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Battleground Skate Park finally opens Mat Dilliner Staff Writer Battleground Skate Park, located in Battle Creek had their long -waited grand opening on December 16, after nearly a decade of hard work and dedication trying to make the park a reality. The not-for-profit youth outreach facility, which is open to skateboarders, BMXers, in-line skaters, and scooters is located at 923 East Michigan Avenue in the former Freedom Motors building. It is open to the general public in three separate three-hour sessions, Tuesday-Saturday, from 3:30-9:45 and only costs $5 per session. It has been a long journey for this modest park to finally open. They have had to endure many set-backs along the way, but volunteers and members of the board, such as Don Jackson, a local youth pastor and motivational speaker for over twenty years, says that these trials have only made their group and cause stronger. The park originally occupied a space near the Capital Ave, I-94 exit on Knapp Drive. They poured tens of thousands of dollars into that location by building ramps, upgrading electricity, plumbing, and heating, and paying for the countless requests by the city inspectors for building code improvements. They eventually had to pack up and moveout only days before their originally scheduled grand opening. They have worked very hard at finding a new location for the park over the past eight months. The park came to fruition through the vision and passion of local youth counselor, Andrew Wichterman, who works for Summit Pointe, dealing with troubled youth. Though Wichterman played basketball in college,

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Bruin reporter Mat Dilliner drops in on the mini-ramp.

he never participated in extreme sports like skateboarding. He originally began dreaming up the idea for the indoor park about ten years ago. Through sacrifice and persistence, he and his group were able to secure donations from churches, private individuals, and local businesses to help pay for the start-up and day-to-day operating costs of the skate park. The park is certainly a welcome change compared to the conditions that the skaters of the area have to endure at the location designated to them right now by

the City of Battle Creek, underneath the Washington St. Bridge. There are shattered bottles, broken ramps, cracked pavement, vulgar graffiti, used needles, litter, and much more. It is a very dangerous place to be after dark and it is certainly not a place for a minor. “Part of the thinking is that it is a positive place for them to come and do this,” Jackson said. “There’s some oversight, yet still a lot of freedom for them to be who they want to be without a lot of harping on them for

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Expenses and tuition rise as student enrollment falls Four-year forecast Johnathan Hogan Staff Writer Dr. Dennis Bona, the President of Kellogg Community College, recently presented to the school’s staff and faculty the financial details of the past few years as well as the school’s plans for the years ahead. The 2013-14 school year saw KCC’s expenses surpass revenue as the number of students who enrolled for classes declined. “We didn’t know we’d lose so much enrollment this year,” Dr. Bona said. With the rise in unemployment after the 2008 Financial Crisis, many of the newly unemployed returned to school to help find new jobs. KCC saw a rise in student registration and made a profit of close to $2,000,000 during the 2009-2010 school year. As the economy has improved the students from that initial surge have moved on. “We’re all proud of that,” Dr. Bona said. “It’s great for the community and students. The same has not proven true for revenue.” The profit for 2012-13 was a mere $35,000. For the 2013-14 school year KCC expects to lose $370,000. Kellogg Community College receives revenue primarily from three sources: property taxes, state funding, and student tuition. When the housing bubble burst during the 2008 Financial Crisis house prices in Michigan dropped, and the revenue from property taxes with them.

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The above graph shows a growing trend of expenses surpassing revenue. The second graph shows how changes in spending and tuition will reduce the deficit. These numbers are rounded approximations, not exact figures.

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“In five years, we’ve decreased substantially in terms of the money we received from property taxes,” Bona said. State revenue has been on the rise since the financial crisis, but is still below what it had been back in 1999. The school has been left to rely on student tuition to pay the rest of the expenses required to educate students. Although the decline in student enrollment has correlated with a decrease in the rise of revenue, the same is

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not true for expenses. Professors receive the same salary regardless of whether they teach ten students or twenty. Cleaning, maintenance, and other costs also have little to no correlation with the number of students attending classes. “There aren’t many expenses that are related to the number of students,” Dr. Bona said.

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Pell Grant jumpers Lacy Janousek Co-Editor Nicole Jewell sits at her desk, a space heater on to take the bite out of the winter cold that leaks in through her office window. As head of financial aid, Jewell must be extremely focused this time of the semester. Pell Grants have been disbursed and students with good and bad intentions may end up not completing the semester after accepting the tax-payer funded grants. Roughly 70% of KCC students accept the money and complete the semester with the required grade point average and attendance Pell Grant requires. Jewell is hopeful for the other 30%. “I’m not saying that those students who are unable to use those funds are abusing them, sometimes things are beyond their control, a significant life event that prevented them from being successful so that’s why we have our appeal process,” Jewell said. “I’ve had people who started without the best intentions and we kind of got them there. It's never too late to decide that you’re going to change your path. It could be something that turns your life around and that’s great.” Pell Grant and financial aid are offered to students based on their family

can’t move them further in the process, income and the number of people in that what’s going to happen is they’re going household attending college. If a recipito go to the next school and do the same ent of the Pell Grant is suspected of illthing,” Jewell said. “They’ll still be denied intentions, the federal government flags because the Department of Education is that student’s FAFSA application. the one telling us what to take a look at. It “If even one person is (accepting the gives the schools the opportunity to say money without finishing the semester) this is what we have to do.” it’s an issue,” Jewell said. “Our job is to Despite the circumstances, make sure that students who are eligible if a student doesn’t rein receiving the funds are appropriately main at a school for the using them.” o entire semester and ac“Right now the t s i b cepts the Pell Grant, federal governt jo a r h u t the money must be ment recognize "O sur e r a repaid. The federal es it is an issue,” e ho ing k w a s government immeJewell said. “So m iv t e n c e e d diately expects the what they have stu le in r e money to be redone is continue to b r g i elig unds a l y usin paid by the Colincrease the monif e t e lege. The Coltoring that schools a th opri lege will then have. So just recently r app ." l bill the stuin the last year they’ve l e w m e e J dent for the decided that any indith ole c i Pell Grant vidual that has attended -N they accepted but more than three schools, didn’t use for their education, they were going to flag Jewell explained. them as unusual enrollment “The Pell Grant is one thing, it's free activity.” money, there are occasions when they The college and the government have to pay that back, there are situations do recognize that circumstances force when we have to determine how much of students to change schools, so this flag that aid they earned and how much they doesn’t guarantee prevention. There is a have to pay back,” Jewell said. “It’s like a process of appeals, which a student must paycheck, you get a Pell Grant so you can provide transcripts and circumstances to go to school. If you’re not going to school why he or she changed schools. Some do we can prorate then and determine how not pass this process either. much you earned. If we have information “If we look at their situations and we

NerdNation, Florida or bust. John M. Taylor Staff Writer Jackie Hallahan knows what it means to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa and be at KCC. She went on to get her degree and returned to work at the college, in records and registration. “I was often recommended for jobs and opportunities in my community,” Hallahan said of her time in college. “I had experience with the college and customer service because I was a student worker the last few years that I was a student here. I was also recommended for a temp job based on my prior experience as a student worker. I was able to obtain my student worker position because I stood out due to PTK. When a position became available, people thought of me and recommended me for the temporary position.” PTK is an national honors society for two year college students. There are currently over 300 members attending KCC who are a part of the group, there are nearly 800 invitations for induction waiting for a response. “Being a member of PTK means that you are already recognized as being a top achiever,” Madeline Schnorr, president of KCC’s PTK chapter, said. “Colleges and employers see Phi Theta Kappa and know that you are a hard-working and goal-driven individual.”

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The group will celebrate their honorary reputation on NerdNation, a convention in Orlando, Florida. Madeline Schnorr, president of KCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter is eager for the convention. Top students from community colleges nationwide will go to attend forums, workshops, seminars and soak up that Florida sunshine, Schnorr explained. “Some of the speakers at this Convention will include a Holocaust survivor and the oceanographer who discovered the Titanic’s remains,” Schnorr said. “We will be doing as much fundraising as possible to make this trip a reality for our KCC chapter.” New members are encouraged to be involved to get to know about NerdNation, and see why it’s important to them although only a few delegates can attend. It’s a good opportunity to network and get those important contact that will further careers. “Staying connected simply means staying involved,” Schnoor said. “Attending meetings and participating in events, there are endless opportunities to network.”

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that you have completely stopped attending, we have resources to determine how much you need to pay back.” Those who are billed and do not pay the college back for their inappropriately used Pell Grant will see their credit affected. “I can tell you that defaulting these payments will ruin your life,” Jewell said. "Students allow their credit to be destroyed by Pell Grant repayment and student loan payments." “The sad thing is that I always find when I talk to someone who I think may be in this situation is in the immediate present, you have cash in hand,” Jewell said. “But wouldn’t it be nice in the future if you have a degree. Your cash is going to be gone but no one can take that degree away from you.”

True Life David Sunnock Staff Writer

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True Life is a student-lead-faith based support group that has been around for roughly a year. The organization is full of students who bond with each other, through prayer and Bible studies. True Life encourages people to be open and real. Furthermore, the members love seeing new faces and making new friends. True Life’s goal is to connect students

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through faith, and to help form healthy, supportive relationships with the people around them. Meeting every Wednesday at 3:30 PM at the Spring Lake Room in the LRC, True Life is very accepting and encourages everyone to go deeper with their own faith. “True Life is a group of pretty cool students, who love making new friends” said Chase Clifford, a student at Kellogg Community College and first time visitor of True Life. Young or old, shy or confident, outcast or poplar, everyone will feel loved and welcomed by this great group of caring, faith filled people.

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KCC Stars Jessie Schneider Staff Writer Every year for the past 29 years, the Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND) holds a conference that consists of whirlwind talks, imaginative writing workshops, a trip to the planetarium, and many more exciting things. Marissa Wickham, Alayna Nail, and Rachel Ward, three KCC students, were chosen as winners for the 2014 LAND competition. The LAND membership consists of community colleges all throughout Michigan with their goal “to be a forum and a network for the development of the liberal arts in all of its many aspects.” The event took place from February 12 through the 14. LAND member officials honored the winning entries of their writing, art, and digital literacy competitions. The theme this year was Breaking Boundaries. Professor Pete Williams encouraged his 2-D art class to enter the competition by making it an assignment for one of the three final projects in the class. He has been prompting students to enter the annual competitions for the past six years and so far, every year at least one KCC student has placed. This year, students were challenged to create a piece approximately 16”x20” out

of any medium they desired as long as it was a one-sided picture plane that fit the competition theme. Creating a large artwork takes time and brainstorming, so the students started out with at least 10 different draft ideas then narrowed them down into three 5”x7” preliminary sketches. After much contemplation and many changes each student selected one idea and got right to work making the final product. Their solid tefforts prevailed because three students were nominated from that class out of all the entries for the state-wide competition. Those three students were Marissa Wickham, Alayna Nail, and Rachel Ward. Marissa won second place with a compelling colored pencil drawing that integrated quantum amounts of color and emotion into the piece. The other two women were honorable mentions for the competition. Not only did KCC succeed in the art category, but also one student was honored in the Student Scholars section. It is a very professional and challenging competition but Sally May managed to place with her research essay titled "Peace: The Visionary Legacy from John F. Kennedy." Sally was one of three chosen as winners for the Social Science category out of the whole state. She wrote her essay in Professor Maggie Hoggard’s ENGL 152 during the summer of 2013. On February 14, Sally also gave an additional presentation on her paper at the LAND Conference in Bay City.

29th Annual L.A.N.D. Conference 2014 Student Fine Art Competition Award Winners

Second Place: Marissa Wickman (Kellogg Community College)

First Place: Wendy Ford (Delta College)

Third Place: Shannon Mitchell (Delta College)

Honorable Mention: Alayna Nail (Kellogg Community College)

Honorable Mention: Rachel Ward (Kellogg Community College)


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Know your Bruin TJ Hoard Staff Writer Melvin McKnight and Eric Laskovy pull equipment onto the field and court to help Bruin men improve their sports skills. The two have been instrumental in successes and lessons several years of sports teams have earned in the game, but especially in the classroom. Melvin McKnight, coach of the Bruin Men’s Basketball team enjoys roller skating, cooking out, and the occasional card game. McKnight played basketball for KCC from 1974-76 and still holds the All-Time record average of 14.7 rebounds per game. “It is a bigger deal to me to see my guys up on stage getting their diploma than anything I or the team has ever accomplished,” McKnight said. After leaving KCC, he attended North Dakota State University on a full scholarship where he finished his degree and learned some very valuable lessons on and off the court. Now that he is back with KCC, he is very enthusiastic to give young players a chance like he was given. McKnight likes to share his experiences with his players in hopes that they will draw some motivation from it on a relatable level. He wants his players to know that academics come first, but if you want to move on and continue a career in basketball it is still very possible. On the verge of another potential trip to the NJCAA World Series, Coach Eric Laskovy, Head Bruin Baseball Coach, sat down to fill everyone in on his plans for the program. “We have definitely built a reputation at KCC for our baseball program and it has helped us expand our recruiting both locally and regionally,” Laskovy said. Laskovy has been MCAA Coach of the year 5 of the last 7 years and has been a part of 3 trips to the NJCAA World Se-

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The initial forecast of these changes showed KCC’s expenses continuing to rise as revenue stagnated. By the 201415 school year KCC expenses would surpass revenue by a predicted $2,080,000. By the end of the 2015-16 school year, the school’s savings would be practically gone. To help offset this decline, the school will be increasing tuition and fees while also cutting back on expenses such as traveling fees for professors, a 10% cut in department operational budgets, cutting back on wage and benefit increases,

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being who they are. I think we wanted a place that people could come be who they want to be, but do it in a safe environment.“ So far, the park seems to be succeeding. The response has been very warm and the park is making enough money daily to sustain itself for the time being, Jackson explained, but they still need a lot of help. There are a lot of questions about

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ries. A little bit more important to him however, are the 65 men in the last 7 years that he has been able to help move on to 4 year institutions. With a major emphasis on academics, Laskovy’s team recorded a 3.2 team GPA in 2013 and at one point his team ranked in the top 15 out of nearly 400 teams. The number one things he tells his guys is “go to class, and ask for help if you need it”. When Laskovy isn’t on the baseball scene, he enjoys a little traveling and the occasional round of golf, although he admits that he may need a little more practice before the next Bruin Outing. and reducing current programs and services. These cutbacks would reduce the deficit in spending, though the school would still continue to lose money for the foreseeable future. Despite the cutbacks, Dr. Bona emphasized that KCC is still the 5th most affordable community college in Michigan, though it might drop down to 6th depending on how other community colleges, which are facing similar circumstances, adjust their own tuition. “Our goal is to keep tuition down as low as necessary,” Dr. Bona said. “Hopefully we can get back to a place where tuition increases are nominal.”

whether people will still come to the park when spring and summer roll around. If all goes according to plan and the facility continues to grow, Battleground plans to expand further and make the park larger. The park has even talked about building some obstacles outdoors, but the looming question is whether people will still decide to pay for the sessions during the pure Michigan summer days, or to continue to skate in the streets of downtown on all of the fresh marble benches that the city just installed.


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Veteran’s Service Organizations Bob Psalmonds Staff Writer Jerry Schmidt is a veteran who has a giving heart and a very full schedule helping veterans and their families get entitled benefits.   After retiring, the man got bored and opened an office in Idaho to assist fellow vets by helping them get their benefits or service work in whatever way he could. Those he routinely met had no idea what was available, the documentation that was needed, or how to proceed to get the desired results from the Veteran’s Administration.  As a member of the Sons of the American Legion, an American Legion bikers club, he has made frequent runs for fundraising or just the fun of a good breeze and change of scenery. “Many veterans have little or no documentation.  They apply for military compensation or Social Security Disability with nothing to prove their case.  This actually gives the Social Security Office an easy and valid excuse to deny their validity.  The office routinely denies over 90% of the first claims, 89% of those who appeal, and most of those who finally bring in a lawyer, wanting to weed out the fraudulent or undeserving,” Schmidt said. “In reality, the Veteran’s Administration actually does want to give the military veteran or their families the benefits they deserve.” If any veteran needs help, Schmidt advises going to any Service Officer found in a number of organizations to include the American Legion, VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars), and the DAV (Disabled American Veterans).  The best resource is the Disabled American Veterans. Schmidt has said several times that a veteran should never try to take the VA

on by themselves.  To join each of these can Legion.  This organization has been has its own requirements.   Information around since the 1700’s.  Besides a lot of on each VA can be picked up on location.     benefits and the pride of what your DeThese groups have done a lot of good tachment is doing, there’s the chance to in the communities around them.  They assist those under the VA and Rehabilihave helped needy children and families tation systems.  Again, imagine watching with cash or various needed material a shattered and impaired veteran being items, handed out thousands of scholarrestored to a condition of health or useships across the country, assisted the variful and constructive activity. Most of ous charity organizations by raising miltheir activities involve helping to make lions in donations and countless hours the local community a better place for of service.  The organization provides aid everyone.   All of these groups also help to those veterans needing some sort of the American Legion in accomplishing emergency monetary assistance. the bigger projects. The Veteran’s family is important and The American Legion Riders is a many of their activities are geared toward motorcycle club that is open to any memthis group.  Beside a wide variety of scholber of the three organizations mentioned arships, there are American Legion Baseabove.  Like the others, they do a lot of ball teams.   Each good in the summer the “In reality, the Veteran’s Adcommunity as a Michigan chapway of continuters send High ministration actually does ing honorable School Juniors want to give the military service to their to act as pages in country.   The Lansing and as- veteran or their families the Legion Legacy sist others to exRun annually benefits they deserve.” perience a week raises money with the State Pofor the Legacy Jerry Schmidt lice. Scholarship Those vetFund.  There are erans at the VA medical Center have several college scholarships possible, begained immensely from their help.  This sides the national scholarships to Eagle includes the families of those Reservists scouts.   The riders do a lot of good for and National Guard who are called to acthe veterans, their families, the comtive duty.  There is much more that could munity as a whole.   Add the chance to be mentioned but think what they could have some great runs on their bikes, time do with an increase in the membership with friends just enjoying life, and many numbers.  Their goal is to assist Veteran’s worthwhile activities, this a group anybecome whole and actively pursue a one a member of the American Legion, healthy life again.  Most of their activities Ladies Auxiliary, or Sons of the Ameriinvolve helping these individuals. can Revolution who own a bike and en        There is the Sons of American Revojoys a motorcycle ought to join. lution, open to those whose parent(s) One of the most supportive and would have qualified to join the Amerivisual organizations under the Ameri-

can Legion umbrella is the American Legion Auxiliary.  These are the wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, granddaughters, and great granddaughters of American Veterans.  These energetic women have done so much for the returning veterans and their families, it would be impossible to describe it in this short article.   There is scholarships that this organization offers that the others do not.   For those of you out looking for a little assistance to complete your college, this organization, like the rest, has several options to look into. The Disabled American Veterans Calhoun County Chapter 7 (DAV) is also an active option for those that need it.  American Legion Post 298 is located at 228 29th Street N., Springfield MI 49037.  The number to call is (269) 4255854 or email   I highly encourage any veteran that is in need of help with a claim to give Jerry Schmidt a call.  It’s possibly the lifeline you’ve been looking for.  ADD 214 will be needed to join, so if you can, bring it with you. That the American Legion and its fellow organizations do a lot of good is obvious.  Hopefully, many readers have found that they can belong to at least one of the three organizations.  As a veteran myself, I appreciate the fact there are people who not only understand most of what we returning vets are going through but are willing to help.  Any veterans looking for a Service Learning opportunity can find one here by volunteering during the various gatherings held in their large meeting hall, frequently used to hold wakes after a funeral or  a celebration.  Not sure you can join, don’t hesitate to check it out.

Community garden grant Kerry Korpela Staff Writer This past September, the American Councils for International Education created a seminar for the Youth Exchange and Study Program. Held in Istanbul, Turkey, it celebrated the YES Program’s 10th anniversary: three days alumni from 27 different countries including Iraq, Algeria, and Sierra Leone were trained to support their community service projects in differing countries. The attendees received training in several areas, including Education, Environment, and Digital Journalism. Ambassadors were separated into teams and each developed a project to be implemented and sustained in their home nation. The winning projects would receive grants and support to make the project a reality in their home countries. Enviro-Fountain, developed by Jamal Srouji, Rami Zouaoui, Moosa Al Lawati, and Kellogg Community College’s own Joseph Marah were one group of winners. About the symposium, Marah said: “I was specifically involved in the environmental activism theme. During

the seminar, we were provided with the knowledge of successful campaigns and projects from around the world, necessary skills to design and implement a project that we will design and resources to make the projects sustainable.” As project leader, Marah was able to take the project and grants with him when he transferred to KCC. Today, he has redeveloped a new project to address the needs of KCC and the surrounding community, and it has been fully approved and funded by the American Councils of the Youth Exchange Program. The project will be tackling the creation of a community garden here on KCC’s campus. Valuable knowledge and insight on Marah’s part will make this project a worthwhile and enjoyable endeavor for all involved. The garden will be located behind the Learning Resource Center (LRC), this Community Garden will foster connections and cooperation between students and with various community partners in its building. Once completed, the garden will be used for various community programs as a teaching space and to provide vegetables for those in need. Collaboration on developing this project will be between the KCC ServiceLearning office, Sprout Urban Farms, and Marah. If you have a green thumb,

a special horticultural talent, need a service learning credit, want to donate your time, or just love working outside, please do not hesitate to contact us about the project. The planning of the garden is taking place over the next few months until spring comes and the ground thaws out. Any and every skill will be needed to make this enterprise come to fruition.

Come talk to the Service-Learning office, located at the end of the Social Science Department in Severing, call (269-9653931 ext. 2211) or email Faculty, staff or students are welcome to join in the fun of gardening and we know Marah will be grateful as well. ~See more about Joseph Marah on page 8.


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LRC houses children's books Kelly Frost Librarian Everyone expects to find books in a library, but our college library has a collection that might surprise you: we have lots of children’s books. At latest count, over 2000 of these books snake their way along the far back corner of the library’s main (3rd) floor. The walls around the children’s room were painted as part of class project, and a large mural was completed as part of an Art League Contest in 2001. The room is also home to stuffed creatures, small tables, and a few puzzles, all provided as entertainment for younger (or perhaps young-at-heart) library visitors. As long as a responsible guardian stays nearby and children can abide by the Quiet Zone policies, children are welcome in the library, but the collection serves as

more than a child-friendly space in the college library. K C C supports a large Early Chi ld ho o d Education program and offers a number of childhood literacy and children’s literature classes. These classes routinely make use of the children’s book collection when designing new lessons or taking materials to service learning projects in various schools. Unlike other collections at KCC or public libraries, our children’s books are organized alphabetically by title. This means that while looking for The Day the Crayons Quit, a fabulous epistolary journey through a box of fed up crayons, you’ll find The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash to the left, and

the more serious The Day the Great Lakes Drained Away on the right. Speaking as someone who spends a great deal of time in the children’s collection, this can lead to some serendipitous discoveries of books you might not otherwise encounter. The library regularly purchases many high-quality children’s books, including award winners and highly reviewed titles. This year the American Library Association chose Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo to receive the John Newbery Medal. With one quick glance at the back of the book, which reads, “She stood at the window and watched as the squirrel was vacuumed up. Poof. Fwump. ‘Holy bagumba!’ said Flora,” I was hooked on this hilarious and heartfelt genre bending novel. Another title that really wowed me when it came across my desk was the

wordless debut from Rebecca Dudley, Hank Finds an Egg. Everything in the book was handcrafted and then beautifully photographed to tell the story of a small creature who finds an egg and wants to help. Recently I talked to a mother who confessed that her son had a really bad “reading habit” that was getting expensive! I walked her and her son back to our children’s room and explained that it was all FREE with her KCC ID (as long as they promised to bring them back, of course). If you have young children in your life, do them a favor and introduce them to some great new books (for free!). Even if you don’t have little ones, come sit with our stuffed Corduroy and enjoy reliving your own younger days by checking out the classics and some of the amazing books being produced today. We’ll be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

Deduction, Clues and Students are offered Sherlock Holmes a creative outlet Ashleigh Olmstead Staff Writer With the anticipated premiere of the third season of “Sherlock” this past January, I have to admit that I can understand what made this eccentric detective is one of the most beloved fictional character in Great Britain, the United States and around the world. For the century many of us recognize Sherlock Holmes by his cape, his magnifying glass searching for clues to solve the case, and his most famous phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson. This of course is what many of us expect from detectives, but what we sometimes miss in them is Sherlock's way of “deducting” a person or object. He could look at something and he could know what that person or thing was doing without ever being there. I was introduced to the world Sherlock Holmes when I was about five or six years old when I first watched Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective. When I was in elementary school, I read an abridged version of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It was at the time that I did not understand Basil Sherlock’s capability of “deducting” someone or something, but I did enjoy the action when he was

trying to solve cases. It was when I was in college that I started to watch “Sherlock”, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freemen. My fandom of this fictional detective grew even more. Since then I've started to check in other film and television versions of the Sherlock stories such as the hilarious Without a Clue, starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley; Young Sherlock Holmes, produced by Steven Spielberg; The Hound of the Baskervilles, starring Tom Baker from the Doctor Who fame; and the two Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes What I found very interesting about the Sherlock TV show is the casting of Sherlock Holmes and how each episode is so well written. I like the way Benedict Cumberbatch took on this character very well. He still maintains the eccentric personality that Arthur Conan Doyle has created, but he also added a few very good touches of emotion such as anger, childlike excitement and worry and near despair. Martin Freeman as Watson was also another key point to the series, even though he is still naïve and sometimes clueless as the previous actors. He, like Cumberbatch, shows emotions that we don’t see very much in the books or in some of the previous adaptations. Even though I’m just starting to read the original Sherlock Holmes series, I am eager to see other versions of this unusual, but very unique character.

Maria Barroso Staff Writer Students are invited to submit their literary pieces, as well as artwork, for a chance to be featured in the spring issue of KCC’S literary magazine “Mosaic”. Prizes will be offered to the best pieces in each category. The artwork will be judged by members of the Art League and writing pieces will be critiqued by the Crude Arts Club. Professor Kerlikowske teaches the Mass Media Environment Class and oversees the Mosaic and Bruin here at KCC. She is also a poet. She is president of Friends in Poetry of Kalamazoo, and recently her book called Last Hula won the Standing Rock Cultural Arts Chapbook competition in Ohio. Although the book is about the last month of her father’s life she says, “really it’s about me.” She also has another book that will be available titled Suicide Notes. She partnered with Penny Rose’s graphic design class and asked the students to take the poetry script and put it into a book. Last Hula is available for ten dollars and Suicide Notes is available for five dollars. Anyone interested may contact her through email. Also be sure to check out the Friends of Poetry page on Facebook.

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There will be a reading of Kerlikowske's latest book in the Student Center, March 20 at 4:00 pm. photo by Elizabeth Kerlikowske

There are a lot of links you can follow and submit pieces to on that page. Mosaic Pieces must be submitted by March fifth to be eligible. All pieces must be titled and include contact information. Literary submissions can be dropped off to the English department in the C building or you may email them to Professor Elizabeth Kerlikowske at Please attach your Mosaic Submission, and put your last name in the subject line of the email. She will read from both March 20 at 4:00 pm in C-301.


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Dental program raising money for good cause

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Cassandra Lindsay Staff Writer Last year Bridget Korpela went with the Student Dental Hygienists Association members to an event called “Mission of Mercy” at Saginaw Valley State University. Before last year, this event had never been held in the state of Michigan. During “Mission of Mercy” volunteers such as dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and non-professionals from all over Michigan sign up for jobs they want to do throughout the event. During the 2013 “Mission of Mercy” a total of 5,493 procedures were provided to 1,136 patients. Each person received an average of 5 procedures, and almost half of those procedures were extensive such as oral surgery. All in all a total of $903,000 in donated care was provided at last years event. Bridget Korpela says they plan to attend the event again this year at the end of May, where it is being held at Ferris State University. Another project the dental program is currently working on is raising money for a room conversion at SAFE Place shelter. SAFE Place is in need of more accommodation for their clients. Bridget Korpela invited all of the Allied Health and Nursing programs to help, and they will also be trying to raise money for the room at SAFE Place.

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With the money raised they plan on providing the labor and materials to make a storage room into a calm and comfortable room for at least four people. They plan on painting, varnishing the floor, assembling bunk beds, and making a closet shelving unit. They also are planning to provide lighting, bedding, and some decoration. The dental hygiene fundraiser

photo by Cassandra Lindsay

will be a month long, beginning on February 20th, and ending on March 20th. To raise their money they will be selling extra strength Crest Whitestip bleaching kits, similar to ones that can be purchased at the dentist office, but cheaper than the ones that are sold in stores. For more information on their fundraiser, look for flyers around campus.

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Small act of kindness Ashley Stanley Staff Writer In the past two months, Battle Creek Reads, hosted by Willard Library, has held two events for the community to come and listen to the author of the library’s chosen books speak. On Feb. 20, Laura Schroff visited Lakeview Middle School to talk about her New York Best Seller, An Invisible Thread. The title, although found on an American Greeting card, is a Chinese proverb. An invisible thread connects people who are destined to meet, no matter the time or place, together for a purpose in life. The thread is viewed as an unbreakable piece that may be stretched or tangled. Published in 11 different countries, the book became a medium of communicating an experience that Schroff had with an 11-year-old boy and how the friendship started and became what it is today. “Together we forged a path,” Schroff said. “Neither me nor Maurice would have ever guessed we’d connect the way we did.” The story takes readers through the trials and tribulations that Schroff and 11-year-old Maurice faced while building their now mother-son-like relationship. The story also reflects some of the troubles that Schroff had to face while she was growing up could be used as a

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Ashley Stanley sits with Laura Schroff

tool to better understand Schroff ’s choices and decisions regarding Maurice. Schroff ’s message at the event focused primarily on her belief that one act of kindness can have all the difference in someone else’s life. She emphasized the importance of friendship and trust in the relationships created throughout both her book and speaking. “We all have the ability to change lives,” Schroff said. “All we have to do is open our eyes and hearts to the blessings around us that [may] appear invisible.” An Invisible Thread became a popu-

lar book and inevitably made libraries create a waiting list for those wanting to borrow the book. Kellogg Community College, as well as Willard Library, offers the opportunity to check the book out. Schroff left the event, leaving only a few words of advice to those just beginning adulthood. “Throw a life line to those in need,” Schroff said. “You never know whose life you could greatly influence. One small act of kindness can make an enormous difference.”

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An international adventure Adam Kinne Staff Writer We live in a vast and varied world, full of exotic sites, culture, and ideas. When Battle Creek seems to be its own little world after living here for so long it becomes easy to forget how big the rest of the world is. That is why stories like Joseph Marah’s are a breath of fresh air in the stale, cereal-smelling aroma that is Battle Creek. Marah is an international student that has come to the states from the country of Sierra Leone on the coast of West Africa. I had the privilege to sit down with Marah and ask him about his experience getting involved in international academia and got to learn some of his impressive accomplishments. Marah came to study in the United States through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program, or YES. As Marah explained, YES was established in 2002 in memory of September eleventh. The goal of the program is to invite high school students from all over the world to not only study in the states, but also experience the American life style. To place in YES is quite the endeavor. YES has a strict age limit of ages fifteen to seventeen, as well as high grade requirements. Applicants must hold their grades above seventy points in all their classes. In Marah’s country, grades

are point based, not letter based, so he estimated that 70 points is around B to B+ range. “I felt destined for it considering only two people in my school met the seventy points,” Marah said of his acceptance into the YES program. Marah was accepted into YES in 2010. His country started with six thousand students. Through a series of evaluations that included English competency, that number was whittled down to sixty, and then finally cut to just six. “(The acceptance process) was all disorienting, and exciting.” Marah said. “You just had to get through it!” In September of 2013 Marah was invited to a YES conference/workshop in Istanbul, Turkey. The conference brought in one hundred YES alumni to the city to participate in a project management and development workshop with environmentally friendly themes. Marah was in Istanbul for four days. He explained even though Istanbul is bordered by lots of Middle Eastern conflicts, he never felt in danger. The atmosphere of the city was something to be remembered. People bustled through the streets, vendors hawked their wares, and night clubs were in full swing in the evening. The people were “very friendly and fun loving”, Marah said. He emphasized that the opportunity was “unbelievable” and he recommended Istanbul for travel and visits. He hopes to return when possible. When Marah was not out on the beach playing soccer or living the Turkish night life, there was work that had

Joseph Marah (center) and team show off enviro-fountain.

to be done. All the alumni where split into groups of four to work on developing their project. They had access to top professionals from across the globe of project management to help them along. A panel voted on the projects and the winner got a three thousand dollar grant from the program to develop the project. Marah and his group came up with a mobile, solar powered water fountain, or Enviro-Fountain. The fountain was inspired by a real problem in Marah’s home country. The people of his home city use a lot of bottled water and have a habit of just littering the streets with the empty bottles. The goal was to cut back on the littering and waste by providing a mobile, self-sustaining fountain that the public could use as a viable alternative to the water bottles. Marah’s team was one of the winners,

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but unfortunately Marah had to abandon working on the Enviro-Fountain for the time being, since he had to return to Michigan for the fall semester at KCC. That is not to say he does not have projects to establish here. To be eligible for another conference coming up, Marah has to get another project running. He has a plan in motion to bring a community garden here on the Battle Creek Campus. He hopes it will be a great learning tool for students with agricultural interests and maybe yield enough produce for a small food bank or farmers market. Marah’s plans for the campus are selfless. He explained he hopes “to make people come together, there is always need for it on campus, plus providing food!”


March 2014


Doggone Gaming Conventions!

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Cara Clingin Staff Writer Marmalade Dog is a convention held and hosted by the Western Michigan Gamers Guild (WMGG). WMGG is a student organization dedicated to bringing gaming to the people of Michigan, and they host Marmalade Dog every year. Dice, cards, and video games are more the focus of this three day event, and it was held at The Bernhard Center February 7-9. This convention had things that I have never seen at other cons before. One such thing was the Battle Pods. These were gaming pods that you actually sit inside of and face a screen while you use controls to drive the machine of your choice inside of a virtual map. It was a rush to be in a battle with five other players as you shot at each other trying to get the highest points by killing or damaging


Players battle each other in #1 virtual combat within the pods

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Friday, March 21 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

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New games can be played and purchased at Marmalade Dog

enemy robots. If you didn’t feel like participating in battle, outside was a screen showing the battle outside of the pods. While this convention was one of the smaller ones here in Michigan, if you don’t like big crowds, then this is the perfect

THE NAGGING MOTHER Stand up and walk

that way, I now understand that without the body, the head will be moldering in the grave. Colleagues will call from one office to the next rather than get up. I have read of video gamers who strap on a couple of Depends, get a case of beer, Elizabeth Kerlikowske and sit for 24 hours to play. Advisor Even in an exercise class I’m in, although we always begin standing, everyI hope you’re standing up right now as one sits on the floor until the instructor you read this. Not walking and reading; tells us to stand. Wait! Aren’t we here to I’ve hurt myself doing that. But maybe exercise? What could be a simpler exerstanding by one of the giant glass wincise than standing? dows or standing at a counter in the StuThere was a time when I couldn’t dent Center. I do a lot more standing stand. I couldn’t walk without crutches. recently since I read that sitting can kill Having been there, my view of standyou. ing and walking is that they are little Sitting? I’m not doing anything m i r a c l e s , gifts we are given each bad, you might say. But you’re not doing d ay, and we can squander anything good either. Americans spend them by sitting, drivway too much time on their butts. I, ing when we could too, love the miracle of the walk, watching Drive-Thru window, tv, playing video but not walkgames (I play ing in is just games, by the more sitting. way, plunked Many times, if down on my e the line is long, butt) and k ws o it is quicker to eating or k i erl walk inside! And K we can use eth b get a few steps of our bodies as they a Eliz exercise. were meant to be used. And I’m not talkMy husband built me a tall taing about doing calisble a few years ago, so I could stand and thenics here. I’m talking write. It is still in use. Think about ways about just walking and s t a n d i n g . you can sit less and move around more. Too much sitting, it has been shown in Lying on the floor is good. Lying on the recent health reports, taxes the heart, imfloor with your legs up on the wall is pedes circulation, and leads to atrophygreat; a boost for your circulation. ing of the muscles that support us in our And remember, how you do anylives. thing is how you do everything. Are you I once heard a comedian say, “My going to be a sitter who lets life pass you body? That’s just something that carries by or are you going to stand up and walk? my head around.” And while I have felt

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Dr. Destiny

Dear Dr. Destiny, What are some spring break plans if you can’t afford to get away? Sincerely, Cabin fever Dear Cabin Fever, Take a walk (if the snow has disappeared) in the Kellogg Forrest and see what spring flowers are trying to make their way through the frozen tundra. If it’s still ugly outside, go to Grand Rapids and tour the Meijer Gardens. That would make you feel that spring is in the air. You could always be productive and plan your spring garden if you’re a gardener; change your closet from dark, heavy clothes to lighter hues if you’re a clothes horse. Read a book or watch movies or catch up on those programs you had to miss during the semester. If you have homework to do, get it done before the first Monday of break. That way you will really feel like you have had a break! Dr. D. Dear Dr. Destiny, St. Patrick’s Day is coming up quickly, but I don’t know how I feel about celebrating un-national holidays. What do you think? Sincerely, Lepro-can’t

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Dear Lepro, Celebrate every day if you want to! If you look good in green and don’t mind green beer or green mashed potatoes, why not pretend you’re Irish for the day. Why should I limit myself to nationally approved holidays? No one but me celebrates my birthday! All for a party! Dr. D. Dear Dr. Destiny, I’ve been slacking the entire first half of the semester, is there any hope that I will pass? Dear Slacker, Do you WANT to pass? Do you have a clue what is going on? Have you contacted your instructor? Or are you just sitting there feeling defeated? If the latter is the case, then probably not. But since it is only half-time, I would like to think that with hard work, you can still pass. Dr.D Dear Dr. Destiny, Every teacher is pounding the helpfulness of the pocket prof into our heads, why is it so important? Sincerely, Grammar-schammar. Dear Schammer, The Pocket Prof is important because the use of standard English is important whether you are writing an email, a cover letter, or a report at a job. The fact that it’s free is a total bonus! Whether you like it or not, your use of written English is one area in which people will judge you both in school and on the job. Professionally yours, Dr. Destiny



March 2014

The older student Catastrophy Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor I am the not-so-proud owner of seven, count them seven, cats. Who am I trying to kid? At this point the cats own me. And each one of my cats is a complete and total jerk. I understand that owning seven cats is excessive. I have thought about thinning the herd, but I can’t seem to let any of them go. They are all unique in their jerky-ness. Take my orange and white striped tabby Toby. Toby is 99% certain that he is a human child. He walks around the house 24 hours a day crying to anyone who will listen. His plaintive mews are the first thing I hear each morning. As I go about my morning routine he follows me from room to room rubbing against my calves crying for attention. If I stop and pet him, he will instantly run out of arm’s reach and wait for me to return to my task before starting back up with the crying. He is a constant purrer as well. You could douse him with water and he would continue to purr, it’s as if he’s forgotten the point of it all. To him crying and purring are as much an afterthought as breathing. He is also a champion licker. If you leave exposed skin within reach, he will lick it. He enjoys licking my boy’s wet hair after they shower. If they sit down he will climb behind them and contently lick their hair while they watch TV. Toby is also the cat that will sneak into my children’s rooms to find their most precious toy and run off with it in his mouth. If we attempt to stop him, he will immediately drop it, at the top of the stairs, so it goes clanging all the way down to the bottom where he can scurry after the many pieces, as it is most surely broken. Toby is a jerk. My oldest cat is a 13-year-old tiger named Meeta. She was originally named Meeka, which means little rac-

coon, because of her comically oversized green eyes. We found out over time that when calling the cat repeatedly, Meeka didn’t roll as nicely off the tongue, so we changed it to Meeta. Meeta is overweight which is odd because she runs everywhere she goes. It’s not a playful run. It's more of an “Oh My God the hounds of Hell are after me!” sprint. She will run from the couch to the chair, her saddlebag of a stomach swaying to and fro. She is far too fat to jump over the baby gate that we have up before the entrance to our basement stairs, which is an issue because that’s where the food and litter box are. So, Meeta will stand on one side of the gate and yowl until someone comes and opens the gate for her to get through. This wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but being that fat she thinks that she requires access to the food roughly a thousand times a day. We have tried to limit her access to the food and have been rewarded with a three-hour serenade of ear piercing yowling. This is the least of Meeta’s finer attributes. She is also an excellent mouser. Well, she would be if we had mice. But she doesn’t let lack of prey stop her. She will proudly drop bread ties, shoelaces, or wadded pieces of paper at our feet and wait for us to praise her for a job well done. She loves attention and will jump on the couch behind where I am sitting to head butt me into petting her. Meeta has one rule that you must abide when petting her: never, never touch her ears. If you mistakenly brush her ears, she will graciously remind you of that one rule by viciously biting you hand. Meeta is a jerk. My youngest cat is a tiny black male named Why, as in "Why God Why did I get another cat?" Why is three years old but never got any bigger than a kitten, which is adorable. He is the only cat I have that does not socialize with the other cats. He prefers to be a loner and spends a lot of time finding new and interesting places to sleep. Currently that spot is inside a drawer in my desk. Why is also obsessed with water. It’s weird, I know, most cats hate water, but Why loves it. He plays in the water of the water bowl, splashing every last drop out onto the floor. I find myself running the instant I hear the sound of splashing water. Knowing how fun the water can be he doesn’t want anyone else to enjoy it, so he stands guard over the water bowl and

Hammy and Toby cuddle

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Why guards the water

Meeta prepping for a run

if it is empty, he will let me know by sitting in the empty bowl. When I take the bowl to be refilled, he will cry like he is being murdered until I put it back. Why is a jerk. The last group of cats I refer to as the orange pack. They are all related; they share the same mother, but from different litters. A huge orange tom named Hammy leads the orange pack. Hammy used to be a tiny orange fluff ball that resembled a teddy bear hamster, thus the name Hammy, but he grew into a giant orange teddy bear. Hammy is my resident lover. He is the first one to jump in the lap of a visiting friend who is allergic to cats wanting to be petted. He’s also the cat that will wind himself around my waist like a boa constrictor as I sleep. The other three cats keep a low profile and don’t cause much trouble and never demand attention of any kind. They became the pack when I started noticing

that they always sleep together and before falling asleep they diligently groom each other. Hammy is in charge of bathing. He forcibly holds the younger cats down as he licks their heads, ears, and noses. You would think that they’d run away, but instead they all purr appreciatively and return the favor as soon as he’s through. Once the baths are complete they fall asleep in a pile of orange, cream, and tortoise shell fur. They remind me of a litter of kittens with their snuggly purring. Thus we come to the root of my problem. I am a kitten addict. I can’t seem to remember that kittens grow into cats and as I’ve explained, cats are jerks. So, here I sit with my seven cats and quietly thank God that I have a fiancé or this could turn into an episode of Hoarders very quickly.

Chicago Field Trip

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10 Steps to saving money in college Caitlyn Whitman Staff Writer Lots of college kids are hungry for money. The term “starving student” didn’t come from just anywhere, students are struggling for ways to save and make extra cash. Even students that have applied for student aid, scholarships and loans are still searching for a way to get extra money. College students are notoriously broke, but it doesn't have to be that way. These tips will help keep your wallet happy so life in the classroom and at home is more enjoyable. Lighten the laundry load, and fill those stomachs at the same time. 1 Make a budget: Making a budget 1) is smart and is the first step to making money. It’s easy to spend a couple dollars here and there by going out to dinner or out to clubs with friends, but this adds up. By making a budget college students limit how much is spent each week. There is a difference between wants and needs, so it is smart to make a budget for both so college students still have a little

fun while in college. 2 Recycle: Every year a large 2) amount of students waste hundreds of dollars buying textbooks. Just look at the students buying books next time in line at a bookstore; they’re not happy. There is a way to change all of that. Be textbook savvy by going onto different websites such as amazon,,, and many more to save big bucks when buying books. Buying books from online websites will save you more than 40-50%, according to source. At the end of the semester, don’t forget there are other students that will be taking some of the same courses you took, so make some extra cash by selling your books online. 3) 3 Shack up: Three might be a crowd, but three is much cheaper than one or two. Having extra roommates will save you on the cost of living. We all know college students living on their own and paying their own bills can get pretty expensive. The more roommates they have, the cheaper the cost of living for them will be and the more things they won’t have to buy for their apartment or dorm. 4 Get to cooking: Not everyone is 4) a great cook, but learning will save students much more money than going out

to dinner every night. Trade name brand foods for off brand, they still taste the same just without the label. College students should get the food they love and make sure that they are rewarding themselves here and there by going out to eat only once in a while. 5 Borrow and buy cheap: When 5) buying furniture and things that are necessities for a new house, ask to borrow big things from family or buy at garage sales, just be sure to inspect before buying. Going to the dollar store to buy things living spaces need like condiments, silverware, and other necessities can be cheap and just as nice. 6) 6 Plan ahead: When signing up for classes in college, students should keep in mind that they should take classes that follow their major. They should try as hard as they can to come up with what they want to do with their future, and the reason that they are going to school. Find classes that match up with your major and take only those classes if possible. Take advantage of your education and money spent on it. 7 Don’t party too much: Yes, 7) partying is fun, but partying everyday can make college students lose a lot of money. Save some money by not buying

as much booze, and college students can share with their friends, or just not drink every single night. 8) 8 Work: Jobs may not be fun and extra work, but the best time to get a job is in summer. Even though you may not have much of a social life, it will make money to help pay for college. Hard work always pays off. 9 Start small: Nobody in college 9) is Kim Kardashian. Face it, college students are broke. They don’t always need to have the most glamorous clothes. Its okay to not have brand name clothing and to buy from garage sales. 10 Stay where you are when go10) ing to a University: Once college students have made it to a four-year institution, they should stay there until they graduate. Students who transfer from one four-year school to another lose an average of one full semester's worth of credits. Unless they’re transferring from a super pricey school to a substantially cheaper one, it usually makes more financial sense to stay where they are. The goal is to get through college years with the best education at the cheapest cost.

I’ll buy that for a dollar – but no more Johnathan Hogan Staff Writer When the original Robocop first hit theaters back in 1987, the film shot up to success and became a pop culture icon of the time. The movie brilliantly mixed brutal violence, biting social satire, and special effects that were (at the time) stunning. Robocop told the story of Detroit police officer Alex Murphy, who was ruthlessly murdered by a local crime boss and reborn as Robocop to bring justice to his killers. The original’s popularity has now led to a big-budget reboot, bringing the franchise into the modern world. The new Robocop has a more serious, political theme. The year is 2028, a time in which drones have become the centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy, setting the iconic ED-209s to patrol war-torn countries across the globe to bring security. Unfortunately for Omnicorp CEO Raymond Sellars (played by Michael Keaton), leader of the company producing those drones, a Senate bill prevents them from legally being used to secure the U.S. itself. In order to sway public opinion, Sellars endeavors to create a human drone which would not fall under the law and provide American’s with an iconic figure they can rally behind. Officer Alex Murphy ( Joel Kinnaman) proves to be just the person he needs, an experienced cop and loving family man who is quite conveniently severely injured in a car bombing early on in the film. Reborn as Robocop, Murphy is an instant success with the public as he cuts down crime and saves lives, even as his own begins to fall apart. The new film’s focus on the ethical and political aspects of modern technology and the merging of man and machine

"Robocop" is a remake of a 1987 film about a Detroit police officer. If you wondered what happened to photo by Lacy Janousek Michael Keatan.....

proves to be a bittersweet focus. Whereas the original dealt only superficially with the ethics of human cyborgs, the new Robocop is fixated on it. In the original, Robocop makes the transition from cop to Robocop rather quickly, whereas the reboot shows a slower transformation that is more personal. This makes Robocop a more dramatic story, but the scenes building up to these changes overstay their welcome and prove overly tedious. This overuse of character drama works to detract from one of the greatest aspects of Robocop: the action. The original was excellent about expressing its satire, drama, and message through the action scenes themselves, whereas the remake separates these themes to create a bloated mess. This is not to say the action

is bad, it’s actually much better than the original. The fight between Robocop and the ED-209s is particularly heart-racing, certainly an improvement over the stopmotion version used in the original. It’s

just too bad that these scenes were so few and far between. Robocop himself is very likable in this new film, with a sleek redesign that gives him a modernized look. Joel Kinnaman does an excellent job portraying the character, creating a troubled Alex Murphy who struggles with his new life in the first half of the film, and perfectly switches gears to the more monotone attitude of Robocop in the second half. Perhaps the most jumbled change from the classic is the setting. The 1987 film showed viewers a Detroit that was falling victim to urban decay. The violence was nastier, the drugs were deadlier, the sex was dirtier, and the villains were far more intimidatingly evil. In contrast, the 2014 Robocop feels neutered, with a Detroit that seems to be a fairly nice city that doesn’t feel like it’s in desperate need for a hero. Underneath the excessive drama, Robocop is an excellent action film that addresses real problems with drones and robotics in today’s world. It’s only too bad that the movie forgets it’s an action film until the third act, providing the audience with what is ultimately an underwhelming film. Wait for this movie to come out on DVD/Blu-ray and rent it when there’s nothing better to watch.

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Chicago’s culture and hours of shopping are calling Bob Psalmonds Staff Writer Looking for an escape to the big city? KCC students have two opportunities to travel to Chicago on either March 22 or the 29th. There will probably be only one bus per trip, so sign up early if you want to be sure to get a seat. One of the two trips to Chicago is scheduled for Saturday, March 22 and is sponsored by the Student Life office. Student Life is offering a chance to visit the Shedd Aquarium. The fee, $30 for students and $40 for staff/ guests / general public, will cover the entry costs for one of the largest aquariums in the world. Once the group is ready to leave the aquarium, around 1 P.M., the bus will take everyone to the Water Tower Place Mall for five hours of individual shopping, dining, or other sight seeing. No lunch is being offered so take enough cash to enjoy one or two of Chicago’s restaurants. The bus leaves the Circle Drive on North Ave at 8 A.M. with parking by the Bruin Bookstore or the Circle Drive. After the day in Chicago, the bus will leave the windy city at 6 P.M. sharp for the return trip to KCC with a projected arrival time of 10 P.M.. Student Life is not responsible for personal items indi-

viduals bring with them. Ticket purchases are non-refundable. Those who would rather take a walking tour of the area for the open afternoon will find among the local sights the John Hancock Tower and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). The MCA has seven or eight exhibits on display, including photo displays like the Chicago Plaza Project by Amanda Ross-Ho, named from a 1980’s photography book on lighting (HMM think Studio, Film, Mass Media) and an exhibit by Pamela Bannos titled The History of the MCA. Since many KCC photography classes offer extra credit and Cultural Awareness Points, this trip might come in handy. There are entry fees involved for both the MCA and Hancock Building, so plan on some additional expenses. Perhaps those in the other art degree programs would enjoy an abundance of art in almost every medium too. It makes a great talking point to wow the instructors with plus provide a particular artist for that assigned review or presentation. The John Hancock Building is one of the tallest structures in the city overlooking four states plus Lake Michigan. It has an open roof top for those brave enough, or just plain crazy and winterized, to enjoy the view and take photos.

Un-national holidays Cara Clingan Staff Writer While we traditionally know our national holidays, there are some holidays that make us stop and question how and why we celebrate these days. Holidays such as National Talk Like a Pirate Day or National Best Friends day have become more solidified over the years. Listed below are some of the craziest holidays listed in the month of March. For a complete list of holidays each month, check out A Year of Holidays online. • March 1: Peanut Butter Lover’s Day: A day to salute the lovable sandwich spread. Celebrate by enjoying a nice peanut butter and jelly sandwich , some homemade fudge, create a bird feeder from peanut butter and seeds, or whatever you’d like to show your appreciation. • March 3: National I Want You To Be Happy Day: A day to do what you can to make others happy, not just what they can do to make you happy. • March 9: Panic and Get Over It Day: Start the day by working on those issues that drive you internally bonkers. Scream, cry, throw things, as long as you don’t hurt yourself or others in the process. When you feel you have it out of your system, then commence Get Over It Day by relaxing or a good night’s sleep. • March 12: National Alfred Hitchcock Day: A day to celebrate the genius behind the movies. Also, today is national Napping Day. Take time to relax today and watch some of the classics this man has created such as

Psycho, The Birds, or one of his other memorable movies. • March 14: National Pi day: A day that truly never ends! Celebrate with some equations if you want, but make sure you have some pie sometime during this day. Also, Albert Einstein’s birthday! • March 20: National “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Day: Fred McFeely Rogers was born on March 20th, 1928. Especially big in his hometown of Pittsburgh, celebrations on this day include singing the Neighbors Song and “It’s such a good feeling”, helping your neighbors, and wear a cardigan sweater. • March 25: National Tolkien Reading Day: For those who do not know, Tolkien is the author of the Lord of The Rings/Hobbit series, and much more. In 2003, the Tolkien Society picked this day because Sauron (Main villain to both Lord of the Rings and Hobbit) was defeated on March 25 when Gollum falls into the fires of Mount Doom with the ring of power. • March 27: Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day: Do you really need an explanation? Make sure you play some quirky song titles like these loud: “You can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd” by Roger Miller, “Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart” by Johnny Cash, and “Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through The Goal Posts of Life)” by Bobby Bare. • March 29: Festival of Smoke and Mirrors: A day to remember all the old magicians’ techniques and a good day of debate the subject. Old magic shows used carefully placed mirrors to produce illusions and bursts of smoke would cover sudden changes and give a great distraction.

Being a tourist attraction, it does have warmer areas inside the building with a display on the history of Chicago, the building itself, a souvenir shop, etc. Look at the individual class requirements and see what extra milage you can get out of this inexpensive trip to one of America’s culture filled cities. A week later, on Saturday, March 29, another Chicago trip is being put on by the Art Department. This trip is to the Chicago Institute of Art and more information and sign-up is in the Davidson Building office. The cost for students is $30 (which doesn’t include museum entry or food) with similar departure and return times as the Student Life trip. The Art Institute of Chicago has one of the world’s biggest and most famous permanent collections and was recently voted the favorite U.S. museum in a major poll. Beyond their amazing collections, special exhibits this spring include Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness, featuring a leading contemporary artist in the photography field. Isaac Julien: The Long Road to Mazatlan profiles a famous English film maker and his various works. For those without a camera looped around their arms for security's sake, there’s exhibits about the Gods, paperweights, and a

period of Egyptian history that involves the Greeks. With or without some sort of photographic equipment, it’s something you’ll remember for a long time. The Art Institute is right next to several other free venues including Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Columbia Museum of Contemporary Photography. Professor Pete Williams will provide maps and more details about all of these sites so students can pick and choose what to explore. Not into the museums or various art forms? Not a big deal. There is the chance to enjoy the downtown area instead. Just google the Chicago downtown area and look for your own tour-worthy locations. Check out the sights, go shopping, try the food, whatever strikes your mood. The bus will drop you off at the same location they will pick you up at later. Pay your fees and create a pleasant experience of your own choosing. Prove it’s somehow applicable to the arts or photography classes in some way and you can still try for some extra points as you shop for that perfect accessory or keepsake. The whole point of these trips is to have fun, so come on down and join in. By this time in the semester, we all need a break.


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Spring Play: "Bus Stop" Students with KCC ID $5, Seniors, other students, and military personnel get 10% off regular ticket price What A Do Theatre, 4071 W. Dickman Rd, Springfield • TBD Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport University Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Academic Workshop: Preventing Procrastination LRC Spring Lake Room • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Transfer Student Information Table: Western Michigan University College of Education and Human Development North Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Transfer Student Information Table: University of Michigan Flint North Walkway • 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm KAB Birthday Bash Student Center • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College North Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm American Red Cross Blood Drive Kellogg Room • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Academic Workshop: MLA, APA, and Chicago LRC Spring Lake Room • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Davidson Student Recital Series Student Center • 1:00 pm Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport University Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Academic Workshop: Digital Backpack OITC 08 • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm KCC Women's Basketball vs Muskegon Community College Miller Gymnasium • 1:00 pm Transfer College Visit: GrandValley State University Allendale, MI • 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Bruins Give Back TBD • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Broadway in Chicago: Shedd Aquarium and Shopping Downtown Chicago, IL • 8:00 am - 10:00 pm Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Transfer Student Information Table: Western Michigan University Admissions Central Walkway • 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm KCC Women’s Softball vs Grand Rapids Community College Bailey Park • 3:00 pm Academic Workshop: Student Success LRC Spring Lake Room • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Coffeehouse Concert: Lameville Student Center • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Transfer College Visit: Ferris State University Big Rapids • 8:00 am - 5:30 pm KCC Women's Softball vs Lake Michigan College

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


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


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


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

Advance tickets $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and students, $10 for children 5 ages and older. At door price is $20 per person. All funds raised will support the 2014 KCC choir tour of Italy. Tickets available in the Arts and Communication Department offices: Call (269) 965-4126 ext. 1 Spring Cabaret 2013, Choral Series Event Branch County Community Chorus Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 pm Tibbits Opera House — Coldwater — Free-will donation

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Cereal City Concert Band Spring Concert Saturday, May 3 at 7 pm Marshall High School Auditorium 701 N Marshall Ave — Marshall Special Community Event: 33rd Annual Community Prayer Breakfast Featured Choir, Kellogg Community College Choirs Tuesday, May 6, at 7 am Kellogg Arena 36 W. Hamblin Ave — Battle Creek


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

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Method behind the madness Big Brother, Little Brother Seher Dey Staff Writer “The month of miracles!” as the renowned college basketball announcer, Dick Vitale, would put it is once again approaching. Every year during the month of March, the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament occurs, consisting of a total of 32 games played between 64 teams. The teams are seeded 1 through 16 and are divided in to four different branches. Buzzer Beaters, Game-Winners, Comebacks, Upsets, and Cinderella Teams are a few reasons for how the NCAA tournament received its universal nickname, ‘March Madness’. This tournament creates a fair opportunity for each team to prove itself against opponents across the country. These young student athletes compete with a of passion as they leave blood, sweat, and tears on the hardwood floors of each arena. For some players this tournament means confirming their draft stock to the NBA scouts that will be in attendance. To others, it means seizing the opportunity to birth an identity to the world. Considering the many jawdropping performances the month of March has brought throughout history, ‘madness’ could be an understatement. Although seemingly unpredictable, the trend has been fairly consistent with the champion of the tournament. Five out of the last six tournaments were won by a number one seeded team. In the past 24 years, no team seeded lower than three has gone on to win the championship. Predicting a champion may be on the easier side but the challenge lies in creating a tournament bracket. ‘Bracket-ology’, is the slang term

for choosing a winner of each game. It is almost a science when determining the outcomes. ESPN offers a cash prize each year for the person with the most accurate bracket. This year the cash reward is sweeter than ever before. Multi-billionaire business mogul, Warren Buffett, has offered a cash reward of one billion dollars to whoever creates a perfect bracket. It has never been documented that anyone has created a perfect bracket and according’s annual bracket challenge, no one has even come close. As discouraging as the facts may seem, people are more excited than ever before about creating a correct bracket due to Warren Buffett’s incentive. Determining the upsets is the more difficult challenge within the challenge. Granted every year is at least one highly ranked seed is defeated by a low ranked, or Cinderella team, this doesn’t particularly guarantee that they will make it very far in the tournament. The lowest seeded team to ever reach a final four is an eleven. This has only been done three times Louisiana State University’s ’86, George Mason ’06, and Virginia Commonwealth University ’11. Historically, upsets have ruined 88% of brackets, according to’s bracket challenge. Since 1985, a 13th, 14th, or 15th seeded team won 53 tournament games. The games will air every day, until the final four. Games air as early as 12 o’clock p.m. and proceed throughout the duration of the day. Final four games air during primetime. The final four, the last four remaining teams in the tournament, usually occurs in different locations. This year it will be taking place in Arlington, Texas beginning on Saturday, April 5. Along with the unpredictable nature of things throughout the regular college basketball season, you are sure to be in for quite a ride for the three weeks of March Madness.

Caitlyn Whitman Staff Writer "Do I respect John Beilein? Tremendously. Do I respect Michigan? Tremendously. Do I like them? Not one bit, I don't like anything about Michigan and they don't like anything about us. That's just the way it is. And that's the way it should be." Tom Izzo, Michigan States basketball coach, commented while being interviewed before the big rivalry basketball game between Big Brother and Little Brother. January 9, 1909 began the apparent rivalry between the University of Michigan and Michigan State. Every year, the hate between these two teams grows stronger and stronger. Michigan leads the series as of now, but State isn’t far behind. Little Brother, as University of Michigan students calls Michigan State University, has one of the best basketball coaches in the league. Michigan State coaches have led the Spartans to 2 NCAA Championships, 8 Final Fours, 27 NCAA Tournament appearances, 13 Big Ten Conference Championships and

3 Big Ten Tournament titles. Tom Izzo has made the Izzone the place to be during basketball games since 1995. MSU never lets their fans down, win or lose it’s always a good time to be in East Lansing. After winning the Rose Bowl this past year in football, Michigan State’s basketball team feels like they need to step up to the plate and take the Spartans to the National Championship. MSU has been to the final four 8 times in its history. Lakers star, Magic Johnson was a Spartan when he attended college and still comes to watch every game that MSU plays. On the other hand Michigan has the Big House: one of the greatest football fields of all time. This place is filled with tons of energy that will have you on your feet the entire time. Michigan has won an NCAA Championship, under coach Steve Fisher, as well as two National Invitation Tournaments (NIT) and 13 Big Ten Conference championships. In addition, it has won an NIT tournament and a Big Ten Conference Tournament that were vacated due to NCAA sanctions. The team is currently coached by John Beilein. Whether you come from the U of M or MSU we can all agree on one thing, fans share a common hatred of Ohio State University.

Michigan and Michigan State apparel will flood hallways during March Madness. photo by Caitlyn Whitman

MARCH ACADEMIC WORKSHOPS March 5 • 11 am - 12 pm Preventing Procrastination LRC Spring Lake Room

March 19 • 2 - 3 pm

MLA, APA, and Chicago, oh my! LRC Spring Lake Room

March 20 • 2 - 3 pm Digital Backpack OITC 08

March 25 • 1 - 2 pm

Student Success LRC Spring Lake Room


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Bruin Baseball begins Bruin Basketball Slump Mary Emington Staff Writer It may be a little chilly to start thinking of playing outdoors but the men’s baseball team is up for the challenge. The nationally ranked Kellogg Community College Baseball Team started its season off February 28 in a somewhat warmer setting in Louisiana. The baseball team was named the top 10 team in the nation for NJCAA’s Division II preseason poll. “I don’t put a lot of stock into pre-season rankings. However, the rankings are a reflection of the success of our programs past. It’s nice to have continued national exposure, but now we have to work hard to finish in the top ten,” says Head Baseball Coach, Eric Laskovy. The baseball team will take on other nationally ranked teams as the season continues. The Bruins will play #2 LSU Eunice, #1 Murray State College, and perennial powerhouse Wabash Valley of Illinois during their trip to Louisiana. “The three programs mentioned will have several games under their belt. We will be playing outside for the first time

since October,” says Coach Laskovy. “We are playing a very difficult spring schedule by design.” These games will surely test the Bruins. Working out inside all winter then turning around and playing numerous games in only a short time will challenge the baseball team. The ball bounces completely different outdoors as compared to indoors. The Bruins Baseball team is ready to step up to the plate and take the challenge. With some returning sophomores and a talented freshmen class, the Bruins hope to top their conference again. The competition is always intense in a 14 team conference, and this year is no exception. Grand Rapids Community College is also nationally ranked coming in at number 17. “We have developed a rivalry with them [GRCC] over the years because of the tremendous success each program has achieved,” says Coach Laskovy. The Baseball team looks to have a promising season again this year. A conference title and a regional title are both in its sights. Success is in their grasp.

Kypree Taylor Staff Writer Nathan Taylor of the KCC Bruin Men’s Basketball team is having another outstanding year, but could we say the same about the Bruin Basketball team as a whole? Just last year the men’s team was 12-22. Not the best season but an improvement of what they were the previous year. This year the Men’s basketball team is only 1-22 “The team is just not in it together, we’re not focused,” Taylor said. “There is no work ethic put into the practices or workouts.” While the team continues to struggle, Taylor seems to be improving. Last year after winning rookie of the year and being named First Team AllConference, Taylor continues to show his growth on the court. This year Taylor is averaging 19 ppg and 10 rpg in the conference. Taylor played high school ball at Battle Creek Central where he caught the eye of many recruiters. “My court IQ has grown tremendously, I’m making better passes and decisions with the ball that I wasn’t making in high school,” Taylor said of his time at KCC. The team needs only two more wins to get into the playoffs. Taylor was sure

that the team would get in and hopefully come together and play hard to finish off the season. This will be his last year playing for the Bruins basketball team. He has been recruited to play for Virginia Intermont. After this he hopes to play overseas. Taylor believes that the team can make a turn for the better. “Yes, I believe we’re very confident,” Taylor said. “If we work hard on and off the court we will be in this year’s playoff.” The team has 8 games left and is currently on a 13 game losing streak. The Bruins can only hope the team overcomes their on and off the court challenges to make the playoffs.

Nathan Taylor goes in for a lay-up.

photo by Kypree Taylor Simon Thalmann

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