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CTC building on schedule Dry summer helped speed construction

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The hot dry summer has been a nightmare for farmers and gardeners, but it has been perfect weather for growing a new building at MCCC. When most students left for the summer break, the area between the Life Sciences building and the Health building was nothing more than bare dirt surrounded by caution tape. Now early arrivers will view the new buildings’ elegant portico roof line curved like a sail in the morning skyline. Remarkably, only four months after the ground-breaking on May 4, the new $17 million Career Technology Center Building is near the first phase of completion. The exterior walls have been erected; the polished concrete floors have been laid, and many of the interior walls making classrooms are beginning to take shape this month. When completed, the 60,000-square-foot facility will house several existing programs now cramped into the East and West Technology buildings. Moving will be Nuclear Engineering, Welding, Construction, Computer-Aided Drafting, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Materials Testing, and Automotive Engineering, with its emphasis on hybrid and battery technology. “The project has moved ahead quickly without any major setbacks,” said Jim Blumberg, MCCC’s Physical Plant director. Blumberg also serves as the college’s point man for the building project. He said he has been impressed with the general contractors on the project. “Much credit goes to the general contractors, Walbidge Construction of Detroit, for their experience and capacity in moving the project along so quickly,” he said. Blumberg noted that students will find more than new classrooms in the building. “In addition to housing classrooms for studying state-of-theart-technologies, the building itself will be a technological showpiece,” Blumberg said.

Enrollment declines again

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Construction is now taking place on the inside of the new CTC building, located between the Life Science and Health buildings.

The building will feature geothermal heating and cooling and ambient light, combined with computer controlled climate comfort and lighting, he said. “The geothermal field is a series of 400-foot wells located immediately east of the building that harness the earth’s natural heating and cooling ability, meaning no additional heating or cooling will be required,” Blumberg said. The new building is designed to feature a modular live green roof system, Blumberg said. It

“Construction is slated to be completed and the new building open for class for the fall 2013 term.” Jim Blumberg

Directior of the Physical Plant will absorb CO2; create oxygen, provide excellent insulating qualities, filter storm water run-off, and extend the life of the under-

lying roof material, he said. “Construction is slated to be completed and the new building open for class for the fall 2013

term,” Blumberg said. The State of Michigan will finance half the $17 million cost of construction, with the balance coming from MCCC. The MCCC Foundation has launched a fund-raising campaign to raise the college’s share of the cost. Joshua Myers, coordinator of Development and External Affairs for MCCC, announced over the summer that La-Z-Boy CEO Kurt Darrow kicked off the fund-raising with a $500,000 donation on behalf of the La-Z- Boy Foundation.

Enrollment at MCCC is down 10.5 percent from last year, the second year in a row of declining numbers. There probably are several reasons for the drop to about 4,000 students from 4,400 last year, according to college officials. “The economy is hopefully taking a turn for the better,” said Tracy Vogt, MCCC registrar. College enrollment usually increases when the economy is down, because people who lose their jobs often go back to school to learn a new skill. MCCC enrollment grew each year through the 2008-2010 recession, before falling off in 2011 and 2012. The number of graduates from Monroe County high schools also is down, and some financial aid regulations have been tightened, Vogt said. “Academic parameters to stay enrolled with financial aid have become more strict,” said Mark Hall, director of Admissions and Guidance Services. Students are now required to have a high school diploma or a GED to receive financial aid, along with a higher baseline grade point average requirement. The college also has instituted cut-off scores on placement tests – students are required to score above specified levels on COMPASS tests to qualify for most college courses. MCCC has increased recruiting efforts on multiple fronts to try to combat the decline, Hall said. The amount of trips to campus nights at high schools has been tripled, and MCCC is also attending campus nights out of Monroe county. MCCC is also recruiting the downriver area much heavier than in the past, Hall said. “We have increased our recruiting efforts substantially,” he said. The number of visits to high schools has also doubled in recent years, he said. The recruitment area has been expanded to include Lenawee, Wayne, Lucas, and Washtenaw counties. MCCC now has the highest number of graduates from Trenton of any school in Michigan, Hall said.

MCCC enrollment trend 2012.................3,997 2011.................4,400 2010.................4,723 2009.................4,624 2008.................4,514

Four retiring faculty members honored Tuesday Agora staff

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Four MCCC faculty members who are retiring were honored at the college’s annual recognition breakfast Tuesday. Three of the four took advantage of a college offer for early retirement. The fourth – Bonnie Welniak, assistant professor of Nursing – had already scheduled her retirement. The other three are Cheryl McKay, professor of Accounting; Andy Parsons, associate professor of Chemistry and Biology; and Bonnie Giles, associate professor of Business. Each of the four retirees were praised by their supervisors at the recognition breakfast. Resolutions that will be approved or have been approved by the MCCC Board of Trustees were read. All four retirees were granted professor emeritus status by the resolutions. Paul Knollman, Business Division dean, read the resolution for Bonnie Giles. “She has been an outstanding employee of the college for 22 years … as a dedicated professor who has developed unique and cutting edge curriculum in the field of

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Administrative Office Professional Studies, Business Computer Applications, and Medical Office Coordinator,” he said. Knollman also read the resolution for Cheryl McKay, who taught at MCCC for 35 years. “She has been a vital and influential member of many college committees including HLC Self-Study teams, standing committees, special task forces, hiring committees, and has guided numerous program reviews at MCCC,” he said. Vinnie Maltese, Math/Science dean, read the resolution for Andy Parsons, who taught at the college for 28 years. “He is considered an extraordinary professor by his colleagues and students as indicated by being named “Teacher of the Year” in 1992, with numerous previous and subsequent nominations,” he said. Kimberly Lindquist, Health Science dean, read the resolution for Bonni Welniak, who taught at MCCC for 18 years. “She has taught and inspired over 1000 nursing graduates, many of whom continue to provide excellent patient care to citizens in the surrounding area hospitals,” she said.

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Kosch Catering arrives at MCCC Nicki Kostrzewa Agora Staff

Kosch Catering and Dining Services has been chosen to provide food service to the college. Kosch, located in Rochester, Michigan, has been in business for 31 years and currently serves 40 other clients throughout southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio. Among their clients is Walsh College. The Frog Leg Inn decided not to return to MCCC this fall. This in turn led the college in April to start looking for other venders. The college sent out a request for a food service provider, and received five proposals. Of the five, three were selected to come to campus for an interview. The food service selection committee members included: Sue Wetzel, Paul Knollman, Kevin

Thomas, Vicki LaValle, Lauren Pillarelli, Tom Ryder, and Jean Ford. Other services that were interviewed were Jesse Emmett and Marc Raymond, along with Kim Cousino. Kosch was started by brothers Gary and Gordie Kosch, when they opened their first restaurant in 1981. Throughout the years the company grew; it now offers several industry segments. One reason Kosch Catering was chosen, according to Jean Ford, MCCC’s director of Auxilliary Services and Purchasing, was its strong commitment to accommodating the customer. They will customize menus based on what the college needs. They also will promote healthy meal choices and there will be a variety of daily menus, Ford said. One thing Kosch plans to bring

to MCCC is going green. Kosch considers itself a very environmently friendly business. “We care about the environment and know that the students and staff at MCCC do as well,” said Elizabeth Sorge, the culinary sales director. The second thing Kosch hopes to accomplish is to be customer interactive. They plan to change the menu based on the season and customer feedback. “They have a lot to offer and will bring some new ideas both in menu choices and marketing. I look forward to working with them,” Ford said. Kosch took over the cafeteria and catering functions beginning with the first fall semester events. “The site itself is amazing and I can’t wait to work in this kitchen, meet the students and form relaPhoto by Chris Mehki tionships with all of you,” Sorge Kosch Catering, which is replacing the Frog Leg Inn Bistro, has been redecorating in preparation for the fall said. semester.

Renting books saves cash Robin Lawson Agora Staff

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The MCCC book store was busy during the week that Fall semester classes begin.

Options for acquiring books for classes at MCCC can vary as much as brands of jelly for your peanut butter. The most obvious option, of course, is purchasing books. All books that are required for MCCC courses are available in the college bookstore. But renting books is an option as well. The MCCC book store offers a website for renting books at For example, if you purchase new the Anatomy and Physiology 9th Edition textbook, by Edwin Bartholomew, it will cost $225 in the MCCC bookstore. The same book is $169 used in the bookstore. At, you can rent this book for $54.07 for a 30-day rental. That means that renting a book for an entire semester brings the price to about the same as the used book.

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Math classes redesigned to use computers

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The new redesign of the Mathematics courses at MCCC is entering its first full year this fall. After a pilot program during Fall 2011, the redesign was fully launched during the Winter 2012 semester. Classes included in the redesigned are MATH 090 (Basic Mathematics Skills), MATH 092 (Beginning Algebra), and MATH 151 (Intermediate Algebra). The Mathematics faculty has seen the redesign being used successfully at other institutions and wanted to bring it to MCCC, hopefully to see the same rate of success. The new “Emporium Model” of teaching these classes has removed the traditional lecture and replaces it with computers and computer laboratories. Mainly, the students use Notebooks (mini computers) and wifi to access the teaching software, which leads them through the curriculum. A $310 fee for the computers has caused some controversy among students. “I think it’s not worth the money,” said Nick Musulin, a student who recently took the class. “Why spend the money on the netbook when you could put the class online, and let everyone work from home?” The fees also go toward faculty training and course materials. Because the college must order the course materials ahead of time, the fee is non refundable. The goal of the redesign was to improve the 50 percent completion rate. For the Winter 2012 semester, 67 percent of the students who took the Basic Mathematics Skills course, stayed with the course until the end of the semester, and did not miss more than five classes, passed the course with either an A or a B. The figure was 74 percent for Beginning Algebra and 84 percent for Intermediate Algebra, according to Vinnie Maltese, dean of the Math/Science Division. “I do believe that overall, students are reacting well to the change,” Maltese said. “I have had fewer appointments to address student concerns about the redesigned courses than I had anticipated,” he said. “I believe that is due to the outstanding job our faculty are doing with explaining and implementing the redesign courses.”

There are other options for enterprising students, however, such as, or www.bookrenter. com. rents the same Anatomy and Physiology book for $55.37 for 125 days. It’s also available for $49.83 for a 90-day rental, $45.96 for a 60-day rental, and $40.42 for a 30-day rental. In this situation, you can see the advantage of renting the book instead of buying it for the used price of $169.00.’s 125-day rate, which would cover the entire semester, is a savings of more than $100 from the MCCC bookstore’s used book price. Another alternative is a search engine like www., where you type in your book’s ISBN number and the site will search, display and compare a comprehensive list of options so you can decide what works for you. Of course, a disadvantage of renting a book is that you do not get to keep it.

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Kyle Poley, an MCCC student who works in the fitness center, lifts weights in the center.

Professor finishes textbook Ted Boss

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Chuck Kelly, associate professor of computer information systems, has written a textbook on programming techniques for two-dimensional computer games. The 438-page book, “Programming 2D Games,” has been published by A K Peters, Ltd./CTC Press. ‘Programming 2D Games’ provides a complete and current introduction into the techniques of programming different types of games. Students learn how to incorporate each lesson sequentially into their own game engine to create a complete, original game for the class. Sprites, collision detection, special graphic effects, animation, text display, sound, game dashboards, tiled games and network programming are some topics covered in Kelly’s book. Examples of the programs in each chapter are available at Kelly teaches a number of CIS courses at MCCC, including Computer Programming concepts, Computer Science I, Computer Science II, and Java Programming, which are being offered in the Fall Semester. The cover art for the book was designed by student Nicholas Wilson, who took on the project at the suggestion of his Photoshop instructor, CheriLea Morton. Morton is an adjunct in the Business Division of MCCC. MCCC offers nine associate of applied science

Yes, it is free. MCCC has a fitness Center right here on campus, ready for your use and enjoyment. Why should a student use this facility? “First of all, it is free for enrolled students,” said Karen Turner, Fitness Center supervisor. For alumni of MCCC, the cost is $50 per year, she said: “Also, for reasons of typical health, for your heart, to keep your weight down and to avoid the dreaded freshman fifteen puonds, and to reduce stress,” she continued. Turner said the construction of the new Technology Center should greatly increase use of the Fitness Center because it closes the gap between the Health building and the rest of the campus. In the past, she said, many students did not come into the center because they weren’t aware of it, unless they were in the Health building for other classes. This fall, the Fitness Center will be organizing an intramural basketball league on Fridays from noon untill 4 p.m. The first meeting will be Oct. 5. The Fitness Center fall hours are Monday- Thursday, 10 a.m to 7:30 p.m, and Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m

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degrees and six certificate programs in a variety of CIS areas. Monroe has a 2+2 CIS transfer degree program agreement with the University of Michigan at Dearborn, and two 2+2 CIS transfer degree program agreements with Eastern Michigan University. MCCC also has one 3+1 CIS transfer degree program with Siena Heights University.

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Movin’ on up! A hot, dry summer allowed construction workers to get ahead of schedule on the new Career Technology Center going up between the Health and Life Science buildings. Top: A worker builds a wall in the hallway that will make its way through the new CTC building. Top right: Construction continues on the large overhang that will lead into the building. Clockwise, from right: - A view of the inside of the portico roof, just as you enter the building. - Floors and wall dividers are put into place to make classrooms. - Finishing touches are being placed on the outside of the building. - Materials are being transported and organized behind the building. - Construction materials wait to be put to use.

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Whitman closed spring, summer Bedford group working to reverse decision Agora staff

The Whitman Center is located at 7777 Lewis Ave. in Temperance.

MCCC’s decision to close the Whitman Center during spring and summer semesters is getting opposition in southern Monroe County. In an effort to save the college money in this struggling economy, the MCCC Board of Trustees in June made the decision to close the center during the summer, beginning next year. The decision was opposed by one board member at the time, and now community members are working to reverse the decision. “This is really stupid,” vented a frustrated Mary Kay Thayer, secretary of MCCC’s Board of Trustees, who has noted on several occasions that she is the only board member from the southern part of Monroe County. Thayer said she had been getting phone calls from students concerned about the Whitman Center being closed for spring and summer semesters. “People struggle from south county to get to the main campus,” Thayer said. Thayer isn’t the only person with connections to MCCC letting their thoughts be known. Former director of the Whitman Center, Judith Hamburg, is leading an effort to push back against this decision. According to Bedford Now, a weekly newspaper in Bedford, Mrs. Hamburg and her eight-person committee are planning on rallying businesses and organizations to promote the center to be open all year- round. “The Whitman Center is an integral part of the Bedford community,” Mrs. Hamburg told Bedford Now. “The purpose of the center was to have access to the area.” Two MCCC students, Amanda Seromik and Alice Dewey, along with Dewey’s husband, David, were also present at the June board meeting to voice their protest of the

“People struggle from south county to get to the main Mary Kay Thayer campus.” Member MCCCC Board of Trustees

closure. Alice Dewey read a letter written by another student, Katie Macaro, who could not make it to the meeting. All three offered comments after leaving the meeting. “It would certainly be a loss for all the people involved if it closes,” Alice Dewey said. “I really think this school should be thinking of expanding it, not closing it,” David Dewey said. “All of my credits transfer to Owens Community College. I would highly consider transferring there if the Whitman Center was closed during the spring and summer,” Se��� romik said. “I’m really pleased to have it re-evaluated in the fall,” Mrs. Thayer told the Monroe Evening News. “However, there are not as many classes that will be taught there in the fall.” Thayer attributed the declining enrollment figures at the Whitman Center in part on decisions made by MCCC in previous years to cut down or eliminate many of the general education classes that were previously taught at the center, particularly Biology. “Biology was a big one. It was always filled,” Thayer said. MCCC stopped teaching Biology at the Whitman Center after the Fall 2011 semester,

when three of the four sections were canceled due to low enrollment. “I’m looking at being student centered. We should be taking our classes to students,” Thayer said. “Sometimes you have to spend money to make money.” Several board members expressed their opinions, still stressing the college’s expenses. “This year’s budget is very tight,” said MCCC’s Vice President of Administration, Sue Wetzel, citing a decline in revenue and projections that the decline will continue. “We’ve really had to look at this from a different perspective,” said MCCC President David Nixon. “We’re recommending some difficult decisions.” “We’re not talking about locking the doors” said Board of Trustees Vice Chair Bill Braunlich, referring to the decision to close the Whitman Center only during the spring and summer semesters. “It’s a very modest change.” “We either lay off people or cut services,” Bacarella said. “I obviously don’t have support on what I’m talking about,” Thayer said. “You don’t understand the long commute many south county students face coming to the main campus,” said Thayer. She estimated it cost a typical student from the southern part of Monroe County $15 in gas to reach MCCC’s main campus. MCCC’s Vice President of Instruction Grace Yackee cited a cost analysis done by MCCC that found in the unlikely event that none of the students that attended classes at the Whitman Center chose to attend classes at the main campus, MCCC would still save upwards of $15,000 by closing Whitman during spring and summer semesters. (Agora staff reporters Taylor Pinson and Hannah Boulton contributed to this story).

Kosmyna resigns as director of Whitman Center Autumn Jackson Agora staff

The Whitman Center is starting fall semester without a director. Sandy Kosmyna, director of the Whitman Center for seven years, resigned over the summer to take a position with the University of Toledo. Grace Yackee, MCCC’s vice president of Instruction, announced Kosmyna’s resignation in an e-mail to MCCC faculty and staff. “Since March of 2005, Sandy has served as the director of the Whitman Center in Bedford Township, and has been instrumental in student recruitment efforts and expansion of student services at Whitman,” Yackee said. Kosmyna lives in Bedford and knows the significance the Whitman Center holds in the community. She said one of her main goals in directing the Whitman Center was giving it a campus feel despite its size and location. “Bringing displays and speakers to campus, through funding by The Foundation at MCCC, gave students and the community a broader view of the world,” she said. As center director, Kosmyna had many roles. She served as a student advisor, a recruiter and an operations manager, while also creating and implementing Lifelong

Learning classes and summer camps held at Whitman Center. She served as the MCCC representative at the Source in Toledo, and as a trustee for the Bedford Business Association. “I was instrumental in acquiring evening security, tutoring, a television for the student lounge, an electronic kiosk, and upgrades in technology for all classrooms,” she said. Kosmyna also was the founder and president of the Lake Erie Higher Education Consortium, an organization that helps colleges collaborate on recruitment efforts. She said it was important to her to always put students and their education first. “Students always knew that they could walk in and ask me a question or voice a concern. Students were my number one priority,” she said. The position of Whitman Center director will not be filled immediately, according to another e-mail to faculty and staff from Yackee. “Instead, the college will be reviewing all activities at the Whitman Center through fall 2012 and subsequently make a determination regarding the position,” she said. “In the interim, several Instructional and Student Services area administrators will be at Whitman to help with daily operations.” Kosmyna said she thinks the position should be filled.

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Sandy Kosmyna stands in front of the “Baseball: Across A Divided Society” display, one of the many exhibits that she brought to the Whitman Center. at the Whitman campus.

“I hope that a new director who shares my passion to maintain a center in South County will be hired,” she said. Kosmyna said she would like to be remembered most for the informative displays in the Whitman Center.

The displays have included topics ranging from human trafficking and AIDS to the Holocaust and environmental safety. Kosmyna’s new job at the University of Toledo will be in the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning.

She said she chose this position because her favorite part of working at the Whitman Center was “helping students formulate and move forward with their goals through advising.”

College intends to market child care center Agora staff

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MCCC’s Child Care Center recently became available to the public and is now accepting applications for fall.

MCCC has begun to market its child care services to the community, but will no longer keep the center open the entire year. Currently there are 33 children signed up for this upcoming semester, fewer than a third of the capacity. Last year at this time, there were 45 children enrolled. “Right now the plan is to close it for spring and summer,” said Randy Daniels, MCCC’s Vice President of Student and Information Services. Citing low enrollment and high cost, the decision was one of several cost cutting measures aimed at balancing the college’s 2012-2013 budget. The closure will take effect next year. It could save the college as much as $80,000 a year, Vice President of Administration Sue Wetzel estimated dur-

“It’s currently only at about of a third of its capacity. We’re going to try to beef that up.” Randy Daniel Vice President of Student Services ing the budget discussions. MCCC will continue to provide the service for the fall and winter semesters and intends to work on marketing the center better – reaching beyond the historic client base of students and employees. According to Daniels, the program is underused even during the busier fall and winter semesters. The college has been reaching out to clients through many

different marketing techniques; email, radio time, billboards, and signs, Daniels said. Signs have been placed along Raisinville Road advertising the Child Care Center, and an ad for the center is prominently placed on the college website’s home page. “It’s currently only at about of a third of its capacity,” Daniels said. “We’re going to try to beef that up.”

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August 30, 2012 • The Agora


Snyder visits MCCC for town hall meeting Eric Black Agora staff

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder spoke at MCCC during a summer series of town hall meetings.

Michigan Gov����������� . Rick Sny� der made a stop at MCCC over the summer during a series of statewide town hall meetings. The MCCC meeting, which was held in at the La-Z-Boy Center, lasted just under an hour and saw a variety of topics brought up, including education spending, Michigan’s recovery, and the proposed International bridge. The governor, who fielded questions selected from the audi� ence, was asked, “Why are teach� ers being attacked,” a claim he vehemently denied. “The teachers are not the issue; however, the educational sys� tem needs reform,” Snyder said. “Only 17 percent of kids to� day are college-ready. That’s a troubling figure,” he added.

“We also asked for a lower cut in education spending than al� most any other field. We’re also increasing spending for educa� tion on the budget compared to last year, but everyone has to make sacrifices.” Snyder faced some backlash from local protestors, who criti� cized his decreases on public spending for schools and health care as well as the proposed In� ternational Bridge deal between Canada and Michigan. One sign said, “Forget the bridge. We want health care.” However, Canada will finance the bridge and take on all of the liability while Michigan is al� lowed to have equal control and operations, according to Roy Norton, Canada’s general consul stationed in Detroit, who joined Snyder at the town hall.

Student Government picks its own agenda Ted Boss

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Student government will set its own agenda for the 2012-2013 school year, according to Tom Rider, the advisor to the Student Government at MCCC. “Each year, Student Government is different,” Ryder said. “I don’t dictate what events and activities the students do. I feel that Student Government needs to be a stu� dent run organization and I allow each group to pick and choose their own ac� tivities. Last year’s vice president, Chris Holmes, said Student Government did a good job representing community in� volvement last year. “This year I think we could focus more on events that foster interactive involvement from the student body,” Holmes said. He said he thought the Family Fun Night and the Sweet Hearts Ball were the most memorable events of last year. “Family Fun Night brought togeth� er over 1,000 people, and The Ball was enticingly elegant,” he said. Ryder said he won’t know the direc� tion of this year’s student government until after the group elects its leaders in late-September. “It is really up to the new and return� ing members to decide what direction they want to take things for the year,” he said. Holmes said he also supports more

movie nights. “Our movie nights draw big crowds,” he said. “Our members also support com� munity involvement by hosting Red Cross Blood Drives and collaborating with the Salvation Army, as well as the organization God Works to promote community prosperity,” Holmes said. Ryder said he expects another great year and is looking forward to working with another group of students. “I have a great love and passion for Student Government and I just hope that we can continue to do events like the Welcome Back BBQ, noon con� certs, dances, movie nights and some community service activities,” he said. One of the issues likely to be on the agenda this year is a “Spirit Rock,” which was proposed by last year’s Stu� dent Government and is winding its way through the approval process. The concept was approved in April by the Campus Development Commit� tee, and next goes to the MCCC cabi� net for approval. Then Student Government leaders will work with the Maintenance De� partment to find a location for the rock. People interested in Student Govern� ment can contact Tom Ryder at 3844201 or The first Student Government meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Cellar of the A building. Officers will be elected the following week.

The project could bring up $550 million in federal highway revenue to use on Michigan’s roads and construction efforts, Norton said. “Canada is not proposing to pay for your health care,” he said, in response to the protester’s sign. The proposed bridge, which requires zero Michigan tax payer money, would also increase trade with Canada from $63 billion to $70 billion, Norton said. Along with the bridge and edu� cation spending, the governor made note of the Career Tech� nology building being built on campus. “The CTC building is very ex� citing to me; it’s a great opportu� nity to help train more people for skilled trades,” he said. “There is a definite need for more welders and people in that area.” Student Government sponsored last year’s Welcome Back Barbecue. The event took place in the courtyard next to the Lay-Z-Boy Center. Those who attended enjoyed good food, music, and the company of their fellow students and faculty. This year’s barbecue will be Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn east of the LaZ-Boy Center.

Another event sponsored by Student Government, along with other clubs, was the Halloween Bash in the Cellar. During this event, Student Government hosted a costume contest in which the participants had to have a dance off in order to place.

Students could make a difference in fall election LASALLE TOWNSHIP

By Ted Boss Agora staff

MCCC students will join the rest of the county, state and nation this fall electing a new set of leaders. Students will get a chance to vote for candidates for offices ranging from the MCCC Board of Trustees to President of the United States. Four years ago, students across the country voted in large numbers for Barack Obama, helping him become the first black president. This year, he faces stiff opposition from a man with Michi� gan ties, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney, son of former Michigan Gov. George Romney, grew up in the Detroit suburbs before going on to a successful business career, which included a stint leading the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Michigan Republican Party opened its office at 40 S. Monroe St. in downtown Monroe in July, kicking off the 2012 campaign. Bobby Schostak, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, said Michi� gan is ready to vote Republican. “Remember, we’re the underdog, we have to work harder and knock on more doors and win from the counties and grass-roots level up,” Schostak told sup� porters. The party is looking for volunteers to help re-elect Rep. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and to elect former Congressman Pete Hoeks� tra to replace U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Schostak also said there is a good chance Gov. Romney will visit Monroe following the party’s national convention in Tampa, Fla. The Democratic Party has a perma� nent location at 106 West Front Street in downtown Monroe. The party chairman is Bobbie Lambert; the phone number is 734- 243-4485 . Local Democrats on the ballot this fall include Kurt Haskell, running for Con� gress in the 7th District, which now in� cludes Monroe County. U.S. Rep John Dingell was redistricted out of Monroe County. He now is in the 12th District, which is mostly Downriver Detroit. Haskell is trying to unseat incumbent Tim

Supervisor: Peter W. Demray (R) Tim DeSloover (D) Treasurer: Julie DuRocher (R) Sharon E. Schreiner (D) Trustees: (2 seats) Thomas Larry Rut� ledge (D) Lyle H. Curley (D) David J. Anteau (R)


Supervisor: Larry Lee (R) Barbara J. Henley (D) Trustees: (2 seats) William H. Eaddy (D) Leroy Zieske (D)


Supervisor: Phil Heath (D) David P. Wittkop (R)


Trustees: (4 seats) William Heck Jr. (D) Richard Janssens (D) Amber Pancone (D) Richard Wilson (D) Ryan Timiney (R)


Walberg. Other Democrats on the ballot include Larry Crider, who is opposing State Rep. Dale Zorn in the 56th District, and Bill La� Voy, who is running for the state House in the 17th District, which includes Monroe. Here are some of the contested races students will find on the ballot Nov. 6:


Mitt Romney(R) v. Barrack Obama (D)

U.S. Senate

Debbie Stabenow (D) v. Pete Hoekstra (R)

State Rep. District 17

Bill LeVoy (D) v. Ann Rossio (R)

State Rep. District 56

Larry Krider (D) v. Dale Zorn (R)

U.S. House, District 7

Kurt Haskell (D) v. Tim Walberg


Supervisor Robin L. Carmack (D) v.

Mitt Romney

Terrence W. Wickenheiser (R)


Trustees: (4 seats) Nancy Tienvieri (R) Paul Pirrone (R) Jeffery Zink (R) Rick Steiner (R) Larry O’Dell (D) R. Mark Ellsworth (D) Park Board: (5 seats) Sally Dunn (R) Garnet Francis (R) Connie Velliquette (D) John Mohr (D) Robert H.S. Bomyea (D) Joan Schockman (D) Kathryn Scha� fer (D)

Trustees: (2 seats) Leonard A. Kernyo (D) Thomas W. Boggs (D)


Trustees: (4 seats) Jack Lindquist Sr. (D) Kraig Yoas (D) Hedwig Kaufman (D) Donald Lingar (D) Constable: (2 seats) Thomas Hoffman (D) Thomas Jenkins (D)


Supervisor: Richard L. Reed (D) v. Al� len Smith (R) Trustees: (4 seats) Robert D. Masserant (D) Karl Reaume (D) Marvin J. Reaume (D) Jerry Tomlinson (D) Jim Miller (R)

Supervisor: Tom Chiles (D) David A. Glaab (R) Treasurer: Linda Spangler (D) Gary Conley (R) Trustees: (4 seats) R.P. Lilly (D) Donna Mendrysa (D) Larry O’Kelley (D) Mar� lene Krause (D) Andrew Lazere (R) Wal� ter McCurdy (R) Michael Stach (R)




Trustees: (2 seats) Rollo Juckette (R) Tom Winkleman (R) Marilyn Larson (D) Gary Lazette (D)


Trustees: (2 seats) Elmer J. Bowman (R) Randy Stanifer (D) Constable: (1 seat) Gary Charter (R) John Wood (D)

Trustees: (2 seats) Robert Oberski (R) Keith Henderson (D)


Supervisor: Kevin Roland Iott (R) Richard Garst (R) John R. Chandler (D) Clerk: Tammy Bleashka (R) Jamie Dean (R) Trudy Goodin (D) Zelda Lucas (D) Treasurer: Joan E. Wiederhold (R) Le� anne Goodin (D) Trustees: (2 seats) Dale Wagenknecht (R) Gary A. Missler (R) Tammy Y. Har� baugh (D)


Clerk: Angela Christensen (R) Patricia Nidek (D) Trustee: (2 seats) Donald Sahloff (R) Bernice Heidelberg (D) Christine Hauser (R) Kipp Van Tassel (R) Constable: (2 seats) Daniel Briskey (D) Doug Bulmer (R)

MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Trustees: (2 seats) James DeVries, Jeffrey E. Grodi, Marjorie A. Knabusch Kreps, Michael Meyer.

August 30, 2012

features • The Agora


Pow-Wow comes to MCCC

Native Americans celebrate their heritage Native Americans gathered at MCCC in June for a traditional Pow-Wow. Sponsored by the Turtle Island Dream Keepers Native American Organization, the event was held June 23-24 in and around the Health Building. Above: During the opening procession, flag bearers parade in a ceremonial circle in the gymnasium of the Health Building, to the beat of drummers Buzzing Eagle and Brown Hawk. The honor guard was provided by the All Nations Veterans Council. Right, Jefferson Ballew, the head male dancer during the Pow Wow, performs a ceremonial dance. Below: A variety of Native American merchandise was available at booths set up outside and inside the Health Building.

Agora photos by Ted Boss


The first tornado drills will be Monday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the main campus, and 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Whitman Center. The first fire drills will be Monday, Sept. 17, at 8:15 a.m. in the Life Science building, followed by Administration, 8:45 a.m.; East Tech, 9 a.m., West Tech, 9:15 a.m.; C building, 10 a.m.; La-Z-Boy Center, 10:30 a.m.; Health, 11 a.m.; and Whitman, 12:30 p.m. Other fire drills during fall semester will be Tuesday, Oct. 16, Wednesday, Nov. 14, and Thursday, Dec. 6.

Dunbar Road closed for first 3-4 weeks of semester Dunbar Road, one of the main roads to MCCC, will be closed for resurfacing for the first 3-4 weeks of the semester. The Monroe County Road Commission planned to begin the work on Aug. 27. It recommends students and employees use M-50, rather than Dunbar, to get to Raisinville Road. Joe Verkennes, MCCC director of Marketing, announced the road closure to students and employees via e-mails, posting on the college Web site, as well as the college’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Verkennes said he would keep students and employees updated on the construction schedule. In another e-mail, he said the construction won’t affect students and employees traveling from the west, because the Dunbar-Raisinville intersection itself won’t be closed.

Upward Bound gets grant; expands to Airport High MCCC has been awarded $2.5 million over five years to continue and expand its Upward Bound Program. The grants will allow the college to continue supporting at-risk students from Monroe High School and add a new program for Airport High School students, according to Anthony Quinn, director of the college’s Upward Bound program. The federal Upward Bound Program is designed to help students improve their pre-college and college performance. It serves high school students from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. MCCC will receive $500,000 each year for five years, which will be used to serve 110 students per year. Half of the money will go to continuing MCCC’s already-established Upward Bound partnership at Monroe High School, which began in 2007 and serves 50 students a year. The other half will establish an Upward Bound partnership with Airport High School in Carleton that will serve 60 students per year.

Former MCCC welding professor Andy Burke dies Andrew Burke, a former MCCC professor who retired in 2009, died last week in Port Orange, Florida. Professor Burke, an associate professor of Weld-

Three exchange students at MCCC for fall semester MCCC is hosting three exchnage students this semester - two new and one returning from winter semester. Here is how Megan McCafferyu-Bezeau, MCCC’s Youth For Understanding coordinator, described the three students in an e-mail. Zhuoyan Tan, who perfers to be called Iris, is a 17-year-old girl from China who plans to spend two years at MCCC. She is interested in taking a Agora photo by Ted Boss variety of classes and hopes to become a teacher MCCC student Lezlee Downing, a member of Student Government, was among the students and college someday. Sasa Gavric is a 19-year-old male from The employees who maintained a booth at the Monroe County Fair during the first week of August. Netherlands who plans to spend one year at MCCC ing Technology, was given the status of professor ever it takes to make sure that updates are made and wants to study journalism and commuication. emeritus when he retired. to keep information flowing – whether it’s during He enjoys playing many sports but particularly During his 28 years at the college, he was in- work, while she is at home, or at some odd hour of soccer.In addition to Dutch and English, Sasa also volved in the development of the welding curricu- the day or weekend.” speaks Serbo-Croatian. lum and was a member of the American Welding Hwi-Ram Jeong is a 21-year-old male from Society. South Korea who arrived at MCCC in January and In an e-mail to college employees, Grace Yackis studying journalism and mass media. ee, vice president of Instruction, said condolences He enjoys playing the piano and saxophone and could be sent to his spouse, Tina Burke, at 706 demonstrating taekwondo. The MCCC Board of Trustees approved a sabCentral Park Blvd, Port Orange, FL 32127, or at batical for Vinnie Maltese, dean of the Science/ Math Division, from September 16, 2012 to March15, 2013. In addition to his Science/Math role, Maltese has been serving as interim dean of the Humanities/SoFour more informational meetings will be held cial Sciences Division for three years. early in Fall Semester for students interested in the Beth Waldvogel, coordinator of Web & Database He has been Math/Science dean since 2006 and May 2013 Study Abroad trip to Spain and Portugal. Services in the Institutional Advancement Depart- before that served for 6 years as a member of the The trip is scheduled to begin in Lisbon, Portument, is the summer winner of the Enriching Lives math faculty. gal, about May 15, 2013. The group, expected to Performance Award. be about 30 students and three faculty members, Her talent and hard work were noted by the emwill then travel through southern Spain, visiteing ployees of the department who nominated her. cities like Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Toledo and  “Beth is a very talented web designer and a very Madrid. hard worker.  She is devoted to making sure that The final week of the 18-day trip will be spent in information dissemi���������������������������� nated on the website is corTornado and fire drills will be held in MCCC Barcelona on Spain’s northeast coast. rect,” nominators said. buildings on two Mondays in September. The times and locations of the informational “Beth does a tremendous job maintaining the Maintenance foreman Jeff VanSlambrouck an- meetings will be announced next week. College’s website as a valuable tool for our stu- nounced the tornado and fire drill dates for the enLook for posters around campus for more infordents, staff, and community.  In this era of instant tire school year, so faculty could plan exams and mation, or contact Journalism professor Dan Shaw communication, she is always willing to do what- other special classes around the dates. at 734-384-4296 or

Math/Science Dean Maltese taking 6-month sabbatical

Information meetings planned for Study Abroad trip to Spain

Web, database coordinator Beth Waldvogel wins award

Tornado, fire drills planned for two days in September

August 30, 2012

arts and entertainment • The Agora


Buyer beware of credit card traps By Robin Lawson Agora staff

Students beware: They are coming. Credit companies are aggressively marketing credit cards to college students. Their campaigns usually consists of three parts: the draw, the pitch and the ego-boosting close, according to the 2012 Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports. The draw is often a colorful tent placed strategically on campus property or at popular entertainment or sporting events. Brightly colored t-shirts and caps, travel mugs and water bottles, along with all kinds of other fun “gifts” are given out just for signing up. They get you to fill out an application, but tell you not to get your hopes up because most students are not accepted. Next comes the pitch. They tell you all the benefits you get with their card and how your life will be so much better. They point to statements on the application as they talk, giving you the impression that you needn’t read it as they’ve just pointed out everything important. Last comes the ego-boosting close. A surprised look comes over the sales person’s face as they excitedly tell you the great news — you qualify! How about that? And if you’re the least bit apprehensive, they reassure you with the magic words, “You can always cancel.” No more having to aks Mom and Dad for money — now you’ve got your own card; you’re a grown-up. It is at this point that the dizziness in your head prevents you from feeling that one foot has just slipped into — the Credit Card Trap. Now comes the part you didn’t see coming: The Trap itself. If you’re adult enough to get a card, be adult enough to read the fine print. You may find hidden fees. There may be an application fee of $35 which you owe only if you accept the card— and you just did. There could also a $25 fee for activating the card, which you will do by calling the number on the back. There might be an annual fee of $55 or more. All of these go on your first bill and your credit limit for a first time card holder may only be $300. You’re up to $115 and you haven’t even charged the first penny. Let’s say you’re dedicated to being very wise and not charging much. Maybe, to break it in you use the card to pay for lunch, just to celebrate, charging $6. Now we’re up to $121 and you didn’t realize you even owed the $115. Let’s just say you got your card on the first of June, your billing date could be around the 28th of each month, making your due date approximately the July 22. Sounds like a lot of time. But when you get your first invoice, you’ve got about 3½ weeks to make the payment. And it’s not $6, it’s $121! You call the credit card company and they reassure you that you need only make the minimum payment of $20. Whew! You can handle that. They tell you the truth, but not the whole truth. Because, remember?’re a grown up, it was your responsibility to read the contract, the fine print. You mail your payment on time. According to your calculations, $121 minus $20 leave a balance of $101. Okay, you’ll pay it off a little at a time and everything will be okay. Then you get your second invoice. Now, there is an interest charge added of $30.55. Student credit cards carry interest rates from 7 percent up to 28 percent and most are on the high side. Now we’re up to $131.55. Even if you don’t make any more charges, if you are only able to pay the minimum payment each month, with more interest charges it won’t be long before you open an invoice to find a $75 over-the-limit fee. Not because you charged anything, but because all the interest charges now put you over your $300 credit limit. If you keep on this way, it just gets you deeper and deeper in debt. You remember the sales person’s words: “You can always cancel.” You call to cancel and are told that, if you do, the entire balance will be due at once and if you do not pay, you will be reported to all three credit agencies and turned over to the company’s “legal” department, which is where no one trained in legalities works; they’re all collection

20 tips for winning the credit game Tip 1: Beware of easy credit offers. If it sounds too good to be know the rest. Tip 2: Don’t let the sales person rush you. Believe me, this offer will still be here later. Tip 3: Realize that credit card companies are the only ones to benefit from this deal, even though the salesman uses a well practiced speech to make you believe this is all for your benefit. Tip 4: Read everything first before making any decision. Tip 5: If you aren’t ready for a credit card, take the free gift, but decline the card. Tell them the interest is too high. Walk away. Tip 6: Ask questions before signing on the dotted line. What are all the fees associated with this card? Make the sales person divulge them all. But just in case ... do read the fine print! Tip 7: Not all Credit Card Companies are created equal. Compare them. Don’t take the first offer that comes along. Tip 8: If a card has a $29 a year annual fee, which will be due on your first bill, then budget yourself accordingly. Don’t charge anything until you pay your first bill of $29, if that’s all you can afford, and pay it early just to make sure the payment posts before the due date. Tip 9: Only charge what you can afford. If you feel you can afford about $40 per month, charge only $40 each month and make sure to pay it off on time to avoid interest charges.

Tip 10: Use the card for necessities if you can’t afford to splurge. Buy the book you need that your student loan or grant didn’t cover. Get more supplies. Because if you pay only the minimum payment due each month on a $1,000 balance with an 18% APR (Annual Percentage Rate), by some estimates you’ll spend seven years and an additional $1,731 in interest to pay back what you owe. Tip 11: Look for a card with a low APR and either no annual fee or a very low one. Tip 12: Make sure you pay your other bills on time, too. Some credit card companies will raise your interest rate even if you always pay your credit card bill on time and in full. That’s because they take into account your bill-paying history with other creditors. If you fall behind on your other bills, your credit card interest rate could rise. Tip 13: Check out the 2012 Consumer Reports article about the best and worst credit cards, based on feedback from 36,000 Consumer Reports readers. The website is Tip 14: Never take cash advances. The interest rate on cash advances is generally higher than the interest rate charged on purchases made with the card. When you make your credit card payments, the card issuer will apply your payments to the lowest interest rate items first, allowing the debt to mount on the higher interest rate items, such as cash advances. If the company sends you

Some colleges push students to use cards

Nearly half of America’s college students are at schools that encourage students to use credit cards. WJBK Fox News in Detroit reported recently “that as many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to get their financial aid money.” Colleges and banks rake in millions from the fees, often through secretive deals in apparent violation of federal law, according to a report by The Associated Press. Nearly half of higher-education students, — more than 9 million students — attend schools that have deals with financial companies, according to the AP report. “Now bank middlemen are making out like bandits using campus cards to siphon off millions of student loan dollars,” says Rich Williams, the lead experts. Now you get it? They never lie, they just tell half-truths. According to a 2005 study published by Nellie Mae, a student loan company, an estimated 76 percent of undergraduates carry at least one credit card, and 56 percent reported obtaining their first credit card at the age of 18. The average outstanding balance on undergraduate credit cards was $2,169, and 79 percent of undergraduate credit card holders regularly carry a balance, according to the study. Good credit can open doors for things like renting an apartment, getting a loan for a car, or even buying a house. Bad credit can put even the most basic essentials out of reach and make borrowing money more expensive, or in the

author of a report by the United States Public Interest Group. “Programs like Higher One shift the cost of handing out financial aid money from universities, which no longer have to print and mail checks to fee-paying students.” Mario Parker-Milligan, a 23-year-old student body president at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, realized in less than a semester that he was paying way too many fees to Higher One, the company hired by his college to pay out students’ financial aid on debit cards. The extra fees were incurred by using the card and from ATM fees when withdrawing cash. “The school presented this option as a faster, cheaper way for the college to get the students their money,” ParkerMilligan said.

worst case, impossible. A mistake you make when you are 18 will stay on your credit report until you are 25. Some students report receiving literally hundreds of credit card offers each year, according to a survey by the USPIRG. Some states have placed restrictions on how credit cards can be marketed at public colleges and universities. With financing from the Ford Foundation, USPIRG has begun a national campaign urging schools to adopt some common-sense principles that would help keep students from the “opportunities” of falling into the Credit Card Trap. According to a 2010 report in the Wall Stree Journal, even if you make your payments on time for many years, missing

“It may be cheaper for the college, but it’s not cheaper for the students.” Higher One founder and Chief Operating Officer Miles Lasater defended his company against charges of excessive fees, according to an Associated Press report. “We are commited to providing good value accounts that are designed for college students,” he said, adding that its the responsibility of students to understand the company’s fee list when they sign up for an account. In other words, it’s your fault if you don’t read the fine print before you sign. Lasater also cited a study commissioned by Higher One that found that the median fees charged to each of the 2 million students with Higher One accounts totaled $49 annually. However, Higher One charges $50 if an account is overdrawn for more than

even one payment can result in a high late fee and a drastically raised interest rate, which makes you look less credit worthy. If you started with a credit card limit of $300 at 29 percent interest and after a year are up to $1,000 credit limit at 11 percent interest, credit companies see you as more credit worthy. But if your limit goes down or your interest goes up, it displays you as less credit worthy. In 2008, USPIRG found that students are using their credit cards at alarming rates. They reported that 76 percent of students visited the tent tables when they were on campus, 66 percent said they had at least one card already, 24 percent confessed they were paying late fees and interest payments, 15 percent said they also paid over-the-limit fees, and 6 percent

Finally, a rap song for me By Nicki Kostrzewa Agora editor

Let me just say something, if there is one thing in the world that I am not a fan of, it’s rap music. I just never got into the beats or the lyrics most artists used. It just wasn’t for me. However, after finding the youtube band Dumbfoundead, I can actually say that I like

“checks” for cash advances, tear them into many pieces and throw them away. Tip 15: If you manage your credit card online, be sure to set up email alerts that keep you informed. Many card issuers allow you to set up alerts that tell you when a payment is due, or when you are close to or exceed your credit limit. With your busy school and/or work schedules, time flies. Put your due dates on your wall calender and LOOK AT IT; pick one day each week to go over bills. Tip 16: Never, never loan anyone your card, no matter what. And just as important, don’t use your card as a loan to pay for something for someone else, especially if they get to keep the receipt. Tip 17: Keep things simple by carrying only one credit card. If you must have a credit card, one is all you need to build a good credit profile of on-time payments. Tip 18: After making on-time payments for 6 months, ask the credit card company to lower your interest rate. Tip 19: Get educated about credit. Visit Consumer’s Union’s website Tip 20: This is perhaps the most important tip of all: If you get into credit card trouble, get help. Don’t be afraid to ask a family member for help. A little bit of help now can save you a lot of grief in the future. You can also contact a consumer counseling agency in your area to get advice. Learn more at www.

Review one rap song! The song is entitled “Are We There Yet.” It talks about a woman’s hard struggle to bring her family to the United States for a better life, then of two teens who are falling in love, and the last segment

is when the artist asks himself, “Is now the time to think, I am there?” I know it sounds cheesy, but it is a very different way to look on rap. Use your words to inspire. Music was made to sound beautiful and elegant, not trashy and out of tune. Thank goodness that rap is starting to take a turn for the better.

45 days, $10 per month if the student stops using their account for six months, $29 to $38 for overdrawing an account with a recurring bill payment and 50 cents each time the student uses a PIN instead of a signature system at a retail store. Higher One currently has agreements with 520 campuses that enroll more than 4.3 million students, about onefifth of the students enrolled in colleges nationwide, according to the USPIRG report. Higher One isn’t the only company making deals with universities. Under its contract with Huntington Bank, Ohio State University will receive $25 million over 15 years, plus another $100 million in loans and investments for the neighborhoods around campus. Florida State receives a portion of every ATM fee paid by a student. reported their card had been canceled for non-payment. This study surveyed over 1,500 students at 40 schools and universities in 14 states. You may live at home now, but after you start your career, you will want to get into a good apartment complex and eventually buy your own house. Building up your credit in your college years will open the doors to do just that. Many apartment complexes waive the security deposit for applicants with good credit. Car companies lower interest rates and require lower down payments with good credit, saving you hundreds of dollars. Protect your credit. It’s in your own best interest.

Momma had a dream, but she gave it up for me And my sister raising kids, man that ain’t a cup of tea Now she ain’t have no cheese, but took us to Chuck E. Cheese Somewhat of a G, living life so sucka free Told her what I want to be, she was cooler than the breeze Supportive as a beam, cause I knew she had believed If it were up to me, she’d be treated like a queen The life of luxury, filled with shiny pretty things Now I was only three when she brought me to the States My sister only one, crossing borders wasn’t safe What she did was very brave, I think about it everyday From Argentina to Mexico, and finally LA Yes, she made it really far, someone give her an applause Got herself a job, an apartment and a car But the struggle isn’t over so I keep doing my part Straight spittin’ out them bars that’ll get us to the stars

Jonathan Park

Tell me momma, are we there yet?



August 30, 2012 • The Agora

Cole “in time” Lions need strong Leshoure; hope for shot at playoffs Ted Boss

Agora Staff

Fans speak of Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson when they consider the critical keys to the Detroit Lions future. But what they are overlooking is the need for a great running back like what Mikel Leshoure is expected to be. I don’t care if it’s Leshoure, Smith or Best, but someone needs to be a threat running the ball, and Leshoure is the best choice. Best would be a good choice also, but he is prone to concussions. Running backs and con-

cussions are not compatible, and once a back has had more than one, their futures are sketchy at best. Smith is also accident prone and fragile, so it is up to Leshoure to be what they cannot: A durable back that can get the tough yards when they need them. Leshoure injured himself in training camp last year and did not get any playing time his first season. This not only crippled Leshoure, but it also hindered the Lions, who were unable to produce yards when they were needed most.

That’s why Leshoure is so valuable to this year’s game plan. Coach Jim Schwartz said that he is capable of getting the “tough yards,” and that is why they drafted him. This should give them something they didn’t have the second half of the 2011 season: the threat of a running game. No one is more important to what happens to the Lions than Stafford, who threw for more than 5,000 yards, and Johnson, who had a great year receiving. But Leshoure can take the pressure off of Stafford by getting the tough yards Stafford had to gain with his arm last season.

Detroit was 5-1 when Best was in the lineup, and was 5-6 without him. Best gave the Lions the edge they needed and will need to again this season. I believe that coach Schwartz will have to look at Mikel Leshoure to help the team and be exceptional on and off the field. Our first look at Leshoure was in game three of the preseason, where he had six runs for a total of one yard. Let’s hope when he is able to play in the third game of the regular season — following a twogame suspension for substance abuse — he is able to perform at a higher level.

Lions preason schedule and results Former Monroe High School star Audie Cole now wears the uniform of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL.

Week 01:

Week 03:

Monroe grad making most of his chance at the NFL

Cleveland Browns @ Detroit Lions — Loss: 19-17

Detroit Lions @ Oakland Raiders - Loss: 20-31

Team Leaders Passing: S. Hill 83 Rushing: J. Bell 89 Receiving: C. Johnson 39

Team Leaders Passing: Moore 87 Rushing: Williams 22 Receiving: Long 43

Week 02:

Week 04 :

Detroit Lions @ Baltimore Ravens — Win: 27 - 12

Buffalo Bills, Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. Home: Ford Field

Ted Boss

Agora Staff

Monroe High graduate Audie Cole intercepted two passes for touchdowns in the Minnesota Vikings second preseason game. The first interception was for 20 yards, and the second interception came in Buffalo’s very next possession for 30 yards. “He seems like one of those guys who maybe has a knack for making the big play,” said Leslie Fraizer, Vikings head coach. Both interceptions were in the fourth quarter, extending the Vikings lead and helping them defeat the Buffalo Bills 36-14. “I was just in the right place at

the right time,” Cole told the Monroe Evening News, when asked about his performance against the Bills. A native of Monroe, Cole graduated in 2007 with four letters in sports his senior year. He lettered in football all four years for Monroe High at the quarterback position, three of those years as the starter. He also played on defense. Cole was recruited by North Carolina State to play the linebacker position and recorded 176 tackles for them. Cole was drafted 210th overall in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings.

Team Leaders Passing: M. Stafford 184

Rushing: S. Green 92 Receiving: C. Johnson 111


Lions quarterback Matt Stafford throws to Calvin Johnson in training camp.

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This is the Aug. 30 edition of The Agora, the student newspaper at Monroe County Community College.