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KALEIDOSCOPE February 14, 2011

Take a peek... Editorials-Pg. 2 - Haish Handbook: Mid-college crisis - Letter from Lexi

News-Pg.3 - Soap drive for Haiti - Black History Month

Features -Pg. 4/5 - Single? Have fun on Valentine’s Day! - Last minute gift and candy ideas - What does it mean to you? - Music & Movies

Campus Life -Pg. 6 - Scott checks in - Will’s Tech Korner

Sports-Pg. 7 - Student-Athlete of the Month - Devin Mack receives high honor

Vol 42 No 9

The Student-Run Newspaper of Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL 60150

Check out pages 4 & 5 for your Valentine’s Day fix!

February marks Financial Aid Awareness Month By Jessica Pflipsen Staff Writer Tight with money but really want to get that college education? Every try Financial Aid? It may not work for everyone but it could work for you! And better yet it’s free and pretty easy to sign up! It’s called FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Kishwaukee College’s very own Financial Aid Coordinator Pam Wagener wants to remind Kishwaukee Student’s this February is also Financial Aid Awareness Month. This Wednesday and Thursday (February 16 & 17) there will be an on campus FAFSA Submission Night at 7-9pm in room A-225 in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center. Students and parents are invited to come and fill out the forms to see if they are eligible. Participants

will need to have their: Driver’s license number, Alien Registration Number (if not a US Citizen) Social Security Numbers (of student and parent if they are imputing information) Federal Student Sid PIN: if the parent is submitting on the FAFSA they will put they’re PIN or student can get a pin at If you need a PIN the site is very easy to navigate. Right on the home page is a link to apply for a PIN. There are two easy steps in receiving your PIN: Follow the on screen instructions and enter your personal information, then submit your PIN application and soon a PIN will be yours. Tax information or tax returns, including W-2 information, for student, parents, and spouse if student if married, using income records for the prior year of academic year that student

is applying for. Records of untaxed income, such as Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and veteran’s benefits, for student and parents. Also report of information on savings, investments, and business and farm assets for student and parents. Estimated tax inKody the Kougar wants fill out your formation from FAFSA! 2009 tax return. If of FAFSA is a very simple you have not completed your 2010 tax return, online step-by-step process it is acceptable to submit es- where the student can easily timated tax information from enter in their information. If you still need help your 2009 tax return. You with your FAFSA or any will need to revise your FAFSA application after 2010 tax other financial aid the staff of the Financial Aid Office return is complete. If the Submission would be happy to help you. night dates don’t work for you, you can always do it online at The online version

Forward, Together, Forward: 3 years ago today By Marissa Skonie Staff Writer Three years ago today Steven Kazmierczak walked into an oceanography class at Northern Illinois University with nearly a hundred and twenty students present and started shooting. He injured twenty-one students and killed five others before taking his own life. The staff of the Kaleidoscope would like to pay tribute to Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Julianna Gehant, Ryanne Mace, and Daniel Parmenter, the five lives lost during this terrible tragedy.                If you would like to commemorate the lives lost and support the families, students of NIU, and others affected by this calamity, you are encouraged to visit the Memorial Garden at NIU. The Memorial Garden features five granite sections; each dedicated to one of the students and personalized with his or her name. There are several benches in front of the sections to give students and others alike a place to sit and reflect. Behind the benches stands a sculpture made of five flowing triangles that are meant to embody an eternal flame reaching to the heavens. NIU will have an official Presentation of the Memorial Wreaths today at 3 pm. They are asking anyone who would like to partake to meet at the Martin Luther King Junior Commons at 2:30 pm. Afterwards there will be a reception held at the Holmes Student Center. If we all come to support one another then we will truly be moving Forward, Together, Forward.

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“I do not remember; I remember it being traumatic for both teachers and students.” John Darger College Traveler, W.W. Norton, Inc.


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By Jessi Haish Editor in Chief The other day… I thought I was having a meltdown; I thought it was an isolated incident. But then I started talking to people and I figured out I wasn’t the first one to do it and I certainly won’t be the last. They



dubbed it “the mid-college crisis.” It truly makes sense now that I know it exists. I’m in my second year of college, I’ll be transferring in the fall, and I feel like I’m truly starting to find my footing. So, right now would be the perfect time to start having a breakdown about the rest of my life, right? I started doubting my major. Now, I know that journalism isn’t going to be the most secure career choice, but is there really a completely secure career choice, especially now? I started doubting the work


By Lexi Baisden Managing Editor Hi. Let’s talk about kidney stones. The most terrible little demons in all existence. My first conversation

I had put into the last year and a half. I started thinking maybe it wasn’t enough, maybe it wasn’t good enough and maybe it wasn’t going to get me anywhere. My peers credited it to just being a mid-college crisis. My father credited it to being in the house for four days when we had all those snow days. I do tend to overthink... But how normal is this mid-college crisis? Can I put the “blame” on the fact that I’m nevous about transferring? I think there is something to be said about the transitory nature of


about kidney stones happened when I was a freshman in high school. I remember sitting next to this girl in Spanish class, and overhearing her talking to her friend about her experience. She said something like, “It was the worst pain I had ever felt. I can’t even describe it. All I did was cry.” I remember thinking to myself, “Jeesh, that’s gotta suck. Do they really hurt that bad?” Of course, this is as far as my curiosity went. I figured, it had to be rare for you to get them when you were young. Thus, they were nothing for me to worry about. Oh, how I was such a foolish teenager. Three years later,



I woke up at five in the morning to this searing pain in my side. I screamed and started writhing on my bed, completely convinced that I was about to split open. Of course, this startled my poor parents out of sleep. I was rushed to the hospital and the whole way there, I struggled against waves of agony. All I can say is – worst pain of my life. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t breathe. Heck I couldn’t even text my boyfriend. Know what I could do? Cry. That was about it. Can you say, oh, una sorpresa? I wish I could have rewound time and got some advice from that chick in Spanish class. Long story short, they

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mid-college community colleges. I feel like I just got here and I’m still enrolled here, but I must constantly be considering the next step: preparing for my transfer to a university. I think that this semester, the pressure is on; I’m on track to graduate in early August and start NIU in late August. Where is the break? I’m only halfway finished with being Editor of this great paper, but at the same time I’ve got to start thinking about and planning for the successor. When does the transitioning stop, and is this something that is unique to community


colleges? Have you experienced a mid-college crisis? Email me at kscope@ or tell us on the Kaleidoscope Facebook page on our discussion board.

Come visit us! Jessi’s office hours are Monday & Wednesday from 10-12 in B104. Or call 815 825 2086 ext. 3450


took an X-Ray and found the little devil. After waiting for almost two weeks, it didn’t pass. We went back and that’s when I found out that my “little devil” wasn’t exactly so little. It was a full blown monster. It was stuck inside me and they had to go in and surgically remove it with lasers. Yup. They blew it up. Hasta la vista, baby. Once again, I was naïve and thought that I was safe for a few years. But guess what? Two years later the magical stone returns. Only this time it decided not to come alone – apparently, three more are just chilling inside me and are waiting to pass. Persistent little things. Kidney stones are



kind of like bumps in our road. The pain is insufferable. And sometimes, like them, we get stuck. Sometimes we feel like we can’t move on. So when you go through such a time, count your blessings. As Adam Young said about his own experience with kidney stones: “This too shall pass.”

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Listen to Levi and beware the vending machine in B400 By Levi Hensley Staff Writer I have been a witness and a victim. I have seen many people go to a certain vending machine in the B400 wing, put in a dollar, and get nothing in return. I am not the only one who has seen this and it is an ongoing thing. Many times last semester, before a class in that wing, I tried to get something from the vending machine there and it has gotten stuck more times than I

can remember. Skittles, Reese’s, Pay Days, and anything that was capable of getting snagged, would. I actually had some of my friend help me shake the machine once and we got like three different things for, technically, free (although I think I paid for some of them the first time around myself). I finally learned the evils of the machine and stopped using it, but kept seeing new things that got stuck when I walked by. Now that I am a reporter and can tell the entire school

the story, I implore you, do NOT use that vending machine. Go to another if you must. Its not too bad to walk another hundred feet to get a better chance of actually getting what you want. And that whole trick, “just pay another dollar and you’ll get two”, doesn’t work. I tried it and got the first bag of skittles, but the second got stuck in just the exact same way.

Have something to say and nowhere to say it? Send us your letter to kscope@kishwaukeecollege. edu to see it in these pages!

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Staff Editor-in-Chief.....Jessi Haish Managing Editor...Lexi Baisden Web Editor...Will Ireland Features Editor...Audrey Latimer Staff Writers.....Valentina Andrianopoulos, Lindsey Clark, Levi Hensley, Grace Martin, Hannah McClure, Melissa Meyer, Jessica Pflipsen, Marissa Skonie Adviser.....Melissa Blake

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SGA holds soap drive for Haiti this month By Grace Martin Staff Writer The KC Student Government will be holding a Soap Drive for Haiti from now until the end of the semester. But what is a soap drive? What does that even mean? We all know that it is the best way to keep ourselves from getting sick. We have all been taught this since we were kids. After you go to the bathroom, you have to wash your hands using soap and water. Simple enough, right? For us here in America, the answer would be yes. But for those living in Haiti, finding soap and clean water with which to wash your hands is much tougher.

Haiti has been suffering from a severe outbreak of Cholera since October of last year. Cholera is caused by a bacteria that settles in the small intestine. The infection causes severe nausea and diarrhea, which cause the patient to become severely dehydrated. According to an article by Mayo Clinic, if untreated, Cholera can become deadly within hours. However, it is easily treatable with a rehydration solution. Cholera is most commonly spread by bad water that has become infected by someone with the disease. Some people who become infected never display any symptoms, and just become carriers of the disease, spreading it through

their waste for up to 14 days. The infected person might not even realize that they are sick, and pass the infection from their waste into a water source, infecting others. Cholera is no longer a real problem in countries like ours, where proper sanitation and water treatment are found. In America, the last real outbreak of cholera was in 1911. But for countries like Haiti, where poverty and natural disaster have forced people to live in crowded areas without proper sanitation, cholera is inevitable. On the 1 year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, there were over 140,000 reported cases of cholera, with a growing

Kish celebrates Black History Month By Lindsey Clark and Lexi Baisden Staff Writer & Managing Editor What is now known as Black History Month originally was founded as Negro History Week in the year 1926 by the Father of Black History, Carter G. Woodson. What was behind this designated week was meant to increase mindfulness and teach Americans about African American lifestyles and cultures that differed from their own, because history books almost entirely ignored the African American population within their own country. With so much history in their community, Negro History Week has now become to be known as Black History Month observed every February of the year and commemorates the traditions and importance of African American history. From important figures’ stories like Crispus Attucks, an escapee slave, to actor Morgan Freeman all share history in the community. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity,” and by recognizing February as significant to a community that has been largely ignored for many years, ignorance and stupidity are finally being erased.” The Black Student Union (BSU) and Black Male Initiative (BMI) are both working together to spread the word about Black History Month. When asked how the clubs were getting students more involved, president of BMI, Arnell Hill, said “We are disturbing flyers and talking to more clubs, trying to get them more involved. Our booths will be around throughout the month and along with books, there are laptops set out where you can quiz yourself on your knowledge of Black History Month.” BSU and BMI want people to understand how much black people have influenced our world today. “We want people to know their history, for one,” says club member, Donald Lee Rocker Jr. “We want them to understand our accomplishments and how the past has made a big influence in our world today. Without us there wouldn’t have been stop signs, elevators, refrigerators or even type writing machines. We want to help people to become more appreciative and see how different America would be without us.” If you want to get involved more with Black History Month, BSUI or BMI then just take a look around Kish for their stand. They should be around sporadically throughout the month. It will be a good chance for everyone to come together with ideas and maybe even friendship.

death toll of over 3,000. These numbers are probably much greater, considering that the reported cases are those that have made it to the clinics. There are probably many who have not. These deaths are tragedies. A simple bacterial infection that is so easy to treat is killing thousands. So what can we do to help? There are many plans in place to take care of cleaning and sanitizing the water so that it is safe for the Haitians to use. However, these things take time, and the Haitians don’t have much of that. So a much quicker solution is to get the Haitians some soap. If soap is made readily available so that after using the restroom everyone could wash their

hands, then even asymptomatic carriers wouldn’t pose much of a threat to water sources. This would help keep the water clean and usable. So how do we get the Haitians the soap? Lucky for us, our student government has that covered. From now until the end of the semester student government will be collecting soap to donate to Haiti through the Clean the World Foundation. You can bring soap in and drop it off in the student activities office in room B100. This is an excellent way to support and help Haiti with something that they really need.

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~Happy Valentine’s Day~

Valentine’s Day Gifts and Candy Ideas By Valentina Andrianopolous Staff Writer

Having trouble finding that perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Looking for something that will scream out No one loves you more than I do!? Well search no further, because we’ve got all the answers right here! As you may know, it is already Valentine’s Day, but no one ever said there was anything wrong with a little last-minute planning. Men: Get your woman something special and flattering. Take that

extra step to show her you care. Do the basics. Every woman may not admit it, but they love cliché. Flowers, candies, jewelry, and stuffed animals are all perfect “I love you” gifts. But make sure to add your own special love into the mix. Instead of roses, get a mixture of flowers. Mix and match your gifts. Think outside the box. Take your woman somewhere romantic, such as a late night dinner or a walk under moonlit skies (bundled up of course). If this idea doesn’t appeal to you, surprises are the next step. Surprise here

with something unique or creative; something she would never expect of you. Hand-made gifts are always a sure lead straight to the heart. Not that creative? Simply making her a small card or letting her know she’s your world would suffice. Anything to show her she’s unique. Women: let your man know he’s the one for you. Even if your man isn’t into the whole lovey-dovey scene, this is your one day to sway him with the advantages of romance. Once again, you can do the basics. Not every

man can appreciate flowers, stuffed animals, or candy, but there are some that do. So if your man is one of them, go for it! Don’t let the fact that he’s a guy get you stuck in a rut. Guys can appreciate the little things as well. Make him something cute and creative, such as a drawing or painting, or simply a little hand-decorated card. If all else fails, men like surprises as well. Do something spontaneous to make him smile. Only you know how to do that! When dealing with this “day of love,” remember one thing: don’t

overdo it! Choose your gifts according to your partner’s personality and taste. Make sure it is something they’d enjoy having and you’d enjoy giving. Ensure that you’re with that special someone who deserves all that you give because, remember, this is a day where you provide everything you have to offer strictly out of love.

take a kid sledding, try skiing or snowboarding if you’ve never tried it, build an army of snowmen on your neighbor’s lawn, you get the idea. Spend the day with your pet. I always love giving my dog a new toy or a special dog treat on the holidays. He might be a furry mutt, but he’s sweet and good company. Don’t have a pet? Spend the day with family or other friends who are single. Turn off the computer and go read a ten-foot stack of comic books. New research shows that there is a link between Internet addiction and depression. Just don’t get too carried away with those comic books – you don’t want to

become a hoarder. Clean your room! Got a project like cleaning or painting that you’ve been putting off? Do it. It might not be the most fun on the list, but it will keep you busy and take your mind off what day it is. Prank your ex. Don’t have an ex? Just prank someone. Get creative. But of course, be careful and obey the law, you little schemer. Volunteer. You know who else is probably feeling a little down on Valentine’s Day? Seniors in nursing homes. They could always use a pick-me-up and even a quick chat with a stranger or a card will make their week. Trust me. You could also try volunteering at homeless

shelters and pet shelters, though many of those require advanced screenings and info. If you don’t have time for that, shovel someone’s driveway or do something nice for someone who might feel lonely. To quote a song by Angels And Airwaves: “A little’s enough.” If all else fails, some studying probably wouldn’t hurt for most of us. There are a lot of ways to have fun on your own. You just have to have the right approach. So don’t think of Valentine’s Day as a day for romance. Think of it as a day for you and you’ll have a great time.

gift” in the Wal-mart holiday aisle. Even the roses you send have secret meanings. White roses symbolize true love and devotion, red ones are for passion, yellow is friendship, and black (as if you would send black on Valentine’s Day) are to say farewell. The true meaning of Valentine’s Day has been lost somewhere between the candy aisle and jewelry counter. It’s not about how much you spend on a necklace, how big the rose bouquet is that gets delivered, or what kind

of imported European chocolates you give. As corny as it sounds Valentine’s Day is truly about being with the one’s you love and care for. So this year why not take it back a few centuries and tell your Valentine how you feel by adding a simple card, poem, or bouquet of flowers. And remember it is not how much you spend on a person; it is how much you love them that really matters on Valentine’s Day.

Single on Valentine’s? By Melissa Meyer Staff Writer Personally, I have just never had time for romance. It was just never a priority to me, and I enjoy being single. There’s no denying that Valentine’s Day still sucks when you’ve got no one though, especially when the only cards or candy you ever get is from your mom, but as I have learned over the years, there are ways to make it a little less awful. Here’s my top ten list of nice and not-so-nice ideas for fun if you’re stuck single on Valentine’s Day. Have a stupid-movie marathon. I started this as my own personal tradition by accident after having one of

the worst weeks ever. Turns out, it was the perfect cure for the blues. A good place to start is with cult comedies and B-movies. I would recommend movies like Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Orgazmo, and Plan 9 From Outer Space. Go for the movies that look laughably awful. Sit on the couch with some candy and pop and you’ll have fun. Steal someone’s candy. You heard me. Or for those who have some moral fiber, just go on a massive shopping spree at the candy store. It probably won’t be as fun though. Go play in the snow. Seriously, we have enough of it to keep you occupied for a long time. Make a snow angel, have a snowball fight,

The Day of Love. What does it mean to you? By Audrey Latimer Features Editor

Here in America we really know how to show the love on Valentine’s Day. Each year 110 million roses are sent, 3 million heart shaped boxes of candy are given out, 191 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged, and 8 billion candy conversation hearts are sold. The average man spends around $160 and average woman around $85. With numbers like these this

holiday is starting to sound more like a consumer’s heyday than one celebrating true love and compassion. Throughout the years the Day of Love has grown tremendously from its humble beginnings. Back in the 3rd century there really was a Saint Valentine. He performed secret marriages for young lovers who were forbidden to marry by the Emperor Claudius II. He was prisoned and later killed on February 14th but not until he wrote a letter to a friend and signed it “From Your

Valentine.” People took note from St. Valentine and began singing and professing their love to one another on February 14th ever year. Over time handmade cards with lace, colored paper, silk, and flowers became more and more popular to show ones your true feelings. Nowadays people pull out all the stops to reveal exactly how they feel about that special someone. From like to love to everything in between no matter what stage you and your hunny are at you can find the “Perfect

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Movies for Valentine’s Day By Marissa Skonie Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day is here once again and it seems as if everyone is making a big deal about it. What if you don’t want to make a big deal about it? What if you and some friends or even you and your boyfriend/girlfriend just want a quiet night in? Well then grab some popcorn, put on your comfy pajamas and pop in one of these “romantic” movies to still celebrate the big day in your own way.                Casablanca is an oldie but definitely a classic. Set in the early days of World War II, this film stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. When two old flames meet again, this time with one of them married, will sparks fly once more? With the Nazis roaming around and everyone trying to get exit visas, will their love even have a chance? Sit back and watch as they figure out just how complicated love can really be. The Notebook, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, is sure to pull on your heartstrings. The movie seemingly follows two storylines, one of an old man who reads to a woman resident at a nursing home, and the other is the story he is reading to her. Why does the old man read to this woman? What will happen to the two lovers in the story that were torn apart? You can watch it all come together and finally make sense but make sure to bring your tissues. Of course, no Valentine’s Day movie list would now be complete without the 2010 hit Valentine’s Day. This romantic comedy stars many Alisters including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Patrick Dempsey, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, and Kathy Bates. This movie covers every romantic cliché in the book from two teens planning their “first time”, a marriage proposal, someone turning out to be gay, someone cheating on their loved one, the “Valentine’s Day” hater, etc. If you’re looking for a good laugh and maybe even a little heartbreak, this is the movie for you.

Love Songs for Valentine’s Day By Lindsey Clark Staff Writer

Love is merely a madness, William Shakespeare declared, and this same madness is the sole cause for countless lyrics having been written and sung about it by musical artists throughout the ages. Below are a mix of both old school and contemporary love songs that deserve a listen especially on the 14th day of February. 1) Recorded by many, but the most popular version of “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole withstands the test of time, released in 1965. Now digitally remastered from the album “The World of Nat King Cole”, this song remains one of the most recognizable of all time, and can still be heard in both modern films and television shows alike. 2) The original show tune “My Funny Valentine” (1937), recorded by legends like Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis, derives from the musical Babes in Arms. Nowadays, this song is known to have been performed by over 600 artists of all different genres and appears on over 1,000 albums. 3) “Is This Love” (1978), with the lyrics “I want to love you and treat you right, I want to love you everyday and every night,” is one of Bob Marley’s best known songs of his career. 4) “Take My Breath Away” (1986), recorded by Berlin, first appeared in the hit film Top Gun starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. This song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and was the first single released from the Top Gun soundtrack. 5) “Think I’m in Love” (2006) from Beck’s seventh studio album The Information, explores the early feelings of love, and is something that everyone can relate to in those early stages of a relationship. 6) Elvis’s “Love Me Tender” (1956). No love song compilation would be complete without one of the King’s hits. A classic of its time, this song was recorded for the movie of the same name and reached #1 on the Billboard charts in November 1956. 7) The Beatles have a song for nearly every subject matter, and love is in no short supply. “P.S. I Love You” (1962) was written at the hand of Sir Paul McCartney, who stated it was a theme song based on a letter. 8) Nebraskan band Bright Eyes’s “First Day of My Life” (2005) contains the lyrics “This is the first day of my life, glad I didn’t die before I met you, now I don’t care, I could go anywhere with you and I’d probably be happy.” Enough said. 9) The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” (2003) has made its musical rounds in movies and television shows, such as Garden State, Grey’s Anatomy and Veronica Mars. Check out this song if you dig the weirdly appealing electronic sounds of indie pop. 10) “Do You Realize” (2002) by The Flaming Lips is one of the group’s most celebrated songs, with the opening lyrics declaring, “Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face? Do you realize we’re floating in space?” In addition to being a love song, it also reminds its listeners and appreciators that there is no guarantee of tomorrow, and that life is meant to be lived for today with the lyrics “everyone you know, someday will die instead of saving all of your goodbyes, let them know.”

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Carlow’s Craic: The Irish experience? By Scott Conro Ireland Correspondent A month has passed since I arrived in Carlow and I’m beginning to settle in. I have found different foods I like to eat regularly, figured out shortcuts around town, and continue to meet a great deal of people. It is beginning to feel like the so called “college life.� Academics aside, the Kishwaukee College campus can often feel like an extended period of high school complete with readymade friends or negative stigmas from earlier school years. Local Kish students do not often mirror the nervous thrill and uncertainty that accompanies college students moving away from

home; those who don’t want to converse with new people have a home life or old friends they can withdraw to. T h e Study Abroad Program in Carlow supplies students with the familiarity of a small town and small class size while the living arrangement near the larger Carlow IT University challenges them to adapt to a lifestyle unlike that of Kish. Not only are students responsible for their livelihood and actions

while living away from home, but also they are required to

independently create social ties, which personally, is the most interest-

ing and educational aspect of the program thus far. The people in Ireland are personable, fun, and generally helpful. This seems to apply to the majority of students that come to Ireland to study. O n e thing I was not expecting before arriving is the number of international students, most notably from France. A group of Spanish students are also here, one being my roommate, and a number of Ger-

mans. Add the Irish factor and it is safe to say that an American student in Carlow will gather enough information about (Western) Europe to sketch a decent outline of the complete picture. (Side note: an American from St. Charles was in town recently visiting a friend from Germany. Small world!) The field trips we have been taking each Friday have continued to remain exciting and eventful. Glendalough (pronounced Glendalock) has the most dramatic landscape I have ever seen. Go to ** to get pictures and to read more about the Study Abroad Program in Carlow!

Montu Dance Theatre of Chicago is coming to Kish Conference Center Dining Room Monday, February 28 12-1 p.m. Free!

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There is a new tech trentdsetting in at technology retailers like Best Buy. It seems like every new movie has it, and many new TV’s advertise it. What I’m referring to is something I’m sure many of you have experienced: 3D video. It’s cropping up in movie theaters all over the place, and many new TVs and Bluray Players support it. Contrary to what you might think, I don’t like this new tech trend. Here are a few reasons why I don’t like 3D. The first is glasses. For now, to view something in 3D, you need to wear the red and blue 3D glasses in order to actually make sense of the image. If you aren’t wearing the glasses, not only is it not 3D, but the colors of the picture are offset, making the video unwatchable without 3D glasses. Usually when buying a 3D TV, they only come with 2 sets of glasses, which makes the prices of extra glasses outrageously expensive. The second point is sickness. By this I mean headaches and dizziness. There are many people who, when watching a long 3D movie,

become dizzy and get headaches. This is due to the fact that when someone looks at something not in digital 3D, the two different images from both eyes are blended together and interpreted by the brain. When someone watches a 3D movie, the way the two images are blended together is slightly different than when looking at a textbook, for example, this confuses the brain, causing dizziness and headache. The third thing I’d like to point out is that not everyone can even see 3D due to eye problems. Being able to see 3D depends on “binocular vision� which means that both eyes are being used simultaneously. Without it, it is very hard to judge distances and see 3D movies. According to vision3d. com, about 12% of the general public have some type of eye condition that prevents them from using both eyes at the same time, making it hard or impossible to see 3D video. Hopefully the 3D technology will get better and better, eliminating the need for glasses and easing headaches and dizziness. Until then, I think I’ll skip the 3D experience.


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KC Women’s Basketball to hold Fourth Annual Hoops for Hope From Karen Wiley Athletic Director Kishwaukee College Women’s Basketball will be hosting the fourth annual Hoops for Hope game to support women across the country in the fight to find a cure for breast cancer. This is an annual event in conjunction

with the WBCA’s Think Pink weekend. This year, the date is set for the weekend of February 7-19th. The Kishwaukee Kougars are hosting Highland Community College for a men’s and women’s basketball game on Tuesday, February 15th, 5:30 and 7:30.

Please join us in the evening as we will be hosting a Silent Auction, with all admissions going directly to the Kay Yow Fund for breast cancer research, and honoring breast cancer survivors in attendance. Our goal is to top the $1,200 we raised in 2010! Together we can find a cure.

Gee named KC Student-Athlete of the Month Mack named National Junior College Player of the Week By Valentina Andrianopoulous Staff Writer Local women’s basketball freshman Devin Mack was awarded National Junior College Player of the Week for her hard work and dedication. This is the first time in recorded history that anyone from Kishwaukee has won this award. Coach Karen Wiley knows Devin is always a motivated, and exciting part of the team. She is ready to put forth all of her effort, providing leadership for her teammates, and only ever does her very best. Devin currently plays pos/guard position 1-3. She has been playing basketball since the age of five. Although she doesn’t

plan on going into a professional career with it, she enjoys playing the game to the fullest extent. “It feels great being the one to receive this award because I’ve been working hard on and off the court and I feel like my hard work is paying off,” says Mack. “ I love to win, but becoming a family with my team and having lasting friendships is what I love most.” Devin will go down in history here at Kishwaukee College. And it sounds like it is a well-deserved award. Her dedication to the game has truly paid off. “I really enjoyed playing basketball for Kishwaukee College this year, and I look forward to next season.” photo provided

By Hannah McClure Staff Writer Baseball has begun at Kish, and with that, the athlete of the month is Garrett Gee, a sophomore returning to play first base. “We are proud Garrett is a part of our athletic programs. He understands the commitment, maturity and dedication required to be successful in the classroom and on the field.” Athletic director Karen Wiley stated. Garrett was number 2 on the team last year home runs, runs batted in, and overall base percentage. He

batted with a .43 average and was 14 for 17 in bases stolen. Gee is returning AllConference, All-Region as well as All-Region tournament team selection. Last year the Kougars made it to the region IV Championship and were national tournament qualifiers with the help of Gee. “Garrett is a very dedicated hard working student athlete. Garrett has surpassed my expectations as a college coach.  Garrett is always striving to reach his goals and doesn’t accept failure.   He understands what a student- athlete is and even more so holds

team values as a major part of his lifestyle as a member of the Kishwaukee College Baseball team. Garret has learned a great deal since he has been with us and will be successful when he leaves Kishwaukee due to who he has become as a person.” Head coach Josh Pethoud explained. We are all proud of the success Gee and the baseball team has had over the last year and look forward to seeing more successes as the team begins their season in Mississippi on March 5th. Their first home game is March 24th at 2:00.

Check out HOT OFF THE PRESSES: The Kaleidoscope Blog for recent updates on everything Kishwaukee College!

Another football season concludes after a Green Bay win By Levi Hensley Staff Writer

Thats it. It’s over. The Super Bowl and this years NFL is over. The outcome was a score of 31-25, with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was their first Super Bowl win in 14 years and reclaimed the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for the Green Bay coach who won the first two Super Bowls.

After Christina Aguilera butchered the American Anthem, of course. The game’s MVP was Aaron Rodgers, who started off completing a touchdown. Packers Safety, Collins, also had an interception for a touchdown return in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Steelers got a field goal thanks to Shaun Sulsham, to make the score 14-3. Later in the second, Greg Jennings got a 21

yard pass from Packers QB Rodgers and scored. Just two minutes after that, Steeler QB Roethlisberger completed an 8 yard pass to Hines Ward. The score at halftime was 21-10, Green Bay. The third started out with no scores, but at about five minutes in Steelers Running Back Rashard Mendenhall had an 8 yard run. The rest of the third quarter went by with no

scoring. In the beginning of the fourth, Packers Wide Receiver, Greg Jennings, completed an 8 yard pass from Rodgers for yet another touchdown. In retaliation, the Steelers Wide Receiver, Mike Wallace, got a 25 yard pass from Roethlisberger to make the score a close 2825 Green Bay. The Steelers were close to coming back, but a 23 yard field goal by Packer Mason Crosby put the final nail in the coffin.

Pittsburgh put up a good fight, but it just wasn’t enough. Rodgers completed many passes to Jennings and Nelson. Green Bay simply outplayed the Steelers. Running Back, James Starks, ran past Pittsburgh Safety Troy Polamalu twice for a total of 23 yards. “I had some opportunities to make some plays,” Polamalu said. “I was just off a step here or there.”


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