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Write All Day, season two Elizabeth Kerlikowske Advisor There’s nothing better than hearing about writing from writers. KCC’s Writing Initiative with the assistance of the KCC Foundation has invited four writers to speak with staff, students, and the Battle Creek community about writing. The programs will run on February 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the Davidson Auditorium. There is no charge. Visiting writers include Thomas Springer, grant writer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and essayist. His book, “…..Hickories” is full of Michigan lore and love. His work has been heard on NPR, and he has spoken at KCC several times before. He is from Three Rivers. Nationally acclaimed novelist Bonnie Jo Campbell was nominated for the National Book Award for her collection of short stories, “American Salvage.” Campbell is also a poet, essayist, and blogger. Her latest book, “Once Upon a River” was compared favorably with “Huckleberry Finn.” She lives in Comstock. Journalist Margaret DeRitter wrote for the Kalamazoo Gazette for fifteen years before it was downsized. Now she is a writer and editor for Encore magazine and does freelance writing. She, too, is a poet, and she has a nonfiction version and poetry version of the same life event. She lives on Kalamazoo. Steven Losey is a rock’n’roll blogger with a large national following. He is from Coldwater. The purpose of the day is for the campus community to talk with people who write for a living or darn close to it. How does a writer get started? How does a writer pay their bills? Is what my professor says in class about submission really true? Writing is as natural to some people as running is for others. Find out what makes these writers ticks and what tricks they use to keep their writing fresh. Classes welcome to attend as a whole. Not just for English students. For further information contact Elizabeth Kerlikowske 1-269-965-3931, ext. 2292 Main speakers are at 8:30 am, 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm. Panels at 9:15 am, 10:45 am, 12:15 pm, and 1:45 pm.

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Feeding the soul Lacy Janousek Co-Editor Student Life is organizing a soul food lunch to celebrate Black History Month. “I define soul food as traditional African American meals/dishes. From the way it is prepared to the way it is eaten,” TaNisha Parker, Manager of Student Life, said. Replacing the typical lunches served, the Student Center cooks and faculty volunteers will serve traditional soul food on February 13 from 11-1 pm. The menu includes ribs, fried chicken, sweet corn bread, jambalaya, baked Mac-n-cheese, greens and candied yams. For des-

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sert, the cooks will have pound cake and pecan pie ready for the sweet tooth. Sweet tea will be added to the café’s drink menu. Parker explained the campus will be doing other things to celebrate Black History Month. “Digital Displays will rotate "Did You Know" facts about African American leaders and events in history, Student Life, the Diversity Committee and the LITE 240 class are sponsoring a trip to the Charles H. Wright African American History Museum and Hittsville USA Motown Museum,” Parker said. Faculty members are eager to celebrate Black History Month and are ready for a delicious, traditional meal. “Soul Food has been passed from generation to generation in the black community since Africans were brought to America during the slave trade,” Parker said.

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KCC employees win big by losing Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor Thirty-eight KCC employees worked together to take first place in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Win by Losing weight loss challenge this past semester. The event ran from Aug. 29 through Oct. 24 and required participants to weigh-in weekly. The team that had the greatest percentage of weight loss over the length of the competition won. The KCC employees took first place out of nine teams in their division. This is the second time KCC employees have participated in the event. Each employee entered the competition with a different personal goal, but worked with other team members with support and encouragement to reach those goals. There were no designated team meetings or workout schedules, but that didn’t stop team members from banding together to walk Spring Lake, workout at Miller gym, or walk the halls on their lunch breaks. Participants encouraged each other by sharing their successes and

struggles. Holly McKee, director of Support Services at KCC and team coordinator for the College’s Win by Losing Participants explains, “Each individual worked toward their own goal by utilizing a variety of techniques. They included everything from adding activity into their day, to increasing water to a gallon a day, to cutting out sugary beverages or fast food. It is often amazing how one little change can have such dramatic results on the scale. I encourage readers to try this for a month – cut out fast food or regular pop and see the difference! Throughout the time we would share different tips/ tricks with each other via email. Some of those included adding healthy fats to our diets like olive and coconut oil, how to eat clean and cut out processed foods, and what websites worked best to track food and activity. Many participants used for tracking. It is amazing what you learn about your own habits when you right it all down and truly take note of your day’s calorie intake and fitness level.” Each team member experienced a success on some level. EAC secretary and participant, Jean Rice said, “When I saw my doctor after we did the Win by Losing he was really pleased that I had been able to finally lose some of my

(front row, left to right) Holly McKee with Lisa Rebman of BCBS, and KCC team members Jamie Kline, Dawn Larsen, Gwyn James, (back row, left to right) Simon Thalmann, Mike Loader, Matonya Seuell, photo by Kay Keck Vicki Rivera, Pam Newman, Lisa Shanks and Patrick Casey.

weight. He was extra pleased when I saw him this week and hadn’t gained any of it back through the holidays.” McKee says, “My cholesterol levels are the lowest that they’ve ever been.” McKee offers these tips to those looking to live a healthier lifestyle. • Set realistic goals. When you see progress, it is easier to stay the course to reach bigger goals. • Drink water! It helps you feel full and improves digestion and brain function! • Track your food and activity. It changes everything. • Read food labels. The more you know the better decisions you can make.

• Reduce your portion sizes. • Increase the amount of whole food you eat and decrease the amount of processed foods. • When you make poor decisions, get right back at it and look to the future. Surround yourself with like-minded people that support your healthy choices. Everything is easier when you have cheerleaders! The Win by Losing weight loss challenge is a free competition open to all BCBS of Michigan customers held to help individuals lose weight while having fun at the same time. The competition runs twice each year; the next round begins in February.

A good book is only a playaway "Bus Stop" Kelly Frost Librarian “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body,” Richard Steele Most people in today’s society would not doubt the importance of reading, but for many, reading can be a struggle. At the library we have a wealth of mind workout gear (also known as books and journals), but sometimes the sheer size of our collection can be overwhelming. Librarians love to help people find something to read— we regularly offer excellent recommendations ranging from mysteries to graphic novels. For those who find it difficult to get into the reading habit, listening to audio books can be helpful. Transitional English instructors Paula Westdorp and Pam Feeney both recommend listening to a book while following along with the words. Here is a list of some great reads that the library has in both book and audio form. The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez. The true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who becomes schizophrenic and homeless, and his friendship with Steve Lopez, the Los Angeles columnist who discovers and writes about him in the newspaper. The Camel Club by David Baldacci. The Camel Club is a four-man group of Washington, D.C. misfits that meet week-

ly to discuss political conspiracies they believe exist and what actions they might take. One night club members witness the murder of Secret Service employee Patrick Johnson, thus thrusting the wacky crew into the middle of a bigger conspiracy than they could ever have imagined. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls. Jeannette Walls tells the story about her childhood. She talks about living like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Retreating to the dismal West Virginia mining town--and the family--her father, Rex Walls, had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. John, a high school dropout, enlists in the Army not knowing what else to do with his life. While in the Army he meets Savannah, they fall in love and she awaits his return from the Army. After 9/11 John feels it's his duty to re-enlist. Richard Steele During their long separation Savannah falls in love and marries someone else. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization. At its center is Nathan Price, a self-righteous Baptist minister who establishes a mission in a village in 1959

“Reading is to the mind what excercise is to the body.”

Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor

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Belgian Congo. The resulting clash of cultures is seen through the eyes of his wife and his four daughters. By the author of Pigs in Heaven. Most of our audio books are available as “Playaways,” which are small MP3 players. They are easy to use--you simply plug in headphones, hit play, and listen away. These “Playways” are located on the main (3rd) floor of the library in the Young Adult area. Please ask at the Information Desk, and we can help you find these and many other reads to help you exercise your mind. Or you can find a listing of these titles (and more!) at All summaries courtesy of Hennepin County Library.

In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Thus sets the scene for KCC’s spring theater production Bus Stop. Bus Stop, written by William Inge, is considered a comedy but is more of a drama with some romantic and comedic elements. The story focuses on Cherie, an aspiring nightclub singer, who is being pursued by Bo, a twenty-one-year old cowboy with a ranch of his own who intends to return her to Montana and make her his wife. Cherie rebuffs his clumsy advances and worries that she will somehow still end up in Montana. The other travelers and diner employees work as a counterpoint to the main romance. The owner of the café and the bus driver develop a friendship, a middle-age scholar finds himself, and the young waitress experiences her first romance. The cast is as follows: Amber Isaacson (Elma), Donna Daines (Grace), James King II (Will), Teri Noaeill (Cherie), Nick Mumma (Lyman), Lars Loofboro (Carl), Scott Whitesell (Virgil), Joe Dely (Bo). Show times are Feb. 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, and March 1 at 8:00 pm and Feb 22nd at 3:00 pm Due the renovations taking place at the Binda Theater on campus the play will take place at The Much Ado Theater located at 4071 Dickman Road in Springfield. Tickets are $5 for KCC students with a valid student ID.


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The student's Bruin bookstore Bob Psalmonds Staff Writer Catherine James begins ordering books two to three months prior to the start of each semester. As students find different ways to purchase books, Assistant Manager Charles Bard and all those involved with the bookstore grow concerned. “How many of the twenty students in a class will come into buy their textbooks here? There’s a lot of online competition we have to contend with,” James, Manager of the Bruin Bookstore said, “The initial ordering and return shipping is not cheap, which means being conservative when we place our orders.”   Assistant Manager Charles Bard points out the Bruin Bookstore is one of the few campus stores still being operated by the college itself. Unlike online purchases,  all the money made from bookstore purchases goes back into the school’s general fund. Amongst other things this fund supports the theater, athletics, and many other student enrichment activities.  The shipping, store staffing and other costs is partly covered by a modest 23% mark-up.   Most of the states’ colleges bookstores are leased out to some large com-

pany giving no input on the inventory nor the price being charged in the manager’s control.   Bard and James explain they try hard to provide a nice selection of non-textbook type items for the students along with all the possible requested items teachers across the campus want their students to have on hand.   Student's frustrations rise dramatically when the bookstore is out of the book they need for a course, but James and Bard explain it’s not easy deciding the number of textbooks needed per course. The spring 2014 textbooks and study guides had to be figured out by mid-November for the January 6th bookstore sales to begin.  A rough estimate using many uncertain factors has to be used to determine how many of each text will be needed.   Therein lies many of the problems. The number of classes that are planned compared to those that actually survive the registration process routinely changes.  If too many sign up, a new class might be added.  Not enough students enrolled could mean two classes could be combined and the students given the option of changing to the remaining course may take an entirely different class.  The first scenario means not enough books with

the need to order a new shipment and wait for delivery. The second option will result in too many textbooks which have to be sent back adding yet another unplanned expense.   Though students with federal grants and loans usually purchase through the bookstore to avoid taking money out of their pockets, many others select the online options mentioned in the November article.   A lot of students are now using the bookstore’s online book access code option so they can just read it off their computer screens or tablets. This is usually cheaper, but lowers the number of sales for those books now received and placed on the shelves even further. Subtract those who are quick enough to pick up a book from a fellow student now finishing the same course from the semester before.  This practice should be done carefully since a textbook normally has only two or three years before the publisher puts out a new edition.   James went on to explain that when this happens, the older versions are no longer available for order and any books on the shelves or in the backroom are no longer returnable.  The old textbooks cannot be sold back because the bookstore cannot resell them.

Although teachers in a particular field of study often know the textbooks are being changed, the store normally finds out when attempting to order the textbook for the next semesters’ classes.  A lack of publisher field sales representatives broke most of the communication lines between the originating publishers and the end markets, meaning the bookstore. Bard talked for a while about the software options available to the students with a connected class that needs them.   Getting books as part of a suite not only saves money but means the chance to play with some of the other programs prior to the mind numbing project assignments they’re designed for. Remember that the browsing walk to get to the textbooks will provide a chance to buy all kinds of cool and useful things, so bring a little extra cash.  Support the college bookstore when and if you can putting money back into our other great programs.

Minute to Win It Manufacturing Success T.J. Taylor Staff Writer For students interested in manufacturing programs at KCC, look no further than the RMTC (Regional Manufacturing Technology Center). Located a mere 10 minutes from the Battle Creek campus, “(the RMTC )fills the role of skilled trades training for the Battle Creek area, and specifically the manufacturers in the area,” RMTC instructor Kevin Barnes said. “It is part of KCC and students registered here have the same benefits and privileges as any student at KCC.” Programs taught at the RMTC are very open to the student's decision and pace of learning. Classes are all very hands on; students are frequently on the floor working with equipment they will



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Service Learning opportunities just for women Bob Psalmonds Staff Writer The Service Learning opportunities possible through CityLinc and Woman 2 Woman (W2W) are virtually endless with a critical need for female volunteers. Most students probably have no idea where to go or who to talk to about these unique and satisfying volunteer positions that fulfill Service Learning requirements. Thankfully this is where several agencies and independent organizations run by women and geared toward women come in.       Marlene Lawson and Stacy Becktel are two of those, Go-to women. Lawson is a prominent guest speaker at various women’s retreats and conferences across Michigan and even out on deep waters during several cruises. Within CityLinC’s vast ministry of outreach network, Lawson is the Ministry Network Director. She also served on staff with Gull Lake Ministries, a Christian retreat and conference center. Lawson left to embrace a wider outreach. One statement she is fond of saying is, “It’s all about the relationship”. Somewhat free spirited and a rebel by anyone’s standards, the woman has a get-it-done attitude. Very honest and accepting of the past faults of others, she also likes to point out that “A person does not have to be defined by their past.” and her patented  famous quote of “Everyone’s poop stinks!”       Stacy Becktel is the Second Wind Fe-

male Mentor Coordinator serving women on parole and probation. Most people have made mistakes and poor choices in their pasts.  Becktel’s desire is to get the individual beyond the stigma and limitations of that past. While the errors of the past cannot be changed, what a woman decides to do at this moment is what Stacy cares about for it is today that will help set what the person’s   tomorrows will look like.  This area often takes patience and a lot of supportive love, something many of these individuals coming into the program have never known their entire lives.  Becktel is very outgoing with a refined sense of humor.  A talented photographer, she sees life through a unique filter.      Under the W2W ministries umbrella is actually five programs that act as the community outreach of the Women’s Resource Center of CityLinC Ministries.  Their goal and mission is providing positive opportunities for spiritual and educational growth, friendship and personal development, community connection and networking.   This is the place where Real Women help each other experience Real Life and Real Faith.  These women are committed to uniting women with real needs to women who have the desire to help fulfill them.        The programs include the Pregnancy Help Center, Fit4Life, Girls Night Out, Mentoring Network, Ministry Network and Discipleship, and many other opportunitiesand programs that serve both

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men and women. A few reasons individuals may contacted CityLinC would be help in finding temporary and safe housing, and help in transitioning to a better life situation for them and their families. Many volunteers with a giving heart and loving spirit are what makes the Youth Guidance Foster Care and Adoption system of this organization possible. Those with a desire to go into the justice field might like to find out about those individuals they’ll run into during their careers.  The Calhoun County Parole and Probation offices actually support this as a life changing program with a proven track record.  There is also a mentor training program that churches and interested women in the community to encourage relational involvement. Of course the counselors who wish to go into fields that deal with individuals can join the CityLinC Second Wind Mentors to experience the joys and trials first hand before getting hired or drafted to do it later.  Think of any volunteer or Service Learning chance as a compass check of where you want to go in the future.  The fact is CityLinC partners with other faith-based and non-profit organizations in the area to meet the needs in our community and connects individuals with other volunteer opportunities, ie: The Haven and their Women’s Life Recovery Program. The individual to fill one of these positions just might be you.   If you’re interested in finding out more or want to sign up for this reward-

EAC Expansion John Hogan Staff Writer

Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor The Bruin Bookstore collected over 200 sweatshirts during their Hoodies for the Homeless campaign. The proceeds of the drive, which ran during the month of November, were then donated locally to the Charitable Union, Mike’s Place and The Haven of Battle Creek. The campaign was a huge success collecting 226 hoodies, more than doubling the original goal of 100. The community project was not just for students. Faculty, staff and people from all over Battle Creek dropped off sweatshirts. The bookstore offered a 25% off coupon on a new hoodie to students for each hoodie they dropped off. Must people just dropped off and only a few took advantage of the discount. Catherine James, Bruin Bookstore manager said, “We are so excited and pleased by the wonderful turn out from the community, students, faculty, and staff. Everyone has been really great, not only dropping off gently used, but also new sweatshirts.” The idea for the campaign came from a Michigan Association of College Bookstores meeting this past October. Spring Arbor University had run a similar campaign and said they had a lot of support in doing it.

After five months of construction, the Eastern Academic Center unveiled the newest additions to its building. The EAC began construction back in August in order to make room for students and staff from the Marshall Alternative High School, which has shared the EAC with Kellogg Community College since July of 2011. The center added three new classrooms meant to seat 30 students each, three new offices for staff, and an all-purpose room for general needs, adding a total of 4,608 square feet to the building. The Marshall Alternative High School, containing 112 students today, allows its junior and senior students to 226 hoodies collected at this year's hoodies for photo by Simon Thalmann the homeless drive

“Everyone was very supportive and it was amazing having people from the community stop by to help out. They went out of their way to help,” continues James. The Bruin Bookstore is located on the first floor of the Lane-Thomas Building on KCC’s North Avenue campus, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays.

ing opportunity to fulfill both a need in someone’s life AND a Service Learning requirement, contact the individuals listed below. CityLinC is a faith-based non-profit organization that functions through the generosity of caring individuals and organizations in the community.   Funding, though always needed, is only one way of giving to this fantastic outreach operation.   Think of things you need to survive or get through the day and then envision someone who has nothing trying to accomplish the same without it.  Need the above services for yourself, these people definitely want to hear from you, so please don’t wait to call them.  CityLinC is a non-profit organization that functions on the generosity of loving concerned individuals. Marlene Lawson, Ministry Network Director       Stacy Becktel,   Second Wind Female Parolee Coordinator Sherry Showerman,   Girls Night Out Coordinator Becki Larson   CityLinC ofice and Pregnancy Center Administrator Abby Davis,   Fit4Life Fitness Cordinator

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duel enroll in the Opportunity School, a joint program in which students begin taking college level classes at the EAC while finishing up High School. A $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation helps MAHS students to pay for classes, books and school supplies. The program benefitted from the joint use of the building. The lack of space, however, made it difficult for staff from both schools to make room and schedule classes with the increasing amount of students. Colin McCaleb, Director of the Eastern Academic Center, noted the importance of the building’s expansion in allowing space for both students and staff. “It’s a great outreach and a really unique program,” he said of the Opportunity School. He also said that the additions to the Eastern Academic Center made sharing the building much easier “so that we could have our KCC students and they could have their side of the building.”

CAMPUS NEWS How we decide to close during inclement weather Simon Thalmann Digital Marketer/Writer As Michiganders know too well, the ice and snow that make our state’s winters so beautiful can also lead to hazardous road conditions, making the morning commute treacherous for those traveling to work or school. In rare cases, weather-related incidents may lead to the cancellation of some or all classes at some or all Kellogg Community College  campuses. In general, the decision to cancel classes or close due to inclement weather-related events is based on a variety of factors, all of which are centered on the safety and comfort of our students and staff. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Road conditions. We check with the Michigan State Police to determine road conditions in terms of drivability and visibility.  In addition, we personally have someone drive local roads near the Battle Creek campus and communities within the college’s district to gauge their safety. 2. Weather conditions/forecast.  We consider current weather conditions as well as the weather forecast for the day. 3. Campus parking lot and sidewalkconditions.  We determine if there

is ample time for our contractors to clear and salt campus parking lots and sidewalks at least one hour prior to the start of classes. 4. Availability of utilities. We determine if there is adequate heat, lighting and water to support college facilities and any special events. 5. Other considerations.  Generally speaking, we also consider accreditation-based attendance requirements for many of our occupational programs, our inability to make up instructional time for students, and the philosophy that our students are capable of making adult decisions about whether or not they are taking unreasonable risk when traveling to and from the college. Even when the college is open, we encourage students to make decisions that they feel are safest and best in regards to their individual situations. In the case of a campus closure or the cancellation of all classes, a notice will be posted online on KCC’s Operating Status page at Through this link you can also find information about how to sign up for electronic text, email and RSS alerts that distribute information about weather and security incidents as they occur.

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1 KCC Women's Basketball vs Kalamazoo Valley Community College Miller Gymnasium • 1:00 pm 1 KCC Men's Basketball vs Kalamazoo Valley Community College Miller Gymnasium • 3:00 pm 3 Transfer Student Information Table: Western Michigan University Admissions Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 4 Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport University Central Walkway • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 4 Center Welcome: Fehsenfeld Hastings • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm 4 Center Welcome: Eastern Academic Center Albion • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm 5 Academic Workshop: Transferring LRC Spring Lake Room • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 5 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 5 Transfer Student Information Table: Western Michigan University College of Education & Human Development North Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 5 Center Welcome: Grahl Coldwater • 4:30 - 6:00 pm 6 Center Welcome: RMTC Battle Creek • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 6 Academic Workshop: Computer Basics OITC 08 • 10:00 am - 11:00 am 10-12 PTK & KAB Valentine's Day Sale Student Center • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Feb 10- Gallery Exhibit: "Reflections on Identity" Mar 24 Devries Gallery, Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 11 Academic Workshop: Resume Writing & Job Interviewing OITC 08 • 10:00 am - 11:00 am 13 Opening Reception: "Reflections on Identity" DeVries Gallery, Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 13 Soul Food Lunch Student Center & Kellogg Room • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 14-28 Spring Play: "Bus Stop" Students with KCC ID $5, Seniors, other students, and military personnel get 10% off regular ticket price What A Do Theatre, 4071 W. Dickman Rd, Springfield • 8:00 pm 15 KCC Women's Basketball vs Muskegon Community College Miller Gymnasium • 1:00 pm 15 KCC Men's Basketball vs Muskegon Community College Miller Gymnasium • 3:00 pm 15 Cereal City Concert Band: Winter Concert Lakeview Middle School Auditorium • 7:00 pm 17 Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport University Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 17 Transfer Student Information Table: WMU College of Education & Human Development North Walkway • 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm 18 Academic Workshop: Google Like a Librarian LRC Spring Lake Room • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 18 Coffeehouse Concert: TBD Student Center • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 19 Academic Workshop: Student Success LRC Spring Lake Room • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 19 Volunteer & Civic Engagement Fair Kellogg Room • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 20 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 21 Transfer College Tour: Western Michigan University Kalamazoo • 8:30 am - 3:00 pm 21 Black History Month Field Trip: Motown Museum & Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Detroit • 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 21 Bruins Give Back Battle Creek • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 22 KCC Women's Basketball vs Jackson College Miller Gymnasium • 1:00 pm 22 KCC Men's Basketball vs Jackson College Miller Gymnaisum • 3:00 pm 22 Spring Play: "Bus Stop" Students with KCC ID $5, Seniors, other students, and military personnel get 10% off regular ticket price What A Do Theatre, 4071 W. Dickman Rd, Springfield • 3:00 pm 22 Leadership Summit (GVSU) Allendale • TBD 24 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 25 Transfer Student Information Table: Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business Central Walkway • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 26 KCC Women’s Basketball vs Lake Michigan College Miller Gymnasium • 5:30 pm 26 KCC Men’s Basketball vs Lake Michigan College Miller Gymnasium • 7:30 pm 26 Academic Workshop: Emerging Technology for Job Search OITC 09 • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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Reflections of Identity Bob Psalmonds Staff Writer Holly Stephenson is a retired art teacher that uses one of the oldest and most tactile and rudimentary mediums to create her pieces: handmade paper. The Three Rivers resident will bring Reflections of Identity, a mixed media exhibition to Kellogg Community College at the Eleanor R. & Robert A. DeVries Gallery . Mixed with her own photography, historical imagery and poetry, this multi-media talented artist creates works in both two and three-dimensions. “All artists hope for a reaction, positive or negative,” Stephenson explained. “But it ultimately comes down to the experiences of the viewer to derive what they will see as well as how they will interpret my pieces.” Stephenson’s voice is filled with enthusiastic descriptions of how she conceived and completed many of the twenty- five pieces that will hopefully make an emotional connection with those who take the time to attend this display. “Paper is formed by simple natural things then manipulated by the artist,” Stephenson said. “It is a wet and very tactile medium. I occasionally even use a wasp nest mixed with my pulp, which is nature’s first version of paper. It adds wonderful color and texture to the sheets!” Stephenson was a teacher for 38 years and former curator of the Permanent Art Collection at WMU. She developed the curriculum and taught papermaking to art students at Kalamazoo Central High School. She is also an active

member of the Kalamazoo Paper Guild. With an Art degree from Western Michigan, Stephenson has continued over the years to create impressive pieces. Many figures of historical significance have been referenced in her body of completed artworks including Amelia Earhart and Joan of Arc. Future pieces in this platter series will be Lincoln, Gandhi, and Sojourner Truth. Many of her recent works incorporate portrayals of social issues or historically relevant events, such as in the ‘More or Less Series’ pieces. This collage series in shadow boxes reflects her fear of the loss of the physical book to the ever increasing popularity of e-books and computer technology, and culminates in the fourth collage piece which symbolizes the eventual detriment of the “book”. Her insights, just like her artwork are deep with multiple layers of meaning. “Art is very personal to me. Writing and the visual arts are interconnected,” Stephenson said. “I start most of my pieces for myself, as a way to express my personal beliefs.” For Stephenson, each piece means working from concept to physical visual product. Working from her studio to create the paper bases, the works eventually take shape from a variety of pulps and additives. Next comes the assembly process and finding the desired inclusive materials. From a collection of oddities she calls ‘things out of place’ comes an abundance of objects that may be incorporated in her works, things like old rusted roller skates. Shadow boxes become homes to things that can’t be helped by paper. “I find items in the weirdest places

"Reflections of identity" on display beginning February 10th in the Davidson building.

and then try to figure out a way to use them outside the realm of the original owner’s use,” Stephenson said. She explained the skates were found in a field near her home. Though she prefers the individual viewer gather his or her own idea of what she is trying to convey, sometimes written text is incorporated to heighten the importance of a concept. Their existence can last for centuries or very short lived. “I like to work in series and to do things in odd numbers. The conception of the work is obviously very powerful to me because I’m in them when the piece is born,” The artist said. “Over time, an art-

photo by Holly Stephenson

ist may lose track of the deeper meaning letting the artwork speak for itself-adding a third party viewer to interpret what the work may say adds an important third dimension to the artistic experience.” The haunting photographs­ —snippets of lost moments from the past, frozen in time-take on a presence of their own within the confines of her pieces. Nameless and standing on their own as reflections of an unidentified person, she playfully offers us an uncanny “identity”. The show Reflections of Identity runs Feb 10 through March 21 with an opening reception Feb. 13 from 4 to 6 pm.

YouTube as a tool Cara Clingan Staff Writer The obsession with social media is growing on youth around the globe. Facebook, Myspace, twitter and the newest sensation, Vine, allow teens, twenty-somethings and adults to connect or play games with friends, family members, even strangers. However YouTube is a different kind of social meda, allowing users to record their “talents”. Idiots running in front of trains for a thrill, eating a spoonful of cinnamon only to choke videos are endless on YouTube. Looking for a video of someone falling in a hilarious fashion? Hundreds of them. Want to see a video of an adorable kitten? Thousands of them. There is an infinite amount of videos to be found on the site. Yet, YouTube can be used as a tool for learning new, unique things. Users that want to get away from the daily giggles of the fails and wins of the internet, but don’t know where to start, should start here: • Markiplier: This man is simply amazing. Not only does he play videogames for our entertainment (known as “let’s plays”) but every so often he does a twelve hour livestream (Video-

stream of himself playing videogames, etc) to raise money for charity. Even in October he raised $55,000 for the Extra Life, a site that raises money for local charities in various cities. Vsauce2: literally a channel about the strange and unimaginable in our world. Learn all about the living rock with organs or the telescope that you can smell from. There are many different items that come up on this channel. Epic Rap Battle of History: As the title of the channel says, famous figures of history battle each other verbally. Adolf Hitler vs Darth Vader, Mozart vs Skrillex, and even Batman vs Sherlock Holmes. This channel is awesome not only for its awesome music, it’s for the comedy and dedication they put into their videos is remarkable. SwedishMealTime: A bunch of angry Swedish guys cooking in their kitchen. So much screaming and yet the food always turns out amazing looking. Complete other spectrum compared to Swedish Chef. iLL WiLL PrEss: Not a cartoon for the weak hearted. Follows the adventures of Germaine, an ever changing, overly sexualized gal and her roommate a very angry squirrel named Foamy. Seriously, this is not for children. Quirkology: A channel full of mind

Lindsey Sterling covers popular songs and posts them on YouTube.

tricks, ways to win bets, and illusions presented by psychologist and author Richard Wiseman. This channel will test your mind in way you couldn’t even imagine. • Lindsey Sterling: An amazing violinist. While she does write her own pieces, Sterling also takes on some of the well-known themes on her violin: The Legend of Zelda, Lord of the Rings, Pokémon, and even covers of today’s hits such as Radioactive and Thrift Shop. • aniBOOM: A great channel filled with many different kinds of animations. From the creepy clay-mation

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to the beautifully designed 3D artworks, this is a channel you could get lost in for hours. • HISHEdotcom: quirky little animations about how movies should have ended in hilarious ways! • KNOWYOURMEME: Ever wonder about the strange things you find on the internet that seem really popular such as the Grumpy Cat or stupid challenges like the Cinnamon Challenge? This channel will explain everything.


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Vigorous Bioshock: review Cara Clingan Staff Writer Humans have always dreamed of what the future holds but honestly, how often has that idea became reality? From the over-the-top flying cars to the robotic engineering of tomorrow, humans have dreamed many dreams of scientific advancement. Even though we read of scientific advancements in the news daily, it makes us wonder what else isn’t being shown to the mass media. What if someone created a whole city above in the clouds that couldn’t be seen by the naked eye? Those ideas lead video game creators to the gaming world of Bioshock Infinite. Welcome to Columbia, the holy city in the sky and the third installment of the Bioshock series. The year is 1912. We follow the story of Booker Dewitt, private investigator with a serious gambling and drinking problem, as he is offered a chance to wipe his slate clean. “Bring us the girl, wipe away the debt,” Booker was offered. He would later travel to the beautiful city of Columbia high up into the sky to retrieve the girl known as Elizabeth and be forgiven for all his pass transgressions. The city of Columbia is under the reign of Father Comstock, or the Prophet as some know him for his abilities to see into the future. Comstock warns his people about the false shepherd, Dewitt, that will lead their lamb astray and bring about the end of Columbia. This once

beautiful world begins to fade to darkness as we see the true nature of the city: racism, religious fanaticism, and mechanical advances that man could only dream of below. Now Booker must make his way through the city, battle mechanical wonders, save Elizabeth, and find out the true reason why Elizabeth is so important. Skyhook is how you travel the railways of Columbia. Of course one could walk to most places, but it’s so much more fun to ride the railways. Not only is the Skyhook convenient for travel, but it is one gruesome weapon. Players can rip their opponent’s neck open with the spinning blades or use the railways strategically get the jump on unsuspecting guards. Skyhook is one of the best weapons of the game. Vigors are the powers of this universe. Powers such as Shock Jockey that will shock your enemies, Devil’s Kiss that allows you to blast fireballs at your enemies, and Bucking Bronco that thrusts your enemies into the air make the game interesting. I sat down with Eric Vest Jr. as he played the game for the first time. While he didn’t enjoy the first game of the series, he absolutely loved the third. “While there could have been a lot more weapon choices, the powers were as cool as always,” Vest said. “Murder of Crows was my favorite because it was a handy way to get a break from enemies as the crows pecked them to death.” While he did enjoy the game, this wasn’t the same case for everyone. A lot of people were disappointed by the repetitiveness of the combat system. There are a limit of a few guns and your vigors

Fan showing love by dressing as one of the main characters, Elizabeth.

that you can make combos from, but people were craving new guns. The Skyhook, while amazing, was the only “new” creative gun other than your basic grenade launcher or carbon. “The combat system was alright, but I just wish there were more weapon options,” Sebastion Micheals said. He felt the creators could have improved weapons for the third installment. “I mostly used skylines and vigors to kill my enemies unless I was forced to use a gun.” As the third installment of the Bioshock series, this game did not disappoint. Rated 10/10, this game was stunningly both visually and musically.

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This game is very story-driven and will keep you on the edge of your seat as you ride the skylines of Columbia above the clouds. When you first enter the candlefilled baptizing room at the beginning, you’re overwhelmed by the soft glow and heavenly music. A whole new set of powers known as Vigors and a new city bring a fresh taste to the series, especially because this story isn’t based in Raptures like the series’ previous plot lines. A whole new story with new characters, a million possible stories, but only one ending.

Bumper stickers: the world at a glance Cara Clingan Staff Writer To make something our own, people often have to add their own little style to it. There are thousands of the same models of cars in the world and when the right car is purchased, we have the need to make it our own. Some people hang things from their mirrors and others use custom seat covers to add that little something. Then there are bumper stickers. Sometimes they make us laugh, some make us cry, and some make us wonder what the hell were they thinking when they put that out in public. Bumper stickers can be about anything and everything, and they are everywhere. As I wandered our very own campus

parking lot, roughly one in every three cars had some kind of bumper sticker(s). Most commonly, I’ve seen political, Star Trek, hunting, and even Big Bang Theory bumper stickers. Much like the clothes we wear, our cars give the world a glance of what we are into and our style. I’ve seen cars covered bumper to bumper with stickers while some have a simple awareness ribbon. To each their own, or so they say. Next time you’re out and about, take the time to stop and read the bumper stickers. (Preferably not when you’re driving!)

Bumper stickers show a glimps of who a driver is.

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February 21, 2014

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Choral Calendar 2014 At Kellogg Community College, much is happening in the world of music this upcoming Spring 2014 Semester. The KCC chorus will perform worldwide over the next six months, visiting Battle Creek, Coldwater and traveling to Rome and Italy at the end of June. Gerald Blanchard, music area coordinator, is eager for the music season. “This year’s season is supported by Mr. and Mrs. Devries as well as corporate sponsorship by Randall Foods,” Blanchard explained. With such support, we are able to offer the community, both college and Battle Creek, a wide variety of musical options.”

February Cereal City Concert Band, Winter Concert Saturday, Feb 15 at 7 pm Lakeview Middle School Auditorium — Battle Creek

March Davidson Student Recital Series Wednesday, Mar 19 at 1 pm Music at the Bruin Student Center Community Outreach Event: Legislative Breakfast Friday, Mar 28 at 7:00 am Burnham Brook 200 W. Michigan Ave — Battle Creek — Kellogg Singers

April KCC Jazz Band Concert Monday, April 22 at 7:30 pm Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Auditorium Davidson Student Recital Series Wednesday, April 23 at 1 pm Performances by KCC students studying through the individualized Music Lesson Program Area Davidson Visual and Performing Arts CenterAuditorium Choral Series Event: “Singing in the Spring” An Afternoon of Choral Splendor Sunday, April 27 at 1 pm Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church 27 East Chicago St. — Coldwater — Free-will donation KCC Jazz Band Concert Monday, April 28 at 4:30 pm Student Center

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Silent power Elizabeth Kerlikowske Advisor The doctor said I would need to practice “voice rest.” That sounded ominous to me, a natural chatterbox. I went online to discover that “voice rest” ranges from a breathy Marilyn Monroe voice to no laughing, crying, sneezing, coughing, talking. I thought I should practice silence, at least. To start silence, I had to tell my husband in out-loud words. He says I am terrible at pantomime, but he is the world’s worst guesser. In Pictionary, he’ll draw one thing and stab it with the pencil until the table shows through rather than move on. My penmanship is dismal, and I don’t blame him for not being able to read it. I found an app called Speak for Me. Without my glasses I can’t see the keypad, so I’m back to pantomime and scrawl. Everything I would normally say popped into my mind, but nothing could leave from the usual exit. Writing was certainly going to be necessary. I wrote little messages that could be read like poems: shoes / NO / the deer can hear you / sorry turd. I was frustrated for 16 hours and never stopped thinking about what I had lost instead of what I could learn. The second day was different. I woke not

breaking the silence. The cats, though, had not taken the vow, and they sang in the kitchen needing nothing from me but food. I felt less need to say anything to my husband except “Salmon?” and point him toward the basement. After he left for work, the silence in the house in the snowstorm was exquisite. With no one to talk to, what did I really need to say? It’s easy to be silent alone. When the real “voice rest” came, the doctor said I could talk lightly but “don’t try to get anyone’s attention.” I was silent for three days though I perfected “Happy Birthday Mr. President” and sang it to myself on my birthday. Racing thoughts slow when ideas are not vying for articulation. I felt calmer not speaking. I loved my silence. It was tremendously interesting to be in groups where there was no expectation of my commentary. I almost hated to start speaking again; I liked my quieter public persona. L i ke y aw n ing , s i len ce r ip ples through a crowd. If one person whispers, everyone starts whispering. At first, it annoyed me, but then, the environments seemed less harried, easier, gentler. Every utterance seemed an important and valuable secret. My voice is back, but I write this column to remember how during the silence, every communication was sifted into what absolutely mattered, and that was communicated. Silence simplified things and speeded up some processes. I realized how much of what we say is unimportant, and I took this column to say it.

Student Recital Series Wednesday April. 30 at 1 pm Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Auditorium

May Choral Series Event “Oh, What a Night!” An Italian Musical Celebration and Feast Friday, May 2 at 3, 5, and 7 pm Barista Blues Cafe, 91 Michigan Ave W., Battle Creek

Advance tickets $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and students, $10 for children 5 ages and older. At door price is $20 per person. All funds raised will support the 2014 KCC choir tour of Italy. Tickets available in the Arts and Communication Department offices: Call (269) 965-4126 ext. 1 Spring Cabaret 2013, Choral Series Event Branch County Community Chorus Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 pm Tibbits Opera House — Coldwater — Free-will donation Cereal City Concert Band Spring Concert Saturday, May 3 at 7 pm Marshall High School Auditorium 701 N Marshall Ave — Marshall Special Community Event: 33rd Annual Community Prayer Breakfast Featured Choir, Kellogg Community College Choirs Tuesday, May 6, at 7 am Kellogg Arena 36 W. Hamblin Ave — Battle Creek

June Kellogg Community College Choral Union European concert tour June 26 through July 2 Rome and the Amalfi Coast of Italy

The Spring 2014 Season Sponsor is Randall Foods, INC (Randall Beans) with additional support provided by Mrs. Eleanor R. & Robert A. DeVries.



The older student Coke head Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor Hi, my name’s Tiffany and I’m a Diet Coke-aholic. I know it sounds like the opening of a bad joke, but it’s the truth. On a normal day I down at least 5 cans of Diet Coke on top of any fountain drinks consumed at restaurants or fast food places. That’s pretty bad, but when you add in the fact that I drink no other liquids, ever, it only gets worse. I detest coffee. I never acquired a taste for juice or tea, and I can't stand water. It has no taste. It’s like disappointment in a glass. Someone needs to invent Diet Coke flavored water. I’d drink the heck out of that stuff. I’ve been a full-blown addict for the last 16 years. It started when I moved out on my own. Growing up, my mother rationed the pop I could drink. She said it was full of sugar, would rot my teeth, and make me fat. My parents were Pepsi drinkers and would buy a case of Pepsi every few weeks. This was back when Pepsi was sold in tall glass bottles. Pop-

ping the top of an ice-cold glass bottle of pop is what I imagine popping the top of a beer feels like to an alcoholic. It’s magic. My sister babysat me after school and as a treat we would split a bottle of Pepsi. She would have hers in a cup, and I would take the bottle even when I knew her “half ” was closer to three quarters, just so I could feel the icy glass upon my lip. When I moved out of my parent’s house, I decided that being an adult meant that I could drink as much pop as I wanted, and I did. I moved in with roommates that were constantly dieting, and they got me hooked on Diet Coke. It was like a dark God, and I was more than happy to bow down at its feet. I longed for a day when I could put Diet Coke in an IV and inject it directly into my veins. I never noticed that surviving on a liquid diet, which relied only on pop, impacted me in any way. I always maintained good blood pressure, low cholesterol, and was considered generally healthy. I have been heavy my whole life, so I never blamed my pop consumption for my weight. Then some weird things started happening. In my thirty plus years I have never had a cavity until recently when I was shocked to find out I had seven. Then there was the issue with my stomach. I have struggled for the last two years with unexplained stomach ailments: constant stomachaches, bouts with colitis, and burps that could rival a frat guy after a keg stand. When doctors could find no

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Diet coke addicts beware of dangers. photo by Tiffany Thatcher

physical explanation for my stomach problems, I looked to the Internet for guidance and was shocked to read the statistics on pop consumption, primarily Diet Coke. Diet Coke has been linked with rotting teeth, skin problems, kidney issues, stomach ailments, and obesity. Yes, that’s right obesity. I thought I was making the better choice by drinking a diet soda when in fact diet soda was making me hungrier. With all of this information at my fingertips, you would think

Nostalgia: the hottest selling product Heidi Myers Staff Writer The yesteryears are longed for more than ever. Everywhere you look there’s ‘retro’ this and ‘throwback’ that. Although remaking consumers’ favorite products is nothing new, what is happening today is on a much larger nostalgic scale. Childhood holds some of the best memories for most, and those memories become ingrained in the toys we held, shared, and coveted. One of the more high-tech toys of its time was the Furby, released in 1998. Furby was an electronic interactive owl (or possibly chipmunk) that became a must-have item in nearly every household during its two year reign. Smaller and different variations of the furry favorite were released for a few years, but nothing worthy of its past toy aisle rush. Now, over a decade after its release, it has been revamped and is being marketed as the “new Furby.” Furby isn’t the only toy making a comeback. Reproductions of classic toys

like the Etch-a-Sketch, painted wooden blocks, metal xylophone, Tinker toys, Slinky, and Lite Brite are all easily found and even come in vintage-style packaging. When I last perused the toy aisle, I noticed that Barbie and her packaging were modeled like the older versions. From the carefully chosen color scheme, clothing, and hairstyles, she appeared as if she could shift from 2013 to 1985 and no one would notice. Apparently even the seemingly unshakable empire of Barbie has succumbed to turning back the clock. Although fashion trends are always being recycled, usually we wait more than a decade to repeat them. So is it not the case with the current “grunge” trend which includes lots of high-waisted pants, crop tops, velvet, combat boots, oversized sweaters and acid-washed everything? Sounds a bit familiar…like the not so faraway 90's. In fact, the 90's appear to be the most coveted times. Television shows that may otherwise have fallen into obscurity are now being released in special edition box sets because of the huge fan-followings. (For examples see Daria or Boy Meets World) Favorite movies are being re-

released on newer formats, others are getting decade-delayed sequels. More and more television shows are having reunion specials and or even coming back on the air. So all of this raises the question: why? Are things so horrendous and unbearable that we must run back under the comfort of our nostalgia blanket? Are there no original ideas anymore? Are we just unwilling to accept anything new? Are our decisions based solely on what we enjoyed as children? I offer an alternative. With shows like Jersey Shore and Toddlers and Tiaras, one cannot be chastised for picking up the Friends box set. When even the biggest franchises are blatant copies or rip-offs of earlier made material, how does one have any faith in the media industry? (Looking at you, Hunger Games.) If more movies and books stopped recycling and remaking old stories, maybe we wouldn’t be so quick to run back to our beloved Disney movies and Harry Potter books. And perhaps if so many people didn’t feel as hopeless or see the future as darkly as they do, so many wouldn’t retreat to the times when things seemed so much brighter.

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that I would have broken my habit. But who are we kidding? I am an addict and addicts could care less about side effects. It took a major life event to finally open my eyes to the horrors of Diet soda. I suffered a miscarriage this past summer. I’m not naïve enough to blame my miscarriage on Diet Coke. In the seven months following my loss, I have tried unsuccessfully to get pregnant. Frustrated and confused I once again turned to the Internet and read the studies linking Diet Coke consumption to reproductive issues. That little bit of knowledge, whether scientific fact or not, finally got me thinking that I needed to make a change. At the end of December I began forcing myself to drink 2 bottles of water a day. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it was a step in the right direction. At first it sucked and I still drank my normal obsessive amounts of Diet Coke. Then a weird thing happened. I began to realize that I wasn’t as thirsty as I use to be. The water was keeping me hydrated unlike the Coke that made me thirstier with every sip. I am now down to one can of Diet Coke a day. I’m not cold turkey yet and I’m not entirely sure I ever will be. I’m enjoying a new found energy, healthier looking skin and fewer stomachaches. I don’t know if cutting back on my Diet Coke will help me to conceive, but it can’t hurt. And that is enough to keep me working towards my goal of being sodafree by 2015.

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Online dating Caitlyn Whitman Staff Writer Ron Whitman, my father, started his online journey as his comprehension of technology increased. He tried out dating sites and met many different women online that he has pursued friendships with but not much more. "I wanted to open up my options to more than the women that I was meeting at church, work and other venues." As Whitman became smarter with technology, he figured out how to use Facebook and how to join sites to meet friends. He joined a group for single fellowship Christians, a site that requires potential members to be approved by another member. Whitman explained his favorite part about this group on Facebook was meeting a certain woman. The two began texting and Skyping to learn more about each other. "I have made more friends than I have actually dated. Anyone from online dating and a lot of my friends are in different states and countries," Whitman said. " is okay for more local people and Christian is good for meeting people with the same beliefs.” Whitman pursued this friendship by flying to Australia to see this woman for a week-long vacation. He says if he could change anything about these websites, it would be the prices and hidden costs involved. Facebook sites are not the only way people use the internet to date. okcupid,, or offer users the chance to meet a variety of singles.

“These sites can get quite costly and if they are not a paying member, then communicating with them is impossible,” Whitman said. “POF or formally known as "Plenty of Fish" is free and has a lot of local people to meet, so I would that is where I would suggest someone to start their journey." As Whitman explained, there are prices involved in meeting people online. For example costs $14.99 for 6months, $16.99 for 3 months, and $29.99 for 1 month. These sites can become expensive and can also throw in hidden costs that you won’t find out about until you look at your credit card statements. However, online dating is risky. A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create untrue identities, especially to pursue deceiving online relationships. People meet online, start creating a relationship and in the end find out they have been talking to a different person than they originally thought and will end up in a bad heartbreak or dangerous situations. Studies show only 2 in 10 people are actually who they say they are. Despite the risk, online dating helps thousands of people meet new friends everyday, even if it’s not their life-long partner. It is predicted that more relationships are being created through social media websites while the divorce rate also continues to climb because of this same reason. To know more about what goes on and how it works, you would have to make your own account and try it yourself. These online dating sites may not always be the safest but neither is meeting people in person nowadays. Online dating could be great way to meet new friends and eventually find that lifelong partner.

Choosing chains Heidi Myers Staff Writer The arguments over fast food have come, gone, and come again. Evidence of unsafe or damaging processes has surfaced for numerous food chains over the years and will probably continue to do so. And yet, despite the lawsuits and shortcoming of good meal preparation, billions of people continue to eat at these chains every day. They have not changed, and they will not change. If someone chooses to knowingly expose themselves to unhealthy or unsafe foods it is their own poor choice. Small businesses are not exempt from unsafe practices. They can just as easily have an unsanitary kitchen, messy employees, and unsafe food prep process. Just be-

cause they are smaller and we do not hear about them doesn’t mean bad practices don’t happen. The idea that anyone working at a locally owned establishment does so because they enjoy it and big business employees just need a job is a gross generalization. There are some people who simply enjoy doing what they do, be it in a small town diner or Applebee’s. Also, how many people have jobs because they need them? No matter where a person works, it is a fair assumption they need the income they are working for and are not simply there to kill time. Work is just that, work. Ultimately, the quality of a restaurant isn’t based on if it is a local or a chain. It is whether it’s a pleasurable restaurant with varied and delicious food, exceptional service and a great atmosphere. Find that, and it won’t matter who is behind the counter.

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food that was given to them. A lot of the spices and seasonings come from the food these folks loved in Africa. Wherever and whatever its source, it is a proud part of many African American lives and enjoyed by a much larger group! More Greens, Please! Dr. D.

Dear. Dr. Destiny As a single person on Valentine’s Day, what can I do to lessen the sting of no flowers, no dinner, and no love? The Shriveled Heart Dear Shriveled Heart, You can be thankful that you are not in a lousy relationship! Actually going out alone on Valentine’s Day is a real bummer, but ask some friends who are also alone over for a pot luck dinner or an evening of playing cards or games or whatever suits your group. Immerse yourself in a great book or a great DVD and a huge bag of M&Ms and enjoy being with YOU. When you meet the right person for you, you won’t be alone. I have been married for a very long time, and we never celebrate Valentine’s Day. We love each other, and show it, every day. Dr. D. Dr. Destiny, I hear the Soul Food Luncheon is back again this year at KCC. What makes food “soul food?” Hungry for Corn Bread Dear Fellow Corn Bread Lover, I believe soul food is defined as food beloved by and often developed by the African American population. Some of it comes from the days of slavery when slaves had to be creative with the

Dear Dr. D, What are a few tips to lessen seasonal depression short of sitting under a sun lamp eight hours a day? Blue Dear Blue, Surround yourself with happy people! If you suffer from seasonal depression, being around others who are constantly finding fault and depressed will not help you at all. Laughter is season-less, so find reasons to laugh and people who laugh! Developed Funny Bone Dear Dr. D, This is my final semester at KCC. I’m worried about funding my future education. Where should I begin? Help!!!!! Future Graduate Dear Future Grad, Congratulations on finishing the first lap of your education! That is something to be proud of. Financing a college education is difficult, but at least you have some credits to start with. Now evaluate the colleges you are interested in and decide what school can give you the education you want at the best price. Investigate scholarships at those institutions; work-study programs; on-campus job opportunities; and every scholarship that comes up in an internet search. Congrats and continued success! Dr. D.

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opinion Burning bras or burning bridges? Heidi Myers Staff Writer Feminism was originally built on the idea of equality. It focused on women’s suffrage and political equality. It later expanded to include societal and cultural equality as well. Now feminism has very murky and at times completely unclear goals. Feminists have multiple complaints, some very valid, but the laundry list of things that are being fought against has become unbearable and at times, totally ridiculous. There are certainly legitimate and reputable feminists and feminist organizations out there, but they are overshadowed by the callous and, for lack of a better word, whiny ones. One of the most frequent complaints heard across the internet and media is women being objectified and stereotyped in video games. This is seen on numerous websites such as Feminist Frequency, which had backlash after posting a feminist video about “damsels in distress” in video games. The basis of the complaint is that there aren’t strong female characters in games, and video games always hyper-sexualize the female figure. The biggest problem with this argument is that many people making the claims don’t play video games because there are some hardcore female characters. Lollipop Chainsaw was a game with a singular lead character named Juliet, a zombie-killing cheerleader. Not only is she a strong woman, although ditzy at times, but she breaks the stereotype of the helpless cheerleader that cannot do anything for herself. Other games with capable female characters include Mirror’s Edge, Tomb Raider, and Metroid. Is the video game world dominated by males? Yes, overwhelmingly so. But that domination stretches farther than just the video game console. Associating this issue so largely with gaming is misleading when it is a media-wide norm. Hyper-sexualizing is almost guaranteed in video games. But what would one expect in a world where everything is over exaggerated and fantastical? The boobs are bigger, the blood is redder, and the explosions are louder. In games where realism is the goal, the bodies are proportionate. Feminist irritation has covered outrage at specific commercials, products, magazines, politicians, bloggers, and celebrities, to name a few. The strangest areas of irritation are aimed at product advertising, generally with the view that products being sold to women (deodorant, shampoo, razors, makeup, shoes) are being marketed as if women must have X or Y to be considered attractive. Personally, I buy the shampoo that gives me shiny hair because I want to have shiny hair. To assume all women are so naïve as to buy every item they see based on a commercial and the opinion of men completely discredits the very gender they are trying to validate. An extension of this issue is that feminism has a tendency to exclude a huge number of women. Females that are homemakers, extremely beauty oriented, or uneducated get nearly socially banished from the movement. The idea that a woman might choose to be a wife

and mother and be completely satisfied seems foreign. Enjoying the benefits of products available and catered to women (some of which make life easier or more enjoyable) is almost frowned upon. I find it more insulting that the very people fighting to get female stereotypes erased have such specific ideas as to what makes an acceptable woman. The most outrageous part of the accusations of sexism is how hypocritical some are. Numerous songs have been highlighted as blatantly sexual, most of which are always attributed to a male artist. Yet on the popular feminist website Jezebel, there is an entire article dedicated to sexual euphemisms and metaphors on Katy Perry’s new “filthy awesome album” as the title states. It’s apparently empowering for a woman to write songs exclusively about her genitalia or about seeing someone’s “peacock,” but if a man refers to himself as say, being well-hung or interested in sleeping with a woman, he is automatically a sexist pig. The line between empowering women and degrading men has been blurred. Feminists cannot be so one-sided with their anger if they intend to be taken seriously. This is just one of many examples of prejudice and wrongful assumptions against men that exist. To clarify, not everyone that identifies as a feminist has voiced these grievances or agrees with any of this. The outright truth is that society has plenty of issues, some gender related, but there comes a point when one must choose her battles. Movies, video games, comic books and the like are a business, plain and simple. Businesses cater to demographics, and if someone isn’t the primary demographic, they are not the first to be appeased. The bottom line is that feminism has long wandered away from its once admirable goals. Perhaps one day we can get back to original ideals the movement’s foundation was based on- pure, simple gender equality.

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"Oldboy" review T.J. Taylor Staff Writer What necessitates a remake? Was the original bad? Has it been a long time, so the original may look terribly dated? Is the original in a different language? Sadly, that last reason seems to be the cause for more and more remakes lately. Someone scared of subtitles thought it would be a good idea to remake the South Korean revenge thriller, "Oldboy" (which is an adaptation of a Japanese manga of the same name), even though there aren't many improvements to be made on the original. Spike Lee, director of such movies like "Do the Right Thing" and "Jungle Fever," takes the reins from Chan-Wook Park and doesn't really change much. The American remake replaces Min-Sik Choi with Josh Brolin as the protagonist, and Ji-Tae Yoo with Sharlto Copley as his nemesis. The film follows a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned in a hotel room for twenty years for reasons unknown, who upon release hunts down his captors in search of truth and revenge. A lot of visual elements of the original remain in this movie, probably because Spike Lee knew he couldn't top Chan-Wook Park's brilliant direction. There are at least two scenes ripped directly from the original, which was a good idea on Lee's part because doing them any other way would pale in comparison to the original (though it still manages to be disappointing). This is not to say that Lee doesn't put his own voice into the movie (his trademark close-up dolly shot makes an appearance, along with a lot of his recurring actors), but it

just doesn't quite live up to Park's. One of the scenes Lee copies in the remake is the famous hallway fight sequence, probably the most well-known sequence of the original. Even though it is necessarily the same scene, it is ruined in this version by bad sound mixing. Many scenes in the remake could be good but are hindered by minor mistakes like that. Another major element that seemed to be lacking in the English version was the raw emotional brutality of Park's version. Hits don't seem to land as hard, both physical, and emotional, hits. Copley's take on the villain, while actually being closer to the manga version than in Park's movie (which is strange since everything else in the remake is nothing like the manga), just doesn't seem as ruthless or as unforgiving as Ji-Tae Yoo's performance. The same thing goes for Josh Brolin's performance. This is not to say that he (or Copley for that matter) is a bad actor; he just can't capture the insanity of the protagonist that Min-Sik Choi brought to the screen so wonderfully. Not all remakes are bad ideas. David Fincher's remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is superior to the original in virtually every way, from the cast to the script to the soundtrack and especially to the direction. Even the remake of the cult classic "The Evil Dead," a personal favorite since as far as I can remember, was an amazing achievement and a much better movie by far (though I still love the original more in a different way). The reason that those work and this one doesn't? Those movies respected the originals and weave in some elements of them, but they had originality that hit all the right marks as well. In the case of "Oldboy", save your money and just watch the original on Netflix.


February 2014


Step into Sochi and the Winter Olympics

Mary Emington Staff Writer After the rush of holidays from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, there is a void leaving a space for the winter doldrums to set in. Thankfully, this year there is an event to send those winter doldrums packing. After four long years it is finally time for the 2014 Winter Olympics! The Winter Olympics will take place in Sochi, Russia. This is the first time the Winter Olympics will be held in Russia since its inception. Participants and visitors alike will witness an amazing opening ceremony. The Olympics are scheduled to run from February 7th to the 23rd. Recently, some controversy in the news has arisen regarding the safety of travelers to the Winter Olympic games. The U. S. Department of State has issued a warning for travelers to “remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times." Some individuals speculate this warning was given in response to Russia’s tightening of LGBT policies and the possibility of terrorism. There have been 3 suicide bombings since October

in the Russian city, Volgograd, only 600 miles from Sochi. U. S. citizens are cautioned to remain away from large crowds and demonstrations. Despite the somewhat controversial setting, athletes and the world alike are excited to witness the 2014 games. The worldwide event will display 15 sports: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboard, and Speed Skating. The United States is currently second in the total medal count for all-time Winter Olympic games at 253, including 87 gold. Norway takes first with an overall total of 303 medals, including 107 gold. Some Americans to take notice of in these games include Julia Mancuso— Alpine Skiing, Shaun White—Snowboarding, Kelly Clark—Snowboarding, Hannah Kearney—Freestyle Skiing, and Bill Demong-Nordic—Combined. One American favorite, Lindsey Vonn, recently announced she would not participate in the Sochi Olympics due to pain from her knee injury she endured during the world championships. Tune in for primetime coverage on NBC February 7th for the opening ceremonies. Get ready to chant USA!

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