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MDOT says bridge on Saginaw still not fixed

Local band plays live

Shauna Stocken Associate Editor

After 84 years of use, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) began renovating and replacing Saginaw Street bridge March 5, 2012. MDOT spokesperson, Kari Arend spoke to The Lookout in March and stated that the bridge was estimated to be complete by the middle of September 2012. “We are slightly behind schedule,” Arend said. “We should know more information in the weeks to come.” According to Arend, the Saginaw Street bridge should be finalized in October. “We had to go through a lot of rocks and bedrock, which set construction back,” Arend said. Due to the construction, vehicles leaving LCC will have to follow the MDOT

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Detours continue for students driving on campus until the estimated completion of the bridge scheduled for October.

detour. Vehicles traveling east-bound on Saginaw Street will be detoured north on Grand Avenue, east onto Oakland Avenue, down the temporary two-way street and then drive south on Center Street, which will rejoin Saginaw Street. Eric Glohr, director of Auxiliary Services at LCC, commented on parking ser-

vices on LCC’s main campus. “Due to the direction of the bridge, the problem isn’t so much getting students onto campus,” Glohr said. “The impact was actually when students leave campus. Students would have to take the detour, which at

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Brian Vander Ark, lead singer and guitarist of The Verve Pipe, performs with his band Sept. 6 outside Cooley Stadium in Lansing. The concert was a post-game special sponsored by the Lugnuts.

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West Campus invests in innovated technology Nathan Wilson Editor in Chief LCC’s West Campus is leading the charge on two innovative projects involving both the Surgical Technology Program and the Alternative Energy Engineering Technology (AEET) program. LCC faculty member Sean

Huberty helped oversee the DICAST Center’s development of a simulation game for the Surgical Technology program. “(These simulations) are meant to put the surg techs in the operating room during a particular kind of procedure,” Huberty said. Specifically, the simulation presents a bowel resection

procedure in a game-like format where the student fetches instruments, adjusts lights and performs various tasks. “Surg techs don’t normally do any part of the surgery,” Huberty said. “They just assist the surgeon to make sure they have all the things they need to work without interruption.” The simulation will be avail-

able to students in the surgical technology program in the fall 2012 semester, according to Huberty. Eduardo Suniga, the program director of LCC’s Computer Information Technology program, helped assist with the project and DICAST activities. “The surgical tech simula-

tion tends to give students a more engaging way to understand the content of the material … in this case, the preparation for an examination,” Suniga said. Another innovative project nearing completion on West Campus is a solar-powered, See Technology, page 2


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times in a peak of traffic can get backed up a little bit. The traffic seems to back up a little bit for a few minutes, but then starts moving smoothly again.” Despite the delay in traffic around LCC, the reconstruction of the bridge will benefit more people then the previous structure. “This structure not only gives motorists a new bridge, but it also allows us to give bikers and walkers added sidewalk space,” Arend said. “It also gives motorists a shared lane along M-93.” LCC freshmen Jack Vogel is currently enrolled in general courses required to transfer to Michigan State University. While attending classes at LCC, Vogel said he always used the Gannon Ramp to park his vehicle. “Every once in a while it’s a little congested for me,” Vogel said. “I’m lucky. When I leave, it’s usually pretty calm, but I’ve seen what it can be

like, though.” Vogel said the increased traffic and delays on campus don’t outweigh the positive aspects of the new structure. “In this economy, anything that helps develop our lacking infrastructure while putting people to work, is a great thing,” Vogel said. According to Arend, the new Saginaw Street bridge will be a longterm fix for the community if the bridge is given regular maintenance. “The Michigan Department of Transportation decided to replace this asset before it got to a point where it is no longer useable,” Glohr said. “From that standpoint, I think by using forward thinking and being proactive, MDOT has provided a good asset that will last many years into the future.” For more information on the Saginaw Street bridge or alternative routes and detours, visit www.lcc. edu/parking.

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sustainable food system. “You just hang these solar panels out your window or off of a deck,” Huberty said. “And then there’s this system that basically is self-sustainable inside the house that grows food for you.” According to Huberty, this system is designed to raise fish and produce lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and green onions. Huberty said with this system someone could realistically provide their own food from their apartment or house. “The fish and the plants exist in symbiosis because the fish create waste and the waste is used to grow the plants,” Huberty said. “There are also bugs in the system so there are crickets that get eaten

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Gibby’s, located adjacent to Gibson’s Books & Beans, is the newest place to dine in or carry out near LCC’s Main Campus. Gibby’s will offer submarine-style sandwiches, freshly baked bread, pizza and salads.

New restaurant opens next to bookstore Amber Glomb Staff Writer

With the increased business of Gibson’s Book & Beans due to the closing of LCC’s Kennedy Café, an original sub shop called Gibby’s will soon open across from LCC’s campus. The owners, Matt Buche, Dave Poquette, Pan Rositer and Nanette Negrette, project that Gibby’s will be open by the third week of September. Gibby’s is located across from the TLC building, next to Gibson’s. Gibby’s hours will be Monday through Thurs-

day 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m to 6 p.m and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to Buche, Gibby’s isn’t intended to provide a breakfast or dinnerlike atmosphere. Instead, it will service downtown workers and LCC students during their lunch times. Bunche explained that the cuisine will be like Mancino’s style of food. “We are going to have more grinders rather than a (toasted) sub,” Bunche said. “We will do pizza by the slice and pizza by delivery, salads to go and there are going to be six different

soups offered each day.” Bunche also said the bread they sell will be made fresh. LCC student Jenaya Estfan, who often eats at Gibson’s, said she likes the idea of having another restaurant for LCC students. “I do think it’s a good idea (opening Gibby’s) because then there is another option instead of just having to be in Gannon all of the time,” Estfan said. According to Bunche, the name Gibby’s derived from Walter Gibson. Gibson was one of the founders of Gibson’s Bookstore 57 years ago.

Upon entering Gibby’s, customers should expect to see pictures of famous people with the nickname of Gibby along the back wall. Bunche said he believes Gibby’s to be a good opportunity for both LCC students and downtownarea workers. “With the (LCC Kennedy) cafeteria closing, we’ve seen an increase in business,” Bunche said. “Even if they decide to reopen, it looks like it’s going to be several years down the road. What we have is a good opportunity. Campus is a good location.”

LCC teams up with city for safety event By Mary Hobbins Freelance Reporter

Photo by Kevin Fowler

LCC’s DICAST Center developed an innovative simulation game for the Surgical Technology Program.

by the fish. The crickets feed on the rotting vegetable waste. So the whole thing is a big sustainable cycle.” Huberty said he expects the system to produce results by next semester.

Correction In issue one of The Lookout (Sept. 4, 2012), Brent Bos was mentioned as vice president of the American Marketing Association. He is in fact the vice president of professional development. Jodi Ward is the Vice President of the AMA. AMA meetings take place from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday for general members in GB 310. Anyone interested can attend a meeting, or stop by the Hole in the Hall in the Gannon Building.

The LCC Emergency Management and Safety Services (EMSS) held its first-ever Safety Preparedness Event at the LCC Washington Square Sept 8. The event was held in partnership with the city of Lansing. “September is National Preparedness Month,” said Kristie Mackie of EMSS/ Safety/Fleet/BERT. “We’re hoping to make this an annual event.” The goal of the event was to promote a higher awareness of safety preparedness in people’s daily lives, according to Mackie. BERT is an acronym for Building Emergency Response Team. It includes students who are trained in First Aid/CPR, basic evacuation techniques and shelter. Upon completing training, the team develops a plan to evacuate students and augment public safety.

Tom Helms, acting EMSS director, said: “We wanted to take our department in a different direction. In addition to what we already do, we wanted to provide this element of community outreach.” Children explored the many vehicles of the LCC EMSS campus fleet, as well as some city vehicles. On hand were vehicles from all branches of the LCC EMSS system, including campus police, an ambulance, a fire truck and the college's event bus. Participants received free popsicles. Natalie Lenz of Williamston brought her son, Evan, along to learn about safety. While exploring the LCC ambulance, he heard the police siren in the distance. “Woo-woo; woo-woo,” said 28-month-old Evan, imitating the sound of the siren. Booths gave out samples of food, supplies and information to help families

become more conscious of the need to prepare for an emergency. Do1Thing is a non-profit organization that advocates becoming more prepared over the course of 12 months. Erika Mahoney, planner for Do1Thing, explained that families sometimes feel overwhelmed by the preparation process. Mahoney said Do1Thing guides people in doing one thing per month to prepare for an emergency. At the

end of the year, families are more prepared to respond to an emergency. Other organizations present included Michigan State Police, Northside Towing, City of Lansing Fire Safety, Operation LifeSaver Train Safety, the city of Lansing Emergency Management and the American Heart Association. Any students interested in joining BERT may contact Kristie Mackie at 517483-1572.

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Small children got an up-close look at an ambulance during the Safety Preparedness Event at LCC Sept. 8.


Sept. 17 - 30, 2012

40 pathways to four-year degrees Nathan Wilson Editor in Chief With promises of free food, a chance to win a Notebook, and counselors standing by, students lined up at LCC’s University Center open house Sept. 12. Director of the University Center Patty Spagnuolo said the welcome event was designed to bring awareness to students about the advantage of having the University Center on campus. “What a student can do is take three years at Lansing Community College’s tuition rate, walk across the street and take that final year for their bachelor’s degree and pay only one year at that university’s tuition rate,” Spagnuolo said. “Obviously in today’s world with student debt being so high, this is a huge advantage for people in the downtown area

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Start Here – Get There program helps LCC students transfer to major universities without leaving Lansing.

who can’t relocate to go to a main campus or they need that tuition break.” Representatives from six different universities passed out literature and discussed options available to students.


Among the 40 programs offered through these universities, students can earn a degree in accounting, engineering, nursing and health care administration, criminal justice, elementary education, information security

LCC student Alexandra Aguinaga receives transfer information on the business department from the University of Michigan at the University Center open house.

and intelligence and many more. Students at the event entered their names into a drawing for a chance to win a Notebook. Others spun a prize wheel hosted by radio station The Edge to earn free CDs and concerts tickets. LCC student Brittany Welsh, who is study-

ing in the political science program, said she enjoyed the open house. “I got some helpful information and I’m looking to transfer to Western so I have my fingers crossed,” Welsh said. “I knew (the open house) was coming via Facebook and a flier.” Spagnuolo added, “What we really encourage students to do is as

soon as you know you want to transfer, walk across to the street and talk to one of these advisers so you can take the correct courses, you’re on the right path, and you know what to expect when you come over here.” For more information about the University Center, visit www.lcc. edu/uc.


Share your voice and stay connected The next Lansing Community College’s Board of Trustees meeting is Monday, Sept. 17. LCC students, staff and facuilty members are given the opportunity to voice their complaints and concerns while at the Board of Trustees meeting. Stay connected and be the first to know about future changes to LCC through varies Board of Trustee members. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building, room 310. The Administration Building is located at 610 North Capitol Avenue in Lansing. All meetings are free to attend and are open to the public. For future LCC Board of Trustees times and dates, visit

Voter requisition held on Constitution Day Lansing Community College and the Lansing City Clerk have joined together to make voter registration easy. All LCC students, staff, faculty and community member are welcome to use the free registration service. The voter registration drive is Monday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Registration will be held in downtown Lansing at the Washington Mall in front of the Arts & Sciences building. Can’t make it to LCC to register to vote? Visit a local Michigan Security of States office to register, before the Nov. 6 deadline, general elections are Oct. 9. For more information on the U.S. constuitution voting day visit For more information regarding the election and 2012 canidates visit

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The LCC’s swimming pool is located on main campus in the GB, 1st floor. Anyone is welcome to join.

Enjoy a dip in LCC’s pool Shauna Stocken Associate Editor

Even though the weather is getting colder outside, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep swimming year round. Continue swimming in LCC’s 25 yard, six-lane swimming pool for water fitness or hanging out with friends or family. LCC students, staff, faculty and community members are all welcome to use the aquatic facility. The pool is open Monday through Sunday with designated times for all those with or without a pool membership.

Pool memberships can be purchased at the Physical Fitness and Wellness Office (PFWO) located in the GB, room 351. Currently enrolled students can purchase a membership for $30. All members of the community can purchase a membership for $50. Community memberships are valid until Jan. 21, 2013 and student memberships are valid until Jan. 13, 2013. Additional questions about pool membership can be directed to the PFWO, by calling (517) 483-1227. Not interested in buying a membership? Swim during the weekends without a membership.

Each visit cost $5 per family or per person. Facility hours for lap swim are as follows: Monday through Friday 12-2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 2-3 p.m. Open swim times are Saturday and Sunday from 3-5 p.m. LCC students can also enroll in physical fitness aquatic courses, second semester. Classes range from primary skill training, scuba, parent and toddler courses and basic lifeguard training. For more information on the GB pool or a list of all offered swim courses, visit swimming_pool.


Sept.17 - 30, 2012

Teachers’ Club shows dedication to education

Sarah Spohn Staff Writer

Founded in spring of 2006, the Future Teachers’ Club (FTC) has taken an active role at LCC and the surrounding community as a registered student organization. Dr. Mary Brown, Ph.D., FTC’s club adviser, said, “The club is dedicated to encouraging our education majors and providing more information early in their careers about their future profession.” The Future Teachers’ Club does not discriminate against students who are not planning to continue their careers in the academia field. “The club has never been exclusive in their membership, as far as requiring education as a

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President Amanda Arthur, demonstrates proper tie dye techniques to current and prospective club members. The Meet & Greet Event took place Sept. 12

major,” Brown said. Welcoming of all majors, students are greatly encouraged to take a look into one of the monthly events the FTC features at LCC.

This year’s planned events include presentations on E-portfolios, former FTC member speaker session on “How I got my first teaching job,” bake

and book sales, and SMEE (Science and Math Elementary Exploration). Recently, FTC allowed students to participate in a fun tie dye event and a

meet and greet with new and returning membersSept. 12. One of the more popular campus events, the Scholastic Book Fair, is also put on by the FTC. According to Brown, it takes places twice over the year: once in October and the other in April. These community events are made possible not only by club members, but also by the college community to benefit Lansing School District’s Reading is Fundamental program. “Over the last few years, we’ve literally placed thousands of dollars of books into the hands of children in the Mid-Michigan area,” Brown said. Meetings are scheduled around members andofficers’ availability, and therefore vary through-

out the semester. However, students interested in joining can contact the Student Life Office in GB 218 and pay the $10 membership fee. FTC Treasurer Amber Redding said, “Students should join to build up their resume, get experience, be a part of a club, and overall benefit them in the long run, whether it be towards their career or simply for personal achievement.” Searching for new officers for the upcoming year and planned events in the future, the FTC is certainly forecasting a busy year. “Our next fair is coming up October 15 to 19 in the Gannon Building,” Brown said. “We hope you’ll stop by and meet us there.”


September 17-30, 2012

XC teams place first at JETS CC Invite Dominick Mastrangelo Sports Editor Both the men’s and women’s cross country squads took the top spot in the four-mile run during the JETS CC Invitational Sept. 7 in Jackson. The Stars finished with the lowest score -- 26 for the men and 28 for the women -- in both competitions. ‘It was a great meet for us,” LCC Coach Chuck Block said. “We looked better at this point early in the season than we did last year, and last year we were pretty good.” Block said this was the first true taste of competition the Stars have gotten since the squads began practice early last month. In the four-mile run, sophomore and Dansville graduate Nick Moon placed first with a time of 21:49. That was almost two minutes faster than Moon’s time at the same invitation-

Photos courtesy Chuck Block

Photos courtesy Chuck Block

Sophomore Nick Moon took first place at the JETS CC Invitational Sept. 7, running four miles in 21:49.

Sophomore Jaclyn Magness was impressive at the JETS CC Invite, placing first in the women’s race.

al in 2011 (23:43). “The individual stuff is nice, but the team success is what’s the most important to me,” Moon said. “I give it my all every time I run.

Lansing Catholic Cougar Joe Marrah finished the race in 22:23 and placed fourth. Sophomore and Charlotte High School product

It’s really that simple.” The LCC men’s team had five runners finish in the top 10, another improvement from 2011. Freshman and former

Lowrie visits Lansing

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Lansing had a very special visitor Sept. 6 when Major League Baseball player Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays participated in a rehab assignment with the Lansing Lugnuts. Lawrie went 3-for-4 with a triple, but the Lugnuts lost a playoff elimination game to the Fort Wayne TinCaps 9-6, See more on page 12.

Logan Lindsey finished fifth with a time of 22:27. One the women’s side it was Jaclyn Magness who stole the show. Magness finished first

in the four-mile run with a time of 20:20. The sophomore and Grand Ledge graduate improved her time by over a full second from last year. “I think that I and my team will keep having good performances because we have all been training really hard at practice every day,” Magness said. “I am ready to be a leader for my team this year. I think that I and the other captains have earned this title by being good role models for our teammates.” Jessica D’Haena, a freshman and DeWitt native, finished third with a time of 20:59. Sophomore Taylor Knoll also improved her time from 2011, finishing seventh with a time of 21:57. The Stars also competed on the biggest stage of the season Sept. 14 at the annual Spartan Invitational. Check for results, photos and reaction from that meet.

Hoping new AD is a Star Lansing Community College is currently searching for a new athletic director after Scott Latham resigned in July. I have an idea of what this man/woman should be like. As sports editor of this publication, I look forward to staying in constant contact with this individual. He or she will serve as my go-to guy for the latest news, background information and future plans for LCC athletics. This person should be accessible. He or she should make it his or her sole responsibility to make the department look good. At LCC, I don’t think that will be hard. Whomever is chosen should make an effort to be vocal about his or her program. They should use the school newspaper as a convenient medium for

doing this. At The Lookout, we wholeheartedly encourage this. Latham, the former AD, was openly criticized in the media for the harsh, swift hand of justice he so dauntingly cast upon those who disrespected his basic principles and ideas. He was a warrior, a mastermind, and a confident leader. Among his colleagues, he was loved. He symbolized a willingness to plunge your hands into the filth of trouble and controversy. He was not afraid. As officials at LCC

continue their search for a new AD, they will have to consider if this is the type of individual they want to have leading the department. Sources have confirmed that the college had no intention of letting Latham go, and said he opted to leave LCC for the benefit of his family. Latham uncovered literally years worth of athletic and booster violations, and even transformed the physical appearance of the top floor of the Gannon Building. However Latham’s strength was not media relations, I hope the next AD will see a relationship with the media as an opportunity that is not to be passed up. While it is a big bad scary media world out there, the last thing LCC’s next AD should fear is the on-campus hometown newspaper.



Sept. 17-30, 2012

Volleyball team spiked at home by Raiders By Dominick Mastrangelo Sports Editor

Photo by Dominick Mastrangelo

Freshman setter Erin McCumby (6) of Lansing Community College emphatically celebrates a point for the Stars.

The Lansing Community College volleyball team got a dose of the stiffest competition in the league Sept. 13 in the Gannon Gym. The Stars lost in three sets to the Raiders of Grand Rapids Community College, 259, 25-15, 25-9. The Raiders came into the game ranked third in the NJCAA. “There is a reason we got beat like that,” Head Coach Stephen May said. “This is some of the best competition we will see all year. It’s good to be tested early.” The Stars kept it close in the first set, holding a 6-3 lead before Grand Rapids pulled away. Freshman and Waverly graduate Briana Flowers had the best performance of the evening for LCC. Flowers had three digs, two kills and played every minute of the first two sets. “We still have a lot of improving to do,” Flowers said. “We’ve got to stay positive. We get a long pretty well off the court so now it’s just a matter of putting our chemis-

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Sophomore Briana Flower of LCC prepares to serve during Thursday's home match against Grand Rapids Community College.

try together on the court.” The Stars were most impressive in the second set, in which they led 10-4 at one point. May said the Stars need to work more at closing out sets. “We’re good enough to hold a lead in these games, we’ve just got to finish the deal,” May said. With the loss the Stars fell to 2-6 on the season and 2-2 in the MCCAA. They travel to Ancilla College in Donaldson, Ind. Sept. 18.

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Leadership Conference September 28-29, 2012 Training workshop slated for Sept. 28 The Student Life Office at LCC is hosting a leadership training workshop for all students, and especially members of Students Registered Organizations, on Friday, Sept. 28. The purpose is to assist advisers, officers and members, as well as any other interested students, about leadership roles and responsibilities in an organizational setting. The workshop is from noon to 4 p.m. on campus. To sign up, or for more information, visit the Student Life Office in room 218 of the Gannon Building.

Personal Leadership event is Sept. 29 The Student Life Office will host a Personal Leadership Conference on Saturday, Sept. 29 featuring professional lecturer, life coach and trainer Jim Reed of Jim Reed Consulting. The conference will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Gannon Building room 134. Reed will help students delve into their own individual leadership comfort level, qualities and skills. Reed will offer a self-reflective approach to personal leadership with an emphasis on taking action upon one’s findings and level of leadership. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required to receive a gift pack. For more info, visit whats_new/ or contact the Student Life and Ombudsman Office at 517Jim Reed 483-1285. Jim Reed

Lansing Community College in partnership with Union Missionary Baptist Church presents

Building Bridges The 2012 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) College Forum Saturday, September 22, 2012 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Don’t miss the special presentation by Morehouse College for young men and their parents at 12 p.m.

Union Missionary Baptist Church 500 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing, Michigan 48915

This event is sponsored by the Lansing Community College Faith-Based and HBCU Transfer Partnerships.

This is Your Opportunity to: Meet HBCU college reps Learn about admissions requirements and academic programs Receive more information about the Lansing Community College HBCU Transfer Program

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Sept. 17-30, 2012

Inspirational movement inspires others to change the course of their future successes Shauna Stocken Associate Editor “Success” is the motto LCC tries to instill in its students, staff and faculty. “Success” is also the motto Ben Hinamanu, current sophomore and cornerback at Ferris State University lives by every day. Hinamanu instills the importance of success in himself and others, from the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to bed. Hinamanu is the creator of the inspirational movement and clothing line “Success is Coming Our Way,” which most followers refer to as S.C.O.W. Hinamanu was inspired to motivate others by his mother, Mona Hinamanu, a former part-time administrator for the LCC Business Division. “Any idea that I have ever had, she always supported me as a mother and son sort of thing,” Hinamanu said. “She always took my ideas into consideration. She really loves S.C.O.W. now.” Mona also worked from 2002 to 2003 at LCC’s Tutoring Services and the TRIO program. “I was just trying to increase other people’s ambition levels,” Hinamanu said. ”I was just noticing a lot of girls

designs for S.C.O.W. promotions and the clothing line. According to another relative named Mona, Hinamanu’s younger sister and senior at Mason High School, Hinamanu has always been passionate for everything he does in life, no matter how small. “Hinamanu has changed the mindset that failure is OK, that being average or settling is good enough,” Mona said. “Young people are now looking for something deeper and trying to actually achieve their goals while staying positive.” When Hinamanu first started using Photo courtesy of Ben Hinamanu the social media website Twitter in 2009, Mona Hinamanu shows her support for his primary use was connecting with S.C.O.W. with son Ben Hinamanu by wear- friends and posting pictures. ing a shirt from the S.C.O.W. clothing line. Now Hinamanu is tweeting from his iPhone on average 50 times a day. with no confidence and a lot of guys Hinamanu currently has 20,420 folwho weren’t going for their goals and lowers and growing daily, to Hinamanu their dreams. “So I combined the two that number is only the beginning. and created something that I thought Hinamanu’s Twitter account is a conwould be cool (S.C.O.W.) and a clothing stant reminder to those who follow him brand that people could wear and help that staying positive and keeping ambimotivate their lives.” tion levels high can change the course of S.C.O.W. partners include Sam one’s future success in life. Grantham and Takudzwa Kubroruno, “My brother always has a plan for evwho assist Hinamanu with marketing. erything and this could be big,” Sister Additional partner Blake Whittington Mona said. “It was a way of changing

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people’s thinking, not just a simple acronym.” After Hinamanu’s fan following on Twitter and Facebook exploded, Hinamanu wanted to find other ways to share S.C.O.W. “People have so many meaningless articles of clothing, so I decided to make my own clothing line that had some meaning behind them.” Through the use of Twitter and the website, S.C.O.W. has raised approximately $3,000. The money received from the website goes toward growing the S.C.O.W. clothing line and movement. “I really want this to be worldwide,” Hinamanu said. “I know that is bold, but I want people to look at S.C.O.W. as something serious. I want S.C.O.W. to be important in people’s lives. I want to get to the point where people can be confident in themselves forever.” For more information on Hinamanu and the S.C.O.W. movement, follow Hinamanu on twitter @BenHinamanu, follow S.C.O.W.’s clothing line on Twitter @SCOWclothes and add Hinamanu on Facebook. Hinamanu’s clothing line can be purchased at his website www.scow. com.

Vigil to premiere at LCC Jeremy Kohn Guest Writer

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LCC’s Blackbox Theatre is presenting an adaptation of the Morris Panych production Vigil from Sept. 15 to 23. Vigil is not an ordinary LCC theatrical performance. This particular drama will include the thespian talents of Timothy Busfield. “Timothy and I went to East Lansing High School together,” said Melissa Kaplan, coordinator for LCC’s Fine Arts Department. “We kept in touch, and he found out through Facebook that I was involved with theater at LCC. “He wanted to do a production in his hometown as a way of giving back to the community.” Vigil is a black comedy written by renowned Canadian playwright Morris Panych. The story involves a middleaged man who returns home to be with his dying aunt. Kaplan described the play as being quirky, but also about loneliness, mortality, affection and ego. “We really have to thank the Professional Heart of Student Success grant we received,” Kaplan said. “That’s what really made this event possible. “Having an actor like Timothy here is a great opportunity for theater students to learn from a professional. He is a real

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Carmen Decker and Timothy Busfield act out a scene from LCC’s Vigil. Performances are scheduled at the Blackbox Theatre through Sept. 23.

personable guy who has also been gracious enough to host a workshop for LCC students who wish to attend.” Busfield is best known for his portrayal of Elliot Weston on the television shows Thirty Something and of White House correspondent Danny Concannon on The West Wing. Besides his notable television work, Timothy has appeared in several movies, which include the comedies Stripes and Revenge of the Nerds, as well as the dramas Sneakers and Field of Dreams.

While gracing the theater stage he has appeared in Broadway productions of The Brighton Beach Memoirs and A Few Good Men. Vigil is playing at the Blackbox Theatre in the GB 168. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students. Opening night was Friday Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. The play runs through Sept. 23. For more info on upcoming events contact the Preformaing Arts Department at (517) 3720945 or visit www.lansingarts.


Sept. 17-30, 2012

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The series Breaking Bad has won six Emmy Awards for outstanding lead actor in a drama series three consecutive years.

Breaking Bad breaks rules I’m addicted, not in the same way as some of the characters in television show Breaking Bad, but I’m definitely hooked. Breaking Bad on AMC has aired weekly for five seasons. The second half of season five is set to air in July 2013, completing the series. The remaining episodes in season five, premiering in 2013, will leave fans in anticipation for almost a year. Part two of season five will be the last chapter of the Walter White and Jesse Pinkman crystal meth monopoly. Yes, I said crystal meth, but it’s not as “bad” as it sounds. Actually every detail of how the typical dad, husband, car wash specialist and chemistry teacher turned “bad” will leave viewers amazed. After White is diagnosed with cancer, he turns to his former high school student and crystal-meth cook, Pinkman, to make some fast cash. White begins cooking meth with Pinkman in order to provide just enough money for his wife Skyler, son Walter Jr. and his unexpected newborn baby girl.

However, when drug users get a hold of Walter and Pinkman’s “blue crystal meth,” going back to normal after being a drug lord seems impossible. White’s character is played by Bryan Cranston, the klutzy, pushover dad in the television series Malcolm in the Middle. Fans of Malcolm in the Middle will be shocked by the fearless, brilliant leader Cranston is able to portray as White. However, Breaking Bad would not be nearly as successful without Aaron Paul, who plays the role of Pinkman. From season one to season five, fans watched Paul’s character transform from a drug-abusing meth cook to a clean and hard-working individual. Apart from the immoral and unethical side of using and manufacturing illegal drugs, it doesn’t mean one can’t still enjoy the gang cooking up a batch of blue crystal meth in their RV in the desert, or bringing down the Mexican drug cartel. Join bad boy’s White, Pinkman and criminal mind Sail Goodman, the criminal lawyer who protects the blue crystal meth business, in 2013 as they live day to day, breaking all the rules.

to his hometown, the aptly named Detroit. Sean’s been keeping records under wraps, with the exception a small preview of the track, “24 Karats of Gold,” featuring Grammy Award nominee J. Cole. For folks who weren’t a huge fan of his debut, it’s safe to say that this project will be devoid of any radio-friendly singles, over-the-top features or A&R creeps intending on mainstream

label meddling. Featuring the biggest names in the business right now such as Juicy J, Kendrick Lamar, the aforementioned J. Cole, Chris Brown, Common, as well as fellow Detroit native Royce da 5'9", this 17-track offering will surely be more than enough to tide fans over until Big Sean’s sophomore album to be released later this year. Musically, Detroit seems to be in a great state.

Shauna Stocken Associate Editor

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The Verve Pipe's (left) lead singer and guitarist Brian Vander Ark and (right) lead guitarist and backup vocalist Lou Musa preformed live at Cooley Stadium Sept. 6. The Verve Pipe was formed in East Lansing in 1992.

Band rocks Cooley Stadium Sarah Spohn Staff Writer Unfortunately, the Lugnuts didn’t prevail against the Fort Wayne TinCaps Sept. 6, but the fun certainly didn’t end there. Fans flooded from the Cooley Law School Stadium gates to outside the entrance off of Michigan Avenue, where none other than The Verve Pipe themselves were serenading the stadiumgoers for a free concert. I’ve been to my fair share of concerts, ranging everywhere from The All-American Rejects, Cher (I was 9 years old, give me a break), Bob Seger, Matchbox Twenty and even Paul

McCartney. And I can safely say this show was not a disappointment. The set list was chalkfull of goodies, including songs from their self-titled album released back in 1999. They also played fan favorites like “Never Let You Down” from their 2001 album Underneath. Their most famous song “The Freshmen” was absolutely perfect. Not only did concert-goers get an intimate outdoor concert, but they were also complimented by the band’s founder and lead singer, Brian Vander Ark. “Lansing, Michigan did more for that song than any other city in Michigan,” Vander Ark told the crowd. Also covering popular songs like Fleetwood

Mac’s “The Chain” and an encore including an epic harmonica solo to Supertramp’s “Take the Long Way Home,” The Verve Pipe played more than a dozen songs the audience could sing along with. Following the concert, I was able to meet up with one of the band members, Lou Musa of Grand Rapids. He was kind enough to stop and take time in between fan photos to chat with me about the band. Originating in East Lansing, and many of the members being from the great state of Michigan, Vander Ark, drummer Donny Brown and former guitarist Brian Stout formed the band in 1992. Musa said the band is always excited to return

to its roots here in and around the Lansing area. Anyone who missed the show, and trust me — you missed a great show — can still catch The Verve Pipe at the upcoming ArtPrize (an open art contest) in Grand Rapids. The Verve Pipe is headlining the end of the concert series on Friday, Oct. 5 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Other shows around the area include The Ark in Ann Arbor Saturday, Oct. 20 and The Magic Bag in Ferndale Saturday, Dec. 15. In the words of The Verve Pipe, “For the life of me, I cannot remember…” What ever made me second guess Lansing’s music scene?

Big Sean Detroit mixtape making a splash

Joe Israel A & E editor It has been an incredible 2012 for Sean Anderson. The artist, professionally known as Big Sean, has rapped his way to the level of the elite over the course of the past four years since he signed to Kanye West’s boutique record label G.O.O.D Music (Getting Out Our Dreams).

Beginning with the string of successful mixtapes, and his first studio album, Finally Famous, released in June 2011, he has rode a wave of success and built a platform for his braggadocious and flamboyant yet vigilant brand of rap music. And with the G.O.O.D. Music compilation albumCruel Summer slated for release later this fall, many fans were left salivating for a new Big Sean release.

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Sean Anderson, professionally known as Big Sean, is a rapper from Detroit. Sean released his new mixtape Detroit Sept. 5.

The wait is finally over. On Sept. 5, Anderson re-

leased his highly anticipated mixtape dedicated

10 A & E

Sept. 17-30, 2012

Joe Israel A & E Editor

The craft of acting requires discipline. The performance of emotion is the most difficult aspect of acting to master. Stage acting is worlds apart from film acting, and on stage and only the strong survive. One who stood the test of time is Carmen Decker. A decades-long veteran of the stage, Decker has amassed an extensive body of work. She caught the acting bug in high school growing up in Illinois. After graduating from college with a degree in theater, it was on to new challenges as she landed roles Off Broadway. In addition to performing Off Broadway, Decker has performed in regional theaters, including Stormfield Theatre, Peterborough Players, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Victory Gardens. Decker’s performance at Victory Gardens was so impressive it earned her the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role of Clara’s Play. Her incredible work on the stage landed her in the Lansing area. Decker said she was coaxed by her

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Carmen Decker is a 37-year veteran actress of Lansing’s Boarshead Theater.

husband to audition for a show in Grand Ledge. “There was an ad in the paper about auditions being held,” Decker said. “My husband said get in the car. I got real chicken about the audition then.” Decker amassed a significant following in Lansing, putting in years of more award-winning work at the Boarshead Theater. That work will continue with the production of Vigil this fall at LCC’s Black Box Theatre.

“It’s wonderful to have a chance to work with (Timothy Busfield,)” Carmen said. “He’s a very talented fellow. He’s great in this show ... very good with physical comedy.” Given her history of stellar stage performances, Decker will not fail to disappoint as she stars with East Lansing High School’s own Busfield. Vigil opened last weekend and continues Sept. 21, 22 and 23.

— Israel’s Takeover—

Jersey Shore ousted The cabs are finally here and the last blender full of stiff, decision altering, Ron-Ron juice has been whipped up for the last time as we say farewell from the Jersey Shore On August 30, MTV announced that after six years Jersey Shore would be cancelled after the sixth and final season. I find myself experiencing mixed emotions. On one hand it’s easy to see why people were never big fans of the show. I don’t need to tell you, just sit through one episode. One would think that given her well-documented lack of intelligence, or any real common sense for that matter, that Snooki was created in a lab. The Situation got out of control when he was booed on stage at the Com-

edy Central Roast for Donald Trump. Some, if not most ItalianAmericans ,thought of the show as incendiary labeling and a bad stereotype. The jury is still out on Pauly D’s DJing skills. On the other hand like it or not, the show is a cultural phenomenon. Not only is it the highest rated television show in MTV history, but the show is exported in several countries. Snooki and J-Woww

even received a spin-off series, which has just been renewed for a second season. This makes them unlikely superstars, given the dogeat-dog world of reality television. For my personal taste, watching the television series Jersey Shore reminds me of the first time I ate sushi. At first I loathed the taste, but over time I grew to love it. I guess there’s just something about that particular mix of strange, wildly insane cast of characters that I love. I can’t for the life of me point out what it is. I don’t think I want to either. The sixth and final season of Jersey Shore airs Thursday Oct. 4 at 10/9 p.m. Central on MTV.

Emmy-award winner to direct LCC’s Vigil Sarah Spohn Staff Writer Emmy-award winning actor Timothy Busfield grew up in Lansing and has been traveling coast to coast ever since, fully immersing himself in the world of theater. Studying drama at East State Tennessee University, Busfield quickly became involved in nearly every aspect of drama. College plays, traveling troupes in the Appalachia, and theater in Connecticut,Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee are just a few of the many endeavors Busfield has accomplished over his career. However, one can’t forget the many Hollywood names and characters the star has also been linked to; starring as Elliot Weston on ABC’s Thirtysomething, as well as having spots on The West Wing,

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Busfield Entourage and Field of Dreams. “I was able to learn to direct film on Thirtysomething,” Busfield said. “With my face, I’d better do more than act.” The popular ABC drama Thirtysomething focused on a handful of baby boomers in their 30s and the struggles that develop within their middle-class lives. Not only did Busfield appear on televisions in the homes of count-

less Americans’ living rooms, he was also involved in crucial behind-the-scenes work. Reconnecting with LCC’s own Melissa Kaplan (also a fellow East Lansing graduate), Busfield pitched the script of Vigil, got the thumbs up and began his first behind-the-scenes production here at LCC. “I have never directed any other LCC play before,” Busfield said. Busfield will star in LCC’s Vigil, which opened Sept. 15 and runs through Sept. 23.

With my face, I’d better do more than act.

Decker performs in college drama

-Timothy Busfield


Sept. 17-30, 2012 — In our own words —

To eat or not to eat? That is the question By noon every day, a line of student is backed up almost all the way into The Lookout office in the Gannon Building. Students are sitting in front of the door and it becomes more difficult to focus on our meeting as they start talking loudly outside the office. “When are they going to fix this?” one of us asks. A resounding “I don’t know” fills the office. New dining options need to be presented fast at campus to accommodate the constantly growing number of students looking for a meal. For as long as most of us can remember

being at LCC, students have never had so little to choose from in terms of satisfying their hunger. Gibson’s Books & Beans has become the alternative to campus dining in recent weeks, becoming equally as crowded as the Gannon lobby. Other downtown options are available, but many students don’t want to dodge traffic on their mad dash to Jimmy John’s when their next class starts in 10 minutes. According to Ellen Jones of LCC Public Affairs, a new dining option was scheduled to open in TLC in September or October, but we haven’t seen any sign of re-

lief in the near future. Some might say campus isn’t a place for students to hang out and chow down. Instead, they should pack up as soon as the teacher wraps up a lecture and make room for the next wave of students. To those people, we would say, “Have you suddenly forgotten the ‘community’ in ‘Lansing Community College?’” Students need a place to study, relax, and eat. Bene Pizza and Wraps & More is simply stretched too thin to accommodate the thousands of students registered this semester. We need solutions now.

—’I am invincible’ —

Stressing out about stress and trying to survive As I find myself in the second week of the radiology program and drowning in quizzes, tests, online training and hundreds of pages of reading, I find myself asking, “How have I not gone insane yet?” Well, I suppose my friends would say I’ve already passed that threshold years ago. So as my grip on sanity slowly erodes once more, I wonder how many other students cope with the stress that inevita-

bly accompanies each day. In fact, one of my teachers recently shared some handouts explaining different techniques for cop-

ing with stress. For example, students can relax by engaging in breathing exercises, watching a comedy, or discovering a fun and exciting hobby. I’ve always dealt with stress by writing, taking a walk outside, getting a massage, weight-lifting and singing (or screaming in fury). One of the most important lessons I’ve learned since enrolling at LCC is

Letter to the Editor

Thanks, Frank Vaca Speech Communication

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being a nihilist and trying to thinking positive). And having a support group of close friends who believe in you can provide that extra motivation you need to endure one more day in this unforgiving world. Hopefully, this information benefits those of you new to college or struggling with busy schedules, even if these techniques are pretty basic. However, even I need a reminder to slow down once in a while

Nathan Wilson Editor in Chief

Dear Editor, Why should I care about the LCC pool? I don’t know how to swim and only know how to dive under water. Let’s face it, I am one fated in life to be rescued by waiting for a cute lifeguard. David Hasselhoff where are ya? So to throw a life support toward my fellow students in their dire need: Did you know students for $30 you can get a membership for the pool during weekday open hours? There are courses in the pool. So don’t put down those shades, trunks, and swimsuits in fall semester. Help those who are not as gifted as fish by keeping the pool open for many generations. Check it out on the Main Campus first floor, before they tear it down to put up a student lounge.

to prioritize school, work, and family. I set a deadline for weekly assignments, reading and study times— after all, I’m a journalist so deadlines are second nature to me. I usually jot down these deadlines in a pocket calendar so I ensure that I meet every work and school assignment on time. Another useful technique to combat stress is to develop a positive attitude (believe me, it’s not easy

and zone out to soothing heavy metal. But in the end, even if something goes catastrophically wrong and I’m one heartbeat away from falling apart, I take comfort knowing it’s not the end of the world. Unless I’m stressed because I’m driving around insane, reckless and outright stupid drivers—then it may be the

end of the world for me.

Shauna Stocken Associate Editor


Sept. 17-30, 2012 Volume 54, Issue 2

Lansing Community College’s Independent Student Newspaper since 1959

What’s your favorite spot on campus? Nathan Wilson

Shauna Stocken

Editor in Chief

Associate Editor

Sports Editor

Advertising Manager

“The Shigematsu Garden”

“The Lookout office”

“The newsroom”

“The HHS massage lab”

Sarah Spohn

Amber Glomb

Paginator /Staff Writer Staff Writer

“My old office, GB 190”

“The Shigematsu Memorial Garden”

Dominick Mastrangelo

Joe Israel

Mark Gillengerten

Jenna Miller

A & E Editor

Photo Editor


“My new office at The Lookout”

Larry Hook


“The Shigematsu fish pond”


Sept. 17-30, 2012

Thousands of fans attended the Lansing Lugnuts playoff game against the Fort Wayne TinCaps Sept. 6 at Cooley Stadium.

Lugnuts, Verve Pipe team for exciting playoff action By Dominick Mastrangelo Sports Editor One of the most identifiable staples of downtown Lansing culture – The Lansing Lugnuts - ended its 2012 chapter Sept. 6. Thousands of people

flocked to Cooley Law School Stadium that night to participate in what was the last “Thirsty Thursday” promotional night of the year. Beers and soft drinks were sold for just $2 each. The Lugnuts lost an elimination game to the

Fort Wayne TinCaps, 9-6. The ‘Nuts blew a sixrun lead, which they held heading into the fifth inning. Still, the magic of baseball could not be dampened. Major Leaguer Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue

The Big Lug, the Lansing Lugnuts’ popular team mascot, fires up the crowd during Thursday Thursday, Sept. 13, at Cooley Law School Stadium.

Jays participated in a rehab assignment, making him one of only eight players to do so with Lansing. East Lansing-based band The Verve Pipe sang the National Anthem before the game and held a concert after. The Lansing Lugnuts had a stellar season in 2012, finishing with the best record in team history: 82-54. The Lugnuts also earned the Eastern Division firsthalf championship with a 47-22 record. The Lugnuts broke team records for consecutive wins to start a season (7), most shutouts in a season (16) and most wins in a month (20 in May). Outfielder Kevin Pillar was named Midwest League Most Valuable Player by league managers. First-year Lugnuts Manager John Tamargo Jr. was honored for the team’s success by being named the Midwest League Manager of the Year.

Lou Musa, the lead guitarist and backup vocalist for The Verve Pipe (foreground), and Brian Vander Ark, lead singer and guitarist, perform “The Freshman,” their best-known hit. The Verve Pipe was formed in East Lansing in 1992.

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This young fan named Mark was all smiles after getting his baseball signed by the Big Lug.

The Lookout Volume 54 Issue 2  

Stars run to first place, ballplayer rehabs in Lansing, learning how to teach

The Lookout Volume 54 Issue 2  

Stars run to first place, ballplayer rehabs in Lansing, learning how to teach