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Feb. 10 - 23, 2014 Volume 55, Issue 10

Lansing Community College’s Independent Student Newspaper since 1959

Festivities ring in Black History Month Jeremy Kohn Co-Editor in Chief The sound of African drumming and dance led by children of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy was a highlight of the Black History Month opening ceremonies in Dart Auditorium the evening of Jan 30. The children dressed in orange and green traditional African garb helped ring in the festivities with a rhythmic display of drum and dance that thrilled the audience of about 100 people. Later, the El-Shabazz students per-

formed again, only this time displaying their vocal talents under the direction of choral director Joshua Hicks. The children sang with wide-eyed wonder and emotion. The students impressed a lot of people in the audience, including members of the Black History Month committee. “The young men on the drums were fantastic; I wish I could do that,” said Black History Month committee member Howard Cousins. The entertainment didn’t stop there as LCC student YukiaLove Winston

brought some ‘70s soul to Dart Auditorium. She sang a rendition of the Diana Ross song, “Love Hangover.” The evening then switched over to a more serious side as 7th District State Rep. Thomas StalIworth III (DDetroit) spoke to those in attendance on numerous social issues. Stallworth talked about the triumph of Brown vs. The Board of Education celebrating its 50th anniversary, the strides of having a black U.S. president, as well as having a white See Black History, page 2

Photos by Brooke Burns

LCC student YukiaLove Winston sings a tribute to Tina Turner.

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy dancers perform a medley of songs while students play drums as background music.

Marketing club hosts entrepreneurship event Sarah Spohn A&E Editor Ever have a great idea for a business but no clue where to start? The LCC American Marketing Association (AMA) is there to help. The fourth annual Entrepreneurship event is scheduled to take place Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1

p.m. at the West Campus. This free event invites students to pitch their business proposals to a panel of local professionals who will award winners $2,000 in cash prizes. “We’re trying to get between 12 and 15 student presenters to come present to a panel of judges,” said Zach

Basler, AMA vice president of professional development. “We’ve got four different local professionals that are

going to act as judges.” Student presenters will have five minutes to deliver their business proposal. This

will be followed by five minutes of feedback. During the judges’ deliberation, there will be an hour-long panel of Q&A from other local professionals in the area. Panel participants include representatives from Northwestern Mutual, the Small Business Development Center and an independent consulting individual.

Basler said this year the AMA is hoping to draw in an audience with the help of its sponsor, Crunchy’s in East Lansing. The college town eatery is giving away $10 gift certificates to the first 50 people who show up to the entrepreneurship event. See AMA, page 2

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? “Hang out with my boyfriend.”

Jessica Joseph, 18, General Education

“Give balloons to everyone I love.”

LeBron James, 19, General Education

“Go out to eat with my girlfriend.”

Jesse Priest, 19, Business

“Take my girlfriend to the movies and dinner.”

DeQuan Jackson, 19, General Education



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New interim dean promotes great service Chelsea Allen Staff Writer

When she’s not scurrying around campus or attending a leadership meeting, she’s making sure things run smoothly on campus. Dr. Tanya McFadden, a busy, spirited, warmhearted individual, is the new interim Dean of Student Services at LCC. McFadden was appointed to temporarily take the position of the former

dean, Evan Montague, who left in early January. The new dean said she intends to make a fast transition into the leadership position and keep things around the office as efficient as possible. “I plan to keep the ship afloat and to keep running things according to what the administrative offices wants me to do.” McFadden said. Although she does not have any large plans while filling in the footsteps of


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Those in attendance will vote for the people’s choice presentation, the winner of which will receive additional $100. This is the fourth year the AMA is hosting the Entrepreneurship Event. “The winner last year was presenting a video game idea that he had,” Basler said. “And actually, that was one of the early successes for him. Last year, he presented the idea; he’s moved so far ahead that he actually is working full time on video games. His dream really did come true,”


the dean, McFadden does have a new look in mind for the Student Services Division after renovations

Basler added. Video games, restaurant concepts, and auto detailing shops were just some of the business proposals in the past. While ideas are up to the discretion of the AMA, and student presenters are preferred, community members with interesting new ideas are also welcome to apply. Interested students are required to bring their business idea to the Hole in the Hall (GB 133) or email Zach Basler at to register for the free event. The deadline for registration is Friday, Feb. 21.

are complete in the Gannon Building. “I kind of came in at a crazy time because we’re going through the Gannon renovations, which encompasses a whole new philosophy of student services.” McFadden said. The new philosophy she mentioned includes bringing the aspect of how Disney employees treat and meet their guests while they are in the amusement park. McFadden intends to model that program

here at LCC. “Some of our staff went to the Disney Institute in Florida and had learned quite a lot about how to service customers and what makes them (Walt Disney) so good at what they do,” McFadden said. McFadden discussed how the Gannon Building will have a whole new technological aspect to it. “We are going to have these customer-service representatives that are going to have headphones

and iPads in which they will come up to you,” McFadden said. “There will be no counters, so there will be no waiting lines whatsoever.” McFadden explained all the representatives will be cross-trained to be able to answer any questions regarding Student Services. While dealing with meetings, taking phone calls and bringing this new project to life, McFadden is showing she is up for the task.

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mayor in Detroit. He also spoke on education, employment and the importance of voting. He emphasized the importance of voting. “If we are going to be successful in achieving equality in this country we all have to do politics,” Stallworth said. Stallworth also spoke on the victories the U.S. has made in racial equality. “I can’t be more excited about the performance our president (Barack Obama) has shown and can’t be more excited about the performance of the new mayor of Detroit (Mike Duggan) has shown. “ “People are looking through a lens that looks beyond the complexion of a person’s skin, and I’m excited about that,” Stallworth added. For upcoming Black History Months events

Photo by Brooke Burns

Shabazz drum instructor Saleem Luqman (left) poses with Alexis Littlejohn and Alexandra Mask (right) after the Black History program ended.

visit the website bhm/ for further details. Read more about the month’s events on page 15 of this issue of The Lookout.

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IN BRIEF CATA makes travel easy Jaimie Bozack Co-Editor in Chief


Come to Old Town for Valentine’s Day Come and celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one in Old Town on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. by participating in the Chocolate Walk. This event will allow visitors to come and explore businesses in Old Town

while getting some chocolate along the way. Tickets are $10 and come with a one-pound box of chocolate and a punch card to fill out along the way. For more information go to http://lansingdowntown. com/Chocolate-Walk.

Celebrate Black History Month with reading Join LCC in celebration of Black History Month by attending a book discussion for “The Help” starting Tuesday, Feb. 25 from noon to 1p.m TLC room 224. The book discussion will focus in

on themes and celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Civil Rights Act. All participants of this event with receive a free copy of “The Help.” For more information call Curlada Eure-Harris at 483-9618.

Fashion students looking for opportunities The Runway, a new site focused on fashion and modeling, has opened in downtown Lansing in the historic Knapp’s Building, located at 300 S. Washington Square. The Runway is looking for in-

terns for fashion. It offers programs to help achieve students’ fashion ambitions. For one-on-one and hands-on knowledge of everything fashion, go to

Harriett Tubman presentation slated at LCC “A Conversation with Harriet Tubman,” will take place three times during Black History Month at LCC. The times are Monday, Feb. 17 from 12:10 to 4:10 p.m. on the third floor of the

LCC Library; Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Dart Auditorium; and Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. on the third floor of the library. For more information, call Curlada Eure-Harris at 483-9618.

Many students on LCC’s campus rely on public transportation to get them from point A to point B. Capital Area Transportation (CATA) has helped assist students in doing that since 1972 and provides a lot of deals and opportunities for students to take advantage of daily. CATA provides a lot of benefits for students on campus. One of the benefits of being a student and riding CATA is the student rate of only 60 cents per round trip. The regular amount charged to nonstudents is $1.60. “I like riding the bus to school because it’s cheap, gets me where I need to go and saves a bunch of gas money,” said LCC student Ervin Ansley. CATA also provides easy access to bus stops like the one outside of the Gannon Building that holds routes from one to 15. “I like taking route one to get other places downtown,” said LCC student Tina Aspec. “I work downtown and go to school here so taking CATA makes it so I get to places quickly,”

Photo by Brooke Burns

An LCC student steps off the bus ready to go to class during a recent snowy day.

According to Aspec, taking a bus is better than parking downtown because it is less of a walk and saves money. “A lot of people think riding a bus is expensive but it’s actually probably cheaper than paying for parking,” Aspect said. “I’ve done

both and I saved more money by riding bus.” CATA provides student discounts, accessible routes and a lot of route choices that run throughout downtown, making it easy for students to get around and explore. “CATA is a good thing because it saves people

gas money throughout the year and gets people where they need to go in a timely manner,” said LCC student Kayla Smith. For information on CATA times and routes go to or call the CATA transportation center at 3941000.

Winter Warm-Up brings community together Chelsea Allen Staff Writer The brisk, cold air on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 2 did not keep the public from attending the Winter Warm-Up series kickoff event at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge. The series, featuring the Blues Community Challenge, is a free nine-week program for all midMichigan residents designed to improve one’s health and fitness. There are 29 members who make up the Community Partners in Health Coalition, which hosted this event. John Greenslit was a key organizer. Greenslit was busy throughout the morning, welcoming the participants with a warm, friendly smile and handing out bags of goodies to the attendees. These items, T-shirts, bottled water, certificates, small first-aid kits and plastic water bottles, are courtesy of Eaton Coun-

Photo courtesy of Alicia Armstrong

The Winter Warm-Up event brings the community together in Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge. Among the particiipants were John Greenslit (far left), Smokey the Bear, Alicia Armstrong (middle), Judi Brown Clark, and the park’s mascot.

ty’s 4-H Club. “I believe this is a great opportunity to spread

the word and to get more people involved in doing winter activities,”

Greenslit said. “We have the snow provided for us, so why don’t we use it?”

There were many supporters who attended the Warm-Up, including state troopers Marco Jones and Christopher Harris; Smokey the Bear; Alicia Armstrong, a member of Playmakers Fitness Foundation; and Judi Brown Clark, a 1984 Olympian and vice president of the Lansing City Council. Blue Cross & Blue Shield was also present to promote the Blues Community Challenge. This challenge is an opportunity for individuals of nine mid-Michigan municipalities to form teams. Teams will compete for community awards provided by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan. Senior Community Liaison Benjamin J. Puchala of Blue Cross & Blue Shield described how he feels this program is crucial to have in the community. “Working together, collaboratively, we are able to make an important im-

pact,” Puchala said “Over 2,000 people participate in the Winter Warm Up events and the Blues Community Challenge, so we know that’s a lot of physical activity during a time when it’s easy to let fitness routines slip.” Dawn Rodman, a member of the Outdoor Enthusiasts, also agreed having this organization is a great asset to our community. “I think if you live in Michigan you should find opportunities to become active outdoors,” Rodman said. “We are living in an area that has snow and, rather than staying indoors, I think it is fun and healthy to get outside get moving, get some physical activity and to meet some new people.” For more information about the events in the Winter Warm-Up series and how to sign up and participate in the Blues Community Challenge, visit


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Automotive program survives changes Jeremy Kohn Co-Editor in Chief LCC’s automotive program was first introduced to LCC in the 1970s. Since then, the program has seen many changes to its curriculum. The aspiring “grease monkeys” and “gearheads” of Lansing Community College now can find their home at LCC’s West Campus. The automotive program offers up to 18 different courses used to educate young minds on the ins and outs of the automobile. These courses include everything from safety and drivability to steering/ suspension and smallengine repair. “Some of the classes are 50/50 as far as lab/ lecture, other classes like brakes and engines are about 25/75 with the 75 being lab,” said lead faculty Marvin Argersinger. “That’s how our students learn the best getting their hands

dirty.” There are classes that give a written test and those that include both a written and an actual hands-on exam. Student Stephanie Franklin is one of the students enrolled in the automotive curriculum. “Automatic/trans do a practical final where they put parts together and have a written test,” Franklin said. “Electrical will have a normal written final. I know on the body side they want you to show what you have learned all semester.” The automotive program has formed a partnership with West Campus’s DICAST program, which has helped develop programs to automotive students as a learning tool. George Pena, program director of the auto program, said: “DICAST developed a hands-on game where a student will go into a garage and work on an electric vehicle. It was made to be aware of all the poten-

Photo by Jeremy Kohn

George Pena (left), program director of the LCC Auto Program, is shown with student Stephanie Franklin and lead faculty Marvin Argersinger at LCC’s West Campus.

tial electrical hazards.” Franklin spoke about why people who are interested should get involved with the automotive program. “Technicians that have

been doing it forever are starting to get out of the game,” Franklin said. “They don’t have the training on hybrid vehicles and all the new stuff that is coming out.

“The need for qualified technicians is going up, but the student population that is going for this field is going down, so people need to be aware.” Franklin added.

Students who are interested in learning about what’s “under the hood” of the automotive program can contact the West Campus office at (517) 267-6406.

Backpack drive gives aid Chelsea Allen Staff Writer Have any old backpacks or duffle bags lying around? If so, the time is now to get rid of them and help a child who is in need. The eighth annual Used Backpack/ Duffle Bag Drive is occurring now though March 1.

The drive is intended to help children in third world countries who are in need of school supplies and do not have the resources themselves to get the supplies. The Lansing Community College Sign Language/ Interpreter program is sponsoring the drive. The drop off site for the bags is located in the LCC Gannon Building in room 131. So start donating.

Snyder speaks to journalists

Photo by Larry Hook

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is interviewed by members of the media at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids Jan. 31 moments after he spoke to a group of journalists at the Michigan Press Association’s annual convention.

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Health fair offers tips for better living Tyler Donelson Freelance Writer

Lansing Community College’s annual Health Fair took place Feb. 5 on the third floor of the Gannon building. This event was a part of LCC’s Black History Month festivities. The health fair offered plenty of information about how to be a healthier individual. Students, faculty members, alumni and people from around the community turned out for the annual fair. Lansing resident Karla Cruz said the event has become a tradition. “I came to the fair a few years ago and ended up learning a lot more than I expected,” Cruz said. “Our bodies are so important and when I realized February had jumped around again I was like that means the fair is going on again. “I love all of LCC’s

Photo by Brooke Burns

John Bolan (left) is a food outreach ambassador from Americorps and Colleen Synk is a nutrition specialist. Both were at the LCC Health Fair Feb. 5 informing students on healthier ways to live.

Black History Month events,” Cruz added According to Dr. Ivy Tagger, lead faculty for kinesiology and coordi-

nator of the health fair, people should start taking care of their bodies now. “This is a passion of

mine that I think should be done.” Tagger said. “Even though we do it during Black History Month, things like dia-

betes and cancer are affecting our entire American society.” Even with the construction going on in

the Gannon Building, the fair still managed to be in full force. Several booths throughout the floor featured area businesses and agencies, including the Lansing City Market, the Ingham County Health Department, and Wal-mart. Wal-mart was on hand to provide vision screenings and check blood pressures. Creative Wellness of East Lansing provided free massages and North West Initiative was there to help individuals with free Ingham County Health plans. Kinesiology students were also there handing out fliers about their program, as were as LCC licensed fitness and wellness counselors. “The health fair is about the mental, physical, and spiritual conditions to better your health and live a happier life,” Tagger said.

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Winter weather wipes out home games The Lansing Community College men’s and women’s basketball games, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 5, were both postponed due to inclement weather. The games have been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 17. The women’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the men’s game to follow around 7:30 p.m. The Stars were in action on Monday, Feb. 3, defeating Michigan Community College Athletic Association rival Kellogg Community College by a 10784 score at KCC. Through Feb. 5, Coach Mike Ingram’s LCC men owned a 17-7 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the MCCAA. The Stars were in sixth place out of nine teams in the MCCAA’s Western Conference. Coach Ervin Brunson’s LCC women were victorious on Feb. 3 at KCC by a score of 65-58. The win improved the Lady Stars to 13-7 overall, with an MCCAA record of 5-3. This put the Lady Stars in third place in the Western Conference. Both LCC teams were scheduled to play

Photos by Brooke Burns

LCC sophomore guard Malinda Sanders runs the Stars’ offense during home action Jan. 22 in the Gannon Gymnasium.

at Jackson College on Saturday Feb. 8, then travel to Muskegon Community College on Monday, Feb. 10. The next home games for both the LCC men and women are with Ancilla on Feb. 17. The Stars then host Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

LCC freshman forward Nate Lafayette (with ball) posts up on an opponent during home action Jan. 22.

Athlete Spotlight: Jeff Cain The Lookout A&E Editor Sarah Spohn recently stepped out of her art and entertainment zone to speak to men’s basketball sophomore and J.W. Sexton graduate Jeffrey Cain. Q. What inspires you to play basketball? A. I’ve had a basketball in my hands my whole life. The love for the game makes me want to play

but the fact that it can pay for my education also inspires me. Q. What has helped you transform as a player throughout the season? A. Lots of hours in the gym by myself working on my craft. Q. What were your athletic accomplishments before LCC?

A. I was a two-time state champ in basketball my junior and senior year at Lansing Sexton. Q. What’s your favorite thing about what you do? A. The thrill of being in a close game that goes down to the wire … where no one can truly tell who’s going to win; but at the last second pulling out a win.

Q. What’s the most challenging thing about what you do? A. Ha, I’m kind of lazy so I’d have to say running. Q. What are you studying? And what are your plans after leaving LCC? A. My major is actuarial science. I plan on going to a four-year school to play basketball after LCC.

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Lugnuts to host ‘Beerfest at Ballpark’ The Lansing Lugnuts, in conjunction with I’m a Beer Hound, officially announce the inaugural “Beerfest at the Ballpark” at Cooley Law School Stadium on Saturday, April 5. Festival hours are scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. with a special VIP entry starting at noon. Beerfest at the Ballpark will be a unique experience, providing attendees the opportunity to sample over 50 craft beers, ciders and meads from over 24 Michigan Breweries while enjoying the ballpark’s atmosphere. “This is the perfect event for any beer lover, whether they are a connoisseur or a newcomer, as attendees will enjoy the unique flavors of breweries, cideries and meaderies from across the state of Michigan” said Paul Starr, creator of I’m a Beer Hound. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The cost includes entry, a logoed sam-

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Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing will be the site of a new Lugnuts’ promotion, “Beerfest at the Ballpark” Saturday April 5.

pling glass and 10 sampling tickets. Special VIP tickets may be purchased for $35 in advance and include early entry to the festival at noon, a logoed sampling glass,

and 15 sampling tickets. Tickets for the 2014 Beerfest at the Ballpark will be available for purchase beginning Monday, Feb. 17 “We have quite a few special events planned

this year and Beerfest at the Ballpark is a great way to kick-start the season,” said Lugnuts General Manager Nick Grueser. “We hope everyone will come out and enjoy a great day

that celebrates Michigan beer in a unique setting.” A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Old Newsboys, a local charity that provides shoes for

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Charming Love Story comes to Dart Sarah Spohn A&E Editor It was love at first sight sealed by a first kiss, followed by another, and another. Six weeks later, the young couple Rita Boyle and Peter Hoskins wed. Vows were exchanged, and a mystery wedding guest asked to send the bride off with a small kiss. The lights suddenly flicker, and a supernatural switch changed three lives forever. LCC Performing Arts Department will present a special romantic comedy live on stage for audiences two weekends this February. Prelude to a Kiss, written by Craig Lucas and directed by Andy Callis, will take place on Friday & Saturday, Feb. 14-15 and Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21-23 in Dart Auditorium. Second-year LCC performing arts student Katie Dufort plays Rita Boyle, a young conservative woman in the upcoming play. Dufort said her favorite part about performing in this play is being able to play multiple roles on the same stage. “I think being able to be two

ryline. “There are a lot of kisses in the play. And in a way, the whole play is a prelude to a kiss. And the kiss is a moment of love,” Callis said. “And so really, I hope that we can find the love between the characters as we get closer to opening night. The love between their souls, and that’s what’s beautiful about the play is … it makes you think about that.” Callis added. Both the actors and directors encourage students to make the play a part of their Valentine’s Day plans with a special 2-for-1 ticket special for the Friday, Feb. 14 show. “With a date or without a date, you’ll still enjoy the show. It’s sentimental. It’s funny. It’s romantic,” Dufort said. “No matter how old you are or who Photo by Brooke Burns you are, I think that you can reGarrett McCord (from left), Cassie Little, Jesse Frawley and Katie Dufort rehearse a scene from Pre- late to some part of it and really enjoy that and leave the show lude to a Kiss in which the Boyles are meeting their daughter’s boyfriend for the first time. with a smile on your face.” There is some mild adult different people in one play is play requires. helps a lot — having someone really challenging, but also ex“This is our first time per- you can work with,” McCord humor and the show is recommended for audiences 13 and citing,” Dufort said. forming together and I guess said. Garrett McCord, who plays it wasn’t that hard for us to The play itself focuses largely up. Tickets are $10 for adults and Peter Hoskins, stars alongside get comfortable.  And actually, around kisses, hence the name. Dufort in this lighthearted love Andy (the director) told us that Callis spoke about the meaning $5 for students and seniors. For story. He spoke about the on- he saw some natural chemistry behind the play’s name and the more information, visit stage chemistry this type of between us … so that definitely message surrounding this sto- cma/events.

IN BRIEF Arts & Entertainment

Disney Classic comes to life at Wharton Center Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash-hit Broadway musical, returns to East Lansing for one weekend only this month. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, the eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. The classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets

and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be our Guest.” The show runs from Tuesday, Feb. 18 to Sunday, Feb. 23. This show is suitable for ages 5 and up. Tickets start at $32. For more information and tickets, call the ticket office at 517-432-2000 or visit www.

NYC artist exhibition opens at Old Town Gallery 1212 NY artist and LCC alum Nicolas V Sanchez is returning to the “Mitten State” after moving to the “Big Apple.” His exhibition, Homebound, will feature work in a spectrum of mediums including oil painting, pastels, charcoal, and col-

ored ballpoint pen. The artwork will be on display at the Gallery 1212, located at 1212 Turner St. in Old Town Lansing. The exhibition will remain on display for the entire month of February.

Capital City Film Fest offers View & Brew event Join the Capital City Film Fest (CCFF) for movies, live music, food and drink specials on the last Thursday of each month leading up to the Capital City Film Fest in April. The View & Brew takes place Thursday, Feb. 27 at MBC Lansing at 402 S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing. This month’s featured film is “The Golden Child.” This 1986 comedy film starring Ed-

die Murphy as Chandler Jarrell, who is informed he is “The Chosen One.” He is destined to save “The Golden Child,” the savior of all humankind. The second-place winner of the 2013 Fortnight Film Contest, “Bropocalypse Now,” will be shown before the feature film. The movie is free and begins at 7 p.m. followed by live music at 9 p.m.

Idol coming to campus soon Chancelor Miller Freelance Writer Spring is finally coming closer and Lansing Community College has a treat for all of its students. “American Idol” Season 10 star Pia Toscano and world-renowned musician Jared Lee will perform as a duo at the Dart Auditorium on the Lansing Community College main campus. The concert will be on Friday, March 7 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 on

There are also VIP tickets for $25. Student Life employee Joshua West spoke highly of the event. “We’re excited to have these two amazing artists coming to campus,” West said. “Jared’s performance last year was truly stunning and, with the addition of Pia, this year’s concert should be nothing short of amazing.” This event will be Lee’s second appearance in Michigan and Toscano’s very first time visiting

Michigan. LCC student Ashlyn Dormer said she can’t wait for the event. “I think that it’s really cool LCC is putting on a concert like this!” She was especially ecstatic about seeing Toscano, saying, “I was rooting for her on Idol!” There will also be a guest appearance by Okemos’ very own future superstar, Taylor Taylor. Proceeds will go to future campus programming for future programs.

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Tom & Chee satisfies Jaimie Bozack Co-Editor in Chief A place where grilled cheese of all different kinds are served daily? Yes please! Tom & Chee is a new restaurant in downtown Lansing on Washington Square. The place is getting more and more popular by the day. I’ve always had an obsession with grilled cheese. It’s about the only thing I can make well and it’s a delicious cheese wonderland. When I heard of a restaurant coming to downtown that is cheese based I wanted to be the first in line.

I walked into Tom & Chee with a big smile already on my face. The menu was not looking good for an indecisive person like me. They had grilled cheese of all kinds, as well as soups. There was also something interesting called a “Fancy Grilled Cheese Donut.” I, of course, got the thing that was probably worst for my health: the Fancy Grilled Cheese Donut. That’s the moment I decided I’d never eat anything else in my life again. It was delicious; way better than I ever expected. I know, you’re probably like, “What? A grilled cheese donut? That sounds disgusting!” Nope. It was amazing. Tom

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& Chee is my new favorite place downtown. I was super pleased with everything it had to offer: the food, the service, the decorations. The prices at Tom & Chee are reasonable; although depending on the selection, it can be a bit pricier. Fancy grilled cheeses run anywhere from $4 to $7, but depending on one’s love for cheese it’ll be worth the price. It’s a good place to go between classes with friends, on a weekend with family, or just to enjoy some cheese. If you haven’t checked out Tom & Chee yet, I would say you probably need to. Tom & Photo by Brooke Burns Chee meets any cheese lover’s Tom & Chee, located at 123 S. Washington Square in downtown Lanneeds but it also has amazing sing, is one of the newer businesses in the city. Tom & Chee has a variety of grilled cheeses, soups and its famous “Grilled Cheese Donut.” tomato soup and salads.

Movie left me feeling hustled

Jeremy Kohn Co-Editor in Chief I am a big fan of Christian Bale’s work. I think he is one of the great character actors of our time. When I heard he was starring in a new film that has been nominated for an Academy Award, I jumped at the opportunity to see it. American Hustle, directed by David O. Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook), brings to life a sensationalized version of a real case from 1978 known as the ABSCAM case. Bale plays retro-suit wearing, beer-bellied con man Irving Rosenfeld. He meets and falls in love with a red-head starlet named Sydney Prosser,

played by Amy Adams. Sydney coerces Irving into joining his world of con jobs. Sydney soon takes on a new identity as British aristocrat Edith Greenly. Irving and Sydney become the perfect match together and take Irving’s con schemes to a whole new level. Things seem to be going great for the duo until FBI agent Richie DiMaso, played by Bradley Cooper, stumbles upon a loan fraud operation the two have planned. Richie strikes a deal with Irving telling him that if he can pull off four con-artist related arrests, then Richie will release the two from their charges. I thought this movie was cast perfectly. I felt the acting was top-notch by all the performers. Bale, Adams and Cooper had great chemistry.

Even the cameos in this movie were great. Louis CK was witty and Robert DeNiro’s cameo was like most DeNiro performances: “in your face.” The person whose acting stole the spotlight from everyone in this movie, however, was Irving’s eccentric chatterbox of a wife, Rossalyn Rosenfeld. She was played by actress Jennifer Lawrence. There was still something amiss about this movie, however. When movies feature a con man, it comes with certain expectations that a swerve is going to occur when you least expect it. I waited for this moment to occur during this movie and it never did. With this movie having so much Academy Award Winning hype surrounding it, I expected the movie to offer more than it did.

gling musician checking your YouTube views hourly, or a student who has yet to determine a major, “The Business” is about struggles, failure, and giving up. Now that you’re on the verge of grabbing a razor blade or reaching for that secret stash of emo CD’s, relax. The Reason is about struggle, but clearly, the band didn’t quit. Track 3 is, without a doubt, my favorite track on the entire EP. I predict “Giants” will speedily make its way to the alternative radio within the months. I also guarantee this song will be a crowd favorite by the time the band is performing at music festivals this summer. X-Ambassadors is playing at Firefly Music Festival in Delaware this June. If you’ve never heard of the fest, listen

closely. The lineup includes Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Third Eye Blind, Twenty One Pilots, The Airborne Toxic Event and tons of others. In a letter to fans, X-Ambassadors spoke about the making and meaning of the new material. “The Reason is our attempt to tell one of those stories. About someone who gave up chasing a dream and who had the courage to start over. “Sometimes, things just don’t work out. Sometimes, it’s for the best. We’re all afraid of failure, but there’s a bravery in knowing when it’s time to move on. You never know what’s next,” the band said. I encourage you to check out this musical breath of fresh air. The band is performing in Kalamazoo this spring.

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The self-described alternative-R&B arena-soul, the band X-Ambassadors, released a new EP titled The Reason on Tuesday, Jan. 28. If the name sounds familiar, think the song, “Unconsolable.” X-Ambassadors succeeds in bringing back a little grit, soul and real instruments —the saxophone — to the biz. Track 2 (“The Business”) discusses the industry and is about the struggle of following big dreams or going back to a 9-5. The track is nothing short of relatable for the average twenty-something. Regardless if you’re a strug-


Feb. 10 - 23, 2014

Late night TV gets another big change Ever since he was performing musical impressions of Matchbox Twenty on SNL, I’ve loved watching Jimmy Fallon crack up on live television. Some scoffed at his sketch comedy skills when he’d break his character. But if you ask me, that was my favorite part and a good majority of the SNL bloopers couldn’t have existed without Fallon. He has goofed off with some of the best – Will Ferrell, Tracy Morgan and Molly Shannon – on SNL and on televisions since 1998. Fallon has done it all. He’s been an anchor on Weekend Update (so what if it’s made up) written a children’s book (for real) and performed with musical stars like Barry Gibb, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen. He has performed countless skits and songs with Justin Timberlake, as well as hosting the Emmy Awards. Fallon

has also released a CD of his musical impersonations and became the host of Late Night, previously hosted by Conan O’Brien. Fallon is now taking over as the prestigious host of The Tonight Show, previously hosted by Jay Leno. Some say he’s past his time of giggling on SNL. I’m not one of those naysayers. I love me some Fallon. I giggle at the wrong times too, so sue me. But don’t really sue me. Haha. Right there, did I just giggle at the wrong time? Probably. Do I care? No. I’ve never been a big

fan of Jay Leno, except for the jokes about his chin that never get old. In that manner, I’m thrilled for Fallon’s new hosting gig. However, I totally dig Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; all the silly games, the goofy music skits, and the hashtags he creates that in turn let the fans become Twitter famous. I am also happy for this move, because this means Seth Meyers, his replacement on Weekend Update, will be taking over reins on the Late Night wagon. Kudos to Meyers for his new Late Night gig. What will happen to the format of the show Fallon built? Will replacements try to replicate what he has done and fail miserably? Will Fallon take the new host job too seriously? Gosh I hope not. Bottom line, I hate change but I’ll always love ya, Jimmy, no matter what time or channel you’re on.

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Dinner, dates and mates Sarah Spohn A&E Editor

Valentine’s Day is almost here. Whether or not you’re lucky in love, newly single or could care less — need plans? You’ve got ‘em.

Oscar-Inspired V-Day Event For a special glitzy and glamorous Valentine’s Day, take your date to the Oscars! The Lansing Symphony Orchestra will perform themes and melodies of Gone with the Wind, Rocky, Titanic, and much more! Immediately

Fancy Pants Plans at Troppo Bust out your fancy pants and pull out all the stops for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. Make reservations at Lansing’s classiest establishment for this year’s Feb. 14. While this meal is sure to impress, piggy banks will be

destroyed when the check comes. This five-course dinner for two is $95 per couple. For reservations, call Troppo at 517-371-4000. Make reservations today for Troppo’s Valentine’s Day Dinner to celebrate your love!

Un-Valentine’s Show Serenades And if drinks and drunk dancing aren’t your kind of anti-Valentine’s Day plans, visit the Ten Pound Fiddle for it’s eighth annual Un-Valentine’s Show on Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. Songs include heartbreak, dysfunction and revenge with Michigan-based artists JamieSue Seal, Dave Boutette and John Lati-

‘80s fans: Eat your heart out If showtunes aren’t your fancy, get a group together to rock out mullet and shoulder pads style. Spend Valentine’s Day rocking out to classic ‘80s songs with Mega

‘80s, Detroit’s own iconic cover band. Classic rock and great drinks await at Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub in East Lansing. The show starts at 10:30 p.m.

following the performance continue the celebration with the Valentine’s Day Afterglow in the Jackson Lounge. Enjoy dessert, wine and friends! Tickets are $20, pre-order only. To order tickets, call 517-487-5001.

ni. Tickets are $15 for public, $12 for fiddle members and $5 for students available online or at the door, one hour before the concert. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 955 Grove Street in East Lansing. For tickets, visit www.

Cupid is Stupid Party at Nuthouse If all this Valentine’s Schmalentine’s is a royal pain in your arse, get to the Nuthouse. The annual anti-Valentine’s Day party is sure to turn that frown upside down. Hap-

py hour is extended with half-off drinks from 4 to 10 p.m. DJ starts at 9 p.m. The Nuthouse is located at 420 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing.

Weight Watchers hosts open house at LCC Chelsea Allen Staff Writer

Weight Watchers held an Open House Feb. 5 for the public to attend. The goal was to get more participants to sign up and learn about the program.

The open house lasted from noon to 1 p.m. in room 133 of the Washington Court Place of main campus. Their goal is to have at least 15 people to become members in order for the next session to continue on for 13 weeks. The contest took

place in the Administrative Boardroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to Cynthia Rooker, director of materials management, a leader of the Weight Watchers program will be attending the Biggest Loser Contest held on Feb. 7.

“It’s a challenge for people to get out there and get exercise while doing it in a friendly competition,” Rooker said. Rooker also encourages all students, faculty and staff to participate in this challenge. For anyone who would like to attend any of the Weight

Watchers meeting’s, they take place every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. held in room 133 of WCP. For more information on the Weight Watchers program or the meetings, contact Diane Miles at (517) 483-1875 or

LCC Photography Club promotes creative fun Tyler Donelson Freelance Writer Picture a club where you can capture special moments, beautiful landscapes, meet new people and gain experience while doing it. The Photography Club offers that and much more. Currently the photography club meets every other Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. in Gannon Building room 163, but is due to change depending on the construction.

“As long as you’re a student at LCC you can be a part of the club,” said Photography Club Adviser Lewis Smith said. “Students need to have their own cameras and just know the basics of a camera.” The club currently has about 20 members, with room to grow. During the biweekly meetings the club discusses photos, recent work and upcoming events. Club members participate in field trips with money raised through fundraisers. These trips are

often to exhibits and art galleries. “We most recently went to Kalamazoo for an exhibit and next we are planning on going to the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum next month,” Smith said. Some of the fundraisers the club participates in include photo shoots during holidays (with the next one possibly taking place for Valentine’s Day) and creating T-shirts. A student can bring in a digital photo of an image they want and the members can

add it to a T-shirt for them. Vice President of the photography club Lily Chatterjee said, “For me I decided to be a part of the club because I am a photographer and I wanted to meet people and have a social outlet.” If you are interested in joining the photography club, contact LCC’s Student Life Office at 517-483-1285 or hit the Student Life tab on LCC’s homepage, look up “Photography Club” and click join.


Feb. 10 - 23, 2014

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Feb. 10 - 23, 2014 — For What It’s Worth —

Enjoying journalism in G.R. I had the pleasure of attending the Michigan Press Association’s annual convention Jan. 30 and 31 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. I have attended this conference every year for the past decade. This one was a bit different, however. For the first time, I did not have any students from The Lookout joining me. Two of our staff members had planned to attend the conference. The threat of a major snowstorm, however, changed their plans, and I was left as the lone representative of our newspaper. I found the conference informative and entertaining. I attended seminars about advertising online and the future of print media. I met with fellow members of the Michigan College Press Association Board of Directors. I also had a chance to hear Gov. Rick Snyder speak to journalists

about the state of Michigan during a luncheon. A highlight for me was renewing acquaintances with two former editors of The Lookout, Dominick Mastrangelo and Zane McMillin. Dominick is now the assistant sports editor for CM Life, Central Michigan University’s newspaper. Zane is out in the “real world,” doing a great job for the Grand Rapids Press and MLive as a community engagement specialist.

It is great to see some of my past employees moving up in the world of journalism. It is rewarding to know their time at The Lookout helped them grow into the successful reporters they are today. Another conference highlight was having The Lookout’s six MPA award-winning entries displayed for all to see. These awards, given in the College Division of the MPA’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest, recognized some of our staff’s best work from the past year. Among the awards The Lookout won was third place for General Excellence. That one made me especially proud of my staff. I learned many journalism tips and techniques at this year’s conference. I took notes and passed them along to our staff at our regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 3. Hopefully some of these tips will help us win even more awards in

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Larry Hook, adviser of The Lookout, is flanked by two former editors in chief, Dominick Mastrangelo (left) and Zane McMillin, in Grand Rapids.

the coming year. Thank you to LCC’s officials for allowing The Lookout staff

members and me to attend the MPA conference each year. It is truly money well spent.

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Avoid V-day blues Fans should pick for Grammys This will be the first Valentine’s Day I won’t be spending alone sitting in my room eating chocolate. I now have a boyfriend and will be going out to eat at a nice restaurant. Until this year, I have always felt the pressure when Valentine’s Day came around to not be single. It was always a sad day watching other people get flowers and gifts. Even though this year is different for me, it’s still a sad day for many other people who are spending it alone. My suggestion is don’t stress about having someone to share Valentine's Day with. Share it with your friends or family. Valentine’s Day doesn't have to just be about spending it with a boyfriend or girlfriend; it’s also about spending it with anyone you love. Many of my friends worry a lot about who they're going to spend their Valentine’s Day with. They go around looking for someone

just for Valentine’s Day. But I think to truly be happy on Valentine’s Day you don’t need to be in a relationship. You just have to have a good attitude and surround yourself with people who will love you. I’ve been guilty of feeling sad on Valentine’s Day because I don’t have that “special someone.” I’ve learned that chocolate can be just as good as a “special someone.” I’ve also learned that Valentine’s Day is really just a normal day. If you’re worried about Valentine’s Day, don’t stress out too much about it. Just have fun.

The year is 1989. The Grammy Awards Show has just introduced a new category ceremony: Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. Hot off the heels of the album In Justice for All, Metallica is the favored to win the prestigious honor. To the shock and dismay of hard rock/metal fans everywhere, Metallica is not chosen as the winner that night. Instead, the Grammy committee chooses Jethro Tull’s album, Crest of a Knave. This year’s award show had a similar case of an artist that was robbed of a Grammy by the “so-called” music experts. Kendrick Lamar took the rap game by storm last year. His debut album, Good Kid Maad City, was an album held in high regard by Rolling Stone, Spin, The Source and XXL. I thought for sure Lamar would take home either the “Best New Artist” or “Rap Album of the Year” award he was considered for that night. In-

stead of Lamar’s name, when it came time to announce a winner that night, they read the names Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The announcement caught even the artist Macklemore by surprise. Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, sent Lamar a text message the next day stating he was sorry for robbing Lamar of the “Rap Album of the Year” award. How many times have you watched the Grammy show, seen a band or artist you thought was “a shoe-in to win,” only to ask to yourself why did

they choose “that guy”? A committee of 19,000 experts make up the panel that decide each year which artists take home a golden horn and which artist goes home empty -handed. Personally I don’t see eye to eye on some of the selections these experts choose, so I propose a new alternative: why not let the fans have some sort of say in who wins? I feel if the public had a say in who they think should win, we might get a better overall sense of who the best artists are in each category are. Outside voting could bring new and exciting artists into the fold that otherwise might never be recognized. I personally don’t feel the Grammy Awards are an honest reflection of the people’s choice, which should matter the most. The people who buy the albums and pay for their concert tickets, the fans, should make the decisions about who takes home the Grammys.


Feb. 10 - 23, 2014 — Staff Editorial —

LCC’s Black History Month events will entertain, educate It has been a cold and frigid February thus far, so why not warm up your body and soul by participating in LCC’s Black History Month? We here at The Lookout appreciate the rich and diverse culture that Black History month has to offer. We are all looking forward to the many events LCC has planned to commemorate African-American history. For those students and faculty who enjoy film, LCC will present a Black History Film Festival on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the

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Arts and Science Building, as well as on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Health and Human Services Building. If theater is more to your liking then enjoy the play “A Conversation with Harriet Tubman.” It take place Monday, Feb. 17 from 12:10 to 4:10 p.m. on the third floor of the LCC Library; Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Dart Auditorium; and Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. on the third floor of the library. Bookworms of LCC can enjoy a reading of “The Help”

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Cardboard sleds overtake Gier Park Jaimie Bozack Co-Editor in Chief Over 50 cardboard sleds of all shapes and sizes raced down a hill outside Lansing’s Gier Park Community Center for the eighth annual Cardboard Classic on Jan. 29. Sleds ranging from a giant robot to pieces of cardboard barely held together by duct tape were displayed throughout the day despite frigid, near-zero conditions. LCC’s radio station WLNZ 89.7 sponsored this event by promoting it, organizing registration, doing setup and getting the sleds moving. This was LCC radio employee Brendan Hamilton’s third year working at this event. He said this year’s event featured a record turnout. “It just goes to show that cold or no cold, people will come out and have fun at a great, creative community event,” Hamilton said. Some participants said they spent a couple hours to build their sleds. Others, like participant Sarah Lince, spent much longer. “Our sled took us about two weeks and nine rolls of duct tape to make,” Lince said prior to the race. “We did a test run before the event and our sled kind of went down. We hope that once we got on the hill it’ll just go.” For other participants it wasn’t as much about winning or making the best looking sled as it was more about spending time with family. Participant Jeff Varricchione said he was just looking for some father-son bonding time. “We made our sled a couple hours ago but my son was pretty excited about building it,” Varricchione said. “Now that it’s almost time to race it, he’s a little nervous to ride down the hill in it.” Hamilton said the event was a big success. “I think this is an amazing event to meet people, express your creativity, and do something different,” Hamilton said. “The coolest thing to me is knowing that this was a true bonding experience for the people who build the sled.”

Previous champion Doug Brewbaker (above) and friends push their Star Wars "AT-AT Walker" themed sled downhill to the finish line.

This colorful Michigan State University chariot sled (right) was built by Don Allen and his family for the Cardboard Classic.

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The "AT-AT Walker" sled takes a hit and goes down before making it past the finish line. at Gier Park on Jan. 29.

Two contestants cheer after making it across the finish line without stopping.

A pair of girls put the finishing touches on their sled before competing in the race.

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