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Rally to support undocumented students Marching in support of the DREAM Act By Ronnie Nelson Staff Writer

On March 10, the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) joined the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) at Daley Plaza for the 2nd annual rally of National Coming Out Of The Shadows Day. The purpose of the rally is to show support and bring awareness to the struggle of students living in the U.S. as undocumented citizens. Undocumented students are people that live in the United States without U.S. legal documents such as birth certificates and social security numbers. Many undocumented students are able to attend grammar school and even high

Photo by Brenda Gamboa

Lissette Arellano, OLAS treasurer and Laura Sanchez, OLAS member protest in Daley Plaza.

school, but higher education for many of these students is impossible due to lack of citizenship. These students are unable to formally fill out a FAFSA because they lack a social security number. Beyond school these youth are unable to travel,

get jobs, and identification as well as many other things. “Get involved, call senators, and create awareness”. “My face is out there like my story is out there,” said Rogelio, an undocumented student and member of Nuestra Voz. Rogelio, who requested that his

full name be withheld, was in attendance for the second time, has been in the U.S. for fifteen years and recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby for the DREAM Act. The Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, also called the DREAM

Touring the reinvention center By Daniel Collins and Reginald Hester Staff Writers

The district office of CCC at 226 W. Jackson opened their doors to the college’s newspapers in order to offer them a tour and inside look at the reinvention process. Throughout the visit, reporters were given a chance to conduct interviews with members of reinvention task forces, and the Executive Director of the Office of Strategy and Institutional Intelligence, Scott Martyn. The tour took place on the sixth floor, where the task force teams are located and perform their duties. The floor has glass walled rooms for the teams to conduct their meetings and discuss their findings. In these rooms, one will find hypotheses and questions about reinvention written upon the walls. The task forces say that this is done to be continuously reminded on what they are trying to accomplish, and the work load ahead of them. “It’s a good way to stay focused on the long task we have ahead of us,” said Irene Castandea, Project Manager for the Student Support Pathways Department. During the tour, descriptions were


Photo by Daniel Collins

Scott Martyn, Executive Director of the Office of Strategy and Institutional Intelligence

given about the reinvention and the eight task forces that are responsible for most of the research and improvement of CCC. Each task force is given specific objectives based on the field they are trying to improve, then they take the steps they feel are necessary to succeed with their goals. The titles and focuses of the task forces include Research and Development, Program Portfolio

Review, Remediation, Technology, Advisory Councils, Operational Excellence and Optimization, Adult Education, and Student Support Pathways. The Student Support Pathway team is responsible for finding out the ways to better support the professors at CCC. One factor being looked into is the amount of resources contributed to faculty and staff. “We are in our exploratory phase of finding out how we can help our faculty and staff [perform] better at their jobs,” said Castandea. Along with their duties of improving their area of revision, the task forces make note to focus a lot of their work around the four goals of reinvention. These four goals consist of trying to increase the number of students earning college credentials of economic value, increase the rate of transfer to bachelor’s degree programs following CCC graduation, improving outcomes for students requiring remediation, and to increase the number and share of ABE/ESL/GED students who advance to and succeed in college-level courses. During his interview, Martyn clarified some of the measures taken by the


Act, is a proposed Act that gives undocumented students an opportunity to enlist in the U.S. military, or go on to attend college. The Act gives undocumented youth an opportunity to lead a productive and normal life. See Undocumented, p.3


statewide awards The Herald won six awards at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association annual awards on April 8 at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Ill. Competing in the Division II category, the paper won the following awards: First place for Editorials for “What does black history mean to HWC.” Second place in The Mike Foster Award for Overall Excellence. Third place in News for “CCC reinvention begins” by Brian Alexander. Third place in Features for “Snow, sleet or wind: Chicago winters can not stop dedicated cyclists” by G’Jordan Williams. Third place in Opinion for “My education is more important than your Facebook” by Latoya Allen. Honorable mention in Opinion for “The silent wail: international students paying out of pocket” by Yvan Naoussi.

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NEWS CCC graduating under one roof By Carnell Dabbs Staff Writer

The CCC commencement ceremony of 2011 will be held May 11 at 525 S. Racine Ave. in the UIC Pavilion. The ceremony is a celebration where all students are given the honor to receive their associates degree in front of family and friends. “I can’t wait to graduate. I feel really proud about how far I came and being able to finally get my associates degree. I worked hard for it, I deserve it,” said Brittany from HWC. While some students are excited about being able to graduate, some of students are a little bit confused as to

what to expect. During the preparation for graduation deadlines had been moved up, it is set during the last week of school, and teachers were told to reschedule their tests for finals to make graduation convenient. “I don’t get why we have to graduate and then take tests the next day. The timing of the graduation is messed up because I want to celebrate and stay out the rest of the night, but I have class the next morning. How am I supposed to enjoy my graduation night?” said Danita Williams, an HWC student. Students had to submit and complete a graduation application before March

1 to be able to participate in the ceremony. The graduation caps and gowns have to be purchased online through Jostens website by April 15 for a nonrefundable $28.20. Each student participating in the ceremony will receive four tickets. Two of the tickets are for the UIC Pavilion and the other two tickets are for the UIC Forum which is located just over one mile away. Some students did not agree with this arrangement. “I have a big family and four tickets are not going to cut it. I guess they have to battle it out because it’s just not going to be enough tickets for everyone,” said Cyle Colberta, HWC student.

Examining women in the economy By Andrea Hodge Staff Writer

In honor of Women's History Month, the Philosophy Club hosted an event, The Gendered Economy: Women in Workforce, March 16. The event featured a panel consisting of three men and one woman who interacted with the audience about topics that connect women to the economy. A discussion on women needing to look pretty to be hired for jobs stimulated panelist Sarah Bonner. “Your exterior means nothing at all [in correlation] to your performance,”

Bonner said. “I’ve worked in corporate 10 years; I’m kind of over that whole thing of having to dress up to go anywhere. I would rather be comfortable … When you put high heels on a woman, she can’t run [or] do a whole lot of things that she could have done if she was comfortably dressed,” Bonner explained. Autumn Beaty, Philosophy Club secretary, said high heels are beautiful and she feels appealing and feminine when she wears them. “I like pretty things but I don’t think that’s because I’m a girl. I know boys that like pretty things … even if

[women] want to be feminine, you don’t want to be too cutesy to be taken seriously,” Beaty said. “Feminine is your essence. As a woman, you’re biologically designed to bear children,” Bonner responded. “Today went really well. Especially for the amount of time [given to plan the event],” club President James “Ruley” Rourke said, The philosophy club regularly discusses topics of this type of concern. Club meetings are held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 3 p.m. in Room 1011.

Task forces busy ‘measuring value and success’ Continued from p.1

task forces to collect data, as well as explaining some of their alternative options. “Right now there are surveys being prepared by different task force groups to [discover] what [certain] needs are and what would benefit them,” said Martyn, referring to the surveys being distributed through CCC faculty, staff, and students. Beside surveys, another option the task forces use are focus groups. The focus groups are assembled by a specific task force and are made up of faculty, staff, or students. Once assembled, the group is posed a particular question pertaining to the research being conducted by the task forces and the answers are collected by the task forces to be used as data. Martyn later explained how the focus groups are typically used to find further evidence that will support what they have found from conducted surveys. “The surveys lead to the focus groups, and we want them to work in tandem,” he said. One of the biggest questions the task forces are trying to solve in order to come up with accurate data is how to measure success and value. “We want our [teams] to come together, and prove to us that what they are presenting is a real problem,” said Martyn. “We are trying to figure out how to measure success, and what are realistic percentages

to use when evaluating our students.” In the case of measuring value, district is looking to possibly cut classes/programs that they feel do not give students significant economic value. “We’re looking at all of our programs to insure that if you complete a [specific] program, it puts you into a position to either get a job or transfer on to a four year school,” said Martyn. The classes/programs that are currently being inspected are all occupational programs. If district feels the course does not offer economic value, then the course can possibly be eliminated, or corrected so that it is transferable to a four year college. “Looking into all of the [courses] no decisions have been made on what to do yet.” The reinvention not only includes academic changes but also changes in the infrastructure and branding of the city colleges. District wants the city colleges to be seen as a cohesive unit that exists in several locations. “We want to get people to recognize that these seven colleges are related,” said Martyn. Part of the rebranding process might involve changing the school logos to make them look more uniform to one another. “One option is a new logo for CCC and new logos for every college that share a similar element to the CCC logo, so the images are similar and mentally express a relation,” said Martyn. The chancellor plans to unveil the new logo and colors on the day

of the newly combined graduation ceremony this May 11. Part of the planned infrastructure changes are issues with registration and advising at the city colleges. The operation task force is assigned with the job of trying to streamline the process. They want to have fewer people waiting in lines, fix the piece by piece grind of registration and make sure that the advisers are advising while scheduling and not only scheduling. “It’s like a McDonald’s counter you know, get them in and get them out. The advisers are putting out fires.” said Martyn. “We need to draw the line between registration and advising.” Martyn visited Wright College during their fall registration period. He said “this was one of the only times he saw a student encouraged to see an advisor before registering.” To address this problem district is looking into experimenting with students having a dedicated adviser throughout their time at CCC. By doing this, Martyn feels students will feel more comfortable and become more knowledgeable on where to seek help for academic advising. Also, he feels that if students see an adviser regularly throughout the school year, then there would not be much need for heavy advising during registration. “We don’t want it to be whomever is available and whenever they are available. Have an adviser for a set amount of students and see if it has a positive effect on students.”

Besides possible eliminations of classes/programs, there are also ideas of installing certain programs at every city college. For instance, the success of the Wellness Center at HWC has made the idea of establishing one at every CCC a possibility. “We could take something like the Wellness Center at Harold Washington and put it at different colleges to help student success.” said Martyn. The reinvention has not come without a fair share of questions and controversies. There was a mandate for all city college presidents to reapply for their jobs. The reasoning behind this was to make the presidents more accountable for student success. There are new requirements and new job descriptions for city college presidents. “We need to start them from a clean slate. Make sure that everyone is on board with the goals/plan of the reinvention.” said Martyn. “Ensure that the leadership is on board for the long term.” After the goals of reinvention are accomplished by district, the same strategy will still apply. “Our plan is to get reinvented and stay invented,” said Martyn. “The process will continue. There might not be fifty plus students from the colleges here to help out three years from now, but there might be twenty. We still need to have that [student] expertise from the colleges involved.”



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‘Undocumented, unafraid, unapologetic’ for social justice Continued from p.1

There are certain criteria that need to be met such as arriving in the U.S. before the age of sixteen and must have a G.E.D, graduated from High School, or been accepted to a higher education facility to name a few. The rally took place at Daley Plaza and featured a broad range of spectators, supporters, and media personnel. The rally developed around one reoccurring theme of courage. Supporters and undocumented students held signs and paintings that read “Undocumented, Unafraid , Unapologetic.” With the Chicago Police a few hundred feet away, undocumented students chanted “Undocumented, Unafraid,” repeatedly and voiced their opinions of a system they ware unhappy with. Undocumented students did not make up the entire crowd that developed at Daley Plaza. There were many U.S. citizens that supported the undocumented students and changing the system. “There are too many parallels that resemble the African American struggle, you can’t help but be inspired by a cause where people do not let the environment dictate who they are,”. “I am inspired by liberation,” said Michael Johnson, who is an American citizen and attends Columbia College. Nine undocumented students took the stage and told their personal stories

of how life has been for them here in the U.S. without proper documentation. Every story was touching and each speaker stood over their shadow as their emotion and frustration poured through the microphone. “I am sick of being threatened to be separated from my family and being deported,” “I can’t apply for FAFSA or get governmental assistance, I can’t apply for a job because I have no social security number, they have stolen my dreams, but today I have crossed the border of fear,” said Luis, an undocumented youth who spoke. Taylor Harvey, a member of OLAS, identifies himself as an ally of the undocumented people and found the event “very powerful,”. “You felt their pain, and struggle and it gave you a personal connection,”. “You had people put themselves and their families in danger to stand up for what they believed in”. The undocumented students felt a sense of release and liberation as the event ran without any disruption. “The most liberating thing to do is to come out like this,”. “It is very empowering,” said Alaa Mukahhal , an undocumented student who spoke at the rally. OLAS and the Teachers club are working together to show a screening of “Papers” a full length documentary that shows the struggle of High school students living without legal documentation .




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Alleviate boredom during spring break By Courtney O'Donnell Staff Writer

With spring break just around the corner, some students may feel left out of the fun in the sun because of financial or scholastic disadvantages. Luckily, the city of Chicago provides countless opportunities for the holiday without breaking the bank. Karena Anderson Rodriguez said that the late spring break makes it difficult for students to make the most out of the holiday. “Unfortunately [I am] staying home. Originally, I was going to visit my friend at her school but we realized our breaks don't line up, and I'd just be bothering her while she tried to do homework,” Rodriguez said. Like other students, Rodriguez thinks her break would be better spent on a tropical island or exotic beach. However, financial restrictions are keeping her home in Chicago. “My ideal break would, of course, be a real vacation to somewhere hot and sandy. However, even if the timing was right, there is no possible way I could afford anything like that,” Rodriguez said. Sunray Asmamaw, an information technology student, will be home bound as well this break to study for the

Graduate Record Exam and has decided to spend his break cooking and enjoying the local nightlife. “I'll break the record by hitting up as many bars as possible over break, so yeah I'm going to paradise for a day or two,” Asmamaw said. If the party spots on Lincoln Ave. aren’t relaxing enough, there is plenty to do during the day as well. Every Saturday at 1 p.m., the Half Acre Beer Company has a free tour of the brewery that includes free samples. For those seeking a more cerebral encounter, Body Worlds is back at the Museum of Science and Industry. Admission is $18 to $24, and is open until 4 p.m. or 5 p.m., depending on the date. If the economy is getting you down, head over to Second City and see "The Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life", a show that covers unemployment rates, budget surpluses, and other unhappy affairs. The show runs Thursday at 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. When the call of the California heat is too much to bear, the parody of the Keanu Reeves cult classic, "Point Break", may be enough to satisfy a warm weather craving.

Photo © Gunther von Hagens, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany,

The Body World exhibit is at the Museum of Science and Industry

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The calm before the storm: relaxing between midterms and finals

All photos by G始Jordan Williams

Students at HWC relax, study and sign up for summer classes in the weeks between midterm exams and finals.



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Music professor honored at HWC By Joe Rottman Staff Writer

Dr. Rodney Grisanti of the humanities/music department has been named March's Employee of the Month at HWC. "He was a positive, fun and helpful teacher. He took part in helping me audition for a new school for next semester. He also wrote me a recommendation without any hesitation,” wrote one student in their nomination of Dr. Grisanti. Dr. Grisanti received his Ph.D from the University of Michigan and is in his fifth year at HWC. “I love learning. I learn as much as my students. Teaching does that for me. It makes me learn,” Grisanti said. The Employee of the Month award allows students to appreciate the work of faculty and staff at HWC. “Dr. Grisanti is really down to earth in his teaching style. His class is different than others in that he is teaching stuff that we will use every day,” said Lataevia Berry, a student in Grisanti’s Music 120 and Music 204 class. Efforts and hard work like this is what the employee of the month award is all about. Grisanti demonstrates an ability to tie his course into the everyday lives of students therefore increasing the overall interest and enthusiasm in his classroom. HWC is full of outstanding teachers who work hard day in and day out to prepare students for their futures, whether it be in transferring to a university or to go right out into the job market. One thing remains constant, the pupils are the ones who 'rate the professor'. “Winning the Employee of the Month Award is a huge honor because it means I’m being recognized by the student body.,the whole reason I’m here. It reaffirms my hard work and dedication,” added Grisanti. Harold Washington College brings various opportunities that other colleges simply cannot replicate. “HWC’s diverse background keeps me on my toes, people look at things


Photo by GʼJordan Williams

Rodney Grisanti was named Employee of the Month for March.

from various perspectives which is why I learn as much from my students as they learn from me,” said Dr. Grisanti. “The diversity at Harold Washington College is definitely an added opportunity for not only the students but professors as well.” "We are able to learn various cultures, beliefs and religions from our peers in and out of the classroom setting," Dr. Grisanti said. Dr. Grisanti uses this to his advantage, tapping into HWC’s diverse student body and bringing out various forms of music and ideas each student has to offer. Dr. Grisanti’s hobbies include songwriting, fly fishing and traveling. Some places Grisanti has traveled to include Indonesia, Morocco and Europe. While Dr. Grisanti enjoys all types of music, he has a classical background and has also worked for a Blue’s label. Dr. Grisanti’s hard work and experience in the Music Industry makes him an indispensable value to HWC in that he teaches in a field he has been employed in, allowing him to share his past experiences with his students to help further prepare them for whatever musical endeavors lie ahead. Dr. Grisanti was honored at a special ceremony on March 15 in recognition of his hard work and service at Harold Washington College.




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Perseverance gives student strength By Gregory Fairbanks News Editor

The frenetic pace of everyday life swirls into the halls of HWC with the ebb and flow of thousands of people.The origin of their individual journey may start at an intersection or an El stop. For Hermia Hatchet, that journey began long ago. Before the leg braces and learning to walk again. Before the years in a wheelchair and the paralysis of sheer grief. Before she was a grandmother, mother and wife. Back to that day when she met her first love. "We were married for 34 years, I met him right there in the school yard of Wendall Philips high school. He was the love of my life." She lost her husband in 1987 and was totally paralyzed two years after. She remembers laying in bed and thinking to herself, "When God is finished with me, like Job said, 'I will be polished as fine gold.'" "You see, I had lost my husband, and my illness was the stress of the loss of my lifetime mate. I am a Christian woman, I'd rather act like a Christian than to [talk] about it. I remember the experience of Job. He complained … you know, he complained too." Her faith strengthened her spirit, " does not promise you to be all roses. That took me through, when people would say, 'oh look at you. I guess you say Lord why did this happen to

Photo by GʼJordan Williams

Hermia Hatchet, right, with Sadalia Brown, oratorical festival winner, left.

me,' and I said [why not me]?" She eventually moved in with her daughter, making progress with therapy, and always thinking ahead to the next obstacle, to the next challenge. "For awhile, a man would come to pick me up for therapy (in her wheelchair) and eventually I thought, 'I've got to get back on my feet again, on a walker if necessary.' I knew I had to walk. I had to. So, I literally practiced in the apartment, walking on the walker. Braces so ugly, these heavy braces on my legs, ugly shoes, but yet I knew that I had to walk. And when [special services] would send the van, it had a beep that would wake up the neighborhood.

I was a little embarrassed however I knew I could not stop, I had to keep going." She learned to walk and talk again, two things people usually have to learn only once. She wanted to do more, she knew that she had to. She channeled that energy into volunteering her time. Starting at a school, then moving on to the Veteran's Administration and finally at the Department of Housing and Urban Development here in Chicago. She worked as a receptionist and would write poetry for her coworkers. Whenever someone was leaving a department or retiring they would be sure to come by and ask for a poem. Eventually though, volunteering and poems for co-workers were not enough. She wanted to do more. "I wanted to go back to work, that has been my story and my song. One morning I saw on ‘Good Morning America,’ there was this 94-year-old woman, walking across a stage, receiv-


ing her Bachelor's degree. I said well, if I can't go back to work (without volunteering) right now, I am going to go back to school. That is when I came here and took the entry exam." Mrs. Hatchet questioned herself at times, though not about her intentions for coming to HWC but more so about where she was. "At one point in time, while walking through the corridors, I asked myself, what am I doing here? How did I get here? After I came here, my brain pained from studying however I knew it was helping me." "I knew that I needed to go through intensive studying in order to help myself mentally. Since I've been here, my memory has expanded and soared. It's made me live again." Hermia has an eternal optimism and shares it with her peers. Last year, she was published in the “Garland Court Review” with a poem entitled, "I'll Dream". She admires students who work and are raising a family. She reflects on the young people that she meets and offers them advice that is justified not only by the wisdom of the ages but also by someone who continues to persevere in life and in love. Her presence at the school was honored at the Sydney R. Daniels Oratorical Festival on February 17th. Professor Daniels essentially asked her afterwards, 'now when are you going to speak?' "I am on my own, thank God. I stick my chest out with pride and thank god I have that resiliency and ability to move and go. In the words of Teddy Roosevelt, 'Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.' That's my motto."





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A letter to my fellow students Guest Opinion By Timi Akindele Vice President of the Harold Washington College Student Government Association

My fellow students, I am Timi Akindele, and I am your current Vice President of the Student Government Association. Recently, I announced my candidacy for the Presidency of SGA. My reason for running is purposeful. My aims and objectives are sound and detailed, and will be comprehensively revealed. My aim is to transform our Student Government Association for the betterment of every student. It shall be a transformative innovation. My goals are specifically defined. They are broadly charitable, educational, and social. In essence, to be community service centered, to seek more knowledge amongst ourselves, and to strengthen and expand our social bond as students. This will be the ideal and model for us. We shall have a more focused and disciplined approach to Student Governance. Now, this will be accomplished by creating events that foster and celebrate our diversity and uniqueness as peoples and individuals. Events like Leadership Training, Pizza Parties, Clothing Drive for needy persons, Ice cream social gatherings, Canned Food Drive to feed the homeless, Craft fairs for the artistic and all those interested; Job fairs, Health fairs,

Culturally Showcases, Networking, and a Veterans Recognition Day to honor our hero’s. As we all know, the SGA is the link between student, staff, and faculty. I intend on using the power of this SGAof Harold Washington College, as a system to foster the community college experience of every student who presently attends HWC. If elected as your President, we will not go beyond nor beneath our responsibility; neither shall we breach the Student Policy Manual. We shall be proactive, and not reactionaries. We will make a strong impact; thus making us a blueprint for all CCC – SGA’s. I am determined to achieve this by all legal means necessary. Also, it is my intention to spread the SGA to those who are unaware of its power and influence. Besides, the positive aspect of every Student Government Association is that it has the tools and capacity to affect the wellbeing of every student for the better. For example, by helping you start your own club on campus/school. Sadly, many do not know that the SGA can do this or that it is a medium to channel any concern that any student may have with his or her respective college. For example, on the issues of text books, cost of drinks at vending machines, and the cost and lack of variety at our cafeteria — is our responsibility to be a voice for you. Likewise with all other concerns, we will help you voice them and seek solutions. However, since the concern of students is the concern of the SGA, our concerns will not be heard and addressed solely from the passion of the

dispute. In truth, we will have to be more organized, calculative, and determined. In my opinion, if we lack consistent-passionate organizational unity as students, it undermines our ability to be taken seriously. So, we need to regularly break that dynamic and mantra that says Student Government is powerless. This is why more Students must get involved. It is my intention to get more students involved and interested with Student Government. One way we will do this is by humbly asking our professors to promote clubs that are in relation to their field of teaching/studies and asking students to join them. With this plan, we will have more students leading and joining Student Government – thereby teaching and making ourselves better Student Leaders. This will make our consensus strong and our resolutions tight … and with both, we will lead our concerns and desires into being heard and addressed. Additionally, I plan on assisting international students, in settling into life at HWC. Because as an international student, I know the economic and cultural maladjustment faced. Likewise, I do hope and intend to increase student participation in not just student centered activities, but in all school activities, such as getting us as students to celebrate our diversity with various Heritage Months of which we comprise. Furthermore, reasons for student attrition, peer counseling, and where to get tutored if sought, a campus trajectory on each floor, and information on all types of scholarships will be provided by the Student Government

Association under my Presidency. As President, our core value at the SGA is will be community service, our aim: to get educated; and our desire: to have fun and socialize. Please note, if you have an ideas, send them to me. They are welcomed and will be implemented and further developed if necessary. Similarly, Student input is something we will continually give to staff, faculty, and administration. Additional drop boxes around the school for suggestions or surveys will be provided. In the end, we shall have an SGA sponsored dinner for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators to celebrate the completion of yet another semester. Remember, as President I will make sure that as a unit we do not protest what we permitted; instead we shall protest what is necessary and did not permit. I promise transparency and good governance and a steady and firm momentum for the next SGA. This transformation is coming through, now is the time for it and we shall be the facilitators and beneficiaries of the transformation. We are paying to attend here, so it is our reasonable expectation to be served as valuable customers. But we must also bear in mind that the faculty and staff are not enemies, and we do not plan to alienate them. Rather, it is our goal to reestablish the voice of the student and reorient the structure of our relationship to its proper place through upright dealings with one another and through transparency and wisdom.

Part 1 of 2: Does HWC provide service excellence? By Anthony Kromwell Staff Columnist

“Service Excellence is a guiding value in the day-to-day operations of the City Colleges of Chicago. At City Colleges, when we say “Service Excellence”, we mean a comprehensive, collaborative, and system-wide approach that applies critical thinking which initiates a customer/student centered approach to attracting, maintaining and fostering relationships of lifelong learning”, are the “Core Values” mentioned on page nine of the Harold Washington College Student Policy Manual. Then it goes on to list the things that our Instructors, Office Personnel, and Staff are supposed to be striving to achieve, and because these topics are very important to how the structure of HWC is operated. I will Staff editorials reflect the majority opinion of THE HERALDʼs student editorial board and not the opinions of Harold Washington College, the City Colleges of Chicago, or THE HERALD.

only be discussing two topics in this article they are Professionalism and Accountability. The other topics, Active Listening, Respect, and Training I will touch on in a follow-up article. So, let’s start with professionalism. Professionalism was defined as, “friendly demeanor, willingness to serve, respectful, acknowledgment of customer, and an “on-stage” demeanor.” I do believe that by far most of the faculty and staff here at Harold Washington College go above and beyond to achieve this goal and are here to help students get through the difficulties of the college life. There are also members of the staff whose attitude gives the school a negative and unprofessional persona. I have witnessed and been a recipient of a faulty member with an attitude that really didn’t want to answer the same questions over and over again. I would like them to remember to smile, take a Send Letters to the Editor to: via mail: THE HERALD 30 E. Lake St. Chicago, IL 60601 via fax: 312-553-5647 via email:

deep breathe, and relax. We all have our bad days, so don’t take what’s bothering you out on everybody else. When you work with an attitude bad things happen and do you want to be accountable for giving someone the wrong information. Accountability was defined as, “owning the issue/concern, knowing your job, and follow up.” We as students for the most part will take responsibility for our mistakes. The staff should also be willing to take accountability for mistakes made on their side of an issue. I have heard to many student’s complain that they were told that a class counted towards graduation, only to be denied the request for graduation because they had to retake another class. Then when the student tried to get the situation resolve the blame was placed solely on the student. We are all human and make mistakes. I think that if the faculLetter requirements: » Should be typed » Should be fewer than 300 words » Should include the authorʼs name, affiliation, and phone number.

ty were willing to accept it when they make mistakes, then students may be willing to do the same. Now for those times that a student is totally at fault for an issue, if you let the student ventilate their problems. Then, explain to them in a calm tone where they made their mistake. Nine times out of ten they will calm down, be polite, and be more receptive to listening to the solution that will help them resolve their problem. Then helping the student will be more productive. A faculty member has to be willing to listen to understand what the problem is first, find the solution. These two are just the beginning of what goals that our HWC staff, strive to accomplish in making our school a more profound institution of higher learning. So, let us students strive to do our part as well. Stay tuned for the second installment in next month’s issue.

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12 - APRIL 2011



HWC trio performs at Chicago Theater By James Tilton Staff Writer

After getting 97 percent of votes in the track-off competition organized by the RedEye "Kyles Files", The Asylum earned the opportunity to perform their original composition, “The Go (Chicago Anthem)” , at the Chicago Theater on March 10. The trio, (Jon (FATboy) Short, Shanton (Psychotic) Perry and Kevin (Pukka $ole) Smith composed the track here at HWC in the Commercial Music Workshop with professor Rodney Grisanti. “I could not be more proud of Jon (FATboy) and The Asylum. They are very talented song writers as well as recording and mixing engineers,” Grisanti said. Short and Perry are both pursuing a certificate in music technology from HWC. The certificate is similar to an associate of science degree and helpful if a student is going to transfer or further pursue music technology at another school. "The Asylum slipped a lyrical straitjacket on the competition,” wrote Kyra Kyles in the "Kyles Files". The track-off competition is a weekly match-up where local Chicago musicians submit a song to the RedEye. The public then votes for a winner in the track-off, with the winner getting a write up by the RedEye. The RedEye teamed up with Chicago Live! and provided the opportunity for The Asylum to perform as the

Photo by GʼJordan Williams

The members of The Asylum, left to right. Pukka $ole, Psychotic and Fatboy

winners of the competition. The performance was a milestone that marked the first time a musical act performed as part of Chicago Live! in cooperation with Kyles. Winning the competition and performing at the Chicago Theatre was “one of the best feelings ever, Short said. Musical guest Lupe Fiasco also

appeared as part of the evenings programming for Chicago Live! The format for the Chicago Live! gives the audience the chance to “see the newspaper brought to life on stage and meet all manner of interesting characters,” as stated by the shows host/producer Rick Kogan. Chicago Live! is a weekly stage and

radio show produced by the Chicago Tribune, in partnership with Second City. Chicago Live! features guests drawn from the arts, entertainment, popular culture and sports. Each hourlong show is taped for WGN Radio to be aired on the radio and as a podcast Saturday nights.


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