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It could happen to you Julia Tanner Staff Writer Every teenager has been in a car. This is nothing new to society. However, the idea of car accidents and young drivers should still be fresh in the minds of the world. In 2010 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every day seven teenagers from the age of sixteen to nineteen die in a car accident. I was recently involved in a car accident. It was a car full of hyper teenagers heading to Denny’s for a cast party. We had just completed the first show of our school play. The driver was over- excited and forgot to check to see if a car was heading our way before he turned. This tiny lapse in judgment caused us to be in a terrifying car accident. The driver received nothing more than a mild concussion, the passenger a few cuts and a concussion. Out of the three in the back, one of which included me, only one of us walked away without injuries. I suffered the brunt of the injuries with a double fractured pelvis which has me isolated to a wheelchair for distances more than a few feet and a walker for the short trips. I cannot sit up from bed without help, nor can I bathe without some assistance. I also suffered a major concussion and brain bruising which for a week straight meant that I could not use any form of technology in fear that it would slow the healing process. Boredom was my best friend. I tried to recall the events of that night without much success. I remember almost every moment up until getting into the car. The next day also is a blank for me. The day after I remember trying to sit up not realizing what had happened and screaming. After that the

The accident scene.

photos courtesy of The Marshall Police Dept.

healing game began. Even though I cannot sleep for more than a few hours straight because of the constant pain, the worst feeling is how helpless I am. I cannot make my own food. I cannot dress myself. I can’t even walk. I have been humbled by this experience, and I am beyond grateful that even though people were hurt, no one died. I have great respect continued on page 2

The hoot on the Hub Jake Smith Staff Writer On March 4, 2013, the upstairs section of the Student Center which is now known as the Hub, is opened for business. This relieved a good portion of congestion in the student services and business departments. The Admissions office, Registration office, and a hybrid walk-in advising area have been relocated to the Hub. According to the Student Services Division, this was concept that has been in the works for quite a while now, and it is finally here. Many construction personnel have been working diligently throughout campus for the past few years, building KCC up with a bigger, better, and newer image. The remodel on the Lane-Thomas Building was just the start. If this is your first year on campus, you might not know that there is even such thing as a Student

Center and that the crowded Ohm building offices were just a normal location. As for the employees in these office spaces, they have been counting down the days until their new office spaces in the Student Center would open. Colleen Wright, Director of Registrar, explained, “We did not want to cookie cutter other institutions concepts of a hub, but instead we had to find the best way to make it the most accessible to fit the needs of the KCC students.” The Hub here at KCC is a central location for students to access their web portals and navigate their KRIS systems. continued on page 2

Affordable dental care pg. 2

Parapalooza pg. 3

Jade Bolden tries out the new computers.

World book night pg. 4

Veterans writing project pg. 9

photo by Jake Smith

He says, she says pg. 12



April 2013

KCC Centers Celebrate

Jake Smith Staff Writer Directors of the KCC’s regional centers and the Student Life department have plans to improve student life at all KCC’s centers. The Fehsenfeld Center in Hastings, Eastern Academic Center in Albion, and Grahl Center in Coldwater are KCC’s regional centers. The centers accommodate students with a more convenient travel distance, however, there are downfalls. Students don’t have the opportunity to participate in student events and celebrations the main Battle Creek Campus provide. Student Life still hosts two to three events a year at the regional centers and hopes to increase those numbers. Directors of the centers and the Student Life Department have big plans to improve the student life with our “sister” centers.

The Battle Creek Campus has its Gradfest and the centers will now have Graduation Celebrations. The Grahl Center and EAC Graduation Celebration is April 24th from 4:30 – 6:00pm. This event includes cupcakes, ice cream, and giveaways for graduating students. Fehsenfeld Graduation is April 24 from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Hastings is celebrating their future graduating students’ accomplishments with a cook out and giveaways. KCC may be spread out over the state of Michigan, but once a Bruin, always a bruin; no matter the location. KCC is very proud of all its students’ accomplishments and wants to celebrate and reward them for it. No Bruins’ endeavors are more appreciated more than any others, and KCC Student Life and Department Directors are making sure of it. Congratulations to all future KCC graduates; no matter where you may reside. ~Jake Smith wishes the best for all KCC graduates!

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for anyone who has a disability and has to have anyone wait on them constantly. It is an awful feeling that I could spend the rest of my life wishing to never feel again. Car accidents do not just happen in movies. As an actress, I live for the theatrics of life, but this was one scene and one part that I never needed to play. I also realize how much this has affected the people around me. My family has turned their lives upside down to accommodate me. My new room is in the living room because I cannot climb stairs. My father took vacation days to watch over me; the same with my mother. My sister gave up an internship in order to make sure she could at least come and see me a few times a week. Then I think about my boyfriend of

two years. He was not with us in the car but unfortunately I was on the phone with him when the car hit us. He heard everything up until his mother forced him to hang up. He heard the screams of everyone in the car. He heard the cries of pain from everyone. Then he realized he couldn’t hear me. The crash knocked me unconscious, and he heard people begging me to wake up. I cannot imagine what this has done to him. He told me he thought I was dead. I would never want to be in his place or mine again. I just wish that more teenagers would realize how dangerous it is to be distracted while driving. Just slow down and take a second to look around. You don’t want the lives of anyone on your hands. ~Julia wishes everyone safe driving

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Terah Zaremba, Director of Advising and Student Life, described, “The Hub is a central location outside the office space for students to use what they have learned in KCC’s six step process, and apply it on their own in an accommodating environment.” This minimizes lines and clutter in the department office, and eliminates the process of sending students across campus to work on applications, registration, FAFSA, etc. Meredith Stravers, Director of Admissions, summarized, “The Student Services Division has always worked closely, and this central location is a result of that unity.” The Hub will always be

accompanied with a supportive team of advisors and student workers from various departments, but will allow students to become more independent and efficient. Kellogg Community College is moving forward not only with construction remodeling, but with its efficiency and supportive environment for student success. “This is only the beginning and we are constantly working to improve not only this area but the entire college environment," Zaremba reinforces. The Hub is now open and it is here to stay; it is now up to the students to utilize this excellent addition of the college.

Don’t stress! Jake Smith Staff Writer Kellogg Community College is having its annual spring semester Stress Busters event April 29 and 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is KCC’s way of assisting students before finals week with a variety of stress relieving activities. Stress Busters has two locations; Lane Thomas Lobby and Roll Atrium. Student Life will provide snacks and drinks, along with a professional team of massage therapists

that provide 10 free minutes of relaxation. The Kampus Activities Board is co-sponsoring this event. As KAB President, The past two years we have provided a coloring station for students to dumb it down a little bit, and just have fun with. This semester we really want to switch it up, our members and officers have been brainstorming a lot of solid ideas. The student body is in for a real treat, but for now we are going to keep it a surprise. Do not worry; we will not disappoint. KAB has been very involved all year with awesome treats and events; Look for upcoming activities KAB has to offer.

April nature walk Dylan Konway Staff Writer This April, you may want to take some time off one day to appreciate the early spring we are receiving. Tom Webster and Elizabeth Kerlikowske, two English professors at KCC invite you to walk the path around the lake of KCC and enjoy the simple sounds of nature, as well as the coming of the birds, and hopefully much more if the weather permits. The informative walk will take place April 17

at noon, at the picnic table by the lake. Webster is going to lead the walk and those who walk will be lucky enough to view the various wildlife returning to the lake. Kerlikowske says she enjoys walking with Webster because, “he always points out which squirrels are tastiest.” The walk is part of the Wellness Committee on campus. They try to do something every month to promote a healthier lifestyle. Kerlikowske and Webster have found a walk around the lake helpful in dispersing any negative energy that has accumulated during the day. Come out enjoy the fresh air, get a little exercise, and maybe learn a thing or two about squirrels from Webster.

Affordable dental care KCC`s dental hygiene program is a welcome benefit to those without dental insurance to help pay for routine dental care. Some of the services they provide are blood pressure screening, oral health instruction, oral cancer screening, and xrays. The program offers affordable rates: • X-rays - $20 • Adult Cleaning and fluoride-$23 • Child cleaning-$15 • Athletic mouth protectors -$15 • Sealants (per tooth) - $5 It is a longer process and the entire service could be a few hours or visits. It is worth the time to save hundreds of dol-

lars. The students and instructors give quality care from the time the client enters through the end process. During a routine cleaning visit dental students are very thorough, ensuring every morsel is removed from the teeth area. A common culprit is popcorn husk, dental student Amanda Marriot noted husks are not the strangest item found, chewing gum was located in one individual`s mouth and the owner could not recall the last time he had chewed gum. This example is a good reason to visit the dentist regularly. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (269) 565-2008.

~Jake Smith reminds you to keep calm and read on.



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Amanda Marrot performs a routine cleaning procedure.

photo by Simon Thalmann


t a e B n i BruApril 8 Transfer Student Information Table: WMU Haworth College of Education North Walkway • 4 – 6 pm 9 Transfer Student Information Table: WMU Admissions North Walkway • 10am – 1 pm 10 Transfer Student Information Table: WMU College of Education North Walkway • 9 am – 12 pm 10 Financial Aid Assistance Open Lab OITC 09 • 9 – 11 am 10 Davidson Student Recital Series # Davidson Center • Auditorium • 1 pm 11 Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport University North Walkway • 11 am – 1 pm 13 Phi Theta Kappa: Adopt-a-highway Location TBD • Time TBD 13 Paralegal Student Organization: Parapalooza Mawby Center, Miller College • 10 am – 2 pm 14 Singing In The Spring “I, Too Sing America!” Free will contribution First Presbyterian Church, B.C. • 3 pm 15 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College North Walkway • 9 am – 2 pm Apr. 15-May 1 KCC Student Art Exhibition - FREE DeVries Gallery, Davidson Center • 8 am – 4:30 pm 17 Davidson Student Recital Series #2 Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center Auditorium • 1 pm 19 Bruins Give Back Location TBD • 1– 4pm 21 Reception & Awards Ceremony: KCC Student Art Exhibition Davidson Center Auditorium • 1 – 3 pm 23 Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport University North Walkway • 11 am – 1 pm 23 Kampus Activities Board: Earth Day Reflecting Pools • 11 am – 2 pm 24 Financial Aid Assistance Open Lab OITC 09 • 9 am – 11 am 24 Transfer Student Information Table: WMU College of Education North Walkway • 1 – 4 pm 24 Grahl Center Graduation Celebration Coldwater • 4:30 pm – 6 pm 24 Eastern Academic Center Graduation Celebration Albion • 4:30 pm-6 pm 24 Fehsenfeld Center Graduation Celebration Hastings • 11 am – 1 pm 25 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College North Walkway • 9 am – 2 pm 29-30 Stress Busters Lane Thomas & Roll Atrium • 11 am – 1 pm

Hall of Justice Caitlin Benham Guest Writer The Paralegal Student Association is sponsoring a field trip to visit the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing, Michigan. The Michigan Hall of Justice is where the Michigan Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals are located to serve the people of Michigan. The Michigan Hall of Justice is located at 925 West Ottawa Street in Lansing. The field trip is Friday, April 26, 2013. The tour begins at 2:00PM.

The tour will last an hour and will cover history and the structure of the court system. For more information about the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center please visit education/learning-center/pages/default.aspx. For more information about the field trip please contact the Paralegal Student Association President, Caity Benham, at Or contact the Paralegal Program Coordinator, Susan McCabe, at mccabes@kellogg. edu.

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Earth Day, 2013 Elizabeth Kerlikowske Advisor Earth Day was born in 1970 to “promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water, and soil pollution.” Although the traditional Earth Day is April 22, some people including the late anthropologist Margaret Mead lobbied for it to occur on the vernal equinox or the first day of Spring. KCC is celebrating Earth Day on April 23rd from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. in the reflecting pool courtyard. Registered Student Organizations involved are KAB, the Art League, Phi Theta Kappa, and Healthy Choices Leadership. Some of the events are a recycled materials art contest, a recycling opportunity for ink, cell phones, paper, aluminum, plastic bags and bottles. Each recycled item earns it’s donator a give-away. And it just wouldn’t be Earth Day without an organic tie dye t-shirt option! Regardless of when one chooses to celebrate Earth Day, the need for awareness is greater than ever. The Enbridge spill is still far from cleaned up. There are far too many Ozone Action days when we are discouraged from adding more unbreathable junk to the air by not barbecuing, not mowing, not filling up our cars. And we are luckier than some countries. My daughter recently returned from several months in China, where she could actually see the particulate matter in the air. In Salt Lake Ciity, residents have had to curtail outdoor activities due to the pollution. The entire front range of the Rocky Mountains traps and holds the pollution, so the beautiful “Rocky Mountain High” is in fact a choking smog of carbon dioxide soup. If you think Earth Day is a quaint rel-

ic from the past, I urge you to think again. Every tree that disappears reduces our clean air. I’ve noticed that when people move into a house in my neightborhood, the first thing they do is to cut down a tree as if they’re marking their territory. If you can walk or bike a short distance, do it. Gas is expensive, and driving gives you little to no exercise. I even read a study that said most people are “too lazy to signal” a turn or lane change. Did you know that Michigan was once covered with trees? Then the steam ship industry came along. Did you know it took nine acres of trees for one steam ship trip through the Great Lakes? Multiply that by hundreds of ships, and you will quickly see how the trees disappeared, and after they were thinned, the great fires came and burned the rest of the state. What we see now is only a fraction of the greenery that was once our state. Next time you go to flip a butt out of your car, think about it. What kind of a slob are you that your car should be cleaner than your world? Earth Day is every day, and if it’s not, you can kiss Earth as you know it good-bye.

Parapalooza Caitlin Benham Guest Writer

It’s Parapalooza time again! Parapalooza is an annual spring event hosted by the Paralegal Student Association. This year there are three workshops. Patrick Casey is hosting a resume workshop, Scott Teter, Michigan Assistant Attorney General is hosting a workshop, and Cheryl Nodarse, from the State Bar of Michigan Paralegal/Legal Assistant section will also be in attendance. There will be representatives from all the schools in Michigan with paralegal baccalaureate programs. These schools include Siena Heights University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State Universi-

ty, and Madonna University. Also several paralegal professional groups will be attending and representatives from NALS, NALA, and State Bar of Michigan Paralegal/ Legal Assistant Section will be there to give information to paralegal students. This event is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013. It is being held in the Mawby Center at Miller College. The event is free and open to the public, and you do not need to be a paralegal student to attend. Anyone interested in the legal profession is welcome to attend. For more information, please contact the Paralegal Student Association President, Caity Benham at k0296746@



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Clinical rotations prepare nursing students Lacy Janousek Assistant Editor Lisa Kirk unfolded her blood pressure cuff and prepared to take LaChel Burton’s blood pressure. Burton cringed at the cold cuff but smiled, happy to take advantage of a free service. Nursing Student Lisa Kirk was attending one of many community clinical sessions, this one particularly enforced blood pressure procedure. At the YMCA, Kirk was able to take people’s blood pressure and teach those interested about healthy blood pressure readings. “I’m a people person,” Kirk said. “It’s great to educate people while developing good critical thinking.” Sitting next to Kirk during her clinical at

the YMCA was Community Clinical Instructor Gwen Henry. Henry supervises all nursing students as they attend a good portion of their clinical time scattered throughout the Battle Creek area. The goal of a community clinical is to gain experience teaching potential patients about various health risks while practicing certain medical procedures. “You’re dealing with a wide variety of people,” Henry explained. “So, you’ll change your teaching skills accordingly.” One YMCA member was shocked at what her blood pressure was. The patient was concerned and Kirk tried the reading again. This time Henry gave Kirk some guidance, suggesting that Kirk use a larger cuff. Henry explained, depending on the arm size the cuff size may need to be reconsidered. This was a situation where Kirk got to fulfill the goals of community clinicals. She was able to teach the patient about cuff size and to remind the patient

when taking her blood pressure at home, this should be taken into account. “ T h e r e ’ s all shapes, sizes and variables on blood pressure,” Kirk said, reminding the patient to keep her readings at safe levels. photo by Lacy Janousek “It’s a nice Lisa Kirk takes LaChel Burton's blood pressure. service for the community,” Henry said. “And it does students to interact, to create happy pagive students the opportunity to see what tients. community nursing is all about so they “I’m a people person,” Kirk excan learn what else is out there in the plained why the nursing profession is community to later help their patients.” the correct choice for her. “If I’m able to Clinical nursing rotations are creatmake someone’s day better, mission acing well rounded nurses. Being involved complished.” in the community encourages nursing ~Lacy has healthy blood pressure.

World book night Kelly Frost Librarian Who is helping give out half a million free books across America on April 23rd? We are! On April 23, 2013, 25,000 volunteers from Berkeley to Boston and Sitka to Sarasota will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country. World Book Night (U.S.) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America on one day. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of books they love. The mission of World Book Night is to seek out those without the means or access to printed books. This year I will be picking up my books at BookBug in Kalamazoo and sharing them with the KCC employees and students on April 23rd. I’m excited to participate as a giver and hope that the library here at Kellogg Community College can be an even more involved participant next year. Bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year’s honorary chair-people. James Patterson said: “In my experience, when people like what they are doing, they do more of it. This is the genius of World Book Night — it gets people reading by connecting them with amazing, enjoyable books. I’m honored to be a part of it.” “I’m very proud to be a part of World Book Night,” Ann Patchett added.

“As both a writer and a bookseller, I’m all in favor of getting books into the hands of people who might not otherwise have access to them.” The books were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians through several rounds of voting. The printing of the free books was possible due to generosity of the authors, publishers, and book manufacturing companies. Although it is too late to be a giver this year, those interested in participating in the future can sign up for the WBN mailing list for news and updates on World Book Night 2014. The free WBN editions are not available in the library at any time, except for the WBN volunteers to take into the community, but the library will be displaying the books for check out in their regular editions. The 30 World Book Night (U.S.) titles for 2013, alphabetical by author, are: • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (Anchor Books/Random House) • City of Thieves, David Benioff (Plume/ Penguin Group (USA)) • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Simon & Schuster Paperbacks) • My Antonia, Willa Cather (Dover) • Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier (Plume/Penguin Group (USA)) • The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (Vintage/Random House) • La casa en Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros; translated by Elena Poniatowska (Vintage Español/Random House) • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (HarperOne/HarperCollins) • El Alquimista, Paulo Coelho (Rayo/ HarperCollins) • The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Ballantine Books/Random

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House) *The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan (Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Bossypants, Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books) *Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins) *Still Alice, Lisa Genova (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) Looking for Alaska, John Green (Speak/Penguin Group (USA)) Playing for Pizza, John Grisham (Bantam/Random House) *Mudbound, Hillary Jordan (Algonquin Books/Workman Publishing) The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster; illus. by Jules Feiffer (Yearling/Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers) Moneyball, Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton) *The Tender Bar, J. R. Moehringer (Hyperion) *Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley (Simon & Schuster) *Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Population: 485, Michael Perry (HarperPerennial/HarperCollins) The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion) Montana Sky, Nora Roberts (Berkley/Penguin Group (USA)) Look Again, Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s) *Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris (Back Bay Books/Little Brown) The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Al-


ander McCall Smith (Anchor Books/ Random House) • *Glaciers, Alexis M. Smith (Tin House Books) • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain (Dover) • Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury) • *Favorite American Poems (Large Print edition) various authors (Dover) *These titles can be ordered via MeLCat World Book Night will take place on April 23, 2013. World Book Night in the U.S. is a non-profit organization and has 501(c)3 nonprofit status. World Book Night (U.S.) is supported by publishers, Barnes & Noble, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Ingram Content Group, FedEx, printers, and paper companies; a full list of sponsors is at our website. For more information about World Book Night, please go to: or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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KCC tech: an in-depth look Thomas Losey Staff Writer Anyone who’s waited for work to get done at KCC knows at least one thing: the computers here are appallingly slow. There are two reasons for this to be so, and those reasons are hardware and software. It turns out that there are actually a couple of different setups for PCs at KCC (Macs were not included in the inquiry, although they are also slow,) and this has a major impact on the speed. On the hardware side, the biggest impact is going to be found in processors. In layman’s terms, the processor is much like the engine of a car. Without the processor, the computer doesn’t run, and the more powerful the processor is, the faster the computer runs, for the most part. RAM, or Randomly Accessed Memory, is the second most critical piece of the puzzle. Imagine sitting at a desk: the bigger the desk, the more room you have to work on multiple or large things. Essentially, RAM, which is measured in Gigabytes [GB], is the computer’s workspace,

and the more RAM the computer has, the more we can ask of it. There are a few custom setups made by Dell scattered throughout the campus, but two are the most prevalent. The first main setup includes an Intel i3-2120 processor and 4GB of RAM, which is fairly respectable in terms of power, but really nothing terribly impressive. These computers are mostly found in the Ohm building, where the Computer Science is done. Herein lies the problem; for the type of work that these computers are being used for, they are horrifically underpowered. Programmers, Networkers, Computer Engineers, and other computer-oriented personnel often rely on exceedingly powerful machines in the workforce, because efficiency can mean the difference between life and death to a project. The second main setup includes an Intel Core 2 Duo E7400, and 3GB of RAM. The second part of this equation is crucial, as this is impossible to upgrade. While the i3-2120 could hypothetically handle an absurdly large 32GB of RAM, the E7400 is capped at 3GB of RAM. With a little research, one would find that the E7400 was released in October of 2008. By comparison, the ho-

hum i3-2120 was released in February of 2011. Given that the Core i-series of processors effectively replaced the Core 2 series upon their release, that the third generation of Core i-series processors are currently available and are not even remotely the most powerful processors on the market, and that the E7400 was underwhelming when it was released, the Core 2 Duo E7400 is unacceptably underpowered and has been for quite some time. Unfortunately, the software side of things looks just as bleak as the hardware side. The lone bright spot in the software setup is a program called “Deep Freeze” which allows the computer to maintain a specific state forever. No matter how many viruses a user downloads, what a user installs, or what boneheaded mistakes someone makes, if the computer is restarted, that specific state is reloaded. The software appears to be relatively light and has little effect on the performance of the computer. The same, however, cannot be said of the rest of the software on the school’s computers. There appears to be a huge volume of programs running in the background on these machines with no way to shut them down without administrator ac-


cess. The biggest offender, however, actually comes straight from the maker of the processors in the computers: Intel. Intel’s Rapid Storage software chews up an inordinate amount of RAM to do essentially nothing of value. There also appears to be a networking client installed on the computers which is bogging them down, probably made by Novell, but without that administrator access it is virtually impossible to really tell where the performance bottleneck is. In short, the computers at the school are horrendously underpowered, running old hardware and bloated software. A cursory look at the General Fund Budget for KCC shows $8,180,000 for “Fringe Benefits”. This information can be found at, under the Budget and Performance Transparency Reporting link in the bottom right of the page, and then under the very first link, which is for the Annual Operating Budget. Perhaps if the college were to skim a little bit off the top of this column for adequately powered equipment, we could all benefit. ~Thomas Losey is a technology expert and representative for the largest technology company in the world.

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PEOPLE COME HERE BECAUSE THEY’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING. It’s all about discovery. What they find is a challenge—something unexpected—that opens up new frontiers. Those discoveries will be explored with new friends and by looking at things in new ways. Go West. Discover. Explore. This is one of America’s great universities. A lot of people who have become successful—skilled, happy, wealthy and powerful—started by heading West. Western Michigan University. It’s your turn to GRAB THE REINS.


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Kellogg Community College Choral Programs Event

Singing in the Spring

I, TOO, Sing America! A celebration of American music through song, poetry and jazz!

Sunday, April 14, 2013 First Presbyterian Church 111 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek

2:35 pm Pre-concert discussion American music and culture by KCC History Professor, Dr. Ray DeBruler 3:00 pm Concert KCC Choral Union , Dr. Gerald Blanchard, conductor KCC Jazz Band , Mr. Tom Lockwood, director Cereal City Brass Company KCC Art student exhibitions coordinated by KCC art faculty, Ryan Flathau and Pete Williams Admission — Free-will offering

Celebrating Kellogg Community College

A Michigan Historical Marker Dedication

Please join us for a ceremony dedicating a Michigan Historical Marker honoring

Kellogg Community College

Ceremony to be held in the Binda Performing Arts Center 450 North Avenue, Battle Creek, Michigan

Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Ice cream social follows dedication.


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Greece足足足足-2013 By Ann Michels Editor-in-Chief Greece is a great setting to learn about the past and its influence on the rest of the world. Ancient ruins, beautiful landscapes, and winding roads along mountain ranges were amazing sights for the International Travel students. The trip was March 15 through 24. While in Greece, the students had the opportunity to stay in a hotel in the heart of Athens with a tremendous view of the Parthenon on Acropolis hill. photos by Ann Michels


April 2013


A veteran remembers Kuwait Bob Psalmonds Guest Writer “Ready, SSG?” The Major asked as I put my rifle, a M16A2, into its rack behind the seat and secured it. Sliding into the drivers seat, I shut the door of the Humvee. Standing over by the tent flaps of the large canvas tent my unit was currently staying in, the rest of the unit on site stood giving me a smug ’Better you than us’ kind of look. That constant smirk and negative attitude was getting to me as much as it constantly irritated my commander. “More than ready, Sir! Let’s go.” Major H. had been requesting an assignment in a combat zone for months. Due to our being placed under a triple layered Command Operations group with a movement and communication unit being right above us, that assignment had been hard to get. Our unit roster only held around a dozen people with some disruptive internal problems commonly known to our superiors. It was a surprise the Major’s wish finally materialized. I was as eager to leave as my boss was. I'd had twelve years of training and earned four military specialties along with over a dozen awards. A real combat situation, outside of defeating the political power plays of those determined to stay in a safe environment, had been elusive. Having been a year too late to go to Vietnam, I was eager to be activated for a trip to Desert Storm. There was a tangible excitement in the HumVee as we left the ad hoc base and entered the Saudi Arabian highway system. Driving northeast, almost to the coast line, I was constantly vigilant. The dangers on these roadways were very real. Saudi drivers could be some of the most insane drivers

in the world. Three years of driving a vehicle the size of a semi through the small German routes was nothing compared to maneuvering in this country. Most of the roads were two lane traffic with a wide passing lane in the middle. On each side was a dirt pathway that would rise and fall next to this paved surface depending on the desert sands. What made this so dangerous was that any driver getting in the passing lane not only went at an insane speed but normally refused to give an approaching vehicle the right of way. Those still in the normal lanes wouldn’t let the speeders cut in front of them, usually meaning fatalities when the eventual crash happened. Finally crossing over from Saudi Arabia to Kuwait controlled roads, the traffic became non-existent. The desert sands were broken only be the blacktop as our HumVee traveled along. It wasn’t long before we started to see a scattering of bombed-out wrecks and piles of destroyed items the fleeing Iraqi soldiers had tried to bring back with them. The closer we got to Kuwait City, the larger and more confusing became the piles heaped beside the road. Toward the end of the conflict, those left to fight for the city had stolen every vehicle imaginable. Between the bombing runs and our navy raining heavy shells, few made it past a mile or two out of the city. Pieces of automobiles, computers, baby clothing, microwaves, even some human bodies were trapped in the twisted metal. It was a vivid sight I can still picture today. The city itself was pretty quiet and in many areas appeared completely normal. Most of the people who were out on the streets smiled or waved at us as we passed. A few of the children begged for some food and we shared all we could afford to give out. Our ration of chocolate bars were the biggest hit. Go figure! On the coastal side of town it was another story. Fearing a beach infiltration, the Iraqis had put up anti-landing barricade

type structures tied together with razor wire. Warning signs said the area was mined and not cleared for pedestrians. Though we wanted to check out the defensive positions, we decided to obey the signs. On the other side of the city, the signs of conflict were everywhere. The city’s international airport was half destroyed. One outer wall was missing so much material, several floors had interior rooms completely open to the sunlit outdoors. Many of the hangers and offices on the west side of the hotel were not much better. We took a quick tour of those areas cleared for access since it would be a few hours until we could connect up with the OIC (Officer-InCharge) of those military units on hand. For the most part, our country’s part of any real fighting was over. Cargo pallets had been stripped of anything of value as were the office desks, filing cabinets, you name it. A Sergeant in the main terminal area told us the Iraqi soldiers were so computer illiterate, they thought the monitors were TVs and tried to get them back into their own country. What they didn’t or couldn’t steal, they tried to destroy. The irregular forces did strip out the cultural artifacts office plus the various banks and high value jewelry shops. Even the children’s clothing, toy or sports,and other businesses were literally emptied. Kuwait, to prevent major currency problems, would reissue all newly designed monies once the war was officially ended. The peace treaty was due to be signed in a few days. To be honest, I took a few trophies of my own: a children book printed in English, a hotel pad of paper with Arabic writing along its top, some coin and money from wrecked autos, even some of the curator’s photo files of a couple rugs, urns and other looted treasures from their destroyed museum. Nothing illegal or that would be missed, but things that I could use as a conversation piece.

About 1700 (5 PM), we selected a hanger as our sleeping area. There was no running water and little power, except a few generators that the military nearby was using. Most of the people, both American and Kuwaiti, were now safely back inside. The heavy blanket of stillness seemed to cloak the entire airport. Only an occasional burst of automatic weapons fire broke the still, star-filled evening. Some Iraqi troops were still trapped in the city’s sewer system. It had been transformed into not only the soldiers’ living area but also a torture chamber. At first it had been the adults who’d been captured, then tortured. When the children began to ride around on bikes or walk the town so the adults could avoid being swept up in an iraqi interrogation run, the invaders had began taking the children instead. One of the things I heard that first day but never got confirmation of was that many of these children had been hung from the airport light poles. One rope kept then dangling while a second one was tied around their necks. At the other end was a large rock, which when they could no longer keep a good hold or it slipped, would drop and strangle them. Marines had supposedly cut them down immediately upon retaking the city out of horror or respect, I do not know. Probably both. “Beautiful night, isn’t it, sir?” I asked as we sat in a few upright office chairs now sitting outside the hangar doors. “Yeah, it is.” The major didn’t even turn his head my way when he said it. What had us both so hypnotized were the hundreds of burning oil wells on the Kuwaiti desert horizon. Along the sandy horizon were hundreds of flickering lights, dancing with the desert breeze like wicks of scented candles.


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Overhead was that star- filled sky with points of light so sharp, it felt like you could reach out and touch them. However, these were not so sweet continued from page 8 in smell or nature, as our trip into the oil field would show. Tonight, a sudden wind change caused the stars and sandfilled view to disappear in seconds as the oil-filled clouds of smoke turned seaward. It shut down vision beyond two feet. We quickly put up cloths over our mouths and went inside to breath. The oil goblets all over our HumVee proved just how toxic the smoggy clouds were. I spent an hour with kerosene scrubbing the thick spots off the next morning. After connecting with the OIC on site, we set up a schedule for the redeployment of the troops back to their jumping-off point at the airport. Those missing buses we’d found a few weeks earlier took full loads of happy troops back down into Saudi Arabia. The buses came up, the units did a roll call and equipment check, and loaded up on the buses for the hour or two it took to get back to the well-organized processing point, where everyone was cleared to return to their stateside assignment or discharge location only after having their names checked. We were a transportation unit and this was one of the reasons our unit had

been activated. It took up most of the morning to get the system organized, after that we were free. Our orders had us not reporting into our base camp until the day after tomorrow. For today, we traveled the southern roads and went into the fiery oil fields. It felt like we were on a mini-vacation of sorts. On the way out and when returning to the city, we checked out the city itself, the wrecked vehicles, and the beach once again. My major fired his pistol to scare away a dingo snacking on a dead Iraqi soldier, the only valid reason he would have to fire a weapon the whole time we were in Desert Storm. H e did accidently fire off a round into the weapons clearing barrel while entering the hangar being used as our original billeting area one afternoon. The building was taken out a few months later killing another transportation unit by a SCUD missile we only HALF shot down. We took our time over a fortified bunker area outside the city where I found a map marking all the placed landmines. It was no longer needed anyway, so I kept it. The final day we headed north. After only a few minutes, we hit an Iraqi border stop. Three of the four soldiers held rifles on us as we sat quite still in our HumVee as the fourth did an inspection of what we were carrying. Not wanting any problems, their leader waved us to turn around and leave. Hand signals had to be used since we didn’t speak their tongue

and vice versa. The Major had now actually had an enemy patrol challenge him. He’d been in a dangerous combat situation, and we were still alive. From here we took the first road turning toward the west. Just a few miles inward, we passed a huge multi-colored tent. Television cameras and crowds of people stood all around the area waiting for something. “What’s going on here, Sir?” “I don’t have a clue. My guess would be this is the Peace Treaty meeting point between the three governments.” We decided to keep going for a little more time. First we saw an Iraqi peasant with a donkey cart stopped next to the road. The Major thought it so quaint, he had me stop. We took turns getting our picture taken with the man who was quite friendly and had a wide photogenic smile. From there we rode on until we’d run into a tank sitting in the middle of the road. What amazed us both was that it was completely unmolested. We parked the HumVee and went over to investigate. The hatch was sealed shut, but we still had fun climbing up onto it and getting our photo taken. It was decided we’d roamed enough for the day, so the two of us headed back to our temporary hangar sleeping area. The events at the rainbow tent were in full swing by the time we passed it a second time. Turns out that was the trea-

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ty signing location and we’d traveled about ten to twenty miles into enemy held territory. That means the tank was probably crewed. Hopefully no one took our vehicle number down while they were hanging out at the tents; it would have been really hard to explain ourselves. Still, to have made the evening news incognito, and have had proof we were on hand for Desert Storms official end would have been cool. Kind of stupid, but cool. Day four, mission complete and all our gear secured in the HumVee, the job was done- for us anyway. The OIC would continue processing those coming out of Iraq to send to our unit now awaiting their arrival down south. Our mission to facilitate the return of U.S. soldiers to Saudi Arabia for redeployment was a success. The Major’s dreams were somewhat fulfilled. He’d fired his weapon in a combat zone, looked enemy soldiers in the eyes, entered enemy territory,even faced off against a tank. We’d been pivotal in a war operation with real numbered and dated orders to prove it. “Ready to go back, SSG?” the Major ask yet again. “Ready!” I replied as we headed south back down the black topped road. Back to our boring jobs and the enemy within our own ranks.

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The birds and flowers of Spring Cassandra Wood Staff writer Spring, the time of year everyone looks forward to after a long winter. The days are getting warmer and longer. The trees are displaying their glorious foliage and blossoms, and the flowers are blooming. Their sweet scent reminding us that spring is finally here. We all know the saying “April showers bring May flowers” and many of us are eager for those May flowers; however, there are plenty of flowers to see throughout the month of April. There are Blue flag Irises, which bloom alongside lakes. Daffodils, Tulips, and Johnny Jump-ups, which are miniature pansies, are also blooming. There are the common daisies, a pretty white flower along with the elegant Lily of the Valley, which blooms as a tiny white blossom that hangs like a bell from its stalk. As we get into May, we will begin to see the lilac bushes, with their purple flower clusters. We can also expect to see Bleeding hearts, Foxglove, and Irises.

There are many other flowers we will see this Spring. There are also many birds returning this spring, such as the Sand Hill Cranes. A beautiful and graceful bird, the Sand Hill Crane makes the journey from Canada to Florida in the fall, and back North every year, marking the return of spring. The swans are also returning, beautiful and white; their elegant forms are the stuff of legends. With graceful landings and glorious wings, these birds really know how to show off. There are many other birds returning as well, such as the Blackpoll Warbler. Several Varieties of Sparrows, such as the Fox Sparrow, are returning as well. We can also expect to see the Yellow-breasted Chat, Black-throated Green Warblers, Blue Jays, Woodpeckers, and many of us have already seen our state bird, the Robin. All around us the season is changing, and for many, it is a relief knowing we can get out those cute sun dresses and flats, or the white t-shirts and baseball caps. ~Cassandra's favorite flower is the Lilac. Artwork drawn by Cassandra Wood.

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The older student Juggling act Tiffany Thatcher Assistant Editor “Mama, can you play a game with me?” my six year old asked and my first thought was, "Ugh, not now. I’m in the middle of French homework." This conversation or some variation of it happens at least four nights a week. When I decided to return to school a year and a half ago I knew that it would be a huge adjustment. I would need time to not only attend class but for homework and studying too. I never imagined just how hard it would be to balance school responsibilities with my responsibilities at home. I have it easier than most students because I do not have a job. I honestly don’t know how some students juggle school, work, and being a parent. I have taken a 17 credit course load all year which is insane. I then decided that my plate wasn’t quite full enough and added in commitments

to The Crude Arts Club, editing Mosaic, and writing for the Bruin. Did I mention that I’m a single mom of two? I attempt to make time for all of the above while I struggle to parent my children and run a household by myself. I envy the younger students. The “kids” that are right out of high school and still living at home with mom and dad. I would love to have that freedom. I wouldn’t have to worry how I was going to pay my mortgage, pick up my kids from school, or be exhausted after a day of classes. Yet, I don’t think I would have been as serious about my education at 18. In fact, I know I wouldn’t. When I was 18, I dropped out of college after one semester so I could work full time. I told myself that I had plenty of time to return to school, yeah right. I started a full time job, then got married and started a family and never once found the time or the money to go back to school. At 18, I lacked the drive, ambitions, and dedication that I needed to go to college. I think the fact that I’m an older student raises my level of dedication to my schooling. I realize that I am pretty lucky to have the opportunity to go back to school and I cherish it. I study hard and I’m a straight A student. Sure, there have been plenty of nights that I’ve got home after a long day of school and served PB&J sandwiches for dinner. Does that make me a bad mom? I don’t think so. I

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treat the weekdays like it’s a work week. My boys and I go to school all day, then come home and do homework and have dinner together. I try to devote the weekends to family time. My boys are big fans of family movie or board game nights. When my son asks me to play a game when I’m in the middle of studying I may take a break to play a few hands of Go Fish or I might ask him if he can play with his brother until I’m done. Either way he’s happy. I’m not saying that I’m a perfect mom,

but I do everything I can to make my returning to school easy for my kids. My hope is that by watching me struggle to achieve my goals they will take their education seriously. I pray that they will not waste their younger years and will go to college right out of high school, but if they don’t that’s ok too. They can still make something of themselves no matter when they decide to go to college. I’m living proof of that.

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Advice for actors by Joel Murray Kari Gremore Staff Writer Are you an aspiring actor or actress? Are you in a play or an acting class? Do you one day dream of gracing the red carpet with your presence? Professional actor, comedian, and brother to the one-and-only Bill Murray, Joel Murray, lends some advice. “Sell real estate,” Murray jokes. “No, really. Get as much stage time or experience as you possibly can is my straight answer, but selling real estate is easier.” The competition is steep, the stakes—high, Murray quips, but ultimately your passion and devotion to your craft will determine whether or not you “make it” in Holly-

wood. Like KCC theater instructor Brad Poer says, “Most actors don't make it because acting is something they want to do as opposed to something they need to do.” Joel Murray has held prominent roles in television series including Grand, Love, and War; Dharma and Greg, and has performed in films, including the lead role in God Bless America. In God Bless America, Murray plays Frank, a loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill man who sets out on a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens (including reality TV show stars). It is now available on DVD. Murray and his brothers currently co- run a restaurant, Caddyshack, named after the 1980 comedy film Caddyshack, starring his brothers Bill and Brian. Murray is also a lead comic improviser at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, California.

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April 2013

He says, she says Kody Carson Staff Writer As a man I feel comfortable saying that men, for the most part, are very overt when it comes to our thoughts. There is little guessing as to how we’re feeling and we have no problem letting you know if something’s wrong. When guys argue with each other, it rarely lasts overnight. We say exactly what we need to and exactly what we mean; something our women counterparts refuse to believe. Women seem to overanalyze and believe that there is a deeper underlying message hidden behind our words. I hate to break it to you ladies, but there’s not. I know you like to think that your man is very calculated in every decision that he makes, but unfortunately he’s probably making decisions based on the one that requires the least amount of work, or the first decision that pops into his head, so stop badgering him. Women always say that honesty and trust are the foundations of a good relationship, yet they never want to believe what men say if it’s not what they want to hear. Their logic is that there must be a reason why he said that because I know him, and although he’s never said it, I know he wants to get into

deep conversation about his feelings. An example of how great a woman’s logic is: I had a friend who dated a girl that was best friends with his ex, and her logic was that if her best friend doesn’t support her, then she really must not be her friend. Yeah, she’s the bad friend for not supporting you dating her ex-boyfriend, great thought process! If you’re a man, you can’t even argue with that. She’s going to insist that she knows what you want to say more than you do based on her analysis. This brings me to my next problem. I think the reason why women overanalyze everything we say is because they rarely say exactly what they mean. I think we, as guys, have all been in a situation where a woman says something along the lines of, “No, I’m not mad.” or just simply, “I’m fine,” when what she really is thinking is, “You messed up and instead of handling our problem, now I’m going to wait for the perfect time to make you suffer.” Starting to ring any bells? It’s something that no woman will admit to, but most have done at some point or another. How hard is it to just say what you think? Not only do

women not speak their minds to us, but to each other. We’ve all seen women do their “fake nice” routine to one another to bad mouth them as soon as they’ve left the room. It’s a skill they develop in junior high that stays with them forever. I know that I have come on a little strong, but there are countless magazines and newspapers out there pointing out the flaws of men with tips on how to fix them; I think we need to even the score a little bit. I hope it’s not taken personally and I’m sure it won’t be, because if I know anything about the women out there that I couldn’t live without, it’s that none of them will think this applies to them.

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Clean up your butts Lyn McRae Guest Writer Spring is theoretically here (nothing about the weather in Michigan is guaranteed), and with the melting snow comes one bad thing: the garbage is now visible. While nothing can be done about the goose fewmets, the human discards are an indication of slothfulness and an abominable lack of respect. In spite of being declared a nonsmoking campus, the cigarette butts are everywhere. Apparently some people think they are hiding their discards by tossing the tan filters into the landscaping, among the rocks and wood chips. This is not camouflage! And this just encourages others to throw away their litter wherever they want. There are trash cans all over the campus… follow the trails of cigarette butts and personal litter to find one! The most irritating litter is what is found NEAR the trash cans. Someone disposed of a bright green dental-floss pick, on the ground, not fourteen inches away from the trash can outside the Davidson building. Seriously, you couldn’t take that extra step and put it IN the trashcan? (I’m not picking it up, because I don’t know whose mouth it has been in!) In one brief walk across campus, from the Binda Theater to the Davidson building, I saw (and properly disposed of) one cupcake wrapper, one coffee cup, one broken pen, and a broken keychain. I did NOT pick up the innumerable cigarette butts. I also did not contribute mine to the collection; it is simple to make sure

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the cigarette is stubbed out completely and stick it back into the cigarette package to dispose of in an ashtray later. Take a walk sometime, and see how many cigarette butts YOU can count on this non-smoking campus. Then get a list of approved smoking locations from the security desk, and if you smoke, USE IT. If you don’t smoke, share it with someone who does. Tossing a non-biodegradable filter is just plain lazy and rude. Show some respect for other students, for Mother Nature, and for the campus. This is an institution of learning, so learn how to dispose of your litter in a safe way! ~Lyn is a dirt-worshipping tree-hugger Child of

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Breakfast and poetry Once upon a midday dreary By Lyn McRae Tiffany Thatcher Assistant Editor The spring edition of Mosaic will be available soon. Mosaic is KCC’s literary magazine. The magazine is a collection of poetry and prose pieces created by students. The spring Mosaic also features student art pieces picked by the Art League. The Mosaic staff said, “We were pleasantly surprised by not only the quantity but the quality of submissions we received this time. There are so many talented writers at KCC, we wish we had room to include them all.” This issue will be split into two books, poetry and prose. Pieces selected for publication will be judged, and first and second prizes will be awarded in each category. A reading of selections from Mosaic will take place April 24th at 8:30 am in room

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301 in the classroom building. Breakfast will be served. Come and feed your body and your soul. ~Tiffany is editor of Mosaic.

Once upon a midday dreary, As I pondered weak and weary, Waiting for my turn upon the ‘Net Quietly there came a tapping, Click-clack-click the mouse quit napping As the tapping of the keyboard continued on And on And on And on And on And on Patiently I sat waiting, glancing o’er books and magazines galore, Waiting for any computer to open; Sitting and waiting forevermore. Will these kids e’er log off I pondered? How does the hour drag so slow, I wondered. Will I ever surf the ‘Net? Quoth the Raven: Don’t hold your breath…

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To Seussify or not to Seussify DeQuan Perry Staff Writer The KCC Encore Theater presents The Suessification of Romeo and Juliet. The one-act play is based on the wellknown William Shakespeare production, Romeo and Juliet. However, Encore Theater has added a Dr. Seuss inspired flare. Romeo and Juliet will have humor and rhyme mixed into the story of the forbidden love. As an actor, I’ve always wanted to direct my own show. I’ve acted, stage managed and assistant directed; but now, I’ve seized the chance to direct. Even though

The Seussificiton of Romeo and Juliet is only a one-act play, I will still get a head start to work on my major with my best friend at my side. The cast brings a show that will make the audience laugh so hard the crowd will fall out of their seats. Cast includes Jayla Johnson, James Calloway, Jared Sheldon, Josh Lorenzen, Patrick Lucas, Khaliid Canales-King, Alicia Brunner, Jesse Cowles, Alexander Bacik, Joe Green, Jenna Speckhals, Andy Yerby, George Martinez, Victoria Elyea, Sandy Sinkler, Jonah Maggard, Braulio Green, & Chelsea Lathrop. Stage Managing and Assistant Direction: James Sims. The cast is made up of KCC Students, alumni, and members of the community. The show is set to hit stage of the Binda Theatre at KCC on Friday, April

Who is back! Dylan Konway Staff Writer Who is back: You ask? That’s right! Who is back! WHO?! You persist? It’s Doctor Who! The much loved television series from Britain came back March 30th with an all new episode to its 7th season. For those who don’t know exactly what Doctor Who is all about or why it is so loved

by millions of people worldwide, it’s a British television series that’s been going on in continuation for about 50 years this very year! It’s about an alien man called The Doctor, who travels through time and space in a time machine called a T.A.R.D.I.S. (time and relative dimension in space) going to different planets helping people and usually getting into mischievous hilarity. The Doctor most often travels with human companions, mostly women. Sexual tension may occur at times the Doctor always brushes it off with witty banter.

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The Doctor does not wish for romance because he is a time lord, a nearly immortal being who is currently over 1000 years of age. Time lords live out what are known as regeneration cycles and have thirteen lives, The Doctor is currently in his eleventh. The series first aired in 1963 and ran until 1989, with an off television movie made in 1996. The current series picked up where the movie left off in September of 2003 and has been running steadily ever since. In what is currently the 7th season, the Doctor has already lost two of his beloved friends as well as an amazing girl who is transformed forcefully into his worst enemy. Just when the fans assume the Doctor’s heart is breaking, the writers give us

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hope with an amazing Christmas special and promises of an all new story arc involving a girl who’s died twice! Doctor Who isn’t a television series someone could easily get lost in. It’s a television epic that everyone should be lost in. No matter where the series is or where it goes, Doctor Who always welcomes new viewers with an addicting and tense atmosphere and hilarious comic relief. New episodes are hitting BBC and it’s definitely worth a watch. You can also expect them to hit Netflix anytime soon, as well as get caught up on the entire series. ~Dylan Konway would like all Whovians to unite under the ultimate question!

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Just do it! It's a tough game Dakota Roberts Staff Writer With snow melting and the slightly warmer breeze of spring filling the air, it’s time for us runners to lace up. I have been an active runner for a year and half. After high school I was no longer an athlete, so I needed to find a way to stay active, and also to stay in shape. Not only did I find a way to stay in shape, I have also found an addiction. It began as an afternoon jog down to the stop sign and back in my neighborhood. After 3 weeks I felt as if I could go slightly farther than the two mile down and back stretch, so I tried to run a Calhoun County country block. The run turned into a painful 4 mile jog/walk. I now can complete the block anywhere between 26 to 30 minutes depending on the way I feel. I also enjoy running the streets of downtown Marshall

when I get the opportunity. The days I don’t get to lace up my Under Armor running shoes are the worst. Running for me has become addicting and fun, but unfortunately through a bitterly cold winter and March this runner has discovered more of the couch. Once the warmer weather finally stumbles north, I plan on running a lot. Realizing not all people are runners, I would still encourage all people to get out and enjoy the spring weather. I feel that being active is important for all people, any age, and from all walks of life. Getting active not only gets people in shape, but it also releases tension from inside the body. Warm weather in Michigan is usually very short-lived and everyone should get out and enjoy it while it’s here. Along with warm Michigan weather, life in general is too short to spend inside, get out and get active. ~Dakota Roberts runs.

Spring sports for dummies Tiffany Thatcher Assistant Editor A long and cold winter has left most itching to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Many winter couch potatoes are now looking for activities they can do outside with friends that doesn’t cost a fortune. Baseball is a pretty straight forward game but you need a large group to play. Golf is a great game for a group for four but the cost of equipment is pretty high. You may be left wondering, what can a not-super-athletic person do for fun and exercise that doesn’t cost a fortune? How about Frisbee golf? Frisbee golf or Disc golf, as it’s now known, is a great sport for those that are looking to spend a day with a small group of friends. Disc golf does not require you to be in great shape. If you can walk for 18 holes and float a disk than you will be just fine. Irving Park on W. Emmett, di-

rectly across from KCC, is home to an 18 hole disc golf course. “Disc golf is played very similarly to regular golf. The goal is to float your disk into the “holes” or “disc catcher.” The shot doesn’t count unless the disc goes into the disc catcher; just hitting the catcher with the disc doesn’t count. Most holes have a par of 3 and there are different discs you can use depending on how far and where you are throwing from. The first shot is from the “pad” usually a slab of cement where you “tee off ” from. You only need three discs to properly play disc golf, but with all the different varieties available for different shots you can have a lot more. Serious disc golfers carry a golf bag that holds 24 different discs” explains Jeremy Vanderzwaag who has played disc golf for years. If you are looking for a good way to spend a leisurely Saturday with some friends take a trip down to the local disc golf course. Just remember, whatever you do, don’t call it Frolf.

Kody Carson Staff Writer Sports are a great way to learn about life. They teach participants about physical activity while building healthy habits that lead to a healthy and happy lifestyle. Sports also teach us about winning and losing; an essential concept in a competitive world. Some of the best life-lessons can also help make for better athletes. Baseball is built around failure and adversity; players must focus on the aspects of the game that can be controlled. If players don’t, much like our world, the game will chew them up and spit them out. Baseball is a game where players can fail 70% of the time and be considered one of the best in the game. It’s a game of individual moments with uncontrollable elements, whether human or the games very own personality, no amount of wishful thinking can make a difference. The game seems to always expose those who don’t respect it. A player can hit a ball as hard as possible every time up to bat and still go 0 for 5 on the day. On the other hand a weak ground ball and a few bloop singles can leave you 5 for 5 without a hard hit ball. It’s a fickle game where only the mental strong survive. “I really just try and hit the ball hard every time up to the plate. I can’t worry

KELLOGG COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2013 BASEBALL Date Opponent APRIL 16 *Kalamazoo Valley Community College 18 DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY 20 *Macomb Community College 21 INDIANA TECH UNIVERSITY 23 *Ancilla College 25 *Owens Community College 27 *St. Clair Community College 30 Lakeland Community College MAY 2 *Glen Oaks Community College 5 SINCLAIR Community College 8-11 Region XII Tournament

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about bad calls or lining out. If I go 0 for 4 with for hard hit balls, I can’t dwell on the poor outcome,” said Trent Pell, second baseman for the Bruins. “I have to take the positive out of each at bat so I can stay positive for my team and get the job done in that fifth at bat.” If you have a group of people all headed towards one goal and not worried about the individual, whether it’s in baseball or in life, crazy things can be accomplished. Chad Mayle, starting pitcher for the Bruins remains positive with help from his teammates. “When things go bad, whether it’s a walk or a blown call, I remind myself that I have a good defense behind me to pick me up. That gives me confidence and makes it simple for me because my goal then is just to get contact rather than striking people out.” Mayle said, “I try and take a deep breath and be more vocal (when the Bruins catch a bad break), it seems to calm me down and give me control of the situation.” Baseball is filled with failures that must be accepted. When things are going bad in baseball they can easily have a snowball effect and a bad game can turn into a bad week. Hitting a baseball traveling 90 mph is next to impossible when doubt and fear is weighing heavy on a players mind. The Bruins will try and take a positive attitude and lean on each other throughout the rest of the season.

Date Opponent APRIL 16* Lake Michigan College 18 Davenport University 19* ancilla College 20 *Lansing COMMUNITY COLLEGE 23 *grand rapids COMMUNITY COLLEGE 26 *Muskegon Community College 27 Aquinas College 30 *jackson Community College MAY 4 MCCAA Softball Championships 8-10 Region XII Tournament



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Opening doors Dakota Roberts Staff writer Along with summer the Battle Creek Bombers season is in broad sight. The first time this season the C.O. Brown Stadium gates open is May 29th. Although the seats in the stadium are empty through April, the seats in the locker room are beginning to fill. The locker room doors have swung open to three new players, all of which have strong southern roots. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is becoming a powerful pipeline for players making Battle Creek their summertime destination. The Bombers second signing of the spring is hoping to make a big impact on the mound at Brown. If his impact is anywhere near his frame Mike Mancuso might cause the first earthquake in

Battle Creek history. Standing 6’ 6” and tipping the scale at 275 pounds the redshirt freshman is making his first pitches of spring at the University of Georgia. During the 46th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft the Chicago White Sox choose Mancuso, but he opted to wear the Georgia red instead. Mancuso is a Brecksville, Ohio native and in his high school glory days he threw three no hitters. Along with the Georgia Bulldog Mancuso, two other SEC foes are heading north for the summer. LSU teammates Hunter Devall and Tyler Moore will remain as teammates throughout the summer with the Bombers. Devall is a 5’10” left handed pitcher from Clinton, LA. Although Devall’s hometown is in Louisiana he spent his high school days in Mississippi playing for Centreville Academy. Devall paved the path to two State Championships coming in 2011 and 2012 for the Academy.


Baton Rouge’s Tyler Moore is in his Sophomore season at LSU, following an impressive Freshman campaign. Moore started 31 games in the famed LSU purple and gold, 25 of which were from 1st base. Moore launched four baseballs out of the park during his freshman year, and the Bombers are hoping for The Bombers Twinkie Dog Courtesy of Battle Creek Bombers continued success. The recent player signings are not is placed in a Twinkie bun. Along with the only headlines being made for the the Twinkie Dog, Boneless BBQ wings, Bombers organization. On March 8th fried Mac and Cheese Bites, and Jalapeno Bombers General Manager Brian Colopoppers are among the new foods filling py and Assistant Manager Anthony Ioviup the menu. eno appeared on ABC’s Good Morning With the team and the menu takAmerica debuting the Bombers Twinkie ing shape, the last thing for Bomber fans Dog. to do is unfortunately play the waiting The Twinkie Dog is an original hotgame. dog, just instead of a regular bun; the dog ~Dakota Roberts is ready for Bomber Baseball supplies... and we’ve got snacks!


5 Game Pack Options - $60 1.Fireworks Pack- 1st class fireworks displays (June 1 & 22, July 3 & 20, August 3) 2.Giveaway Pack- Top giveaway nights (May 31, June 21 & 30, July 19, August 2) 3.Combo Pack- Fireworks & giveaway combo (June 1 & 21, July 3 &19, August 3)

With a 5 game pack you receive a ticket to five (5) games in our newly refurbished box seats with cup holders that are the closest seats in the ballpark. You also receive unlimited hotdogs, burgers, chips, soda, and water through the 3 rd inning and a free Bombers hat ($15 Value). 5 game packs are on our most popular nights with Fireworks, Bobbleheads and more! You also have your own concession stand so no waiting in long lines. Miss a game? No worries, you can exchange your ticket for a GA seat as a future game. OUR TEAM. OUR TOWN.

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