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ACEN accreditation achieved By Ashley Meitz News Editor

The Accreditation for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has granted Moraine Valley’s Nursing Program accreditation that will last until the commission’s next site visit in 2018, when the college is up for re-accreditation. The ACEN promotes nursing education and nursing practice through recognizing educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards of educational quality. The specialization in accrediting such programs follows a common core of criteria and seeks to strengthen educational quality, promote peer review and better prepare individuals for employment. “Because of its rigorous curriculum, Moraine Valley’s Nursing Program has a history of producing highly qualified nurses whose skills are noted by universities where our graduates attend to earn a bachelor’s degree and are demonstrated in healthcare facilities across Chicago. We are proud

the ACEN finds our program meets the standards to earn this accreditation that will benefit our Nursing students,” said Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, college president. A news release from earlier this month states, “The commission issues a common core of standards and assists programs with evaluation processes, functions, publications and research.” Moraine Valley’s comprehensive health science programs combine classroom instruction and hands-on laboratory training in order to provide students with strong employment prospects, making the college a smart choice for those interested in health care. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as well as the Higher Learning Commission licenses and approves Moraine Valley’s Nursing Program. Due to such accreditations, Nursing graduates are enabled to sit for the NCLEX board exam, which allows them to become licensed while securing stable employment.

According to a news release, “In 2013, 88 percent of nursing students passed the exam compared to 83 percent nationwide.” Moraine Valley continuously strives above national ranking. “It [the accreditation] benefits the college in many ways. We’ve always known the program was an excellent one, but with all of our career programs, the college wants us to look for national accreditation. Having this specific accreditation means having the national stamp of approval as well as state’s and community’s,” stated Dr. Peggy Machon, Dean of Career Programs. For more information about Moraine Valley’s Nursing Program, contact Lydia Falbo, director of Nursing, at (708) 9745242. Ashley Meitz can be contacted at

Nursing Director Lydia Falbo takes pride in the recent national accreditation achieved through Accreditation for Education in Nursing. [Erica Sinnott]

Overcoming through education By Yosef Eby Staff Writer John DiGangi, Coordinator of the Addictions Studies Pro-

gram at Moraine Valley, hosted the 6th Annual Drug and Alcohol Awareness Health Fair. Moraine Valley’s Addictions

Studies Program is a 44 credit hour certification cirriculum which seeks to prepare students to become effective alcoholism/substance abuse

Students Mary Nieminski and Rory Rowe offered candy as prizes to participants willing to test their knowledge of effects different drugs have on the human body. [Erica Sinnott]

counselors who are able to work in a variety of settings in the addiction field. It is recognized through this program that treatment of addiction must be comprehensive, treating the whole person rather than merely symptoms. In attendance at the fair were many students studying to become certified Drug and Alcohol Counselors through DiGangi’s program. “April is drug and alcohol awareness month so we hold this fair in honor of April,” explained DiGangi. “The more information people have about drugs and alcohol, the better choices they will be able to make. This event provided

people with accurate, updated information.” A 2010 report listed by the Department of Justice named Chicago the “number one destination throughout the United States for shipping of heroin.” A booth titled “The Heroin Highway,” led by Moraine Valley student and recovering heroin addict, Robbie Jesk, explained the process by which the Mexican drug cartel smuggles heroin into Arizona in order to prepare for shipment. The cartel made a deal with Chicago’s DEA which enabled 80 percent of total heroin distributed throughout the city. DRUGS | page 6

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Thoughts enhancing action By Ashley Meitz News Editor Sasha Tillman, Counselor at Moraine Valley’s Counseling and Career Development Center, presented “Positive Thoughts Positive Mind,” a positive thinking workshop.

On Tuesday, April 15, students were informed how thoughts possess power essential to influencing emotions, behaviors and beliefs. Strategies aimed toward ceasing negative thoughts capable of blinding people from what is good in life were discussed. Students were also taught how to avoid such

Sarah Tillman, counselor at Moraine Valley’s Counseling and Career Development Center, explained the inevitable power of thought and shared helpful methods and strategies to prevent negative thinking. [Erica Sinnott]

negative thoughts. “People think that you can’t control thoughts because they just happen, but our own beliefs directly trigger our thoughts,” said Tillman. “Beliefs are powerful, I don’t expect anyone to

change them overnight.” Every person derives beliefs from a number of origins, both internal and external. Culture, religion, media, family, friends, past experiences, THOUGHTS | page 3



THOUGHTS | from page 2 personality traits and biology have an impact on attitudes toward different situations, which come to be beliefs. By failing to recognize that beliefs directly influence thoughts, they are typically not reviewed or critiqued because they are perceived to have no consequence. It is true that for every outside effect, there is an inner cause, or origin from which it is created. If individuals place more belief in good, positive aspects of life, it will automatically lead to better thoughts without contemplation known as automatic thoughts. Automatic thoughts are involuntarily generated, meaning they are not subject to inquiry or logical examination, and are typically called to mind when a particular situation occurs. Oftentimes, a person will feel a certain emotion without understanding why. This is because the process behind that particular emotion is not thought out. In such cases, a person must take the time to figure out what is at the root of their feelings rather than standing idly by as negative takes over. “Automatic thoughts are usually directly related to a specific belief we have about something and can be helpful or unhelpful. What helps is

recognizing unhelpful thoughts,” explained Tillman. After drawing the correlation between beliefs and thoughts, thoughts were linked to emotion and action. Tillman called this the “thought-feeling connection” and revealed the profound affect thoughts have on a multitude of aspects inside everyday life. For example, if a person thinks, “I’m no good at test taking,” before taking an exam, odds of them performing well are lessened. Or, if a person spots a spider and thinks, “spiders are dangerous,” they will be inclined to act frantically instead of thinking rationally and handling the situation with logical reasoning. Placing confidence in oneself and believing that the best case scenario will occur makes situations advance smoothly and become less troublesome. Acknowledging that thoughts have the ability to influence behavior is the first step toward a more positive lifestyle. After a person increases awareness of automatic thoughts, they are inclined to think in a more optimistic light which will ultimately, heighten their value of life. Ashley Meitz can be contacted at news@

Spreading knowledge By Ashley Meitz News Editor April marks Autism Awareness month, 30 days dedicated to unique fundraising events, specifically those aimed at raising awareness. At Moraine Valley, The Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS) and Center for Disability Services presented the college’s first autism awareness panel on April 23, making it their mission to spread the word about autism and promote a sense of togetherness throughout not only the campus, but the community. Speakers at the panel included Laura Pedro and Deborah Malkinson, mothers with autistic children, Jody Gaunt, a grandfather involved in an organization called Autism Speaks and a parent, Agatha DeFranco, Autism Speaks Board Member and Moraine Valley student Jordan White, effected by autism himself. The various points of view provided a wide range of perspectives surrounding the disorder. Autism Speaks is an organization that launched in February 2005 and since, has grown into “the world’s leading autism science and advocacy

organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Aside from those on the panel, community members were encouraged to attend and participate. Students, faculty and counselors were among some of the audience members. “This was our first panel discussion for autism awareness. I think it definitely raised a lot of awareness. A lot of the attendees didn’t know what autism was or they thought it was something you could tell by looking at someone. It [the panel discussion] gave people an idea of not only what parents with children who have autism go through, but what the individuals themselves go through,” explained Rebecca Ramirez, ALAS Advisor. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. With such a large scale of people affected by the disorAUTISM | page 5


Relay for life The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be held from 6 p.m.- 2 a.m. on April 25-26 inside the old gym. 26 teams compiled of 103 participants are raising funds for cancer research. Register online today at relayforlife. org. Graduation speaker opportunity Moraine Valley Community College hosts an annual graduation ceremony in May where one graduating student is chosen to be the student speaker. The student speaker should demonstrate involvement within the college and community, maintain good academic and disciplinary conduct, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and be a strong role model for the college. To be eligible as the graduation student speaker, students must be nominated by a Moraine Valley faculty member, staff member or administrator. For more information, contact Kent Marshall at (708) 974-5390 or email Essay contest April is Earth month and it is time to consider the environment’s condition and our role in preserving it. How we


behave on a day-to-day basis can support its health as well as our own. Voice your opinion inside a 300 word essay on lifestyle changes a person can make to help the environment, and turn it into Anette D’Silva’s mail box in room B240 by April 28 for the chance to win $200. Death By Food Award-winning investigative journalist Bill Kurtis will expose what is behind today’s rising health problems during his presentation titled “Death By Food: How the American Diet is Killing You” Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m inside the Dorothy Menker Theater. He will lay out “Cold Case File” to show means, motive and opportunity behind why food is over-processed, over-sugared, over-salted, contains too much fat and is nutrient depleted. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at, or by calling (708) 974-5500. Interviewing workshop Information about the interview structure, presenting yourself, how to prepare for the interviewer’s questions and follow up. This workshop is available May 6 at 6:30 p.m. in S223 to anyone who signs up. For more information, the Job Resource center is

in Building S, Room S202 and can be reached at (708) 974-5737 or Juried Art Exhibition The annual selection of student work showing the breadth and depth of the college’s emerging artistic talent will be held on May 1 through the 19 inside the
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery. The exhibition is open to the public and the reception is to be held Thursday, May 1 from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call (708) 974-5500. Asian Heritage Day Asian Diversity Club is hosting a celebration of the Asian heritage with henna tattoos, calligraphy and other activities on May 1 at 11:30 a.m. inside Room U111. Enjoy free food, fashion and fun games. For more information contact Multicultural Student Affairs at (708) 974-5475. Crimes of the Heart “Crimes of the Heart” teams humanity and humor while examining the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. This play will be inside the John and Angeline Oremus Theater on six different showings: April 26, 27 and May 2, 3, and 4. Buy your tickets today at the

Box Office or call (708) 974-5500. Spring concert The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble welcomes drummer Tom Hipskind. One of Chicago’s most acclaimed drum set artists, Hipskind, has performed with proclaimed artists such as Howard Levy, Kenny Werner, Patricia Barber and Gary Sinise’s “Lt. Dan Band,” in addition to taking part in Chicago productions of “The Lion King” and “The Book Of Mormon”. The concert will be held inside the Dorthy Menker Theatre on Friday May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for seniors and students cost $10 and general admittance is $12. Call (708) 974-5500 for more information or stop by the Box Office for your ticket today. Schizophrenia panel discussion Panelists will discuss a multitude of topics related to schizophrenia after a brief presentation. The event is open to the public and will be held April 28 inside Moraine Room 1 at 11 a.m. For more information about the event, contact Nick Shizas at (708) 608-4121 or shizasn2@morainevalley. edu or Cara Williams at (708) 9745489 or williamsc652@morainevalley. edu.


AUTISM | from page 3 der, it is essential that both students of Moraine Valley and members of the community, grasp a basic understanding of what living with ASD entails. College students on the autism spetrum is a growing population. Numbers indicated by Autism Society show that nearly 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Attendees unfamiliar of ASD were shocked to learn these numbers, admitting to not having previously suspected such. As the fastest-growing developmental disability, it is imperative that all people, even those who know no person effected, understand what lies behind ASD. “Individuals with autism are intelligent. They’re on our campus and we need to be sure to provide the proper learning accommodations for them,” said Ramirez. “Awareness of autism is necessary and important. The discussion panel managed to provide a face to ASD that otherwise wouldn’t be recognized. For more information about Autism Speaks, visit Rebecca Ramirez of Moraine Valley can be reached at (708) 608-4120. Ashley Meitz can be contacted at news@

5 STUDENT TRUSTEE CORNER | EAMON ALMILADI My name is Eamon Almiladi and I am 23 years old. As your 2014-15 Student Trustee, I think it is important for everyone to know about my background and myself. I was born in Ireland while my parents were pursuing their Ph.D’s. At 10 years old, my family moved to the United States when my parents decided to seek better opportunities here. My primary schooling years were not my favorite and towards the end of high school, I had not known exactly what it was that I wanted to do with my life. I joined the military in the hopes of finding a sense of higher order and discipline. I had a vast and varying experience during my time there, but most importantly, I learned a great amount about who I was, and who I wanted to become. I knew that who I wanted to become had a few mandatory prerequisites: higher education, leadership experience, hard work coupled with a sense of determination and perseverance, and surely, a bit of luck. It is a result of that maturation that I write before you today. I am studying business with a specialty in finance and I could not be happier with my experience here thus far; however, just as with any other institution, there is still room

for improvement—this is why I ran for Student Trustee. Moraine Valley’s commitment to students is endearing, but there still exists a divide between the consensus of students and administrators. My goal is to bridge that gap, represent that consensus, and progress an agenda on behalf of the students. While I am aware of some things that we can do right now that would benefit students, it is important that we work together. As a student body, when we work together to achieve a common purpose, and when we col-

laborate as one, we really can achieve a greater good. If you have an individual issue that you believe the Student Trustee could help, come forward and I will do my best. My office is located at U204a and my office phone number is (708) 608-4165. Stop by to share your idea or issue, or even to have a chat! It is my wish to serve the student body in the same fashion that I have served in the military: with dignity, competence, and sufficient vigor. I look forward to working with you all.

6 DRUGS | from front page “I have been a heroin addict and I have seen my friends die from heroin overdoses,” explained Jesk. Aside from the heroin epidemic, the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Health Fair touched upon Adderall, ecstasy, acid, and alcohol addiction. “Opiates: There is no excuse for drug use” was presented by Mary Nieminski and Rory Rowe. Learning various effects of different drugs on the human body was kept interesting through trivia questions directed at the audience. “Students are under so much pressure to do well in school so not to let down their parents or feel like their parents are wasting their money so kids turn to these meds,” explained Bobby Richardson, creator of “Misuse of Adderall and Ritalin.” Apart from booths aimed at informing and educating, were those inclined to help individuals struggling from addiction or people who know someone struggling. “Our very own counseling department [at Moraine Valley] is a great place for students to start. It’s very well-informed and Addictions Studies works closely with them,” said DiGangi. Representatives from The Way Back


Inn and Timberline Knolls, single-sex port to those students in need,” ex- should visit the Counseling and Career treatment centers in Broadview and plained Teresa Hannon, Moraine Val- Development Center for help. Lemont, wanted to ensure students ley Counselor. and the public that there is willing and Students who are facing addiction Yosef Eby can be contacted at ebyj6@stuavailable help for curing addictions, themselves or know somebody who is and that no one is alone in their hardship. Both homes share the goal to help clients effected by alcohol, drug and gambling dependence achieve continuous sobriety. “It is essential that our student population understands the effects of alcohol and drug use as well as how to get help if substance abuse is a problem. In our counseling department, we see many students who struggle with issues around substance abuse and this event is another great way to A poster presentation created by Bobby Richardson informed viewers of misuse and abuse of popular prescripeducate and give suption drugs like adderall and ritalin that are prevalent among college students. [Erica Sinnott]



Bringing light to sexual awareness By Ashley Meitz News Editor

In the United States, April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month; 30 days for activists and general publics to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it. The National Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign aims itself at healthy sexuality and young people. Whether hosting unique fundraising events or acts intended to raise awareness, institutions around the globe take part. Moraine Valley is one of thousands of college campuses nationwide to join the 2014 Sexual Awareness Month campaign. Counseling and Career Development set forth a series of events in April in honor of survivors of sexual violence and as an attempt to promote knowledge of prevalent issues. “We want to bring the national day to our own local level on campus to support prevention, awareness, and resources and do our share,” said Paula Adduci, Moraine Valley Counselor. The Healthy Sexuality event took place on April 22. Students and staff

sought information at an informational table and were able to sign a banner, committing themselves to practice healthy sexuality. A Fashion Show hosted by Moraine Valley’s Fashion Valley Couture student club highlighted denim in honor of National Denim Day. An organization called Peace Over Violence has run Denim Day during Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the past 15 years after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, where a rape conviction was overturned because justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she implied consent. In response to this case, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become symbolic of protest against erroneous attitudes about sexual assault. On April 23, an Awareness Fair inside Room U111 sponsored by Pillars Community Services featured assault awareness videos, provided information and statistics and shared how to help as a bystander or with someone you know. Pillars is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to build a healthier community through connections and life changing events. “These events were meant to raise

awareness about sexual assault and healthy sexuality. We want our students to feel safe here on our campus and we want those who have been assaulted or know someone who’s been assaulted to know they have a safe place to process that. We want them to know they’re not alone and they have someone they could come and talk to,” explained Sou-

zan Naser, Moraine Valley Counselor. Students are encouraged to attend a safety demonstration on Tuesday, April 29. Tony Leon of Innovative Survival Arts will present a self-defense demonstration at 11 a.m. inside Room U111. Ashley Meitz can be contacted at news@

Members of the Counseling and Career Development Center showed local support for national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. [Courtesy of the Moraine Valley Library]




Should Moraine offer campus housing? “ The convenience of college housing permits students to concentrate on the depths of their studies in addition to other benefits.”

“The potential for financial strain on students, doesn’t seem justified by improving the college experience for a minority. ” By Connor Reynolds Layout Editor

By Jayne Joyce Views Editor

On-campus housing offers the promise of improved athletic recruiting, an imTo learn well, one must live well. proved international students community, and a boost for campus life, but doesn’t A successful college experience is marked by the integration of social and academic components that characterize the important task of obtaining a qual- fill the needs of the students of this district. Community colleges have increasingly instituted on campus housing in recent ity education. Student housing harbors necessary leadership skills within higher educa- years. As educational costs have risen, students have turned to community colleges, tion. Students can thrive a positive dwelling space that promote virtues such as but still crave a college experience, which requires housing outside of their parents’ house. critical thinking, conquering adversity, and learning in a diverse setting. In California 11 out of 110 community colleges offer on campus housing, twoAdditional factors that positively affect a student’s learning experience while residing in college housing includes the positive peer support and accessible year colleges in Minnesota offer housing at a 40% rate and according to the Ameriamenities offered through the college. College housing offers 24-hour access can Association of Community College, 25% of community and technical colleges to technology such as computers and printing. Furthermore, students have the offer housing. Offering a dormitory or apartment style living space at Moraine isn’t unheard of or unprecedented. option to engage in a variety of recreation opportunities. However, only three community colleges in Illinois (Joliet Junior College, LinStudent retention is a chief concern among college academic and student life. coln College, and Shawnee Community College) offer on Community College students often fulfill many roles campus housing. Schools with an effective college housing than other than students such as working and helping program tend to be small or medium sized and located in family members. Housing made available through colsmall towns or rural areas. Housing makes sense in large lege can reduce anxiety associated with the demands of districts where students are traveling from large distances owning/renting a house or apartment. or have few other housing options. Students won’t have to worry about dining options, Moraine Valley and the surrounding district do not fit security, or major housekeeping issues. Amenities ininto those trends. Only 17.8% of students are from out of cluding cable, Internet and even special events are readdistrict and travel times to the district limits from the main ily available. campus do not range over thirty minutes. The Moraine ValMoraine’s community would be a great platform for ley campus is also a well-served hub for public transportastudent housing opportunities. Being a diverse campus, tion. Students are not struggling to attend classes. the abundance of different cultures can serve as an asThe rising costs of education have driven the demand set for students. for housing at the community college level, but they’re also The convenience of college housing permits students a major contributing factor to the unsustainable level of to concentrate on the depths of their studies in addistudent debt in the US. Community colleges are a cost eftion to other benefits. Higher education lends itself to fective option for students, but not nearly as much so if novel experiences. students are going into debt with housing costs. Being in close proximity to the campus, students are Students aren’t the only group who should be concerned more likely to be involved in student organizations and by the financial aspect, Moraine Valley recently completed socializing with the student body. the $35 million Health, Fitness and Recreation Center. To Those who reside on campus would be more inclined complete that project the school instated an additional fee to participate in events that can create distinct experi[Graphic by Donnell Outlaw] for all students. It isn’t feasible for the school to start anences and help define their professional identity. Also, students are shown to stay involved in extra curricular activities, which is very other multi-million dollar project (similar projects in the past three years have been in the $17-$20 million range). At Des Moines Area Community College the housing important for student retention. As the job market continues to embrace globalism, residing in a diverse set- cost is estimate at $12,000 for a two year degree, assuming that’s how long a student ting can help hone vital skills in the competitive workforce. College housing is attends school. The potential for financial strain on students, doesn’t seem justified by improva great networking and learning opportunity for students. ing the college experience for a minority. Moraine Valley is lucky to be located in an Overall, educational achievement is largely dependent upon the influence among peers. On campus housing provides a necessary environment for stu- accessible area with adequate transportation and available housing in the private dents to take ownership over their higher education. The novelty of living sector. Campus housing would be fun and improve many qualities of this college, among individuals with the similar educational goals encourages a dedication but it is not in the best interest of the complete student body or the future of the institution. towards learning unlike a traditional dwelling situation. Jayne Joyce can be contacted at

“It would be convenient for students who have to commute long distances.” -Kierra Cobb

“It would be easier and more effective academically for student housing.” -Jhan Huitrón

Connor Reynolds can be contacted at

“Currently, I don’t think the school could afford offering student housing.” -Tabu Knight

“I don’t think student housing is necessary, especially for Moraine Valley.” -Jessi Janeway



Being a steward is heart of the matter By Annie Parker Editor-in-Chief The past week at Moraine Valley has been leading all students, faculty, and the community to a life of stewardship through various eye-opening events. The ActOut Volunteer Fair, various student-led panels, and the viewing of the documentary, “What Matters?” had immensely successful turnouts. A shout out is well deserved to the teachers that took their students to these events. Appreciation should also be recognized of the student organizations and faculty that put all of it together, creating an impressionable experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, last year 62.6 million

people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2012 and September 2013. These statistics regarding volunteerism in America is overwhelmingly inspirational. However, there are still many of us who are impartial to events going on that aren’t in our own backyard. Sometimes it turns into a kind of, “if we don’t see it, it doesn’t exist” mentality. Unfortunately, it’s common and quite easy for others to say that they care about starving children in Africa, or that they are concerned about the welfare of animals, or any problem going on that we hear or read about in the news. And there are plenty of issues going on today. The real question is, what are you doing to actually make a change in that situation? Some may be acting,

but others might be missing the opportunity to contribute to that cause. But they’re already at the first step; they care and feel for something. This week granted everyone the chance to sort of engage and reflect on the impacts they really are making in society, whether big or small. However, not everyone knows what he or she might be called to do, or what path they want to take that would make them feel the most fulfilled. For those who might have missed the screening of the documentary “What Matters?” in the Library on April 23, there was a meaningful reflection at the end of the 25- minute viewing that shared an easy solution to those searching for a purpose. It only poses two questions to viewers; what breaks your heart and what makes you come alive?

It’s almost ridiculous at how simple and satisfactory individual answers can be to these two questions. It’s even more amazing what people can do just by putting their two answers together. Nobody should feel it’s necessary to drop everything and hitchhike to Africa like the three friends of “What Matters?” did either. Some of us just aren’t that adventurous, or are simply prone to deadly, exotic diseases. There are unlimited opportunities to volunteer in communities and even at Moraine Valley. Personally, it’s one of the most gratifying acts someone can do, even by just sacrificing a bit of their time. Everyone has a heart, and that’s all that’s needed to get started. Anne Parker can be contacted at

Drawing the line on accountability By David Alexander Staff Writer They donned their life jackets and then waited stoically for the order to save their lives, they waited while the ship toppled over, and waited until it was too late, then the order came. The mass loss of life in the South Korean ferry disaster was avoidable if people would wean themselves from two very troubling phenomenons that seem to plague society. First is a malaise that suggests that the government has to tell people what to do at all times and that the government or people in authority, can fix all problems for the people. This includes telling them how to live, and die as in the South Korean ferry disaster case, this is the concept of the omniscient, omni-powerful government. Unfortunately the assumption that someone else can make life and death decisions for others is not plausible or sensible. According to troubling accounts emerging from survivors of the South Korean ferry disaster, there was an interval of about thirty minutes from when the ferry first ran into trouble to when the order to evacuate came, and all that time most of the ferry’s passengers just sheepishly sat around while the ship

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literally keeled over, and sank. It defies logic, you don’t need to be a seasoned mariner to know that a ship is about to go under, especially when it is actually going under before your eyes, but that’s exactly what happened on the Sewol ferry. Closer to home, it is always amazing when a major weather event is about to hit a municipality, and to see on TV government officials advising, and even ordering people to evacuate. The question is, can’t people make

trusting a man with your life is not a good idea as the Captain, Lee Joon-seok and his mates were amongst the first to abandon the ship and its human cargo. Then there is the second troubling phenomenon of people expecting the government to be able to solve all problems, point in case the reaction by relatives of the ferry disaster. There were scenes of physical violence against government officials, South Korea’s Prime Minister got doused with water, all because the relatives of the

The government and authorities are made up of men and women, neighbors, colleagues, regular people with the same limitations as everyone else. To expect them to perform in a celestial fashion while being terrestrial is not reasonable. such decisions on their own anymore? How and why have people abdicated the right to make decision for themselves? Why is it that people have outsourced thinking on key issues to authority figures? This is a very troubling phenomenon, and as the passengers on The Sewol found out the hard way,

ferry disaster victims alleged that the rescue effort was going too slow and was not coordinated enough. While the grief behind such sentiments is understandable, the logic behind it is not. The government and authorities are made up of men and women, neighbors, colleagues, regular

people with the same limitations as everyone else. To expect them to perform in a celestial fashion while being terrestrial is not reasonable. Closer to home again this is the same. Too many people expect the government and its functionaries, police, fire department, etc., to act in a superhuman fashion. Some will argue that this is a result of the nanny state indoctrinating people to the effect that the government is omnipowerful, and should be the first resort in the case of an emergency, a zombification process if you will. Recall the four years old who called 911 because he couldn’t solve his math homework, or the drug addict who called 911 because his dealer gave him the wrong change. People must realize that the best person to make decisions in an emergency is, YOU! As a former Detroit police officer put it, “when you only have seconds, the police (authorities) are only minutes away!“ Expecting others to think and solve problems for others usually results in scores of bodies in life jackets lying in a submerged ferry named The Sewol. David Alexander can be contacted at

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Offense heats up during win streak By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Moraine Valley (17-15) kept to their winning ways on April 22, picking up another two victories, 5-2, 8-0, as they cruised past their conference rival Prairie State (7-20). At one point this season, the Cyclones seemed destined to finish below .500. Since April 12 the Cyclones have won eight straight games while outscoring their opponents 90-19. The recent surge can be attributed to the Cyclones minimizing their errors and not letting up on the offensive side of the ball. “We are playing more as a team,” said third baseman Carly Trinley. “We have been talking to each other and having everyone focused on the game even if they are on the bench. We’ve been hitting the ball in the gaps really well and our base running is outstanding.” Trinley has been one of the more productive hitters on the squad with a .380 batting average with one home run, 19 RBIs and 18 runs. “In the beginning of the season I wasn’t watching the ball very well. In

The red hot Cyclones huddle near the dugout before sprinting on the field. The Cyclones have less then two weeks to prepare for the regional tournament. [Erica Sinnott] practice I have been keeping my head on the ball through my whole swing and see the contact and it has helped in games. I feel more confident at the plate,” said Trinley. With three doubleheaders left against Oakton Community College (312), Triton College (6-19) and Harper

College (8-10), the Cyclones are poised to get a top seed in the Region IV playoffs. They currently sit in third place in the Skyway conference behind College of Lake County and Waubonsee Community College. The Cyclones have split the season series with Lake County and have been swept by Waubonsee.

“I feel like we are prepared,” explained Trinley. “We have gotten all the major kinks out that were holding us back earlier in the season. We are a talented group of girls and together we can achieve anything we set our minds to.” The one aspect of the game that the Cyclones can improve on is being more aggressive and hitting the ball well in the early innings. The Cyclones’ bats have tended to not get going until after the third inning. The Cyclones need to come out early and rattle the opposing starter in order to be a dominant team in the upcoming playoffs. “We’ve been underrated this season because of our record, but inx all honesty we just were not playing our best game but when we finally came together and talked we began to show everyone what Moraine Valley Softball really is,” said Trinley. Game one of the Region IV playoffs begins April 29 with a location and time to be announced at a later date. Sean McDermott can be contacted at



BASEBALL | from page 12 The Cyclones are hampered with a small roster. Farmer only has one backup outfielder and has been using pitchers as back up infielders all season. The name of the game is “small ball”. The Cyclones have been aggressive on the base paths all season long and have sacrificed a lot of at bats to get runners over. “We’re outmatched every time we step on the field, especially in conference,” said Farmer. “We have to do the small things right. When we do that and know our identity, we can run with anybody.” As a team the Cyclones are near the bottom in nearly every batting statistic in the NJCAA Division II. The Cyclones own a miserable team batting average of .225 with an OBP of .339 and 65 runs scored in 23 games. The thin pitching staff also has struggled with an ERA of 6.42. Opponents have feasted on the Cyclones pitchers as they own a .349 batting average against the Cyclones. The one thing statistically the Cyclones have excelled in is base running. They’ve swiped 18 bags with a 78% success rate. Starting catcher Ryan “Bubba” Gyrion believes his team is better

Freshman first baseman Ryan Kull prepares to catch the ball thrown by his teammate against Morton College on April 8. [Erica Sinnott] than the team’s statistics and record indicate. “This team is dangerous,” insistedGyrion. “We can play with anybody and we’re looking to make noise in the region. Our record doesn’t show how hard we work day in and day out,

(the record) shows that we don’t have any real depth in our line up. We’re competitive in every game and have battled from the first pitch of the year until now.” Gyrion has been the cleanup hitter behind Sheamus Brennen, Michael

Rankin and Bobby Neylon, and has been the offensive catalyst for Farmer all year. Despite a mid-season slump Gyrion has been swinging a hot stick of late pointing to a bright future in baseball after Moraine Valley. “I’ve changed my approach after I realized I was trying to do too much,” explained Gyrion. “I was trying to hit a home run every swing. Now I’m trying to just hit the ball hard. If I’m going to make an out, it’s going to be a loud out.” Gyrion has received numerous calls from other colleges, but intends to attend some workouts that our lined up for him with some Independent leagues, as well as some Major League tryouts. With four out of their last six games coming against feeble opponents, the Cyclones have a great opportunity to work out some kinks with their pitching staff and add a few more tallies to their win column. Game one of the Region IV Playoffs is just under two weeks away. The Cyclones need to continue their aggressive style of play and start to capitalize with their small ball play at the plate. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

ATHLETES OF THE ISSUE Arianna “Ari” Bulthius

Ryan “Bubba” Gyrion

First baseman / Pitcher Women’s softball

Catcher Baseball

By Sean McDermott Sports Editor

Arianna “Ari” Bulthius is a first baseman/pitcher on the Moraine Valley softball team. The Mother McAuley alum has had a fantastic campaign thus far. Bulthuis has been the best hitter on the Cyclones owning a .400 batting average with four doubles, one home run while knocking in 25 RBIs and scoring 25 runs. Bulthius’ best overall game came on April 13 against Joliet Junior College. Bulthius pitched five strong innings recording the win in the 9-1 rout. She also went 1-for-2 at the plate with two RBIs.

Ryan “Bubba” Gyrion is the starting catcher on the Moraine Valley baseball team. Gyrion is in his first year under coach Cole Farmer as a sophomore. Brought in towards the beginning of the season, Gyrion has been the unsung captain of the squad. Gyrion has brought his aggressive play and knowledge to the Cyclones and has become a teacher for the first-year players. One of Gyrion’s best games came in a 14-1 loss to Harper College. Gyrion hit a double and triple in the rout. Gyrion needs to continue his aggressive play if the Cyclones want to make some noise in the upcoming Region IV Playoffs. Sean McDermott can be contacted at


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Three way race for regional title

By Sean McDermott Sports Editor

Since losing their season opening match to Prairie State College 4-5 in heartbreaking fashion, the Cyclones have steamrolled through their competition by winning eight straight matches to end the season with an 8-1 record. Prairie State College would go undefeated in the Illinois Skyway Conference Championship and won the coveted title. Since the loss the Cyclones have found their groove and outscored their opponents 64-8 en route to their eight consecutive victories. “Finishing second in conference is a step up from last season. We had a hiccup in our first match, but that pushed us. The conference doesn’t dictate if we go to nationals. The players have it in their heads to redeem themselves from that one and only loss this season,” said head coach Ben Thompson on Moraine Valley’s tennis web site. “I’m happy with the improvements. We still have a long way to go, but we’re taking it one day at a time. We’re working hard in practice, and I’m happy with them.” The key to the successful 2014 campaign has been the teammates ability to encourage each other throughout the duration of their matches. “Encouragement has been the major contributor to our success and the ability we have to bond with each oth-

er,” said Tim Stewart. “When you’re out on the courts and you’re losing and you hear a teammate yell, “You got this man” it really helps spark the inner fire to pick it up for your team.” There is a lot of positive energy circulating amongst the Cyclones with the Region IV tournament beginning. The race for the regional title figure to be between College of DuPage, Prairie State College and Moraine Valley. These teams have played competitively against each other throughout the season, as each team didn’t have a clear advantage over each other. This season Moraine Valley lost to Prairie State 4-5 on Mar. 27, but beat College of DuPage 7-2 on April 11. With the regional tournament hosted by Moraine Valley on their luxurious new tennis courts, the Cyclones have the advantage to win the title. With their aggressive approach to tennis and current hot streak, the Cyclones seem destined to receive a ticket to Texas next month for the NJCAA championship. Last season the Cyclones missed the championship by one point. The Cyclones veterans are looking for redemption from a season ago. The regional champion will be crowned April 26, hopefully the title will return home and be draped in the green and white of Moraine Valley.

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Tinley Park alum Alec Mikes takes a swing at a tennis ball during practice on April 15. Mikes figures to be one of the key returnees in 2015. [Dan Hajnos]

7-16 record doesn’t reflect team’s will By Sean McDermott Sports Editor After sweeping Morton College on April 8, the Cyclones (7-16) have gone back to their losing ways having dropped six of their last eight games. Head coach Cole Farmer knew going into this season, that the Cyclones didn’t have the overall talent to win the region, let alone the conference. The top talent in the area flocked to Oakton Community College (24-12), South Suburban College (16-14), College of DuPage (16-11), Kankakee Community College (28-14) and reigning Illinois Skyway Champions Prairie State College (16-13), leaving Farmer scraping the bottom of the barrel of the talent that was passed up. With the players that he was able to bring to the program, Farmer turned them into aggressive and smart ball players. “These teams win and we haven’t in a long time,” explained Farmer. “It’s something I’m trying to change here at Moraine Valley.” BASEBALL | page 11

Middle infielders Michael Rankin and Jason Hine go over strategy at second base during a game against Morton College on April 8. Rankin and Hine have been one of the best defensive tandems in the Region IV. [Erica Sinnott]



Ciara Barnett Features Editor


ActOut; become a volunteer now

By Ciara Barnett Features Editor

Many local nonprofit organizations filled the halls of the L Building for the ActOut Volunteer Fair. Students learned what exactly the volunteers do for our community, and what we can do to help. Organizations such as Share Your Soles, Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, and PAWS had booths and pamphlets sharing their stories with whoever passed by. “We’re taking in volunteers all the time. My next volunteer orientation is May 7, so I hold those two to three times a month,” said Julianne Watterson, volunteer coordinator for the South Suburban Humane Society. Many faculty and staff interested in volunteering brought their classes to hear the stories of philanthropists in our community. From food pantries, donating shoes, and animal rescue, there was a booth for all students, no matter what their interest. “I brought my students to the ActOut Volunteer Fair so that they would have the opportunity to learn about these volunteer opportunities in our community. Also, depending on their needs, I wanted them to learn about these services as well,” said Thomas Dow, professor. “Even though this was

my Shakespeare class, so there was not a readily apparent tie-in to our curriculum, access to events like this is one of the benefits of being a part of an active college community.” Dow also shared information regarding the Faculty and Staff Community Learning Day for the fall staff development day, anticipated for Oct. 7. “The college faculty and staff will be participating in a variety of on and offcampus community service-oriented projects and information sessions. When I proposed this upcoming event, my goal was to bring the type of learning experience that Mike McGuire’s students experience to my faculty and staff colleagues,” said Dow. “We can learn so much about the community we serve here at the college by partnering with community organizations like those who participated in today’s ActOut Volunteer Fair.” This event was perfect timing for students who are graduating soon; some classes require community service hours as a final project before students can get their degree. Volunteering also helps shape young adults to be more concerned about senior citizens, homeless animals, and local food pantries. Also, it’s a chance to learn more about the people behind the scenes of the community who get involved simply with others’ needs in mind. “I’ve been volunteering since high

Volunteer Julianne Watterson of the South Suburban Humane Society. [Erica Sinnott] school, but that was before we had to do service hours,” said Shelly Genis, corporate volunteer coordinator for Smith Senior Living. “This event was a great opportuni-

ty for students to see what volunteer work is out there,” said Genis. Ciara Barnett can be contacted at

American English invade Menker Theater By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor No one has had more number one singles than the Beatles, and American English is a tribute band dedicated to preserving their timeless classics. The amazing songwriting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the proficient guitar work of George Harrison, and the capable drumming of Ringo Starr is reproduced note for note by this extremely talented Chicago-based Tribute band through live performance. When Eric Michaels, Tom Gable, James Paul Lynch, and Frank Canino take the stage, they become Paul, Ringo, George, and John. American English performed at the Fine and Perfoming Arts Center (FPAC) on April 12. Their muchanticipated show sold out months in advance, reeling generations of Beatle fanatics into the Dorothy Menker Theater. When the stage lights came up, the quartet resembled a reflection of the Beatles in their youth; armed with authentic instruments, wearing the same

The members of American English pose as the Beatles. [American English] suits, ties, and shaggy haircuts of the original band. Bopping their ­­heads and tapping their feet, American English opened up with “All My Loving,” commemorating the Beatles’ American debut performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964. Paul’s impersonator, Michael’s, led

the group with a left-handed Hofner Bass while Ringo’s counterpart rocked a Ludwig drum-set. Lynch mimicked Harrison’s proficient guitar solos with a vintage brown Gretsch, while Canino played the part of John, holding the rhythm with his black Rickenbacker guitar. Each member bore the name and instrument

of their respective role, impersonating their inspirers flawlessly as they cruised through the same five-song set that captivated Americans over 50 years ago. Spectators danced out of their seats to early pop-rock hits like “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Twist and Shout,” as American English whisked the audience through the quintessential tracks of the early ‘60s. American English welcomed the audience into the second set garbed in the same fluorescent costumes from the cover of “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The band recreated these intricate songs without any aid of pre-recorded tracks by fully employing the work of a fifth, sideline member, Ken Zemanek. Zemanek displayed his synthesizer/keyboard mastery, filling the air with all the bells and whistles that adorn this the tracks from the album. As the show went on, American English performed key tracks from “Yellow Submarine” and “Revolver.” One of the best performances of the evening came ENGLISH | page 8



Support Earth Month; eat locally principle: Everything that we need for our survival and wellbeing depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Being more sustain creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Moraine Valley began practicing sustainable ways in the mid-1970s by understanding the importance of natural resource preservation, set aside 40 acres of its campus to be preserved as a Speaker Bill Hogan shares with students the quality of eating nature study area to local food and how to practice sustainability. [Dan Hajnos] use as a living, learning lab. Today there By Matt Galvin are a myriad of services offered, makEditorial Assistant ing Moraine Valley the leading area college in the field of sustainability. Sustainability is based on a simple Bill Hogan, who teaches communica-

tion and sustainability classes, covered the importance of sustainability with a focus on local restaurants and breweries, hosted a workshop in honor of Earth month. His focal point of what it means for a food and beverage operation to be considered sustainable, is the emphasis of quality of product over marketing ploys, and instilling a sense of place, knowing where food comes from. How does someone know if an establishment is practicing sustainability? There are some key words that should be good indicators if sustainable practices are in place: locally sourced, seasonal, organic, and farm fresh. The bulk of the workshop described local establishments with practices that not only promote health and fresh products, but also involve the community and have a sense of identity. Here are a few of the locations that were discussed. Located not far from campus is the restaurant The Harvest Room, which has a small team with big ideas. They specialize in farm to table and familiar dishes comprised of local and organic produce. In Alsip, the family owned restaurant called The Country House, has a motto of providing foods that are “family, community, local, and fresh.� Not only does their restaurant provide healthy food at their establishment, but with the help of fundraising and

charitable donations, they are able to supply schools, churches, and care centers with hale and hearty foods. Within the downtown area of Bridgeport, at the intersection of 31st St. and Morgan, holds three sustainable organizations. The Bridgeport Coffee House provides organic and fairtrade products and offers a direct relationship with many growers. Maria’s, which used to be a scantily and eerily stocked bar and liquor store, has made a dramatic turnaround. It now provides local and craft beers, supports likeminded businesses, and holds literary, musical, and community events. The Pleasant House Bakery not only provides organic British style pies, but also produces all their own vegetables from local gardens. They also provide the community with gardening classes too, so they can eat healthy at home as well. Near Indiana is the brewery and eatery, Three Floyds, which has connoisseur reputation. Their brewing process has a transparent and prideful approach to creating a local craft beer list. Their food operation is a seasonal menu that provides a local and healthy menu for its dining area. Visiting any of these options is a wonderful opportunity to support local businesses and communities. Matt Galvin can be contacted at



Fair focuses on fashion and awareness By Sidney Fluellen Staff Writer Moraine Valley recently hosted a very special fashion show in celebration of April being National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month. On April 23, Moraine’s Student Life office hosted the fashion show in honor of National Denim Day. Suzanne Cusack, a part-time counselor, is credited for bringing Denim Day to Moraine. What is National Denim Day? It’s a day where people are encouraged to wear denim in observance of sexual assault issues. The 1997 case that originally sparked this movement involved an 18-year-old girl who was raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor in Rome, Italy. When he was later convicted of the crime, he appealed to the Italian Supreme Court on the grounds that the young lady had to have consented to sexually assaulting her because her jeans were too tight to take them off by himself, and the court overturned their initial ruling in favor of the driving instructor’s defense. The Supreme Court’s ruling caused such an uproar, the next day women in the Italian Parliament showed their

Artwork and words were creatively added to denim jeans, displayed as part of the Sexual Assault Awareness Fair. [Erica Sinnott] support by wearing jeans and holding signs that read, “Jeans: An Alibi for Rape.” Soon after, the California Senate and Assembly joined the movement bringing National Denim Day to Los Angeles in 1997, and as of 2011 at least 20 states recognize April 23 as such. One way many colleges across the U.S. have begun to show their support of Denim Day is by hosting fashion shows like the one hosted by the Student Life office in the U-building. The show featured 11 models wearing tight jeans in protest of sexual assault, and

there were even a few male models who participated to show that “REAL men don’t rape.” Dominque McDowell is the advisor for Fashion Valley Couture, and is also on Moraine Valley’s committee for Sexual Awareness. When asked why the models were all sporting white scarves with teal symbols, she informed that the scarves represented Sexual Awareness month. When asked why the models wore their scarves over their mouths for the final walk-through, she said that was to symbolize how sexual assault is

a matter that doesn’t get talked about often. To further encourage the audience to not sit in silence about this topic, the models ripped their scarves from their mouths, and collectively shouted, “It’s time to talk about it!” Luckily, Moraine’s Denim Day fashion show was a success; therefore it will be an annual tradition, giving our students and faculty more opportunities to talk. Sidney Fluellen can be reached at



Movie on poverty proves what matters By Anne Parker Editor-in-Chief

David Peterka, one of the film-makers, shares information on “What Matters?” presented in the library on Wednesday, April 23, during the ActOut fair. [Dan Hajnos]

Could you live on $1.25 a day? For three friends from St. Louis, Rob Lehr, Dan Parris, and David Peterka, they embraced the lifestyle led by millions in the word today, and filmed it. They created the award-winning documentary on poverty, “What Matters?” $1.25 a day, the world standard for extreme poverty, was left for their food, lodging, and transportation. Despite a plane crash in Africa, which left two of the filmmakers hospitalized, the documentary follows their commitment to finish the impressionable goal that they had started. Students of Moraine Valley had the momentous opportunity to view a 25 minute version of the documentary, and the chance to ask questions and interact with the three filmmakers. Each shared their best and worst memories of their experience. Among the devastation of the plane crash, there were more difficult trials that the trio had to face. David Peterka shared his worst and best memories of the trip while they were in Africa.

“The worst was where one of our guides, his brother was shot to death, and we were in Kenya together and he had to go back. And just being with him, that was miserable,” said Peterka. “The best was when we were in Uganda. I met Katie Davis who has lived there for over five years, and as a single girl adopted 14 orphaned girls. It’s amazing.” Dan Parris shared his ideas for the initial plan to go on the trek. “I think every time you decide to do something crazy like this, there are generally a lot of seeds planted along the way,” said Parris. “All I knew from Africa was giraffes and the stuff you see on National Geographic, and I was just amazed by the beauty of the people and the joy there. I was like how do I live in this world where I have friends living on a dollar a day, and I’m spending all of this money.” Parris came forward with the idea to his friends in 2007 and through fundraising and soul-searching, each were impacted in inspiring ways to get on board. “When Dan asked me to be a part of this I thought, man this is finally an opportunity to do something that’s so MATTERS | page 6



Into Easter spirit By Ciara Barnett Features Editor Right before Easter break, the Student Union was filled with students looking for 60 eggs hidden around the U building. The eggs were located in different spots such as the game room, quiet room, and the lounge. Participants were given five minutes to find as many eggs as they could. Only 40 eggs were found so a second opportunity was given with three additional minutes. “It felt really short. Surprisingly, some of the eggs were not found, so we were given a second chance to find the additional missing ones,” said Robert Hodo, one of the participants. Student Life, which has done this for other holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Robyn Ford participated in hunting for Easter Eggs. “U Scav- awarded the winner enger” was hosted by Student Life. [Heather Martensen] a $25 Visa gift card. However, in Moraine Valley fashion of not wanting anybody to feel excluded, all participants were given MVCC sunglasses. “I love how Moraine always does events like this. It’s so nice going to a school where students have fun activities,” said Jessica Pyrkowski, another participant. Most of the eggs not found were in the quiet lounge. As students raced around, shouts of encouragement were heard. “I feel like the egg hunt was a successful and fun event of Student Life. I would do it again,” said Megan Roberts, Student Life employee. Originally planned was the idea that a certain egg color meant a student would win a specific prize for that color. However, it was determined that whoever had the most eggs overall would win. The prizes offered were t-shirts, frisbees, water bottles, and other Student Life attire. The prizes given to everyone for participating though were specially made MVCC sunglasses. Upcoming Student Life events include an ice-cream social on May 8 with outdoor games and prizes. Also from May 12 to 15, Stress Relief week makes its annual appearance in time for finals. Ciara Barnett can be contacted at



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24 Karat Dance Team Contact Terra Jacobson at 974-5467. Action, Social & Political Empowerment Contact Annette D’Silva at 608-4023. Alliance of Latin American Students Contact Alexandria Elvira at 974-5475. Anime Club Contact Jeremy Kingery at 608-4175. Arab Student Union Contact Nina Shoman-Dijani at 974-5229. Art Club Contact Kevin Daly at 708-927-0764. Artistic Metal-Working Contact James Greer at 974-5423. Asian Diversity Club Contact Tamina Farooqui at 974-5313. BOSS Contact Josiah Fuller at 974-4025. Business, Finance, & Entrepreneur Club Contact James Snooks at 974-5785. Christian Fellowship Contact Daniel Cristman at 608-4047. College Bowl Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Combat to College Contact General McArthur at 974-4144. Creative Writing Club Contact Tina Jenkins-Bell at 974-4379. Fashion Valley Couture Contact Dominique McDowell at 974-5722. Filmmakers Club Contact Fire Science Contact Bryant Krizek at 608-4404. Forensics - Phi Kappa Delta Contact John Nash at 974-5556, Krista Appelquist at 974-5222. GASP - Gender And Sexuality Progress Contact Jeffrey McCully at 608-4377. The Glacier Student Newspaper Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Honors Program Contact Alicea Toso at 974-4191. International Women’s Club Contact Annette D’Silva at 974-4023. International Conversation Partners   Contact Elizabeth Boucek at 974-5427. K-Fu Club Contact Courtney Reese at 974-4067. Korean Student Association (K.S.A.) Contact Young Shim at 974-4319. Legacy X Dance Team Contact Demetrius Robinson at 974-5353. Mastadon   Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Music Club Contact Tammi Carlson at 974-5636. Muslim Student Association Contact Michael Morches at 974-5310. Psychology Club Contact Mitchell Baker at 974-4058. Recreation Management/ Recreation Therapy Contact Donna McCauley at 974-5227. Relay for Life Planning Committee Contact Wally Fronzek at 974-5372. The Society of Arab Scholars Contact Kipp Cozad at 974-5331. South of the Himalayas Contact Sumeet Singh at 974-4353. Student Government Association Contact Bradley Custer at 608-4272. Student Nursing Organization (S.N.O.) Contact Georgina Murphy in 974-4122. Ultimate Frisbee Contact Jessica Crotty at 974-5281.

MATTERS | from page 4 crazy, it’s worthy of finally owning this title Christian and calling myself a follower of Jesus,” Peterka explained. For Lehr, who was tied down with student loans and having an apartment, it took a lot of trust and essentially guts to take on such a grueling, but fulfilling project. “I actually left the project I think two times and it took me about four months to come back and then I jumped on board with it. It was re-

ally a feeling of just like I am all in on this regardless of what happens,” said Lehr. “Going on a trip where you are not going to eat for three months, it’s horrible. But I think the message that came out of it and the good that has come out of the movie I’m really glad that we did it.” Parris closed the event, leaving viewers with some food for thought. “We’re all three community college graduates, and in the beginning were just regular dudes who decided to do

something crazy,” said Parris. The documentary was presented during ActOut Education Through Action Fair in the Library on Wednesday, April 23, and had a fantastic turnout by students and faculty. More information on “What Matters?” can be found by visiting or their Facebook page. Anne Parker can be contacted at



William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor


Blu Carpet Authority sweeps the battle By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor

nals. The sound was imbalanced, and the instruments and vocals blared out of sync and focus. The Moraine Valley’s most talented crowd, however, remained loyal to student musicians went to war for the front of the stage, dancing maa chance to be recognized for their niacally to the deafening noise that talents and to compete for a $200 emanated from the speakers. The cash prize. biggest problem this band faced “The Battle of the Bands” was was lack of organization. The bass organized and hosted by the Moplayer looked confused as she stumraine Valley Music Club (MVMC) bled through tracks, landing out of led by Tammi Carlson. On April 11, time and key. The lead guitarist and students, faculty, and members of drummer had obvious knowledge the community gathered at the U of their instruments, but at some Building to watch four bands hash points it seemed like each member it out on stage and showcase their was playing a different song. talents. Blu Carpet Authority members Willard Keil, Joey Rodriguez, and Christopher Massura performing Judges Braelyn Zavala, Saadah The five-piece group Last Friday on the massive stage erected in the U Building for the Battle of the Bands. [Erica Sinnott] Ottman, and Thomas Reiter took was the first competing band. Their musical ability, originality and auname was inspired by the date that they selves to the audience with their single crowd and changed the air of the venue dience response into consideration for formed on; only one week before the “Charlie.” Pat Egan and Damien Arundel with a set of alternative rock originals. the awards. Blu Carpet Authority stole show. Despite their short union, gui- delivered a set of acoustic originals with Christopher Massura performed lead the show, taking home the winning tarist Greg McDaniels, drummer Craig a touch of punk and alternative rock. guitar and vocals, with Willard Keil on title and the cash prize that came with Buckner, keyboardist Brian Helmus, Egan’s exceptional songwriting skill bass and Joey Rodriguez behind the it. Last Friday came in second place for and bassist Brian Salkas, executed fan- shone through on tracks from his latest drums. “Stray” and “Grandma’s Got a their strong foundation of musical abiltastic instrumental renditions of Miley EP, “Southside.” Tramp Stamp” from their EP “Greatest ity and range. Pat Egan and the South Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” and Coldplay’s Until Blu Carpet Authority took the Tits” stood out as exceptional tracks. Side Kicks took third, followed by Rites “Viva la Vida,” with Rochelle Jester per- stage, the spectators had remained Rites Revoked infected the crowd Revoked. forming vocal melodies on saxophone. separated from the bands like boys and with their hardcore punk style, receivPat Egan and the South Side Kicks girls at a sixth grade social. The power ing a strong response from the audience William Lukitsch can be contacted at came on next and introduced them- trio got the blood pumping through the and moving seamlessly between origi-



Woods reunite ‘With Light and With Love’

Album art for “With Light and With Love.” [Woodsist Records] By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor The Brooklyn-based folk-rock band Woods have put out seven albums since they got together in 2005. Although the group has held a fairly consistent tone over the course of their discography, their sound has become more layered, composed and enriched over their nine-year partnership. Their latest LP, “With Light and With Love,” released on April 15 under their own label, Woodsist, which was founded by the band’s lead singer and guitarist Jeremy Earl in 2006. Bassist Kevin Morby rejoined his compatriots to record and tour after releasing his solo album “Harlem River” in late 2013. Woods break out the steel guitar stretch out raw folk roots and country nuance in the first song “Shepherd,” a prequel to the heady tracks like “Twin Steps” and “Shining” which are drenched in psychedelic ‘60s ambience. The nine-minute title track consists of a fuzzy, flanged, reverb-heavy guitar riffs meshed with a psychedelic organ and groovy bass line. A repetitive drum and bass line set the stage for wild, aggressive guitar leads through a fourminute instrumental segment in an ob-

vious effort to appease the dead-heads. Most of songs on this album reveal a deep classic rock influence. The opening progression and slide guitar lead for “Full Moon” sounds strikingly similar to America’s “Sister Golden Hair.” “New Light” is filled with bright major chords, delicate vocal harmonies, and graceful organ arpeggios creating a short, catchy tune that sounds inspired by the Beatles LP “Yellow Submarine.” The Woods haven’t exactly re-invented the wheel with “With Light and With Love.” While their musicianship and lyricism are impressive, the tranquil tone that resonates forms a natural anesthetic. The vocal effects, while unique and creative, destroy Earl’s ability to put human inflection and emotion into the music. The dependence that Woods have on manufactured effects make them an interesting group to see live. Woods will be playing on May 7 at Subterranean in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. For more information on their music, and upcoming show, visit woodsist. com/woods. William Lukitsch can be contacted at

ENGLISH | from front page with the group’s rendition of “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Garino, illuminated by spotlight and shrouded in smoke, sang the droning lead vocals through a megaphone as Zemanek played the synth back track over Gable’s off-kilter drum pattern. For the final segment, the backdrop of the stage was filled by a projection of the iconic “Abbey Road” album cover. American English moved through the last recorded Beatles album in beautiful harmony. The band attempted to end the evening with the last track “The End,” but the two-hour set wasn’t enough to soothe the appetite of the fans at Menker Theater. A long, nearly deafening

standing ovation prompted the band to take the stage again for an encore performance of “Hey Jude,” officially ending the night with a bow from the band and a hail of applause from the audience. American English took the crowd on a memorable journey through the benchmark achievements made by one of the most influential rock bands of all time. From their flawless recreation Beatle favorites, to the witty banter on stage, American English provides the ultimate Beatles experience. For more information on their upcoming shows visit William Lukitsch can be contacted at



Cage escapes the Hollywood standard in ‘Joe’ By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor A-list actor Nicholas Cage broke away from the inflated Hollywood film scene to slum with indie film director David Gordon Green in “Joe.” “Joe” is a dark drama, based on the novel by Larry Brown that bears the same name. Green assembled a minor league cast of unfamiliar actors to surround Cage in this artistic endeavor. Cage plays Joe; an honest, hardworking ex-con that spends his days leading a tree-removal crew through woods with poison-filled hatchets and his evenings at the local brothel. He is an essential part of the rural, one-horse Texas town that he resides in, despite his affinity for liquor, heavy metal, and hookers. Tye Sheridan played the part of Gary for his second major supporting role since “Mud” with Matthew McConaughey. Gary, at 15 years of age, is the product of a terrifyingly violent home led by his stumbling abusive father, and motivated by his obligation to his passive mother and helpless sister. He finds a job on Joe’s crew and forms a bond with the man by showing his impeccable work ethic and desire to surpass his

hardships. Joe drinks whiskey like water, which amplifies his compulsive violent behavior. Throughout the film, he is shrouded in a perpetual cloud of cigarette smoke and mystique. As the bond between Joe and Gary grows, the script reveals vague hints of his checkered past. The minor actors in this film evoke a deep sense of honesty in characters they represent. Green recruited first time actor Gary Poulter as Wade, the antagonist alcoholic father. Poulter was living on the streets of Austin, Texas before plunging into this movie next to blue-blood Joe (Nicholas Cage) and Gary (Tye Sheridan) form friendship. [Roadside Attractions] Cage. His authenticity gave Wade an inimitable quality that made flict and brutal violence as the characters the bill, but his supporting cast served his horrific actions feel incredibly realis- strive to break through his constraints, as the meat and potatoes of this movie. tic. Wade takes unthinkable measures to or wallow in them. Cage has a few scenes “Joe” extracts a poignant view of addicattain his drug, subjecting his family to where he overacts, and he still hasn’t fig- tion, poverty, and friendship. jarring demented behavior and horrific ured out how to do a southern accent, violence. but his overall characterization of Joe is William Lukitsch can be contacted at “Joe” is filled with unexpected con- good. Cage may be the biggest name on



Johnny Depp ‘Transcends’ disappointment By David Kowalski Staff Writer “Transcendence” stars Johnny Depp as the insistent Dr. Will Caster, a brilliant scientist and revolutionary in the field of artificial intelligence technology. Co-stars Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, and Morgan Freeman form a stellar cast, but despite their talented presence, this film fails to transcend the clichéd satirical concept it is rooted in, and is grounded by a dull, lifeless script. Caster is determined to make the world a better place through his research, and improve the capacity of human life. After an assassination attempt by a radical anti-technology resistance group lands him in a terminal state, Caster’s consciousness is uploaded into a machine and a new era of man is born. As a machine, Caster loses the human quality of empathy and makes decisions based entirely on logic. When the machine attains ultimate power, Caster exercises a plan to take over the world, casting his will on the people

First time director Wally Pfister’s didn’t contribute much to this lackluster flick either. Though the award winning cinematographer has command over his camera, Pfister extracts little to no emotion from his cast, whose actions become as frigid as the machines they’re surrounded by. If the story doesn’t put you to sleep the music might do the trick. Mychael Danna’s score was composed of typical horn blaring unimaginative symphonic garbage that plagues contemporary action films. Caster’s wasn’t the only consciousness that transcended during this movie; the writing, score, and delivery, turned it into a total Dr. Will Caster prepares to upload his consciousness into a machine. [Alcon Entertainment] snooze-fest. The obvious theme of societal dependency on technolaround him. There is only one way to Depp was miscast as Caster, plain ogy is revealed with the subtlety of an stop him: destroy the internet! Sounds and simple. His trademark style of air-raid siren. In short, this film had exciting, right? Unfortunately, the eccentric characterization is not sup- potential but lacked good writing and premise behind this film is far more ported by his role in the film. Caster’s direction. One and a half out of five stimulating than the execution, and artificial consciousness is tranquil, as stars. the plot that screenwriter Jack Pa- is to be expected from a machine, but glen provides is riddled with holes and Depp’s character aches to break away David G. Kowalski can be contacted at twists that anyone could see coming. from Paglen’s formulaic script.


Career Corner


Job search and interviewing strategies

Tamima Farooqui, Job Resource Center Specialist, shared tools of the trade regarding resumes, networking, social media, and interviewing etiquette. [Erica Sinnott] By Matt Galvin Editorial Assistant With summer approaching fast and jobs opening up, it is never too soon to start thinking about a part time or full time job. Here are some tips and pointers that can help put someone in the right direction when approaching an interview. The topics being covered will be resumes, cover letters, networking,

personal branding, and proper interviewing behaviors. A resume is not just a list of jobs but a picture of how appropriate an applicant relates to a specific job. It should not only list credentials, but highlight attributes, personal abilities, professional background, character traits, and job skills to capture an employer’s attention. A strong resume will be clear and free of errors, concise, using compel-

ling language, and focusing on relevant information. Cover letters are an essential way to bring life to a resume and makes a connection between skills, experiences, education, personality and what employers are looking for. A good cover letter should be addressed to an actual person, signify what position is being applied for, advertise personal abilities, and express interest and knowledge about the company. Being able to connect with many people in the working world has become a very viable resource to becoming a business professional. Networking has become increasingly integral to a personal portfolio. Up to 85 percent of employers are using some sort of social media to further research potential employees. So be careful which ways social media outlets are used, and how they may look towards employers. Social media can tie personal and professional life together which may be helpful or harmful to a business reputation depending on how they are used or what they suggest. Representing a positive self-image is not only important for good self es-

teem, but also to a professional image or brand. Develop a short infomercial about professional experience, skills, talent, and how that relates to a specific job objective. Be ready to give it at any time, at job fairs, informational meetings, or if going into an employer to ask for an application. This personal brand will set an applicant aside from the rest of those applying, and portray a positive and professional image. After the application process, it is time for the interview. Keep in mind that body language can speak louder than words and that the communication conveyed with a hand gesture or a nod of the head is more powerful than anything. Remaining calm, cool, and collective can have a powerful effect on an interview, especially in the waiting room, which may be a test that applicants may not realize they are even taking. Take the interview seriously, dress, well, address the interviewer courteously and correctly, and getting the job should be no issue. For more information visit Good luck! Matt Galvin can be contacted at


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