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Binda renovations bittersweet Lacy Janousek Co-Editor Mark O’Connell stands in front of blueprint boards, pointing to where improvements will be made in the old Binda Theater. O’Connell, the Vice-President of Administration and Finance, explained the theater renovation will expand the lobby area to allow space for intermission but also allow space for job fairs, blood drives, the transfer fair and other student events. “We are getting all those upgrades but the key initiative is the new educational space for student activities in the center and heart of our campus,” O’Connell said. “We are going to take the lobby, double the size and we are going to open it up so we have a large area for our student events.” A large hurdle was jumped during the remodel of the Student Center when more bathrooms were added. One stall bathrooms once stood between the student center and the theater, unable to handle the amount of people who attend shows in a timely manner. More bathroom stalls were added in addition to creating more secluded areas for studying. “When we redid the student services area, we took all that open space and carved it up so students felt

Binda Theatre before and after. Renovations will allow more campus sponsored activities.

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The invisible students Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor Esther Sang offers a shy smile and a thank you to every student she encounters at her job at the checkout desk in the LRC. This might come off as typical customer service, but for Sang it is a way of life. Shyness and genuine thankfulness are a part of the Burmese culture in which she was brought up. Burma, or as it’s officially known Myanmar, is a part of Southeast Asia bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. In search of a better life free from religious and social persecution, many Burmese people, with the assistance of church sponsors, have settled in Battle Creek. Currently there are approximately 1600 Burmese people in the Battle Creek area. The city is ideal for immigrant families because it is not too big, shopping is accessible, and it is a great place for families. The Burmese population has grown over the last twenty years after the first few families settled in Battle Creek, more connections were made and a community was born. The biggest draw has been the creation of the Burma Center. The Burma Center located on Dickman Rd. is a hub for the Burmese people. At the center they can receive help translating and navigating the American systems, such as the IRS and DHS. “ When the Burmese people come to America, they are starting from zero and are already in the negative,” Martha Thawnghmung, Burma

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Esther Sang assists students at the LRC

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Center director explains, “In Burma there are no house payments or taxes. There are all these bills they never had before and they feel tremendous pressure. They now have to get accustomed to a different way of life.” The majority of the Burmese people came here in search of the American dream. Burmese parents are willing to sacrifice everything to send their children to school

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so the next generation can have better lives. This doesn’t mean that the children will have an easy time in school. Transitioning from a country where everything was censored by the government, from the Internet to reading materials, is not easy. In Burma books and computers were not readily accessible, so Burmese children never

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Mobile Medical Clinic receiving few students Johnathan Hogan Staff Writer Since March 4 Kellogg Community College has been hosting a Mobile Medical Clinic in collaboration with Community Healthcare Connections, a nonprofit organization that provides medical care to the uninsured and underinsured in and around Calhoun County. Every Tuesday the clinic has appeared on campus to offer medical treatment at no cost and without any need for an appointment. During that time, however, the clinic has struggled to receive any patients, even waiting an entire day without a single visitor. “We’re the best kept secret in town.” said Penny Wallman, the nurse who manages the clinic. “I would love to be busier." The clinic has been set up outside Miller Gym, across from the Roll Health and Administration Building. During previous visits in the fall semester the clinic parked much closer to the Roll Building, but the location proved too obscure to attract students or staff. During their pre-

mier appearance this semester (March 4) the clinic received eight patients. The next week, however, the clinic did not receive a single patient, and on March 18 only received two patients. The Mobile Medical Clinic is prepared to treat a variety of illnesses and ailments, including, but not limited to colds, coughs, strep throat, rashes, sinus infections, ear infections, minor cuts, athlete’s foot, pink eye, stomach irritations, and bronchitis. The clinic will also check blood pressure and blood sugar. Deborah Price, the Mobile Clinic driver and Navigator, can also help patients in need of medication and/or a prescription refill. “We have several programs that will help patients get their meds,” she said. If a patient has needs beyond the clinic’s capabilities, they will provide transportation to and from a medical facility that can handle their condition at no cost. Professor Kimberly BarnesKalkowski, a nursing, professor who worked to arrange for the clinic’s weekly visit, said the school began putting out ads on television and in local newspapers in order to make the public more aware. “Sometimes it takes a while to get established,” she said. After the clinic’s

The Mobile Medical Clinic pulls up

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final scheduled visit on April 29, Community Healthcare Connections will evaluate whether or not the clinic should make stops at KCC in the future. Both Wallman and Barnes-Kalkowski remain hopeful that the clinic will make future visits, despite the low initial turnout. “I think it’s great we have something here for our students,” Barnes Kalkowski said. The Mobile Medical Clinic is avail-

able until April 29 every Tuesday from 8:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. The clinic is open to the entire public, not just students and staff, and does not require either health insurance or an appointment. The clinic will not be appearing on April 8 during Spring Break. Community Healthcare Connections can be contacted at 269-969-6494.

KCC announces new SADHA offers brighter smiles diversity center expected be treated over the course of Johnathan Hogan Staff Writer Kellogg Community College has announced the creation of the Kellogg Community College Center for Diversity and Innovation (KCCCDI). The center will be funded with a $2.1 million dollar grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and will be devoted to promoting racial and gender equity within the Battle Creek community, and will be based in KCC’s downtown office along Capital Avenue. “We see it as a part of our broad mission to help the community,” said Dr. Dennis Bona, President of KCC. “It all sort of aligned.” The KCCCDI will operate by providing “learning labs” designed to make community members more aware of racial inequity and white male privilege and create a more inclusive working

environment while improving leadership skills. The labs are also meant to act as a forum to discuss various “-isms” in society, including racism, sexism, and homophobia. The labs are developed by White Men as Full Diversity Partners (WMFDP), located in Portland, Oregon. KCCCDI will also be providing training for “community coaches” through a program developed by Leadership that Works, based in Troy, Pennsylvania. These labs were originally funded directly by the Kellogg Foundation. According to Dr. Bona the Foundation began talks with KCC in the early fall of 2012 in hopes of setting up an umbrella organization to manage them. The center will operate as part of KCC’s Student and Community Services Department. The labs and coach training will initially be free, but according to Dr. Bona the center hopes to transition to a tuitionbased model as the grant from the Kellogg Foundation runs out. The KCCCDI is expected to open over the summer, and KCC is now looking for someone to take over as Director by mid-May.

Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor Members of The Student American Dental Hygiene Association are raising funds to attend Mission of Mercy at Ferris State University this June. Mission of Mercy is a statewide dental access program where about 1,200 low-income individuals are

two or three days. As a fundraiser, SADHA members are selling whitening strips, dental trial systems, and battery-operated toothbrushes to KCC students and staff. Prices are $20 for a Vitality Floss action toothbrush, 84-count Crest whitening strips for $35, and the Dental professional trial system for $60. Cash and checks only. If you are interested in brightening your smile, or brightening the smile of the less fortunate, please stop into the Dental Hygiene Clinic, first floor Roll building.

SADHA sells whitening strips. Proceeds to benefit Mission of Mercy

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Morling awarded Kerry Korpela Staff Writer On Monday, February 3 at Grand Valley State University, Glenda Morling received the prestigious Michigan Campus Compact Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented to just one college faculty member in the state of Michigan every two years, for outstanding contributions to the service-learning and volunteer community and to student engagement in service-learning. Attendees of the ceremony included the president of Kellogg Community College Dr. Dennis Bona; Abby Lumbard, Service Learning and Youth Program manager for HandsOn Battle Creek; KCC Service-Learning Manager Kate DeGraaf; and Dr. Kevin Rabineau, Dean of Arts, Sciences and Regional Education at KCC. Morling was nominated in December for the award, as were several of her students for other Michigan Campus Compact Lifetime Achievement Awards. About her work and dedication, community partners and students alike have given glowing reviews. Right from the start Glenda connected and developed relationships with many community partners. “Glenda Morling has been a champion for service-learning not just within Kellogg Community College, but for

the community as a whole. Her ingenuity and awareness of greater community needs allow her to not just propel service-learning forward, but increases the impact beyond measure. Without her dedicated efforts and extensive vision, service-learning activity in our community would be minimal,” Lumbard, said of Morling’s work to connect students with community. KCC has benefitted immensely from Morling’s work both in the community and at the college. “Glenda not only institutionalized service-learning at KCC but she has been a mentor to many others in the community and across the state to help expand service-learning in the K-14 school systems,” DeGraaf said. Creating a sense of community and a culture here at KCC has been instrumental in fostering service-learning, and Morling has brought about amazing results. Faculty members deeply appreciate Morling’s work as well, citing that integrating service-learning has been far smoother with Professor Morling to guide the process. “Glenda Morling was instrumental in creating the Service-Learning program. What has emerged under her guidance is testament to her integrity, her generosity, and more importantly her commitment to Kellogg Community College students and the community in which they live. Glenda is a most-deserving recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award,” Michelle Wright, History professor said.

Dr. Bona, Abby Lombard, Glenda Morling, Kate DeGraff, Kevin Rabineau celebrate Morling's award

Glenda Morling accepts Michigan Campus Compact Lifetime Achievement Award

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Tim Sleevi returns T.J. Taylor Staff Writer Tim Sleevi, Regional Director of KCC's Fehsenfeld Center, returned to his job in February after a brief leave of absence beginning in November. The reason for his departure? He was recently diagnosed with stage three lung cancer and began radiation treatment in December. Sleevi admits that the transition returning to work was a bit strange, but is definitely glad to be back. “I was pretty much used to doing very little besides traveling to doctors' appointments and treatments over the past few months,” he says, “but it was great to see everyone again and to get back at it.” He also expresses that upon his return he has a new appreciation for people and aspects of the job he may have taken for granted before. This new found appreciation extends to his home life as well. Because of his treatments and the chronic exhaustion that comes with them, his family has stepped up to assist with many physical tasks he's not supposed to do anymore. “Of course, I'm not complaining!” Sleevi adds. Time with the family holds more value than usual as well. On the status of the cancer itself, Sleevi reports that the treatments have

Tim Sleevi relaxes in his office at the Fehsenfeld Center earlier this year.

worked well. The cancer was reduced by about a third in size and by about half in volume. Now, while this was great news, he says that it was pretty much expected. “The real fight will be to keep up my immune system and to prevent things from growing again,” Sleevi says, then reassures “Overall, I'm feeling quite well.” Currently he is taking a second series of chemo but has finished with the radiation treatments and is suspected to be done with the chemo by the end of March. “After that, it's a matter of testing every few months,” he adds. After much thought, Sleevi has decided to retire on disability at the end of the current year. “In this situation, one doesn't really know whether they have a


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year or twenty years to live or feel well,” he says, “There are quite a few things in life that I would still like to accomplish and, quite frankly, having to work might get in the way!” After thirty-seven years at five different colleges, he has figured that it's probably time to exit anyway. Sleevi would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to all the staff, faculty, students, and community members for their support through e-mails, cards, and well-wishes. “There is no way I can effectively thank everyone for all they've done,” he says, “It is gratifying to know that you are appreciated and that so many people seem to care about you. It reinforces my belief that KCC is a caring community.” KelloggCommunityCollege KelloggCommunityColl


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Spectrum: a new hope Amber Arizmendi Staff Writer “We live, we laugh, we love, we cry” Angi Yafanaro, Spectrum member. The Spectrum club, formally known as the LGBT club, meets every first Thursday of the month in the Spring Lake Room of the library. Though currently a small club they make up for this with spirit. Club members participate in Red Cross Blood drives and KCC give back days. Terah Zaremba, the advisor for Spectrum, encourages students to “surround themselves with like-minded people.” And also let them know that “It is important to know you are important, it’s important to know you matter.” Members range from shy and quiet to bombastic and quirky. There is a place for all members of the LGBT community in Spectrum. But not only do they wish for LGBT members, but they also accept all people who support their cause and want to help spread the love and acceptance that Spectrum offers. Spectrum also shows

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their support for laws for the spread of gay marriage and gay rights on the state and national levels. Michigan does not have gay marriage rights. Spectrum wishes to change this. Devoting a large part of their meeting to discuss ways to spread awareness about unfairness of marriage laws, they want to make posters, speak at community meetings and peacefully protest and engage in other nonviolent actions. At the end of the meeting there is a sense of harmony and caring in the room and on every face. Spectrum truly is in a league of its own. Not only are the members welcoming, loving and caring, they show a side of the human race that is all too often forgotten.

“Don’t be ashamed to go to a tutor, everybody struggles, you are not giving up by asking for help,” says peer history tutor and student at KCC Amber Arizmendi. Students attending KCC in need of tutoring, a little extra help with homework, writing papers, and even test prep can find these services available at The Bridge. The Bridge is located in the Upper Level of Ohm Information Technology Center, Room 207. The Bridge offers free tutoring with core coursework, such as, reading, English, math and science. Tutoring for core coursework is available on an open lab basis where no appointment is necessary and students can come and

go as they please. Tutoring can be individual, in-group, or drop in. Study lab schedules are posted outside the Bridge. As well as tutoring, the Bridge offers learning strategies to help students study and obtain skills to prepare well for tests. Assistance with writing papers for any course is also available at The Bridge. Peer tutoring is available by appointment for a one on one session. Students can schedule appointments to meet with a tutor by accessing the online request form at port Services in The Bridge. Students interested in obtaining a position as a peer tutor can do so by fill the tutor application form online at Instructor recommendation is necessary for all students who would like to obtain a position as a peer tutor.

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Come see us! Ohm Information Technology Center, Upper Level, Room 207

Better writing, The Pocket Prof David Sunnock Staff Writer The Pocket Prof is a very handy writing guide that was put together by the Writing Initiative, which is a group made up of professors from Kellogg Community College. The goal behind the Pocket Prof is to help students at KCC write better papers. This is done through example papers, such as MLA format, as well as examples of how to write a proper email, and how to make a résumé and cover letter. The Pocket Prof is also filled with helpful tips on grammar, like when to use a semicolon or when to italicize words. With revisions for the Pocket Prof already starting, and with new members joining the Writing Initiative, this little guide will only get better. One of the new members of the Writing Initiative is Kelly Frost. Kelly Frost has been unofficially part of the Writing Initiative since the beginning but officially became part of the team January of 2013. Kelly Frost helped with the

making of the first edition of the Pocket Prof and is also helping with the 2nd edition which will include APA and Chicago style example papers. Not only is the Writing Initiative getting new members, but they are also going in a different direction. During the fall semester the Writing Initiative will be beta testing their new E-Portfolios. These E-Portfolios will let KCC students keep track of their papers via a cloud - based storage system. This will help students look at past papers and learn how to do better on future projects. In addition to E-Portfolios, the Writing Initiative will have a user friendly pdf. version of the Pocket Prof online. The quality of papers at KCC will only get better over the years thanks to new members joining the Writing Initiative, like Kelly Frost Other new members are Kevin Barnes, RMTC, and Glenda Morling, Social Science. They join founding members Ron Davis, Matt Samra and Elizabeth Kerlikowski, English. With all these resources, like the online Pocket Prof and E-Portfolios, it has never been a better time to be a student at KCC.

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enjoys every class she is involved with. “I like the diversification and being able to teach and relate to people from all different walks of life”. When Mann isn’t in the classroom she has been known to exercise regularly, and has currently been taking an interest in backpacking with her husband, Doug, who is also a faculty member at KCC.

Between teaching several Physical Education classes and a few Science classes including Human Anatomy, one could argue that Kathy Mann is a health and body enthusiast in every sense of the word. A few classes that she leads specifically include Yoga/ Pilates, Weight Training, Human Anatomy, and Physiology. Mann got started when she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Oakland University. She went into practice not long after. However, when she was approached by KCC with an opportunity to pass her knowledge along, she took the leap. Mann has been with KCC for 21 years now, and still Kathy Mann before her Yoga/Pilates class

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Student artists get a chance to shine Jessie Schneider Staff Writer Again the opportunity arises, KCC is hosting its annual Student Art Show. A wide variety of artworks from various media are applicable. Some media examples are ceramics, paintings, 3-D mixed media, digital, graphic design, and many more. There are ten different categories an artwork could fit into. The only limitation on individual two-dimensional entries are that they can be no larger than 4x8’ or 32 square feet. Though all current academic year KCC students are eligible to submit up to five entries it’s still a hot competition because it is a juried show and not all entries will be accepted. To enter you must fill out a student entry form that can be picked up in the Davidson office. Drop off open on April 14, ending at 5pm on the 16th. The submitted artwork must have been produced

from May 2013 - April 2014 (the past 12 months). Viewing of the chosen artworks starts April 21th at the DeVries Gallery in Davidson Center, and continues until the 2nd of May. The judges for the event also choose pieces to win awards, and yes, those awards are cash! There are 21 opportunities to win. Awards include $250 for one best in show, $75 apiece for each of the best in the ten categories, and $25 each for ten honorable mentions. The winners will be announced in the reception/awards ceremony on April 27th from 1-3pm. Also during the reception there will be one $50 Instructor Recognition Award announced by the art faculty, as well as several other Art League awards and door prizes. The winners will have the chance to keep their artworks displayed in the Award Recipients Special Exhibit that will continue through the summer May 12- Aug 4. For more information pick up a student Art Show Info paper in the Davidson Office.

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comfortable working and studying in there,” O’Connell said. “We hit a home run, they do. The problem with it is we took away that big space where we used to do events. The current Binda theater, located next to the student center, is outdated, the outside almost completely cement. The renovated theater will have a glass front, equipped with a teleprompter. “We are going to call it educational space because we are going to use that lobby to provide a point of access for large events,” O’Connell explained. Those who enter campus from the front steps of the North Ave entrance will be able to see into the new student union space to see events happening or the event schedules on the teleprompter screen. Bob Reynolds is eager for the Binda updates. Prior to his position as chief information officer, Reynolds spent ten years as the owner of a company in charge of Binda Theater, taught stagecraft, and theater productions. The current theater staff reports to Reynold's area. In addition, Reynolds works with Mark O'Connell and John DiPierro to oversee the general construction project as a whole. “I hope that the building gets additional use after the remodel is complete. We have made many changes to improve the facility especially in terms of the acoustics,” Reynolds explained. “Also with the addition of the new lobby, event space there will be the opportunity

to hold many new types of events in the building for both students and community members.” After the Binda theater, hard hats will turn their attention to the Davidson Center. “Sometimes you don’t spend all of your contingency and if we don’t that money will go into Davidson,” O’Connell said. “We are looking at everything we can save so we can put that money into Davidson, we are doing programming for that right now. While we are working on these things we are thinking what will be safest and least disruptive to our students.” What community members don’t see is what connects the Binda theater so deeply to prior users. Spray painted on the walls high above the stage in the catwalk are messages from past KCC students and community members who performed plays, built props, sewed costumes and wrote scripts. “After leaving my blood, sweat and tears, I leave my name,” black spray paint details the message of one performer. “Think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course,” another reads. But a concern is growing in the heart of those who danced across or behind the stage: will the messages they left behind on the catwalk walls remain? “A piece of my heart is being left here (take care of it),” one reads. It’s unknown if the graffiti will remain after the renovations and if the pieces of so many hearts will be taken care of.

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at e BruiAnprB il 1 Transfer Student Information Table: Northern Michigan University Central Walkway • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 12:30 am - 3:00 pm 16 Coffeehouse Concert Student Center • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 17 Transfer Student Information Table: University of Michigan - Flint Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 17 Transfer Student Information Table: Western Michigan University College of Education & Human Development North Walkway • 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm 17 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 17 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College North Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 17 Academic Workshop: Creating Presentations using PowerPoint Kellogg Room • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 21 Gallery Exhibit: KCC Student Art Exhibition DeVries Gallery, Davidson Center • 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 22 KCC Jazz Band Concert Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center Auditorium • 7:30 pm 22 KAB Earth Day TBD • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 23 Davidson Student Recital Series Performances by KCC Students Studying Through the Individualized Music Lesson Program Area Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center Auditorium • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 23 Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport College Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 23 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College North Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 24 Transfer Student Information Table: Western Michigan University Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 25 Bruins Give Back Main Campus • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 27 Music Center Shareathon Music Center of South Central Michigan • 2:30 pm 27 Reception/Awards Ceremony: KCC Student Art Show Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center • 3:00 pm 27 Choral Series Event: "Singing in the Spring" Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Coldwater • 1:00 pm 28 Transfer Student Information Table: Western Michigan University College of Education & Human Development North Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 28 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 28 KCC Jazz Band Concert Student Center • 1:00 pm 29 & 30 Stress Busters Student Center & Kellogg Room • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 30 Student Recital Series Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center Auditorium • 1:00 pm

Choral Series Event

"Singing in the Spring" An Afternoon of Choral Splendor

Sunday, April 27 - 1 pm

Saint Mark's Episcopal Church 27 East Chicago St, Coldwater Free-will donation


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Poem-in-a-Pocket Day Kelly Frost Librarian It’s always nice to have more than lint in your pockets, and on Thursday April 24th the library wants to help you out by giving you some poetry to carry around and perhaps share with others. “Poem in your Pocket Day” was first celebrated in New York City in 2002 as part of the larger festivities associated with National Poetry Month, which is celebrated in April. The American Academy of Poets liked the idea of Poem in your Pocket Day so much that in 2008 they made it part of the national celebration to encourage people all across the country to carry and share poems. Want to participate, but don’t have time to hunt for and copy down a poem?

No worries. Just stop by the library on Thursday, April 24th because we will be distributing poems at the Information desk and at other locations throughout the library. If you’d rather find your own poem, or if reading a few pocket poems inspires a newfound or renewed interest in reading more poetry, the library can help you out with that as well. We have a nice, diverse poetry collection located on the second & first levels of the library in the 811 section. In addition to numerous “best of ” poetry anthologies, we have several works by single authors like Billy Collins’ Aimless Love or Alice Walker’s Hard Times Deserve Furious Dancing. Themeoriented works of poetry also abound. Time You Let Me In focuses on poets under 25 years of age. There is also 100 Essential Modern Poems by Women and Poetry of the Taliban. We also have a large collection of poetry for children in the library’s children’s section. Unlike most of our other works of poetry, those in the Children’s collec-

tion are shelved by title, but you can find a complete list by searching the library’s catalog under the subject heading: “Childrens Poetry.” Some of the things you will find include Caroline Kennedy’s selections of Poems to Learn by Heart and KCC’s own, Elizabeth Kerlikowske’s Before the Rain . You’ll also come across the unique collection Lemonade, and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word as well as the touching Heartsongs written by Mattie J.T. Stepanek, an eleven-year-old muscular dystrophy patient who shares his feelings and thoughts about his life, death, nature, faith, and hope. Whether you want a whole book or just a pocket full of poems, stop by the library, and we’ll set you up with some good poetry. And don’t forget to join us and people all across the country as we enjoy and share the poetry we’re carrying in our pockets on April 24.

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More than good eats Adam Kinne Staff Writer Making a positive impact on the community is always a great thing. It is always surprising to find just how much is going on in the back ground of our community that still makes a positive impact, but does not get any attention. Here at KCC we are lucky to have one of these back ground difference makers brought to us by Laura Walters who owns Laura’s Gourmet Catering service. Stationed in the Student Center, Laura’s is a great place to get some quick brain food for a long day of classes, or get lunch with a friend. As important as fueling students

throughout the day is, there is more to Laura’s then the obvious food service. Behind the scenes Laura works closely with the Doris Clausen Developmental Center, or DKDC, and ARC, both these programs support the mentally handicapped. The DKDC is a Calhoun county school program that provides educational services to the mentally handicapped, and ARC is a public rights group interested in the betterment of these handicapped people’s lives and opportunities. Laura is a catalyst of opportunity by giving the people in both programs opportunities they might not get anywhere else. From the DKDC Laura offers job coaching to those with special needs. They come in and help clean and learn skills to maintain the result and work as a team. Laura will then hire some of these

Students line up to receive service at the Bruin Bistro

individuals when they age out of the program, if they have the cognitive ability and are cleared to do so. With the ARC program there is a similar deal where participants in the program come in and help around the restaurant giving them

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both an interesting activity and social building opportunities. For the people in these programs the experience holds an abundance of opportunity and stimulation.


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Bruin Bots Charge Ahead Bob Psalmonds Staff Writer Bruin Bots is a challenging program meeting out at the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, RMTC for short. Kimberlee Andrews-Bingham is both the person charged with coordinating this fascinating club and one of the driving forces behind it as the Training Coordinator for Workforce Solutions.  Bruin Bots fits under the Industrial Technology Center’s function and educational arena.  Started in the fall of 2012, the faculty and students have already shown success by making the state tournament the first year.  The team made regionals last fall even though the number of competing school teams state-wide greatly increased on the robotics battle field.  Increasing the number of schools and a broader community capacity is something the program supports wholeheartedly.  The program both encourages and assists with any school or organization interested in developing or already running their own club.       The main focus is not on the high schoolers as one would expect.   It is geared to draw in middle schoolers from the sixth through ninth grades from public, private and home school environments. As Andrews-Bingham explained with enthusiasm, this is for many reasons.   "The robotics club introduces the children at a younger age to a wide range of Industrial Trades and STEM (science technology, engineering and math) skills.   Robotics is only going to become more important to industry in the future, so engaging them in growing career fields at a younger age just makes sense.  It also sharpens their skills so they have an edge when moving onto the high school or college teams.   A big plus is it gives them an idea of what types of things they might like to do for a living.  The program also gets them connected to higher learning institutions, such as KCC, which has already shown them the training is available, meaning they have had a relationship long before sending out those college applications.   Add in those driven enough to do dual enroll at KCC while still in high school, and it’s a winwin."     Robotics opportunities like the Bruin Bots is championed by F.I.R.S.T., which stands for First for Inspiration, Recognition of Science and Technology. This is a national organization vested in improving the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics abilities of our youth.  Robotics touches all of these. Lego Education provides kits used by the clubs throughout the nation.  If a part is needed to enhance or build something unique, the students and faculty out at the RMTC will help create it for the team.  This means the kids get a demonstration of the necessary steps and

machine operations involved. Again, a fun and educational way to draw their curious young minds toward the Industrial Trades and STEM side. Andrew-Bingham stressed that one of the biggest impacts of Bruin Bots is the development of leadership abilities and social skills as students work as part of a team.  There is also an intentional effort to engage more youth of color and female students as they are traditionally underrepresented in the STEM pipeline from classroom to career.   So far about ten percent of participating students represent these groups and Andrews - Bingham and all the other leaders involved would like to see this change.   The potential broadening of each child’s future makes this desire important, so is supported by the Urban League, VOCES, the Burma Center and the American Association of University Women.   Bruin Bots normally averages around twenty kids on their team but engages over 100 annually through other activities.   One of the best results is it teaches youth to embrace their intelligence and creativity as a path to a successful future.      The large number of middle schoolers involved on the team is due to the fact there are more roles than just two robot drivers and a coach for each match.   In September, a challenge is released to the clubs for the competition season which will give specifics about what kind of functions and abilities the robot must have.  Just like engineers build a vehicle for what kind of terrain or driving is required, the club’s young artists have to draft workable blueprints of their creation that will fit the needs of the challenge.  Kids who like computer programming and want to write the coding hit the keyboards.  Engineers do the actual structural planning and work out the physical issues of the plans.  Finally, the industrially capable and those interested in prefabrication, metal shop, welding, and the other aspects begin to build.  Of course, anything beyond using the Lego kits such as operating machinery at the RMTC is handled by older KCC students or faculty.

    Finally, three people put the robot through its paces during the competition.  Driver one controls the mobility issues such as forward, back, turn, etc.  Person two controls the levers, arms, and required functions operations.  The third person is the match coach, giving the two operators instructions as to what’s needed to complete the mission, such as raise the arm an inch or bring the claw forward.   Often the team might build

Members of Bruin Bots construct robots at the KCC sponsored club

The Bruin Bot team

two robots but will present the best at the competition itself. The judges want to also see an Engineering Notebook which is the portfolio, journalized progression, and images involved in creating the robot.        Once the competition is over, the club analyzes any challenges and learning experiences.  From January till May, there’s an after-school club that allows the kids to refine their skills or try hands-on experiences somewhere new in the program.  There is exposure to STEM career options to excite the youth or further refine their likes and dislikes.  Intensive workshops are also scheduled often and spring break robotics camps are offered to all those wanting to sign up.  The theme this year is Destination Lego Mars where the robots have to traverse Mars like terrain in the morning from 8 till 12.  Andrews-Bingham stated that to help in bringing more girls into the program, a second camp in the afternoon   (12:304:30) would be just for girls and set up as an introduction to robotics.  Both are scheduled from Monday, April 7 through Thursday, April 10 and have a registration fee of $125.  Think how much of a jump the girls would get if they did both.      There are also summer robotics camps

photo by Bob Psalmonds

photo by Simon Thalmann

and the income generated through these helps cover the expenses of other program areas. There are a few scholarships available so check into this option if funding is going to be an issue for your child. Hopefully, a grant application currently being reviewed by the United Way will come through and make this less of an issue.   Currently, the scholarship monies are coming from a few of the local business sponsors and the Battle Creek Community Foundation.   Sponsors are always welcome and would mean more underprivileged or financially strapped families could allow their child to spread his/her mental wings.       Those KCC students interested in or needing a Service Learning placement should also consider the Bruin Bots.   Even those not interested in the STEM fields would be of great help while having fun with a fantastic group of youth.   In fact, there is even a one credit KCC Service Learning class that to develops leadership skills through service with the team.  Those in many other classes can also easily point to the Bruin Bots being an applicable Service Learning option and getting their professor to sign off.        For more information, contact Kimberlee Andrews-Bingham, KCC Workforce Solutions, Phone Number (269) 565-2802 or emal her at  The Kellogg Community College Regional Manufacturing Technology Center is located at 405 Hill Brady Rd, Battle Creek, MI.



April 2014

The older student Rudeness is the new reality Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor I had just gotten my hair done and was feeling pretty good about myself when I walked into class the other day until I was greeted by one of my classmates with, “What happened to your hair?” The woman asked complete with horrified expression. I was dumbstruck. I blushed and muttered, “Colored it” and quickly took my seat. It wasn't until later when I had a moment to process the exchange that I started to get angry. Why did this woman feel the need to be so rude? If she didn’t like my new hair color then she should have pulled a Thumper and kept it to herself, to clarify, pulling a Thumper is when you take the advice of Thumper from Bambi and remember, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say nothing at all.” We all know that one person who proudly proclaims that they are “Brutally honest, tell it like it is or have no filter.” If you strip the adjectives away we can see it for what it really is, these people just rejoice in being mean. They think that by offering the disclaimer before they make a nasty remark it makes it ok. It doesn’t. When did it become ok to tell people exactly what we’re thinking? If I told every-

one everything I was thinking, I would probably be in jail or have a lot of black eyes. Sometimes it’s ok to keep it to yourself. Now if I had asked this woman what she thought of my hair then maybe it would have been ok to say, “I liked it better the way you had it.” But I never asked for her opinion. She just felt the need to express it, loudly, across a crowded room. It’s not just comments about hair or clothing. It seems like lately there has been an increase in rudeness. People no longer say "excuse me" or "thank you" anymore. For example, if I am in the grocery store and there is another customer looking at something on the shelf, I was taught that I should say excuse me if I need to walk in front of them. Also, I thank everybody. I say thank you to servers, bank tellers, and cashiers. I don’t even think about it. I know I’m in the minority here, but I still send thank you notes. I think it’s nice and shows genuine thankfulness to the person you’re thanking. I’m sad to see that more and more people are relying on social media to say thank you. Sending an email or putting a post on Facebook just doesn’t show the same amount of thought as reading a handwritten note. I’ve noticed that my saying "excuse me" or "thank you" surprises some people. It’s as if being polite has become such a foreign concept that people no longer understand it. Maybe I’m naïve to think that being polite should be taught in childhood and by the time we’re adults it shouldn’t require a second thought. Either way, I will teach my children the importance of being polite and continue saying excuse me and thank you. If I don't like someone's hair color, I won't mention it. Or I will mention it later to someone else when they're not around, because I'm a lady.

The Nagging Mother

Letter season Elizabeth Kerlikowske Advisor

This is the season of the letter. Not the letters you will write thanking people for graduation gifts, although those are nice. It’s the season where people like me write recommendation letters for people like you. And we write paragraphs for awards ceremonies, and we hand off the future to those outstanding students. How are these students selected? Sometimes it’s because they ask. They seek out opportunities and make themselves known in classes, in a good way. Some students hesitate to ask a professor for a recommendation. Don’t! We are in our jobs because professors wrote letters for us. It is part of the job, the handing off of the torch. I can tell you this: selection for awards is not always about grade point average. Sometimes the student shows talent in a given discipline or art or they are naturally gifted with the periodic table on the insides of their eyelids. Those are the visible criteria. But truly, what is inside is what makes a student outstanding to me. Sometimes I write letters for the person who needs support the most. Advice I read as a young mother still works to-

day: You have to love some people when they are the least lovable. It is a given that I think the person could succeed at the job or in the program of study. Most people for whom I write supportive letters have one thing in common: we have gotten to know each other, usually through writing. We treat each other like people. We respect one another’s opinions while not always agreeing. I am particularly fond of people who meet deadlines, write well, are organized, and have some notion of what they might do with their lives. In other words, I like people who were nothing like me at twenty. I rarely went to class and spent more time shooting pool at the Golden 8 Ball. I did well in the classes I liked (band, orchestra, choir, theater, English) and failed the ones I didn’t (everything else but especially Western Civ). GPA: .67 I had no idea what I would do with my life. Teachers were the enemy, except English teachers. I guess it’s not surprising I became an English professor. No one at my high school reunions thinks it weird. Everyone knew I was smart, but I had no focus. It took me until I was thirty to get my act together. By thirty, some people had written letters, believed in me, and helped. Feedback from Earth is that I turned out quite well from my jumbled-up, horrible beginning. For that reason, I am willing to consider certain students promising that others might not. And I use my most persuasive language in their letters because it’s so important to at least once get a break.


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Sneaker Collection Clean out your closets for Earth Month.

April 25

SAVE THE DATE! 9 am -12 pm Students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to participate Register at the Service-Learning office or email

The Bruin Bookstore is collecting gently used athletic shoes to donate


worn out shoes to recycle. Bring in your old shoes during the April spring sale.


April 2014


Disney freezes the box office The invisible students continued from page 1

Cara Clingin Staff Writer Frozen has been a sensational hit since it was released on November 27, 2013. It’s a safe bet that you have either seen the countless commercials, merchandise in the stores, or stores and fans singing “Let it go” everywhere you go. Frozen not only was named best Disney movie since the Lion King, according to the L.A. Times, it’s opening weekend racked up $9.3 million and recently just passed the $1 billion mark. Keep in mind, this movie hasn’t even hit Japan yet. In this instant fairytale classic, Elsa is a young adult who must take on the responsibility of being queen on top of dealing with her erratic ice powers. Accidentally casting an eternal winter and abandoning her place on the thrown, Elsa is persued by her younger sister, Anna, whom she has barely seen over the past decade, in hopes of ending the everlasting snow. Anna is joined by her new found friends Kristoff, his trusty reindeer Sven, and a living snow man named Olaf. This movie is all about owning your own powers and finding out who you are. This movie has instantly become a Disney hit and it’s easy to see why. Not only does this movie have that classic Disney feel that we felt in Beauty and the Beast and Snow White, but this movie introduces two sisters that aren’t typical Disney princesses. A tale of two sisters that for once actually love and care for each other where one isn’t the “evil stepsister”. Here we have Elsa who has shunned her family in fear she would harm them with her uncontrollable ice powers. Elsa had to become the adult while Anna got to grow up to be the young, happy, reckless teenage girl. We’ve seen a rise in Disney princesses lately: Merida from Brave, Tiana from

April 25 Tournament in the Spring Lake Room in the Learning Resource Center (Library)

Modern Format Noon — Game play begins 11:30 am — Registration

Snacks are available for participants along with prizes and give-aways. Donations will be accepted.

Frozen is Disney's latest block-buster.

photo by Lacy Janousek

Princess and the Frog, and even Repunzel from Tangled. While they all have been strong - willed and full of spunk, they still followed the old fairytale plot-trap of needing a love interest to be strong and happy. This is the first Disney movie to reinforce that true love doesn’t have to be between a man and a princess; there are many forms of love including the love between two sisters. Not only is this movie beautiful for its story, stunningly beautiful colors and imagery, this movies soundtrack has topped Billboard 100's top for the past few months for downloads. With the powerful voice of Idina Menzel (Elsa), known for her work as Alphaba in Wicked, but we also have Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) and Kristen Bell (Anna) who are also well known Broadway singers/actors. With a powerhouse of strong voiced singers, the melodies of the soundtrack, its easy to see why Frozen captured the hearts of the world. If you haven’t experienced Frozen yet, then I highly recommend you see what all the hype is about. With a beautiful style of art and powerful music, this is something that anyone who enjoys movies should see. With the powerful messages of family, individuality, and girl power, this is truly a movie for the ages. You will not be disappointed.

developed a love for reading and struggle with writing. “Burmese children’s writing and ability to comprehend what they read is very low,” Thawnghmung continues “Americans assume that because we are Asian that we must be good at math and good at school, but sometimes that’s not the case.” Sang, who is a nursing student at KCC agrees, “My biggest struggle is with English, especially writing because of the language barriers. Most Burmese students are shy and most of us are afraid ask for help as well.” The students struggle through their classes in silence and fall further and further behind their American classmates. The Burma Center would like to change this by creating a mentor program for Burmese and non-Burmese students. Just a few hours a week having a conversation could do wonders for a

Burmese student in learning social concepts. Students from both cultures could learn a lot from each other. “I know everyone might not be interested in learning about Burmese culture,” says Sang, “but I think it is important for each and everyone of us to get to know each other. Such as living style, the culture, and the food.” KCC students could also complete service-learning hours by tutoring Burmese students in reading and writing. The recent creation of a Burmese Youth Council will aid those students looking to further their educations and help them with the financial aid and college application process. Thawnghmung believes the future looks bright but there is still much work to do. She contends, “When we are able to humanize the Burmese people and when Battle Creek claims the Burmese as their own, our job will be complete.”

April 29 & 30 11 am - 1 pm

Student Center and Kellogg Room KELLOGG COMMUNITY COLLEGE


April 2014


"Aw, your daughter's so cute" Cassandra Lindsay Staff Writer My family and I have sort of a unique situation. We have a two-year-old running around our house. Only she isn’t mine; she is my little sister. Almost three years ago my mom married a guy who had no kids, and while he was content with that and he accepted my brother and me as his own, he and my mom decided to have another child. When my little sister Rylee was born, I was 17 and my brother was 15. In this day and age it’s not uncommon for someone my age to have a kid. I personally know a few people who are around my age, and even a few people from my graduating class who are either pregnant or have already had a baby. So naturally people would think that Rylee was my daughter. Every time I take her out somewhere, even if my mom is with us, people always make comments to me like “Aw, your daughter is so cute” or “How old is your baby?” Once someone even said to my mom “You must be a proud grandma, she’s adorable.” My mom is never pleased about being mistaken for a grandma, and she is always quick to jump in and correct them. Most of the time when she corrects them they get embarrassed, and walk away or laugh it off and apologize to both my mom and me. Being mistaken as her mom isn’t the

hardest part about having a two year - old in my life though. Being that I am only 19, and I’m in my first year of college, I still live at home. Rylee, like most toddlers, needs a lot of attention, and while most of the time she is glued to my mom's side, she has her days where she is “all about sissy” as my mom puts it. Those days it’s nearly impossible to get anything done. For me to be able to do my homework or study, I literally have to lock myself in my room, and even then Rylee still bangs on my door and cries to get in. Another obvious reason having a two-year-old in the house is hard is they are loud and get into everything. Most days it looks like a tornado went through our house. When she gets into my room, it’s even worse. She takes all my shoes out, and gets into my dresser, and my jewelry. It drives me insane Cassandra and her little sister, Rylee photo provided by Cassandra Lindsay sometimes, and sometimes I feel like giving up on taking care of my stuff, because young is a hard responsibility. the second I do, its back out and on my The hard things don’t really matfloor or bed again. ter though. We get over the messes, and Out of everything the hardest thing the loudness. The crying, and the temfor me is setting a good example for her. per tantrums. And we focus on the good Not to say that I’m a bad teenager, but evthings. The way she laughs at everything, ery little thing I say or do she learns. She and kisses us when we have an “owie”, or copies things I say, or little things that I how the second that I walk through the do. I have to watch what I say, and how door she comes running up to me with a I act. And in the future, when she starts big smile on her face and hugs me. Those school, she has to know that I did well are the things that matter. The little things in school so she knows that school isn’t that brighten up your day in a way only a a joke. Being a big sister to someone so young child could.

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April 2014


Kitsune Corner Cosmos

offers billions and billions of wonders

Amber Arizmendi Staff Writer Anime differs greatly from other forms of animation by its diverse art styles, methods of animation, its production and its process. Visually, anime contains a wide variety of styles that share few similarities to one another. Anime follows the typical production of animation, including story boarding, voice acting, character design, and cel production. Anime has become commercially profitable in the West, as demonstrated by successful shows such as Digimon, Pokémon and Sailor Moon. Recently America has been treated to a feast of animated shows that take their inspiration from Japan, such as Example of Anime Avatar: The Last Air Bender, the YouTube Hanamoto comes to the college, to pracshow RWBY and the RPG Katawa Seiyū. tice her art and hopefully be in a place One thing is for sure, animation is not where she is understood. Hagumi is shy going away. It will only continue to grow and timid, but she shows her real self in popularity and fandom as more and through her paintings and sculptures. more people discover the endless possiThere is also Shinobu bilities that anime offers us. Morita; he is depicted as a “There are so many things perpetual student, unable I want to do, there are e m i n a to graduate because of an endless amount lly, a u e s i d i V " persistent absenteeism. of things inside of me aw s n i a t s And Ayumi Yamada I want to make, their con y of style t specializing in cescattered all around e i var hare few ramic arts, she is wellme, each time I open a that s rities with known by other stunew box a whole bunch dents for her pottery simila other." of ideas jump out, I catch n i a d n e and her nickname e each one, wrestle with it, on mber Arizm A Tetsujin "Iron-latry to understand it, and dy". Good aspects of the swallow it whole…… I show include complicated well rounded want to open them all, but characters. Well done water color like a lifetime is too short,” says of Hagumi backgrounds, excellent story ark, great Hanamoto. questions with not always easy to see an Honey and Clover, which follows the swers and character growth. This is also story of five art college students who atan adult anime, so parents should view tend the same art school. The story folfirst before showing to younger children. lows their lives and adventures in and out Bad elements include slow payoff, uninof school. Focusing on one character at a spired soundtrack “using the same music time, through their adventures they grow over and over” sometimes annoying as people and artists. Fighting throw the character traits. This series can also be trials and tribulations of every day cola downer at times; it is more for thinklege students, their struggles are reflected ing and mellowing out and less for in their art work. Early on in the series an energy and action. 18 year old art genius named Hagumi

An open letter from a direction-less slacker Nico Berrios Staff Writer Hi, my name is Nico, and I'm a slacker. Now, I don't expect all of you reading this to say “Hi, Nico!”, but I'm going to act like you did. I frankly have no clue what I'm doing, in everything that I do. It's human nature to feel that everything that's happening to you has never happened to anyone else, but realistically that's not so. I know that many, many people who will read this feel the same way that I do. This is for them. We go to college because we're expected to by society. We get a job, again because we're expected to. Now, I'm not saying that these things are bad, but how

many do these things just because we're “supposed” to? I, for one, know that if I had my way I'd hide in my room and let life continue without me. Is that wrong of me? Probably, and I realize this, so I pull myself out of bed everyday and do what an adult does. Most of the time. Hey, no one is perfect. I suppose that all we direction-less slackers can do is keep doing what is expected. We've got to hope that we'll find what drives us, what makes us special. It's okay if that takes a while. And it's okay to wander in search of our uniqueness! I've noticed in my life that those who are lazy and unmotivated in college and adulthood, they are the same people who as children had eyes full of wonder and a desire to create, discover, and learn. So maybe you're burned out, and that's okay. Just don't give up because no one wants to be lost forever.

Johnathan Hogan Staff Writer The original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage documentary series, created and presented by the legendary Carl Sagan, was a defining moment for science in television. Even today it stands as one of the most popular documentary series ever. Unfortunately, it also proved to be one of the last hoorahs for science in public media as the last few decades have seen a decline in science television and news. It was with this in mind that Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane teamed up to breathe new life into the Sagan’s work in the form of the new series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The result is an excellent mix of science and imagination that pays homage to the original Cosmos while setting its own footprint in the journey through the universe. The new series is presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and science communicator often heralded as the man who made science ‘cool’ again. Cosmos will never be quite the same without Carl Sagan, but after seeing Tyson’s enthusiasm for the subject material it’s hard to imagine anyone else in today’s world who can live up to such a lofty legacy. The first episode focuses on introducing the viewers to science not just as

a collection of facts, but as a worldview. Tyson explores the universe with his ‘Ship of the Imagination’ and introduces the viewers to the solar system planet by planet (with a nod to poor Pluto). This is done with both computer-generated imagery to create a sense of awe and classic 2-D animation for more detailed explanations. Neither type is particularly groundbreaking, but they both achieve what they set out. The Ship of the Imagination, very reminiscent of Ms. Frizzle’s Magic School Bus, will apparently continue to be a feature for the entire series. It at times feels childish, but never distracts from the overall explanation. Unfortunately, at times Cosmos gives too much concern with showing off its animation, spending too much time away from the actual science. It’s understandable that the first episode is more concerned with setting up for those still to come, but the episode is too concerned with awing the audience and not enough with teaching them. In the end there’s too much flash and not enough substance. The second episode proved to be a major improvement on this flaw, however, and did a perfect job of balancing excitement with education as it explored the origin of Earth’s species. It’s hard to remember the last time there was ever such a push for science on television, and it’s hard to imagine who could be a better advocate than Neil deGrasse Tyson. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is on Fox on Sundays, 9:00 P.M. Anyone with even a passing interest is encouraged to give the series a look.

Remember the Alamo Cara Clingan Staff Writer When you are from a quiet town like Battle Creek, you are envious of towns like Kalamazoo. There is so much more variety in the town and it’s a bit of a drive, but honestly it’s worth it. We don’t have a Sonic or an Outback Steakhouse, and their mall is so much bigger than ours. They also recently opened the Alamo Draft House Theatre. This was honestly the coolest experience I have had in awhile; this theatre is mind-blowing. Not only is it a theatre where you can drink alcohol (the highlight for most people) but this theatre is unique in the way the actual theatres operate. The seats are set up in rows that skip every other row to allow maximum leg room and easy access for everyone. A long bar table top sits in front of each seat where there are menus where you can order snacks such as cookies, nachos,

or even the bottomless popcorn. You can even order full-blown dinners there to go with your drinks and cocktails. The staff come and grabs a slip of paper you fill out with your order during the movie (as many times as you want) and you receive your check about a half-hour before the movie ends. The Alamo offers the newest selections of movies along with some classics from time to time. On my last visit I watched Army of Darkness and there was a great turnout. Along with these are some special events such as sing-alongs that have included Frozen, Moulin Rouge, and The Sound of Music will be held at the theatre in May. If sing-alongs aren’t your things they do movies that have props to go along with the movies where you interact alongside the movies. Overall this was the best theatre I have been to in a long time. Its clean, the staff is friendly, there is a wide variety to eat and drink, and there is always something to do that keeps customers happy and coming back for more. For more information on prices, events, etc, please visit

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April 2014

Dr. Destiny

Dear Dr. Destiny, How do I get rid of a nasty rash? Concerned guy Dear Guy, Go to the doctor’s office if the home remedies like the pink lotion don’t work, and stop doing whatever it is you were doing to get the rash! No-Brainer Dear Doc, What is the most esthetically pleasing kind of writing to the eye? Signed, Garamond Dear Garamond, I don’t “see” writing; I feel it, so to me, writing doesn’t appeal to the eye at all. It appeals to the human condition. Dr. Destiny Dear Dr. Destiny, I love Coca Cola in the 2 liter bottle, but it tends to go “flat” rather quickly after opening it, leaving it tasteless and gross. Someone once told me to squeeze the air out of the bottle before putting the cap back on. This is supposed to keep the carbonation in the soda pop. Is this true? Sincerely, Fizzled Out Dear Fizz, Really? You have experienced this more than once and yet you continue to buy the 2 liter bottle? I have no words of wisdom for you. Scientifically, it makes sense that removing the air would help contain the carbonation, but logically, it makes sense to STOP BUYING THE BIG BOTTLES! Sherlock Holmes here Dear Dr. Destiny, Do you have any good recipes for a

nice home-cooked meal? Hungry Howie Dear Hungry, Look on the websites of the Food Network or or any one of a plethora of on-line recipes. If you watch cooking shows, you know Paula Deen cooks easy things to follow as do many other cooks. Caution: if the person describes him or herself as a chef, I would stay away from those recipes unless you have lots of time to devote to shopping for unusual spices and ingredients. Dr. D. Dear Dr. Destiny, People always say that there aren’t any art teacher jobs out in the work world. Are they really gone? Possibly unemployed Dear Artist, Look at our library’s holding of the Occupational Outlook Handbook. There is a wealth of information there about jobs in all fields and what the future job potential is. Maybe you can’t be an art teacher, but you could be a docent in an art museum or a painting restorer or something else that would keep you connected to what you love. Etsy (an on-line shopping site for doit-yourselfers) has artists for hire for illustrating books and painting pictures etc. Check it out. Dr. D. Dear Dr. D, I’m trying to figure out what I should major in? I love graphic design and fine arts, but I also like business. Signed: IBMC Escher Dear Multi-talented Person, Being good at several things will always be helpful. Your artistic side will be supported by your business side and vice-versa. Pursue both things. A career in design can lead to a management position that needs your business skills. Plus, the more things you can do well, the better your chance of getting a job once you finish your degrees. Dr. D

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KCC Jazz Band Concert Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 pm Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Auditorium Davidson Student Recital Series Wednesday, April 23 at 1 pm Performances by KCC students studying through the individualized Music Lesson Program Area Davidson Visual and Performing Arts CenterAuditorium Choral Series Event: “Singing in the Spring” An Afternoon of Choral Splendor Sunday, April 27 at 1 pm Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church 27 East Chicago St. — Coldwater — Free-will donation KCC Jazz Band Concert Monday, April 28 at 4:30 pm Student Center Student Recital Series Wednesday April. 30 at 1 pm Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Auditorium


Choral Series Event “Oh, What a Night!” An Italian Musical Celebration and Feast Friday, May 2 at 3, 5, and 7 pm Barista Blues Cafe, 91 Michigan Ave W., Battle Creek

Advance tickets $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and students, $10 for children 5 ages and older. At door price is $20 per person. All funds raised will support the 2014 KCC choir tour of Italy. Tickets available in the Arts and Communication Department offices: Call (269) 965-4126 ext. 1 Spring Cabaret 2013, Choral Series Event Branch County Community Chorus Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 pm Tibbits Opera House — Coldwater — Free-will donation Cereal City Concert Band Spring Concert Saturday, May 3 at 7 pm Marshall High School Auditorium 701 N Marshall Ave — Marshall

June Nicolas Berrios Cara Clingan Seher Dey Matthew Dilliner Thomas Hoard Adam Kinne Cassandra Lindsay Jessie Schneider David Sunnock John Taylor

Caitlyn Whitman Bob Psalmonds

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At Kellogg Community College, much is happening in the world of music this upcoming Spring 2014 Semester. The KCC chorus will perform worldwide over the next six months, visiting Battle Creek, Coldwater and traveling to Rome and Italy at the end of June. Gerald Blanchard, music area coordinator, is eager for the music season. “This year’s season is supported by Mr. and Mrs. Devries as well as corporate sponsorship by Randall Foods,” Blanchard explained. With such support, we are able to offer the community, both college and Battle Creek, a wide variety of musical options.”

Special Community Event: 33rd Annual Community Prayer Breakfast Featured Choir, Kellogg Community College Choirs Tuesday, May 6, at 7 am Kellogg Arena 36 W. Hamblin Ave — Battle Creek

BRUIN Staff Co-Editors Lacy Janousek Tiffany Thatcher

Choral Calendar 2014

Kellogg Community College Choral Union European concert tour June 26 through July 2 Rome and the Amalfi Coast of Italy

The Spring 2014 Season Sponsor is Randall Foods, INC (Randall Beans) with additional support provided by Mrs. Eleanor R. & Robert A. DeVries.

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9th annual “Singing in the Spring” Gerald Blanchard Vocal Music Professor The KCC Choral Union of Kellogg Community College will present its 9th annual “Singing in the Spring” choral concert beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Battle Creek’s First Presbyterian Church, located at 111 Capital Ave. NE. Dr. Gerald Blanchard, professor of vocal music and music program coordinator at KCC, said the group of 45 singers will present a concert program designed specifically to take advantage of and to highlight the wonderful acoustics in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church. The choir will be placed in a variety of unique positions in and around the sanctuary. One of the highlights will be when the chorus performs Franz Bieble’s “Ave Maria” for double choir surround-

ing the audience. Programmatically, “There’s something for everybody,” Blanchard said. The repertoire will focus primarily on the sacred works of the great European masters such as William Byrd, Orlanda Di Lasso, and Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina to name a few. However in addition to those great classical works, the groups will also add a touch of Americana with pieces by great American composers such as Aaron Copland (I Bought Me a Cat), Jester Hairston (Elijah Rock) and Saul Feldstein (Get Together) among others. The Choral Union is made up of performers from KCC’s three residential choirs, including the Kellogg Singers, the Branch County Community Chorus and the Concentus Vocal Ensemble, which together perform a major concert each year in the fall and in the spring.

This year’s event is special as it will serve as a “pre-European concert tour” event and fund-raiser for the group’s upcoming international concert tour of Rome and the Amalfi coast of Italy, scheduled for June 26 through July 2. Blanchard said the fund-raising part of the evening will consist of a free will offering; however, they will end the afternoon with a cookie reception in the parlor of the church. “All funds raised will help support the choral program’s many initiatives, in particular our trip to Italy,” he said, adding that any funds collected above what is needed for the group’s international tour will be saved for their joint presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” with the Monroe Chorale and Orchestra. This “Singing in the Spring” event – subtitled “Sacred Spaces and Acoustics”

– marks the ninth year of the popular spring concert and follows last year’s presentation of an all AMERICAN Music concert.” Blanchard said he was pleased with the way the community came out for the concert last year and he would like to see a similar show of support on the 27th. “Every dime that we raise helps defray costs for our students, and on top of that it will help support our upcoming initiatives,” he said. “We’re doing some great things at Kellogg Community College and love to see as much community involvement as possible.” For more information about vocal/ choral events from Kellogg Community College singers, visit performart/vocal/events.html or if you wish to contribute directly to the touring fund, please log onto www.GoFundme. com/4py40c

Jazz it up Jessie Schneider Staff Writer People have been making the smooth, soulful music America knows as jazz for over 100 years. Even KCC partakes in the melodic invention by having a Jazz Band. This ensemble offers students and faculty the chance to improve performance skills in contemporary and traditional jazz music. Mainly the performances are presented on campus and in the community, but on February 22nd the KCC Jazz Ensemble had the opportunity to take

a trip to Illinois. There they represented KCC’s talent in the 47th Elmhurst Jazz Festival where other college jazz bands were also preforming. Their group of fifteen talented musicians played a variety of instruments from drums to saxophones and trombones to the piano. They played four song including compositions by Canadian jazz musician, Maynard Ferguson, and multi-instrumentalist, Count Basie. When asked, many of the musicians mentioned that they were nervous at first but it must not have shown in their performance because they received many positive remarks from the judges presiding over the event. In fact three of them were commended for their outstanding solos during the show. They were Eric

photo by Jessie Schneider

KCC's Jazz Band performs

Campbel on his trumpet, Rob Mulligan with the drum set, and Phil Nager for his solo. If you want a chance to hear the Jazz Band show off their talent, the next two

concerts in April are on the 22nd at 7:30 pm in the Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center Auditorium and on the 28th at 1 pm in the KCC Student Center.



Thursday, April 17, 2014•9 AM - 12 PM Kellogg Arena, 36 W. Hamblin Battle Creek , MI

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Lady Bruins get it together Mary Emington Staff Writer Eat, sleep, play softball; that was the women’s softball team’s week in Florida. First time outdoors since the fall, KCC’s women’s softball team came ready to play in the wonderful Florida weather. Freshman Brooke Edmonds said, “The trip was worth it. It showed us what we need to work on during our conference games in the regular season. “ The lady Bruins played 11 games in six days on their trip to Cocoa Beach. Under the sweltering heat and sun, the women won 6 games and lost 5. The team started out hot, winning the first 2 games by mercies. The next two games took the Bruins into extra innings. The women

pulled off a win of 3-2 in eight innings over Itasca Community College, and 14-11 in nine innings against St. Cloud Technical College. Then, after their fifth win of the week, the Bruins fell into a slump. The Bruins had trouble keeping their streak alive and lost the next 5 games. Finally the lady Bruins got their bats and defense together in the final game to mercy Gloucester Community College 13-2. The Bruins return four sophomores Samantha Freel, MacKenzie Gibson, Jacquelyn Harwood, and Taylor Lewis. The softball team has a larger incoming freshmen class bringing nine new women to the roster: Lizzie Albaugh, Brooke Edmonds, Mary Emington, Emily Greene, Holli Longstreth, Taylor McGrath, Valerie Rubley, Nori Seita, and Bethany Tingley. Now the Bruins softball team is looking forward to the rest of their season. Tough conference play is underway. The

The Lady Bruins in Florida

lady Bruins are hoping to make a run for the conference and district titles. They plan to make a great season with big at

photo by Mary Emington

bats and solid defensive plays to earn the conference’s respect.

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KCC Baseball in full swing John Taylor Staff Writer The road trip March 11th for a double header against Davenport University Grand Rapids saw the Bruins win both games. In the first game, standout freshman Chad Carson went 3-3 batting, with a double and 2 singles. Kellogg Community College jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the 1st with a string of singles. In the 6th inning, Benny Clark’s stolen base at 3rd was impressive in his aggressive style. There was a question about whether the 3rd baseman suffered an injury. He was clearly shaken up on the play. The starting pitcher, sophomore Tyler Kirkland recorded the 2-0 win in 4 innings on 3 hits. In relief and with the save was Freshman Kyle Mallwitz giving up only 1 hit in 3 innings. Mallwitz showed some impressive form but his inexperience and nervousness saw him load the bases with 1 out. The infielders did a fine job filling in the gaps and turned a double play to save the day. In the second game Ben Spieldenner recorded the 4-0 win, giving up 1 hit in 2 innings with 2 strikeouts. Pitching in relief were both Kameron Joostberns and Tyler Bradner. Joostberns gave up 2 walks and 2 hits in 2 innings. Bradner pitched 2 innings and impressed with 4 strikeouts, 1 walk and gave up 1 hit. The Bruins had

4 runs with 7 hits and 3 runs batted in. KCC Coach Laskovy explains, “Freshman Cadis Chase broke the game open in the top of the seventh with an RBI triple.” March 14 &15 saw the Bruins knee deep in baseball. With 4 games in 2 days, the Bruins split a 3 game series with Sinclair Community College. The Tartan Pride held the advantage in the 1st game Friday. High winds made long hits difficult to field with wind gusts over 45 mph. The bruins, frustrated with play, lost their hats to the wind and the game 4-6. The second game saw them lose their shirts to the Pride 3-14, after 5 innings. More than 20 family and fans made the 4hour+ drive in support of the team. Cheers were constant. With their enthusiasm, you would have thought many were standing over the shoulder of the home plate umpire. Saturday turned into a different story for the Bruins. More resolve and more fans meant more excitement. Keith Phillips’ pitching was hitless through 4 innings. The 6’1” sophomore from Holland, MI went 4 2/3rd innings, throwing 80+ pitches, and giving up 2 runs on 2 hits with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. Aaron Dehn got the save, pitching 1 inning, giving up 1 run on 2 hits. Bruins won 7-6. Game four of the road trip had the team playing a MCCAA Conference rival, Muskegon Community College. Kirkland pitched the first 3 innings before being replaced by Spieldenner who recorded the win, giving up just 2 hits. Bradner stepped in to close for the save.

Bruins battle it out in Ohio

The team finished the trip to Dayton 2-2, beating Muskegon 5-2. “I was pleased with our resiliency in bouncing back after losing two games on Friday," said, Laskovy, “Sinclair has a very

photo by John Taylor

good team and we expect to see them in the Regional tournament. We have a very young team that showed some toughness Saturday by grinding out a couple of wins in frigid temperatures.”

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