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District office draws protest

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Students, faculty and union organizers protested at the CCC district office, 226 West Jackson Boulevard, on April 15. “We are forming a coalition of faculty, staff and students at all seven City Colleges of Chicago,” said Viviana Arrieta, of Wilbur Wright College. They contest that the chancellor has fired hundreds of "frontline support staff", tutors, and six presidents without warrant. SGA members, along with a chapter of Students for a Democratic Society and a few professors represented Wright College. Malcolm X College also had SGA members in attendance while KennedyKing College's SGA was represented with the District Chairman of SGA, Theodore Fabriek. Additionally, the protesters addressed the now defunct plan to end open enrollment, the phasing out of each college's distinct name and self-identity, nursing programs that have

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been cut and they demanded a forensic audit of the money spent on reinvention. They also requested that the chancellor be "dumped" and for an elected board of trustees. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announced on April 25 that he is behind the chancellor and Board of Trustees Chairman Martin Cabrera Jr. "200 percent." Emanuel also announced five new board members, retaining only Cabrera and board member Everett Rand. The reinvention initiative was conceived last year and the first phase of recommendations will be delivered by the task forces in May. This will coincide with the centennial celebration of CCC and it's service to the city of Chicago. CCC has historically offered more than just degrees and certificates. For some, CCC is the bridge to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The institution was originally called the "People's College" and was built for those people that

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A protestor outside of the CCC district office.

needed it the most. “I went to Malcolm X, I took my citizenship test there, a long time ago,” said Steve Edwards, president of Local American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees #2858. “My wife got her nurse’s degree there. My son was in the childcare there, while she was taking her nurse's degree.” Multiple websites (for the most part anonymously) have formed since the reinvention initiative started and the chancellor has taken the brunt of criticism and conjecture thus far. Hyman has joked that she will start her own blog called the "Rumor Mill" to address her detractors.

"I was just talking with someone the other day about change, and about how very hard it is. I understand that it's uncomfortable and the first thing that people think about is 'me,' and how is it going to affect 'me,'" Hyman said at an awards banquet for CCC "Stars" on April 29 at the district office. "That's why you will always see me caring and compassionate, even when I know I have to make hard decisions." She also told members of Phi Theta Kappa from across district, who were invited by student members of the task forces, on April 1 that she does not mind taking a “few hits” for the reinvention team that she has helped create.

Orange is now the new black and gold By Leanna Burton Managing Editor

Varying opinions have surfaced regarding the change of HWC’s school colors, which were unveiled as orange and gray during an event held on the first floor April 25. The new colors could be seen throughout HWC that day, with orange and gray balloons adorning Room 103 and SGA members giving away Tshirts and cups that featured the new colors at the voting table. This change affected schools district wide and many of the colleges were assigned new colors. College colors were changed as a result of a joint decision made by CCC and each

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school’s respective president. At a meeting with Chancellor Cheryl Hyman in April, all college presidents were given the opportunity to

keep their school’s original colors or change them to colors predetermined by CCC. The presidents collectively made the decision to proceed with the change, according to Don Laackman, HWC’s newly hired president. Laackman said that the changes were underway before he was hired as president of HWC in March. “I hate it, it looks like prison colors,” said Darius Dorsey. Many students agree with Dorsey on the aesthetics of the new colors, according to an informal poll conducted by The Herald staff which asked 320 students if they approve or disapprove of the new colors. According to the survey, 120 students approved of the

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change, while 180 did not. Twenty students did not have an opinion on the matter. “[The new colors] aren’t bad, they’re bright and neutral,” said Andy Pena. The debate surrounding the switch has led to discussion on the process by which this and all recent decisions made by district concerning HWC and student input have come to fruition. “I think that students should have more say in the colors that represent us,” Dorsey said. Pena agreed that students should have had more say in the decision to change from the original colors, which were gold and black.

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Don Laackman, HWC's newly appointed president, held a presidential forum which was was attended by faculty, staff and students April 8. The president faced a lot of questions and suggestions pertaining to the reinvention plan; specifically, concerns on the affect of reinvention on HWC's academic integrity. “What is being centralized are those areas that are nonacademic. There is a belief that consistency across the district would be beneficial. For the academic what I was told, this institution will be autonomous regarding academic issues," Laackman said. "To the extent, district is making changes that is going to affect academic policy, I am going to get involved in understanding this because this is counter to what I was told.” The forum encouraged all in attendance to voice concerns, and many of those concerns dealt with the monetary motives behind reinvention. “We are not for profit. We are a very different entity. And for us to throw ourselves, under that kind of position might harm our institution as a whole because for-profit has a different agenda than we do,” said Ivanhoe A. Tejeda, associate professor of architecture. Along with fielding questions from the audience, Laackman aslo made announcements regarding changes such as replacing and firing new faculty and a $2 tuition raise. The president defended the tuition raise, saying that endeavors such as the upcoming green roof project, transportation subsidies for faculty and staff and expansion of campus space funds.

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Marchers took to Ashland Avenue on May 1 in support of undocumented residents and workers.

DREAM Act vote on May 4 By Daniel Collins Staff Writer

HWC students and supporters of the Illinois DREAM Act rallied at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church at 3721 West 62nd Street April 30 in an attempt to gain momentum and support before the state senate votes May 4. Opening the ceremonies were the Korean Resource and Chicago Cultural Center's youth drummers, followed by a presentation of the film "Undocumented and Unafraid". After the opening, speakers addressed the crowd about their thoughts on what it means to be an undocumented residents in America and how they support the the DREAM Act. “Because these [students] are undoc-

umented, the law limits their choices, and denies these young, intelligent, hardworking, dedicated, and yes, patriotic residents [basic rights],” said Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. “You can go to college, but even if you’re the valedictorian you’ll be hard pressed to find a job because when you worked hard, someone else chose were you were going to live.” Other speakers included Associate Director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Lawrence Benito, University of Illinois President Michael Hogan and Illinois Senate House Speaker Michael Madigan. When the event was adjourned, chants of “More education, less deportation,” and “Up, up with education,

OLAS members unafraid to speak By Gregory Fairbanks News Editor

Undocumented students from the Organization for Latin American Students (OLAS) traveled to Springfield on April 13 to lobby for the DREAM Act. Joining the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), Maria Gonzalez and David Morales entered the capital building "undocumented and unafraid" to find state senators and ask for their support. "Before I was involved in [the] Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) I was like everyone else, I was first afraid of sharing my status," Morales said. Undocumented residents face deportation if exposed, and taking risks like lobbying or protesting in a government building are actions that some students feel need to be taken. "I got arrested in Washington D.C. We were arrested in one of the Senate

buildings and part of our strategy was to get U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) involved...they didn't come. We all knew the risks, none of us were pressured to do it, that was the first [act] of civil disobedience I was in but it was not the first that IYJL was in," Morales said. "You're risking yourself, and then you're risking your family, if you come out. But then at the same time, if you don't do it then no one is going to know. This problem has been going on for years, and the reason why nothing was being done is because everybody keeps it hush-hush," OLAS President Maria Gonzalez said. Undocumented high-school students face a unique set of challenges than their peers. The DREAM Act would require that high-school advisers receive training and are educated about the possibilities for undocumented students after high-school.

"They (peers) would tell me, 'Oh that's messed up, why can't you just apply?' And I would have to explain there is no way for me to even qualify to apply. And being undocumented, when you're a kid, you sometimes don't even know why you can't go apply," Gonzalez said. "Even in college, undocumented students still try to keep it downlow. Like I tell everyone in OLAS, if you're not going to do anything for yourself and your situation, nobody else is. Nobody has a responsibility to fight for you and for something that concerns you and your life. So you have to go out there and do it yourself." The DREAM Act will be voted upon May 4 by the Illinois Senate. ICIRR and other groups will be heading to Springfield to show support for undocumented students. "Someone has to risk it, and it's up to us to make a change," Gonzalez said.

down, down with deportation,” were chanted throughout the church while signs that read “Don’t just dream, ACT,” were waved in the air. “The students have done everything we have asked them to do. They have stayed in school, they have got good grades, stayed out of trouble and we believe that this is the right thing to do. This is what our faith tells us, and this is what growing up in America should be about which is why we are pushing for it,” Benito said. “We all deserve human rights. Why not give us a chance to better the U.S.? We already pay taxes … if a reformation law gets passed, then all of us will contribute and better the economy. These students care, why deport them?” asked Andrea Gonzalez.

Who does the DREAM Act affect? On May 4, the Illinois Senate will vote on the Illinois DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act. The Illinois DREAM Act allows undocumented students to embrace opportunities that are inherent for U.S. citizens. It will not allow the state to grant the students lawful immigration status or establish residency. The federal Dream Act is currently tabled and has many provisions for establishing those rights for undocumented residents of the U.S. Undocumented students are not able to receive their driver's license, join the military or work legally. However, they can be required to take Driver's Education courses in high school, they can join the Army JROTC (Junior Reserves Officer's Training Program) in high school, and they can graduate from high school.


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Fukushima disaster explained to HWC By Leanna Burton Managing Editor

Science Club recently hosted an event during which five HWC faculty members presented analyses of the March 11 tsunami in Japan and its radioactive effects upon Illinois. The event, “Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Meltdowns: Putting the Japanese Nuclear Accident in Perspective”, held April 27, was moderated by HWC Vice President John Metoyer and featured a panel of math and science faculty. The panelists attempted to quell any myths surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and its radiation leak caused by the tsunami. Philip Vargas, radiation engineer, discussed the effects of radiation by showing a PowerPoint presentation and field-

ing questions from the audience. Vargas explained the different levels of radiation involved and its impact on the human body. He estimated radiation levels near the site of the leak at two to eight sieverts, a measurement used to calculate electromagnetic activity. “At this rate you actually can have organ failure, death, also smaller injuries such as hemorrhaging or even just reddening of the skin,” Vargas said. However, these levels of radiation are no cause for panic to Illinois residents, according to Vargas. “Radiation tapers off quite rapidly as you get away from the initial source.” Vargas aimed to put the effects of these measurements into perspective. “Here in Chicago, there is actually

an increased amount of radiation, [but] it’s .5 micro-sieverts, which is extraordinarily low,” he said. “In fact, if it was 200 times more radioactive, it would be equivalent to eating a banana.” Lilliana Marin, geologist and physical science professor at HWC, used a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate the damage caused by the tsunami. She also explained its causes. “One of the processes that happens after an earthquake is a tsunami. A tsunami is taking the water in the ocean and making a big wave out of it,” she said. “That wave is going to be much more magnified and intense when it touches the ground and approaches the coastline.” Athan Vouzianas, an electrical engineer and assistant professor of math at

HWC, analyzed the topic from an engineer’s perspective. Vouzianas spoke about history of engineering, the job of engineers and the process of making structures “earthquake proof ”. “You have to understand not only how to build it but what’s going to happen through its lifetime,” he said. “You try to forecast the behavior [of a structure] when abnormal circumstances happen.” Vouzianas said that engineers have to take economics as well as safety into account. “You need, of course, to design something that is economically feasible, and something that is safe to life and property,” he said.

Grant adds up to new college-wide math program By Alejandra Cerda Staff Writer

The City Colleges of Chicago have been awarded a $248,000 grant to expand and assist existing math programs. These programs help students master and complete all the developmental math programs required for entry to the next level, and ultimately graduation.

The City Colleges competed with more than 600 other competitors and were among the 50 finalists all vying for this grant aimed at focusing and supporting programs that help students who struggle with mathematics. The grant was pioneered by Kevin Li who is the Associate Dean of Instruction at Wright College. He modified an initiative called the "Emporium"

model originally started at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Emporium focuses on the improvement and quality of large enrollment math courses. There are more than 550 computers that help accommodate more than 8,000 students each semester, the idea first came about by the need to accommodate thousands of students to improve learning outcomes. This program will be modified in

a way; so that it too helps the students of City Colleges succeed in mathematics. The grant was awarded by the Next Generation Learning Challenges, an initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The program started Wright College and will soon expand to the six other City Colleges of Chicago.


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LIFESTYLE HWC celebrates birthday of its namesake By Daniel Collins Staff Writer

HWC paid homage to Harold Washington on April 14 to commemorate his birthday with a variety of hiphop music, snacks, and a photo booth. Throughout his tenure as the mayor of Chicago, Washington created a legacy that is conspicuous amongst many Chicagoans. “It’s a true honor to celebrate a legacy of an African American mayor who’s contributed so much to Chicago, and to be a part of a school that carries on the legacy, I’m thankful,” said Ed Whiteside. Washington’s political views

expressed his belief in equality and diversity, which were two qualities that earned him popularity in Chicago. His beliefs were best expressed in his speeches and conferences when he is remembered for stating that “Chicago is one city, we shall work as one people for our common good and our common goals.” Harold Washington also felt that Chicago needed more than the average mayor. One of his messages to Chicago was that “Business as usual will not be accepted by any part of this city,” conveying that he wanted the city to work as one, while changing for the better. His charisma and enthusiasm still runs through the veins of Chicagoans today

who wish to carry on his message. For those unfamiliar with the story of Harold Washington they had the chance to become a little more connected with it during the celebration. “We really admire the late mayor, and this is to honor his memory and achievements. We want to get the students more involved with his story and this [celebration] is for them,” said SGA presidential candidate, Timi Akindele. There were attendees who said they felt the connection between them and Washington’s legacy. And some also felt that Washington would have enjoyed the festivities and respected the school that portrays his name and represents

his legacy. “This is a very wonderful event. It reminds me of [Washington’s] direction, leadership and success,” said HWC tutor, Christine Carroll. “[Washington] would have felt cherished and loved. He would have appreciated the variety of music and events, and would have been proud of this school that is named after him,” said Veda Cooper, an elementary school teacher in the Englewood community. While in office, Washington said he wanted to be “A mayor, who helped, really helped,” who had a concern to “heal” and “bring together.”

Project Nur aims to dispel negative stereotypes By Jason Astorga Staff Writer

Project Nur, a student led initiative of the American Islamic Congress, has made its way to HWC this semester and hopes to enlighten many about the Islamic culture. There has been an increasing amount of negative perceptions on the Muslim community after the attack on the World Trade Center, One of the main goals of Project Nur is to help dispel that misconception

about Muslims. “A lot of the American people think that Muslims have an ulterior motive for being here, and that ulterior motive is negative against the United States,” said Mary Levenson, head of Project Nur at HWC. “I don’t believe in that. I believe many Muslims come here because they can’t live in their own country because of the oppression.” Anyone is welcome to join Project Nur; the lub presents itself as an oppor-

tunity for Muslims and non-Muslims to get together and communicate. HWC student Samah Azeez, who is raised from a non-conservative Muslim family, is happy to be part of the club. “What I like about this group is that it's open to non-Muslim students. It's opening up a dialogue to them to break the 'wall' that prevents people to see the Muslim civilization,” Azeez said. “To be born Muslim doesn’t necessarily mean to believe in everything [the religion teaches]. I still love my culture

and want to present my traditions, so that’s why I’m here.” Project Nur has chapters in many colleges and universities including Georgetown University, Harvard, University of California, Irvine and more. Project Nur hosted an introductory event in hopes of reaching out to students April 25. The initiative hoped to dispel any misconceptions by showing different aspects of the Muslim community.


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CCC celebrates stars across the colleges By Joe Rottman Staff Writer

CCC has envisioned a new way to honor those deemed exceptional within CCC, by naming chosen professors, faculty members and students “CCC Stars” for their contributions to their respective colleges. The nominations were reviewed by the staff from CCC's marketing and communications department who then reviewed the candidate’s resumes and points of accomplishment. After review of these accolades, recommendations were made which were looked over by the provost and then sent to the chancellor for final review and approval. The "Stars" are; Tiffany Almanza, a student at Daley College Caroline Orzac Shoenberger, business department faculty member at HWC Heather Lalley-Sennett, student at Kennedy-King College's Washburne Culinary Institute Arica Mohammed, student at Malcolm X College William Hill, student at OliveHarvey College Dr.Anghesom Atsbaha, social science professor at Truman College Robert Cordero, architect instructor at Wilbur-Wright College “ CCC Stars is a way for us to for-

mally recognize those doing exceptional work within the CCC community,” Katheryn Hayes, CCC director of external communications . “I’m so honored, it is definitely a significant event in my life,” Shoenberger said. Shoenberger is the supervising attorney of the Immigration Project at the Chicago Legal Clinic. She offers a free legal clinic here at HWC, providing advice and referrals. The clinic has helped hundreds of CCC students over the past three years. “My father was a doctor but didn’t graduate college, and then years later he went back, earned his degree and began to teach, I am thrilled he knows I am receiving this award,” Shoenberger said. Shoenberger believes that teaching is her way of contributing to society. She was formerly the Supervisor of the Consumer Fraud Unit in Chicago, Director of Child Support Enforcement for the Cook County State's Attorney Office and Commissioner of Consumer Services for the City of Chicago. “Teaching is a natural part of believing in the American goal, I want to help people achieve their version of the American dream and I think teaching is one of the best ways to do that,” she said. The seven Stars were honored at a ceremonial awards breakfast April 29 on the sixth floor of CCC's district

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Left to right: HWC President Don Laackman, Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, Caroline Schoenberger, Alan Schoenberger at the CCC Stars breakfast April 29.

office. Chancellor Hyman addressed those in attendance before the award ceremony. "You've heard a lot about the 'case for change', what you'll start to hear now is about the opportunity for change and the opportunity that we have. And this breakfast (award ceremony) is the beginning of that because all of you represent the opportunity that city colleges has," Hyman said. Each award recipient had a short bio

shown that was prepared by WYCC, the licensed television station of the City Colleges of Chicago. "The city college's offers an opportunity, and this is an opportunity to succeed, to realize dreams envisioned by our fore-founders. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to teach and I thank you from the bottom of my heart," Shoenberger said. Gregory Fairbanks contributed reporting to this article


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Photography Club showcases HWC talent By Courtney O'Donnell Staff Writer

On May 27 the HWC Photography Club had their first biannual 20X20 presentation. Participants chose 20 photographs representative of their work to present to the audience, and spoke about each for 20 seconds. “I wanted this event to bring opportunities to student artists to network with individuals who can help them not only promote their work, but actually get a job as photographers. Or meet new people who can help them take their ideas to new levels and expand their creativity,” said Brenda Gamboa, president of the Photography Club. Participants included students Andrew Bly, Henry Berry, Natalia Olivares, Njeri Kairo and Brittany Berlanga-Paniagua. Student Aygul Islamova discussed nature, cautioning the audience to take time out of their day and appreciate what it has to provide; and Brenda Gamboa revealed the pain and emotion of track and field athletes with her camera. Student Arturo Duarte documented his ventures into hidden urban environments, while Photography Club treasurer Danielle Freeman provided the audience with an intimate peek into her life. “I shoot because I want to relay my perspective, and my pictures say everything without saying anything. That’s how I chose my body of work,” said Freeman. According to Gamboa, this event will have a positive effect on young artists both creatively and professionally. “I believe that when artists come together to share their ideas and work, new ideas are born. It is very important that as student artists we become comfortable presenting and talking to others about our work and ideas. This helps us become less intimidated with public speaking and better at talking to new people. Personally I have seen the importance of networking,” said Gamboa. Club secretary Cristina Sanchez explained that this event provides an outlet for artists who otherwise would not have the opportunity to present their work. “We, the Photo Club, are one of the first, if not the only, club at Harold Washington that has to do with art. So people, like the artists that are presenting today, are able to show their art to the school and the community, anyone who is going to come. I think it benefits them because they have a method of showing their work,” said Sanchez. The idea for the event was born of a different discipline: architecture. “Through architecture, I was exposed to PechaKucha. PechaKucha means ‘chit-chat’ in Japanese. PechaKucha Night is an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It was devised in Tokyo in February 2003. It challenges architects to explain each of their 20 images in 20 seconds. Since [architecture] and [photography] are both creative fields, I use the same presentation format for 20X20,” said Gamboa, whose major is architecture The photography club will have its last meeting of the semester May 5 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 726.

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Student gets tuned to success By Autumn Sample Staff Writer

There are some people for whom no matter how hard the concrete is, like a rose growing through the crack in a sidewalk, they come through and inspire the fight in us all. Kalin Hightower was born on the southside of Chicago and raised by his mother in a little house off the corner of 56th Street and Calumet Avenue. He lived a hectic lifestyle, relocating from school to school. Once he turned 13, Hightower and his mother moved to Arizona. Then, things made a turn for the worse due to his rebellious behavior and selfish thinking. At the age of 14, his mother kicked him out and he lived the next couple of years homeless on the streets. "I was sleeping … no living in my school's gym locker room," Hightower said. Later he joined a gang, selling drugs and committing felonious acts. Hightower knew things needed to change when the love of his life, whom he never mentions, died due to his dangerous lifestyle. After his father offered him a place to stay, Hightower decided to move back to Chicago. He was 18, and once he moved back he knew he wanted to change his life and better himself. So, he decided to go back to school. He knew attending Olive Harvey College (his old neighborhood college) would be opening up old wounds, so he decided to attend Harold Washington College. "I knew the people I hung out with in the streets would not be on State and Lake. Once I knew that, I knew Harold Washington was the school for me," he said.

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Kalin “Grimey Grinch” Hightower sought refuge in the halls of HWC.

He has done more than just change his path since coming to HWC, he has made a name for himself. Now, under his artist name, "Grimey Grinch", he is known for being "outside of the box" with his skills of rapping and producing. Hightower created 'Whoville', an independent record label in March 2007. From there, he went on to start his own career. Describing his style as being, "something that has been here forever, but has never been heard before," his brawny stature matches his music capabilities. He is also talented at R&B and Pop music production. Hightower has been so successful with his production skills that he has been able to create a business out of his talents, selling an average beat at $7,500. He is currently working on his first album entitled, "Welcome You To

Gotham City". Described by him as an 80's style futuristic, compelling, hip hop piece that will be around for years to come, due to its undeniable relevance throughout time. He says the project will be filled with many great influences from the late 80's and 90's. Hightower is now currently working with Keeb (a local artist ),Wally West (a local artist from HWC), Prince (a local hip-hop artist from HWC) and Villian (a local freestyle artist). In a personal interview with West, Hightower was described as being "more innovative than he knew" by being able to "bridge the gap between 90's gangster rap and modern gangsta rap." West explained how Hightower has generated a new focus in his own sound due to his ability to "create a poetic substance to the music rather than that watered down bubble-gum rap music."


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OPINION Students neglecting the potential of SGA By Lora Allbritton Staff Columnist

Do you want a sports team? Do you want hand driers in the bathrooms? How about affordable food and drinks so you don’t have to walk to Dunkin’ Donuts and eat junk every day just because it’s cheaper? Maybe a registration process administered by competent people that won’t cost you months of would-be education due to bad advice? How’s your butt feeling? Happy sitting on floors? Feeling dignified? Or do you want some sort of seating arrangement on all floors? Do you? Well, it’ll never happen, buddy. Not a chance. Any ideas why? It’s because nobody knows. Nobody knows what you want. The funny part is that there is a whole bunch of money and time being spent trying to figure that very question out..."What the hell do these students want?" In true bureaucratic form, District, the ones running the school, are impotently trying to get a gauge of what students want. Remember that survey? How many of you actually spent the time thinking about what the most honest answer to those robotic questions were? Nobody should feel too terribly about that, really. It’s hard, not to mention sort of weird, having to all of a sudden contemplate what should be improved about an institution while

in the middle of a class. And then to hand it to what might as well have been a wild animal for all of the assurance of its destination and/or use. Does their effort (though it sure does sound good to at least someone wearing a suit of some description) automatically necessitate our participation in the half-assed, not to mention halfbaked attempt to at least look like they’re doing their jobs? Thankfully, no. We have plenty of other productive options. Super-secret options. Options facilitated by a super-secret organization. An organization so secretive that, though it is *shhhhhh* designed and *shhhhhh* funded to represent the students’ wants and needs, only three of the 57 students I asked knew who was in it (those three knew someone in the organization personally.) What is this magical super-secret organization designed to fulfill (or at least hear) your wishes? Why, it’s the SGA! That’s right, the Student Government! You know, government? An organization of people democratically chosen to represent the needs and rights of a population? Anybody Well, we totally have one of those. They’re just hanging out on the second floor in Room 204, spending whatever they can out of this year’s $84,000 budget on things like clubs and get-togethers and whatnot for students. Well, some students, anyway. The stu-

dents that want something and say so. I’ve talked to the President Angie Shum, the Vice President (and one of next year’s Presidential candidate) Timi Akindele, and Treasurer Devon Nessin and found out that none of them have gotten a single email asking them for help or representation. They’re there to help, and they’re left feeling useless, except for the student clubs they help to fund and organize. Angie went so far as to say that if you need a pencil, she wants to give you one. If you have an issue with a professor, they want to help. Even if you have immigration issues, they are just sitting around waiting to point you in the right direction. If you want something, say something. You could literally just say or write, “I want coffee that costs less than Starbucks,” and then hang up or press send. If they get enough of those, they’ll at least have a clue as to what they should do to make students happy. I took it upon myself to do what could be argued to be the SGA’s/District’s job and asked around 50 students what they wanted directly, and these are some of the many suggestions I have: * Sports team/gym * Less gloomy/dark cafeteria area * More experienced teachers * Better selection of food (something cheap other than muffins.)

* Better step-by-step registration help/more efficient registration * More respectful/less bitter staff (and more of them.) * More printers/copiers (we have 2 copiers for 12,000 students!) * Negotiate looser terms for dropping/picking up classes * Hot water in bathroom sinks * Better-promoted job fairs * Accessible suggestion boxes If you would like any of these to happen, you are not alone. There are hundreds of students who feel the same and would back you up instantly, and some of those students happy to back you up are already in the position to get things going – the SGA. So use them, or else leave the oblivious bureaucrats to stab at suggestions that would sound good to their superiors. Their superiors are not the people who should be in charge of what happens, especially now, what with all the reinvention stuff they keep blabbing about via the talking point posters. Now is the time for students’ needs to be heard, and now is the time for students to voice them, we have options.

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

In the first part of this article I discussed Professionalism and Accountability. In this article I will be discussing Active Listening, Respect, and Training. So, without any more delay I want to start with Active Listening. Active Listening was defined as, “anticipating the issue, know the students’ needs.” I have heard students complain that the staff member would not let them explain the situation or just cut them off and gave them a solution to an issue that didn’t even deal with the student’s issue. Now, this is something that students need to work on as well as faculty. Sometimes faculty members may think they know what a student is going to ask, and it ends with miscommunication or giving the wrong information. It is easier to listen to the problem first, before answering. You should also ask a few questions if you are confused by the question being asked of you. Just to get a better understanding. Then offer an answer or solution to the students’ needs. If you don’t know the 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.

answer or solution to the problem, at least try to find someone that does, trust me it makes a student feel good to know that someone is really trying to help them. When you as a faculty member take the time to active listen to what a student’s problem; it is showing a sign of respect and that you care enough to listen a student’s problem. Respect was defined as, “service with a smile, The Golden Rule.” This is another topic that not only the faculty members should be striving to achieve, but the students as well need some work in this department. I have seen faculty members talk to students as if they were kids, and then were shocked when the student retorted with hostile words of their own. I have also seen the reverse of that same issue I previously mentioned. Let me just say that respect has to earned by giving it yourself first. No problem can be resolved if both parties have negative attitudes, and are disrespecting each other. A problem can be resolved better with two positive people. Whether you are dealing with a student or even one of your own faculty members, and they just can’t seem to get on the positive express. Just smile, and tell them to have a good day. Now, if a stuSend Letters to the Editor to: via mail: THE HERALD 30 E. Lake St. Chicago, IL 60601 via fax: 312-553-5647 via email: hwc_heraldnews@ccc.edu

dent were to find themselves in this situation, still smile wish them a good day and find someone to help you or come back at a later. Either way you shouldn't let anyone steal your positive spirit. I heard an advisor say that if you show a student the respect to receive their issues and concerns. The student will show you the same respect and receive the solution or process that needs to resolve their problem from a faculty member. I think faculty members should train themselves to think this way. Training was defined as, “educating all CCC employees, educating customers.” This is a tough nut to crack, because policies and procedures may change when we least expect it. We as students don’t know when these changes may occur. So we look to the faculty to fill us in on information that we need to know to make our lives at HWC more safe and rewarding. I have heard students complain about the smoking rule when it first went into effect. Most of the student body that smoked didn’t know about this rule. If there was warning posted I think the smokers would not have been so hostile when approach by security to move pass the yellow line to fill their nicotine need. I just wanted Letter requirements: » Should be typed » Should be fewer than 300 words » Should include the authorʼs name, affiliation, and phone number.

to mention again, when questions arise from students and the faculty members in that department do not know the answers. Most times it would be in the best interest of those faculty members to find out what the answers are to these questions. Even if it’s not the department you are assigned to work and are just filling in for someone. Students look to faculty members to have all the answers. As a faculty member you should want to know what’s going on in the place that of your employment, you may learn something new that is going to affect your job or be helpful and may answer a student’s questions. I don’t think these standards should be only set to faculty, but to students as well. While the faculty members are striving for service excellence, we as students should be striving to be more professional and treat those around us with respect. We should also learn to be more accountable for our actions. Really learn to actively listen to instructors, faculty members, and staff because you may be the receiver of some good advice or information. We get training every day in class, you can’t learn your skill or trade if you are in the hallway instead of the classroom. Anonymity may be requested. Letters may be edited for length, clarity, style and grammar. Letters, columns, and cartoons contain the opinions of their authors, not THE HERALD.


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LIFESTYLE

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Annual drag show at HWC continues By Jason Astorga Staff Writer

High heels, beards, toned muscles, flashy costumes and tattoos adorned the performers of HWC's drag show, sponsored by OLAS and Pride Alliance on April 28. Main performer, Venus Carangi, was of several who showed more than just leg and thigh throughout the event. Performance group, ChiCityKingz and Generation L, an organization to help bring awareness of gays in the community, were also present. Venus has performed a total of three years in drag, this November would be his fourth year. Performers like Venus have a touching story on what became the start of his 'drag scene'. “As part of being one of the captains for one of the fundraisers, I had to get performers to perform at an event. Not a lot of people showed up so I felt I needed to do something,” said Venus. ChiCityKingz's Niko Suave was also one of the several performers that night and has been performing for nearly a year and a half with other members of ChiCityKingz. Before the start of her performance of dressing up in clothes resembling the opposite sex, she was asked to find performers to start a group. “When [I was asked] if I wanted to perform in drag, the only thing I can think of is that I'm always doing it in

Photo courtesy of Brenda Gamboa

Performers prepare to go on stage at the drag show April 28

the shower, so I might as well get my ass up on stage,” Niko said. Generation L believes in helping to inform and about sexually transmitted infections, and diseases. “We feel that a lot of people are not being educated about STI's and HIV. We feel that people should get educated and they should know about the risks they are taking when they are having sex,” said Paul Barcenus, member of Generation L. Homosexuality is a taboo subject in

many cultures, and some can be worse than others. “The whole point of having a drag show was the taboo of homosexuality in the Latino community. Many times parents would prefer to have a gangbanger, alcoholic or drug addict son before having a gay son,” said Maria Gonzalez, president of OLAS. Other than the performance and the hoards of pizza and drinks, a $1 photo shoot with glittery, fluffy, shiny props was available for those who wished to have

their photo taken. Alejandra Gonzalez and others who are members of the Photography Club would then upload the photos onto Facebook. Doors for the show opened at four o' clock in the evening with an entrance fee of $10. The cover fee is was to help fund raise for scholarships to students who do not qualify for financial aid and are of low income, according to OLAS.

May 2011  

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