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A TALE OF TWO TEAMS Lady Chaps find success on court, while Men’s Basketball takes a beating Stories By Austin Slott, Features Editor & Shawn Mukherji, News Editor

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he Lady Chaps pulled out a big win against Milwaukee Area Technical College Wednesday night, beating the Stormers 81-46. “There were a lot of deficiencies we showed on the court tonight but luckily the ladies were able to rebound for our own mistakes,” Head coach Cristopher Cotton said. The Lady Chaps got out to a strong start, going on a 12-0 run to begin the game and not allowing the Stormers to score a single point in the first eight minutes of the game. The Chaps’ aggressive defense

see ‘Lady Chaps’ page 14


ate game heroics weren’t enough to crack the bolstering defense, as the Men’s Basketball team were handed a 79-55 loss on Wednesday. The Chaps faced a height disadvantage against the Milwaukee Area Technical College Stormers, who posed a stout defense that stifled any offensive rally, entering the night on a three game losing streak. Out the gate, the Chaps held on to a small lead as Stormer Guard Steven Pratt connected with his first of five, three pointers on the night. Effective shooting from beyond

see ‘Slammed’ page 14

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Health Sciences receives credit, names new dean By Shawn Mukherji News Editor The college’s Nursing and Health Sciences department undergoes administrative change after accreditation visit. Vickie Gukenberger will take the reigns as Associate Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences after the nursing program receives a fully-accredited status through 2016. The announcement was made fol-

Vickie Gukenberger. lowing the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission’s (NLNAC) visit to the college.

The accreditation criteria set by the NLNAC is nationally recognized for nursing education programs such as clinical doctorate, master’s degrees, baccalaureate degree, associate degree, diploma, and practical nursing programs. “The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) is proud to have attained the NLNAC accreditation, and happy to join the Practical Nursing program as a part of the Department to attain this honor,”

said Gukenberger in a statement. Receiving the accreditation means more opportunities and resources for ADN students that otherwise would not be available according to Gukenberger. The responsibilities of Associate Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences include ensuring overall administrative capacity,

I am anxious to continue to meld a sense of collaboration and communication of colleagues in the health careers, emulating the environment in which health care is practiced and offered today. VICKIE GUKENBERGER, ASSOCIATE DEAN OF NURSING



COURIER • February 17, 2012

Colleges re-think remedial math By Shawn Mukherji News Editor Reform of remedial math courses has been a hot topic for community colleges across the nation in effort to increase graduation rates. The college has been working with various high schools to promote a change in math curriculum, insisting that high school students need to take four years of math instead of the minimum of three

to avoid taking remedial classes that do not count towards a degree, rather as an entry to higher level math courses. Currently there’s a disconnect between K-12 math education and higher level educational systems, this misalignment leaves many students entering the college atmosphere unprepared, affecting their ability to earn degrees.

In a report released by Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon after touring 48 of Illinois’ community colleges, she refers to the statistic that only one in five first time students enrolled graduate with an associates degree within three years, as a call to arms for collaboration. Her recommendation includes that high schools should voluntarily require four years of math, that high schools and community col-

leges should partner to offer dual credit courses to all high school juniors and seniors and that community colleges should embed remediation and developmental classes into credit bearing courses. Simons’ concerns are echoed through Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Joseph Collins, who agrees that the ultimate goal is to increase graduation rates and oversees programs that work

to achieve that goal such as dual-credit courses offered by COD to high school seniors. Associate Dean of Mathematics Tom Schrader works closely with high schools and is part of committees that focus on the realignment of elementary through college curriculum. Schrader regularly meets with high school representatives, emphasizing the importance of having four years of math. He also works on lobbying for alternative methods such as a placement tests that high school students take in their junior year, that gives them an understanding of their standing with the college’s level of math, a year before they graduate. “You take four years of English, why not math?” he asks.

‘nursing’ from page 1 securing faculty resources, managing of student participation in the program of study, delivery and evaluation of curriculum design and obtaining needed resources to optimize student learning. Gukenberger has been with the college for over two years. Most of her previous experience is related to health career education. Which include being Interim Director of Nursing Program for Truman College and Founding Director and Professor of Nursing at Roosevelt University. “I think with the employment opportunities, the health careers programs are positioned to continue to be a valued commodity to the employers and community we serve, as well as the students who choose us as their education provider,” she said.

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COD/Lewis 3+1 BA Degree Info Session Walk-in information session in HEC 1019 for the 3+1 bachelors degrees in Criminal/Social Justice and Fire Service Administration. Wednesday, February 22, 2012 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM For more information call Michelle Mega, Lewis Admissions (815) 836-5342 Disney Internship Info Session Learn about internships at Disney Land and Disney World. Student Resource Center -Room 1450A Wednesday, February 22, 2012 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Call (630) 942-3258


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Collision $501-$1500 Unit 1 stated in summary: driving west on lot Fawell E driver came to a stop sign and stopped. Proceeded to make a left turn consequently striking unit 2 on his left front bumper. Unit 1 stated she did not see unit 2 turn into lot E.

Thursday, Feb. 9 Incident $501-1500 Complainant stated that she parked her vehicle in the north east corner of parking lot D at approximately 12:00 p.m. facing north. She stated that there was nothing unusual about her commute to school and her car did not malfunction in any way. When she started the car at 4:15 p.m. it sounded like there was no muffler. Complainant stated that she went to an Auto care center, who informed her that the catalytic converter and 02 sensor was completely cut

Tuesday, Feb. 7 Hit and Run $500 or less Driver unit 2 stated he arrived in parking lot Fawell B at approximately 7:00 p.m. for class. He parked facing east on the far north end of the lot. Unit 2 came out from class at approximately 8:30 p.m. and didn’t notice any vehi-


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3+1 programs compliment Obama administration’s ‘career centers’ “Higher education can’t be a luxury, it is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford,” US President Barrack Obama said in the Jan. 24 State of the Union address. That sentiment rang out to an audience as Obama moved right into discussing education reform, specifically revolving around community colleges. Obama advocated the transformation of community colleges into community career centers. Looking for places “that teach people skills that businesses are looking for right now.” With that being said, it would appear that COD is on the right path. After a signing last February, the college developed a new tool to help students achieve affordable education and help train them for prospective careers. The 3+1 agreement with Lewis University in Criminal Justice paved the way for a flood of seven new partnerships with multiple universities. These agreements allow COD students to take three years of classes geared toward a particular major, on the college’s main campus, while the fourth year is also taught at COD but by other university professors. In the last year of study, teachers from Roosevelt University, Benedictine University or Governor’s State University or whoever the partnership is with, will come to COD’s campus to teach, making a four-year bachelor’s degree in reach for students who can’t afford to smash open the piggy bank. Obama highlighted the importance of giving community colleges the necessary resources to grow into

career centers and pair up with businesses. It is good to see the college moving forward with these progressive strides in higher education. A bonus for the students is that, not only are they getting a bachelor’s degree in their desired field of study, but also there is a reduced tuition cost for the final year. Considering other university professors will be teaching the fourth year, students are required to pay tuition for the college in which they are hoping to attain a degree from. For example, if a student at the college were looking into pursuing the Criminal Justice degree for Lewis, they would pay at a 40 percent reduced tuition rate. This rate fluctuates depending on the university and partnership. But the reduction in

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Last week’s answers: Last Week’s Poll: Should the US intervene in the event of an Israeli genocide?

partnerships? Quite simply, there aren’t enough of them. The Courier has been critical of if the college’s administration values students and their academic endeavors. Despite a whirlwind of problems this past year, it is truly a landmark in higher education when a community college takes the initiative to change with the economic climate and adapt to its students’ needs. The college needs to continue pursuing these educationally revolutionary movements in making college affordable and stretching the limits of junior colleges everywhere. Two-year institutions should take a page from COD’s playbook and look at incorporating more student-friendly academic partnerships that have little cost and tremendous gains.

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tuition is a definite perk regardless. Obama touched on his plans to train two million Americans with the skills they need that will lead directly to a job. These 3+1 agreements accomplish that. Specialized training for a career is on the horizon with programs that focus entirely on a specific area of study. It is especially vital in a nation where American students owe a whopping $865 million in student loan debt, which is higher than the nation’s credit card debt. This is exactly the reason why 3+1 agreements are so key. Helping students save a buck and offering them a fouryear degree is definitely an innovative step in the right direction. What is the issue with these

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COURIER • February 17, 2012

role model for aspiring muscians?

• Indifferent • Personal choices shouldn’t

overshadow her talent Absolutely She made poor life choices, so she is not a good role model

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This poll was active from Feb. 10 through Feb. 16 and had 5 votes.

February 17, 2012 • COURIER



Celebrities need to be held accountable for Important E-mails their actions, held to a different standard By Elise Anderson Graphics Editor

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It's very convenient to simply forget or overlook famous R&B performer Chris Brown’s attack on his former girlfriend and pop singer Rihanna. With a welcoming of Brown at this year’s Grammys, the mere fact that one can simply mesh back into society without facing the consequences of their actions is enough to turn stomachs. Violently attacking his thengirlfriend is something that should constantly ring loudly in people’s mind when they think of Chris Brown.

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Elise Anderson Just because someone can sing well, doesn’t make them, in any way, above the law. Brown deserves to be heavily criticized for his disgusting action, and further penalized

by the judicial system. Nobody, not even celebrities, should be held at a different standard. If it is acceptable for Brown to beat his girlfriend, wait a year and integrate back into society with ease, then what is the limit of celebrity status? People should not idolize a man who resorted to such unjustifiable decisions. But it's unconscionable to do so. We hear messages all the time about domestic violence and abusive relationships and we say the abuser is an awful person, but I guess that's just because they don't have a record contract.

Chris Brown is just another example of a celebrity committing a crime that would send an average civilian to jail, but does not receive an equally severe penalty. This also illustrates a major problem with society, when girls publish online comments, saying they wish Chris Brown would hit them because he's so hot. Is it the crime itself that people overlook? Would America's reaction change had he raped a woman or committed murder? My guess is that his supporters would focus solely on his ability to dance and sing.

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Professor integrates classroom learning and religious practice By Austin Slott Features Editor “I can only teach them so much in the classroom, but my students learn more when they are able to experience what I am teaching,” Professor of Philosophy and Religion Kent Richter said. It was with this mindset that Richter brought to his religion class, History of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Richter recently invited the class to local Etz Chaim synagogue in Lombard as they learned about more extensively about Judaism. The Etz Chaim Congregation has 500 families that belong to it and has 400 kids enrolled in their school. As members of the class took their seats inside the synagogue, former president of Etz Chaim, Alan Herbach, handed a copy of the congregation’s prayer book, Mishkan T’Filah, to the students. Written in Hebrew with translations on the adjacent page, Herbach explained how Hebrew is read from right to

left, clearing up the students’ confusion on why the book was “backwards.” Herbach led the presentation of the synagogue, discussing the reformed Judaism that the congregation practices and how it is different from Orthodox Judaism. “We are reform Jews meaning we are the most liberal members of the Jewish faith,” Herbach said. He explained how the members of the synagogue do not necessarily eat kosher foods or cease work on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. “During Shabbat, it is expected that we do not work…that means no driving, no turning on light switches, you aren’t even supposed to tear a sheet of toilet paper,” Herbach said. Despite this, they still practice other Jewish traditions like Bar and Bat mitzvahs and celebrate holidays like Passover. However, one concept that some students could not wrap their minds around was when Herbach put forth the notion that the congregation has members who are atheists but still come to Friday serv-

ices. Herbach rationalized this by explaining that Judaism is seen as more of a cultural obligation than it is a religious one, an idea that got some students engaged in the conversation. “This is exactly the reaction I was hoping to have from the class,” Richter said. One concept of the Jewish faith that is the same for anyone who practices it is the reading of the Torah, the holy book of Judaism. According to Herbach, every synagogue around the world reads the same portion of the Torah for each day of service. But it was the handling of the Torah that really caught the class’ attention. The book is hand-written by rabbis designated to do so and cost around $50,000 to $100,000. When reading from the Torah, one cannot turn the pages by hand but rather using a silver rod called a yad. This trip is the first of three that Richter plans to take his class on, including a Catholic/Christian church and a Muslim Mosque later in the semester.

A script from the Torah.

Alan Herbach speaks with Professor Kent Richter’s Religion class in the Etz Chaim Synagogue in Lombard, Illinois, Tuesday, February 14.

Photo by Chris Johnson

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February 17, 2012 • COURIER


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Catching up with 13 year old COD student, middle schooler Trent Dela Riva By Austin Slott Features Editor After being at COD for over a year now, what are your thoughts? I’m happy I came here, definitely better than a normal school. I don’t know it’s different definitely. It’s definitely become easier too since I’ve gotten used to it. Easier in what way?

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I’m learning more from COD and I have better time management. That’s gotten better. Also I stay up pretty late doing homework. How late do you usually stay up? 2 A.M., these days. Wow, how do you manage staying up until 2 o’clock in the morning getting all your homework done and then go to school the next day? It’s very difficult it’s the only reason why I drink Mountain Dew, I hate the taste of it but it keeps me up (laughs). I’ve always got up early because my parents got up early and it’s not like I can just sleep in. What’s a normal Tuesday for you? Wake up at 7, get ready for school, leave at 8:20 and school from 9-4. Then I have some time to start homework and eat. It’s not exactly time for me to socialize with friends on these days. Then I go to class from 7-9:20 How do you manage to see friends and live the life of a middle school student?


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What is your opinion of COD? It’s a very good school definitely better than middle school. I’ve never been taught at any other college but it seems like the best in the state. How do people react when you tell them you’re a college student? Well, if it’s an adult they’ll usually think it’s cool or something but if it’s a student then I usually have to bring out a textbook or show my class schedule to prove I’m in the class. Do you ever feel like you miss out on anything because of your work load? Yeah, especially with friends and sports. The kid side of me would sometimes rather be playing with my friends or sports than studying. What are your plans for the future? I’m trying to get into the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) for eighth grade. I think I can get in but there a lot of smart kids trying to get in for eighth grade too. It’s basically like a small college. What are your plans for after IMSA? Ideally, and this may sound a little cliché but MIT is my dream school. What profession do you want to pursue? Well, it used to be astronaut, but then I turned ten. So it’s between electronic engineer and physicist.

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VINYL VAULT Library listening area is a low-fi oasis on a tech centered campus Hidden deep in the library is a bountiful collection of CDs and vinyl records unkown to most. Complete with various genres ranging from classical and jazz to classic rock and pop the collection is primarily focused around the music curiculum at the college, according to Associate Dean of Learning Resources, Ellen Sutton. The college’s music can also be accessed digitally to those with a library card. Having been around since the 1970s, the music collection is a gem of the college that any music afficionado should seek out. —Matt Mertes, A&E Editor


1,600 Estimated number of vinyl records in the library collection.

1,000 Estimated number of compact disks in the collection.


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Old-school listening stations with bulky headphones and comfy chairs that will make you feel like you’re in a 1970s rec room.

How do I get there? Head to the second floor of the library and go toward the southeast corner facing the parking lot and Compass Hill.

Photos by Chris Johnson

A&E Editor explores music collection (top). An old school phonograph turntable in the library (bottom).


COURIER • February 17, 2012

Art professor wins award for sculpture, explains ‘animal’ inspiration By Matt Mertes A&E Editor

Marina Kuchinski, Associate Art Professor, was awarded a Juror’s Award for her work in the “Beyond the Brickyard” exhibit at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT and reminisces on her artistic career with the Courier. Kuchinski was born in Israel into an artistic family. Her father drew for a hobby and her mother was a fashion designer. “I remember watching my father and kind of copying him and that’s how I started drawing,” Kuchinski said. “My style has been consistent since grad school at Penn State where I began to focus more on the human experience,” Kuchinski said. Currently, her work has been geared toward exploring animals. Most specifically dogs. Kuchinski plans to capture the relationship between human and canine and how

the two interact in terms of affection and respect. Kuchinski has taught ceramics and drawing at the college for 12 years and has had work displayed in hundreds of exhibits throughout the country and in Israel. There is no connection in her work to her Israeli heritage or American culture because “when it comes down to it, humans are all the same, and my goal is to portray that same human experience in my work,” Kuchinski said. As a perfectionist, she prefers her latter creations because they have progressed over time and she can see the maturation in her work. “I just look at something and I can see how to make it better,” Kuchinski said. For those striving towards a career in the arts Kuchinski advices to “keep it up, to always feel passionate about your work and don’t let any obstacles discourage you.”

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SALSA VERDE Latin dance heats up the K building By Nathan Camp Staff Correspondent

Last Friday gave students and community members the opportunity to learn to shake and salsa at a free college event. Dance instructor Diane Smith, headed the event by speaking to the crowd of around 70 people, in the K building West Commons, Smith attempted to teach merengue dances and encourage students to move and groove. The night began with an hour long lesson on salsa and merengue styles which then turned into a two hour free dance for the attendees to try out their new dance moves. According to Smith, learning to dance for adults is often intimidating but for all age groups, she has found a way to relieve some tension. “In my classes I still use humor a lot

Dance instructor Diane Smith teaches Salsa in the K Commons.

for the same reason,” said Smith. “If my students are more relaxed, they are more likely to learn and retain what they have learned.” She employs the method of using humor in her teaching, especially those in group lessons or a party session, and has noticed great benefits. “If my students are more relaxed, they are more likely to learn and retain what they have learned,” said Smoth. “A relaxed attitude and an atmosphere where they don’t feel judged helps tremendously.” The night was highlighted not just by the dance, but also the music selections which covered many bases as far as preference and could find something for almost everyone throughout the evening.

Photos by Nathan Camp

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Salome’s Stars


OUT ON A LIMB by Gary Kopervas

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The adventurous Aries won't be disappointed with taking on a new challenge, despite some initial misgivings. Look for this move to open other opportunities down the line.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Let that beautiful Bovine smile not only put you at ease, but also show that you're ready, willing and more than able to confound the naysayers around you. A new admirer has important news.

AMBER WAVES by Dave T. Phipps

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Be careful how you handle a relationship that you're hoping to save. You already have the facts on your side. Avoid weakening your position by embellishing it with unnecessary dramatics. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Taking definitive stands isn't easy for the often-wavering Moon Child. But you not only need to stay with your decision, but also reassure others it was the right thing to do. LEO (July 23 to August 22) As a proud Lion, you're right to be upset about those who might be lying about you to others. But the best revenge is proving them wrong by succeeding at what you set out to do.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Caution is still

THE SPATS by Jeff Pickering

advised before making a financial commitment to a "promising" project. Look for the facts behind the fluff. Devote the weekend to loved ones.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A Taurus offers comfort and advice as you deal with an upsetting event. Use this as a learning experience that will help you avoid similar problems in the future.

SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A romantic

R.F.D. by Mike Marlamd

situation creates some chaos for single Scorpions. But it's well worth the effort to work things out. A trusted friend can offer some helpful advice.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Expect to make new friends as your social circle expands. Also, remember to tell that family member how proud you are of his or her achievements.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) New ventures continue to be favored. And with your selfconfidence rising all the time, you'll want to see how well you can do with a new challenge. So, go to it.


AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) This is a good time for the usually "serious-minded" Aquarian to let loose and enjoy some fun times. Expect to get good news about a workplace issue.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Changed plans

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BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for bringing people together. You would make a fine judge or counselor.

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COURIER • February 17, 2012

‘slammed’ from page 1 the arc was the difference between both offenses. The Chaps went 0-4 in the first half and concluded the outing with two three pointers out of 11 at 18.2 percent. The Stormers were 8-22, at 36 percent from the three point line. “We started out well,” Head coach Don Klaas said, “and then we had a rash of turnovers that gave them layups.” The Stormer defense hounded the Chaps, forcing five steals for a combined 18 turnovers from the Chaps. Klaas acknowledged that turnovers have been an issue this season, as they lead to easy points for the opposing team. Going into halftime, the Stormers lead the Chaps 3423, on a 17-2 run and extended the gap in scores during the course of the second half with 22 points off turnovers, amassing the largest lead of the game at 6940.

Pratt lead the Stormers in scoring with 17 points, benefiting from good ball movement coming from Point Guard Rishaad Alexander who dished behind the back passes to teammates, ending the night with 11 points, nine assists and a steal. As the Chaps attempted a come back, leading scorer Sophomore guard Yeremiah Crutcher, tied with Freshman guard Xavier Biles at 12 points was often triple teamed, contributing to the 46 defensive stops for the Stormers. Klaas was relatively reserved throughout the game, calling shots from the bench and refraining from yelling on the sidelines as per the usual routine. Even addressing the team after the game, Klaas said he isn’t one to linger around the obvious. “They know what they did,” he added, “we’ll come in tomorrow and work on it.”

Photo by Chris Johnson

Sophomore guard John Johnson looks to pass while guard Yeremiah Cruthcher battles for position.

‘lady chaps’ from page 1 definitely played a major factor in their win. Their game plan of pressing paid off as the Stormers struggled to find shots on the night, and eventually led to them forcing up bad shots. The Lady Chaps recorded nine steals on the night and out-rebounded MATC 52-31. Center DD Buttgereit led both sides, recording 13 rebounds. “We had a big time turn around on rebounds, last game they killed us on the boards and it was the total opposite this game,” Cotton said. “This helped lead us to the win.” Offensively, the Lady Chaps seemed perfectly in-sync with good ball movement on every position and by being patient with their shot choices. They dominated the assist category with 22 assists against MATC’s seven. “They have definitely improved on that with the extra

passes,” Cotton said. “What that does is it gets the team moving and you can tire out a team with good ball movement.” But the biggest difference in the game was turnovers. Because of the Lady Chaps’ strong defense, the Stormers made wild passes and rushed decisions on many of their key possessions, ending with 22 turnovers, failing to grasp a lead throughout the gamer. “Right now the ball handling is as strong as maybe it could be, so we wanted to try to exploit that a little bit by applying some pressure,” Cotton said. The Lady Chaps capitalized on these turnovers and arrant passes as they led to easy transition baskets for, resulting in a whopping 35-7 differential in points off turnovers. The Lady Chaps led big for the entire game, maybe causing some tension on the

Stormers side of the ball as emotions seemed to have gotten the best of one of players as she threw her arm in the face of COD guard Elieaza Claudio, sending her to the floor. No foul was called on the play, even as shouts for a flagrant foul came from the audience. Claudio remained on the ground for a couple minutes before making her way to the bench on her own strength. She was later able to return to the game. “It was an interesting reffed game,” Cotton said. “My young ladies got caught up in that a little bit too much. We just need to relax and calm down and focus on our opponent.” The Lady Chaps looks to carry this momentum into their next match up against Madison on Saturday.

Photo by Carl Jalowiec

Point guard Raven Hurley dishes the ball out to freshman Shooting guard Hashika Barral.

Photo by Chris Johnson

Sophomore guard Yeremiah Cruthcher faces the pressure.

Photo by Carl Jalowiec

Lady Chaps Center DD Buttgereit is fouled as she attemps a lay-up. Buttgereit grabbed a team high 13 boards .


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Track off Athlete of the Week to a fast start -

By Josh Tolentino Sports Editor The Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Track and Field team are off to a quick start after several impressive performances last Saturday at the Chicagoland Indoor Championships which was held at North Central College. Highlighting some of the remarkable performances on the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side were Shenelle Burnett and Anna Deufel. Burnett came out 7th in the 60 Meter Hurdles finishing in 9.64. Deufel finished 4th in the 60 Meter Dash with a final time of 7.94. Sergio Miranda has led the way for the Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team for two consecutive weeks in a row. At the Illinois Weselyan meet, Miranda placed 1st overall in the 1 Mile with a time of 4:27. At the last weeks Chicagoland meet, Miranda competed in the 800 Meter Dash and came in 2nd with a time of 1:55.46. Mirandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final time was just one second away from a school record, and one second away from being able to compete at nationals. Head coach Jane Vatchev was satisfied with the teams performance on many levels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After two meets, were off to a very good start,â&#x20AC;? Vatchev said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had some very impressive times and we look to improve on every aspect and we will continue to work hard every practice.â&#x20AC;? Out of twenty two Division I schools, the Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team placed 9th while the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team placed 10th overall. Last season, COD was converted from Division III to Division I competition. The step up has provided a challenge for both teams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was kind of an eye opening experience,â&#x20AC;? Vatchev said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very excited because it provides new challenges to our teams, we have a higher level of competition when we compete now which pushes us to do better.â&#x20AC;? Not only has the track team been busy on the track but also have success in the school room. Last seasons 2011 team was awarded as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Academic All Americanâ&#x20AC;? team for their achievements in class and on the track. The Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team currently holds twenty eight atheltes while the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team boast ten athletes. Anyone still interested in joining track are still eligible to join. You can contact Coach Vatchev at (630) 942-3329. With high expectations, the Chaps compete in todays Cardinal Classic meet at NCC.

Photo by Chris Johnson

Photo by Chris Johnson

Q: Who inspires you?

Name: Anthony Campbell Sport: Basketball Year: Sophomore Major: International Business Position: Foward Age: 20

A: My mother. Q: Any advice for basketball players? A: Keep working hard, never give up, and always push yourself early. Set early goals to get better.

Q: What is your favorite thing about basketaball?

Q:What do you do in your free time?

A: How pumped up thecrowd can get.

A: Spend time with my family and play basketball.

Q: Least favorite thing about basketball?

Q: Plans after COD?

A: I hate losing

A: Get a scholarship for college basketball and start my own money business

Q: Favorite Pre-game ritual? A: I talk to my son who is about to turn one year old and pray.

Q: Favorite NBA Player? A: Kevin Duant

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