Lookout, volume 58, issue 11

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Volume 58, Issue 11

Khalil Naim of Unique Designs sells jewelry to an attendee of the Black Business Expo on the second floor of the Gannon Building Feb. 15. For more on the Black Business Expo, see pages 2 and 4.

LCC student organizations hold fundraiser

Coach Brunson retiring after 24 seasons at LCC

Comic talks of mental illness, being happy

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Black Business Expo inspires

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Event coordinator Dr. Ivy Tagger and business entrepreneur Kimberly Whitfield were colorfully dressed for the second annual Black Business Expo on Feb. 15. The event was held in the Gannon Building.

By Haneen Hammad Staff Writer In connection with Black History Month, LCC hosted the second annual Black Business Expo featuring several local businesses operated by black entrepreneurs. The event was held Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Gannon Building. The purpose was to showcase and support local area black businesses. Black Business Expo Coordinator Dr. Ivy Tagger commented on the successful event. “This particular event is to showcase area black businesses, whether they’re small businesses (or) home businesses,” Tagger said. “We wanted to support them and let the community know at LCC, and in the extended community, what’s here in the area. “This is a really fun event just to get people involved.” Tagger said there are a lot of local businesses owned and operated by

“What did you enjoy most about the expo?”




"Seeing all of the vendors, the comradeship; the students getting the chance to see a lot of black businesses operating." Professor Wille Davis, 71 Teacher for Intro to African American Studies

"Getting to learn about the different culture and all of the products from Africa." Marjory Clay, 21 Communications "I really like the fact that it shows a side of African American heritage that's usually not seen the most." Karrington Kelsey, 25 General Studies

See Black Expo, page 4



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Police safety forum informs LCC community By Aaron Wilton Associate Editor Students, staff and faculty members had a chance to learn more about dealing with active violence situations, and were able to voice concerns with officers Rodney Bahl and Chad Beckett. The LCC Police Department held an open forum and presentation session in Gannon Building room 244 on Feb. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. and on Feb. 8 in the board room of the Administration Building. The first session was well attended. Among those attending was Renee VanDeventer, the student organization specialist and office manager for Student Life. VanDeventer said she was aware of a lot of the information presented during the hour-long session, but that it is a good way to inform those who don’t know. “It was very interesting,” she said. “I thought the information was all very helpful, especially if you didn’t already know it.

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Kristine Peterson interprets as LCC Police Sergeant Chad Beckett talks about keeping LCC safe Feb. 8 in the Administration Building. The talk was one of two held to discuss public safety at LCC.

“It’s one of those things where you don’t think you’re ever going to be in that situation … but the more that you

hear it and the more that you’re aware, the more prepared you can be.” Police Officer Beckett helped lead the

first meeting and ran the second meeting solo. “Things that we covered in the presentation (included) raise awareness of the current trends in active violence incidences, … reactionary measures, … preventative steps … and a video: “Run, Hide, Fight,” Beckett said. He said that they also discussed some of the more distinct features of the RAVE Guardian smartphone application. “If you download the app, it’s very easy,” Beckett said. “It gives you the ability to set escort timers. When you sign up for this app you fill out your name, phone number and age, your basic description type stuff.” Beckett said the app includes a panic button, which will automatically notify the dispatcher of the smartphone’s location. The escort timers are used as automatic alerts when the student fails to confirm that he/she has reached his/her destination, according to Beckett. He added that the police department will continue to host forum sessions like this, but no dates are currently set.

Student organizations raise money, awareness By Aaron Emerson Editor in Chief There are many student clubs and organizations at LCC, a lot of which many students do not even know about. That is why Registered Student Organizations had the opportunity to raise money and introduce themselves to passing students. It happened Feb. 14 in the Gannon Building, officially called a “fundraising fair” and hosted by Student Life. More than 10 student organizations participated, including the Native American Student Alliance, Black Student Union, Phi-Theta, Game Night Club, Dental Hygiene Club, Recovery Club, LCC Cheer, Sign Language Club, American Marketing Association and Gay Straight Alliance. Many of the clubs sold baked goods and other items to raise money for their clubs. Jacob Menefee, the president of the Native American Student Alliance, spoke at the fair about what his club strives for. “We try to teach people about the Native American Culture as well as bring a little culture to LCC and around the community,” Menefee said. “We do a lot of events that are education oriented about stuff that happens around Native American Culture.” Menefee said the fair was helpful.

“The RSO fair has been very fun,” Menefee said. “There’s been plenty of people stopping by and looking around and helping the organizations make money.” Kayla Breckenridge from The LCC Cheer Club, had similar things to say at her table. “It’s going really good,” Breckenridge said. “We have a lot of people coming and have handed out so many flyers for people to join the cheer team. It’s been a lot of fun.” Renee VanDeventer, student organization specialist with Student Life, said it is important for students to involve themselves with things outside of class. “Historically, students who get involved on campus tend to be a little more successful,” VanDeventer said. “It’s a great way to get to know other students on campus. Being a community college, it can be hard to find those groups to get involved with.” For info and a list of organizations and clubs, go to www.lcc.edu/studentlife/clubs_ and_organizations or visit the Student Life office in the Gannon Building, room 252.04. Photo by Aaron Emerson

​​​​​​​​​​​​ embers of the LCC Cheer Club (left to right) Zach M Booher, Abigale Donnelly, Kayla Breckenridge and Katie Clifford gather for a picture at the RSO fundraising event on Feb. 14. in the Gannon Building.


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Centre hosting conversations IN BRIEF NEWS By Idman Gabayre Staff Writer The Centre for Engaged Inclusion, the LCC Library and the Center for Teaching Excellence are collaboratively hosting community conversations following the Harwood framework. The series is titled, “Uncovering our Aspirations for LCC Together.” Harwood, the institute for public innovation, trained several leaders to solve community problems that fit its community context. According to Harwood’s website, “The Turning Outward approach has spread globally and through some of the world’s largest nonprofit networks, including AARP, the American Library Association, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Goodwill Industries International and United Way Worldwide.” On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the first of three community conversations on the topic took place in LCC’s Centre for Engaged Inclusion. The goal of the Centre’s past roundtable discussions has been to create an environment where both students and faculty are able to present various topics regarding the LCC community. However, this current series kicks it up a notch in a way where students and faculty members are able to be bold, clear and honest. According to Franchesca Cifuentes Andrade, coordinator chair at the Centre for Engaged Inclusion, these conversations are not a space for pushing agendas or complaining. Rather they are a platform to uncover the public issues that students, staff and faculty members are experiencing, while remaining positive and asset-minded. The goal is to listen, learn and draw assumptions that can help construct a strategic plan that enables healthy change, Cifuentes said. The goal of the Harwood methodology is to get people speaking freely to help find solutions.

Fenner hosting Maple Syrup Festival

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Centre for Engaged Inclusion Coordinator Franchesca Cifuentes Andrade speaks at a roundtable discussion at The Centre on Feb. 15.

During the first meeting on Feb. 15, students, staff and faculty members spoke freely of the negative conditions that have held the LCC community back. There were three students, several staff and faculty members who all contributed to this conversation. The mission is to pinpoint the issues from the community’s perspective to ensure that potential changes align with the community’s concerns. To move the community forward, students, staff and faculty members are highly encouraged to participate in the upcoming conversations. The upcoming conversations will be in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion, 252.02 of the Gannon Building, on Monday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information visit http://www.lcc.edu/thecentre/

Black Expo Continued from pg. 2 black entrepreneurs. “It is important for students to know that you don’t have to go far,” Tagger said. “There is a lot of support and resources right here in Lansing.” Several organizations offered many goods and services, including fitness, jewelry, money management, travel, essential oils and hair styling. The owner of Time to Travel, travel consultant Cheryl Benjamin, had advice for students looking to start their own business. “If it is the desire of your heart, go for your passion,” Benjamin said. Benjamin advised students to educate themselves before they start a business. “Networking is key,” she said. “When I first started my business the only way people heard about my business was from word of mouth. That is how you grow.” For more information about the Black Business Expo, contact Tagger at (517) 483-1450.

The Fenner Nature Center will hold its 43rd annual Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, March 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free family-friendly event celebrates the time-honored tradition of distilling maple sap into delicious syrup. The event will include fun activities like handson sap boiling, tree tapping demonstrations, and a pancake breakfast fundraiser. The breakfast will feature a Guinness World Record Pancake Flipper as well. The nature center is located at 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave. in Lansing. For more information, call (517) 483-4220 or visit www.mynature center.org/

‘Black Legion’ film shows in Dart The movie “Black Legion,” starring Humphrey Bogart, will screen in the Dart Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the Student Life office at (517) 483-1285.

Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 20 The LCC Board of Trustees’ next meeting is Monday, Feb. 20. at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building boardroom. This is the first full-length regularly scheduled meeting with new board members Angela Mathews and Ryan Buck. Larry Meyer was also elected to the board after running unopposed for his own seat.

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Donations needed for Stars pantry

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Jerome McMillan is shown with his books on African American history during the Black Business Expo Feb. 15 in the Gannon Building. McMillan was representing New Millenium Books, which is based in Detroit.

Donation assitance is needed for the “LCC Stars Helping Stars” pantry. Items needed include microwavable single meals, peanut butter, canned pasta meals, soup and spaghetti sauce. These items may be brought to the Campus Resources desk in the StarZone. For more information, call (517) 483-9656.


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TEC students encourage healthy lifestyles By Haneen Hammad Staff Writer The Early College (TEC) students at LCC are taking part in a project called 5-2-1-0. The project started as an initiative to improve food choices, and to increase and maintain physical activity. TEC is a program dedicated to high school students looking for an advantage to excel academically in a college environment. Students who are part of the program not only receive college credits up to an associate’s degree, but also learn to become leaders in their community and on campus. Through this, a couple TEC students attended the Henry Ford Community College leadership conference in November, and were asked to adopt the 5-2-1-0 project to their own early college. According to the website Healthpartners. com, “This simple and fun six-week challenge will motivate your population to eat fruits and veggies, step away from electron-

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ics, get moving and cut out sugary drinks.” The 5-2-1-0 daily challenges include: • Five or more fruits and vegetables; • Two hours or less of recreational screen time; • One hour or more of physical activity; • Zero sugary drinks, more water and more low-fat milk. Zoe Chapman-King, a TEC student who attended the conferences, expressed her hopes about the program. “(I hope that) students who participate in the project incorporate at least one of the principles of 5-2-1-0 into their lifestyle, and that they take steps, no matter how big or small, to become healthier individuals,” Chapman-King said. Although the project is implemented for TEC students, it is highly encouraged that students who are not part of the program also participate. For additional information on 5-2-1-0, or ways to participate, email Zoe Chapman-King at chapmanz@mail.lcc.edu or visit www.healthpartners.com/

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LCC alumna has built a life around college By Aaron Emerson Editor in Chief Adrienne Jenkins could be considered a Lansing Community College lifer. Not only did she attend LCC, but she has also worked in numerous roles for the college and, in her own words, “loves LCC.” LCC has helped countless students build careers, but it’s not often a student works their way up from a student-employee to a prominent, important employee helping lead a department. Jenkins did just that, getting her start at LCC in the fall of 2004. She obtained an associate degree in Business Administration in 2007. During that time, she joined the LCC workforce as a student-employee support staff member at what is now called the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Jenkins took advantage of one of the numerous “Three-and-one” programs LCC offers, finishing up her bachelor’s

Adrienne Jenkins degree at Northwood University. She dual-majored in Business Administration and Marketing and Management,

finishing in 2009. “LCC and Northwood helped me out so much,” Jenkins said. From there, Jenkins worked her way up the ladder as a full-time LCC employee. She worked two different positions in the dean’s office of what is now the Community Education Workforce Development from 2011 to 2013. After that, she took a job in the Information Technology department as a divisional support staff member. She worked there from 2013 to 2017, while also obtaining an MBA from Northwood. Her love and passion for LCC never faltered during that time. “I went to several different interviews for positions outside of the college,” Jenkins said. “But none of them allowed me to do what LCC did and let me do what I am truly passionate about.” In January, Jenkins got her dream promotion. She was hired as the operations coordinator of LCC’s Arts and Sciences division. She has many duties working

in her new position and is also serving an important role within the LCC American Marketing Association. Jenkins said her start at LCC helped propel her education and career. “LCC put me so far ahead of other students at Northwood,” Jenkins said. “While at Northwood, I was in class with people who had been studying all four years at Northwood, but I was amazed at how far ahead I was than them. LCC was what helped me do that. I love LCC.” Bo Garcia, now the dean of Community Education and Workforce Development, hired Jenkins at the Small Business Development Center when he was the Regional Director of SBDC. He had high praise for Jenkins. “I’ve known Adrienne since she was a student aide,” Garcia said. “Even then I was very impressed by her insight, intelligence and sincerity. I am so impressed by her growth as a professional and, more importantly, as a person.”


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Soccer club seeks to take off, attract players

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By Aaron Emerson Editor in Chief The Lansing area features a lot of soccer talent amongst young people and plenty of growing enthusiasm for the sport. Now touting semi-professional men’s and women’s soccer teams, including the popular Lansing United, the area supports soccer. The region also features several prominent high school soccer programs, including Mason and East Lansing, which have won recent state championships. That is why Jose Aste, the adviser of the LCC Soccer Club, is surprised the college doesn’t have an official soccer team. “There is a ton of soccer talent at LCC,” Aste said. “It shocks a lot of people that we don’t have a soccer team with the amount of talent we have here at our college.” The soccer club formed at the end of

LCC SOccer CLub last year and is in its early growing stages. Aste said it has about 15 members, but is looking to grow and increase its presence at LCC. So far, the club has met just a couple times. Members have an early goal right now to simply have fun and share their

love for soccer. But Aste said they have long-term goals to attract new players, get the college’s attention and eventually form an official team. Last year the club scrimmaged the highly respected Michigan State Univer-

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sity Club Soccer team and lost 4-0. Aste said he was highly encouraged at the way the team played after just having formed, playing against an established club team getting ready to play in a national tournament. “They played very well together,” Aste said. “It got me really excited to see the potential there and to think about how we could develop with more students.” Aste said he is hoping to grow the club and gather more attention from the college. “We want to get the attention of the school,” Aste said. “It’s almost shocking LCC doesn’t have an official athletic team geared toward soccer. There’s so much talent here and the college features so much diversity. Soccer is a very diverse sport.” To join, or for more information on the LCC Soccer Club, email Jose Aste at astej@lcc.edu/


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Men bounce back against Glen Oaks

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LCC feshman guard Kelsey Finch drives to the basket against Muskegon CC on Feb. 11 at LCC.

Coach Brunson to retire; women earn easy victory By Brodee Gillam Sports Editor The curtain is closing on a historic career. LCC Women’s Basketball Head Coach Ervin Brunson is retiring from his duties at the end of this season. Brunson is finishing his 24th season for the Stars. He will be honored on Sophomore Night, Wednesday, March 1, for his services at LCC. Through Feb. 15, he had a career record of 327 wins and 301 losses. Brunson has won an NJCAA National Championship (1996) and three MCCAA State Championships (1993, 1999 and 2006) with the Stars. He was named Region XII Coach of the Year in 1993 and National Coach of the Year in 1996. LCC Athletic Director Greg Mallek said Brunson’s good traits reflect on his players on and off the court. “He’s brought stability to the women’s basketball program for 24 years,” Mallek said. “He’s helped hundreds of young ladies better themselves athletically and personally. He’s dedicated a lot of time and effort to these programs.” Brunson said there is not any specific reason he is retiring, he’s just simply

moving on from coaching. “I’ve been (coaching) since 1973, so I don’t have any qualms about it,” Brunson said. “You’ll always miss it … but at the same time there’s some other things I want to be able to do.” Moving on to the team, the Stars beat Glen Oaks CC 80-40 on the road on Feb. 15. The team’s record improved to 11-11 overall, and to 5-7 in the MCCAA West. Sophomore Chasity Potter had a huge 26-point, 10-rebound double-double against the Vikings. She helped move the ball as well, adding five assists. Potter said her stat-line is a product of the way the team played against Glen Oaks. “We played a 1-3-1 offense just to move the ball around,” Potter said. “They weren’t playing that well of a defense (so) we could just swing it around and get the open (shot). We took a lot of jump shots, (and) even though they didn’t go in, we got the rebound … We were just able to kick it back out and reset and waste the clock.” The Stars were scheduled to play at home Feb. 18 against division rival Lake Michigan College.

By Brodee Gillam Sports Editor Back to the basics. The LCC men’s basketball offense was buzzing against Glen Oaks CC, leading the Stars to a 107-73 victory. The win improved the men’s record to 18-5 overall, and to 11-2 in the MCCAA West. LCC players were looking to get each other involved, dealing 27 assists with only 13 turnovers. The ball movement turned into great looks at the basket for the Stars, allowing them to make 59 percent of their shots. Sophomore Quae Furlow was the team’s leading scorer with 27 points. He also chipped in four rebounds and three assists. Fellow sophomore Jacob Allen had a season-high eight assists in the win. LCC Head Coach Mike Ingram said Allen filled the role of distributor well without freshman point guard Don Quall Jackson, who did not play in the game. “Jake spreads the ball around a little bit more and he’s been in the system for a couple years … I think he’s done a great job of (moving the ball),” Ingram said. “It makes other guys happier knowing that if they run the court; that they are going to get the ball.” Allen said he tried to bring what he thought the Stars’ offense was missing

in recent weeks. “Coach gave me the spot at point guard and I noticed the last few games the ball movement hasn’t been as good, so that was my main objective to get everyone the ball,” Allen said. “We (have) a lot of scorers so it’s pretty easy, (I) gave them the ball and they did what they do.” Freshmen Rudy Thompson and Kenny Davis also played well. Both only missed one shot, leading to 10 and 12 points scored, respectively. After two losses in three games, the Stars bounced back against the Vikings. Davis said the losses put good pressure on LCC. “I feel like we’re just going to play harder knowing that there’s more on the line now,” Davis said. “The wins are more crucial now at the end of the season.” Thompson has seen more playing time as the season has progressed. He said his versatility is his best asset. “Defense, just playing hard, trying to get boards and try to knock down the open shot,” Thompson said. “(I) do my best to contribute to the team; whatever my job is to do that night.” The Stars were scheduled to play at home on Saturday, Feb. 18 against division rival Lake Michigan College.

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LCC Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Ingram speaks to players durting a timeout against Muskegon CC.


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Tom Brady unquestioned as ‘GOAT’ What can you put on a resume to apply for the position of the Greatest Of All Time, or “GOAT?” Six NBA titles in six attempts? Retiring with 2,857 hockey points and a nickname like “The Great One?” What about being a scrawny, sixthround pick out of the University of Michigan after platooning with Drew Henson? Or only playing in your second season because the starter suffered from internal bleeding? Tom Brady’s case for GOAT is a

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strange one, but also one that is nearly absolute. After being underestimated in college and overlooked in the pros, he got his shot with the New England

Patriots. That shot turned into five Super Bowl wins, seven appearances and 16 years of excellent football. Oh, and the largest comeback in Super Bowl history this past Feb. 5. Every time you count out Brady he comes right back at your throat. After being suspended for the first four games this season, fans had doubts if the 39-year-old Brady could excel. Some fans even believed backup Jimmy Garoppolo would be better for the

Patriots because of his younger, athletic body. In 2008, Brady missed all but the first two quarters in the season opener with an ACL/MCL tear. He came back the next season throwing for 4398 yards and 28 scores. After Super Bowl 51, there is no question who the best quarterback of all time is. It’s that scrawny kid out of Michigan. I’m just happy I have had the pleasure of watching his sustained greatness.


Stars defense excelling with Schultz on the court


The Lookout Sports Editor Brodee Gillam recently spoke with LCC freshman starting guard Sarah Schultz. The Williamston graduate is averaging nearly 15 points and nine rebounds a game this season. What athlete inspires you the most? “My brother. He’s always pushed me to be the best that I could be throughout my entire life. He played basketball so I looked up to him.” Why did you start playing basketball? “My family is very into sports. Basketball has been in our family ... My whole family has played basketball.

That’s kind of how I got into it.” What do you want to do after LCC? “I’m undecided right now. If I get a scholarship somewhere, depending on where it is, I might take it. But I am looking more toward LCC and taking a four-year program. (It’d be) for a diagnostic medical sonographer for MRI … It’s an ultrasound technician.” What is your most memorable moment playing basketball? “When we played Haslett and beat them (high school, senior year ). They were always our main rival and so beating them felt really good.” What is your most embarrassing moment in basketball?


“Anytime I miss a layup. That’s the easiest shot. You shouldn’t miss it and I’ve done that a few times.” What do you want to take away from your time at LCC? “Just being involved with people and staying involved. I tend to be a (stay-at) home person. So staying involved with sports is something I want to continue to do.” What are your goals for this season? “I just hope we finish the season on a better note than when we started. I hope we all can continue to stay close to each other. At this point nationals isn’t really in the picture, so just to have fun with it.”

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Mac’s Bar celebrates hip hop and love By Hannah Anderson A&E Editor Pink paper hearts were scattered across the stage, and every so often the movement of the microphone cords and performers would send a flurry of hearts into the air. Some might consider it an untraditional Valentine’s Day celebration, but the whole bar was decorated for a holiday party. The fourth annual “Be Mine! Valentine! The Love of Music” concert lit up Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing on Saturday, Feb. 11. Doors opened at 7:30 p.m. and ladies got in free until 9 p.m. The concert featured a variety of hip hop artists and rappers. Music kicked off around 9 p.m. with the performance of Dat Boy Spook and Young Masta. Young Masta, who is coming out with a new album called “Triple Double,” said although the crowd was small to begin with, he thought it was a great opportunity to perform. “I love the fans, I love the crowd and I love the music,” Young Masta said. “I enjoyed every bit of it.” Dat Boy Spook added that performing at Mac’s was a great experience. “I always enjoy performing,” Dat Boy Spook said. “I get an adrenaline rush from it. I think this is a great venue and I would definitely come again.” Lady Dice, the event coordinator, said that since rap and hip hop can be controversial, she really appreciated the opportu-

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Young Masta (left) and Dat Boy Spook perform for the "Be Mine!" concert at Mac's Bar on Saturday, Feb. 11. The concert was an early Valentine's Day celebration and featured a variety of hip hop artists.

nity to share it at Mac’s and celebrate Valentine’s Day. “Mac’s Bar allowing us to bring hip hop here is humbling,” Lady Dice said. “Nobody really does Valentine’s Day or takes pride in it, so I definitely wanted to bring it back.”

Julie Sangster, an event participant, said she came out to support the local artists and was happy that Mac’s allows all different types of music and performances on stage. “I think it’s a good event,” Sangster said. “I was just excited to see something new

and different.” Lady Dice said that she will likely hold a fifth Valentine’s Day event next year at Mac’s. For more information on the events at Mac’s Bar, call (517) 484-6795 or visit https:// macsbar.com/

Chocolate Walk warms Old Town travelers

By Hannah Anderson A&E Editor On such a cold day as Thursday, Feb. 9, few people want to walk around outside. However, when chocolate is handed out as an incentive, it becomes a different story. The Old Town Chocolate Walk brought about 220 people together to collect chocolate and visit local businesses. From hot cocoa fudge bites to Fabiano’s chocolate hearts, quite a variety of chocolate was handed out from about 25 participating businesses, according to Heather Mossing, programming director of the Old Town Commercial Association. To help combat the cold, the Old Town Marquee hosted a warming station with hot cocoa. Anthony Chapman, a participant of the walk, said he liked the cocoa and the walk. “I am enjoying the heck out of this cocoa,” Chapman said. “This is only the second place and it’s lovely.” Kathy Holcomb, owner of Absolute Gallery at 307 E. Grand River Ave., said she has enjoyed the Chocolate Walk every year she has participated.

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Rhea Van Atta, owner of the Old Town General Store, hands out chocolate during the Old Town Chocolate Walk Feb. 9.

“It’s just been a lot of fun over the years,” Holcomb said. “If I wasn’t handing out chocolate, I’d want to participate.” Some merchants said they appreciated the fact

the walk brought people into businesses they wouldn’t normally visit. Katrina Daniels, program director of the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art Gallery at 1210 Turner St., said it can be intimidating for people to come into an art gallery. However, when they come in for the chocolate, they often stay to look at the art pieces. “I think it’s just such a clever, fun event that brings people into the community and encourages people to maybe stop into businesses they normally wouldn’t,” Daniels said. Jared Field, owner of Bloom Coffee Roasters at 1236 Turner St., said he feels the Chocolate Walk played a big part in bringing people together. “We’re trying to build the community of Old Town and Lansing in general,” Field said. “These events really help do that, especially during the winter time when business is a little slower and it’s colder. It’s just a good way to bring people together.” For more information on Old Town events, go to http:// iloveoldtown.org/

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Comedian makes tough issues fun By Hannah Anderson A&E Editor Happiness and mental illness may not be topics you usually find in stand-up comedy, but comedian Krish Mohan is bringing these issues to light in a brandnew way. Mohan is coming to Lansing's Robin Theatre, located at 1105 S. Washington Ave. in REO Town, on Monday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge. His performance will focus on the ideas of happiness and mental illness. Although based out of Washington D.C., Mohan said he has toured in Lansing before and is excited to come back. He has been doing stand-up for around 11 years and been touring for the past five years. Mohan said his mission is to try to break stigmas surrounding mental illness. “I don’t think society knows how to deal with (mental illness),” Mohan said. “So (the show) is addressing that and bringing it to light through comedy.” Mohan added the show deals with serious issues. “It’s a very dense and heavy show, but I hope people that come to it come with an open mind and are open to laughing at the absurdity of human behavior,” Mohan said. Tricia Chamberlain is the co-founder of the Comedy Coven, which invited Mohan to perform. She said although the issues are serious, the show is still fun to watch.

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Student prices for ‘Cabaret’ at MSU A new revival of the play “Cabaret” is coming to the Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. MSU student tickets are available for $28. General admission prices can vary depending on seating but are generally $41. The performance will take place Tuesday, Feb. 21 through Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1 and 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (517) 884-3115 or go to https://www.whartoncenter.com/

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Comedian Krish Mohan will appear at the Robin Theatre in REO Town on Monday, Feb. 27.

“He tackles these really big issues that we should be talking about and he does it in a really fun, light-hearted and hilarious way,” Chamberlain said. Stephanie Onderchanin, another co-founder of the Comedy Coven, said going about issues of happiness and mental illness in such a fun way

makes them more accessible and easier to talk about. Mohan said he is very open to talking to people after the show about the issues. For more information on Mohan’s performance at the Robin Theatre, call (989) 8781810 or go to http://www.therobintheatre.com/

Band, ensemble prepare for jazzy evening By Hannah Anderson A&E Editor The LCC Jazz Band, directed by Jon Gewitz, and the LCC Vocal Jazz and Pop Ensemble, directed by Kelly Stuible-Clark, are putting on “An Evening of Jazz” Friday, March 3. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. in Dart Auditorium and admission is free. The Vocal Jazz and Pop Ensemble will perform about four pieces, according to Clinton O’Jibway, who is a part of both groups. Michael Keifer, a bass singer for the ensemble, said the ensemble will perform the classic song “Blue Skies.” “We’ll be doing four very old, wellknown, classical jazz songs,” Keifer


said. “Just a good compilation of things people have always heard in commercials. They’ve used them over and over throughout the decades.” Gewitz said the Jazz Band will feature music from Duke Ellington and others, and the style of the concert will be “big band swing.” Gewitz said rehearsals have been going well. “(The band) is a really good mix of people with experience and people trying to gain experience,” said Gewitz. “I absolutely enjoy working with all the members of the band.” Gregory Brown, who is singing with the jazz ensemble and playing instruments for the band, said he thinks anyone will enjoy the concert.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to just learn a little bit about other styles of music people might not be into or take in even more about something they already like,” Brown said. Keifer added he saw music as an opportunity to bring joy to the lives of all people. “Music is a very positive, human, universal language, and it brings people together,” Keifer said. “I highly encourage all students to come and hear it, and maybe get our take on some familiar tunes they’ve heard in the past.” For more information on the event, call Performing Arts Production Coordinator Melissa Kaplan at (517) 483-1488 or go to http://lcc.edu/cma/events/

DeWitt Band Boosters is hosting an event to support DeWitt bands at Lansing’s Royal Scot, 4722 W. Grand River Ave., on Friday, Feb. 24. There will be live music, including a Dueling Piano Show, and appetizers. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, which are available online only. For more information, visit http://www.dewittbands.org/

Sammy Adams to perform at The Loft Pop artist Sammy Adams, known for his hit single “I Hate College,” will perform at The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 25. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $17. VIP passes are available as well. Hip hop artist Chris Cab will open for Adams. For more information, call (517) 913-0103 or go to http://www.theloftlansing.com/

‘Snow Queen’ continues at Dart “The Snow Queen” will be performed at Dart Auditorium Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. The play follows two children who fight the spell of the Snow Queen. Tickets are $5 for students; $10 for seniors, staff and alumni; and $15 for adults. For more information, call Melissa Kaplan at (517) 483-1488 or go to http://lcc.edu/cma/events/

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‘I Decided.’ a humble, inspiring masterpiece By Brodee Gillam Sports Editor “Life is all about the decisions you make. This is what I decided.” That’s what rapper and Michigan native Big Sean said of his highly-anticipated fourth studio album, “I Decided.” in an interview with Zane Lowe. Sean has stayed fairly quiet in the music industry since releasing his last album, “Dark Sky Paradise” in February 2015. Though in the weeks prior to this new release he has been making a lot of noise. Sean dropped two singles: “No More Interviews,” rapping about his previous relationships and beef with Kid Cudi; and “Bounce Back” in October, last year. He followed that with “Moves” in December and “Halfway Off the Balcony” in January. Moving onto the album itself, Sean filled it with something for every listener. “No Favors,” featuring Detroit rap legend Eminem, is every hardcore

“Sunday Morning Jetpack,” “Light” and “Bigger Than Me” all feature beautiful chorus vocals with more meaningful verses from Sean himself. “Inspire Me” follows that same example with the entire song dedicated to praising his mother.

“Mama you too good for them men. Even dad, you too good for him,” Sean raps on “Inspire Me.” “Voices In My Head …” is also a transitional track in the album. The older voice is Sean’s future self, telling him what he should be doing to become as successful as possible because he was a failure. At the halfway point of the song Sean realizes the older him is right. He calls his mom back (“Inspire Me”), stops taking things for granted (“Sunday Morning Jetpack” and “Sacrifices”) and goes back home (“Bigger Than Me”). After listening to “I Decided.” I felt uplifted and motivated by the album’s concept to continue moving forward in my life. I recommend listening from track 1 to 14 to get the full experience, though every song is complete by itself. For these reasons “I Decided.” is my favorite album of not only 2017, but 2016 as well.

to-follow storyline. I enjoy watching shows that force me to pay attention like “Legion” does. I was never able to predict the next step in the fast-paced, tricky show. One episode is not a large enough sample size to say that the show is amazing, but it is enough to know that it requires further sampling. At the end of the episode I was left unsure what to expect from the next show. Will it maintain the sporadic back-and-forth from present to past to

imagined-event pattern? Or was that simply done in the first episode to provide details about David that were necessary for character exposition? Only time will tell. In any case, I look forward to future episodes of “Legion” and learning more about David and the other characters. Marvel and FX should be commended for putting together such a unique show, and any fans of the X-Men movies should definitely be watching.

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fan’s dream with both rappers’ verses filled with great punchlines and rhyme schemes. “Sacrifices,” featuring Migos, is a song that I could play on repeat all day, with all artists flowing together to create a catchy, engaging track.

FX shows its crazy side for ‘Legion’ premier By Aaron Wilton Associate Editor “Legion” showcases a mutant with multiple voices inside his head and some incredible power. The new series, “Legion,” premiered on FX on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Episodes air every Wednesday at 10 p.m. Main character David struggles through the first episode trying to separate reality from the events in his imagination. As the episode progresses viewers are shown David’s

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backstory and every aspect of his current predicament. The format of the show creates a hard-

Soup fans can enjoy ‘Zoup!’ downtown Lansing Idman Gabayre Staff Writer Have you heard of Zoup!’s soup, salads and sandwiches? No? Six years ago, in December, Zoup opened at 214 S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing. The founders, Mark and Sue Rantz, were inspired by their passion for soup. The owners spent two years creating and evaluating soup recipes in

preparation for their new restaurant. The restaurant hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed on Sunday. Assistant Manager Mitchell Martin described the restaurant. “It is a high-energy (environment),” Martin said. “A lot of business people come during lunchtime. We also have some students come in the evening to study.” Martin explained how convenient

this restaurant was for him when he attended LCC, as it is within easy walking distance. Students, staff and community members can enjoy the warmth of Zoup’s soups and more; especially during this time of the year. Although I am not a huge fan of soups, I enjoyed the setting of the restaurant. The environment of the restaurant is very elegant and businesslike.

The staff encourages sampling prior to purchasing, which is nice. The shop’s bestselling soups are the chicken potpie and the lobster bisque, according to Martin. I ordered chicken potpie soup, a chicken Toscana and a medium drink. The total cost was around $13. It was a satisfying meal. For more information visit www. zoup.com or call (517)-367-7400.


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MSU should not handle Nassar probe If you aren’t aware of who Dr. Larry Nassar is, it might not actually be a bad thing. Though nothing has been officially proven in court yet, if you do a quick Google search of him, you will read about the nasty, horrible things he is accused of doing. Nassar was the team doctor for USA Gymnastics and also had a lengthy career practicing at Michigan State University. Not anymore. He is currently sitting in jail, facing federal charges of sexually assaulting a girl for several years, starting when she was 6 years old. On top of that, he was found to have possessed over 37,000 images of

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child pornography. It doesn’t stop there. Since the allegations became public, over 60 women have come forward claiming he sexually assaulted them while they were being treated at MSU. The Michigan State University Police are investigating the new claims. But to

remove all bias, another law enforcement agency should take over the investigation. According to The Lansing State Journal, there have been court documents filed claiming people affiliated with MSU knew about some of Nassar’s behavior, but never did anything about it. One document filed by an attorney of three of the women alleges that MSU’s head gymnastics coach helped cover it up. The document says she told a teen girl who came forward with concerns about the medical treatment she was receiving from Nassar that filing a complaint could lead to “serious consequences” for her.

Another document claims a university official told a women’s MSU sports team not to talk to the police about Nassar. There are a couple more instances that allege similar circumstances. That is why such a serious investigation should not be handled by the college’s own police department. The investigation is receiving national attention and many people, including legal experts, have the same opinion. I am not saying MSU Police will be biased toward their college. However, to make sure nothing can be questioned, university officials should do whatever they can to let another agency investigate these serious allegations.

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Trump’s actions leave room for great satire Until recently all anyone had to say about politics was who should’ve won and who President Donald Trump should nominate. Now that Trump has gotten a little more settled in the White House, the regularly scheduled American tradition of political satire can begin at his, and his administration’s, expense. The biggest satirical hit so far has to be Melissa McCarthy doing her Sean Spicer (White House press secretary) impersonation on “Saturday Night Live.” A close second is Alec Baldwin with a winning POTUS impression. “SNL” has long set the benchmark

for good political humor. I think we can only expect more and more jokes to be made at the expense of our new leader, especially if he continues on the path he has traveled during his first month in office. Trump has already issued several executive orders showing an unwillingness to do what politics is all about: negotiating and passing laws to change how we operate. Former President Barack Obama was criticized multiple times for “abusing executive power” with a few of his 276 executive orders. That number is lower than totals from four of the five presi-

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dents prior to Obama. Trump signed seven orders between inauguration day and Jan. 31. Obama had signed nine during the same period of his first term. The main difference is the broad effect that Trump’s orders are having. His first executive order began his

promised dismantling of Obama’s domestic legacy, the Affordable Care Act. This action gave clout to millions who feared losing their insurance. The order that has sparked the most protests and judicial action is the socalled “Muslim ban” (This is a proper use of “so-called,” Mr. Trump!). Continuing on this path of controversial and measurably overreaching executive orders should spell certain doom for his approval rating and, hopefully, any shot at reelection. In short I look forward to the humorous ride and the next Election Day, but the latter a bit more eagerly.

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Why you should start playing roller derby If you haven’t heard of roller derby, you need to hear about it right now. It’s a fast-paced, full-contact sport in which two teams of five skaters compete to score points by overtaking each other on a flat track. There are bruises, and the occasional broken bones, but the sport gets more popular every year. And it’s mostly organized and played by women. Recently, I joined a local Lansing derby team and I have never felt more wel-

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comed. I, like many others who joined the team, did not know what to expect. Besides it being the most badass sport, playing roller derby comes with many

positive attributes. Here are some reasons why you should play roller derby: 1. There is a place for EVERYONE. While some other sports require you to look a certain way, roller derby is for all shapes and sizes. 2. It’s a great stress reliever. The sport is a very high contact sport, and is a great way to release that negative energy that’s been building up. 3. You will meet great people! Roller derby attracts a diverse crowd of awesome people who will soon become

your closest friends. 4. It builds your confidence. Playing on the team allows you to get to know your strengths and things you are really good at. 5. You get an awesome Derby nickname. I am still trying to think of one for myself. Some of the other women are called “Bruiser,” “Princess Slay Ya” and “Social Smacktivist.” For more information on roller derby, or to get involved visit: https://wftda.com/wftda-leagues/ or http://lansingderbyvixens.com/


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Immigration ban defies American values Since President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning travel from seven countries, it has been talked about non-stop, and criticized widely. Many critics and people from all sides are calling it a “Muslim Ban.” All seven of the countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) are predominantly Muslim. Trump’s administration is insisting it is not a ban on Muslims, but during his campaign he specifically called for

a ban on Muslim countries. This executive order simply doesn’t align with the values many people think of when they think of the United States, a country built on immigration and people from all walks of life. The order bans travel from the seven countries for 90 days. It also bans all refugees from entering the country for 120 days, as well as Syrian refugees indefinitely. Furthermore, it affects people who

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are currently in the United States on temporary visas, who would normally be able to travel to their home country. That is not a good thing for many international students. According to the Institute of International Education, 17,354 students from the seven countries were enrolled in U.S. colleges during the 2015-16 year. One of the Trump administration’s stated goals of the ban is to make sure terrorists aren’t entering the country.

They claim to be using the ban to assess vetting, and evaluating its flaws. There is nothing wrong with trying to make the vetting process more effective. However, banning whole countries from coming to the U.S. for a better life and to escape war is not the way to do it. This is affecting countless families, children, students and more. We can only hope the negative impact on these people is minimal.

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‘game night club’ unites for fun

Game Night Club members play a game of “Forbidden Island” during the Monday meeting of the club Feb. 6 in the Gannon Building Commons.

Students Andrew Benham and Paul Johnson play “Pentago” at Game Night Club Feb. 15 in the Gannon Building Commons at Lansing Community College.

Games available at the Game Night Club are pictured on Feb. 6. Games are provided by the club or brought in by student members.

By Aaron Wilton Associate Editor If “Catan,” “The Oregon Trail,” “Monopoly” or “Uno” sound like a fun way to spend the evening, then game night is for you. The LCC Game Night Club started over a year ago, but became registered as an official LCC student organization in the spring semester of 2016, according to Dolan Moles, the club’s vice president. The Game Night Club meets every Monday and Wednesday night from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Gannon Common area. Any LCC student is welcome to join in the fun and maybe make some new friends along the way. Club President James Rawson founded the club. The group has been collecting donations in exchange for snacks so it can purchase more board games and snacks, Rawson said. “We get plenty of donations,” Rawson said. “We have a budget of like $675 now, and part of that was … a grant by Student Life to help us out and try to get some games in braille.” He said that the club has seven games in braille and wants to get the word out to any visually impaired or blind students. Rawson added that getting braille versions of games made can cost $80 to $100 each. The Game Night Club encourages members to bring in their own games as well, but the group is building its collection of games steadily. Rawson said he struggled to make friends due to his bipolar disorder. He said playing games not only calmed him down, but also presented a great opportunity to make friends. For more information on the club, contact Rawson at (517) 676-2364 or Club Adviser Andy George at georga14@lcc.edu/