Volume 60, Issue 2
sept. 17 - 30, 2018 Lansing Community College’s Independent Student Newspaper since 1959
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On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Col. Jack Lousma, retired NASA astronaut and U.S. Marine, was inducted into the LCC’s Veterans Memorial before speaking in Dart Auditorium. Read more about the event on page 3.
LCC receives $100,000 sponsership for digital skills classes from Google Page >>> 2
Harriers put best foot forward during seasonopener at Olivet College Pages >>> 6
‘Arts Night Out’ event invigorates Lansing’s Old Town District Page >>> 8
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LCC gets hefty sponsorship from Google By Ashlee Buhler Editor in Chief Representatives from Google visited main campus on Aug. 28 to announce a $100,000 sponsorship that will allow LCC to offer free digital skills training. The goal of the courses is to help students improve their professional skillset, grow their careers and learn to market themselves in a growing technological world. “Our partnership with Google benefits our LCC students because it provides access to training that will help them advance their technical skills,” said LCC President Brent Knight. “The knowledge gained will prepare them to compete in their chosen industry by having the digital skills today’s employers require.” The classes, which are free and open to the public, will be focused on the following areas: Get Your Business Online, IT Professional Support
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Google recently gave LCC a $100,000 sponsorship that will allow free digital-skills classes on campus.
and Google’s Applied Digital Skills. In total, 31 courses with 70 sections will be available over the course of three semesters on LCC’s campuses. During the announcement, Google Representative Amber Jessie spoke about partnering with the college. “We couldn’t be prouder to work with a top-notch institution like LCC … to help more Michiganders learn the digital skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy, and (to) be prepared for jobs of today and tomorrow,” Jessie said. The partnership between Google and LCC began in March of 2018 when the college hosted Google’s third event on its nationwide “Grow with Google” tour. The two-day series of workshops brought more than 1,000 people to the main campus. For more information on the digital skills training, or to register for classes, visit https://lcc.edu/businesscommunity/google.
LCC student charged with false terrorism threat By Sarah Barney A&E Editor In the early morning of Wednesday, Sept. 5, police arrested 31-year-old LCC student David Tomaszycki of Howell and recovered an unidentified weapon. Tomaszycki was taken into custody af-
LCC student David Tomaszycki, 31 of Howell, was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 5.
ter a different student reported messages from Tomaszycki that made threats against LCC. That same day, Tomaszycki was charged in Eaton County District Court with making a false terrorism report and maliciously using a telecommunications device. The judge sent a cash bond of $50,000 during the arraignment Wednesday, Sept 5. Kalap Brown, a freshman majoring in science, expressed that he still feels safe on campus. “If you hear a threat and within a few hours it’s handled, then that kind of guarantees that people on campus are prepared and have a plan and are ready to execute when necessary,” Brown said. In light of these events, LCC is hosting four safety training sessions. Two are to be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the Gannon Building’s Michigan Room on the downtown Campus. The next day, Wednesday, Sept. 19, two more sessions are to be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at West Campus room W157. “We’re going to cover the same exact training we did last year,” said Bill French, LCC’s public safety director. “We’re going to talk about active violence and how you can keep yourself safe. “Because the police can’t be everywhere
always … it’s pretty much your responsibility, if there’s an active violence situation going on, to take care of yourself until police arrive.” As for what students can do to prevent active violence situations, French encouraged students to be vigilant. “If you see somebody that’s struggling emotionally or mentally, or they’re acting out, bring it to somebody’s attention so that we can get them help before they cross that line and get themselves in trouble or hurt themselves or others,” French
said. Previously, a 20-year-old student was sentenced in May for sending threats directed at LCC over Snapchat, which led to the evacuation of three campuses. Police recovered an AR-15 along with magazines and ammunition from that student’s apartment upon arresting him. The student was sentenced to six months in jail. A hearing for Tomaszycki is set for Sept. 21. The Lookout intends to follow up on this story as it develops.
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Lousma speaks among Stars IN BRIEF By Ashlee Buhler Editor in Chief Well over 100 students, staff and members of the community filed into Dart Auditorium on Sept. 11 to hear the “out of this world” experiences of a retired NASA astronaut Jack Lousma. A Grand Rapids native and University of Michigan graduate, Lousma was one of the 19 selected to join NASA in 1966. Lousma’s duties with NASA began at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, where he served as a support crew member for Apollos 9, 10 and 13. His most notable moment came during the Apollo 13 mission when he answered Jack Swigert’s “Houston, we’ve had a problem” radio transmission. “Nobody (in the control center) knew what was happening because the telemeter had been blown out with the explosion,” Lousma told the crowd. “We tried several things we had simulated before and none of them worked. It was clear this was something we had not seen in the simulation.” Lousma eventually got his turn in space as the pilot of Skylab 2 from July 28 to Sept. 25, 1973. During these 59 days in space, he orbited the earth 858 times and traveled 24.5 million miles. “I do like to tell people a little bit about what it’s like to fly in space. That’s the question I get asked most often and of course it’s the hardest to answer,” Lousma said. “One of the things that’s unreal is that you’re going around the world at 70,000 miles per hour and it takes an hour and a half to get around the world. “During that time you’re in the day-
Technology available for rental The LCC Library offers various forms of technology to help students with their classes. Whether you need a laptop, calculator, iPad, GoPro Camera, or tripod — the library’s got it. Most items are available to be checked out for 28 days. All you need to do is bring a photo ID to the checkout counter. For more information, visit https:// lcc.edu/library/study-spaces-and-tech/borrow-technology.html.
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Jack Lousma speaks about his days as an astronaut in LCC’s Dart Auditorium on Sept. 11.
light for 60 minutes and in the darkness with the shadow of the earth for 30 minutes. “When the sun comes up on the horizon it’s like an explosion of light coming up. And when the sun comes down on the horizon it’s like turning off the lights in a room. It’s that quick.” Lousma’s second and final trip to space came during an eight-day mission as a spacecraft commander on STS-3, the third orbital test flight of space shuttle Columbia. LCC student Racquel Nelson was in attendance for Lousma’s speech and said she was
interested to learn more about life in space. “I actually want to be a biologist for NASA when I’m older – that’s kind of my dream – so that’s what brought me here,” Nelson said. “I was kind of hoping he would talk more about space, but I liked how he talked about his experiences and how he felt sometimes.” Prior to his presentation in Dart, Lousma was inducted into the LCC Veterans Memorial for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps. The induction took place during a brief ceremony in the Gannon Building’s new Michigan Room.
Need extra help with a class? Tutoring in many subjects is available for free in The Learning Commons. For specific tutoring schedules and availability of services, call (517) 483-1206. The Learning Commons, located in room 1313 of the A&S Building, also offers a quiet place to study. For more information, visit https://internal.lcc.edu/tutorial.
‘One Book’ kickoff set for Sept. 19 The LCC Library will host a free discussion to kick off this year’s One Book One LCC event. Students can pick up a free copy of this year’s book, entitled “The Hate U Give,” and stick around to engage in conversation about the book’s themes. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 on the third floor of the library, located in the TLC building on LCC’s main campus.
AMA chapter plans regional conference Oct. 5 By Sarah Barney A&E Editor Students from LCC’s chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) have planned a regional conference for Friday, Oct. 5. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on LCC’s downtown campus. Tickets cost $15 for the general public, or $10 for LCC students. The conference will host multiple speakers from local businesses. Presenters will discuss topics such as entrepreneurship, public relations and advertising. The speakers will include founders from Cravings Popcorn, Lansing United Soccer and Saddleback BBQ.
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In addition to presenters, there will be an onsite marketing strategy com-
petition with cash prizes and gifts. “LCC AMA members planned all aspects of the event, including contacting speakers, sponsors, logistics and promotion, as well as support at the actual event,” said Adrienne Jenkins, co-adviser for the AMA. The focus of the conference is “Build the Future You” and will cover what students can do to be successful in whatever career paths they choose. “The main focus is LCC students … but there will also be AMA members from across the Midwest,” LCC AMA President Joe Strother said. “Really, we’re open to anyone who wants to come.” The event is part of the chapter’s ef-
forts to win the number one ranking nationally for top small chapter within the AMA. The chapter missed the number one ranking by three-tenths of a point last year. “We are hoping that this large event, as well as our other events like Business Etiquette Dinner and Star Tank, will help to close that gap and get us to our goal of Top Small Chapter of the Year,” Jenkins said. The Business Etiquette Dinner is set for Thursday, Nov. 15. The two Star Tanks will be held later in the fall and then in the spring. For more information on the Regional Conference or register, go to www.lccama.org.
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SAGA club inspires support for LGBTQ+ Islam Amir Staff Writer Are you looking for an environment built with diverse thoughts with different ideological perspective to express yourself? The LCC Sexuality And Gender Acceptance club (SAGA), formerly known as the Gay Straight Alliance, is here for you. The SAGA club is a supporting group, in which all sorts of students get together to create a friendly and safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community to express itself. This community works together to maintain a supportive environment, according to James Ferguson, the adviser of the club. “Our mission is to offer a safe environment for students to reveal information about their lives and also educate the rest of the school to create a climate for people to feel safe and valued,” Ferguson said. Kristina Groenleer, president of SAGA, explained why she enjoys the club. “We are a very small, non-intimidating group,” Groenleer said. “We care a lot about our communities and we want to create an environment with a sense of belonging. “During our regular meetings we usual-
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Members of the SAGA club include (left to right) member Hannah Mills, Vice President Elliot Lowe, Co-Adviser Brandon Lawler, Secretary Mackenzie Himr, Co-Adviser James Ferguson, member George W. and President Kristina Groenleer.
ly go over our agenda and open the floor for discussion. Afterwards we play ‘Cards Against Humanity,’ which we love doing,” said Groenleer. Brandon Lawler, the co-adviser of the club, also spoke highly of its mission. “We meet, support, educate and create a safer environment for students here at LCC and also connect with others to find inspiration in their stories and supporting their journeys,” Lawler said. The club meets twice a week, Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m., in the Gannon Building’s Center for Engaged Inclusion (room 2202). “We have an option for students who do not want to revel themselves, or those who have a time conflict with classes through email communication, to keep them updated,” Ferguson said. The club has a movie night coming up on Friday, Oct. 12 to show “The Matthew Shepard Story.” All students are welcome. To become a member of this vibrant community or for more information, email one of the advisers, Jim Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brandon Lawler at email@example.com, or just walk in during regular meeting hours.
LCC set to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month By Sarah Barney A&E Editor In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, LCC will be hosting a variety of events including presentations, activities, a film discussion and a panel at the end of the month. The month will kick off with an open house for the Cesar Chavez Learning Center on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The event will be in Gannon Building (GB) room 3217 from noon to 4 p.m. The next event will be a paper fiesta flower making activity on Thursday, Sept. 20. The event is hosted by LCC’s Lucha Latina Student Organization. Yolanda Crim, a social work major and vice president of the Lucha Latina Student Organization, has a personal connection to paper fiesta flowers. “My great-grandma used to sell those in the market during holidays,” Crim said. “I remember learning it from my mother, who learned it from her mother, who learned it from hers. “While we don’t have to sell them anymore because we’re different than my great-grandmother, it’s great
to have a connection to my history.” Crim shared her thoughts about the month’s events. “I love that we’re divulging into a different type of culture so that if you are black, white, Asian… you get to learn a bit about the people around you,” Crim said. “If you’re an American, you should really know about different types of Americans ‘cause we’re not all the same.” Two presentations will be held for the month. The first, “Rigoberta Menchu, Latinas Leading in Resistance,” will be at the Centre for Engaged Inclusion in GB room 2204 from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The second, “Socioeconomic and Political Crisis in Venezuela” will also be at the same location on Thursday, Oct. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. The film viewing and discussion will take place Wednesday, Oct. 10 and will be over the movie “Under the Same Moon.” It will be hosted in the Cesar Chavez Learning Center, although the time is yet to be announced.
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The student panel, held Monday, Oct. 15, will cover “What It Means to be Latino” and will be located in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, stop by the Cesar Chavez Learning Center.
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‘Singing man’ plans to shine in new town By Shauna Stocken A&E Editor In February of 2018, The Lookout published a feature article on former LCC student Demitrious Meadows, who is known as LCC’s “Singing Man” throughout the hallways. Meadows’ love for singing and dancing is a hobby the 25-year-old said he tries to practice and improve at every day. “Being at LCC allowed me to express myself, so it gave me a sense of peace and a major confidence booster,” Meadows said. “It allowed me to be myself without people constantly trying to throw stones at me for just doing what I love to do.” With his new sense of confidence, Meadows said he has decided to leave LCC and Lansing to start a new journey in Charlotte, Mich., at the beginning of September. “We recently had a tragedy in the family; our grandma passed,” Meadows said. “After her passing, my brother (Steven) thought it would be a good idea for me to come out his way so that we could be closer.” The decision to leave his hometown, friends, co-workers at a Lansing Taco
Bell and his mother was a difficult choice at first, Meadows explained. “In the meantime, I will be working in the hopes of getting my own place by the end of the year,” he said. Meadows said he is transferring to the Taco Bell in Charlotte and has already found a local dance studio to join. Although Meadows described himself as well traveled around the United States, he always has a desire to return home. “He will be greatly missed,” said Taco Bell co-worker LaShonda Burton. “He is a good person, outgoing always, and good at making people smile.” Burton said that it is rare not to see Meadows come into work dancing, humming along or singing to a song. Burton said she is confident he will continue to amuse people for years to come, wherever he goes. “One time when we were at Taco Bell he slipped and fell because he was trying to do the electric slide and it was pretty funny,” Burton said. “Everybody in the lobby had a good laugh, including Demitrious.” Meadows said his last goodbye at LCC was his Hip-Hop club dance participation at last month’s “Party with the Prez.”
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LCC’s “Singing Man,” Demitrious Meadows, is leaving Lansing and moving to Charlotte, Mich. for family reasons. He is shown here at work at Taco Bell.
Photo Editor Brynne Luter recently asked LCC students: "What are you most excited for during the fall season?"
Tara Vogan "Halloweentown movies."
Tabia Monae McClenton
"The perfect weather to wear Ugg boots. The pretty colors everywhere, too."
"College football. Go Michigan State."
"Gotta be the trees: the colors and the leaves."
"Everything. Halloween especially. October is my birthday month. There's pumpkin carving and it's the best sweater weather."
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Volleyballers reel off four straight wins By Maddie Toles Sports Editor The LCC volleyball team recently completed a four-match winning streak. A Sept. 11 match at Jackson College continued this streak, ending with set scores of 25-17, 18-25, 25-18 and 25-15. This match put the Stars overall record at 10-4 and their MCCAA league record at 5-1. LCC Head Coach Emily Quintero said this success is a result of the women being able to “keep their foot on the pedal.” Freshman Maya Ferland played particularly strong in the match against Jackson College, ending the night with team highs of 18 kills and three blocks. Sophomore Mya Brooks stood out as well with 13 kills. Quintero said Hannah Whiteman has been on her game as well, coming out strong in her serving. Not only are individual players standing out, but the team is quickly starting to dominate its opponents. Quintero stressed this pattern needs to continue if the team wants to keep
this winning fever. “Continuing to work hard and not easing up will be crucial for these next few weeks of conference play,” Quintero said. After being able to see more gameplay, Quintero said the women have the capability of executing and being strong offensively. With two games and busy practices every week, physical health is a priority to the women. They have been working exclusively with their trainer to prevent injuries and keep their healthy state, Quintero said. Along with solid wins and an overall healthy morale, team chemistry is strengthening. Freshmen recruits are getting in the swing of things as well, as they settle into the college environment. “They’re figuring out their roles,” Quintero said about the freshmen. “They are seeing how they can best benefit the program and how they can make the team strong.” The next home match will be against Muskegon Community College on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gannon Gym.
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LCC freshman Allison Couturier sets to freshman Nicole Winter during practice in the Gannon Gym.
Cross country teams race to strong start at Olivet
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Top runners at the recent Olivet College Invitational for Lansing Community College were sophomore Emma Distelrath and freshman Brian Moore.
By Maddie Toles Sports Editor The LCC cross country teams are off to a good start this season. Both the men and women scored high on the leaderboards in their first invitational at Olivet College on Aug. 31, where both teams ran a 5K. From the women’s team, sophomore Emma Distelrath secured third place with a time of 20:54. Runners from the men’s team swept the leaderboards, taking the first seven places. LCC Freshman Brian Moore won the race with a time of 15:57. Distelrath and Moore secured the top spots, but their focus is on both teams’ success as well. “I’m really excited to see how the team does,” Moore admitted. “The team is going to do really well. Our top seven are all within a minute of each other.” LCC Head Coach Jim Robinson said he is encouraged by this consistency in the men’s team as well. “One of the things we work on yearround is having them run with each
other,” Robinson said. “When you watch high school races you see teammates that are four or five yards apart. If they would make a commitment to run together, they would do better.” Both the men’s and women’s teams focused most of their recent energy on the Spartan Invitational, which took place Sept. 14. The invitational was a good chance to see how they stack up against more difficult competition and give them a chance to assess goals for future performances, Robinson said. Robinson jokes each year that “this season’s team is his favorite.” However, he claims this group of runners will be his “most favorite.” Robinson said he is encouraged by the strong work ethic that he has seen in his runners, stating that, “they aren’t afraid to work hard.” Both teams are eagerly anticipating the Kirkland Community College Invitational on Friday, Sept. 21, where they hope to not only do well – but prepare themselves for the rigors of the upcoming meets.
sept. 17 -30, 2018 www.lcc.edu/lookout — From the bleachers —
Looking forward to sports beat at LCC Look out people! I’m your new sports editor! Starting this fall, I am joining The Lookout team as the sports editor. My name is Maddie Toles, and this is my second year at LCC. Writing has been my passion for many years and I am eager to share my love of journalism and athletics with you all. I fell in love with the competitive and fast-paced game of soccer from a young age and continued to play for many years. I also completed a season of track and field
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in there somewhere, but I seem to be able to write faster than I can run. Sports writing has been attractive to me for a long time, as I appreciate the individuality of personal writing with the combina-
tion of the community that sports provides. I’m excited to work with a team of incredibly talented individuals at The Lookout and I know they will help me grow not just as a journalist, but as a person. At the moment, I am pursuing an associate degree at LCC and I am only four classes away! I hope to major in marketing with a focus in International Business and Public Relations. I am eager to utilize my love of writing in this field. I enjoy the art of communication combined with writing. My interest in traveling and foreign business make this a
perfect combination for me. When I’m not writing, you can probably find me with my nose in a book or watching old sitcoms. When I say old, I mean the ‘90s. I also work at the public library in Okemos where, instead of writing books, I’m shelving them. I like to keep busy, so if you see a girl running from an accounting class to the next volleyball match – it’s probably me. I look forward to sharing the stories and successes of our athletic department with you and highlighting the talented athletes and coaches that it features.
8|Arts and Entertainment
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‘Arts Night Out’ colors Old Town IN BRIEF By Shauna Stocken A&E Editor “Arts Night Out” breaks the monotony of seeing the same decorations and artwork, both inside and out of Lansing’s Old Town shops, restaurants and galleries. In May 2016, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing established an art event for professional and non-professional artists to partake in throughout the town. “It started as this great joint marketing adventure between as many businesses as wanted to participate in each neighborhood,” said Taylor Rupp, administrative assistant and “Arts Night Out” coordinator for the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. “Old Town was such a pretty location for it because of the type of businesses that were here and the condensed area of all of the local businesses that were participating; it’s such a walkable event.” At the last event on Friday, Sept. 7, a total of 18 participating businesses featured artists and their work from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will continue on the first Friday of every other month, even in the winter months to come. “There are always a variety of businesses that participate,” Rupp said. “It just depends on the month and the different venues availability. We have had anywhere from 11 to 31 venues just in Old Town participating.” Local artist Estina Banks, said she is known as “The Map Lady.” Banks sells
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Lansing artist Estina Banks describes herself as a full-time mom and “The Map Lady.” Banks designs Michigan-themed artwork out of recycled materials. Her work is sold year round in the Old Town shop, Great Lakes Arts and Gifts.
Michigan-themed necklaces, earrings, key chains, vintage maps, sheet music and more, all constructed from recycled paper and other reusable materials. “This is actually my first ‘Arts Night Out.’ I’m actually a newer vendor here,” Banks said. Banks’ booths of recycled crafts and jewelry are available for purchases at Old Town’s
Great Lakes Arts and Gifts shop. Banks’ prices range from $5 to $50 per item. “I think that everyone needs a creative outlet, it’s always good to build the economy and to buy locally,” Banks said. Over the past two years, Lansing native Stephanie Joy Hogan has participated in six Arts Night Out events. “The main event for me is the big canvas we’re unveiling tonight,” Hogan said. During three-scheduled “Arts Night Out” events in 2017, community members left their mark on a canvas that was unveiled at the last event, Sept. 7. “Piper and Gold (Old Town Public Relation firm) put down a big tarp, and they put the canvas on the tarp with a bunch of paint and literally everyone that walked by got to add to the canvas,” Hogan said. “Once it was done they handed it over to me and I sort of transformed it into a complete piece. It’s a piece that I finished, but truly and literally the entire community had their hands on it.” Hogan said she continues to participate in “Arts Night Out” because art is the heartbeat and culture of a community. Join Hogan and others for the next scheduled Arts Night Out event, Friday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. For a neighborhood map and more information on the event, visit http://myartsnightout.com or check out the event on Facebook or Twitter.
‘Dead Ringer’ brings Wild West to LCC By Shauna Stocken A&E Editor Already feeling the weight of fall semester classes? Take a break with friends at LCC’s upcoming production of “Dead Ringer.” A cast of three actors and additional crew members will present the play at the Black Box Theatre, located in room 1422 of the Gannon Building, Sept. 28-29 and again Oct. 5-6 at 8 p.m. “I’ve been here 30 years and I don’t recall ever doing a western, and this (play) is a western,” said Mary Matzke, theatre adjunct instructor at LCC and director of Dead Ringer. The play selection committees read through “Dead Ringer” and chose the piece together last summer, according to Dr. John Lennox, who is the theatre faculty program chair. “I’m going to do the gun safety because they’re using firearms,” Lennox said. “They have six-shooters. It’s Western. So I am going to be showing them how to use them safely and all that kind of stuff.”
The play is about a man, Tyra Cole, who trains horses while watching over his disabled sister (Mary) by locking her inside a cell during the day. What happens after the third character, Dwight Foley, comes to town will offer a twist that must be seen live to appreciate. “You can’t have too many actors performing in the Black Box Theatre,” Matzke said. “This show, any kind of show, there were challenges … The challenges when you only have three actors is that there are a lot of lines to learn.” According to Lennox, experiencing live theatre is beneficial for both LCC students and community member because it exposes the audience to cultures that may not be familiar. “It rounds us out in our understanding of humanity; our understanding of our community and the world around us,” Lennox said. For more information on Dead Ringer and other upcoming LCC productions, visit https:// internal.lcc.edu/cma/events.
Arts and Entertainment
Blues music to fill streets of Old Town Join local talent, as well as regional and national acts, for the 2018 BluesFest in Lansing’s Old Town. On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 to 22, musicians from Michigan and nearby states will entertain guest starting at 5 p.m. In between acts, guests can grab a bite to eat from a local food vendor, take advantage of beverage carts, or entertain the little ones at the kid craft tables. For more information and a detailed artist lineup, visit, http://www.oldtownbluesfest.com.
Heritage Festival makes learning fun Submerse yourself in American history at the American Heritage Festival at Woldumar Nature Center. The free event will be hosted Sunday, Sept. 30. It will feature events for guests of all ages. Local vendors, demonstrators and performers will be celebrating and educating those in attendance on American history and traditions. The event will feature interactive activities including kids’ crafts, horsedrawn wagon rides, pontoon boat rides on the Grand River and much more.
Turner-Dodge hosts music in mansion Watch local professionals and non-professional musicians as they perform from the scenic Turner-Dodge House at 100 E. North St. in Lansing. Adults will enjoy music in the mansion for $10 per person in the music room, Thursday, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8. Doors open at 7 p.m. with light refreshments and self-guided tours of the mansion following the show.
Halloween bar crawl set for Oct. 13 It is that time of year once again to transform yourself into witches, superheroes, favorite sitcom characters and more for Halloween festivities. Join the 2018 Lansing bar crawl, Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1 to 9 p.m., starting with a kickoff party between 1 to 2:30 p.m. The party is only for those 21 and older, but drinking is optional for all guests. Start the bar crawl at Lansing’s Stadium District, where groups will receive a LED bracelet that will indicate when to “crawl” to the next location. Prices vary, and tickets are limited. Visit the website https://www.eventbrite.com.
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‘Unsane’ patient imprisoned in eerie film By Shauna Stocken A&E Editor If you’ve followed my past columns, you may remember me mentioning my distaste for going to the movies, and my disappointment for almost every new movie I watch. My previous criticisms were erased after watching the 2018 film, "Unsane." The flick is directed by Steven Soderbergh, who also directed popular movies like "Ocean’s Eleven" and "Erin Brockovich." The 138-minute film is available to stream for free on Amazon Prime or worth the few dollars to rent. Actress Claire Foy plays the leading lady, Sawyer Valentini, whose mind not only leaves her character in a haze; but will have audience members skeptical about
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her sanity as well. Without giving too much away, I will say the film is a suspenseful tale on what happens after a stalking survivor is falsely committed into a mental institution. Her seemingly one-day stay turns into two days and then a week. So Sawyer must use what smarts she has left to navigate a psych ward, since she is drugged by doctors each day and battling her own worst fears. If those fears are real, or delusions in her mind, only time will tell. I like that the movie created a dialog for people to share their opinions on her mental state and more before the film concludes. The realistic concept of how a therapy patient can be tricked into committing one-
self into a treatment facility was equally alarming to me, as was the ending of the movie. The plot was centered on how a person could be held or imprisoned in a psych ward and/or treatment facility until their insurance money runs dry. The false imprisonment scam is not only alarming to me, but left me wondering if this trick happens in real life. The film's title, "Unsane," was clear to me after watching an electric-shock scene to the head, at which point the movie's pace elevated and made me anxious for the ending. With Halloween approaching, I enjoyed watching an eerie movie and recommend it to anyone looking for something new to watch this fall.
Bloom Coffee great place for coffee in Old Town By Brynne Luter Photo Editor With the school year back in swing, it is time to settle into our study habits. I have a sweet spot for quiet little coffee shops to kick start my study sessions. For me, there’s just something relaxing about the aroma of freshly pulled espresso. One of my personal favorite places to spend the grueling hours of homework is Bloom Coffee Roasters at 1236 Turner St. in Lansing’s Old Town. Bloom was started by owner and roaster Jared Field. The shop originally emerged as a whole bean roaster, but later Bloom opened its coffee bar in July of 2016. Bloom Coffee Roasters is a stellar place to grab a quick cup o’ Joe or to sit and
stay awhile, finish up some homework or catch up with a friend. Whether you get an Ethiopian pourover, lavender latte, or cold brew, Bloom will certainly impress. It’s not just the coffee that makes Bloom stand out. The baristas are not only genuine coffee connoisseurs and masters of their craft, but also care deeply about each customer who comes in to the shop. Even if you come alone to the shop, it’s not too hard to find yourself in a conversation about your favorite type of music, sparked by the Ray Charles record playing in the background, or even just chatting about the day’s agenda. The memories I have made just simply sitting in the shop are some of my best, and some conversations that I will never
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From left, barista Harry McComb, owner Jared Field and roaster Chay Menke of Bloom Coffee Roasters.
forget. I hope you find a home at Bloom Coffee Roasters, just like I did. Stop in. Enjoy a latte. Get to know more of your local Lansing treasures.
Bloom Coffee Roasters is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.bloomroasters.com
‘BuzzFeed Unsolved’ is free and fun on YouTube By Alejandro Gonzales Staff Writer In “BuzzFeed Unsolved: True Crime,” a current YouTube sensation, two video producers review criminal investigations that have no definitive answer. The hosts are Ryan Bergara, who is easily shocked and mostly optimistic, and Shane Madej, who is usually sarcastic and not very hopeful. Bergara does research and reports the in-
formation back to his friend. The two then talk about and argue the details. Mysteries, including the disappearance of crime boss Jimmy Hoffa and the escape of inmates from Alcatraz prison, have been discussed. Several types of actions, from kidnapping to extreme bank robberies, are looked at. It is interesting to see old cases talked about by modern people. Unlike many true crime shows, the duo makes it obvious to
themselves and the audience that they are no experts. There is typically a balance of humor and care mixed with realism. The debates are almost always filled with pop-culture references and interesting theories. The cast is very interactive with fans on all social media platforms. After most episodes, there is usually a question-and-answer session to go along with it. This series is a companion to another
show, “BuzzFeed Unsolved Supernatural,” which is hosted by the same individuals. I enjoy this as well, but it is focused less on fact and more on adventure or possible fiction. One unique feature of “BuzzFeed Unsolved” is that it is broadcasted on YouTube for all to view for free. Every season and episode can be found with an easy search. Season four is the most recent entry, with eight episodes. It premiered this past July 13.
sept. 17 - 30, 2018 www.lcc.edu/lookout — Through ashlee’s eyes —
Immigration did not kill Mollie Tibbetts When the body of Mollie Tibbetts (a college student whose disappearance went viral) was found near her home in Iowa, it sparked a huge political debate on social media. Yes, Tibbetts was killed by an illegal immigrant from Mexico. However, her death has nothing to do with that. Let me be clear, I’m not condoning those who enter the country illegally,
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I just think it is irrelevant to why Tibbetts was murdered. In the United States, thousands of
women are killed each year by men who are living in this country legally. More times than not, the stories you hear on the news are of a women being abducted and murdered by an American man. Building a wall, like people are suggesting in response to Tibbett’s death, will do absolutely nothing to prevent that from happening. If a man wants to kill a woman (or vice versa) he is going to do it re-
gardless of what country he is from. For lack of better words, this is more of a mental issue than it is an immigration issue. Even Tibbetts’ family has spoken out; asking people to stop exploiting their daughter’s tragic death to promote racist ways of thinking. Out of respect for them, I can only hope that people will stop using the death of this young woman to push their political agenda.
— Islam’s insights —
Setting sights on making the world a better place I am an African immigrant born in Sudan and raised in Ghana. I migrated to the United States with my family four years ago with the hopes of establishing the American dream. As other first generation families, our goal is to overcome our circumstances by gaining something that cannot be take away from us … EDUCATION. I graduated from J.W Sexton High School in Lansing. I love soccer and my favorite TV show is Criminal Minds. My favorite book is “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi. I hate pizza, but I love spring and I believe flowers should never be taken to funerals. I am a shy person and at times I feel incredibly awkward around people, particularly those
that I don’t know. But once I get to know you, that is when you will get to see the real me. Something which is a very big part of my life is my “hijab.” Basically the hijab is a piece of cloth most Muslim women wrap around their heads. To me my hijab reflects my personal identity and the traits that make up who I am, rather than my physical appearance. My hijab is the only thing that allows me to have the freedom to live my life and express myself in my own way. My hijab allows me to liberate myself from the unrealistic expectations and standards of beauty that society imposes upon women. I am currently a sophomore doing my transfer studies here at Lansing
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Community College. I tried to keep myself as busy as possible on campus through joining many clubs. Being a part of different organizations and clubs, I not only learn the benefits of extra-curricular activities, but I also learn many different important life skills, and have met many wonderful people at LCC. I am a student employee working as a cadet with the LCC police and a
staff writer at The Lookout. I chose to work for The Lookout because writing is something I really like, and learning something new every day is exciting as well. My ultimate goal this semester is to apply to the University of Michigan. I find the human mind fascinating so I am planning to do something in behavioral analysis for the FBI. In the future, I am interested in starting my own non-profit organization to empower women, because for the first time, women are being brought up to believe in themselves and that they can do whatever they want to do. Women globally can claim power and respect to conquer barriers in the workplace and home.
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Change brings new appreciation for city of Lansing Looking on from the perspective of others can be challenging. Throughout high school, I was convinced Lansing had nothing to offer me. In a short amount of time, in the summer of 2018, my entire view became reversed. I’m a naturally secluded person; my social skills need work, to say the least. I often joke that even my dog shares my anxiety about the world surrounding us. At the same time, I am very open-minded toward all opinions and outlooks
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of life. I love people and being around them. I had struggled with realizing that others share the same fears I have until
I was introduced to City Life Lansing, a non-denominational church I started attending this past June. This is a place where I met all kinds of people, from different places, focused on spreading positivity in the city. At first, I didn’t understand why these strangers were so willing to help a city that sometimes seems like it isn’t changing. Over time I realized that it takes the best of people to work together to create new things. My major is journalism. I think it is
important that everyone has access to facts. Making informed opinions and having knowledge will bring everyone closer together. I was told about The Lookout by a friend from City Life, who encouraged me to apply for a position. I am anxious about many things still. Being new to LCC and this job can feel intimidating at times. I just remind myself of the incredible people I’ve met so far and how there are things that I want to accomplish.
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McCain’s passing brings togetherness Former presidents, vice presidents, rivals and even once-bitter foes could be found at the Washington National Cathedral on Sept. 1 to mourn the loss of former U.S. Senator John McCain. In a time where the world seems to be divided, especially when it comes to political ideologies, it’s refreshing to see some unity every once in a while.
Former President Barack Obama, who beat McCain during the 2008 election, was among the many politicians who attended the funeral. He read a eulogy, stating that, “While John and I disagreed on all kinds of foreign-policy issues, we stood together on America’s role as the one indispensable nation, believing that with great power and great blessings comes responsibility.”
Former President George W. Bush also read a eulogy, as requested by McCain before his death. However, one moment in particular really caught the world’s attention. During the service, George W. Bush was seen on camera sneaking a piece of candy to former First Lady Michelle Obama. While this moment may seem minuscule, The Lookout staff believes it
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is a small gesture that brings a sense of hope that bipartisan civility will re-emerge on the national stage. We believe politics should be a place for mutual respect, decency and kindness. We also believe you can be from different political parties and still show affection for each other. Through McCain’s passing, we have seen that this is possible.
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Lansing’s Memorial Park to honor By Alejandro Gonzales victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Staff Writer “9/11 is a grim reminder to all of On the fog-filled morning of Sept. us that we take for granted the he11, 2018, a ceremony was held in roes that serve this great country each and every day,” said Lansing Chief of Police Michael Dankowski. Gathered in front of the city’s Remembrance Memorial, near the corner of Michigan and Grand avenues, were many first responders and citizens of Lansing who paid respect to the lives lost. More than 100 people attended the ceremony. “We all have a role to play,” Lansing Fire Chief David Purchase said. “It takes a team with commitment, determination and dedication to maintain a safe community.” Others who spoke at the ceremoThe Remembrance Memorial stands within an eerie sunlit fog on the morning of ny were Lansing Mayor Andy Schor Sept. 11. The memorial inscription reads, and Lansing Assistant Fire Chief “Dedicated to the courage, strength and Mike Tobin. indomitable American spirit of those who Photos by Alejandro Gonzales The entire ceremony lasted about Lansing Assistant Fire Chief Mike Tobin speaks during the Sept. 11 ceremony in remembrance of 9/11 victims at perished and those who persevered during the events of Sept. 11, 2001.” 45 minutes. Lansing’s Memorial Park as other dignitaries listen.
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