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Trustee Rundown

St. Baldricks raises over $5,000

By Phil A. Bianco News Editor Moraine Valley’s Board of Trustees may soon be in for a shake up as the April 9 elections quickly approach. Three current trustees are running for reelection. Two are running for a six-year term and one is running for a two-year set. This article is the third in a series detailing the candidates for Moraine’s Board of Trustees. The first of which is, John Brosnan Donahue of Orland Park. Donahue is currently a seventh and eighth grade teacher at St. John Fisher School in Beverly. “I see issues from the perspective of teachers and students. Whatever issues arise, I will be able to see them from the point of view of an educator,” said Donahue. Donahue has a history with Moraine Valley. His father and uncle were Board members in the 90’s and Donahue himself attended Moraine. “I would like to continue the work they started. I do think Moraine Valley should continue to focus on being affordable and student centered,” said Donauhe. John Schiera has a different perspective than Donahue. He comes from a background of business and is currently a registered landscape architect and small business owner. “I think if more governments ran like a business, we’d be in a better state,” said Schiera. Schiera has operated his farm for over 20 years. He also has experience working on the Board of Trustees for school district 230. “Too often the voices of the people are overlooked. If I’m, elected I will be active on campus, so that I can make the best decisions for everybody,” added Schiera. Fellow candidate Ricardo A. Fernandez is also a strong believer in business. Fernandez, who currently resides in Orland Park, currently works as a physiTRUSTEE | page 4

Cancer survivor, Edward M. shows off his St. Baldricks pin at Moraine on March 1, 2013. [Marketing] By Phil A. Bianco News Editor Look at the clock, wait three minutes and look again.

In that time, one child was diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is the number one killer of children in the U.S. The people at the St. Baldricks

Foundation know this fact well, and they have made it their mission to fight against childhood cancer. Moraine Valley’s Phi Theta

T Building grand opening

Kappa honor society chapter joined this noble fight by hosting a St. Baldricks event on Friday, March 1 in the U Building. The event was well attended, and the atmosphere was one of hopefulness. Phi Theta Kappa’s Vice President of Service, April Gallik was the lead organizer of the event. Gallik spent much of the last 6 months preparing, and she was happy with the results. “The turnout was great. People were very generous, and I’m glad because this is a great cause. My hope is that the money raised will help find a cure, so no one has to watch their child suffer like so many have.” The event began at 6 p.m. as attendees walked through the door. There was live music, free food and refreshments, and wonderful prizes to be won. “We had a lot ST. BALDRICK’S | page 7


honors Jenkins

Foundation Executive Director, Sue Linn. [Mike Frederiksen] By Nada Omer Staff Writer

Members of Moraine’s Board of Trustees and President Sylvia Jenkins cut the ribbon on the T Building on Feb. 20, 2013. [Marketing] By Ruba Ibrahim Editorial Assistant Moraine Valley’s T Building went through a dramatic

transformation over the past few months, but it had yet to receive a proper opening as of the beginning of this semester. That changed on Feb.

26. This was the date of the T Building ribbon cutting ceremony. MVCC faculty and T BUILDING | page 4

The Women’s Conference Annual Tea celebrating Women’s History Month was held in the M Building. This year’s Annual Tea had its first ever speaker, Dr. Sylvia Jenkins. Attendees gathered to celebrate her rise to become the first ever female president JENKINS | page 6

IN THIS ISSUE ENTERTAINMENT Learn about the antiwoman’s rights activist, who was a woman. SOCIAL PAGE 1

SPORTS Cyclones reach the Region IV Championshp. PAGE 12

FEATURES Speech team wins Harper College Tournament. SOCIAL PAGE 1


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SPRING STAFF Faculty Adviser Ted Powers Editor in Chief Connor Reynolds Managing Editor Anne Parker News Editor Phil A. Bianco Photo Editor Mike Frederiksen Graphics Editor Emalee Kay Online Editor Dawn Klingensmith

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Credit enrollment rises, but non-credit lags By Connor Reynolds Editor-in-Chief Moraine Valley released its Spring 2013 enrollment numbers Feb. 20, declaring an increase in credit enrollment although total enrollment numbers dropped. The increase in credit enrollment marks the first spring semester increase since Spring 2010 when credit enrollment peaked at 18,772. The increase amounted to 1%. “We are pleased that our enrollment continues to be strong given these economic times in Illinois,” said Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, college president. “Our goal is to make sure that we do everything we can to help our students succeed at Moraine Valley and be prepared for their future— whether they immediately enter the workforce or continue at a four-year institution.”

Total enrollment stayed above the 19,000 student mark for the fifth straight year though it was at its lowest, 19,365, since Spring 2009 when the headcount was 19,036. Total enrollment peaked at 20,100 in Spring 2011. The total enrollment numbers in the last five years have been greatly influenced by the volatility in non-credit enrollment numbers which fell to 1,194, the lowest number since Spring 2011 (6.2% of total enrollment.) From Spring 2009 to Spring 2012 non-credit enrollment increased 79%, and increased as a percentage of total headcount, which rose from 4.8% to 8.3%. Time will tell whether or not the current figure of 6.2% represents a trend back to the numbers seen five years ago or a small setback. Connor Reynolds can be contacted at

STUDENT TRUSTEE CORNER | TAYLOR GERAGHTY Hello, Moraine Valley! I’m so excited to begin spring break, even though I don’t have anything magnificent planned. For the most part, I’m ready for the relaxation. What do you have planned for spring break? Whatever those plans are, I hope you have a safe, and fun-filled break for all your hard work so far this semester. If you or someone you know is going out of town for spring break, there are just a few tips that can help ensure that you have a successful, and most importantly, a safe break. Do not do anything solo. Whether you go to the bathroom or the ATM, always have someone with you. You are less at risk to be in an unsafe situation when you travel in groups, or at least pairs. Another thing to consider is that the first floor of a hotel room is usually

the easiest floor to break into. It can be safer to reserve a hotel room on the second floor and above. Before going to your destination, communicate with your friends about a meeting place if there is an emergency. Make an agreement with everyone in your hotel room, no outside guests! Many times, unsafe situations arise when just one friend out of the group doesn’t behave in a safe manner. To avoid dealing with this problem, address it before even leaving to your destination. I wish you all the best during spring break, and I hope you all make the best of it. You deserve to have a great break while being safe in the process. Contact me any time at





TRUSTEE | from front page cal therapist. Fernandez is active philanthropist and he often travel to help give aid to countries in need. He has a political history, running for the positions of state representative and state senator respectively. Fernandez lost both those races, and now wants to focus on making a positive impact locally. “I have a long history with Moraine Valley. I went here and I want to keep the school growing and improving for the students,” said Fernandez. “Moraine needs to keep its focus on the budget especially now that the state is in such bad shape. We owe it to the people of this district to keep tuition down.” Eileen M. O’Sullivan also loves to help those in need. She is a phlebotomist, and used to own a cleaning business before she decided to go back to school. “I like being involved. I’m curious; I was kind of an annoying child,” said O’Sullivan. One of her favorite quotes is, “Government is an act of comprise.” “I’m a firm believer in working with other people,” she said. Like many of the other candidates O’Sullivan sees the affordability of Moraine as one of its best aspects. “There are some kids who wouldn’t could to school is tuition was higher. That is a reason we need to keep tuition down,” said

O’Sullivan. “My motivation is to keep Moraine Valley accessible to the community. We need to spread education to people of all backgrounds. I will do whatever I can to help the institution.” The final candidate on the ballot is Gary D. Lewis of Bridgeview. Lewis currently works as Vice President of Sales for Ashland Cold Storage. “I’ve been a member of the local school board for four terms, so I have the experience necessary to succeed in this position,” said Lewis. “I’m very much a stickler for the financials. We don’t have blank checks so you want to make sure the financial stability is there.” Lewis believes that it is important to talk to and work with every member of the administration, faculty, staff and students body. “It’s important to stay true to the guiding principles of the organization,” said Lewis. Lewis’ motivation for running is to make Moraine a viable option for all. Remember to register to vote, so that you can have a say in who makes the key decisions at your college. Contact the Cook County Clerks Office by visiting for more information on the election or voting.

T-BUILDING | from front page staff joined community members in celebrating the official opening of the renovated building. Taking part in the “grand opening” were Moraine Valley Foundation Board Member, Dennis Shannon; Moraine Valley Trustee, John R. Coleman; President, Sylvia Jenkins; Board Chairman, Joseph P. Murphy and Trustee, Andrea Ramirez-Justin. The last phase of the T Building renovation project was completed in January 2013. The purpose of modernizing the building was to expand space for computer labs and study areas in addition to programs such as The Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance, which includes the Virtualization Data Center, Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services, and Automotive Technology. There were four main reasons for the renovation of the T building. This National Resource Center was funded to serve as a focal point for the improvement of cyber security and information assurance (IA) through curricula, instructional programs, degrees and certificates; establish a national cyber security and IA academy for faculty education; serve as a resource for institutions interested in hosting or participating in cyber security skills competitions; and Increase minority and underrepresented populations in cyber security technical education programs.

The newly installed transparent yellow box enclosing the Virtualization Data Center stands out at the main entrance. It is part of the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) on campus, which was recently highlighted in a national video. Because of the ever-changing nature of technology, it is important for students to practice and learn the most updated programs for their future careers. The renovation allows and provides students to gain knowledge, hands on experience, and the convenience of space for learning. “Remodeling of the T Building included relocating the CSSIA offices and its data center with plans for job fairs, expanded tutoring, industry forums, and more to get students further engaged in cyber security,” said Erichm Spengler, director and principal investigator of CSSIA and Moraine Valley professor of computer integrated technologies. “We’re helping build seven data centers at seven other community colleges across the United States. This all helps student learning and student success,” said Spengler. “We can uniquely serve students. The big picture is how both CSSIA and our grants are working together to help students both here and nationally.”

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Board Chairman Murphy presides over a recent Board meeting [Mike Frederiksen]




Moraine Valley to host observatory open viewing Come out to stargaze at Moraine Valley Community College as it hosts its series of telescope open viewing nights in 2013. This is the eleventh year of public viewings with every year seeing an increase in attendance. Viewings will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or there are high winds.
 All open viewings are held at the telescope dome on the G. Jack Bradley Observation Deck, located on the west side of the college’s Nature Study Area, off Kean Avenue near 107th Street. Observers can park in lots east of Building P or in the west section of the Building D parking lot and then walk on the path to the observation deck. For more information, call Maura Vizza, Moraine Valley public relations generalist, at (708) 974-5742 or email at or visit Take a noncredit class this spring Moraine Valley Community College is offering several noncredit courses in a variety of subjects beginning in March and April. Topics range from art to history to

home decorating. Dates, times and class fees can be found in the spring class schedule or on the college’s website. Library events for spring The Moraine Valley Community College Library has lined up a series of events for the spring semester, a few of which relate to its 2013 One Book, One College text “Confederates in the Attic,” by Tony Horwitz. All events will be in the Library Lounge, Building L, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills, IL. They are free and open to the public. More information on “Confederates in the Attic” and upcoming events can be found at Master the iPad Due to overwhelming demand, Moraine Valley Community College has added two sections of the “Working with the iPad” class. The one-day classes will be Thursday, March 7, and Wednesday, April 3, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $45. For more information about the class, contact Corporate, Community and Continuing Education at (708) 974-5735 or visit Free prom dresses! High school girls can find the prom

dress of their dreams at a “dreamy” price during Moraine Valley Community College’s sixth annual Dream Come True Project. Free dresses will be given out on Saturday, March 23, from 9 to 11 a.m., in Building S, Room S117, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Dress donations currently are being accepted in the Multicultural Student Affairs Department, S201, on the second floor of Building S. For more information about the Dream Come True Project, call Veronica Wade at (708) 974-5475. Get in the know Grab a cup of coffee, take a seat and settle in as you learn how to become an adult student at Moraine Valley through “Career Paths and Coffee.” Whether it’s been years since you’ve stepped in a classroom and you’re ready to get back to academia or you’re looking to improve job skills or change careers, there’s no time like now to join other adults and discover what’s possible for your future at this free event. For more information, call Moraine Valley’s Admissions Office at (708) 9745759, email or visit

Come Check Us Out! Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is located on the second floor of Building S in the Student Services Center. In addition to forming collaborative partnerships with other divisions on campus to co-sponsor students and community activities, MSA has specific programmatic initiatives. National Hispanic College Fair is on March 13, 2013. For more information contact: (708) 974-5475. Distinguished Scholars Night Tuesday, March 12, 2013 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Building S, Room S117A & S117B. District high school students who are in the top ten percent of their class are invited to learn more about opportunities available at Moraine Valley. For more information please call (708)974-5355. MAP grants suspended The Illinois Student Assistance Commission suspended Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for the 2013-14 academic year on Saturday, March 2. If you did not complete a FAFSA before this date, you cannot receive a MAP funding; however, you federal Pell Grants and student loans will still be available. Apply online at

6 JENKINS | from front page of Moraine Valley Community College, and the first president to have risen from the ranks of the college. Participants enjoyed refreshments of tea and finger sandwiches. The gathering had a festive ambience with many ladies sporting decorative hats to match the elegance of the celebration. Dr. Jenkins joined Moraine in 1986 as an adjunct librarian and has held many different positions at the college before she was inaugurated as president in July 2012. Most recently, she was the vice president of academic affairs for two years. At the Tea, she spoke mainly of leadership but stressed that it doesn’t come with a title. Her PowerPoint presenta-


tion honed in on specific terms that she described as qualities of good leaders. Jenkins emphasized the importance of a leaders character over wealth or other qualities. She focused on positional leadership, which is assumed under a job or other important position, and compared that with situational leadership which is the opportunity for people to step up in everyday life by taking charge and fulfilling their responsibilities. Dr. Jenkin’s speech was poignant but lighthearted as well. She drew in listeners with several anecdotes centering on her family and her work life. When discussing the importance of pursuing leadership roles, she said, “being a leader isn’t about pursuing leadership, it’s about how you can help others and serve them in whatever your role is.” It’s a motto that she says she has lived by, and one that has guided her through her professional career. During her working life, Dr. Jenkins, like many students and faculty today, has raised four daughters with her husband. She joked that she had many funny stories of when her children were younger. “The key is to keep priorities straight and spend time with your children first and just try to have a home and work balance,” said Jenkins

An event attendee enjoys a beverage with the President on March 6. [Mike Frederiksen] When asked what she wanted people to take away from her speech today she replied, “to be good to each other and help others.” Adriann Stewart, director of Multicultural Student Affairs said it best, “There are so many female leaders at Moraine that inspire leadership and support. Dr. Jenkins is one of them and she embodies all the characteristics of the good leader that she was talking about.”

Dr. Jenkins was also presented with a decorative teapot as a token of appreciation from the Women’s History Month Committee. The Committee, with Multicultural Student Affairs was in charge of the event. Adriann Stewart, Charmaine Seveir and Jessica Crotty were the event coordinators. Nada Omer can be contacted at omern3@



ST. BALDRICK’S | from front page of support,” said Gallik. “I almost couldn’t believe how generous people were.” The Chicago White Sox’s donated an autographed Alexi Ramirez baseball, the Bears gave a signed football, and the Cubs and Bulls both contributed tickets. Local businesses were also unselfish, giving food, coupons, and other free merchandise. Centennial Lanes bowling alley even gave 60 free games. These are just a few examples of the lavishness with which community

members gave. The way St. Baldricks works is simple. People volunteer to shave their head and donors give money to see them do it. Over 22 people shaved at this event. In all, over $5200 were donated. $3,000 of which was given before the event even happened. Moraine Valley’s Music Club raised over $1,300. And the top three individual participants combined—Associate Professor of Humanities/Music, Tammi Carlson, Business Internships Coordinator, Michael Wade, and

The head shavers at the March 1 St. Baldricks event flash their blades. [Marketing]

Gary Sheehan—raised nearly $2400. “My gratitude goes out to the donors because without them, this event could never have been a success,” said Tim Stoehr, Phi Theta Kappa chapter president. The event was distinctly emotional as it featured two speakers who talked about their experience with childhood cancer. Caty Cairo bravely spoke to the audience about her son, Geno, who she lost to cancer at the age of 13. The young boy died from a very rare form of cancer called Hepatocellular Cacinoma. Cairo struggled to hold back tears as she told her sons story. After her speech, Cairo was given a silver clover locket with Geno’s name engraved in it by the Phi Theta Kappa officer team. The second speaker was Edward, a 12 year old boy from Evergreen Park whose cancer is currently in remission. Edward spoke directly to the audience about his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma. One of the hardest parts, he said, was being alienated from his friends because of the effects of his cancer treatment. Still, Edward never gave up his fight because he knew his family would always be by his side. The event was considered a suc-

Phi Theta Kappa officer speak to the crowd at the St. Baldricks event on March 1 in the U Building. [Marketing] cess by the organizers. “It exceeded our goals. Participation was above and beyond, and people were spending money left and right. I’m glad we could help such a great cause,” said Stoehr. Overall, it was a great way for the community to come together in the fight against childhood cancer. Phil A. Bianco can be contacted at news@


William Barker Views Editor



Should minimum wage be increased? “Critics say minimum wage [...] ‘destroys jobs’ but this has never been proven.”

“With an increase in minimum wage, companies will either have to downsize or decrease wages for the upper class.”

By Phil A. Bianco News Editor

By William Barker Views Editor

It is the dream of nearly every American to live a good life the “American There’s a laundry list of effects that minimum wage controls in relation to Dream,” some might call it—one where they have the essentials necessary to sur- American society. The end result separates the rich and the poor by a greater vive. margin. The quintessential American ideal says that if you work hard enough, you can Minimum wage seems like a good idea at first glance. Everyone wants to have these things and more. But this is not the case today. There are millions of have a little extra change in their pockets to spend on the newest version of hard-working Americans out there who cannot afford the essentials—food, wa- the iPhone. However, raising minimum wage doesn’t simply create money out ter, clothes, shelter and healthcare—because their of thin air that everyone can have to spend how job does not pay a living wage. they please. There is not one state where a minimum wage With an increase in wages, companies will have worker can afford a two-bedroom apartment to either cut or reduce the wages of the more amworking a 40 hour week. The fact that we allow bitious workers in the higher paying positions, or hard working Americans to live without the basic more likely, fire the minimum wage staff in order essentials is sad and I would argue unjust. to level out their GDP. Critics say that raising the minimum wage is This, in turn, would increase the amount of una good idea, but a bad policy because it “destroys employment across the country, thus tipping the jobs.” But this has never been indisputably provend result of the economy into another recession. en. As Professor of Economics Emeritus, Richard In addition to increasing our currently struggling D. Wolff wrote on his website, “It is level of unemployment, those lucky enough to not at all clear whether raising the minimum wage maintain a more esteemed title in businesses will would help or hurt employment.” be more able to assemble and take advantage of I argue, like Wolff and many other experts, that those on a lower level of management. raising the minimum wage is a social justice and Without hardworking unions strengthening moral issue because the economic results of doing the middle class and maintaining a presence in so are uncertain from situation to situation. both the lower and higher levels of management, There is no doubt that already wealthy Amerithe lower class would not have any sense of escans have gotten exponentially more wealthy teem to maintain working conditions and even since the recession technically ended in June hope for an increase in wages along with a sig2009. And this is not a short-term trend. Upward nificant amount of hard work, ideally. concentration of wealth has been increasing since [Graphic by Michael Hartmann] In addition to wages effecting employment, the late 1970’s. inflation will also decrease the value of the dolThe super wealthy could not have gotten that lar. When the lowest amount of money that one way without the workers at the bottom—the same workers they pay a poverty can receive in their wages increases then the American dollar will earn less value wage. Therefore, the just thing to do is to raise the minimum wage, so that even as a peice of currency, just as an abundance of a certain fruit will decrease the workers doing the most menial jobs can make, survive, and improve themselves. value of the product in retail. We can do this by gradually raising the wage, and attaching it to the cost of livThe teenage entry level workforce, or any member of society with less work ing, so that when milk, bread and the other essentials of life rise in price, so will experience, will also suffer at the hands of the minimum wage increase. wages. When measured in spending power, the current federal minimum wage of When there is an increase in the lowest level of payment, entry level job train$7.25 is actually lower than it was in the 1970’s. It would be $10.59 if it had kept ing becomes more valuable to companies, which leads to an inability of teenagpace with inflation during the last 40 years. ers to gain employment. You may think that raising the lowest wage is too much of a burden on busiIncreasing minimum wage causes as much of a struggle for those that receive nesses. But it is clear that it is the poor and working class who have suffered so it as a benefit. While it poses an ideal situation at first glance, it has repercusthat business could grow exponentially for the past 30 years. We must begin to sions beyond that which lead to greater problems then a little less money on the think in terms of people, instead of profit margins. paycheck of those that recieve lower wages than ideal. Phil A. Bianco can be reached at

“I think minimum wage should be raised because I’d like to receive higher pay for how hard I work.” -Sara Gasior

“[Wages] have to be balanced. If we raise the minimum you can pay a worker inflation increases.” -Joseph Collins

William Barker can be reached at

“It should be a matter of having incentive to work more in order to be payed more.” -Gilbert Albores

“Yes, we need help with the cost of everyday living.” -Leslie Cichocki



VIEW FROM THE HILL | BILL DROEL | MVCC CAMPUS MINISTER “Hey Mr. Droel,” Glacier readers ask. “You wrote about Arabia during the Dark Ages, but what about Ireland?” Full disclosure: Since my mother died, I presume no one reads “View from the Hill.” Smile. However, Ireland—like Arabia—was a rare light during the Dark Ages and that story is important, particularly for those partying on Western Ave. these days, some of whom know little about Irish history or, for that matter, about Irish-American culture. A popular account of Ireland in the Dark Ages is How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill (Anchor Books, 1995). During the Dark Ages, Cahill writes, “matted, unwashed barbarians descended on [European] cities, looting artifacts and burning books.” Yet in “one moment of unblemished glory… the Irish, who were just learning to read and write, took up the great labor of copying all of Western literature.” Without this effort Europe would likely go forward without books “and our own world would never have come to be.” Of course St. Patrick, who died in about 461 A.D., is crucial to the story. First, he had to construct an alternative in Ireland to boorish barbarism. His strategy was to convince warrior people (of whom St. Patrick was once one) that it is possible to be brave and yet be peaceful. The Cease Fire program in Chicago has the same goal. When someone is shot a Cease Fire leader convinces that person’s friends or fellow gang members that peaceful witness is strong; that retaliation is really a disguise for weak self-regard. St. Patrick also had to dispel superstition because, Cahill explains, it suggests “that reality has no predictable pattern” and therefore purposeless behavior is as good as anything. St. Patrick replaced a dreaded conspiratorial world with the “sense of the world as holy.” An organizational change was also part of the Irish contribution. St. Patrick put

Google Glass is changing the way we see the world

aside the model of a solitary counter-cultural Christian hermit in favor of monasteries. These communities were set among regular people and served as hubs for agriculture, education, the law and more. Irish missionaries spread the monastic movement. Columcille (521-597), after initially betraying the ideals of St. Patrick, founded an important monastery at Iona, Scotland. (Some young adults in our area, including several interested in water polo, attend a thriving college in New York named for this Scottish island and its monastery.) Thereafter Irish monks and their disciples reestablished literary culture and interest in science in what is today France, Italy, Germany and elsewhere. This month (and at other times) a visitor to Western Ave. or to some IrishAmerican haunts in Chicago Ridge will hear about “the luck of the Irish” and hear legends about leprechauns. It’s all so much fun. But a lesson for me in the story of Ireland’s contribution to civilization is the repudiation of luck, fate, chance, superstition, conspiracy theories and the like. Ignorance and tribalism feed on a worldview that conjures dark, unpredictable forces. Civil debate and progress need newspapers committed to truth-seeking, laboratories dedicated to unbiased experimentation, uncensored libraries, decisions based on scientific probabilities, and community colleges that espouse research and reasoned conclusions. In particular, our world needs well-informed policies. I am disturbed by the many conspiracy theories that are regularly heard on radio, Pod-casts and even casually on our campus. Current events--those in our country, in Ireland, in the Middle East, in Asia and elsewhere—must be understood through the light of reason. Bill Droel can be contacted at

Google Fiber now beckons new technology from larger ISP providers in the future By William Barker Views Editor

Set for an early release in 2013, the Google Glass is set to impress many people. Google is known to be one of the powerhouses in the field of technology and yet again they are out to prove themselves to be at the top of hands free technology. Google Glass has been hard at work, and already shows bits and pieces of what they are putting together. The technology is fitted with an HMD, head mounted display, which provides the user with a smart phone display and an easy to access user interface. The friendly interface allows users to access all contacts send messages via voice talk. Project Glass is on the verge of changing how we look at technology today, it is the future. Running the android operating system is what powers this hands free beast. Internet access just by simply speaking to the device, recording family videos and of course taking those lovely family photos are so easy to share. Project Glass is going to be a device that is fun for every family trip and every special occasion. Google Glass is also a Google certified GPS with easy to access map function and a full view of the area. Navigation at its finest, Project Glass allows the user to bring up an easy to user interface and does its primary job to navigate you on where you need to go. The price of the Google Glass comes to around $1500.00 dollars, I believe that the price for the technology is not in my wallet range, this expensive piece of work is going to cost big bucks based on its features and the amount of time and hard work that was put into it. I personally wouldn’t get one unless I had money to spend which I don’t, but that’s alright I am perfectly fine using my trusty iPhone. This technology is great don’t get me wrong it is the future and it will be useful to us in the years when we have a good amount of money stored away. On February 2013; Google released a demo video showcasing the voice-augmented display which was a total hit for all android and Google Glass fans. This Android powered device comes in at $1500.00, and is the future of the technology we see today.

Google Fiber is set to revolutionize the speeds at which people can transfer data. Based on recent updates from developers, the product is set to ship the Internet into a new wave of technological advancements. Kansas City is currently the only city lucky enough to experience the latest in expansive technology, but as time passes, Google Fiber’s accessibility will spread throughout the country. It is a new kind of Internet, with efficiency that dwarfs previous records. This new rush of technology is not, however, designed to trounce internet service providers to bankruptcy. This service is designed to coax internet providers into stepping up their technology departments in order to keep up. We’ve all heard the words that everyone wants to hear plastered on every product on every shelf e.g. better, faster, stronger than before with little actual progress to be made. In order to keep clear of appearing as all bark and no bite, Google stepped up with an estimated clocked speed of 500 times faster than current available data transfer speeds. With Google Fiber, you’re no longer subject to the limits of buffering in order to see that cat close the door like it’s a person on Youtube. Since waiting will no longer be an issue, more can be utilized with Google Fiber to the point where your computer may struggle to keep up. This means that image transfers can be instantaneous, providing the ability to upload, store, and prompt whatever program; video; or game you need when you need it, without the wait. Google Fiber also provides cable TV for your family and friends for only $120 a month. However, if Internet connection is your only desire, your price will be lowered to $70 a month. This product is in high demand for anyone who needs to transfer mass amounts of data and conveys a new world of possibilities for sending information across the globe with previously unbelievable speed. This inclines people to complete their set of technology with a tablet remote to control the TV, the ability to record up to eight programs at once, and absorb up to a terabyte of date in the Google cloud. With all of this synergizing together as a team to control every aspect of your electronic storage. This new technology is set to be everything you need for as long as you need it and with all of the space you have available you will most likely struggle to fill it.

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ATHLETES OF THE ISSUE Marquell Pierce Guard Men’s Basketball

By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Marquell Pierce is a second year guard out of Marshall Metro High School, who plays on the men’s basketball team. The 5’9’’ guard has had an amazing 2012-13 season, which earned him second team All-Conference honors. Pierce averaged 7.8 points per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field. Pierce also averaged 5.9 assists and two rebounds per game. The guard also has appeared in every game this season. Pierce must continue his strong play in the Region IV championship and lead his team to the NJCAA National Tournament. Katie McGann Guard Women’s Basketball

Katie McGann is a first-year guard on the 2012-13 women’s basketball team. The 5’9’’ product out of Providence High School was a key component for coach Delwyn Jones’ Cyclones. McGann’s impressive season earned her an All-Conference second team nod. One of McGann’s best games came on Feb. 9 against College of Lake County. McGann just missed a doubledouble as she scored 18 points and recorded nine rebounds in the 75-60 victory. McGann figures to have an increased role next season as Stephanie Karl will move on to a different college. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

BASKETBALL | from page 12 Region IV playoffs as the number two seed and squared off with the seven seed Elgin Community College. In what should have been an easy win, the Panthers barely escaped with a three-point victory against Elgin. The Panthers rebounded nicely after the scare, when they took on Waubonsee. After leading by seven at the half, Morton gave up an 11-point lead and trailed by four after a four-minute run by Waubonsee. Morton played lockdown defense and held Waubonsee scoreless in the final five minutes to win the game.

How they match up: Both teams are hot right now. The Cyclones come into this match-up as the defending Region IV Champions carrying a five-game win streak, while the Panthers hold an eight-game win streak with their last loss coming against Moraine Valley on Feb. 5. Both teams match-up well on paper, as there are no standout edges between the two teams. The x-factor in the game will be defense. The Cyclones currently allow 57.9 points per game whereas the Panthers give up 68.2 points. A hungry Panthers team should give the Cyclones all that they’ve got, but

with the Cyclones stout full-court press appropriately nicknamed “94 feet of heat,” the Cyclones possess the ability to move past the Panthers and win the Region IV for the second consecutive year. Looking ahead: The Cyclones will have to take on the fourth ranked defending champion Mott Community College and the second ranked Danville Area Community College who will be playing on their home-court in the national tournament if the Cyclones win the Region. Sean McDermott can be contacted at



New attitude changing baseball program By Sean McDermott Sports Editor There is a lot of new going around the baseball program after a frustrating 2012 campaign that ended at the Region IV championship game. Under the direction of new head coach Cole Farmer, who has the perplexing task of rebuilding the entire Moraine Valley baseball program. “We are rebuilding, I can not stress that enough,” said Farmer. “Even though we’re rebuilding we can still win. I’m expecting to finish the year with a .500 record and winning the regional championship. As for the future of the program we have the tools, campus, field and one of the best high school baseball community to turn this program into a winner.” Joining Farmer in the rebuilding effort is assistant coach Alain Quijano, also known as simply “Coach Q”. “He is very professional and helps out this program a great deal,” raved Farmer. Coach Q has pitched seven seasons in professional baseball compiling over 300 innings pitched for five teams and three different leagues. “I am happy to be here as the pitching coach,” said Quijano. “We as a pitching staff are ready to start the season.” Not only is Farmer rebuilding the baseball program, he is changing the Cyclones culture by implementing a hard-nosed aggressive style of baseball,

Returning captain Mario Hernandez takes a swing in a 2012 game. Hernandez will be a key contributor to the Cyclones success in 2013. [Mike Frederiksen] academics, and professionalism on and off of the diamond. “Last season I didn’t like how the players represented themselves,” said Farmer who was an assistant coach on the 2012 Cyclones. “A lot of important things took a backseat last year, which is the main reason why we didn’t do as well as we should have. A lot of things that I saw last year won’t fly on this team. I want hard-working dedicated ball players.” The Cyclones roster includes six returnees, five transfers and a few fresh faces. Captain Mario Hernandez returns behind plate after an impressive 2012

season. The lefty hit .357 with three home runs and 34 ribs’. Top transfers Mike Habas (South Suburban College) and Darin Bach (Olive-Harvey College) will be key contributors in the infield. Habas is considered by Farmer as his top recruit and named him one of the captains. Freshmen outfielder Kenneth Wright (Indiana High School) and starting pitcher Michael Levigne (Sandburg) are considered to be the top recruits on this year’s squad. Wright has top-flight speed and a good bat, while Levigne is a solid left-hander who has a good fastball

and off-speed pitches. The team consists of many hardworking and professional ball players. “This team is already more focused and hard-nosed than last years squad,” stated Farmer. “Our goal is to go out on the diamond and play hard every time.” This mentality is already evident in the clubhouse. “I can speak for all of us here,” said Captain Habas. “We are all concerned about success ding in our team goals. We as a unit put the team first.” The 2013 “rebuilding” Cyclones should be a rather fun team to watch. With new Under Armour uniforms, a new attitude, and a young aggressive head coach how can you not be excited for the upcoming season? The Cyclones are currently working on their inconsistency at practices and Farmer believes the team will be ready physically soon. “We are getting better everyday.” The Cyclones open the 2013 season with what Farmer calls a “springtraining trip” on March 10-16. The trip will take them to Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. “It’s a really good region down there, but it’s nothing we can’t handle,” stated Farmer. Hopefully this new culture Farmer is implanting bloom into a successful 2013-baseball season. Sean McDermott can be contacted at



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Cyclones advance to Region IV finals By Sean McDermott Sports Editor After more than four months of practice, games and preparation the Cyclones, ranked eighth in the nation, (27-5, 122) have made it to their second straight Region IV finals. Now only the surging Panthers of Morton College (22-9, 12-2) stand in the Cyclones way of getting back to the NJCAA National Tournament. How they got here: Moraine Valley has put together another solid season under head coach Dedrick Shannon. Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and First Team member Karrington Ward is the leader of the Cyclones squad. Ward leads the Cyclones in points per game (21.5), rebounds (10.2), and blocks (1.8) per game. Darryl Harvey (first team All-Conference), Marquell Pierce and Johnte Shannon (second team All-Conference) round out the rest of the squad. Moraine Valley opened up the Region IV tournament as the number one seed and took on a feeble McHenry County

College (5-23, 1-13) squad on Feb. 28. The Cyclones demolished the Scots 112-79. Gerald Dorsey led the charge with 26 points, while Ward and his brother Kyle put up a combined 39 points. With the win the Cyclones moved onto the semifinals against Oakton Community College (11-21, 6-8). Oakton came out strong early as they looked to play Cinderella, but the clock eventually struck midnight on the Raiders. The Cyclones took a 10-point halftime lead and never looked back as the Cyclones prevailed 88-70. Their opponents: Led by ISSC Coach of the Year Conte Stamas, the Morton College Panthers have reemerged as a threat in the Region IV after a four-year hiatus. With four players being named to an All-Conference team (two Panthers nominated to the first and second All-Conference teams), Morton finished the season with a 22-9 record and a share of the ISCC Championship with Moraine Valley and Waubonsee Community College. Morton College opened the BASKETBALL | page 10

The Cyclones “94 feet of heat” on display as Darryl Hervey (number 15) and Marquell Pierce (number 20) trap an Oakton player at the half court line on Feb.21.. [Mike Frederiksen]

Women’s season ends with dissapointment By Frank Gogola Staff Writer The 2012-13 Moraine Valley women’s basketball season come to a close, as they were upset by Morton College 63-59 in the Region IV quarterfinals on Feb. 28. The No. 3 seed Cyclones and the No. 6 seed Panthers met for the third time this season when they squared off in the opening round of the playoffs. The teams split their two regular season meetings, but the Cyclones dropped the all-important playoff game and were sent home packing. The Cyclones early exit was due to their poor shot selections, foul trouble and turnovers. Poor execution by the Cyclones down the stretch ultimately cost them the game. “I was proud of how our team fought, especially in the second half, but was disappointed with the execution,” said Coach Delwyn Jones. “In the playoffs it’s do or die, and the team that makes the right decisions down the stretch normally wins.”

Kelly Foley (white jersey) puts up a 3-pointer against an Oakton defender in a 61-53 win on Feb. 21. Foley made 73 3-pointers which earned her a first team All-Conference nod. [Mike Fredriksen] Stephanie Karl and Kelly Foley led the team with 12 points each and Maggie Yandel added 10 points. After starting the season 115, the Cyclones dropped eight of their final 14 games. They

ended their campaign with a 17-13 record putting an end to their streak of six consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins. “Not winning 20 games, the conference and not playing in the Region IV championship

was disappointing. But 17-13 is not a horrible record; a lot of teams would be glad to be 1713,” said Jones. Three Cyclones earned recognition for their outstanding play throughout the sea-

son. Sophomore guards Kelly Foley and Stephanie Karl were named to the All-Conference first team. Freshman guard Katie McGann was named to the All-Conference second team. Foley led the Cyclones with 13.8 points per game and 73 3-pointers. Karl led the team with 4.5 assists per game and added 7.0 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game. McGann was second on the team with 41 made 3-pointers and added 7.1 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game. “It was a fun season and a pleasure to work with a good group of young women,” said Jones. “In my 13 seasons coaching I can tell when returning freshmen will have a good season, and they have the character and work ethic to produce effectively. If we can get a few solid recruits to go with our six returning freshmen we will have a very strong team next season.” Frank Gogola can be contacted at gogolaf@student.morainevalley. edu.



Kevin Coyne Features Editor

The MVCC speech and debate team took home gold at the Litrenta Triangle Speech Tournament hosted by Harper College in Palatime, Ill. This year the speech team won six out of seven tournaments. In late April the speech and debate team will send eight members of the speech team to the Phi Pho Pi National Speech Tournament. [Provided]


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A woman’s scorn for women’s rights 6 called “Feminism, Anti-Slavery Societies and Sophia Peabody Hawthorne.” The speaker of this event was Carey MillsapSpears. This presentation was in conjunction with The One College One Program, currently featuring “Confederate’s in The Attic.” This event was held in honor of Women’s History Month and Spears wanted to give a female perspective on the Civil War book. She first gave the speech at an interdisciplinary conference in London and adapted it for Moraine Valley. Carey Millsap-Spears, a communications and literature teacher at Moraine, was very pleased to be a part of this event. “The women of Concord, Mass. are interesting . . . I went to ConCarey Millsap-Spears presented her findings on Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, a woman who cord to be part of the National stood against the women’s rights movement during the Civil War. Her research was based upon Endowment for the Humanities personal curiousity and involvement. [Michael Frederiksen] seminar ‘Feminists, Utopians, and Social Reform in the Age Joshua Johnson been too often marginalized in the of Emerson and Thoreau’ . . . I was exRuba Ibrahim context of the American Civil War. tremely honored to represent Moraine Staff Writers Well today their voice matters, their Valley at the London Women’s Leadervoice will be heard. ship Symposium.” Throughout history women have The Library held an event on March The speech focused mainly on So-

phia Amelia Peabody Hawthorne, a painter and illustrator as well as the wife of American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Peabody’s father was the dentist Nathaniel Peabody, while her mother was the strong Unitarian Elizabeth Palmer. Peabody’s sister Elizabeth educated her. Sophia had originally objected to marriage, partly because of her health. But her mind changed when she met Nathaniel Hawthorne. Five years after meeting, she and Nathaniel were married. Despite her education, as well as acquaintance with (and relation to) progressive thinkers of that time, Peabody resented the woman’s suffrage movement vehemently. She believed a woman’s place was in the home, not out in the working world amongst the men. The event gave a unique look into the variety of women of that time and the role they played in history. Surrounded by those who gave voice to the lost and forgotten, Peabody was a stone in the sea that would not be eroded. Joshua Johnson can be contacted at



Glacier editor reflects on first job By Anne Parker Managing Editor Elizabeth Novotny Kowalczyk, a former editorial editor for The Glacier, has learned many valuable lessons since working on the publication. The Glacier helped prepare her for a professional career. She was a student at Moraine Valley from August 1994 to May 1997. “I carried with me from the interviews I conducted way back when, how to deal with different types of people. There are always the exceptionally interesting people, the entertaining people and then….there are challenging people. This was a trait that I wish for those just starting in college could be required to learn,” explained Kowalczyk. “There is no class for how to deal with people. Learning the basic fundamentals back then, I carried on and further evolved them into the tools I use in everyday life now.” After her studies at Moraine Valley, Kowalczyk received her Bachelor’s of Arts in 1999 from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. “I went there because my father and uncle had attended when it was an allmale instuition. I wanted to attend a great private Catholic college, that had a Mock Trials program and wasn’t so huge that I was just another student to the instructors,” said Kowalczyk. “I still talk to a few of my professors from time to time.” She chose to begin her college education at Moraine Valley to obtain core requirements that would transfer to a four-year institution. She later heard about The Glacier from a friend who was interested in communications, and then she met The Glacier Advisor, Ted Powers. “My very first job was working with Ted Powers with advertising and layout. Then I went on to become an editorial writer, which progressed to editorial

editor,” said Kowalczyk. She enjoyed covering many stories and since her work on The Glacier has continued to keep many relationships with colleagues. “I have maintained some friendships with great people, like Justin Kmitch, whom as we continued on in our lives with our friendships way beyond MVCC. Now with each of our families, we share stories about back when we used to be working on layout and one of us would want to throw a dictionary at the other,” Kowalczyk explained. Her opportunity to work on The Glacier helped to expand her work with the Mock Trials she attended at Loras College. “As I continued on in my academic career, I learned how to be a better writer, how to make it interesting so that professors would want to continue to read. I carried those skills on in my academic involvement with Mock Trials at Loras College. When I was there, we went on to Nationals and I received awards for. Time management had a whole new meaning.” Not only did her participation on The Glacier prepare Kowalczyk academically and professionally, but also provided her skills throughout her personal life. “The multi-tasking tools I obtained still speak volumes. I balance with my husband of 10-years, raising a family with two young children, being the wife of a police officer/detective with constant last minute requirements and a full-time job. From time to time in between that I have organized and co-ran several charitable events,” said Kowalczyk. “I think beyond learning how to develop my writing skills, which truly helped me to write great papers at my four year institution, the greatest lesson was time management. Having a commitment with deadlines that I had to balance with my classes gave a whole new meaning to multi-tasking. I honestly didn’t know that that age and time

how much I would value those skills in my future academic, professional and family needs.” As Kowalczyk continues on through her life, she is still able to always look back on her time with The Glacier as an enlightening experience. “Just when you think that you have had enough, no one appreciates it, why do you bother,” she said. “I can tell you that you will relish the skills you are building now and how much more balanced your life will seem at times in comparison to others. If you really sit back and look at where you started to learn these skills and deal with challenges and difficult situations, you will find yourself in possession of the tools to tackle these challenges… from way back when.” Anne Parker can be conElizabeth Novotny Kowalczyk, a former editorial editacted at parkera3@stu- tor for The Glacier reflects on her first job at The Glacier. [Provided]



Eight students sent to nationals Speech team completes near perfect season with one loss By Joshua Johnson Staff Writer Moraine’s speech team takes home another victory at the Litrenta Triangle Speech Tournament held at Harper College in Palatine, Ill. This year MVCC speech and debate team won six out of seven tournaments. “This was our most challenging and largest tournament yet, but we were ready for the competition,” said communication professor and coach of the speech team, John Nash. As a result of the Harper College

Tournament and individual’s being ranked throughout the year, from April 14-21, eight students will participate in the 2013 Phi Pho Pi National Speech Tournament in Woodland Hills, Calif. The eight students competing in the national tournament are team captains Lauren Smith and Brett Krivich, Tom Murphy, Luke Langlois, Angelica Krizka, Samm Hilger, Onute Jureviciute, and Liz Salim. The coaches traveling with the team are John Nash and Amanda Pettigrew. According to Nash, acceptance to the national tournament is based on rank-

ing throughout the year and is a very difficult and convoluted process. Although the entire team will not be competing in the national championships in Los Angeles, the team as a whole has put forth an outstanding effort, which is reflected by the team’s record. “I am extremely proud of the team for all of their hard work. They are spending multiple hours coaching every week and weekend to be the best communicators they can be,” Nash said. “I am proud to say that many of our team members are being recruited to compete at four-year colleges.”

On Feb. 28, the Moraine Valley speech team held showcase to showoff their speaking talents and to prepare for the upcoming national tournament. The showcase was held in the M Building, in Moraine Room seven. It ran from about 5 to 6 p.m. The event is open to the public. The speech team charges $5 to get into the show and all proceeds go the team to compete in local and national competitions. Each event is given in series of dramatic readings. The students each pick a piece of writing from a choice author to preform the speech in front of the audience. The students may read anything form comedy to drama to poetry or persuasion. At the MVCC speech team showcase an estimated 70 people were in attendance. The speech team is used to preforming in front of big crowds. The audience embraced the speech team with a warm cheer after each speech. Each student opened up his or her speech with a warm introduction and a strongly worded and well-written speech. Members of the speech team watched closely as their teammates had the audience sitting at the edge of their chair. During the final speech members of the audience stood to cheer on the nearly undefeated MVCC speech team. The speech team recently formed a new speech fraternity as a student run club on campus. This club will help promote, expand the speech team’s reach and participation on campus. According to members of the club, each member of the speech fraternity double as members of the speech team. “These campus showcase performances are ways we can give back to Moraine. They are a chance to show the faculty, staff and students what the MVCC Speech Team does while at the same time providing an hour of entertainment,” he said. “In addition, when we preform in front of an audience, it really helps to prepare the team for competitions.” For those who want to watch the speech team in action, there are two more showcases at Moraine. We have two more showcases coming up, both sponsored by the newly chartered Pi Kappa Delta Fraternity, on Wed. March 20, at 5:30 p.m. in Building M -- Moraine Room 2 and Thursday April 11 at 6 p.m. in Building M in Moraine Room two, he said. Visit Moraine Valley’s website to keep track of the MVCC speech team at nationals. Joshua Johnson can be contacted at



Networking with WGN anchor at Moraine By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor Anchor, reporter, journalist and president of Bill Moller Communications, LLC, Bill Moller, enthralled a Moraine audience during his presentation about leaving a lasting impression in one’s professional and personal life. Moller is a three-time Emmy winner for his writing, reporting, and anchoring. He won two Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists and a two first place Associated Press awards. Moller asserts five key traits leave a

more endearing impression on an individual. Starting with enthusiasm, Moller continued by listing, integrity, confidence, authenticity, and empathy. “If you think about everyone, the way they sound or look, they are perceived differently from another person’s point of view,” said Moller. “People respond to an individual who is confident, which is displayed in both words and actions.” One of the best ways to leave a lasting impression on an individual is by simply smiling. Having what Moller described as that “spark in one’s eye,” is the sincerity offered by a smile, a genuine curiosity, and a sense of empathy.

Moller had the audience questioning their own body language, personality, and perception from another person’s point of view. One of the worst ways to leave a poor impression on another individual is by being boring, said Moller. Being the same as anyone else will leave a dull impression in both one’s personal and professional life.

Sponsored by Moraine Valley, admissions recruiters Deb Wills and Peg Heenan oversaw the event and invited Moller to speak at Moraine. “The people I met here so far tonight are a really dynamic bunch,” said Moller. Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at

Student Life Spring breakin’ it

Manager of Student Life Demetrius Robinson, joins in the fun at the Spring Break Kickoff. Students enjoyed games, music, and prizes. [Mike Frederkisen]

Award winning anchor, journalist, and reporter, Bill Moller left a Moraine audience shocked and awed after his presentation. [Mike Frederkisen]



Kman’s DePaul degree at MVCC By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor Henry Kman, 56, Hickory Hills, Ill., will earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership from DePaul University while attending classes at Moraine Valley. Kman is enrolled in the cohort, School for new Learning (SNL). Moraine teamed up with DePaul University to offer students an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from DePaul at Moraine’s campus. Kman is enrolled in SNL sub-program, Degree Completion Major (DCM). For busy adults who want to finish up their bachelor’s studies, SNL offers students a chance to earn the credits needed while continuing to work in their chosen industry. For Kman, the twoyear program offers the right mix of traditional classes with self-evaluation and leadership classes, he said. Kman’s work experience includes over 36-years in the construction and mining industry. Kman’s wife, Donna, is in the same cohort and has worked for 25-years in the housing and real estate industries. “For both of us, this program will benefit our careers,” said Kman. “More importantly, it will benefit our understanding of what skills are needed to be a leader.” Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership offers useful skills both on the

job and in everyday life. Learning to become a leader takes both classroom instruction and a desire to learn about personalities, heuristics, biases and other humanistic traits. “We are taught how to use these leadership skills for the benefit of more than just the workplace,” he said. “In many ways it is a change in out though Henry Kman will earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Leaderprocess that will hope- ship from DePaul University while taking classes at fully benefit out commuMVCC. [Provided] nity, out country, and our world.” development, and applied business. Henry and Donna Kman heard about For Kman and his wife, SNL offers an the program, attending an open house, innovative way of learning and underand decided the program met their cur- standing the role of leadership. Kman rent needs, he said. highly recommends the program for DePaul’s School for New Learning anyone interested in earning his or her Programs offers bachelor’s degrees in bachelor’s in a thought-provoking envileadership, applied behavioral sciences, ronment. computing, early childhood education, “There is a saying: You are never too general business, and program in Kenya. old to learn. I believe one should never SNL offers graduate programs in be too old to reevaluate one’s self,” he Master’s of Art in Applied Professional said. “Strive to improve upon not only a Studies (MAAPS); Master of Science in career but one’s life.” Applied Technology (MSAT); and, MasFor more information regarding SNL, ter of Arts in Educating Adults (MAEA). please visit to view proSNL also offers competency-based grams and costs. programs in leadership, pre-law concentration, health care studies, envi- Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at soronmental sustainability, organization

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Students escape cold in San Francisco By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor Seven students, four days in San Francisco, and stunning weather was the case for the MVCC Glacier staff last week. The Glacier staff met hundreds of aspiring professional journalists at the Associated Colligate Press ConferenceSF. The Glacier took home fifth place in ACP Best of Show Awards for two-year colleges. Colleges and universities from all over the country flocked to the fourday ACPSF conference at the Westin San Francisco. Each college presented its college publication at the main viewing table on the second floor of the hotel. Students and advisors took time to provide helpful feedback for one another’s newspaper, magazine and writing styles. Along with the viewing table, students were able to attend countless informational sessions. Sessions ranged from investigative reporting to front-page design and covered niche reporting such as beat reporting.

The Glacier’s editors attended the 2013 ACP Connvention in San Francisco and took fifth place in ACP Best of Show for two year-colleges. [Mike Frederiksen] This year, there were four keynotes, one for each day, starting with Richard Koci Hernandez, an Emmy Awardwinning visual journalist; Bert Herman, co-founder of Storify and founder of Hacks/Hackers; Michelle Quinn, Silicon Valley-based technology correspondent for POLITICO; and, Mark Fiore, a Pulitzer Prize-winning political

cartoonist. Each keynote speaker spent an hour talking to students and spent additional time in a conference room offering expert advice and helping students to create a professional grade newspaper. The Glacier’s editors took time to learn about new and innovative ways to create an appealing front page and how to

deem stories newsworthy. One speaker, Michael Koretzky, caught the attention of everyone in the conference when he gave out cigars to students who answered a question or posed a thought provoking idea. During a second lecture, the cigardistributing-riding crop carrying-journalist spent time editing over a dozen student newspapers, from rewriting headlines to changing the name of the newspaper, not a single college newspaper was safe from Koretzky’s critique. At the end of the conference The Glacier’s editors sat down at a roundtable meeting to discuss a new direction for The Glacier. New ideas filled the room as the editors discussed redesigning the front page to adding new types of stories to the publication. The Glacier is currently looking for new editors, staff writers, and designers for next semester. Anyone interested should contact Ted Powers by phone at 708.608.4177 or at Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at



Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor


‘Lefty’ pays homage to taxi strike of 1935 By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor “Waiting For Lefty” embodies the struggle of the middle class and testifies about the need for organization in the workplace in the FPAC’s latest production “Waiting For Lefty” is a play originally written by Clifford Odets and based off of the taxi driver strikes of 1935. The play was performed in the Oremus Theater. Outside the theater, a slideshow played current images depicting the labor union movement. The play, directed by Dan Scott, was performed in one act without an intermission. A slideshow of era timely photographs was shown on the walls, depicting the real story behind the performance while music of that era played. A glossary included in the program reviewed pop culture references of the times such as “Andy Gump” (a comic strip in the New York Daily News) and popular terms such as “ducky” (fine). The performance begins with an angry speech hollered from the stand by union fat-cat Fatt (Phil Montanez). A

Phil Montanez plays the role of corrupt union leader Fatt who tries to convince the workers that their efforts towards a strike are pointless. [Michael Frederiksen] dated take on the union leader is presented which projects a message that is unfair towards organizing unions. Fatt explains to workers that they were strongly mistaken in placing their trust in the union. He scoffs at their faith that “Lefty” will be around to help

them with their strike efforts. He assured the workers they would be left to their own devices. As workers come to the stand, they share the ways in which the lack of work and lowly working conditions have affected and changed their lives.

The first story audiences hear is the emotional recounting of family struggle by Joe (Brian Walsh) about his wife Edna (Chrissy Monaco) and their “bitsy” (small) family’s struggle to get by. A dark exchange between medical associates Dr. Barnes (Thayer Haywood) and Dr. Benjamin (Ryan Hajyousif) hints at foreboding things to come for the American people, in the war and at home. Scheming businessman Fayette (Luis Jimenez) uses finances as strings to control his underlings like puppets. A romance struggles to thrive between young lovers Florri (Liz Salim) and Sid (Andy Gomez) whose love for each other cannot overcome the boundaries set by the life of a “hack” (cab driver). The working conditions affected each person’s private life in very distinct ways, which are told throughout the performance. Things come to a head when tragedy strikes and the workers are forced to make a decision for themselves without the mysterious “Lefty” to help them. Fallon Sweeney can be contact at



New take on Poe tale comes to the stage

William (Gregory) and Roderick (MacPherson) catch up as the Servant (Nicholas Shelton) stands at the ready. [Keith Ian Polakoff, courtesy of Long Beach Opera] By Michael Duschene Staff Writer “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a great work as fiction and as an opera. The symbolism was carefully represented and the talent of the singers brought the story alive. “The Fall of the House of Usher,” was performed from Feb. 23 through March 1 in the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. It was produced by the

Chicago Opera Company, conducted by Andreas Mitisek, and directed by Ken Cazan. The three lead roles were Suzan Hanson (Madeline Usher), Ryan MacPherson as (Roderick Usher), and Lee Gregory as (William). Ken Cazan is from San Francisco and holds two positions at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. The opera follows the story of two

childhood friends that share a secret desire for one another. The story begins when William receives a message from an estranged childhood friend Roderick Usher, and agrees to try to ease Roderick’s crippling anxiety. The desire between the two builds up over the nights that William stays there as Roderick and his banshee-like sister Madeline create tension that hangs over the length of the production. This tension breaks when the two men realize that the only reason they had contacted each other in the first place was because of their longing for a meaningful homosexual relationship. Things come to a climax when their feelings are brought into the open. They both experience the noise that Madeline can create supernaturally and William confesses that he indeed longs for Roderick and they will leave the damned house the next day. The house and Madeline have other plans and crush Roderick Usher under the house’s columns. The opera itself in most aspects

was excellent; the limited set design consisting of four tall, grey pillars and four glass boxes was minimalism at its best, as was the use of lighting. The hard lighting from under and in front of the actors cast dark shadows on the walls and pillars behind them. Prop use was also another integral part of the opera. The music box that William buys Roderick as a gift symbolizes childhood innocence in contrast to the dark and moody atmosphere that encases it. The ensemble cast of shadows was a great way to never break suspense as well. They moved set pieces as if the house was alive and formed hallways as well as tables from the set pieces. The music itself wasn’t very impressive, but played a role in adding to the atmosphere by playing ambient in a minor key. Be sure to look at the Chicago Opera Theater’s website at, for information on this and the two other productions remaining this season. Mike Duschene can be contacted at



Looking to the ‘Skies’ Another album of repetitive rebel rock By Sean McDermott Sports Editor

From the producers of “Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious,” and “Sinister” comes “Dark Skies,” a supernatural thriller that fails on all accounts. The film follows a modern day, middle class family experiencing normal American problems. As the family struggles with debt, bills and their inability to pay their mortgage, a series of disturbing out-of-this-world events start to turn their lives upside down. Lacy (Keri Russell) and Daniel Barrett (Josh Hamilton) are an Arizona couple with two sons Jesse (Dakota Goyo) and Sam (Kadan Rockett). Daniel is out of work after being laid off as a project developer. As Daniel searches for work, Lacy struggles to sell an awful looking 1970’s foreclosed home. With more than enough problems, the family starts to experience unexplainable occurrences including the family’s photos being taken, canned and packaged food stacked in towers, weird markings and rashes on their bodies and three flocks of birds slamming into the windows of their home. As the family tries to piece things together, Sam tells his family that the “Sandman” is causing all these events and he has talked to him at night. Daniel buys a home security kit, in which

By William Barker Views Editor

Lacy (Keri Russell) listens to her son’s account of the “Greys.” [Dimension Films] cameras are placed in each of the family members’ rooms, a scenario that should sound familiar to fans of the genre. Out of despair Lacy comes across Edwin Allard (J.K. Simmons), an expert on the extraterrestrial events that the young family is experiencing. Allard tells the family that he knows what the family is going through since he is and has been visited by the extraterrestrials, which he calls “The Greys.” “Dark Skies” had the ability to actually be scary and worthwhile, but long stretches of boredom, little fear and scenes in the movie that have been done in other movies such as “Paranormal Activity” makes this film a buzz kill. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

The latest release from long-standing German industrial outfit, KMFDM, depicts its usual highly offensive cover for the fun of it, but has this shtick been buried with previous efforts at this point? The most recent effort pumped out of the factory of debauchery KMFDM features a variety of songs with sudden bursts of activity in random directions. The pumping motion of the laser fire sounds has somewhat of an innuendo to it in typical fashion of a band of their candid nature. Screaming obscenities is public fun for a while when you’re a teenager but as you evolve as a person, so should the material that spawns from your imagination. The talent and catchy samples are here, as is the structure and the fading and flow. Everything is put together well but the message that they put out seems to revolve around shock value. Surprise and awe is a useful tool when the listener requests to be thrown in the situation, but being constantly barraged by buzz words like suicide, rebellion, and

“Kunst” features intentionally offensive cover art, ideals, and lyrics. [Metropolis] riot only take you so far. An artist owes it to himself to create something past the bedazzling focus of sex and violence. Nearing three decades as a collaborative band, the passion for music can be seen in seasons of bloom from KMFDM throughout their years. It’s obvious that with this album being merely a chapter in an extensive library of industrial vision, if you don’t have time or money to pick up this LP, you can easily wait until next year for another one. William Barker can be contacted at views@



‘Nanobots’ gets weird Waking up with one more bad ‘Hangover’

They Might Be Giants’ eclectic and unique style is not lost on their most recent release “Nanobots” [Idlewild] By Michael Frederiksen Photo Editor They Might Be Giants, the band made famous by their quirky and sometimesinane music, proves that with “Nanobots,” their music is still going strong, even after 30 years. In the album they offer their eclectic, but tried-and-true form. This, of course, is expected of a group that has remained so consistent with their music throughout the years.

Any longtime fan of the band will not find anything unlike They Might Be Giants’ previous endeavors in this album. Each and every song reliably delivers their trademark and promises to elicit a chuckle or at least a smile at points. Each song in this album manages to stay under three minutes thirty seconds, while they managed to craft the song “Hivemind” in only six seconds. Each and every song in their massive 25-song album is worth at least a second listen. Upon listening to any song in this album for the first time, the listener might be taken aback. With each subsequent time each song is heard, a little meaning is added to what might at first seem like madness. In addition to their wacky, sometimes nonsensical songs, They Might Be Giants also showcase their own breed of songs, which educate or otherwise tell a story. What They Might Be Giants has achieved is a welcome addition to their 16-album lineup. They stay very close to what we have been hearing since the band’s inception. Michael Frederiksen can be contacted at

Jeff Chang (Chon), Casey (Astin) and Miller (Teller) lose themselves amidst the party atmosphere. [Relativity Media] By Chantise Bennett Staff Writer “21 & Over” centers around the misadventures of three friends on a wild birthday celebration gone awry. The film was directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (“The Hangover 1 & 2”). The story stars Justin Chon (“The Twilight Saga”) as Jeff Chang, who reluctantly agrees to join his two best friends Casey, played by Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect”) and Miller played by Miles Teller (“Footloose”), to celebrates Chang’s 21st

birthday the night before he attends a medical school interview. What starts as a relatively common night at the bar quickly escalates into a crazy night not soon forgotten. His friends are fit with the task of trying to get him back home so that he doesn’t miss his interview. The movie feels and looks like “The Hangover” and “Project X” which isn’t surprising considering that it was directed by the writers. The acting was not very well done and none of the dialogue between the actors felt natural. The style of comedy is not anything new or original. The humor is over the top. This movie relies more on raunchy and obscene comedy than actual comedic talent. If you do see this film, you should not expect anything new. It’s a film that has been done many times before and because of that, it is very predictable. Chantise Bennett can be contacted at


Career Corner


High school students gain career advice By Ruba Ibrahim Editorial Assistant High school students recieved an opportunity to visit Moraine Valley where the Non-Traditional Career Day was taking place. On Friday, Feb. 22 from 8-1:30 p.m. was Non-Traditional Career Day hosted by Peggy Heenan in the T Building of Moraine Valley Community College. Non-Traditional Career Day is mainly about thinking outside the box. A non- traditional career is an occupation where men or women are underrepresented and make up 25% or less of the workforce. The Non-Traditional Career Day is a program that allows high school students to explore different careers, increase their awareness, and avoid stereotypes. For many, when it comes to choosing a career, usually the first option for students is eliminating careers because of genders. An example of eliminating a career due to gender would be a male going into nursing or a female going into law enforcement. Normally, people would have an impression that only females can be nurses or males can be police officers.

Students always want to find a career that is in high demand. “It is important for students to think outside the box to choosing a career when thinking about a career path and to not limit career options based solely on gender types,” said Peggy. Non-traditional career exploration is to not limit students career options based on stereotypes and to consider interests, talents, education, training, earning potential, and where the job will be. There are 16 career clusters and these career clusters are architecture and construction, finance, information technology, agriculture food and natural resources, government and public administration, law, public safety, corrections and security, manufacturing, marketing, health science, arts, A/V technology, business management and administration, hospitality and tourism, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, education and training, human services, transportation, distribution, and logistics. According to Georgetown University Center on Education and The Workforce the top five career clusters Illinois job growth through 2018 is: in-

formation technology, health science, human services, law, public safety, corrections, security, education, and training are all projected to grow from 13%-28%. Computer science is the 2nd highest paid college degree and computer programming. Jobs are growing at two times the national average. During this event high school students were divided into groups. Group one was 13 female students from Reavis and Trio-Eisenhower High Schools, group two was 12 female students from Sandburg High School and group three was 15 male students from all schools. Each group was guided to different presentations which ranged from criminal justice, addictions studies, computer programming, LAN/IT security, paraprofessional educator, welding, recreation and therapy. All groups also took a tour around the campus of Moraine Valley Community College. This annual program of a nontraditional career helps high school students gain a better understanding of career opportunities that are becoming in high demand. Reinforcing a non-traditional career at Moraine

Valley Community College is assisting students gain knowledge and firsthand experience to what the careers are about, and for students to achieve success in their future. The advantages of pursuing a nontraditional career is the growing demand for skilled workers, many programs can be completed in two years or less, for women wages can be 20%30% higher than in most traditional careers, and greater job satisfaction. The next workshop coming up is How to Pursue an Internship. It will be on Monday, March 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in S117A. Students currently enrolled may sign up for any workshop at College Central Network. Under “Upcoming Events,” select “Workshop” and click on “RSVP.” Noncredit evening workshops are also available. For more information on the Job Resource Center and upcoming workshops, students can contact the JRC by calling (708) 974-5737, visiting room S202, or the JRC website on Ruba Ibrahim can be contacted at


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When the Glacier met the bay ACP National College Journalism Convention: February 28 - March 3, 2013 San Francisco, California Photos by Mike Frederiksen and Fallon Sweeney

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