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Star Fest event shines light on LCC Andy Bumstead Freelance Writer The LCC Student Life Office celebrated the people of the college through a variety of events during this year’s Star Fest. “The purpose of the week was to shine a light on the stars on campus,” said Student Life employee Josh West, one of the Star Fest coordinators. Star Fest kicked off April 10 at a special LCC Night at a Lansing Lugnuts game. Over 170 students, staff, and alumni tailgated the game and had an all-you-can-eat buffet. LCC student Kailey Hawkins was selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Cooley Law School Stadium. “It was a lot of fun, even though they (the Lugnuts) ended up losing,” West said. Another big Star Fest event was the 47th annual Student Recognition Ceremony, held April 11 on West Campus. Students and staff from about 20 different LCC departments, programs and student organizations were honored for outstanding achievement, West said.

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Pamela Davis, an LCC counselor for students with disabilities, hands out pamphlets during the Star Fest informational fair in the Gannon Building on Thursday, April 17.

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LCC Night at the Lugnuts drew 170 students and staff to Cooley Law School Stadium on April 10. Here, many of the LCC attendees gather on the outfield hill for a group photograph.

April 16 was possibly the busiest day for Star Fest, with events mainly taking place on the third floor of the Arts and Sciences Building. “It was a day that we chose to host most of our cultural activities,” West said. “There is a lot of diversity on campus, and Star Fest’s main focus is celebrating the students on campus while incorporating culture.” Throughout the day, different non-profit organizations and international programs focused on cultures from around the world. One highlight was a fashion show during which students and members of LCC’s fashion program showed off cultural clothing they designed. The final event of Star Fest was a Scholastic Book Fair in Room 409 of the Arts and Sciences Building. It was held from April 21 through 25 and was hosted by the Future Teachers Club. Student Lurah Peterson went to the book fair on April 22 and bought several books. “I’m really excited,” Peterson said. “Getting new books is awesome.”

SACP meeting addresses students’ concerns Chelsea Allen Staff Writer

Students actively participating and speakers addressing concerns on campus; this must be the Student Advisory Committee to the President meeting. The most recent SACP meeting occurred April 16 in the Health and Human Services Building. Dr. Richard Prystowsky, LCC provost and senior vice president of Aca-

demic and Student Affairs addressed students’ concerns and spoke of finding solutions to some issues that were discussed. LCC President Brent Knight did not attend the meeting. Registrar Tammy Grossbauer spoke of one of the two subjects up for discussion; the new process for enrolling in classes. “There’s a couple of things that will change, but I think will benefit you,” Grossbauer told the 30-plus students

in attendance. “First of all you are going to be able to register early and instead of having the four-day assigned registration time frame that we’ve had in the past, we get into it in two days.” The second difference Grossbauer mentioned was the fee assessment will not be turned on until July 1, meaning LCC officials will not accept any payments until that date. Soon, the meeting switched directions, with the lockdown that occurred

on LCC’s main campus on April 7 being discussed. Bill French, LCC’s director of police and public safety, spoke about what occurred that day. “We look at this as a good learning event because first of all we learned that we worked very well with Lansing Police,” French said. “We were to the president’s house in less that one See SACP, page 2

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Students receive awards Jaimie Bozack Co-Editor in Chief

Twenty students from LCC were awarded for their dedication to LCC and the community on April 12 at the Kellogg Center by the Michigan Campus Compact. The MiCC recognized 500 students from 38 Michigan campuses. Eighteen of the 20 students LCC students were awarded the Heart and Soul Award. These students included Lindsey Burnside, Rebecca Christmas, Justin Hartges, Kailey Hawkins, Sarah Hewitt, Macauley Horak, Makaylin Hughes, Katherine Hunt, Kathleen Kenne-

dy, Nicholas McMillen, Samantha Miller, Margaret Pratt, Anita Reyes, Kelly Rogers, Kerry Rogers, Douglas Tran, Nicholas Witgen and Jessica Wenger. The Heart and Soul award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students for their time, effort and personal commitment to their community through service. Mark Davis and Joshua West also received awards. Both work in the Student Life Office at LCC. They were awarded the Commitment to Service award only given to two students per campus. This award is given


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minute and Lansing Police was on this campus in less than two minutes, with probably 10 to 15 police officers.” French added had there been an actual weapon; LCC police would have had the resources to stop the event immediately. Still, the event was a good learning experience, he

to those who are most involved in the community or school. West said he really enjoys giving back and spending time with all the kids. “The smiles of the kids and people I volunteer with is heartwarming to me,” West said. According to Network Coordinator Shelley Long, each awardee was nominated by a staff member, a college presidents or a college committee. Long said she thinks this award ceremony is a really good event for students to be involved in and strive for. “It awards students for giving a lot of time and

said. “The lessons learned were our communication, we were a little slow. We’re working on it, but we’re not perfect,” French said. Many students at the meeting expressed their concerns of how unprepared they and the staff were for the lockdown. French addressed this concern by mentioning the You-

effort to the community and their school,” Long said. “It gives them a sense of pride for what they are representing and it’s a good thing to recognize them for that.” West spoke about what an honor it was to receive the award. “I am most grateful to be able to accept this award alongside 19 other students from LCC who also received awards for their service to the campus and their communities,” West said. According to Long 500 people attended this year’s award ceremony. The event grew from last year and MiCC plans to give out more awards next year.

Tube video, “Run, Hide, Fight.” French also mentioned for concerned students and staff to visit lcc. edu/police/publications to review the emergency procedure manual. The SACP meets on the third Wednesday of every month during fall and spring semesters. For more information, contact the Student Life Office at (517) 483-1285.

Correction In the April 14 issue of The Lookout, in the story about student veterans on page 4, the women in the SVA Conference photo is Kyleigh Thompson, not Sarah Mellon, as stated in the caption. The Lookout staff apologizes for this error.

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Stabenow to speak at LCC commencement U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan will speak at LCC’s 56th commencement ceremony Friday, May 16. Stabenow, a resident of Lansing, became the first Michigan woman to serve in the U.S. Senate when she was elected in 2000. “The senator is a loyal friend of Lansing Community College and a distinguished, effective champi-

on for the Lansing area and all of Michigan,” said LCC President Brent Knight. “She is a strong advocate for making college affordable and addressing the burdensome student loan debt that so many students face when they graduate from college.” Commencement will begin at 7 p.m. at the Breslin Student Events Center at Michigan State University.

Registration for fall classes now underway Students planning on taking classes at LCC in the fall can officially register for classes as of April 23. For those unsure about which classes to take, con-

tact the Academic Advising Center in TLC 117 or call 517483-1904. To see all of the classes offered for Fall 2014 semester, visit

Summer camp helps women with mentoring The Eaton Regional Educational Service Agency is partnering up with LCC to offer a free summer camp. The event is designed to introduce high school girls to construction skills and trades. The Mentoring Girls

in Construction (MAGIC) camp is for girls 14 to 17. The camp runs from June 16 to 20 with applications being accepted through May 23. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Brocklehurst at 517-483-1231.

3+1 makes sense, saves dollars Jeremy Kohn Co-Editor in Chief Are you currently an LCC student who wishes to obtain a four-year degree, but don’t wish to pay the excessive costs of a four-year university? The 3+1 degree program may be the perfect solution to your problem. The 3+1 degree program allows LCC students to obtain a four-year degree by transferring to a university after completing three years of LCC education. Four-year universities that have an articulation agreement with LCC include Northwood, Davenport, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Siena Heights and University of Detroit Mercy. LCC offers diverse fields of 3+1 study: accounting, management marketing, nursing, criminal justice, dental hygiene and fire science. Director of the University Center Patty Spagnuolo spoke about the convenience of the program’s lower tuition. “Typically a baccalaureate degree is 120 credits, so a student could take 90 credits at LCC and then take those last 30 credits at that college or university that has an agreement with LCC,”

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Patty Spagnuolo, director of LCC’s University Center, explains the attributes of the 3+1 degree program.

Spagnuolo said. “If you averaged it out, let’s say a college or university is $500 a credit; you could see why there would be a huge savings at LCC,” Spagnuolo added. Spagnuolo encourages students who are interested in learning more about the 3+1 program to talk to an academic adviser. “The LCC advisers are very helpful in that they work with a lot of the four-year institutions, and they can guide the students in what schools to transfer to,” Spagnuolo said. Graham Berke, an LCC stu-

dent pursuing a science degree, spoke about how the 3+1 program allowed him to structure classes to fit his own pace. “I have eight more classes required for graduation; five Ferris State classes here at the University Center and three at LCC,” Berke said. “I have been progressing through my degree by taking two classes each semester while paying tuition out of pocket. This will allow me to graduate debt-free in 2015.” Students can visit to learn more about the 3+1 and LCC articulation degree agreements.

Students, staff honored at year-end ceremony Jeremy Kohn Co-Editor in Chief A night of celebration for LCC individual and student organization accomplishments was held April 11. The Student Recognition Celebration and dinner at LCC’s West Campus marked the 47th annual event. Representatives of 16 departments, programs and student organizations were in attendance to receive praise for their hard work and dedication. Before the awards ceremony, students, staff and faculty were treated to a delicious buffet. A slide show featuring highlights and photos of student organizations was also shown during dinner. After dessert, LCC President Brent Knight spoke about the importance of being active outside of class. “Research shows that student involvement in the campus community is vital to success and a richer experience as you make new friends and new skills and hone

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Students from the LCC Student Leadership Academy accept awards for their efforts during 2013-14.

your interests to build self-esteem and become leaders,” Knight said. “When students are engaged they feel like they are a part of something important and they feel valued.” Phi Theta Kappa President Markus Davis, who is also the registered student organization manager, announced Student Life Director Al Nowak’s award. Nowak received an International Phi Theta Kappa award for which only 30 individuals were selected. Davis spoke about Nowak’s contribution to the honor society.

“Behind every great student organization are amazing advisers,” Davis said. One of the most prestigious awards of the night was the adviser of the year. Nowak presented the 2014 Adviser of the Year award to Kayla Rae. Rae’s accomplishment includes being President of the Criminal Justice Club, working for the office of student complaints part time, and volunteering for LCC events. “Her dedication goes well above the hours she commits,” Nowak said about Rae’s exceeding work ethic.


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Easter spirit packs State Capitol lawn Jaimie Bozack Co-Editor in Chief

Dozens of eggs were spread across the Capitol Lawn on April 19 as a part of the Lansing Jaycees annual Easter Egg Hunt. According to Jaycees’ website, the organization has been holding this event since 1958. Juan Sanchez has been attending this event for eight years. “The Easter Egg hunt means Easter to me,” Sanchez said. “Seeing kids like my granddaughter run around showing so much Easter spirit keeps my Easter spirit alive.” Some Lansing area residents had never been to the Capitol steps for the spring holiday activity.

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A group of kids accompanied by their parents rush to find Easter Eggs on the Capitol Lawn on April 19 for Jaycee’s Easter Egg Hunt.

“This was me and my daughters first year attending the Easter Egg Hunt at the Capitol,” Jayme

Besse said. “We thought it was going to be small but there are so many people here everywhere

you turn.” Children of all ages came out for their chance to snatch up Easter eggs and have a fun-filled morning. Tim Barron from the radio station 92.9 hosted the event while children participated in activities from face painting, balloon animals, live animals from Potter Park Zoo, crafts and bubbles. The Easter Bunny came out, along with Sparty, Big Lug, Crash the Clown and his sidekick Toothpick. Click It the Cricket and Penalty Fox were on the lawn for photo opportunities with children and parents. “I’m 26 and I am getting my picture taken with that Easter Bunny one way or another, said

attendee Melanie Richards. “I don’t care about being older I love Easter.” Hundreds of families attended the event on the sunny Saturday morning. According to Besse, it was madness but fun. “The hunt lasted about 30 seconds,” Besse said. “We got one egg for one giant basket but my daughter is smiling so I’m smiling.” For Sanchez he is already looking forward to next year’s Easter Egg Hunt at the Capitol. “Each year it seems to be getting more and more special and something new comes around each year,” Sanchez said. “It’s a nice community event and I look forward to going every year.”

Students Who Are Transformed gets recognized Chelsea Allen Staff Writer

Students who are interested in Christian religious teachings and volunteering in th community now have a student organization they can join. Students Who Are Transformed otherwise

known as S.W.A.T. was recently registered as an official student organization on LCC’s campus. Ted Szymanski may be the adviser of the recently formed club, but the person behind it all is President Justin Hartges. “I figured it would be cool to increase the pool of students who were

focused on campus ministry by creating my own club,” Hartges said. “The purpose of the club is to increase awareness of principles and how they can be applied to modern day lifestyles as well as increasing exposure to people thinking about the afterlife and Jesus Christ,” Hartges said.

Hartges spoke about his purpose for forming the club. Hartges added that he would like to get into some volunteer work with his club members. “It would be nice to not just talk the talk, but to have my club members walk the walk of really sharing the love of Jesus,

because if we were to only really talk about it then that would be pretty useless,” Hartges said. LCC student, Hannah Reed thinks this would be an interesting club to get involved with. “I think it would be nice to have another ministry club on campus for those who are wanted to

get more involved and actively participate,” said Reed. For more information on S.W.A.T. or to become a member visit, organizations.aspx or contact advisor Ted Szymanski at (517) 483-1808.

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Alumni Spotlight: Joe Pascarello Sarah Spohn A&E Editor While LCC’s motto says, “Start here, get there,” many students seem to find difficulty moving up and on to bigger, better things. The Lookout will be featuring different alumni from all fields of study, educating students on their time spent at LCC and their current whereabouts. Joe Pascarello, recipient of an associate’s degree in music, is now graduating from Oakland University. He has been accepted into a number of prestigious graduate programs. Pascarello studied music at LCC from 2009 until 2012. Graduating from Oakland University Pascarello has just committed to the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University. Pascarello spoke about the influential teachers, students and connections he made while on campus. “There is really an amazing music faculty there,” Pascarello said. “I love

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Joe Pascarello studied music at LCC from 2009 to 2012.

Molly (Cryderman–Weber). She is incredible and even now she continues to help me out a lot.” Perhaps the most memorable class the jazz musician took when he attended LCC wasn’t even a music class. “It was called ‘writing about literature and ideas’ or something like that,” Pascarello said. “The professor was Dennis Hinrichsen, who is just a genius. The class really changed the way I look at literature and art and I’ve

found has even had an impact on how I approach things in music.” While he’s been enjoying the collegiate level brass band and unique playing opportunities at Oakland University, Pascarello said he really enjoyed his time at LCC. “I met some of my closest friends there and it was definitely a launching point to some really great opportunities for me,” Pascarello said. “It’s definitely a good stepping stone.” The LCC music alum urges current students to be active while on campus and meet as many new faces as possible. “It’s really a unique environment for a field like music because you have tons of different people there,” Pascarello said. “You just never know who you’re talking to, and everyone you talk to has something valuable to share.” To suggest an alumnus for a future spotlight, contact The Lookout at 517483-1289 or Larry Hook at

Eco-Scholars Day educates on ecology Andy Bumstead Freelance Writer LCC hosted the fifth annual Eco-Scholars Day on Friday, April 25 at West Campus. The event, featuring education on environmental sustainability, was a combined effort of college and high school students from the Lansing area. Joshua West of LCC’s Student Life Office served on the Eco-Scholars Day planning committee. “Eco-Scholars Day is a great way for students to incorporate what they’re learning, as well as highlight ways that they’re being ecologically sustainable.” West said. “They also gain presentation experience, which is very useful in everyday life.” Students and faculty featured projects, mainly posters, showing they have been working on

environmental sustainability. Geothermal energy, rechargeable batteries and fracking (drilling technology) in Michigan were all topics that were covered. Kathy Shell, chair of the Eco-Scholars planning committee, said the Lansing Ecological Economy Park was hosting a workshop. “The Lansing Ecological Economy Park will provide a productive plant nursery with a sustainable residential community,” Shell said prior to the event. John Daly, managing director from the Genesee County Road Commission, was the event’s keynote speaker. His

speech was primarily planned to be about sustainable deconstruction. He planned to talk about how to tear down buildings in an informed and ecologically sustainable way. Shell said that besides the keynote speaker, she was really looking forward to the fashion program. High school students from the Eaton County area created clothing out of recycled materials and put them on display. The project was cleverly dubbed “trashion.” Shell said it’s important to be knowledgeable on environmental sustainability. “There are so many people on the earth,” Shell said. “We hear every day about the hole in the ozone and its effects on the weather. We need to do everything we can to save the earth for our future generations.”

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Baseballers drop pair to Jackson CC Jaimie Bozack Co-Editor in Chief

With weather improving, the LCC’s men’s baseball team has finally been able to play games, including its fair share of doubleheaders. On Tuesday, April 22 the Stars played a doubleheader against Jackson Community College at Westside Park in Lansing. The Stars lost both games, 17-6 and 6-0. According to LCC Head Coach Andrew Merchant the only player who stood out for LCC was sophomore infielder Dylan Schultz, who hit a two-run home run in the first game. “We can really show up to play and put up a good game one out of every three games, but during the rest the pitching has been really taking a beating,” Merchant said. Merchant said the biggest thing the Stars have to work on is competing. “When it’s cold out it’s really easy to pack it in; we just need to come out and compete and don’t give up on the game,” Merchant said. “It’s just a matter of having guys respect the game and hustle and do the basic stuff.” As of April 22 the Stars had an overall record of 12-17 and a record of 4-12 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. The Stars’ next home game is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29 at Westside Park against Mott Community College at 2 p.m. It is free to the public.

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LCC freshman baseballer Jacob Schmitt bats against Jackson Community College April 22 at Westside Park in Lansing.

LCC baseball infielders prepare for action as a pitch is thrown during the April 22 game against Jackson Community College.

Athlete Spotlight: Dylan Monette

The Lookout Co-Editor in Chief Jaimie Bozack recently spoke with LCC baseball player Dylan Monette, a freshman pitcher and infielder for the Stars.

Q. What inspires you to play baseball?


My family inspires me to play baseball and just the game of baseball itself. It’s America’s pastime.

Q. What athletic accomplish-

ments did you have before coming to Lansing Community College?

A. I played two years of foot-

ball at Saginaw Valley State University. Baseball is my favorite. I had knee surgery and decided I would come back and try and play baseball instead of football

Softball squad sweeps Andy Bumstead Freelance Writer The LCC Stars softball team swept a doubleheader at home against Ancilla College April 22. They won by scores of 10-8 and 9-0. LCC Coach Marc Kibby said Stars pitcher Alina Harrington played a crucial role in both games, with solid offensive help from her teammates, including Elizabeth Vincent, Jessica Wood and Hannah Knight. In the first game, Harrington took the mound in relief and was able to hold off Ancilla long enough for the Stars to score some critical runs.

Sophomores Vincent and Wood delivered at the plate, with four hits and five RBIs between them. In the second game, Harrington pitched a five-inning shutout and struck out nine batters. Vincent sealed the deal with a grand slam. “I just had a clear head and was relaxed at the plate,” Vincent said of her success. To further the lead, Knight had a three-run homer. She ended the game with two hits and four RBIs. Kibby said he was glad to see his team get its offense going against Ancilla. “We’ve been strug-

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Q. What is your favorite thing about what you do? A. It is a game like nothing else. It is the only game where the defense is the team in control of the ball.

Q. What are your hopes for the new season? A. My goal is to compete for a championship. Q. What are you studying? And what are your plans after LCC? A. I am studying finance. I plan on continuing my baseball career at a fouryear university.

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LCC softball player Emily Wison swings during practice.

gling recently with being aggressive at bat,” Kibby said. “We finally came out being aggressive, allowing our batters to warm up and hit the ball.” Through April 22, the team’s record was 2012 overall and 8-2 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. Prior to their success against Ancilla, the Stars struggled against Muskegon Community College. They lost both games of an April 21 doubleheader, 6-2 and 9-0. “Frankly, we didn’t hit the ball very well,” Kibby said. “We just didn’t get the big hits when needed.” The Stars were scheduled to play a nonleague game on April 23 against Northwood College. On April 25, they were scheduled to play at Muskegon Community College, and on April 27 they were scheduled to play against Jackson Community College. The Stars are set to play their final home games Tuesday, April 29 against Kellogg Community College. Game time is 3 p.m. at Ranney Park, next to the Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing. The public is welcome.


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Summer Events East Lansing Art Festival

Festival of the Moon & Sun - Old Town

MAY 16-18

Two-day outdoor celebration of culture and arts held in the downtown city streets of East Lansing.

The free fair is on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

JUNE 20-21

Make the most of one of the shortest nights of the summer at the Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun! Enjoy delicious food, great music from na-

Common Ground Music Festival July 8-13

The Adado Riverfront Park transforms into a six-day music festival with more than 250 artists. More than 50,000 people enjoy the best in music, entertainment,

food, beverages and entertainment along the Grand River in downtown Lansing. Daily admission tickets start at $29.50 and weeklong passes are $89.50.

tional bands, wine and the best handcrafted beers supplied by Bell’s Brewery! Two-day tickets are $25. Must be 21+ to attend this Old Town event.

Be A Tourist in Your Own Town MAY 31

This event allows locals to purchase a $1 passport to visit more than 60 local attractions and one-day only special tours. These include

Lansing Jazz Fest

Taste of Downtown

Aug. 2-3

July 19

Enjoy a summer afternoon in downtown Lansing by sampling a variety of cuisines and food specialties from the area’s finest restau-

the Impression 5 Science Center, Potter Park Zoo, the State Capitol Building, the Michigan Historical Museum and much more.

rants. Taste tickets get you food samples, wine tasting and live music will take place along Washington Square on Saturday, July 19.

The Lansing JazzFest is a two-day free music festival that brings national, regional and local acts to an audience of roughly 15,000 peo-

ple from across Michigan and nearby states. This year’s free festival will be in the streets of Old Town, less than one mile north of LCC’s downtown campus.

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LCC Performing Arts Vocal Pop & Jazz Ensemble Concert • Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. • Directed by Kelly Stuible • Free • Dart Auditorium

Jazz Band Concert

• Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. • Directed by Jon Gewirtz • Free • Dart Auditorium

Experimental Music Ensemble Concert • Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. • Directed by Ty Forquer • Free • Dart Auditorium

Improv! • Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. • A theater showcase directed by Andy Callis • Free • Black Box Theatre

Film Fest

• Saturday, May 10, 9:30 p.m. • Featuring fourth semester theater studio students in an original film by Tobin Bates • Directed by John Lepard • Free • Dart Auditorium

Video killed the Radio Star With each day, the world gets more advanced in technology. We’ve gone from the days of the transistor radio, to cassette tapes, 8-track tapes, the Walkman and CDs. Internet radio like Pandora, iHeartradio, Spotify, and YouTube channels are quickly replacing the way many listeners get their music. While many traditional radio stations are still on the air, some fear their days may be numbered. For each fearful disc jockey, there is a music maven aimed at keeping the tables turning. Saturday, April 19 was Record Store Day; the Black Friday of shopping holidays for vinyl junkies. Current artists throw it back, releasing special editions of favorite albums and new material on vinyl records. I can’t lie. I’m a ‘90s kid. That’s right. Reading my columns you might think I’m straight out of the ‘80s. I still have a CD player in my car, and hefty cases full of CDs. What I don’t have, however, is an mp3 play-

er, an iPod. It’s a rare thing, these days. The days of pulling up to a stop light, with your Lou Bega CD skipping “Mambo No. 5” several times, are few and far between. Car stereos are now equipped to play your iPod and even Pandora right through your speakers. Feel old? Get ready to feel even older. A quick YouTube search for a video called, “Kids React to Walkmans” will do the trick. Kids are handed a Sony Walkman, and their reactions prove as if they have just been given an archaic fossil from another planet. Their reactions range

from, “I’ve never seen this,” to “Ooh, is this like in the movies?” Once given headphones, their reactions include: “Oh, my grandpa has these!” to “Too complicated.” The revelations keep on coming when the kids are told they have to fast forward to the next song. “I feel bad for the people that lived in the ‘90s, I really do,” said 9-year-old Krishelle. I’ll never stray too far from the traditional radio and “the good ole days.” No matter the advances in technology, that’s one thing that just won’t change. In fact, I just started my own radio show, coined The Mixtape, with WLNZ 89.7’s own Brendan Hamilton and Michael J. It’s a weekly theme-based show, kicking it old school, and rocking every minute of it, just like your old mixtapes. It’s still in the production stages, but we’ve recorded three episodes. To stay in the loop of all things mixtape, visit or turn your dial to 89.7fm.

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Filmmakers reel into Capital City for fest Sarah Spohn A&E Editor

a silhouette shot. Submissions were then carefully judged and the top 15 Capital City Film Fest Fort- were chosen to be awarded and night Film Contest Screening & screened in front of a live audiAwards ence. “It’s like capturing lightning The top three films were in a bottle.” The fourth annual awarded cash prizes. The thirdCapital City Film Fest (CCFF) place film, “Carry That Weight” shone a light on talented was awarded $500. Secfilmmakers from all ond place went to across the nation. “My Day with The final day Dan” and the of the CCFF young star included the thanked Fortnight the crowd Film Confor his coltest. This lege fund brought prize monout a packed ey. The first house to the place prize of Lansing Public $2,500 went to Media Center “Everyone’s a for the viewComedian.” ing of the top The first-place winners received The team this camera trophy and $2,500. fifteen flicks. consisted of Teams were Aaron Word, given two Marc Miilu, weeks to create a 10-minute film Shawn Erickson, Denny Green, and required to use four ele- Aaron Greer and Dustin Pero. ments. The team, equipped with an The students, who were both assortment of talent included a amateur and seasoned filmmak- standup comedian, actors, proers, were required to incorporate ducers and sound guy proving four components into their films: improvisation be the blueprints the word “Lansing” or “Michi- of success. gan,” a door being slammed or Stand-up comedian and imclosed, a bus stop or station and provisational jokester Denny

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Fillmmakers Aaron Word, (from left) Marc Millu, Shawn Erickson, Denny Green, Dustin Peru and Aaron Greer celebrate their first place win after the CCFF Fortnight Film Fest Awards.

Green was commissioned to write the material (jokes) for the film. “In all honesty, we had no script,” said film Producer Greer. The film cast and crew were pleased with the outcome of the festival in its entirety. “Everything else was fun to watch, and we’re all really ex-

cited that we won,” Green said. “No cockiness here. We’re goofing off, but in all seriousness, we’re really just thrilled.” The festival kept the films reeling from Thursday, April 10 to Sunday, April 13 with movies and shorts from all over the world. Live concerts were also incorporated into the film fes-

tival, with two performances per night. The lineup included twenty-six performers over four nights at two different venues. “Every year I think to myself, ‘We’ll never top this year.’ But so far, I think we’ve outdone ourselves in each iteration of the festival,” said Jake Pechtel, entertainment director.

Detroit transforms for latest Michael Bay Film Sarah Spohn A&E Editor The Lookout’s A&E Editor got the chance to phone in on a special conference call with Paramount Pictures. She spoke with Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor, stars of the upcoming film, “Transformers: Age of Distinction,” the fourth installment of the motion picture’s series. Bumble Bee, plenty of action, and the new DinoBots will soon be gracing the silver screen as Transformers: Age of Distinction hits theaters on June 27. Directed by Michael Bay, the flick stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. Wahlberg stars as Cade Yeager, a single father and struggling inventor. Nicola Peltz stars as Tessa Yeager, Cade’s daughter alongside Jack Reynor as Shane Dyson, Tessa’s boyfriend. The film takes place four years after the invasion of Chicago in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” but was filmed in multiple locations in Michigan. Locations in Pontiac, Milford, Warren, Troy and River Rouge, and downtown Detroit were all included. The two young co-stars spoke about their reactions to living and filming in the “Motor City.” Reynor spoke about his fond memories of Detroit. “I have a lot of really great positive experiences in the city actually as it hap-

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“Transformers: Age of Distinction”actors Nicola Peltz (left) and Mark Wahlberg star in the Paramount Pictures film hitting theaters this June.

pened,” Reynor said. He and his cousin visited a local pub, and had one of the best pints of Guinness he’s had in the whole United States. Irish actor Reynor spoke about what it was like to work with Director Michael Bay. “Michael Bay is the man, he’s responsible for films that are, you know, in and around $250 million budgets,” Reynor said.

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Known for high energy and charisma, Bay’s personality can’t help but rub off on those on set. “But like Nicola just said, his energy, and his focus, and his dedication is really something to be admired,” said Reynor. “And you can’t really help but raise your own bar when you see the way he works on set.” Female lead actress Nicola Peltz recalls the Transformers cartoon while growing

up with six brothers. “I am a huge fan of the Transformers film and the cartoon,” Peltz said. The 19-year-old said she was excited to audition, and “over the moon” when she found out she landed a role in the series. The series has a dedicated following, and “Transformers: Age of Distinction” is filled with just as much, if not more, of the action packed scenes audiences have come to expect from the Paramount films. “I think that when you step into a franchise that’s all ready been established,” Reynor said. There is that stigma there: are you going to be able to live up to the expectations of people who’ve been diehard fans of the previous franchise and stuff.” Reynor urges familiar fans to stick with the film and to come out and see the new release. “I think there’s an awful lot fans who are familiar with the previous three films will be able to register with, and will be things that they can relate to from the previous three movies,” Reynor said. “But at the same time, you know, like we keep saying, it is very much an original series; and it’s kind of being taken in a new direction.” Transformers: Age of Extinction is taking it’s new direction to IMAX and 3D theaters on June 27.

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Game of Thrones is King of cable Jeremy Kohn Co-Editor in Chief Epic battles, scandalous betrayal, a constant power struggle for control of the kingdom …if this doesn’t tickle your fancy, maybe the word “dragons” will catch your attention. “A Game of Thrones,” which is now entering its fourth season, just recorded the highest ratings for the HBO network since the “Sopranos” series finale. Based on George RR Martin’s fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” “Game of Thrones” is a medieval period fantasy that takes place in the seven kingdoms of Westeros. Unlike typical fantasy series, “Game of Thrones” has a story rooted more so in history than mythology. The story takes in-

spiration from such historical events such as the War of The Roses, Hadrian’s Wall, The Viking Age, and Barbarian tribes. The main plot point of “Game of Thrones” is the ongoing vie for power between the houses for control of the Iron Throne of Westeros. “Game of Thrones” primarily follows the no love-loss relationship between the Houses of Stark and Lannister. In addition to the Starks and Lannisters, there are several other houses that seek the Iron Throne. House Targaryen wanders the world of Westeros mustering an army including three dragons, making their way to battle for the Iron Throne. House Baratheon is also gathering an army marching toward Westeros. This army is aided by the magic of a mysterious redrobed sorceress.

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“Games of Thrones” is one of HBO’s highest-watched programs.

The Knights Watch are a devote order who have sworn their lives to defend Westeros and the Wall to the Castle Black. The seafaring people of the House Greyjoy who have remained hidden have also been calculating the perfect time to launch an attack on Westeros.

This show has the essential ingredients to lure anyone into watching it. The characters have depth to them, unlike most fantasy stories such as “Lord of The Rings.” There are not defined good and evil characters in “Game of Thrones.” The characters in “Game of

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Thrones” have more humanistic qualities to them. They are driven by personal desires for lust, vengeance and glory. Plot twists and cliff hangers occur almost every episode in this show. So hang on to your seats and join the thrill ride that is HBO’s “Game of Thrones. “

Taco Bell breakfast is solid Jaimie Bozack Co-Editor in Chief When I imagine the guy who came up with Taco Bell breakfast, I imagine a genius … an Albert Einstein of tacos. When I heard Taco Bell was revealing a new breakfast menu on March 27, I was very excited to see and taste what kind of breakfast items were offered. I was amazed to see I was the only car in the drive through for Taco Bell Breakfast. The man asked what he could get me and I simply replied, “All the breakfast.” I was happy to see the amount of breakfast combinations to choose from. There are 15 items on the menu: waffle tacos, breakfast burritos, hash browns, and orange juice.

I went against my diet and ordered three things off the menu. I decided to try the A.M. crunchwrap, the hash browns and the Cinnabon delights. I started the meal by shamelessly eating an A.M. Crunchwrap Steak in the parking lot. It looked like the typical Crunchwrap you would get from Taco Bell. Except instead of having the typical taco ingredients, I bit in to be surprised by eggs, hash browns, cheese, steak and jalapeno sauce. My taste buds were thanking me. It exceeded my expectations; which I held as high as I could. I didn’t realize how lost I had gotten into eating my Crunchwrap until I made eye contact with a disgusted old women, clearly judging me.

I moved on to the Taco Bell hash brown. Surprisingly, this didn’t taste like any other hash brown I’ve ever eaten. It was solid. Finally I made it to the part of the meal I had been looking forward to the most … the the Cinnabon delights. The small little delicious cinnamon-filled balls were heaven. By my far my favorite thing Taco Bell has ever done. They were warm, delicious, and I was sad when I ate the last one.   Overall, Taco Bell breakfast is good. It is Taco Bell though, so don’t expect wonderful high-class food. And although I make it sound like the best thing ever, it is by no means that. It is good. And the prices are great. If you’re out looking for some breakfast, I’d recommend giving it a try.

story about a small family moving into a newly bought home. They bought new furniture, everything is normal, right? No. The family bought a vanity mirror and it was demented. The mirror supposedly played tricks on people by taking over their minds. It ended up killing them in different ways based on what they saw. The mother and father went crazy because of it and ended up dying. The son was sent to a mental facility and the daughter promised she would find the mirror and kill it. Years later, the son was released and the daughter

found the mirror and they went on to try to kill it. The whole thing was downhill from there. You can pretty much figure out what happened. All in all, the movie was extremely confusing and not scary at all. Some parts made you say ‘ew,’ but nothing surprised me or made me scream. It wasn’t a kill fest or even a fast-paced killing spree. It was more creepy than scary and even then, it wasn’t very creepy. It was not worth my time or the price of a ticket. I was a little disappointed while walking out of the theater.

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I know I’m a girl and I’m not “supposed” to like scary movies, but I still enjoy a good one every once in a while. I like to go in the theater, get really into the movie and get scared. I went into “Oculus” with high hopes of a good thrilling movie. The previews made it like super creepy. I thought I was going to be on the edge of my seat with the suspense killing me. Definitely not. “Oculus” started off alright. It had a good back


April 28 - May 31, 2014 — The Kohn Effect —

Following in the footsteps of a Lookout legend As this semester comes to a close, I look upon my first semester as co-editor in chief as a learning experience. I went from being the humble staff writer to the demanding “big wig” position. I still remember the semester before I started working as a freelancer at the Lookout. I would visit the Lookout office several times a month, checking to see if there was any sort of position available on staff. It was borderline stalking. Eventually my stalking must have paid off; I was hired as a staff writer last semester. Finally, I had a job that wasn’t flip-

ping burgers; something that I enjoyed doing. After last semester, a big change took place to the Lookout staff. The proverbial “backbone” of The Lookout, Editorin-Chief Nathan Wilson, said

goodbye to LCC’s newspaper staff after three and a half years of service. After the semester ended, I was asked by Lookout Adviser Larry Hook to take over Nathan’s position. For those of you who are unaware, Nathan’s contributions to The Lookout were huge. The duties Nathan handled included story planning and making sure deadlines were met. He was also in charge of editing every story. In addition to these responsibilities, he also dealt with the multimedia end of The Lookout, helping with Facebook, The

Lookout website and publishing the paper on By accepting the position as co-editor in chief, I knew I would have some big shoes to fill. If losing Nathan wasn’t a big enough blow to the paper, we also lost our sports editor and photo editor as well following the fall semester. We had our fair share of struggles this semester with a relatively new staff. My fellow Co-Editor in Chief Jaimie Bozack stepped in to handle sports editing duties. It took us a couple issues to find our niche, but I can say I

— Just Jaimie —

am proud of the work our staff did this year. I see some real improvement with our newspaper from the beginning of the semester. I found the co-editor in chief job both enjoyable and challenging. I have learned that editing may be one of the hardest jobs at a newspaper. I am definitely not at “Brother Nathan’s” prowess yet. Even though this was a difficult semester, I will continue in the fall as an editor in chief. I hope when everything is all said and done I can carve my own piece of Lookout history similar to “Brother Nathan.”

— Chilling with Chelsea —

My time at The Lookout SACP meetings provide useful info about LCC

I walked into the room for the first time, eager to get to work at The Lookout as news editor and meet the other staff members. To my surprise, I was met with blank stares, and people pointing me in the direction of the actual Lookout office down the hall. After pacing back and forth, still very eager to meet the staff, I finally found the correct office. I have come a long way since that first day on the job for The Lookout. I’m finally wrapping up my first year working for the paper and my first year of studying at LCC. This year has been a year of firsts. My first party; it was a study party and I didn’t go, but it was the first invite. I had my first bad grade due to the pressures of college and social life. I ate sushi for the first time, which I regretted that night. I liked the taste though, so I went back for more. Working for The Lookout has taught me a lot. I have learned that coffee is my

best friend. I have learned to manage time because putting things off until the day they are due will get you bad results. And I’ve learned that the word “deadline” is my least favorite word. But the most important thing I have learned by working here is that I am very fortunate to be working for The Lookout. Working on the student newspaper has given me many opportunities. I have been able to attend concerts at The Loft, student-held events on campus, and even meetings, which I actually happen to highly enjoy. I could write a whole column on how much I love meetings, but that’s

for another time. I have also been able to meet and talk to people. I love talking and connecting with people, and working for The Lookout has allowed me to do that more than ever. It’s even pushed me out my comfort zone. I don’t know what I’d be doing if I didn’t work here — probably working somewhere else, I guess, but that doesn’t sound nearly as great. I am honored to work here and be given the opportunities and responsibility I have been given. I plan to be working over the summer for the online version of The Lookout, and then returning next fall. I’m very excited to come back even more excited to learn and improve myself. I’m going to be looking at everything I have done this year and use it to become a better employee and person. If you have any story ideas for the summer, you can email me at See you all next semester!

As most may know by now, the weapon scare on LCC’s campus April 7 did not involve a weapon at all. It was found to be a harmless guitar case; not a long gun. I was not on campus myself, but I did receive the text messages like most students. My friends were giving me the details right as things were occurring. Some issues that were raised among many classrooms and professors the next day including questions wondering if LCC was prepared for the lockdown. I know I am just a freshman starting out my college career and I do not know how a lot of things run. However I feel that students and faculty should know what to do when the campus has to undergo a lockdown. Through other students, I heard that professors literally left their classrooms with their students inside

to figure out what they should do. That is unreasonable. Another issue is the glass walls that are in all the classrooms of the Arts & Sciences building and will soon be the defining aspect of the Gannon Building. Sure the remodel looks great, but when safety comes into play there is none. This subject was brought up in the Student Advisory Committee to the President meeting on April 16. Bill French, LCC’s director of police and public safety, commented on how easy it would be for a

shooter to get into a classroom by shooting the glass if he wanted to. That’s just it: If a shooter really wanted inside a classroom he would get inside whether the room has windows or not. French spoke of other concerns and was able to put most students’ minds at rest by the end of the meeting. Students who have questions, concerns or comments about the lockdown, or any issue for that matter, should attend SACP meetings that occur for that specific reason. The SACP meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HHS Building, room 006, during the fall and spring semesters. I was one of the many who talked bad about the lockdown, but didn’t have all the facts until I went to the meeting. So learn from my mistake. Get the facts first.




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April 28 - May 31, 2014 — Staff Editorial —

The Lookout has had a semester of transition Another semester has gone by and we here at The Lookout would like to reflect upon the many up and downs that were the 2014 spring semester. Due to the construction of the Gannon Building, we found ourselves located in the AOF building. Our new location wasn’t the only adjustment our staff dealt with last year. The Lookout hired many new faces in the past few months. Meanwhile, the re-

maining staff members took on new positions with new responsibilities. This semester had some eventful stories that The Lookout covered. When LCC was put on lockdown due to a possible shooter incident, The Lookout was there to report the circumstances surrounding the scare. Other stories of interest The Lookout covered this semester were the hiring of new Interim Dean Tanya McFadden,

Black History month and LCC sweeping the LAND writing contest awards. Among The Lookout’s crowning achievements this year was winning eight awards in the MCCPA Journalism Contest. A journalist is only as good as the stories that he or she is given, so The Lookout would like to offer special thanks to people and organizations that inspire our stories. Thank you to Al Nowak

and Joshua West in the office of Student Life. The Lookout is grateful for your leadership and continuing support. Thanks to Dedria Humphries for the LAND writing contest story suggestions. These stories helped showcase the unique talents that LCC has on campus. Thanks as well to James Bender, adviser of the Veterans Association, for keeping The Lookout up to date on events involving those who

have served in the military. Thanks to Melissa Kaplan, fine & performing arts coordinator, for enabling The Lookout to get behind the scenes, and to shine a spotlight on individual rising stars both on and off the stage. To any others who have pitched a story idea to the paper that we have missed, thank you. Without your story ideas The Lookout would cease to exist. Have a great summer.


What are your plans for summer?

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Co-Editor in Chief Co-Editor in Chief “To see The Flaming Lips “Going to music festiand Beck in concert.” vals and concerts.“

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Staff Writer “Concerts and ice “Seeing Neutral Milk Hotel “Going to the beach “Seeing Eminem and Rihanna in concert.“ and going to Boston.” cream cones.“ all the time.”

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Larry Hook

Adviser Advertising Manager “Playing softball and “Playing softball and going for sunny rides.” watching Netflix.”

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April 28 - May 31, 2014

Early LCC hosts exhibit of children’s artwork

Josh Roundtree and son Greyson play with blocks at the Early LCC childcare event April 21 in the HHC Building.

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Chelsea Allen Staff Writer Visitors to the HHS Building at LCC April 21 could see children’s artwork on display while roaming through the garden level. The Early Learning Children’s Community, LCC’s daycare facility, held its annual exhibit, showcasing children’s capabilities and complex thinking through art, photos and other pieces. Guests were asked to sign an attendance book while entering and beverages and snacks were provided as well. Early LCC Assistant Director Lydia Saldivar creatively named the theme for this year’s exhibit, “Our Discoveries.” “We wanted to showcase the process of children’s thinking and their

learning,” Saldivar said. “(In) years before we did a lot of arts-geared materials and it was product based in the sense that we just showcased their work and we didn’t have any explanation.” Paintings, sculptures and handcrafted projects were only some of the pieces of work on display. “What’s nice about this, too, is that you can see different languages and how children express themselves and how they communicate,” Saldivar said. “It’s not always through verbal skills. Sometimes it’s through dance, movement, creative art-like drawling, wire work and woodworking.” Six classrooms were represented during the showcase with the age ranging from 6 weeks old to 5 years old. “With infants they use a lot of

hand painting and textures because they learn through touch, whereas through preschool you might see the detailed work of representation of their ideas,” Saldivar said. Attendee Kaylin Hagerman expressed her liking for the projector room, where children could interactively play with shapes on projector screens. “I really liked how they had a room where kids could interact with art right on the spot,” Hagerman said. “It was nice to see them having fun and getting to express themselves.” For more information on the exhibit or about Early LCC, visit www. “Seeing a child’s artwork is truly amazing and inspiring,” Hagerman said. “I highly encourage for anyone to attend the exhibit for the next years to come.”

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Assistant director of the Early LCC childcare program Kelly Garza use projectors to entertain kids Julian and Mia.

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