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T-Building ceremony announced The redesigned T-building includes a data center and classrooms for the fire science program

By David Alexander Staff Writer The official ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly remodeled and renovated T Building of Moraine Valley Community College’s main building will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26. This was part of the briefing provided by Dr. Pamela Haney, Vice President of Academic Af-

President Sylvia Jenkins announced Moraine Valley’s recognition as a 2012 Tree Campus USA member. [Erica Sinnott]

fairs at the Feb. 20 Board of Trustees meeting held in the D Building of the college’s main campus in Palos Hills. The newly renovated building includes classrooms for the fire science program and a 360-degree glass paneled panoramic data center that serves as a virtualization hub. In other highlights of the meeting, the Board of Trust-

ees was told that overall the number of students enrolling for the Spring 2013 semester was up, with the Blue Island and other satellite campuses recording 35 percent increases, but the number of full time students enrolling (these are students who generally tend to be more retainable) went down. In addition, the number of older students who enrolled

for this semester was at a five year high. Moraine Valley was also recognized as a 2012 Tree Campus USA member by the environmentalist group, Arbor Day Foundation. Moraine Valley’s President, Sylvia Jenkins said the letter of recognition from Arbor Day was in recognition of the college’s desire to make T-BUILDING | page 5

JRC hosts Mock Interview Day 3 compete By Jerry Rodgers Staff Writer

Their resumes may be flawless and their credentials impeccable, but job candidates are still faced with a critical test: the interview. Eye contact, a firm handshake, clear spoken speech and pronunciation, excellent posture, and of course confidence. These are some of the most vital skills that make for a great job interview. The mock interview provided a practical set up for every student that was interviewed by a panel of job employers. The program is designed to help students expand their interview skills in order for them to be equipped for job placement and real jobs after they graduate from their respective colleges. The Job Resource Center holds one of their signature events, Mock Interview Day, every semester. It offers JRC | page 5 students the ability to practice interviewing skills with experienced professionals. [Mike Frederiksen]

Cyber security featured in national video By Anne Parker Managing Editor The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) at Moraine Valley Com-

munity College in a video that is nationally available. The video was released on the NSF website on Jan. 28 and is part of Science Nation—a video series commissioned by the NSF Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.

The video is also available on the PBS NewsHour website, local community TV stations in the U.S. and on the NSF STEM video portal Science360-The Knowledge Network. The video centers on the success of students in the cyber security field,

and those who utilize their skills in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions. During these competitions, around ten teams are protecting and defending large simulated networks from the “bad guys,” managed by CYBER | page 8

for board position By Phil A. Bianco News Editor April 9 is fast approaching and that means that the race for Moraine Valley’s Board of Trustees is in full swing. As was reported in the last issue of The Glacier, four seats on Moraine’s Board of Trustees are up for grabs in this year’s election. But the focus of this article is on the three candidates running for a twoyear term. They are: current trustee Andrea Ramirez-Justin; Joseph A. Skibinski; and Tom Cunningham. It should be noted that everybody within Moraine Valley’s district can vote for the Board on April 9 at their local polling place. Cunningham, who currently works as a relator, hopes to carry voters from his hometown of Orland Park. Growing up in Evergreen Park before settling in Orland Park with his family, Cunningham has been a community member his whole life. The realtor is an advocate of fiscal responsibility. His whole motivation for running is to make sure that the taxBOARD | page 6

IN THIS ISSUE ENTERTAINMENT Thodos Chicago pays a visit to Moraine Valley’s FPAC. SOCIAL PAGE 7

SPORTS Cyclones geared up for region IV playoffs. PAGE 12

FEATURES Dr. Lance Williams talk about Hip-Hop and the mass media. SOCIAL PAGE 1


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Contributing Staff David Alexander Julius Allen Bryan Anderson Chantise Bennett Tiffany Coleman Andrew Duarte Frank Gogola Abbas Haleem Ruba Ibrahim Josh Johnson Karolina Kawalko Nada Omer Stephanie Oster Jerry Rodgers Erica Sinnott Lucy Welsh Special Contributors Bill Droel - Campus Minister Taylor Geraghty- Student Trustee

L Building becomes college central By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor Moraine invited representatives from over 31 colleges or universities for the Private Illinois Colleges and Universities (PICU) event in the L Building. Representatives from various colleges and universities lined the halls of the L Building on Feb. 20 for close to three-hours. Each representative sat patiently awaiting curious Moraine students. “It was a great event and we were able to inform a lot of students about

Financial Aid and answer plenty of questions regarding transferring to a four-year college or university,” said Kathy Lelo, a member of Moraine Valley’s Financial Aid Department. Based on an earlier issue of The Glacier, the top three colleges or universities Moraine students transfer to include: Governors State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Saint Xavier University. It was no surprise that the top three colleges or universities’ tables were overloaded with questions about financial aid, transfer

Student Trustee Corner | Taylor Geraghty

Hello Moraine Valley, and I hope February has been good to you thus far. I am nearing the last few articles before I graduate from Moraine…it’s a bittersweet feeling, but I am definitely ready. Today I want to talk about outside influences. Do you think that the people, music, and entertainment that surround you are a good influence to you? Do you think that you can be influenced at all? I know that for me personally, I try to always surround myself with people that will affect me in a positive way. When I notice that something is affecting me negatively, I try to eliminate it. I sometimes hear people say that they aren’t influenced by anything and that they’re their own person. I feel that even if you don’t notice that you’re being affected by outside influences, slight behavioral changes

are still there. Once you start to notice them, you’re on your way to improving yourself! I have a friend who recently made an effort to flush out the negativity and try to bring more positivity in his life. He started listening to more uplifting music,and spending more time around people who he could benefit from. About a month later, he became discouraged. When I asked why, he told me that he wasn’t seeing any shift in his personality or any benefits from the new changes he made in his life. I reassured him that I was absolutely seeing changes in him. He had a happier disposition, and was genuinely nicer to people. Sometimes all you need is a little reassurance that the small changes you’re making are changing you for the better, even if you don’t notice them right away. So as the seasons change, and you prepare for the end of this semester, remind yourself to always strive for the positivity in life, and avoid the things that you know will end up hurting you. As always, feel free to contact me at with any questions or concerns. Also contact me if you are interested in running for student trustee.

Over 30 colleges attended the PICU fair in Moraine’s L Building. Students spoke with representatives from the different schools about the transferring process. [Erica Sinrequirements, and major courses of study. “It was very informative and everyone, both the students and the college or university representatives were very friendly,” said Financial Aid staff member Bonnie Keating. Most of the questions fielded by Moraine’s representatives from the Financial Aid Department were about applying for financial aid at another college or university and what is needed to ensure they get the most out of their Financial Aid opportunities. According to members of the Financial Aid Department, the most common questions asked by students are about financial aid eligibility, the amount of money they can receive from the College, and the popular ‘when is my check going to be in the mail’? Overall the event helped students to make a well-informed decision about attending one of the numerous colleges in the Midwest. Students who plan on attending a four-year college or university should contact the potential institution. Typically students are able to get an early admissions decision and af-

ter the FAFSA is completed students should continue to apply for financial aid. Each college and university in attendance lists scholarship information on the institution’s website. Students are encouraged to apply for a variety of scholarships based on their needs and qualifications. While students are searching for a four-year college or university, consulting an academic counselor will help to ensure that the potential college or university will accept certain transfer credits. For students who are looking to enter a highly specific career-based program, it is recommended that research potential jobs and study the requirements needed to obtain the desired job. Some careers, especially in information technology, require only a certificate to obtain a job in that industry. Speaking with an academic counselor and discussing one’s career and educational goals will help students save valuable time and application fees. Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at



MSA presents an introduction to Islam By Julius Allen Staff Writer “Islam is not a religion meant for certain people or a certain race, it’s a universal message that Muslims are from all over the world and it’s about calling people to believe in one god.” These were some of the words spoken by Imam Kifah Mustapha of the Mosque Foundation at the Muslim Student Association (MSA) event “Islam up Close.” This was the first event of the spring semester for the MSA and it takes place on Feb. 13 in Moraine Valley’s library. The theme of the new MSA group is “defining our own faith,” and that began in the fall of 2012 during the event entitled “A Moment of Realignment.” The MSA wanted to continue with this theme by giving the Moraine Valley Community a closer look inside the religion of Islam. Imam Mustapha spoke for 45 minutes to an audience of Muslims and non-Muslims. The specific purpose of the lecture was to discuss the five pillars of Islam, which was elaborated on by Mustapha

Imam Kifah Mustapha of the Mosque Foundation spoke to students about Islam at the recent Muslim Student Association event. [Mike Frederiksen] with a PowerPoint presentation. Diversity in Islam was a major highlight and Mustapha presented a picture of a Mosque in the city of Mecca where Muslims from all over the world come to practice the fifth pillar (Hajj) of the religion. Furthering his explanation on di-

versity in Islam Mustapha said, “Praying here in Chicago at any Mosque, you’re going to see Muslims from all over the world. It’s the diversity that America brings to the world and it’s reflected in the congregation where people perform.” Mustapha then moved on to ex-

plain the misconceptions about Arabs and Muslims. Not all Arabs are Muslim and not all Muslims are Arab. Surprisingly, Arabs are a minority in Islam and the biggest populations of Muslims are in Indonesia. Many people today are unaware of the Muslim belief in notable Prophets of the Jewish and Christian scriptures such as Jesus, Abraham and Moses. Mustapha elaborated on their connection to the Prophet Muhammad, who Muslims believe is the final Prophet of God sent to mankind. “Islam means two things: Peace and Submission,” said Mustapha. He explained how followers of Islam will experience peace by submitting to God’s will. Mustapha then went on to describe exactly who God is, according to Islam. The remainder of the event was focused on the remaining pillars of the faith, which includes the testimony of faith (Shahada), Prayer (Salat), Obligatory and voluntary charity (Zakat) and Fasting during the month of Ramadan. Julius Allen can be contacted at

“Nuggets of wisdom” By Josh Johnson Staff Writer

The Teaching and Learning Community event strikes again. On Wednesday, Feb. 20 the Library held the third TLC event. The event featured six speakers that gave presentations about ideas and topics they were passionate about, giving each presentation a personal touch. Speakers were given up to 15 minutes to speak about a topic of their choice. In between each speaker there was a brief five minutes question and answer section for each speaker. Students in the audience got to ask meaningful questions. The event was held in the library from 11:00 to 1:30 p.m. Maura Vizza, Moraine Valley public relations generalist, spoke at the event and had this to say about the event, “I think the TLC event is a great showcase of passions and stories from Moraine Valley faculty and staff. I just wish more students could have attended to hear some nuggets of wisdom they could use in their everyday lives,” Vizza continued, “Plus, I really enjoyed working with Charmaine Sevier, Troy Swanson, John Neff, Beverly McLaughlin, and Scott Murdoch on this project. I really enjoyed hearing their awesome stories and working with them to make all our talks successful.” John Neff, Staff Development Specialist and Troy Swanson, Department Chair of the Library created this event.

“The Teaching and Learning Community event is intended to show off the thoughtful and energetic faculty, administrators, and staff here at Moraine Valley. We see this event as a way to share ideas that can support the curriculum, help each other, and change our world,” said Neff. Each talk is around 15 minutes in length and is made available via YouTube and podcast so that they are easily shared. “When we recruit speakers to give talks, we ask them to find a topic that they are passionate about. We ask them to tell us their stories. Each speaker shares a bit of their lives,” said Neff. As this project has moved forward, TLC has grown into a process where the participants come together to develop their ideas. When audience members hear a talk or watch one on YouTube, they may not realize the amount of time it takes to get that talk ready to share. The presenters and organizers meet for around 12 hours in total. Presenters give their talks and everyone offers feedback to help them grow and prepare. “We really try to create talks that are polished and focused. I have been part of many cool projects over my years at Moraine Valley, but this is one that really stands out as something special,” said Neff. Josh Johnson can be contacted at

4 In Brief Run for Student trustee Students have the opportunity to run for student trustee. The election will take place March 26 and 27. Applications are available in U115. Completed applications are due on March 1. A student trustee will earn a stipend for the cost of tuition for three semesters, gain hands-on leadership experience and hone communication skills. Contact Student Life Manager, Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353 or at robinsond63@ for more information. St. Baldrick’s Day event Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring a St. Baldrick’s Day Fundraiser to benefit childhood cancer research. The event will be on Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union. In addition to watching the volunteers shave their heads for a great cause, the event will feature bands, speakers, a silent auction and refreshments. Silent auction items like gift cards, handbags, gift baskets, spa packages, artwork and more are also needed. If anyone is interested in donating, mark it “St. Baldrick’s” and


bring it to U204. Minority scholarships The Moraine Valley Foundation is now accepting applications for all scholarships. There are three scholarships specifically for minority students: Arab American Women Scholarship, Jody Gaunt Scholarship (Latin American students) and Jesse J Lopez Give a Kid a Chance Scholarship (first or second Irish or Mexican descendants). Applications are due March 1. Students who are interested can apply online. No classes There will be no classes on Tuesday, Feb. 26 due to Staff Development Day. Classes will resume on the following Wednesday, Feb. 27. Enroll in American National Government Students who are interested in completing a general education class should register for American National Government, PSC-110-201. The class will start on March 19 and examines major political issues in today’s society. Some topics include same-sex marriage, marijuana de-criminalization, climate change policy, social security

and Medicare reform, equal pay for women, the use of torture, and the Affordable Care Act. The class will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. for 8 weeks. The instructor is Tom Dascenzo (Mr. D) and the course is worth 3 credit hours. For more information contact Tom Dascenzo at (708) 922-0117. Students interested in registering can do so online on the Moraine Valley website, by phone at (708) 974-2110, or in person at the Registration Office in the S building. $500 prize essay contest Students who write a 500 word or less essay on “How My Community College Changed My Life” have the opportunity to win $500, $300, or $100 to use for tuition, books or supplies for the upcoming fall 2013 semester. The deadline for essays is March 20. Students can find guidelines and entry forms in the Library, in the Cultural Lounge in the Student Union, or in D106. ‘Angels in America’ Moraine Valley will be holding open auditions for the Academic The-

ater Department’s spring production of “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part One: Millennium Approaches” by Tony Kushner. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, the play is a love story and political drama set in the 1980s during a time of social upheaval with the discovery of AIDS, sexual politics and religious identity. Students may receive college credit if they are cast. Auditions will be on Monday, Feb. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the John and Angeline Oremus Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Callbacks will be on Wednesday, Feb. 27. All ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Those who will be auditioning are to prepare a short monologue. Cold readings also will be provided. Because the production contains adult themes, mature content and strong language, actors must read the script prior to being cast. Sign up to audition in advance in F150, Fine and Performing Arts Center or contact Dr. Craig Rosen, associate professor of Theater and coordinator of the Academic Theater Program at (708) 974-5432 or



T-BUILDING | from front page its surroundings green. St. Baldrick’s Day, an event organized by the Phi Theta Kappa chapter on campus, will take place on March 1 according to the Student Trustee Taylor Geraghty. St. Baldrick’s Day is an event when people shave their heads to help raise funds for children suffering from cancer. In addition, the Student Trustee also disclosed to the College’s Board of Trustee that The Relay for Life Com-

mittee (a chartered club on campus) is planning a Relay for Life event that is geared to raise funds for the American Cancer Foundation. Taylor Geraghty, the Student Trustee, also stated that some students of Moraine Valley Community College have already started organizing relay teams in anticipation of the Relay event. Geraghty claimed that she knew of a couple who, “instead of buying Valentine gifts for each other,

actually saved the money for [the Relay event].” The Board of Trustees also learned that scholarship funds available for Moraine Valley Community College’s students will top $100,000 starting in 2014, thanks to the very successful gala event hosted by the Moraine Valley Foundation. David Alexander can be contacted at

JRC | from front page “This is an excellent opportunity for our student body to sit across the table from professional experts in respective arena of expertise, and feel what it is like to go through a professional interview,” said Tamima A Farooqui, a job resource specialist. “You can’t duplicate this kind of experience in the formal classroom structure.” These can be some of the most demanding and also some of the most gratifying times in a college student’s life. The masses of college students are dropped off into the real world and are left to fend for themselves with little knowledge and experience. Moraine Valley Community College hopes to ease that anxiety with programs that will lend a helping hand to help ensure future success. Mock Interview Day is one of those programs created by Farooqui. The interviewers of course will be evaluating college students on how well they are equipped and their complete overall performance in the interview. All students will be given detailed feedback on their performance and an opportunity to enhance their skills. The interview evaluation will consist of criteria such as: communication skills, vocational ability, critical thinking, problem solving, and of course professionalism. Even though the rubric will be straightforward, students must be primed for the experience that lies ahead. “This should groom students for future job interviews and college interviews that will help them organize their thoughts and prepare their resumes and job skills for future employment. It’s great preparation that every college student should experience,” said Farooqui. “When students go interview for their real world job they will reflect and look back on this experience as a significant tool in their lives on their journey to the path to success,” said Farooqui. Jerry Rodgers can be contacted at

Mock Interview Day was created by Job Resource Specialist, Tamima A Farooqui. Her aim was to help students succeed in their careers. [Mike Frederiksen]

6 BOARD | from front page payer’s money is being spent properly. “When I get on the Board, I want to find out where the money is going and how it is being spent,” said Cunningham. The long time community member also boasts his experience as President for the District 135 School Board. “I’ve been part of two contract negotiations, 3 building additions and renovations and all have been on time and under budget. I have the necessary experience to succeed at Moraine Valley,” claimed Cunningham. Another candidate, Joseph A. Skibinski also stresses the importance of spending money wisely. Skibinski is a certified public accountant from Oak Lawn. He also works as an adjunct professor and believes strongly in Moraine Valley. “I’m really sold on the value of Moraine Valley as an institution. The low tuition rates and great programs need to be preserved and supported,” said Skibinski. Skibinksi believes he is the right man to do exactly that, “I’m very good with the financials and I’m always looking for ways to improve the services provided.” Skibinksi also


stressed the importance of maintaining a student-centered institution, “our primary function is to increase student success. If we start turning kids away because of higher tuition, we’ve lost focus.” When asked why he is running, Skibinski responded, “three days a week I stand in front of a classroom as an adjunct professor. I’m familiar with the problems students face. As a library trustee in Oak Lawn, I think I have the skills to help Three candidates are battling it out for one two-year seat on the Board of Trustees. Andrea Ramireztake a great instituJustin (third from the right on the Board) is the only current trustee running. [Karolina Kawalko] tion and make it even greater.” Old Plank Trail Community Bank, Ramirez-Justin. “I believe in the colCurrent Trustee and fellow candi- Ramirez-Justin has years of experi- lege. I believe in the program we have.” date in the race for the Board, An- ence in finance. She is also an avid For more information on how and drea Ramirez-Justin has a similar volunteer who currently serves as where to vote, be sure to contact the belief. Appointed as a trustee in Au- President of the Mokena Chamber of Cook County Clerks office by visitng gust 2012, Ramirez-Justin stands Commerce and Vice President of the firm in her belief that she can help Economic Development Council of the Moraine make positive progress. Southwest Suburbs. Phil A. Bianco can be contacted at news@ As the current Vice President of “I love to pay it forward,” said



Trustee appointed Mokena Chamber President By Nada Omer Staff Writer As a little girl Andrea Ramirez-Justin would often take the colorful pads of paper her father would bring home from his job and spend hours playing banker with her sister. They would pretend to open up accounts, give each other loans and make payments. Fast forward to 2013 and Ms. Ramirez-Justin is Vice-President of Old Plank Trail Community Bank. Not only has she admirably risen in respect to her banking career but she was also appointed as a trustee here at Moraine Valley back in August of 2012 and more recently appointed President of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce in January of this year. Her inauguration was held on Jan. 25 and a fiesta was held in honor of her heritage. The Mokena Chamber of Commerce is composed of businesses within and around the village of Mokena and is dedicated to providing its members with opportunities of value so as to grow and flourish within their communities. Her unpaid role as president will be comprised of working with the board

of directors to continue initiatives, such as the food and wine festival, to raise funds and grow the membership of the Chamber. Already in the few short weeks since her inauguration, Ramirez-Justin has implemented new monthly staff meetings, a monthly executive board meeting and a monthly conference call, all in an effort to streamline communication. There are also plans for a comedy club fundraiser, which would showcase the talents of local comedians. Ramirez-Justin also has a goal set to increase the Chamber’s membership to 500 from its current membership of about 380 before the end of the year. Ideally this would include every business within Mokena. Every year the Chamber runs on a specific platform and this year it’s “Pay it forward.” Ramirez-Justin explained, “if you see someone you don’t just say hello and introduce your business, you should ask them how you can help them with their business and their goals.” Ramirez-Justin will still continue on with her role as a trustee and is seeking reelection in April 2013. She will be running against two opponents, but hopes her philanthropic background will set

her apart from her competition. “I feel very strongly about giving back to the community,” said Ramirez-Justin. When asked about Moraine Valley’s financial state she replied, “as someone with a financial background I read the financial reports from front to back, I believe the college is financially sound and they’re doing a phenomenal job. I cannot give enough compliments to Bob Sterkowitz, the Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Jenkins and Andrea Ramirez-Justin volunteered at the recent all the board members.” JRC Mock Interview Day. [Mike Frederiksen] In addition to all her various positions in leadership, Ramirez-Justin Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School volunteers to many organizations as of Banking. In 2010, she received “The well. She works actively as a mentor Service to Enterprise Award” from the with Moraine’s job recruitment Center Business Ledger Newspaper. and will even take part of their Mock InShe and her family live in Orland terview Day. She is Vice President of the Hills, where she and her husband Rob Economic Development Council of the have two children, Eric a student at MoSouthwest Suburbs, a religion instruc- raine Valley and a daughter, Lindsey, tor at St. Steven’s Academy in Tinley who is a junior at St. Andrew’s High Park, as well as a volunteer for BNI and School. They also have a dog, Caesar and the Cancer Support Center. a cat, Chloe. Ms. Ramirez-Justin received her B.A. from Northern Illinois University Nada Omer can be contacted at omern3@ and her Masters from the University of

8 CYBER | from front page members of DELL SecureWorks. “The schools involved in this program all focus on student success,” said Erich Spengler, director and principal investigator of CSSIA and Moraine Valley professor of computer-integrated technologies. “Moraine Valley is considered to promote student success around the country so their students can also benefit from lessons learned and other cyber security programs. One center can’t do everything. Some have a different focus, like high schools. Our main focus is on virtualization and lab technology, in addition to other cyber security disciplines.” The video has already received interest from outside Moraine Valley, which helps to promote communication between schools and industries to help provide jobs in cyber security. Moraine Valley has already received word about how to find job opportunities all the way from Los Angeles. “We can refer them to a school we have worked with. There is a large network of support to encourage jobs in cyber security,” said Spengler. Some of the industries that partnered with Moraine Valley include ENC, which helps build faculty development nationwide, and DELL SecureWorks, which


Students focus as they try to hack into the networks of simulated banks, businesses and governments. These entities are defended by another group of students. These competitions are designed to help improve cyber security systems. [National Science Foundation] focuses on supporting student development, and has hired Moraine Valley students involved in the cyber security program. The school is in contact with program officers at NSF who refer to various projects that should be highlighted at a national level, which is how the school was selected to be in the video. The video includes many aspects of what CSSIA is about, in educating stu-

dents about the field of cyber security. Education plays a major role in developing a student’s skills. Part of the video shows professor John Sands teaching his class about the inside of a router. Other features of the video explain why students chose a career in cyber security through interviews. Viewers will also have the chance to see students put the skills that they have learned to the test during a cyber defense competition. Also

featured in the video is former Moraine Valley student, Carlos Marquez, hired by DELL SecureWorks. Overall the video will provide insight into the field of cyber security, and promote the growing network between other community colleges, to expand the lives of others in this exciting career. Anne Parker can be contacted at parkera3@



William Barkre Views Editor


Should we be switching to electronic payments? “With [direct deposit] people don’t need to worry about misplacing a bill or forgetting to send it in.”

“Money that exists in cyberspace creates an incredible convenience, but brings with it an entirely new set of problems.”

By Erica Sinnott Staff Writer

By William Barker Views Editor

When people hear of direct deposit, they aren’t sure if they should use it. They are wondering, “Is this really for me?” The answer is self-assured, “Yes.” Direct deposit is green, which is something everybody is taking an interest in. Your paycheck is being sent into your savings or checking account without the use of paper or any other middleman. Because of this, that is one less check, which amounts to one less piece of paper taken from trees. Another thing about your paycheck being mailed is you don’t get it directly. Many people are living paycheck to paycheck and can’t afford to wait those few vital days for it to come in the mail. With direct deposit, people have the money in their account on payday. In the hectic lives we live day to day, things are likely to get misplaced. Although most of us are careful where we keep our money, accidents can happen. With direct deposit, you don’t have the potential threat of somebody stealing your paycheck as you are going to the bank to deposit it. Your money is already at the bank. Not only can your paychecks be directly deposited, you can also go and pay your bills directly from your account. With that, you don’t need to worry about misplacing a bill or forgetting to send it in and dealing with those pesky late fines. In addition to paying bills directly from your account, many church members can now have their offering directly wired to their church. This is useful because many people, myself included, forget to actually bring money or a check with them to church. Now we can tell our bank how much we would like to be sent to our church, be it a weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly amount. If these reasons aren’t enough incentive to make the switch to direct deposit, this also makes book keeping much easier. When you get your statement from the bank, it tells you where everything went and how much was deposited where. As someone who uses direct deposit herself, I can say that it makes the life of the hard working college student much easier. On top of class, work, books, homework, church, family, friends, and trying to find a minute of free time in order to maintain sanity, not having to worry about taking a check to the bank is one less thing to worry about. The benifits of being assured there isn’t a problem with my check, misplacing it, becoming a victim of fraud or otherwise means that the struggle to maintain a solid schedule becomes so much easier than it used to be.

With the rise of electronic payments taking effect over the use of paper money, the use of schemes such as identity theft and fraud climb in parallel causing crime to skyrocket accordingly. The appeal of electronic payment is obvious in its everyday factor of convenience. The ability to spend a thousand dollars in the blink of an eye with the use of a card and keypad reaps benefits of convenience that can’t be measured in any amount of currency, paper or electronic. However, with the ease that accompanies an account filled with the majority of expenses needed to thrive in everyday society, comes an overwhelming company of those that do not hold an honest living attempting to take advantage of others and grab what they can get a hold on. The reach of a criminal lengthens with every step towards making transactions easier for the consumer. In addition to factor of crime, computers are prone to error. If a cash register in a department store malfunctions when a family of four decideds to purchase that washer/dryer pair and charges a person for 4 times the amount of the price, that family’s living expenses is subject to a question of integrity under the supervision of their bank. Whether or not that family has a good relationship with their bank then determines whether or not they are going to receive compensation for the error deriving from a company’s hardware. This requires the family to go to their bank, as well as the merchant they bought the item from and sort out the error taking up time and energy that could have been avoided if the buyer had handed honest bills to the cashiet. This also eliminates the aforementioned convenience factor. In addition to being prone to dishonesty as well as error, electronic spending also encourages inflation. A common business action is to buy a product and sell it to a separate merchant at a higher price for a profit. The act essentially creates money that wasn’t in existence before. With the rise of electronic spending, people can create an immense flow of income scavenging for cheap products and selling them for a markup. This tilts the scale of how much a dollar is worth. Money that exists only in cyberspace creates an incredible convenience, but brings with it an entirely new set of problems that could be much more threatening to the global economy. Despite this, going green will replace logical effects on the economy, so make sure you trust your bank.

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“It’s easier to keep track of paper money. It should be kept around in order to make everthing available to count.” -David Delamora

“Electronic money makes managing your money easier. It’s more efficient and it’s a lot easier to keep track of your expenses.”-Jamal Zayyad

“It’s easier to become victim to fraud and identity theft with electronic money. It’s not safe.” -Kendal Peoples

“It’s easier to get your money directly deposited into your bank account. It’s really convenient and you don’t have to worry about a check.” -Edward Sterling



VIEW FROM THE HILL | BILL DROEL | MVCC CAMPUS MINISTER I don’t use the express line at the grocery; I don’t “self-bag” my purchases. I’ve never used an ATM. I get my Sox tickets at the box office on 35th St., not from a cyberspace service with a wiggly-letter password and a time limit to make the transaction. I don’t want to manage my car insurance or my meager portfolio on the Internet. All of this is because I don’t want more people to be laid off. The trend toward self-service, greatly accelerated with the Internet, is a deliberate attempt by companies to increase profit by reducing labor. Consumers rightly pay for goods and services. But routinely adding our own labor to the transaction affects the economy in ways that are not counted in financial reports. In a book by the same title, Ivan Illich calls this practice shadow work (Marion Boyers, 1981). In our society “it is assumed as routine.” People are subtlety coerced into contributing to the economy for no pay, Illich explains. Shadow work does not appear on company ledgers; it is not a cost of doing business; it counts “as satisfaction of needs, rather than as work.” At New Jersey gas stations an attendant must fill your tank, but everywhere else pumping gas is shadow work. Many restaurants expect customers to bus table. Colleges require students and teachers to submit various forms, which the college wants in hard copy. But the forms are sent to students and teachers through cyberspace with the expectation that the recipient print the form on his or her own time with their own paper. Scores of other tasks that were once provided to customers and citizens are firmly established as shadow work. Craig Lambert of Harvard Magazine says ours is called “a service economy,” but actually in many areas it is a self-service economy. And, he writes: “Selfservice is a synonym for no service.” Meanwhile the entire profession of travel agent is disappearing because people book their travel online and check-in at frustrating kiosks. It is impossible to find an assistant on the floor of any retail store—except at a small, family-owned dry goods shop or a high-end apparel store. Furniture and appliances are often not delivered and often require “athome assembly.” Don’t misunderstand. I’m not launching a crusade. I’m not the slob who leaves a so-called fast food restaurant with wrappers and cups left on my table. I don’t neglect my needed medications just because I have to order pills from an automated pharmacy. But I resist wherever possible. I send many letters by way of the U.S. post office. I always hand my credit card to a clerk, even in places

where a customer is encouraged to “self-swipe.” My way of creating and retaining jobs is, if you will, a shadow strategy. It does not involve a government bailout; it is not a matter of new building construction; it is not an invention of a new product. It is a matter of thinking and acting upon the work side of every purchase. Will you join me in considering employment every time you buy a product or a service? Bill Droel can be contacted at

The rupture of the Right News editor, Phil Bianco explains why the Republican party is on a steady downfall.

Gay couples across Illinois received a present from the senate this past Valentine’s Day when they agreed to pass a bill legalizing Same-sex marriage, but the bill remains unturned in the house. The bill passed with a vote of 34-21-2 in favor. Heather Steans, Democrat senator of Chicago and sponsor of the bill applauded the success of the ballot, praising it as “a vote for the history books.” The remaining obstacle for the bill lies in whether it’s passed in the House of Representatives where the Republicans have a majority. However, the outlook “appears optimistic” according to Greg Harris Democratic Representative and fellow sponsor of the bill. The issue is debated frequently throughout the United States with the overwhelming tone of the argument appearing as rigor of those in power vs. human rights. Those who are truly in need of assistance from the hand that feeds have been kicked to the curb in order to wait in line and rot, while those that have the power to help argue and hurl insults in order to destroy each other’s credibility while the gutters overflow. This recent vote shines a light of hope for human sensibility. With the help of the House of Representatives, the gay community can sleep soundly knowing that they can live comfortably, not without fear of persecution, but with the knowledge that when push comes to shove, Capitol Hill will back the right to pursue happiness for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation and in spite of the views of certain religious institutions.

There have been two dominant parties in the United States since the countries inception, but that may be changing. From 1789 to 1824, there were the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans; then the Democrats and the Whigs from 1825 until 1859. Republicans and Democrats have ruled America’s political landscape since 1860. However, the Republican Party is divided after suffering defeat in a presidential election that was widely considered winnable. They lack support among women, young people, Latin Americans, blacks, and pretty much everyone who is not over 50 and white. The party acknowledges this problem and the “establishment” wing is taking steps to increase the parties appeal. The problem is that the “grass-roots” wing of the party (the Tea Party) mostly rejects this idea of change, or at-least has a different view of what change in the party should mean. Since the rise of the Tea Party, the Republican Party has taken a sharp right turn towards conservatism and libertarianism. Libertarians want very little government, certainly no economic regulations, and no social safety net. Just private business and whatever else business leaders want to do with the country. This is where the Grand Old Party is heading. A good example of the direction the GOP is heading is Ted Cruz, the freshman Senator from Texas. Cruz is one of the most conservative senators in Washington right now. Since his induction, Cruz has broken the norm for freshman Senators, which has been to lay low and learn before becoming a vocal legislator. Cruz even went so far as to suggest Secretary of Defense nominee, Chuck Hagel was receiving money from Iran and North Korea. Worse yet, several key Senate Republicans including John Cornyn (the Senates number 2 Republican) and Marco Rubio (who delivered the Republican response to the President’s State of The Union address) came to his defense. But this rightward shift is not complete. Powerful members of the Republican establishment including Karl Rove are trying to fight back against the influx of Tea Party backed candidates who lose because they say ridiculous things like “legitimate rape.” Even the formerly monolithic Republican money machine is becoming divided as mainstream groups backed by Rove seek to push candidates who can win (i.e. those who avoid the topic of legitimate rape) while Tea Party groups continue to back the likes of Rand Paul, (the Senator who was once a regular guest on the Alex Jones show, visit to learn about Paul’s roots) Michelle Bachmann and Ted Cruz. There is a battle in the Republican Party between the reactionary, uncompromising Tea Party and the more moderate (but still very conservative) GOPers. This presents a tremendous opportunity for a third party to rise or take over the Republican Party like the conservatives did in in the 20th century. One possibility is that the libertarian branch of the party gains control; they have already made significant advancements in the party as shown with the rise in popularity of Senator Rand Paul and others. The Libertarian Party—separate from the Republican Party— ran a candidate who received over a million votes for President in the last election. The only group even close to being organized enough to attempt to stand up for leftist ideals is The Green Party, which received approximately half the number of votes that the Libertarian Party did in the 2012 Presidential election. At the least, the divide in the Republican Party presents a golden opportunity to push the Democratic Party and the country to the left. We may even see something that has not happened in this country since the 1930’s. That is, the rise of a party that actually questions capitalism.

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Same-sex couples get approval from the Senate for equal rights By William Barker Views Editor



BASKETBALL | page 12 9 and a 57-49 victory over McHenry County College on Feb. 16. With the scoring abilities of guards Kelly Foley and Katie McGann, the ball handling skills of guard Stephanie Karl, the rebounding dominance of forward Bridget Niemiec, and the ball hawking abilities of guard Maggie Yandel, the Cyclones are well rounded and have the ability to hang with any team in the Region IV playoffs. “We have shown signs of playing solid and balanced basketball,” said Jones. “We have the ability to win; we just need to play hard for our talent to showcase itself on the court.” The record may not accurately reflect the team’s tenacity and capabilities the Cyclones have made positive strides in the last couple games, and have begun to assemble all the pieces at the perfect time with the playoffs approaching. “We need to put everything together and find a complete effort in order to surprise some teams. I don’t think our team has given up at all; I haven’t seen any of those signs. And as a coach you still want to fight for your team,” said Jones. The Cyclones will open the Region IV Quarter Finals on Feb. 28 with an opponent and location yet to be scheduled. Frank Gogola can be contacted at

Guard Ashley Cunningham puts up a shot from behind the arc against an Oakton Community College defender on Feb 21. The Eisenhower alum has been a solid role player on the injury plagued women’s basketball team this season. [Mike Frederiksen]

ATHLETES OF THE ISSUE Darryl Hervey Guard Men’s Basketball

By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Darryl Hervey is in his first year as a member of the Moraine Valley Cyclones basketball team. The 6’ 0” guard out of Rich South High School has already made an immediate impact on the 2012-13 mens basketball team. Currently Hervey is averaging 10 points per game. He also has the seventh best three-point percentage in the NJCAA Division II with 51.5% (35-68). Hervey’s best game came against Lake County Community College where he scored 16 points, dished out seven assists and recorded five rebounds. Hervey looks to continue his domninant play in the Region IV playoffs and hopefully the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Stephanie Karl Guard Women’s Basketball

Stephanie Karl is in her second season as a member of the Moraine Valley Cyclones women’s basketball team. The 5’6’’ guard out of Lockport High School is a key component to the Cyclones success over the past two seasons. Karl has averaged 6.1 points per game along with 3.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and a 73.3 percent mark from behind the line. One of Karl’s more impressive games came against Waubonsee Community College on Feb. 14. Karl tallied 14 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Karl’s well rounded game wasn’t enough for the Cyclones to get the win as they fell 70-62. The Cyclones begin the Region IV playoffs Feb. 28. Sean McDermott can be contacted at



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Cyclones ready to defend their title By Sean McDermott Sports Editor The Cyclones’ (24-5, 11-2) nine-game win streak came to a screeching halt on Feb.14 as rival Waubonsee Community College (21-7, 10-2) won 9794. With the loss, Waubonsee ousted the Cyclones out of sole possession of first place. After receiving their first loss in a month, Karrington Ward and company came out against McHenry Community College (5-19, 1-9) with one thing on their mind…the start of a new win streak. The Cyclones started the game sluggish, as the Scots who lost ten-straight prior to the game led 49-46 at the half. As usual the Cyclones came out on fire in the second half and put up a monstrous offensive display. Led by Ward’s 29 points and 13 rebounds, Moraine Valley put up 69 points, while the defense held the Scots to 36 points en route to the 115-85 victory. The Cyclones shot a remarkable 63 percent from the field and for the eleventh time this year, the Cyclones hit the triple digit mark before the final whistle. The offense has been the fuel for the team’s engine this season. Averaging 98.2 points per game, the Cyclones rank second in the NJCAA Division II. They also rank ninth in field goal percentage (50 percent), first in 3pt FGs made (10.3) and 24 in 3pt percentage (37.2 percent). With the Region IV playoffs about to begin, Dedrick Shannon’s Cyclones create the impression of making another impressive run onto the NJCAA Division II National Championship.

Forward Des’nique Harris goes up for a one handed slam in the Cyclones 136-82 victory on Jan. 15. The Plainfield East alum averages 3.6 points and 3 rebounds per game. [Mike Frederiksen] Currently ranked ninth in the NJCAA Division II, the Cyclones are one of the top schools favored to compete for the coveted national championship trophy. Before we get all excited about the national tournament, Moraine Valley must win the excruciating Re-

gion IV in order to recieve a bid to the NJCAA Division II Tournament. As it stands right now the two toughest opponents out of the gate will be Waubonsee and Morton Community College (19-9, 10-2), with Prairie State (17-12, 7-6) being the

dark horse in the Region IV playoffs. Moraine Valley has split the season series between Morton and Waubonsee and has swept the season series against Prairie State. Over the past twelve seasons the regional championship has gone to an Illinois Skyway Col-

legiate Conference member ten times. Moraine Valley has won the region four times (‘01, ‘02, ‘08, ‘12) while Waubonsee (‘10 and ‘11) and Morton (‘05 and ‘09) have won it twice. The last four regional championships have gone to Moraine Valley, Morton and Waubonsee, which sets up a unique rivalry between the three schools. The Region IV Big 3 also has some of the best coaches in the NJCAA. Morton’s Conte Stamas spent most of his time at Lyons Township High School where he gathered a 156-90 record in nine years. Morton hired Stamas in 2011, since compiling a 32-27 record in his two years as head coach. Moraine Valley’s Shannon has held the head coaching position for nine years compiling a record of 175-115. Shannon has won numerous awards as head coach. He has been named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Co-Coach of the Year (2012), Region IV Coach of the Year (2012) and Skyway Conference Coach of the Year twice (2008-09 and 2011-12). The historic Dave Heiss of Waubonsee is the monarch of the group. With a record of 549-339 in 28 seasons, Heiss is the fifty-first coach of all time to reach the 500 wins mark in the NJCAA. He is also a multiaward winner and IBCA, ISCC Hall of Famer. This upcoming tournament should end with one of these three schools holding the Region IV title. As for now, all we can do is sit and watch yet another star filled edition of the Region IV tournament. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

Women’s record doesn’t reflect true talent By Frank Gogola Staff Writer Despite dropping four of their last six games, the women’s basketball team (16-12, 6-7 ISCC) has improved. The women are putting everything together for a big playoff push. The Cyclones seem to have learned from their mistakes, such as getting off to slow

starts and losing the turnover battle, but inconsistencies in honing these flaws have hurt the Cyclones. The woman failed to overcome the mistakes in their losses to Morton College on Feb. 5 and Elgin Community College on Feb. 12. The Cyclones fell behind early in both games and were never able to fully come back and lost 68-55 to Morton and

63-51 to Elgin. The woman however did get off to a good start and kept the turnovers at a minimum against Waubonsee Community College on Feb. 14. According to Coach Delwyn Jones, the Cyclones outplayed the Chiefs in every facet of the game except rebounding. Moraine Valley lost the rebounding battle 51-31 in

their 70-62 loss to Waubonsee. The team turned in another losing effort against Prairie State College on Feb. 19. This time the culprit was turnovers. The Cyclones were in the game late, but 29 total turnovers including three in the final two minutes prevented them from upsetting Prairie State; they lost the game 58-

53. The team has shown the ability to get off to a good start, rebound on both ends of the floor, shoot the deep ball and keep the turnovers at a minimum all in the same game. Putting together two complete games, they were able to earn a 75-60 victory over College of Lake County on Feb. BASKETBALL | page 11



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Hip-hop music and mass media influence By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor Dr. Lance Williams, professor and assistant director of the Jacob C. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University, discussed in great detail the influence of mass media on today’s society. “In today’s society we don’t have a gun control problem, we have a cultural program,” said Williams. “Often times these shootings happen because someone is pressuring someone else to act after they were attacked.” Williams talked to an attentive group of students about the way music in the late 1980’s and the early 1990’s moved from rap to straight gangster rap. Artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50Cent, Ice-T and NWA, Geto Boys, and Public Enemy, hit the scene and began to influence a new style of gangster. “Listening to this type of music leads you to the grasp of them peoples,” [sic] said Williams. “I try to teach people who may not be intellectually grown about the contradictions in the music their listening to and how that’s not how a real gangsta [sic] acts.” Williams explained that individuals who are gang affiliated never discuss

dustries such as Comcast, General Electric, and their affiliates continue to flood the rap industry with this type of gangster rap that depicts the “hood” lifestyle as a battlefield filled with soldiers and a conflict-driven industry. Williams describes the hood mentality depicted in the current gangster rap as a way for the mass media to control the culture and continue to both sell records and collect dividends from a privatized prison company called, Corrections Corporation of America. “Major entertainment industries are not selling just entertainment, they’re selling a way to think a new culture. These rappers surround themselves with real gangsters who need to eat too,” said Williams. “Once Dr. Lance Williams, professor and assistant director of inner city studies at Northeast- the money is all gone then the rapper is ern Illinois University, speaks with students about the mass media influence and street on their own.” violence as it’s changing today’s society. [Mike Frederiksen] Williams points the finger directly at Jimmy Iovine as the cause of Chief the interworking of the gang with the know who’s a “street kid” and whose Keef’s recent footage of the young Chi“general public,” of non-gang affiliated simply a “hood kid.” cago rap-superstar firing an assault individuals. “Some kids need to understand that weapon after catching a case for pointHe went on to say that the music they’re living in a warzone. You can’t ing a gun at a police officer. being created glorifies disrespecting just go to the park and ‘kick-it’ because According to Williams, Iovine startwomen, when in reality most gangs there are people out there who are so ed the Biggie Smalls and Tupac rivalry require members to study literature stressed out, so frustrated, and mar- to create music that “celebrates the about their rules, which typically in- ginalized that they want to share that gangsta style music.” He continued by clude respecting women. Further, Wil- with you,” Williams said. saying that Iovine is the same individuliams discussed how gangs nowadays According to Williams, major inHIP-HOP| page 3

Intimate glimpse of ‘Bachelor’ lifestyle kind of lives single adult men lead, what hobbies they find to fill the empty time. Justyna Badach spent years examining the private lives of men who (by choice or not) have stayed single most if not all of their lives. Badach met the men through a variety of ways including website postings and public transportation. Her experiences with them are captured in stark, startling detail through her photographs, many of which are now in display in Moraine Valley’s Robert F. Decaprio gallery. Upon entering the gallery, visitors are warned that the exhibit touches on some sensitive material, not excluding nudity. A good deal of maturity and open mindedness is required to Justyna Badach’s photos are not displayed with grasp Badach’s “Bachelor Porthe subjects’ full names because of the personal traits.” subject matter. [Justyna Badach] Though the exhibit appears simple in comparison to many By Fallon Sweeney of the installation pieces that have Entertainment Editor been presented there, a closer look proves differently. Many women cannot imagine the Every photo in the gallery is placed

above an enlarged statement from Justyna Badach. The names of the men aren’t displayed, but their first names are matched with their photo in the guest book. Every bachelor that Badach interviewed welcomed her into their private worlds (their home) whether it was a houseboat, a bar, a trailer, a cabin in the woods, or a simple apartment. Some of the homes Justyna Badach visited lacked heat, air conditioning, running water, or electricity; Badach actually fainted from the heat and humidity of one man’s home. Many of the men dedicated the focus of their lives to personal hobbies. Jim is shown holding a Thai Chi pose in a small apartment, surrounded by VHS tapes (such as “X-Men”) and action figures. He explained that while he had attempted online dating, women had rejected him because he did not want children. While many of the men portrayed attempted contact on their own, Robert felt skeptical until finding out that not only was Justyna Badach a woman, but one with no suspicious motivations.

Robert eventually asked for permission to pose nude for his photograph which shows him laid across his bed gripping a rosary. Robert’s photo is very much the centerpiece of the exhibit, at once difficult to face and to ignore. Badach’s portraits encapsulate the lives of these men right along with their pain and isolation. Living on the edge of what society calls normal, these men lead lives that many cannot imagine. Jerome resides in a houseboat on a river, Robert lives in a self-built cabin without electricity, and George chooses to spend most of his time at an almost-deserted bar instead of his apartment located a few doors down. On exploration of Badach’s website, one wonders why some of the photos featured in her “Bachelor Portraits” set were not featured in our Robert F. Decaprio gallery. Those who enjoyed the exhibit and are curious to learn more are encouraged to venture to Badach’s website: Fallon Sweeney can be contacted at



Former editor covered ‘Blago’ and Obama By Anne Parker Managing Editor Kevin Kenealy, a former editor-inchief of The Glacier, has utilized his experience to try to improve himself in everything he does. “Every issue I sought to tweak something here or there that we could do better as a staff. And that’s how I live my life, to always look to see where I can improve something or change something for the better,” said Kenealy. He was editor-in-chief of The Glacier from 2005 to 2006. After attending Moraine Valley, Kenealy went to Eastern Illinois University, receiving a Bachelor’s in Journalism. Following that, he returned to Moraine Valley for a year and worked on The Glacier, before attending Trinity Christian College where he finished his Secondary English Education certificate last fall. Life soon became hectic for Kenealy, who was student teaching and working diligently on the EIU newspaper. However, Kenealy would not change anything today. “We had a great staff that I grew real close with and we had a really strong paper,” said Kenealy. He currently works at Elderlife Financial, a financial concierge company in Downers Grove. The company specializes is assisting senior citizens and their families in finding financial relief for senior living through different services, including retail assistance, veteran aid, and contacting home health care agencies.

“I enjoy helping families that are in need. There are so many seniors out there that are fighting uphill battles with paying for the monthly care costs at senior living communities and all they have to their name might be their social security,” said Kenealy. “Families call in and are oftentimes dealing with many other issues in addition to the affordability of the community, such as applying for veterans benefits or selling a home so helping these families out and being able to get someone’s mom or dad into a home is quite fulfilling for me.” While his job is not related to journalism or teaching it still requires qualities used in those fields. “My history in journalism and teaching combine perfectly in my current job in that there is a lot of writing and on the job training and learning I Former editor-in-chief of The Glacier, Kevin Kenealy, is now helping seniors with their do constantly,” explained Kenealy. financial decisions. Kenealy worked as a teacher and a journalist. [Provided] Since working on The Glacier, there are several once-in-a-lifetime experi“There was a time I wanted to in- nealy will never forget the experience ences that Kenealy will never forget. terview Rod Blagojevich when he was of working with a team, set on the “Covering Barack Obama’s speech at running for governor and I called his same goal. Moraine with my friend Rob and get- campaign manager every day for about “I learned to grow from others and ting to interview him afterwards was two months. I was going to stop at to never be an island. The Glacier did a particular highlight. He was very nothing for an interview,” explained not win second best newspaper bidown to earth and out of all the politi- Kenealy. “Then I found out he was in monthly in the country when I was cians I interviewed with the exception Decatur campaigning. I hopped in a editor in chief because of me. It won of Jim Edgar, was the most genuine,” car with friend and fellow journalist, because of the hard work of everyone said Kenealy. “I then had a chance to Adam Testa, and drove to Decatur and involved in the paper from Ted, to all cover his election-day victory in Grant interviewed the man that would one the editors, staff writers, photograPark years later for The Glacier as well, day make history in Illinois.” phers, graphic artists and the Moraine which was the icing on the cake.” Kenealy has been through it all at Valley population that supported us Kenealy soon took his role as a re- The Glacier, filling out an application every day in interviews and in reading porter to new heights, using persever- his first day on campus, covering his our paper,” said Kenealy. ance and determination in some situ- first story on Fall Fest, to directing the ations, one including former Illinois long layout nights as editor-in-chief. Anne Parker can be contacted at pargovernor, Rod Blagojevich. However, through all of that time, Ke-

Valentine’s Day celebrations at Moraine By Nada Omer Staff Writer Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day in the Student Union, a love for baked goods that is. The Culinary Club held a bake sale in the U Building with freshly prepared treats in honor of Cupid’s holiday. Delightful aromas enticed all those who gathered around the tantalizing spread. There was an impressive selection of treats many of which were heart shaped, including cookies, brownies, and chocolate dipped marshmallows and strawberries. And as if all of those goodies weren’t enough, the Culinary Club also offered cake pops, red velvet cupcakes, and whoopee pies. All of the tasty treats would definitely earn you a smile from that special person Students enjoyed music, food, and Valentine’s in your life. Day events sponsored by Student Life clubs “It gives the members of the Culiand organizations. [Mike Frederiksen] nary Club real experience in preparing

and selling food,” said MVCC instructor Rose Deneen. “Proceed from the sale go to funding the Culinary Club as well as providing donations to the Ronald McDonald House.” The bake sale is held twice a year, once in the fall around Halloween and once in the spring on Valentine’s Day. The volunteers who made the treats worked from the day before and during the morning of the sale. In addition to the Culinary Club bake sale, the Student Life Department offered dating games, music, and a lighthearted Valentine’s Day event, which was held during the Culinary Club’s bake sale. Sponsored by the K-Fu Club, students were able to purchase flowers for someone special or for a close friend. Students were able to purchase vibrant flowers of all shapes and colors. This year the K-Fu Club sold Valentine carnations in red, white, and pink. Each purchase helped to support

the Student Life Department and the sponsoring club improve upon upcoming projects and events. This year the Culinary Club bake sale and the K-Fu Club flower sale turned a profit for the College and for both of the sponsoring clubs. By attending events such as the Valentine’s Day events, the K-Fu Club’s flower sale, and the Culinary Club bake sale, students show their appreciation for the Student Life Department’s work and the efforts of the clubs who put the event together. For more information regarding upcoming events, please visit the Moraine website or visit the Student Services Office. Students are encouraged to meet with members of Student Life if they are looking to join or start a new club or organization on campus. Nada Omer can be contacted at omern3@


South Sider journeys to DC By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor During Black History Month, Moraine Valley embraces diversity, culture, and historical events. In 2009, history was made when President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president. Moraine Valley Manager of Diversity and Employment, Charmaine Sevier, a native of Chicago’s South Side, presented “From History to My Story: My Journey to the 2009 Presidential Inauguration” during the Teaching and Learning events. Sevier described her endeavor to be a part of American history and to celebrate heroes of the Civil Rights Movement who paved the way for the first African American president. “I am most impressed with the way history literally transcends into my story,” said Sevier. “The best part of the trip was paying tribute to people like Rosa Parks and those who fought for our ‘right to sit.’” With only 15-minutes to present, Sevier made the most of her time to talk about her 85-year-old grandmother who lived vicariously through Sevier and her family’s journey to the Nation’s Capitol. “My grandmother was so excited to her about our trip to the inauguration. She said if she could, she’d beat us there,” Sevier said. “My grandmother wasn’t always able to vote…after she got

that right she said ‘I’m only voting for one person and I’m done.’” Most of the lecture focused on the journey to the Washington, D.C., which wasn’t an easy trip. Traveling to the inauguration was carefully planned so that “operation inauguration” was financially feasible. Sevier and her family flew into Norfolk, Va. to stay with a family member before renting a mini van, driving to D.C., and eventually taking the Metro into the Capital District. After relying on public transportation in D.C. the Sevier family then had to walk from the Metro blue line to the inauguration site. “It was quite a long walk from the Metro, which by the way, we had to buy these cards and it was a huge hassle, to the inauguration. When we got there though, we were in range of the snipers who protected the president, which means we were pretty close to the stage.” Sevier described her story as a way to get involved in a major historical event, which illustrated a huge success for the United States and in the African American community. “Moving from history to my story, we were living history in that moment,” she said. “This was one of the largest events that illustrated civil rights since the 1963 March on Washington when Martin Luther King gave his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech.’”

Charmaine Sevier presents her ‘History to my Story’ about the 2009 Inauguration. [Erica Sinnott] At the end of presentation, Sevier took questions from the audience and talked about some of the funnier moments during the trip, for instance, “loading up on Lunchables for the 12hour wait before the inauguration.” Sevier was an affable, witty, and funloving presenter who kicked off the series of six presenters during the Teaching and Learning events. Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at social@

3 HIP-HOP| from front page al who brought the rappers mentioned earlier in the article onto the scene the gangster rappers such as, 50Cent, Dr. Dre, Chief Keef, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem. Granted, one student raised an excellent point, people are free to make their own choices. One Moraine student discussed an individual’s existentialism as it relates to their circumstances and notwithstanding the hip-hop influences, individuals are free to either do what’s right or do what is wrong. Williams responded to the student’s statement by saying that for some individuals there is no support system and at some points the music is an individual’s greatest influence. One question was raised about changing culture. Williams mentioned that in the 1950’s an African American’s greatest influences included family at the top of the list followed by religious groups, education, peers, and television. Nowadays, according to Williams, family is still at the top of the list, however television and peers are almost tied for first and religion and education are no longer and influence. “To change the culture we must look at religious institutions, public education, family, and influence the culture in a positive way,” he said. “A lot of the solutions begin with academic research, talking to people in the community, and planting seeds, which will thereby create widespread change.” Williams kept the attention of the audience with his mixture of business professional and street smarts. For almost an hour students picked Dr. Williams’ brain about all sorts of current issues. When we look at the data presented by Williams, one would believe that the rap industry is looking to change the culture and entice violent street behavior. Williams’ theory extends beyond the rap industry and into the legal system. His presentation leads students to believe that the rap industry gets a kick back from CCA and is making money from both the music and convictions. One of the most important factors related to the rap industry’s influence over culture is the power and sway of few major companies such as Comcast and General Electric. Williams believes that these companies must begin to reform the style of music being promoted and start promoting artists such as Lupe Fiasco. Artists such as Fiasco perform to change the culture for the better. The Glacier and Moraine Valley thank Dr. Williams for his time and for Chet Shaw’s reaching out to an exceptionally knowledgeable professor from Northeastern Illinois University. Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at



Curtain rises for Film Fan Club By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor

The Film Fan Club was started for students who enjoy film and television shows but who may not have the amount of experience required by most of Moraine’s film clubs. When asked about what made them decide to start the Film Fan Club, Vice President David Bergquist said, “I felt like we needed a place to talk about film. To dig deep into what films are, how they’re made and how people view them in the mainstream media.” President Harvey Pullings Jr. continued, “I want to take this club and share my perspective and discuss the medium as much as possible, with people who share my love.” When asked about the passion that drives the club, Pullings answered, “I love film. It’s an art form that is capable of showing us the aspects of life in ways that all depend on whose thinking of the narrative. It can be the sweetest nightmare or the most disturbing love affair.” When asked what they hoped to accomplish with the club, Bergquist ex-

But my prefers is psychology thriller such as “The Usual Suspects.” Both Bergquist and Pullings had fathers who passed down an immense love for film, but Pullings said there are others to thank. He told the Glacier, “My dad had a massive movie collection. My uncle as well, Students, David Bergquist and Harvey Pullings, Jr. created the but I feel like my Film Fan Club for moviegoers to enjoy films. [Fallon Sweeney] aunt is responsible for my obsession. plained, “We hope to spark an interest “Forming a successive club is a chalin film and film study before we both lenge. When asked about such chaltake our leave from Moraine.” lenges, Pullings explained, “The only Both Pullings and Bergquist problem we have run into with the plan to continue on to Columbia College Chicago where they plan to take the FFC with them. Bergquist said, “I like all kinds of films action drama chick flicks. They’re all the same to me because I just like a well-written story with actors who can express themselves with the story. Any film that displays real human interaction with deep thought and emotion.

group would be time concerns (scheduling). We want an impressive turn out. We are fortunate to have intelligent members and an awesome admin, so we are hoping our schedule is beneficial to our objective.” No student-organized club can go far without the administrative help of dedicated teachers, professors and staff. Moraine’s film fan club owes its thanks to screenwriting professor and professional film editor Kristin Love Webster, who also teaches film editing at Columbia College Chicago. Prospective members are encouraged to attend their weekly meetings on Fridays at 2:00 p.m. in U211. Fallon Sweeney can be contacted at


Join Moraine’s Relay for Life team By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor

For the first time Moraine will host Relay for Life, a campus fundraising ritual throughout the nation, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life provides food, games, and in the interim, students take turns walking laps. Students who wish to help orga-

nize the Relay for Life should attend the meeting on Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m. in A236. Individuals who wish to participate in Relay for Life will spend the night enjoying activities, games, and ceremonies such as the luminaire ceremony, the fight back ceremony, and the survivor laps. By attending Relay students are able to build camaraderie by creating teams or attending as an individual.

According to event organizers Relay is an “awesome way to raise funds for cancer research and raise awareness for those whose lives are affected by cancer.” Moraine students are encouraged to like Moraine’s Relay for Life team on Facebook. Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at

Student Clubs


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

6 Students visit Sun-Times Chinese New Year : Moraine THE GLACIER FEBRUARY 22, 2013 VOLUME 45, ISSUE 12

2013 is Year of the Snake

By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor Moraine communication students sat down with Chicago Sun-Times Splash editor, Susanna Negovan. Students were taken on a tour of the Sun-Times building in downtown Chicago and enjoyed a question and answer session with the affable news veteran and former editorin-chief of Michigan Avenue Magazine. According to Negovan recent college graduates working at the entertainment magazine, Splash, typically worked on their college or university publication. She discussed the importance of internships, saying that the Sun-Times usually hires individuals with a strong portfolio and experience as a journalist. Students were taken on a tour of the Sun-Times office. Surprisingly enough, the Sun-Times building comes complete with a massive wall of nearly every type of candy, a Chicago sports fan’s dream arcade, and a lighthearted atmosphere. Negovan explained that such perks spark writer creativity and inspires new ideas. Negovan spent time with students, introducing each member of her young Splash team and explaining her role in the publication. As the editor, her main

By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor

Students visit Chicago Sun-Times Splash and speak with Splash editor, Susanna Negovan. [Provided] responsibility is to oversee the business side of the publication. Although generating advertising revenue is one of Negovan’s primary responsibilities, she hires and oversees a staff of multitalented writers and editors. Negovan credits each member of her staff for being able to take on many different roles, from writing to editing to laying out the publication. The staff of few must do the jobs of many. Students were impressed with the level of commitment each member of the staff must make to ensure the success of the magazine, which in 2012 reached 432,455 readers, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

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This year Moraine Valley celebrated Chinese New Year, which is considered the Year of the Snake. In the 12-year calendar, the snake is the sixth animal in the cycle. Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Affairs and the Asian Diversity Club, Chinese New Year was celebrated with cultural food, music and history. “This is the first time we’ve celebrated Chinese New Year at Moraine and we are so happy to celebrate the event here at Moraine,” said Advisor of the Asian Diversity Club, Tamima Farooqui. According to the Chinese calendar, individuals born in the Year of the Snake are wise, graceful, sensual, shrewd, cautious, elegant, strong, calm, and constant. “It was a wonderful event. We had plenty of traditional food, games, calligraphy, and a historical presentation,” said Farooqui. Students, staff, and faculty were able to enjoy learning about Chinese culture and enjoy traditional Chinese food. Students were able to look up

Students enjoy the Chinese New Year events at MVCC. [Mike Frederiksen] their birth year on a placemat showing each year and each individual’s strengths and weaknesses. Members of the Asian Diversity Club gave an awesome PowerPoint presentation describing the history of Chinese New Year. Each presenter touched on a topic related to Chinese culture, traditions, and historical events. “We are very pleased with the turnout for Chinese New Year,” said Jessica Crotty. “We had a great mix of student and staff and we learned a lot about Chinese New Year.” Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at social@



Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor


Back in time to ‘Chicago’s World’s Fair’ By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor Speech achieved without speaking, violence portrayed without being violent, a story told without any telling, “The White City” both captivates and horrifies while giving audiences a glimpse of history. Few modern dance groups can present a ballet performance that tells a story, much less one that is decades old. Thodos Dance Chicago, headed by Melissa Thodos, is no typical dance group; using modern influenced ballet they told a story from the Columbian Exposition of 1893 (World’s Fair in Chicago) based off of the book “Devil in the White City” (Erik Larson). They brought this production to Moraine’s Menker Theater on Saturday, Feb. 7. It is important to keep in mind that this play was presented without any dialogue; interaction between characters is expressed only through motion, song and dance. As the curtains parted, Bruce Wolosoff’s “Survivor’s Truth” began to play; the piece invokes a story all it’s own. Upon first gaze, the dancers’ movements

Dancers used their movements and gestures to communicate the story of “The Devil in The White City” without saying anything out loud. They were able to capture the mixture of emotions that people who attended the exposition must have felt. [Erica Sinnott] seemed simple, but this could not be farther from the truth. Each hand motion and every step sends a message to the

audience. Through the scenes, audiences are given a glimpse at a truly unique depic-

tion of madness as they play witness to Patrick Prendergast (Joshua MancuWHITE CITY | page 10



Bratt and Ensemble Metal with ‘Temper’ discuss Jazz History By Stephanie Oster Staff Writer

The Jazz Ensemble puts on a show for audience members in the library lounge. Every song which the musicians played was impromptu and original. [Lucy Welsh] By Lucy Welsh Online Assistant With the abolishment of slavery came the introduction of a culture that would change this country’s and the world’s musical history forever. Slave music was written down for the first time and received the name Ragtime; which would later develop into the Blues, Swing dance, Jazz, Bluegrass, Bebop, and Rock n’ Roll. Ragtime emerged in its published form during the mid1890s and quickly spread across the continent via published compositions. Long before modern recording devices were invented, the only way to enjoy Ragtime/Jazz was to perform the sheet music live, also known as a Performance Art. On Feb. 21, audiences lucky enough to witness a remarkable performance by Douglass Bratt and his Jazz Ensemble in the library called “The Roots of Jazz: An Aural History and Performance.” The Jazz Ensemble featured Douglass Bratt on drums, Mai Sugimoto on Alto Sax/Clarinet, Tim Burns on guitar,

Kevin Fort on piano, Scott Anderson on trumpet, Raphael Crawford with trombone, and Patrick Williams on bass, all of which are music instructors. This performance was the first time the ensemble had ever played together and they improvised the entire show on the spot. Having never practiced before, each song required the skill and creativity of each musician. The show was undeniably breathtaking and players were clearly masterful of their instruments. Bratt discussed the transition of Ragtime into the Blues; which later became several genres including early Jazz, Swing Era, Big Band, and Bebop. Each song performed was an example of each different genre and featured key differences in harmonics, rhythm, and speed. It is only after such a delightful performance that one can understand why Jazz music should be experienced live and improvised. Lucy Welsh can be contacted at Welshl6@

After the highly criticized “Fever,” Bullet For My Valentine fans were looking for something fresh. Whether or not they got that from “Temper Temper” is up fans to decide. “Temper Temper” has the metal community talking. Many feel that the album presents a new and improved Bullet for My Valentine however the other half of their fan base feels they’re turning down a bad road. “Temper Temper” was released worldwide on Tuesday, Feb. 12 as the first pre-released single off the album. The single had fans speculating because it didn’t reveal much about their new album. It sounded a bit different from the normal, heavy sounding Bullet for My Valentine. The rest of “Temper Temper” follows this way: very catchy riffs and lyrics but nothing too complex as far as the music goes. Matthew Tuck, lead singer, hardly has any screaming vocals in the album, which results in a less heavy sound. The album came about because they were having some inter-band issues, so instead of taking a break they took all of their hostilities with each other and used it to write this album. Bullet for My Valentine’s drummer Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas says in an

Bullet For My Valentine’s newest album “Temper Temper” isn’t as heavy as many fans had hoped. [RCA Records] interview with, “Some of these songs are a bit more complex than the older stuff.” The band also says that this is one of their angriest albums, but the music doesn’t reflect stylistically on the anger. Bullet for My Valentine seems that they are at a turning point on their path in the music industry; they have been having a hard time with their record label, RCA Records. Overall, “Temper Temper” is a decent album, heavy enough to satisfy some metal heads and achieve more fans. However, not heavy enough to satisfy old Bullet for My Valentine fans. Stephanie Oster can be contacted at



Feeling ‘Side Effects’ Moving story about mom’s perseverance By Chantise Bennett Staff Writer

Steven Soderbergh (“Oceans Trilogy”) brings forth his final film detailing the ramifications of a woman being prescribed to an experimental antidepressant. Soderbergh directs a film that can appeal to a vast audience. It revolves around something that audiences can understand and see every day, the side effects that certain medications induce. Audiences see the commercials on TV that advertise medications where the side effects are most times worse than the actual thing they are trying to treat. “Side effects” takes this theme and creates a truly complex and thought provoking film. The film stars Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) as Emily Taylor, who suffers from severe depression after her husband Martin, played by Channing Tatum (“21 Jump Street”), has been released from prison. Her new psychiatrist Dr. Jonathon Banks portrayed by Jude Law (“Sherlock Holmes”) reluctantly prescribes her an experimental medication called Ablixia at the suggestion of her old psychiatrist Dr. Victoria Siebert played by Catherine-Zeta Jones ( “Chicago”). While on Ablixia she suffers from side effects, one that includes severe sleep-

By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor

Martin (Channing Tatum) and Emily (Rooney Mara) are a couple affected by circumstance. [Open Road Films] walking. After a tragedy that lands Emily into a mental hospital and Dr. Banks career in shambles, he struggles to clear his name and keep his life from falling apart. The first half of the film does begin slow and might seem dull at first due to all the pharmaceutical talk, but by the second half it really picks up. The film is unpredictable and filled with many twists and turns. Chantise Bennett can be contacted at

ily’s life to support his wife. Hamming and her husband had already decided the relationship was unhealthy. Author Anne Marie Hamming deLee was diagnosed with a rare autoscribes the tough decisions mothers immune disease, which for three-year around the world must make and tells of caused the boy to suffer unexplainable her aweing commitment symptoms. Hamming’s to her son, Lee. decision to become a fullAt the opening of time mother illustrated “Saving Lee and Findher decision to give up ing Grace: A Mother’s one part of her life out Journey,” Hamming deof sheer love for her son scribes her reasoning whose only hope was to behind writing this gutreceive a bone marrow wrenching story about transplant. her life as a professional At points it appears journalist and the dualthat Hamming is selfish ity of motherhood. for wanting her career. Our author eloquentAs one continues to read, ly describes her passion it becomes apparent that for work, her love of her Hamming loves her chiltwo children, Katie and dren regardless of how Lee, and the estranged Hamming tells her story of her badly she wants to conrelationship with her son’s battle with a rare auto im- tinue her work. husband. Hamming’s mune disease. [AuthorHouse] Although Hamming story tells of a couramay have temporarily geous and strong woman from a small abandoned her passion to write, “Savtown who attended college unlike most ing Lee and Finding Grace” is her finest women in the town and took it a step piece of literature to date. further by becoming a journalist. While Hamming was pregnant with Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at soLee, her husband had reentered the fam-



Young ‘American’ Horror Story

“American Ghoul” tells the story of Howard, a teenage ghoul trying to blend in with the crowd. [Ex Libris] By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor Walt Morton’s “American Ghoul” is at once a coming-of-age story and a horror story. The story’s main character Howard is much like any other small town teenager living in America. He goes to high school, gets nervous around girls and calls a group of geeks his friends. He’s normal in almost every way ex-

cept for the fact that he only recently found out he is a ghoul, a subspecies of human beings who have no choice but to survive on human flesh. Ghouls who go without feeding lose their almost normal appearance, becoming decayed and haggard. Under “usual circumstance,” Ghouls appear normal except that both pupils are a different color. Howard’s parents, who are ghouls themselves, could only keep their grisly secret from him for so long. After a dinner table talk that was less awkward than it should have been, Howard is initiated into his family’s secret tradition. He learns his father’s practices and helps with “harvesting” by digging up relatively new graves. As if this wasn’t a challenge enough, the ghouls cannot digest embalming fluids so they are forced to seek bodies buried without. All of that combined with the pressure of keeping their activity a secret makes for a scenario that cannot last long. Life continues somewhat normally for a short time. Howard returns one night to find his home ablaze and witnesses the townspeople murder his parents. Howard is left no choice but to seek out the only remaining ghoul he knows exists: his grandmother. Amidst the challenge of providing for them both, Howard begins his se-

nior year of high school where he encounters the same challenges any person that age does. In the effort to blend in, he falls in with a group of less-than-popular friends and begins taking on small landscaping jobs. Walt Morton’s attempt on making ghouls, flesh eating half-humans, seem like everyday people is enjoyable but not terribly convincing. I found it extremely difficult to take this story seriously, despite Walt Morton’s well-meant attempt at riding the line between horror and coming of age story. Morton’s explanation of the ghouls ability to survive is mostly due to their choice in careers. Howard’s grandmother worked as a nurse while his grandfather was a soldier. Both paths afforded the ghouls ample opportunity to feed at will. “American Ghoul” is a story about a senior in high school but should be directed towards the reading level of a junior high student. The story is gruesome at points and amusing at others, not a story that I would consider to be part of the horror genre but as a part of the young adult genre.

WHITE CITY | from page 7 lich) and Dr H.H. Holmes’ (Brian Hare) descent into madness. Prendergast’s support of Mayor Carter Harrison (Jon Sloven) takes a turn towards obsession that eventually mutates into murderous rage. The seductive and unnerving Dr. H.H. Holmes (Brian Hare) comes to Chicago to build his hotel and to prey upon the young women flocking to the city. One of the most captivating elements of the entire production was the slideshow of historic Worlds Fair photos provided by the Chicago History Museum. Emmy award winner Christopher Kai Olsen arranged the photos as well as aided in production and writing the play. The most enrapturing scene occurred between characters Dr. H. H. Holmes (Brian Hare) and one of the women he captured, tortured and murdered (Jessica Miller Tomlinson). As Bruce Wolosoff’s sultry “Dancing on My Grave” plays in the background, Holmes gets what has been a long time coming: a visit from one of his numerous victims during Chicago’s Columbian Exposition. After “The White City: Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893,” the group presented some of their signature, more contemporary pieces. Thodos Dance Chicago presented an entirely fresh and unique take on the Columbian Exposition of 1893 which audiences were lucky to witness.

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Career Corner



FAFSA workshop provides needed aid By Abbas Haleem Staff Writer

Moraine’s Financial Aid Department held a free Free Application for Federal Student Aid seminar on Feb. 16. FAFSA is a form that can be filled out annually by college students. All that is required to apply is a Social Security number. The form consists of over one hundred questions, and asks questions about the highest level of education one’s parents completed, or what their taxable income was in the previous year. The first-ever workshop at Moraine Valley showed students and parents how to complete FAFSA forms. Representatives from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and representatives from Moraine Valley were there to guide families through the form, helping to answer any questions applicants had. The form can be overwhelming, why the workshop was set up. Participants were divided into groups; those who had begun their FAFSA application in the past, and those who had not. For those who had not applied for it before, it is important to understand that

Students and parents had the opportunity to learn how to complete FAFSA form information at the workshop with assistance from representatives of Moraine Valley and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). [Michael Frederiksen] FAFSA must be applied for by the individual members of the family that it pertains to. Applicants who have applied for FAFSA before are allowed to apply for a renewal of their application. According to the FAFSA website, the

federal deadline is June 30, though schools may have deadlines as early as February. Students who apply early have access to the financial aid. For students who missed the workshop and need

assistance, the Financial Aid Center in the S Building in room S107 encourages students to set up an appointment to work with an expediter. Attendees to the workshop were rewarded by being fed a lunch of sandwiches, an incentive advertised in the fliers that Moraine Valley printed out. For students who plan on filling out their application for Moraine Valley at home, input Moraine Valley’s school code: 007692. Be aware that when applying for aid for the current spring semester or upcoming summer semester, apply for the 2012/2013 FAFSA. When applying for aid for the fall semester, apply under the 2013/2014 FAFSA applications. More information on how to receive financial assistance can be found on the Moraine Valley website under financial aid. Information can also be found in S107 or by calling (708) 974-5726. The Financial Aid Office hours are Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Abbas Haleem can be contacted at


Mike Frederiksen, Photo Editor



Waiting For


In 1930’s New York, taxi drivers threatened to go on strike. In the time of the Great Depression, however, social unrest and economic inequality were the norm. Lefty Costello was the union’s elected chairman. This is their story.

Photospread By Mike Frederiksen

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