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Volume 58, No. 7


December 1, 2016

Prospective students browse the School of Media and Creative Arts tables during MATC’s open house at the Downtown Milwaukee campus on Nov. 12.

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Getting a head start at MATC’s open house

by Armand Edwards Times Downtown Milwaukee Campus Editor

School can be a tricky time for some. Many people spend their semesters hanging onto their grades by a thread while others push through as much as they can, leading to a fair amount of midsemester exhaustion. However, sometimes the most difficult part of school is finding out what direction to take with your classes. Indecisiveness is no way to start a semester, and it can be very stressful on

a person. Knowing this, the college hosted an open house at MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee campus. During the open house, students gathered information about the college’s programs. The open house began on Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. and went until noon. During this time students could meet with advisors, instructors and tutors from programs around the campus. Cody Hunnicutt, sociology instructor and co-coordinator for the Center for Engaged and Service Learning, said, “On a day like today we have

the opportunity to speak with both students and parents, making them aware of not just how engaged MATC is with our students but also our employees. Our employees are heavily engaged in the community as well.” In addition to information regarding programs on campus, there was information regarding transfers to four-year colleges. According to Maggie Ehlert, West Allis transfer advisor, “Sometimes students aren’t informed about it (information regarding transferring) so I’d

like them to know their options as they’re coming in as new students, and that it’s a goal they can work towards, and we can help them do that.” A key demographic for the event included local high school seniors. Students were informed of the event through mailed information. Dr. Rich Busalacchi, dean of the School of Business and School of Media and Creative Arts, had this to say about the event, “In tandem with the open house, we also worked with the Three Harbors Council Boy Scouts of America to run a

merit badge clinic...what that allowed us to do was bring in 150 scouts who signed up for one of 20 of these clinics. The badges are directly related to programs that we offer such as music, animation and cooking. This allows them to come in and explore MATC, as well as spend the day getting hands-on skills they can use for a lifetime. They were able to spend about an hour before heading off to the clinics.” The open house is held once a year, typically in November, and is open to students hoping to enroll.

Diversity Dialogues aim to spark community conversation From MATC Newsroom

On Nov. 12, MATC launched a monthly forum called Diversity Dialogues. The forums are held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month at Washington High School, 2525 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee. Inspired by efforts to rebuild relationships in the Sherman Park community after the violence broke out last summer, the free, public forums are designed to gather the community to learn and share ideas about race,

ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion and other forms of cultural diversity. The next forum will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10. “We hope these sessions can be used as a model for an ongoing, community-wide discussion that could be a catalyst to transform lives and our community,” said Dr. Vicki J. Martin, MATC president. “It is my hope that these monthly discussions will lead to substantive changes, not just in Sherman Park, but throughout Milwaukee.” The community workshops

will be led by MATC sociology instructors and are based on topics discussed in MATC’s “Introduction to Diversity Studies” course. Participants will receive an introduction to each topic, discuss questions in small groups and then gather to share insights. Attendees who participate in the full series will receive a certificate of completion from MATC. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call Dr. Jennifer Mikulay, MATC associate dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at 414-456-5325.

Sponsored by MATC’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, remaining discussions include: 2016 DATE TOPIC December 10 Concepts of Diversity 2017 DATES TOPIC January 14 Immigrant Cultures of the U.S. February 11 Privilege and Implicit Racial Bias March 11 Institutional Racism and its Effects April 8 Social Movements of Yesterday and Today May 13 Celebrating Diversity



Final Focus




Veterans honored

Lead in Milwaukee water

Native American dance

Celebrating those who served by Keith Schubert Times Editor-in-Cheif

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Ben Baerbock, a student services specialist, (right) and William Newton, the president of MATC’s Veteran Student Organization, speak to a prospective student at the Military Education Support Office (MESO) information table during MATC’s open house at the Downtown Milwaukee campus on Nov. 12.


It doesn’t pay to get a payday loan

by Kimberly Gilmartin

Payday loans may seem like an easy way to get some extra money for the holiday season. These loans are short-termed loans that you must repay by the time you get your next paycheck. The lender charges you a fee plus interest on the amount you borrow. These types of lenders usually don’t require a full credit check, which is why they are popular with people who have bad credit. Because of this, the lender is taking a large risk when they lend money and can charge high interest rates as a result. These loans create a false sense of security for customers and can easily become a malicious cycle of indebtedness. Some lenders even target those who can least afford the fees, which results in encouraging the customer to prolong their debt by rolling over the loan. Unlike with reputable financial institutions that place limits on borrowers, there is no accountability in terms of averting customers from digging deeper holes for themselves. The reality is that many people do not stop at using the service once and then walking away; it becomes a way of making ends meet. For the bulk of payday loan users, the service ends up being a major disadvantage and disruption in their daily lives. Be aware that obtaining payday loans does damage credit scores and your personal financial situation may be disclosed to others if you do not pay on time, meaning privacy is non-existent. In the end, the risks are huge and the benefits little. Editor’s Note: The Legal Clinic is a service for students approved by the editor-in-chief.

On Nov. 10 MATC held its annual Veterans Day celebration hosted by the Military Education Support Office (MESO) and the Veteran Student Organization (VSO) at all four respective campuses. At the downtown campus students, faculty and veterans all gathered in the sixth floor cafeteria to listen to guest speakers, give their thanks and enjoy some light refreshments. The guest speakers, Dr. Birdie Cowser, director of VETS Place Central, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Her speech reminded us of the importance of honoring our veterans – past, present and future. Cowser talked about perseverance and that you should never stop trying to reach your goals. When asked what advice she would give any veteran thinking about enrolling at MATC, she simply said, “Do it now!” It was a short yet effective message that emboldens her outlook on the importance of education, not only for veterans but also for everyone. William Newton, president of VSO, also spoke at the celebration.

He gave the good news that MATC was named to Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools list, a very proud achievement for VSO, MESO, and MATC as a whole. To receive this award the school has to show a commitment to serving veterans, something MESO has been doing for a long time. Their vision is “Serving Those Who Served,” a very honest and honorable mission. For more information about MESO, VSO or other veteran services at MATC, you can email the Student Life office at Jennifer Schmidt, a veteran who served 20 years in the Army, is heading a new initiative through the Veterans on Campus program. The initiative is designed to help students develop the skills needed to identify friends in distress and how to approach them with kindness and empathy. To participate in this 30-minute interactive, online activity go to login/?pb=k, create an account and follow the on-screen instructions. Schmidt will be happy to answer any of your questions. You can contact her at

to maximize their break time by taking a four-year college parallel course in the areas of: art, English, math, natural science, psychology, sociology, history, speech, or early childhood education. Many students choose to make a small sacrifice during this time to reap the rewards that include taking fewer spring semester credits, satisfying general education requirements, retaking a course for a better grade, or completing a transfer degree requirement to a four-year university. The reasons to take a class over break are numerous and could very likely result in crossing the graduation finish line faster, reaching your career goals, and creating a better plan for work-life-school balance in the coming semesters. Plus, students can utilize their spring semester financial aid funds to cover the costs.

While the list of gains truly outweighs any losses, students should prepare themselves for an intense study load during the littleover-a-month period. An honest personal motivation and ability assessment must be completed based on success in past online courses, self-discipline and time availability over the break. As a reminder, students taking an online course for the first time at MATC are required to complete Online Student Readiness (COMPUB-798). Students can self-register for Winterim by logging into INFO Online and clicking the “Search for Winter Classes” link or register in-person on the first floor in the S-Building Registration office. A word to the wise: Make sure you speak with your program advisor or a counselor to make sure that you take the best class to reach your goals.

A winter word to the wise by Charita Ford Times Business Manager

Count down to winter break is the motivation that many students need to get over the holiday hump and finish out the semester’s laundry list of final projects, exams and presentations. The time of year when we can hit the snooze button continuously, marathon watch our favorite reality shows, and eat into the next year. These “activities” are both earned and deserved rewards for the toils of all the reading and writing that occupy students’ lives for the semester. But for students that have the willpower to minimize some short-term lounging for a longterm reward – the winter break represents a unique opportunity to reach your academic and career goals faster. MATC is offering Winterim classes that run Dec. 10 – Jan. 10 for students seeking

Calendar of events

(MK) = Downtown Milwaukee Campus, (MQ) = Mequon Campus, (OC) = Oak Creek Campus, (WA) = West Allis Campus Saturday, Dec. 3 10:30 a.m. Winter Festival of Lights. Cafeteria (OC) Saturday, Dec. 3 4:30 p.m. West Allis Holiday Parade. Student Government members will be marching in the West Allis Holiday Parade. (WA)

Saturday, Dec. 10 9 a.m. - Noon Breakfast with Santa. Purchase tickets in Room S303 at the Downtown Milwaukee campus or at the West Allis campus cashier’s office. Third Floor Cafeteria. (MK)

Thursday, Dec. 15 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. S.A.F.E. - Verbal Defense and Influence - Information Session. S-120. (MK) Friday, Dec. 16 6 p.m. Winter Commencement. UWMilwaukee Panther Arena, 400 W. Kilbourn Ave.

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On holiday: Rest or test

by Teresa Rae Butler Times Scene Editor Ah, the vacations. It’s supposed to be a time to visit friends and family, spreading holiday cheer, getting some

much needed sleep or just catching up with a good book. It’s a time when Grandma flips that bird ... in the oven, when Grandpa yells, “You can rest when you die!” Most certainly, it’s a gathering of tradition and moments to laugh at and cherish. I love it when you’ve hustled all semester, finishing assignments, cramming for exams and making the grade, only to feel complete victory. If you’ve outdone yourself, then you can truly enjoy the seasons. For many students, it was a long, hard journey, because even for a kid out of high school, college is tough. It gets even tougher if you’re a person with a job, or if you have kids or pets to care for, or even if you’re in a relationship. All of these examples take

even more time out of your schedule, so the holiday might even mean, “Me time.” I personally would rather choose rest and relaxation on any given break, and therefore would want to bustle even more before they arrive to ensure some peace and clearance. There is nothing like “having” to beat the traffic, “having” to beat the clock and the deadline. It can be so dramatic at times where people often give up, creating a break. I think that there is a lot to be said about a person who goes the extra mile to just be able to sit down with nothing to do. It means you’ve done it already. Now, I cannot stop there and leave it there. There’s also a lot to be said of the individual

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who chooses to get off on the exit ramp after that extra mile. Maybe you’ve had a holiday every weekend? Maybe you’re so busy that you could really use the opportunity in a strategic way to stay afloat? Maybe you see a bigger reward worth sitting out for by working? To foresee an advantage of getting ahead on a vacation takes commitment, focus and drive. In fact, if I had not been the “no break this season” girl a time or two, then perhaps I would not know about pushing to the limit to be able to really kick back, put my feet up and enjoy myself. So, if you must test, then use the gift of time, and if you’ve already done so, simply relish and unwind. Cheers to you and yours.


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Three Women stand tall at Shank Hall by Teresa Rae Butler Times Scene Editor

On Nov. 16 the group known as Three Women and the Truth took to the Shank Hall stage in Milwaukee for an intimate night of political poetry in the form of song. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar on each lap, the trio provided a rich lather of storytelling to cleanse the soul. Two-time Grammy nominee Eliza Gilkyson was joined by award winners Mary Gauthier and Gretchen Peters to sing sad songs of surrender, misfortune and reckoning. Opening with Peters’ “Hello Cruel World,” it set the tone for songs like “Five Minutes,”

“Thanksgiving,” “No Tomorrow,” “Eliza Jane,” “Last of the Hobo Kings,” “Between Daylight and Dark,” “Another Train,” and the uniquely cool ode to Gilkyson’s ancestor, legendary American Revolutionary War Gen. Jedidiah Huntington, in “Jedidiah 1777.” Every song was a pleasure to the ears and spirit, as each woman contributed a wind-down and comfort to the uncertain times ahead with tunes like “The Great Correction,” “Mercy Now” and “When All You Got Is a Hammer.” They closed the show honorably by encore with an audience sing along of “Hallelujah,” dedicated to the late, great, Leonard Cohen. This was a night to remember.

Hawk delivers fire and desire by Teresa Rae Butler Times Scene Editor

This weekend, I had a chance to listen to a band by the name of Hawk, and their remastered coming classic, “I’m on Fire,” which is a project stemming from David Hawkins of the band, Be. The entire album has a special, old rock marriage of Hendrix-y and Rolling Stones-y strings with a unique, lead singer in the group to tie it all together. “Mother Road” is a crafty blend of a traveler’s dream boiled down to choice and chance. This is possibly a Route 66 anthem call

from Chicago to L.A., the lyrics urging one to take a trip and, “Take it easy, now let roll.” It’s fairly simple for this song alone to be their marker. It definitely stays in your head once heard. The “I’m on Fire” title cut is a catchy, feel good, biker-bar kind of a song. Hammering out rifty guitar melodies and mixing words like tornado with church choir, it’s a good gamble. “Topanga” is a rock and roll get down of funky, whiney guitar and a bluesy storyline involving a pretty face, which makes you want to hear the backstory. “Sunshine,” a slowed down combination of

rejection and feeling mellowed out, brings you up and down like a seesaw. It eventually builds then falls again into an almost sinister climax. “Higher” is another anthem in its own right, with its garage band harmony and solid message. Hawkins is already in the working developments of the next Hawk album, set to display the talents of Gary Louis of The Jayhawks, Ken Stringfellow (REM) and Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello drummer). All in all, the “I’m on Fire,” tracklist is worth listening to, collecting and conversing about.

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Milwaukee offered holiday escape with 90th annual parade by Teresa Rae Butler Times Scene Editor

On Nov. 19, the Milwaukee Holiday Parade took to the streets with a tradition that has been standing strong for 90 years. Since 1927, Milwaukeeans have enjoyed the free event. The turnout on the cold, brisk day included bundled spectators holding hot chocolate, cameras, blankets and joy in their hearts. Starting with the police motorcycle escort, and Marquette Army ROTC color guard, followed by a sighting of the Milwaukee Holiday Parade banner, onlookers cheered on the marching bands, police officers, a cast of Christmas characters

and the generous sponsoring family of the parade itself, Johnson Controls. Sue Vincent, vice president of Johnson Controls, was the grand marshal of the parade, and the company also provided many volunteers to help with festivities. Children watched as dogs from the Milwaukee Dog Training Club obeyed commands, did tricks and heeled along the way, followed by marching bands from schools like Golda Meir, Rufus King and Lincoln Center of the Arts. Popular appearances by Ronald McDonald, Milwaukee Brewers Racing Sausages, Curious George, the Milwaukee Bucks Grand Dancers and

even favorites from “Star Wars” joined alongside the Santa Claus North Pole float. Holiday trains, the gingerbread girl and boy, Cinderella and her prince, and waving, smiling young ladies and jolly elves were all part of the festive fun. Other notable marchers such as Pick ‘n Save and the Hunger Task Force, Jelly Belly and The Milwaukee Rep Theater for “A Christmas Carol” were also there to make a presence along with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. The winter wonderland of fun ran from Astor St. and Kilbourn Ave., up to Old World Third St., where they made a left and ended up at the Shops of Grand Avenue. I love a good Milwaukee parade!

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City, residents group at odds over handling of lead water service lines by Edgar Mendez Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Despite continued pressure from the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition, a resident group that has been hosting meetings across the city to warn people about the dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water, the city is taking a deliberate approach to addressing the issue. Alderman Jim Bohl Jr., who represents the 5th District and chairs the Water Quality Task Force, said the group is moving in a timely manner to make recommendations on what to do with the city’s 70,000 lead service lines. “Our effort is to be deliberate and thorough—to overturn stones others may not be looking at to ensure maximum safety is foremost in city policy decisions of this issue,” wrote Bohl in a statement to Neighbohood News Service (NNS). In his 2017 proposed city budget, Mayor Tom Barrett presented the first year of what the city describes as a long-term multimillion-dollar plan to address lead water service line removal. The plan calls for funding the full replacement of lead service lines at 385 licensed day care centers, using a combination of funds from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which will fund the private line work, and Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) covering the city- More than 70,000 lead water service lines provide water to residents of Milwaukee homes built before 1951. owned portion. The Wisconsin Department of Children and MWW estimates that fully only recently added testing a learning difficulties and a host of Families, which licenses day replacing all the lines would cost home’s tap water for lead to its other problems. care centers, does not require the between $511 million and $756 “Environmental Health and Lead DeRoo pointed out the center to test their water supply million. Risk Assessment” for residents successes of the MHD’s Childhood for lead contamination unless the Poisoning Prevention The mayor has urged residents found to have elevated blood lead Lead water is supplied from a private living in homes constructed prior (EBL) levels. The memo noted Program, which has resulted in well. to 1951 to purchase water filters, that the health department is in fewer instances of elevated lead Three hundred additional and the city has suggested steps the process of being certified by levels in children and higher rates properties will have their lead to further reduce their exposure the DNR to perform water-lead of testing since 1997, when the service lines replaced, with to lead in the drinking water. testing. program began. DeRoo said the homeowners paying one-third Nevertheless, DeRoo reiterated In early September, Milwaukee program assists property owners of the cost, according to Sarah that Milwaukee’s water meets all Public Schools announced that in lessening lead paint hazards, DeRoo, health communications federal testing guidelines. City the district had begun testing which are the largest source officer for the Milwaukee Health drinking water is tested by MWW its drinking water for lead of childhood lead exposure in Department (MHD). as it exits water treatment plants contamination. The results have Milwaukee. In addition, organizations and every three years at about 50 not yet been made public. City of That’s a double whammy including the United Way of city residences. Milwaukee charter schools are not for many Milwaukee residents, Greater Milwaukee, Aurora Up until now, only the MWW required to test their water for lead Miranda said. Health Care, Ascension Health tests water from residences for contamination. “Many of those older homes Wisconsin and the Medical College lead, according to a recent City of According to the CDC, there is that still have lead paint also have of Wisconsin are donating $75,000 Milwaukee Legislative Reference no safe blood lead level for children. lead water service lines. That’s toward home water filters, as Bureau memo. The memo states Lead poisoning in children may double the risk of exposure,” he part of a partnership with the city the Milwaukee Health Department result in developmental delays, added. announced recently. The city will provide the filters to low-income families with pregnant women and children. FLAC contends that it has forced some positive changes. For example, the city shifted its policy of replacing only the city portion of water service lines in the case of emergencies such as leaks or breaks. This resulted in the release of loose lead fragments into the water stream, which spiked lead levels, the group claims. The city will now remove the entire water service line, including the homeowner’s portion. However, it has yet to outline a long-term plan to replace about 70,000 remaining lead service lines. FLAC representatives say there is much more to be done. They describe the issue as a public health crisis, and are calling for the city to provide free filters to residents in all homes with lead water service lines. “When will the city release not a one-year, but a 5-, 10-, 20-year plan to keep our city residents safe from lead? The bottom line Photo by Edgar Mendez is that the city needs to take this A $75,000 donation from several local organizations will fund the purchase of faucet water filters for low-income issue more seriously,” said FLAC families with pregnant women or children. representative Robert Miranda.

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by Kirsten Schmitt Times Contributor The 73rd annual Wisconsin Holiday Folk Fair International allowed the public to travel around the world without going far. The festival, in its 20th year at the State Fair grounds in West Allis, featured over 60 cultures according to Alexandar Durtka, Jr., president of the International Institute of Wisconsin. Durtka said, “This year there is an extended African presence as well as Indonesia and Vietnamese that are new.” Guests were able to experience the different cultures during the three-day fair. The event featured food from many different cultures, as well as goods to buy and cultural booths to visit. The location allowed for three large performance stages. One stage, the International Stage, was designated for children to perform ethnic dances. One was solely for dance called the Tanzhaus. And another, the All Nations theater, offered traditional music and dance. The annual event allowed people to open their minds and stomachs to different cultures. It’s kind of like a passport around the world. Children could even collect stamps in a passport as a keepsake while learning about different cultures. “It`s kind of a mini United Nations -- where you bring these individuals together that might disagree on a lot of issues, but they come together to celebrate, to share their culture, their values, their beliefs,” Durtka said.

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A male member of the Ukranian dance group performs a jump as part of the dance.

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Polynesian dancers perform at the Tanzhaus stage.

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The Nefertari African Dance Company pose for a photo at the Holiday Folk Fair International.

Apinya Jordan represents Thailand at the Thai cultural booth. Jordan wrote about her experience at the fair in her book, “I Was There at the Folk Fair.”

Andrew Ynnocencio, an MATC Graphic Arts program graduate, poses for a photo before he performs a traditional dance.

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Turtle Joe Wacker, 1840s re-enactor, fur trader, cowboy and miner, explains to Jim Kusik about his experience as a re-enactor.

Rebounding highlights Strong start fades Lady Stormers’ success by Keith Schubert Times Editor-in-Chief

The MATC Stormers women’s basketball team has started their season off in winning fashion, posting a record of 4W-2L, with a notable 92-25 demolishing of Olive-Harvey College on Nov. 12. Offensively, the Stormers have scored 397 points so far this season, ranking them in the top 10 of the country in total points scored; they are averaging about 66 points

per game. Where they really shine is in rebounding! They are averaging a whopping 53.2 rebounds per game. This puts them among one of the top five teams in the country. Brittany Kaltenburg has been a monster on offense, averaging a team best 14 points per game, and her defense isn’t too shabby either, coming up with about 1.5 steals per game. Tara Jefferson is right behind Kaltenburg with 13 points per game and ranks eighth in the country in rebounds per game

with 13. On defense Nwoye Green has put the team on her back, averaging two steals per game. Green also accounts for about half of the team’s blocks per game with 1.5 per outing; she’s not a sleeper on offense either and contributes just less than 10 points per game. If the Stormers can keep their offense running the way it has been, limit turnovers, stay ferocious on the boards and keep playing effective defense, there’s no telling how successful they can be this season.

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At the quarter waypoint of the basketball season, our men’s team defense struggles. by Keith Schubert Times Editor-in-Chief

The Stormers started the season scorching hot, winning each of their first three games by more than 30 points! Unfortunately, that streak came to an abrupt end as the Stormers went on to lose their next four consecutive games, leaving them with a record just below .500 with 3W-4L. The Stormers have been performing efficiently on the offense, aside from their 64-50 loss against Rochester College. They scored 569 total points this season, which puts them in the Division III Top 10 for total points. They are also in the

Top five for blocks per game, swatting away seven shots per game. These stats only paint part of the picture. Averaging over 20 fouls and 20 turnovers per game has resulted in allowing the opposing teams to score an average of 75 points per game, one of the worst marks in the division. Evan Runkel and Kyan Pleasant have been carrying the load on offense, both averaging 13.5 points per game. On defense, Damon Simpson Jr. has been a force to be reckoned with, averaging 2.4 blocks per outing, putting him at number 10 overall in the country. Overall, it seems the Stormers have all the tools they need to have a successful season, it’s just a matter of limiting fouls and turnovers and being able to put all the pieces together on a nightly basis.

Four game losing streak puts Packers on the hotseat by Keith Schubert Times Editor-in-Chief As I write this the Green Bay Packers are coming off of a four-game losing streak, the longest losing streak since Aaron Rodgers’ debut season in 2008. They are two games under .500 with a record of 4W-6L, placing them third in the division behind the Lions and Vikings, a position the team has not been in since 2013, when they lost Aaron Rodgers for half the season with a collarbone injury. There is some silver lining though because the Packers still managed to make the playoffs that year with an 8W-7L-1T record. The heat is on in Green Bay and the coaches and players

know it. On Nov. 21 Mike McCarthy greeted the press and had a much too familiar look of grief and disappointment. He reflected on the team’s current situation saying, “Six losses puts your a** up against the wall and that’s exactly where we’re at.” Rodgers has been trying to flip the narrative from his famous R-E-L-A-X rhetoric to P-A-N-I-C, as he has continually complained about the lack of urgency he is seeing from his teammates.

their four-game skid. The most troubling losses have been the 47-25 and 42-24 blowouts against the Falcons and Redskins. You’re not going to win games when you’re allowing that many points. Bottom line. To Dom Capers’ credit there has been a lot of injuries on that side of the ball, but the struggles stretch beyond just this season. The Packers haven’t cracked the top 10 in scoring or yards since their 2010 Super Bowl campaign.

The problem lies in the numbers, specifically on defense.

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The Packers have allowed a total of 153 points, and opponents have averaged more than 420 yards per contest during

The Packers have a historic streak of playoff appearances, reaching the postseason for seven consecutive seasons. A lot of fans are calling for

the immediate firing of Capers including Pro Football‘s Mike Florio, who wrote, “Packers need to get everyone’s attention by firing someone” to which Rodgers responded, “Don’t read that crap.” Personally, I am not a fan of mid-season shake-ups to the magnitude of firing a key staffer like Capers but if the Packers don’t reach the playoffs, clearly something needs to change. I agree with much of Packers nation that Capers needs to go, regardless of whether we make the playoffs or not, that’s a no brainer. What I think is even more important than a new defensive coordinator is the firing GM Ted Thompson. Thompson lives and dies by his draft and develop philosophy,

a system that we have seen work out well with the likes of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and many others. Unfortunately with Rodgers entering the final years of his “prime,” Thompson either needs to change his philosophy or be replaced. The Super Bowl window is closing in the Rodgers era and something needs to change this offseason, otherwise we will look back on this time and realize that we wasted some of the best years with one of the best quarterbacks to step on the field. There is no excuse for only being able to win one Super Bowl with Rodgers; clearly he has the skill set to win at a high level. Now it’s just a matter of surrounding him with the right people to take this team to the next level.

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Native American dancers wow Mequon crowd by Doris Newby Armstrong Times Photographer Students, faculty, and even children from the Mequon daycare center, flocked to the Mequon campus cafeteria on Nov. 15 to watch the annual Native American dance celebration. The showcase was presented by Ronald and Daniel Preston from the San Carlos Apache tribe. The two brothers explained the meaning behind their clothing, music and dance movements before they began. Ronald Preston gave a more in-depth informational speech to the captive audience, telling about the deer claws being worn around their ankles, the symbolism behind each bird feather that beautifully decorated his outfit and meaning behind the different sounds and beats being drummed. The crowd was overjoyed and applauded after every dance and tidbit of information they were given. The Preston brothers perform at many MPS schools and various local festivals. For more information you can contact Daniel Preston at 414-405-8204.

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Explaining the significance of the circle in Native American culture.

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Ronald Preston getting the five circles in unison.

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Allowing children to get close, showing that the feather is real.

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Daniel Preston doing one of several ceremonial dances.

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Ronald Preston’s ceremonial dance impresses the crowd.

Issue 58 07 dec 1 2016  
Issue 58 07 dec 1 2016