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Sí, se puede Nathan Wilson Associate Editor LCC’s LUCERO Program proudly presented the college’s second annual César Chávez Day March 30 at A & S 170. Chávez was a Latino civil rights activist renowned for fighting for migrant workers’ rights. To name just a few accomplishments, he has helped farmers gain the right to organize, collectively bargain and work in fields without airplanes spraying harmful pesticides overhead. The theme for this year’s César Chávez celebration was “Struggling to Succeed: A Migrant Worker’s Story.” The celebration began with MSU student Marliz Gonzales performing two songs on the violin in honor of Chávez’s birthday on March 31. After the musical tribute, Paulo Gordillo was invited to speak before the audSee Chávez, page 2

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Fired coach fires back

Dominick Mastrangelo Editor in Chief

Former LCC softball coach and administrator Bob Every is suing the college and its athletic director for alleged damages sustained during his termination last spring, according to court records. Every, 64, filed a summons and complaint against LCC on Feb. 22. His attorney, Chris Bergstrom, said Every had yet to receive a response from LCC regarding the case as of April 4. Every is seeking a judgment in the 30th Circuit Court in a case scheduled to be presided

over by Judge Clinton Canady III. “This thing is not going away,” Every said April 2. “We’re either going to get a settlement that’s fair and equitable or we’re going to court and the college is going to have to win in court.” Every, who was affiliated with LCC for over 30 years, was fired last February. Ellen Jones, director of Public Affairs for LCC, said the college cited 176 NJCAA violations Every allegedly committed with the softball program during his coaching career. Every’s firing led to See Every, page 2

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Former Lansing Community College softball Coach Bob Every has filed a lawsuit against the college claiming that it wrongfully terminated and defamed him last year. Every was fired last February due to a number of NJCAA violations the college cited during his tenure as coach. No trial dates have been set in the case.

MSU travels ‘Crosstown’ for battle with Lugnuts The Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band performs during the sixth annual Crosstown Showdown at Cooley Law School Stadium April 5. The Lansing Lugnuts earned a 7-0 victory over the Spartans in the game. The Lugnuts also set a new Cooley Law School Stadium attendance record with a total of 12,997, which broke the stadium record of 12,992 set during the 2009 Crosstown Showdown. Markus Brisker’s two-run single up the middle broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh, and the Lugnuts went on to score all seven of their runs in that inning. A story and more photos from the Showdown are on pages 7 and 8 of this issue. Photo by Courtney Baker


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the eventual cancellation of the Stars’ 2011 softball season. The allegations that led to Every’s firing include: • Striking a player with a closed fist; • Helping student/ athletes find roommates; • Assisting student/ athletes with tuition and living expenses; • Overpaying student/employees who were on the softball team. On Feb. 1, 2011, Every was placed on paid administrative leave, after what LCC officials called a “formal inquiry, as part of an administrative process.” Every was terminated Feb. 22, 2011. The next day, LCC announced its athletic department had been informed of an act of violence committed by Every on a student/ athlete. A Lookout investigation later revealed that athlete to be an LCC

ience about Chávez’s legacy. Gordillo is an LCC alumnus and adjunct faculty who was instrumental in renaming Grand Avenue to César Chávez Avenue. “As we think about César on this day, we should be thanking him for the things he did,” Gordillo said. “Where might we be but for his actions? Would we still be negotiating how much we’re going to make an hour? “He laid his life on the line literally so that we all could benefit and have a better life … He did this in a non-violent, peaceful way.” The celebration featured a distinguished panel of guests, including LCC Associate Vice President of External Affairs and Development Elva Revilla, attorney-atlaw Cirilo Martinez and MSU assistant professor Dr. Estrella Torrez. All of the panelists have a history of working in the fields at a young age. Estrella described working alongside her grand-

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While at LCC, Bob Every hosted a weekly TV show titled Every Spin on Sports.

softball player. Every is currently suing the player in Lansing’s 54A District Court on defamation of character charges. The case’s first court date was not immediately available. The college is also looking to settle a smallclaims case with Every out of court, according to sources. Every claims the college withheld personal belongings from him, including softball equipment, after his termination. Every said he never

hit a student/athlete and wants the college to admit to its mishandling of the situation. But LCC officials are unable to say much regarding the case. “We can’t comment on legal matters,” Jones said. According to a spokesperson in Judge Canady’s office, Every’s lawsuit against LCC and Athletic Director Scott Latham cannot move forward until a decision has been rendered in Every’s lawsuit against the student/athlete.

mother in the fields and how she loved listening to the stories she told. However, the fields were not without struggles, as Cirilo explained. He said he was working in the fields in Decatur, Mich., when planes flew overhead and sprayed hazardous pesticides. Cirilo and other workers were fired for seeking an explanation for this dangerous practice. The guests also recounted stories of their struggles with anti-Hispanic sentiment and the prejudice that still exists to this day.

At the end of the ceremony, LUCERO coordinator Felipe Lopez Sustaita presented Gordillo with a certificate of appreciation for his contributions to the learning outcomes of LCC. Gordillo was also recognized for being the honorary guest speaker at the event. “It’s important for us to connect with you,” Revilla said. “Working in the fields may not be that connection, it may not resonate with you … but the reason we come together is to share our story. Each of you has a story.”

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LCC adjunct faculty Paulo Gordillo praises César Chávez’s civil rights achievements during LCC’s second annual César Chávez Day March 30.


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IN BRIEF NEWS

LCC holds Start Here – Get There MSU visit Area high school and LCC students will have the opportunity to visit and learn about transferring to MSU during the next Start Here – Get There visit day. The visit will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until around 3 p.m. Friday, April 27. For more information, call Student Life at 517-4831285. Photo by Nathan Wilson

Dan Whisler from Penchansky Whisler Architects debuts new designs for student work spaces during a library forum March 28 at TLC 127.

Planners of LCC library renovations seek feedback Nathan Wilson Associate Editor The LCC Library is currently exploring a new three- to five-year master plan to redesign its facilities to better suit students and faculty. Victoria Meadows, the LCC Library communications manager, said library faculty have been gathering student feedback through surveys and forums about changes they would like to see implemented in the library. “Having student and faculty input is really critical to our ability to be able to fund (changes),” Meadows said. “Because if our users are telling us that we need to make these changes, then it’s a justifiable expenditure.” Among some of the issues to be addressed in

the new design are noise reduction, technology and possibly installing a café. The library has been stretching the life span of its furnishings and surroundings, which has caused faculty to recognize the need for improvement. Meadows said based on the feedback gathered, some students have suggested downsizing the computer lab or integrating food services in the TLC building. “If people don’t think (the library) is comfortable, then they’re not inclined to study in it,” Meadows said. “It’s really about creating an atmosphere for learning on campus that really supports student success.” Meadows said she hopes these renovations

can help make the library more visible because there is a lot of confusion among students about the facility. For example, she said many students don’t realize how to enter the library or that it has three floors. According to Meadows, LCC will provide funding for the renovations. On March 28, the library hosted a series of student and faculty forums where the audience could ask questions of the architects Seth Penchansky and Daniel Whisler. During the forums, Penchansky and Whisler debuted new design ideas for work spaces, media rooms and general layout. According to Meadows, she doesn’t expect the master plan to be finalized until June, at which point student feedback

may be presented to college administration during fall 2012. She said she hopes the three- to five-year plan can be implemented in phases and implement one change at a time. Shawn Anderson, the library access services and operations manager, said she would like to see more collaborative furnishings in the library and more enhanced technology that lends itself to better collaboration between students. “We have a great facility and I’m sure a lot of people look at it and say it looks just great as it is,” Anderson said. “But there are always improvements that can be made and we’d like to make the necessary improvements that support students and their current needs.”

Engage young minds with music Shauna Stocken A&E Editor Tab Wakley, a current music management student at LCC, uses his music and business experiences gained through LCC courses to jump-start his own business. Wakley started the music program Young Minds Music, which teaches instrumental music classes to children five years or younger. “I took business classes at LCC that helped me learn how to make a business plan,” Wakley said.

According to Wakley, the classes are designed to expose children to the world of music in a fun and mentally stimulating environment. Wakley began playing instruments in late middle school. His primary instrumental abilities include playing the guitar, bass and the mandolin. “Music in general is something I’m passionate about,” Wakley said. Other instruments Wakley has experience with include the trumpet and the tuba. Throughout tutoring,

children will have the opportunity to engage in many hands-on activities and fun games that teach basic concepts of rhythm, counting and identifying patterns, according to Wakley. Parents or groups who are interested in Young Minds Music can set up an appointment with Wakley by contacting him at (517) 505-0742. Further information on Young Minds Music can be found by visiting the website youngmindsmusic.net. Tutoring for Young

Minds Music meets at Elderly Instruments, located in Lansing’s Old Town. Each session costs $10 per person. Prices do vary for specific events and groups. Wakley is also able to schedule appointments to meet at one’s home or daycare faculty. Interested in guitar tutoring? Wakley offers guitar tutoring apart from Young Minds Music for anyone between the ages of 5 to 65 years of age. Rates and information on guitar lessons from Wakley can be found at www.tabsguitarlessons.com.

LCC holds Eco Scholars Day Students will be given an opportunity to present the fruit of their ecologically-inspired labor Friday, April 27 from noon to 3:30 p.m. on West Campus. Presentations will focus on the broad themes of sustainability and the environment. Presentation slots will be open to students, faculty, administrators and staff from any program, department, division or office at the college. For more information or to fill out an application to present, visit www.lcc.edu/techcareers/ecoscholars/.

Students to be recognized Registered student organizations, faculty, staff and administrations will gather with LCC students to recognize accomplishments from the prior school year. Students will be recognized at the Radisson hotel in downtown Lansing Friday, April 13 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30.

Annual Spring Fling scheduled for April 25 The annual Spring Fling will be held in the Washington Square Mall at LCC Wednesday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “It’s a time to relax and get away,” said Al Nowak, the Student Life director. Students who attend Spring Fling are welcome to free food, activities, music and more. “We are looking at having a couple of inflatable activities and we are hoping to get some more student participants maybe with music, art or other things down the road,” Nowak said. “My goal is that we

really keep the student focus on highlighting or showcasing what students have accomplished throughout the year.”

5k run/walk to raise money for RSO’s LCC hosts the first annual Run for the Stars 5k run/ walk Friday, April 20. Registration begins at 6 p.m. at Adado Riverfront Park in front of the Gannon Building. The run/walk begins for adults at 7 p.m. and the kids’ mile run will begin at 6:15 p.m. The event supports LCC’s registered student organizations and athletics. For more information on the 5k run/walk, visit https://runsignup.com/ Race/MI/Lansing/RunfortheStarsLCCOrganizationSupport.

Dr. Dale Herder to give last lecture LCC professor and Vice President Emeritus Dr. Dale Herder will be the guest speaker of a free lecture held in Dart Auditorium. The Last Lecture Series gives Herder the opportunity to share reflections from his life journeys. The lecture is Thursday, April 12 from 7 until 8 p.m.

LCC-AMA Receives Silver Recognition The Lansing Community College American Marketing Association (LCCAMA) received silver chapter third-place honors at the International Collegiate Conference hosted in New Orleans, La. LCC competes with 300 chapters across North America, primarily fouryear schools. Honorable mention was given to LCC for its participation in Fall Marketing Week activities. The chapter rounded out its honors with eight AMA Saves Lives certificates. LCC was represented by Jody DuBeau, Tyrone Liggons, Richard Doucette, Zach Basler and Jamie Brehob. Current LCC students can learn career development skills, receive internship opportunities and job leads when they attend meetings and get involved. For more info on LCCAMA, view the chapter’s website at www.lccama.com.


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West Campus holds Red Cross drive Amber Glomb Staff Writer LCC’s Student Leadership Academy and the American Red Cross sponsored a blood drive at West Campus March 29 for individuals who wished to donate. American Red Cross

recruitment representative Susan Clements said the drive collected 24 units of blood out of its 25-unit goal. These units of blood were derived from 25 different registered donors. Some participants gave double the amount of blood. This is called a

double red. Clements explained the motive behind the donation drive at LCC. “Part of what we do is collect blood now for tomorrow,” Clements said. “Blood has a shelf life. You can only use it for a period of time.” Al Nowak, the di-

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LCC’s West Campus offered an illuminating backdrop for the Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, March 29.

rector of Student Life, explained what LCC gained out of participating. “There is always a need for blood in the area,” Nowak said. “It’s a way for LCC to give back and, since they usually have one at Main Campus, there was a need to have one out at West Campus.” The blood drive also served as a leadership opportunity because, Nowak explained, the drive was planned and organized by LCC students. Regarding the blood drive, Clements explained that one pint potentially saves three lives. Therefore, she estimated the LCC blood donors potentially could save roughly 75 people. According to Clements, 20 percent of donations come from high school and college students. She explained how the Red Cross puts an emphasis on schools in order to recruit fu-

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Red Cross employees teamed with the LCC Student Leadership Academy to operate the March 29 blood drive.

ture donors. “New donors are unlikely to try it for the first time,” Clements said. “That’s why we try to set up blood drives at high schools and colleges.” Students who partook in the donation, according to Clements, had the opportunity to make a difference in Lansing. “The bottom line is, your giving back to

you’re community,” Clements said. “Giving blood is a very personal decision and the reason you should do it is if you were someone else that needs blood, it’s always there.” The next blood drive will be held Tuesday, April 24 on the Main Campus from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Health and Human Services Building.


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MTV holds casting call on LCC campus Shauna Stocken A&E Editor MTV’s casting producer Nathan Johnson visited LCC to conduct student casting calls for the television show MADE April 5. Biance Tolliver is a music major student at LCC and was one of the first to audition for MADE. Given the opportunity, Tolliver hopes to be “MADE” into a pop singer. “I always thought it would be really cool (to be on MADE),” Tolliver said. “So I’m glad they actually came to LCC so that I can have the opportunity.” MADE is an Emmy award-winning self-improvement television show that first aired on MTV in 2003. A total of 55 students signed up for the MADE casting call at LCC, according to the official sign up sheet. Each casting call lasted between two to three minutes, according to Johnson. The premise of the show is, a contestant is given a

coach who helps that contestant complete his or her goal. Typically, MADE features a high school student. From now on, MTV is searching for college students to be “MADE.” “The reason why we are doing that is because we are shifting from highschool age MADE goals to college age MADE goals,” Johnson said. Johnson said he feels increasing the age of those who are “MADE” will help fulfill bigger goals. “College students can have a career afterwards,” Johnson said. “We can make you into a journalist, we can make you into a news reporter, we can make you into a professional ballroom dancer. “Instead of just being the prom queen or a kickboxer to lose weight, they can actually have a career.” Tanis Jennings, an LCC childhood development student, said she hopes MADE will help her accomplish her dream of working as a television co-

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Criminal justice student Latonja Davis, 22, is interviewed by Nathan Johnson, the casting producer from the MTV show MADE, in the Arts & Sciences Building. Davis said her goal, if selected, is to improve her body image and encourage others in similar conditions. Johnson has been to multiple community colleges and universities throughout Michigan searching for the next student to appear on MADE. According to Johnson, he stays at each stop for two days to a week. LCC was his 10th stop in this trip.

host. “I took a television production class, but my nerves got the best of me,” Jennings said. “I never wanted to be in front of the

video camera. Hopefully this will help me gain more confidence.” Jennings did not let her nerves get the best of her while auditioning for John-

son. She exited her casting call with confidence. “When you go into somewhere, where a person is so outspoken, open and friendly, it makes you

feel more confident,” Jennings said. “It makes you feel welcome to be able to open up to them. I think I did a good job.”

Professor’s life a whirlwind Nathan Wilson Asssociate Editor Daniel Campbell, 68, is an LCC professor who has led an eventful life spanning many adventures. Born in Battle Creek, he earned a Ph.D. in history, architecture and literature. He currently teaches analytical writing and early history at LCC. Campbell said he is unique for being the first known gay out on an American campus, at Antioch College in 1963. He said he came out several times at Antioch College, the third time of which students beat him publicly in the cafeteria, dragged him outside and threatened to lynch him. Campbell said he survived the ordeal to detail his experiences on campus in his autobiography titled, First Gay Out. His second published work, Indians Laughing, is a cultural history of the Michigan Potawatomi. Campbell’s work has also been published in The Lookout and other publications, including Parents Magazine and the Beverly Times. After winning the

Hopwood Awards for writing at the University of Michigan in 1965, Campbell said he was hired to write for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee and the Republican National Senate and National Campaign Committees. “I wrote advance for Nixon and got to know him,” Campbell said. “I’ve had an unusual life for a gay. Not many gays work for the Republican Party at the top levels.” One cause close to Campbell’s heart is helping war veterans and assisting their mental health needs. “Since I’ve been here (at LCC), I’ve been the chief advocate for veterans, minorities and the mentally ill,” Campbell said. “Three years ago, I sponsored the campus’s Honor Our Veterans Program.” According to Campbell, he helped connect LCC student veterans to free mental health services two years ago through the Give-AnHour Program. Campbell has also worked for the military under Commander of Chaplains Cecil Curry in Florida.

Another highlight of Campbell’s life, he said, was having the Massachusetts Historical Commission inform him he was instrumental in saving 1,600 older buildings in Salem, Mass. In one case, he said he saved the Cabot Family Mansion in Beverly, Mass. while a wrecking ball had already begun to demolish it. “I just ran up ahead and I dove through a window,” Campbell said. “I refused to come out until somebody got an objection and I saved the building.” Following his actions, he was named the president of multiple historical groups in the Beverly area. Linda Bayliss, an LCC professor who teaches English, has had the opportunity to work closely with Campbell. “(Campbell) is one of the few people who never stopped being an activist,” Bayliss said. “He’s very much a reformer and activist. A lot of the things he feels strongly about, he’s gone out to make sure that something happened about that.” For more information about Campbell’s life experiences, search for his books on Amazon.com.


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Both men, women impress at Grand Rapids Invite Joel Israel Staff Writer

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LCC runner Talhah Haynie leads the pack in the 600-meter dash during the Grand Rapids Invitational, Saturday, March 31.

The Lansing Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams kicked off their season March 31 with an invitational meet in Grand Rapids. Both the men’s and women’s teams had done well at the Grand Rapids Invitational in previous years. On the women’s side, sophomore powerhouse and former Charlotte High School star Ashley Hamilton took first place in the 1,000-meter dash, and second in the 600-meter dash. Leading the women in the distance run was Grand Ledge’s Jaclyn Magness. A freshman, Magness posted a time of 10:58 in the challenging 3,000-meter event. Rebbecca Blaxton and Brianna Wiles also ran very well for the Stars. LCC Coach Chuck Block spoke highly of the team’s first outing of the year. “Everyone ran well, and put some great times down,” Block said. “That’s what it’s all about in track. Your times and splits are what matter.” As for the men, the first effort of the year was more than satisfactory. Sophomore Ryan Konen proved he is one of the best runners in the conference with a spectacular time of 8:37 in the 3K run, finishing in second place. “It was probably my best race in an LCC uniform,” Konen said. “It’s shown a lot in our training; men and women.”

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LCC’s Jaclyn Magness passes runners from Hope College during a women’s event at the Grand Rapids Invitational, March 31.

Sophomore and Ionia product Austin Alcalar also posted a time of under nine minutes in the same race. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had two runners finish under nine minutes here at LCC,” Block said of his dynamic distance duo. Freshman and middle distance runner Nick Moon had a solid afternoon, placing fourth in the 1.000-meter dash. He also placed fifth in the 600-meter dash. “We’re off to a great start, and I feel really good,” Block said after the meet. “It’s going to be a really good year.”

The good, the bad and the ugly of LCC sports Spending the last three semesters covering Lansing Community College athletics has been a rollercoaster, an enjoyable one, mind you. So in case you haven’t been paying attention (which you should have been), I’d like to catch you up on what has been going on with our college’s varsity sports the past two semesters. Men’s Basketball: The cagers had an impressive season in 2011-12. They finished with an overall record of 19-13 and, more importantly, a conference record of 15-1. The Stars lost in the MCCAA Championship Game to Mott CC, one of the top community colleges in the nation. Still, the Stars had a great season and should be darn proud of it. Baseball: There is no beating around the bush on this one. They are terrible. The Stars were bad all last year. They finished the 2011 season 8 – 20 overall and had only won one game in 2012 as of April 2. Baseball Coach Ed Powers doesn’t seem to think talking to the media is a priority either, if you were

wondering why this is the first time you are reading his name. A bright spot in all this darkness is hitting-sensation Dylan Betcher. Betcher hit .337 and drove in 22 runs in 2011. He will likely pursue a career in baseball beyond LCC. With tons of local talent coming from the Grand Ledge area in the years to come, the Stars will hopefully be atop the NJCAA again. Track and Field/Cross Country: Chuck Block is the man. The LCC runners’ coach has consistently produced some of the premier athletes the college has to offer. Both the men and women have performed wonderfully over the past few semesters and do not show any signs of slowing down. Ashley Hamilton had one of the best freshman

seasons in LCC history last spring. She will undoubtedly be running for another school in the near future. And for what it’s worth, she’s a great kid, too. Softball: Ahhh yes. The elephant in the room. The most glaring of all LCC sports lately due to its appearance in local news at this time last year. The Stars had their 2011 season canceled due to the firing of their head coach and the subsequent inability to field a team. With new coach Marc Kibbey, the Stars should be able to return to their powerhouse form with a bunch of new talent. This is talent that was not around for all the negativity that filled and eventually killed last year’s season. The Stars will be back. Just wait. Athletics are a vital part of Lansing Community College and will remain so for many years to come. We have an obligation as members of this college’s community to support them and make sure they receive all the praise they deserve. Believe me, they work hard for trophies that fill those cases all over campus.

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Freshman Amber Sawyer connects with a pitch during the Stars’ game vs. Alma College JV on March 21. The Stars had two straight home games rained out the week of March 26.

Stars bats finally come alive Dominick Mastrangelo Editor in Chief April showers bring May flowers. That is not good news for the Lansing Community College softball team. The Stars had two home games rained out against Kellogg CC March 31 and against Ancilla College April 3. Coach Marc Kibbey explained the Stars are thankful for a little time off, considering they had played seven games in eight days the previous week. “We were due for a little rest,” Kibbey said. “Having this time off gives us some time to regroup and

come together on some priorities.” Priority No. 1: Hitting. The Stars started the season very poorly on the offensive end, only scoring 19 runs in the first seven games. Sophomore outfielder Rachel Louise Malmquist added some firepower April 1 vs. Glen Oaks Community College. Malmquist hit a home run over the centerfield fence in Ranney Park. It was the first home run of her career. “It was the greatest feeling,” Malmquist said. “I was really excited. I loved seeing all my teammates waiting for me at home plate after I rounded the

bases.” Malmquist’s homer sparked a late-inning rally that led to a 9-8 victory over Glen Oaks for the Stars. “It was really relieving for me seeing what Rachel’s home run did for our team,” Kibbey said. “It shows us (coaches) that the girls really understand the hitting concepts we’re trying to teach here.” The Stars were scheduled to play at Lake Michigan College April 6 before heading back to Ranney Park to take on Jackson Community College, April 28. Check www.lcc.edu/lookout for updates on the Stars, as the season progresses.


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Lansing Lugnuts provide fun, right around corner Dominick Mastrangelo Editor in Chief The Lansing Lugnuts opened their 2012 season with a 7-0 victory

over the Michigan State Spartans in the sixth annual Crosstown Showdown April 5. The Capitol-area tradition drew the larg-

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17-year-old Roberto Osuna earned the win for the Lugnuts in the sixth annual Crosstown Showdown April 5.

est crowd Cooley Law School Stadium has ever seen, packing in 12,997 baseball fans on a chilly night in downtown Lansing. The previous attendance record was set during the 2009 Crosstown Showdown which hosted 12,992. The game also served as the first of many Thirsty Thursdays at Cooley Law School Stadium. During every Thursday night Lugnuts’ home game, all soft drinks and beer are just $2. Fan Jeremy Dobler of Lansing has been to every Crosstown Showdown since the tradition began in 2007. “This is the perfect way to start baseball season,” Dobler said. “Drinks are cheap tonight. The atmosphere is great. This is always a good time.” Students at Lansing Community College can join in the fun this spring as well. The LCC Department of Student

Staff and faculty bowl and share ‘good times’ Dominick Mastrangelo Editor in Chief Apparently, working toward making LCC a better place is not the only thing faculty and staff members enjoy. The LCC Employee Bowling League recently finished its first fun-filled season and provided a number of opportunities to a variety of LCC employees. Larry Hook, adviser to The Lookout, was one of those employees who spoke fondly of his experiences. “It was a great opportunity and was a lot of fun,” Hook said. “I knew the names of a few of the people that were in this league, but had never met them before. Now after having bowled with them, I can put a name to their face.” Hook averaged 184 during the season and led his team, “Stars and Strikes Forever,” to the league championship. His teammates were Craig Spitzley, Ken MacKenzie, and Laura Cottrell. Kevin Bubb, president of the LCC bowling league, said Hook’s performance was the best of any bowler all season long. “Larry had the highest game, series and average of any bowler,” Bubb said. “He was definitely the best male bowler in the league.” The women were led by Terry Wellman, who works as an administrator in the Career and Employment Services Division at LCC. She averaged 162 and also had positive things to say about the league. “It was a great opportunity to meet people,” Wellman said. “I’m usually not very competitive, but it was a lot of fun to be in that sort of atmosphere.” Hook and Wellman earned trophies for

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The team “Stars and Strikes Forever,” (clockwise from left) Larry Hook, Craig Spitzley, Ken MacKenzie and Laura Cottrell, won the employees’ league title.

their high average. Other trophies were also awarded to the most improved bowler, league champs and runners-up. Bubb said he issued a questionnaire during the last week of the season, asking which bowlers planned on returning to the league in 2012-13. Of the 23 bowlers questioned, 20 said they would be back next year. Two answered “maybe” and only one said “no”. “I think it went really well,” Bubb said. “We had people of all bowling abilities. It was fun. I think everyone had a really good time. “It just goes to show you never know how much fun the people you work with can be.”

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This year’s Crosstown Showdown broke the single-game attendance record at Cooley Law School Stadium, hosting 12,997 baseball fans on the first Thirsty Thursday of the year.

Life will be hosting “Eat-a-Palooza Night” with the Lugnuts Saturday, April 28. During the event, LCC students will be

able to enjoy unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages during the Lugnuts game against Midwest League rival Clinton.

Tickets to the event are $10 and interested students should register at the LCC Student Life Office. For more photos see page 8


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Cooley Stadium attendance record topped at Crosstown Showdown

Above, Sparty and Big Lug watch the Crosstown Showdown. The Lugnuts defeated Michigan State University 7-0 in the exhibition game. Below, Jorge VegaRosada scores one of the Lugnuts’ runs in the decisive seventh inning. Lansing scored seven runs on six hits in the seventh inning.

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Lansing Lugnuts mascot Big Lug entertains fans of all ages during the sixth annual Crosstown Showdown April 5 in downtown Lansing. Big Lug greets fans at every Lugnuts’ home game.


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Dancers celebrate diversity of America Amber Glomb Staff Writer

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The American Spirit appeared at the Dart Auditorium April 5 and 6.

LCC presented the annual spring dance concert The American Spirit, directed by Vickie Diebold, at Dart Auditorium April 5 and 6. This year, the presented theme derived from American culture and history. According to Diebold, The American Spirit sought to capture the essence of America. “When I started thinking about themes, it was the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11,” Diebold said. “I kept thinking about what we’ve gone through as a country. I wanted to do a show that contributes to the attributes associated with being an American.” The cast consisted of 30 LCC students. Diebold explained how the variety of ages in the cast helped to demonstrate the diversity of America. Not only did age showcase diversity, but the various styles of dance did as well. Diebold explained those styles as tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern and ballet. She claimed the show presented something for everyone. Along with diversity, The

Photo by Kevin Fowler

Dancers perform during the April 4 dress rehearsal for The American Spirit in Dart Auditorium.

American Spirit sought to capture the melting pot of America as a concept. “You will notice that there were no breaks,” Diebold said. “It went right from one into the next to show the melting pot and how we all come together. We are all diverse but we all come together and support each other when we need to.” Performer and LCC student Terry Young said the play accomplished its message. Young has performed once before in this type of show at LCC. She said she felt as

though this show stood out among other LCC performances. “It’s very entertaining and it’s a different kind of show,” Young said. “It’s a melting pot, it doesn’t stop. It’s a different feel.” Diebold and Young both said they believe the students captured their American Spirit goal throughout the performances. “It’s helped me a lot with my technique and everybody is really nice, so it’s been a wonderful experience,” Young said.

Top off weight loss with gym membership

Photo by Nathan Wilson

LCC employees Pamela Blundy and Sherry Forrest serve up ice cream to LCC faculty member Jim Luke during the EDF Ice Cream Social March 29. The ice cream social at the Administration Building kicked off the Biggest Loser contest. Interested participants can sign up at the Physical Fitness and Wellness Office (GB 351). The contestant who loses the most weight by May 11 will be awarded a fall 2012 LCC Fitness Center semester membership and a $100 gift card from Playmakers.


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April 9 - 22, 2012 www.lcc.edu/lookout

Lovin’ them wub-wubs Lee Rumler Staff Writer

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Danny DeVito is the voice of The Lorax, left, and Ed Helms is the voice of The Onceler in the movie The Lorax.

Lorax preaches conservation Amber Glomb Staff Writer Any pre-existing excitement I had for the new Dr. Seuss movie, The Lorax, died along with every Truffula Tree in Thneedville. As the Once-ler’s tale played out, I was overwhelmed by the message. I felt like my hair was blown back as if a cartoon character was screaming at me about conserving the environment. The force was so strong I am surprised the couple sitting behind me didn’t get a mouthful of my hair as they watched the movie. Prior to seeing The Lorax, I half-expected it to preach a “going green”

sermon. Only, I didn’t expect the information to be crammed down my throat the way it was. My disappointment continued when I felt as if the movie was calling us, the movie-goers, incompetent. I do not appreciate this accusation. We, the movie-goers, are perfectly capable of going green. While it is important to lend Mother Nature a helping hand, I don’t need to be screamed at to want to help. The movie could have taken an entirely different route and still gotten the message across. For example, the animated animals and their cuteness could have melted one’s heart just enough to make a person want to participate in the conservation of the earth.

When the animals sang, danced and batted their big adorable eyes, it made me want to melt. I even started to cry as the oil covered fish and homeless birds, and hungry miniature bears, marched away from Thneedville after the last Truffula Tree fell. That alone could have gotten the movie’s point across. The Lorax had way too much packed into one movie. It talked about smog through bottled clean air, pollution through a glowing green boy, materialism through the latest mechanical trees, etc. They could have scaled back a lot of that and I would have been more pleased with the movie. I didn’t appreciate being yelled at.

Usually, I don’t listen to too much metal music because it makes me angry and depressed. But when I heard that Korn had released an album collaborating with multiple dubstep artists and electronic producers, I had to check it out. Let me begin by clarifying that The Path of Totality is not a dubstep album. Korn has not switched genres to dubstep and, according to vocalist Jonathan Davis, they don’t intend to. Instead, Korn took a different, ground-breaking approach and utilized dubstep as a musical instrument, playing in tandem with the band’s distinctive bass lines, guitar riffs and drums. The result was, in my opinion, astonishing. Dubstep integrates so flawlessly with Korn’s style that, personally, I hope they don’t make another album without it. That being said, after listening to the album through a few dozen times, I couldn’t help but find myself left a little disappointed. One of the most attractive features of dubstep music, in my opinion, is its malleability. The room for creative exploration within the genre is literally limitless, since

every single sound in blast-beats, bass drops and Davis’ vocals wears dubstep is man-made. It’s because of this mal- on me. Overall, I think the alleability that dubstep integrated itself so well bum has a brilliant concept, and I into Korn’s hope other music, but artists folby molding low in Kodubstep to rn’s foota particusteps by lar sound, integrating Korn has redubstep ally choked into their out one of music. the genre’s Photo courtesy of www.fanpop.com Persongreatest feaally, however, I don’t tures: the variety. The Path of Totality has think the entire album is some of the dirtiest, most worth checking out. hardcore wub-wubs I’ve After spinning ever heard, more so than through the whole aleven Bassnectar or Dirty- bum a few dozen times, phonics. The bass drops I would only recommend are intense, explosive downloading a few of the and satisfying, but that’s singles. (That is unless pretty much all the al- you’re already a Korn bum has: the hardest of fan, in which case, most hardcore dubstep. definitely, get the whole Now, I’ll be the first to album. It’s some of their admit, I’m a little biased best work.) (I think Korn is kinda “Narcissistic Cannicreepy, and their lyrics bal,” “Burn the Obediscare the shit out of me), ent” and “Get up!” are but an endless stream of my personal favorites.

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Apartment search made easy Shauna Stocken A&E Editor To piggyback off of my column about growing up and out, this article reviews one source of my new adventures into adult life. Throughout my apartment hunt for the next school year, one recurring factor I ran into was the company DTN Management Co. DTN is a property management company based out of Lansing. The company has managed apartment communities and student apartments throughout

Michigan for the past 38 years. I’ve found that most apartments and houses in the Lansing and East Lansing areas I was interested in were owned by DTN. As a first-time renter, the monopoly DTN has established actually makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. The Student Book Store (SBS) on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing is the best place to start your search. DTN has set up a small office within the SBS, where a DTN employee

can narrow down any requirements you are looking for in an apartment. Once you have found a list of properties that work for you, they can make you an appointment at the places of your choosing. DTN staff was continuously helpful and upbeat, even when I asked them the same questions over and over again. Most DTN apartments have model homes that future residents can tour. The model homes are fully furnished to display the furnisher that

can be rented with the apartment for an additional monthly fee. Apartments that do not have model homes are still able to be toured after the current resident of the apartment you’re interested in is contacted and has given their permission to DTN. The rental company was highly recommended to me by friends and now I, too, encourage potential renters to lease through DTN management. For more information on properties for rent or how DTN can help you, visit the their official website at www.dtnmgt. com. * Photo courtesy of www.dtnmgt.com

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April 9 - 22, 2012 www.lcc.edu/lookout

The Joint is Jumpin’ leaps into action Lee Rumler Staff Writer

This year, LCC’s music scenes class is hijacking Dart Auditorium to hold an original musical revue titled The Joint is Jumpin’. The revue will run Fri-

day and Saturday, April 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. Though the class is not charging an entrance fee, students will be collecting $10 donations outside the door, according to LCC’s website.

LCC’s music scenes class is the brainchild of director Janine Novenske Smith. “This is actually my ninth year in a row teaching this class and doing these productions,” Smith said, “and they’ve all been originals.”

Smith doesn’t create an original musical revue annually all by herself, though. This year, she has had the help of choreographer Karyn Perry and music director John Dale Smith, who also leads a five-piece band on stage. Every year, Smith chooses a theme for the revue the class puts on annually. She then spends most of her year compiling a huge list of songs from a variety sources, trimming down that list and creating the foundations of the original production. This year, Smith chose the theme, “the roots of rock and roll.” “This show will feature a variety of musical styles including gospel, ragtime,

jazz, blues and, of course rockabilly,” said Smith. “These are all styles that are the foundation of what we now know as rock and roll.” The show opens with a gospel number, a medley of the songs, “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” “It’s a very powerful, very cool arrangement that comes from the show Bubbling Brown Sugar,” Smith said. And that’s not the only song that should sound familiar to audience members. According to Smith, “All of the music the audience will hear in this production is from other musical theater productions,

shows or musical revues.” “So, the audience is going to hear a lot of their favorite songs from the ‘50s,” Smith said. “Songs such as ‘Walkin’ After Midnight,’ ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ ‘Kansas City,’ ‘Fever,’ ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” “By the end of the first act, we are deeply into rockabilly, and we stay in that style through the whole second act of the show,” Smith said. “Rockabilly, of course, is music such as that written by Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. “It’s an amazingly gifted and talented class,” Smith said.

Photo by Courtney Baker

Actors perform a scene from the upcoming LCC Performing Arts production of The Joint is Jumpin’, a Broadway musical revue about the roots of rock and roll.

Photo by Courtney Baker

The Joint is Jumpin’ is coming to LCC’s Dart Auditorium April 13, 14 and 15.


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April 9 - 22, 2012 www.lcc.edu/lookout

— Stocken Speaks —

Growing up and out In high school you are required to take an array of classes that will prepare you for the future; for “real life.” I graduated from high school two years ago and I can honestly say the required classes I took and also passed really did nothing for me. Classes such as planning your future, sexual education and home economics, all considered a necessity, have failed me in the “real world.” I don’t fill out my own taxes. The forms are a puzzle I don’t understand. Sexual education doesn’t teach you how to seriously date as an adult outside the walls of a high school. And home economics has proven least helpful to me. In home economics, you learn how to cook three-course meals

and decadent desserts. On a college budget, I want to know the most decadent way to make a sandwich or how to use simple and cheap ingredients to cook for one person, not a family of four or five people. When high school fails to teach younger generations how to really survive on their own, who does? One’s parents? Never. That would diminish the pride of said young adult trying to figure out life for themselves. Maybe feeling a bit lost or alone at times is

how one grows up. When life leaves you feeling lost or broken, you pick yourself up and change directions. I am not the first person to leave home, go to college and feel dazed in my discovery of what life is or means as a young adult. I feel comfort in that. For anyone else reading this who can relate to my current life dilemma, I urge you not to feel scared and, especially, not alone. We are simply doing what generations upon generations have done before us. Finish college or join the work force. Complete your goals and do what you love to do. But above all else, praise yourself for what you’ve accomplished in life and the rest will come naturally. Don’t let youth be wasted on the young.

— Glomb's the Bomb —

Preserving expression It seems as if the question “Where do we draw the line?” slithers its way into just about every potentially uncomfortable situation. It’s as if authority figures enjoy throwing that sentence on the table as if it were a "Get Out of Jail Free" card. In that regard, I would like to address a problem I observed on campus. A few weeks ago, an LCC student performed a circus show using a bag that he called his “bag full of tricks.” Upon doing so, he explained that LCC was discouraging the continuation of his act due to the distraction he caused. As a silent observer, I couldn’t help but feel the need to object. From what I could tell, he wasn’t disturbing anyone or anything. Don’t misunder-

stand me because I am all for submitting to authority. However, I’m not so sure juggling and twirling a rainbow ribbon around campus calls for administrative action. Periodically, the school allows students to display their art on campus. LCC has allowed ice sculptures, stuffed animals, cardboard signs and figures, etc. Just from walking by these pieces, I have begun to understand the vast variety of art there is in the world. A per-

son can also be an art form. For LCC’s purposes, I saw nothing that would qualify his behavior as inappropriate for school grounds. If we can allow naked pictures of women on the walls of LCC, I think we can allow a one-man circus act. Who knows? That may just be me. If the line has to be drawn, it’s not this act that needs it. If students feel this is a distraction, they can simply move to another location. Or they could blast their favorite tunes through their musical device to drown out the disturbance. There are alternative options to forbidding a form of art. Distracting or not, this is a form of harmless expression and should be allowed on campus.


14 Opinion

April 9 - 22, 2012 www.lcc.edu/lookout — ‘I am invincible!’ —

— Shouting a Nuance —

Two murders make a right … Right? No Why I eat Korean

The shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin is such a sensitive subject that I spent several days agonizing over how to approach it in a column. In the end, I decided not to speculate about the case and play the blame game like so many people have chosen to do. We may never know what set off the confrontation between Trayvon and the killer, George Zimmerman. Instead, I feel it is important to address the national reaction to this incident, particularly how it has evolved into a racially explosive issue. I am not surprised by the widespread outrage in the wake of this tragedy, but the outpouring of hatred has disturbed me. Some people on Twitter even tweeted what they

thought was the address of Zimmerman, as if to encourage some vigilante justice. As it turns out, it was the wrong address. It belonged to an elderly couple, and they have been driven out of their Florida home by hate mail, neighbors and harassing media. Even Spike Lee retweeted this address to his 250,000-plus followers. In addition to this madness, the New Black Panthers issued a $10,000

bounty on Zimmerman’s head, wanted dead or alive. Why am I not surprised? Reacting to this tragedy with threats of violence and hatred is shameful in my opinion, given that so many people view Zimmerman as a murderer who hates blacks. In fact, it’s terribly ironic. Don’t misconstrue this column as defending Zimmerman. Frankly, after listening to his 911 call, he comes across as dimwitted, paranoid and overzealous about a teen wearing a hoodie. But as of March 29, 2012, I’m not a mind-reader, so I don’t know if he’s racist or not. If anything, I think this crime was motivated by Zimmerman’s stupidity. People have every right to be outraged by this crime, but I ask all parties

involved not to react with violence. Otherwise, you may be no better than the man you depict as a racist killer. This should be an opportunity for a community to come together to seek justice for a slain teen. Finally, I would like to send my condolences to the Martin family. I cannot imagine what it feels like to lose a child and watch helplessly as the police delay issuing an arrest. Trayvon’s parents have taken the moral high ground and said they seek a peaceful, non-violent solution, distancing themselves from the disgusting behavior that would-be vigilantes have expressed. I hope others can follow their example and work toward restoring justice for Trayvon.

— The Kollected Klutz —

The blurred lines of definition After the Kony 2012 madness that transpired just about a month ago on the Internet, it seems as if everyone and anyone on a social networking site thought they were suddenly transformed into an activist, just by sharing a video. I have begun to notice the amount of actual activists seems to be dwindling. Gone are the days of Martin Luther King Jr. with his “I Have a Dream” speech or Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat on a public bus to make room for a white passenger. Now we have people who from a click of a button “join” a movement. All it takes is a simple like on a Facebook page or a tweet about a cause for someone to possibly call themselves

an activist. And have you noticed when you give money to support an organization’s cause, it normally makes you look cool, because out of your financial support you get cool swag, like a T-shirt? This point alone makes me wonder if the motives are right. I mean, I guess people are helping a cause so it doesn’t really matter when it comes down to it. But isn’t the point of raising awareness to make others care? A question I find myself asking is, if supporting a cause made us look bad or “uncool,” would we do it? Or what if it made us uncomfortable and people would laugh at us? Would we still have the courage to stand up for what we

believe? Sadly, I would guess most people, when it came down to it, would probably respond "no" to most of those questions. I understand we cannot all stop our lives and spend a year in Africa or wherever it may be, in order to fight for the justice of the cause we support. When I think of what an activist is, I think of someone who takes action.

Someone who does whatever they can to make sure justice is found. Like Rosa Parks, they don’t care about what others think of them. They just do, simply because they believe. So perhaps we should think twice about what it really means to be an activist, instead of simply making people aware of an injustice in the world. I am all for raising awareness, but we should be careful how we label and define what we are doing. So the next time you go to share a link to a video or website, ask yourself if there is something more you could do to stop whatever injustice you see in the world. If not, then share away.

Throughout the course of my life, my family and I have shared our home with six animals: four cats, one dog and my friend James. It was my experience with the first five of those animals that led me to an uncommon and critical conclusion concerning domesticated companion creatures. That's right: I hate pets. Neither of my parents are exactly what I would call “pet people” either, so I suppose coming from their seeds, my disdain of furry little creatures isn't too surprising. But my parents dislike pets for totally different reasons than why I dislike pets. And my brother and sister, though they were raised in the same home as I was, totally disagree with me as well. Frankly, I think pets are annoying. Really annoying. My main beef with these useless fur-balls so many people keep around is their total lack of practical intelligence. Now, I know some animal lovers would be quick to retort here with some comment about how dogs (and other animals, of course) can be trained to do everything from perform tricks to conduct rescue operations, which proves they are indeed highly intelligent. However, if anyone dubbed me highly

intelligent for shaking someone's hand during my 10-minute break from rubbing my ass on the floor full time, I would probably start to cry and to bang my head against the wall – because I'd lose faith for all humanity. My second beef with pets is neediness. Every single pet I've met, from my first dog Molly to my current kitten Edward Scissorpaws, has been needier than my first high school girlfriend (and don't get me started on my first high school girlfriend). Not only do pets need to be fed, walked, watered and played with, which all together takes a good hour or two from my day, but a “good” pet will insist on cuddling and loving its owner from the moment he walks in the door to the moment he walks out. Makes me sick. Personally, I just can't see the appeal of having a fuzzy, cuddly, loving shadow in pet form. They smell funky. They cost a lot of money. And they don't even make decent conversation. They're not for me.

— Baker Boasts —

Reporter not so crazy for Doritos Locos With the release of Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos tacos, the prayers of millions of stoners, gluttons and junk food enthusiasts were answered. No longer were we relegated to getting our Mexican-American food and Doritos fix in taco salad or nacho form. No, it was now to come in a convenient taco-shaped package. Originally released in 2011 in limited regions, the Doritos Locos tacos

saw their nationwide release March 8. The taco comes in two forms: regular and supreme. Each includes sea-

soned beef, lettuce and cheese. The supreme has the same fillings, with the addition of tomatoes and low-fat sour cream. That being said, the taco is, in general, hardly outstanding when compared to Taco Bell’s regular taco and taco supreme, albeit tastier due to the addition of a Nacho Cheese Doritos shell. The taste of the taco is pretty much as to be expected — the combination of a Taco Bell taco

and the cheesiness of nacho Doritos. Those who may be expecting big bold flavors might be surprised to find the taco is severely lacking in Doritos flavor. The shells (at least on the tacos sampled) did not have much of the fluorescent orange cheese powder that makes a Dorito a Dorito. In flavor, the shell itself tastes more like cheap convenience store nacho chips, as opposed

to Doritos. All together, the Taco Bell Doritos Locos taco is a welcomed addition to the restaurant’s fare, but it leaves much to be desired. Whereas Taco Bell deserves an “A” for creativity, marketing and for bringing the Doritos Locos taco to fruition, they deserve a “C minus” for execution. The taco is no more than a bland everyday Taco Bell taco; they’ve

just churched it up with a taco shell that barely tastes like Doritos. The taco is a curiosity and really nothing more. The Doritos Locos tacos are best left for latenight inebriation-driven hunger and food-based boredom. Though, it’s not Pablo’s Panederia, it's Taco Bell, so don’t expect much. Try it for shits-andgiggles, but since it’s Taco Bell, maybe just shits.


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April 9 - 22, 2012 www.lcc.edu/lookout

Letter to the Editor

Admissions rep thanks writer To The Lookout: I want to let you know how much I appreciate the work that Amber (Glomb) did on the transfer admissions article in The Lookout recently. She quoted me several times, and she did a nice job of putting those quotes into context. Please offer my gratitude to Amber for her work. Sincerely, Glen Brough, Assistant Director, Office of Admissions Visual Coordinator, Spartan Marching Band, Michigan State University

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