The Bruin October, 2016 | Kellogg Community College |
Explore the Emerald Isle with KCC’s International Studies Program
Dr. Destiny Returns! Remember: time management is key, and make new friends! - Pg 3
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Crude Arts kicks off with new advisor diana campbell co-editor
Crude Arts, also known as “The Creative Writing Club,” is starting off the year with a new advisor. The group is an informal registered student organization associated with The Mosaic, a campus literary journal currently published once a year and containing a selection of the best submitted poems, short stories, and the occasional screen play. Members share a love of writing and meet to share their work and participate in games which exercise writing skills and inspire creativity, as well as simply socialize with other students who share their passion for literature and the written arts. The new advisor, David Johnson, is looking forward to meeting the members and gaining a feel for the group. When Matt Samra, last year’s advisor, approached him about the task, he was thrilled. He reads all the poems and stories featured in The Mosaic, and is thoroughly impressed with the quality he sees in the contained works, all of which are student-written. He looks forward to participating in the creation of the next issue, which will become available sometime in the spring.
Last year’s advisor, Matt Samra (left) and this year’s advisor, David Johnson (right)
David Johnson is a graduate of several colleges, including Western Michigan University, with a fine arts degree in creative writing. While he was in high school, one of his English instructors helped him to realize how much of an interest he had in literature, and told him how he could turn his interest into a career. Advising for Crude Arts now gives him the opportunity to do the same for students who share his passion. When asked what he felt his role as an advisor would
Noises Off! sarah Gerke co-editor
Kellogg Community College offers over a dozen theatre classes, along with two school productions and two student-led events. The studies focus on working creativity, collaboration, and commitment, while also highlighting the academic and practical parts of theatre. One of the highlights of every semester, though, is the school production. Auditions were held on September 29th and 30th for the upcoming KCC play “Noises Off!”. This “play within a play” was made in 1982 by English playwright Michael Frayn. Richard Lowe, a student who was in last year’s production of “Loserville,” said everyone was “very welcoming” and “very helpful.” He stated that it had a “fun atmosphere,” and that he was looking
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be, he said, “My job is to help you learn how to do something better, but it [The Mosaic] is a student-run journal, and I want the club to have ownership of the artifact.” As an advisor, he plans to interact with the members to identify their needs and basically provide help and support wherever necessary. The previous advisor, Matt Samra, hopes that the change will prove beneficial to the organization. He says he moved on not only because he was already so swamped for the semester,
but also because he feels periodically introducing a new advisor is healthy. He hopes his decision will assist Crude Arts in becoming a greater presence at KCC: “I’d like to see us return to bringing writers to campus throughout the academic year for readings and workshops. We lost a key resource in this area when former English professor Elizabeth Kerlikowske retired, though my friend and replacement David Johnson is from Kalamazoo and has many literary connections there.” Samra and Johnson believe that Crude Arts is meant to be run by students and the advisor should play a limited role in running the actual group. The campus deadline has yet to be set for Mosaic submissions, but Crude arts will soon begin to meet this semester. Tentatively the times will be at 1:00 PM for about an hour on Wednesdays and 3:30 PM for about 2 hours on Thursdays starting on September 28. Students who signed up at Bruin Blast will be included in a mailing list to receive updates. A Crude Arts email is in the works, but meanwhile please contact David Johnson at johnsond2@ kellogg.edu or Diana Campbell (club president) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Contact Diana Campbell at email@example.com
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forward to this semester’s play. For more information, visit http://www.kellog. edu/theatre or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and make sure to keep updated on “Noises Off!” Contact Sarah Gerke at email@example.com
Sarah Gerke co-editor
Do you like anime? Step right up, then, and join the Anime Club here at Kellogg Community College! Anime is a style of Japanese animation in television and film, and is aimed at all ages and audiences. Some anime films, like Hayao Miyazaki’s famous movies, have had theatrical releases throughout the world, and the appreciation for this art style and genre is continuously growing. - Continued on Page 2
Explore the Emerald Isle with KCC’s International Studies Program This May, Kellogg Community College will be offering a short-term study abroad course to Ireland. Students will visit the Wild Atlantic Way of Donegal and the Cliffs of Moher, one of the most iconic scenes on the island. Students will also travel by ferry to the Aran Islands, where the Gaelic language is still the official language spoken. Next, students will cross the border into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Here students will explore Derry, site of “Bloody Sunday,” one of the worst clashes in the Irish Troubles before journeying to Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland and birthplace of the Titanic. Finally, students will travel back to the Irish Republic and Dublin, center of literary culture, folklore and historical events, such as the Viking conquest and Easter Rising. Students can get more information from Michelle Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org, Elyse Jozlin at email@example.com or Kevin Barnes at barnesk@ kellogg.edu. Students can also access information at www.kellogg.edu/ireland. The instructors will also be holding informational meetings on itinerary, payment options, and academic expectations during the week of October 10.
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Join the Anime Club (cont. from pg 1) The Anime Club here at KCC focuses on discussions, viewings, and community as members suggest different shows and movies to watch every week. Everyone is welcome, and everyone gets a say in the voting process for that week’s focus. The club meets every Friday at noon in room 205 of the Severin Building (located on the second floor). For more information or any questions, visit @ kccanime on FaceBook or email the editor! Contact Sarah Gerke at firstname.lastname@example.org photo by scott m. seppala
Campus Participation 101 Dr. Destiny diana campbell co-editor
For many students, the point of attending college is to study for a dream career or qualify for a better or higher-paying job. Educational goals range from simply passing classes required for a degree to achieving a GPA of 4.0, or at least graduating Summa Cum Laude, and time can quickly run short for all types of students. Oftentimes, participation in campus activities falls to the bottom of the priority list, especially for students who have employment or families outside of school and homework. Although no student can fit everything into a busy schedule, one should always keep in mind the value of some of these events for building a résumé or even simply improving individual growth. The recent Bruin Blast provided students with an opportunity to speak with representatives from a variety of student organizations, and represents only one of many such events. Some students may need time to find a student organization that not only fits with their schedule, but also with their career interests, but they serve not only as networking opportunities, but as a means of developing leadership skills. Since these groups are intended for students, they are also typically run, with the help of at least one advisor each, by student officers; these officers can be any member of the club who has an ability to participate actively, hold regular meetings, and plan events. Student leadership, as well as active participating membership, in the student community can serve to develop some of the skills prospective employers most want to see, and therefore can contribute nicely to the success of a résumé. Interested students should start by contacting the organization’s advisor or current officers for more information on how to become a part of its leadership. Another amazing opportunity is Bruins Give Back; through this event, which usually occurs on Friday mornings several times throughout each semester, Kellogg Community College students work the school garden, assist in school events, and participate in other volunteering activities. Bruins Give Back cannot be used to earn a service learning endorsement, but it is still an excellent way to demonstrate to employers an active interest in contributing to the well-being of the community, but also to discover career interests, for students
who may still be undecided or uncertain about their program or major. For those interested in these events, the best person to contact is Kate DeGraaf, in the Service Learning department. Some students consider school to be the most important part of their lives at the moment, but still need some form of employment which will not conflict with their class schedule. In this case, work study is an excellent opportunity for anyone who qualifies for financial aid, as well as some exceptions at KCC’s discretion. Student workers assist faculty and staff members around campus with various tasks depending on the department, or they can choose to work for a community organization off campus. Work study is available in the spring and fall, and requires enrollment in a minimum of six credit hours; students can work up to twenty hours per week while classes are in session, and only when the campus is open. On weeks in which classes are not in session, the limit is 39 hours per week, and on-campus positions can continue throughout the summer as institutionally-funded positions if a student worker enrolls in a minimum of three credit hours for the semester. During the summer, students are allowed to work up to 39 hours per week, but no more than eight hours per day. Most positions require submission of a cover letter and résumé in order to apply, which builds professional jobseeking skills. For assistance with putting together an excellent résumé, make an appointment with Patrick Casey at Career and Employment Services. The most important question, of course, may not be what opportunities are available, but rather why students should take advantage of them. While job seeking is often a matter of patience and dedication, becoming a desirable candidate for any position involves more than academic success; having the basic skills necessary to be successful in the work force, such as good communication and ability to work as part of a team, are a serious advantage. A college degree may be listed as one of the job requirements, but if your résumé reflects a willingness and ability to go far above and beyond the bare minimum, that reflects positively on the applicant and greatly improves his or her ability to get an interview. The earlier one starts, the more experience can be established before graduation.
Dear Dr. Destiny I go to school full time but also have a job, and I’m in three community clubs as well while trying to balance a social life! I can’t seem to make time for everything and am afraid my grades will start slipping if I keep this up, but I can’t figure out how to make everything work and still keep up with everything I’m doing. I don’t know what to do! Sincerely, —Overwhelmed Dear Overwhelmed, Time management is key! The most important thing to do when life starts to get overwhelming is to take a deep breath and prioritize. It can be hard deciding what to do or how you can have time to do the things you want to do, but I suggest making a list that starts with the most important thing on top, and working your way down from there. That way you can see what you need to invest the most time in. Sincerely, —Dr. Destiny
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Dear Dr. Destiny, I took a class and it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. I don’t know any of my classmates well enough to ask for help but I am not getting the lessons at all. I don’t want to have to drop the class either! What do I do? Sincerely, —Struggling to Keep Up Dear Struggling to Keep Up I suggest making an effort to get to know your classmates or talking to the teacher, but if you’d rather not do that, then KCC has tutoring at the Bridge (second floor of the Ohm building) that is free and available for students. The hours are as follows: Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday/Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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Sarah Gerke at the Mosaic/Bruin table during Bruin Blast.
Sincerely, —Dr. Destiny
I Had a Name
by diana campbell
by Alan Little
by alan little
Grace, Like the Sun In morning mist she rises fair And greets the new day gloriously; At midday hour she fills her world With brilliant golden majesty; At evening time she breathes a prayer Of crimson, azure skies; At night she waits the new day’s dawn With peaceful, slumb’ring sighs.
Grace, Like the Moon
I had a name I had a dream I had a life But I could see No way out; For my name was too small For a dream too big, And my life was pain But it mattered to me. It mattered to me. And it all came down To a thunder and a flash And a bright, searing pain. And it all came down. And my life ran out And my dreams ran out And my hopes pooled below me In a spot on the cement. It all came down, And this is what was left – A hat and an overturned shoe And a red, red spot on the cement. And the people stood around And looked.
In silv’ry, silent elegance She sails upon the midnight sky; Her graceful robes of fairy light Trail after with a sigh. By light of day I dream I see Pale shadow of her face, With promise of cool evening breeze And gentle dreams of Grace.
By matthew headley
Amethyst…it wasn’t just a stone to me, more of a friend. I lifted the modest but elegant necklace it adorned from the basket, cupping it delicately in my hand, and gently touched the crystal. My skin tingled, and one moment in an afternoon spent rummaging through my hope chest became many moments throughout my life. I closed my eyes and embraced a shower of sunlight and a gentle spring breeze as I leapt to savor a moment of my past. “Here, watch me do it,” my mother was saying. We were standing, surrounded by Michigan’s Irish Hills, in a sheep pasture, and I was twelve years old. I watched as she used her left foot to bend and anchor a tall thistle down over her right boot, which she proceeded to pull back and kick forcefully, severing the plant from its roots. “Now you try it.” I did as I was told, and before long, we had turned the region into a thistle graveyard. She encouraged me to continue the devastation whenever I encountered the prickly buggers, to help with weed control. Before long, I proved to be almost as stubborn as the thistles themselves, which had an uncanny habit of returning to haunt the farm. Overwhelmed by the sound of me as an infant, sobbing uncontrollably, the more idyllic childhood scene faded almost abruptly. I was now at the front door, waiting for my father to return from work. When he finally did, he returned to my mother’s firestorm of guilt-tripping over how I felt when he left me behind. In the present, I sighed under the weight of the years I continued to blame my father for that one moment and many more since. A more recent self, from a few weeks before, stood before a mirror, assessing how my new kilt fit. I was garbed with enthusiasm in my clan tartan, prepared to celebrate my heritage in full embrace. The community I had found amongst America’s Scots had warmly welcomed my participation in the festivities, the older generations hopeful to reclaim their youth. Therein had I found a new and loving family, one which drifted between night and day while never losing its warmth. Wondering how many of them in the world, I relished the gift of freedom my very own clan had granted me. My eyes darkened as I was a child again, lying in a dark room and drowning my pillow in tears. Pain stabbed me as I gazed upon the drawer which contained a remarkably preserved swastika-hilted dagger of a Nazi youth my father had gifted to my mother out of his World War II artifact collection. He’d had an entire museum in his house while I was growing up, and encountered the particular item again when I was twelve years old, the age at which young boys would have joined the Nazi youth. A later me was soon explaining to my mother that I did not have her precious antique, and did not know where it or the German dress she was also trying to find were. No, I had not stolen them. Dad, likewise interrogated, believed me. It had taken me so long to forgive him…but for what? A hurt, angry little child from long ago had not thought to consider why a man who abandoned his family would live only two houses away. The parent who had raised me had artfully fashioned a tale right when I needed an explanation the most, the kind of story children like me were taught to recite, and I had drunk the bitter refreshment day after day. Thwack! I felled another thistle, and only weeks later, I felled it again. Month after month, year after year, I battled them, until my time spent marching blindly through those rolling pastures led me to a path through a marketplace at one of the festivals I now frequented. Returning the necklace to the hope chest, I stared fondly at another piece of jewelry which lived beside it. I had found the treasure at one such festival, a pin fashioned with dull steel and set with a crystal closely resembling the amethyst itself to create the appearance of a blossom. I picked it up and pinned it onto my shirt, my own sturdy little thistle of Scotland.
Drew Hutchinson Penny Rose Thomas Webster
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