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Hispanic heritage celebrated by students By Karina Junco Staff Writer ALAS (Alliance of Latin American Students) observed Hispanic Heritage Month with one of the most famous celebrations: Day of the Dead. The celebration had the party going throughout the whole month of October. There was Mexican folk dancing, the most moving Mexican music, and a movie with churros (one of the tastiest deserts in Mexico). Mexican writers were also invited to speak about the Mexican heritage. To finish this great celebration there was a Day of the Dead buffet with the majority of Mexican favorites. Some of the important Mexican authors gave a discussion of the rich Mexican culture. These authors talked about the heritage and indulged the people in learning more about Spanish tradi-

ALAS students prepare to serve the Day of the Dead buffet. The event concluded theHispanic Heritage which also featured Mexican folk dancing, churros and Spanish-language movie viewings. [Karina Junco] tions. Ann Shillinglaw, Assistant Professor, gave in detail about other great authors and their

works and how vital they are to the Spanish history and the influence they had on people with their work, such as Car-

los Fuentes. The movie played was called The Perfect Game. The celebration ended with a Day

of the Dead Buffet and the cost was $6. Profits from the event went to the ALAS fieldtrip to the Illinois Latino Council on higher education conference for the students. The buffet was exquisite with the typical Mexican food: Horchata or pop or water, tamales, rice, beans, and chips and salsa. The students from ALAS helped pass out the food to the groups of teachers and students that came to support this great event. The food was very new to some of the attendees. Even those that were in a hurry were able to experience delicious meal to go. Everyone had a great time and the event turned out to be a success and a fun experience to show to the students on campus one of the many different heritages there are at MVCC. Karina Junco can be contacted at

Sharing stories Discussing food politics By Connor Reynolds Layout Editor The fourth installment of the Teaching and Learning Community Event featured

Souzan Naser gives her presentation “Reclaiming and Maintaining My Identity as an ArabAmerican” Nov. 6. [Erica Sinnott]

Moraine Valley assistant professors Jason King and Jerimi Ann Walker, and counselor Souzan Naser. All three speakers gave their presentations Nov. 16 in the library to students and faculty. Naser opened the event, and recalled her experiences growing up as an Arab-American. The focus of her presentation, “Reclaiming and Maintaining My Identity as an ArabAmerican”, often went back to the influence her parents exerted on her development. She credited them with helping to maintain her ethnic identity while embracing American values. Among these values, she was inspired to embrace freedom of speech. She did so by being politically active from a young age, participating in protests focused on the IsraelPalestinian conflict. King spoke on the geographical history of TLC | page 5

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and Beth Osmund, are both farmers, who each shared their personal insight on how to make the right decisions when it come to purchasing meat and produce. Voss, a farm manager for three years, encouraged the public to join Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetation farm. He also mentioned the Angelic Organic Farm, which is

also part of the CSA. Angelic Farm delivers biodynamic, certified organic vegetables and herbs to over 30 area sites in Chicago and Rockford from mid June to late October. As the father of two daughters, Voss shared the mantra he has handed down to his children, “Wherever you go, no matter where, always leave FOOD | page 2

In celebration of Sustainability Day, all truth was revealed during the Democracy Commitment’s panel presentation, “The Politics of Food: Building Community through Local and Sustainable Food.” Introducing the event on Wednesday, October 23, was Tamarra Coleman-Hill, Assistant Professor of Communications at Moraine Valley. She provided background information of what a democracy should care for, especially in terms of food, and how the public should take precautions to know where their edible goods are coming from. The two guest speakers, Chris Voss Chris Voss and Beth Osmond discuss meat purchases. [Kristin Schraer]

IN THIS ISSUE SPORTS Women’s Volleyball advances to Region IV Final Four. PAGE 12

ENTERTAINMENT MVCC’s rendition to broadway musical, “Into the Woods”. SOCIAL PAGE 1

FEATURES The Special Olympics celebrates its 30 Year Anniversary. SOCIAL PAGE 1


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FOOD | from front page the place better than the way you found it.” He stressed that everyone should find a farm and be connected with that farm, and to taste the differences in a freshly picked vegetable, compared to one from a store that claims to provide “fresh” vegetables. Voss guaranteed that produce from the local store would not taste, feel, or look the same as produce from a reputable farm. Osmund, who works on the Cedar

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Valley Sustainable farm, explained how meat that comes from her farm is hormone free, who believes that there should be a farmer and consumer relationship. “Get to know your farmers. Knowing whom, how, and where the animals are being raised is essential,” she explained. One of the questions that ColemanHill asked the public audience to think about was why bother when choosing where your meat or produce comes from. Also questioned was what can the

Practicing diversity By Gerardo Cruz Staff Writer During the first of November, Moraine Valley held its fourth annual dialogue on diversity. The key goal was to broaden thoughts about the different variety of cultures, all while enhancing the overall atmosphere among community members, staff and students. Among those who attended the diversity event, 26 represented different communities neighboring Moraine Valley, which then, had a chance to discuss with one another on how to promote both diversity and leadership. The dialogue started with an opening speech by Moraine Valley’s own Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, President of Moraine Valley. Later on, participants would have breakout sessions to discuss five key questions, which focused on the different methods and strategies to improve inclusiveness. “Not only do we have to see the differences when we talk about diversity, but also the similarities that can connect us together,” said Dr. Normah Salleh-Barone, Vice President for Student Development. “It is critical that we listen to the voices of the students and community members and look at the different point-of-views from which they are telling from.”

Within the community, Dwight D. Eisenhower High School students attended the event and gave their twocents on the topic of diversity. “You need to see diversity like building a house. Someone might not see a flaw, while another person could, and it always helps to see it from different angles, which then can develop new ideas,” stated Immanuel Sodipe, senior at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School. Terry Murphy, assistant dean at Eisenhower, gave his word about the topic of diversity. “Students want to feel important and it matters to the adults that they share their ideas because in the end, it’s beneficial to all of us.” However, this would not have been possible without Charmaine Sevier, Manager of Diversity and Employment, who hosted the event along with The Kaleidoscope Group. Sevier said, “Getting the community together to talk with one another on diversity issues is the goal, and we hope that everyone who took part in the event learned from one another in hearing what they had to say.” Overall, the event was a success and people who went in, came out with a more open mindset with the willingness to spread and accept change. Gerardo Cruz can be contacted at

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people as individuals do to change their eating habits? A video of the restaurant Chipotle, shown during the presentation, explained how the farmers start out using their skilled techniques, and then as time progresses, the animals are taken to factories, for faster processing, which results in the animals being given hormones. The farmers at the end of the video go back to their experienced farming tactics, because they know that it is the right way to process goods

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and how it should be done. The video promoted Chipotle as the best place to serve the people because it is very healthy and organic. The Democracy Commitment was a success, leaving everyone who attended with the main idea that should not be ignored. It is important to decide what to eat, and to double check on how and where the food comes from. Karina Junco can be contacted at juncok@



Forgiving: the first step towards ‘Peace’ By Anne Parker Editor-in-Chief Students and faculty experienced a form of learning forgiveness that will remain in the back of their minds. All were invited to a special screening of the 20 minute film “Admissions,” at an event entitled, Admissions: A short film for World Peace on November 6. “Admissions” is already an acclaimed film. It has received 25 international awards, and has been viewed in several countries. The film made its first appearance at the 2011 World Summit for The Global Alliance of Ministries & Infrastructures of Peace in Cape Town, South Africa. The film stars Academy Award nominee, James Cromwell, who is portrayed as a clerk greeting those who have passed on to admissions. The film focuses on a Palestinian man and an Israeli married couple, who find that their lives relate to an attack, and must look past their differences to forgive each other for the difficulties they have each faced. The creator of the film, John Viscount, had written the script for the film ten years ago, as his response to the attacks on September 11, 2001.

John Viscount, creator of “Admissions: A Short Film for World Peace”, presented his film and answered questions Nov. 6. [Erica Sinnott] “I went to my computer and had this really deep desire to make a different interpretation,” Viscount recalled. “I want to depict very clearly that both sides are suffering.” Two years ago the film was finally created, with the goal in mind to share with others to find a path to forgiveness with those who have hurt them. Viscount stressed that in order to forgive one another we must make an effort to not focus on why people look at the differences of each other, but instead realize that there are many aspects of our

lives that we all relate to. He explained, “we are more alike than we are different. If you don’t reach common ground you are never going to solve anything.” The common ground between the characters were their children, prompting gradual forgiveness of each of their actions towards each other. Viscount touched on the idea that unconditional love is everlasting. He advised that though we are not required to love each other in a romantic way, we should strive to do things that are loving because “love beings” are who we

truly are. Viscount’s mission with “Admissions” is to start a conversation that truly heals. He is working in part with PeaceNow, an organization in need of one billion signatures to sign a petition to create Departments of Peace around the globe. Viscount acclaimed, “If one person sees this film and feels more peaceful or forgiving that’s cool with me.” Anne Parker can be contacted at

4 IN BRIEF Veteran’s Day Moraine Valley is celebrating Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 11 at 10 a.m. inside Building M. Featured at the ceremony will be Michael E. Hastings, Illinois State Senator, and Peter Juarez, Combat to College president. The Illinois Order of the Purple Heart Wall will be displayed by John Kaplor, Military Order of the Purple Heart State Commander. The Wall will be on display until 1 p.m. Student Life also has a poster in the U Building that students are encouraged to sign, welcoming home troops from MVCC. Affordable Healthcare Act Learn about the Marketplace and how the Affordable Care Act affects the world around you. Information sessions will be held Tuesday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Building M, Room 3, and Wednesday, November 20 at 3 p.m. in Room M203. Enrollment will run through March 31. “Rose”: a one-woman concert The Dorothy Menker Theater is welcoming Olympia Dukakis for this Concert Reading. “Rose” is a one-woman play telling the story of a feisty Jewish woman who has endured critical


events that shaped the 20th century with her humor, guile and spirit. The concert takes place Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35 for students and $40 for the general public. Medical Presentation “What’s New in Pelvic Floor Disorders”, a Medical Education Series, will be held Tuesday, November 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Dorothy Menker Theater. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is co-sponsoring this free event, open to the public. Presenting the event are Dr. Kimberly Kenton, director of the Integrated Pelvic Health Program and chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Northwestern University, and Dr. Anne Marie Boller, a nationally recognized leader in surgical education. Student Entrepreneurs There will be a student entrepreneurs showcase hosted by the Business, Finance, and Entrepreneurs club on November 20 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. inside U111. The showcase will include a four-student discussion panel speaking about business they’ve started. For more information, contact James Snooks at (708) 974-5785.

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. These free Adult Information sessions educate individuals on course options, enrollment, financial aid, and more. No RSVP is required. Moraine Valley’s Main Campus hosts these events in Building S, Room S117A on November 20 and 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. Noncredit Culinary Classes Whether new to cooking or hoping to further culinary skills, individuals are encouraged to enroll in Moraine Valley Community College’s new culinary classes. Just in time for Thanksgiving, indi-

viduals can register for “How to Bake an Apple Pie”. The one-day class will be held on Tuesday, November 19, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is a fee of $74. Register today at the Registration Office, located in S125 on campus, or call (708) 974-2110. TTY for the hearing impaired (708) 974-9556. Speech Team The speech team has two performaces approaching, each inside the M Building. On campus performances are on Tuesday, November 13 at 4 p.m. and Wednesday, December 2 at 4 p.m. For more information on the speech team’s performances, contact Amanda Pettigrew, Communication Instructor/Assistant Director of Forensics at (708)974-5324. Arab Cultural Day In celebration of Arab Heritage Month, Moraine Valley is presenting Arab Cultural Day on Tuesday, November 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event takes place inside room U211 and will offer food, music, artifacts, henna temporary tattos and more. For more information, contact Multicultural Student Affairs at (708) 974-5475 or email



TLC | from front page the Moraine Valley area in his presentation “Bogs, Beavers, and Badlands.” He showed how receding glaciers and the beaver fur trade shaped, both literally and figuratively, the area that most residents take for granted. He concluded with the observation that had the area not been perfectly suited for the site of Jason King talks about the history of Moraine Valley the Illinois-Michigan canal, in his presentation “Beavers, Bogs, and Badlands” as Chicago would have likely bepart of the TLC event Nov 6. [Erica Sinnott] come no bigger or more important than Milwaukee or Green Bay. The Teaching and Learning CommuWalker anchored the event with a nity Event (TLC) is a program run jointlook into science behind data collection ly by the Moraine Valley Library and the and data interpretation in her presenta- Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). tion “Four Stories of Data: The Hidden In the past, as many as six speakers have of Numbers”. She showed that based presented, though this year the number on recent credit purchases, Target was was down to two. Presentations are reable to predict a teen’s pregnancy and quired to be no more than 15 minutes send useful coupons before her parents and speakers are required to talk on a could find out. Netflix was able to con- topic regarding teaching, learning or struct and cast the hit show “House of student success of which they are knowlCards” by an analysis of user data. This edgeable. Presentations were filmed led to the casting of the lead actor Kevin and will be available online through the Spacey, as well as the selection of direc- Moraine Valley Library’s website. Past tor David Fincher. She brought the pre- presentations are currently available as sentation full circle with a look at the well. NSA data collection, which has been the focus of increasing scrutiny in recent Connor Reynolds can be contacted at laymonths.

STUDENT TRUSTEE CORNER | NOOR SALAH Hello MVCC students! I can’t believe how fast this semester has gone by. It has been extremely hectic for me when it comes to schoolwork and activities around campus. I am involved in Phi Theta Kappa by having the position of a vice president of fellowship, a board member of Student Government, the president of Arab Student Union, and most importantly the student trustee. I’m still debating on my future career and university and I know that I am not alone. It became extremely hard and stressful on me to figure out where my future is heading. I knew that I needed professional help to guide me to the right path and I decided to visit the advising center. Many students have mixed views about the advising center, but in my opinion I think its beneficial and in some way necessary. I would extremely recommend making an appointment with your academic advisor to be on the right track. They can help you choose a major if you’re undecided and also choose the right university that fits your needs. I know it is hard to put your future in someone else’s hands, butthey know what is best for you and your abilities. The main reason students have prob-

lems with the advising center is because they may have changed schools or majors and that can implement their entire schedule. That’s why they recommend general courses and when you find your major and university they have no problem providing you with easily transferable classes. I hope my advice and experiences benefit you. As a student I know your concerns. It would be great if you would message me on facebook or email me with ideas, questions, and concerns. I need as much feedback as possible. I hope that you enjoy this lovely semester. Facebook @MVCCstudenttrustee Office hours: 12-3 every Friday Phone number: (708)-608-4165








Should Moraine’s campus be smoke free? “They choose consciously to pur-

“ would encourage friends

sue this habit in a bid to fulfill the

or colleagues that we see

“pursuit of life, liberty and happi-

around campus every day to

ness” clause that supposedly un-

stay away from a habit that

derpins the American experiment.”

is not only bad for them...”

By David Alexander By Jean Cruz Staff Writer Staff Writer It is my personal belief that smoking is an unhealthy habit, and any attempt to Smoking has always been one of the most talked about health issues in our snuff out smoking is laudable, where it becomes a problem is when a college deems it country. Though the debate of whether Moraine Valley should be a “smoke-free part of its job to force smokers to quit in the guise of a smoke free campus campaign. campus” is bound to bring controversy, is the idea truly a bad one? Those who elect to enrich the tobacco companies at the detriment of their health The answer to that question is simply no. According to the CDC website are not minors. They choose consciously to pursue this habit in a bid to fulfill the (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) approximately 19.0% of all adults in “pursuit of life, liberty and happiness” clause that supposedly underpins the Ameri- the U.S. (43.8 million people) are current smokers. Out of that 43.8 million, 69% can experiment. of the individuals want to quit smoking and from that percentage, a mere 52% of There is also the fact that the science behind how second hand smoke affects non- individuals have actually attempted to quit. It is fairly common for an individual smokers flies against the face of pop knowledge about smoking. The World Health to hear friends, family members, or simply other students talk about their desire Organization (WHO) put out figures in 2010 that states second hand tobacco smoke to quit smoking. However, it is also common for their response to be “it helps me only becomes a health hazard to non-smokers when inhaled indoors, constantly, for relax” or the typical “it’s too hard to quit” after being questioned, “why don’t you?” years. A rule that wouldn’t allow smoking at Moraine Valley may not help the entire There is no doubt that it is annoying to walk U.S population to stop smoking, but it would through a cloud of nicotine when heading to class encourage friends or colleagues that we see or office on campus, but it is sheer disingenuous around campus every day to stay away from a to claim that those few seconds exposure to tohabit that is not only bad for them but also bad bacco smoke OUTSIDE is enough to trigger a carfor the individuals that are usually around due cinogenic epidemic in MVCC’s staff and student to the effects of second-hand smoking. population. According to the American’s for NonAs Joseph Murphy, one of MVCC’s Governing smokers’ Rights Foundation, more than 1159 Board of Trustees members pointed out; there college and university campuses across the U.S are already state laws that penalize smokers who have implemented tobacco or smoke-free polilight up within fifteen feet to an entrance to a cies. public building, with fines of up to a hundred dolOut of the 1159 schools that have smokelars. Would it not make more sense to enforce the free policies, 11 of those institutions are comalready existing laws, instead of writing new laws munity colleges in Illinois such as College of to enforce old laws? DuPage as well as all of the City Colleges of If the architects of this smoke free campus enChicago. Making a school healthy is not a comterprise are really interested in dissuading people petition; however, Moraine Valley is the second from blowing smoke on campus, they should put largest community school in Illinois. up the same bold signs that designate faculty, adWith that being said, our school should be junct and handicap parking spots around campus, striving to be an example for future schools that and the fines that scofflaws will have to cough out also want to be smoke-free campuses. A smokefor ignoring the law. A quick walk around MVCC’s free campus may not help every individual quit campus will reveal that there are virtually no such smoking, but individuals who take advantage of NO smoking zone notices, except on the ramp an opportunity such as this may one day look to the library, so how do people obey a law that [Graphic by Kristopher Torres] back at our institution as one of the reasons for they know nothing about? having a healthier lifestyle in the future. Strangely, the same people who are behind this push quietly removed the red We currently live in a society where health issues are brought up almost on a lines that marked the boundaries of the 15 feet no smoking zones around building daily basis. When a choice is made, no one but the individual making the decision entrances on campus in a process that seems counterintuitive. should have the authority to state whether his decision was right or wrong. On a final note, as Trustee Joseph Murphy observed during the October Board of However, if a decision is made that not only you as an individual benefit but Trustee meeting, MVCC has a list of more important things to expend its very scarce those who surround do as well the best thing anyone can do is to try take advanresources on, rather than leading a charge to make the college smoke free. tage of it especially if the outcome is a healthier future. David Alexander can be contacted at

“People will definately react negatively if they can’t get their fix .” -Mikey Gorak

“I’m not a smoker. I think the smell is distracting to me.” -Jim Cifaldi

Jean Cruz can be contacted at

“There should be designated areas that are away from entrances. This will accomadate everyone.” -Jim Johnson

“I don’t like the smell of smoke, and I hate having to walk through entrances where there are a group of smokers.” -Muhammad Toubeh




Teaching is partially about imparting content. That is, introducing students to the terminology, the facts and procedures of a particular course. Most students, however, remember few specifics about any course ten minutes after the semester ends. Thus, teaching is also about context. Students, no matter what they forget, should pick up the basics of the scientific method, an approach to history, the logic of math or philosophy and more. They also, every teacher hopes, gain a capacity for thinking critically about whatever might cross their path on the job site, around the home, in the community and in our wider world. This and the next two “View from the Hill” columns will be the last in an unbroken series dating from about 1980. Each of the three final columns will, just

as should happen in the classroom, give some context. In this case it is context for teaching at MVCC. One clear day quite early in the new semester of 1986 I was walking where our D Building now stands. A Moraine Valley colleague pulled me inside to look at a TV. A United States space shuttle, The Challenger, had exploded about one minute after liftoff. All seven crew members were killed. On board was a 38-year old high school teacher, Christa McAuliffe. For the remainder of that semester and for some months thereafter, many MVCC teachers put a McAuliffe quotation in their faculty offices: “I touch the future. I teach.” I have always introduced myself to students during the first class each semester. Since that moment in 1986 I have made that introduction inclusive of all the staff at Moraine Valley. I say something like: “I am your primary teacher. But several others are in the classroom with me (though not physically). We teach together. They have my back and I am honored to represent them.” I often explicitly name a few other teachers, maybe my dean, my area’s secretary, a janitor, and a campus police officer. My opening remark contrasts with the day-to-day life of a Moraine Valley teacher. To an outside observer we look

Illinois says ‘I Do’ to gay marriage By Ashley Meitz News Editor After much debate in the House and the Senate, a necessary 60 votes brought tears of joy for some and those of disappointment for others. Illinois will be the 15th state to recognize same-sex marriage once Governor Pat Quinn signs the bill entailing the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. If America recognizes autonomy and freedom of its citizens, there is no reason same-sex couples should be denied certain rights. America is portrayed as this progressive country, one of equality and happiness, yet for far too long, same-sex couples have been denied basic human rights due to whom they love. What constitutes one couple’s love as being more legal than another’s? Nothing. Love is neither a threat nor an insult to the government or an individual. If we pass judgment on someone’s sexual orientation, we might as well do the same for their race, gender, or religion. A popular argument among those opposed to the proposed legislation falls within terms of religion. This is the 21st

like independent contractors (and many of us are paid as if we were). I have been in another teacher’s class only about 20 times in my nearly 35 years here; and those were usually times I was a guest presenter. Not to embarrass anyone, but I have never had a boss sit in my class to evaluate things. (Maybe they watch me on a National Security Agency camera. Smile.) Moraine Valley teachers don’t hang out at a local place after school (or at least I’m not invited). Even those teachers I know best cross my path perhaps ten times a semester. Although a teacher is surrounded by people, teaching is a lonely occupation. One semester I gave my little talk about “all Moraine Valley staff are in the classroom with us this morning.” However, a teacher whom I admired had died a week before. Choked-up, I had to drift into the hallway for a minute without finishing my point. I was uncomfortable in front of students whom I had just met. Later though I thought maybe they learned more from my awkwardness than if I had delivered an eloquent speech. A good teacher teaches in many ways. Likewise, the sins of poor teaching are many. Some students give teachers high evaluation ratings for the wrong reasons. Here are a few practices of good teachers: A teacher has to be faithful to the textbook. This doesn’t mean reading the book in class. This doesn’t mean following the table of contents in its order.

This does not mean covering everything in the book. This does not eliminate the need for other books and visuals in the classroom. Simply, a teacher and the students need an organizing tool—a textbook or its counterpart. A teacher has to start each class on time. School is halfway to the so-called real world. It is a training ground for productive businesses, churches, civic agencies and more—all places that start on time. Class at Moraine Valley starts on time. A teacher can clown around a little in class. But once the focus of a class becomes the teacher’s car problems or latest fishing trip, that teacher has betrayed his or her craft. A breezy teacher who constantly tells personal stories should not get accolades on Rate My Professor. A teacher who saturates a course with audio-visuals (Power Point, You Tube clips, and full-length movies) is no better than the teacher who sticks with magic markers. Neither teacher is doing the job unless she or he is connecting with the real students in that classroom. Accessories don’t make for excellent teaching; clear discussion with plenty of examples does. Teaching is a beautiful vocation and my Moraine Valley classroom experience has enriched me spiritually. I will share a few more parting thoughts in subsequent columns. Bill Droel can be contacted at

century; arguments against same-sex marriage bound by religious and constitutional means are outdated and naive. Shouldn’t the separation of church and state remove the factor of religion from laws of our country? “Gay” people pay the same taxes and abide by the same laws as the straight population, it does not make sense that they are deprived the same rights. The American Psychological Association states that “about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce”. With that divorce rate, it makes you wonder if “gay” people are deprived the right to marry because the concept is held sacred, or because certain people are too ignorant to tolerate what is outside the norm. Part of me wants to say kudos to those who’ve finally made same-sex marriage possible in Illinois, but another part wants to say shame on everyone who’s made it take this long. Same-sex marriage should not be seen as a privilege in our country, it should be an undeniable right. Ashley Meitz can be contacted at news@

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Women end year 6-7-1 5 going to nationals By Sean McDermott Sports Editor It was certainly a rollercoaster ride of a season for the Moraine Valley women’s soccer team, as they started to play better soccer in the second half of the year. Sadly, the Cyclones couldn’t get over the hump as the powerhouse Lancers of the College of Lake County blanked Moraine Valley 6-0 in the Region IV Semi Finals on Nov. 2. When the Cyclones endured their loss to South Suburban College on Sept. 21, the Cyclones record stood at 1-5-1 as the women were outscored 293. The Cyclones desperately needed a change and head coach Jim Knawa did that. Knawa switched up the formation from a balanced attack to a more explosive offensive style. The move paid off as the Cyclones went 5-2 with a win in the Region IV Quarter Final against Elgin Community College. Moraine Valley’s goalkeeper Diana Lozano was the difference maker in the game. Lozano gave up only one goal, while turning back 10 shots in the 2-1 victory. The Cyclones had a much tougher

opponent in College of Lake County. Heading into the Semi Final match, the Lancers were ranked number one in the Region IV. “Lake County has the top team in our region,” explained Knawa. The Cyclones competed early on, as the Cyclones headed into halftime down 2-0. The second half was much different as the Lancers scored four goals and closed the books on the Cyclones’ season. “The Cyclones fought every step of the 90-minutes,” said Knawa on the Moraine Valley Athletics website. Despite a disappointing end to the season, the Cyclones do have a lot to be proud of. The Cyclones could have just given up on their season after the atrocious start, but they were able to turn their season around and win a playoff game. Patricia Tuxford was named to the ALL-Region IV first team and AllConference first team. Katie Gribbon was also named to the All-Conference first team. Yesenia Galvin and Samantha Reyes also gained accolades as they were named to the ALL-Conference second team. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

Height will be the key By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Height was something the women’s basketball squad lacked last season, as coach Delwyn Jones’ talented squad could only muster up a 17-13 record with an early exit out of the playoffs. This season the Cyclones’ height advantage has already shown significant improvement from the year prior, as the Cyclones have jumped out to a 2-1 record. The Cyclones new squad includes four post players who are over sixfeet tall, two with finesse and two with power, explained Jones. “We have height, speed and perimeter shooting, something we didn’t have last year,” said Jones. The one thing that will be missed will be All-Conference first team members Kelly Foley and Stephanie Karl, who both have moved on from Moraine Valley. The height will come from returnees Amber Hunter (Evergreen Park, 6’0’’) and Jamilla Jones (Eisenhower, 6’0’’). Jones in the first-half of the 2012-13 season was ranked in the top 10 in the NJCAA Division II in rebounds. The fresh faces of the “Towering Four,” will come from 6’3’’ center Nariman Jaber (Argo) and 6’1’’ Cyclone volleyball player Colleen Kull

(Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences). Coach Jones believes that Jaber’s long arms could break the Cyclones’ blocked shot record. Kull is also a tough defender and can hit the three at any given time. Other returnees include last year’s All-Conference athlete Katie McGann, along with Maggie Yandel and Ashley Cunningham. Another fresh face on the court this season will come from All-Region IV and NJCAA National Championship qualifier Aileen Gorman (Marist). Gorman has great speed and vision as she was an All-Area selectee in high school and was a key asset to Marist when they went to the state championship game. The balance of height and speed gave the Cyclones’ a 19th ranking in the NJCAA Division II preseason polls. In their first game of the season, Lincoln Land Community College in the Lincoln Classic 68-73 defeated the Cyclones. Since the early season loss, the Cyclones have put together two straight victories beating Lincoln College 7157 and Kennedy-King College 59-55. All signs are evident that this season can be special for coach Jones’ squad, as the Cyclones height and speed will make an impact in games this season. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

By Sean McDermott Sports Editor The Cyclones cross-country teams had huge success in the Region IV Championships at Joliet Junior College. The men finished in fourth place out of seven teams as the women finished in second place out of five. “We had a satisfying season,” said head coach Mark Horstmeyer. “I’m really proud of both teams and how they battled in their two championship races to finish as well as they did considering all of our issues with injuries.” All-Region selectees Dawid Palac and Brandon Ceh led the men’s squad. Palac finished the race in fifth place with a time of 27:22, Ceh finished in 15th with a time of 28:36 and Thomas Cira finished in 17th with a recorded time of 28:42. The three male runners also will continue there seasons all three will compete in the NJCAA national championship in Fort Dodge, Iowa. “Palac had a tremendous race,” explained Horstmeyer. “His finish against a very strong field of top runners was awesome. Cira also came on strong at the end, as he bided his time and then

went for it.” Joining the men in Iowa will be two women in number one Skyway conference runner Aileen Gorman and Jessica Flores. The pair of first-year runners earned their bid for Iowa after an excellent showing in the Region IV tournament. Gorman finished in fourth with a time of 20:15. Gorman’s finish also earned her a spot on the All-Region IV team. Flores finished 21st in the race with a time of 22:24 in the 5k course. “Gorman ran a very smart race,” said Horstmeyer. “We’re really proud of all five of them. We’re really looking forward to competing at the national championships. Not many runners from community colleges or four-year institutions have the opportunity to run on the national stage. Competing in the national championship is something our runners will have for the rest of their lives and we are proud of their accomplishments.” The five runners will fasten their shoes and compete for the national championship on November 9th. Sean McDermott can be contacted at



Bright future ahead for soccer program By Sean McDermott Sports Editor The Cyclones were knocked out of the Region IV Qualifier in a heartbreaking way; they lost due to penalty kicks in a double overtime 0-0 to McHenry County College, ending the year with a 9-6-1 record. “You can take the loss in two ways,” explained head coach Chuck Bales. “Not having a goal scored on us shows that we played very good on the defensive side of the ball. It’s something we emphasis on. On the other side of the coin, not scoring obviously isn’t good.” The Cyclones’ season can be viewed as a positive one since they improved their overall play after a disappointing 2012 campaign. Bales’ squad improved their record by five wins, but they were competitive in every game except one against Morton College, in which they lost 5-1. “I am pleased with the season,” said Bales. “I felt like the team got back on track after last season and began to play like the old Cyclones of yester years. Our main goal this season was to get back to our winning ways and we did that.”

Defender Greg Healy (11) goes up against a driving opponent. [Thomas Adamo] The Cyclones had numerous players who received accolades. Steve Henry, Ranulfo Pantaleon, Patryk Paprocki and Chris Vidos were named to the All-Conference second team. Greg Healy, Joe Mastej, Lutth Tchitembo and Jordy Padilla were named to the first team All-Conference. Tchitembo and Padilla were also named to the All-Region IV. “The guys that received the accolades at the end of the season, stood out the most for

us,” said Bales. “I have to say that everyone on the team worked hard all year.” Every single player had their little moments that made them important to the team. We had excellent leadership.” One of the biggest keys to the successful season was the ability of the freshman to adapt to the fast level of play at the college level. Next season looks even more promising for the soccer club at Moraine VOLLEYBALL | from page 12 vision II in hitting percentage (.440). Yet another Cyclone player has reached the 1,000 mark this season. The Cyclones provided a rare feat getting two players to reach the 1,000-career assist mark in the same year (Curtis on Sept. 11 and Kentner on Oct. 5). Now, Gina Ryan has her name in the books, as she recorded her 1,000th assist on Oct. 19 against Rock Valley. “A kill is defined as an attack that touches nobody or just one player on the opponent’s side and ends in a point for the attacker’s team,” explained Coughlin. “Even though teams try to keep the ball away from defender, Gina Ryan, her amazing quickness and great court sense allows her to get to balls that would be out of range for many defenders. The fact that our 2 setters also have reached the 1,000 assist mark in their 2 seasons shows the strength, balance and efficiency of our team.”   The Cyclones took on McHenry County College to open up the Region IV playoffs and soundly defeated McHenry in three sets (25-9, 25-19, 25-20). Kentner led the team with 11 kills, two blocks, an ace, seven digs, and 14 assists. Kayla Manthei notched 13 digs in the victory at the Libero position. The win against McHenry gave the Cyclones their 30th win of the season, making the Cyclones 65-9 (19-0 in conference) in the last two seasons. Carrying a seven-game win streak with them, the Cyclones took care of Carl Sandburg College in four sets

Valley, as coach Bales will spend the entire offseason recruiting, trying to get the entire freshmen group back for another season and training in the new Health and Recreational Center in March. “As a program we always focus on getting the players back,” explained Bales. “I put a premium on getting players back because it’s not only good for the program, but it helps the individual players more.” The benefits for staying are monumental for the individuals due to the fact that…One, the Cyclones’ players have a better chance at continuing their playing careers at a university or four-year institution and two, the players will be training in the new recreation center, which Bales is thrilled about. “The new facility is fantastic,” said an overjoyed Bales. “We were really head and shoulders above other colleges before this, but now with the new facility we’re just shooting for the sky. The soccer team will be using it when it opens in March and you’ll see us at the facilities everyday.” Sean McDermott can be contacted at in the Region IV Semi-Final. The victory gave the scorching hot Cyclones a eighth consecutive victory and a spot in the Region IV Final Four, which takes place on Nov. 9. After the victory, Kentner was named the NJCAA Division II Player of the Week (Oct.28Nov.3). Kentner posted outstanding numbers in all categories of the game, which prompted the NJCAA Division II to hand her the honor. As the Cyclones’ continue to excel throughout the playoffs, Coughlin wanted to take the time and thank her peers. “I’d like to thank all the fans that have come out to cheer for us this season. Many people make those evenings possible from our awesome Athletic Trainer, Geoff Davis, to my line judges and scorers and of course, our announcer, Melanie Herman (HFC) who organizes all our Spirit Games and the fun Halloween game the other night,” said Coughlin. “Thanks to all of those that participated in the Costume contest.   The fans make it even more fun for our players at home games.  Please join us this Monday and Wednesday for Region playoffs at 6pm each night.” Hopefully the Cyclones can give Coughlin one more thing as the playoffs end, a NJCAA Championship. Coughlin is not only a great coach, but also a class act and one of the life changing coaches to players that is becoming scarce at the college level. Sean McDermott can be contacted at



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Farewell tour continues for Coughlin By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Once again the Moraine Valley volleyball squad defended their Illinois Skyway Conference title in the Skyway playoffs by beating Prairie State in three sets (25-13, 25-10, 2519). For the rest of the playoffs the Cyclones will play with extra motivation and heavy hearts, as Gloria Coughlin will be retiring as head coach of the women’s volleyball program at the end of this season. “It is time to retire,” said Coughlin. Coughlin started coaching at Moraine Valley 24 years ago. She has compiled a substantial record of 517-114 (according to as the women’s head coach and notched a 58-12 record for the short-lived men’s volleyball program (1997-2000), leading the men to the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball Association league championships in 1998 and 1999. Due to Coughlin’s success, she has been named Coach

of the Year five times and inducted into the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame in 2007. “I can honestly say that I still love this job,” explained Coughlin. “I love being in the gym with the players and watching them grow as athletes and young women. I’ll miss that, but I am looking forward to having my weeknights and weekends free to do whatever I want. I also have a new grandchild and I want to be available to watch him grow. I’m pretty sure my husband will be happy to have me around as well.” The Cyclones’ dominance led to some players earning accolades at the Skyway tournament. Kara Kentner, Gina Ryan, and Taylor Serrano were named to the ALL-Region IV and All-tournament team. Autumn Seiler and Joanna Curtis were also named to the AllTournament team. On the national level, Kentner is ranked number one in the NJCAA DiVOLLEYBALL page 11

Libero Kayla Manthei serves the ball Nov. 4 against McHenry County College. [Erica Sinnott]

Dave Howard takes over basketball program By Sean McDermott Sports Editor

Cyclone guard Kyle Ward will be one of the keys to success for Dave Howard’s squad. [Mike Frederiksen]

After finishing the 2012-13 season as the Region IV champions and NJCAA Division II runner-ups, the Cyclones come into the 2013-14 season with a new head coach, along with a new strategy and a group of new players. Former head coach Dedrick Shannon decided right after the heart-wrenching loss in the NJCAA Division II final to hang up his whistle and retire from coaching the program he rebuilt. The man who will be trying to fill the “big” shoes that Shannon left will be a former player who was a starter under Shannon’s reign, is David Howard. Howard was a phenomenal athlete who played at Whitney Young High School before going on to Waubonsee and Moraine Valley Community College. Unfortunately Howard suffered injuries, which derailed his playing career, but opened the door to the wonderful world of coaching. Howard was hired at the

right time, as the Cyclones entered the season ranked No. 12 in the first NJCAA Division II poll. The new strategy focuses on the Cyclones’ ability to use their basketball IQ and use a more mental approach in games. A normal Cyclones’ practice under Howard involves a good amount of conditioning training, a huge amount of emphasis on defense and drills. “My philosophy is to teach life throughout basketball,” explained Howard on the men’s basketball website. “I want the players prepared. I want them to work on the court and in the classroom and develop them as young men of high quality and character and top citizens as a whole. When they look back, I hope they think it was meaningful and that they learned to be disciplined and set goals.”
 The lone returnees of the Cyclones’ runner-up squad include all-conference guard Johnte Shannon, forward Des’nique Harris, Aussie guard Cameron Jullerat, forward Brett Kaiser, center Derrick Lynn and guard Kyle Ward. “I’m expecting these guys

to carry the load because they gave their blood, sweat and tears last year. They know what it takes,” Howard said on the men’s basketball website. “I’ll rely on them to push themselves and their teammates. This is the core group, but they can’t do it alone.” The Cyclones will sorely miss NJCAA AllAmerican forward Karrington Ward, who is starting on the upstart Eastern Michigan University program. With the core amount of returnees and solid recruiting class, Howard expects big things from his first Cyclones squad. The Cyclones didn’t start the year that Howard wanted, as Kishwaukee spoiled Howard’s first game as a collegiate coach with a 109-64 thumping of the Cyclones. The Cyclones were out coached and outplayed by Kishwaukee. Despite the sour beginning to the tenure of Howard, the Cyclones have only one way to go and that is up. Sean McDermott can be contacted at




Special Olympics celebrates 30th year By Amira Chafai Staff Writer Moraine Valley Community College celebrated the 30th anniversary for the Illinois Special Olympics program on Nov. 6. Cherished by students, faculty, and community members, this decades old event inspires and encourages persons and families living with disabilities. Participants from various community schools and students in the therapeutic recreation program competed in friendly games and activities that included strength, conditioning and teamwork exercises. Opening ceremonies began at 10 a.m. in the G Building beginning with the Athlete’s Oath from one of the participants. Once the ceremony was concluded, all at once, an excitement dawned on the crowd, all were anxious to get the show started. An array of events was ready across the crowded gym. Players had the opportunity to play at each station to the best of their ability. Activities ranged from soccer to basketball, and more than sixteen activities were all getting attention from the participants.

During each event, a professional DJ kept spirits up by playing upbeat music, including some fan favorites. The parents watched on as their children were intellectually as well as physically stimulated by the vast amount of games and fun activities. Coaches also looked on proudly as their students earned more and more points in different games. The one aspect that stood out about the players is that nobody could tell they had a disability from the way they laughed and played. That is what the Special Olympics are all about, allowing people to understand that with recreation, children with disabilities can increase their confidence and intellect. Not only were parents and community members involved, but local high school students as well. Volunteers are always welcome. Each Special Olympics event brings immense rewards to the athletes, coaches, volunteers and games management staff. By volunteering, individuals are able to witness compassion, respect, inclusion, acceptance, passion, and above all, humanity. Brittany, a volunteer from Amos Alonzo Stagg High School spoke about how much she enjoyed giving back to

Around 200 participants packed the Gym for the 30th Anniversary of the Illinois Special Olympics program at Moraine Valley Community College. [Erica Sinnott] her community by volunteering for events such as these. “When I was introduced to children with disabilities, it changed me in a drastic way. I really believe that children with disabilities should not be judged for what they lack but rather what they can give, and they have so

much love and kindness to give.” Lisa, a member of recreation and physical therapy, felt that the Special Olympics is a great way to have exposure to the amazing athletes, and “a great way to really get a hands on experience.” OLYMPICS | page 4

Moraine heads ‘Into the Woods’

‘Great Songs of Yesteryear’ By Dimka Atanassova Staff Writer

The Baker (Ryan Martinez) and The Baker’s Wife (Christina Pacini.) dialogue at MVCC’s “Into the Woods.” [Erica Sinnott] By Karina Junco Staff Writer Moraine Valley celebrated Halloween this year by hosting the hit Broadway show “Into the Woods”.

Directed by Moraine Valley’s Academic Theater Program Coordinator, Dr. Craig Rosen, “Into the Woods” premiered at the Dorothy Menker Theater October 31. This play is an original classic. The

story follows a Baker and his wife, and the hardships they must overcome when they encounter a witch and a spell is cast upon them. The Baker and his wife can’t conceive children unless WOODS | page 9

The well-anticipated cabaret-style show, Sentimental Journey: A Tribute to the Great Songs of Yesteryear, was packed to its capacity at the John and Angeline Oremus Theater on October 20, 2013. Produced by and featured as vocalist was Moraine Valley FPAC’s very own Managing Director, Tommy Hensel. This event is not a new tendency in the 20th milestone anniversary of FPAC; staff and faculty members sang, directed and exhibited on the stage of FPAC: Margaret Hafer, Michael Nedza, Sue Linn, Amie Granger, Didier Nolet, Dr. Annie Picard, Nicholas Thomas and the entire Music Department voice and instrument instructors showcasing their talents during the traditional Spring Faculty Show, to mention a few. The afternoon show featured another member of the Center’s artistic family, Douglas Bratt (on percussion), Associate Professor of Music at MVCC, as well as Kevin Fort, a Chicago-based composer with formidable technique on piano, and Patrick Mulcahy (on bass), the founding member of District 97 Chicago-based progressive band. Hensel has been director of FPAC for JOURNEY | page 14



Antidote revealed during zombie game By Gerardo Cruz Staff Writer

Students picked up their playing pieces for WWM in the Library. [Braelyn Zavala]

The great pumpkins

The winning pumpkins were announced on Thursday, October 31. [Erica Sinnott] By Erica Sinnott Photo Editor The Library’s annual pumpkin contest, which has been celebrated for over a decade, was a giant success this year. The Library made $670 raised by voting and buying pumpkins, which goes to the Library’s student scholarship fund. The money raised thrilled Library staff. Out of 21 entries, three pumpkins stood above the rest. First place was Wanda the Wandless Witch by Academic Services. Sustainably made by folks in the cashier’s office took second. Finally, paying homage to October being breast cancer awareness month, the Library’s nighttime circulation took third. Erica Sinnott can be contacted at

What would happen if a zombie pandemic happened at Moraine? One word: chaos! As part of the “One Book, One College Program,” Moraine Valley held its first ever WWM campus wide game. Prior to and during the last week of October, the library department hosted panel discussions in a variety of subjects, ranging from microbiology to geography, relating all of these different subjects to the book, “World War Z” by Max Brooks. This helped to gear up the campus for the anticipated zombie-outbreak. The game gave a real-life scenario of what could happen if an actual zombie outbreak occurred on the Moraine Valley campus. The game was simple; twenty students started off as zombies, identified by buttons, and were sent out to infect humans by handing out infection cards. Students had the opportunity to pick up the free playing pieces in the Library on October 21 and 22 before the game’s official start on Oct. 23. The game pieces included a human

and a zombie button, four infection cards, and a rule sheet with login information, so students could track the number of infections spread throughout campus online. At the beginning of the game, players had to wear their “human” buttons to indicate that they were playing the game and not infected. Once a student who had a zombie button was infected, (given an infection card), they then removed their “human” button and could infect others by handing out their infection cards. After the infected student handed out all of their cards, they could wear their zombie button. The student could then log onto the game website and report their zombie status. Outbreaks occurred in every building on the main campus, in the parking lot, and even at the Southwest and Blue Island Education Centers.Like any other major pandemic, there are always clues to the cure. Ten clues were given out, but the first person to find the antidote, Stephanie Duckett, only needed five. With the cure, penicillin, in hand, she let others know of the antidote on Facebook. WWM | page 7



Fun scarecrows show Blue Island spirit By Naimah Mitchell Staff Writer Residents of Blue Island joyously gathered on a rather frigid night for the 3rd annual Pumpkin Lighting Ceremony and Scarecrow Judging Contest, located at MetroSouth Park. The event took place between 6 to 8 p.m. on October 26. Residents of Blue Island entered their original scarecrows into the contest to be judged by the public, mainly in support of the Blue Island Park District. “I bring my children out here every year. My kids love it,” stated an excited Joy Haynes, 33. “I attend most of the Blue Island sponsored events to support my city.” The 13 scarecrows, highlighted the diverse talent the residents of Blue Island possess. One scarecrow resembled a minion from the hit movie “Despicable Me;” another was dressed as a stuffed dog sporting handmade baseball gear. Some of the scarecrows were atypical; one was dressed as a monster-baby hybrid, and another had on an African mask with a Macklemore approved thrift sweater. Two of the scarecrows were decked out in Moraine Valley spirit apparel.

Students of ART 110 at the Blue Island center set up their scarecrows for the Pumpkin Lighting Ceremony at MetroSouth Park in time for the Halloween season. [Provided] Voters were allowed to elect as many scarecrows as they favored. After voting closed, the votes per scarecrow were tallied up. The winner was the minion scarecrow

from “Despicable Me,” the most popular among the kids. “The event was very welcoming. I loved that it was family oriented,” said Shawn Phelps, 20.

At the end of the contest, the ceremony began, and two pumpkins were lit as residents gathered around and captured photos. Rita Pacyga, coordinator of the event, made some announcements and handled the pumpkin lighting, and the crowd erupted into applause shortly after. “Everything went smoothly and as planned. Everyone seemed to have a good time,” proclaimed Pacyga. Visitors were served complimentary treats – hot chocolate with marshmallows and cookies – perfect introductions into cold weather season. “Judging by the amount of hot chocolate left, there were approximately 50 people that attended,” said Pacyga. Pacyga gives credit to the assistance of “Girl Scouts and Meadows Golf Course” for making the event possible. She’s looking forward to hosting this event again next year. All of the scarecrows were on display for viewing through Halloween at MetroSouth Park, across from the Moraine Valley Education Center in Blue Island. Naimah Mitchell can be contacted at

4 World’s Fair for 30th Annual Senior Event

All participants received prizes for their participation efforts [Jayne Joyce] By Jayne Joyce Views Editor Beginning in 1987, Moraine’s Recreation Therapy/Managment project continued the legacy serving older adults. For a few hours, Building M traveled back to the 1933 Chicago Worlds Fair for the 30th Annual Senior Event. As participants entered on October 17th, they were greeted by walls adorn with flags from around the world and signs welcoming all to the memorable event. For the past 30 years, students from

the Recreation Therapy/Recreation Management program invite over 100 older adults every year from the community to participate in a variety of unique activities. Recreation Therapy/Management coordinator, Donna McAuley see this annual event as a vital leanr opportunity for the student. “The planning involves coming up with a theme, decorations, activity ideas, and the process involved in seeking donations for food and prizes. This skill of knowing how to plan, implement, and evaluate a special event will be a part of the students future professional duties,” explained McCauley. This year the students lead poker, golfing, bowling, and a magic show among many other activities as well in addition to serving a full lunch provided by donations from local restaurants. Students, staff, and participants all engaged with one another and received positive feedback from this experience. “The event was well planned, visually attractive with all the decorations while offering a meaningful challenge and fun for all participants. We look forward to this event and can’t wait for next year,” said Diane Giglio Life Enrichment Director at Providence

Health Care. Student Agata Kuruc was most proud of her contribution to the decoration was a magic box that took her over two hours to make. “I’ve never done anything like this before. I had to do something I’ve never thought I would be involved with and it was very rewarding because I saw a lot of smiles from the participants during the magician show,” said Kuruc. For some students like Tiffany Parker, serving the participants had a very personal meaning. Said Parker, “Interacting with the seniors today has been refreshing, enlightening and encouraging. Witnessing the their interactions with various games, receiving awards for accomplishing awards, and celebrating is truly amazing. My grandparents are gone and I viewed this opportunity as an extension of serving my family.” Overall the students bonded and celebrated their hard work and success. “Our donors were very generous and supportive of our cause. It was a huge group effort and an all overall fun and successful event,” said Chris Kalleris. Jayne Joyce can be contacted at views@


OLYMPICS | from front page As the Olympics drew to a close, many participants were sad to go, because they were leaving the place that set judgments aside and allowed to play with a great attitude. This anniversary of this year’s Special Olympics put a smile on everyone’s faces from the eager winners of the intense challenges, through their parents and coaches who knew all along they could do it. If anyone is interested in volunteering at an event, please visit Amira Chafai can be contacted at

A volunteer plays a game with one of the many inspiring athletes. [Erica Sinnott]



Participants get festive at Halloween Hustle By Naimah Mitchell Staff Writer In the spirit of the Halloween season, Moraine Valley’s aptly named “Halloween Hustle” took on the weather for a fun event around the main campus. The five-mile run/walk, sponsored by the Health and Fitness Center, took staff, students, members of the Health and Fitness Center, and guests around the perimeter of the campus. Runners

dashed around the campus twice, while walkers trekked around only once. A total of 80 people came out for the event on October 19, which lasted from 9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Unlike other races that promote a competitive environment, the Health and Fitness Center encouraged friendly competition among all participants. Although the skies were overcast and the temperature barely surpassed the mid-40s, the weather did not deter par-

ticipants from successfully completing the race. “I’ve ran in many races across the country in all types of weather. True runners won’t let something as minor as weather ruin [a race] for them,” stated runner John Sims, 31. Check-in began promptly at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot between buildings C and D. Some runners and walkers formed a line earlier than the check-in time to ensure they had an advantage in

Despite the cold, and while sporting ghoulish socks, this runner took part in the Halloween Hustle around the Moraine Valley campus. [Erica Sinnott] the race. “I got out here as early as possible because I knew there would be lots of people in attendance. Since the race was free, I knew people were going to take full advantage. I mean, who doesn’t love free events?” exclaimed runner Jessica Hartman, 24. The race began between buildings C and D and at 9:15 a.m., the race was fully under way. Everyone started the race at the same time, but runners were up front and walkers were in the back. Runners and walkers were placed into categories based on their age group and gender. At the conclusion of the race, the male and female winners from each category were announced. In total, there were 20 winners. Each winner took home a prize of an all expense paid one-month membership to the current Health and Fitness Center. However, no one left the walk/run empty-handed. Each participant received prizes simply for completing the race. The prizes were an aluminum bottle and a one-day pass to the Health and Fitness Center. Raffle winners were also announced. Cathy Nolan, program coordinator for the Health and Fitness Center, said the event was a success. “This year’s Halloween Hustle was fabulous. Everything went very smooth, from the many participants pre-registered and the many participants registering that morning all the way to the fabulous winners – all participants are winners – crossing the finishing line.” Naimah Mitchell can be contacted at



Richards High School takes the cupcake By Naimah Mitchell Staff Writer

High school students from the southwest suburbs got their hands covered in sprinkles, icing, and other confectionery goodies as they worked to create cupcakes for the Halloween Cupcake Decorating Competition. On October 24, the contest, sponsored by the Culinary Arts Department, was held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the culinary kitchen of the M building. Students were tasked with creating original Halloween themed cupcake designs. However, there was a catch; students were not aware of the confectionery they would use to decorate their cupcakes. This made the contest fair and ensured that students could not plan their designs out beforehand. Rose Deneen, coordinator of the contest and instructor of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts, believed that the students worked hard despite not knowing what materials they’d be working with. “It was amazing how well all of the students did on creating their cupcakes, especially since they did not know ahead of time what kinds of can-

dy and/or food supplies would be here, so many were super creative,” Deneen commended. Participating high schools were Alan B. Shepard High School, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Argo Community High School, Carl Sandburg High School, Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Harold L. Richards High School, Hillcrest High School, Oak Forest High School, Reavis High School, and Victor J. Andrew High School. These particular schools were chosen in an effort to interest southwest suburban students in the Culinary Arts Department’s new Baking and Pastry two year degree program. Three students from each participating high school constituted one group. Each student from each group had to create six cupcakes with an original design on it. Therefore, each team created a total of 18 cupcakes for judging. The judging panel consisted of Mike O’Shea, assistant professor and program coordinator of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Geena Abbot and Lori Parett from Cakewalk Chicago in Beverly, and a student pastry chef. While students were hard at work creating the cupcakes, judges were not able to see the teams at work, nor were

Judges were presented a blind vote at the cupcake contest. [Kristin Schraer] the teams able to see each other. Points were awarded based on the creative and original use of the ingredients supplied. A student in the contest, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “The contest was really enjoyable. It really sparked my interest more in baking – I kind of want to bake in college now.” Recalling the atmosphere of the contest, Deneen stated it was “friendly and

lots of fun, but definitely competitive.” Ultimately, the team with the highest points was Richards High School of Oak Lawn, who won a witch’s hat design and a wolf design. Each team member received a gift bag filled with Moraine Valley products and a certificate. Naimah Mitchell can be contacted at



WWM | from page 2 However, the findings of the cure did not prompt a major decrease in the number of infections. In fact, the numbers of students infected both increased and decreased, due to misinformation and doubts that the cure was so easily accessed. Troy Swanson, the Department chair of Library/Learning resources, stated the game had “the largest participation in the past recent events.” He also saw this game to be beneficial in the academic standpoint because the faculty used

the book in a variety of subtopics. “The library department is a bridge to the curriculum infrastructure, and its great to see all the departments playing a role that helps connect them with the students and faculty.” The process to set-up the game took a whole year to review and approve by the administration. However, with the support of faculty and clubs such as the Honors Program and Student Activities, the game was a success, with over 400 and more students and faculty taking part.

With the help of other departments, such as IT, which helped to build and design the website, and Marketing, which helped spread the word about the game, everyone had a huge role in a game that took quite a while to build. Unfortunately, the game was only a one-time thing for the fall program, but students and faculty should not be discouraged, because more fun activities are expected to take place next semester. Gerardo Cruz can be contacted at cruzg26@

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 974-4377. 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.



Music club fills student lounge with fright By Erica Sinnott Photo Editor

For the third year, music club hosted their haunted house for a good cause. The Haunted House was open during October 29 to the 31 during the day, with nighttime hours for the community on the 30 to bring out more frights. Of their own will, participants ventured into the various rooms, including the demonic child, butcher shop, witch’s den, and Egyptian tomb. Participants paid $3 to enter, which benefitted Moraine Valley’s food pantry. However, many people in the Moraine Valley community were simply generous, providing a donation. While some of the donations were spare change, others donated as much as $10. The final total was $297.89. Club advisor Tammi Carlson said, “Despite how we grumble, it’s in good fun. The hard work we put into this is what makes everything worth it. Seeing the people go through to enjoy it, plus helping a good cause, is enough reward in and of itself.” This year, music club did something they never did before: they allowed

Music club President, Jessica Pyrkowski, was the main attraction of the Haunted House in the wicked witch’s den. [Erica Sinnott] students not in music club to help be scarers. Scarer Anthony Desmond said, “Overall, it was a great experience. I had so much fun and everybody was so easy to work with. I’m glad they made me feel so welcome into a group where I’m not a member.” While some people acted bored, many others got into it. In the demonic child room, she would say, “Will you be my new toy?” While most ignored her,

a few good sports played patty-cake or catch with her. Some of them even stayed in a few minutes until the next victims came in. Other people who got into it were those who were genuinely scared. While leaving, one participant could be overheard saying, “For $3, I thought it would be pretty bad. I actually got scared a few times!” President Jessica Pyrkowski added, “This is a great bonding experience for

all of us. We not only have fun in the haunted house, but during set up and tear down. It makes new friendships and strengthens existing ones.” Everyone from faculty to students to music club agreed this year was a success. Hopefully the Moraine Valley Community will see this for many more years to come. Erica Sinnott can be contacted at photo@


WOODS | from front page they bring a piece of gold hair, a golden shoe, a white cow, and a red cape to the witch in three days before midnight to break the spell. Combining various theater elements, this dark comedy musical incorporates fantastic re-imaginations of classic storybook characters Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Ridinghood, and Rapunzel. Each character is pursuing a different personal quest, and each one has a different goal revealed in the first act. Cinderella wants to attend the ball with a handsome prince and she doesn’t want him finding out she is a simple maid. Jack is forced to sell his white cow to the Baker because she doesn’t produce milk anymore. Little Red Ridinghood is attempting to visit her sick grandmother. All the while, Rapunzel is being held captive in a tower by her adoptive mother, the witch. Each character has a different personal agenda, but all of the stories are connected. At the end of the first act, all of the characters find a ‘happily ever after’ ending. Cinderella marries the prince and her stepsisters go blind. Jack defeats a giant and steals a gold hen and a gold harp from the giant’s home. The Baker and his wife collect all the supplies for the witch and the witch removes their

Entertainment curse. The witch uses the supplies to transform into a beautiful woman and Rapunzel is rescued by her prince and finds true love. The characters couldn’t be happier, or so we thought. As the second act begins, we see the problems that come after ‘happily ever after’; the characters are not out of the woods yet! In Act II, the giant comes down a magic beanstalk and kills half the town. Cinderella and Rapunzel lose their princes. The Baker’s wife and Jack’s mother both die. In the end, the characters have to work Moraine Valley together to defeat the giant. The story uses dark comedy and music to give the audience a full theatrical experience. The ending presents basic moral values about respect and community. Renowned playwrights Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine wrote the

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student actors perform a song and choreography number from ‘Into the Woods’ at the Dorothy Menker Theater. [Erica Sinnott] original script and music for “Into the Woods”. Touring Broadway in the late eighties, it won several Tony awards upon its debut. After opening night, performances continued on through the weekend until the final showing on November 3.

Moraine Valley production staff, stage crew, orchestra and actors all put on a great performance to make this play a huge success. Karina Junco can be contacted at



New beginning for ‘Ender’s Game’ By Ciara Barnett Copy Editor When I first saw the coming attraction for “Ender’s Game”, I assumed it might be a real life video game action film similar to “Tron”. Based on the book of the same name, which was released in 1985, the original short story of “Ender’s Game” started out in a magazine issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Author Orson Scott Card wrote a number of articles for the magazine, and eventually transformed his collection of articles into a book. The novel received numerous awards and positive reactions. The movie, however, left out important details. Taking place in the year 2058, an alien species called the Formics attack Earth. Flash forward a few years, young Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is playing a hand held video game in which he beats the school bully Stilson. A fight breaks out, resulting in Ender violently beating up the bully. Secretly watching are Colonial Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and Major Gwen An-

Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) stares out into space. [Summit Entertainment] derson (Viola Davis) from the International Fleet. They visit the Wiggin family and convince Ender to join Battle School. Throughout Battle School, Ender excels at various tests and joins the Sala-

mander Army. His Graduation Day test takes place near the Formics old planet, where Ender destroys his competition. “Ender’s Game” was visually appealing yet I felt the characters were not fully developed. Throughout the movie,

scenes showed the characters claiming a certain trait, but ended up doing the complete opposite. This gave the viewer confusion as to what the characters’ purpose was. I felt many characters had to explain what was going on, rather than the director taking the time (and money) to visually show the scenes to the audience. Understanding that this “game simulation” or war was all in Ender’s mind, I felt this didn’t adapt well to the screen. In the book, Ender starts out in Battle School at the age of 6, not as the fourteen year-old portrayed in the movie. The movie adaption left out many major plot points, such as the importance of Ender’s siblings. Perhaps if I had read the book before seeing the movie, I would’ve been able to visualize Ender’s “game” in my mind. With the added twist of the virtual simulation, the overall story was interesting enough. However, this seemed to be just another movie with aliens versus Earth. Though I did enjoy the movie, it’s not worth five stars. Ciara Barnett can be contacted at

‘Reflektor’ takes the top spot By Sean Cassidy Staff Writer Amongst the many highlights in the music scene this year, there was perhaps no album more anticipated by the general indie rock audience than the latest addition to Arcade Fire’s already profound lineup of LP’s, “Reflektor”. The Montreal-based indie rock kingpins have stained the music scene in leaps and bounds following the release of their first full-length and widely acclaimed album, “Funeral”, in 2004. They are again, as any good band inadvertently does, pushing boundaries and changing the direction of their sound. A much more groove-oriented record produced by the late LCD Soundsystem’s front man James Murphy at DFA Records, “Reflektor” is spotted with disco-influenced sounds most notably seen on their single “Reflektor”. Also, there should be no negligence of the obvious compatibility of the two artists, being that they both have an incredible knack for manifesting introverted emotions in their work, not to mention their mutual friendship that naturally allows a gelling of collaboration.

Arcade Fire’s new album cover for ‘Reflektor’. [Universal Music Group] What was unveiled at the release of the album, “Reflektor”? A much more obviously dramatic and dynamic sound accompanied with more barefaced lyrics than Arcade Fire is known to put forth.

The new lyrical venture and reformation of sound might be attributed to Murphy’s taste for bold protrusions of emotion; something he often accompanies with blatant noise. This foreign aggressiveness is so ob-

viously evident on their track “Normal Person” and slightly less so with “Joan of Arc” – both much heavier than their traditional sound. The remainder of tracks is submissive to a well-executed use of synthesizer, bringing about a nostalgic sound strikingly similar to that of David Bowie with tracks such as “We Exist”. The album concludes with a complimenting blend of the influences ridden throughout the album with the track “Supersymmetry”. In its entirety, the album really does achieve in propelling Arcade Fire into its own caliber of music once again. Though not so abstract from the past releases in lyrical composure, the album really sets itself apart in its vast array of sounds and that fact cannot be emphasized enough. The pushing of sound boundaries, collaboration with one of the largest names in their field and a rather contrasting double album undoubtedly creates a defining listen with the capacity to satisfy anyone’s music pallet. The only negative side to such a successful album is that Arcade Fire won’t be visiting Chicago anytime soon. They are currently on a European tour. Sean Cassidy can be contacted at



Johnny Knoxville is the worst Grandpa ever By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor “Bad Grandpa” dominated the box office with its release October 25 taking first place and raking in $32 million. Standing almost unrecognizable in full costume makeup, Johnny Knoxville plays a very convincing and inappropriate elderly man. Child actor Jackson Nicoll plays the supporting lead character Billy, Irving’s quiet and impressionable grandson. “Bad Grandpa” bears all the marks of a traditional “Jackass” movie, but introduces one element of film that its creators have yet to utilize: a plot. The movie begins as Irving has just suffered the loss of his wife. To be honest, “suffered” is a bit too strong a word. Her death serves as Irving’s main inspiration to pursue any and every woman that crosses his path. At his wife’s funeral, his daughter asks him to escort his eight-year-old grandson Billy to live with his father in Raleigh, NC pending her incarceration. He agrees, reluctantly, and sets forth on a journey across the country in his giant turquoise ‘81 Lincoln Continental. Lead character Irving Zisman was first introduced at the end of the final season for the MTV series “Jackass”. The character has given a few appear-

Drunk and passed out, Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) is escorted via shopping cart by his grandson Billy. [Dickhouse Productions] ances in subsequent Jackass movies, but “Bad Grandpa” gives Irving a story that is all his own. The plot is relatively unimportant to the movie. The story does little more than occupy time in-between slapstick gags. Irving and Billy continue across the U.S. playing pranks on unsuspecting contributors. The movie parodies the style of Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat”. On the other hand, the film’s tone is different from that of Cohen’s. Where Cohen seems to have the inten-

tion of ridiculing people in his movies, Knoxville has more of a “Candid Camera” approach. In the ending credits you get to see how people react when they find out they are being filmed. The disguise Knoxville uses is a remarkable example of professional costume make-up. This film captures people in an extremely vulnerable state, and the reactions are very revealing. You can look at “Bad Grandpa” as a series of crude practical jokes, or as a sociological experiment. The movie

is, in many ways, pure improvisation. The creators deserve credit for their ingenuity; the film gives an interesting perspective on society. That being said, I personally could have gone without that hour and a half spent in the theater. While the movie was good for a few quick dispersed laughs, it went stale very quickly. Two out of five stars. William Lukitsch can be contacted at



Best Coast releases new EP ‘Fade Away’ By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor Over the past four years, the California based duo Best Coast has gained a reputable presence in the indie-rock scene. Their newest release, “Fade Away”, marks another notch on the belt of the young rock front woman Bethany Cosentino and her multi-instrumentalist band mate Bobb Bruno. Best Coast kicked off their early singles with a heavy garage band sound: pure lo-fi and high distortion. Songs are voiced by lyrics that hold a sort of meaningful simplicity. The EP “Make You Mine”, released in 2009, is a great example, expressing the lo-fi style that is much heavier than their more recent releases. Their breakout album, “Crazy For You”, was recorded under the label Mexican Summer featuring the popular single “Boyfriend”. The band re-hashed its style while cleaning up the sound a bit making it easier to put on the airwaves. When “The Only Place” came out in 2012, it showed a different side of the indie pair. It was a bit more like surf pop than surf rock. In her own words,

Best Coast’s ‘Fade Away’ album cover, a foggy skyline. [Jewel City] Cosentino tells fans “I was stressed and emotionally worn out, and so tired from touring. I felt like I was losing my mind. That record is very bi-polar and

has a lot of weirdness in it.” It seems as if Best Coast has found it’s sound with “Fade Away”. Poppy surf rock beats, distorted power chords and

reverb heavy vocals give the album a sound that holds a gritty tone that isn’t diminished by the bounds of a low-fidelity recording. The mini album is home to only seven tracks, but songs like “This Lonely Morning” and the title track “Fade Away” feature anomalous song structure that deviate from earlier albums. This release shows fans that the surfrock garage band indie duo is experimenting while still staying true to their roots, redefining the sound that is their trademark. Cosentino describes the new release as “It’s kind of like if you took ‘Crazy For You’ and ‘The Only Place’ and created a baby out of them — that’s what Fade Away is. It’s not super lo-fi and DIY sounding, but it’s not too produced either.” Fade Away is the first album released under Cosentino’s own new label Jewel City. Releasing under their own name, this highly inspired rock group has already begun recording another album that is scheduled for release in Spring of 2014. William Lukitsch can be contacted at



Murph’s Gift of Music at Bourbon St. ‘The Caliber

of a Woman’ By Ciara Barnett Copy Editor

A Week Back and Friends perform on main stage of 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, Ill. [William Lukitsch] By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor Michael J. Murphy was an ordinary neighborhood guy with an extraordinary talent and an admirable dedication to his life’s passion: music. Murphy started taking guitar lessons at The Music School in Oak Lawn when he was only ten years old. In 2002, he began teaching at the very same establishment that he learned from. Over the course of his life, Murphy developed many influential relationships with the students and co-workers that he knew. “Murph was a well-liked guy. He was a great teacher- very patient… You could tell he really cared about his stu-

dents and they all appreciated that.” says John Ciciora, fellow instructor at The Music School. Sadly, Murphy’s life ended on June 6 of 2008 when he was killed by a hit and run driver. He was only 31 years old. Murphy made a huge impression on the community that he hailed from. He was well known for his collaborations with fellow local musicians such as The Larkin and Moran Brothers’ and A Week Back. He was also a member of the band Leave where he produced his original tracks. Their album “On a Happy Note” was featured on local Chicago FM station 93.1 WXRT. Murphy finished the last song on that album just days before

his death. For the third time since Murphy passed, Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park hosted the Michael J. Murphy Scholarship Fund. This charity organization is dedicated to providing adequate musical instruction and instruments for under privileged youth throughout our community. This year, donations provided 46 scholarships to kids of southern Cook County, adding to the grand total of 130 students over the course of this charity’s existence. Organized by his mother Mary Ann Murphy, along with the help of local friends and family members, this event has been a strong community gathering since 2009. It receives monetary donations from the community as well as sponsorship from various businesses. “We want to be able to continue to provide this opportunity for kids that can benefit from it.” said Mary Ann Murphy. Contributors of the benefit were given the opportunity to participate in silent auction, basket raffles, and a top grand prize raffle of $2000. The event offered entertainment, beer and food for just $30. Four local bands, Coyote Riot, The Chancey Brothers, The Larkin & Moran Brothers, and A Week Back and Friends played to contribute to the great cause this charity stands for. The Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society of the Chicago Police Department marched through the venue in-between band sets, playing traditional Irish bagpipes, horns and drums, honoring the late Michael J. Murphy. The Michael J. Murphy Scholarship Fund organizes this benefit every two years, and holds a golf outing in the off year. Monetary donations as well as instruments are accepted year round. For more information on how you can donate to this great cause, visit William Lukitsch can be contacted at

Determination is the one of the most important qualities humans can possess and in “The Caliber of a Woman,” main character Simone shines with it. Written by Barbara Giles-Tillman, this book tells a story of a woman who faces many trials and tribulations throughout life, but she remains determined to succeed. Simone’s experiences consist of things most people can’t bear to view on television or in movies. Ranging from witnessing molestation to becoming a young widow, Simone is still able to find hope in her life. While the book is entirely fiction, the author stated that everything written down had happened to her. While reading this book, I had some trouble picturing scenes and keeping the characters in order. The story and overall idea of the novel is inspirational and gives hope to those also struggling with the past. But for someone who reads a lot, this book did not flow. It’s easy to understand that a first time author would have trouble describing settings. I feel like Giles-Tillman just needed to write her experience down so she could move on from it; perhaps a form of therapy. I recommend this book because the story was good and inspiring. Reading about someone else’s issues always helps us put our own problems into perspective, and allows us to ask the question: are these even life changing dilemmas? While it is easy to let the negative in your life consume you, Giles-Tillman’s character Simone can help other women see the bigger picture: it doesn’t matter what you go through, it matters what you can make out of the overall journey. Ciara Barnett can be contacted at

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14 JOURNEY | from front page 6 years, as well as a professional actor, singer, and stage manager. His more than 25-year artistic portfolio includes director of the Shakespeare In The Park festival; artistic director of a theater in New Hampshire; coproducer of the annual Cabaret By The Sea festival in Ogunquit, Maine; acting at Davenports and the Drury Lane Water Tower; and singing at Chicago Cultural Center. Hensel’s singing partner in the romantic journey through melodious style songs from 1930’s-40’s movies and musicals that have been performed by legendary singers and actors such as Ann McGregor, a Chicago area singer and actress. The duo’s opening number was the 1944 popular “Sentimental Journey” song, the unofficial homecoming theme for WWII veterans. The intricate plot of random meeting, dates, separation, longing, and happy ending started with “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, a swing tune recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and featured in the 1941 movie “Sun Valley Serenade”. Hensel and McGregor displayed the delicate nature of mid-aged individuals’ sustained hopes and yearnings in the 1941 jazz standard, “Skylark”, by Johnny Mercer. This premier Hollywood lyricist and prolific composer (he authored 1,500 songs) was featured in a picnic setting with “I’m Old Fashioned” (1942) and “Too Marvelous for Words”; a production number in a musical revue on Broadway and in the 1937 film “Ready, Willing and Able”. Both performers expressed the sophisticated lyrics and synchronized with the tune admirably. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were featured in “This Can’t be Love”, a show tune and popular song from their musical “The Boys from Syracuse”. The entire repertoire of the cabaret show consisted of extremely popular yesteryear songs that have been performed by Judy Garland, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett, among others, and those immense artistic figures raised the audience’s expectations higher. Hensel and McGregor dazzled them, however, with their compelling musicianship in duos and solos. Aside from their individual appearances, they entertained the fans with their enthralling renditions of Gershwin’s song “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off”, written for the 1937 film “Shall We Dance?”. It evoked the famous Fred Astaire’s and Ginger Rogers’ dance on roller skates. The anticipated happy ending was chosen to be a 1945 major hit, “It’s Been a Long, Long Time”, which welcomes home one’s beloved. Tommy Hensel delivered it in solo with ap-


preciation and tone quality. This was followed by a medley of popular songs associated with tourist attractions and perfect settings for honeymoons such as China, London, Paris, Manhattan, San Francisco, Chicago, and Managua, Nicaragua – all title songs from musicals, films, or pop-standards. At

the end, the couple split the differences with their flawless rendition of “It Happened in Monterrey”, the long lasting standard from Universal’s 1930 feature film “King of Jazz” and sailed away for eternal happiness with the encore “As Time Goes By”, famous from the 1942 movie, “Casablanca”.

Overall, Hensel and McGregor showcased their marked artistic abilities. Due to popular demand, their Sunday Salon show series will be repeated on March 9, 2014 at FPAC. Dimka Atanassova can be contacted at


Career Corner


Internship employer panel gives insight By Erica Sinnott Photo Editor

While many people may know Moraine Valley has a Job Resource Center, (JRC) they are unaware of the mission statement: “Our goal is to connect students, alumni, and community members with job and internship opportunities.” They did this by hosting a discussion on job internships. Of the six on the discussion panel, there were both employers and interns. It was beneficial having both because employers could inform participants what they were looking for in an intern and how they are helpful; interns could tell participants benefits they received out of being an intern. For people interested in interning, were able to hear both sides. The first topic discussed was the benefits. For an intern, benefits are gaining field experience, getting contacts in the field, have a sense of positive self worth, and prove capabilities. For employers, new ideas, energy, seeing potential employees, and having new life restored in the company are only a few of the benefits of having an intern. Once someone obtains the intern-

ship, there is still a lot to learn. For instance, it is always important to look at the big picture; an intern should see where they fit in the company. Another thing interns should do is show commitment. “If you show up early, leave late, and work 110%, you are more likely to get noticed,” said Eileen Kerlin-Walsh. While some may have an internship, there are things that can leave a negative impact on their employers. Gossiping, only listening to the boss, and not owning up to your mistakes are things that can terminate your internship. Not only that, the chance of getting hired or a referral greatly diminishes. All of the people who have internships commented how much it helped them. It was agreed that an intern gets experience in their desired field. Even if the internship is unsuccessful, they should remember that having an internship under their belt gives them an edge above the rest. Not only that, if someone applies for a job where they interned, their potential employer already knows their face and how they work. Aside from giving tips on internships, tips were also given on inter

The three esteemed panel members of the Student and Employer Internship panel: Eileen Kerlin-Walsh, Barbara Dardeen, and Laura Braun. [Erica Sinnott] views. According to Laura Braun, “Although it seems common sense, you would be surprised how many students come in looking unprofessional, late or are rude. Your first impression goes a long way.” In order to be eligible for an internship through the job resource center, those interested must be a Moraine student for a minimum one semester, have a 2.0 GPA or higher, be a student of good standing, and can legally work in America.

There are more JRC workshops coming up for the remainder of the semester, which are free for enrolled students. More major events will be scheduled for the upcoming spring semester. More information on the JRC can be found in their office, S202, online by emailing or by calling (708) 974- 5737. Erica Sinnott can be contacted at photo@



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Once upon a time...

photospread by Erica Sinnott ...strangers’ paths crossed, taking them “INTO THE WOODS” (Social page 1)

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