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Finger and Stanton elected to the Board of Trustees Diana Panuncial Managing Editor

Candidates Catherine M. Finger and Matthew Stanton have been elected to the College of Lake County’s Board of Trustees. Unofficial election results were released on April 5 after the election on April 4. Finger placed first with 14,174 votes, while Stanton had 13,934. In the upcoming school year, the Board will continue to face challenges such as the Illinois state budget crisis affecting the College’s budget. However, one of their newer, more daunting tasks includes selecting the new president of CLC after current President Jerry Weber leaves for Bellevue ,College in Washington. Although Finger has not yet been officially seated on the Board, she knows the importance of choosing a strong president for an equally strong college. “I believe finding the next president of CLC is the most important work the Board will be engaged in when I begin serving on the Board,” Finger said. “I imagine [the Board] will work with a selection firm and begin by identifying the current needs of the CLC community as they de-

velop a profile of traits and characteristics desired in the next president.” Stanton says that the future president should also concentrate on outsourcing. “I will support applicants willing to participate in active two-way communication and who understand appropriate and fair bidding processes,” Stanton said. “We need to focus on the total cost of jobs along with transparency by making expense reports, including receipts, available to the public. Taxpayers have a right to know where their money is going.” As for the state budget crisis, Finger believes that the college must remain resourceful. “I look forward to working with state legislators on restoring adequate funding and exploring additional revenue sources,” she said. “Until additional funding is procured, CLC will have to remain vigilant and creative in both program review and cost-containment.” “The Board has prepared a budget that meets the needs of the CLC community while maintaining financial integrity in the midst of declining revenue sources,” Finger said. In the year 2017, CLC cut

Matthew Stanton, of Gurnee, has also been elected to the Board of Trustees. Photo by Chicago Tribune

Catherine M. Finger, of Grayslake, has been elected to the Board of Trustees. Photo courtesy of Grayslake High School Dist 127

back 20 academic/development positions that save the college $1.3 million, but the Board has plans to move forward, according to Stanton. “The budget focuses on student success, retention, and completion including launching an employer partnership program, implementing new college readiness curriculums in high schools, and other plans for student development,” Stanton said. “With current funding shortfalls, we need to ensure CLC’s tuition remains affordable and education accessible. This college should reflect the interests and needs of our students and communities.” Finger, currently superintendent of Grayslake High School District 127, seeks to strengthen the relationship between high sch ools and the College to promote student success. “I have a deep respect for the work and mission of the College of Lake County,” Finger said. “In my current role [as superintendent], I have part-

nered with CLC colleagues in creating opportunities and expanding options for students of both organizations. I would like to continue this work in my new role as a trustee.” Finger hopes to develop a program that allows eligible and interested high school students to complete an associate’s degree by the time they graduate. This would give students a head start on higher education and help them achieve their full potential. “Several other states have already created this option for students and I would like to bring that option to our students here in Lake County, and the state of Illinois,” Finger said. Stanton emphasizes that one of the college’s biggest strengths is its diversity of all kinds, with many students being at various ages and positions of learning. “Continued emphasis should be placed on closing achievement gaps and improving the completion rates of minorities,” Stanton said.

“Consideration should also be dedicated to expanding initiatives for specific populations including veterans, low-income students, ELL students, students with special needs, returning adults, and single parents.” Stanton is a lawyer who believes that his skills will help the board continue to be fair-minded and open to new ideas. “I have studied law and teach at a law school, where I have authored constitutional law courses that examine social policy and political initiatives,” he said. “Working directly with students has taught me how to address even controversial subjects without falling into the ideological divides that can block honest discourse and stop progress.” Two seats on the Board were vacant because CLC trustees Lynda Paul and Jeanne Goshgarian did not seek re-election for the next school year.


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Wellness club hosts sustainability seminar CLC hosting GED Demi Richter Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County’s Wellness Club hosted a seminar called “Dive Into the Dimensions of Wellness: Sustainability” on April 6. Each month, the Wellness Club promotes one of the “dimensions of wellness.” For the month of April, the focus is on sustainability. Sustainability is the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. With Earth Day just around the corner, students and faculty were encouraged to learn more about how to properly care for our planet. Club President Marvin Burress encourages everyone to understand how important sustainability is to not just for the earth’s well being, but for our own personal well-being as well. “Wellness is about so much more than just the physical,” Burress said. “We need to think in terms of universal wellness. We need to make good choices, maintain healthy

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social relationships and do our part to take care of our environment.” One method discussed at the seminar was how to properly recycle. Each type of recyclable material has a corresponding code number that is used to identify the materials the item is made from. These numbers are found inside the triangle-shaped recycling logo found on all recyclable materials. The seminar asked attendees to take, good look at each item before tossing it in the trash, and check the code to find out how to properly recycle that item. Plastic materials especially need to be checked before being tossed away to avoid plastic waste and potential health risks from leaching chemicals. By making sure an item is properly recycled, the population can save tons of trash from accumulating in landfills, and keep toxic materials out of the environment. According to the Wellness Club, the key

to sustainable living is to protect natural resources and the Earth from further pollution. “Currently, the Wellness Club aims to partner with local environmental groups to create a sustainable nature trail on campus,” Burress said. “This would allow students, faculty, and community members to enjoy nature in a safe and environmentally-friendly way.” Being able to sustain a healthy lifestyle throughout our life cycle is crucial to our minds, bodies, and spirits. When we have a healthy mind, body and environment, we lead happier, more productive lives that enable us to fully enjoy all of life’s pleasures. It is hard to enjoy our wonderful world if we are not taking care of it or ourselves. The Wellness Club meets every first Thursday of the month for anyone who has an interest in promoting health and wellness among community members, students, and faculty.

graduation ceremony Robert Biegalski News Editor

The College of Lake County GED graduation ceremony will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14 at the Physical Education Center on the Grayslake Campus. The ceremony will honor Lake County residents who have completed their high school equivalency exams. “We are excited to bring back the GED ceremony, which was not held in 2015 and 2016 because there were not enough GED graduates,” said Dr. Arlene Santos-George, dean of the Adult Basic Education, GED and ESL division. “Fewer students took the tests after major changes were made in 2014 to the GED test structure, content and delivery method. Now the test must be taken on a computer. Although the number of GED completers is still lower than pre-2014 years, we hope the event will be well attended and anticipated by the GED graduates from 2014 to 2017. It is a significant milestone in their lives.”

The ceremony is organized by CLC’s Adult Basic Education, GED and ESL division with the Lake County Regional Office of Education. There is no cost for qualified graduates to participate. Caps and gowns are provided. During the ceremony, students selected for the Distinguished GED Scholarship and the Libertyville Woman’s Club Scholarship will receive their awards. These scholarships allow GED graduates to pursue a degree or certificate in a career program that leads to jobs with life-sustaining wages. Armando Navarro, Round Lake, obtained his GED in 2009. “Participating in the GED graduation ceremony was one of the proudest moments of my life,” Navarro said. “It was a significant accomplishment to share with my mother, who encouraged me to attend CLC after the graduation.”

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Students divided on U.S. missile strikes against Syria Kimberly Jimenez A&E Editor

Opinions were split among CLC students as to whether they believed President Donald Trump made the right decision by responding to a chemical weapons attack in Syria with U.S. missle strikes. On Thursday, April 6, in response to a chemical attack among its civilians just two days earlier, Trump quickly responded by firing 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Syrian airbase in which the chemical attacks were launched. Eleven students were asked for their opinions at the Grayslake Campus on April 10. Five of the eleven students said they strongly disagreed with Trump’s actions, three said they agreed, and two said

they were unsure. Joey Galea, CLC student from Antioch, was one of the eleven students who said he strongly disagreed with the president’s actions. “One of the biggest concerns with him becoming president was how light his trigger-finger would be,” Galea said. “His inflammatory reactions to things that just aren’t a big deal kind of foreboded him doing that.” The U.S. airstrike at the Syrian airbase was a measure taken to “prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” according to a CNN report. This decision also marks the first U.S. attack against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during their six-year long civil war.

“It’s very characteristic of him,” Galea said. “To make a quick, uninformed decision like that.” CLC student from Lake Villa, Sehar Shaikh, said she also disagreed with the U.S. airstrike in Syria. “The answer to violence is definitely not more violence.” Shaikh said. “Obviously, action should be taken, but not airstrikes.” Patrick Sarna, CLC student from Evanston, said he was unsure of whether Trump’s actions were the right move, but that he understands his reasoning for doing it. “It’s been leading up to this,” Sarna said. “We’ve been in a heat with Syria and the Middle East before he was even president. No matter what you do there’s going to be conflict. He mostly did it as a

warning. It seems that whichever country does the most aggressive thing the quickest turns out winning. I don’t know if he did the right thing or not, but we’ll see what happens.” Edgar Flores, CLC student from Waukegan and U.S. navy veteran, was confident in his stance that the U.S. airstrikes were the right decision given the circumstances. “The strikes they did were justifiable,” Flores said. “Everyone is thinking bad of the U.S. for the strikes that we did, but I think it’s fair. You play fire with fire.” Flores added that Trump’s quickness to respond militarily did not worry him. “Take for instance, Obama. Countries would test us and Obama would never respond. He would rather sit down and talk.

That got us in a deeper hole. The president is the commander in chief of all armed forces. So, when it comes to something like that [in Syria], they’re supposed to react the way Trump did – on the spot. You can’t wait until you get approval from everybody else, because that just gives the enemy time to prepare for whatever comes next.” Additionally, students were asked whether they believed this action might create a threat for the U.S. in the coming days. The majority agreed that they believe it will. “It sets the tone for the rest of his presidency,” Galea said. “What other things is he going to make those short-term decisions on that will affect us in the long run?”

Trump’s decision on shifting funds concerns local artists Angelina Longo Staff Reporter

Four students and one professor from the College of Lake County said they disagree with Donald Trump’s proposed budget plan that will eliminate funding for domestic programs such as arts, humanities, and public media. Trump’s plan will mainly affect local arts, such as local radio/television stations, and local art groups that rely on funding to keep their projects alive. The money that is being taken away from the arts is being put towards military spending with a $54 billion increase. “If you take away the art, you’ll take away the education next and after that, you’ll take away human rights,” said student Emily Drummond from Libertyville. “We have so much tax money that can go towards it and there’s no reason to give it to the military contractors when it can go to the arts.” Drummond was among three other students and one teacher that were asked about Trump’s budget plan on April 6 on the Grayslake campus. Michael Flack, who is chair of the music

department, said that funding for the arts is already extremely low, and to cut the funding of something that is already underfunded will make it practically disappear. “Funding for programs like the arts and humanities is sort of a yardstick by which we measure a civilization,” Flack said. “We should have a broader understanding of the world,” said student James Gutierrez from Hawthorn Woods. “If you travel to China, it would be an entirely new world and we would only learn it through humanities. It would be good to know that we have a broader idea of people’s culture.” Richard Skyler Oglesby, a student from Grayslake, said the arts create variety of jobs in the work force, and it gives people more options to choose from. “Art is important,” he said. “It makes people individuals. Otherwise what would people be doing? They would be doing math, science, English.” Trump’s proposed budget plan would take this money from the arts and use it to increase the military spending. He plans to increase the military spending by $54 billion,

and cut other programs as a result. Sarah Hoffman, a student from Chesapeake Virginia said that she has looked into the budget increase for war, and decrease for the arts. “It’s important that we continue funding for [art] programs,” she said. “Especially because education about art is important. How do you put more funding for things like war?” Flack said eliminating funding for the arts will also eliminate outlets for artists to perform, and limiting the resources these artists have. “If they eliminate the funding for those programs you’re basically trampling on the creativity which has been the hallmark of the United States for years,” Flack said. “You’re not only affecting the training of new writers, poets, musicians, artists, dancers, actors, you’re also eliminating the possibilities for public performance of any work that might be produced from these creative types. You’re going to be affecting an audience for these kinds of things and you’re going to be effectively ‘dumbing’ down the population when it comes to the arts.”

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Earth Week teaches green living and sustainability Shea Walters Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County is going green during Earth Week between April 13-22. On Tuesday, April 18, at the Southlake Campus, students can get something for free at the Grab a Green Giveaway. They can also check out “Green Roofs: Form and Function” to learn more about green energy. Also on Tuesday at the Grayslake Campus in the A-Wing auditorium, Kelly Cartwright is holding a presentation on eco-friendly gardening from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. Cartwright will discuss the benefits of having native plants in your yard or garden in order to become a part of the local ecosystem.

On Wednesday, April 19, the day starts off with a discussion in B257 from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. by David Husemoller, along with Sandra Emmerling, president of the CLC Environmental Club, about the college’s waste-reduction efforts, as well as how you can compost at home. Then, from 1:00-2:00 P.M., students from the Environmental Club will have a booth in the Student Commons to explain threats to local water supplies and how to prevent them. After that, from 2:00-3:00 P.M. in H110, Edward Popelka, a CLC staff member and beekeeper, will host “All About Bees.” Popelka will be speaking about the importance of bees as pollinators and the threats they face today,

as well as giving a tour of CLC’s apiary (bee colony). The Center for International Education will also be celebrating Earth Week by having a work day. They will be planting and gathering vegetables from 4-6pm in the CLC garden. The Water Warriors event will close out the day from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. in the A-wing auditorium. There are many exciting things planned for Thursday, April 20. The day will start with the chance for students to test drive a Nissan Leaf, which is an electric car, from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. in Parking Lot 7. Then in the afternoon, the Lake County Green Conference will be held from 1:00 P.M. to 4:45 P.M. in the A-wing auditorium, RSVPs are recom-

mended. There will be speeches from students of all ages about their experience with sustainability. There will also be a Farmer’s Market from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. in the Student Commons where students can purchase some fresh greens and learn more information about where to find locally produced goods. Then to finish the day, join CLC’s Environmental Club, First Generation Club, and Latino Alliance for Karaoke Sing for Sustainability from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. in the Multi-Purpose Room (C106). Students can sing karaoke with friends while also raising awareness about environmental issues. On Friday, students can

help plant trees in the CLC arboretum outside the Horticulture building 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., and learn about the 300+ species of trees that CLC has and how they maintain them. Then, at 1:00 P.M. outside the Physical Education Center, CLC’s Social Action Club and the CLC Alumni Association is hosting a 5K Run for the Earth, which raises money for a charity of your choice. The cost is $5 for CLC students with ID and $15 for all others. There are many events and activities going on all week, with students and faculty coming together to celebrate our Earth. Join in the fun to gain information and raise awareness about the issues surrounding our environment.

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Adult education success fair encourages higher learning A&E Editor

The College of Lake County’s Adult Education Success Fair was held at the Lakeshore Campus on April 4. The event was sponsored by the Adult Basic Education, GED, and ESL Division at CLC. The purpose of this event was to help CLC students who are enrolled in Adult Basic Education, GED, or ESL courses explore various career options and employment resources. The event also served as a pathway to help Adult Education students set their academic goals through

the appropriate resources, advice, and transition programs. There were 135 Adult Education students at the fair. At the event, students had the opportunity to meet with faculty from different CLC programs and attend information sessions on how to gain career certificates. Staff from advising, counseling, and the Career and Job Placement Center were there to assist students. Two new additions to the fair, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and the University Center of Lake County, presented information on the financial aid process and how students can continue their educa-

tion and obtain a bachelor’s degree. Information on finding jobs, paying for college, and transfer programs were presented at the event. Miguel Mireles, Student Success Manager at the Adult Education Division, said that he wants students to continue to seek further education, even after they’ve completed their Adult Education courses. “What’s really important for our students,” Mireles said, “is that they don’t just stop [their education]. We want for them to continue going on to college.” Mireles’ primary responsibility as Student Success Manager is to facilitate, encourage, and coordinate the transition for students from Adult Education to college-level courses. The success team in the division proactively reaches out to students to help them through whatever

resources they need. “We just try to help our students as much as possible,” Mireles said. “A lot of times, students feel overwhelmed of the college process and where to start. I’d like for all of them to know that we’re here to help. If you need to get your GED or take ESL classes, don’t be afraid. We are here to help.” Mireles also mentioned the Integrated Education and Training Program being developed at CLC. This program consists of Adult Basic Education Bridge classes and Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) classes. The Bridge classes are designed to bridge the gap between a student’s initial skills and the skills required to succeed in a certain career and postsecondary education. Bridge classes are

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Willow Review showcases literary merit around the world Jenn Arias Features Editor

The College of Lake County will host a reading and reception for its professional literary magazine, “Willow Review” on April 20 at 7:00 P.M. in A013. The reception will feature refreshments and selections of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and short stories from writers all around the country. This exciting event works to get writers exposure and celebrate the creativity of writing. However, Michael Latza, English instructor and editor for the “Willow Review” since 2004, explains that it was a year-long journey from submission to publication. “The manuscripts come in to me and I hand then to our first reader,” Latza said. “Anything she thinks has literary merit, she sends to me for a second reading. “We get approximately 3,500 manuscripts per reading season, which is September 1 to May 1 and we accept about 2.5 to 3% of those. They come from all over the place, sometimes foreign countries, all over the United States.” From then, Latza reviews all manuscripts, even the initially rejected works

to make sure they are publishing a magazine with the best possible stories. The stories are bounced around between associate editors for several edits by people who are more specialized in the genre. These sticky-noted manuscripts are returned to Latza who makes the final decision on if it is worthy of publication. The editors’ opinion or preference of the story holds no sway over Latza’s final decision. They continue to pass it along to second and third readers for thoroughness of editing. After finishing proofreading, the magazine is sent to PR for formatting purposes and is sent to the printer, hard copies arriving the week before the reading. Copies can be found and purchased at the reading and in the CLC bookstore. As far as criteria for submissions, Latza explains that they know good work when they see it and can recognize the moment they stumble across a piece they need to include in the magazine. “We don’t restrict anything,” Latza said. “It just has to be as good as it can be, that’s all. It has to have some degree of excellence in it. “We’re looking for visually stimulating work,

we’re looking for work that jumps off the page. Fiction, where things happen, and non-fiction to tell an interesting story.” While CLC’s other literary magazine is a completely student-run, edited, written, and produced magazine including student essays and artwork, the “Willow Review” features very few student pieces. “It’s a very standard national, international creative writing magazine,” Latza explained. “I like the idea of getting new work to the public. It’s very exciting.” At the reading itself, a brief introduction to the magazine and a description of past works and publications begins the night. Local writers, including featured Illinois author Scott Eagan, will read one of their longer pieces. 22 of the published authors were selected for $100 cash prizes. At the end of these readings, a question and answer segment affords the audience the opportunity to examine these works on a closer level, delving into the creative process and perhaps learning more about their own writing. A general turnout includes 60 to 100 people, including teachers who bring their classes to witness

the reading. “It’s nice for the class because they are exposed to a professional level of reading and literture, and they can aspire to it,” Latza said. “It’s a very close and personal environment so they can ask questions and get the answers on their writing questions.” Latza also stresses the importance of hearing a work read out loud by the author themselves. It provides an accurate picture of what exactly was trying to be accomplished and how the writer shaped their work into such a calculated mold. “The author can help to bring the work to life,” he said. “Often the author has a closer, more intimate idea of what the nuances are within the piece. Plus, it’s more of an organic whole to have somebody read the piece that they’ve created themselves.” Students personally are encouraged to attend the event as a way to expose them to recent literature. Latza explains that when most students are exposed to literature, it’s from authors who have long since been deceased. It’s more difficult to discover and embrace the

literary technicalities and styles when the author can clear up confusion and explain why they wrote a specific phrase or word. “This is the beginning of the process, this is the opening. These are pieces that have been vetted by the editorial staff and decided that they have merit. They’re brand new and exciting, and you get to pass judgement,” Latza said. As far as aspiring writers dreaming of getting the exposure and feeling of accomplishment that comes along with being published in a magazine such as the “Willow Review,” Latza encourages them to just keep writing and revising. “Bring your stuff into a circle of people who you can trust to give you some honest feedback,” Latza said. “Whether it’s taking a creative writing class or being part of a writers group, getting your work out there, getting exposure for your work is very important. “Go to open-mics, open-readings, there’s several in the area. It helps to desensitize you to the idea that critical reception is a problem. It really helps you to learn and grow.”

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CLC’s Chronicle wins 20 awards in state competition Cydney Salvador, former editor of The Chronicle, was named editorial writer of the year for a second time, and the College of Lake County student newspaper recently won 20 awards, with four first places, in statewide competition among community college newspapers. The awards were presented April 7 at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association’s spring conference in Godfrey, Illinois. The annual contest put The Chronicle in competition with Division I student publications produced at the state’s biggest community colleges. Professional journalists judged the entries. Salvador’s selection represents an award given to one journalist from among all the student newspapers in Illinois, and it marks her as the best opinion writer in the state for 2015 and 2016. The award is based on the opinion writer’s body of work. The judges looked at Salvador’s 2016 work in an entry comprised of her Feb. 29 “Evaluations matter and should be mandatory,” April 4 “Lack of funding forces CLC layoffs,” and May 2 “CLC’s unspoken rule creates culture of fear” editorials. “Many editorials identify problems,” the judge said, “but what sets these editorials apart is that they not only are clearly of importance to students but suggest changes and solutions. The editorials also are well-written. Nice work.” Managing editor Diana Panuncial also won an individual first place award in opinion writing for her Oct. 17 “Community college offers benefits a four-year doesn’t” news column. The judge said her article “makes good points and is well-reasoned.” Panuncial also won another first place for her Oct. 17 “CLC battles to maintain funds with state budget” news story, which the judge said did a “nice job covering an important issue for Illinois schools.” “You have a nice news

writing style, and I like that you spoke with students for their perspective,” the judge added. Panuncial’s Oct. 17 article was part of a five-story package that earned The Chronicle another first place, this one for news story of the year. It marked the second straight year the publication won this recognition. The 2016 news story of the year is for the publication’s “Rising Tuition, Dropping Enrollment and Stagnated Budget” coverage, which has encompassed news articles opinion pieces, graphics and cartoons. Besides Panuncial’s piece, the news articles entered for the judge’s consideration were Madison Sepanik’s March 14 “State budget crisis forces CLC to increase tuition” and current editor Rachel Schultz’s April 18 “Dean of enrollment addresses decline” as well as two articles by Felicia Rivas. They were her Sept. 19 “Construction creates classroom shortage, shuffle” and her Nov. 14 “Construction impacts CLC community.” “This total package by the students of the College of Lake County Chronicle, overall, is an excellent example of explanatory journalism at the college level. The writers and editors broke into digestible pieces the multi-layered effects of Illinois’ complicated budget crisis on the Grayslake campus.” The judge also cited the graphics that accompanied much of the coverage, and the staff members who worked on that art include current lead layout editor Sydney Seeber, layout editor Michael Flores and former lead layout editor Jimmy Pierson. In addition, the judge cited Sepanik’s March 14 coverage of a tuition increase for its quality. “The story did a nice job of explaining how underfunding by the state as a result of Illinois’ historic budget impasse directly impacts students through higher tuition,” the judge said. “Overall, this story represents a compelling piece of an overall effort to ex-

plain how the state of Illinois is letting down higher education and its students by not passing a budget.” Schultz’s contribution to the package winning news story of the year was also among the articles submitted in another entry that earned her an honorable mention as the state’s 2016 reporter of the year. The competition calls for a single entry from each publication and up to three articles in the package. Schultz’s other two pieces were her Nov. 14 “CLC construction steps up caution for pedestrians” and Dec. 5 “Construction causes changes to wing names and room numbers.” Schultz also won awards in three other categories. Her Sept. 6 “Basketballplaying student is life of the party” won second place in sports features, and she won a third place in news columns for her Oct. 3 “Protest recalls history of Native American efforts.” Schultz also won an honorable mention in editorials for her Dec. 5 “Café could use more fresh ideas.” With former managing editor Elizabeth Braithwaite’s third place in editorials, the 2016 competition meant that Chronicle opinion writers earned five awards. Braithwaite won for her Dec. 5 “CLC should take a stand as student sanctuary.” The judge cited Braithwaite for her “good presentation of what other higher education institutions are doing to push back on a flawed policy.” “Writer wrapped it up at the end with a solid position statement,” the judge added. Reporting in sports also earned three additional awards for Chronicle staff members. Former sports editor Brad Stevens won second place in sports news for his Oct. 17 “Lancers ‘Pack it Pink’ for awareness,” and former sports editor Roy Valmores won third place in the same category for his May 2 “Winning streak spurred by double-header victory.”

Valmores also won an honorable mention in sports features for his April 18 “Athletics seeking new coaches.” Chronicle artists, photographers and designers also won awards. Seeber, whose work was part of the news story of the year package, won a second place in page design, which the judged cited for its “simple but eye-catching” quality. “Big art is a strength of print vs. online,” the judge said. “I like to see it being used well. Good job leaving enough white space for breathing room.” Lead photographer Cody Dufresne won second place in feature photos for his Oct. 3 “Willow Café Chef.” The judge cited the photos for its “good composition and cutline.” Dufresne also won honorable mentions in news and sports photos for his Oct. 17 photo of the CLC police chief and his Oct. 3 tennis photo. Graphic designer Hannah Strassburger also won an honorable men-

Graphic by Sydney Seeber

tion in advertising design for her work in creating an ad calling for students to consider joining the publication staff. The ad has since been developed into a poster seen around the campus. The Chronicle staff also won a first and second place for best headline writing. First place went to its Sept. 19 “Farmer’s market cultivates student potential,” and its Feb. 1 “Bookstore closes chapter on quick service” won second place. “Excellent verb usage peoples this to solid headline writing,” the judge said. The Chronicle also won second place in its division for the general excellence category assessing the entire publication. The judge cited the publication for its “very good campus coverage from a news, feature, opinion and sports standpoint.” In the last nine years, The Chronicle has won 112 awards, including 32 first places, in the statewide contest.


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CLC grad stays active with Native American activism Rachel Schultz Editor-in-Chief

CLC graduate James De Nomie, an American Indian originally from the Ojibwa people in Wisconsin, has no problem keeping busy. Between hosting a weekly Native American show, “Voices from the Circle,” volunteering on numerous environmental, sustainability, and cultural committees on both the state and national level; hosting cultural events, including events held at CLC; and bringing awareness to Native issues, De Nomie somehow manages to cover dozens of other interests dear to him. “Now that I’m retired, I think I’m busier than ever,” De Nomie said. His activism on behalf of Native people and other issues is something he comes by honestly. “My Indian name is “maahng de wag vai,” or “loon, he flies fast,” said De Nomie. In Ojibwa culture, the Loon Clan, which De No-

mie is a member of, are the designated speakers for their people. Each clan has their own designation, for instance; members of the Bear Clan are charged with protecting the rest of the people. The Fish Clan people are the thinkers. De Nomie’s grandfather, Edward De Nomie, is one of his heroes. “My granddad and a couple of buddies fought in World War I,” said De Nomie. Many American Indians enlisted in World War I, in spite of the fact that they were not yet citizens at the time. It was a way for them to carry on their Native tradition. Edward De Nomie’s division fought in France. Every time a military division broke through enemy lines, the army would draw a red arrow on a map marking the spot. He and his buddies advanced so many times that their division became known as the “Red Arrow Division.” De Nomie’s father Orrin

James De Nomie demonstrates Native culture

carried on the family tradition as a U.S. army air cadet in Denver, Colorado. His mother’s name was Oniss. De Nomie’s family tree doesn’t only include Native Americans. The FrenchCanadian side of his family began with Claude Delomel (pronounced day-lo-MAY), a Frenchman, who settled in Quebec in the 1600s. When his descendants married into the Ojibwa (or Chippewa) people, the name was modified to the current “De Nomie,” to fit the native language, since there is no “L” sound in the Algonquian language spoken by the Ojibwa. The Algonquian family of languages also includes Iroquois, Shawnee, and Cheyenne languages, as well as many other Native languages. “It’s a verb-based language. It tells you what things do, not what things are,” said De Nomie. “For instance, the Ojibwa word for “paper” literally means ‘leaves that speak.’ ” Growing up, De Nomie

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James De Nomie

became heavily involved with track. As a high school junior, he took 2nd place statewide. As an inexperienced athlete, however, his enthusiasm for running once got the better of him. The track was run around a football field. On the first leg of his race, he ran twice as fast as all the other runners, lapping them. “Before I knew it, I was light years ahead of everybody,” De Nomie said. But his lightning pace caused him to pass out before he could finish the race. “I started fading, and collapsed right there on the track,” De Nomie said. “My coach and teammates were yelling at me, ‘Come on! Get up, let’s go!’ ” “I got up, staggered across the finish line, and still took third place,” he said. He continued to rack up the wins as a college student at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He also set the state record for the half mile. In fact, he was the state track champion for three years in a row: from 1959-1961. He also won the state relay record. After graduating from Oshkosh with a bachelor’s in mass communications in regards to radio, TV, and film, De Nomie launched a career that included broadcasting, marketing, and outreach on behalf of the American Indian community, among other things. One of his pioneering efforts was as the deputy

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director of the the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. “We were doing STEM before STEM even existed,” he said. He met his wife, Barbara, a Menominee, in 1994 after he moved back to Wisconsin from a job in Denver. At the time, she was working at the Chicago Board of Trade as a stock broker. “She was street-smart. She was in charge of making trade deals,” he said. They currently live in Hainesville, IL. “It’s the oldest community in Lake County,” said At an age when most men think about retiring, De Nomie decided to go back to school; this time, at the College of Lake County. He earned several associate’s degrees in environment-related issues, including one in environmental law. His studies come in handy in his work to fight environmental violations that affect Native communities. De Nomie is also active in outreach at CLC. As part of Earth Week, he is participating in an event called “The Water Warrior.” The event will be held in A011 at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 19. De Nomie said. “Along with other speakers, we will also discuss environmental issues that are current concerns.”


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Ceramic program molds students’ potential Cassie Garcia Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus held a ceramics sale on Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5. Proceeds from the sale help support ceramics students in the Community Clay Association (CCA), an extension of the ceramics program at CLC, by raising the funds necessary for field trips, scholarships, and new equipment for the ceramics art studio. Each piece at the ceramics sale was handcrafted by CLC students and falculty. The various pieces at the event showcased each artist’s own unique style. The event also highlighted the discipline, experimentation, and hard work that each artist put into their artwork. David Bolton, advisor of the Ceramics Arts Club, is the mastermind behind the ceramics program. “The program helps students gain experience marketing and selling their work, as well as help them pay for tuition and studio materials,” Bolton said. Bolton was inspired from a young age to become involved in art. Bolton’s own ceramics artwork is inspired by the dichotomy of old and new, and the loud patterns introduced to him

CLC’s Ceramics Sale, held on April 4 and 5, showcased both student and faculty art pieces.

in the 1970s. His work greatly incorporates variations in color and different textile patterns. In the past, the CLC Ceramics Department has sold over $140,000 from the ceramics sale. Proceeds from the sale are distributed between the ceramics club and the ceramics art students. Only 25% of the proceeds go to the club, while the remaining 75% are left to the students. The CCA has a ceramics artist vistor each semester, which

is funded by the sale. This program helps to expose students to professional ceramics artists and allows them to network. Next semester, the CCA plans to have Christopher Staley, ceramics professor at Penn State University, visit the club. The ceramics art sale also funds CCA field trips. In the past, they have visited the Edwardsville Arts Center in Edwardsville, IL. This spring semester, the CCA is planning a trip to the Kohler Factory in Kohler, Wisconsin.

The CCA also frequently plans visits to the Sculptural Objects and Functional Arts and Design Fair at Navy Pier in Chicago. Using funds from the sale, the ceramics club has been able to purchase a new log splitter and slab roller for their studio. The CCA and the Ceramics Department have also given back to the community. Through the annual CLC Empty Bowls event, the CCA raises money for the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a nonprofit organization that aims to

Photo by Cassie Garcia

end hunger in Illinois, by creating ceramic bowls that people can purchase. The Empty Bowls event has raised approximately $52,000 for the food bank. “The CCA is a valuable extension of the Ceramics Program and gives our students a greater learning experience,” Bolton said. Through the ceramics program at CLC, students have the opportunity to raise money for the ceramics club, while still giving back to the community.

CLC seeks student artwork for annual competition Danny Rivera Staff Reporter

The 36th Annual College of Lake County Student Art Competition will take place at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at the Grayslake Campus from April 14 until May 7. The reception will be on Friday, April 14, and will last from 6 to 8 P.M. Live music will accompany the event and light refreshments will be served. It will be a great opportunity to meet with different student artists and see their creations.

The exhibition will continue to showcase student artwork until May 7. The competition organizers are seeking student art submissions that were created for class projects during the spring 2017 and fall 2016 semesters. Student art pieces will be on display at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art. This CLC art gallery is dedicated to showing the works of Illinois artists and increasing the visibility of artists at the college. Participants will not only receive recognition by

having their artwork on display, but they will also have the opportunity to win an array of cash prizes and scholarships. Approximately $1,200 will be presented in cash prizes and purchase awards to students in various art categories. Some of the awards include the $100 3-D Emerging Artist Award, $100 2-D Emerging Artist Award, $100 Ceramics Award, as well as a $500 scholarship presented by the Lake County Art League. Hans Habeger, Art Department Chair, and Erick

Rowe, CLC photography instructor, will host the event. Habeger said that displaying the artwork from the student art competition will greatly benefit the students involved. “They really put a lot of time and effort into their projects,” Habeger said. “Having a month-long show could bring them many possibilities.” Habeger also explained that the art competition will highlight more than just the artists involved. “This highlights not just the students,” Habeger said, “But the department as a

whole by showing those who visit the gallery what kind of work we do in the classroom and the type of projects the students are working on.” The CLC Art Department has a lot to offer students studying art and design at the college. The visual arts community at CLC welcomes artists of all kinds. The CLC Art Department invites everyone to stop by the art gallery and enjoy various studentproduced artwork that CLC students have been working on.


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“Ghost in the Shell” causes racial controversy Peter Anders Staff Reporter

“Ghost in the Shell,” directed by Rupert Sanders, is an American science-fiction action movie released on March 31. The film is based on the popular manga and anime of the same name. “Ghost in the Shell” stars Scarlett Johansson as Major Mira Killian, a woman whose brain has been placed into a cybernetic body after an alleged terrorist attack. The film takes place in a world where technology and man are so interconnected that cybernetic enhancements on humans are the norm. Technology has clearly gotten out of control in this world. People are more like walking computers than they are human. When members of a highly powerful corporation are assassinated one by one, Killian begins hunting a cyberterrorist who serves as a threat to society. The word “mediocre” perfectly describes this film

in every regard. Every time it does something right, it does something completely bizarre and out of place that creates a dissonance in the storyline. The best part of this movie are the visuals, which is not surprising, considering that Sanders directed another visually appealing film, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” in 2012. The look and feel of this movie is similar to films like “Blade Runner” and “Minority Report,” with the addition of huge advancements in special effects technology. The robots, stealth suits, and action scenes all come together to look like a beautiful painting in motion. The movie also does a phenomenal job at making the future seem horrifying. Unlike the original anime, the cybernetics in this film are scary-- but hard to follow due to quick camera movements. As someone who has seen the original anime, I was pleased to see the same set pieces lifted directly

out from the original film. There are many scenes that are translated shotfor-shot from the original animated movie. The scene where a plane is flying over the city in broad daylight, for example, is a direct translation from anime to live-action. Sanders clearly has a love for this world and has thoroughly studied the manga and animated series. However, “Ghost in the Shell” falls victim to the death of a thousand cuts, in which many small individual flaws add up to one big failure. For starters, the script is a complete mess and comes across like a first draft. Three credited screenwriters contributed to this movie, but it seems like they never even worked together. It feels like they took two completely different drafts of the script and stapled them together without revision. Subverting audience expectations is great, but this film does it in all the wrong ways. It becomes more of an

origin story, similar to a superhero film, where the entire focus is on Killian, where she came from, and her journey of discovering the truth about what’s going on. The first act of the movie is an adaptation of the original anime, but the other two acts go in a completely different direction and are much less interesting. The themes brought up in the first act do not pay off in the second or third act. The result is three films mashed into one. This film has gotten a lot of attention, but not in the way the studio was hoping for. Because of the controversial casting of Scarlett Johansson as Killian, many accuse the film of “whitewashing,” which is casting a white actor or actress in a historically non-white role. Throughout most of the film it seems like the accusations, while warranted, were too to judge since Johansson looks and plays the part of Major decently enough.

Towards the end of the film, the filmmakers throw in a plot twist that left my jaw floored, but not in the good way. In fact, it is downright uncomfortable when this revelation appears. One begins to wonder if the controversy was done intentionally to get people talking about the movie. If the movie was set in America, it would not be as awkward. But since the film seems to be set in Japan, with mostly Japanesespeaking characters, it is extremely awkward and a huge mark against the movie. Despite all of these factors working against the film, I did not totally hate it. It is so visually arresting that, at some points, it was easy for me to overlook all it’s problems. But when the flaws kept piling on top of one another, ignoring them became no longer possible. “Ghost in the Shell” is not as bad as it could have been, but it certainly is not as good as it should have been.

International Film Festival presents Taiwanese classic Diana Panuncial Managing Editor

The 1971 Taiwanese/ Hong Kong classic, “A Touch of Zen” was shown at the College of Lake County’s International Film

Festival on April 14. The film is categorized as a wuxia film, which literally translates to “martial hero.” Wuxia a genre of martial arts fiction taken place in Ancient China. “A Touch of Zen” follows

female protagonist Yang Hui-Zhen and her allies as they plot against Wei, a corrupt eunuch in the Ming Dynasty, who wants to eradicate Hui-Zhen’s family after her father tries to warn the Emperor of the eunuch’s

actions. At a run time of over 180 minutes, “A Touch of Zen” became the foundation of a generation of epic martial arts films. Films inspired by “A Touch of Zen” include Ang Lee’s “Crouching

Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) and Zhang Yimou’s “House of Flying Daggers” (2004). The next film in the festival is France’s 2016 film “Dheepan,” showing on May 5 at 7:00 P.M.


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Styles releases emotional track, day after U.S. airstrikes Kimberly Jimenez A&E Editor

Harry Styles, formally one fifth of the popular British boyband, One Direction, released his long-anticipated solo track “Sign of the Times” on Friday, April 7. His self-titled album will release globally on May 12. Styles is the fourth member of One Direction to officially pursue a solo career, following in the footsteps of members Zayn Malik, who was the first to leave the group in 2015, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan. The album was executively produced by Jeff Bhasker, who has won Grammy’s for producing songs, such as “We Are Young” by Fun., “All of the Lights” by Kanye West, “Run This Town” by Jay Z, and “Uptown Funk” by

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. “Sign of the Times” is a painstakingly somber piano ballad that transforms into a spacey rockanthem-- reminiscent of U.K. rock artists David Bowie and Elton John. Albeit repetitive and somewhat unspecific, the lyrics seem to be a description of the feelings of anxiety and disarray that arises from societal, political, and military conflict. The lyrics “We never learn/ We’ve been here before/ Why are we always stuck and running from/ The bullets, the bullets” seem to be a direct reference to such conflicts. The song’s subject-matter is congruent to the recent U.S. airstrikes in Syria-coincidentally, only a day before the track was

released. Styles’ posted the tracklist of his anticipated album on Instagram, as well as a few album photos. The 10-song tracklist includes: “Meet Me in the Hallway,” “Sign of the Times,” “Carolina,” “Two Ghosts,” “Sweet Creature,” “Only Angel,” “Kiwi,” “Ever Since New York,” “Woman,” and “From the Dining Table.” In the days after the release of the song, “Sign of the Times” has unsurprisingly done very well on Billboard charts. It is already number 29 on the charts, which translates into a pop radio audience of about 16 million. Styles’ plans to debut his song live on television show “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday, April 15. Preorders for the album also begin on April 14.

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“Play On!” debuts three new one-act performances Ariel Notterman Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County Theater Department will present “Play On!,” an annual event featuring one-act plays that are performed, directed, and designed by CLC students. This y e a r, the performance will include three comedic one-act plays. Craig Rich, CLC theater instructor and co-chair of the theater department, is one of the many faculty members guiding students as they work on the production. “As one of the mentors of the students, I’m really proud of everything that they’ve been doing,” Rich said. Among the three plays is “Babel’s In Arms”

by David Ives, which is a modern take on the construction of the biblical Tower of Babel. Rich noted the layers of humor present in the play. “It’s a really interesting commentary on class structure,” he said. “But also how to accomplish something that seems unaccomplishable. And it’s very, very funny. Our actors and our director, Cody Summers, are really playing on the physical comedy of the piece and there’s lots of comic bits and repetition. That’s one of Cody’s strong points, his sense of comedy and physical comedy.” “The Clive Way” by John P. Dowgin, another play featured in “Play On!,” also possesses both situational and physical comedy. “It’s about people who

have some anger issues,” Rich said. “Just when they think they’ve got a handle on everything, this motivational speaker comes and tries to show them ‘The Clive Way.’ And you’re not sure if he is trying to help them or undermine them.” The third one-act play, “The Banderscott” by Pete Barry, is about an advertiser trying to market a mysterious product. The play pokes fun at the world of advertising and marketing. “The Banderscott” is directed by Nick Johnson, a CLC theater student. This is Johnson’s directorial debut after being a designer for CLC productions. “[Johnson] has a great eye, which you need as a designer,” Rich said.

“But you also need a great eye as a director. He’s created some really interesting stage pictures and relationships with the actors.” Rich explained that although the three plays include social commentary, this year’s production of “Play On!” is very lighthearted. “They’re not plays that are kind of hitting you over the head with a message, they’re plays that you’re going to laugh about,” Rich said. The actors and directors of “Play On!” are not the only student talent working on the production. The show’s set designer, lighting designer, props d e s i g n e r, costumes designers, and stage managers are all CLC students. “Play On!” provides these

students the opportunity to gain the skills and experience needed for their future careers. “We have some really talented individuals working on the show this year, and I hope that audiences will be impressed by what they see,” Rich said. “I’m really proud of how hard everyone’s working on what they’re doing. This really is training for our students and we see this as a capstone experience for them.” Performances will be held on April 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 for regular admission, and $8 for CLC students, teens, seniors, and JLC subscribers.

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Inner strength comes from accepting loss in life Courtney Prais Opinion Editor

Death isn’t easy. Life isn’t easy, either. Especially when you’re the one still living as others around you begin to suddenly leave. You feel guilty: guilty for going to school, for going to work, laughing with your friends, writing about death when you’re not the one facing it. You feel guilty for carrying on and enjoying the trivial aspects of the world when fierce battles are being waged within and amongst other individuals. When my grandmother passed away late last year, I never got a chance to say goodbye. She didn’t remember a lot towards the end of her life-- I’m not even sure if she would have recognized me.

Yet, when I saw the small crowd gathered at her funeral, I felt guilt creep into my chest. I was one of the few individuals who had remained constant throughout her life, one member of that small crowd, and I hadn’t been there through the toughest times. I hadn’t been there to say goodbye. I try not to let it bother me. I know I’m not entirely to blame for how the course of events unfolded, but still. I wasn’t there. Now, another blow has been dealt to my family. This time the situation is a little more complex. The illness a little more foreign. The battle much more draining. I can sum it up in one word: cancer. As I struggle to wrap my head around the future my aunt faces-- one of complete

uncertainty, and one that may be cut all too short-- I realize how little consideration I have given in the past to the subject, And, really, why would I give it much consideration? I’ve got school each week: homework, essays, tests, extracurriculars. I have a job. I have shows I like to watch after studying for three hours straight or an extra long day at work. I have family, friends, a partner. Where does death fit into all of that? Well, that’s the thing-- it doesn’t. Death can never be worked into the equation with perfect precision. Sometimes, it just happens. Comes uninvited or unannounced. It beats you down, takes everything you have. It takes your happiness, your hope, your spirituality. Death takes and takes and takes, and oftentimes you

don’t truly understand how much it’s taken before its job is done. I always have so many excuses for death, but death doesn’t care. It’s going to continue to steal from me, and I’m going to continue with my life as it laughs and sneers, “I’ll come for you soon enough.” I suppose that’s where the guilt and avoidance and inability to comprehend comes from: a lack of acceptance. If I accept death as a part of Life, it would ease some of the blame. Death as a part of Life is what we all share, and what we all have to confront. It doesn’t mean we need to fear it. Doesn’t mean we have to let it boss us around. It also doesn’t mean we need to go around it-- when death wants, it will take,

and no detour can deter that from happening. So, it’s okay to face it head on, either within yourself, or in someone else. It’s okay to talk about death; it’s not taboo, after all. Moreover, it’s okay to take the time to confront death-- as much time as you need.

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Opinion

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Page 18 | Monday, April 17, 2017

Airline scandal reminds us never to blame the victim Diana Panuncial Managing Editor

Flights get overbooked on accident all the time. Only rarely do flights get overbooked and result in a man being dragged down the aisle by force. This incident occurred on April 9 when Dr. David Dao, a passenger on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville, was violently removed from his seat when the flight was overbooked. Dao was asked by United Airlines to voluntarily give up his seat, and when Dao refused, the airline called for law enforcement to forcefully remove him. The video of the incident quickly went viral with many spectators believing that United Airlines horribly mistreated Dao. Other videos emerged of Dao with a bloody nose, pleading to go home. While I do understand that airlines overbook flights often, I absolutely cannot understand why they would use such violence to make up for their own mistakes. Not only is it wrong to get

physical with a passenger who wasn’t causing an issue, but it is also wrong to coerce that passenger out of their paid seat. Most airlines ask for a volunteer to give up their seat in a more polite manner. Usually, airlines offer those volunteers a free ticket on another flight. If the flight was on the next day, airlines would even offer to compensate the volunteer a hotel room for the night. Some airlines even offer a big sum of money to the volunteer. Clearly, these incentives are made to persuade a passenger to volunteer. Whether those options were given to Dao is unknown, but whether they were given to him is irrelevant anyway due to one word— “volunteer.” For someone to be considered a volunteer, they must volunteer out of their own choice— not be volunteered by another party. To many, Dao did not volunteer himself, and this issue destroyed United Airlines’ reputation. From angry commenters to Internet memes, United Air-

lines is no longer areputable company. A few days passed and the public thought that justice would be served to United Airlines. However, an article from the New York Post emerged regarding Dao’s criminal history not soon after the scandal went viral. The article “exposed” Dao of his background, stating that he illegally exchanged prescription medication for sexual affairs with a former patient of his. It also mentioned how Dao won approximately $235,000 playing tournament poker. When I first read this, I thought it was strange that the media was putting out an article like this. Then it angered me. Why is it necessary to dig up dirt on someone’s past after they have gone through a traumatic experience such as the one that Dao went through? What does Dao’s history have to do with the fact that he was mistreated? What does anyone’s history have to do with the fact that they were mistreated? It seemed to me that some of the media was trying to

portray Dao as the bad guy. For what reason? To alleviate the bad press that United Airlines was getting and move it over to the victim? This is a classic case of blaming the victim. Now, because of this article, you might get people who’ll say that it serves Dao right for committing all of those crimes and suddenly start taking United Airlines’ side on this. In result, people forget that United Airlines violently pulled him out of his seat and proceeded to drag him down the airplane aisle like a child who misbehaved. People forget that what United Airlines did was wrong. We can all agree that what Dao did in his past is definitely not right. But that’s the key thing, here-- Dao did that in the past. The New York Post (and other media who wrote the article exposing Dao) is trying to blame the victim, forgetting that what really matters in this case is the situation-- not what has happened in the past. I understand that for many people, the article about

Dao’s crimes can bring up a question of personal morality. Should I feel bad for this person for being mistreated even though they’ve done wrong things in the past? In my eyes, the answer is yes, and it goes even beyond that question. Not only should someone feel sympathy for that person, but they should also believe in bringing justice for that person. When something like United Airlines’ scandal happens, we must remember that the only thing that matters is the situation, not who the people involved were before the situation-or else our judgments will forever remain jagged and unfair. In order to be a fair and honest society, we cannot continue to blame the victim of someone else’s wrongdoing. We must put the responsibility where it belongs, and refrain from letting manipulative and dishonest outside influences interfere with what is right and what is wrong.

Colleges offer services for abuse victims Maria Garcia Staff Reporter

On April 2, a fifteenyear-old girl was sexually assaulted over a Facebook livestream. The girl was lured to a home by one of her attackers, who did not allow her to leave. The victim, a high school student at Lane Tech College Prep, was found two days later, walking down the street near her home on Chicago’s South Side. Video of the gang rape was streamed on Facebook Live not long after the teen went missing from her home in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood. As many as six men took part in her attack. Facebook took the video down after police brought it to their attention; yet, out of the 40 people that watched the livestream, no one thought to call 911. It’s difficult to justify how 40 individuals could watch the event unfold on their smartphone screens,

their laptop screens, their tablets, and then walk away from what they witnessed, as though what they had seen was just another video on the Internet. Except it wasn’t. What’s more is that the girl is now receiving threats online and has even refused to go home. Unfortunately, cases like this happen all too frequently in the United States. On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States, and an estimated 17.7 million American women have either been victims of attempted rape, or have been raped. Young women are especially at risk: females ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault, while 90 percent of adult rape victims are female. Moreover, women ages 18

to 24 who are also college students are 3 times more likely to experience sexual violence. It’s astonishing that statistics like this even exist; we live in a very scary, vulnerable world. Social media has especially aided in this added visibility of individuals, against their will or not. People should first learn some boundaries and basic humanity, and then should use social media for appropriate purposes, not to expose and perpetrate others. People should also learn when to identify an issue and take action against it. Those viewing the young girl being attacked had just as much responsibility as the vile men doing the crime. Anyone could have picked up a phone or told an adult if they weren’t sure how to intervene. But not one person took action. Not one person tried to save that girl. Thus, they are all guilty bystanders, and must live with that consciousness for the rest of their lives. Maybe

they care; maybe they don’t, but it says a lot about us as a society if we can see such atrocities and be completely numb towards them. And, while education may not prevent these travesties from occurring, educational institutions can provide a refuge for students to talk to someone they can trust. If you feel you are a victim or know someone who is in danger, CLC can provide some relief. CLC is committed to maintaining a respectful and professional academic and work environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. This includes having an environment free from unlawful sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence. The College’s Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Policy and Procedures apply to all settings and activities of the College, whether on campus property or off, if it adversely affects the health, safety, or security of any member of the college com-

munity or the interests of the college. This policy and its procedures cover all students, employees and other individuals who have a relationship with the College of Lake County. For confidentiality, they can meet with a confidential advisor. This is someone who provides emergency and ongoing support to student survivors of sexual violence. Confidential advisors have received at least 40 hours of training on sexual violence and are also familiar with the College administrative process. Any College employee can refer anyone to a Confidential Advisor or can contacted directly. Although the information is kept private, it is not confidential. CLC’s Confidential Advisors are staff of the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center, 4275 Old Grand Avenue, in Gurnee, IL 60031. The number to their 24 hour support line is (847) 872-7799.


Sports

Chronicle

Page 19 | Monday, April 17, 2017

Some of region’s top athletes commit to CLC UPCOMING Ryan Haass Sports Editor

Spring presents a new beginning for many and this includes the College of Lake County’s athletics programs. Recently, the Lancers received four big commitments from midwestern athletes. These new Lancers will be working hard for the next two years and present new excitement for the upcoming men’s basketball and women’s volleyball team. In terms of basketball, CLC has three new players in Brian Julien, Jarod Stonis, and Ian Haflinger. Julien, from Carmel High School in Mundelein, Illinois, led his high school team in points scored for his final season. However, having a player that can distribute and score effectively is key to having success at the

college level. Luckily, it sounds like Julien can do just that, as head coach Chuck Ramsey stated, “He can make his teammates better.” Coach Ramsey is excited to have the young man on board, and Ramsey’s excitement should leave Lancers with a positive outlook towards the future as well. Jarod Stonis, a new commit from Wauconda High School, should also have a large role within the Lancers basketball organization for the next two years. During his final season of high school basketball, Stonis earned First Team All-Area Honors, as he put up a whopping 17.6 points per game. The solid scoring presence of Stonis will add another weapon to the seemingly dangerous lineup that the Lancers are putting together.

Ian Haflinger is the third commit to the men’s basketball team and should be another one of those dangerous weapons that the Lancers have been searching for. Haflinger played high school ball for Lakes Community High School, where he set a team record for points in a game with 42. Even more impressive is the fact that, like Stonis, Haflinger earned First Team All-Area Honors in his senior season. With such explosive pieces committing to the basketball program, Lancers should be hyped up for the upcoming season. However, it wasn’t just the men’s teams who benefited from this lovely spring, as the women’s volleyball team gained an impactful young woman for the next two seasons.

Angie Tuchel is graduating from Burlington High School of Burlington, Wisconsin this Spring and will be attending CLC in the fall. Burlington High School has gone to three consecutive state championships, earning second this past season. Adding to Tuchel’s impressive resume is her experience playing for a club volleyball team which is ranked 17th in the United States. Tuchel was a key member of that team and has the CLC women’s volleyball head coaches, Bill and Janet Szczesniak, excited for the upcoming season. With so many great athletes flocking to the College of Lake County, Lancers should have something to look forward to other than the beautiful spring that has arrived.

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Chicago Bears in position to draft an elite talent Austin Weber Staff Reporter

The NFL draft is right around the corner, and for the fourth year in a row the Bears find themselves picking in the top half of the first round and ready to rebuild in the post-Jay Cutler era. They have the third overall selection and are picking in the top five for the first time since 2005. With a roster full of holes, they have a shot to find a player who will make an immediate impact right away. The question is, however, who is that player? Signing Mike Glennon this offseason to a three-year deal makes it hard to believe that the Bears would go with a quarterback that early, but the uncertainty of what Glennon can do makes it a possibility. The Bears’ biggest weaknesses lie on the defensive side of the ball, and in a draft class that is loaded with topend defensive talent, they would find the most value by investing the pick on one of those players. A lot of who they can take has to do with what the teams ahead of them do. The Cleveland Browns

are likely to take Texas picking. who recently cut aging A&M University defensive Solomon Thomas out of starting cornerback Tracy end Myles Garrett with the Stanford University would Porter. first overall pick, but it isn’t be the best option for the Cornerback isn’t typiquite as clear as to what Bears if he isn’t picked in cally a position that goes in the San Francisco 49ers are the top two. the top five, but a talented planning on doing with the Thomas can rush the pass- group like this year’s second pick. er from multiple spots along isn’t the typical group. No matter what happens, the defensive line, and would While there is no conthere are plenty of defenders bring versatility to the ros- sensus on who the best who will be available and ter. The problem is, there’s cornerback is, Marshon worthy of the pick. a good chance that he’s Lattimore from Ohio State Who they select already been picked. University is a player who will come down to whom Another option would be the Bears have brought in the team’s for a visit, and m a n a g e - “Who they select will come down to whom would be able to ment sees start right away. as the The Bears the team’s management sees as the most could most valualso go able to the the other route team for in the secondvaluable to the team for the future.” the future. ary and take a The areas most likely to Jonathan Allen, a defensive safety. The safety position be addressed at the third lineman from the University is arguably the strongest pick are the defensive line of Alabama. group in the draft class, and and the secondary, which Allen would also bring there are multiple talented are arguably the two deepest versatility along the de- players who could garner ingroups of players this year. fensive line like Thomas terest from the Bears at the The Bears selected could, and his size and third pick. Leonard Floyd, outside power would help with the Even after signing forlinebacker from the run defense. However, his mer Houston Texans QuinUniversity of Georgia with shoulder injury could keep tin Demps, safety is still the ninth pick last year, but the Bears from picking him one of the Bears’ biggest are probably still looking so early. weaknesses. for more pass rushers. The other route the Bears Two players that the Bears There’s a possibility that could look is the secondary. could pick to pair up with there will be multiple playThis year is one of the him would be Malik Hooker ers who can fill this need best secondary draft classes from Ohio State Univerand are worthy of the pick there has ever been, and this sity and Jamal Adams from available when the Bears are bodes well for the Bears Louisiana State University.

Hooker is a player who’s been compared to former Baltimore Raven Ed Reed because of his ball hawking ability to make interceptions. Adams, on the other hand, has drawn comparisons to more physical safeties like former Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu for his tough, hard hitting plays at the line of scrimmage. Both would be able to make significant impacts right away. If the Bears did decide to take a quarterback with their pick, it would be a big surprise because of the class’s weakness at the position. The likely targets would be Mitchell Trubisky from the University of North Carolina and Deshaun Watson from Clemson University. Should the Bears not be in love with any of the prospects, they could always choose to trade down in the draft and collect more picks if they were given the right offer. But as it stands, the Bears are in a great position to find a player who will make an impact on the team for years to come as they continue to rebuild their roster.

Cubs fans unsure if team can repeat historical win Irini Orihuela Staff Reporter

The Billy Goat curse is known all throughout Chicago as the curse that kept the Cubs from winning the World Series since 1908. However, in the year of 2016, that curse was finally broken when the Cubs won the famous title of World Series Champions.

The city has been a live wire since, and the new baseball season has just begun. While fans anticipate another great year for their favorite team, the question remains: will the Cubs repeat their title this year? “If hell freezes over twice, then yeah, they’ll win,” said student Tomani Raimondi. Student Michael Juco

also disagrees. “I would like to think yes, but I was listening to a sports radio broadcast and they said that [Chicago] got lucky with how healthy [the players] were.” “I mean, last year, you could see that when the catcher of the Cubs got hurt and we went on a losing skid,” he said. Juco was referring to the loss the Cubs suffered during their first game

of last season. “They might repeat a win every other year,” he said. Another student, Johnny Kuchaidze, has high hopes for the team. “I do think they can win because of the moral they have,” he said. “If they don’t beat themselves up on every loss, I think they can win [the World Series] all over again. “It’s hard to win

the World series a second time in a row,” said student Sydney Goldberg. “But coming into the season, they are the team to beat, and that will make their season that much harder.” “I just don’t think they can win it again,” said student Ryan Johnson. “But I’m a White Sox fan, so I shouldn’t even be answering this question.”

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