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Vol 43 No 11 March 26, 2012

The Student-Run Newspaper

of Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL 60150

New Student Center takes shape

By Grace Martin Managing Editor

On the left is the Conference Room that will service the new Student Activites offices. This new conference room will be the largest on campus being able to easily seat 32 people. With such a large conference room available, clubs and organizations will have more opportunities to grow.

On the right is an aerial view of the new cafeteria, taken from the bridge between the new administration offices and student services. The new cafeteria features quiet dining as well as open social space where students can eat, study, and spend time with friends.

On the left is the new front entry way for Kishwaukee College. This will serve as the school’s “front door” welcoming new students, their families, and other visitors. On the left side of the picture you can see the bottom of the new staircase that will lead upstairs to student services.

The picture on the right shows some PTK students standing in front of the servery for the cafeteria. The servery will offer many different kinds of foods. There will also be a coffee shop that will have slightly later hours than the rest of the servery to benefit night students.

This new building is “really and truly built for the students”, says Rob Galick, Vice President of Finance and Administration. What are you most excited about in the new building? We at the Kaleidoscope would love to know. Please email us at or stop by our office in B100 and talk to us in person. We love to hear whatever you think!

Writing Skills Center available to help students Tired of struggling on essays and paper assignments that are worth a large portion of your grade? Well you don’t have to! The Writing Skills Center (WSC) is open to all students and is always welcoming newcomers. Many students have benefited from the hardworking staff of the WSC and have seen improvements in their grades in just a few days.            “The people in the writing center have always been very kind to me,” explains Lexi Baisden, student. “They offer you sincere and helpful criticism, and they encourage you to write better. Even if you feel good about your paper, it’s never bad to have someone double-check your work. My grades have defi-

nitely earned a few smiles from those visits.”            While it may be intimidating to have someone go over your work, it will definitely be worth your time. Healthy criticism never hurts when it comes to raising your grades.              “The Writing Skills Center is where all students can come,” explains Jennifer LaBash, staff member at the WSC and English instructor, “to receive assistance with not only grammatical and spelling issues, but also brainstorming, paper formatting, citation questions and a boost of confidence regarding their writing capabilities.”             The staff at the WSC consists of Jennifer LaBash and Amber Rzepka. Although, both Phyllis

Barshinger and Karen Fenske can assist if students do not have time to wait. The staff is prepared and knowledgeable in the majority of topics taught at Kish. Jennifer continues, “We hope that students utilize our services for a number of reasons. First and foremost, writing is a skill that is used in every aspect of an individual’s life, regardless if he/she is in school. To be able to communicate effectively is something that will prove to be invaluable to all of our students. Additionally, we want to provide our student population with the opportunity to become independent and successful learners. This means that, by spending time with us, they will be able to analyze

By Valentina Andrianopoulos Staff Writer

and assess their own papers to locate potential problems as opposed to relying on an outside party to detect errors. For those students who are already at that point, we like to provide them with an additional set of eyes just in case a mistake slipped by. For these students, we also think that giving them a different perspective in regards to their papers will culminate in a more thorough, objective and cohesive paper.” The current hours for the WSC are Monday and Wednesday: 8a.m.-12p.m. and 1p.m.-5p.m., Tuesday: 2:30p.m.-7:00p.m., and Friday: 8a.m.-3p.m. There are no tutors available on Thursdays. “Both Amber and I love what we do,” says Jen-

nifer, “We strive to provide individualized and exceptional tutoring to all of our students. Whether a student is bringing in a scholarship essay, personal statement for college admission, criminal justice paper, or English essay, it is our hope that he/ she leaves with the feeling that he/she was given constructive and useful feedback. This feedback may require our students to put a little bit of elbow grease back into the process, but we don’t provide basic proofreading skills. We are here to help our students become effective, introspective, and successful writers.”    



MARCH 26, 2012

Marissa’s Musings: Kicking the bucket

By Marissa Skonie Editor-In-Chief

Bucket lists. They’ve been portrayed through movies starring Morgan Freeman, an MTV TV show about teenagers, many different books, etc. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket,” a phrase used to portray someone who died. Anything can go on these lists, from simply seeing a specific movie to

wanting to have a family of your own.            At first I wasn’t exactly keen on the new fad. I didn’t want to sit and make a list of things to do before I died. What if I didn’t accomplish any of it? Would that take away meaning from my life? Eventually I came to look at it as a list of opportunities instead of a list of things I must accomplish before I die. I mean, it’s not going to ruin my life if I never travel to

Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, but it is something that I’ve always wanted to do and can at least enjoy having the possibility there.            While I don’t suggest walking up to someone and asking them what they want to do before they die, hearing other people’s bucket lists is a good way to start your own. For example, a few things on my bucket list are: go to Disney World/ Disneyland, start my own

family, adopt a baby, see the Northern Lights, travel to the countries of my origin and help someone else accomplish something on their bucket list.            Kougars, what is on your bucket lists? What suggestions do you have for someone who would like to create a bucket list? Let me know by emailing me at kscope@

So I’ve Been Thinking....Standing up to bullies

Managing Editor Since Junior High every teacher I’ve ever had has made a huge deal out of this thing called bullying. I knew what bullying was, but I never thought it was a big deal. “Kids just need to toughen up,” I thought. I went all through Junior High thinking that way. When I got to high school , I began to hear in the news of far away schools where impossibly

By Grace Martin

young kids were committing suicide because they could no longer take the pain the actions and words of their fellow students were causing them. So they took matters into their own hands and ended the pain. I’m ashamed to say that for much of high school, I believed those students to be cowards who couldn’t live up to real world expectations. It wasn’t until I was probably a Senior in high school that I began to perceive bullying for the problem that it was. I began to see not only in the hallways but on Facebook and other social media sites. I saw the bullying, but I am ashamed to say I did nothing to stop it. Maybe I didn’t say anything because I was too scared of getting bullied myself. Now, in college,

I’m a little older and a little wiser. I’m not as afraid as I once was to stand up and say something in defense of someone being bullied. I’m also beginning to notice those who are much braver than I who have been defending against bullies. Recently, I saw a cruel attack on a boy, I guess we can call him Joe, via a status he had posted on his Facebook page. Joe’s peers attacked him using some of the foulest language and poorest grammar I had ever seen to stab at his fragile self confidence wherever they could. I was shocked. I read through comment after comment as Joe tried to defend himself against the unified attack of three of his classmates who were being supported by several other random students. On his own Facebook page he was

repeatedly told that no one wanted to hear what he had to say and that it wasn’t the place to tell his life story. And then a miraculous thing happened. Another boy, who was obviously as angry as I was about what these students were saying, chimed in defending his bullied classmate. He took up the argument and acted as a buffer between the bullies and Joe until the bullies finally got tired and quit arguing. I was amazed and so thankful that someone finally stepped in where no one else would. I started thinking about what Joe went through. Not only the cruel words that were said, but the rejection he faced from the peers whom he could only want to be his friends. I realized something. This is why young children take

their own lives, or even the lives of others. The hurt and rejection just becomes too much to bear. The kids weren’t cowards like I had always believed; they were just at their wits end and could only see one solution. I tell you this Kougars because the bullying doesn’t end in high school. It continues on to college and adult life. I see it in my classes and in the hallways and it makes me want to scream with frustration. Kougars, I’m begging to to please see the consequences of your actions. Think about the effect your words and actions might have on others, and work to keep that effect positive. If you are someone who is being bullied, don’t lose hope. Focus on those who love you in your life, because in the end, they are the only ones who matter.

If they can play, they can play

By Jessica Crawford

“If you can play, you can play.” This is the main message in a campaign from the You Can Play project in professional hockey. The You Can Play project focuses more on the athlete’s athletic abilities as opposed to their sexual orientation. I came across the public service announcement (PSA) that was originally aired during the March 4 New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins first intermission on Youtube. The PSA showed 12 different hockey players sharing their support for gay

same reason that the heterosexual athletes are there: To play their sport and to win games as a team. As long as a person can play the game and is willing to put in the time and effort, that is all that matters. They would not be playing professional sports if they could not play. “If you can play, you can play.” This applies for much more than just gay athletes; it applies to anyone in the gay community. Whatever it may be, a person’s sexual orientation does not matter. He or she can accomplish anything.

rights in professional sports. Their main point being that if you can play the sport well, it does not matter what your sexual orientation is; you can still play. Gay and homophobic slurs are heard way too often in professional sports, especially by the athletes themselves. It is something that has always seemed to be a problem and nothing really got done about it. What really makes no sense to me is that when the athletes, or anyone for that matter, call someone or something “gay” they actu-

ally mean stupid. Just call the person stupid; there is no need to bring sexual orientation into it or the chance of offending anyone. When athletes who are in the media and the spotlight are heard making homophobic slurs, many people are affected by it. I wonder if they (the athletes using the homophobic slurs) realize that people could take their own life due to this because they think it is wrong to be gay. I find it disgusting and terrible that athletes that are paid millions of dollars

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are considered to be role models to much of the youth when they are not setting a good example by making homophobic slurs and attacking the gay community. It is not right nor will it ever be. This is not to say all athletes are stubborn, though. Some athletes, like the 12 hockey playiers in the PSA, are not afraid to show their support for the gay community. I am pretty sure that the gay athletes do not play sports just to be around people of the same gender. They are there for the exact

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MARCH 26, 2012


Making a difference on Spring Break Spring break 2012 in Louisiana was adventurous, busy and by far the best spring break I have ever had. I went with a college church group (RefugeLutheran Student Fellowship) at Immanuel Lutheran Church located on Northern Illinois University’s campus. I have had friends and family go on past mission trips to Louisiana and have always been jealous that I could not go. This year I finally got to go, and it was everything I

11. It would be the Refuge church group and a group of about 20 from Iowa State working together. We spent the weekends traveling and yes, we traveled by a 15 person van (8 people in the van from NIU total). It was a long car ride but the group made the most of it. Monday, which was our first official day in Louisiana, was an educational day. We learned about land loss and erosion in Louisiana due to Hurricanes Ka-

Staff writer Jessica Crawford planting trees in Louisiana. Photo provided by Jessica Crawford.

hoped it would be and more. The church group departed on Saturday March 10 and arrived in Chauvin, Louisiana late on March

trina, Ike and Gustav. We learned about how the levees gave out and that all of the destruction might have been able to be prevented.

Due to the levees breaking in Louisiana, the state now loses a football field of land every 30-38 minutes. After listening to a lecture about land loss, we got to go out on a pontoon boat to the middle of the marsh. The best part was that we actually got to lick a marsh leaf, it’s very salty! Tuesday, we spent our time planting trees on a manmade barrier island. We were put into groups where one person worked the auger, a machine that makes holes in the ground so the trees can be planted, while people followed and planted the trees. Many hands made light work and in total the groups planted 800 trees. Wednesday, the groups spent time removing invasive species. We got into pairs, one person with a machete and one with poison. The person with the machete would chop off pieces of the bark so the other person could spray poison on the trees to prevent them from growing. Thursday, the groups made planter boxes for citizens of the Chauvin, Louisiana area. We got into groups and would build the planter boxes from scratch while

By Jessica Crawford Staff Writer

According to Jessica, the marsh leaf (above) tastes salty. Photo provided by Jessica Crawford.

another group of people spent time decorating and painting the boxes. In the afternoon we spent time in New Orleans. We went to a phenomenal museum about Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras. Afterward the Refuge group split from the Iowa State group and we spent time walking around and relaxing in New Orleans. We went down Bourbon Street, went to the French Quarter, and ate excellent food. We went to Café du Monde, which is famous for their Beignets (deep fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar) but my favorite was when we went to dinner and I tried alligator! Friday, which would

Showing support for suicide prevention Depression is a disease that many people have to deal with, either with themselves or someone close to them, on a daily basis. Many people commit suicide because they cannot handle the pain any longer, and it is our job to show support for suicide prevention. When I was a freshman in high school someone very close to me attempted suicide. This someone is one of my best friends. We tell each other everything to this day. One day my friend asked if I could keep a secret

and I cared about this person so much, so of course I said yes. My friend showed me his/her wrists and I saw a bunch of cuts. It made me sick to my stomach to see that. I had no idea this person was going through so much pain that they wanted it all to end. I threatened to tell someone if the person tried to hurt themselves again, but the person tried to assure me that he/she would no longer harm him/herself. So I stuck to my word and I did not say anything to an adult figure. This would soon

become the worst decision of my life. I remember getting out of softball practice and getting a phone call saying I needed to go to the hospital because my friend had taken excessive amounts of medication and tried to attempt suicide. There is no excuse for knowing someone is suicidal and not speaking up and trying to help them seek help. There are many other options available. If you know someone who is depressed or suicidal, be there for them. Listen

be the last official day in Louisiana, we spent planting and used as another educational day. Both the Refuge and Iowa groups went to dinner at a seafood restaurant called Big Al’s. I ordered crawfish (which is amazing) and of course more alligator. After dinner the groups went Cajun dancing. It was a new experience for me and although I am not a good dancer at all, I still had a lot of fun! Participating in a mission trip for my spring break trip was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. I cannot wait until next year to go back, do more great work and have more fun!

By Jessica Crawford Staff Writer

to his or her problems, be a good friend. Try suggesting that the person seek professional help from a counselor or therapist. No one should have to suffer life so badly that they want to end it and no one should have to see someone they love laying in a hospital bed because they promised to keep a secret. Take action and help your friend out. There is also ways to show support through suicide prevention. There are many groups affiliated with suicide prevention that are very easy to become

involved with. One of which is the Out of the Darkness Community Walks. The walks are very similar to Relay for Life, only instead of showing support for people affected by cancer, people can show their support for people who are depressed and suicidal. There are many walks which are hosted all around the United States. If anyone is interested in participating in a suicide prevention walk should seek further information at outofthedarkness. org.



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Caron recieves athlete of the month By Jessica Crawford Staff Writer Olivia Caron has been awarded February 2012’s Student-Athlete of the Month at Kishwaukee College by excelling on both the softball diamond and classroom. Caron, an Academic All-American, has had many accomplishments throughout her softball career at Kishwaukee College and is proud that she has been awarded February’s StudentAthlete of the Month. “It feels amazing. I’d look at the Hall of Fame and want to be that.” Says Caron. The Sophomore physical therapy major from Rochelle has been playing softball for about 14 years and does not see her softball career ending anytime soon. Caron will be transferring to Quincy University where she will continue to play softball at her main position, shortstop. Caron expresses that she could not have gotten very far without the help of her dad as a mentor. Her dad was the person who got her started in playing softball and was her coach in tball. “He pushed me and was there.” Says Caron. Caron also expresses that a lot of her successful career is because of her biggest inspi-

ration, Kishwaukee College head softball coach, Bill Becker. “This is my fifth year with Coach Becker,” says Caron “He’s taught me that it’s more than just a game; there is failure and he taught me the depth of softball”. Caron talks about her favorite thing playing softball at Kishwaukee College being the trips to Florida. “It’s a great experience and we get to play a lot of teams.” Caron’s all time favorite memory while playing softball at Kishwaukee College would be playing for the quarterfinals where the Kougars softball team won both games with scores of 1615 and 12-11. Caron is making a big change on the softball diamond this year by playing two positions. She will be starting and playing mostly shortstop, but she has also picked up the position of catcher: A position she has not played in 5 years. “There are a lot of new changes,” says Caron of the position change, “I have to pay more attention to everything and I have a lot more on my plate.”

The softball team anticipates a successful season hoping to get to the world series and are off to a good start by having one of their players awarded February Student-Athlete of the Month before the season has even started. Caron adds, “Thanks to Coach Becker and the team. They’re always there to motivate me. Thanks to my parents for letting me go here and thanks to the fans for cheering us on.”

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Kougars get fit at the gym Kishwaukee students all enjoy the opportunities given to them. One among these many opportunities is the ability to join the gym. The gym is located in room A-403. It can be taken as a regular class for one credit or students can buy a gym membership to go work out. "Access to the Wellness Center can be obtained by taking the PE 140 or 141 courses," explains Mike Wackt, Wellness Center director. "There is also a membership fee for those who do not wish to be in the course which is $70 a semester, $20 a month or $5 a day. There are no start up fees." Gym memberships can be purchased directly from the Wellness Center in room A-403. Memberships can only be purchased with cash or check. While this may seem like a great op-

portunity to some, others have questioned: why not have the gym membership included in the school's tuition? Mike continues, "Memberships are not included with tuition for several reasons: Not everyone wants to use the Wellness Center, the facility is not big enough to support every student, it is used primarily for classroom purposes, and we have standards that we require of our students and members who use the facility (Rules of conduct). We appreciate all our members and try to make improvements so that their Wellness Center experience is as rewarding as possible." Going to the gym has its many benefits so that students are  getting the most out of their money. Students can work out after school with their friends or just hit the gym on their own. Whether it's 10 minutes or 2 hours, it's always

By Valentina Andrianopoulos Staff Writer

good to get physical activity each and every day. According to Mike, "A lot of students go to the gym to prepare for bodies for summer, so they can look good in less clothes. I prefer to stress going to the gym to become healthier.  Exercise has plenty of benefits.  Exercise can decrease stress, increase energy, decrease risk factors for heart disease, increase bone density and decrease muscle wasting associated with age." With summer well on its way, the Kishwaukee Wellness Center is the perfect opportunity for students to tone up and stay fit. For more information, go to the Wellness Center Web page on Kish’s Web site.

Issue 11- March 26, 2012  

Vol. 43 Issue 11 of the Kishwaukee Kaleidoscope, a student-run newspaper.

Issue 11- March 26, 2012  

Vol. 43 Issue 11 of the Kishwaukee Kaleidoscope, a student-run newspaper.