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Handy for the handicapped? Lacy Janousek Co-Editor Bob Reynolds hasn’t been handicapped his entire life, nor will he be handicapped for the rest of it. His temporary limited mobility combined with his position as Chief Information Officer has forced him to travel across KCC’s campus in an electric wheelchair or on crutches; Reynolds discovered the challenge in that task very quickly. “I’ve had the opportunity to experience how handicap accessible our campus is,” Reynolds explained. “The campus meets compliances for handicap accessibility but that doesn’t mean compliance is most friendly.” Mark O’Connell, Vice President for Administration and Finance, explained KCC is continually working to make the campus easier for those who have limited mobility. Updating KCC’s campus began in November 2009 when voters funded the first initiative of improvements to the main campus, which had buildings dated to 1970. “Things are a lot different in 2013 compared to 1970,” O’Connell commented. The 2009 initiative is one of several steps to make the campus more friendly to all students, faculty, and visitors. “One of the things we wanted to do was make the campus easily accessible,” O’Connell explained. “Not only for handicapped students but students with children.” In November 2009, KCC architects observed what the school had and what needed to be update to go above state standards for handicap accessibility. After watch-

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Bob Reynolds attends the Foundation Scholarship Dinner.

ing students in with their children pull strollers up what used to be only steps, the first on O’Connell and the architect’s list was making a ramp for those traveling with wheels. “When we redo a building, we make sure the main entrances is handicap accessible from the front,” O’Connell said. “We try to allocate handicapped parking, people have needs and we are addressing them.” When the first initiative was complete, KCC was not only equipped with extra parking at the North Drive entrance, but a ramp was camouflaged in next to

the front steps for KCC patrons with limited mobility. “The zigzag was created for one group especially, but it is now used by everyone,” O’Connell explained. As years have passed, KCC has continued remodeling their main campus. The Lane Thomas Building was completed in Spring 2013. Replacing a bridge and manual door, is a much safer sidewalk and automatic sliding doors, O’Connell explained. “You used to have a button but now you have an electric sensor and it automatically opens,” O’Connell continued on page 2

The Bridge is here to help Heidi Myers Staff Writer Fear not trembling, students! There is a safe haven for the exam stress to melt away. The Bridge (formerly The Learning Place) is a completely free learning support center at KCC. Academic subjects covered by The Bridge include reading, writing, math and science; although if someone needs assistance in a different subject, a peer tutor is often sought out. The Bridge works closely with faculty to find suitable peer tutors recommended by professors. Cindy Lingbeek, staff assistant, has been working at KCC for 17 years and coordinates the tutoring in all departments. When asked what subject students tend to seek help for the most she replied very confidently, “Science. All the sciences.” Accounting has also been a popular subject at The Bridge this semester. Lingbeek says that The Bridge definitely gets busier during exam time, as well as when students have big projects due. When asked what one piece of advice she would give students, she replied, “Swallow your pride and ask for help. Even if not here with a tutor, at least a

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Dr. Paula Westdorp consults with Lakia Larthridge

classmate or form a study group.” The Bridge also provides assistance writing papers. Jeff Houldsworth is an English para professor employed

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with KCC since 2004 and stresses that The Bridge is not, however, an editing service. “Don’t come in right before

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Plant the promise Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor Substance abuse affects college students across the country every day, causing death or debilitating addictions. The Healthy Choices Leadership Organization is trying to bring an awareness of these issues with a Celebrate Recovery Month in October. HCLO Group members took pledges from students stating that they would abstain or use moderation with substances for the month of October. They also sold paper tulips for one dollar, with the proceeds going towards the Seeds of Success Scholarship.

The scholarship is available for KCC students that have been affected by substance abuse, domestic abuse, or human trafficking. On October 9th, HCLO leadership gathered on the steps of KCC with guest speakers Joe Kuchenbach (Psychologist at Psychological Consultants and adjunct instructor in HUSE) and Suzanna Warren from Drug Court (KCC alumnus). Their words of celebration for the lives that have been changed by sobriety were inspired. Over the past 5 years, HCLO has worked to make a positive impact in support of the recovery community at KCC. Joining the annual planting of tulips were Danyelle Maitland from Substance Abuse Council and KCC graduate, KCC students and HCLO members. The HCLO planted live tulips in

Members of Healthy Choices Leadership Organization.

the flower beds in front of the reflecting pools on the main campus to symbolize that there is life after recovery. Those interested in joining the HCLO can attend the meetings which are held every

Bruins Give Back in Battle Creek

Friday at 11 in the Support Services Conference room. For more information about the Seeds of Success scholarship contact TJ Mohl at

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Johnathan Hogan Staff Writer On Friday, September 25th, Kellogg Community College students and staff teamed up with the Service Learning office to volunteer for several local charities and community partners as part of the school’s Bruins Give Back Program. Bruins Give Back is a volunteer program coordinated by Student Life, Service Learning, and Hands On Battle Creek devoted to providing volunteer opportunities for KCC students three times a semester. The volunteers spent the day helping out for the Kingman Museum, Habitat for Humanity, and Community Action, all institutions devoted to providing aid and services to both the people of Battle Creek and other cities throughout Michigan. Kate DeGraaf, the Manager of Service Learning, emphasized the important opportunities Bruins Give Back provides for students, allowing them to build relationships with the many nonprofits in the local community. “It’s important for students and staff to come together to help the local community, and also to understand the needs of the non-profits and how we can support each other. It also provides a taste-test of sorts for students who work with the various non-profits. The Kingman Museum, located on the grounds of the Leila Arboretum, works to promote an understanding and appreciation for the natural world, providing tours to local schools and other private groups. KCC volunteers, including students in the school’s Physical Therapist Assistance Program, arrived to help with ground maintenance by clearing fallen branches near the entrance and painting worn out handrails. Julie Roberts, the coordina-

Brandon Smith at Bruins Give Back.

Kate DeGraaf Manager of Service-Learning. photos by Simon Thalmann

tor for the PTA program, felt it was important that the students help out in the community, both for its own sake, and to help the students get to know each other. “This is something we try to do every year. It’s an opportunity to build our team and just get to know each other while giving back to the community.” Meanwhile, KCC students were also providing aid for the local Habitat for H u m a n i t y, including the ReStore. The ReStore sells l ow- p r i ced furniture, tools, and other hous-Julie Roberts ing materials and appliances to homeowners seeking to achieve independence. The volunteers at the Restore, including OIT instructor Shari Deevers and Service Learning Assistant Sarah Bronson, were sorting supplies left by donators for Habitat of Humanity. Both felt it was important to help Habitat for Humanity, and to volunteer in general. Kara Werner, the Administrative and Volunteer Services Manager for Habitat for Humanity, emphasized the impor-

tunity "It’s an oppotream to build our o know and just get t hile each other w o the giving back t community."

tance of the ReStore to Habitat for Humanity, saying that it helps pay the overhead costs of maintaining the charity. “Because our ReStore funds our overhead, we’re able to use our donations for home owners programs.” The volunteerism continued with Community Action, where students were preparing food supplies for the non-profit’s Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides food for needy families in seven Michigan counties. Angela Winght, Community Action’s intake specialist and KCC alumna, worked with the volunteers to prepare the food, which would be going to aid families in Hillsdale. Winght also felt the volunteer opportunities were important for students. “It helps them to do work for our communities. It’s a real great thing to help our community.” The next Bruins Give Back event will occur Friday, November 15th. Students interested in participating can head to the Service Learning website at http://www. or contact Service Learning Manager Kate DeGraaf at degraafk@kellogg. edu or at 269-965-3931 ext. 2211.

(NOTE: This issue of the bruin went to print before the October 25th, the date of the second Bruins Give Back event, and thus has no information pertaining to that event.)

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smiled. “That’s what we are trying to do here.” Renovations were also done to the elevators, making them safer and easier to maneuver a wheelchair through the doorways. “We have to have these things within code to be approved,” O’Connell said. “But as the user can it be more practical? I think that’s why this has been so helpful for Bob.” As Chief Information Officer, Reynolds took the practicality issues into consideration when putting new, and fixing old, technology in classrooms around campus. “It makes me a lot more conscious as we work on things around campus,” Reynolds said. Projectors and computers must be a certain distance from classroom entrances, but Reynolds pondered whether that distance complied with state requirements and was as friendly as possible for students and faculty. “The Davidson is a good example of the old,” O’Connell said. “The restrooms aren’t compliant as they should be. It’s not that you can’t get through the building, but we can do it better.” The college is working to sell bonds to continue the needed updating. Next on the list of renovation projects is the Binda Theater. They will dramatically increase enjoyment during shows at Binda when before restrooms were nearly impossible for handicap theater enthusiasts to use. Restrooms will be shared with the new student center and will have plenty of room to maneuver wheelchairs through during crowded intermissions, O’Connell said. “Binda has to have an area where those in wheelchairs can sit and see the performance,” O’Connell said. The area will also be used by those who can’t easily get up and down theater stairways. When Binda is completed, Davidson and the Miller gymnasium will see changes as well. The process will take time but KCC faculty and contractors are working to make the campus friendly for all who attend. “We recognize there are still obstacles,” O’Connell said. “We will continue to make improvements.”


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Preserving the past Jell-O drive at the Grahl Center Kassie Dunham Librarian This past summer I was offered the opportunity to take on the challenge of working with the KCC archive. Archives are very different from libraries. Archives collect specific items that help preserve specific history. There are archives that have a very broad mission that covers entire states or counties, and some have a very specific mission that covers just one institution. That is the case of the Kellogg Community College Archive. We collect and preserve the history of Kellogg Community College. It is very exciting to be working with these materials, but it is totally different than working with library materials. I have spent a good portion of this fall taking online courses and getting up to speed with the software. I will be working on loading new materials to the online archive starting in January. As I get more comfortable working with the archive, I hope to work more closely assisting community members, faculty, staff, and students with the resources that it contains. Currently I am planning on beginning a post-master’s certificate in Digital Archives and Records Management in the Fall of 2014.

Because the items collected by Archives are unique and irreplaceable, people are not able to check them out. Some items collected by the Kellogg Community College Archives are documents, graduation commencement programs from 1957 – 2011, College publications, course catalogs and schedules, and photographs, drawings, and blueprints of buildings on campus, and more! Some very interesting items are in the Virgil Rogers Collection. This collection contains letters from the 1940’s that are the first discussions on creating a community college in Battle Creek. So that the items can be used and viewed by everyone, the Digital Archives was launched two years ago. The two previous archivists did a lot hard work setting up the software and getting things organized. They also began the process of selecting, scanning, and describing the items that are viewable online. The items they were able to process are the tip of the iceberg, there are many more items to be uploaded and a lot more that needs to be accomplished. The collection that I mentioned above is one that is currently viewable. It may be viewed at: landingpage/collection/Rogers

Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor For the 6th year, the Grahl Center is participating in a Jell-O drive to help Feeding Branch County. Feeding Branch County is a partnership between the schools, churches, organizations, workplaces, service clubs, food pantries, and individuals joining together to provide food boxes for needy families for the holidays. We are anticipating about 3000 families will be served for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Director of the Grahl center Bobbi Gagnon explains, “Feeding Branch County is a county wide effort to raise money/food for holiday baskets for the needy at Thanksgiving and Christmas. There are many different organizations that get involved in this project. The JellO drive was dreamed up six years ago as inexpensive way for college students to

A fun way to volunteer Bob Psalmonds Staff Writer

The Student Center circa 1961.

photo from KCC Archive.

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a paper is due asking us to review it.” The English department of The Bridge can help with research, writing essays, and teach better writing skills. When asked what the best advice he could give, Houldsworth said, “Come in with the assignments and some ideas. Know what you need help with and have specific questions.” Ruth Bifer is a KCC student from the Philippines and has received tutoring for English and reading. She said her faThe hours are as follows: Monday—8:00am-7:00pm Tuesday-Wednesday—8:00am-8:00pm Thursday—8:00am-5:00pm Friday—9:00am-2:00pm

vorite things about her experience were how hands on it was and the computer availability. Going to The Bridge has built her confidence and helped her grasp the English language in addition to improving her grades. Bifer says she would “definitely recommend it to students, especially foreign and exchange students.” Make-up and proctored tests for online classes can also be taken at The Bridge. The Bridge is located on the upper level of the Ohm Information Technology Center in room 207. Hours for academic testing are: Tuesday-Wednesday— 8:00am-8:00pm Thursday—10:00am-2:00pm

help fill the baskets. The Grahl Center students and staff raised over 3600 boxes of Jell-O last year. This year we are hoping to “kick-it up a notch” by having student leadership on the project. I know our Serv 200 students have some creative ideas to help encourage student participation and our support of the Feeding Branch County effort.” Kristen Drzewicki, a student in the Service Learning class at the Grahl, is adopting this project. She is making it not only her individual project, but is developing it into a class project and a Bruin’s Give Back event. Drzewicki says, “I wanted to get involved in the Jell-O drive through Feeding Branch County because last fall I participated in building the boxes at the food drive. It impacted me and I wanted to help this year. I like a good challenge and so I've challenged myself to raise 8,000-10,000 boxes of Jell-o. I'm very passionate about my community and want to see it strive and succeed.” Those interested in donating can contact the Grahl Center (517)-278-3300

Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide children’s project of nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse that uses simple giftfilled shoe boxes. A giant packing party is scheduled on November 9 from 8:30 until 2 pm at Calvary Baptist Church, 1625 Capital Ave NE. Anyone not able to attend the official packing party, can find many areas dedicated to preparing and closing out the party. The shoe boxes will be filled with school supplies, toys, toiletry items, homemade crafts, stuffed animals and a variety of other small, non-liquid gifts. This year’s goal is over 5000 boxes filled with the said items. Any volunteers to donate or fill boxes will be much appreciated. Many individuals, businesses, and groups donate new or unused items that are non-perishable and would enrich the life of a child. In the 20 years of the ministry’s existence, over 100 million shoe boxes have been collected from 10 countries and have been distributed to

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children in over 100 countries. “Almost anyone can get involved in this project,” Linda Marvin, the coordinator for OCC in Southwest Michigan said. “People of all ages and walks of life throughout the community pack these boxes full of gifts and love. Individuals, families, community groups such as scouts and churches have enjoyed doing this and the full list is a long one. We’d love to have one or more groups at KCC who are willing to pack boxes and experience the joy of providing gifts to children around the world. Some have never received an actual gift in their entire lives. The packer is encouraged to include a friendly note of encouragement so hurting children know of both God’s love and a stranger’s kindness.” The operation is always in need of toothbrushes, soap, wash cloths, shoe boxes, wrapping paper, handmade crafts or toys that can fit in a shoebox. Each child gets a bag of hard candies as well. For more information, go to the HandsOn Battle Creek website at www. or contact Linda Marvin at (269) 963-6673.

Sports Editor Dakota Robert Staff Writers Eleanor Alexander Cara Clingan Mary Emington Jonathan Hogan

Heidi Myers Ashleigh Olmstead Cavin Smith TJ Taylor Caitlyn Whitman Bob Psalmonds

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 302 of the Roll Building. The staff can be reached at (269) 965-3931, Ext. 2630 or e-mail the Bruin editor at


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The art of war: student veterans to display their artwork for Veteran’s Month Johnathan Hogan Staff Writer This November, the Learning Resource Center will display the artwork of several veteran students at Kellogg Community College as a part of the Veterans Month Celebration. From Monday, November 4th to Friday, November 29th student veterans will share their artistic side with their fellow KCC students, displaying artwork ranging from paintings to poems, essays to short stories. TJ Mohl of Support Services and an event organizer for the month long celebration felt that the art exhibit allowed veteran students to express themselves through artwork, whether it was to display the experience of service, or how that experience shaped them. “Sometimes, they’re trying to create beauty out of pain,” Mohl said of the artists. “If you can get something outside of yourself, it can help you deal with it.” One such artist who felt compelled to get his stories outside of himself was Bob Psalmonds. “I get stories in my head, and I have to put them on paper or I’ll go insane." Psalmonds said much of his inspiration for his stories came from his travels during his service in the Army, during which he visited 5 countries. “People are the same in a lot of effects all over the world,” he said. For the upcoming Veteran’s Art

Exhibit, he also decided to turn in several pieces of photography, a field he described himself as only a beginner in. In contrast to the very deliberate and pre-planned style of Psalmonds, Dennis Van Dyke, a former soldier in the Air Force, based his art style around randomness. Rather than plan out the final result of his works of art, Van Dyke began with simple drawings and expanded on them at random. “You just draw and draw, and see what you get,” he said. “It’s a concept I came up with to express myself.” A third student-veteran, Heather Tramel, submitted written pieces of a more personal nature. Her works detailed her journey through life, the military, and her growth as an artist. “I want that genuine happiness, just like everybody wants,” Tramel said. Tramel joined the Army as a way to move on from a rough neighborhood, becoming a communications specialist in a medical company. She left in spring of 2001. September 11th occurred several months later. The Army requested that she return, but Tramel had a son and had to stay with her family. “I carry a lot of guilt with me,” She said. “Those people I helped train went without me.” Leaving the army behind, Tramel lived a more peaceful life, seeking to express herself through photography. She began working as a photographer at weddings for a time. Tramel never felt satisfied with her work, however, though she still dabbles in photography, included photos she submitted to the

Veteran’s Art Exhibit. Tramel expressed satisfaction with the life she now leads, enjoying kayaking, camping, and other outdoor activities. Her feelings are best stated in her own words, from her poem

“I Am” “From a new life navigated I am from the water From the paddle and sunscreen I am from the woods From the trails and wine by a fire I am from the peace found in nature From the peace found in time” For more information about the Veteran’s Art Exhibit and Veterans Month Celebration, contact TJ Mohl at

Four ways to achieve Service-Learning street cred Kerry Korpela Guest Writer Volunteerism: it is a staple of America’s creed, and has been for more than a century. We seem to know innately that giving back to our communities lends a sense of self and belonging. As giving back to the community has become more and more common through the decades, brilliant minds have asked: why not give those who wish to serve the lessons they need to continue this work and gain insight into why their support is so helpful? Learning about the makeup of our society and who is most in need only helps to cement the important lessons learned in the field. Thus, the idea of service- learning was born. Since the inception of servicelearning in colleges and higher learning institutions across America, many national campaigns of service learning have been initiated, such as the Peace Corps, Americorp, Americorp VISTA, and Learn and Serve America. Created by various administrations over the years, these programs have been wildly suc-

cessful. Today, most colleges and universities require several credits of Servicelearning in order to graduate or transfer to other institutions. Many students find these courses as vital stepping-stones to a life devoted to service-learning and the aforementioned organizations. Others gain a sense of confidence and a feeling of purpose as they move through new life experiences and go on to other important events in their lives. At first glance, the requirement that students fulfill a service-learning credit may be counter-intuitive and does not fit the definition of volunteerism. Servicelearning is something more than just volunteering. It is a commitment on the part of both the student and the community partner to better their environment and themselves through service and education. Service-Learning can be considered as going the extra mile. You are not only dedicating your time to help a service or group of people, but investing in the process academically, mentally, and emotionally, to better yourself and your understanding of your global, national, state, and local communities. The Scoop:Service-Learning Endorsement Course In this course, the entire class participates in a service-learning project as part

of the course work. Students who are looking for more experience in a specific area may benefit from this course. For example, HIST-201 provides hands-on experience for what a historian’s job may entail and actual archival visits and exploration. Aiding in the development of a community’s history is important work that lends to the sense of connection and solidarity a community has. The students serve at least fifteen hours. Service-Learning Endorsement Option Course. This is a regular course with an optional service-learning project embedded in the semester. The student completes both the coursework and a chosen service-learning project decided upon by both the professor and the student. The project must meet the curriculum standards of the class, so students who are looking for more experience in a specific area may benefit and others may gain new meaning and interest who are not pursuing that career path. Professor Stapleton’s SOCI-201 Introduction to Sociology would be a strong choice for a student looking to enter the field of Sociology. Those going into Childhood Education may be interested in EDUC200 Foundations of Education which offersservice-learning credit. Students

serve at least fifteen hours. SERV 200 Service Learning This course is purely dedicated to service-learning and its aspects. Students learn important lessons inside and out of the classroom about communities and problem solving in diverse populations. Instructors encourage both group and solo projects or some combination thereof. Students have the option of simple service at an established community institution, or members of the class may develop their own plan or project to implement for the support of the community. Students serve at least twenty four hours. SERV 299 Service-Learning Field Experience This course is very beneficial for those looking to enter the non-profit sector after college or just wish to gain more experiences with service-learning. Students work in the community to gain further insight into the nuanced problems and solutions possible in a community. Focus on providing more opportunities for other KCC students to volunteer or start service-learning projects is also encouraged. The students serve at least one hundred hours, and are eligible for a scholarship.

CAMPUS NEWS Constitution Day event a success Donna Street PSA President Guest Writer In coordination with KCC Student Life, the Paralegal Student Association cosponsored the college’s Constitution Day event back on September 17, 2013. The day was filled with many events that took place in the Student Center. The day began at 11:00 a.m. with Uncle Sam coming for a visit and passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution to students. Throughout the day, students were treated to an assortment of candies and snacks. At 1:00 p.m., participants played a U.S. Constitution trivia game. The students got involved rather quickly and shouted out answers in excitement. All students in the Student Center during this time received a gift bag filled with

assorted items. Many students took advantage of a photo opportunity to get a picture with the life-size cut out of President Obama provided by the KCC College Democrats. The day’s event ended with guest speaker Barry County District Court Judge Michael Schipper. After a brief presentation, the Judge opened the floor for a question and answer session. Again, students lunged at the opportunity to ask Judge Schipper question on his views concerning the Constitution, various issues plaguing society such as gun control and the legalization of marijuana and what his views were on these issues. Retired adjunct faculty member Mr. Dan Boone attended the event, took photographs, and provided then to the KCC Paralegal Program.

BRUIN BLAST THANK YOU! KCC Students & Faculty would like to give a big thankyou to the following businesses for their generous donations that made Bruin Blast 2013 a huge success! Alternative Choices American Association of University Women (AAUW) The Arbors of Battle Creek Battle Creek Bombers Battle Creek Family YMCA Battle Creek Regional Job Fair Bed, Bath & Beyond Big Brothers/Big Sisters Binder Park Golf Course Charitable Union CISD Community of Fatherhood Fair Housing Center of SW MI Fazoli's Full Blast Goodwill Industries Hands On of Battle Creek/AmeriCorps Haven of Rest Hungry Howie's Kalamazoo K-Wings Limewood Apartments Massage Pros Metro PCS Miller College New Level Sports Planned Parenthood of SWM PNC SAFE Place Siena Heights University The Spa Academy Substance Abuse Council (Summit Point) The Resource Center United Way of Battle Creek VA Medical Center West Michigan Capoeira


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Transfer Fair 4 Kellogg Room • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm 5 Transfer Student Information Table: WMU College of Education and Human Development Central Walkway • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 6 Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport University Central Walkway • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 7 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm 7 Art League: General Meeting Davidson Bldg. Room 219 • 1:00 - 2:00 pm 7 KCC Women's Basketball vs Indiana Tech - JV Miller Gymnasium • 5:30 pm 9 KCC Women's Basketball vs Henry Ford Community College Miller Gymnasium • 1:00 pm 9 Broadway in Chicago Trip: Wicked Chicago, IL • 8:00 am Departure 10 Alumni/Guest Artist Recital: Jackie King, mezzo-soprano Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Auditorium • 3:00 pm 11 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 11 True Life: Gathering Kellogg Room • 6:00 - 7:00 pm 12 Native American Heritage Event Student Center • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 12 Western Michigan University On-Site Admission Day Kellogg Room • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 13 Transfer Student Information Table: Trine University Central Walkway • 9:00 - 11:00 am 14 Transfer Student Information Table: Siena Heights University Central Walkway • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm 14 Art League: General Meeting Davidson Bldg. Room 219 • 1:00 - 2:00 pm 15 Bruins Give Back TBD • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 18 Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport University Central Walkway • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 18 - Dec 13 Gallery Exhibit: Didactic Revolvers - Art 295, Museum Field Study Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center Auditorium 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 19 Transfer Student Information Table: Albion College Central Walkway • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 20 KCC Women's Basketball vs Albion College JV Miller Gymnasium • 5:30 pm 20 Student Recital Series Event - Performances by KCC students studying through the Individualized Music Lesson Program Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center Auditorium 1:00 pm 21 Transfer Student Information Table: U of M Ann Arbor Central Walkway • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 21 Art League: General Meeting Davidson Bldg. Room 219 • 1:00 - 2:00 pm 24 Faculty and Guest Recital "If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it!" Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center • 3:00 pm 25 True Life: Gathering Kellogg Room • 6:00 - 7:00 pm 26 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College Central Walkway • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


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Honors contract opportunities this course to reflect your long term goals? The second question involves the ways you can show the progress of your investigations throughout the semester. Tom Webster Will you keep a journal? Create some English Professor kind of data bank? Work on a long term project in set increments? Faculty and students alike are sometimes The third piece of the contract intimidated by the four blank spaces at the should describe your project from a globcenter of an Honors contract. The truth al perspective. Are you approaching your is, though, that the task can be made less topic/interest as a scholar, or as a pracdaunting by thinking of sections 1-4 less titioner, or both? How can you express as requirements and more as opportuniyour interest in something that you can ties. The function of the Honors program refer back to later? is to enhance the student’s experience at The final task you must tackle is typiKCC, not merely complicate it. cal for the college: it’s about showing off. The first section concerns the stuWill you present a power point show to dent’s interests. What do you wish to your class? Will you publish the results of study? What would you like to learn? your inquiry in the Bruin? Will you subWhat things motivate you to go to school mit your work to a publication outside of in the first place? How could you focus KCC? You don’t have to limit yourself to any one of these choices, either. So, remember: these blank spaces in your conhave chosen to do my English honors tract represent not only contract on the importance of what we challenge, but opportunilearned in our secondary stage in school. ty: these are ways to make your course meaningful to Many students take for granted the education you and to others. It’s about provided to them early on but by failing to making your class truly bepay attention, a student will miss the everylong to you. day connections in their adult lives, or may The honors contract is even fail to realize the relationship to things a written contract between from their childhood. I am writing five, 4-6 a student and instructor. Together you outline what page essays on this topic, in the various forms the individual will do aside of essays, such as cause and effect and proor in addition to the basic cesses, while logically connecting them all to syllabus. The student deeach other. I am also able to use sources for cides what they want to each paper to help prove my argument. do, proposes the idea to the instructor and in turn Laura Van Dyke the instructor says what



he or she likes or dislikes about the or my honors contract in English 151 suggestion. This this semester I am focusing my work includes research, around one of my intended majors. I am writing and a idea currently torn between mechanical engineerfor presenting the information they ing and physical therapy. For each essay I write have learned. PossiI follow the criteria for the assignment that we bilities for presentare given and then do a little more. Each topic ing include teachI write about is involved with either mechaniing the subject to a class, submitting to cal engineering or physical therapy. After I get the college or newsmy topic down I also use research to further enpaper, or doing a hance my essays. presentation on the specialized subject. Chris Messecar For example, if a student is taking a psychology class which has a service learning option a stu- Faculty Honors Advisor, at webstert@ dent can do the service learning. After-, or check in with College Life. wards, he or she can write a reflection on Find the honor’s contract application at: what happened and how it relates to the pdf/HonorsContract.pdf psychology class materials. Questions? Contact Tom Webster,


fter discovering my Gold Key scholarship required me to take four honors course over a two year span, English was my first option. After discussing possible avenues to take when developing my honors with Professor Webster, I soon created an outline of what I hoped to accomplish academically in this class. For my last three papers, I decided to make them all career based and incorporate several research elements within each. For my final assignment, I decided to extend the page requirement and create a literary review styled paper. After I successfully complete my contract, I then plan to complete a write up for the KCC newspaper, The Bruin. Overall, I hope this honors contract will be very rewarding, and challenge me in ways I’ve yet to be challenged. Jasmine MacIntosh

Honoring the honors contracts Eleanor Alexander Staff Writer Students who join the honors program at KCC should come prepared for a challenge, because that’s just what they’ll get. “The honors program…is set up to give academic challenge to those students that would like a little bit more added to their classes or a little bit more challenge,” said Rose Dulaney, secretary of College Life. “Some of the perks of being in the honors program of course is getting that challenge. You’re also in with a cohort of students who also like that challenge.” Participating in the honors program provides students with academic motivation and increase scholarship opportunities. They also get the chance to contribute to the community, enhance their leadership skills, and are able to take advantage of other opportunities that are only open to honors students. Other perks include discounts at certain KCC events and receiving cards at graduation, something that only members of the honors program receive. Students in the honors program can directly transfer into Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College.


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selves and their community and prepare for their futures.


November 2013


Serving those that served Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor Shay Adkins is a proud volunteer at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Battle Creek, Michigan VA Medical Center services are available to more than 217,000 Veterans living in a 20-county area of western Michigan and consists of 104 medical and psychiatric beds, 32 residential rehabilitation beds, and 103 nursing home care unit beds. In addition, specialized services offered include a Palliative Care Unit, a Substance Abuse Clinic, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program and a Domicilliary. ( The VA hospitals credo is, “To serve those who have served.” The choice to volunteer at the VA was an easy one for Adkins. He is employed there as a cook, which made the transition to volunteer a little easier than most. Adkins volunteers with several programs through the VA. He began his service with the program C.H.O.W, which stands for Culinary Health On Wheels. The C.H.O.W program teaches veterans how to prepare healthy meals. Adkins along with two dieticians, works on a portable cart with two inductive burners and an adjustable mirror at the top that allows those seated in front of the cart to see directly into the pots and pans being used. While Adkins prepares a meal, the dieticians explain the benefits of using healthy ingredients. Adkins can then offer advice on the best ways to prepare the meal. The entire demonstration is interactive and the veterans are encouraged

to ask questions of Adkins and the dieticians. “I felt very comfortable answering their questions. I knew what it was I was doing and why, I had in fact chosen several of the recipes that we had prepared. I felt that I was helping someone not only to cook a meal but one that would increase their chances at living a healthier life. I was making a difference and it felt great,” explains Adkins. That first taste of volunteering left Adkins hungry for more. He sought out other opportunities to volunteer his time at the VA. He became a part of the Silver Spoons Program. The program allows volunteers to feed those patients that are unable to feed themselves. “I had never imagined that anyone other than a nurse would be able to do such a thing. I had seen people feeding patients on the wards but always assumed they were nursing staff or loved ones. I was wrong. These people are comprised of a majority of retired men and women who devote their time to helping others, often expecting little or no recognition at all. I was now a part of this group and it gave me a feeling that I had never before experience. Indescribable pride,” says Adkins. The pride Adkins felt made his willingness to serve insatiable and he sought out yet another volunteering assignment. He was asked to visit the wards and administer surveys to the patients. He surveyed the patients about the quality of the food they had eaten, the appearance of the food and the sociability of the staff that had served it. This put Adkins in a unique position. He would be taking surveys of the food he, himself had cooked and of his co-workers. Adkins explains, “I thought that the assignment was going to place me in an awkward position but it was the exact opposite. Most

Shay with the dietitians of the V.A.

patients were very pleased with the quality of the food and the staff as well but this was not the part that I found odd. I had never considered that these veterans didn’t want to complain about the food they wanted to talk about their lives. I was on one ward for an hour and a half and had completed two surveys. I may not have been a worthy surveyor but I am a great listener. Most of these veterans have a need to tell their story but the staff doesn’t always have the time to listen.” Adkins level of dedication is not something that everyone can achieve. Volunteering requires time and commitment. Service learning is now a requirement for graduation. The VA has

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an astounding need for volunteers that are willing to give even just a little bit of their time to veterans. For those interested in volunteering at the VA Adkins offers this advice, “All potential volunteers must submit to an orientation and a background check. The background check will be very thorough so do not leave anything out. Be specific with your current skills but be flexible about what you would like to do and they will be able to find a program for you.” Those interested in volunteering opportunities at the VA can contact Voluntary Specialist Dawn Craig at

Service-Learning project at KCC Eleanor Alexander Staff Writer Glenda Morling has a teaching style different from most other college professors. “I have learned different philosophies of learning, of education. I’ve developed these over time,” Morling says about her tapproach to teaching. Above all else, she says she sees the value in, “…hands on learning with students and seeing the value of applying learning rather than having theoretical learning. So if you apply theories…it’s much more relevant to students, so that was really important to me.” In addition to this, she says she felt a disconnect between the community and the college and all of the people in it. This is why Morling is the founded KCC’s service learning project. Service Learning contains three key pieces: an academic piece, to relate what’s being learned in the classroom to the project; an application in the community piece, to apply what is being learned in the classroom out in the community; and

a reflection piece, to look back at what was learned in the classroom and in the community and relating these two learning experiences. Morling saw the difference in students who participated in an outside organizations own service learning project. Previously unengaged students became excited and eager when they got involved in the project. At this time, Morling started to consider adapting a program of her own. She and Megan Russell created the class, received a grant, wrote a curriculum together, and brought this idea to life. Kate DeGraaf is now the ServiceLearning manager while Morling focuses on teaching her classes. DeGraaf says the program is a great chance for students to get some experience and realize either this is what they want to do or this wasn’t meant for them. “So it’s a neat way of utilizing what they’re learning in their class but being able to apply it and giving back to the community in different ways,” DeGraaf explains. One of DeGraaf ’s biggest jobs is to work with nonprofit organizations to help them develop project and use the students their specific skills to the advantage of everyone. For example a business

Members of the 2013 SERV 299 class.

student could help an organization with the business and marketing aspect of their group rather than doing work any volunteer could do. “Helping them think broader of how we can utilize the skills, talents, and experiences that KCC students have to have more fine-tuned jobs and abilities of serving at the nonprofits,” DeGraaf said. “You getting more involved in the community, and having you become

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more civically engaged and aware of social problems and social needs, you are more likely to be involved in those in the future as a member of society,” Morling says. “It makes students more civically engaged for the whole of their lives and we have an impact on problems in society and help to alleviate them. That’s the idealistic goal.”


November 2013


Life through the pass window Cavin Smith Staff Writer Life in the food industry is as fast as it is chaotic. Many people have the audacity to say things like “How hard is it to take my order and ring it up correctly!?” or “How hard is it to cook a couple of burgers!?” Clearly, these people have never worked in a restaurant before. Imagine for a moment that you are standing in front of a large open flame broiler that can reach temperatures of over 300 degrees. Now imagine having twelve burgers of four different sizes (1/4lb., 1/3lb., 1/2lb. and 2/3lb.) five different temps (well done, medium well, medium, medium rare and rare) and all with different combinations of condiments. Also, on the grill among all these burgers, you have fifteen steaks of three different sizes (6oz, 8oz and 12oz) and five different temperatures. That’s a lot to keep track of, not to mention the various other main dishes and sandwiches, along with all the sides and the deep fried food, nachos, burritos and pan fried shrimp scampi, all cooking at the same time, and only two cooks to do it. With all of the going on, sometimes the “pass window” will get so full of completed orders, there is no room to put any more and it backs up in the kitchen making less room to cook. The ticket rail can get so full that, due to lack of room, tickets will just hang from the printer. Let’s take a step out front for a bit

The older student The Demon D Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor I’ve struggled with depression as long as I can remember. I just never knew that’s what it was; I only knew that I was sad and anxious all the time. I stopped going to sleepovers in the fifth grade because the idea of sleeping anywhere but at my house would send me into a panic attack. It was frustrating and embarrassing, and I lost a lot of friends because of my inability to leave the house. I can recall being in middle school and thinking, if I save my lunch money maybe I will have enough to see a therapist that can tell me what’s wrong with me. In high school the panic lifted a bit, helped by some underage drinking, which I don’t recommend. I was never truly over it, but I could manage it by keeping busy and being with friends. When I graduated high school, it all came rushing back. The panic of starting college in a big city, where I knew no one, drove me back into the cocoon of my room. I dropped out of school and found

and talk service. The job of the waiter/ waitress/ bartender is not any easier than that of the cooks. The kitchen makes the money but the floor is where the action is. Each server can have five to twenty tables and each table can sit between two and 6 people, sometimes combining tables to accommodate bigger groups. This means that the average server is waiting on anywhere between two and sixty people, all of whom are eating different foods and drinking different beverages. The bartender is not only making drinks and taking food orders for the people sitting at ‘the rail’ but is making drinks for everyone in the bar/restaurant. Every server has to ring any alcoholOrders pile up at Miller's Time Out. ic beverages to the bartender who then makes the drinks and sends them out. the restaurant staff are a bit different than Some of these cocktails, like a ‘fish bowl’, most 5-9 jobs, with the exception of the have upwards of ten different ingredicook. Wait staff (servers and bartendents. Many of them, such as the ‘Long ers) are paid an hourly rate Island Iced Tea’ and the ‘Long of around $2.65-$5.50 to n e m Beach Ice Tea’ help maintain the estabe for s a e e k a h have a similar and keep cert l of adness m ne of lishment recipe but dif- "Al tain products d m dustr y o es and stocked.prepped ferent amounts tione They in tic plac d o o of some ingref make their money in e o a h t h c t s h dients and some tips, which are paid e mo ."-Cavin Smit completely dif- th as compensation by rk ferent ones alto- to wo the customer, for sergether. With new vices rendered. Also, the servers are mixed drinks bei n g required to pay the bartenders a 10% created all the time and each bar offertip for taking the time to make the serving different ‘house specials’, bartenders ers drink orders, that’s 10% of their total have to memorize a lot of different comtips. So let’s say a server makes $100 in binations and be able to recall them at tips, they have to give $10 of that to the any time. bartender. If they make $10 in tips, one of Now let’s head on to the business those dollars belongs to the bartender. If side of things. The pay and the various they get stiffed on a tip, they don’t make job requirements for each member of anything. If they get walked out on (the

a full time job that was close to home, and there I stayed for the next few years. It took meeting my husband to force me out of that comfort zone. I maintained some sense of stability for the next ten years, but my husband’s suicide brought back the old demon. The three years since his death have been a roller coaster. I’ve returned to school, found a new love, bought and sold a house, and suffered a miscarriage. Each time I think that I’m one step ahead of depression, it comes roaring back. If you’ve never struggled with depression, it’s hard to understand. How do you explain not being able to get out of bed, off the couch, or out of the house? For some it’s so easy; they just get up and do it. I can’t. I can’t even try. Every day is the same I make plans, lists of what I want to accomplish the next day. Morning rolls around and it’s the same old story. I spend the day on the couch in my pajamas, flipping channels, playing Candy Crush, or obsessively checking Facebook and Pinterest. Then night comes and I’m not tired because I’ve done nothing all day. Energized, I make more plans and lists and the cycle continues. There is nothing in particular that keeps me from moving. I have no phobias or fears. I’m not actively grieving anymore. I have a good life, great kids, an awesome boyfriend, and school. But if I don’t have a reason to be out of my house it sucks me in, that dark void, that Demon, depression. College students look forward to summer and winter break.

I dread them. I know that they will be months filled with endless days of nothingness. My friends and family struggle to understand my problem. They don’t understand how someone who is so involved and seems to have it all together during the school year can crumble during break. I’ve been called lazy. I’ve been told to get a grip. I’ve watched the looks of pity and disdain wash over their faces. This is what depression feeds off of. Things will be sunshine and roses, and I will still feel bad. Depression is sneaky. It wants to keep me in its grip. So, it will whisper in my ear all my fears and insecurities, “Your boyfriend is going to leave you. You’re fat. You’re ugly. You’re a bad mom.” Then out of the blue on some ran-

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ole Diner’n’dash) they are responsible to pay the full tab at the end of their shift, losing money. All of the aforementioned madness makes the food industry one of the most chaotic places to work. Now let’s get the patrons drunk and see what happens. The staff sees everything from staggering, slurring, mumbling nonsense that boarders on mental incapacity to the hormonally charged violence and promiscuity that infects the darkness of the night. The staff become the bouncers, baby-sitters, caretakers and therapists to society's ill-fated. These people do not get paid near enough to deal with the alcohol infused drama that stumbles out of their doors. If you decide to go to one of the great and chaotic establishment remember “when you get to the corner, turn left and tip right”.

dom day, like a flip of a switch, it can be gone. There may be a string of days when I’m forced out of the house to run errands or to go to meetings. On those days I can barely remember why I didn’t leave the house before. I feel encouraged and excited about the future. I run around like a crazy person trying to do everything while I’m feeling good. Yet, in the back of my mind it’s always there, that nagging beast. It’s whispering, “I’ll be back.” I know that it’s the truth, and I wait in fear for its return. If you are struggling with depression there is help available. KCC offers free counseling to students. Contact Support Services at (269)-965-3931 ext. 2624 and schedule an appointment today.


November 2013


This land was their land Heidi Myers Staff Writer November is Native American Heritage month and it comes as no surprise to me that so few people actually know any Native American history. While many media outlets and merchandise companies have made strides to represent a wider spectrum of ethnicities, natives have not seen much of this effort. In fact, when I visited the KCC library to do research for this article I could find only one slightly relevant book. Native Americans are getting the short end of the stick in society and it only stings more knowing the horrendous and unfair past they have. As most people know, Natives were the first to inhabit the United States. Despite common belief, we have been able to trace Native Americans’ origin to Asia. Europeans came sometime after and forced many tribes west as well as spreading diseases Natives had no immunity to, therefore killing many of them. In addition to these atrocities, Europeans tried to modernize and assimilate the Natives-

losing much of the rich culture that came with them. To gain a genuine perspective of life as a native today I interviewed Nick Brown, a twenty-six year old Native American and my best friend. Brown got his native heritage from his full-blooded native father, the late Carl Brown Jr. What makes him unique is that he’s not only part of an extremely small ethnic group, he knows and can trace his tribe back. Native American is an umbrella termtribes are where the specific traits and cultural variations occur. Brown is part of the Choctaw tribe, mainly based in the southern region around Oklahoma. He has visited his tribe on their reservation multiple times. I asked Brown what he believes is the biggest misconception about Native Americans. He replied, very blatantly, “That we aren’t basically extinct.” He was referring to the strange phenomenon of a person believing themselves to be a substantial Native America simply because they have a small amount of native blood in a distant relative. “Being one-eighth native on your grandfather’s side isn’t Native American,” said Brown. I would have to agree. Brown does acknowledge that his

favorite thing about his heritage is the rich history that comes with it, however jaded it may be at times. When I asked him what one thing he wishes he could impress on people, what one stereotype he would like to erase from peoples’ minds, he responded quickly- “Tonto.” Tonto is the native sidekick character from the 1950s television show ‘The Lone Ranger’ (later made into a movie), whom influenced many representations of natives thereafter. His mannerisms, way of speaking, and overall appearance is seen as incredibly degrading by natives. “I want you to forget everything that happened from the 1950s and on.” Anticipating what most people in my position would ask, I had one last question for Brown. What did he think, if anything, about the debate regarding casinos owned by tribes in the U.S.? He replied confidently, “Finally, now we may get the white man drunk and take from him!” Illustration by Brandon Smith

Thanksgiving traditions Caitlyn Whitman Staff Writer When all the leaves have fallen to the ground, the air becomes cool, and the pumpkins start disappearing is when we know Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays celebrated around the world. It is celebrated between the dates of the first week in October to the Last week in November. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. The second Monday in October is Canada's Thanksgiving while the fourth Thursday in November is the day the United States celebrates Thanksgiving. It is celebrated as a religious holiday. The word Thanksgiving evokes images of football, family reunions, roasted turkey with stuffing, pumpkin pie and, of course, the Pilgrims, the acknowledged group that started the feast and holiday. In 1621, when pilgrim labors were rewarded with a beautiful large harvest after a year of sickness and scarcity, the Pilgrims gave thanks to God and celebrated the year that was passing and the year that was yet to come. "My favorite part about Thanksgiving is shoving my face with food such as mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing and green bean casserole," Brooke Peludat says. "I hate all the drama that goes on during Thanksgiving, it’s supposed to be a time for thanks. Peludat comes from Hispanic heritage but her family celebrates a traditional Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of her favorite holidays because she gets excited for Black Friday shopping the day after


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with her family and friends, Peludat explains. As for my family, we also celebrate Thanksgiving with family but some years we attend the Lions vs. Packers game before we eat dinner and get ready to go shopping for Black Friday. We also all put our names in a hat on thanksgiving and choose a name that we will be buying presents for Christmas. Becoming part of the Thanksgiving holiday, Black Friday is the biggest shopping day in the world, with sales that bring millions of dollars too many companies. Thursday, November 28, the air will be filled with the smell of fresh turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn and stuffing. Lines will begin to form for shopping, and the temperature continues to drop.




November 2013

The Nagging Mother All the people you already know Elizabeth Kerlikowske Advisor I hope you like your friends now because it will be difficult in the future for you to make new ones. Why? You are always on the phone or texting your old ones. Back in the day, people went to college to forge new lives for themselves, meet new people, expand their horizons. Today it seems as the most important thing to a student is to be in touch with the invisible members of their social group. Between classes was an exciting time when you could check out people you might want to meet, maybe smile a little at that certain someone. That was before eyes were firmly cast down onto the cell screen. People used to actually walk instead of doing the phone trudge, unaware that they are keeping actual humans with things to do from moving at a reasonable speed. Students on phones have fallen

down stairs, walked into windows, and at WMU, a student was hit by a car while she was texting her roommate in the apartment overlooking the street, so the roommate had the pleasure of witnessing the entire event. Really? A text is more important than your life? I wonder that all the time as I drive down 94. People can text and make phone calls but they can’t use turn signals or even stay between the lane lines. Again, is texting more important than your life? I walked down the Severin Building hallway yesterday, or any day, and people are waiting for class. Back in the day, they would talk with each other. Sure, there are awkward moments when you don’t know people, but getting through those is training for the rest of your life when you are constantly in situations you haven’t been in before, but professionally, you won’t be able to run and hide in your phone. So I hope you have chosen your current friends wisely since they are the ones you’ll be communicating with for the rest of your life. But just try this for one day: walk around campus without texting or talking on the phone. See what it feels like. See if you don’t actually talk or at least have eye contact with more humans.

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Dear Dr. D, I know several retired veterans. Most of them have problems with housing and school. Even with student loans, housing is too expensive. Are there any kind of “student housing” opportunities? How can the government screw over veterans? Confused and annoyed Dear Annoyed, I am glad you are concerned about our returning veterans. KCC is proactive in providing support services to our veterans in a number of ways. In addition to the counseling staff and student support services, there is a writing class for veterans. Many people who have been through emotionally and physically challenging situations find that writing about their experiences is very helpful. As for practical, day-to-day living help, our counselors are familiar with programs that offer housing in our area. Any veteran can ask for and receive help through those sources. Thank you for caring. Dr. D. Dear Doctor, When I ask my brother for a favor that involves driving, he lectures me on getting a job or getting a permit. Also when I make a comment about the amount of work I have, he berates me by saying how much harder his work is. What should I do about this? Fed-up sister Dear Sis, Why don’t you get a job and a permit? It seems to me that is the solution to your problem. No one likes to feel as though he or she is being used, so take care of yourself to the best of your ability. It sounds like your brother is tired of feeling like your “keeper,” so give him a break. You will probably find your relationship improves as you become independent. Dr. D. Dear Doctor D, What would you do with all the people that show up to class high or drunk and disrupt the learning of others? Sick of Alcoholic Druggies in BC

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Dear Abuser, I would file a behavior report as the instructor to have the student removed from the class. As a student who suffers from the behavior of this idiot, I would tell the instructor that this student’s behavior is making it difficult for me to learn. With this back-up, the instructor has more evidence to support the removal of the student. Dr. D. Dear Dr. D, I am celebrating Thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family for the first time. They are big hunters and love turkey. I’m a vegetarian and belong to PETA. How do I celebrate with them but not compromise my beliefs? Animal Lover Dear Animal Lover, I assume your boyfriend knows of your feelings and hope he has let his family know that you will be enjoying the “fixings” for dinner but not the turkey. You can respect their decision to eat whatever they choose to eat, and they can respect your decision to refrain. If they are insistent, tell them your vegetarian decision is important to you, but the yams are so delicious you don’t need anything else! Dr. D. Dear Doctor Destiny, I’m undergoing a minor surgery on my stomach, which I know will help me lose weight, but I’m scared. I know this is silly, but I’ve been big for so long, this could change my life. Why am I so afraid to change? Living Big in BC Dear Living, Change is difficult for everyone regardless of the degree of change or the fact that it is a choice or is forced on one. Yes, a major weight loss is a change. If you have been able to build your selfesteem despite being a large person, good for you. That self-esteem is not going to vanish with your weight. As a matter of fact, your esteem has been built on the important things: who and what you are as a person of value. Weight loss or gain cannot change that. I’m glad you are doing the psychological work to prepare for how the world will now view you. My guess is that part of you will be a bit angry that before the weight loss, some people ignored you and treated you as worthless, but now, they are open to getting to know you. You know who you are, and you now know who they are and where their values lie. Choose or don’t choose to be their friend now, but now you know. Dr. D.


November 2013

THE DARK SIDE OF CAMPUS Horrorfest in Kzoo

Cara Clingin Staff Writer For those who don’t understand the hype about horror, it may seem like voluntary torture for a few hours. Why, as a species that strives towards pleasure, do we torture ourselves with such negative feelings? According to Science Daily, investigators generally use one of two theories to describe their obsession with horror. Supposedly we aren’t afraid, but excited by the fear or secondly, we are willing to endure the terror to enjoy a euphoric sense of relief at the end. Whatever the reason, horror has been a favorCara and Bob Elmore (Leatherface). ite genre for many. When I first learned that Kalamazoo would be hosting a hortattoo). I was skeptic at first when I heard ror convention with well known icons, I that it was confined just to the Annex was ecstatic! believing that their was no It was located at the way they could hold a cont a h t Annex at the vention in one building. es a speci pleasure, The anime/video game s a y Wings Stadium h "W s wards in Kalamazoo on conventions I have been rives to ture ourselve t s r September 20th to were whole campuso t do we ch negative n through the 21st, es. There was actually with su s?"-Cara Clingi and entry was fifa lot more than meets feeling teen dollars a day, the eye if one would thirty for the weektake the time and smell the end, or one hundred wilted roses. for a VIP pass (that included a real There were back rooms you could


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check out such as the Zombie Room which was a bloody and gory throne room for the Zombie Queen herself. Also, you could pay and have a man in a black apron give you the “Dexter Experience”. We paid for our friend Elijah to be “drugged with a syringe” and dragged to another back room to be carved up for blood collecting. He would follow the infamous ending scene to the show Dexter where he would wrap a victim up with saran wrap and collect their blood sample before slowly carving them up. Needless to say, it was a memorable.

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November 2013


Comic-Con comes to Grand Rapids

Cara Clingan Staff Writer Comi-Con conventions have been around for many years and have slowly been increasing in number. This year alone I have seen three new conventions surface in Michigan. Comic Con is one of the most loved and worshipped conventions in the United States. For those who don’t know what Comic Con is, Comic Con is a very large convention for comic books and other popular arts such as anime and video games. While we did have a convention in Detroit, this year was the first year for the Grand Rapids Comic-Con. Held on October 12th at the HS building in Wyoming, Michigan, itwas five dollars to get in or ten dollars if you wanted in early. The other five dollars was donated to Kitchen Sage. This Con was expected to host around 1500 people (which also was the maximum capacity of the building). What we got instead was over 5000 people showing up just before noon. The shopping arena was the highlight area of the Con. There was a wide variety of venders from action figures and comic books to steam punk jewelry and fairies in jars. Some of our local game shops even had tables at the event. I recognized some of the venders from other cons and their individual sites which made me very happy to see some local artists.

Amongst the venders were some famous artists selling their own work. This included Allen Bellman who illustrated Captain American in the 1940s, Robert Pope who is known for his work on cartoon network (The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Johnny Bravo, Power puff Girls, etc) Chris Yambar (Simpsons in Bongo comics, Popeye, and Mr. Magoo) and even Arvell Jones who is a penciller for Marvel/DC that include Daredevil, Iron Man, Avengers, and even Thor. Along with the special guests were many attractions such as the Mach 5 from Speed Racer, the Ironman 2 suit worn by Robert Downey Jr, a remote controlled R2D2, and even animatronics of Optimus Prime and Starscream from Transformers. Other than shopping you could go and grab a bite to eat from the Kitchen Sage, play cardgames, visit the Nintendo room for some free items and to test out their latest games, learn how to draw some famous icons such as SpongeBob Squarepants, learn how to make bento boxes, and even go get your costume rated and strut your stuff on a stage in front of the con to try and win $100. This was the highlight of my convention: first time in a costume contest, and even though I didn’t place, I had many compliments and an amazing reaction from the crowd. Now for the Pros and the Cons. Let’s get the bad out of the way first. This convention was a total blast…before it got full. If you were in a big costume, much like my costume, then it was difficult to navigate. More than once I found my dress getting caught on someone’s table

Cara Clingin, Eric Vest, and Kelsey Ebevharddressed as characters from Adventure Time

photos by Jonah Maggard

and dragging its contents away accidentally. Also, the wait in line for others was a real downer. With having only 1500 people in the building at a time, some waited outside for hours before being able to go inside. It was to the point if you were inside too long or went outside, your bracelets were taken and you couldn’t come back in. It was amazing to have that big of a turnout at a conventions first debut. When the event was first created, they had no way of knowing that they would have that big of a turnout. The variety of costumes I saw was straight amazing. I saw cosplays of Thundercats, Adventure Time, Avengers, League of Legends, and even Resident Evil. Usually when you’re at a con you see a consistent theme with the cosplays so this was very exciting to see. Now, there isn’t anything wrong with liking a fandom and showing appreciation for it through cosplay, but it was just refreshing to see a different crowd at a con for once. Next year this event will try to be

Cara is dressed as Lumpy Space Princess

photo by News 8

hosted at the Deltaplex in hopes that more than a few thousand people can be inside and not be crowded wall to wall.

Doctor Who celebrates 50 years of time and space travel Ashleigh Olmstead Staff Writer This past year fans of Doctor Who are celebrating 50 years of time and space travelling and encounters of strange new worlds. On November 23, fans around the world will get a special treat of viewing the special “Day of the Doctor”. “I’m really stoked on it,” says Mike Beard, a huge fan of the show,”I know it’s going to be heart wrenching…and it’s going to bring many feelings...” “Doctor Who” is a television show produced in the UK since its premiere on November 23, 1963(which is when the special will premiere). It’s about an alien known as the Time Lord from a planet called Gallifrey who travels through time and space to help solve problems and save the human race from destruction. He is not alone since his frequent travelers are humans throughout time or aliens

from his home planet. He travels in a machine called the TARDIS (it stands for Time and Relative Dimension In Space) which is in the form of a blue telephone box. The term regeneration is also a huge topic in Doctor Who, it started when William Hartnell (The 1st Doctor) could not continue the role because of health issues. Instead of cancelling the popular show, the writers came up with the idea of “regenerating” the character when dying into a new body, replacing the current actor with a new one. There were eleven actors that portrayed the Doctor since its premiere in 1963, including the following. William Hartnell (1963-1966), Patrick Troughton (1966-1969), Jon Pertwee (19701974), Tom Baker (1974-1981), Peter Davidson (1981-1984), Colin Baker (1984-1987), Sylvester McCoy (19871989, 1996 TV Movie), Paul McGann (1996 TV Movie), Christopher Eccleston (2005), David Tennant (20052010), and Matt Smith(2010-). It was also announced that Matt Smith will be

Young Dr. Who fans at Comic-Con.

leaving the show, and he will be replaced by Peter Capaldi who will first appear in a Christmas special which premieres on December 25th of this year. Many fans are saddened since Matt Smith, who has become the fan’s most

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well-known Doctor (next to Tom Baker in the 1970’s and 1980’s)will be departing the role. They are now anxiously waiting to see if Peter Capaldi will continue the legacy of the previous Doctors.

culture In the defense of Grand Theft Auto V

Johnathan Hogan Staff Writer Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto franchise hardly seems to have anything admirable going for it. Whether it’s copkilling, robbing banks, or mowing over pedestrians with stolen cars, there just seems to be so much about the game that’s despicable. Of course, most of these observations are made by people who have never played the game, basing their comments on snippets and sound bites from reporters who have also not played the game or spoken to its creators. While an individual player may in fact enjoy the violence in the game for its own sake, to focus on the violence alone in GTA is missing the forest for the trees. The recently released Grand Theft Auto V exemplifies this better than its predecessors. Grand Theft Auto IV, its predecessor, was ultimately a story about the death of the American Dream, about an immigrant who comes to America seeking a new life only to be dragged into the criminal underworld and to find that the beloved American Dream is a myth that cannot be reached by pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps. GTA V, which was released last month and quickly became the most financially successful entertainment product in history, is instead about America’s attempt to survive in this new reality, in a post-economic crisis America. First, to address the criticism of the trees, those who have never played GTA before should understand that committing violent acts in the game is not rewarded by the game itself. There are no points to earn or items to be won. Instead, the player is ‘rewarded’ with wave after wave of police officers doing what police officers are supposed to do: stopping the bad guy. The game gives the player

the freedom to make their own choices about how to behave and rewards them in ways similar to real life. Often ignored in discussions of the GTA franchise is the fact that in several of the games, the player can also use an ambulance to run around the city helping the injured. As for the forest, The GTA video games, and GTA V in particular, emphasize one truth more than any other, best stated in director Sergio Leone’s own words. “The west was made by violent, uncomplicated men.” Throughout the game, the antiheroes are occasionally tasked to assassinate corrupt corporate CEOs who manipulate their workers for profit. One of these businessmen, who also acts as one of the game’s main antagonists, is Devin Weston, a representative of every negative stereotype ever associated with the 1%, from his involvement with criminal activities to his ‘let them eat cake’ attitude towards the poor. Should the player choose to (SPOILER ALERT) kill Devin at the end of the game, One of the protagonists, Michael, sums up this stereotype. “You know, Devin, the way I see it, and hey, I'm no intelligent businessman like you, but the way I see it, there's two great evils that bedevil American capitalism of the type that you practice. Number one is outsourcing. You paid a private company to do your dirty work for ya, and then you underpaid that company because you thought you were big enough and bad enough that you didn't have to play by the rules." This is not meant to justify the brutal murders Michael and his partners commit throughout the game, even against villainous Devin, but to demonstrate the frustration and love-hate relationship Americans today have with capitalism, and the unfortunate truths that sometimes crime pays and those at the top often get there by pulling themselves up by somebody else’s bootstraps.

November 2013


Vocal Arts Events for November Alumni/Guest Artist Recital Jackie King, mezzo—soprano Sunday, Nov 10 3 pm at the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Auditorium Free Admission

Davidson Recital Series Wednesday, Nov 20 1 pm at the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

Faculty Artist Recital Series "If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it!" A musical tour de force of the great works by baroque composers. Sunday, Nov 24 3 pm at the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Auditorium Free-will donation Thus, it is my hope that the condemners of Grand Theft Auto V see that there is more to the game than violence and that to ban it simply for violence is to turn their view away from reality, because the story of Grand Theft Auto V is itself the story of America.

Painting Poetry Fausto Villegas

Dip the brush in red like blood and love. Stroke the canvas once, pain. Twice, grief. Stroke the canvas three times, liberation. Breaking of all the walls one created. The lines take shape in sorrow the hand only knows. The colors darken. Darker than the mind. But yet the white of the canvas there’s clarity. An understanding that if the brush continues your mind will be betrayed. A betrayal only the two faced brush can commit. The heart knows as the colors dance together. An eternal dance in the white empty surface. Dancing to comprehend the awareness of ones consciousness. The lights darken and the blacks brighten. The colors only know what the mind conceals. The picture is complete. the canvas screams what was once concealed. Beautiful and lethal. Red of blood and love.



November 2013

Volleyball supports Autism Awareness Caitlyn Whitman Staff Writer On October 8th the KCC’s volleyball team took on Kalamazoo Valley Community College in hopes to raise money for those suffering with autism. All profits raised were donated to the Battle Creek/ Kalamazoo Autism Society Home that helps those affected with autism. Cortney Pipher, a volleyball player, was excited about the chance to play and support the community that supports the team. "This year we have a lot of determination and talent among each player. We are a young team but we all clicked very easily and get along great all the time,” Pipher said. “Everyone works hard every practice, and we hold ourselves high standards." The team wore special light blue uniforms to support autism. There isn't a lot of knowledge about autism, so by doing this event it will raise awareness. Autism is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. It is estimated that more than two million people are affected with autism in the United States. 1 in every 110 people in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo are affected with this. The game was free, just like any other home volleyball game at KCC, but donations were welcomed. Raffle tickets were also offered during the game, donations were entered into the raffle to win prize bags that included KCC logo items. The

Outside the game, information table and donation box.

photos by Simon Thalmann

Courney Pipher serving the ball.

team has done many other different fundraising events and has money saved up to be donated to this cause. "The best part of this event is knowing that we are helping out an amazing cause,” Pipher said. “October is typically known as breast cancer awareness month, which is why we like to switch it up and do an autism game.” The volleyball team was very excited for this event just as the soccer team was excited for their breast cancer pink game. KCC continues to earn money for many different causes to help out the community. The next fundraising that will be going on during basketball season is Toys for Tots during the end of October and all of November. “It feels good to know that just by this one game, we are increasing autism

KCC's volleyball team in a huddle.

awareness. The worst part would probably just be if the turnout of our crowd isn't very large,” Pipher explained. “That's

something that we can't control, however, no matter what the turnout is, we still donate and have raised money for the cause."

Working towards improvement Mary Emington Staff Writer Focusing on the positives and working towards improvement sums up the volleyball team’s stance on its season. The Lady Bruins made progress this season, responding to challenges week in and week out. “The girls have improved tenfold from the beginning of the season,” second season head coach Amy Julien said. The women’s volleyball team faced five sets with rival Kalamazoo Valley Community College as opposed to the typical three sets attests to the Bruins progression. Julien believes her team responded well to her coaching style which will transfer well to the real work world. The work ethic they embodied, she believes, will transfer well. Julien says that her team started to learn better towards the end of the season, figuring out the difference between high school and college level coaching and playing. The sophomore class helped in this transition giving the freshmen a lot to

photo by Mary Emington

The volleyball team pinkie promises to work together.

look up to at critical times. “A lot of the games were hard losses, but we played well together,” Sophomore Tara VanDenberg said. “We had a very talented team and a great group of girls.” These hard losses are something Julien hopes to improve upon for next season.

The Bruins have set their sights high and are looking forward to improving upon their record in the upcoming year. With new recruits and another year under her belt, Julien hopes to succeed in becoming one of the top five teams in the league. “We have high hopes for next year,”

Freshman Lauren Richards said. She shares her enthusiasm with her coach. “We have a great foundation of team chemistry to build on.”


November 2013


Lady Bruins ready to pounce Dakota Roberts Sports Writer As everyone flips the calendar to November, the Kellogg Community College women’s basketball team tips off the season. On Nov. 7 the Bruins play host to Indiana Tech which kickoff the 2013-14. At the beginning of every season there’s a sense of anticipation and excitement in the air, and the Miller Gymnasium is no exception. “We’re going to compete,” Head Coach Kyle Klingaman said “I got a lot of young lady’s that are going [to] play.” Before any games have been played the only testing stick a coach has, is by how well his players practice. The Lady Bruins are definitely a hard-working blue-collar type bunch, who practices at 100%.

“Practice wise we have been very competitive day in day out,” Klingaman said. The Lady Bruins are returning four players all of which saw their share of the hardwood. Teonna “Tiny” Pope and Therese Vasser of Detroit Southeastern, Britni Upston of Tekonsha, and Yooper Jackie Harwood of Sault St Marie are all returning players. One of the key pickups for the Bruins over the offseason is the very versatile Marion, Indiana native Shalay Stevens. “Shalay Stevens she can play all five spots for me if I wanted her too,” Klingaman stated. Stevens joins Vasser and Harwood as the team captains for this talented team. “Shalay, Therese, and Jackie are all good vocal players that is why they’re my captains,” Klingaman concluded. One of the many talents this team displays is pure speed. In basketball a team with speed, will be a very tough team to beat, this asset has their head

Young Guns Dakota Roberts Sports Writer

Tuesday and Thursday. While most are still tucked in bed, this young group is pouring in the amount of sweat it takes to be successful. “I think overall it’s going pretty good,” Reed said “it really shows them they have to get out of bed and they have to go to school and be responsible.” The grueling and demanding Tuesday Thursday workouts are not the only thing the Bruins need to be sharp on

One year after losing in the first round of the postseason, the KCC men’s basketball team is hard at work. Although it’s the same royal blue and white uniforms with Bruins across the front, it is different faces sporting them. Fifteen players occupy the Bruin roster, and only one of them was a Bruin last season. “This year I know I’ve got some pretty mouthy freshman, that have been doing a lot of talking,” Bruins head coach Melvin McKnight explained. “But, it’s good to see that.” Battle Creek Central’s Nathan Taylor is the lone soul from the 2012-13 Bruin roster. “Nate, he did a good job for us last year,” McKnight said of only returning player. A lot of students at KCC realize the difficulty of being a full-time employee. When you’re a head coach of a college basketball team, it’s twice as difficult to balance a full-time job and coach a practically rookie team. “Ben Reed he’s been really helping me out a lot,” McKnight said “He’s a division one caliber guy, and Nathan Taylor drives to the basket. photo by Nick Garrison he’s bringing division one quality to these guys.” Every college basketball players them days. It’s also the days the team dream is to play division one basketball does their annual study table, and with and McKnight believes that Reed can the limited time spent with the team, help make that dream come true. its one thing Coach McKnight has Reed is in his 2nd season as the Brubeen very impressed with. ins associate head coach, and is bringing “The guys have been doing real well some Western Michigan Bronco basketwith study table and I’ve been getting ball experience to the Miller Gymnasome great reports,” McKnight said. sium. Not every college basketball player is “Ben’s been doing all the workouts fortunate enough to play division one and doing it all,” McKnight said “he’s ball, but every college basketball player been really helping me out a whole lot is fortunate enough to be a student this year.” athlete. Both coaches, Reed and McK Some of Coach Reed’s preseason night agree that being a student comes workouts are being held at 6 am every first.

photo by Simon Thalmann

The women's basketball team defends the hoop.

coach fired up. “We’re very guard heavy this year,” Klingaman explained “We can run the floor, our defense is better than it has been in the past. Our defense, I like a lot. We’ll be able to press a lot more than we

have in the past.” The ingredients of having a successful team is in place at Cornflake U, but only time will tell the outcome of this young and very talented team.


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1 Oakland Community College Tournament 2 Oakland Community College Tournament 7 INDIANA TECH JV 9 HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE 13 Schoolcraft Community College 20 ALBION COLLEGE JV 23 Mott Community College 6-7 Delta Community College Tournament 11 Henry Ford Community College 14 Owens Community College 18 delta College 4 *Kalamazoo Valley Community College 8 *GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 15 *GLEN OAKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 18 *Muskegon Community College 20 *ANCILLA COLLEGE 22 *Jackson College 25 *LANSING Community College 29 *Lake Michigan College 1 *KALAMAZOO VALLEY CC 5 *Grand Rapids Community College 12 *Glen Oaks Community College 15 *MUSKEGON COMMUNITY COLLEGE 19 *Ancilla College 22 *JACKSON COLLEGE 24 *Lansing Community College 26 *LAKE MICHIGAN COLLEGE 1 MCCAA State Championship 3 NJCAA Tournament 1st Round 6-7 NJCAA Disctrict - Semi & Finals


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1-2 Oakland Community College Tournament 8-9 Owens Community College Tournament 13 Schoolcraft Community College 23 Mott Community College 2 Delta College 6 MARYGROVE COLLEGE (JV) 11 Henry Ford Community College 13-14 Kalamazoo Valley Tournament 16 Siena Heights University (JV) 4 *Kalamazoo Valley Community College 8 *GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 15 *GLEN OAKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 18 *Muskegon Community College 20 *ANCILLA COLLEGE 22 *Jackson College 25 *LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE 29 *Lake Michigan College 1 *K’ZOO VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 5 *Grand Rapids Community College 12 *Glen Oaks Community College 15 *MUSKEGON COMMUNITY COLLEGE 19 *Ancilla College 22 *JACKSON COLLEGE 24 *Lansing Community College 26 *LAKE MICHIGAN COLLEGE 1 MCCAA State Championship 3 NJCAA Tournament 1st Round 5-7 NJCAA District - Semi & Finals


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November 2013

Coach Brown and The Bruins Softball golf outing fundraiser Mary Emington Staff Writer Kellogg Community College recently hired Coach Darrick Brown to be the new head softball coach. The Lady Bruin Softball team is preparing for their upcoming spring season at Bailey Park. Coach Brown speaks about his past, position, and plans for his team. Q: Where are you originally from Coach Brown? A: Kalamazoo Michigan. Q: How many years have you been coaching softball? A: 22 years. Q: What inspired you to become a coach? A: My dad and uncles. My whole family is into fast pitch softball. Q: How long have you played the game of softball? A: I started at age 14, so that makes it 26 years. Q: How has your family responded to your new coaching position? A: My family has always been very supportive no matter where I’m at. My wife just want me to be happy so as long as I am happy she is happy.

Q: What made you want to coach at Kellogg Community College? A: I was looking for a head coaching position and it opened up. The last two years I coached at Davenport as their pitching coach. I feel that I am built to be a head coach and not an assistant coach. Q: How do you balance both running a softball and baseball training facility and coaching at the college level? A: It is very important to keep track of my schedule. I rely on other employees to keep my facility going while I’m not there. It will get interesting during the spring with our 3 o’clock games. Q: What are your goals for your team this year? A: Our goal is to always win championships. I want to shock the conference and change the culture at Kellogg. We expect to hit every game. Q: Who will be your biggest rivals? A: KVCC, Muskegon, and Lansing. Anybody who is at the top or who has been at the top; that’s who we want to beat. Q: What are your team’s strengths? A: Our offense is our biggest strength. Our team has to score a lot of runs and our pitching and defense have to be solid. We must limit defensive mistakes and that will equal a lot of success in softball games.

Registration for Spring 2014 going on now. Spring semester begins Janruary 17.

Mary Emington Staff Writer Saturday, October 29, marked the first annual Kellogg Community College Bruin Softball/Golf Outing. The KCC softball team’s fundraiser took place at Cedar Creek Golf Club despite the in-

clement weather. Those who braved the cold found themselves on a beautiful 18 hole course. Sponsor signs were placed at holes, and each team received a golf cart for the course. Awards for longest hit and closest to the pin were given out as well as a chance at a 50/50 raffle. After a long day of golfing, the teams were stoked to have a meal at the golf club house. Next year KCC softball coach Darrick Brown hopes to make the event even bigger and more profitable.

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