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The Bruin February, 2016 | Kellogg Community College |

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Honors contracts

Students vs. Winter Weather

KCC students give some insight to completing honors contracts. Makayla Stuart, Gabriel Smurr, and Jacob Warren explain the topics of their projects, as well as what steps they had to take and what they have learned. - Pg 3

Even though KCC uses a specific process to decide whether or not a cancellation is necessary during winter weather, commuting students still suffer.. - Pg 2

Getting on track for graduation BRANDY DLUGOSS staff writer

Graduating from KCC isn’t the same as graduating from high school, where the only thing a student is responsible for is passing classes and showing up to receive a diploma. Graduation is a process that requires active participation from the student in order for it to be successful. New and first year KCC students may now be thinking, “I’m not graduating this semester, I have plenty of time.” Yet, whether graduating at the end of this semester or beyond, having this information sooner rather than later can help to create a smooth transition from being a KCC student to a KCC graduate. What You Need to Know Bobbie Brawley, the Manager for Graduation and Transfer, offers the following: The graduation application deadline for the spring 2016 semester is March 1, 2016. This is the most important step in the graduation process. Students that miss the deadline for graduation applications will have to wait another semester to receive a degree or certificate. Students that plan to apply for graduation in the summer 2016 semester and want to participate in the commencement ceremony held in May must apply for graduation by March 1 as well. Otherwise, the application deadline for the summer 2016 semester is July 1. The commencement ceremony is Thursday, May 12, 2016. Information regarding how to participate in the commencement ceremony, how to purchase a cap and gown, and how to purchase a diploma will be emailed to everyone who has applied for graduation or has graduated between the summer 2015 and the spring 2016 semesters.

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Graduation, what every college student looks forward to. Its a pinnacle moment in their lives that they will always remember, and look back apoun fondly.

Before completing the application process, it is also recommended by Records and Registration that students verify their program code KCC will use to audit records for graduation. To see what program code has been selected, look under the “Academic Profile” tab in KRIS and select “Change Academic Program Code.” According to the Records and Registration Web page, it is a good idea for students to work closely with a KCC academic advisor to ensure that course selections fulfill program and curriculum requirements. Another piece of information that may be useful is to make sure personal information is up-to-date. An

unreported name change after getting married, or for any other reason could cause an incorrect name to appear on the degree or certificate. Having an old mailing address on file at KCC may mean a delay in receiving the degree or certificate when it is mailed. To apply for graduation, a student can either submit the application on-line via his or her KRIS account or bring the completed form to the Registrar’s office (located in the HUB on KCC’s Battle Creek campus). Forms are available on all KCC campuses.

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KCC President is chosen Loserville In a public statement, Steve Claywell, the chairman of KCC’s Board of Trusteditor-in-cheif ees, said, “Mr. O’Connell has offered On January 20, 2016, KCC’s Board outstanding vision and leadership over of Trustees declared Mark O’Connell the past 10 months as interim presias the college’s fifth president. He has dent and is exactly the right person to been serving as interim president since lead this institution at this time.” March 2015 while the search continued Claywell included in the announcement that Mr. O’Connell “has tirefor a new president. lessly advanced the Board’s priorities, established an environment of open and honest communication, repaired strained relationships, engaged the faculty and staff, involved communities of the College’s service areas, made difficult decisions to address budget deficits, expanded KCC’s credibility within its peer college group, and heightened


the focus on our students by creating the best learning environments for their needs.” During a meeting, the vote was unanimous to assign Mr. O’Connell the position of being KCC’s president. Afterwards, he showed his gratitude towards the Board of Trustees, as well as KCC employees. Claywell’s statement read, “We are extremely please with Mr. O’Connell’s performance and we have heard similar sentiments from many stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, and community members.” Contact Heidi Gartley at

MITCHELL HAMILL staff writer

KCC play audition:
Feb 25-26, Binda Theater Stage 7:30PM
 To Attend the Show: Apr 15-­17 and 22­ -24, Binda Theatre,
 Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30PM, Sunday shows at 3:00PM Tickets: $5 for KCC Students/Staff, $10 for General Admission For Reservations, call (269) 965­4154 Nerds never truly possessing the “it” factor for social-ease have still managed to become the new cool. Geek is chic.

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Preparing for the winter commute to KCC: Making your own “Winter Emergency Kit” LIZ WILLS staff writer

It is no secret that Michigan winters can be chaotic and inconsistent. Some winters are bone chilling cold

with minimal snow, others a full three months of blizzards and extreme snow fall. However, one thing that does remain consistent is the crummy driving conditions and roadside crashes scattered throughout the winter months.

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Adrian Hibbard cleans the snow off of her car before leaving campus.

In preparation for the upcoming winter months, it is important to gather materials to make a “Winter Emergency Kit.” This kit should be stored in the trunk of your vehicle at all times during the winter season. What exactly is a “Winter Emergency Kit” and how many KCC students have one in their vehicles? KCC student Cayla Hart said, “I don’t have anything like that in my car.” In fact, most of the students that took part in this survey had no knowledge of “Winter Emergency Kits.” The commute to campus ranges from three minutes to an hour for some students, and a lot can happen on icy roads during that drive. The kit is a combination of supplies, stored in the trunk of a vehicle, that provide safety to an individual in the case of a winter emergency. Most common being a collision or crash that takes the vehicle off of the road and into a ditch. Kits are easy to make and the items are fairly inexpensive to purchase. A plush, fluffy blanket and extra winter clothing items are a necessity for warmth. Winter clothing items such as gloves, hats, face masks, and an extra jacket offer the best protection.

Other items include a generic firstaid kit, purchasable at any major retail store, hand warmers, and dried food and water bottles. In an event where a vehicle has crashed in to a ditch and is not visible from the road, and the driver or passenger is injured, the firstaid kit will help cleanse wounds. Dried foods such as dehydrated fruit, granola bars, and trail mix are great options. Flares, a shovel, flashlights, and a bag of kitty litter or sand are also essential items to have in a Kit. The kitty litter or bag of sand has a dual purpose. It adds weight to the vehicle, making it less likely to slip and slide on the road. It also provides traction if the vehicle becomes stuck. For example, if the car is stuck on an icy patch, then the tires will spin, no matter how hard or light you tap the gas pedal. By sprinkling a cup of kitty litter or sand around the tires, it provides traction. This traction allows the tires to grip and drive forward off of the ice. Store the kit in the trunk of the vehicle. If your vehicle does not have a trunk then it is recommended that the kit is stored in the back seat.

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KCC students vs. the winter weather CAYLA HART

staff writer

Winter weather brings difficulties for students who commute to and from KCC. If KCC doesn’t cancel classes, students may have to drive to school in dangerous conditions. There are many times when KCC remains open in winter weather and students have to decide whether or not to risk driving to classes. There are several factors that contribute to the decision to cancel classes. They check road conditions with the state police and have a staff member drive along the local Battle Creek roads to determine visibility and road safety. They also consider the weather forecast for the day as well as if there will be time to clear the campus sidewalks and parking lots before class begins. They make sure that there are enough available utilities to support the college facilities. Lastly, they consider attendance requirements for accreditation in certain occupational programs, the ability to make up class time, and students’ individual judgements about whether or not to travel to class. KCC has a variety of students, many of whom are part time and live outside of Battle Creek. Though KCC staff members drive the roads around KCC to determine if classes should be canceled, roads in neighboring counties from which students commute remain unassessed. Cassandra Hart, a past KCC nursing student that lived in Coldwater, discussed some of her experiences commuting to Battle Creek in the winter. “There were many times that I believe the main campus should have been closed, but wasn’t. There were times when the Coldwater campus was closed but the Battle Creek one wasn’t, so I had to drive through Coldwater and Battle Creek in unsafe conditions.” Hart commented on how strict her professors were on attendance and tardiness, even in the winter. “The nursing program fits so much material into each class. It was really important for

me to make it to every class so I didn’t fall behind,” she explained. Because of this, Hart stated that she was forced to drive to Battle Creek on days when she believed classes should have been canceled. “One time, my car swerved a three sixty on the way to class, which was really scary,” she said.

Elizabeth Wills, a current KCC student, agreed that there were times she believed KCC should have canceled classes but proceeded on as usual anyways. She also mentioned that parking is dangerous at KCC in the winter. “People go too fast in the parking lot and cause accidents. I

got hit by a girl in the KCC parking lot last winter, and it dented up the entire left side of my vehicle.” Unlike Hart, Wills says that she refuses to drive on unsafe roads. “I live all the way out in Athens, and we don’t get plowed much out here. It makes it challenging to get to class sometimes, and it’s even more aggravating when the professors are rigid about attendance in the winter. If it’s too dangerous of a commute, I won’t drive in it.” It’s unfortunate that winter weather can cause such dilemmas for students who commute. They are forced to leave earlier to get to class on time and may have to drive in unsafe conditions. On days when roads are icy, but classes are not canceled, a commuting student must make a decision of whether or not a day of classes is worth the risk.

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In the Spotlight: honors contract HEIDI GARTLEY


KCC students have the opportunity each semester to complete an honors contract in one or more of their courses. With help from the professor, a student creates an additional project or task to complete. If all the requirements are met, and the student earns at least a B+ in the course, they will receive an honors credit on their transcript for that specific course. These projects are usually associated with the KCC Honors program because it requires that students earn four honors credits before graduation. However, any student is able to take advantage of honors contracts. Makayla Stuart, Gabriel Smurr, and Jacob Warren were a few of the many KCC students who completed a project in the Fall 2015 semester. Below is some insight as to what their topics were, as well as how they felt about the experience. Makayla Stuart completed an honors contract in her Physical Geography class. “I have chosen to research the formation and origin of the Great Lakes. My goal with this project is to inform those who read it about how the retraction of the glaciers over the Great Lakes Basin formed the lakes themselves,” Stuart shared. Though completing honors projects is one of the requirements of Stuart’s scholarship, she also believes that it’s helped her get more involved in the class, itself. In addition, she hopes that having these extra accomplishments on her transcript will help her when transferring to a university or applying for future scholarships. Completing this research of the Great Lakes will even “give me all this extra information inside my brain that I can pull out at different times to catch people off guard and surprise them.” When asked on November 12, Stuart stated that she had been enjoying the project thus far. To any students who may be interested in completing one, she advised that they do so in a course that truly interests them and “that setting a time frame for each part of the project is the best

way to make sure it is completed on time and gives you multiple opportunities to ask questions.” Gabriel Smurr took on two honors contracts last semester. In her English 151 class, she made a multi-media project about what she’d learned from the written assignments in class. The theme of her papers revolved around pharmacy, which is her major. “My second honors contract is in History 104. I get to write a journal acting like I am a pharmacist in World War 1. I chose to stick to my major while doing my honors contracts because it helps me learn so much more about being a pharmacist,” Smurr explained. On November 15, 2015, Smurr stated, “So far I am very happy about how both of my honors contracts are going. I am learning so much by going the extra mile. They both have their struggles, but there is more good than bad in them.” She decided to complete a project in English 151 because it is a subject that comes pretty easily to her. “At first I never planned on having an honors contract in History. After I heard Mrs. Wright talking about how her honors contracts don’t always have to be long, written paper, I was intrigued to find out what kind of project I could do that would be different than anyone else’s.” Earning honors credit is also a requirement of Smurr’s scholarship. In addition, she thinks it shows that she’s willing to apply herself more and put in “extra effort.” To anyone else thinking about starting an honors project, “I would suggest do a contract in a class, or subject, that you will like first. Sit down and talk to the professor about what they expect out of you in your contract and see if you can come up with something that suits your strengths, as well as meets the professor’s requirements.” Jacob Warren got more involved with his math class and hobby by creating an honors project that focused on disc golf, specifically “using triangles to actually calculate the exact distance and angles a disc needs to be thrown to make a hole-in-one,” he states. Warren has achieved two hole-in-ones in his disc golf

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experience, and after his second one, he “got to wondering if you could calculate the exact angles and distances that it takes to make it in the basket in one shot.” Following this initial question, he went to a local course over a period of a few weeks and threw various shots, “finding the angle of which the disc breaks.” Warren explains, “After I find all the distances of the disc flight to the breaking point, the breaking point to the basket, and the tee-pad to the basket, this creates a

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Images to explain the movement of glaciers across the Great Lakes Basin.

triangle. Once I have all three distances, I can then find out the angle at which the disc breaks and see how far you have to throw the disc to make it in one shot.” This honors project, with all of its measuring and disc throwing, will ultimately help Warren apply the math he’s learned to real-world situations. Lastly, Warren states, “To other students considering doing an honors contract, just incorporate your class curriculum into something you do every day.” Contact Heidi Gartley at


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Loserville: a story before geek was chic -continued from pg.1 Though “nerds” have become the trendiest phenomena in recent history, the era before is the setting for the spring musical production, “Loserville,” which takes the audience on a hilarious comical romp to the time when it was still difficult to be the geek. The show should be able to focus on the traditional “geek story” and the feeling of being an outsider. The 1970s marked a time when being intellectual and pursuing your hobby with a passion that could revolutionize the world still got you picked on by the other kids at school. Michael Dork is devoted to teaching computers to talk to each other, while mercilessly being ridiculed by the school jock, Eddie, who also plans to steal his work. The rivalry is complicated when new girl, Holly, starts school and attracts the romantic interest of Michael as she helps him with his project. The 1970s story rocks the stage with music that is pop-­p unk lite, pop culture references that are fun for the audience to spot, and as comedy and suspense in the storyline that energizes the stage in this hilarious adventure of misfit and love. The musical show will hit the KCC Binda Theater stage in April. Auditions for cast is open to the public and will be happening February 25 and 26 at 7:30PM on the Binda Theater stage. Director Brad Poer tells us there will be around 25 cast spots to fill. Poer explains that the auditions will tend to be a little informal. He says there will be about thirty seconds of monologue reading, and from thirty to sixty seconds of singing that individuals can bring to perform for the audition. In addition to this, there will be

three to four minutes of cold reading from the script done in small groups of those auditioning. There may also be a small simple choreography piece to learn and show for the entire group. They also reserve the right to possibly teach the group a section of a song from the show and have them perform together to check for harmonizing. People may try out for as many parts as they would like or have an interest in. In addition to the stage actors, the production will have a large cast of other volunteers that help make it happen. Poer explains that there are a lot of ways for those interested in getting involved to volunteer, including: stage lighting, sound management, costume/makeup, stage management and set production. Those interested in matching their talents to the needs of the production are encouraged to find out more information from Poer by emailing him at . He shares that this semester the Theatre Stagecraft class will be in session and will be building the set in class under the direction of John Strzelecki. Poer is always excited to bring innovative projects to KCC that offer a unique attraction and will appeal to KCC students as much as the avid local theatre fan. Every other year he tries to offer a shift from classical theater to contemporary. Following last year’s classic, “Pirates of Penzance,” performed with a full symphony with classical scores, this year’s performance will be the contemporary turn with the scores being performed with a rock, punk-­l ite format. The musical will be coming on the heels of the fall production “Crimes of the Heart,” one of the best shows Poer believes he has been a part of since being at KCC. The show had a fantastic storyline and talented actors that were pro-

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Let the good times roll with BCycle bikes DAWSIN HAMILL staff writer

BCycle Bike station rolled onto campus this past summer. Though the bikes are put away for the winter season, right now is still a great time to plan for enjoying the bike sharing program come this spring,

where they may register. Single day registrations can be done right at any BCycle station kiosk. All accounts require a credit card to be associated with the account and, at the current time, a debit only card will not work. Whether riding for a fun day excursion or exercise, the bike can be affordable. The bike is rentable

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A KCC student being eco friendly, and cost efficient, by renting a bike.

when the shiny red bikes will reclaim their places in the rental unit located in the parking lot near the Lane Thomas Building. The unit is one of three located in Battle Creek, with the other stations being at Burnam Brook, at 200 W. Michigan Ave. and the Riverwalk Center found at 34 Jackson Street. The bike sharing program is a new concept that Angela Myers, Regional Health Alliance Program Health Manager at Battle Creek Community foundation, helps to oversee. The locations are prime areas in the Battle Creek city that provide a variety of options for the bike user. According to BCycle, bike sharing is an easy process. People can sign up at

up to 24 hours for only $5. You are able to check the bikes in and out of any of the three stations and the sites app will let you know if a dock has available spots. Stopping at a dock that is full will allow you to add a few minutes free to get to another dock as well. Furthermore, memberships are another affordable option especially if you would like to use the bikes for short outings or excursions. Thirty day memberships are $15; $10 for students; or annual memberships are $30; $20 for students. But before you do the math and figure that a year membership is going to be worth it for the cost of four rentals, it might be beneficial to understand the differences in time allotted for renting with memberships.


very easy to donate and it makes you feel like you did something wonderful for someone in need.” This isn’t the only option or source of donating, however. The American Red Cross is another business that accepts clothing for those in need. Rachelle says that “I have also donated through the American Red Cross because they are very reliable and I know that the clothing will make it where it is supposed to go.” Nathan Brandt, whom is currently enlisted in the Marines, shared another donation opportunity. “Purple Heart Pickup is a clothing and item donation center that is strictly for those in the military or who have been wounded and are permanently injured.” This program will either pick up a person’s unwanted clothing or they can be dropped off into drop boxes, which are primarily located on the East coast. Regardless of which method a student may choose, it is important to remember the people in need before throwing out old clothing. There are many opportunities to give to those in need and a simple sweater could change, or possibly even save,

The daily rental fee of $5 is the best bargain for a long term rental, even with a membership, because memberships allow for 30 minute bike rentals with a $1 charge for every subsequent half hour. Though the system is designed for short travels and quick turnaround, they do make it convenient to get your longer ride for free with your membership, if you stop and check the bike in at a station every half hour. Where the membership can save money in the long run for a frequent short time user, it may not be the best selection for those electing to do a few short day trips with the bike. Though it is legal for an adult to ride a bike in Michigan without a bike helmet, helmets are strongly encouraged for safety reasons. You can bring your own or borrow one from the BCycle program by stopping by Burnham Brook, or the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau where they will lend you one to enjoy your ride safely. KCC Public Relations Director Eric Greene stated that they hope to be able to provide helmets to borrow at the KCC bookstore soon. Student Mitchell Hamill, who lives in the Heritage Hills neighborhood right behind Kellogg’s campus, is able to use the bike to get back and forth from his home quicker than walking. “Bike sharing is great because I don’t have to worry about maintenance on owning a bike, I can literally just swipe and ride” He also shared that he plans on using the bikes for outings with friends. “Battle Creek is a great city to access by bike. Riding around the city for shopping or to events like music on the mall is excellent. Taking them for rides along the river or around Spring Lake trails right here by campus is something else that I look forward to.” KCC student Kathryn Kennedy shared, “The bikes’ style is trendy right now, so we took them out and used them for a photo shoot.” She added, “With some careful staging and angling, they made great props with flowers in the basket and provided great shots without the cost of purchasing this style bike.” This spring when the sun comes out, the bikes will return to their dock on campus ready to be enjoyed by all the community. KCC students are fortunate to have the program close at hand and offer a healthy alternative for getting around. No gas, free parking, free from causing pollution, free workout, and the rider gets to be the passenger and the engine. Get out there, find your own reason, ride a bike from the BCycle Bike sharing program.

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Clothes can make the difference staff writer

As students continue to dig out all of their winter clothing, there are some people who cannot say they are doing the same. This season there will be an estimated 3.5 million people who will be without shelter. This is alarming as the cold weather continues. Shelters across the United States are continuing to open their doors to those in need and are continuing to accept clothing donations. Donations of old, gently used clothing can go a long way to someone who is living on the streets and in need. Rachelle Cole is a frequent donator who is originally from California. Although the weather is not nearly what it is here, she stated that there was “a very good donation program throughout the state.” She said this program was called the Charity Clothing Pickup. This program is a charity that will come to an individual’s door step, pick up any unwanted clothes, and donate them to other charities who will distribute the clothing out. Rachelle likes this program because “it’s

the life of someone who is in need. Some of the most commonly needed items include jeans, boots, quality shoes that have no holes in them, gloves, hats, jackets, and scarves. With these items. it will make it much easier for the homeless to be able to maintain while they search for shelter. Rachelle states, “In a weird way, I feel comfort when I see a homeless person in warm clothes. I feel that way because to me it’s a sign that someone like myself has took the time to donate warm clothing and hopefully they feel just as good as I do.” As the snowy season continues to approach KCC, students are encouraged to seek ways how they can impact the life of someone in need.

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New Year’s resolution CAM BORTELL staff writer

With the New Year come new resolutions. One of the many New Year’s resolutions made every year is to lose weight. Fortunately, many experiences and interactions with members in the local Battle Creek YMCA are great ways to improve your body’s health. Typically around January 1, there are an overwhelming number of people getting to the gym or local fitness center to sign up as a new member. Then, given a few months later, this number subsides to the normal capacity that these gyms and fitness centers are used to. “It is easy for someone to come in and sign up initially,” Mr. David King explains, “but the difficult part is sticking with it if that individual does not see immediate results.” Mr. King is a regular at the YMCA and has been for the past twenty-plus years. In our interview, I had asked King what was his secret to being motivated and if he had any words of encouragement that may inspire someone to make the trip into a wellness center. His simple answer was, “for the health of your own wellbeing.” In a nutshell, he means that you must invest in yourself to be healthy and active, which in the long run will promote a better and longer life or lifestyle. On the other end of the age spectrum, I had a short conversation with 25-year-old Battle Creek police officer, Tony Gancer. Gancer comes in at various times because of his crazy and unpredictable lifestyle where one minute he could be patrolling in his car, to being in a crazy domestic violence scenario. Police officers must be in peak physical condition because of their work requirements and job conditions. When the subject of weight loss or health related resolutions was brought up, Tony chuckled and responded with “the beginning of the new year should not be the reason why you want

to get in shape” he says with a smirk “your life is happening right now, life doesn’t pause, and you should be getting after it right now!” Gancer explains that being fit is a lifestyle choice and that one must truly commit or you won’t see the results or meet the expectations that you set for yourself. He also states that “if you don’t see the results right away do not give up.” He stresses, “It takes many months, even years, with the right diet and workout routine for there to become positive results.” This was the popular answer with many of the regular members that I had spoken with at the YMCA. There was one common denominator: persistence. For some, results happen immediately, meanwhile others struggle to shed a few pounds. There will always be a struggle, but one must find a way to overcome this obstacle and come to a solution to break through that barrier for a better, healthier you.

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Mr. Tony Gancer is required to stay physically fit for his career as a police officer.



The Michigan vote regarding marijuana use BRIAN MACON staff writer

Marijuana is a topic that has many divided­ — some students are for the use of it, while others believe it should remain illegal. Either way, in 2016 a vote will be brought to the ballot for the legalization of recreational use of Marijuana. Many people believe that legal marijuana will be a good way to bring more revenue to Michigan, if taxed properly and regulated by the government. Others still feel it is a dangerous drug that should stay illegal. In the political realm, some individuals feel that the vote is just a formality and that it will pass. This is based on a vote from November 4, 2008, when the legal use of marijuana for those with medical conditions was passed. It is believed that as with the medical vote, the recreational vote will pass as well. Many states, such as Oregon and Colorado, have already passed the use of recreational use of marijuana and experts believe Michigan would benefit by following their example. For example, if a dispensary was opened up, it could create community based revenue and jobs. KCC student, Dominick Decker, gives his opinion on the subject, “I believe that it helps to get rid of things like chronic pain and anxiety.” He also states that “making it legal could reduce the amount of crime and get rid of people serving long prison sentences for Marijuana related crimes.” Dominick added that if made only avail-

Affordable and alternative Valentine’s Day dates HEIDI GARTLEY


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and many couples are still clueless about date ideas, especially with a college budget. Below are four ideas that are sure to bring a smile to your special someone’s face. Put a twist on the activities so that they represent the both of you, as well as your relationship. Don’t forget to put your phone away and on silent; leave all the focus on your date. Go sledding. Bundle up and hit the hills with that special someone. If you’re thrill seekers, make a day trip of traveling to some sand dunes, such as Warren Dunes State Park. It will be a sledding experience like no other, and afterwards the two of you can sip some hot cocoa together. Visit a new town. Get out a map and choose a nearby town that neither of you have been to (i.e. Jonesville, Mendon, Charlotte). It’s up to you and your significant other whether or not to look up any attractions or restaurants before the drive. The great thing is that you really don’t have to do much planning. It’s a perfect spontaneous date. Do some baking. Not only will this be great quality time together, but you get to enjoy some delicious desserts in the end. Look up some interesting Valentine’s Day recipes on Pinterest, such as Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes or Strawberry Milkshake Cookies. Don’t ever underesti-

able to those who are 21 and older, it could stay away from the hands of minors. Devin Macon, another KCC student, gave his opinion on the matter. “Personally, I’m not for it. I have witnessed a lot of athletes stop playing sports because of it.’’ Devin went on to say, “I think it hinders people more than it helps people out.’’ A predicament lawmakers may face is making sure minors do not use it. As with al-

cohol, even those who are younger than 21 still manage to get their hands on it. Another problem that may present itself is keeping it out of the hands of dangerous criminals. In Michigan, there have been incidents of criminals breaking into dispensaries and stealing marijuana. This may be a difficult thing to protect, in addition to preventing shops from selling to those who are not of age. In 2015, Ohio shut down a bill that would have made them the first Midwest state to make recreational use of marijuana legal. With the coming elections, it will be interesting to see the stand Michigan takes regarding the recreational use of marijuana.

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mate classic Chocolate Chip Cookies, though. Be sure to share the entire process with one another-including grocery shopping for the supplies. Blanket Fort. Bring out the inner child in both of you by building an epic blanket fort together. Eat snacks in the fort, or even your lunch/dinner. Have tickle fights and play board games in the fort. Take pictures in the fort or even watch Netflix while hiding beneath the blankets with one another.

These simple dates are great ways to better get to know a new fling, save money for a future investment with your new spouse, or even relax with the partner you’ve loved for years now. In fact, even if you’re single, you can gather a few friends and take part in one or more of these activities and create just as many memories.

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Basketball athletes strive for improvement MACKENZIE LESON staff writer

Name: Kailyn Parker Age: 18 Sport: Basketball and Softball Position: Forward for Basketball, First Base and Outfield for Softball Year: Freshman Major: Early Childhood Education Accomplishments/biggest one: Getting a Scholarship to play Basketball in college. Hometown: Napoleon High School: Napoleon High School Height: 5’10 Kailyn is a freshman forward here at KCC for the lady Bruin Basketball team. She has been playing basketball sense she was in the 2nd grade. I had a chance to speak to Kailyn and talk to her a little bit about the season and what she did before it. To prepare for the season she said that she was going to the open gyms for the basketball team and she was also playing softball on a travel team. She told me she doesn’t have any pregame rituals that she does beforehand to get her ready for the game ahead. Kailyn is an outstanding jump shooter, which sets her game apart from many of the other players; this gives her an edge and makes her a valued player. When I asked about her weakness, she told me that she is an overall very good player, but her ball handling was the part that she was looking forward to improving on the most.

Name: Mohammed Albagami Age: 19 Sport: Basketball Position: Shooting Guard Year: Freshman Major: Social work Accomplishments/biggest one: Graduation from high school Hometown: Battle Creek High School: Battle Creek Central Height: 6’2 Hobbies: Video games, running and working out

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Mohammed Albagami

Mohammed, or as the team calls him, “Mo,” is a 19-year-old freshman that transferred back here from Western Michigan. He has been playing basketball for fourteen years--he started when he was just five years old. He is one of the men’s outside shooting guard, so his ability to get a good shot off is what makes him so valued to the men’s basketball team. Before every game Mohammed has a prayer he does to relax him for the game he’s about to play in. Before the season started he was conditioning, running, lifting and fine tuning his skills in the gym. His strengths are that he catches on quickly and that he is never satisfied he is always striving to be the best that he can be and to get better as a player. His weakness is that he is not perfect, but that just means there is always room for improvement.

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Kailyn Parker

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February 2016  
February 2016