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Fling into spring

Kennedy Café, Blimpie, Freshen’s all closing soon Dominick Mastrangelo Editor in Chief

Photo by Courtney Baker

in the Gannon Building, will be permanently closed at the end of spring semester May 4. Blimpie and Freshen’s will be replaced by Benne Pizza and Wraps & More, currently located in Kennedy Café, starting June 4. “We are going to have some new and exciting dining options for students,” Jones said. “We recognize that Kennedy Café has served as a place for students and faculty to hang out and study. We are looking into options to provide an alternative place for those sorts of things to happen.” Because of planned renovations to the Arts & Sciences Building this summer, it was not immediately clear where a replacement study/lounge

The Kennedy Cafeteria, located in LCC’s Arts & Sciences Building, is set to close permanently May 4.

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Major changes are coming to LCC’s Department of Food Service and Campus Dining

Division. LCC Director of Public Affairs Ellen Jones has confirmed the Kennedy Cafeteria in the Arts & Sciences Building, as well as Blimpie and Freshen’s

File photo by Larry Hook

The Student Life Office at LCC will host its annual Spring Fling Wednesday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Washington Square Mall on campus. Free activities will include music, a U.S. Army rock-climbing wall (above), inflatable games, music and giveaways. All are welcome.

LCC’s Early College Robotics Team dreams big Nathan Wilson Associate Editor

Those who attended the LCC Board of Trustees meeting April 16 couldn’t set foot in the room without spotting a large robot on display. Star-TREC (Star for LCC’s mascot and TREC for The Robotics Early College) was the highlight of the evening. Comprised of 12 students from LCC’s Early College Program and Holt High School, the Treccies invested numerous hours in constructing their

robot to enter in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Having never built a robot before, Star-TREC emerged triumphantly from the competition with five major awards and a ranking of seventh place in the state finals. According to the Early College Director Kristine Grunwald, the team came in first place at the Kettering University competition as part of a winning alliance with other more experienced teams. This earned members the Rookie Inspiration Award and a first-

place banner. The robot competed against other teams’ robots to shoot basketballs and score points on a court. “The really unique feature was this is the first rookie team that has been invited to go to the nationals,” Grunwald said. “Because of their own initiative, they … are able to compete at the national level in St. Louis in two weeks.” The FIRST Robotics Competition: World Championship See Robotics, page 2

Photo by Courtney Baker

Conner Brown, left, and James Kramer of Star-TREC, the LCC Early College Robotics team, demonstrate their team’s robot capabilities during the LCC Board of Trustees meeting April 16.


April 23 - May 31, 2012

Lookout moving Kennedy to Gannon 230 Continued from page 1

Dominick Mastrangelo Editor in Chief The major changes to Campus Dining this spring come as part of large-scale renovations college officials anticipate will take several months to complete. The changes include a major overhaul of the Arts & Sciences Building, which will begin over the summer. The Lookout office will be moved from its long-time location in the Mackinaw Building to Gannon Building room 230, previously the Student Life and Leadership Office. Student Life has been moved to GB 218 and will share office space with Career and Employment Services.

Reactions to the relocation and changes coming to campus have already surfaced. “This is a massive undertaking,” LCC Director of Student Life Al Nowak said. “The goal is to provide good food and quick service. We don’t want renovations to hinder us from doing that.” The Lookout Adviser Larry Hook said he sees advantages to the move for the school newspaper. “There are certainly a lot of changes in the works,” Hook said. “For the newspaper, it’s going to be nice to be located closer to the hub of all the activity on campus. There are many positive aspects to relocating.”

area would be located. However, sources close to the planning say it will most likely be in the Gannon Building. When the fall semester starts, Campus Dining will open a Previsions On Demand, or “POD” station, on the first floor of the TLC

Building. At the POD, Campus Dining will offer salads, sandwiches and other fresh options to customers. “It’s going to be sort of like a little food kiosk in an airport,” Jones said. “I think it will be pretty well-received.” In addition, popular coffee vendor Java City in the Gannon Building

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will be expanded over the summer, Jones explained. James Gray, director

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will take place in St. Louis, Mo., from April 25-28, where StarTREC will compete for $15 million in scholarships. James Kramer, the captain of Star-TREC, demonstrated the robot’s abilities. He explained the need for a robotic arm the team could manipulate. “Our type of drive on it is essentially a tank drive … so basically it has zero radius turns,” Kramer said. “We can spin on a dime.” The LCC Board of Trustees made a mo-

Photo by Courtney Baker

Members of the Early College Robotics team shake hands with Board of Trustees members after being awarded $8,000 to fund their trip to the FIRST Robotics Competition in St. Louis, Mo.

tion during the board meeting to fund Star-

TREC’s trip to St. Louis at a cost of $8,000. The

of Food Service for LCC, had little comment on the situation but said he looks forward to marinating a positive relationship with the college. “We are happy to continue to grow and change with the college,” Gray said. “We want to work with them as much as possible.”

board unanimously approved the motion to the thunderous applause of the audience. LCC Trustee Robin Smith commended the robotics team for their achievement. “The gracious professionalism of the students was wonderful to hear in the meeting, and to see now that what they’ve done has exceeded beyond their expectations,” Smith said. “I’m really excited and so very proud.” Video footage of the robot can be found on The Lookout’s official Facebook page at www.


April 23 - May 31, 2012

Students examine hospitality industry at Radisson Nathan Wilson Associate Editor LCC hospitality students were treated to an eye-opening experience on a tour of Lansing’s Radisson Hotel April 5. Patti McNeil, an LCC instructor who teaches Introduction to Hospitality/Tourism, organized the trip for her class. McNeil also founded First Impressions Training in 2001, a company dedicated to teaching people business etiquette and professional image. “I thought, at the end of the semester, I’d like to take (my class) some place so that they could experience both sides,” McNeil said, “the restaurant side and the hotel side.” This thought led to McNeil collaborating with Bryan Johnson, the general manager of Lansing’s Radisson Hotel, to set up a tour of the facility. “I wanted (Johnson) to spend some time

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LCC instructor Patti McNeil organized a trip for her Introduction to Hospitality/Tourism class to Lansing’s Radisson Hotel April 5. The students had a chance to experience the hotel and the restaurant industry with Radisson Hotel General Manager Bryan Johnson as their tour guide.

talking with the students about sales and exceeding guest expectations,” McNeil said. She said restaurants are very easy to establish with backers or money. “But to run a successful restaurant, you have to be

somewhat of a control freak,” McNeil said. “It’s all about increasing revenues and decreasing expenses. But on food costs, you can’t decrease it too much because then you’re going to have substandard food that you’re

putting out.” Kati Bentley, who also attended the tour, is an LCC student majoring in Culinary Arts. Due to the program being eliminated last year, she said she plans on transferring elsewhere to pursue her degree.

“I currently work in the kitchen at Eagle Eye Golf Course, so it was really interesting and exciting for me to see the Radisson’s kitchen,” Bentley said. “I would love to be able to jump in and experience and learn from that chef and

see the difference of how that kitchen operates. “I feel like hands-on is so important, and field trips are so beneficial, especially for the students who don’t currently work in a hospitality-based job.” McNeil explained the United States economy has transitioned from agriculture to manufacturing to becoming a service nation. “That is where the jobs are at, in the service industry,” McNeil said. She added that LCC’s hospitality program is undergoing a transformation and will likely shift focus to leadership and management roles. “We had a wonderful visit and a wonderful tour,” McNeil said. “What I loved about it, on the way out at the end of the tour, I saw at least three of my students at the front desk asking for an application.”


April 23- May 31, 2012

Acknowledging excellence IN BRIEF Student Life recognizes student leaders with many awards

Nathan Wilson Associate Editor The 45th annual LCC Student Recognition Celebration drew numerous student groups and departments to the Radisson Hotel April 13. The event was organized by Student Life to recognize the achievements of LCC students, as well as to distribute awards. Dean of Students Dr. Evan Montague welcomed the attendees and challenged them to reach out to the LCC community. “I really appreciate your commitment to be a part of student organizations,” Montague said. “We’re all busy students, we’re all busy staff, we’re all busy faculty, and yet we all realize what a difference this kind of experience makes.” The celebration continued with a series of prestigious awards, beginning with the Philip

Photo by Courtney Baker

Sean Shannon (left), co-chair of the Student Advisory Committee to the President, shakes hands with LCC Student Life Director Al Nowak. Shannon received the Denise E. Harris Award at the LCC Student Recognition Celebration April 13 for outstanding academic achievement.

J. Gannon Award. Ryan Konen, an LCC student and men’s cross country runner, received the award for his athletic and academic prowess. According to LCC Cross Country Coach Chuck Block, Konen came in eighth place out of 53 runners at the Spartan Invitational April 7 while competing against many runners from fouryear schools. Next, Student Life

Director Al Nowak presented the Denise E. Harris STAR award to two worthy applicants: Kirbay Preuss, president of LCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Sean Shannon, co-chair for the Student Advisory Committee to the President. “This award is in recognition of the student or students who embrace and display … academic excellence and character development

at Lansing Community College,” Nowak said. Next, student organizations came forth to describe their yearly achievements. These included the American Marketing Association, Kinesiology Club, Student Veterans Association, Future Teachers Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Paralegal Association, Phi Theta Kappa and Soccer Club. The Lookout Adviser Larry Hook also had the chance to address the audience and describe the accomplishments of his staff. Nowak presented graduating students from the Student Leadership Academy, a program focused on instilling leadership and ethics in LCC students. Other department awards included Social Science and Humanities, Academic Advising, TRiO and the High School Diploma Completion Initiative. “Our numbers were up from last year so I think the participation piece was a big plus and it was nice to see all those people there,” Nowak said. “I think we have some opportunities to improve upon (the event), but I think there were a lot of positives that came out of the event as well. It’s always the highlight of the year when we can … take the time to highlight student accomplishments and recognize the efforts that people put in throughout the school year.”


Regional recruiting event set in Lansing A regional recruiting event will collaborate wtih LEAP, MSU, LCC and Capital Area Michigan Works! to help area residents find jobs. The event, Greater Lansing Journey to Jobs, will take place at the Lansing Center, located at 333 Michigan Ave. in Lansing, on Thursday, April 26 from 1 until 4 p.m. All job seekers must pre-register and attend a mandatory preparation workshop in advance in order to attend the event. The preparation workshop will take place at the Capital Area Michigan Works! in various towns including Lansing, St. Johns and Charlotte. Registration is $50 per booth. Employers can learn more and register by contacting Teri Sand at tsand@ All interested jobseekers can register by visiting

a.m. and continue until around 3 p.m. Friday, April 27. For more information, call Student Life at 517-483-1285.

Gannon to receive LCC Alumni Award The LCC Alumni Association will honor 1973 LCC alumnus Michael P. Gannon. Gannon is the senior vice president, chief strategic and human resources officer at LCC. He will be honored in the Paula D. Cunningham Administration Building Friday, May 18. The event will take place from 2:30 until 4 p.m. RSVP by emailing Andrew Lathrop at or calling (517) 483-1988.

LCC Eco Scholars Day set for April 27

Local 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

Students will be given an opportunity to present the fruit of their ecologicallyinspired labor Friday, April 27 from noon to 3:30 p.m. on LCC’s 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 LCC program, department, division or office. For more information or to fill out an application to present, visit ecoscholars/.

grants instructors the opportunity to share their reflections and motivate the audience to achieve their dreams. The first known forum to give students and faculty an opportunity like this occurred at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007. “As I move toward the end of my teaching career and take on new challenges, I cannot think of any honor greater than this opportunity to be introspective,” Herder said. According to Herder, some of the topics he plans on discussing include: a positive affirmation that life is the greatest of all adventures, his experience with

the U.S. Navy at age 18, his love of personal writing, and tips for success and leading a fulfilling life. “I am convinced that our legacies are best found in what we do, not in what we say or how we are buried,” Herder said. “This Last Lecture hopefully will encourage our LCC students to make their lives count—to create their own legacies through what they do for the common good of humankind. It has been, and continues to be, an honor to teach them and learn from them.” The event is free to attend with refreshments to follow.

LCC to host visit to Michigan State

LCC professor Herder to offer ‘Last Lecture’ Nathan Wilson Associate Editor If this were your last time to address a group of people, what would you say? That question will be posed to Dr. Dale Herder, Thursday, April 26 at Dart Auditorium from 7 to 8 p.m., and that “group of people” will specifically be students. Herder, 70, is an LCC professor and vice president emeritus. He is the first to be featured in LCC’s Inaugural Last Lecture Series. Currently, he teaches an online writing class for LCC. The Last Lecture Series

5 Features

April 23- May 31, 2012

LCC Marketing Club earns third in national contest Nathan Wilson Associate Editor


CC may be the only community college active in the American Marketing Association, but that didn’t stop its members from ranking third in the nation at the 34th International AMA Collegiate Conference. LCC-AMA traveled to New Orleans, where the conference took place from March 22 to 24. The annual conference is an opportunity

for AMA members to network with business professionals, maximize social media and bond over fun activities.

Photo by Courtney Baker

LCC-AMA showcases trophies from the 2012 International AMA Collegiate Conference in the display case adjacent to the Hole in the Hall on the first floor of the Gannon Building.

Tyrone Liggons, vice president of LCCAMA, said his group’s chapter was awarded silver recognition for the third consistent year in a row. In addition to this honor, they received honorable mention for fall marketing week activities. “We also received eight awards for AMA Saves Lives, which was a monthly and semester campaign,” Liggons said. “LCC-AMA is among the top five schools each year.” According to, this year’s conference drew record attendance with 1,391 guests. A total of 1,181 students from 142 different universities from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico journeyed to New Orleans for the exciting conference. LCC-AMA was represented at the conference by Liggons, Jody DuBeau, Richard Doucette, Zach Basler, Jamie Brehob and Adviser Bill Motz.

Embark on adventures with new German Club

Nathan Wilson Associate Editor

For students interested in immersing themselves in German culture with new friends, LCC’s German Club is the place to be. Mary Lavigne, an LCC instructor and adviser for German Club, explained the student group would like to “promote understanding and appreciation of the German language and the German culture.” Rachel Allen, the president of German Club, jumpstarted the group in the middle of spring semester. “After I started taking German class, I felt that there were a lot more opportunities outside of class for German culture and language activities,” Allen said. “Some of us from the German class are going on an exchange trip (to Stuttgart) in May, and some of those people were interested in learning more about the culture before they left.”

Thus the German Club came to fruition. Currently, the group is focused on fundraising and planning culture events for 2012 fall semester. Allen also discussed the possibility of providing tutoring through German Club next year.

We have certain stereotypes about the German language and the German culture, and while some of those things may be true, It’s a culture full of art and history and music.

ticipate in LCC’s Spring Fling on April 25. She said she hopes to build momentum for the fall semester and engage new recruits. “Originally, the club was just members that were going on the exchange trip so we were raising money for that,” Allen said. “Now we’ve been able to add more members from outside of that group and we’ll also be fundraising for activities for everyone.” Lavigne said she is considering taking the students on smaller trips to German clubs, German restaurants or a night market in Chicago. Lavigne said: “We have certain stereotypes about the German language and the German culture, and while some of those things may be true, it’s a culture full of art and history and music.” For more information about meeting times and places, contact Lavigne at (517) 2563514 or

Adviser Mary Lavigne

“We started a little bit of tutoring so far, not officially with German Club, but I help some of the first-semester students with their German,” Allen said. “I thought we could make that more of a bigger program.” Allen said German Club will likely par-

Photo courtesy of American Marketing Association

From left, Richard Doucette, Jamie Brehob, Tyrone Liggons, Jody DuBeau, Bill Motz and Zach Basler show off their awards from the International AMA Collegiate Conference in New Orleans. LCC-AMA took home Silver chapter third place, an honorable mention for fall marketing week activities, and eight AMA Saves Lives awards.

“For me, it was very surreal and exciting that we placed that high again, and all the work that we did throughout the year was worth it,” Liggons said. During an April 18 meeting, AMA President DuBeau expounded upon the idea of

earning third place or better next year. Doucette, the LCCAMA vice president of professional development, said New Orleans was a great experience. “I’ve never been to the conference before and to be there for the first time

was an eye-opening opportunity for me,” Doucette said. “We have a lot of potential here at LCC and I think we could shoot for higher goals for next year.” For more information about opportunities at LCC-AMA, visit www.


April 23 - May 31, 2012

Star runners post terrific outing at consecutive meets Joe Israel Staff Writer The Lansing Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams are off to a great start. The Stars competed in the Spartan Invitational April 7. Sophomore Star Ashley Hamilton continued her breakout season as she broke two LCC school records in consecutive events. First, during the Spartan Invitational April 7, Hamilton placed 12th overall in the 1,500-meter run and posted a time of 4:43.34. Hamilton also broke the college record in the 800-meter run at the Northwood Invitational April 14. She came in second place overall with a time of 2:15.24. Head Coach Chuck Block couldn’t help but sing Hamilton’s praises.

Photo by Courtney Baker

LCC Freshman runner Tyler Graustein bounds over a steeple during the Men’s 3,000-meter Steeple Chase at the Spartan Invitational Saturday, April 7.

“It really puts us on the map,” Block said. “When we’re at these meets, and someone sees a young lady wearing the royal blue, running a 2:15 in the 800m, it gets the word out that we have a great

program here.” The men’s side was equally as productive during the Stars’ last two meets. Sophomore Ryan Konen posted a time of 15:12 in the 5,000-meter dash during

the Spartan Invitational. Freshman and Dansville graduate Nick Moon has also shown much improvement, according to his coaches. “I’ve just been training really hard, working hard in practice and it’s coming together for me,” Moon said. The men’s and women’s teams were scheduled to travel to Grand Valley State University April 21.

— Men’s Baseball —

Turning it around Dominick Mastrangelo Editor in Chief The Lansing Community College baseball team won four consecutive games April 7 to 10 before having its winning streak snapped by the Jayhawks of Muskegon CC April 14. The Stars did not start the season very well, losing their first 11 games. But since the month of April hit, the Stars have been hot and had improved their record to 9-15 as of April 17. “We’ve just been taking it one game at a time,” sophomore catcher Dylan Betcher said. “Sometimes when you get a slow start, it helps you put things in perspective.” Perspective proved to be the key ingredient for the Stars in their tremendous turnaround. LCC topped Glen Oaks, Jackson CC and Grand Valley State University’s club baseball team during its strip of success. The Stars received huge help from freshman pitching sensation Josh Ledford as they battled Grand Valley State April 7. Ledford, a Buckley High School graduate, hurled a complete-game shutout and struck out 10 batters in the LCC win. He allowed only three hits in seven innings of work in his first win of his college career. “It feels good to have

that kind of a day,” Ledford said. “It was a huge confidence boost for me.” The Stars received a boost from another freshman April 10 in their first road victory of the year. Corbin Austin, who graduated from Williamston in 2011, led the Stars’ offense as they topped Delta College. Corbin was 3-for-4 at the plate, knocking in four runs and hitting a triple in the fourth inning. The Stars steamrolled Delta College 12-3. “Sometimes you’re just in the zone and you can make things happen pretty easily,” Corbin said. “I guess that’s what happens when you work hard enough.” The Stars suffered a minor hiccup April 14 as they fell 7-5 in game two of their doubleheader against the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks. Sophomore outfielder Connor Metevier delivered three of the Stars’ five runs including a two-RBI double in the third inning. LCC pitcher Blake Hinkle lasted four and a third innings, giving up six runs before being pulled from the game by Coach Ed Powers. The Stars’ next home game was scheduled to take place April 21 vs. Grand Rapids CC.


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April 23 - May 31, 2012

Star bats explode for five-HR game Dominick Mastrangelo Editor in Chief

When the LCC softball team started the year slowly on the offensive end, Head Coach Marc Kibbey was not alarmed. Apparently, Kibbey saw booming bats coming. The Stars pounded Glen Oaks Community College 8-0 and 10-1 in a doubleheader April 14. The two wins completed the Stars’ season sweep of Glen Oaks. The convincing victory also backed up Kibbey’s belief that the team is among the most resilient he has coached. “The one thing that I’m really pleased with is the character of this team and how hard they keep working despite some of our struggles,” Kibbey said. “These girls don’t have any quit in them.” Quitting was the last thing on the Stars’ minds as they took on Grand Rapids CC April 17 and topped the Raiders in both games. The two wins placed the Stars at an impressive 10-10 in MCCAA

File photo by Courtney Baker

After starting the season slowly on the offensive end the LCC softball team has scored 32 runs in its last eight games. “These girls don’t have any quit in them,” Coach Marc Kibbey said. “You’d be amazed at their resilience.”

competition as of April 19. After falling behind in game one 6-0, the Stars mounted a rally in the third inning and tied the game. Sophomore outfielder Rachel Malmquist

came to the plate with the bases loaded and the game tied. Malmquist cleared the bases with a grand slam that propelled the Stars to a 16-8 victory. It was one of

five home runs hit by the Stars in the game. “I couldn’t believe that I hit a grand slam,” Malmquist said. “I was so happy. That’s one of those things you only dream

about. I never though the day would actually come.” Others that connected for home runs for LCC included Amber Sawyer, Alyssa McQueen and Sam

Hayes. Malmquist increased her batting average to .285 as of April 19 and the Stars improved their team batting average to .245. Kibbey said the Stars’ recent success is a product of familiarity with competition. “We’ve seen many of these teams once or twice before, so it allows us to make adjustments,” Kibbey said. “The best hitters are the ones who can anticipate what sort of pitches they are going to see. We’ve been able to do that thankfully.” The Stars were scheduled to play April 21 vs. Kellogg CC at Lansing’s Ranney Park. The Stars are not eligible for postseason play in 2012, but that has not deterred the LCC women from pursuing greatness. “We want to show the teams in our conference that we are a good team that would make some noise in the postseason,” Malmquist said. “We want them to know we will be coming back next year, and we will be strong.”

9 arts & Entertainment

April 23 - May 31, 2012

Dart Auditorium jumps with energetic performance Shauna Stocken A&E Editor I am continuously impressed with the characters’ costumes and the stage setup in Dart Auditorium after every LCC performance I see. The last LCC performance I attended was The Joint is Jumpin’ April 15. The stage had three main focal points, which included: two levels of barstyle tables and chairs; a stage within the middle of Dart Auditorium’s stage; and a wooden bar table with stools, old fashion cash register and wooden cabinet that held glass bottles and cups. The Joint is Jumpin’ is a Broadway musical revue about the roots of rock ‘n’ roll. Each of the 17 LCC student and community cast members individually captured the spotlight throughout the musical as they led the vocals of one

Review or more songs. There were 32 different songs throughout the musical with genres ranging from gospel to ragtime, jazz, rhythm and blues as well as rockabilly, one of the earliest styles of rock ‘n’ roll music. The Joint is Jumpin’ was directed by Janine Novenske Smith, who has directed LCC productions for the past nine years. Smith is also an adjunct faculty member at LCC and teaches three different music classes: commercial voice class, applied and private singing lessons and a music scene class “In musical theater, everyone always has their strengths,” Smith said. “Some people are triple threats and they are lucky because they are equally gifted at singing, dance and acting. "But everyone has their strengths. I think what

was good about it was that the cast members that were more comfortable with singing improved their dancing skills and vise versa. The dancers, I’m sure, improved their dancing skills.” Karyn Perry, the owner of Karyn’s Dance Place in Holt, choreographed the dance routines throughout The Joint is Jumpin’. While the singing in The Joint is Jumpin’ never left me bored or cringing due to a dull or off pitch voice, the dancing was by far my favorite part of the musical. Male actors jumped over one another and performed zany dance moves around the stage. Female dancing in the play ranged from simply slow dancing with a male partner to sexy-yet-classy moves with other females performers. LCC musicals, plays, dance and instrumental performances all seemed

Photo by Courtney Baker

Dale Powell performs the Jerry Lee Lewis song "Wild One" during a performance of The Joint is Jumpin', a Broadway musical revue featuring songs from the early days of rock'n'roll.

to be better than the last. I would highly recommend attending future LCC performances. Not only are they free or rela-

tively inexpensive, but the money raised goes toward a good cause. All of the proceeds go toward music scholarships

to support the performing arts program at LCC. For more info on future LCC performing arts events, go to

IN BRIEF Arts & Entertainment

Photo by Courtney Baker

Guests view the short "Clouds" during the Professional Shorts II portion of the Capital City Film Festival, held April 14.

Lansing film festival fills void Amber Glomb Staff Writer The Capital City Film Festival helped fill the void of independent films in Lansing. The festival took place in Lansing April 12-15 at several different venues around town. LCC employee and programming director of the event, Dan Hartley, shared the belief that the festival helped bring awareness to independent films from around the globe. “I think we are filling a void,” Hartley said. “There is nothing like this going on anywhere in Lansing. We are trying hard to bring films that are not here otherwise.” There were a total of 70 films shown, which included documentaries, shorts, narratives, etc.

“We have some fun, family friendly documentaries and some edgier narrative features,” Hartley said. “When we were pulling our program together, the goal was to try to make it diversified and wellrounded so that people could always find something that they would enjoy.” According to Payal Ravani, the festival coordinator, the diversity that inhabited these films allowed the audience, to have their eyes opened to independent films. Ravani also explained how the event was well attended and well received. Their first showing, Elderly Instruments: All Things String, was Bob Albers’ documentary feature. The show almost surpassed the maximum

capacity with an estimated 300 viewers. When compared to the previous year, the entire festival was said to have had greater attendance. Hartley explained how local movie theaters can only play certain types of movies. Because of this, independent movies are not able to be shown. The festival was one way they could control what was being played. “As film lovers, this is a really cool opportunity,” Hartley said. “We know that we are not the only ones in Lansing that love film and that are a little frustrated by the lack of an independent movie theater or an art house theater. "This is our chance to show Lansing something that otherwise people wouldn’t get a chance to see.”

'Go Nuts' with LCC and the Lansing Lugnuts

LCC Gay Straight Alliance will auction off artwork

LCC Student Life and Phi Theta Kappa offer students a night of fun, relaxation, baseball and food. Eat-A-Palooza night tickets are on sale now for the Lansing Lugnuts baseball game against the Clinton LumberKings. Purchase tickets by April 24 in the Office of Student Life, located in the GB room 218. Tickets for the April 28 game at 7:05 p.m. cost LCC students $10 and staff and faculty $17. Each ticket purchased is good for both the admission to the game and unlimited ballpark foods and soft drinks. The offer is limited to the first 250 students.

LCC's Gay Straight Alliance is hosting an art show April 28. The event will be held from noon until 5 p.m. in the Kennedy Café, located in the Arts and Sciences Building on the second floor. The art will be auctioned during the event and all proceeds are going to the Lansing Area AIDS Network. The Gay Straight Alliance is in need of donated Michigan residents' artwork of any kind. For more information on the event or how to get involved, contact Jennifer Spenny at

Spring into May with area musicians The Shiawassee Chamber Orchestra is a group of musicians from the surrounding areas who come together to play symphonic literature. Members in the Chamber Orchestra are comprised of high school-aged musicians and up. The annual spring concert will be held at the Owosso Middle School in the auditorium May 6 at 4 p.m. Student and senior tickets are free, adult tickets cost $5 and suggested donations of $6 are greatly appreciated. Included in the program are: "Outdoor Overture", "Copeland", "Symphony No. 5" by Beethoven, "Three Dances" from The Bartered Bride and much more. The soloist for the Trumpet Concerto will be Carl Knipe, the band director of Owosso High School.

LCCTV’s 'Connections' show wins award at national level The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Ceremony (NCMPR) recognized LCCTV’s “Connections” with a silver award. LCC’s Tess King and Mark Stiles host LCCTV’s "Connections". NCMPR is an organization that connects marketing and PR professionals at community and technical colleges and supports their professional growth. The annual contest awarded two-year colleges for excellence in commutations. This year's contest had more than 80 judges from around the country, which reviewed 1,800 entries. The program "Connections" can be seen every weekend on LCCTV, Comcast channel 15 and East Lansing Comcast channel 31. A listing of Connections showtimes, as well as LCCTV’s schedule, can be found at http://

10 A&E

April 23 - May 31, 2012

A stillness that resonates My go-to destination at LCC Shauna Stocken A&E Editor After attending LCC for two years, Gibson’s Books and Beans located at 316 N. Capitol Ave. has become my go-to destination on campus. Not only is Gibson’s conveniently located near LCC’s main campus, but it also serves customers with high quality and affordable products. Whether I’m starving for lunch, jonesing for some coffee, buying books

for classes or purchasing a last-minute birthday gift, Gibson’s has it all. The café/restaurant is smaller in size and limited in food variety in comparison to the Kennedy Café located in LCC’s Arts and Sciences Building. However, Gibson’s offers a different environment and menu that I find more desirable. A lunch bar is offered daily, serving different choice such as a hot dog bar on Wednesdays and a breakfast bar served every morning from 8 until 10 a.m. Fresh bagels, sandwich-

Photo by Courtney Baker

Gibson’s Books and Beans is a student bookstore and café at 316 N. Capitol Ave., across from LCC’s Main Campus.

es, potato salad and chicken quesadillas are served daily from the regular menu. In addition to some of my favorite items on Gibson’s menu are coffee, teas and specialties drinks. While I think Gibson’s vanilla lattes are lacking, I highly recommended all other drinks. Not only are they well prepared, but they cost less than most coffee chains in the area. Gibson’s is great destination for lunch and studying as well. While studying may seem impossible to do at times in the active Kennedy Café, Gibson’s free WiFi and quiet atmosphere is ideal for studying for exams or taking a cat nap in one of its over-sized chairs. Gibson’s is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., as well as Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dine in, carry out or stop in to relax for a while.

Kaitlin Lutz Staff Writer Delightful, eclectic, moving, mature, simple yet intricate. These are all words I find myself using to describe the album Open Your Doors by singer/songwriter duo Jenny & Tyler. The husband and wife recently came together again to bring listeners both new and old a familiar sound. This being their fourth full-length album, I give Jenny & Tyler kudos for maintaining the creativity and the ever-present charm held within their music. Jenny & Tyler explain the way the album plays out as kind of like the way a novel reads. They describe each song as a different chapter, as how they are dependent upon each other for the context of the record as a whole and completion of the story. Jenny & Tyler came under my radar by chance, and a happy chance at that. From the first song of theirs I heard, I fell in love. Their style is hard to pinpoint because it is unique to them. It contains a folksy/indie feel, but also a country kind of twang with their great use of acoustic guitar, mandolins, strings

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Singer/songwriter duo Jenny & Tyler recently released their fourth album titled Open Your Doors.

and the glockenspiel. The album speaks of their faith and speaks a message of hope. I can tell by the emotion in their voices that the lyrics came out of experience. The album begins upbeat with the song “Little Balloon,” and presses deeper emotionally and spiritually as the album progresses. One of my favorite songs on the album, “When Darkness Falls,” has a simple message of faith and peace set to a beautiful and moving melody. Jenny’s vulnerability comes through in this song and it

speaks to me on a personal level. I love that. One of the things I love about Jenny & Tyler’s music is that it is raw and honest. They don’t try to put on a show by using a ton of cool sound effects, which, don’t get me wrong, have their place. But again, it is the duo’s own unique style that I love. I guess to get a complete sense of what I’m describing, you’ll have to listen to the album yourself. You can read more about how Jenny & Tyler got started and download some free music at

A continuation of friendship Amber Glomb Staff Writer Prior to my life-changing experience that was the Christy Miller Series, I was a young anti-reading activist. As a child, I willingly abstained from reading books. Later in my life, I threw in the activist towel and began to explore the power of reading. I have the author Robin Jones Gunn to thank for that. The Christy Miller Series changed my life. Her story begins at the naive age of 14 on Newport Beach, Calif. Not too long after the first chapter does Christy become a fish out of water at a party she attends without her guardian’s permission. During the party, she is presented with a decision. She can take part in the illegal act of drug usage and alcohol consumption or leave the party with nowhere to go. She is at a very impressionable age and therefore struggles

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Robin Jones Gunn is the author of the Christy Miller Series.

with what to do. Before she has any time to decide, a God-fearing surfer named Todd pulls her from her thoughts and convinces her to come with him. Todd completely rocked her world and continued to do so throughout the rest of the series. These books follow Christy and the gang throughout their high school, college and adult years. What makes the series cool is that Gunn leaves each book with the opportunity to be continued. In fact, Gunn continues to write spin-off books

to this very day. It never ends because she keeps pulling out different characters and giving them their own story. Each character’s book includes a continuation from previous books as well as a fresh new story. Every character ties together in some form or fashion. The Christy Miller Series Volume One is where it all began. Christy Miller and her friends’ life stories are realistic. The reader learns alongside Christy as she learns to do the right thing, hold out for her hero and be a friend. I will be the first one to admit that book taught me countless lessons. This book is where my first love began, Todd Spencer, and my first best friend, Sierra Jensen, counseled me. I would recommend this book to anyone because it can make a real impact on a life. This impact can carry a person throughout the rest of their life. I am a living example of that. I would like to make the challenge; give it a try and see what it can do.

11 A&E

Shauna Stocken A&E Editor As LCC classes and activities wrap up for the end of spring semester, spring and summer events are in full bloom throughout Lansing. From live concerts to sporting events, familyfriendly activities and music festivals, Lansing has an event sure to satisfy everyone this summer.

April Enjoy Lansing Lugnuts throughout summer April marks the first month of Lugnuts baseball in Lansing. There are six remaining home games in April from the 25th to 30th. Each night is differently themed, including Ladies Night, Thirsty Thursday, Eat-A-Palooza and two children-themed games. Enjoy baseball season in Lansing all summer. The last game of the regular season is Sept. 3. For additional ticket and schedule information for the Lugnuts, visit

May Dance night away at Cristo Rey Fiesta The annual Cristo Rey Fiesta from May 25 to 27 features authentic Mexican folkloric dancing as well as dancing in the evenings to live Tejano and Salsa Merengue bands. Guest can also enjoy homemade Mexican dishes. For information on the event time or location, visit http://www.cristoreylansing. or call (517) 394-4639.

Seinfield to visit Wharton Center Due to popular demand, America’s comedian and actor, Jerry Seinfeld, is hitting the road in a return to his first love: stand-up comedy. Seinfeld will be performing at the Wharton Center May 31, tickets ranging from $45 to $75. According to a Washington Post article by Tom Shales, Seinfield is “the master

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stand-up comic of his generation” and “the best comedian of our time.” Obtain tickets or learn about other upcoming performances at the Wharton Center by visiting http://

June Be A Tourist In Your Own Town The community-wide event Be a Tourist In Your Town celebrates and lets participants explore Greater Lansing June 2. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., purchase a “passport” for $1 to receive free admission to over 50 Lansing attractions. Families can enjoy interactive activities and giveaways for the kids. Throughout the event, the special CATA Be A Tourist bus routes provide transportation to most of the attractions for 50 cents per person. After collecting 10 stamps on the “passport,” each participant is eligible to win great prizes. For additional information, call (517) 487-6800 or visit batyot.

BWL hosts annual Chili Cook-off Over 40 local businesses compete annually to win in different chili categories. All in attendance can vote for their favorite chili. Competitors in the event showcase culinary skills at a riverside party with 1,500 gallons of chili, cold beer, margaritas and live bands. The cook off takes place June 2 at Adado Riverfront Park.

Celebrate liberty at Juneteenth Join the end of slavery in the U.S. by celebrating

the joys of liberty, educating the community about heritage and promoting positive cultural interaction. This three-day event June 14-16 includes music, dance, entertainment, education and celebration. Contact (517) 394-6900 or visit for more information.

cuisine and entertainment on two stages. Contact (517) 485-4283 for more information www.

July Find Common Ground in music

The Oldsmobile-only car show and swap meet is the largest car show in North America. Oldsmobiles will range in age from 1903 to the last cars built. The event will showcase over 500 show cars and 100 car-related swap meet and vendor spaces. Join the annual event June 16 to 20. Visit for more information.

Common Ground Music Festival is an annual week-long music celebration in Lansing. National headlining artists mix with regional and local favorites to create the summer’s hottest seven nights. Enjoy rock, country, blues and more along the scenic Grand River July 9 to 15. Visit the Facebook group under Common Ground Music Festival to stay updated with the line-up. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (517) 267-1502 or visit www.commongroundfest. com.

Party away at the Festival of the Moon

Capital to celebrate automotive show

During one of the shortest nights of the year, celebrate the Festival of the Moon event in Old Town in Lansing. Enjoy the evening of June 22 with cold, craft-brewed beer while listening to rockin’ regional and national bands. Also view the sculptures made of recycled materials created during the “Scrapfest” competition, Contact (517) 485-4283 or visit for more information.

Join the free car show July 28 and celebrate Lansing’s automotive history. The event will feature over 200 classic cars, muscle cars and collectible vehicles. All makes and models are welcome to join the event. While at the event, enjoy food vendors, exhibitions and a DJ. For more information, call (517) 3720529 or visit http://www.reoldsmuseum. org/.

Take a look at classic Oldsmobiles

Festival of the Sun highlights Old Town Celebrate the summer solstice with the Festival of the Sun June 23. The event includes premier beer, wine and gourmet foodtasting festival. Enjoy fine wine, craft-brewed beer and the Lansing area’s best

for all ages. The event is held in Old Town Lansing Aug. 3-4. Call (517) 371-4600 or visit for more information.

Renegade Theatre to put on festival Three days of free theater Aug.16 to 18 will showcase in Lansing’s most artistic district: Old Town. It will feature a wide range of performance styles from comedy, puppet shows, musicals, improvisations, staged readings and much more. For more information, call (517) 927-3016 or visit www.

Mosaic Festival assembles talent The Mosaic Music Festival is a free festival Aug. 31 through Sept. 1, celebrating diversity

and unity on Labor Day weekend in Michigan’s Capital City. Activities include live bands, multicultural dance, ethnic cuisine, beverage tent, labor displays and much more. Call (517) 371-4600 or visit www.michiganmosaic. org.

In addition to the upcoming spring and summer events and festivals in Lansing are local businesses that are perfect to dine, explore, shop and enjoy Lansing’s nightlife at. For more information on all things Lansing, visit the official website www.lansing. org or download the smart phone mobile application under Greater Lansing, Michigan.

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August Get jazzy in Lansing’s Old Town JazzFest is a free festival that brings jazz artists from across the country and state. It also includes music clinics, ethnic food, a beverage tent and fun activities

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— ‘I am invincible!’ —

Until we meet again

Writing about the preview for LCC’s Inaugural Last Lecture has left me thinking: What would I say to LCC students if this were my last column? Hopefully, that is not the case, so I’ll delay that column for another year! This year has reinforced my passion for writing and journalism despite the fact that I plan on studying radiology in fall. Writing for The Lookout has given me an oppor-

tunity not only to connect with students and faculty, but also the entire Lansing community.

We’ve watched our new website grow tremendously since fall semester as we continually post breaking news. It’s great to see our stories being shared 70 or 100 times on Facebook. It truly gives us the sense that we are highlighting issues important to students and faculty. I would also like to thank our 419 fans on Facebook for supporting us. If you like us, I will

send you a complimentary signed copy of The Lookout. OK, maybe I’ll have to work on a better promotion. Some of my favorite stories I’ve shared this year were the Dragon Boat Race, Oktoberfest, Homecoming, Black History Month and alumni features. It has been a pleasure working with everyone on staff and I will miss those of you who plan on transferring beyond LCC (I will miss you, Kaitlin!) I would also like to take this opportunity to thank those who I have con-

— The Kollected Klutz —

You never forget your first job It’s crazy to think that it has been two years since I started working for The Lookout. As much as I hate to admit it, The Lookout will always hold a place in my heart because it was my first “real” job, and it is sad to see it come to an end. I remember writing my very first column about being a humble freshman

trying to find her way. Look at me now: almost a junior in college who has finally begun to find her niche. I have had a few different titles here while at The Lookout, and it’s funny to think I finally settled into a position that fits me, now that the semester is almost over and my time here is coming to a close. It has been a crazy ride,

I’m not going lie. There were times when I ques-

tioned why I chose to have a crazy, stressful job with crazy deadlines, but I’m glad I pushed through and didn’t give up. Doesn’t the saying go, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”? (Sorry for now getting that song stuck in your head.) I know it may sound a little dramatic and unnecessary to say that, but if you worked

sulted numerous times for stories: Andrew Lathrop, Tyrone Liggons, Antonio Manning, Jody DuBeau, Al Nowak and countless others. Thank you all for putting up with my pestering questions. Dominick, thank you for being a caring and dedicated leader for The Lookout. It is a difficult job leading seven or eight employees to cover every aspect of campus life, and you have done so with passion and professionalism. Last, but certainly not least, thank you, Larry Hook, for the responsi-

bilities you have entrusted with me as associate editor. For all my faithful readers, I plan on returning to The Lookout next year, as I have been promoted to editor in chief. The Lookout will also continue its online presence in the coming months with summer events worth checking out. If there is something you would like to see more of in The Lookout as we begin planning next year, do not hesitate to contact me at or (517) 483-1288. And finally, thank you for reading this.

at The Lookout you might be able to understand the challenges of producing the best paper possible for this college. Sometimes it can feel like a lifeor-death situation. I suppose I will miss everyone’s silliness, especially all the random sayings we have. I probably will find myself saying things like, “Put it on the board!” and expecting to hear a resounding “Yeah!” only to be disappointed. And I don’t know what I’ll do on my Thursday

nights without having to work in the office late during our deadline week to get the paper done. I do know that I am very appreciative to have been able to have this experience. Thank you to everyone for your support. And I hope you guys at The Lookout will keep doing what you do best – bringing important and current news in a creative and effective way to the community of this college.

14 Opinion

April 23 - May 31, 2012

Letter to the Editor

Deaf student addresses college

Dear LCC Community: I am deaf and know many deaf people in the United States, and I am fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). In the deaf culture, we cannot sign the English language because it’s difficult to understand the concept or picture. Deaf people understand ASL better than the English language. Deaf people at LCC learn the English language differently because we don’t hear it. When deaf people sign the English lan-

guage, it takes us much longer to sign our ideas while using ASL. We communicate as fast and as smoothly as hearing people. Please consider building and growing more ASL programs for deaf people to achieve their education to better understand how English grammar works. If you decide to help us, it will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Brandon Labadie LCC Student

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— In Our Own Words —

We get it. We messed up Here at The Lookout, we make mistakes. These mistakes happen based on human error and are undeniably embarrassing. So we would like to take this opportunity to apologize for some of our errors. It has come to our attention that some individuals on our campus were offended by an opinion column that appeared in Issue 14 of our publication. The column had an offensive, tongue-in-cheek style, headline that was unfortunately overlooked by our editorial staff. We would like to apologize for our error, and share that the employee who authored the offensive content has been terminated. This is a learning experience for many of us. Working at the school newspaper is a privilege that we sometimes take for granted. We do not always realize the power that we all possess. With that power comes great responsibility, and we are eager to correct past mistakes and prevent future ones from happening. We value everyone’s opinions and do not condone censorship of any kind. However, we understand

that we have a responsibility to uphold a good standing with as many people as possible on this campus to help our newspaper grow and prosper. We want to be respected. We want to be trusted. We would love to be wellliked, but we know that is not always possible. We want to hear from our readers and gain new ones. This job should not be taken lightly, and we will regain our focus, we promise. If you have any comments, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to contact us. This will hopefully keep our product professional and enjoyable. This is our last printed edition of the semester, but we will be covering news and events on campus throughout the semester via our website: www.lcc. edu/lookout. We ask you to remember that we are human and sometimes we make mistakes. We have learned a lot from this and other episodes we have been through this semester. We can’t wait to get back to doing what we feel we do best — serving you.

the lookout Dominick Mastrangelo

Nathan Wilson

Shauna Stocken

Editor in Chief

Associate Editor

A&E Editor

Kaitlin Lutz

Courtney Baker

Kelly Lehtonen

Staff Writer/Paginator Photo Editor

Advertising Manager

Amber Glomb

Larry Hook

Staff Writer



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At left, Matt Michaels left, braces for impact while being thrown by Samuel Blessing. At right, (l. to r.) Judo students Kayleigh Rogers, Phraustie Huse and Barret Baxter practice side-ukemi, or a breakfall. Judo, literally translated, means “the gentle way,” and emphasizes safety and respect for one’s self and others. Photos by Courtney Baker

Learning Judo ‘the gentle way’ at LCC Courtney Baker Photo Editor

Photo by Courtney Baker

Judo instructor Melissa Ocello performs a Taiotoshi throw on her husband and fellow LCC faculty member, Peter Ocello. Melissa became an LCC Judo instructor following the retirement of instructor Don Flagg.

Judo, roughly translated, means “the gentle way.” Inherent in Judo’s philosophy from its creation are the ideas of conservation of energy and mutual benefit. Though it is considered a martial art, Judo is relatively lowimpact. Practitioners first learn methods for breaking falls or landing in a certain way to avoid injury. The two basic Judo positions of “tori” (the thrower) and “uke” (the throw-ee), emphasize the partnership between the participants. The tori must take care to perform a move on the uke properly so that the uke can perform a break fall.

Judo became an Olympic sport in 1964, and is considered one of the most popular sports in the world. Judo at LCC will return summer semester. Beginning Judo will be offered from 5:20 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Planned Judo class offerings for fall semester will include a section of Beginning Judo, as well as Judo A to Z, a class specializing in Judo kata or choreographed techniques. The start of spring semester saw a change of leadership for Judo at LCC when long-time Judo instructor Don Flagg retired and was replaced by Melissa Ocello. Though the instructor is different, the dedication to the sport remains the same.

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