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The Bruin September, 2015 | Kellogg Community College |

In the Spotlight:

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Is English your second language?

Meet Marcus Anderson and Susan Sawyer

An ESL Study group has been created!

Within the classrooms of KCC, students will find individuals who are passionate about what they do and are willing to help others. These same individuals may also be seen in the hallway, strolling to their next class or even to a meeting. - Pg 3

An on-campus study group has recently been created to give additional assistance to KCC students who speak English as a second language (ESL). - Pg 2 First Day of class: A success for all! - Pg 2

College budget 101: temptations How much are you really spending weekly on campus? Heidi Gartley

Editor-In-Chief Between tuition, books, and commuting to and from campus, college can be quite expensive. KCC students are taking large amounts of money out of their wallets and bank accounts in order to obtain the degrees that will take them farther in the future. However, they are also shoveling money out of their wallets for other things, such as temptations on campus. These temptations include the vending machines, Bruin Bistro, and Mini Café. While these resources are great assets to KCC, students may also begin to use them carelessly and mindlessly. Imagine this scenario: A student is running late to class and skipped breakfast, so she grabs a Pop Tart from the vending machine. That’s $1.00. She gets thirsty after her Chemistry lab, so she buys a Pepsi on her way to the library. She has now spent $2.50 today. After studying and going to two more classes, the student is starving. She grabs an Italian meatball sub from the Bruin Bistro before heading home. Overall, she spent $7.50 on campus that day. If this potential student experiences a similar scenario two times each week, she would be spending $15.00 per week and $60.00 per month. By using the three steps below, though, she could put this money towards more important things. First of all, bring snacks or a packed lunch, especial-

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Above: Tate Brawley purchases a coffee from the Bruin Bistro

ly when spending long periods of time on campus. By buying larger quantities from the grocery store, more money will be saved in the end. If time is an issue, bag all of the snacks at the beginning of the week so they can be stored and quickly grabbed before leaving. In addition, invest in a water bottle or thermos; too

much money can be thrown away by buying individual drinks. Coffee can be made at home to bring to class or water bottles can be refilled at the drinking fountains on campus. Not only is this a cheaper way to stay hydrated, it is also better for the environment because it reduces the amount of trash. Lastly, designate a specific day for splurging on campus. Mark it on a calendar to buy a sweet treat from the vending machines every Wednesday or set a phone reminder for buying a delicious Bruin Bistro sandwich every other Friday. However, it may be wise to still bring a back-up snack on your “designated day” just in case you’re still hungry.

Living on a college kid budget and resisting on-campus temptations can be difficult. Therefore, it’s important to reward oneself every now and then for working so hard. Contact Heidi Gartley at

TOMODACHI Leadership Academy in Japan Diana Dalski

Guest Writer Editor’s Note: The following is an article written by KCC dual-enrolled student, Diana Dalski. This summer she was awarded the opportunity to travel to Japan to be part of a Leadership Academy. When asked to share her experience with the students and staff of KCC, she didn’t hesitate to accept the request.

Hello, I’m Diana Dalski. I’m a Sophomore at Pennfield High School, as well as dual-enrolled at Kellogg Community College. I am happy to have the honor of sharing my trip to Japan with you! I found out that I’d be going to Japan on May 21, 2015. I had entered an essay contest, answering one of four

prompts addressing major problems in the world, through an organization named TOMODACHI for the annual “TOMODACHI Toshiba Science and Technology Leadership Academy.” This academy accepted 8 students from around the United States into its program. At the time, I hardly had an idea how massively this organization would change my life. I first flew out to California, where I met the other American participants. We bonded and spent a day in California, the most memorable pieces of it being on the pier of Newport Beach. Then we were flying once again for a little over 10 hours to Japan. When we got to Japan our Japanese counterparts met us. They were all extremely nice and so amazing in that they all spoke

English with us; I quickly learned how much we take for granted when it comes to being able to communicate with each other. Throughout the week we went to many places, my favorite of which was Skytree, the tallest tower in Tokyo and second tallest tower in the world. We also went to Asakusa, the Toshiba Science Museum, as well as Mount Takao, which was the most beautiful location we visited. At our hotel we worked with groups (consisting of both Japanese and American students and teachers) on 2 group projects. The first was a straw tower challenge, where we were given limited resources and had to build towers as tall as possible that could survive an earthquake as well as a Tsunami. My team, Green team, got

first place. It must be said, though, that every team won in it’s own way. The second project was developing a smart community for any chosen city-my team chose Sendai, Japan. At the end of the week we presented to many different officials, including Bill Nye the Science Guy. To list everything I learned would take too long, but I suppose the one thing that truly stuck out to me was the Japanese ideal, “Mottainai,” which basically means “Waste not, want not.” It conveys the regret one has from being wasteful. Japan is a small country with limited resources. Nearly everywhere I went I’d almost never find a wastebasket, but instead recycling. -Cont. on page 4


Campus News

A letter from the Editor: meet Heidi Gartley Heidi Gartley


Students and staff of KCC, I am the editor of The Bruin, your campus new-paper. It is my job to make sure the stories you read are not only entertaining, but also informative. Above all else, though, accuracy is my first priority for The Bruin. An article containing false information won’t do any good for its readers. Whether it is a misspelled name, incorrect date, or inaccurate job title, I will try my best to prevent it from being printed. However, it is important to remember that I, as well as our writers, are human and may make mistakes. If you do find a mistake within our newspaper, please email The Bruin or myself. I will make sure any necessary corrections will be included in the next month’s issue. In addition to accuracy, I strive to include variety. I want every Kellogg student to be able to pick up this newspaper and find one or more articles that interests him or her. I also hope to have many different students and staff members quoted and featured in the stories. Everyone deserves to have fifteen minutes of fame in The Bruin.

This “fame” may also be achieved by having work published. Students are encouraged to take the journalism classes offered at KCC, which will give them the opportunity to submit articles. We welcome news, personal interest, opinion, and sports stories in The Bruin. Students and staff are also able to submit photographs for the paper. I am holding high expectations for myself as editor, and I hope you are, too. My mission is for this newspaper to be the best it can possibly be. Please help me with this by emailing me pictures, your feedback on articles, and any possible stories or story ideas. The Bruin should represent KCC and the lives that make up this wonderful college, and that is my ultimate goal. Thank you for your time and support.

The study table is open! ESL study group Heidi Gartley

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Above: Editor-in-Chief, Heidi Gartley

First day of class: a success for all!

Editor-In-Chief An on-campus study group has recently been created to give additional assistance to KCC students who speak English as a second language (ESL). The ESL Study Table takes place every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in room 210 of the Severin Building. It will continue until December 3, 2015. Elyse Jozlin, a Kellogg English instructor, stated that this group was established because, “I had many ESL students in my courses who would like extra practice or assistance with English, and we do not currently run English courses specifically for ESL learners.” With that being said, students are not required to be enrolled in an English class if they’re interested in joining. “They simply need to be enrolled in at least one KCC course,” added Jozlin. At the meetings, a tutor who is also an English instructor will be present. If needed, a Burmese speaking student will attend to help with translating. The study table is open to any Kellogg students who speak English as their second language. Additionally, “English speaking students can volunteer with the program. This would be a great service learning opportunity for them,” Jozlin shared. The meetings are not mandatory so participants do not have to attend every week. Students are not required to stay the entire two hours either. Jozlin said, “If they have a question that can be addressed in five minutes, that is okay.” Overall, the mission of the ESL Study Table is to “help students have a better understanding of the English language,” Jozlin concludes. They hope to achieve this mission by providing qualified tutors, as well as an organized time and location for students to help one another and study. For more information on the ESL Study Table, contact Elyse Jozlin at or call her extension (2289). Support Services Tutoring is also able to answer questions at 269-965-3931, ext.2392 or Contact Heidi Gratley at

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Top Left: Hunter Mauk and Dequilla Lackey|Top Right: Elizabeth Reist Second Row Left: Bobbi Joe Vanwormer|Second Row Right: Unknown Third Row Left: Samira Hall and Kamariah Hall|Third Row Right: Megan Olds, Dylan Rank, and Andrew Maddox Bottom Left: Kimberly James, Omari Essex, and Kellie Keller|Bottom Right: Alexis Kosten and Adalin Eteamakia



In the Spotlight: meet Marcus Anderson and Susan Sawyer Heidi Gartley

Editor-In-Chief Within the classrooms of KCC, students will find individuals who are passionate about what they do and willing to help others. These same individuals may also be seen in the hallway, strolling to their next class or even to a meeting. Sometimes they can be found in their office, replying to endless emails or grading assignments. To those on campus they are known as professors, but who are these individuals off-campus? Marc Anderson, a professor within the statistics program, is beginning his twentieth year as an educator. Before accepting a position with KCC, he taught within the Lakeview school district for nearly fifteen years, at both middle school and high school levels. “I enjoy the blend of real-life application to mathematics,” states Anderson about his career. Sue Sawyer has been a Kellogg professor for almost twenty-five years and a teacher for over 30 years. Though she

has taught many courses, she is currently teaching Microbiology and Chemistry. Aside from education, Sawyer enjoys creating pottery. She has even taken a few art classes with fellow KCC professor, Pete Williams. Anderson’s hobby includes “collecting and repairing pinball machines and full size arcade games.” He is able to support this hobby by writing a 500-word video game review for the Battle Creek Enquirer each week; he is nearing his 400th article. Anderson loves that each time he plays on one of his gaming machines, he gets the chance to feel like a kid again. Rather than collecting arcade games, Sawyers says she is a big fan of Syfy, the television channel. She is also a fan of the Battle Creek Mediterranean restaurant, Malia. She loves that each time she visits the place there is something new to try. Sawyer added, “I am an outdoors person.” One of her favorite things to do is be outside, whether it’s with her husband, two children, or her animals. When asked about some of his favorite

things, Anderson mentioned Hearthstone, his favorite game recently. It is a collectible card game, similar to Magic: The Gathering. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Kalamazoo is his favorite theater and, “my wonderful wife and two children are easily my favorites, too,” Anderson continues. Marus Anderson Many KCC students have probably seen the professor aspect of both Sawyer and Anderson, for their dedication and willingness to help is hard to miss. Yet, students are most likely unaware that Sawyer used to judge poultry and was once an “expert witness in a trial” due to her poultry experience or that Anderson has “a full-functioning arcade in [his] basement” and confesses to being better than he should be at Dance Dance Revolution. These former KCC graduates don’t

Come join the “magical” fun with The Gathering Heidi Gartley

Editor-In-Chief The students of KCC have the opportunity to come together to form what is known as a Registered Student Organization (RSO). There are already twenty-six existing RSOs on campus, including Crude Arts Club, International Studies Club, and Tech Club. These groups are established because the students involved share a common interest or goal. In order for students to form a new RSO, they must have the “RSO Essentials,” which can be found on page 28 in the Student Handbook. They need to find at least one KCC faculty member who is willing to be the advisor, as well as a minimum of 5 current KCC students who will be members. It is also required that a constitution is created for the group. It must state the name of the organization, objectives and purpose, membership, officers and duties, meetings, and KCC’s non-discrimination clause. More information regarding the current RSOs, RSO requirements, and RSO event planning can be found in the Student Handbook on pages 25-32. The Gathering is an RSO of KCC that was created by students nearly two years ago. It primarily revolves around the card game Magic: The Gathering. Group meetings take place on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. until December 9, 2015. Beginners and new members are welcome to attend. When asked about Magic: The Gathering, club advisor Anna Cox explained, “It reminds me of Dungeons and Dragons, but with cards.” This fantasy-like game includes the use of defense strategies, as well as the ability to lose and gain “life.” While there are many platforms for the cards, The Gathering typically uses Modern or Commander decks to play with. This RSO also hosts four tournaments throughout the semester. For each, registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and the entrance fee is $5. Former member, Tyler Howard, shared that the tournaments are “moderately competitive. The rules are similar to that of an actual game store’s, thanks to our level 1 judge, Cody.” Prizes are also awarded at the tournaments. By joining The Gathering, “students will become part of a community that is both supportive and encouraging,” stated Rath Barrios, another former member. If beginners don’t have a deck to start off with, the club has starter packs for them to use.

Members also use meetings as an opportunity to trade cards to improve their decks. Some future goals of The Gathering include doing outreaches in the community, such as helping families or organizations during Christmas and Thanksgiving, as well as recruiting more members. Cox is still in the process of learning the game, and stated, “I would love to have other new members to play against.” The club also hopes to broaden the games that they play, rather than just focusing on Magic: The Gathering. Any card games are welcome. “It was nice to gather a bunch of people with similar interests as me so I could meet new people and make friends,” shared Howard, regarding his experience with The Gathering. The mission of this RSO is to have fun and be able to teach others about the game. “We have a lot of experience in that room,” states Cox. For more information on The Gathering, visit or contact the advisors. Anna Cox can be reached at, and Scott Kraemer can be reached at Contact Heidi Gartley at

Sue Sawyer

hesitate to give advice to students. Anderson encourages them to “get out and explore.” Considering he has been a Battle Creek resident his entire life, he regrets “not testing other cities.” With that being said, Sawyer advises the students of KCC to “take advantage of the quality education sitting right in your backyard.” Contact Heidi Gartley at

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The start of the fall 2015 sports! Heidi Gartley

Editor-In-Cheif KCC’s volleyball team has officially started its 2015 season. The eleven female athletes, all from local schools, are working hard to prepare for a successful season and hopefully add another championship to the college’s existing list. Since the 1970s, KCC’s volleyball program has claimed three national championships, two state championships, and nearly a dozen regional championships. The first home game will take place on September 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Miller Building; there is no entrance fee. Be sure to go cheer on the Lady Bruins! Students, as well as community members, are also able to sign up to receive KCC Volleyball results after each match. They simply have to visit the team’s webpage, athletics/volleyball and fill out the subscription form on the left side of the page. An email address and clarification as to whether you’re a parent, media, or fan are the only requirements. This page also contains links to the Lady Bruins’ results, standings, statistics, roster, and schedule.

In addition to the start of the volleyball season, Tom Shaw, the KCC athletic director, shared, “Men’s and Women’s Basketball have started their off-season.” The teams have already been selected, though their regular season games won’t begin until November. “League play starts in January and finishes in early March,” explained Shaw. He continued, stating, “KCC Baseball and Softball run extensive fall programs.” Their seasons do not start until January, so walk-on players have until November to make the team. However, the selecting process for these teams has already begun. Baseball and Softball

games will run from Mid-March through Mid-May and take place at Bailey Park. Altogether, KCC has five intercollegiate athletic programs. “All of the KCC athletes are recruited student-athletes from all over the state and Mid-West. We actually have a baseball player all the way from Florida this year,” Shaw shared. The league that KCC teams play in is comparable to the level of play at NCAA Division II. Shaw states, “Our better teams in the league in each sport would be a top 3 team in the GLIAC (the league that has Grand Valley, Ferris State, Northwood, Northern Michigan, and Saginaw Valley). In fact, we have had thirteen KCC Baseball and three Men’s Basketball alumni play professionally over the past fifteen years. Last year alone, we had thirteen baseball players receive an athletic scholarship to play NCAA Division I, Division II or NAIA ball at their chosen schools after their KCC education.” Even though the school year has only just begun, sports seasons are already beginning, athletic teams are being selected, and goals are being set by coaches and athletes. Be sure to support the KCC sports teams throughout the year by cheering them on at games. Schedules and rosters can be found at www. Contact Heidi Gartley at

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Above: 2015 KCC Volleyball Team Photo with Coaches


TOMODACHI Leadership Academy


-Cont. from pg.1

Recycling for everything, for plastics, for food, for paper. It was incredible. I found myself realizing just how much I, as well as so many Americans, waste. I also realized how far behind in recycling and caring for our resources and environment America is. Overall, Japan was an extremely beautiful country, with a culture different from ours, but yet still similar in many ways. It was an honor to participate in the TOMODACHI Toshiba Academy and I am so grateful to have been on this trip. TOMODACHI means friendship in Japanese, and I, more Editor-in-Chief Graphics Editors Advisors than ever, understand just how Heidi Gartley Mara Boulanger Drew Hutchinson important that is. Going to Japan Penny Rose Timothy Stillson Thomas Webster has been an unforgettable experience for me, and has opened up so Editorial Policy many paths in my future. I’ll never The KCC Bruin is a free student publication produced monthly by Kellogg Community College students during the fall and spring semesters. forget my trip, and I hope I will get The KCC Bruin welcomes letters to the editor from members of the College and the community. Letters must be to go again someday! signed and submitted with a current telephone number or email address. All letters become property of the Bruin and


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Left: Kazuya Sakomoto, Diana Dalski, Juri Ito, and Michael Yue with their finished Straw tower before it was hit with a mini Tsunami and Earthquake (which it survived!)

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