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Futur es in education Caitlyn Whitman Staff Writer The KCC education staff is excited to announce its annual education seminar. The education seminar is an opportunity for any student or community member to learn about general information in the field of education and jobs related to that field. This event will give a chance to meet KCC's education staff and certified teachers around the community. It will be held on Thursday, October 24 in the Binda Performing Arts Theater from 3:00-5:45pm. This event is free of charge. Door prizes, goodie bags and free refreshments will be provided to those that attend. The keynote speaker this year will be Chandra Youngblood. Youngblood is the early childhood director for Battle Creek Public Schools and is excited to inform attendees about their future in education. Dawn Larsen and Jamie Bishop, directors of the Early Childhood Education at KCC, will speak after Youngblood to provide information about what this program has to offer and the benefits when looking for jobs. Larsen and Bishop will discuss what education jobs are in high demand right now and how they can lead a person in the right path to getting those jobs. Following the speakers will be four breakout sessions that attendee will be able to choose two from to learn more about a specific area in education. The four areas that will be put more into perspective to learn about are early childhood/special education, elementa-

Students look through information at 2012 seminar.

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ry education, middle school education, and finally, high school education. The seminar last year proved to be a success and very beneficial for area educators. “Anyone who has interest in working with diverse families would benefit from attending,” Larsen said before last year’s event. This year’s seminar will be fun as well as a great

learning tool, the directors of Early Childhood Education say. Anyone interested in learning more about this event can contact the Early Childhood and Teacher Education office for more information at 269-965-3931, ext. 2109. Seating for this event is limited so pre-register by emailing

Don’t avoid The Nerd by Larry Shue

Ashleigh Olmstead Staff Writer Ready for some entertainment other than a movie or music concerts? Look no further than the KCC theater group, who will give the KCC community a special treat. The Nerd by Larry Shue will be running for two weeks in October at the Binda Theater. “I love comedy,” said Brad Poer, director of the show, “And 'The Nerd' is talked about in theatrical circles as one of the funniest shows of the past 50 years. We are looking to do it justice and make our audiences leave with sore guts from laughing just a bit too hard. Also, since it takes place in 1980, it's a great excuse to play some seriously awesome and/or awful 70's and early 80’s music between scenes...” This coming of age story is about a young man who has an encounter with an old acquaintance and struggles with his relationship with his girlfriend and his family. The story takes place during a party, where there are talks of social issues, fights that are unintentional, and lots of twists and turns.

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Poer guarantees this comedy will be sure that the audience will have the time of their lives. The Nerd will be running on the weekends from October 11 to the 20th at the Binda Theater on Campus. Tickets will be $5.00 for seniors, staff and students, and $10.00 for the general audience. Reservations will be a few weeks before the show opens. The times for the shows includes the following. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm (October 11-12 and 18-19) Sunday 3:00 pm (October 13 and 20)

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Four ’s the charm Elizabeth Kerlikowske Advisor The fourth KCC Schubertiade (pronounced: shoe-BEAR-tea-ahd) slips into the Davidson auditorium Sunday afternoon, October 6, at 3 p.m. Coffee and dessert bites greet the audience as they find a seat. The set looks like the living room of a comfortable but not snobby house. Admission is free; even the program notes are interesting. KCC’s event is modeled loosely on a traditional Schubertiade in which performers gather in a living room to enjoy vocal or instrumental selections by Schubert and other composers. Interspersed would be poems by popular writers. In the KCC version, faculty and student musicians and readers will entertain audience members ranging from well-behaved children to senior citizens. KCC’s Schubertiade is the brainchild of Dr. Gerald Blanchard, vocal mu-

sic professor and baritone. Blanchard has drawn together an eclectic group of performers and KCC adjunct faculty including Paul Freeburn, guitar; Betty Picard, soprano; Laura Hirlman, clarinet; Kathy Cary, piano; Dr. Mark Wells, piano and voice; and Mary Faggan, soprano. Community performers include musicians Jan Emery and Anastasia Miller. On the other side of campus, Dr. Elizabeth Kerlikowske has tapped three student writers for the event, who will be reading their own work as well as some shepherd poems because “shepherds were big back then,” according to Professor Tom Webster. The students are Tiffany Thatcher, Bruin editor; Bob Psalmonds, member of the Veterans Writing Group; and Brian Noell, winner of the KCC Diversity Contest 2013 for his visual art . At the Schubertiade, there are light snacks in the back of the auditorium. The audience does not have to stay glued in their seats. Each performance is just long enough, and dressing up is not required although the performers might be.

Do you believe in magic? Cara Clingan Staff Writer KCC students are forming a Magic the Gathering club. Cody Carter and Ben Merchant, students on campus, are looking for members to meet up and get their game on with fellow students. Trading cards have been a major hobby for years. Now, trading cards can be found featuring Sports, The Walking Dead, My Little Pony, Yu-gi-oh, Pokémon, and Twilight. Some die out, but certain card games can withstand the test of time and thrive. One of the most prominent card series is Magic the Gathering. Created in 1993 by Richard Garfield, Magic the Gathering is well known worldwide and growing bigger each day. Magic currently has over 12,000 different cards and new cards come out every few months. The game is always growing. No two decks are the same because of

the limitless combinations. Merchant and Carter began playing Magic, three years ago with a similar start. “A few of my friends were already playing Magic and they helped me get started,” Merchant said. In fact, it’s a common theme in how many began playing Magic, Merchant explained. "My favorite part of Magic is hard to narrow down to one thing,” Carter explained. “Its between the strategy, being something to do with my friends, and the lore the creators supplement the card game with." Something about the artwork or the complexity of game play draws people into the world of Magic. Carter and Merchant’s group will meet biweekly from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in C203, the start date is still unknown. Whatever a game players taste ranges, anyone interested in an ever changing card game, can email or visit their facebook page at TheGatheringKCC for more information on the group.

Dr. Gerald Blanchard at 2012 Schubertiade

“Last year, after I left, I just felt smarter for having heard music I don’t often listen to and poems performed by people who believed in them,” said Rose Swartz, former KCC student and adjunct faculty. If the weather outside is miserable,

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the warmth of the Schubertiade, the gathering of listeners and performers, could be the high point of the weekend. And there will be plenty of football to watch afterword.

Health career options and more

Kyle Groll Staff Writer Health is and will always be a big part of how humans perform in our daily lives. To the intake of food, exercise, sleep hygiene, and etc. it all plays a factor. Students interested in health related fields can take a tour of the Roll building which is where the nursing and healthcare programs are located. Tonie McMaster, Assistant Director of Nursing Education, and Elizabeth Fluty, a nursing professor, are there to offer assistance. Nursing students can practice on a life size dummy that simulates

injuries. There is also a control center where instructors simulate all kinds of injures to prepare students for real emergencies. Their mission is to prepare and to practice a very basic nursing health care to meet the needs in a global society. Their health career programs range from dental hygiene, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant and Radiography. Patient Services are provided on campus. On the first floor of the Roll building you can get your teeth cleaned or radiographs at inexpensive prices. There are eligibility requirements. These services are not just open to students at KCC but to residents of Battle Creek. Dental Clinic 269-965-3931, ext. 2300

All aboard: campus tours have arrived

Heidi Myers Staff Writer

Magic players at Bruin Blast teaching the basics

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Calling all transfer students! If making the big move onto a four-year college or university is on your checklist for next year, KCC is here to help. Upcoming college campus tours have been announced and space is limited. Kellogg Community College has been giving these tours for around four years and TaNisha Parker from Student Resources believes they are “a great opportunity for students to visit

four-year institutions and learn more about the campus culture…” The tours are completely free to KCC students and include a campus tour, admissions presentation, and lunch. If interested, head over to the front desk at Academic Advising or meet with an advisor to sign up. The schools being visited include: • Western Michigan University (25 spaces)- October 4 • Grand Valley State University (15 spaces)- October 18 • Albion College (15 spaces)- October 11 • Olivet College (15 spaces)- October 11



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Started from the bottom and you’re here again Caitlyn Whitman Staff Writer Being nervous and intimidated when starting college is completely normal. Most people know what it feels like to be the "new kid" in school. Going from the “big dogs” in high school to new fresh meat can all be a pretty big change. Meeting new people, picking schedules and actually studying something you love are the best part about college...well, let’s not lie here, college parties are the best part about college. Freshman Ashley Berkheiser loves her first year as a college student. "My favorite thing about college is that there is no drama; everyone in my class gets along and we all share a similar list of goals and dreams we want to accomplish," Berkheiser said. Berkheiser plans on staying at KCC her whole college career to complete the paramedic program she is currently enrolled in and then taking nursing classes soon after in hopes of becoming a flight nurse. Her decision to go to KCC reflects being close to home and the cheaper

Paige and Caitlyn celebrate the last day of summer.

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cost involved. "The scariest thing about college is the first day because you don’t know any of your classmates or your teacher," Berkheiser said. A graduate of Bellevue High School, Paige Wesner says she is excited about her freshman year in college. Kellogg Community College has kept her close to family, but she does plan on transfer-

ring to Ferris State University in the near future. "The scariest thing about college so far is that the teachers expect a lot more out of you and there’s more homework I have to keep track of," Wesner said. Wesner is studying radiology and is excited to see what the future holds. “I like how mature everyone is and how laid

EAC’s new addition Dakota Roberts Sports Editor The Eastern Academic Center, EAC, located three miles outside of Albion is currently undergoing a face lift. On Aug. 23 after a ground breaking ceremony, the hard hats rolled in and the project began. College students began filling the EAC classrooms in the fall of 2001, and for 10 years it was strictly for Kellogg Community College student use only. In 2011, the EAC opened its doors to Marshall Alternative High School. After the merge with MAHS during the morning and early afternoon hours, the EAC holds classes for both college and high school students. In 2012, the EAC hosted the largest college enrollment in its 12-year history. “We didn’t have enough space here to run our day classes with MAHS,” EAC

Director Colin McCaleb said while explaining the need for the addition. After what McCaleb called a “very generous” grant from the Cronin Foundation along with millage money, they found a solution to the problem. The project will be completed and ready for use in the spring. The additions include three classrooms, one seminar room, and more office space; it is the first facelift in the EAC’s history. “We’ll be able to give everyone their own space,” McCaleb said. “It’ll offer us so much more flexibility to schedule classes.” The EAC will now be offering more classes during the day than in the previous two years and will have more advanced class offerings as well. For the first time in the EAC’s history it will be providing courses such as HIST 210 and 211. Prior to the addition, area students were forced to main campus if they wanted to take such courses. “We are extremely excited for this project’s conclusion,” McCaleb stated.

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back it is,” Wesner said of college. Wesner would like to tell incoming freshman next year that it is very important to pay attention in class. Becoming a freshman again can stir up doubts, but believe them when they say college will be the best years of your life. ~Caitlyn Whitman is addicted to Twitter.

October happenings at the Fesehnfeld Center T.J. Taylor Staff Writer Hastings Beat: On October 9th, Holly VanDam will be travelling to the Fesehnfeld Center to conduct a meeting for PTK-eligible students (PTK is short for Phi Theta Kappa, a community college honor society). The Fesehnfeld Center is just one of KCC's regional centers and is located in Hastings, about 40 minutes from Battle Creek. The Hastings branch is run by regional director Tim Sleevi,

who says he's looking forward to another great semester of collaboration with the main campus. Sleevi says that this PTK meeting is a first for the Fesehnfeld Center, but something that he's wanted to see happen there for a long time. He also expresses his joy in including the Hastings branch in the PTK, saying, “Year in and year out, many Fehsenfeld-based students qualify for membership in PTK and other honor societies, but are unable to participate due to distance, work schedules, meeting times, etc. I applaud this effort to be inclusive of all KCC students, regardless of where they reside.”

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Creatively crude Kyle Groll Staff Writer If you want to express yourself and find out what others feel about your creativity no matter what the form, poems, short stories, or essays. You are more than welcome to come and visit and just to check out the Crude Arts club. Students that participate have gone on to promising careers in publications. The Crude Arts club also edits Mosaic, the literary magazine on campus that is published in the spring and the fall. This club has been around for twelve years and has been run by Dr. Elizabeth Kerlikowske for the past six years. Writers of all genres are encouraged to come

and read their work to receive constructive, thoughtful criticism and praise from other aspiring writers. Dr. Kerlikowske says “Make sure you bring at least six copies of what you want to share to pass to others attending the meeting”. The writers then take turns reading aloud from their work and then listen to feedback. Mosaic editor Tiffany Thatcher offers this advice, “If you are uncomfortable sharing at first, then just come and sit and listen to what others are working on. None of us are perfect, yet. We need the feedback from each other. After a meeting or two when you realize that we are all just writing for the enjoyment of it, maybe you will want to share too.” The club meets on Mondays at 2:30 in C-401 in the English faculty offices. Deadline to submit to Mosaic is October 21, 2013. Email submissions to

PTK is off to Cedar Point Heidi Myers Staff Writer A trip to Cedar Point trip, sponsored by Student Life and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, is taking place on October 19th. The trip is a chance for PTK members and guests to have a bit of fun before the stress of the fall semester sets in. The cost is $30 for KCC students and $35 for non-students. PTK is a national honor society

of two-year colleges. Their intent is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. Those interested in joining PTK must have completed at least 12 hours of college credit and maintain a grade point average of 3.5. Students meeting these requirements receive an invitation to join from the local PTK chapter on campus. Those interested in participating in the Cedar Point trip or looking for more information about joining PTK can contact Holly Van Dam (269-965-3931, ext. 2633) or Tanisha Parker in Student Services (269-965-3931, ext. 2600).

Kelly Frost Librarian Library databases and library resources are amazing. If you’ve ever had me visit one of your classes you’ll know I’m a big cheerleader for these high-quality, sophisticated, and powerful resources. But the rest of the "free Internet"—the Internet you can get to through Google or Yahoo or Bing—is also amazing. No matter the topic, a website about it almost surely exists. Sometimes you don’t need a scholarly article or well-written book, you need an easy answer, a video demonstration, or a government statistical database—you need the free Internet. While library databases pull articles from published magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals, the free Internet pulls information from everyone and everywhere. High-quality academic websites exist alongside ranting from fringe political groups. This is why in The Pocket Prof on page 24 you’ll find a chart with questions to help evaluate a website. The free Internet is still a Wild West of sorts with no one sorting fact from fiction or preventing low quality sites from appearing.

When it comes to using the free Internet, it helps to understand the basics of how a search engine operates so you can use the best terms and get better results. Many times students will type in too many words, for example, “factors affecting child development.” This search bring up sites (many low quality) written specifically with students in mind. Sometimes these poorly written, low quality sites have gamed the search engine algorithms so they appear first in a search. Site owners hope students will choose this first site and see all the advertisements blanketing the pages. Putting better words into a search box, just “child development” in this case, will bring back better, higher quality sites. Choosing the right words takes time, knowledge, and many times persistence. Please join me on October 2nd at 2 pm on the main campus when we'll be talking about "all things Google." I’m also hoping to delve into some of the newer search engines like DuckDuckGo which promises to protect your privacy and not track searches the way other search engines do. I’ll be sharing some of my tips and tricks for making Google dance. If you can’t make the academic workshop I’ll be posting resources and more in the Google Like a Librarian Research Guide:


Paralegal Student Association Donna Street Guest Writer My name is Donna Street. I am a third semester paralegal student, the Paralegal Student Association (PSA) president, the paralegal honor society Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) president, and the student assistant for the Paralegal Program Coordinator Susan McCabe. Although I may have many titles, they mean nothing if I do not try to make a difference while at KCC. This summer I spearheaded my first event as the PSA president. With the help of other paralegal students, we held a car wash fundraiser on July 27th. We presold “coupons”, and sold hot dogs, chips, and water on the day of the event. With pride, we donated 100% of our profits to Woman’s Co-Op of Battle Creek. Their heartfelt gratitude was worth more than any amount of money we could have put into our own student organization account. The paralegal students have also been working closely with Calhoun County Street Court. Street Court is made up of volunteers who not only donate their time but also their knowledge to help people who have gotten caught up in the court system and remain there because they are unable to pay off their fines and court costs. These individuals are given the help and resources to bet-

ter not only their own lives, but those of their families, to help them gain financial independence. These individuals have come into the courtroom, scared and unsure, but leave smiling and confident. Street Court meets at 3:00 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month, in the Calhoun County District Courtroom of Judge John Holmes, on the third floor of the Calhoun County Justice Center, 161 East Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek. KCC paralegal students also work with Student Life to cosponsor events such as Constitution Day, which was held on September 17, 2013. We invited Barry County District Court Judge Michael Schipper to be the event’s speaker. We also conduct a regular clothing drive, in which we collect and then give away to the paralegal students new or gently used professional clothing to help them build their professional wardrobe. The next clothing drive will run from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 21 through Thursday, October 24. If you have men’s or woman’s professional clothing or accessories that you would like to donate, bring them to Susan McCabe’s office located in room OITC 202. Please leave your name and address with any donation so that we can send you a thank you card. Here’s hoping all of you have a great semester!

Writing the good fight Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor

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The Veteran’s Writing Project is gearing up for another successful semester. The group, which began last spring, is a place for veteran students to connect while receiving constructive support for their writing abilities. Veteran students can receive help with editing their daily homework and are encouraged to express themselves through poems and essays. The work of several veterans was featured this past spring in the student literary magazine Mosaic and The Bruin. The intent of the group was to de-

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sign a place where veteran students could enhance their college experience by networking with those in similar situations. The goal is to eventually expand the group into additional creative outlets like art and music. They are hoping to create a collaborative art piece to celebrate Veteran’s day in November. This past spring the group created a collaborative piece of poetry that was performed at the Memorial Day Celebration on campus. The poem entitled, “A Dictionary for Memorial Day,” was read aloud by the writers with help from counselor TJ Mohl and English professor Elizabeth Kerlikowske. The poem can be read in its entirety on the KCC Daily blog under Student Writing. The group meets every Monday at 4 p.m. in Building C, Room 301.



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Innovations abroad Cavin Smith Staff Writer There are times in everyone’s life when the monotony of a routine can bring stagnancy to our lives. The same can be said for countries and systems. However, change is a necessary component of growth and traveling is a great way to bring that change. KCC offers an international program, INTL-210, which requires time abroad offering 1-2 trips per year. This year's trip is to Switzerland and Germany May 15 through the 24. Conally Smith, a student of International Studies, explained that she had a positive experience when traveling abroad with KCC. “Travel is always beneficial, and you really can't understand the scope of it until you travel abroad. It changes you in a fundamental way. Something at your core shifts and strengthens. There is a little culture shock,” Smith said. “But the wise traveler embraces the differences as learning tools.” These differences weren’t easy to overcome. An international studies major should be willing to see these differences as a strength. “Language is the biggest barrier, but if you try, most locals will appreciate your attempt and cut you slack,” Smith said. “Everywhere I've been in Europe has been pretty easy to understand; they're all required to learn English in school.” The government of Switzerland has declared that by the year 2034 they will have abandoned all nuclear power plants to adopt more “green” alternatives. Germany has also joined the go green movement and shares the top two positions in leaders in sustainable and reusable energies. Students who attend the trip will be exploring different and new sources of energy as the travel, which both countries plan to countryside. Students will focus on comparing and contrasting the cultures and societies with the American culture they are familiar with. Students will explore various sources of renewable and sustainable energies while learning what types of limitations with geographical location and any other potential limits. Students will also get to learn about any difficulties with implementing these new innovations while preserving historical integrity. The trip begins with an overnight flight to Frankfurt, the financial epicenter of Germany. Next students will travel through Darmstadt, self-dubbed “The City of Science” and a well-known High-Tech center with many types of industries. These include spacecraft operations, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, information technology, biotechnology and telecommunication. Also located in Darmstadt is Hundertwasser’s Waldspirale residential complex. Completed in 2000, the colorful complex displays more than 1000 individually unique windows on a round cornered U-shaped building that has gold and silver onion domes. As students continue their journey they will head to the city set in the emerald foothills of Neckar Valley named Heidelberg, home to Heidelberg Castle.


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The castle displays amazing views that inspired Johann Wolfgang Goethe, as well as a tablet containing a tribute poem to Goethe by Marianne von Willemer. Also at Heidelberg castle is a wine barrel that is so big a dance floor was once conPraha, Ceska republika at night structed on its top. “The benefits of travel are endless. I first went in 2007, and I'm still discovering ways that I'm different because of that trip. And each subsequent adventure has shaped me a little more, and a little differently,” Conally continues. “We can only grow as big as our environment allows. The world should be your neighborhood.I first went to England because I wanted to see England. No other reason. I continue to travel because my environment can no longer contain my desire to grow.” For more information, interested students can contact Michelle Wright at 965-3921 ext: 2217 or by email at You may also contact Peg Stapleton by phone at 9653921 ext: 2224 or by email at sta- The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest

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opinion Based on a true story (kind of) Johnathan Hogan Staff Writer Oh, what it used to mean to see those words before the beginning of a film. Fictional movies provide great entertainment and adventures the audience could never hope to enjoy in their mundane lives. And yet, sometimes it’s the more realistic, character-driven stories that truly draw out our sympathies, and few films draw more sympathy than those based on a true story. Such stories include classics about Roman political drama Gladiator, a father attempting to achieve financial independence while raising a son Pursuit of Happiness, and a butler who serves various presidents The Butler. These stories would go a long way towards showing that truth truly is stranger than fiction were it not for one minor flaw; when they use the words ‘based on a true story,’ they do so very loosely. Take Gladiator for example. The protagonist of the film, General Maximus Decimus Meridius, is an entirely fictional character set among real historical figures. The main antagonist, Commodus, is technically a real character, though it’s hard to say considering that the only aspects the real Commodus shares with his movie counterpart are that he was an emperor of Rome, and his name was in fact Commodus. Real Commodus never assassinated his father, Marcus Aurelius, who instead died from disease, never desired an incestuous relationship with his sister, Lucilla, instead having her killed for an attempted coup. And the real Commodus was not a pompous, cowardly, little man as the film portrays. In fact the real Commodus often fought in the

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Coliseum himself. All these inaccuracies would mean very little if they improved the film, and yet a lot of great opportunities are missed from the real story. A movie about a young emperor who shirks his duties to go fight in the arena while his sister plots against him can certainly be an amazing move. And if the director, Ridley Scott, decided he was just going to ignore history and make up a fictional protagonist, then he might as well have just made the entire film fictional and saved historians the grief. It’s not that all movies based on true stories are made worse for tweaking the story. Pursuit of Happiness, a movie starring Will Smith about a man attempting to improve his lot in life both for himself and his son, was greatly improved by putting more emphasis on Chris Gardner’s role as a father and for removing some of his less redeeming qualities (such as the fact that he was arrested for domestic violence). These, however, were minor tweaks that left the core purpose of the story intact. When films make larger changes, it feels like I’m being taught false history. This fact holds especially true for films such as Argo, about the Iranian hostage crisis in the 1970s, an event still remembered by many viewers. Instead of focusing on the action or the drama of the scene, I find myself more annoyed by inaccuracies and changes that anyone could pick out. By all means, a little exaggeration can be a good thing for a movie, but just once I’d like to watch a film without having someone say “That’s not what happened.” Instead, Hollywood should give the real stories a closer look and try to bring to life the drama that’s already there, because while truth may not always be stranger than fiction, it can certainly be just as entertaining.

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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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1 Academic Workshop: Emerging Technology for Job Search TBD • 3:00 – 4:00 pm 1 Hispanic Heritage Month Event Student Center • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 2 Phi Theta Kappa: Information Social Kellogg Room • 4:00 – 5:00 pm 2 Academic Workshop: Google Like a Librarian TBD • 2:00 – 3:00 pm 3 KCC Women’s Volleyball vs Grand Rapids Miller Gym • 6:30 pm 3 Battle Creek Regional Job Fair/Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair Kellogg Arena • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 3 Transfer Student Information Table: Miller College • Central Walkway • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm 4 College Transfer Visit: Western Michigan University Kalamazoo • sign up in Academic Advising • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 6 Schubertiade 2013 Faculty and Student Recital Davidson Center Auditorium • 3:00 pm 8 Academic Workshop: Job Interviewing TBD • 2:00 – 3:00 pm 8 KCC Women’s Volleyball vs Kalamazoo Valley Miller Gym • 6:30 pm 9 Phi Theta Kappa: Information Social Fehsenfeld Center, Hastings • 4:40 pm – 5:30 pm 11 College Transfer Visit: Albion & Olivet Sign up in Academic Advising • 8:00 am Departure 11-12 Fall Play “The Nerd” Binda Theatre • 7:30 pm 12 KCC Women’s Soccer vs Owens KCC Soccer Field • 1:00 pm 13 & 20 Fall Play “The Nerd” Binda Theatre • 3:00 pm 14 – Nov 8th Glimmer: The Haunting of the Graham House Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center 8:00 am – 4:30 pm 15 KCC Women’s Volleyball vs Muskegon Miller Gym • 6:30 pm 15 CoffeeHouse Performance Micaela Kingslight Student Center • 10:30 am – 1:00 pm 16 Opening Reception Glimmer: The Hunting of the Graham House Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center 4:00 – 6:00 pm 17 Transfer Student Information Table: Davenport University Central Walkway • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 18 & 19 Fall Play “The Nerd” Binda Theatre • 7:30 pm 18 College Transfer Visit: Grand Valley State University Sign up in Academic Advising • 9:30 am Departure 19 KCC Women’s Soccer vs Muskegon KCC Soccer Field • 1:00 pm 19 Phi Theta Kappa: Cedar Point Trip Sandusky, OH • 8:00 am – 9:30 pm 22 KCC Women’s Volleyball vs Ancilla Miller Gym • 6:30 pm 25 Bruins Give Back 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 26 Cereal City Concert Band Fall Concert Lakeview Middle School Auditorium • 7:00 pm 29 Costume Contest Concert 7:00 pm 30 Kampus Activities Board: Scary Movie Night Kellogg Room • 7:00 pm 31 American Red Cross Annual Blood Drive Kellogg Room • 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

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Lost in the masquerade: what’s happened to Halloween? Cara Clingan Staff Writer Halloween just is not the same anymore and it’s easy to see why. I used to be able to sit out on my porch and watch children from all around the neighborhood come and trick or treat or be able to head down the street to my neighbor’s haunted house. Times have caused us to be overly cautious: fear of poisoned candy or razors in apples, our kids being beaten up for their candy, or even wearing restricted costumes. But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Halloween change…in fact, Halloween was not really all about trick or treating or carving pumpkins. Halloween originates all the way back to a Celtic festival called Samhain. Tracing back around 2000 years in the lands that are now called United Kingdom, Ireland, and Northern France, the Celtics celebrated their New Years on November 1. There was always a celebration the night before (just like we do now with our New Years) that was known as Samhain. The Samhain festival honored the Celtic lord of Death, signaled the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, a season of cold, darkness, and decay, and ushered in the new Celtic year. Families would put out their hearth fires to simulate the cold and darkness of the upcoming winter. To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where people gathered to burn crops and animals as

sacrifice to the Celtic deities. People often wore costumes made from animal skin and bones as the Druids would attempt to read futures for the upcoming year. Just like with our traditions, it was believed that this was the night when spirits returned to Earth and they aided the druids in seeing into the future. Food, wine, and candles were left along the side of the road to help guide spirits and those with too much to drink, home. At the end of the night, the hearths would be relit using the fire from the festival in hopes that it blessed that home. Around 43 A.D, the Romans had taken over a majority of the Celtic territories and combined their celebrations with the Celtics’. The first was Feralia, a day in late October that commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween. As time went on, the Colonies came about and these practices weren’t as popular as they were across the seas seeing as America was trying to become a new country. Many traditions came along as more people came to America. Instead of leaving wine and food out for spirits, it was recommended by the churches to pass out “soul-cakes” to those who begged in exchange for prayers for the dead. The practice, which was referred to as “going-a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in the neighborhood and be given

Leading spirits home last Halloween

ale, food, and money. The story of leaving food and wearing costumes changed once more in the early 1900s when it was still believed that spirits roamed the earth on All Hollows Eve. They’d leave food in bowls outside their home and wear costumes to hide their identities. Many more of our superstitions came about from these times as well. The reason we avoided walking in front of black cats. This idea has its roots in the middle ages when many people believed that witches avoided detection by turning themselves into cats. Jack-o-lanterns trace back to an old Irish tale about a man named Stingy Jack. Unable to enter Heaven because of his stingy ways and turned away by the Devil, Stingy Jack wandered the world, searching for a resting place. To light his way, Stingy Jack used a burning coal in a hollowed out

Crisis prevention on the campus of KCC TJ Mohl Counselor Crisis prevention begins with the understanding that prevention means creating a safe campus. A safe campus requires involvement of everyone who works, studies or visits our campus. Administratively, our campus is consistently engaged in the promotion of safety. These safety efforts range from our smart classrooms to the promotion of crisis preparedness. Recently, those efforts have included campus renovations, safety training for faculty and staff, and increased communication. *The new Student Center is a good example of how the environment impacts safety. It is bright and welcoming; aesthetically it promotes a feeling of calm. Humanly we respond to the color and the condition of our environment. Our well-kept campus also promotes

pride and participation in an attitude of promoting safety. *We all want a safe place to work and study. To make that a reality we need to recognize the efforts of our colleagues and friends who participate in making that happen. The campus initiative “Define Yourself ” encourages students and staff to accept responsibility for themselves and to take pride in who they are becoming. If we, as individuals, are intentional about taking responsibility for ourselves, our belongings and the tasks at hand, then we are a part of crisis prevention. My top ten reasons why KCC is a safe campus: 1) student code of conduct; 2) campus attentiveness to creating an atmosphere of learning; 3) safety discussions during orientations and trainings; 4) positive activities and events that promote inclusion and engagement; 5) great students who choose to be leaders;

6) promotions like “ Define Yourself ”; 7) beautiful campus facilities and grounds; 8) an exceptional instructional team that goes above and beyond; 9) the campus connection to community; and, number 10 on my list of reasons that KCC is a safe learning environment is the way the faculty, staff and students do their part in contributing to the academic excellence at KCC. This is a place people want to be. As a campus counselor I am very much aware of the impact of environment, individual attitudes and how the sense of being safe contributes to crisis prevention. Taking pride in being responsible for self contributes to overall positive atmosphere on campus. In a “Culture of Caring” we are not only safe but more productive which leads to greater success.

BRUIN BOOKSTORE National Student Day Thursday, October 3 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Students & Staff who bring in non-perishable food items will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Red Lobster/Olive Garden

photo by Cara Clingan

turnip -- hence the name "jack-o-lantern." This turned into a pumpkin once trading with America began. Young women tossed apple peels over their shoulders, hoping that the peels would fall on the floor in the shape of their future husbands' initials. They tried to learn about their futures by peering at egg yolks floating in a bowl of water and stood in front of mirrors in darkened rooms, holding candles and looking over their shoulders for their husbands' faces. We have lost a majority of these traditions through history. Time changes everything and with it our whole world changes constantly. How long until our Halloween is lost behind the masquerade mask of time?

Gallery Exhibit

Glimmer: The Haunting of the Graham House Photography by Christopher Schneberger

Oct. 14-Nov. 8 Monday-Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm in the Davidson Visual & Performing Arts Center Free Admission


The older student R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to Me Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor I decided this month to take a break from my normal more personal columns to offer some advice. In my two and a half years at KCC I believe that I’ve gained some wisdom that I can pass on to my fellow students. I’m one of those weirdos that takes school very seriously. I take pride in the fact that I am an honor student and have been on the Dean’s list for two years straight. I do not take my education for granted. My parents are not paying my way through school, and I will not get a second chance if I fail a class. My tuition and transcript are my responsibility. It’s possible the fact that I’m older than most students weighs heavily on my mind. I was raised that you went to school or work every day. We did not call in or play hooky because people were counting on us. True, school is a little different because the only one responsible for your education is you. School has only been in session for a few weeks, but I have become so saddened by my fellow students behavior that I felt I needed to address it. I am consistently shocked by the level of unpreparedness of my classmates. How do students walk into a college classroom empty-handed? It sounds ridiculous, but it happens in every class I take. There is always the one student that strolls in just as class is starting and then proceeds to beg/borrow paper and something to write with. Last semester I took a creative writing class, and there was one student that came every day without paper or a pencil. Did he think there was no chance he’d have to write anything? Every student should come to class with a notebook and something to write with. You never know when you will need to make a note or take a quiz. Carrying the textbook to every class is not always required. You will learn in the first week or so how often the textbook will be used in class. I always bring mine just in case I need it for class or to work on homework if I get a break. I freely admit that I love my IPhone. That tiny piece of metal and glass holds my entire life, but when class starts, my phone is muted and put away. I don’t understand the students that routinely text, Facebook, and Twitter throughout class. How do they expect to retain any information from the lecture if they are focusing on their phone screen? It’s also disrespectful to the instructor to be texting while they are attempting to teach. There is always the one student that laments, “I need to keep my phone on. I have kids.” I have kids too, but I have do not worry about turning my phone off for an

hour and twenty minutes. Every school, daycare, and child should have an emergency contact that they can call if their parent is unavailable. Tell your children that mom/dad will be in school today, and if they need something call grandma, aunty, or the next door neighbor. Then inform these same people to leave you a message about the situation so you can address it when class is over. Emergencies do come up, and there will be a time when you will need to leave in the middle of class. If possible, excuse yourself; if not, slip out as least disruptively as possible and then email your instructor with an explanation later. Just remember that whatever work or notes you missed will be your responsibility to makeup, if the instructor allows. Treat yourself and fellow students with respect. If you need a snack in class, eat it quietly and clean up after yourself. Instructors hate the sound of a crackling chip bag. Grab a napkin, pour you chips onto it, and eat them from there. Then throw your mess away. No one wants to sit at the table you just littered with crumbs and chocolate smears. I’m not against snacking. I believe strongly that if a student is hungry, all they will focus on is their hunger, it’s better to quicher t a etly eat a small Th y Tiffan snack then zone out on an entire day’s lecture. Dry snacks like chips, pretzels, fruit, and cheese are perfectly acceptable. If you sit down with Subway or a pizza, you are bound to offend someone. The smell alone can drive another student crazy. Plus there is always the off-chance that one of your classmates will have a food allergy. You don’t want to be responsible for someone going into anaphylactic shock from peanut butter sandwich remnants. If you need to eat a meal, finish it on your break in the Student Center or in your car. College is a place where life-long friendships are made. You will meet students and instructors at KCC that will make a huge difference in your life. That being said, class time is not the time to catch up on what your friends did over the weekend. Talk before or after class, or get each other’s number and text outside of school. There is nothing more distracting then trying to take notes during a lecture when the instructor is struggling to be heard above the side conversations. It ultimately comes down to respect. You should treat your fellow classmates with respect and respect your own education. The Define Yourself campaign on campus says just that, Rights, Respect, Responsibility. Students have the right to explore, learn and succeed. They have the responsibility to be active in their own education, and respect themselves and those around them. If you are not serious about making an effort and wanting to learn, you will fail. The instructors are very aware of the students that show up to every class ready to learn or at least try versus the ones that show no effort and just don’t care. You should treat your instructors like they are your future employers. If you came unprepared to work, texted all during your shift, and ate dinner on the job, you would be fired. Those that come prepared and willing to learn are the ones that will be successful in life and in the workforce.

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October 2013


books and has feedback from prior listings from the people who read the books. You haven’t looked hard enough! Dr. Avid Too Dear Dr. Destiny, What happened to the news? It’s like I’m watching Court TV or Hollywood reality shows. Unimpressed

Dear Dr. Destiny, What do you think about students having to start paying loans back after 6 months of no school? I’ve seen people miss fall semester because they couldn’t afford to take out another loan. Broke in Battle Creek Dear Broke, I hate the idea of students having to pay their loans back in six months out, but it does make a case for starting and going until you complete your course of study. As much as the quick loan re-payment seems to be unreasonable, I don’t know what the banks can do. The government has done a fine job already of getting us into a huge debt, so expecting even more government help just isn’t sensible. Just make sure the career you are pursuing has a future with good pay, benefits, and opportunity so all your hardship is worth it. Dr. Money-less Dear Dr. Destiny, I’m an avid reader, and I’ve been trying to find a good read. Instead, I’ve been finding sick romantic novels. Why won’t people find something interesting to read or write instead of all that crap? Sincerely, Worried Avid Reader Dear Avid Reader, Have you tackled the classics? You can find more books to read than you will be able to find time to read them, and they won’t be sick romantic novels. Ask the librarians for reading suggestions based on your likes and dislikes. Google “100 books everyone should read” to find quite a list of interesting, diverse reads. Goodreads is an on-line source that recommends good, new

Dear Unimpressed, You have asked a good question, and the answer is that networks will serve what people want. If the world is in love with Honey Boo Boo and the Kardashians, then those folks and their opinions of what is important will mold the reporting as well as the prime time offerings. Stick with NPR or Fox (depending on your leanings) to get news reporting. Dr.Not a big fan of popular culture Dear Dr. D, Why are the girls wearing those shorts SO short, SO tight, and looking SO skanky? Shocked but definitely not awed Dear Shocked, Some young women wear what they think young men want to see. And some young men want to see what some people view as skanky. Others want any attention they can find, even if it’s negative, because they don’t view themselves as worthy of notice otherwise. Compliment the women and the men who are wearing the things you do like. Positive reinforcement will keep the well-dressed, or at least the appropriately dressed, continuing. Personally, I have no desire to see front or rear cleavage on anyone. You’re in college preparing for a serious career in the world of business, so dress like that rather than a pole dancer on the loose. Dr. Sad Dear Dr. Destiny, I just drank a bottle of Kahlua and hand lotion. Am I gonna die? Sleepless in Seattle

Dear Sleepless in Seattle, Perhaps of stupidity. Dr. D.

KELLOGG COMMUNITY COLLEGE Arts and Communication Department presents...

Schubertiade Sunday October 6, 2013 3 pm Davidson Center Auditorium

This concert is supported by Elenor R. and Robert A. Devries.





October 2013

Veterans, A glimpse of the paranormal we need you! Lacy Janousek Co-Editor Eleanor R. & Robert A. DeVries Gallery in the Davidson Performing Arts Center will be displaying a new artist installation mid-October. Glimmer: The Haunting of the Graham House will feature the work of Christopher Schneberger, a photographer. Schneberger focuses on the paranormal and supernatural history. He explains that his work show two contradictory aspects as a protagonist is alone but there is a supernatural presence to be found in the photo. “Rather than perpetrating a hoax, I’m attempting to suspend the disbelief of the viewer even for a moment, and seduce them with the impossible, while simultaneously prompting them to question both the veracity of the narrator and the systems by which we absorb and trust information,” says Schneberger. His installations have been featured across the country as well as internationally. Recently, the paranormal works have been displayed at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, Dorsky Projects in New York, Geocarto International in Hong Kong, the 3D Center for Art and Photography in Portland, and Printworks Gallery in Chicago. The photographer graduated from the University of Florida with a Fine arts degree and later received his Masters in Fine Arts from Indiana University. He uses this knowledge to educate young artists and photographers as an adjunct professor at Co-

lumbia College Chicago and as the Department Head for Digital Arts and Photography at the Lillstreet Art Center also in Chicago. He has been awarded the individual artist grant by the Illinois Arts Council twice. Schneberger, a Florida native, now calls Chicago home and plays the drums in a band called Moon. The photographer blends history with his art, working to create a wellrounded experience for the viewer. “With the installations I seek to weave together historical fact and fiction, blurring the line between the two with archival supporting documents and artifacts, both authentic and counterfeit, exhibited along with the work,” Schneberger explains. “By these conceits, I seek to open a dialectic about history, the museum, factual accuracy, and pseudoscience.” The Davidson gallery will house the paranormal works October 14 through November 8. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 pm on October 16 to welcome the art on campus. “With these narratives, I mean to entertain the viewer and immerse them in a story,” Schneberger explained. “And I also ask the viewer to question their own preconceptions of the impossible.”

Tiffany Thatcher Co-Editor

"John at the Fireplace" shows some human awareness of the paranormal.

Schneberger's "Ashley in her Bathroom" makes viewers question if we are ever really alone.

"Sarah at the Piano" highlights the spooky subtlety of Schneberger's work photos courtesy of Christopher Schneberger

The Learning Resource Center will be the home to a veterans art display through the month of November. Veteran’s art work of every medium is being accepted for submission and display, along with poems, essays and short stories. As part of the month long celebration presentations about veterans issues will be made weekly on Monday afternoons. Attendees will be given punch cards and after they attend two presentations they will be entered into a drawing to win an IPad mini, donated by the LRC. Refreshments will be served at each presentation. The exhibit will conclude with an art tour, speakers and soloists, and refreshments at the end of the month. All art work must be framed for display and all written submissions must be mounted. Ed and Pete Williams from the Davidson office, and Publications have volunteered to frame and mount all submissions. All art and pieces must be submitted by October 16 to the Davidson building, so it can be mounted and framed for the show. Please attach the following to each art submission; Title, artist contact information, a physical description (media, size, color), and sale information if applicable. Written submissions must be typed in at least 12pt font and have attached; Title, and artist’s contact information and submitted to TJ Mohl in Support Services. For further information Contact TJ Mohl or Tiffany Thatcher

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Ar t Prize Didactic Revolvers Marty Bobinac Staff Writer Art Prize has once again taken over downtown Grand Rapids. Ten KCC students with the guidance from art instructor Vicki VanAmeyden created an entry entitled “Didactic-Revolvers.� The montage piece took first place over 400 other entries at Western Michigan University and earned them a place in the Grand Rapids event. The students are now eligible for the grand prize of $200,000. The free event runs for 19 days. KCC offered a bus tour to view Art Prize on Sept. 27th. The students involved in creating the piece are Natalie Cope, Adam Corey, Jeremy Gray, Madelyn Houghton, Kayla McCarthy, Taylor McCoy, Morgan Paul, Stephen Robinson, Liz Stafford, and Nadine Weisser. More information can be found at www.artprize. org/western-michiganuniversity-grand-rapids

KCC students and instructor Vicki VanAmeyden were selected for Art Prize in downtown Grand Rapids

photo by Ed Williams


October 2013


Athletics + academics = success No pain, no game

Eleanor Alexander Staff Writer

KCC Baseball Head Coach Eric Laskovy is easy going, relaxed, and smiles often. He has all the reason in the world to smile, “Our baseball program’s had tremendous success, not just regionally but nationally.” Since 1999, the team has been to the NJCAA World Series five times and won eight conference titles, a feat only a handful of teams in the country can top. Not only has the team succeeded athletically, but academically as well. Last year, the KCC baseball team won their conference and was ranked as high as thirteenth nationally. The team is also nationally ranked thirteenth out of 400 academically, with an overall Last year's team at C.O. Brownfield GPA averaging at 3.2. “We’ve been able to have the rare combination of bethe level they are expected to perform at. ing able to have the success on the field Athletic Director Tom Shaw explained, and off it as well,” Laskovy grinned. “It’s “Human nature allows you to protect the all about this education…baseball is a reality.” Not everyone can be successful passion, it’s fleeting though, it’s only goboth on the field and in the classroom. ing to last so long, but that education’s The transition both mentally and physigoing to take them places forever.” cally can be difficult. Shaw describes The team members are held to a outfielder and sophomore Tanner Mchigh standard, not everyone can meet Carn as a great kid and a talented athlete,

Dakota Roberts Sports Editor

photo by Simon Thalmann

but making “…the transition mentally is quite difficult.” McCarn described it as a lot of hard work, “We are held to such a high standard on the field and off of the field because of Kellogg's history and reputation.” He says that all of the hard work is worth it to receive such a quality education and play on such a high-ranking team.

Playing for a cause Mary Emington Staff Writer On October 8th and 12th two teams will take the field, not only p l a y i n g for the Bruins of Kellogg Community College, but for a cause. The soccer team will hold a Dig Pink soccer game for Breast Cancer Awareness on the 12th while the volleyball squad will compete on the 8th for Autism Awareness. Each match will have brochures for more information as well as an opportunity to donate at the gate. Miller Building Coordinator Sharon Powell says, “These events are all about educating more people about these conditions and to help raise money for research.” The Dig Pink soccer game is the 3rd annual game dedicated to breast cancer awareness. It will be held appropriately in the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October. The proceeds will be sent to the Wellness Committee and the Komen Race for the Cure. The volleyball Autism Awareness game’s proceeds will go towards the local chapter office. There will be door prizes at half time with the purchase of tickets also going towards donations. While winning is one of the main goals, these two teams have made it apparent that they are willing to support causes other than their own. The hope is to raise enough money to benefit each organization and further research about autism and breast cancer.

The Kellogg Community College women’s soccer team is hard at work under Head Coach Barth Beasley. After four regular season games the Bruins have tallied up a 1-3 record, and three of their four games were settled by only one point. Growing pains are in effect in every freshman walk of life; just being freshman student is hard enough. Of the 16 student athletes on the Bruins soccer squad, 12 are freshman. “ W e are really a majority freshman team this year,” said B e a s l e y. “It’s been an adjustment for a majority of the girls to get used to.” In any sport the Shelby Hayes transition photo by Desiree Lundy from high school to college is similar to driving a go-kart and then jumping into NASCAR. The Bruins Soccer team has prided themselves on playing possession ball, and keeping the tempo of the game on their side. “Our system is different here,” Beasley stated. “We don’t play a bunch of kick ball; we play build up possession ball.” Although the Bruins only have four sophomores on the team, their head coach is very proud and pleased with the outcomes early in the season. “I’m proud of them, they’re fighters,” Beasley concluded. A key role for any team is leadership and this freshman based team finds their leadership from sophomore captain Shelby Hayes. “She’s one of our leaders. I’m very proud of her and I’m very proud to have her here as a Bruin,” Beasley insisted. “She’s giving one thousand percent on the field.” Hayes is an Allegan native who had to miss some playing time in high school due to an unfortunate injury. Hayes had a dislocated ankle and her tibia was out of place. Playing in pain is one giant this Bruin fights through every practice and game. “Shelby [has] really hung in there and she didn’t play her last year of high school ball, which was an injustice,” Beasley said. “Oh it hurts,” Hayes said regarding her injury. “It’s just something you have to fight through every day.” While Hayes and the Bruins are striding to get better every day, they realize the most important aspect on the field is working hard. “I tell them the only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary,” Beasley said.

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