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Student achieves prestige By Ashley Meitz News Editor Each year, 85 students throughout the country are selected to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship of up to $30,000. This school year, one of Moraine Valley’s own has been awarded the prestige. Nada Omer’s scholarship will help cover a significant share of tuition, expenses, books and fees during the final two to three years spent obtaining her bachelor’s degree. According to a news release, Moraine Valley’s Student Development Department surprised Omer with flowers and the announcement of her achievement during one of her evening classes. “I was absolutely floored when I found out,” she said. “I had been checking my mail every day waiting to hear something about winning. I was so nervous. I know the scholarship is one of the most selective in the country, and I honestly didn’t think I was

Nader Omer, of Chicago Ridge, is congratulated by the Moraine Valley Community College Board of Trustees (from left): Eamon Almiladi, Tom Cunningham, Susan Murphy, Eileen O’Sullivan, Sandra Wagner, Joe Murphy and John Coleman. Omer was one of 85 community college students to receive the Jack Cooke Kent Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. [Courtesy of Moraine Valley Marketing] going to win, but it has given me an immense sense of relief that I don’t have to burden my family with debt to achieve my

dreams.” In 2011, Omer earned her GED through Moraine Valley with a test score that was

so high that she was offered a scholarship to enroll in classes. In May, she plans to graduate with an Associate of Science

Degree from the college and go onto a university in the fall to finish a bachelor’s degree in TRANSFER | page 3

Laps for cancer Acquiring a new skillset By Ashley Meitz News Editor Moraine Valley hosted its Relay For Life overnight fundraising event , bringing families, students and community members together in order to raise cancer awareness and funds while supporting current cancer fighters. The team-based fundraiser celebrated survivors and remembered those who have passed from the disease. Relay For Life strives to fight against cancer through raising funds given directly to the American Cancer Society (ACS), which works to raise awareness of different types of cancer throughout the general public. Every

year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries lend their time and efforts to ACS. As a result, the nationwide society is able to prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. The concept of walking laps to raise funds began in May 1985, when a surgeon by the name of Dr. Gordy Klatt sought to enhance local income toward fighting cancer through doing what he loved: running marathons. He spent 24 hours circling a track, running over 83 miles and raising $27,000. 29 years later, the United States boasts over 5,200 Relay For RELAY | page 6

By Ashley Meitz News Editor The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is an opportunity for 30 days dedicated toward raising awareness about sexual violence and educating communities on different ways to prevent it. Whether hosting unique fundraising events or events intended to raise awareness, institutions around the globe take part in this national campaign. Moraine Valley is one of thousands of college campuses to join the 2014 Sexual Awareness Month campaign. Counseling and Career Devel-

opment set forth a series of events throughout the month of April in an attempt to promote awareness throughout the campus. “We want to bring the national day to our own local level on campus to support prevention, awareness, and resources and do our share,” said Paula Adduci, Moraine Valley counselor. April 29 marked the final part of Moraine Valley’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month series with a Self-Defense event led by Innovative Survival Arts members Tony Leon, Nick Moran and cotrainer, Armando. The demonstration was meant to prepare students,

faculty and staff for challenges that might be presented during life-threatening situations. While classes through Innovative Survival Arts do include hand-to-hand tactics and actual techniques to use if approached or attacked, there is also an emphasis on the mental approach toward self-defense. The team enforced the audience with the concept of “360 Awareness,” meaning to always be aware of who is around you, what is around you and where you are. Whether at the mall, getting out of your car or taking a walk, people must constantly DEFENSE | page 7

IN THIS ISSUE Entertainment Dan Scott leads student actors through the award winning drama “Crimes of the Heart” Entertainment PAGE 7

Sports Women’s tennis team returns home from Texas. Page 12

Features Students indulge in sweets and entertainment at Ice Cream Social. Social Page 1



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Funding an education By Ashley Meitz News Editor Moraine Valley is proud to introduce the Arab Student Union Scholarship, a monetary prize awarded to a deserving student who has exemplified academic success. The Arab Student Union (ASU) is an organization dedicated to representing all Arab students at the college. Moraine Valley strives to assist the union’s hopes of educating students, faculty, staff and the community about diversity of the Arab world, in attempt to promote a better cultural understanding. Over the course of the school year, the Arab Student Union raised funds dedicated to recognizing achievements of students. Over $3,000 was raised during April’s celebratory event. The scholarship was established in order to provide more scholarships for students of Arab heritage who have demonstrated constant excellent academics and commitment to education during their time at Moraine Valley. “Who doesn’t need help these days in funding their education? This is a really nice opportunity to be able to help men and women throughout the community and to encourage them to continue to do well in their education journey and goals for the future,” explained Souzan Naser, counselor and Moraine Valley alum. At the event, Naser told of her personal experiences as an Arab-American woman and her time as a student at Moraine Valley. She claims that Moraine Valley does an exceptional job in promoting a

bridge between cultures and supporting the Arab Student Union in its efforts toward establishing scholarship funds. Aside from celebrating the Union’s own financial and progressive successes was the recognition of Omar Najib, a Foundation Board member who has provided $1,500 each year toward the Arab-American Women’s Scholarship for the past five years. Different from this already existing scholarship, the Arab Student Union Scholarship is open to both sexes given students are in exceptional academic standing and are of Arab heritage. After Najib received an award in appreciation of his generosity and commitment to Moraine Valley students, he spoke about the imperativeness of education, naming it the pathway to success and explaining importance of dedication and persistence throughout schooling. Administrators, students, Foundation Board members and Arab-American Moraine Valley alumni were invited to learn about the new scholarship fund and share personal experiences as former students. Among the event’s speakers and hosts were: Eamon Almiladi, Arab Student Union Vice President and Student Trustee, Jamal Zayyad, ICC President and Arab Student Union President, Nina Shoman-Dajani, Arab Student Advisor, Souzan Naser, Counselor and Moraine Valley alum, and Kari Pantol, Assistant Director of the Foundation Office. “The Arab Student Union has been interested in starting a scholarship fund for students for several years now, but the dedicated students on

the ASU board this last year have made it a reality,” explained ShomanDajani. The Arab Student Union intends to continue its efforts in raising money through educational programs and events in order to recognize deserving students while educating the community about diversity of the Arab

world. Similar to last year’s students, members of the 2014 Arab Student union aspire to maintain this newly introuduced scholarship by means of fundraising and informing. Ashley Meitz can be contacted at news@



TRANSFER | from front page Mechanical Engineering. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship is designed to encourage and support students demonstrating academic excellence who have financial need. The foundation was established in 2000 through the will of Mr. Cooke, who maintained a strong will to succeed through financial obstacles of his own. Omer’s application process included two phases calling for: letters of recommendation from instructors, five essays, financial information, college transcripts, GED test scores, an autobiography and a description of extracurricular activities. High academic ability and achievements, persistence, leadership and financial need are deciding factors in terms of selecting which students are awarded. The average applicant’s GPA is 3.98 and scholars come from families with an adjusted gross income of approximately $25,000. This year, 85 finalists were selected from 3,705 applications from 737 community colleges throughout the country. Ashley Meitz can be contacted at news@


Hello MVCC students! Our semester is finally coming to a close and we have one last obstacle to conquer: finals. Yes, unfortunately, it is that time of year again. It is crunch time and as such, lets forgo our age old habit of procrastination and really set the enormity of our focus and attention

towards these last few, conquerable tests so that we can really begin to enjoy the fruits of summer. I am a culprit of such procrastination, however, I’m putting that aside as these finals approach us because I recognize that it is important to finish the semester as strong as possible. I hope that you all are able to recognize that as well during this stressful time and I’d like to wish you the best of luck with all your finals. This semester has been a great one

and our many clubs and organizations have held some amazing events here on campus. Recently, all the clubs and organizations on campus attended the Student Life Banquet where individuals were recognized for their enormous contributions, and further, clubs were also recognized for their contributions to diversity, campus unity, and extraordinary campus involvement. It was great to see all of the clubs come together to celebrate the year-end of Student Life and I’d like to congratulate every club and individual who received an award. As Student Government looks toward to the upcoming semester, we have a number of ideas regarding some great things that we can do for students. We look forward to working with the faculty and students on achieving these things, but we also encourage students to come forward with their ideas of how we might be able to make MVCC a better place for everyone. If you are interested in coming forward with an idea, comment or suggestion, you can reach me by email at almiladie2@student.morainevalley. edu, by telephone at (708) 608-4165, or by stopping in the SGA Office in the U building, U204. Once again, good luck with all of your finals and have a great summer!


HFRC now open Doors are now open to students and community members. Special promotions and membership packages are available. Contact HFRC at (708) 608-4000 or visit the center during business hours: MondayThursday 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Observatory Open Viewing Nights The college hosts monthly viewing nights for the public during spring, summer and fall. The nights are hosted by Tom McCague, retired associate professor and department chair of Biology at Moraine Valley. McCague, an amateur astronomer for more than 40 years, built the telescope which is housed in a dome on the Nature Study Area’s G. Jack Bradley Observation Deck at the far western end of campus. The next viewing will be June 6, 8:45 p.m. For more information, contact College and Community Relations at (708) 974-5375. Switchback Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of Switchback have been playing


their brand of Americana music for over 20 years. Brian and Martin play an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass. Their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos such as the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. The concert is Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. inside the John and Angeline Oremus Theater. For more details, call (708) 974-5500 to be added to a wait list. Travis: “A Soldier’s Story” Join us for a film screening event featuring “Travis: A Soldier’s Story.” Powerful interviews and emotional reenactments from Travis Mills, his wife, Kelsey and his fellow soldiers are sure to inspire audiences. All proceeds will go to the Travis Mills Foundation. The event is Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Marcus Orland Park Cinema. To reserve tickets, visit the Tugg Event Page at and search Travis: A Soldier’s Story. Final exam review One-hour group sessions will be held to prepare for finals inside Room L200. Sign-up begins April 21 in L200 or via tutoringcenter@morainevalley. edu.

Please include your name and course number upon registration. Graduation The graduation ceremony will be held Friday, May 16, 2014 at 6 p.m. inside the Cyclone Center located in the new Health, Fitness & Recreation Center (Building H). Congratulations on your graduation from Moraine Valley Community College! The entire college community applauds the hard work and dedication put in toward earning a degree or certificate. Alumni Hall of Fame Nominate an exceptional alum that has achieved success in their chosen field and/or has made a positive impact on the community through volunteerism and leadership. The deadline for nomination is Sunday, June 1, 2014. For more information, visit alumni. Glacier writers Looking for an opportunity to advance writing skills, get involved with school events and join a journalism team? The Glacier aims to meet each of those desires in an educational and ex-

citing juncture during your college career. There will be one issue this summer, which is a great way to get hands on experience in writing for the paper. We will be having our first meeting on June 2, at 2 p.m. in U207 and all prospects are welcome. For more information, email Farm Fresh Organic fruits and vegetables will be for sale on campus from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month until October. On the first Wednesday, the farm stand will be inside Building U and on the third Wednesday, it will be outside the HFRC. Women soccer players needed Considering playing soccer for the Cyclones women’s team? Hoping to become more involved in extracurricular activities during your time in college? The 2014 women’s soccer squad is looking for players. Athletes must be full-time students at Moraine Valley in the fall. For more information, contact head coach Jim Knawa by calling (708) 9745237 or email Practice will begin in August.



Misunderstood Mentality By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that affects less than one percent of the worldwide population according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Despite extensive research, a strong social stigma has led to widespread misunderstanding of the severe illness known as schizophrenia. On April 28, the Behavior Sciences

Department and volunteers from the Moraine Valley Psychology Club facilitated a panel discussion to describe what schizophrenia actually is and offer insight to lives of those living with the illness. Dr. Morris Blount, psychiatrist for Metropolitan Family Services (MFS), a local non-profit health organization. He discussed in detail the diagnostic process outlined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), and explained that

schizophrenia tends to manifest post adolescence. Patients who suffer from schizophrenia often experience visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations. Many are withdrawn and have difficulty communicating in normal social situations. Bizarre behavior is another trait, as vivid psychotic episodes can cause patients to form paranoid delusions that tend to set them apart

Garcia. Though a physiological aspect certainly exists, psychological research of schizophrenia in identical twins has shown a concordance rate of only 48 percent, which suggests an undeniable, strong sociological influence as well. “If schizophrenia were primarily biological, or genetic, it would be 100%, because they (identical twins) essentially share 100 percent

“From what I’ve found in my experiences of being around other people that have schizophrenia, we’re really more of a harm to ourselves than to other people” from reality. MFS social worker Katherine Porter has treated patients through an adult outpatient program for two years. Porter explained how behavioral cognitive therapy is crucial to recovery in addition to medication. Therapy sessions help patients to cope with symptoms of depression and anxiety, which often go handin-hand with schizophrenia. While anti-psychotic drugs help combat hallucinatory symptoms, a mere 25% of patients claim to be free of psychotic episodes within five years of initial treatment. It is estimated that only 50% of people living with schizophrenia actually seek treatment for their disorder. Medication paired with regular therapy has a much higher success rate in patients, and regular observation diminishes the chance of psychotic relapse and hospitalization. With furthered research and experience, it is becoming more clear that medicine alone is not a sufficient treatment plan for those suffering with schizophrenia. Jason Garcia, Moraine Valley Professor of Psychology, explained the correlation between schizophrenia and irregular dopamine levels, enlarged brain ventricles, and neurological abnormalities in specific centers of the brain. “Schizophrenia seems to follow a specific biopsychosocial paradigm, with a heavy focus on biological,” said

of their genes,” said Garcia. Marianne Bithos, President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Chicago’s South Suburbs, facilitates volunteer programs to assist locals suffering from mental illness. Bithos explained how community involvement encourages patients to pursue and maintain recovery. While the panel members displayed extensive knowledge on schizophrenia, none were as knowledgabe of this disorder as Lisa Guardiola. Guardiola was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 30. She gave an inspiring and informative speech on the challenges she has overcome through therapy and explained that people living with this disorder should be treated with empathy and understanding, rather than fear and apprehension. “From what I’ve found in my experiences of being around other people that have schizophrenia, we’re really more of a harm to ourselves than to other people,” said Guardiola. Guardiola is the Vice President of the South Suburban chapter of the NAMI, and is currently pursuing her goal of becoming an art therapist. She stands as living proof that, despite unimaginable hardships, people suffering from schizophrenia can lead fulfilling, productive lives. William Lukitsch can be contacted at

6 RELAY | from front page Life Teams that collectively, have raised nearly $5 billion in fundraising to save lives from cancer. Working at a local community level


where individuals are more accessible helps influence the global movement. Moraine Valley’s individualized Relay For Life event is made up of themed laps to keep walkers encouraged and

enthused. Among participant favorites were: Cubs and Sox, Purple (in honor of survivors), Trick-or-Treat and a ‘Glow Lap.’ The Fight Back Ceremony featured a special Zumba section, which

encouraged positive energy among the crowd. Survivor Ted Powers and Caregiver Anna Ricchiuto offered personal accounts, instilling a sense of authenticity to the event. The annual ‘Survivor Lap’ allowed survivors the chance to do a lap around the gym in celebration of their defeat. “I’m incredibly grateful for all of the participants, whether they were team members, caregivers, survivors, volunteers or community members. I feel like by spending even a few minutes of their time, they’re helping us to find a cure for cancer so that it won’t be an incurable death sentence,” said Ann Prendergast, co-chair of Relay For Life Planning Committee. For more information, contact Michelle Pruitt of the American Cancer Society at rflmvcc@

Ashley Meitz can be conMoraine Valley took part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life fundraising efforts with an overnight event. Survivor Ted Power walks tacted at news@mvccglaa lap alongside others in remembrance, support and hope towards fighting cancer. [Erica Sinnott]



DEFENSE | from front page possess this alert mindset of protection. Techniques taught were simple and flexible enough for people of all physical abilities to learn skills they could use right away. Protection strategies and demonstrations of what to do in the face of an attacker allowed attendees effective and perhaps life-saving abilities. “I think the students probably feel more empowered after the event, hopefully they were able to walk away with practical tips of how to be aware of their surroundings and what to do when they’re in harms way,” explained Souzan Naser, Moraine Valley counselor. “It was nice to see our male students, too. The demonstration was open to everyone, it was a mixed gender audience.” Moraine Valley looks forward to hosting Innovative Survival Arts in the future and entertains the idea of incorporating the group inside noncredit courses. “It was a nice way to bring closure to the series of sexual awareness month,” said Adduci. Ashley Meitz can be contacted at news@

Innovative Survival Arts Members Tony Leon, Nick Moran and Armando challenged a volunteer to put newly-aquired defense techniques to the test. On April 29, students, faculty and staff filled Room U111 for a demonstration aimed at raising awareness and heightening senses of empowerment and security. [Courtesy of Moraine Valley Marketing]

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“Foreign aid is usually classified under restricted use and often considered ‘phantom aid,’ meaning it does not help fight poverty.”

“In this global age of humanity, it is to the benefit of all countries to help bring developing countries along. ” By Connor Reynolds Layout Editor

By Jayne Joyce Views Editor

In times of economic difficulty, policy like foreign aid often ends up in the crossThe US needs to rein in on its methods for offering aid overseas. Despite hairs of fiscal crusaders, but assistance from the US is vital to the development and the good intentions of our US diplomats, the quantity of developmental aid growth of the world. requires better practices in terms of its investment opportunities. The popular faces of US foreign aid tend to be wars and militaristic actions, howAmerica’s long-term debt crisis has received widespread attention since our national debt has skyrocketed 50 percent since 2009. The US’s economy is in ever economic assistance in fiscal year 2012 outpaced military assistance $31.2 bildire straits, and serious spending cuts needs to be revised to reflect our fu- lion to $17.2 billion. The military assistance total represents a $1.1 billion reduction ture gain. How many domestic programs for our homeless, mentally ill, poverty from 2011. US foreign aid is used to provide disaster relief, poverty relief, environmental asstricken, and education have to be cut before the damage cannot be repealed? We’ve all heard stories of overseas aid travel into the pockets of the corrupt sistance, disease control, and other humanitarian causes. Low-income countries rebureaucrats and never trickles down to those who actually need the resourc- ceived 31 percent of all economic assistance. The US has been committed to helping es, as cited by James Peron’s report in The Sorry Record of Foreign Aid in Africa nations and peoples around the world in their advancement and globalization. The idea that aid doesn’t work is a prevalent argument against distributing as(2001). Peron cites several occasions where African countries are actually destroyed sistance. Smallpox was eradicated worldwide by 1980 following a World Health Organisation initiative launched in 1959. Annual worldwide by the lack of transparency when aid is presented. One deaths from malaria were reduced by over 80 percent beexample describes a $2 million AIDS campaign that detween 1930 and 2010. Medical techniques annual worldpleted 20 percent of South Africa’s entire AIDS budget, wide deaths from cholera and other diarrheal illnesses were which was wasted on inacurate information and luxurireduced by 65 percent between 1980 and 2001. ous bus for the cast and crew. Time after time various Some would argue the US shouldn’t be responsible for reports such as this mock the reputation of global amother nations, that the domestic problems the country face nesty efforts. would be better served with the money. That argument can Additionally, foreign aid is usually classified under be justified considering any aid providing policy is bound to restricted use and often considered “phantom aid,” run into inefficiencies and misuse. meaning it does not help fight poverty. In fact all techHowever, as anyone familiar with Chicago politics nical assistance is said to be squandered resulting from knows, domestic aid is not immune from the same abuse inappropriate usage on expensive consultants, their livand mismanagement. Domestic aid also runs into obstaing expenses, and training. cles when considering what states consider their jurisdicThere’s no need to cut all foreign aid, however, we tion. Many states have turned down money for Medicare have to be smarter about how we spend the money. programs. There are plenty of exemplary causes, but dishonest America is an affluent nation, owing much of that status transactions are prime examples how every line items to the aid provided in the Lend-Lease program from World in the federal budget could be trimmed. War II and Marshall Plan. Generosity and philanthropy are With a growing $17 trillion national debt and anothundeniably positive traits assigned to wealthy individuals, er showdown looming over government spending and so why not countries? In this global age of humanity, it borrowing, Washington is once again at a crossroads is to the benefit of all countries to help bring developing over what is the responsible path forward. [Graphic by Donnell Outlaw] countries along. The US should assist foreign countries by means of Ideally the money the US puts into the global economy will decrease over time venture philanthropy and social investment, which abolish the need of capias countries are able to build up and develop to the point where they won’t need tol aid over time. For instance, Global Sustainable Investment Alliance offers a comprehensive network of trustworthy investment organizations on a global aid. Strategically this provides new trade partners, diplomatic allies and markets for goods. level. Cutting or eliminating US foreign aid is a shortsighted attempt to ease the finanIn essence, Washington needs to make budget cuts based on principles and cial burden on the countries debt. Aid makes up a relatively insignificant amount identify priorities while being consistent across the line. It’s time for the president and Congress to prioritize, reform and reduce government spending. Oth- of the federal budget. It also doesn’t recognize the moral obligation to help out our fellow man. erwise, we will face serious fiscal and economic consequences. Jayne Joyce can be contacted at

“No, America is strong and other countries are not as lucky.” -Brittany Christian

“Yes, international business is prioritized over domestic affairs.” -Evan Nave

Connor Reynolds can be contacted at

“All countries should worry about local issues first.” -Mike Govak

“Money on the homefront would be more resourceful.” -Katie Haggerty



Does no more plastic mean no more waste? By Matt Galvin Editorial Assistant Passing a partial plastic bag ban, Chicago aldermen have placed limits on how customers will be taking their groceries home. The proposal was backed by Mayor Emanuel and passed with a landslide vote of 36-10. Under the new ordinance, chain stores with more than 10,000-square-feet of space would have to stop providing plastic bags to customers by Aug. 1, 2015. Smaller chain stores, defined as three or more under the same ownership— or franchise stores larger than 10,000 square feet, would have until Aug. 1, 2016 to stop using the bags. Restaurants are exempt. Smaller stores and franchises will be included in the ban a year later. Those who fail to comply face fines ranging from $300 to $500 per day.

Why ban plastic bags one must ask? One of the main concerns is the biodegradable quality of plastic bags, in that it can take up to 1,000 years to fully decompose. In addition the abundance of litter it can create not only causes an eyesore, but also is a hazard to wildlife. Birds can mistake bags for food and can suffocate fish underwater. Seeing that plastic bags are used for an average of about 20 minutes, their cost to use ratio is highly ineffective. As roughly only 7 percent of plastic bags used will be recycled, the remaining bags end up in landfills, clogging waterways, or hurting animals. In places like India they are experimenting with completely biodegradable plastics bags with companies like BioTech, whose bags completely dissolve in up to six months.

However the use of paper bags is not a much better alternative, but it is an improvement. Paper bags are more easily recycled at about 60 percent rate of returning to recycling. The paper production process however is not very efficient in that they produce more pollution and greenhouse gases. It may also use more water, fuel, and create more waste. Paper is also not as efficient a recycler as plastic, which raises questions about which bag does the more harm. Also there might be the possibility that grocery stores will place a $0.05 rate per paper bag sold, in order to incentivize the limiting use of these resources. The last more efficient way of transporting groceries will be the re-usable cloth bags that are bought by the consumer and serve the same purpose as

plastic or paper. Considering the impact an establishment has on the environment is a very important fact, and should never be abused or neglected. This is why lawmakers are taking an ambitious attempt to reduce waste, and drive the people to be more eco-friendly. However the economic condition of grocery stores may not be ready for a change like this and it is a factor to consider. With restaurants like Dominick’s closing down and the overwhelming state of the economy, this ban on bags may make grocers reluctant to open shop in Chicago. There is a lot to consider when making a drastic modification to the way people purchase commodities, and it is important to consider all of the possible effects. Matt Galvin can be contacted


America’s challenged justice system By David Alexander Staff Writer Clayton Lockett raped and shot Stephanie Neiman, a pregnant 19 years old woman, then he buried her while she was still alive! He also raped her friend in a violent home invasion. Last month he was put to death by lethal injection in a botched execution in Oklahoma. Now some are trying to beatify him and demonize capital punishment; the focus of interest is how Lockett was executed not why. As the unraveling of the American Justice system proceeds full steam ahead it is important to understand what the justice system is, and is not. What it should be is a system that guarantees justice. This allows the aggrieved and victims to feel that the wrong doer has been properly chastened. They don’t have to turn to jungle justice to avenge themselves while outlaws are duly dissuaded by the wrath of the justice system. That in no way is what the American criminal justice system is today. This system has basically become the criminal defense system. A system that seems more invested in protecting criminals from the results of their deeds than punishing them, administering a slap on the

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wrist as a punishment for egregious acts of evil being the contemporary standard. Take the case of Lockett. How exactly does the family of the 19 yearsold victim feel when they hear and read reports of how he was extinguished in a very merciful and dignified fashion? Were these virtues not extended to their daughter when he snuffed her out? How do they feel when they hear his step mother, Ladonna Hollins, bleating about filing a law suit to chal-

were all the rage when the cruel and unusual punishment idea was incorporated into the US Constitution, so that was not what it was referring to. Of course with the passage of time, this has transmogrified to mean that the worst of the very worst have to be executed in a humane fashion, using lethal injections! It is a mockery of the whole concept of justice for people to pretend that capital punishment is wrong. There is a place for it. As people become more

“ is asinine to imagine that long prison terms will serve as deterrents, especially since the standard of living in prisons is higher than what many inmates experience outside.” lenge his “agonizing death,” and stating that “If we are going to put people to death, let’s do it the right way,”as reported on NBC, because his death was “cruel and inhumane?” What is the right way to execute a monster like Lockett? To get it straight, hanging and the firing squad

evil and violent, it is asinine to imagine that long prison terms will serve as deterrents, especially since the standard of living in prisons is higher than what many inmates experience outside the prison walls. Just ask prison officials about the very high recidivism rates.

It is more annoying when people like late Clayton Lockett, and Charles Warner who raped and murdered his girlfriend’s 11 months old baby, and who should have been executed immediately after Clayton, but is still alive and being cared for by tax payers money, demand to know where the execution drugs are coming from. Ironically, those who oppose capital punishment generally are not victims of violent crimes or live in high crime areas – they generally live in a parallel universe, like Obama and company. Those who have been scarred by violent crimes and those who live in gang ridden zones like Chicago’s Englewood district understand fully why there must be capital punishment to deter the Claytons and Warners of this world. The principle that should guide any sensible society when it comes to capital punishment can be summed up in the words of America’s greatest President, Abraham Lincoln; “Those who deny [life] to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.” Ergo Lockett and his crew being dispatched. David Alexander can be contacted at alexanderd45@student.morainevalley. edu.

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SOFTBALL | from page 12 “This is one of the most fun teams I’ve had in my coaching career,” said head coach Mike Veen. “I wish this was a four-year institution. There was real talent on the team and it’s hard to see the sophomores go.” Leaving the Cyclones will be Bulthius, Janay McGovern, Raynor and Vanek. Continuing their careers next season will be shortstop/pitcher Vanek and catcher/pitcher Raynor who wlll play for North Central College and Aurora University respectively. While McGovern’s future is still up in the air, Bulthius career ended in a Cyclones uniform. “My softball career will end with this season,” explained Bulthius. “I couldn’t have asked to end it on a better season with these girls. I will miss spnding every day with my team and coaches. I will miss softball in general.” Looking to next season, the Cyclones seem to be in good shape. Trinley will return for her sophomore season along with Jazmine Ramirez, Dana Cummings and five others. Veen already has started recruiting and has some girls in mind to help develop the 2015 Cyclones into a contender next season. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

Freshman outfielder/second baseman Sofia Lamb takes a swing at a pitch. Despite batting .190 this season, Lamb figures to be one of the main players returning to head coach Mike Veen’s roster in 2015. [Erica Sinnott]



Farmer’s squad advances in playoffs By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Carrying an 11-20 record (5-10 conference) Cole Farmer and his Cyclones have had the unpleasant task of enduring a disappointing 2014 campaign. The season started off with high hopes as Farmer had All-Conference first team shortstop Brandon Martinez and power hitting University of Illinois-Chicago transfer Alec Jeffries on the roster complimented by vast array of mid-tier recruits from the area. Farmer planned to have a strong offensive team with a decent bench and balanced pitching staff for the season. Farmer lost these two top players, Martinez and Jeffries, as they both left the team on their own terms for personal reasons. Mother Nature wasn’t kind to the Cyclones as snow, rain and below average temperatures forced the Cyclones to practice indoors for a majority of the year. They also cancelled six pivotal regular season home games. An early season injury to All-Conference third baseman Bobby Neylon (.429

BA, 13 RBIs, 11 runs, eight stolen bases and three triples) and a thin bench hurt the Cyclones depth chart as the offense struggled and pitchers were forced to play the field on their off days. The second year head coach needed to revise his line-up card every day, as Farmer battled the lack of depth on his team. Farmer’s approach to the game and hard work ethic has his roster raving with great reviews on his coaching ability. “[He] comes in everyday and gives his players everything he has. During practice, or games or showing up hours before a game to try and get our field playable, he gives us 100% and that’s why we play for him and the baseball program,” stated catcher Ryan “Bubba” Gyrion. “As for the future I think Farmer will do very good things for the program at Moraine Valley, if he is given the tools he needs to succeed.” “Cole Farmer has helped out a lot with the success of our team and myself,” explained Neylon. He was our only coach for most of the winter and he put a lot of work and effort in to

making us the best team possible.” Farmer has put his heart and soul into this program since Athletic Director Bill Finn handed him the keys. According to Gyrion, the baseball program is in dire need of support by the athletic department. “The biggest difference between the successful programs that I’ve been a part of and Moraine Valley, is the support of the athletic department,” said Gyrion. “Our field is in need of serious renovations, we are practicing without fundamental objects. We don’t even have tees. We only have two coaches on the staff, we need more. Without support of the athletic department, no team is going to be successful.” Despite the assertion of lack of support by the athletic department, Farmer’s hard work with the items that are provided and teaching methods have paid off as the Cyclones won their first playoff game against Morton College 13-5 on May 6. For the first time this season, the Cyclones offense seem to connect for an entire seven-inning game. Hot hitting shortstop Jason Hine had two hits and 5 RBIs in the victory.

With the win the Cyclones advanced to the Region IV sectionals on May 10 against powerhouse schools Kankakee (36-19-1) and Oakton Community College (29-21). The Cyclones own a 0-3 record against the two schools and have been outscored 23-4. Kankakee is the favorite in the Region IV, as they average ten hits and eight runs per game. All-Conference pitcher Mike Levigne (3-3, 3.89 ERA and 38 strikeouts) figures to be the starter in game one of the sectionals. The Cyclones will be overlooked in the sectional, but they shouldn’t be. The Cyclones offense has awakened after a long winters slumber. On May 3 the Cyclones didn’t have their ace on the mound and still managed to stick around against Kankakee in the 12-2 loss. If the Cyclones receive two good pitching outings in the sectionals expect their offense to keep them in the game and perhaps set them up as a Cinderella team to advance to the Region IV finals.

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Kyle Belluomini pitches to a Morton College batter. Belluomini posted an 0-3 record with a 6.53 ERA and an average of seven strikeouts per outing. [Erica Sinnott]


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Exceptional showing in nationals By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Head coach Nicole Selvaggio’s women’s tennis program has just completed their most successful season in recent memory. The team is home after competing in the NJCAA National Tournament. Beautiful 80-degree weather and sunshine blessed the competitors in Tyler, Texas for the 2014 National Tournament. The Cyclones (7-1) returned to the court in hopes of making some noise in the national tournament. Moraine Valley has the disadvantage of being a school in Illinois. Due to winter, all women’s tennis teams in the Midwest and East have their season played in late summer/ early fall. Most of the teams in the tournament are year round teams that are tough to beat from the Southeast and Southwest. The Cyclones did however surprise many teams, as they made it to day four out of the five days of competition. Despite early exits from many Cyclones All-Region IV team members, Tricia Poremba won her first round pairing, the first Cyclone to do so in ten years. “Tricia played some of her best tennis all year and we are all extremely proud of her,” said teammate Alexa Armon. Poremba’s first match lasted a grueling 3.5 hours in which she injured her shoulder, but still managed to pull out a victory. “I went into the tournament with a undefeated season record and I wasn’t about to give it up,” said Poremba. Her second match lasted another three and a half hours, during which Poremba sprained her left trapezoid muscle and played through the pain the whole game. Despite the laborious effort Poremba fell just short in the tiebreaker. “It’s amazing to say that I am ranked

in the top 16 in the nation,” said Poremba. “It’s something I will remember forever. I had an amazing season and I attribute my success to my team. These girls aren’t just my teammates, they are my family.” Armon played well in the consolation bracket as she pulled out a few victories to get the Cyclones to day four of the five-day tournament. Liz Dominguez and Claudia Maka also advanced one round in the consolation bracket. Armon had the most exciting match of the tournament. Down 0-7 against a Snead State University player, Armon came back to win three sets in a row. “I put up a good fight and showed her I wasn’t finished,” said Armon. “We had a long and intense game.” Despite the exit, the Cyclones return home with their heads up high with the accomplishments made in Texas. “We came down here to have a great time and enjoy the fact that we made it this far! We all played very well and I could ask for a better group of girls,” exclaimed Armon. “I couldn’t ask for a better way to end my college tennis career. I am going to miss being the captain and my years at Moraine Valley.” Looking towards next season, Dominguez, Maka and Poremba all figure to return for their sophomore seasons. Selvaggio has already nabbed a gem recruit coming from the courts of Stagg High School. Born in Poland, Agnes Szudy is described as a fighter on the court with a solid work ethic and a positive personality. “Myself and the team cannot wait for august to start our season again and go to nationals once again. We are more ready then ever and will continue to succeed on this team as long as we stick together,” stated Poremba. The Cyclones will return to the courts this August. Sean McDermott can be contacted at

Lindsey Walker takes a swing during practice in early September. Walker figures to be a big of the Cyclones womens tennis squad in 2014. [Erica Sinnott]

Season ends with heads held high By Sean McDermott Sports Editor The clock struck midnight on the surging Cyclones (22-17) as Kankakee and South Suburban knocked them out of the Region IV playoffs ending their impressive 2014 campaign. “No loss is easy, but this one was hard,” said All-Conference first baseman Ari Bulthius. “We should have beaten South Suburban, We came out on fire in that game early, but couldn’t

win. We left our hearts on the field and that’s all our coaches have asked for.” The Cyclones were unable to capitalize on chances when they had runners in scoring position and their defense gave up a lot of errors, which hurt the team in the long run. The season started out rough for the Cyclones, as the women opened the wintery beginning of the season with a 5-12 record and 10 cancelled games. As the weather heated up so did the

Cyclones offensive attack as the Cyclones boosted their team batting average to .309 at seasons end with 17 home runs. Conference Player of the Year and all-conference infielder Carly Trinley led the offensive charge. Trinley, batted .378 with one home run, 25 RBIs, 26 runs scored and six stolen bases. Also gathering accolades due to their impressive offensive stats were Amie Raynor (.397 batting average, five home runs, 35 RBIs and 35 runs)

earned an All-Region first team nod as well as an All-Conference first team. Joining Raynor on the All-Conference first team is North Central College recruit Jenny Vanek (.295 batting average, three home runs, 25 RBIs and 36 runs) and Trinley. All-Conference second team members included Bulthius (.382 batting average, one home run, 34 RBIs and 30 runs) and Dana Cummings (.333 batting average, 11 RBIs and 20 runs). SOFTBALL | page 10



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Celebrating Student Life success By Anne Parker Editor-in-Chief Students and faculty at the annual Student Life Banquet brought their glitz and glamour to the Great Gatsby themed event. Advisors and students of the many innovative clubs and organizations provided by Moraine Valley, celebrated their individual efforts and progress at the event on Friday, May 2 at the Belvedere Chateau in Palos Hills. Demetrius Robinson, Student Life Manager, emceed the event, and Chet Shaw, Dean of Student Services, gave the opening remarks. He graced the attendees with words of praise and attention on the accomplishments of Student Life clubs and organizations. “At tonight’s Student Life Banquet, we can reflect back and honor everyone and their achievements,” said Shaw. Drake Estrada, a Student Life employee, introduced Donna McCauley, the keynote speaker for the banquet. McCauley was recognized for her leadership course and leadership achievements. McCauley has been the Coordinator of Recreation Therapy for 20 years at Moraine Valley. However, her exceptional work ethic does not stop there; she has been the commissioner elective official for Oak Lawn Park Dis-

trict for 17 years, and Hearts of Hope executive board member for 15 years. “As I stand before each of you as the keynote speaker, I am humbled with this compliment since I know each of you could be doing this speech because you are all very inspiring leaders,” said McCauley. “You have been extremely charitable with your times, your thoughts, and your actions. I believe anyone can be a leader, it is the choice you and I make everyday,” said McCauley. Between the dinner and the dancing, the main event took place at the banquet; the award presentations. Students, clubs, and advisors received their awards, recognized for their leadership qualities, attention and care to the Moraine Valley community and their confidence and kind attitudes towards others. The winners and awards were presented: Club of the Year, Student Veterans Organization-Combat to College; Outstanding New Club, Legacy X; Best Collaboration Award, Relay for Life; Advocacy Leadership Award, Student Nursing Organization; Advisor of the Year, James Snooks of the Business, Finance, and Entrepreneur Club; Dr. Vernon O. Crawley Student Leader of the Year, Grace Do Diem of the Asian Diversity Club; Distinguished Officer Award, Jessica Pyrkowski of the Moraine Val-

ley Music Club; Outstanding Club Member, Cynthia Rosales, of the Psychology Club; Cyclone Pride Award, Jamal Zayyad of the Arab Student Union; Award of Excellence, Susan Ismail of the Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa; Special Recognition, Alicea Toso, Manager of the Honors Program; and Student Life-Student Employee of the Year, Megan Roberts. A special moment was added to admire the members of the Beating Odds Shattering Stereotypes (BOSS) program. Organizers Leroy Peters and Josiah Fuller called up all of the organization members, and awarded three for their achievements. The BOSS Participation Award was awarded to Sterling McClaine. A Grade Point Average Award was awarded to Brandon Roberts. The BOSS Man of the Year Award was awarded to Jerry Rodgers. Drake Estrada, Student Life employee, introduced keyBANQUET | page 6 note speaker Donna McCauley. [Erica Sinnott]

Dan Scott commits to ‘Crimes of the Heart’ By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor Director Dan Scott arranged some of Moraine Valley’s most talented thespians to stage the Pulitzer Prize winning drama “Crimes of the Heart.” John and Angeline Oremus Theater hosted two weekend showings of the southern gothic tale by playwright Beth Henley. Set in the tight-knit town of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, Meg Magrath, Lenny Magrath, and Babe Botelle are reunited under stressful circumstances when Babe faces charges of attempted murder. Henley’s script reflects a contemporary view of southern life in the ‘70s, as three dysfunctional sisters navigate choppy waters and struggle to find steady, common ground. Grounded by her self-prescribed duty and crippling shyness, Lenny has never left the nest. At 30 years old, she is trapped in a cycle of mediocrity and self-pity, living a live of longing and loneliness. Fleeting moments of laughter are interrupted by her compulsory need to shake her finger at Meg and Babe in matters both trivial and significant. Emily Nelson played Lenny to perfection, as she shaped this character’s fluctuating range of emotion.

Chrissy Monaco, Emily Nelson, and Kendra Sowa performed at John and Angeline Oremus Theater. [Erica Sinnott] Chrissy Monaco delivered an unfaltering display of character as the bourbon-swilling, chain-smoking middle sister, Meg. On the surface, Meg appears to be a selfish, conceited, and deceitful young woman whose stubbornness is only surpassed by incessant

ignorance. As her story unfolds, Meg’s apparent complacency seems more like insecurity brewed by her traumatic childhood than an overbearing sense of self-confidence. Monaco’s Meg was a clear attraction of the show. Her congruence with fellow actors and natural

flavor gave authenticity to her role. When Babe Botrelle blows into town, she brings her air of mystery along with her. Sowa’s Babe seemed timid in stature, but her large persona gave this character the strong attitude CRIMES | page 9



24 Karat golden in final showcase

Seven members of 24 Karat Dance Team pictured performing “Counting Stars”. This will be the last time the girls from season 2013-2014 will ever perform together on one stage. Through 11 performances, the women seamlessly proved why each member belongs in the world of dance. [Matt Galvin] By Ciara Barnett Features Editor The 24 Karat Dance Team brought all they had for their final showcase of the season, with 11 well-choreographed performances and features. The G Building at Moraine Valley was decorated with black and gold balloons. The stands held grandparents, parents, and significant others, all who wished to see the girls’ last showcase as a team. The Tuesday night performance featured many outfits and steps. Although many numbers included ballet twirls and hip-hop stomps, the girls moved seamlessly and blended as one. “I am so thankful I showed up to those tryouts because dance is truly what makes me happy,” said Kayla DeBauche, dancer. “I have made friends with some really amazing and talented girls. 24 Karat has been an uplifting experience.” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” took the audience back to the 80’s. Carolyn LoRusso was wearing a sweater similar to Matthew Broderick’s sweater vest, reminiscing of the movie. Truly a fun number, any fan of the movie would’ve enjoyed this solo performance. This showcase was very family-oriented; many people held flowers and were taking photographs of the girls. Capturing the memories of the dance team’s last night performing together was a daunting task; many

could be seen taping with video recorders and phones. Legacy X Dance Team inspired the crowd with their loud steps and intricate hand movements throughout the showcase. “I would like to thank, Tara Jurgovan for always believing in me, my amazing advisor Jehan, my truly fabulous co-captain Amanda because I don’t know what I would have done without her, and lastly all my 24 Karat ladies for all your hard work this year,” said Alicia Rattigan, captain. “I have never met a group as kind-hearted, talented and fun as you ladies. It has been a great season, and I’m so glad we were able to showcase our talent one last time.” Ending the showcase with “Titanium,” the girls were in tears. Proving that they were strong, the girls rocked this number. Choreographed by Caitlin Keller, each member had their own vibe going, and all eyes were on this wonderful closure. All the members walked out for the final roll call, holding hands as one. With the captains giving special words to the girls, and offering flowers to their advisor, Jehan Chapple, the showcase was an amazing final production to the member’s 20132014 season. The closing speech brought all the girls to even more tears. “Jehan, I just want to thank you so much for being a part of the team 24 KARAT | page 5



Hot topic: immunity and vaccinations ducing the panelists to this engaging and controversial subject. Swanson started off with a brief review on the immense contribution that the polio vaccine had on American public health. Prior to the development of this vaccine, death from this disease was quite common, and responses to outbreaks were met with quarantines enforced by the United States National Guard. Swanson shared a list of evident statistics, which summarized that the lifespan of Americans increased Panel members for the “Truth about Vaccinations and Herd Immunity” event. Pictured left to right: Aaron Smith, Layla Khatibe, Nick Hackett, by 25 percent between Maryan Jatczak, and Troy Swanson. The faculty discussed some issues and presented valuable information. [Erica Sinnott] 1920 and 1955; one of the largest increases of By William Lukitsch Herd Immunity” was the last One cently been a hot-button topic in the lifespans of humans in recorded hisEntertainment Editor Book, One College event on “World media. tory. War Z.” The panel discussion focused Library Department Chair Dr. Troy “We went to calling out the Na“The Truth About Vaccinations and on a modern problem that has re- Swanson served as moderator, introIMMUNITY | page 6



Perfect weather calls for ice cream By Ciara Barnett Features Editor

Along with games and prizes, Student Life offered ice cream as a cool down for the end of the semester. Right before finals week, this event was perfect for students to relax before hitting the books to study. [Erica Sinnott]

With summer around the corner, an Ice Cream Social was a perfect closure to the end of the spring semester. Wednesday, May 7, Student Life hosted an outdoor social with sports, a DJ, and cold ice cream, perfect for the day’s weather of a high 81. “People that I’ve never met before came together, and made a team. And we played a few damn good games of volleyball,” said student Sean Bryla. “It was swell, and perfect for this warm of a day.” Though the ice cream ran out in 90 minutes, students were able to indulge in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream flavors. There were many toppings, perfect for a diverse campus such as Moraine. Toppings included: Hot fudge, caramel, pineapple, strawberries, chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles, nuts, whipped cream, and Oreos. “I had fun. Like all U-hosted summer events, this was one big party on the quad,” said Anthony Desmond, president of GASP. ICE CREAM | page 5



24 KARAT | from page 2 this year, we really appreciate all of your hard work and thank you so much for putting up with us. We hope you enjoyed this time as much as we did,” said Rattigan. “This team is truly unique and we’ve done numerous collaborations with different clubs on campus, we’ve been apart of Fall Fest, Spring Fest, in a music video for the school and I just want to thank these girls so much for everything.” Ciara Barnett can be contacted at ICE CREAM | from page 4 Students and members of Student Life were tossing around a football; others played soccer and volleyball. The beanbag toss proved to be a popular game among participants. Prizes were handed out as an ending farewell to students this year. With finals coming up, this was the perfect time to relax and take a breather before cracking down on studying. From Monday, May 12 to Wednesday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., join Student Life for relaxation tips, herbal teas, and stress blasting selfcare activities during Finals Week. In Building L and D, and in the Student Lounge, there will be stations set up to help students calm down during the hard times.

STUDENT CLUBS Compiled by The Glacier 24 Karat Dance Team Contact Jehan Chapple at 974-5467. Action, Social & Political Empowerment Contact Annette D’Silva at 608-4023. Alliance of Latin American Students Contact Alexandria Elvira at 974-5475. Anime Club Contact Jeremy Kingery at 608-4175. Arab Student Union Contact Nina Shoman-Dijani at 974-5229. Art Club Contact Kevin Daly at 708-927-0764. Artistic Metal-Working Contact James Greer at 974-5423. Asian Diversity Club Contact Tamina Farooqui at 974-5313. BOSS Contact Josiah Fuller at 974-4025. Business, Finance, & Entrepreneur Club Contact James Snooks at 974-5785. Christian Fellowship Contact Daniel Cristman at 608-4047. College Bowl Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Combat to College Contact General McArthur at 974-4144. Creative Writing Club Contact Tina Jenkins-Bell at 974-4379. Fashion Valley Couture Contact Dominique McDowell at 974-5722. Filmmakers Club Contact Fire Science Contact Bryant Krizek at 608-4404. Forensics - Phi Kappa Delta Contact John Nash at 974-5556,

Britta Beardsley performing her solo act “All Of Me”. Beardsley received applause, screams, and a standing ovation from the crowd. [Matt Galvin]

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Krista Appelquist at 974-5222. GASP - Gender And Sexuality Progress Contact Jeffrey McCully at 608-4377. The Glacier Student Newspaper Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Honors Program Contact Alicea Toso at 974-4191. International Women’s Club Contact Annette D’Silva at 974-4023. International Conversation Partners   Contact Elizabeth Boucek at 974-5427. K-Fu Club Contact Courtney Reese at 974-4067. Korean Student Association (K.S.A.) Contact Young Shim at 974-4319. Legacy X Dance Team Contact Demetrius Robinson at 974-5353. Mastadon   Contact Ted Powers at 608-4177. Music Club Contact Tammi Carlson at 974-5636. Muslim Student Association Contact Michael Morches at 974-5310. Psychology Club Contact Mitchell Baker at 974-4058. Recreation Management/ Recreation Therapy Contact Donna McCauley at 974-5227. Relay for Life Planning Committee Contact Wally Fronzek at 974-5372. The Society of Arab Scholars Contact Kipp Cozad at 974-5331. South of the Himalayas Contact Sumeet Singh at 974-4353. Student Government Association Contact Bradley Custer at 608-4272. Student Nursing Organization (S.N.O.) Contact Georgina Murphy in 974-4122. Ultimate Frisbee Contact Jessica Crotty at 974-5281.

6 BANQUET | from page 1 “Our mission is to guide our members to academic and social success through mentoring, targeted activities, and participation in Moraine’s campus activities,” said Fuller. Noor Salah, former Student Trustee, gave her farewell speech, and handed her role over to the newly elected Student Trustee, Eamon Almiladi, wishing him all the best in his new position within the Moraine Valley community. “I had the honor of representing the student body and being a part of such an amazing group of people,” recalled Salah. “I would like to congratulate Eamon Almiladi, for becoming the new representative of the student body. I know that he will serve you to the best of his abilities.” Moraine Valley’s spirit was encompassed in a Student Life “Happy Video,” put to Pharrell William’s hit song, “Happy.” Recorded around Moraine Valley and the U Building, the video showcased everyone having fun and featured the different clubs and organizations. The night ended perfectly with incredible and talented performances by the 24 Karat Dance Team and Legacy X. Everyone that night was a winner. Anne Parker can be contacted at


IMMUNITY | from page 3 tional Guard, so that people wouldn’t leave the city, to having no deaths,” explained Swanson. This same trend follows with all other pandemics; diphtheria, measles, mumps and smallpox. All became manageable illnesses because of widespread vaccination. Layla Khatib, Biology Professor, explained how vaccines work; by introducing a pathogen-agent into a body, a patient will develop antibodies and natural immunity to a specific disease. “There’s a larger piece of this too, which is the idea of herd immunity,” explained Nick Hackett, Biology Professor. Herd immunity is derived from the concept of eradicating pathogens from populations so that chance of transmission is virtually nonexistent. Certain celebrities like Kristin Cavallari and Jenny McCarthy have emerged, denouncing the medical benefits of vaccines, and large miscomprehension has emerged among the public, which is completely unfounded on any reputable medical research. “The CDC is still supporting research on debunking or demystifying that link between autism and vaccination,” said Maryan Jatczak, Nursing Professor.

Jatczyak shared a study that was published in the Journal of Pediatrics in 2013. In a large area study with over 1,000 patients, there was absolutely no causal link found between autism and vaccinations. “If you read any of the current medical textbooks, and any of our nursing textbooks, they very clearly say that we now know that autism starts en utero,” said Jatczak. Philosophy Professor Aaron Smith gave an empathetic view of parents who may be uneasy about vaccinating their children. Training in philosophy has led Smith to take a skeptical view of situations, and, as he explained, “question ideas and challenge assumptions.” “Even though we can Dr. Troy Swanson presented statistics such as the inbe the most rational peo- crease in average lifespan of Americans which was up 25 ple in the world we still percent between 1920 and 1955. [Erica Sinnott] do things that just make no rational sense whatsoever,” said William Lukitsch can be contacted at enSmith.



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Art students face trial by juror By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor The MVCC Juried Art Exhibition is an annual event that gives students a chance to showcase their work and gain attention in the local community. Students submit works from various fields, such as painting, sculpture, photography, digital media and printmaking. Eligible artwork was selected for display at Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery by esteemed printmaker, Justin Santora, and, on May 1, Tommy Hensel, Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Center, presented awards to students for their incredible work. Kyle Carpenter won first place for his two-color screen print on wood, “Harder Harmonies.” Carpenter used a tattered white board as the medium for his gritty depiction of an animal skull inhabited by wasps over a hexagonal blue and white pattern background. Karolina Kawalko’s oil on canvas piece “Pont of Greece” won second place. The soft details and colors of this still life induce tranquility and

capture the ambience of 16 century Western painting. Brenda Roman took third place for her charcoal drawing “Innocence.” The eerie drawing depicts a young, eyeless girl hanging on a swing set, obscured by background shades of grey and black. Rachel Bard won Best of Show for her ink on paper drawing “Infinite Chickens.” This appropriately named work shows a road, covered in cartoonish chickens, where the repetitive building pattern and pathway lead to a vanishing point that suggests endlessness. “This is a city that’s being taken over by chickens,” MVCC Purchase Award winner Andrew Morales described his artwork “Pin-Ups.” [Erica Sinnott] said Bard, jokingly, as she described her work to the gallery pa- on display; a vibrant oil on wood paint- artist’s statement. trons. ing titled “Elephant March.” DeCaprio is hosting this exhibit In addition to placement awards, The Moraine Valley Purchase Award until May 19. For more information the FPAC gave out two purchase was given to Andrew Morales for his about gallery hours and upcoming awards, where the student’s artwork is inkjet print mounted on Masonite. events , go to actually bought by Moraine. “Pin-ups” is a mesmerizing, layered, Bard took home Agree to Degree abstract distortion of female form, William Lukitsch can be contacted at Purchase Award for her second work and its title gives strong sense to the



Jazz Ensemble swings through spring

The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble performed in Dorothy Menker Theater on May 2. [Erica Sinnott] By Joe Eby Staff Writer The Dorothy Menker Theater hosted the final concert by the Moraine Valley Community College Jazz Ensemble for the academic year. Patrons packed Menker Theater on May 2, as Director Douglass Bratt led the ensemble through the “Spring Concert” ushering in the new season and ending

this semester with a bang. The Moraine Valley Jazz Combo set the tone for the evening with a four-song set of spring swing tracks. The opening act, directed by Mai Sugimoto, featured guitarist Brian Salkas, pianist Iseul Kim, bassist Keith Brown, and drummer Ed Oberdieck, with sax section comprised of Nick Lavery and Rochelle Jester. Renditions of “Maiden Voyage” and “Moanin’” paid homage to legendary

jazz pianists Herbie Hancock and Bobby Timmons. Kim seemed to move through solos effortlessly, and her most impressive performance of the night came with her original composition, “Waltz #1.” The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble performed a ten-song set including tracks by various artists, ranging from rock pop icons to jazz greats. The ensemble delivered a stunning performance of the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” which em-

ployed the efforts of the entire ensemble, especially Carl Coan on the Electric Wind Instrument (EWI). Tom Hipskind brought his talents and his drumsticks to the Menker stage as the guest performer for the evening. The veteran drummer has performed alongside famed artists Howard Levy, Kenny Warner, and Gary Sinisie over a 30-year career. He has also found a home on Broadway-Style pit orchestras and performed for Chicago-based productions of “Shrek,” “The Lion King,” and “The Book of Mormon.” “Nutville,” a Latin jazz number by Horace Silver, was the first song of the night to feature Hipskind behind the drums. He stunned the audience with a solo that Bratt described as a “face melter.” The ensemble is made up of Moraine Valley students and community members, who devote precious time to share their love of jazz. The ensemble is set to return to Menker stage on July 25 with “Hot Summer Jazz.” Tickets are available online and through the box office. Joe Eby can be contacted at

9 Spiderman 2, not so ‘Amazing’ Pixies’ new frankenstein LP THE GLACIER MAY 9, 2014 VOLUME 47, ISSUE 16

Album art for the Pixies newest album “Indie Cindy.” [Pixies Music] Spider-man encounters his nemesis Electro [Marvel Studios] By David G. Kowalski Staff Writer Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) returned to his web-slinging lead for the second time around in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The Marvel movies don’t appear to have lost flavor with audiences, and this latest release took in over $92 million at box office. In the sequel, Garfield presents a more mature, stable minded, likeable Peter Parker than the angst filled high school reject he portrayed in the first film. This characterization of SpiderMan is extremely impressive due to Garfield’s wonderful acting and witty dialogue. Jamie Foxx (Max Dillon/Electro) manages to outshine Garfield with an electrifying performance. A flawless delivery, Foxx portrays the most well thought out character in the new movies yet. The mental instability of Max Dillon is acted out wonderfully, and lets the audience truly feel for the character. Unfortunately, the Foxx/Garfield combo doesn’t make up for the rest of

CRIMES | from front page that Henley intended. Babe, the youngest of the three is reluctant to share her true colors with her older sisters, and as she dances around dangerous situations, she is plagued with dread and sorrow. Performances by supporting actors Brian Walsh (Doc Porter) and George Medina (Barnette Lloyd) were essential to the success of this play. Lisa Biel’s part as Chick Boyle stood out as the nosy, hotheaded first cousin of the Magrath sisters. Her arrogant and imposing nature knows no bounds, until she learns a valuable lesson form Lenny in the third act. Biel conjured laughs from the audience with nearly every stage appearance, and she embodied the soul of the southern belle.

the cast. Emma Stone hardly carries a presence despite a few melodramatic scenes. Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn is simply dreadful; with the emotional range of a turnip and an evil cackle as sinister as a child’s, DeHaan would seem more palatable as Holden Caulfield in a motion picture production of “Catcher in the Rye” than the sinister best friend of Parker. With a paper-thin plotline circumvented several times with annoying movie mistakes, it is Hans Zimmer’s scoring that saves this production. Integrated into scenes with masterful perfection, Zimmer’s orchestral arrangements make the audience wonder where the scene ends and the score begins. The most amazing part of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is in the title. Still, It’s graciously entertaining even if its quality is low and serves its purpose. With amateurish camera effects and lens flares galore, the film is a mediocre 2 out of 5 stars. David G. Kowalski can be contacted at

The set design provided a vivid background for the southern Gothic melodrama; white cabinets stocked with bourbon, drywall decked in stucco wallpaper, and a vintage kitchen appliances formed the backdrop for the four-seat dining room table served as the focal point of the stage. This student production of ‘Crimes’ merged the dynamics of tragedy and comedy seamlessly; as conflicts rise, the young women gossiped, teased, and quipped facetiously in southern drawl. Monaco, Sowa, and Nelson showed great chemistry onstage, and as they moved from laughter to tears they gave the audience an authentic view of Henley’s compelling play. William Lukitsch can be contacted at

By Connor Reynolds Layout Editor For the first time since 1991, the Pixies released a full-length studio, “Indie Cindy,” a compilation of their three EPs. “Indie Cindy” is the first album for the newest incarnation of the Pixies, reformed in 2003 as a touring act. Noticeably absent on this latest effort is founding bassist Kim Deal who left the band in June 2013. Cohesion was a major issue with this album, made up of “EP1,” “EP2,” and “EP3.” Song-to-song progression lacked any notable unifying concepts and many tracks sound more referential to genres and artists rather than remaining grounded in any kind of grounding principal. Blue Eyed Hexe (the second “e” in pronounced) is admittedly referential of AC/DC and a pop driven classic rock feel. Completing the classic rock vibe is a constant cowbell, which serves to distract more than anything. Tracks like “What Goes Boom” take on a decidedly metal tone but with the lyrical rhythm of “Insitutionalized” by Suicidal Tendencies. Black Francis noted that the tone of the song came out of the triplet-dominated riff that opens

song. “Greens and Blues” is the most Pixiessounding song on the album with the acoustic guitar leading the way and a distorted lead guitar chiming in. It also features the build and breakdown pattern the Pixies perfected in the late ‘80s. “Bagboy” serves as the best example of the unnecessary bigness of the album. The verses come out monotonously in spoken word style but the backing guitars, drums and effects coagulate into a large wall of noise. The title track is by far the most compelling listen on the album, featuring a discreetly dark sound over falsely romantic lyrics. The official video for “Indie Cindy” features chronologically ambiguous depiction of a woman drugging a man at a bar and having him murdered by another man. Indie Cindy is definitely worth a listen, but there’s no need to rush to purchase it in any form. Listening to “EP1,” “EP2,” and “EP3” separately would be beneficial to the enjoyment of these songs. Connor Reynolds can be contacted at



Percussion Ensemble’s new beat

Chorale fills Menker

Douglass Bratt led the Percussion Ensemble through an eclectic set. {Erica Sinnott] By Matt Galvin Editorial Assistant Douglass Bratt directed the Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble through their latest performance, “Spring Concert,” taking a cue from the changing seasons. The ensemble showcased a wide variety of musical styles, which bloomed into a wonderful performance. The opening piece, “Alarm,” focused on dynamics, and the sound resembled a stereo panning left to right as the drum crew played in intricate succession. Quirky rhythm and rising intensity made the title for this percussive achievement very fitting. Marimbas and timpani provided a strong tonal aspect to “Parade of Penguins,” the second song of the evening. The sleigh bell accompaniment brought back that feel of winter, adding to the décor of the song. Eight artists performed an angelic rendition of “Ave Maria,” utilizing the bright and resounding tone of the marimbas. The show took a change of pace with their version of the Rush song “Territories,” arranged by Jonathan Michalik. The rhythmic styling of Neil Peart was brilliantly fitted to ensemble’s musical abilities, as the ensemble injected the audience with 80’s rock nostalgia. The show took a bit shtick-y turn when

the projector played SNL’s famous comic skit mimicking Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” After the clip played the band emerged in leather rock-androll garb, and commemorated the scene, sending nine band members into the crowd with cowbells. Featuring Maria Kryszak and Douglass Bratt on marimba and Alvin Matthew on the Cajon, the song “Fission” captured the essence of African tribal beats. Incorporating digital tracks, the inventiveness of the sixth number was outstanding. “Pogo Sticks” was written with an animated sequence of instruments playing themselves, while the band played in perfect synchronization. The last two numbers had the liveliest changes of pace, and featured musical guest Ben Walhund. Starting with a soothing ambient vibraphone solo, the group erupted into a driving rhythm with the power of the entire Percussion Ensemble. The finale showcased Walhund’s incredible talent with jazz drum set solo which The performance was quite enjoyable. The Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble is set to take Menker stage again this summer. Matt Galvin can be contacted at

The Moraine Valley Chorale and Chamber Singers performed in Dorothy Menker Theater. [Erica Sinnott]. By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor The Moraine Valley Chorale and Chamber Singers most recent performance, “Broadway/Pop/Motion Picture Spectacular,” was a true crowd pleaser; featuring an eclectic set list of Broadway classics, pop favorites, and iconic motion picture theme songs. Nicholas Thomas, Music Director, constantly provides the audience with fresh material, making each show a fun and unique experience. In this performance, the chorale unveiled two new songs that were recently donated to the Chorale Music Library. Everyone in the theater rose to their feet as the choir began the evening with “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The tone of the show immediately shifted with the second song, as Thomas put on a set of cotton-white bunny ears on his head, and led the choral group through “The Bugs Bunny Show” theme “This is It!” The first segment featured musical selections from renowned Broadway acts such as “West Side Story,” ”Gypsy,” and “South Pacific.” The size and strength of the choral echoed through the venue as they performed key selections from the popular plays. While the rest of the chorale stepped off stage for a breather, Moraine’s 15-member Chamber Singers stayed with the instrumentalists. The “small but mighty group,” as Thomas called

them, performed four songs on their own, including “A Tribute to Queen.” This medley, arranged by Mark Brymer, meshed the main hooks and chorus lines from key tracks “Another One Bites the Dust,” “We Are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” At full strength again, the chorale continued to surprise and entertain with highlight tracks “Singin’ in the Rain,” and “Skyfall.” Before the last scheduled song of the evening, Thomas faced the audience and slapped on globs of green face paint and put on a tall black pointy hat to commemorate “Choral Highlights from Wicked.” After the “Wicked” performance, the applause from the crowd persuaded the ensemble to give an encore. ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” officially ended the night, and the choir received a standing ovation. Patrons packed Dorothy Menker Theater to the brim for this enthralling choir performance. Thomas kept the audience laughing with goofy theme props and made this show fun as well as entertaining. The Moraine Valley Chorale and Chamber Singers will take Dorothy Menker Theater again on July 26 for the “Summer Patriotic Concert.” Contact the Box Office for more information at (708) 974-5500. William Lukitsch can be contacted at

Career Corner



Get experience with a summer internship

[Graphic by Thomas John Schultz] By Matt Galvin Editorial Assistant As summer break approaches, students may be anticipating vacations,

poolside lounging, or golfing. Those people are missing out on a valuable career experience. Yes, it may seem that summer vacation is for relaxing and traveling, except when it comes

time for an internship. With unemployment rates skyrocketing, working a summer internship is a good way to ensure gaining an advantage for future employment possibilities. Not only is working an internship a way to test drive a desired occupation or to receive class credit, it is also a way of getting a foot in the door in the industry, applying knowledge from the classroom and making valuable connections, according to Forbes magazine and CNN. A summer internship can help implement other necessary professional tools to the qualified arsenal such as networking, learning business etiquette, and gaining real world experience. Upon completing the internship with success, the employer will be more likely to offer an official position to the intern over other candidates, because they will already know about work habits and potentials. Internships provide the building blocks needed for a successful future in the business world. Many internship opportunities help set the foundation for a possible career. Obtaining this real world experience will not only be good practice for a future career, but also can also build a resume, portfolio,

or reference list with positive resources that are relevant to the field. It will also give first hand experience of what the real work world is like, and introduce like-minded peers who may share some of the same goals and aspirations. Even if the position is an unpaid one, the resources and tools available to an intern are so beneficial to becoming a professional and joining the workforce with a leg up on the competition. Not only does working for no pay show commitment to the quest of knowledge and experience, but demonstrates the determination to succeed and get ahead, which looks better than any resume. However not all internships are unpaid, and if a paid internship is offered, certainly do not it pass by. A summer internship experience can provide work place knowledge, professional connections, and personal accomplishment. Giving up a summer and working long hours may seem arduous and somewhat demanding but as the great Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.� Matt Galvin can be contacted at


Erica Sinnott Photo Editor



Cancer never sleeps. Neither did Moraine Valley on April 25-26. Relay for Life 2014 Photos by Erica Sinnott


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