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The Bruin December, 2016 | Kellogg Community College |

Planning for Spring

Induction of new Phi Theta Kappa members

Winter is here, and with it comes the end of the fall semester here at KCC. Soon the new semester will start and bring more opportunities to students.

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KCC students go to Italy diana campbell co-editor

Thirty-two people participated in an trip to Italy offered by Kellogg Community College from October 13th through the 23rd this year. In a tour which covered various ancient Roman and other historical sites, they visited Rome, Florence, Venice, and several cities and towns along their travel route. Highlights included Pompeii, the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and a visit to Michelangelo’s famous statue of David, as well as various cathedrals and archaeological ruins. The once-in-a-lifetime experience provided participants with a taste of a culture very different from that of the United States. This is just one of many such trips Kellogg Community College has offered throughout the years. Countries visited have included the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Germany, and Cuba. Most of these trips have been geared toward exposing students to new

cultures and alternative perspectives of world history. Many of them have been arranged and overseen by history professor Michelle Wright, and have a lasting impact on participants. Janette Coday, who works at Records and Registration, learned

about the trip through a student and soon after, she decided to join the group. For her, this was her first time traveling internationally, but she had little need to worry about arrangements, because she could leave the planning to someone else and focus

KCC Students and Battle Creek Community members enter the Colosseum arena with their tour guide.”

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on the experience. “It was wonderful to see so many different sites in such a short amount of time,” she says. “I met some amazing people, some of who will be lifelong friends.” Similarly, others made memories, including two couples who came home engaged. The group not only consisted of Kellogg Community College students, but also of community members. Although the trip was listed as “INTL 210” in the course catalog, not everyone decided to take the class. Nevertheless, everyone came home with new perspectives on the world around them after facing the challenges of touring a non-English-speaking country. Meanwhile, new trips are already in the works, including one to Ireland in May, which will feature Galway, Belfast, and Dublin as the main city highlights. More information is available at Please email any questions to Michelle Wright at Contact Diana Campbell at

Noises off! review yasmeen qahwash staff writer

“Noises Off!” was KCC’s most recent theatre production at the Binda Performing Arts Center. This play was not just any old play; it didn’t have any of the musical scenes or the happy endings - it showed the good, the bad, and the ugly about the chaos of personal and professional lives colliding. “’Noises Off’ is my personal favorite, non-musical, straight play,” says Professor Brad Poer, Theatre Coordinator. “I’ve been waiting 20 years to do it. It’s just hilarious.” This production was a comedy about a group of actors and technicians producing a play called “Nothing On” -- but everything ends up going incredibly wrong. In Act I, the audience saw the front of the set, where the actors are in final dress rehearsal, nowhere near being ready for opening night. In Act II, the entire set was turned around and the audience saw “backstage” and the complete chaos that went on while the show

was in play. Finally, in Act III, the set is turned back around and the audience watched a play that turns into a total, hilarious disaster. All of the actors and actresses that were involved in this production did a great job portraying their characters, and the set was absolutely amazing. A scene in the play “Noises Off” “Theatre is good for everybody, not just aspiring actors and actresses. It teaches life skills like team work, solving problems on the fly, performing under pressure, and how to express emotion. It takes all personality types,” says Poer. If you are curious about theatre, in the spring semester KCC will be performing “Zombie Prom.” “It’s an old school, silly sci fi, and auditions are

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being held on February 23rd and 24th,” says Poer. For more information, contact Brad Poer, at or visit theatre. Contact Yasmeen Qawash at


Campus News

Alpha Nu Eta inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members diana campbell co-editor

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Alpha Nu Eta held its fall semester induction in the Davidson Building auditorium. Drew Hutchinson, co-advisor for the chapter, oversaw the event, which featured President Mark O’Connell of Kellogg Community College as the keynote speaker. All members of the officer team were able to attend, including President Brooke Roberts, Vice Presidents Emily Brenner and Hamza Haque, and Co-Chairs Audrey Shive and Diana Campbell. The event was unprecedented, as it was the first time a regional officer had ever spoken for the chapter at an induction. Michigan Regional Secretary Nicole Clark told the story of her journey from homelessness to honors society, encouraging new inductees to make the most of their new opportunity. Subsequently, the new inductees were called to stand, and

upon taking the oath of membership, Drew Hutchinson called each forward by name to sign the membership book, receive a white rose and certificate in commemoration, and shake hands

before returning to their seats and awaiting the final welcome from Drew Hutchinson. For Vice President of Membership Hamza Haque, the experience was nostalgic. It gave him an opportunity to reflect upon both upon his leadership experiences at home in Pakistan and upon how he had felt as a new inductee: “During the occasion of my induction as a member of PTK, I paid more attention on the surroundings than the speeches. I circumscribed fictitious fear of being an international student photo by diana campbell in the team during Michigan Regional Secretary Nicole Clark speaks with new inductee Lisa Burrows after that time but on both induction. occasions I knew for with the presidents of Alpha Nu Eta sure that my parents would be proud.” and Kellogg Community College Upon discovering his public speaking

abilities were not lost, he regained some of the confidence he had lost due to the awkwardness of being an international student. New inductee Lisa Burrows is enthusiastic about her new venture. Her daughter Kaelin, who was already a member of PTK, talked her into returning to school, and upon receiving a letter of invitation in the mail, she decided to join. She was attracted by not only the scholarship opportunities, but the community which shared her own philosophy as a student. “We just want to do the best we can,” she says. Lisa, amazed at the willingness of Michigan Regional Officer Nicole Clark to drive over two hours to participate, was inspired by her speech and looks forward to becoming an actively participating member of the international honors society. Contact Diana Campbell at

Kellogg Bruin Boo yasmeen qahwash staff writer

On October 27th, 2016, KCC hosted a Halloween event called the Bruin Boo which turned out to be a great success. Eric Greene, Director of Public Information and Marketing, said 1,000 people were expected and attendance was more than 2,000. The event welcomed the entire community. “We wanted to remind people that this campus isn’t just a place to take a math class; this is a happy, fun and safe environment, and this event was a great way to showcase that,” stated Greene. Without the help of KCC students, employees and board members, this

event would not have gone nearly as well as it did. They hosted tables, passed out treats while people were waiting in line, and ran extra activities for the kids. The police academy cadets hosted a mug-shot photo booth, while the EMS students provided a tour of the KCC ambulance. Both were very popular attractions. After the event, many people posted pictures of themselves and their kids at the event on KCC’s Facebook page. Greene said that KCC is planning to have another Bruin Boo event next year. Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at

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Kids from around town haveing a blast at the Bruin Boo

Fridays at Noon



Native American student comments on heritage month and the U.S. Election diana campbell co-editor

As Native American Heritage Month came to a close, Kellogg Community College student Rebecca Swarthout prepared for the fall semester to end. Just as any other KCC student, she now enters finals week, but her perspective on the world is quite different from most. With the end of the recent election and the celebration of her heritage, she commented on how different the Native American culture is from how must people think. Swarthout, who is Ogalla Lakota, says the movies have everything wrong. “We are not alike despite what Hollywood portrays, which is mostly based off the Plains tribes and even then, contains some big inaccuracies,” she explains. “It’s like saying Mexicans, Canadians, and United States Citizens are alike because we all live in North America.” Native Americans, she says, have many cultures from the time before Europeans colonized the Americas, in spite of the fact that they only represent 2% of the population now. Because each culture spoke a different language, they developed a universal sign language so they could communicate along the trade routes which once stretched between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Even the image of an Indian on horseback only represents certain

Native American populations Even now, Native Americans are all very different, Swarthout states, but they have one thing very much in common with early European colonists. She says, “Not all tribes run casinos just like everyone else; there are good people and bad and we just want to live our life free of persecutions like when your ancestors came here for freedoms and wealth they could not achieve in Europe at one time.” Urging students to do some research for themselves, she points out that the Kellogg Community College library has some excellent books about the topic. For Swarthout, the pain of oppression is very real. Although November provided an opportunity to recognized and embrace the Native Americans as a very unique and special people, politics dampened the celebration. She is particularly concerned about the pipeline situation in North Dakota, where one Native American population is fighting the construction of an oil pipeline through lands they consider sacred, being overlooked by most popular media. She laments, “They have had largest gathering of tribes in history and no one said anything about it. The State of North Dakota is fighting for the oil company against people with no guns, no knives, nor anything that could be considered a weapon.” Although United States treaties say the land belongs to her people, the Lakota, they have

been the victims, in the recent weeks, of much violence, including high-pressure water sprayed into protesting crowds in freezing temperatures. Swarthout explains that the protest is not merely motivated by a desire for human rights, but by her people’s beliefs. The Lakota have an old tale about a black snake which will poison the earth and end all life, and they believe the oil pipeline would fulfill that prophesy. “Our prophecies are not set in stone; they can be changed,” she tells Bruin staff. “We believe if we do not fight the pipeline, the world will die and humanity will die with it. We see ourselves as a voice for the earth until things get better.” Swarthout says the Lakota feel ignored, and this angers them. When asked to comment on how she thinks the election will affect matters, she said the results of not just the main election, but also the primaries, were worrisome. The only candidates who even visited the site of the protests were Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, neither of whom were elected. The future seems rather bleak to Swarthout, who is frustrated with the failure of politicians to keep promises to her people. They have resigned themselves to the outcome, and can only hope their cries will someday be heard. Contact Diana Campbell at

Student inspired by economics class to research Electoral College process diana campbell co-editor

With December 19, the date of the official electoral college vote, looming in the future, the greatest elephant in the room may be the results of the main election. Proponents of Trump celebrate his victory, while Clinton supporters fear the uncertain future of a country now facing the leadership of an unprecedented leadership. Although Clinton won the popular vote by far, Trump overrode her by securing a greater number of electoral college votes, prompting many Americans to believe the voting system is broken. Inspired by discussions in Kim Madsen’s Economics 201 class, Kellogg Community College student Cole Tompkins began to investigate. Tompkins, a second year KCC student, does not at all believe America’s political system is perfect, but he questions the popular opinion that this election proves the system is broken. The reason for this, he explains, is that the popular election functions very differently from how most people understand. “In actuality,” he says, “when an individual is casting a vote for who should be president they are really voting for which parties’ electors will be used for the election that actually determines who will be president.” According to Tompkins, this is how America’s voting system has always worked, and the reason for this is that the United States was an agricultural nation when it was established. The founding fathers believed both that political decisions should not be left entirely to the general population, and that the farms and smaller towns and villages needed to be protected. Tompkins notes that this may still apply, even today, because of the population distribution within the United States. If the decision was truly left to a majority, political candidates could win simply by focusing their efforts on winning America’s population centers. Without the electoral college,

rural areas and small towns such as Battle Creek could be at the mercy of voting decisions of cities as far away as Chicago or New York, even San Francisco which may or may not be beneficial to those populations. Accounting for the fact that agricultural communities produce the nation’s food supply and Battle Creek is a key manufacturing town of more than just cereal, the impact a harmful decision made by an outside majority could have on the nation’s economy is potentially terrifying. With a better understanding of the process, as well as how and why it was formed, Tompkins was able to formulate a better comprehension of how Trump won the election. He says, “Observing the outcome, political scientists point out that most of the more Populated areas voted democrat and rural areas voted republican; this is clearly evident when you observe how the counties in each state voted.” Although the election is technically not over until the electoral college votes, its strongly Republicandominant status permits his victory to be projected, which leaves Hillary supporters to wonder why so many counties favored Trump over her. Cole Tompkins’ theory is that too many people fear a repeat of history. “Mrs. Clinton being involved in politics for 30+ years did not help her case,” he writes. “Especially when you take into account that Bill Clinton was one of the Presidents that helped deregulate the banks; that led to the banking and housing crisis. This resulted in a loss of $40,000 per household.” Families who lost their homes had an imaginable reason to fear the idea of Clinton back in the White House, with his wife as president. For this reason, he is not surprised Michigan, one of the states which suffered the most from this crisis, decided to vote Republican. “Many of these people who suffered through the housing and banking crisis feel that political figures have failed them… These people needed someone who was an outsider…

and Donald Trump was certainly an outsider,” he explains. Tompkins believes that the election results are a wakeup call from lower-populated areas who used their freedom to vote as a means of sending a message to the United States government that they feel their needs have been ignored. His research has revealed such a strong desire for change in these people that they are willing to take a risk in order to get it. This is likely small comfort to those terrified of the next four years of Trump’s presidency, but it is reassuring to Tompkins because it shows the electoral college still works as originally intended. When asked for some of his own thoughts on the matter, he pointed out that many of the early presidents were as flawed as this year’s political candidates, if not worse. “[Andrew] Jackson bragged that he had killed a man and was reported as stating that his only regret was that he hadn’t killed more,” he notes as he begins to list examples of some of the men now hailed as great American leaders. Like many voters, Tompkins himself did not like either option, but feels a need to address a serious misconception. Criticizing the behavior Trump and Clinton supporters have directed at one another, he declares, “people who voted for Trump can’t be collectively deemed racists or bigots and people who voted for Clinton cannot be collectively liars and corrupt. The actions of the candidates are not projections of their voters.” He does not believe anybody who participated in the election should be judged by the candidate for whom they voted. Cole Tompkins later sent a message to Bruin Co-editor Diana Campbell, adding, “the only thing that the future holds for certain is uncertainty and that our best chance of moving forward is to give whomever is president a fighting chance.” Contact Diana Campbell at


Campus News

Planning ahead for the Spring semester sarah gerke co-editor

Winter is here, and with it comes the end of the fall semester here at KCC. Soon the new semester will start and bring more opportunities to students. There are benefits to going to classes in the spring and fall, and one of them is that there are some classes that are only available during one of the semesters in particular. It’s good to look and see what classes are one semester only classes and plan to take

those if needed. Starting school in the fall often can make it easier to pick out spring classes once the student has a general idea of what the classes here are like, but sometimes meeting with an academic advisor is good for class planning and getting to know the different career paths. Mike Beard, a current student here at the college, stated that he thinks picking classes for this spring will be easier that it was last year. He said that he started in the spring of 2016 here at

the college and wasn’t quite sure which classes he needed to take, but now knows what to look for. It is also good to talk with other students and get a second opinion on good classes and organizations. Most student organizations on campus also go through the spring semester as well. The list of many of the student organizations is on the college website, along with the contact information. The academic catalog for the school year’s classes is available digitally on the school website, and

can also be found around the campus in locations like the Hub. Kellogg Community College also has multiple academic advisors available for help with registration and career planning. Spring classes fill up rather quickly, so be sure to sign up for those classes as soon as possible! Contact Sarah Gerke at

International travel 101 diana campbell co-editor

Every year, a group of Kellogg Community College students has an opportunity to travel to another part of the world. These trips, usually listed in the course catalog as “INTL 210,” provide an amazing taste of cultures outside of America’s borders. Those who participate gain both another perspective of the world in which we live and a valuable addition to the resume, and many students clearly see the value in such an adventure. Fewer students, however, decide to participate for a couple reasons. One of the most obvious is the expense. Although Kellogg Community College’s international studies department can obtain various discounts which greatly reduce the cost of the trip for the individual, such trips are still rather costly. What most students do not realize, however, is that the only outof-pocket expenses are a deposit on the cost of the trip to reserve a space and a passport, for those who do not already have one. Most of the cost of the trip appears as a lab fee for

those taking the class, and therefore financial aid can contribute greatly to the affordability. Community members can also participate, although only those taking the class can use financial aid to help pay for the trip. For trips during the summer semester, student loans are usually an option. Be sure to ask donors about scholarship rules, as some of them will only cover books and tuition. Also, remember that, while most expenses are covered, meals and extracurricular tourist sites are not, so participants should always factor these into whatever spending money they bring. Another major concern is always time. Trips which occur during spring or fall semesters will inevitably interrupt other classes to some extent or another. The first rule is to communicate with your instructors as early as possible, ideally before their classes start, so they know what to expect. Most of them are quite open to working around absences through means such as providing make-up homework, or allowing students to take tests early. Working ahead in all other classes is most ideal, but if that is not possible, professors

August 2015 KCC group listens to their guide at the Rock of Cashel in Ireland.

can assist those who fall behind with making up a plan to catch up. Do not underestimate the support they will give. Leaving the country demonstrates initiative, the ability to communicate with and understand other cultures, independence, and a many more qualities considered highly desirable in a student…or employee! International travel is one of many amazing opportunities Kellogg Community College has to offer, and an excellent way to make a resume stand out. Additionally, it is one of

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the many requirements for obtaining an Associate of International Studies, a unique program offered by very few community colleges. This degree can become the first step in a colorful variety of careers, as listed on KCC’s website. Among the possibilities are foreign language teacher, global business management, tour guide, translator, international relations specialist, export manager, and even intelligence agent. Contact Diana Campbell at

Bruins volunteer for the holidays kendall truex staff writer

For many Bruins, volunteering can be a rewarding way to give back to our community, and a great way to spend time with friends, family, and coworkers. Particularly around the holiday season, many organizations and businesses are searching for volunteers to help with various holiday events. In addition to being a great way to spend time with family, volunteering can also help students academically. Many colleges review the amount of volunteer experience students have when considering them for admission. Volunteering can also help students build their resumes by making a variety of connections within the community. Fellow volunteers handing out a Christmas dinner could possibly be a good reference or a future boss. But, the most important aspect of volunteering is making a difference in someone else’s life. With the holiday season in full swing, below is a list of some volunteer opportunities offered through Hands On Battle Creek. For more information on year round volunteer opportunities and tracking volunteer hours, visit

● Salvation Army: Bell Ringing and Holiday Outreach Workers Apply and sign up online through Hands On Battle Creek ● Battle Creek VA Medical Center Community members are welcome to come help with the annual veteran gift distribution December 16th at 1pm or 6pm. You are welcome to come bring presents, socialize, and sing carols with our nation’s veterans. Please call our Community and Volunteer Service office at (269) 223-5497 for details. ● Food Bank of South Central Michigan The food bank is having their annual Family Matters Day on Saturday, December 19th at 9am. This is a great opportunity for families and friends who can’t make it out to volunteer on a 9-to-5 work week. For questions call the volunteer department at (269) 964-3663.

● WK Kellogg Foundation Christmas Dinner Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve a community lunch on December 25. Shifts available range from 6:30-9:30am, 9:30-2pm, and 1:30-3pm. You can call and leave your name and number at (269) 968-1611 and volunteers will be confirmed the week of December 7th in the order they are received. Must be at least 12 years of age to participate.

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Student Profile: Hamza Haque Student

Profile: Cole Tompkins

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For American students, knowing a second language is an uncommon accomplishment, but Hamza Haque does not have a first language and actually knows seven. An international student from Pakistan, he studied in the Cambridge international examinations, where he was awarded for high achievements. Desiring to study nanotechnology, he researched the top 20 schools in the world with degrees in his field, and became interested in attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In an effort to reduce the cost of his education, however, he decided to begin his education at Kellogg Community College, which had a large number of courses transferable to U of M. As an international student, he faced a variety of challenges, including culture shock and fear of lack of acceptance. Having learned about the benefits of being a Phi Theta Kappa member from another student, he accepted the invitation to join, and as a result, began to find his place in KCC’s student community. Although he is now the Vice President of Membership, however, he prefers not to emphasize the fact so he can comfortably interact with a whole variety of other students. This allows him to learn about American society, he says. He enjoys learning about a different culture and making friends with opinions and beliefs very different

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Hamza Haque, preparing to speak at induction.

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from his own, as well as offering any help he can to his friends. Better known on campus for his tutoring, Hamza Haque has helped a variety of students with their math. This, of course, required him to overcome a cultural barrier. “I requested my international counsellor at KCC to confirm to me if it was okay for me to help other American students before the class,” he says, “and he assured me that it was okay in America to help other people by my own will if [the person] approved.” He ran into similar conflicts with PTK leadership. “I wanted to get promoted from a members’ position to the President for PTK,” he explains, “but was limited by my fictitious fear of being a foreign identity on campus. I was assured that there were no rules binding me out of

Student Profile: Rebecca Swarthout diana campbell co-editor

Rebecca Swarthout is a Kellogg Community College student with an avid interest in her Native American heritage as a member of the Ogalla Lakota people, better known as the Rebecca Swarthout

A second-year student at Kellogg Community College, Cole Tompkins is heavily involved in the theater program. Tompkins, who comes from the town of Homer just on the edge of Calhoun County, is studying to fulfill his prerequisites to enter pharmaceuticals. Although this heavily science-oriented career choice contrasts starkly with his more creative venture, he says he is no stranger to theatre. At KCC, he has played parts in both “Loserville” (Spring 2016) and “Noises Off” (Fall 2016), but he has

Cole Tompkins

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actually been acting for a while. “I’ve been involved in theatre for 10 years now,” Tompkins says. “I’ve been involved in four different theater groups and have been in 17 different productions. My personal favorites being “Charlotte’s Web”, where I played Templeton the rat, and the “Wizard of Oz”, in which I was the Cowardly Lion.” He says he really enjoys acting, and referred to the stage as being his “second home.” Cole will likely be transferring to continue his studies at Ferris State University in the fall of 2017. Contact Diana Campbell at

those positions by a former officer along with the present advisor and therefore I applied for the empty Vice President of Membership slot of PTK to improve my status and strengthen my resume while making campus life better.” Both his experiences as a tutor and his time as a student officer have allowed Haque to overcome some of his fears of immersing

in a foreign culture by allowing him to make friends in a community which accepts him as he is. Hamza Haque will be transferring to Michigan State University in the spring to continue work on his bachelor’s degree.

Sioux. She began her studies at the community college level in an effort to save money on her first two years of college, before attending a larger university. She aspires to enter Michigan State University in Fall 2017 to complete her studies in animal science, after graduating from KCC. Right now, Swarthout is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, student assistant in the library, and a biology tutor. Her dream is to become a veterinarian, with a backup plan to become a teacher if she does not make

it into vet school. She says someday she would like to move out west to work with large animals, but her goals do not stop there. “I also want to give back to society by once a year spaying and neutering dogs and cats for only the cost of the materials,” she says. Rebecca Swarthout will be graduating from KCC in the spring.

Contact Diana Campbell at

Contact Diana Campbell at

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Dear Dr. Destiny... Dear Dr. Destiny,

Dear Dr. Destiny,

I love Christmas. I really do. But I have been hearing Christmas music since November 1st and it’s driving me nuts! It’s everywhere on the radio, in all the stores, and I’m getting sick of it! What do I do?! Sincerely, Music Grinch

After my exams in a few of my classes, I have a week or two of just regular class. I’m thinking about skipping. There’s really no point to coming, right? So is it worth it to still come to class? Sincerely, Wants To Sleep In

Dear Music Grinch,

Dear Wants To Sleep In,

Have you ever tried earplugs? In all seriousness, though, it can be really difficult to escape the Christmas music. If you need music while driving and don’t have your own CDs, try flipping through the radio and writing down which stations aren’t playing holiday music. There’s not much to be done about the stores unless you want to wear headphones and drown out the music. Sincerely, Dr. Destiny

Even if you’ve already taken your exams, there’s still stuff to learn and things to do. You’re paying for your classes, so you should take advantage of every opportunity they give you to learn, including going to class regularly! I recommend going to class those last few days and making sure everything is wrapped up so that you can enjoy your winter break! Sincerely, Dr. Destiny


Fine Arts

2139 AD By Alan Little

Hey there, Sis. I’m going to try to get this done in time for the next data burst, otherwise it will be another two weeks before the next phase alignment when I can get it out. I’ve been waxing philosophical again in my old age. As you know, tomorrow’s my birthday. Of course, for you it’s already tomorrow; I believe the temporal compensation field slippage is up to about 18 hours. We’ll be coming out in another month; they don’t like us to get more than one day out of synch. The AIs and maintenance bots will stay here and keep things running. Once we pop back over the event horizon, there’s a galactic gateway near here that will get me to the Milky Way hub, where I can gate back to Earth and be home in just a few hours. I may clone Zira, the main AI, and bring a copy out with me so you can meet her; I think you two would hit it off. I can send her back in with another team later for re-integration. Incidentally, the next team in are Reshnok, the silicon-based race. I saw a few of them at the staging area on the way in. I know you’ve seen pictures, but if you ever get a chance to see on in person, you should. They’re amazing, like nothing you’ve seen before. Anyway.... Another birthday! After so many, they kind of lose their impact, don’t they? I remember when you and I were hitting our 40’s and 50’s, thinking, “How could we possibly be this old?!” But now…meh. So what? Yet, still sometimes I pause and look back and see the long road we’ve traveled, and still marvel at it, and then consider the road ahead, and wonder just how far it will go. I remember when we were young and it seemed like we would live forever, and I wonder how it must be for the generations being born now, for whom that will always be the reality. Another birthday. 160 years. Don’t they go by in a blink?

Midnight Sea by alan little

There is a band, a few degrees north and south of the Equator, where there is no wind. It is called the Doldrums. In the days of sailing ships, vessels which strayed into this area would often be becalmed, unable to sail out, and never heard from again. I sailed through the Doldrums in early June 1984, aboard the Navy ship USS Proteus. To a sailor accustomed to the high, rolling seas, sailing through raging storms with waves half as tall as the ship, it is a strange, eerie feeling to see the sea so calm, with only gentle, mellow swells. And sailing through this nautical graveyard, it feels as though one might yet encounter one of those ghost ships of old, with her ghost crew, still plying the waters of that dead, calm sea, moaning and wailing to good King Neptune, pleading for release from their dull, grim fate. On a calm, clear night I stood watch in the radio room of the Proteus. My relief came at midnight, and I turned the watch over to him and strode out onto the weather decks. The night was utterly still, without the faintest stirring of breeze. The water was absolutely flat and clear, without the least ripple or swell – literally as smooth as glass. There was no sound but the faint rush of water beneath my vessel. I stood, absolutely transfixed in awe and wonder. The ocean disappeared below me, and the sky rose clear and clean above me, with more stars than you have ever seen. The moon shone bright upon the water, lighting a fairy path to infinity; and I stood, without time, without form, without location. And the universe opened up to me.

Rise of the Dystopia: Dark Room by diana campbell

“In the end,” echoes a voice, “what matters is not that change you, but rather, how they change you.” My eyes burst open. All I can see is darkness, and I feel it pressing ruthlessly against my eyes. I fear I will go blind. Where am I? I hear something creaking, and a ray of light slices through the darkness just as a glimmer of a memory flickers into my mind. I see myself, laughing, playing, running with my brother and my sister. Although the earth is dry and cracked around us from drought and we are all thin and pale from malnourishment, we are still children, and we play. Romping through a vast, brown field with an equally emaciated dog, we chase a ball, catching and tossing, catching and tossing, catching and tossing until we collapse with our furry companion in a pile of delighted squeals, giggles, and yelps. How did I get from there to where I am now? “Hardship molds you, but it need not break you; we were all born for something, great or small, and where you were born is as much a place in that purpose as the journey which brought you there.” I twist my neck, straining, in an effort to find the source of the voice. I am weak, and pain consumes me from head to toe, but I am far too dazed and bewildered to cry out. Someone must have brought me here, but who? Another memory awakens and stirs, the images flashing vividly before the deafening burst of sound which accompanies them. My father yelling. My mother sobbing. My siblings screaming, and our dog howling. Men laughing. The youngest in the family, I have just awoken from a midday nap…too soon. I am rubbing the sleep out of my eyes and creeping, silenced by terror and driven by curiosity, over to the window of my bedroom. A stubborn child, I always refused to fall asleep in my bed, so I had crawled into the closet to play with my toys in secret, certain nobody would notice if I simply kept out of sight, and had drowsed off there, amongst my stuffed animals. Jolted out of my reverie by pounding, slamming, and screaming, I had lain awake listening to the sounds, confused as I am now, lying helpless in my dark room. When I heard the voices all move outside, I was gripped, in spite of my youthfulness, with the awareness that something was not right. I peer outside, and what I see haunts me for the rest of my life. Men in black cloaks on horses ride circles around my family. They lay, tightly bound with duct tape, in a circle on the ground formed by a piece of rope. Seven torches stand lit around them. Seven torches. Seven horses. Seven men. “We need three more before nightfall,” one man declares. “Then stand guard, and we will get them,” snaps another. “But you always do this part!” “That’s because you screwed it up the last time we tried to do this. If we are stopped one more time, all will be lost. You know what’s at stake here.” I catch my elder brother’s glance as he notices me, peeking out the window. He has grown silent, and now his deep, brown eyes gaze intensely into mine. He is only twelve years old. My sister is nine. As he stares at me, I feel him pleading with me. He wants me to run, to escape. There’s nothing I can do, but they do not know I am here, and they will not notice if I’m gone. I stand there, peering out on my tiptoes, several years passing in seconds, before I back away. Running around the room, I gather a few essentials: my favorite blanket, my stuffed owl, my tablet. Then I do as he desires, and I carefully creep out the house and through the back door, straight into the dying forest which stands behind our home. Only I know where to hide. Jolting back to reality, my mind floods back into existence, restoring my entire identity and my memories of the weeks which followed that event. I remember arriving on my grandmother’s door step and seeing her weary face bleach instantly. I remember her scooping me up and rushing me inside, casting nervous glances outside the door. I remember peeking into the T.V. room later, bathed and wearing the spare clothes we always kept for me at her place, to see the news reports of chaos and devastation. They were blaming some group of terrorists. The terrorists were blaming someone else. And that someone else was also shifting the blame elsewhere. A ritualized murder of seven people, men, women, and children, had stirred the nation into violence for some reason I did not understand at the time, and everyone was certain they knew who did it. Stabbing through my chest is one thought: I just hid. That must be why I am here. I am being punished for doing nothing more. What a coward I was. What a coward! As that thought passes into my mind, the voice comes again, but I do not hear the words this time, and with the return of the creaking sound, the light advances further, until it reveals a door containing the silhouette of a short man in a cloak. The light is full of needles, which drive themselves into my head all at once, and my consciousness once again passes from my grasp.

Fine Arts

Run Wild, Run Free


I saw you in sunlight, that first time I saw you; You gazed in my eyes and smiled at me. You said we’d be friends and we’d run o’er the meadows, Running wild, my child, running wild and free. And I loved you that instant, that moment I saw you – Astonished by beauty, your powerful form; Tail flying, mane flowing, shining in glory, Hooves thundering o’er the field in a powerful storm. So we roamed far and wide through the hills and the valleys, From high mountain trails to the shores of the sea. We explored and discovered and we raced with the wind; We ran wild, my child, we ran wild and free. Through autumn’s bright glory and spring’s budding splendor, Through bright days of summer and fresh winter snow; And I remember the night we saw stars raining fire, Filling the sky with a crystalline glow. I saw you in moonlight, that last time I saw you, When the harsh hand of Fate took you away; For no crime you’d committed, the Grim One came calling, And by dawn’s light I found you, cold and still as the day. I raged to the heavens in my grief and my anger; No! I cried, No! Don’t let this be! And I fell on your cold, still form as it lay there; Run wild! I wept, Run wild, run free! Oh, a part of me died on that bitter gray morning When I laid you to rest in the ground; And I knelt by your grave with my tears overflowing For the truest friend I’d ever found. Now the years have gone by, and that horrible sorrow Is soothed by the calm hand of time upon me; And you come to me now in my dreams and still moments, Saying, Run with me, friend! Run wild! Run free! No, death cannot part us, I still hear you out there, Running and prancing and calling to me; Your spirit is free now, cruel death cannot bind you. Run wild, my child! Forever wild, forever free.

Stillness Time isn’t moving And neither am I Growth is gone Nothing is born All of it just stops The only thing I want Is to be free Only then will I be alive New and useful and needed and loved

By alan little

Guessing Game By diana campbell

Here’s a riddle; what’s my name? I come in all sizes, I harbor fame, And I’m filled with many surprises. What’s my name – it’s no surprise – Just open me up And find the prize; I’m full to the brim, but not a cup! I can’t hold water like a cup, but a river’s always a great backup! Mountains, rivers, great valleys; oh, boy, I do so love the valleys! I am so common, just like the alleys, and of me, there are over a billion! People build housing for our billions, and students use us by the millions; by checking us out, what’s there to lose? In my guessing game, no one can lose when I grow ready for a snooze; do you know what I am? Steady, steady… With adventure… …and facts… …and fun… …and food… I am none other than your wonderful, lovable, playful, and oh-so-amazing book!

By Sarah Gerke

“The Future is You” (remix) By Tyrell Glasgow

(Sing)>”Hey young world, the world is yours.” Word to Slick Rick (sing)> “It’s mine, it’s mine, it’s mine whose world is this.” The world is yours, word to Nas, some struggle just because they mom and dad ain’t got no job. Grew up on the wrong side of the tracks where struggle and lack was all part of the pack, but not everyone is poor; some are middle class, and some are rich, that’s just for a sure fact. Some watch TV or watch a DVD, some search the internet or they just chill and listen to a CD, searching for a way to escape their young, harsh reality, and yet they never gave up on the search to be free. Tweens and teens all over the scene, yet for some reason some people are still so cruel and mean, now its bullies all over the school, but you still have to study and obey all the rules. Some are smart, some are cool, and others are just plain fools. What can we do to have fun? Some are violent and chose to play with guns, some go to church and hang out with the preachers and nuns. Some even use fake ID’s just to sneak up on the club and sadly even got mice, rats, roaches, and bed bugs. Some teens think that their parents just don’t understand, or do they really, silly, because they’ve been there and done that, but how do we know when to end when we don’t really even know where to begin at? So who’s your prom date? Are you popular or do you just receive lots of hate, it’s so much on your plate but stay focused; please, oh please don’t ever feel hopeless because if you didn’t know, really it can get better; the hard times don’t always last forever, and you’re not young forever but you can be forever young. Stand up for what you believe in and don’t never, ever bite your tongue, but please be wise enough to pick and choose your battles, but always fight to the gravel. Remember the race isn’t always to the swift; your youth is a blessing and it’s also a godly gift, so just don’t waste it and always remember to stay true and remain true because the future is you!


By Diana Campbell The pattering of the rain sings softly as I doze, soothing the thunder with its melodies, then dances away with the clouds, so warm, gentle rays of sunlight may reach down to lovingly caress my weary head. Tomorrow I’ll wake to the music of the birds and the harmony of the trees. With the nightmare’s passing, I, at last, can live!




KCC Women’s Basketball Results

Tuesday, November 22nd , 2016

KCC Men’s Basketball Results

Holiday performances sarah gerke co-editor

Tuesday, November 22th, 2016


OPPONENT: Henry Ford Community College

LOCATION: Battle Creek

LOCATION: Kellogg Community College

Be on the lookout for different vocal and instrumental performances this month by Kellogg Community College’s organizations and its affiliates.

WINNER: Kellogg

WINNER: Henry Ford

Some key dates:

SCORE: 70-65

SCORE: 97-68







Diamond Harvey: 22pts

Mohammed Albagami (Battle Creek, Central): 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists

• And many more!

Emmett Harrison( Grand Rapids) 10 points

Contact Sarah Gerke at

Ally Fuller: 12pts Sydney Macomber: 11pts Alexis Cerven: 7 rebs, 3 steals

Michael Foehr( Quincy) 9 points

• Cereal City Holiday Concert on December 10th at 7pm • KCC/CMS Band Holiday Concert on December 11th at 3pm

Help Wanted

Raster by matthew headley

Student worker position for Campus Switchboard Operator/Administrative Reception

Wow, these new slippers look like my old slippers that have been missing for the past 25 days. See, I knew you’d like ‘em!

Job Responsibilities: Greet and direct guests that enter the Administrative Office Transfer callers to the appropriate department for assistance Assist Public Information and Marketing in various projects Availability needed: Mondays and Wednesdays - 8am to 1:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays - 8am to 12pm Please send resume to Kathy Jarvie at or call 269-565-7900 to inquire about this job.

Student worker/intern position for Marketing Work with KCC Public Information and Marketing on various projects for Spring semester. Flexible hours up to 20 per week, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. Please send resume to Eric Greene at or call 269-9664088 to inquire about this job.

Corrections September 2016 Issue: • Poem on fourth page was centered, but it should be aligned left, as shown on page seven in “Peace” October 2016: • Incorrect credits on the photo for front page story; was not taken by Diana Campbell November 2016: • None as of yet Please email any further corrections desired to Diana Campbell at



Graphic Editors

Diana Campbell

Noah Murray

Sarah Gerke

Timothy Stillson


Drew Hutchinson Penny Rose Thomas Webster

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