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The Bruin April, 2016 | Kellogg Community College |

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Student literary mag: The Mosaic returns While the professors receive the submissions, the responsibility is mainly shifted to students. “It’s definitely a student-driven project,” Samra said. “As KCC students control everything from the written work to the selection process to the artwork and layout.” Peter Williams, the co-advisor to the Art League and a professor of art at KCC, helps coordinate the art entries—taking in submissions for photography, drawing and painting. Alongside the Art League and Austin Wisner, the student president of the Art League, they collect the submissions, which this year totaled close to 90, and then vote on the top picks. “The English Department usually has room to publish around 25 works,” Williams said. “So we narrow it to that number and forward them to the Mosaic staff.” The magazine is free and will be available around the campus—in the library, on newspaper racks around the school, and in the English and Arts and Communications offices.

deandre webb staff writer

It is time again for the student literary magazine to return. The Mosaic, which features the literary and artistic talents of KCC’s finest, will showcase the hard work and effort provided by its many contributors. The Mosaic received its final submissions in February and was revised and edited in March; it is set to debut in April. The submission process was open to any and all currently enrolled students. Students were allowed to submit up to four works across various categories including art, photography, poetry, scripts, and short fiction and nonfiction. The annual literary journal, which has always been published every spring, was previously known as ‘Perhaps,’ until the late 1990s when the English department decided that the name wasn’t totally representative of an art and literary publication. Students tend to send in poetry and short fiction, according to Matthew Samra, an English professor at the KCC who, along with the Crude Arts Club, handles written works.

photo by kacie hodge

The Mossaic has many excelent submitions, such as this photo by Kacie Hodge, which you’ll be able to see as the cover on this years Mossaic.

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Spring Break: school is almost over

Bruins keeping things fresh

sarah gerke


staff writer

Spring break is commonly known by students as a time to relax and forget about school, but it’s after spring break that is important. After spring break is over, there are only a few weeks left of school, and so many students may find themselves unprepared to jump right back into things. Mike Beard, a first semester student, said that the students are probably going to be anxious to end the school year and will want to get stuff done, especially since they are paying for their education. When asked if he thinks anything is going to change from before spring break to after, he said that nothing would probably change. Brandon Kellogg, a student in his junior year here at KCC, said that he expects to be “confused that I only have, like, 3 weeks left of school.” He stated that spring break is a time to catch up on sleep to prepare yourself for exams and tests. Kellogg’s advice to students coming back from break is this: “Don’t slack off – it’s only going to make it worse come exam time.” Kellogg Community College’s spring break is from April 4 to April 8. Classes officially end on May 9, giving students only a little over a month to prepare for the end of the semester. Contact Sarah Gerke at

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Every Thursday from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Sprout Urban Farms comes to campus to offer fresh fruits, vegetables, and other organic products to those at KCC. Their stand is located in the student center, next to the automatic doors. Their prices are reasonable, considering a bag of spinach is about $2.00. Apples and onions are $0.50 each. Also, a pint of maple syrup is available for $12.00. In addition, Sprout Urban Farms brings items such as “raw spicy mustard, tomatoes, eggs, and carrots” to KCC, says Manny Sevastopoulous, who was running the stand on a March afternoon. These products can be used in a variety of recipes. For instance, their potatoes can be used to make organic French fries. Spinach and other greens can be great in any type of salad, while many of the vegetables can make tasteful additions to a variety of soups, including butternut squash soup, vegetable soup, and tomato soup. Sprout Urban Farms is an organization that is “helping people prosper through enterprise and

local produce,” states Manny Sevastopoulous. He adds that one of their many goals is to “make is easier for low income families to get fresh produce.” While their business is located on North Kendall Street, the organization takes advantage of many opportunities to venture out and increase the amount of people in which they impact. KCC is one of their ventures. Sprout Urban Farms not only makes a once-a-week stop on campus, but they also assisted with the creation of the YES-KCC Community Garden behind the library. They’ve contributed to the establishment of other community gardens around Battle Creek, as well. Sevastopoulous adds that Sprout Urban Farms also helped build hoop houses (greenhouses that are not heated) at Pennfield Elementary and Dudley Elementary. Furthermore, they taught lessons to the students of these elementary schools, hoping to teach them the importance of eating healthy and taking care of the environment. Contact Heidi Gartley at


Campus News

Summer registration coming soon heidi gartley


KCC is offering a number of courses during the summer 2016 semester, two of which include Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 201) and Freshman Composition (ENGL 151). Professor Jeff Houldsworth will be instructing some of the ENGL 151 courses offered in the summer. He shares, that they “are designed around developing strong critical thinking skills and crafting academic/college-level essays.” “We focus on rhetorical modes (writing styles/genres) and crafting clear, organized, and formal essays. This means that in any English class, a student could write a variety of different types of essays,

including descriptive, cause/effect, editorial, argument, compare/contrast, or definition essays, just to name a few.” Houldsworth lets his students choose their essay topics, for the most part. He’s focused on proper tone and writing style more so than the subject of the paper. The most important skill students should have learned by the end of the semester is an idea of how much effort needs to be put into a piece of writing to make sure it is “academically credible and well-reasoned,” Houldsworth adds. During a summer semester, “students have pretty much the same amount of assignments, though some of that work is completed in class rather than as homework. While there are fewer class sessions, students are actually in class

the same amount of time,” he says. “Also, summer classes tend to have slightly lower enrollment, so students can get more personal attention from their instructors.” Professor Chris Jakway is teaching PHIL 201. In the course, students will be addressing questions such as: What is reality? Does any deity exist? What is a person? What is knowledge? What does it mean to say something is true? Jakway says, “The summer class operates the same as Fall and Spring. The only difference is that in the Summer session we get many students home on break who take a class, so the classes tend to be made of students attending several different schools.” In the Philosophy course, students will learn about various philosophers from

Film club returns alyssa vanderweg staff writer

The film club at Kellogg Community College started in the late 1990’s with a Star Wars movie and a film student named Sean Miller. The club was canceled in 2002; now it’s back to expose KCC students to a widely loved art form: movies. In 2002, KCC canceled the film club due to a lack of student involvement. The club screened movies in the evening, but as Matthew Samra, a professor and advisor for

the film club, said, the club had trouble getting students to return to school to watch the films. This could possibly be because KCC is a commuter college. Now the film club is operating again due to the interest and involvement of KCC students, Hannah Boles and Jason Cary. Hannah, a KCC student and president of the film club said she joined the club to receive a service learning credit, and enjoys watching comedies. She said “My goal for the [film] club is to get students and people from the community together to watch a movie.”

different cultures of the past, in addition to modern times. “[Students] are often surprised at how nice it is to have a smaller ‘conversational’ class environment. This is a lecture course, but it is structured to allow for questions and frequent class discussion,” shares Jakway. Registration for the summer 2016 KCC semester starts April 11. Students can register online or stop in to seek assistance from an advisor in the Advising office, located in the student center. For the Fall 2016 semester, students will have the opportunity to view courses on April 1 and begin registering on June 6. Contact Heidi Gartley at

Hannah’s goal for the club is similar to Matthew Samra’s goal which is, as he said: “To foster a love of cinema” and “to get students to watch movies with others, instead of watching them alone.” Samra is hopeful that the film club could potentially become a resource for both students and teachers to interact. He said the club could be used to screen documentaries, which could help students learn material for their history, sociology or social sciences classes. For now, film club members focus on entertainment. The students screen both old and new movies, including Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” and Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The club also provides free pizza and soft drinks to those who attend screenings. Film screenings are held in the Davidson Building’s auditorium on Fridays from 10 AM to 12 PM. Contact Alyssa VanderWeg at

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That’s a wrap for Bruin basketball Mackenzie Leson staff writer

Men’s As the season wraps up for the men’s Bruin Basketball team they finished the Western conference at 3-13 and with an overall record of 6-20. The men’s team will be losing three sophomores after this season: Joe Glover, Mafiaion Joyner, and Angus Bennett. Glover is thinking about going to Adrian or Mary Grove but is still waiting to hear from a couple other schools as well. Joyner is still undecided where to go at this moment and Bennett plans to go to Mary Grove after his time here at KCC. After the season I caught up with coach Reed to talk about this season and he said that, “Although we lost more then what I wanted as a coach, I believe the program is moving in the right direction.” Right now he is making sure that his sophomores are on the right track to move on to others schools and making sure he has his eye on possible talent

Interview with Garrett Hammer

for next year. I was able to ask him if he had anything he would like to say about the season. He had this to say, “As this is my first year as head coach, learned a ton, will continue to make adjustments and continue to learn how to become a more well-rounded coach.” That is great to hear as the Bruins will have at least 14 players returning next year so that will be a good start for coach Reed as he continues as the head coach here at KCC.

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What are you doing for Earth Day? makayla stuart staff writer

photo by simon thalmann

Garrett Hammer

Mackenzie Leson staff writer

Sport: Baseball Position: Catcher Year: Freshman Age:18 Height: 6’0” High School: Rocky Mountain High School Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado Major: Sports Management Biggest Accomplishment: 2014 5A Championship for baseball Hobbies: Hunting and Fishing

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more than 192 countries each year. The Earth Day Network offers an Earth Day Action Toolkit. In it, you’ll find everything you need to organize an event in your area, including: how to get started, how to reach out to city officials, various project ideas that are easy to execute, ways to spread the word and activate members of the community, plus what to do on the day of your event. Simple ways to make a difference on Earth Day include planting trees in your neighborhood, or in your backyard, leading a recycling drive, gathering friends and collect recyclables, taking a trip to your local park, or beach, to pick up trash, or doing some research and informing your peers about how they can become environmentally friendly. For more information on how to make a difference on Earth Day, visit Contact Makayla Stuart at

Dr. Destiny: advice to students state

When I sat down to talk with Garrett I asked him how he ended up here at KCC and he told me that last semester he was playing in West Texas and he did not feel like it was a good fit for him. When Coach Laskovy got in touch with him, though, Garrett said he instantly felt a part of the Bruin family. I also asked him what he did to prepare for this season and he said, “I’ve been working with my catching coach to better himself, not only physically, but mentally behind the plate as well.” Hammer does not really have a pregame ritual but he does run through possible situations in his head to make sure if the time arises he is ready to deal with it. Come on out and watch the Men’s Bruin Baseball team who is currently ranked fifth in the country in the upcoming weeks and watch Mr. Garrett Hammer behind the plate, representing the Bruins. Contact Mackenzie Leson at

Women’s Seasons come and seasons go and this year the lady Bruin basketball team had a fairly good season. They ended up being 6-10 in the Western conference and 9-17 in overall. They also were a District G Qualifier for post season play. The ladies did very well this year, coming together as a team after injuries and other complications they had to face. After this season the Lady Bruins will be losing five players: Erin Shafer, Rolanda Petty, Ashtin Kaminer, KeAyra Petty, and Indya Stevens. These sophomores played a big role in making this team come together and stick together. Shafer will continue at Trine University for basketball and her schooling in Business Management. I was able to talk to coach Klingaman about his season and he said, “We played well at times this season. It hurt when we lost our point guard and two other players during the break due to other reasons. But we played hard every night despite the fact we were just short on number and in the end that is truly what hurt our game.” He also said he had great group of ladies this year and they were always trying their best in the face of adversity. He would like to wish his sophomore the best and he can’t wait to have his five returning players come back with the talent he is able to bring in this coming year. Contact Mackenzie Leson at

An advice column for all of those random questions that present themselves on this journey called “college” Dear Dr. Destiny, I’m sick of sitting in the student center between classes. It’s too difficult to focus with all that noise. Where is the quietest place to study on campus? Sincerely, An Introvert Introvert, People are going to make noise no matter what room or building you’re in, so the best choice is to check out your very own room in the library. It’s yours for four hours after you show someone at the desk your student I.D. and they hand over the key. You can even ask for markers to use on

the room’s white-board, unless their squeaks are too noisy for you! -Dr. Destiny Dear Dr. Destiny, I want to take my girlfriend on a nice date, but I’m sort of broke. Any suggestions? Sincerely, Romeo Romeo, Get a job! Okay, but on a more serious note, you don’t have to leave the house for a date. Just watch her favorite show on Netflix and make her favorite dinner. The important part is giving her your undivided attention. If that doesn’t seem to be working, never underestimate the power of a good foot rub! -Dr. Destiny

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BRUIN Staff Editor-in-Chief

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Heidi Gartley

Rochelle Lyle

Assistant Editor Mackenzie Leson

Editorial Policy

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The KCC Bruin is a free student publication produced monthly by Kellogg Community College students during the fall and spring semesters. The KCC Bruin welcomes letters to the editor from members of the College and the community. Letters must be signed and submitted with a current telephone number or email address. All letters become property of the Bruin and may be edited for clarity and length. By-lined opinion columns represent the opinion of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the Bruin staff or the College. Letters may be submitted by mail to: KCC Bruin student newspaper, c/o Kellogg Community College, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek, Mich. 49017. Letters may also be submitted at all three KCC sites. At the Battle Creek site, letters may be dropped off in the English Department on the 4th floor of the C Building; the College Life Office in the Student Center; or the student newspaper office. At the Grahl and Fehsenfeld Centers, letters may be submitted at the information desks. The Bruin office is located in room 202 of the OITC Building. The staff can be reached at (269) 965-3931, Ext. 2630 or e-mail the Bruin editor at

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Kellogg Community College student newspaper "The Bruin"