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Beau: not your average success story Adam Kinne Staff Writer There are few goals that a person can strive for the entirety of their lives. One of the more gratifying ones is learning. The opportunity to broaden one's horizons or become enlightened on a subject is a great avenue for personal growth. When the pursuit of learning is abandoned in any way, it is an injustice both to the opportunity to learn and is treason to one’s self. No one exemplifies the idea to continue learning than James Jencks, better known as Beau. To understand Beau’s dedication to learning takes a little foreknowledge of his incredible journey. Beau’s story starts when he was twelve years old and ran away from his childhood home in Colorado to travel with a circus. All was fine and dandy in until Beau got in to a little trouble in Florida and was sent home by the authorities. At age fourteen Beau ran away again, this time hitchhiking his way across all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico. Beau learned a ton of life lessons from his time on the road and would not take it back for anything. Life lessons are a much undervalued aspect of learning. The process of learning is stuck under a lens that emphasizes book smarts, tests, and lectures. This is a shame because where learning really finds its continuity is when the book knowledge and real world experiences mesh. After two years of hitch hiking and then serving in

the Vietnam War, Beau came back from the service and joined the Machinists Guild and worked for different companies. Eventually, he was a part of the guild long enough and was invited to become a guild organizer. What Beau did as an organizer was negotiate with the business on certain interactions between them and the guild, as well as helping sprout guilds in other companies. During his time as an organizer Beau covered thirteen states, worked three weeks on the road where he was needed, then 3 days at home, making him a very busy man. This exhausting loop ended in 2000 when Beau was laid off. Finding a new job proved hard for Beau in the years to come. Because he was a union organizer employers marked him with red flags for fear that he could start a union in that business. He couldn’t even get a job at Taco Bell because of the fear he might organize a union. With no options left Beau took the plunge into college and started attending KCC through a program, commissioned by President Obama, called the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program or VRAP. Beau’s goal was to achieve an associates in business management to better market himself to possible employers. The hope was that with the degree he could use his experience with the guild and help businesses handle and negotiate with unions. Being an older student and being removed from formal education for forty plus years, one of Beau’s worries was wondering, “Will I fit in, [or] be the odd man out.” The hardest part Beau had with getting in the groove of school was learning how to learn. It is not easy taking notes, knowing what information is important, or know-

Beau Jenks at awards banquet

photo by Simon Thalmann

ing how much time to spend on studying. Beau dedicated about nineteen hours a week in to his studies. He is now graduating a year early, is valedictorian, and has been congratulated and recognized by President Obama continued on page 4

Student Art Show results Jessie Schneider Co-Editor Seventy-nine students, one hundred thirty-four pieces of art and more than two dozen awards were handed out, making Sunday April 27 an eventful day for all KCC students who entered into the annual art exhibit. Visitors and artists roamed about the Davidson Gallery admiring all the displayed artwork while munching on a nice spread of fruits, vegetables, and decorative desserts. After all were discussed and appreciated, everyone meandered into the overheated and overcrowded Davidson Auditorium. There Professor Pete Williams began the afternoon with a nice introduction thanking all the people who helped make the event possible, especially Sherman and Kimiko Peterson who sponsored the whole art show and the awards handed out to winning students. But before the announcement of winning artworks, there were plenty of scholarships/additional awards to be handed out to students chosen by KCC faculty. The awards went as follows: Treza Saylor, of Battle Creek, received the Martin Hubbard Artistic Award of Excellence. Jon Johnson,  of Battle Creek, received the Art League Award of Excellence. Paul Edwards, of Battle Creek, received the $1,000

Thank You by Joan Wetherill Untitled by Madelyn Houghton

Grandma by Kenzi Rombaugh

Planet Kellogg by Jon Johnson

Chicago Trip Poster by Molly Saup

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Bryan R. Thomas Memorial Scholarship. Treza Saylor, of Battle Creek, and Elizabeth Stafford, of Richland, received the $1,000 Battle Creek Society of Artists Scholarship. Alayna Nail,  of Battle Creek, received the $500 Graphic Design Department Scholarship. Stephen Richmond,  of Battle Creek, received the KCC Arts and Communication Department’s Outstanding Achievement in Art award. Kenzi Rombaugh, of Battle Creek, received the KCC Arts and Communication Department’s Binda Excellence in Art award. Kelly Hawkins,  of Nashville, and  Austin Sawyer,  of Battle Creek, each received Mosaic Entry Recognition Awards for art to be used in designing an upcoming issue of Mosaic, the College’s literary journal. Once all recipients were congratulated, it was time to move on to the winners of the Kimiko Peterson Fine Art Award. Though sponsored by the Peterson's, each artwork was judged by a guest chosen by a few of KCC’s faculty. This year the role was filled by Kalamazoo native artist and art instructor Holly Stephenson. “The overall strength and quality of the submitted work, from beginners to near professionals, attests to the creative vision of the artists, their hard work and also to the dedication of the Kellogg art instructors who encourage and arm students with the specific skills needed to make art production in whatever medi-

um a personally compelling experience,” Stephenson said in response to judging all the submitted artworks. For each of the ten categories there was a Best of Media Award and typically one or more Honorable Mentions. Also there was one piece chosen out of all others as Best of Show. The awards went as follows: The Best of Show Award went to Madelyn Houghton, of Bellevue, for an untitled black and white photograph. Best of Media awards went to  Erica Converse,  of Battle Creek (ceramics);  Abigail Hayes,  of Marshall (drawing);  Jeremiah Brown,  of Battle Creek (painting); Alayna Nail, of Battle Creek (2D mixed media); Joan Wetherill,  of Battle Creek (sculpture and 3D mixed media);  Madelyn Houghton,  of Bellevue (black and white photography);  Kenzi Rombaugh,  of Battle Creek (digital media);  Stephen Richmond, of Battle Creek (alternative photography/printmaking); and Molly Saup,  of Albion (graphic design). No Best of Media award was given in the animation/video category. Honorable Mention awards went to  Jessie Schneider,  of Bellevue (ceramics);  Kristin Pierce,  of Climax (drawing);  Graham Fukuyama,  of Battle Creek (painting);  Miranda Caitlin,  of Coldwater (2D mixed media); Amanda Spencer, of Battle Creek (black and white photography); Elizabeth Cook,  of Battle Creek (black and white photography);  Quinton Moorhead, of Battle Creek (digital me-

Lighthouse by Rachael Matuschka

Untitled #18 by Liz Stafford

Dead Routine by Brandon Smith

Spring Goddess by Erica Converse photos by David Hopkins

dia); Morgan Mattingly, of Battle Creek (digital media); Megan Ward, of Union City (alternative photography/printmaking); Jacqueline Clark, of East Leroy (graphic design); Tanya Hilliker, of Coldwater (graphic design);  Michelle Vogel,  of Battle Creek (animation/video); and Stephen Richmond, of Battle Creek (animation/video). No Honorable Mention award was given in the sculpture and 3D mixed media category. Finally, the Instructor Recognition Awards, which are part of the Petersen Awards but are determined by KCC faculty. This went to  Raymond Swanson, of Battle Creek, and Stephen Young, of Battle Creek. After all pictures were taken, certificates handed out, and applause given, a

happy satisfied air filled the stuffy room. The KCC Student Art show had been a success yet again and not a single artist was going to leave empty handed because up next was the door prizes. With tons of gifts available, participating artists poured onto the stage as their names were called to come receive what they won. There was anything from free oil change certificates to four-piece luggage sets. Even a free haircut and eyebrow arch was handed out to a very surprised young man with a full head of hair and phenomenally full beard. All together the afternoon was well spent and enjoyed despite the minor heating malfunctions. Congratulations to all winning artist, it was a great year of art.

Starfish Award winners May issue corrections Jessie Schneider Co-Editor It’s not an event of sea life and salty water as you might imagine but rather recognition of people that make a difference. The starfish part comes in with the origin of this award. For sixteen years the Kellogg Community College Foundation has been congratulating KCC faculty, staff, and administration for their influences in education. The award is named after a short poem that shows how even the smallest impact makes an important difference in a life. Part of it goes as follows: …As he approached the old man, he saw him picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea… …He asked, “Old man, why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?” “How can you make any difference?” The old man looked at the small starfish in his hand, and as he threw it to the safety of the sea, he said, “It makes a difference to this one!” Each year the suggestions are submitted by students graduating that current semester. This year there was a total of thirty-one nominated faculty that students felt helped inspire them to strive for and achieve their educational goals. But the chosen winners of the Starfish award were only six of all the nominated. Russ Bortell, a KCC Admission Rep-

resentative, was nominated by Taylor Lewis who mentioned about him that, “If I ever needed help or had a problem he was always there with an answer.” Bob Day, a RMTC Welding Paraprofessional, is another one of the winners and was chosen by Chad Orton. Chad stated that “[Bob] has taught me patience by watching him, and how to be a hard worker with respect, honor, and humbleness.” Student Tiffany Thatcher voted that Elizabeth Kerlikowske, an English Professor, should win the Starfish Award. Tiffany felt that, “Elizabeth saw something in [her] that [she] couldn’t.” An additional winner this year is Karen Kulhanek, a Nursing Instructor. She was nominated by two different students, Sarah Okamoto and Desiree Anne Zoet. Desiree appreciated the fact that “Karen is very good at helping us students “see the bigger picture” without losing sight of the smaller and sometimes just as important details.” The second to last Starfish winner is Kimberly Madsen who is an OIS/ Business Instructor. Three students felt that Madsen inspired their education so much to nominate her. Those three were Erin McLain, Victoria Mellino, and Asia Robinson. “Ms. Madsen has always been a shining example to me of a professional, motivated, ethical, high-spirited individual,” remembers Victoria. The last but not least Starfish winner is Brad Poer, a Theater Instructor/ Coordinator. Both Jesse Alexander Talamantez and Clara Field nominated Poer, were Jesse stated that “(Brad) made me understand things that I could not understand in a whole new way.”

Johnathan Hogan Co-Editor In last month’s issue our front page story titled “President Bona returns to KCC following investigation by Board” we made a mistake in the layout that caused part of a sentence to be cut off and a previous paragraph to be repeated. The full sentence should have read: “West confirmed that the guard did

indeed work on two Sundays in March 2013, but his key card did not register on any of the doors near the administration office.” This particular piece of information came to me on the very day we were about to go to print, and we had to rush to get it in the story on time. As a result, there was not enough time to properly review the changes. As the author of that story, I take full responsibility for the mistake and apologize that it was made on a story so important to the students, staff, and faculty of KCC.

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What to read this summer Kelly Frost


Most of us at the library are readers by nature and with so many books passing through our hands each day, it is hard not to have a mile long reading list. Here are a few of our recent favorite reads that we’ll recommend as you head off for the summer. All of these titles are available through the KCC library, but if they happen to be checked out (For example, I’m half-way through Glitter and Glue after reading Diane Kellogg’s review) then please know you may request these books (or any of over 4 million items!) through MeLCat or the Michigan eLibrary. After I'm Gone Laura Lippman A page turning mystery that explores how one man's disappearance echoes through the lives of the five women he left behind--a novel of character, with secrets skillfully and gradually revealed. ~Marty Stilwell, Library Director

Glitter and Glue - Kelly Corrigan Do you believe in providence? Well, I do, and here’s why. Two weeks ago, I picked out a couple of books to take with me on vacation. Glitter and Glue looked like an interesting, quick read-but it turned out to be so much more. This book, a memoir, tells the story of the author’s post-college trip to Australia “to see and do things and Become Interesting”—and to put some distance between herself and her mother. When her money runs out, she takes a temporary job as a nanny to two children who have recently lost their mother. As the author navigates through this unfamiliar territory, suddenly her own mother’s voice is ever-present, guiding her through an unknown and difficult journey. This was a bittersweet story for me. My own mother’s voice has been speaking to me lately as I near the second anniversary of her death. This story reassured me that while my mother may be gone from this earth, I’ll always have her guidance. ~Diane Kellogg, Library Services Manager Keep Quiet - Lisa Scottoline If you’re looking to add a little

suspense to your summer, check out Lisa Scottoline’s “Keep Quiet.” Amazon describes this as “an emotionally gripping story about one man’s split-second decision to protect his son – and the devastating consequences that follow.” The book explores the ethical question of how far should we go to protect the ones we love. I enjoyed “Keep Quiet” so much that I am now working my way through the LRC’s Scottoline book collection – all 15 of them! ~Trish Halder, Technical Services One for the Money Janet Evanovich I recommend author Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum mystery novels. Light reading for summer. Each book contains romance, humor, exploding cars, donuts, and weird characters. Best to read the books in order and that is made easy because a number is part of each novel's title. (And the library has them all!) ~Laura Bollman, Librarian

The Interestings Meg Wolitzer With a sarcastic wink and a Styrofoam cup toast, they christened themselves "The Interestings." At a summer creative arts camp a few talented kids form a bond that follows them through their gifted teen years and into the real world where genius only goes so far. This is one of those books I wanted to live in for a long time. ~Kelly Frost, Librarian A clickable list of these reviews can be found at or scan this with a QR code reader:

The human toll of trafficking Johnathan Hogan Co-Editor

Christian Yonkers, a student at Kellogg Community College, first took an interest in human trafficking after watching the movie Taken. Though it dramatizes some of the details, Yonkers says the story about a father looking for his kidnapped daughter depicts many of the harsh realities of the human trafficking business and the practices used to exploit women and children for profit. According to the Sisters of St. Joseph, a group located in Kalamazoo that works to raise awareness of the issue, “Human trafficking is an umbrella term for activities in which one person obtains or holds another in compelled service through threat of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power, or vulnerability. Forms of human trafficking include the prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery or similar practices, and the removal of organs.” Human trafficking differs from smuggling in that it does not necessarily require the victims be transferred. Smuggling is often done with consent, such as to escape and/or enter a particular country. Smuggling is the mere transportation of people while trafficking is exploitation. “This is happening in our schools, and it is happening to a lot of people,” Yonkers said at a human trafficking workshop that took place at KCC on April 24.

Christian Yonkers speaking at human trafficking workshop

A lot of people is about 27 million victims globally for approximately $32 billion in profit every year, according to statistics from Polaris Project, an organization devoted to preventing and ending human trafficking. Those numbers make human trafficking the second fastest growing criminal industry, just behind drug trafficking. Sporting events are particularly popular venues for trafficking, with 16 victims being rescued at this year’s Superbowl. Carmen Kucinich, a victim’s specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, asked the audience at the same workshop Yonkers spoke at why human trafficking has grown so quickly. After a few guesses it was KCC student Beverly Buchanan who gave the answer Carmen was looking for. “A person can be sold more than once,” she said. The trauma doesn’t end when the victims escape. There’s often a struggle to adapt. At the workshop one woman spoke up, saying she herself had been a victim of trafficking. “When you do want to get out, it doesn’t go so well. Sometimes these girls might not want to get out because of the gifts.”

photo by Simon Thalmann

Yonkers saw many of the signs of human trafficking when he first visited Russia. He went as part of a program called Orphan Outreach, which sends volunteers all over the globe to help orphans in need. “You inevitably run into [trafficking] there,” he said. The city of St. Petersburg is notorious globally as a city for child sex tourism. Orphans are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims. According to Yonkers, most of the orphanages in Russia are underfunded and vary in quality. He spent his time working at summer camps for the orphanage. It was while working at one of these camps that Yonkers met a particularly troubled young girl named Arina. Yonkers never actually knew that she was a victim of human trafficking, but she showed many signs. Men from some of the local gangs had occasionally visited her and beaten her, and she would occasionally try to harm herself. Yonkers’ stepfather decided to adopt Arina to provide her a more stable life. “We’re dedicated, and we view ourselves as being adopted as God’s children,” Yonkers said, describing his family’s faith as a motivational factor in the decision. The adoption was never completed. In

late 2012 Russian President Vladimir Putin banned U.S. adoption of Russian children. Yonkers’ family was devastated. Arina still doesn’t know about the adoption, as orphans generally aren’t told until the last minute to avoid having their hopes crushed. When Arina turned 16, she left the orphanage for vocational school to become a hair dresser. She eventually quit school, and the last Yonkers heard, she was pregnant and living in subsidized housing for single mothers. Human trafficking is as much a local issue as it is global. Located between Chicago and Detroit, Battle Creek is a popular location for traffickers. “The only way not to find this problem in any community is to simply not look for it,” Yonkers said. According to Yonkers, The Russian Mafia maintains a presence outside their home country, and is involved in trafficking in almost every major city. Putting an exact number to the victims in Battle Creek has proven difficult because many are only in the city temporarily, and when caught the perpetrators are often charged with other crimes. The victims are frequently charged themselves, namely with prostitution, an issue the Michigan Attorney General’s Office has tried to fix in recent years. Although he emphasized that he wasn’t sure, Yonkers guessed there were a few hundred victims in Battle Creek. Despite the bleakness of the situation, Yonkers said there was hope, and that while human trafficking will remain a problem, it can be improved. “I can’t tackle 30 million slaves, but I can help one person,” he said. “There’s massive hope if we can get just one person help.” The Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force’s hotline number 1-888-3737-888.



Summer 2014

Out of the creek and into the zoo

Seher Day Staff Writer If you’re spending your summer in Battle Creek, and searching for something fun to do out of town, you can venture out to nearby city Kalamazoo, only thirty minutes away. There are many activities and events that take place in Kalamazoo over the course of the summer that are suitable for a variety of ages. Several of the events take place at the Arcadia Creek festival site*, and many last over a period of two to three days. Festivals held at the site range from food, drinks and music festivals to cultural events. Festivals such as Greek fest, Rib fest, Island Fest and Taste of Kalamazoo attract large crowds to the site every year. Kalamazoo native and student at University of Michigan Nozomi Gonzalez says, “My favorite part of the summer is coming back home to Kalamazoo and having all these fun festivals to attend that I’ve been going to with my family since I was younger. But now that I’m older I can go with my friends and have an even better time.” So if you want to have a good time with your friends without having to break your bank, maybe have a couple of drinks and grab a bite to eat or dance the night away a festival would be the way to go. However, if you’re not interested in festivals but you’re a child at heart who loves to watch movies, or maybe you have a younger sibling you need to keep entertained for the night Kalamazoo is

hosting three nights of Movie in the Park, two of which are Disney movies. Located at a different park each month Finding Nemo, Field of Dreams and Frozen will be screened and admission is free. If both movies and festivals don’t float your boat but art and theater do, you can always attend Art in the Park, Art Hop or Shrek the Musical. The list of things to do in the city of Kalamazoo doesn’t end there. The website has a great list of 269 things to do in the 269 area code. Times, dates and locations for all events mentioned: June 5-7: Greek Fest Location: Arcadia Creek Festival Site* Time: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm (Thursday) 11:00 am – 1:00 am (Friday & Saturday) June 19: Island Fest Location: Arcadia Creek Festival Site* Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 am (Thursday) 11:00 am – 1:30 am (Friday & Saturday) June 27: Movie in the Park – Finding Nemo Location: Upjohn Park 1018 Walter Street Kalamazoo, MI 49001 Time: 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm June 28: Art in the Park Location: Milham Park 599 E Kilgore Kalamazoo, MI 49001 Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm July 11: Art Hop Location: West Michigan Glass Art Center 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave, Suite 100

A summer for freedom Amber Arizmendi Staff Writer With summer comes the all-important question. No, not "What classes will I take?" and not "What will I do with this diploma?’ But, "do I look fat in this swimsuit?" A swimsuit by nature of design is supposed to be for one purpose, swimming. However, it seems more people are consumed with the way they look; no matter what gender or age, the answer remains the same. They would rather wear a suit completely horrible for swimming as long as they “look good” while wearing it. Never mind that this suit is more likely to slow them down, always looking more like underwear than swimwear. What happened to the good old-fashioned one piece? It was practical, sporty and was less likely to fall off a person as soon as they tried the breaststroke. “Now” one might yell, “only women are concerned with bathing suits, men wear whatever they like”, not true. If given the choice between boxer brief like swimwear and Speedo, the men will choose the more conservative choice, even though Speedos are more practical for swimming. Strangely,

it seems that women are more likely to choose the more conservative suit, that being the one piece. However, women who are over 30 years old choose the one piece more than women ages 18 to 30. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that the younger generation is freer with their bodies, but what about men 18 to 30? They are more likely to wear longer, baggier swimwear like their elder male role models. Perhaps it has nothing to do with the practicality of the swim suit itself, but rather what society expects out of people. Is television to be seen as a "proper" representation of what people are supposed to wear? In that case, women 18 to 30 must not be expected to swim at all. I can see no way to properly swim with strings and glitter making up most of the swimsuit. Men, on the other hand, are expected to show off their rock hard bodies in their low riding trucks. Never mind that all that material is more likely to drown the guy than to help them swim. It is all for fashion’s sake as opposed to practicality’s sake- more for showing off then swimming. That is why this summer, instead of watching TV to see what to wear, how about we all try wearing whatever makes us the most comfortable? If you like skimpy two piece suits, wear them. But don’t feel like you have to just because society expects it from you.

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July 18: Movie in the Park – Field of Dreams Location: Mayors' Riverfront Park 251 Mills Street Kalamazoo, MI 49048 Time: 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm


July 18 -26: Shrek the Musical Location: Comstock Community Auditorium 2107 N. 26th Street Kalamazoo, MI 49048 Time: 7:30 pm (Friday & Saturday) 2:00 pm (Sunday)

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Aug 7-9: Ribfest Location: Arcadia Creek Festival Site* Time: 11:00 am

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August 22: Movie in the Park - Frozen S. Westnedge Park 1101 S. Westnedge Ave. Location: Kalamazoo, MI 49001 Time: 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm More events and additional information can be found at:

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for this success in VRAP. Even with all these great things Beau will be the first to say he did not do it alone. One thing he emphasized was how much his other classmates helped him learn and grow in his studies. Beau put it as, “I learned as much from my fellow students as they did from me.” He took initiative in his classes to set up study groups and work together with his fellow students to achieve success which is an intriguing, and wonderful idea. Making a class room into a community in some way that is committed to learning and the success of students is a perfect model of what a class room should be. While in the end a student has to be a lone wolf for tests, that does not mean

the learning process has to be that way. How much could students learn from each other and help each other grow academically and socially if these kind of things happened more often. Granted, it takes a special person with the right attitude to start these trends, but it is none the less a great idea in the progression of learning and growing as a class. Beau’s story is vast, interesting, and full of interesting models that could be applied to both personal learning, and the general concept of learning. He stands as a model student, classmate and shows that success is out there, even if it is reached in unconventional ways. So congratulations to Beau and all his fellow graduates, you earned it!

Choral Calendar 2014 June

Kellogg Community College Choral Union European concert tour June 26 through July 2 Rome and the Amalfi Coast of Italy The Spring 2014 Season Sponsor is Randall Foods, INC (Randall Beans) with additional support provided by Mrs. Eleanor R. & Robert A. DeVries.

culture Stare into the face of evil: Oculus

Cara Clingan

Staff Writer

There is nothing like the sense of fear and anxiety that horror movies can make you feel; the longer the feeling lasts lets us know if the movie left a good enough impression. After watching Nightmare on Elm Street, who wasn’t afraid to sleep for fear that Freddy would come for you? After watching Halloween, we learned not to trust the man behind the mask. What did we learn after watching Oculus? Never trust what you think you see. Known for his first hit Still Life, Mike Flanagan wrote and directed Oculus which was released to theatres on April 11th. It’s the story of Kaylie Russell (played by Karen Gilligan most known for her role as Amy Pond on Doctor Who) and her younger brother, Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites from Fox’s hit show "sLide)". Recently released from a mental institution, Tim is greeted by Kaylie who desperately wants to show her brother the truth of the family tragedy that killed their parents and left Tim’s psyche, in pieces. Believing that a 300 year old mirror that hung in their home is possessed by

great evil, Kaylie and Tim must confront the evil and prove to the world that the mirror itself is the cause of over a dozen mysterious deaths. The Washington Post called this “A satisfying scary ghost story,” and I couldn’t agree more. This movie is one huge mind trip. As the movie progresses, we see the mirror begin to play its tricks on Kaylie and Tim’s minds as they have terrifying flashbacks and hallucinations that combine with their reality. The acting was very well done, especially from the younger Kaylie and Tim. We can't help but feel sorry for them and their mother as we learn that they couldn’t escape the evil that had taken over their home. This movie was so unnerving that the crowd was physically shaken; people were curled up or on the edge of their seats when the screen went black. It was fast-paced and the characters were just as confused and afraid as we were. The gore wasn’t overly done which made it that much worse when it did finally hit us. This is a must see for any fans of the horror genre. This made the movie a little hard to follow, but if you are like me, you love movies where you have to piece the plot together as the story progresses. It makes your mind and heart race which adds to the horror. By the end of the movie we know the story and it makes us crave more.

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Proper ain't rocket Maybe college isn’t so bad after all what my major was going to be, but it science was okay. I sat down with an advisor men noodles, tossed them in my cart Lynn Mason Staff Writer

I get so perturbed when I hear people use the stereotyped words of degradation, ‘she talks black.” or “she talks white.” I never knew that these two colors, black and white, came with their own languages. I was never taught this 'black’ language in school, and contrary to what some people say, I was not taught any so-called white language either. I was, however, taught grammar and English. This white language is always being based on the normal usage of good old fashioned proper English and being grammatically correct. For example one must always accentuate the “ing” when using words such as learning, knowing, and spelling. This black language, however, almost always associated with broken English and bad grammar, gained so much attention that in the year of 1996, it actually received a new name for its credentials… Ebonics; more commonly referred to as “African American Vernacular.” I ponder, are Caucasians the only race to never disrupt the English language and its mechanics? Is it not normal for African Americans to use great diction with an extensive vocabulary? I should say not! The other day I went to the store to do my weekly grocery shopping. Standing in the soup aisle, I look over the different flavors of ramen noodles in stock, trying to decide which flavor would go best with sliced hotdogs and hot sauce. Separated by plaster and soup, I can hear the loud voice of a woman who was obviously having a conversation on the phone. This was apparent from the silent breaks she took in between long-winded sentences that were laden with curse words. I grabbed a pack of chicken ra-

and continued down the aisle. Next on my shopping list, chitterlings. I left the dry goods section and headed towards frozen meats. Again, I heard the loud, clamorous voice coming from the same direction that I was headed in until I saw the raucous woman in plain sight. With one hand seemingly glued to her cell phone, which in turn appeared to be glued to her ear, she fingered the packages of chitterlings. She picked up a package and sat it back down without looking or thinking; focused only on the conversation that she had with the other party on the phone. I said, “Excuse me,” to the small Caucasian female, with blue eyes and blond hair as I reached over her into the open freezer and grabbed two of the packages of frozen chitterlings. Perhaps it was the deliberate look of disapproval on my face that prompted her to close her phone, look at me and say, “Girl, my baby’s daddy be trippin! You feel me?” Still frowning, I respond by saying, “No, I’m afraid I’ve never dealt with a domestic situation like that before. My ex-husband and I are always quite courteous and civil with one another when it comes to our children, making their happiness and well-being our first priority.” The young woman smacked her lips, said, “Hmph!” and walked away. I continued with my shopping as I heard her phone’s ringtone playing a song by 2 Chains so loud that you would think we were in a night club. Later on in my shopping, I heard the young woman answer her phone. “Hello. Yeah gurl, this chick up in here thank she white.” Immediately, I turn around and headed straight towards the brazen woman. When she sees me approaching she instantly hung up her phone and fixed her eyes on me. I stood directly in front of her, looked her in the eye and said, “Hater!”

and she helped me decide what classes I should take my first semester. I think that talking to an advisor is one of the most important things to do when trying to Cassandra Lindsay figure out what path you need to take. Staff Writer Sometimes if we pick our classes with no help at all, we just take classes Going to college can seem like a scary that we want to take because they sound thing. After I graduated from my tiny fun or interesting, but they might not be high school last year, it sank in that I was the right ones. You could get to the end going to be starting something new and of your college career and realize that bigger than high school. Something they you have a ton of classes you still need prepared us for the last four years; colto take to graduate. Advisors know a lot lege. A lot of my fellow classmates were more than we do and they will help you excited to be going off to college, but make the right decisions. someone like me was terrified. Managing my time with school, I had no idea what I wanted to major work, and friends has probably been the in, and I was worried that my first year hardest part of college for me. I’ve never of college was going to be a waste of my been great at dividing up my time, but time and money. I decided to go anyway I always made it work in high school. because my parents convinced me that it College was different would be worth it, and after my though. There is a lot first semester I realmore studying to do, ized that I wasn’t the and more assignments only one there who coming at a faster pace didn’t know what than before, and addthey wanted to major ing in a job just made in. it that much harder. I decided to I ask This year people on Facebook y between work and a s what they wished they d in Cassandra L school I hardly had had known going into any time to hangout their first year of colwith friends or do fun stuff, lege, and some of their and it bummed me out. But becoming responses were: an adult means getting your priorities “What my major was/is. Four years straight, even if it means you don’t always later and I’m still in a rut”-Tara Loop. get to have fun. Eventually you’ll get a “How to manage my time with routine and you’ll get better at dividing homework and extra-curricular activiup your time. A year later and I’m finally ties. How to take proper notes, and how starting to get it down. to read actively instead of just passively The best advice I have is to not stress reading”-Kimberly Palmerton out too much. College is tough, but it’s “How to pick the right classes.”-Kaa great experience and you’ll make great tie Hill friends along the way. Even if you don’t Seeing their response made me realhave everything figured out when you ize that everything I was worried about, walk into your first class, things have a a lot of other people felt the same way as way of falling into place and working out I did. Going into college I didn’t know in the end. how to pick the right classes or manage my time, and I definitely didn’t know

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Catching the fever Mary Emington Staff Writer A new era has dawned at Kellogg Community College. A fever for winning has caught the Kellogg Community College softball team. The Lady Bruins have gotten into the district tournament for the second time in school history. The last time the softball team made it into the district tournament was 2009. The tournament is held on May 7-9 at Abbot Park in East Lansing. Under first year head coach Darrick Brown, the Lady Bruins hope to make an exceptional tournament run. Coach Brown says, “It was our goal from day one to make the tournament. We need to go and play our absolute best in all aspects: pitching, hitting and defense. We can do some damage and end other teams’ seasons.” The Bruins have gone 19-20 in the regular season just below the .500 mark. They are rated fourth in conference standings, with a record of 9-7. The softball team had an abnormality to the season. With so many games canceled in the beginning of the season due to weather, the conference decided to count conference games only during the second half

of the season. Thus the Bruins had a smaller amount of games than they are used to but still proved strong in the second half of the year. “We had a good year. There were some games would like to have back, games we didn’t show up to. But, this team turned the corner. Kellogg should be proud; they were represented well.” Coach Darrick Brown stated. Defensively the Lady Bruins have been solid, recording .917 as their fielding percentage on the season. Nori Sieta and Holli Longstreth have led the way in the pitching circle with ERA’s of .450 and .369. The entire pitching staff has recorded and impressive 110 strike outs. On the offensive side the softball team collectively hit .324. But what’s more impressive are the teams’ extra base hits. The Lady Bruins have totaled 96 extra base hits of their overall hits of 346! This means that about 28% of their team hits have been extra base hits. Also the Bruins have had 8 of their players hit homeruns for a team combined total of 33 homeruns. Coach Brown said, “I had confidence in this team. From day one, I knew we are going to hit homeruns here. We knew we could take homerun hitters from high school and have them hit more at this level.” Coach Darrick Brown promised a lot of power was going to be brought in this season and his team proved his point.

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Baseball performing excellence KCC youth basketball camp Mary Emington Staff Writer The baseball season has slowly come to an end and it has been another successful year for the Bruins. Through 44 games the Bruins have a 27-17 record. They are surely a hometown team going 11-2 at their own stadium. Additionally the baseball team put together an 11 game win streak this season. In the conference the baseball team is 15-7. They are tied for third in the fourteen team conference and have a chance to win the league title. The Bruins have also put themselves in good position to qualify for the regional tournament held on the 14-17 of May at Brown Stadium in Battle Creek. The baseball team has also done outstandingly in the classroom continuing a long tradition of academic excellence. Coach Laskovy stated, “We exceeded our goal for team gpa this fall with an amazing 3.39. Now we need to sustain that effort through the spring season.” Come the end of the spring season, the Bruins anticipate having 3 or 4 sophomores to be honored as Academic All-Americans showing dedication and persistence on and off the field. In the field the Bruins have recorded

a team fielding percentage of .940 with several players’ percentages in the .900 to perfect 1.00. The bull pen has put together a combined ERA of 4.12 with 204 strikeouts. Ben Spieldenner has strung together some spectacular innings pitching his way to a 0.56 ERA. On the hitting side the Bruins have attained a batting average of .288 with Kameron Joostberns (.500), Travis Bolin (.390), and Chad Carson (.362) leading the way offensively. Benny Clark has been terrific on the bases. He leads the team with 15 steals in 16 attempts. Now that the season has wound down the sophomores of the baseball team are headed a new way. Aaron Dehn and Ben Spieldenner have both committed to 4 year schools to play baseball. Aaron plans to attend Oakland University. Ben Spieldenner will go to St. Joseph’s in Indiana. Coach Laskovy stated, “We have 7 sophomores and anticipate them all finding a home in the coming weeks, as several of them are currently being recruited.” The baseball team has put together another great season and are looking forward to competing again next year. Coach Laskovy said, “I’m extremely proud of the character of this team. They have excelled in the classroom and community, along with bringing a strong blue collar approach to the field every day.”

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Tell your kids to grab their sneakers and basketballs. They have the special opportunity this spring to work with a college basketball program from Kellogg Community College. This is a unique opportunity for children around the area to grasp higher instruction and knowledge of the game of basketball. The camp provides a fun and helpful atmosphere for the young individual looking to gain exceptional basketball experience or just improve their game. The camp will take place for four Saturdays throughout the month of May on the 3, 10, 17, and 24. It will be held in the Miller Gymnasium on Kellogg Community College’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. The camp will be held for any boy or girl from second to eighth grade. Each session will run from 3 p.m. to 5:30pm.

The camp will focus on the main skills every basketball player needs: shooting, dribbling, and passing. Have your child receive instruction from seasoned head basketball coach of the KCC Bruins, Melvin McKnight. There will also be competitive games and contests throughout the sessions, so have your child prepared to have a blast while compiling an essential set of basketball skills. Camp fees include a camp T-shirt for each participant and are $50 per child for all four Saturdays or $20 per child for a single Saturday. To register, pick up a registration form at the Miller Gym or email Ben Reed, associate head coach of KCC’s men’s basketball team, at Registration for each camp session is open until the day of each session. Bring your children to the Kellogg Community College basketball camp to get the instruction they deserve and the fun they want. For more information, contact Melvin McKnight, KCC’s head men’s basketball coach, at 269-274-8640, or contact Reed at 269-580-0216 or

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