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Southwest Education Center reaches completion By Joe Salah

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Contributors to the construction of the new Moraine Campus gather outside to cut the ribbon, unveiling the product of four years of work.

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  The four-year wait is finally over. The ceremony has been conducted, the tours have been given, and the ribbon has been cut. The Southwest Education Center’s construction has come to a more-than-successful completion, and all of its contributors couldn’t be happier.   October 6 2010 marked the completion of the alternate Southwest Moraine Valley campus in Tinley Park, and the open house ceremony and official dedication of the building. Around 200 people attended the event, this number consisting of students, faculty, and local-dwelling citizens.  An attendant spoke out saying, “I’m not enrolled here, nor do I plan on doing so. I’ve just been watching this building grow, and am very interested and im-

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Fire safety present at Moraine By Liz Richardson

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zens can obtain to support themselves, let alone their family, have become scarce and unreliable.   Luckily, Moraine Valley

  Moraine Valley’s Fire Prevention Class held the Fire Safety Awareness Expo on October 6.   The event was held in honor of Fire Prevention Week, October 3 to 6, and aimed to educate college students about fire safety.   Along with demonstrations of the Jaws of Life and car fires, there was also a shocking demonstration of sprinkler systems. Fires were started in two rooms, one with sprinklers and one without. The one without was engulfed in flames within 30 seconds—no one could live through that. The

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Entertainment Cruises grabs the Attention of students Brian and Rafael.

By Joe Salah News Editor      Unemployment rates are at a depressing 10.6 percent in Illinois, and growing. Jobs that citi-

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Firefighters at the presentation extinguish a car engulfed in flames.


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Members of the ceremony gather and listen to the presentation being given

pressed with its final outcome.”   Classes begin on Monday, October 11 for all of the 417 students enrolled. The amount of morning classes will double come spring, as well as the availability of night classes being offered.   Aside from being convenient for south-dwelling Moraine Students attempting to complete their desired degree, the campus is predominantly focused on and renowned for its contribution to being economically friendly. The pillars of the campus are marked with symbols distinguishing what measures have been taken to provide a sustainable and energy efficient campus. The different symbols (such as a sun, or recycling symbol) represent how energy efficient certain portions of the campus are, and what they’ve done to become such.   The campus’s green methods are not limited to energy conservation through geothermal heat, though. The sustainability has taken every measure possible including chairs in the lobby consisting of recycled seatbelts, tables constructed from recycled aluminum, a large amount of windows so that the student may rely on a more natural source of both light and heat, reflective white roofs utilized to cut energy bills, and constructing the concrete surrounding the building out of a porous material that absorbs water, and sends it to the grass and gardens in a naturalbased irrigation system. Needless to say, everyone has done their homework.   Throughout the construction of the building, many ideas were shared with everyone involved; but the campus planned on being green from day one. Sustainability, staff, and construction members paid visits to other energy-efficient campuses in states such as Ore-

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gon to collaborate methods and to possibly learn a thing or two.   Maureen Farrel, assistant dean of the new Moraine campus, said “A few places were ahead of us, but generally, we all had the same ideas. They were doing what we were doing.”   Not only is Maureen the current assistant dean, but she was also a member of the design team four years ago when the idea was first concieved. Maureen comments on the collaborative efforts of the interior designers, faculty, and construction workers combined saying   “The final results absolutely met my expectations. The synergy and efforts of everyone involved were amazing, and without them this dream would not have come true.”   There are 15 classrooms in the completed campus including one science lab, a tutoring center, and two computer labs.   Maureen compares the new energy-efficient campus to the primary campus by saying “it’s exactly like the main campus, just condensed into a smaller, more energy conserving version.”   Also, in response to student feedback, a fully accessible green garden roof, along with a quiet study lounge were constructed for students that have time in between classes, or wish to get to school early and complete work they were unable to do elsewhere.   Needless to say everyone, including the students that will be attending shortly, are extremely impressed with the outcome of the entire project. The new campus offers convenience in terms of location, and practices safe and efficient ways to prevent waste from accumulating and reduce the useage of unnecessary energy. You can contact Joe Salah at Jsalah22@gmail.com

  Hey everyone! I hope all is well book prices are definitely a contribwith classes, work and other asuting factor. Not every student was pects of your life. I must admit, it’s fortunate to receive financial aid or a pretty exciting time right now and a book voucher and it hurts. I perI can hardly keep my composure. sonally want to commend all of you This is due to my recent discovery for coming into the library day after of a 24h Subway restaurant on 95th day to check out books. Although and Halsted. Eating fresh at an inthe library has many copies of decent hour is now a reality and I’m books that we need, there is always definitely a realist. the risk of another student beating   We’re all unique with us to the exact one needspecial concerns but ed. The effort you all put parking and textbook into getting the material prices are among the you need should send a top for the majority of larger message to pubus. One would think lishers and the folks on that a huge campus Capitol Hill. As expensive like this would harbor as books are, we’re just everyone that attends. going to have to tough it To be real with you all, out for now. It’s just the Moraine does that and way it is and most peothen some. Think about ple would be surprised it for a minute; as big on where the textbook as our campus is, we’re By Julius Allen dollar goes. Our folks at not the only ones conMoraine Valley understand this and cerned with parking. It’s an issue they’re always searching for ways with many colleges and universities to save students money. You have across the state. I won’t say remote to remember, there’s always other parking too loud but it’s definitely an ways but we have to seek them out. alternative for filled lots. I’ve been   The MV Bookstore offers rental here since fall 2009 and I’ve never programs to save you money along seen the remote parking lot at maxwith competitive price matching. imum capacity. They only price match with legiti  Sometimes we must do what we mate U.S. based distributors so have to even if it means walking or be sure to know who you’re buyparking further than we’re used to. ing from. Student Government proThere’s always a different route and vides book scholarships and the us young folks are always ahead of emergency fund also assists stuthe game. In the case of textbooks, dents. Keeping you informed is a we all pretty much share the same job I take very seriously because I ideal. It’s insane and it’s at the point believe it’s important that we look of choosing between paying rent out for one another. It’s always a or having books for the semester. pleasure to speak with you so don’t Prices are not just an issue here but ever hesitate to contact me at alacross the country. As a student, it’s lenj82@student.morainevalley.edu easy to get stressed out and textor at 708-608-4165.


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Attendants of the Fall Job and Internship fair were given pamphlets and maps upon entry to help them navigate among the tables, and find the presentation they want to see.

is on the case.   The college’s job and internship fair was held at Moraine’s Business and Conference Center on Sept. 30. Although the event was conducted at a community college, attendants consisted of an equal student to adult ratio. A large majority of the attendants were unemployed, but not everyone was. Participants were required to print out multiple copies of their resume, and come dressed in proper attire. Not everybody at the presentation was unemployed, but a vast majority were.   Forty-nine companies had employers and representatives sent

to the fair to present their company policies and availability to the eager participants. Some presentations were from companies and organizations such as Clear Internet, State-Farm Insurance, Cardinal Fitness, First Midwest Bank, and Frito-Lay. A few Army recruiters and police officers were also present in hopes of gathering lawabiding and dedicated individuals to serve their country.   Among the many presenters was a table dedicated to Moraine Valley’s workforce development team, which in the words of representative Micheal Crehan, “attempts to get people employed as quickly as possible, with little or no delay. We

Open observatory nights at Moraine By Joe Salah News Editor    Stargazing, whether done through a telescope or by just staring into the night sky, is a hobby enjoyed by both astronomers and couples alike. It is also a recreational activity pursued by a large variety of citizens, for many reasons; the main reason being that collectively, people are taught that Earth is the only planet capable of sustaining life. But with as many hundreds of thousands of galaxies that exist in outer space, how are we supposed to believe that a single planet in the Milky Way is the only planet harboring life?   Along with the many other afterschool activities, presentations, and clubs that Moraine Valley offers its students, one of the more innovative and unique ones is the Open Observatory nights. These are held at the Nature Study Area’s G Jack Bradley Observation Deck, located off of Kean Avenue near 107th street, which contains the telescope used for the space observations.   Open Observatory Nights are hosted by Tom McCague; the man who constructed the telescope that resides in the Observation Deck. He built the telescope from ground-up, using only common hardware store items; then

decided to donate it to MVCC. The telescope itself is six and a half feet in length, with a 13 inch viewing diameter. It is a Newtonian reflecting model.   McCague has been an amateur astronomer for over 40 years now, is a retired associate professor, and obviously holds a deep passion for astronomy. Due to the fact that the event is held outdoors, anyone planning on participating is reminded to wear proper attire to endure whatever weather conditions accompany it. Observation nights will obviously be postponed if the weather is not suitable. Not everyone can observe through the telescope at the same time, so participants are also encouraged to bring binoculars to stargaze while awaiting their turn.   Seeing a picture of space online, watching a television documentary, or even reading about it is a lot less satisfactory than actually witnessing the phenomenon of space through a telescope with your own eyes. Don’t let this planet’s scenery suffice, there’s so much more to see! The next Open Observatory Night scheduled is Friday, October 8. For more information about the viewings, contact the college and community relations at 708-974-5375. Joe Salah can be contacted at Jsalah22@gmail.com

try to get rid of the obstacles stopping people from being hired.”   The workforce development team was not the only organization in coalition with MVCC to present at the fair, though. UPS attended, extending their wellknown career opportunities to unemployed individuals.   The company appreciates and cherishes its unity with MVCC, claiming; “We love Moraine, because there’s so many students that show interest in working for our company. Almost every student shows a need for financial independence, and we are here to help them with achieving that.”   Among many of the existing

problems in the modern-day world we live in, financial issues seem to be the most abundant and crippling. Any efforts to aid the repair of this spreading issue are valiant, and the opportunities should be taken advantage of.   Upcoming events similar to this fair include the Internship Employer Panel on Nov. 4, Spring Mock Interview Day on Feb. 23, Spring Job and Internship Fair on March 24, and the Non-traditional careers panel; its date to be determined. Joe Salah can be contacted at Jsalah22@gmail.com


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Reuse, recycle, put forth the effort

One of the various recycling bins found on campus, next to a school supply dispenser

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It takes equal and sometimes even less time to recycle materials than to throw them away, so why not make the better choice?

By Joe Salah

News Editor

  In a world where the ozone layer is constantly deteriorating, and the relentless fear of global warming is growing, every little thing that contributes to a healthier economy counts. Moraine is doing more

than its part in the war against pollution and wasted energy, and you can contribute by participating in simple, eco-friendly tasks.   Recycling is becoming more and more common throughout our campus and student body, and recycling bins have appeared at every corner and room of Moraine. The

bins scattered throughout Moraine.   The Blue Bins encourage students to recycle newspaper, cardboard, paper, magazines, glass, metals (aluminum, tin, metal combo materials), and certain plastic. You can also take all dried up Expo and Sharpie products to the new sustainability center in L242 and recycle them instead of tossing them into the garbage, rendering them useless.   Just taking the simple step towards tossing these materials into the correct bin can drastically affect the status of our environment, and influence others to participate in these eco-friendly activities as well. The more aware people are, the more effort they will be willing to put forth towards a healthier living space for humanity in general. Incase it had slipped your mind, or you just haven’t heard about it, the new Southwest Education center is centralized around the concept of being economically friendly, and displays it quite efficiently. The entire campus essentially reflects the efforts of the sustainability department as a whole, and boasts an amazing level of contribution towards going green. If all of the professional workers that came together to construct this campus are able to go to such great lengths to go green, why can’t we take a simple step and recycle materials that would otherwise go to waste?   So if you brought a paper bag lunch to school, bought a soda or energy drink, or had your writing interrupted by a dried up pen; take a small amount of time to put the spent materials to good use. Every step counts.

importance of recycling doesn’t just lay in the reduction of dumping into landfills, but is traced back to the roots of economy contamination such as wasting energy to process them, and the cost of producing new materials that can simply be reused by throwing them into Joe Salah can be contacted at one of the various blue recycling Jsalah22@gmail.com

Social security and retirement secure your future By Mike Stocks

Distribution Manager Social Security is an incredibly hot button topic in America and has many people worried about its cloudy future. To help with people’s concerns, Moraine Valley recently hosted an informative question and answer session.   The session was held in Moraine Room 1 and had a representative from Social Security speaking, along with a collection of informative pamphlets and handouts. Stephanie Teeling, the representative of Social Security, was present to answer any and all questions during the two-hour seminar. The event was attended by a number of staff and older citizens who were curious and determined to do Social Security the right way when the time comes.   The seminar offered a basic overview of multiple retirement programs and also gave insight on Medicare and other programs. Stephanie also explained the difference between regular social security and government pension, which will greatly reduce one’s retirement plans if not

done right. Stephanie was very helpful at the seminar. “If anyone has any questions I will be glad to answer them,” stated Teeling.   Social Security was first established in 1935 as part of “The New Deal,” President’s Roosevelt’s plan to help get America out of the great depression. The program, while having flaws, was able to maintain its stability in the past. However, the current problem is that people are now living longer than they did.   The average life expectancy for Americans places males at around 75-80 and women at around 80-85. In the 1930’s when social security first went into effect the average person was only expected to live till their early 60’s, which is when social security goes into effect. The number is a low thirteen percent of the population in 2010, and by 2035 it is expected to be almost twenty percent. The date critics are pointing out the most is 2016, when social security will be paying out more than what they are taking in which will put the program in incredible debt. The other big problem is that social

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security has to keep adjusting to the cost of living. Last year was the first time since 1975 that it didn’t increase its payouts for costs of living.   Teeling went on in-great detail about the programs and who can receive them for spouses and widows, separated marriages and disabled children. According to Teeling the best way to answer any questions is to use the official website www.socialsecurity. gov, where the program is set-up to

be as specific as possible in answering questions and enrolling people.   “It’s the easiest and most convenient way…we have an office where you can come in and meet….but please make a phone appointment beforehand as nearly eighty percent of our staff have appointments booked for the day before they come in.” Michael Stocks can be contacted at mstocks19@hotmail.com


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The road to a bachelor’s degree has been paved By Ayat Hussein

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  Loaded, revised, and ready to roll, Moraine Valley has made the transition to Governors State easy. It gets even easier then before with the Moraine Valley and Governors State dual degree agreement, signed on Sept. 22.   This assures all classes are accredited and transferred over. Although students will graduate after two years from Moraine, future graduates can still take part at

Governors as if they enrolled their freshmen year, with the guaranteed tuition plan. The guaranteed tuition plan guarantees the tuition rate to be what it was two years prior, instead of the raised tuition rate.   Other options resembling this one, such as the Promise Scholarship, provide low-income students a chance to complete their bachelor’s degree.   Mark Horstmeyer, director of College and Community Relations at Moraine, expressed his joy for the signed Dual Agreement by

stating, “I am always appreciative with these kind of opportunities to help students easily transfer, in this case Governors State, and others like it.”   Horstmeyer went on the say that “with a bachelor’s degree, obviously one is more marketable, and there are better job opportunities.” With the dual program, students are introduced to Governors State along with its campus, advisors, and classes as early as possible. Jose Reyes, coordinator of office admissions at Governors State.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Moraine Valley students,” Reyes said. “Our goal is to advise students to complete their associates and bachelors degree. There is no obligation to transfer, only to encourage students to continue their education. Our goal is to serve students.” Students can learn more about the program by visiting their Moraine Valley advisor. Ayat Hussein can be contacted at ayathuseen@hotmail.com


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College Transfer Day College Transfer Day offers students a chance to speak with college representatives about admissions, majors, financial aid, housing, etc. Over 50 schools are scheduled to attend, including schools from Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and Hawaii. The event is Oct. 13 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the second floor corridor between the B and L buildings. Paying for the Legacy of the Past On Oct. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m., Moraine Valley faculty members will come together for a panel discussion entitled “Paying for the Legacy of the Past.” The discussion will address issues such as what responsibility we hold for decisions made 50 years ago, and what responsibili-

ty we have to make reparations for actions our country has taken in previous generations. The discussion spins out of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, the library’s “One Book, One College” choice for this semester. Multicultural Open House The college’s office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host an open house on Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in S201. Students will be able to meet with a staff member and plan their schedule for the spring semester. Students can RSVP to wadev3@morainevalley. edu, or call (708) 9745475. Books For Cash The Moraine Valley book store will be accepting used books for cash on Oct. 20 and 21 from 8 a.m.

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to 8 p.m. Students whose books came with CDs or other materials must bring them back as well. A photo ID is required. The book store can be reached at (708) 974-5716. Latin Motivational Speaker Motivational speaker Ernesto Mejia will speak to students Oct. 13 as part of the Alliance of Latin American Students and Multicultural Student Affairs’ Latino Leadership Series. Mejia earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership with a focus on higher education. Mejia will speak at 11:30 a.m. in U111. For more information, call (708) 9745487. College Offers Training

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Community Services program is offering local business training in compliance with the latest Occupational Health and Safety Administration requirements. Workshops, seminars and classes include recordkeeping, general industry or construction, Hazmat, leadership in safety, blood borne pathogens and more. For more information, contact Workforce Development at (708) 974-5735, or via email at wdcs@morainevalley.edu. Sharpen Skills

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Need Tutoring? Moraine Valley’s Academic Skills Center offers its students free tutoring in math, English, chemistry, physics, biology, accounting, reading, medical transcription and more. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Two computer labs are available, one for classes and one for walk-ins. The center is located in room B284-A and B284-B. For more information, call (708) 974-5430.

The college’s Writing Center is a resource for students too explore their creativity, and maximize their potential for both curricular and personal writing. Instead of focusing on commas and semi-colons, the Center encourages students to overcome their fears and limitations, and become more confident in their ability to do good work.

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The Writing Center is located in room L242, and can be reached by phone at (708) 608-4216.

  Appointments are not necessary. For more information, contact Joann at (708) 608-4151.

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Students interested in working on their GED, English as a Second Language or reading skills are encouraged to seek out tutoring on campus Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tuesday night tutoring is held from 5 to 7 p.m. in room A184. Wednesday tutoring is in B182 at the same time.


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Firefighters demonstrating how they go about handling a disaster involving a burning object, or in this case, a vehicle.

room with sprinklers, however, was left completely soaked but totally safe.   “If you were in the room next door with the door open, you’d survive,” said Sam Molinaro of the Berwyn Fire Department, as he explained the event to the astonished crowd.

Sprinklers are a costly investment, but they could save your life.   “[Homeowners] will upgrade countertops, flooring…but sprinklers, no way,” said Robert Copp, an instructor in the Fire Prevention courses. Not only is this a great education-

al event, it’s a required part of the Fire Prevention Class’ grades. They handle all the planning and communication—and they handled it well. This intensive preparation took four to five weeks, all for the sake of fire safety education.   And this education is making

progress. Some communities are now establishing mandatory sprinkler codes. “A lot of people are fighting [the codes] because of cost, but the cost is miniscule compared to what the damage could be,” said Megan Groth of the Bedford Park fire department.   The event was also useful for those looking to pursue a career in fire safety. John Grivetti and Doug Murray, career counselors from Reavis High School, brought a group of students to the expo. They got to tour a fire truck and learn about what goes into fire safety training.   “These kids are legitimate…you gotta see what it’s like,” Grivetti said, about the reasons the event is so good for career decisions. Bret Jefferies of Stone Park Fire Department agreed. “[Students] have to take a look and see what the fire service is about. See if they’re interested.”   According to the professionals at the event, 3,500 fire-related deaths occur annually—and all are preventable. Remember to change the batteries in smoke detectors at every time change. Nearly every firefighter echoed the fact that smoke detectors save lives. So be alert and keep safety in mind. Liz Richardson can be contacted at liz.richardson212@yahoo.com


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Should the ban on openly gay members in the military be repealed?

  If a person is willing to fight in the war and serve this country no matter the situation then they should be allowed to.

By Amanda Panicucci

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  Although a new policy would be the best solution, getting rid of the current one just sets everything back to the beginning.

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  “Oh, say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” With that statement, does it matter who the brave really are? “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a common term for a policy which restricts the United States military from discovering or revealing closeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members or applicants, while not allowing those that are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual to be in the military.   “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” allows homosexuals to stand along with heterosexuals and fight for our freedom and safety. Should it really matter what a person’s sexual preference is to be a soldier? The answer is no. When a person takes the military entrance exams they are not asked if they are gay, bi, or straight. So why is it that a straight person should be allowed to serve and a homosexual cannot? The news is infected with stories about teens committing suicide due to being gay and unaccepted. What if their dream was to be a soldier and they were made fun of for it?   If “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is repealed, then that means fewer soldiers to defend us. If soldiers don’t mind then why should you? Gay, straight, whatever; if a person is willing to fight in the war and serve this country no matter the situation then they should be allowed to. Many straight people don’t want to be in the military for many reasons, personal or not. Perhaps they don’t want to have their family mad at them, they are scared of war, or they just don’t have an interest. If a homosexual wants to fight in the war, pick up a rifle, and be an American soldier, then they should be left alone. Don’t stop someone from following their dream, no matter what their sexual orientation is.   Any person can be trained in any military job and can be sent to the front lines so then why should it matter what they sexually prefer? If a homosexual can pick up a rifle and defend this country just like any heterosexual can then by all means, let them fight and treat them fairly. Don’t tell them they can’t be in the military due to what they like in the bedroom.   “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” allows a gay, bi, and a straight man or woman to pick up a rifle and stand on the front line and fight together. At the end of the day, no matter the sexual orientation, they are a U.S. Solider. If the people they stand with to defend our freedom and safety are comfortable with it, then so should the government and the rest of the country.

  In 1993 President Bill Clinton, a supporter of gay rights, was faced with a nasty dilemma. The Senate and the House of Representatives had voted to legislate an absolute ban on gays in the military. To make matters worse, the margins of said vote were too great for President Clinton to veto the bill. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, Colin Powell, suggested a compromise, which is the current “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, a supposed stepping stone paving the way to equal rights for homosexuals in the military.   The former President Clinton, in an interview with CBS news later said: “Now, when Colin Powell sold me on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, here’s what he said it would be. Gay service members would never get in trouble for going to gay bars, or marching in gay rights parades as long as they weren’t in uniform. That was what they were promised. That’s a very different don’t ask, don’t tell than we got.”   The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, or more specifically US Code 10 G 654 is primarily an outline of conduct violations regarding homosexuality and also subtly mentions that homosexuality has no place in the military.   The code states, “The prohibition against homosexual conduct is a longstanding element of military law that continues to be necessary in the unique circumstances of military service. The armed forces must maintain personnel policies that exclude persons whose presence in the armed forces would create an unacceptable risk to the armed forces’ high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.”   The basis for a strong military is, as the code puts it, unit cohesion and a trust amongst the individuals serving together. If openly gay persons were to serve with homophobic heterosexual Graphic by Krischel Galima ones, this creates an environment of distrust and thus breaks down the “high standards of morale, good order, and discipline.” It is true this policy is outdated and although a new policy would be the best solution, getting rid of the current one just sets everything back to the beginning. Not to mention the recent proposition to lift the ban on openly gay service members was laced with the annual defense-spending bill! A new policy should be proposed on how to address the following: the fear of homosexuality in the military, past discharges that were handled unfairly, and any current cruel prejudices or claims against suspected homosexual military members. The truth is change will only happen until the world is ready to fully accept the civil rights of the LGBT members of society.

Amanda Panicucci can be contacted at panda091790@aol.com

Wendy Grupka can be contacted at wgrupka@yahoo.com

Photo Opinions “It has its good points and bad points. It keeps the military professional but also weakens morale for those serving in secret.”

“It shouldn’t matter either way. Sexual relations while serving is inappropriate regardless of orientation.” Myra Rivera

Andrew Dillon

“Remove the ban completely. If someone wants to serve in the military then let them.”

“It should not matter if you’re gay; as long as you want to serve your country.” Niah Alghadban

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  A friendship deficit is a byproduct of modern culture and our capital economy. Karl Marx, writing in the 1840s, called it alienation. During World War II years, French philosophers called it angst or ennui. In the 1950s David Riesman coined the term lonely crowd. Hollywood screenwriters forever spin the mystique of the unencumbered individual.   People today report fewer close friendships than even ten years ago.   By one survey, people report four close friends with whom they can discuss important matters or spend free time. Those four increasingly include family members. People add that even those friendships often feel “harried and less meaningful” than desired, reports Daniel Akst in Wilson Quarterly (Summer 2010).   The friendship void is filled with other things, including the pervasive celebrity industry and so-called reality shows. These pretend

intimacy but actually violate private life. These, says Akst, are also related to “the remorseless eroticization of human relations,” which is harmful to children and family stability.   The void is also filled with Facebook and the like. These Internet programs are harmless in one sense but can contribute to a false sense of intimacy.   The withering of friendship is also somehow related to the negativity and resentment in our society, I think. This stream of resentment in our land often surfaces in economic downturns.   Resentment shuts down dialogue, making new relationships shallow, troubled or scarce. For resentment, by its nature, is not interested in compromise or reform, which are the fruits of conversations among like-mined people.   One way of reflecting about one’s friendships is to distinguish acquaintances from friends. An acquain-

tance is a person that one bumps into at work or around the neighborhood. The exchange is cordial, friendly and sometimes productive. A friend is someone who you arrange to meet. Acquaintances often become friends and friends sometimes drift into acquaintanceships.   So, make a list. Who are those people who you arrange to have lunch with or invite to your home? Who are those acquaintances that you happen to meet at the bar or in the hallway and then exchange information?   The next step in the reflection is to think about the quality of the friendships. The conversations don’t have to be heavy. In fact, friendships cannot be onesided dependencies (or two dependencies using one another). Every friendship, however, has to contain two elements, in my opinion.   The first is humor. Not every conversation has to be comedy, but a friend is someone who helps you see the foibles of the world and of yourself.   The second element is loyalty. A friend does not have to be close by or in constant contact. But a friend is someone with whom there is no litmus test. He or she is willing to listen and share no matter what. Further reflections and some examples of friendship will be offered in a future View From the Hill. In the meantime, please send

By Rob Siebert 

  If you can’t write well, then to an extent, you can’t communicate your thoughts well.   By that standard, a lot of students are bad communicators these days. Not just at Moraine Valley, but at the high school and university levels, and in some cases the professional level.   I understand not everyone is a master of the written word. Not everyone can effectively transmit thoughts to the page. In some cases, it’s a matter of natural talent. But I’m not referring to the idea one is trying to convey or argue. Even the best writer can fail at that sometimes. I’m talking about the basics. As someone who has worked with both amateur and professional writers for

the better part of eight years, I’m continuously amazed by what people will turn in to teachers/editors. My mother is a high school English teacher, and on occasion I’ll glance at a stack of her papers. Some of them are all one paragraph. Many sentences start in present tense and end in past tense. Some students simply can’t grasp that a period or comma goes inside a quotation mark. Don’t even get me started on the perils of there, their and they’re. The i before e rule seems to get a lot of people too. As these people grow older, they make the same mistakes over and over again. It’s pretty sad. Especially because these are things people should be able to pick up just by being alive.   I understand reading is

by and large a dirty word in some circles, but what about the internet? TMZ.com, PerezHilton.com, ESPN, SportsIllustrated.com, that’s all writing. Almost any good blogger has to be a good writer, or they lose their credibility. As college students, we run that same risk with what we turn in to our teachers. I don’t care how smart you are. If you don’t know how to format your writing, you make yourself look lazy or uneducated. Even if what you’re writing about is completely ludicrous, you still retain some credibility. For instance, someone could turn in an article to me right now arguing that eating an entire chocolate cake every day will make you a better marathon runner. Assuming it was formatted

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me your thoughts and experiences on this topic. As a preview, I will say that men and women can be friends without sex, including two people who are married to someone else. Ideally, a sexual partner is also a friend, but sadly today

many people have sex with someone who is not really a friend—sometimes not a friend in any sense at all.   Contact Bill Droel at droelb@morainevalley.edu. Visit his blog at www.chicagocatholicnews.com

Hybrids offer positive alternative By Maggie Machtemes

Staff Writer

  Many new major car manufacturers are creating fuelefficient vehicles help save consumers money in fuel cost and to make a positive impact on the environment.   Gasoline has been polluting our environment for years and will continue to. We must all try using fuelefficient vehicles, which will in turn save energy. The pollution in America definitely needs to decrease. From the wildlife that lives outside to the household pets we have inside, nothing should not be harmed with pollution.   Our air has become congested by unwanted fumes. The environment is full of pollutants that we can decrease.   Consumers are wasting money with gasoline prices.Using a fuel-efficient vehicle, you are using half electric and half gasoline so consumers are cutting down the expensive prices of gasoline and saving quite a bit of cash.

  This extra income on a weekly basis is what is needed this day and age. That being said, fuel-efficient vehicles will help to “make the buck go farther.”   America is going through an economic recession; the recession can be easier to cope with if we try turning to driving fuel-efficient vehicles. If people can contribute some time themselves in reducing pollution, they’d save money in spending less at the gas pumps.   This would impact everyone’s environmental health and pocket books. This will help protect our economy, which would lead to creating a more economic global community.   Having a fuel efficient vehicle will cut cost of gasoline, and setting standards for having less pollution in the world is an excellent way in improving longer living for the environment. Maggie Machteme can be contacted at mmachtemes83@hotmail. com

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correctly, I’d say: “Well, he’s easy answer is: read more. wrong. But it’s written well,   I know, there’s that dirty so he obviously has some word again. But c’mon, folks. degree of intelligence.” The internet, blogs, maga The sad thing is, I’d wager zines, books. Don’t want to a majority of students simply spend money? Libraries are don’t care about this kind of booming in this economy. It stuff. That’s sad, because it sounds corny, but good readcould prove detrimental to ers are good writers. them later in life.   One anecdote to drive the   I don’t care what your field point home: I once attended of choice is. Do you think a major university, and for any boss is going to look at one reason or another, didn’t a poorly written cover letter get to a particular class for on a resume and want to two weeks. When I did come hire you? back, the professor was not Mind you, anyone can have happy with me at all. someone proofread a cover A few classes later, he letter. But what happens if handed back a paper of you get the job? Mommy mine. With a smile, he said: and daddy won’t always be “You may not come to class, there to check your work.  but at least you know how So what can students do to to write.” sharpen their writing skills? Here at Moraine, the writing Rob Siebert can be concenter is an obvious answer. tacted at robertsiebert85@ But away from Moraine, the yahoo.com

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Tired of Getting Ripped Off? I am in the automobile program at Moraine and will do tune-ups, oil changes, starters, alternators, brakes and all minor auto repairs. I will make you an offer that you cannot resist. Call Andrew. (708) 289-5046. For Sale! Need Graphic or Web Design! R a i n f o re s t t h e m e d s w i n g , Call Michael (708) 357-7135 or jumparoo, bouncer, playpen, email at: sastudios@sbcglobal.net bassinet, mobile and high chair Avon! for sale. In good condition, has Buy online with free shipping or been in storage. $200 OBO. About start selling. (708) 388-5533 3 years old, only used by one www.youravon.com/lsolis child. Willing to sell separately. For Sale! Call Priscilla (708) 469-8829. Single family home for sale, quite Property For Sale! location, near transportation, 3 Two adjacent lots for sale in bedroom, 1 bath, Chicago Ridge, Worth, near 111th and Harlem. IL $173,000 call Leonard or Pam Three bedroom home. Take (708) 422-1289 pre-approved advantage of the tax credits! buyers only. Buy now! Build Later! Asking Freelance Editing and Journalism $300,000. Call (708) 267-3421. Contact Frank Florez, Glacier For Sale! Editor in Chief, for journalism Treadmill Life time frame/15 year services at (708) 653-1265 or motor warranties, only 2 years e-mail him at florezf@student. old, in excellent condition, deluxe morainevalley.edu model $650 Freelance Graphic Design! Call (708) 458-3499. Specialize in layout, fine art For Sale! graphics, logos for posters, flyers, Ford 2001 E-250 V8 Cargo Van, business cards, etc. Please email runs SUPER STRONG, good for a consultation at ljoy827@ condition, high mileage, new gmail.com brakes, new tires, $1650 OBO. Apartment for Rent! Call Jesse (708) 293-0500. 2 bedrooms with central air, For Sale! laundry. Located near 111th and Ford 1996 F-250 XLT. Get ready Oak Park, Just steps to 385 bus for the snow! 4 wheel drive, stop to college or downtown, extended cab, cab bed, detachable stores and restaurants. Very quiet snow plow hook-up, $6500. and private bldg.$700 a month. Call (773) 343-2810. Please call at (708) 305-0262. For Sale! Home for sale near schools on 2448 Orchard, Blue Island. 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath with finished basement. Has new roof, windows, hot water heater and carpeting. Call (708) 396-1512.

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Wanted! Resource Data Services! Palos Hills inside sales office is looking to hire a few motivated, hard working individuals. No experience neccessary. Hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pay is $8.25 per hour VS. high commision plus bonus. Call for more information at (708) 974-2738. Or apply in person at 10717 S. Roberts Rd. Space Saver! Folding drawing table 30” x 42” folds down to 6” deep. $80 call Janet (773) 582-8632. Wooden Music Center! Recordable CD player. Record from vinyl or cassette to CD. 3 speed turntable. Value $189.99. Sell for $90. Call (708) 424-0504.


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Walmart offers assistance to students

come through for people, so they look another way to pay for tuition which is where we come in, said Smith. “What better way to do it   In this economy, 1.2 million peothan through your own community ple have collected or have applied college?“ for unemployment. Not only   Through this program stuis this a huge number but it dents can better their financial also affects everybody. situations easily through Mo  The only jobs that are now raine Valley with a job that can available are one’s that you really help some students. must have an education,   Interest but unsure what experience and a college type of student is eligible? degree to back you up. With The Brighter Futures Project that being said, hundreds is available only to those who are coming back to school are collecting unemployment to earn that diploma. There or who have in the past year are new students every year but their benefits had ran out. that stand in the long finanOther students that qualify are cial aide line hoping to get qualified veterans who military their education paid for. veteran currently collecting un  However, not everyone employment benefits or have will qualify for grants and collected unemployment benethen loans are distributed, fits within the past year. These which often leads students students are more qualified into more debt. What if studue to their financial standing dents that are coming back and the need to go back to to school can earn their deschool for better jobs. gree and also get help along Photo courtesy of www.blogcdn.com If you believe you are elithe way with books, tuition, gible to participate and would job training and assistance like more information you and classes to help with Plenty of opportunities await you with the Walmart Brighter Future Project can contact Project manager reading, writing and math Wayde Smith at 708-974-5458 skills? This is where the Walmart cus on jobs asking for 21st century tion. Brighter Futures Project comes skills in an effort to provide a prom-   Wayde Smith, project coordina- or you can reach him by email at ising career future for the workers. tor, knows the benefits that can be smithw242@morainevalley.edu into play.   Moraine Valley Community Col- In addition to specific job training, provided by the brighter futures Katie Baxter can be reached at lege is one of eight colleges in that displaced workers will receive ca- program. nation and the only one in Illinois reer counseling and job skills such   “Financial aid doesn’t always Baxterk@student.morainevalley.edu By Katie Baxter

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to offer the Walmart Brighter Future Project. The project provides training and services for dislocated workers that will help put them back to work. The training will fo-

as job search, resume writing and interviewing techniques. Students will also receive funds for tuition, books and other expenses associated with continuing their educa-


Sports Moraine Valley Glacier Cross Country keeps pace; works their Women’s Cross Country turns in multiple strong performances in spite of injuries way to regionals by running as a team

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Cross Country runners practice good pack running, a vital part of being successful.

Jaime Esparza

Staff Writer

  The Cyclones continued their strong season on Oct. 2 with a 12 out of 18 team finish at the Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Warrior Invitational.   Leading the Cyclones in this meet was Jon Altman placing 93 with a 31:10, followed by Kellen Williams finishing at 94 with 31:15.   Luke Bronson came in at 95 with a 31:15, Chris Lindich in at 98 with a 31:20, Wilson Tan in at 99 with a 31:20, Ben Greer in at 100 with a 31:21, Dimitri Dimizas in at 105 with a 31:45, Abel Garcia in at 106 with a 31:45, Rich Sparks in at 117 with a 32:13, Felipe Rivera in at 119 with a 32:23, Jim Johnson in at 125 with a

32:28, Raul Gonzalez in at 126 with a 32:31, Brian Koltz in at 147 with a 34:41, and Travis Kmetz in at 151 with a 35:40.   There were a total of 161 runners in the meet. All of the men crossed the finish line within four and a half minutes of each other staying true to the team effort.   “It was awesome to see that wall of green go by and fly across the finish line one after another,” Coach Mark Horstmeyer said.   After just entering the national rankings poll last week at 25 the men hope to continue their ‘fast’ season at the Benedictine University Eagle Invitational on Oct. 8. Jaime Esparza can be contacted at jaime708@yahoo.com

Ashley Shares has been a key figure in the team’s success this year.

Jaime Esparza

Staff Writer

  The Cyclones started off the second half of their season on Oct. 2 finishing 10 of 19 teams at the Wisconsin Lutheran College Warrior Invitational.   This was the ladies’ first 6k run and it came on a cold, windy, and challenging course. Alex Dovgin led the way with a 25:30 and 17 place finish.   Nagieh Omer was next to cross the finish line with a 27:07 and a 55 place finish, followed by Trudy Rodriguez in at 69 place in 27:53, Cande Pizano in at 73 in 27:59, Alejandra Dongo in at 78 in 28:09, Alexa Kacerovskis in at 81 in 28:21, Kaitlyn Piazza in at 90 in 28:55, and Jacquelyn O’Connor in at 102 in

29:49.   There were a total of 145 runners in the meet.   “We had some who gave it a go even though they are still dealing with injuries, but this tells you the commitment our team has,” Coach Mark Horstmeyer said.   This week was a step up from the Lady Cyclones’ last meet at the Lake Forest 12th Annual Forester Invitational where they were missing half of their team. They finished 8 out of 10 teams with Ashley Shares leading the way with a third place finish in 19:22 over the 5k run. The women’s next meet will be on Oct. 8 at the Benedictine University Eagle Invitational. Jaime Esparza can be contacted at jaime708@yahoo.com

Men’s soccer has one thing on their mind: winning a conference championship

Seamus Riley

Staff Writer

  The men’s Cyclone soccer squad is a talented bunch led by a group of crafty returning starters from last season, like the sure-footed Mario Waksmundzki and speedy Christian Boyle. The Cyclones started off the 2010 season on a disappointing 1-3 note. The team was obviously disappointed by the slow start but things are quickly turning around. The team is now red-hot coming off four consecutive wins and one tie.   The streak started with a 3-2 win over Elgin Community College on Sept. 14. The Cyclones were led by two goals from sophomore Mario Waksmundzki. Waksmundski was one of the leading goal scorers last season and has begun 2010 with absolute brilliance.   On Sept. 21 the Cyclones dominated all facets of the game, defeating Waubonsee Community College 12-0. The win not only showed the awe inspiring goal capabili-

ties of the young team but made a statement for all of its opponents to ponder on. The Cyclones continued

their dominance with a 6-1 victory over College of Lake County. Waksmundzki continued his outstanding

Defender Luis Montoya makes a run upfield seeking to get his teammates involved.

season with a goal and an assist and was aided by a force of players including speedy Christian Boyle.   On September 29, the Cyclones notched their most important victory of the season in a 5-4 overtime win over Kishwaukee College. The victory was highlighted by continued brilliance from Waksmundzki combining for four goals with teammate Johnny Rodriguez. Luis Montoya scored the most important goal during an intense overtime.   On Oct. 3 the Cyclones reached one of their only road bumps with a draw to Aurora University JV and the other, a 1-0 loss to Morton College on Oct. 5. The Cyclones hope to begin a new winning streak with a victory versus Carl Sandburg College on Friday Oct. 8.The team is very talented and has one goal for the season: to finish strong and become Collegiate Conference Champions. Seamus Riley can be contacted at pirseamus77@yahoo.com


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Moraine Valley Glacier Golf / From Sports Front Page

helped give the team a very convincing 7 stroke victory, their first such tournament victory in several years. Teams included in the tournament were made up of groups from Moraine’s own conference as well as others from Northern Illinois.   On Sep. 22, the team closed out a third place finish in the season conference standings with a third place finish at Waters Edge Golf Course.   Following a team best 75, Lovelace was able to lock up a 3 place All-Conference spot closing the season out with a 77 average. Lovelace’s All-Conference gives him back-to-back season on the All-Conference team, both in third place. Brendan Ryan finished with an 80 and locked up a 10 place AllConference spot.   With a third place finish the team has put together a three-year run including two conference championships and a third place.   The team also competed on Sep. 20 at Shepherds Crook Golf Course, notching their best conference result of the season: 2 out of 6.   Playing on a tough 7,100-yard course in poor weather conditions, the Cyclones finished just two strokes out of a victory. Lovelace was the best individual for Moraine with a team-best 78. Ryan with a 79, Bob Love with an 80, and Isaacson with an 81, all put up solid scores in the second place finish.

  Although the team was unable to build on their tournament victory at Emerald Hills, there are high expectations for the Region IV tournament NJCAA held from October 7 through 9. Last year the team placed 4 out of 10 teams and advanced two players to the national tournament, including Lovelace, who looks to repeat the feat.

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Athletes of the Issue By Connor Reynolds

Connor Reynolds can be reached at illinifreak708@gmail.com

Volleyball / From Sports Front Page

Photo by Dana Lenckus Bianca Hull and Donna Killeen guard the net.

need to stay focused to perform at our best in each and every match.”   On Sept. 28, the Cyclones faced Morton College in a conference showdown with the final scores being: 25-12, 25-11, and 25-16. Bianca Hull led the Cyclones with 11 kills, 6 digs, and 2 blocks. Kelly Stack also had a strong game with 17 digs, 2 service aces, and 1 assist. Molly Duckwall had a teamhigh 18 assists, as well as 3 digs, and 2 kills. Carli Immordino was strong at the net with 15 kills, hitting 53.3% for kills and 7 digs. Greg Pilafas can be contacted at gjp828@yahoo.com

  Rachael Levitt is an outside hitter for the undefeated Women’s Volleyball team. While leading her team to an amazing 23-0 record, she has performed well enough to earn Player of the Week honors from the NJCAA for the week ending Sep. 29.   During that week she put up spectacular numbers, including 45 kills, five blocks, 20 digs, four assists, and 11 aces in three matches, all victories. In one of the Cyclones toughest matches of the year, a five set match against Kankakee Community College, Levitt put up 25 kills, 14 digs, four blocks, one service ace, and one assist, notching her fourth double-double (kills-digs) of the season.   Levitt looks to remain undefeated all the way to the NJCAA National Tournament.

  Matt Lovelace is a second-year member of the Men’s Golf team. At the final conference meet of the season, he shot a team-best 75 to bring his season conference average to 77. This average earned him a 3rd place All-Conference as an individual for the second year in row.   Lovelace has consistently been one of the team’s best performers, routinely shooting sub-80 scores and leading the team in multiple meets.   In the team’s first place finish at Sauk Valley Skyhawk Invitational he was one of two medalists, shooting a 74. Next up is the Region IV Tournament in Byron, IL, where Matt looks to make a repeat trip to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.


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Volleyball continues impressive run towards undefeated season

By Connor Reynolds

Sports Editor

  After a tournament win the prior week a flat performance left the team with a bad taste in its mouth going into the regional tournament on Oct. 1 at the Prairie View Golf Club.   No player broke 80 as the team finished 13 out of 15. Brendan Ryan shot a team-best 80 on a course that he and the rest of the golfers will need to play better on, as it is the site of the upcoming regional.   Despite playing in 40 mph hour winds at Emerald Hills Golf Course Sep. 24, the Men’s Golf team was able to outplay the entire field on their way to a first place finish out of 13 teams.   Medalists Bobby Isaacson and Matt Lovelace led the way with a 73 and a 74 respectively. Strong scores of 80 from Ryan, and 85 from Bob Love

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Photo by Dana Lenckus

Carli Immordino defends the net, aiding in yet another victory.

Greg Pilafas

Staff Writer Photo by Dana Lenckus

Blake Putman works on his short game, important for any golfer.

Two wins come at right time

Connor Reynolds

Sports Editor

  The Lady Cyclones improved to 4-8-1 on the season with a 2-0 victory over Daley College on Oct. 6. This also marked the team’s very important second victory in region play. Katie Fettis and Christine Foster both scored goals, assisted by Alma Coronel and Vicky Lara.   The prior Saturday, the Cyclones also walked away with a thrilling 2-1 last second victory over South Suburban College. Natasha McLaughlin put them on the board with an unassisted goal early in the game. With the score tied, in the last minute of the game, Alma Coronel sent a perfect ball into Natalie Ross, who put in the game winner with 26 seconds left. Hopefully the team can help build on the momentum of such a thrilling end, and bring their record up in their last five games of the season.   This last-minute victory came on the heels of a disappointing loss to Elgin, in which they led 3-2 at halftime. Despite a two-goal effort from Natalie Ross, and

Photo by Dana Lenckus

Forward Kayla Walsh navigates through two Morton defenders.

another goal from Kayla Walsh, Elgin was able to put in 4 goals in the second half for a 6-3 win. Katie Fettes contributed two assists, and Ross had one, making herself a part of all three Cyclone goals.   On Sept. 26 the Lady Cyclones were on the wrong side of another close game, losing 2-1 to the College Dupage. Yessica Jaimez scored on an assist from

Katie Fettes, but that was it for the Lady Cyclones. With a gusting wind at their backs for the second half, they clanked three shots off the posts, but couldn’t get one to go in.   Their next match will be the team’s last chance at a conference win at College of Lake County on Oct. 8. Connor Reynolds can be contacted at illinifreak708@ gmail.com

  The women’s volleyball team continues their undefeated streak as they have now improved to 23-0.   The Lady Cyclones cruised to an easy victory over Oakton Community College: 25-13, 25-13, 25-10. Carli Immordino led sweep with 12 kills and four service aces. Athlete of the Issue Rachel Levitt contributed 9 kills and two service aces. Also aiding in the victory were setter Katie Yacko with 32 assists, and Donna Killeen and Bianca Hull each added five kills.   On Oct. 2, in the first of two matches, the women’s volleyball team faced a very tough Kankakee Community College team, but were able to win with the final scores being: 25-23, 2426, 20-25, 25-20, and 15-9. It was a hard fought victory, but the team was able to pull it off and earn their twenty-first win of the season. Kelly Stack was strong with 28 digs, 3 kills, 2 assists, and 3 service aces. Rachel Levitt was strong at the net with 25 kills, 14 digs, 4 blocks, 1 service ace, and 1 assist in her fourth double-double of the season (kills-digs). Carli Immordino also added her second double-double of

the season with 17 kills, 20 digs, 1 block, 1 service ace, and 1 assist. Katie Yacko led the team with 56 assists, 2 kills, 1 block, and a service ace.   In the second match, the women defeated another tough opponent in the Elmhurst JV team. The Cyclones won with the final scores being: 25-21, 23-25, 25-17, and 25-15. Rachel Levitt led the team with 19 kills, 11 digs, 6 blocks, and 1 assist. Kelly Stack anchored the defense with 30 digs and 4 kills. Katie Yacko was strong again with a team high 41 assists and 1 kill.   On Sept. 29 the team played Triton College and dominated the court with the final scores being: 25-12, 2517, and 25-10. Donna Killeen led the team with 9 kills, hitting 41.1% for kills and also had 4 digs. Katie Yacko was also strong with a team-high 24 assists, as well as 7 digs, and 1 kill. Carli Immordino recorded 11 kills, 6 digs, and a block. Bianca Hull finished with 7 kills, 3 digs, and 1 block.   Coach Gloria Coughlin after the game said, “Our team is really enjoying this successful season, but still working hard in practice to continue to learn and strengthen our skills as we head into the most difficult part of our season. Accomplishing 20 wins without a loss is exciting, however, we know that every team is out to stop us and we

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Tinley campus: what you think By Rob Seibert

Editorial Assistant Moraine Valley administrators are undoubtedly pleased about the opening of the Tinley Park education center this month, but its effect on students at the Palos Hills campus will vary. Student Polly Pellicer of Orland Park commutes roughly 25 minutes to the Palos campus. The Tinley campus would shorten her commute to four minutes. Pellicer said she also used to attend Moraine classes at Andrew High School. Pellicer’s children have also attended Moraine in the past, and suggested a shorter commute for students in that area would benefit parents as well. “Even from a parental perspective, it’s easier,” Pellicer said. In contrast, student Joshua Lee of Frankfort said he has no reason to go to the Tinley campus. As a third-year student, the classes he requires New Campus / Page 4

Photo by Dana Lenckus

On the sustainable rooftop with plants and reflective panels, (FROM LEFT) Trustee Lisa Szynalski, Tour Guide Samantha O’Donell, former vice president Nancy Bentley, Bill Graham, and Vice president Dr. Normah Salleh Barone are discovering the new features of how the outdoor space can be utilized.

These saints are living in sin

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By Amel Saleh

some talented young musiEntertainment Editor cians amongst the masses of our student body. They   Moraine Valley features call themselves The Saints

of Sin and they are determined to do what they’re most passionate about: playing music while having

a good time.   The five-person band consists of Joe Bianco (guitar/vocals), Chris Mezera

(guitar), James Roberts (back-up vocals), Brian Schaaf (drums) and Jayce Vickers (bass).   Saints of Sin first began with just two friends who’ve known each other since grade school, Mezera and Bianco, and progressed by networking themselves to other individuals who also share the same musical interest. They met Vickers in high school and invited him to join their band. As they were in search of other members, a family member of Mezera suggested Brian Schaaf as a potential musician.   Curious to know who this candidate was, the group had him play along with them. Almost immediately, they had him join their band. The band was almost complete. Just recently, Bianco decided to add another member to bring out their vocals and that’s when Roberts came in the picture.   This past weekend all Saints / Page 9


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Jewelry sales at Moraine Valley

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The Reygui Designs jewlery vendors at Moraine Valley assemble their products.

By Amanda Panicucci

Staff Writer

Mrs. Reyna Esquivel’s started Reygui Designs, the jewelry vendor located in Moraine Valley’s U building, because she has a passion for beads. She was introduced to beading when she was a small child in Mexico, where her hobby was also her every day job. Reyna said she remembers going to the markets with her grandmother to sell spaghetti necklaces and other food related products that they used for beading.   Years later, Reyna still pursued beading, but only as a hobby. This changed a year ago, when doctors

said her kidney was no longer working and had to be removed. When Reyna was recovering she dedicated herself to what she loved doing the most: beading.   She used the hobby as a way to alleviate her pain and overcome another obstacle in her life. After three months of recovery, the house was filled with gorgeous designs that she had made with stones she had collected over the years.   Taking this as a sign from the universe, she said something had to be started. Previously, Reyna dedicated so many years to working a full time job to support her children that she was forced to put her passion aside. Like the old cliché says, “everything

happens for a reason,” and sure enough Reyna’s medical stay at home dictated the creation of Reygui.   The name Reygui, comes from the first three letters of Mrs. Esquivel’s name Reyna and the first three letters of Guilebalo, her husband. Their children wanted for them to create a name that put both of their parents’ names. What better way than to carry on a family tradition.   Reygui is still a growing business, and Moraine Valley has welcomed it to the school. As their way to give back, any vendor that sells at Moraine Valley supports a group. Reygui Designs supports Women Empowered. Reygui supports Women Empowered because they want to give hope to all the young female students who can also become entrepreneurs.   Mrs. Esquivel’s daughter, Flor, helps her mom out with this mission along with her sisters’ Yaz and Mary.     While Flor is a stay at home mom she gladly helps the business. If there is something she’d like to say about the business, it’s that “it doesn’t matter where you start, the point is starting, and many people live their everyday lives doing what they do not like or simply not doing anything at all. It’s always easy to perform an activity that is your passion, and to Reygui, beading and selling our collection is just a part of our passion.”   Yaz is currently going to UIC with a marketing degree. She has been influential to Reygui Designs with her marketing strategies. Reygui Designs hopes this will serve as a motivation to other students to keep on going with their education because in the long run it pays off and if there is one thing no one can take away is being educated. Amanda Panicucci can be contacted at panda091790@aol.com

Top costumes for holloween By Eleni Vryza

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24 Karats: For information, contact

Adrienne Stewart at (708) 974-5678.

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information, contact Demetrius

Robinson at (708) 974-5353.

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Empowerment Club:

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Sayeed at (708) 974-5618.

ALAS (Alliance of Latin American Students): For infomation, contact Alexandria at (708) 608-5487. Art Club: For information, contact Tyler Hewitt at (708) 974-5219. College Bowl: Practice Tue/Thur, 3:00, A153. (708) 608-4177. Combat to College: For infomation, contact Debbie Wills at (708) 974-5759. Creative Writing Club: For information, contact Eric Devillez at (708) 608-4106. Culinary Arts & Hospitality Club: For information, contact Michale O’Shea at (708) 974-5597. Dile’ (Dance Inspired by Latino Experience): For more information contact Ryan Budds at (708) 9745620. Earth Club: For information, contact Janet Kotash at (708) 974-5246. Education Club: For information, contact Aileen Donnersberger at (708) 974-5595 Filmmakers Club: For information, contact Dan Pal at (630) 942-2800. Finance Club: For information, contact Larry Odelson at (708) 974-5264. Forensics team: For information, contact John Nash at (708) 974-5550 or Michael Shannon at (708) 6084047 Gay, Lesbian Or Whoever (GLOW): For information, contact Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353. Glacier: For information, contact Ted Powers at (708) 608-4177. Mon. at 3:00 p.m. U207 International Women’s Club: For information, contact Dr. Shaheen Sayeed at (708) 974-5618. Martial Arts: For more information contact Courtney Reese at L-287. Meets Thursdays at 3:15pm in U-111. Mastodon: For information, contact Ted Powers at (708) 608-4177. Wed 4:00 U207 MVCC Animation Club: For information, contact

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  Halloween is at the end of this month, but if one visits Walgreens and other stores where Halloween costumes, cards, and decorations are all over the place, it seems like Halloween is much closer.   Halloween Mart, a Las Vegas based retailer of Halloween costumes and costume accessories, as well as the very first online retailer of Halloween costumes, is announcing the top selling costume predictions for the 2010 Halloween season.   “We are seeing the most costume interest in pop culture characters like Lady Gaga and ‘Jersey Shore’.” Halloween Mart Vice President Carrie Sheerin said.   “We are seeing lots of interest in costumes from movies like ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Iron Man’ for adults, as well as ‘Spider-man,’ ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Harry Potter’ for kids. Our most popular costumes this year are male and female versions of The Mad Hatter and Alice, as well as Iron Man and Spider-man character costumes.”   Do you need more ideas for costumes for you and your family? When asked about other pop culture costumes that will be popular, Sheerin said: “Michael Jackson costumes

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Richard Lapidus at (708) 974-5629. MVCC Christian Fellowship: For information, contact Michael Shannon at (708) 608-4047. MVCC Meeting Planning Club: For information, contact Mary Beth Walsh at (708) 974-5569 MVCC Music Club: For information, contact Tammi Carlson at (708) 974-5636. Music Club: For information, contact Tammi Carlson at (708) 974-5636. Muslim Student Association: For information, contact Dr. Shaheen Sayeed at (708) 974-5618. Network Security Club: For information, contact John Sands at (708) 974-5426. Phi Theta Kappa: For information, contact Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353. Psychology Club: For information, contact Mitchell

Students don their costumes and prepare themselves for the Halloween season.

will be popular again this year, as well as Kiss band members and sexy Playboy style costumes. We always see a large interest in the traditional popular costumes like mermaids and vampires as well, but this year will be the year of the movie characters. Even our traditionally popular costumes will see added interest because of movies, like vampires being far more popular because of ‘The Twilight Saga’ and ‘True Blood.’”   Apart from the costumes which

you could buy even online or make at home using some help from the internet site above, always remember to pay attention to your make-up. Being a make-up fanatic myself, I suggest you go wild with colors and shapes such as gold and purple butterflies which can add Halloween spirit whether one goes to work or school or partying. Eleni Vryza can be contacted at uchirak@yahoo.com

Baker at (708) 608-4058. Service Club: For information, contact Cara Williams at (708) 974-5489 Ski/Board Club: For information, contact Michael Wade at (708) 974-5594. Student Ambassador Program: For information, contact Alicea Toso for (708) 974-5356. Student Government Association: For information, contact Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353. Women Empowered: For information, contact Dawn Fry at (708) 974-5717. Xclusive: For information, contact Demetrius Robinson at (708)-974-5353.


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Nick Swardson: Pretend Time is now By Connor Reynolds

Sports Editor

Courtesy of aspecialthing.com

Nick Swardson performs stand-up comedy and entertains the crowd. Good practice for his new show, perhaps?

  Nick Swardson has long been known for his smaller roles on shows like Reno 911 (where he played a homosexual, roller-skating prostitute). He credits this role as one of the most important in his career.   “The character was so crazy. It was all improvised, like you would show up and there were no lines on the page. It was so fun because nobody knew what was coming,” he said via conference call.   Swardson has also been involved in movies like Grandma’s Boy, Blades of Glory, and the upcoming release, Born to be a Star.   After working multiple times with Comedy Central doing stand up specials, Swardson is now moving on to his own sketch comedy show on the network titled “Pretend Time.”   As described by Swardson, the show is a loosely structured sketch comedy show that tries to push concepts and ideas as far as Comedy Central will possibly let him. He was influenced by shows like Chapelle’s Show, especially as far as the format.   “That’s actually what drew me to the show. That’s the only reason I wanted to do this show was the format,” said Swardson. Part of that format and presentation includes pushing the limits as far as possible.   Sketches that can already be found on the web include “Wheelchair Cat” (a cat confined to a wheelchair that still likes to party) and “Garry Gaga” (a New Jersey cop who happens to be the brother of Lady Gaga).   Swardson also revealed that one recurring sketch every week will be a reprisal of the “Gay Robot” sketches. The premise being that a robot goes to college only to find out through a wine cooler mishap, that he his gay.   As far as the cast goes, Swardson wanted to try and put the best people for each role in the show. This means that instead of aiming at bringing many celebrities in for a cameo every episode, the show will aim at a quality over quantity style.   “There’s a really great celebrity cameo, that was kind of like my favorite one of the entire series,” said Swardson of a cameo in the first episode, which he hinted was related to the Gay Robot sketch. Aside from that, though, Swardson made it clear that he was more into casting roles for many of his friends and people he works with on a regular basis.   “Pretend Time” premieres Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. on Comedy Central. Clips and previews can be found on the Comedy Central website.   Based on all the material out there for this show, it seems to have all the outrageous, fun humor of past Nick Swardson endeavors.   With the new structure, it seems like the perfect vessel to bring Swardson to a larger audience. Connor Reynolds can be contacted at Illinifreak708@gmail.com


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New Campus / From F&E Front Page are not offered there. The campus will mostly offer freshmen-accessible classes like American History I, general education Mathematics, World Religions, and Medical Terminology. “It really doesn’t benefit me at all,” Lee said. Student Christopher O’Donnell of Palos Hills said that if he were able to get into classes that fit around his schedule, he would consider commuting to Tinley Park. “If it was a cookie cutter perfect schedule, I would do it,” O’Donnell said. O’Donnell, who serves as student vice president of the Student Government Association, said he was nonetheless pleased to see Moraine Valley continue to expand. Even Mark Zeglen of La Grange said he would endure the commute to Tinley if it meant more convenience overall. “The longer drive wouldn’t bug me if it was a better schedule,” Zeglen said. Student Jiovany Pena of Chicago endures a roughly 30-minute commute, and certainly sees the benefit of having different campuses in different areas. In addition to the Tinley campus, the college also has an education center in Blue Island. “For the people that live in that area, it’s definitely better,” Pena said. Rob Siebert can be contacted at robertsiebert85@yahoo.com

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A crowd gathered at the Tinley Park campus for its grand opening on October 6, enjoying the brand new learning center.

The healthy club By Asma Ali Staff Writer

formation of the Healthcare club. They believe this club is very crucial for those interested in the medical field. Healthcare is not an easy field.   The Healthcare club is also great for “just being able to network with people passionate about healthcare”, adds Manliclic. The officers of the Healthcare club are very open to new ideas, and all the members are very cooperative and eager to work and cooperate together.   The Healthcare club will be cosponsoring a blood drive with SGA, on October 26, and hopes to invite nurses and technicians to speak on their experience in the medical field so that students learn and know what to expect.   Moraine Valley’s Anatomy and Physiology professor, Dr. Porter, is the advisor for the club. For additional information on the club, please email Gennaro Poalella at paolellag2@studnt.morainevalley. edu or Dr. Porter at porterp@morainevalley.edu

  Moraine Valley Community College has had many clubs over the past several years. Most recently, a newly formed club for future healthcare professionals was formed.   The club is called The Healthcare Club and was formed by Pre-Pharmacy student, Gennaro Paollag. The club‘s main goal is to provide access for students interested in going into the healthcare field.   Such careers include, but are not limited to: Nursing, Pre-Med, Radiology Technicians, Ultra Sound technicians, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Dental Hygienist and such.   “This club is focused on bringing in students with dreams and helping them pursue a careers in medicine together and to sponsor health-oriented events on campus”, says founder and President of the healthcare club, Gennaro Paolella.   Many students who have already been to the meetings are very con- Asma Ali can be contacted at fident and enthusiastic about the yaf3eah@yahoo.com

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Halloween escapades Just dance, it’ll be 24K By Tiffany Heavey

Staff Writer

Graphic by Krischel Galima

By Courtney Kuchan

Staff Writer

  Like an inner clock, once we wake up to freezing mornings, swap our shorts and t-shirts for jeans and sweaters and walk outside to orange, falling leaves, we know autumn has arrived. For those who love the rush of being scared, the warm emerging colors, and the thought of free candy, the best part of autumn is the countdown to Halloween.   When we think of seasonal activates in Chicago, we imagine summer’s overcrowded beaches and heading down to Marshall Fields’ Windows for Christmas. What many aren’t aware of is all the fun activates Chicago has to offer during fall.   For daytime family fun (especially for younger children) Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm was voted by Fox News Chicago as the “The Best Pumpkin Fest” in Illinois. The annual fest features exciting and unique pig races, a haunted barn, hayrides, a petting zoo, a corn maze, kiddy rides, and lots and lots of pumpkins. Shop in the Halloween store for all the accessories and gear needed to make your jack-o’-lantern glow and frighten trick or treaters in their tracks. Check out more at www.pumkinfarm.com   If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like in your face scare tactics or easy-going pumpkin patches, Haunted Chicago tours might be your ticket to a fun fall. Perfect for a night with either family or with friends, haunted tours bring you to locations around the Chicago area that are claimed to be “haunted”. No actors, costumes, loud noises, or fake blood are employed on these tours, just the real opportunity to see ghosts and experience the legends. Explore the two-hour, spine chilling Ghost Tour of Naperville with your choice of a trolley tour or walking tour led by Kevin Frantz (630-205-2664) featuring the “history and location of wandering souls.”   For an exciting and diverse mix of autumn, Halloween, and beautiful Chicago architecture, jump on Entertainment Cruise’s (312-321-7614) Seadog tour and float down the Chicago River while viewing some of Chicago’s most disturbing and mystifying spots and hear the history of the gruesome, yet secretive, events that took place. As a bonus,

the tour features Navy Pier fireworks just as you arrive at the dock. If you do decide to go on a tour this fall, it is highly recommended you bring a camera and take lots of photos; you never know when you might catch something supernatural.   Pumpkin carvings and ghost stories are always a must around Halloween, but if you want to experience high-pitched, jump-out-of-your-pants screams and frights, companies such as Dream Reapers, Realm of Terror, and The Fear Haunted House Chicago have the haunts waiting for you. Located at Navy Pier, The Fear Haunted House (www.thefearhauntedhouse.com) welcomes you to join the crew of a monster hunting captain and his array of captured, blood sucking creatures. Fear was voted best Haunted House in 2008 by HauntedHouseChicago.com and top 25 must see haunts by Haunted Attraction Magazine.   At Dream Reapers (www.dreamreapers.com) haunted house, the collection of scares is like no other. Instead of only being scared out of you wits, your entire five senses are awoken and frightened by the forty animatronics, forty actors, and twenty-two scented rooms that come together to make a horrific scene. Dream Reapers has been reviewed as the number one haunted house in Illinois three years running.   However, if you’re looking for the finest, most gruesome frights, check out Realm of Terror Haunted House (www.realmofterror.com). Tickets are only $13 and for the amount of screams you’ll get out of it, it’s well worth the money. Voted number one haunted house and top ten attractions by hauntedhousechicago.com, number two haunted house and top three attraction in Illinois by hauntedillinois. com, and “Best bang for your buck” by Buzz news, Realm of Terror could be Chicago land’s most terrifying, extreme experience and is defiantly worth checking out.   This Halloween you can sit around, watch lame scary movies, pig out on candy, walk around in awful costumes, or go out each night to one of Chicago’s dozens of chilling Halloween attractions and hope you make it back alive. Courtney Kuchan can be contacted at courtrk10@yahoo.com

  24 Karats Dance Team brings new meaning to school spirit once and for all. It’s an all new year with all new energy. Captain Andrea Guttillo is a freshman at MVCC and has been dancing for over seventeen years; when tryouts rolled around Sept. 17and 18 of 2010, Guttillo and coach Adreanne Stewart picked girls who showed that dance was something the contestants really wanted to do.   Guttillo says, “the team is looking to make a difference and we hope everyone can come out and cheer us on. We’re ready to have a lot of fun.”   The 24 Karats have worked their hardest to prove that they are not just some dance team. Guttillo plans on competing in any competitions available this year so they can step it up. The girls on the team are finally receiving new uniforms and Captain Andrea Guttillo can’t contain her excitement about them. She says she is also very confident about the team this upcoming year.   The 24 Karats dance team didn’t perform at the Fall Fest due to lack of summer interest. However, that doesn’t mean the team didn’t work to get ready for fall. Originally over the summer there were about nine dancers. By the time summer ended the team was left with only two girls.   Members can contest, though, that it’s definitely a lot of fun. If you’d like to dance, get a good workout and make new friends, then 24 Karats is

something you should think about.   The team is now ready to get in gear. The Sept. tryouts have brought in fresh talent and there was another tryout Oct. 2. Tryouts are open to guys and gals, and no dance experience is needed. Guttillo’s prediction for the team is a good one. “I’m hoping this team will be a success and I’m hoping that the competition will also be something fun and new for the team,“ she said.   The tryouts that were held on Oct. 2 have added to the squad, giving the dance team 12 dancers in total. Unfortunately, if anyone has missed tryouts, they won’t have a chance to join until Spring 2011. Stewart believes the team members chosen this year are going to be a great addition and add a lot of spunk to what the team already has.   For those without dance experience, but who still have a passion for dancing, 24 Karats is the perfect place to be. If you love to dance, but never did it with a team before, this is the right place to start.   The 24 Karats next dance performance is Oct. 28, so look out, MVCC. Also, keep a lookout for the dance team’s Christmas and Valentines routines that are said to be two huge performances. Good luck, 24 Karats, and MVCC is excited to see what you bring this year. Tiffany Heavey can be contacted at heaveyt@student.morainevalley. edu


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Bachelor’s Grove: where the dead still roam

By Dan Rhode

Staff Writer

*Bachelors Grove is private propery and the Glacier in no way encourages trespassing.   You’re driving down the highway one evening and notice a vehicle in the roadway. You swerve to avoid it and the vehicle vanishes right before your eyes.   Think it can’t happen? According to Richard Crowe, ghost hunter and author of “Chicago Streetguide To The Supernatural,” you’d be wrong.   “I wouldn’t tell it twice if it wasn’t true,” Crowe says, as he relayed the story in a phone interview. That was the first of two occasions he experienced the phenomenon known as “phantom cars” near Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Rubio Woods near Midlothian.   Considered one of the most haunted cemeteries in the country, Bachelor’s Grove has been the site of frequent paranormal activity since the 1960’s. Originally called Batchelder’s Grove, it was named after the Batchelder family who had settled in the area in the early 1800’s. At the time, the cemetery was a well-kept area frequently visited by the locals. The first burial occurred in 1844. Over the decades, many more followed, totaling almost 200 by 1989, when the last burial took place.   In the 1960’s, the original Midlothian Turnpike was closed and that’s when trouble began for

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Grave stones like this have been eroded and vandalized by drunken intruders and even cults, but still remain standing.

the cemetery. The now secluded area became a gathering place for drunken parties, vandalism, and satanic worship. Vandals defaced headstones and dug up several gravesites. The once well-kept cemetery deteriorated quickly.   According to paranormal lore, disturbing or damaging hallowed ground has initiated ghostly activity on more than one occasion. It is believed to be the cause of what makes Bachelor’s Grove so haunted today. The result has been numerous reports of apparitions, particularly one of a woman in white, known as “the Madonna.” The apparition of an old Victorian house has also been frequently seen. When the house is approached, it suddenly disappears.   According to Richard Crowe, in 1974 a photographer named Tony Basie was the first person to capture ghosts in the cemetery

on Polaroid film. A bluish-gray mist not visible to the naked eye appeared on a developed picture. Basie’s photo created a Polaroid frenzy. Many visitors descended on Bachelor’s Grove with their own Polaroid cameras attempting to capture the same effect. The result was hundreds of Polaroid pictures scattered around the cemetery for years to come.   Nowadays, visitors to Bachelor’s Grove use digital cameras to try and capture an apparition. John Stephenson, a Grove historian, founded the website BachelorsGrove.com in 2007 and has over 2,000 members, including people from other countries. John has been taking photos for several years inside the cemetery, using both normal and infrared spectrum. One picture, in particular, is of a ghostly woman in white staring at him from

behind a tree. The picture is posted on his website, Bachelors-Grove. com.   The desecration of Bachelor’s Grove is difficult to comprehend, and even more difficult to look at.   “The Cook County Forest Preserve District does not recognize Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery as a cemetery, and simply considers it part of Rubio Woods,” Stephenson said.   Maintenance of the cemetery ended long ago and it is now a wasteland of overgrown weeds, fallen trees, and, what some would call, souls that cannot find rest. The fate of Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery is sealed, and its message continues to be delivered. Luckily, many are out there listening. Dan Rhode can be contacted at rhodedaniel@yahoo.com

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Harvest Word Find!

The Pun Times!

By: Liz Richardson

APPLES

CORN

PEPPERS

ARTICHOKES

CRANBERRIES

PIE

BEATS

GARLIC

PUMPKINS

BELGIAN ENDIVE

LEEKS

RADISHES

BROCCOLI

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CABBAGE

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SQUASH

CARROTS

MUSTARD GREENS

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Phantom of the FPAC Invent something better

Jimmy Eat world has reinvented themselves but haven’t sold out to their devoted fans.

By Liz Dewey

Staff Writer

Graphic by Dana Lenckus

A performance that gained much repsect and a standing ovation.

By Dimka Atanassova Staff Writer   Moraine Valley’s Gala season opener of the Mainstage Series was “Score By Score: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” on October 22. The event was sponsored by Heide-Wealth Management Group, Palos Heights.   Fans of all ages, of the most prolific and highly decorated contemporary composer, flocked to the Dorothy Menker Theater (a sold-out show) to bring back memories and delight of experiencing Webber’s invigorating music.   Kevin Moore, an awardwinning radio talk show host heard on AM 1530 WJJG and his cadre of Chicago’s top cabaret artists  performed Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical legacy last October. Moore also authors the popular shows celebrating Irvin Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim.   Moore’s entertainment production o ff e r s c a b a r e t - s t y l e m u s i c a l concerts featuring recognized performers in their prime such as Laura Freeman, George Howe (piano and vocal), Heather Moran, Ken Baker, and Daryl Nitz. Their wide range, tailor-made voices in sweetly affectionate duets, powerhouse solos and quintets, sensitive phrasing recreated the charismatic

atmosphere of Webber’s memorable musicals such as: “Evita;” “Cats;” “The Phantom of the Opera;” “Sunset Boulevard;” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”   Every time the performers’ mighty voices belted out the famous composer’s soaring songs like “Think of Me,” “All I Ask of You,” “Love Changes Everything,” “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” “Unexpected Song”—just to mention of a few hits from Webber ’s enormous catalog—feelings of awe swept over audience and brought them to standing ovation.   Daryl Nitz, an award-winning master showman named by t h e “ C h i c a g o S u n - Ti m e s ” a s a “vocal tour-de force” wowed the patrons with his highly polished, silky smooth baritone.      The cabaret-style musical concert wrapped up with a surprise for the enthusiastic Webber’s fans: they were honored to be first time listeners of Webber ’s newest musical hit song, “Love never Dies,” which brought sheer pleasure to the audience.   There many performances going on this semster. I encourage everyone to check out at least one show; it’ll definitely be worth your time. Dimka Atanassova can be contacted at dimka68@yahoo.com

  Jimmy Eat World has been creating exciting sounds for 17 years and “Invented” carries this pattern along with brilliant new jams held together by lyrically soulful construction.   At first listen, this album seems relatively boring with mellow songs that don’t quite hold interest and rock songs that don’t pull the weight as well as some of their older outstanding hits. It’s always a difficult task to tweak your ears to a band’s new sound at first, but Invented will grow on you undoubtedly.   When you think Jimmy Eat World, you think Bleed American, their most popular album. It contains exceptionally inspiring music, releasing raw emotion through lyrics that speak true to your heart. Well, with this new album, J.E.W. is here to do it again, creating a diverse collection of melodies that bring back what made us love them in the beginning, only in a more inventive way.   Most of this album seems to draw up more of an alternative taste than their previous records, with more ballad-like tunes that may make you

sleepy but will show some strong emotional energy. But don’t fall asleep; this album isn’t a complete stroll through the park. An edgier, more toe-tapping tunes like “Higher Devotion” and “Action Needs an Audience” will pull you along, hopefully making listening more of an exciting roller coaster experience.   The single from Invented is an extremely catchy song that talks politics, expressing that one side is no better than the other. “My Best Theory” states that morals should over-power views from a political side. Then of course, we cannot forget the song Invented, although maybe it’s best if we do. This track is a slow and lengthy seven minutes and although its poetic lyrics are moving, towards the end they bring out an electric touch, it is still disappointing for the title track.   This album contains some great songs that will strike your eardrums with pure passion, but overall this album is unsatisfactory since we know what can come from this set of talented artists. Liz Dewey can be contacted at deweye3@student.morainevalley.edu


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Money may never sleep, but you will Zabel (Frank Langella), which catches him off guard. Before long, we find out that Jake’s Josh Brolin in trouble, thanks to the evil Bretton James, plays firm.   This development prompts Jake to propose to Winnie Gekko (Carey Mulligan) because he realizes that you have to go for it in life and do what makes you happy.   Winnie, though, wants nothing to do with her father. Jake wants Gordon and Winnie to reconcile and become close again. He also sees it as a chance for him to have a father figure of his own.   The major problem with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is the fact that it humanizes Gordon Gekko and turns him into a pop star. In the original Wall Street, he was ruthless and would do

whatever it takes to defeat the competition. In this film, he’s just a big, old softy. The film just loses its sense of self when it gets bogged down with the romance between Winnie and Jake.   We also have issues with the other costar of the film, Shia LaBeouf. I He’s all wide-eyed and bushy tailed about this whole thing. When he’s all alone with Douglas, Brolin, or Langella, you really see that he’s not up to par with these actors and the scene suffers.   Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a disappointing moviegoing experience, but it’s not a boring one. This is an uneven film that suffers from lackluster writing and questionable casting decisions.

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Photo courtesy of RottenTomatoes.com Shia LaBeouf gets down to business in “Wall Street”.

By Tony Farinella Staff Writer   It has been twenty-three years since we last saw Gordon Gekko on the big screen in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. It was an iconic performance by Michael Douglas, one that led him to an Oscar win. Even though you hated his actions, you couldn’t keep your eyes off him.   We open up our film by following Mr. Gekko as he is released from prison

after serving a rather lengthy term. As Gekko leaves prison, he finds out that there is nobody there waiting for him, and he’s all alone. Gekko is now a best-selling author going on tours across the world, doling out wisdom to impressionable youth.   Meanwhile, we also get to know Jake Moore, played by Shia LaBeouf, a young trader who is trying to do the right thing while also making a profit of some sort. One day, Jake receives a large check from his mentor Lewis


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Weezer isn’t lost with their new album Lauren Nieminski Staff Writer

  People need to stop giving Weezer a hard time about them not being as good as they use to be in the 90’s.   Sure, they haven’t been able to recapture the magic of The Blue Album or Pinkerton, but they still can put together some good music. Weezer was just starting out then, and I think when a band first starts out, they’re able to write better because they want to make it so badly.    Hurley was a fun album. “Memories” is a great opener and is definitely catchy.  Rivers Cuomo reminisces about the old days before Weezer became famous. You know it wouldn’t be Weezer without silly lyrics like, “Pissing in plastic cups before we went on stage/ Playing hacky sack back when Audioslave was still Rage/ Watching all the freaky Dutch kids vomit then have sex/  Listening to techno music on the bus while we earned our checks.”   “Ruling Me” had an older feel to it, as did “Unspoken” and “Hold On,” which kept me rockin’ out. Cuomo

composes these truthful lyrics and makes these songs enjoyable to listen to. Although he did write some good tracks there were some blunders on this album. “Where’s my Sex?” is as flat as the title.   I admit I did like the punk vibe near the end but the song is all in good fun. Listen closely and you’ll know what it’s really about. “Smart Girls” doesn’t rub me the right way. I actually read online that the song was suppose to be entitled, “Hot Girls,” but Cuomo didn’t want to upset anyone.   One song that did stand out to me was “Trainwrecks.” Even though it does have the filler vibe to it I enjoy the lyrics and rifts. “People love to tell us what to do/ that’s just cause they’re jealous of me and you.” It just seems like a typical young adult anthem that I can relate to.    If you’re looking for a fun album to just sit back and relax to while listening I’d say Hurley is definitely the one.  Hurley is available everywhere compact discs are sold. Lauren Nieminski can be contacted at nieminskil@student.morainevalley.edu

Saints / From F&E Front Page

members of the band played their first show together at Toyota Park.   Although, they haven’t been a band for very long they put out the kind of material that shows devotion and dedication. Bianco writes the lyrics

and collectively they all come up a central theme or idea for the song. Mezera takes care of all promotion via Internet, Vickers does promotion offline and Schaaf sets up shows for the band to perform. Together they have

Primus hits Chicago By Michael Stocks Staff Writer

  For over 25 years, Primus, lead by enigmatic front man and bassist Les Claypool, have blurred the lines of musical styles that have made the band so incredibly hard to define.   The band recently embarked on The Oddity Faire, a concert that saw people in the lobby and merchandise area dressed in weird and macabre outfits such as demented clowns and bumblebees. The band offered a plethora of affordable (“concert standard”) merchandise, including official Primus rolling papers!   The first opening band was Split Lip Rayfield. They’re hard to describe, but were closest to bluegrass as they delivered a very energetic 20-minute set that entertained the crowd.   The next opening band was named Portugal The Man. They technically can be described as experimental rock and un-technically as god-awful noise.   The stage set-up for Primus was incredibly unique. Two giant inflatable astronauts were on-stage which had projectors put images onto the black facemasks of the astronauts. The higlight of that display was when images of George W. Bush were shown during the performance of “My Name Is Mud”. Other musical highlights included the performance of “Sathington Wiloughby” when consisted of Lane putting on a tour de force performance on drums and Les strutting on-stage in a pig mask playing a cello.   Primus took the stage well after

10 p.m. and played a set comprised of old songs, rarities and a few hits to combine everything. The band opened with “To Defy The Laws of Tradition” which is one of their first breakthrough singles that gained them national exposure. Led by Les Claypool on bass, Larry LaLonde on guitar and original drummer Jay Lane, the group is one of the most musically talented bands ever.   The styles of the band ranged at times from metal to thrash to funk to jazz and everything in between. The sheer musical talent of Les Claypool showed as he played a number of instruments including the bass and cello. The band played such songs as “Sgt. Baker” and “Fisticuffs” and even the most overly chaotic song they have ever made, “Tommy The Cat.”   The audience was rowdy, and the pit for the show consisted of being moved against your will by a wave of bodies swaying into yourself and moving from one side of the stage to the other.   Primus roated three different setlists during the tour to keep people guessing on what the set would be.   Primus has been compared to Rush, Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa but they are their own sound and their own style. Primus is the weirdest band you will ever see or hear and they are proud of it. Michael Stocks can be c ontacted mstocks19@hotmail.com 

what it takes to get their name out there, at least locally for the time being.    If you’re interested in checking these boys out, their next show is Dec. 5 at Sam McGuire’s in Orland Park. They also perform

for any occasion. You can find The Saints of Sin on Facebook and get up-to-date information easily. Amel Saleh can be contacted at amel. saleh19@yahoo.com 


Moraine Valley Glacier F&E

Entertainment

October 8, 2010

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Beauty lies in the words By Cassandra McEllen Staff Writer

  Poetry is a dying art form that few have been taught to appreciate in this day and age. David Rigsbee is a southern poet whose newest anthology tries to break out of the stuffy stereotype poetry has acquired over time.   In his new book “The Red Tower,” Rigsbee artfully makes a commentary on life, death and everything in between through unconventional visuals that are present in everyday life. His poetry emphases the internal struggles that the majority of people face everyday, and the way Rigsbee incorporates story telling into his poetry is unique and can make it more accessible to the reader.   To say that Rigsbee’s use of concrete imagery is good is an understatement. The way he looks at the world is as unique as a Salvador Dali painting. The first poem “Harp” beautifully illustrates and sets the tone for the book, “A bad painting/ at once aggressive and shy/ connects its glassy, Alpine blue/ with a utilitarian sofa beneath/where no one sits.”   Through the entire anthology,

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Rigsbee utilizes this type of personification: life is a bad painting but the world it takes place in is alive and feeling and that each poem is a “… toadstool leading he way…” painting that picture.   That being said, his vernacular can increase the meaning and lyrical value of the poem, but it can sometimes detract from the poem itself, especially if the reader is a first time reader of poetry.   The fact that the poetry calls for rigorous execution on the reader’s part in order to be thoroughly understood and appreciated should not go in account on quality, rather as a warning that Rigsbee’s work, while truly insightful, has the potential to put off the novice reader.   Yet, the anguish and cognition needed to unveil the formality within “The Red Tower” is truly worth it. Once understood, the reader will find a truly emotionally mesmerizing work of art and that is something anyone would enjoy. Picking up this book won’t hurt.

Cassandra McEllen can be contacted at mcellenc@student.morainevalley. edu

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