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Monday, November 12, 2012 Issue 3, Volume 13

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Nature Preserve 3

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International Week 6




  Ashley Shira — Editor–in–Chief   Kimberly Page — Photo Editor   Alec Batchelder — Web Editor STAFF

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NEWS The Bay Window · Since 1926 Ashley Shira, Editor-in-Chief News.............................................................3   MCC Bonding Proposal Defeated   Nature Preservation Features.....................................................5,6   Garbage Can Turkey   Garbage Can Turkey Recipe   Sharing is Caring   International Awareness Week

Entertainment....................................................7   Laramie Project

Entertainment – Opinions...........................8   Most Antiicipated Movie Releases   Why Ban Smoking?

  Cover design by KIMBERLY PAGE   Art work courtesy of ANN MCMANUS APRIL STRUM

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Upgrades to the College Denied by Eric Rothoff THE BAY WINDOW   MCC Bonding Proposal failed on November 6th, 2012, by 686 votes. 35,160 Yes, 35,846 No.   MCC President Dr. Dale K. Nesbary said “I can’t tell you how disappointed I am with the fact that we were really less than 1% of avoiding this defeat.”   Later, in the campus meeting on the millage proposal, Dr. Nesbary talked about reaching out to the community to find out why the Bond Proposal was defeated, when polls showed 70% approval.

Photo by Ashley Shira Dr. Nesbary goes over the voting figures for the MCC Bond Proposal and discusses strategy with faculty.

Nature Preservation Impacts MCC Upgrades by Ashley Shira THE BAY WINDOW   Though the millage did not pass, MCC still plans to expand the campus. There is a building conflict for the proposed expansion for the sciences. When looking at a map of the campus, the new science area would be located just north of the current Life Sciences Department. The problem is, that land is currently a protected nature preserve called the Kasey Hartz Nature Trail. So how will MCC balance its need to best serve its students and the need to preserve its natural environment?   MCCs’ Land Use committee is in charge of overseeing this sort of issue. The committee was originally formed in the 1970s by Kasey Hartz to monitor the construction on campus and ensure the natural areas weren’t infringed upon. The committee was re-established in 2005, and they picked up where Hartz left off. Within a year, the Land Use committee added buffer zones to the existing nature preserve. “It was that buffer zone area that was to be recognized as important too, by maintaining the integrity of the natural area. Anytime they’re cutting down the canopy [in the buffer zone], that’s really going to be changing the ecosystem further inside [the nature trail area],” says Theresa Van Veelen, a member on the Land Use committee.

Essentially, the conflict is that the current placement idea for the science addition is right in a buffer zone. Architects have been sent back to the drawing boards to find a more compassionate solution.   Originally, this campus was designed by Alden B. Dow, who was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Both architects had a passion for maintaining environmental ethics throughout their planning process. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation states, “Wright’s anchor and muse was Nature, which he spelled with a capital ‘N’. This was not the outward aspect of nature, but the omnipresent spiritual dimension.” The current architects will have Dow and Wrights’ example to follow. Everything on the drawing boards now is just discussion, and nothing is set in stone. The goal will be to build with nature, not on it.

Photo by Theresa Van Veelen Kasey Hartz Natural Area

  Van Veelen boasts, “As an entire campus, we are a jewel amongst community colleges. There is no other community college that I’ve been on, and for that matter a university campus, that even comes close to the beauty that we have. The campus was built over a natural ravine area, so we really have to keep that integrity. Every hallway you walk down, you’re blasted with the environment right in front of you. That is so important.”   So, what would happen if MCC had no other choice but to build in a buffer zone for the Kasey Hartz Nature Trail? Van Veelen insists, “To me it would be last case scenario. If we did infringe on the area, we would definitely need to add on… but I would stress then too that if you remove an area here, replacing it with this area is not necessarily going to be the same. We have different types of ecosystems.” So, even if the size of the area is identical, the ecological impact is not. The Land Use committee and administration recognize these environmental issues. Recent efforts to reduce MCCs footprint include the sustainability initiative and the recent printing standards set in place by IT. MCC is on its way to becoming a ‘green’ campus and it has developed an environmental conscience. Cooperation, not compromise, between nature and progress will be the key to resolution.

Features The Bay Window · Since 1926 Ashley Shira, Editor-in-Chief

Garbage Can Turkey ERIC


Our family has always had tukey on Thanksgiving, but because it was always so hard to cook, we only had it on Thanksgiving. I don’t remember how

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many Thanksgivings we choked down dry, tough, turkey because something was not done right. All that changed, 15 years ago, at a friend’s party. They had found the receipt Garbage Can Turkey recipes and decided to try it out on their guests. And since then, we have had turkey 4-5 times a year. Editors note: I’m unsure what to do with the second sentence. “found the receipt” Since I can’t make sense of the word choice, and therefore am unsure what to replace it with, I’m inclined to just remove the word “receipt”. With Garbage Can Turkey, there is no basting, no turning, or checking. We just get juicy, falling off the bone, turkey almost every time. (Once we were


curious and looked under the can while it was cooking, and the other time, we cooked a Christmas turkey in -20 degrees weather, and 3 feet of snow.) We added a tip section to our recipe so you don’t repeat our mistakes. We have even taken this recipe internationally, to our family in Sweden, but we had to change the name. In Sweden, they do not have metal garbage cans but they do have metal sh*t cans. The name has not stopped the enthusiasm of my Swedish family from having turkey at their parties as well. Instead, they smile and ask: “Do you want some Sh*t Can Turkey? Our American cousins taught us.” But regardless of the name, it is almost fool-proof turkey.

Garbage Can Turkey Recipe Cooking a Garbage Can Turkey is very easy, once you have the proper equipment. Almost every time, the turkey comes out juicy and about to fall off of the bones. Equipment: Aluminum foil Stake with a cross section 20 lbs Charcoal Metal 20 gallon garbage can. Oven gloves Shovel Step 1 – Put the stake in the ground, and cover the stake and ground with aluminum foil. Step 2 – Put 10 lbs of charcoal in a pile, and light coal Step 3 – Place a clean turkey on the stake, and tie the wings together. (No giblets inside the turkey.) Step 4 – Place the garbage can over the turkey, and when the coals are gray, place half around the bottom and the other half on top. Step 5 – after 1 hour, add the rest of the charcoal. Step 6 – after 2 ½ hours lift the can, and you have a perfect turkey for the holidays. Cooking tips: - Do not lift the can to see how the turkey is cooking. - When cooking in the winter, or on windy days, cook the turkey and extra 30+ minutes. - Under-cooking is the problem with Garbage Can Turkey, not over-cooking. - Leaving the turnkey to long will cause the meat to fall off of the bones, but it will still be moist and juicy. Size really doesn’t matter much.


Editor’s Note: There are a ton of charity events coming up in late November and December. I want to encourage all of you to help your community out this year. Check for volunteer options like bell ringing for Salvation Army or gift wrapping at nursing homes for the elderly. Another idea is to attend a play or concert, like MCCs upcoming Laramie Project, that donates partial earnings to charity. Every bit helps. Let’s all lend a hand to those in need this holiday season.


Features The Bay Window · Since 1926 Ashley Shira, Editor-in-Chief

Sharing is Caring by Kaylee Wolff THE BAY WINDOW   The upcoming holiday season holds many opportunities for volunteers and charitable contributions. The Veteran Student

Organization is holding a coat drive on campus. Coats are being collected by the student government and given to veterans and the Muskegon homeless at a December dinner hosted by the Rolling Thunder. Remember to donate winter clothing for both children and adults. Also, Toys for Tots provides Christmas toys for needy families. For further information,

Monday, November 12, 2012 Issue 3, Volume 13 contact Margaret Jandt at for donation drop off sites.   The Muskegon Rescue Mission is always in need of volunteers and donations. They will be holding a Thanksgiving dinner November 18. For specific details on how you can help, call 231-727-6090. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the volunteer application

at   And if you are unable to sche-dule volunteering for these organ- izations, check out the Salvation Army and other local churches. Professional organizations like Rotary and other service organ-izations also have holiday benefits for those in need. Giving of yourself is one of the best presents you can receive.

Intenational Education Week at MCC Monday, November 12

12th Annual International Student Panel Discussion - Room 1100 - 7:00-8:00p.m Come meet some of MCC’s international students as they talk about their homelands. There will be student speakers from Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Columbia, and Nepal. Join us as they share insights about their corner of the world, exchange ideas and answer your questions during this lively discussion of cultures. Papa N’Jai, a native of Sierra Leone, West Africa, teacher of geography and anthropology at MCC, will moderate the panel. Ethnic treats available at 6:45pm! Tuesday, November 13 International Opportunity Fair - 11:00 am-1:00pm. Bistro Hallway by the MCC Bookstore. This is a once a year event to learn about MCC’s study/travel classes to Belize, Germany and Mexico. This is your opportunity to talk to students who actually participated in the study/travel opportunities. Come find out and change your life.

INVICTUS – Blue & Gold Room 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land and enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. This film, directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Matt Damon chronicles their story.

German Film Abend - Blue & Gold Room 7:00 – 9:00pm. Join us for the Oscar winning German film, “The Lives of Others.” Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the East German population was closely monitored by the State Secret Police or Stasi. Few were permitted private lives. Dramatic changes are in store as a Stasi agent bugs the apartment of a pro-Socialist playwright.

Crossing Borders - A Feature Documentary Film 10:30am in Collegiate Hall, 1:00 in #246 Crossing Borders is a documentary that follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco. Culinary Cultural Excursion (CCE) Wild Chef Japanese Steakhouse Grill & Bar, 3303 Alpine Ave NW in Grand Rapids. Meet us at 6:00 pm for a very unique experience.

Wed., November 14 Crossing Borders - A Feature Documentary 10:30am and 1:00pm in Blue & Gold Room Thursday, November 15 Travelogue Germany – “From the Alps to the North Sea.” 7:00– 8:00 pm Blue & Gold Room. How tall is that mountain? What is a Wattwanderung? Join Bill Scarbrough and Kathy Tosa as they compare northern and southern Germany. Bill Scarbrough is a former German Language instructor for MCC. He studied in Freiburg, Germany and is currently working for a large law firm in Chicago. Kathy Tosa is the International Coordinator at MCC.

Photo by Ashley Shira Dr. Nesbary goes over the voting figures for the MCC Bond Proposal and discusses strategy with faculty.


The Bay Window · Since 1926 Ashley Shira, Editor-in-Chief

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 Stephen


  This has been a pretty good year for cinema, with movies like “Marvel’s The Avengers”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, and “The Hunger Games”. Keep in mind that the year is not over yet. Here are a few films that I think could make a splash in theaters over the next two months.   Taking up the bottom of my list is “Red Dawn” which hits theaters November 21, 2012. This remake

of a 1984 movie, of the same name, features a group of teenagers trying to defend themselves from a group of North Koreans, invading their home town. I’m not sure where they plan on taking the movie, but it looks fun to watch.   My next pick would be the book turned movie “Life of Pi” which also comes out November 21, 2012. In Suraj Sharma’s debut role he plays Pi the son of a Zookeeper who, through a set of unique circumstances, ends up set adrift in the Pacific Ocean with a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger. The story shows the semi-magical adventure that both Pi and his companions go through and the unique relationship that forms between him and the man eating tiger. I’m looking forward to a clever movie that’s both family friendly, powerful, and thought provoking.

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  Finally, coming out December 14, 2012 is “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. This is the prequel to the award winning series “The Lord of The Rings”. This time audiences will witness the story of Bilbo Baggins and his dwarf companions, in the quest to reclaim treasure from a vicious dragon, as well as introducing the ring of power that fans of the series are very familiar with. I was so excited when they confirmed the release date on this movie, for several reasons, including the fact that Sir Ian McKellen would retain his role as Gandalf the wizard and that Peter Jackson was going to stay on as the director. Being a fan of the Lord of The Ring series leaves me feeling nothing but anticipation for this film.   Photo credit for Red Dawn Courtesy of jpg   Photo credit for Life of Pi Courtesy of   Photo credit for The Hobbit Courtesy of

Opinions The Bay Window · Since 1926 Ashley Shira, Editor-in-Chief

Why Ban Smoking? Tammy


  You may ask yourself: Why the ban on smoking? Those who support the ban state that they are protecting workers and children from smoke that is secondhand. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has studies that prove that secondhand smoke has a carcinogen that causes cancer in humans. It causes

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over 3,000 lung cancer cases in adults annually. It is also responsible for harming the respiratory health in several thousand children each year. Furthermore, secondhand smoke is linked to asthma, bronchitis, low birth rate, cardiovascular disease, sudden infant death syndrome and the list goes on.   The most common effects of smoking are cancers of the larynx, esophagus, bladder, oral cavity, lung and peptic ulcer and pancreas. Smoking not only increases blood clotting that causes heart attacks, it damages the lining of the blood vessels as well.   Smoking also causes people to have their hair, clothes and surroundings smell like smoke. For nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work there is a 25-30% risk of developing heart disease. Nonsmokers also have the same risk of developing lung cancer.

  Secondhand smoke contains higher concentrations of toxic chemicals that cause cancer than in the smoke regular smokers inhale. Risks associated with secondhand smoke rise significantly if a nonsmoker is physically near the smoker. Cigarette butts are not biodegradable. It takes approximately 10-12 years for a butt to degrade. We see storm drains, wildlife, rivers, oceans and woods being polluted with discarded cigarette butts. They contaminate the soil and water and are costly to clean up. And there is always the risk of fire from a tossed cigarette.   So if someone told you it was cool to smoke, they lied. It is highly toxic to your health and the planet. Think of the bigger picture–and quit now.


Entertainment The Bay Window · Since 1926 Ashley Shira, Editor-in-Chief

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The Laramie Project: Speaking Against Hate Crime   On November 28th the Overbrook Players will open its run of The Laramie Project written by Moises Kaufman and The Members of Tectonic Theater Project.   A play about the 1998 hate-crime killing, in Laramie, Wyoming, of Matthew Shepard, a young man who was murdered because he was homosexual. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it is their voices we hear in this stunningly effective theater piece   This play, presented at MCC 10 years ago, is about hate and recent statistics reveal that hate crimes and bullying are still present and may be on the rise. So the faculty and staff of the theater department thought there was a need to share this theater piece with current MCC students. “The college needs to

be involved in fostering tolerance and a community that’s free of hate and intolerance.” said director Wahamaki.   The Laramie Project is Directed by Sheila Kulp Wahamaki, with Scenery, November 28—December 1, 2012 7:30 p.m. December 2, 2012 3:00 p.m. Overbrook Theater Muskegon Community College 221 S. Quarterline Road, Muskegon MI 49442 $5.00 MCC Students & Staff $10.00 All Others Box Office  231-777-0324 Reserved Seating

Lighting, and Sound designed by Tom Harryman, assisted by Theater Technician Brian Goodman, with Costumes designed by Jeanette Wahr, assisted by Nikki Foster, and student stage managed by Megan Baker. The MCC student cast includes Sydney Hansen, Tré Perry, Andrew Steward, Cory Goodrich, Mike Munson, Erin Mickelson, Victoria Grant, Colton Hall, and Mikaela Taylor.   In addition to the performances there will be a Talk Back with the cast after every performance. MCC Overbrook Players will join in MCHAP’s World AIDS Day Event on Saturday, December 1st by donating all proceeds to Muskegon’s Coalition for HIV Awareness and Prevention. For more information check All proceeds from the December 1st performance will go to MCHAP.

The Bay Window - Volume 13: Issue 3  

Here is the third issue for the Fall 2012 Semester!