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COURIER • NOVEMBER 30, 2012

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OPINION Not all counselors are created equal This letter is regarding the article that was written regarding what the student’s stated regarding the counselor’s office. This is my last year at the college. I was lucky enough to work with Counselor and Professor Michael Duggan since 2008. Although I didn’t start at College of DuPage until 2011, when I did decide to begin college, I sought out Michael Duggan because I remembered how knowledgeable and helpful he was when I talked with him in 2008. Now that I’m getting ready to graduate in the Spring, I have Michael Duggan to thank because he has worked with me these past two years. I also had the privilege of having him as an instructor for his Career Development class when I took it my first semester.

He was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had and I’ll miss him dearly when I graduate from the college. Whenever I have any issues or need to talk about anything, he is always there for me. He has spent many hours with me going over classes, encouraging me about schoolwork and lending a listening ear when I need to vent about my stress. He always carves time out in his busy schedule to talk to me. I’ve had some trouble with certain people and instructors at the college and he has always been there supporting me asking me questions on what I wanted to do about those situations and how he could help. I have been lucky to have had him as a mentor and counselor. Yes, I have had some trouble in

the past with other counselors when I’ve had to see other counselors when Michael wasn’t available. Not every counselor is the same and not everyone knows the same stuff. When I had trouble with others I would just say to myself “I’ll wait for Michael and make sure I make appointments with him and him only.” Because I’ve had the same counselor and he’s been great, I’ve had great success with the counseling department. Advice I would give to students would be to keep the same counselor, make appointments ahead of time and ask for Michael Duggan to be their counselor. He’s the best there is. Warm regards, Ginny Pappaianou

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SLC helps with new food options This semester Student Leadership Council has had several successful Town Hall meetings. We host Town Hall meetings to provide an open forum for students to have a dialogue with different groups at the college about issues concerning the students. This semester we hosted Pizza with the President, a chance for students to sit down with President Brueder and freely talk about any concerns or questions they had about the college. Also in attendance were Vice President Joe Collins as well as Dean of Students Sue Martin. We also held a Town Hall covering Financial Aid, allowing students to help get the facts straight when it came to how their aid was being handled. Finally we held a meeting concerning the food that is available on campus. Concerns ranging from health, ethics, and religious needs were raised by attendees. I am happy to say that as a direct result from this meeting, starting on November 28th, Sodexo will begin providing several Halal and vegan/vegetarian meal options. We at SLC would like to thank Lynn Konicek, General Manager of Sodexo and Lori Carter, District Manager for so expediently taking the concerns of students and making accommodations where they were needed. We are looking forward to another set of Town Halls in the Spring and are always looking for issues that students want addressed on campus. Hank Gordon SLC President


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