The Bruin April, 2015 | Kellogg Community College |
Editorial: what to do in an interview
Sunshine spring trips
Here at the Bruin we encourage all of our writers to go out and talk to the staff and students as much as possible, both for the sake of gathering information and in order to build connections and a sense of trust within the KCC community. Recently, however, there has been some confusion over just what interviewees can request of our writers and what the general ground rules are for interviews. - Pg 7
KCC’S SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL TEAMS HEAD SOUTH In Battle Creek in late February and early March there isn’t a lot of grass outside. On the contrary, snow covers the ground and you can still see your breath in the air. - Pg 8
Bona accepts job; interim president named JONATHAN HOGAN guest writer
On Wednesday, March 18, President Dennis Bona was selected to be the next president of Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Bona was recommended by a committee to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees who selected him over the other two candidates for the job. Bona will begin his new job on July 1 of this year. Shortly after the announcement, KCC sent out a press release containing a response from Bona. “It is with great pride and a sense of accomplishment that I’m providing the Board of Trustees of Kellogg Community College with notice of my retirement after 34 years of service,” Dr. Bona said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as KCC’s fourth president and I trust that the institution will continue to prosper in my absence. The College has provided me with extremely rich and rewarding opportunities and surrounded me with talented staff who have supported my every initiative, enabling our mutual success. I’m especially appreciative of the opportunities I have had serving the great community we live in and particularly the thousands of students whose lives were impacted by KCC during my tenure. I hope that KCC will stay the course in elevating the needs of our students and our community as its number one priority.” The KCC Board of Trustees made a counteroffer to Bona to encourage him to stay, but the president declined that offer. The Board met in a regularly scheduled monthly meeting that same night. After nearly two hours of closed session, the board voted unanimously to accept Bona’s retirement, effective June 30. Steve Claywell gave the following statement
TRANSFER CREDITS AND YOU
LOGAN HENKEL guest writer
For many students, KCC is a stepping stone to another school or university. What students tend to overlook are the many hazards that come with choosing classes that will actually transfer somewhere else. However, KCC has many resources and people in place to help you figure out what university
Mark O’Connell, the appointed interim president.
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at the meeting. “On behalf of the Board, we’d like to first congratulate Dr. Bona on his new opportunity. He has served 34 years in many capacities at Kellogg Community College and we are appreciative of all his efforts. He has been a very dedicated and committed asset to the college. We wish him the best of luck in his future. We would like to assure the staff, administration, citizens and students that the board will work diligently and responsibly to fill this vacancy. Kellogg Community College has outstanding professionals at all levels that will assist us in our efforts. Because of them, we will continue to make KCC the best choice for continued education excellence. The board will be discussing a President
you would like to go to, and what classes they look for on your transcript. Michael Houston, an academic advisor here at KCC, constantly meets with students in order to figure out which transfer programs and classes fit their needs. He and many other staff members at KCC work hard every day in order to make it less stressful for students that plan on transferring out of KCC. “What we intend to do here is give students equivalent courses to meet university requirements, so when they transfer, it’s a smooth transfer,” said Houston. KCC transfer guides are truly a lifeline to any student interested in earning a degree from a four year institution. It’s very important to tailor your class schedule to fit into the Michigan Transfer Agreement to whichever college you’re trying to enroll at. When asked about what students
Search that will be timely and transparent. We will be appointing [vice president of administration and finance] Mark O’Connell as the interim President effective March 19, 2015.” Claywell explained that while Bona would remain at KCC until his retirement, O’Connell would be taking over day-to-day operations as interim president. Board Trustee Matt Davis said the transition will be “a win-win for everybody,” as it would allow both the president and the college to move forward. O’Connell said he will work to ensure that the college maintains a focus on students. “We’re here to provide the best education,” he said. The board did not comment on when the search for a new president would begin or whom they would consider for the job. Bona has been president of Kellogg Community College since 2010. He has worked at KCC since 1981. During that time, he has worked as an industrial welding professor (1981-1986), director of the trades and technology department (1986-1991), Director of the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center (1991-1999), dean of career and occupational education (1999-2003), and Vice President of Instruction (2003-2010). Bona received his associate’s and bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Western Michigan University. Last year Bona was put on temporary leave after a former security guard sent a letter to the board claiming he had seen Bona interacting inappropriately with a female KCC employee. Bona returned to work after evidence showed that the guard was not employed at KCC during the date the alleged event occurred. Contact Jonathan Hogan at k0206388@kellogg. edu.
can do in order to stay ahead of the game, Houston went on to say, “Some of the positive steps students can do is to contact the university or college they plan to transfer to early, in order to get a feel for the program.” Meeting with an advisor not only at KCC but also at the university you are interested in can help give you an outline as to what’s needed in order to fulfill your time here at KCC. KCC sophomore Mike Brown took every opportunity to visit Western Michigan University’s campus in order to become more familiar with it. “I met with an advisor at KCC to plan out what specific courses I would need to take that would transfer to WMU. I eventually met with a Western advisor after I got accepted to confirm my transfer credits and also to see what classes I’d have to take there,” said Brown. Having friends at the college you want to attend can also be big help
in answering any questions you have and can make your transfer much less intimidating. Brown continued, “Both my girlfriend and best friend go to WMU, so I’ve gotten pretty familiar with the campus and have been able to visit several times which has helped make things much easier.” Former KCC Bruin and current MSU Spartan Riley Davis knows the risks that come with some classes. Davis had earned some credits that he took at KCC that ended up not transferring in the end. “What happens is the classes at KCC sometimes will not meet the difficulty level at MSU or at other universities, so if you take a class that’s worth four credits, then the university will only accept two of those credits. So you’ll probably have to take the class again, except at the university,” said Davis. Contact Logan Henkel at email@example.com.
Learning at the Bridge
Helping students on their path STEPHANY HATTON guest writer
Do you need help in a class? A quiet place to study? Have you missed or done poorly on a test? Would you like to make it up? Why not visit the Bridge? This learning tool is located on the second floor of the Ohm building. The Bridge offers tutors and paraprofessionals that can and will help you in several subjects. Brigitta Staley, an English/writing paraprofessional in the Bridge, says “There is always coverage for Math and English: it’s the peer tutors and the Accounting and the Chem and Biology that are not here all the time.” There are also peer tutors for many subjects like accounting, anatomy and physiology, graphic design, Spanish and many more. There are even OIT and basic computer tutoring to help when it comes to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook, available twice a week. This is helpful for those that need a little more help on knowing how to use these programs and is a great opportunity to take advantage of. These programs are used in most of the classes or need to be used for homework. Students might as well get free help and do it correctly rather than guess and get it wrong. Also, if students need to take or retake a test, they must get their teacher to submit the work order to the Bridge.
Then the student needs to make an appointment to take the test by going online to the Kellogg Community College web page, scroll all the way to the bottom and click “The Bridge.” The next move is to click “Make-up & Online Testing” at the top, on the left hand side. After that, scroll down until you see “Schedule a Test.” Click on that, and then fill out the information to schedule the test. This is a totally free program for all students, but you must have a KCC ID in order to use this service. The first time students go up to the Bridge, they will give them a sticker bar code to put on the back of their KCC ID that will make it easier to go in. After that, all anyone will have to do is scan that bar code and that will sign them in. When signed in, students just select why they are there from the drop down arrow that appears on the computer screen. Then they can start working or taking a test, or getting help. If students are there to take a test they must also check in with the person at the desk. Take advantage of this amazing place the next time you need help in a subject! The paraprofessionals are incredible friendly and they are there to help the students, so there is no need to be shy or afraid. This is a great resource when students cannot contact their teachers. Contact Stephany Hatton at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Exhibit Date: April 20 through May 1
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Thursday, April 2
2:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Davenport University 3:00p - KCC Softball vs. Lansing CC
Saturday, April 4
1:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Delta College
Tuesday, April 7
2:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Ancilla College 3:00p - KCC Softball vs. Davenport University
Thursday, April 9
2:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Jackson College
Friday, April 10
3:00p - KCC Softball vs. Kalamazoo Valley CC
Saturday, April 11
1:00p - KCC Softball vs. Grand Rapids CC 1:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Henry Ford CC
Tuesday, April 14
2:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Grand Rapids CC 3:00p - KCC Softball vs. Jackson College
Thurday, April 16
2:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Davenport University
Friday, April 17
3:00p - KCC Softball vs. Lake Michigan College
Sunday, April 19
1:00p - KCC Softball vs. Muskegon CC
Monday, April 20
3:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Concordia University
Tuesday, April 21
2:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Lake Michigan College 3:00p - KCC Softball vs. Ancilla College
Thursday, April 23
12:00p - KCC Education Seminar 3:00p - Student Art Exhibit Reception 3:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Indiana Tech University
Friday, April 24
3:00p - KCC Softball vs. Muskegon CC
Saturday, April 25
1:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Lansing CC 1:00p - KCC Softball vs. Lansing CC
Tuesday, April 28
11:00a - Stress Busters 3:00p - KCC Softball vs. Owens CC
Thursday, April 30
3:00p - KCC Softball vs. Macomb CC
Saturday, April 18
1:00p - KCC Softball vs. Glen Oaks CC 1:00p - KCC Baseball vs. St. Clair CC
Education Seminar “A Day in the Life of an Educator”
Thursday, April 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Kellogg Room
Reception: April 23, 3-6 pm At the Art Center of Battle Creek 265 E Emmett Street Battle Creek, MI For more information contact Ryan Flathau, email@example.com
Seating is limited. Pre-register by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP required by Monday, April 20. Contact the Early Childhood and Teacher Education office for more information at 269-965-3931, ext. 2109.
KNOW YOUR Bruin
JESSIE SCHNEIDER editor
Jackie Hallahan has worn many hats at KCC. Firstly, she was once a student here before transferring to Albion and then off to Siena Heights where she eventually came out with a degree in multidisciplinary studies. After obtaining her degree, she worked at the Eastern Academic Center as a secretary. Then coming back to KCC’s main campus, Hallahan put her skills to work in the Records and Registration area. She says that she “walked in to KCC and never left.” Her favorite thing about this community college is the opportunity she gets to help students and make a difference. “I feel very valued here as an employee,” Hallahan says. She goes on to tell of a time when a student had called to ask questions about KCC because he was deciding whether or not to attend. Thankfully she was able to answer most of his questions or point him in the direction he needed to go. She also took time to give him her work contact information so that he could come directly in to receive help for
figuring out the rest of his questions. Because of her dedication to and care for that student’s needs, he eventually chose to attend KCC, though other colleges were closer to home. Hallahan’s tip to students is to continue to ask questions. “When you can’t find the answers right away, keep asking and don’t give up. Someone will help you,” she assuringly says. Now Hallahan is the scholarship technician in the KCC Foundation office. There, she collects the scholarship applications, sorts and sends them out where they need to go. In fact many students have probably met her when turning in their Foundation scholarship applications. She is very cheery and helpful with any questions. As all students know, this is very important due to the fact that applications can be quite stressful. Her kind, reassuring words bring relief to this worrying process. Outside of taking care of students here at KCC, Hallahan is also a full time mom of three. Her whole family manages to stay active by running together. As a longtime athlete, who was active even back in high school as the co-captain of the tennis team, Hallahan
Continuing the chase;
my journey toward graduation BOB PSALMONDS staff writer
I just turned in my cap, gown, and degree order form down at the KCC Bruin Bookstore yesterday. The price, for me, was $39 once taxes and the other costs were added in. Those also on Bobbie Brawley’s graduation list probably received their own emails that included this form. As an alternative, I could have ordered the two items online no later than April 26th. For those of you getting two certificates or degrees, remember you have to pay the cost for each certificate or degree, not a one lump sum amount. The Starfish Award Nomination Form, another attachment Brawley sent me, made me think awhile. I honestly could, and will, nominate several people who helped me over the last few years, not only to survive as a returning student, but thrive and grow here at KCC. The Arts and Communication department holds a half dozen people alone. There was Elizabeth Kerlikowske, who received the award last year, and who is now a retired and working as a poet/artist. Unfortunately for me, she is no longer eligible. Applications for participating in the Commencement Ceremony were due on April 3rd. To be honest, I agonized over the idea of taking the time to do all that was involved with a graduation ceremony. Most of us will only get this honor a few times in our lives. I missed my first college graduation ceremony back in 1989 when I was awarded degrees in computer programming and accounting. Since I wasn’t even told I was graduating, I misunderstood what the administrator was saying and skipped the three school event in Seattle as too far to drive. The next Monday, an administrator and a friend of mine both asked me why I hadn’t bothered to show up. I must confess it was a wee bit of a shock. This is probably one of the reasons I’ve decided to be so proactive both as a student and in the activities while chasing this degree. There was a big Graduation Blitz a few weeks ago as a continuation of my slower mid-semester journey to graduation. The first event was held in the Student Center with many of the individuals involved in making sure we went up to the stage for the ceremony that was happening up on the raised dais. After chowing down three super-rich frostingcovered pieces of cake that destroyed my diet, I returned to the Military Project table to continue
recruiting those who had or are serving our country. I did find it amusing that people giving away candy and small sugary items only provided water to drink because it’s healthy. I guess it’s the little sacrifices that count. For those of us trying to continue our education by transferring to other schools, the Phi Theta Kappa and Student Services have both held scholarship fairs. Besides the fact it’s fun to hang out and converse with these knowledgeable people, the real reason for the events--providing helpful financial information to students--is always welcome. Western Michigan University held a Bronco recruitment and transfer event last week. There is even an email for scholarship applications and information sent out by the Phi Theta Kappa. Did you know the cap and gown can be decked out with all kinds of cool awards? For example, being a member of the Phi Theta Kappa means getting to wear a golden stole that looks fantastic. These will be available in the bookstore in April for purchase. As a veteran, I can wear a cord denoting my service in the Army and Air Force. Phi Theta Kappa officers get to wear a special tassel to show their service to the Honors Society. That high GPA means yet another item can be displayed as a sign of being on the Honor Roll. Anyone having done four Honors contracts or better gets to show that time consuming accomplishment as well. I’m sure there are several other things I’ve missed. I’ve decided to find out just how many items I can qualify for from a perverse sense of fun. It’s more a challenge thing than a matter of pride. I tend to get bored easily (surprise), so have always been on the lookout for any new venues to burn my energies. The Phi Theta Kappa and veteran cords are a given, as is the one showing a good GPA (unless I really fail this semester). It’s too late for the PTK Officer tassel. The Honors contracts might be fun and I’ve decided to pick up that gauntlet this semester. For those of you with the time left here at KCC and a desire to enhance your educational resume, this is an excellent way to do so. This could get you into the Honors program at your next school, which is another great honor. For me, the challenge of five contracts in one semester should be a lot of fun but probably a little time consuming--that is, if I want to finish it all by April 20th! Contact Bob Psalmonds at k0303209@kellogg. edu.
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Jackie Hallahan, Scholarship Technician at the KCC Foundation.
doesn’t find it too challenging to keep up with her boys. With the lively lifestyle she leads, she enjoys all varieties of foods. Though her all-time favorite goes way back to her grandma’s taco salad, Hallahan says “I haven’t met a food I don’t like!” Contact Jessie Schneider at k0327464@kellogg. edu.
Dual enrollment at KCC ELLERIE DEMOSS guest writer
Getting ahead can be beneficial, especially for students and their credits. As a community with a college, the Battle Creek area offers high school students a chance to dual enroll and to get a jumpstart on college courses. Preparing for further education and getting basic courses out of the way can be helpful for a student that decides to take classes at their local community college. For a high school student that plans for college, dual enrollment can help prepare them for college level courses. By managing these courses before graduating from grade school, students may gain a better understanding of future college courses. Emily Hamner, a dual enrolled student from Harper Creek high school, stated, “It is so helpful having a community college where I can take classes, and especially before I even graduate. [KCC] also benefits the preparation of actually becoming a college student, like how it differs from previous education.” A college in a community can benefit current students, as well as future students looking to further their education. Students can attend fulltime or part-time depending on their schedules, and this is a perk for those attending their local school. Previously dual enrolled high school students that go onto a university can also gain from their community college education. By getting a taste of not only the college level courses, but classroom settings, students are better prepared when attending their future school. Amanda Hainline, a former dual enrolled KCC student from Harper Creek high school, stated, “Deciding to take classes while still in high school sustained me for college itself. I think it supplies students a headstart when it comes to their education, and they should take advantage of that.” With a community college being an advantage to dual enrolled students, it is also a very convenient decision. There are a number of colleges that have multiple locations, so that students within that area can attend whichever is most appropriate for them. Dual enrolled students can get ahead on their credits, and prepare themselves for education after high school by enrolling at their local community college before graduating. By taking the extra steps ahead of time, a student can not only better their education sooner, but also their understanding of college — especially within their community. Contact Ellerie DeMoss at k0333136@kellogg. edu.
Proposal One: debating on our roads
for the legislation that ultimately crafted Proposal 1 and sent it to the May 5 ballot. The Michigan House of Representatives passed the legislation with a vote of ninety-four in favor and sixteen votes against. The ninety-four votes in favor were made up of fortyeight Democrats, forty-five Republicans and one Independent. The Michigan Senate also passed the legislation with a vote of twenty-six in favor and twelve against. Eleven Democrats and fifteen Republicans made up the twenty-six favorable votes. However, some remain skeptical over the seemingly bi-partisan support of Proposal 1. “I believe there’s a disconnect between the elected officials and the members of the party, especially those labeling themselves as Republicans. I believe many Republicans see the proposal as a tax increase and possibly the legislature abdicating its responsibilities,” KCC Professor Jonathan Williams said. “On the other hand,” Williams added, “the legislature is asking the people, rather than making the decision themselves, whether or not to raise taxes, which is a positive move.” The solutions proposed by Proposal 1 are also being debated by KCC students. “I think the proposal is a good idea, but it’s really hard to have any hope of change because our roads are so bad, it’s almost past the point of being able to be fixed,” Scears explained. “I’ll be voting against Proposal 1.
The language is foggy and the intent of the proposal is really unclear. I believe that we don’t need additional taxes. We could reallocate current tax money and resources to fund the needed road repairs,” KCC student Drew Larson said. So what happens if there’s a “no” vote on May 5? “The Legislature has already argued that the roads are bad and in need of repair. They’ll have to look at other options, such as raising fees or reducing the weight limit per axle on vehicles,” Williams explained. Many are still checking off the undecided box, as they attempt to figure out where they stand on the issue. “I’m still undecided at this time. I’ve started to study up on the proposal. But I am unsure if the revenue that is raised from the increase in the sales tax will end up being fully put towards roads and schools,” KCC student Laura Van Dyke said. “I am very conflicted about this proposal. Axing the gas tax seems appealing on the surface, but the alternative of raising the sales tax isn’t so appealing. It seems as though it would put pressure on low income families on top of an increase in gas prices, which would make their lives harder than they already are,” Wills explained. Those who are undecided on Proposal 1 still have time to educate themselves on what the passage or failure of the proposal would mean for them. The election will take place on Tuesday, May 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The last day to register to vote in the election is Monday, April 6. To check that you are registered to vote, to register yourself to vote, to find out where you need to go to vote on Election Day, or to see a sample ballot including the official language of Proposal 1, visit the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Center at https:// vote.michigan.gov/mvic/. Contact Eric McClure at k0320017@ kellogg.edu.
at a dot. But then I thought of Pablo Picasso’s painting of a simple black dot on white paper, and how unfair it is that he could sell that painting for millions of dollars even though it was just a dot. Having failed at focusing on those other things I switched back to how the music made me feel. I began seeing myself floating through outer space colored in blues and purples. This lasted until the timer went off and my meditation was over. I can’t say that I had any miraculous euphoria bestowed upon me during or after but I did feel slightly more rested and my seemingly chronic headache felt a little less crippling. Even though I didn’t feel much, I decided to look into the numerous benefits for your health that result from regular meditation. In this world, people are left lonely for a number of reason. Some are young people who just moved out of their parents’ house to face the world on their own. Others are elderly people left alone by the passing of their loved ones. But whatever the reason, loneliness is detrimental to a person’s health. It lowers self-esteem, confidence, and
altogether happiness. Thankfully, research has found the simple act of meditation can help decrease the effect of loneliness. Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles have now reported that a basic two month meditation regimen helped curb loneliness in participants. In the experiment to prove this point, elderly individuals attended weekly two-hour meetings in which they learned the methods of mindfulness, including awareness and breathing techniques. Outside of the classes they also practiced mindfulness meditation for thirty minutes each day at home and attended a single day-long retreat. So, meditation isn’t just a fun experiment to try; it is also a good idea for folks looking to improve their health. People need to go get comfy, put on some meditation sounds, and set their focus on whatever distracts them from stressing thoughts and feelings. Maybe, just maybe they will find advancement in their health and mood. Contact Jessie Schneider at email@example.com.
ERIC MCCLURE guest writer
On May 5, voters across the State of Michigan will have the opportunity to voice their opinion at the ballot box on Proposal 1, the proposed solution to improve the deteriorating conditions of Michigan’s roads. Proposal 1 aims to raise the required funds in order to make the necessary repairs that so many pothole filled, crumbling roadways across Michigan are in need of. To raise those funds, Proposal 1 would increase the state sales tax from its current rate of 6 percent to 7 percent. In addition to the 1 percent increase in the state sales tax, several other measures would be enacted in order to raise funds. According to a March 3 MLive article, Proposal 1 would exempt fuel from the sales tax and “convert existing 19-cent per gallon gasoline and 15-cent per gallon diesel taxes to a wholesale version,” increasing fuel taxes to make up for the removed sales tax on fuel. The proposal would also trigger other laws that would “eliminate annual registration fee discounts, increase fees for heavy trucks, (and) create new surcharges for electric and hybrid vehicles whose owners pay fewer fuel taxes” as well as “expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing about $300 million a year in targeted relief for low-income families,” as the same March 3 MLive article reported. Proposal 1, including the laws that would take effect with its passage, is projected to raise “$1.25 billion a year for roads and bridges…$200 million for the School Aid Fund and $111 million for local governments, when fully implemented,” according to the non-partisan House Fiscal Agency, as reported in the same March 3 MLive article. According to a report by the Michigan Department of Transportation, which calculated the distribution of road funding by counties, Calhoun County received $8,205,502 in fiscal year
Michigan’s road conditions can damage vehicles, causing financial stress.
2014. MDOT’s report further stated that if Proposal 1 were to pass, the estimated funding for Calhoun County would increase to $10,055,175 in fiscal year 2016, $11,904,849 in fiscal year 2017 and $13,754,523 in fiscal year 2018. The contents of Proposal 1 may be new to many on campus, but the fact that Michigan’s roads are in need of repairs isn’t. “After the thaw in the spring, the roads are terrible in certain places. Some potholes appear to be a foot wide and several inches deep. In some situations you just can’t avoid them and hitting them makes you feel like your car is about to shake apart,” KCC student Elizabeth Wills said. The cost of making repairs to vehicles due to potholes and poor road conditions is something else that many are aware of. “My front axle was out of line, my motor mount had to be replaced and my tire pressure was a lot lower than it should be,” KCC student Farrah Scears explained. These kind of repairs hit students especially hard, as they are facing the ever-growing costs associated with going to college. “The cost of school is outrageous for students right now to begin with and now we have to worry about the cost to fix our cars because of how many potholes our roads have. It’s really stressful,” Scears said. The support for Proposal 1 seems to cross-over party lines, as a bipartisan group of both State Senators and Representatives voted in favor
Focusing for your health JESSIE SCHNEIDER editor
Is it possible to focus on a single thing without being distracted by your own wandering thoughts? That difficult feat is the main objective of meditation. It is hard to try and divert your attention away from thinking about to-do lists, remembering events of the day, and pondering the future. I began this whole process quite begrudgingly. When planning how I was going to spend my day, I wondered if I really wanted to waste ten minutes of my precious time to just sitting, thinking about nothing. Eventually I decided to start and make the best of it by being sure that I was very comfortable while meditating. I grabbed a huge fluffy sweatshirt and pillow, turned on my space heater, and plopped myself down in front of it. It didn’t take long for me to notice
that I was going to need something to focus on in order to keep my brain from wondering so I pulled up a meditation music playlist to listen to on my phone. As I laid there with my eyes closed, concentrating on the melodies surrounding me, I began to picture a single cord that would vibrate every time the music did. Then there were sounds like a water drop so my brain immediately saw liquid dropping into a puddle and rings dancing out away from the point of impact. I was quite focused on that for a while but then I decided that it would be fun to see how well I could concentrate on other things. So I chose to think about my nose. But then my thoughts immediately started running again because I thought of a drawing a little girl made for me where my nose was a triangle and then I thought of the little girl’s family. It just continued on from there, so I switched my focus and began to imagine staring
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Catching some Z’s JENNY MAIRS guest writer
College students are one of the most sleepdeprived populations. A study done at Brown University found that approximately 11% of students report good sleep, while 73% report sleep problems. 18% of college men and 30% of college women report having suffered from insomnia in the past 3 months. This led me to wonder if KCC students felt the same way. “I work eighteen to twenty hours a shift.” said Alexis Galli, a seventeen year old part time KCC student. “I sleep about six to eight hours a night. I think I get enough sleep during the night.” Sleep deprivation in students has been linked to lower GPA’s because sleep affects concentration, memory and the ability to learn. The average adult sleeps less than seven hours each night, when most need eight, or more. Full time student, Dani Cavinder, works twenty-four hours a week. “I get between four and seven hours a sleep a night... My work hours affect my sleep.” Sleep is important for a number of reasons. It restores our energy, fights off illness and fatigue by strengthening our immune system, helps us think more clearly and creatively, strengthens memory, produces a more positive mood and better performance throughout the day. It’s not just a passive activity or something to fill the time when you’re inactive. “I work about thirty-five hours a week, not including class,” Jordan Andrews said. “I
sleep about five to six hours a night. And no, I don’t feel like I get enough sleep.” Lack of sleep can cause many health issues. Students are often not aware that they are at risk. Since sleep deprivation can impact the immune system function, the ability to fight off infections becomes more difficult and we are more prone to getting upper respiratory infections, such as cold and flu, and often feel run down. Students have indicated that lack of sleep has impacted their academic performance in a negative way. They have made lower grades, missed a paper or project deadline, some even had to withdraw from a class. Some students rely on staying up most of the night to study, but pulling an all-nighter and cramming at the last minute can actually be counterproductive. Research has shown that students who get six or fewer hours of sleep have a lower GPA than those who get eight or more. “I work twenty five hours a week,” full time student Mitchell Tortelli said. “And I get about seven hours of sleep a night. Yes, I think I get enough sleep at night, especially when I work until 10:30.” During sleep, the brain organizes, sorts, and stores what we have learned and experienced that day, making it easier to recall at a later time. It also helps weed out irrelevant information, making connections between the memory and information a student has learned that day, even if the student was unable to make those connections while awake. Contact Jenny Mairs at k0209297@ kellogg.edu.
At KCC, music matters ANORAH SEITA staff writer
In college, there is so much more to be learned than just in the classroom. KCC’s music program allows students to receive a more varied educational experience. The creativity, dedication and artistic exploration that comes with a musical background are vital to establishing skills needed in both the classroom and the workforce. Even if you aren’t a music major, you can still take a music class for personal enjoyment or just to explore your artistic capabilities. You don’t even have to attend KCC to take a music class; there are a variety of students and people from all over Battle Creek playing together in musical ensembles. Dr. Gerald Blanchard, who is the director of vocal music and the music program coordinator, urges students to consider getting involved with music, as it promotes discipline, personal expression, enhances cognitive skills, and can create a sense of belonging for students. He notes, “Our instructors are passionate about teaching; therefore, the students get real world experience from people who love what they do,” when asked about what sets KCC’s program apart. It all comes down to the commitment the instructors have in seeing their students succeed and enjoy music on a deeper level. With the new Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, KCC is invested in its music program like never before, and can now give students a top-of-the-line facility to explore their creative and musical side. In addition to a new building, there are several special projects being planned for students. Conact Anorah Seita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Is indoor “vaping” acceptable at KCC? LANE COLLINS staff writer
Walking towards the North Avenue campus courtyard or to the entrance of the Roll Building, it is typical to notice two or three people smoking cigarettes off on the outskirts of these areas. Some students and faculty smoke near the path on the west side of the new Binda Center while others smoke in the designated smoking area near the entrance to the Roll building. Additionally, some smoke between the Davidson Center and the Lane Thomas Building. Some people can be seen smoking just outside of the building doors or on the courtyard paths. A few students are even bold enough to smoke in places like the Student Center and in the class hallways. However, what these students are smoking inside the campus are not conventional cigarettes. Smoking, in fact, is not the correct term. What these Kellogg students are doing within the college is called “vaping.” What is vaping? According to USA Today, vaping is the act of inhaling water vapor through a personal vaporizer or an electronic cigarette. The object has a battery that heats the liquid, which then atomizes
the liquid into an inhalable vapor. Some vape pens and electronic cigarettes are very small, adorned with an LED light at the end. Other vape pens and electronic cigarettes are larger and are much more elaborate, with a larger and more powerful battery pack, cartridge, and other various customizations to make it the user’s own unique item. There are several different flavors of liquid that the owners of vape pens or electronic cigarettes can purchase to use in their products. “There is no tobacco in vape pens or e-cigarettes, so the person using one is not essentially smoking,” said Josef Anderson, an employee at Wild Bill’s Tobacco, a retail store that sells both vape pens and electronic cigarettes. “Not only are there less chemicals in pens [than] in regular cigarettes or smokeless tobacco, but there are hundreds of different flavors for [vape pens and e cigarettes], ranging from fruits to mints to even beverages and food.” These vape pens and electronic cigarettes do not emit the off-putting scent of tobacco smoke. “A lot of people who use [vape pens and electronic cigarettes] are people that are trying to quit smoking,” Anderson added. “Recently there seem
What is on your Bruin bucket list? while earning an education. Students shouldn’t be afraid to put dancing in guest writer the student lounge or leaving a kind A handful of Kellogg Community note in a library book amidst other College students were recently asked items on their lists. They need to think this question: What would you put outside the box, be creative, and above on your KCC Bucket List? They sat, all, be willing to pursue what is placed wondering what it is they’d like to do on the list. One item Tyler Howard hopes to before leaving this institution and moving on to the next chapter. Their pursue is “to attend a sports event here at KCC.” Dominic Rivera, on the answers were varied. Alex Runyon said he’d like to other hand, is more focused on what leave “with a 4.0.” His plans are to happens in the classroom. He stated get his prerequisites out of the way one of the items on his bucket list while at Kellogg, and then transfer would be, “don’t fail my classes.” Major aspects of college include to a university. Another student’s bucket list went in an entirely different students going outside their comfort direction. LaDarius Livingston wants zone, building networks, and making to be part of a crew and “make real memories. They can begin this process fried chicken in the cafeteria.” He was by, first, deciding what it is they want even included on a fellow student’s list. to achieve while attending. Then next, “Seeing LaDarius as the mascot for jotting these ideas down and keep KCC,” is what Rachel Seng responded. them handy. By doing so, the list will This question showed that some become a priority. Before they know students have already subconsciously it, students will be crossing items off created a list of accomplishments they their KCC Bucket List and gaining new would like to achieve or activities they experiences every day. Alivea Russell shared an hope to do. Meanwhile, answer that most students have others haven’t even My KCC Bucket List probably already placed at the considered it. Be quoted in the Bruin top of their list. The item she Tim Pike decided to nt Attend sports eve hopes to cross off is “graduate.” put “go on a tech club s Tyler Reilly would add, “join trip” on his KCC Bucket Pass my classe group a group” to his. By doing this, List. Meanwhile, Makayla Join a he would like to “be more Stuart wants to wear her active here.” Another student pajamas to class while she’s also wants to try something still a Kellogg student. “I’ve different on campus. Anna always wanted to do that! I Dendy wants to “take a class that I would be a real college kid!” wouldn’t normally think about taking, Stuart added. Creating a KCC Bucket List can like Astronomy.” Lastly, Stephan encourage students to set goals and Santiago expressed that one item he’d establish realistic timeframes for those have on his KCC Bucket List is “be goals. The items on the list don’t have to quoted in the Bruin.” Contact Heidi Gartley at only be academically based either. It’s important that students have some fun email@example.com.
to be more people who use vape pens that had not been smoking cigarettes before. It’s becoming more than a method to quit smoking.” Furthermore, there is no tobacco while vaping, making no danger of a passerby receiving secondhand smoke from a vape pen or electronic cigarette. Many young adults have started to vape, bringing a new fad to the community. There are several vape shops in both Battle Creek and Coldwater. “Vape pens seem to be much more convenient and are a lot safer for people that do smoke,” said Ariana Southern, a student at KCC. “Having asthma myself, I am not bothered by it.” Though vape pens and electronic cigarettes may not emit second-hand smoke and are tobacco-free, there have not been any known long-term usage studies on its effects. “You never know what people could be allergic to,” said Sierra Rose, a student at KCC. “What if something in vapor that is around makes another person have an allergic reaction or unable to breathe? Even if there is no such thing as secondhand smoke with them, someone else is still walking into the cloud of stuff.” Vape pens and electronic cigarettes have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Moreover, vaping within the undesignated areas, such as the college hallways, classrooms, restrooms, and courtyard pathways of KCC’s campus is prohibited. Within KCC’s student handbook, it is stated that all KCC facilities are tobacco-free, pursuant to Part 126 of the Public Health Code, PA 368 of 1978. Additionally, KCC adheres to the Calhoun County Clean Air Act, which prohibits smoking in certain public spaces. These codes apply to electronic cigarettes and vape pens. Students are still breaking the policies at Kellogg Community College by using vape pens or electronic cigarettes indoors. Though vaping and the use of electronic cigarettes may seem like a grey area in the code, it is not allowed here at KCC within the premises. It is also not 100% safe to use, and could potentially cause harm to one’s body. “On a rainy day I don’t mind students using them near the door, or if I’m already outside,” said Michelle Vogel, a student at KCC. “But when you are inside with other students and teachers around it is simply disrespectful. It’s great that a lot of students are trying to quit smoking – just stay by the door or stay outside.” Contact Lane Collins at k0332037@ kellogg.edu.
Should KCC classes offer trigger warnings? ANORAH SEITA staff writer
If you’ve ever taken an English or literature class of any kind, then you know sometimes the material covered can get rather graphic. Recently, some college classes are issuing “trigger warnings,” which are disclaimers about subject matter that could potentially be disturbing to students with past traumatic experiences. This can even go so far as to excuse students from entire portions of a class to keep them from becoming upset over the material. According to the New York Times, schools such as Oberlin College, Rutgers University, and the University of Michigan are already pushing for trigger warnings to be issued in the classroom. The question is, should KCC be getting in on the censorship of film and literature, and if so, what is the best way to do this? We live in an increasingly coddled society, and offending someone seems to be a huge source of paranoia among academic professionals. Young people who are on the brink of adulthood should be able to make their own decisions and decide what is best for them. Providing a simple headsup if a book or film contains themes like rape, mental illness, violence,
or that type of thing. would be sufficient, and students can decide for themselves if they think sitting through that segment would be upsetting. If students are allowed to skip sections of the class, there are bound to be those who would take advantage of a professor’s empathy and generosity. It should not be the professor’s responsibility to create alternate assignments for students, either. A good college class should challenge the mind, and that process is not always comfortable, yet people can often endure more than they might think. Still, allowing students to skip a class is a wiser choice than censoring the material itself, which is among the last things you would want to do. There is a reason the class is studying a particular book or movie, and the author/ filmmaker included the material he or she did for a reason. Changing it would be like a slap in the face to the people who worked so hard to create the piece, and students wouldn’t get the same effect from the censored version. It should not be the school’s job to change content or coursework to appease a low percentage of students, but a short warning would suffice. Conact Anorah Seita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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8 Benny Clark III MARY EMINGTON sports editor
Do you know what your one thing to live for is? Do you know what that one defining thing in your life is? Is there something that you will always do, a promise that you made to yourself or to someone else? Benny Clark III knows that passion. He lives it every day out on the baseball diamond. Rich Peters was Benny’s grandfather. When Benny was younger his grandfather fell ill with cancer. “Before my grandfather passed, he told me to stick with baseball as long as it takes me.
From that point on I made it a goal of mine to play baseball. He and my parents, Benny Clark Jr and Nicole Clark, are my idols,” said Benny. When you have someone to play for, to play to honor them, it takes the game to a whole new level. It gives you the knowledge that you are continuing the game not only for yourself, but for your loved ones. Clark first started playing baseball in the 4th grade. He played on the Schoolcraft little league team. It was there that he formed a passion for the game. Clark’s speed gave him an edge to the game. It allowed him to prosper in the outfield
The perfect walk-up song MARY EMINGTON sports editor
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the mound Mariano Rivera. The speakers blare the song of “Enter Sandman” and the whole Yankee crowd gets up to cheer. The walk up song creates an electrifying atmosphere. Everyone knows that Mariano Rivera is coming up to pitch even without the announcement. The walk up song does the job, striking fear into the hearts of batters. Even though Rivera is retired, Yankees fans will remember “his” song forever. Walk up songs have a whole culture within themselves. For some athletes, the song serves to pump them up. It creates some hype within them giving them a rush of adrenaline. It prepares them for the challenge ahead of them whether it is a big at-bat or an upcoming fight. The song elevates the heart rate, getting more blood and oxygen into the body. Others use the song for the intimidation factor. They choose the song to get to their opponents’ heads and mess with their rhythm. Once a song is solidified as a player’s individual walk up song, pitchers and fielders remember the batter and what they did the last time they came up. It gives the players coming out swagger and confidence to know that their opponents recognize them. Some players use the songs to calm down their system. In games, the adrenaline rush can overwhelm athletes. Certain songs can bring about a sense of focus and relaxation. One does not want to walk into a fight out of control. Control is a definite factor that wins championships. To waste all energy in the first few moments is a death sentence. Focus and slowing of breath helps to control the excess energy to concentrate all of the energy in the right direction whether it be an opponent or the incoming pitch. Lastly, athletes sometimes choose their walkup songs because the song is dear to their heart. It may remind them of their hometown or their families. Sometimes it is to honor a loved one or to coincide with a part of the athlete’s personality traits. Some of the Detroit Tigers have great walk up songs of their own—Cabrera uses “Mercy” by Kanye West. Kelly walks in to “Use Somebody,” by Kings of Leon, and Holaday enters the box to “Radioactive,” by Imagine Dragons. Each of these has a certain character of its own which brings a lot of charisma and fun to the field. Fans love to get into the songs too. When it comes on they know whose name to scream out or whose cheer to chant. Contact Mary Emington at k03333670@ kellogg.edu.
where he played centerfield for most of his career. Moving into high school at Schoolcraft Clark joined his high school baseball team and became their centerfielder as well. Remembering his promise to his grandfather, Benny started emailing college coaches. Head baseball coach Coach Laskovy returned Benny’s email asking him to tour. On Clark’s visit he got to work out with the team and he fell in love. “I chose Kellogg Community College because I have the opportunity to win championships and go to a four year college,” Benny stated. KCC has had a rich history of championships and players transferring to four year institutions. Since 2000, the Bruins have won the conference championship in 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013. They also
made it to the regional finals in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014. Last season Clark said, “We were one game away from the World Series and we are looking to do bigger and better things this year. I am ready to do whatever it takes to help Kellogg win!” In the past year the team had thirteen players commit to four year universities. This next year Benny Clark III will join the ranks. Gaining great experience and exposure at Kellogg, Benny has again worked hard to find himself a spot on another college team. In the fall of 2015, Clark will play at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne. He is going to major in sports management to pursue a career as an athletic
director and coach. His favorite part of the season has been going down to Louisiana, trying the food, and hanging out with his teammates. Contact Mary Emington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benny Clark takes off for first after connecting with the ball
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Sunshine spring trips
MARY EMINGTON sports editor
In Battle Creek in late February and early March there isn’t a lot of grass outside. On the contrary, snow covers the ground and you can still see your breath in the air. This doesn’t leave a lot of time to prepare for the baseball and softball regular season. So once a year, in anticipation of the season to come, the softball and baseball teams take a week’s vacation to the southern states to get some experience under their belts. Now these trips aren’t normal vacations. The teams play almost every day twice a day. That doesn’t leave much time to visit the beach or to even get homework done. These games are meant to test and prepare the Bruins for their tough conference schedules and give them a glimpse of the level of play they may see in the postseason tournaments. It gives them a chance to finally get outside and see the ball in the great big blue sky instead of trying to find the ball flying just below the gym’s rafters. Outfields can finally get their long throws in and infields and pitchers can see how the ball bounces off of actual dirt or clay instead of a hardwood gym floor. The Bruin’s baseball team traveled to Euncie and Shreveport in Louisiana. During the week, the team played some of the toughest competition in the nation. Most teams had played twenty games where as the Bruins were outside for the first time. The team won two games and lost five. “We played against big draft pick pitchers, Auburn commits, and LSU commits,” said baseball head coach Eric Laskovy. “It is hard coming out of the gym to play these teams, but it is a challenge we want to have.” Looking forward to the rest of the season, Coach Laskovy hopes to see an improved process and approach to the game from his players.
PHOTO BY SETH JOHNSON
The Bruin Baseball team walks onto the field for their first spring training game.
The Lady Bruins of the softball team also got a chance to see some tough competition during their spring training trip to Florida. The Lady Bruins started the week off hot, mercying their opponents in the first four games that they played. From there the rest of the week was hard going for the Lady Bruins. They finished with a record of 5-6. “We were doing well up until our three game day where we went twelve innings in our first game of the day. It wore our pitcher out, which affected our success the rest of the week,” said head softball coach Darrick Brown. “We expected to go 7-3.” Coach Brown added that newly acquired second basemen Tess Gailhouse found her spot at second base and fit in perfectly with the team. He also commended the play of right fielder Kelsey Konkol who had a break out week: “She had great potential and broke through. She is one of our hardest workers and it showed.” Looking forward, the Lady Bruins are hoping to pull together on all three levels: pitching, defense, and offense. With a few up and down moments during their spring trip, they are looking to regroup. The team stuck together like the family they aim to be and pulled out a decent record for the trip. Contact Mary Emington at k03333670@kellogg. edu.
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