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Spring M-U-S-I-C-A-L DeQuan Perry Jr. Staff Writer From the amazing direction of Brad Poer, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn. This show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Elementary School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. When asked to describe this show in his own words Poer said this, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee could create world peace, end global climate change and make liberals and conservatives want to hold hands and sing Kumbaya. It could do all of those things, but instead it just wants to make you laugh until you hurt and show you how unpredictable and fun musical theatre can be. It's the story of a group of kids (played by adults) competing in a regional spelling bee competition. Each contestant is an outsider or weird in their own way, but they all share an odd, understated gift for spelling- and each learns that the difference between a winner and loser is in the eye of the beholder.” This show is full of plot twists and many turns that the audience will never expect. Poer also stated, “The Bee is an extremely unique theatrical experience in that each show offers a new chance for audience members

to volunteer to be onstage as a part of the show! Show up 30 minutes before curtain each night for a chance to be an actual speller in the bee. It's also important to know that the show does contain some material that may be deemed inappropriate for children under 13 or so.” For the first time in a few years this show will run two weekends, March 15-17 and March 22-24. Show time for Sunday performances is 3 pm. While all other shows will be at 7:30pm. This show does contain some adult language and situations; parental guidance is suggested for audiences under the age of 16. For reservations, ticket info, and all other questions please contact the box office at (269) 9654154. The Cast List of the show include: Rona Lisa Peretti, Khaliid CanalesKing, Roderick Simmons, DeQuan Perry, Elena Hensel, Zach Andrews, Jesse Cowles, Jenny Barnhart, Olive Ostrovsky, and two fantastic Understudies played by Patrick Lucas and Amber Isaacson.

Ready to spell it you.

Photo by Simon Thalmann

Humane Society donation drive Anna Bennison Guest Writer On March 13th, from 11 am to 2 pm, Phi Theta Kappa will team up with the Humane Society of South Central Michigan at KCC to collect donations for the organization. The donated items will be used directly at the nonprofit shelter and will help the organization continue caring for up to 100 animals a day. Items that can be donated include: • Liquid detergent/soap • Disinfectant wipes • Bleach • Paper towels • Cat litter • Dog and cat toys • Dog and cat treats • Brushes Students and staff who would like to donate items can bring them to the designated table during the day of the drive. In addition, students who donate items from the wish list can enter a drawing to win a $50 gift card. A funds donation box will also be available. Please help the Humane Society of South Central Michigan continue to enhance the lives of our local critters! For more information about the drive, contact For more information about the Humane Society, visit

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The mother/daughter reading Cassandra Wood Staff Writer If you are interested in poetry, then you will likely be interested in the Mother/ Daughter Reading on March 26th in the HUB Lobby from 11a.m. to noon. The poetry will be read by two of KCC's own faculty, Dr. Elizabeth Kerlikowske and her daughter Rose Swartz. While poems will be read by each, Kerlikowske's subject matter will deal with her father, who passed away last year. Kerlikowske received her Masters degree from the University of Colorado, and her PhD from Western. She is an English professor, and has published six books of poetry and prose. Her writing style trends towards free verse, and she derives a lot of her inspiration from na-

ture and from her desire to uncover her family secrets. When asked, Kerlikowske said she couldn't help but write poetry, she was born to communicate. When the topic moved to her daughter, she stated that she always knew her daughter was “artsy fartsy” and that she has wanted to do a reading like this with Swartz. Kerlikowske moved on to say “I'm jealous of Rose in a way, because she had the kind of mother I wanted, where I had to make up the whole thing.” Swartz's style of writing also tends towards free verse, although, she has been focused on Abecedarian, or alphabetical, poetry since she returned from her nine month teaching adventure in China. She is 28, and teaches English here at KCC. Swartz received her Masters Degree from Arizona State University. She won a Chap book contest, a chap book is a 24 page book, and has many publications. Kerlikowske added that she believed Swartz is so interested in

Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Rose Swartz

writing because she grew up doing what she saw her parents doing. For more on the poems, go to the

Writing Initiative website at academics/writing. ~Cassandra Wood loves poetry.

Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Kerlikowske

KCC welcomes area writers

Etiquette dinner article

from students about her writing process. Campbell, who majored in mathematics, published her first book at the age of 35. Campbell jokingly advised, “Trust yourself as writers and trust that your family has screwed you up enough to have a wealth of stories to pick from.” The writer’s visits were part of The KCC Writing Initiative. ~Tiffany is an English/Journalism major

to a charismatic honors student and his grandmother; the student reached over and stabbed his grandmother’s left over chicken off her plate and on to his. That was the turning point, she had to take action. Kerlikowske explained, “Our goal is to prepare students for their professional lives. Many interviews have meals. Students need to know how to act appropriately in that setting.” I also attended this event last year as an honors student. I did great with the networking portion of the night, but when I had five forks in front of me, I panicked. I did not think I needed help with my professionalism. I was dead wrong, but it wasn’t that I was rude. It was that I was unaware of certain standards or customs in a particular setting. This dinner is a great way to educate students in these certain situations. That way you are not caught off guard by a plethora of silverware like I was. ~Stay classy, Bruins I’m Jake Smith?

Tiffany Thatcher Staff Writer On Feb 11th, KCC students were treated to a visit from local writers Tom Springer and Bonnie Jo Campbell as part of the Write All Day event. Springer is an essayist and author of “Looking for Hickories: The Forgotten Wildness of the Rural Midwest.” Springer offered a lecture at 8:30 and 10 am, during which he gave tips to students about essay writing and read some of his work. His advice to students was simple, “You don’t have to wait for somebody to tell you that you’re a writer. You start being a writer when you decide to be a writer.” Bonnie Jo Campbell is a novelist and author of “Once Upon a River.” Campbell spoke at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and read samples of her essays and poems. Campbell then answered questions

Bonnie Jo Campbell speaks on trusting you self

Human Trafficking Workshop Thursday, March 14, 2013 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Davidson Center, room 202 Speakers and Information — Free Admission “Human trafficking” is an umbrella term for activities in which one person obtains or holds another in compelled service through threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability. Forms of human trafficking include the prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery or similar practices, and the removal of organs. Sisters of St. Joseph, January, 2012 For more information or reservations for your group, please call Kellogg Community College’s Department of Support Services, 269-965-4150 .

Sponsored by the Healthy Choices Leadership Organization, (KCC Students dedicated to bringing information on healthy life choices to the campus community.) Tammy Phillips, President; TJ Mohl, Advisor, ext. 2647


Jacob Smith Staff Writer

As we grow up we are taught to say please and thank you. We are told to shake hands firmly and to look directly in to a person’s eyes when greeting them. “Elbows off the table” is a constant nag from parents at the dinner table. Children are taught manners, but as an adult are manners good enough? The professional world does not think so, and KCC recognizes that. Etiquette is the new standard, and to be successful in this day and age you either have to adapt or fail. Kellogg Community College is hosting their 5th annual Etiquette Dinner March 21, at 5:30pm at the Holiday Inn. This is an invitation only event. Attendees will consist of student athletes, honors students, Trio students, staff, faculty, and local business representatives. The event will serve hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The goal of this meet and greet is to prepare our students for the real world after the campus life is over. Dr. Elizabeth Kerlikowske, English professor at KCC, is faculty supervisor/coordinator for the event. Her first experience with an etiquette dinner was with her son at Western Michigan University, but her real inspiration came from a scholarship banquet here at KCC. She was sitting next Etiquette is important, even with snacks

Photo by Jake Smith

CAMPUS NEWS KAB birthday bash dents involved outside of the class.” Last year Smith did student work in Student Life and worked with the KAB. This year he became more involved as the president and has learned to work with policies while being more proactive. This year KAB started out with no members but has grown to have four other officers and twelve members. You can find this information and more at their Fa c e b o o k page as well as on their business cards. ~Rebecca loves cupcakes.

Rebecca Nicholls Staff Writer Who doesn’t like free cupcakes and t-shirt giveaways? The KAB Birthday Bash has both. This years Birthday Bash will be held on March 5 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m., and it will be in the Lane Thomas café center for all students. The Birthday Bash is to welcome the students to the spring semester and celebrate the students’ birthdays. This year’s theme of the Bash is going to be tropical. The KAB is known as the Kampus Activities Board. KAB is responsible for student organizations and involvement. Jacob Smith, the president of KAB, said that the goal of KAB is “to create a fun atmosphere for At Bruin Boost Lexi King, Jayla Johnson, Jake Smith students and to get stu-

A path less traveled Lacy Janousek Assistant Editor

Sierra Simmons has become proof that the stereotypical journey to college life isn’t the correct choice for everyone. Simmons, 18, dropped out of high school when she was 16. Things at home needed her attention more than school work. About a year and a half ago, Simmons found out she was expecting a baby boy, Emory. Her son’s father proposed and they are now expecting a baby girl. Education had been less of a priority however, Simmons was motivated in providing the best life for her family. Simmons is a member of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and began working as an assistant for the Environment Department. After two years out of school, a job and starting her own family, finding time to study for her General Education Degree wasn’t easy. “If you are like I was, out of options, I say go for it. Don't give up and don't be hard on yourself because it's not a diploma. It's better than nothing and most colleges accept it.” Simmons said she began GED tests at the Kalamazoo Community Education Center in October and earned the diploma in November.

With her GED in hand, Simmons will attend KCC this spring to pursue an Administrative Assistant Certificate to help with her job. She will work seven hours during the week days and attend night classes three days a week. “All my time away from work is spent with family,” Simmons said. “My family is my inspiration.” Like many students at KCC, a balance between family and school will be a struggle. But even though her path isn’t the one most choose, Simmons knows she is doing the right thing. “Being a young mom, you might be able to imagine the criticism, the dirty looks, the "are you sure's" when it comes to how you're going to handle certain situations with your child, especially being 18 with one kid and another on the way;” Simmons advised others who may be entering a situation like her own. “I don't let any of it bother me, there's no point in letting it bother me when I know I'm doing well.” With help from her fiancé, Simmons will continue to better her family. Simmons has signed up for six classes during the spring semester. “Every step I've taken to better our lives have been because of the choices I have made in the past,” Simmons said. “My children will never know what it's like to struggle if I can help it.”

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Transfer Visit: Grand Valley State University Allendale • Depart KCC at 9:15 am

1 “Hoops for Heart” – KC Women’s Basketball vs NBA (Noontime Basketball Assoc) KCC staff charity game • Miller Gym • 12 pm 4

Transfer Student Information Table: WMU College of Education North Walkway • 1 – 4 pm


Kampus Activities Board: Birthday Bash HUB Lobby • 11 am -1 pm


Transfer Student Information Table: Kuyper College North Walkway • 10 am-1 pm


Academic Workshop – Transferring LRC Spring Lake Room • 12-1 pm

6 Financial Aid Assistance Open Lab OITC 01 • 3-5 pm 7 Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport University North Walkway • 11am-1 pm

8 Bruins Give Back Location TBD • 1-4 pm



Networking 101 • Location TBD • 1-2 pm Career Services


Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College North Walkway • 9 am – 2 pm


Academic Workshop – Social Media OITC 103 • 2-3 pm


Transfer Visit: Western Michigan University Kalamazoo • TBD



Transfer Visit: Ferris State University Big Rapids • Depart KCC at 8:30 am

Spring Musical: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” • $5 staff/seniors/students $10 general public • Binda Theatre • 7:30 pm Chicago Trip: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Auditorium Theatre, Chicago • 9 am – 9 pm


Spring Musical: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” • $5 staff/seniors/students $10 general public • Binda Theatre • 3 pm


Transfer Student Information Table: WMU Haworth College of Business North Walkway • 10 am– noon


Transfer Student Information Table: Grand Valley State University • North Walkway • 10 am– 1 pm


Appreciation Day • HUB Lobby • 11 am -1 pm


Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College North Walkway • 9 am – 2 pm


Spring Musical: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” • $5 staff/seniors/students $10 general public • Binda Theatre • 7:30 pm


Spring Musical: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” • $5 staff/seniors/students $10 general public • Binda Theatre • 3 pm

26 Transfer Student information Table: Davenport University • Northway Walkway • 11am-1pm


Women’s History Month: Mother Daughter Reading HUB Lobby • TBD


Transfer Student Information Table: Albion College North Walkway • 10 am– 2 pm

25 Transfer Student Information Table: WMU Admissions • North Walkway • 12 – 2 pm


MUSIC at the Davidson Center Davidson Center Lobby • 1 pm

28 Phi Theta Kappa: Induction Ceremony Binda Theatre • 6 pm


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Diversity art competition Kody Carson Staff Writer Artists from all around southwest Michigan were challenged by the word diversity to inspire a piece of art to enter in this year’s competition. The official definition of diversity is “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements.” The undefined “elements” in the definition is what made this year’s competition

full of very interesting pieces; not only were the artworks interesting but so were the diverse interpretations of the definition. There were two entry pools in the competition; people entering from the community, and current KCC students. There were three Honorable Mentions for each pool, and one winner. The three artists from the Community Pool deserving of Honorable Mention are Roland Sunkins for his song titled, One Heart, One Soul; Linda Holderbaum, who is head of the Battle Creek Art Center, for her visual art on canvas titled, Window

Student Grand Prize winning piece by Brian Noell

to the World, which was a piece consisting of four miniature paintings. Nyle Rosenbaum, 12 years old, won in the last Honorable Mention spot for his visual art titled, Hats. The overall winner for his written piece about a transgendered teen titled, Passing, was Joel Newsome. The three individuals receiving Honorable Mentions from the Student Pool are Dia Massey for her visual art titled Fasteners, which consisted of hardware components she had around the house into a cohesive piece. Taylor McCoy won for her visual art titled Diversity Despite Chaos. When McCoy spoke

about her piece, she really emphasized that she wanted to approach “diversity” from a less traditional point of view. She said that when most think of diversity they think of race right away. She wanted to focus strictly on the literal meaning which is why her piece consisted of different art elements. Brandi Smith occupied the last Honorable Mention spot for her visual art titled, Birds of a Feather. The overall winner from this pool with his visual art piece titled, The Medicine Man, was Brian Noell. This was an interesting piece because it was a mask made of recycled materials.

Community Grand Prize winning essay by Joel Newsome

Passing Before I had a flat chest, before my second puberty, in the midst of my first, almost fluent in Estrogen, I am perceived as male. Old wiry-haired heavy walking women confront me in movie theater bathrooms. I am accosted by embittered school teachers in sex ed classrooms. Every time I am forced to utter the same silly lie: “I’m a girl.” In eighth grade I get my awkwardness down to a science. I pace hallways outside school bathrooms so as not to run into the cute girl I’m crushing on two grades up who doesn’t know I check the “F” box. I don’t take gym. Oversized sweatshirts and a steady slouch hide my C cup breasts. I keep my head down, but my brownness and my dissimilar gender mark me. I throw my hands up for a picture at a school dance and a chaperone assumes I’m throwing up gang signs. I want to tell him I took third place in the Spelling Bee and my father works at McConnell but don’t. My color speaks first and loudest. I collect and tally attendance slips in the office. I love my job because I get to work with Gena a small blonde with gleaming green eyes who only speaks with me at school dances where she pushes and pulls at my arms and whis-

pers to me, her lips almost touching my ear. I walk B and D halls and the gym while she does A, C and in-house suspension. One afternoon I walk towards the tennis court, considering my new name, when Coach Kerry intercepts me. “Hey.” The gruff speech they teach coaches of middle school athletics is punctuated by a snort and hawking of whatever it produced. He shifts his weight, hands me his attendance slip and barks, “What are you? Bout 130?” I shrug, not sure what is coming. “Why aren’t you on my wrestling team?” I try not to show my shock at the ease of his question as I consider how to give a simple response. I settle for the noncommittal, “It’s not really my sport,” and am filled with the joy of telling a new lie. The corners of his mouth turn down into a thoughtful frown, there’s the hint of a nod. “That’s too bad, we could use ya.” He turns, leaves me standing with my back to the tennis girls. I wait until I am upstairs in the bathroom closest to the office, where there is no chance of seeing anyone since the choir room is the only room it’s close to and Mrs. Garcia doesn’t give hall passes past 2:00pm. I lock the stall door and stand for a minute before grinning at all my possibilities, the utter implausibility of my potential.

Student Art Exhibit Call for Entry —April 8-10 All current academic year KCC students are eligible to submit up to five entries. Pick up rules and entry form in the Davidson Arts and Communication office. Exhibition dates—April 15-May 1 Awards Reception—Sunday, April 21, 1-3pm Davidson Auditorium


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On Phi Theta Kappa Cassandra Wood Staff Writer Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Nu Eta chapter, is a general studies honors society here at KCC. Belonging to PTK has a great number of benefits, such as scholarship opportunities, with access to members only sites, like, that can aid you in finding the right scholarships for you. There are opportunities to build leadership and participate in the community, the list goes on. To receive an invitation into this great society, all you need is a 3.5 GPA and 12 hours of associate degree work. There is a membership due of $70; however, it is a one time flat rate, and once

you are a member, you remain a member. Anna Bennison, President of Alpha Nu Eta chapter, had this to say “for a $70 fee, if you get one opportunity or scholarship, you got over a 100% return on investment.” There will be a membership notation on your transcript, and letters of recommendation can be provided as well. Becoming a Member of Phi Theta Kappa can help you get into that university you always wanted to attend, and you can also put your membership on your resume. TaNisha Parker, Manger of Student Life and the PTK advisor, said.“I encourage students to join PTK because of the priceless opportunities. PTK members are distinguished students and whenever faculty and staff are in need of great students, they think of PTK members.” ~Cassandra Wood endorses Phi Theta Kappa.

Front row: Makenzie Farmer, Fellice Williams Middle row: TaNisha Parker (Advisor) Anna Bennison, Chelsea Roberts, Kim Madsen (Advisor) Holly VanDam (Advisor) Back row: Devin Mesecar Photo Courtesy of PTKv

From page to screen Kelly Frost Librarian Films based on books have been appearing since the beginnings of Hollywood. Books are wonderful source material, but it is sometimes dangerous to mess with someone’s “sacred text.” Scanning to the bottom of Internet Movie Database’s (IMBD) list of upcoming movies based on books, the comment section is filled with worried cries. One commentator expressed her extreme concern, “They better not mess these up. Some of these books are really good books. Really Really REALLY good books.” Other people have concerns over casting, directing, and there are many sceptics. “I know they'll screw up A Wrinkle In Time -- There's no fricking way you can make that into a movie. It's actually impossible.” Impossible or not movie makers will keep trying to translate the magic of a book onto the big screen. Check out this list of upcoming (or recent) movies and read the book before going to the movie or watching it on your screen. • The classic YA horror novel Carrie by Stephen King is being remade and

set to come out in October. • The Leaf Menand the Brave Good Bugs a children’s book by William Joyce is the inspiration behind the computer animated Epic. • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum is the inspiration behind Oz the Great and Powerful. The library has multiple copies of the original book including a pop-up, an notated, and electronic version. • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzger ald is getting the Baz Luhrmann treat ment in a film due out this May. Several best picture nominees for this year’s Oscar awards were based on books including: • Life of Pi by Yann Martel • Lincoln based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln • Silver Linings Playbook by Mathew Quick • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Much anticipated sequels are also slated to hit the big screen soon: • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by J.R.R. Tolkiens

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Fast food world Dakota Roberts Staff Writer In order to afford college, many students struggle to make ends meet. Most students are forced to work non-glorious jobs. I am one of the many students working full-time as well as attending college full-time. I am a crew member at the Marshall Subway and I consider myself lucky. I have great co-workers who are more like friends. I have a nice boss and crew leader who are both in the friend category. I have it easier than most working in fast food. “As a sandwich artist myself, it appears to be no issue as each employee feeds off the energy of the next employee to insure that they stay positive and well mannered. The quality of each sandwich looks as though each one is made with speed but also lots of care and patience. These e mployees definitely earn the title of ‘Sandwich Artist.’ These sandwiches looks as though they were painted, the way that the green peppers blend in with

the tomatoes looks as though they were a Christmas tree with big red ornaments hanging down the side, of course some will just see it as a sandwich,” Said DeQuan Perry who also works at Subway. All fast-food workers in my shoes still find one gigantic line of rude customers. In every job employees have to put up with rude people once in a while, but for those working in fast-food we have a daily reminder where we rank in some eyes. “Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits is a place where the employees have constant interaction with the customers while delivering service with a smile and giving them fresh chicken and biscuits. Because of our constant interaction I see a lot of things that both the customers and my fellow coworkers do that could put people in a bad mood. It always aggravates us when customers talk on their cell phones, when he or she pulls up to the drive thru speaker. Is it really hard to hang up the phone, order, pay, and then call the person back?” asked Kenneth Grant. Most fast-food workers are working their way through hard times. Rather they’re college kids trying to get through the dog days, or they’re falling on hard

times. Unfortunately, some customers could care less. When we hear the name McDonalds, we expect cheap fast food. Few people dislike fast food, and people may work at one in a certain point in their lives. This is why it is shocking how rude customers are. They demand fresh food and then complain that it will be a few minutes wait. They want extra whipped cream in a shake and argue when it overflows the lid. If you want your Big Mac without pickles than please ask for it that way, don’t just assume that working a minimum wage job gives us telepathic powers. Also please try and take more than ten seconds to order your twenty item specialty order. We can only click the buttons so fast. Take a deep calming breath and think to yourself ‘Would I want to deal with me?’ The answer is usually no. If you are kind, patient, and calm you will have a much better time at McDonalds,” explains Julia Tanner. On a daily basis I get yelled at about how ungodly high the price of one customer’s food is, even though I have no control over the prices. Once I had change thrown at me because a customer was so upset at the prices I did not set. Another common customer complaint

Give the Worker a little courtesy

Photo by Kenneth Grant

is I don’t put the correct amount of lettuce, green peppers, olives, on the food. Realizing me or nobody else is perfect, I quickly manage to fix my mistake. It makes it easier to fix my mistake when the customer is kind about acknowledging my mistake. Next time you find yourself in a fast-food restaurant, please be kind to the underemployed workers. Even if the mistake is on us, it truly makes our dog days of being unappreciated a little easier to get through. ~Dakota Roberts loves kind customers.

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The older student In Search of my BFF

Tiffany Thatcher Staff Writer Ask any woman who their best friend is, and they will quickly rattle off a name, sometimes two. Now, if you were to ask me, my response would be a deer in the headlights stare followed by an embarrassed shrug because I don’t have a best friend. I know it’s shocking. What kind of person doesn’t have a best friend? This isn’t a new development. I’ve never had someone I could call my best friend, not even in elementary school. Sure, there were close friends over the years, but none that have ever evolved into one of those Hallmark card lasting friendships. I am currently without any close female friends. I chalk it up to a bout with depression after my husbands’ death that kept me homebound for a long time. Add in the fact that I moved two hours away from everyone I knew to a small town that is not big on welcoming new people, and you get a situation ripe for loneliness. I’ve tried to make new friends, but it’s harder than it would seem. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m very sarcastic. Some people consider sarcasm to be bitter and mean. I think I’m hilarious and really good at pointing out the obvious. For example: There is a girl that sits next to me in class. One day she told me that she had a horrible case of hives on her arm. She explained that she got it from the sanitizer they use in her job in a meat and seafood department. With that information I decided to nickname her Lobster Herpes. Oddly enough, she didn’t want to be best friends. Some people can be so sensitive. Now that I am an older student, I’ve

found my search for new friends even harder. I have little in common with the majority of my classmates. I spent my first year at KCC not speaking to anyone. I did my best impression of the scenery and tried to blend in. I felt too old, too out of touch to start a conversation. I’m shy around new people or in situations where I do not feel comfortable, which made my freshman year a nightmare. I would dread the days when instructors would tell us to pick partners. Like the fat kid in gym class, I was always the last person to be picked. The nicer instructors would take pity and let me work alone, while the not so nice ones would force me to join an already formed pair. It was always humiliating and awkward. I can’t say that being without a best friend has hindered me in anyway, other than loneliness. I’ve lived a productive life not having a BFF at my side, but there are those times when a best friend is helpful, if not required. For example; if I ever get married again, I have no one to be my maid of honor or to even be a bridesmaid. Currently, when something big happens in my life, I usually share it with my boyfriend and Facebook. Not to discount Facebook friends, but 98% of mine are high school acquaintances that barely spoke to me. They are great at liking my status, sharing memes, and maybe giving me a comment or two, but they are not people I share my deepest secrets with. As I started my final year at KCC, and began this journey of starting over, I decided it was time to make some friends. I began by being myself. I tried talking and joking around with my classmates. I now have a buddy in every class and a couple new Facebook friends. True, I haven’t made the leap to a friendship outside of class, but I’m taking baby steps in the right direction. My goal (fingers crossed) is that by graduation I will have someone that I can at least grab a cup of coffee with. ~Tiffany is currently taking applications for a BFF.

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Dr. Destiny Dear Dr.D, How do I get confident at public speaking? Signed, Shy Dear Shy, One gets better at public speaking the same way one gets better at anything: by doing it a lot! It will scare the daylights out of you the first many times, but eventually you will find a way to cope. For me, there are times when I am quite comfortable speaking to a large group, but if the situation is in any way personal or emotional, I tend to get caught up in the emotion, and my voice quavers. I hate that, so I imagine there is someone in a particular place in the middle of the audience who really dislikes me and would love to see me fail. I speak to that person, and I would be darned if I would allow myself to fail in front of that person. It works for me every time. Good luck! Dr. D. Dear Dr. D, What is your opinion on gun control? Signed, Curious Dear Curious, I see no reason for anyone to ever have an assault weapon. That isn’t sport: that’s a weapon of mass destruction. However, I think we have the right to legally carry weapons or have them in our homes or use them for hunting or target practice. We can ban guns legal-

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ly, but I don’t think the criminal element much cares for what is and is not legal. I would not want only the “bad guys” to be armed Now if we only knew who the bad guys were. Dr. Destiny Dear Dr. D, Is there any chance of a parking structure for KCC in the near future? Signed, Tired of Walking, Dear Tired of Walking, I assume you do not want to spend any more money than you are currently spending to attend KCC. Therefore, the answer in no unless there is a new building in the future, under which a parking lot could be built. Unfortunately, you and I will both be long gone before that happens Dr. D. Dear Dr. D, Why do people often forget basic math and grammar? Signed, Wondering Dear Wondering, As with all things involving details, if you don’t use it, you will lose it. The big picture will linger, but the rest will fade. Dr. D. Dear Dr. D, Why does the Easter bunny deliver eggs? Signed, “Confused by bunny reproduction.” Dear Confused, Does anyone give away their own favorite things? Does Santa give away pipes? No, he gives toys which he has no use for. The bunny gives eggs which he has no use for. Makes sense to me. If we had an Easter chicken, he might give away lucky rabbits’ feet. Dr. D.



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Give me a break Jake Smith Staff Writer

As college students we study late nights and work part-time just to stay above water, but when Friday night hits, we live for the weekends. Long weekends during Thanksgiving and Martin Luther King Day are a blessing to our workhard/play-harder lifestyles. When these breaks end, we always wish we could have one more day of recovery; class breaks never seem long enough. That is very true, unless you have experienced a community college winter break. College students usually cannot wait for winter break; reuniting with family and friends during the holidays is a long void finally filled. As community college students, we usually still live at home, but it’s still nice to see friends from out of town colleges. If you have any friends from four year colleges, you know they finish first semester one week earlier and start second semester two weeks earlier

than community college students. It is very convenient that all of my friends are out having a great time when I still have whole week of studying for finals. Have you ever had ten missed calls from midnight to three in the morning, and it is your friends asking why you are not out with them? I was staring blankly at my textbook, trying to convince my conscience that I am ready for this exam. I read a total of four words in the last ten chapters. After resisting temptations and powering through late night and caffeine-driven study sessions, we make it through finals week. On to the festivities, but hurry because there’s only a couple weeks until the rest of your college buddies go back to school. Only two weeks? Does it not remind you of a high school winter break, but I thought we’ve moved on from that? Here comes the hypocritical side of things. If we use the high school schedules for our winter and spring breaks, then why do we not have snow days when community schools have snow days? You could argue that it is more dangerous and a liability for buses than it is for college

The faults in modern learning Lacy Janousek Assistant Editor Professors seem to drone on about how different learning in the 21st century is from ‘back in the day’. From tablets to document cameras, and interactive smart boards to online textbooks, a great portion of learning has been taken from the classroom to the computer screen. Online courses have become increasingly popular in college students across the country. They may seem convenient; however, I argue that the amount a student learns from online classes is much less than face-to-facelecture classes. Students are technically required to complete the same amount of assignments, but don’t have to give as much effort. Focus is easily overtaken by the outside world. I have been an online student in four different completely online courses, not to mention the on campus courses which require a hefty amount of online work. Each online course has been structured very similarly. There are often weekly or biweekly due dates for assignments listed on Moodle, or in the past Blackboard. The assignments include discussion board postings, PowerPoint, quizzes, flash cards and the list goes on. Like in a lecture-style class, students are solely responsible for completing the assignments, yet there will not be an attendance requirement or a professor to approach with questions or to keep students on task. If you’re a people pleaser like I am, that means no professor to give you a disappointed look when your work isn’t complete and no emotional consequence for not doing one’s best. Distractions take over whenever I do find the time to work on online course-

work. Staying on task with Facebook, Twitter , (don’t even get me started about Pinterest), at my fingertips makes it nearly impossible to complete my work. With social media distractions, a quick 150 assignment can turn into a three hour long waste of time. Sure, the semester starts out great; I plan a schedule and diligently complete work during my scheduled time. That method is quickly overruled by three jobs, a social life and laziness. So, I resort to completing the work at 11:00 pm Sunday nights, one hour before most due dates. This doesn’t leave much time to complete satisfactory work, and Professors, hold your breath, I often don’t even open a textbook to cram these online assignments in. I’m not joking when I say I looked at my textbook during my Fall semester online course a whopping three times. According to numbers reported by Lane Community College in Oregon, face to face courses increase retention by 20% compared to online courses. I continually find myself cutting corners and taking an even easier way out of online work. Searching the answers on the internet to avoid waiting for the online textbook to load, creatively coming up with an answer that sounds intelligent but has no real support, or taking the quiz several times until the grade is decent enough to pass. I am ashamed that I don’t give this work my best but something else is always higher on my priority list. Usually takes is a lot of self-discipline and web-searching skills. The selfdiscipline is what really forces many college students to stray of success. When registering, it may seem efficient to take an online course to save on gas and avoid a day on campus or to squeeze in the extra three or four credits, the course has be proven to be less beneficial to your education.

students with cars. This does not make sense because as I said before, if dual enrolled students don’t have to go to high school classes, but still have to go to college courses it should not be a big deal. It is part of studying at the next level, but the snow days are inconsistent with the holiday breaks. I have been speaking from the traditional college student’s point of view, but community colleges also have numerous non-traditional students. They too are affected by this inconsistency. Many non-traditional students are parents. If their children have a snow day but they have class, childcare becomes a dilemma. Finding a babysitter early in the morning with cruddy weather and ten minutes to get class, does not seem to be the ideal situation. All in all, the community college break lasts about five weeks. The last two weeks of winter break, we sit at home twiddling our thumbs, while most of our home town friends back at school or our kids are back at school. Two weeks waiting around for public schools start a new semester. When all we want to do is go to spring break at the same time as the rest of the traditional college students, rather than going to Panama City to hang out with a bunch of high school kids. If you are a sophomore like me, you want

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CULTURE Card crazy collectors Dylan Konway Staff Writer Ah, card games. There’s simply nothing better on a rainy or snowy day than sitting inside with a friend, or even several, and playing some card games. Although, not all card games involve your standard deck of fifty-two; some card games are more vast and expansive than most people realize. Indeed, just as some kids collect baseball cards there are card games where one must collect a variety of different cards in order to achieve victory. Some of the more popular card games still in circulation are Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering, and of course, Pokemon. Each of these card games have their own set of rules the players must abide by and in most cases the players of these games are given a number of hit points,

which is just a fancy way of saying how much damage you can take before the game is over. Both Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh have cards called monsters, and spells that players use to do battle in the game and only once the monsters on your opponents’ side are wiped out can you attack them directly, thus winning the game. The players of these card games will spend countless dollars buying new card packs searching for the right card they need for the “deck” they’ve been building. For these avid collectors, half the fun is not knowing what you’ll get in the next pack. Other people may look down on the card crazy collectors saying, “Why waste your time and money on something so useless?” Well the card gamer might simply reply, “Because, it’s a lot of fun and I can make more friends doing it.” ~Dylan Scott Konway used to play card games with his friends and was still a popular guy.

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Dylan Konway Staff Writer March is here and what an amazing month for the avid gamer! This month

CULTURE isn’t exactly riddled with release dates but one game in particular is making a big debut. Bioshock Infinite is the third installment of Irrational Games Bioshock franchise, a series that until now has been dark and foreboding right down to its programming. Bioshock and Bioshock 2 take place in an underwater city called Rapture. It is here that we learn that little girls are being implanted with a special type of sea slug and harvested to create a genetic wonder drug called “Adam.” Adam is created inside the parasitic sea slug within the girls as they drink the blood from the dead bodies around Rapture. This is where the games’ moral choices come into play. Do you as the player save the “little sisters” and turn them back to normal? Or do you harvest them for the most Adam you can possibly get? The signature enemy of the Bioshock franchise up until Infinite has been the beast which guards the little sisters

as they make their way across the city collecting Adam: the big daddy. The big daddy is normal a human that, through “splicing” up with the powers of Adam, has been made into the perfect slave built for ultimate destruction as well as infinite love for the girls they protect with their lives. However, with the release of Infinite all of that is about to change. The year is 1912 and you play as Booker Dewitt, a federal agent with a mysterious debt, tasked with finding a woman known only as Elizabeth who has some very special powers. The catch, you ask? She’s somewhere within the floating city of Columbia. A city built to rival the heavens themselves, Columbia literally drifts within the sky unbound by the laws of the Earth. But something terribly wrong is happening within Columbia and whole buildings are starting to fall from sky. Elizabeth has the ability to open “tears” in the fabric of space and time,

as well as an onslaught of combat ready psychic powers. Together the two of you must escape the floating city while facing hordes of disgruntled citizens, some with unique powers of their own. But people aren’t your only problem. Columbia is host to a wide array of mechanized monsters out to cause Dewitt and Elizabeth nothing short of mayhem. All the graphics and gameplay elements have been greatly improved since the preceding games but what really stands out is the new sky rail system of transport as players can seamlessly swap between running and zip lining throughout the entire city, leaving the player to scavenge out infinite possibilities. Bioshock Infinite will be available for the PC, PS3, and Xbos 360. With a release date of March 26th Bioshock Infinite has every gamer asking, “What is Icarus?” ~Dylan Scott Konway is a gamer that plays for fun times with his friends when he’s not too busy writing.


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Bombs away! Dakota Roberts Staff Writer The city of Battle Creek is no stranger to baseball. From the legendary Michigan Battle Cats to the Yankees and Devil Rays, change was the lone expectation of baseball in the Cereal City. Prior to the summer of 2007, C. O. Brown Stadium had been the destination for short-lived minor league franchises. Just as one team exited the gates of the legendary ball park, another would come crashing in. It seemed as the great American pastime was living up to its nickname in Battle Creek, but in 2007 a savior arrived. The Bombers landed in the Midwestern town with the intent to stay. Many felt after a couple seasons the Bombers would just be another ghost added to the list of unsuccessful ball clubs in the city. However, seven years later, the Bombers have made Battle Creek home. “We’re to the point now where we’re going into our seventh year and now people expect the Bombers every year,” General Manager Brian Colopy stated “It’s kind of like you forget about those old teams.” “The Yankees were here for two years and left,” Colopy explained “The Rays were here for two years and left, so now we’re going into year seven and we’re established.” The Northwoods League is made up of 16 baseball teams and for the 2012 season the Bombers were 10th in average attendance. In 34 ball games last season over 40,000 fans flooded into the gates of C. O. Brown Stadium. “We were happy about it,” Colopy

said referring to the successful fan turnout. “We’re averaging more fans than the last two minor league teams here as well.” With ticket sales and attendance increasing every year the General Manager hopes to keep the seats filled, but the big ballpark it’s very challenging. C. O. Brown Stadium is one of the biggest venues in the Northwoods League with a seating capacity of 4,000. “It’s tough to fill. It’s a big ballpark, but we’d love to pack that thing every night,” Colopy explains. “Our real goal is to focus on our core nights which are the weekend games.” “We’re trying to go from 1,200 [fans] to 1,500 [fans] to 2,000 [fans],” Colopy explains “take it one step at a time.” While winning baseball games is important, it’s safe to say this general manager puts the community and the fans first on the priority list. “We have to understand that people want to come out here enjoy it, and have a nice night at the ballpark, bring their kids, go to a fireworks show, go to our thirsty Thursday nights, go on our all you can fan deck, and have a good time,” Colopy said. “We’re putting our promotion schedule together. It’s going to be creative, unique, stuff that people haven’t done, and stuff people want to be a part of,” Colopy stated. The Bombers have finally reversed the baseball curse in Battle Creek not only by getting established and by generating fan revenue, but by winning as well. In 2011, the Bombers cruised to their first Northwoods League championship in franchise history. With summer on the horizon so are the Bombers. Opening night is Wednesday, May 29th when the Bombers welcome in the defending Northwoods

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League champion LaCrosse Loggers. Anticipation and expectations of the upcoming season are definitely on the rise in the Bombers front office. “We’ve got a great group of guys already put together talent wise,” Colopy says “We’ve got guys from some big schools.” Having talent is obviously a key ingredient for any ball club, and the Bombers keep that in mind when searching for young players. “Our philosophy is to just get the most talented guys you can, put them together, and they’ll find a way to win,” Colopy stated. The first signed player for the Bombers in 2013 is Arizona State’s first baseman Rouric Bridgewater. Bridgewater is beginning his sophomore season for the Sun Devils and was a highly recruited prospect coming out of his California high school. “He’s a big time first baseman; he was in the top ten for first basemen coming out of high school,” Colopy said. Many more talented players will be an-

nouncing their commitment to the Bombers in coming weeks. Directing “the boys of summer” will be Brandon Higelin. Higelin is in his 2nd year of being the Bombers manager, and the Crecenta, Cali native has impressed many within the organization. “This is Brandon’s third year with us, and second year as manager,” Colopy says “He led one of the top academies in San Diego for pitching.” “Never heard a bad thing said about him and what he does,” Colopy continues “Pitching-wise he takes these guys that are projects for us and turns them into all-stars; it’s rare to see that when he only works with these guys for a summer.” The Bomb squad will be hard at work to chase down their second League Championship in three years. Time will tell if the Bombers will win their second league title, but they have already won the most important battle, reuniting and resurrecting the Battle Creek baseball community. ~Dakota Roberts is kind of a big deal.

This is exactly what starting sophomore pitcher Dirk Ormsby alluded to when asked about playing against the number one ranked team in the country. Ormsby will be on the bump for the Bruins in the first game of a three game series. “In orschool in the in the country and the der to be the best you have to beat the reigning national champs. The Bruins are best and that’s exactly what we want to ranked tenth themselves and are looking do. The main thing that I want our team to use the early match up as a benchmark to gain on the trip is a sense of togetherto see where they stand against the best Kody Carson ness. I believe the best teams complete in the country. Staff Writer each other and I want us to learn how to do that so when we come back we are The best time of year for a baseball player ready to go for conference play,” said is the beginning of spring. These playOrmsby. ers have been cooped up in a gym The Bruins will not all winter and are ready to head only be looking to gauge down South to put their offseatheir level of play son efforts to the test and beagainst the coungin what every team hopes tries best, but also to be a successful season. get the feet wet This year the Bruins ball of many freshclub will start their seaman who have son in Eunice, Louinever played siana, and then work in an elite NJMarch 1-3 Louisiana State University — Eunice, Louisiana their way back up to CAA match up. 5 Southwest Mississippi Community College — McComb, Mississippi Michigan through Opening up Mississippi competing 6 Copiah Lincoln Community CollegE — Wesson, Mississippi with a tough against many southern schedule can 7- 8 Holmes Community College­­— Goodman, Mississippi schools along the way. only prepare The team will open the rookies for up against LSU Eunice, the kind of comthe number one ranked petition the club

plans to be competing against come late May. That’s what freshman outfielder Tanner McCarn wanted his team to gain from playing good competition. McCarn also stated, “Individually I want to see how the best players go about their business. I want to see how hard they work and how hard they prepare for a game so that I can do the same.” The team has been working very hard at the Battle Creek YMCA for the last few months putting in countless hours of preparation. Each player has areas that they work to improve on and competitive games down South are precisely what they need to see if real progress was made. Baseball is a game where you are either getting better or you’re getting worse. If players weren’t working hard, the game itself will expose that in a merciless way. The Bruins are counting on this as they pride themselves on out working more gifted teams. When the team returns they will have ten games under their belts and some big game experience. This trip not only kicks off their season, but lets the team know their strengths and weaknesses, as well as what needs to be addressed as they try and make another appearance in Enid, Oklahoma for the 2013 NJCAA National Championship Tournament.

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The Super Bowl’s unsung heroes Thomas Losy Staff Writer Two men played incredibly pivotal roles in the Super Bowl, and despite that, even after the Super Bowl is over, their names are seemingly lost amongst the rosters of each team. Vonta Leach and Delanie Walker sacrificed their bodies for the greater good, laid crushing blocks and hits on the opponents, and paved the way for their more famous counterparts in the backfield. Superstar Halfback Frank Gore and electrifying quarterback Colin Kaepernick gashed the Baltimore defense for a combined 172 yards rushing behind the blocking of jack-of-all-trades Delanie Walker, and pure fullback Vonta Leach paved the way for both Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce both on the ground and as a lead blocker in the screen game. In any power running attack, as put on display by both the 49ers and the Ravens during the Super Bowl, the fullback is an essential cog in the playmaking machine. Before the play starts, they stand in front of the Halfback, who is usually the ballcarrier on any given running play. From there, the fullback has one main goal, and that is to find the main threat to the Halfback, and annihilate him. Many running plays are designed in a manner

to let the fullback get to full speed before delivering a bone-crushing block, springing the speedier Halfback for a hypothetical big gain. This is especially true on runs to the outside of the line, either offtackle or farther outside. In these plays, the fullback’s task is to accelerate sharply behind the line, maintain momentum as he turns the corner and heads upfield, and then absorb the first blow that would have been delivered to the Halfback, generally by a Linebacker. The average NFL linebacker weighs roughly 250 lbs, and can run the 40 yard dash in approximately 4.5 seconds. Players at the fullback position are roughly the same size and have roughly the same top-end running speed. An estimation in physics using a few simple formulas suggests a peak output of roughly 38,000 Joules. To put that into perspective, this is approximately 10.6 Watt-Hours, or enough electricity to read by for about an hour, if using a compact fluorescent bulb. Given that a fullback both causes and endures roughly 35 to 50 of those collisions per game, that allows for a maximum output of just over 560Wh, or enough juice to light up that same CFL bulb for almost two days straight. This doesn’t sound terribly dramatic, but when you consider that Vonta Leach has been in 130 games in his career, always in the same role at about the same rate, he’s dished out and taken enough punishment to light up an average house in Baltimore in its entirety,

March madness Dakota Roberts Staff Writer For most March is a time for making lastminute spring break preparations and wishful prayers for warmer weather. For sports fans everywhere March is a time for “madness” and bracket busters. Each March millions of Americans predict the next NCAA Men’s Basketball champions. Many go with the favorites, but most begin to cheer for the underdog. Sixty four of the best college basketball teams from the country are invited to play in the tournament aka “The Big Dance.” The teams are then placed into four 16 team regions with all sights set on the final 4.

Although millions of brackets are filled out, few have the luck to successfully conquer perfection. The hands on favorites are rarely flawless in March. Many of the top ranked teams tend to bust early and often. Last year’s NCAA Tournament had its fair share of “madness.” Many had the seed #2 Missouri Tigers as a final four team, but the Tigers were a victim to an upset win. Norfolk State entered the “big dance” seeded 15th and shocked the nation with a victory over Missouri. The Tigers weren’t the only 2nd seeded team to go down in the first round. Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils received the cold shoulder from Lehigh University. With two monumental upsets coming at everyone’s surprise, there was one team that was no surprise. The Kentucky Wildcats came in as the #1

including running all the appliances and electronics, for more than two days and nights straight. Delanie Walker’s total electric output would be a bit lower, despite his electrifying special teams hit on Jacoby Jones, the kickoff returner for the Baltimore Ravens. Walker actually pulls triple-duty: Officially, he is a tight end, a spot normally reserved for superstar Vernon Davis, although the second tight end is used frequently in lieu of a fullback. Secondly, Walker normally splits time at the fullback position with Bruce Miller, a man who did not play a single down during the playoffs this year. Third, Walker is a special-teams standout, playing on kickoffs, punts, and kick and punt returns. Walker assumed most, if not all, fullback duties during the Super Bowl, even while filling his other two roles. Delanie Walker has been in 99 games over his seven year career, but because of his jack-of-all-trades nature, a rough estimate of his total actual playing time is hard to pin down. Despite the big hits and devastating blocks, Leach and Walker are not just big bodies meant to slam into other big bodies. Delanie Walker racked up 48 yards receiving on three receptions during the Super Bowl. He has 1,465 receiving yards over his career thus far, and having established himself as a valuable and relentless force at more than one position, he should have many opportunities to in-

crease that number by a wide margin before he retires. Vonta Leach has a much more meager 749 yards through the air, although he is more often used as a pure blocker than anything else. This is not to say that his contributions to his team are insignificant, in 2011 Vonta Leach was selected as the 65th best player in the NFL by his peers. There are 1,696 players on NFL rosters at any given time. Unfortunately for lovers of the power running game, on the surface it seems that the fullback is headed toward further obscurity, and potentially toward complete obsolescence. One need only listen to the constant drone of how the NFL is evolving into a pass-first league to hear this point replayed ad nauseum. However, with Leach and Walker helping to propel their teams into the Super Bowl spotlight, as well as other prominent fullbacks being used to great effect elsewhere, such as Atlanta’s Ovie Mughelli, Oakland’s Marcel Reece, and Minnesota’s Jerome Felton, the fullback should continue to be used as not only a valuable lead-blocker, but a weapon out of the backfield for untold generations of football to come. Mixed martial arts veteran and technology expert Thomas Losey is currently pursuing a General Education degree from Kellogg Community College, with an emphasis on Computer Science and English.

overall team, and didn’t disappoint. Led by freshman sensation Anthony Davis, the Wildcats made the NCAA tournament its personal playground. After defeated Western Kentucky, Iowa State, Indiana, and Baylor with ease the Wildcats were onto their 2nd consecutive final 4 appearance. The big bullies from Kentucky unleashed school-yard fury on in-state rival Louisville in the semi-finals, and advanced to the national championship game. Awaiting Kentucky in the national championship game was the Jayhawks from Kansas University. The Jayhawks had a pair highlight victories en route to the final 4, knocking off perennial powerhouses North Carolina and North Carolina State. The Jayhawks center Thomas Robinson led them to victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the semi-final game. Unfortunately, the National Championship game did not live up to the hype. Kentucky handled Kansas to score their 8th national championship and 1st since 1998.

As America watched the Wildcats shred the 64 team tournament in 2012, in previous years America marveled over the real underdogs. In the 2010 and 2011 NCAA tournament the Butler Bulldogs finally received much earned recognition. In 2010 head coach Brad Stevens the 5th seeded Bulldogs danced their way into the National Championship game. Unfortunately, the glass slipper broke and the Bulldogs lost by 2 to the Duke Blue Devils. In the 2011 tournament everyone remembered Butler, but still everyone doubted the Bulldogs. Seeded 8th Butler pulled off a 2nd round upset over #1 seeded Pitt and rumbled on from there. Butler was in familiar territory back in the national championship game, but once again found a familiar feeling. UConn defeated Butler to win the national championship. Few can predict what will happen in the tournament, but all will enjoy watching history unfold this month.

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