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Trinity and MVCC make transferring easy By Ashley Meitz News Editor Transferring from any community college into a 4-year university seems anything but simple; however, that’s exactly what Moraine Valley Community College and Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights have accomplished. On Oct. 23, Trinity’s President, Dr. Steven Timmermans, and MVCC’s President, Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, signed the Trinity-Moraine Admissions Collaboration (T-MAC) Agreement. This agreement offers students a wide range of program options among other benefits. “I’m pleased to have entered into this partnership with Moraine Valley Community College, for it ensures our two institutions make it easy for students who begin their studies at Moraine to understand, each step of the way, what is needed for their ultimate transfer to Trinity,” Dr. Timmermans said.

Transferring to Trinity proves to be a financially sound decision for students. There is no application fee and those eligible will receive a scholarship award of at least $4,000 per school year as well as an application for additional needbased financial assistance. Any student who has explored the world of transferring into a university knows how daunting of a task it could be. In order to help ease the frustrations and anxiety that comes along with changing institutions, academic advising is open to students prior to their transfer. Students will be able to speak with an advisor who will suggest courses, discuss credit hours and explore different majors. “During my transfer, advisors at Trinity were extremely helpful. They listened to what I had to say and seemed to actually care about me as an individual. If I had questions about certain credits transferring, they had an answer for me right

away,” said Bridget Hughes, to students. We appreciate college students are looking for currently in her third year at the coordinated efforts made in a transfer school and in articTrinity. between our two institutions ulated agreements. We are very An option the T-MAC Agree- to provide another avenue of excited about the clear pathment makes available to stu- success for students,” Dr. Jen- way that Dr. Timmermans has dents is the chance to earn a kins said. Dr. Normah Salleh- agreed on for Master of Arts deprofessional counseling degree Barone, vice president of stu- gree in Counseling Psychology in only five years from the start dent development, added, and the generous scholarships of their degree at MVCC. After “Moraine Valley is grateful to our students will receive should three years, students will have Dr. Timmermans and his team they decide to transfer to Trinobtained an associate and bach- for listening attentively to out ity.” elor’s degree in psychology. At feedback on what community that point, depending on eligibility and the fulfillment of entrance requirements, students may enter Trinity’s master of art’s degree in the counseling psychology program. Together, Trinity and MVCC ensure that courses students take at both institutions are coordinated with one another and will lead to degree completion in Trinity’s Adult Studies business program. “We are pleased to On Oct. 23, Trinity’s President, Steven Timmermans and MVCC’s President, offer this opportunity Sylvia M. Jenkins, sign the T-MAC Agreement. [Trinity Christian College]

Free fitness for students MV remembers Combat to College Special Contributor

The Health and Wellness Center is expected to be completed March of 2014. [Erica Sinnott] By David Alexander Staff Writer Another reason to be a full time student at Moraine Valley Community College is that come March of 2014 when the new Health, Fitness & Recreation Center opens, it will be free to all full time students of the college. Mike Schneider, MVCC’s

Director of Campus Recreation, who is in charge of the marketing and publicity campaign for the center revealed this during his briefing to Moraine Valley Community College’s Governing Board of Trustees meeting held on Wednesday, November 13 2013 at the College’s main campus. Schneider stated that the

rates for the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center was very competitive when stacked up against other fitness operations within the Moraine Valley area. For instance, part time students who register for the spring semester of 2014 will only have to pay $24 since the health and fitness center will FITNESS| page 5

Moraine Valley observed Veterans Day 2013 in a ceremony to commemorate local veterans, student-veterans, and veteran faculty members for their service. The ceremony lasted a little over an hour, starting at 9:45am, and ending at 11am, concluding with “Taps” and the Laying of the Wreath Ceremony, performed to honor those who have given their lives in defending the country. Outside of the M2 room where the ceremony was held, the Purple Heart wall stood, embedded with pictures of Veterans of the US who gave their lives defending the country. MVCC faculty and staff, students, special guests, local VFW commanders, and a few repre-

sentatives of local media outlets were all in attendance . The first group to speak was the Navy Brass Ambassadors who commencemd the Armed Forces service songs. Together, these comprised the service songs of the Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Color Guard Unit comprising Marine Corps Reserve Component members followed with the presentation of the American Flag and their respective Marine Corps Flag. Following the departure of the Color Guard Unit and the performance of the National Anthem, Moraine Valley President Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins began her speech, focusing on the contributions of veterans at Moraine, and highlighting the veterans in attendance. VETERANS| page 7

IN THIS ISSUE SPORTS Volleyball loses to Parkland College in the first round of the national tournament. PAGE 12

ENTERTAINMENT Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy return to Dorothy Menker Theater. SOCIAL PAGE 7

FEATURES Arab Heritage Month celebrated throughout November. SOCIAL PAGE 1


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Advances, additions and improvements By David Alexander Staff Writer Moraine Valley Community College’s Blue Island Education Center will be getting a new roof, thanks to an $850,000 Illinois state grant the college received to renovate the Center. The Blue Island Education Center will also be adorned with a new sign, new windows and a holistic coat of paint to replace the current patchwork of paint. The Center’s current roof, which according to an update briefing provided by EXP Architecture, the firm handling the renovation of the building, is simply a maze of patches hidden under a coat of silver paint that the former owner used to cover the patches, hence the need for a new roof. Not only will the Center be getting a new roof, it will also get much-needed insulation. The new insulation will help the college to save money in heating and cooling costs. The Board of Trustees also looked at a proposal to spend $106,047 to purchase one hundred and forty computers to replace the current computers

which are approximately eight years old on campus. Some of the old computers which are currently inside labs of the D Building will be “cascaded,” placed in public areas for students use. The rest of these units will be donated to district schools or charities, while those that are in terminal decline will be disposed of properly. Dell Computers of Round Rock, Texas snagged the contract to supply the college with the one hundred and forty computers. In other developments, the Director of Marketing and Creative Services at Moraine Valley College, Delores Brooks, under whose stewardship the Changing Lives for a Changing World slogan was coined officially announced her decision to leave the college after fourteen years. Before coming to MVCC, Delores Brooks was Manager of Public Relations at the City Colleges of Chicago, Executive Director of the Chicago State University Foundation and Assistant Director of Marketing for the American Bar Association. In addition to the hundreds of

awards her department has won for MVCC for the branding and year long advertising campaigns during her tenure, Delores Brooks was awarded the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations’ District 3 Communicator of the Year Award in 2009, and an award for Excellence in Community and Governmental Relations from the International Association of Business

Communicators. The Director of Marketing and Creativity said she would be stepping down November 30 in order to take care of her ailing mother and to rest. After a very long period of rest, she plans to take up creative writing. David Alexander can be contacted at



Comparing cultures Finland ranks first By Ashley Meitz News Editor On Tuesday, November 12, the Student Union was filled with students and staff for the “POP CULTURE” event. Five different regions were recognized: Germany, Japan, South Korea, Congo and the Arab World. The event ran about an hour long and the presentations on different regions were led by students from that area. Music videos from the different regions were compared to what is popular in America. The Japan segment of the event showed a popular cartoon form, anime, and contrasted it with American cartoons. Marcus Hillenburg, International Club Council Representative for the International Student Ambassadors, was one presenter at the event. He spoke about the changes of pop culture in Germany. “It is really recognizable that American pop culture has had more and more influence on other countries in the last thirty years,” explained Hillenburg. Hillenburg attended University in

Germany as an engineering student for a short while before realizing ‘university life’ was not for him. “I woke up one morning and my decision was made. I had to drop out of school and I needed some time for myself to think about my future,” he explained. At the age of twenty-three, Hillenburg moved to Australia, where he stayed for a year before deciding he would move to America. “I would fulfill my dream to study in a country known for fulfilling dreams, the United States of America,” he said. Today, Hillenburg is one of the 235 international students at MVCC. Moraine makes it as easy as possible for international students to become familiarized with their surroundings, setting students up with host homes or apartments around the area. “Moraine Valley Community College changed my life... It made it possible for me to have fun learning and to get to know the wonderful and unique way to study at a community college in the United States,” Hillenburg said. Ashley Meitz can be contacted at news@

By Ashley Meitz News Editor “The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s most Surprising School System” took place on Thursday, Nov. 21 inside MVCC’s M Building. Presenter, Kevin Navatril, explained how inside a country where students start school at a later age and embark on a more “easy-going” educational path, children from Finland continue ranking highest in the world by any educational standard while the United States has consistently ranked below average. The presentation and film showed that there is no one reason for Finland’s exceptional test scores of students, there are many factors. The country places nearly all of its focus and efforts on the brains of younger generations. A speaker highlighted in the documentary explained, “They are the future of this country.” All students, regardless of their upbringing or background, receive the same education. Rather than choosing students based on the type of institution, Finland’s school system literally constructs schools and curriculums

built around its students. School is relaxed and casual, students address teachers by their first names. Often, a student will stay with the same teacher for several years and class sizes rarely FINLAND| page 7

Kevin Navatril leads the audience in a discussion about “The Finland Phenomenon.” [Erica Sinnott]

4 IN BRIEF Career Paths and Coffee Do you know someone looking to go back to school, or start school as an adult learner? Tell them about Moraine Valley’s ‘Career Paths and Coffee’ event where they can join others who are starting college for the first time, updating skills to re-enter the workforce, preparing for the GED, or returning to complete a degree or professional certificate. This free Adult Information session educates individuals on course options, enrollment, financial aid, and more. No RSVP is required. Moraine Valley’s Main Campus hosts the event in Building S, Room S117A on December 4. The Southwest Education Center, located at 17900 S. 94th Avenue, Tinley Park, offers Career Paths and Coffee at 6 p.m. on December 11. The Moraine Valley Education Center at Blue Island, located at 12940 S. Western Avenue holds the event at 6:30 p.m. on December 11. Speech Team The speech team has an on-campus performance on Wednesday, December 2 at 4 p.m. Students are invited to watch this event. For more information on the speech team’s performances, contact Amanda Pettigrew, Communication Instructor/Assistant


Director of Forensics at (708)9745324. Book Scholarship Students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher who are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours are encouraged to apply for MVCC’s Book Scholarship. Applications could be found inside the U Building or online at The deadline for the spring 2014 semester is Monday, January 13. For more information, contact Bradley Custer at (708) 608-4272 or sga@morainevalley. edu. Veteran’s Employment Unemployed post 9/11 veterans from any branch of service who are interested in a long-term career are encouraged to become involved in the Veteran’s Rapid Employment Initiative. This program begins November 18 and will run for two weeks. Veterans will have the opportunity to meet with employers, speak with fellow veterans and update their resumes. Recently discharged individuals are welcome to participate. Call (847) 437-9995 or email Pepper Curington, retired Air Force, at for enrollment or more information

Holiday Concerts Moraine Valley’s Percussion Group is performing a Percussion Holiday Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30. Admission is free. A Jazz Ensemble Holiday Concert is being held Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for staff and students and $12 for the public. Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers Merry Christmas Music is on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m and admission is $10 doe staff and students. Concert Band Christmas Music and More! is on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. Admission is $10. Each of the events is held in the Dorothy Menker Theater. Purchase your tickets today at the Box Office inside Building F or visit Moraine’s website. Nurse Refresher Attention practicing nurse professionals: MVCC now offers a Current Nurse Update Refresher course. The 10-week RN Refresher course includes an online portion, theory classes on Wednesdays from 6-10 p.m. and clunical work on Saturdays from 6 a.m.4:30 p.m. at Little Company of Mary Hospital. The class begins February 19 and the fee is $1,599. Participants can expect to reestablish a solid medical-surgical foundation and readressbasic nursing care concepts as well

as concepts relevant to current registered nursing practice. To request an information packet or for more information, call MVCC’s Community and Continuing Education area at (708) 974-5735 or visit www.morainevalley. edu/ccce. Genealogy Class Learn how sites like Google, Facebook and other search engines can help to enhance genealogical searching in an Internet and Genealogy class. The class will be held Monday, November 25, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Register in person at the Registration Office located at S125 or call (708) 974-2110. Those interested may also register online at by selecting “Register for Noncredit Classes” under Academic Focus. Women’s Club The International Women’s Club presents Karen Johnson, a Peace Alliance Advocate. Work, Health, Education, Relations and Economics will be discussed at this event hosted by Student Life. On Monday, November 25, students are invited to Room B119 from 10-11 a.m for a presentation and open conversation. Contact Anette D’Silva for more information at (708) 608-4023.



FITNESS | from front page be opening in March, which is technically at the half way mark of the semester. The fee will revert to $48 per semester for a part time student. Any student who registers for classes, registers with the Health Fitness and Recreation Center, and then proceeds to drop all their classes while still registered with the Center will be automatically transferred to the community rate plan which will be $49 monthly for an individual or a $100 package for a whole family. In addition, Mike Schneider of the Health Fitness and Recreation Center has a potpourri of packages for everyone, ranging from veterans to senior citizens to faculty members, dependents, one day guests and alumni. The multitude of membership options will prove beneficials to individuals in all stages of life. The Campus Recreation Director reported to the board that because he is such a big believer in helping students hit the ground running, the Center was aiming to open with “50 to 60 student employees,” on staff, a number that he expects to grow to about a hundred as the Health, Fitness and Recreation Center continues operations. The Director stated that his team

had received about 300 applications from students and was in the process of interviewing applicants in order to find the best fits. Registration for membership for the Health, Fitness and Recreation Center is currently ongoing for faculty and community members only, and can be done in person at the P Building, which is next to the Police Department Building. Students will be considered registered at the Center after the new semester begins. The Governing Board of Trustees also considered a proposal to outfit the Health, Fitness and Recreation Center with a sleuth of technological tools. Dell of Round Rock, Texas got the nod to supply the fitness center with fifty computers at the cost of $37,874 while Unified Concepts Inc. of Oakbrook, Il will supply the Health, Fitness and Recreation Center with fifty Cisco 8945 phones at a cost of $11,332. Vology of Oldsmar, Florida got the green light to supply the Health, Fitness and Recreation Center with a certified, refurbished Cisco network switch at a cost of $31, 078. David Alexander can be contacted at

STUDENT TRUSTEE CORNER | NOOR SALAH Hello MVCC students! I cannot believe that this semester is almost over. We have almost two weeks left and then finals. I am here to help you improve your college experience through what I’ve experienced in the past. You as a student need to try to destress and focus on your final exams. It is important that you try to plan how you are going to study. Studying can get boring sometimes so it is useful to have various studying methods to help you stay focused. One question that students ask me is how am I so involved and still maintain a good GPA? Well my answer is simple, organization. It makes your life easier and more efficient to use your time wisely. Personally, I am an advocate for organization and I would definitely recommend it to my fellow students. Another opportunity that can help you with your schoolwork in general is taking advantage of the tutoring center. Moraine Valley provides great services for students including the tutoring center and the writing center. They even have bilingual tutors that can help students that have difficulty with English. I have visited the tutoring center every week since I became a student at moraine. I get help with math, physics, biol-

ogy, chemistry, and they even help edit my papers for my communication class. I always tell students not to cram everything thing in a day before the final. You can study from now an hour each day for a certain subject and by the time your final exam date becomes closer its easier for you to memorize because you already understand the material and it decreases stress levels. I know that each student has various ways of studying for exams but I know that these three tips can make your studying experience ten times easier. I wish you all best of luck on your exams. Facebook @MVCCstudenttrustee Office hours: 12-3 every Friday Phone number: (708)-608-4165





FINLAND | from page 3 exceed 20 students, creating an intimate atmosphere. While technology is mostly used as a teacher’s aid in the United States, it is implemented mostly by the students in Finland. Students are encouraged to explore the different way things work while familiarizing themselves with modern, technological conveniences. During both the first and last five minutes of class, students “warm up” or “cool down”, allowing them to stay at ease. The more relaxed atmosphere facilitates learning inside the classroom. While the setting is fairly traditional with a teacher standing at a board in front of the class, teaching tactics are quite different. Rarely do teachers show work on the board and lecture; students do the work, encouraged to reach conclusions on their own. Leena Krokfors, Vice Dean of Teacher Education, explained, “Education is researched base. It is much more important for students to think.” After completing their basic education, students choose either an educational or vocational path. They are taught that what career they pursue is not nearly as important as how well they perform their job. Ashley Meitz can be contacted at news@

VETERANS | from front page With the Veterans standing up and being recognized, Dr. Jenkins stated how important they were to the day to day operations at Moraine Valley, both student and faculty. Dr. Jenkins then introduced Illinois State Senator Michael E. Hastings of the 19th District. Senator Hastings spoke of his plans for renaming a highway near his district and dedicating it to Veterans, like himself. Senator Hastings is a combat veteran, having served in Iraq where he rose to the rank of Captain, and later earned a Bronze Star for his meritorious service in a combat zone. Senator Hastings went on to talk about his past experiences as an Aidede-Camp, working under the Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division. Closing out his speech, he captivated the audience with his remarks on what it meant to be an American, and he explained that all Americans should strive to work hard and succeed for personal, the benefit of each other, and for the benefit of the country. After Senator Hastings was finished with his speech, Peter Juarez, emcee and host, came up to the stage again to tie up the ceremony with closing remarks. In his speech, he reiterated the reoccurring themes which centered on selfless service and hard work, two Corps

values. Remember that C2C is open to Juarez said, “You don’t have to be a both student-veterans and student nonveteran to go on and do great things in veterans alike, and together they serve this world, but you can most certainly as a “go-to” place for each other. draw inspiration from one, or many rather.” Following Juarez’s speech, he proceeded down the steps of the stage to take a wreath to the area known as “The Gate” where the Laying of The Wreath Ceremony commenced with Dr. Jenkins and Senator Hastings. Together, they walked outside and were soon under The Gateway, where the crowd had caught up with them. Once altogether, the group walked ceremoniously up the steps to the top and finally laid the wreath down to rest. A bagpiper from ChicAlba Bagpipers, started playing “Taps” as everyone in attendance lowered down their heads and remained in silence until the song’s conclusion. It was a very solemn ending to the ceremony and served as a reminder of the contributions and sacrifices that our Veterans and Active-duty make in serving our country. For more information about upcoming Combat-To-College events, activities, general information, and how to join, contact Peter G. Juarez A Vietnam veteran holds the wreath presented to at juarezp5@student.morainevalMoraine Valley. [Erica Sinnott]




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By David Alexander Staff Writer

As Thanksgiving approaches, people are supposed to be thankful. Many people This is a true story. One day last October, a well clad mendicant sidled up to me will argue we live in a world where everyone wants instant gratification and are un- with a well-worn sob story trying to elicit cash from me. Unfortunately for him, I grateful. I, however, disagree. only had a dollar bill in my wallet which I gladly handed over to the leather jacket As the tornado ravaged through Washington, Illinois, many people are show- clad mendicant. ing how grateful they are. When people at O’Hare Airport were asked how they felt Instantly his brows furrowed and he angrily asked, “You got any more?” I about flight delays, most had a similar answer: “It’s irritating the flight was delayed, couldn’t believe my ears, the panhandler didn’t deem it fit to express gratitude for but I have a home to go through. I have nothing to complain about.” the dollar he got, he demanded more! But welcome to the current era of thanklessIn addition to this, many people are pulling together to send donations to victims ness that this nation is being swarmed with, and as Thanksgiving bears down on of the tornado. Even if they only donate a few items, they are grateful for what they us, we must ask ourselves, is America a thankful nation? have. Have we not become a nation that thinks that anything and everything is a Many people with illnesses are grateful as well. This surprised me, especially since right, and that we are entitled to everything? Have we not all become the Entitlepeople would not normally be thinking about it.While many people would have a ment Generation? A people that assume that everyone is indebted to them. This woe is me attitude, there are many people who are finding positive aspects. entitlement mindset precludes thankfulness because to say “thank you” implies “Sure I have cancer. But I also have an amazthat the recipient acknowledges that he or she ing team of doctors who are trying their damnest is not worthy of the deed or gift they received, a to make sure I go into remission. Not only that, I mindset that is increasingly alien to the everyhave a phenomenal support team of friends and day Joe or Jane. family.” People forget that Thanksgiving was started Another person afflicted with cancer had a simby grateful pilgrims who had survived thanks ilar outlook. “At least I have lived my life awhile. to the mercy of their Indian neighbors, and I’m not like those young kids fighting cancer. Now Thanksgiving became an official holiday in 1863 they have it tough.” right in the midst of the Civil War. ThanksgivBeing grateful doesn’t need to be something of ing, in the eyes of the Pilgrim Fathers and Abramagnitude. It could be something as simple as a ham Lincoln was a time to be grateful for that friend being there when you need a shoulder to which no man deserves, and yet we are blessed cry on or a teacher taking extra time to make sure with, for that which no man can earn and yet you fully understand the material. that with which we are loaded with daily by People assume since we are in an age where evGod. erything is now, now, now, people have lost the What Thanksgiving means today is another etiquette of being thankful. Even if it is a short story altogether. If a Martian was to land in message or an e-card, it is enough to show people the US in the last week of any November in that you appreciate what they did and are grateful this century, he could be forgiven for thinking for their action. that what we call Thanksgiving is called “Binge If that isn’t enough reasons Americans are Turkey Eating Day!” All the conversation surgrateful, think about how much people give back. rounding Thanksgiving seems to be about the In this season especially, donations are abundant. [Graphic by Kristopher Torres] turkey’s size, the stuffing, where the dinner will With PADS, Toys for Tots, and Salvation Army, be eaten, the dressing, who will be coming to there is bound to be one charity that people would find of interest. dinner, how long it took to prepare the dinner and so on, I always wonder when I For me, I personally am grateful I have a family who loves me, friends who care, hear such chatter, where then is the thanks giving part of the Thanksgiving Day? a roof over my head, and food on the table. All of those things are so simple, yet so Of a truth, everyday should be treated as thanksgiving not just the last Thursmany people don’t have even those. day in November. Thankfulness should permeate our lives instead of the current So while some of you are running around on Black Friday wanting more, there are entitlement mentality because gratitude just makes life much more pleasant for some Americans who will be at home, thankful for what truly matters. people who give their last dollar bill to an unworthy stranger, I rest my case. Erica Sinnott can be contacted at

“There is a lot Americans take for granted such as our education system.” -Aaron Kneeland

“We have so many opportunities, but no one takes advantage, and everyone feels like they are owed something.” -Alicia Harris

David Alexander can be contacted at

“Americans are self centered. We don’t care about foreign affairs unless it affects us and then we make a big deal.” -Matt Davis

“When you look at other countries that deal with poverty, we can’t even help our homeless in the US.” -Joi McMillian




Our college expresses its identity in topographical terms, particularly “valley” and “moraine.” Its newspaper is a “glacier” and the paper’s senior column (the one you are reading) is a “hill.” The topographical term “campus” gets less use at our college. The word “campus” comes from Latin, meaning “meadow” or “park.” It was long ago associated with formal education because learning supposedly occurs best in peaceable leisure and in a place of retreat. In fact, our word “school” comes from a Greek word meaning “leisure.” Moraine Valley is located within a large meadow, known as Cook County Forest Preserve. Yet Moraine Valley stu-

dents hardly have time to lounge on our campus lawn. Nonetheless, the notion of leisurely campus is relevant to Moraine Valley students. Let’s use the term campus to mean everything about MVCC education, excluding what happens in a classroom. It thus includes lunch in Café Moraine or at any nearby restaurant. It includes all the support services at our school, like the tutoring center, the writing center, the LRC, the counseling center, the learning disabilities center and lots more. It includes the health fitness program. It includes all the extra events and displays in the FPAC and elsewhere. It includes all the student clubs; all the social service opportunities; all the service-learning projects and more. The campus particularly includes all the informal gatherings of students in clumps of two and four and more. The word campus applies to those five or six international students who regularly get together to ease their adjustment and to laugh. It is the health arts students who huddle outside their B building classroom to review notes. I see three nursing students who are assigned to Palos Hospital and taking a break in a booth over at Subway on College Dr. There are

The true cost of Black Friday By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor The holidays are coming soon. Already, the local stores are decked out in red and green and the airwaves are decorated by the all too familiar Christmas carols and good tidings that the season is expected to bring. Each year, however, we can’t help but be reminded of the sheer ruthlessness of consumerism. Each year we have black Friday. This year, Walmart, a known hotbed for black Friday incidents, plans to offer its season deals on Thanksgiving day. This seems to be an attempt to prevent mass hordes from trampling each other to death at the doors like the incident in 2008 that claimed the life of a seasonal part time worker. Trampled to death. Talk about a graceless way to die. Just last year, two people were shot over a parking space at a Walmart in Tallahassee, Florida. Neither victim died, but neither got the chance to save big time on hot new electronic devices so it was still a tragedy. What makes human beings behave this way? As far as we’ve come, as advanced as our society is, how is it that people regress to primitive beings at the sight of flashing bargain signs? News reporters follow these embarrassing events each year. Unfortunately, the coverage doesn’t seem to dissuade people from behaving like animals. Shaky camera videos reveal

shoppers pushing and shoving, yelling like banshees and beating each other over the hottest items on the shelves; like wild dogs fighting over scraps of meat. The media feeds on violence and the hype grows stronger each and every year. These accounts have succeeded in keeping this writer from participating altogether. Witnessing fist fights over big screen tele-vision sets, tablets and laptops (oh my!) doesn’t do much to encourage my faith in humanity. This is what happens when first world problems meet third world educations. Over the years major retailers have adjusted their store hours around the black Friday holiday to cater to more consumers. They’ve opened earlier with each year. For 2013, Walmart black Friday sales start at 6 P.M. on Thanksgiving day. Just in time for dinner. Given that nugget of information you might want to just skip Thanksgiving altogether. Thanksgiving feasts can often lead to tryptophan power naps; you might miss out on the deals! Walmart’s uncanny ability to make black Friday happen on Thanksgiving Thursday, bending space and time, poses a very interesting question: If Walmart can make black Friday start on Thanksgiving Thursday, does that mean we can start drinking on Tuesday to commence black Wednesday? William Lukitsch can be contacted at

the four honors students who sit along the D building hallway overlooking the bookstore. They chat endlessly about applications to universities. The police cadets trade thoughts about jobs and the challenges of family life. Although the word “community” is essential to the name of our school, community itself is hampered by the come-and-go nature of our school, by the lack of loyalty and commitment in our culture and by the individuating trends in our economy. The biggest threat to community, in my opinion, is the substitution of virtual reality for genuine personal encounter. Sorry to say, all of us are in this respect guilty of sins against truthful relationships. Our college administration is sold on mediated education—more on-line courses, more delivery of student services over the Internet, and more projected images in the classroom. We teachers step slightly away from real students as we too use more cyber-technology. And students are totally absorbed in things that substitute for community. I recently overheard a student talking about a so-called reality TV star as if that person was “real.” The student, I guess, assumes that it is possible to be real (not

a performer) in front of a TV camera. I also recently saw two students whom I know sitting across a table in Café Moraine. Each was texting. To whom did each send a text? To the other. I got mediocre grades my first year in college. The summer thereafter I made good money as an electrician. I decided to drop out. A fellow worker pulled me aside. “You drop out and we will beat the [explicative] out of you. None of us had the chance to go to college like you do. Don’t blow it.” Then he added this advice (and I’m not making this up): “You got bad grades because you didn’t get into the campus. It means lawn. You go back there and get involved around campus.” I took the advice and joined a student club. I got to know other students. My grades improved. By senior year I was on the Dean’s List. Do you want a college degree or one of Moraine Valley’s career certificates? I know it is hard in our setting, but my advice is to find or make a little community here. Use some of the advantages of our college’s “campus.” Bill Droel can be contacted at droelb@

Quality of death By Jayne Joyce Views Editor Quality of life is often equated as experiencing satisfaction in one’s life. It usually includes experiences that maximize purpose, meaning and individual control. In a similar sense, individuals are also showing a growing concern for one’s quality of death. As our nation ages, thoughts of retirement and mortality are heeding precedence which changes the way our healthcare culture views the dying process. By 2030, when all ‘Baby Boomers’ will have turned 65 and 18 percent of the nation’s population will be at least that age, according to Pew Research Center population projections. It is said that this group is more pessimistic than any other age groups about the trajectory of their own lives and about the direction of the nation as a whole. Steinhauser et al (2000), wanted to determine factors that were considered significant at the end of life by patients, families, physicians and other care providers. The results contended that pain management is only one facet in providing quality of death experiences and more research is necessary to shed light the plethora of conditions to meet the needs of individuals during in the dying process. The study consisted of a crosssectional, stratified random national

survey and included 340 seriously ill patients, 332 recently bereaved family members, 361 physicians, and 361 other care providers (social workers, nurses, chaplains, and hospice volunteers). Twenty-six factors from all those surveyed were consistently responded as being important and were grouped into four sections including pain and symptom management, preparation for death, achieving a sense of completion, decisions about treatment preferences, and being treated as a whole person. Interestingly, eight factors were also considered important to patients but not as significant to physicians included, being mentally aware, having funeral arrangements planned, not being a burden, helping others, and making peace with God. These statistics shed light on the importance of treating the whole person during the dying process. Acknowledging the person first and the symptoms second is the first step to treat a patient and this will hopefully restore faith in our skeptical Baby Boomer cohort group. As we begin to shift from health prevention to health promotion healthcare model, there’s optimism for these future issues in healthcare. Jayne Joyce can be contacted at views@



Cyclones’ zone defense leading the way By Sean McDermott Sports Editor

First-year guard/forward Samantha Holler puts up a mid-range shot in a 67-50 win against Malcolm X on Nov. 21. [Erica Sinnott]

“The best defense is a good offense.” The old sports cliché seems to fit coach Delwyn Jones’ women’s basketball squad. Currently the Cyclones are ranked 19th in the NJCAA with a 3-1 record. The Cyclones’ stifling defense is averaging 43.2 rebounds per game, good for 52nd in the NJCAA Division II. The key to the rebounding statistic is due to the overall height of the Cyclones, something coach Jones’ program lacked a year ago. Second-year forward Jamilla Jones has begun the 2013-14 campaign with a torrid pace. In her last three games, Jones has compiled 26 points along with 34 boards. First-year center Nariman Jaber (Argo) also has played a pivotal role on the defensive side of the ball. Averaging nearly six rebounds per contest, the 6’ 3’’ Jaber’s shot-blocking ability is a game changer as she has amassed 13 blocks (3.25 per game) this season ranking her 14th in the NJCAA. The Cyclones 2-3 zone defense has been superior, as they’ve limited opposing offenses from driving into the lane, forcing them to settle for jump shots.

As Jones’ defense thrives, the Cyclones offensive production needs to pick up their efficiency. Although the Cyclones’ are ranked 45th in points per game (70.5 points per game), their Field Goal percentage is less than spectacular as they rank 104th in the NJCAA (32%) and their three point percentage is ranked 107th (18.4%). The one thing that has saved the Cyclones offensively has been their accomplishments at the line. At the line Jones’ women are shooting 65.5%, which ranks them 33rd in the NJCAA. Free throws ended up being the deciding factor in their Nov. 5 victory over Kennedy-King College. Four clutch free throws sealed the 59-55 victory. Without a doubt the Cyclones can be viewed as a possible contender for the Region IV title due to their strong defense, ability to shoot well at the line and the threat of getting hot behind the arc. The Cyclones have to continue to work on their shooting, but the season is young. The team hopes to stay healthy, avoiding the injuries that plagued last year’s team. Sean McDermott can be contacted at



BASKETBALL | from page 12 10 assists and three steals in the two losses. Another problem that has been the monkey on the Cyclones’ back is the added pressure of being as competitive as they were last season during a rebuilding year. “Of course there’s pressure,” exclaimed Howard. “To take over a program who had a hall of fame coach in Bill Finn and a mentor of mine in Dedrick Shannon is difficult. I don’t want to let these guys down.” Howard’s offense has been executing their plays, but their shooting percentage is rather low and their defense (despite their Nov. 2 loss to Kishwaukee College) has played rather efficient. It can be argued that their roster size has affected the team’s rebounding stats. With only two players over 6’ 5’’, John Curran 6’ 7’’ (Nazareth) and Brennan Ivory 6’ 7’’ (Sandburg/ Concordia University), the Cyclones have been outrebounded by their opponents. In the first two games of the season, the Cyclones’ were outrebounded 93-79, something that was unheard of just a mere year ago. Surely the Cyclones will look to get their first win of the season as they take on Trinity Christian College JV Nov. 21. After Trinity, the Cyclones will go head to head against Daley College (2-2) Nov. 23 and College of DuPage (1-5) Nov. 26 before heading to Ohio in the Cincinnati State Tech

and Community College Surge Classic Tournament Nov. 29-30. Hopefully the Cyclones will find their team’s identity and start a win streak before they fall deeper into the hole they already dug starting out the 2013-14 campaign. “Right now I’m very pleased with the turnaround from the first game of the season,” said Howard. “We’ve been practicing hard and the players have earned their gear. They are starting to understand that you get things when you work hard and to not take things for granted. I’m excited for the rest of this season.” Alumni Watch Karrington Ward has started the season with a bang for the Eastern Michigan University Eagles. The Cyclones alum is averaging 20 points per game with 7.3 rebounds and a total of two blocks and seven steals. Ward’s best game was against Cleveland State, where he shot 90% from the field scoring 28 points with six rebounds and three steals. Ranked as the number 62 Junior in the NCAA (according to DraftExpress. com) Richaun Holmes had a decent start to the 2013-14 season. Holmes is averaging 11 points per game with 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. Holmes best game came against Earlham on Nov. 9 where he scored 12 points with eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

Two Cyclones crash the boards in the 85-81 loss against Triton. [Erica Sinnott]

Excellent Showing By Sean McDermott Sports Editor

Difficult weather conditions couldn’t hinder the Cyclones’ will, as the crosscountry program performed well at the NJCAA Division 1 Championship in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Saving their best performance for last, Aileen Gorman and Jessica Flores represented the women’s program. Gorman finished 50th out of 281 runners with a time of 19:49. Flores placed 208th in 22:05. The two women’s times were their best all season. Dawid Palac, Brandon Ceh and Thomas Cira represented the men in the 8K race. Palac finished 123rd in 28:08, Ceh placed in 202nd in 29:38 and Cira rounded out the race in 226th with a time of 30:07. Everyone except Cira (second-year) will be back next year, as all four look to once again represent Moraine Valley at the NJCAA Division 1 Championship. Sean McDermott can be contacted at



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Volleyball loses first round match By Sean McDermott Sports Editor

Cyclones star athlete Kara Kentner getting ready to serve in a match against Carl Sandburg College on Nov. 6. Kentner hopes to continue her hot hand throughout the national tournament [Erica Sinnott]

The Cyclones did it yet again, as they punched their return ticket to Ohio for their second consecutive national tournament with a second place finish in the Region IV tournament. “We are very excited to get the bid and look forward to representing Moraine Valley once again at this prestigious tournament. The girls deserve it. They have worked very hard and have learned a lot about the game, themselves and their teammates throughout this season,” said head coach Gloria Coughlin on the Moraine Valley Volleyball website. Due to their impressive showing in the regional, Kara Kentner and Gina Ryan were named to the Region IV AllTournament Team. The team’s impressive 33-8 (10-0 conference) record earned the Cyclones a slew of accolades. For the second consecutive year Kentner received the Skyway Conference Player of the Year. Coughlin was named Skyway Conference Coach of the Year for the sixth time in her historic run as Moraine Valley’s head coach. Taylor Serrano, Kentner and Ryan were also named to the All-Region IV team. With the national tournament bid, the Cyclones earned the No. 15 seed in the NJCAA Division II and were paired

against the No. 2 seed Cobras of Parkland College (50-2) on Nov. 21. However, the Cyclones were definitively shut down in three sets (25-15, 25-18, 25-20). Just like last season the Cyclones fell short in the first round of play, and wer immediately relegated to the consolation bracket. Following their win, Parkland breezed through the quarterfinals to the semi-finals. The Cyclones last chance at redemption will pit them against a familiar foe in the No. 7 seed Buccaneers of Catawba Valley (39-1). Last season the Buccaneers closed the books on the Cyclones tournament run by beating them in three sets (2527, 29-31, 11-25). This time the Cyclones’ will be looking for revenge. No matter what happens in Perrysburg, Ohio, the season’s end will mark the end of Coughlin’s hall of fame coaching career at Moraine Valley as well as the departure of her trusty assistant Donna Zidek. Coughlin will continue her job as the Athlete Success Coordinator. The volleyball program will begin their search for a new face for their elite program. Just like the phoenix, Moraine Valley’s volleyball program will be reborn from the ashes of Coughlin’s legacy. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

Cyclones’ finally buying into the system ­­­By Sean McDermott Sports Editor The chances have been there for the Cyclones’ taking, but coach David Howard’s basketball squad has dropped their first three games of the season. Could it be the loss of Karrington Ward… the new philosophy…or the pressure of replicating the success of last year? It’s tough to say with the season just beginning to bloom, but there is some turmoil in the basketball program. “The focus wasn’t there in the beginning of the season,” said Howard. “Not every player or coach was on the same page, which was a huge

problem. Since the loss to Kishwaukee, our players and coaches have started to work as a unit.” Despite the losses to Harper College 88-80 on Nov. 14 and Triton College 85-81 on Nov. 16, Howard believes that the team is just beginning to become competitive. “Everything for us is looking up,” stated Howard. “The philosophy I’m implementing is starting to sink in with the team. At first we didn’t have any leaders on the court, now some of the guys have taken it to themselves to become a leader.” One leader in particular is second-year guard Kyle Ward, who tallied a total of 53 points with 16 rebounds, BASKETBALL page 11

Second-year guard Johnte Shannon drives past a Triton defender on Nov. 16. [Erica Sinnott]




Artistry in the Arabic culture Meyerson guest talk

The Glacier alum, Charlie Meyerson talks to Student Publications. [Erica Sinnott] A professional henna tattoo artist embellished beautiful temporary tattoos on participants at Arab Cultural Day. [Erica Sinnott] By Amira Chafai Staff Writer By Noor Salah Student Trustee November is Arabic Heritage Month, a unique Moraine Valley experience that allows students to broaden their horizons and learn about one of the world’s most beautiful cultures. The month long celebration kicked off in the U building on Tuesday, November 12, where students, staff and faculty members were encouraged to participate in expanding the capacities

of cultural division. A number of information booths detailed the wonders of the Arabic world, its tumultuous history, and its rocky terrains. Free henna tattoos, calligraphy and knowledge transcended boundaries, and allowed for a unique experience. To enhance the diversity of another culture, it is important to taste the food, listen to the music and become immersed in the native word. The Arab Student Union did a wonderful job in creating the atmosphere that brought all those concepts together. Students lined up to have their

name written in beautiful Arabic by an experienced henna tattoo artist. At the front of the room, the main event beckoned faculty from various buildings on campus to congregate. Plates of food donned the long table; hummus, pita bread, chicken and rice. These staples of the Arabic world were arranged in individual platters, and everyone ate them up. One of the great things about the Arabic Student Union is that Arab Cultural Day was just second in a line of fantastic events. The club also held the Palestine Film CULTURE | page 6

By Ciara Barnett Copy Editor Charlie Meyerson shared journalism stories and media advances with the students of Moraine Valley’s Publications Seminar. Meyerson started the presentation with stories of his father, Miles Meyerson, the first advisor to Moraine Valley’s student newspaper, The Glacier. After moving his family from Michigan, Miles taught the first Publications Seminar course in 1968. Meyerson shared a photo of the original syllabus for the class, and a photo of The Glacier’s first edition GLACIER | page 5

Moraine’s faculty artists are now on display

[Braelyn Zavala] By Kristopher Torres Graphics Editor The Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery hosts new and recent artwork ranging from traditional to modern methods

of creativity. November 21 was the premiere of Moraine Valley’s annual Faculty Art Exhibit. Art Gallery Coordinator Lisa Lindvay explained this event is important since faculty members are not only “leading by example, [but] showing their passion. Art is about dialogue.” The artist’s talk was a rewarding conversation for both attendees and those featured. The space provided displayed an interesting, myriad range of artwork. Though thematically random, there was synchronicity to be discovered. Trudy Kooy, with experience as a pastor’s wife, purposely avoids the “Disney/Kinkaid” version of Christianity with her lush environmental painted scene. A self-described “obsessive doodler”, painting instructor Margaret Carsello spoke about her epic bungee chord suspended artwork and her chronicled methods. Erik La Gattuta’s graphic-aimed novel and inspired works would not be alien to his life drawing classes.

Ceramics and mixed-media art were represented by advisor Lynn Peters, whose playful approach usually gravitates toward sculptures that explain words. Stephanie Tisza, caught more than a few eyes with her portrait/collage “Valley”. Based on its faceless state, it raises a question about the facial senses: are they really there? Newer technology bubbled up with two iPad applications, assisting instructor Tyler Hewitt in the realm of two-dimensional design and photography with his 9-piece, ink-printed self-portrait. Another iPhonographer, Irene Swansiger McCauley, told a personal story about how her printedmetal tribute to her late father came about in front of her artwork. Lloyd Wassenaar displayed his panoramic photo with an interest in the stability of buildings. Conceptual art was represented by Melissa Csoke, with her deceptively simple painted-over art accompanying an insightful description.

Kathy Schonauer composed her copper-layered spherical object less as a goaled statement, but rather as an exercise in creativity. “MorningStar,” by ceramics instructor Marjorie Woodruff, creatively juxtaposes a violent instrument of battle with a traditional farm tool. Karen Larson said of Richard Lapidus’ featured art: “Nice approach in utilizing the camera and 3D imagery- combining both. You rock!” Though not all featured artists were on-hand to personally speak about their work, colleagues ably provided commentary and perspective for curious listeners. “I always enjoy the faculty show because it’s a way for students to see their professors’ personal artwork and individual styles outside of a classroom setting,” said Jeff Perino. The Faculty Art Exhibit will be on display through December 18. Kristopher Torres can be contacted at



Transgender panel gives their perspective By Samantha Bryce Staff Writer In Illinois, a bill was recently signed for equality in marriage, but more discretely, Moraine Valley Community College, GASP! was holding a vigil to remember those that were beaten, bullied, and killed because they are transgender. Being transgender is completely separate from being gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Advisor, Jeffrey McCully put together a very riveting and informative session for everyone that came to the meeting that day. The event started with a viewing of an episode from the show “Transgeneration” which followed teens that were starting college, as well as beginning their transitions into their preferred gender. Some had completely transitioned, while others were still taking hormones to complete the process. The film was emotional, and the most moving scene was of a girl who was not allowed to use the woman’s washroom; it is a law because she wasn’t completely transitioned yet. In the show, there was quite a bit of talk about segregation and issues that go on in the trans-community that are never really brought up. After the end of the episode, three very brave panelists were brought up to discuss their personal take on the trans community that they belong

The panelists (left to right) Braelyn, Aidan and Lucky sit in front of butterflies, positive symbols of our changes. [Erica Sinnott] to. The most common topic discussed was about the bathroom problem that seems to be very common, as well as support systems (or lack there of), friends, family, relationships, and the difficult time that it took to make that very brave transition. A lot of times if one cannot afford hormone replacement therapy, transgendered must work with what they can to be the gender that they feel that they are. Also discussed was social etiquette, especially amongst those who are nonbinary. Non-binary is a gender umbrella of sorts; it is also known as ‘gender queer’. When talking to someone who is non-binary the proper pronoun to use is Zie or Zir, rather than he or she.

Aidan, one of the panelists, felt that Transgender isn’t as spoken about as LGB is. Another panelist, Braelyn, said, “LGB overshadows all the issues that trans faces. There is a difference between gender and sexuality.” At the end of the discussion, when asked what their final message would be for the world to know about trans, each had their personal words to contribute. Braelyn stated, “Trans issues reflect on all of us; everyone is fluid, it’s not just black and white, there’s a little bit of gray in everyone. No one should be put in a box, there should be more acceptance for people and their choices.” Lucky quite simply put it as such, “Be

strong and be honest with yourself.” Aidan wrapped it up with a humorous, truthful statement, “Let’s just scratch gender and not have any classifications on it.” A pamphlet was passed out stating urls for online databases about the top 50 myths of being transgender, support groups, and how to understand better. At the very end participants were able to take home a butterfly; a very significant symbol. Just as transgenders go through changes and transform like butterflies. Everyone has their moment in the awkward cocoon until they burst free, their true colors shining. Samantha Bryce can be contacted at


Thankful donations

Many participated in the food drive, spreading the Thanksgiving spirit. [Erica Sinnott] By Ashley Meitz News Editor Phi Theta Kappa hosted a Thanksgiving Food Drive, welcoming any nonperishable items from Moraine Valley students. The Drive’s mission was to support local families and make their holidays a little brighter. Donations were dropped off at the Library and stored inside the U Building until it was time to bring them to the food pantry located inside Moraine Valley’s local church. After reaching the pantry’s capacity, excess donations were brought to an alternate local pantry, where workers were more than happy to accept the items. Phi Theta Kappa conducted the event and members received one hallmark for the fall semester by donating. “We thought it would be most beneficial for members to be able to donate locally and have an impact on people in their own community,” said Lori Leahy, President of Phi Theta Kappa. “We wanted to do something like this at a time around now, during the holidays, when people were in the giving spirit,” she added.




Students share business endeavors and tips

Students of Moraine Valley, Susan Ismail, Rosalind Newman and Mike Neal presented their own business. [Erica Sinnott] By Suzanne Elmahboub Staff Writer The Business, Entrepreneurship, and Finance Club held a panel discussion called “Student Entrepreneurs,” showcasing students who manage their own businesses. On Wednesday, Nov. 20 the showcase centered on the businesses of three students: Susan Ismail, Rosalind Newman and Mike Neal. Susan Ismail is a part time student

at Moraine Valley, a mother, and she runs a Henna and body art business called Sahara Henna Designs and Body Art. Ismail draws all types of designs and body art using Henna and face painting for children. She is open to all kinds of events, parties, festivals, and even just personal requests. Rosalind Newman runs a catering business called Faith Catering. She has a personal group of cooks and also cooks herself. She offers a variety of food, from Mexican to Mediterranean.

Mike Neal runs an exotic pet business; he owns all types of reptiles and snakes. They are not just ordinary animals though; he carries very rare breeds and sells the animals to different zoos and people. Many of the exotic animals are each usually $1,000 and above. These entrepreneurs presented their businesses and there was an open panel discussion. Many students asked various questions from insurance to challenges. Neal talked about how his insurance is pretty high.

“My insurance has tripled because not only do I sell, care for, and breed these exotic reptiles, I also come and present my exotics at birthday parties and events. The insurance tripled due to the fact that I work with a lot of children.” Newman talked about how she is no longer a sole proprietor and is now under limited liability. “Limited liability is better, because say I get sued. They can sue my business and go after my business’ assets but they cannot take away my home, my car, and my personal assets. When you are a sole proprietor they can, because you are the business.” Ismail also discussed good customer service. “The customer is always right. Sometimes you get hard to work with customers, but they are your business.” All of the student entrepreneurs expressed their love for what they do. Neal explained, as the rest of the panel agreed, “I wake up every day bright and ready for the day. I don’t feel like what I do is work.” Suzanne Elmahboub can be contacted at



GLACIER | from front page ever printed. Meyerson is an editor, writer, and instructor. He worked for the Chicago Tribune for 13 years, and also has done radio news for more than 20 years. He told the class that social media websites like Twitter and Facebook are becoming an outlet for “first drafts.” “This is the best time ever to become a communicator,” said Meyerson. “Write at your best all the time, and carefully. Double-check facts because anything

written can be found. Don’t tell lies and get things correct.” Meyerson’s neat presentation used a series of before and after examples showing the advances in technology. The computer and Internet has transformed the work of writing into a performance. Meyerson made it clear that students should not take technology for granted, because it has become a creative and social outlet. Coming full circle from a father teaching at Moraine, to a son giving a presentation to students’ years later,

the Meyerson family sure has a lot of insight to media and journalism. Because the students of the Seminar are aging during changing times, they haven’t been able to fully see how news radio turned into web broadcasts and digital media. Meyerson allowed students to see the changes in the world, making all the difference in their thoughts on journalism. Ciara Barnett can be contacted at

STUDENT CLUBS Compiled by The Glacier 24 Karat Dance Team Contact Terra Jacobson at 974-5467. Action, Social & Political Empowerment Contact Annette D’Silva at 608-4023. Alliance of Latin American Students Contact Alexandria Elvira at 974-5487. Anime Club Contact Jeremy Kingery at 608-4322. Arab Student Union Contact Nina Shoman-Dijani at 974-5229. Art Club Contact Kevin Daly at 708-927-0764. Artistic Metal-Working Contact James Greer at 974-5423. Asian Diversity Club Contact Tamina Farooqui at 974-5313. BOSS Contact Josiah Fuller at 974-4025. Business, Finance, & Entrepreneur Club Contact James Snooks at 974-5785. Christian Fellowship Contact Daniel Cristman at 608-4284. College Bowl Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Combat to College Contact General McArthur at 974-4144. Creative Writing Club Contact Tina Jenkins-Bell at 974-4379. Fashion Valley Couture Contact Dominique McDowell at 974-5722. Filmmakers Club Contact Dan Pal at 630-942-2800. Fire Science Contact Bryant Krizek at 608-4404. Forensics - Phi Kappa Delta Contact John Nash at 974-5556, Krista Appelquist at 974-5222. GASP - Gender And Sexuality Progress Contact Jeffrey McCully at 608-4377. The Glacier Student Newspaper Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Honors Program Contact Alicea Toso at 974-4191. International Women’s Club Contact Annette D’Silva at 974-4023. International Conversation Partners   Contact Elizabeth Boucek at 974-5427. K-Fu Club Contact Courtney Reese at 974-4067. Korean Student Association (K.S.A.) Contact Young Shim at 974-4319. Legacy X Dance Team Contact Demetrius Robinson at 974-5353. Mastadon   Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Music Club Contact Tammi Carlson at 974-5636. Muslim Student Association Contact Michael Morches at 974-5310. Psychology Club Contact Mitchell Baker at 974-4058. Recreation Management/ Recreation Therapy Contact Donna McCauley at 974-5227. Relay for Life Planning Committee Contact Wally Fronzek at 974-5372. The Society of Arab Scholars Contact Kipp Cozad at 974-5331. South of the Himalayas Contact Sumeet Singh at 974-4353. Student Government Association Contact Demetrius Robinson, Kimberly Golk at 974-4179 Student Nursing Organization (S.N.O.) Contact Georgina Murphy in 974-4122. Ultimate Frisbee Contact Jessica Crotty at 974-5281.



STEM talk has focus on finance

In the finale of the STEM Speaker Series, Art Urban presented “Statistical Analysis in the Financial Markets.” [Erica Sinnott] By Anne Parker Editor-in-Chief Most students would think twice before taking on an occupation that revolves around math, a subject that isn’t the majority of students’ forte. However, former Moraine Valley graduate and Senior Trader, Art Urban, explained to students the important value of a dollar, during the presentation on “Statistical Analysis in the Financial

Markets.” Professor of Mathematics, Keith Nabb, introduced Urban as the guest speaker for the last Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) talk in the Library on Tuesday, Nov. 12. After studying at Moraine Valley, Urban attended the University of Michigan where he received his degree in Mathematics. Urban is currently receiving a Masters degree in applied statistics at DePaul University.

Currently, Urban is the head of trading and risk for Direct Effects, an Australian regulated entity. “We are principal to every client transaction, foreign exchange, metals, oil, natural gas, you name it we trade it,” Urban explained. Through every job that Urban has acquired, he has had to use his skills in heavy mathematics, statistics, creating important decisions in finance, investments, and portfolios to succeed in the workplace. Urban further explained the different equations, variables, and graphs that are the key role in dealing with predefining losses. He also used the metaphor of rolling dice or playing roulette to explain values and how to make a good prediction. “You want to have a positive mathematical expectation. The best strategies come from fundamental mathematical reasoning,” Urban explained. While it may not be for everybody, Urban showed students that finance and statistics is a variety of occupations that can be used in many different countries throughout the world. Anne Parker can be contacted at

CULTURE | from front page Festival on November 20 in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. The Festival was hosted by the Chicago Palestine Film Festival and cohosted by the Arab Student Union. Over 150 people attended the event to watch two films; “Nation Estate,” a nine-minute sci-fi short film and a photo series offering a clinically dystopian, yet humorous approach to the deadlock in the Middle East; and “The War Around Us,” a documentary film about the lives of two friends reporting from one of the most dangerous places on earth, the war’s impact on their lives, and how Gaza changed them forever. Members received much positive remarks for their efforts, leaving participants with open eyes about the story in the Palestinian vs. Israeli war. Events that help shape the minds of students everywhere are thought upon and deliberated on for months. The event was a success thanks to the hard work and planning from Suzanne Naser and Arab Student Union Advisor Nina Shomandajani. Amira Chafai can be contacted at Noor Salah can be contacted at salahn22@



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‘Masters of the Fiddle’ return to Moraine By Jayne Joyce while dancing before the Views Editor first set ended. 
 Spending time with their World-renowned fiddlers family is something both Natalie MacMaster and fiddlers deemed crucial. Donnell Leahy have joined MacMaster mentioned to their passion for music and the crowd that one daughmarriage for the past 11 ter declined to perform years. with her other children bePerforming a sold out cause she really wasn’t feelperformance, “Masters of ing well. the Fiddle” played a fusion “We don’t want to force of the best of French, Celtic them to do something they and American Bluegrass don’t like,” said MacMasand even Cajun styles for ter, “We want them to love the Moraine community. what they do.” Both have taught each The performance carried other and evolved their on with witty remarks, fast unique style of fiddling. paced solos from step dancLeahy’s influences stem ing/pianist Mac Morin and from the rural farmland of Natalie MacMaster stands on the left, playing alongside her husband Donnell Leahy. [Erica Sinnott] guitar/accordionist Tim Ontario, while MacMaster Edey from the UK. is better known for her Cape Breton, has had three appearances previously percent of the time. The rest of the time The group concluded with an upbeat Nova Scotia style. 
 at Moraine.  the duo is out pursuing their solo ca- performance “St Anne’s Reel” with in“Masters of the Fiddlers” took the Leahy told the crowd how he drove reers. termissions of solo performances of stage for a striking performance the hours to meet MacMaster while she Leahy laughs and tells the crowd, music and dancing. The crowd clapped Dorothy Menker Theater on November was still a student in college, and then “This is the highlight of our tour,” ex- to keep the beat going as the night 9. The couple however has been previ- hours the next day to see her perform. plaining how after the seventh or eighth came to an end. ously under Moraine’s spotlight. MacHowever, with five children and one show, it all starts to loose its vibrancy.   Master has appeared here six times, more on it’s way, MacMaster and LeaThe couple was joined with two of Jayne Joyce can be contacted at and Leahy (as part of the Leahy Family) hey only perform together about 30 their children playing the fiddle and

8 Olympia Dukakis is ‘Rose’ Cate Le Bon’s ‘Mug Museum’ THE GLACIER NOVEMBER 22, 2013 VOLUME 47, ISSUE 7

By Erica Sinnott Photo Editor

By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor

Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis graced the stage of Moraine’s Dorothy Menker Theater on November 16 in a concert reading of “Rose” by Martin Sherman. She was invited to perform for the 20th anniversary of the theater. In her fifty plus years in show business, Dukakis is best known for playing Cher’s mother in “Moonstruck”, which won her an Academy Award and Golden Globe, among others honors. She gained acclaim in 1988, the same year her cousin, Michael Dukakis, won the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. The first time Dukakis performed the one-woman play “Rose” was in 1999 at the National Theater in London. The following year, she was performing it on Broadway. “Rose”, which has earned Dukakis an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination, is being toured around the country. A two-hour monologue that can be separated in two acts or read as one, “Rose” is the story of an 80 year-old Holocaust survivor, her journey to America, and her three husbands.

There’s a lot of buzz about Cate Le Bon going around; listening to “Mug Museum” it’s easy to see why. The Welsh singer released “Mug Museum” November 12 in North America under the label Wichita Recordings. Incredible vocal range and experimental psychedelic rock forms a sound combination that is absolutely unique. Many of the songs maintain a structure reminiscent of 60’s psychedelic bands; The Doors especially come to mind considering Le Bon’s interluding treble heavy organ pieces. Her Welsh accent reflects deeper tones and inflections similar to the late German singer Nico. The overall tone of the album is quite melancholy; stock 60’s songs like “Duke” show the incredibly high vocal range that the young woman is capable of. “No God” combines tone dry staccato guitar rhythm and bloated bass lines. “Sisters” is very upbeat compared to the rest of the tracks, pulling in the droning sound of heavy electric guitar distortion.

Dukakis reads her part. [Erica Sinnott] Speaking in English with Yiddish phrases thrown in, Dukakis gave a unique performance as the title character. During a part when Rose is having a hard time breathing, you can see her gasping for breath, fully committing to the struggle. The audience actually believed Dukakis, not Rose, was the one coughing. While “Rose” is not Massachusettsborn Dukakis’ memory, it is not farfetched to believe it could be a memory written for survivors of the Holocaust or those coming to America to fulfill the American dream. Erica Sinnott can be contacted at

“Mug Museum” cover. [Wichita records] The song “Are You With Me Now?” stands out as one of the more popular tracks on the LP; the music video has recieved numerous views on Vimeo. The title track “Mug Museum”, which appears at the end of the album, features the voice of Le Bon over a soft piano progression and the slight creaking of what sounds like a piano bench in the background. “Mug Museum” could very well pull this young talent into front line of the indie music scene. Cate Le Bon will be performing a 21 and over show January 23 at Schubas Tavern, in Chicago. William Lukitsch can be contacted at



Fans Marvel at ‘Thor: The Dark World’ (Natalie Portman), and is faced with a moral dilemma whether or not to trust his infamous brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), to help him defeat the vengeful Malekith and his army. Hesitations of disappointment began with the opening background story, when Malekith and his people were introduced as “dark elves.” Really? However, they turned out to be actually rather “dark,” and gave the film a more ominous taste and a level of seriousness during perilous times that occur throughout. Between “Thor” and “The Avengers,” Loki has grown into a Thor (Chris Hensworth) locked in embrace with Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) as war serious thorn in Thor’s side, and wages through Asgard. [Marvel Studios] with clever wits and conniving antics, lacking Thor’s ridiculous By Anne Parker blow of the last installment. brawn, has become a super-villain Editor-in-Chief Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a member that viewers might even have trouble of the Avengers, must save his home- trusting. “Thor: The Dark World” grew up land, Asgard, and the Nine Realms, inThor has also revamped his charjust a little bit from the stupidity of cluding Earth, from the shadowy en- acter development, and is not as big the first Thor film. emy Malekith, of an ancient race, who of an egotistical ass as he was in the, With better villains, more action, is determined to destroy the universe. obviously, self-titled “Thor.” His conand the right amount of classic MarOn his mission to restore peace to cerns now reside with the protection vel jokes, “Thor: The Dark World” has the foreign lands, Thor reunites with of the Nine Realms and of course, certainly risen up from the crushing his romantic interest, Dr. Jane Foster Foster, whose intelligence and curios-

ity starts the whole mess surrounding the film. Thor’s homeland, Asgard, is predominantly featured as the main setting this time, bringing out some impressive visual effects to bring the fantasy kingdom to life on the screen. This film did provide a clash of fantasy and science fiction, and the abundance of it prevents the need to take this film seriously. Undertones of “Star Wars,” not including Natalie Portman, were presented way too often, and lost the film some originality. Also, travelling through portals is confusing and should not be used as a major mode of transportation. Unfortunately, this method takes place in “Thor: The Dark World,” and makes some scenes hectic and rushed. It took a while for the film to finally get moving, but luckily, it was a much better and much needed improvement to “Thor.” And by the teaser scene at the end of the credits (c’mon, we all know the Marvel film craze can’t end yet), fans can only hope that they will keep on improving. Anne Parker can be contacted at



Little monsters go ‘Gaga’ for ‘Artpop’ By Ciara Barnett Copy Editor Lady Gaga never fails to deliver excellence to her devoted Little Monsters. With “Artpop” debuting at #1 in the U.S. and already platinum in countries all over the world, Lady Gaga lets us know that she’s still the Queen. People either love Lady Gaga or hate her and I appreciate the originality she has compared to other artists. This is an album where each song can invoke multiple feelings, without having to skip a bad track. The flow is just right, and while the album isn’t perfect, the amazing production is clear. “Artpop” is different from “Born This Way”; the fun and entertaining tracks make you want to move. Gaga put three remixes from her single “Applause” on the album, and each remix is something one would probably hear in a dance club. Some critics were upset that Lady Gaga went a different route than “BTW”, but she’s showing her range of talent. Not only can Gaga dish out hits, but she can try out a new genre and still own it. “Artpop” is a mixture of R&B, tech-

Album cover for Lady Gaga’s new album “Artpop.” s[Interscope Records] no, rock and disco, with artist features including T.I., Too $hort, R Kelly, and Twista. Gaga is showing the world that she can have fun while being diverse, which is why she will be relevant for years to come.

Lady Gaga is the hardest working artist in music right now, because she makes sure to perfect her craft by combining different elements in her work. Not only does Gaga go outside the norm with her fashion statements, but

“Artpop” combines music, art, fashion and technology. I enjoyed the album; each song was different than the one played before it. I recommend playing the tracks in order to get the full effect of Gaga. The beginning of the album starts with “Aura”, “Venus”, “G.U.Y”, then “Sexxx Dreams”. These four will get you up and dancing. “Manicure” is catchy but a tad boring, but that’s fine because just like the artist, no album is going to be perfect. “Do What U Want” featuring R. Kelly is going to be a single that reaches the top 10 countdown. Ending “Artpop” is the hit “Applause”, which Lady Gaga deserves after putting much work and time into this album. Once again, you might not love her, but you have to respect the thought, detail and quality that make up the art and the pop in this album. The diverse record demands applause, and though Lady Gaga might not be for everyone, you can’t help but admire the effort and entertainment she gives as an artist, creator, and musical genius. Ciara Barnett can be contacted at


Career Corner


Timeless tools; networking and social media

Job Resource Center (JRC) specialist, Tamima Farooqui, provided students some insight on how to use social media to their advantage in the workplace. [Erica Sinnott] By Erica Sinnott Photo Editor While many people think of social media only as a way to connect with friends, it is also a great way to obtain career information, leads, and even possible job opportunities. This information was made possible through the Job Resource Center’s (JRC) workshop on Networking and Social Media. The event took place

on Friday, Nov. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Building T. Facebook, the most popular social media out there, is a great way to connect with possible employers. However, you need to remember a few things. Unless you have a separate page for your career, make sure any pictures of you look professional. With employers now checking Facebook, would you really want pictures of you drunk at a party for everybody to see? That is

doubtful. In addition to that, watch who your friends are and what they post on your wall. While you might not be posting off-putting comments, if your friends are, it looks bad on you. Another social media that helps with job searching is Twitter. Since hashtags are one of Twitter’s main features, you can use those for job leads. #jobsearch, #companyname, and #applicant are all possible hashtags you can use to help you get leads. While LinkedIn might not be as well known as Facebook and Twitter, it is the best place to start your search for a job. On this site, you can insert snippets of your resume that you want to highlight, insert tags (seeking position in…), and investigate opportunities. On LinkedIn, when you add people, you can see the degrees of separation. When you have connections, the better you are to find a job. In addition to this, key things you should do on LinkedIn to have the best opportunity of obtaining a job are joining groups, starting groups, joining discussions, and creating tags. Another feature about LinkedIn is

that you can have quick endorsements and testimonials. Both of these are ways people can see how well you perform. As with all social media sites, be careful what you post. If you do post your resume, remember it can be seen by any and all. In such a tech-savvy age, all it takes is Google to find out about you or anybody else. Use this to your benefit. There are a few more JRC sponsored worksops for students coming up this semester. Succesful Interviewing Strategies will be on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in S223. More workshops for students will be taking place this month. Monday, Nov. 25 there will be a workshop on Job Search Techniques from 11 a.m. to noon in S225. Another workshop for students will be taking place on Thursday, Dec. 5 from noon to 1 p.m. on Successful Resumes and Cover Letters in S117B. More information on the JRC workshops coming up in the spring can be found by calling the JRC at (708) 9745737. Erica Sinnott can be contacted at photo@


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