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Murphy wins by .02%; ‘Wine and Dine’ Ramirez-Justin defeated at the Gala Night By David Alexander Staff Writer It was a night of fine wine, fine dining and fine music as the Moraine Valley Foundation held its annual fund raising Bon Appétit Dinner and Wine Pairing Gala Night on April 6. An estimated $44,000 was collected. The event was held at the Moraine Valley Community College’s Business and Conference Center (Building M). The event drew an estimated 290 guests who paid $150 each to partake in the dine fundraising event. The proceeds from the annual Gala Night events are used to award scholarships and to enhance programs at the college. Some of the guests at the Gala Night included Sandy Wagner and John Coleman, both Board of Trustee members, MVCC’s current President, Dr. Sylvia Jenkins; former President, Dr. Vernon

Board Chairman, Joseph P. Murphy (top), incumbent Board member, Sandra Wagner (left), Eileen M. O’Sullivan (right), and challenger Tom Cunningham (not pictured) were elected to Moraine’s Board of Trustees on April 9. [Mike Frederiksen] By Phil A. Bianco News Editor Moraine’s Board of Trustees got a makeover in the April 9 election. Tom Cunningham defeated incumbent Andrea RamirezJustin in her effort to secure an unexpired term of two years. Dark horse Eileen M. O’Sullivan was elected to a full six-year term. Incumbents Joseph P. Murphy and Sandra S. Wagner managed to keep their seats. Murphy eked out a narrow victory, beating union favorite John Brosnan Donahue by a mere 24 votes, according to the Cook County Clerk’s website. Donahue was endorsed

by all three campus unions, but failed to secure the votes necessary to win a seat. Newcomer O’Sullivan garnered 21.51% of the vote, while Wagner got 19.2% and Murphy pulled in 17.08%, barely beating Donahue’s 17.06%. In the two-year term race, Cunningham pulled off a dominating win with 43.6% of the vote to Joseph A. Skibinski’s 29.7% and Ramirez-Justin’s 26.7%. “I was surprised,” said Ramirez-Justin. “Surprised and disappointed. I know Moraine Valley will continue to move forward. Everyone works together too well for that not to happen.” The altruistic Ramirez-Justin,

a long time volunteer at Moraine, will continue to be involved at the College. Ramirez-Justin was appointed to the Board last August to fill the seat vacated by Mark Weber. “The win was bitter sweet,” said Murphy. “I am disappointed that Andrea didn’t make it. Her enthusiasm is second to none, and I’m going to miss working with her.” Both O’Sullivan and Cunningham expressed excitement at their election victories. “It’s only a two-year term, so you have to get your feet wet. But I’m ecstatic to serve in a different, larger caBOARD | page 2

Crawley; the Mayor of Palos Hills, Gerald R. Bennett; Mayor of Bedford Park, Dave Brady; and former state senator Louis Viverito. Students of Moraine Valley’s Culinary Arts program catered the five-course meal. The dinner was kicked off by Lamburger Slides, pickled eggs and duck confit, and was followed by soups of varying kinds and a salad dish. The main entrée for the night was Korean style brazed beef with crab cakes and spring vegetables. There were also eight different wine selections for the guests to enjoy along with the five course dinner. Another aspect of the dinner was the silent auction that happened during the dinner. The Moraine Valley Foundation had about forty-two items under the auction hammer. Tim Poulakis and Dominick Demonica out bid others GALA | page 2

Students elect new representative, Salah By Nada Omer Staff Writer Noor Salah was recently elected student trustee. This year’s election displayed a diverse group of candidates who all brought forth their own ideas on how best to speak on behalf of Moraine’s students. The three candidates who ran, James Ewa, Walldikiria Kaminski, and Noor Salah, all applied for the position and then nominated by a committee that was responsible for interviewing prospective candidates. The committee, which included the present student trustee looked for students who were running for the purpose of leadership

Noor Salah also works with the Muslim Student Association [Mike Frederiksen] and service. An open forum was set up by the Moraine Valley Student Association (MVSA) as a way for the candidates to introduce themselves to the voters. The election was carried out SALAH | page 4

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GALA | from front page to snag the “President Jenkins Cook” event (a meal for six prepared personally by President Jenkins), while David Heide walked off with an autographed 2012-2013 team Chicago Blackhawks hockey stick. There was also a raffle draw that saw the first prize of two round trip Southwest Airlines tickets going to Moraine Valley’s own Dr. Margaret Lehner, while the second prize of an “Evolution” vase by Waterford Crystal went to Laurie Anema. The evening’s entertainment was provided by Douglass Bratt and His Hot Five. Sponsors for the Gala Night Bon Appetit fundraiser were Southwest Airlines, Comcast, Pepsi, UPS, Advocate Health Care, Rosenthal, Murphey, Coblentz & Donahue, Noral Jewelers, Power Construction Company, and Legat Architects. Sponsorships are still available at the Moraine Valley Foundation office. David Alexander can be contacted at alex-

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BOARD | from front page pacity. I was raised in Evergreen Park, and I raised my children in Orland Park. I even graduated from Moraine Valley, so I am extremely excited to begin to serve the taxpayers,” said Cunningham. Cunningham previously worked as president of the Board for Orland Park School District 135. His motivation for running was to “see where the money is going.” O’Sullivan was in a state of excited shock when she learned of her leading vote total. “I feel so blessed and even a little overwhelmed by the vast amount of support extended and displayed to me by so many. Moraine Valley has helped me transform my own life, and I plan to use my unique perspective as a recent Moraine student to aide the concerns and needs of the students, staff, faculty and administration.” O’Sullivan is a former business owner, and currently works as a phlebotomist. Her goal in running was to

STUDENT TRUSTEE CORNER | TAYLOR GERAGHTY Hello Moraine, and happy April. This is my last Student Trustee Corner article, and the final days of my term as Student Trustee. It seems that the time has just flown past us. I still vividly remember the week of my campaigning, unsure of what the future would bring. Here I am now, congratulating Noor on her being elected as our new student trustee. It is all sort of surreal to me, but I know she will be great, and will serve all of you well. Being the Student Trustee had its ups and downs, its stressful nights, and early mornings, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world. I had a chance to do things that I never thought I would be able to do. I remember how shy I was when I first started at Moraine Valley. I look back on myself


and think, “Wow…what a transformation!” Now that I am graduating in May, I feel complete. What I mean by that is, I wanted to leave Moraine feeling like I accomplished something worth noting, but in the beginning, I wasn’t sure what that “something” would be. Being Student Trustee has made me feel like I can move forward in a positive direction with confidence in my future success. I’ve made great relationships with so many inspiring people, and I am so elated for Noor to do the same. Be sure to congratulate our new student trustee and welcome her, as she will be working with you, and growing with you for the next academic year to come.

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“help Moraine Valley remain a ‘jewel’ of the southwest suburbs.” Long time Board Member Wagner was satisfied with the results of the election, “I am very pleased and honored to be reelected. Moraine is such a great college, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.” However, Wagner was disappointed with the loss of Ramirez-Justin, “she was a remarkable and dedicated Board member. Hopefully she will continue to be involved at the college.” Moraine’s Board members will take their seats on May 7th. Individual positions (i.e. chairman, secretary, etc.) will be decided amongst the Board. Student Leaders expressed ex-

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citement at the prospect of working with the new and old Board members to meet the needs of the students. “I’m very excited to work with all the Board members in the future. I think it is critical that the Student Association, student trustee, College administration and the Board maintain constant communication. Without that, there is no way that the needs of the students can be fulfilled. I’m confident that the Board and the new student trustee will succeed at this,” said student association president, Jerry Rodgers. Phil A. Bianco can be contacted at news@



College looks to ‘pump up’ bike use By Jerry Rodgers Staff Writer

inconvenience of stopping at a local gas station to fill my tires up with air; it’s a convenient appliance that In an attempt to make the Mois very useful for the biking commuraine Valley more bike friendly, the nity at Moraine.” college has equipped the campus Emmanuel Santoyo, a second with newly updated bike pumps. year student and former student “We’ve been lobbying for this idea trustee who is majoring in busifor quite some time and our persisness management, rides his bike tence and patience has paid off,” said for recreational and athletic reaby Stephenie Presseller, sustainabilsons. “When I do occasionally ity manager and an advisor of the commute to campus on my bike, Green Club. the pumps save me a considerable “This will have a decisive impact amount of time and quarters,” said on the student body that uses their Santoyo. bikes as forms of transportation to “It saves you from the inconclass. Some students find this very venience of trying to find a close useful with the wear and tear that parking spot on campus,” added their tires take and the gradual loss Santoyo. of air; they will now have a conve- Moraine Valley installed bike pumps to help commuters make the transition to bike. This will “When you take the time to think nient location to pump up their help students save money, and make the College campus more sustainable. [Mike Frederiksen] about it, going to the parking lot and tires,” said Presseller. trying to find a parking spot isn’t “I believe as the campus impleKyle Wong, a sophomore majoring save me money, and I think if the col- always easy. Every student that comments and adopts alternative solu- in electrical engineering and Phi The- lege advertises the bike pumps, it can mutes to campus on a bike is saving tions other than operating a vehicle, ta Kappa member, commutes to and very well have a positive effect on the time and money on gas and commutmore and more students on campus from campus on occasion. Wong testi- people who commute to class on their ing.” will be willing to use their bike as a fied that the pumps are convenient for bikes,” said Wong. form of transportation to and from the student body. “Gas is expensive so “It also saves me valuable time. Jerry Rodgers can be contacted at rodgcampus,” said Presseller. I look to the best alternative option to I don’t have to be bothered with the

MVConnect portal gets modern update By Nabeel Qazi Staff Writer MVConnect staff recently updated the website by adding more user account detailed information. They have also made some cosmetic changes to the old website look.  The Student Account Information panel has been given a makeover, adding a more refined and detailed menu making it easier to navigate. The “View Account Detail” page redirects you to a new page where your charges and payments are listed.  Under the charges menu, you have three more sub-menus that show tuition costs for the semester for each class the student is enrolled in, term charges like college infrastructure and technology fees, and a section for other fees such as payment plan and late payment fees.  The payments tab lists all the payments students made over the semester, along with relevant information like date of deposit, amount, and payment method. The new system is very organized and makes it very easy to navigate through your account detail information. 

Sherita Tyler, director of applications development said, “I think the ability for students to see the detail as far as the charges and everything else, to me that would be big.” Tyler also said that if she were a student, she would want to “see how the totals add up, and exactly how much financial aid was contributing.” The Applications Development team also made visual changes to the account information page. The old business-dreary green and beige has been replaced with modern purple with grey accents.  The biggest challenge MVConnect has to tackle though is getting students to use the resources provided by the website such as Blackboard and library resources. Tyler also seemed concerned that students “don’t use their email” even though teachers and staff encourage it. In the past years, Moraine Valley and many other colleges and universities have taken gradual steps to move more of the school’s operations online, making an effort to modernize the education experience.  Nabeel Qazi can be contacted at qazin@

4 SALAH | from front page over the course of two days with an increase in the usual campaigning and a greater attention to the election than in past years. There was a 25% increase in voter turnout this year. Demetrius Robinson, manager of student life, said, “I gave each of them a pep talk to go out and get votes, it was a tight race between Noor and Walldikiria, but Noor pulled through in the end.” He stressed the importance of the role saying, “it will make her a better person and will prepare her to work in corporate America. The school is a business, its run as a business and she’ll be working closely with the administration, the president and the CFO. The experience is going to be life changing. She’ll get to know the ins and outs of the school, how it works, and not to mention the networking opportunities.” Salah credits her success to her friends who supported her by helping with the campaign. “I had a team of about 20 people making posters, handing them out, and just posting them everywhere and telling people to vote for me.” Salah’s experience with student elections goes back to high school. As vice president of student council, Salah said, “I did the same things that I did now; I made a Facebook page and went around campaigning asking people to vote for me.” When asked if she had been confident in her victory, she replied, “I was confident in myself. I knew that if I worked hard I would get it, but even if I didn’t I was still nominated, people knew who I was.” Besides attending board meetings with the other trustees Salah’s duties will entail creating Board reports illustrating Student Life on campus, shedding light on the positives and addressing any concerns students might have. Ellen Deinzer, an instructor in math, wrote Salah’s recommendation letter for the position and said, “Noor is a hardworking student. She is enthusiastic about school and conscientious to those around her. She will contribute a lot of ideas, and has the dedication to follow through with them.” When asked if she thought she had been confident in Salah’s win, Deinzer replied, “I was not surprised that she won.  She enthusiastically tried getting people involved in the voting process. I do think she is a natural leader. She is not afraid to speak up in class with a question or opinion.” Deinzer continued to say that, “I do believe that she will do a great job. It’s clear she is excited about being involved and using her leadership to make a difference for others.” Taylor Geraghty, Moraine’s current student trustee, described her experience last year when she won the seat. “When I was elected I didn’t know what I was getting into. I was quiet and withdrawn, I wasn’t involved. Being a student trustee opened up a lot of opportu-


nities, it changed the course of my life.” Geraghty went on to say that she knew Salah prior to the election, “She’s in my calculus class; I know she’s a really hard worker. She’s driven, even in our class she’s a leader.” As Geraghty finishes her term this year she gave advice to the incoming student trustee, “It’s a very important position, trying to connect with the whole student body and she’s going to be everywhere and see her name everywhere.

Don’t get overwhelmed and overall just have fun with it. The faculty and the administration want to see you succeed.” Salah says she’s looking forward to her new role, “[I’m] excited about working with students, doing projects and activities, but also nervous about the Board meetings. I just want to be professional.” Salah plans to transfer next year, she’s a pre-med student and hopes to become a gynecologist and volunteer in

Africa in the future. Salah’s family played a key role in her decision to run, “my mom was my reason to go to college. She works thirteen hours a day; I never get to see her. My parents never got an education, but she’s always telling me to, ‘go out there and be a leader.’ I’m doing this for my parents.” Nada Omer can be reached at




Petition for Deadline Deadline for students to turn in their petitions to graduate is June 1 for students graduating in summer. Moraine hosting Workshop Moraine Valley Community College’s Corporate, Community and Continuing Education subdivision and the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (Chicago Chapter) are partnering to sponsor an NDT Technical Workshop on Monday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop will be in the Fogelson Theater, Building T, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The cost to attend is $99 and includes lunch. After Hours Open House Business and community leaders are invited to a free After Hours Open House in Moraine Valley Community College’s Business and Conference Center on Tuesday, May 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. Building M is on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Run or walk the annual spring 5K Join other walkers and runners for the “Spring in Your Step” 5K at Moraine Valley Community College on Saturday, April 27. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m.,

and the race begins at 9:15 a.m. between Buildings C and D, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The race will take participants twice around the walking path encircling the campus. Participation in the 5K, or 3.1-mile jaunt, is free and open to the community, ages 16 and older. Refreshments will be provided following the event, and prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers of both the run and walk. Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off in the Fitness Center in Building G. Participants also can register the day of. For more information, call (708) 974-5701. “Green” activities and e-waste collection for Earth Week Watch segments from the documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” followed by a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Building M, Moraine Room 1 “Toxic Culture: How Materialistic Society Makes Us Ill” is a recorded presentation by Dr. Gabor Maté. This showing will be followed by a panel discussion led by Michelle Zurawski, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Amy William-

son, associate professor of psychology, on Thursday, April 25, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Building M, Moraine Room 1. Trade your goods with others at the Green Club Swap Meet on Thursday, April 25, 2 to 4 p.m. in Building U, U111. Bring your gently used but unwanted items and swap them out for other items. Objects include, but are not limited to, books, clothes, household items, or weights. Perishables, weapons and live animals are not welcome. Explore the foliage on campus at a tree walk on Friday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to noon or noon to 1 p.m. Meet at the clock tower of Building S. Moraine Valley has been designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the last three years. Bring electronic waste to the Community E-waste Recycling Collection on Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to noon in the Building T parking lot. Drop off unwanted (broken or not) electronics, telephones radios, computers, TVs, batteries, and other things that use or hold energy. Large appliances such as washing machines or refrigerators are not accepted. Acme Scrap is collecting and recycling the items. For additional information, contact Stephenie Presseller, sustainability manager, at (708) 974-5412 or email pres- Technology building open house Take a tour and learn about the Computer-Integrated Technology department during an open house at Moraine Valley Community College on Friday, May 10, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Center for Contemporary Technology, Building T, 9000 W. College Pkwy in Palos Hills. Service-learning fair looking for nonprofits Moraine Valley Community College is hosting Act Out 2013 next month, a mostly student-run service-learning fair on campus, and looking for non-profits to display their volunteer opportunities. This year’s fair is on Tuesday, April 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, May 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. Events will take place both days in the campus Library, 9000 W. College Pkwy in Palos Hills. It is free and open to the public. Any local nonprofits interested in having an information table at the fair should contact Act Out event Coordinator and Associate Professor of Communications and Literature, Mike McGuire at or (708) 974-5770. More information is also available at



Wrobel named adjunct of the year said Wrobel. Dawn has been a part time professor at Moraine Valley for 10 years. Nominations take place through out the year by students and college faculty. College professors are required to type a 750-word essay for the Adjunct Professor of the Year Award. The essay should include the professors teaching methods in detail. Winners are selected around February. Students select a professor that has changed their life, inspired them, and went the extra mile. Wrobel has created unique teaching methods for her Geography classes. For example, Wrobel created Dawn Wrobel has taught at Moraine Valley for 10 years. Her goal is to teach in such a way that a method where students students are asking questions when they leave her class. [Mike Frederiksen] pick a country anywhere in the world, create a name, By Ruba Ibrahim award for her dedication, unique teach- and choose their own government. Editorial Assistant ing methods, leadership skills and vast After students declare their territocontributions to the college. ry, name the country, and provide a Dawn Wrobel was recently award“It’s a big honor to be selected for the government for the people, students ed the Adjunct Professor of the Year Adjunct Professor of the Year Award,” present the information using role-

play. From there Wrobel notifies the students if their choice is possible or not. Another strategy Dawn uses is that she begins every semester with a 24hour global scavenger hunt. The assignment asks students to track their daily habits and map the results. When the semester comes to an end, students are asked to write an exit essay, which helps Wrobel improve her teaching methods by taking students ideas and applying them or eliminating the ones that were not a success. Dawn is described, by one of her nominees, as “an extremely hardworking, dedicated and passionate adjunct faculty member.” “I want my students to leave my class asking questions,” said Wrobel. Instead of creating a traditional lecture for students, Dawn creates lesson plans that help students interact in the classroom. Students tend to understand and remember the information when acted out rather than lectured. Ruba Ibrahim can be contacted at






Should robots replace expert reporters? “The data based articles are being written no differently then any other journalist would punch out.”

“[...] with humans writing it, we give the article that special flair to call the piece our own.”

By William Barker Staff Writer

By Erica Sinnott Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Times is currently using an algorithm in order to record informative I am against robotic reporters for many reasons. These reasons include the ability for logs on the status of seismic activity. This usage is under fire by those that advocate writers to flex their own writing style. personality in journalism. Every person has various ways of writing. Some people are concise and straight to the Writing is an art form and without art revolving around the emotions of a human point, while others prefer more insight on the subject. For the people who are concise, behind the keys or wielding a pen in hand, it eliminates the true purpose of art. I would they mention predominantly the facts with a little bit of background information. Other be the first to defend this point. writers, myself included, tend to have background, However, based on the subject matter that the facts, and other pertaining information. so-called “robotic journalist” is recording, the data I believe that if we have a robot write everything, it based articles are being written no differently then will look and sound scripted. According to the Vancouany other journalist would punch out. The article that ver Sun, Ken Schwencke, developer of the algorithm is under question is a record of seismic activity in for the robotic writer says, “I doubt that people who the California area. This is obviously relevant to the read our (web) posts — unless they religiously read the audience of the Los Angeles Times, but essentially earthquake posts and realize they almost universally remains a trivial record. follow the same pattern — would notice. I don’t think The benefit of the algorithm writing the records of most people are thinking that robots are writing the an earthquake is reaped in the time that the writer news.” in question can spend on articles that encompass a As mentioned above, Schwencke has the robotic more socially relevant topic that the writer can relate writer write about earthquakes, something he deals to on a personal level. with a lot in California, but the robotic writer can only Recording data in the form of a paragraph is much do so much by providing statistics. The robot can’t go less likely to evoke a certain emotion than a social out, interview people, and feel the true anguish these problem receiving much potent buzz around cyberpeople feel. First accounts are often vital in stories like space as well as in public settings. this. The time spent worrying about whether or not Another reason we shouldn’t have robotic writers an editor has time to finish an article that he is is we rely too much on technology as is. Don’t get me truly passionate about with the added pressure of wrong, I love technology as much as anybody else; I’m another article that essentially says the same thing constantly on Facebook, texting, or listening to my repeatedly issue to issue under his watch can cause [Graphic by Michael Hartmann] iPod. But if technology replaces people, it substitutes the message that he is trying to put forth to be comemotional input that drives humans at the core. promised due to a time constraint. Many people are paid to write, be it for newspapers With the weight of the excess bulk off of Ken Schwencke’s shoulders and into the or television sitcoms. By having robotic writers, those people end up losing their jobs. hands of his trusted computer algorithm, he has time to write articles instructing Schwencke doesn’t even need to be awake to write his article. “His fingers never have readers on the benefit of open-source libraries, as well as time to develop methods to to touch a keyboard, he doesn’t have to look at a computer screen. He can be sleeping improve the way that journalism is executed by developing programs to simplify the soundly when the story writes itself.” process of getting the news to the people through online communication and editing I will admit, having technology readily available is good for writers. If we quickly the interface that people input information to for easier access. need information, we can jump on a computer, go online, and find it, all within minutes. These are obvious benefits that can be reaped by not only Schwencke, but every However, that is where I draw the line to technology helping us. We are still doing journalist in the present as well as the future. There’s more time to improve the tech- the work and coming up with how to phrase all the information. Plus, with humans writnology of news for us as well as our posterity, with the only tradeoff revolving around ing it, we give the article that special flair to call that piece our own. simple data entry of seismic activity that’s recorded by computers and converted to a Based on the points of everybody having their own style and depending too much more personable language. The whole purpose of the task is performed, so the argu- on robots, I’m against robotic journalism. So, as a writer myself, I believe that we should ment becomes null in retrospect. be able to write our own stories.

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“If it’s just a record of something happening over and over then there’s no point in being upset over it.” -Eve Grevan

“The emotion is the reason people write in the first place. Take that away and you should’nt be writing.” -Kyle Marquardt

“I don’t think art should be given to the hands of a robot. That takes away from the emotion of the work.” -Jamahl Brewer

“I think journalism is done by people for people, and that’s the way it should stay.” -Diana Abusharek



VIEW FROM THE HILL | BILL DROEL | MVCC CAMPUS MINISTER Cultural critic Pamela Haag says we are awash in sentiment. Enough already, she says, with tacky shrines to deceased celebrities and yellow ribbons around trees. Haag is likewise disturbed by the proliferation of the exclamation point, especially in e-correspondence. It is only used, she writes, “to gin up excitement where no true reason for it suggests itself.” Along with the smiley face and other dingbats, exclamation points are used as a “projection of sunny emotions and feelings” by people who don’t really care all that much. Haag’s essay in American Scholar (Spring, 12) describes the corrosive effect a “sentimental public culture” has on civil society; that is, it damages our capacity “for deliberation in public life.” A charity walk for cute endangered animals is a tad noble. So too might be the sympathy toward an unfortunate person featured on the evening news. But then there is the inordinate expenditure of energy on the foibles of celebrities. Eventually, too many sentimental gestures make for a layer of detachment. For example, a person who mails a teddy bear to City Hall in Newtown, Connecticut comes to think they have opposed violence. But such gestures are substitutes for effective involvement. “Civil society relies on the creation of affinity and obligation to each other,” Haag admits. Thus a certain amount of affection or sympathy for strangers is important. But when it is excessive or misplaced, sentiment morphs into “a cloying, saccharine culture” that undermines the intention of the sympathy. Haag’s essay gets intriguing when she says that too much sentiment or focus on interior feelings actually impedes our ability to have “intimacy in private life.” Think about it: If we constantly put our feelings on display, how deep can those feelings be? To feel for everyone all the time is to eventually displace one’s energy for genuine grief, healthy spirituality, authentic sharing, abiding friendship and more.

Morals through lyrics? By Ruba Ibrahim Editorial Assistant

In a new booklet titled Public Friendship I explore Aristotle’s notion of philia, which goes beyond merely liking someone or sharing a mutual interest in a sports team or a hobby. Philia is appreciation for another person’s character and well-being. Because Aristotle insists that people are social by nature, philia further takes into account the environment or institutions that shape the friends that one cares about. Ultimately then, philia is concern for the public good, the polis. Unfortunately, English phrases for public friendship are out of favor; words like concord, civic affection, camaraderie, trust, civility (which is different from manners) or perhaps what Thomas Jefferson meant by the unalienable right to pursue civic happiness. In a way it is odd that we have lost public friendship. After all, we live in proximity to thousands of people. We see hundreds of them in passing every day. We now have technology that allows us to connect with hundreds more around our town, our country and across the world. Yet, few people practice the arts of public friendship. The circumstances of modern life with autonomous individuals surrounded by mega-institutions of government and business is a prescription for anxiety, instability, insularity, loss of enchantment and powerlessness—no matter one’s material assets. A society rich in community is still possible, drawing upon the best of modern achievements. It requires groups of friends to focus their feelings and thinking properly. To put aside sentimentality that means nothing. To reflect upon and then act on behalf of public relationships. This is not a second-best kind of activity; something to do only if time permits or something for a few highly extroverted people. It is not sappy. Public friendship is an exercise in truth. Bill Droel can be contacted at

Dangerous produce proves political power takes a toll By Abbas Haleem Staff Writer

The media seems to be the new guidelines to moral, ethics and perspectives. Celebrities have a greater influence on society than any other school of thought. More and more people are being influenced by mainstream music and television. For example, music has a great influence on society, especially the younger generation that range from elementary, junior high, high school and college students. Many artists set the wrong example to society by singing and rapping a message, stating doing wrong is good and doing good or the right things is “lame”. Rihanna says in one of her songs: “Feels so good being bad, there’s no way I’m turning back” and another famous artist being promoted by the media is Ke$ha, who quotes “I don’t want to go to sleep, I want to stay up all night, and I want to just screw around. I don’t want to think about what’s going to be after this, I want to just live right now.” The President of the United States of America is often seen socializing with the celebrities who produce unethical music. How can the president promote the laws, morals and ethics to our nation if he is seen socializing with celebrities who contradict the laws, morals, and ethics as well as promoting disobeying the law? When unethical music and acts are seen and heard over and over again by the youth of our nation the line between right and wrong becomes very hard to distinguish. And to make matters worse, parents no longer have time to sit at home to teach their children right from wrong. It seems as if iPods and flatscreens hanging on the wall have become the new parents. So the peaceful teaching of any other school of thought such as religions, universities, churches and temples have become “lame” or “uncool” due to the fact they promote good which is looked down upon by the media. In my opinion the above topic is the main reason why the United States of America has so many malfunctions, such as the highest prisoners rate in the world for one. So the next time you decide to “jam” to a song, just remember you can make a difference by choosing who you promote.

The Monsanto Company is an agricultural biotechnology corporation. Recently, they have been patenting their own biologically engineered produce called GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), which have dangerous side effects. To be clear, there is no current evidence that Monsanto’s GMOs can harm humans. Still, lab rats have been fed these biologically engineered foods and grown horrendously large, cancerous tumors. In fact, a recent scientific study shows that a seventy percent of female rats died prematurely from the products, and that fifty percent of males died early. Almost all of them died from cancer tumors. The Monsanto Protection Act is a provision that protects genetically modified seeds from being sued for health risks. It gets its name from activists that oppose the Monsanto Company. The provision was written into the Agricultural Appropriations Bill, which was already signed by President Obama. An important problem in the writing of this provision is the fact that the Monsanto Company wrote the act. Monsanto company writing a law to protect them against legal action for experimenting with our food supply should be weighed as a crime against society. The GMOs created by Monsanto Company are a health risk, and evidently, Monsanto Company produces them through slave-like labor, at least in some countries. Senator Roy Blunt admitted to collusion with Monsanto Company, and it is in part because of him that approved crops were found to be dangerous to the environment or the public. On top of admitting to involvement, Senator Blunt knowingly passed the act. It is even worse that the GMOs are publicly known as health hazards, but immune to being taken to federal courts regarding such a suspicion. This means that at the moment, Monsanto is essentially more powerful than the legislative branch of the United States. The Monsanto Company is distributing dangerous, genetically modified organisms. It’s terrifying that a company was successfully able to write a provision in a Bill, protecting them from legal action. The fact that a company succeeded in writing a law makes way for the possibilities of companies buying out politicians, much like movies tend to portray. The reality is that money truly is power, regardless of the dangerous entity that the money is coming from. The Monsanto Protection Act needs to be negated, and the United States needs to stop companies from attaining such ridiculous political power.

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ATHLETES OF THE ISSUE Mike Habas Baseball First baseman

By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Mike Habas is in his first year with the Moraine Valley Cyclones. The sophomore out of Homewood-Flossmoor High School and transfer from South Suburban College currently starts at first base. The powerful lefty has kicked off the 2013 season with a bang, hitting .381 with three doubles, two triples and eight RBI’s. Coach Cole Farmer considers Habas as “the best overall hitter on the team.” Habas will look to continue his tear on the Region IV, as the season continues for the rebuilding Cyclones. Samantha Staisiunas Softball pitcher/outfielder

Samantha Staisiunas is a secondyear outfielder and pitcher on the 2013 women’s softball team. The Andrew product got off to a hot start this season. She has a .344 batting average, two doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBI’s. Staisiunas looks poised to repeat as an All-Conference and All-Regional player. Staisiunas’ best game came against McHenry County College, where she went 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run and four RBI’s in the 17-9 victory on March 28. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

Marc Hein gets a hit against Elgin Community College on April 6. Hein went 2-4 in the second game of the doubleheader. He also drove in three runs in the 15-14 win. Hein is viewed as the utility man on the 2013 squad. [Mike Frederiksen] BASEBALL | from page 12 mound. The Cyclones staff has been giving up at least seven runs per outing. The problem lies in the Cyclones’ bullpen. “We have the starters, but we are thin in the relieving department,” said Farmer. “The ending of the game depends on how well the starting pitching goes.” The only bright spot the bullpen has had came back on April 6 during a double header against Elgin Community College, when right-hander Dominick Paolella picked up two wins (8-7, 15-14) in relief on his birthday.

“It was a very happy birthday for Dom,” said Farmer. “He pitched two scoreless games against a very tough Elgin team.” Paolella leads the Cyclones in wins with a total of three. The Cyclones now head into the heart of the 2013 season, with Oakton Community College (18-10, 3-5), Div. III powerhouse Joliet Junior College (14-7, 5-1) and Lake County College (10-5, 6-1) on the Cyclones billing. “We know we can play against top teams now and our game plan is to know that these squads are going to put up runs,” said Farmer. “We have

to minimize those runs by going right after our opponents and being aggressive. We’re going to put the ball in play at the plate and put the pressure on their defense. On the mound we’re going to throw strikes and go after their hitters.” The Cyclones have been competitive in every game so far this season. With the team buying in to Farmer’s philosophy, look for the Cyclones to continue to improve day in and day out. Sean McDermott can be contacted at



Tennis wins three straight, stands at 3-2 By Jordan Sisk Staff Writer After dropping their first two matches of the season, the men’s tennis team improved with three straight wins. Prairie State came onto the Cyclones’ courts on April 2 and beat them 7-2. However, the Cyclones went down swinging. Three of the matches went into tiebreaker. Head coach Bill Finn believes the Cyclones will catch up to the Pioneers in the standings. “Prairie State is a very strong team,” said Finn, “I don’t think we’re that far from them.” The Cyclones took down Illinois Valley Community College in a close 5-4 win on April 4. This was their first win of the 2013 campaign. “Unfortunately, we’re not as strong as we’ve been in previous seasons. We barely beat them,” said Finn. The men’s tennis team recorded their second win of the season on April 5 against Waubonsee Community College. Dave Smith won number one singles and first doubles with Brad Smith. Tim Stewart was victorious at number three singles, Juan De La Parra at four singles,

and Kevin Davenport at five singles. After the dominant victory, Finn stated, “Now I know who can step up and who can’t step up on this team.” He is very positive about the future of his team. “My confidence is better after this week because I knew we were going to have a tough one with Prairie State. But looking at the record of the games, we could have won that match. And I think Prairie State is the top team.” The team’s third victory came at the expense of an injury-plagued College of DuPage team. The Cyclones easily closed the door on the Chaparrals 9-0 on April 8. De La Parra and Stewart continued their assertive play by winning number four and number three singles respectively. With only six matches left before the Region IV tournament, the Cyclones have tough matches against McHenry County College and Sauk Valley Community College on the road. The Cyclones need a strong, unified core group of players who can step up to the challenge. Jordan Sisk can be contacted at

Juan De La Parra from Colombia is a key player on the 2013 men’s tennis squad. De La Parra is in his second year as a Cyclone. [Mike Frederiksen]



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Cyclones win five straight games By Sean McDermott Sports Editor After enduring a 14-game losing streak, head coach Cole Farmer’s motto “Buy-In” has finally sunk into the clubhouse, as the Cyclones (6-16) have improved every game since their forgettable spring training trip. To “buy in” means that players are aggressive in every aspect of the game and are worried about the team’s overall goals rather than your own individual status quo. The Cyclones were 1-16, before winning five straight and rebuilding the team’s morale. “Right now we’re playing at a higher level as the team has bought into the system,” said Farmer. The Cyclones bats have been the key to the recent run. As a team the Cyclones are batting an outstanding .326 with a .413 OBP, .387 slugging percentage and a whopping 106 runs (4.8 runs per game). A big part of the Cyclones’ recent surge at the plate has been the bats of first baseman

Mike Habas, outfielder/catcher Scott Petrovich and outfielder Kenny Wright, an unknown player at the beginning of the season who has come to be an essential part of the line-up. Batting in the two hole, shortstop Brandon Martinez has been a pleasant surprise for Farmer. “Martinez works hard,” said Farmer. “When he tried out in fall, I was really high on the kid the first time I saw him. I honestly didn’t know if he was going to be on this squad.” During the fall semester Martinez was experiencing academic issues that were holding him back from making the squad. Since improving on his academics, the Sandburg product has been a force on the diamond. Martinez leads the team in batting average (.468) and RBI’s (12). “He’s just dialed in. If there is a single guy who buys into the system more than the others its Martinez,” said Farmer. The Cyclones have the offense, the only dilemma in the clubhouse comes from the BASEBALL | page 10

First baseman Mike Habas swings at a pitch, which eventually turned into an RBI single on April 6. Habas went 3-for-7 in the two games against Elgin Community College. [Mike Frederiksen]

Cyclones’ bats starting to heat up

By Frank Gogola Staff Writer The Cyclones have already developed great team chemistry, but are having early-season problems with a consistent output by their hitters at the plate. 12 games into the 2013 season, the Moraine Valley softball team has had its share of ups and downs, posting a 4-7-1 overall record (4-1-1 conference). “Although it’s early in the season, they (the players) are already playing well as a team,” said head coach Mike Veen. “We have good hitters on our team; sometimes it shows and sometimes it doesn’t.” The Cyclones’ four wins came in two doubleheader sweeps, as the Cyclones’ offense shined bright on the diamond. They defeated McHenry County College 13-0 and 17-9 on March 28 and took down Elgin Community College 5-3 and 11-9 on April 4. In between the pairs of victories, the Cyclones struggled at the plate and failed to secure a victory. They lost 10-4 and

Outfielder/catcher Melanie Gerhardt gets a hit against Elgin Community College. Gerhardt is in her first season on the Moraine Valley softball team. [Mike Frederiksen] tied 18-18 against Prairie State College on April 2 and were swept 2-1 and 10-2 by Kankakee Community College on Apr. 3.

Offensive struggles plagued the team yet again, as they went 0-4 and were outscored 53-12 at the Kankakee Tournament on April 6-7. The Cyclones lost

13-1 against Kankakee, 13-3 vs. Waubonsee Community College, 16-1 against East Central College, and 11-7 vs. Oakland Community College.

“Kankakee (19-5) is a tough team every year and East Central (11-8) is a pretty good team,” said Coach Veen. “At the plate, either you got it or you don’t. And [in the tournament] we didn’t have it.” In their four victories and one tie, the Cyclones posted a combined 64 runs (12.8 runs per game); however, in their seven losses they could only muster a total of 19 runs (2.7 runs per game). Through 12 games, they are averaging 6.9 runs per game, but are surrendering an average of 9.5 runs per game. “It has really been an up and down year so far, but we have been improving,” said Coach Veen. “Our five sophomores have matured. And our freshmen have stepped up big, especially Amie Raynor and Jenny Vanek. Raynor has stepped up big on the mound, and Vanek has been a fantastic defensive player at shortstop and has been hitting extremely well.” Frank Gogola can be contacted at gogolaf@student.morainevalley. edu.



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Final prep before taking on best in nation By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor Moraine’s speech team, dubbed the “Talking Heads,” put on a final performance before they rock their way to the National Championship in California. During the 2012-13 season, the “Heads” have won all but one tournament. In total, Moraine earned gold seven times and lucky number eight is right around the corner at the Phi Rho Pi National Speech and Debate Tournament. With only three returning members, the speech team anticipated a rebuilding year. Instead the newcomers stepped up for the team and produced one of the winningest seasons for the College. “I am so proud of how hard the team worked this year. With only three returning members, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year, however, the team really put forth a huge effort all year long and it paid off,” said speech coach John Nash. “This team is a great example of a group that was greater than the sum of their parts.” Eight members of the “Heads” will fly out to Woodland Hills, Calif. from April

The 2012-13 Moraine speech team won seven tournaments including the Regional Tournament. In their final showcase before Nationals, the speech team will prepare to faceoff against over 70 of the best two-year colleges at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament. Eight members of the speech team will head to Califonia. [Provided] SPEECH | page 3

Abstract expressionism takes over Decaprio By Michael Frederiksen Fallon Sweeney Columbia faculty and staff member Justin Witte’s unique and colorful artwork is currently on display in the Decaprio Gallery. Witte originally proposed the idea to the gallery last year. Upon first approach, the exhibit appears as if it will be simple, if not minimalistic. But on entering, the exhibit becomes very detailed and complex. A different first impression is elicited depending upon the entrance used. Witte’s work has been shown in exhibits nationally and internationally. Some of the paintings displayed started as portraits but were painted over. There is a heavy utilization of faux malachite throughout the exhibit, which is typically applied to ordinary looking objects to add “value” or make them look more expensive. In all reality, faux malachite simply covers up the true object, creating “the obscured image.” The back wall, titled “Zone and Zonen,” immediately captures the eye when one walks inside. Comprised of oil paint on board on digital print. The use of faux malachite makes the wall come to life and draws the immediate focus away from everything else. Witte experimented with different

surfaces, textures and color. When his production time, becoming so spe- other image or hidden narrative underpainting got to be “too heavy” Witte cific that he used the least amount of neath and at the edges of a painting is turned to experimentation, choosing brush strokes possible. exciting and opens the door for a proto expand on his ideas and re-engage Witte painted on canvas, board, us- longed investigation of the work. I am art with new materials found or cheap- ing discarded exhibit materials and not always concerned with revealing ly acquired. laser cut wood panels. His artwork is what is out of sight, but instead with Every part of the exhibit is art: the even shown in video clips displayed on the unique space created by visual unway shadows are used, the color of the dual video monitors titled “KLM certainty.” the pushpins holding up the artwork. House” and “Renault.” What is on the canvas is simply one In his artist’s statement, Justin Witte Fallon Sweeney can be contacted at enterpart of what each piece is. put it this way, “For me the hint of an- Even the cords extending from the television monitors flanking the entrance are part of the aesthetic experience. Bold shapes and vivid colors come together to create a chaotic sense of harmony. A playful, childlike, oversized hook holds up a diamond of deep purple sheet metal, called “November.” Witte played with the parameters of every object used, pushing its boundaries with different methods of painting and the use of all sorts of materials, including car paint. Time was of the essence in creating each part of the exhibit. Witte used tech- Columbia faculty and staff member Justin Witte reflects on a few pieces of his artwork (which are niques that would cut down currently on display) during his Artist’s Talk for the opening reception. [Michael Frederiksen]



Currency to history MV MOX updates By Joshua Johnson Staff Writer Historians have long used currency tell the story of U.S. history. A half-dollar sparks the memory of JFK’s legacy as the 35th president or a dollar bill does the same for George Washington. Rick Aztlan, a criminal justice instructor at Moraine used old coins and paper bills to illustrate the hardships and adaptability the Americans faced during the Civil War Era all the way to today. The event was sponsored by the Confederates in the Attic series and was hosted in the Library. “The South still believed they were fighting their Revolution and that they a right to succeed form the Union during the Civil War,” said Aztlan. “By showing currency that was printed in the South we can see how their plan to succeed was in full swing.” The currency printed by the Confederates during the time of the Civil War had no actual value. It was only a promise that if they won the War than the South’s currency would gain value. Today the old currency is actually worth up to $500. “Through the currency we also saw depictions of slavery and subservience even after the Civil War. The idea of slavery was deeply ingrained in the minds of those in the South,” said Azt-

lan. “This led to many racial issues and segregation many years later for example the Jim Crow Laws.” Aztlan showed a variety of paper currency, and explained its cultural and socioeconomic importance. One piece of American currency had a sweet potato on the back, which was event call “the sweet potato dinner.” The sweet potato signified the Americans overcoming the British military’s attempt to burn the American food supply during the Revolutionary War. Unbeknownst to the British, the supply of sweet potato grew underground, and therefore showed how the Americans were able to adapt and overcome the burning of the food supply. “It was when a southern general during the Revolutionary War was invited a British general over for dinner and was served a sweet potato dinner,” said Aztlan. “The significance behind this event was even though the British had burned the crops, they couldn’t hurt the sweet potatoes because they grew underground. To the South it is a symbol of their hardships and their right to freedom.” Please visit Moraine’s website for video of the event and contact the Library for more information. Joshua Johnson can be contacted at

By Lai Cheng Staff Writer For about a year Moraine has offered students Datatel Mobile Access (MOX), a free application that allows for students to receive updates regarding upcoming events, classroom location and works as an all-encompassing address book.    “We will update MOX in the coming months,” said Nikki Payson, MVCC server administrator and network operations. “Ellucian will be changing the name of the application to “Ellucian Live” along with adding more robust features. The new application will still have campus maps, important numbers, and other features the students are familiar with.” Two of the new features will be “grades” and “alerts.” Grades will allow a student to browse through past semester grades they received and alerts will provide instant information to school closing or other emergency type messages pertaining to the College. For new students, MOX is immensely helpful. New students are now able to use their mobile device as a personal tour guide. Navigating through Moraine’s massive campus and learning about an event and its whereabouts is only a click away. “I think the concept of the application is great and is very helpful for new stu-

dents,” said Pam Murphy, MVCC institutional research and planning department. “For current students it is a great resource for looking up course information right from their mobile device.” MOX is compatible with Apple and Android devices and is free to download from either providers website. Students are able to download the application from Moraine’s website. “I have used MOX for about a year, I like the application and it is very helpful for new students to learn about events and learn their way around campus,” said Payson. MOX has the capacity to use instant messenger, email, phone, photo, address, and contact inquiries. To use the contact feature students must create a DUB account and create a “My Card” account, which allows the student to use the instant messenger features and notifies their contacts of updates and personal messages. MOX users are able to alter their My Card such as changing email addresses, phone numbers, and social networks. MOX automatically updates and restores one’s phone when there are changes made to a contact’s phone number, email address, or other information. For more information regarding MOX visit Moraine’s website. Lai Cheng can be contacted at



Closing remarks before Nationals SPEECH | from front page 14 to 21. Each of the eight members is tasked with being honored in an individual speaking or debate event a minimum of three times throughout the year. “Our students should fair well even though a majority of them are rookies,” said speech coach Amanda Pettigrew. “Given the extent of the quality competition they have faced in Illinois they Speech team captains Brett Krivich and Lauare prepared to compete at the next ren Smith along with six others will compete level.” at nationals. [Mike Frederiksen] The eight members include, Lauren Smith (Captain), Brett Krivich (Cap- petition, our first year students have tain), Tom Murphy, Luke Langlois, An- found success and we believe that they gelica Krizka, Liz Salim, Samm Hilger, will continue to succeed at the National and Onute Jureviciute. Tournament,” said Pettigrew. “Even with the higher level of comCoaches Nash and Pettigrew will lead

the team as they compete against nine regions consisting of 70 of the top twoyear colleges from all over the United States. Moraine will represent Region IV, which consists of 19 two-year colleges in Illinois. The “Heads” won the Regional Tournament, which consisted of two-year colleges from seven states, Ill., Ind., Mich., Minn., N.D., Wis., and Ohio. After winning the Regional Tournament the team earned their National berth. First year member of the speech team and national qualifier Luke Langlois said that preparation and going into California with confidence will be the difference maker for the newest members of the team. “I am a little nervous since it’s a higher level,” said Langlois. “I’m planning to practice the next few days and on the way to California to get over the nervewracking feeling of competing at the National Tournament.” At their final showcase, “Night B4 Nationals,” each national-bound member of the team performed an event selected by the student as a tribute to a family member, friend, or staff at Moraine. Kicking off the “Night B4 Nation-

als” event were the two captains of the team, Krivich and Smith. The two leaders gave a riveting performance outlining the life of an obit journalist and his mysterious lover, whom, at the end of the performance, he had to write about in the obituaries section of the newspaper. Other performers included Tom Murphy, Angelica Krizka, Liz Salim, Luke Langlois, Onute Jureviciute, and Samm Hilger. “Speech makes me feel inspired not just through literature, but also from the amazing individuals that this activity draws in,” said Hilger. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” Smith’s second performance questioned the audience to rate the success rate of using satire as a way to gain political attention. “Through speech I have found the best part of me,” said Smith. “In speech I have the ability to channel strong messages and make them have an impact.” For more information regarding the speech team, visit Moraine’s website. Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at



Alumnus ‘blessed to be part of the team’ By Anne Parker Managing Editor Christina Demitro, a former editorial assistant and staff writer for The Glacier, can recall feeling blessed to be a part of the team. “Working at The Glacier tremendously impacted me. I improved my writing skills, became a well-rounded student, was immersed in a wonderful environment and gained life-long friends working at The Glacier,” said Demitro. After completing her education at Moraine Valley in May 2009, Demitro continued her education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). From there she graduated in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology. She is currently a substitute teacher for the Arbor Park School District and Bremen High School District. Demitro explained, “As a substitute teacher, I carry out the academic lesson plans the teachers left for that day, facilitate class discussion and maintain classroom behavior. Sometimes I am put into a class that I am familiar with which enables me to help the students

Demitro caught The Glacier bug and soon became a full time staff writer. “I always read the school newspaper when I started attending Moraine. In the fall of 2008, I noticed in the “News Briefs” section they were seeking new writers-no experience necessary. After seeing this, I showed up for the informational meeting and “signed up” for my first story. After that, I was hooked, and stayed on The Glacier until I left Moraine.” Demitro’s first assignment was covering the Men’s Golf Conference, which ended up being a perfect starter story for Demitro, who played golf in high school. Demitro also had other memorable stories that she covered. Glacier alumnus, Christina Demitro works “My favorite event was covering a as a substitute teacher at Bremen High Breast Cancer Walk at Lake Katherine School and relives her days at The Glacier in in the fall of 2008. It was my favorite the classroom. [Provided] because a year before this event I did the Susan G. Komen walk, and this held with the lesson which I always find en- a special value to me. Even though I was joyable.” only covering the story, I felt a part of “While I attended UIC, I also became the event and was able to relate to the certified as a Paraprofessional Coun- purpose of the event.” selor with the InTouch Crisis Hotline at The greatest lesson that Demitro took UIC,” said Demitro. from The Glacier was the chance to Before becoming involved at UIC, share responsibility among the staff.

Demitro explained, “I’m the type of person to take on many leadership roles, which comes with more responsibility in certain areas. Even though I enjoyed working on The Glacier, I learned that it is okay to say no to a story or any other added responsibility if it will interfere with my academic responsibilities. Sometimes I learned this lesson the hard way and would stay at lay out night until 3am when I had a Calculus exam the next day, but I would never trade my experiences. The Glacier taught me a very valuable lesson that I needed for the successful completion of my academic career.” Through her own experiences on The Glacier and with the staff, Demitro can leave helpful tips for the current staff. “Work as a team. From the editors, to the staff writers, to the photographers, every one of you is needed to complete another issue, so always work together as a team. In addition, communicate always. It’s okay to over-communicate, rather then get lost in translation.” Anne Parker can be contacted at


Having a ‘Taste’ of Moraine By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor For years Chicagoans have long looked forward to heading downtown for food, music, and camaraderie that accompanies the Taste of Chicago. For over 200 Moraine students, the Taste of MVCC is another option. This year offered the Moraine community a variety of cultural dishes, more than ten countries were represented at

the Taste. Cultural dishes include, African, Arab, Greek, Thai, Italian, Mexican, Polish, Indian, Irish, and special dishes from California and Colorado. Proceeds from the Taste of Moraine benefited the Celebrating Diversity Tuition Scholarship Fund. Students who attended the Taste purchased tickets at 75 cents a ticket or $5 for 10 tickets. Most of the items cost one or two tickets. For a mere $5, students could sample

a dish from nearly every country at the Taste. Two of the most popular dishes at the Taste were African-American style barbecue ribs and potato salad and Mexican style chicken fajita, guacamole, and chips, said Norine Fournier. One of the more unique dishes was the Arab style chicken or beef kofta. Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at social@



Compiled by Anne Parker Managing Editor 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 974-5353.



Aspiring journalists meet at the Capitol By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor Students from 23 two-year colleges attended the 39th Annual Illinois Community College Journalism Association conference. At a conference in Springfield the journalists behind the stories were honored for their commitment to their student publication. The Glacier won the coveted Mike Foster Award for General Excellence as a staff, naming The Glacier as the top publication in the Illinois Community College Journalism Association. Student publications are categorized as division I, II, or III and determined by size, number of pages, and other considerations. The Glacier, division I student publication, took home awards in ten different categories, which include, front page design, news, editorial, arts feature, sports feature, photo spread, single photo, advertising, computer graphics, and freehand cartoon. “I have to say that we won our fair share of awards, but The Glacier really cleaned up,” said Mark Roughton,

Pictured left to right: Kevin Coyne, Anne Parker, Connor Reynlds, Sean McDermott, Emily Kay, Fallon Sweeney, Ted Powers, and Mike Frederiksen. The Glacier staff took home the Mike Foster Award for Overall Excellence and awards in 19 individual sections at the 39th Annual Illinois Community College Association conference and awards ceremony. [Provided] sports editor for Parkland College publication Prospectus News. “It was great to meet so many aspiring journalist and get new ideas for our newspaper.” Award winners for The Glacier include, Sean McDermott, Phillip A. Bianco, Kevin M. Coyne, Fallon Sweeney, Michael Frederiksen, Michael M. Hartman, Lucy Welsh, Connor Reynolds,

and the entire staff for front page design and award for general excellence. “The photos in The Glacier are really detailed and show outstanding action,” said Chanelle Stokes, prospectus News photo editor. “I really think that your photo editor (Michael Frederiksen) is very deserving of both the best single photo award and photo spread award.”

During the conference keynote speaker, Dave McKinney, the Springfield bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times stressed the importance of working for a student publication. McKinney believes that working on a student publication will provide an aspiring journalist with invaluable experience and help the student ascertain the interworking of journalism. “I can’t stress how important working on a student publication is to an aspiring journalist,” said McKinney. “Especially if the college you’re attending does not have a journalism program.” McKinney has over 20 years of experience covering government in Illinois. As a journalist he takes his stories to the next level, believing whole-heartedly that a journalist should improve the quality of life by unveiling corruption and providing the public with information that is fair, unbiased and balanced. Throughout the conference journalists from each two-year college connected with one another to develop ideas that will ultimately benefit each student publication. Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at



Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor


Jones performs with NIU ensemble By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor It isn’t often that some of the state’s finest jazz ensembles come together on one stage. It’s remarkable for them to be joined by a nationally renowned guest. Moraine Valley held the Jazz Summit Concert, which featured the talents of Northern Illlinois University Jazz Ensemble, the Oak Prairie Band, the Gwendolyn Brooks Jazz Band and the gifted Sean Jones on trumpet. The evening began with a short opening by Moraine Valley’s own Douglass Bratt, director of the jazz ensemble and associate professor of music. The Oak Prairie Jazz Band is comprised of junior high age student musicians. Director William Rank kicked off the set with “Maynard and Waynard” by Gordon Goodwin, a tune that got the audience ready for a night of sassy, risky rhythm. The band also performed Freddy Green’s “Until I met You (Corner Pocket).” Proud parents weren’t the only ones who thoroughly enjoy the Oak Prairie Jazz Band’s performance. Next to take the stage was the Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School Jazz Band

In the last set, nationally renowned trumpeterSean Jones got on stage with Northern Illinois University’s Jazz ensemble to perform some of his songs. [Erica Sinnott]

led by director Roosevelt Griffin. They played the tunes “All The Things You Are” by Jerome Kern and “Bye Bye Blackbird.” A member of the Gwendolyn Brooks Jazz Band was missing due to an automobile accident, but after the encouragement of Griffin, his mother called him so that he could hear the audience’s applause. The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble is a community group of advanced players ranging in age and background, which makes their sound unique. They performed Henry Mancini’s “Charade” and “Flight of the Foo Birds.” Always spot on and tight around the edges, Bratt and his ensemble always appear to enjoy themselves while performing. Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble’s director Ronald Carter is well known in the college ensemble scene as well as the around the country. Douglass Bratt and Ronald Carter have known each other for a good deal of time and their camaraderie is obvious in the spotlight. NIU’s Jazz Ensemble started off their performance with the tune “Don’t Fence JAZZ | page 10



Lewis stirs nostalgia Stories from post

revolutionary Iran By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Mallory Lewis carries on her mother’s legacy by traveling with Lambchop and Hush Puppy and performing songs for audiences young and old. [Michael Frederiksen] By Erica Sinnott Staff Writer Many people grew up watching Lamb Chop and Shari Lewis. Some may remember Lamb Chop back when she debuted in 1957 while many 90’s kids remember the show “Lamb Chop’s Play Along”. For those who weren’t part of that era, they got to see a pretty good reenactment of the beloved show. Mallory Lewis, the late Shari Lewis’ daughter, was the star. However, we all know Lamb Chop was the real star. Since Shari Lewis passed away in 1998, Mallory has been appearing with Lamb Chop at televised events, state fairs, and even performing on cruise ships. At most of these events, Mallory says she shows a short clip of Lamb Chop so “people can get to know her.” When Mallory was performing, she made the mistake of calling Lamb Chop a puppet. Naturally, Lamb Chop was quite upset and went after Mallory. When Mallory finally got sick of the banter, she put Lamb Chop away and came back with her friend Hush Puppy. Hush Puppy was a character many people enjoyed. For most, he was an old friend. However for some, he was a new face to be loved. When Lamb Chop came back on stage, Mallory invited all of the kids on stage. Her definition of kids is “anybody shorter than me”, so some adults lacking in stature were forced to resist

the urge to join her. When they were finally on stage, she taught them a song and dance. If that wasn’t enough, she also taught the audience and called people out if they weren’t doing it. What many people found touching was a small tribute to the troops. Speaking of troops, Lamb Chop was recently “pinned” by a Marine General and now makes Mallory salute her before every show. Her patriotic tribute started off with a small speech asking either current or former military personal to stand up to be recognized. Like true heroes, they were modest but stood as they were asked. Lamb Chop sang three songs and asked the audience to sing along because they knew the words. These patriotic songs were well known but lyrics were provided in case audience members didn’t know it. As the audience sang, Lamb Chop even managed to tone down her normally boisterous behavior. Anyone who knows Lamb Chop knows about the song that doesn’t end. It was a fitting way to “end” the show. Had there not been witty banter and yet another patriotic song, it would have gone on and on and on. Overall, everybody loved the show. From kids to parents to grandparents, a show like this is timeless and something everyone can relate to. Erica Sinnott can be reached at sinnotte@

“Children of the Jacaranda Tree” is a story of the power of politics and the far-reaching effects of war in post revolutionary Iran. Author Sahar Delijani’s family’s experiences during the revolution shaped her debut novel. Delijani was born in Tehran, Iran in 1983, the year the story begins. A woman named Azar gives birth inside a prison hospital. Azar is a political acitivist prisoner in Iran’s Evin Prison, separated from her husband and her family. Young Omid watches a quiet breakfast turn to chaos when his political activist parents are suddenly arrested inside their home. Omid, Forugh and Sara are three children joined by politics (or fate). They are taken under the wing of Maman Zinat aided by Khaleh Leila. Though Leila cares for the children as if they are her own, she yearns for her freedom. Before the

children, Leila had worked in a factory, which is a freedom that not all women in Iran have. She also approached a romance with Ahmad, who tries to convince her to run away together. The imprisoned Amir’s only way of contact with his pregnant wife is to speak across a table, under the watch of a prison guard. Their daughter Sheida does not learn the truth of her father’s demise in prison until 20 years later. Sheida returns from living in Italy to learn of her family’s history and it’s ties to the Iran revolution. Years later, the passing of Maman Zinat brings Forugh, Omid and Sara back together from their separate lives, back to the roots of their transplanted family tree. The history of the makeshift family is told through memories shared, shining light on what truly makes a family. Every character’s story is told in beautiful detail in Sahar Delijani’s eloquent writing style. Fallon Sweeney can be contacted at



Meyer strikes again Bioshock Infinite on fighting to reclaim what was lost. “The Host” brings up some major issues and encourages audiences to think. Although the humans have lost Earth, the aliens were able to make the world a better place. The humans had been carelessly killing the planet and the “souls” had managed to fix it. One wonders if maybe the Earth would be a better place Jared (Max Irons) and Melanie/Wanda (Saoirse without humans. Ronan) are young lovers torn by circumstances “The Host” makes one conwhich are out of their control. [Open Road Films] template what it really means to be human. The “souls” did not By Joshua Johnson consider themselves evil; they simply Staff Writer aimed to make the world a better place without the threat of humans. Nothing shows the strength of the The main antagonist that is hunting human spirit more than the ability to Wanda down is very different in the influence a parasitic, sentient alien to movie. In the book Wanda is more meek fight against the meaning of its own and mild mannered and in the movie existence. she is cold, fierce and utterly mad. Stephanie Myer’s book comes to life Some of the planets that the “souls” in this chilling adaptation of her best- had explored were described in the novselling novel “The Host.” el. It was a little disappointing that they The story is of a world of peace: no were not portrayed at all in the film. war, a world at perfect harmony with Overall, the movie was very satisnature. However, the world is no longer fying and concise with the plot of the ours as alien parasites, called “souls,” novel. It was a good adaptation of a have invaded and taken over the hu- great novel. man race. Despite the fact that the aliens outnumber the remaining hu- Joshua Johnson can be contacted at johnmans a million to one, humanity keeps

Well worth the 100 year wait!

The “Bioshock” videogame series is known for being visually impressive. [2K Games] By Michael Frederiksen Photo Editor In the third installment in the “Bioshock” franchise, “Bioshock Infinite” departs from the underwater city of Rapture and takes to the skies in the airborne city of Columbia. Originally slated for a March 2012 release, this title has been delayed numerous times until its eventual release on March 26, 2013. Set in 1912, Booker DeWitt is tasked with traveling to Columbia and rescuing Elizabeth from the city in order to relieve a past debt. The story is told mainly through dialogue, while found artifacts and audio logs by various characters are used to greatly expand on the history of the city and characters. While the game is primarily a first-

person shooter, there are also role-playing elements in the metagame. Booker can expand his abilities with any combination of “gear” and “vigors” – tonics that grant fantastic powers, such as the abilities to hurl fireballs. While the storyline is thought-provoking and the gameplay is complex, the greatest immediate appeal is the game’s visuals. The city of Columbia has no shortage of eye candy, as the exotic setting of the city in the sky not unlike a floating world’s fair. While it seems like an eternity since the 2010 announcement, “Bioshock Infinite” is a unique and breathtaking experience 100 years in the making that is well worth the wait. Michael Frederiksen can be contacted at



Devoted ‘Dead’ fans disappointed

Friends get more than they bargained for in the new “Evil Dead.” [Tristar Pictures] By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor Over-the-top violence and absurd lines made the original “Evil Dead” what it was - fun. The 2013 remake puts a dark, gruesome spin on the satirical cult classic. The original “Evil Dead” (released in 1981) was directed and written by Sam Raimi. The remake was directed and written by Fede Alvarez and produced with the help of Bruce Campbell. Campbell played Ashley “Ash” J. Williams, who became the face to the cult

classic. Gleefully violent, melodramatic yet neurotic, Ash is usually the first character people recall when thinking of the original “Evil Dead.” While there had been rumors of Ash’s character returning, this is not true. The remake stays true to the original theme of five friends staying in a cabin in the middle of the woods, cut off from society by a river waiting to overflow. This time around two of the characters are siblings played by Jane Levy (Mia) and Shiloh Fernandez (David). As Mia tosses her last bag of heroine down the well, the friends agree to prepare themselves for a weekend of “cold turkey.” The ordeal becomes far more difficult than a case of withdrawal when the group makes a dismal discovery in the basement. There appears to have been some kind of ritual involving the corpses of house pets. All that’s left to explain what happened is a burned post and a book wrapped in barbed wire, made of stitched-together human flesh. The “Book of the Dead” which is so affectionately known through the original “Evil Dead” films is very much present in the remake but has undergone some

aesthetic changes. Lou Taylor Pucci (Eric) explores his dark curiosity, giving life to the evil from the book. A few subtle references to the cult classic are found throughout the film, (the trademark chainsaw, but most references are only noticed with effort. The influence of the original is evident in scenes like Mia’s forest chase, which uses camera chase footage quite like that which chased the original actors through the woods 30 years ago. Jane Levy’s unnerving performance of Mia steals the show with little competition from fellow cast members. While Campbell claimed that the remake was an attempt at the story with professional actors, this does not seem evident on many occasions where lame lines fall flat, deadening the edge of the scene. While this take on the “Evil Dead” line may be more serious and much scarier, it is lacking the sense of fun that so much of the following came to love. That being said, the new “Evil Dead” is satisfyingly frightening as long as you haven’t watched the trailers too closely.

JAZZ | from page 7 Me In.” An audience favorite of the night was Thad Jones’s “Kids Are Pretty People.” After a short break, the NIU Jazz Ensemble returned to the stage accompanied by special guest trumpeter Sean Jones. The student ensemble members’ excitement to be performing with such a figure was visible on their faces. Carter lead the ensemble in playing John Coltrane’s “Moment’s Notice.” Sean Jones’ addition to the ensemble only enhanced the performance with his skill. The ensemble performed Jones’ song “Rainbow,” which was his own version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” He wrote the tune in response to a personal experience involving an ever-present regular at his early shows who expressed that he wanted to hear the original song. The most moving performance of the evening would have to be “BJ’s Tune” which Sean Jones wrote in response to the birth of his nephew and it’s effect on his “wildchild” brother. Jones brought the room to a standstill with a moving trumpet solo. As the tune ended the audience jumped to their feet with thundering applause. The evening came to a close with “Let The Good Times Roll.”

Fallon Sweeney can be contacted at

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Career Corner


Employers provide advice at JRC Fair By Ruba Ibrahim Editorial Assistant Around 63 employers were at the Job and Internship Fair with many internships and job opportunities available. The Job Internship Fair for students and employers to network took place on March 28 in the M building at Moraine Valley Community College between 2-5pm. With a small fee, employers were able to register and reserve spots for the event. All students were welcomed to join with business attire and two resumes. Reservations were not required. Employers provided students with helpful advice and tips for what employers look for in employees. Some of the tips included knowing the basic skills of reading, writing, mathematics, communication, computerstyping, and being technologically savvy. Other tip employers find important is critical thinking skills. Employers are looking for employees that are able to comprehend reason, analytical skills, think creatively, solve problems, have organizational

skills, and make decisions.

Students had the opportunity to learn about how to update their resumes and learn about the credentials that employers look for when hiring potential employees when they attended the annual Job and Internship Fair, sponsored by the Job Resource Center (JRC). [Michael Frederiksen] Employers highlight interpersonal skills that include a person who is a team player, always having a positive disposition, flexibility with time, patience for teaching, friendly, people skills in order to better serve customers, leadership skills, understand and maintain professionalism, global awareness, and acknowledge different perspectives.

Employers also look for an employee who is able to designate all categories including: time, money, materials, space, and staff. Another tip for students is personal qualities. Personal qualities include how responsible an individual is, being creative, confidence, self-management, sociability, integrity, being honest, relates well to others, strong

work ethic, flexible, and adaptable to changes. Employers have the five top criteria influencing hiring decisions. These top five criteria that influence hiring decisions are: interviews well, speaks and appears professionally, relevant experience and skills, positive and professional attitude, critical thinking and communication skills, and an understanding of what an employer needs. These five top criteria is the key to be successful in an interview. At the career-related events, employers are asked what they are looking for and ask job seekers about their experience. Students were able to take advantage and take it to the next level by gleaning from hiring professionals. The next workshop is Successful Resumes and Cover Letters on Wednesday, April 7 and Monday, May 6 from 4 to 5 pm. For more information on the JRC, students can visit their office in S202 or call (708) 974- 5373. Ruba Ibrahim can be contacted at


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