Volume 52, No. 6
November 18, 2010
West Campus Blood/Marrow Drive Going above and beyond Page 4
Recruit class pulls for MACC
Photo Stephen Hintz
by Stephen Hintz Times Contributor On Saturday, October 2, Recruit Class 80 participated in the Bob and Brian MACC Fund Plane Pull at Frontier Airlines Hangar, Mitchell Field, Milwaukee. Each year, coed teams of
twelve compete in this event to fight childhood cancer. The winning teams pull an E190 Aircraft fifteen feet in less than ten seconds. Recruit Class 80 chose this community service project because it was both fun and a worthwhile way to help children
of the community. Class President Stephen Hintz said, “Although our first pull did not register a winning time, we reevaluated our strategy and had a much-improved second pull. We did not win the event, but we certainly did well. More importantly, we were happy to
be part of a good cause that has a positive impact on children fighting childhood cancer.” A highlight of the day was interacting with McGruff, the Crime Dog, who is played by Recruit Class 80 member Ricky Goetsch. Recruit Class 80 raised $700 for the MACC Fund.
Experts educate community about mental health system
by Stephanie Geisler Times Staff Reporter
Discovering the resources available to people struggling with mental health or other related issues can be an overwhelming task. Even the most highly trained professionals in the field have difficulty navigating their way through the system. Programs and services being offered by the state are often changed or even cut due to budget constrictions so keeping up with current resources is a constant challenge. In an effort to simplify this process, Jewish Family Services began the Community Mental Health Education Program. This program helps professionals and volunteers in the mental health system increase their knowledge of where to find and access services in our community. “It’s about raising awareness about the mental health system.” Norma Gilson, JFS said, “There are so many small groups, we want people to know about every
resource available.” “What you need to know: Navigating the Mental Health System of Greater Milwaukee” was hosted by the Community Mental Health Education Program of JFS and ACCESS of MATC. More than two hundred guests attended the fair held on November 5 at MATC’s downtown campus. Those attending ranged from mental health professionals to interested community members and consumers. Over twenty organizations participated in offering information about their services along with answering any questions guests may have had. The conference was structured as a panel discussion. The panel consisted of experts from social services, legal, medical, advocacy, education and legislative fields who were presented with three anonymous case studies. Following the disclosure of each study the panel was asked six questions concerning the issues per case. They replied with the different resources or
organizations they would have utilized or suggested along with contact information and pros and cons, if applicable. Audience members were also encouraged to suggest any additional resources by writing the source on index cards available on each table. Despite the heavy issues presented in the case studies, the overall tone of the conference was pleasant. Many of the attendees seemed to find a sense of relief by having a current understanding of the resources available to them. “While many people recognize the shortcomings in the current system, this program focuses on getting the most out of the system as it currently exists.” Amy Waldman, Coordinator, ACCESS of MATC said. Another conference, “The Many Faces of Depression: Hope and Health” is free and open to the public. It is scheduled for Friday, May 13. The keynote speaker will be former Olympic athlete, Suzy Favor-Hamilton. Information can be found at www.jfsmilw.org.
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Domestic Awareness Event Mequon book club holds discussion Page 8
Effects of election on education
by Ginny Gnadt Senior Public Relatins Specialist
Outcomes on Education and Jobs for MATC Students was Topic of Grassroots Lecture “What’s at Stake: What the Election Outcomes Will Mean for Education and Jobs for MATC Students” was the topic of an Oct. 28 lecture held at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus. Marc V. Levine, a senior fellow and founding director of the Center for Economic Development at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee, was the featured speaker. Levine is internationally known for his study of urban economies, race and poverty, with an emphasis on developments in Milwaukee, Baltimore and Montreal. He is also the director of UWM’s Consortium for Economic Opportunity. The presentation was sponsored by MATC’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Division and the Grassroots Committee. Grassroots Series events are intended to connect issues studied in liberal arts and sciences classrooms with our everyday lives.
Student Legal Clinic
Organizations provide Christmas gifts for needy
Q: How do I determine my skills that should be put on a résumé? - Trevor Petty, GED Program Student
Q: Dear Student Legal Clinic, I am a full-time student with four children. I am also a single parent. I have been calling around trying to find an organization
A: There is a real skill, in determining our own skills. Yet, knowing our skills will help us succeed in school, work and life, and will help us answer the employer’s question, “Why should I hire you?” Every part of a job search is affected by how we identify and present our skills to an employer.
that will help me with Christmas gifts for my children. Signed Helena A: Dear Helena,
I spoke to a representative from 211 Milwaukee about your situation. He told me that you are correct that Toys for Tots this year will only be helping children that have been identified as the neediest. Many other organizations restrict their gifts to children who are affiliated with their group. 211 Milwaukee has no referrals for Christmas gifts for children at this time. I would check with every group that your child has had contact with during the last year. Also check your church or any social groups that you belong to as well. This year, it is the personal connection that may make the difference. Think of other ways to cut holiday costs, so that you may buy at least some gifts for your children. For instance, SHARE WISCONSIN, a food buying group, has Christmas dinners on sale for $25.00. You can reach SHARE by calling 1-800-548-2124 or at www.sharewi.org. You must order the Christmas dinner by November 30. If anyone has suggestions for Helena, please call me at 297-6630 or email me at email@example.com. You can visit the Legal Clinic in Room M326 (the PACE Office).
Calendar of Upcoming Events November 19 PTK & NTHS Induction Ceremony 5:00-7:00 p.m. M605 Conference Center Downtown Milwaukee Campus November 20 Thanksgiving Event Downtown Milwaukee Campus November 23 Coffee Break, ECAM Oak Creek Campus November 30 Open Mic Poetry/Fiction Reading 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Stormer Hall [T Building] Downtown Milwaukee Campus December 1 MATC Alumni Association Networking Workshop Room A241 Oak Creek Campus December 12 Lamp of Knowledge Honors Ceremony Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
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There are three skills categories. They are learned or part of our personality. Depending upon your individual situation, one category may be more important than the next. For instance, if you are seeking work similar to the work you have performed in the past (ex. a store sales person to a new store sales person position), then job-related skills will be very important to discuss on your résumé. If you are changing careers (ex. a store sales person to an LPN position), then adaptive or transferrable skills may be more important to discuss.
Determine the skills you possess that fit these descriptions: Adaptive/Self-Management skills are used to survive and get along with others • Examples: honesty, enthusiastic personality, ability to follow directions Transferable skills can be transferred from job to job • Examples: managing people, tracking money, problem solving, using computers Job-related skills are skills known in order to perform a job •Example: a copy repair person uses particular tools and repairs copy machines Make a list of every skill you can think of, sorting them into these categories: • Paid and volunteer work • Leisure and life experience • Education, extra-curricular activities and training Re-read each job position description to match your skills to the company needs and grab the employer’s attention. Then, insert your particular skills into a qualifications section, or work experience section, or even a skills and abilities section on your résumé, to let the employer understand how you can help the company succeed and grow. These steps will create a strong résumé that may lead to an interview. For information about other employment-related topics, contact: Joanne Johnson-Clauser, M.S., GCDF, Employment Development Specialist • Telephone: (414) 297-7765 • E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Office: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily, Room S203 at the Milwaukee Campus
Get educated on issues and representives
by Randolph Allen Guest editorial
The students of MATC are a hugely diverse group. They come from virtually every racial, ethnic and religious group that exists with equally diverse economic backgrounds. People receiving public aid, Social Security, unemployment compensation and wages - high and low - will be found together in nearly every classroom, all striving for one goal: to improve their lives by enhancing their employability. Unfortunately, our nation is in the midst of an economic crisis, which according to some is improving, and according to others is only going to get worse. Jobs are scarce and pay and benefits are on the decline in all but a very few fields. So, although furthering education will go a long way to upgrade individual work status, this alone is not enough. There are things that can be done besides school. Many of these include very personal changes that are best left to each person to decide for themselves. Yet, there are other items that can be done that are more public in nature. One of those items again has to do with education, but not academic education. Each and every person must take it upon
themselves to become familiar with the topics that affect everyday life such as jobs creation, economic stimulus, healthcare, taxation and education. All sides of these issues must be studied so informed decisions can be made without relying on the self-serving political rhetoric of candidates and party pundits. This can be difficult, but people looking to better their lives have a responsibility to have their own philosophies of life and politics. Becoming an expert isn’t necessary. It is important though to develop enough knowledge to maintain an intelligent dialogue. Political ideologies should be set aside and focus should be on the “big picture.” It must be realized that most fixes to the problems this nation faces will not come from right or left wing philosophies but from looking to the broad spectrum of ideas that come from the minds of middle-of-the-road America. In other words, people like the students of MATC. The next step is involvement. The easiest way to be involved is to vote. But the action of voting must not stand alone. It must be preceded by, and followed up with, political action. This does not mean having to join a political group,
grabbing picket signs and shouting catchphrases that someone else dreamed up and which can often cause more harm than good. It means knowing who the elected representatives are and how to contact them. It means making regular contact with those representatives using intelligently written letters expounding personal ideas. It also means following up on those communiqués asking for answers from the representative, not just a form-style thank-you note. Politely demanding a direct answer is acceptable and often necessary. Remember, also, that it is more important to be proactive than reactive. Sometimes reactionary responses are needed, but often by the time they are made, it is too late. By taking a proactive stance with a representative, he or she then knows before a vote what is wanted from him. It is better and easier to make a wanted new policy than it is to change an unwanted policy already in place. A former Wisconsin State Senator, Joe Andrea (D), Kenosha, once said in a speech to ABATE of Wisconsin: “A single, well written letter from a constituent often carries more weight than all of the media’s editorials and commentaries combined.” He
went on to say, “I have often seen a letter read on the [Senate] floor swing a vote in favor of the writer’s position.” Senator Andrea served in both the Assembly and Senate for many years. He would often speak throughout his district and in Madison on the importance of individual involvement and a well written letter. To him, it was one of the most important actions an individual could take to influence legislative practices. As students, lifetime learners and workers, there is a responsibility to step outside of academia and to become educated about those things that affect life and employment. The big picture needs to be studied so as to not be roped in by party ideologies and special interests. With this knowledge, individual philosophies must be developed and acted upon. Political action must be taken by knowing who elected representatives are and then by frequently corresponding with them using intelligently written, topical communications. Simply voting them into office is not enough. It is mandatory that they be informed of the electorate’s thinking so they can make decisions on behalf of their constituencies. Be proactive and make a difference!
Are for-profit schools the hard way to learn?
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Kaplan, Everest, Herzing and other for-profit schools may give you a campus, a curriculum and access to a number of instructors, but do they give you an education? This question is the core of an ongoing U.S. Senate inquiry. The U.S. Government Accountability Office, or GAO, has submitted a report assembled by several undercover applicants who approached 15 for-profit schools. While undercover the GAO agents expressed interest in attending as students in the upcoming semester. The published report is shocking and states every single school used misleading, deceptive or otherwise questionable practices with the undercover applicants. These schools encouraged the potential students to falsify information about their financial status in order to quality for additional funds from FAFSA and Pell Grants. One specific advisor suggested to the GAO agent that he claim dependents in his household so that he may qualify for Federal Pell Grants. The truth was the GAO agent had no dependents. Even when the undercover applicants would communicate in meetings
with admissions representatives that they are capable to pay out of pocket, the schools continued to strongly encourage them to apply for grants and subsidized loans. Why do they encourage students to apply for financial aid even when they don’t qualify or are not interested in applying? Perhaps it’s because for-profit schools are expensive. The average 2009 tuition at forprofits was $14,000, compared to $7,000 at in-state schools and $2,500 at community colleges. Where do all these funds go? Perhaps this cost is for a better education? That’s not what the numbers say. For the three-month period ending November 30, 2009, the Apollo Group, parent of the University of Phoenix, spent $275 million on “selling and promotional” expenses, which is about 20 percent of its total net revenue of $1.3 billion for that quarter. All 15 of the colleges investigated in the GAO report received at least 89 percent of their revenues from federal student grants and loans, and all 15 engaged in at least some deceptive practices designed to get students to borrow more than they planned or realized. Several committed outright fraud. The Department of Education
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schools are the most likely to default.” Duncan continues, “While for-profit schools have profited and prospered thanks to federal dollars, some of their students have not. Far too many for-profit schools are saddling students with debt they cannot afford in exchange for degrees and certificates they cannot use.” I believe that it’s possible in the future to have successful for-profit schools. But in order to do this we must re-define what we call success. Success must be proven by academic standards, an honest enrollment and, more importantly, they must put students in front of profit. The ad budget, the fierce growth of the student population, and actions put forth by the Department of Education show two important facts. First, progress is being made in the industry. Secondly, Americans want to better themselves. However, this can be done without the for-profit schools. A community college can offer the same education for a fraction of the cost. What’s the more important element of your degree — the name on it, or the confidence to get the job done? That’s something you can’t put a price on.
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is stepping up to the problem in an interesting manner. They announced on September 24 that they are on track to implement a new regulation that directly attacks for-profit schools. Entitled the “Gainful Employment” regulation, the regulation states that if 65 percent of students default, or are unable to pay back their loans after graduation, the DOE would be able to cut off all financial aid to these institutions. Some have said this is done to prevent individuals with less income to have access to any education. This is simply not true as these rules were created after officials from the Department of Education had growing concerns from students who said they were mislead about both pay and prospects after graduation. These are the same stories we heard, reported from the GAO. Over the past several years, for-profit schools have grown in size over from 365,000 to nearly 1.8 million. With such a growth you may believe that the for-profit model represents the future of the educational industry. You will be mistaken. According to U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, “The data also tells us that students attending for-profit
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Blood, Marrow Drive surpasses goal by Kaylee Nelson directly impacted with each Times Staff Reporter pint of blood donated so, in essence, 108 people benefited Many people wonder why from donations given at West they should donate blood and Campus. how many people it will help. In addition to the blood West Campus and the collection, eighteen students BloodCenter of Wisconsin registered to donate bone together held a blood drive marrow at a future time. and bone marrow registration Requirements for blood on October 19, on campus. donation include not having Penelope Stewart, Community received any tattoo(s) in the Outreach Manager for the year prior to donation as well as BloodCenter of Wisconsin, being at least 17 years of age, or stated that the BloodCenter of 16 years of age with parental or Wisconsin had a goal to reach guardian consent. for donations at the drive. “The Bone marrow registrants goal was to see 35 people and must be at least 18 years of age we saw 41, but only 36 were able and be in generally good health. to donate,” thereby the original West Campus is currently goal was surpassed. She went planning to hold another on to say, “I thought we had an blood drive in April. Questions excellent turnout.” regarding it can be directed First-time blood donor and to Jerry O’Sullivan in the student Jose Carmona felt the Student Life Center. Additional need to donate because “other information concerning people need my help and it is the donations can be found on least I can do”. the BloodCenter of Wisconsin On average, three lives are website at www.bcw.edu.
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First-time blood donor Jose Carmona doing his part to help others in need.
Islam presentation aims to educate, promote understanding Prondzinski keeps by Melissa Stoffel Times Staff Reporter The Islamic Society of Milwaukee will be giving a presentation on understanding the Islamic religion on December 2 at West Campus from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 117. The event is sponsored by West Campus Student Government. The featured speaker will be discussing the rumors and stereotypes related to Muslims
and their religion. According to Scott Dennis, West Campus Student Government Vice President, the purpose of the presentation is not to change the opinions of students, but to address any confusion or questions those present may have about the culture and religion. When asked her opinion on having this presentation, MATC West Campus staff member Carrie Martin feels that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs
and hopes to attend. Certain students, when asked, feel the presentation could be a positive thing for the school. “I think it’s a good idea,” student Sara Mackey shared. “I like it,” student Rogelio Fuentez stated. “I think it’s a good step toward tearing away from religious barriers.” More information about the Islamic Society of Milwaukee can be found on their website at http://www. ismonline.org/NISM/index.php.
Student Government continues vital role by Kathryn Seavers Times Staff Reporter West Campus’ Student Government continues to play a vital role in the improvement of student life on campus. The 17-member organization, based in an office at the back of the Student Center, meets every other Friday or Wednesday to plan and discuss upcoming events and ways to improve student life on campus. Their main purpose is to give a voice to the students so that their thoughts and concerns are not overlooked, as well as to give them the opportunity to share their opinions and make
things happen. Their motive is to make students feel more like a family and to get them more active and involved in the campus community. Wendy Yang, West Campus Secretary Correspondent of Student Government, says her “personal goals are to inform students that there are fun things to do here. I wanted to get people to participate and get involved.” When asking West Campus Student Government Vice President and District Student Governments Chairman of District Events Scott Dennis about his personal goals
in Student Government, he state, “I wanted to better the relationship of the students and the school they attend.” To become a member of Student Government, a student would have to get 25 signatures of fellow students who support the student’s addition to Student Government and then be voted in by the current members. Recent events hosted by the Student Government include a Native American Heritage Celebration on November 9, Voice Of A Veteran on November 11, Lunch With a V.P. on November 16, and Coffee House on November 17.
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by Alexander Pederson Times Staff Reporter Diane Prondzinski sits in her office answering phone calls and submitting paperwork. Prondzinski frantically works to ensure that all the deadlines are met, all while helping students obtain valuable information and school identification. Prondzinski’s job is grand but what is seen by the common MATC student is very small. Prondzinski is a part-time Work Processing Assistant at West Campus in her office in Student Life. Prondzinski’s main job is being an assistant to Jerry O’Sullivan. On top of this job, she commonly files reports for the clubs and ensures that all the paperwork for their activities are filed. The need for her is great. O’Sullivan said, “She may be part-time but she does the work of a full-time worker.” More support for this very organized woman came from Mark Koehler, West Campus instructor and advisor of the Welding Club, who praises her for being a liaison for the clubs. Koehler said about Prondzinski’s character, “She’s very enthusiastic, energetic and cares deeply about students and student organizations here at West campus.” Koehler went on to say that Prondzinski is very involved with all the clubs. More so, she was the one responsible for setting up and displaying a whiteboard with all the events at the 2010 MATC District Halloween Thriller!. Prondzinski helps keep O’Sullivan and people who interact with Student Life organized. She is very impressed with the quality of MATC employees and students. Though she jokingly complains in context to the recent Halloween Thriller! event, “It’s difficult to inform students.” When Prondzinski was asked about how much longer she planned to work at MATC, she responded, “Until I retire.”
Members of the Student Government working hard to plan events for your school. Left to right: Travis Lilach, Doug Meyer, Scott Dennis, Kayla Thundercloud.
Oak Creek’s Art and Craft Fair was held on October 23 this year. All funds from booth space rental and food sold go to scholarships for students.
Oak Creek Student Government members go through old and new business at a recent meeting. Of the many items discussed was Breakfast with Santa. So far the event is schedule for December 4 this year. Oak Creek and Mequon campuses will hold Breakfast with Santa at the Milwaukee County Zoo in the Safari Center. Present for the meeting were (L to R) Angela Olson -Vice President, Rita Wood – Advisor, Cathy Lechmaier – Advisor, Rebecca May Lechmaier – President, Rebecca Graceffa – Secretary, and Leana Nieves – Representive.
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Results for pumpkin contest are… by Teresa Rae Butler Times Staff Reporter On October 27 students and faculty from Oak Creek Campus participated in a judging of the pumpkin contest. Although no actual carving took place on campus, participants did take the pumpkins home and construct some very nice candidates. Here are the winners of the Pumpkin Carving contest that was held in the cafeteria, and their snack-a-licious awards. Individual - Pure Carving category 1st - Rita Wood ($25.00 donated to Carnival Night) 2nd - David Stoeckl ($20.00) 3rd - Becky Alsup (Donated back to students) 4th - Scott Benecke ($10.00)
Individual – Specialty category 1st - Becky Lechmaier ($25.00) 2nd - Donna Baker ($20.00) Class or Department Challenge 1st - HVAC Second Year (Pizza & Soda Lunch) 2nd - Library Staff (Jimmy John Subs & Soda lunch) 3rd - Jennifer Medved, Wednesday class (Veggie & Fruit Platter with Soda) 4th - Electrical HVAC Class (Bagels & Smear with Soda) 5th - Jennifer Medved, Tuesday class (Chips & Dip with Soda) 6th - Library student staff (Chips, Salsa & Soda) 7th - Academic Stupport Center student staff (Beverages) No pumpkins were harmed in this event.
Kings of Leon, Black Dub shine
DUANE RODRIGUEZ There’s very few encouraging signs in the world of rock music. So when a decent, hard-working, talented band like Kings of Leon release an album it gets my attention. Their fifth and latest album, Come Around Sundown (RCA), is quickly becoming my favorite. Born and raised in Tennessee to strict Pentecostal parents, the three Followill brothers and first cousin found there way to rock-and-roll after their evangelist father left the church and divorced their mother. Goodbye tent revivals – hello record deal. At first listen it seems to be just another KOL record but that’s what I love about it. They prove that just because they’re from Tennessee, they don’t have to have a Southern sound. If anything, Caleb and Matthew Followill’s guitar work has more Edge (U2) influences than any American guitarists. The Kings have a unique sound that nobody’s trying to emulate or copy, so the 13 tracks here have that exciting, new vibe to them. They succeed here because as a band they’ve been able to maintain a real high quality in their writing. Standouts include “Pony Up,” “Radioactive,” “Back Down South,” “Mary” and “The End.” Hot on the heels of Signatures, the solo catalog of John Lennon, comes Bob Dylan The Original Mono Recordings (Columbia). Here are Dylan’s first eight studio albums, at arguably the most creative part in his life, in their full mono-mixed versions. This is just as important as The Beatles Mono Box of last year in that the mono versions are, in some cases, radically different that their stereo counterparts. These are the same songs, same instrumentation and same vocals, ultimately just a very different sound; the sound Dylan heard in his head and that he tried to get on tape. As an example, Al Kooper’s famous organ on “Like A Rolling Stone” is way back in the mix, replaced by all the other instruments, which gives this iconic song an entirely different feel. While not for everyone, Bob Dylan The Original Mono Recordings are a very important release in that we finally have the opportunity to hear this generations
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greatest songsmith’s wares, the way they were meant to be heard. The Beatles re-issue campaign is still in high gear with the release of both 1962-1966 and 1967-1970 (Apple), also called the Red and Blue albums, respectively. Originally issued in 1973, they were the only greatest hits compilations officially released. No reason to get too excited over their being issued though. If you bought their newly remastered catalog last year, you have these songs. These CDs are more in-depth than the best selling #1 CD released in 2000 with a great mix of singles (“Hey Jude”) and key album tracks (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”). Also included are additional photos, original liner notes and a new essay by Bill Flanagan. At the very least, these cd’s are a great way to sample the band on your ipod. Daniel Lanois is a pretty talented dude. Either as a producer or guitarist, Lanois has a number of successes under his belt. He’s produced diverse albums by the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and U2. What has held him back though are his bad choices; The Tragically Hip, Luscious Jackson and Midnight Oil. His latest, though, is a great one. Black Dub (Jive) is the end result of an idea Lanois had that was simply get good songs and let the band knock ‘em out. It’s a simple idea that somehow gets lost in today’s world of gimmicks and trickery. It doesn’t hurt the cause though when you have players like bassist Daryl Johnson (Peter Gabriel) and drummer Brian Blade (Ellis Marsalis). Vocalist Trixie Whitley is the daughter of the late blues vocalist/ guitarist Chris Whitley. She inherited her father’s vocal prowess. Whitley’s
got a lot of soul, not a screaming church singer but she’s all about all emotion. One, the bluesy heart-wrenching “Surely” that really shows off her range, is proof enough. Standouts on the best debut by any artist this year include “Last Time,” “Nomad,” “Silverado” and on the instrumental “Slow Baby” that shows off the band’s continuity. On Elvis Costello’s previous four full length studio efforts he’s released albums based on rock (Momofuku), jazz (The River In Reverse), acoustic roots (Secret, Profane & Sugarcane) and classical (II Sogno) settings. His latest is National Ransom (Hear Music). He’s outdone himself again, combining a little bit of everything into one. Does it work? Well, sorta. I love when artists show off their diversity and obviously Costello is not a guy that hangs around in one genre for too long. That being said, National Ransom’s ability to wear different hats, so to speak, is ultimately it’s downfall in that the result is the album lacks any continuity. Rock, folk, jazzy influences, anything and everything is thrown up against a musical wall and where it lands is where it sits. Again produced by T Bone Burnett, he’s given Costello too much rope and he’s flailing uncontrollably in the wind. Still though, I need a Costello fix and stuff like “The Spell You Cast,” “Five Small Words” and “National Ransom.” They have just enough rockin’ punch to hold me over till the next Elvis album. Others of interest include “My Lovely Jezebel,” “Jimmy Standing In The Rain,” “I Lost You” and the vaudevillian-like “A Slow Drag With Josephine.”
Special to Creative Departments’ “Connections” project The Times recognized for excellence at Emmy Awards by L.C. Satterfield Times Contributor To all parties concerned: As I stood on the stage at the 52nd annual Chicago/Midwest EMMY Awards in Chicago Saturday night to receive recognition for excellence in the category of Student Production/Entertainment, I was suddenly overcome with the realization that a moment in history was taking place. I stood beside my co-producer, Jonathan Bare, basking in the glory of the moment; however my mind drifted back to where it all began. On a cold Wednesday morning, in January of 2010, sixteen second-year TV students sat around in Studio B of MPTV trying to come up with a theme for our Student Ops project. We wanted the theme to reflect the very essence of what we had collectively accrued during our education process over the past nearly two years. We also wanted to raise the bar and attempt something that had not been accomplished in years prior. As we bickered back and forth, and threw balled-up paper at one another, we seemed to be getting nowhere with regard to reaching a compromise. However, one item that we did agree on was that we wanted to include all of the Creative Departments in the project. We particularly wanted to feature an entire half hour show of animation, instead of the occasional interstitials that had been offered during years prior. In order to achieve this we would need to involve the Music Department for musical scores and the Vicom Department for sound and special effects. We would need to connect all these departments in order to render the type of production we were looking to do. Indeed, we needed to make “connections”. The following Monday morning Jonathan Bare met me in the hallway of the Television Department and uttered one word— “CONNECTIONS”. That single word has resonated and tin-tinabulated thoughout MATC ever since. We were attempting to connect these separate, individual departments and encourage them to work together toward a single objective — much like one connects the keyboard, monitor, printer and speakers together on a computer. “Connections” would be our theme. We met with Tim Decker and Brian Mennenoh of Animation and expressed the idea. Immediately they started the students on a week long, 14 hour a day workshop devoted entirely to the “Connections” project. Tony Garza of Vicom agreed to bring his students aboard to offer sound and effects. Robbie Heighway also pledged her support and provided musicians to work with the animators and score their projects. I recall that there was something magical in the atmosphere as the “Connections” project rapidly took off from an idea and concept to its manifestation as a movement. We even got assistance from Chefs Pat Whalen and John Reiss of the Culinary Department in the form of edible sustenance (soup and rolls) to feed the weary animators who had sacrificed many hours perfecting their offerings. They graciously provided catering for Student Operations Day. This was the spirit of “Connections”, and it far exceeded our expectations. Dean James McDonald had expressed his desire to combine all the departments so that they could
work together more efficiently. Our “Connections” project proved that theory to be correct. The recognition that we received on Saturday night was, in fact, the product of the combined efforts of all the creative departments. More important than the award is the recognition of our contribution to the solidification of a single creative department called the School of Media and Creative Arts. Our achievement is a testament in itself that this concept can work. Although we students didn’t get the opportunity to make a speech, this is the speech that rested on my mind as I stood on stage to receive our award: “There is a story of a huge stone that had a diamond in the center. One man pounded on it with his hammer, but couldn’t break it. He called several more men to assist him. They pounded and pounded to no avail. Eventually, a hundred men pounded on the stone. Altogether they had hit the stone a million times without even cracking it. Just as they were about to give up two little boys came along with wooden mallets and each gave a rap on the big rock. It shattered into tiny pieces and revealed the precious reward inside. It wasn’t their luck that shattered the stone, but the combination of all the efforts of all the other men that did the job. The boys just put the finishing touches on it.” John and I are the two boys with the mallets. The real credit goes to the following people. Thank you all for pounding on the stone. I hope that we can make “Connections” an on-going theme. TELEVISION: Instructors: Kevin Pulz Glenn Riley Al Newsome John Larscheid Gary Wernette Sarah Janiszewski Students: Scott Brewer And 13 other second-year students who assisted in ways that cannot be articulated but their assistance is greatly appreciated. Deans Ellis Bromberg, James McDonald Television Staff: Jason Pinkowski Jeff Moorbeck Thay Yang Jayne Temper Raul Galvan Liddie Collins Everett Marshburn ANIMATION: Instructors: Tim Decker Brian Mennenoh Chris Berrett Students: Joe Ludwig Dominic Serena James Frame Hanna Swenson Adrielle Talley AJ Shine Joe Gondek Bill Belongia Dale Novak Chris Petrie Caroline Meyer Jesse Acker Justin Talbot Leigh Thomas Mike Sekye Noah Keefe Jose Rodriguez Peter Zellner
Award Winning Producers (L to R) L. C. Satterfield and Jon Bare were recognized for excellence at the 52nd Chicago/Midwest EMMY awards in Chicago recently. L. C. and Jon co-produced an animation feature called “Connections” as a Student Ops project.
Phil Bremer Seth Bergman Paul Rynkiewicz Terry Spears Evan Thompson Robert Pardo Spencer Logan Michael Stanoz
Andy Repetowski Peng Lor MUSIC: Instructors: Robbie Heighway Students: Denise Burton
Kate Zylka Bob Schaab VICOM: Instructors: Tony Garza Students: Keith Kamikawa
Seeking good jobs? Well good luck
By Josh Wilke Times Staff Reporter
Seeking steady employment? Looking for the launching point for your career in selling knickknacks and tchotchkes (Yiddish: An expensive trinket)? Or maybe something part time, just for some street cash? Well, on October 20, the Downtown Campus hosted a job fair. The administration was able to appeal to a number of local businesses and ask them to come and advertise jobs and openings. Gathering all these employers in one place and one is surely bound to find good employment, right? Well, no. Having the employers readily accessible and available for questioning is only a very small part of a much larger process. The process of employee acquisition and placement is a tad more complicated than what we see at first glance. There are a number of factors that apply. We had the opportunity to sit down and ask several employers questions regarding how to get a job in the market today. Even with the backdrop of a sluggish recovery from a terrible recession, there appears to be several small but concrete glimmers of hope. Among many of the employers that were represented were such names as Potawatomi Bingo and Casino, Kwik Trip convenience stores, Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI), Target stores and several smaller organizations. The jobs, it appears, are making a comeback.
When we sat down to talk, we noticed several running themes across different employers with respect to what they are looking for in potential hires. There was a set of qualifications and personal traits that all of the employers seemed to be seeking while at our campus. Among them was presenting oneself professionally, taking a personal interest in the job, and showing initiative with regards to the position you are applying for. “Don’t just say you are looking for anything. Show us that you are seriously interested in the job,” recommends Joua Xiong at MCFI. Showing a lack of interest in a position or showing apathy during the initial meeting or interview can sink any opportunity you have at getting a job. “Do research on the company you are applying for. Know their business – what they do, who their customers are, where they operate,” states Xiong. “Knowledge is your best friend,” according to Corissa Daines with Kwik Trip. We also asked if there was anything particularly appealing about MATC students and graduates. “MATC has a good qualifying set of students”, offers Mollie Lo from Paragon Community services. Several of the other employers tended to agree with this notion, with some stating that MATC students are extremely moldable and versatile. Some even had a preference for hiring MATC students, even if they lacked on the job experience, so long as the applicant shows initiative and willingness to work.
Mequon Campus book club advocates for awareness by Leanne Parshalle Times Staff Reporter In a departure from the classic book discussions, the 1986 film “A Color Purple”, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover was screened as part of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month. The film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker. The evening was hosted by Myra George, English instructor. Ms. George recalled that when the serious topic of domestic violence came up there was one film
that clearly stood out. And twenty-four years later it still evoked words and tears from the viewers. The post film discussion led many audience members to share their personal experiences with domestic violence in addition to poignant viewpoints of the film characters. A variety of booklets and pamphlets highlighting where to get help. Julie Klug, Counselor, Student Services, also addressed the group and offered advice. Winners of the student online book quiz were announced and the first prize, a $50 Stormer card and second prize, a $25 Visa card were presented.
Students give back to Community. College Success
course students involved in a service learning project pose with items collected for Repairers of the Breach. The daytime shelter on 13th and Vliet St. is accepting gloves, socks and hats for the winter.
Students teaching students.
Aneta Acevedo, Teacher Education Program student, reads to children at the Pieper-Hillside Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club on N. 6th Street. The Student Wisconsin Education Association Teacher Education Track program donated over 200 books. The group also donates books to Jeanette Robinson’s CYD program every December.
Downtown Campus salutes Vets. IT students Tony Townes (L) and Jaquin McBee, both veterans,
enjoyed good food and conversation at the recent Veterans Appreciation Luncheon in the Downtown Campus cafeteria. An oversize thank you card, pictured far left, was available for everyone to sign.
Men’s Stormers storm out of Dixon 2-0
by Gavin Weitzer Times Sports Editor
The Stormers stormed to a 2-0 start this season by dismantling Kishwaukee and Sauk Valley, showing great defense, hustle and good team chemistry. They played two games in Dixon, Illinois on Friday and Saturday. Kishwaukee College was their opponent on Friday and Sauk Valley Community College was the opponent on Saturday. Hoping to build off a 19-12 season a year ago, Kishwaukee, who handed MATC its first loss of the season last year, was no match for The Stormers. Kishwaukee shot 12-24 (50%) in the first half yet they were still down 35-47. The Stormers shot well from three point range 7-15 (46.7%) and also shot the ball well in the first half, 19-38 (50%). In the second half Kishwaukee made a small push, but due to the smothering defense and strong shooting, 13-25 (52%), the Stormers were able to keep the lead and hand Kishwaukee its first loss of the season. Kenny Foster led a balanced attack for MATC which saw four of its starters score double digits. Foster scored 15, along with 6 rebounds. Rishaad Alexander hit 14, Dareen Moore added 13, Garett Abnur scored 13 and Patrick Zemanovic added 10 points off the bench. Brice Powell and Grant Olson led Kishwaukee with 20 and 17 points, respectively. Powell also grabbed 13 rebounds. The Stormers bench outscored Kishwaukee’s bench 23-5. As a team, Kishwaukee grabbed 36 total rebounds compared to 41 by MATC. “We had a game plan going in, making sure that we controlled the boards and controlled our possessions,” said a satisfied Coach Randy Casey. They shared the ball as well; Rishaad Alexander handed out seven assists with only two turnovers. Kenny Foster also handed out six assists. Emil Clayton and Jon Umoren had two assists each to lead Kishwaukee. On Saturday MATC faced Sauk Valley Community College. The game was close early. There were six lead changes. Sauk Valley found themselves
down 54-47 at the half. The baskets were falling easily for our team in the first half, shooting a blistering 19-32 (59.4%). They also shot 7-15 (46.7%) from the 3-point range. Sauk Valley shot 19-40 (47.5%) and 6-14 (42.9%) from the three point range. In the second half both teams shot sub-par. The Stormers shot 14-43 (32.6%) and 3-13 (23.1%) from the three-point line. Sauk Valley shot 12-35 (34.3%) from the field and 3-12 (25%) from 3-point range. The Stormers played good defense, and kept the ball alive with offensive rebounds. They had 23 offensive rebounds, along with 52 total rebounds. Darren Moore had five offensive rebounds, making a total of 12 all together. Kenny foster once again led the Stormers with 27 points. MATC continues to have strong play from its starters. Garnett Abner added 19, Darren Moore scored 16 and Patrick Zemanovic added 11. Dustin Fritsch paced Sauk Valley Community College with 21 along with 9 rebounds. Stanley Moore added 19. The Stormers are quietly creating quite the storm around campus. There are big expectations for this team. The team is playing together, despite so many new additions. They are becoming a defensive force. They forced a total of 41 defensive stops on Friday against Kishwaukee, and 43 stops against Sauk Valley on Saturday. They also forced Kishwaukee to shoot 41.7 percent from the field. Sauk Valley shot 41.3 % from the field. The Stormers forced 11 turnovers against Kishwaukee and 14 against Sauk Valley. “In the first game we had 13 turnovers and the second game we had 11 turnovers” stated Coach Randy Casey. Controlling the rebounds and limiting turnovers was the key to the victories. “I told our guys if we win these battles (turnovers and rebounds) that we would have a chance to win the game. If going through the year we can control both those things, we will have a chance to be in every game” explained Coach Casey. The Stormers left Kishwaukee and Sauk Valley in a path of destruction. Be sure to root them on, I know I will. Go Stormers!
Top Pointer #12, Danielle Lucci gets by three Panther defenders to go in for the shot. Lucci was the high scorer for the Stormers during a match-up with Morton College Panthers on November 11. The Stormers hard playing was to no avail. Milwaukee suffered a bad loss to Morton, 62 to 31.
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MATC Open House On Saturday November 8, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Downtown Campus was filled with potential new students and their families who were all attending the Open House. k Patrinos Photos by Nic l Tannert oe Design by N
Pictured above (Top L) Greg Johns, Student Services Specialist, provided information on NASM (Native American Student Movement). (Middle L) MATC employee Dionne Hogan assisted Sarah Hernandez, a nursing major, with the application process. (Middle R) Music Occupations program students filled the air in the S-building with live jazz. (Bottom L) Student volunteers pose for a group photo after a full morning of work. (Bottom R) A new student applicant and his family display their enthusiasm during the application process.