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Miller building to receive renovation kendall truex staff writer

The miller physical education Building was constructed in 1965, nine years after Kellogg Community College was founded, and has housed many events from athletic games to concerts. Over the past 51 years the 43,200 square foot building has deteriorated, and will be undergoing a full demolition said to beginning January 2017. “The physical education and athletic staff are extremely appreciative of the new building and the opportunities it can offer students,” said Kathy Mann, physical education professor at KCC. The old facility had a large impact on students and faculty. It housed both practices and games for 87 student athletes on campus, as well as space for numerous physical education classes. However, the deteriorating condition of the building’s interior and exterior has become very apparent. Tom Shaw, director of athletics, expressed that the building has been inefficient for

the past decade. The new building aims to improve the functionality of the space and become more energy efficient. The new athletics facility will include a larger main gym that will allow the space to function more efficiently for multiple sports teams at one time. Shaw indicated

that he is particularly excited about the new main gym. “When we go on the road and play in other gyms across the state, our gym was very small in comparison,” Shaw notes. “This allowed the other schools a competitive advantage in recruiting better student-athletes. So, getting better students-athletes in the future should allow us to have better athletic teams that will allow KCC to win more games.” The hope is that an updated, more efficient facility will help increase the number of potential recruits. In addition to a larger gym, there will also be a dedicated area for popular physical education classes such as yoga, pilates, and aerobics, as well as a classroom for PE lectures. Another feature of the new building is the larger weight room which will allow students and athletes better access to necessary equipment. The facility will be open beginning Fall 2018. The new Miller physical education building will allow more students access to creating healthy lifestyles. Contact Kendall Truex at photo by kendall truex

KCC students go on international travel yasmeen Qahwash staff writer

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page,” says St. Augustine. Traveling is an enlightening experience; it gives people the chance to see the world for themselves. Studying abroad exposes students to different cultures and can help them gain new perspectives. It also gives them an advantage as they enter the work force. Traveling can teach students life-long skills that no classroom can provide; the world is demanding cultured people and one of the best ways to achieve this is through study abroad. KCC’s International Studies program offers students opportunities to be a part of these experiences. The program focuses on global awareness, foreign language proficiency, multiculturalism and study abroad. KCC students have traveled to Central America, Europe, Cuba, England, Italy and Ireland. KCC’s Associate in International Studies consists of

three main areas: foreign language, global awareness and travel abroad. The International Studies degree has a 62 credit hour requirement focusing on global topics and multicultural issues. With this program, students have the chance to learn about a variety of different cultures, languages, foods, history, and what the different parts of the world are like outside of a textbook. This offers students a great education along with an understanding and appreciation for different cultures. Additionally, the skills that students acquire through travel are incredibly valuable in the professional world. Students gain a huge advantage when it comes to finding a career after college, or when applying for graduate school. Some careers available with an International Studies degree are teaching, sales and marketing jobs, translators, or an international relations specialist. Graduate schools recognize the importance an international experience has on students. It displays diversity and shows that students aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or

put themselves in difficult situations. It also shows commitment to their education and a willingness to learn. Overall, traveling while in college is the least expensive way to go. After school, it becomes harder for people to find the time and money to travel. Although there are still expenses, there are scholarships available which help fund study abroad programs, international research, and language learning. Scholarship donors want the students to travel, resulting in thousands of scholarships that are dedicated solely to this cause. Without travel, students can only see the world through a screen or a book, and never get to experience it themselves. For further information about the International Studies Program, see the Associate’s in International Studies Degree section of KCC’s Academic Catalog or call (269) 965-4148. Contact Yasmeen Qahwash at


Campus News

KCC Honors Chapter heads outdoors diana Campbell co-editor

The weekend of September ninth through the eleventh, Alpha Nu Eta, the Kellogg Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, attended a conference at the Leelanau Outdoor Center. The Michigan region of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest existing international honors society for twoyear colleges, holds several such leadership conferences every year. Participants are mostly officers and advisors from colleges all over the state, but members and alumni may also join the trip if interested. Alpha Nu Eta had six participants this year, including one advisor, two officers, two co-chairs, and one member. The particular annual event, to which officers refer as “LOC,” is both highly anticipated among veteran attendees and completely unexpected for first-time attendees. Kim Matheson, chapter advisor, and Audrey Shive, co-chair, were part of the first team from Kellogg Community College to ever attend the conference. They had no idea what to expect the first time, and quickly discovered it was, as Kim Matheson said, “more than just a camping trip.” She observes that every Alpha Nu Eta officer team which has participated in LOC has bonded better and formed a stronger team than those who did not attend. Alpha

Nu Eta member Mary Blakely, one of this year’s participants, discovered why. She explains, “I learned a lot about myself and how I respond in different situation. One of my favorite experiences was the team building exercise. I had to learn to work with and trust people that I had only met that

not give specifics, because it can’t be explained, it needs to be experienced.” Shive, who served as an officer for about three years, believes LOC leaves a valuable and lasting impact on each individual. This year, Sydney Pemberton, a PTK international officer from Tau Theta Chapter of Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas, had the privilege of participating. Regional Coordinator Kari Kahler had requested her presence at the conference, and, as Pemberton says, “The actual experience was amazing! I loved getting to be out in nature and explore deeper leadership skills; it was definitely a different experience. I think it allows

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Left to Right: Brooke Roberts, Emily Brenner, Mary Blakely, and Diana Campbell

day or throughout the weekend. That was a challenge for me.” She says she found the community welcoming and supportive, and had the opportunity to make many friends. Co-chair Shive has been to LOC three years in a row. When asked how she would describe the experience to someone who had never been there, she answered, “It is amazing and beautiful and life changing. I would say if you get the opportunity to experience it, take it. You won’t regret it. But I would

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for more regional member bonding, being out in the wilderness and seeing each other on a more intimate level.” She says the experience was completely new and different, as no conference she had ever attended before was ever at an outdoor center. Alpha Nu Eta participated in a variety of activities, from workshops designed for building leadership skills to a hike through the woods and dunes. Among the activities was an opportunity to create “roll call” as part of a Phi Theta Kappa tradition. The roll call is a short song, dance, skit, or other creative means of introducing one’s chapter at the beginning of a conference; the best roll call may win an award known as the “Spirit Stick,” another tradition, the history of which is somewhat a mystery. This year, Alpha Nu Eta’s rendition of “The Bare Necessities” was the award-winning performance, a major accomplishment from Shive’s perspective: “For me, it is a point of honor. I have been to multiple different conferences and never won anything, this year symbolizes a change in that trend.” The Spirit Stick is now on display in the Student Services office until Mini Honors, a conference the first week of November, in which Alpha Nu Eta will have to either re-win it or pass it on to the next winner. Contact Diana Campbell at

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Student Profile: Emily Hausman diana Campbell co-editor

Emily Hausman, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and current Kellogg Community College student, is a recent winner of a Coca Cola scholarship. Inspired by her own personal journey, she is studying to become a speech pathologist. Hausman says she suffered from a severe speech impediment at the age of four. As a result, she found herself working with the speech pathology program at Western Michigan University, an experience which inspired her to change her career goal from ophthalmologist. For Hausman, one of the most important aspects of her career path is her membership with Phi Theta Kappa, an international honors society for two-year colleges. “My sight was set on Phi Theta Kappa from the beginning,” she says. After joining in February 2016, she began to search through the scholarship options offered to members of the international honors society, and discovered she was eligible for the Coca Cola scholarship. In order to obtain it, she had to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5, be enrolled for the upcoming academic year, write on various topics such as past volunteering experiences and future career field, and graduate the following spring. She says the scholarship

will help her to accomplish this goal. Hausman plans to transfer to Western Michigan University after she graduates from KCC. She will study for her bachelor’s degree, with plans to apply to graduate school in the future, and hopes to someday earn a PH.D. During the school year, she must participate in a list of events to maintain eligibility, and as a result, will be working with Alpha Nu Eta’s officer team as they complete their major research-based service papers, the College Project and Honors in Action.

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Left to Right: Mary Blakely (member), Audrey Shive (co-chair), Brooke Roberts (president), Emily Brenner (vice president), and Diana Campbell (co-chair)

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News & Features

Li f e af ter athletics baylee hayes staff writer

College athletes learn life lessons about time management, responsibility, and commitment. For sophomore and business major RaQwon Simpson, this was nothing different. 2015 was Simpson’s first year attending Kellogg Community College. He came from Ypsilanti’s high school graduating class of 2014 to play basketball for the Bruins. With first year Coach Ben Reed, the Bruins had an overall record of 6-20. With a losing record, Simpson didn’t feel like he was performing to his potential. For the 2016-2017 season of the Bruins Men’s basketball, 6’3”point guard RaQwon Simpson will not be on the roster because of difficulties maintaining his academic standards. Simpson’s coach indicated that he needed to improve his grades to remain on the team. Rather than being bitter and holding a grudge, Simpson views this “as a blessing in disguise.” He plans to come back next year and use this time off as a learning experience. Simpson knows that this will allow him the opportunity to grow as a person. He looks forward to being able to focus more on his academic success. The transition from high school to college is not easy, and many athletes have difficulty

maintaining a GPA high enough to remain eligible for their teams. Student athletes have a lot of different stresses that come with college level athletics. Rather than looking at his time off as a negative, Simpson views it as time to “make it easier on himself.” By putting himself and his school work first, he will have his education well balanced so he can focus on basketball. As far as basketball goes, he still tries to keep the game a part of his daily routine. Simpson still works on his game every day and he’s getting stronger. The real lessons that student athletes learn are off of the court; it’s during conditioning and the practices with endless “suicides” (repeatedly sprinting from a starting point to each of a series of lines across the court, and back again) agility drills, and sprints that players learn the most about themselves. Student athletes learn their limitations, and how they can continue to push past them to be better. Not only does this translate into their game, but into their everyday lives. As the saying goes, “you can take the player from the game, but you can never take the game out of the player.” RaQwon Simpson perfectly demonstrates the numerous struggles that student athletes face, and how they can overcome them. Contact Baylee Hayes at

The ESL study table is ready to help! sarah gerke


Dear Dr. Destiny...

Dear Dr. Destiny, I’m on a quest. There’s a lot of places to sit around and do homework on campus, but none of them are quite right. I used to lounge around in the Student Center but the comfy plushy chairs are almost always taken and I can’t concentrate in a hard chair! Do you have any suggestions of another good place to study around campus? Sincerely,



Here at KCC we have a study table for ESL (English as a Second Language) students to get any help that they may need in regard to homework or language. The study table is free and open to students that take at least one class at the college. Meetings are every Friday from noon to 2pm, though students may stay as long as they’d like, and are held in the Ohm Building here on campus. Devenish Laisum, a regular attendee, says that it has been quite helpful for him. “It helps you improve your grades and get your work done before the deadline,” he stated. For more information, contact Elyse Jozlin (ext. 2289) or Support Services Tutoring (ext. 2392). Contact Sarah Gerke at

Dear Goldilocks, That’s quite the conundrum! There are actually quite a few lounge areas around campus, as most of the buildings have one. If you can’t find a seat in the Student Center, I’d definitely try the lower levels of the library! Otherwise, the second floor of the Severin Building has a few chairs I’m partial to, and there’s a study/snack room on the second floor of the Classroom Building that is good to work in too. Sincerely, photo by sarah gerke

Students Devenish Laisum and Lashi Mai during one of the meetings.

-Dr. Destiny

Dear Dr. Destiny, I have a mid-morning class but it’s sometimes hard to find a parking spot that’s close to the doors and it makes me late! And by the time I get out of class, suddenly there’s more room! It’s super frustrating! Any advice? Sincerely,

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Dear Literal Struggle Bus, My advice for you is to arrive on campus early. Sometimes the earlier you come means that more parking spots will be available! And if they aren’t, arriving early gives you the time you need to be able to walk from your spot to class without being late. As for when you get out of class, some of those people probably had earlier classes and got out before you, so if you want to grab their parking spots, you’ll have to show up earlier than them! Plan to get here early if you would like to park as close to the building as you can. Sincerely,

-Dr. Destiny


Fine Arts & Sports



By Sarah Gerke

by diana Campbell

I lay on purple grass With dark skies up above I close my eyes and smell The fragrance of true love

More than just a faithful dog, more than pride and glory; friends are family, trust is firm, unshaken and steady in each storm.

At home in my garden Where beasts and monsters roam Words dance through the soft wind And make this place their home

Beaten, it grows and bends, but never does it break; each oath and vow, framed in gold, is fulfilled at every price.

I come here quite often A triviality It is my escape from Twisted reality

Plated with silver and diamond-set, every treasure in the vault fades and dulls with the rigors of time, but amongst them all, the rarest


stands anchored with humble roots; forged of rugged, hardened steel, it softly watches as each fine gift finds its time and place.

by Matthew Headley

KELLOGG COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2016-2017 MEN’S BASKETBALL January - March home games held at The Battle Creek Central Field House

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Graphic Editors

Diana Campbell

Noah Murray

Sarah Gerke

Timothy Stillson

Date Opponent NOV 3 Siena Heights JV 5 SINCLAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE 8 UM Dearborn JV 16 TRINE UNIVERSITY JV 18 Calvin College JV 22 HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE 30 OLIVET JV DEC 2-3 St. Clair County CC Tournament 8 Hope College JV 20 Owens Community College JAN 4 *ANCILLA COLLEGE 7 *MUSKEGON COMMUNITY COLLEGE 11 *Kalamazoo Valley Community College 14 *Mid-Michigan College 18 *JACKSON COLLEGE 20 *Grand Rapids Community College 25 *Lansing Community College 28 *Glen Oaks Community College FEB 1 *Lake Michigan College 4 *Ancilla College 8 *Muskegon Community College 11 *KALAMAZOO VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 15 *MID-MICHIGAN COLLEGE 18 *Jackson College 22 *GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 25 *LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE 27 *GLEN OAKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE MAR 1 *LAKE MICHIGAN COLLEGE 4 MCCAA State Championship 7 NJCAA District Tournament 1st Round 9-11 NJCAA District Tournament (Semi & Finals)


Drew Hutchinson Penny Rose Thomas Webster

Editorial Policy The KCC Bruin is a free student publication produced monthly by Kellogg Community College students during the fall and spring semesters. The KCC Bruin welcomes letters to the editor from members of the College and the community. Letters must be signed and submitted with a current telephone number or email address. All letters become property of the Bruin and may be edited for clarity and length. By-lined opinion columns represent the opinion of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the Bruin staff or the College. Letters may be submitted by mail to: KCC Bruin student newspaper, c/o Kellogg Community College, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek, Mich. 49017. Letters may also be submitted at all three KCC sites. At the Battle Creek site, letters may be dropped off in the English Department on the 4th floor of the C Building; the College Life Office in the Student Center; or the student newspaper office. At the Grahl and Fehsenfeld Centers, letters may be submitted at the information desks. The Bruin office is located in room 202 of the OITC Building. The staff can be reached at (269) 965-3931, Ext. 2630 or e-mail the Bruin editor at


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KELLOGG COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2016-2017 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL January - March home games held at The Battle Creek Central Field House Date Opponent OCT 15 Owens Community College (scrimmage) 28 SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE (SCRIMMAGE) NOV 5 SINCLAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE 15 Albion College JV 22 Delta College 28 ALBION COLLEGE JV DEC 2-3 St. Clair County CC Tournament 5 Indiana Tech University JV 8 Hope College JV 14 Delta College 20 Owens Community College JAN 4 *ANCILLA COLLEGE 7 *MUSKEGON COMMUNITY COLLEGE 11 *Kalamazoo Valley Community College 14 *Mid-Michigan College 18 *JACKSON COLLEGE 20 *Grand Rapids Community College 25 *Lansing Community College 28 *Glen Oaks Community College FEB 1 *Lake Michigan College 4 *Ancilla College 8 *Muskegon Community College 11 *KALAMAZOO VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 15 *Mid-Michigan College 18 *Jackson College 22 *GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 25 *LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE 27 *GLEN OAKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE MAR 1 *LAKE MICHIGAN COLLEGE 4 MCCAA State Championship 7 NJCAA District Tournament 1st Round 10-11 NJCAA District Tournament (Semi & Finals) 21-25 NJCAA National Championship


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