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Volume 59, Issue 6

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Freshmen look to push LCC women’s basketball team to great heights Page >>> 8

Students encouraged to be creative in LCC’s Painting II classroom Photo by Brianna Bernstein

Faculty member Teresa Wells (left) tells students about the LCC Sonography Department during the Health and Human Services Career Showcase Oct. 24 in the HHS building. The showcase highlighted career opportunities in the college’s various health departments, including nursing, dentistry, surgical technologies, paramedics and emergency services.

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Downtown Lansing hosts Halloween fun

Photo by Brianna Bernstein

A very tall juggler entertains during Trick-or-Treat on the Square in Lansing.

By Haneen Hammad Staff Writer Trick-or-Treat on the Square has become one of the premiere Halloween events in the Lansing area. The event celebrates the best of the fall season on Washington Square. This year’s event occurred Thursday Oct. 24 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., offering trick-or-treaters a safe place to haunt this Halloween. The event, coordinated by Downtown Lansing Inc.’s promotions committee, was free to all. Mindy Viladeau, executive director of Downtown Lansing Inc., had a chance to participate in the event. “The 10th annual Trick-orTreat on the Square celebrates a decade of happy trickor-treaters on Washington square,” Viladeau said. “It’s a

great way to bring the community together.” In addition to collecting Halloween treats at candy stations along Washington Square, attendees enjoyed cider, doughnuts, dancing in the street to Halloween-themed classics, face-painting and a hay ride, as well as entertainment by fire dancers and stilt walkers. “It’s important to have a safe place to celebrate Halloween … seeing all the families and the kids smiling really being happy and enjoying downtown is really fun,” Viladeau said. Amal Sheikhaden was one of an estimated 6,000 people who attended Trick-or-Treat on the Square. “I am surprised to see so many people attending,” Sheikhaden said. “It’s great … I had a blast!”

Photo by Brianna Bernstein

About 6,000 people attended the 10th annual Trick-or-Treat on the Square event in downtown Lansing on Oct. 26.

Emergent BioSolutions donates to Promise scholars By Ashlee Buhler Associate Editor The future for Lansing area high school graduates who hope to attend college just got a little brighter. On Oct. 30, Emergent BioSolutions made its second $25,000 donation this year to the Lansing Promise Scholarship program. The program gives high school graduates in the Lansing area the opportunity to attend college tuition-free. Emergent BioSolutions impacts the lives of others with more than just its own biopharmaceutical products, according to Adam Havey, executive vice president of the company. Havey spoke during a press conference held in LCC’s University Center on Oct. 30. “Emergent is not just making a donation to the Lansing Promise — we’re making an investment,” Havey said, “an investment into the students so they can take the required steps to get to the next level.” Investing in the city of Lansing and its local businesses is also something the company holds in high regard, he said.

“These students are not only going to be great students, educators or maybe scientists, but they’re going to be great citizens,” Havey said. “They’re going to give back to this region and really make a difference for the future.” For Mac Norris, a 2016 graduate of Everett High School, becoming a businessman or entrepreneur was always the goal. However, like most aspiring college students, finding the funds to cover his education was a big drawback. “I applied for scholarships, but it wasn’t enough to pay for my schooling,” Norris said. “So I talked to my advisers and they told me about the Lansing Promise. After that it was a no-brainer.” Norris is now one of nearly 1,000 recipients of a scholarship from Lansing Promise. “The Lansing Promise is more than just a way to get into college — it’s a family,” he said. “I’ve built so many relationships through [this program], it’s unbelievable.” Connecting with business professionals through the Lansing Promise has even given Norris the confidence to start his own

Photo by Brianna Bernstein

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (third from right) holds a giant check for $25,000. The check was donated by Emergent BioSolutions to the Lansing Promise Scholarship program. Pictured with Bernero (l to r) are Dean Transportation President Kellie Dean, LCC Senior Vice President Lisa Sharpe, LCC student Mac Norris, Lansing School District Deputy Superintendent Mark Coscarella and BioSolutions Vice President Adam Havey.

lawn care company while he works toward a degree in business management at LCC. “I want to thank Emergent BioSolutions for their donation because without it, a lot

of students wouldn’t be able to go to college,” Norris said. To learn more about the Lansing Promise visit


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Academic advisers offer tips IN BRIEF By Ashlee Buhler Associate Editor Success is a priority at LCC. From career planning to discussing transfer options or helping students decide what classes to take each semester — academic advisers play a big role in students’ success behind the scenes. LCC currently has approximately 20 advisers available on campus to assist students in achieving their academic goals. Judy Leventhal, who has been advising students at LCC since 2006, encourages students to meet with an academic adviser every semester to make sure they stay on track. “Don’t depend on advice from others students,” Leventhal said. “Your adviser can help you make a plan that fits your goals, and takes into consideration the other life obligations that you have.” Sam Bultman, who has been an adviser at LCC since 2016, shared words of wisdom for students beginning the college journey. “My advice for college students is to seek a meaningful contribution to life and the world around you,” Bultman said. “Consider where your skills, talents and interests might be used. Develop a plan of what you want to achieve with your life and career, and pursue those goals with persistence.” To prepare for their future, Bultman encourages students to meet with a career ad-


Community Service Fair set for Nov. 7 LCC will hold its annual Community Service Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Gannon Building. Non-profit community agencies are invited to come share volunteer and service information with LCC students and employees. The fair is a great opportunity for students who are looking to enrich their college experience through community service to learn more about volunteer opportunities within the community.

TCOA dinner and auction is Nov. 9 Photo by Ashlee Buhler

Student Lindsay Crim (right) stays on track by meeting with adviser Judy Leventhal.

viser and take advantage of any professional experiences that come their way. “I’d strongly encourage students to do internships, informational interviews and job shadowing,” he said. “Consider the professional experience you observe or take part in as imperative to your education, and for your preparation entering the work force.” Bultman’s last piece of advice is a reminder for students to be kind to others. “As people observe and experience so much hatred, bigotry and racism in our own

country, kindness and empathy are more important than ever,” he said. “Change starts with each individual. “Consider being charitable with your time, your money and your skills in whatever role life places you to work toward justice and equality for everyone in our community, state and country.” For more information on academic advising, or to schedule an appointment, visit index.aspx/

LCC’s Munley teaches about childhood trauma By Lauren Manzini Staff Writer An LCC staff member recently became certified to teach others about the long-term effects of childhood trauma. J. Thomas Munley, the Fostering Stars Program Coordinator at LCC, is an advocate, and now a master trainer, for the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) initiative. “ACEs is really a groundswell, and a community effort that is taking place across the country,” Munley said. “It’s a way of trying to make our communities aware of what trauma does in children and how it affects them as they go through life.” Munley explained that the effects of childhood trauma are far reaching and lifelong, and there are billions of dollars that are spent on physical, mental, and emotional health issues because of it. “ACEs is based on what is probably one of the longest studies ever done,” Munley said. “It began in 1998 with 17,000 patients and has followed them all this time. They finally

realized the connection to what trauma does to people.” Munley explained that childhood trauma can change people scientifically. He said that trauma is “more than just a memory. It actually gets encoded into the brain,” and that “someone’s physiology is recording the trauma, whether they even remember the trauma or not.” This change in someone’s physiology can be difficult for others to understand, which can lead to unnecessary judgment. “When a trauma trigger occurs, people might react strangely or impulsively,” Munley said. “What could look like really bad behavior in a student is actually something that is a trauma response. “We want a kinder, gentler society, and the reason for that is because once we understand the trauma effects of each individual, we can start to understand how some of their behaviors are linked to their trauma.” Munley said he believes that awareness will make all the difference. He said as a

master trainer, it is not his job to treat the trauma, but to teach others about it. Those people can then go into the field and educate others. “What we want it to have more trauma-aware communities,” Munley said. “My goal here is to have LCC become trauma aware. What I am hoping is that we can first train people on the front lines, at the front desk. “We talk about training everyone from the janitor to the president, only because we want it to be a full assessment of what’s going on.” Munley said he would also like to bring awareness directly to the classroom. “If faculty understands what’s happening with these trauma responses, they might look at student behavior a little differently,” he said. “It’s the difference between saying ‘this kid is just a jerk’ versus ‘this kid is acting out of a trauma response.’” Munley travels to speak at different events frequently. He said he hopes to set up something at LCC soon.

The Tri-County Office on Aging will host its 32nd annual dinner and auction on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Eagle Eye Banquet Center beginning at 6 p.m. The event features a gourmet meal, keynote address, live and silent auction, cash bar and raffle. Raffle winners will be drawn for a $1,000 prize. Proceeds from the event will benefit Meals on Wheels and other in-home services for senior citizens.

Free self-defense class set for women LCC invites women of all ages to participate in a free self-defense class on Saturday, Nov. 11 in room 2156 of the Gannon Building. The goal of the classes is to bring women together in an effort to increase awareness of protection strategies. The classes are designed to be fun, informative, and increase confidence. The class is set to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To register, contact Rodney Bahl at or Kristy Rodgers at

Silver Bells 5K planned for Nov. 18 Downtown Lansing Inc. is proud to host the seventh annual Silver Bells 5K in downtown Lansing on Saturday, Nov. 18. The race, which will benefit the Silver Bells in the City and Chris and Louise Holman Foundation, will begin at the Capitol at 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear holiday costumes as there will be a prize awarded for best costume before the race starts. The deadline for registration is Saturday, Nov. 15.


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Campus Commentary:

The Lookout Sports Editor Brodee Gillam and Photo Editor Brianna Bernstein recently asked LCC students:

What is your all-time favorite LCC class?

My favorite class is anatomy. I like people and I like learning about the human body.

My favorite class is the (chemistry) lab. I just like working handson and doing everything instead of just learning through the book.

Sophomore Cordero Spencer

Freshman Zaaron Campbell

Undecided major

Undecided major


Third-year student Danielle Peterson,

Freshman Katie Cole


My favorite class is probably my sociology class because you get so many different perspectives on different things and (there are) lots of debates.

My favorite class so far would have to be sociology. It lets you look at different people from different backgrounds and all different … walks of life. It gives you a better understanding of people and society in general.

STEMFest 2017 set for Nov. 11 at LCC By Haneen Hammad Staff Writer STEMFest is a free interactive event at LCC that invites families and children in grades K-6 to a full day of activities. The event focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through a variety of over 50 hands-on activities, with an emphasis on educational, non-competitive experiences. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Arts and Sciences building on LCC’s main campus. Jen Coslor, a chemistry technician at LCC, has been a part of STEMFest in the past. “STEMFest is super fun, and totally free,” Coslor said. “The entire Arts and Sciences building is full of activities, in all fields of STEM.”

Activities include colors, biology, building and hands-on activities that involve chemistry. There will also be demonstrations that run periodically throughout the day. STEMFest needs volunteers to help out in a wide variety of areas. “Whatever your area of interest is, you will be able to find an area at STEMFest that lines up with it, Coslor said. “Volunteering for STEMFest is a great experience for anybody who is thinking about going into the sciences, communication, teaching, art or engineering. “I love getting kids excited about science, and inspiring them to learn. It is deeply rewarding. It is always a good time.” For more information or to sign up as a volunteer visit: https://www.lcc. edu/science/youth_programs/stemfest/

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Children enjoy the fun science activities of LCC’s STEMFest during the 2016 event.


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Truax credits LCC for pathway to career By Shauna Stocken Freelance Reporter This December, LCC student Nicole Truax, 24, will graduate with her general associate degree after first enrolling at LCC in 2010. Truax explained that with high school graduation nearing and the pressure to further her education increasing, LCC seemed like the right place for her. “I chose to stay close to home and I really wasn’t ready for the whole college scenario where you go away to school,” Truax said. “So I stayed at home and took the saving money route by attending LCC.” Since beginning her education with LCC, Truax has had a passion for the medical field. “My grandma was in the care-home setting growing up and our family would go there every week,” Truax said. “Growing up in that type of setting, I just knew that I wanted to be a nurse.” In 2011, Truax obtained her Competency-Evaluated Nursing Assistant (CENA)


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certification at LCC. According to Truax, LCC is to credit for her current position as a restorative therapy aide for the Holt Senior Care and Rehab Center Nursing Home. “Getting my CENA Certification (in 2011) was the basis of what I used to do and I started that at LCC,” she said. “It guided me to what else was out there and to what I do now.” During a two-semester break from college, Truax explored different jobs while working at three different places: as a lifeguard for the YMCA, a bartender at Chisholm Hills Golf Club and a restorative therapy aide. Once Nicole found out she was expecting her daughter, now 15-month-old Skylar, she was re-motivated to complete her associate degree. With two classes keeping her from earning her degree, Truax passed Math 112 and is now finishing up her final course, Environmental Science, at LCC’s main campus. “I want my daughter to follow in bet-




Photo by Brianna Bernstein

Nicole Truax and her daughter, Skylar, dressed in rival colors for the U-of-M vs. MSU football game.

ter footsteps. If I’m not doing something how can I tell her that she has to do something?” Truax said.




When not in the classroom, Truax spends her time taking care of Skylar, working extra shifts, and exercising with friends at the gym. One friend that keeps Truax motivated in both the classroom and the gym is LCC student Britney Barry. According to Barry, attending the same environmental science course with Truax keeps both of them accountable. “Nicole is a hard-working single mom, works full time, and still makes it to class for six hours each week with a smile on her face,” Barry said. “Her strong will, perseverance and determination sets her apart from just another student.” When thinking about her future, working behind a desk was never an option for Truax; who describes herself as a social, people person who desires a handson career. Although she said her major is still undecided, Truax is looking into the LCC University Center when planning for her future.



NASA celebrates Native American culture By Ashlee Buhler Associate Editor At one point in time, LCC had the largest number of Native American students out of any community college in Michigan. Although that number has dwindled in recent years, the Native American Student Alliance (NASA) at LCC keeps the spirit of Native American culture alive on campus. The club meets every Monday at 5 p.m. in room A of the Gannon Building and is open to all students — even non-Native Americans. “We are very inclusive to everyone while we try to teach people about the Native American culture in America,” said Jacob Menefee, president of the Native American Student Alliance. “We have a lot of fun together when we meet up.” In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the club has plenty of events scheduled throughout the course of No-

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Guest speaker Lynn LaPointe from the Oglala Sioux tribe discusses the Standing Rock controversy during Native American Heritage Month last year at LCC.

vember, including a free bead workshop on Nov. 10. On Nov. 17, a genealogist from the Library of Michigan is planned to make a visit to LCC for students to get to know more

about their genealogy and heritage. The club will present two movies — “Smoke Signals” and “Drunktown’s Finest” — on Nov. 13 and 27. Eva Menefee, adviser of the Native

American Student Alliance, spoke about her favorite part of the club. “My favorite part of the club is the friendships that these students get to have with each other out of class,” she said. “I just want students to be successful … I think that when you’re engaged in a group and not just going to class and going home, you get to be more successful.” On Oct. 27, the Native American Student Alliance helped organize a Halloween party on LCC’s main campus. The night’s festivities included a costume contest, a DJ, karaoke, games and a Halloween movie. “Our Halloween party was a great hit,” said Jacob Menefee, who dressed up as modern day short-haired Maui from Moana. “(The karaoke) machine was probably my favorite part.” For more information about the Native American Student Alliance, contact Eva Menefee at


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Women look to three-peat in nationals By Brodee Gillam Sports Editor One phrase has been used all season: back-to-back. The phrase we could be using next season is three-peat. The NJCAA National Championship race for the women’s cross country team is by far the most important meet every season, but especially this season. The opportunity to win three national titles in a row is rare. The national championship meet is at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Saturday, Nov. 11. The team looks prepared after tying for first in the regional championships on Oct. 28 at Lansing’s Grand Woods Park. Freshman Kirsten McGahan struggled with an injury before and during the race, but still finished at 19:27 as the fourth overall runner. McGahan finished as LCC’s second runner, behind sophomore Ashley Lindeman (18:44). LCC Head Coach Jim Robinson said the team’s national title hopes lie in the depth of the harriers. “The next group … they have to get

Photo by Ike Lee

LCC sophomore Ashley Lindeman (left) runs next to a Macomb CC runner in NJCAA Region XII Championship on Oct. 28 at Grand Woods Park in Lansing.

closer to Ashley and Kirsten for us to have a good team score,” Robinson said. “They didn’t get a lot closer at regionals, but we got one more shot at getting it right. … I think we have a realistic shot at getting them closer.” Robinson said he has high hopes in McGahan getting healthy and being closer to Lindeman’s time at the national meet. “In the beginning of the year (McGahan) and Ashley were (neck-and-neck) and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re together at the national meet,” Robinson said. “I’m pretty confident in Kirsten; she really did a great job at our regional meet. “... She’s a great competitor and I think she’s going to have a great meet at nationals.” Lindeman said her goal is obvious: a national championship. “What I’m really hoping for is to be up on that podium with my teammates holding that first place championship (trophy) above our heads,” Lindeman said. “We’ve all been working so hard throughout the season, so it would be really rewarding to see all that pay off.”

Male harriers find hunger; focus on national tourney By Brodee Gillam Sports Editor The men’s cross country team performed well, but not as well as they would have liked, at the NJCAA Region XII Championships on Oct. 28 at Grand Woods Park in Lansing. The Stars finished second to a Vincennes University squad that LCC Head Coach Jim Robinson said “ran really well.” This second-place finish came in the harriers’ last race before the NJCAA National Championship race, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Iowa. In all of sports, there are no excuses for a loss, but the men are hoping to recover from illness and injury that held them back in regionals, before the national meet. Robinson said he was proud of the way his team ran despite the setbacks it faced. “I thought our guys ran very well,” Robinson said. “We had a few athletes that were under the weather so, considering that, I was really quite pleased with how hard our athletes ran.”

LCC’s third finisher, freshman Alex McCormick, had a cold, yet still managed to finish sixth overall with a time of 26:09. As per usual, the Stars’ first and second finishers were sophomores Blake Watson (24:40) and Shawn Bell (25:53), respectively. McCormick said he has found a way to lead that fits this team and will help heading into the national meet. “I’ve found the best way to keep this team focused is to lead by example,” McCormick said. “When guys see me busting my butt every day in practice I think it makes them want to work harder, too. “As long as I’m doing what I need to be doing, the rest of the team will follow suit.” Freshman Alan Baird was a great surprise for LCC with a time of 27:02, finishing 19th overall. Baird can help close the gap between the first three finishers and the next two because the top-five runners count for points. If Baird and another runner, such as freshmen Jacob Ferguson (who has had a hamstring injury) or Jack Youngblood, gets slightly faster the Stars’ chances for national success skyrocket.

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Sophomore Shawn Bell runs beside a Vincennes University harrier in the regional Oct. 28 in Lansing.


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Emotional loss ends spikers’ season Coach Emily Quintero’s squad finishes with a 16-18 record By Brodee Gillam Sports Editor This season has been a building year for the LCC volleyball squad, but it has been an emotional one as well. The Stars’ year came to an end on Nov. 1 against Sinclair Community College in a nail-biting 25-17, 26-24, 24-26, 25-15, 15-13 loss. LCC finished the campaign 16-18 overall. LCC Head Coach Emily Quintero said she gathered her players after the loss and said a few words. “Some of the sophomores were very emotional as it was their last match and the end of the season,” Quintero said. “So I brought them in and just

reminded them (of) all of the great times and tough times we had.” Quintero said this season will be a positive for the future. “Our eight freshman will come back with a lot of on-court experience, which is huge in this level of competition,” Quintero said. “Also, (with) who we’re anticipating to (bring) on board, I’m anticipating we’ll be pretty solid.” Freshman co-captain Silvia Streiff said she agrees with Quintero, that having so many returnees next season puts the Stars in a great position to play well. “Next year I think that we have to

establish early on that we need to give it our all every game and never give up,” Streiff said. “I think if we set that expectation early on, we could have a more successful season.” One of the departing sophomores, co-captain McKenzie Kench, said she has enjoyed her LCC volleyball experience. “The best part about playing here was definitely getting to play another two years of volleyball and getting to make memories with these girls that I will cherish forever,” Kench said. “Volleyball has always been a part of my life and I will truly miss playing for LCC.”

Photo by Brianna Bernstein

Sophomore Kaycee Richmond attempts a kill against Glen Oaks CC on Oct. 24.

Freshman primed to push LCC women’s team By Brodee Gillam Sports Editor A new coach. A new system. A new chapter. The LCC women’s basketball team is starting fresh this season, after finishing last season at 15-14 under now-retired Coach Ervin Brunson. With new Head Coach Layne Ingram, whose father is men’s basketball coach Mike Ingram, the Stars look to have a new system and style of play for the 201718 season. LCC’s returning sophomores include Destiny Bonds, Lindsay Crim and leading scorers Sarah Schultz and Kelsey Finch. Ingram said the best part about this team is that the whole team likes to play basketball. “I’m encouraged about what I saw (in the first scrimmages),” Ingram said. “We are very fast. We can really shoot. I think I’m looking for discipline in the next couple days. But I think what people are going to see is a team that really likes to play basketball. “…I think we have a chance to win the conference. So I’m hoping that (in the season opener) we come out really strong, really aggressive, hitting shots and kind of let the state know ‘LCC is here’ and we’re not messing around.” Based on their high school careers and recognition from Coach Ingram, the in-

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LCC sophomore Debryahn Threatt guards freshman teammate Jessica Taylor in practice on Oct. 31.

coming freshmen look ready to step up this season. Freshmen Jacqulyn Kolnitys and Lexi Curtis are both from Pinckney High School, where they helped propel the team to its first district win in 12 years. Freshman Jaylynn Williams finished her high school career third on Ionia High School’s all-time scoring list with 1,176 points. Ciara Willheart, a Waverly High School graduate, is another freshman that Ingram said will help the Stars this season. The Stars only scored about 59 points a game last season, and Ingram hopes to improve that. With the freshmen being so skilled, and the returners having great talent as well, Ingram said the team is looking to play fast and put points on the board. Finch said the sophomores need to fulfill their roles as leaders and focus on the defensive end. “I just expect that we take leadership on the court and obviously score and play good defense,” Finch said. “Defense is kind of what we’re struggling with as a team right now, so us sophomores need to step up and make that a priority.” The Stars were scheduled to play in their season opener against Oakland CC at home on Nov. 3. The team’s next home game is against St. Clair County Community College on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m.


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Sophomore Finch leaves it all on court The Lookout Sports Editor Brodee Gillam recently spoke with LCC sophomore basketball player Kelsey Finch. The Perry graduate averaged 15.9 points in about 21 minutes per game last year, and looks to be a team leader in the 2017-18 season. What athlete inspires you the most? “Klarissa Bell from MSU. She was like my big idol when I was little because she was really good when I was in middle school. She was probably my inspiration when I was younger.” Why did you start playing basketball? “It was my family’s sport. My brother, it was his favorite sport and it was just how I grew up.” What do you want to do after LCC? “I’m looking to go into pre-med after LCC. Not quite sure yet but obviously I want to play basketball somewhere, so we’ll see where that takes me. I’m hoping to get a little bit of both (education and basketball).”

What is your most memorable moment playing basketball? “My senior year we won the league.” What is your most embarrassing moment?

“One time I got stuffed by a girl that was shorter than me and it made me so mad that I never let that happen again. My goal is to just stuff everyone else. … That would probably be my most embarrassing moment.” What do you want to take away from your time at LCC? “I am really excited about this year. This group of girls is really fun and I think we mesh really well with a new coach (Layne Ingram). We work really hard. I guess I’m just really excited (to see) how we do. Practices have been harder than last year and I just think we have the potential to be really good this year.” What are your individual and team goals for this season? “I definitely, as a team, want us to make it to states. Nationals would be (great). Individually, I just want to, after this season is done, feel like there was nothing else I could give into this season.”

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Blue Owl Coffee host open mic nights By Sarah Barney A&E Editor Whether searching for a peaceful place to study or hoping to discover new music, open mic night at Blue Owl Coffee offers all that and more. Every Monday, Blue Owl Coffee at 1149 S. Washington Ave. in REO Town invites artists to perform three songs (or for 15 minutes) inside the shop. Artists can sign up at 7 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m. Local singer and songwriter Tania Howard helps host the open mic nights. As a host, Howard helps spread the word about open mic night and brings her own equipment for performances. “Blue Owl has given me a lot of autonomy in determining how best to run the open mic, and so, really, I’ve just been doing everything I can to make it a success,” explained Howard. In addition to hosting, Howard usually opens each night with a set of her own. Oct. 30 was another one of those nights, kicked off by a performance of Howard’s original song, “Sleepyhead.”

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Musician Brandon McCoy plays an original compilation of twists on nursery rhymes on Oct. 30.

Howard spoke about her intentions for open mic night.

“What I hope to create is an atmosphere where live local music can

thrive, where performers can feel comfortable getting up and doing what they do,” she said. “Audience members can enjoy quality music and have a fun, relaxing night out as they are getting to know local artists.” Musician Brandon McCoy, who has performed at the open mic a few times before, said Howard has succeeded in her goal. “She definitely sets people up comfortably and pays attention to sound,” McCoy said. “I also feel that REO Town as a whole, just like many places, has been putting amazing effort into revitalization through arts and entertainment. “Blue Owl is just another perfect fit for that and the collaboration of it all ... really makes it that much more inviting and comfortable, not only for the local artists, but the rest of the community as well.” Currently, the open mic night at Blue Owl Coffee Facebook page has dates set for every Monday up until Dec. 18. For information on mic nights in the future, check the events listed at

‘Painting with a Twist’ a unique experience By Sarah Barney A&E Editor Those looking for a more creative way to spend a night out can find their niche at Painting with a Twist in Lansing. Painting with a Twist offers painting sessions structured to be fun art rather than fine art. Customers are invited to paint with step-by-step instruction and, if 21 or over, their favorite alcoholic beverage. While the studio keeps a selection of wines, ciders and beer on hand, participants are allowed to bring in their own unopened bottles of wine. Each different event has a painting, often themed for the season or holidays, that is completed over the course of two hours. On Saturday, Oct. 14, the painting for the evening session was “Autumn Grove.” Robyn Parott, who has worked there for almost two years, was the instructor for the session. “I like, first of all, for all my classes

to have fun, but I want them to learn something, even if they don’t know anything about art,” Parott said. “Art is accessible to everyone and everyone should be able to do it at some level … if they put their minds to it.” Maggie Manns, who attended the session, already had a background in art. “I sketch, but only as a hobby,” Manns said. “I always wanted to learn how to paint. I am my own worst critic, but I think I’ll definitely do it again.” The studio’s walls are covered with various paintings and, as classes paint, music is played. Manns described the environment as very relaxing. “I had a good time and I met some nice people,” Manns said. “It was a wonderful experience.” Painting with a Twist can be found at 580 Frandor Ave. on the east side of Lansing. Classes range from $25 to $35 and reservations may be made online. Classes past 6 p.m. are only available for those who are 18 or older. Howev-

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Painting with a Twist is located at 580 Frandor Ave. on Lansing’s east side. Customers over 21 can enjoy alcoholic beverages while they create their artwork at the studio.

er, those younger than 18 can attend earlier designated classes when accompanied by an adult.

For upcoming classes and more information, visit https://www.paintingwithatwist. com/studio/lansing/ or call (517) 325-9235.

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Desmond Jones has debut album By Sarah Barney A&E Editor Michigan band Desmond Jones was featured in the artist spotlight for LCC Radio 89.7 WLNZ in October of 2017. This October, Desmond Jones released its eponymous debut album. The album was released Oct. 7 at a soldout show at Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids. Previous to its debut album, the band had already garnered five years of experience and played almost 500 shows together. “We put (out) our album last month ... after all of us getting exponentially better as individual musicians, and after the group as a whole has bonded and meshed together for years,” drummer John Nowak explained. “Rather than recording an album and using it to gain fans, we garnered our fan base first by playing live shows.” Another way that the band built its fan base before releasing an album was through local radio stations. “LCC Radio was one of the first local radio stations to give our music a listen and support us by way of promoting our band and shows on air,” Nowak said. Originally based in the Lansing area, many of the band members attended Michigan State University. While they all graduated with degrees, none of them were music degrees. Despite none of them having attended school for music, guitarist Chris Bota told Michigan Radio: “We do definitely take mu-

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‘One Book One LCC’ workshops set In participation with One Book One LCC, workshops in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion will be held, along with Eat and Engage discussions in the LCC Library. The workshops will focus on time management and will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 7 and 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. The Eat and Engage discussions will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 14 and 15 from noon to 1 p.m. To register and find out more, visit https://

Auditions on tap for ‘Painted Ladies’

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John Nowak, Chris Bota, John Loria, Issac Berkowitz and George Falk pose on their album cover.

sic as seriously as people that go to school (for music).” The band has since moved out of the Lansing area, but according to Nowak, still values connecting with local media. “From our experience, we've found that we can't just rely on our music and ourselves to get discovered by music fans,” Nowak said. “Bands need to utilize the resources

available to them.” The album “Desmond Jones” is available for streaming on YouTube, SoundCloud and Spotify. The eight-song album is also available for purchase on iTunes and Bandcamp. For additional information on shows and the band’s music, visit

Painting II allows students to explore By Sarah Barney A&E Editor Those who pass by the display cases on the first floor of the Gannon Building may have taken notice of the colorful artwork that appears within. Many of those artworks are the products of the Painting II classes. The Painting II class is small, with only five students. It is headed by instructor Cassie Brogan. One of the things Brogan encourages her Painting II class to do is to use a larger canvas as opposed to smaller canvases. “It’s actually harder when you have a small space,” Brogan pointed out. “When you use a larger canvas, the movement comes from your shoulder and the whole body and you breathe at the same time. The energy (translates onto) the (canvas).” Throughout the course, students are only


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Projects from the Painting II class are diverse.

officially assigned three to four projects. However, they can complete more if they want. The more relaxed criteria is a change from Painting I. “In Painting I, you have to do a still life, a portrait, a landscape and an abstract,” student Morgan Mager said. “In this class,

it gives you a lot more freedom to focus on what you like, specifically, and then to also explore areas that you were kind of nervous about doing in Painting I.” As a result of this opportunity, student Ciara Sheerin has explored abstract art. The switch to painting with her emotions has been a good fit, Sherrin said. “For me it’s very fluid,” Sheerin explained. “It’s actually harder for me to kind of have a concrete idea and then execute it without a lot of planning time, so that’s why I kind of just go for it ... I like the way that feels more.” Students finding the style of art they most enjoy is supported by Brogan. “We try to tell our students in Painting II ‘try to paint about you,’ not painting for pretty or for what other people think about (their) painting,” Brogan said. “They paint more from their feeling and mood.”

Auditions will be held in room 3119 of Gannon Building for LCC’s 2018 Spring Dance Concert. The auditions will be Friday, Nov. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Successful auditions will be required to register for a Spring Dance Technique class and the Dance Repertory class. For more information, email or call (517) 483-1564.

‘Government Inspector’ curtain falls The last performances of “The Government Inspector” will take place on Nov. 10, 11 and 12 in Dart Auditorium. Show times for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11, are both at 8 p.m. The show time for Sunday, Nov. 12 is at 2 p.m. Tickets for general seating are $15, tickets for seniors or LCC workers/alumni are $10 and tickets for students are $5. For more information, visit https://www.

East Lansing Film Festival coming The 20th annual East Lansing Film Festival will be split between two locations, one at Studio C in Okemos and another at Wells Hall in East Lansing. The festival will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Studio C with a party and a 7:30 p.m. screening of “The Divine Order.” Tickets for the opening night party are $15. Regular Studio C rates are $10.50 for general admission, $8 for seniors and matinees, and $5 for students. Tickets for Wells Hall are $5 for general admission and $3 for students. For further information on purchasing tickets, films being played and times, visit

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‘Shovelry’ returns in spectral campaign By Aaron Wilton Editor in Chief “Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove,” a video game created by Yacht Club Games, received its latest update on March 29. “Specter of Torment,” the new campaign, features the wall-running, scythe-wielding Specter Knight. The story of Specter Knight is a prologue to the original “Shovel of Hope” campaign with the fan-favorite blue hero. Specter Knight is one of the bosses in “Shovel of Hope.” In his boss fight, he was floating like a ghost and he could teleport to the opposite side of the stage. As a playable character, he runs on two legs, but the wall running and wall jumping mechanics make up for his decreased jump height. He can also do a mid-air scythe attack that makes him move upward or downward on an angle toward the target of the attack. The stages in “Specter of Torment”

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are slightly altered forms of the stages in “Shovel of Hope.” That being said, the boss fights are very different from “Shovel of Hope.” Specter Knight does face each of the members of the order of no quarter (the

original group of bosses). Specter Knight’s campaign has a heartbreaking story line of a life lost and forced service for evil in order to regain that life. The Enchantress gave Specter Knight a second chance

at life to help her gain control of the other nine knights in the land. During the campaign, players can purchase upgrades for their armor, curios, will (health) and darkness (energy for curios). The classic “dandy cloak” is available to make Specter Knight a gold-clad, front-flipping buffoon and “increase jubilance by 200 percent,” according to the ingame description. Overall, the mobility of Specter Knight feels great. Basically, he feels like a ghost even though he has legs. Fans of the original campaign should definitely get the updates to the original game. People who have not joined the “shovelry” that’s sweeping the nation can still get involved before the release of “King of Cards,” the final campaign, in 2018. Visit 08/king-of-cards/ to see official updates and release date details as they become available.

Environmental Science class well organized By Sarah Barney A&E Editor Currently, I’m taking LCC’s Environmental Science, or BIOL 120, with Dr. Isis Arsnoe. Topics in the class mostly focus on the environment and how human actions can impact the environment. The course is split into four units: “Ecology,” “Water,” “Populations, Agriculture and Soils” and “Energy and Waste.” As a student in this class, I find it easy to remain organized and keep track of what needs to be done. The

D2L is frequently updated and the due dates for online assignments and labs are consistent. The class offers a few different ways to learn. During lecture classes, Dr. Arsnoe mostly guides the class through notes, but sometimes the class has group activities or watches educational videos. On lab days, the class is able to have hands-on learning through labs and field trips. Dr. Arsnoe also seems to care about student feedback and has given us surveys about what we find most

helpful in her class. In addition, I find that I’m interested in a subject I knew little about beforehand. Besides the obvious scientific and academic knowledge gained from the course, I feel that I’ve learned more about how to be a better human. The class does a good job at illustrating the effect humans can have on the environment. I feel like I know more about how to reduce the negative human impacts to which I have contributed. If there is one part of the class I don’t understand, it is the one proj-

ect in the syllabus. To complete the project, students have to collect data for eight weeks, write a paper and prepare a presentation: all for 38 points, or about 4.75 percent of the final grade. The amount of time put into the project feels underrepresented in the points awarded. However, that complaint feels frivolous and does not seriously affect the experience of the class. I would definitely recommend the course to other students who need to take it, or even to students just looking for an interesting class.

Zaytoon Mediterranean is authentic, delicious

By Haneen Hammad Staff Writer Zaytoon Mediterranean, located at 940 Elmwood Road in west Lansing, is one of the most authentic Middle Eastern restaurants in Lansing. The first thing one will notice when they walk into the restaurant is the delicious smell of food. It also features a great atmosphere for friends, family and colleagues to enjoy. The restaurant allows clients

to order and seat themselves, if they are looking to dine in. My favorite thing about eating inside the restaurant is the fresh bread that is served with each meal. The menu is small and simple but doesn’t restrain the food from loads of flavor. I suggest ordering the chicken shawarma plate, which comes with rice, chicken shawarma, salad, hummus and bread for a low price of $6.99.

The local restaurant was recently featured in “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and I can understand why. The food is served on a platter with wonderful color to complement the main dish. The rice and chicken where fresh and steaming hot. The hummus made a delicious garnish for the chicken shawarma, and the salad was wonderfully flavored. For the price, the amount of food I received was defi-

nitely worth it. The staff is very generous with portions. And if after all that delicious food you still have room, Zaytoon Mediterranean offers a stellar homemade carrot cake for dessert, or baklava. My overall impression of Zaytoon Mediterranean is excellent. The servers at the restaurant are always kind and friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming, and the food is always fresh and flavorful.


Nov. 6 - 19, 2017 — THROUGH ashlee’s eyes —

#MeToo gives victims courage to speak During the month of October, #MeToo was trending on social media. The hashtag has given victims of sexual abuse the courage to speak out and shed light on the issue of sexual assault. USA Gymnastics in particular has been at the center of a sex abuse scandal since the summer of 2016. That is when Rachel Denhollander accused the now former USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar, of sexually assaulting her under the guise of medical treatment. Nassar has been treating (and allegedly abusing) gymnasts since the ‘90s. Since Denhollander came forward, nearly 140 women have broken their silence —

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stating they, too, were victims of Nassar. Nassar, who also served as a sports doctor at Michigan State University, has already pleaded guiltily to child pornography charges. He currently sits in jail awaiting trial. With Nassar residing in Holt, many of

his victims are in the Michigan and Lansing area. However, the #MeToo movement inspired athletes out of state to come forward. Like many athletes, McKayla Maroney dreamed of going to the Olympics. In 2012, her dreams were realized; she even won a gold medal. But it was not without a price. Maroney took to Twitter, using the hashtag #MeToo to open up about her experiences with Nassar. She stated that the assault began when she was 13, and didn’t stop until she retired from the sport at 17. At one point, she was given a sleeping pill by Nassar while on a plane to Japan. When she woke up, she was alone in his hotel room with him. In her statement she

wrote, “I thought I was going to die.” While not a victim of Nassar, Tatiana Gutsu, a two-time gold medalist from the 1992 Olympics, recently announced she was raped by a fellow male gymnast at a gymnastics competition overseas. The Ukrainian native, who now lives in Michigan, wrote “me too” on her Facebook page, then explained the details of the abuse that occurred when she was just 15. It’s crazy to think these types of things can happen and either not be noticed or outright ignored. I applaud all the victims who were brave enough to share their story in the past few weeks. Hopefully it will be enough to inspire a change.

— if you wil —

Judging age is hard to do; books, their covers

Since I was about 16 years old, people have been saying I seem older than I am. At that age I had some acquaintances thinking I must be 23. My second semester at LCC, when I was 18, I had Speech 130. In that class we were required to do a group project instead of a final exam. The members of my group thought I was 25 or 26. I couldn’t believe they could misjudge my age by such a large margin. I didn’t realize how difficult it can be to judge someone’s age just by looking at them and hearing them speak.

I’ve been thinking about this even more in the last couple days because of my retail position at Meijer. Meijer policy is to ask for ID from anyone who appears to be younger than 40 years old. It has been my job to take a couple glances at a person and guess their age in my head in order to determine if I need to see ID. Moreover, it has come to my attention that I couldn’t even accurately guess the age of my co-workers. These are people I see almost every time I go to work; as many as five times a week for months. And I was off by nine years for

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one of them. My newest co-worker, Jon, is a thin, tall, pale man with a shaved head. Based on his lack of wrinkles, blemishes, or other age marks, I thought he was younger than me.

He seemed to act a bit naïve, and he was well aware of pop culture references that we made. I would have guessed him to be 18 or 19, but I found out he is actually 27. I had always thought I would be good at the age-guessing game at the carnival or theme park. It turns out, I am just as bad as the next guy at guessing age based on appearance. This must mean that the old adage, “don’t judge a book by its cover” is not just good advice, it is a nearly impossible task.

—eyes wide open —

Small-town simplicity breeds small-mindedness Small-town living admittedly has its charms. In a small town, you feel safe walking alone at night. And no matter where you go, you are bound to run into someone you call a friend. This is partially due to the lack of options when it comes to restaurants, grocery stores and ice cream shops. The town I grew up in, not too far from Lansing, had three stoplights in total. My high school graduating class was made up of only about 100 people; all but maybe one of them was white. What they don’t tell you at the Friday night football game, or at the homecoming pep rally, is that this lack of diversity is misleading, and it is certainly not a true representation of life outside that small-

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town bubble. The sad reality of places such as the town I grew up in is that the majority of those who were raised there will never leave. They are perfectly content settling down for the remainder of their lives within the same 10-mile radius that they were born. There is nothing wrong with wanting to

live in a tight-knit community. However, more often than not, the people who have chosen to stay in my hometown long after graduating high school have no desire to travel, see the world, or gain life experiences. This limits their exposure to different kinds of people and to different ways of living. With no desire to expand their horizons, their ability to expand their cultural awareness and openness to other types of people is slighted. Going through life only understanding the viewpoint of those who are like them in appearance and way of life has tendency to create a natural bias or prejudice against those who are not. I have noticed through my experiences that those who chose to leave my home-

town, even for just a little bit, have more diverse friend groups. They are more politically active, they pursue their education the furthest, and they are far more knowledgeable about current events than those who never leave at all. These are the types of people that society needs; those who have seen enough of the world and its people to understand multiple viewpoints – those who are educated enough to know that society and government runs best when all of those viewpoints are taken into consideration. Small-town America can often feel like a trap. It is about where you go from there and what you choose to do when you get out, if you choose to at all, which matters.


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‘Tis the season to lend a hand — staff editorial —

The holiday season is always one of the hardest times of the year for poor or underprivileged families. Many charitable organizations do their biggest drives and fundraisers during this time of year to meet the increased need. The Lookout staff encourages everyone to do their part and offer what help they can. The Lookout also wants readers to help us make our own donation to the Lansing chapter of The Salvation

Army. Last year we assembled a fullpage advertisement dedicated to The Salvation Army, with 12 different businesses participating. Each business paid $50 to place their ad, and half of the proceeds went to The Salvation Army to purchase personal-need items for low-income families. We were able to donate $300 to The Salvation Army last year, and it would be great to do at least

that well again. Our staff needs help to make sure we repeat the success of last year. We will be publishing our full-page ad to benefit the Salvation Army on Monday, Dec. 4. The deadline for ads to appear in this issue is Wednesday, Nov. 22. If readers know of any business that would be interested in supporting this cause by purchasing an advertisement in The Lookout, please contact Adviser Larry

Hook at (517) 483-1291 or hookl@ To make a difference by volunteering or donating, contact your organization of choice and see what help is needed. Some need food, some need clothes, some need cash and others just need volunteer workers. This is your chance to make a difference in your community. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

— as seen by haneen —

Enjoying fall season, Halloween and costumes Fall is in full swing and the trees look so beautiful outside. The leaves are changing colors and falling down so gracefully to the ground. The cooler temperatures are definitely an excuse to pull out my sweaters. Everything about this time of year is my favorite. I never celebrated Halloween as a child, but I always loved the vibe. Some of my favorite things about this time of year are the beautiful scenery, decorations, cider mills, haunted houses, candy and, of course, the costumes. The visuals of the season are what makes autumn and Halloween my favorite time of year. Natural decorations that are framed together such as pump-

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kins, gourds and Indian corn complement the beautiful colors of the leaves and houses. A trip to the cider mill always brings back memories of my family’s trips on hayrides, eating donuts and drinking warm apple cider. Although I am not a big fan of surprises, October is the only month of the year I visit a haunted house. It is always fun to go with friends, and witness their faces when they are spooked.

Besides the clearance candy I get to stock up on after Halloween, seeing the creative costumes that people come up with is my favorite aspect of the season. Even before his presidency, Donald Trump was a popular costume idea for Halloween, but this year party-goers are getting more creative with their outfit choices. A photo of a girl and her costume has been my ultimate favorite so far. The girl is dressed as if Trump is going to deport her. She uses her legs to be Trump and her upper body to look like she is in a cardboard box that Trump holds. I have to praise the girl for her craftsmanship, and her humorous twist on a serious topic.

what is the weirdest food combination you like? Aaron wilton

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Associate editor

“Coffee and a cheeseburger”

“Pizza rolls and marshmallows”

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“Bacon on a doughnut”

“Ketchup on grilled cheese”

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“Salsa on pizza”

“Pretzels and cream cheese”

“Watermelon and cheese”

“French fries and honey”

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sarah barney

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“Salt on pickles”


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Game Night Club celebrates International Games Week!

Students Andrew Keyes, Bruce Terry, Tori Byrne and Chris Bon play “Jenga” during the Game Night event.

Students Andrew Keyes and Bruce Terry play “Jenga” during the Game Night event in the TLC building on Nov. 11.

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By Aaron Wilton Editor in Chief LCC’s Game Night Club celebrated International Games Week by hosting a five-hour gaming session in the TLC Library on Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Amongst the games, there were several display boards with the history and definition of various competitions. There were also two displays about Game Theory and its role in different scientific fields. Game Night Club President James Rawson talked about the planning of the event and his favorite part. “Back in January, me and my mom were sitting down thinking about, ‘What event

can we do for Game Night?’” Rawson said. “We got on Google and typed in games around the world and that’s where I stumbled upon International Games Week.” Club Treasurer Chris Bon shared his favorite game and favorite part of the International Games Week event. “I think my favorite game is probably ‘Settlers of Catan,’” Bon said. “James put together all (the display boards) so I’m seeing them for the first time. But I love the history of (games) and the strategies you can use in real-life situations. I always thought that was cool.” The Game Night Club has regular meetings every Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Gannon Commons on LCC’s main campus.

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Lookout Vol 59, Issue 6  

The Lookout issue 6 for the 2017-18 season

Lookout Vol 59, Issue 6  

The Lookout issue 6 for the 2017-18 season