Volume 54, No. 6
Nov. 15, 2012
Events around the campuses Pumpkin decorating at West Page 7 Wendi Coon/Times
Instructor Tom Pscheid (Middle) assists Eric Johnson (L) and Alex Darrah (R) on how to string a plumb line during an advanced techniques class.
Instructor trades masonry for art
by Wendi Coon Times Staff Reporter
The Masonry Department Technical Diploma program is losing its keystone. Tom Pscheid, instructor of Bricklaying and Masonry at West Allis Campus, will be retiring at the end of this semester. Pscheid has spent the past 24 and a half years teaching young adults the skills needed to make it in the backbreaking world of masonry. Before Pscheid began teaching at MATC, he spent many years working as a Journeyman Bricklayer, a job he would continue to do during the summer months for 15 more years. Pscheid is married with four children, three girls and a son; none wanted to follow in their dad’s footsteps but he is proud of the work they do. He has a sense
of satisfaction as he drives by, or walks into a building he helped to create. Pscheid laughs as he recalled when his children were young, they would groan and say, “We know dad… you built that one too,” as he would point out buildings he had worked on. Some of those buildings are the Bradley Center, MATC Oak Creek Campus, St. Mary’s Hospital, and North Division High School. Pscheid is an avid artist, a skill he began developing over 22 years ago. He is best known for his landscape charcoal drawings. Many of his drawings have been on display at area galleries. With his approaching retirement, Pscheid is planning on having more time to work on his artwork, and travel around the country showing his work at various art shows.
When asked about how difficult the bricklayer course is, Pscheid replied, “Bricklaying is a very physically demanding job, which is very rewarding. The math aspect of the class intimidates many people.” Pscheid could relate to his students because he too had struggled with mathematics. By teaching the techniques he developed to overcome those struggles, he feels that he can help students succeed. The other aspect of his course that seems to challenge his students is the start time. Classes begin at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday. Pscheid stated that he does this for two reasons: first, it is the standard start time for construction workers and he feels it’s important to instill this in his students. The second reason is, many of his students work second shift; by starting early they are finished with class
in time to get to work. The one complaint Pscheid has is with some students’ lack of commitment to the course. “They often work in teams and when fellow students are late or absent it affects the team’s performance,” said Pscheid. He did say that ambitious, motivated students are a pleasure to work with. Today, Pscheid says he feels a sense of satisfaction when he sees his former students. Many are now journeymen, foremen, and/or owners of their own company; he is proud of them. Pscheid said, “Sometimes it’s hard to recognize them after several years. Many were just teenagers when I taught them, but now they are gruff, hard working young men.” He summed it up by saying, “For years, I have spent my time building buildings but now I help build careers.”
MATC receives $1.4 million grant
by Aaron Cleavland Times Staff Reporter
A remark made by President Obama during his address to a Joint Session of Congress in 2009 referred to his goal of having every American receive at least one year of postsecondary education, thus attaining the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. That goal begins to show its first signs of life this month. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative will provide at least $2.5 million per state for community college training programs that are mainly focused on advanced manufacturing. The idea is that the recipient of this grant will use the funds to create affordable training programs that meet industry needs, invest in staff and educational resources, and provide access to free, digital learning materials. In other words, it was created to expand the capability to accommodate dislocated workers
and others who are waiting for training. The Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Consortium, a group of all of the 16 Wisconsin technical colleges including MATC, has been awarded $14.9 million, giving MATC close to $1.4 million. So what does this mean for Wisconsin, and more importantly MATC? Specifically, how will MATC use this money to improve manufacturing and employment chances? Duane Schultz, Associate Dean of the School of Technology and Applied Sciences at MATC, spoke about how the grant will improve manufacturing education at MATC, “A part of this grant is really focused on dislocated workers and workers who have been impacted by their jobs going overseas. Right now, there are more than 100 people waiting for welding slots at MATC alone, so they could be designated as eligible for Trade Assistance Adjustment resources. Secondly, we are looking to develop a new curriculum for metal fabrication
and at the same time expand the number of students we can get into the program. We are moving forward to put in place a metal fabrication program at the Mequon Campus and we are going to do some curriculum development in each [department].” Another part of this initiative will be to work closely with other schools that already have such a program in place to edit and finalize the actual curriculum itself. Schultz spoke of one of the main conflicts occurring on the machining side, “Right now what tends to happen is a student gets the opportunity to get a job and They’re not interested in getting their final graduation at MATC. They’re interested in getting a job because they need one and that’s understandable. “However, the way our data systems work it makes it appear as though all that we did was have a failed student; so part of the fix is to use the sources within the grant so that we are, number one, not penalized as an institution; and number two, acknowledging
and recognizing the work that the student is doing. We want to give them the certificate credential on their way out the door.” As President Obama said in his address in 2009, “In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a pre-requisite.” So, what happens when there’s a waiting list on that education? Regionally, manufacturers have weathered the storm of the economic downturn because they supply the parts that are always in demand. Parts always need to be made, production always needs to continue, but the one thing that’s being observed is a bottleneck in the production of the worker. With so many in line for an education just to get into a manufacturing or welding position the real demand is for space and the resources to create the worker. Hopefully, this initiative is a step in the right direction. Hopefully, it’s only one step of many.
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Calendar of events (MK) = Downtown Milwaukee Campus, (MQ) = Mequon Campus, (OC) = Oak Creek Campus, (WA) = West Allis Campus Friday, Nov. 16 9:00 a.m Campus-Community Summit Follow-up Monday, Nov. 19 12:00 p.m Quadrant Series: Seeking and Keeping Work (MK) 5:00 p.m. Education, Services, and Institutional Relations Committee Meeting (MK) Tuesday, Nov. 20 11:00 a.m MATC Phoenix Open Mic Event (MK) 12:00 p.m. Public Television Committee Meeting (MK) 5:00 p.m. National Novel Writing Event (OC) Wednesday, Nov. 21 5:00 p.m. No regular evening classes 5:30 p.m. Smart Start (OC) Thursday, Nov. 22 7:00 a.m MATC Closed Friday, Nov. 23 7:00 a.m MATC Closed
Monday, Nov. 26 3:30 p.m. Finance, Personnel, and Operations Committee Meeting (MK) Tuesday Nov. 27 11:30 a.m. Student Government Meeting (WA) 12:00 p.m. Quadrant Series: Becoming Real The Velveteen Principles (MK) 12:00 p.m. CJSO Meeting (OC) 1:00 p.m. Fast Track Session (MK) 5:00 p.m. District Board Meeting (MK) 5:00 p.m. National Novel Writing Event (OC) Wednesday Nov. 28 12:30 p.m. Chat with MATC’s Executive Vice President & Provost Dr. Vicki Martin (MK) Thursday Nov. 29 5:30 p.m. Smart Start (MK) Friday Nov. 30 1:00 p.m. MATC Police Recruit Graduation (OC) 5:30 p.m. National Novel Writing Event (OC)
STUDENT LEGAL CLINIC
Disability resources and rights
Legal Clinic Article by Christine Domenech, Pre-LPN
In Milwaukee, we are lucky to have such resources as the Disability Resource Center, located at 1120 W. Vliet Street, Suite 300, Milwaukee, WI. Their number is (414) 289-6660 Monday–Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.. They also have a TTY line at (414) 289-8559. They provide a variety of services for 18-59 year-old adults with disabilities. The key services they offer are: • Information and Assistance • Options/ Enrollment Counseling • Youth Transition • Disability Benefits Counseling • A link to abuse and neglect investigations for “at risk” adults (age 18-59) who have a disability
Disability rights in Wisconsin In Wisconsin there are resources throughout the state that are geared to help and assist individuals, families, services professionals and others concerned with disability issues. They have several advocacy action areas such as: • Individual Advocacy: They assist with barriers to independence and work one-on-one to identify goals and achieve positive change. • System Advocacy: They promote positive legislative policy and program initiatives. Attorneys work at the state and county levels and with other organizations to protect the rights of people with disabilities. • Training: They provide training and other learning opportunities for consumers, family members, attorneys and others in the disability community. • Legal Support: They take action that challenges rights violations related to identified priority issues. Please feel free to contact them with any and all questions and concerns. In the Milwaukee area, please call 414-773-4646 or toll free at 1-800-708-8778. Madison area, please call 608-267-0214 or toll free at 1-800-928-8778. Rice Lake area, please call 715-736-1232 or toll free at 1-800-877-3724. Statewide Drug Benefit Medicare Part D help line toll free at 1-800-926-4862. TTY/ Textnet for all: 1-888-758-6049.
Clearing the air:
Uncommon sense is crossing over
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Hello, fellow enthusiasts of all things tobacco, this was supposed to be your voice of reason, your cry out for justice, and your defense against walking off campus to have a cigarette. I was given this assignment because I am new to the Times, but also because I informed them that I am a smoker. Regrettably, I am going to have to disappoint anyone who thought that I was going to speak out against the smoking ban in the way that they might have expected; my reasons for supporting the ban, even as a smoker, outweigh any reasons I can come up with for objecting to it. Since last year, I’ve grown very accustomed to not being able to smoke in places where I would have felt right at home doing so. I used to love smoking indoors, and I still do; it’s why I have a home and a desk with an ashtray on it, sitting right next to my laptop. Bars used to be my public resort for smoking without concern; and a cigarette before my meal arrived at a decent restaurant was always a nice pastime. The only reason I was allowed to feel so right and comfortable about it was the social acceptance of that behavior, but things are changing for the better and the truth is coming out. The truth is that it isn’t a victimless activity; the first and foremost victim is you. That’s only the beginning, however, because this is 2012; and we’ve known for years the passively destructive effects of secondhand smoke. There is even a lesser-known “third-hand smoke” that is now recognized by medical professionals. We, as indulgers of the activity, need to acknowledge that we are not alone. There is so fine a line between smokers and non-smokers that we can affect everyone’s health, not just our own. Third-hand smoke is what comes after the cigarette is gone. The traces on our clothes, what soaks into the walls, and in a very abundant form, the constant litter strewn about a hundred feet before any entrance here at the downtown campus. Cigarette butts as far as the eye can see. Paper is biodegradable, sure, but the filters, the butts, are not. Especially not after they’ve absorbed the resin of the burned tobacco and the toxic chemicals they use to make it more addictive
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to quit smoking for yourself, is to not get in the way of progress and to support these smoking bans. People may complain about personal freedoms and jazz like that, but it needs to be accepted by everyone that the whole idea behind the smoking business is wrong. There is an industry that thrives on our addictive tendencies, and we allow it, because they’ve designed the product to be so addictive and it funds our government through taxes. Millions are gained by the U.S. government every year in taxes alone; and tobacco companies spend additional millions in lobbying to keep their interests represented in Congress. According to OpenSecrets. org, approximately $7,951,000 has been spent by tobacco lobbyists in 2012. For those who don’t know (we hear a lot about lobbying but some may not understand the purpose), a lobbyist works to sway public officials in the favor of those they represent, influencing the public, social, and economic policies of that official. They do this by many different means, from taking politicians out to dinners and parties to even resorting to bribery; and to the somewhat legal equivalent of bribery, which would be making
cash contributions to campaigns. Through these public smoking bans, we’re opening a big door towards forming a potentially great future for our grandchildren. It’s such common sense to be rid of Big Tobacco, and the poison itself, that it’s a big letdown when you consider that we’re allowed to kill ourselves in the name of more tax dollars and free enterprise. We trust in our elected officials to keep us safe and make us their top priority, so if they aren’t taking tobacco seriously, why should we? Truthfully, we owe it to ourselves as individuals and ourselves as a species to push this thing as far as we can, with or without their support. It’s going to be a long road, since a new smoker starts the habit every hour on the hour, it seems. The younger they are when they start, the longer they’ll be around to claim that these smoking bans are hurting our individual rights, and stand between common sense and Big Tobacco. As long as we keep passing down this uncommon sense to our children, and encouraging them to continue to do so generationally, we can make cigarettes and their legality nothing more than an ugly historical footnote.
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and impactful on our bodies and minds. No matter what the reason is behind our beginning, we are all but hopelessly addicted to the concept of smoking, now. It’s a personal lifestyle choice when it comes down to it, but we have to realize it isn’t just ourselves we are affecting, we also have to realize that we are perpetuating a substance that kills and makes billions of dollars for people who know how deadly it is without remorse. Why is it so accepted by mainstream society to smoke? It’s a hard question to answer since we’ve grown so accustomed to it. We’ve known for so long how terrible it is, many of us through terrible personal experiences, but we still haven’t demanded as a people that something needs to be done. But in this generation, we’re reaching a much needed breakthrough in common sense. We’re actually starting to go over the heads of Big Tobacco and banning smoking in public and workplaces. I am a smoker, yet I still appreciate seeing these smoking bans go into effect. Whether we completely accept it or not, tobacco needs to be put in its place. We need to let Big Tobacco know that we aren’t just a concentrated grouping of gullible consumers, and the best way to do that, if you’re not going
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COMPACT REPLAY by DUANE RODRIGUEZ
Sorta like last issue’s Jay-Z: Live In Brooklyn, the cool little live project meant for fans that didn’t have a chance to catch Jay live, the Black Keys have released Tour Rehearsal Tapes (Nonesuch). An awesome little 6-track ep that was recorded during a rehearsal back on December 11, 2011, as the band prepared for it’s hugely successful 2012 tour. They stopped here at the Bradley Center back in May with Arctic Monkeys – and they crushed. A twomember band consisting of guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, the band started turning heads when they released Attack & Release, produced by Danger Mouse. This ep consists of 4 tracks from last year’s El Camino and two from 2010’s Brothers.All are good. Especially “Gold On The Ceiling” and “Next Girl”. Which segues us into The Man With The Iron Fists (Soul Temple), a killer soundtrack from the movie of the same name. The segue is that the soundtrack contains “The Baddest Man Alive”, a collaboration with the afore-mentioned Black Keys and RZA. RZA, the leader of Wu-Tang Clan, as well as a working actor in many projects including American Gangster and the Showtime series Californication, as well as making this, his directorial debut. If the movie is anywhere as good as the cd, it’s a winner because the 15 tracks make it the best compilation of the year. You get some biggies here including Kanye West, Corinne Bailey Rae, Wiz Khalifa and Pusha T., that make this a great combination of hip-hop, strong r&b and neosoul. For me the best thing here is “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” by The Revelations (featuring Tre Williams). It’s so tough to recreate a time period classic, this
‘The Man with the Iron Fists’ soundtrack packs big punch
originally a hit by William Bell in 1968; nobody can cop a 60’s soul attitude better than The Revelations.Other good ones include West’s “White Dress”, “Get Your Way” by Idol Worship and “Tick-Tock” by Pusha T. I was really anticipating the full length debut from Austin Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr. Any guitarist from Texas worth their salt has some pretty big shoes to fill. The likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, Freddie King and Chris Duarte are just a few who’ve come from the Lone Star State. So here’s Blak and Blu (Warner Bros) a mixed bag that in the big picture does him more harm than good. Clark has stated that he wanted to make an album for everyone before he makes an album for himself; that’s cool but it always doesn’t work to your advantage. An admitted blues guitarist, on Blak and Blu he attempts too many different things, which keeps him from showing off his strengths. He is a guitarist who heavily incorporates the blues and when he does, the results are amazing and prove the hype about Clark’s first full-length debut worthy. When he tries to do things he shouldn’t, like on “Ain’t Messin’ Round” with that silly horn section arrangement you feel embarrassed for him. Pretty much the same goes for “The Life” with its hip-hop like drums, it’s just something a blues guitarist shouldn’t even think about attempting. I get that producers Mike Elizondo (50 Cent, Fiona Apple) and Rob Cavallo (Fleetwood Mac, Green Day) want to show off Clark’s diversity but prolly not at the cost of an artist’s livelihood. I personally would have started the album off with the acoustic front porch foot tapping “Next Door Neighbor Blues” and let Clark’s
talent run from there. This way you know what the artist and album are about. Anyway the good ones still outweigh the bad ones and they include “Numb”, “Bright Lights”, “Travis Country”, “Things Are Changin’” and “Third Stone from The Sun/If You Love Me Like You Say.” OK I’ve just about had enough of Neil Young. As much good as the guy has done, an original founder of Farm Aid and his work with the Bridge School which benefits children with disabilities, he’s become like that embarrassing long lost uncle at Christmas being as annoying as ever. This time it’s with Psychedelic Pill (Reprise) his 35th studio album. Oh boy, where to start? OK, he recorded it with his part-time side project Crazy Horse; it’s also a two cd set that includes a 16:49, 27:36 and a 16:27 length tracks. In the jazz world that can be looked upon as experimental improvisation – in Young’s world it borders on mindless ramblings. Remember now, Young has been attempting something different on each of his most recent records, like his last album, Americana, an album that covered traditional material like, “Oh Susannah” and “Clementine” or Are You Passionate? an album that he recorded with Booker T and The MG’s. What Neil Young is, is a very prolific singer/ songwriter, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who, when motivated, makes terrific, iconic records. Here on Psychedelic Pill, only a couple hit the spot. Where his core audience will eat this up and maybe that’s all that matters, most of us will simply be baffled. I can listen to “Twisted Road” and “Born in Ontario”, but anything after that my eyes start to water, things begin to get hazy and I start losing my equilibrium.
Jason Aldean’s voice is typical for country style by Zack Harbin Times Staff Reporter Before I go any further with this review, I just want to let everyone know that am not a country fan at all, so to do this was very interesting. This review is on Jason Aldean’s album Night Train, which was released October 16. The first song I listened to was “1994”. To me, it sounded like any other country tune. I heard the usual, bendy guitar riffs and the banjos in the background. So nothing too eye-opening for me. The second song I listened to was “Talk”. The intro to this song
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starts out with a nice relaxing riff, but then he started to sing. I have to be honest, I don’t like his voice, and to me the singer’s voice in any band is key to their songs. I thought his voice was whiny and not pleasant, which pretty much ruined the rest of the song. The last song I listened to was “Walking Away”. This song makes me sad because it’s talking about wanting someone to walk out of his life, which is something I am dealing with right now. My rating for this album on a scale of 1-10, I’d have to go with a 4. The reason for that is like I said earlier, I don’t like his voice and it made the music sound bad.
On page 5 in our last edition The Times forgot to mention that the Obama RV Tour stop at MATC was sponsored by the Black Student Union.
Turkey Day traditions by Ashley Miner Times Staff Reporter
It’s Holiday time! Halloween has come and gone and Thanksgiving is fast approaching. So we decided to surveyed six students to find out what are their family traditions. Jasmine Jackson, Visual Communications/Computer Graphics student, says, “My family comes together; we each bring a dish, and talk crazy to each other.” “We go to my uncle’s house and everyone chills there. We’ll usually bring the turkey and macaroni,” says Liberal Arts and Sciences student Marika Hopgood. Hran Kulh, Liberal Arts and Sciences, says, “I don’t have a family here, so I usually cook by myself. My family is in Burma, Southeast Asia. If I were home, we
would cook rice and meat. Since they are not here, I just hang out with friends.” Joshua Velez, Adult High School student, says, “We come together and cook, usually with turkey and ham. My favorite is Puerto Rican rice, called Arroz con Gandules. We watch the football game. We stay up, and go to Black Friday sales when the stores first open.” Shanette Perry, Adult High School student, says, “We just cook a lot of food, eat a lot, and just crash out. We have smoked ham, dressing, corned beef, macaroni and cheese, greens, cabbage, ham hocks, neck bones, and all that.” When asked what’s on her first plate Perry said, “Macaroni and cheese, corned beef, cabbage and yams. For dessert my auntie makes pumpkin, sweet potato, and apple pies, and we’ll have regular chocolate and vanilla cake. We just eat, laugh at each other, and pass
out one by one, wake up, and eat again. We don’t really watch the game, we’re too busy eating.” Alexander Wrensch, Computer Simulation and Gaming student, says, “My birthday is around Thanksgiving, so we usually celebrate my birthday and Thanksgiving together. With four or five pumpkin pies, those are my favorite. We used to go up north, but now we mostly just stay home and eat turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and corn. My favorite food for Thanksgiving is a toss-up between duck and stuffing. My favorite thing about Thanksgiving used to be that I would get to see my grandmother, but she’s in the hospital now. Occasionally, we’ll go see her.” When asked if he was going to watch the game he said, “My dad might but I’d rather play sports than watch them. After family time, I usually go see a movie or something.”
Get by with a little help
by Aaron Cleavland Times Staff Reporter
Advising Days started Monday, October 22nd. It is designed to be an opportunity to create awareness of the resources the student has to succeed, namely faculty advisors. Although some feel they know exactly what they need to do next semester it’s always a good idea to get someone’s expert opinion on what the next step should be. No one knows this more than Daniel Koeppel, an advisor on campus who sees the obvious advantage to it. “In the most simple of terms, it saves time and it saves money when you don’t take the wrong class, said Koeppel. If people are taking classes that aren’t part of their program, it may not be financially aid-able,” said Koeppel. There may also be things that need a second look; for instance, if you have low placement test scores you may be given the chance to retake them. The Advisors at the school like to try to create rapport with
students in hopes that they feel welcome to come back with any other issues they may have. “Studies show that if a student has someone they can get to know or relate to, chances of success are better,” Koeppel said. He also spoke of his professional priorities, “My main concern at MATC is retaining students and making them successful.” That not only plays a major role in keeping students in school to completion but creates pathways to graduation. Currently, the dropout rate in Wisconsin is very high so advisors hope they can help students avoid wasting time and money on classes they don’t need so they don’t become discouraged or financially unable to continue. Advising Days are a good time to promote the opportunities the student has to see their advisors and in no way was it a limited time offer so you can still make an appointment anytime. The name of your faculty advisor is listed on the first page of your Program Plan along with their contact information or you can email: email@example.com.
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Events around the campuses
A pumpkin’s time to shine
West Allis Campus experiences Polish culture
Students were treated to an exhibition from the Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble during a recent cultural event at the West Allis Campus. Jenny Staab, West Allis Campus Student Ambassador, stated that every month they are showcasing a different culture; November will feature Native American dance.
Straightening up for younger years
by Salena Elizabeth Times Staff Reporter
The Mequon Campus held the first Patio Series event on October 30. Dr. Richard Kemp of Kemp Chiropractic presented on “How to stay young the first 100 years.” When defining what “young” means, people typically think of and compare it to the cosmetic industry; being wrinkle-free and sag-free. Kemp’s purpose was educating the audience about the importance of spinal care and how mobility can make a person appear older opposed to having crow’s feet around the eyes. In the early 1900’s the average life span was 50 years. Currently humans are living an average of 80 years. With new medical technology, medication and constant medical research, humans are able to outlive the branches on the family tree. Today people can replace many parts of the body: the liver, kidneys, pancreas, etc.; however, there is one part that cannot be replaced the spine. The structural—system is the most neglected part of the human body. Once the spine degenerates it cannot be replaced, Kemp said. Kemp also added an interesting fact. When visiting a nursing home there is a large percentage of residents that suffer with some sort of posture defect. The three indicators are: residents with canes, walkers and wheel chairs. Many of these people suffer from spine disorders, seeing a chiropractor can reduce this percentage. Kemp stated, “there are two
problems with the spine. One, it’s always behind us and we never see our spine; and two, we don’t know much about our spines,” said Kemp. The autonomic nervous system regulates involuntary action. The ANS controls the body’s internal organs consisting of: stomach, heart, lungs, liver, large and small intestines, kidneys, bladder, sex organs, etc. A subluxation is a bony misalignment in the spine and can affect not only the area in pain but also the nerves that exit between those vertebrae. The atlas bone, which is the first cervical vertebra in the spine, can directly impact any of the organ functions. Kemp asked the audience, “If your spine was on your face would you take better care of it?” Kemp Chiropractic believes in these three phases of chiropractic care: 1. Pain Relief 2. Stabilization 3. Maintenance With proper maintenance on the spine the human body can get on a healthier road to feeling and looking younger. Kemp currently has two employees who work on his team. Jill Lindsay is the office and marketing manager and Sheri Georgenson has joined recently as a massage therapist. Any further information regarding spine care, please contact: Kemp Chiropractic 10855 W. Park Place Milwaukee, WI 53224 414-359-0300 www.kemp-chiro.com.
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by Bobbi Kleemann Times Business Manager On October 25, the West Allis Campus hosted a pumpkin decorating table for students and staff. Students and staff decorated small pumpkins with glitter, paint, fabric and the occasional fake bugs. There was a vampire, sleepy head, witch, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, a Wisconsin Badgers theme, a hello kitty, and even the traditional look. All who had participated enjoyed
expressing their artistic side when decorating the pumpkins. When asking a student if they preferred a scarier look or a funny look, they responded, “Sometimes a scary look, sometimes a moderate look and maybe something connected with what’s happening around the country,”said MATC student Bryan Switalski. Over 35 pumpkins were donated by Student Life and the students were able to keep their masterpieces or donate them.
On October 31, Microbiology students held a pestilence fair on the second floor atrium of the Downtown Campus. The students displayed information boards about the different ways in which disease, bacteria, and infection can be spread. Instructor Veronica Neumann said her students are enrolled in many different health service programs. Students (from left to right) Chanell Allen, Cari Page, Sabrina Smith, and Marisella Espino explain the risks of hospital-acquired infections.
Welcome to tomorrow: our doors are open
by Zachary Hack Times Staff Reporter
Parents and potential students of the very near future made their way through a brisk November morning attend MATC’s Open House on November 3rd. The check-in line on the second floor of the Main Building created an echoing jumble of excited voices that bled into the surrounding corridors. Over 100 different degree programs were showcased from all four campuses. Staff and faculty gave demonstrations. The whole affair started at 8:30 a.m. and the turnout was good right out of the gate. Student volunteers politely circulated and guided visitors throughout the event, and they certainly had
their work cut out for them. The large crowd was evident throughout the event. People had come looking to become students, and a lot of them knew what they were going for, it seemed. From the original, large group of people with the same general goal of getting back in school, smaller groups formed and dispersed into the halls of MATC. Everything from Masonry to Radiography was represented. In the T Building, a line had even formed to try out a “virtual 3D welding simulation” where students interested in welding technology could try it, then be assessed on the job they did. When asked what she thought about the college now that she’s attended the Open House, a mother from Milwaukee who came with her 19-year-old son said,
“We think it’s great, and the students and staff we’ve met were all very helpful and nice. There are many reasons MATC was the first school we had in mind for our son, and it didn’t disappoint.” She went on to say that her son would be attending school at the Oak Creek Campus, since he has friends who go there. It was a good day with excellent attendance, despite the cold and cloudy weather, and we’re sure to see many new faces in the halls at the start of the spring semester, adding to our student population. If they liked what they saw at the Open House, wait until they actually get to start attending classes. Nothing beats the feeling of going back to school, and it makes you appreciate education that much more.
Speaking in tongues immerses students in bicultural learning
by Jim Nance Times Editor-in-Chief
Languages create greater opportunities for any college graduate. Students from universities in China learn several languages, becoming proficient in English before they graduate, and developing a stronger comprehension of our culture / trends in the United States. MATC works toward not giving students just a course in a language, but an opportunity to understand the people of that culture. Currently in the school’s course catalog for the world/ foreign languages, we offer only Spanish and French for students to learn skills to communicate effectively, grammar and audiolingual practice, and give students the fundamentals to listen-read-speak-write in those languages. Deborah Hoem-Esparza, chair of the Foreign Language department said, “We want to provide more than language training; we teach cultural competence. The President’s Diversity Council wants socially and competent students.” What makes MATC foreign language department unique is that they don’t make it solely about the language, but give students the full exposure to the culture of that country. To enhance the exposure to languages through cultural experience, teachers do different
things to get students prepared for the real world. Hoem-Esparza talks about a professor making an effort to get his students to do chat forums. Another professor, Angela Gold, has a chat called “Café Chalar”, a monthly Spanish chat at Caribou Coffee at Mayfair Mall to create a community for the students. Different teachers find ways to dive students into language beyond the textbooks, and put their skills to the test. Pam Carlson, Language Lab Coordinator, understands student needs and sees how effectively and creatively having the right resources strengthens learning. “Students come in the lab and use the resources in the lab (which is the only one for students working on assignments for languages), providing we are open and staffed to assist them,” says Carlson on her role in the lab. Room M362 in the Main Building of the Downtown Campus is a colorful and vibrant room housing many tools used to advance their techniques outside the classroom. Diego Heredia, student and local artist, spends his time working in the language lab. They are looking to create a mural down the hall to bring it to life through art. Large removable displays will depict each of the languages offered on campus. “My vision is to remain active in the art community and have as many exhibits as possible
Scholastic Book Fair has become annual event by Tamryn Andraos Times Staff Reporter
Sharifah Abdussalam, Spanish 1 student, receives advice from Lab Instructor Pamela Carlson.
throughout the city,” says Heredia on being an artist. Once the needed budget is approved by the President’s Diversity Council, Heredia could take time off to craft these murals for MATC, bringing the energy and dynamic of the culture through the hallway. “I would tell anyone to try to be trilingual not just bilingual, it’s an amazing level to be at; even if you’re bilingual, you’re still at an effective level because you can bring so much to any employer,” Heredia added, “to show the growing demand for languages in the U.S.” Dental Hygiene student Adam Lisowe enjoys the benefits of being bicultural. He found the language lab to be informative and the teaching staff to be awesome. Lisowe shares, “the study abroad trip was one of the greatest experiences this school has to offer; they try to go twice a year. I was able to go to Cuernavaca a year and a half ago. Staying there for three
weeks: going to class five days a week. On weekends they take us to historical locations and excursions of the city.” During that time students get to stay with a family and speak in the native tongue and communicate as they were taught. Applied language skills immerse them in the culture. “Mandarin is coming to MATC during the spring semester in 2013. Once that gets up and running we would be introducing Arabic”, says Hoem-Esparza. “We have so many different people here in Milwaukee and they want to learn more than the traditional languages taught today. We need it; our society needs to learn about languages that aren’t always on the radar. Huge populations speak Mandarin and Arabic and I think that’s what we are supposed to be doing.” No matter what language you speak now, enroll in a foreign language class to encounter something beyond language, seeing the world in a new way.
A jungle of color is what you would have found on the 2nd floor, S Building on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus between October 19 – October 26. You couldn’t help yourself when walking by to take a few minutes and browse through the large variety of interesting books on display. The Scholastic Book Fair is aimed at the general public. Word of mouth advertising in nearby buildings and at MATC campuses, has seemed to be the key to luring in prospective buyers. From pre-K up to 8th grade this is a kid’s paradise; mostly new but some special value books are available for purchase. Prices range from 99c up to $18.99, so even with tough economic times you are able to purchase a book and offer your child the simple joys in life, without breaking the bank. What is the most precious feeling in the world, you may ask? Well for a very dedicated lady named Lorraine Tyler, it is sitting with your child on your lap reading them a story. Tyler, being the chair organizer of the Scholastic Book Fair, has brought about awareness and the fun of reading right to our very fingertips. The Week of a Young Child, held in April 2006, prompted Tyler to unlock the imaginations of kids all around Milwaukee, with the objective of sharing her love for books. Tyler was committed to working hard, and with the help of MATC she was able to showcase her book sale at the Downtown Campus. From being in the MATC calendars, campus screens, Facebook, Twitter and the online website, Tyler has no shortage of visual content to put on show. With all this advertising she has been successful in showcasing the book sale every spring and fall for the past few years. Last year was Tyler’s most successful year thus far; she has high hopes that this year will top sales and go on to be even better in the future. Technology seems to have made an impact on the old fashioned reading, but e-books are available online and are very reasonably priced. So whatever your preference is, there are books available to you. With the convenience of every welcoming book fair, the bustling Downtown Campus and prices to please everyone, there is no reason why your kids are not enjoying their super scholastic books with you.
Thank you for your opinion, MATC
by Robyn Wiggill Times Staff Reporter
The results are in, and all my questions have been answered. Many of the results were very close, while others had a definite, preferred answer. Let us review what MATC students thought about various relationship situations. According to our survey 63 percent of MATC students are in a relationship. Out of the students
surveyed 72 percent thought it was okay to go for coffee with a member of the opposite gender while in a relationship, while 28 percent did not approve of this. The divide was not as defined when asked whether is was okay to have dinner with a member of the opposite gender while in a relationship, and just 58 percent said this would be okay, while the remaining 42 percent did not. It seems students felt strongly (72 percent) that while in a
relationship people should not hang out with a person who likes you. While dealing with honesty MATC students were divided. Fifty-six percent thought that since honesty is the best policy, you should alert your partner if you are hanging out with someone you know likes you. If you plan to go to dinner or maintain a friendship with your ex, 43 percent agree it is acceptable on the basis that you tell your partner first. 57 percent agree that
you need to inform and invite your partner to go with you both. Social networking is another topic that divided MATC students. 52 percent thought it was okay to “friend” an ex on Facebook but only if they “requested” you first, while 48 percent think you should not message your ex, even if you are Facebook friends. Each person has their own opinion as to what is acceptable behavior in a relationship. The best solution to a successful
relationship is to communicate with your partner what your comfort level is, as well as what you deem acceptable within the bounds of your relationship. That way you will be comfortable knowing how your partner would handle certain situations and what response they would expect from you in those situations. Most of all, remember the foundation of a relationship is communication, love, respect and honesty.
MATC Times - Issue 5 Opinion Survey Results When you befriend a guy/girl, when do you tell them you’re in a relationship?
If you are talking to a guy/girl, when should they tell you they’re in a relationship?
I wait for them to ask
If it comes up in conversation
When they introduce themselves
If it comes up in conversation
It’s the first thing I bring up
I don’t tell them
Only if I ask them out
Before I ask them out
If an ex calls you for something (death in their family, to see how you’re doing, for a general catch up, or wondering if you could still be friends, etc.), when should you tell the person that you’re dating? Never, unless it comes up in a conversation with your partner Only if your current bf/gf knows about your ex (so it’s relevant to them)
Immediately after the phone call Only if they call again
Survey of 79 People
Survey of 76 People
Survey of 82 People
President’s Diversity Council talks about diversity and education by Keio Horton Times Staff Reporter On October 23 Dr. Damon A. Williams came to MATC as a special guest speaker in a free session open to all the students and staff hosted by the President’s Diversity Council of MATC (PDC). This session was called “21st Century Diversity: What Does It Mean to You? Let’s Talk About It.” The PDC invited Williams, the Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate/Chief Diversity Officer at the University of WisconsinMadison, to come and talk about
how they can make MATC a better college for future generations and to share his beliefs and plans for diversity and a better college education. Williams also talked about how the graduation rate needs to improve at the Wisconsin campus. “One of the things that makes MATC so special is that this institution is the most diverse institution in the state of Wisconsin. But I think most in the room would say that the success level that we’re achieving in terms of graduating our students is not nearly where we want to be,” said Williams.
Williams shows concern for the graduation level of current students. He also shows concern for those of the future generation. “We see too many of our children don’t make it out of the hospital. We see too many of our young people who never make it to college because they never make it out of high school and many too frequently didn’t even make to middle school,” said Williams. Williams wanted the people to see clearly that if we don’t succeed in life the children of the future will have a much more difficult time. He mentioned that there is always a time for change.
“I want to spend my life around individuals who are pushing me to ever greater levels of excellence,” said Williams. Throughout the session, Williams shared his views and beliefs about diversity in schools by using very interesting and entertaining sources. He knew just how to keep the audience’s attention and interest in the topic. “Our institution is struggling with the aspect of campus diversity and needs to find a way to turn the corner. How can we do it; where do we start...? We have a diversity plan but is it enough? Can you tell us what to do can you we help? We need the force. ‘Save me Obi-Wan Williams you’re our only hope,’ ”said Williams. Williams explained his work and beliefs by quoting various movies such as “Star Wars”, “Do the Right Thing” and “Any Given Sunday”. He also picked out various characters from each movie to further explain his method. The way he brought the world of movies into the topics of diversity and education was a very creative method of explaining them to the audience. Williams also explained diversity through the point of nature. He compared the levels of diversity in Wisconsin colleges to that of different breeds of dogs, the Great Dane and Chihuahua. “We look at them at the surface they may seem very different like the Great Dane and a Chihuahua.
But there’s very little genetic variation between a Great Dane and a Chihuahua at the level of its DNA. We begin to peer into our institutions and look at their DNA; we also see some things that are very similar,” said Williams. He showed that even though they’re different from each other, the two dogs and the diverse culture in colleges are similar. Williams also describes diversity with wild animals such as the cheetah and the wolf. It is amazing how diversity can be compared to the things you least expect. Williams was a very powerful speaker and knew exactly how to keep the audience in the presentation. He helped the PDC spread word of their goal to make MATC and other colleges better for the students of the future. Williams and the PDC hope they can help motivate more people to get out there and reach their goals. “Every time I talk to my students no matter whether they come from Milwaukee, or they come from China, or they from New York City or they come from the Chi, I ask them. ‘Are you embracing new possibilities?’” said Williams. “That is essential to innovating.” Williams and the PDC also want the people to help them motivate those of the future generation to continue on the legacies of those who came before them. They hope they can reach this goal so we all can reach the road to success.
Support your men’s and women’s basketball team Men’s Basketball 2012-2013 Schedule Date
Sat. Oct. 6 Mon. Oct. 8 Sat. Oct. 13 Sat. Oct. 27 Fri. Nov. 2 Sat. Nov. 3 Fri. Nov. 9 Sat. Nov. 10 Tues. Nov. 13 Fri. Nov. 16 Sat. Nov. 17 Tues. Nov. 20 Tues. Nov. 27 Sat. Dec. 1 Sun. Dec. 2 Wed. Dec. 5 Mon. Dec. 10
Pre-Season: JUCO Jamboree Pre-Season: IVCC Jamboree Pre-Season: Juco Jamboree Pre-Season St Johns Military Sauk Valley CC Classic (St. Ambrose) Sauk Valley CC Classic (Sauk Vly) Gogebic Community College Anoka Ramsey CC College of Lake County Ellsworth CC Ellsworth CC Fox Valley Technical College Daley College Highland CC Highland CC Western Technical College Prairie State College
Cedar Falls, IA Oglesby, IL Kankakee, IL Hidden Cove SportsPlex Milwaukee, WI (Alverno College) Dixon, IL Dixon, IL Milwaukee, WI (Alverno College) Milwaukee, WI (Alverno College) Milwaukee, WI (Alverno College) Iowa Falls, IA Iowa Falls, IA Milwaukee, WI (Alverno College) Chicago, IL Freeport, IL Freeport, IL LaCrosse, WI Chicago Heights, IL
TBA TBA TBA 1:00pm 6:00pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 4:00pm 8:00pm TBA TBA 8:00pm TBA TBA TBA 8:00pm 7:00pm
Women’s Basketball 2012-2013 Schedule Date
Fri. Nov. 2 Sat. Nov. 3 Fri. Nov. 9 Sat. Nov. 10 Tues. Nov. 13 Fri. Nov. 16 Sat. Nov. 17 Tues. Nov. 20 Tues. Nov. 27 Wed. Dec. 5 Mon. Dec. 10 Mon. Dec. 17
UW Fond du Lac Tournament UW Fond du Lac Tournament
Fond du Lac, WI Fond du Lac, WI
Gogebic Community College Anoka Ramsey CC Morton College
Milwaukee, WI (Alverno College) Milwaukee, WI (Alverno College) Milwaukee, WI (Alverno College)
TBA TBA 6:00pm 2:00pm 6:00pm TBA TBA 6:00pm TBA TBA 5:00pm 7:00pm
Ellsworth CC Ellsworth CC
Iowa Falls, IA Iowa Falls, IA
Fox Valley Technical College
Milwaukee, WI (Alverno College)
Daley College Western Technical College Prairie State College UW Whitewater JV
Chicago, IL LaCrosse, WI Chicago Heights, IL Whitewater, WI
-----------------------------------Come and check out the basketball team. All home dates (boldface) are played at Alverno College, 3900 S. Morgan Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53234 ------------------------------------
Photos by Darin Dubinsky
Rev. Jesse Jackson rallies students to vote early
Bobbi Kleemann Times Staff Reporter
On Monday October 22, on the first floor of the S Building at the Downtown Campus, Rev. Jesse Jackson rallied MATC students to go out and vote. This was the same day that early voting started in Wisconsin and continued until November 2nd. Over 200 people watched and listened as Jackson gave his speech. “My mind is a pearl; I can learn anything in the world if my mind can perceive it. If my heart can
believe it, I know I can achieve it. Invest in me, invest in education. My vote will determine my destiny. I can vote, I will vote, I must vote, keep hope alive. I can now vote where I go to school because of my civil right.” “Voting is worth it, voting does matter. Investing in me is the best America can offer. We are the swing vote. We work; we invest in building our industry. We now move to our troops overseas. Bring them home, keep them home. Bring soldiers home; treat veterans like we treat soldiers. Love them, care for
them, and pray for them. Give them health care, give them jobs, love veterans, they’ve cared for us, now care for them.” “My vote empowers my Pell Grant. My vote keeps my school. My vote gives education. My vote gives Medicare. My vote gives Social Security. I will vote today,” said Jackson. After the speech, Jackson encouraged all who attended the speech to walk from the campus to Zeidler Municipal Building to vote. The Black Student Union sponsored Jackson to come to MATC.