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Ghost towns

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Chief of KCC Public Safety Retiring DIANA CAMPBELL co-editor

Harold West has been chief of Kellogg Community College Public Safety for over four years. He applied for the position at the recommendation of the former chief, Tim Hurt. Recently, he informed Bruin staff that he will be retiring in August, and he is looking forward to the proposition. West has enjoyed his time at KCC because it has given him opportunity to work with students as well as faculty and staff to solve problems. He says that working on campus has given him the opportunity to work more closely with individuals than being a police officer. “I have never in my career met such a large group of devoted people committed to educating any and

all who show up at this facility,” West says. He especially takes pride in how many problems he has been able to solve during his career on campus. When asked what his plans were for his retirement, he answered that he and his wife want to travel the United States. “I think what we’re looking forward to,” he says, “is not having to be anywhere quickly, just taking our time and doing whatever it is we want at our own pace.” He also adds that he will particularly enjoy being able to sleep in rather than get up and head to work. While Kellogg Community College will not be the same without Chief Harold West, the Bruin staff wishes him a happy retirement! Contact Diana Campbell at photo by simon thalmann

Chief of Public Safety, Harold West

Attention all KCC writers YASMEEN QAHWASH staff writer

The Bruin is looking for more staff writers! We are open to anyone and everyone who is interested. If you would like to have your articles published in Kellogg Community College’s newspaper, or even obtain a consistent position working for The Bruin, just send it over to The Bruin e-mail and we will contact you with

details. This is also a great opportunity for independent studies. We are looking for sports writers, opinion pieces, feature stories, news stories, art stories, short stories, photography and anything in between. Even if you have a suggestion, send us an e-mail, we would be happy to hear your input. The Bruin is released once a month and contains articles covering local events, KCC activities and opportunities, displays art work made by fellow students, student/faculty profiles and covers sports reports. In order for this paper to thrive, we need more writers! Please contact us at can’t wait to hear from you! Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at

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Campus News

Michigan’s ghosts towns MCKENZIE CRIPPEN staff writer

Michigan’s ghost towns have been vanishing due to construction and expansion of farm land, but throughout the mitten there are still a few lost settlements. Central This abandoned village on the U.P.’s Keweenaw Peninsula was a company town of nearly 1,300 residents, many of them German and Cornish immigrants who’d come to work in the copper mines. The town had a post office, three-story school, and one of the first telephone services in Copper Country. The mine closed in 1898, only four decades after it had opened, photo by mckenzie crippen and residents quickly left to find Remains at Central work elsewhere. All that remains are thirteen houses and a Methodist church, maintained by the Keweenaw Historical Society; every year on the last Sunday of July, locals and descendants of the Central Mine villagers attend a special service at the church to honor those who lived there. Fayette In the 1800’s, Fayette was a bustling iron-smelting town on the Garden Peninsula, a spike of land that jabs down into Lake Michigan along the U.P.’s southern shore. After the iron market declined and the smelting operations closed, Fayette was mostly a resort destination until the middle of the 20th century. Nearly two dozen buildings remain. Luckily this ghost town resides in what has now been established as Fayette Historic State Park, keeping what is left of the town preserved.

photo by mckenzie crippen

A cabin in “Finn Town”

by the 1920’s, though remnants of a cemetery offer a glimpse into how swiftly many families fell to illness. The town is now rumored to be haunted, with local legends describing ghosts, witches, curses and other chilling paranormal activity. Pere Cheney’s cemetery is known to be haunted by a witch that is buried there. Old Victoria/”Finn Town” Fifteen miles south of Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula, Old Victoria Historical Site preserves the remains of another Michigan mining boom town, once called “Finn Town.” Visitors can see a handful of log cabins, still on their original foundations that once housed the families of miners who worked at the Victoria Copper Mine.

Remains at Fayette

photo by mckenzie crippen

Pere Cheney This turn-of-the-century lumbering town about 10 miles southeast of Grayling was once home to about 1,500 residents, many of whom were killed by tragic backto-back epidemics of what was likely diphtheria. The town was all but abandoned

Nonesuch This ghost town’s quirky name came from the deposit of remarkably fine copper discovered there: “nonesuch” ore had yet been found in Michigan’s Copper Country. The copper vein presented a perplexing challenge for miners, who struggled to extract it; the site eventually earned the nickname “the Sphinx of the copper district.” At its peak, the town only had a few hundred residents, but it did have a post office and school. Ruins remain in the woods along the Porcupine Mountains’ Nonesuch Trail; they can be found about a mile past Nonesuch Falls. Contact McKenzie Crippen at

Pere Cheney’s witch-haunted graveyard

photo by mckenzie crippen

photo by mckenzie crippen

Remains at Nonesuch

Being a student in the summer YASMEEN QAHWASH staff writer

After a long awaited, bitter and cold winter, summer has finally arrived and we are all ready to kick back and relax in the sunshine. After all, finals are over, so there’s nothing else left to do but to enjoy the summer, right? Not for all of us. The spring semester has officially ended and the summer semester has begun; summer classes are now in session. Taking classes in the summer has become more popular within the last couple of years and there are multiple reasons why, along with many reasons as to why registering for the summer semester is so beneficial for us students. Some students decide to take summer classes as a way to stay productive throughout the summer,

it’s a way to get ahead of the game when it comes to graduation. However, there are some challenges that come along with going to school in the summer. The classes tend to be more condensed, given that the summer semester is shorter than the fall and spring semesters, which can mean more cramming and intense focus on the content you are learning. And of course, it’s not easy to head to class while some of your friends are headed to the beach. But, the advantages of taking summer classes may outweigh the challenges. If you decide to register for the summer semester, you are giving yourself a chance to get ahead or catch up in your curriculum. Look at what classes KCC has available and sign up for the ones that you have yet to take, or need another shot at. Even if you’re on the right track for graduation,

what’s better than finishing your classes early? Another advantage that summer classes offer is he class sizes; they tend to usually be smaller since not everyone enjoys spending their summer vacation on campus. This gives you more oneon-one time with the professor, which can help you excel, especially with the classes being so condensed and intense. More than likely, if you’re taking summer classes, you’re probably not taking twelve credit hours worth. With a reduced course load, you are able to spend more of your study time on the couple of classes you are taking instead of four or five classes at one time. This leaves you with fewer distractions and more focus on specific subjects. Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at



Binder Park Zoo BRENDAN RONAN staff writer

As the summer is going on you may be going to amusement parks or taking your family to any random tropical country. However, some of you may be wanting to go somewhere to have a great time for a reasonable price. Well, I may have the perfect family fun place for you to take your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, kids, and/or grandparents: Binder Park Zoo. Binder Park Zoo is a great place for families or kids to go to see animals you may have only seen on facebook or in the movies for a reasonable entrance fee. It is $14 for adults, $13 for kids, $12 for kids & children under 2 get in for free. You can see beautiful dingos, red kangaroos, black bears, red pandas, great horned owls and many other wondrous creatures. Then take a five minutes tram ride, or a half mile walk, and instantly be transported to the African Savanna. Take the African trail and see beautiful zebras, feed and pet

gorgeous giraffes, and walk amongst the exotic bird sanctuary. Then finish off with a great meal at the Kalahari Kitchen. In a month or so you will also be able to visit and watch gorgeous lions in their newly built exhibit. I interviewed several patrons of the zoo and they all said the same thing. They love the zoo because it is a great family fun place to see beautiful animals, eat great food and walk amongst nature. One customer said, “Every summer I make a point of taking my kids to the zoo two or three times because it gets them out of the house and lets them be amongst nature”. Another said, “When I tell my kids we’re going to the zoo they get the biggest smiles are super excited.” So if you are wondering where to take your family this summer, go to Binder Park Zoo. Get your face painted, eat some pretzels and have a great time. Contact Brendan Ronan at

Geocaching in Michigan

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There are hundreds of geocache scattered amongst Michigan’s countryside. Geocaches range in size and some containers are large enough to carry trinkets, creating a chain of trading amongst fellow geocachers. As defined by its website: “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.” Just download one of the Geocache Applications, or get online and begin your search! Most are located in cemeteries, historical sites, and other properties open to the public. Some geocaches have been placed on private land, so be sure to ask before searching.

D r. D e s t i n y

Dear Students, Have a wonderful summer! Sincerely, Dr. Destiny Dear Dr. Destiny, Can I have a hug? Sincerely, Love Bug Dear Love Bug, Sure. Sincerely, Dr. Destiny.

Geocache #1: Two Tree Lane Located on M66 in the cemetery between White Rabbit Road and Huntington Road (left side). Low difficulty but extra small in size. Once found, sign name and date and put back. Geocache #2: Was Way Too Easy This geocache is found off M96, on Harmonia Road in Springfield/Battle Creek area. This geocache does not hold a writing utensil, so be sure to something to log your name and date. The hint for this cache is “Close to the Rail’s End.” Geocache #3: RB2 Cache At the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and North Avenue in Battle Creek, this geocache can be found in the plaza near Walgreens and Arby’s, Across from SaveA-Lot. Bring your own pencil. Contact McKenzie Crippen at

Dear Bored There’s tons to do! If you wanna stay close to home (assuming Battle Creek and surrounding areas is home), I’d definitely check out places like the zoo! Spend a day shopping at the mall and the stores nearby. Take a stroll through downtown and look at all the businesses there. Check out the movies playing the theaters in town. Take a stroll around campus, even! Definitely take a road trip if you’re feeling it too! Summer is full of possibilities. But don’t forget to check on your classes for fall! Sincerely, Dr. Destiny

Dear Dr. Destiny, Summer’s here, and I don’t know what to do! What should I do with my summer? What even is there to do?

Dear Dr Destiny, This past semester was my last semester at the school, and I’m super bummed that I’ll be leaving. This will always be a place close to my heart, and I was wondering if there’s anything I can do to show that.

Sincerely, Bored

Sincerely, Bye-Bye

Dear Bye-Bye I’m glad you enjoyed your time here! The bookstore is available for you if you want to get some mementos like a sweatshirt or a bag! Show off your KCC pride by wearing the merchandise or maybe even having a lanyard? Those are pretty cool. Don’t be afraid to stop and see if there are any volunteer opportunities or any events that are open to the public, too! We’re going to miss you! Sincerely, Dr. Destiny


Opinion & Sports

My correct opinion TONY ALLRED staff writer

In a step outside of the norm, I need to give somebody that isn’t me credit. I would like to thank right wing media outlets for giving me somebody to hate, and not just one group of people, but several. Without the kind people at Fox New, Britebart, and Info Wars I never would have had a place to vent all the inner frustrations I never knew I had. Without right wing media I never would have known that the government was taking everyone’s guns. They must be super good at it as well; they must take your guns so effectively that you don’t even notice that they are gone. I don’t remember the last time somebody even came to count, register, track or take a gun from anyone I have ever met, so I assume they are doing it at night and anyone who catches them taking their guns must get a flash from a Men-in-Black style brain-scrambling device. It’s really the only logical explanation. Had it not been for the detective work of

right wing “news” outlets I also might not have noticed all the Sharia Law sweeping the country, leaving in its wake all the “no go zones.” I mean, I live in Michigan and have been to Dearborn several times, and without them telling me I never would have known I was on the edge of death every time I was there. I’ve taken my kids there, spent the night in hotels, and dined at local eateries! I can’t believe we survived; we must be some of the lucky few! To hear the people that live there talk, you would almost think they were upset about the actions of a terrible few on the morning of September 11th 2001, but thankfully our newly elected Claymation-in-chief told us about the thousands celebrating while the towers were still standing and burning. Without this type of information I would have felt perfectly comfortable in my surroundings there, luckily I dodged that bullet. (From a gun not yet taken) I’m nervous to even get started on the FLOOD of Illegal Aliens swarming in countless droves across our southern border. It has the appearance of an unending human wave, countless in number and drooling with job stealing ferocity. Most people

are unaware that there are so many undocumented immigrants crossing into our country at any given moment that all of the vegetation that previously flourished under the crisp waters of the Rio Grande has long since disappeared. Not only are the plants being trampled and torn by the bare feet of the unwashed masses storming across its banks, but the bodies of the unending swarm block one hundred percent of the Texas sunlight, stopping any new growth. Without the warnings from the right I would not have known all jobs were in danger from the teaming masses from the south, I might have been able to sleep at night, but it would have been the sleep of ignorance, instead of the wakeful restlessness of those of us in the know. Thank you Bill O’ Reilly, thank you Alex Jones, every right wing blogger and truth teller, thank you for all you have done to my country……you’re everything I’m glad I’m not. Contact Tony Allred at

Men’s Baseball YASMEEN QAHWASH staff writer

On Sunday, April 29th, 2017, the Bruin men’s baseball team came out with another victory against Kalamazoo Valley Community College with a final score after game one of 12-4. This makes their overall record 30-11-2 and their conference record 19-0. In their second game against KVCC, KVCC came out with the win with a final score of 8-7. “We have an opportunity to clinch the Conference Championship with a win Friday at home,” said Coach Laskovy, “1:00 pm in the Brown Stadium. Please come on out and support!” Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at

photo by simon thalmann

Women’s Softball YASMEEN QAHWASH On April 25, 2017, our Lady Bruin softball team went up against Lansing Community College. In game one, LCC pulled out a win with a final score of 6-2. “Played as good as we have played all year until we had two outs in the bottom of the sixth and then a hit batter and an error gave Lansing four quick runs and that was all they needed,” stated Coach Herman, “Jess Roan hit a home run and Lexi Cerven drove in Alexa Stephenson after Alexa hit a double down the left field line. Alexa was really good in the circle going the distance. We just had a third of an inning where we lost focus and gave the game away.” In game two, our Lady Bruins got in a win against LCC with a final score of 10-1, making their overall record 23-19 and their conference record 17-11. “After giving away game one, the team came out and played like a championship caliber team. Pitching from Kylie Masko was incredible. Going six innings only allowing one run on four hits and never really got in much trouble…Lexi Cerven hit a grand slam in the sixth inning and Jacki Nate came up 2 batters later and hit a solo shot,” said Coach Herman, “We have now beaten every team in the league at least one time and put ourselves in position to reach the Region 12 District I tournament. Great team effort and we continue to get better every week.” Go Bruins!


In the May edition of the Bruin, the Lady Bruins softball coach was incorrectly identified as Eric Laskovy. The Lady Bruins softball coach for the 2016-17 season was Derek Herman.

Summer hours: Mon - Thu 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - noon July 4: College closed for Independence Day

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Key Dates for Summer Semester Aug. 7: Classes end Hastings, Coldwater and Albion locations will be closed on Fridays during the Summer semester.


Diana Campbell Sarah Gerke

Staff Writers

Kendall Truex Yasmeen Qahwash Brendan Ronan Tony Allred McKenzie Crippen

Graphic Editors Photographer Timothy Stillson Noah Murray

Benito C. Juarez


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