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Board meeting turns into celeberation members of Moraine’s Board of Trustees who failed to be re-elected to the Board. Patrick Murphy, the College Board Chairman, gave them each a plaque of appreciation. In an emotional farewell speech, Szynalski who had been on the board since 2010 said she expected the college “to move forward” while Ramirez-Justin said, “I will always be here,” while choking back tears. The outgoing Student Trustee, Taylor Geraghty College President Sylvia Jenkins congratulates the men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams respectively for was also recognized their outstanding performances in the past season. [Mike Frederiksen] by the Board for her contribution to By David Alexander the regular monthly meeting and outstanding members of the College as her successor, Staff Writer of the Moraine Valley Board the college. Noor Salah was sworn in at of Trustees took a break from First to be recognized were the same meeting by Board of It was a night of sad good- its usual deliberations to rec- Andrea Ramirez-Justin and Trustee member Sandra Wagbyes and happy welcomes as ognize incoming, outgoing Lisa Szynalski, two erstwhile ner.

Salah, the new student trustee went to work immediately by proceeding to give a synopsis of her life to the Board meeting in the form of a PowerPoint presentation that traced the course of her life in the multiple countries that she has resided in, from Columbia to Jordan. Bill Sealy, the man who makes sure all the physical layout of every occasion at Moraine Valley events are properly taken care of, things like the seating arrangement and so on, also bowed out of MVCC’s service after twelve years at the College. Sealy concluded his time at Moraine Valley by saying, “when the monkey’s tail is cut off, it won’t be long now.’” Moraine Valley’s men’s basketball team was also recognized for their sterling performance including finishing second in the nation at the BOARD | page 7

Students lobby Identifying with IndentiSys for MAP Grants By Joshua Johnson Staff Writer Calling all student leaders: community college students from across Illinois gather once more in our state capital to lobby important issues for the annual Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Student Advocacy Day. Every year the ICCB Student Advisory Committee (a committee made of representatives from the various community college districts) gathers community college students from around Illinois to lobby in Springfield for different issues. Each year the Committee selects a main issue to lobby

for, although each student may choose to lobby for any issue they want. This year’s main issue is Adult Education. Every year Moraine Valley’s Student Life Department sponsors a trip to Springfield for students to partake in this important event. The main issue students from Moraine Valley Community College went to Lobby for is funding for MAP Grants (MAP Grants are state funded grants that help low income students pay for school). Carol Antosz, secretary to the dean of Liberal Arts, helps lead Moraine Valley students down to Springfield. This year about eight students from MoLOBBYING | page 2

Students can get their new IDs for free by visiting the Information desk located at the entrance to the S Building. Students should do this as soon as possible. [Mike Frederiksen] By Julius Allen Staff Writer Moraine Valley is known for providing superior service to

its students, faculty and staff. It comes as no surprise that the College would continue to do the same with its new identification and security system.

Founded in 1999, IdentiSys is the nation’s largest company of its kind. IdentiSys serves customers from all over the NEW ID | page 2

IN THIS ISSUE ENTERTAINMENT Poet Beverly McLaughlin speaks at Mastadon reading. SOCIAL PAGE 8

SPORTS Tennis team goes on a 7-1 before playoffs. PAGE 12

FEATURES Valued Moraine community member, Fry moves on. SOCIAL PAGE 6

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Hello Moraine Valley students. I am extremely excited for my term as Student Trustee. In this corner you will find guidance, stories, and tips on improving the college experience. I want to start by introducing myself to my fellow students. I came from a diverse background living in more than six countries including Jordan, Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Egypt, Panama, Italy, and Jamaica. I am Palestinian and Brazilian. I was born in Columbia Bogota then moved to Brazil and lived there for half of my life. I then moved to the Middle East where I lived for four years. When I was in eighth grade I moved to the United States for the first time. I had difficulty learning English and I had to take “ELL” classes. I studied on the side and worked extremely hard to take honors classes. In high school I was anti social. I did not talk to any of the students and basically was a loner. I became involved to make new friends and step out of my comfort zone. I always wanted to be a leader and an inspiration to other students and becoming involved was the first step towards my goal. I was involved in more than five clubs in high school. I was the Vice President of Student Council, Manager for our school’s Business Club, and Chief Petty Officer for ROTC. I was also on the Speech Team, a team player in the Mathletes, and on the Principle’s Advisory Committee. Being involved built my self-esteem. I became confident and did not


have any difficulty making friends and being involved became natural. I feel like it’s my obligation to be an active student, and to contribute to educating others. When starting my first semester of college, I naturally searched for clubs and associations at Moraine Valley and contacted the advisors. I became the Vice President of the Muslim Student Association and the Co-secretary and the ICC representative for the Arab Student Union. I also became a member of the Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and Relay for Life, enrolled in the Conversational International Partners program, and surprisingly became the new Student Trustee. Being involved with school activities did not affect my schoolwork. I was motivated to study harder to reach my goal. I took my inspiration and dedication with me to college. I organized my life and committed time for school as well as activities and maintained a 4.0 GPA with leadership positions. This experience helped me build my character and personality. As a Muslim woman, I have faced criticism, and experienced bullying for who I am and what I believe but, through it all, I developed a better understanding and a mature mindset. Facing this type of criticism motivated me to prove that I am my own person, and I’ve developed a strong mentality of life. I now show others that I should not be judged based on my religion but rather the content of my character and the positive intent of my actions. Fortunately, that drive helped me change people’s perception regarding my way of life. As Student Trustee of Moraine Valley, I will work to represent this college and student body to the best of my ability. It is my sincere hope to contribute in the college’s effort to change lives in a changing world.

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NEW ID | from front page country and is continuing to expand its market in areas such as California, Iowa and Hawaii. In March of this year, Identisys became a technology partner with Qmatic Customer Flow Management Systems, the world’s leader in its field. Director of Moraine’s Admissions Department, Claudia Roselli said, “before adopting the IdentiSys technology, Moraine’s IT department worked in cooperation with the Admissions office in creating a task force to choose the right system that fit the needs of the college.” The task force investigated other ID and security companies along with surveying other colleges and universities on how they used their systems. A top priority of the College was to meet the needs of students and faculty by having a new ID system that was compatible with its own business system. By integrating ID and security technology with Moraine’s business system, the College was able to produce a seamless unified experience. The College will continue to expand

Contributing Staff David Alexander Julius Allen Ann Lai Chens Tiffany Coleman Andrew Duarte Frank Gogola Joshua Johnson Nabeel Qazi Jerry Rodgers Dana Abu Romman Erica Sinnott Jordan Sisk John Trocellier Lucy Welsh Special Contributors Bill Droel - Campus Minister Noor Salah - Student Trustee

IdentiSys compatibility to the library, testing center and fitness center. It’s also a guarantee that all departments in the S Building will have compatibility with the new system if they don’t already. Colleges and universities from all over the country are using ID technology from companies like IdentiSys. ID cards can work as a meal card and for class attendance. For meal plans, students can swipe their cards and access funds from their accounts. For class attendance, students can swipe their cards to be marked present and swipe when they finish class. These examples show the potential of the new ID system at Moraine Valley. The College decided to withhold on tapping into certain aspects of the ID cards but they’re not ruling out the possibility of doing so in the future. As time goes on, the College is bound to incorporate more features for the ID cards that provide students and faculty with more convenience. Julius Allen can be contacted at allenj82@

LOBBYING | from front page Later on, students got to meet some raine attended the trip. They gathered in legislators. If they were in session, to the early morning hours to prepare for meet them students had to pull them out the trip and headed out around 6 a.m. by filling out a card with their name and After arriving in the capitol, the stu- handing it to one of the security guards dents gathered together with other col- outside. lege students to Moraine studiscuss the issues dents got a chance of the day. Several to meet with a Reppeople spoke to the resentative in the students includCollege’s district, ing the Director of Kelly Burke, to Adult Education discuss the imporfor Illinois Comtant issue of MAP munity Colleges. Grants. Many things During the lobwere discussed inbying time in the cluding the right Moraine Valley students and Student Life Capitol Building and wrong ways to Manager, Demetrius Robinson pose with former Representaapproach a Repre- Lt. Governor, Sheila Simon. [Student Life] tive, Edward Masentative. Some of loney, led around the key points made were: don’t be dis- students. Moraine Valley students also respectful of their time and also do not met Lt. Governor, Shelia Simon. argue with them. In total, 400 Students came out to participate in Student Ad- Josh Johnson can be contacted at johnvocacy Day.





Environmentalists converge on Prairie State By Nabeel Qazi Staff Writer Moraine Valley Students participated in the 2013 Student Sustainability Summit to discuss and increase awareness of international environmental issues. The event took place on Friday, April 12 at Prairie State College.  Over 40 students represented Moraine, along with students from South Suburban College, University of St. Francis, Governors State University, DeVry University, Lewis University, Joliet Junior College, and the host school, Prairie State College.  There were many informational posters, and staff and students were treated to a healthy brunch where the used utensils were recycled. The keynote speaker of the event was Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands and Waters, a group that works with communities to clean up America’s nature preserves and rivers.  Pregracke began his presentation with a brief explanation on why he started the clean up program. He also spoke in great depth about the trash and sewage problems resulting from dumping in our rivers. “People use the Mississippi as a dumping ground,” he said. 

Keynote speaker of the Sustainability Summit and founder of Living Lands and Waters, Chad Pregracke delivers his address to summit attendees. [Nabeel Qazi] Pregracke was an electric speaker and his comedic-style of story telling kept the audience listening and actively participating in the event. He preached about the importance of preserving our environment for the animals and the habitat. The keynote speaker shared more about the importance of maintaining a clean ecosystem. “All that garbage, it has

to go somewhere,” said Pregracke. According to the Livings Lands and Waters founder, the biggest challenge he faced was trying to get communities and corporations to help fund the clean up. Some of the other presenters at the summit were Rebecca Garcia and Ghaffar Diaro, from South Suburban College, who talked about sustainability in

depth. Kiera Banks and Bryan Boylan from DeVry University gave a lecture about student efforts in converting to green energy and recycling. Ime Akpan and Taniya Scott from Prairie State College spoke about maintaining prairie preserves and other forest preserves. Going green has swept the nation in the past decades. With so many cars running on hybrid engines, many consumers are ditching the gas-guzzlers for more efficient vehicles.  When speaking about team participation, Pregrecke said, “The biggest thing I learned is how many people really care about our environment.” But college and university students are taking the initiative in our communities and creating awareness by volunteering in community cleanups and creating proposals for schools to decrease non-recyclable waste. Living Lands and Waters started with one sponsor over fifteen years ago. Today, they have over 70 sponsors and 2000 members. You can actively help the cause by visiting  Nabeel Qazi can be contacted at  qazin@ 



IN BRIEF Book Scholarships This Scholarship, available every semester, is sponsored by Moraine Valley’s Student Government Association and can be used to purchase books for college. Full-or part-time students may apply for this $200 scholarship. Deadline for submissions is Monday May 6, 2013. For more information contact Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353, or email studentlife@morainevalley. edu Adults Considering College One of the workshops available will be on May 8th at 10am or 6pm. discover the benefits of being an adult learner at Moraine Valley. Attend one of our free adult information sessions where you can learn more about course options, how to enroll, get information on obtaining financial aid, and more. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP required. Observatory Open Viewing Nights On Friday, May 31 on 8:20 p.m. The college hosts monthly open viewing nights for the public during the spring, summer and fall, hosted by Tom Mc-

Cague, retired associate professor and department chair of Biology at Moraine Valley. McCague, an amateur astronomer for more than 40 years, built the telescope, which is housed in a dome on the Nature Study Area’s G. Jack Bradley Observation Deck at the far western end of campus. Tree Campus USA On Friday, April 26, 2013 at 11:00am - 1:00pm Moraine Valley is a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. These guided walks explore the beauty, health and environmental benefits of trees. Visit new sustainability features on campus, too! Arbor Day Tree Campus USA and Campus Sustainability Walks, students take a w Meet by Building S clock tower For more information visit E-waste Recycling On Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 9:00am - 12:00pm in the Building T parking lot a community-recycling event to collect unwant electronic waste. Drop-off unwanted (broken or not) electronics, telephones, radios, computers, TVs, A/C adapters, batteries, and other things that use or hold

energy. If it plugs in, we’ll take it. Large appliances like washing machines or refrigerators are not accepted. “Angels in America” Fine and Performing Arts Center, John and Angeline Oremus Theater On Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Tony Kushner’s Angels in America is that rare entity: a work for the stage that is profoundly moving yet very funny, highly theatrical yet steeped in traditional literary values, and most of all deeply American in its attitudes and political concerns. In two full-length plays - Millennium Approaches and Perestroika - Kushner tells the story of a handful of people trying to make sense of the world. Prior is a man living with AIDS whose lover Louis has left him and become involved with Joe, an ex-Mormon and political conservative whose wife, Harper, is slowly having a nervous breakdown. Call the Box Office for details 708-974-5500 Art Gallery On Monday, April 29 2013 at 9:00am - 4:30pm in the F building An opportunity for students to view artwork of other students will be held on April 29 in the Fine and Performing

Arts Center in the F building. Juried Student Art Exhibition Fine and Performing Arts Center, Robert F. DeCaprio Call Jamie Callahan for details 708608-4231 Adult Transfer Fair On Tuesday, April 30 2013 at 4:00pm - 6:30pm Building L, 2nd Floor, near the library Transfer Guides provide information to help students begin planning for transfer. The guides on this site are not a contract or guarantee of transferability. Requirements at the baccalaureate-level university are subject to change. To ensure appropriate course completion, students should consult throughout their enrollment with an academic advisor from Moraine Valley and from the four-year university to which they plan to transfer throughout their enrollment. A representative will be available to answer your questions about transferring. For more information, call the Academic Advising Center at (708) 974-5721.



Santoyo named Student Employee of the Year By Anne Parker Managing Editor

Emmanuel Santoyo has come along way since coming to Moraine. He served as student trustee for a year and will be graduating in May. Santoyo will be working for City Year next semester. City Year is a volunteer organization where participants work in neighborhoods and schools to fight the “national dropout crisis,” which they are “wholly focused on fighting,” according to their website. [Job Resource Center]

Emmanuel Santoyo has been named 2013 Student Employee of the Year and is very humble about the recognition. “I feel like they made a mistake and they are going to come and say sorry the award was actually for someone else. I just did my work day by day. I guess I am still in shock too.” Santoyo was recognized for his dedicated work in the Student Life Department, where he has worked for three years. There are many parts of Santoyo’s job and the former student trustee enjoys all of them, especially the variety of tasks that have to be done to ensure that activities and events of Student Life run smoothly. “I like that it’s different.

Whether I am doing office work, or talking about an event on the microphone it never really is the same. I really like that there is always something different and new going on.” Santoyo is pursuing a career in business with the dream of opening up a skateboarding park, after one of his favorite pastimes. After Moraine Valley, however, Santoyo will be taking his dedicated work ethic as a part of City Year in Philadelphia. “To me it’s a pretty good program. City Year is donating a year of your time to help high schools and their students. If they have to wake up at 6 am then we are too.” While Santoyo won’t let the idea of winning the award go to his head, he understands that it is a kind gesture. “It does feel nice to be recognized.” The other nominees for the 2013 Student Employment Award were Jesseliy Centeno, Student Life; Michael Hartmann, Library; Christopher Salem, Health Fitness Center; Samantha Thirstrup, Information Management Systems and Brandon Zavala, Fine &

Performing Arts Center. Student employment is a key part of having systematic services of campus programs and offices. With the help of student employees, Moraine Valley is expanding career development opportunities for those who participate in having a functional campus. There are guidelines students must follow if they want to be a student employee. First, students must be enrolled at least halftime to be eligible for student employment. Budgeted student employees must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters and 3 credit hours for the summer semester. Work-study student employees must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Student employees earn $8.25 per hour. Nomination forms for the Student Employment Award can be found on the Job Resource Center website. Anne Parker can be contacted at



Board Chairman, Joseph P. Murphy thanks now former Student Trustee, Taylor Geraghty for her service on the Board. As Geraghty was sworn out on April 17, the new Student Trustee, Noor Salah was sworn in. [Mike Frederiksen] BOARD | from front page National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Championship Tournament. In keeping with the theme of the evening, the coach of the men’s basketball team, Dedrick Shannon, announced that he was also stepping down as coach after having run the team since the 2004-2005 season. Moraine’s all-freshman female vol-

leyball team was also recognized by the College’s Board of Trustees for their outstanding performance in the past season. The Glacier was also recognized for the numerous awards the paper has netted, both in the individual category and as a team. Demetrius Robinson, the student life manager and Phi Theta Kappa advisor was recognized at the same Board meeting for the

Phi Theta Kappa Advisors, Demetrius Robinson and Kim Golk (ends), and officers April Gallik and Justina Pauplyte (left to right) show off their awards with Board Chairman, Joseph P. Murphy. [Mike Frederiksen] Distinguished Advisor Award he received at the annual Phi Theta Kappa convention. Officials of Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year honor society were also celebrated at the Board meeting for the recent eyeglasses drive—a project they undertook in partnership with the Chicago Lion’s Club. The eyeglasses drive netted some

270 pairs that the Lion’s Club will use in its medical programs in Third World countries. Officials of Chicago’s Lion’s Club, including the Governor, Austin D’souza were on hand to witness the Phi Theta Kappa members being honored. David Alexander can be contacted at




Should private schools receive federal grants? “...the goal is not being met to assist all students, regardless of where the students attend college...”

“...public universities from across the map are facing the looming threat of budget cuts and financial ruin...”

By Anne Parker Managing Editor

By Phil A. Bianco News Editor

Since the introduction of President Obama’s College Attainment Goals, there Lets face it people, Illinois is broke. We are one of the most debt-ridden has been a push toward a greater graduation rate of students from community states in the union. So why are we giving MAP Grant money to private universicolleges. While in today’s economy it seems like the better choice to go to a com- ties? That money should be going to students attending our public universities. munity college first and transfer to a four year university, all students have the Public Education has always been the backbone of the American education syschoice of deciding where they want to begin schooling for their college education. tem. Yet, public universities from across the map are facing the looming threat The cost of a college education in a private inof budget cuts and financial ruin. Individual stustitution compared to the tuition of a public indents are facing similar problems. It is imperastitution definitely shows a stark difference. This tive that we assure the health of our public colmakes it harder for students who plan on attendleges and we can do this by shifting MAP Grant ing a four-year university to receive scholarships funding from private to public universities. from the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP). The MAP Grant, or Illinois Monetary AsHowever, if students who are eligible for the sistance Program Grant, was created in the MAP Grant are denied scholarships to students 1960’s and began distributing funds to prientering private institutions and only to those vate schools in 1998. Thousands of students of public, then the goal is not being met to asacross Illinois rely on this program to pay for sist all students who need financial assistance, school , a necessity in the modern economy. regardless of where the students attend college. The MAP Grant now meets the needs of less than The MAP Grants should be distributed to both half of all eligible students. This is unacceptable, and students of private and public schools. If all it is the reason why we need to stop giving the grant comes down to is meeting the requirements that to private schools, which often over charge stuthey filled out on a FAFSA form, then all students for the quality of education they are getting. dents should be eligible. If students meet the Of course, we also need to find ways to incriteria on their FAFSA to receive MAP financrease funding for the MAP Grant, so we can get cial aid, then there should not be a hindrance back to meeting the needs of all eligible students. barring them from a college of their choice. By eliminating private institutions from the Anyone can make their case on why either MAP Grant equation, about $24 million, or 6% of school is better than the other on many differthe total amount of money given out for the Grant, ent topics, but the majority of comparison today [Graphic by Michael Hartmann] will be saved, according to the Illinois Student Asis between tuition prices. In order to have a place sistance Commission. That is $24 million more that in the workforce today, students need a college can go to students attending our public universieducation to get a foot into the business world. Students today are the future for ties, paid for by you, the taxpayer, in order to assure the future economic success and the economy and should not be denied financial aid if it can be given to them. competitiveness of Illinois. Another benefit is that more students will attend IlliHowever, there should be methods in place to distribute the MAP Grant nois’s public universities, thus increasing their ability to survive in these harsh ecomoney more strategically. In this way, not one group of students is receiving nomic times when defense spending matters more than the future of our children. more than the other and not being denied a fair sum. Another example is if a Cutting private universities out of the MAP Grant picture also makes sense, student on a MAP Grant drops out of a four year university to a community both financially and morally. It is a moral imperative that one generation educate college, their grant money should be suspended for a certain amount of time. the next generation. Thus, we, the taxpayers of Illinois, have a duty to make our Nonetheless, more should be done to prepare students for their futures. All public universities as strong as possible. You may be asking, why can’t private unistudents should receive the proper college education to achieve higher employ- versities educate our children too? Well, they can, but when the economy gets bad, ment rates no matter where they attend college, private or public. This move by private universities have a much different goal than public ones, and that is profit. the government to prohibit students of four-year universities from receiving MAP This is, however, not what the educational system is all about. So stand up for Grants will crush access to education to many students, resulting in poor economic public education by demanding that private schools be denied public funding; and growth and hindrances for individuals seeking to develop themselves academically. demand an increase in MAP Grant funding. Our future depends on your voice. Anne Parker can be contacted at

“Yes, students who are attending universities should receive financial aid.” -Janet Siluk

“I think everybody should have financial aid.” -Maika Hamasaki

Phil A. Bianco can be contacted at

“Yes students should. Why not? Those students are working hard.” -Giovanny Pena

“I think if you are trying to further your education you should have the needs to do so.” -Jada Thigpen



VIEW FROM THE HILL | BILL DROEL | MVCC CAMPUS MINISTER In unprecedented unity, all the leading college associations recently released a report, “College Completion Must Be Our Priority.” The high dropout rate at public universities, small liberal arts colleges and community colleges set off the alarm. Colleges concentrate on recruiting and admissions, each with a dean and staff. But, says the report, colleges don’t usually have a “dean of completion.” And although schools, including Moraine Valley, are addressing the dropout problem, the precise remedy eludes the colleges. College enrollment, as a percentage of the population, is high. College graduation as a percentage of the enrollment, however, is low; even lower than in the World War II years. This dropout phenomenon comes at the very time that the marketplace requires adaptable workers with an analytical ability. An employable young adult--with a few exceptions— acquires the requisite temperament and ability by completing about 40 college courses. First-semester students naturally expect to earn a degree. But only 40% at four-year schools graduate in four years. The completion rate is higher if college is elongated to five or even six years, but the dropout rate is still high, including at top-flight liberal arts colleges. As we at Moraine Valley know, community colleges experience significant loss of students, even in career programs. There is an underreported aspect to this topic of student retention. A key

In defense of Wikipedia By David Alexander Staff Writer It is a well-worn mantra among ivory tower instructors, from coast to coast that Wikipedia is an unacceptable resource for research papers. The argument these learned fellows post is that Wikipedia sources are at best dubious, unreliable and potentially misleading, in addition to being perennially riddled with error. This is so, most lecturers assert, because Wikipedia is an open source, “any Tom, Dick or Harry” with Internet access can limber in to Wikipedia, edit, delete or add materials as they deem fit and head off on their merry way leaving behind a trail of intellectual anarchy. Consequently, the standard view amongst lecturers is, woe betides any student who cites Wikipedia as a source in their research paper. The fact however is quite independent of the position of many of these hate Wikipedia lecturer tribes. Wikipedia, for those who use it, is a potpourri of knowledge, brought together and synthesized for optimum reading pleasure. According to comScore, a website tracking organization, 236 million people each month visit the English Wikipedia website globally from a computer based browser. Of that number of visitors, comScore estimates some 50 million people a week read articles on Wikipedia. That’s a conservative estimate because the figures rule out Internet access from schools, Internet cafes, and anyone under the age of fifteen. ComScore’s figures also focused on countries with well-developed online advertising markets, which is code for saying Wikipedia bound traffic from non-industrialized countries were not used by comScore to generate figures for Wikipedia. In addition, the average 236 million visitors only represent traffic on Wikipedia’s English service, and does not factor in the 285 languages that Wikipedia can be viewed in (source Wikipedia). As a matter of fact the site’s server logs show it actually delivers about triple the page views that the comScore’s panel reports, and Wikipedia claims on its website that as of February 2012 it was registering 470 million average monthly visitors to its website! Now think, will so many people continue to resort and revisit Wikipedia if it is a hotbed of fallacy? There is no denying that errors exist in Wikipedia’s articles. When you have 77,000 people collaborating anonymously on 22,000,000 articles, the margin for error is there, but the same charge can be laid at the doorsteps of well-funded university researchers who seem to specialize in contradicting themselves, sometimes at the expense of taxpayers. Has anyone forgotten Climate-gate so soon? The time has come for instructors to sheath their swords in their unfortunate campaign against Wikipedia, and embrace the website. It is perhaps the worst kept secret of the millennium that many students use Wikipedia as a primary source for their research papers, and then cite another source for cover, and Wikipedia hating lecturers continue to fail to detect this practice. David Alexander can be contacted at

theme in the so-called American Dream is a promise: Education will give each person an equal chance at success. As it turns out, however, our higher education system now perpetuates inequality of opportunity. The education “game,” it turns out, is tilted in favor of those students who come from better-off families and mostly from two-parent homes. College enrollment does not really compensate for unequal opportunity—again with some happy exceptions. Students from better-off homes are running away with degrees. The dropout group, by contrast, includes students almost entirely from working-class and poor homes. This education gap, reports the N.Y. Times (12/23/12), is circular: Only the prosperous become educated and only the educated become prosperous. Allow me to amend this seemingly deterministic fact and add a ray of hope for working class students at Moraine Valley and similar colleges. We think about capital as income and wealth. But there could be other types of capital in your wallet or purse. In addition to money, there is a second type of capital, called social capital, and a third type of capital called intellectual capital, human capital or perhaps character. Those who are rich in social capital, regardless of income level, have more success in college because mediating groups like labor unions, churches, ethnic clubs and honest precincts buffer them. A person rich in character capital can pull persistence, confidence, inquisitiveness, creativity, ambition and other acquired virtues out of his or her wallet. Without these virtues college classrooms are more frustrating and soon take second place to the immediate need for cash, childcare, needy boyfriends, ill parents and dozens of other daily items. This results in dropping out of school. Stuart Butler, writing in National Affairs (Winter, 2013), is aware that any discussion of these non-cash types of capital can deteriorate into “blaming the victim” or faulting working-class people themselves for their economic and social stagnation. But Butler wants to tackle a difficult topic. He gives examples, including this one: “The key to mobility” in a capitalist economy is a habit of saving and investing. It “improves children’s economic prospects regardless of the parents’ income.” Many families, however, don’t teach the habit of saving but instead model habits of debt. This is not to blame one or another family. Butler blames institutions like payday loan stores, seductive credit cards and lotteries that thrive in an area lacking helpful social groups. People are afraid to talk about the non-cash types of capital because they don’t want to stigmatize anyone. Without a careful consideration of all three types of capital, however, an unacceptable dropout rate will persist. Bill Droel can be contacted at

Economy: our kryptonite By Ruba Ibrahim Editorial Assistant The recent bank robbery in our neck of the woods at 103rd and Roberts Rd. has made me realize the increasing criminal activity rate in our society. So, I sat down pondering what led our society to such high criminal activity rates. As the FBI agents were looking for fingerprints a few hundred feet away from my house at the bank, many reasons and possibilities came across my head as to what could drive one to do such an act. And the more I thought, the more our economy kept appearing in my thoughts. It seems our government has forgotten the meaning of democracy. Democracy is a form of government where citizens make decisions together to better their lives. I feel that our government needs to do their budget keeping with open books, giving the citizens accountability for every penny. Crime rates are not so difficult to understand. In most cases they are caused by someone’s financial struggle. Why have we allowed our nation to go in debt? Why have we allowed our government to borrow trillions of dollars from the Federal Reserve Banks? When a person or an organization is in debt the results will always be stressful, and when a brain is given enough stress, it escalated to depression and can lead some to criminal activity. As a people we need to wake up and realize that we are the economy and we need to start looking into the budget books and demand that our money go to the betterment of society. So if your child gets a parttime job at the local gas station measures need to be taken so you don’t have to worry about your child being shot over a few hundred dollars. And we should be entitled to know who we are in debt to. We always hear about how much money we owe but no one ever seems to investigate who the money is borrowed from and what their agenda is. It is starting to appear that those involved may not be in the favor of our society and our democracy. Ruba Ibrahim can be contacted at



Softball catching fire at a pivotal time

Melanie Gerhardt takes a cut at a letter high pitch. Gerhardt is in her first season as a Cyclones and plays both catcher and outfield. [Michael Frederiksen]. By Frank Gogola Staff Writer Sophomore Emily Kurek tossed Moraine Valley’s first no-hitter this season, jump-starting a streak of four wins in the last five games for the Cyclones. Kurek pitched the best game of the season for the Cyclones, retiring all but one of the Morton College batters on April 16. She came close to recording a perfect game, but walked one batter. At the plate, she added an RBI and run scored

in the 8-0 shutout of the Morton College Panthers. Following Kurek’s no-hitter, the Cyclones showcased their offensive firepower by sweeping Kishwaukee College, 6-4 and 13-10, on April 20. The Cyclones’ only loss came on April 21 as they were out hit and out pitched, falling 11-4 to South Suburban College. However, they got back to their winning ways, with a 16-13 victory in the second game of the doubleheader. In their last five games, the Cyclones have found the right balance of offense and pitching. Despite Kurek’s pitching

performance against Morton College, pitching has not been the Cyclones’ strong suit this season. the already potent offense is gaining consistentcy. The Cyclones had scored eight or more runs only four times in their first 19 games, but they have reached the eight-run mark three times in their last five games. They are now 6-0-1 when scoring eight or more runs this season. The Cyclones have been hard at work since the pre-season. They may now be peaking at the right time in order to make a deep playoff run to the national tournament, something that the team

has missed out on during Coach Veen’s first two seasons at Moraine Valley. The Cyclones currently hold a 9-14-1 (5-4-1) record. The Region IV Playoffs begin on April 29. The Cyclones have three opponents left on the schedule: a doubleheader with both Triton College and College of Lake County and a continuation of the April 2 match against Prairie State, which ended in an 18-18 tie due to darkness. Frank Gogola can be contacted at



DH rule in NL? By Sean McDermott Sports Editor The Designated Hitter (DH) Rule is a classic baseball debate that recently surfaced due to the daily interleague play and the Houston Astros’ recent move from the National League to the American League. MLB Rule 6.10, also known as the DH Rule states that “A hitter may be designated to bat for the starting pitcher and all subsequent pitchers in any game without otherwise affecting the status of the pitcher(s) in the game.” Currently, the American League enforces the DH Rule while the National League continues to play the same old ball game where pitchers bat. The DH rule needs to be implemented into the National League as soon as possible. It’s ridiculous to see pitchers bat and run the base paths. It’s an easy out for the opposing team and can be an injury risk. Most of the time the pitcher comes up to the plate and flails his stick around for a 1-2-3 punch out. Of course sometimes the pitcher gets lucky and pokes his bat out for a hit or in some instances a home run. When the pitchers reach base it’s a joke to see them in an oversized coat and running sluggishly around the

bases. By today’s standards, a good hitting pitcher is any pitcher who hits over .167, which is pretty terrible. The DH rule also helps protect team’s hitters. Knowing that their age and fielding ability were becoming an issue, Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder ditched the National League so they can become a DH in the American League. With Pujols and Fielder being fulltime DH’s the owners now can relax knowing that their prized players will be safer and more affective for a few more years. Long-term contracts can also be easily given to players in the American League. For example, Jim Thome last season was the designated hitter for the Orioles at the age of 42. If he were in the National League, Thome’s career would have ended after his 38th birthday. I give it at least five more years before the MLB makes the DH rule league wide. Majority of the MLB audience wants to see increased offense. With the daily interleague play and increase costs of contracts and the need for protecting top ball players, the DH rule will help baseball in the long run.

BASEBALL | from page 12 we’re on a roll like we were last season being one pitch away from winning the championship,” said Farmer. “I will say that our starting pitching is going all out and I have found a batting order that will compete with any opponent. I like our chances to get out of the first round of the playoffs right now.” Kyle Belluomini (Stagg) also believes the Cyclones are headed in the right direction. “The team’s play has gotten a lot better over the past ten games in contrast from a month ago,” explained Belluomini “We are now playing better as a team.” Truth be told, Farmer is right about his team’s chances. The Cyclones can easily turn the ripples into waves in this year’s playoffs. The one thing the Cyclones have to their advantage is their offense. As a team the Cyclones are hitting .310 with an OBP of .402 and have scored 212 runs (averaging about seven runs per contest) which puts the Cyclones offense near the top of the Region IV team statistic marks. “Teams

know we are going to put up a lot of runs,” stated Farmer. “Our conference foes know this and are afraid of us in which they should be because we are a dangerous team.” Despite the team being in a rebuilding mode, the players and coaching staff mentality is on this season. “We are definitely excited about next season, but we are focused on the rest of this season trying to finish strong and make a run in the playoffs,” exclaimed outfielder Kenny Wright. Wright is one of the members of the “Freshman Phenoms” that will be returning next season. Wright, Belluomini and Michael Levigne will be the leaders of the 2014 Cyclones. “The season is not over yet,” said Belluomini. “We have the ability and talent to do well in the playoffs and everyone will see what we are capable of.” The Cyclones will look to dig through the sands of time and hopefully find some of that same magic that they did a season ago. Sean McDermott can be contacted at


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By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Brandon Martinez is a first year infielder on the Moraine Valley Baseball team. Martinez has been lighting it up this season, as he has been a tough out for opposing pitchers. Martinez is batting .418 (26-67) with 17 runs, 15 RBI’s and an on base percentage of .480. Martinez’ best game came against Elgin Community College on April 6, where he propelled the Cyclones to an 8-7 victory. Martinez went 3-4 (two of the hits being doubles) with a run and two RBI’s. Martinez also is considered to be one of the Cyclones best infielders this season according to coach Farmer. Martinez looks to help led the Cyclones out of their slump as the playoffs begin to draw near.

Danielle Stark is a second year utility player on the Moraine Valley Softball team. Since graduating from Stagg High School, Stark has been a force on the diamond. Last season, Stark was named to the All-Conference team after hitting .346 with 18 extra base hits and 30 RBI’s and runs. Stark has been finding her groove of late. Currently, Stark has compiled a .314 batting average with four extra base hits and 10 runs. Stark also has one of the best gloves on the field as she can play every position. Stark’s presence and leadership on the field is exactly what the Cyclones need as the playoffs begin to creep closer. Sean McDermott can be contacted at



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Tennis teams, 7-1 in last eight games By Jordan Sisk Staff Writer The Moraine Valley men’s tennis team has seen recent success these past few weeks. After a sluggish start to the beginning of the season, the Cyclones now hold a 7-3 record heading into the playoffs. “We’re doing pretty well for two reasons,” said coach Bill Finn. “Number one: the opponents we’ve faced haven’t been the top opponents. We’ve also finally settled on a lineup, so we’ve kept the same singles kids and the same doubles teams the last five matches.” In the beginning of the season, Finn was unsure who played best with who. “We were switching people around to find the best combinations the first couple matches, but now I think we’ve got our best lineup,” said Finn. The Cyclones have Dave Smith, Brad Smith, Tim Stewart, Juan De La Parra, Kevin Davenport and Ryan Adamski playing singles one through six respectively. The doubles teams have also been established. Dave Smith and Tim Stewart are playing first doubles, Brad

Juan De La Parra takes a swing at the ball during a practice. De La Parra will play fourth singles and second doubles in the Region IV playoffs for the Cyclones. [Michael Frederiksen] Smith and Juan De La Para at second doubles, and Kevin Davenport and Jair Gutierrez

for third doubles. This lineup changed drastically from the start of the sea-

son, but Finn is confident that it’s for the better. He said, “It’s a different lineup than we

started the year with,” stated Finn. “The doubles teams are all different. Nonetheless, things are good.” Winning seven out of the last eight games would typically look very promising to the team’s overall success, but Finn does not believe that it is an accurate picture. “We did dominate the last five matches because the teams we played were not top tier,” explained Finn. “We’ll know where we stand on April 25 because we’re playing Elgin, one of the top three teams.” Unfortunately, the Cyclones lost to the Elgin 5-4 on April 19, which snapped their five-match win streak. Despite the line-up shakeups Finn remains confident in his team. “They know the caliber now, they know there’ll be a couple of tough games that they’re going to play,” said Finn. “When the tournament comes, and they see someone they beat already, I think we’re going to get that win.” Overall, Finn has high hopes for the Cyclones, “I think we’re in good shape.” Jordan Sisk can be contacted at Siskij5.student.morainevalley. edu.

Cyclones trying to get into a groove By Sean McDermott Sports Editor

Daniel Kenealy puts the ball in play against Elgin Community College on April 6. Kenealy went 1-4 in both contests which helped propel the Cyclones past Elgin 8-7, 15-14. [Michael Frederiksen}

Bearing a 10-22 record, the Cyclones have been plagued by inconsistency. Once the Cyclones get a winning streak going they fall back into a losing streak.The Cyclones have struggled all year trying to get over the hump. Since being swept by Waubonsee Community College and Oakton Community College, which snapped their fivegame win streak, coach Cole Farmer’s team has gone 3-2 in their last five games. “Our problems have been the same since day one and that’s our lack of depth on our roster,” said Farmer. With only 22 ballplayers on the roster, the Cyclones depth is significantly low compared to many other college baseball programs. It also doesn’t help that the Cyclones are down two

players who are nursing injuries. Utility player Marc Hein is dealing with a hip flexor, which takes time to heal since treatment for the injury relies on rest and the R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) principles. Hein has been out of the Cyclones line-up since April 13. “Hein is our utility guy, with him being out it changes our line-up drastically,” said Farmer. Also hurt is outfielder Daniel Kenealy, who is currently battling a hamstring strain. Kenealy’s injury hurts the Cyclones due to the loss of his hot bat. Kenealy owns a .362 batting average this season with 11 RBI’s and 15 runs. With the playoffs looming, Farmer believes that, if healthy, the Cyclones can make some waves in the Region IV playoffs. “I’m not going to say BASEBALL | page 11



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Speech wins National Championship By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor Moraine’s speech and debate team is officially the top two-year speech team in the nation after winning the 2013 Phi Rho Pi National Speech and Debate Tournament in Los Angeles this past week. “The team really buckled down and worked hard all week long while at the National Tournament,” said Nash. “They were focused and really supported each other. I feel that is why we rose to the top.” Individual gold medal winners include, Lauren Smith in communication analysis, Samm Hilger in speech to entertain, and Angelica Krizka in persuasive speaking. Silver medal winner, Brett Krivich competed in poetry interpretation. Bronze medal winners include, Krivich in dramatic interpretation, Tom Murphy in dramatic interpretation, Onute Jureviciute in both dramatic interpretation and prose interpretation, and Smith in both program of oral interpretation and poetry interpretation. Other speech team members who competed include, Liz Salem and Luke

coach Amanda Pettigrew. “The caliber of performance these students have the opportunity to watch is the true benefit of attending the National Tournament.” Nash was honored with the 2013 Phi Rho Pi Service Award for going above and beyond normal duties to help both the Regional and National Tournaments run smoothly. “I was truly honored and surprised when I received the Phi Rho Pi Service Award, I always just do what I feel needs to get done,” said Nash. “It is humbling to be rewarded for helping students for that is why I became a teacher.” This year the speech team took first eight times and second only once, to give them a nearly perfect season. Moraine’s speech team won the 2013 Phi Rho Pi National Speech and Debate Tournament Eight members of the team and two in California last week. Moraine took home the overall gold medal, individual medals, and coaches traveled to California to take head coach John Nash was honored with the 2013 Phi Rho Pi Service Award. [Provided] on the best in the country. “I am so proud of how hard the Langlois. compete in Nationals had to win four team worked this year,” said Nash. Moraine’s speech team, comprised individual events throughout the year “This team is a great example of a group of 13 members, took on over 80 two- in order to be be invited to Nationals. that was greater than the sum of their year colleges at Nationals. “Seeing our students fulfill, and parts.” The eighth and final victory crowned in some cases, exceed their competithe speech team the best in the nation. tive goals is one of the most reward- Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at soThe eight students who were selected to ing parts of being a coach,” said speech

Spring Fest ‘You can do the Harlem Shake’ By Ruba Ibrahim Editorial Assistant Spring Fest is a day for students to enjoy themselves while seeking new opportunities, hear the latest news, win prizes and relax before preparing for their final exams at the end of the semester. Over 150 Moraine students, staff, and visiting students, attended Spring Fest, which was held on April 24 in the Student Union. Spring Fest provided students with a live DJ, performance by 24Karat and Hip-Hop Xclusive. “We were able to perform in front of a bunch of people and I think they really enjoyed our performance,” said Justina Pauplyte a Moraine student and member of 24Karat. “I was super excited to perform in front of other students since we’ve been practicing for weeks.” Moraine’s Student Life put on plenty of small games for students to win free food and prizes. In addition to Student Life sponsoring contests, various clubs and organizations held their own small games and raffles to entice students to learn more about their club or organization. “I am very confident that I am going to win a prize at Spring Fest,” said Nas Sarhan. “So many people have won prizes today that I am sure I’ll be able

to find some luck and win something Valley and I am thinking about joining have all of the cool prizes and the dance really cool.” the Green Club.” performances.” Many clubs and organizations were For some students this year’s Spring Spring Fest is one of the events promoting new events, scholarships Fest was better than in years past. where students are able to meet new and exclusive offers for students who For most two-year students, this year people, learn about exciting clubs and are interested in joining the club or or- brought a ton of entertainment and organizations, and win some great ganization. fun games with better prizes than last prizes while getting free food and enMoraine’s Honors Society provided year. joying a live DJ. students with information regarding “This year’s Spring Fest is awesome,” the prestigious group of scholars. said Pedro Bustamante, a two-year stu- Ruba Ibrahim can be contacted at ibra“Honors classes are a new way of dent at Moraine. “Last year we did not looking at learning, they’re more student-directed courses and the honors program at Moraine is unique hands-on education,” said Amy Williamson, a psychology instructor at Moraine. “It’s about taking courses with peers who are as excited about learning.” As students walked around Spring Fest they were able to stop at one of the numerous clubs and organizations’ tables and speak with a representative. Some students were unaware of the various clubs and organizations on the Moraine campus. “I liked the free food and music,” said Bob Green, a student at Moraine. “I was able Spring Fest kicked off in the Student Union on April 24. Students enjoyed performances by 24Karto learn a lot of great facts at and Xclusive dance teams. Over 40 clubs and organizations attended Spring Fest. Students about the clubs at Moraine were able to win great prizes and enjoy a live DJ. [Michael Frederiksen]



Looking at the Arab-American identity By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor Eight students discussed being an Arab-American in today’s day and age. and identifying with one’s heritage while embracing one’s nationality insofar as which to associate with in everyday life. Sponsored by the Arab Student Union (ASU), eight students fielded questions from ASUadvisor Nina Shoman-Dajani. Keynote speaker at the panel discussion was Gihad Ali who is a key member of the Arab-American Action Network and creator of the Alliance of Young Women Activists. The eight students included: Mostafa Abdel Rahman, Alaa Mustafa, Zanah Shoabi, Hannah AlMattay, Iyman Mustafa, Yazan Ghani, and Mundir Tarawneh. Kicking off the presentation was Ali, who discussed her upbringing as an Arab-American and being conflicted between her heritage (Arab) and nationality (American). In grade school, Ali’s class was asked to stand if they are American. All but two people stood—Ali and one other student. Although Ali is American born, she did not associate herself with being an American. “I associated white people with American and I didn’t realize that if I was born here I am an American,” said

Eight panel members and keynote speaker, Gihad Ali, discuss the Arab-American identity and how being Arab in America has affected their lives. [Marketing] Ali. “I grew in Tinley Park when it was white people and farms and we were one of the first Arab families in Tinley Park.” Ali explained that her first name, Gihad, translates to struggling, instead of what the media has reported, saying it stands for holy war. At first Ali thought it was comical to have a name that people thought meant holy war, until she began to feel uncomfortable with people associating her name with the actions of individuals who may believe in the same religion or be of the same heritage but are of different moral fiber.

“My name means struggle, not holy war, as the media that is not friendly to our identity believe,” she said. “I don’t have to suspend my identity because I’m in a non-Arab zone. I hope young people understand what it’s like to be Arab in America, she continued.” Each member of the student panel shed light on the differences between living in American and in countries such as Palestine, Jordan, and other Arab countries. One student reflected on the strictness of his mother who is from Palestine and the difference in opinion of his

American father as he grew up stuck in the middle of their arguments. Students expressed their concerns surrounding bigotry and a misguided hatred for Arabs in the United States. Most Arab families routinely follow the same traditions of American families. One student explained how his father spent Sundays teaching him about the Muslim religion and the entire family spent time with one another. “Being able to understand culture is a tool to work with a certain community,” said Ali. “It’s important to understand each person’s culturally-based traditions.” Understanding culture and accepting others’ culture was a recurring theme. One non-Arab student discussed his admiration for the Arab community being warm-hearted and accepting of him as an African-American. “I notice the Arab community is accepting,” he said. “When I am around Arabs I feel like I am an Arab because of your inclusive community.” One student summerized the panel discussion best by saying, “I feel, as long as you respect everyone, at the end of the day we are all from God.” Members of ASU presented information that can only be obtained by traveling outside the United States and living in an Arab country. Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at

Earth Day sheds light on sustainability By Dana Abu Romman Staff Writer

Students in the Intensive English Language program decorated posters to inform the Moraine community about topics that are tragically affecting countries all around the world. “We want to demonstrate how to take care of the environment and to inform people about the problems that are going on in other countries,” said Stephanie Presseller, MVCC sustainability manager and sponsor of the event. “Hearing from peer to peer education about topics from all around the world is definitely a good way to inform students.” Students were presenting topics that dealt with energy conservation, pollution, waste, and sustainability in general. Students used graphs and pictures to help others understand and visualize issues surrounding a particular country. Around 50 students attended the event in the Library. Students were exposed to thought-provoking facts by reviewing 17 posters from different countries and learning about environ-

conservation and recycling in my home country Columbia,” said Juliana, an Intensive English Language student. “In Columbia they’re trying to use glass and grass for natural energy by building walls with grass coming down that eventually pours water into a pool in the basement.” The students who participated in this event all emigrated from different countries within the last couple of years. They were passionate about the topics they presented because it’s affecting their family and friends back at home. “I emigrated from Mexico a couple of Students from the Intensive English Language program presented posters on April 22 in years ago and my topic is about recythe Library to show the importance of long-term sustainability in more than 17 different cling,” said Karina Lopez, an intensive countires from Mexico to Columbia to here in the United States. [Mike Frederiksen] English language student. “Recycling glass requires 25 percent less energy mental, social and economic issues. very informative and I believe everyone than making new glass.” Each poster featured a particular way should be environmentally friendly and Earth Day is an event designed to to help the environment and save re- energy efficient.” raise awareness about the importance sources associated with that country or These students also got accepted of long-term ecological sustainability. region. to present their topics at a regional For more information please visit Mo“Earth Day reminds us that we need conference. Hosted in the L Building, raine’s website and search “sustainabilto take action now to protect our en- student offered visual poster presen- ity.” vironment before it’s too late,” said tations about issues from their native Tina Nazer, MVCC student. “I think countries. Dana Abu Romman aburommand@stuthe concept of this event is great and “My topic presentation is on energy



Relay for Life, off without a hitch By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor For the first time at Moraine, Relay for Life brought the Moraine community together to help raise funds and awareness for cancer research and support. Over 150 people attended the first Relay for Life. Three Moraine students, Kellie Walker, Ann Prendergast, and Kara Gogoleu enlisted the help of a 20 member team to oversee the first Relay for Life at Moraine. The event raised $10,000 that will help support the American Cancer Society’s goal of celebrating more birthdays by funding research initiatives and supporting families struggling with cancer. “I was very nervous about getting the word out at Moraine since we are a commuter school,” said Walker. “Luckily, the word got out and we had a very nice turn out at the event.” Relay for Life is designed to be a fun event where friends and family are able to enjoy live music, games, dancing, singing, laughing, and finding a cure for cancer. The event posed times of extreme energy and times of quiet reflection. “It was really good to see so many people at Relay,” said Tyler Grudowski a student at Moraine and presenter

the 2nd Annual Relay for Life even better than the first. “I feel the event went very well this year and I hope it continues to grow in the future,” said Walker. “It’s an event that bring all of the clubs and the Moraine community together to fight back and help raise awareness for cancer research—this event is one way to help find a cure.” Each Relay event helps families in need and provides funding to researchers who are working tirelessly to find a cure for cancer. Members of each Relay team honor their family and friends Three Moraine students and a 20 member team oversaw the first ever Relay for Life event who survived cancer by putting their at Moraine. More than 150 students, faculty and staff attended the April 20 event and names on the back of their Relay shirt. helped Relay raise over $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. [Erica Sinnott] “I am happy the event was a huge success and that we are able to help during the Fight Back Ceremony. “A lot Moraine student. “I saw the Moraine those affected by cancer,” said Sinof people had fun and were there for Valley community bonding despite be- nott. “I would love to attend this event the same purpose and at one point— ing there under the difficult circum- next year and help put the entire event during the luminary ceremony— peo- stances—cancer.” together with students at Moraine.” ple had a chance to reflect upon loved Many people attended Relay beRelay for Life will need another ones who passed away from cancer.” cause of a loved one who went through group of students to help manage the Plenty of entertainment filled the the atrocities of being diagnosed with event next year. event. From radio station WXRT to cancer. For anyone interested in helping to 24Karat Dance team to plenty of mu“Relay impacted my life so much, I play the next Relay for Life a new stusic, games, dancing, singing, and bond- realized how many people have cancer dent club was created, “Relay for Life ing. One tradition of Relay for Life is to and how it affected my life,” Sinnott Planning Committee.” walk laps for those who have survived said. For more information contact Wally cancer. Moraine had scheduled 40 surAttending Relay for Life is a must Fronczek at 708-974-5372. vivor laps. for the Moraine community. After the “It was a great event for those who success at the first event, the Moraine Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at socame to Relay,” said Erica Sinnott, a community must pull together to make



Glacier alum works way into pro hockey By Anne Parker Managing Editor Tom Pauly has definitely come far since his days with the Glacier staff, and is now Director of Media Relations for the Danville Dashers of the Federal Hockey League. “I enjoy almost every aspect of the job. There’s never a dull moment in pro hockey, said Pauly. “I’m responsible for essentially running the front office of a pro sports team; basically everything from player recruitment to community relations to broadcasting games.” Pauly attended Moraine Valley from Fall 2007 until Spring 2008. From there he studied English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Joining the Glacier staff for Pauly was not done in one of the more usual ways. Luckily for Pauly, the experience was worth it. He began as a staff writer, covering album reviews and a few performances for the entertainment section. “The furthest I advanced at The Glacier was to the position of entertainment editor. The editor-in-chief at the time, Emily Luty was magnificent,” he said.

Tom Pauly works for a professional hockey team in Illinois as the director of media relations. Pauly worked at The Glacier as the entertainment editor. [Provided] While working hard at The Glacier, Pauly was able to cover some really cool and memorable stories. “I think the coolest event that I covered was a solo show for the “De-

cemberists’” Colin Meloy at Park West. Meloy had been doing weird solo tours in between “Decemberists” albums and this one was sort of like a one-man stand up comedy or campfire sing-a-

long act, it was a blast,” he said. “Laura Veirs opened up and she’s since gone on to do some cool stuff too.” Not only did his awesome coverage on The Glacier prepared Pauly to perfect his journalism experience, but also provided him skills in communication. Finally, Pauly leaves some words of wisdom for current Glacier staff. “Save your work when editing. Take advantage of opportunities. There’s so much you can do as a young writer or journalist or designer or photographeryou just have to ask,” he said. “You’re in an industry where taking chances is important-so take calculated risks and make sure that you don’t miss your deadline.” Pauly is one of the first Glacier alumni to go into professional sports. As a media relations director, Pauly is able to use his skills as a writer and as an editor. Pauly hopes to move on to the NHL or to a higher professional program later in his media career and work sideby-side with the top hockey players in the U.S. and around the world. Anne Parker can be contacted at


Tutoring Center improves grades By Ann Lai Cheng Staff Writer Moraine’s Tutoring Center specializes in helping students learn about what they may have missed in class. One of the best parts of the Tutoring Center— it’s free. The Tutoring Center helps students through subjects such as biology, physics, chemistry, languages, math, English and much more.

Most students attend the tutoring center when their grades begin to slip. Some students like to get ahead of their coursework before grades become an issue. “My current cumulative GPA is 3.8 and I owe a lot to the staff at the Tutoring Center,” said Ali Al-Sahili. Most students feel that the tutoring center is the perfect vehicle for improving test scores and satisfactorily com-

pleting their coursework. “This is my first year receiving tutoring,” said Cynthia Castro. “Before I started coming to the Tutoring Center my grade was a “D” and after I came here to request help, I got a “B” in the class.” The center is located in the L Building (L200) and A Building (A 181). Ann Lai Cheng can be contacted at chengl@


STUDENT CLUBS Compiled by Kevin M. Coyne

24 Karat Dance Team Contact Terra Jacobson at 974-5467. 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 Ann Anderson at 608-4322. Arab Student Union Contact Sundus Madi-McCarthy at 608-4195. 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. Career Development Contact Jermaine Ford at 974-5661. Christian Fellowship Contact Michael Shannon at 608-4047. College Bowl Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Combat to College Contact Jeremy Kingery at 608-4068. Criminal Justice Student Association Contact Michelle Furlow at 974-5723. Culinary Arts & Hospitality Club Contact Michael O’Shea at 974-5597. Cyclone Spinners Contact Maura Vizza at 974-5742. Drama Club Contact Craig Rosen at 974-5432. Filmmaker’s Club Contact Dan Pal at (630) 942-2800. Forensics Speech & Debate Team Contact John Nash at 974-5556. Fire Science Contact Bryant Krizek at 608-4404. Gay, Lesbian Or Whatever Contact Martha Mazeika, at 608-4320. The Glacier Student Newspaper Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Green Club Contact Stephanie Presseller at 974-5412. Hip-Hop Xclusive Contact Mattie Payne-Mallory at 974-5657. Interactive Media Design Contact Richard Lapidus at 974-5629. 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. Korean Student Association (K.S.A.) Contact Michael Renehan at 974-5321. 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 Michael Morches at 974-5310. Paintball Club Contact Terry Chambers at 974-5647. Operation Snowball- Blizzard Edition Contact Mary Vicich at 974-5418. Phi Theta Kappa/ Honors Organization Contact Demetrius Robinson at 974-5353. Psychology Club Contact Mitch Baker at (708) 608-4058. Recreation Management/ Recreation Therapy Contact Donna McCauley at 974-5227. Relay for Life Planning Committee Contact Wally Fronczek at 974-5372. Science Club Contact Michael Bates at 974-5656. Student of Honors (S.H.A.R.P) Contact Jeremy Shermak at 608-4212. Shred Contact Demetrius Robinson at 974-5353. Ski Club Contact Michael Wade at 974-5594. Student Ambassador Program Contact Alicea Toso at 974-5356. Student Nursing Organization (S.N.O.) Contact Georgina Murphy in L183. Ultimate Frisbee Contact Jessica Crotty at 974-5281. Women Empowerment (W.E.) Contact Amy Williamson at 974-5243.



‘Queen of the U’ takes job at Alta Bicycle By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor Dawn “Queen of the U” Fry worked in academic advising for a year before becoming the point-person in student life for almost six years. Fry’s last week at Moraine was celebrated by faculty, staff, and most importantly, the students whom she is closer to than her own 20-year-old, she said. Fry took a position at a startup company in Chicago called Alta Bicycle Share as an administrative manager. “This is the funnest job I have ever had,” said Fry. “Being able to connect with students and witness them grow and transform is life-changing.” Fry said that leaving Moraine is bitter sweet and that she is going to miss her students. At the end of the day, they usually end up leaving Fry when they graduate, but it’s going to be tough to not be there for a new group of students, she said. “I am really going to miss working with the amazing people here at Moraine, from the students to my coworkers like Demetrius Robinson and Chet Shaw,” said Fry. “I really want to

clubs and organizations, and putting on the events students love attending. “I am excited to start my new job at Alta but I am sad to leave my students behind, although after a couple of years they end up moving on,” said Fry. “My passion for students is now moving over into this new job.” Fry is no stranger to startups or starting from scratch. After moving over to student life she was responsible for creating a lot of the current policies and overseeing the structure of the student life department. “When I moved over from academic advising I helped write the policies and structure the student life department,” said Fry. “I know what it is like to start from scratch and build a program and understand what goes into starting completely fresh.” Dawn “Queen of the U” Fry is leaving Moraine after spending almost six years in student Fry was honored with a going away life and a year in academic advising. Fry will be working as an administrative manager at party today. As she bid her co-workers Alta Bicycle Share, a new startup company located in Chicago. [Mike Frederiksen] and the students who she has gotten to known, she asked everyone to stay thank both Demetrius and Dean Shaw vising to student life her responsibiliin touch and provide her with updates because they’ve always been support- ties grew exponentially. Fry was a key from the Moraine community. ive of me and let me grow in my posi- factor in transforming student life into tion with student life.” the multi-dimensional organization it Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at soWhen Fry moved from academic ad- is today, overseeing the Student Union,



Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor


American Tapestry performs Americana By Jerry Rodgers Staff Writer The piano has been a passport, a ticket to adventure, and a way to make a living for the causes that Robin Spielberg cherishes and holds most dear to her. Robin Spielberg’s American Tapestry trio brought their Americana seasoned original musical compositions and adored songs to Moraine Valley Community College. It’s without a doubt that American pianist and musical composer has been labeled as “America’s Sweetheart of Solo Piano” by the media analysts and fans alike. Her inspiring piano stories, accompanied with her wonderful piano ability and genuine performances have earned her this coveted title. Robin Spielberg (piano, composer, arranger, and backup vocalist) has been conquering the hearts of the masses around the globe with her irresistible tunes and her delicate piano artistry since her debut album “Heal of the Hand” that debuted in 1993. The album comprised of authentic piano solos. Her mass of faithful fans were elated to know that the talented piano artist

Stephanie Winters (cello), Robin Spielberg (piano), and Kate McLeod (fiddle, guitar, and vocals) make up Americana group American Tapestry. [The Roots Agency] came to Moraine Valley to perform on April 13, 2013 in the Dorothy Menker Theater. Along with featured artist Kate McLeod (fiddle, guitar, and vocals) and Stephanie Winters (cello) the group formed “Robin Spielberg’s American Tapestry.” The trio performed fresh

musical compositions that they have performed countless of times: “My Bonnie”, “Circle of Life,” “The Water is Wide,” “That’s How the Story Goes,” and many more. Robin Spielberg has such an intimate and revealing style of playing, and her

story telling about the origins of the music makes the music come to life. “I like to switch things up and between songs tell stories about what inspired them,” said Spielberg. “I like to communicate to the audience like I’m a singer-songwriter who doesn’t sing.” These songs date back to the Civil War, to the Gold Rush and to the Great Wave of Immigration in the early 1900’s. These songs account for journeys, adversity, and affection in music as a youthful nation uncovers the true beauty and greatness of the United States of America. “It was always brought to my mind that music today is not what it once was,” relates Spielberg, who assembled American Tapestry after recording the album “A Sea to Shining Sea” in 2010. By involving her audiences emotions and creative imagination, by making them feel joy and sorrow laugh and cry, by taking them with her into the artistic world where she finds inspiration, Robin Spielberg entertains in such a way that is truly absorbing. Jerry Rodgers can be contacted at



Students and staff embrace oral poetry By Joshua Johnson Staff Writer With the spring 2013 semester winding down to its last weeks, what better way to celebrate finals then with some appreciation of art and poetry right here on campus? In honor of National Poetry Month, Moraine Valley’s Literary and Art magazine, The Mastodon featured a public poetry reading in the library lounge. Dozens of students, teachers, and faculty read some of their original poetry and favorite poems. The Mastodon believes that spoken poetry can be a type of powerful performance art meant to be shared with others to be truly enjoyed. This event was intended to give students first-hand experience in public speaking and artistic expression among their peers. Several writing classes were invited to the event such as Carey Millsap-Spears’ COM-102 classes, Eric DeVillez’ COM106 class, and Erika Deiters LIT-217 class. Scheduled readings included Carey Millsap-Spears, Jesseliy Centeno, Tish Hayes and Beverly McLaughlin. Cente-

no is a student leader on campus and is known for her powerful speaking voice. Also, Hayes is an Information Literacy Librarian at MVCC’s campus Library. McLaughlin is a published poet and her book is available in the library. “I always think that libraries should be places where students can accidently learn things, and this event was one of those opportunities,” said Troy Swanson, Department Chair, Library/Teaching and Learning Librarian/Public Services. Students from each class were asked to bring their own poetry or song lyrics to perform as practice for artistic selfexpression in public. Those who did not come prepared were given a poem to read, making for a smooth and enjoyable event. “I was glad to see so many people in attendance, and I really enjoyed the way you supplied poems for those who showed up unprepared. It put the focus on the poems rather than on the poets, and I do believe that was your whole point in the first place,” said DeVillez. After being inspired by their students, Deiters and Millsap-Spears presented readings of their own. Millsap-Spears performed two original poems and Deit-

Beverly McLaughlin (a renowned and published poet) read from her own books of poems and recited impromptu poetry for audience members. [Michael Frederiksen] ers read from her favorite poets. Swanson went on to say, “Many students think that they can’t understand poetry, but this event showed that poetry is accessible. It is fun. Many students joined the audience of this event. When they woke up in the morning, they didn’t set out to learn something about poetry.

But, they did.” With great reviews across the board The Mastodon is eager to host many more poetry reading events for the future, keeping up this tradition. Joshua Johnson can be contacted at



Family story illustrates American history By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor “The Distancers” is both a story of family history and the story of a small Illinois town as it grows throughout the decades. Beautifully told with details so vivid that the pages leap to the mind’s eye, the story of the Sehnert family spans

decades yet is told in a way that remains relevant. “The Distancers” explores the Sehnert family tree from the roots up, taking a close look at its beginnings in immigration to America. Throughout their extensive history, Sehnerts have owned saloons, served in the army, rode the rails as hobos, had secret love affairs and fought to keep

their distance from each other. Though much of the family’s distant ways may not make sense in our emotion-focused world, their family bonds remain strong throughout the decades despite an evident emotional distance. Eugene, Helen, Marty and Hilda are old relatives who live in the old family home in Edwardsville, Illinois. Every summer the parents of the youngest generation in the Sehnert family drop the children off during their summer vacation. From these visits, the children learn of their extensive family history. Hilda spends her youth taking care of her grandmother Franciska in her old house on Brown Street. This leaves Hilda bitter and disdainful towards the world, a feeling which remains throughout her life. Eugene travels as a hobo riding the rails from one Hoovertown to the next during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. His time riding cross-country gives readers a view of the conditions of that time in American history and how the economic collapse took the country by storm. Eugene also serves time as a soldier in World War II which eventually leads to development of mental ill-

ness. To the dismay of her siblings and mother, Helen ties the knot with the offensive, lazy Marty. Marty and Eugene form a rivalry so bitter and acidic that it lasts almost the entirety of their lives. The siblings resent Marty for the rest of their days, but reluctantly accept him for the sake of their sister Hilda. Thus is the forming of the cryptic, “ancient” relatives that Sandlin speaks of so bluntly, yet readers can detect a hint of affection. While each sibling takes their own path walking through life, each persons actions affects the other “The Distancers” is a story that spans history; the events such as the Dust Bowl, WWII, the American Immigrant experience, Pearl Harbor and the Great Depression affect each generation in ways that echo through to future ones. Lee Sandlin’s use of words is not only eloquent but also easy to read, whether one reads often or not. Each member of the Sehnert family is captured in detail so stark and human that the characters come alive in the reader’s mind. Fallon Sweeney can be contacted at



‘42’ tells the story Cruise into ‘Oblivion’ of hope and change

Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) changed the game of baseball forever and his influence is portrayed in this biographical sports drama. [Warner Bros. Pictures] By John Trocellier Staff Writer Most know that Jackie Robinson was the first African American to break the color barrier for baseball but few know his inspirational story. Hero is a word we hear all too often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field. Many of Robinson’s achievements come from the things Robinson did off the field. “42” tells the story of two men: the great Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) whose stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. Boseman did an excellent job portraying the raw struggle of breaking the color barrier. In 1946 Dodgers GM Branch Rickey showed the true emotion of being a GM in the Major League Baseball and put himself in the history books when he signed Jackie Robinson to the team, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. Although history was made, the deal put both Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey in a very unique situation that many people had never seen. Being involved in such a historic movement, Robinson was put into the firing line of the public, press and many of the Major League players. Racism was everywhere Jackie Robinson went and he was forced to show courage and restraint by not responding to the critics. He did this by showing what he was truly made of with the only thing that could silence all his critics: his bat. Jackie Robinson left it all on the field and let his bat do the talking. A predator on the base paths, his talent is what truly silenced all the critics and paving the way for others to follow.

Major League Baseball still honors his legacy today. His number has been retired throughout the entire league and a day is dedicated in his honor, called Jackie Robinson Day, where every single MLB team member puts his number on their back in an example to show no matter who you are we are all equal. John Trocellier can be contacted at

By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor The year is 2077. Six decades of war with an invading alien race called Scavengers (“Scavs”) have left earth mostly annihilated. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is a drone repairman (Tech 49) finishing the last weeks of his stay on our ravaged The truth is revealed between Jack Harper (Tom planet. Accompanied by his Cruise) and Julia (Olga Kurylenko) on what remains of partner (and lover) Victothe Empire State Building. [Universal Pictures] ria (Andrea Riseborough), Jack Harper takes part in a mission to (Olga Kurylenko) harvest energy from the depleted planet Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman) is to bring to “Titan“ the largest moon of the patriarch of a ragtag band of surSaturn, where the remains of humanity vivors. When Jack and Julia come into reside. contact with the colony, his perception Having undergone a mandatory mem- of the truth of his situation changes ory wipe, Jack remembers little of his life drastically with what he learns about his before the war. He is haunted by dreams mission and the fate of humanity. of a mysterious woman in a city that no Jack begins to realize that all he knows longer exists. is warped truth. The Scavs are far from During a patrol of a scav-made beacon, alien and those who inhabit the Tet are Jack witnesses the crash of a NASA ship, far from who he believes them to be. the Odyssey. Upon reaching the scene Impressive visuals overpower weak he finds human survivors. To his hor- dialogue that tends to disappoint when ror, instead of protecting them from the put up against the captivating vistas and Scavs nearby, the drones begin to fire at haunting soundtrack featuring multiple the survivors still locked in their stasis tracks by M83. chambers. Jack manages to save one woman, who just so happens to be the Fallon Sweeney can be contacted at enterone from his dreams, the beautiful Julia


Career Corner


Tips for employment from Job Fair: online

By Connor Reynolds Editor-in-Chief

The Job and Internship Fair took place on March 28, but for those that were unable to attend, many of the lessons and tips participants were able to learn firsthand are available online. The JRC website is linked from the Moraine Valley homepage, and students can find a compendium of the advice available at www.morainevalley. edu/jrc/resources/advice.htm. For those just getting started with their job search, the websites section on skills most valued by employers can provide the building blocks for first interviews and resume writing. The top five criteria given that employers look for include interviewing well, professional speaking and appearance, relevant experience and skills, positive attitude, critical thinking and communication skills, and an understanding of what employer needs. Workshops are still scheduled to place into May for the JRC. For more information, students can visit the JRC in room S202. Connor Reynolds can be contacted at

Successful Resumes and Cover Letters

Monday, May 6

4-5 p.m.

Social Media and Networking

Tuesday, May 7

Noon - 1 p.m.

How to Pursue and Internship

Wednesday, May 8

4-5 p.m.

Interviewing Strategies

Thursday, May 9

4-5 p.m.


Mike Frederiksen, Photo Editor

Angels in America


Part One: Millenium Approaches


Photospread by Mike Frederiksen

The Glacier 4-26-13  

MVCC student newspaper

The Glacier 4-26-13  

MVCC student newspaper