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The Bruin February, 2017 | Kellogg Community College |

Managing student loan debt

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Life and school 101 School is not the end!

It is 2017, and students in the United States are more burdened by student loan debt than ever before. It’s becoming more and more difficult to graduate from college without taking on student loans. - Pg 2

For serious students, one of the first decisions made before going to college is what other activities to drop. This can be an intimidating venture, and can motivate some people to give up their... - Pg 5

Alpha Nu Eta launches recycling project diana campbell co-editor

President Brooke Roberts and Vice President Emily Brenner of the Alpha Nu Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa were passing out boxes to staff members earlier this month as part of the student organization’s project for this year. They gave each small box containing a letter which explained the project to a staff or faculty member, leaving it outside the office door if the individual was absent. This was part of a project to promote recycling on campus by collaborating with a fellow student organization, Students for Sustainable Earth at KCC, to offering college employees a more convenient alternative to seeking out one of the existing blue paper bins or a recycling station for each individual item. The boxes were small enough to place beneath a desk so they could collect paper until they were full, then be dumped. Of course, participation was completely optional. As the letter stated, “If you do not wish to keep a box in your office then you may leave this box outside your door and we will pick up any unused boxes by February the 13th.” At the moment, there is no report on how many people did or did

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President Brooke Roberts (left) and Vice President Emily Brenner (right) of Alpha Nu Eta.

not decide to participate. At the very least, however, the letters served to educate, because they contained a list of recyclable paper products and the most recent guidelines. According to Alpha Nu Eta, this is the first step in an ongoing project, as the student organization is also pursuing the purchase of recycling bins for the campus.

Projects such as this one are not new for Alpha Nu Eta, which has long maintained five-star chapter status by completing certain projects required by Phi Theta Kappa. Every year, the officers and any active members who decide to participate collaborate on a case study, a hallmark award paper (in which they nominate an

administrator, faculty, staff, or even a PTK member), a college project, and an Honors in Action project. By attending conferences, each new leadership team gains the skills they need to complete each of these tasks. The College Project and the Honors in Action project, in particular, involve completing research-driven service and writing a paper to report activities to Phi Theta Kappa headquarters. At Kellogg Community College, the Phi Theta Kappa students’ service extends beyond these responsibilities to include assisting with commencement, as well. Members and officers provide crowd control and sell flowers at the event, and often assist with Bruins Give Back. Several previous officers and members have even worked closely with Kate DeGraff to serve as leaders for Bruins Give Back events. For more information, about Alpha Nu Eta, please speak to one of the advisors, Drew Hutchinson or Kim Madsen, or one of the current officers, President Brooke Roberts, Vice President Emily Brenner, Cochair Audrey Shive, or Co-chair Diana Campbell. Contact Diana Campbell at

Bruin Boost student clubs chynah jackson and sarah gerke staff writer



In the fall and spring semesters, Kellogg Community College welcomes students new and old with the get-toknow-you events hosted on campus. This past fall, the Bruin Blast was the big campus event, but last month’s Bruin Boost was not too shabby either! Bruin Boost, an interactive way for students to meet and discover clubs, took place on January 25th, 2017 in the student center starting around 11 am ending around 1 pm. Certain clubs or departments, such as Student Life, handed out free items such as free t-shirts, chips and

entries for a chance to win either a Netflix, Apple or Android gift card. Other groups, like the Smash Club which had recently formed a few days before the event, brought enthusiasm and attention with the flat screen tv and the Wii U console. Many clubs also had the chance to recruit new members. Encore Theatre Company, The community theatre club, gained several new faces especially since the spring musical, Zombie Prom, will soon soon have auditions on Thursday, February 23rd and February 24th 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Bruin Boost was an excellent event that introduced students to their clubs, but also another interactive way Bruins give back to the community.

Held, every spring, the Bruin Boost is the free kick-off event for current students who want to learn more about not just the different departments and student organizations on campus, but also community resources and opportunities available through the college as well. Although this year’s event was held inside for weather, it still was thriving, and many students were able to speak to representatives from the clubs they hoped to join! Contact Sarah Gerke at photos by benito c juarez

Student organizations at Bruin Boost



Managing student loan debt yasmeen qahwash staff writer

It is 2017, and students in the United States are more burdened by student loan debt than ever before. It’s becoming more and more difficult to graduate from college without taking on student loans. Over the past few years, the numbers have only increased, and the overwhelming stress as a result is becoming very apparent. Americans owe close to $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among approximately 44 million borrowers. Many factors have contributed to this large increase in student loan debt; one of the main ones is that state investment in higher education has declined, and colleges made up for it by raising tuition. Additionally, financial aid hasn’t been keeping up with the tuition growth either. According to The Institute for College Access and Success, in the 1980s, the maximum Pell Grant covered more than half of the cost of a fouryear public school; now it covers less than one-third of the cost. A college education has also become more necessary in today’s workforce, while at the same time Americans’ wages have remained at a standstill.

This results in more people going to college with less money to pay for it. However, even with all of the stress and frustration, there are some ways to help decrease the educational costs. There are a variety of scholarships and grants to help students save their money and avoid taking out those daunting student loans. Scholarships are given out by the government or by private companies. Students’ grades, heritage, religious affiliations, and other factors can help them qualify for these. Grants are given out by the government and private organizations to help eligible students pay for their schooling. There are countless amounts of scholarships that students can apply for just by looking online, such as, scholarships. com and All students have to do is research what is available to them for their current financial situation, race, achievements, interests, and their decided major. Overall, if a student is looking to save money, choosing to go to a community college before attending a fouryear school while also applying for scholarships is their best shot at avoiding years of student loan debt. Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at

D r. D e s t i n y

Dear Dr. Destiny, I’m a shy person. I’m always nervous to hang out in the Student Center because there’s so many people there and I don’t know how to strike up a conversation with people. I want to find friends that like the same stuff I do, but I’m not sure how to go about it. Any suggestions? Sincerely, Shy Sally

Transferring: a highly effective option kendall truex staff writer

With national student loan debt on the rise and more jobs requiring some type of college degree, many people are turning to community colleges for a more affordable option. Kellogg Community College students are no exception. Attending a community college before venturing off to a four year university can be very cost effective. Community colleges offer affordable classes and transferable credits for those looking to transfer to a four year university. For Danielle Root, Hospitality Management freshman, KCC offers a more affordable option than a traditional four year university. “I hear about all the student loan debt across the country and I don’t want to be paying off loans into my 50’s like a lot of Americans,” explained Root. According to Forbes Magazine, the average college graduate finishes school with around $27,000 in debt, but one in ten will accumulate more than K E L L O G G C O M M U N I T Y C O L L E G E F O U N D A T I O N

$40,000 in debt. In addition, the federal student loan debt has risen to over one trillion dollars, Forbes reports. This is why Root and many other Americans are turning to community colleges. Kellogg Community College classes are offered for approximately $120 per credit hour for residents. Universities, however, are much more expensive. For example, Michigan State University’s tuition ranges from $300 per credit hour to over $600. Many students can’t afford tuition rates this high for a minimum of four years of schooling without going into debt. That’s why many people seeking a Bachelor’s degree attend community college for the first two years. This saves a substantial amount of money while still earning credits that transfer towards a degree. If you are interested in learning more about what transfer options would be best for you, and what schools would be a good fit, you can contact the Academic Advising department at KCC at (269) 965-4124 to make an appointment. Contact Kendall Truex at


Dear Shy Sally, It can be really hard to find common ground with people sometimes. Luckily for you, KCC offers multiple students organizations that are a great place to meet people with common interests! For example, if you’re interested in stuff such as theatre, anime, games, the arts, etc., there’s clubs for that! All of the student organization information can be found on our college website, and if you have any questions, you can email the advisors of any of the clubs to find out more! Good luck! Sincerely, Dr. Destiny

Dear Dr. Destiny, Valentine’s Day is this month, and I make it a habit to give a card to my valentine every year but I don’t have one this year! I already bought craft supplies and everything, and don’t want to waste them. What do I do? Sincerely, Be Mine

Scholarships can give you the courage and confidence to succeed. The KCC Foundation has merit and need-based scholarships

Dear Be Mine,

For new and current students For students in Barry, Branch, Calhoun and surrounding counties For military veterans, single parents and non-traditional students By field of study including: Allied Health, Business, Communications, Computer-aided Drafting and Design, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Math and Science, Nursing, Physical Education, Skilled Trades, Social Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts

Online scholarship application process will open December 2016. Application deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is March 24, 2017. The KCC Foundation is located in Classroom Building, Room 101.


450 North Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017 | KCC Foundation 269.965.4161 |



No worries! Even though Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, it’s perfectly fine to be on your own. And if you really wanted to put those supplies to good use, sometimes sending your friends valentines works well! It doesn’t have to be romantic at all; sometimes saying “I appreciate you” or sending them homemade cards can make someone’s day! Sincerely, Dr. Destiny



Staff Profile: Administrator Profile: Vice President Kevin Rabineau Linda McManus diana campbell co-editor

Vice President Kevin Rabineau of Kellogg Community College has a long background in both teaching and administration of educational institutions. He studied at Lake Superior State in the 1970’s and later served both there and at Olivet as both an instructor and an administrator. In time, he began his work at Kellogg Community College, administrating at the Grahl center first and later becoming dean of the arts and sciences. He is now the Vice President, and for a while functioned as both dean of the arts and sciences and as a temporary library director until new ones could be hired. As vice president of the college, Rabineau is responsible for ensuring the school maintains compliance with government regulations and working directly with faculty to ensure quality of the education KCC offers. His main priorities are maximum transferability of credits, and the direction of resources into instruction. Additionally, while he believes the best education is inside the classroom, he hopes to improve both flexibility and accessibility of courses to students, including by speaking with high school dual-enrolled students regarding their needs and by experimenting with hybrid courses which are partially online and partially on campus. Rabineau loves KCC, and enjoys working at a college with a high level of diversity in its student population and significant involvement in the surrounding community. He says this is a major factor in hiring practices at the college, as appreciation of the campus diversity is a crucial qualification determining which prospective employees will be the best fit for their positions. As Rabineau says, “You can go to other places and get diversity, but here,

you don’t know what you’re going to get.” By this, he means that students at KCC come from every age group, situation, economic class, and much more. This presents a challenge, but it also serves as a constant learning experience through which he and other administrators can continue to adapt to a greater number of outcomes in everyday interaction and provide individuals of all types an excellent start to their education. Contact Diana Campbell at

Dana Campbell CO-EDITOR

A familiar face to many students and faculty members at Kellogg Community College, Linda works the Mini Café in the lobby joining the Severin and Whitmore building. She has been an employee at KCC for eighteen years, ever since a friend helped her get the job. Linda loves her work, and will often stop and talk to students when they stop to get coffee or snacks. Recently, the Bruin Bistro had a change of management, and the new contract holder hired Linda to continue working. She loves her job now more than ever, and says, “I think Dave has been one of the best bosses that I have ever worked for and I love working for him.” This was happy news for many students and faculty to whom Linda is not just a cafeteria lady, but also a wellloved friend and good listener. Outside of her job, Linda is also a mother to three children and a grandmother to six grandchildren. She works the Mini Café in the mornings Monday through Thursday and is at the Bruin Bistro later in the day. Contact Diana Campbell at

Kevin Rabineau

Photo By Diana Campbell

photos by benito c juarez

photos by benito c juarez



A Letter From the Editors Crude Arts, On January 18 of this year, reports of a lawsuit against Kellogg Community College by two students appeared in several major news sources. The allegations were that campus policies and procedures had violated the individuals’ constitutional freedom of speech. This lawsuit was in reference to an incident in September 2016 which involved the arrest of at least three individuals. KCC is reportedly conducting an ongoing investigation into the matter. As spokesman Eric Green states, “Kellogg Community College learned last week that an organization, the Alliance Defending Freedom, has announced it is filing a federal complaint against the College regarding a trespassing incident which occurred in September 2016. The complaint itself has yet to be delivered to KCC. The College, which supports the U.S. Constitution and takes seriously any allegation that one’s freedom of expression has been violated, is taking steps to affirm that College policies comply with applicable laws. KCC will address this matter thoroughly and through legal counsel.” Since our first amendment freedoms are so important to the work we do, Sarah and I feel the need to share a bit of our perspective. We have both been working on the Bruin since August 2016, and we have yet to feel that our freedom of expression has been in any way suppressed. Our advisors have not prevented us from publishing any of our articles. In fact, they have stepped back more and allowed us to make our own decisions about the Bruin more frequently as we have gained editing experience and learned how to run the paper more independently.

Nevertheless, there are a few things we always have to consider when writing. The first and foremost is that the government has established journalism laws over which Kellogg Community College has no control. We have to respect those laws as much as KCC does. Also, we must respect our readers. We have an audience of all diverse backgrounds and types, and we have to remain conscious of who is reading the paper, and focus on stories which will be both appropriate for and interesting to them. In addition to these factors, we must also, for ethical reasons, avoid bias as much as possible. We cannot appropriately favor one point of view over another, because then we would be in violation of other people’s freedoms. We are journalists, and journalists must state fact, whether or not we like it. As editors, the concept of what constitutes a free press is as complicated as the meaning of free speech. That being said, we welcome the opportunity to receive comments or feedback from our readers on this matter. Please do not hesitate to email your thoughts to, and let us know if you wish to remain anonymous by typing “Anonymous Comment” in the subject line. We are interested in knowing what freedom of speech means to our readers, and how students feel this situation will affect them personally. Thank you for reading the Bruin, and we hope you have a wonderful semester!

aka creative writing club For students interested in creative writing, the Crude Arts Club is starting up again this semester. The club will be meeting again, starting next week, in the library at 6 p.m. Tuesday nights and at 1:00 p.m. Wednesdays (location TBD). Crude Arts had a rather rough semester in the fall due to a change of both advisor and one of the co-presidents, but with the help of the new intern officer is cooking up big plans for the spring! If you are interested in being a part, please contact the advisor, David Johnson, at Co-presidents: Hoskin




Intern officer: Abigail Russell

Sincerely, Diana Campbell

Academic advisors can KCC smash make a difference club By Sarah Gerke CO-EDITOR

Kellogg Community College offers many student services, such as support services and tutoring, but one that I had not taken full advantage of until this semester was the college’s Academic Advising service. I met with an Academic Advisor at the beginning of the semester to talk about the classes I needed to transfer, and boy, was it helpful!

The Academic Advising program is available to help students navigate the entire college experience. Academic Advisors are college-based staff members who provide assistance with things such as understanding class placements and assessment scores, picking and dropping classes, learning about the transfer process, and understanding all that KCC has to offer academically. Academic Advisors also can help with figuring out

your career and paving a way towards it. Regular meetings with an Advisor can help you map out and follow an academic plan that ensures you get the most out of your college experience. I recommend scheduling an appointment with an Advisor if you have any questions about the college, your classes, or your future. It’s easy, free, and beneficial! Contact Sarah Gerke at

By Sarah Gerke CO-EDITOR

To all of you fighters out there, Kellogg Community College has its very own Super Smash Bros. student organization! The KCC Smash Club is available for students who want to have fun playing Nintendo’s famous crossover fighting game and meet great people at the same time. The club just started, and is now focusing on introducing the Super Smash Bros. franchise is a friendly and mildly competitive setting. The club meets on Thursdays from 1:30pm to 5:30 pm, though it isn’t a requirement to stay the whole time. A meeting room hasn’t been solidified yet, so if you’re interested, make sure to email the club president for more info; he can be contacted at Contact Sarah Gerke at



Life and school 101: school is not the end! Diana Campbell CO-EDITOR For serious students, one of the first decisions made before going to college is what other activities to drop. This can be an intimidating venture, and can motivate some people to give up their outside interests and hobbies entirely. However, some students may want to consider a different approach if those ventures are relevant to building a good resume. Many dream careers are highly competitive because they are highly desirable, and therefore employers will specifically interview applicants whose resumes display more than just a professional layout. Employees who are clearly individuals with their own unique interests and pursuits will stand out, especially if they were also involved heavily in leadership and the campus community. An example is raising rabbits and studying to become an archaeologist. Working with long-eared animals may not seem like it would matter to a future in digging up ancient remains, but success as a breeder requires human interaction and communication skills, such as when buying a new animal for outbreeding, and knowledge of several areas of biology, including genetics and microbiology. It can also provide an understanding of interaction between humans and animals, which is important since older societies relied heavily upon livestock for many of their needs, and had a closer relationship with their animals than modern peoples do. The trick is balancing hobbies, school involvement, work, classes, and homework. The biggest rule is probably to start small. Not only is the goal to determine what you can actually handle, an adjustment period is particularly important if you are new to college or whatever you are adding into your life, because life is unpredictable and most people need time to test their limits. Additionally, consider speaking to counselors, academic advisors, or whoever else is qualified to provide a detailed explanation of the depth of your

new venture. Sometimes there are details you cannot research on your own; you must ask someone with the knowledge and experience to tell you exactly what your new responsibilities will entail. Ask questions, both before and after you start, to remain as informed as possible! Remember, however, that everyone is different. Do not shortchange yourself, but be careful! Some people can handle more than others, and some people need more activities for stimulation. Your

resume is important, but in many ways, it carries little meaning if you cannot get a good reference or letter of recommendation later. Do not throw those who depend on you under the bus, but also remember that admitting you cannot do something on your own and backing down is okay. Never hesitate to accept a challenge, but in doing so, always acknowledge your own limitations! Contact Diana Campbell at

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Scholarships 101: important rules to remember Diana Campbell CO-EDITOR

One of a student’s greatest challenges is paying for school. Although financial aid is often available, the Pell Grant is insufficient to cover tuition at most schools, and is not available to middle-class students. Loans are widely available, but not overly recommended. Therefore, knowledge of how to go about applying for scholarships is crucial to a college education. The first point to remember is that, if you have not applied to school or done your FAFSA yet, you must do these now! Some scholarships require an acceptance letter, and even if you are a middle class student, the FAFSA is still part of how some schools decide how to award scholarships. Also remember that some scholarships are merit-based, rather than income-based, and therefore your GPA and school activities will play a major role in your eligibility. For students just starting college, this is an important factor to remember, because taking classes seriously and doing one’s best work can really pay off in the future! Preferably, the time to start looking for scholarships is around September the year before you will need them, but some are still available now. Additionally, there are some other basic rules you should always follow: • Follow directions carefully; this says more to selection committees than just that you met their requirements. It also demonstrates you as a student have a basic skill needed for success

at college. Scholarship donors are investing in your future, and want to know they are making a good decision to support you, as well. • Be sure you turn in everything on time. If you do not meet the scholarship deadline, you most likely will not have another chance until the following year. • Carefully review the requirements! If you apply for a scholarship for which you do not qualify, you are wasting time you could have spent finding and applying for other scholarships that are a better fit, and easily miss their deadlines. • If the scholarship requires a resume or any letters of recommendation, start working on these as soon as possible! Do not wait until the last minute to ask anyone to write you a letter of recommendation; nobody likes to be rushed, and they may say no! • If the scholarship requires an essay, check with the organization about any formatting, word count, or page number requirements if you are not certain, and be sure to edit thoroughly for spelling and grammar errors!!! • Be sure, if you will need to mail it, that you allow enough time for it to arrive before the deadline. Do not depend upon the time-date stamp on the envelope to qualify for you!!! Also, pay attention to how the organization wishes for you to turn it in. Some prefer that you mail it or drop it off in person; others will want you to submit it electronically. Following these rules can save a student a good deal of grief and lead to success in obtaining scholarships. When transferring, be sure to check with both your community or community

college foundation and the institution to which you are transferring for scholarship opportunities, as well! Please note that the Kellogg Community College Foundation currently has scholarships available, as well, for new and continuing KCC students as well as those transferring in the fall. The due date is March 24, 2017. Please contact Theresa Durham or Jackie Hallahan for more information! Contact Diana Campbell at


Short Stories

Rise of the Dystopia: Revelation Diana Campbell CO-EDITOR

“You are not to blame. The people who killed your family are humans, too; they chose to do what they did, and they could have chosen just as easily not to do it.” I picked at my food and glanced up at the old man. He was not bent and withered as would be expected for his age, but vibrant, standing tall and straight, like my grandmother had, until… Never mind. All I knew was feeding me; I knew nothing of who he was, where he was from, or whether he was a friend or enemy. Sure, he seemed to want to be a friend, but I just couldn’t trust to it, those days. Suddenly, I scooped up a huge bite and shoved it into my mouth. I still didn’t feel like talking. He shook his head. “Your body will heal in time, but you must be prepared to live with the scars in your heart and mind.” A cold draft wafted through the cabin, and he drew his cloak about himself and glared at the offending crack in the wall, his expression declaring, Don’t worry…I’ll seal you soon enough! Images flashed, and sounds accompanied them as a knife shot through my head. I moved to get out, but he reached his hand out and placed it firmly on my shoulder. “No, don’t push yourself. Let it pass.” Finally bringing myself to speak once the pain subsided, I asked, “What happened?” He raised an eyebrow. “I was hoping you knew. I found you about two miles out, nearly lost already to hypothermia and wearing a nasty head wound. The minute I saw you, I knew I had to save you, but I also know most wouldn’t have survived, the state you were in.” “Who are you, anyway?” “I’m not altogether certain you want to know.”

“Really? I don’t want to know who I’m staying with?” “Some things are best left as mysteries.” “Like, what would you say? It’s not as if you’re one of the guys who killed my family; you wouldn’t have saved me!” The answer I least expected wrote itself in his eyes. Lines drew themselves across his face, furrowing his brows, and a glint appeared within the depths of his eyes. This time, he was too slow. I leaped to my feet, knocking the chair backward, and doubled over as the pain shot through my head again, this time simultaneously with a shockwave running through my mind. “You…murderer!” I sputtered. He stared back as if through a haze. “You don’t deserve to live!” I yelled. “And you do?” “I have fought for my people!!! I have never killed anyone who did not deserve to be killed!” “And you were the rightful judge of that?” I snorted. “I, at least, have been working to atone for my failure.” “Why do you think I saved you?” I froze for a moment, then sunk back into my chair. “You knew who I was.” “Yes.” “Why didn’t you kill me, then?” “I believe I just told you.” “But…” A pair of expectant eyes came to rest on me. “But…why would you leave them?” With a deep breath, he rose, and walked to the window, folding his hands behind his back. “I wish I could say I came to see them who they really were, but never once did I see them as monsters. Or myself, for that matter. We were all human beings…foolish ones, but human, nonetheless.” “Then what changed your mind?” He stared at the window sill. “Change came,

but not as we had believed it would. Wars broke out, the nation splintered, and my family fell to a rebel faction who were, like us, not monsters, but rather, fighting to save their own people.” Lightning-struck, and I knew instantly. “I… we…killed them.” With a nod, he answered, “It was just what I’d earned, and for a while, I was angry and only wanted vengeance, but over time, I realized that was only going to tear down the last thing I still held dear, and I chose to take it like a man and accept my share of the blame. I made the decision to start this, and that was what doomed my family.” “What was that?” I asked. “The thing that was special to you?” Squaring his shoulders, he turned around and firmly gazed into my eyes. “My nation.” “But…the nation’s lost! We have already fallen!” “True enough, it will never again be what it was, but there is a people to be united, and it can be restored to something new, something which shows we learned from our mistakes.” “You need me.” “Yes.” “Oh, so you saved me just to use me?” “I saved you,” he said, “because I cannot mend the damage alone.” I looked back down at my plate, and began scraping my fork on the wood table. Returning to his seat, he placed his hand under my chin and stared into my eyes. “Gnuni, will you unite with me? Will you help me save our people?” Silent, I stared deeply back into his eyes, digging for tricks, but all I found was a pure and sincere pleading for aid. I sat there, not answering, for an hour-long minute. “Yes. I will help you save our people.”

Helicopter Diana Campbell CO-EDITOR

The Yankee Air Museum didn’t look like much…almost just a huge, plain warehouse in a field dotted with old airplanes, the oldest and most decrepit of which was always confined in the hangar. After my first couple of visits, I wondered if they ever fixed it, but I was just six, and time meant nothing to me, except that I had to wait…and wait…and wait. Supposedly, I would, someday in the future, turn seven, but my birthday, as slow to come as the plane was to get fixed, meanwhile seemed to take a sinister pleasure in torturing me. I was pretty sure we would never, ever, fly, me and that darn plane! Still, I loved these little trips with Daddy. Sometimes, like today, I had to share them with my little brother, but Daddy always showed me lots of things. Of course, he liked the rooms with the World War II uniforms. Adults. Momma was always making me think about clothes, too…for some weird reason, she always wanted my top and bottom to “match,” whatever that meant. So far, all I knew was that I could only wear patterns together if they were the same pattern; solid colors looked great with any other solid color to me. Pink and red? Of course they go together…pink comes from mixing red and white, right? Just like red and orange goes together because orange and red mix to make yellow! I was good with colors; I knew these things, even if Momma forgot sometimes. The next room over contained more uniforms…good thing Julie was there! You always want your cool cousin around when your dad starts telling sleepy-time stories about army people; you can always count on cousins like that to keep Daddy from talking too long! I mean, they wouldn’t even let me play with that Samantha American Girl doll while I was there! I just wished that Julie hadn’t brought her friend along so she would have more time for me. Finally, we came to my favorite part: the gift shop! It had toys in it, and coloring books of Jay Jay the Jet Plane and his friends, and other cool stuff like that! Julie bought me and Valance airplane-shaped whistles and a couple other things, and then I spotted the helicopter. I don’t know why, but when I was that age, I loved helicopters!

“I want that!” I squeaked. “But you have picked out lots of other things, already,” Julie said. I frowned, looking down at it, and said, “But I like it!” Julie sighed. “Okay, fine, but no more things!” Excitedly, I took it to the counter where the person with the cash register waited for us to pay for our new treasures. At my first opportunity, I had it out, and I played with it on the ride home. We had pulled up in front of my dad’s house when I accidentally snapped off one of the propeller blades. No matter…I’d just give it to Daddy. When I showed it to Julie and she told me it could not be fixed, I did not believe her. “But Daddy fixed our van the other day; he can fix anything!” “No, I’m afraid he cannot fix this. See? Look how it’s made. It’s not possible.” “B…but, can we get a new one then? I want to show it to Momma!” Julie shook her head, and I fell silent, disbelieving. Suddenly, I found myself struck with a horrible realization. Deep in my mind, it boomed, sending waves of echoes beyond the present, to places I could never before see: Nothing lasts forever…everything has an end. I went to bed that night, shaking and wondering if it was safe to go to sleep, or if I would never wake up… I never went back, and I never again had to spend time in that boring place. I couldn’t tell you why, but I missed it for some strange reason. Years later, however, after I had indeed gone to sleep night after night only to wake morning after morning, I stared, disbelieving, at the television screen, watching the orange beacon that was once the Yankee Air Museum light up the night. I never knew if that darn plane ever flew again, but the thought that I would never again get the chance to go back and really listen to what my dad had to say about those old uniform displays drove itself deeply into my heart, a sharp object, which, once inside me, twisted in my chest. I would not make the same mistake with my life. I would fly someday. I just didn’t know how…yet.




Tree Diana Campbell

By Sarah Gerke



“Your heart is a prison,” he said At first I didn’t understand The ones who reside in my heart Are trapped there by my hand

I am a mountainside conifer, steadfast against the wind; my trunk bent and twisted, molded by time, stands, unbowed, amidst the everchanging fields of flowers. Though my branches shake and my needles chatter in every stormy assault, my spirit echoes the dragons! Defeated not by winter ice, nor summer’s merciless heat, I look out across the range, my view illuminated, by sun or moon, and the falcon, nested in my strong embrace, is my voice and my eyes. In my grandiose solitude, I know what others do not; no fire, no avalanche, no breeze-carved pattern in the grass, escapes me. Although my limbs may droop, my deep roots secure me in my solitude. Someday, lightning strike and thunder clap will signal my long-expected fall, and, I no longer silenced, all will hear the roaring crash as, my branches, outstretched, eagerly embracing the sky, I find my bed in forest floor rising swiftly up to meet me!

I feel their longing to be free I see the other’s pain I’ll do anything to let them go So they can be whole again I know they’ve made me who I am They’re the reason that I’m me But when they take their light with them Who does that leave me to be?


Alan Little

staff writer

I feel like I am the first woman to ever love a man. I feel like you are the first man to ever love a woman. Our love is a new thing, as no one has ever loved before. As the first bud of the first flower of spring, this is our love. Like the first sweet breath of a newborn child, your love breathes life into me. And in the Winter of my days, when I am old and tired, Your love will bring to me my days of youth. And always, forever, our love shall be eternally new.


Diana Campbell CO-EDITOR

Good evening! No…good morning! Go to bed? Are you insane?! I really, really must get this done… I’m crazy? Don’t I know; you really ought to try this, too! One paper, two paper, three… tomorrow, I’ll write number four! At half past 3 a.m., or maybe at 5 a.m., when nature breaks the human will, head strikes desk, and echoes out from the nostrils a thunder, rolling! At quarter past 7 a.m., the weary head will rise again, and be off once more, bobbing down halls of knowledge, and trekking down the path of learning. Good evening! No…good morning! Go to bed? No, give me coffee!!!

Embrace Her

Tyreil Glasgow staff writer

Lord, she need a hero, cuz in her life is way too many zeroes and way too many villains. She really need to be somewhere chilling instead of dealing with all these confusing feelings. I don’t have it all so I don’t have the answers like a cure for AIDS or a cure for cancer; oh, my friend, when will all yo drama end? Well, I guess it all just depends. But is it because of her choice of men or hoping she find the right one with the right amount to spend; dolla, dolla, dolla make most girls wanna holla and see what’s popping, plus if he talking right soon, the panies is gone be dropping, but what kinda makes me sad is because it happens way too often. But you alwys end up back in square one; check yo-self, cuz your worth much more than what you’re settling for, hon. I wish you would believe in you like I do, but I can’t want everything for you, you gotta want something for you, too, and you don’t have to wait on a man or even the government’s plan. Keep yo faith in God and learn to be a strong woman of nature, must suckas will hate cha, but a real stand-up guy just might still wanna date cha. I hope she avoid the capers and the fakers and find true love that will always...embrace her.


Campus News

Want to visit Mackinac Island? KCC men's basketball results Wednesday, February 1st and 4th 2017

OPPONENT: Lake Michig an LOC ATION: Benton Harbor WINNER: Lake Michig an SCORE: 10 4-96 OVERALL RECORD: 4-16 CONFEREN CE RECORD: 1-8

Consider taking HIST 290: History of the Straits of Mackinac this summer! This is a three credit hour course, and involves a trip extending from Monday, June 19 th through Friday, June 23 rd. Transportation to and from Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island, lodging and breakfast, and entrance to Fort Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and Fort Mackinac are included. Monday night will be spent in Mackinaw City, where students will see Fort Michilimackinac and Old Mackinac Lighthouse, followed by a ferry ride to Mackinac Island on Tuesday. Once on the island, the group will have the opportunity to visit historical sights, including Fort Mackinac. Those interested need to pay a non-refundable $100 deposit by April 10 th, the date by which they can begin to register for the class. The deadline for registration is May 15 th. The total cost is tentatively about $450. For more information, contact Ray DeBruler at or Michelle Wright at

Raster “Stale Love” by matthew headley

S TATIS TICS: Cur tis Tr igg 25 pts, 6 r ebs, 1 s tl Mohammed Albag ami 21 pts, 4 rbs Landon Gr izzle 10 pt s, 6 r ebs Demonte Hick s 9 pts, 5 r ebs OPPONENT: Ancilla College LOC ATION: Pl ymouth, In WINNER: Ancilla College SCORE: 97-68 OVERALL RECORD: 4-17 CONFEREN CE RECORD: 1-9 S tatistics: Cur tis Tr igg 15 pts, 4 r ebs, 4 s tls Demonte Hick s 11 pts, 5 r ebs,

KCC women's basketball results Wednesday , February 1st , 2017

Corrections December 2016: • On page 5, in the student profile of Hamza Haque, the final sentence states he is transferring to Michigan State University. This was supposed to be listed as the University of Michigan. • In “Rise of the Dystopia: Dark Room,” the opening statement contains the phrase “what matters is not that change you.” It should be “what matters is not that things change you.” Also, in the dialogue halfway down the page, a character makes the comment “That’s because you screwed it up the last time we tried to do this!” This should read, “That’s because you screwed it up the last time you tried to do this!”

BRUIN Staff OPPONENT: Lake Michig an LOC ATION: Lake Michig an WINNER: Lake Michig an SCORE: 42-92 OVERALL RECORD: 2-17 CONFEREN CE RECORD: 1-7 S TATIS TICS: Sar sh Gwinn 12 pts, 7r eb,4 s tls Sydney Macomber 6pts Ta y lor Macomber 6 pts



Graphic Editors

Diana Campbell

Benito C. Juarez

Noah Murray

Sarah Gerke

Timothy Stillson


Drew Hutchinson Penny Rose Thomas Webster

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