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Paralegal Program: discontinued Johnathan Hogan Staff Writer This year will be the last that Kellogg Community College will be running its Paralegal program. The decision to discontinue the program was made before the school year began. Professor Susan McCabe, the paralegal program coordinator, said she came to the decision following a decline in enrollment. McCabe sent a letter out to students on August 6, explaining the situation and her decision. “Last month, we at Kellogg Community College made a difficult decision that affects our Paralegal Program. Influenced by forces beyond our control, we decided to discontinue the program after the 2013-2014 academic year,” the letter read. McCabe cited several reasons for the decision, including a drop in the number of students enrolling, a decline in the number of students who complete the program, and the growing cost of the program itself. “The college has to look at that and say ‘Is this economical?’” McCabe said, “When things are hard to do, you have to do the right thing.” Students currently enrolled in the program will have until next fall to complete their required Paralegal courses. Students will then have ten years to complete their General Education requirements and graduate with their paralegal degree. McCabe said that most of the students should be able to graduate. Another major reason McCabe cited for the drop in student enrollment was the 2008 economic crisis which caused a decline in the number of jobs available locally.

“As the economy has gotten tougher, law firms have struggled,” McCabe said. As local jobs have moved or disappeared, students have had less incentive to study as a paralegal, thus causing a decline in student enrollment. Desiree Belote, a student in the Paralegal Program, is expecting to graduate this semester and has been fortunate in her job prospects. “I have been very lucky in that regard,” she said. Belote was able to find an internship last semester in her hometown of Hillsdale, Michigan. She is already a part-time employee, and hopes to make the jump to full-time after graduating. “I am loving what I do and know that if it were not for this program I would not be doing something that makes me so happy,” she said. Belote also Professor Susan McCabe stated she was sad to see the program go. “I am sad to see that the program is ending, it has done so much for me and it is too bad that it won't be there for others.” The effects of the discontinuation of the Paralegal Program stretch beyond students. Stacey Lott, an attorney who works as a sole practitioner and who specializes in Estate Planning and Elder Law, has previously looked to KCC when hiring paralegals. Like Belote, Lott

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has been lucky with the state of the economy. While she knows lawyers who have struggled, her business has increased as a result of the times. Following the economic crisis, Lott had more clients coming in looking for help managing their estate and preparing for retirement. “That’s why I’m so busy,” Lott said. “Everyone is afraid of losing their money.” As the workload grew, continued on page 3

Sleevi takes a break T.J. Taylor Staff Writer Cancer is the second-biggest killer in the U.S. Most people know someone who has been affected by it, yet when one gets the news, it always throws them for a loop. Tim Sleevi got just that when he was diagnosed with stagethree lung cancer in late October. Sleevi, the Fesehnfeld Center's Director for 15 years, began his medical leave on November 11. This will be his first leave of absence since he began working for KCC. A smoker of 40 years himself, Sleevi stresses the dangers of smoking and what it can mean for your health. "70% of smokers are diagnosed at stage three,” Sleevi sighed. He admits that he has dodged a few bullets over the years, referring to a case of bladder cancer he had about ten years ago and a minor heart attack he suffered only a few years ago. On a more positive note, Sleevi would also like to tell everyone that he is "very, very appreciative of the well-wishes and prayers of the staff and students." Sleevi's doctors want to take an aggressive approach to the cancer and try to knock it out before it spreads, it cur-

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rently only occupies his left lung, and becomes more dangerous. This means that Sleevi will be going through radiation treatment every day for six weeks. He is prepared to attempt to conquer this disease with these appointments,

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but he knows they will decrease his energy levels. Sleevi hopes to return by next semester and is treating his leave as a hiatus, not a goodbye. His plan has been

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Working where you learn Lacy Janousek Co-Editor Lacey Jones drags her mouse across from one computer screen to the next as she opens emails from students in the peer mentor program. The phone is propped under her ear, and she directs calls pouring into the student center. “It’s a lot to handle,” Jones, 19, said. “But thanks to where I work I’m able to get enough done.” The desks in the student life area are filled with student workers just like Jones. She explains the job gives her freedom to do homework in her down time, but that doesn’t come frequently. Jones is part of the Upward Bound program. She is the first in her family to attend college and this is her first semester of secondary education. On top to tackling homework, Jones works in the student life department. According to the human resource department, Jones is one of 76 students currently employed on campus. Last fall, only 37 employment opportunities

were taken advantage of. Students are required to take six or more credit hours to be eligible for campus employment. Patrick Casey, the career and employment services specialist, helps organize those student employment needs on campus. “Every academic year beginning in the fall, departments at KCC relay their student hiring needs to the Career and Employment Services departments,” Casey explained. “(On-campus jobs) can range from tutors to office assistants to lab assistants.” Student positions are paid, the wage depending on the position. “The funding for student worker positions can come in two forms,” Casey said. “Either the on-campus department pays for the position with their departmental funds, or the department relies on work study fund.” Casey explained that work study funds are a part of financial aid which is unique to each student who is awarded through FAFSA. All current on-campus positions are full, but Casey said positions can open or be created at any point during the semester. Two positions have even been made, and then filled, this semester to edit and write for the Bruin.

Scholarships are available

Johnathan Hogan Staff Writer The Kellogg Community College Foundation is now offering scholarships for the 2014- 2015 school year. These scholarships are available to all students who fill out the proper application and turn it in to the Foundation’s office located in Room 101 of the C building by the proper due date. For students in financial need who are looking for multiple scholarships, the Foundation is providing an all-inone application to shorten the amount of paper work that needs to be filled out. The KCC Foundation scholarship application involves a student filling out their basic information and writing an essay about themselves and their experiences that can range from 150 words to two pages. The Foundation also requires that students provide a résumé, at least three letters of recommendation, and their transcripts from all colleges they’ve attended, including KCC. The KCC Foundation then takes that information and puts in the application for all scholarships the student in question is eligible for. The essay and other materials will then be considered by committees made up of impartial community members to determine who receives the scholarship. Ginger Cutsinger, executive director of the KCC Foundation, said that the number of students who apply is usually around 200 out of 14,000 who attend the school. Every year the foundation has to decide what percentage of their unrestricted funds will go out for scholarships, 4%, 5%, or 6%, and almost always chooses 6% due to the low number of

students who apply. “I think a lot of students are so busy with studying and life that they fail to notice.” Cutsinger said. The students who do apply, however, almost always receive some sort of financial assistance that makes a difference in their ability to attend school. Foundation Assistant Jayme McHale noted a particular instance in which the funds made a difference. “A girl came up to me, a nursing student,” McHale said. “The Nursing Program is really expensive to take.” Upon approaching McHale, the student said, “A scholarship made a difference to me.” The donors behind these scholarships often seek to make such a difference having received such help themselves. “We hope to plant a seed of philanthropy,” Cutsinger said of the Foundation. One such donor who had such a seed planted within them was Professor Sue Stetler, a math professor at KCC. Stetler offers a scholarship for non-traditional students (those 25 and older who have not graduated college previously). Stetler said her motivation for the scholarship came from her own experiences as a non-traditional student as well as that of a student she was teaching who was non-traditional. “She didn’t feel she had the same resources as a traditional student,” Stetler said. Stetler then began preparing money for her own scholarship with the help of friends and family, hoping to help students in financial need as well as pass on the seed of philanthropy. For more information about the Kellogg Community College Foundation and scholarships available, students should ask their advisors or contact Ginger Cutsinger at or Jayme McHale at mchalej@kellogg. edu.

Lacey Jones checks her email while taking calls in student services.

KCC’s Career and Employment Services do more than provide oncampus job opportunities to students. The employment board, located in the OHM building lobby outside the HUB, details job postings on-campus, offcampus, internships, and work study programs. Meaning the employment board is up to date information of employment opportunities in the Battle Creek area. Taking on a student job can be

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tough as Jones contests. “It’s hard to find a balance between work and school,” Jones said. Oncampus jobs are a great way to create a balance because employers understand of the homework load’s importance, she explained. In order to get emails of updated openings in part-time, full-time, internships, and co-op work, students can create an account at www.collegecentral. com/kellogg.

Helping hands Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor Lera Lowrie and Kandice Anderson are deep in conversation while they prepare for Yoga class to start. What makes this scene any different from thousands of conversations across campus is that it is taking place with sign language. Anderson is deaf and Lowrie is her interpreter. Lowrie is an employee of Deaf Link an organization that partners interpreters with the deaf. Lowrie works with students at KCC but also works at business meetings, hospitals, religious organizations, and countless other venues. Lowrie jokes, “The amount of classes I've interpreted are countless. I always joke that if I just took all the classes I've interpreted I'd be a doctor three times over in many fields of study. The truth is I know how lucky I am to be in situations that I would never be in otherwise and have gained a lot of useful knowledge. Interpreters always say they have a little expertise in everything.” Lowrie, who has her hearing, grew up in a deaf family, both of her parents are deaf. Lowrie explains, “Growing up in a deaf family gave me the ability to be an interpreter but not the desire. I always knew I was given a gift to be part of this

amazing culture and world but I didn't know how it applied to me until I started working in the field. Once I realized my passion for it, there was nothing else that compared.” Lowrie, a KCC alum, enjoys working with KCC students and is aware that she is a curiosity in classes that she interprets. Hearing students can’t help but stare as she signs the lectures for her deaf students. Lowrie doesn’t mind the stares and encourages the attention stating, “Having students watch while I work is par for the course. I don't mind being watched at all. I know watching the interpreting experience can inspire others to check into this field of study. Because of the severe shortage of interpreters in our state I always hope this is the outcome of being watched.” Learning sign language is not unlike learning a foreign language like Spanish or French. It takes time and training. Since signing is Lowrie’s native language she has never not known how to sign, but knowing the language and interpreting are two very different areas of study, it took Lowrie years to learn how to interpret. The interpreter training programs in the state are 2-4 year programs. Lowrie’s passion for the empowerment of the deaf is evident. She works daily to debunk the many misconceptions about the deaf community. She quotes I King Jordan when she says, “The thing I always remind people is that deaf people can do anything... but hear.”

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to retire in June of 2016 and even with this new road block, he hopes to stick to that plan. He has the full intention of fighting this as best as he can and is hope-

ful, but still remains realistic about the situation. "The odds are not extremely in my favor," Sleevi says, then after a moment adds, "but it can be done."


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The textbook dilemma Bob Psalmonds Staff Writer You’ve registered for the next semester’s classes. It’s time to get the textbooks listed in the posted course description. For those with monies available through the school due to scholarships, grants, and loans, this simply means walking into the Bruin Bookstore. Your only issue might be that the books not in stock due to under ordering (a frequent occurrence), it’s backordered or you’ve waited so long to purchase it that the books were sent back. Timing issues aside, even art or photography items can be quickly acquired. Long wait for the counter over, it’s all deducted from your funds and you’re ready for the first day of class. For those students not on the instant monies program, it takes a little more research, ingenuity, and even luck. Googling the words “College Textbooks” can get you almost twelve million options. Due to time constraints, most students go to the big four: Barnes and Nobles, Amazon, Chegg, and Ebay. Through the services and options vary somewhat, all are more than willing to hook the student up with his required resources...for a price. This is usually lower than the Bruin bookstore and can vary depending on the book and option selected. First, you can just buy the textbook. Like

all online financial actions, this will normally take a charge card and waiting until it shows up on your doorstep. The new books are close to retail prices but many online merchants offer a discount to preferred members and/or college students. An education is not cheap and books are a big chunk of the student’s costs. The nice thing is that once the class is over and you decide not to keep the book for future review, it can be put back out on the market or sold to these same businesses to get money for the next round of textbooks (or, even better, study pizza). One student did note that she netted $40 for the textbook when she sold it online over the on-campus bookstore’s offer of $10, so the effort to find another buyer might be worth it. A textbook you have to have but will likely never look at again could be rented instead. Chegg and Amazon are good ones for that option. It’s much cheaper and works the same as buying the text outright. Save the box it came in since returning it that way covers the postage. If you like to highlight the important stuff, go ahead. Most places have no problem with the student getting the most out of their textbooks. The options out there are pretty long for finding the right book at the best price. Doing a little research before clicking the purchase icon could mean saving enough to get a few of the

course additional items listed in the syllabus, as most photography and art students can identify with. Another option growing in popularity is Etextbooks. Go online, find the correct title and edition, purchase the paperless computer version, and get to reading. With the new wave of technology that seems to expand by the second, this may become the preferred book form of college professors and students alike. The advantage’s photo by Lacy Janousek include price, speed Hundreds of dollars worth of textbooks option and has said more than once that of delivery (mere seconds compared to the world’s vast treasure of knowledge is FedEX/snail mail), and all the extra aponly a google search away. Since it’s less plications. One art professor, Brad Poer, environmentally destructive, the two just predicted digital will become the norm might be right. within the next ten years. A google search of your own will pro Poer felt having the videos and muvide more ideas and options available to sic applications being so readily available you. Some readers will always opt for the a fantastic idea. His one negative thought solid feel of a book. Others have left that was that most students will not put the archaic system behind as they surf the elecEtextbook up on their digital shelf for retronic waves. Either way, be smart and review later on. search before buying or renting the required Eric Petty, a computer guru and vice resources. It could save you a lot of cash. president of the Geek Club, uses only this

Creative twist on midterm Written by: Miranda O'Neil, Selias Pittman, Kara Minick, and Amanda Montgomery Lite 105 students and instructor, Rose Swartz, held court in the Grahl center lobby from 12 to 2 p.m. on October 31, 2013 for a Literature themed Halloween party. Students dressed as famous poets and authors and shared excerpts, facts, and anecdotes from their characters. Students walked through hallways and classes while sharing candy and information. Some highlights of the party were Kara Minick dressed up as Granny Weatherall, a character from Katherine Anne Porter’s “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.”Granny Weatherall won the costume contest and also displayed some

uncharacteristic dance moves. Brandon Larned did a spot-on impression of Hunter S. Thompson. While Kurt Buerle impersonated Sammy from John Updike’s “A & P.” Minick, with Subway gift card in hand, declared this “the best Midterm…ever.” Students were graded on their costume efforts, participation, excerpts, and knowledge. Selias Pittman, who arrived in full regalia as Paul Laurence Dunbar, enthusiastically shared the poem “We Wear The Mask” while wearing a glittering Mardi Gras Mask. Pittman said “It was very exciting to learn about the poets and authors in such a fun and interesting way.” Be prepared next year for more Halloween Festivities!

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Lott began searching for assistance and hired Amanda Young, a KCC student who graduated in 2011, who received a call from Lott the same day she graduated. Shortly after, Young’s friend and fellow student Davena Shute was also hired. “I wanted to know I was hiring some-

one who knew what to expect,” Lott said. “When you get really good help, your business takes off.” When asked in an interview what she planned to do should her business require another paralegal, Lott looked down and shook her head. “I don’t know.”


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The power of Service-Learning Kerry Korpela Guest Writer During my senior year of high school I completed the SERV 200 course. In January, I dithered and dallied in an attempt to choose the single course I could take as a dual-enrolled student. My mother pushed that I take a Service-Learning course, promising it would help me overcome any anxiety I possessed over meeting new people. Ironically, that never happened, but we’ll get to that later. I never imagined, when I walked into that room, how very sheltered I was, even growing up in Battle Creek. Life is infinitely more varied and complex than we can imagine. In the beginning of the class, we were given definitions of community. After establishing that each person is in fact the member of global, national, state, and local communities, the connections between serving different populations with different professions became quite detailed: how are Dental Hygienists uniquely qualified to serve a certain population, and in what ways could they do as such? Or someone trained in construction, or a librarian. In other words, how do the things we are taught in the classroom apply to the different sectors, both profit and non-profit, of the world we live in? We were also carefully taught why such awareness was important. Gaining insight into others’ lives gives insight into our own, as well as achieving greater empathy and communication with others. This overall can make working with a group more productive and enjoyable. Knowledge about the state around us and the effects an institutionalized system has on a population can

lead to valuable knowledge about how to make the system work more in favor of those who are marginalized and disenfranchised. I would like to say that when any single population of human being, be they grouped by race, gender, sexual, or socioeconomic group, is marginalized or silenced, in one way or another the other populations suffer for it. But that is in fact, not the truth. Specific groups of people are oppressed and marginalized for particular reasons in order to benefit others, be this institutionalized or event based oppression. I’d seen poverty and injustice before, but I had never stopped to think of the implication that my own life, was in fact, contributing to reinforcing a system that condones and causes many of these things. Or on an even higher level, the majority’s existence has. Service-learning is so much more than just labor, work and book learning. Embedding oneself in the community viscerally changes a person’s perspective, outlook, and mindset. Not every service-learning project is about helping the tragically disadvantaged, true, but the experience of coming into contact with so many people who live in and depend upon the same town as you is eye opening. And so I sallied forth, hoping to make the best of what opportunities were offered to make a change in Battle Creek. There were a lot of opportunities. Our instructor handed out five pages worth of non-profit and government organizations designed to do work in the community. I was still leery of the idea of direct involvement with people in the community, so I opted for something called indirect service. That meant I would still be serving the members of my community, but in a way that did not involve direct contact. This is definitely a positive aspect of service-learning: in-

Give a little Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor With the holidays quickly approaching you may be feeling a little more generous and compelled to help the less fortunate. The following is a list supplied by the VA of their needs. None of the items on this list cost more than $20. Now is the perfect time to dig deep into your pockets and give what you can. The VA is in need of: • Gas cards ($20 amounts) • Food gift cards (McDonalds, Burger

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credible diversity, in both the people you meet and the projects you can undertake. If you can imagine a service, it’s already probably going on, and if it isn’t, there are A LOT of people out there willing to help get it started. And there is no wrong way to go about putting your energy and resources to good use. So I chose a happy medium: work with others to care for the adoptable animals at the Calhoun County Animal Center. I was astonished by the devotion and determination of the individuals who worked at the Center. After about ten hours of working there, not even consecutively, I had reached a considerable level of frustration over the hopelessness and frequent cruelty dealt to the dogs, in particular, before entering our care. How could these individuals clean up the mistakes, messes, and cruelty cause by other humans in the form of helpless animals, knowing there was nothing they could do to stop it? I found it to be quite ironic that I learned so much about my fellow human beings while I was taking care of animals.

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Volunteer with CitiLinC Bob Psalmonds Staff Writer Dale Boyer, the Executive Director of CityLinC, has been on the KCC Service Learning Counsel for about five years. Boyer is an avid believer that experience is one of life’s best teachers. “By choosing a variety of places and activities during their Student Learning, the individual gets a better understanding of what he likes or dislikes. Another benefit is clarifying what skills and strengths they possess,” Boyer said. “Many volunteers have done things outside their areas of study just to try other fields or take a break just for the fun of it. This also teaches a life style of volunteerism. There’s a great joy in helping others.” CitiLinC is a program giving student the opportunity to try something new while earning the service learning requirement for all students who started at KCC after fall 2012. This is a Christ-based, non-profit organization that has been around for 45 years. It is filled with people who live out their beliefs through love with a desire to help people better their lives. Youth

Guidance, which helps with adoptions and satisfaction of helping them, this stuand the Foster Care system, is currently dent learning fits in a portfolio well, espeworking with the state dealing with thirty cially those going into human services. five children. Women’s Resource Center is a pro “These experiences help us as we gram which lets women with special mature in life to become givers and not talents and perspectives bring a wide takers.” Boyer explained. “Finally, putting range of support to local teens and young effort into helping others without being women regardless of their background or paid presents a very positive impression belief. The Pregnancy Center for Women when included on the student’s future rein Crisis offers a respectful, safe alternasume.” tive for young women hav Boyer praised ing to make life-changing “These all those involved for decisions. their versatility, love experiences help CityLinC also offers and compassion. us as we mature in volunteering opportuniThis extended to ties at The Mentor House over a dozen KCC life” and Second Wind Menstudents that have tors, which fills the needs Boyer performed a Student of many of those that have Learning contract there in the past. personal or legal troubles in their life. Volunteers here have helped the There’s the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign families with such activities as home visifor school kids to get school supplies tation, case aid, support during court apwhich someone has to help collect. The pearances, or allowing the foster parents Red Wagon Community Partnership that an occasional break. Many individuals stands by the belief every child deserves needing counseling and a willing ear can caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, go to Pathways Christian Counseling, a good education, and opportunities to which provides personalized care to treat help others. Then there is the Ministry the entire person - emotionally, physicalNetwork of Calhoun County, providing ly, and spiritually. Besides the experience hope so individuals can experience their

God-given potential through fellowship. There are other opportunities through CitiLinC that don’t involve counseling or spirituality. Volunteers have helped internet cable installation after office hours, did a community survey among professionals to cultivate support and needed client training, office work to include sorting mail, preparing mailings, data entry, interface social networking with Constant Contact and Facebook, etc. There is always a need for people able to do repairs, perform maintenance, and restoration to a building next to their offices. Having the need or desire to put in some hours of service is all that’s required, Boyer can guide those to countless opportunities. CitiLinc will work around a student’s school or work schedule. However, a background check is required before an individual can get started. Contact Jayme McHale in the Kellogg Foundation office with questions. The 2014 calendar, for sale at $10 to help fund their operation, has a pretty complete description of each plus some photos by Jayme. Those interested in CitiLinC can call Dale Boyer at 969-9181 or E-mail


A beacon of hope T.J. Taylor Staff Writer KCC has teamed up with the United Way to bring change to Battle Creek and help make the city become the nation's very first "Beacon Community." What is a Beacon Community? It is described by the Harwood Institute as “a place where an emerging group of individuals and organizations are committed to working in a new way and understand what it takes to create change in the community.” Kellogg Community College is one of six “core team” organizations being utilized to promote Battle Creek as a Beacon Community. Their plan is to create a critical mass of individuals and groups that work together to drive change in the community and to build community conditions for sustaining change. Local organizations such as Project 2020, VOCES, BC Pulse and United Way are all involved in the project and have been using these tools and concepts over the past several years in Battle Creek. Laura Otte, project manager for the Beacon Community, is enthusiastic about Battle Creek’s potential as a Beacon Community. “Kellogg Community College has offered affordable, quality education to the Battle Creek area and beyond since 1956,” Otte explained. “KCC has always been a great supporter of events and organizations, and we’re lucky they chose to partner with us on this journey." The reason for the multi-team centered leadership is because they like to have multiple perspectives in their meeting from all different kinds of organizations as it allows them to hold each other accountable. “We learn from each other and the combined reach in the community each

team brings to this table is an incredible asset to the work,” Otte says. There have been many Beacon Community-related events such as the 3-day Harwood Public Innovators Lab and over 25 Community Conversations in which they gathered public knowledge was from over 230 people by partnering with other organizations. They also had a booth at this year’s Bruin Blast and filmed brief testimonials of KCC students talking about what they like about Battle Creek. Most recently, United Way held an "Intentionality Forum" in November, in which all the core teams came together and communicated with each other about what each of their plans are in this Beacon Community program. Also in attendance were members of the Harwood Institute, who brought tools and talked through strategies to create conditions of change in Battle Creek. Susan Taylor Simpson of the Harwood Institute said that the purpose of their involvement at the event is to "get various organizations and partners working together to create pockets of change." Their first pocket of change is to work with middle school students to help them become leaders of the community in the future by working on the transition from middle school to high school, effectively lowering the dropout rate and also encouraging them to eventually move on to college. "It's very exciting to see all the lead ership organizations come and work together to impact change," CEO of United Way Mike Larson expressed gratitude to all the teams participating. He also stressed the importance of getting the community and citizens of Battle Creek involved to address issues and improve the city. For more information, just search “Battle Creek – Beacon Community” on Facebook or Youtube to find them.

History of Rock Lacy Janousek Co-Editor Students will want to get out their air guitars and headphones for a highly anticipated course spring semester when Tony Wright will be teaching History 297: The History of Rock and Roll again. “This course places an emphasis on understanding how rock and roll shaped American history and how American history shaped rock and roll,” Wright, adjunct instructor since 2008, explained. There are currently four seats taken out of the thirty-eight available for the spring course. Wright is looking forward to spots filling up. “Michelle Wright, Professor of History, approached me three or four years ago and asked if I had any special topics classes in mind for the Social Sciences Department,” Wright said. “I had a few ideas, but the one that really stuck out was a history of rock and roll class.” The course was first taught by Wright in Spring 2011. As a huge fan of rock and

roll, Wright is eager to teach about some of his favorite musicians again this spring. The course covers rock and roll eras from the 1950’s to current trends. “It will be exciting to cover The British Invasion, garage rock, punk rock, heavy metal, hip hop, the MTV era, and alternative rock,” Wright said. “I am a fan of many artists including The Beatles, The Who, Otis Redding, Black Sabbath, The Replacements, Sam & Dave, Metallica, The Velvet Underground, Public Enemy, Nirvana, and my favorite band Guided by Voices.” The course will be taught Thursdays from 6 to 9:15 pm in the Severin Building. “We have even had guest speakers from the world of rock and roll including Tommy James, 60's music superstar, and Ian MacKaye, founder of Dischord Records and member of the band Fugazi,” Wright explained that guest speakers enhance the learning experience for students and give them a chance to learn from people in the rock and roll industry. “This course places an emphasis on understanding how rock and roll shaped American history and how American history shaped rock and roll,” Wright said.

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Transfer Student Information Table: WMU College of 2 Education and Human Development Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 2-3 Healthy Choices Leadership Organization: Seeds of Success Fundraiser Student Center • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 3-4 Stress Busters Central Walkway • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 4 KCC Jazz Band Concert Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Auditorium • 7:30 pm 4 Student Recital Series Event-Performances by KCC students studying through Individualized Music Lesson Program Area Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Auditorium • 1:00 pm 5 Mobile Medical Clinic-FREE KCC Circle Drive • 8:30 am - 11:30 am 5 Healthy Choices Leadership Organization: Island Party Student Center • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm 5 Transfer Student Information Table: Siena Heights University Central Walkway • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 5 Transfer Student Information Table: Western Michigan University: Haworth College of Business Central Walkway • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 6 Closing Reception: Didactic Revolvers- Art Prize Entry Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, KCC Davidson Building • 4:00 - 6:00 pm 6 KCC Men's Basketball vs Marygrove College Miller Gymnasium • 6:00 pm 7 Choral Event: "Sounds of the Season" Branch County Community Chorus presents Gloria! by John Rutter. Additional works by Handel, Vivaldi, Dufay, and J.S. Bach. Freewill donation. 27 E. Chicago St. Coldwater, MI • 7:30 pm 8 Christmas Concert: Community Music School Concert Band Music Center of South Central Michigan • 3:00 pm 9 True Life: Gathering Kellogg Room • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 9 Transfer Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 9 Mosaic Reading Student Center • 7 pm 10 Coffeehouse Concert: Caroling Central Walkway • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 11 Transfer Student Information Table: WMU College of Education and Human Development Central Walkway • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 11 Opera Workshop Performance: “Musical Madness” - Select semi-staged scenes from some of the best known and beloved operas and Broadway shows Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Auditorium • 7:30 pm 12 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 13 Winter Mich-Mash Theatre Production: FREE Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center Auditorium • 7:30 pm 15 Cereal City Concert Band: Christmas Concert First United Methodist Church 111 E. Michigan, Battle Creek, MI 6:30 pm 18 KCC Women's Basketball vs Delta College Miller Gymnasium • 5:30 pm

We don't fear stress Eleanor Alexander Staff Writer With just a couple weeks remaining until the end of the semester, students are starting to feel overwhelmed. If you are one of these students, visit the Kellogg

Room in the Student Center on Dec. 3 and 4. From 11 AM to 1 PM Michael Houston and Student Life have organized free massages, snacks, and tips for students. These stress-busting sessions are held in December and April, just before final exams to help students cope with everything. In the past there have been raffles, tutoring, advising, and different fun activities such as coloring and balloons.

campus news Corpses and cockroaches KCC's choir goes Italian 6

December 2013

Ashleigh Olmstead Staff Writer Mosaic will be having a reading on December 9th at 7 p.m. in the student center. Mosaic, KCC’s student literary magazine, is published every spring and fall. Mosaic is an excellent opportunity for student writers to get their pieces published for the first time. This semester’s Mosaic entries are varied and feature such titles as “Corpses and Cockroaches,” and "Headaches and Heartaches.” “They were all really good,” says Elizabeth Kerlikowske, advisor of the Mosaic, "What's different is that last year in the fall,we printed exclusively poetry; this year we are doing more short stories and prose, as well as poetry.” “Most people will be reading December 9th for the first time,” Kerlikowske mentions. “It’s my hope that they will have a good experience.” Aside from the reading on December 9, there will also be awards for the Best Poetry Piece, Best Prose Piece, and best essay. The Mosaic is edited by members of The Crude Arts club, and this year’s submissions were judged by adjunct Eng-

lish instructor and published poet Rose Swartz. Swartz awarded Best Essay to "Teeth" by Tiffany Thatcher because it is shocking close to real life and has an amazing last sentence. “The sharp details and flashes of description in this essay allow the reader to experience the events alongside the writer,” Swartz said of Thatcher’s piece. “The tone and dialogue remain steady, yet manage to invoke a sense of panic.” Dueling Dachi by Jacob Bodenberg won Best Poem. Swartz loves how the piece “begs” to be read aloud. “These tandem pieces aptly enacts a duel. Wellplaced line breaks and precise use of language allow the words to become sound and movement,” Swartz explained. Finally, Best Prose was awarded to a piece by Heather Tramel called "Finding Home". “The details in this story intricately unfold to reveal more and more about the specific character, plot, and situation. Each paragraph is another onion skin-like layer,” Swartz said, “Though we never learn the girl’s name, she becomes as familiar to us as a spouse, a sibling, a self.” The reading is open to the public and all writers are encouraged to read their piece and to invite family and friends.


campus. The intention is for students and faculty to “feed the pig” their spare change. Feed the Pig took place the entire month of November. Second is the Go Fund Me online Tiffany Thatcher fundraising initiative. This fundraiser Co-Editor is open to everyone across the country. Choral members can ask friends and famThe KCC choral Union will be traveling ily that may be far away can still help out. to Italy’s Amalfi coast for their 2014 conThird took place at Buffalo Wild Wings in cert tour next summer. The choirs will Battle Creek on November 25. 20% of all tour the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel purchases made, when accompanied by a and will perform at an evening mass in voucher, would be donated to the choir. Sorrento. The Union, which consists of Fourth is the Help Kellogg Choirs get the Branch County Community Chorus, to Italy on where The Kellogg Singers and the all female people wishing to donate can make purgroup the Conchettas will not only perchases from the website form but also tour the or donate directly to a Sorrento region of Italy. student. The final fund The Choir toured “We are the face raiser for this semester Ireland in 2012 and Dr. of KCC and the is the selling of ad space Gerald Blanchard, Dicommunity” in the choirs' programs. rector of Choral Music The ads will be featured at KCC, was not expect- Blanchard in the programs for fall ing another concert tour concert event in Coldfor at least five years. Blanchard was apwater and the Singing in the Spring event proached by Dennis Bona, KCC presiin April. There will be a rummage sale dent, who asked if they would ever connext semester, a holiday candle sale, and sider traveling to Italy and then offered to an evening of Italian food and music at a partially underwrite the trip. Blanchard location unknown at this point. leapt at the chance to once again show “We are the face of KCC and the case KCC’s choir abroad. community here. We are ambassadors The Choirs are currently doing funfor KCC and Battle Creek across the draising to help defer the cost of the trip state and across the ocean,” Blanchard exin several interesting ways. plains. The Union is eager for all experi “Every penny counts,” Blanchard ences the trip will give its members. “We said. are very proud of what we’ve done.” First is the Feed the Pig project. Donation boxes along with stuffed pigs have been placed in different spots all over


December 2013


Veteran's reflections The Few and The Proud: Redefined and Revisited By E. Louis D'Felio

A veteran sets his hat down to pay respects.

He Vet/ She Vet

By Heather Tramel/Bob Psalmonds

She Vet

In 1997, I was one of four women training to be a communications specialist in my Advanced Individualized Training (AIT) course at Ft. Gordon, GA, alongside more than a hundred men. As a woman and mother who served in the United States Army alongside my husband, I have a unique perspective on veteran’s issues. I recall one evening I received a phone call from the Family Readiness Group for our Battalion, requesting my presence at the next meeting and reminding me how important it was to our husbands, that we support them while they selflessly, serve our country. I answered her with a simple question, “Will my husband be required to attend this meeting, in order to support me?” It seems that the role female soldiers have in their own military careers has always been in the shadow of men. When my then husband was leaving military life, I was given a certificate of appreciation, for being a supportive wife during his service, but he received nothing for supporting his wife when I left military life six months later. I am still offended by the certificate that has my misspelled name and does not include my hard earned rank. It is a reminder that as the wife of a soldier I was an afterthought. I have witnessed male veterans being thanked for their service by do-gooders and well-wishers, but I am rarely thanked for my service because I don’t advertise my veteran status on a tee-shirt or baseball cap. Keep a couple things in mind before you approach a service member in public. There may be a spouse and children who deserve your heartfelt thanks as well. Not acknowledging them makes the family feel less important and is a reminder of the risks our loved ones take. Women veterans are everywhere, we are of all ages, races and ethnicities, and we can blend in to our communities with little effort, but we deserve a big thanks for our service as well.

He Vet

It is true that the female veterans are often overlooked for their service. Though females have been training for combat missions for years, most in the COMBAT MOS or AFSC’s were routinely sent to the upper echelons and support units. This, in most cases, gives the impression only men were in harm's way. Nothing is further from the truth. In Iraq, Afghanistan, and points around

photo by Simon Thalmann

the world, one of the common enemy tactics includes attacking the rear forces. Putting on the uniform and going out on any mission makes a soldier a target. The combat soldier, male or female, needs those various support personnel to survive and fight a winning battle. Often, individuals of both sexes will be at their sides during these missions. The truck drivers, combat communications, mechanics out repairing a piece of equipment on the front lines, and medical personnel are all examples of this. The same could be said for a military family. The deployed individual can be gone from months up to a year or two away from his/her loved ones. Try to imagine the remaining spouse being the sole individual doing everything. This is probably not too hard in today's society of single parents, but that’s not what many these people knowingly signed up for when saying “I do.” The fact that a majority can’t surrender or share those responsibilities again when their loved ones return leads to a very high divorce rate for military personnel. Add in the fear of losing that soldier to roadside bombs, snipers and other hazards, thus stress and fear are always in their daily lives. I always found it amazing that these same spouses and children would eagerly do whatever they could to show how much they supported that same individual while away. Finally, serving this great country and the people under its umbrella of protection is not done for the few thank-you's and at-a-boys received. Even those who care and appreciate the veterans can rarely understand what that period of a soldier’s existence actually cost them. Lost limbs, scars, and near death experiences are rather obvious though downplayed by the individuals themselves most of the time. Underneath these brave faces is found PTSD, trouble re-entering society, inability to connect with the people in all areas of their lives, a deeply ingrained mistrust of the world around them, etc. Since no one can see a discharge certificate or military experience magically appear on the veteran's forehead, the veterans need to show those around him that he has served in the first place to get the “Thank you’s.” Perhaps that vet baseball cap is not a bad thing, but at least be visible by participating in veteran's organizations, campus activities, and so forth. Do women and families get ignored by the mainstream military support groups, well-wishers, or even the government itself? I’d have to say “YES,” but it is slowly changing.

Throughout our history, serving in the military has (primarily) been viewed as a noble and honorable act of unselfish sacrifice for a greater good. The "greater good" is often defined as an ideal in which life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are fundamental rights for all. From its inception this nation has fought wars, battles, and conflicts at home and abroad to promote such a philosophy. Unfortunately, members of the military have often been placed in the middle of the chasm between the citizenry and body politic. The farther the citizens and political officials are removed from the military (i.e., fewer and fewer volunteers willing to serve and sacrifice), the less understanding there is and will be. Signs of protest such as “We Support the Murder of American Troops,” “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “Sailors and Dogs Keep off the Grass,” and “Baby Killers” are clear examples. Contrary to the view of some, military personnel are not mindless war-mongering robots who cannot think for themselves. Military members are a reflection of their society on all levels. Lest we forget that a sailor, soldier, airman, or marine is a son/ daughter, mother/father, brother/sister, or husband/wife of someone we know. The men and women who serve answer a call that many others choose not to. They often leave their homes and innocence behind them to protect a nation and a way of life in which they believe. Choosing to serve is similar to

Presenting of the colors at Veteran's Day ceremony.

a parent protecting his/her offspring, yet significantly different as a complete stranger willing to give his/her life for another stranger. Myths, inaccurate media reports made up by political officials, anti-war activists, and our government's mismanagement of wars, battles, and conflicts cause just as much harm to service members as military action. Service members are caught between serving their nation and trying to remain a citizen. It's an awkward and often contradictory proposition. Service members want to belong to and feel connected. Belonging is a fundamental need that is crucial to the human experience. Being ignored, excluded or ostracized is a form of invisible bullying that can have a profound, more painful impact than a physical wound. Biologically speaking, the same part of the brain is activated whether the pain is the result of a physical or emotional/mental injury. The consequences of such bullying are long lasting. It can lead to anger, alienation, depression, helplessness, and feelings of unworthiness. Service members do not enter wars, battles, or conflicts on their own volition. They are ordered to do so by our President as a means to an end. Political officials set the rules of engagement, which often put service members in compromising situations. Demeaning, disrespectful and insulting acts towards service members are not only misguided and misdirected, they are harmful to the nation as a whole. As Richard M. Nixon stated, "Let us understand: [North Vietnam] cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that."

photo by Simon Thalmann



December 2013

The holidays are here Caitlyn Whitman Staff Writer When the snow starts to fall, that is when you know the holidays are right around the corner. The day after Halloween commercial holiday spirit starts kicking in. Shopping starts and decorations are hung. Various holidays are celebrated around the world, students on campus are a great representation of the diversity during the holiday season. On the night before Christmas, children lay out milk and cookies for good ol' St. Nick. Before the sun rises on December 25, children start tip toeing to wake up their parents to open all their Christmas presents that are placed under the tree. The day many Christians wait upon all year is finally here, it's Christmas time. Christmas is an annual celebration for the birth of Jesus Christ, "The son of righteousness." Though the day of the actual birth of Christ is unknown, it is estimated to be around this day. Along with Christmas time comes Christmas carols. Some of the most famous songs ever known consist of "Silent Night, O Holy Night", 'Rockin' around the Christmas Tree", "Frosty the Snowman" and many more. But there's more to the holidays than Christmas cheer. The lighting of seven candles, also known as Kwanzaa (Kwahn-zahh) is another famous holiday celebrated around

ish people were led by Judah Maccabee, this time by many families. Kwanzaa is a who fought a king named Antiochus week-long celebration held in the United for the right to worship one god. When States and also celebrated in the Western the Jews won the battle they cleared African Diaspora in other nations of the the pathway of the Greek gods and celAmericas. ebrated for eight days. Much like Kwan The word Kwanzaa means "first fruits zaa, on Hanukkah they light candles on of the harvest." Kwanzaa is celebrated a stand, called a Menorah, but a menothe day after Christmas, December 26 rah holds nine candles compared and ends on January 1. This holiday is to Kwanzaa’s seven. The inspired by African traditions extra light is called and isn't meant to be a “The lighting a Shamash. religious holiday. ninth The During these of candles against the branch is the seven days, those who celebrate fowinter wind is involved in tallest branch located in the cus on their an each holiday.” middle. Even cestral values. The though there extra "a" on the word Whitman are nine candles was given to represent they only celebrate this the seven days that are holiday for eight days, singcelebrated. Kwanzaa was created ing and dancing in prayer. Jewish stars in the year 1966 by Maulana Karenga, are painted, woven and hung up around Ph.D, chair and professor of black studthe house for this holiday. This holiday ies at the California State University at is celebrated November 27 through Delong beach, and executive director of cember 5 this year. the Institute of Pan-African studies. This Each night a candle is lit for differholiday is meant to bring family together ent families traditions. Either they give and celebrate life and previous ancestors. their kids a different gift on each night of Families join together to celebrate the Hanukkah or they gift them with money beginning of the new planting season. for each night; one dollar on the first The final holiday that is celebrated night, two on the second, etc. ending up is called Hanukkah. Hanukkah is a celwith thirty six dollars at the end of the ebration of practice to the Jewish reliHanukkah holiday. gion. This Jewish celebration focuses The lighting of candles against the on the Festival of Lights and Feast of winter wind is involved in each holiday. Dedication, an eight-day Jewish holiday Even though the holidays may be differcommemorating the rededication of the ent, the company of family and joy in the Holy Temple. air makes the holidays more enjoyable. Hanukkah started when the Jew-

Festival of Lights Cara Clingin Staff Writer Cold can be the signal of many things: hibernation, hot cocoa, and even time to shop for the best deals of the season. The streets become paved with snow and houses get ready for the Christmas season. Downtown Battle Creek becomes a winter wonderland of lights as the Festival of Lights illuminates the streets like the Whoville Christmas Whobilation. For those new to our city or just never quite understood what exactly the International Festival of Lights is, this is the six week winter festival in Battle Creek featuring various light shows, concerts, Christmas displays, and even a Christmas parade. Downtown is decorated by various displays of the lights including the famous 12 days of Christmas behind the W. K. Kellogg Foundation building. Jolly music that will make you feel like a child again plays through the many different speakers along the streets. There are different stations around the city filled with hot cocoa, coffee, and treats to help keep the cold away. The festival begins November 23 and lasts all the way through December, so don’t feel rushed if you can’t make it to an event right away. For a full schedule of what’s going on downtown, check out for more information.

Vocal Arts Events for December Sounds of the Season

Branch County Community Chorus presents Gloria! by John Rutter.


Saturday, Dec 7 7:30 pm 27 E. Chicago St. Coldwater, MI Free-will donation

Coffeehouse Concert: Caroling Tuesday, Dec 10 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Central Walkway

Opera Workshop Performance: "Musical Madness"

Select semi-staged scenes from some of the best known operas and Broadway shows. Wednesday, Dec 11 7:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall 111 Capital Ave NE Free-will donation


December 2013


Learning local vs choosing chains Cavin Smith Staff Writers Food is one of those essential needs of all humans, and the food industry is one of those services that will never become obsolete. The only real question is do people prefer to spend their hard earned cash at chain restaurants or local diners? Most people don’t really care about where they eat, as long as they eat. However, some people are so diehard in where and what they eat, they will go so far as to drive clear across the country just for a taste of that McRib sandwich. And still there are others who visit the same eatery every single day at the exact same time and order the never changing usual year after year. When you ask one of these people why it is that they feel so strongly, they will give a varying degree of answers but most of them have similar qualities. The smaller “Ma and Pa” diners are as uniquely different as the people who own and operate them. This uniqueness is what draws people in and keeps them coming back. Also, the quality of food is held to a higher standard considering that they are not just some fly-by-night establishment. Unlike the ‘big business’ rivals, who come and go with the ever-changing economic tides, small business owners are a part of the community and many of them are friends or family. They live in, shop in and work in the community just like the average member of the community. The big businesses come in, set up

shop and hold mass hiring campaigns in an attempt to staff their facilities. They look over drawn out applications for specific qualities and hire the best match for the job. Now, this faceless name and identification number is assigned a job to do and a wage they will be paid. This ‘pay rate’ is often times based on the local ‘minimum wage’. And the employee turn around rate is much higher than with small business. Very few people stay at these jobs long enough to become promoted. Instead, many times, management is hired as such from outside even when there is an older more qualified employee with experience to match. The same is not so typical of the smaller locals. Many of these employees have worked around the city at various places until finding a place that fits with them. Some have only worked at the one restaurant but have become attached to the “regulars” and other staff. The main thing to remember about these types of employees is that they are in the business because they enjoy it and because they are good at it. It’s what they have done or had an interest in for a long time. Big business employees just needed the job and this is the only way they could get it. Big businesses can have a damaging effect on the community and anyone who eats at these establishments. Jamie Oliver, a nationally recognized and renowned master chef, has led a campaign against the popular chain McDonalds. Oliver has discovered that McDonalds has been “washing” the fatty parts of the beef in ammonium hydroxide and using it for their hamburger meat. “Basically, we're taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest way for dogs, and after this process, it is being

given to human beings,” Oliver claims. “Why would any sensible human being put meat filled with ammonia in the mouths of their children?" McDonalds has recently came out and said that they will be changing this process to one of a safer nature. This is just one of the many controversial things that chain restaurants will do and have done in an attempt to keep their overhead down and profits up. It is also something that local health departments have no control over. The only thing that they can do is make sure the facility in their area is a safe and sanitary environment. Ma and Pa typically stock their facility with products from the local area, well within the local heath department’s jurisdiction. That means that everything they buy has already been checked out once and will be checked again. Chains are damaging to the community because they take the business of the Ma and Pa Dinners. Businesses that have thrived in the community for generations can be closed down over night do to the loss of sale to the Chains putting dozens of people and families out of work and into poverty. Also, the money that the locals would be spending in their home town is now getting sent to some bank, possibly offshore, to be used in some far off land. This can lead the community into a depression of sorts. Ma and Pa charge more for their food because the products they buy are of a higher quality and thus cost more. This higher price also helps to offset the loss of business to the chains. Another thing to remember about large corporations is that all of the food and drinks are pre-portioned. While this is not a bad

thing to do (actually, with some things it’s a great thing to do that helps keep the cost to profit margin at an acceptable level), it isn’t necessarily great either. Having a little freedom to give loyal patrons a little more hear and there helps to keep your loyal patrons coming back. Corporations like Chilies and Don Pablo’s will mix the exact same drink as Ma but with perfect measurements. Pa likes his Jack and Coke with a bit more punch. Local bartenders use a method of measuring that’s not as exact. For the local tender one ounce of liquor is equal to about one second of pouring and they don’t always do the counting. Ma and Pa are also a little more lenient when it comes to picking up a tab here or there. Ma is also more interested in the safety of her patrons and will sometimes help them get home if they have had one too many or make them eat something to soak that alcohol up. It’s not just the food that people are looking for when visiting an eatery of any kind. They also go out to eat for the social interactions that ultimately occur. The atmosphere and service are just as important as the food. As previously mentioned, the Ma and Pa employees tend to take more pride in what they do and it reflects in the way they do their jobs. The cooks try harder to make better food. The wait staff is not only polite to the customers, as is required, but they will often times become friends with the customers. The bartenders will actually listen and talk with you, not just to you. These elements are crucial to the atmosphere of the establishment and a great atmosphere is worth the price of the food, especially when it’s a King Cut Prime Rib.

New adult fiction Kelly Frost Librarian Are you a New Adult? Do you have a New Adult still living in your house? If you’re not familiar with the term “New Adult,” you are almost certainly not alone, since this newly recognized “developmental stage” is still being defined. In general the term, “New Adult” describes someone between the ages of 19 and 28. As a result of current economic realities, many people are delaying such traditional markers of adulthood such as graduating from college, marrying, buying a house, or having children. In this environment, there is a generation of people who are no longer teenagers, but have not yet assumed more traditional adult roles. Recognizing such trends, in 2009 St. Martin’s Press held a contest asking writers to submit “older YA” books or “New Adult” fiction, and the category of New Adult (NA) fiction was born. The contest noted that NA books would be aimed at people who

had aged out of Young Adult or teenage books but weren’t quite ready for works targeting more traditional adults. Generally speaking, NA books have lead characters in their late teens through twenties. They often feature college settings and many are romances. Perhaps understandably, the steamy side of the NA genre has attracted the most media attention. While the books are characterdriven, highly plotted novels, similar to YA literature, the romances tend to be more graphic than traditional YA fiction. In a recent blog aimed at authors interested in publishing New Adult fiction, Cath Murray provides several rules including “never describing the heroine” but making sure that the hero is “cut from very precisely determined cloth.” Much of the material Murray is addressing has emerged from the self-published or epublishing community, where a number of soap opera-like books have developed huge indie followings. In fact, many of these authors have now signed lucrative deals with the traditional publishing houses. Of course, there isn’t necessarily anything new about New Adult books. There


have always been cross-over titles, books written for adults, yet popular with teens, or books like Harry Potter, which were written for children, yet experienced universal appeal. For example, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky was first published by MTV books and features high school-age characters, but became popular with several different audiences. Other books, like Life of Pi by Yann Martel or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, were marketed first to adults, but have since made their way into the hands of teenagers. What is new, however, is that there seems to be marketing momentum at the moment targeting New Adult readers, which is good news for New Adults. The library has several of these New Adult titles, including Rowell Rainbow’s Fangirl. Usually these books are located on the third floor in our Young Adult section, so come in and see if you can’t find some new New Adult literature. If you don’t find something you like, just ask and we can help you order just about any title through Michigan eLibrary or MeLCat!

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Painting Poetry Spencer Lawson Humanity is unsocial, because of socialization I’ll sit in a silent room, full of conversation Even if someone was to speak, no one would hear Because we all have music, blaring in our ear Ear buds are our best two friends Can’t talk, busy listening to “No New Friends” We all sit alone, because we need our personal space We send “LOL” in a text while keeping a straight face Emojis have replaced emotions, because texting has replaced talking If we don’t know someone, we will learn by Facebook stalking.



December 2013

Feminist failure Lacy Janousek Co-Editor As a female in my twenties, I’m struggling to decide where I stand when it comes to stereotypical views of women my age. I would love to say I hate the idea of wearing make-up to feel pretty and despise high fashion, but the truth is I live for the perfect shade of red lipstick and a fresh issue of the sex-infused Cosmopolitan magazine. But my passion for those exact materialistic things in life often turns its back on me and reminds me why women in the sixties boycotted bras and embraced birth control. Cosmopolitan recently tweeted an article about everything its readers should do in their twenties. I read it and was speechless. I’ll sum the article’s advice up quickly for you to save you the trouble of scrolling their twitter log to find it: if you’re in your twenties, be as promiscuous as possible, get drunk and wear fringed crop-tops. Side note: if you have the body and an occasion for a fringe crop-top, do it; if you’re taking Cosmo’s other advice and have been drinking too much, don’t. The Coronas will catch up to you, just there, below where the crop-top ends. Drinking is not all bad; most adults love a glass of wine, a draft beer, or a margarita with dinner. But binge drinking every weekend is seriously dangerous and frankly, trashy. Women in their twenties spend too much time and money on alcohol. They’ll get dressed up in

degrading mini-skirts, pose in a line (the two girls on the end have their hands on their hips for a sassy, slimming effect), and take numerous pictures for all social media outlets. #whitegirlwasted or #sloppysaturday, right? Which usually leads to what Cosmo encourages the most: premarital interactions and lots of them. The article explained that keeping your “number” low is a bad idea, that all twenty-something’s should be getting out there and testing the “bad ones”. Actually, the article called it “strange”, but what does that even mean? So get the “strange” and make it easier to find out when you’ve found the right sexual partner to spend a few months tangling the sheets with. The woman who wrote that article explained that serious relationships in your twenties are the worst thing you could possibly do. Maybe I’m wrong, but sexually transmitted diseases are real and the more people you have sex with the more likely you are to catch one, right? Without Cosmo, I wouldn’t know that this fall I’m “allowed” to wear black leggings and brown boots, I wouldn’t know about women all over the country that have had worst first date experiences than mine, I wouldn’t know how fabulous Kelly Osbourne really is and how great red lipstick looks with cream sweaters. (I know, my life wouldn’t go on without all of that.) Cosmo has helped me through break ups and provided entertainment for countless sleepovers; it reaches masses of females older and younger than myself, but as a prominent mass media outlet, is it really okay to encourage twenty-something’s into promiscuity and binge drinking?

Without Cosmo, I wouldn’t know that this fall I’m “allowed” to.....

The Nagging Mother Aromas surround us

Elizabeth Kerlikowske Advisor Driving into Battle Creek each morning, I’m greeted by pretty great smells, baking wheat or sugary corn on the bridge, greasy comfort food when I reach campus. I like those smells. Then I walk past a group of students, generally male, who are wearing jeans that are biohazards. They smell like old beer, mildew, coins, greasy food, an ashtray and sweat. It makes me thankful that I am primarily a mouth breather. My son once wore a pair of jeans for three months without washing them. He was on a trail crew in a national park, so it almost made sense. But when he had to go to the emergency room, they assumed he was homeless. His jeans were that dirty. The proper care of clothing is wear once or twice, wash, dry, repeat cycle. It is not this: wear, throw on floor, pick up, wear, floor, wear, floor, use as towel, floor,

repeat, vomit, beer, towel, floor, repeat. I had the good fortune once to preside over a class of gentlemen so rank that before we began each day, I sprayed a wall of Febreze between me and them. The one woman sat in a separate section of the room. You may not notice that your clothes stink, but other people do, and yes, it impacts our opinion of you. You might be the smartest and most talented person in the world, but if people can’t get within a five foot radius of you without gagging, you will never get anywhere in the civilized world. P.S. you could use some deodorant. Oh, I know, natural is wonderful. I’m pretty natural myself, but not offensively so. And that brings us to teeth. If you don’t brush your teeth at twenty, you will not have teeth at fifty. This is a fact. Everything you do now predicts what you will become later. So, gents, if you want to be a toothless, single guy who’s never had a date except as an avatar, continue being a slob. If shyness is your problem, hiding behind your own impenetrable body odors is not the solution. Radical thought: clean clothes, showers, oral hygiene, light on the scent, eye contact. Try it.

Dr. Destiny

saved quite a bit of money. Coupons are available on-line and in the weekly fliers in the newspapers. Watch an episode of couponing on the TLC channel. Now those folks know how to use every penny of their food budget! Good Luck. Make it a contest with your friends to see who finds the best bargains that week or month and share the news! Dr. D.

Dear. Dr. D Many of my favorite films don’t get as much acclaim as the “trashy” films. Why is that, and do critics have their own opinions or do they base them on the opinions of viewers and other critics? Worried Viewer Dear Worried, I have no idea what critics truly base their critiques on. I think some have a rubric of sorts in which they pay attention to acting, story line, plot development, cinematography, costuming etc. Others just like what they like, much like the casual viewers. While one or the other of those criteria may speak to you as a viewer, the same part may not matter as much to someone else. My advice is not to listen too much to critics until you have seen the film for yourself. They go and read the reviews to see which reviewer sees things the same way you do. Then you can trust that a film he or she recommends is one that you too will enjoy. Signed, In it for the Enjoyment Dr. Destiny, What are the healthiest but cheapest foods for a broke college student to buy? Hungry for Health Dear Health, I am glad you are looking to be healthy on a budget! It’s not an easy task. In the summer months, farmers’ markets or buying into a farm co-op can be a good choice as long as you are willing to try new things. Also shopping at the big carton shops can bring you savings on lots of canned products which aren’t all necessarily unhealthy. Just read the labels! As for meat, talk with the meat department at the stores you frequent to see where the almost out of date meats are. You can find great deals there, and if you go home and use them or freeze them, you’ve

Dear Dr. Destiny, On Halloween I dressed up as a scarecrow and went around handing out candy to students, staff, and faculty. I thought I was being nice, but I was later confronted by campus police. The office said he had been getting calls all day from staff. Apparently, I was “too scary.” Are people just overly paranoid in today’s world, or is it just inappropriate to scare people, even on Halloween? The Scarecrow Dear Scary Crow, The world is a different place now. What was once great fun is now threatening, and we need to be aware that many people are perhaps overly sensitive. However, if your costume was upsetting (because you had such a great one), then it wasn’t appropriate for here. Yes, we are all adults, but many people simply do not like dressing up, people who do, or being startled or scared. Our campus police acted appropriately by responding to complaints. That is what they are paid to do. Now that you know that, save your best costume efforts for an appropriate venue like a club or a costume contest where you will be appreciated. Dear Dr. D, All my mom does is watch FOX News. I want her to be happy, but I fear she’ll catch the stupid. What should I do? Concerned Daughter Dear Daughter, I would challenge you to watch the 6:00 to 7:00 PM Fox News and call it stupid. The commentators are bright, articulate people who happen to have a point of view that is not your own, but they are definitely not stupid. Throwing a blanket term over an entire network because it holds a viewpoint different than your own is casting aspersions back on you. Dr. D.

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THE DARK SIDE OF CAMPUS Through the Looking Glass Cara Clingin Staff Writer Here is a girl who is a college student working part time and trying to make a good life for herself. What does the world see? It depends. To some they just see another fat American struggling to breathe as she climbs the stairs. To another I might be a gorgeous, blondehaired, blue-eyed girl with a lot of curves and a beautiful personality. Maybe to some they don’t even see me because I blend in with the crowd. I’m a plus-size American adult woman, but I am so much more. But because you can’t see this on the outside, you may take me for what I present. You judge me because my hair isn’t done up or by the size of my clothing. It’s not just the plus size getting the judgmental beating, either. Those who struggle with any kind of weight, those who are afraid to go home at night, those who are afraid to go and hang with friends because their significant other will think they’re cheating. Each of us has a story, but many of us don’t take the time to peek inside someone else’s looking glass before we start casting stones. This world can be such a hateful place. I’ve walked the halls of this college and it feels just like high school. Cliques are gathered into their corners, making

The older student Assistance shame Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor I am a widowed mother of two. My husband took his life in 2010, and I quit my job as a retail manager to be home with my children. I live on survivor benefits from my husband’s social security policy. The decision to leave my job was not an easy one. My children and I had been covered under my husband’s health care plan at work but lost that upon his death. If I stayed home, then I would no longer have any health insurance and my monthly income would be cut in half. I took a lot of time to think about it and finally decided that during this difficult time my children needed me more than my bank account did. I’m not suggesting that my choice is the best choice. I am not embarrassed to

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smart remarks about others, clogging the halls. If someone has marks on their arms or dresses in black, they must be emo. If someone is a size 3XL, then it must be because they like food and hate exercise. Why do we judge others? Is it to feel some kind of self-worth about ourselves? Is it because we’ve had bad experiences with someone that the person made us think of? The world hasn’t been the kindest to some, and this can change the way we see. To quote one of my favorite series, "Silent Hill," “When you’re hurt and scared for so long, the fear and pain turn to hate and the hate starts to change the world.” Humans are like books. We all have our facades that the world can see and sometimes this is all they look at to pass judgment. If you take the time to get to know someone or even to speak to them, you could find that they are nothing like the cover portrays. The size 0 girl with the perfect body, who lashes out at oth-

ers, could go home at night to an abusive family. She is looking for love and acceptance and if she can’t have that outside of the home, what does she have? Some take to drugs or bullying for release or to feel some kind of control. So many commit suicide (accidentally or on purpose) because they feel they have no other options in life and stand with their back to the corner. According to the Suicide Awareness Voice of Education (SAVE), roughly 30,000 people take their lives each year. Are our judgments in the hallways the cause? Many people have felt the feeling I have described in this article. We can’t fathom how many people have these thoughts running through their mind each and every day. Next time you want to judge someone based on what is only visible from one side of the looking glass, stop and think what else this person could be behind some façade. You could change not only their lives but your own.

be living on social security. I am proud that my husband worked hard for many years, and my children and I are benefiting from his hard work. There are a lot of people out there that want to make me feel bad about not working. Before I started dating my boyfriend, I was very careful about telling potential dates about my situation. Some guys hear that you are not working by choice, and they assume that you are looking for a meal ticket. It didn’t matter if I explained my particular situation; they still looked at me like I was a gold digger. They immediately assumed that I was on welfare and using food stamps. For the record, I am not, but what would it matter if I was? The truth is I get no help from the government other than financial aid for school, which I feel incredibly blessed to receive. I also received scholarships for this school year. I think that since I have been awarded these blessings that I cannot squander it, so I work hard to maintain straight A's. I admit that I also felt the need to be an overachiever when it came to my finances. Living on a smaller, once-amonth income has made me smarter about my money. When my husband was alive and we both worked, we were living paycheck to paycheck. We could never

get our heads above water when it came to the bills. Now that I only receive one “paycheck” a month, I’ve learned how to budget and stretch that money as far as I can. All of my bills are paid. I do not own a credit card, and I have avoided student loans. If I want or need something, I save up for it. I don’t buy things for myself. I don’t get my nails done, and the majority of my clothes are from Wal-Mart. My pantry is stocked with generic brands. My kids have nice clothes, but they were bought on clearance last season. Yet I get the stink-eye from people when they see I have an iphone. Why do we feel the need to judge each other’s life choices? And why do I feel like I have to defend the choices I’ve made? When did we become so obsessed with what other people do? I admit that I’m guilty of doing the same thing. I’ve scrutinized the purchases of someone paying for groceries with The Bridge card and getting angry when I see candy bars and soda. Why? It’s ridiculous. I have no clue what kind of life that person is living and have no right to judge them. So, the next time you start to question how someone is living his or her life, I urge you to take a step back and look at yourself. What are you doing that would make others view you in a different light?

Happy Holidays from the Bruin staff Campus is closed December 21, 2013 through January 1, 2014


To the Editors of The Bruin Thank you for your article drawing attention to Kellogg Community College’s (KCC) efforts to make our campus accessible to all students and community members regardless of ability. As mentioned in your November 2013 article titled "Handy for the handicapped?", KCC takes pride in the continuing efforts to integrate accessibility features in all of our building projects. Although there are legal minimum guidelines that must be met, the College chooses to surpass these minimum standards whenever possible as we continue to renovate our facilities. While the article succeeded in pointing out KCC efforts related to infrastructure and accessibility, it also brought to light the need for continuing discussion regarding language choices as it relates to accessibility and the people that it impacts the most. Clearly, words and their usage evolve over time. A quick consultation of Google lead me to discover that in 2012 sexting was added to our collective lexicon. Just as we add words to our common usage, we also see that certain words eventually fall out of vogue. I mean, who besides your great-grandparents call a couch a davenport? Or, in some instances words are eventually deemed inappropriate or even offensive. Sometimes the progression from acceptable to inappropriate to offensive is hard to gauge. Take, for example, the terminology of deaf and dumb. For a period in our history, this was an acceptable way to refer to someone who could not hear or speak. Today we would say the person has a hearing and speech impairment. Similarly, while it once was acceptable to use the term handicapped in reference to parking spaces; today’s standards use the term accessible in its place. The good news is that we are all students of life, and as such, always learning. In most instances, when we commit a language faux pas, it is an innocent act that is not intended to offend or harm others. The beauty of a Kellogg Community College is that we can dialogue and learn from others along our path. I’m sure next year I will be looking at some of the new words listing in Merriam-Webster dictionary and asking a KCC student to explain it to me. (i.e. - Twerking? What’s that?) Holly McKee, Director, Support Services

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Mother - daughter roller derby duo Mary Emington Staff Writer Mothers and daughters participate in many activities together. Some enjoy cooking while others maybe enjoy scrap booking, but for one local motherdaughter duo that means lacing up their skates and hitting the roller derby rink. Mother April Vest-Jackson and daughter Alicia Jackson have some unique fun of their own on local roller derby team South Central Michigan Renegade Rollergirls. The Renegade Rollergirls of Marshall participate in many tournaments over the course of the year. Their goal is to reach the Mitten Kitten Tournament which this year was held on the 5th and 6th of October. Just getting into the tournament can be a daunting task. A team must win bouts as well as gain points in order to gain higher rankings. Only the teams with the highest rankings get into the Mitten Kitten Tournament, and the Renegade Rollergirls made the cut this year. April said, “Roller derby is a game of wits. You have to know when to play offense and when to play defense. Their team consists of 16 players, 14 on the track and two alternatives. Five

players are out on the court at a time. One player, known as the jammer, is protected by her four fellow team members known as blockers. Every time the jammer passes an opposing player, the team receives one point. April said, “The most important part is to protect your jammer, your jammer is like your daughter.” The teams must bond to do well. Alicia said, “Your derby team is your family.” Having a family member on one’s team has some advantages in the world of roller derby. Alicia said, “It is like your best friend always knowing what you are about to do.” Reading your teammates and anticipating their moves gives a team a great advantage. The fact that Alicia and April share a special mother-daughter bond gives them more insight, where they know each other’s moves, patterns, and body language. April and Alicia aren’t the only mother daughter duo on their team. Princess and Waldo also are a motherdaughter duo. If one catches April and Alicia on the court, he might not recognize their names on their jerseys at first. Each member has her own special derby name. April is know as Kat Blon Dee and Alicia as Chop-a-Chick. The names signify something special to each member whether it be a nickname or something more descriptive of their attitude in roller derby. When asked to describe how April

The Hunger Games Mary Emington Staff Writer Welcome to KCC’s first annual Hunger Games. In the event of the uprising levels of hunger in our community, the Bruin basketball teams have been chosen to collect food for distribution at the local food bank. On January 20th, the Hunger Games will commence in a fight for the honor of their team and their community. Though one may not see Katniss Everdeen jump out and shoot her bow at an opponent, one may catch a Bruin shooting for a basket. The Bruin men’s and women’s basketball teams are both participating in a competition to collect food for the local food bank in South Central Michigan. The collection begins on January 15 and goes all the way to the 20 when they will

both take on Ancilla College. There will be two barrels in the Miller Building (serving as the arena) for any food donations. At the end of the collection period the number of donations will be tallied and the team with the most donations will receive a pizza party as well as the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped many families that are in need in our district. “The event is part of athletic involvement and service that will benefit the community,” said Sharon Powell, Miller Building Coordinator. The teams have volunteered as tribute for the surrounding area by setting time aside and raising awareness and food donations for our community. The women’s game will start at 5:30 immediately followed by the men’s game at 7:30. Admission is free but food donations are greatly encouraged. Come help the Bruins be successful in their first annual Hunger Games against the uprising of hunger.

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April (left) and daughter Alicia (bending over).

and Alicia feel about playing with each other April responded, “It’s awesome, we know each other well and we love it.” April has been skating for 34 years but only recently joined in roller derby competition. This will be her third year

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competing, while for Alicia this is only her sixth month in. Alicia participated in track but it didn’t quite click for her, but when she joined her mother in roller derby, she rolled into a new life and Alicia fell in love.

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