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LCC leadership academy celebrates MLK’s legacy Nathan Wilson Associate Editor

Colleges and schools were closed throughout Michigan on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but that didn’t stop LCC’s Student Leadership Academy from turning out for a day of service at Letts Community Center in Lansing Jan. 21. Several high school students and members of the ICHANGE Youth Program joined the event to learn about cultivating their leadership skills. Business consultant Jim Reed served as the

keynote speaker during the event, discussing the legacy of MLK and how it relates to molding the future leaders of today. “One of our projects this past semester was we had to do a service project that actually took some planning and some organizing,” said Meg Evert, the student coordinator of LCC’s Student Volunteer Center. “Working with ICHANGE Youth Program, our hope was to instill a sense of selfawareness, personal reflection and a passion for servant leadership for those who attended.

I feel as though we took our project, presented and executed it successfully thanks to all of our volunteers.” The students participated in a core exercise that focused on the two most important attributes they believed would build their future leadership skills. Dominance, influence, steadiness and conscientiousness were among the many principles the group examined. “The intent of this event today was simply to get you to think on all the various ways that you can contribute

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Members of the Student Leadership Academy from LCC gather at the Letts Community Center in Lansing for a day of service and reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21.

to that better version of yourself,” Reed said. “And it may start today, but it will never end. You want to contin-

ue to evolve emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and physically into that better version of you.” In a surprise gesture,

ICHANGE founder Denise Brown-Chiller presented Reed and See MLK, page 2

Suspect arrested for stealing purse and car at LCC Nathan Wilson Associate Editor An individual allegedly stole an LCC employee’s purse from an unlocked office in the TLC Building; then stole her car from Lot W Jan. 3. LCC Public Safety officers arrested the individual Jan. 7 and cited him for trespassing. Further charges are pending. According to LCC Police Sgt. Rodney Bahl, the suspect, a darkskinned male, is believed to be responsible for a purse theft in December 2012 because he was seen in the building where the purse was stolen. The suspect does not work at LCC and is not a student, Bahl added.

he wanted to take,” Bahl said. “After the first theft, people started calling us and saying they had someone up in their office area who didn’t belong, and by the time we got there, he was long gone.” As for the second purse theft, Public Safety was able to find him in the hallway with the victim’s purse with the help of some newly installed cameras. “The employee, at the time, Courtesy of LCC Public Safety didn’t know anything had been This is the man who allegedly stolen from her office,” Bahl said. stole a purse and a car at LCC. “(The suspect) had a tendency to use the TLC Building and his “What he seemed to be doing original theft from December is he would just wander around was on the third floor. So the campus, walk into random employees on the third floor saw offices … and find whatever him and they called us in.”

After reviewing surveillance footage, Public Safety officials saw him walk into the restroom with the purse and emerge without it. When officers arrived, they found the purse in the garbage. When the suspect was arrested four days later, he still had the victim’s car keys on him. Unfortunately, the car has yet to be recovered and the suspect is not talking to the police whatsoever, according to Bahl. A warrant has been authorized for the purse larceny, but the warrant for the stolen vehicle is pending the recovery of the car. The suspect was released pending further investigation by the prosecutor.

“Larcenies are a continuous problem on a campus,” Bahl said. “You have so many people down here with their personal belongings, college textbooks, backpacks and computers. The most common type of theft we have is unattended property.” Bahl recommended students and faculty lock up their property if possible and write their names in their textbooks. That way if the book is stolen and sold to a bookstore such as Gibson’s, Public Safety can easily recover it for the victim. Students who see this individual (pictured on the front page) on LCC campus should immediately call Public Safety at 517-483-1800.


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— Crowded cafeteria causes concern — Every day student pile into the Gannon Building’s second-floor cafeteria area to eat, study and relax with friends. The crowds, however, have left many without seating or a quiet atmosphere. Plans are in the works to add more food and seating options at LCC, but for now there seems to be no solution. For an editorial on the topic, see page 11.

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the Student Leadership Academy with certificates of appreciation for their community service.

Following Reed’s presentation, the students excitedly began to create tie-dye blankets as a part of a service project. According to Evert, the

blankets will be donated to the City Rescue Mission. Student Leadership Academy student Shamon Clement said the num-

ber one thing she took away from the day of service was self-evaluation. “Before we came to this event, we talked about re-commitment

How to

and thinking about what you are going to school for,” Clement said. “Jim Reed really touched bases on character and morality and

being a servant leader. Being a leader isn’t just about making it for yourself … You have everyone who’s looking to you to make a difference.”

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LCC ushers in Black History Month the festive way An array of performers and guest speakers will highlight LCC’s Black History Month Opening Ceremony Thursday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Dart Auditorium. The celebration will include special guest performances by recording artist Taylor Taylor

and the Shabazz Academy African Dancers & Drum Group. Fred Durhal Jr., State Representative of Michigan’s 6th House District will be the keynote speaker. Refreshments will be provided after the ceremony. RSVP to this event at http://lcc. edu/studentlife/bhm/

Celebrate the winter season with Frost Fest 2013 Frost Fest 2013 will hit the ice Saturday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 11 p.m. in downtown Lansing at 200 South Washington Sqr. Enjoy live entertainment with micro-brews on tap, play chess or checkers made of ice and compete in the “Cold Butt” Euchre Tournament for a shot at a $250 cash prize. Live entertainment includes Civil Twilight, Flint Eastwood

and Lights and Caves. Admission includes a Frost Fest commemorative mug, drink ticket and ski tag. Attendees must be 21 years or older. Advance tickets are available starting at $15 at www. Tickets at the door cost $20. For more information, visit

West Campus to host annual Red Cross blood drive The American Red Cross will return LCC’s West Campus to hold a blood drive Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The drive is sponsored by LCC’s Student Leadership Academy. Interested donors are encour-

aged to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the drive and drink plenty of fluids. To schedule an appointment, log on to redcrossblood. org and enter sponsor code LCCwest or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

The flu: It’s going around Is it going around you? Here’s some tips to stay well Hopefully, it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the flu season is in full swing, and it’s spread across the United States with epidemic-like proportions. If it does surprise you, I shall do my best to guide you in these dark and trying times, having survived the West Nile Virus and hand-foot mouth disease. Yes, the pain was unfathomable. As students at a community college, we’re constantly coming into contact with other students, faculty and employees, so the need to protect yourself from this strain of flu is vital. There’s no need to panic and start spraying everything you touch with sanitizer, but you should be more vigilant about your environment and the people around you. Here are several

steps you can take to better prepare yourself for the onslaught of fever, sneezing, chills and misery that so often accompanies Michigan winter. Wash your hands frequently for 15 seconds, especially before eating food or after using the bathroom. It sounds like common sense, but to this day that simple concept is incomprehensibly difficult for some people to grasp. Doorknobs and hand rails are another magnet for germs so you may want to pack some hand sanitizer

as well. Avoid touching your face because the nose, mouth, eyes and ears are susceptible passageways for the flu virus. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the inside of your elbow to prevent hacking your germs all over your neighboring classmates. Sneezing into your hands will only spread germs to everything you touch. Strategies to boost your immune system include regular aerobic exercise, drinking more water instead of pop, eating more fruits and vegetables,

killing your smoking habit and cutting down on alcohol. But that’s easier said then done, especially the last one. In some cases, it may be safer to pack your own lunch to eat at LCC instead of buying a sandwich or sub and risking contamination. Then of course, there’s the flu vaccine available at your local physician’s office, pharmacy, urgent care clinic and many more locations. To find the nearest location for vaccine shot availability, visit and enter your address or zip code.

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Former President Sykes remembered Nathan Wilson Associate Editor Former LCC President Abel Sykes, Jr., 78, passed away Dec. 19, 2012 in California from natural causes. Born in Kansas City, Sykes served as LCC’s second president from 1989 until 1999, when he retired to spend precious time with family and pursue a passion in photography, according to his obituary. Before Sykes took the helm of steering LCC into a new technological age, he served four years in the United States Air Force and received his doctorate of education from the University of California at Los Angeles. LCC’s Technology and Learning Center, which opened in 1998, was named after Sykes to commemorate his contributions to the college. Dr. Dale Herder, Ph.D., who served as interim president of LCC until Sykes was inaugurated in 1989, worked with Sykes as his vice president of Academic Affairs until 1995. At that point, Herder returned to full-time status as a professor of


English. “Dr. Sykes was consistently professional in his demeanor and in his high expectations of college employees and students,” Herder said. “He frequently brought in consultants from outside LCC to help as he pressed for deep change in our culture, staffing demographics and a Board of Trustees governance model. “By the time of his retirement … he had achieved his and the board’s goals, and he was seen by many members of our community, especially men and women of color, as a role model to be emulated when making LCC the logical college choice.” Herder added that Sykes’ wife, Sylvia, was equally as gracious as her husband, and she brought dignity and a warm touch to his ad-

ministration. LCC Interim Provost Jack Bergeron said his favorite memory of Sykes was forming a musical quartet with him, Phil Denny and George Hirai. “Abel Sykes played the saxophone, as do I,” Bergeron said. “We decided maybe we should get together and play; there was an employee who worked at the Photo Center at the time and his name was George Hirai. He played the baritone saxophone, I played tenor, and Abel played alto.” Their group recruited Denny, who is now a recording artist, to play soprano. “We formed an a acappella jazz saxophone quarter,” Bergeron said. “We had a lot of fun doing that … It was fun because you don’t think of hanging out with the president, especially when you’re a faculty member. I got to see a side of someone who is all about the arts and music.” According to LCC Director of Public Affairs Ellen Jones, the LCC Board of Trustees will honor Sykes during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25.

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Abel Sykes plays the saxaphone during his tenure as LCC’s second president. Sykes passed away this past Dec. 19 at the age of 78.

Brush up on American Sign Language in club Amber Glomb Staff Writer Students wishing to get involved in an encouraging and fun environment filled with American Sign Language (ASL) can get on board with LCC’s Sign Language Club. Throughout the year, the Sign Language Club provides opportunities for students to develop their ASL skills. The Sign Language Club offers these opportunities through Star Search, Mentor/Mentee program, Sip ‘n’ Sign and special seasonal events. According to Lindsey McKee, the communication coordinator for the Sign Language Club, not only do students partake in and attend these events, members of the deaf community come as well. “Our events help students get more (sign

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Joe Olmstead (from left), Mieken VanderWaerden, Doretta Fowler, Jill Burt and Seth Field act out a zombie scene during LCC’s Star Search Oct. 13, 2012. Star Search is an annual event sponsored by the Sign Language Club.

language) skills and improve on everything that they’re learning throughout the semester,” McKee said. “It’s a great way to

learn new signs, gain insight and improve on skills with the people that know it best, which is the deaf community.”

Jahan Farzm, a participant in the Sign Language Club, explained that developing and perfecting ASL skills is the club’s main goal.

“It’s a good way for me as a deaf student to keep up with my signing skills,” Farzm said. Farzm and McKee both encouraged begin-

ning sign language students not to be nervous or apprehensive about these events. “Everybody is nervous their first time signing,” Farzm said. “I was nervous my first time signing. I’ve had that experience and I get to share that experience with the first-year (beginning) students.” McKee said she became a board member of the Sign Language Club because she wanted to give back the positive and supportive experience she received as a first year student. “I used to be in that position and it was always a little scary to be the new student,” McKee said. “It’s a great and safe way to give back what was given to me. It’s a good support system for first year students.” For more information, contact McKee at lindseymkee90@gmail. com.


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An American tradition in an untraditional setting

Studio C! unveiled near Meridian Mall Enjoying dinner, a movie and drinks with friends has been made easy with the addition of Studio C! to Okemos. Studio C! is a theater and bistro which opened Dec. 10, 2012. It is located at the north end of the Meridian Mall. Studio C! is now occupying the former location of the AMC Meridian 6 theater. Unlike AMC Meridian Mall 6 and other theaters throughout Michigan, Studio C! offers a unique cinematic experience to guests. Studio C! Front of House Manager Emily Mills worked as assistant manager at Celebration Cinema before transferring to Studio C! According to Mills, the turnout since the cinema’s opening surprised her and the staff. “We like the Okemos area and we thought that people in Okemos and the Lansing area would really respond well,”

February 2012. “This is where the owner believes that the future of cinema is,” Lubs said. “There are a lot of these kinds of theaters in big communities. “The owner believes that if we could make this accessible to everybody from high school students to seniors that we would have a good model.” According to Lubs, Studio C! is part of research and development for any future establishments. “We’re hoping to make this theater the best we can and then we hope to duplicate it in other areas,” Lubs said. In addition to the different food and drink Photo by Suzanna Powers Oscar’s Bistro, located at the north end of the Meridian Mall, offers customers a wide range of food and beverages to options is the array of enjoy before or during feature movie presentations. Premier seats cost $17 for non-students and $15 for students. featured films and preprogram short films. ing appetizers, meal op- begins. In order to dine popcorn refills, take food Mills said. According to Mills, Studio C! is not only tions, dessert, coffee and in the theater and ben- orders and bring fresh Studio C! caters to a efit from seat-side serve, drinks. a cinema but part res- alcohol. wide range of personaliGuest can dine at the premiere seating must taurant and bar. Oscar’s According to Mills, ties, budgets and ages. Bistro is responsible for restaurant or in the the- be purchased. premiere seating will fill “There’s nothing like it,” Premiere seating of- up before the house seat- Mills said. “We’re combinfood and drinks, includ- ater before the movie fers guest reclining black ing begins to fill up. ing dinner and a movie leather chairs, free popHouse seating is also and that’s a new concept,” corn, a small personal available to guests at a said Mills. “People love side table and one’s own lesser price than pre- trying new things.” pager programmed into miere seating. A premiere seat costs the seat. Roger Lubs, vice presi- $17 for non-students and The pager allows pre- dent of Construction $15 for students. House miere-seating custom- Facilities for Loeks The- seating costs $10 for noners to remain in their aters, Inc., began con- students and $8 for stuseat while waiters bring struction on Studio C! in dents.



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Joe Israel Sports Editor The Stars were aligned at the Gannon gym Jan. 23 as the lady cagers won their first game of the spring semester, 69-53, over the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Cougars. Coming off two tough losses, the Lady Stars needed to make a strong statement against one of the better teams in the NJCAA. “Kalamazoo is in first place, and they’re tied with Lake Michigan for the top of the conference,” LCC Coach Ervin Brunson said. “We knew this would be a tough game.” In the early minutes, the Lady Cougars fullcourt press seemed to give the Stars fits. A barrage of errant and dangerous passes translated into a plethora of first-half turnovers. Also early in the first half, the Lady Stars’ shot selection was questionable as well. The coaching staff would have to dig deep into the playbook for a change in the halfcourt sets. The beginning of the second half seemed

like the first for both teams. The frenetic and rushed style of play made it hard for both teams to establish a half-court offense. However, it would pick up on the Lady Stars’ end. A scoring barrage with about seven minutes to go in the second half, shouldered by Carli Reid and Dyann Wiley, kept their nine-point lead intact. Sophomore Reid continues to play big for the Stars. On both ends of the floor, she established herself as one of the dominant players of the game. “Our sophomores are the cappers of our success so far,” Brunson said. “Our post players are our go-to players, and without them we would struggle.” Freshman LaTonya Shade scored 13 points for the Stars. Wiley chipped in with 15 points. From the opening tip, though, it was the Reid show. The former Lansing Waverly standout scored 21 points on a spectacular 9-for-13 shooting night (69 percent from the field), along with 10 rebounds in 32 minutes played. “We needed this win

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LCC’s Carli Reid shoots over a KVCC defender during the Stars’ home win Jan. 23.

tonight,” Reid said. “At halftime, (Brunson) just said to look in the post. Me and (Stephanie Manuel) can feed each other all night, and that’s what we did.” Jackie Deveraux scored 15 points, and Bre Birmingham helped with 13 points in a losing cause for the Lady Cougars.

The win improved the LCC women’s overall record to 14-4 and its MCCAA league record to 4-2. The women were scheduled to play Friday, Jan. 25 at Grand Rapids Community College. Results of that game will be available at

— Israel’s Takeover —

Te’o story perplexes The sports world has been turned upside down with the recent developments that Notre Dame’s award-winning, Heisman Trophy finalist linebacker, Manti Te’o, has been the victim of what he claims is a hoax. The university backs his story. Unfortunately for Te’o, the only answer to the growing media speculation is: not so fast. The story first broke through the controversial and highly entertaining website known as This was the same website that broke the story of Brett Favre’s philandering and incriminating text messages to former New York Jets online columnist Jenn Sterger. I want to reiterate this before I continue: I am not a Notre Dame fan. Hell, I’m not even a big fan of the state of Indiana as a whole. Between the police, and the John Cougar Mellencamp pink houses aesthetic of small- town life, it doesn’t sing to me. With that said, the Notre Dame faithful is having trouble wrapping their heads around what is arguably one of the more pathetic sports stories since former NFL player Rae Carruth was convicted of

the murder of his pregnant wife back in 2001. So far, two things are certain. There is no evidence that Te’o’s girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, exists, except for a Twitter handle. Some speculate who was behind the green door on that one. The other thing is that after Notre Dame and Te’o himself proclaimed that Kekua had died in September 2012, for reasons that are unclear, Te’o, his family, and even the university continued to perpetuate that this woman’s death was real, and had helped him have a stellar senior 2012 season. This is a strange scenario for me as a journalist. On one hand, I have a responsibility to report the news no matter how ridiculous it is. On the other hand, this is one of the most ridiculous, feeble and perplexing publicity stunts I’ve ever witnessed, much less covered for news.

Men’s basketball team rolls to fifth straight win Joe Israel Sports Editor

The LCC men’s basketball team returned home Jan. 23 after a two-game road trip and defeated the Kalamazoo Valley CC Cougars, 82-70. “Our upperclassmen are getting better, and for us to win we have to play good defense,”

LCC Head Coach Mike Ingram said prior to the game. The Stars were shorthanded for the game. Team leading rebounder and freshman Davario Gaines was a scratch. Also, freshman forward Devlin Bell was hurt saw limited minutes. LCC kept up an impressive first half of play,

especially on defense. The pride of Sexton High School, LCC forward Tyrin Wade, had a great first half, scoring 16 points in only 17 minutes. He made 8-of-15 shooting (53 percent). In the second half, the Cougars came out guns blazing. An impressive offensive onslaught by 6-foot-5 sophomore for-

ward Daequan MitchellFields of KVCC included 14 points in the first half on 50 percent shooting. He finished with 27 points. Jevonte Hughes added 14 points for the Cougars. The disciplined and hard-nosed play of Wade was the difference maker for LCC. The sophomore, known affectionately around campus as “T-

Wade,” finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds. “I was feeling good,” Wade said. “I came off a great week of practice, and I was ready to play.” East Lansing graduate Bell added 13 points for LCC, and sophomore guard George Goodwin contributed 14 points in the impressive home victory.

The win was the fifth straight for the Stars. It improved LCC’s overall record to 12-6 and its MCCAA league record to 5-1. The men were scheduled to play Friday, Jan. 25 at Grand Rapids Community College. Results of that game will be available at lookout.


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Sarah Spohn A&E Editor Conversation candy hearts,

My Little Pony Valentine cards, and carnations are soon to be on shelves everywhere, for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.

Bowling with a group of friends is always an adventure, regardless of who is paired off or newly single. Take photos of each other in the goofy rental shoes. In case you work up quite the hunger from all those strikes or gutters, Spare time Entertainment Center, off of Grand River near Frandor is having a Valentine’s special. For $49, you can get two entrees, two desserts, a bottle of bubbly, and two $5 game cards to be used in their arcade. You can never go wrong with food, but be sure to make dinner reservations if possible. LCC accounting major Rodolfo (Rudy) Rendon said he’s going the traditional route. “I have classes on Thursdays and my girlfriend works, so we’re going out to dinner Valentines’ weekend,” Rendon said. Avoid the hour-long wait at chain restaurants, and celebrate early. Girls, surprise your guy with tickets to the MSU vs. Michigan men’s basketball game. This home game tips off is at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 in East Lansing at the Breslin Center. On a tighter budget? Look on deal sites like Groupon and halfoffmidmichigan. com for discounted prices on things like couples massages, winery tours, flower arrangements, comedy clubs, and restaurants.

It’s time to think outside the box (of assorted chocolates) and get crafty for this year’s lovefest. Whether you’re single and

ready to mingle, a disgruntled ex, dating or married, there are plenty of different activities to celebrate this year:

If you fellas are still not convinced that your significant other would approve of your alternative plans for Valentine’s Day, bring her to the sure-to-be-cheesy upcoming Nicholas Sparks movie. Safe Haven comes to theaters Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Guys, a drink before the movie might prove beneficial as the movie trailer predicts love, lust and loss, likely to bring the tears. Even if you’re not into the whole romantic thing, the hunky Josh Duhamel and the blonde bombshell Julianne Hough co-starring in this flick might change your mind.

LCC Early Childhood Development major Ashley Mason has special plans for this year. She will be going to the Maroon 5 concert in Auburn Hills on Valentine’s Day. “There is no other man I would rather be with than him on that special day,” said Mason of frontman Adam Levine.

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LCC Performing Arts presents The Coarse Acting Show, written by Michael Green and directed by John Lennox. This Monty Python-style parody pokes fun at bad community theater, and is coming to the Black Box Theatre Fridays and Saturdays Feb. 15-16 and 22-23. Tickets are $5 for LCC faculty, staff, alumni and current students. Adult tickets cost $10 and can be purchased in advance at (517)372-0945 or at the door (GB 186). For more information, visit

For those who remember listening to Dashboard Confessional late at night in their bedroom, blaring through stereo speakers, Jan. 11 was quite the walk down memory lane. The clean-shaven, soul-bearing Chris Carrabba returned home for a special solo acoustic show in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. You know, the days when music was more than hip-shaking, bass thumping and explicit lyrics. When the singersongwriter of rock band Further Seems Forever began a sideproejct of softer music, he had no idea about the loyal fanbase that would soon follow. As the acoustic chords caught on with millions of teenagers, Swiss Army Romance CD’s were becoming deeply scratched. Four albums, new backing members, and a 10th-anniversary CD re-release later, Dashboard Confessional is still getting kids through breakups and self-esteem issues. The audience kindled the flame that is the ignition of passion Carrabba sparks on stage during every note of the two-hourlong show. Frontman Carrabba, strumming his guitar, reached every high note and hit the soft spot in us all with his “heart on his tattooed sleeve” performance. A decade later, Car-

Celebrate 13 years of home, health and style at Women’s Expo The 13th annual Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo will return to the Lansing Center Feb. 1-3. Fashion, beauty, health screenings, personal fitness training, financial advisers, home décor, community organizations, shopping and prizes will all be available in one convenient location. Hours are as follows: Friday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at Meijer stores or at the door. Advance and group tickets cost $7. Tickets for children 6-14 also cost $7 each. Admission at the door is $9.

Deliver love and charm across campus with Phi Theta Kappa Have your eye set on someone special this Valentines Day? LCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Club is here to help. Purchase a can of Crush pop and or white rose and have it delivered personally with a special message and card. A delivered pop costs $3 and a delivered white rose costs $5. Delivery dates will be on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. Sign up in the Student Life office in GB 218 from Jan. 28 through Feb. 1. There will also be a bake sale set up on the second floor of the Gannon Building with sweets, pop and roses for purchase. This event is a firstcome, first-served basis.

rabba continues to woo concert-goers. Announcing a new unnamed project, fresh-faced band members joined the stage for a few folksyon your feet songs. Be on the lookout for new tunes from Florida’s posterboy for lyrical prowess. Taking requests from anyone brave enough to shout out, Carrabba serenaded the 300-seat school auditorium for hours. Compilations reaching their 13th birthday were made new again on stage, emphasizing unique notes unheard on their studio versions. I’m amazed by the depth of emotions felt on stage by the same songs, still after all these years. One of the lucky ones, I was a mere six feet away from a man who for years has connected with millions of people through his words. I planned my entire vacation to Florida around this concert, and it was well worth it. It was, in a word, unforgettable. Jan. 11 was the night I fell in love. Not with the boyishly handsome Carrabba (I’d say that happened long ago) but with love itself. I fell in love with people being in love with what they do. Loving the life you lead is something we could all strive for. You may be thinking, “Holy hell, woman, it’s just a concert.” Yes, a concert. The most intimate, genu-

Chris Carrabba performs in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Jan. 11.

Photo by Sarah Spohn

Photo by Sarah Spohn

Chris Carrabba stirs strong emotion with a crowd-pleasing performance.

ine display of passion, love and life I’ve ever witnessed. Raw, uninhibited emotions poured out under a single spot-

light for a lucky Florida audience. No fancy light show, no reverberating bass, no fog lamps, no ringing ears, no

spilled beer, no bulky security blocking your view. Just pure, acoustic music the way it was intended to be heard. True.

— The Unknown Spohn —

‘Pretty Little Liars’ keeps viewers guessing

Set in the fictional town of Rosewood, Pretty Little Liars is a suspenseful teen drama airing on ABC Family. Based on the book series by Sara Shepard, the TV series is centered around a closely-knit group of four high school students with one thing in common: The once-rebel, pinkhaired Aria Montgomery, the feisty blonde Hanna Marin, know-it-all Spencer Hastings and the athletic Emily Fields’ clique goes through the ringer as the small town is turned upside down.

Once a “leader” of the girls, their best friend Alison goes missing. Having not been liked by most, nearly every character featured on the show is a possible killer of the teen queen. The girls begin receiving anonymous blackmail text messages from “A,” who they assume to be Alison, still haunting them. Putting their own lives in danger, the girls continue to try and demystify the puzzle pieces of their friend’s disappearance.

Pretty Little Liars is the epitome of the cliff-hanging endings with scenes leaving you on the edge of your seat. If you’re one of the millions to view any of the four sea-

sons, you know the mystery is anything but solved. Nearly every character on the show has been a target or a possible accomplice to the murder. Perhaps the entire cast is prepared to have anyone, maybe even one of their own, be the murderer. Maybe the writers don’t even know who this anonymous black-mailing deviant “A” will turn out to be. Creating detailed back stories, suspicious alibis and spiteful enemies, the audience

is left second-guessing during every episode. To me, that’s what keeps this a must-see show, unlike many of its predecessor teen dramas which flopped. If you haven’t caught an episode of this teen thriller yet, you can expect plenty of sketchy text messages, black hoodies, juicy secrets and a plethora of plot twists. Tune in to ABC Family at 8 p.m. Tuesday nights to decide for yourself what’s the truth and what’s just another pretty little lie.

10 A&E

Jan. 28 - Feb. 10, 2013

Local ice creamery caters to sweet tooth Sarah Spohn A&E Editor When I say I’m no world class chef, it means I can barely make toast. That is, without burning either the bread or the entire house down. It’s no surprise whenever a special occasion arises and I’m in need of a nice cake or dessert, I call for backup. Having purchased several cakes for various events, Sparty’s Sundae continually proves delicious year after year. Family-owned since 1976, Sparty’s Sundae (formerly Baskin Robbins) has been a Lansing staple when it comes to satisfying the sweet tooth in us all. Located North of Frandor, this ice cream shop

not only supports MSU but other local companies as well. The store serves Michigan’s own Hudsonville ice cream flavors. Specializing in custom cakes and pies, this delectable eatery offers 32 flavors of ice cream on a rotating basis. Shakes, malts, cappuccinos, smoothies, sundaes and grab-andgo cartons are also on the menu. Having tried a handful of different combinations of ice cream cakes, I highly recommend the cookies and cream ice cream with chocolate cake. Also crossed off the combination checklist is cookie dough with white cake and mint chocolate chip ice cream with chocolate cake. Mouth watering yet? With the option of cus-

tomized written messages, icing color requests and special toppings, this business is focused on keeping customers both happy and returning. All the times I’ve been in their doors, I see the owner himself smiling and baking cakes. Recently, my dad celebrated a birthday. And yes, I saw this as a perfect excuse to eat cake. Purchasing a pre-made option of strawberry ice cream and white cake, topped with chocolate dipped cookies, made for a seriously delicious treat. Next time you’re in search of a cake; don’t go running to the nearest chain grocery store. Keep those generic, butter cream sheet cakes on the shelves and turn to Sparty’s Sundae for a charming and tasty new

Photo by Sarah Spohn

Sparty’s Sundae offers a wide variety of ice cream flavors and sizes.

tradition. Serving sizes range from feeding eight to 24 people, and Sparty’s Sundae is here to cater to your taste

buds. There’s no need to sugarcoat it; Sparty’s Sundae receives two thumbs up yet again. Your new go-to

place for all things sweet is located at 716 N. Clippert Street in Lansing. Life is short so eat dessert first. Thank me later.

Someone should fire their agent after this debacle Joe Israel Sports Editor The year 2012 was a remarkable year for movies. Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom, The Master, Argo, etc. However, after screening the film Gangster Squad this past Saturday, I’ve probably watched the “best student film ever made.” This film is awful. Since Godfather 3, I can’t remember a film that had such a talented cast that failed to deliver. Not even fail to deliver, but the delivery truck won’t even

start. Set in post-WW II Los Angeles in the late 1940s, Gangster Squad is a period piece that spares no expense on flashy clothing, production and set designers. The film’s premise is that Los Angeles has been overrun by powerful figures of the East Coast underworld, including Mickey Cohen, who is played by Sean Penn. Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte portrays LAPD chief of police Bill Parker. He has been tasked with putting together a group of detectives quarterbacked by John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) that can put

an end to Cohen’s reign of terror as one of the pillars of the Jewish Mafia. The group is rounded out by six more detectives, and then as the film progresses, we see what appears to be a poorly written screenplay, dripping with over-stylized violence, under developed characters, executed by a director whose claim to fame was directing the film Zombieland. Which brings me to my next point: Ruben Fleischer, the film’s director, looks clearly out of his element, as his over-the-top approach to this film comes off all over the place. It’s almost as if his co-

medic roots want to burst out of the screen, as he can hardly resist spoofing the genre, which makes the film play like a horrible, duplicate version of a Police Academy/ Naked Gun/Dick Tracy movie, but worse. On top of being historically inaccurate, (Cohen was actually brought down on tax evasion charges in the 50’s), the film makes no mentions of Meyer Lansky, or Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel as it was per Lansky’s orders, that Cohen leave Chicago for L.A. The film is an action overdose with dialogue

that isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Someone

needs to fire their agent after this.

A new generation of girls in the city Shauna Stocken Editor In Chief Growing up I was always a huge fan of the HBO original series Sex and the City, which first aired in 1998. I was in envy of the character Carrie Bradshaw and her best friends living in NYC, wearing Chanel and Manolo Blahnik pumps. HBO is now offering a similar show I not only envy at times, but a show I can relate to. The comedy show Girls is now airing its second season on HBO every Sunday at 9 p.m. Girls was recently awarded at the 70th annual Golden Globes Awards for Best Television Series,

Comedy or Musical, and leading actress Lena Dunham won Best Female Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical. Girls is a series on the life, drama and youthful spirit of four 20-something-year-old females living in NYC. The show is uniquely original while still relating to the aspect of Sex and the City, which I fell in love with. The young actresses are raw and raunchy as they play different roles including businesswomen, jokesters, writers and girlfriends. This modern must-see depicts a less glamorous version of living in NYC in one’s 20’s. Viewers can grow alongside the characters as the leading ladies Courtesy of forge their own paths and learn about life and love throughout Season two of Girls aires every Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. each episode.

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Treat us so we can treat ourselves — Staff editorial —

A new semester is underway, but many of the old issues pertaining to campus dining still remain. The Kennedy Cafeteria located in the A&S Building was removed in the spring of 2012, after which students had to find alternative dining options. Not only did LCC students lose their cafeteria, but students lost a place to relax with friends between classes. LCC offers student dining and snack options through the P.O.D.

on the first floor of TLC, as well as Java City, Wraps & More and Bene Pizza, all located on the second floor of the Gannon Building. Our student body has a wide range of students with different dietary needs and culinary desires that are not being met. There is minimal variation of food options and too little space for students to eat. The salads offered on campus are made from iceberg lettuce, which holds no nutritional val-

ue, as well as stale, heat-lampwarmed pizza. Apart from the food, both the good, the bad and the ugly, is the major issue of space in the Gannon Building. With no open seating to eat lunch, students are forced daily to eat lunch on the floor. Not only is that an uncomfortable solution, but an unsanitary alternative as well. At The Lookout, we agree some of the food offered at LCC does

offer healthy and high-quality ingredients, but we miss the variety the Kennedy Cafeteria gave us. In the months and years to come, we encourage LCC to accommodate food and dining on main campus for both current and future students. We understand college officials are working on a solution in the future, but that doesn’t help the current students who may be long gone by the time new dining options are in place.

Letter to the Editor

Alumnus defends the Second Amendment Letter to the Editor: Obama aide Rahm Emanuel once said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Taking heed of that repulsive advice, the salivating media ghouls naturally wasted little time exploiting the Sandy Hook school massacre to advance their anti-gun agenda. And predictably Obama went before the cameras

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that somber day and gave an Oscar–worthy performance. Interestingly, the President has shed no tears publicly for the 200 plus murder victims of his “Fast and Furious” program, a covert operation that involved US personnel giving military-grade assault rifles to vicious Mexican drug cartels. That aside, the life lesson Sandy Hook should

teach us is perpetrators don’t care about any gun laws. And no new gun ban is going to stop anyone from wielding a bomb or knife in a school. However, America’s reoccurring issue isn’t guns. We have a liberty versus tyranny problem stemming from an administration which continually elevates itself above the US Constitution; now their quick fix gun bans con-

cocted under the guise of creating a safer society is neither a viable solution nor does it realistically keep the population more secure from crime. Crime statistics repeatedly demonstrate that a vast majority of gun homicides happen in cities with the most stringent antigun laws (Chicago, Detroit and NYC). The statistic you’ll never hear about is how many


Lansing Community College’s Independent Student Newspaper since 1959

What’s the favorite place you’ve ever traveled? Shauna Stocken

Editor in Chief

“Puerto Rico.”

Sarah Spohn

Nathan Wilson

Associate Editor

Mark Gillengerten

Joe Israel

Advertising Manager

Sports Editor

“Hawaiian Honeymoon.”

“Los Angeles.”

“Wrightsville Beach, N.C.”

Amber Glomb

Nikki Nicolaou

Paginator /Staff Writer A & E Editor Paginator

“North Shore in Hawaii.”

“The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Fla.”


Suzanna Powers

Photo Editor

“San Francisco.”

Larry Hook


“Tarpon Springs, Fla.”

lives the Second Amendment actually saves. Repeatedly, the real culprit in these mass murders is either the perpetrator manipulating woefully inadequate school security, the repeatedly paroled felon, and or a malfunctioning mental health industry. Sincerely, Bob Golm Former LCC Student

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Relive history at museum Suzanna Powers Photo Editor

Photo by Suzanna Powers

Museum docent Gary Koelsch shows off the “Settlers’ Exhibit,” which focuses on the first colonial settlers in Michigan.

With this particularly cold Michigan winter, it can be pretty tough to find places to go without putting a dent in your wallet. But going to a place like the Michigan Historical Center means you can walk around for hours on end without having to spend more than $6. The museum’s galleries cover subject matter from the first settlers of Michigan, to the growth of the industrial industry, all the way up into the late 19th century. The Special Exhibits Gallery changes anywhere from one to three times a year, so you’re bound to see something new with every visit. There are many interactive aspects of the museum like the Copper Mine. These include animatronic miners who, upon being approached, tell you their stories and hardships of working in the mine. The admission fee for adults is $6. It is $4 for seniors. Children get in free.

Photo by Suzanna Powers

The three-story topographic map can be seen from throughout the museum.

Photo by Suzanna Powers

Fifth grade students from Lansing’s Hope Academy tour the historical museum on a class field trip Jan. 18.

Did you know…

You can finish your bachelor’s or master’s degree on the LCC Campus! Siena Heights University has a degree completion center right here on campus! Undergraduate programs available in: • Accounting • Bachelor of Applied Science • Community Services • Multidisciplinary Studies • Professional Communication Graduate classes available in Counseling and Leadership.

a n Sie Contact Amy, Carol, Laura or Karen today at (517) 483-9726.

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