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Football in Battle Creek
The final days
Battle Creek is known for many things. There are Kellogg and Post cereals, the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center, and a multitude of manufacturing corporations. What the city is not known for is professional football. That is about to change. The Battle Creek Coyotes are an organization that uses football as a vehicle to raise funds for cancer awareness within the community. - Pg 4
Hope you turned in that invitation to the Graduation Breakfast, scheduled for 8 am at the Kellogg Arena. For those of you who have not done so, take the card inserted in the mailed invitation to the Registrar and swap it for the ticket. - Pg 5
KCC’s baseball and softball: top of the standings MARY EMINGTON sports editor
It’s catching fire, and it’s moving fast. If one team is stoking the fire with kindling, the other is adding oil. The KCC baseball and softball teams have lit up the conference through the month of April. Both teams are atop of the conference standings with the baseball team at 14-2 (21-13 overall), and the softball team at 24-2 (31-8 overall) as of the 19th of April. Both teams have had incredible hitting prowess and great defensive presence. The baseball team has won some big games already as they move to clinch a conference title. They split against Delta, 9-1 and 2-7. The Bruins are looking ahead to the beginning of May when they play second place, Macomb, on the 2nd. The largely manned 27 roster team has come alive with strong offensive play under pressure. The top of the lineup has had great success hitting with the first five batters hitting above .280. The team is led by Travis Bolin batting .412 with seven triples and Alex Goodwin hitting .362 with seven doubles. Collectively the whole team is batting .281 with seventy extra base hits. The team also has stolen numerous bases, collectively stealing 29, led by Bradley Spieldenner and Alex Holly with five apiece. On the defensive side, the baseball team has welcomed strong pitching. Tyler Bradner has caught the eye of the league with an ERA of 1.85 and a lightning fastball. He boasts
48 strikeouts with 12.71 per game. Defense has been solid with multiple players fielding at 1.000. The team has had 58 errors and has a team defensive percentage of .931. The Bruins are hoping to keep their winnings going as they head into the last of their season, with their eyes on the conference and district title. Second year softball team under head coach Darrick Brown has already made history. On April 17, the Lady Bruins broke the old KCC winning record of 25 wins in a season when they took two away from Lake Michigan College 10-1 and 4-1. Putting more and more wins behind them, the Lady Bruins are shattering the record and making their way into history. On
April 19, the softball team took two from second place team Muskegon Community College 11-2 and 3-2. This put the Lady Bruins further ahead in the conference standings, pushing Muskegon down to the third spot. All the women are batting through the lineup and coming up with key hits in big pressure situations. Through 33 innings the Bruins have held a team batting percentage of .371 with multiple girls hitting above or just a few points from .400. Collectively the Lady Bruins have hit 34 home-runs, with more reported later in the month, and 68 other multiple base hits. Two players are approaching 50 RBI’s on the season with Elizabeth Albaugh hitting 49.
Amber Ballard is swarmed by her teammates at the plate after she hit a home-run.
On the defensive side the team has kept a fielding percentage of .928 behind the speed of pitchers Holly Vantillburg, Makayla Craun, and Anorah Seita. Vantillburg leads the way with an ERA of 1.28 and 149 strikeouts. Seita and Craun both have ERA’s below 3.2 with Craun at 49 strikeouts and Seita with 26. Each pitchers has given the team valuable outs coming in and working the zone with perfection. With strong defense, good pitching, and solid at bats the Lady Bruins hope to take the conference title as well and win their first district title. Contact Mary Emington @ email@example.com.
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Summer classes versus summer break: you choose ELLERIE DEMOSS guest writer
As the spring semester comes to an end, summer is right around the corner, but so is registration for summer courses. College students have the choice to take some time off or to get ahead on their degree. With each option holds different outcomes, and perhaps digging deeper into each could help a student decide. For students who have been taking classes since the fall semester, having some time off this summer might sound very appealing – and relieving. Being able to relax, spend time with friends and family, or even work a bit more to save up some college funds can be
beneficial. KCC student Jacob Warren stated, “Summer is the time to kick back and enjoy your freedom. To enjoy warm sunny days doing things we really only get to do during our time off. I really believe taking some time off between taking classes is important, so we can be ready again in the fall.” Basically, as long as a breather in-between seasons is allowed, it might seem reasonable or deserved to do so. Although taking time off is an option, so is keeping up on courses and getting ahead on credits. Despite it being debated as the less popular option, there are students that are doing so and signing up now. According to Purdue University, 13,635 students enrolled
for summer courses in 2014. Making this decision certainly wouldn’t leave a student to be the only one not enjoying the luxurious time off from school, but simply contributing to finishing their degree even sooner. Despite these choices for a college student, there is still a remaining option: both. Students can enroll part-time or simply take a few classes during summer courses without having to fill up their schedules completely. Former KCC student Alison Hamner stated, “It was nice to have the option of taking a few classes over the summer without missing out on the break completely. It allowed me to stay into the groove of things, as well as having enough time to breathe
and enjoy time with family and friends.” This allows both the beneficial freedom to allow more into a student’s schedule, as well as giving them an opportunity to get ahead and stay involved with their study habits. Whichever choice students decide to make can contribute to their college education, whether it be keeping up with courses, or taking a break to recharge themselves and their minds for the fall semester. These are certainly some things to consider for a student deciding to make either of these decisions, but it all comes down to summer classes versus summer break. Contact Ellerie DeMoss @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phi Theta Kappa international honor society induction BOB PSALMONDS staff writer
The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Alpha Nu Eta Chapter, held its spring induction on March 26th, 2015. Forty-nine individuals accepted the invitation to join, raising the chapter membership total to three hundred. Most walked across the stage to sign the membership books. They have joined a society established under the name Kappa Phi Omicron at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, in 1910 that wanted to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in America. Though the number of members varies by what resource is used, there are from two to over three million members and somewhere between 1200 to 1285 chapters. These are located around the world to include all 50 states, U. S. territories, Canada, Germany, Japan, British Virgin Islands, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Palau, and Peru. Being recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as
the official honor society for two-year colleges, the organization continues to provide several opportunities to the community college students. A primary goal is student growth and development through honors, leadership, and service programming. There are six key areas according to Mitchell Tortelli, Chapter President: exclusive scholarships, recognition, ways to build leadership skills, traveling opportunities, networking,
and close bonded fellowship. Another major area happening three or four times a semester is the Bruin Giveback. This gives Phi Theta Kappa members a chance to make the community and world in which we live a better place. This month was a four hour period spent at a local school and the KCC community gardens, now in the early stages for the summer. The volunteers for some of these Givebacks often include non-members just
PTK students must have completed 12 or more semester hours with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
wanting to help out the community. Joe Vintaza, one of the PTK advisors at KCC, stated, “It’s always nice to have an event that celebrates academic excellence. Phi Theta Kappa in particular is more focused on academic achievement and not on completion alone. The organization challenges members to grow and become better leaders.” Contact Bob Psalmonds @ email@example.com.
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Academic advising help Online class flexibility STEPHANY HATTON guest writer
Do you need help deciding what classes to take? What you want to go to school for? Why not talk to an academic advisor? The academic advisors are here to help current and incoming students figure out what they want to major in and what classes they need to take to reach their goals. Do you have a few ideas of careers you can’t decide between? Maybe you should set up a meeting with Chuck Newman. If students have a few different career paths they are interested in, then they are recommended to take an introduction in each course and see if there is one they like better than the others. If there isn’t one they liked more than the others then it is recommended that they make an appointment with Newman and hopefully he will be able to help students to narrow the option down more. All credits count toward elective credits. So if an introduction course was taken and then decided that that path was not for them they did not waste any time or credits. Kathy Jones, an academic advisor here at KCC, says that “Chuck Newman is our career advisor. He works for Student Employment Services. Chuck is a fabulous guy who teaches Sociology. When you make an appointment with him you get an hour with him and he will give you a battery of tests and ideas and he’s going to make your head swim. He will give you skill assessments that he will go over with you as well, to hopefully narrow down your
choices.” This should help narrow down the career choices and help students decide if a certain career path is or isn’t for them. All students must complete a set of pre-requirements. Not everyone will have the same requirements though. Every major has its own set of pre-requirements. For the most part everyone is going to need to take some form of English and math. How much to take of each will depend on what field a student is interested in. Jones goes on to say, “All students drive the boat. They are in charge.” Students get to decide what classes they take; advisors give them feedback and help them make those choices. “You don’t have to go full time 12 credits. You never have to do that. Financial aid can always be adjusted down. Loans you must be in at least 6 credit hours. You have to be comfortable and really want this. Don’t be forced into anything!” Patrick Casey is the Student Employment Services director. This is also a free service that helps KCC students find jobs. There are job boards available so when a job comes to him he will post it on the board for all students to see. Either Patrick Casey or Chuck Newman can help students revamp their resume for different job positions. So if you need help deciding what your next step is, try talking to an advisor. They are more than happy to help and if for some reason they can’t, they will know someone who will be able to help. Contact Stephany Hatton @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOEL HAYWOOD guest writer
Students who decide to extend their education from KCC to a four-year college are faced with choices when choosing classes. They may take some online courses along with regular classes on the main campus of the college they choose. There are benefits to both of these and choosing the right one is important. Many college students may have to work to support their tuition, rent, books, food, etc. This is where the online courses come in handy. Madison Seedorff (WMU) says, “I work at Macy’s in Kalamazoo part time to help pay for my tuition and books; online classes are more flexible and work around my schedule better.” Signing up for online classes gives the benefit of working around a work schedule. It helps because online classes are set up to where a person has an assignment due on a set date. Though there is very little guidance with some online classes, professors are always helpful to answer any question a person may have regarding an assignment. Seedorff (WMU) also says, “Online classes help with my work schedule but every now and then I’m not sure what the assignment is about or the best way to get it done. My professor always gives a quick response when I email him with a question, though.” Online classes are nice but there are downsides to them. There is no in-class discussion, so it is easier to fall behind with online classes. When taking online classes a person has to be more diligent in completing work on time and checking the WMU Bronco email regularly for updates on assignments. Discipline is a key component to being successful with
online courses. Some students may be commuting from different cities so online classes are a little more helpful when given the opportunity. Jake Burdette (WMU), says, “I commute from Battle Creek to Western; it’s kind of nice to be able to take online classes because I don’t have to commute every day.” Some students may prefer going to class though because it makes them go to class. Having a face-to-face lecture can make understanding the information provided much easier to absorb. Students may be handson learners and need to have things shown or explained to them. Jordan Berning (WMU) points out, “Online classes are great, but I like going to classes too, it’s nice to see things explained and ask questions right away if I get lost.” It is best to try an online class first before taking many of them. People can test if they like them and if they are the right choice for them. It is helpful to take online courses if somebody has a part–, or full–time job. The work can be completed any time of the day as long as it is turned in before the due date. Contact Joel Haywood @ email@example.com.
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As technology advances, online learning is accessible to more and more people.
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Saturday, May 2
1:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Macomb CC 1:30p - KCC Softball vs. MCCAA Championship
Monday, May 4
3:00p - KCC Softball vs. Owens CC
Wednesday, May 6 KCC Softball NJCAA District Tournament
Thursday, May 7
KCC Softball NJCAA District Tournament 2:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Muskegon CC
Friday, May 8
KCC Softball NJCAA District Tournament
Saturday, May 9
Thurday, May 14
7:00p Commencement KCC Softball NJCAA National Championships KCC Baseball Region 12 Tournament
Friday, May 15
KCC Softball NJCAA National Championships KCC Baseball Region 12 Tournament
Saturday, May 16
KCC Softball NJCAA National Championships KCC Baseball Region 12 Tournament
Monday, May 18
Summer classes start
Monday, May 25
Memorial Day- college closed
1:00p - KCC Baseball vs. Jackson College
Monday, May 11 Last day of spring semester
Wednesday, May 13
KCC Softball NJCAA National Championships KCC Baseball Region 12 Tournament
The impact and etiquette of letters of recommendation HEIDI GARTLEY guest writer
With this spring semester coming to an end, KCC students will have the perfect opportunity to ask professors and other individuals for letters of recommendation. Universities and scholarships typically require that students submit at least one recommendation letter. These letters should be written by “people who know you well” and “describe your skills, accomplishments, and personality,” advises The College Board’s article, “How to Get a Great Letter of Recommendation.” This website, which ultimately helps students prepare for college, states that admissions representatives and scholarship committees value these recommendations because they “reveal things about you that grades and test scores can’t.” When deciding whom to ask for a letter of recommendation, be aware of what the application requires. Pay attention to how many letters must be submitted, if there are any particular individuals who must be included, and the number of years a reference needs to have been in the applicant’s life. The ideal reference for a KCC student would be a professor whose class the student has done very well in. However, The College Board suggests other options such as “an employer, a coach, or an adviser from an activity outside of school.” Either way, “How to Get a Great Letter of Recommendation” explains how important it is that the chosen reference has a current perspective on the student and is also going to be enthusiastic about writing the letter. The College Solution’s online article, “9 Things You Need to Know About College Letters of Recommendation,” provides a simple strategy to avoid weak letters. Kellogg students can ask these two questions of their potential recommenders: “Are they comfortable that they can write a strong letter on your behalf? Can they meet your deadline?”
Asking these questions is one of the first steps to receiving a letter of recommendation. The College Board claims that students should also make sure “to give your reference at least one month before your earliest deadline.” It’s also helpful if the student informs their recommender of their class participation, any special projects that they may be proud of, or challenges they may have over come, adds The College Board. This will assist the reference in creating the best possible recommendation letter. Also, KCC students should remember to follow up with their references to see if they have any questions while writing the letter. It may even be a good reminder to make sure the individuals will have it completed and/or sent by the deadline. Once the letter has been completed, and possibly even edited, The College Board’s article, which focuses on getting the best possible recommendation letter, encourages students to let their reference “know how much you appreciate their support.” Writing a thank-you note is a great way to do this! KCC students should aim to receive three letters of recommendation, concludes The College Board, considering “colleges often ask for two to three.” If an application only requires two, then students will have the chance to choose what they believe are their two best letters. In addition, it’s a good idea to pay attention to what the purpose of an application is when choosing which recommendation letters to submit. If a student is trying to get into an engineering college, he/she should submit a letter from a science or math class. If a student is applying for a scholarship that revolves around volunteer work, it would be smart to include the recommendation letter from your service learning professor. All in all, letters of recommendation are great tools for students. It gives potential employers, scholarship committees, and admission representatives further insight into the character and strengths of an individual. Contact Heidi Gartley @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here or there: what’s the difference? LOGAN HENKEL guest writer
With the school year coming to a close here at KCC, many students are looking toward their next step. For some, that next step is transferring to a four year university. KCC provides an environment that allows for students to benefit from college level classes without having to take as large of a step as going straight to a university. Both are very beneficial, but in different ways. One difference that is a big focal point when choosing a college is size— not only campus size, but especially class capacity as well. When scheduling for classes, it’s very important to pay attention to where the lecture halls and classrooms are in relation to each other,
but also how many students can be held in each class. Current Western Michigan Bronco Casey Butler dual enrolled between KCC and Western for his freshman year, and chose to commute in order to take advantage of what both schools had to offer. “I chose to dual enroll because I wanted to live at home while going to school in order to save money. On the other hand, I wanted to start building friendships with people I’d spend time with later on at Western, and also because I wanted to get used to the life on campus,” said Butler. When asked about the differences in what the classes were like Casey went on to say, “The classes at KCC were a lot more personal with my professors. Western, on the other hand, had way
more students in them. Both schools had good classes, but it really depends on what your preferences are and whether or not you like classes in big lecture halls or not.” One major aspect of a university that you can’t find here at KCC is dorm life. For many, the chance to leave home and meet new people is a driving force for students looking to make those strong connections with others. Carson Ranch, a Michigan State graduate, experienced the ups and downs of living on campus, and overall had a very positive experience during his time as a Spartan. “I personally liked living on campus. I met a lot of my friends in the dorms. It was a lot of fun. A lot of people get discouraged or stressed out about having to live on their own, but if you go
in with the right mindset then you can learn a lot about yourself,” said Ranch. Living on campus can allow you to meet people that share the same interests as you or might be in the same programs as you. You gain new responsibilities that you may have never had before, and allows for students to meet new people that could possibly become lifelong friends. For anyone planning on transferring to a university, scheduling a meeting with a counselor, or a tour can be key when it comes to fine tuning what classes, housing options, or programs work best for you. Talking to friends and family who’ve spent plenty of time on university campuses can also be a good resource. Contact Logan Henkel @ email@example.com.
Semi-professional football in Battle Creek BRIAN MILLER guest writer
Battle Creek is known for many things. There are Kellogg and Post cereals (hence the nickname “Cereal City”), the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center (previously the Battle Creek Sanitarium and Army Hospital), and a multitude of manufacturing corporations. What the city is not known for is professional football. That is about to change. According to the team Facebook page, the Battle Creek Coyotes are “an organization that uses adult, minor league football as a vehicle to raise funds for cancer awareness within the community.” Formerly known as the Battle Creek Blaze, the Coyotes have been playing semi-professional football since 2007 in various leagues and organizations. This year the Coyotes are excited to announce that they have joined the newly formed Minor League Football Alliance (MLFA). “We are very excited to be in the MLFA for 2015” says Coyotes owner and head coach Robbie Hattan. “I have a strong belief the league will grow into the premier league in the Midwest.” According to the league’s mission statement, the Minor League Football
Alliance was formed as a non-profit corporation to organize, schedule, and implement a league for AA and AAA minor league football teams from the states of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. Comprised of 24 teams split into two divisions, the MLFA is a fully organized professional football league that will oversee the competition and offer rules and guidance in much the same manner as the National Football League (NFL), with the requirement that teams playing within the league be not for
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The Coyotes bring football to Battle Creek for a good cause.
profit entities as well. In particular, the Coyotes seek to aid charities and families local to Battle Creek who have been affected by cancer. Donating 100% of their proceeds to one organization or family named per game, the Coyotes have been able to offer a tremendous amount of aid to their neighbors. Forgoing any form of pay, the Coyote players play simply for their love of the game and their desire to support their community. As part of the community outreach effort, the Coyotes have embarked upon several new endeavors focused on the youth of Battle Creek. The “Skills and Drills” outings introduces youngsters some of the skills and techniques required of a football player. Coyote players instruct kids on running routes and catching passes, running back drills, fumble recovery drills, and the most popular tackling drills. This gives the kids a chance to experience the sport for real and interact with the players in a personal manner. This year the Coyotes have taken their “Skills and Drills” outings to the Pennfield Mother-Son Date Night and to the Easter Egg hunt sponsored by Victory Life Church. Another youth outreach
comes in the form of the Coyote Cuties, a dance team comprised of girls aged 6-12 that dance and cheer for the team at home games. The Coyotes play all their home games at the Harper Creek High School football stadium (with the exception of one game this season that will be played at Athens High School) with kickoffs scheduled for 6:30 pm. Admission to the games is only $5, with full concessions and merchandise available as well. This year, all Coyotes games along with the league all-star and championship games will be broadcast live via the Michigan Sports Network (misportsnetwork.com) along with a weekly show recapping and previewing MLFA action. See the Coyotes website battlecreekcoyotes.com for team info, or visit and like their Facebook page at facebook.com/battlecreekcoyotes. More league information, including a total list of teams and the entire 2015 schedule can be found at minorleaguefootballalliance.com. Editor’s note: Brian Miller is a managing partner of Petra Video Productions, the parent company of The Michigan Sports Network, which holds a seat on the board of directors for the Battle Creek Coyotes. Contact Brian Miller @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potential opportunities for KCC alumni ERIC MCCLURE guest writer
On May 14, several hundred KCC students will participate in KCC’s annual commencement ceremony, officially marking their transition from student to alumnus. However, just because alumni may no longer be enrolled in courses at KCC, doesn’t mean that their interaction with the college has to end. KCC’s Career and Employment Services offers several opportunities for alumni to take advantage of after they graduate or transfer. These opportunities range from assistance with résumé/cover letter writing and editing, interview preparation and strategies, as well as networking and job searching. Alumni also continue to have access to the computers and printers within the lab area of the Student Center. One of the most popular resources provided by Career and Employment Services is KCC’s job board through College Central Network. “To use the KCC job board you can register as a student or as an alumni. The job board has about 1,800 companies registered with KCC and all of the jobs posted specify if they are geared towards students or alumni,” Director of Career and Employment Services Patrick Casey said. Once registered, alumni can upload a résumé and search for job opportunities. The KCC job board currently has about 1,700 alumni registered. Career and Employment Services also offers one-on-one services for alumni, such as career advising. “Some students receive their Associates of General Studies and then ask now what? We can utilize assessment tools to help identify
their career path and then determine what further course work is needed for them to get there,” Casey explained. Alumni can take advantage of the opportunities that Career and Employment Services offers whether they are seeking facilitated services and just seeking information, or mediated services and require an appointment to sit down and work one-on-one with another individual. Graduating from KCC isn’t a requirement to receive the services that KCC alumni have available to them. “Even if an individual only took some classes in the past, they can still utilize our services. And we can help to refer them to the right place, if the service they need isn’t something we can provide,” Casey said. The connections that KCC has with local employees combined with the opportunities that Career and Employment Services offer are resources that are extremely valuable to alumni. “This is a service that they paid for while they were here and that they can still have access to later. It’s a lifetime benefit,” Casey said. There are also several ways that alumni can give back to KCC, especially through the KCC Foundation. Established in 1998, the KCC Foundation, a non-governmental, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) with funds separate from the college and managed by a volunteer board of directors, seeks private funding to assist students with both financial and academic needs. “The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the college. We provide funding for a wide range of student scholarships. Along with tax dollars, state allowances,
and tuition, these private gifts help support the college by supporting our students,” KCC Foundation Executive Director Teresa Durham explained. The Foundation manages many scholarships, including the Gold Key Scholarship, the KCC Trustee Scholarship, three transfer scholarships for transferring KCC students, as well as about 150 different Foundation Scholarships. “Each of the Foundation funds are varied by award, field of study, and the type of student. The criteria for each is determined by the intent of each donor when establishing the fund,” Durham said. Alumni can give back to KCC by contributing to the Foundation. “Alums can contribute to the Foundation so that others don’t have barriers to getting a college education. They can either donate to the general fund of the Foundation or to a donor specific fund,” Durham said. Alumni can also take the initiative to establish a new scholarship fund. Other funds may also inspire past KCC students to contribute. “The Beyond Tuition Scholarship fund was established to aid students in emergencies, such as the cost for a lost textbook or childcare,” Durham explained. In addition, the KCC Alumni Scholarship fund specifically aids descendants of KCC alumni, an opportunity that some might see to support their own family members when they reach college. KCC alumni can donate to a scholarship fund via the Foundation’s website, mobile service, by phone or in person. Those who wish to establish a new scholarship fund are encouraged to contact the Foundation and meet to discuss the establishment of the fund.
In addition to donating, staying active in the KCC community is another way alumni can give back to the college. One such avenue that alumni can pursue is participating in the KCC Alumni Association. “The Foundation is currently rebuilding our Alumni Association. By fall of 2015, we hope to convene a group of KCC alumni to establish strategies that will allow us to hold events on campus, distribute newsletters to alumni, and maintain a Facebook page,” Durham said. Events can also provide opportunities for alumni to give back. The annual Bruin Open is a scholarship golf outing that raises funds to help support the Foundation’s scholarship funds. This year’s Bruin Open will be held on September 11 at Binder Park Golf Course. By giving back to KCC, alumni can help give what they received, a college education, to those who have barriers in their path. “Anyone who walks through KCC’s doors and completes goals at KCC should reflect on the impact it made on their educational and/or career path. Think about how you as an alumni can provide a similar experience for someone else. That can be life changing,” Durham said. For more information about the opportunities that KCC’s Career and Employment Services offers, visit their website at http://www.kellogg.edu/ services/ces/. For more information about how you can impact KCC through the KCC Foundation, visit their website at http:// www.kellogg.edu/about/foundation/. Contact Eric McClure @ email@example.com.
The final days before graduation BOB PSALMONDS staff writer
Hope you turned in that invitation to the Graduation Breakfast, scheduled for 8 am at the Kellogg Arena. For those of you who have not done so, take the card inserted in the mailed invitation to the Registrar, put your name on the bottom line so they know who is actually coming, and swap it for the ticket. One thing that I think will be nice is that so many people I know are graduating with me, so I’ll have friends and acquaintances to sit with. If possible, as many of the four hundred graduating students as possible need to make this event. There will be students having completed the summer 2014 till the summer 2015. Bobbie Brawley pointed out that the staff really enjoys the precommencement breakfast. “We want the graduates to participate. It’s important to us as well as them. We’re just as involved in their success, just from the other side of their achievement.” During this period, those who have received one of the forty four Outstanding Students Awards and the six staff winning the Starfish Awards will be honored. There will be a commencement rehearsal that will last about one-anda-half hours following the breakfast so everyone knows the sequence of events and what part we play in them. Here we will learn where we will be sitting, the program sequence, and what is expected of us as graduating honorees. All of the graduating students or a representative must attend the rehearsal to ensure everyone walking across the stage receives this information. This will definitely help those of us that get nervous around large crowds. Another decision those of us with more than one degree have to decide is what group of graduates to sit with. During the ceremony, any with more than one will only walk across the stage and be recognized for one of those degrees and/or certificates.
The program, which will be handed out at the doors, will begin by listing the names under each of the degree(s) and /or certificate(s) being received by an individual, so these will still be recognized. I’m going to sit with the Associate of Applied Sciences in Photography and Multimedia instead of the General Associate. This has to do with the amount of classes and time invested. Although both degrees show a lot of determination, the AAS in Photography is more specific in nature and applies to my career goals. The ceremony itself starts at 7 pm, but the graduates need to arrive by 6:15. During the Commencement Ceremony, a four piece Jazz Band will play the processional. The Faculty Row will be there for both the Graduates entry and recession to exit the Arena upon the ceremony’s completion. For the actual trip across the stage, only an empty diploma tube will be handed to us since the actual degree, only the General Associate for me at this time, will be mailed. Before stepping off the stage, each of the four hundred individuals will be photographed shaking President Bona’s hand. This will be followed by another photo opportunity next to the flag. I will receive the actual degree upon completing the summer course. Last year, seating was hard to find for those arriving close to commencement time. Also, the bathrooms can be hard to locate if the arena is new to you, so check out the locations during the minutes while waiting for the program to start. I’m more than a little nervous anyway with the end of semester a week away; I still have so much left to do. This article is actually part of a Honors Contract and has to be written a little early just to make the May issue of the Bruin. Completing the requirements for my five courses along with the corresponding five Honors Contracts is still in the early stages at the moment. Since I have no family or outside job demanding my attention on a regular basis, this situation isn’t quite
as insane as it sounds. Even so, it can be a wee bit stressful at times. Add the fact several circles of my friends and church family have already informed me that regardless of my hesitation about them coming, they plan on being in the audience to cheer as I cross the stage. As strange as the idea may sound to most of you, this is a rare occurrence for me. We get to pick up our graduation gowns and caps early. Brawley informed me during the interview that we can pick them up as early as April 27. My Phi Theta Kappa articles can be purchased in late April, but most of these items can only be worn for the graduation itself. Any confusion on the stole and tassels should be directed to Angie Best at Student Services (bessa@ kellogg.edu) or the chapter leadership. The gold and blue definitely kicks off the graduation gown. Seeing how I completely missed the first graduation almost twenty five years ago, being able to both attend and have these mementos excites me. A fellow student challenged me the other day with how many times she has moved within the short period of her life (an impressive mid-twenty years) and I tossed back my fifty-eight or better moves I remember of my nomadic life. It’s not that great of a victory since I’m twice her age. Moves invariably require thinning out possessions, losing items along the way, and storage that never stays secure. Keeping items that show the positive steps in a person’s life are important, at least for me, since my last few major moves left me with none to show my existence here on the earth. After the night is over and my trophies put in a box, I’m going to do something different than my normal routine to a successful completion of a plan. All my life, I’d rush toward the goals, get them accomplished and pick up the results. Within hours, often even before the objective has even been reached, I’d be looking for the next mountain to assail, just to avoid boredom. Not this time! In the weeks following the ceremony, I have only one
class to attend as a final requirement. All that spare time during the day (it’s a night class), when not successful in finding work, is going to be spent relaxing. It is commonly known by those who are frequently involved in my existence that I have the bad habit of thinking in three or four directions at once. This makes for fractured thoughts, imperfect output, several missed appointments for which I again apologize, and a lot of unfinished projects. Item number one on my already started summer relaxation list is clearing some of those dangling ideas and cluttered regions up. Additionally, my feet are already itching to get into the woods, go fishing, take photographs, read the latest releases from the forty or fifty authors I love to read, etc. Until I enter my next college in the fall, I’m going to listen to those whispering voices and just have fun. The reality is that this Honors Contract conceptually can’t be truly completed until I leave this realm of existence for the next one. Yes, the graduation ceremony and subject of these articles will be over. In the broader sense, walking across that stage is but a brief moment in my continuing education. Within the classroom or out in the world, I will never stop learning. Every person I interact with, book or media article I read, and tv show I watch will continue to change me as a person. My actions (or my decision not to be involved), will reap experiences along with the consequences (normally selected by others). I’m essentially continuing to create the world around me every minute of the day. In the end, if I stop feeding my mind positive ideas which lead to goals good for myself or those around me, the GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out) effect will become my reality. Our beautifully created minds never truly turn off. Contact Bob Psalmonds @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips and advice for future photography students LANE COLLINS staff writer
Photography is an alluring, intimate, and compelling art that has delved itself deeper into our everyday life dramatically within the past decade. With the innovation of higher-quality cameras, camera phones, and webcams, one views hundreds of images as they go about their daily notions of everyday life. There are images in newspapers, television, one’s home, on billboards, storefronts, hallways of public buildings, the web, and other numerous objects and platforms. Photography has become such a large aspect of our culture that many tend to overlook the effort, time, and commitment the images capture. Students here at KCC earning their Photography and Multimedia Degree do not, however. If you, too, do not overlook these qualities and are interested in pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Photography and Multimedia here at Kellogg Community College, several current
students and faculty members have given advice and tips on the core of the courses, what to expect, and how to prepare yourself for the intensive course studies. “It’s a life skill that you can get pretty cheap. If you assume you’ll take 20,000 pictures your whole life with simply a cell phone, many more people who delve in photography will take more than that,” said Ed Williams, a paraprofessional here at KCC within the Davidson Building for thirteen years. “I got some good shots when I was learning photography about 15 years ago, but I’d have many more good shots if I had taken the classes at Kellogg that are offered today,” Williams continued. “This is a serious course, any of the photography classes are, intro and up. Each class is just as intense and just as serious. I’ve been shooting for over 30 years, and I can say that I have learned more in this time at this school than the previous 25 years combined,” said Rob Rock, a student at KCC. “It certainly is not a filler class to make your credits align with full or part time,” said Shayn Groshko,
another student at KCC. “You have to put in countless amounts of hard work and time into what you’re doing. You can’t think ‘Oh, we’re just going to take pictures’ because that’s not all this is. You’re learning the ways of how to work a camera, film, lighting, computer programs, all of it,” said Groshko. –cont. on pg. 6
Sherry “Youngblood” Bonner takes a photograph.
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Feature & Opinion
Should college students have to do community service? JENNY MAIRS guest writer
Some college students view volunteering, or community service, as something that’s nice to do, but not absolutely necessary. KCC requires their students to participate in a Service Learning class before they are allowed to graduate, but is it asking too much of students to give up twenty four hours of their time to help out in the community? “I think volunteering teaches discipline,” said Alexis Gali, a first year student. “But it shouldn’t be mandatory.” Volunteering is not only a benefit to the student, but to the community as well. Students who do community service work learn that they can actually make a difference with what they do. This helps the students better understand their own competence, leading to more self-confidence and a can-do attitude that can spread to their work and academic pursuits. Grace Garno, who is currently enrolled in a Service Learning class at KCC had this to say about her experience: “I don’t think KCC is asking too much; twenty four hours is about
KCC students participate in a Bruins Give Back volunteer event, painting the Kingman Museum.
right. Not too easy, not too hard.” KCC students who graduated from the 2012-13 academic catalog with an Associate in Arts, Science, General Studies, International Studies, Elementary Education or Criminal Justice were required to complete a service-learning experience. In 2015, KCC offered three endorsed classes: SOCI-201, SERV-200, and SERV-299. SERV-200, a three-credit course dedicated to the history, goals, and practical application of service learning, meets the global awareness general education requirement. Students must complete at least 24
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hours of service while enrolled in the course. “As college students, we need to do more than just go to class and do homework.” Mitchell Tortelli said. “We’re role models for younger generations and need to show it.” College students often have to carry part-or full-time jobs to support their studies and to survive during their college years. Requiring community service puts further strain on their time and their finances, and if their hearts are not into it, then what’s the point? Requiring students to participate in community service programs can
generate negative feelings towards the concept of giving back to the community. “I understand that it’s necessary to teach the value of helping others,” Aubrey Shore said. “But to force people into doing it makes it less voluntary; it becomes more like a job. They don’t consider that students have jobs outside of being in class, so to make it to Service Learning/volunteer work mandatory isn’t fair at all. To top it off, students have other opportunities to do that through groups such as Circle K, and PTK, they don’t need a credit for doing so, especially since that credit doesn’t transfer to any other college.” Volunteering is vital for students, because they are forced to give up some of their own time in order to start to feel the benefits of being unselfish and gaining the satisfaction of being a part of something larger than themselves. The act of helping others should be valued and promoted, but a student should not be forced to participate in something. If their heart isn’t into helping the community, it loses some of the value of what volunteering in the community is all about. Contact Jenny Mairs @ email@example.com.
Future photography students - cont. from pg 4
“I believe there’s a misconception for many students with the title ‘Introduction to Photography,’ it’s you learning how to use a camera – especially cameras that require film. You learn several key tools with photography like F-speeds and shutter stops and lots of other things. There’s lots of trial and error. If you want to just learn, take Digital Color Photography,” said Megg Ward, a student at KCC. If you are interested in the course but are scared of the costs of the classes and lab fees, several students spoke of the costs and how to work around them to your personal comfort, what kind of costs you can expect, and gave reason to why the prices are how they are. “Lab fees for the classes are 300 dollars, but that includes the use of the facility and chemicals. That does not include your film,” said Groshko. When asked about how she felt about the lab fee, Groshko humbly said “I believe it’s a fair price. [KCC] shouldn’t have to pay for all of the students materials.” Groshko additionally put the lab fee into perspective. “Figuratively, one student produces, let’s say, 20 prints a whole semester. Meanwhile, another student produces 150. It would be unfair of the school to pay more or less for different students, because that’s exactly what it is – different students. Everyone is different, and everyone learns different. So, paying a flat rate of 300 dollars for the lab fees is both fair and cheap for the student body.” Students can also use their financial aid to pay for materials needed that are provided for them at the Kellogg bookstore. “However, don’t get too scared about the costs and begin to overlook online for the cheapest papers, either. When you are overlooking at items,
you aren’t necessarily paying attention to the details as much. Pay attention to the sizes, that’s one of the biggest things, I see, are people ordering the wrong sizes when they shop for materials online,” added Ward. “If you’re printing out your images at KCC, the ink plus paper is about $2.50,” continued Ward. “If you supply your own paper it’s only about $1.50 instead.” “Photography is expensive, but it’s worth it,” said Tanya Hilliker, a student at KCC. “Especially if all you are is simply interested in it, it’s worth it. We pay anywhere between 20 to 100 dollars for only paper. It certainly gives you a shell shock the first day you walk into that class, but you will not regret it. The course is worth every penny,” continued Hilliker. “I’ve spent countless amounts of money on Kellogg’s photography courses, and you know what? I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. It’s a struggle, but it’s worth it,” added Rock. “Let alone, the further you advance in your courses, you are expected to use higher quality paper. This isn’t and should never seem like a nuisance, though, because at this point you are making higher quality images and should be using better materials anyway,” said Ward. Current students in the Photography and Multimedia course also gave further advice of time management, time spent on classes, the end-of-thesemester rush, and quirky tidbits of being in the course. “Time management is the biggest problem. You have to make sure you take time with your photos and don’t rush yourself. Your professors can tell when a photo is rushed and when you’ve taken your time,” said Groshko. “You have to put in to thought
Serious photography isn’t as simple as it is on your mobile device.
all of the hours will you spend in the studio and the darkroom and pan out a schedule for yourself. The last thing you want to do is be cramped with several other students at the end of the semester trying to finish all your work,” said Rock. “You never know if you don’t plan; the dark room could be all tied up, something could go wrong with the use of the chemicals and mess up your image. Your images could be gone in one little swipe, and you’ll have to start from scratch again,” Rock continued. “You’ll be spending lots of time in uncomfortable situations just to get that one shot. Plus, you can expect to triple the amount of time you spent taking the photo with the editing, processing, and adding the finishing touches to it,” said Ward. “You will be asked the weirdest, craziest questions by other people you’ve heard in your lifetime,” said Sherry Bonner. When asked what questions she been asked, Bonner responded with “I have been asked to find a straitjacket. I’ve held a skeleton by its spine for another photographer. I think the best one was when I had been asked to go into a closet and have a fake argument with someone. You’ll get some of the strangest questions and requests ever,
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but it’s great.” The students finished their advice with further positive aspects of the Photography courses here at KCC. “It really is like a family, when you enroll in the classes you build amazing friendships with your classmates,” said Bonner. “When you look back at your previous work, even if was something from a semester ago, you can definitely see the progress you’ve made and your own certain style forming,” Ward added. “Signing up for Ryan and Tom’s classes, the two are going to teach you the ins, outs, and in-betweens of it all. You won’t walk out of the classes empty-handed,” Hilliker continued. “The photography course at KCC is like the Tardis on Dr.Who – it’s much bigger than it seems once you go inside,” concluded Rock. If you are interested in enrolling into the Photography and Multimedia Program at KCC, be sure to register for the classes offered in the Summer and Fall 2015 Semester. Registration for Summer 2015 opened April 13th, and registration for Fall 2015 begins June 1st. Contact Lane Collins @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student loan forgiveness; making the right choice AUBREY SHORE guest writer
With more and more jobs requiring a college degree, it’s no wonder so many young adults are attending a community college or a university. But, how do they pay for the rising rates for their college education? Some students are fortunate enough to be able to pay out of pocket, or at least have a family member that can; others are able to receive financial aid or scholarships. However, there are far more students that don’t get these options and are forced to apply for the dreaded student loans. I asked a few students about the government’s new loan forgiveness and what they thought about it. Is it a good idea? Should there be regulations, if so, what should they be? Should the government charge these former students to remove this debt? Anthony Pennock believes student loan forgiveness is a
good idea. “Where student loans help individuals get the training they need to better their future, loan forgiveness helps individuals take advantage of the benefits of their degree or job training more fully.” Shannon Horton agrees; however, she has a different outlook on some of the regulations. “If you complete all your courses and complete your degree, there should be some type of relief.” To simplify, if you did not back out of your training/ education, there should be some benefits for those students. She goes on to state, “It has been a horrible pain to deal with after graduation. I couldn’t find a job and paying the minimum made my loan amounts go up. There should be some type of program to lower interest rates and help out.” Nathan Hunt sheds some light, not only for himself, but for the population down to how it may benefit the U.S. economy. “While we can continue to hold out hope for
a bailout in the future, I think the bigger issue is making sure students entering high education fully comprehend the situation they are getting themselves into when they take on student loans. I think this responsibility falls to schools, as well as parents, in the years leading up to high school graduation, and until it happens, I don’t see any economic improvement in the U.S.” Loan forgiveness would be beneficial not only to the people who are in debt because of it, but for the United States economy as well. Many students are out there with this debt already in place or are about to put it in motion. Even if the loan cannot be forgiven, if the interest rate were lower or nonexistent, it would help an abundance of students get rid of the load of debt. Contact Aubrey Shore at email@example.com.
7 Challenges for transferring athletes ANORAH SEITA staff writer
Graduation is just around the corner, and for many of us, this exciting milestone marks the end of our academic and athletic careers at KCC. Other students, myself included, aim to continue a major part of our lives and become a studentathlete at a four-year school. Playing for a school after KCC is an incredibly difficult decision to make, but if you are passionate about your sport, it can be incredibly rewarding as well. Considering where to go for academics is daunting enough, but trying to find the ideal athletic fit seems next to impossible. In addition to factors like location, cost, academic programs, size, campus feel, and living situation, athletes also have to think about school resources/facilities, team dynamics, coaching staff and potential playing time. Speaking from personal experience, the transfer process has been exceedingly difficult, and I’m still deciding my next steps even as my days as a Bruin come to a wistful close. Fans get a thrill from watching their
favorite athletes perform so gracefully and effortlessly, yet often don’t realize what we go through behind the scenes. Just like physical injuries, the stress of making such a life-changing decision takes its toll, but mental worries are not fixed with an ice pack. Yet, embracing this challenge is rewarding when you remember how it feels to be on the field or court with your teammates. The bond made with your team after spending countless hours practicing even when you’re exhausted, picking each other up after a bad day, and enduring endless bus rides while eating snacks of questionable nutritional value, is basis for some pretty great friendships. The roar of the crowd and the rush of adrenaline you experience after making a great play or upsetting a team few believed you could beat is unparalleled. Athletes know sports can make you feel joy like nothing else does, and this is why we play as long as we can. Contact Anorah Seita @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Juggling the student-athlete life in college MARY EMINGTON sports editor
“Student-athlete”— the name isn’t complex. It represents the idea that the “student” or academicallycentered individual comes before the “athlete” or contestant. It implies that the individual pays more attention to school and to grades than the actual sport, that academics should come first. But to an actual athlete, the term “student-athlete” means much more than that. As a collegiate student athlete, I have my own definition for the term student-athlete: one who never sleeps. An athlete spends anywhere from two to six-and-a-half hours a day in their sport depending on if there is a practice or a game and the sport. Put school on top of that and there is another four hours a day used. Then of course is homework, and if there is time a job. With all that put together there is just
about enough time to stuff some easymac down before you go to bed for the next day. Don’t get me wrong; I am not complaining. Any athlete will tell you that as long as he/she is playing the sport he or she loves, there is no room for complaint. In fact, most relish the chance and the challenge to play a sport while in college or high school. The problem is juggling it all. Coming from high school, students don’t have the every watchful eye of the parent to make sure they do their work. They must become responsible young adults in order to succeed. Time management becomes such a huge part of life for a student-athlete that by the time the mid-term of the first semester comes along, one is either sinking or figuring out how to do a backstroke to stay above the water. Then of course is the cost. Again, with all the time spent doing homework, practice, and going to school, an athlete
Tess Gailhouse MARY EMINGTON sports editor
When one searches for a college they search for a place that fits not only his or her needs but also his or her personality. It has to satisfy the title of “home” for the next however many number of years. For an athlete this also means finding a coach and a team that are like family. Tess Gailhouse found exactly that when she joined the Softball team here at Kellogg Community College. This fall Gailhouse was enrolled at Olivet College planning to play softball for the Comets. She and three of her friends from her travel ball team were looking to play there together throughout college. The fall season came and went and Gailhouse felt that something was missing. “I feel that my coach didn’t fulfill his commitment that he promised me,” Gailhouse claimed. Still on fire for the sport, Gailhouse looked to other institutions to satisfy her desire to play. Upon her search she got into contact with head softball coach Darrick Brown of the Lady Bruins. Brown had been her pitching coach and was already very close with Gailhouse and her family.
“I’ve always thought he was an awesome coach. He was very welcoming and I knew right away he could be the best at replacing my dad as my coach,” stated Gailhouse. Gailhouse had always grown up on teams coached by her father, Todd Gailhouse. She stated that he and her mother, Theresa Gailhouse were always her role models growing up. They were always there to push her to do her best and to support her when she needed it most. At the start of the spring semester, Gailhouse joined the Kellogg community, calling Battle Creek her new home. She hopped right onto the team and started practicing as soon as possible to catch up on the team techniques and style. Coming into a new team can be very intimidating, especially when the girls have already been together for a semester. Gailhouse had her own concerns coming in, “I was nervous meeting the team. I know how a close team of girls can feel a little uneasy when welcoming in a new player. Thankfully, the girls we all very genuine and welcoming to me. I feel right at home here.” Coach Brown prides himself on having a team
that is close like a family. He knew Gailhouse wouldn’t have any trouble with the transition onto the team. Brown said, “Tess has been a very nice addition to our Bruin family. She has been solid defensively and is a big reason the bottom of our order has produced so well. She is a great teammate and a studentathlete that I have known since she was nine. We are so glad Tess decided to come to Kellogg.” Tess has come into a key role for the Lady Bruins. Playing in 31 games by April 19, Gailhouse has batted .423 with 15 RBI’s and 1 HR. Defensively she has had a fielding percentage of .931 with 31 Put Outs at second base.
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hardly has time for a job. They might be able to squeak a part-time job in to pay some of the electric bill, but mostly loans take on that responsibility. What about scholarships, you say? Well yes, some do receive substantial amount of scholarships to go to school and pay for tuition. That doesn’t pay for the groceries or the utilities at the end of the month, though. Recently there has been discussion over the topic of paying student athletes. Schools receive so much payment putting their faces up on billboards, t-shirts, and crowd attendance. Yet, the student athletes hardly see a dime of that money unless it is in scholarships. So much revenue is being earned off of these athletes and there are always stories floating around about the ones who can’t even pay for their dinners. Some say the solution is to pay these athletes. I agree partially with this statement. Not a lot of sports bring in high
revenue. Many programs do not have high attendance or are not recognized as “in” sports. These sports bring in little to no revenue for schools. I say that unless a certain quota is met, the athlete should not be paid. They are getting to play a sport in college, it should be a privilege. But for those that see so much income, they should be reimbursed for their play. These universities that see so much profit can surely give out a few hundred here and there to their players. But otherwise, I don’t believe many colleges can afford to pay their athletes when they bring in so little. The life of a student athlete will always be a challenge on the field, in the classroom, on the wallet, and on the stress meter. But, as I said earlier, to participate in any sport is a privilege and the student athlete needs to learn this sooner rather than later. Contact Mary Emington at email@example.com.
“Tess is a very hard worker. She is a great defensive player and steps up when we need her! She came in nervous at first but she definitely belongs right here, said teammate Brooke Edmonds. “I couldn’t be more proud of my team; we are definitely the team to beat this year. It’s always awesome being on the winning team. We have our on days and we have our off days, but we always end up pulling through,” stated Gailhouse. Contact Mary E. @ k0333670@kellogg. edu.
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Tess Gailhouse fields a ball to throw to first.
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Published on Apr 30, 2015