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NEWS IN BRIEF Classics, Opera play in local theaters
M One of the three tables lined with many delicious cakes and other desserts. Nov. 17, 2016, Saginaw, MI. Photo Credit | Brynna Henika
Chocolate Affair celebrates 25 years Brynna Henika
elta College foundation rang in another success for its top-selling fundraiser, Chocolate Affair. The fundraiser, which took place Nov 17, uses its proceeds to provide for Delta’s Possible Dream Program. Attendees enjoyed a wide assortment of dinner entrees, specialty
drinks, cakes and a wide range of delicious desserts for guests to enjoy. Live music, provided by the local band Jedi Mind Trip, also lit up the evening’s activities. “The event started off as something called the Holiday Preview,” says Mike Kelly, Chair of the Delta Foundation’s board.
Board of Trustees introduce campus and Democracy Commitment
According to Kelly, what is now named A Chocolate Affair has been currently held at the HORIZONS Conference Center for the last 5 years, and ranks high in comparison to other fundraisers in the community. Chocolate Affair also has gained many sponsors, Kelly adds that
people are coming to Delta wanting to sponsor the event. “This is the end of my first year as Chair” says Kelly. “It’s just a spectacular group that represent Bay, Saginaw, and Midland Counties.”
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Winter payment deadline approaches
D Kimberly Klein, Professor of Political Science, talks of how the Democracy Commitment will change the culture of Delta College. Photo Credit | Brynna Henika
uring Delta’s Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 8, the college’s upcoming Saginaw Satellite campus revealed its definite location. Out of nine tentative sites it was decided, and passed, that the Satellite Center will be on the 300 block of East Genesee Avenue. “It’ll be nice to see some new life downtown,” says sophomore, Mike Vela,
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Midland High questions sensitive material in classroom settings Phoebe Fries
n Oct. 11, Midland Public Schools English division met with administrators in order to discuss a proposed novel for freshman English classes. The novel “The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” written by Sherman Alexie, was called into question by faculty members of Midland High. The meeting resulted in an agreement to teach the book, with the stipulation of a signed permission slip needed by each student. According to Becky King, English teacher at Midland High, the book was approved by the school in July. She states that the restrictions were added months after the original approval. “We’ve never had an issue like this where the school board approved something, then an administrator found fault in it, and the board backtracked on their original decision. It’s unprecedented,” says King. The book caused concern due to the sensitive material disclosed within the
text. According to Bannedbooksweek.org, the majority of concerns with the novel is profanity and references to sexuality. “Some of the questionable themes that are in the book are very real, teachable moments. If we don’t talk about such things, just like we do with “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Huckleberry Finn,” then the kids are not getting the adult guidance that a classroom setting affords them,” says King. Amy Hutchinson, Principle of Midland High, was quoted by the student run newspaper at the school stating that 99 percent of the schools students and parents would be fine with the book. King responded to Hutchinson’s comment by saying, “What frustrates me most as a teacher, is that we are ready and willing to accommodate to parents who object to various things. This situation is weird because the concern wasn’t brought
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ovie-goers at Goodrich Quality theaters are in for a treat this fall and winter. In the tri-city area, National Cinema Media is focusing on showing operas and classics on the big screen. Flashback Cinema is every Sunday and Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. These shows haven't been seen on the big screen in years, some even decades. Casablanca, which came out during World War II, is showing Nov. 13 and 16. A Christmas Story is playing Nov. 20 and 23. Finally, Polar Express is showing Nov. 27 and 30. Movies such as Psycho, Halloween, and Princess Bride have already been shown. Even “Dr. Who” fans are getting in on the action. On Nov. 14, “Doctor Who: the Power of the Daleks” will be showing. This is part of the “Fathom Events” clustering of movies and television shows. They will also put on Metropolitan Opera with the Magic Flute playing on Dec. 3, and L'Amour de Loin on Dec. 10 and 21. All of this is in Bay City, Midland, and Saginaw Goodrich theaters. If you are a movie-buff and love movies, you may want to get a Frequent Movie Goer membership card. You earn 100 points for every dollar you spend on tickets and concessions. You can get a Reel Deal with a Large Drink and Large Popcorn for 11,000 points, for instance.
Courtney Hutter of Bay City stops by the Delta Votes booth for a chance to win a prize after she voted in the presidential election. Photo Credit | Jessica Sierocki
Election 2016: how it happened, and what's next Ethan Moore
he election season has concluded, and we now have a new president elect. Many popular sites including Politico, Nate Silver, and FiveThirtyEight used the polling data to predict that Hillary Clinton would become the next president of the United States. When Americans actually went to the polls, they had a different decision in mind. Donald Trump ran rough shot through the swing states, and even took a couple blue states along the way. “I just don’t understand how all of the polling places were so wrong.” says Akiesha Yarger, a first year student here at Delta. As it stands, Trump won the Electoral College 290-232, with our own Michigan
still sending in votes via carrier pigeon. Hillary Clinton ended up winning the popular vote by about 600,000, which is the second time that has happened since the turn of the century. Lost in the fanfare of a Trump upset, the GOP retained control of both the house and senate, which gives them full control of the executive and legislative branches. However, the real shock came in the form of Donald Trump cruising to a victory in a way few anticipated. “This election has really turned the political process on its head. It makes you question the validity of polling organizations
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on’t fall behind! Payment deadlines of winter semester announced. Students who registered for winter classes before Dec. 6 have until 6 p.m. that night to make their payments. The students who registered after that due date have one week, starting from the day registered, to pay for classes. Courses will be dropped by the following Wednesday regarding non-payment issues. Payment can be made at the Cashier's Office, located on the west side of campus next to the B-wing. Additionally, students can make payments online, or over the phone. For more information, and to view Delta’s payment deadline chart, visit http://www.delta.edu/registrars-office/ payment-deadline.aspx, or contact the Registers Office at 989-686-9394.
Santa sets up shop in Bay City
anta will be staying in Bay City’s Santa House from Nov. 26 to Dec. 22 to speak with all of the good boys and girls about their Christmas wishes this year. The Santa House, located at 301 John F. Kennedy Dr., is open daily from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. To see Santa there is no fee, but donations are accepted if you’re feeling extra generous this holiday season. If you have any questions about seeing Santa, feel free to call the house at (989) 686-1460.
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Once the Saginaw Center is completed, would you take classes there verses on main campus? Savannah Gilmore, 20
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“I’d probably stay on main campus, it’s just easier for me.”
Alex Moore, 18
“No, after this year I’m going to Central.”
Tenesha Blair, 21
“Yes I would. I live right in downtown Saginaw so it would be more convenient for me.”
General Studies major from Saginaw Township. The center will include a total of 11 classrooms, science and computer labs, and training rooms. With the 24,000 square foot space, it is anticipated to have a minimum enrollment of 1,250 people. As of this year, it was discovered that 41.2 percent of Delta’s enrollment consists of students from Saginaw, or its surrounding counties. The goal of the new campus is to not only increase the amount of students in attendance, but to improve the facilities Delta’s Saginaw center has to offer. When built, this downtown location is aimed to replace the Ricker Center, which is located in Buena Vista Township. Delta’s Satellite Center will also provide students an abundance of commodities, such as: nearby parking, six STAR bus transits, and access to Hoyt Library and a
Suspect poses as masseur, calls businesses
future farmer’s market that is also coming to the downtown Saginaw area. “It will definitely be helpful, especially when it’s really bad out in the winter…” says Erika Bucher, who is currently in her last year in Delta’s Physician Assistant Program, about the new location and its ease of access for students in the city and the surrounding county. Since the decided location is owned by the City of Saginaw, many plans for construction are still tentative until its City Council meeting on Nov. 21. The estimated budget is set at $12,7 million. Once the agreement has passed through Saginaw’s City Council, construction is set to start, weather pending, in March of 2018.
An artist with bipolar disorder reveals his artistic talent Isaac DeVille
incent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and He is careful in how he identifies himself Jackson Pollock. All of these are as an artist with bipolar disorder. “We don’t artists, but there is another thing say ‘I’m a bipolar artist.’ We say ‘I am an tying them together: mental disability. artist with bipolar disorder.’ However, I feel This is where Dr. David A. Feingold comes like the first way of saying it is more honest.” in. This bipolar artist displayed his art on Feingold knew he was talented even before Monday, Nov 14 in room S-105 on Delta’s he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. main campus. He recalls when he was about three his If Feingold mother used were to to encourage use three him to draw. adjectives He wou ld describing draw a circle his artwork for a face and it would a stick body. be “ d a rk , His mother - David Feingold dramatic, and also gave him expressive.” plain paper plates and he would paint According to him, these paintings are faces on them and she would hang them the proof of the bipolar disorder. Feingold up proudly. says, “We have physical scars that show us His present art is 100% digital. Each there’s an illness, and we go by what it looks image takes a couple of days to a couple of like. But in bipolar disorder, the scars are weeks to form. He realized he was bipolar unseen, so the art is the stitches and the about ten years ago and ever since then it scars of bipolar disorder.” has informed his art.
"In bipolar disorder, the scars are unseen, so the art is the stitches and the scars of bipolar disorder."
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text message from Delta’s automated system read, “Suspicious person claiming to be student offering massage at local businesses,” on Friday, Nov. 4 at 4:23 p.m. According to Public Safety, the suspect is calling businesses in Claire, Alma, and Saginaw Township, offering free massages. He has not yet approached anyone directly on campus. Director of Public Safety Robert Battinkoff says they have not yet identified the culprit. “He claims to be a a Delta student, and we don't think he actually is. We just put the information out because we wanted our community to be aware of those kind of activities,” says Battinkoff.
Delta does not yet offer a massage program, but it will in the future. “He didn't get his education from here. We don't want the future massage program tainted by this person's behavior,” says Battinkoff. Battinkoff encourages anyone with information to contact Public Safety. “If you have a situation you are concerned about, stop by and ask us and we'll let you know what we find,” says Battinkoff. “The best way to make him stop, if you can't catch the person, is make sure everyone is aware of what's going on so that it's no longer effective for him to do this.” If you have any information, you can call public safety at (989) 686-9113. You can also reach the chief by his e-mail at email@example.com.
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Chocolate Affair celebrates 25 years Brynna Henika
The Possible Dream program has been helping students achieve success since 1991. Initially, it started with only 45 students, while today, they welcome 100 students to the program each year. Possible Dream provides the students with a wide range of activities to keep the students engaged and achieve success. “There was a summer camp I went to last year on how to be a better student, that has influenced me the most,” says Krystal Duby, from Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy. Duby has been part of the Possible Dream program since the sixth grade, and is currently a seventh grader at SASA. She
also adds that her favorite event she has been to with the program was a ballet they had attended last year. SAT Preps, Summer Camps and Delta’s STEM day are also on the list of many opportunities the middle and high schoolers are presented with. “It’s been a great program...the one major change is this year, we’ve been raising money for scholarships for students,” says Kelly. He also adds that there has been a great success rate with the Possible Dream program, but would like to see more students participate.
Volunteers assist voters in the Monitor Township voting booths as they prepare to vote on district, state, and national issues. Photo Credit | JP Max Schofield
Election 2016: how it happened, and what's next Ethan Moore
having accurate data. Because Trump was viewed as the less socially acceptable answer, it’s possible that skewed the polling data,” says Lisa Lawrason, a political science professor at Delta. Since the results were announced there, have been and continue to be numerous protests throughout the country. Many claim Trump to be #NotMyPresident, and point to his not winning the popular vote as proof. This raises the question as to whether or not the Electoral College will survive to see another presidential election. “The Electoral College helps to give smaller states more of a say in the election, and in turn the GOP tend to win a lot of these small states. Constitutional amendments are hard enough to pass, so because the house is GOP controlled it’s going to be very difficult to make that change,” says Lawrason. Here at Delta, a lot of the response has been more towards the negative side. Students have been seen visibly distraught
Chief offers free pizza, talks to students Isaac DeVille
elta’s Chief of Police Robert “That doesn't totally incapacitate the Battinkoff wants to send a message person,” he responded again. “There was to the students: Whether or not a guy who was running from the police, you agree with the news headlines of today, got shot in the chest, and still was able sitting down with a police officer over a free to kill a police officer. So beanbags are piece of pizza shows that public safety cops problematic.” have your back. One student said, “You have a gun, I have The conversation at the beginning of the meeting went "I didn't want [the students] right to police brutality. to see public safety just as “Why do you guys aim to kill?” somebody who drove around asked student Lexus Pruitt to in a police car and shows up Chief Battinkoff. He answered, “If I shoot you in when people have problems." the leg, you'll still be able to shoot - Robert Battinkoff back. What if you shoot at me and miss me and hit the 8-year-old behind me, or the innocent civilian over a gun. We're both trying to kill each other. there?” We're both carrying guns. The best way “What about a beanbag gun?” Pruitt for me to survive would be killing you, not asked. even giving you a chance to fire a weapon.”
Chief Battinkoff reminded the students that a gun is always “a last resort” to violence. The event was very successful. “Occasionally teachers will have their class involved in this. You have a class that comes here because they have to do it for their political science class,” Battinkoff says. “I wanted us to have positive interactions with the students. I didn't want them to see public safety just as somebody who drove around in a police car and shows up when people have problems.” Battinkoff reminded students of the services public safety offers, which includes jump starts for cars, unlocking vehicles, and escorting people to their cars.” Apparently they are adding “giving out free pizza” to that itinerary as well.
over the result, and even sat together in Founder’s Hall to talk about how the election has made them feel. “It’s incredibly frustrating how people can ignore the things that Trump has said to the point where he’s now the president. It may be easy for some people to forget, but I just can’t imagine letting this man lead me,” says Yarger President Jean Goodnow recently released a campus wide statement talking about how Delta will continue to strive towards a safe and diverse environment at the college. “I hope that Delta will still be a place that’s safe. I’m not sure how much this election will actually affect us, but I hope it’s not much,” says second year student Heather Lopez. Donald Trump will now begin to put together a cabinet, and try to make the transition between the presidencies as smooth as possible. “It’s going to be interesting to evaluate some of his cabinet picks and the people
he puts in his administration. So far he’s balanced the line between picking people that show he’s ready to work with the Republicans in the house, but then your picks like Steve Bannon that show he still wants to respect the people that put him in office,” says Lawrason. Bannon is a former businessperson and media executive who has drawn criticism from various civil rights groups and members of Congress for comments in the past that have come off as anti-semitic. His former colleagues have come to his defense, saying his remarks have been taken out of context. Only time will tell what kind of president and administrator Trump will be for the country. “I believe that Trump will try to be all things for all people, and whether or not he can actually pull that off remains to be seen,” says Lawrason.
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Midland High questions sensitive material in cassroom settings Phoebe Fries
up by a parent, but rather an administrator “I think that when a school district takes before the book was taught in a classroom on a piece of literature, it gives validity to setting.” what we are teaching. I know that one of “By having the permission slip ahead of the biggest concerns was the fact that the time, which is something we’ve never done book was to be read in the ninth grade for any other book in our whole curriculum. classroom. In my opinion, when you are I think it sends a red f lag that there is trying to engage reluctant readers you need something horrible material that will gain "Some of the questionable and awful about this their attention,” says themes that are in the book are book, that’s the really King. very real." troubling spot,” says Michael Sharrow, - Becky Thomas-King King. Superintendent of King continues to Mid land P u bl ic talk about real life situations that can occur Schools, states through an email, “There in students’ lives and how important a novel, was no book issue. Standard BOE review.” such as this one, is as an educational tool Sharrow had no other comments. and learning experience.
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Science, HEalth, & Tech
Survivors of suicide stick together
n Nov. 19 the organization Survivors of Suicide gathered together at the Bavarian Inn Lodge to commemorate International Survivors of Suicide Day. The afternoon was packed with speakers, lunch, and panels to help loved ones cope. SOS is a support group for families and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide. This group helps people cope and learn to grow from their experience. The organization is trying to break the stigma about suicide
and they want to inform the community and help others realize that people need help and support when they are feeling down. Michelle (real name w it h held), one of the members of SOS and speaker on the panel, explained how this organization has helped
her, she says, “everyone is the room has gone or is going through the same thing. It’s a good way to get educated on depression.” In Mich. one in 18 p e o p l e commit suicide every year. SOS is trying to diminish that statistic. The organization
"It's a good way to get educated on depression."
Pokemon Go updates in a major way
meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday each month at the State St. United Methodist Church in Saginaw. If you want to contact Barb Smith, organization leader, her number is (989)781-5260 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you ever feeling depressed or suicidal please call the national helpline at 1-800TALK.
Do you still play Pokemon Go?
"No, I've never played it."
Johnathon Boyd, 18
"No, I deleted the app because I didn't have enough storage on my phone."
Can using Facebook mean living longer?
"I did for a while, I just don't have time anymore."
If you can’t seem to stop scrolling through Facebook or think by using the notorious networking site you’re wasting your time, think again. A recent study was conducted by researchers William Hobbs and James Fowler from the University of California San Diego that links using Facebook to living longer. The study was covered over a six month period. The subjects were born between the years of 1945 and 1989 and data was compared between those who were still alive during the study versus the deceased. Facebook users were 12 percent less likely to die versus someone who doesn’t use Facebook. People with larger social networks lived longer than those who have fewer social network relationships. Do you have a lot of selfies you want to post, but are afraid to annoy your friends? Post them anyway because the study concluded those who post more photos have the greatest longevity. Researchers also noted that Facebook users who accepted more friend requests, even if the user didn’t know the person, lived longer than those who chose not to expand their social network circle. It is unclear if being more popular on a social network site is the direct link to living longer, but it seems the more a person interacts with Facebook the longer they live. Hobbs and Fowler plan to conduct follow up studies in the near future.
Teresa Ivy, 46
"I have never played it."
definitely replay it again. The real question being: Would “Skyrim” fans pay to play nearly the same game about five years later? Apparently, the answer is yes. The revamped “Skyrim” sold faster than any previous Elder Scrolls game, the only exception being the original “Skyrim,” in the UK and surpassed large scale new games released in the same week such as “Titanfall 2.” Since the release of the remastered
"Would you rather buy a remastered version of a game you already own or a completely new game?"
already racks in the dough. In 2015, the video game industry took in $23.5 billion in revenue in the United States alone. “Skyrim,” which has been given over 200 awards since the year it was released, was established as one of the best games of its kind. It would be fairly easy to conclude that those that truly enjoyed the game would
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Adam Przeslak shops. The price of the original now ranges roughly from $8 to $20. So by improving the graphics and porting it to a more recent console, Bethesda must feel that they have improved the game by about a $40 value. It’s either that, or they simply want the money. They know the gaming community will gripe, and yet still dish out the cash. These remastered versions are a huge money grab in an industry that
Colleges are recommending students to get a meningitis B, or bacterial meningitis, vaccination. According to Pittsburg PostGazette, an estimated 60 teens a year take ill from the B strain. Meningitis B is a serious illness. It spreads directly from person to person during close encounters. An example of this would be the exchange of saliva when coughing or kissing an infected person. Symptoms may include: • Nausea • Vomiting • Increase in sensitivity to light • Confusion If you think you may have bacterial meningitis, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
OPINION here is an increasing trend in the video game industry where developers upgrade the graphics of previously released games and rerelease it at full price. Popular American video game developer, Bethesda, just recently released a remastered version of their hit 2011 game “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” often shortened to “Skyrim.”.0 What exactly makes the game “remastered?” The game’s graphics have been improved which allows for higher definition and gives the game a more realistic look. The remastered version also brought the game to the newest generation of consoles, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. The game had originally been made for the previous generation of consoles, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. “Skyrim” originally went for about $59.99 in 2011 and the remastered version costs the exact same in 2016. This is where some gamers, including myself, cast a grievance. Video games, like most other material products, go down in price as the age increases. “Skyrim,” the original version, is still on the market and could be found on clearance shelves and in discount game
Meningitis immunization for college students
Erik Hopkins received increase each consecutive day that the user logs in. Gym battles are getting a bit of an upgrade as well. During battles, if you defeat the Gym Leader (at a rival Gym only) there will be a short period of time where you will be the only one who will be able to place a Pokémon in that specific open gym. Besides that, the Prestige has increased for every rival Gym that loses when defeated by a regular Gym member. At the same time, the amount of Prestige gained through training at a friendly Gym has been decreased. Along with those major updates, there have also been some minor text fixes along the way. While tracking of the Pokémon is still unavailable, users hope it’ll get back up and running soon, which will make the ability to find the newly added Pokémon a bit easier. “The game can make a lively comeback I believe,” says Caity Keidel. “It doesn’t have to be over. I’ll still play.” The new “Generation 2” Pokémon have yet to be added, however the other features are available and currently live on version 0.45.0. There is no set date for the future expanding of Pokémon to catch, but it's rumored to be soon.
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ince Pokémon GO came out over the summer, the once extremely popular app is trying to make a comeback to regain its player usage, as well as keep the app and game exciting and fresh. Pokémon GO is about to get a lot bigger, and if you’re a hardcore Pokémon GO fan who has already caught all the Pokémon in the game, you’re about to have about 100 more to take on. Along with that will also be an additional 86 new moves. The augmented reality game currently has 151 Pokémon that are available for you to catch and collect, these are usually dubbed as the “Generation 1” Pokémon. However, gamers who have been fans of the show for years know that there are hundreds of Pokémon actually out there. “I refuse to let this game die,” says Detla student and avid user Britney Johnson, “I still play it all the time.” The newest version of Pokémon GO, version 0.45.0, features four new features that are supposed to enhance the game play for Niantic’s avid GO users. It’s also rumored that the new set of Pokémon are from Nintendo’s Pokémon Sun and Moon. Bonuses will be rewarded for anyone’s first Pokémon catch and Poké Stop visit each day. The more that you log in and play, the more bonuses you reap. Bonuses
“Skyrim” is very recent, the sales statistics aren’t made public just yet. Although this trend has been occurring exponentially higher in recent years, especially with the introduction of the next gen consoles. Most old generation games don’t work on “new gen” consoles so player’s favorite old games now collect dust on their shelf.
Introduce the “remastered” game trend that brings old gen games to the new gen gamer. The 2013 game “Tomb Raider,” which got “remastered” and rereleased in 2014 for the next gen consoles, had a reported $8.5 billion in revenue as of April 2015. The only difference between the two versions was a revamping upgrade in graphics. I personally wouldn’t buy the newly revamped edition of “Skyrim,” unless you fall into some special circumstances. If you’re such a superfan that the news of the re-release made you ecstatic, or you’re just trying to play the game for the first time, then go right ahead. First time players that may not have a format to play the old game on, or are just trying to experience the game fully might be interested in the remastered version. However, for those that aren’t sure if “Skyrim” is a game for them you might be better off buying the old version for cheap to test the waters with the game. For gamers tight on money, the question arises: Would you rather buy a remastered version of a game you already own or a completely new game? With the holiday season approaching, I’m more likely to lean towards the side of a new game--the penny pincher in me just doesn’t allow for it.
Scout program saves Earth from possible impact An asteroid potentially colliding with Earth seems like a fairly significant event right? Did you know that an asteroid passed Earth on Nov. 5? Don’t freak out too much because the potential disaster didn’t catch astronomers from NASA off guard thanks to a new program called Scout. According to CNN, Scout scrolled through a multitude of data caught from telescopes and saw an asteroid that was going to pass by Earth. Scout was able to determine the object would travel at a safe distance of 310,000 miles from the planet we call home. Scout is used to locate small celestial objects. It is expected that Earth will eventually come in close contact with an asteroid, but this new technology better prepares scientists to work out emergency plans.
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arts & entertainment Planetarium features new shows
ENTERTAINMENT IN THE AREA
E Freshman Cody Brown’s hobby is collecting Star Wars memorabilia. His collection has a value over $80,000. Photo Courtesy | Cody Brown
Delta student owns his own Empire Jessica Sierocki
ody Brown, freshman at Delta, has a hobby that’s out of this world. Brown has been collecting “Star Wars” memorabilia since he was a kid and his collection has grown so large that he’s now able to turn his hobby into a way to make money. “I started collecting when I was eight or nine. My dad had given me a few old Star Wars figures that I just liked. It wasn’t until I was 13 that I really got into it. My first figure was a Luke Skywalker pilot, an Ellors Madak, and a Hans Solo. I still have the Hans Solo but I cut the belt off it,” says Brown. According to Brown, he owns around 10,00 collector items so far. “I used to go to garage sales to buy stuff but as time went by, less and less “Star Wars” stuff would show up so I buy mostly through eBay now,” says Brown. Brown estimates that his collection is worth around $80,000. “I’ve got an almost
complete vintage set where all the figures are complete which is worth around $8,000 in good shape. I have another almost complete vintage collection which is worth $2,000 and it just keeps adding up from there. I collect every version of everything that I can,” says Brown. A collection this size takes a lot of time
Brown says that his parents have been very supportive of his hobby. “I was looking on eBay around 3 a.m. when I was 13 or 14 but I didn’t have my own eBay account or PayPal yet. I saw this lot that had 17 comic packs which was selling for $170. I knew the Ulic Qel-Droma was worth $500 alone so I freaked out because I really wanted to buy it. I woke my mom up so she could buy me these toys,” says Brown. To Brown, the toys are more important than the movies. “I don’t ever recall really watching the movies and thinking they were really cool. I just remember having the toys be really cool. It’s definitely the toys I like more that the movies,” says Brown. Even though the research, buying and selling process may seem like a huge undertaking, Brown will not be stopping anytime soon. “It’s something that makes me happy,” says Brown.
"I've got an almost complete vintage set where all the figures are complete, which is worth around $8000 in good shape." - Cody Brown
and dedication to increase its value. Brown says he’s online every day looking for items he can buy on the cheap and sell for a profit. “I don’t usually buy stuff everyday but I look. I buy big lots, take out what I want, then sell what I already have to make my profits to buy again,” says Brown.
Freeze Fest chills the local music scene Erik Hopkins
ounter Culture in Saginaw is hosting a hip-hop centric concert event the first week of Dec., the Winter Freeze Fest. Local artists from Saginaw, Bay City, Flint, and Lansing will be performing , and the line-up currently has 12 local artists expected to play on Dec. 9. Jameson Stamann, aka Laine, is hosting and performing in Freeze Fest with the hope to create more events like this in the tri-cities area, noting that the scene needs more expanding. “Not many Hip Hop shows come through Saginaw so I've taken things into my own hands,” says Stamann. His partner in crime and performing partner, Rick Williams Jr., wanted to point out that he and the people who are all performing at Freeze Fest are trying to continually pump life back into our local talent.
“Laine, myself, along with the whole SoSay family have been working overtime to book more shows in Saginaw and around the state,” says Williams Jr., “SoSay International has been working really hard to connect the Murder Mitten, not just
booking agencies throwing these shows the music scene becomes almost nonexistent which leaves many artists stuck in a rut due to the lack of shows and exposure in their area,” says Stamann. Artist Artees Flores is also set to perform at Freeze Fest and he commends the amount of kindness and support he gets from fellow performers and others in the music community here in the tri-cities. “I’m super excited to see the outcome of the new material from various artists, and I’m just ready to be back on stage rockin it with the best of them. Performing locally and with other local talent opens endless doors of more opportunities in the future.” says Flores. Admission for the door is $10 a pop, and Winter Fest is an all ages permitted show. Performances from the artists will start at 8 p.m. and go until about 12:30 a.m.
"Performing locally and with other local talent opens endless doors of more oppurtunities in the future." - Artees Flores
Saginaw and Flint.” According to Stamann, different styles of Hip Hop are hard to find in the tri-cities area, and local music is not at its strongest peak. Local shows like the one at Counter Culture help cultivate and prosper the growing community of artists. “Events like this are very important to the music scene. Without artists and
ntertaining science experiences await as Delta College’s Planetarium hosts new events for students, families and children in the community according to Planetarium manager, Mike Murray. “We’ve been working hard, especially over this last year to expand our offerings, not just in new shows but also in a new variety of shows,” says Murray. Life Under the Arctic Sky Dive into the world of the Sami People on the big dome screen. “The one show that we’re most excited about right now is called “Life Under the Arctic Sky.” This show looks at the Sami People of Northern Scandinavia and how they follow the immigrations of reindeer. We don’t just look at the culture and the stories but it also connects with the Northern Lights. Most of [the show] is real footage, which includes time lapse photography of the Northern Lights,” says Murray. “Life Under the Arctic Sky” will run every Sat. at 2 p.m. during Nov., Dec. and Jan. Saturday Science Fun: Winter Wonders Workshop
"We want to foster [kids'] curiosity so that they will ... see that science is really cool and not just boring data" - Mike Murray
Calling all science explorers! The Winter Wonders Workshop is for children ages 7-10 on Dec. 10 from 12:30-3 p.m. “There will be arts and crafts and we’ll experiment with light and color. Kids will be given the chance to make a number of things like snowflakes,” says Murray. After the arts and crafts, attendees will be able to watch the show “Let is Snow.” The event is $5 per child and requires advanced registration. To make a reservation, call (989)-667-2260. Gateway to the Stars Planetarium Manager Mike Murray demonstrates how to locate objects in the sky without expensive astronomical tools. “Imagine a show that’s for the backyard stargazer. If you want to go out and find things with your eyes, binoculars, or your own telescopes we’ll show you how to find objects in the sky. What you see with your eyes is not the same as seeing a picture in a magazine. We teach people how to use their eyes to pick out more detail,” says Murray. This event happens every first Friday of the month at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the Planetarium’s office. For more information about any upcoming events or shows, please go to www.delta. edu/planet or call at (989)-667-2260.
Bay Chorale brings Christmas cheer
he Bay Chorale is presenting “A Golden Christmas” on Dec. 11 to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary. The choir will begin at 4 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church and will be accompanied by an eightpiece orchestra. Tickets for the event will be $8 at the door
Halls to fill with Arts & Crafts
he Collegiate DECA club will be having it’s 26th annual Arts & Craft Show on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The show, which takes place right in the halls of Delta, will feature food, hand crafted items and popular home party vendors. All proceeds from table rental fees will go to the DECA club, whose mission is to prepare students for careers in the business world by integrating skilles learned in the classroom into real word experiences. For more information contact Lori Ziolkowski at 989-297-2763 or email@example.com.
Artist Market held in downtown Bay City
tudio 23, located at 901 N Water St. in Bay City, will be hosting a market where art enthusiasts will be able to purchase work directly from artists. There will be multiple vendors selling everything from handmade pottery, paintings, candles, jewelry, and other hand made goods. The market is taking place this Sunday, Dec. 4 between 12 and 5 p.m.
Bah, Humbug brings Christmas spirit to stage Brynna Henika
ehearsals have been in full swing for the upcoming production of “Bah, Humbug,” for its performances on Dec. 1-3. This is the first musical that has been brought to the Delta College stage by Director, Judyth Gonzalez and Choreographer, Beth Heyart. “Bah, Humbug,” based on Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge with the addition of singing and dancing numbers. “It’s for every age group, though we don’t recommend it for children under five,” says Gonzalez. She adds that this is due to the darker scenes in the production, which young children may find scary. Gonzalez also says that for the first time, “Bah, Humbug” will have a combination of fourth and fifth grade students from Mcalear Sawden Elementary who have been cast with speaking and nonspeaking roles. Jacob Mangas, first year Journalism major, says, “I’ve never done this before...I’ve mainly done singing, but you have to audition for both parts.” Mangas also feels that a huge draw for the show is the fact that the production
Hometown band celebrates the holidays at the Hamilton
Scrooge has his first encounter with the spirit of Christmas Past, which is just the start to his adventure. Photo Credit | Brynna Henika
involved children this year. When asked his favorite part of the show, Mangas says, “It’s all good...a lot of people put a ton of effort into it.” With this being the first musical to be brought to Delta’s stage, Gonzalez says, “It’s a bit more challenging because of the
choreography.” The production has also added additional rehearsal dates to its schedule to learn the singing arrangements in the “Bah, Humbug” script. “With 30 in the show, it’s the largest production,” Gonzalez says. “Everyone’s
working very diligently.” Currently, Bah, Humbug has two sold out 10am performances Dec. 1 and 2. Remaining available showtimes are Dec. 2 at 7pm and Dec. 3 at 2pm, with ticket prices of $5 at the door.
merican Opera, a once local folk /indie-rock band, will be performing a show in light of the holiday season. The venue, located at 308 S. Hamilton St, will open their doors at 9:30 p.m. Tickets to the show are $5 for those 21 and up, and $10 for 18-20 year olds. Canned food donations are encouraged to support the East Side Soup Kitchen. The band also encourages holiday apparel to be worn by all attendees. If you have any questions, feel free to submit a question to https://www.facebook.com/ events/1217019028391476/.
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Intramural sports kick Sexism in college sports off with dodgeball game
few weeks ago, Harvard University made the decision to cancel the remainder of the men’s soccer season because the team was rating the sexual and physical attractiveness of the women’s soccer team. The team had created a running document that rated the girls based on a scale of 1-10, and implied what kind of sexual positions the girl would prefer. This document was created on Google docs, and was open to the public--though the team was unaware of this. This kind of issue is not new in the world of sports. The fact that this document has been around since 2012, and nobody had done anything until now to stop it really illustrates how farreaching sexism is in the world of sports and in particular college sports. Unfortunately, Harvard is just one of the more tame examples of this widespread epidemic. This past year, Baylor University has struggled with a scandal involving their football team, and the administration behind it. Since 2011, 17 different women reported sexual or domestic assault charges to the university, accusing 19 different players on Baylor’s football team. Investigations into the university have found that all of these reports were buried and went uninvestigated. The university’s police department used excuses such as victim blaming and attempting to protect the football team as to why nothing was ever investigated. These tragedies are essentially telling women that your safety and well-being means less to us than somebody starting at Quarterback on Saturday. When I first saw the story about Harvard, I was initially angry that the administration would cancel their entire season over this. I made excuses such as: “Oh, but it’s just locker room talk,” “The women are just overreacting,” “But the team is playing so well.” It wasn’t until my colleagues here at the Collegiate pointed it out to me, that I realized how misguided I had become. Since when does a team's on field performance justify them sexually harassing another team? If you actually look into Harvard’s policy on sexual harassment, it’s zero tolerance. Essentially, the team was lucky to only have their season cancelled, as opposed to being kicked out of the university entirely. So obviously we have a problem here. Athletes on college campuses shouldn’t be above the law the way they are now. The past shows that when you put this
kind of the power in the hands of college students, bad things can happen. The issue with trying to root out the problem is that it’s going to cost universities money, which is exactly why they won’t do it. Harvard will get lots of good press for their courageous move to cancel men’s soccer, but, and please stay with me soccer fans, it’s just soccer. It doesn’t bring the university any money. It isn’t overly popular. It’s going to make small waves in an even smaller pond. If this same kind of thing had happened on the football team, I don’t think we would’ve ever found out about. It would be so buried by administration nobody would even think to look for it. It’s probably too much to expect universities to cancel sports season based on this stuff. If you canceled a season based on the team unwelcomingly rating the sexual and physical attractiveness of women, I’m not sure there would be men’s college sports at all--that’s how ingrained into the culture the sexism is. If we’re going to make a change in the world of college sports, it has to start from the top down. We saw Baylor step in and fire the head coach and their athletic director for involvement in covering up the sexual cases, and we need more examples like that. If we have administrations and coaches who are willing to lie and cheat the systems for their players, then they are no better than the players who are actually committing the acts. We need to create a culture that puts the humanity of players and the university before the sports they play and the money they bring into the school. Now, I don’t necessarily think that the men of Harvard’s soccer team are bad guys. Given that the “scouting report,” as it’s called, has been a mainstay of the program for four years, they probably grew up in the program participating in it. We need to treat student athletes less like gods on college campuses, but we also need to make sure we give them a fair shake as well. This is definitely a mistake that these guys made, but it’s very correctable, and it shouldn’t hamper them in the future besides losing their season. The team published an apology, and whether or not you believe every word of it, there is some definite remorse in their words. Overall, I think we have to look at the entire culture of sexism in sports and try to add more humanity to it. We need to start holding studentathletes accountable, while still allowing them to grow as individuals.
Harmany Williams Logan Miller
armany Williams, a Freshman Guard from Flint, is off to a hot start for the Lady Pioneers. She has averaged 13.8 points and one and a half steals in her first 4 games, including a 20 point scoring outburst against Lansing Community College. Williams graduated from CarmanAinsworth High School. In addition to basketball, she also participated in track and field, which is pretty evident when watching her sprint across the court. “I started playing basketball in the 5th grade and between basketball and track, I can say that basketball is my favorite sport. I ran track since 5th grade and all throughout high school. I also swam and bowled in my freshman year of high school,” Williams says. Williams and her basketball team won a conference championship in high school, the first time Carman-Ainsworth had ever won one. She says she’s the same player for Delta’s team, both on and off the court. “In high school I was a point guard and a leader, so that carried over. I’m a score-first point guard. If I can’t score, I’ll kick it out to a teammate,” Williams says. Williams maintained a 3.5 GPA for three
years. She was also a second team All-state honoree. She is an active member of her community in Flint and she loves spending time with her family. Like most busy young students, she’s undecided as to her transfer school, but she’d like to continue playing. “After Delta, I don’t know where I’m going to go. It depends on if I’m able to continue to play basketball after Delta,” Williams says. It can be a struggle for student athletes to balance their academics with team responsibilities. Williams sets standards for herself regardless of how difficult or chaotic an upcoming week may appear to be. “When dealing with school and basketball I just take it one day at a time. It can be overwhelming at times but I just tell myself that anything is possible, suck it up, and handle my business,” Williams says. She likes to have fun outside of all the time she spends doing school work or running drills in practice. “I go to see a lot of movies, especially scary movies,” Williams says. With lots of season left to go, the success the Lady Pioneers have this year is going to hinge on the play of their Point Guard.
Collegiate gambling picks for week 14 Ethan Moore
Intramural Sports President Ethan Moore hurls a dodgeball. Photo Credit | Adam Przeslak
elta College now offers students the James Quinn, the 21-year-old vice chance to join an intramural sports president of the newly formed intramural league for students looking to get sports group, hopes that the number of active and have some fun in the process. players at events continues to grow. Quinn On Wednesday Nov. 16 the sports league urges those who might not be too familiar held its first event, a dodgeball game, in with sports to give it a shot. the Pioneer Gym. “Get out of your comfort zone. Come Dominic Willis, the President of the to one and maybe you’ll like it. Give it a Delta Fitness Club, helped organize this shot,” Quinn says. event. The fun won’t “It brings a lot be limited to of people together just dodgeball "It brings a lot of people who might not as the group together who might not know each other,” plans to expand says Willis. to other games know each other " The 29-yearas more people old got out the join in on the - Dominic Willis word to students activities. Other passing by in sports and games the halls that anybody could come play tossed around for possible future events dodgeball and have some fun for a couple include basketball, kickball, and variations hours. With exams happening and stress of different games. levels rising Willis says that a relaxed game “Come out and join us,” Willis says. of dodgeball is exactly what some students “Have some fun.” need. He hopes that the turnout for gatherings “It gives them a chance to blow off some will continue to grow throughout the rest steam,” Willis says. of the semester and the winter semester The atmosphere of the gym was said to as well. be extremely laid back, and was open as For information on how to join in on the any passerby who happened to walk in was fun of intramural sports you can contact the encouraged to join in on the fun. president Ethan Moore at ethanmoore2@ delta.edu.
Lady Pioneers have an upand-down two weeks, go 2-3 Logan Miller
n Friday Nov. 11, Delta College women's basketball lost against Rock Valley College, 76-67. Although Delta lead by eight with 1:34 left in the second quarter, Rock Valley came back and regained the lead after halftime, outscoring Delta by nine in the third quarter. Harmany Williams, freshman point guard, continued to play well just as she did in Delta's first game versus KVCC. She scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the game, though she did turn the ball over at a pretty high rate. Brooke Schutte, sophomore Delta player, also chipped in 11 points. Jenna Szostak, a starter for the Pioneers, scored 12 points coming off the bench. The bench was a silver lining for the Pioneers with 31 points coming from reserve players, outscoring Rock Valley’s by 18. On Saturday, Nov. 12, the Delta Pioneers won huge against Pitt-Titusville in an away game. The final score was 91-43. A lot of the scoring came from players coming off the bench. Szostak racked in 23 points and five rebounds. Brianna Herner had 14 points. Williams had a steady game with six points and five assists. The Pioneers outscored Pitt-Titusville by double digits in the first three quarters. They caused a ton of turnovers, converting them into 29 total points. Rachel Briggs recorded three steals during the game. Brooke Schutte put up seven points. The Pioneers played on the road on Nov. 16, winning against Lansing Community College 64-57. Williams played a pivotal role in the win, finishing the game with 20 points, 3 steals and 5 rebounds. Delta’s largest lead against Lansing was 11, buoyed by the performance of the Pioneers bench. The reserve players
contributed 16 points in the end. Szostak scored 16 points in her 28 minutes on the court. The Pioneers may have started out slow, falling 14 points behind in just the first quarter, but they finished strong. In the last two quarters, Delta outscored Lansing by 19 points. It’s difficult at times for student athletes to play long stretches on the road while still having to get school work done. On Nov. 22, playing against Kellogg Community College, the team tried to grow even more as a unit after its first three games. The Pioneers were focused on starting out strong and not falling behind in the early going. Kelly Miller, the Pioneer’s Head Coach, had made an emphasis on not repeating the kind of slow offensive start that they’d had against Lansing six days ago. Early struggles continued, however, with the Pioneers falling behind by six in the first quarter. Ultimately, Delta lost to Kellogg Community College 70-65. After key players found themselves in foul trouble, Delta remained behind, trying to play with more energy in order create a late-game comeback. Kellogg held onto the lead at halftime. Lee and Schutte both played well offensively with 13 points and six rebounds each. Lauren Rogers put up a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The team hasn’t seemed to struggle offensively, but their hustle and defense has come under scrutiny. The Pioneers will try to redeem themselves in their next game on Nov. 30 versus Rochester College. It’s a welcome return back to Delta for a home game, only their second home game of this early season.
his is our inaugural attempt to make the readers of the Collegiate some extra money, and with Christmas coming there’s no better time for this. Each issue we’ll give you at least five picks to bet in upcoming football games. Also, I’ll occasionally tweet out picks @ EthanMooreDC, so be on the lookout for those. Ready to go 5-0 this week? Let’s get to the picks: WESTERN MICHIGAN VS. OHIO (+19) Don’t get me wrong, I think Western Michigan is going to this one handedly, but Ohio hasn’t lost a single game this year by more than nine, and that was to Tennessee. The Bobcats are going to be playing with house money while Western Michigan has all the pressure in the world on them. Expect Ohio to cover here. COLORADO (+7.5) VS. WASHINGTON The Buffaloes are the feel good story of the year, going from 1-8 in conference play last year to 8-1. Their only losses are to Michigan and USC, two legitimate top 10 teams right now. Washington struggled against USC in their lone loss, and Colorado is closer to their ability than the Wazzu team they killed this past weekend. Colorado covers the spread and if you’re feeling lucky, take them on the money line too. ALABAMA (-24) VS. FLORIDA Florida’s offense has just looked pitiful all year. When you’re starting quarterback is a transfer who couldn’t start at Purdue, you need evaluate the way you’re recruiting the position. 24 points is a lot for any team, but considering Florida won’t score a single touchdown, Alabama will only need 28 or 31. Have confidence in the future 2017 National Champions. CLEMSON (-10) VS. VIRGINIA TECH This game got moved to Orlando because of all the hoopla with Charlotte and its bathroom laws, and so I expect both teams to take advantage of the warmer weather and air the ball out. DeShaun Watson has certainly regressed this year, but there are still few QB’s I’d take over him in a shootout. Expect the Tigers to make a statement and stick it to the Hokies in this one. WISCONSIN VS. PENN STATE (+3) This line could change with the announcement of Wisconsin’s QB Hornibrook being questionable for the game, regardless you should keep your money on the Nittany Lions. Penn State has looked phenomenal since they beat Ohio State and they need a big win here to possibly catapult them into the playoff. Not only will Penn State cover, they win outright in Indianapolis.
Pioneers go 1-1, lose to ranked Lansing CC Ethan Moore
he men’s basketball team took a trip to Kirtland, OH to play in a local tournament where they took on regional community college teams from Ohio. The Pioneers lost a close one to the Mercyhurst Northeast Saints in the tournament opener, in spite of a 20-point performance from, Point Guard, Jonathan Swift. The teams traded baskets until the end when the Saints converted free throws to put the game away. "I can't fault the effort of our guys but we need to bring a consistent brand of basketball to the court every game. We need to bring it right from the start of the game,” says Head Coach Carlos McMath. In the consolation match, Delta came back to beat Pitt-Titusville 106-79. The teams were close throughout the first half, but an 11-0 run to end the half helped the Pioneers to pull away in the end. Guard Trey Newsham led the way with 19 points and six rebounds, and Guard Torion Wilson had a strong showing with 13 points, seven assists, and six steals. "I really thought that we set the tone in this game, our spacing was better and we got out and ran the floor the way we are capable of," says McMath. Finally, the Pioneers played nationally ranked Lansing Community College and lost 82-108. Delta trailed from start to finish and couldn’t overcome losing the turnover battle by 14. DeMariye Lloyd scored 21 on 10-11 shooting from the field to go with 11 rebounds. The Pioneers next home game is Dec. 6 against Siena Heights.
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OPINION The world depends on us
Thanksgiving togetherness trumps gift giving Aubrie Smith
With the failures of the current administration and the impending Trump presidency, the situation with the Dakota Access Pipeline looks to be getting worse. Illustration | Michelle Demo
f one topic has captured everyone’s attention this year, aside from the recent presidential election, it’s the ongoing controversy of the Dakota Access Pipeline. From international media coverage to trending social media tags like #NoDAPL, this political battle has seen people flocking from all over the country to North Dakota either in support of the pipeline or non-violently protesting the pipeline’s construction. The conflict against the Dakota Access Pipeline started in April with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. LaDonna Brave Bull Allard and other Standing Rock elders started the Sacred Stone Camp opposing the pipeline on the grounds that it is a major environmental and cultural threat. Construction of the pipeline would also destroy ancestral lands and sacred burial grounds that are protected under the Natural Historic Preservation Act. This political showdown has become a frontline for much larger social and ethical issues. A movement started about the sovereignty native people have
over their land is now a fight for the basic human rights to have clean water, to have a history, and to have a home. LaDonna Brave Bull Allard has reached out to public media and said: “They are wiping out our most important cultural and spiritual areas. And asit e rases our footprint from the world, it erases us as a
Ecologists fear the pipeline will be part of an environmental genocide by worsening climate change as it helps prolong a system that keeps us dependent on fossil fuels instead of switching to sustainable sources of energy. For years activists have tried to stop climate change with little success by attempting
"It's clear that the Obama administration has failed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. With Donald Trump taking office, things look even bleaker."
people. Our young people have a right to know who they are. They have a right to language, to culture, to tradition. If we allow an oil company to dig through and destroy our histories, our ancestors, our hearts and souls as a people, is that not genocide?”
to regulate companies and appeal to consumers which is part of why the Dakota Pipeline protests are so important right now. Recently the Army Corps of Engineers has requested that the protesters peacefully remove themselves from all federal lands north of the Cannonball
river or face arrest. At this point it’s clear that the Obama administration has failed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. With Donald Trump taking office in January, things look even bleaker for the movement. As he owns stock in the company building the pipeline, Trump literally stands to profit from shutting down the protests. In his victory speech he stated that he would be a president for every American. He’ll have a chance to prove it with how he conducts himself concerning this situation, but it’s more likely that he’ll prove himself to be a president for the oil companies. Environmentalists are starting to tackle the problem locally instead of globally and that’s what we’re seeing happen in North Dakota right now. At the end of the day that means it falls on each one of us to see that we move forward, not backward. If we want to build a world that believes in rights for all people and one that will survive long enough for us to pass it onto future generations we have a duty to stay informed, educated, and involved.
PERSPECTIVES Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays If I want to wish you a merry Christmas, please let me Jessica Sierocki
was raised in a Catholic family. We went to church every week, I attended Bible school for years and we celebrated holidays like Christmas and Easter, putting God first. Naturally, I grew up hearing and saying “merry Christmas” to everyone I met. It never occurred to me that some people would get offended by those two little words in what is supposed to be the most festive time of year. But here’s the thing: there’s no reason to get offended. To me, Christmas is more than just having a break from school and getting presents. Christmas is a time to cherish my family and celebrate the birth of Jesus. It’s a special time of year that I am able to really appreciate my faith. Now if I meet someone who isn’t religious, I’m not going to judge them and their views. I accept everyone for who they are and respect their beliefs, like I hope they would accept mine. I will, however, judge someone for being rude to me when I tell them to have a merry Christmas. Saying “happy holidays” is totally acceptable, but the meaning is the same as saying “merry Christmas,” so why does the choice of words matter? If someone approaches me and tells me to have a happy holiday, I don’t take it as anything but a polite thing to say. If that is their personal preference, so be it. I’m not going to be offended because another person doesn’t have the same religious views as me. The world today is full of so many different kinds of people that you never really know their backgrounds. So if I say “merry Christmas” instead of “happy holidays,” don’t chew me out. That’s the phrase I choose to use, and just because you may not agree with it doesn’t mean you need to make me change what I say. Saying “merry Christmas” isn’t meant as a personal attack on your beliefs. For some reason, I was in a nice enough mood to be nice to you, so just take it for the meaning behind it. Be merry on Christmas. It literally means cheerful and lively, so just have a cheerful and lively Christmas.
or the past few years, I have missed sitting across from my family on Thanksgiving. This will mark the third year in a row that I sit across from a coworker while enjoying my turkey, premade and packaged to take to work. However, I’m not mad for the typical reasons. I’m not here to say black friday sucks, and paid holidays for everyone. My point has a bit more controversial topic involved: religion. No, Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday, so to speak, but Christmas is. I work at a company that is open 365 days a year. This means each employee has to work a few holidays, and is forced to pick between the big two. Do I open gifts with my family, or sit around and watch the lions, stuffing my face with the best of foods? I am one of the thousands of people forced to work on holidays, and I have never taken it personally. That being said, there is one thing that I could never wrap my head around: why are more businesses closed on Christmas than Thanksgiving? This seems like a fight that happens every year, while more and more retail establishments open their doors on Thanksgiving to start their Black Friday an hour or two earlier. But no one ever bats an eyelash when all of the stores are closed on Christmas. Not to mention, I can name several businesses that offer incentive to work on Christmas, but don’t bat an eyelash at forcing their employees to work on Thanksgiving. Fast food places even close on Christmas. My question is why? At the root of it, Christmas is a religious holiday. Thanksgiving is about the birth of this country, and giving thanks for what we have. I would even go as far as saying that it may be the only selfless holiday that we have. No one shuts their doors for Veterans Day, or sends their employees home for Memorial Day. Unless you work at a bank or government institution, you only get two major holidays. One filled with love, thanks, and togetherness, and the other to give and receive. The meaning of these holidays has shifted significantly. And, in no way, am I saying “down with Christmas.” I just think that more of a weight needs to be put on Thanksgiving, and allow people the same opportunities to celebrate a national holiday that they provide with a religious one.
Happy holidays, ya filthy animal Do you prefer to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Amber Slater, 30
“I’d prefer to say Merry Christmas because of my faith.”
Travis Teske, 17 “I believe in God so Merry Christmas.”
Hannah Hodges, 19
“I say Merry Christmas because I’m Catholic.”
Cody Ballard, 20 “I celebrate Christmas so I say Merry Christmas but if someone addressed me any differently I wouldn’t mind.”
appy Holidays! There, I just set off a nuclear bomb—apparently. Everyone in America seems to believe that December is solely dedicated to Christmas. I find it hilarious that we live in a world where a simple greeting, intended to wish someone to be joyous, can be seen as a cause for condemnation. I am not attempting to strike down on your religious holidays by wishing you a happy one, so stop attempting to start this ‘war on Christmas’ by refusing my greetings. According to Snopes.com, the start of the “war on Christmas” is possibly due to a Lowe’s holiday catalogue from 2007. Said catalogue advertised their fake evergreens as Family Trees instead of Christmas Trees. The idea that this is the start of the ‘war on Christmas’ is hilarious to me, because evergreens are a pagan tradition to celebrate the winter solstice. The firs from the evergreen were used in the pagan celebrations throughout the season. Simply put, there is no war on Christmas. I grew up saying both phrases interchangeably and never witnessed an issue until I got to my high school age. By 16, I started saying happy holidays to strangers because I have no clue who they are, what religion they celebrate, if they celebrate one or how they would take me saying “merry Christmas.” If I learn someone prefers hearing “merry Christmas,” yes, I will tell them that. But while I am at work, processing orders of hundreds of people and working as a supervisor, I will always say “happy holidays.” Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31 alone, there are approximately 30 different nonreligious and religious holidays. I just wish to keep everyone happy and to do so, a person shouldn’t be angered at my saying “happy holidays” over “merry Christmas.” No matter how many times customers give me the OK on this subject, it doesn't matter. I feel like Christians would feel more hatred at me wishing them a happy Christmas if they knew I am Agnostic. Christmas is not my holiday, so I shouldn’t have to refrain my speech. Saying “happy holidays” isn’t meant to be rude, it’s meant to be nice. So happy Kwanzaa, Christmas, Festivus, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, Solstice, Sinterklaas, and to anyone else who deems this non-offensive—Happy Holidays.
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Finding your sex number, saving your libido and your life Aubrie Smith
eing a sexually active adult has brought many challenges into my life. Though maturity has done wonders for eliminating most of the awkward sex conversations, it cannot eliminate all of them. And sure, it’s easy to have those conversations when you love someone, or feel close to them emotionally, but what if you don’t? What if you just started dating someone, and things still seem weird. Sex is a confusing topic. Something no one likes to talk about is their libido. No matter where on the spectrum you fall, a finger will be pointed at you, calling you abnormal. The problem? No two people will ever want sex the same amount, and figuring out that middle ground in a relationship can suck—especially in a new relationship. The first thing to know is that no matter where you stand, you’re healthy. Unless there has been a major swing in your libido, for a significant amount of time, there’s nothing to be worried about. If you have a strong sexual desire, it can be difficult to date someone who doesn’t want sex as much. And if you’re on the other side, it can be really hard to constantly say, “not tonight.” It always seems that someone needs to settle—but who? One way you can measure this is by finding your “sex number.” Yes, I totally jacked this from Psychology Today. But, what can I say? It seems like it would work. Finding your sex number is easy. Rate yourself on a scale from one to ten, “one” being associated with wanting sex little to none, and “ten” meaning sex is something you constantly crave, whether you like it that way or not. Then, and this can be the hard part, ask your partner what they’re at. It may surprise you. Maybe you guys are closer on the spectrum than you realized, and your timing is just off. Or, maybe you’re a ten, but they’re a one. In either case, you need to talk. If there’s a big difference between your number and your partner’s, communication is key. “So, now I know our numbers, but how do I bring up without making it awkward?” This conversation should in no way be awkward. If it’s too soon to talk about sex, it might be too soon to have sex. Don’t ruin the possibility of a good relationship because of society's pressure to have sex early on. If you want something serious with someone, ask yourself how important sex is at this step in your relationship, and if you both should take a step back until you’re comfortable enough to have those serious conversations. If you’ve asked your partner where they stand on the spectrum, and you’re on the other end, try asking about the feelings of pressure. There are a lot of people who would rate themselves as a two or a three, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like sex, or that they don’t enjoy it. It simply means that they don’t think about it that often, and don’t crave it. Try asking them if there are ways to get them in the mood, or how many times a week they would feel comfortable having sex—keeping in mind that that would be a rough number, and every week is different. Communication and compromise are the goals here. And if you’re the one at a two or three, and your partner is a nine or ten, remember that your “no” is valid. Ask them if their needs can be met in other ways some of the time. Try emotionally connecting more frequently, or physically connecting in a notso-sexual way. Cuddling and making time for an emotional conversation can often be just as connecting as sex. Wherever you and your partner stand on the spectrum, do not let your differences ruin something that you feel is a good relationship. Communicating well and connecting in different ways can eliminate a lot of conflict. Remember that talking and compromise are two things that every relationship needs. No two people are going to be on the same page on every issue, but remaining open, honest, and understanding can bridge gaps and allow needs to be met without conflict. And hey, maybe finding your sex number won’t save your life, but it could help you save your relationship from hardships.
Dean of Students meets with Pioneers
Student Jacob Mangas, 19, asks Jonathan Miller, Dean of Students, a question concerning student life. Photo Credit | Jessica Sierocki
onathan Miller, Dean of Students, met with students to discuss any concerns they could be facing on campus over a powdery pile of donuts on Nov. 15. Students were able to meet Miller after he was hired five months ago. “It’s important to me that students know who I am, where I’m located, and that I can be a resource to them at any time for any type of issue they may have,” says Miller. Miller tries to meet the concerns of students and goes to any lengths to do so. “Some of the issues I’m able to take care of myself and some are referrals to other resources on campus like counseling,
advising or financial aid. I bring other resources to the conversation if anything that needs to be addressed at a higher level,” says Miller. The event lets the voices of Delta students be heard. “I think it’s important that students know where their resources are on campus and how to access those resources. This is the second month for Donuts with the Dean and we’ll have it every month. We just want to raise awareness to students. Positive, negative, or indifferent, I’m here to help,” says Miller.
Jacob Mangas, 19, attended the event and spoke to Miller about student life. “I think it’s helpful for students to be aware that they can talk to people with a higher power without having to go through all of the different steps. You can just go straight to him if you have any issues,” says Mangas. If anyone wants to meet with Miller to discuss an issue, he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989)-6869472.
Delta raises awareness about Title IX Logan Miller
Title IX and Me is an event open to the public that presents education on social norms, communication, and consent on college campuses. The first meeting was on Nov. 14, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Delta College in room N-007. Other event meetings are on Feb. 6, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., as well as on Feb. 20, 2017, also from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. A round table of students and teachers discussed Title IX topics with Loyce Brown, Delta’s Title IX coordinator, and Laura Dull, a Delta College History Professor. “We come through a system that wasn’t built for gender equality. But Title IX
won’t go away because of an administration change [Trump],” said Dull. Dull and Brown talked about the systemic problems that pregnant students have to manage. In the past, pregnant high school students could be kicked out of their school and sent to a substandard high school. A big part of Title IX awareness is just that: making people directly affected by inequality aware of its existence and how it can help them. Delta can’t insist a student complete assignments at a timely rate if their doctor requires them to abstain from school, even if it’s an online course.
Teachers are wary about dropping students who are pregnant and have been absent for several classes. It’s a balancing act that needs to be worked out with Brown and her department at Delta. “Regulation is only one sentence long,” said Brown. Brown talked about the need for expanding the law and approaching student situations on a case-by-case basis. There has to be a fair amount of equality. College or workplace inequality typically involves women more than men, though it isn’t exclusive to women.
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Hope College brings first drone delivery system
Have you been craving some tasty froyo? Too lazy to actually leave your home, or dorm room, to get it? Well at Hope College this is one worry you can cross off your list. Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt has started its first drone delivery system, located in Holland, MI. According to USAtoday.com, this is the first drone worldwide to make deliveries. The drone travels at a speed of up to 30 miles an hour, and can carry up to 30 pounds of merchandise. There are fees associated with the delivery process, but they are negotiated at the time the order is placed. Orange Leaf ’s director has high hopes that this will expand their business, along with more delivery opportunities worldwide.
Lake Superior State becomes transfer school If Lake Superior State University is on your list of dream schools, you’re in luck. Delta has signed a partnership agreement with LSSU, located in Sault Ste Marie, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The reason behind this is to increase the number of students who attend, and complete degrees, at Michigan colleges and universities. In order to qualify for transfer, the students are required to have at least 24 credits from Delta, or prior, to transfer. Jean Goodnow and David Finley, Presidents of Delta College and Lake Superior State, both feel that this move will give students the opportunity for success and a wider range of employment options once they have achieved their degree.
Michigan State establishes healing area For most, this year's election was extremely rough for our generation. According to detroit.cbslocal.com, Michigan State University took these feelings, based on the results, and took them to the next level. Inside the Business College Complex, a healing center has been established for those who are facing grief and anxiety from the election results. With an attendance of over 300 people, Michigan State is one out of two Michigan universities to supply this healing opportunity for their students. Though this will be only temporary, it has made the students feel like they are truly part of a community, while on the other hand, Jeff Litten, president of MSU college Republicans, knows that in the real world, these kinds of spaces don’t exist.
Mid-Michigan falls into winter fun Logan Miller
he Bay City community is very proud of their annual Christmas traditions. There are a few mall Santas, some novel downtown shops, and tons of street decorations. Bay City fully commits to the final month of the year, so there are plenty of activities around town. On Friday, Nov. 25, Santa and Mrs. Claus officially arrive in Bay City. The Claus’ will be at Wenonah Park at 7 p.m. for a special performance. Afterwards, the Claus family will be having a meet-and-greet with kids at the Delta Planetarium. During Nov. 13, 20, and 27, downtown shops and eateries will be showcasing themselves to holiday shoppers. Grab some holiday decorations, free horse-drawn carriage rides, and strolling carolers. There are some very popular small-business shops downtown, such as Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe, My Secret Garden, and St. Laurent Brothers, a candy shop that has been around since 1904.
The Bay County Civic Arena offers public skating, drop-in hockey and figure skating. Regular skate is 5 dollars for general admission. Their hours are 7 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays as well as 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For figure skating, it costs 3 dollars per pair and an additional 2 dollars for a helmet. There are camps and birthday parties available as well. Locals can go out and watch some holiday shows at the State Theatre, located downtown Bay City. Simply Christmas, featuring Adam Prime, a show that plays multiple times throughout December, can only be purchased by reserving seats. Each ticket costs 25-35 dollars per person, depending on the seat. The State Theatre is also presenting “Cole in your Stocking” featuring Kevin Cole, priced at $12 for students/children and 1722 dollars for adults. The State Theatre will be showing movie double features, entitled
Sundays in the City, on Dec. 18. The films on the slate include A Christmas Story and The Polar Express. Holiday Harmonies by the Sweet Adelines will be performing on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m., $15 for general admission. On Sat. Dec. 17, Holiday and jazz music with guitarist Patrick Yandall plays, with a general admission price of 22 dollars or 12 dollars for students 18 and under. Skiing is always a good way to spend some time during the winter season. There are quite a few places to visit across Michigan, like Apple Mountain and Boyne Mountain Resort. Apple Mountain has fair prices at 25-27 dollars for a lift pass from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 30-35 dollars for a full day pass, depending on the day of the week. The Bay City Antiques Center, located downtown at 1020 North Water Street, is the largest antique mart in the state of Michigan. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon looking for unique, historical
items for yourself or as Christmas presents for friends or family. From Star Wars figures made in the 70s to vintage decorative dishes, the market has a ton of variety. The Bay City Antiques Center, in particular, was voted “best antique mall” by AAA, a motor club and travel organization. There are quite a few holiday shows at the Delta College planetarium. There will be a series of shows held on Nov. 25 until Dec. 23. Let It Snow, a family-friendly presentation of the sights and sounds of the season, is a musical show that will play Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except on Sunday, Nov. 27). The ticket prices for the Delta planetarium shows are 7 dollars for adults and 5 dollars for children, Delta students, and seniors.
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