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Community unites for BHM opening ceremony at HWC Muhammad Ali and Harold Washington

THE HERALD Gregory Fairbanks Editor-in-Chief

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Evelyn Luciano Staff Writer

W.I.C.K.E.D. explains the idea of love Liliana Santoy Staff Writer

WICKED (Women, Integrating, Culture, Knowledge, and Ethnic, Diversity) hosted an event called “Love & Expectations,” on Feb.7. “The purpose of this event is to have a panel discussion on the ideas behind Valentine’s Day, how the ideas we have about love and interaction have molded the way we think about romance in our society,” said Esperanza Davis, the president of WICKED. WICKED will be presenting the opportunity for students to voice their opinions about how love interacts with everyday life and how students identify romance. “We thought this would be a great way to get students involved at HWC while incorporating such holiday festivities,” said Davis. WICKED meets the 1st Wednesday of every month from 4-5P.M. in the library. They also will be having more events as for Women's History Month in March with the Women's Gender Studies Faculty Committee and with the Psychology Club.

The Black Heritage Month opening ceremony on Feb. 1 at Harold Washington College was an outpouring of emotion and spritiuality. With the symbolic pouring of water, professor and former social science chairperson, Griot James Heard, asked listeners to remember their African ancestors. “[Let us remember] people who persevered through many ages ... prevailed,” he said. Together, voices in Washington Hall echoed names of inspiring figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Harold Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois and Malcolm X. “They had a dream. Your responsibility is to keep that dream moving,” Heard said. Asim Allakim, the Master of Ceremony, believes that in order to do so,people must remember the strength in unity. The theme of this year’s Black Heritage Month highlights this message,

Unity Now. “It is only [through] understanding where we come from that we can have the courage to face the future,” Allakim said. HWC President Don Laackman, commemorated his uncle, Jerry Laackman, who was a strong advocate for civil rights. Laackman recounted the story of an attempted arson on Jerry’s house as a result of his and his wife’s adoption of a mixed race child. Jerry and his wife had brought the child into an all-white neighborhood. “The neighbors were so upset that they decided that [Jerry] had to pay. The best way to pay would be to try to burn down his house,” he said. The president reminisced on the impact that witnessing this event had on him as a child. “[It taught me] a powerful lesson about the injustice a man can beset upon a man when they don’t agree with the color of someone’s skin,” he said.

Generate money with your mind

Harold’s Parakeets embody spirit of the city

The University of Chicago has a Center for Research Decision downtown, where you can get paid more than a penny for your thoughts. Students can participate in research studies and be compensated with cash. Sometimes there is an incentive to perform or behave in a certain manner. Often, the studies have a series of questions that are given at the beginning and end of a task. These are used to gauge a person's mood, personality, or emotional state at the given moment. They conduct simple tests and tasks that can be done in five to 15 minutes. The amount of pay is usually one to five dollars and it is possible to participate in several studies while there. The convenience of signing up and managing your schedule online through their website makes it a fairly easy way to make some lunch money in between classes.

Gregory Fairbanks Editor

Chicago's winter months are harsh. Not every species is suited to stay here for it, those that do are usually native born, acclimated to the bitter cold and windswept lakefront. Survival does not come easy. It takes fortitude and careful planning that can not always be accomplished alone. Taking advantage of the opportunities for food and shelter in the urban environment is crucial … and that can be seen as a strength of character or a public nuisance. Harold's Parakeets are a little of both. He certainly saw them as "true survivors", building their enormous nests and squawking their way through the 70's and 80's outside of his home in Hyde Park. He attempted to be the mediator between them and society while he was still alive, showing benevolence when a utility company threatened to tear down their main nest, in what is now Harold Washington Park. To him, they weren't an invasive species, they were the embodiment of a spirit that is necessary for surviving in Chicago. By all appearances, they don't look it. But closer inspection suggests that this bird is truly a Chicagoan. Their bright green plumage almost

screams out "look at me!". You can't help but notice how out of place they are in a tree bare of leaves. It's not surprising though, because it does take a certain amount of self-importance to really make it in the city. They make sure you know it too; with a squawk and chatter that will leave you confused on the sidewalk while staring up at the sky. They usually swoop, sometimes a dozen or more thick, and strip a backyard of anything edible. It is a loud, indignant bird that takes what it wants … like more than a few characters Chicago has seen over time. What really makes them Chicago is their nest structure. They are known as the premier architects of the aviary world, rebuilding and expanding their nests as time goes on. Using only twigs and branches, they methodically place each and every one and create huge homes that can house dozens of birds. When a twig is blown away the parakeets find and replace each one. An architect, a loud-mouth showoff, a backyard bully. Those parakeets must have amused the mayor, some two decades ago, and because of his compassion for life we still are amused today.



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New dean familiar wtih the art of instruction Liliana Santoy Staff Writer

Arman Serrafian is the new Dean of the department chairs, and professionInstruction beginning this semester. “I have been here at Harold Washington since August of 1996. I was assistant professor of drawing and painting, and since I have been here I have taught all of the hands-on art classes as well as art appreciation.” Serrafian’s journey from art teacher to administrator was the Arman Serrafian, new Dean of Instruction, has served HWC for over 15 years. culmination of wearing many hats while ally the academia intrigued me, and personally I am committed to the misworking at HWC. “Around [the year] 2000, the depart- sion of the college and I thought it ment of Art was separated from the might be a good opportunity for me to Humanities department, and I became broaden the scope of my impact on that chairman of the department at that mission by serving as Dean of point, and ever since we merged with Instruction,” he said. The Dean of Instruction supports architecture I was chairmen of Art and the office of the Vice President and Architecture, and that all occurred 2000 manages the day to day academic affairs through 2010. I also took some time of Harold Washington. teaching before I took up this position,” Serrafian maintains an open door Serrafian said. The position was posted online after policy for those with questions and conhis predecessor, Donyell Williams, cerns. “As dean I would like to let students resigned so she could to go back to know that this office is open and availteaching English here at HWC. “I thought that my experience suited able to them if they have comments or me well to at least apply for the position concerns. We’re here to serve the stuof Dean of Instruction,” Serrafian said. dents and my door is always open,” said “The dean works very closely with Serrafian.

The film version of “One Flew Over the Cuckooʼs Nest” had a cast of young stars.

Loop Players going cuckoo Natalie Hogan Staff Writer

The Loop Players are performing One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest this semester. The play is about a group of men who are condemned to a mental institution in the 1960’s. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was originally a novel written by Ken Kesey in 1962. A year later Dale Wasserman had adapted the novel into a Broadway play. Then in 1975, Bo Goldman adapted the novel into a film which was directed by Milos Forman, staring Jack Nicholson. Professor Nash does her best at choosing plays that are going to involve as many students as she can.

“I like to get as many students involved in the production,” said Nash. This semester’s play has a cast of 16, 12 men and 4 women. The play is entertaining and unusual but has a serious notation to it. “There are lots of funny moments in the play. The characters are eccentric and can be very comical, but it also has a lot of heart and a lot of sensitivity. I think anybody who has stood up for what they believed in and then punished for it can punish for it can relate to it,” said Nash. The play will run from March 21 to March 31.

4 - February 2012



International Fashion Showcase Photos Courtesy of Brenda Gamboa


Models in the International Fashion Showcase lighting up the room.

harmonious blend of rhythmic drum beats and contrasting colors filled Washington Hall Feb. 3. Students gathered for the International Fashion Showcase, organized and hosted by the African Student Association. The showcase featured a collection of African fashion, both traditional and contemporary, as well as music. Models dressed in vibrantly colored African wear and modern styles, strode across a walkway while hip-hop, acappella and African music reverberated in the hall. “This event is basically about us showing the richest part of Africa. It’s about everybody knowing what’s going on,” said A.S.A. President Azeez Allayah. A.S.A. Vice-President Imene Mallouka would like to illustrate a more balanced picture of what African life and culture truly is. “We [asked ourselves] if people actually know how African culture is,

and we thought of having a fashion show that would combine all cultures,” said Mallouka. “Most people see the bad side [of Africa], it’s a poor continent, but they don’t see that they actually have fun sometimes,” she said. Mallouka hopes that attendees will leave with the understanding that Africa embodies diversity, but also hopes that the event demonstrates the unity that can exist. “We’re trying to show [people] that Africa is a big continent and it’s not all the same. Everybody thinks that all Africans are the same. We have all kinds of people in Africa. Africa has a lot of cultures,” Mallouka said. The showcase was composed of group and solo acts by HWC students and friends. A.S.A. Parliamentarian Kyle Walker El hoped that by stirring interest in students via entertaining events, they will in turn seek knowledge of African culture, causes and an overall understanding of the message the A.S.A. promotes. “It’s our way of reaching the stucontinued on next page

Esperanza Davis

Photo by Marisha Hekmatpour

Dedicated students pitch in wherever they can to make the Fashion Showcase succesful.



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dents, [by] putting something out that grabs their interest.” “I’ve been to a lot of other schools where people don’t even try to know you or know what you’re about. Harold Washington is not like that. We have people of all races; it’s like a melting pot,” Walker El said. With the unity of the student body and their mutual support, the A.S.A. hopes to shed light on Africa as well as provide support through donations. The money collected from events such as the fashion showcase, helps the club support a child in Africa. “We have a child that we sponsor in South Africa, and we try to raise

money that we can send to her. All the money that we raise, we send to her. Every event we do, we try to raise as much money as we can,” Mallouka said. Although the A.S.A.’s primary goal is to raise money, members of the club hope that events like the international showcase will have a ripple effect on students. “I just want everybody to understand, to expand their minds. I want everybody to think big,” Azeez said. “I believe in one nation, I believe everybody can come together,” he said.

Cartoonist Edwin Coleman envisioned a young Martin Luther King Jr. shaking hands with President Barack Obama. Dr. King would have been 79 years old the year Obama was elected as president.

Illustration by Edwin Coleman

Black Heritage Month at HWC commences with remembrance and respect of a shared history continued from page 2

Laackman emphasized the importance of an education. In specific, he stressed the purpose of education for African-Americans. Education is the very thing that saved keynote speaker, Albert Stinson, from treading down a pernicious path of gang involvement and prison, like a lot of the males in his family. He spoke of professors at HWC who influenced him to pursue education. “This changed my life. You taught me what it means to be a black man, to know my history, to feel good about myself,” he said. Stinson works with directing youth in pursuing higher education. He believes that the Black community and the African community are divided and re-emphasized the need for unity. “As long as we don’t know who we are, we’re going to stay divided,” Stinson said.

6 - February 2012



Former HWC student excels by degrees Chamberlon Clark Staff Writer

Former HWC student Eugene Slaughter has turned a false start into a marathon run to the finish line. He graduated from HWC in spring 2009 with a degree in Applied Sciences along with honors. From there, he went to Northeastern Illinois University where he has been on the Dean’s List for four of his five semesters there. Slaughter will graduate from Northeastern in May 2012 with a B.S.W in social work. He will travel to North Texas State University on February 17 to present his research for a topic he entitled “Race as a Risk Factor for Homelessness among Female Veterans”. He will also present the same topic at Oklahoma State University on February 22. In 1990, on a baseball scholarship, he attended Florida Memorial University. He spent only one semester there. Years later, Slaughter asked himself a crucial question, Did he want people to remember him for who he was, or for the man that he could be? In 2006, he decided to take his education seriously. He was 36 years old at the time. Slaughter had made a promise to his father that he would get back in college and get at least one degree. He chose HWC to provide the second chance for him to work his way up and make good on that promise.

“I had a great experience here, but it was tough as well. I had a full-time job

Eugene Slaughter works in the D.A.C.

“Don’t make critical life decisions based on the opinions of those who don’t know you...” while being a student and putting in 20 hours at work-study,” he said. Slaughter’s grades were a little shaky in the beginning. He soon realized that he had to “reinvent” himself in order to see different results. He began to study for two hours every night. “It allowed me to gain better focus as the semesters came and went,” he said. There were numerous individuals at HWC that provided him with invaluable help in his climb up the ladder. There was Dr. Michael Heathfield who

Pride party promises fairground fun and food by MaryBeth Mueller Staff Writer

Roses for sale on Valentine’s Day Natalie Hogan Staff Writer

The second floor atrium is the prominent area where students wait for class to start, meet with other students for lunch, or get on the Internet. On Valentine’s Day the atrium will be the meeting place for couples and friends with an event being hosted by the Psychology Club. They will be selling red and pink roses wrapped in cellophane and a ribbon for $2.50 each. “We thought it would be nice for students so they don’t have to go out and buy a gift around downtown,” said Kimberly Shortreed, the president of the Psychology Club. The Psychology Club decided to hold the Valentine’s Day event to raise money for the other events they will be hosting later on in the semester. They will also team up with other clubs so that all the clubs have an equal chance to be seen by the student body at HWC. “Every club will have the opportunity to sell different items,” said Shortreed.

works in the Applied Science department, and Earl Singleton Jr. who passed away. But the person who stands out to him the most was Dr. Patricia Perez. “She was real encouraging and always had time for me with not only class stuff, but life as well.” “Even after I left she would look over my Northeastern papers for me and give me feedback and suggestions when I wasn’t sure about some thing,” Slaughter said.

Pride Alliance, in collaboration with non-profit Vida Sida, will host ‘Carnival Dance’, a party featuring music, food, games, and prizes on Friday, Feb. 24, from 6-9 p.m. in room 1115. “There’s also going to be raffles. So that is a really good reason to come. There’s going to be a grand prize worth at least $50. And there’ll be gift cards and various interesting prizes,” club president Tusing said. Pride Alliance, “aims to provide a welcoming and safe environment for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities,” according to their website. “I would mainly describe our events, and the club in general, is that it’s a very easy going atmosphere,” said club parliamentarian Katie Budney. “Lots of laughter, lots of people bouncing off of each other…boisterous and eclectic.” Upcoming Pride Alliance events include; movie night March 9, bake sale April 15, and their annual drag show, held in collaboration with the Organization of Latin American Students, April 19. “We did a ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ movie night [last year]. That was a lot of fun. It was a pretty big crowd for this room. I went as a Translyvanian. We had a few people dressing up…a few Translyvanians, a Brad and a Magenta. There’s pictures up on Facebook,” Budney said.

~Eugene Slaughter

“Obviously our program works. We [Applied Sciences Department] have, and I personally know many students that have gone on to great universities and have gotten doctorates and great qualifications,” Heathfield said. Slaughter can still be seen regularly around the HWC campus. He works in the Disability Access Center [D.A.C] located in the first floor lobby. Director Niki Radford hired him personally. She was impressed with his ability to connect with people.

“Eugene is a great listener. He’s a great communicator and is very sensitive to the needs of others. He has been very effective in this office ever since the first day,” Radford said. He has a passion for bringing awareness to important, and controversial social issues that don’t get much mention from mainstream media. There is a epidemic of female military veterans who are hard pressed to find adequate support with their post-military life. A lot of them end up financially strapped and homeless. Slaughter is exploring this subject, but the research has not been easy to come by. “The topic of homeless female veterans is a difficult one to look into because there is no main source to find information,” he said. “There are no books or literature on the subject. I think that nobody wants to touch it because in a way there is still the stigma of women being treated as second class citizens.” He was only able to make progress after getting the extensive assistance of Dr. Kimberly Sandborn. She is the Program Director of the McNair Scholars at Northeastern. Slaughter also has four children. The three oldest ones are following his example in terms of continuing education. “I have a 22 year old son, 21 year old son, 20 year old son, and a five year old daughter. I and my two oldest boys graduate in May together. My oldest is graduat- continued on next page



Second chance at obtaining degree continued from previous page

ing from University of South Florida. My middle son is going to Northern Illinois.” Slaughter offers practical advice to the current students of HWC. He stresses the importance of “doing it right the first time” and having all of your priorities taken care of. “I haven’t always done the right thing and I didn’t start out with the proper mindset when I could have gotten it over with in my early twen-

ties.” Everything that may seem like too much of a challenge now will definitely pay off in the long run. Give yourself at least an hour of study time on your subjects. Don't make critical life decisions based on the opinions of people who don’t know you or what you are capable of,” he said.

BHM a time for introspection, history Sam Doueiri Staff Writer

For some, Black History Month a once a year event that is full of activities and events tailored only to black people. For others, it is a time to celebrate shared history and educate and inspire people to look within themselves and find the common thread that unites the human race. “Black History Month is all about education, not just for black folks, it’s for everybody,” said Tonya Hill, student activity coordinator. “People think it’s a month to showcase black folks, you know, just give us a month of recognition. But it’s about bringing light to all the similarities that we have,” she said. “All of us share culture. We just don’t realize it. We’re all a part of each other in some how, some way. To me, that’s what BHM is all about,” Hill said. Professor Uthman Erogbogbo, chairman of the biology department,

believes BHM is an important time to remember past struggles as well. “Is a reminder to everybody of African descent of what happened to us and being brought over here in chains and being degraded, and yet out of all this, black people are still able to contribute tremendously to the development of this country,” he said. “Even though it’s not well-recognized and and it’s under-appreciated. To those of us -- to a lot of us -- this means a lot. It’s a constant reminder of what we are, who we are and where we are. Under all circumstances if you are focused you can still achieve and with achievement comes contribution. All of us can contribute.” To students, Erogbogbo advises, “Let history be your guide.” Hill agrees. “Look beyond yourself and understand your origin,” she said.

February 2012- 7

Featured Photo Photo By Rachel Banning

Beginning March 1, City Collegeʼs of Chicago will become a tobacco-free academic instituition, the largest academic institution to do so in Chicago. The Wellness Centers will offer smoking cessation and prevention education and referrals for those who want to quit. CCC has an overall Healthy Campus plan starting soon.

Local 1708 demands a contract Evelyn Luciano Staff Writer

Photos By Daniel Colllins

Workers of Local Union 1708 protest in front of CCC district office on Jan. 25. Union members have been working without a contract for nearly two years.

The Federation of College Clerical and Technical Personnel, Local 1708, protested outside the CCC district office at 226 W. Jackson Blvd. on Jan. 25. According to the union, they have been working without a contract for approximately two years. They are asking for a fair contract that includes affordable health care and a pay raise. “[Our main concern] is a pay raise because we work so hard. Everything else is going up all around us but our raises. We need to be accommodated,” said a college clerical assistant, Denise Banks. “We’re the backbone of the colleges. We get the work done. When the students come to register, they see us first. We’re the ones who stay late at night making sure the students are cared for,” said Banks. Due to rising costs of health care, many union members are forced to turn to services from free clinics and hospitals. “They get sick, they have no sick days. They have no medical [benefits] … ” said vice president of Local 1708, Audrey Butler. “We have a part-time union that doesn’t have any benefits at all,” she

said. “We have part-time people that work 34 hours [a week], one hour less than 35 to make them full-time. They get no sick days, no vacation days, no comp time [and] no paid time off. That’s why you don’t see them out here,” said Butler. “They can’t call in with a paid time off.” The union feels that student input and support can be helpful in painting a picture of how important they are to the colleges. “I think that we do need the support of our students. We need students to tell the administration that we do a good job, but we don’t want them to say it if they don’t mean it,” Banks said. Butler urges students to seek their college’s respective union representatives to be informed. “[If] SGA could meet with the representative at each college, that would be great,” said Butler. CCC has stated since September that it is asking Local 1708 “to hold the line on certain aspects of compensation so that we can continue to maximize resources on the classroom and on programs designed to match Chicagoans with available jobs.”

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