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Classrooms decrease under construction Cydney Salvador Editor-in-Chief

CLC will be decreasing the amount of available classrooms in the next year because of construction. The college is down nine classrooms this fall, 20 in spring 2016, 35 in summer 2016, and 20 in fall 2016. CLC Academic Operations Manager Lamont Barrientos said that decreasing the amount of classes by five percent during 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. will help alleviate any crowding. The college has been working towards cutting back since Sept. 2014. “That’s a high-demand time,” Barrientos said. “That’s where our biggest blockage is.” Additional tactics include sending classes to the University Center, the Horticulture Building, and Buildings 4 and 12. The college is also using classrooms intended for art and science classes for different purposes, and utilizing the Lakeshore and Southlake campuses more. Barrientos said moving the

classrooms to other parts of campus is unpleasant, but necessary for the time being. “It’s not ideal for a student to be out in Building 12 and get all the way back for a class in 15 minutes, but we have to do it,” Barrientos said. “When you go to a four year institution, you’ll find it’s pretty regular. You find ways to make it work.” Decreasing the number of classes by five percent has created a rise in the average class size from about 16 to 18 students, with highdemand courses going from 16 to 22. “There was a period of time here where we ran on the idea that if a classroom had fifty percent capacity we’d let it run,” Barrientos said. “It’s forcing more students into those classes.” While department chairs are restricted from increasing classes during the peak time, they are allowed to increase the number of late-afternoon and evening courses. Additionally, the college is utilizing the hybrid course more. Hybrids are classes

that meet once a week for an hour and a half, and complete the additional coursework online. This gives the college space for two classes to meet in person, where before it could only fit one. “We don’t want to overdo that,” Barrientos said. “We don’t want all online and hybrid learning. We all have different learning styles.” Faculty members asking for a room change in the coming year are not likely to get one, despite concerns of a packed class or poor teaching conditions. “I have nowhere to put them,” Barrientos said. “This is new for a lot of our instructors, because typically the majority of them ask for a room change and we’re able to accommodate.” “That’s made it a little tough. In some instances it affects student learning, in some instances it’s just teacher preference.” Despite efforts to work with instructors, Barrientos said not all are content with future prospects. “We have a lot of different

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CLC will be decreasing amount of classrooms by 20. options, they’re not always happy about it,” Barrientos said. “The hardest thing for them to fathom is that when the spaces are complete and done, we’re still going to be down nine rooms. We’re going to lose them for student life.” Barrientos views the loss of classrooms as an eventual improvement on student spaces. “We have no student life areas really,” Barrientos said. “What we have is not workable and we’re using

it. It doesn’t allow for good student life and interaction. This is going to open up a lot of areas when it’s done.” Barrientos said he will do what he can to ease the transition. “I’m a little nervous, but we’ll try to make it as seamless as possible for students,” Barrientos said. “I know it’s hard to be seamless when you guys are herded through those little hallways. Things are going to be affected a bit, we’ll try to keep it to a minimum.”

Lancer Radio begins partnership with WRLR Sam Yoo Staff Reporter

This fall, CLC’s Lancer Radio is expanding to include FM radio to reach a wider audience. After last year’s revitalization of the radio station, Lancer Radio adviser Mick

Cullen is looking to further grow the program with a partnership with WRLR 98.3FM, The Voice of Lake County. In 2013, Dean of Student Life Teresa Aguinaldo offered Cullen a position as adviser to restore the program.

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Tabris Fleming trains to be a DJ for CLC’s Lancer Radio.

“Since I love radio and had experience, I thought it was worth a shot,” Cullen said. He detailed the obstacles the restoration process faced while the club was defunct. “There was a lot of outdated equipment, questionable wiring, tons of unusable junk,” Cullen said. Eventually, the studio was fully rebuilt and Lancer Radio began broadcasting in Oct. 2014. Student DJs were trained and brought into the program by Cullen. “We have about 20 student DJs at the moment, with more who are looking to get involved and have training

scheduled,” Cullen said. Currently, Lancer Radio broadcasts exclusively online and through the TuneIn app for smartphones. With the partnership, the radio will be able to broadcast its FM signal across Lake County, parts of McHenry County and into southeast Wisconsin. “While there is no way to tell how many people in that area will be tuned into WRLR, the FM signal reaches an area with a population of about 750,000,” Cullen said. Lancer Radio will also continue to stream online and through the TuneIn ap-

plication 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with live shows occurring from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the station will also be broadcasting live on 98.3 FM. In order to assist with the large step forward, Cullen is looking for students to fill much needed positions. Open positions include producer, student manager, DJ and co-host. Additionally, both the student music director and student manager are paid positions. RADIO / page 2



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Library hours cut to increase efficiency RADIO Cydney Salvador Editor-in-Chief

This summer, CLC’s library decreased its hours to meet financial and practical needs and those changes continue this semester. Monday through Thursday, the library is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday’s hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Sunday closed. Library Director Brian Beecher said student usage was a factor in determining what hours would be cut. “We were trying to match the hours we were open to when we are used,” Beecher said. “We’re heavily used in the mornings, we are also used frequently in the afternoons.” Beecher said library usage was “significantly less” at night. “After about 5 or 6 o’clock it starts to dwindle down, until about 9 o’clock when

we’re lucky to have 10 people in the library,” Beecher said. Additionally, there were complaints about the needs of early morning classes. “One of the things we heard from the students, the faculty, the deans, was ‘Why aren’t you open earlier? Our classes start at 8, students need to be able to check out textbooks or print out papers,’” Beecher said. “We open earlier now in respect to the need we saw with our students.” The change in hours was enacted over the summer to test its impact on students. “We wanted to make sure things were running very smoothly,” Beecher said. “I wanted to see how that would impact students.” School-wide efforts to cut costs were also a part of reevaluating the library’s hours. Executive Director of Public Relations Evelyn Schiele said all departments

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are asked to make themselves more efficient. “Every year when the college does its budget preparation process, we’re always looking at can we reallocate funds,” Schiele said. “In today’s environment, it’s very important that we be as cost effective as possible because the more efficiently we can operate, the less we have to burden students with tuition increases.” The PR department did not comment how much was cut out of the budget. According to Beecher, the library was not specifically asked to cut hours. “We had no pressure from anyone,” Beecher said. “Our goal is to meet the students’ needs while trying to be efficient as possible.” CLC’s library staff used several methods to determine traffic throughout the day. “We physically walked through the library and


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would count people,” Beecher said. “I got feedback constantly from my faculty and staff about how we’re used. We found that very few research and reference questions were asked after 9 o’clock.” The library’s 24/7 online database may contribute to the smaller amount of traffic. “Libraries are much different now than they were 10 years ago,” Beecher said. “Today, we have over 39,000 electronic books, and they’re heavily used.” Beecher cited Sunday usage as an example. “Ninety-six percent of the usage for our databases on Sundays was off-campus, online,” Beecher said. Beecher said thus far the library has not received complaints from students or faculty. “I’ve got many compliments from the faculty and students about opening earlier,” Beecher said.

Cullen would like the station to be a place students with no prior experience could learn the workings of radio. “I want CLC students to have the opportunity to experience broadcasting,” Cullen said. In the future, Cullen said the station could cover various events on campus and become a valuable part of a student’s experience.


An article in the Sept. 7 edition of the The Chronicle incorrectly reported that CLC does not have confidential advisers for victims of sexual assault. Currently, the college provides advisers through close work with the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center and A Safe Place. The Chronicle regrets the error.

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Catalan, SGAVice President, has big goals

Carlos Catalan, SGA Vice President

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This fall semester, CLC has a brand new set of faces in the Student Government Association, including Vice President Carlos Catalan. Catalan had previous experience in student politics and had been a student senator at CLC starting his second semester in 2014. He had been thinking of running for vice president, and when he was encouraged to do so by other SGA members, he did not hesitate to take

the opportunity. Catalan ran for vice president during the spring semester, during which he was given two weeks to campaign. One of those weeks happened to be over spring break, so Catalan had the challenge of capturing students’ attention while they were distracted from school. He prepared for this by making buttons, candy bars, posters and even mints, all of which he then distributed across campus. Normally there would be a debate between the candidates, but Catalan ran unopposed for the position, so there was a public forum instead, during which he was asked various questions. Catalan had mixed feelings about the lack of competition. “I personally don’t like competition,” Catalan said. “It scares me a lot, so part of me was kind of relieved that no one was running, but the other part of me would’ve liked it. I’m always interested to see other peoples’

perspectives when it comes to running for an office position.” Catalan has many responsibilities as vice president, including creating meeting agendas, running meetings and reaching out to different committee chairs to let them know which senators can sit on which committees. He is also required to sit on the Government’s Coordinating Council, where the vice presidents of each department sit and discuss topics pertaining to CLC. As vice president, Catalan finds himself on the road often in order to attend conferences. He just came back from Springfield because he is a member of the Illinois Community College Board Student Advisory Committee, which is composed of student trustees from each community college. All the members from different colleges gather in one room and discuss issues that are affecting their schools. He was also recently in New Orleans for an American Student Government

Association conference and will be heading to D.C. in two weeks for another conference as well. Catalan is currently completing his third and final year at CLC. He would like to transfer to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he hopes to earn his Bachelor’s in English and Minor in Spanish. “I want to go to graduate school so that I can be a college English professor, and even come back and teach here,” Catalan said. “I know a lot of great professors here and it’s a good environment. I feel like I can create the same effect, so I see myself working here.” Between school, work and other responsibilities, Catalan is good at time management and staying on top of things. In addition to being vice president, he works as a student ambassador with the New Student Orientation Department, he’s an International Peer Mentor and he works at Banana Republic. Catalan manages all these by splitting his final

14 credit hours into two classes per each semester, so he can balance work with school. “It’s like when you’re house is on fire, but you’re OK with it,” he said. “That’s me.” Catalan graduated from Waukegan High School and lives in Beach Park with his parents and his six-year-old sister. His 24-year-old brother moved out of the house two years ago. He really likes “House of Cards” and horror movies, but his all-time favorite show is “Malcolm in the Middle.” Naturally, as an English major, reading is another favorite of his. He loves looking at metaphors and symbols in books and peeling back all the layers to get a deeper understanding of them. In spite of his love for reading and movies, he keeps his focus on his goals and responsibilities. “I like to think I’m 20 pushing 30,” Catalan said. “I literally just go home, I eat, I watch a lot of Netflix, I do homework and then I just go back to work.”

Climate Week to promote environmental change Courtney Prais Staff Reporter

CLC’s Climate Week will begin Monday and run through Wednesday. There will be guest speakers representing all educational fields and they are anxious to answer your questions and provide information on possible career paths. This is an outreach to the community to show support for the planet and get involved. Those who come will learn about climate change and jobrelated skills. CLC Sustainability Manager David Husemoller and coordinator of Climate Week shared information on the nature of the events happening at CLC. He said last year consisted of one short film and he anticipates the audience will learn about the environment, ethics and career paths over the

course of the week. What Husemoller is looking forward to the most is the broad range of speakers that will be present at Climate Week. They will touch on moral from all religions, since influential figures of many religious affiliations have deemed the climate to be an imperative issue. To those who are unable to attend the events, Husemoller stresses the importance of continuously keeping your eyes open. Some tips were to join the Environmental Club, which meets bi-monthly, strive to “reduce your carbon footprint” and find “opportunities to reduce emissions.” Any small amount of change is enough. CLC’s contribution to this movement is just a fraction of what will be occurring in New York and Paris. Husemoller said New York held “the largest protest event” last year, which

will be illustrated in the movie “Disruption” on Monday. Each of the events will take place on the Grayslake campus in room C005 from 6-8 p.m. The film “Disruption,” kicks off Climate Week, with an in-depth look at the excruciating consequences of environmental imbalance and the political and social movements focused on healing the effects. Guest speakers Christopher Tedd from the Department of Sociology at Lake Forest College and Henry Moss from the Citizens’ Climate Lobby will take the stage, talking to audiences about their experiences from “the largest climate march in history,” the People’s Climate March 2014, as well as discussing what is presently happening in Congress and the U.N. On Tuesday, Illinois State Climatologist James Angel

will discuss how different regions are impacted by climate changes, and Executive Director of Faith in Place Brian Sauder will focus on the ethics behind the environment. He will review the pope’s encyclical from a perspective that takes multiple religions into account, calling attention to how ethics play a role in helping the world around us. Even if you’re not an environmental-enthusiast, job opportunities in reducing carbon emissions are rapidly growing. On Wednesday, Ronal Meissen Ph.D. of Baxter Healthcare, Soma Roy of Siemens, and Dave Wilms of C&E Solutions will discuss how their respective industries offer options into such careers. For more information on Climate Week, contact David Husemoller at 847543-2643 or dhusemoller@

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CLC club encourages success for women of color Aaron Sporer Staff Reporter

Sister 2 Sister is a group at CLC predicated on the purpose of the advancement of women of color, including Black, Latino, Asian and other ethnic groups. In the words of one of the group’s two advisers, Beverly Phelps, it involves “becoming a better woman.” This is done through a few main tenets, such as academic excellence, personal development, service learning, financial affairs and cultural enrichment. Sister 2 Sister was created in 2011, after a response to the success of Men of Vision, an organization devoted to the advancement of men of color. It was the obvious re-

sponse to have a femalefocused variant of the club, and it was created with the help of the Student African American Sisterhood, a national group with similar goals as Sister 2 Sister. The motto of SAAS, according to their website, says “we are sisters on the same journey, empowering one another through social unity, academic excellence, leadership and support…together we are a sisterhood of distinction! Together we can and will continue to rise!” This is definitely keeping with the spirit of CLC’s own Sister 2 Sister. The meetings for Sister 2 Sister are on Mondays from 1-2 p.m. in room B128 on the Grayslake campus. In a standard meeting many, different issues affecting women of color are discussed, including academic issues, financial problems

and social woes. They also partake in certain activities, like picking out what Phelps called a “She-ro,” which is a woman that the members idolize. This can range from the obvious, such as activist Rosa Parks, musician Nina Simone, writers Amy Tan and Sandra Cisernos or microbiologist Dorothy McClendon to the less obvious, such as Zoe Saldana and Beyoncé. This group can help women become leaders, not just of their own destiny, but also of their communities. This, in theory, could enable the next civil rights leader or even political agent. The next great generation of artists could be inspired as well, with the tenet of cultural enrichment helping with that potential future. The most recent event for the club was the fourth an-

nual Beyond the Makeup Student Success Conference, which took place on Sept. 18. At this conference, there were three workshops and a keynote speaker. The first workshop was “Weapons of Mass Distraction,” which involved the use of social media as a tool for both success and minimizing it as a potential hindrance. There was also the “Empower Hour,” which was to help the women feel comfortable with who they are. Next came “Finding the Leader Within,” which was intended to create some helpful introspection. Last on the agenda was “Five Steps to Success.” The keynote speaker was actress and musician Oya Thomas. She was there to discuss, according to the handout,

her fascination for human psychology and the relationship with the body, mind and spirit. Phelps said her favorite part of working with Sister 2 Sister is “helping these young ladies understand the power to become a leader,” which is the ultimate goal of the group.

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Diverse orchestra to perform at the JLC Staff Reporter

The Sphinx Virtuosi Orchestra will be performing at the JLC 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Studio Theatre. “The Chicago Critic” said that the Sphinx Virtuosi support Blacks and Latinos. Prior to Sphinx, it was uncommon to have such diverse orchestras. “We have the nation’s top Black and Latino classical soloists,” according to the Sphinx Virtuosi official website. “We transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts,” according to their website. The orchestra members are each alumni winners of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. Aaron Dworkin, a MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ awardee, founded the organization in 1996 for black and Latino string players in Detroit, Michigan. Dworkin has since appeared in “People Magazine” and was President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts. Over the past eight years, Sphinx Competition winners have toured with Sphinx Virtuosi and the Catalyst Quartet. Gwethalyn Bronner, the Executive Director of the James Lumber Center, encourages students to attend the event. “Their 2015 tour is entitled ‘Inspiring Women,’ featuring works of women composers, along with works inspired by great women,” Bronner said. The previous year, the orchestra performed their rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In response to this performance, critics from “The New York Times” said, “Composer Jessie Montgomery daringly transforms the anthem, folding it into a teeming score that draws upon American folk and protest songs, and anthems from around the world.” “The Chicago Critic” gave high praise for the orchestra. “It was a pleasure to witness the fabulous Sphinx Virtuosi, they are special,” they said. These high opinions are seen echoed through a vast majority of other reviews,

including “The Washington Post” and “San Francisco Classical Voice.” CLC will be one of many stops in the Sphinx Virtuosi’s annual tour, ranging from the Dalton Center Recital Hall in Missouri, to

Carnegie Hall in New York City. According to Bronner, the orchestra previously came to CLC in 2013 for a pretour appearance prior to their opening at Chicago’s

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SNL’s Pharoah brings laughter to CLC Caitlyn Sinclair Managing Editor

Comedian and actor Jay Pharoah performed in the JLC 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Best known for his peppy role on “Saturday Night Live” where he frequently does Oscar-worthy impressions of Barack Obama, Jay-Z and Denzel Washington, Pharoah graciously shared his bright personality with us, and was welcomed with eager applause. The performance was co-sponsored by CLC’s Multicultural Student Center, Program Board and Black Student Alliance. According to Dean of Student Life Teresa Aguinaldo, the performance will support CLC’s goal of bringing nationallyknown entertainers to campus, promoting multiculturalism in the arts and becoming more student-centered. Aguinaldo encourages attending events like these that CLC offers. “They are high-quality programs featuring local, national and international performers in a variety of arts and entertainment genres like music, drama, dance and comedy,” Aguinaldo said. “The JLC is also a beautiful college and community space in which to have these programs.” Opening for Pharoah was B. Cole, a comedian best-known for being on shows such as HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” “Live From L.A.” and BET’s “ComicView” for eight seasons. Cole focuses his humor on his personal life, making jokes reminiscent to his college years, as well as his married life today. “I try to make jokes that are ageless, rather than joking about nationwide issues that will be irrelevant in a week,” Cole said. “I write about my life, and those jokes last forever.” Cole was known as the class clown throughout his school years, and always knew he would go into some sort of comedy. However, he said the

road to success in show business is not always smooth. At one point, Cole was given a shot by Bernie Mac to perform at a Chicago comedy club and “bombed the set.” After three months of quitting stand-up comedy, Cole took another chance. “Bernie said to never give up, because people forget you quick and you need to keep going and stay consistent with your passion,” Cole said. “So I got back on stage, and I did well.” Now successful, he still follows that advice. “Once you get that first joke off, and the audience laughs, you can relax,” Cole said. Cole lit up the stage Saturday and warmed up the wide variety of audience for Pharoah. “Energy is real,” Cole said. “You can have a nice size crowd, but if there is a bad aura, everyone feels it. Tonight was good energy and you could feel it.” The insanely downto-earth comedian had a phenomenal performance. Pharoah brought in many fans, due to his unwavering spirited humor. His act lasted about an hour and a half, and consisted of jokes about current events, today’s music industry and the young adult generation. Not to mention his infamous voice impersonations of celebrities such as Kanye West, Eminem, Eddie Murphy and surprisingly, Nicki Minaj. Pharoah appears to have a gift of not only humor, but also a talent of exquisite voice impersonations. In a July interview for, Pharoah talked about his creative process. “It’s scientific, you really gotta do an equation in your head,” Pharoah said. “If you can envision the person’s face while you’re doing the voice, usually it helps bring the character out more. That’s how I bring them to life.” In fact, his impersonations are what earned him his debut.

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Jay Pharoah, beginning his sixth season on Saturday Night Live, performed at the JLC on Sept. 12.

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B. Cole, Chicago comedian, performed as the opening act for Pharoah at CLC’s Saturday show.

During President Obama’s campaign, a YouTube video of Pharoah’s impersonation went viral. Due to its sudden nationwide popularity, he decided to audition for “SNL.” At age 22, he joined the cast of “SNL” and since then has performed impressions of Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Rodman

and Lil Wayne. The 27 year-old is currently in his sixth season of the show and continues to bring the audience his hysterical five-star entertainment. Dean of Student Life Teresa Aguinaldo said CLC has had many successful performances in the past few years, some of

which include the comedians Jo Koy, Brent Stackhouse, Sonya D, B. Cole, Reginald Ballard, Matt Broussard and Jay Black. As seen from the performances in recent years, CLC is continuously improving the variety and excitement of entertainment at the JLC, adding to the lively student life.



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Travis Scott’s new album comes off as shallow Cynthia Crawford Staff Reporter

If your first studio album features names like Justin Bieber, The Weeknd and Kanye West then you must be doing something right. After two mix tapes, Travis Scott released his new album “Rodeo” on Sept. 4. Scott has sky rocketed to the top of the rap game faster than anyone saw it coming. He released music through “Illroots,” TI heard one of his songs, and through connections, he was able to meet Kanye West. It all seems too good to be true but it happened for the 23-year-old from Texas. Working with someone like Kanye is guaranteed to get you far in the rap game. There’s no doubting that Scott was directly influenced by albums such as “Graduation” by West, and “Man On the Moon” by Kid Cudi.

Including 14 tracks, “Rodeo” has sold 70,000 copies and made it to No. 1 on Billboards rap albums chart. The album starts out with “Pornography.” A single voice tells us all about a boy who won’t conform to authority and who is leading a stampede of lost souls. Scott’s sing-song voice is referring to himself as he comes in along with sporadic beats. It’s an inspiring intro but the rest of the album does not compare. “90210,” featuring Kacy Hill, is an ode to the girls who go to California with big dreams and find themselves at rock bottom. What makes it stand out is Hill’s angelic voice and the tone that’s a bit more on the contemporary side. “Antidote” was released as a promotional single and became the most popular track from the album. “Don’t you open that window,” he sings. “Don’t

you let out that antidote. Poppin’ pills is all we all know.” You can tell why Scott is popular with the younger crowd. He is all about enjoying his time anyway he wants to. With deep beats and changing tempos it is a crowd favorite. “Apple Pie” is the last track on the album and the most meaningful. “I don’t want your apple pie, mami. I don’t want your apple pie no more. I need my own pepper pepper please. Pepper pepper seeds, I need my own remedy.” It sounds like Scott is trying to break away from the comforts of his mom and is ready to find his own way to live life. It’s one of the few songs that actually has a deeper meaning. Most songs on the album are lively, but lack a deeper meaning. His sound has taken him to the top of the charts, not his lyrics. His aesthetic beats and auto tuned choruses bring

us back to the early days of Kanye West and Kid Cudi. This is why he’s been successful so quickly. He’s bringing back a sound in the rap world that

was much loved but quickly forgotten. If he’s able to keep this sound we’ve missed so much, it may take him far.

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Artist Travis Scott’s album, “Rodeo,” released Sept. 4.

Songwriter Clark deserves more attention than given Juan Toledo Staff Reporter

On Sept. 11, nearly three years since the release of “Blak and Blu,” 31year-old Gary Clark Jr. returned with his sophomoric

studio album under the Warner Bros. label, “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.” Moreover, unlike his previous works, Clark conveys his deep love for the world and music through

his lyrical sympathies, smooth vocals and familiar sound. During a series of promotional videos, Clark discussed is inspiration for this album. “Whatever makes noise,

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Gary Clark Jr. released his new album, “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim,” on Sept. 11.

I listen to it and suck it up like a sponge and it comes back,” Clark said. And it certainly does come back. The record itself falls under the Blues/R&B genre, but despite this fact, “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim” stands out in its own unique way because every song seemingly samples sounds from legendary and modern musicians including Rage Against the Machine with an electric guitar strategically used to add a funk rhythm, Bob Dylan with harmonies and a strong message to the listener and The Black Keys’ steady pace and fluid song structure. This creativity files songs throughout an array of genres and Clark cleverly references this in the song “Stay,” where the Texas-born artist sings, “I’ve never been the type of guyto play by the rules.” In Clark’s promotional videos, he acknowledged the social, economic and

cultural issues that transpire daily around the globe, yet he ignores these problems and focuses on using song to enlighten individuals with “faith and hope,” providing someone with an escape from the hardships occurring around the world through his lively music. Clark does not shy away from letting the listener know that he understands and is touched by these problems with lyrics such as “this music is my healing... when this world upsets me, this music sets me free,” from the album’s first single “The Healing.” Although it has yet to chart the Billboard’s Top 200, Gary Clark Jr. certainly is a hidden gem, and an amazingly gifted singer and songwriter. Regardless of the album’s success, we can be assured that we will continue to hear from the Grammy Awardwinning artist as he is currently on tour. Clark’s next nearby performance will be at Chicago’s Riviera Theater April 1, 2016.



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College students juggle more than classes Adam Fritzshall Staff Reporter

It’s 1 a.m. and all you can do is try not to awaken your whole family with the sound of you screaming into your pillow. You have a paper due for history, an exam in biology, a speech to give during communications, a meeting for student government and have to be on time for work, all within the next 24 hours. You can choose to stay awake and accomplish what you need, or head to bed, considering you must leave for school within the next six hours. Then, you think: “is doing all of this really worth it?” To this question, my answer would be a resounding “Yes!” You may need to reevaluate your priori-

ties, but you are more than capable. It is worth it. We all know that it is important to take part in activities outside of solely going to school. “Many colleges look at being active throughout the community on top of ones’ grades” and “being a part of something will help one make friends in life” are simply two phrases that I had consistently heard during my high school career. Though it is hard to argue with such statements, it is difficult to balance the stresses of pursuing an education, while focusing on activities outside of school. However, it is crucial to find the balance between such things. First off, one must remember that education comes before anything else. If you are going to school and

failing a majority of classes, it may be best to focus on being a student. On the other hand, if you understand your classes and learning abilities, you have already completed step one. The next phase to being involved is to find out not only what you desire to be involved with, but what will aid you in the future. For example, if a student is preparing to enter the field of politics, they may want to consider partaking in student government. Such a decision will allow future employers to see the assets that the individual took initiative to acquire throughout school. To illustrate this thought, one can look at the early life of President Barack Obama. Before the leader

of this nation set foot into any government position, he was a member of the Black Students Organization at Columbia College. Joining such an activity allowed Obama to experience making decisions comparable to those that he would have to make in his future career, an opportunity that we all should take advantage of. Afterwards, one must plan on how to make their extracurricular schedule revolve around their courses. Talk with those in charge of your extracurricular interests. Most likely they will be more than happy to accommodate your needs. Remember: School always comes first. Finally, you must put it all together. One must reflect on themselves during this process.

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Think about how much sleep you need, how much homework you tend to have, the types of obligations you have to your family, friends, etc. Once you complete this, then you can settle on a schedule that works best for you. Try it out and evaluate if this is what you enjoy. Melding school with outside activities is a process that solely runs on an individual basis. No one technique can work for two different people. Once one has decided on an activity that will benefit themselves, and has conquered the fabrication of a reasonable schedule, the impact is truly satisfying. Though it is exciting to be a part of something new, never lose sight of the most important prospect: Yourself.



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Decrease in classroom increases adjustment headache Miles Hoehne Copy Editor

Classrooms at CLC will soon be decreasing due to the construction at the Grayslake campus. This semester, nine classrooms have already been eliminated. These classrooms were eliminated in order to decrease the amount of students on campus at certain times of day in order to reduce “blockage.” While reducing the amount of classrooms available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a good way to lessen the crowded hallways during the constructing, it also impacts who can take classes during this time slot. If a student has obligations such as work or family and is not able to attend

class at any other time than where the college has reduced three percent of classrooms, then there may be students who now may not be able to obtain an education. To make up for classes not being utilized at the Grayslake campus, CLC is using classrooms that were originally meant for science or art for other programs. CLC’s Southlake and Lakeshore campuses will also be used more. If more classes were to be used on the other campuses, then students will start to face scheduling issues. If one class is offered on another campus and not on the main campus, will the student be expected to commute back and forth between the two? How will students schedule their classes around the

construction? The college is currently experiencing yet another decline in enrollment, a total of 13 percent since fall 2012. With the decrease in classrooms, especially with the time constriction, CLC could see fewer students in its halls than usual. Fewer classrooms also mean more students in packed in a room. While more students in a class can have a positive affect like certain class not filling up and being canceled, it also can have a negative. The more students in a class equates to more students vying for one professors attention. I’ve sat in many classes where a professor has said they have not been able to grade work due to the

amount of students they currently have. If a professor could not meet the demand of students in previous years, then how will they be expected to take on more students? “To ensure the best experience for students, course offerings are being analyzed to ensure that fewer classes are canceled in the future,” Provost Richard Haney said in a Sept. 16 email. “The schedule we publish is the best reflection of courses students need, in locations they need them, and in a format that allows us to maximize our space available.” More hybrid classes have also been introduced. But how helpful will these classes be for students, besides the reason to move students off campus during the Mas

ter Plan? Many students have different ways of learning; some need the studentprofessor interaction and lecture in order to learn efficiently. While there is one class meeting a week, it may not be enough if a student is struggling to grasp the subject. Fewer classrooms are an annoyance to all, from students to professors. While the college has made efforts to compensate the lack of classrooms and crowding in the puzzle of a school, they are still looking at more space for classes. “We are still evaluating several options for converting vacated space on the Grayslake campus into classrooms,” Haney said.



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Fans eager to see Bears’ performance this season

Sean Geary Staff Reporter

Heading into the 2014 NFL season, the Chicago Bears were thought to be a team that could compete for a NFC North title and perhaps make a deep run into the playoffs. Experts and fans alike believed the team possessed one of the most potent offenses in the league and could manage with a below average defense. However, last season was a disappointing year for the Bears as they finished the year 5-11 and finished dead last in the division. The offense wasn’t nearly explosive enough and the defense was one of the worst in the league. The Bears begin this season with far lower expectations and a lot of new faces. Gone are former general manager Phil Emery, head coach Marc Trestman and most of the other coaching staff. In comes new general manager Ryan Pace and new head coach Jon Fox who previously coached for the Denver Broncos. Fox has 13 years of headcoaching experience and has taken two different teams to the Super Bowl. Fox was hired because of his reputation to control locker rooms, and he has two of the league’s best coordinators joining him in Chicago. Fox brought Adam Gase, his ex-offensive coordinator from Denver, to orchestra Chicago’s offense this season. During his time in Denver, the Broncos had one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. However, Gase was provided with one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, Peyton Manning. It is still unseen if his offense can be successful with an average quarterback under center. On the other side of the ball, the Bears hired Vic Fangio to be the defensive coordinator. Fangio spent the past four years as the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, which boasted one of the best team defensives each season.

Fangio runs a 3-4 defense which is a change from the past seasons where the Bears have used a 4-3 scheme. Chicago’s defense is still a project, but the unit should show more improvement in 2015 under Fangio. Frankly, the defense cannot look much worse, which ranked 30 in total defense last year. The Bears didn’t just make coaching changes during the offseason, as they parted ways with veteran players. They traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets. They also released aging defensive players like Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings. The team added some players to the team in free agency like outside linebacker Pernell McPhee from Baltimore and veteran safety Antrel Rolle from the New York Giants. They also tried signing former 49er Ray McDonald, who was ultimately released from the team after being arrested on charges for domestic violence and child endangerment. The team spent their first pick in the NFL draft on West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White, who was pegged to replace Marshall this season. Unfortunately, he is in danger of missing the entire season with a stress fracture in his leg.

The other Bears wide receivers were beaten up most of the preseason. A calf injury forced Alshon Jeffery to miss the entire preseason. Veteran slot receiver Eddie Royal dealt with a hip injury and Marquess Wilson nurtured a hamstring strain. With so many injuries to wide outs during the preseason, the Bears will have to run most of their offense through running back Matt Forte. Look for him to be the work horse for the offense this season as quarterback Jay Cutler failed to receive valuable preseason reps with his wide receivers. And most would agree that Cutler desperately needed the practice, given the performance he had last year. The defense should be better than last year’s, especially as the younger players get more experience and adjust to the NFL game. However, expect the defense to struggle at times as the unit goes through growing pains. The Bears have added a lot of talented coaches to their staff this offseason, but it ultimately will be up to the players to perform when they are on the field. This season should be nothing more than a rebuilding year for the Bears and no one should expect this team to make the playoffs. However, anything can happen.

Miles Hoehne • The Chronicle

Lancers tennis partners played Waubonsee Tuesday.

TENNIS Continued from page 12

During the Lancer’s meet against Waubonsee, one player and doubles team stood out from the rest. “Brenda Zador is off to a great start, she has won both of her singles matches,” Love said. “Tuesday’s meet, Zador and Sarah Adornetto had an exciting third set match. They won in a tie-breaker 10-2, so that was a big comeback after losing the

first set.” The team will move ahead and practice as the season progresses and learn from past matches. “We’re continuing to work hard, the weather has been good, so we’re trying to work as hard as we can in practices,” Love said. “We’re learning as much as we can from our tennis matches and be ready to play our future matches.”

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Lancers play tough match against Oakton Louie Turcios Staff Reporter

In an intense physical matchup, CLC men’s soccer team lost against Oakton Community College, 0-3, Sept. 10 in Grayslake. This game was characterized by a contest of physical contact. The Lancers’ (1-2-1), (0-2) two best scoring opportunities came before the close of the first half, with one being deflected by the Raiders’ goalie and hitting the post, and the other sailing a tad wide. The defensive side of CLC proved its resilience by keeping the game 0-0 through the first half, thanks to Lancers’ goalie Luis Perez’s epic save from a close shave which kept the scoreboard a clean slate. The physical contact proved to be the bane of the Lancers. Despite their communication, the Raiders (4-1), (2-0) were able to

subdue the Lancers’ passing and ultimately shut out their offensive game. Lancer’s Assistant Coach Brian Meaney commented on the result of the game. “Performance was very good,” Meaney said. “The results didn’t go our way. I don’t think we got the results our performance deserved.” Not with standing their performance, the Lancers were unable to answer the goals made by the Raiders. Meaney also attributed the loss to the Raiders’ counterattack and the Lancers’ inability to seize opportunities. “We got hit with two goals in the counterattack and failed to take advantage of our own chances in the first half,” Meaney said. The Raiders maintained nearly constant control of the ball and this made it difficult for CLC to initiate a comeback of their own with their offensive game. When the second half came, the Lancers’ efforts

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CLC men’s soccer team fought hard, but lost to Oakton Community College Sept. 10. on the defensive side of the ball were shut down by the Raiders’ counterattack. The Raiders were able to put up the first goal of the game 9 minutes into the second half. However, this single goal was much more significant, as the Raiders were able to propel their momentum off of this score, and put up another two goals before it came to a close. Lacking any response to these goals, the Raiders were

able to close out this game with ease. Even when CLC set up their offensive attack, the Raiders’ defense and goalie delivered aggressive gameplay. In turn, they reinforced the defensive side of the ball. The Raiders were able to capitalize intercepted passes, and ultimately fending off every offensive opportunity the Lancers had. Despite this loss, Meaney

maintained an optimistic outlook. “We’re looking forward to the next game on Tuesday versus Prairie State,” Meaney said. “This game is history.” With 18 games this season, the Lancers’ will still fight for redemption from this loss. Behind the results of the scoreboard, CLC still showed signs of being a competitive team in the Skyway Conference.

Lancers lose, gain experience for season Miles Hoehne Copy Editor

The CLC women’s tennis team lost 7-2 to Waubonsee Community College Tuesday. The two winners of the meet were singles player Brenda Zador 6-2 6-2 and doubles team Brenda Zador and Sarah Adornetto, 3-6 6-4 1-0 (10-2). The Lancer’s also lost Sept. 13 to Illinois Valley 7-2, with wins from Brenda Zador and doubles team Mary Tsakadze and Erin Boudreau. “Our first two meets have been against very experienced teams, both of the

teams we played have been undefeated, so we’re gaining experience fast,” CLC women’s tennis coach Jim Love said. “We’ll hopefully find out as we go through the season how tough we are and how tough everyone else is.” Love also said the team is looking forward to their season and to have a returning player. “We’re excited to start the 2015 season,” Love said. “We’re pleased to have Mary Tsakadze back as a sophomore who is the runner-up in the regional at number one singles last fall.” With only one returning player, the team has the rest

of the season to learn and grow after their loss. “So far, we’re still learning,” Love said. “Other than Mary, everyone else is a newcomer, so we’re gaining experience quickly. We learned a lot, the teams we played are good teams. “We’ll continue to get stronger match after match.” One challenge the team is facing with new players is getting used to playing both singles and doubles in college. “The majority of players out of high school have either played singles or doubles, but few have played both,” Love said.

“A lot of our players are learning to play singles or doubles, which they maybe did not participate in as much as high school students.” Players who come to a community college may not have played singles and doubles, but also may not have played the sport for very long. “It’s always tricky to tell because at a community college, so many players have only played for a year or two,” Love said. “We’re optimistic, we’re hoping to be extremely competitive.” TENNIS

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Lancers lose 7-2 Tuesday.

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