Vol 42 No 14 May 2, 2011
The Student-Run Newspaper
of Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL 60150
WWII vet Schoo receives Honorary Degree from Kish
By Lexi Baisden Managing Editor World War II veteran, Donald Schoo, will be presented the very first Hon-
orary Degree from Kishwaukee College on May 14, 2011. “Everyday it sinks in,” Schoo said with enthusiasm. “When they first told me, I couldn’t believe it. It’s just mind boggling - a huge honor. It really is.” Schoo has spent a lot of his time and energy speaking to today’s youth about the war. He has been around to speak to elementary, high school and college students. In the war, he was there to participate in D-Day on Omaha Beach, the Relief of Bastogne, the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes offensive, the Rhineland and the central Europe campaign. Every year he gets called
in to speak of these expereinces in John Nakonechny’s history class here at Kish. Teachers and students alike have said that when he tells his stories, it’s like they are right there with him. His stories are said to be more alive than any book or movie. One thing that stood out in Schoo’s mind was when he went to Boot and Walls Concentration Camp. “We went in and there were these stacks of nude, dead bodies. The ones who were alive were nothing but skeletons,” Schoo said. “The nurses said that they couldn’t feed them because they weren’t able to eat in so long; the food would kill them. They needed to give them a vitamin shot first. It was truly horrific. You couldn’t tell the age of these people because they were so starved, living and dead.
19 - 100, it was impossible to tell. I always say, when I die, I’ll go straight to heaven because I’ve been to hell so many times.” According to the Board of Trustees, who voted unanimously, Schoo has shown unwavering commitment and leadership and has “been active in working with veteran groups, community groups, and students.” Because of these sincere acts, the Board wishes to congratulate Schoo by honoring him with this degree. “Don Schoo is a much decorated veteran who has spent a considerable amount of time over many years speaking to students at the elementary, middle school, high school and college level throughout DeKalb county (and the northern region of Illinois!) about his experiences in WWII,” said
Kishwaukee College President Tom Choice. “He is a dynamic speaker who is able to bring this time in our history to life to provide a very personal insight into the what war is really like -- something to which no textbook (or even movie) can truly do justice. He has spoken to inumerable History classes over the years at Kish and is always a student favorite. Because of his generosity with his time and the value-added he has brought to our classes over many years helping to bring history alive, we are pleased to award him an honorary degree to show him our appreciation. He is truly a tremendous community resource.”
Photo courtesy of Don Schoo.
Student earns summer Engineering internship By Grace Martin Staff Writer
Kishwaukee College engineering student Marrissa Faler has been awarded a summer internship with Argonne National Labratory. Argonne National Labratory is in Argonne Il., and according to their website, “Argonne’s mission is to apply a unique mix of world-class science, engineering and user facilities to deliver innovative research and technologies. We create new knowledge that addresses the most important scientific and societal needs of our nation.” Argonne National Laboratory is one of the oldest and largest labs in the country and has “worked with more than 600 companies and numerous federal agencies and other organizations” in the last 10 years, according to their website. I was able to interview Faler about her upcoming internship and transfer to the University of Illinois. 1. Did you apply for this internship, or were you nominated? If you applied what type of things did the application include? Was there a selection/narrowing down process? I applied for this internship two weeks prior to the due date. The application included providing my transcript, two letters of recommendation from instruc-
tors, multiple essays about my future career goals, and a ton of information about me. There were two rounds and I was one of a very small number that were accepted to intern at Argonne National Laboratory out of a pool of applicants from all over the nation. I am interning under the Community College Institute program and will be provided a furnished apartment for the duration of the internship on Argonne’s forest preserve. 2. Was there a specific moment when you decided to change your major to technology? What were the factors that pushed you to change your major? I was a student at RVC before I came here and my last class there was Educational Psychology. I was completely uninterested in the material and was working for a cell phone company’s technical support. I found that I excelled at my job and enjoyed it much more than my studies in Psychology. I came to Kish and took Geometry with Chris Cullop and found that I really enjoyed math. He introduced me to Steve Dunn (the engineering professor here) and I decided I wanted to be an Engineer. I have not looked back since. I love my studies now! 3. You mentioned Chris Cullop helping you
understand math, and that helped with making your decision. Have there been other teachers that helped inspire you here at Kish? One of the most inspirational teachers at Kish would have to be Steve Dunn, with a MS from Carnegie Mellon it is clear that he is a brilliant engineer. He really cares about his students and sees the best in us. He is a major part of why the rigorous engineering curriculum is fun and interesting. He teaches with such enthusiasm that his students can’t help but have a blast learning to be a excellent engineer. I feel that with Steve as my mentor I can’t do anything but succeed. 4. What do you love most about U of I? What made it your choice to transfer to? U of I has an incredible engineering program and for my major (Engineering Physics) they are ranked #2 nationally. When visiting their campus even the Assistant Dean took his time to look over my transcript and help me craft a path to Illinois. I loved the small school feel of the engineering campus and the sheer magnitude of research laboratories they have operating. I plan to earn my Masters Degree in Engineering Physics and begin a career in research. Illinois seems like the perfect fit for me.
Students March for MAP Students and administrators gathered in the gymnasium April 20 for the March for MAP, an event aimed at raising awareness of the 1,064 students who were denied financial aid through MAP at Kishwaukee College this year. About 75 people signed a petition that will make its way to state legislators in protest of the continuing cuts to financial aid. Photos by Grace Martin.
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May 2, 2011
The Haish Handbook: Transition to a new beginning
By Jessi Haish Editor-In-Chief Why is it that we reflect once time starts running out? The semester is almost over, finals are upon us, and my time at
Kishwaukee has almost run out. I’ll be graduating Kish in August after a summer full of online classes. But my time as editor is over, and this is my last issue. In reflection, I couldn’t be prouder. Although the turnover rate is high at a community college (more than half of our staff changed between fall and spring), we have accomplished a lot, and I’m proud of the staff who did it. Since August, the Kaleidoscope has gone through a complete design overhaul, created a Web site that has already won an award, created a new banner with a new slogan, started a Facebook and Twitter presence and finally made a name for itself in
this school for what feels like the first time in a long time. I’m truly proud of how far we have come in this one school year. But I couldn’t have done it all by myself. An editor is always in need of a reliable and versatile staff. If you are interested in writing, photography, design or just a filler for your resume, journalism is a great route to take. As of press time, we still have open spots in Journalism 111, the first class you enroll in to be a part of the staff. With experience comes wisdom. Will Ireland, our Web Editor, says that you learn how to “work with people effectively,” and that’s just one of the many
tools of the trade you can pick up in a single semester on the staff. That being said, there’s still so much to do and so much will be accomplished. This fall, Marissa Skonie and Valentina Andrianopoulos will be running this ship, and I couldn’t be more excited. These two have made leaps and bounds in the right direction during their time on the Kaleidoscope, and I know that they will take the Kaleidoscope even farther. Will Ireland will be returning as our trusty Web Editor and I know he has some tricks up his sleeve. As for me, I’ll be embarking on yet another
transition at the end of the summer when I graduate Kish and immediately plunge into classes at NIU. As I said before, the turnover rate is high at community colleges, and that makes things... intimidating. When I first started here, I constantly felt rushed. I felt pressure to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. But at the same time, that provided a lot of motivation for me. I didn’t think two years ago that I would have accomplished what I did, and I never would have dreamed of the Kaleidoscope coming this far. Transitions. Scary at first, but they always turn out alright in the end.
Letter From Lexi: Why do bad things happen to good people?
By Lexi Baisden Managing Editor
Things break all the time. Nails break, so do dishes and glass. There are coffee breaks, lunch breaks, prison breaks. You can break a dollar or a horse. Break a leg. Break a promise. Break the silence.
The world is a fragile place, isn’t it? Just when you think that you have finally found your footing, you look down, and see the ground crumbling beneath you. No matter what, bad things seem to happen. It’s a fact. No one lives a perfect life where nothing ever goes wrong. Sometimes we hear the words that no one wants to hear: I’m sorry, but your baby doesn’t have a heartbeat. It’s cancer. You’re just not what we’re looking for. You’re fired. We’re getting a divorce. We’re moving. Your liver is shutting down. There’s a chance that you may never walk again. It was an accident. It was suicide. I can’t do this. I think we should start seeing other people. Everyone goes through something. Every-
one has their own road to journey through and it’s not always going to be paved the whole way. You may step on some rocks during your travels; you may even have to dodge a few boulders. But just remember, the world is not a perfect place. Bad things will happen and despite these bad things, you must press on. I hear this question a lot. The question of, “why do bad things happen to good people?” Now, I am going to address this from the perspective of a Christian. I believe that God is good and holy, and that He has my best intrests in mind. Sometimes the question seems to be flipped: “Why does GOD allow bad things to happen to good people?” Before sin, the world was a perfect place. There
was no pain, there was no transgression - it was just as God had intended it to be. But because of sin, the world is no longer perfect. In Romans 8, it says, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Basically, that means that the earth has been devastated as the result of man’s greed and sinfulness. In a previous statement, it says “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children
of God.” (Romans 8:19-21) Basically, the earth’s condition depends on man’s spiritual condition. It is our greed, our self-centeredness and short-sightedness that has devastated the earth. Because of this, there are darker things in our world. God doesn’t just hand out cancer to people and He doesn’t tell a little girl’s father to go into her room at night. I think that when such things happen, His heart breaks. Our world is a fragile place and it is breaking at our fingertips. Do you honestly think, that when you cry, God doesn’t hear it? When we weep, He weeps. And it is His desire to make the world and all of us right again and someday when Jesus returns, everything will be as it should.
Valentina contemplates coping with change By Valentina Andrianopoulos Staff Writer
I’m not going to lie. I miss it all. I miss the stress-free, laze-around with -friends kind of days. I miss getting out of class and having the rest of the day to do whatever I please. I miss calling up some friends and easily getting a large group together for some hangout time. I miss no work, no “what are you going to
do with the rest of your life” scenarios. So I guess the question is: what happened? I can’t believe my life has changed so drastically to the point where everything I was comfortable is suddenly disappearing. When exactly did the change begin to take place and...why did I let it happen? Anyone who has ever been remotely close to me knows two things: 1. I think too much. 2. I tend to dwell in the past.
Yes I know, not a very good habit. But I’ve never quite been able to get over it all; how it was back then, and how it is now. Lately, I’ve been trying my best to “live in the moment.” I must admit, it’s been difficult. But if I’ve learned anything in my year here at Kish, it’s that the past is behind you for a reason. Looking back isn’t going to change anything. It isn’t going to bring it back. It is a hard reality to face and, I must say that it has taken
me many years to realize it. Change is inevitable. But change doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It shows progression into the next chapters of your life. It reminds you that you’re still alive and that your story is far from over. My first year here at Kish has been a multitude of transformations in my life. Whether it was school, family situations, or relationship issues, I experienced a lot within the course of two semesters. But somehow it
all worked out. The pages continued to turn and time went on. I still look back. I’m not foolish enough to believe that my past hasn’t played a major role in who I am today. I had some beautiful memories and some painful ones. All of which made me the person I am now. But from now on, that is all they will ever be. Memories. I understand now...Life goes on.
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may 2, 2011
McKinley to leave Kish after 22 years By Lindsey Clark Staff Writer
As is only natural and expected, several changes and events have occurred in the last 22 years. The Internet was created, Dolly the sheep was cloned, the Berlin Wall came down, and there was the innovative hair and fashion disaster within popular culture during the decades of the’ 80s and ‘90s. But what’s more important is recognizing the commitment and talents of our own Mr. Bill McKinley, who for the last 22 years has worked at Kishwaukee College and devoted his time to its students and staff with his efforts, especially where the Horticulture Department is concerned. McKinley has accepted a
new position in a new state at a fresh university and his new job will combine all of the skills he’s picked up and honed here at Kish: at Texas A&M he will be teaching as a Senior Lecturer in the Horticulture Department, but will also continue to use his administrative skills and overseeing responsibility as director of The Benz School of Floral Design (and holder of the Benz Endowed Chair), in which making sure the endowment bequeathed to the university is appropriately spent, administered to further the education of the floral industry. When asked about the aspects of his job he is going to miss, “There are lots of things. Mainly the student interaction in helping map out what they are going
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to do for their careers. Being able to watch that develop is pretty awesome and rewarding,” said McKinley. For the first 17 years of his time here he was an instructor in the Horticulture Department and directly involved in student interaction, and for the last five was promoted as the Associate Dean of Career Technologies, currently more indirectly involved with the students of Kishwaukee College. Being the Associate Dean of Career Technologies involved taking care of schedules, KishSOS and the technology behind it, online courses and transferring for students, as the “inner workings of the division,” he described. In the 22 years McKinley has worked
second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Feed ‘Em Soup is currently holding a food drive to stock their food pantry. They are collecting canned and non-perish-
easy decision to leave,” he said. Nothing flippant or automatic about the life changing choice, “There are a lot of great things about Kishwaukee College,” he went on. “There are great people and such a sense of community. We have a diverse set of opinions, but that is what makes us strong, and that is what community is all about.” “Bill has made significant contributions to our horticulture program, our Career Technologies department, and our college overall. I know that each of us can think of the many ways that Bill has made our work days more pleasant and productive,” said Dr. Jean Kartje, Vice President of Instruction. “We wish him well and miss him already.”
Are you looking for another class to round out your schedule for the fall? The sociology department is offering a new course! The course is SOC 299.3001 Topics In Sociology: Violence Meets Mon. and Wed. 1-2:15pm
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here, he noted some of the changes Kishwaukee College has undergone in the vast amount of time, mentioning how the physical landscape of the campus has changed to the increase in student enrollment since 1989. Of course, the more things change, the more they stay the same. “The college has adapted to the growth while retaining its community aspect well,” said McKinley. McKinley’s final day is July 15, 2011, and straightaway he juggles a full schedule with two conferences to attend in that month and the possibility of teaching in South Korea for a week up to 10 days. As much as McKinley has to look forward to, “This was not a quick and
The course is a study of the culture of violence. An interdisciplinary approach will be taken to examine the causes of violence. Social factors that contribute to violent behavior will be explored, along with various types of violence (interpersonal, collective, and institutional), and violence prevention.
able items. Items can be dropped off in the Student Activities Office (B100) here at Kish.
Make sure to sign up today! Contact Carrie Sims with questions!
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SGA results are in By Lindsey Clark Staff Writer
As the 2010-2011 school year comes to a close, The Student Government Association is already planning far ahead. The organization held their elections for the upcoming fall semester on April 13 and 14, with all positions from President to Senator up for grabs, giving students the advantage to cast their votes for who they thought would best suit each position for the coming semester. Your newly elected officers for the fall 2011 semester, voted by you: President, Marrissa Faler; Vice President, Jocelyn Aguilar; Treasurer, Jose Salinas. A second round of elections was held during the week of April 25 to determine who will serve as secretary. The students tied for the position are Hillary Martinez and Wawo Lambogo. There are also positions currently open for senators. The SGA’s job officially embarks this summer in order to prepare for the new upcoming semester. The SGA embodies the students’ well-being and are the mediators between the staff and students. Each year the SGA plans and carries out volunteer and entertainment prospects they are interested in pursuing for both the students and administrators to enjoy. SGA duties officially being this summer as the organization will plan ahead for the coming year. Their objective is to help students and administration reach their goals by making events and volunteering a regular occurrence. Throughout the school year the SGA is responsible for making the celebrated Pizza Day, bake sales and other activities happen, all for the students, staff and administration to enjoy. The SGA looks forward to being able to help students and staff achieve their ambitions in the new semester. The SGA embodies the spirit of both the students and faculty alike, and is the mediator between the two. The organization is always interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas, and as always all students are welcome at the SGA meetings, held Mondays at 2:30 in room B101.
The Criminal Justice program sold rootbeer floats to raise money for the Rochelle K-9 Unit. Criminal Justice Program members pictured left to right: Chris Harbecke and Andrew Strub. Photo by Lexi Baisden.
may 2, 2011
Plans and Advice from Kish Graduates Two Future Graduates Talk About Their Time at Kishwaukee College. By Marissa Skonie Copy Editor
1. What is your major/minor ? I will be receiving an Associate of Arts. 2. What is your favorite memory of you time here? I think my favorite memories at Kishwaukee College were hanging out with my friends in the pits. It definitely made the day go by faster and made my day more enjoyable. 3. Do you have advice for future
1. What is your major/minor ? I am receiving an associate of arts from Kish and my dream job would be working for Glamour magazine in New York City. 2. What is your favorite memory of your time here? My favorite memory at Kish is writing for the Kaleidoscope and becoming Features Editor. 3. Do you have advice for future students? My advice for new students
students? Keep all of your papers. The portfolio comes up fast and you’ll need all of your work for it. 4. What areas should Kish improve on? The only thing that annoyed me at Kish was the parking. But, I assume that is being fixed with the new additions to the school. 5. What was your favorite class? Fostering Creativity in Young Children. It’s so much fun.
6. Is there anything you would do differently about your time here? No. I did what I needed to do to successfully complete my classes and kick-start the next part of my education. 7. What are your plans for after Kish? Northern Illinois University or Iowa State University.
would be to go to class! If you don’t you’ll fall behind pretty quick and end up having to drop the class.
differently about your time here? I would have gotten more involved in campus activities.
4. What areas should Kish improve on? I think that the campus activities and student involvement could definitely improve at Kish.
7. What are your plans for after Kish? I’m going to either Northwestern or Columbia College in Chicago and studying in their magazine and editing program. I have really loved writing for the Kscope he past three semesters! I hope you have enjoyed reading my articles as much as I enjoyed writing them.
5. What was your favorite class? I took an online American Literature class that was really interesting. 6. Is there anything you would do
Taking Summer Classes? Here are some tips for success! By Audrey Latimer Features Editor
Summer vacation. The two words that students dream about from the first week of school through finals week. Warm weather (at last!), adventures with friends, vacations, some much needed free time, and class at 10 am? Yes you read right, many college students are turning to summer school to help get in enough credits to graduate. It may not seem like the ideal way to spend you much anticipated summer of fun, but in the long run you might just be thanking yourself. Here at Kish students have the option to take a summer course on campus or online. You might be thinking that with a summer class hanging over your head all hope of enjoying your time off goes out the window. Well, summer classes tend to be a lot different. For one you don’t have to take 12 credit hours like you do during the fall or spring semester to be considered a full
Will’s Tech Korner A blast from the past By Will Ireland Web Editor Some of you may remember the Commodore 64 and Typewriter. These were both old types of technology, ranging from 1870 to 1982. From those of you old enough to remember using these pieces of technology, do you wish you could use them again? If you do or are just interested in experiencing technology history, then you’re in luck. The Commodore 64 was originally introduced in January
time student. Summer classes are usually more compact than regular classes as well. Instead of having an entire semester to cover material students are cut down to several weeks. So with a lighter load and shorter course length summer classes aren’t sounding too bad right? Well, actually they can be a little misleading. It is after all summertime. Most people are in that vacation mentality and school just isn’t fitting into the picture. With summer classes comes the need for more motivation and dedication. They really are not for everyone. But, if you are one of those students who have signed up for a summer course here are some tips to make it a little easier. On campus Classes -Like previously stated summer classes are more compact than a course during a regular semester. The time goes by fast and the lessons faster. It is really important that you make it to every one of your
classes during a summer course. During the year you may have an entire week to cover a chapter or section where as during the summer one chapter may be taught in one class. If you miss a class, you’re already falling behind. -Having homework on summer vacation just sounds wrong. But, to many it is becoming a reality. The motivation to write a paper or do an assignment is going to be at an all-time low while taking a summer course. It’s gorgeous out and your friends are free and waiting to go out and have fun. But, you have to remember this is still school. Just because it’s a summer course doesn’t mean the grade isn’t going to count. Try and get the homework assignment done as soon as it is assigned. Then you can reward yourself with going out and enjoying your much needed vacation. Online courses -Regardless of when you are enrolled in an online class, it is definitely a test of discipline. You don’t have to
show up to any class and you never have to meet a teacher face to face. The opportunity to slack-off and forget about assignments is easier than ever. Then put vacation on top of that. The biggest tip for an online class is to remember that you are enrolled in one! Whether you make yourself a note to remind you that you have to go online and check what’s up for that week or do it first thing in the morning, it doesn’t matter as long as you are a aware of the class schedule.
1982. It had 64kb of RAM. To put that into perspective, today’s computers come standard with about 2GB of RAM, or 2,097,152KB. Commodore USA has recently resumed production on the Commodore - with a new twist. The new C=64 has all the features of today’s computers, including an HDMI port for HD video and a Bluray player. It can run Windows 7 and comes preloaded with Commodore OS 1.0 for the ultimate commodore experience. The new Commodore can be purchased from commodoreusa.net for between $250 and $895. For more information, visit commodoreusa. net. The typewriter was invented in 1870. It was the main form of
typing up until the 1970s. The typewriter went through a few major changes, including the shift from mechanical to electromechanical. The most recent shift brought the typewriter into the digital age. This change was the introduction of the USB Typewriter. The USB Typewriter allows a person to type on a typewriter as they normally would, but as they typed, the text would show up on a computer as well as paper. The USB Typewriter acts as a normal keyboard, complete with carriage return. Don’t get too excited though, a USB Typewriter will run you $700 to $800. You can, however, buy a do-it-yourself kit for $75 if you have an old typewriter in the closet. You’ll need electrical and soldering skills, so the DIY kit isn’t
for novices. For more information, visit www.usbtypewriter.com. Even though technology is moving forward at a fast pace, we still go back to old technology. If you want to experience the past again or for the first time, and have some extra money laying around, you might consider a Commodore 64 or USB Typewriter.
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may 2, 2011
Scott’s Final Check- In By Scott Conro Ireland Correspondent This is the last article coming from Ireland and I thought I would recap what I have learned these four months in the Carlow study abroad program. Arriving in a culture so similar yet so different was a shock at first. The cars were driving on the other side of the road, the street signs were different, and the license plates were long and yellow. The landscape was rolling hills, a complete change from flat corn fields. The people were friendly and anxious to know where we were from and why we were studying in Carlow. I can’t forget the initial difficulty of understanding
A Teacher’s Study Tips for Finals By Anthony Thomas KC Instructor For various reasons, Finals Week is a particularly difficult time of year. Students are stressed out amidst a barrage of tests—and believe it or not, so are faculty! Many of us worry about how you’ll perform on your tests, and we put in long hours grading the final exams and calculating final scores. This year, Finals Week will be particularly stressful (in my opinion) because it begins on the evening of Wednesday, May 4, and runs through Wednesday, May 11. When I went to school, not that long ago, we got a reading day on the Friday before Finals Week, and we got the weekend to study. As this is my final column for the year, I want to hold true to my initial vision and provide you with
the accent. But as time went on those differences became everyday life. The accent became understandable, the Irish pubs and clubs became part of the weekly routine, and the European way of life and thinking became more clear to us. It is this acquired normalcy that should be the focus for a student studying abroad. It meant we were immersed in the culture. But other great things have come from this trip, the largest being the confidence to be independent. I have been able to travel Europe thanks to cheap flights around the continent. I feel that I can travel anywhere and not come to any serious problems (taking a tram to wrong direction doesn’t count).
From my first trip to Paris and Barcelona, to my travels to Belfast and Scotland, I have learned a great deal through a few failures (mainly being stuck in an airport for 2 days!) But now I am in the middle of a two week trip through Europe. I am writing this in Bratislava, Slovakia an hour before I need to get to a boat for Vienna. Me and my friend Shelby have stayed in Amsterdam, Milan, Venice, and Alghero. Already we have rode planes, trains, buses, trams, and metro systems. We have been to a coffee shop and the Red Light District with an American and a Frenchman in Amsterdam, walked around Venice with a very nice and interesting Muslim girl from
some practical guidance from a faculty member’s perspective. Like Plankton in SpongeBob Squarepants, “I went to college!”— for eleven years! And I’ve been a teacher for eight years. Drawing upon this experience, here are three study tips that I know will help you with your finals this year. First, get enough sleep the night before each exam. Plan on eight hours, and go to bed at a reasonable hour (preferably 10 p.m. to midnight at the latest). I will never forget one semester when two of my most dedicated Philosophy students emailed me at 5:30 a.m. on the morning of the final. They sent me pictures of themselves “pulling an all-nighter” before the exam in a study room in the dorms. They wanted to show me their dedication to preparation—they got Cs on their finals. They later told me they couldn’t remember things they had studied only a few hours before. A tired brain is dull and forgetful. Second, prepare outlines of the
chapters of your textbook or the units of your course. Start now and build outlines that focus on key terms, relevant themes, and how ideas connect with one another. We faculty know that we’ve covered a lot of ground during the semester. It’s up to you, the student, to organize, clarify, and draw together all of this information into “do-able doses” that you can manage. Finally, I’d like to share some advice with you that comes from my Introduction to Philosophy textbook. William James, an American philosopher who urged people to embrace theories and methods that produce practical results rather than merely provide intellectual intrigue, once gave his students some great advice that I have tried and proven useful. He observed that many students do poorly because they are too nervous. He told students to channel their nervousness into good studying in the days leading up to the exam, but check out his
Thailand. and met a Columbian couple who were also sleeping along a canal in Venice. Yes, we have slept in hotels, hostels, with locals, and on more than one bench for a night. What does the next week hold for us? The opportunity to experience the Irish culture so thoroughly and the possibility to travel to different countries and experience so much for a reasonable price will be an experience I never forget. I hope this article, and the last seven, will encourage you to pursue your own unique experience. You can start by contacting the Study Abroad Coordinator, Lisa March. Thanks for reading.
counsel for the day of the exam: “If you really want to do your best in an examination, fling away the book the day before, say to yourself, ‘I won’t waste another minute on this miserable thing, and I don’t care one iota whether I succeed or not.’ Say this sincerely, and feel it; and go out and play, or go to bed and sleep, and I am sure the results next day will encourage you to use the method permanently.” Trust me—if you’ll study and then heed James’ advice, you will feel relaxed and confident when you down for each final exam. It’s an exhilarating feeling! In closing, I’ll leave you with the same well-wishes that I give all of my students. Study hard, study wisely, and when the time comes, do your very best on your final examinations. Remember that your best depends on how well you prepare!
Fun and Fashionable Summer Trends Is your closet ready for Summer? With these tips it will be in no time!
By Audrey Latimer Features Editor Well we finally made it! Only 2 weeks left of school and we’re free to enjoy the fun and sun that is sure to be summer 2011. But before you create a new Facebook album and plan your road trip with your best friends who not do a little wardrobe cleaning? We have been cooped up inside for months and trapped under layers and layers of clothes all winter (and most of spring!). It’s time to break out the short shorts and sun dresses. Summer is truly the time to be creative and adventurous with the clothes you wear. So go ahead show some leg, after enduring an
Illinois winter you deserve it! But of course your clothes aren’t the only things that get upgraded during the summertime accessories, hair, and makeup get a new twist as well. -This summer the nautical theme is extremely popular and with good reason! When else are you going to be on a boat? Big dramatic stripes were big on the runways. Think red, whites, and blues (not necessarily together though. High waisted shorts are also going to have a big comeback this summer. To finish off your Yacht ready outfit slip into a pair of boat shoes. I have a pair and they will rarely leave my feet this summer (maybe to give way to my stray sandals but read on for that!). Capris or white shorts are another perfect way to accessorize a nautical look. -Hats are always a fun summer accessory and can totally transform an entire outfit. This season there is no hotter hat
than a straw fedora. It just feels summery and like it should be worn on a California beach. -Braids, Braids, and more braids. It seems like no matter where you turn this summer you’re going to see people’s hair embellished with braids. The goddess braid, think Lauren Conrad’s famous do, is an easy way to take your hair from blah to ooh la la. Wear your hair down, in a low ponytail, or in a side bun. With the goddess braid it will always be attention grabbing. The side braid is always a good standby but why not take it up a notch and do a fish tail braid? It’s a fun alternative and looks super summery and beachy. -When in doubt go classic. There is nothing more timeless than jeans and a T-shirt. You can dress it up or make it casual. This look is quintessentially American. Throw some flip flops on and you’re ready to go. It sounds easy but always
has a big impact, with this less truly is more. -It is after all summer time so you know what is on everyone’s mind. Swimsuits. Whether you have been preparing or dreading for this all winter it’s pretty safe to say that you’re going to find yourself in one at some point this summer. Go for a fun, bright eye catching color such as coral or orange. Also popular this summer is dramatic prints and designs. The number one thing to remember when wearing a swimsuit is confidence. If you have that you’re sure to standout in anything. Good Luck and have a fun and fashionable summer!
Arts & Entertainment
may 2, 2011
Kish students honored for their artwork By Marissa Skonie Copy Editor
It’s time again for the Annual Spring Juried Student Art Show! Once again Kish students were asked to submit their original
The Doctor is INsane by Sarah Greer Photo by Marissa Skonie
artwork in different medias including photography, charcoal, watercolor, color pencil, wood carvings, ceramic, plaster, metals, prints, acrylic, oil, and mixed media. The gallery now has a total of fifty-two pieces of artwork from students. The art show will run April 11 – May 14. Kish held an Artist Reception on April 20 where students and faculty could meet the artists of the different artworks. They then held an award ceremony for the “Best in Show” pieces. Sarah Greer
won Best in Show (3D) for her metal mixed media piece titled The Doctor is INsane. Best in Show (2D) went to Cory Clavatta for the oil painting Figure Study in Light. There were also many honorable mentions including Death’s Cackle by Alexis Corcoran and Spider Can by Jan Gringer. For more information on the artists, artworks, and artshow, students can stop by the Kish Art Gallery. The Gallery is open Monday 1-5, Tuesday 11-9, Wednesday 12-9, Thursday 11-6, and Friday 1-3. The exhibit will also be open for Kish’s Commencement on Saturday, May 14.
Gear up for summer concerts!
Former Kish student starts local dating site
By Levi Hensley
Many concerts are coming to a venue near you! There may not be many that are close, but there are a few upcoming events
that may well be worth the drive. The Allstate Arena, in Rosemont, will be featuring many bands. Sugarland (May 6th), Rammstien (May 10th), and Bob Seger (May 14th) are to be featured. The Chicago
Rise Against will be playing at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on May 1st.
House of Blues will also have concerts coming to their venue. The Revolt Tour, Uranium Tour, Alter Bridge (May 2nd and 3rd), and Better Than Ezra (June 17th) chose the House as their venue. The Uranium Tour features the Black Label Society, All That Remains, Hail the Villain, and Anchored on May 31st. Hollywood Undead, 10 years, Drive A, and New Medicine are putting on their show. Tickets are on sale now for both tours. Hed p.e. (May 1st) will play at the Harris-Joliet Ballroom. Rise Against (May 13th) is going to be at the Aragon Ballroom. Sanctus Real will be at the Summerwood Amphitheatre on the 5th of June. Most of the concerts have tickets on sale.
Alex My name is Alex Broches,
and I was a former student of Kish from 2006. I graduated NIU in December of 2010, and I started the Web site www. collegejunkee. com in my garage in Sycamore the night before my senior year started. College Junkee is a site where students from Kish and NIU can come to meet and date. The site is 100 percent free, and there are more than 3,200 local students that are on daily. I just finished filming for the show “True Life,” which will air on MTV in Broches’ Web site College Junkee August.
will be featured on MTV’s True Life in August.
Get updated on new movies this coming summer!!!!! By Levi Hensley Staff Writer
Many new movie releases are coming to a theater near you. On April 29th, Prom, Fast Five, and Hoodwinked Too! are among many movies to be released. On May 6th, movies including Thor will be released. Thor is based of of the Norse God of Thunder and the DC superhero. The hero is Thor, whose arrogance reignites an ancient war and gets him banished to Earth from Asgard. When a dangerous antagonist summons dark forces onto the world, he must stand up to the challenge and defend the Earth. There Be Dragons, Something Borrowed, and Last Night are also being released on the 6th. On May 13th,
a supply of movies will be released including Skateland, The Big Bang, How to Live Forever, True Legend, and Priest. Priest is set in an alternate universe, in which vampires and man are in a constant state of war. A legendary warrior priest from the last vampire war lives with the humans, in cities ruled by the church, trying to protect themselves from the vampires. When the priest’s niece is taken by a pack of vampires he breaks his vows to the church to go vampire hunting, trying to save her before she is turned into a monster. May 20th is when The Lion of Judah, Midnight in Paris, and Pirates of the Caribbean will be released. The new Pirates movie is about Jack Sparrow being forced to help find the
Fountain of Youth with the infamous Blackbeard and a girl whom he has a past with. On the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s ship, Jack doesn’t know who to
fear more. Don’t forget to check out Campus Cinemas for movies that came out a couple months ago but for reasonable prices.
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may 2, 2011
Campus construction to continue through the summer By Melissa Meyer Staff Writer
Students and faculty have taken notice of the construction that has begun on campus. The A wing entrance is being torn up, trees are being uprooted and construction vehicles are everywhere. It is all part of a construction project that will take place over the summer. The south entrance on Malta Road (A wing entrance) will be reconstructed. It will be widened to three lanes to allow better flow of traffic and to accommodate the increased number of drivers the college has seen in recent years. The south parking lot will also be expanded. Because of this, the south entrance will be closed
after Spring Graduation and will re-open in the fall. The north parking lot will remain, however, the north entrance (B wing entrance) will be eliminated completely. A new entrance has been in place near Route 38 to allow construction vehicles easy access to the campus that will not block traffic, however, the entrance will disappear once the construction project is finished. The campus will also see a significant amount of earth work. Clay, being better material than topsoil as a foundation for buildings and roadways, is needed. There is an overabundance of topsoil on campus grounds and not enough clay, however, there are heavy deposits of clay under the soccer field. The decision
was made to use this clay, as it would be too expensive to transport new clay in. Once that clay is removed, the campus’s extra topsoil will be transfered to the soccer field, however, the soccer field will be unusable for the next two years. Karen Wiley, the athletic director, is looking into solutions for the soccer team in the meantime. Also, to make way for the new entrances, some trees are being uprooted. However, out of the 864 trees on campus, 483 will be preserved in their present locations and 34 will be transplanted to different areas around the campus. New trees are also expected to be planted once construction is completed in the fall. Aramark is going to be the new cafeteria vendor
come fall. The final day that Consolidated Management, the current vendor, will service the cafeteria will be May 13th. Please note that after May 15th, however, the cafeteria will be closed for a short time. The Early Childhood Care Center will also see renovations including a new outdoor play area and playground equipment. The Campus Master Plan proposal on Kishwaukee’s website states: “Kishwaukee College has developed a long-term Campus Master Plan. The Master Plan was created by a steering committee with input from College employees, external community members, organizations, and businesses. By tapping into the needs and wants of the community the
College has reestablished its commitment to district residents with a plan that will serve the needs of the entire community for the next 20 years. The plan was officially adopted by the Board of Trustees in April 2010. With the passage of a referendum in November 2010, the College will be implementing elements of the Master Plan that include increasing instructional space, enhancing services to students, and addressing campus safety issues.” In time, the college may see more changes. Part of the proposal is to add new trails and walkways as well as several new buildings and sports fields.
Latinos Unidos celebrates Cinco de Mayo By Melissa Meyer Staff Writer
Cinco de Mayo is the holiday celebrating the Mexican army’s victory over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, which is September 16, it is still an important
day for the state of Puebla, where the celebration is the most enthusiastic. However, there are still many ways to celebrate right here in the Kishwaukee area. K i s h w a u k e e College’s own Latinos Unidos, which celebrates Hispanic and Latino culture, is hosting an Aguas Frescas (fresh water) Sale in the Main Atrium on the 5th at 11 a.m. and will be selling Horchata (Rice Water),
Criminal Justice Club helps Save Scarlett By Jessica Pflipsen Staff Writer
On Wednesday April 20, the Criminal Justice held a bake sale to raise money for a baby named Scarlett who is going to born without two of her heart valves and is going to need surgery. Andrew Stub, member of the Criminal Justice Club, said that they do many bake sales for a variety of causes but this particular event was held because another member of the club, Jennifer Welty, is the aunt to Scarlett. At the time of the interview Andrew estimated that they had raised about $400 that day from the $1 bake sale and $5 “Support Scarlett” wrist bands sales. The Criminal justice club also hosts special presentations like the Rochelle K9 unit also field trips to places like the Rockford Crime Lab and the Belvidere Police Department. To continue donations students and faculty can find Jennifer Welty and she will continue to be selling the $5 wristbands.
Melon, Jamaica, Tamarindo (Tamarind) and Fresa (Strawberry) flavors. For more information, visit the club on Facebook. The club also recently visited the National Museum of Mexican Art which is located at 1852 West 19th Street in Chicago. The museum is currently running several exhibits including La Nacion Huichol: From the Sea to the Desert and La Vida Sobre Papel. Admission
is free and the museum is open from 10a.m.-5p.m. Tuesday - Sunday. For those who don’t feel like traveling all the way to Chicago, there is of course the 14th annual Cinco de Mayo festival in downtown Sycamore on Sunday, May 1st put on by the local Mexican restaurant Taxco. It is located on 223 W. State Street and the activities are held behind the restaurant from 1p.m. to 9p.m. with a
kid’s corner from 2p.m. to 6p.m. There will be authentic Mexican food, live music and entertainment, games, a moonwalk, quesadillas, an eating contest, face painting, piñatas, a petting zoo and pony rides. Proceeds will benefit the Boy Scouts of America Kishwaukee District and the DeKalb County Community Clinic.
May 2, 2011
Four Students inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame By Marissa Skonie
own Athletic Department Hall of Fame. Since then, twentyeight men and women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
According to Athletic Director Karen Copy Editor Wiley, “The Hall of Fame is a great way for us to honor In 1992 Kishwaukee our coaches, players and College created their very support staff. There have been incredible people involved in our programs, and we want to be able to celebrate and showcase those accomplishments and achievements.” This year Kish inducted: John Bland, Janet (Truckenbrod) Sarver, Brendon Fort, and Stacie (Johnson) Woodworth. John Bland was the second member to ever have been inducted p o s t h u m o u s l y. John Bland, Janet (Truckenbrod) Sarver, Brendon Fort, and Stacie Bland had been (Johnson) Woodworth were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame Photo Credit: Kishwaukee Athletic Department
an instructor for ten years at Kish. The Kish Athletic Department stated, “He was honored for his enthusiasm, laughter and unending support in the classroom and in competition.” Janet (Truckenbrod) Sarver attended Kish from 2002 to 2004. She participated in both tennis and basketball. She currently hold six records for the girls’ basketball team including second place for most points scored in a single season (557 points) and had a career total of 962 points. Sarver also won many awards including Female Student-Athlete of the Year (2003-2004), Team MVP, WBCA DII All-American, and NJCAA Academic AllAmerican. Brendon Fort was a pitcher for the Kishwaukee
Kougars in 1997-1998. After winning many awards and records, he went on to play baseball at Southern Illinois University. Fort still hold first place for number of career innings pitched, wins in a season, and career wins. Stacie (Johnson) Woodworth worked at Kish as a Certified Athletic Trainer for six years. According to the Kish Athletic Department, “Stacie was lauded for her dedication, commitment and sincere care.” If anyone would like to nominate someone to be inducted into the Kishwaukee College Athletic Department Hall of Fame, go to www.kishwaukeecollege. edu/athletics/ and click the link that says “Hall of Fame Nomination.”
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Yoga - Achieving Insight and Tranquility By Valentina Andrianopoulos Staff Writer It started off slow but as days began to pass, soon everyone was talking about how great this increasingly popular workout was. People everywhere were chattering about how different it was and, it seemed, everyone was reaping it’s benefits. Yoga. I had always thought that this was just something people were doing on Wii Fit. But it turns out that there is a lot more to this spiritual practice. Yoga is defined as “a school of Hindu philosophy advocating and prescribing a course of physical and mental disciplines for attaining liberation from the material world and union of the self with the Supreme
Being or ultimate principle.” So, in other words, yoga involves spiritual, mental, and physical disciplines in an attempt to achieve insight and tranquility. But yoga is in no way strictly confined to one type. There are five major branches of yoga in the Hindu philosophy. The first type is called Raja yoga. This branch is mainly concerned with the cultivation of the mind using meditation to mend one’s relationship with reality and to reach a sort of liberation. This is the most popular form of yoga. It focuses on finding inner happiness by letting go of the stress and anxieties of the external
world. Another type is called Karma yoga. This kind is known as the science of achieving
perfection in action. It is based on a person acting without any intentions of personal gain. They like to call themselves “selfless servers.” Jnana is the next type of yoga. Its primary importance is the knowledge of the absolute, or knowledge of one’s body and soul. Not only that, but the person must be able to understand the difference between the two and how they are just as absolute together as they are separately. This leads one onto the path of enlightenment and self-realization. The Bhakti form of yoga is directed more towards the spiritual aspects
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of yoga. It signifies an attitude of devotion to a personal God based on the number of human relationships one has. The final branch of yoga is Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is known as the preparatory stage of physical purification. It is a practice that prepares the body for a higher stage of meditation. This form of yoga involves long periods of physical training in order to heal the body and promote well-being. Together, these five branches achieve the overall definition of yoga. Yoga is unlike any other workout because it goes far beyond the physical aspect. It extends to the mind and soul as well. This is something many of us would probably find very useful in our everyday lives.