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VOLUME 20, NUMBER 7
“KEEPING YOU IN THE LOOP SINCE 1989”
Women’s History Month Events for women, by women, about women
Women’s committee preparing for March
‘Breaking the Cycle’: Chicago’s 2012 Teen and Women's Health Awareness Day Sat. Mar.10 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ford City Shopping Mall FREE
Liliana Santoy and Natalie Hogan Staff Writers
Women’s History Month commemorates empowering women that have made a difference throughout history. “Women’s History Month is really the result of a long struggle and fight by the women of this country and all over the world to claim their rights towards
‘11’ Jazzy Divas Celebrate Women’s History Month Fri. Mar. 16 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. The DuSable Museum 740 E 56th Place Advance Tickets: $25.00 At Door: $30.00
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Animator draws upon talent and skill
‘My Sister’s Keeper’; The Significance and Legacy of Historical Black Women’s Organizations Fri. Mar. 23 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The DuSable Museum 740 E 56th Place General Admission: $10.00 ‘Girl in the Iron Mask’ Previews: Sat. Mar. 10, 8:30 pm Sun. Mar. 11, 3:30 p.m. Show Opening: Mon. March 12, 8:30 p.m. Show runs Mar. 15 - April 15 West Theater in the Raven Theater Complex 6157 North Clark Street General Admission: $18.00
Illustration by Anne Jurack
HWC studentAnne Jurack explains what inspires her to create things, from the abstract to the completely hilarious. See her work on page 8 Illustration by Marisha Hekmatpour
CCC makes committment to student health and wellness Healthy Campus initiative being implemented district-wide while the Courage to Quit campaign compliments tobacco-free policy at all cam puses. Learn what resources are available on page 3
Shirley Lewis (left) and Sharice Lewis (right) are a Mother and Daughter both working towards earning degrees from Harold Washington College.
Mother and daughter motivate each other to excel at HWC Natalie Hogan and Chamberlon Clark Staff Writers
After 25 years, Shirley decided to go back to school after being laid off from her job. She and her daughter enrolled together at HWC in 2009. Shirley had
been interested in sociology for years. She was compelled to pursue it after taking Professor Betty Harris' Social Science continued on page 10 class.
Aesthetics, public image no concern for HWC neighbor
Deep below the surface, electrical transformers power the CTA.
One of the things used for contraception and hygiene in the past century can be found under a kitchen sink.
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Gregory Fairbanks Jr.
District’s Reinvention Roundup
Staff Writers Liliana Santoy, Chamberlon Clark, Natalie Hogan, Evelyn Luviano, Daniel Collins, Darnell Gutierrez Contributing Writers Jason Astorga, Taylor Lilly Artistic Director
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CCC Director of External Communicatoins Katheryn Hayes sent this update on the reinvention of city colleges. The format was edited to fit this page.
o boost college readiness, we have: Doubled our dual enrollment program giving high school students the opportunity to take college credit classes for free; Created Level Up, a summer bridge program that provided recent high school graduates a refresher in Math and English. On average, participating students were able to reduce their time in remediation by 1.2 semesters. Developed the Developmental Education Initiative (formerly CASH to ROI), which IHE has written about, that groups students into learning cohorts and offers tutoring and online reinforcement combined with intrusive advising. Among program participants in a Reading 99 course, for instance, 91% were successful (earned a C or better) compared to 40% of their peers who did not participate in the program
o boost retention, we: Are launching wellness centers offering social/emotional support at each college Have introduced intrusive advising, and through investments in advisors, have cut our student to advisor ratio in half (920:1 to 450:1 as of this semester.) Are adopting an early alert system to help identify at-risk students and target them for additional support.
o boost the relevance of our programs, we: Have launched College to Careers through which we are working closely with industry experts to better align our occupational programs in a host of fields, from healthcare to transportation/distribution/logistics.
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o boost completion, we are: Working to introduce stackable credentials, and expand block or “predictable” scheduling so students can better plan their academic pathways and better manage their academic demand around other obligations like family or work.
inally, to boost efficiency, we are: Streamlining our procurement process to reduce approval steps, time, and costs Have added a student online productivity suite (with email and collaboration tools) Have opened a Center for Teaching and Learning as a resource for faculty to share ideas and build develop [their] craft
HWC WSC celebrates her-story for WHM from page 1
equality in everyday life, professional life, education, health care and basically in the political right by the way to vote," said Loretta Visomirskis, chairperson of the Women's Studies Committee at HWC. The committee is concerned with implementing the issues that concern women, women’s history, and the political aspect of women’s lives in the U.S. They also organize the commemoration of Women’s History Month on campus in March of every year. “It is very important for people to get an idea of what women and men have gone through. It’s something that having the idea of the struggle from the past. People don’t have an idea to put things into perspective,” said Betty Harris, committee member. “We also advise and sort of advertise the airing of the fairly known film ‘The Stoning of Soraya M.’” It was based on a true story about the stoning of a women in Iran who was accused of infidelity. It’s really a shocking film, but it really does open the whole communities eyes to the situation
of women in certain parts of the Islamic world,” Visomirskis said. Visomirskis will be hosting a screening & discussion of the film on March 19 & 21 from 12:30-1:50 pm in room 303. The committee has supported programs to be added to HWC as the Women’s Studies courses and the Wellness Center. The committee upholds different classes that are designated just for women’s studies and classes that are infused with woman’s history and women’s issues. The Women’s Issues Committee are not the only ones involved in the events that are being organized but also current and former students. W.I.C.K.E.D and the Psychology Club will host 'Student Panel & Workshop; Healthy Mind, Healthy Body' on March 20 from 4:00-7:00 pm in room 103. "These events are open to everyone who is interested in learning more about the issues that women faced throughout the years," Visomirskis said.
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CCC promotes healthy habits Oratorical Festival Chamberlon Clark Staff Writer
CCC has started a “Healthy Campus” initiative this spring. The goal is to provide a clean and health conscious environment to enhance productivity and the overall learning experience. It will encompass all seven campuses, the district office, and the seven satellite locations. Healthy Campus will focus on three areas; providng support for quitting smoking, healthier vending machine and cafeteria food options, free yoga and exercise classes. The “Courage to Quit” campaign started March 1. CCC will provide smoking cessation classes and groups.The program is based on the research of Dr. Andrea King. King is based out of the University of Chicago. Also working extensively with Healthy Campus will be the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago [RHAMC]. They along with Dr. King collaborated to create the Courage to Quit curriculum in 2007. “The program is structured around six sessions delivered over seven weeks with the quit date scheduled for the third session,” said RHAMC Policy
provided by the wellness centers of all CCC campuses. The next step in the healthy campus plan would likely be a rethinking of the kinds of food options that are currently being offered at city colleges. The idea is to “Healthy Campus” illustration by Marisha Hekmatpour not only have more wholesome food Coordinator Anne Dienethal. choices, but to make sure that they are “Each session will include informaaffordable. tion, and practice skills for participants “Last year we did a survey. We talked to reach their smoke-free goals.” to the students and listened to what they Courage to Quit will be fleixible with had to say,” says Associate Vice structures that can be tailored to fit the Chancellor of Student Affairs Preston needs of different groups or individuals. Harden. “One of their main concerns Keeping tobacco cessation at the forewas that if we do have the healthy food, front of public consciousness has been will it be too costly?” We’re currently a challenge in terms of growth. working on how that could be facilitat“There remains a great need for ed.” funding which will allow employers and Drawing inspiration from First Lady support services to provide smoking cesMichelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” inisation programs and medications to tiative, CCC wants to round out clients and staff throughout the city,” Healthy Campus by offering some fitDienethal said. ness classes as well. The smoking cessation resources are
Empty space next door not just for the birds Taylor Lilly Contributing Writer
Five years ago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago chose a landscaping class to decide where the ugliest lot in downtown Chicago was. It was decided to be next door to HWC. The motive of the SAIC The empty lot west of HWC is owned by was to do more than just inves- Commonwealth Edison. Efforts to improve the tigate. They promptly set their appearance of the area have been made over students to submit design pro- the past several years, to no effect. of Madsen, also proposed designs for posals for beautifying the area. Students submitted designs to the site. A picture hangs in Hader’s office make the area into more than a piece of art. They wanted to help start a on the 11th floor with a design for a green movement in the city by design- green wall by Lauren Reed, a student ing green walls climbing up the sides from Madsen’s green design class. of the buildings.The high visibility of The design seems doomed to die on the area was to be a billboard for new that wall, as it is deemed too dangerous to allow anyone access inside the ideas. The owner, Commonwealth fence protecting the site. “It’s kind of tough for us because Edison, told people interested in the space's rehabilitation that large power we’re a 2 year college,” Hader said. transformers that supply energy to the "These things don’t happen quickly." "If it was your money or my L are housed underground in the money we’d pull it out, slap it on the area. Heavy metal plates cover the holes thing and say ‘let’s go do this," he said. As a matter of funding, Com Ed where the transformers are housed. Com Ed states that building on such a has shown previous interest in supporting some of the changes. site is a liability. Mark Shouger, General Manager John Madsen, an instructor of Architecture at HWC, says that the of The Wit hotel and member of the Art Institute wasn’t the only school Chicago Loop Alliance, says The Wit with a class working on the issue. and its owner Double Tree by Hilton HWC students, under the direction were also very interested in rehabiliContinued on page 4
Chamberlon Clark Staff Writer
HWC held it’s annual Oratorical Festival on February 16. The festival was started by Sydney Daniels in 1988. Because of his many respected contributions to the event in years past, the festival was given the official title of “The Sydney R. Daniels Oratorical Festival.” The event is held every February in celebration of Black History Month. The first place finalist was LaShunda Winston for her piece on Fredrick Douglass. She is a secondyear theatre major here at HWC. Second place went to Monika Markgraf Lee for her piece on Tupac Shakur. Third place went to Jason Monsour for his piece on Malcolm X. Fourth place went to Kenneth Cunningham for his piece on Matthew Henson. Cunningham is a certified personal trainer and was awarded a Presidential Scolar Award. He is in his second HWC semester. Fifth place went to Brittany Vernon for her piece on Alexander Haley.
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Loop Players in for a shock this spring The Loop Players will be performing ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ this spring. The show will run in room 103 from Mar. 21 to Mar. 31. Weds. March 21, 7:15 PM Thurs. March 22, 2:00 PM Fri. March 23, 7:15 PM Sat. March 24, 2:00 PM Wed. March 28, 7:15 PM Thurs. March 29, 2:00 PM Fri. March 30, 7:15 PM Sat. March 31, 2:00 PM
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tating the site. “We had about $50,000 from Double Tree to invest into this effort,” Shouger said. “This effort has to be led by the students and the schools." Shouger expresses worry that the community, and Com Ed, would question the hotel’s interest as purely selfserving. He emphasizes that The Wit is willing to work closely with anyone willing to take up the project. “I think Com Ed still wants to move on this ... ," Hader said. Commonwealth Edison has not responded to interview requests.
Graduation deadline extended again The graduation deadline has been extended to March 19. This is to accommodate potential diploma holders who need more time to see an advisor and check on their graduate status. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or better. If students are interested in receiving a second degree, they must enroll and complete a minimum of 15 additional credit hours after the posting of the first degree. There is no fee to apply. The following is a list of steps to follow in order to properly facilitate the graduation application process. 1. Go to room 101 [Advising Office] 2. Set up an appointment with an Advisor. 3. Fill out Application for Program Completion. 4. Advisor will complete degree audit and submit it to the Registrar. 5. After final semester, the Registrar will look over your info to make sure all of your graduation requirements have been met. 6. You will be notified when you can pick up your diploma/certificate 10 weeks after your final semester. This years commencement ceremony will be May 12, at the UIC Pavillion.
HWC student releases single on Amazon and iTunes By Jason Astorga Contributing writer
HWC’s very own Nehemiah Frank has released a single, ‘Make My Move’, available on Amazon and iTunes. Also known by his stage name, Nehemiah Akbar, he has been making music since the age of 17. That is when he met DJ Montana in Virginia. “I heard this Cuban style kind of beat [from DJ Montana] and I thought this sounds kind of cool…I like this…,” Akbar said. Nehemiah Akbar met several other stars, such as Clarence Collins from the rhythm and blues band, ‘Little Anthony and The Imperials’, to help him with his music career. Akbar then met Chris Hine, a sports reporter for the Chicago Tribune and worked on an unreleased song titled ‘Seen You Before’. “I noticed that Chris can play [the piano] really well…this guy can play anything. So we wrote four songs together,” Akbar said. Find it on YouTube.
The Friends of Harold Washington College Scholarship
Deadline is March 16 for this year’s scholarship. Applicants must be graduating this spring. Five awards of a $1000 each will be awarded to qualified individuals in May. Application packets are available on the eleventh floor outside of room 1146. Information is also posted in the lobby.
Forensics club springs to life this semester
Arc Club back to draft again Daniel Collins Staff Writer
Chamberlon Clark Staff Writer
The Harold Forensics Society (HFS), a new club at HWC, was founded as an alternative to the inactive forensic honors society known as Phi Rho Pi. ”I was trying to resurrect it,” said founder and president of HFS Jesus Anaya. “I was told that I would need to find a faculty advisor to help out. The department chair (Larnell Dunkely) suggested that I start my own club centered around the same theme,” Anaya said. The goal of the HFS is to provide students will as much preparation and knowledge in the field of forensics as possible. There will be on-campus meetings as well as the possibility of sponsoring an annual open invitational debate tournament each semester. At these tournaments, members will get the chance to demonstrate all of the ideas and concepts that they will have learned. Non-students are also permitted to
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be a part of the HFC, but they will not be considered “official” members. “Club members must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at the college,” Anaya said. “Other individuals are definitely welcome to join in on future lectures, events, discussions... anyone with good intentions,” he said. While most people know about forensics as having to do with science as it pertains to the justice system, another important part of it involves speech and discussion. Students will become better familiar with the art of public speaking, writing, and augmentation. The HFS hopes to not only improve awareness on forensics, but to increase students thinking, speaking, and writing skills. The club invites everyone no matter their skill set or previous background in the subject.
After being absent from HWC the past few semesters, the architecture club has formed again with some new added ideas. Future president of the club, Taylor Lilly, explains the club’s new approach as they prepare to make another run. “We are going to try to fix a couple of mistakes that were made in the past. The last time the architecture club was here, there were problems with the club’s budget so we are going to try to make sure that doesn’t happen this time around,” said Lilly. “When I first arrived [at HWC] and asked about the architecture club, there wasn’t much information about it. This time I want to have more of an outreach to the students here and have most of the senior members stick around for at least another year so we don’t have a constant new [chain of command]” he said. The club hopes to visit many notable architectural buildings and monuments around the city and learn of the history it reflects. “We want the club to explore a lot of the architecture that Chicago has to offer us. Having our school located in the city and downtown gives us a big
advantage over other schools that are from areas like the suburbs that are not as accessible to the architecture of Chicago,” said Lilly. “As of now, the club is thinking of a list of places that the club can visit. One place that is a definite on our list is the Farnsworth House. We know our advisors, [John Mattson and Dolores Ochoa], can also help us come up with some good places that would be worth visiting,” he said. When visiting these architectural monuments and places, Lilly hopes that the club can not only enjoy the experience, but learn a lot from it as well. “The most important thing to realize about the places we visit is the history and the purpose for the certain type of construction because every architect has their own philosophy on how someone should build and why,” he said. Going on trips and viewing architecture around the city is one aspect of the club that is going to be done out of HWC but Lilly and the club are also are trying to incorporate themselves with architectural projects within the college.
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Are You Concerned About Your Online Image? “ Yes I am very concerned, because I care about my reputation.”
“No, I donʼt let it concern me.” Andrés Pérez
“In the future when getting an internship your social network will be visible.”
“ I have no social networking profiles, I only exist in reality.”
“ No, I am not concerned about my online image because I am aware of what I put online.”
Anabel Bonilla Yes, I am concerned because I have heard future employers look at this online image when looking for prospective employees.”
“ No I usually donʼt post pictures of myself too often. If I do it is of family pictures, which donʼt concern me, or I donʼt think it will affect me in the future.”
“Our internet image is a big deal in our generation. We put out a lot about ourselves without thinking where it goes, so of course Iʼm a bit concerned.”
Brittney Santos Brittany Vernon
“ I say be careful what you put on the net because itʼs always someone watching and it can get you in trouble.”
“Since I only have people I know on Facebook, I donʼt feel the need to worry about my image.”
Philosophy instructor uses games to help students learn Evelyn Luviano Staff Writer
Within the walls of room 1005 students embark on a voyage into the past. Textbooks and traditional lecture are not found here. Instead, the classroom is transformed into an arena in which “reacting” games are played. Humanities 207: The Great Books , “Reacting to the Past” was inspired by the gaming pedagogy that was first practiced in elite schools, said instructor Kamaran Swanson. It is conducted entirely through intellectual games. “When I first [played] it at Harold Washington [four years ago], it was not very successful,” he said. “I had students who weren’t prepared for the roles. Attendance is important—if you have important characters who are not showing up, then it’s game over. Over time, I’ve been tweaking it and learning how it works at Harold Washington, and now it works well,” Swanson said. The games allow students to embody character roles as they explore historical contexts through memorials, or speeches, and questions of ethics and moral conduct through critical thinking. The first game played took place in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, in 1587 during the Ming dynasty. In it, students were introduced to Confucian thought and confronted with a task: persuading the emperor, Wanli, in the selection of his successor. “I am the first Grand Secretary to the emperor Wanli himself. My role in the class is to keep the decorum during
the memorials and also provide guidance to the emperor and the rest of the secretaries within the Grand Secretariat. Essentially, I have most of the power of the classroom,” said Gina Osterholt. Unlike other courses at HWC, the control of this humanities class is in the hands of the students. They alone conduct the game, while the instructor takes the role of game master and observes quietly. “The biggest difference is the hands-on interaction between the students and also the fact that the students run the class,” said Osterhold. Punishments are also decided by the students. Those in charge agreed that proper punishment included sitting in front of the class in a “seat of shame” when demonstrating disrespect, such as a cellphone ringing, and might even go as far as execution of a character in the game. Osterholt finds that not only does the class sharpen leadership skills, but it also benefits students outside of the classroom. “It is [empowering ] because a lot of the responsibility falls on the students, so in order to have a productive class, the students have to be productive. I feel
that giving students that kind of responsibility really helps them learn how to better themselves in everyday situations,” she said. One of the ways the gaming pedagogy style is helping students is by learning how to speak eloquently in front of an audience. Isamar Cervantes was fearful of speaking in front of a class prior to taking the course. “The speech [component] conquered my fears,” she said. “And now, I can incorporate this [ability] into other classes,” Cervantes said. Although conducted via games, the class requires a high level of discipline and independent research on behalf of the student. “Working on your own and also doing outside research is a really big part of the game because our game books don’t provide an extensive knowledge of the historical period,” Osterholt said. In order to deliver fluent, wellinformed speeches, students must take the time to prepare by seeking more indepth reading texts outside of those provided. In doing so, the students have a stronger chance at winning the game.
“[The class] is challenging me to take on personal responsibility to know more [by] doing research on my own in order to fulfill my character role,” Nehemiah Akbar said, who played the role of emperor. He stated that although the class is fun, it is not for everyone. “If people are used to the traditional methods of learning in a college environment, then this class is definitely not for [them],” Akbar said. “If you are up for a challenge of taking personal responsibility of your education, and are interested in having a new experience in how to learn, I”d say this class is definitely for you.” In the end, Akbar believes that much of the knowledge and retention of the material is due in large part to this selfsufficiency. He believes to have learned significantly because of this. “I feel that I’ve learned way more than I would have originally learned in a traditional setting,” he said. “I’m never going to forget this. It’s fun. I didn’t even realize I was learning.” A French Revolution/Rosseau game will follow the Confucius game, and the class will conclude with a game Swanson co-wrote: “Charles Darwin, The Copley Medal, and the Rise of Naturalism: 1862-64”.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Women marching on Marisha Hekmatpour Artistic Director
March is the nationally recognized month dedicated to the celebration of women's influence and contribution to historic events. As stated by the Library of Congress, Women's History Month (WHM) is the expansion of International Women's Day, March 8th. The evolution of WMH began with Women's History Week initiated by the Education Task Force of Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women in 1978. The week of March 8th was set as the celebratory week and, "was met with a positive response," as school as schools began hosting their rendition of Women's History Month events. The following year, the initiative gained local support and by 1981 received political support as "Senator Orrin Hatch and Representative Barbara Mikulski cosponsored the first joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a Women's History Week." After only six years, in 1981, "the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March." Since this approval, the Resolution has since been approved every year by both the House and Senate.
Animator inspired by everyday life Gregory Fairbanks Jr. Editor-in-Chief
Illinois ranks high in the number of jobs and salaries paid within the Multimedia and Animation industries, according to U.S. Dept. of Labor statistics. Women, such as Anne Jurack, are able to compete on a level playing field in this growing industry. They are judged on their portfolios and creativity, not their gender. GF: What are you pursuing here at HWC? How could the program be better or improved?
AJ: I’m currently in my last semester towards my Associate degree in Digital Multimedia Design. I love the program; the only way it would be better is if it were extended into a Bachelor’s program! GF: Where can you go from here?
Can you get a career with an A.F.A.? Is there a job market for women animators? AJ: Anywhere I want, really! The lucky thing about art careers is that it so heavily depends on the work and effort you put into your portfolio; I’m sure a lot of places will consider applicants with only an A.F.A. if their portfolio is impressive enough. That’s a long shot, but there’s always networking and freelance. The more you do, the more people recommend you to others, and the more work you get. I think there’s a job market for animators in general; entertainment is a huge industry in America, and as long as companies and studios want to keep producing, they’ll keep looking for talented and creative people. I know there are a lot of talented women out there who can do it! I hope I’m one of them.
GF: Can you name any women animators that you admire/look up to? AJ: Recently, I really love Natasha Allegri. She works for Cartoon Network
and has a really simple, great style. I
also like Kate Beaton who does the webcomic 'Hark! A Vagrant'. Some others are Katie Cook, Natalie Dee, Lindsay Small, and Allie Brosh. GF: What got you started as an animator? AJ:I’ve always liked drawing, and when I started using computers and seeing the potential to bring my work to life digitally, I was hooked. I’ve been inspired by Pixar films, comics, amateur animation around the web, my art teachers, my friends, and the technology available to me. Everything just kind of screamed, “Anne! Make things!”
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A Brief History of Birth Control
The pessary is the oldest known device used as a contraceptive. Egyptians utilized mud, grass, and even crocodile dung to make ancient diaphragms.
Margaret Sanger opens the first birth control clinic in the U.S.and is promptly imprisioned for 30 days.
Charles Goodyear, mixes India-rubber with sulfur, accidently discovering how to vulcanize rubber. This replaces condoms made from animal parts. The Comstock Laws made condom mass production illegal though, until around 1930, when courts began to challenge these decades old decency laws.
19301960 What as the most popular form of birth control between 1930 and 1960? Lysol Disinfectant. Due to the illegality of other forms of birth control at the time, Lysol was effectively branding itself as a feminine hygiene product and contraceptive. This, of course turned out to be completely false. In fact, women routinely had to seek medical help after using this method. Some died.
In 1961, the FDA approves Enovid,the first widely prescribed oral contraceptive. This was the birth of the sexual revolution, allowing women the power and freedom of family planning for the first time in history.
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Mother and daughter motivate each other to succeed here and beyond from page 1
“I had thought about sociology before. That was the first class I had took here, with Betty Harris, and just from her with the same passion for it, from what I had learned from her in the class had just made me interested,” Shirley said. Shirley will be graduating this spring. Afterwards, she will be attending Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts next fall with a full scholarship. "There’s no other place like Harold Washington…I found a lot of support here. It’s like a big family," said Shirley. Sharice started attending HWC out of high school. She is studying pre-med and plans to become a doctor. She started her academic career at Kennedy-King College, and then transferred to HWC. She took time off when her mother lost her job and went to work. After a year, Shirley decided she wanted to go to school, and they came to HWC together. Sharice had taken off a few semes-
ters to work and help her mother pay for expenses for the year. After her mother deciding to return to school, she decided to join her mother. “Originally I wanted to be a doctor, [ I said] let me, you know, slow it down. For now I decided [to focus] on being a Registered Nurse. After that, I will probably work my way up to be a doctor,” said Sharice. Sharice will be graduating with her RN certificate and of Pre-med by 2013. The two students are fortunate to have each other to push forward and be successful. They work hard even when things get overwhelming. “She was a lot of help because [otherwise] I would have been totally lost. I haven’t been in classes in a long time. She was right there to help with all the answers, I stuck to it, Shirley said. Her message to students who have been out of school for many years and who are coming back to receive a higher education. "Your education [may be] delayed, but it's not denied."
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Rachel Banning, The Herald
The Choir from St. Ailbe始s, seen here, was the featured musical guest at the Sydney R. Daniels Oratorical Festival. The festival took place on Feb.16 as part of HWC始s Black Heritage Month celebration. This year始s first place finalist, LaShunda Winston is a second year theatre major. Visit TheHeraldHWC.com to see more photos.
Published on Mar 5, 2012