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Stephen King is one of the most prolific authors of the modern age. He has published 56 novels and several short stories/ novellas. Several of his novels and short stories have also been adapted to the big and small screen. Since 2017 is the home to two of these adaptations, part one of the remake of the 1990 classic “IT.” - Pg 3

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KCC welcomes Dean Tonya Forbes YASMEEN QUAHWASH staff writer

As of February 2017, we welcomed our new Dean of Arts and Sciences, Tonya Forbes. Forbes was born in Battle Creek, but grew up in Elkhart, Indiana. After college, she then made a move to Raleigh, North Carolina where she worked as an Assistant Vice President at Wake Technology Community College. Now, her four children are grown and moved away, she has found herself back home. “What stood out to me about KCC was the commitment to Service Learning and the sense of community we have here,” stated Forbes. “I just like working with people, I have a great team of department chairs and I love trying to find solutions,” said Forbes, when asked what she loved about her job. As our Dean of Arts and Sciences, Forbes plans on working on the assessments of our program/ general education requirements, articulation agreements and making transfer more seamless for the students, which is what Guided Pathways is set out to do come the fall semester of 2017. She believes that we are making “really, really good progress” with Guided Pathways and that it will be incredibly beneficial for KCC’s incoming freshman and returning students. “Research shows that when you give people

lots of choices, it’s hard to make a decision,” said Forbes. Guided Pathways is meant to make the path clearer for the students, ultimately making it easier for them to get where they want to be academically without all of the hustle and bustle with extra classes that don’t necessarily apply to what they are ultimately studying for. Forbes

stated that she has seen many four-year schools have a clear-cut pathway for their students once they walk through the door, and believes that it will be a great advantage for KCC students. Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at

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April flowers with Lifelong Learning YASMEEN QAHWASH staff writer

“Our Lifelong Learning program is a way to stay active and continue to learn. What sets it apart from our regular classes we have here at KCC is that you’re there because you want to be,” says Abbie Brennan, Lifelong Learning Secretary. With Lifelong Learning comes programs such as art, cooking, crafts, fashion, fitness, financial health, languages, technology, and a variety of other personal development offerings. These courses are primarily located at KCC’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center and many are offered during the summer, fall, and spring semesters.

The classes are designed for students aged 16 years and older, with the exception of youth programming. Lifelong learning also holds summer camps and spring camps for children. These include basketball camps, summer music and theatre camp, career camps, as well as Bruin Bots. There will be a Spring Basketball Camp held this year on May 7th, 14th, and 21st. Grades 1-5 will be held from 2-4pm while grades 6-9 will be held from 5-7pm. The cost is $60 and will be located at Battle Creek Central’s Field House. In the summer, there will be a Music and Theatre camp for kids in grades 5-12th. This camp will be on June 19th-29th on Mondays and Thursdays from 1-5pm in the Davidson Performing Arts

Center with a $175 fee. Lifelong Learning takes learning and incorporates it with having fun, doing something new and helps people meet others with similar interests, making it a great networking opportunity for anyone who chooses to participate. “We’re kind of a hidden gem,” stated Brennan. Classes tend to fill up quickly, so don’t wait to register! For further information, please call (269)-965-4134, or you can send an e-mail to or contact Abbie at Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at


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Service Learning in April JULIA BEFFREY quest writer

Hello! I’m here to tell you about all the wonderful service opportunities the Service Learning office offered this April. We held our monthly Bruins Give Back on April 28th, from 9 am to noon just like usual. We only had one location selected for this event, the KCC Community Garden, and we prepared the garden for the upcoming summer season. Now here is the exciting news: we had two other opportunities for students and staff to serve! The first additional event was on April 21st. PTK (Phi Theta Kappa) hosted this event to finish setting up the recycling program around campus. Additionally, on April 22, Earth Day, Battle Creek Linear path supporters held the spring clean-up from 10:00 am to noon. So if you would like to participate in any (or all) future service learning events, you can find a link signup sheet on the Service Learning page in the KCC web Portal under the Special Service Events tab.

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TrueLife is here, on campus

Dear Dr. Destiny, I’m looking ahead to classes and there are so many options and careers. I don’t know what I want! Advice? Sincerely, Like-a-lot

SARAH GERKE co-editor

College can be a tough time to hold onto your faith, and that is one of the reasons the student organization True Life is here on campus! True Life is here to promote personal faith in the Triune God, while also providing leadership, fellowship, and service. The group is a no judgment zone, so no matter what denomination or background, all are welcome. There are no current meeting times, but the organization is at multiple school-wide events and hosts some of their own! Be on the lookout for movie nights and different opportunities!

Dear Like-a-lot, Having a lot of options available is often a good thing! No need to stress over the future, though. I’d recommend taking a few different classes that cover things you’re interested in so that you can get a feel for them, and then work from there. Try not to stress yourself out by taking super duper hard classes right off the bat though! You can totally ease yourself into college! Sincerely,

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Sincerely, Dr. Destiny


Dear Dr. Destiny, I don’t want this semester to be over! All of my friends will be on break and I won’t see them everyday anymore and I love my classes! Comfort me! Sincerely, Sincerely, Extraverted One

Dear Extraverted One, I’m glad you’re enjoying your classes, but sadly the semester has to end. If you want to continue, see if you can take classes over the summer or plan ahead for fall. As for your friends, try to remain in contact with them and don’t be discouraged if they don’t reply back to you right away; summer is often a busy but fun time and people get distracted! Make plans, have get togethers, and look forward to your next semester! And have a wonderful summer! Sincerely, Dr. Destiny



Catch up with Stephen King BRANDON RONAN staff writer

Stephen King is one of the most prolific authors of the modern age. He has published 56 novels and several short stories/ novellas. Several of his novels and short stories have also been adapted to the big and small screen. Since 2017 is the home to two of these adaptations, part one of the remake of the 1990 classic “IT” and the film version of book one of the eight book epic “”The Dark Tower””. Recently the first teaser trailer of the “IT” remake was just released, so now is the best time to talk about the best or most beloved Stephen King adaptations. Many people nowadays have maybe seen one or two or even none at all, as hard as that actually is it’s possible, so before they go to see the new I feel they should get a taste by watching the old. When it comes to tv miniseries there are three that really stand out: “IT” “Salem’s Lot,” and “The Stand.” These three are adaptations of some of King’s best novels. “IT” is the story of a group of children is tormented by a supernatural entity who changes into what they are most afraid of, usually taking the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. This is most known for giving children in 1990 across the globe coulrophobia (the fear of clowns). “Salem’s Lot” is the tale of Ben Mears a writer who is returning to his home town of “Salem’s Lot”. Upon his return strange and dark things start to occur. Mears must do whatever is necessary to stop the evil from consuming his hometown. “The

Stand” is a four part micro series based off Kings masterpiece of the same name in which a super virus wipes out 99% of humanity and the remaining survivors are visited by two very different supernatural beings. One being Mother Abigail a sweet 100 some odd year old woman who fights on the side of God, and Randall Flagg, an evil demon who will stop at nothing until all good is eradicated from the planet. On the side of films, five adaptations come to mind. “The Shining,” “The Green Mile,” “Dolores Claiborne,” “Misery,” and one many people may not know is a Stephen King adaptation, “The Shawshank Redemption.” “The Shining” is a masterpiece that follows Jack Torrance, an on the mend alcoholic writer and his slow descent into madness while he is the acting caretaker of the overlook hotel. His son Danny, a young boy with special powers, and his wife Wendy a skittish stay at home mom must survive Jacks rampage and not succumb to the Overlook itself, which has its own deep dark secrets. “The Green Mile” is the Story of Paul Edgecombe, a guard on death row and his encounter with a mysterious man named John Coffey. When John is brought in on two counts of murder, the guards on E Block think nothing of it, but after strange events occur they begin to wonder if he is actually innocent. “Misery” is a film about writer Paul Sheldon who after a horrible car accident is found and kidnapped by his “number one fan”. After she finds out he killed off her favorite character in his most recent book, she holds him captive and he must find a way to escape before it is too late. “Dolores Claiborne” is


one of King’s more unsettling adaptations. It tells two stories both revolving around a murder and a woman named Dolores Claiborne. Dolores is suspected of killing the old woman whom she cared for and during the investigation she reflects on her plot to murder her drunk, abusive husband with his own dark secrets. “The Shawshank Redemption” is the most famous Stephen King adaptation that many people do not know is based of a Stephen King story. It tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a man convicted of killing his wife and his journey through prison the whole time pleading his innocence. This has been called one of the most uplifting films of all time which is weird because the movie itself is depressing throughout but leads to a happy conclusion. Stephen King has had so many films or tv series based off his stories it is hard to keep track of them. “IT” and “The Dark Tower” are being released this year with rumors of a tv series for “The Mist” being released as well and several more adaptations are in the works. So before you go out and watch his new adaptations, watch the old and learn what King is really about. From the dark and terrifying to the uplifting and cheerful, Stephen King has a story out there for everyone. Be prepared to look over your shoulder and inside of every storm drain as you wonder which of his terrors will come to life. Contact Brandon Ronan at


Sports & Opinion

My correct opinion Contact Tony Allred at


I am fully aware that the views expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect those of the Bruin, or for that matter, anyone except for me alone, but they should. They are views of an intelligent, humble, handsome, and talented father of three. I am, after all, a loving devoted husband, a voraciously hard worker who is also working to better himself through a higher education. In my opinion, I am a model American that everyone should strive to be like. For lack of a better phrase, these are the views that matter most. So where should I begin informing you, sponge of my knowledge, of your new, correct opinion? I think perhaps we should start with the latest disaster of a presidential election. Somehow, amazingly, Donald Trump seems to have acquired the highest office in the land. Most people would tell you this happened because either, A: Most people thought there was no way the morally righteous American electorate would elect one of the Killer Clowns from Outer Space, so they didn’t bother to get out and vote. B: The desire for a change from the way our Democratic Experiment had been run up to this point far outweighed any thought about what disasters such a change might bring about. C: More people voted this election cycle based on their fears of different cultures and religions, as well as hidden inner bigotry and hate, than people who vote on issues and what would be best for the country overall.

created and named it “Little Donnie” and pampered it for over thirty years. However, in the early eighties, Little Donnie, with the help of the Illuminati, escaped from his government protectors, whom he now saw as oppressive fathers. With help from his new Illuminati masters, Little Donnie became Donald Trump, put his name on several buildings, and began his slow overthrow of his mean Daddy. The rest is history. This is just the first of many of my correct opinions: if you’re lucky, I’ll tell you more soon.


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These are all seemingly viable reasons; sadly, however, they are all incorrect. The real reason the United States of America now has Donald “You’re Fired!” Trump as its commander-in-chief is simply because in the late stages of World War II, the government began doing experiments on color animation cells. I’m not talking about one frame of a cartoon, either; in a secret project known only as “Operation Orange Crush,” the government began irradiating large blocks of orange clay and in a Pygmalion-style fluke on June 14, 1946, the orangiest and mushiest lump of clay became basically sentient. The scientists behind “Operation Orange Crush” were enamored with the mushy orange life they had



Baseball On April 15, 2017 our Bruin Baseball team added another win to the books. The boys played Lake Michigan College here in Battle Creek and came out with a score of 2-0. “Got a big start from Joey Nate and played solid defense,” stated Coach Laskovy. In their second game against Lake Michigan College, the final score was 12-2, making their overall record 22-10-1 and their conference record 12-0. Go Bruins!

Softball Our KCC Softball girls defeated Jackson College with a final score of 9-1 on April 14, 2017 here at home. “On the day I announced I would not be returning as the coach at Kellogg next season the ladies responded with a very appreciated performance. After going to Jackson early in the season and getting knocked around, we played like the team I thought we could be all year,” stated Coach Herman, “Alexa Stephenson shut them down in the circle and she got plenty of offense. Lexi Cerven was unstoppable at the plate going four for four and Jess Roan was equally impressive going three for three.” In their second game against Jackson, our lady Bruins came out with a victory score of 8-2, making their overall record 17-15 and their conference record 11-7. “We got five runs in the first inning and that’s all Kylie needed in the circle. She was dominant from start to finish, only giving up one earned run. We needed to get two wins from Jackson today and we did just that. It puts us in a good spot to grab an automatic bid to the Regional Tournament,” Coach Herman commented. Go Bruins!



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