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Volume 53, No. 3

September 29, 2011

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April Underwood foreground, works on her accounting homework at the Academic Support Center. The center has tutors on hand to help when needed. April majors in Funeral Services.

Subtle changes begin at Academic Support Centers

by Natasha L. Hollerup Times Staff Reporter

Learning how to navigate college can be very frustrating for first year students, and finding the right academic resources is the hardest. At MATC, the Academic Support Centers within all four campuses is the place to go when a student needs to get academic assistance. The Milwaukee Campus hosts different centers for five different services: writing, math, science, communications (for business majors) and computer production

(for computer related majors), as well as tutoring services that provides one on one tutoring, study groups and distance tutoring. Jonathan Feld, the newly minted Manager of Academic Support sees to that. Feld, who was hired in July to oversee all of the Academic Support centers, hasn’t made many changes to the original Academic Support formula yet but he states, “I felt that the more important gaps to address were connectivity, access, and branding. Once students find Academic Support and come to

understand the services that they can receive, their experience is typically great. It’s connecting to Academic Support and knowing what to expect before they walk in that I am working to change.” “I’ve started with simple changes this semester – changing when information about Academic Support is sent to students, connecting more classes to Academic Support by linking more faculties with ASC staff, etc. – and plan to increase the marketing efforts of ASC in future semesters.” Connectivity and branding

has been enhanced for Academic Support. It is very likely that students have seen flyers that availability and offerings for each center throughout each campus. This is only the beginning of Feld’s plans for the future when it comes to education and his Academic Support Centers, especially when it comes to technology. “Education is already technology heavy and will only become more so. “In addition to branding and marketing, much of my effort will

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College celebrates 100 years

by Jessica Arechar Times Staff Reporter

One hundred years may seem like a long time to many people, but to MATC it is only the beginning. From September 2011 to September 2012, MATC will be celebrating 100 years of changing people’s lives. A year long celebration may seem like a long time to show recognition, but to Kathleen Hohl, Director of Public Relations, a year is just what we need. “We need to ensure we commemorate 100 years in a number of ways to include the many different stakeholders – current and former students, current and former faculty and staff, community partners. Spreading our celebrations over a calendar gives us that opportunity.” And this opportunity is not just for the staff, but also for the students. Hohl added, “Students will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the college

and, hopefully, appreciate the contributions of former students, faculty and staff made to creating a premier technical college.” Right now, we see MATC the same way many men and women saw it when it first started: a great opportunity for many Milwaukee residences. The only difference between current students and past ones are the changes that we have seen at MATC as a school. Back when MATC was starting off in 1912, many students were learning the same things current students are learning right now. However, thanks to current technology, our current process of learning has become more advanced and hands-on. Hohl has been at MATC for only 3 years, and she herself has seen many changes besides the improvements in the classrooms. She goes on to say: “…I have seen a number of changes. Namely, our growth area of “green” operations and

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academics. The college is becoming a regional and national leader in sustainability and renewable energy.” Additionally, Hohl went to say how MATC will continue to change for the better: “One of the hallmarks of MATC is our ability to recognize the needs of our students and meet them. The college is extremely nimble and that allows us to best serve our students.” MATC tends to put their students first, and in this

celebration, past students will also be a part of it as well. There are currently activities being planned right now that will be held at all MATC campuses, but there are some events that have already been planned and scheduled. There are 3 main dinners and luncheons planned for this celebration. Besides dining, it has been said by Hohl that “people have been asked to share reflections

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Student needs Energy Assistance

by Chynna Schoen Early Childhood Education Student

Dear Student Legal Clinic, I am a full-time student and work part-time. I don’t have time to stand in line to get Energy Assistance. How can I do this faster? Signed Chrystal Dear Chrystal, The Energy Assistance Program is now scheduling appointments on Saturdays for clients who are employed full-time or who are full-time students. You can now schedule your appointment online by going to and click on the links page. Or you may schedule an appointment by calling the hotline, 906-2800. You can apply for Energy Assistance at the following locations: 4041 N. Richards Street, 6848 N. Teutonia Avenue, or 2701 S. Chase Avenue, Suite D. At the time of the appointment, applicants must bring proof of all income sources for your entire household’s gross income for the 3 months prior to the month of application. This includes child support, wages, and pensions. Social Security cards for everyone in the household are also required as well as a current energy bill. If your heat is included in the rent, you must provide a rent certificate from the landlord confirming that your heat is included. For more information and referrals, visit the Student Legal Clinic in Room M326, email or call 297-6630.

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target not to what assistance is delivered but how it is delivered. Expansion into the virtual world is critical and I am working to build digital academic assistance options which will, as close as possible, mimic traditional face-to-face experiences.” For the students who are having a hard time with their classes but are afraid to get the help they need, Feld has some parting advice. “Get connected with Academic Support as early as possible. If you are at all feeling overwhelmed in class or thinks that you might just need a little extra to understand a concept, stop in and talks with the staff.” “There are seven Academic Support Centers across 4 campuses not to mention Tutoring Services, specialty labs, and the libraries. Don’t wait to get help – we’re here for you!”

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Centennial Celebration scheduled throughout year

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on the contributions MATC has made to the community over the past 100 years.” The first major event will be The Centennial Kick off Dinner on Saturday, September 24th at Tuckaway Country Club, Franklin. Reservations can be made for this event and the other dinners and luncheons by going to This celebration is more than just a reason to hold fancy dinners. This event is a great way

of showing recognition, not only to the students and staff, but to the founders of MATC. During an e-mail interview with Hohl, she was asked the following question: “Do you think that anyone thought that MATC would have been such a big success as it is now?” She went on to answer it by saying: “I think the founders of MATC were visionaries and always believed that the college would play an important role in the lives of area residents and

businesses. I think the founders would be proud of how the college continues to respond to the needs of our community.” MATC encourages the students, staff, faculty, and local residents of the past and present to participate in the upcoming campus events and activities, as well as make reservations to the up and coming dinners and luncheons. Help us raise our glasses in honor and pride to 100 years of changing people’s lives, and to 100 years more.

Calendar of events Get your MATC events listed MATC Bookstore Grand Opening

Student Center Cafeteria Downtown Milwaukee Campus Wed., September 28 12 p.m. MATC SOTA/ American Red Cross Blood Drive Downtown Milwaukee Campus Room M605, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Walk-Ins Welcome Empty Bowls Event Saturday, October 8 Oak Creek Campus 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

MATC Transfer Days Oct. 11 - Downtown Milwaukee Campus - Student Center 2nd Floor, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 - Oak Creek Campus Cafeteria - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. MATC Open House Saturday, November 5 Downtown Milwaukee Campus 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. MATC Winter Commencement Wednesday, December 18 6:00 p.m. U.S. Cellular Arena, Milwaukee

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Why are we still at war?

by Charles Justus Times Staff Reporter What is the reasoning behind going to war? Is it to kill? Is it to take something of value? Or is it just because we like violence? Well, the reasoning of going to war is to better their way of life and/or protect a way of life.Now doesn’t that sound familiar? In America’s Revolutionary war we wanted to protect our newly found independence, in World War 2 after the events of Pearl Harbor we wanted to protect our way of life from the Axis of Evil, and in the Cold War we wanted to protect our ways from communism. Fast forward to September 11, 2001 everyone wanted to protect their way of life from Terrorism. Ten years from then and now I wonder; what are we trying to protect? We’ve been at war for 10 years now and we’ve started out with such good intentions. We wanted to take down the people who we’re responsible for 9/11. The purpose was to destroy to

Al-Qaeda for bombing the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and their intent to blow up the White House (which thankfully the passengers were heroic enough to take down that plane in Shanksburg, PA.) Well we’ve made progress on this front, Osama bin Laden is dead. That sent a message to all Al-Qaeda plus there grip is slowly deteriorating in the Middle East. We’ve seen it all over the news: Libya, Egypt, Syria, all kinds of people in different places are fighting for democracy run by the people, for the people. We’ve been successful in protecting our way of life and spreading it around to other people as well; but at what cost? Over the course of 10 years at least 5,554 American troops have already died on the fields while 35,302 were seriously injured. On the other side, 30,000 Iraqi troops died while 90,000 were seriously injured. But the worst part about the list is the fact that civilian casualties out number both. 864,531 civilians are reported dead while 1,556,156 are seriously injured. Why is this happening? More civilians are dying and the United States isn’t there protecting them. On a lesser note to the bloodshed issue, the money being spent has grown into a giant mass of dollars disappearing out of sight. As of press time, the United States Government has spent over one trillion two hundred fifty-seven billion dollars on the war. This is money the U.S. will

Moments of Inspiration, with Deb

by Deb Verhyen “We all are called. Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it,” related Oprah Winfrey. During the time of Oprah’s career, we have witnessed the amazing rewards life has to offer when an individual successfully follows his or her life’s purpose. While Oprah was obeying her spiritual guidance, I stubbornly chose not to. Ignoring my signs, blocking out my messages, and avoiding my calling from a higher power, I discredited all my messages and did what I wanted to do-most of the time, just to be the center of attention or to catch a buzz. Do you instinctively know your spiritual messages when they appear? In 2002 when my family and I gathered around my mother’s hospital bed, we sobbed at the sight of her gasping for life, knowing this was it. When the main artery in her groin burst, her blood rushed out like a river’s dam breaking loose. The stench of gangrene

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never get back; money we could have used here in the states, bettering our education, making a better healthcare system, and making jobs for our nation. Now with all the money we spend on war you would think that we would be able to take care of our Veterans. It is one of the many groups of people that suffer the most in the war (along with many native civilians’ on the war grounds), yet Veterans have a 11.5% employment rate, as well as suicide rate of 3 times higher than the general population, and approximately 150,000 are

homeless. Now what does that say about us as a country; plenty of money is spent on war yet we can’t even take care of the people that deal with the physical, metal, psychological pains of defending this country. It’s a shame and we have no one to blame but ourselves. This war has brought more losses then gains so it’s about time for us to pack our bags and come home. How can we fix others countries problems when we haven’t fixed our own home problems?

Are you living your life’s purpose?

rippled through the room, reminding us that mom’s flesh was being eaten alive. At the same time, a staph infection was taking over her veins, dominating the space where the blood once ran. My mother lost her life that November Sunday, at the young age of 62. It was heart breaking not only to watch mom die but also to know that Mom was irresponsible in her choices to not take better care of herself. Consequently, I had an awakening that day, standing alongside Mom’s hospital bed; I realized it is my responsibility to take care of myself: mentally, physically and spiritually through the means of exploring and discovering who I am. The way I see it, I have two choices; I can chose my spiritual journey and live my life’s purpose or be sick and die. Today, I search for that inner strength from my higher power to guide me, to lead me through the tough times and celebrate the good times. I now pay attention to my spiritual messages, and most importantly, I trust them.

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I was filled with a lot of guilt for not living life on the higher power’s terms, but it is never too late and I realize that I am not alone. Betty Eadie, shares in her second book, The Awakening Heart, “…[A] full understanding of my awakening eluded me for years. This knowledge often came to me at the most unusual times and in the most unusual ways … as a sound, a movement, a dream, a vision or a craving for food that I did not recall ever experiencing.” It took my slowing down before I learned not to say “No” to my inner voice. Today I listen, trust and attempt (not always, but I try) to apply the message within me. I assure you no alcoholic buzz, no marijuana high, nor a titillating sexual encounter has come close to the amazing spiritual trip I have come to discover. I invite you to come along with me on this new spiritual-based journey, and let us learn together how to identify messages, trust our spiritual paths, and appreciate change, gracefully.

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Stinson’s rocks with One Man Mutiny

Eric Clapton is a well-respected blues guitarist who’s lately made more mediocre than good albums and has somehow managed to continue. Somehow he’s managed to put his career on the side and work on these little side projects, like Winton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center (Reprise.) Whoa! For those of you expecting a hard-nosed blues album with Marsalis’ trumpet wailing alongside Clapton’s guitar, you’re in for a surprise. This was an evening of vintage blues recorded last April, performed by The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Marsalis and Clapton kinda thrown in. It’s just a different musical look at the blues, one of the few things America can truly call it’s own. The more I listen to this the more I like it. Anyone doubting Clapton’s virtuosity will have to eat there words here as he plays magnificently without the help of any wa-wa pedals or other guitar gizmo stuff. Marsalis needs no introduction as one of the country’s few remaining treasures. He’s won a Pulitzer Prize for his jazz recordings, 8 Grammys and is the Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Here as a musician and arranger he’s nothing short of brilliant. Standouts include the shows opener “Ice Cream,” “Careless Love” and “Forty-Four.” Clapton’s trademark “Layla” gets yet another remake and having Clapton and Marsalis solo on this alone is worth the price of the cd. Many know Tom Morello as the amazing guitarist from the hard rock bands, Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave. He’s also released three folk-rock albums under the moniker of The Nightwatchman. His latest,

World Wide Rebel Songs (New West) is a clinchedfisted, punch in the face dose of political rock. While the albums foundation is acoustic guitars, Morello’s gizmo-guitar rock solos are super charged. They’re drenched in as much emotion as the lyrics to his songs. Also, Morello is very Wisconsin friendly joining the protesters in Madison against Gov. Scott Walker. How cool is that? Standouts include the song he wrote about his time in Madison “Union Town” as well as “It Begins Tonight,” “Stray Bullets,” “Save The Hammer For The Man” (with Ben Harper guesting) and my favorite of the album “Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine.” Wow this was unexpected. Dave Stewart has released an album I can’t get out of my cd player. The Blackbird Diaries (Surfdog) is becoming one of my favorite albums of the year. The idea of this project is that Stewart would hole up in a Nashville studio armed with just a handful of uncompleted songs and a group of seasoned musicians and see what they come up with in a week. Produced by Mike Bradford and using vintage recording equipment, Stewart of Eurythmic fame, has never sounded better. The record has an energy that is very much missing on most of today’s computer, Pro Tools generated releases. This is a very analog, warm tube, sounding album. The final results are either the first or second takes of songs, many finished on the spot just before recording. Standouts include “Stevie Baby,” “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” “All Messed Up” with Martina McBride and “So Long Ago.” Just because bassist Tommy Stinson lost his day job when the legendary Minneapolis alternative/punk band

The Replacements disbanded, it didn’t mean he went jobless. He went on to play with the likes of Bash and Pop, Perfect and most notably Guns N’ Roses and Soul Asylum. His first solo album Village Gorilla Head, released in 2004, feature 13 tracks of power-pop, rock and thoughtful acoustic material which was greatly received. His second solo album One Man Mutiny (Done To Death), does indeed improve his funky styled guitar rock. When you’re consistently working with others, it can be hard to find your own nitch and identity. Stinson succeeds here with a fistful of strong material which rocks when it needs to and can get quiet at the right times too. Standouts include the very Rolling Stones-ish “It’s a Drag,” the tongue-in-cheek country styled “Zero To Stupid,” “Meant To Be” and the acoustic title track “One Man Mutiny”. This is a hip little album that makes one wish that Stinson would dump those other bands and work his solo career full time. Last issue I reviewed Jimi Hendrix’ Winterland box set and I failed to mention that a killer Hendrix album was also expanded and re-issued at the same time. Hendrix In The West (Experience Hendrix/Legacy) was originally released posthumously in 1972. It originally featured 8 songs recorded live; most notably his takes on the 50’s classics “Johnny B Goode” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” This set is now digitally remastered, expanded by 3 tracks and is chuck full of photos with an informative essay by John McDermott. Standouts include “Red House,” “I Don’t Live Today” and “Spanish Castle Magic.” Three cheers for Hendrix’ immediate family, who now control his estate, for taking great strides in updating his catalog.

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Nukem Forever lacks power by Lonnie Coats, Jr. Times Staff Reporter

After over a decade of development, Duke Nukem Forever is now out for HD consoles and PC. Will that extra development time make it a special “old school” shooter to be hailed, or will it be all for nothing? Review: Duke Nukem Forever Release Date: Out Now Developer: 3D Realms / Gear Box Software Publisher: 2K Console(s): PS3/Xbox 360/PC Format: Xbox 360 DVD / Blu-Ray disc ESRB rating: M Price: Less than $49.99 Disclaimer: Only the Xbox 360 version was reviewed. Before I start this review, I should mention that I’m a big fan of a lot of “old school” shooters, such as Doom 3, the Quake series, Sin, and Duke Nukem 3D. With that said, I’m not sure if Duke Nukem Forever (herein DNF) manages to pull that off very well. The story for DNF takes place roughly a decade after the events in Duke Nukem 3D. Earth is at

peace and Duke is recognized as a hero. The U.S. government wants to make peace with the aliens, but that didn’t go very well. So, it’s up to Duke to deal with the aliens once again. The first level actually starts off as a slight remix of the final boss—in the third episode– of Duke 3D. The gameplay of DNF is a bit unusual compared to most first person shooters. It feels very “old school” and almost expects the player to play it as such, but was not optimized, to play that way, for console controllers (many console shooters have a slightly forgiving “aim assist” feature that makes targeting enemies easier). It does feature an “iron sights” aiming mechanic popularized by the Call of Duty franchise, but since it doesn’t have the cosmetic similarities as most shooters that use iron sights, it is kind of hard to notice this. Playing DNF as a “iron sights shooter” is more difficult then needs to be, because it doesn’t lock-on to an enemy very well. Another thing that seems unusual is that you can only carry up to two weapons (not counting the trip mines and pipe bomb that used like grenades). While this is the usual standard for most modern shooters, it seems out of place for something that is trying to be a throwback. Well, at least you get all of the weapons from Duke 3D like the Devastator (automatic, mini-rocket launchers) and the Shrinker. A cool feature in DNF is something called “Ego”. It’s basically your regenerating health bar, but you can increase it by

All’s fair in love and lust

by Dolores Klitzka Times Staff Reporter

Happy Madison, founded by Adam Sandler (Click, Big Daddy) in 1999, delivers a romantic comedy hit when they combine acting beauty Jennifer Anniston’s (Friends, Along Came Polly) quick wit with Sandler’s childish antics, in the timeless film Just Go With It, directed by Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry). Sandler plays Danny Maccabee, a plastic surgeon who has discovered his own failed wedding could boost his bedroom rating without even taking his ex-fiancé’s ring off. That is, until he falls for a traditional blonde bombshell elementary teacher, whose morals precede his expectations. Lie after lie finds Danny creating a fake wife, Devlin, fake children Kiki D and Barto, and flying half way around the world to the islands of Hawaii in order to keep his secrets from spilling over and drenching him with liar stew. Luckily enough his secretary, Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), agrees to help him with his scheme, and her not-so-out-of-theloop children fit the bill. All tumbles along well, until Katherine’s happenstance run in with a blast from her past, the real Devlin (Nicole Kidman). Will the yarn ball of lies unravel? Or will Danny marry the bombshell of his dreams? All’s fair in love and lust. 3.5 of 5 Acting: 4 Directing: 4

Technical: 3 Storyline: 3 Avg: 3.5

3D does Lion King Proud by Dolores Klitzka Times Staff Reporter The 1994 animated hit The Lion King returns to the big screen. September 16, the great tale returned to the big screen for a special re-launch event. This time it is formatted in 3D. Everyone may know the tale of a lion and his cub’s fight to become king in this classic movie. Simba is a young prince born to Mufasa, Lion King. Simba fights his way past Scar, his uncle. Scar’s plan to overthrow and kill Mufasa is thwarted by Simba and his pals Timon and Pumbaa. It will make its way to Blue-Ray 3D on October 4, 2011. Return to your childhood and catch it at a local theater near you.

doing things that would boost Duke’s ego, like roasting rats in microwaves, lifting weights, or even throw paper airplanes. It wouldn’t be a Duke Nukem game without its far share of jokes. Most of the jokes are very vulgar, but some are kind of funny, such as the town name in the wild west level, what Duke says after picking up some “waste”, or one of his silly one-liners after killing a pigcop. Some gamers may find some of the other jokes offensive. For an example, in the Pod level (where the aliens are keeping the imprisoned Earth women at), when Duke eventually meet up with his girlfriends that are being forcefully-impregnated, he makes a clever, but tasteless rape joke (which can’t be repeated to due how vulgar it is). Another example in the same

level, one particular thing he can interact with to boost his ego is a group of green “wall boobs”, in which after slapping them, he’ll say something like “Got Milk?” Graphically, it may not be obvious at first, but it’s not the best looking game I’ve seen. Some of the level textures lack a fair amount of detail, but some of the character models do look a little better. The game does dip a fair bit in the frame rate, especially when there explosions are involved. The online multiplayer allows you to search for matches by gametype, level, and ping (the smaller that number is, the better the connection quality). Unfortunately, there’s some weird lag in some of the matches I’ve played. It’s most noticeable when you use the look button (it

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functions as the games version of iron sights) or when you use an explosive weapon like the Devastator or the RPG. Unless you feel that you have to play this game (in which I would recommend renting this or wait for a price drop), it’s not really worth playing.

3.5/5.0 (NOT GOOD) + Ego meter is a cool idea + Some Jokes are actually funny + Good matchmaking + All your favorite weapons from Duke 3D − − − −

Frequent framerate drops Broken aiming mechanic Can only carry 2 weapons Might be too offensive for some

Green festival cleans up by Josh Wilke Times Staff Reporter On Sunday, September 18, there was a festival at the Lakefront – the first ever Rock The Green festival. Rock The Green (RTG) was the brainchild of one Lindsay Stevens Gardner, the Founder and Executive Director of the event. A Milwaukee native, she lived for several years in Boulder, CO and San Diego, CA working as a music and events promoter. She states that those two cities influenced the pro-environment attitude that was the driving force behind RTG. In our interview, she related that she wanted to create an event that promoted an ecofriendly lifestyle, and was able to utilize her network as a music promoter to compile the list of acts that would draw people in from around the city. Milwaukee was chosen for this event because Ms. Stevens Gardner wanted the event to benefit her hometown. There were a number of environmentally friendly things going on at RTG. There was a free bicycle valet, complete with free tune-up service for your bike. With a paid ticket entry, every patron was given a recyclable water bottle that could be refilled for free on the grounds. After the event, they measured how much water was dispensed, and they will figure out how many plastic bottles were saved and not tossed into the garbage. Veolia environmental services provided numerous bins that had picture labels as to what kind of trash they had in their container. As an added benefit, all of the waste materials – including plates, utensils, and napkins were all compostable, and would be disposed of as such. The portable toilets were all used to collect raw materials,

which would be forwarded to the Milorganite Company, to be turned into environmentally friendly fertilizer. There was a bicycling team on the grounds that were providing power to nearby tents for lighting and music, by hooking up their cycles to generators and batteries. Goodwill sponsored the event by providing tee shirts of all colors and sizes, which RTG printed logo’s onto and sold the shirts to raise money as a merchandising venue. This created a unique set of shirts, in which no two shirts were the same. Food vendors had to fit certain requirements, such as being local, organic, or free range in nature – no preservatives and all of the money went to benefit local and organic farmers. All of these items, and many more, are directed at one simple goal – to encourage and foster

a green lifestyle. The event was not only to entertain and provide a venue for weekend patrons, but also to educate the local population about just how easy it is to reduce our footprint on the planet, and make it a more livable place for everyone. The whole event was centered around the idea of creating a nearzero waste festival, where the community can come together and do something good for each other, and the world as a whole. Ms. Stevens Gardner expressed hopes that similar festivals will pop up in other cities, and already has plans in place for the second annual RTG festival. When asked what she hoped everyone would take away from the event, she replied, “Every little step counts – all those little things add up to one very big thing. Even if you do just one ‘green’ thing a day, it all adds up.”

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As part of the newly started tradition, Rock the Green participants stand around the stage waiting for the next band to come on stage.

New Mequon Student Life Coordinator settles in by Samantha Collier Times Staff Reporter

Rita Wood is the new, exciting Interim Student Coordinator at the Mequon Campus since July 1. A MATC graduate, Rita has two Associates Degrees. She also was a President of our Student Government Organzation. Rita has also earned a Bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University and is now in process of completing her Master’s degree. She also holds the Advisor position for the American Association of Community College Students Rita holds her position very

dear to her heart. Rita expressed that, “Meeting new students, assisting clubs on campus to achieve their goals, is what make the student life grow.” She is now active in the Environmental, Information Security and the Horticultural Club. The students are now preparing to implement a mass variety of diverse clubs that will start this semester, these include Gaming, Black Student Union, Nursing and the Criminal Justice clubs to name just a few. The Mequon Campus is expanding the students involvement in a variety of ways through organizations and events on campus.

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Dale Kindness, a member of NASM (Native American Student Movement), offered a song and prayer during the ‘Welcome Back’ for Native American students. The event provided a luncheon as well as information on academic and job opportunities.

American Student Movement supports Native American students

by Teresa Rae Butler Times Staff Reporter

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Meet Rita Wood, Mequon’s Interim Student Life Coordinator. When you see Rita around campus with one of her hats on, ask her, “What’s going on?” and Rita will tell about some special event coming up on campus.

MATC has a vast array of clubs. One is the American Student Movement which is open to any Indian, or non Indian persons seeking their education at MATC. If one should be interested in being involved in any cultural activities, they can inquire to M238 in the Main building, Downtown Campus. The Native American Student Movement, located in the Multicultural Student Services office is also another interesting branch for American Indians to

check out. Greg Johns, works with the American Indian student population through this movement, and helps the students who join with their education. One of the perks to being involved with this outlet are their access to grants. As of now, there are two available through FAFSA. Mr. Johns was excited to tell the Times of the availability of The Wisconsin Indian Grant and Tribal Indian Grant, that is which is given to whichever tribe the student is descended from. He also stated that there is a scholarship that runs through the Foundation called, “The

Milwaukee Indian Community School Scholarship,” which is open to any enrolled, first generation descendant. For 16 years, Mr. Greg Johns has been working towards bettering the educational environment for the American Indian students. When asked what would he like the readers to know about his dedication in this club, he said, “Yeah. I really enjoy what I do.” If you’re interested, please visit online at http://matcclubs.matc. edu/NASM/index.html or stop in room M238, and Greg Johns has any upcoming meetings posted on his office door.

This is the second in a series of historical pictures in celebration of the MATC’s 100 years.

Courtesy/MATC Archives

MVS (Milwaukee Vocational School) courses during the late 1920’s and 30’s began to fill quickly for the trades industry. These two students learn the technique of threading pipe for plumbing use. MATC has always had a longstanding relationship with industry. Today computer technology has expanded these courses into more many defined applications.

Photo/ Student Life

West Campus students Antoinette Jackson and Charles Padmore helped students participate in Constitution Day. A survey was given to 92 students and 49 got at least 6 of 8 questions correct and recieved a flash drive.

The Student Life Office along with Student Government at each campus sponsored Constitution Day with prizes and food.

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Stormer #9, Sierra Medinger sets up to block a volley from a Harper College opponent. As of the home game match up with Harper College, Milwaukee has yet to get a win this season. Sierra Medinger is the Stormer’s top scorer.

Women’s Volleyball still looking for first win

by Gavin Weitzer Times Sports Editor The women’s volleyball team has yet to win a match this season.

On September 19 they played Joilet Junior College and lost the match 6-25,5-25,and 5-25. On the’re first two matches they

were very competive against Triton College, and College of Dupage. Against Madison College however they were beaten badly 2-25, 6-25,

and 4-25. The Lady Stormers will continue to rely on leaders Sierra Medinger (10.0 kills), and Candice Nichols (5 kills) repectively to

help the lady Stormers turn their season around. They continue to play hard, so come out and root them on!

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Robert Alonso (no. 6) going in for a kick, hoping to bring the ball to the other side of the field.

Men’s Soccer team picks up first win by Gavin Weitzer Times Sports Editor After three straight losses our men’s soccer team picked up their first win of the season on Friday, September 19 against Kishwaukee College 1-0. The Stormers have only scored two goals so far this year. They had been outscored by a total of 7-2 in those first three games, and they are 0-2 on the road and 1-1 at home as of press time.

The Stormers men’s basketball team look forward to another winning season.

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Basketball Season almost here

by Gavin Weitzer Times Sports Editor

Due to the fact there is potentially no professional basketball fans will be looking for a basketball outlet. This year fans should be pleased with the 2011 MATC men’s Stormers basketball team. In 2010 they had a youth movement and had a lot learning to do. They started the season of well only to stumble towards the end. They still managed to finish the season

17-15, a second straight year of having a record over .500 (they went 19-12 in the 2009 season). Joliet Junior College ended their season for the second straight year. This year the Stormers must rely on someone else to pick up the scoring and rebounding because the two leading scorers Kenny Foster 13 points per game average (p.g.a.), and Darren Moore (14.9 p.g.a.) have graduated along with Garrett Abner (10 pga) and Adebamgbe

Courtney (5.5 p.g.a.) The stormers do have starting point guard Rishaad Alexander and their starting center Patrick Zemanovic returning. Hopefully they can finally beat JoiletJunior College a team they are 1-5 against in the last two seasons. The Stormers hope to build on the experience from last year. The regular season begins against Sauk Valley, a team they beat 99-79 last year. This season looks to be a bright one for our Stormers.

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Student Government battens down the hatches

by Alexander Pederson West Campus Editor District Student Government commandeered a vessel on September 16 for their Welcome Back Pirate Cruise. The Vista King, the boat the party was on, was docked at 505 N. Riverwalk Way where it waited for partygoers at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Each boat cruise lasted about two hours and featured a table full of many foods and a cash bar. There was also a dance floor for students to dance the night away, one of the MCs being the recently retired Jerry O’Sullivan. There was also seating near the bow to watch the water for the less energetic partygoers. Rita Wood, Advisor for Student Government and one of the coordinators of this event, when asked if the intention of the pirate theme was to celebrate Speak Like A Pirate Day, which was on September 19, replied, “We did not.”

Photos by Nick Patrinos

September 29, 2011  

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