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Blackhawks partner with Moraine By Phil A. Bianco News Editor

Executive Director of the Moraine Valley Foundation, Sue Linn; Elizabeth Queen of the Chicago Blackhawks Charities; Chairman of Moraine’s Board of Trustees, Joseph P. Murphy; and College President, Sylvia Jenkins show off the Blackhawk’s donation. [Marketing]

The Blackhawks and Moraine Valley, bet you never thought those two would go together. The Chicago Blackhawks have partnered with Moraine Valley in an effort to reach out to fans in the southwest suburbs. The deal was announced on Jan. 10 at the groundbreaking for Moraine Valley’s Health Education and Wellness Center (HEWC). The Blackhawks gave Moraine Valley $250,000 to help fund the construction of the HEWC. In turn, the Hawks will have naming and logo rights for the fitness area of the Center. Executive Director of Moraine Valley’s Foundation, Sue Linn talked about how this unlikely partnership came about. “Our first contact with them was in the year they won the Stanley Cup. They told us BLACKHAWKS | page 2

What if it happened here?

Police Chief Patrick O’Connor believes Moraine’s 24/7 police force is prepared if there were to be a shooter on campus. [Mike Frederiksen] By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor After the Sandy Hook shootings, school safety is of paramount concern. In a heinous action that took less than 20-minutes, an individual was able to shock and disgust an entire nation.

In an effort to provide students, faculty, staff and the entire Moraine community with piece of mind, Moraine Valley Community College Chief of Police, Patrick O’Connor discussed the College’s policies and procedures surrounding disaster preparation. “Our main focus is that ev-

eryone gets to go to school, gets to go to work, and at the end of the day, gets to go home,” said Moraine Valley Chief of Police, Patrick O’Connor. O’Connor mentioned that students and staff should remain in their classroom or office with the doors closed and locked. Each individual should remain out of sight by taking cover under a desk or table. During a lockdown situation, everyone should remain in the building to ensure that the shooter is unable to gain access to the building. “Our response time is a minute. We are fully armed and prepared to engage an active shooter. What we ask is for students, faculty, and staff to remain in their classroom or office so that we are able to identify the shooter and engage the shooter WHAT IF? | page 2

College President Sylvia Jenkins, Board Chairman Joe Murphy, and Vice Chairman Patrick Kennedy listen as CFO Bob Sterkowitz speaks about Moraine’s enrollment numbers for the spring. [Erica Sinnott]

Enrollment numbers deceive By David Alexander Staff Writer Starting one week earlier than usual may have contributed to the less than average enrollment for the 2013 spring semester at Moraine Valley Community College. Bob Sterkowitz, Moraine

Valley’s Chief Financial Officer, divulged this piece of information during the first College Board of Trustees meeting of the semester held on Jan. 16 in the D Building. Sterkowitz further revealed that enrollment was down by 9% coming into the new-year ENROLLMENT | page 2

IN THIS ISSUE ENTERTAINMENT Tamburitzans, ethnic dance troupe, comes to FPAC. SOCIAL PAGE 7

SPORTS Men’s Basketball roll’s to third win in a row. PAGE 12

FEATURES Phi Theta Kappa expands student success program. SOCIAL PAGE 6


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WHAT IF? | from front page as quickly as possible,” said O’Connor. As the police chief at MVCC, Chief O’Connor is dedicated to implementing additional trainings for students, faculty, staff and administrators to ensure that each individual is able to react to a potentially hazardous situation. Moraine’s Threat Assessment Team regularly trains for various threats, such as severe weather, fires, an active shooter, and many other potential threats. “We are pushing for drills at the college so students can practice evacuation procedure and be prepared for a potentially hazardous situation,” said O’Connor. After the Sandy Hook shootings, middle school, high school, and college administrators sent letters to parents of students outlining the school’s procedures regarding an active shooter. “In light of the Sandy Hook shootings a lot of people thought that new policies are being implemented. We have the same policies as it’s been regardless of what is going on in the news,” said O’Connor. “We want the Moraine community to understand that we’re proactive when it comes to our safety.” Moraine Valley’s faculty, staff, and administrators are advised to report irregular behavior, mental health issues, and other potential threats to the safety of the Moraine community. “It’s impossible to say that nothing could happen. Some crimes are simply not preventable,” said O’Connor. “We take efforts to help people with psychological disorders seriously. Our staff works to identify potentially hazardous individuals and engage them before an issue occurs.” MVCCPD recently upgraded training methods, equipment, and outside resources to handle any type of threat. “Our best advice to students and staff, is to buy time and space and allow the police to get there and engage in the event of a shooter,” said O’Connor. Moraine Valley Chief of Police, Patrick O’Connor is more than willing to answer any questions or concerns. Chief O’Connor can be contacted by phone at 708-974-5365 or by email at oconnorp@ Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at social@

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ENROLLMENT | from front page but thanks to the redoubled efforts of all departments involved in student registration, this negative number was reduced to “5.8%” by the second week in January. The Chief Financial Officer explained that since most long-term Moraine Valley students were accustomed to spring classes commencing on the Tuesday after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, many of them failed to register by the actual start of the semester, Jan. 14. Less than effective efforts by the College to communicate this change in start date are partially to blame for the drop in enrollment. Bob Sterkowitz was guardedly optimistic that come Jan. 22, Moraine Valley’s student enrollment level will be on par with that of the years before. In other money related matters, the Moraine Valley Foundation Board is planning to increase funds at its disposal from $2.5 million to $3.7 million. To this end, the Foundation is planning to host a gala night to help raise funds. In other noteworthy happenings at the first Board of Trustees meeting for 2013, Rich Martinez, who reported on the progress of the Health and Wellness Center that is currently under construction said that the project is on target thanks to the clement weather in recent weeks. The Health and Wellness Center, the Board of Trustees was told, is currently $435,000 above its $28 million budget (the $28 million includes already awarded and yet to be awarded contracts, the actual projected cost of the Center including initial running cost is $35 million.) This over shooting of the Center’s budgetary allocation necessitated the team over seeing the Center’s construction to downsize “aesthetics that were not essential” to the Center’s functioning, according to Martinez. The meeting adjourned to a private session to consider more bids brought forth by contractors seeking a piece of the Wellness Center’s contract. David Alexander can be contacted at alexanderd45@student.morainevalley. edu.

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(From left) Trustee Andrea Ramirez-Justin, Cook County Board commissioner Elizabeth Gorman, Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett, Trustee John Coleman, President Emeritus Vernon Crawley, College President Sylvia Jenkins, Board Chairman Joe Murphy, Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney, Trustee Lisa Szynalski, Elizabeth Queen of the Blackhawks Charities, and Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin dig in at the HEWC Groundbreaking on Jan. 10. [Marketing] BLACKHAWKS | from front page that a large number of their fans are in the Southwest suburbs and that they would love to have a presence here. We talked about what opportunities we could offer them and what opportunities they might be interested in and we finally got an agreement last November.” Moraine Valley is the first school that the Blackhawks have partnered with in the southwest suburbs. The college’s administration hopes this will be the beginning of a long relationship. “We are looking to continue our partnership with them. Their players are really interested in wellness and weight reduction for youth. I think we have a number of opportunities for the whole community,” said Linn. The announcement of this deal came in the middle of a ceremony meant to commemorate the breaking of ground for the HEWC. It was a symbolic gesture, as construction for the Center has been going on for a few months now. Several politicians including Mayors Gerald Bennett of Palos Hills and Daniel McLaughlin of Orland Park, and Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth Gorman attended the ceremony.

Board member, Lisa Szynalski had only good things to say about the event, “It was amazing that we were able to bring this groundbreaking inside. It was a great way to get everyone excited for what’s to come.” The HEWC, the core of all this excitement, is a big venture for the college. The 100,000 square feet Center will be equipped with a four-lane lap pool, three basketball courts, a fitness center area, group exercise studios, an athletic training room, a jogging track and locker rooms. The college is also working to bring in a healthcare “partner” to offer “health-related programs and services” to community members. College President, Sylvia Jenkins said, “Our students will take health and fitness classes in greatly expanded facilities, which will enhance their learning experience and overall well-being. Our faculty and staff can continue their wellness initiatives by increasing their activity levels—an effort we can expand to community residents, who will have access to a fitness center with the latest equipment.” The Center is scheduled to open in February 2014. Phil A. Bianco can be contacted at news@





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Jeffery F Shepard Sauk Village Dalia I Abrego Schaumburg Marta M Bednarska Cary L McCormick Springville Mei Sato Stone Park Ricardo Alonso Summit Rana Assi Guillermo Benitez Aurora F Carabes Alejandro Gallegos Cristian M Gallegos Juan D Garcia Juan P Marquez Karla Y Medina Eugeniusz S Milon Christina Ojeda Nandip J Patel Gloria Rodriguez Gerardo J Salcedo Edgar J Solis Tinley Park Christina S Abraham Asma I Alshaikh Nicole C Baer Ethan R Bard Rachel E Bard Bridget K Barry David J Benoit Justin G Blazek Jason A Blohm Nicole R Bodinet Lauren Bolek Gregory D Bothwell Sam Broderick Shannon M Brogan Cherie M Bruce Bernard W Bruinius Steve P Brysch Lisa M Budzynski Jacquelyn L Butzen Kelsey L Carter Michaela L Casto Frank J Connell Saundra Cooper Charlene-Grace S Crisostomo Stacy R Cuellar Kamel A Dahbur Alexandra M Davidson John G Defrank Angelica Diaz Diana Dinh Michael D Eckert Rania H Elayyan Christine Elkhatib Thomas M English Mohammed Faran Rabia S Fatima Laura P Freeman Chad Freitag Amanda M Gleffe Robert W Gray Breanna Gutierrez John C Hanson Sana Hasan Michele E Henkelman Jennifer M Incesti Rachel A Jentsch Krystyn L Katsibubas Shannon L Kelley Sarah A Kischkel Patrick M Kline Joseph W Knight Sarah K Krause Nganh Le Patrick T Lennon David P Love Jenny K Mahoney Alyssa S Moravec Kevin Morphey Robert A Muys Amanda M Oliosi Renee O Olson Mayank Patel Ann R Pendergast Coty A Perreira Jennifer M Peters Stacey L Pinson Kristin Pisano Jennifer L Plude Nicholas W Prudden Ryan Ritchie Michael L Roon Valbona Rushiti Cinthya Ampuero Salas Bryan R Scheulin Nathan M Schmidt Michael T Shatat Lisa M Skraba Megan E Slaviero Samantha L Staisiunas Anthony Stevens Algirdas Sukevicius Travis R Sullivan Samantha L Thirstrup Jason S Thompson Jill Timmer Rachel S Townsend Jeffrey Trayes Natalia Trujillo Steven M Uthe


Spring 2013 Dean’s List To be eligible for the Dean’s List for a given semester, students must complete at least nine credit hours of college credit courses that count toward a certificate or a degree. Students who meet the eligibility requirements and earn at least a 3.50 grade point average (excluding developmental courses) will be named to the Dean’s List. “D,” “F,” or “I” grades will exclude a student from qualifying for the Dean’s List. Alsip Lucas A Aderman Gilberto E Andrade Jennifer A Buksa Arianna Calderon Danielle E Canchola Leroy J Carver Brittany Chapan John F Cortilet, Jr Bryan Diaz Victoria A Dorsch John R Dougherty Roberto C Figueroa Jenna L Fletcher Kelly M Galvin Camille V Hart Adriana Hernandez Fadi Hezayin Carl P Holst Lauren M Horbach Adam M Husein Joseph N Jachimiak Tiavian T Johnson Harold Lane Sara A Lello Victor M Magana Apryll McFerren Anna L McAleenan Courtney L Michalik Stephanie L Navarrete Edith Navarro Emily A Nelson Kathryn M Price Alvaro Q Reyes Savik Salgado Mary Schofield Ariel Schultz Lauren S Smith Cristina Walker Ashley J Walsh Aurora Cecilia Barraza Berwyn Angel G Gonzalez Siul E Reynoso Blue Island Jesus A Ahumada Michael Alejandro Eduardo Alvarez Ilse M Avina Blue Island Maximiliano Boyso Linda L Jones Rebecca J Kemp Brittany M Lafin Gerson Leiva Jennifer Mendoza Lizbeth Montes Hannah J Niemann Priscilla Rodriguez Taneya J Smith Joe D Torrez Tania Urbina Alvaro Velazquez Bridgeview Dana A Aburomman Justin M Albright Samantha M Brock Daniel R Cline Lindsey A Cruz Jose E Fernandez Tyler Fleming Melissa M Haynes Luis E Hernandez Jessica A Isom Nora K Jamal Matt Kalafut Thomas P Levis Jordan M McBride Omar J Mesad Taha S Monasar Scott A Nehring Andrzej S Nosal Karen S Ocampo Richard Parzych Monika A Pawlikowska Hanadi A Qader Maher F Rabie Marisol Rodriguez David R Roman Lema Safadi Damian S Szkola Justyna M Tomaszek Jacob D Zboinski Burbank Emily K Abbott Mohammad Y Abdelsalam Jacob M Abels

Ramzi Z Abudayyeh Anna Babinska Richard C Bania Matthew J Borawski Klaudia D Bosek Steffanie R Bozyk Michelle Brylewski Matthew J Capparelli Steven M Cole Angela D Costea Sarah J Dababneh Damaris Davalos Brian D Dugan Michael Dulkowski Dylan R Dybalski Gabriel A Ferrer Remah Franco Tory J Gabala Paulina M Gabrys Julia Garcia Giovanni Garza Vincent P Griff Sana Ishtaiah Bayan Ishtayah Mike G Johnson Christos Kalleris Salwa N Kanan Stephanie A Karl Rachel E Kopp Anna M Kuruc Stephanie J Lafiandra Jennifer G Lorusso Miguel A Martinez Ewa Opiola Laura Ortega Lorena Perez-Hernandez Matthew R Placzkowski Malgorzata Remiasz Christopher Rodriguez Caitlin M Roeh Alton W Ruff Jesus Sanchez Danielle M Saucedo Ryan Stout Jolanta J Strama Jadwiga Szczechowicz Patrick S Taraszka Han Y Tien Jake R Wilke Ka L Wong Saori Yamanaka Camille J Zalewski Aneta J Zapotoczna Moises S Zarate Thomas Zuk Calumet City Helen Bisioulis Calumet Park Marquetta A Dixon Jazmine S Gladney Cedric T Martin Chicago Samuel Amaya Karen L Arroyave Jessica Babulic Connor P Bannon Timothy P Bautista-Johnston Kimara C Benson Zachary J Bulthuis Michelle M Campos Samantha A Coco Mantas Dirse Kenneth E Gooday Jorge Haro Timothy J Hayes Tiffany T Henderson Kendria S Jones Daniel Kaminski Bartell K Keithley David H Kwec Celeste Lopez Katherine E Lucid Jordan M Marek Melanie A Martin Christian Meza Kyra Mitchell Fernando Moctezuma Richard Morales Elise H Parkison Christian J Pukala David Rodriguez Joanna Rozek John T Russell Amy L Sears Mary R Sheahan

Susano J Viramontes Dominika M Wierzba Wilson Yung Cesar Zambrano Chicago Heights Brian D Peterson Chicago Ridge Tahani Abuelhawa Nihal Altierler Pawel J Bernat Daniel J Cannata Christopher R Chaparro Monika Darbutaite Mike E Fredericksen Jeremy W Frederiksen Aysar A Hamdan Ayat A Hasan Hoda H Hussein Kamal R Kawar Sara Khawaja Jerry Linas Patricia L Loher Lori A Lysik Ruba J Mahmoud Natalie Q McGuire Yazen Muhammad Daniel P Okreglak Amanda M Powers Melissa M Ragan James A Savaino Kyle R Stang Ashley B White Allison L White Cicero El Donna Abella Jose R Lopez Countryside Kimberly L Dawid Crestwood Adrianna m Bonny Christian Finley Daniel A Friberg Denis Hasanovic Daniela Hernandez Amy Johnson Sarah A Kebr Kelly E Lendi Kelly M Pecka Emir Polic Conor Ruel Jennifer M Steigert Joshua H West Evergreen Park Samantha H Aalders Eamann Almiladi Matthew J Andre Sarah M Brandt Nicole K Ceh Michael C Davis Ariana M Diaz Daniel P Drumm Kenneth A Edwards Samantha J Eliszewski Horace Holifield Kathryn B Ingersoll Joseph T Jarema Fe M Juachon Ellen M Lahart Manuel Luna Jenna M Mahoney Mary M McGriff Irineo J Medina Daniel J Murray Nastassja K Nykaza Pamela A Riebel May I Salman Ashley C Stamm Jennifer A Teer Flossmoor Clarice Tayui Fox Lake Michael Oskorep Frankfort Elaine M Angell Alexander M Brutlag Anna L Gannon Hickory Hills Mona Alsabah Harry Blake Alex J Brzezon James E Burk Joshua J Cuta Lisa M Fielding Hashemay B Hammad Misadah B Hammad Melissa L Henderson Asel M Hilal Ewa Ignas Sylwia A Kosalka Catherine Kovacs Arkadiusz Labedzki Wai Ping Lam David A Madrigal Agnieszka D Maka Danielle E Marren Juste Meistinyte Monika M Molinski Ashley M Murphy Chung In Ngan Margaret R O'Callaghan

Rachel Ochenkowski Sebastian Palczynski Magdalena O Smolecka Peter J Sopel Alicja M Szaflarska Jennifer M Targosz Hala Zayed Karolina Zientara Homer Glen John C Chamboullides Asim A Mehta Lynette Theis Peter Q Weitzel Hometown Alexander W Beltz Christopher J Cascarano Angelica M Krizka Ina Lee Nicole A Maloney Michelle Melendez Kaitlin M Mikols Dillon Ryle Richard Villalobos Steven G West Homewood Erik S Sulej Joliet Jason L Fraticelli Justice Brandon Bautista David M Borst Amy M Carlson Grace A Cosentino Marta S Dobrzynski Katarzyna M Gierut Jordan L Hall Amparo Hernandez Tiffany N Hicks Martyna D Jedrzejewska Johnathen M Kent Dorota E Kielbasa Katarzyna Z Kozicka Alberto Lara Brittany A Mega Molly R Meloy Cassandra Nilles Mohammad A Odetallah Jodi A Pollard Maureen T Rich Ewa Sarat Szczepan B Stanek Gabriela Suchecki Jessica E Walkosz Lansing Ryan E Follmar Jeremy C Keene Lemont Derek Becker Annetta Czerwien Lockport Crystal L Edenburn Midlothian Lacarl D Baker Joseph S Floramo Ismael F Mendoza Sara A Saunier Tyler A Sifuentez Mokena Michael Kopycinski Oak Forest Kelly E Boylan Paige E Cummings Jennifer N Dell Keisha L Escamilla Traci A Gilbert Mary Ann S Go Jason Jurik Corinne D Kalebich Denise A Lamm Donn E Lusung Mark McKenzie Hector A Pena Tessa M Rein-Glikis Oak Lawn Geena M Abbott Johaza Adan Hadeel M Al Madhi Fernando Alvarez Noor Alzalam Ali H Amra Edita Andriulis Naomi E Avina Emilia Bakun Leighann D Baxa Meghan J Bednarz Trisha Bulow Meghan A Caulfield David T Conroy John B Cournane Ann M Cusack Shadia Doleh Vincent M Doria Erica J Erdakos Jessica Esparza Rebecca A Flanagan Shane Gallegos Anetka D Garbacz Jesus Garibay Rizek S Halim

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Foundation sets $3.5 million fundraising goal By Anne Parker Editorial Assistant The Donor Appreciation Reception on Thursday, Jan. 24 in the M building was the kick-off to the college’s “Foundation for Success” campaign. Donors were honored with a reception and the first viewing of the donor wall as a thank-you to their contribution to the Moraine Valley Community College Foundation. Already $2.8 million have been donated, as part of the $3.5 million goal set. Established nearly 30 years ago, through generous donations, the Foundation is able to continue the education of students through various scholarships. “Our focus is always on our students,” said Moraine Valley president Sylvia M. Jenkins. Individuals, businesses, community organizations, faculty and staff were all invited to celebrate their contributions to the success of the Foundation. “It is wonderful having everyone here as a part of it,” said Sue Linn, Executive Director of the MVCC Foundation. The reception honored members of the community, faculty, and staff who have participated in donating to the campaign.

College President Sylvia Jenkins, Board Chairman Joe Murphy, and Trustee Pat Kennedy listen attentively as CFO Bob Sterkowitz talks about Moraine’s enrollment numbers for the spring semester. [Erica Sinnott] “I am humbled by the generosity of the faculty and staff here at Moraine Valley,” said Jenkins. “Many of our students are the first in their families to attend college. If it had not been for the faculty where would they be?” Jenkins will soon be participating in a “President on the Road program”, meeting the residents of the 26 communities that represent the college, and sharing

the story of Moraine Valley. Jenkins also acknowledged the dedication from former Moraine Valley president, Dr. Vernon O. Crawley, noting that, “with him, this has all been made possible.” The reception began with a video montage of the students who have been awarded different scholarships from the Foundation. Some of these students include Sabha

Abour, recipient of the ComEd Scholarship, Lindsey Batholomew, recipient of the Dr. Patricia M. Bauhs Scholarship, and Bartell Keithley, recipient of the Career Programs-Aileen S. Andrew Mechanical Technologies Scholarship. Foundation President Phillip T. Foster, emceed the event. He acknowledged the Board of Trustees and Foundation members and their “support and outstanding work.” Another key speaker of the event was current student, John Francey, recipient of the Sandra Broadbent Memorial Scholarship. He, and other recipients can now “focus on academic goals” whose “dreams are now a reality.” Afterward, guests witnessed the unveiling of the donor wall. Graphic Design Coordinator, Laurie Hottinger came up with the design for the donor wall in just three days. “You do your best work under the gun,” she said. The donor wall truly is an attractive piece, described by Jenkins as “just beautiful.” “It’s absolutely amazing to see it finally up,” said Foster. “It was a great team effort to make this a reality.” Anne Parker can be contacted at parkera3@



IN BRIEF Tuition deadlines All students on a payment plan must pay attention to the upcoming tuition payment deadlines for the spring 2013 semester. The second tuition payment is due on Feb. 6. Third tuition payment is due on March 6. The final tuition payment is due on April 3. If students do not make the deadline by April 3 they will receive a $50 late fee. Students are also encouraged to pay attention to refund and withdrawal dates if they want to drop any of their current Spring 2013 courses. Any questions on refunds contact the Cashier’s Office at 974-5715, or visit the office in the S building. Student Massage clinic The student massage clinic will be holding appointments during this spring 2013 semester. Appointment times are 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in making an appointment should call extension 4460. Honors History class trip If you enjoy traveling, then sign up for Honors American History I (HIS201-160) for the three-week summer term. Students in the class will have the chance to travel to Philadelphia

and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This is available for students in the Honors Program. Students who are eligible for the Honors Program have at least nine hours of college credit and a 3.2 GPA or a letter from a faculty member. The cost is approximately $1,000 in addition to tuition. For students who are interested in the class, information sessions will be held on Jan. 23 and 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact Jim McIntyre at 608-4059. “Bloodletting” MVCC Adjunct Faculty artist Jeff Krantz will be showcasing his gallery in the Robert F. Decaprio Art Gallery. His paintings will be available for viewing until Feb. 7. For more information contact (708) 974-5500. Nursing Information sessions Students interested in applying to the A.D.N. Nursing Program must attend an information session before applying. Only registered participants will be allowed to be present during the sessions. All students bring a government issued or Moraine Valley photo I.D. to check in. Students are advised to checkin 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each information session. The next

information session will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Building M, Moraine Room 1. For more information on registering or any other questions contact (708) 6084044. Employers wanted for Mock Interview Day Mock Interview Day will be on Wed., Feb. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Building M. The Job Resource Center needs employers to participate. Those who participate will be part of a formal mock interview with students, alumni, and community members that will last for 30 minutes. In the first 20 minutes, employers will ask a series of questions in the form of a general interview provided by the college. The final 10 minutes will be used to offer feedback and helpful tips to the interviewee. Any business people who would like to volunteer should contact (708) 974-5313 or email jrc@ Petition for graduation Students who plan on graduating in Spring 2013 must refer to the college catalog that can be found on the Moraine Valley website. The graduation petition deadline for the Spring 2013 semester is Feb. 1. There is a nonre-

fundable graduation petition fee. Petitions are available for students in the Admissions Office in S101 or online. Spring 2013 Library Accounts Students are encouraged to take time to visit the circulation desk in the Library to update their accounts for the spring semester. Students must update their accounts in order to have access to the online services provided by the Library. Students who want to update their accounts must bring their Moraine Valley I.D. with a Spring 2012 sticker on the back of it to the circulation desk in the Library. R U Ready 2 Graduate Fair On Tuesday, Jan. 29 students have the opportunity to gain one-on-one information and help regarding their preparedness for graduation. In buildings S and U, academic advisors will be on hand to meet with students. Students will complete a degree audit to verify that they have met the required credits and have completed the necessary graduation petition. Fouryear university representatives will also be available to discuss academic decisions with students. For more information, contact Academic Advising at (708) 974-5721.



PRESIDENT’S | from page 5 Martynas G Vasiliauskas Sylvia Vucaj Daniel J Waller Nicole L Warja Jeanne M Weber Rachel Welter Kevin Yee

Taghreed J Yousif Jesse L Zawacki Villa Park Robert Schultz Walworth Allan Church Wauconda Nina R Ahrnes-Pop

Willow Springs Asil Aldarawsheh Nicole A Foley Heather M Hermansen Elizabeth J Holmes Tim C Pascale Jessica J Perreault Valerie M Ruiz Maybeline N Sandoval

Robert Soltys Beth J Vis Dijar Isufi Wilmington Stanley J Czajkowski Winthrop Harbor Jonathan Levin Worth Amena Ahmad

Moin H Ajmal Sanah B Ali Mohamed A Alqaiti Maria E Alvarado Alyssa C Ariaz Michael A Belenske Mikal E Bloom Sarah J Boylan Courtney Czerwinski

Kellie C Dionne Nicholas S Ebert Changmo Ha Yung IL Hong Hyunjoon Hwang Solymar B Jaime Farris A Kasem Ashley T Kats Judith L Keating

Seonghwan Kim Sharon J Lammel Stephanie A Lee Jillian M Murphy Sarah Polito Charles R Purcell Aurelio E Rocha Angelina M Rumoro-Ilaiwi

Hamzah I Salim Lorissa Sernus Jessica Stoit Mary T Tully Michael J Westra Spencer Witowski

Tanya Silva Ashley A Skorski Timothy Slawinski Katrina M Smith Kyle P Smith Barry Soraghan Nicholas F Spies Jessica L Stafford Daniel J Steffek Rema R Sweis Namiki Tanaka Abigail Urbano Kristopher E Vopelak Stephanie Waxmansky Zachary Welsandt Kayla Weyer Eric J Willingham Robert M Wilmsen Cody A Woods Nabeel N Yafai Elizabeth N Yolich Orland Hills Joseph W Anicich Christopher D Cruz Marvin Cunanan Kyle R Damon Taylor L Decesare Benjamin A Doyle Joseph Galgano Gabrielle R Grant Heather M Hudzinski Matthew A Poff Zanah Shoaibi Michael J Tomkins Stacy M Vlamakis Matthew W Wiabel Orland Park Sarah Al-Fawaqah Diane A Al-Kurdi James M Banich Suzan N Barakat Lauren M Bernard Georgiana M Besbekos Phil A Bianco Carley E Biernat Bukurie Bizati Brent K Cabrera Elizabeth A Campbell Michael Capiak Melanie C Czerwinski

Juan D De La Parra Jenna O Deeb Alex B Dillon Katie M Dorsey Randy W Duncan Demitra Ekonomou Carly S Emlund Janine C Faille Tatheer Fatima Patrick R Finucane Morgan L Galvin Bhumi J Gandhi Jacqueline R Genova Domenica M Gesualdi Celena M Gibson Ashley M Grimm Kevin J Groeper Kayla C Harrison Marissa J Hencinski Zachary Heppner Alex J Hopkins Victoria M Janicijevic Simon Jarzabek Trevor Johnson Kais J Kawar Kellianne H Kim Stephanie H Kim Ryan W Kim Joseph R Kostenski Victoria C Kozlowski James r Krezel Kirstyn A Kroll Ashley L Kwiecien Trang N Le Tim Lewandowski Daniel R Lombardo Jennifer M Lundgren Patrick J Lyman Matthew A Mangold Judith Manning Leah E Manning Veronica Martin Joshua R Martinez Lisa Masterson Owen E McGuinness Don McKendry Daniel M McMaster Breanne N Munoz Thomas Murzydlo Jeffrey N Nonog Patrick M O'Malley Gloria J Palm

Mary E Paskus John M Perisic Robert Polson Matthew S Pressner Cameron N Qualizza Gayle L Raimbault Richard Ramirez Teresa A Repetny Venezia M Rodriguez Alexandra Rubi John Rubio Eric D Rydberg Laila Sadat Rad M Salem Manal M Salem Elizabeth B Salim Taylor M Sanders Veronica R Schmitz Kimberly A Semetis Justin R Shanklin David E Smith Kathleen J Spencer Aaron G Spengler Joy K Starek Tyler E Steffens Mark Teplitz Leopoldo Torres Cecilia Torres Nicholas A White Bridget Williams Fred Zegar Janusz Zieba Allison Zuehlke Palos Heights Emilee A Byers Colleen Canavan Sarah Cuvala Nathan J Dykstra Richard F Ferneau Katie A Harkin Dovydas Krolis Matthew F Ladewig Veronica Mahmoud Michelle C Murawski Jesse J Passarella Sarah E Price David M Pusateri Matthew J Rademaker Nicole A Skrobin Christi L Spayth Christopher A Wessel

Palos Hills Sangyoon Ahn Amit Balazi Ashley L Barber Sophie H Baxter Bradley J Berg Nathaniel J Berry Briana Bienkowski Stacy L Cashdollar Maria S Castrejon Philip L Culbertson Derek Dainys Aman K Dhanoa Natalie A Dziubek Daniel P Frain Diane T Furczon Ashley M Girod Gianna M Goldbach Cynthia C Gongora Paul T Granholm Jeffrey J Haas Kwun H Ho Elias E Jablonski Daniel A Janas Kristie M Kardas Sean P Kennedy Iseul Kim Tabu H Knight Wojciech Kwak Seunghyun Lee Jakub Lepionka Kristina M Marynczak Kaleigh R McAlpine Michael W Mitchell Anna Opacian Dominic J Paolella Gloria Paris Rafal Poniatowski Kristin A Rubino Muhammad H Saeed Nissa Siritool Kinga Sumara Jakub J Swiatek Magdalena Tor Olha Zvarych Palos Park Haifa Ali Renalda Baksys Amber A Bey Adam Bezanis Karissa L Burnson Angelika Chodorowicz

Annamarie Gavin Dena Gocal- Mc Grath Emmanuel Morales Christine P O'Reilly Kelly I Peterson Bilguun Serod Kevin M Sousa Sabrina L Velez Peotone Kristen L Miller Rexburg Nikhit A Busi Richton Park Kevin L Jenkins Riverdale Martez K Rhyine Robbins Christopher Horace Tasia N Page Shorewood Kyle F Dulny Summit Daisy Amador Enrique Diaz Alejandro Garcia Joe M Hernandez Jadira A Jaimes Maninder Kaur Ariana Memishi Victor Munoz Angelica Padilla Gerardo Padilla Erika Rodela Tinley Park Nedah M Abdel-Aziz Enas A Abughoush Amal T Abusumayah Duha M Al-Omari Mina M Antonuos Santeep M Antony Lia M Armour Thana Ayesh Heather M Bearden Robert J Birkmeyer Connor J Borgman Mitchell R Carpenter Iris L Casler Caitlin O Castellana Nicolai Cebotariov Nicholas A Cimino Matthew T Congreve Anthony J Cossidente

William J Cotton Michael Cullinan Minh H Doan Jenna E Enders Timothy A Eurich Kathleen A Farrell Kiran S Fatima Walery Garripoli Brandon Germany Stephen P Harrington Jennifer M Hernandez Heba H Jaber Leonard M Jagielski Jung T Kim Andrew King Andrew J Kulpinski Binh H Ly Cody R Marciano Kyle Marciano Patrick E Marren Megan A McConville Jacqueline R McGarry Gary A McLaughlin Mario L Medrano Maureen E Millay Andrea M Morano Alexandr Nagornov Jenise Nieves Kaitlyn O'Dwyer Patrick J O'Neill Renee M Paty Jacqueline A Perez Amy L Pohlman Samanta Pranckevicius Leslee D Pritza Angela L Pusateri Scott M Pyznarski Brent M Reevas Randall T Remblake Venus P Rosendo Elizabeth A Rumbaugh Lindsay T Rusch Colleen F Sabia Brian Sherry Cheryl R Slansky Laura Supronas Rebecca N Szubert Katelyn M Tamas Antonio T Tessari

Julie E Thamm Rebecca M Valdez Hung Van Kevin W Vickers Jeni A Varghese Huda K Wahdan Kellie M Walker Michael J Walsh Varna Katlen L Siwinski Western Springs Matt W Litchford Wheaton Jacqueline Kwiecinski Willow Springs Alejandro Vargas Willowbrook Jason E Lerch Worth Edward C Aalders Monique Alexander James A Anisko Yuyeol Chun Keisha R Cothron Curtis E Czartoryski Nicholas Dearth Zechariah S Dearth Serene Dugan Hicham A El-Khechen Matthew H Frickenstein Simitrio Guzman Elizabeth Haack Shannen E Hitzeman Alaine M Hope Soonah Im Amanda LeBeau Tyler M Lukasik George A Medina Sylwia A Mietus Rauda O Msalha Kaylee E Murphy Gregory L Murray Miyuki Nakarai Le H Nguyen Sean P Oconnor Francine R Ostrowski Fares I Qumsiyeh Lavdie Rysha Bryan J Sharp Dale Vanwitzenberg

DEAN’S | from page 5 Adrian W Hamerski Zachary G Heine Stephen D Hicks Eric A Hoppenrath Bridget B Houlihan Courtney E Hummel Karl A Jackson Amanda N Jafilan Allison T Jones Christina Juarez Rosemary D Karippaparambil Julie A Keane Jowita B Kozak Joanna S Krok Nikie C Kupinskas Michelle R Lambright William E Langner Nicholas S Lazzara Patrick K Maca Tommy Makuch Stacy L Mayer Ashley Mellas Andrew S Meyer Christina E Millay Oscar D Moran Michael S Moriarty Khalid Morrar Vincent R Mroch Miriam G Munoz Corina Munoz Maryanne I Musa Anne M O'Donnell Nicole O'Keefe Brittney A Overland Nicole A Paplauski Natalia M Patrzyk Maralys G Perales Karina Polovinkina Benjamin J Popp Helen H Pourchot Kristin N Renken Cheryl L Repetny Cesar Rojas Margaret Rosado Marwa Saleh Marina K Salman Nene H Sanankoua Emma S Schiefelbein Michael J Setlak Lubna N Shahen Lisa A Sill

Children’s Learning Center reaching out By Abbas Haleem Staff Writer Last semester, the Moraine Valley Children’s Learning Center opened its services to the community, allowing the children of community members to benefit from the many opportunities presented by the Center. The Children’s Learning Center teaches standard preschool lessons, such as the alphabet and shapes, but they don’t stop there. The Learning Center takes advantage of the fact that it is on a college campus. The children go on field trips to different departments. Previous field trips have been to science labs, culinary arts kitchens, and other educational areas. The Learning Center hopes to expand the areas that children get to visit this year. The center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. whenever credit classes are in session. It closes for winter and spring break along with staff development days. Children are not required to attend all five days of the school week, but parents must set up a regular weekly schedule. The main difference between the

spring 2013 semester and the fall 2012 semester is exposure. The fall semester was the first where childcare services

reading. All teachers at the Learning Center are certified with early childhood teaching degrees. College stu-

The Children’s Learning Center is located in S131. The Center is fully equipped with trained staff and a playground area for the children. [Tiffany Coleman] were offered to the community, and Center officials are hoping to see more people take advantage of this. The teachers’ main educational emphasis is on literacy and self-development. The Center uses a children’s garden to teach science, recycling, and

dents also teach the kids about arts and languages, such as music and Spanish. International student aides can be seen reading books to the kids in English before then rereading it in their native languages, which in the

past have included Spanish, a Chinese dialect, Arabic, and Polish. As a lab school, students studying child development or early childhood education are allowed to observe the way teachers interact with their young students. To register a child at the Learning Center, visit room S131. Proof of a current physical (within the last six months) and a birth certificate must be shown. Parents should be prepared to answer questions about their child, such as whether or not they have allergies. The Learning Center accepts children ages 2 to 5 years old. Children 3 years and up must be toilet trained. The cost for 2-year-olds is $8 per hour if less than 6 hours a day, if more than 6 hours a day, the prices will be set at $55 a day. The cost for children aged 3 to 5 years old is $7 per hour if less than 6 hours a day, or a set price of $50 a day. Parents must pay an activity fee of $25 and a registration fee of $25 each semester. Abbas Haleem can be contacted at



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By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor

By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor

This argument is not about removing the Second Amendment, which was written The Sandy Hook school shooting sent a ripple through our country, touching in 1791 when owning a gun was essential for one’s survival. Instead, this argument hearts and minds. The tragedy started a fire of controversy, which has burned its is against gun violence. way straight to Congress. President Obama and Vice President Biden are both pushing for three measures of There seems to be a common misconception in the American people that if the gun control: prohibiting high-capacity magazines, eliminating the gun-show-loop- government takes away our rights to have guns, it will prevent gun violence. Rehole, and enacting wider background checks. alistically speaking, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. If anyone is in need of This argument is causing a standoff between the an example, one only needs to research the ProhibiNRA and Obama. At this point, the NRA is vehetion on alcohol of the 1920s and 1930s. Though the mently against any type of gun control, stating that government had its hands in the way of the legal the government is attempting to take away Ameripurchase of alcohol, people still found their own can’s guns. ways to find their drink of choice. Throughout hisPreventing gun violence is not in fact stripping tory, people have found ways of getting what they Americans of their guns. Further, I feel that indiwanted, legal or not. Restricting gun and ammuviduals who are caught trafficking guns must face nition sales will not prevent gang violence, school steeper penalties. If an individual must register an shootings, or murder/suicides, etc. automobile, renew their driver’s license, and pass I believe that the right to bear arms (the Second an emissions test for their automobile, then how is Amendment) is a right that the American people it an individual can own a firearm without undergoshould not let go of easily, even if we are promised ing an equally extensive process. A responsible gun more guaranteed safety. owner would not object eliminating the gun-show Many people are quick to tie the Sandy Hook loophole, wherein an individual can purchase a gun tragedy with gun control issues. The focus should with no questions asked. In fact, I would venture be placed on the stigmatized issue of mental illness to guess that responsible gun owners are willing to and the state of the mental health system in our sosubmit to a background check, strict trafficking laws ciety. and reregistering their firearm each year in hopes There is a great deal of speculation that Adam of keeping the American public safe. I feel that the Lanza, the shooter in the Sandy Hook tragedy, was idea of the assault weapons ban is more than readiagnosed with Aspergers, an autism spectrum dissonable. Assuming you’re hunting deer, protecting order. There is plenty of controversy over whether your home, or qualifying as a sportsman, an assault [Graphic by Michael Hartmann] or not autism should be considered a mental illness weapon is not your type of weapon. or a developmental disorder. It’s not the power behind the weapon that is causing individuals to fuss about this Rumors also flew around saying that Lanza had Bipolar disorder. Regardless, the weapon in circulation; instead it’s the high capacity magazine. Having the ability to unfair assumption that he had a mental illness or developmental disorder is not only drop a 100-bullet magazine into one target is simply asinine. Therefore, I am pro- unfair but also only increases the level of stigma directed towards those affected. posing that individuals are more accountable for their guns by forcing wider backIn their article on Dec. 18 for PBS Jenny Marder and Jason Kane explain, “Associground checks, enforcing and enhancing the gun laws state-by-state, eliminating ating mental illnesses or disorders with extreme violence without real evidence can the gun-show loophole and overall cracking down on unregistered guns.Similar to add stigma to already stigmatized conditions and fuel harmful stereotypes, mental an individual who’s underage and attempts to purchase an alcoholic beverage, the health experts say.” Few people seem to realize that mental illness is just what its deterring factor is the potential of getting caught and facing fines and revocation of name implies – an illness. People do not cause or ask for mental illness and disorders their identification. and one can come into anyone’s life at any time. The people diagnosed with mental Regardless of what individuals decide regarding the gun control argument, we illnesses are also not the only ones affected by them; family members, friends, peers, must look out for the common good of the American public. At the end of the day, and coworkers are as well. Lives affected by disorders such as autism and bipolar preventing gun violence or upholding the Second Amendment is asking the ques- disorder are never simple. If there was a possibility for a world without such stigma, tion: What’s the cost of freedom? treatment and care could become more tangible. Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at

“Assault weopons are dangerous in the wrong hands. They should be banned.” -Yung Hong

“I think it’s acceptable with a background check.” -Tracy Kloss

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“I think they should only be legal if you’re licensed.” -Giovanni Allen

“As long as people are responsible with their weapons it should be legal.” -Ricardo Marcial



VIEW FROM THE HILL | BILL DROEL | MVCC CAMPUS MINISTER The holiday season, which began on October 31, 2012 with the Eve of the All Holy Ones (Halloween), concludes on February 3, 2012 with Super Bowl XLVII. It is the only time each year that we use Roman numerals. Where then did our customary numeric symbols come from? A Golden Age of Islamic science and literature began in the ninth century, about 150 years after Prophet Muhammad’s death, with the translation of Greek and Latin texts into Arabic and with the importation of Chinese advancements to greater Arabia. This fertile period of knowledge providentially occurred during a time when the lights of Western European discovery and learning were turned off; a Dark Ages during which classical learning was lost to Europe (except in Irish monasteries). This Golden Age contrasts with the present. Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, two countries populated mostly by Muslims, allocate .05% of their GNP to science. The world average, including many poor countries, is 2.5% of GNP. The allocation in the United States is about 3% and several countries exceed the United States in their devotion to science, research and education. The same story is told with a different statistic. In countries with a dominant Muslim population (Keep in mind: the majority of Muslims are not Arab; not all Arabs are Muslim) there are ten scientists or engineers per thousand citizens. The world average is 40 scientists per thousand. The number for the United States is about 140 per thousand. And again, several countries exceed the United States. A recent Arab Human Development Report says research and development in the Middle East region is weak, advances in science are not evident, the educational level is declining, libraries and publishing houses are third-rate, the talents of women are squandered and cynicism and disaffection among young

adults is spreading rapidly. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has a study that makes the same points. Yet Arabia not only invented the concept of zero (now essential to computer programs), but also popularized and improved the numeral system that is now used on clocks, phones, doors and checks at Moraine Valley, other places in North and South America and in the once dark Europe. In the mid-700s Arabs perfected production of newspapers and other printed material. In the 800s, when libraries in Europe were destroyed, Arabs translated all the Greek and Roman classics into Arabic. Other Arab accomplishments include the identification of sulfuric and nitric acid, the process of distillation, development of algebra, determining the length of the solar year, identifying small pox and measles, advances in optics and astronomy, solving all cubic equations and wondrous poetry and music. I recommend two books about this Golden Age of discovery and invention: Aristotle’s Children: How Christians, Muslims and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom by Richard Rubenstein (Harcourt, 2003) and Aladdin’s Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe through the Islamic World by John Freely (Knopf, 2009). Are there lessons in this? Young adults in the Islamic world realize that prosperity based merely on the discovery of oil is not the same as equitable progress. Can small settings and occasionally on the world stage they are changing the culture and politics of repressive places. Though not yet in charge of things, these young adults know that there is harmony between faith in the Qur’an and the human search for truth. Similarly, some young adults in the so-called West instinctually feel that progress is not the same as Wall St. prosperity. From the other extreme of culture, they sense that the search for truth has to be grounded in a mature belief system. Unfortunately, like many of their Muslim counterparts, they only hear from religious leaders when there is something negative to say about modern life. The mutual appreciation of science and faith is the way to sustain progress that is open to what the world reveals and open to the best in the human spirit. Bill Droel can be contacted at

Mandatory Vaccines?

Asteroids you don’t know about have been avoided. Earth is safe.

William Barker Views Editor

Joshua Johnson Staff Writer

The influenza virus used to be the murderous horsemen of plague across society and has taken many lives over generations. Now that the virus is a minor annoyance should vaccines be mandatory? Flu vaccines are a voluntary attempt to remain healthy by injecting a weak strand of influenza in the blood stream so that the body’s immune system can combat the virus and build an immunity to the virus in order to help maintain continuity in everyday life. Forcing people to take an innauculation is being implemented in some professions and the stakes are going so far as to threaten employment based on whether or not an employee can provide proof of a vaccination. Seeking a medical profession is an admirable aspiration to dedicate a person’s life to. Being that people have a background knowledge of the effects that vaccinations can have on the human body should be a prerequisite in whether or not they have the choice to receive an immunization or not, but those that control the rules and regulations are proceeding to push forth a bill that would make immunizations mandatory for all staff with the repercussions defining continuing employment. Shouldn’t a professional that took 8 years of school in order to be labeled as proficient in their career, including a number of microbiological and anatomy classes, be in charge of their fate in terms of whether or not they decide to receive a shot that they give out to hundreds of patients daily? It’s a matter of business over professional opinion and in a world where so many facts fall through the cracks in the process of paperwork in order to hold a solid archive, monotonous and detailed paperwork written in robotic drone fashion, the facts need to be ironed out by those with the knowledge to make the best judgment call. Immunities need to remain a choice. What a person puts in their body should remain the choice of the citizen as democracy intended.

Yet another doomsday avoided, an asteroid thought to have been on collision course towards earth is taking a pass. In 2004 an asteroid was discovered by Roy Tucker, David Tholen, and Fabrizio Bernardi. During the initial observation it was believed that the asteroid could hit earth in the year 2029. After further analysis, it was decided that the calculations were off and that it would not hit the earth until the year 2036, alas this was not to be. It appears, that things were not as they seemed. The scientist has gotten more accurate observations of these occurrences, but the mathematics behind these predictions is complex and prone to error. It appears that people are always searching for a way to predict the end of the world. Many such theories arise to try to predict such, whether it is ancient calendars or technological takeover; people cannot seem to stop trying to find new ways of predicting the end times. Scientists seem to be fond of thinking of even better ways to predict things. Many times they feel like they need to use complex math equations to predict the future. We will see how well this turns out. Try as we might, humans will never be able to predict the future. People have always had need to control things. If they predict the future, think of the things that could be accomplished. The likelihood of that happening is next to zero. No matter how advanced our technologies become, there will always be room for error. Humans are not perfect beings and never will be. So maybe people should stop trying to predict to the future and focus on the things that matter in the present. A qoute from Dr. Suess sums up the situation.“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” The simple things in life are what really matter; love, family, and the pursuit of happiness. Things may happen in our life that we cannot control, but we just have to learn to deal with that. Try as we might we cannot control everything. The scientists are still trying to figure out when this asteroid will hit us. The next guess is the year 2069, I guess we just have to wait and see if this time it actually comes true.

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ATHLETES OF THE ISSUE Kyle Ward Guard Men’s Basketball

By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Kyle Ward is a 6’1’’ guard for the Moraine Valley basketball team. The Lockport High School alum is in his first season as a Cyclone. Ward has played in this season, he is averaging 7.2 points with 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists, through 18 games. In the Cyclones 136-82 victory against McHenry County College, Ward tallied 16 points along with five rebounds and three assists. Ward and his brother, forward Karrington, will need to continue their impressive offensive and defensive play for the rest of the season, as the duo are key contributors to 2012-13 Cyclones men’s basketball team.

In her first year as a Cyclone, 6’0’’ forward Jamilla Jones has been a key to the women’s basketball team’s early season success. The Eisenhower High School alum was pivotal to the Cyclones in games spanning from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6. Jones scored 12 points against Trinity on Nov. 29, scored 10 points and collected 15 boards against Black Hawk East on Dec.1 and scored 15 points on Dec. 6 against a Joliet Junior College Unfortunatly Jones will be out for the rest of the season due to an injury. As evident from her run in late Nov. and early Dec. Jones will be one to look out for next season.

BASKETBALL | continued from page 12 “balancing hard work, physical preparation and commitment to academics” and his practice methods is the reason why the basketball squad has become the staple athletic program at Moraine Valley. With two conference wins under their belt, the Cyclones took on an 8-9 Elgin team, who held a 7-2 record at home. The first half was tightly contested, Shannon’s Cyclones entered the locker room with a 53-50 lead. The second half was a different story, as the Cyclones 94 feet of heat proved to be too much for Elgin to handle. The Cyclones would leave Elgin with a 110-96 victory. With nine games left before the Region IV playoffs, the Cyclones find themselves in good position for another run at Nationals. The team is currently ranked #14 in the NJCAA Division II poll, while averaging 90 ppg and shooting 48.8% from the field. The Cyclones’ biggest test will come on Jan. 24 when they take on Waubonsee Community College (14-5), at home. Waubonsee holds a perfect 4-0 conference record.

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Jamilla Jones Foward Women’s Basketball


Men Feb. 5 - 7 p.m. Morton College Feb. 9, 7:15 p.m. College of Lake County Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Elgin Community College Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Prairie State College Feb. 21, 7 p.m. Oakton Community College

These are the last home games for the 2012-13 season. Come out and show your school spirit and cheer on the No. 14. Cyclones onto victory.


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Cyclones make it three in a row By Sean McDermott Sports Editor

Des’nique Harris (No.35) gets foiled going up for a lay-up aginst McHenry County College. The Cyclones went on to win 101-39 on Jan. 17. [Mike Frederiksen]

After dropping out of the NJCAA National Poll for the first time since Mar. 3, 2012, the Cyclones put together a string of victories to improve to 16-4 as they reclaimed a spot in the national poll. After a disappointing 69-51 loss to Morton College in the Conference opener, in which the Cyclones couldn’t buy a bucket as they shot 16-for-74 from the field for a awful 21 percent, the Cyclones have won three straight by double-digits. On their home court the Cyclones blew past McHenry County College in their third highest scoring game of the year, 136-82 on Jan. 15. The Cyclones used a term developed by the Cyclones coaching staff called “94 feet of heat”. The term is the Cyclones style of play, which is attacking on offense and defense from the opening tip to the final whistle on the 94-foot court. The win against McHenry also added to the Cyclones undefeated record at home (7-0).

The Cyclones next two games were on the road. The first game came against the Lancers of Lake County, who entered the game on a 13 game losing streak. The Cyclones’ gameplay overmatched the Lancers, as the Cyclones won by 62 points, 101-39. First year guard Gerald Dorsey shot 81 percent from the field on 1316 shooting as he led the Cyclones in scoring with 30 points. Forward Karrington Ward recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards. Every Monday and Wednesday from two to four in the afternoon, the Cyclones congregate in the Cyclone center for their weekly practice. Unlike many college practices, coach Dedrick Shannon trained his players they (the players) run the practice mostly themselves. Shannon and assistant coaches Jelani “Bo” Boline, Aaron Green and Brandon Willaby, the players push themselves to their limits. From fundamentals in dribbling and shooting to a full court scrimmage with no fouls and whistles. Shannon’s belief in BASKETBALL | page 11

Women open Skyway Conference play 2-1 By Frank Gogola Staff Writer

Forward Shaneka Boyd (white jersey) goes up for an offensive rebound. Boyd has been a key component to the 2012-13 Cyclones success. [Mike Frederiksen]

Following a 9-5 start to the season, the Moraine Valley women’s basketball team has raced out to a 2-1 record in Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference play. The Cyclones opened conference play on Jan. 12 with a 57-42 win over the Morton College Panthers in the ISCC Tip-Off Classic hosted at Elgin Community College. In what coach Delwyn Jones called “a big opening conference win,” five Cyclones scored at least eight points. Shaneka Boyd led Cyclone scorers in points with 13. The women opened the home portion of their conference schedule Jan. 15 with a 58-55 victory against the McHenry County College Scots. The game remained close throughout, but the Cyclones held the Scots scoreless in the final minute. The Cyclones also made free throws down the stretch to help seal the victory. After starting 2-0 in conference play, the Cyclones traveled to College of Lake County to do battle with the Lancers, a team they had beaten 14 straight times. The Cyclones posted only 42 points, their lowest scoring output of the season in the 49-42 loss to the Lancers. “We continued to miss wide open shots and had unforced turnovers in

transition. It’s difficult to win on the road, and when you make the mistakes we did it makes it just that much harder to win,” said Jones. “We need to get ourselves regrouped and focused and then go out and compete one game at a time.” Prior to conference play, sophomore guard Kelly Foley was named Region IV Player of the Week after scoring 35 points, in a win over Lincoln College on Jan. 9. The 35 points scored was the third highest single-game mark in Moraine Valley women’s basketball history. Foley, averaging a team-high 15 points per game, finished her awardwinning week with 47 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and six steals in two games. “She [Foley] plays hard on offense and defense every night,” said Jones. “But she is underrated as a defender because she is viewed mainly as an offensive talent.” Despite losing freshmen forwards Camille Byrd and Jamilla Jones for the season, the Cyclones have fared well so far in their absence going 4-1. “Our team has been depleted a little with talent, but we still have players that want to scrap and fight every game. We just have to find ways to maximize our talent going forward,” said Jones. Frank Gogola can be contacted at googlaf@



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Students welcomed back to MVCC By Catherine Drury Staff Writer Moraine Valley Community College welcomed new and returning students for the Spring 2013 semester during the first days back to school. Information stations were setup throughout the campus to help direct students to classes, answer questions and just to act as a convenient resource for anyone who had any questions. The real action, however, was in the U Building, where music was blasting, fun activities were organized and students were able to mingle with their peers. Student Life Manager, Demetrius Robinson described the day’s festivities as, “Fantastic and its getting lots of people participating.” “Welcome Days are extremely successful this year because we really wanted to get students involved. Also, we wanted them to get to know about their school and that is why, for the trivia game, we made so many of the questions about Moraine Valley,” said Robinson. “We have three main goals for Student Life: educate, entertain and encourage. So, when we were putting Welcome Days together, we needed to make sure that all three of those elements would be there and I think we did a good job at that.”

This year Welcome Days kicked off inside the U Building. Students were able to learn about new clubs at Moraine Valley. [Michael Frederiksen] Students that chose to play the trivia game definitely seemed to be enjoying themselves and showing off their more competitive sides. The motivation to win was present in all the activities for the thrill and, also, for the gift card prizes. Justina Pauplyte was a recipient of a $50 American Express gift card after winning the raffle. Pauplyte, a member of the 24K Dance Team, Forensics Speech Team and Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society, is clearly a

student who enjoys being busy and involved in school clubs and expressed her feelings about the start of another semester. “I’m happy to be back, seeing everyone and I’m excited to be in the normal routine of school again,” said Pauplyte She added that she was ecstatic about her good fortune in winning the raffle, but was not ready just to let the entertainment end on that high note. Together, Xclusive and 24K plan on competing at two different dance com-

petitions next month and took advantage, like many other clubs, of using their Welcome Days booth to help make their goals all the more possible. One of the team’s members, Roberto Castillo, was optimistic about how much money they would be able to raise and shared that, “I feel like this is the best week with everyone here (in the U Building) for registration and everything.” Amanda Hulse, another member of the team, stated her belief that, “Everyone should go to a club.” Hulse hoped that many students would take advantage of all the different club’s booths that were set up, find something that interested them and get involved. Hulse, who has been dancing since she was 2-years-old, easily found a niche at MVCC by joining 24K and enjoys being able to involve herself with people who share the same passion. In fact, she and the rest of the team refer to each other as, “like a family.” Moraine Valley wants students to be well educated, but more than that, it is important to be well-rounded student by involving yourself in college activities and truly embrace all the wonderful opportunities that are offered by Moraine Valley. Catherine Drury can be contacted at

Jeff Krantz’s odd exhibit “Bloodletting” By Joshua Johnson Staff Writer

Some of them appeared to feature death and chaos. It was a cacophony of madness, a jourToxins in the blood can be ney through the sufferings of deadly if left untreated; bloodlife. letting is way of removing the The artist had this to say toxins from the body. Today, about his work: “Within each some doctors use blood-suckunfolding narrative, I am able ing leeches as an alternative to assume various character way to accomplish this task. identities and observe the reThe newest gallery showing sulting outcomes in order to in the Robert F. DeCaprio Art help identify which experiences Gallery is, “Bloodletting.” have been nutritive or toxic in This new exhibit is a creation my life.” made by Moraine Valley’s own The artist believed that his adjunct Professor Jeff Krantz. work was a way to release the This show features a series toxins in life. of graphic and nearly shockIt took the artist over twelve ing images painted on canvas years to finish the whole work. which are full of color and deAnd many of the pieces were tail. A visitor to the gallery stops to take a closer look at the shocking, disturbing, and intriguing paintings by done over with many layers. As one enters the gallery, a adjunct professor Jeff Krantz now on exhibit in the Robert F Decaprio Gallery. [Michael Frederiksen] The artist felt that somenumber of things pop out at times one must go over old once. One of the most disturbing im- and a wolf. In one painting, the woman er they hold over you. work when it feels incomplete in the ages is one of a woman getting mauled appears to have beheaded the wolf and It brought about the darkness in future. by a wolf. The woman is naked in a for- appears (naked) displaying the head one’s mind and brought forth a morbid Overall the show makes true the old est; the season appears to be fall. before her. curiosity. saying that art is suffering. But then The pieces appear in two major diThe images were both grotesque The other half of the room display again isn’t life? visions: half appear to be inspired by and fascinating at the same time. They more diverse pictures. Some appeared little riding hood. drew you in and made you want to look alien in nature with strange images Joshua Johnson can be contacted at johnMany of the images feature a woman away but you could because of the pow- that couldn’t possible exist in nature.



Distinguished Alumnus Award By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor This year the College is accepting nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award. The winner of the award will be submitted to the statewide Distinguished Alumnus Award sponsored by the Illinois Community College Trustee Association. Each year Moraine Valley Community College seeks out alumni, who have demonstrated excellence in their community, in one’s chosen career, humanitarian service, and a continued sense of supporting the educational community. This year, the selection committee will accept nominations until Friday, Feb. 1 to the Community Relations Office. In past years, winners of the Distinguished Alumnus Award have shown immense sense of community in addition to excelling in their given career. In 2012, nominee, Sgt. Tamara Girten, MVCC ’86 was nominated for her work with the Illinois State Police. Griten is a member of the Child Victimization Unit under the Illinois

State Police. In her role as a state policewoman, Griten distinguished herself as a leader in the community and in her commitment to her career as a member of the Illinois law enforcement. In 2011, Moraine Valley Community College selected Chief of Police, Patrick O’Connor. Moraine was happy to select O’Connor, MVCC classes of 1976, 1977, and 1985, as a distinguished alumnus of Moraine Valley. In his time at Moraine O’Connor has served as a criminal justice instructor, a leader in the College’s Threat Assessment Team and as one of the figureheads of Moraine. O’Connor was nominated for his outstanding commitment to the Moraine community and for his mentorship over students throughout the years. This year’s nominee will have to top two outstanding nominees, Chief O’Connor and Sgt. Griten, to become the College’s distinguished alumnus of the year. For more information, please visit Moraine Valley’s website or contact Jessica Crotty at or by phone at (708) 974-5375. The deadline for the 2013 Distin-

Pictured is Illinois State Sergeant Tamara Griten, the 2012 nominee for the Distinguished Alumnus Award. [Jessica Crotty]

Moraine Valley Chief of Police, Patrick O’Connor was the 2012 Distingused Alumnus for MVCC. [Jessica Crotty]

guished Alumnus Award is Friday, Feb. 1. Nominations must be submitted to Moraine Valley’s College and Community Relations Office in Building D, Room 106, 900 W. College Parkway,

Palos Hills. Please nominate those who you feel are deserve the Award. Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at



MVCC: From Palos to England and Spain By Anne Parker Editorial Assistant Two Moraine Valley students were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad. The two winners, Jose Gallegos and Grecia Salgado, were selected out of 1,000 undergraduate students across

the country. “When I first found out that I had won the scholarship I was ecstatic,” said Gallegos. “It was the only way I would have had enough money to study abroad.” Gallegos chose Canterbury, England where he studied general education, including British history, modern Britain, world religions, and American cinema. “I chose England

because there is no language barrier,” said Gallegos. “I also felt that England was the perfect place to travel around.” Gallegos’s travels began when he left on Sept. 15, 2012 and he returned on Dec. 15, 2012 Gallegos also had the opportunity to stay with a host family. “We hardly talked but she was always very sweet,” said Gallegos. “At first, people were very hard to understand,

Jose Gallegos, winner of the 2013 Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship. MVCC student Grecia Salgado also won the study abroad scholarship. [Provided] but I eventually got used to it.” Gallegos also had the opportunity to travel to France and Amsterdam. “It was very confusing when I went to France. Everything was written in French, obviously,” explained Gallegos. “It was very hard to find my way around.” Amid the communication confusion, the experience of different cultural monuments made the trip worthwhile. “The most exciting part of my trip was going to Amsterdam. Stonehenge was also an epic moment of my life,” said Gallegos. “The most beautiful sight I saw was definitely the gardens of Versailles.” Grecia Salgado will be studying abroad in Seville, Spain beginning on Jan. 22, 2013. While there she will study political science and international relations at the International College of Seville and University of Seville. Salgado will also be staying with a host family. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship has been awarded to students from 23 community colleges among 400 colleges and universities in the United States. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the scholarship focuses on helping students who study abroad to become part of the diverse cultures within the countries they travel to. 13,000 students have received the scholarship since its establishment in 2000. This scholarship has helped countless students live with host families around the world and learn about a unique and diverse culture. By affording students an opportunity to become global citizens, Moraine is helping to make Moraine Valley a more diverse community college. Anne Parker can be contacted at



Glacier alumnus works as pro freelancer By Anne Parker Editorial Assistant Jill Yott, a former copy editor and Features editor for The Glacier, can truly say she is close to the newspaper and Moraine Valley for several reasons. “I worked as a student aid and intern in the PR Department for a few years,” explained Yott. “I even met my husband at MVCC. In fact, some of my close friends today are people I met working on the Glacier.” Yott began her college education originally at South Suburban College in South Holland. Her family later moved to Orland Hills where she then transferred into Moraine Valley in Jan. 1996, receiving her A.A. in Dec.1997. “As a communication major, I was thrilled to discover there was an award-winning student newspaper,” said Yott. “Honestly, I found it (The Moraine Valley Glacier) on the stands around campus. I read it for an entire semester before I decided to join.” Her first job on the staff was as copy editor and later as features editor. Like most staff, she recalled one of her favorite events to cover. “I remember writing a Point Counter Point editorial with then features editor, then eventually editor-in-chief, Jenn Galloy (Kalchbrenner),” said Yott. “I was pro-Clinton, and she was

Jill Yott, former copy editor and features editor for The Glacier is now working as a professional journalist. [Jill Yott] pro-Dole. What made that editorial memorable was the fact that several of us Glacier members went to see President Clinton speak at HomewoodFlossmoor High School right before I wrote the editorial.” After Moraine Valley, Yott continued her college education at Governors State University. She earned a B.A. in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and a mi-

nor in Business Administration along with a M.A. in Communication with a concentration in Media Communication. Yott is currently a freelance writer and editor, and also a stay-at-home mom. She has two sons, ages three and twenty-two months. Prior to her work now, Yott worked in Communications and Marketing as a Communications Specialist at Prairie State College. Along with writing her work at PSC was extensive. It included press releases, Web copy, letters, flyers, brochures, and ads. “In addition, I proofed and edited documents and publications including the schedule and catalog,” said Yott. “I also got to work with the team to come up with marketing campaigns. I also managed the college’s Facebook page.” “PSC was a wonderful place to work, and I was able to apply much of my MVCC experience to my job,” said Yott. “Because community colleges hold a special place in my heart, it was truly a dream job and very hard to give up when I decided to stay at home with my boys. However, one benefit to being a writer is the amount of opportunities for freelance. I’m fortunate to get regular work from a few clients including one that is in higher education. This affords me the opportunity to still do

the job I love while taking care of my boys.” As a writer, working on The Glacier was a major stepping-stone in Yott’s success today. “When I got my first job out of college, my Glacier experience gave me clips for my portfolio, which was key in landing an entry-level job,” explained Yott. “At PSC, I was able to use my Glacier experience (and community college experience overall) in my job, and was able to serve as a mentor to some of the college’s students. Being a part of the Moraine Valley Glacier community definitely left an impact on Yott, not only through her work as a writer, but with the memories of good friends as well. “The Glacier rounded out my college experience. Rather than just going to class and go home, I was involved on campus, and I met great people,” said Yott. “I learned so much about how to work with people, how business is run, and most importantly, how to be a team. The Glacier gave me wonderful opportunities as a community college student, and I’m glad I was a member. I smile when I think of my time as a member of the Glacier, and I’m glad to have so many of the people I met in my life today.” Anne Parker can be contacted at


MVSA elects officers for 2013 By William Barker Views Editor

The MVSA holds elections every year for each position, which is retained throughout the semester. This year there was one candidate for each position running. Without any opposing nominees in the running a portion of the nominees weren’t in attendance at the rewarding

of the candidates who won. “I talked to some of the nominees and they said they weren’t planning on being elected, but when I talked to the organizer of the student positions, he told me that they were in line for all of the responsibilities that the elected was expected to fulfill. Overall, there was a lot of miscommunication between everyone,” said Emmanuel Santoyo, former student trustee and mem-

ber of the Student Life staff. “The government needs to do a better job at promoting the elections so that the MVSA can get a few fresh personalities in the works,” said Santoyo. “Without a few new outlooks to add ideas, there’s no passion in the way that things are run.” William Barker can be contacted at



24 Karat Dance Team Contact Adrienne Stewart at 974-5478. Action, Social & Political Empowerment Contact Anette D’Silva at 974-4023. Alliance of African American Students Contact Alex Elvira at 974-5487. Alliance of Latin American Students Contact Alex Elvira at 974-5487. Anime Club Call 974-5717. Arab Student Union Contact Nina Shoman-Dajani at 608-4349. Art Club Contact Tyler Hewitt at 974-5219. Artistic Metal-Working Contact James Greer at 974-5423. Asian Diversity Contact Wenney Tse at 974-5797. Bass Fishing Contact Rhett Wheeler at 974-4262. College Bowl Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Combat to College Contact Jeremy Kingery at 608-4068. Criminal Justice Club Contact Michelle Furlow at 974-5723. Culinary Arts & Hospitality Club Contact Michael O’Shea at 974-5597. Cyber Security Club Contact Kathleen Hanratty in T520. Cyclone Spinners Contact Maura Vizza at 974-5742. Drama Club Contact Craig Rosen at 974-5432. Down To Dance Contact Cheryl Powers-Rojak in G200. Filmmaker’s Club Contact Dan Pal at (630) 942-2800. Forensics Contact Mike Shannon at 608-4047. Freethought Society Contact Tyler Hewitt at 974-5219. Gay, Lesbian Or Whatever Contact Martha Mazeika, at 608-4320. Glacier Contact Ted Powers 608-4177. Green Club Contact Stephanie Presseller at 974-5412. International Women’s Club Contact Anette D’Silva at 974-4023. International Conversation Partners   Contact Elizabeth Boucek at 974-5427. K-Fu Club Contact Courtney Reese at 974-4067. Mastadon   Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Meeting, Planning, and Travel Club Contact Mary Beth Walsh at 974-5569. Music Club Contact Tammi Carlson at 974-5636. Muslim Student Association Contact Demetrius Robinson at 974-5353. Operation Snowball- Blizzard Edition Contact Mary Vicich at 974-5418. Peers Educating Peers   Contact Klaudia Mallett at 974-5722. Phi Theta Kappa/ Honors Organization Contact Demetrius Robinson at 974-5353. Psychology Club Contact Mitch Baker at (708) 608-4058. Recreation Interdisciplinary Strategy Club Contact Teresa Hannon at 608-4193. Recreation Management/ Recreation Therapy Contact Donna McCauley at 974-5227. Rock Solid Ministry Contact Michael Shannon at (708) 608-4047. Science Club Contact Keith Nabb at 974-5592. Student of Honors (S.H.A.R.P) Contact Ryan Nagle at 974-5679. Ski Club Contact Michael Wade at 974-5594. Student Ambassador Program Contact Alicea Toso at 974-5356. Ultimate Frisbee Contact Jessica Crotty at 974-5281. Women Empowerment Contact Dawn Fry at 974-5717. Xclusive Contact Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353.



Society benefits from peer mentoring By Jerry Rodgers Staff Writer Donald Miller once said, “Behind every successful person, there is one elementary truth. Somewhere, some way, someone cared about their growth, and development.” Peer mentoring is one of the least utilized tools in America today for the successful growth of our brilliant and thriving young men and women of today. Students of today need multi-dimensional care in order to successfully develop into well-rounded individuals in today’s society. Sadly, a lion’s shares of the youth in society are not receiving the necessary attention they need to reach their full potential. Without, the guidance you can get lost in the shuffle within the daunting challenges in life and college. “The Student Peer Mentoring Program is a venue that students can talk to peers and make future acquaintances with fellow students that share past experiences or future experiences that their going through,” said Tim Stoehr, president of the Students Peer Mentor-

Students work together to develop a sense of peer mentoring and help one another complete coursework at Moraine Valley. [Mike Frederiksen] ing Group. “The main agenda of the program is to help students be successful in every way possible in their academic and their personal lives as well.” The Student Mentoring Peer Program believes in the transformative power in a tertiary context. The power of this is never more obvious than in

the development of the students as leaders and mentors. The Students Peer Mentoring Program creates a community of students working and learning together to create a unique perspective of living and learning through shared experiences. That covers a range of personal, academic, and professional issues, and

work and life balance. The main objective of the program is to be an outlet for students for peers to talk to other students, and to help students in every way possible to be successful in their endeavors. “The more students that the program helps the better,” said Stoehr. In only its second semester in existence the Student Peer Mentoring Program has big expectations planned for this semester. If you’re interested in being a part of this program and finding out more information feel free to attend the open house. That is taking place on Feb. 4th, 2013 from 4-5pm in room U111. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcomed to attend. “Young People will find a way to meet their needs… even if this means moving in directions that are not approved of by family and/or community. Whether or how young people meet their needs depends in large part on the strength and direction of influences and opportunities in their lives.” Jerry Rodgers can be contacted at



Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor


‘Tummies’ dancers celebrate 75 years By Dimka Atanassova Staff Writer Tamburitzans, America’s longestrunning multicultural song and dance company, fired up Moraine Valley’s stage for their third sold-out show since their exciting debut here on Jan. 2009. Moraine Valley presented the Tamburitzans on Jan. 19. From the first note to the final stomp, Tamburitzan’s show was a two-hour kaleidoscope filled with bright colors and an explosion of opulent sounds and energetic rhythms that capture the indomitable spirit of Eastern Europe. The Tamburitzans, affectionately known as “the Tummies,” celebrated their 75th anniversary of successfully performing, recording and touring in the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe. Founded in 1937 by Dr. Lester Pierce as a Slavonic orchestra of 12 young men who played the tamburitza, a traditional East European longnecked stringed instrument (lute), it is now headquartered in Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. The company

is acclaimed as a national treasure and is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the cultural heritage of Eastern Europe and neighboring cultures through live performances from coast to coast and abroad. The uniqueness of this dance troupe is the fact that it is comprised of fulltime students who were awarded scholarships and grants to study while performing coast to coast and in Canada during weekends and semester breaks. Members with exceptional musicianship and dance talents come from all corners of the U.S., Canada, and the entire world. During World War II, the company toured with an all-girl troupe. To date, some 650 alumni have earned the distinction of being a part of the exciting journey through Eastern Europe’s diverse ethnic communities. The 36 multitalented students articulated exuberant, graceful, and intricate footwork in hundreds of styles and demonstrated their athletic prowess and sheer love of dancing. They sang in a dozen languages and dialects and wore over 500 colorful cos-

The Tamburitzans of Duquesne University, nicknamed “the Tummies,” return to Moraine Valley’s FPAC to present a show 75 years in the making. [Michael Frederiksen] tume pieces that were meticulously researched for authenticity. The audience was awestruck by the beauty of elaborated folk exotica of dazzling embroideries and lacework. Some 50 authentic instruments, such as the bandura, tambura, Bulgarian gadulka and tapan, Hungarian violin, cimbalom, contra (three-string small cello size), Jaw’s harp, Greek bouzouki

that were plucked, bowed, and hammered in addition to Slovenian button box (accordion), mouth harmonica, double flute, Bulgarian kaval, Slovakian fujara, a small shepherd’s fipple flute, etc. The two-part show presented some 20-piece dance and instrumental numbers. It commenced with the entire TAMBURITZANS | page 10



Guillermo Del Toro presents ‘Mama’ By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor When one thinks of a movie that can not only strike fear, but can also bring tears, there aren’t many horror films that fit the description as well as “Mama” does. Brought to theaters by Universal Studios, “Mama” is a unique film experience fit for old and new fans of the horror genre. “Mama” was presented by cult-classic director Guillermo Del Toro (“Pan’s Labrynth”), directed by Andreś Muschietti, and written by Neil Cross, Andreś Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti. When Guillermo Del Toro stumbled upon “Mamá” he knew that the short film (also produced by Andreś Muschietti) had a great deal of potential. He was the driving financial force behind this haunting film. The short film (no longer than three minutes long, captioned in English) is easily found online for those looking for a near taste for what the full-length feature has to offer. The short features a brief introduction by Guillermo Del Toro, in which viewers can see the palpable passion and excitement that he feels for the story. Dynamic characters, a quasi-emotional yet scary plot built on a fresh premise, and a haunting soundtrack make

“Mama” truly powerful. The film begins with radio transmission heard through the open door of a haphazardly parked sedan sitting outside a suburban home. A news reporter tells the grisly news of economic fallout eventually leading to murder. Within moments, we are introduced to young Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse), the two sisters become the most important characters in the film. A shot rings out and their father Jeffrey (Nikolaj CesterWaldau), who is obviously mentally ill, storms into the room and rushes the girls into the car. Audiences watch as the sedan skids down the mountain road, the perspective kept level to make the unnerving license plate (reading N1 DAD) easily visible. Inevitably, the car begins to spin out of control and ends up wrapped around a tree on the side of the cliff. Somehow, all passengers survive and Jeffrey leads the girls into the woods. Eventually the trio comes upon a small cabin set deep inside the forest. Jeffrey brings the girls inside and prepares to take their lives and then his own; something which practically escapes imagination grabs him, saving the girls. The scene closes with the presence rolling a small cherry across the dark room to the girls.

Lucas (Nikolaj Cester-Waldau), Annabelle (Jessica Chastain), Victoria (Megan Charpentier), and Lilly (Isabelle Nelisse) come face to face with Mama. [Universal Pictures] From there, the opening credits roll, telling the story of the five long years the girls spent in the woods through children’s drawings. We soon meet thirty-something couple Annabelle (Jessica Chastain) and Lucas (also played by Nikolaj Cester-Waldau). Lucas has spent the last five years on a search team of two men. The couple is far from prepared when the girls are found and brought to a psychiatric hospital for children. A rather questionable psychiatrist (Daniel Kash) pulls strings in almost plain sight. Under his suggestion, the couple fights to adopt the girls despite

the obvious mental damage they underwent. They move into a home provided by (and monitored by) the children’s psychiatric hospital. It is obvious the girls did not come home alone. Chaos ensues as the plot builds, leaving no room for a dull moment. Special attention to detail and theme give this film an intriguing plot, which proves enjoyable for the casual moviegoer and the screenwriting student alike. Audience members should expect to be totally swept away by “Mama.” Fallon Sweeney can be contacted at



Palos Heights welcomes Harvest Room By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor Few restaurants can offer a menu that not only features organic quality freshness, but local and ethical sourcing brought together under one roof. Owners Christ Sirigas, Michael Campas, and John Manolis wanted to bring a unique dining experience to the south suburbs of Chicagoland. They envisioned a restaurant that served exciting dishes with the freshest, healthiest, and most ethically sourced ingredients. From these concepts and the addition of chef David Johnson (III) Palos Heights’ newest addition, Harvest Room, was born. It is easy to see that Harvest Room is quite unlike its restaurant rivals in the surrounding area. Upon walking in, customers will see the beautiful renovations done to the building, all using reclaimed wood and steel creating a truly “rustic, industrial” feel. Few restaurants in the area can boast specialties like on-site butchery of meat sourced from within 200 miles of its neighborhood. Harvest Room sources their beef

from Seven Sons Family Farms (WI) and their pork and chicken from Gunthorp Farms (IN). All the meat brought into their kitchen is grass fed and 100% organic. All chickens were freerange and all eggs used in any recipe were cage free, as well. Seafood fans fear not, for menu items such as trout are sourced from Palmera, WI. Salmon, while not freshly available within the immediate area, is sourced from Skuna Bay (a Best Aquaculture Practices certified source) from the waters of Vancouver. For a restaurant with such high standards, one could only expect that their beer and wine list would feature items of a certain caliber. Harvest Room imports their wine from small Napa wineries and their beer is crafted locally following Chicago’s craft explosion; draft as well as bottles will be available. As if that weren’t enough, Harvest Room will offer a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar, featuring freshly squeezed juices. Customers will be able to choose from pre-made mixes and the option to mix their own drinks. The beverage list does not end there; Christ Sirigas’ wife Carri and her sis-

ter Cheri Carchola are bringing their n-go” retail featuring items such as own touch with Two Sisters Tea, which freshly baked Danishes, fresh squeezed will make many different kinds of tea juices and smoothies, sandwiches, and (loose and bagged) available including other lunches to go. their own signature blends. There are also some vegan friendly Those with children need not de- items on the menu, such as the roasted spair, because Harvest Room’s exten- squash spaghetti. sive menu also takes little ones into consideration with an impressive kid’s Fallon Sweeney can be contacted at entermenu, as well as kid friendly options on most dishes on the menu. Entrees such as whole wheat mac ‘n’ cheese, small (grassfed) cheeseburger sliders, and nitratefree hotdogs (sourced from Black Earth). There will even be games stamped onto the butcher paper (also for purchase deli style) and toys available for children to play with. Not only will Harvest Room offer it’s own kind of unique Interior decorator Neelu decorated with reclaimed materials sit-down dining, but making Harvest Room’s beautiful dining room not only invitwill also offer “grab- ing and comfortable but unique and sustainable. [Provided]


Dropkick Murphys disappoint By William Barker Views Editor

panding to seven members adding more instruments and diversifying the sounds expelled into The return of the Irish punk a slightly less rowdy and merrier rock kings Dropkick Murphy’s outlook while letting their Celtic brings the band to their eighth roots shine a little brighter. studio effort. It’s an album you Though some with find it difcan pop in and sing to on your ficult to accept the change, the first listen. good news is that the band will The opening track, “The Boys be touring again and bringing are Back” sits the listener at the another round with them. bar while the septet careens in Aren’t the good tidings of the like a force of nature, complete artists that play the songs we with bagpipes and mandolin, and enjoy why we adore them in the the round of drinks that follows first place? ensues a party as the simple paIf the love of the fans is what tron becomes just another one of keeps them going, there’s certhe pack. “Signed and Sealed in Blood” is the eighth release from tainly enough of it to keep them The music is a mix of songs that celtic punks Dropkick Murphy’s. [Born & Bred Records] going. are merry and boisterous, but the When “Signed and Sealed in album seems to amount to an attempt sound, as the band has gone over several Blood” is coming out of the speakers, at the band to stay relevant. Yes, it’s member swaps. the boys of the band want everyone to good to hear the band’s name dropped Originally a five man hardcore punk have a good time. when you ask who’s on the playlist, but icon with songs that praised the gods of It’s obviously describing a sloppy and one can’t help but wish that they were alcoholism and anarchy, the band grew slightly hazy night, but somehow when hearing a number from an older album. older and realized that angry sounds you wake up in the morning sore and In short, the Murphy’s aren’t who can only be punched out so long before disheveled you know it was a good one. they used to be. an artist needs to see themselves in anIt’s no wonder why the band has other light. William Barker can be contacted at views@ changed so dramatically from their past This realization led to the group’s ex-


TAMBURITZANS| from page 7 ensemble’s presentation of two Serbian festive dances, which were staged to run simultaneously. The region of Northern Serbia, Vlach, was presented with dancers walking on stilts. The typical irregular beats of Macedonian and Bulgarian folklore enthralled the patrons. The first part concluded with the mood in Dobrudzha dance from the vicinity of Varna, Bulgaria. The first dance was from Dagestan region, Georgia, in which warriors performed highs leaps combined with bouncing and dropping on their knees. The other stunning routine was from the Mehkerek area of Hungary, which consisted of two male dancers that competed with speed, stomping, high leaps, and tapping their boots. To the dismay of all, the Siberian “Two Boys Wrestling” that brought a joyful experience to the crowd revealed at the end that it was an elaborate costumed single-performer fight. Each nationality or ethnic group was presented with reverence and charm. To audition, contact tamburitzans. Dimka Atanassova can be contacted at


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JRC ready to help students in spring 2013 By Anne Parker Editorial Assistant

The Job Resource Center continues providing tools and strategies for students through the use of workshops during the spring 2013 semester. The JRC will hold 21 informative workshops throughout this semester. Each workshop will cover several topics from how to write a complete resume to critical techniques when preparing for an interview with an employer. Students currently enrolled may sign up for any of these workshops at College Central Network. Under “Upcoming Events,” select “Workshop” and click on “RSVP.” Noncredit evening workshops are also available. Two of the most important events coming up provided by JRC are the Mock Interview Day on Feb. 20 and the Job and Internship Fair on March 28. For more information on JRC and workshops, students can contact the Job Resource Center at (708) 9745737 or visit S202. Anne Parker can be contacted at

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