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Trustees take oath; new officers voted in By Phil A. Bianco News Editor

the nomination and instead nominated Susan Murphy, the incumbent Secretary. Moraine’s monthly Board Murphy was voted in withmeetings are typically held out objection. on Wednesdays. This May is When asked why he witha little different as a special drew himself from considmeeting was called for Tueseration for Secretary, Coleday, May 7. man responded, “I felt that The meeting had a short Susan Murphy has done an agenda. The newly elected outstanding job. I discussed Board members, Eileen M. it with her before the meetO’Sullivan and Tom Cuning, and she said she would ningham as well as the relove to continue, so I wantelected trustees, Joseph P. ed her to continue given the Murphy and Sandra S. Waggood job she has done.” ner took their Oath of Office. Taking over the ChairAll the newly sworn in manship from Murphy, Board members, who won Wagner presided over the their elections on April 9, remainder of the meeting. gave short speeches after She announced that Coleman taking the Oath to serve in had agreed to handle the apthe best interest of the Colpointment of members to lege, its students and the Returning Board Secretary, Susan Murphy (right) swears in new Chairman, Sandra S. Wagner. [Mike Frederiksen] the Board of Moraine Valley’s community. Foundation. Wagner also an“I’m extraordinarily excited and success of the College.” Board members have chosen me nominated the outgoing Chair- nounced the appointment of and honored to be a member of The Board also voted on new to be the Chair, and I will do my man, Murphy for Vice Chair. Cunningham as Illinois Comsuch a diverse and intellectual officers for the next two-years. best to assure that we all work Following a unanimous vote, munity College Trustees Assogroup of people who are unified Long time Board member, San- together for the betterment of O’Sullivan nominated John R. ciation (ICCTA) representative, on their commitment to the con- dra Wagner was voted as Chair. the College,” said Wagner. Coleman for Secretary, how- and Patrick D. Kennedy as Astinual and sustainable growth “I am honored that my fellow The new Chairman then ever Coleman turned down TRUSTEES | page 3

Volunteer Fair draws community By Phil A. Bianco News Editor Moraine Valley’s Library hosted the second annual Act Out Volunteer and Service Learning Fair. Event Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Communications & Literature, Mike McGuire and his colleagues organized Act Out 2013. This education-throughaction event is meant to showcase community organizations and to facilitate community service and involvement. Act Out 2013 featured projects and work from composition, American History, political VOLUNTEER| page 6

5K kicks off spring the healty way By Dana Abu Romman Staff Writer

to support those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.   They also raffled off Moraine’s Spring in Your sweaters, cups, and bags. The Step 5K is an event designed prizes included a one-month to raise awareness about the certificate to Moraine’s fitness importance of being fit and to center. always challenge yourself ev“I’ve always loved running,” ery day. said Zack Hutchinson, the The annual 5K walk or run 13-year-old first place male was sponsored by the Health winner coming in at 17:50. Fitness Center on Saturday, “My aunt works here and she April 27 at 9:15 a.m. The race asked me to run it so I said, was held in the parking lot bewhy not?” tween buildings C and D, and Even though around 60 all ages were eligible to join. to 75 people were running This event took runners Between 60 and 75 runners participated in the 5K on Moraine Valley’s the race everyone had a fair and walkers alike around one main campus. [Provided] chance to win since age and of MVCC’s 5K paths, and prizgender groups were divided. es were awarded to the top male sponsors at least one 5K a year and we raffle off prizes.” “I just came home from Westand female finishers of the run to promote health and fitness,” Refreshments were offered ern Michigan University,” said and walk portions of the race said Cathy Nolan, Moraine’s fit- at the event to everyone and Lizzy Kos, an 18-year-old first respectively. ness center director. “Anyone the Athletic Department sold place female winner. “I’ve been “The health fitness center can do this event, there’s no fee t-shirts and collected donations 5K | page 3

IN THIS ISSUE ENTERTAINMENT Student artwork displayed in DeCaprio Gallery. SOCIAL PAGE 10

SPORTS Men place third in region; qualify for nationals. PAGE 12

FEATURES Students end year with Student Life Banquet. SOCIAL PAGE 1

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Health premiums to rise 15% a year

Helen Agresti, MVCCSSA President is pictured [Mike Frederiksen] By Phil Bianco News Editor Moraine Valley’s Faculty and Sup-

port Staff Associations, respectively, will operate under new contract agreements with the College beginning on July 1, 2013. Both the Faculty Association (MVCCFA) and the Support Staff Association (MVCCSSA) passed the new contracts by an overwhelming majority on April 9 after a month of negotiations with the College. The contractual agreements became official when the Board ratified them on April 17. “We felt good about the results,” said MVCCFA President, Delwyn Jones. “We went in with a win-win philosophy. We wanted what was best

for the College and this made the negotiations pleasant.” MVCCFA and MVCCSSA agreed to two separate contracts given that the two unions represent different constituents (the Support Staff Association represents over 200 staff at Moraine Valley including secretarial and clerical workers, groundskeepers, custodians and others. MVCCFA bargains on behalf of the full-time faculty.) The two contracts, however different, have several of the same features. Both contain a 3.75% yearly pay raise effective July 1, 2013, and a

amount in 2018 when the ACA is fully implemented. “It is a big increase, but we felt compelled to give in. We want to make sure we are playing our role,” said Jones when asked why the hike was agreed to. Although the so called ‘Cadillac tax plan’ will not come into effect until 2018, the College and the unions decided to make the healthcare changes now because a change will have to be made at some point. The thinking was that if the price were increased gradually, full-time faculty and support staff would not be hit as hard compared to if the change was thrown on them all


Hello Moraine Valley students! I hope you all have a great finals week, and good luck. Before this semester ends I wanted to leave you with something to think about. How can I organize my self for the next semester? How can I change my mindset and focus more on school? How can I get motivated? Well I had to figure out these questions myself and I wanted to provide you with the solutions I came to. It all starts with making life easier by organization. Being organized can transform your life. It makes homework and studying extremely easy. I have always been organized when it comes to my agenda, schoolwork, and even my bedroom. It makes me feel better and stress free. You want to start off by throwing out all your unwanted items. Get your-

self a small box where you can save notes that you may need for the future. You can recycle or reuse the paper or items you don’t need. You always need to categorize all your files because it makes finding things when you need them much more convenient. Don’t try to do it all at once. Make a list, prioritize and then work on one thing at a time. Perfection should never be the goal. Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and improving your overall quality of life. Communication is important. Use this area to leave notes, return items, share information, set schedules, and place incoming mail and more. Use spreadsheets to organize information. And finally clear the clutter from your mind. With so many different things to remember don’t rely on your memory for everything.  Write reminder notes, use calendars, create lists, don’t over commit yourself. Take time out for yourself and your family. In short, don’t forgot to live. Noor Salah can be contacted at salahn22@

MVCCFA President, Delwyn Jones went into the contract negotiation process with a ‘win-win mindset.’ [Mike Frederiksen] 15% annual hike in healthcare premiums. This price jump begins on Jan. 1, 2014 and will reoccur each year through the conclusion of the contract in 2015. This steep climb in healthcare premiums was agreed to in order to avoid what is being called the ‘Cadillac tax plan,’ a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that College officials and union representatives believe will lead to a tax penalty. According to Jones, the Federal Government could tax Moraine if College insurance plans cost a certain

at once come 2018. “The faculty understood going in that they would have to make some sacrifices,” said Jones. MVCCSSA President, Helen Agresti said that the ACA caused uncertainty that led to the increase in healthcare premiums. Agresti also added that the uncertainty caused by the ACA killed the option of signing a 4-year contract, which is what the MVCCSSA originally wanted to do. Phil A. Bianco can be contacted at news@



Suicide Prevention Recreation therapy club walks for awareness of affliction By David Alexander Staff Writer

New Board member, Eileen M. O’Sullivan is inducted at the special Board meeting while President Jenkins (back left) and the rest of the Board watch on. [Marketing] TRUSTEES | from front page sociation of Community College Trustees (ACCT) representative. College President, Sylvia Jenkins gave her thoughts on the induction of the new and returning Board members, “I am very thankful that we have so many community members that are interested in Moraine Valley. We have a lot of work here to do so I need a lot of good people here to help make it happen. I want to thank all the members for agreeing to serve on the Board.” President Jenkins also spoke on the

direction the College will move in with the new Board, “It’s a matter of extending and continuing what we have been doing all along. There are some things that every College is facing. Acquiring resources from the state given its current fiscal situation is one of them. We need to all work together to think of different ways we can continue to grow the College and sustain the quality that we offer here. “ Phil A. Bianco can be contacted at news@

The suicide awareness walk, which started at noon, was an attempt to help the roughly 1 in 12 college students who have made a suicide plan at some point, and the 1.5 out of every 100 who have attempted suicide. With experts estimating that at least 1,088 suicides occur at colleges every year— roughly 7.5 per 100,000 students, according to an American College Health Association (ACHA) study— Moraine Valley Community College’s Recreation Therapy Club organized its inaugural suicide awareness walk on Wed., May 8, 2013 at the College’s main campus. According to statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), college can be a very stressful time in the life of most students. A full 94% of college and university level students surveyed in the ACHA’s 2006 National College Health Assessment said they felt overwhelmed by everything they had to do in school and elsewhere. Another 44% of respondents to the Health Assessment revealed that they had felt so depressed (while in college) that they stopped functioning for a period of time, while 18% of respondents in the survey said that they had depressive disorders. These factors, in addition to substance abuse, are some of the major reasons behind the increasing levels of suicides among college age students in the U.S. Other factors fueling the spike in suicides among the 18 to 24 age group is the state of the economy, the prospects of getting a job, the large student loan burden that most students graduate with, worries about having a successful family, and other stressors in modern life. With this as the backdrop, the suicide awareness walk was geared towards raising awareness about the almost epidemic levels of suicides among college age individuals, the warning signs of someone considering suicide, and means to prevent suicides both on the college campus and elsewhere. The walk drew around 25 participants who set off from the main entrance of the M Building for the 3-mile walk, which skirted around the perimeter of Moraine Valley Community College’s main campus. Many of the suicide awareness

walk participants received literature designed to equip them with the tools to prevent suicidal people from taking their life. Speaking after the event, Donna McCauley, the Coordinator of the Recreation Management Department of Moraine Valley said that the Department hoped to make the suicide prevention awareness walk a regular fixture on Moraine Valley’s calendar. David Alexander can be contacted at alexanderd45@student.morainevalley. edu.

Recreation Therapy Club hosted the walk to raise awareness of the current college student suicide trend. 5K | from front page running ever since I joined cross country in the sixth grade and it’s great exercise.” “A lot of teenagers from different high schools participated in this race,” said Kathy Nolan, Moraine’s fitness center director. “The cross country coach at MVCC teamed up with the fitness center and brought teenagers from high schools wanting them to experience their first 5K before they ran cross country at Moraine.” The race lasted about an hour and after all the participants were finished the faculty members handed out prizes and started the raffle. All participants at the end of the day won or received something, so no one walked out empty handed at the end of the race. For more information on this event, please visit Moraine’s website and search Health Fitness Center. Dana Abu Romman can be contacted at



Green Club shows off Tree Campus USA status group started by the S Building clock tower and walked around looking and exploring the beautiful campus setting. The groups also visited several Moraine Valley’s Green Club hosted a sustainability walk around camdifferent environmental friendly feapus. This took place on Arbor Day, an tures on campus. occasion that promotes planting and According to Presseller, participants caring for trees. “toured some of our other “green” feaThis walk was part of the Earth tures on campus—the Bike-Fix-It staweek celebration, which is a week tion, recycling bins, and the electric dedicated to promoting environvehicle charging stations.” mental awareness and making the The campus recently added many world a healthier and “greener” new ecofriendly features. The Bikeplace. Fix-It station helps weary travelers According to Stephanie Presmake repairs and fill their tires with seller, sustainability manager & air. It is located just outside the S Green Club advisor, “the main purBuilding. pose of the walk was to draw attenThe College also has two electric tion to the beautiful trees on camvehicle charging stations. The gaspus, recognize our Tree Campus pumps of the future are located in USA status, highlight the great efthe northeast C parking lot. Accordforts our Campus Operations crew Moraine Valley campus was named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The ing to the College, “Moraine Valley is puts forth to maintain our trees, sustainability walks hosted by the Green Club were designed to showcase Moraine’s award ready to aid the growing number of showcase our “green” features and winning nature landscape. [Mike Frederiksen] electric vehicle owners after installcelebrate both Arbor Day and Earth ing two charging stations on campus Week.” explored the concept of sustainability. tainability messaging,” said Presseller. last month.” Several environmental science “We focused on the benefits of trees— There were two walks during day, classes came along for the walks. The environmentally, socially and econom- one from 11:00 a.m. to noon and the Joshua Johnson can be contacted at johnstudents discussed green topics and ically which fits right in with our sus- second from noon until 1:00 p.m. The By Joshua Johnson Staff Writer




Finals review sessions The Academic Skills Center is holding final exam review sessions beginning May 6 through May 15. Get help in math, biology, chemistry, physics, and other courses. Sign up in L200 or by calling 974-5338. The schedule can be found in the Academic Skills Center for math and science sessions Children’s Learning Center registration Open registration for the 2013 pre-session, summer and fall semesters at the Children’s Learning Center begins Monday, May 6, for children 2 to 5-years old. Parents also may register their children, ages 2 to 8-years old, in the center’s Summer Camp program. Registration in the (childcare program and the Summer Camp is open to students. For more information, contact the Center’s Director, Denise Lumpkin, at 974-5729. T Building Open House Faculty in Building T are hosting an Open House on Friday, May 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., for current students as well as high school students and their parents to learn about the programs

in technical fields being offered at Moraine Valley. During the Open House, guests can tour the Center, meet faculty, speak to four-year university representatives about transfer agreements, find out how to get started, and enjoy refreshments. Student Government Book Scholarship The Student Government Association is giving away five $200 book scholarships for the summer semester. Part-time and full-time students are eligible to apply. The deadline for submissions is May 6. You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be a current student. Applications are available in the Student Life Office, U115. For more information, stop by Student Life or call 974-5353. Sell your books! Book buyback begins Friday, May 10, and will go from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Bookstore, and continues next week Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You also can go to the Library Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; and both Blue Island and

Tinley Park campuses Wednesday through Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. A photo ID is required to sell your books. All books rented from the Bookstore must be returned to the main campus by May 17, 2013. Walking the Walk: My Enduring Sustainability Journey featuring Stephenie Presseller Childhood places, experiences with inspirational people, and life choices push us in new directions in life. Stephenie Presseller takes us on her ongoing journey that has led her to become the first sustainability manager at Moraine Valley. This is an amazingly beautiful, challenging, and winding road that invites us all to come along and “walk the walk” toward sustainability. To watch this video, visit: Summer athletic camps Sign up your son, daughter or grandchild for a summer basketball or volleyball camp at Moraine Valley. The basketball camp is for boys and girls entering third through eighth grades. It will be July 15 through 18, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Athletics Director, Bill Finn, will

lead the camp, which is intended to develop and improve fundamental skills, instruction and team play. The volleyball camp is for boys and girls entering fifth through ninth grades and will be July 15 through 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volleyball coach, Gloria Coughlin, will lead the camp, which will help kids develop fundamental volleyball skills through group work and individual attention. The cost for each camp is $70. Register in the Athletics Department, Building G. For more information call 974-5727. Graduation Family members and friends who cannot attend the ceremony can watch a live stream of the event here May 17 starting at 7 p.m. on the Moraine Valley website. The graduation ceremony is Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m., in the Cyclone Center (Building G). It will last about two hours. For more information, contact the office of College and Community Relations, Room D106, (708) 974-5375 (TTY for the hearing impaired 708-974-9556).



that it may soon outgrow its VOLUNTEER | from front page science, and Honors Program stuspace in the library. McGuire, dents. the other organizers, and or“The students worked hard and did ganizations involved like the a great job. I’d like to see more stuLibrary because it provides dents involved in the management a personal space in the camof the event in the future. I have this puses “academic hub,” as Mcvision of students running around Guire called it. with event staff t-shirts on. It would “If the Fair continues to make the event that much better,” grow, the space is a little tight said McGuire. given the various layers to the A student from Kevin Navratil’s event. I would like to keep it International Relations class, Julius in the Library because I worry Allen was excited to have his work that if we moved it to the U shown at the Fair, “I think its great to Building it would be less acahave your hard work vindicated and demic, and if we moved it to shown in front of so many interestthe M Building we would reed people. This truly is a great event ally have to work hard to draw for the students of Moraine and the people.” community as a whole.” McGuire also credited the This years Fair had three featured Students from composition, American history, political science and the Honors Program showcased Library for all the work they speakers including one of Moraine their work at the 2013 Act Out Fair. [Marketing] put in to assure the event was Valley’s own, Tamarra Coleman-Hill. a success, “The Library has The others were Jodie Lieffring from kat Foundation of America. “The event went off great. It was been a great support. All the things The American Red Cross of Greater Some groups came for both days of much busier than last year. More or- that would be the source of my undoChicago, and Claudia Ayala from the the event, April 30 and May 1, while ganizations attended and expressed ing, they would be right on it. We are Little Village Environmental Justice others came for only a portion of one interest, more students and faculty committed to trying to keep Act Out Organization. of the days. Park Lawn and Little Red came out, and the Administration was in the Library as long as we can,” said 25 organizations set up tables at the School House hosted two of the most extremely supportive,” said McGuire McGuire. event including, Greater Chicago Food consistently busy tables. “I’m not sure if when asked how he felt that event Depository, Park Lawn, Ronald Mc- it was their location or what, but those turned out. Phil A. Bianco can be contacted at news@ Donald House, Salvation Army, Share two seemed to be very popular,” said McOne concern for the future is that Your Soles, Together We Cope, and Za- Guire. the event is expanding at such as pace






Should the legal smoking age be lifted to 21? “ would raising

“...people may think

the smoking age stop

twice about their deci-

today’s young adults

sion and some may even

under 21 from smok-

have a higher maturity

ing in the first place?”

level from 18 to 21...”

By Anne Parker Managing Editor

By Ruba Ibrahim Editorial Assistant

If someone can make the greatest sacrifice and die for their country at 18, Delaying lung cancer, heart disease, financial ruin, and adversely affecting one’s then why shouldn’t they be allowed to buy cigarettes? loved ones should be one of the most important issues on Capitol Hill. Declining Choosing to purchase cigarettes is anybody’s right so long as they are 18 health, unproductive workers and death affects both sides of the aisle. years old, and this is the way it should stay. The age isn’t too young to be unacI believe the smoking age should be raised to 21-years-old to help delay the ceptable and it is the age where young people are supposed to be mature and hazards associated with smoking and preventing young and impressionable teenresponsible adults and can make decisions for agers from becoming addicted to the toxic fumes themselves, right or wrong. people love showing off in TV shows and action In 2005 the city of Chicago tried to raise the movies. smoking age only from 18 to 19 and that failed A 21-year-old may consider their health and to pass. The idea behind raising the age was to conduct the cost-benefit-analysis prior to purgive young adults another year to decide whethchasing a pack of cigarettes for personal use or for er they wanted to take this health risk and besomeone underage. It’s reasonable to assume that come addicted to tobacco products. If those at if someone is old enough to go to war then they 18 are at adulthood and feel that they are old are old enough to smoke. Well, on most military enough to smoke then they didn’t need anothbases the drinking age is 18-years-old, in the civiler year to figure that out, and they don’t need ian world, the drinking age is still 21-years-old— three years either if the age is to be lifted to 21. therefore, that argument is a moot point. Chicago also holds the second-highest total Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abtaxes on a pack of cigarettes, and to raise the normal cells in one or both lungs, according to smoking age would probably cost the state If one’s lungs are unable to funclions of dollars in cigarette tax revenue. tion, the person will either die or undergo agonizLet’s face it, how would raising the smoking ing treatment for the remainder of their life. age stop today’s young adults under 21 from So, if the bill is passed, requiring individuals be smoking in the first place? This is just like how at least 21-years-old to purchase a pack of smokes, young people under 21 aren’t supposed to be people may think twice about their decision and drinking, but do. Some believe that gun control some may even have a higher maturity level from will stop gun violence in Illinois, but that num18 to 21 and make the choice that will prolong ber goes up everyday. We can go back all the [Graphic by Michael Hartmann] their life. way to the 1920s and prohibition, but of course After high school many people become much that was a total failure and will never come back more mature and wiser. I have met many people again. who stated, ‘If I can go back in time, I would never have picked up a cigarette beSince the 1990s teen smoking has dropped every year, but that did slow cause of all the health issues associated with smoking.’ down in 2009. Still, the rate of teens smoking has not been that severe. In Cigarette smoke adversely affects the life of the smoker, but more importantly 2009, only 20 percent of high school students claimed to have smoked ciga- the life of the individual’s family members, friends and those around the toxic rettes. smoke who choose not to inhale the deadly poisons. Even though I do not smoke, it is still concerning to me that the government In addition, by increasing the buying age by three years, we can also reduce the thinks that 18 year olds are not intelligent enough to make the choice them- act of violence. Many people have experienced and witnessed what happens when selves to choose to smoke or not. It is especially hard for me to wrap my head the body becomes immune to nicotine and tobacco. First, the person will begin around the fact that if the age is raised to vote, drink and smoke at 21, then to experience craving for tobacco, anger, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, and irwhy not raise the age to join the military to 21 as well? ritation when the withdrawal of nicotine comes into effect. When people begin If today’s young adults are smart enough to make the decision whether to to feel the withdrawal effect of nicotine they will most likely become physically smoke, then they are old enough to realize the health risks that they face by and verbally abusive, which can lead to the unintentional hurt of loved ones and doing so. We are more intelligent than some people seem to believe. withdrawal. Cigarettes affect many lives without people realizing the ugly truth. Anne Parker can be contacted at

“I think so because then people aren’t open to smoking or moving to other ways of smoking so easily.” -Alejandro Garcia

“I think it would be a good idea to raise the age because of the amount of money you would be saving ” -Nick Pedergnana

Ruba Ibrahim can be contacted at

“No, because you are old enough to make your own decisions when you are 18.” -Juan Quevedo

“Yes, it should be raised to 21 because at that age you are allowed to drink alcohol.” -Rasha Alrashaden



VIEW FROM THE HILL | BILL DROEL | MVCC CAMPUS MINISTER Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central is an expert at irony. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and a veteran of Chicago’s Second City Comedy Troupe. He partnered on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show until launching his own program in 2005. Irony is a figure of speech that assumes a double audience. One audience hears the words literally; the other audience is “in the know” and gets the inside joke or second meaning of the words. Colbert’s first audience is supposedly conservative people who dislike President Barack Obama’s policies and who admire selfish tycoons. The other audience is everyone who watches the show. They know Colbert is teasing when he adopts conservative positions. He adds sarcasm, hyperbole, amusing visuals and wonderful facial expressions to enhance the irony of his so-called reports. The best users of irony intend to instruct their audiences. Socrates was a master. He would strike up conversations with self-important people or with students who thought they knew everything. Socrates claimed ignorance. He asked small, non-threatening questions. But soon the self-important official was tripping all over himself. The second audience was Socrates’ open-minded students who presumably knew that he was setting the official up for a fall. Socrates’ irony was not snide or triumphant because he practiced double irony.

Veggies in the cafeteria, or protection of animals? By Ruba Ibrahim Editorial Assistant In the beginning of January 2013, Public School 244Q The Active Learning Elementary School in Queens, New York has become the first public school in the United States to serve an all-vegetarian menu. Children in New York may think that this is the right decision, but some children believe that this is wrong. Taking my time to interview two children from Queens has made me realize that children may also think this is right even though they love candy, sweets, and meat as well. Dalya Halloub, a third grade student, gave her opinion about the new vegetarian options. “I think it is wrong because you need meat too. It has protein too. Vegetables are great too but you need meat too. You need meat two or three times a week. They can have meat two days of the week like chicken. I think it is wrong.” Another student, seventh grader, Aseel Halloub, believes that this vegetarian diet should be initiated for various reasons. “Most people in school are becoming obese and overweight. Also, many foods such as chicken must be cooked well and schools don’t often cook it well. They pre-cook it and it becomes cold and raw over time. Sometimes they even put the raw or uncooked chicken in the microwave which can also cause sicknesses and diseases. Making our school an all vegetarian diet should make our school a healthier and safer environment for students and even teachers. This may also influence parents at home because children will learn how to eat right and have experience in healthy nonfat foods.” Another important reason to go all-vegetarian is not to award crooked businessmen who harm the environment and the animals just to make quick money. Cattle raised for food create more harmful gas then all of the motor vehicles combined. Animals are stripped away from their basic rights that all creatures should be entitled to. They can’t walk as they please, they can’t breathe fresh air, and they can’t see the sky or the sun. Every second of their life is torturous. Our government has allowed factory famers to feed the animals unnatural food to speed up the growth process for quick profits. The harm caused to humans and the animals in this process is unimaginable. If most of the world believes in the saying “what goes around comes around” then how can we treat animals with such torture? Number one cause of human death is directly related from conception of animal products. Ruba Ibrahim can be contacted at

He believed that he (the practitioner of irony) was just like his first audience; he was not totally wise to the truth. The difference was that Socrates was humble. Jesus too used irony to teach. He indirectly confronted the supposedly learned with a little story or an open-ended question. His opponent soon tripped. Jesus’ disciples were the second audience who got what he meant. Only they didn’t get it. So the real second audience is today’s Christians who read accounts of Jesus in the Bible. Only today’s Christians can be complacent and they often don’t get Jesus’ humor either. So, like Socrates, Jesus continues to humbly teach and play a little joke. There are some Moraine Valley teachers who with modesty effectively use irony. It is fun to be in their classroom because they do not ridicule; they probe but with a twinkle; they are confident enough to sometimes make themselves the butt of the joke. However, many people today use irony to convey that they don’t care all that much. Theirs is a totally detached use of irony. It is so pervasive in our post-modern culture that sincerity and commitment are being trampled. Nothing is taken seriously. Everything is an understated ironic joke. Detachment is a component of irony, writes Jonathan Lear in A Case for Irony (Harvard Press, 2011). But the second essential component is to prompt people “to see the soul of the other.” Proper irony, Lear concludes, asks: “What are we blind to? What is the nature of our insensitivity toward the world?” Christy Wampole, writing in the New York Times, says nowadays “being cool” means everything is ironic. But then nothing is sincere. All cell phone texts, all e-mails and all passing comments are detached. She wants a new culture that “means undertaking the cultivation of sincerity, humility and self-effacement, and demoting the frivolous and the kitschy on our collective scale of values.” Stephen Colbert and a few others like him serve a purpose. They poke fun at the self-righteous and the overly assured. And Colbert humbly serves his church and community when he is away from the TV cameras. By contrast, too many hallway conversations at Moraine Valley and elsewhere use irony for detached purposes. Too many fleeting comments are not intended to engage anyone in authentic conversation. Our culture, both on campus and around the Southwest Side, needs an infusion of humility. Bill Droel can be contacted at

The world on the brink By Nada Omer Staff Writer In a world with a population of seven billion, and rising, the earth is experiencing a multitude of issues which threaten the very nature of our existence. Increased pollution due to the burning of fossil fuels in conjunction with potable water shortages and an unwillingness to utilize renewable resources are straining the planet unable to keep up with the endless demands of modern humans. What many people don’t realize and what many governments refuse to believe is the fragility of the planet’s ecosystem, which is in danger of falling apart. The proof can be seen in the extreme changes in temperature that are occurring across the globe, negatively impacting both wildlife and humans alike. Climate change has led to a decrease in rainfalls which, in many parts of the world, means drought. This is especially true in the Middle East where groundwater resources have become the main water source. Many of the worst perpetrators, which include multinational companies, still deny that global warming is directly affected by their actions. They claim that humans have nothing to do with the current state of the planet, that in fact it’s a natural change in the planet’s climate, but I have a tough time accepting lessons in science from policies that are entirely motivated by the bottom dollar. While it’s true that the earth has gone through several extreme changes in weather patterns through the eons, are we simply expected to believe that burning trillions of tons of coal and other fossil fuels are having no adverse effects? Carbon dioxide is being pumped into the atmosphere at a rate faster than it’s being converted into oxygen by plants while at the same time we are cutting down forests. If we keep blindly moving in the direction we are headed there is no doubt that the quality of human life will decline and even though many Americans aren’t too worried about it since it’s always happening “somewhere else,” the reality is it’s eventually going to happen here too. Let me argue this: suppose we say that the earth is going through some natural process, are we willing to take the chance to continue with our destructive habits, or do we want to at least attempt to improve the climate in the hopes that it actually will? Nada Omer can be contacted at



Tennis ends 2013 season in third place By Connor Reynolds Sports Editor

The Moraine Valley men’s tennis team qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament for the ninth year in a row, but will not compete. The team finished third in the Region IV tournament. Moraine Valley was unable to get around Elgin Community College or Prairie State College in the Region IV tournament despite home court advantage. Elgin and Prairie State were the only teams to defeat the Cyclones in 2013 (7-2 overall, 4-2 conference). To finish in third in regionals is respectable. It played out how I thought. We lost to two very good teams. But we had a successful season with a good record,” said head coach Bill Finn. Tim Stewart was the only member of the team to earn a spot on the AllRegion IV team with a comfortable win in 3rd Singles. Stewart defeated Dan Johnson (Illinois Valley) 6-1, 6-2. Kevin Davenport was the only other Cyclone to make an appearance in a final match, falling to Victor Vallegas (Prairie State) 6-1, 6-4. Davenport

concluded his two-year playing career Moraine Valley and was an all-conference player for the 2012 squad. Moraine Valley’s performance was good enough to earn them third place in the Region IV final standings. Prairie State finished first with 17 points, and Elgin finished in second with 15 points, still comfortably ahead of the Cyclones.

“We played hard, long, tough, and as well as we could. I’m very proud of the effort we displayed the entire tournament. There was no quit in any Moraine Valley player. Third place is national qualifying, it’s quite an accomplishment,” said head coach Bill Finn.

Illinois Valley Community College kept close with Moraine, and finished just two points behind the Cyclones’ 11 points. Their 0-3 record in their final matches hurt Illinois Valley. Tim Stewart’s victory at 3rd singles proved to be even more significant as it proved the deciding margin in a third place team finish. Connor Reynolds can be contacted at


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By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Kenny Wright is a first year outfielder on the Moraine Valley baseball team. Wright has had a decent 2013 campaign as he batted .262 with 17 RBI’s, 13 runs and two stolen bases for an on base percentage of .314. A member of the “freshman phenoms”, Wright did exactly what coach Cole Farmer wants from his hitters and that was to be a tough out at the plate. Wright’s best game came in the 20-0 victory against Olive-Harvey College on April 21, where he went 1-3 with two RBI’s and two runs. Wright will look to add to his already impressive numbers next year, as he will be returning for his sophomore season.

Emily Kurek is a second year pitcher/ second baseman on the Moraine Valley softball team. The Mount Assisi Academy alum has had an exceptional 2013 campaign. The 2012 All-Conference Ace has had a memorable year on the rubber as Kurek threw a no-hitter against Morton College on April 16, missing the perfect game due to one walk and won two games in a three game series against Prairie State in the NJCAA playoffs. Kurek pitched a four hitter in the first game and hit her spots in the third game to hold Prairie State to only four runs. Kurek’s dominant pitching display in the playoffs propelled the Cyclones to the next round of the NJCAA playoffs. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

Juan De La Parra warms up before a match against Oakton Community College on April 23. Parra was a huge component to the Cyclones success this season. [Michael Frederiksen]



BASEBALL | from page 12 lege (37-16-1) and Black Hawk College (31-15). The Raiders of Oakton Community College had the Cyclones’ number all season, as they won both matchups against Moraine Valley shutting the Cyclones out both times and scoring a total of 19 runs. Black Hawk College has been an offensive juggernaut this season, as their offense is ranked in the NJCAA Division II top 50 for majority of the offensive statistics. As a team, Black Hawk has generated 276 runs (44th) with a .316 batting average (22nd), an.420 slugging percentage (33rd) and an on base percentage of .416 (17th). The Black Hawk College hitters also have 13 long balls, with majority of the home runs coming from sophomore catcher/first baseman Kendall Patrick who Left handed pitcher Michael Levigne pitches to a Kankakee batter, as a runner attepmts to steal off of him. Levigne is considered to be one has six this year. Patrick signed to of the best arms on the Cyclones’ staff and will be returning in 2014. [Michael Frederiksen] play for the University of Michigan earlier this season. from their pitching staff. If the pitch- clones team that is rebuilding, but ex- ticipate a total team effort on May 11, The Cyclones are without a ques- ers can come out and pound the strike pect the Cyclones to come out to win. from the Moraine Valley Cyclones. tion David in this sectional filled by zone, the Cyclones will enable themAs the great Arnold Palmer once two Goliaths, Black Hawk and Oakton. selves the chance to win this sectional. said, “Always make a total effort, even Sean McDermott can be contacted at The key for the Cyclones will come It will be tough, especially from a Cy- when the odds are against you.” An-



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Cyclones fall in Region IV semi-final By Frank Gogola Staff Writer The Moraine Valley women’s softball team’s (14-19, 6-6 in conference) season ended as they were swept out of the Region IV Semi-Finals on May 5. The Cyclones opened their postseason by taking two of three from Prairie State College in the Quarterfinals on May 1. In the series opener, Emily Kurek threw a complete game shutout as the Cyclones downed the Pioneers 2-0. Pitching troubles plagued the Cyclones in the second game when Amie Raynor’s arm gave out in the fifth inning leading to a disastrous turn for the Cyclones. Moraine Valley was up 5-2 before the injury occurred to Raynor, but the bullpen failed to back up Raynor and the Cyclones ended up losing 7-5, knotting the series at one game apiece. With their season on the line, the Cyclones brought out the big bats, pounding Prairie State in a 12-4 win. The Cyclones advanced to the Region IV Semi-Finals as Kurek picked up her second win of the series, “All three games were well played by both teams. The two games Emily Kurek pitched

All Conference first team member Samantha Staisiunas puts the ball in play during the Cyclones matchup against Prairie State College on April 2. [Michael Frederiksen] were the two best games she had pitched all year. She was hitting her spots and jamming opposing batters inside,” said head coach Mike Veen. In the opening game of the Semi-Finals, the Cyclones faced off with Kankakee Com-

munity College, a team that they had lost to three times during the regular season. The Cyclones started out on fire as their first two runners reached base and Amie Raynor smacked a line drive over the fence for a home run putting

the Cyclones up 3-0. However, the Cyclones failed to hit their spots on the mound and could not muster up enough runs and fell to Kankakee 9-7. Raynor went 2-3 with a home run and three runs in the loss while Sam Staisiunas

went 2-4 with a double and a run and Danielle Stark went 2-5 with a double and a run. Arianna Bulthius also had an excellent day at the plate as she went 3-4 with a run scored. Emily Kurek started the game on the mound and picked up the loss. “For the most part, Emily Kurek pitched a very nice game,” said Coach Veen. “But Kankakee has some very talented hitters on that team, and all it takes is one mistake and they’ll make you pay.” With their season on the line for the second time, the Cyclones took on College of Lake County, a team that had beaten them twice during the regular season. The Cyclones bats were quiet for majority of the game, as College of Lake County ended the Cyclones season winning 9-4. “It wasn’t a great season, but it wasn’t a terrible season,” said coach Veen. “It was somewhere in the middle; it was a mediocre season. But I’m still very proud of how hard the girls worked this entire season.” Frank Gogola can be contacted at gogolaf@student.morainevalley. edu.

Baseball preps for Region IV playoffs By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Cole Farmer’s first regular season is now in the Moraine Valley history books. In his first year as the Cyclones’ skipper, they have compiled a 13-24 (4-10 in conference) record with a high-octane offense. For most college baseball programs the first season in the rebuilding phase usually means a season filled with struggles on and off the diamond, but the Cyclones managed to improve their play throughout the year. Since April 6, the Cyclones have assembled an 11-8 record, beating last years NJCAA Division III National Champion and perennial baseball powerhouse Joliet Junior College (24-23), twice and split the season series with a tough College of Lake County team (20-16).

The recent surge in the win column is due to the Cyclones’ scorching hot offense. The Cyclones amassed a .303 batting average, which produced a total of 223 runs (six runs per game), an on base percentage of .403 and four home runs. The Cyclones leaders for each offensive category are as followed. Sophomore catcher Mario Hernandez leads the team in batting average (.409), lefty first baseman Mike Habas leads the Cyclones in doubles with eight, outfielder Scott Petrovich leads the team in triples with three and infielder Joseph Lyons leads the team in RBI’s (22). Habas, Hernandez, Petrovich and Lyons tied for the lead in round trippers with one a piece. The Cyclones play was good enough to clinch a spot in the Region IV Division II Sectionals. The Cyclones will take on both Oakton Community ColBASEBALL | page 11

Cyclones’ first baseman Mike Habas takes a cut against Kankakee Community College on April 30. Habas has compiled a .330 Ba with eight doubles, two triples and a home run this year. [Mike Frederiksen]



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Student Life celebrates student success By Dana Abu Romman Staff Writer Students involved in clubs and organizations took a night off from planning exciting events to be recognized for their work throughout the year at the 2013 Student Life Awards Banquet. Student Life charters 46 clubs and organizations that focus on academics, athletics, culture and heritage, and downright fun activities. Over 350 students, advisors and staff attended the awards banquet to recognize the hardest working student leaders and advisors. “Being honored for all of our hard work throughout the year is a great feeling,” said Phil Bianco, Special Recognition Award winner and Vice President of Fellowship for Phi Theta Kappa. “It was really nice to see all of the clubs and organizations getting together and applauding for each club member as they got an award.” As part of the entertainment 24 Karat Dance Team and the X-Rated Dance Crew gave upbeat, riveting performances. Members of Student Life were treated like celebrities as they AWARDS| page 3

During the 2013 Student Life Awards Banquet, Moraine’s Student Life Department gave the clubs and organizations a break from planning fun and diverse events for the College. Student leaders, advisors and outstanding faculty and staff from 46 different clubs and organizations were honored for their hard work and dedication to the students at Moraine Valley. [Mike Frederiksen]

‘Angels in America’ shocks and captivates By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes Part One: Millennium Approaches” is a story of the life shattering effects of the AIDS epidemic, set in New York City in the mid 1980s (specifically late 1985 through 1986). “Angels in America” was directed by Tony Kushner and performed by Moraine’s community talent. “Angels in America” joins the story of multiple characters living in New York City whose lives become entwined in strange yet realistic ways, whether it is infidelity or tragedy. Young, Mormon couple Joe (Thayer Haywood) and Harper (Kendra Sowa) suffer from the cards that life has dealt them. Harper lives with a crippling delusional anxiety disorder paired with an addiction to pills. Joe receives word from the famous Roy Cohen (Dan Scott) that a job awaits him in Washington, if only he can convince his mentally frail wife. Little does Joe realize his wife plans to run far away (again) to the land of delusions with her friend Mr. Lies (Brian Walsh). The farther that Harper travels, the deeper she sinks into her delusions and into her addiction, which takes her away from the world that terrifies her. Prior (RJ Cecott) and Louis (Brett

Harper (Kendra Sowa) and Prior (RJ Cecott) meet in a shared delusion, one caused by pills and one by illness, in which the two discuss their troubles. [Michael Frederiksen] Krivich) are a young gay couple whose love has been permeated by something ugly and terrible. As Prior exposes his bodily lesions to Louis, the truth comes out that he has been infected with the epidemic that is AIDS. Louis is thrown into a state of disbelief and depression; his fear of being left alone is evident. Roy Cohen is a lawyer known around the country for his efforts towards the

case to execute Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (Diana Zambuto), a couple accused of spying. Audiences learn through Cohen’s attitude and dialogue that he cares little for his wife or women in general. His rough demeanor hides the pain of covering up his truth. The truth is exposed during a doctor’s visit when Cohen is diagnosed with AIDS. Anger and resentment turn to bla-

tant denial, despite his doctor’s careful warnings. While Cohen’s doctor encourages him to use his political standing to gain a spot on the list for the experimental AZT drug, Cohen insists that on paper his diagnosis will be cancer, not the stigmatized AIDS virus. As what was meant to be secret is brought into the light, Harper and Joe’s marriage crumbles around them. Harper claims to be pregnant in a pathetic attempt to keep Joe around. Joe spends much of his time “walking” which in reality means sitting in Central Park watching homosexual men meet. Repeated arguments lead to the truth becoming exposed: Harper is far from pregnant and Joe is a closet homosexual, something most audience members are aware of long before Joe is. As Prior’s health fails, so does his relationship with Louis, who cannot handle the effects the disease has had on him. As their love struggles, Prior loses his grip on reality. “Angels in America” contains scenes that leave little to the imagination and is appropriate only for those of mature audience. That being said the production is one that sweeps audiences away, leaving them breathless and heartbroken. Fallon Sweeney can be contacted at



Celebration of Moraine’s diversity By Dimka Atanassova Staff Writer Moraine Valley Community College Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) and English Language Learning Center (ELLC) held their 20th Annual Recognition Banquet to celebrate student success and achievement. Over 200 graduates and their guests attended the Multicultural Student Affairs Awards Banquet on May 1. Students graduating with an associate degree or a certificate were invited to attend the Recognition Banquet to honor those who have made significant contributions to the college community throughout their academic career. Adrienne Stewart, MSA Director, and Arlene de la Paz-Kane, Manager of ELLC were tasked with coordinating the event. To kick off the awards, two giant screens displayed highlights from past functions and events at the College. Ashley Palomo, a psychology major, Moraine ‘13, Treasurer of Alliance of Latin American Students, presented the opening remarks on behalf of the student body. “Graduates are to be life-long learners, graduation is not the end but the beginning of a journey in building a legacy, strong core values, and achieving one’s best,” she said. “You are educated,” Palomo said. She continued by quoting Tom Brokaw, “Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.” Nevean Khatib, Moraine ’05, ELL Specialist, gave a warm welcome on behalf of the administration. She earned an Associate’s Degree of Arts in Liberal Arts from Moraine, she then went on to study at Trinity Christian College, where she was a Dean’s List student and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Secondary Education. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in English Studies and Creative Writing at University of Illinois at Chicago. Keynote speaker and Director of the TRIO and Student Support Services Program, Terry Chambers, is an adjunct professor at Moraine and motivational speaker. For over 20 years Chambers has dedicated himself to implementing the TRIO Educational Opportunity Program into college and university curricula. He successfully implemented TRIO at Moraine Valley, Chicago State, University of Nebraska, Purdue Calumet, and Augustana College. TRIO was established by the U.S.

Department of Education to help first-generation students, low-income families and disabled students succeed in higher education by providing academic and financial support. Chambers earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Tennessee State University. Chambers’ speech titled “Who Packs Your Parachute?” refers to the life of retired Navy Captain Charles Plumb, who was shot down five days before retirement and held as a Prisoner of War for six years in various Communist war prisons. Captain Plumb was a Navy pilot who flew the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful combat missions over Vietnam. He was awarded two Purple hearts, the P.O.W. Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, and the Bronze Star. “If there is a such thing as a hero, this guy is a hero,” said Matthew Maxon, retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, and President of Combat to College. “He was awarded the two medals no one wants to get and was awarded them a total of three times.” Chambers reflected on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual parachutes that every graduate should develop, and implored students to be mindful of one’s parents, friends and teachers who packed their parachutes to ensure the students’ success academically, mentally and spiritually. Chet Shaw, Dean of Student Services; Adrienne Stewart, MSA Director; Arlene de La Paz-Kane, ELL Manager; and, Alexandria Elvira, Coordinator of Minority Students conducted the awarding of Certificates of Achievements, and presented specially designed pins to all graduates in attendance. Students were called individually to the stage where they received their certificate and had their photograph taken with college administrators. “Being a student at Moraine Valley Community College and being involved with all different types of activities, it was a great honor to attend the Multicultural Student Affairs Recognition Ceremony,” said Corey Walker. “The event was a special time for me because it really made me feel that all my hard work and dedication paid off. This will truly be one of the memorable moments I will always cherish from my time of being a student here at Moraine Valley.” Following the award ceremony Ashley Palomo was recognized on behalf of students and staff from the 2013 Directing Results Through Educational and Academic Mentoring (DREAM) for her hard work and dedication to the DREAM program.

“This program is and was very fitting its meaning and message gives a student more confidence and the push that one may need to further their educationally studies,” said Naomi Washington. “I for one was most impressed by the entire program. I think it safe to say that all the students felt deeply honored and especially seeing their names a star on the floor of Moraine Valley Walk of Fame.” The first ELL Specialists, Alexandria Elvira, Minority Student Achievement Coordinator, and Nina Shoman-Dajani, Coordinator of ESL Instruction, Curriculum and Transition, were recognized for their invaluable input and dedication to the College. Lisa Peters, an Evergreen Park resident, and A.A. Theatre major, was awarded the 2013 MSA Rising Star Award after she enrolled in MVCC in Spring 2007 as a part-time student, maintained a 4.0 GPA, and participated in the Student Showcase Show directed by Moraine Professor Craig Rosen. “I am grateful to Professor Rosen and Professor Dan Scott for inspiring me to become a better actress and a theatre director,” she said. Because of them I have already written, directed and produced ‘The Saints & The Aints’ at the Blue Island Legacy Theatre, in Blue Island,” said Peters.

Chet Shaw, Dean of Student Services presents an award to Naomi WashingtonYates at the Multicultural Student Affairs Awards Banquet on May 3. [Provided]

Dimka Atanassova can be contacted at atanassovad2@student.morainevalley. edu.



Student Life excitement at Awards Night AWARDS | from front page walked down the red carpet at the Oscar-themed awards night. “It felt like I was winning an Oscar, it was the one award I was really hoping to get, and the fact that I got it was amazing,” said Justina Pauplyte, the Moraine Valley Leadership Award winner, and a member of 24 Karat and Phi Theta Kappa. “I felt loved by everyone from their applause and hugs as I walked down the aisle back to my seat.” Student Life administrators, Chet Shaw, Kent Marshall, and Demetrius Robinson recognized one of the most dynamic Student Life leaders, Dawn Fry. Former program assistant, Fry, is leaving Moraine, after working in Student Life for six years, she will take a management position at Alta Bicycle in Chicago. Fry gave an emotional speech recalling all of the great students she worked with throughout the year and how she is happy to be honored at an event that brought student clubs and organizations together. “Overall it was a great experience and an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, club advisors, and administrators to celebrate students suc-

Both 24 Karat and X-Rated Dance Crew gave outstanding performances at the Student Life Awards Banquet. In total 14 awards were given out to student leaders, clubs and organizations for their dedication to the Moraine community. [Mike Frederiksen] cess and accomplishments,” said Chet Shaw, Dean of Student Services. “This was a great opportunity for students

to interact with other student leaders and celebrate their accomplishments throughout the year.” In total 14 awards were given out to student leaders, clubs and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Student Life department. “All of us work really hard all year long and the purpose of this event is to give all the students recognition,” said Taylor Geraghtuy. Asian Diversity Club won multiple awards, including, Club of the Year Award, Best Collaboration Award with Women Empowerment, Advocacy Leadership Award, and Asian Diversity Club advisor, Tamima Farooqui was named Advisor of the Year. Outstanding New Club Award was presented to Student Nursing Organization. Dawn “Queen of the U” Fry won the Rising Star Award. Outstanding New Advisor Award was presented to Jeffrey McCully of GLOW. The Dr. Crawley Student Leader of the Year Award was presented to Danni Haile of ISA. “The Student Life Awards Banquet is a great way to celebrate our students’ accomplishments and appreciate the faculty and staff advisors, student leadership and student participants who helped to make this a great year,” said Kent Marshall, Assistant Dear of Code of Conduct and Student Life. “It appeared that the students enjoyed celebrating their clubs and peers’ successes and I know the faculty and staff who attend always enjoy celebrating with our students.” Moraine’s Distinguished Officer Award was presented to Taegon Jay Lee of Korean Student Association.

Outstanding Club Member Award was presented to Mahmoud Khatib of Arab Student Union. Cyclone Pride Award was presented to Helal Jwayyed of Arab Student Union. Pauplyte won the MV Leadership Award. Diane Kazibut won the Award of Excellence and Bianco won the Special Recognition Award. “Personally I think this event is an amazing way to give back to all the students that worked hard to achieve their goals,” said Emmanuel Santoyo. “This event portrays that students matter and we thank them by celebrating all their accomplishments.” After the awards were presented to student leaders, student clubs and organizations, and student advisors, members of Student Life took to the dance floor. Kicking off the dance party was Robinson, who ripped through the dance floor like a Cyclone. “I love the dancing part of the banquet and dancing is a celebration,” said Robinson. “We are all dressed up and looking good and when we get on that dance floor your free to bust a move, let loose, and relieve stress before finals.” During the dance party student advisors met with one another to informally discuss next year’s plan to bring excitement to the Student Life department. “For our administrators it was like a reunion since we hardly get to see each other during the year,” said Robinson. “Events like the award banquet and Fall Fest give us an opportunity to collaborate and come up with ideas for next year.” Dana Abu Romman can be contacted



Glacier alumnus takes skills to H&R Block By Anne Parker Managing Editor Thomas Tighe has implemented much of his work on The Glacier to his current job at H&R Block, including teamwork and controlling a workload. “I learned a great deal of layout, which I do some of for H&R Block, and of course for teaching I need to know a lot about laying out documents. I think it will also help me in my teaching career to understand the world of journalists.” At H&R Block, Tighe is in charge of preparing people’s income tax returns and educating them about their tax situations. “I enjoy helping people get the most savings that they can and helping them plan to continue to improve their tax situations. I also enjoy meeting so many new people,” Tighe explained. Tighe attended Moraine Valley from Fall 2002 to May 2004 and took a German class in 2006. Afterwards he studied at Illinois State University, the University of Madrid, and currently Trinity Christian College. From all of these colleges he has received an A.S. in Business and Spanish from Moraine

Valley, a B.S. in Finance and minor in Spanish from Illinois State University, and K-12 Spanish Teaching Certification from Trinity Christian College, which he will be completing this month. Tighe learned of The Glacier by one of the most prominent school associations, Student Life, and found himself as Features Editor later on. He also credits himself with ‘implementing the network’ to make it easier to share documents. “We used to, I kid you not, put a file on an external zip disc reader, with various zip discs all over the office that would get misplaced sometimes. Then we would unplug the USB and the power cord under the desk and plug the whole thing into another computer and another power outlet just to transfer a single file to a neighboring computer. I put AOL Instant Messenger on every computer and made buddy lists. Then we were able to drop files into it to immediately have them on any computer, Well, that and talk about each other. So on resumes I used to include that I implemented the network.” On top of making The Glacier office work more efficiently, Tighe also

covered memorable stories, including one at the 2005 car show at the McCormick place. He also received a greater appreciation for the journalism industry. Tighe explained, “The greatest individual lesson I learned was about being spread too thin. It wasn’t just from working at The Glacier, but I really learned what it was to have too much on my plate. It helped me understand more about time management.” Finally, Tighe leaves some words of wisdom for the current Glacier staff members. “Think about your position at The Glacier, or The Glacier alumnus, Thomas Tighe, uses his layout skills any position in life really, at H&R Block as he prepares his clients’ tax returns and as something that will go provide each client the greatest savings. [Provided] on a resume someday. Do something above and beyond while your regular tasks sound great.” you’re there that will stand out in an interview. It’s way easier to do some- Anne Parker can be contacted at parthing outstanding than to try to make


Celebrating Asian Heritage Week By Joshua Johnson Staff Writer

It was a festive atmosphere and over 40 people came out to Throughout May, the Asian participate in this culDiversity Club is celebrating tural event and learn Asian Heritage Month by bringabout Asian heritage ing Asian traditions, culture and and traditional games. heritage to the students at Mo“Participants were raine. Students learned about able to learn about difAsian food, music and culture ferent customs from throughout the month. China, India, Pakistan, “Students, staff and facKorea, Vietnam, Hong ulty were able to learn about Kong and Japan,” Fathe diversity of Asian cultures rooqui said. through various activities inThis event took a lot cluding Chinese games, callig- Members of Asian Diversity Club celebrated Asian Heritage Week in of planning and was a raphy, henna art, origami and the U Building. [Mike Frederiksen] collaboration of variother activities,” said Tamima thing new.” ous Moraine clubs and Farooqui, Asian Diversity Advisor. “We KSA taught students how to play tra- organizations. were excited to have our own faculty ditional Korean games and gave them a “Our club’s students did a wonderful member perform the sitar, an Indian taste of cultural dishes. Students par- job representing their culture and we instrument, and give a demonstra- took in fun brainteasers regarding Ko- encouraged students to join Asian Dition.” rean history and culture. versity,” she said. “It is truly a diverse Asian Diversity Club held the 3rd “The event was a great success and club with the mission to celebrate Asian Annual Asian Heritage Celebration in I’m very proud of our students and culture and help the community... it collaboration with Korean Student As- their efforts in putting together this was a perfect time to end the semester sociation (KSA). Asian Heritage Month fantastic cultural event,” said Farooqui. with a celebration and I want to thank is designed to help promote Asian cul- “We hope to continue to grow and ex- Asian Diversity Club, Korean Club and ture and heritage through cultural pand this event in the future.” the Celebrating Diversity Task Group games, food and fun. The College’s Celebrating Diversity for helping make this event possible.” “It was a fun and interesting expe- Task sponsored the 3rd Annual Asian For those interested in joining Asian rience,” said Torie Krueger, KSA repre- Heritage Celebration. Diversity Club contact Farooqui sentative. “It was fun teaching people “It was nice to learn about a few new at about new cultures and the most inter- cultures and see how they lived [in Koesting part was seeing the of surprise rea] and what was popular,” said Jes- Joshua Johnson can be contacted at Johntheir faces when they learned some- sica Thelen, KSA representative.

5 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.



Beautiful day calls for an ice cream social By Kevin M. Coyne Features Editor As the spring semester winds down and the weather begins to change from sleet, snow and hail to perfect bags, volleyball and ice cream weather, the men’s tennis team gave students just what they needed. “I think this event really helped students relax and take a break from studying for final exams,” said Patrick Gallagher, a member of Student Life. “This is one of the great events Student Life puts on for students to just enjoy a nice day and hang out with one another.” Members of Student Life hosted an ice cream social to support the men’s tennis team on a beautiful day outside the Student Union. Approximately 300 students congregated outside the U Building, waiting in line for free ice cream, playing bags and volleyball, and enjoying some summertime hits. “This was a great event, it’s a beautiful day, people are playing bags and volleyball and seem to be having a great time,” said Gallagher. “At one point we had over 300 people lined up for free ice cream.” Student Life went through nearly 5

ing a successful season this year. The Cyclones finished third in the conference and the region, earning two singles players a berth to the NJCAA National Tournament. “To finish in third in regionals is respectable. It played out how I thought. We lost to two very good teams. But we had a successful season with a good record,” said Bill Finn, head coach. “These were the nicest bunch of kids we’ve had on the team. It was great coaching this group. I’m happy with the season.”

Over 300 students enjoyed free ice cream, playing bags and volleyball, and socializing with their classmates before finals. The ice cream social was to honor the men’s tennis team for a great season and individual players’ National berth. [Mike Frederiksen] to 7 of the five gallon tubs of ice cream as students constantly flooded the line outside the Student Union tent. During the event, plenty of students were enjoying the nearly 80 degree weather by conversing with one another and enjoying their free cup of ice cream. “This event was a ton of fun and the

students appeared to really enjoy the ice cream,” said Stephanie Quilty, a member of Student Life. “We went through about five to seven huge tubs of ice cream and apparently the most popular ice cream is strawberry.” Members of the men’s tennis team attended the ice cream social after hav-

At the end of the season, the Cyclones finished 7-2 in the regular season and 4-2 in conference play. Although two individuals earned a spot at Nationals they will not compete since the team failed to earn a spot at Nationals. The individuals who qualified for Nationals were Kevin Davenport and Tim Stewart. Despite the fact that the first and second place finishers typically take the court at Nationals, Moraine Valley’s Athletics Department decided against the two individuals taking the court at the 2013 NJCAA National Championship. Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at social@



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Chorale singers’ show stopping event By Dimka Atanassova Staff Writer The fifteenth performance of the Broadway/Pop/Motion Picture Spectacular Concert was nothing short of spectacular. The event featured the 60-member Chorale and 12-member Chamber Singers accompanied by resident instrumental ensemble and pianists, Beverly Holt and Angela Yang. Under the exclusive, entertaining baton and wit of Maestro Nicholas Thomas, Music Director, Department Chair, Fine Arts and Humanities, the two-and-a-half hour repertoire showcased 22 exuberant, inspirational and nostalgic pop-charts from the 1930’s to 2011, alternating shock waves of bebop, pop rock, “Big Band”, swing, staccatos, tongue twisters, and disco and got the packed theater on high voltage and on their feet. The 1939 spirited, non-stop jazzy swing, “The Joint is Jumpin” (1978 “Ain’t Misbehavin”) was an energetic invitation for downright entertainment to the final encore of ABBA’s resonating disco vibes. Again, the popular refrain was changed to reflect the special bene-

Maestro Nicholas Thomas directed the Chorale and Chamber Singers through an evening of songs ranging from pop tunes to gospel chart toppers. [Michael Frederiksen] factors: the Menkers. Since Moraine Valley Chorale and Chamber Singer’s 2012 debut of Katy Perry’s “Firework”, this year’s variation was even more spectacular. Undoubtedly, Thomas trusted his experienced singers to conduct themselves in the disco

rock & techno pop rhythm of 124 beats per minute, and he aimed at the unsuspecting patrons a series of “fireworks” with colorful paper streamers. During the final “Boom” chords, hidden fireworks shot across the stage and “made ‘em go ahh” and “left them all in awe.”

Lady Gaga’s synth-pop, disco dance, and techno R&R style challenged the performers and electrified the audience of all ages. Thomas did not skimp on his contagious exuberance and welcomed the crowd’s roaring on takes such as the slinky tango “Whatever Lola Wants”, the sleazy “Hernando’s Hideaway”(the 1954 “Pajama Game”), and the mysterious “The Pink Panther” making the show even zippier and passionately engaging. The audience’s instantaneous applause and standing ovation accompanied the debut of “Les Misérables”. The 16-minute long captivating medley encapsulated the various moods experienced during the French Revolution. In the “Dream a Little Dream of Me” (“The Mamas and the Papas”), the Chorale’s minority altos showcased their wide vocal range. The inspirational “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, another number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (1970), was presented with the soulful choral arrangement of Mark Hayes. The contemporary church hymnal, “You Raise me Up” which raised Josh Groban from a minor UK hit runner to a 2004 Billboard CHORALE | page 10



Bratt does it again Fans of HIM pleased By Brandy Martin Staff Writer There’s no better way to bring spring in than with all American classical music. With nearly a full house, over 100 people from the community and Moraine students and family attended the “American Classics and Douglass Bratt led the band in playing audience favorites Audience Favorites” con- including “Flight of the Foo Birds.” [Michael Frederiksen] cert featuring the Moraine Valley Concert Band hosted by Joe ColUnlike most upbeat tunes “Black lins. The band provided the audiences Granite” was a tearjerker. It told a story with many different genres of classical we all remember, that gloomy day on music. April 20, 1999: The Columbine High They started the night off with the School shooting. MV Concert Band “Star Spangled Banner,” and went on paid respect to victims of this day. to other great songs such as “Alligator The members of the band become Alley” by Michael Daugherty. A crowd one with the song; it was as if they felt pleaser was “Typewriter” by Leroy An- every note that was being played. The derson. Bratt put together a skit star- show closed with a selected few musical ring Maura Vizza (a Moraine Valley numbers from “The Blues Brother RePublic Relations Generalist/ Percussion vue” arranged by Jay Bocook. player) and Joe Collins (a former traffic reporter on WBBM), where Vizza used Brandy Martin can be contacted at marthe typewriter as a musical instrument.

Friday night of jazz By Brandy Martin Staff Writer The Moraine Valley Academic Music Department ended the school year with their Annual Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert with special guest Jim Pugh Trombone. The Moraine Valley Jazz Combo opened the show with wonderful, The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble performed audience well chosen musical piecfavorites and some new songs. [Michael Frederiksen] es directed by Tim Burns, a man of many talents: guitar instructor, off of the audience and looked like they bassist, vocalist, and composer. Director were having a fantastic time. of music Douglass Bratt, a Chicago area “The musicians really got in tune with percussionist and educator here at Mo- the music, I caught myself bobbing my raine Valley, led an excellent show with head and clapping along with the songs, the help of the Jazz Ensemble. my favorite selections were “Flight of the One of the biggest highlights in Foo Birds” which was fast and upbeat.” the show was when Jim Pugh, a dis- said MV student Kierra Cobb. tinguished trombonist, composer and The emsemble played musical seleceducator, joined the Jazz Combo in a tions such as “That’s How We Roll” by the musical number. Pugh is the only ten- famous Gordon Goodwin, and “Diva” by or trombone recipient of the National Enrico Rava. Academy of Recording arts and Science So for those that missed out on it this Virtuoso Award. year, save the date of the Moraine ValIt was a terrific turn out, as always ley Jazz Ensemble Hot Summer Jazz, on the community and students from Mo- July 26. raine Valley came out to support the Ensemble “this trombone fireworks” as Brandy Martin can be contacted at marDouglass Bratt said. The musicians fed

with ‘Tears on Tape’ By Stephanie Oster Staff Writer HIM goes back to dark, old roots with “Tears on Tape”, their eighth studio album. After the horrid “Dark Light”, (sorry, I’m not sorry), HIM started a slow recovery with “Venus Doom”, and then “Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice”. “Venus Doom” still had large remnants of “Dark Light”. “Screamworks” was a poppy album with an edge; it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t HIM. I think it’s safe to say that HIM is back to their roots. “Tears on Tape” has that gloomy and heavy feel. The album begins with a musical interlude, something that HIM has never done on an album, which fades right into the first US single “All Lips Go Blue”. The song has the same techniques used in their older album: heavy guitars, sad vocals, and melodic keyboards, somehow upbeat. The rest of the album follows that recipe, with a few exceptions. All the

songs on this album feature a musical intro. “Hearts at War” features a really heavy guitar riff that is almost Black Sabbath-like. “Kiss the Void” is the last track on “Tears on Tape”, and it’s a very ambient sounding song. It’s almost a completely musical interlude that gives the whole album the feeling as if it’s all part of a dream. The song cuts off with the sound of a cassette tape player being opened. My only complaint is that all the songs on the album are a tad repetitive. Other than that, HIM is back to their original roots. “Tears on Tape” shows the evolution of HIM over the years. One can hear their original roots from the “Razorblade Romance” days and also you can hear hints of “Dark Light” and “Screamworks”. The album shows how far they have come as a band. Stephanie Oster can be contacted at



‘Pain’ turned comedy ‘Brotherhood’ story By Sean McDermott Sports Editor “Pain and Gain” is a clever actioncomedy film directed by Michael Bay (“Transformers”) that hits home for anyone who is a “muscle head” or wanting something more in life. This outrageously entertaining and hilarious movie is filled with non-stop fun and brings comedy to a true story (that is an actual tragedy). The actual victim is infuriated that Bay made this film in the first place, especially in a comical tone rather than the seriousness of torture, theft and drama he endured. The film centers on Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg), a bodybuilder at Sun Gym, who wants more money and success and believes he should obtain the rich life due to the fact that he is fit. One day, Lugo is hired to train Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), an ignorant self-made businessman who believes he is better than everyone. Kershaw lives the life that Lugo wants. After going to a motivational speaker by the name of Johnny Wu (Ken Jeong), Lugo decides to become a

“doer” (rather than a “don’ter”) causing Lugo to make a plan to steal Kershaw’s riches by kidnapping and torturing him to give up everything he has. Knowing he can’t do it alone, Lugo recruits his friend and fellow trainer named Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie), who uses steroids to enhance his body structure (but makes him impotent) and Paul Doyle (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), recently released cocaine addicted convict, who has found Jesus and embraced religion. The film then begins to escalate in failed attempts at kidnapping Kershaw and ridiculously funny torture scenes. The fact that this film is a true story is also pushed throughout the film, even to the point of tossing a “Still a true story” caption at a particularly outrageous moment of the film. The R-rating is well deserved, as there are torture scenes, blood, racism, explicit language, alcohol and drug usage, nudity and homophobia. This film is full of great performances and is very compelling. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

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What happens next is unbelievable as well. In chapter three, Williams tells his staff “We are having the empty case examined by our forensic lab to see whether any modifications were made to the bomb.” How is it possible to examine modifications made to a bomb that isn’t in the team’s possession…plot flaw? Throughout the novel the terrorist group, the “Brotherhood of the Red Nile” has group therapy sessions where they discuss how Osama bin Laden failed to bring mass chaos and destruction to the U.S. on Sept. 11. The group consists of only five men: the Assyrian leader and his four lieutenants from “The Brotherhood of the Red Nile: ATerrorist Per- Syria, Russia, Israel and Iran. spective” tells about a group of terrorists who plan Another plot flaw is reto continue the wrath of 9-11 in America. [Abbott] vealed when the group of foreigners somehow converse By Kevin M. Coyne in perfect English with sophisticated Features Editor sentence structure you would expect from an investment banker playing Dan Perkins, an investment advi- golf with his buddies. sor from New Jersey, tells of a factiAnother issue with the Brothertious group of terrorists who plan on hood—besides the fact that only five destroying the U.S. with “dirty bombs” men and an undisclosed amount of that disappeared after the Soviet underlings are planning to destroy Union dismantled. America with suitcase bombs that Perkins’s story is filled with plot are over 30 years old—is the group’s inconsistencies, character flaws and a grammar school way of holding a lack of research. meeting, “among his audience, hands At the opening of the novel the au- went into the air, and a heated disthor discloses that the book is com- cussion began.” The vicious terrorists plete fiction—copping out from the take turns raising their hand before very beginning. they speak. Perkins then goes on to describe Besides the various grammatiwhat he calls a “development” in cal, syntactical, and punctuation erSpringfield, Texas, which becomes the rors, the plot unravels between what scene for a major terrorist slaying. could happen and how the BrotherTwo supposed terrorists are found hood—which appears to be ripped off dead in a Springfield home and an from Ralph Ellison’s novel “Invisible empty suitcase, which previously con- Man”—plans on destroying the Unittained a Russian dirty bomb, was re- ed States. covered in the backyard of the home. The novel appears to be interesting Later in the book, the protagonist, from the cover but in all reality, teran undersecretary for Homeland Secu- rorists don’t raise their hands before rity, ends up meeting with the “Presi- speaking, empty suitcases don’t condent” (which shouldn’t be capitalized tain bombs, and the president (“Presibut often the author considers presi- dent”) doesn’t line the halls of the dent a proper noun and at other times White House with Marines. it’s an improper noun) to discuss the The plot in general is almost a sacrime scene found in Texas. tirical ploy on Sept. 11, which in the As the protagonist, Frank Williams, novel “people forgot all about 9/11.” walks through the West Wing he passThis book may be a good read for an es fully armed Marines who “lined the investment advisor from New Jersey hallway holding rifles at the ready.” but not for the rest of the intelligent First, the president—notice the community. lowercase ‘p’—does not use Marines as his personal bodyguards, instead Kevin M. Coyne can be contacted at sothe Secret Service fills that role.



Student art judged and displayed By Fallon Sweeney Entertainment Editor Art that comes from the mind and heart of a student is worthy of the consideration and appreciation of his or her campus. Every year the Fine and Performing Arts Center hosts the Juried Student Art

Alison Kash’s “Stupid Can” (acrylic on canvas) won Honorable Mention, as did Matthew Glzyn’s “Natural Spirit” (digital painting). The MVCC Purchase Award was given to “Windmills of Illusion” which Laima Sineokijiene made using Adobe Illustrator, a recognizable feat on it’s own. The piece is truly captivating and it is no sur-

Elizabeth Mixa’s Best in Show piece “Untitled” stands sentinel in the middle of the Decaprio gallery amongst the rest of the student artwork. [Michael Frederiksen] Show in the Decaprio Gallery. Student work is chosen for display from artwork created in the last few years inside and outside of the classroom. Faculty member Jamie Callahan, coordinator of this event, seemed especially pleased with the attendance outcome.

prise that it was chosen. The Agree to Degree Purchase Award went to Elizabeth Mixa’s plaster and chicken wire piece “Untitled” which Mixa explained actually did have a title which her mother helped her choose: “Embrace.” The Agree to Degree Award

is presented to a student who will be graduating during the current semester. The student who wins keeps the money that the school pays for the piece. The Moraine Valley Art Club will also choose pieces to purchase. Elizabeth Mixa also took home the Best in Show Award with her piece also titled “Untitled.” The piece is composed of newspaper along with other mixed media like wiring. It stands in the center of the exhibit and is the piece most gallery visitors notice first. Mixa said that it was “one of the most challenging pieces.” A ceramic piece “Crush(ed)” by Jason Blohm won third place while Jeff Perino won second with his silver gelatin prints “The Communal Garbage”. Third place winner Jason Blohm told the Glacier, “I owe thanks to my teachers. Without their help and motivation I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this.” Deanna Sroka took home first place with her ceramic sculpture ”Aggressive Beauty.” First place prizewinner Deanna Sroka explained, “The whole experience was amazing, from creating my sculpture, submitting it to be judged, and eventually winning first prize. I’m glad that I took the opportunity and even happier with the results. ”

CHORALE | from page 7 artist was impressive. Both renditions brought the patrons to a standing ovation. The Chorale’s overall participation displayed their polished voices in varied styles and tempos. Moraine’s Chambers Singers performed excerpts from “Rent”, “Fame”, “Shrek”, “Grease”, and Lady Antebellum. Similar to Perry’s “Firework”, the “I am a Believer” hit the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Students made memorably spotless performances with “My Heart Will Go On” (Titanic) and “Orinoco Flow”, underscoring all pentup feelings in the lyrics in a perfectly calibrated harmony. The popularity of MV’s choirs is growing. They performed a second Broadway concert on Sunday, May 5, at Joliet Township High School (JTHS). The JTHS Alumni Association Board Members and Rialto Square Theatre sponsored the event. It featured the 2012 Rialto Idol finalists: Larry Crawford and the 11-year old rising star Agnes Giedraiyte, a native of Lithuania. Crawford sang “Easy” by Lionel Riche and “Lady” by Kenny Rodgers; Agnes stunned the audience with her “Time to Say Good Bye” and “Panis Angelicus” renditions. The next date with MV’s choirs is their annual Summer Patriotic concert, Saturday, July 27, 2013, Dorothy Menker Theater.

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The Job Resource Summer Internship By Ruba Ibrahim Editorial Assistant Summer is here, and it is important to use the time wisely for one foot in the door job opportunity. One way to start is at the Job Resource Center. “Summer time is to be used wisely,” said Tamima Farooqui. “There are many benefits to an internship.” One benefit is recognition, another is experience. Students will have an opportunity to explore careers and make valuable contacts, gain industry specific experience, and employers look for in an employee based on past job expierence. Students will be able to learn about themselves and the types of jobs that are available in their industry. Another of the many benefits is students will also earn college credit (where applicable) while interning. Most importantly, seeking an internship enhances one’s resume with careerrelated experience. “The Job Resource Center Internship Program at Moraine Valley provides current Moraine Valley students an opportunity to pursue a supervised shortterm, real world, hands-on work experience during the summer, fall and spring

semester,” said Farooqui. The Job Resource Center promotes internships for both to students and employers to benefit. Employers look for students who are dedicated, hardworking, and have a mind of creativity. Employers try to obtain quality candidates for short-term projects. Employers seek students that can bring enthusiasm and current industry knowledge to their organization. Another important aspect to employers is for an intern to have flexibility in their schedule. Interns will also have access to additional staff members during peak business hours. A few requirements for students to obtain an internship for the summer are maintaining a 2.0 GPA, commitmenting working 20 hours per week, but not to be exceeded 20 hours, provide both a resume and cover letter, have at least a semester completed at Moraine Valley Community College, register on College Central Network, and be legally eligible to work in the United States, international students may need to contact the International Office for additional details regarding student intern opportu-

Employers try to obtain quaility canidates for short-term projects. [onurhazar]

nities. “Often times internships lead to a job and if you cannot commit to an internship then volunteering is a great opportunity to consider for ones resume,” said Farooqui. The Job Resource Center will be available during the summer semester, office hours are Monday through Thursday

from 8:30am-4:30pm and Fridays from 8:30am- 11:45am. For additional information contact the Job Resource Center manager Marie Harrell. Ruba Ibrahim can be contacted at


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