $668,835 to the fund balance, now at $31.4 million, about 33 percent of annual expenditures. The board’s policy is to maintain an unrestricted fund balance of at least
25 percent of budgeted operating expenditures. The board appointed Ken Gotsch as local election official and assistant secretary for the April 4, 2017 election. Nominating petitions for two CLC board positions, each with six-year terms, are now available on the CLC website or in Room A107, Grayslake Campus. The board positions are currently held by Jeanne T. Goshgarian of Round Lake and Lynda C. Paul of Gurnee. Prior to the meeting, board members held an informal ribbon cutting ceremony for recently constructed and renovation spaces at the Grayslake Campus that include Café Willow, Welcome and One Stop Center, Student Commons and Student Life offices/meeting spaces and then toured the spaces.
CLC makes beeline to dedicate new apiary Recognizing the value of honey bees in pollinating the world’s food supply, the College of Lake County dedicated its new apiary, or bee colony, on the Grayslake Campus Sept. 20. Jeanne T. Goshgarian, member of the CLC Board of Trustees, used hedgetrimming shears to cut an interwoven “ribbon” of goldenrod and other plants to open the colony, which consists of 10 hives. She was joined by Trustee Philip J. Carrigan, faculty, staff and students at the outdoor event. “The purpose of the apiary is to show CLC students and the community a diversified, integrated approach to food production and eco-friendly gardening,” said Rory Klick, horticulture department chair. “As honey bees gather pollen and nectar for their survival, they pollinate crops such as apples, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, melons, broccoli and almonds. One out of three mouthfuls of food is the result of a pollinator.” The new apiary is the
brainchild of Bernard Kondenar of Antioch, a student majoring in sustainable agriculture who also serves as the college’s student trustee. As part of a horticulture practicum course during summer 2016, Kondenar worked with Klick to get the college’s approval of the project. He coordinated the design and construction of the apiary, using repurposed materials, including metal fence posts to secure the area. “The only expense was the heavy gauge wire fencing (less than $1,000) needed to keep the rabbits and other animals out,” said Kondenar, who plans to earn an associate degree in 2017. “So many people pitched in, from students and staff to our buildings and grounds crew. To see this all come together is terrific.” Kondenar, who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in plant science, would like to operate his own permaculture learning farm, designed to mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature and illustrate envi-
ronmentally friendly practices such as composting. While bees are so vital to agriculture and the food supply, the population of honey bees has been declining worldwide due to a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. Theories about the cause or causes of this include infection by bacteria, fungi, viruses, new pathogens or pesticide poisoning, according to www.ars.usda.gov, website of the Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. CLC is applying for designation as a Bee Campus USA, an affiliation granted by BeeCityUSA, an Asheville, N.C.-based nonprofit organization, according to David Husemoller, CLC sustainability manager. The affiliation endorses a set of commitments for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, according to www.beecityusa.org. If CLC is named an affiliate campus, the college will share the distinction with just 13 other cam-
puses in the United States, Husemoller said. CLC will learn the status of its application within several months. The new apiary will be a part of a larger “sustainability trail” system marked with signs and open to the public, noted CLC President Jerry Weber, who attended the ribbon cutting. “The trail will link the college’s arboretum, campus learning farm, restored prairie and new construction, which includes everything from a geothermal loop for heating
and cooling buildings to the energy-saving features of the new Science Building. CLC hopes to be a model to the community in environmentally sustainable practices.” Visit www.clcillinois.edu/ programs/hrt for information on CLC’s horticulture program. For a list of late-starting Fall Semester courses, visit http://www. clcillinois.edu/features/latestarting-classes. Registration for the Spring Semester 2017 opens on Nov. 2, and classes begin Jan. 17.
Beekeepers Ed Papalka and Bernard Kondenar Photo courtesy of Diane Rarick
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Business lab manages after hours are cut Courtney Prais Opinion Editor
The hours for the Business Lab at the Grayslake campus this semester were drastically cut. The lab, located in T221, operates Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The lab offers a variety of services to students. Library Specialist Patricia Welch currently occupies the only staff position in the Business Lab. Welch said that the Business Lab is not restricted to helping just business students, or students that are studying other related fields. The lab is open to any student seeking assistance. “When the Business and Social Sciences Lab (T221 Lab) first opened more than a decade ago, its main emphasis was to serve students taking AOS and CIT courses needing Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word homework help,” Welch explained. “While one-hour tutoring sessions are available for these courses, many
students only need help with a few questions and that is where the T221 lab assists. All students are welcome to use the lab.” Likewise, the lab helps Adult Education students transitioning to credit courses, and who may be unfamiliar with current technology. “I work with student cohorts from the Adult Education Division who are transitioning over to credit classes, in particular the Administrative Office Systems (AOS) students,” stated Leticia Swift, College and Work Transition Coordinator. “Many of the ESL and GED students are new to technology and need a bit more help. The Business Lab provides these students with a quiet, personalized experience to get help with their technology skills. Patty Welch is especially supportive of the Adult Education students. The ESL students feel comfortable with Patty and often go to the Business Lab to get help from her, and also Ana Garcia Munoz, who is a tutor for the Adult Education AOS students. “The Business Lab is the
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perfect setting for our new, transitioning students.” Students may come in with questions that can easily be solved; for instance, if a student is stuck on a step when attempting to complete an assignment. Although, this isn’t true in every case and Welch admits that she herself may struggle from timeto-time to provide answers, the best effort is made to guide students in the right direction. “I try my best to answer questions,” said Welch, “and reach out to faculty and other staff to help for the ones I am unable to answer.” Along with Welch, there used to be one other worker who took over for the evening shifts. However, since the summer term, Welch has been taking on both day and evening shifts herself. “The T221 evening lab assistant left at the end of the summer semester,” said Welch. “Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, a replacement was not hired. The lab hours have been adjusted, so that I am here one evening a week.” While the bulk of the burden does fall on Welch’s
shoulders, the business lab used to be open much later than it is now. A mixture of both the budget crisis andthe decision to not hire another worker led to a cut in the business lab’s hours. “The lab used to be open at 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. on Fridays,” Welch said. Financial disparity within the college has played a large role in decision-making since the 2015-2016 school year. The Public Relations and Marketing office noted in March that 20 full time positions had been cut because of the budget crisis. In February, it was decided that tuition was to increase. Amid the excitement surrounding the renovations on campus, there seems to be a battle going on with the state budget. Welch, however, wishes to remind students of the positive aspects of the business lab, rather than focusing on the negatives. “The LRC (Learning Resource Center) is a great lab, and students can find all the
software programs that are in the T221,” Welch stated. “The T221 Lab is an instructional lab and students are encouraged to work together. However, I do discourage personal conversations that may bother other students who are studying.” The budget has yet to reveal itself in other ways, but Welch remains upbeat about her position and the atmosphere she’s established in the business lab. “In the nine years I have worked here” said Welch, “I feel I have created a welcoming environment where students like to come to study and receive help with their homework. I am glad to have contributed to the success of many students who have graduated from CLC.”
Library specialist Patricia Welch. Photo by Cody Dufresne
The Debate in a Nutshell Cartoon by Jean Pierre Carreon
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Climate Week heats up with extinction film Jose Quevedo Staff Reporter
“Racing Extinction,” an award-winning and deeply impactful environmental movie, screened at CLC on Sept. 19 at 6:40 p.m. in the C-Wing Auditorium. Stunning artwork and imagery inspires change in the community through small, manageable steps in everyday life. Since its release in 2015, “Racing Extinction” has been nominated for and received countless awards, including Academy Awards and Emmys. The documentary is led by Oscar-winning Director Louie Psihoyos, who won international acclaim for his 2010 project “The Cove.” In Racing Extinction, Psihoyos stars as himself, alongside other activists, artists and undercover professionals as they search for, document and uncover endangered species markets and trades of extinction across the entire globe. The screening of “Racing Extinction” is one of the events that CLC put on as part of Climate Week. A study in 2008 by the Center of Health and the Global Environment estimated that dozens of species go extinct every day. Human-induced global
warming and unregulated species hunting has helped to bring this on. “Racing Extinction” uses intense and beautiful imagery. Scenes are often disturbing and haunting. A juvenile shark is clipped of its fins and tossed back into the water where it floats helplessly. Still clinging to life, unable to swim, it can only sway in place with the current, rocking gently back and forth against brittle coral reef. Roof tops in Japan, the size of football fields, are covered in severed shark fins drying in the sun, neat triangles black with blood and stacked in piles. Cameras follow manta ray hunters into the open sea where they track, spear and wrangle a mature manta ray. After an hour long struggle, the animal is finally stabbed to death. These and other moments, such as audio recordings of a bird’s song at the literal moment it goes extinct, highlight some of the movie’s more harrowing truths. “Racing Extinction” employs a full range of emotions not just revulsion, guilt and alarm. Much of the film is stunning and awe-inspiring, showcasing Earth’s beauty. With high definition on a huge screen, underwater
polar bears chillin’ Cartoon by Jean Pierre Carreon
landscapes, exotic locations and magical creatures, viewers are reminded of the beauty, power and fragility of Mother Nature. Also illustrated in the film is human sentiment; deep-seated struggles between culture, economy, ecology, tradition and the natural human desire to do the right thing, to change for better. “Racing Extinction” brings closeness with undercover operations as the protagonist locates, infiltrates and exposes illegal gaming and endangered species markets. These scenes are charged with the intensity and unnerving suspense of a spy thriller. Other people are shown effecting change through international policy, working with world leaders to update and improve endangered species laws. Meanwhile, photographers and other artists, along with tech geniuses and race car drivers team up to bring sophisticated and informative imagery to downtown skyscrapers, onto petroleum corporation smokestacks, and across other manmade and natural structures all over the country. Also, villages dependent on fishing and on the exploitation of endangered marine life are introduced to a new, more economical
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and environmental method of income: tourism. While these grand and humbling efforts demonstrate mankind’s unrelenting capacity for great and long-lasting change, the message of the movie is not to strive for greatness or immediate radical transformation. Instead, the movie encourages viewers to focus on small everyday actions. The battles against extinction may seem, as the director narrates, “daunting and overwhelming,” but there is an upside. “It is better to light a candle then just curse the darkness,” Psihoyos said. “Maybe someone will see your light, and it will inspire them to light a candle themselves. Together you will have two candles. Then more and more people will light candles and the light will be brighter and brighter and brighter.” After the movie ended, Husemoller had a few words to add. “You don’t have to become an activist,” Husemoller said. “It’s about finding what works for you. Taking small, easy steps. Making small painless changes. Influencing and inspiring others around you in your daily routine and everyday actions, that they too can possibly do the same also.” After the showing, there was open discussion and community networking. In C-Wing Hall, several community organizations provided information and opportunities on local sustainability fronts. Also in attendance were representatives from Lake County Green Congregations, Citizens Climate Lobby, Moms Clean Air Force, CLC Chemistry Club and One Earth Film Festival’s Green Community Connections, along with other student and community groups.
Letter to the editor Dear Editor, College of Lake County has many green initiatives to make the school a more environmentally conscious place, but one of my favorite ways CLC works to make an environmental difference is their weekly farmers market. Set up every Thursday from 3-5 near the t-wing entrance, the farmers market serves up the most local produce a person could buy; food grown directly from CLC’s own hoop houses, right here on campus! I think issues regarding climate change and the environment are of great concern to CLC students, eating locally grown fruits and vegetables is a great way to cut our carbon footprint, but there might be an even more effective way that you might not have thought of. An analysis of data published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology in 2008 found that our biggest impact on greenhouse gas emissions relating to food wasn’t because of where our food was coming from, but what our food is. The analysis concluded that leaving meat off of our plates for one day a week, has a more positive environmental impact than buying local 100% of the time. It is one reason why Meatless Monday has been gaining so much momentum in the recent years; it’s something hardcore meat lovers can accomplish-leaving meat off our plates one day a week, will help our health, the environment and spare many animals lives throughout a year! -John Deetjen
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JLC anniversary showcases artistic excellence Jennifer Arias Staff Reporter
This year marks the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center’s 20th anniversary of celebrating artistic excellence. Since its establishment in December 1996, the JLC has been inspiring creativity, urging aspiring performers to achieve greatness, and entertaining the community. Producing over 20 performances each year, the JLC opened this Fall 2016 semester with the incredible artist Rita Moreno. Moreno is an actress and winner of both the Medal of Freedom and the Lifetime Achievement Award among other prestigious titles, became the season’s opening act on Sept. 18. Rita Moreno was not only chosen for her talent and dedication, but also for the
way she had changed the face of the performing arts at a time when minorities were not accepted in prominent roles. Gwethalyn Bronner, executive director for the JLC, shares how Rita Moreno has influenced many artists to achieve success. “No matter where we are in life, no matter what it is we do, no matter what field we decide we want to work in or move through, somebody has opened a door, or broken a ceiling, or endured hardship and pain that allows us to move through to now,” Bronner said. “Somebody has paved a way to allow us to be there.” Gwethalyn Bronner began her career in theater at CLC the same year the JLC was built, and has been the first and only Executive Director for 20 years. Gwethalyn began at CLC to put her theater degree
and experience into practice. Now, on a day-to-day basis, Bronner handles everything from fiscal responsibilities to curating the professional touring series, marketing, and managing all activities through the JLC. Before the JLC was built, the only theater programs were grouped in with the campus’ speech classes. The program was small and there were not many opportunities to gain experience in performing arts. Gretchen Naff, president of CLC in the 1990s, was a great lover of theater and decided to expand on the department. Naff gathered the opinions and recommendations of several theater instructors to build a center that would be beneficial to all incoming students interested in performing arts. Thomas Mitchell, current Tech Director for the JLC, started working at CLC in
1988. He describes the process of the building and integration of the new center. “The original building was meant as an instructional performing arts center, focusing solely on education,” Mitchell said. “Later, the college decided to open it up and have shows coming in, so it became a combination of instructional use and performance space that would benefit the community.” Building the JLC has not only allowed theater to branch off within the college, but it has allowed for tremendous growth within the theater department. Mitchell is hopeful for continued expansion of the program, allowing for more space and staff. “It’s really the only place that people can go and see live entertainment that is of good quality,” Mitchell said. “I think it gives an outlet to the community and as
far as the students, it gives the ability of the students to see the range of what we do.” Other performances to look forward to this semester include a comedic show from Second City of Chicago called Free Speech! on Oct. 15 and the musical Fame on Nov. 6. Professional performances this spring include Jonathan Birchfield and Kristi Manna, covering music from James Taylor and Carole King, and Jim Witter, who will be focusing on the partnership between John Lennon and Paul McCartney through their musical collaborations. “The JLC is not just about learning about new things, which you will,” Bronner said. “It’s also about simply enjoying that whole community, enjoying something that others around you are enjoying. It’s priceless.”
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Stone conspires to make ‘Snowden’ good but not great
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the protagonist, Edward Snowden, in Director Oliver Stone’s 2016 Snowden.
Peter Anders Staff Reporter
Conspiracy theories are easy to mock. They are often anti-social, overly-paranoid, naive, uninformed, self contradictory, and more often than not, wrong. But what happens when conspiracy proves to be reality? That was the case in June, 2013 when it had been discovered that the National Security Agency, without public knowledge, was conducting various mass operations on a bordering illegal scale. Worse than conspiracy theorists had feared: not only were American citizens being spied on, but U.S. allies as well. Instantly, global headlines brandished the news gleaming attention from all over. Now, Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” was released on Sept. 16, 2016 to middling critical reception and box office returns. The main problem with the film is how biased it is. Having met Oliver Stone
in person, I can tell you that he has an uncompromising view on politics. “Snowden,” a puff piece, doesn’t examine some of the more interesting aspects of the man. When the main character is a “morally perfect” human being, they seem less human, less relatable and less interesting. According to this film the only reason the man would do questionable acts is because he was being misled. Snowden alters events to where they become less interesting. The film also unfortunately glosses over some of what the American intelligence agencies had been doing. As it stands, you see why Snowden did it, but you do not get the whole picture. For instance, the “FiveEyes” program is one of the revelations that caused Edward Snowden to do what he did. What is “Five-Eyes”? A highly secretive arrangement made by five different intelligence agencies across the globe: UnitedStates National Se-
curity Agency (NSA), the United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters(GCHQ), Canada’s Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), and New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). It was established for the purpose of sharing intel between agencies in order to help spy on the Soviets’ communications networks during the Cold War. Instead, “Five Eyes” ended up being misused and abused to spy on hundreds of millions and possibly billions of individuals across the globe. An interesting topic Snowden never really touches upon. The film is rife with missed opportunities like this. The movie would have been better off being a half hour or even an hour longer if it allowed topics like this to be addressed. But there is plenty of good things about Snowden to help balance this out. Every actor in the film gave great performances,
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with the shocking standout being Nicholas Cage, who gave his best performance in quite some time. Joseph Gordon Levitt is phenomenal in the title role. Levitt has always been a criminally underrated actor and this further cements that belief. Every emotion Levitt conveys is one hundred percent believable. His facial expressions successfully show that he is stressed to a breaking point and that his life is beginning to crumble under the weight of the burden that comes with being a part of the NSA. The audience understands his motivation, sympathizes with him when he is forced to make difficult decisions. His transformation is followed from a hardcore conservative with the mindset of “America is above everyone else” to “What gives us the right to spy on not only our own citizens, but the citizens of nations who are our allies?” The romance in the film between Levitt and Shailene Woodley is also really well done. There are no groan inducing lines be-
tween the two, they have romantic chemistry allowing the audience to buy them as a couple. The romance is easy to root for. Not many films can successfully pull that off. One of the most important parts of a conspiracy thriller is that it makes you feel, a bit paranoid, like you “cannot trust anyone” and that the hero is “one man against the world.” Like films such as “Three Days of the Condor,” “Captain America The Winter Soldier,” and “The Bourne Series” before it, “Snowden” with the right direction, visual cues, music, and cinematography, manages to make you feel intensely paranoid. The cinematography itself is also one of the highlights of the film as it is indeed a gorgeous film to look at. Snowden, much like the man it’s named after, is flawed, and at times sloppy. Oliver Stone plays it safe, and as a result he manages to turn what could have been one of the year’s best film into a film that falls under the category of “good, but not great.”
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Literary Society starts semester with a slam Diana Panuncial A&E Editor
The College of Lake County’s Literary Arts Society began this semester with a slam-- a poetry slam. Held on Sept. 28 in the Anderson Court, LAS hosted an open poetry slam. Audience members were encouraged to sign up and perform original poetry with the choice of entering the competition or simply performing for fun. Poems that were entered in the competition were graded based on presentation, originality, and creativity by three judges who were members of LAS. The performers were graded based on how they presented their poem; how original and unique their poem was; and how creative and out-of-the-box their poem was. The three categories were
judged on scores of 1-5, 5 being the highest, totaling a maximum of 15 points per judge. The highest score would receive 45 points. Tomani Raimondi, thirdyear student and a member of LAS, describes what judges are looking for when it comes to entering the slam’s competition. “There’s a lot of little things, but we look at creativity and originality the most,” Raimondi said. From third place to first place winners of the slam, prizes included a $5 gift card from Something’s Brewing, a $10 gift card from Jimmy John’s, and a $15 gift card from Chipotle. Laurel Jones, first-year student and a member of LAS, says that poetry is a unique way to tell her stories for her. “It’s meant to be a storytelling type of poem,” Jones said. “It’s basically about
a friend of mine who was molested in high school by one of her coaches. Anybody who knows storytelling tactics knows who this story is about.” “Poetry just helps me find different ways to tell what’s going on in my head. Writing it all down is therapeutic. At the end of the day, pain is still pain, but poetry helps me. My friends told me that I have to write down my poetry because it’ll really help and inspire other people, too.” The poetry slam opened with a member of the audience, James Gutierrez, who performed his original piece “Crimson Rose.” “This is my first poetry slam, so I’m really excited,” Gutierrez said before taking the stage. “Crimson Rose” was a poem about war and violence, and how the con-
sequences of violence destroyed beauty: “Look to the heavens, a starry night/the moon shines, what a wonderful sight. Yet look to the earth below, and the gruesome men/a place filled with woe, now condemned.” Serick Casimir, another member of LAS, performed 3 poems for the slam and says that he likes poetry because he is able to explore his other interests through a creative outlet. “The first poem is about traveling through time and space. The other is inspired by the style of preaching. The third one is about depression and laziness, my take on giving advice,” Casimir said. “I’m a science major, so I didn’t have a creative outlet,” Casimir said. “When I got to college, I started writing, and then my friend invited me to my first
poetry slam. It all continued from there.” Overall, the poetry slam was a success, and audience members looked forward to viewing more in the future. Each student that passed by A-Court stopped and listened, and it is no mystery that the performers’ poetry resonated through the school.
LAS member Charlene Walkanoff
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Moreno gives CLC an afternoon to remember Ariel Notterman Staff Reporter
The College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center was filled with excitement as film and television icon Rita Moreno graced the stage Sept. 18 with her one-woman show, “An Afternoon with Rita Moreno.” Moreno told unique stories of breaking into show business, relayed her experience as a Hispanic actress in Hollywood, and shared lessons she has learned over the course of her life and career, all with infectious energy and impeccable comedic timing. Although most of the afternoon was accompanied by laughter from the audience, the core of her stories were inspiring and heartfelt. Moreno started performing as a teenager in New York City, doing small acts at various nightclubs. Moreno’s mother was very supportive of her dream. “I was very, very lucky in the sense that she helped me out with my dream,” Moreno said. “On the other hand, this is the very same
woman who, when I was 15 and 16, allowed me to go on the road all by myself; traveling with this humongous suitcase because of my Spanish dance costumes.” Moreno further explained her independent experience of attaining her goal. “She allowed me to quit school! That’s something I don’t mention in the talk only because I forget to. But all the time that I was talking about my teenage years and going from nightclub to hall to whatever, that was without any adult supervision.” Once Moreno was finally signed to Metro-GoldwynMayer, the studio responsible for creating “The Wizard Of Oz,” the 17-year-old was completely awestruck by the glamour of Hollywood. “It went way, way, way, beyond my expectations,” Moreno said. “I loved it; it was exciting. The place was crawling with movie stars, for heaven’s sake!” Although it was wonderful for Moreno to live her dream of being an actress, she makes sure to elaborate on the hardships of being a Hispanic actress in the so-called “Golden Age” of Hollywood.
“It was terrible,” Moreno said. “Being a Puerto Rican, for me, for a very, very long time, was the worst thing that could happen to a girl, so I thought, because I payed such a price for being a Hispanic young woman.” She recalls the memory of a Hollywood director of her past yelling at her and treating her as if she were the lowly Indian girl she was playing in his film, not a human being. “I was not the happiest camper in the world when I lived in Hollywood,” Moreno said. “As much as I needed the work and wanted the work, whenever I did get the work I was inevitably going to get a taste of what it was like to be treated as someone other, or someone who was inferior. It was one of those two-sided things that was kind of heartbreaking. You wanted the work, and when you got the work you weren’t too happy because you weren’t treated so well.” Moreno’s recalling of this experience during her show was one that drew audible reactions from the audience. In fact, all of Moreno’s stories, including the over-
arching narrative of her life story, had the power to capture the attention of everyone in the room. “An Afternoon with Rita Moreno” appealed to many audiences. Even if names like Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor were unfamiliar to younger audience members, Moreno’s personality and storytelling talents were enough to keep them interested. Liset Morales, a junior at Round Lake High School, did not recognize Moreno’s name initially, but decided to attend the performance upon hearing of Moreno’s fame. Although she, like many others, might not have known of Moreno’s specific accomplishments, Moreno’s vibrant energy and stage presence resonated with her. “I think she’s a really good actress even though I didn’t know her before,” Morales said. “The way she presented her story, it was really entertaining to watch.” Moreno’s Academy award-winning performance as “Anita” in the film musical “West Side Story (1962)”, seemed to be a common point of interest
among audience members, JLC Executive Director Gwethalyn J. Bronner being no exception. Bronner credits “West Side Story” with opening her eyes to the power of theatre. “I went to see that film as part of a grade school field trip,” Bronner said. “It really changed my life. It made me know the strength of performance. It was the beginning of my life in performance that I will never, ever be able to give up.” Moreno’s talent and great success in the entertainment industry is inspiring to a large number of people. As she continues performing and telling her story, she maintains her gratitude and her charm. “I’m doing what I love, I’m getting paid for doing what I love; what’s to complain about?” Moreno said. “I just treasure every moment I’m alive. My older age has turned into this miracle world, working all the time. I have an album out in Spanish that was produced by Emilio Estefan, I have a book out, I have a really terrific Netflix series. I don’t complain about a cracked nail.”
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To go green, students must commit to live green Liz Braithwaite Managing Editor
How many times have you heard the phrase, “go green?” Of course, the action of “going green” should be celebrated. The phrase itself, however, is becoming overused, familiar, and dull. People are forgetting that the phrase “go green” is supposed to inspire action, not remain as white noise on some printed flier. In honor of CLC’s Climate Week, I should mention that CLC is a national leader of sustainability. CLC’s goal is to provide a “greener” experience for students and staff. The fourteen-goal list includes “minimizing building energy consumption” as we have noticed with the motion-sensing lights, “increased local and sustainable food options” such as the new Willow Café, and “student engagement” which allows students to learn sustainability from campus efforts and courses. CLC has an appreciation for the environment that not all campuses have. The American Library, under the Consulate General of the United States, used to publish online weekly bulletins and in 2012, Erin L. Gordon wrote a short piece, History of the Modern Environmental Movement in America. “The modern-day environmental movement in the United States began in the 1960s and 1970s,” Gordon wrote. “This movement was originally focused on a few prominent environmental issues and disasters.” Gordon was referring to “hydrogen bomb testing on Bikini Atoll, oil spills off of the coast of California, and the use of insecticides and other chemicals,” in addition to other things. “The pollution of the Great Lakes became a rallying point for environmentalism,” Gordon added. Information about possible harm gave rise to the environmental movement, amplifying and adding on to prior attempts. Today, the issues associated with global warming are much too grand and uncertain that many choose to ignore them instead. By human nature, people fear
the unknown and that which they cannot control. But it is time to stop letting fear rule our lives. This year marks one of the most important elections in history and the candidate we elect will be handed the ability to determine the fate of our environment and our international relations with countries that can help or hurt it. One candidate believes that it is necessary to combat climate change. “We need more clean energy jobs,” Hillary Clinton said in the Democratic primary debate on March 9. Also, on Jan. 31, 2007, The Humane Society’s 109th Congress Scorecard on animal protection granted Clinton a grade of 100 percent due to her efforts as a political leader. We cannot forget that the environment is an incorporation of all life in the world and only with a balance of each aspect can we develop into a self-sustaining planet. The Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has another view. “Environmental Protection, what they do is a disgrace,” Trump said. “Every week they come out with new regulations. We’ll be fine with the environment. We can leave a little bit, but you can’t destroy business.” Trump’s view of the environment is called a “frontier world view,” which assumes that humans have a right to consume Earth’s natural resources in order to conquer and maximize capital. This is not a sustainable worldview; in fact, its existence relies on the history of discovering America when it was believed that this new land held never-ending resources. Today, we know that this is not the case. Why any person, candidate or otherwise, would believe that the world is a frontier of which they can take whatever they want, I am unsure. If one can understand that a definite object has a definite volume in which it can hold a limited number of things, one should be able to understand that the Earth is no different. It is a mass which holds a vast amount of things, living and not, but it in no way can sustain all seven billion
people on this planet limitlessly. And, we have taken so much already. Today, it is trendy to “go green.” It is considered socially acceptable and preferred if one performs actions that will benefit the environment. It is not common, however, for the public themselves to act “green” or to know the implications of behaving without these actions. Almost everyone knows the long-time American entertainment company, Warner Brothers. In 2009, as leaders of environmental action, Warner Brothers used their prominence as a way to portray their green changes. “Warner Brothers is leading the way, having deconstructed an outdated sound stage to build a newer, more efficient model,” Kevin Chupka wrote in an ABC News article on Oct. 29 of that year. “They were able to reuse or recycle 92 percent of the old building and what rose in its place is a sound stage that runs on solar power and was built using sustainable wood.” What I wonder, however, is if this company would have acted if they were not aware of public spotlight. When it all comes down to it, the environment will be changed by one thing: us. The seven billion human beings living on this Earth will determine its success or failure. This issue is here, now, and it is not going away. I doubt that there are many people who do not know this to be true. We are aware the environment needs immediate help and we also know that it will eventually take all of us to fix the immense problem. But, something at such a grand scale cannot occur if it does not have a beginning point. There are so many small, every day actions we can take in our lives to help the environment one step at a time. It requires conscious change and compromise as well as sticking to unfamiliar behaviors in order to do what is right. At age 17, I was a senior in high school. You could find me every day with a brand new plastic water bottle. Yes, I “cared” about
the environment. When a teacher played a video or showed an article about environmental concerns occurring around the world, I was one of the first people to scoff with anger at other people’s indecency toward our world. But, I still drank and discarded a plastic water bottle every day. When I got in my car to drive to school, I couldn’t even count the bottles that lined the floor. Weekly, I would remove a handful of water bottles from my bedroom. And through my personal rants to family members about the state of the environment, I would be asked a single question. “So, why do you still drink out of plastic water bottles?” Eventually, I figured that “because they taste better than tap” was not a good enough reason. Plastic can take up to 1000 years to fully biodegrade. When I think about the amount of plastic water bottles that I personally allowed corrode our Earth, I can’t help but estimate the added number of years it would take for all of those bottles to break down. And that was entirely on me. Today, I have a reusable water bottle that I carry everywhere. No matter what, I will never again maintain a habit of destruction such as that one. If we think about all the habits we each have, as individuals, we could eliminate the ones that harm the environment. Water bottles were just one compromise that I had
to make with myself, but it definitely makes a difference. The Ban the Bottle website states that “Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38.” By switching to a reusable bottle, I can say that I saved the planet 167 bottles each year since I made the change. Choosing to take action can be as small as switching your water bottle use. You could begin composting, riding your bike, walking, or using public transportation instead of driving, turning off all unnecessary electrical devices such as house lights, televisions, kitchen appliances, computers, unplugging chargers, etc. Many of these changes will offer a better lifestyle as well. Saving electricity saves you money. Saving water saves you money. Less gas saves you money as well as provides exercise should you choose to walk or ride a bike. One thing to consider is making your own cleaning supplies. “You can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need them,” the Worldwatch Institute stated in 2006. “All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.” So let’s begin now as students. Let’s start with CLC, with Lake County, with Illinois. Let’s include our friends, family, and coworkers and take some action. Let’s not “go green.” Let’s live green.
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New voters choose from candidates that money buys Robbie Biegalski Staff Reporter
The 2016 presidential election has been a divisive one. The candidates from both major parties have some of the lowest approval ratings in United States history. This November will be my first time voting in a general election and the prospect is not as exciting as I hoped it would be. I had looked forward to being able to say I could not only understand political speech, but also decide who to support. As this election season progressed, my enthusiasm was tempered significantly. Once the current nominees were selected, I immediately began research on third-party candidates, with hopes that there was an
alternative to the “lesser of two evils.” I was met with disappointment upon finding that candidates such as Jill Stein of the Green Party may align more with my political ideologies, but hold little chance of even reaching the debate stage. The prevalence of the two-party system only allows for two opposing viewpoints, with other areas of the spectrum significantly under-represented. There are not only two solutions to every issue, therefore there should not only be two groups dedicated to discussing and dealing with those issues. It is also discouraging that our candidates for president became the face of their party due to a system set up in favor of those who
are wealthy, beholden to large corporate donors, or simply have strong name recognition. The United States political system is run by and upheld for those with the most money. This excludes the rest of the population from having, or at least feeling as though they have, a meaningful influence on politics. When it comes to the presidential election, individuals in the general population appear to not have a significant impact on the outcome of the race. They may have more say at the state and local level, however, despite this, it is difficult to encourage people to research these candidates when they are more focused on the mainstream presidential race, which discourages citizens
from voting at all. Knowing all of this, I decided that I had to face the facts. Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will take the oath of office on January 20, 2017. I came to terms with what I was in for, and I was neither shocked nor comforted by what I learned. Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump continues to be a great businessman who has mastered the art of selling himself as a political candidate. Trump rearranges sentences until they are practically incoherent when read, but communicates with concision and punch when heard aloud. He piles offensive rhetoric on top of itself until news media and the general public give him a free
pass because they simply cannot keep up with his steady stream of epithets. Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has had a difficult time convincing the American public that she is trustworthy. Despite the accusations of lies, it is clear to me that Clinton is far more capable than Trump of becoming the president of the United States. Personally, neither candidate is highly favorable. Before I could vote, I regarded the ability to vote with anticipation. I now view voting as an essential duty of an American Citizen, but I do not do my job happily. I am less excited to vote, and more ready to get the job over with.
Protest recalls history of Native American efforts Rachel Schultz Editor-in-Chief
For the past few months, a controversy has raged over the Dakota Access pipeline, an oil pipeline scheduled to be built from the oil fields in Bakken and Three Forks, North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The most contentious section of pipeline is the part that runs through Cannonball, North Dakota, next to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The chairman of the Standing Rock Tribe, Dave Archambault, has led the fight against the pipeline. Thousands of American Indians, environmentalists, and other protesters have flocked to Cannonball to try to stop the DAPL, the acronym by which the pipeline has become known. The Sioux say they are concerned about their water supply, the Missouri River, which the planned pipeline will cross twice. They are concerned that if the pipeline leaks, it could damage the surrounding area, and also that part of the land that the pipeline will be built on is part of an ancient burial ground. There are environmental concerns. Several government agencies objected
to the pipeline being built near Lake Oahe in South Dakota. James De Nomie, a Native American activist, member of the Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin, and CLC graduate, shared his thoughts about the pipeline. “Dave Archambault is a friend of mine. One of the underlying currents is dealing with the spirituality of people who live close to the earth. The pipeline is just one example of things that are going on right now that most people aren’t aware of.” De Nomie said that the problem went deeper than just possible Missouri River contamination. It extends to the Ogallala Aquifer, which is where most of the Great Plains gets its water. “It’s the largest aquifer in America, and the pipeline’s going to go right through it.” Any contamination of the aquifer could have disastrous results, since the aquifer supplies water for agriculture, as well as other uses. On Sept. 9, a federal judge ruled that the pipeline could proceed as long as they avoided the area that the Sioux held sacred. But, on the same day, the U.S. federal government called for a temporary halt to the part of
the project scheduled to be built in sensitive areas for American Indians, including sites in both North and South Dakota. Things are much different for Native Americans today than they were fifty years ago. Over 100 other tribes joined the Sioux in their fight, along with other concerned individuals and groups. This sort of cohesion, plus the opportunity to be taken seriously, was almost nonexistent in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. My grandmother, Frieda Williams, grew up on a tiny Tuscarora reservation only about a half-mile from Niagara Falls. The “rez” as it is nicknamed, has a population of just over a thousand people. The Tuscarora are a member of the Iroquois “Six Nations,” a once-powerful cooperation of six different tribes that was famous for its unique government, similar to the American government after the Constitution was ratified. In the 1950s, the New York Power Authority tried to seize part of the Tuscarora reservation by covert means to build a hydroelectric power dam on the Niagara River. Surveyors began measuring off a sizeable chunk of the already small reservation
without letting the Tuscarora know. Part of this land included some valuable forested land that belonged to the tribe as a whole. When word leaked out, Tuscarora leader Chief Clinton Rickard spoke against the seizing. He fought it in the court system, and also by enlisting political allies to help. The Tuscarora nation fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1960, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against the Tuscarora, saying that the state power authority had the right to take part of the reservation by eminent domain. Justice Hugo Black wrote the dissenting opinion for the Court. In it, he listed the many times the U.S. government had broken treaties that it had signed with the Tuscarora and other tribes, adding that the seizure of Tuscarora property would represent another broken promise. He concluded with the words, “Great nations, like great men, should keep their word.” In the end, the Tuscarora lost 550 acres of their reservation. Although they were compensated for the loss of their property, for many Indians, no amount of money could replace the flooding of their homes and farms. The
Barbara and James DeNomie
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Tuscarora made no secret of how they felt about the dam project. Many of them did whatever they could to slow down construction. At one point, surveyors who were deciding the extent of the dam tied yellow ribbons on the trees that were scheduled to be cut down to make way for construction. They warned an old woman who had been known to cause some trouble for them in the past not to take the ribbons down. She promised not to, and kept her word. But when the surveyors returned, every tree in the vicinity had a yellow ribbon tied around it! As for Chief Rickard, he continued to fight for Indian rights and unity as head of the Defense League. In spite of factions within the Tuscarora community, and a lack of support on the outside, he led his people heroically until his death in 1971.Today, he is commemorated by a statue at Niagara Falls.
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Friend’s suicide leads to profound, lasting changes Zach Keeshin Staff Reporter
Three weeks ago, a close high school friend of mine took his own life. Hearing the news was completely devastating. I was confused and extremely upset. Racing thoughts ﬂooded my head.. Is there anything that I could have done to prevent this tragedy? For me, this experience took place at a time when I had recently recovered from my own struggles. I had always looked up to Scott for his sense of humor and academic success, and assumed that he was doing well at college. Although I am now feeling much more stable and am able to succeed in work and classes, at the time I was also experiencing some serious mental health issues just prior to Scott’s death.
Even though this tragedy shocked my local community, it has also helped bring people together and allow many to reﬂect on their own emotional challenges. Many people experience serious emotional difﬁculties throughout their adolescence and college years. For stressed students who put extreme pressure on themselves to constantly succeed, to get the best internships, qualify for the best clubs, suicide can seem like a reasonable way out of the chaos. Resulting from a combination of being away at college, having low levels of self-esteem, and lacking an active group of friends, I was hopeless about my future. I stopped taking care of myself. I slept through classes and stayed up late watching YouTube videos. I experienced a brain fog and
had a hard time engaging with friends and family. Finally, I realized I was at a breaking point. I needed to ask for help. Since that decision, my life has gotten better. I am slowly picking up the pieces from the grief I put myself through. I am never going to be the same high school student who was overly-involved and dreamed of pursuing a computer science masters degree. I might never feel the same way that I did only a couple of years ago. But, at the same time, setting small goals and working towards accomplishing them has made a monumental difference for me. I started taking classes here at CLC, started showing up to club meetings and music lessons. I made it a point to care about personal hygiene and exercise. The main point I want
to make to CLC students is that you must consider some small things that you are grateful for. Even when there seems to be absolutely no hope, the fact that you’re still breathing means something. Try taking time to think about what truly matters to you. Step back from what society expects you to do and consider what you really care about. Think about skills that you naturally succeed at and how you can teach others or start some sort of interest project. For instance, this semester I have noticed I enjoy creative writing and journalism. I have learned new things about myself through personal stories and the ability to interview other students for the newspaper. To carry on Scott’s legacy, I promise to be there for friends and family, and other
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CLC students. I will do my best to focus on displaying kindness to teachers and classmates. I am going be more compassionate to others, because you never know what other people are going through. I continue to be amazed by the stories friends shared about Scott’s many accomplishments, packed into twenty-one years. He gave hope to many friends and strangers going through tough times. I pray that we are able to keep Scott in our hearts every day and bless the world with the love and radiance that he was always known for. If you would like to learn more about Suicide Prevention Awareness Month taking place during the month of September or discover other resources to seek help, please visit http://nami.org/ suicideawarenessmonth
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CLC pushes athletes to succeed on the field and in class The College of Lake County athletics program strives for academic excellence every year and always is very proud of the studentathletes successes both in the classroom and on the field. The Academic Team of the Year award, Exemplary Academic Achievement award, Superior Academic Achievement award, Pinnacle Academic Achievement award, and the Dick Durrant award are just a few awards the student-athletes at College of Lake County have earned over the years. These awards honor the athletes at College of Lake County for their incredible academic performances. The athletics staff and coaches at College of Lake County work diligently to provide as many tools as possible to help the studentathletes be successful on and off the field. One particular program the athletic staff has implemented is ATLAS (Athletes Leading Academic Success). The ATLAS program connects student-athletes with an array of academic services. The services include, free tutoring, academic planning, academic progress monitoring, academic coaches for students in developmental Math and/or English, study zones, student-athlete academic contracts, and much more. Since implementing the ATLAS program in the year 2015-2016, the College of Lake County Volleyball and Golf teams earned the
Academic Team of the Year Awards. This award was given by the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) which is the governing body of all junior colleges across the nation. The CLC Volleyball team averaged a 3.10 G.P.A and the Golf team averaged a 3.54 G.P.A. This was a tremendous honor for College of Lake County to receive. “All team awards are special to me, but these academic awards stand out the most.” Director of Athletics Nic Scandrett stated. “It demonstrates how these teams were able to develop a culture of academic success where they push one another to be their best.” “They exemplify everything that we are trying to achieve with the ATLAS program.” Likewise, many studentathletes have earned individual awards for their academic performance. In 2015-2016, five student-athletes earned the Exemplary Academic Achievement award, which is another award given by the NJCAA. This award acknowledged the student-athletes for earning a cumulative 3.60-3.79 G.P.A, while taking at least 24 credit hours. Another individual award that eight total studentathletes earned from the NJCAA in 2015-2016, was the Superior Academic Achievement Award. This award rewarded the student-athletes for earning 3.80-3.99 cumulative G.P.A, while taking at
least 24 credit hours. One of the most prestigious awards from the NJCAA a student-athlete can earn is the Pinnacle Academic Achievement award. In 2015-2016, College of Lake County had a total of seven athletes earn this award, which requires a 4.0 G.P.A while taking at least 24 credit hours. This concludes a total number of twenty studentathletes that received an NJCAA Academic Achievement Award and the CLC athletic staff could not be more pleased with those results. “As an athletic director, you always hope that you will have a group of athletes that will get recognized for their academic achievements.” Scandrett stated. “To have 20 of them earn national academic awards is outstanding and we are certainly proud of them.” The most honorable award a student-athlete can receive is the Dick Durrant Sophomore Athlete of the Year award. This award is presented by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and College of Lake County was extremely honored that two of the total four student-athletes that received this award in 20152016 were representing College of Lake County. “This award shows that we have a culture of academic excellence in our athletic programs.” Scandrett stated. “This is the highest academic honor a studentathlete can receive, and 50%
of the honorees in the entire conference are Lancers.” “These individuals were tremendous leaders for us and were perfect examples of what being a studentathlete is all about.” Heath Cummings, the Academic Success and Compliance Coordinator/Head Baseball Coach, oversees and monitors all student-athletes academic performances at College of Lake County. Cummings also believes the ATLAS program has played a vital role helping with studentathlete success. “We are in our second year with the ATLAS program and we have made great strides with our studentathletes.” Cummings stated. “Our team study hall completing hours are the best I have seen since starting the program.” “We have more studentathletes using tutoring this fall semester then we had combined all of last year and the feedback I just received from the majority of our professors has been very positive on our student athletes so far.” Cummings believes the ATLAS program will continue to be important for the student-athletes and is extremely pleased with how much time and effort the staff has devoted to making it successful. “The key to the success of the ATLAS program is having our coaching staff and players believing that all the resources we have provided for them will be a
win-win on and off the fields and courts.” Cummings stated. “This year our coaching staff has done a great job following up with our athletes and holding the athletes accountable.” Cummings is a big believer in making sure the student-athletes move on to four-year institutions and that is the reason he emphasizes the importance of academic success. “The goal to this program is to be able to be able to move student-athletes onto four year colleges with a 3.0 or better and without the grades, it is always very difficult to do so.” Similarly, Cummings has student-athletes partake in study hall hours to assure their performance is up to par in the classroom as well. “All athletes are required to attend study hall for at least three hours per week.” Cummings stated. “However, athletes with a 3.0 G.P.A or above from the previous semester are exempt from study hall requirements the following semester.” Nic Scandrett, Heath Cummings, and the rest of the athletic staff will continue supporting the student-athletes any way they can. This year marks the highest number of studentathletes enrolled at College of Lake County and the staff will look forward to helping them continue to achieve their goals.
Women’s tennis finds love at home against Moraine CLC Women’s Tennis defeated Moraine Valley Community College at home this past Tuesday Sept. 27 with a final score of 6-3. The Lancers have been determined to gather momentum going into the playoffs and played extremely well right from the start winning five of the six singles match-ups. CLC kept fighting and battled back during many sets to come out victorious. In particular, Brenda Zador (SO) had a phenominal second set comeback win and Lexy Bianchini (FR) also won a
match tie-breaker. Head Coach, Jim Love thought all of the athletes handled adversity very well and he was very pleased with the outcomes. “Charlotte Muehleman won a tough straight set match,” Love stated. Star singles players, Sarah Adornetto (SO) and Yuliya Mykhaylovska, both won their matches 6-0. Brenda Zador and Sarah Adornetto declared a victory in their doubles match-up. Jackie Schmidt and Yuliya Mykhaylovska were down 5-0 in their doubles
match but came back to tie the match at 8-8. Eventually, they lost the tiebreaker for the match; but their relentlessness throughout the match did not go unnoticed. After the overall scores were calculated the Lancers came out on top with a 6-3 victory and the athletes were very pleased with their performances. The Lancers will have their next match at Carthage College on Oct. 4 and will start their regional playoff on Oct. 6.
First-year student Jaclyn Sapienza serves to Moraine Valley Photo by Cody Dufresne
Monday, october 3, 2016
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Vol 50, No.3
UPCOMING Women’s soccer gains experience in defeat Home GAMES Yuliya Mykhaylovska Staff Reporter
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V.s. oakton cc october 14
henry ford cc october 9
The College of Lake County’s women’s soccer team took a 0-7 loss against Waubonsee Community College on Sept. 14. The team is led by Head Coach Alyssa Tworek and Assistant Coach Kevin Craver. The team is made up of fourteen players, half of which are freshmen and the other half is made up of sophomores. This includes the 16-year-old goalie, a current freshman at CLC. The game started with both teams showing conﬁdence and energy, and with each team’s coach shouting advice and strategic tips. Craver continues to tell the girls to “communicate with each other” in order to pass the ball more effectively and score points.
Waubonsee scored the ﬁrst point of the match ﬁve minutes into the game. Later, Waubonsee took the second goal. The ﬁrst quarter ended with the score of 0-2 giving the opposing team a numerical and mental lead. After a 15-minute intermission, both teams began playing more aggressively. Players from both teams were forced to leave the ﬁeld due to rough play. Studies have proven that high school soccer leagues have become more aggressive in recent years, and the same can be said about college soccer as well. Both teams picked up speed, playing on the defensive and had no problem playing rough to see the ball toward the opposing team’s net. After mere minutes into the second quarter, Waubonsee took an even further
lead by scoring their third and fourth points. CLC Lancers defended their goal posts as best as they could, but the opposing team kept scoring and taking a higher lead. The match was quite vocal during the second quarter because the home team was trying not to let Waubonsee score further goals. Without luck, the sixth point was scored by Waubonsee with about 15 minutes left. Ten minutes left in the game, the opposing team took their last point, making the end score, 0-7, CLC to Waubonsee. Although the team lost, they played their best and defended against tough opponents. This was the team’s fourth game of the season and ﬁrst home game. After this loss, the coaches and team huddled to listen to helpful advice, celebra-
tory plays of the day, and improvements for further matches. Assistant Coach Kevin Craver told the team to “look back and reﬂect because of their loss.” He mentioned that there were “chances we should have capitalized on.” Craver explained the beneﬁt of the team trip to Minnesota, as well as his thoughts on the game. “We have worked hard in the beginning of the season,” Craver said. “Minnesota was a good bonding experience for the girls that will lead us to bigger and better things besides this game. We’re still jelling as a team because of some latecomers. But we will continue to work hard as a team, because they are all talented players.” Although the team lost, they are not done with their season just yet.
Men’s basketball sets roster for 2016-17 season The CLC Men’s Basketball roster has been ﬁnalized ,and the athletes are anxious to start their 2016-2017 season. Led by Head Coach, Chuck Ramsey, and Assistant Coach, Bill Werly, the Lancers will open up at home against a talented Bryant & Stratton College team on November 1st, 2016. The 2016-2017 year marks the ﬁfth season that Ramsey and Werly have been coaching together at CLC and they both are very excited about the team they have competing on the ﬂoor this season. There are some key returning sophomores and a lot of talented freshman that will be expected to make an impact by the ﬁrst
jump-ball of the season. Coach Ramsey is looking for returning sophomore, Jovan Jokic, to take on a vital leadership role this season. “Jokic has been very strong academically and is a returning All-Conference player.” Ramsey stated. “We want him to be a well-rounded player who can lead his team to a championship.” With only a few returning sophomores, the Lancers have a fairly new roster this season, which has had Coach Ramsey working diligently in order to educate and mold his athletes into his offensive system. “We will look to run when we can.” Ramsey stated “We have been emphasizing ball and player
movement when we set up as well.” After a 17-13 overall record last season, the Lancers are hoping to make a statement this year in the conference and are expecting to compete night-in and night-out. Coach Ramsey always lays out the expectations he has for his athletes both on and off the court before the season starts. “This year we expect our student-athletes to excel in the classroom.” Ramsey stated. “We expect our players to make progress in their education and lay the foundation for earning a degree but we also expect to compete daily to improve and compete for a conference championship.”
This coming October 1st will mark the ﬁrst ofﬁcial day of practice for the Men’s Basketball team and will certainly be the start to an exciting season. In the meantime, the Lancers will continue to prepare relentlessly for all the battles they will face this season and keep their eyes on winning the conference championship.