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Volume 60, Issue 4

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Newspaper celebrates 60 years of publication with memories from yesteryear Page >>> 7

‘Dead Ringer’ play opens LCC’s Black Box Theatre season with a bang Page >>> 10 Photo by Brynne Luter LCC Volleyball Head Coach Emily Quintero (center) and Assistant Coach Jubenal Falcon (right) celebrate their 100th match win on Oct. 9 in the Gannon Gym. Athletic Director Greg Mallek (left) and Quintero’s children came to celebrate with her. The children are, from left to right: Mila, Antonio and Alexander.

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Manufacturing Day inspires students By Alejandro Gonzales Staff Writer LCC’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) hosted several groups of sixth graders on Friday, Oct. 5 for Manufacturing Day. The kids were treated to pizza and given a tour of some programs at LCC’s West Campus. “The goal is to expose middle school and high school students to careers in education in manufacturing,” said Jennifer Fenning, an organizer of the event. The middle schoolers participated in many hands-on activities throughout the tour. Throughout the building the groups learned to put together a small circuit board, use a virtual welding program and play with robot arms to move chess pieces around. “Here in the Lansing area there are about 900 students who are touring different manufacturers such as Spartan Motors, GM, Emergent BioSolutions and LCC as well,” Fenning explained. “They are learning the op-

portunities that are available to them if they decide to join this sector.” The students received information about how much they could earn in the growing industry and how their talents could be used. “I think it was a great hands-on experience for the kids to learn more about all of the programs they offer here,” said Nicole Kuhn, a teacher from Sheridan Road School in Lansing. The guides were able to move everyone from classroom environments to actual workplaces very efficiently. Groups also witnessed different types of machines that moved on their own, sorted objects and created parts. “I liked it because we got to do a lot of cool stuff and make a lot of cool stuff,” said Jayden, a Sheridan Road student who experienced the event. Manufacturing Day is a national event in the United States. The students learned about advanced positions that require specific education. According to an LCC press release, manufacturing is a growing and changing indus-

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Sheridan Road students get a tour of the manufacturing facilities at LCC’s west campus on Oct. 5.

try in Michigan and remains one of the state’s largest talent gaps. LCC is preparing students to work

in today’s manufacturing sector where many jobs pay upwards of $50,000, the press release stated.


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SAGA hosts ‘National Coming Out Day’

By Sarah Barney Associate Editor As a way to promote “National Coming Out Day,” the Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) club led a presentation on Thursday, Oct. 11 in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion between 4 and 5 p.m. The speakers at the event talked about the “Cass model” of identity development, as well as going over dos and don’ts for coming out. In addition, SAGA Co-Adviser and Safe Zone Chairperson Brandon Lawler shared his coming-out story during the presentation. “I think the sharing of my personal coming-out story and those of other individuals will help attendees find connections with one another, and realize that they may not be alone in their experiences,” Lawler said. Jake Stickney, a graphic design major, attended the event and shared his experience with the group. “It’s helpful to talk about your story because it helps you vent it out and spread awareness for how hard it is to be in this community,” Stickney said. Stickney said he enjoyed listening to other people share their stories as well. “It was pretty nice to know that I’m surrounded by people that deal with the same stuff that I deal with,” Stickney said. “It’s really nice to know that there are people from my type of background that had the same story. “Brandon’s story was kind of like my own. You stay in the closet until you grad-

uate; you don’t tell your family.” Stickney had the following advice for those who may be questioning. “When I was first questioning that I was trans, I’d go on YouTube and type in transgender things and watch documentaries or other trans YouTubers talking about their stories and going through their transition,” Stickney said. “It was really helpful.” Another student who attended the event was Zachary Densmore, a photography major who frequently attends SAGA meetings. “I don’t think I ever actively came out; it was just something that I didn’t really care what other people thought at that point,” Densmore said. Densmore also talked about why he feels events such as “Coming Out Day” event are important. “There’s a quote, I can’t remember who it was, that said, ‘The opposite of hate is understanding,’ and so the more you talk about things, the more you can put information out and approach things from a factual basis … and create understanding,” Densmore said. Lawler shared his thoughts on the “Coming Out Day.” “Events such as this are important for a plethora of reasons,” Lawler said. “Showcasing and highlighting such events allow the LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff and community members to feel validated and welcomed. “In addition, these events provide an avenue for the aforementioned groups to

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Brandon Lawler, co-adviser of the LCC SAGA Club and Safe Zone chair, speaks about his “coming out” experience during the “Coming Out Day” event on Thursday, Oct. 11 in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion.

network, which can lead to future collaborations and build a foundation for a more inclusive college campus.” Moving forwards, both SAGA and the Safe Zone will hold more LGBTQ+ events around campus. National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Monday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. SAGA will host a table in the Gannon Highway with information. On Friday, Oct. 26, there will be an Intersex 101 session from 1 to 3 p.m. at the

Centre for Engaged Inclusion. The event will be hosted by the Safe Zone team and is open to all students, faculty and staff. More events will be announced for Transgender Awareness Week in November. There will also be an end-of-semester event in December. For additional information about the SAGA Club or club events, contact Co-Advisers James Ferguson and Brandon Lawler at fergusj@lcc.edu or lawlerb@ lcc.edu.

Quick Dos and Don’ts for coming out “The major ‘Don't’ in regards to coming out is to not ‘out’ another person. Forcing someone to come out is dangerous, unhealthy, unhelpful and simply rude. Especially in today's climate surrounding the LGBTQ+ community, it is imperative not to make individuals feel more vulnerable than they may already be. Another ‘Don't’ to keep in mind is to not forget that if someone comes out to you, they are still the person you knew, loved, befriended, etc. before. Some ‘Dos’ would be to ask someone how you can best be supportive (after they come out to you), and to realize that, in reality, coming out is more a series of events rather than one singular moment.” Brandon Lawler, SAGA Co-Adviser and Safe Zone Chairperson Photo by Sarah Barney

Attendees at the “Coming Out Day” event piece together parts of the “Cass model” of identity development.


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Flu shots encourage wellness IN BRIEF By Sarah Barney Associate Editor As the weather gets colder, the sneezes and sniffles in classrooms and offices increase. To encourage people to get their flu shots, LCC hosted a flu shot clinic Monday, Oct. 8 in room 201 of the Health and Human Services building. Walmart Pharmacy technicians were on site to provide flu shots between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and also from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The clinic was hosted by Choosing Health! and the LCC Employee Development Fund (EDF). Amy Stoakes, program director for fitness and wellness in the Health and Human Services division as well as an EDF committee member, was at the event helping people get set up. “Viruses spread quickly and before you know it, you can be sick,” Stoakes said. “When you’re sick you miss work, you miss class and you get behind really quickly.” The event was meant to be convenient for LCC students and staff. “The times we are able to have this available are the busiest times on campus, so you’re already here and you can take care of yourself at the same time,”

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Celebrate Student Appreciation Week Students are encouraged to get in on the fun during Student Appreciation Week beginning on Monday, Oct. 29. The week-long event will include special educational exhibits made by instructors, free food and scavenger hunts, with prizes, on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31. The event will be held in the Social Science and Humanities Office in the A&S Building (room 2203). Students can stop by anytime during the week from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The food will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photo by Sarah Barney

Walmart pharmacy technicians Laura Denison and Jan Rowley and EDF committee member Amy Stoakes wait to help people get their flu shots during the clinic on LCC's campus Oct. 8.

Stoakes said. While flu shot clinics have worked with a variety of pharmacies, Walmart was chosen for this event. “Walmart had quite a bit of flexibility with us,” Stoakes said. “[They] were willing to work with the parameters that we were asking for, and directly bill insurance and work with EDF to help offset some of the costs.”

While Walmart billed insurance directly, those who didn’t have insurance could still get a shot for $20. EDF members were able to pay $5. If anyone still needs to get a flu shot, shots are available at many different pharmacies, including Walmart. Those interested can check out websites such as https://vaccinefinder.org for help finding a location.

Police, crime statistics now available By Ashlee Buhler Editor in Chief Safety has always been a top priority at LCC. To keep students and staff informed, LCC releases two reports every year that provide information about the number of crimes committed or reported on the college’s campuses. One of the reports is compiled in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act of 1998. The other is in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. As part of the Clery Act, LCC maintains a daily crime log that can be accessed online and is available to the public. The sexual assault that was reported on Sept. 18 in the TLC Library is being categorized as a first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the crime log. The incident is still under investigation. The assault report is one of the many types of crimes that the crime log shows.

Bill French, LCC’s public safety director, offered some suggestions for students to keep themselves safe on campus. “Know who you’re going to hang out with and have friends with you,” he said. “We offer escorts and stuff like that, too.” The current log, which dates back to Aug. 8 of this year, shows 10 reports of larceny so far this semester. French said he believes 90 percent of the thefts reported on campus are preventable. “Most of them are what I would call opportunity theft,” he said. “It’s people who didn’t set out to steal; they just all of a sudden saw something and it was too tempting and they took it.” According to French, the most common things stolen are textbooks, purses or other items left unattended. “If you set a stack of books that you paid $300 for on the table and walk

away to go to the bathroom, then you come back and expect to find it and wonder, ‘Why would somebody pick up my books?’ French said. “Well, because you can sell them online easily or sell them back to a bookstore and make easy cash.” French suggested a few safe places for students to keep their belongings. “We’ve had cars broken into, but in my 38 years here I don’t know of any time that a person got their trunk broken into,” he said. “So if you’re going to leave your purse in your car, maybe leave it in your trunk. “Don’t leave your books unattended. Make sure everything is locked. Or if you run to the bathroom, ask a friend to watch it for you.” The Daily Crime Log can be accessed online at www.lcc.edu/police. To pick up a physical copy of either of the reports, visit the Police and Public Safety Office in room 2110 of the Gannon Building on main campus.

Scholarship workshop approaching LCC offers many scholarships to assist students with their financial needs. A workshop will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 for students to learn about the scholarships available and to receive application help from LCC staff. The workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in room 2214 of the Gannon Building. Food will be provided. To RVSP, visit https://internal.lcc.edu/ studentlife/scholarship-workshop.

Spring registration is now open Registration for spring classes began on Oct. 1. Sign up for classes as soon as possible to avoid missing out due to class fill ups. To register, log onto Banner, click the student tab and then click registration.

Join a club or organization at LCC Looking for a way to get involved on campus? There are currently over 20 registered clubs or student organizations welcoming new members. The various clubs cover a wide range of topics and interests, including hip hop, photography, gaming, sociology and criminal justice. For more information contact the Student Life office at (517) 483-1285.

Veterans’ cermony slated for Nov. 9 The ninth annual Veterans Memorial Induction Ceremony is slated for Friday, Nov. 9. The Veteran’s Memorial is an interactive exhibit housed in the Health and Human Services Building on main campus. To nominate a local veteran, visit https:// www.lcc.edu/businesscommunity/veterans-memorial.html.


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HEMA club teaches historical martial arts By Islam Amir Staff Writer Looking to have fun and not stress about your day? Are you willing to learn some martial arts techniques, just like one of those characters from “TheHunger Games?” The Historical European Martial Arts Club (HEMA) is an LCC club dedicated to anyone interested in practicing historical European fighting techniques. “Our mission is to discover, translate and give unique perspective to the history of HEMA through hand-on-hand experiences, according to club Adviser Seán Potter. “We currently have five members, but I am looking forward to practice and hope to build a strong sense of community among the students,” Potter said. Students don’t have to bring any equipment. The club provides all equipment necessary for training. During regular

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HEMA club members (from left) Tyler, Adviser Seán Potter and Joe Ezzo parctice their skills.

meetings, members usually begin with a warmup followed by a lesson given by an instructor out of a historic manual. “Our first priority is for everyone to have fun,” Potter said. “So all our martial art techniques and exercises are supervised by a trained martial arts

instructor in order for everyone to prevent injuries and ensure proper technique is utilized.” The club usually meets once a week, Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m., in Gannon Building room 3115. Everyone is welcome. Students do

not have to be history majors or have any experience to be a member of the club. Potter said it is an open environment for everyone to learn and engaged with the art of history through physical activities. The club strives to organize interesting and fun historically relevant events in the future. “We are looking to implement practicing sessions with students to learn the European historical martial art with lots of fun and to understand the meaning behind it,” Potter said. “As of right now we do not have any specific event coming up, but we are looking forward to some in the future. Come join us to have some fun, stay safe and workout,” he added. To become a member of the Historical European Martial Arts Club or for more information, email Adviser Seán Potter at pottes10@lcc.edu or feel free to walk into Gannon room 3115 during meetings.

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Powell: a businessman since fourth grade By Sarah Barney Associate Editor For businessman and LCC student Noah Powell, 22, the daily grind started all the way back in fourth grade, when he sold paper footballs to classmates. In middle and high school, Powell sought out leadership positions such as student government, which he was part of during sixth and seventh grade. “In high school, I tried a few different routes,” Powell said. “I started working when I was about 15 years old, parttime. I tried a couple different sports out and I didn’t really like it.” Since then, Powell has acquired an associate degree in business marketing from Lansing Community College. “I tried an eBay business,” Powell

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Noah Powell is shown in front of the State Capitol.

said. “I’ve had money in the stock market. It didn’t work out; I had to pull out. Just because, you know, you don’t want to risk money that you can’t afford to risk. “It was like, either risk this money or stay in school, so I was like, ‘I want to stay in school.’” Powell is currently going for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance at Northwood University through LCC’s University Center. Powell has also performed marketing for friends and over a dozen organizations. “A big thing that people have a problem with is brand management; it’s hard to understand,” Powell said. “The way you create lucrative avenues from consumer to business isn’t exactly the

same as your branding, your image, your advertising.” In addition to taking classes, Powell is currently involved with LCC’s chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA). Alex Schneider, an engineering and marketing major at LCC, is in the AMA with Powell. “I know he has a strong drive to help push this club in the right direction,” Schneider said. “I’d definitely say he has a strong passion for business.” Schneider spoke further about Powell’s personality. “He is a genuinely stand-up guy who cares what people have to say,” Schneider said. “He’s the kind of person where if you have an idea, he’ll take the time to help you expand or better it.”

Campus Commentary The Lookout Photo Editor Brynne Luter recently asked LCC students:

"What are your plans for Halloween and what are you dressing up as?”

Yolanda Crim, 20, Social Work

Adrieanna Milton, 19, Psychology

“Every Halloween I go out to my (aunt) Tia’s house and all the little cousins go out. I sit on the porch and hand out candy with all my nieces and my aunts and great aunts. We all drink hot chocolate and have spaghetti like we do every year. This year I’m going to dress up like Little Red Riding Hood and dress up my German Shepherd like a wolf.”

“I won’t be dressing up this year. I’m going to be chilling at home - maybe eating a whole bunch of pizza and watching movies.”

Logan Hidey, 18, Transfer Studies

“Going to a friend’s house for a Halloween party. I’m probably going to be dressing up as a Spartan general.”

Leticia Navarro, 22, Nursing

“We always keep it simple in my family. We’re going to go out and eat candy and binge watch movies. I’m most likely going to do a makeup-inspired Harley Quinn.”


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Paper celebrates 60-year anniversary By Ashlee Buhler Editor in Chief The 2018-19 school year marks the 60th anniversary of LCC’s student newspaper, The Lookout. While the early years of the newspaper remain a bit of a mystery, Larry Hook, adviser since 2004, has been able to piece together snippets of The Lookout’s past throughout the years. “We assume that the paper started in the fall of 1959,” said Hook, who was also the sports editor for the paper from 1981 to 1983. “We don’t know an exact date because we don’t have it. We know for a fact that on May 20, 1960, there was an issue published because we have that one.”

There is a stark difference when comparing the first known issue of The Lookout to the current issues. The issue dated May 20, 1960 contains 10 pages, no pictures and a few advertisements, all created by hand. The Lookout now has 16 pages, all in color. This is the first year in the publication’s history where all the pages are printed in color. During the 2008-09 school year Hook spoke to former LCC President Phillip Gannon, also the founder of LCC. He offered plenty of insight into the newspaper’s beginning. “We figured the college should have a student newspaper,” Gannon told Hook. “That was one more way of getting the

word out as to what we were doing (at LCC). I sat down with (Adviser) John Manion and the editor of the paper and we said, ‘What do we want to know and how do we want to get this information out?’ and so forth. It was sort of a team effort.” According to Gannon, the first office for The Lookout was located in the back portion of Old Central, a building that served as LCC’s first headquarters. That building was torn down in 2006. “At that time we didn’t have computers, so everything we did was with the mimeograph,” Gannon said. “You’d type it up and hope that you got it right.” For students who want to pursue a career in journalism, The Lookout serves as

A Look at Yesteryear Following are verbatim excerpts from The Lookout, highlighting news and information from Volume 1 (the first year) of the LCC newspaper. The Lookout is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year: May 20, 1960, page 1: LCC school seal “stickers” can now be purchased for fifteen cents each or two for twenty-five cents and area available from Student Council members or from the main office. Two types are available; one for car windows and one for books. The sale is sponsored by the Student Council and proceeds from the sale will go to the Council. May 20, 1960, page 2: EDITORIAL: This is the critical time of the year for students. Final examinations and term paper due dates are just around the corner. Unfortunately, just around the corner (speaking more literally) are more appealing springtime pastimes that the preparation for and of the (ugh!) already mentioned exigencies – tennis, automobile rides, walks along the river, etc. But though the temptation is mighty great to let schoolwork slide, we should remember that flunking a subject ior two could spoil our whole summer. Let’s waste no more time. May 20, 1960, page 4: The constant hammering and sawing that students have grown accustomed to recently will continue through the spring term

and into the summer term. The construction is thus far produced the following results: six new offices, two new janitor’s storage rooms, and a combination student newspaper office and Student Council President’s office. Future projects include two more offices and a student book store. May 20, 1960, page 5: The “Versatiles” won the LCC Intramural Basketball League championship by winning the “Falcons” in a play-off game, 25 to 17. A plaque purchased through the combined efforts of the Student Council, Dean Gannon and Mr. D. Stolberg, Physical Education instructor, has been awarded to the winners and has been placed on display in the school cafeteria. The low scores were due to the shortness of the games, which were played during the noon hour. May 20, 1960, page 10: Twenty couples attended “Spring Fantasy,” LCC’s first semi-formal dance, held April 30 in the student lounge. The color scheme of pink, yellow, blue and white was carried out in flowers, streamers, and balloons with special concentration on a white fountain located in the corner room of the lounge. At right, the front page of The Lookout is shown from May 20, 1960. It is the oldest known existing copy of the newspaper, which was founded in 1959.

a great opportunity to gain experience in the field. Many former employees of The Lookout have gone on to have successful careers as journalists. Notable alumni include Lynn Henning, who now writes for The Detroit News, and Graham Couch and Rachel Greco from The Lansing State Journal. The Lookout is an award-winning publication on the state and national levels. One of the newspaper’s greatest accomplishments was winning “2017 College Newspaper of the Year” at the MPA Annual Convention. The newspaper staff plans to hold a celebration later in the school year. Keep reading The Lookout for details.


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Cross country teams prepare for regional

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LCC Cross Country Head Coach Jim Robinson cheers on LCC runner Jack Youngblood during the Lansing Invitational at Grand Woods Park on Friday, Oct. 5.

By Maddie Toles Sports Editor Both of the LCC cross country teams are nearing the end of the season, and the success at the Lansing Invitational on Oct. 5 may be an indication of how they will finish. This recent invitational featured many four-year universities, making it a tough one to stand out in. The LCC men ran an 8K, coming in second place out of 19 teams with 69 points. University of Michigan – Dearborn came in first with 65 points, making it a close race. From the LCC men, freshman Brian Moore had a time of 25:27, securing him the second position. Freshman Dillan Haviland came in with a time of 25:40, placing him in fifth. The women’s team ran a 5K and came in third place out of 21 teams with 127 points. Spring Arbor College had 61 points to win the meet. Oakland University came in second with 127. LCC freshman Jivana Esposito had a time of 19:16, which placed her in 12th. Both teams are turning their attention to regionals and nationals. The teams automatically qualify for re-

gionals, but their performance there will determine whether they reach the nationals. “We’re the favorite,” LCC Head Coach Jim Robinson said of the regional meet. “I’m optimistic that both teams will do very well.” Both the men and women’s team are focusing on ways they can finish this season strong. “With this group of people, we’re still working on the core aerobic conditioning,” Robinson said. “I still think we can win the individual battles at the end of the races better.” With these goals in mind, the regional championship on Oct. 27 will be a fun one to watch. Physical health is remaining steady, and both teams are putting in the effort to make sure they are properly monitoring that. Robinson stressed the importance of this, because it is detrimental to lose a runner at any time. The next home invitational is the NJCAA Region XII championship on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Grand Woods Park in Lansing. Spectators are welcome.

LCC volleyball team streaking to strong finish By Maddie Toles Sports Editor The LCC volleyball team recently achieved an eleven-match winning streak, putting its MCCAA league record at 10-3. The team’s overall season record stood at 23-7 through Oct. 9. The Oct. 9 match against Kellogg Community College had end scores of 25-20, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-18. The match was already exciting to begin with, but made even more so by the milestone it featured. LCC Head Coach Emily Quintero and Assistant Coach Jubenal Falcon hit a career total of 100 wins on Oct. 9. Their dedication to the volleyball program was recognized by both the fans and the women on the team. Both coaches were met with congratulations all around and appreciation for their contributions of time and

effort. As the season draws to an end, the team will begin to focus on regionals. Along with this, a focus is finishing the season strong with the normal conference matches. “Strong defense and serve receive,” Quintero said. “That’s what’s going to win us our game and we need to keep that going.” The last match of the season, on Oct. 23 at home against Grand Rapids Community College, may be an indicator of how LCC will perform at the regional level. The women secured a big win over GRCC on Sept. 20. The Raiders had a season record of 18-2 through Oct. 9, and a conference record of 11-1, making them tough competition. “We are going to give everybody there a run for their money,” Quintero said. “We can come out on top if we’re playing our game.”

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Freshman Mackenzie Winger serves during LCC’s volleyball win over Ancilla College on Oct. 4.


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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Maya Ferland shares volleyball stories

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Sports Editor Maddie Toles recently spoke with LCC volleyball player Maya Ferland. The freshman spiker, who attended Laingsburg High School, has led the Stars in kills throughout the season. What famous athlete inspires you the most? “This sounds cliché, but I would say LeBron James. A lot of the athletes in the media today tend to have problems. LeBron is always clean, and never has any problems (in the media). If I wanted to be like a famous athlete, it would be like him. Have there been any standout mo-

ments with your team so far this season? “Definitely beating Grand Rapids. Every year they’re good and there’s always that subtle rivalry we have with them. So, beating them was awesome – it was so much fun.” What is your biggest volleyball-related goal? “I would say playing for myself. As I have grown into the player I am today, I’ve had a lot of pressure put on me to satisfy every coach I’ve had; satisfy my parents, and satisfy my teammates. The one thing I’ve struggled to remember is to play for yourself. You’re doing it because you love it, and I think it’s always a goal

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of mine to remember why I’m here.” What has been your most embarrassing moment playing volleyball? “In high school, I went to block a girl and she hit it through the net into my face. I went the rest of the tournament concussed, not knowing I was concussed. I had to turn around and own up to it; that I had just gotten hit pretty hard in the face. Getting hit in the face is inevitable in volleyball.” What are your plans after LCC? “If I go on to play volleyball, it will probably be (at) Ferris or Lake Rapids. If I don’t want to play, I will probably go to MSU with a graphic design major.”

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Student-athletes constantly battle with stress The school year can mean stress for everyone, especially student-athletes. Juggling practices, homework and travel can mean a very busy schedule and it can be difficult to handle them all with the same attention and effort. A concern with all colleges for their student-athletes is that the stress does not become too difficult to handle. Many of these colleges have implemented programs to address this issue. These programs are designed to ensure that all students have the right tools to properly handle anxiety and stress. Recently, Ohio State University implemented a program that is titled P.E.R.F.E.C.T. This program was created through

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extensive research and in partnership with sports psychologists. The program is geared to help students cope with anxiety and, in turn, improve their performances. LCC has similar resources for its students, including counseling services. An important tool to combat anxiety and stress is knowing what resources are out there to help.

A recent survey by the NCAA reported that out of 195,000 respondents, 50 percent of student-athletes reported having overwhelming anxiety in a 12-month period. Finding a healthy balance between all of one’s responsibilities is crucial. It is easy to get burned out quickly, and sports and school performances can suffer. The LCC cross country team recently traveled to Louisville, Ky. for an invitational, and the volleyball team has two matches a week, often all across Michigan. It can be difficult to study on long bus rides or after a long practice. Sophomore Emma Distelrath from the women’s cross country team is

one of LCC’s busy athletes this season. She said a good way to keep on top of everything is to make the best of her time. “(LCC) has a lot of free tutoring options that have drop-in options, which works well with the student-athlete schedule,” Distelrath said. The stress of the school year is not something to be taken lightly, as it can often hinder one’s performance instead of increasing it. If the stress of the semester is becoming too much, don’t be afraid to reach out to LCC’s extensive counseling services, or set up a meeting with a success coach. For success coach information, contact Carrie Gregg at (517) 483-1028.


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‘Dead Ringer’ packs suspense IN BRIEF By Shauna Stocken A&E Editor Director Mary Matzke wrapped up her final LCC production of “Dead Ringer” on Oct. 5 and 6 in the Black Box Theatre. Matzke is scheduled for retirement at the end of October following a month of rehearsing five days a week. “I think they’ve gotten stronger the second time around because now the jitters are over,” said LCC theater student Trevor Friar, who attended both weekends of the play. During the final weekend, Friar hung near the ticket booth, reminiscing about time spent in the Black Box Theatre with Matzke, as well as talking about what guests could expect from Dead Ringer. “It’s a Western that turns really dark in the end,” Friar said. “It has good dialogue; amazing dialogue. Great characters.” Among the cast of three, 2018 LCC arts associate graduate Dakota Kruse played the role of Mary Cole. Locked in a cage on her family’s property throughout the play, Mary hides away from society at the care of her drunken brother, Tyrus Cole. Cole is played by LCC theater student Michael Boxleitner. “I was asked to come and audition, and when I read the script, I fell in love with her,” Kruse said of playing Mary Cole. “She is such an interesting character.

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Enjoy lunch on Michigan Princess Feeling landlocked now that sunny beach days are over? Test out the water with a lunch cruise on the Michigan Princess. There are six dates left in October for this opportunity. Guests will enjoy live music and a scenic cruise down the Grand River along with lunch. Vegetarian meals are available as well as a cash bar. Entry prices range from $20 for children to $40 for adults. The cruise departs at 11 a.m., and the route completes in approximately an hour and a half. For upcoming lunch dates on the Michigan Princess and to purchase tickets, visit the website https://www.michiganprincess.com. Photo by Shauna Stocken

Joey Wojda (left) and Michael Boxleitner (right) were two stars in “Dead Ringer.” Dakota Kruse was the third.

“You just think it’s so strange, this weird lady in this cellar, like locked in and she’s just being yelled at and tortured,” Kruse said. “She seems like a sweet person, but then starts to slowly reveal herself.” In the beginning of the play, Mary’s seemingly innocent and comical character uses her wits and manipulation to convince character Dwight Foley to kill her brother for a cash reward buried underground. What makes Kruse’s character so

unique is that she is not seen throughout the play until the final moments; only her voice is heard. “I’ve never really done anything where I’m not physically seen on stage,” Kruse said. “They're just looking at a door and I’m looking at a door, too, and that’s all we play off of. “It was really cool to learn how to really project myself and really like move my words into this way you can feel.” LCC theater student Joey Wojda, who played Dwight, said it was definitely weird just talking to a door throughout the play. “We rehearsed like face to face for the whole month before we actually put her (Dakota) back there so we could actually get a feel for it,” Wojda said. Wojda said that his role of Dwight was the hardest thus far in his career, but he looks forward to upcoming performances at the college. “Most of my roles are really small, and I’ve only had like a few lines, and I’m just kind of there,” Wojda said. “This was really kind of a step up because it was my first main role.” For a complete calendar of upcoming performing art events visit https:// internal.lcc.edu/cma/events/. Photo by Shauna Stocken

Joey Wojda, who played Dwight, reaches for the sky as he is startled by Tyrus Cole on the farm.

Shop local at Allen Farmer’s Market If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Allen Farmer’s Market, time is running out. The Allen Street Market will close for the season at the end of the month and reopen next May. The market is located at 1629 Kalamazoo St. in Lansing. Guests can visit Wednesdays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. While at the market, guests can shop for a variety of products in addition to fresh produce. There are also booths with crafts and community resources. Each week, different live entertainment is featured as well as an array of farmers, bakers and butchers.

Free line-dance lessons being offered Lansing’s Tequila Cowboy Bar and Grill gives restless legs a reason to get up and dance with free weekly line dancing lessons. The event recurs weekly on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. until Dec. 26. Stop by for dinner and drinks, with happy hour specials available for those 21 and older from 4 to 7 p.m. daily. The Western-themed bar and grill is located at 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing.

HopCat has trivia on Wednesdays Escape the chilly weather with “Geeks Who Drink Weekly.” The trivia event is at HopCat Bar at 300 Grove St. in East Lansing. Every Wednesday at 8 p.m. grab a beer and a bite to eat, or hang out with friends while competing against other locals. The trivia is free to play, and the winners will receive a prize.


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Alumnus Rudy Valdez’s story hits HBO By Shauna Stocken A&E Editor From the Eastern High School auditorium on Sept. 21, LCC theater alumni Rudy Valdez watched one of his performing art goals come to life. Valdez’s alma mater presented his documentary, “The Sentence,” following the Audience Choice Award at last winter’s Sundance Film Festival. “It was very important to me that I had a hometown screening,” Lansing native Valdez said of his film, which sparked the interest of HBO. The network will air his film starting Monday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. “My dream was to have it at my old high school that I went to,” Valdez said. “On that old auditorium stage where … I did my first play; where my story first started.” “The Sentence” tells the story of Valdez’s sister Cindy Shank, a mother of three who received a 15-year mandatory sentence for conspiracy charges related to her deceased ex-boyfriend’s crimes, according to HBO. com. Valdez graduated from Eastern High in

1998. The origin of his story dates back to his roots in the Lansing area and time spent in LCC’s theater studio program in the early 2000s. “I think I really started to hone myself as a more creative person at LCC,” Valdez said. “I did the theater studio program there, and I had amazing teachers and professors.”

By Shauna Stocken A&E Editor All work and no play? LCC faculty members and student employees are invited to take a break with co-workers and family at the next Employment Development Foundation (EDF) event on Sunday, Oct. 28. The occasion is a trip to Uncle John’s Cider Mill, located just north of St. Johns. “We had a committee meeting; we were looking at something we could do for the LCC employees and their families,” said Bill Ceaser, retired LCC employee and current EDF committee member. “We were thinking about different things like Uncle John’s … for both adults and children.” While Uncle John’s caters to what guests have come to expect from a cider mill – an apple orchard, a pumpkin patch, donuts and, of course, cider – Ceaser explained this trip will feature much more. The general admission price for a “Big Fun” wristband costs $12 for non-EDF members. Existing members will receive wristbands for $6, with a limit of six tickets per employee. “The wristbands are good from 1 to 5 p.m., but employees and their families are welcome to join from open to close,” Ceaser said. “If somebody couldn’t get there until 3

p.m. it’s no big deal. People can come and go as they please.” The “Big Fun” wristbands grant children five feet and below unlimited access to carnival rides, the jumping pillow and an inflatable park. Adult and children tickets also include one free trip through the corn maze, a hayride and a train ride. Live music will be provided by the Sea Cruisers, and all those 21 and older can visit the Hard Cider & Wine Testing Room on the property. “It’s a great way for our colleague to get together and just enjoy each other,” said Robin Moore, user services supervisor in the TLC library and a newcomer to the EDF Committee board. “And the prices for the events are so reasonable.” According to Moore, EDF is a great way to fellowship while at work, and she encourages all employees to become a member for as little as $1 a pay period. “I think that it is important when we have stuff like this,” Moore said. “Because we are here eight hours of the day, so it is our home away from home.” Wristbands are on sale until Monday, Oct. 22 through the Foundation Office, located in the Washington Square Building at 309 N. Washington Square in room 201. Ticket pickup begins Tuesday, Oct. 23

RUDY VALDEZ

Valdez credited many LCC professors for his success while at the college, most notably theater faculty members Andy Callis and Mary Matzke. “He was in my first semester teaching at LCC, and he was here for two years,” Callis said. “I remember him very well.” Added Matzke: “(He is) a good actor, a brilliant comedian. He has something important to say in his documentary and his talent for storytelling will always serve him well.” After graduating from LCC’s theater studio program, Valdez transferred to MSU, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology. “I attribute both my time at LCC and my time just in general in Lansing to my success,” Valdez said. “I’ve lived in New York City now for 15 years, and the most powerful story I’ve told to date is the story from Lansing; a story from back home.” According to Valdez, he “fell into filmmaking” when he was driven to tell his sister’s story following her criminal sentencing.

Callis, who viewed “The Sentence” at The Traverse City Film Festival over the summer, said the film was very moving. “I thought it was very brave of him to document that,” Callis said. “It was very moving, not only the story, but he set it up in a way where the audience (is) watching Rudy bear witness to what is happening to his sister and her family and their family.” Valdez said his artistic aspirations are never-ending. He said he works on as many as seven projects at one time. “He really believes in himself,” Callis said. “I wish I had a way to teach that; the resilience that he has in himself. Valdez said his hope for “The Sentence” is that the film will impact his viewers to promote change and highlight injustices within the legal system. The comical and politically driven artist said he hopes to appear on “Saturday Night Live” one day. He shared that fans of his work can look forward to some comedy, commercials, feature film scripts and a documentary series for television, all in the not so distant future.

‘In-cider’ information for trip to Uncle John’s

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Uncle John’s Cider Mill is located just north of St. Johns and offers all sorts of treats and entertainment.

during business hours, and must be picked up by Friday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. Discounted tickets will not be available for purchase at the Cider Mill. Moore said that she has been promoting the trip to the cider mill, in addition to the

Detroit Lions football game in December and a Vera Bradley outlet store event next spring. For more information on EDF, or to become a member, call (517) 483-1985 or email foundation@lcc.edu.


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Feel the Irish vibe at Kelly's Downtown By Sejin Lee Freelance Writer If you are sick of eating fast food at school, finding a new restaurant can be a good alternative. I recently visited Kelly's Downtown, located at 220 S. Washington Square in Lansing, for lunch to find something new to shake up my routine. When I opened the front door of Kelly’s, a long wooden bar greeted me. The hangings on the wall from Ireland gave off a warm, cozy vibe. There were some people already sitting at the wooden tables. Established in 1984, Kelly's Downtown has offered a good venue for eating and drinking in Lansing. The founders of Kelly’s started their business because “downtown needed an Irish pub.” They also picked the name, "Kelly’s" because "it is so Irish." Kelly’s Downtown offers different specials every day. On my visit, I was going to order the Bonnie and Clyde Sandwich, but

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Kelly’s Irish Pub is located at 220 S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing.

the Cherry Burger won out. That's because the server told me the Cherry Burger is always on the specials menu. There must be

a reason. The price for a hand-made Cherry Burger with Golden Pub Fries is $7.50 without tax.

It was a quite reasonable price, especially when I consider the price of foot-long subs at Subway. The Cherry Burger at Kelly’s has 75 percent less fat than normal, so it was not fatty at all. The meat, tomatoes, onions and pickles were well balanced. Fries were a good combination with the burger, too. Surprisingly, there were no cherries at first appearance. The server told me the cherries were smashed and mixed in with the meat. I only tried the Cherry Burger, but there are lots of other items to try: appetizers, other burgers, submarine heroes, sandwiches, salads, dinner entrees, and Miller BIG draft beers served for $2.50 all day. If you are looking for a place to eat, drink, and chill out, Kelly’s Downtown would be a lovely choice. Kelly's Downtown is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.kellys-downtown.com or www.facebook.com/KellysDowntown.

‘The Hate U Give’ will involve readers emotionally By Islam Amir Staff Writer “The Hate U Give,” LCC’s 2018-19 “One Book, One LCC” selection, is about 16-year-old Starr Carter, a girl who witnesses her childhood friend shot to death by a police officer while unarmed. This story, explains in graphic detail, the lack of opportunities minorities face, especially the black communities. Get ready to hear the truth. Author Angie Thomas did a stunning job in making a shocking action

into an excellent fiction story. Readers will find themselves emotionally involved, crying from both laughter and sadness. Starr Carter went to a rich kid school. Her friend Khalil's death turns into a major national news story. The media depicts Khalil as a drug dealer and a gang banger, while all the more positively depicting the officer who killed him as the victim. This book profoundly takes the theme of the “Black Lives Matter”

movement, and takes us through the story of a black girl who is confused between two cultures. Starr kept it a secret from everyone outside of her family that she was the witness. Starr finds it difficult to understand who she really is. She felt as if part of her was gone with Khalil. For her safety, it was difficult for her to keep it a secret from her school friends and people she knew, but she also wanted justice for Khalil. She was able to speak up and was able to involve her community through pro-

testing for so many blacks who experience the same. This book is the definition of connecting with others because it allows us to tell about other people’s lives; their experiences. Through that, we get to connect with them emotionally, and develop an understanding of society as a whole. This book connects us in a way the world needs right now. “The Hate U Give” is the book we all should read, particularly for people who can’t relate to the story.

Let your mind slip with ‘Maniac’ series on Netflix

By Alejandro Gonzales Staff Writer October is the month of Mental Health Awareness and Netflix’s new miniseries “Maniac” takes viewers on a journey through the mind. The show focuses on Owen Milgram (Jonah Hill) and Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone), two strangers who participate in a pharmaceutical trial. The premise of this trial is that after ingesting three pills in separate stages, the mind will be

completely restored of any damage. At first glance, the experiment is enticing to Owen due to his issues with schizophrenia and a desire to be normal. Meanwhile, Annie is addicted to substances and is looking for a new, stronger form of relief to subdue her guilty conscience. What I found most interesting from the concept is the debate within the show about traditional therapy versus prescription drugs. Characters in the show make

it clear that no one has a simple answer; they all carry their hurt with them and it is a major driving force in the series. The pills have effects that are possibly the most creative aspect of all episodes. The “A” pill allows its user to revisit his or her moment of most extreme tragedy. Pill “B” helps the taker to acknowledge the problem, and Pill “C” helps to confront it. Visuals in the show are consistently stunning. The setting easily moves from a

futuristic lab in New York City, to a 1940s séance in a mansion. Imagination and creativity are found in many ways as Owen and Annie deal with serious emotional issues. The show was a bit confusing at times, but it was easy to sit back and enjoy while watching. I found myself ready for more after I made it through all 10 episodes. The miniseries was released Sept. 21 and is available for streaming on Netflix.


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Mental illnesses: let’s stop the stigma Kate Spade was the founder of one of America’s most popular designer purse brands. She was a mother, a wife and a multi-millionaire. On June 5, 2018, Spade was found hanging from a scarf in her New York City apartment. Robin Williams was a well-known actor and comedian. He was a husband, a father, an Oscar winner and a millionaire. He became rich simply by making people smile and laugh. On Aug. 11, 2014, Williams hung himself in his California home. Chester Bennington was the lead singer of Linkin Park. He was also a husband, a

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father, and a two-time Grammy winner. On July 20, 2017, Bennington hung himself at his home in California. Mental illnesses do not care how much money you have, how successful you are, or even how many people love you. Kate Spade, Robin Williams and Chester Ben-

nington are perfect examples of that. I recently had a conversation about mental illnesses with a friend, and the things he said really irked me. He certainly had a lot of opinions on something he clearly did not understand. I think we live in a society that hasn’t fully accepted that mental health issues can be hereditary. Sometimes depression and anxiety can be triggered by a life event, but for a lot of people it’s in their genetic makeup. It’s a part of who they are, just like their eye or skin color. They can learn to live with it, but they can’t change it. I’ve had enough with the stigma sur-

rounding mental illnesses. These people are not lazy, selfish or acting a certain way for attention. People with mental illnesses do not wake up every morning and choose to be an emotional mess. Please do not judge what you don’t understand. In the U.S., suicide rates are climbing. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately one in five adults live with a mental illness. Remember that everyone is fighting their own battles, often times in secret. Make sure that you take care of yourself, check in on your loved ones frequently and be kind to everyone around you.

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Don’t waste food; join the ‘clean plate club’ I recently drove past a billboard that left me hungry for more, no pun intended. The billboard read something along the lines of, 40 percent of food is wasted each year. Now, I’m not sure who created the ad, but I found the statistic again on the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) website, nrdc.org. After the billboard was removed, a new image appeared – I’m assuming by the same company – which featured a photo of an egg with text underneath. “Trashing one egg wastes 55 gallons of water.” Those facts left me mystified when we have families struggling to feed their chil-

dren here in America while others trash food in abundance. According to my friend, who works for Panera Bread, the establishment donates bakery items to shelters at closing. Nonetheless, there are other businesses whose policies on wasted food are not so conscientious. I watched a Speedway gas station employee throw away a trash bag of donuts the other night. The employee didn’t banter along with me as I joked about giving those “old” donuts out for free. Her response was, once they are en route to the dumpster they can’t be sold, but I can still purchase one, for full price, of course.

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What local shelter, cop shop or teachers’ lounge wouldn’t appreciate those free donuts? Does anyone else experience massive guilt at how much food the United States wastes, when so many people worry daily about where their next meal will come from? I wish I had my finger on the pulse of the

poverty and hunger movement and knew how I could better help my community. For now, the easiest method I hope my readers will join me in on is the “clean plate club.” There are no membership fees or scheduled meetings. You can join the club by holding yourself and the people around you accountable for our eating and grocery shopping habits. Save and reheat or donate what you can to a shelter, or your neighbor next door. The club isn’t about overeating, but about being smart about reducing food waste. Inevitably, this will save your home money, and reduce greenhouse gases associated with food dumped in a landfill.

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Trump wrong: young men shouldn’t be scared Much has been said in the wake of the sexual-assault allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The allegations, made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, are that Kavanaugh assaulted her in 1982 when they were teenagers. Ford claims that Kavanaugh forced himself on her and covered her mouth to keep her quiet. When asked about the allegations and whether or not he was more concerned for his sons or daughters, President Trump commented that, “It is a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be

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guilty of something you may not be guilty of.” While false accusations of rape are quite serious and can be detrimental, they don’t happen often enough to be of serious con-

cern for young men. According to data compiled by National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the prevalence of false reporting is between 2 and 10 percent. It further points out that many reports incorrectly label reports as false. In addition, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network reports that out of 1,000 rapes, only about 31 percent will be reported. Further, of those 1,000 rapes, only 0.6 percent will be incarcerated. As these statistics prove, the only reason young men should be afraid is if they have actually sexually assaulted someone and

then, they still may not have much reason to fear. As most are aware, it is the victims who have to be afraid. This is because even if they risk the chance of retaliation or being guilted that they ruined their rapist’s life, they still might not be taken seriously. Even if they report, evidence for their case may never be tested or too much time will have passed and they can’t collect enough. Trump’s comment is extremely unfounded, and I hope that people won’t let that sentiment distract from the actual issue surrounding the reporting of rape.


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Supporting Kavanaugh sends bad message The list keeps getting longer. Harvey Weinstein, Larry Nassar, Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer and Donald Trump are just a small sampling of the hundreds of powerful men who have been the subject of sexual assault, harassment or misconduct allegations in the last two years. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is the latest to join the list. Three women have reported attempted rape and other sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh at parties while in high school and college. Despite the accusations, Kavanaugh remained President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Trump continued to stand by him amidst the hearing in Septem-

ber, voicing more concern over the timeframe in which the victims chose to come forward, rather than the idea of letting an abuser into one of the highest courts in the country. The Lookout is appalled that the focus has shifted from Kavanaugh’s alleged actions to discounting the women who have come forward. The words and actions of President Trump send a strong message that victims of sexual assault should not be believed. A study done by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center concluded that only two to 10 percent of rape allegations are actually false. Yet more times than not victims are silenced or accused of lying.

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spooktacular attractions , By Shauna Stocken A&E Editor Spooky fall vibes are in the air with decorated houses, pumpkin-flavored drinks at coffee shops, and pumpkin-spiced cheese for sale at Costco. This October enjoy the crisp, sweater weather with the following ideas to kick-start your adventures before Halloween night.

Awaken Haunted Attraction Set aside the horror movies and an evening on the couch for a live “R” rated experience. According to Robert Robinson, co-owner of Awaken Haunted Attraction at 4760 Churchill Road in Leslie, the haunted house is a no-contact event designed to entertain those capable of enjoying “R” rated horror flicks. “One of our owners (Brian McVay) makes

some of our own masks, and our creative team makes a number of other props as well,” Robinson said. According to Robinson, having one-of-a-kind props and masks helps set this attraction apart for guests who like to visit many attractions per year. “Many of our props are real, and the ones that aren’t real are film-industry quality,” Robinson said. “In addition, there’s a ton of effort put in the ‘mood’ and the tension building aspects of your journey.” Robinson explained that the “R” rating of the venue is based on realistic and extremely gruesome actors in each production. “They may invade your personal space, scare you from a variety of directions, but we are a notouch haunt,” Robinson said. Visit the attraction from Thursday through Sunday evenings. Tickets start at $12. For specific times and more information go to www.awakenhaunt.com.

Harris Nature Center Adults and children can enjoy all-age activities Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Harris Nature Center, located at 3998 Van Atta Rd. in Okemos. Costumes are encouraged while adventuring through a family-friendly fun house, keeping warm by a fire, crafting, as well as enjoying hayrides, pumpkin-shaped piñatas and more. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $8 per child to attend. No registration is needed.

Boo at the Zoo Nature and animal lovers alike will enjoy celebrating Halloween at the Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., in Lansing. The “Boo at the Zoo” event is hosted during three weeks on, Oct. 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29, from noon to 5 p.m. While at the zoo, guests will enjoy more than candy with a maze, magic show, dunk the witch, wheel of fortune attraction and more. Standard zoo rates apply, ranging in price from $4-12 per person.

East Lansing Haunted Auditorium This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Haunted Auditorium at Michigan State University. MSU theater students have prepared what the program is calling another revolting year of hair-raising entertainment Oct. 27, 28 and 31. The haunted auditorium takes guests on a chilling walk throughout the theater auditorium on the main campus, located at 542 Auditorium Road in East Lansing. General admission cost is $10. All proceeds support numerous student organizations within the college, with times to be determined. Visit MSU’s website at http://theatre.msu.edu for more information.

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