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Moraine Valley Community College Student NEwspaper Online at April 15, 2011 Volume 43, Issue 14

Tibetan monks lecture and perform at MVCC

“The Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery concluded their time at Moraine with a performance entitled “The Sacred Dance For World Healing.” Traditional Tibetan music and dance was on display. For full story turn to F&E Page 1. [Zandro Zafra]

Mandala is a sacred art of the Tibetan monks requiring great patience. [Zandro Zafra]

Gala Rinpoche teaches students the secrets of meditation. [Zandro Zafra]

Monks demonstrate the sacred art of mandala Monks show mediation as a mean to happiness By Alex Villaseñor Staff Writer Moraine Valley students had the incredible opportunity to experience one of the most meaningful and beautiful aspects of the Tibetan traditions, the creation of the Mandala.

Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery demonstrated this artform for Moraine students. Mandalas are part of the sacred art of Hinduism and Buddhism, which, according to one of the monks “is a roadmap leading to the discovery of complete Mandala | page 8

By Amel Saleh Entertainment Editor “Motivation is very important to Buddhists,” explains Gala Rinpoche, a Tibetan Monk speaking about how useful a tool meditation is. On April 1 a full house of students

occupied the D Building, curious to find the answer to obtaining happiness, showed up to listen to Rinpoche in his traditional monk attire. Rinpoche discussed that happiness is ultimately the elusive matter that everyone searches for when facing difficulties in life. Meditation | page 8

Invisible Children brings attention to the war in Uganda By Connor Reynolds News Editor On March 29, the Invisible Children tour came to the M building to bring awareness to the abduction of children in Central Africa. Friends Laren Poole and Jason Russell founded Invisible Children 25 years ago following their eye-opening trip to Uganda. “It ruined my life, but


it ruined me in the best way possible,” said Poole. They saw first hand the fear and conflict that Ugandans faced everyday. Their experiences on this first trip and then on their subsequent trip made up the documentary “Tony’s Story.” Tony was one of the boys Poole and Russell met in Uganda. He was a member of a large population of children who would be sent to sleep in the

Entertainment Conditions perform at the AP tour and rock the house. F&E Page 8

city to avoid abduction at the hands of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Led by Joseph Kony, a wanted war criminal by the International Court, the LRA has been terrorizing Uganda and Central Africa since 1987. More shocking than the duration of his reign are his methods for maintaining an army. The Ugandan children fled to the city to avoid abduction, because it meant being forced into the LRA.

Sports Tennis remains undefeated through seven matches. Page 16

Features ‘Scott Walker Awake in the Land of Dreams’ opens in the U building F&E Page 7

The film and speakers demonstrated the progress that has been made in Uganda through the Invisible Children’s 25 years of existence. These breakthroughs include a scholarship fund to send children to school in Uganda, as well as the Invisible Children Protection Plan. The plan involves setting up a sort of “911” system for the people who live in the INvisible | page 2



News  — April 15, 2011 About the Glacier:  The Glacier is published biweekly during the fall and spring semesters by the students of Moraine Valley Community College.

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Faculty Advisor Ted Powers Editor-in-Chief Liz Richardson Copy Editor Frank Florez Graphics Editor Laura Joy Online Editor Stacey Reichard Photo Editor Zandro Zafra News Editor Connor Reynolds Views Editor Anthony Cox Sports Editor Apply Now

Features Editor Anthony Rojas Entertainment Editor Amel Saleh Classifieds Editor Nadia Ahmad Distribution Manager Michael Stocks Advisor’s Intern Angela Rzeszutko Editorial Assistant Tony Gustin Online Assistant Ryan Kiefer Graphics Assistant Kyle Singer Staff Liz Dewey

Jenna Enders Ayat Hussein Hal Jwayyed Ahmed Khorshid Courtney Kuchan Sean McDermott Matt Pierzachala Alex Villaseñor Zharmaine Zafra Special Contributors Bill Droel Gennaro Paolella

‘Taste’ unites the Moraine students with food Anthony Rojas Features Editor Moraine Valley has employed an ancient art of bringing cultures together: serve the people food. Sponsored by the Celebrating Diversity Task Group, the Taste of Moraine is an opportunity to try food samples from around the globe as a way to better understand the cultures they come from. Chicken tamales from Mexico, pierogis from Poland and vegetable

tempura from Japan were all served at the event. The Grecian gyros served at the Taste took the lead in most served. Tickets were sold for five dollars and all proceeds were put toward the Celebrating Diversity Tuition Scholarship Fund. Large lines were formed around the food tables. A band made up of Moraine students played smooth jazz hits on the stage. Building M’s capacious conference room was packed with finely dressed tables. The music sifted

David Ochitti shares his story of abduction and survival. [Zandro Zafra] Invisible | front page

jungles of Central Africa with no form of communication. For the first time these people will be able to communicate with each other and give warning when the LRA come for their children. The presentation concluded with the powerful story of David Ochitti who left his home in Uganda to speak across the country with Invisible Children. As a child Ochitti was abducted by the LRA and forced to serve. He gave a very deliberate and soft-spoken account of his life to a silent audience that seemed to be hanging on every word. “All I knew was the war,” said Ochitti. He continued, “It’s never easy and it will never be easy to live a life where you are not sure you will make it to the next day of your life.” He was

finally able to escape with his friends, who were killed in the process. Ochitti was able to get an education through the Invisible Children’s scholarship program, and was then able to take his story to the U.S. “I knew I was born a human being. My parents kept me. And I knew I had to do something,” he said, explaining why he had come on the road to speak on behalf of his country. “No one walks the path of life alone, and that is why we need you,” concluded Ochitti. The Invisible Children, in their 25th year, offer many donation and volunteer opportunities through their website at Connor Reynolds can be contacted at

through the room where people sat down to eat from polystyrene containers (to-go boxes). The crowd consisted mostly of staff and a few students who relaxed in cushioned seats to experience foods like meatballs, edamame and kuba. On the far side of the room, certain groups had set up information booths. One group represented was the Gay, Lesbian, Or Whatever (GLOW) club. Throughout the week, the club has been organizing events to promote social awareness of those who don’t fall into the average sexual orientation. GLOW sold one-dollar buttons, which said “Out and Proud” and “Straight but not Narrow” in order to fund things such as documentaries, group discussions and the “Day of Silence.” Along with GLOW, members of the Japan Relief Fundraiser were accepting donations at the Taste of Moraine.

Since Japan had been hit by a tsunami and had a subsequent nuclear disaster, donations were accepted to aid the dislocated citizens of the country. The organizers of the event have a table stationed in the cafeteria of U building and are expecting to raise more money for the people of Japan. To close the reception out, the MSA hosted a fashion show. Participants in the show wore outfits that represented cultures from around the world; one girl wore a kimono, another wore a barot saya. Traditional outfits of Africa, India, the Middle East, and many other ethnicities were strutted down the stage as the audience applauded. The Taste of Moraine was hosted to bring different people together for the one thing all Americans share: a strongwilled and striking love of food. Anthony Rojas can be contacted at rojasa@


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Student Trustee Corner | Gennaro paolella Time has really flown. It was not too long ago that I remember writing my first trustee corner. For my final trustee corner I would like to thank several parties, share my future plans, and wish all of you the best of luck in all your future endeavors. A large thank you is in order for Demetrius Robinson, coordinator of Student Life. Demetrius relentlessly supports our student body in every way imaginable, and he has orchestrated a program dedicated toward developing future leaders. I would like to extend another thank you to each of our four college Vice Presidents. I have learned so much by observing and interacting with these highly skilled administrators. They were always willing to hear my suggestions and provide outlets for me to pursue them. My last thank you is for Dr. Crawley and the College Board who have provided the Student Trustee opportunity. Experiences of observing an organization of this magnitude function, participating in College Board meetings, and feeling

the satisfaction of positively impacting our college community would not be possible without their support. The next step in my academic career is transferring to UIC. I have already been accepted, and I am pursuing a seat in the honors college. I am going to double major in biochemistry and secondary chemistry education. My long term goal is to become a pharmacist for Walgreens and teach high school chemistry. Through my student interviews and classroom experiences, I know many of you are also transferring to four year schools, pursuing placement into professional programs, or moving into the work force. This is what makes Moraine such a special place. Here, we have over 20,000 people actively working toward goals that best suit them. It is an environment that provokes hard work, perseverance, and success. These characteristics of our student body are what make the student trustee position so revered by the College Board. Best of luck to all of you!


Meyerson: progress in the fight against lung cancer Advancement made possible by technology By Connor Reynolds News Editor Shari L. Meyerson, Associate Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University, was the latest speaker in the MVCC/Northwestern Memorial Hospital Medical Education Series on April 13. The focus of the presentation was the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of lung cancer. A large sized crowd of students from health science, biology, nursing and medical terminology classes were present in the Dorothy Menker

allowed the surgeons to see what they were doing. The video showed the splitting, stapling, and cutting of a blood vessel to a lobe of the lung that was being removed. According to Meyerson this new, minimally invasive technique has significant advantages over thoracotomy, the older technique. In thoracoscopy the need for after-surgery care in the form of a nursing home or at-home nursing decreased from 63% of patients to 20% of patients. The percentage of patients reporting extreme pain after three weeks dropped from 65% to 6%.

Shari Meyerson lecture as part of the MVCC MVCC/Northwestern Memorial Hospital Medical Education Series. [Zandro Zafra] Theater to learn the ins and outs of lung cancer. Technological advances were the major focus of the presentation, as they have been able to improve diagnosis and treatment in ways that were never possible before. Citing a study done on the effectiveness of chest CT scans in early diagnosis of lung cancer Meyerson said, “This was huge. That’s the first time we’ve show any improvement.” This improvement was demonstrated by a 20% drop in lung cancer deaths in at risk patients who had regular chest CT scans. The treatment portion of the presentation proved to be the most graphic. To demonstrate thoracoscopy, the newest surgical option for lung cancer, Meyerson played a clip of one of the operations she had done. The clip came from the viewpoint of a tiny camera that

After two and a half years over 26% of thoracotomy patients are still on painkillers as a result of the procedure. In the same study, the percent of patients using painkillers after only one year was at zero for those who had the thoracoscopy. This presentation followed the last presentation, which was a similar look at the improvements of COPD treatment. Both have carried a very anti-smoking theme as Meyerson dedicated the last third of her presentation to stopping people from smoking. The history of tobacco usage in the US was detailed and several photos seemingly straight out of DARE were shown, including the ubiquitous black lung. Connor Reynolds can be contacted at



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Where does our water come from; how much do we have

By Liz Richardson Editor-in-Chief

Water, water everywhere, but how much will there be? The Future of Water in Chicagoland was presented in the Library on April 12 and outlined the status of local water and changes that might happen in the future. Josh Ellis, project manager for the Metropolitan Planning Council, gave the presentation. The MPC has been operating since 1934, and is concentrated on making a more sustainable Chicago. Ellis started by mapping out the complicated relationship between political boundaries and hydrological boundaries. Especially in Chicago, these boundaries overlap, and it causes a fierce competition over resources. Northeast Illinois receives 77% of its water from Lake Michigan, according to Ellis. This water is pumped all the way out to Plainfield. Much of the remaining water sources are subsurface aquifers or local rivers. Demand in the future is a serious risk. The Illinois Regional Water Supply Planning Group did studies of possible demand and supply until 2050. If Illinois needs more water resources, demand will rise 64% compared to a 32% population growth. This is the worstcase scenario, depending on where the growth is located. If population rises in Cook or DuPage counties, where lot sizes are small and water is used less, the demand will not increase. However, if population rises in spread-out suburbs with large lots that rely on river and aquifer water, things could get bad. “Population is going where water is most scarce,” says Ellis. Supply is another issue. The region is given a “diversion,” an allotment of water allowed from Lake Michigan. Only 85% to 90% of the allotted water is used, according to 2005 numbers. By leaving some water in the lake, there is no “water debt” and it can be saved for later use. Unfortunately, storm runoff counts for this diversion, as the water ends up in the sewers and not back in the lake. As of 2005, 27.7% of the diversion is storm water runoff. That’s equivalent to 500 million gallons a day—twice as much as the western and southern suburbs use daily. Putting that water to use would be a huge improvement. Despite the annual summer worry of drought and fears over using too much liquid, Illinois is nowhere near water scarcity. Inefficiency, however, is a real threat. As Ellis explains, “we don’t have the water in the right place, at the right time, in the right form.” Old and leaking pipes lead to a lot of wasted water. Losing 10% of allocated water is considered a good loss; however, many communities lose up to 35% of their water this way. Even more

Josh Ellis of the Metropolitan Planning Council gave a presentation on the state of water in the Chicagoland area. Population growth and wasted water pose very real concerns for the future of our area. [Martin Papa] worrisome, they don’t intend to fix this. But Ellis explained that if you lost 35% of the groceries you paid for each week, “you’d do something about it.” One solution is using water in the right places. Many toilets and cooling towers hold water suitable for drinking. This potable water is being put in all the wrong places. However, using

other sources for those water needs is currently illegal. Ellis and others are currently fighting this with Senate Bill 38, which aims to make rainwater and other sources legal for that use. For more information about water and sustainability, please visit or, which has an interactive map including

the water usage of local cities. This presentation was part of Moraine Valley’s event-packed Earth Month celebration. To find out about more events, visit sustainability. Liz Richardson can be contacted at

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Fall 2010 MVCC Part Time Achievement List To be recognized for the Part-time Student Scholastic Achievement List, students must mee the following criteria. 1)Earn at least a 3.5 cumuulative grade point average with at least 24 credit hours (excluding developmental courses). 2) Attempt less than 12 credit hours of colege credit course which count toward a degree of certificate during the semester that the distinction is received. 3)Attempt at least 3 credit hours for the semester that the distinction is received (excluding developmental courses). *Grades of “D,” “F,” or “I” will exclude a student from qualifying for the Scholastic Achievement list.

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Recent world events spotlight need for nondestructive testing workers With safety concerns about nuclear power plants, the soundness of bridges and airplane inspections in the news, nondestructive testing (NDT) has catapulted into the public eye. Moraine Valley Community College is ramping up its Nondestructive Testing Program to meet the increased demand for qualified employees in the industry. Ideal program participants have a desire to make the world a safer place, enjoy math and physics, and relish the challenges of scientific investigation. Since August 2009, jobs in nondestructive testing have increased 66 percent. According to, the average NDT salary in the Chicago area is $55,000, although salaries can vary by location, industry, experience, and benefits. The NDT core program at Moraine Valley is composed of four classes and can be completed in as little as one month. Upon completion, students will be eligible to attend the NDT Interview Day held every semester. NDT is an approved Illinois workNet program, which provides funding for qualifying unemployed or underemployed residents. Illinois veterans can

use state funding for education. For additional information, contact Moraine Valley’s Workforce Development and Community Services area at (708) 974-5690 or Tuesday, April 19 Board Meeting The Moraine Valley Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, April 19. The regular meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reorganization meeting. The meeting will take place in the Board Room, Building D, Room 219, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Moraine Valley student receives award at Skyway Conference art competition Moraine Valley Community College student Nicole Scannell, of Orland Park, received an Award of Merit in the artist book/printmaking category for her “Book of the World” piece at the 2011 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Art Competition. The awards were presented on April 2 at a reception on Moraine Valley’s campus. The art exhibition is on display in the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery and in the cases throughout the atrium in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College

Pkwy., Palos Hills, through April 27. Admission is free. Nearly 200 students from the eight schools making up the Skyway Conference—College of Lake County, Elgin Community College, McHenry County College, Moraine Valley, Morton College, Oakton Community College, Prairie State College, and Waubonsee Community College—submitted work for the juried competition, and 64 were selected to be included. Scannell was one of 10 Moraine Valley students whose work was on exhibit. Free movie viewing during Earth Month at Moraine Valley It’s Earth Month at Moraine Valley Community College, and every Monday this month starting at 6:15 p.m., a different eco-focused movie will be shown in the Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Pkwy. in Palos Hills. Discover how a New Yorker spent a year without TV and air-conditioning and not creating trash in “No Impact Man,” which will run April 11. Bring the kids along April 18 to watch Pixarcreated “Wall-E,” which is about a robotic trash compactor left to clean up Earth. The documentary, “Food, Inc.,” which reveals insights into America’s food industry and how it affects peo-


ple, will wrap up the series on April 25. All movie showings are free and open to the public. Each attendee will receive a free eco-friendly door prize. For more information, call (708) 974-5412, e-mail or visit Moraine Valley to hold an e-waste collection Don’t throw those unused and unwanted electronics in the trash. Bring them to the e-waste collection on Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to noon at Moraine Valley Community College on the main campus in the Building T parking lot, 9000 W. College Pkwy. in Palos Hills. Items that can be dropped off include computers, laptops, TVs, CRT monitors, LCD monitors, microwaves, cell phones, telephones, cables, DVD players, VCRs, stereos, speakers, game consoles, printers, fax machines, copiers, keyboards and mice, miscellaneous cables, computer parts, and handheld electronic devices (such as iPods, CD players, Game Boy, etc). No major appliances will be accepted. For more information, call (708) 974-5412, e-mail or visit


theglacier Meditation | from front page

In life we go through what seems like a never-ending search for happiness. We go through life just trying to constantly prepare for things; ultimately we even prepare for death. We prepare for elementary school, middle school, high school, college, a career, marriage, family, retirement, etc. So how does one achieve ultimate happiness in life? Happiness is not measured by how much money you have or the materialistic things you own. If that were the case, we’d see the richest people as the happiest and the poorest as the saddest. Instead we often see the rich as the miserable searching for company or more material things while the lower class is many times the group with the most ambition. To solve this feeling of confusion and to

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alleviate the mind and soul one must meditate. One of the many methods of meditation discussed by Rinpoche is the Shamatha meditation. Shamatha meditation helps relieve stress and the benefits are both short and long term. To attain the utmost relaxation from this form of meditation one must place themselves in a suitable place, have the desire to accomplish great levels of enlightenment and abandon disturbing notions. “Meditation is the exercise of the mind… the mind is the only thing that can make us feel miserable, disgusting, and of course, depressed,” said Rinpoche. “Meditation—a tool for conscious living” Amel Saleh can be contacted at saleha38@

Physical and mental steps to take to practice the Shamatha meditation: Physical


1. Cross legs 2. Straighten spine   like an erect   arrow 3. Hands positioned   in the posture of   meditation,   equipoise. 4. Shoulders leveled 5. Head slightly bent   forward 6. Eyes cast down 7. Lips and teeth in   natural position

1. Have desire 2. Meditate in a   suitable place 3. Maintain pure   morality 4. Don’t apply too   little or too much   thought, find a   balance. 5. Focus on clearing   the mind and try to   gain stability in   doing so

The Tibetan monks put the finishing touches on a sand mandala. They began work on the art on Wednesday evening and finished it Saturday. [Zandro Zafra] Mancala | from front page every one of the many details. In the enlightenment.” center of the library was a completed Their lecture entitled “Symbolism of Mandala, carefully arranged to show the Sand Mandala” took place on March the vibrant and multicolored Akshob31 in the Library Lounge and it was an hya; this means ‘the unshakable victor enlightening experience. for conflict resolution and peace’. The speaker gave a 30-minute lecTibetan Refugeesand set up stands ture where he explained the symbolism in the U building where the monks sold of every detail on the Mandala and the books about the history and the pracsignificance of making such a magnifi- tices of Buddhism as well as colorful cent piece. He described it as sacred art purses, jewelry and journals that were where the creators not only have to handmade. Students and visitors had prove their artistic abilities, but also the opportunity to learn more about their vast knowledge of small details. the conflict in Tibet, the history of the For each Mandala they have to memo- religion, the story of Dali Lama and rize the entire book that the specific most importantly they had the chance Mandala is representing. to support the monks by the purchases Four monks worked on the Mandala they made. every day, beginning on Wednesday evening. Each one of them meticulous- Alex Villaseñor can be contacted at ly measure and pour sand to make up

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point / counterpoint

Is nuclear energy a safe option for the USA? Nuclear power is the right choice for a green future By Connor Reynolds News Editor

Connor Reynolds is a veteran actor, having appeared in films such as “Working at Cellular Field” and “Glacier Sports Editor.” He is currently teaching Pilates at the YMCA and starring as News Editorsky in the new MVCC picture, “DEADLINE”

“The future only exists if the world is willing to be more responsible about nuclear power.”

Nuclear power has a long and often controversial history. Many will remember the disasters in Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and currently, the crisis in Japan. I think that while the future of nuclear power is now being questioned, it still has a future. That future will obviously need to take the mistakes made in the past, and work to correct them in order to have an efficient and safe energy source. There are currently 443 nuclear reactors in 29 countries, with 64 more plants under construction. Nuclear power accounts for 14% of electricity in the world, and 20% of electricity in the United States. We are already heavily invested in this technology because it has clear advantages over the other options. Nuclear power plants are emission free. Yes it is true that they do create waste, but this waste is tangible. With

coal, the current leading electricityproducing system, there is simply no way to capture the incredible amounts of CO2 that are released into atmosphere. Nuclear waste is anything but safe. However, it can be contained; it can be stored. Nuclear power is the future because it has the ability to manage the byproducts of its system, which coal does not. However the future only exists if the world is willing to be more responsible about nuclear power. Technology has gotten to the point where freak meltdowns like Chernobyl and Three Mile Island are mostly a thing of the past. Japan’s disaster is different. Japan lies in a very dangerous geographical location. They are at a high risk of earthquakes and tsunamis due to their location along major faults. Japan is a country that should probably not be invested in the future of nuclear power. We have seen just how devastating an earthquake can be even for a country that was greatly prepared

through experience. For countries like Japan – and to a similar extent Indonesia, Turkey and India – nuclear power may not, or should not be the future. The inherent geographical risks with these countries due to earthquake and other natural disasters is enough to dictate the pursuance of different forms of energy. There are other energy options in the world and as we move forward into the future, all of them look to play a key part. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. More than anything, we need to be smart about how we decide to produce our energy. Nuclear power alone isn’t going to rule the energy community in the way coal has. Wind and solar power have their places, and in risk prone areas like Japan, just might be the best solution.

Connor Reynolds can be contacted at

It’s time to reconsider our nuclear pipe dreams By Anthony Cox Views Editor

Anthony Cox is the Views Editor and film critic for The Glacier. He writes and performs his own satirical news show, The Nightly Mirror, and once played electric guitar in the experimental band, The Digital Kill. His installation piece, “Scott Walker: Awake in the Land of Dreams” can be seen in the Student Art Gallery in the Student Union

“Nuclear power is risky business for just one more way to boil water.”

Earlier this week, the IAEA quietly moved up the nuclear disaster level at the Daiichi plant in Fukushima, Japan from Level 5 to a Level 7 rating. The only peer now to this disaster is the meltdown at Chernobyl. It would be difficult to ever match the colossal tragedy that occurred in Chernobyl in 1986, when absurd engineering decisions lead to the reactor accelerating its rate of fission as it was melting down. The radiation levels around Fukushima are still a tenth of that released at Chernobyl, most of it being released into the ocean. The Japanese government remains eerily silent on divulging details of the clean up as it unfolds. Common workers are subjecting themselves to dangerous levels of radiation fighting off a meltdown with hose water, and the Tokyo Electric Power Company is still scrambling around pretending to look like it knows what it is doing. The word from on-high is that their highly unstable industrial tragedy should be tied up by the end of the year. The earthquake that hit Japan on March 11 was a once in a lifetime event. After it occurred, the world was

frankly amazed at how intensive planning and forward-thinking engineering prevented the natural disaster from wreaking much more havoc than it did. It was only the decision to place one back-up generator in a basement that lead to the evacuation of a major area of Northern Japan. Nuclear power is risky business for just one more way to boil water. No carbon is produced, but instead you are left with spent nuclear waste that needs to be watched forever. Forever. How many once in a lifetime events will occur in forever? No new nuclear facilities have been built in the US since the 1970’s. Our country has changed a lot since then. Every time it snows on the east coast, the power goes out, as if snow storms on the east coast were a surprise every winter. Bridges collapse in disrepair. There is not the same level of government investment in infrastructure. These are the marvels of the Reagan Revolution. Nuclear facilities in this country do not run without massive government intervention. It’s the law. The Price-Anderson Act forces tax payers to guarantee the insurance of any nuclear plant operating in the country, because who in their right mind would

ever insure a nuclear power plant? Before expanding nuclear power in the United States, we have to have a very serious conversation about the nuclear facilities that are already wearing down in this country. After the disaster in Fukushima, it was discovered that the back up generator at the Diablo Canyon reactor in California had not been turned on in 18 months. This same reactor lies dangerously close to an active fault line. The Indian Point Energy Center just 38 miles of New York City was just discovered to be within a mile of a newly discovered fault-line. What is to stop another Fukushima from happening here? I am all for exploring and expanding greener energy sources. We could turn the Midwest into a wind farm. What is stopping us from running the Southwest entirely on solar power? These energy sources don’t produce tons of permanent nuclear waste. If we are going to pretend to be serious about the environment, it’s clear nuclear energy is just not on the table with our current levels of safety and scientific knowledge. We need to keep looking. Anthony Cox can be contacted at coxa@


April 15, 2011  —  Views

View from the hill By Bill Droel MVCC campus minister The word nihilist is sometimes incorrectly used as a synonym for a negative person. But nihilism more precisely is a denial of objective truth. That is, it describes people who do not see inherent meaning or purpose in life. Nihilists are not always gloomy or pessimistic. As they go about their life, they impose meaning on circumstances. The world itself, however, gives no reason to prefer any answer or choice above any other, nihilists assume. An individual must overcome the randomness of life through self-sufficiency. I am daily enlivened and often inspired as I experience the energy of young adults on our campus and at Loyola University, where I teach a graduate course or two. College students are humanistic and caring. Their ambitions are noble. I am privileged to be a college teacher. Nonetheless, I am worried. My concern did not improve upon reading Souls in Transition (Oxford University Press, 2009) by Christian Smith at the University of Notre Dame.

He is a sociologist who specializes in trends among young adults, particularly their spiritual attitudes and practices. Smith is sympathetic toward young adults. He realizes they are dealing with insecurity and transitions in their family life, their jobs, their education, and their personal relationships. Add to the mix a terrible economy and a world fraught with war and terrorism. It is admirable then to see young adults applying themselves to their studies, their careers and their networks. Smith uses opinion polls and hundreds of personal interviews to get below the surface of young adults. He also carefully considers reports from scores of other researchers. Smith’s main finding is disturbing to me. Young adults have “great difficulty grasping” an objective shared reality, he finds. They use their own experience to interpret everything. In fact, young adults do not even understand the difference “between objective moral truth and relative human invention.” Young adults frequently talk to one another, either in person or through cyberspace. They “communicate with each other in order to simply get along and enjoy life,” Smith writes. “Beyond that, anything truly objectively shared or common or real seems impossible to access.” Obviously, Smith’s finding is abstract. Yet, he and his team formulated and posed

many practical questions to young adults in reaching this conclusion. Young adults are good people. In fact, they find moral discernment easy—even if like everyone else they don’t always do the right thing. It is their method of morality, however, that is disturbing to me. Young adults seem to decide on right and wrong, says Smith, by paying attention to what they feel or intuit. They do not appeal to God’s will or to the natural law; they just sense that something feels bad or something else feels correct. Day to day this approach does not evidently look different from a more objective approach to morality. Young adults are courteous. They listen attentively to friends who are in need. They sometimes raise money for a worthy cause. But for young adults helping others is a personal choice. They cannot imagine that it could be an obligation. Young adults are tolerant and unimposing. But young adults, according to Smith, have no conception of “commonly binding moral judgments [that are] rationally justified.” They are not equipped to make and explain broadly applicable, reasoned moral judgments.” This is the case across the spectrum of young adults, including those who are evangelical and those who have no religious interest. I notice this on our campus, both in my classroom and in informal settings


like Café Moraine. Students rarely stake claims in their speech. I often banter with students about sports or politics. They assert their opinions. But sooner or later it is a matter of “whatever.” Students are intelligent and know lots of facts. They do not though usually develop rational arguments. A discussion is always really an opinion. Personal experience stands for truth. Maybe I’m getting worked up over nothing. Maybe I’m a grumpy old man. I’m still worried though. Students will make sense of a week, a semester, a year. But how does one make sense of a whole life without grounding oneself in something objective, something that transcends individual experience? Young adults, I might quickly say, did not invent today’s pervasive nihilism. It is a by-product of modernity; it gained momentum during the Enlightenment and again during World War II. It fits comfortably with our postmodern era, characterized by irony, the so-called deconstruction of literature, fleeting relationships and more. I’m old fashioned. I still believe we can know for sure what is true—even if I am sometimes lost and off the mark; especially if I am lost and uncertain. I’m grateful. Contact Mr. Droel at droelb@ His blog is hosted by

The misinformation super-highway Art and politics are shared dreams By Ryan Kiefer Online Assistant Outlandish ideas regarding our current president remain in vogue despite conclusive evidence to the contrary. In particular, birtherism, or the idea that Barack Obama was not born in the United States as he claims, has enjoyed so much popularity that it was floated about as a talking point both during the 2008 election campaign and has already been talked about by candidates such as Donald Trump for the upcoming elections. Birtherism, of course, has no basis whatsoever in truth: Obama posted a legally valid copy of his American birth certificate online in 2008, the Hawaii State Department has confirmed they have the original on file and is available for viewing on request, and two major Honolulu papers announced his birth the next day. In short, it’s a non-issue, and anyone who thinks otherwise is either unaware of the facts or ignoring them. So what keeps this trend going? The easy answer: the Internet. Thanks to the no-holds-barred nature of the web, it’s fairly easy for anyone with a few bucks and a web connection to set up a site and soapbox for whatever topic they feel like. Because of this it’s easy for a small fringe group to gain a disproportionately large voice in American politics.

This phenomenon was most recently seen in the 2010 elections, when several fringe characters not only ran on a ballot as a party’s official candidate, but also in a few cases even won the election. Art Robinson, who ran on the Republican ballot in Oregon, is a proponent of hormesis, or the idea that radiation is good for you in small doses. Sharron Angle, who narrowly lost in the November elections to Senate majority leader Harry Reid, had said repeatedly that she believes Sharia law is an imminent threat to the nation. These are only a few of the candidates whose views were decidedly in the fringe, yet somehow gained the support of thousands. So what does this mean for you? To start, try to research both sides of an argument before you form an opinion on it. Studies have shown that the more you read content that is biased towards your beliefs, the more polarized your views become. In addition, especially in the case of the Internet, do some fact-checking before you decide to blindly follow an opinion. It’s very easy on the Internet for anyone to publish anything without any sort of factual basis. It’s up to you to decide whether you think it’s true or not. Ryan Kiefer can be contacted at kieferr@

By Anthony Cox Views Editor Perhaps I am abusing my privileges as View Editor at the Glacier, but I would like to take a moment to explain my giant editorial down in the U building student gallery. My gallery installation, Scott Walker: Awake in the Land of Dreams, is a gift from the collective dreams of Chicago labor history to the teachers, nurses, janitors and everybody else protesting in Madison to protect their common dreams. Right now in America, we are having an argument about our collective dreams. Scott Walker and other politicians of his generation dream of a nation where the people who own the country ought to run it. Where it’s every man for himself and God against all. But is it so radical to imagine a country where we can decide together to organize against disaster, to organize against the bullies who protect the game as they have it rigged in their favor? When I made this piece, I wanted to re-imagine the gallery space. Not just as a place to show pictures or compete as artists, but also as a space for meditation and protest. There’s a lot going on, and I could explain it in detail and probably will, in person. But I encourage you to

check it out, think about it, and come back. Read about the Haymarket Martyrs, watch The Graduate, read what the Bible says about the rich. Read about what lyrics you never heard in Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land”, and come back to this space to ponder about it some more, to talk about it with friends, or just have a weird space to chill out, make out, or whatever. Dream with each other. As artists, and I use the term loosely, because if it doesn’t exclude me it surely doesn’t exclude you, we have the task of illustrating not only our individual dreams and aspirations, but those we share. Because in the end, the fates of we bogus artists and the rest of working class America are really the same. Not just that most of us will end up getting real jobs, but because these days even the good art jobs are designing laundry detergent ads for the exact same jerks. By imagining together, we can win together. Everything in this gallery now is paper thin, engaged in a disposable political moment. Improve it by making it yours. Not just this public space, but all public space. First we take the gallery, then we take the campus, then the world. Why the hell not? Anthony Cox can be contacted at coxa@



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Classified ads are accepted at the Glacier office (U207) at the rate of 10 cents per word for students and Moraine employees, 20 cents per word for everybody else. Ads are subject to editing and must be in by noon seven days prior to issue release. The Spring 2011 issues will be on the stands April 29, May 13 and June 24.

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Career Corner


Student employees to be honored By Nadia Ahmad Classifieds Manager Every year the Job Resource Center coordinates a selection process and choses seven students to be nominated for MVCC’s Student Employee of the Year. The nominees are Jameel Shukair, Jawan Zeidan, Martin Papa, Mariam Khanani, Laura Joy, Yasmeen Hamarshah, and Aaron Lopez. This year these students have been nominated for their contributions and achievements as an employee while still maintaining their grades. “I am very proud [and] excited to be nominated. This has never happened to me before and I’m truly honored. Before attending college, I wasn’t a very motivated student. After attending Moraine Valley I felt encouraged to do better and achieve goals I set for myself,” said Martin Papa. Nominees are considered by their supervisors for recognition on various things depending on their department that they work in, but as a whole it’s

based on leadership, communication skills, professionalism, organizational ability and accountability. Supervisors had to give a detailed statement describing their employee’s accomplishments and attributes to give them the best chance at the award. Student employment is a very important part of campus programs and offices. It also provides career opportunities for student workers in enhancing the student educational experience in helping them develop self-awareness and selfesteem as well as build work relationships with a wide variety of people. MVCC will be having a luncheon on Friday April 15 between noon and 1:30 pm for all student employees and supervisors who RSVP and in honor of students nominated for this admirable award. The winner will receive a $250 scholarship and their name will be placed on a plaque alongside other MVCC Students of the Year plaques from previous years. The winner will participate in a state competition with other student

employees from other colleges and the winner from that will receive a certificate and a check for $75 and go on to the MASEA (Midwest Association of Student Employment Ad- Students are nominated for Student Employee of the Year because of hard work. Use the JRC to write your success story. [Zandro Zafra] ministrators) regional’s. The NSEA President or a representaThe MASEA regional winner will tive from the NSEA Board will visit the receive a plaque and a check for $150, national winners campus to present which will then go off to the NSEA the award. (National Student Employment AssoCongratulations to the nominees ciation) Student Employee of the Year for their fantastic achievements. Good Program. luck in moving on to bigger and better The NSEA chooses a National Stu- things. dent Employee of the Year and the awarded winner will receive a $1000 Nadia Ahmad can be contacted at cash award!


theglacier Tennis | from Sports Front Page

Sports  — April 15, 2011

Athletes of the Issue By Tony Gustin - Editorial Assistant

The tennis team’s hard work in practice has prepared them for meets. [Zandro Zafra] day, every practice and every match. Valley will then take on College of We find something to correct until it Lake County on April 21 at 2 p.m. to is perfection. We are getting better,” conclude the regular season. said Danos. The Region IV tournament will take With only two more meets left, the Cyclones have a good shot at finishing the regular season undefeated. The final two meets will both take place at Moraine Valley. The Cyclones will take on College of DuPage on Tuesday, April 19 at 2 p.m. Moraine

place April 28-30 and the National Junior College Athletic Association National’s will take place May 8-15 in Plano, Texas. Frank Florez can be contacted at

Jeromy Williamson Outfield Baseball

Jayne Joyce Infield Softball

Coming into this season the Cyclones were happy to hear that powerhouse slugger Jeromy Williamson was returning to the team. Being the oldest player on the team, Williamson not only brings the stats game in and game out, but also mental leadership for all of the first-year players. Williamson is a right-handed outfielder that is also a strong defensive presence. One of the main reasons for his success is his attitude for the game. “Im an easy going dude. I like to be relaxed and chill,” said Williamson.

Joyce started playing softball when she was 8-years-old at a local park district. At Mt. Assisi she also played volleyball, basketball and ran cross country/ track. In college she is studying Therapeutic Recreation. Aside from her studies, Joyce has been a student aid in the physical science department since 2009. Joyce continued playing softball at the collegiate level to play a team sport and to stay physically active. “[I expect to] maintain a low ERA percentage on the field and retain a steady batting average,” said Joyce.

April 15, 2011  —  Sports Baseball | from Sports Front Page

theglacier Softball | from Sports Front Page

added a big offensive day with a home run and a double. Game two’s 7-4 victory included Stephanie Ruvalcaba adding two RBI’s on to the four she had in the first game. Off the two victories against Triton the Cyclones moved on to Elgin Community College on April 6 where they split the series. In game one Crockett put the team on her back with an amazing day at the plate. With three home runs and five RBI’s, she was the handsdown player of the game. Moraine Valley won 13-8 victory. Even though they couldn’t pull off the sweep, Galazkiewicz added a homer to her season stats. Infielder Tim Blaha gets ready to take on the pitch. [Zandro Zafra] exclaimed coach Radz. “He currently said coach Radz. is the top hitter in the nation at the The Cyclones still have plenty of JUCO level” (Williamson is batting time to strengthen their record. They .588). “It seems like we haven’t been still have 13 games left plus the rain out 100% for any game this year. It’s like games. With the strong play of Wallace, we’re always playing musical positions Townsend, Williamson, and the rest of out there. The good thing is guys are the Cyclones roster, they still can do it. stepping up.” “As the season goes on I think it will “If you look back at our past games, show we are going to improve and last we lost a few heartbreakers,” pointed year it did show,” said coach Radz. out coach Radz when referring to the Last season the Cyclones finished team’s mental mistakes. “Those games the season winning 11 of their last 13 could have been easily won but, we did games. History tends to repeat itself make a couple of mistakes again.” and the Cyclones have a great chance of The team has been trying to fix these repeating their run of last year. issues but, due to the rain the Cyclones are still stuck in the crowded gym. “You Sean McDermott can be contacted at can’t work on a lot of stuff in the gym,”


Finally returning home on April 7, The Cyclones swept the College of Lake County Lancers. Erika Veen scored two runs and Saunders through a near shutout. “Our team is finally coming together and playing like a team out on the field and we’re playing great, we never give up,” said Erika Veen. Now that the team has motivation and a winning attitude, it will be interesting to see where the team goes from here. Tony Gustin can be contacted at

Pitcher/Third-Baseman Theresa Urchell gets a good jump on the ball. [Zamdro Zafra]



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The men’s tennis team has done a fantastic job living up to expectations. After finishing 6-2 in last year the Cyclones have improved to 7-0 so far this year. [Zandro Zafra] Left-handed pitcher Austin Wallace pitches in a recent home victory over Illinois Central College. The Cyclones dominated in a 17-7 victory. [Zandro Zafra]

Baseball team hopes to hit stride after signature victory over Kankakee C.C. By Sean McDermott Staff Write Teams of NJCAA Region IV, it’s time to seek shelter. The Cyclones are about to hit their stride. The Cyclones are 5 and 16 with thirteen regular season games left as of April 9. You can’t judge this team by their record. The team is very talented and should strengthen their resume before the playoffs begin. The team showed how tough they truly are on March 29 when the Cyclones beat the number two-ranked Kankakee Community College Cavilers 5 to 3.

“It was a huge win for me,” said coach Radz. “Anybody who knows the back story on that loss last year knows I got into a little altercation with Kankakee’s coach when he started running up the score.” Last season Kankakee embarrassed coach Radz and the ‘Clones in a humiliating 27 to 5 loss. Now anybody who respects the game of baseball would never try to embarrass another program but, Kankakee kept kicking Moraine while they were down. “The win versus Kankakee was a huge turning point of the season for us as far as morale goes. To come out

and beat those guys on our field and let them have that long ride home for once did a lot for the morale department. Anytime you can beat Kankakee it’s a big win and it showed the guys we can beat anyone in the region,” said Radz. Joe Rigg went 2 for 2 with two walks and a run. Austin Wallace pitched another gem, throwing 7 strong innings giving up only 3 runs (1 earned) and fanning 3. Pat Wilkison closed out the final two innings striking out 2. The pitching staff has been effective for the Cyclones. The staff has compiled a team E.R.A. of 5.94 with 84 strikeouts. The bats have also started

to come along. Leader Jeromy Williamson and co. has collected an impressive 117 hits giving them a decent team batting average of .264. Two main problems have held the Cyclones back this season. The Cyclones have been plagued with injuries and continue to make mental mistakes. “We are battling the injury bug right now,” said coach Radz. The Cyclones for a good portion of the season lost their number 3 (Tom Pruim) and 4 (Jeromy Williamson) hitters with upper body injuries. “Williamson has bounced back,”

fer injuries. The rest of the team would have to step their game up. They did just that. Freshman Dale Van Witzenberg and Josh Rodig stepped into the open spots and did a great job of filling in; both won their match. Moraine Valley would go on to win 8-1. With all the depth they have, Danos has high expectations for the team this year. “I love our chances this year. Things got tougher with College of DuPage entering our regional, but i think we will be up for the challenge,” said Danos Danos, who sprained his right tricep, hopes to be ready to go by Regionals. Danos tore that very tricep last season. Moraine Valley would hit their stride after this match by winning their next four meets in dominating fashion. The Cyclones defeated both Elgin Community College and Illinois Valley Community College 8-1 then beat both Oakton Community College and most recently McHenry Community College by a score of 7-2. “We have been improving every-

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the second 3-11. The highlight to the double header was Saunders throwing another complete gaming showing that she has stamina to do this all season long. The matchup against Kishwaukee Community College on March 27 dealt the ‘clones two heartbreaking losses. Both games were one-run losses and although devastating, it showed that they could at least compete. Saunders had a complete game in game one along with a strong performance at the plate. In game two, Jayne Joyce had a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Any sign of hope the Cyclones gained from the Kishwaukee series was destroyed by the next outing with the College of DuPage. They got outscored 22-6 on the day. The second game showed some offense with Maureen Galazkiewicz and Elizabeth Reynolds each scoring a run. It wouldn’t be until April 3 against Triton College that the Cyclones would finally snap their discouraging losing streak with two big wins. Molly Hankes pitched a complete game in the 11-7 victory of game one. Maggi Crockett

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Streaking Cyclones still undefeated Softball team turning things around By Frank Florez Copy Editor Moraine Valley’s loaded tennis team had high expectation’s coming into the season. Not only are they living up to them, they’re exceeding them. Through six meets the Cyclones are undefeated with a perfect 7-0 record including a 5-0 record against conference opponents. The Cyclones have been dominant this season, defeating their opponents by a combined score of 50-13. Moraine Valley opened up the season against Waubonsee Community College on March 28. The Cyclones won convincingly defeating Waubonsee 7-2. In the team’s next match, things were much closer. Weather conditions forces the meet to take place indoors but the Cyclones won 5-4 despite unfavorable circumstances. Things took a bit of a bad turn for the Cyclones when it came time for the teams meet with Sauk Valley community college. The team’s top two players, Terrance Gamboa and team captain Peter Danos, would both suf-

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With a near .500 record the Cylones are trying to shake the early season jitters. The team opened the season with home field advantage and had a split decision with Aurora University Junior Varsity team on March 21. In the first game of the double-header the Cyclones came out on top with a 10-7 victory. Sandy Saunders stood tall and threw a complete game for her first win on the season. The night game was close throughout with hits coming from many different bats. Maggi Crockett went 2-2 with a double, and Collen Soppet hit 2-5. The Cyclones would lose 6-9. “They were two pretty good games right out of the box. I was happy with the way they played and it was my first college win,” said coach Mike Veen. This loss was more significant than anyone thought it would be. Unfortunately, the loss started a seven game losing streak. The matchup with rival Kankakee Community College on March 24 was a rough outing. The Cyclones dropped the first game 0-8 and

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Features and Entertainment


World-renowned speaker comes to MVCC By Ahmed Khorshid Staff Writer “Where did you hear about Islam? The media?” That is what was written on the flyers for the massive event “Unveiling the Truth about Islam.” World famous speaker Yusuf Estes, a former Christian Minister who converted to Islam, graced the voluminous audience with his presence last week, along with many other respected speakers. Because of Estes’ great popularity and extremely hectic schedule, the Muslim Students Association of Moraine Valley Community College had been trying to get the speaker for

nearly a year and a half. The hard work put into the event appeared to be worth it in the end as the event turned out to be a huge success. MSA Vice President Shahenaz Ahmad, the emcee of the event, started the program out by welcoming everybody and thanking the ASU and all the other organizations that co-sponsored and/or helped out with putting together the event. Shahenaz then introduced MSA President Ahmed Khorshid to the stage and Khorshid recited the Quran. After that, Ahmad introduced Mutahhir Sabree to the stage, one of Estes’ fellow speakers, who introduced Yusha Evans, the speaker that in-

troduced the keynote speaker of the night, Yusuf Estes. All of the mentioned speakers are American converts to Islam and part of Estes’ “Guide US TV” crew, a satellite T.V. station dedicated to teaching the true message of Islam and to denounce false stereotypes and misperceptions of the religion. After Estes spoke, there was a break for food and the sunset prayer for Muslims. After the break, Estes went up on stage with former Student Trustee Julius Allen to recognize his recent conversion to Islam. Estes said in his speech that when he converting to Islam he lost many friends and family members, but

gained so much more. One of those things was a Muslim community of 1.5 billion people. It was then time for the panel discussion led by Eddie of the television program, “The Deen Show.” The panel discussion included all of the Guide US TV speakers (Estes, Evans, and Sabree). Each speaker a chance to answer the most common questions about Islam, as well as answer the audience’s questions as well, which were written down on small pieces of paper. After the discussion, the event came to a close, but not before an elderly American woman named MagEStes | page 4

Tibetan monks manifest destiny through serenity By Dimka Atanassova Staff Writer

The closing of the Mystical Arts of Tibet’s four-day celebration of the Buddhist monks’ spiritual culture on April 2 was a spiritual success. The “Sacred Dance For World Healing” was again a thrill, taking place after their debut at Moraine Valley in February 2008. It was an astonishing event to see. The monks were greeted with applause and wonder in the eyes of Westerners. Moraine’s audience was then led into a two-hour Tibetan-Buddhist trip of mystery arts, temple music, masked dances and contemplative ceremonies of their ancient—but sadly endangered—traditions. Founded in 1416, the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Tibet housed more than 10,000 Buddhist monks (lamas) at its pinnacle and was the largest monastery in the world. In 1959, after the Chinese communists’ holocaust,  only some 300 Loseling lamas managed to escape to India. Now about 3,000 monks have joined the monastery’s ranks in their new homeland, a small strip of land bordering India. The 1988 Richard Gere &

Drepung Loseling Production tours are given worldwide and contribute to peace and harmony to generate awareness of 6 million plus  Tibetans. Led by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, these tours raise money for the exiled Tibetan community of monks in India.   The Mystical Arts of Tibet programs are popular at colleges and universities. The monk artists’ enlightening temporary residence on campus starts with a Mandala Sand painting, lectures and work-

A Tibetan Monk dances the Sacred Dance For World Healing” to generate awareness of wisdom, peace and well-being. [Zandro Zafra]

shops. At Moraine, the opening ceremony started on Wednesday, March 30, followed by four days of  Mandala constr uction in the library, lectures in the D building and a closing ceremony. Tibetan artists presented nine authentic pieces in a two-part program. It was staged before their monastery photo backdrop and temple that  allowed

patrons to glimpse through 2,500 years of traditions. Their introductory piece, “Invocation of the Forces of Goodness,” was a unique tapestry of instrumental and vocal sounds. The vocalists’ multiphonic chanting, created three notes in high and low tones at once by contracting the muscles of the vocal cavity and “reshaping” them while singing. Some items accompanied them such as gualing horns (double-reed, oboelike) and ten-foot dungchen trumpets (foldable like a TV antenna that needed to tip the floor while in session). Drums, bells and cymbals accompanied the rest of the chanting and mystical masked dances. It took a long while for the applause to fade after “The Snow Lion Dance,” which symbolized the fearless and elegant quality of the enlightened mind. There were magnificently elaborate costumes in the dance pieces “Intense Encounters of the Third Degree” and the “Celestial Travelers,” which heightened the exotic-splendored feeling.   For more information on the Tibetan artists’ upcoming tour dates, one may visit Dimka Atanassova can be contacted at



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Glacier staff takes first in state at ICCJA By The Glacier Moraine Valley played host to the 36th Annual Spring Conference of the Illinois Community College Journalism Association (ICCJA) from April 7-8. The yearly ICCJA conference honors the journalism students of various community colleges throughout Illinois. During a special ceremony, students are presented with awards for the best work over the past year, one such being the award for best overall publication. As a member of Division I, Moraine Valley competes against the The Glacier staff has won numerous awards for print and online news. For the fall semester, they have won first place in both of those categories. [Zandro Zafra] best of the best in Illinois. For the first time since 2008-2009, This award is the cumulative effort of son. “The Glacier’s” online publication “The Glacier” won the Mike Foster dozens of students putting in the exAward for Overall Excellence. tra effort to get “The Glacier” to this defended its title by coming in first place in the Web Page category for the Frank Florez, “The Glacier’s” Fall point,” said Florez. 2010 editor-in-chief, noted that winLiz Richardson, “The Glacier’s” second consecutive year. “The graphics team and I have ning the award was one of his proud- Spring 2011 editor-in-chief, was ecworked really hard for this award and est moments at Moraine Valley. static about taking first place. “Getting to be a part of the staff “It feels great to know that our hard we look forward to trying to better our that won this award is indescribable. work was appreciated,” said Richard- site for the students here at Moraine,”

Awards won by the Glacier Mike Foster Award for Overall Excellence The Glacier Staff, first place Web Page The Glacier Staff, first place Freehand Cartoon Laura Joy, first place Advertising Design Michael Giba, first place News Writing Courtney Kuchan, Honorable Mention Single Photo Dana Lenckus, third place Sports Photo Sang Woo Kim, third place; Dana Lenckus, Honorable Mention Layout The Glacier Staff, Honorable Mention

said Stacey Reichard, “The Glacier’s” online editor. With many of “The Glacier’s” editors returning next year, the paper will definitely be in good hands going forward. “The Glacier” can be contacted at glacier@

Nick Shizas crowned Professor of the Year By Liz Richardson Editor-in-Chief

Nick Shizas says he won’t let the award affect his career. It’s just icing on the cake. [Zandro Zafra]

“It’s still hard to believe I won because I am just doing what I love.” These are the humble words of Moraine’s 2011 Professor of the Year, Nick Shizas, of the Psychology department. A student nominated Shizas for the award and there’s no doubt his other students are in full agreement. Shizas stated he “felt very honored that a student thought so positively about her educational experience in my course” and he was thankful that she nominated him. It’s no surprise. There’s a sense of realism and authenticity in his teaching that makes students want to listen. It’s most likely because of a relatable past. A child of parents who emigrated from Greece in the 1970s, Shizas made the most of the opportunity his parents worked

for. He graduated from Moraine with an associate’s degree in the early 90s and went on to get his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. After earning his graduate degree in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University, he began treating patients with severe mental disorders. An opportunity arose for him to teach part-time, and after much consideration he accepted. Upon teaching his first class for a month, Shizas simply “fell in love with the classroom.” Teaching allowed him to combine his interest and expertise in psychology with a passion for learning and teaching. He says that teaching is an application of his experience, allowing him to teach theories to students that relate to their lives. “My teaching philosophy is that I am a partner in my students’ educational journey,” he said Shizas is not the kind of teacher that stands up at a podium and lectures for hours. He draws the class in with engaging content, like role-playing, and aims to switch up the learning styles to cater to multiple intelligences. New students will come into the classroom and need 21st Century skills, and he’ll

teach them. “Though it may be my thousandth time doing it, it’s their first time learning it,” Shizas explains. Aside from teaching, Shizas is involved in campus activities. He is the co-advisor of the Psychology Club, which helps students in the major find jobs and degree programs. Involvement in student programs “helps keep [students] engaged and gives them a really good experience so they feel connected here to the college,” said Shizas. In his spare time he’s a music enthusiast that loves rock and jazz. He’s also a family man who spends time with wife Georgia and 3 year-old daughter Eleftheria (Ellie, for short), both of whom make regular appearances in classroom stories. Winning the award doesn’t change much for Shizas. He intends to happily teach the rest of his career; winning Professor of the Year is just icing on the cake. In the end, he still gives credit to his students. He happily explains: “I’ve been fortunate to have eager students who want to learn, I thank them for making my classes great to teach!” Liz Richardson can be contacted at


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MVCC offers information on addictions By Jenna Enders Staff Writer During the Health and Wellness event last week, you may have noticed people in the Student Union building struggling to walk a straight line or throw a ball. No, they didn’t start their thirsty Thursday early; they were wearing “drunk goggles” to demonstrate the affect of alcohol on motor abilities. Students in Addictions Counseling hosted a spot at the event in which they shared their knowledge on substance use and abuse with visuals, quizzes and literature. One participant remarked, “The information is presented in a really colorful way.” “The purpose of the health fair is to provide students, staff and the community with accurate and updated information on the serious decision of alcohol use.” said John DiGangi, Coordinator of the Addiction Studies Program. The talent show was also going on in the U building. It drew in a lot of people who expressed curiosity about topics being presented. One student argued against the existence of underage alcoholism, stating, “kids are just being kids.” Records do

Information on addictions was given out plentifully at the Alcohol Awareness Fair hosted in building U. The Moraine Valley staff is ready to help anyone who is in need of addictions counseling. [Zandro Zafra] show, though, that teen binge drinkers are at increased risk for developing an addiction. DiGangi and Co-Coordinator Michael Fonda hoped the fair would be “educational but also fun.” This was the third annual fair and he stated “each year has seen a greater turn-out.”

Organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon (a support group for those affected indirectly by alcoholism) and Narcotics Anonymous as well as treatment centers were invited to exhibit the services they offer. Cindy Shannon is an Outreach Coordinator for Stepping Stones Recovery Center located in Joliet. Shannon

noted the sliding scale model, which ensures “no one will be denied assistance due to the inability to pay for services.” Community Liaison Janeen LeFevre discussed the unique treatment programs at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital on the North Side. Adult Services specialize in Dual Diagnosis, treating patients who have mental disorders and substance abuse problems. Valeo is a one-of-a-kind program providing specialized support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Community. April is both Alcohol Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness month. Whether or not it was planned this way, the two issues do statistically often overlap. According to a government study, 97,000 women aged between 18-24 were victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape in 2009. A representative for the Counseling Center was also tabling at the health fair to inform students about their services located in Building S, Room S202. Jenna Enders can be contacted at



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gie converted to Islam as well. On the day of the event, non-Muslims were given a rare chance to learn about Islam from the source and not from nonMuslim anchormen on news stations. That day, the truth A crowd of over one hundred people gathered to hear Yusuf Estes share his story of converting to Islam about Islam was unfrom Christianity. [Estes photos courtesy of MSA] veiled and the misper-

ceptions were recognized for what they really were: fabrications and falsehoods spouted by those without understanding. To learn more about Islam, attend the few events during Islam Awareness Week during the week of April 25. Among other things, Eddie of “The Deen Show” is going to premier his much awaited film, “From Duniya to Deen.” Ahmed Khorshid can be contacted at


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MVCC helps girls write a Cinderella Story By Hal Jwayyed Staff Writer For low income families who are struggling to tend to their “needs” it can be difficult finding time to focus on their “wants.” With this in mind, MVCC hosts a program called “Dreams Come True.” “Dreams Come True” is an annual gathering in which unwanted prom dresses are given away to underprivileged teenage girls in the surrounding high schools of Moraine Valley. Adrianne Stewart, who says she’s trying to give back to the community, spearheads the program here at Moraine. During the program, girls from high schools near Moraine Valley have the opportunity to come with family members and friends and pick which dresses they like. They then can try them on in front of a mirror, just like in a real dress shop. When they pick the dress they want most, girls are allowed to take it home and wear it for their proms. Having a wonderful prom is one of the most important things to a girls and giving these dresses to them is another step towards making it possible. “It’s a wonderful feeling, giving back to the community,” volunteer Misty Williams said about the program. Four years running, the collection starts in February and lasts until

The “Dreams Come True” program has reached out to girls from lower income families to help them have the prom they deserve. [Zandro Zafra] the last minutes leading up to the big event. The Fogelson Theater was decorated like a shopping boutique, with four or five rows of various colored dresses. There was a surfeit of different fashions available to the girls, ranging from frills to spaghetti straps. The event also coincides with Moraine Valley’s goals for sustainability, as the girls who receive the dresses are encouraged to re-donate them, as an act of “paying it forward”. As always, Moraine pushes for the most efficient ways to re-use and recycle resources in every way possible. Staff and community members receive anonymous donations. Day after

day more and more dresses arrived at Stewart’s doorstep, thus adding to the already large collection of dresses there. “I would walk into my office and at my desk, there were a dozen or so dresses piled up,” said Stewart. Stewart and her volunteers dedicate their free time to helping out the community in order to set an example for students, organizations, and staff. They hope their actions will encourage others to give back to their own community and continue to help the world city-by-city, person-by-person. Hal Jwayyed can be contacted at

Club Corner Compiled by Student Life


24 Karats For information, contact Adrienne Stewart at (708) 974-5678. ABLE: Opposite of Disabled For information, contact Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353. Action, Social and Political Empowerment Club For information, contact Dr. Shaheen Sayeed at (708) 974-5618. ALAS: Alliance of Latin American Students For infomation, contact Ronny Anderson at (708) 608-5487. ARTSPLOSION!!! For information, contact Tyler Hewitt at (708) 974-5219. Christian Fellowship For more information contact Michael Shannon. Meets at 4pm, Mondays in D-126. College Bowl Practice Tue/Thur, 3:00, A153. (708) 608-4177. Combat to College For infomation, contact Debbie Wills at (708) 9745759. Creative Writing Club For information, contact Mary Berwer at brewerm@ Club Meets 2 to 4PM most Mondays in D122. Culinary Arts & Hospitality Club For information, contact Michale O’Shea at (708) 974-5597. Dilé: Dance Inspired by Latino Experience For more information contact Ryan Budds. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 3pm, Location TBA. Earth Club For information, contact Janet Kotash at (708) 974-5246. Film Authority For more information contact Dan Pal. Meets Wednesdays at 6:30pm, in M-202. Filmmaker’s Club For information, contact Dan Pal at (630) 9422800. Finance Club For information, contact Larry Odelson at (708) 974-5264. Forensics team For information, contact John Nash at (708) 9745550 or Michael Shannon at (708) 608-4047 GLOW: Gay, Lesbian Or Whoever For information, contact Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353. 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) 6084177. Wed 4:00 U207 MVCC Animation Club For information, contact Richard Lapidus at (708) 974-5629. MVCC Christian Fellowship For information, contact Samuel Chen at (708) 974-5636. 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 Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353. Network Security Club For information, contact John Sands at (708) 9745426. Phi Theta Kappa For information, contact Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353. Psychology Club For information, contact Mitchell Baker at (708) 608-4058. Service Club For information, contact Cara Williams at (708) 974-5489 Ski 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 Empowerment For information, contact Dawn Fry at (708) 9745717. Xclusive For information, contact Demetrius Robinson at (708)-974-5567



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“Scott Walker: Awake In The Land of Dreams” By Stacey Reichard Online Editor Journalist Ian Murphy impersonates the rich billionaire, David Koch, tricking Wisconsin’s republican governor Scott Walker into revealing his strategy via a prank phone call. One student at Moraine, Anthony Cox, has put together a brilliant art show in the Student Art Gallery located in the U building. The show depicts a confused dream that Walker is having. It deals with both the political and silly aspects of the budget crisis in Wisconsin. After being elected governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker gave a huge tax break to the rich in the state. The government of Wisconsin suddenly saw a deficit in their budget and had to come up with a solution to fix the problem. The government wanted concessions from public workers but Walker didn’t want to bargain. The poor would be robbed for the rich. He did not expect the people to stand up for their working rights. Anthony Cox does a great job of depicting a confused dream that is going through Walker’s head. Strange sound effects stream through the ears of the

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The dreaded Merbadgers show their picket signs classifying the enemies of Gov. Scott Walker’s political office in Tony Cox’s art gallery. The gallery will be showing through the month of April in building U. [Stacey Reichard] listener and makes one think about what he or she is hearing. Walker is convinced he’s conversing with Koch and reveals his strategy to fool democratic Senators into passing his antiunion legislation. Various aspects of labor history are brought out such as a quote from August Spies, “The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today” as well

as a verse taken from the Bible in the book of James. “Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts” - James 5:4. “This show is pulling together three things; the political, the surreal and the funny. If you want to change someone’s mind about something you have

to change the way they see it,” said Cox. Support your fellow student Anthony Cox and check out his brilliant work of art in the hallway between the S building and the U building. The show will be displayed through the month of April. Stacey Reichard can be contacted at

Fun and Games by Ingrid Doering

Happy Birthday! Our Online Editor, Stacey Reichard, celebrates her birthday in the upcoming weeks! All the best from the staff at the Glacier!

Sudoku Difficulty (decidedly nontrivial)

How long did it take you to finish it? Tweet us at @mvccglacier and let us know. We’ll print your best times in the next issue.



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From left to right: Alex Howard, Brandon Roundtree, Corey Thomas, Jason Marshall, Ryan Tinsely. Members of the band Conditions hang out in their dressing room during the AP tour in Joilet at Mojoe’s. [Amel Saleh]

The only Condition to follow By Amel Saleh Entertainment Editor When I mention the band Conditions, you probably say “uhh, who?” Which is a shame. Conditions is an alternative rock band originating in Richmond, Virginia. Their town is known for being the first English settlement but I also learned from Alex, the band’s guitarist, that it is one of the most tattooed towns in America. Conditions has sold over 16,000 digital songs and more than 3,000 CDs before reaching the elusive pinnacles of fame as independent artists. Their first EP album, You are Forgotten, was amazingly successful and fans bought over 4,000 songs in the first month of the debut. Unsurprisingly, Alternative Press included them on the prestigious list of “100 bands you need to know in 2010.” It’s not hard to figure out why Conditions has obtained the well-deserved attention that they currently have. While touring own their own, they faced obstacles that many struggling musicians typically face. Along the way they gained knowledge from the lessons they learned and applied it to the

production of their music. Thus making them a band that a listener avidly involved in music (or not) can relate to. Their most recent full-length album, Fluorescent Youth, includes the admirable and inspirational single “Better Life.” The chorus clarifies, “So don’t wait for the world to get better/you’re gonna waste the time you have ah, ah/ and you won’t get it back.” Just imagine an entire album worth of sincere, true, meaningful and genuine work by a band that is unfortunately not recognized worldwide. I luckily had the incredible opportunity to sit down with and interview Alex Howard, guitarist of the band. One thing I always pondered when it comes to people in high status or semi-high status positions is, how the hell did they get famous? What mindset helped them get to where they are now? So many people try to arrive at the same spot; what did they do differently? Howard answers, “with passion and persistence (no alliteration intended). At one point we almost called it quits but didn’t, no one would have agreed with that happening.” Howard picked up the bass guitar when music sparked

his interest at age 13. Later he switched to guitar and has been playing ever since. His diligence and determination paid off. The band encountered a humorous mishap when they played in Kentucky. In the front row was a girl that vocalist Brandon Roundtree recognized and in hopes of impressing her, he decided to place his foot on a monitor to execute something notable. Instead he ended up tripping on the cord, throwing off his balance; as he was falling backwards he kicked the monitor straight into the girl’s face and knocked over Ryan Tinsley’s drum set. Embarrassed and in awe, the band had to redo the entire set up. I thought I’d leave you with something to laugh at. The band Conditions is an unvarnished, down-to-earth group of talented individuals who strive to achieve excellence and I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of their latest album. You won’t be disappointed. Spread the word and expand your musical interest. Be sure to also follow Conditions on Twitter @Conditionsband and like them on Facebook. Amel Saleh can be contacted at Saleha@

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April 15, 2011  —  Entertainment



The sky’s the limit when it comes to expressing with art By Ayat Huseen Staff Writer

could be placed in The Art Museum of Chicago. It is extraordinary to think if it The Skyway Gallery were not for this event, no competition, hosted by one would discover the talMoraine Valley Communient of community college ty College, shed its light of students. pastels and aspiring artAssistant Dean of Libwork on the walls of the F eral Arts, Dr. Lisa S. Kelsay building on the afternoon believes “this highlights of April 2. the students work, and The Gallery held 200 showcases what they have submissions and 8 colbeen working on.” leges of which only a few On the Co-Curricuwere recognized. Art lar committee, Dr.Lisa, work this year ranged amazed by the talent of from Photography, ceramcompetitors, said, “This ics and student paintings. brings the community toThe gallery held an opgether and highlights the portunity for community Spectators, family, friends and participsnts admire the student artwork displayed at the Skyway Gallery competi- students work. It showtion. The event was held April 2nd, in Moraine’s F building. [Zandro Zafra] colleges to come together cases what they have been and recognize the artwork working on.” of some who are aspiring artists. The and to see other peoples works.” Ed Krantz, fifteenth year judge and Lee and Hsiao ended up winning the ceremony awarded recognition for Her “Untitled” photograph placed on best of show award for the piece “Nuts college Skyway art coordinator, sees students art work with best of show, the back wall stands out in red color as and Bolts.” this experience as one “where all help awards of excellence and merit medals. it shows steps to a train on her trip to “The whole point is having the ex- each other to become artists. The comSkyway Gallery Merit winner Catrin California where it was inspired. Other perience of your work on a wall or pre- petition is made up of young and old. Reyes, a student at Elgin Community students like Reyes expressed their in- sented. For someone to recognize it is You find incredibly talented people. College, describes her appreciation for spiration, and excitement behind their so great!” said Lee. The walls on that The young mentor the old. And the the competition by saying, “The compe- awarded pieces. Saturday afternoon told just that story. young learn as well. And that is what tition is good for students. It is someFrom Oakton Community College, Thanks to submissions of those who its about.” thing great to do while in college. By Jacob Hsiao was hesitant, perhaps with seemed to have been working with colthe time you graduate, it is good prac- the pressure being high, to submit his or coordination for so long, as a visitor, Ayat Huseen can be contacted at tice. It’s a nice feeling to get accepted and partner Danny Lee’s digital work. the walls resembled a chunk of what



Entertainment  — April 15, 2011

Femme Fatale has fatal flaws Hanna reinvents the fairytale By Liz Richardson Editor-in-Chief

By Anthony Cox Views Editor

The album is a bland offering from a musician that still holds a special place in the iPods of all 90s kids. Though Britney Spears may still have talent, she doesn’t use it on most of this dreadfully boring album. It should be noted that teens just coming into this era will probably love this album. That’s because they have nothing to compare this era’s Britney to. Older people hold her to the standards of “Toxic” and “I’m a Slave 4 U,” and absolutely none of the songs on Femme Fatale measure up to those hits. Even Spears’ previous (and postmeltdown) albums, Blackout and Circus, blow this album so far out of the water it isn’t even fair. Mediocre is a nice way to describe Femme Fatale. However, there are some redeemable tunes. The most popular single off of the album, “Hold It Against Me,” is a solid song considering what nonsense it’s surrounded by. Only Spears’ writers could turn a terrible pickup line into one of 2011’s best songs. The perfect dubstep in the background also deserves praise. “Big Fat Bass” is more proof that anything Will.I.Am touches is gold. It’s a great dance song, and it’s a prime example of a shallow, undeniably catchy song done right. “Till The World Ends” is the second single off of the album. The first half of the song is decent, but it gets fistpumpingly awesome by the end. The bad far, far outnumbers the good. The last song, “Criminal,” should be outlawed for being this pointless. And then there’s “Inside Out,” a song so idiotic and terrible I was floored it came from Spears. The lameness doesn’t stop there. Basically, the song is about Spears breaking up with a boyfriend--but not before she has hot, pointless sex with him first. No one could possibly relate to this song, and I half expect Spears was off her rocker singing it. “Drop Dead Beautiful” is a shock-

When the tagline for Hanna says “Adapt or Die,” they aren’t referring to the titular 16-year-old superhuman running for her life. They are talking to us. Every so often a movie arrives where we are reminded that the future continues to lie before us like an unfathomable ocean of possibility. Of course, this reality is always the case. We just forget. This awareness is the central theme of Hanna. You would never guess that Joe Wright was directing films like Pride and Prejudice and Atonement before this movie. Watching Hanna, you get the sinking feeling that while a parade of remakes, adaptations, and sequels continued to fart their way through the box office, Joe Wright has been secretly training in the arctic tundra to singlehandedly land cinema on Mars by 2012. What is that quality that makes Tarantino and Coen Brothers films so mythic and huge? Hanna’s characters burn like melodies into your mind, helped in no small part by The Chemical Brothers’ lockstep score, psychedelic editing, and pitch-perfect if highly stylized acting. I cannot give enough praise to the amazing roles given to

Spear’s album is flatlining. [Jive] ingly terrible song full of tacky, cliché lyrics that make no sense. For example, “Your body’s so sick/I think I caught the flu.” To make things worse, it doesn’t even have the redeeming factor of bingcatchy whatsoever. Ripping on shallow lyrics has no place in a review of a Britney Spears album, but these are too bad to ignore. Yes, this is the same person that brought the music world “Oops! I Did It Again;” however, there’s something to be said about balancing dumb lyrics with great beats and rhythm. The album’s lyrics are so shallow that it’s almost impossible to get into it, and the music is no help. Spears has been the phoenix rising out of the ashes of scandal, drugs and erratic head shavings before. Only time will tell if she can rise up from Femme Fatale great music once again. Liz Richardson can be contacted at

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women in this film. Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett go head to head with the kind of agency usually reserved for men in action films. Jessica Barton as Hanna’s only friend Sophie and Olivia Williams as her mother provide rich supporting characters. Hanna is intelligence without permission. We do not know what makes her abnormal, only that she was born that way and is hunted because of it. In that sense, Hanna is really every child. Are we not forever laboring to make this a better world for our children, who will exceed us in every imaginable dimension? And if we aren’t, why not? Hanna is a thoroughly contemporary fairy tale. It does not make the kind of direct political references a film like Children of Men does. Hanna is the kind of story progressive parents will tell to their children as they slip off into dreams, as strong medicine against the nightmare of worry in the waking world. Is Hanna an allegory about being a girl, a parent, being gay, being smart, rebellious or a freak? It could really be all these things. It will take several viewings to sort out everything Hanna will bring to the imagination. They will all be worth it. Anthony Cox can be contacted at Coxt@


April 15, 2011  —  Entertainment


Wasting Light and preserving great skills By Tony Gustin Editorial Assistant The Foos go back to the basics with their explosive new release Wasting Light. The whole album was recorded in frontman Dave Grohl’s garage in California’s San Fernando Valley. Instead of using the modern technology of computers and software, the whole disc was made on analog tape, which is what makes Wasting Light the band’s best release to date. The use of the analog tape gives the album a raw feel to it, similar to if they were playing for you in your own garage. There is not a weak track on the disc, which differs from their past releases. Looking at their last release Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, the only tracks a casual fan of the band or of their live show will remember are the ones that hit the radio. With their newest effort, there aren’t any tracks I can find myself skipping in the near future, or any that wouldn’t make it as a single. This is one of those albums that will swing along every few years, where it is near impossible to pick a favorite song. The songs have the of sound where it depends on the time of the day, or what

Known” because it is a beautiful tribute to a friend of Grohl’s and towards the end of the track Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic comes in on bass to add to the power of not only the song, but also to the bookend of a great album. As far as mainstream rock and roll goes, no one comes close to Grohl these days. EveryThe Foo Fighter’s new album eminates true rock and roll status. [© RCA one wants to Records] jump the gun mood you’re in. and say Jack If I had to pick two favorite songs, White is the best “artist” of modern one would be “White Limo” because it rock and roll. is so different from anything else on Sure, he’s amazing in his own right, the album, and it showcases Grohl’s but has he played drums behind the ability to scream. likes of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, John The other would be “I Should Have Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin for the side

project Them Crooked Vultures, or Sir Paul McCartney from a little band people call The Beatles? Grohl’s track record is unlike anybody else’s, and here he is again back with the Foo Fighters screaming, playing guitar and promoting his new album like no one has in recent memory. The Foos played new tracks like their first single “Rope” on Saturday Night Live, “Bridge Burning” on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and did a two hour long webcast for David Letterman all in a weeks span. On the Letterman webcast, Dave and the guys were dressed up in suits reminiscent of The Beatles, and it was shot in black and white. They are at the top of the rock world right now, and they know it. Can you name a band that gets away with playing concerts in a lucky fan’s garage one day, and then a couple of months later headlines the massive Lollapalooza festival at Grant Park in August? It is early, but after listening to the amazing, Wasting Light, you know it will be at the top of plenty of Best Album of The Year lists. Tony Gustin can be contacted at Gustint@



The Glacier April 15, 2011 Volume 43, Issue 14

THE Taste of Moraine Above: Students serve food of various ethnic origins to goers to the Taste of Moraine. [Zandro Zafra] Right: A woman displays her elaborate dress at the Taste of Moraine. The outfit, a traditional Filipino dress, was part of a fashion show organized as part of the event. [Zandro Zafra] Below: Various students who helped organize the event pose for the camera. [Zandro Zafra] Left: Eventgoers enjoy the food and entertainment presented by Student Life. [Zandro Zafra] Photospread by Ryan Kiefer.

The Glacier - Volume 43, Issue 14  

Volume 43, issue 14 of The Glacier, dated April 15, 2011.

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