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Board of Trustees plan CLC improvement over summer Robert Biegalski News Editor

As the College of Lake County prepares to conclude the 2016-17 school year, there are several potential problems facing the school that will need to be addressed. First of all, the state budget crisis currently affecting Illinois has and will continue to have an impact on CLC’s finances. Last year, CLC eliminated 20 positions, while this year, they raised tuition three dollars. These sorts of changes will need to continue to be made if the state does not decide on a budget. Richard Anderson, newly elected Board Chair of the CLC Board of Trustees, is unsure what sort of funding will be available to the College for the coming

fiscal year. “The budget year begins in July,” Anderson said. “For the current budget year we received about 50 percent of our State appropriation. We are hoping at least for a stop-gap budget for the second part of this budget year, but that does not look good.” In order to ensure an effective budget, the Board of Trustees is planning to reduce the amount they expect to receive from the State, then “plan [their] expenditures accordingly.” “In an average year, we receive about 7 percent of our budget from the State,” Anderson said. “So, in a $100 million a year budget, this is about $7 million.” This summer, the Board either plans to find budget cuts, or to add revenue from their reserves. Another potential issue

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CLC could face is that of increasing national tensions due to immigration policy. Immigration issues are handled by the school’s attorneys, Anderson said. “Cooperating with immigration authorities puts us at risk for student pri-

vacy issues and we will not compromise our students,” Anderson said. Anderson also said that those who are responsible for handling these situations are trained to do so. “As one city mayor said this morning on Morning

Joe, the FBI does not issue parking tickets and our police department does not deport immigrants,” Anderson said. The Board of Trustees has discussed declaring CLC a sanctuary school, but “do Trustees / page 3

Board to name Provost Haney as interim president May 23

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Dr. Rich Haney will serve as interim president of CLC. Photo courtesy of Robert Booker

The College of Lake County Board of Trustees officially seated new board members and identified an interim president during a meeting on April 25. Richard Anderson of Grayslake is the new board chair, and Catherine Finger of Grayslake was elected vice chair. Matthew J. Stanton of Gurnee was also sworn into office as a new board member. Hansel Lopez of Waukegan was elected the student trustee of the upcoming 2017-18 year. CLC Provost Rich Haney’s name was also put forward for the interim presidential

position under contract negotiations and formal board approval at a future May 23 meeting. Dr. Jerry Weber, who will be leaving June 30, shared his thoughts on Dr. Haney in an April 26 press release. “I believe that Dr. Haney is an excellent choice for this position,” Dr. Weber said. “His depth of experience at the college and his leadership have been demonstrated time and again.” Dr. Haney stated that while he is willing to be interim president for the College, he does not intend to be a candidate for the presidency. Dr. Haney will be retiring from CLC in 2018.

“I am excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to continuing to work closely with the board on a smooth transition of leadership,” Dr. Haney said. The Board is beginning its search for a new president. They are heading to search firms that specialize in national presidential searches. “I believe finding the next president of CLC is the most important work the board will be engaged in immediately,” Finger said. “We’ll look forward to working with a partner to help us engage all of the CLC community stakeholders in this process.”


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Young entrepreneurs to teach outbound life to students Demi Richter Staff Reporter

Two brothers will hold a 3-day workshop for CLC students aged 16-20 about challenging their limits this summer, called “How to Live the Outbound Life.” Through their company, also called “The Outbound Life,” Kyler McCormick, 20, and Kody McCormick, 23, work as adventure filmmakers, public speakers, social media influencers and content creators. In addition to giving a TEDx Talk in September 2016, the brothers travel the nation attending workshops and seminars aimed at empowering young leaders. Working with companies such as DJI, LinkedIn, Manfrotto, and Southwest Airlines, these young entrepreneurs have created a company that allows them the freedom to pursue their passions and have the time of their life while doing it. Noticing a lack of

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motivation in their peers, Kody and Kyler found they needed to surround themselves with like-minded individuals. Extending an invitation to other young entrepreneurs and business owners, the brothers created a weekly think tank to discuss ideas, passions, and instill a sense of community among them. “What started as a frustration and became something easy to complain about is often the very thing that is an opportunity,” Kyler said. “That’s where most people get caught up, becoming very negative. Instead of complaining, we decided to step up and offer a solution.” One central message The Outbound Life represents is to never be afraid to take chances. “It’s about getting out of your comfort zone, it’s about always leaving where you are,” Kody said. The brothers aim to empower young people to not be intimidated by those who inspire them. They encourage people

not to be afraid to make cold calls and reach out to professionals or those who seem untouchable. “This is the biggest thing that every day people overlook and that is the value of people,” Kyler said. “Life is 100 percent about people, about relationships, and everything we do is the fruit of investing in lifelong relationships. Just like your best friend, you don’t become friends overnight. You build a lifelong relationship and it’s about trust.” Through perseverance and a focus on meaningful relationships, the brothers have had the opportunity to work and partner with industry heroes such as photographer Chris Burkard and videographer and YouTube star Devin Graham. The brothers have faced their share of challenges along the way. When they founded the company, Kody was 20 and Kyler was 17. “At those ages, people looked down on us,” Kody said.

However, faced with another challenge, the brothers took it as an opportunity. They wouldn’t let being the underdog hinder them. “We can use our age to our advantage,” Kody said. “By being the underdog, we can really connect to people on that and get them excited about what we’re doing and the young ages we’re doing it at and how we’re living an exciting story.” “Give the world someone to root for, even if you don’t have it all figured out or have whatever it is you think you need,”

Kyler said. As a graduate of Liberty University, Kody McCormick has advice for college students. “Pursue your curiosity,” Kody said. “Finding your passion, finding your path is not easy. It’s probably one of the most difficult things to do. Go out and become educated on what you’re curious about.” For information about the workshop, contact CPEInfo@clcillinois.edu or call (847) 543-2615. “You learn as you go, that’s what The Outbound Life is all about,” Kyler said.

Kyler and Kody McCormick are holding a seminar at CLC. Photo courtesy of Daily Herald

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Dr. Weber shares final thoughts before leaving college Diana Panuncial Managing Editor

Dr. Jerry Weber will be leaving the College of Lake County this summer after eight years of presidency. Prior to assuming his position at CLC, Dr. Weber was president of Kankakee Community College from 2001-2009. Additionally, he was the founding vice president of instruction at Heartland Community College from 1991-2001 and also the dean for academic support programs at Triton College from 19891991. Dr. Weber began his career as a writing instructor at Harper College, and also had teaching and administrative positions at John Wood Community College. His previous experiences have led him to Bellevue College in Washington, D.C. Dr. Weber will be leaving CLC on June 30. “I have always been in the academic areas before becoming president of CLC,” Dr. Weber said. “When I first became president at Kankakee Community College, I actually didn’t realize what a different transition that position was [from my teaching and faculty background]. Now, as president, you’re looking at the entire college, and not just a few classrooms. While I felt very prepared with all my various administrative experiences, there was still quite a bit of learning for me to do.”

Although Dr. Weber came from an educational background, he believes that it isn’t a requirement for the future president of CLC. “Colleges generally prefer having presidents who come from that realm of faculty experience,” Dr. Weber said, “But I know many successful presidents who have done a tremendous job at their campuses and have never been a faculty member.” However, he also states the benefits of having faculty experience. “The president has to work with the Board and the whole College to set strategic directions,” Dr. Weber said. “So, having that background, and also just being an administrator over all the structural areas, really helps set a strategic direction for the college.” Dr. Weber chose not to comment on the ongoing issue of faculty being required to have master’s degrees in order to continue teaching, He stated that a grievance had been filed. One of Dr. Weber’s main concerns throughout his presidency has always been the financial needs of CLC and its students. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos is reorganizing the education system, and community colleges fear funding cuts as result of the changes. “I am on the American Association of Community Colleges, and we are making a national effort to reach out to Secretary Devos,” Dr. Weber said. “(At a meeting last week) AAC staff

mentioned efforts to educate Secretary Devos on the value of community colleges and the impact of for-profits on all students. I would say it’s all to be determined, but

As Dr. Weber nears the final days of his presidency at CLC, he looked back at his experiences on being appointed on April 4, 2009.

it’s really important for us to get the message out to the new administration.” He emphasized the value of community colleges over for-profit schools, and how community colleges should embrace their accomplishments. “We need to communicate the value of community college and the workforce; the fact that we can educate the same students that for-profits do, but we do it better, and we don’t leave students in the damaging financial debts that often occurs from for-profits.”

“I feel very good about the way that the College has come to focus on very important strategic goals and priorities: student success, diversity, sustainability, and a stronger focus even on global engagement,” Dr. Weber said. “I am also looking forward to the successful renovations of the Grayslake campus and the additions that will be added to both the Lakeshore and Southlake campus,” he said. “I’ll look forward to coming back sometime and being able to see those last

ments I have had at the College have been those with faculty, staff, and students. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunities I’ve had to talk to student reporters, student government members, and other students about their hopes and dreams and futures,” Dr. Weber said. “I never take for granted what a great blessing it is to be able to create structures and help support programs for students that can change their lives. It really is great.”

Anderson was optimistic about this replacement period because of the possibility for change it offers the College. “Presidential transitions present an opportunity for the college to reexamine our values and our direction,” Anderson said. “The Board in theory has one employee, the President, so this is very important for the Board.” Anderson emphasized the importance of a focus on students in selecting a president. “The qualities in a new

president I see as important is a person that is student centered,” Anderson said. “My view has always been to do what is best for students, and not just because I am answering student questions. My view is that we have drifted from being student centered the last few years and we must reestablish this priority once again.” On whether the new president should have a background in education or business, Anderson leaned more towards corporate

skills because those are most relevant to the president’s tasks. “A person with a background in education is important, but is not the defining criteria, Anderson said.” “Most of what a president does day to day is resource allocation, community interaction, some fund raising, making sure the board is informed of issues that the board has input on and participating in state and national associations.” Anderson also highlighted

the importance of a good communicator in the search for a president. “We need a President that works well with the entire board and works on unifying the board,” Anderson said. “Having a President that communicates both good and bad to the board is important.” Anderson also advocated for a forward-thinking leader who can anticipate future events and prepare CLC to be “a leader of the community college of the future.”

Dr. Jerry Weber will be leaving CLC on June 30.

buildings completed.” Dr. Weber will miss interacting with students and faculty at CLC, and hopes for the best for its future. “Probably the best mo-

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Anderson said. CLC is also facing the replacement of current President Jerry Weber as he leaves to serve as president of Bellevue College in Washington. The first step will be to appoint an interim president while the Board surveys students, staff, and the community to determine what is wanted in a new president. The Board announced Wednesday, April 26 the interim president will be CLC Provost Rich Haney.


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Water Warriors battle for sustainable water use Shea Walters Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County hosted a Water Warriors event on April 19 in the A-Wing conference center where community members came together to discuss the issues of water protection and the imposing construction of pipelines on natively owned land. The most important idea expressed was that anyone can be a “water warrior.” David Spencer and Jordan Gurneau opened up the night with a native welcoming song. They passionately sang and played drums while the audience swayed along. David Bender, a member of both the Lakota and Bad River Tribes, spoke of his experiences traveling to the native reserve, Mni Sosse, last year to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This was the first time he had ever met his

grandparents, who live near the reservation. Bender also discussed the connection he felt to nature and the planet while living in the camp. He encouraged the audience to become a part of the American Indian Center of Chicago and the Illinois Water Protectors and stressed the importance of our location because Chicago, as the largest Metro area on the Great Lakes, accounts for 21 percent of the world’s freshwater. The event would also not have been possible without Jim De Nomie, a community member from the Black River Tribe, and Arlene Hickory, member of the Citizen’s Act to Protect Our Water (CAPOW). De Nomie spoke several times throughout the presentation. He acknowledged that while the DAPL is an important issue in the

media, it is not the only one. Native American tribes all over the country are struggling with battles to protect their land and water. He also explained that there are over 5,600 tribes in America alone, responsible for 42 million acres

ways for individuals to make a difference. There are many petitions supporting the protection of our water, including the Food Act Petition, which aims to give unused food to those who are food insecure. Wasted food also means wasted water. She also encouraged the audience to say no to bottled water, and become a water protector in everyday life. At the event, there was also a Skype session held with Ed Fallen, who served the Environmental Protection Committee in Congress for 14 years. Fallen has marched the Graphic by Hannah Strassburger DAPL route and is now currently marching across of land. This is not widely Iowa to protest the piperepresented in the media, line. He discussed the idea but Native tribes are es- of eminent domain and sential for the sustainability how companies are claimof our land and water and ing to be for public utility, must be protected. therefore giving them the Hickory then spoke about right to take land to use for

the construction of these pipelines. Fallen also encouraged the audience to become aware of the eminent domain laws in Illinois, and to urge representatives not to honor these claims that companies are making. Fallen explained that in order to make long lasting change, common ground must be found between environmentalists, natives, and anyone else affected by the construction of oil pipelines, which virtually includes the entire population. A Q&A session was held with Fallen afterwards. To close out the night, Spencer and Gurneau played a traveling song, which is meant to bring safe travels to the audience. The message of this informative and empowering event is that anyone can become a “water warrior,” and it is the responsibility of everyone to do so.

CLC hosts Green Market to celebrate Earth Week Rachel Schultz Editor-in-Chief

On April 13, CLC hosted a Green Market on Student Street, featuring local vendors as part of week-long series of events to celebrate Earth Week. CLC’s horticulture department also participated, selling produce grown by students and staff members on campus grounds. Rosie Schweier, a student worker at CLC’s learning farm, where the produce was grown, described the

process and types of plants cultivated throughout the year. “We have herbs, vegetables, annuals, and perennials, including flowers,” said Schweier. “It’s all organically grown.” Instead of conventional pesticides, the farm uses neem tree oil to repel pests. The neem tree is related to mahogany and comes from Iran. “It’s really horrible-smelling, but the bugs think so, too,” said Schweier with a

Vendor Eric Strong displays organic goat’s milk soap. Photo courtesy of Robert Booker

laugh. Matt DeRose, who manages the learning farm, and Ed Popelka, who manages the campus apiary, were also participating. Popelka arranged a display of different varieties of CLCproduced honey for sale. The horticulture department is also hosting a plant sale on May 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Building H’s greenhouse, to fund student programs, including scholarships and summer internships. Other participating

local vendors sold a variety of products, including allnatural soap, lotion, handmade paper, macrame, and alpaca yarn. “We have a small 25-acre goat farm in Pecatonia, Illinois,” said Eric Strong, from Gretta’s Goats, one of the vendors. “We’re sharing the milk between soapand cheese-making.” Strong’s goat cheese sold out by the end of the event. His display also included citrus- and mint-scented soaps. Doug Coggeshall, of the

Waterfall Glen Soap company, sold organic bath products made from various oils and other natural substances. Emily Côté, founder of the quaintly-named Good Toast company, sold handmade paper, dreamcatchers, and handspun yarn. “We have friends who own alpacas, so we get most of our fiber from them,” she said. Downstairs, several nonprofit organizations set up displays as part of the event.

Andy Lueder and Rosie Schweier, both horticulture students, arrange CLC-grown herbs to sell. Photo courtesy of Robert Booker


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Scholarship golf classic celebrates educational success Kimberly Jimenez A&E Editor

The College of Lake County Foundation will host the annual Scholarship Golf Classic at Ivanhoe Golf Club on June 12. This event will help raise the money for CLC Foundation scholarships and grants. The Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that provides CLC students with the resources they need in order to pursue their education and achieve their goals. Located in Mundelein, Illinois, the Ivanhoe Club is one the most esteemed golf clubs in the Chicagoland area. It has three diverse courses: Prairie, Marsh, and Forest. Each course has 9 holes and offers tee placements for all skill levels. Whether you are an experienced or beginner golfer,

everyone is encouraged to sign up for a day full of golf and friendly competition. The event will also feature prizes, raffles, auctions, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and an awards dinner. The cost of registration is $500 per golfer and $1,700 per group of four. Last year’s golf classic raised over $115,000 for CLC scholarships and grants. 194 golfers attended, including CLC Board of Trustees members and Lake County dignitaries. It also featured several golf contests for both teams and individuals. Valuable prizes were made available to first-place contest winners including a Chief Vintage motorcycle from Indian Motorcycle of Libertyville, a Lowe pontoon boat from Wauconda Boat, and a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro from Libertyville Chevrolet.

Hannah Cassiday, a 2016 CLC graduate, CLC Foundation scholarship recipient, and one of the many speakers at last year’s event, said that although she didn’t compete, she still was able to enjoy the event. “People will enjoy the outside weather, the company of others who are equally as passionate about CLC Scholarships, and the immaculate golf course.” Cassiday said. “It truly was an incredible event.” Cassiday graduated from CLC in May 2016 with the highest honors. She is a CLC Foundation scholarship recipient, and has also received the 2016 Dick Durant Student Athlete Award. She is now studying at Elmhurst College and hopes to become a bilingual speech pathologist. Cassiday said that her CLC Foundation scholarship continues to benefit her

nearly a year later. “I was extremely fortunate to have this opportunity because it allowed me to prepare for what was next,” Cassiday said. “I was given a scholarship so I can continue college. Afterwards, I will attend graduate school and double-major in Speech Pathology and English. This scholarship gave me an equal opportunity to reach my goal of becoming a bilingual speech pathologist.” Cassiday also explained how her foundation scholarship has served as a catalyst for future success. “It gave me an opportunity to focus on school, on continuing my education, on my career goals, and on small successes that bloomed into larger ones,” Cassiday said. “I graduated with a 4.0 GPA and highest honors, because of my scholarship. “My success and achieve-

ments did not end when my scholarship was depleted. Rather, it was the start of an everlasting ripple effect of success and achievement.” Everyone is encouraged to attend the Scholarship Golf Classic not only to enjoy a day of friendly competition, but, more importantly, to continue to support the education, success, and achievements of CLC students.

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CLC offers travel study Appalachian Trail Ashley Steinbrecher Staff Reporter

For those seeking adventure this summer, CLC is offering a three-credit biology course, a three-credit creative writing course, and a single-credit physical education course as a travel study to the Appalachian Mountains. Thirty years ago when CLC first opened their doors, Jerry Hinkley--now a retired biology instructor-- started the educational trip. Originally, the plan was to go to the Blue Ridge Mountains, but he quickly realized that it would have been too crowded and switched locations so neither he nor his students would be distracted. After Hinkley retired in 2005, biology instructor and doctoral candidate Bob Remedi took the torch to carry the tradition along with English instructor Mike Latza. “With the exception of a few years of not having enough people and one year of me being sick, we’ve gone every year,” Remedi said. A year later in 2006, Shane Jones joined the team, adding a physical education component to the course, which raised the credit total to seven credit hours. “For the students it’s a set of classes like

they have never had before,” Jones said. “It’s experiential learning. Most classes involve sitting in front of a white board and/or screen listening to a lecture and watching a stream of PowerPoint slides. “The classroom [here] is a forest, a campfire, or a Mountain Vista. The learning occurs through the experience of seeing, catching, and pondering the things around you. It also offers an opportunity to slow down and reconnect with the simple aspects of daily life and escape the stress and pressures of work, family, social media, etc.” If you are a first time hiker and camper, there is no need to worry about how well you will do in the great outdoors. Remedi explained that the classes have been designed for those who have not had much experience with the sciences. “You need to be able to write a little bit,” Remedi said, “however, you don’t need to be a scout or anything like that. You will be taught all of the essentials you need to know to be able to go camping in the Appalachian Mountains with your fellow classmates. Chances are, this might be your classmates’ first time camping as much as it is yours.” Other than decent

clothing to take with you on a hike, students should bring a sturdy, durable backpack, a pair or two of broken-in hiking boots, and other protection such as a coat, hat, and insulated sleeping bag. According to Remedi, basic tableware such as a cup, fork and knife, and a simple pocket knife will be extremely useful as well. CLC will provide transportation, high quality Eureka! brand tents, camp stoves, cookware, and coolers to store any food that is purchased throughout the entire trip. According to Jones, there are 10 things that the students need to bring with them for overall trip success: “A positive attitude and strong work ethic,” Jones said, “patience (things move more slowly down south), enough money for food (starvation equals bad days), water bottles (dehydration equals bad days), medications (no meds equals hospital stays), books and notebooks (no books equals bad grades), comfortable footwear (blisters equals bad days), a good raincoat (wet clothes equals bad days), a good sleeping bag and pad (bad sleep equals bad days), and Ziploc bags (lots of them).” It is also highly recommended by the staff that they leave most of their electronic devices

at home since they will not have any way to charge them until the trip to town every three to four days to stock up on supplies. Both teachers have experience with the outdoors. “We’ll hear owls hooting at night,” Remedi said. “I can talk about how cool it is to hear animals at night, but when you are laying in your sleeping bag gently drifting off hearing the great horned owl hooting, you’re really experiencing life. “When you are in a field class like this, you are experiencing what you are learning. It’s not abstract principles in a book. When you can pick up an animal in your hand and say this little critter can tell me about the environment that I depend on too, it’s powerful.” Jones stated equal appreciation of the beauty of being one with nature. “Witnessing a new group of students experience all that we see and do for the first time is like Christmas with young kids,” said Jones. “It’s the same every year but the reactions and experience never gets old.” The students that previously attended this trip said it was one of the best opportunities they had and that they made lifelong friends along the way.

If you think you are interested in this trip, there are still slots open that need to be filled. The trip takes place May 21 to June 4. The estimated costs for this trip is $460 plus tuition and personal food costs. There are also scholarship opportunities available if you are in need of financial assistance to attend this trip.

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1 Positive Attitude 2 Strong work ethic 3 Patience 4 Money for food 5 Water Bottles 6 Medications 7 Books and notebooks 8 Comfy shoes 9 Good sleeping bag 10 Ziploc bags


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Students take center stage at Fear No Art Festival Ariel Notterman Staff Reporter

The 19th Annual Fear No Art Festival took center stage at the James Lumber Center on April 28 and 29. The festival showcased dance, music, poetry, and visual art created by College of Lake County students and community members. “It’s all the arts coming together in one festival,” said Valerie Alpert, artistic director of the festival and co-chair of CLC’s dance department. “It’s a way to bridge across the arts,” she said. “There might be people who typically go to a music concert, and maybe they’ll come here for the music part, but then they see dance or they see poetry— things that they might not ordinarily go to.” There was also diver-

sity within the array of artistic mediums presented at the festival. The dance portion, for example, included ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and Latin styles of dance. “There’s something for everyone,” Alpert said. “It’s about being exposed to different art forms under one night.” Alpert also noted the benefits of participating in the Fear No Art festival, especially as an opportunity to kickstart students’ artistic careers. “There are so many talented students here,” she said. “I think that they don’t often know what kinds of opportunities they have to showcase, build their portfolio, build their resume, or just share their talents and their creativity.” There were over 30

participants in the festival, consisting of seven choreographers, 18 dancers, 10 musical acts, three visual artists, and three poets. The artists performing at the festival had been rehearsing since January. Among these artists is performer Mikey Barker, a 21-year-old former CLC student. Barker is the Assistant Director of Just The Guys, an all-male acapella group at Stevenson High School. This was his second year participating in the Fear No Art Festival. Barker sang “The Wizard and I” from the Broadway musical “Wicked.” “Wicked has been my absolute favorite musical since I was about 10 years old,” Barker said. “I performed ‘Defying Gravity’ last year at Fear

No Art, which is the most popular song from the show.” Barker’s passion for performing has been going strong since he started performing in 6th grade. “I have always loved the stage,” he said. “I have this drive of wanting to be in front of an audience. It gives me such a rush.” Barker himself has also enjoyed experiencing the diversity in the art expressed by his fellow participants. “I love seeing all the different facets of art that are utilized throughout the whole show,” he said. “From the dancing to the visual arts, it’s so rewarding and fulfilling to see all the different kinds of passions everyone has.” Although the main purpose of the Fear No

Art Festival is to showcase student talent and expose audience members to different forms of art, the festival also promotes artistic appreciation. Barker noted that this kind of exposure and appreciation of the arts is needed now more than ever. “People need and should be exposed to different art forms they aren’t used to,” Barker said. “Especially in this current administration under President Trump, and the current congressional attitudes towards the arts, things such as music, theatre, art, and dance in schools all around the country are being defunded. This is why people should come to Fear No Art, because no art should be feared.”


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CLC presents free faculty and student piano concert Cassie Garcia Staff Reporter

The College of Lake County presented a free student and faculty piano concert at the Grayslake Campus on April 23. CLC piano instructor and performer Kathleen Cizewski and her piano students presented a concert arrangement which included selections from the great master composers Bach, Purcell, and Turk. 21stcentury pieces, such as “Mia and Sebastian’s Theme” from “La La Land,” were also presented at the concert. Cizewski holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano and organ performance and a Master of Music in performance. She is also nationally certified with the Music Teachers National Association, and is the founder of Kathi’s Musicians’ Center School of Music in Grayslake, which celebrates 25 years of music performance and education. Each semester, Cizewski and her students present a student and faculty piano concert that is free to the public. The concert is a chance to showcase what

Student playing piano at the free faculty and student concert on April 23.

the students have been working on over the course of the semester. At the start of each semester, she suggests pieces to her students based on their personality and skill level, and then works with them. Once they have chosen the music they will perform for the program, they begin learning the music, working on their artistry, and memorizing their

performance. Cizewski tells her students to make the audience want to listen to the rest of the piece as soon as the first phrase. The students practice their piano technique for up to 4 hours a day so they can master their performances. Cizewski emphasizes expressive playing, which is why the pieces are never done quickly. To have her students truly express themselves and

communicate with their audience is a priceless experience for Cizewski. The goal is for their performance to tell a story. Cizewski said she believes presentation is another important aspect of a successful performance. “We take time rehearsing every aspect of the performance,” she said. Cizewski said she enjoys every moment

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of the teaching process and witnessing her students’ development. She feels accomplished to see her students grow as artists. As the semester progresses, the piano students become more aware and appreciative of the music they have studied. Cizewski is proud and thrilled to feature her students every semester with a new piano concert.

Grammy-nominated trumpeter to perform at concert Jenn Arias Features Editor

The College of Lake County and the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts are proud to present trumpeter Terrell Strafford as the 40th Annual Guest Artist performer on May 5. Strafford, who has performed at Carnegie Hall and with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band, has recorded over 130 albums. He has also been nominated for several Grammys, earning one in 2009 for the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s “Live at the Village Vanguard.” He now works as a director of jazz studies at Temple University and as an artistic director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. Strafford will perform with CLC’s Monday Night

Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 P.M. at the JLC. The Tuesday Night Jazz Ensemble will also be featured at the concert. Michael Flack, music instructor and Director of CLC’s Wind and Jazz Ensembles, utilized his personal friendship with Strafford to entice him to perform. Familiar with Strafford’s history and talent for making jazz his own, Flack knew this was a performance that needed to be featured at CLC’s annual Guest Artist Concert. “He has an international reputation as a player,” Flack said. “He plays all around the world.” The Monday Night Jazz Ensemble, which is the more exclusive of the two jazz ensembles and requires an audition to join,

will play six songs with Strafford and one without him. The Tuesday Night Jazz Ensemble is open for all CLC students to join, regardless of experience level, and they will also have an opportunity to perform six songs at the concert. When choosing an artist to grace CLC with their musical talent, Flack admits although the choice is ultimately in his hands, he does have a few requirements for performers. “They must be nationally or internationally known,” Flack said. “I have a network of people that I trust that have hired people like this before. A lot of them either I’ve played with before personally or they’re people that I know through my network. “They have to be a good

performer, a good teacher, and they have to have a wide breadth of musical experience in the industry.” Strafford, generally known as a jazz musician, is versatile in his musical stylings. According to Flack, Strafford is uniquely talented at improvising musical pieces and is considered a “virtuoso player.” “He’s not limited with anything he can do on the trumpet,” Flack said. Besides witnessing and being a part of real live jazz music, the CLC jazz band members will be experiencing a once-in-alifetime event that will benefit and encourage their own musical exploration. “They get exposed to somebody who’s at the top of the industry,” Flack explained. “They learn not only how to approach playing their instrument,

but they learn how they approach making a living in the music business. They get to network with these people, they get all kinds of tips about practicing, and then they get to actually perform with them. It’s a good mix.” Flack encourages CLC students to attend the event to hear a world class jazz Player, a rarity for Lake county. The opportunity to hear a “select group of Lake County’s finest” playing alongside Strafford and to witness how artists approach their music will be an enriching experience that cannot be passed up. “Jazz is live music,” Flack said. “It’s meant to be heard live. That’s the beauty of it, you don’t always know what’s going to happen on stage. It’s spontaneous. And that can be really worthwhile for an audience.”


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Cartoons

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CLC’s Thought Process

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Things are feeling a bit boring... let’s destroy a wing and rebuild it, just for fun!

*6 months*

still bored! let’s knock this down too and rebuild a shinier version.

*6 months*

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Bored again! let’s see, what else can we knock down for fun and rebuild?

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FAMILY FRIENDLY MANUFACTURING JOB FAIR Wednesday, June 7, 2017 1-3 p.m. College of Lake County 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL Student Street – Room B100

Interview with a variety of manufacturing companies with jobs that fit YOUR schedule. Top employers with real projects, ready to hire. Leading employers with flexible work benefits suited for students with families.

Students needs to Pre-Register for the fair online at www.collegecentral.com/clcillinois

To see the list of employers go to LancerJobLink powered by College Central Network at www.collegecentral.com/clcillinois after April 25, 2017. For more information contact CLC Career and Job Placement Center (847) 543-2059.

This event was funded pursuant to a grant from the Illinois Community College Board and funded 100% through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006. Gainful employment data is available at www.clcillinois.edu/gainfulemployment. The College of Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer meeting Title IX requirements. www.clcillinois.edu/nondiscrimination


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‘Fate of the Furious’ strays from franchise roots

Peter Anders Staff Reporter

“The Fate of the Furious” is the eighth installment in the “Fast and Furious” series.

managed to constantly raise the stakes. “The Fate of the Furious” has done so on a global scale, more akin to James Bond movies. If there were any fear that stunts like those in “Furious 7” could not be topped, this movie puts those fears to rest. From the chaos caused in New York City by Cipher and her crew to the climactic battles scenes, the set-pieces in this film were unbelievable and the all-star cast does a great job of bringing their characters to life. Vin Diesel is incredibly charismatic as Dom, and it is impossible to hate him at the end of the film despite his unfaithfulness. Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson are great together and their character’s banter is a charming addition to the film. Kurt Russell is very entertaining as the aptly nicknamed, “Mr. Nobody,” and Helen Mirren has a small, quirky role that will put a smile on anyone’s face. Three standout performances were Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw, Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, and, of course, Charlize Theron as Cipher. Statham and Johnson’s characters are great fun in the many scenes they have together. The two characters clearly cannot stand each other, but they have to work together to defeat Cipher. Their complicated relationship makes for many amusing exchanges. They truly deserve their own spin off and, thankfully, it appears that we will be getting one soon. Cipher is the best villain

to come out of the franchise yet. She brings gravitas to her role and is genuinely menacing in all of her scenes. In the film, Cipher is always several steps ahead of everyone. When you think the team has finally gotten the upper hand on her, she

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Graduating with associate’s degree is valuable Courtney Prais Opinion Editor

My friend recently told me going to Commencement for a two-year degree was worthless. They said two years wouldn’t be celebrated at a four-year institution. I had not planned on going to graduation myself because of a conflicting schedule, not because I undermined my achievements here at CLC. Two years, to me, is two years of long nights, eyes straining against the computer screen as I type away at a paper due the next morning. Two years is two years of trying out activities like Forensics Team (better known simply as “speech” to outsiders), when usually I cower away from any sort of events which require me to speak publically. Two years is two years of working two jobs, finally getting a credit card, learning how time-consuming laundry can be, and owning a vehicle I can call my own. Two years is two years more that I am alive, that I have learned, that I have conquered the first steps of college. And this is just coming from the typical college kid perspective. I graduated

from high school on time and went straight to CLC. Others, however, have come to CLC to get a GED. They have come back to college after stepping away for awhile. They have come back, despite having a family at home. Others still persevere, despite taking more than the average two years to receive a degree or certificate. They persevere, despite working three or four jobs ,or navigating a career. Many people walking

across the stage on May 13 will not just be 19and 20-year-olds; they will be mothers, fathers, dedicated students, fighters, individuals who have faced adversaries and have risen above, who have prioritized an education and their dreams over their struggles and many responsibilities. To them, I’d like to say two years is not just two years, but symbolic of the countless hours and stress and downright hard work that goes into any

major feat. Sure, for me, two years is just half of the burden, but it’s still two years shaved off of my journey towards a bachelor’s degree and two years I would had to have endured at any other institution, regardless. Speaking of degrees, that’s just another reason to celebrate graduating: you walk away from this place with representation of your dedication. And, true, while a two-year degree doesn’t bear the same

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credentials a Bachelor’s degree does, it still may be that one determining factor standing between you and an employer. Plus, it shows you can shoulder the weight of college-level courses. For some, a two-year degree means the whole world. To others, a two-year degree is simply another motion of life; a victory worth a few moments of recognition, and then it’s onward into what’s left of their academic career. Regardless of what a two-year degree-- or any degree, for that matter-means to you, it is ignorant to undermine the hard work of others. My Associate’s degree may not mark the end of my academic career, and may not allow me to enter the professional world just yet, but it is certainly more than a piece of paper. It is more than a walk across a stage. And, most importantly, it is worth more than going unnoticed. It is a valuable recognition of my successes as a college student, as a young adult, and as an individual pursuing their goals and dreams. So is Commencement a day to ignore? Certainly not. It is a day to celebrate your own achievements as a student, and the achievements of others.

Thankful for time at CLC, high hopes for next president

Michael Crisantos Staff Reporter

I have been at the College of Lake County for two years and next fall I will be transferring to a four-year institution. With the semester coming to an end, my heart aches at the idea of all I will be leaving behind when I begin this new chapter of my academic career. I remember the first time I stepped foot on campus. It was orientation and I was overwhelmed with the idea of what it meant to be a college student. Did I make the right decision? What is the student life like? Are the

professors approachable? Does advising really care about my future? My mind raced with all the questions I wanted to ask, but I was too scared to relay them to my tour guide. I really did not know what to expect, as I’m sure most have felt. Today, I can’t help but look back at the boy from orientation with the bright green drawstring backpack and smile. My time here at CLC has set up a strong foundation for the rest of my academic career, and I want to highlight some of the ways CLC made a difference in my life-- there have been many people

working behind-thescenes to make my experiences here so amazing. First, I would like to acknowledge all the hard work Dr. Weber has put forth to improve every aspect of the college. With his departure from CLC, I hope the next president continues to improve and build on the successes the college has experienced while he was in charge. Second, the professors I have had at CLC have truly polished my love of learning. They have impacted me in ways that I, as a future educator, aspire to reflect

upon my own scholars. I am not only talking about those individuals I have had as instructors, but also those who have gone out of their way to get to know me. Thank you. And third, I cannot name all the people who have bent over backwards to make me feel at home at CLC. Being transgender has its obstacles, but so many of the CLC staff havelifted me over those hurdles. Again, I thank you. I have been extremely fortunate here at CLC and have been surrounded by amazing people who added nothing but success and

happiness to my life. I do not have the words to describe my gratitude. Whoever has the honor of being the future president of this institution will have a dedicated, supportive, and intellectual community of both students and faculty surrounding them. I wish to find the same supportive community at my next college. Great things lie ahead for CLC at it starts its own new chapter. CLC’s legacy will last infinitely for me, and I can only wish future scholars will be able to say the same.


Opinion

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Readers face epidemic of fake news after election Maria Garcia Staff Reporter

“Journalism can never be silent...It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.” The words of Henry Anatole Grunwald, who served as the managing editor for TIMES for 11 years and editor-in-chief for all of Times, Inc.’s magazines, still hold true today in the vastly shifting realm of journalism and reality. It is the job of a journalist to seek the truth, to keep the general public in-the-know, and to separate gossip and falsities from facts and news. News is the part of communication that keeps us informed of big changes, events, issues, and characters all around the world. Though at times it may more interesting or even entertaining, the foremost value of news is to act as a utility to empower the informed. The purpose of journalism is to

provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments. Journalism is important now more than ever , especially with “fake” news floating around the Internet-now a major source of news updates-- and with a president who seems to dub any opposing opinion or criticism as “fake” news. President Trump has taken to attacking the media repeatedly within the short amount of time he has been in office. The day after Trump’s inauguration, he told a crowd of intelligence officers he had “a running war with the media,” whose members he called, “the most dishonest human beings on Earth.” He then accused news outlets of lying about the size of his inauguration crowds. During inauguration week, the Trump International Hotel in Washington banned journalists from the building— Trump’s ownership of which is a

controversy in its own right. After going a recordlong span without press conferences, he used his first to berate a CNN reporter, calling him “fake news,” then dismissed Buzzfeed News as a “failing pile of garbage” for its release of an unverified dossier containing damaging allegations against Trump. The President even used one of his first post-election meetings with reporters and editors, held in Trump Tower in November, to insult their “outrageous” and “dishonest” coverage. Fresh off an electoral victory, he used his Twitter platform to lambast The New York Times and the media in general for allegedly inciting protests. He broke protocol by traveling, on multiple occasions, without the customary pool of reporters. All of this has only happened since November-a span of five months, if that. With all the talk of “fake” news and untrustworthy media outlets, it’s seemingly more difficult now, after these accusations, wto

distinguish what is real from what is not. So, how can you decipher sources to be sure they are worth listening to? One way to check for fake news is to find out where the information came from. Consider the source. Does it seem credible? Does the URL seem real? Cross check: has any other major news broadcaster posted the same thing? Stay aware of the emotions. Ask yourself by reading the headline, what emotions do I feel? Am I really angry, scared, frustrated, or do I want to share this to tell everybody what’s going on? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then check the sources to see who’s broadcasting this information and if there is an underlying, reason behind its existence. Asking simple and logical questions can destroy a lunch-time rumor, and is exactly what needs to be done when engaging with updates to your newsfeed on Facebook

and Twitter. Rumors and lies are not a 21st century invention, and neither is fake news. For example, fake news spread that a man died in a meth-lab explosion after lighting his farts on fire. And sorry, a woman did not murder her college roommate for sending out too many Candy Crush requests. (Both of these fake news stories went viral in 2016). Many people right now are feeling overwhelmed, fearful, and unsure of what’s going to happen next when any big news breaks. While they’re scrolling through their information feeds at high-speed on mobile phones, their critical functions are not kicking in, and they information that makes them feel immediately connected with other people who think similarly to them. The best way to prevent the spread of fake news is to check sources, and inform others if something about their own sources seems off.

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Science building continues construction

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Chronicle staff wishes you a great summer!

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Truth Conquers All Since 1969

Vol 50, No.14

Reflecting and looking ahead for Lancers’ athletics Ryan Haass Sports Editor

As the spring semester ends, it’s time we take a look at how the College of Lake County Athletics Department fared for the 2016-2017 academic year and take a brief look forward to next year. The Lancers’ men’s basketball team had a bit of a down season, going 3-27 in 30 games, amounting to a .111 winning percentage. This was a great drop off from the previous season, when the Lancers went 1713. However, things are looking promising for next

season, as there are multiple talented recruits, such as Brian Julien, Jarod Stonis, and Ian Haflinger, coming to CLC. Rising sophomores, like Zach Pilcher, Colton Jewell, and Richard Ray, should continue to grow and further improve their team. In regards to Lancers’ baseball, the verdict is still out. The team is still playing regular season games and hold a respectable record that is just a tad below .500. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how the boys finish out their final games on the diamond. The men’s tennis team was certainly one of the top

performers for the year, as they finished the regular season with a 6-3 record, entering the regional playoffs as the number three seed. If the men’s tennis team wins out in the playoffs, then they will have won their first Illinois Skyway Conference Championship since 2000. Either way, the boys have done very well on the court and should look forward to having the same level of success next season, as nine of the 12 athletes currently on the team are rising sophomores. Moving on to the women’s athletics, the Lancers’ women’s soccer team finished

with a 4-11-1 record, which was a 1.5 win improvement from the previous season. Surely, the addition of a talented group of girls aided the team in their quest for this improvement, as there were seven freshmen on this years team. That should bode well for the Lancers next season, as those talented freshmen are now rising sophomores who have an extra year of training and experience under their belt. With two thirds of the team being freshman, the women’s volleyball team earned a positive record this year, going 10-8. Like the soccer team, the team

should continue to improve as their large group of rising sophomores continue to grow. Overall, it was a rather successful year for the Lancers’ athletics programs. Many teams were able to improve on their record from the prior season. Sure, it wasn’t perfect, but nothing is. With so many talented rising sophomores and incoming freshman spread out among the various teams, the 2017-2018 academic year should be marked by an improving athletics program. It will certainly be an exciting time to be a Lancer.

consistently asked to stay on the line to block. Though not sexy, Howard was arguably the best blocker on the Alabama offense, which was loaded with NFL talent and made it all the way to the National Championship. Either way, his lack of production in college shouldn’t be a distraction from the astounding potential that he possesses. At 6’6” and 251 lbs, Howard is an impressive physical specimen, but it gets even better. At the NFL Combine in March, Howard ran an amazing 4.51 second 40-yard-dash and put up 22 reps of 225 lbs on the bench press. Howard nonchalantly went on to test higher than any other tight end in the 20yard and 60-yard shuttle. O.J. Howard’s experience and success blocking in the SEC, combined with his amazing physical ability, is good enough to be an NFL star. College success isn’t always the best indicator of NFL success, anyways.

In fact, former USC running back, Reggie Bush, one of the most prolific college football players ever, was taken second overall and put up mediocre numbers. Like Bush, Christian McCaffrey put up gaudy stats in the Pac-12 by contributing as a runner, receiver, and returner at Stanford University. McCaffrey set a NCAA record for most all-purpose yardage in a season while he was a sophomore, going for 3,864 total yards, 2019 rushing yards (most in the FBS), and ultimately leading to being elected as a Heisman Trophy Finalist. Determined to cement his place as a top pick, at 5’11” and 202 lbs, McCaffrey tied for second among RBs in the vertical jump, ran a 4.48 second 40-yard dash, and tested better than all his fellow draft hopefuls in the 60-yard shuttle. McCaffrey also ran routes with the wide receivers, show casing his amazing versatility. So, what makes him any different from Reggie Bush?

While both are somewhat undersized scat-backs with amazing athleticism, McCaffrey has proved that he can be the workhorse for a team, whereas Bush often split carries with LenDale White and went on to show that his body couldn’t handle the burden. McCaffrey also plays in an era where playmaking ability and versatility is at a premium. That isn’t to say you have to be a versatile scat-back to succeed. As a young lad, I remember watching Jamal Lewis and Larry Johnson terrorize defenses, and then I got to grow up watching Adrian Peterson do the same thing. Ex-LSU running back Leonard Fournette is going to be a gift to the next generation of football fans. At 6’0” and 240lbs, the generational talent blew everyone away by running a 4.51 second 40-yard dash. That’s stupid-fast for a human being of his size. His speed-size combination is enough to make evaluators salivate.

His college stats aren’t too shabby either. When Fournette was just a true-freshman he led the SEC in all-purpose yards, while running for 1,034 yards. Not satisfied, this terror of a man ran for another 1,953 yards as a sophomore, racking up 22 touchdowns on the season. Fournette’s running style, which is similar to a bulldozer plowing through bricks, does present some risks, as his junior season was hampered by some short-term injuries. Despite this concern, no one will deny that Leonard Fournette is a freak of nature and he will most definitely be the top RB taken in the draft. As Wayne Gretzky once said: you miss one-hundred percent of the shots you don’t take. Three NFL teams are going to hit the jackpot with their shot. *Stats provided by NFL. com*

NFL rookies who will be immediate stars Ryan Haass Sports Editor

Along with spring comes an exciting event for sports fans. No, I’m not talking about the NBA or NHL playoffs-- it’s NFL draft season. If you’re a football geek like me, you probably have been closely watching statements from various team officials, analyzing college game tape of prospects, and looking to see how each NFL hopeful tests in the underwear olympics. Here are three players that have amazing potential and fans should be excited to see on their roster. Among NFL lovers, it is almost a consensus opinion that tight end Rob Gronkowski will be inducted to the Hall of Fame when he hangs up the cleats. Alabama tight end OJ Howard has similar potential. Howard has never shocked fans or analysts with his statistics at Alabama, but his team didn’t ask him to. Alabama is a run-heavy offense and, as such, Howard was

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