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November 21, 2013

Releasing positive energy through holistic health

by Salena Krueger Times Staff Reporter

For many students, science classes can be a huge challenge when it comes to memorization, naming keytones, alcohols, and overall making that adjustment to thinking in a scientific way. Students at MATC are fortunate to have academic support centers that offer additional help in assigned tutoring, walk-in help, open group and even distance tutoring. Deborah Suzi Stoffel is one of the many amazing individuals who are available to help students in chemistry, anatomy and physiology each spring and fall semester. Stoffel started her career as a special education teacher and focused on trying to figure out how people learned.“Learning is listening, seeing it, doing it, and sometimes all of those combined,” stated Stoffel. She is known at the MATC West Allis campus as the chemistry tutor; however, she too once struggled with understanding chemistry concepts. Wanting more and dying to learn, she moved from

North Carolina to Wisconsin and attended medical school. While sitting in pathophysiology class and loving it, she realized she never took an anatomy or physiology class. She always loved the sciences and looked to a different alternative. She switched her focus because it felt so right and so natural for her to attend the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. Not only is Stoffel an asset to MATC she also is a MATC student and continues to educate herself by taking classes on campus as well as being an inspiration to other students. To promote herself she joined an acupuncture networking group and used her voice to talk about her passion. Stoffel is an acupuncturist and practices at Badger Health Center in Waukesha. She performs typical needle acupuncture and uses moxabustion (heat) cupping, and herbal remedies as part of her treatment. Mini clinics sessions for weight loss and smoking cessation are also available. For more information about Dr. Suzie, visit

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Dr. Deborah Suzi Stoffel carefully applying needles at Badger Health Center to relieve a patient of her headaches.

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FSET/PACE program here to help students by Keio Horton Downtown Campus Editor

What is the FSET/PACE program and what does it do? The program helps out MATC students in need of Food Share, child care, transportation, and academic support. They have recently hired two new members, Micaela Erickson and Michael Timm, educational assistants atMATC. The main office for the FSET/PACE program is in Room T140. The FSET (Food Share Employment Training) is a government grant that the PACE program is based on. It helps students who have a Food Share case who need assistance. Another component is that they

offer UPASS applications for precollege students in the program. Pre-college students who only take less than six credits for a semester are also eligible for a UPASS. One final component the program provides is child care assistance. Any student who needs help taking care of their children, the FSET/PACE program can help. If a student is interested in participating in the program, they sign up in Room T140 and are provided the support they need. Timm, who is also a parttime instructor, had joined through MATC’s job board and has been in the program for two months. Erickson has been in the program for four months, she has been an employee of MATC since 2009 and came in through

the Health and Science program. Both Erickson and Timm are currently stationed on the sixth floor of Foundation Hall in the Downtown Campus. They both joined to bring academic support to students in need. “If you have something you need help solving that affects your employment and your education here at MATC, we want to try to support you in finding a solution,” said Erickson. By working with the FSET/ PACE program, Erickson and Timm hope to help more students overcome their challenges and prepare them for employment. “Ultimately our goal is student success, student retention and completing their academic and employment goals,” said Timm. Pace Page 2

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Honor students recognized

Dr. Trevor Kubatzke (L) and Dr. Daniel Burrell were two of the presenters for the Phi Theta Kappa and National Technical Honor Society inductees on Friday, Nov. 8.


Start your search for health insurance here Dear Student Legal Clinic, I am worried about the new Health Care Law. I am low income and I don’t think I can spend any money on health insurance even if I get a subsidy. Where do I start? I have not had health insurance for five years since I lost my job. Signed Alaina Dear Alaina, First of all, take a deep breath and relax. You should first go to the State of Wisconsin benefits website at www.access. You can find out what you are eligible for by clicking on Am I Eligible? You should be able to find out what programs you should apply for. Then you can go right ahead and apply on the website. If you are over the income levels for Badger Care, the State website should automatically send your information to the Federal website, Or if you already know that you are not eligible for Badger Care, then you can get help with at many agencies around town. We have put up posters around the school listing some of the agencies, including the City Health Department at 414-286-8620 and the Black Health Coalition at 414-933-0064. Since the state of Wisconsin did not take the Medicaid expansion money from the Federal government, you will not pay a tax for not getting insurance if your income is under 133% of the poverty level and you would have been covered by Medicaid had the state taken the expansion money. However, it would be best to check out what subsidies you are entitled to so that you are covered by health insurance. If the Federal website is having problems, it is still possible to apply over the phone or by paper application. Don’t give up. Just take it one step at a time and ask for help from the agencies that have been trained to assist you. For information and referrals on other civil legal issues, contact Mary O’Leary at 414-297-6630, oleary-m@matc. edu, or stop in room M346.

Calendar of events

(MK) = Downtown Milwaukee Campus, (MQ) = Mequon Campus, (OC) = Oak Creek Campus, (WA) = West Allis Campus Thursday, Nov. 28 - Friday, Nov. 29 NO Classes Every Campus Friday, Dec. 6 Fridays Rock! Features students from Music Occupations associate degree program. Performance Ensembles and Percussion Ensemble will perform. C Building Auditorium (MK) Saturday, Dec. 7 9 a.m. - Noon Breakfast with Santa (OC) (WA) (MK) American Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Avenue Tickets $5 per person ages 3 and older. Children under 2 free but must have a ticket. Tickets go on sale FOR STUDENTS – Monday, Nov. 18. Tickets go on sale FOR FACULTY/STAFF – Monday, Dec. 2. Tickets available at the Cashier’s Window – Cash Only. Saturday, Dec. 7 4:30 p.m. West Allis Holiday Parade Student Government members will be marching in the West Allis Holiday Parade.

Thursday, Dec. 12 Noon Thursday Sing! Features students from Music Occupations associate degree program. Selected vocalists and pianists will perform and will be joined by the Concert Choir. C Building Auditorium (MK) Friday, Dec. 13 Fridays Rock! Features students from Music Occupations associate degree program. Performance Ensembles and Percussion Ensemble will perform. C Building Auditorium (MK) Friday, Dec. 13 5 p.m. Lamp of Knowledge Ceremony Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Thursday, Dec. 19 6 p.m. Winter Commencement U.S. Cellular Arena - 400 W. Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee Friday, Dec. 20 - Monday, Jan. 20 Holiday Break

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Educational Assistants Michael Timm (left) and Micaela Erickson (right) are both new members of MATC’s FSET/PACE Program. Timm and Erickson are available to help students on the sixth floor of Foundation Hall at the Downtown Milwaukee campus.

New faces for the PACE program Pace From 1 “We’re just here to try to help navigate that process and if we can, in a small way, eliminate some barriers that are present to that success then that’s what we attempt to do.” They also hope that they can make the program become more relevant in the eyes of students. “We would like more participants and we want to know what they need,” said

Erickson. The more feedback they get from students, the more visibility the program gets. The FSET/PACE program is here and willing to help students who need it most. “A lot of students familiar with the program understand that transportation assistance and child care assistance is available,” said Timm. “But many don’t necessarily know about

the academic support aspect of it all, which is what we’d like to provide.” Both Timm and Erickson would like to point out that the program is here to help and they would love to help in any way possible. They would like more feedback and support as the program continues. It is one resource that can be beneficial for students.

Do you want to see your teacher’s face?

by Robyn Wiggill Oak Creek Campus Editor I, like many of you, drag myself out of bed early in the morning in order to make my first class. I will be the first to admit I am not a morning person. I find that I am only functional after 10 a.m. and a cup of coffee. When my alarm goes off at 6 a.m., online classes suddenly sound a lot more appealing. But are they really? I have taken face-to-face courses at each of the four campuses and taken online courses too. For me personally it depends on numerous factors. These include things such as the subject, the teacher and their style of teaching.

I find some teachers are just better in person, and some aren’t. I have had teachers that have a style of teaching that is lively and interactive and makes learning fun. I have looked forward to those classes knowing that I will stay engaged and learn something useful. I have also had classes where the teacher reads off the PowerPoint so much it leaves me wondering – couldn’t I just sit at home and read it to myself and get the same results? When the class is early morning or late at night, this makes me demotivated. I am all for learning from experience, but sometimes when teachers base the entire class on their personal experience it becomes an autobiography and not a college course. I want to learn about professional experiences, but I also want to ensure I learn enough so that I can find my own solutions in unique situations I will find myself in one day. I think the subject is also important when considering whether to sign up for a face-toface or online class. Certain topics can be easily accommodated on discussion boards, through case studies and research papers. However, not all activities are easily transferred from the classroom onto the online forum. There is a big difference between in-class discussions and online discussions. Every online

discussion I have been a part of has consisted of people stating their opinion, then other people just agreeing with the opinion. This is not done because they want to validate someone else’s opinion but they are commenting to earn the points allocated for learner’s responses to their peers. Yes, I too have done this. In class I have had discussions that were in depth and have challenged my opinions and views. Online discussions cannot replicate that. But that is not the only thing that cannot be replicated. If you think of any in-class activities that you may have done before, ask yourself would this work online? For example, when taking online courses there are no group presentations, no listening skills activities, etc. Many students enjoy the social interaction that faceto-face learning brings. It is important to learn soft skills such as communication in order to function in a workplace. However, so much is done through technology now that maybe the online learning environment is actually preparing you better than face-to-face courses. It is harder for an online class to be interrupted since learners work according to their own schedule. Some classes are difficult for students to attend since work and children’s schedules often conflict with parents’ college schedules.

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Then there is the testing element. Online tests are basically open book tests where students can use their textbooks as a reference guide. If you are blatantly reading the material off the pages, has learning occurred? In my opinion, it depends. If you know where to find the information, and know how to apply the information, it shows that there was a transfer of knowledge. But if you are mindlessly guessing answers and never reading chapters, you are not learning and you are putting yourself at a disadvantage in the future. How many in-class tests have a section that allows for open book? In my experience, most of them. So this would have the same pros and cons of online testing. In conclusion, students need to consider the courses they are looking into and think about the necessary elements that will either help or hurt their learning before registering. Ask around, find what others’ opinions about the course were, find out if the delivery method was conducive to the materials, ask about the teacher’s style, maybe even visit But whatever you decide, commit to the learning experience, embrace the pros and cons and focus on success. There is no right or wrong way, it only has to be right for you. 414-297-6250 Editorial Board Business Manager Kelly Pabst Managing Editor Aaron Cleavland Mequon Campus Editor Veronika Greco Oak Creek Campus Editor Robyn Wiggill West Allis Campus Editor Open Sports Editor Wendi Coon Photography Editor Darin Dubinsky Assistant Photo Editor Jarob Oritz Online Editor Charles Snowden Staffers Malcom Broadnax Byron Brown Eric Anthonthy Crew Monte Driscoll Michelle Ferrell Keio Horton Kyle Humphrey Tawanda Jones Salena Krueger Samantha Palacios JoAhne Penney Callie Schimberg Kirsten Schmitt Photographers Jamie Cannestra Jose Dehoyos Laura Dierbeck Mike Hiller Andrea Hudson Kim Sahin Anna Sparks Evgeniya Troitskaya

Letter to the Editor The MATC District Board approved a policy on June 26, 2012, that all MATC property, buildings and grounds would become tobacco free on Nov. 1, 2012. Under Policy G0401, MATC Public Safety will give any person violating the provisions of this policy a verbal warning. Any student who continues to violate the policy will be referred to the respective campus Office of Student Life. Any faculty or staff member who continues to violate the provisions cited above will be referred to his/her respective division/department head. Any person who becomes disorderly when asked to comply with Board Policy G0401 Tobacco-Free District Facilities may be cited by each respective campus’s local law enforcement

department. Initially when the policy came into force, it was respected by smokers who would go across to Juneau Street and extend to the sidewalks of Sixth Street. However such gestures have been short-lived over time. When the policy was first implemented smokers did not congregate at the entrances of the college. There was not any smoke paraphernalia or ashtrays in sight. However, over time, students simply go outside of the building to have their cigarette breaks. This is frustrating to say the least as at every entrance of the building throughout the day, a non-smoker has to force their way through a group of smokers and smoke inhalation to enter the building. More shockingly, ashtrays can be seen outside

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if there are no proper, effective mechanisms. It makes no sense to divert funds into supporting a non-enforceable policy. The health and safety of students was clearly taken on board when the policy was implemented. It begs the question, given that faculty and staff access the building every day, what steps have been taken to eliminate smoking from property buildings and grounds? When will concerted action be taken to drive home to students that the policy will be enforced and that repeated offenders will suffer the consequences of not having the interest of their fellow students in mind when they continue to openly flout policy.

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the technical building. It does not matter how nice you ask the smoker to refrain from smoking in close proximity to the campus, the response is often rude and disrespectful. It is evident that the college has gone to great expense to ensure students are aware that smoking on the campus is prohibited. But what steps are being taken to actively enforce that? Passive smokers do not have a say in the debate. Smoke inhalation can cause cancer. To allow students to continue to smoke on the campus [“grounds”] not only increases that risk, it defeats the whole object of the policy. The non-smoker is the silent observer who can very easily succumb to the effects of smoke inhalation. It is not enough to have a policy

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‘Thor’ displays box office clout by Amy Kaufman Los Angeles Times (MCT)

With its god of thunder “Thor” lighting up the box office this weekend, Marvel has struck again at the multiplex. The 3-D sequel “Thor: The Dark World” debuted with a healthy $86 million, according to an estimate from Marvel distributor Walt Disney Studios. That’s the year’s fourthhighest opening, but well behind Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” whose $174 million debut is still the biggest of 2013. Heading into the weekend, pre-release audience surveys suggested the comic book adaptation would debut with a minimum of $90 million and given strong early interest, even a $100 million launch didn’t appear impossible. Of course, $86 million is still a great start, significantly more than the $65.7 million the original “Thor” launched with in 2011. And although “The Dark World” cost Marvel Entertainment $170 million to produce, the film will probably do so well overseas that the studio should end up in good shape. Yet a film from the Marvel universe is held to exceptionally high standards. With the latest “Thor” hitting theaters in the wake of 2012’s “The Avengers” and this past summer’s “Iron Man 3,” some expected “The Dark World” to see an even larger boxoffice bump. “Iron Man 3” raked in an insane $1.2 billion worldwide. The movie no doubt benefited from the success of “The Avengers,” which features both Iron Man and Thor, and became the topgrossing film of 2012 with $1.5 billion in global sales. The first “Thor,” which in the end collected

$181 million domestically and $268 million abroad, wasn’t viewed as a massive hit. But it was the first in the franchise, so it was given the benefit of the doubt. With the sequel’s launch, it seems clear that “Thor” movies are not destined to perform at the rate that “Iron Man” films do. But holding “Thor” up against Marvel’s other brands isn’t fair, says Dave Hollis, Disney’s executive vice president of distribution. “Jumping to comparisons with ‘Iron Man’ or ‘The Avengers’ is not terribly appropriate. Any time you can wake up to an $80 million-plus opening, you’re appreciative,” Hollis said. “Yes, there are certain stories in the Marvel universe that have lent themselves to being the broadest, but there are others that can still put up extraordinary numbers.” As expected, “The Dark World” appealed to a male audience; just 38 percent of the weekend crowd was female. Disney also reported that most moviegoers, about 51 percent, were between 18 and 34. Heading into the weekend, “The Dark World” had already grossed well over $100 million abroad. Playing in 66 foreign markets this weekend, the film earned an additional $94 million, bringing its international total to $240.9 million. Back in the U.S., no other brand-new film dared to face off against “Thor.” Both the family film “Free Birds” and the older adult-aimed “Last Vegas” had strong holds in their second weekend in theaters, with each film’s ticket sales only dropping roughly 30 percent. “Bad Grandpa” was No. 2 with an estimated $11.3 million. Meanwhile, “Ender’s Game,” the young-adult sci-fi adaptation that

Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: The Dark World.” didn’t get off to an exceptional start last weekend, saw its receipts tumble a disappointing 62 percent to $10.3 million. With “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” set to hit theaters around Thanksgiving, that doesn’t bode well for “Ender’s,” which has now grossed a total of $44 million. The romantic drama “About Time,” which played in

limited release last weekend, expanded to 1,200 theaters and grossed an underwhelming $5.2 million. The Universal Pictures film has now grossed $6.7 million in North America, far less than the $38.2 million it’s made abroad. The movie has performed best in Britain, where the film is set and where its writer-director Richard

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Curtis hails from. “12 Years a Slave,” which has each weekend been slowly adding theaters since its debut in mid-October, finally reached a wide audience in 1,144 locations this weekend. Fox Searchlight’s critical darling did a bit better than “About Time,” grossing $6.6 million and raising its overall tally to a respectable $17.3 million.

Online classes are easier – oh really? by Veronika Greco Mequon Campus Editor

Does this sound familiar: Blackboard is having issues, and you have a test due in one hour, the instructor hasn’t answered your email or calls, and you need clarification on an assignment, or you can’t respond to posts because your “classmates” haven’t submitted THEIR work on time. Such is the life of an online student. Classroom instruction has its challenges as well: boring professors who go on and on, distracting classmates, classrooms that are too hot or too cold, loud noise from the halls, etc. Two totally different environments with the same purpose – to educate. Not everyone can be successful in the online setting; some need that human interaction that only a face-to-face class can provide. The real issue is if students can get the same quality of education regardless of the mode of learning. Online classes are becoming the rage. Is it because students think it is easier, do they enjoy the flexibility, or is it because they feel they can get a comparable education in the comfort of their own home? These are good questions that deserve probing from Oak Creek students. They give their perspectives on the question: How would you compare your online courses to the classroom experience?”

Jazmine Lopez

Liberal Arts Program

Gabriella Miselem

Criminal Justice Program

“Personally, I like the online classes better; I think it gives you more time to do your work – a more flexible schedule. I have health issues so that works out for me personally. I think there’s probably more work to be done online than classroom classes, but I think the level of difficulty is the same.” “I think the classroom experience is nice because it’s more hands on and you are actually physically in the class; it gives you more opportunities. I think it’s nice to have online classes especially when you don’t have the flexibility to come to class every day.”

Jorge Paniagua

Criminal Justice Program

James McKnight

Computer Information Systems

“Online courses are cool because you have more leniencies with your schedule and you’re able to work around your schedule with homework and class time rather than having an actual class period to go to.” Stephanie Hoyer Program Undecided

Reuben Moore

Fire Science Program

“I’m the type of student that needs a one on one with the teacher, but it (online class) was fairly easy because when I would email the teacher she would email me right back – she was very supportive. I liked it. I would pace myself in the class. The education and material was the same in both settings.”

“It gives you a lot of time at home and to have peace to study without interruptions, also it gives you a laid back feeling. You have more time to put more effort into your work. The quality of education is the same, but you don’t interact with other students. Some people love online because it’s convenient, some people don’t.”

“Online courses are harder—more difficult. I think the quality of education is better in the classroom setting. You have to wait longer to get in touch with your teacher (online), and in the classroom setting the teacher is right there.”

Open House invites, excites, informs prospective students by Monte Driscoll Times Staff Reporter

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Downtown Milwaukee campus opened its doors to prospective students with its annual Open House. Programs set up areas with course materials to give visitors an idea of what could be expected upon enrollment. For someone with only a vague idea of the type of education they would like to pursue, it was an invaluable opportunity to explore what MATC has to offer. Dean Pietrangelo, a Milwaukee area high school student, visited with his parents without a strong interest in any one program. He came away impressed by carpentry. His mother, Lynn Pietrangelo, spoke on the effectiveness of the instructors’ abilities to share the details of the curriculum at the Open House. “That’s why we came down here today. The administrators were very informative of what the program entailed and what classes he’d be taking,” she shared. John Lopez is the Recruitment Specialist for the Technology and Applied Sciences department. He understands what new students coming in for the event want and need to see. “We not only have labs but we have interactive tables that the people can have some idea of what they’re going to go into,” Lopez said. The displays even went out beyond the interior of the hallways this year to show off a

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People gather alongside the Motorcycle Safety Training booth to test drive the Safe Motorcyclist Awareness and Recognition Trainer during the Downtown Milwaukee campus’s Open House event Nov. 9. Open House gave prospective students the opportunity to examine and experience all that MATC has to offer them.

program making its Open House debut. “If you look outside, you’ll see two semis and that’s brand new for us,” bragged Lopez. Two semi-trucks (without trailers) were present to demonstrate the coursework one could expect to utilize when taking the new truck driving certification course. “It doesn’t get any newer than this,” quipped

Peter Jelen, truck driving instructor. “We came here so the people can see that we are here. We’re having a great response today,” Jelen continued. Another fresh addition to this year’s Open House was a new area of the campus that was open for exploration. The culinary program’s 6th Street Café, while not yet fully

operational, welcomed visitors to chat about the retail end of the classwork. “The Open House is more about the program in general because the café isn’t open yet but we’re letting people know what we’re doing and what the labs are like,” said Emmalyn Kruger, a student of the baking and pastry arts program who volunteered to help out with

the Open House. It’s a task that can come with a weighty responsibility. “Everyone comes in and says ‘I want to learn about the program.’ I ask them what they’d like to learn and they say ‘Everything!’” Kruger mused. With new programs and areas cropping up throughout MATC, the Open House put on a lively and exciting display.

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On Veterans Day, student government members hand out cake and flags to honor veterans at the West Allis Campus.

Student Government honors veterans by Samantha Palacios Times Staff Reporter

Anyone who passed by the West Allis campus cafeteria on Monday, Nov. 11 was surprised with a sweet treat, a product sample, and miniature American flags. Student Life once again celebrated Veterans Day by passing out cake to students, visitors and faculty. It was just a little token of appreciation to the men and women that have served our country. Molly Schalinske and Antoinette Jackson are members of Student Government and spent their afternoon handing goodies out to anyone who wanted them. Schalinske, a medical assisting student, stated, “We handed out cake to honor Veterans Day, just to show our thanks to all that

serve and continue to serve.” Jackson, who is in the liberal arts program, added, “I thought it was great handing out cake and just seeing people smile.” The women felt it was important to show tribute to veterans because they both have family members who have served. “My grandfather fought in the Korean War,” Schalinske shared. “It means a lot that students care and want to show their thanks.” The turnout was good; a full sheet cake was given out within 45 minutes. Jackson concluded saying, “I think it went well and if people didn’t want cake, they took a flag out of respect.” Alice Young, who is working on her accounting degree, passed by and identified herself as a proud veteran. She entered the Army when she was 18 and was management specialist for

eight years. “The most rewarding part of being in the military was growing up and the maturity.” Young feels that the positive benefits are important, “It gives you an opportunity to get ahead financially and it was a wonderful experience.” She states that it has also helped her later in life adding, “I am able to go to the VA hospital and they take care of my medical needs.” Young says this is something that will stay with her forever. Veterans surround us every day, often unknowingly. They deserve to be celebrated for their dedication and hard work to protect us and our country. Everyone enjoyed the cake and waved their American flags proudly in acknowledgment and remembrance. This annual tradition will continue to show gratitude to veterans.

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Salena Krueger (L) accepts her award from faculty adviser, Bob Hanson.

And the winner is...

MATC Times staff reporter, Salena Krueger, won first place in the Editorial/Opinion category at the 92nd annual Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) College Media Advisers (CMA) National College Media Convention in New Orleans on Oct. 26. Photographer Alyson Derkson received an honorable mention for her photo in the category of Feature Picture. The MATC Times new website,, won second place for web design. Bob Hanson, faculty adviser, commented, “These awards reflect a small part of the hard work that the entire MATC Times Newspaper staff put into each and every edition. I am proud to be associated with this excellent group of students.”

Women in Technology collaborate on solar panel by Keio Horton Downtown Campus Editor

At this year’s Open House on Nov. 9, the Women in Technology proudly presented one of their latest projects, a solar panel. The Women in Technology Center houses resources and network opportunities for students that are in nontraditional occupation programs. The center is also home to the Women in Technology student organization. Nontraditional occupations are careers with 25 percent or less of one gender employed. “The center is a space for females to come and network, regardless of what program they are in,” said Nutan Amrute, coordinator of the Women in Technology Center. “Women in technology rock,” said Dorothy Jackson, member of the Women in Technology Center. “Come over and take a look at what is possible for you. If you see it, you can do it.” The center is open to all students on campus. They are stationed downtown in room T200 Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “It’s a great way to meet people in network and also get support as far as classes and different career possibilities,” said Maria Stubbendick, treasurer for Women in Technology. The organization is always interested in bringing more women into their organization to work on projects. Serita Campbell, secretary for the Women in Technology student organization, mentioned it took around two months to plan and create the solar panel. The original planning for the solar panel was brought up by Campbell and fellow member Alex Peterson. “It shows that women in a nontraditional field can really do things,” said Campbell. “Putting this thing together made me feel proud; it shines a light on women in general actually doing things in a technical field.” Many of the members who contributed to the solar panel project didn’t have that much experience in a technical field. “We try to stick together and do what

we have to do to help each other and we’re like a little family,” said Earrainia Macon, member of the Women in Technology student organization. Stubbendick mentioned that during the building process, each of the members got a chance to contribute as they used a rotation style to put the solar panel together. They put a lot of work and effort into making this solar panel and were rewarded by presenting the solar panel at the open house. “We get to show off our work and everybody gets to see what we do,” said Brandi Burnett, vice president of the organization. “We’re working and using our skills and knowledge and creating useful and resourceful energy.” The center also has plans to build a self-sufficient generator in the future. “The solar panel was assembled at the center by the students that are also a part of the organization. It’s the best of both worlds for students,” said Amrute. The Women in Technology members hope their work on the solar panel and other projects will inspire other female students to get involved in a nontraditional field. The students’ goal is that by the time they leave the center, they will have left their mark for women in pursuit of careers in a nontraditional field. Ocie Buckner, president of the Women in Technology student organization, states that the opportunities for women in a nontraditional field are great. Buckner mentioned that they will have workshops available for women who have an interest in joining the center or any other nontraditional program. The Women in Technology student organization is proof that women are out there in nontraditional fields. Students put in the work and let other people see what can be accomplished. The organization is always looking to get better and work on even bigger projects to grow in their fields. If you are a woman looking to pursue work in a nontraditional field, consider joining the Women in Technology student organization and become a part of their family.

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Martin Pitz and Max Krusche, study abroad students from Germany, observe the fire protection technician students during ladder drills at the Oak Creek campus on Oct. 29.

German students visit MATC Several German study abroad students arrived in Milwaukee and spent four days touring several MATC campuses to observe our way of educating. German students Martin Pitz and Max Krusche watched MATC Oak Creek students of the fire protection technician program practice ladder drills on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Then on Wednesday, Oct. 30, students Paul Bockisch, Lucas Rahn, Bodo Wilhelm, and Jonathan Eckhardt observed the automotive technology program at the Mequon campus. After their tour, they went to Concours Motors on Silver Spring Drive, where they were given a tour of the dealership by the service manager Dan Kolasinski.

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Women in Technology student Earrainia Macon shows off a newly constructed solar panel to Cesar Perz, a potential student, and educates him on the benefits of solar power during MATC’s Open House on Nov. 9 at the Downtown Milwaukee campus.

Rauth’s book focuses on life improvement by Eric Anthony Crew Times Staff Reporter

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Jim Rauth stands in the entryway to the Grand Avenue Club. The Grand Avenue Club is the where Rauth drew his inspiration to write his book, “What Color Is Your Brain Scan?” He is currently enrolled in the human services program at MATC.

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Public voices safety concerns On Nov. 5, the Department of Public Safety hosted listening sessions for all MATC students, faculty and staff. The sessions are designed to give members of the MATC community the opportunity to ask questions and share concerns about safety and security at MATC. Check the calendar on the school’s website for future sessions.

Personal empowerment can mean a lot of things to each person, but recognizing one’s strengths and strengthening one’s weaknesses entails a level of personal insight that is nothing less than powerful. Assisting others to reach this accomplishment for themselves is even more meaningful in an age where help from others is in short supply; however this is exactly what student author, Jim Rauth, hopes to do with his first book, “What Color Is Your Brain Scan?” Rauth is in the human services program specializing in AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions) and is working to receive his associate’s degree this May; and like many other students in this program, Rauth cites his own life experience as what lead him to choose this path. Struggling with addiction and depression is not an uncommon story in today’s society, yet understanding the difficulty of overcoming this adversity is the reason that many individuals dedicate themselves to this profession. Such is the case with Rauth, who overcame his own personal issues with the help of one of life’s best natural remedies for healing: laughter. Before coming to MATC, Rauth attended a stand-up comedy class to alleviate his life stresses, which eventually lead to some of his own performances and culminated in his enrollment in a comedy college. Rauth currently teaches stand-up in Milwaukee and Chicago, believing that comedy is an essential tool for healing; a belief that resonates in his role in the counseling of others to this day. “Are you an egg or a wheel?” Rauth’s book asks readers in a unique quiz designed to recognize eight specific attributes of one’s life in order to observe what areas are their strengths and in what areas a person may lack. The quiz divides a circle (or a wellness wheel) into eight dimensions and suggests that

when properly balanced the wheel could roll easily throughout one’s life like a steam train. When one or more of these eight dimensions are unequal with the other, due to an imbalance with a particular aspect of a person’s life, this shape turns into an oblong or egg-like shape; which does not help with the forward momentum many of us could benefit from. The idea of the wellness wheel, while not necessarily new, is in this case derived from the AODA program’s use of brain scan to illustrate what areas of the brain light up when a person is shown an image of the object they have an addiction to. According to Rauth, however, a person does not need to undertake the expensive technology needed to scan a person’s brain or even be addicted to drugs or alcohol simply to find out what areas of our lives are imbalanced. A wellness wheel is a method of focusing on specific areas of a person’s life by dividing a circle into six, seven, or sometimes eight different parts of the ‘self’ in order to give attention to the areas in which we could improve or the areas in which we may give too much focus on. The eight dimensions listed in his book include: physical, recreational, social, intellectual, spiritual, environment, financial, and emotional. Rauth’s book reminds us that progress is not about perfection, progress is about keeping yourself on track and Rauth hopes that the guidelines in his book will help his readers to plan out their own path and maintain healthy, balanced decisions. “I’d like to add another dimension to this book, a ninth dimension,” said Rauth, “a dimension about keeping a positive attitude!” Keeping with this mindset, Rauth is hopeful to see a “grandscale” effort where groups or classes form and people come together to continue the push for progress on both a collective and personal level.






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New year promises hard work for men’s basketball players, excitement for fans by Monte Driscoll Times Staff Reporter

Basketball season is underway, and to hear it from Randy Casey MATC men’s basketball team head coach, the hard work required for a successful year will take a daily effort from the coaching staff and the players. “Our main goal is to grow and improve every game. Obviously any coach wants to win a conference title and the ultimate goal would be for us to make it back to the national tournament,” said Casey. The Stormers are two years removed from their only appearance in the NJCAA Division III national tournament, and returning to it will take more than just wins. According to Casey, the players will need to maintain a constant focus on improving. “They’ll need understanding of what it takes to get there, the hard work, the commitment to put in that work every single day and not get complacent. Know that every day you have to get better and push yourself and each other to get better throughout the season, and not be happy where you are.” Although no players remain from the 2011-2012 team to help spread that message, Casey is counting on leadership from Alex Oldenburg, Jermaine Brisco and Josten Sanchez, three returning sophomores from last year. They’ll be joined by a promising group of freshmen and transferring sophomores, none more promising so far

than Thomas Hood, Jr. Hood, a freshman from Chicago, led the Stormers with 24 points and nine rebounds in their season opening victory against St. Ambrose University’s junior varsity squad on Nov. 1. Casey welcomes the idea of continued success by Hood but not without echoing the message of teamwork and of avoiding complacency. “He can definitely help us. There are some clear areas where he can improve though. And we’re hoping we can get some other guys to step up and fill the spots where we know they can too.” The biggest area that Casey said needs improvement so far, is taking care of the ball. “Turnovers, knowing that every possession is important. Executing our things a little better,” said Casey. It could be an uphill battle with the team operating on the court with a more quickened pace than usual. “We’re playing a little more uptempo. We want to get up and down the floor. That being said, we also have to be under control. It can sound a little contradictory. You want to play uptempo, but yet under control. Know when something is there and when you need to pull it back out and set something up,” said Casey. The new style is not without some positives, at least for those on the hardwood and in the stands. “I think it makes it a more exciting game for the players and the fans,” said Casey without hinting what that added level of excitement would mean for the man at the helm.





by JoAhne Penny Times Staff Reporter

major threat to Wisconsin ecosystems, the exotic European buckthorn plant is a troublesome bully of a plant that can easily spread throughout wooded areas. The plant destroys wildlife habitats, replaces natural vegetation, and is very invasive. These plants have no competition from insects or diseases that native plants are vulnerable to, so they have a built in immune system which makes them very hearty. The Horticulture Club and the native plant study class have battled these plants for the last two years. More than a dozen students and faculty attacked the buckthorn along Highland Road with weed wrenches and herbicides to halt the take over of the native plants in that area. Buckthorn is a shrub that can easily grow eight to 15 feet tall and gain 1" to 2" in diameter. The plant is easily recognizable in late fall which makes this a perfect time to remove it. Although the plant can be a problem to farmers it usually is not because their land is plowed frequently and lots of herbicides are used to grow crops. Buckthorn berries is a favorite food of birds, but it acts as a natural laxative for their digestive system, which allows them to spread the seed germs very easily. The horticulture program promotes sustainability and prefers to use the least harmful methods to combat these plants. Started in 1976, the landscape horticulture program is an associate degree program at the Mequon campus. The degree prepares students for careers in the horticulture/landscape industry, and has three tracks: design, landscape construction or landscape maintenance and arboriculture. Several certificate programs are available which take from nine to 17 credits to complete and may even be completed in one semester. Landscape design technology-CAD only takes nine credits to finish while the arboriculture certificate needs 17 credits. The arboriculture program also prepares students to obtain the Arborist designation through the International Society of Arboriculture. These certificate programs place students on a fast track to employability, and are created with input from industry leaders so that MATC graduates are often first hired. The horticulture program has plant sales that are very popular with the community. For Christmas, they sell hearty poinsettias and begonias. At Easter they sell Easter lilies and house plants. Early May, for the spring sale, they have annuals, perennials, and vegetables. The program instructors are available for speaking engagements in the community. They also offer tree pruning, a greenhouse program, and a prairie burn every spring. If you are attempting to remove the exotic buckthorn plant from your land or area, start from the least amount of plants and move toward the more dense area to help control the population and restrict new growth. Remove the plants with berries first, then grind up or bury the plants. Use a 20 percent Roundup solution or Glyphosate herbicide. Although this method is effective, removal disturbs the soil. So be sure to tamp down the soil to make a firm surface, which discourages the seed travel. For more information contact Carol Bangs, instructor of the native plant study class at the Mequon campus.

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Dorothy Boyer, a 13-semester horticulture audit student, removes the flower head from a teasel plant at the Mequon campus Nov. 13. Removal of the invasive specie teasel was a focal point of the horticulture program’s fall Stewardship Day.

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Horticulture student Katie Liesch gathers and stacks recently cut buckthorn hedges for collection and disposal at the Mequon campus along West Highland Road. Buckthorn removal was the primary objective of the horticulture program’s fall Stewardship Day.

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Milwaukee County Parks Department employee Greg Miller uses a weed wrench to help uproot the invasive shrub buckthorn at the Mequon campus. Greg is also a student in the horticulture program.

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Dave Witt, a horticulture student at the Mequon campus, applies 20 percent Jarob Ortiz/Times Roundup herbicide to a freshly cut Herbicide being soaked into the roots of a stump of buckthorn. Herbicides are only effective in the elimination of buckthorn recently cropped stump of buckthorn at the Mequon campus. from the fall to spring months.

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The remnants of a buckthorn shrub from a Stewardship Day in years past. This stump is proof that the Horticulture Club has a lasting impact when removing invasive species.

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