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The Student Newspaper of Moraine Valley Community College April 29, 2011 Volume 43, Issue 15

Students recognized at MVCC Board Meeting

Some of MVCC’s best and brightest students were honored on April 19. [Zandro Zafra] By Liz Richardson Editor-In-Chief The April 19 Board of Trustees meeting was a mix of business and fun, as student groups were honored and serious issues discussed. The former Student Trustee, Gennaro Paolella, was honored for his service in his few months in office. He received a plaque and respect from the entire Board. After a round of applause, newcomer Emmanuel Santoyo was sworn into office. He thanked his mother and father, who were in the audience and gave his first Student Trustee report. The April meeting is annually one of celebration, as student clubs return victorious from conferences and competitions in the spring. The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honors society was congratulated for winning an award at a national conference for their service to the campus. PTK is a nationally recognized organization that offers scholarship opportunities and connections for members. However, they also have to give back—that philanthropic spirit helped MVCC’s PTK chapter bring home the award. Moraine’s Forensics Team was honored for winning numerous awards, both at a state tournament and the Phi

Rho Pi National Tournament held in Greenwich, Connecticut. Their honors even included a treat for the meeting attendees: Angela Cesario performed a piece that won a Bronze Medal in the Program Oral Interpretation category and it was a huge hit. Other winners included Robert Senow, who won a Gold medal at nationals in Speech to Entertain, and the entire team took home first in state at the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament at Northern University. The Glacier was honored for winning the Mike Foster Award for Overall Excellence, the highest award given statewide to a community college newspaper. The Glacier Online, at, also took first place in state. The graphics team of The Glacier brought home numerous awards for artistic originality. Moraine Valley hosted the Illinois Community College Journalism Association (ICCJA) conference, which welcomed newspapers from across the state, and the student newspaper was honored for this as well. The members of the board also paid tribute to the Cross Country teams, which produced three individual Academic All Americans. The All Board Meeting | Page 6

‘Water’ and ‘Stuff’ inspire action

Moraine Valley comments on the issue of sustainability

By Liz Richardson Editor-in-Chief

Moraine Valley’s Center for Sustainability spread knowledge through films in their effort to celebrate Earth Month and bring the campus to action. Solid facts and a few illustrations couldn’t be denied. “The Story of Bottled Water” detailed why bottled water is such a problem. The video showed that tap water is more regulated and 2,000 times cheaper than bottled water. So why is it so popular? The reason bottled water became such a fashionable attraction is “manufactured demand,” as the video explains. Bottled water companies “scare us,” by making tap water the enemy. They “seduce us” with claims of exotic water bottled in springs, but a third of bottled water comes from the tap. Finally, they mislead us by claiming bottles are environmentally friendly. Tap That provided statisitical evidence to explain just how rediculous the amount of bottled water we consume. According to a pamphlet provided by Tap That, “Americans are drinking

Water and Stuff | Page 4

Exploring the “Second Cities” By Connor Reynolds News Editor Chicago and Phoenix were the special focus of the Second Cities program on April 21 as 10 students presented on the patterns of consumption and sustainability. In all 24 students took part in the event in U 111. 10 students gave power point presentations to the crowd on top of displaying their posters. The 14

students not participating in the oral presentations designed, researched and made posters. These posters lined the walls of the narrow room as students shuffled beside them reading the information they contained. Chicago and Phoenix were used as the focus of the presentation for both being known as second cities. Chicago is widely known as “The Second City” and Phoenix is the second fastest Second Cities | Page 2

Second Cities uses Chicago and Phoenix as topical reference points. [Stacey Reichard]

IN THIS ISSUE Views PCP: Is Donald Trump a viable presidential candidate. Page 8

bottled water in record numbers-a whopping five billon gallons in 2001, according to the International Bottled Water Association.“ By far the most shocking point was where some bottles end up. The video’s narrator followed her water bottle from its supposed recycling in California all the way to India, where it was shipped to get destroyed. “The Story of Stuff” was another eye-opener. The video is full of shocking facts; for example, the world’s population used up a third of the Earth’s resources in the last decade. Those resources are gone, as well as 80% of Earth’s forests. “Stuff” also explained how the U.S. became a consumer country. America is unhappy and drowning sorrows at the mall. The video is something that simply needs to be seen; luckily, it can be found at the The point of showing these videos was not to scare or confuse people. It was to bring them to action. This is Earth Month, and spreading the word about sustainability is what the Green Team is trying to do. “From a college standpoint, com-

Sports Men’s tennis brought home the conference championship. Page 12

Features Students enjoyed the Spring Fest activities despite poor weather. F&E Page 1


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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

News  — April 29, 2011 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

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

Jenna Carrol (left), Alyssa Tamayo (middle) and Alejandro Dongo (right) stand in front of their project “Tap That.” They looked at bottled waters drawbacks. [Zandro Zafra] Second Cities | from front page

growing city in the US. The choice was an attempt to juxtapose the two cities which have much in common but are at different stages in their development. Presentation topics ranged from the immigration laws passed in Arizona to a look at preferences of Moraine Valley students when it comes to bottle or tap water. The bottled and tap water survey was taken, in part, through the Water Taste-Test Challenge in the U Building on April 4 and April 5. The project entitled Tap That was responsible for the taste-test. Students Jenna Carroll, Alejandra Dongo and Alyssa Tamayo found, through the test, that in fact bottled water did not taste any better than water from the tap. They showed that by filling a reusable everyday before school students could on average save two dollars a day, proving it was not only financially responsible but also enviromentally responsible. Water was the most popular choice of topic for the projects with three separate groups researching three very distinct issues. Besides the bottled water test, there were posters on the environmental toll bottled water takes, and the water contamination that is present in our country. With the recent local controversy in Crestwood, the contamination story provided a national context for how

widespread other contamination stories are. Cristy Martinez’s project entitled “World Culture: Diversity,” looked at the many ways in which different people of the world express their diversity. She looked at the different foods, languages, fashions and relgions throughout the world. Featured largely on her poster was a quote by Jimmy Carter that served as the basis for her project. “We areof course a nation of differences. These differences don’t make us weak. They’re the source of our strength.” Victoria X. Villalpando looked at whether racial profiling affected the residents of both Phoenix and Chicago as far as their opinions on immigration. Her presentation put great focus on the recently enacted immigration policies in Arizona. She concluded that the immigration policy was inherently biases and promoted the judging of various people based solely on looks and appearance. The program was coordinated by the Center for Sustainability, the Honors Program and the Social Sciences Department, and the presenters were all members of the honors cultural geography course.

“We are of course a nation of differences. These differences don’t make us weak, they are the source of our strength.” - Jimmy Carter

Connor Reynolds can be contacted at


April 29, 2011  —  News


Board swears in new Student Trustee

Emmanuel Santoyo was sworn in as the new Student Trustee at the April 19 board of trustees meeting. [Zandro Zafra] By Connor Reynolds News Editor

sworn in as the new Student Trustee. Emmanuel Santoyo took the position over from Gennaro Paollela, who At the April 19 Board of Trustees has been serving all of the spring semeeting, Emmanuel Santoyo was mester. Paollela took over after the

resignation of Julius Allen, following the conclusion of the fall semester. As with Paollela, Santoyo was appointed to the system by a panel of faculty. The appointment was a de-

parture from prior student trustees where the school body was able to elect the student of their choice. Santoyo was one of two students interviewed by the panel. As students trustee he will be responsible for representing the student body on the Moraine Valley Board of Trustees. Other responsibilities include representing the Student Government Association at college functions and serving as the Illinois Community College Board Student Advisory Committee representative. He is also required to dedicate at least 15 hours a week to position. Prior to his official swearing in, Santoyo was announced as the new Student Trustee to the student body in the U Building. He addressed the crowd, thanking all of his friends for their support. “From the dancers to the gamers, you now have a voice,” he went on to say ,expressing his desire for a united campus. Santoyo’s office is located in the U Building in room 204 and will have office hours available to talk to him throughout the week. Connor Reynolds can be contacted at

Student Trustee Corner | Emmanuel Santoyo Happy Spring Moraine Valley. My skate parks within different schools and name is Emmanuel Santoyo, your new campuses. student trustee. I will be your student I also work with a variety of organitrustee for the following 2011-2012 zations to help give back to my peers. I school year. Before the new fall semes- work at Student Life where we are conter starts I would like to let you know a stantly doing something fun, we actually little about myself, where I grew up, and have free popcorn and beverage stands what my intentions every Monday and are. Wednesday. I am curI grew up in Sumrently working to get mit and I went to Argo the Student Savings Community High Club started to help School. In high school out my peers a little I wrestled for three bit with big discounts years and was inon a lot of local places. volved with art for all I just started workfour years. I was never ing with the marketthe richest kid but I ing council as well. I was never the poorest try and get involved kid either, although with a lot of different I was close to it. I groups to meet new Emmanuel Santoyo always had a strong people and to share faith in God and in fact that’s what got new experiences. One thing I found out me here. I didn’t think any of this was from doing this is that no matter how possible and I actually wanted to drop tall or how small or different a person is, out of high school. All I wanted to do we are all related in some way whether was skateboard and have fun. It wasn’t it be through music and art or our likes until I realized that my mom did a lot and don’t likes. I also found out that no for me that I wanted to do more with my matter how great of a person we are, we life. I realized that my mom made sacri- can always help each other to improve, fices, and for me to fool around and take at least a little bit. it for granted was wrong and unfair. Just like our great campus there will After I got educated about my com- always be room for improvement. With munity college I figured out that there that being said I would like to end this was more than one way to achieve sat- by saying I would truly value your opinisfaction. I’m now pursuing a career in ions, thoughts and ideas. I am Emmanarchitecture to build skate parks, and a uel Santoyo your new Student Trustee career in small business to run my own and you can find me in room U211. Let skate shop. In the future I hope to have us start the year by improving.



News  — April 29, 2011

Water and Stuff | from front page

munication is key,” says Jane Bentley, a Green Team member, who showed the videos. Getting the word out, and getting people to listen, is the toughest part. But even the smallest actions can have a big impact. She explains that doing a little is better than doing nothing at all. If all a person can do is recycle a bottle or reuse a bag, that’s one step closer to results. However, the “ignorance factor” is a big problem in sustainability teaching. People think that they don’t need to care because it will never happen to

this generation. Well, the effects certainly could change this generation, and they already have. Gas prices are skyrocketing and seasons are mixing, thanks to climate change. It’s those little changes that we can stop. Bentley explained it simply: “Living on this planet is a gift.” The videos showed that this generation could make a change, so our gift can keep on giving. These videos, as well as many others, can be found online at the Please visit

Every year millions of dollars are wasted on plastic for water bottles. [Stacey Reichard] to learn more about what you can do to help.

Liz Richardson can be contacted at


April 29, 2011  —  News

Fly to Neverland with Moraine Valley’s Theater for Young Audiences Watch Peter Pan duel Captain Hook in Moraine Valley Community College’s Theater for Young Audiences presentation of “Peter Pan and the Pirates” on Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. Teachers looking for a field trip for students in preschool through second grade can get tickets to performances of the show on May 23 to 26 at 10 a.m. These shows are for groups only, and tickets are $5 each. Call the Box Office at (708) 974-5500 for availability and group sales. General public tickets for “Peter Pan and the Pirates” and other upcoming performances can be purchased at, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Moraine Valley Academic Theater presents ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’ The Obie award-winning “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” is the next production for Moraine Valley Community College’s Academic Theater Department. Performances will be April 28 to 30 and May 6 to 7 at 7:30 p.m., and May 1 at 3 p.m. The play will be in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the

Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets for “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” and other upcoming performances can be purchased at, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center. 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. Run or walk the spring 5K at Moraine Valley Join other walkers and runners for the “Spring in Your Step” 5K at Mo-

raine Valley Community College on Saturday, May 7. Check-in starts at 8 a.m., and the race begins at 9:15 a.m. by the tennis courts on campus. Participation in the 5K is free and open to the community, ages 16 and older. Refreshments will be provided following the event, and prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers of both the run and walk. Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off in the Fitness Center in Building G. Participants also can register the day off. For more information, call (708) 974-5701. Academic Music performances ‘spring’ up at Moraine Valley Welcome the sounds of spring at a May Concert Band, Jazz or Percussion Ensemble, or Moraine Chorale performance in Moraine Valley Community College’s Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets to each show are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, unless otherwise noted. The Jazz Ensemble will be joined by guest guitarist John Moulder on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. Return on Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. for the Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers’ “Broadway/Pop/ Motion Picture Spectacular.”


The Concert Band will perform “By Request: An Evening of Audience Favorites!” on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. The audience will select which pieces will be played and can choose from movie themes, classic marches, a medley of Gershwin greats, and more. Enjoy the sounds of salsa and swing, Caribbean, and country and western in the annual spring Percussion Ensemble concert on Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for these events and other upcoming performances can be purchased online at fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center. The Psychology Department is hosting its Annual Mental Health Program Dr. Kevin Osten, Psy,D. will be covering: commonly abused substances (legal, illegal and prescription), how these substances affect the brain and body, the process of addiction and recovery, and finally he will host a Q & A with the audience. Please call or e-mail Troy Swanson at 974-5439 or to reserve attendence of your class.



News  — April 29, 2011

Board Meeting | from front page

Emmanuel Santoyo (left) was sworn in as the new Student Trustee, Hajer Ibrahim (middle, left) and Alyssa Rae Tamayo (middle, right) were honored by Phi Theta Kappa, and Raul Gonzalez (right) was honored as part of the cross country All-Academic team at the April 19 board meeting. [Zandro Zafra] American members were honored for maintaining a high GPA (4.0, in one student’s case) and completing tough athletic work. Both the women’s and the men’s team were named Academic All America teams. After the fun and honors, it was back to business for the board. A newly elected trustee was inducted, and some of the board was switched around. The new trustee is John R. Coleman of Burbank, who brought his wife and three of his five sons to the meeting. He was sworn in, taking the place of trustee Maureen Ryan. Ryan was unable to attend and make a presenta-

tion, due to illness. Other elected members, already members of the board, also were sworn in. Susan Murphy and Lisa Szynalski took their oaths, continuing their trustee reign. Elections for board positions were then held. Joseph P. Murphy held his spot as Chairman, while Patrick D. Kennedy was elected as Vice Chairman. A meeting wouldn’t be complete without issues, however. One controversy at the meeting was the status of Monetary Award Program (MAP) money for MVCC students. Treasurer Robert Sterkowitz noted that Moraine

Improving nondestructive testing Moraine Valley ramping up the school’s program By Tony Gustin Editorial Assistant Safety concerns about nuclear power plants, airplane inspections, and the safety of bridges are on the rise in the news. Nondestructive testing has sky rocketed in the public eye recently. Moraine is improving its nondestructive testing program to meet the demand for qualified employees in the industry. The participants of the program want to make the world a safer place. They enjoy the challenges of scientific investigation along with math and physics equations. Since August 2009, jobs in the field of nondestructive testing have increased by 66 percent. The average salary for a nondestructive testing worker nears $55,000 a year according to Salaries can differ from your experience in the field, the industry you are working in, the location of your job, and your given benefits. The core program that Moraine of-

fers is made up of four classes that can be finished in under a month’s time. After you have completed the courses, students will be eligible to attend the NDT Interview Day that is held at least once every semester. Nondestructive testing has been approved by Illinois’ WorkNet program, which provides funding for qualifying unemployed residents. Illinois veterans can use state funding to help with education. “It’s definitely something to think about. When you look at it, you have to work hard for a little under a month to be certified to have career that pays over $50,000 a year. It is also the kind of career path that makes you feel that you are making a difference in today’s world,” said student Tony Salvador. For additional information, contact Moraine Valley’s Workforce Development and Community Services area at (708) 974-5690 or Tony Gustin can be contacted at

has only received a third of the federal money for the grants and doesn’t expect to receive the full amount. On the probability of the money ever coming in, Sterkowitz stated “I don’t want to say [it is] highly unlikely.” Students have already received, or will receive, their money. What stands

to be seen is how Moraine will recoup the loss and how it will affect taxpayers or investors. Only time will tell, and it will be discussed in upcoming meetings. Liz Richardson can be contacted at

April 29, 2011  —  News





The Glacier April 29, 2011 Volume 43, Issue 15


Is Donald Trump a viable candidate for president? If we could elect Reagan, why not Donald Trump? 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 American public has proven that it’s willing to put aside things like political experience and personal character when electing a president to office.”

We’re over a year away from the next presidential elections, and the big name that has entered the realm of politics is Donald Trump. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that he leads in many Republican polls, the fact is that he appears to be set up to make a substantial run at the presidency. Among many people out there, there seems to be this feeling that he’s more sideshow than substance. It does seem, for better or worse, that Donald Trump is a viable presidential candidate. There are plenty of factors working against “The Donald,” but most people are well aware of this. In spite of all the negative out there, he continues to do well and gain support. Sometimes the American people don’t really make sense, and this is one of them. What Donald Trump brings to the presidency is a famous face. Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy all were able to play on their

notoriety to secure spots as president. How much worse could Trump be than Reagan? The Reagan-Trump comparison seems surprisingly apt for the situation. Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California is also in that same vein. The American public has proven that it’s willing to put aside things like political experience and personal character when electing a president to office. That is why Donald Trump can win. The other day I overheard a man talking in a bar that he would vote for Trump because, “He’s a rich businessman. He’s doing something right.” I don’t agree with this opinion, but I don’t think the man from the bar is alone in his opinion. Ever since “The Apprentice” came on the air people have gotten to know Donald Trump’s personality. It’s been revealed how shrewd and demanding he is. He seems to be perceived as a man who gets things done. He’s even managed to turn the Obama birth certificate issue into some kind of weird political victory for himself, using it as proof that he can get things done.

We’ve learned through the years that platform, character and all the things that should matter about a president don’t really matter in a presidential election. Politics isn’t about any of those things. It is about resources (money) and playing the game to the best of your ability. No one plays the game of politics better than Republicans. If Trump can manage to pull out a Republican nomination for presidency, he’s going to have the best of the best behind him to spin, lie and stretch the truth in order to get him into office. Should Donald Trump be president? No. He’s clearly not qualified. Within one year of him being in office we’d probably be looking at a regressive tax scale and a complete deregulation of all financial markets. Will Donald Trump be president? I wish I could say no, but I can’t. He could very well be the last straw in proving that our government is indeed broken, and that it needs to be fixed. Connor Reynolds can be contacted at

Trump’s candidacy is impossible to take seriously 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

“When almost 1 in 10 Americans cannot find a job, who wants to hear some tacky blow-hard shouting ‘you’re fired’ from the White House?”

For weeks now, Donald Trump has been publicly challenging Barack Obama’s legitimacy as President of the United States. The question remains if Donald Trump is himself a viable candidate for president. The constitution is fairly lenient on exactly who is qualified to be president. You have to be at least 35 years old, a resident in the US for 14 years and a natural-born citizen. Barack Obama, without a doubt, fulfills all these qualifications. As of Wednesday, he has even supplied a long-form Certificate of Live Birth, which was completely unnecessary, considering he had already provided absolutely everything you might need to prove without a shadow of a doubt that he was a citizen already. If there was any candidate in 2008 that needed serious legal inspection into whether he was a viable candidate it was not Obama, it was John McCain. McCain had in fact been born in the Panama Canal Zone, on a submarine base. Luckily, everyone was able to come together and respectfully agree on his viability as a candidate. But is just any 35-year-old American qualified to be president? If we are to take seriously the idea

that Donald Trump is actually planning to run for president and this is not all a publicity stunt to raise money for his own coffers, how do we know he is actually up to the task? Are we supposed to be impressed by Trump’s business record? Several times he has been forced to declare bankruptcy. First in 1991, when his billiondollar Taj Mahal hotel project collapsed on the junk bonds he invested in. He declared bankruptcy again in 2004 after legal irregularities forced him out of the CEO position at Trump’s Hotels and Casino Resorts. It happened a third time in 2009 when Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for Chapter 11 and he had to leave the board-of-directors entirely. Do we want to live in a country that operates like The Apprentice? Donald Trump’s catch phrase is “You’re Fired!” When almost 1 in 10 Americans cannot find a job, who wants to hear some tacky blow-hard shouting “you’re fired” from the White House? Is the guy that jumped marriages from Ivana to Marla Maples to Melania ready to tell gays and lesbians they have no right to get married? Apparently, The Donald thinks so. Asked about whether he believes in marriage or civil benefits he answered, “No and no.” Does Donald Trump actually know anything about laws? Shouldn’t the

President of the United States have some grasp of basic constitutional arguments? When Trump was interviewed on MSNBC by Savannah Guthrie, he seemed to have absolutely no clue as to what the constitutional right to privacy had to due with abortion. Sarah Palin had the exact same brain-fart with Katie Couric in 2008. Maybe you would make the same mistake. But are you trying to raise millions of dollars to be elected the most powerful person on the planet? Signs point to “no.” Trump might have been born in New York City, but is he American enough to be president? Is anyone asking if he is perhaps too foreign, too educated, too muslim-y, too radical, too black, not black enough? Granted, these are all ridiculous questions. But President Obama has been asked to account for them by many of the same people excited by Trump’s candidacy. No one can dispute that Donald Trump is eligible to run for president. But Trump is an opportunistic reactionary clown whose entire life has been the butt of a joke. He has no business being anything more than a punch line. Donald Duck deserves more respect. Anthony Cox can be contacted at


April 29, 2011  —  Views

view from the hill By Bill Droel Moraine Valley campus minister As March became April, many Moraine Valley students and staff lingered in our library to watch four Buddhist monks place thousands of colored grains of sand on a sizable pattern, resulting in a “sacred Mandela.” It was a fascinating display of patience, coordination, teamwork, and some creativity. The exhibit was billed as a culture and art display. It was also, probably unbeknownst to Moraine Valley administrators, an exercise in Buddhist preaching. Buddhism, keep this in mind, welcomes converts but, unlike some other religions, it normally propositions people with an unstated, implicit invitation. The monks’ performance is unusual art. Each of the four monks put sand within lines drawn on a table. The creative part of the performance, as best as I can observe, comes from selecting the color for each small section. In that

respect it reminds me of a children’s painting-by-numbers kit. Most unusual is the disposition of the exhibit. Most art is displayed in some manner. In this case the so-called artists destroyed the display after four days of tedious production. Why? Buddhism says that most people go through their day and their week in a sleepy state, in mental unawareness. People incorrectly assume that things, places and people have a permanent element of some sort. Buddhism teaches that everything is impermanent. As a person gradually adopts correct thinking about the transitory nature of reality, that person becomes increasingly enlightened; they become a Buddha, and awakened one. Thus, the visiting monks from Drepeng Loseling monastery in Atlanta taught Moraine Valley that even an intricate work of art, like everything else, is temporary and not ultimately important. Fr. John Courtney Murray, S.J., one of this country’s most influential theologians, mentions a similar monastic practice in We Hold These Truths (Sheed and Ward, 1960). Every other morning an elderly monk weaves baskets, using bamboo stems and rattan core. On alternate days he takes the

baskets apart. Why? “The basket itself did not matter,” Murray explains. “But the weaving and unweaving of it served as a means of spending an interval, necessary to the frail human spirit, between periods… in contemplation of heavenly things. Only the making of a soul was the true human value.” Murray goes on to describe a tendency found in all religions to understand perfection as “discontinuous with all purely human effort.” The attitude within this tendency “is one of waiting and expectancy.” Meanwhile, things of this world are irrelevant. Their only value is providing sustenance for a person who otherwise renounces the world. Often, people with this tendency see sin lurking all around. Murray contrasts the former tendency with one that affirms the world. In Christian terms it understands that grace begins in nature and then, under the correct circumstances, cooperates with nature to perfect people. Yes, grace is unmerited or amazing. Nonetheless, “human effort remains real and really valuable.” In some sense human achievement in itself, including our institutions, contributes to the


spiritual life. Human artifacts, again including institutions, will in some manner “go to heaven” or whatever the comparable concept. So which is it? Is it all basket weaving? Or is ambition a virtue? Is matter just matter? Or are a person’s aspirations and his or her drive useful in the quest for sanctity? The two alternatives are drawn starkly in this column. But this topic has big consequences in our daily life and in our politics and our economy. By the way, it is fun these days to visit Moraine Valley’s library. There is always something going on there. I commend the library for hosting the monks from Atlanta, even if the event included a little preaching. It is a neurotic college today that tries to ignore the role of religion and refuses to recognize the college’s own spiritual situation. A legitimate search for truth, which is the mission of all colleges, must include an exploration of religion-no matter how messy that might be.

Bill Droel is at His blog is on

Ryan’s path to impovershment

WikiLeaks reveals more Gitmo horrors

By Anthony Cox Views Editor

By Ryan Kiefer Online Assistant

It might be easy to imagine that Paul Ryan was genetically engineered to run for Vice-President of the United States. With his dreamy eyes and his Ronald Reagan coif, he appears to have been training to be a mild-mannered, blushing poster-stud for financial responsibility his whole life. Have you heard about his rigorous P90X workout? I can imagine it’s hard to fact check his fantasy projections about 2% unemployment and $150 billion leaps in annual economic growth when he’s just so ripped. Pundits love the fairytale that somehow giving billions of dollars away in tax breaks to the rich will somehow decrease the budget deficit. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget-fix is just more of exactly this kind of Robin Hood-in-reverse theatrics that gets the management class frothing at the mouth. Is there anything to it? Paul Ryan’s budget completely ditches the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office numbers in favor of doctored statistics from the Heritage Foundation that even they have a hard time recreating. In fact, their unemployment projections were later quietly taken down and replaced with much higher figures. When the CBO had a chance to look over Ryan’s plan, the numbers showed that the Republican budget would make the deficit worse over ten years than if they did nothing at all. Privatizing Medicare and giving seniors a coupon instead to shop for

insurance themselves, gives them a healthcare plan very similar to what Congress receives. Only the elderly will have to pay a lot more for it. The CBO finds that seniors will end up paying a far larger share of their healthcare costs than Rep. Ryan does. The Center for Economic and Policy Research suggests in a new study that the combined costs from the voucher program and out-of-pocket costs will reach up to $34 trillion over then next 75 years. This is what will happen if the collective burden we share by protecting seniors with Medicare is shifted back on to them for the sake of a few new yachts for millionaires. This is what is referred to as “responsible” and “courageous.” You would think that people with so much money to throw around would understand the difference between frivolous spending and investment. How long can we expect to be the greatest country in the world with collapsing infrastructure, high healthcare costs, low education, and high unemployment? The president spoke recently at a Facebook town hall meeting with Mark Zuckerberg and answered whether he thought Ryan’s plan was “bold or brave.” “Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the backs of people who are poor or people who are powerless or don’t have lobbyists or don’t have clout. I don’t think that’s particularly courageous.” Welcome back Candidate Obama.

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In 1967, when Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo leaked what became known as the Pentagon Papers to the public, it caused a veritable opinion explosion. They revealed, damningly, that several presidents had lied to the public while in office, and that the main reason for American involvement in Vietnam was to avoid a “humiliating U.S. defeat.” Daniel Ellsberg became regarded as a journalistic hero, and his leak ultimately shifted our country’s policy regarding that war. Most importantly, a 6-3 Supreme Court decision set a precedent for the legality of publishing classified materials. Fast-forward to 2010. WikiLeaks, a web-based international organization, released numerous massive leaks of American classified materials. These documents proved that U.S. forces had committed crimes in Afghanistan, and that the Bush administration had tried to cover it up. They showed that same administration had broken international treaties by illegally spying on foreign governments leading up to the invasion of Iraq. They revealed U.S. diplomats had brazenly ignored the pleas of an Afghan official to investigate an American contractor who was selling boys to be raped by local police officers during prearranged “parties.” And as of last week, a group of documents regarding the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay have held over a hundred and fifty clearly innocent civilians for years without charge; that inmates are regularly physically, mentally and sexually abused; and that one particu-

lar prisoner has been tortured on over a hundred separate occasions in an attempt to glean information on al-Qaida operations. However, no charges have been filed against any of the perpetrators of these atrocities. Julian Assange, the editor-inchief of WikiLeaks, has been threatened with a State Department lawsuit. Several independent pundits even called for his death in response to the leaks. Public opinion is divided but largely against the group that has brought these injustices to light. This leads me to ask this: what the hell has happened to us? Our government has committed crimes and hurt innocent people. Our current “fight” in the Middle East was started and has been sustained by lies, and tens of thousands of American soldiers and local civilians have died because of this. Have we become so jingoistic as a citizenry that when our own government commits war crimes, and then tries to cover it up, we say that the people who brought those atrocities to our attention should be killed? I’m appalled by the lack of an interest in this by the public at large. We are now afraid to speak against clear injustices related to the war, lest it make us look “unpatriotic” or “un-American.” It is so bad that when thousands of innocents are killed and tortured the loudest voices can only call for the imprisonment of the people that informed us about it. And thinking about the future of a country that functions like that chills me. Ryan Kiefer can be contacted at



Athletes of the Issue

Sports  — April 29, 2011

By Tony Gustin

John Smith Pitcher Baseball

Sandy Saunders Pitcher Softball

Smith lists one of his greatest accomplishments as playing baseball on the collegiate level. He is a pitcher for the Cyclones this year and has plenty of experience from his days at Evergreen Park High School. Smith is majoring in Secondary Special Education. He started playing organized baseball at the early age of 8 for Evergreen Park’s Athletic Association. In his spare time Smith umpires women’s softball and men’s baseball travel teams for extra cash. His reason for continuing to play at Moraine was “for the love of the game,” said Smith. “[I want to] show how well the south side of Chicago plays baseball.”

Saunders started playing softball when she was 7 years old. So far this season she has been the Cyclones’ ace pitcher with numerous shutouts and also great performances at the plate. Aside from softball she played volleyball from sixth grade to senior year of high school. Saunders is studying special education with an emphasis on learning and behavior. Her greatest accomplishments include getting the most valuable player award in freshman and senior year of high school at Reavis as well earning all-area recognition in her senior year. “I expect to give everything I got at every minute of the game,” said Saunders.

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5 to 20 mph faster than the maximum speed of a ball hit off a wood bat, which is 93mph. The Average Available Pitcher Reaction Time (AAPRT) of a ball traveling at 93 mph takes 0.4 seconds to travel 54 feet. The pitcher’s mound is exactly 60 feet, 6 inches away from home plate. Now with speeds of 100 mph plus the pitcher only has less than 0.030 seconds to react to a come backer, which is impossible. According to the “European Journal of Anesthesiology 18 (7)” It takes 0.095 seconds to blink an eye.   Four years ago, my own brother was pitching and received a comebacker to his face. When that little white ball made contact with my brother’s chin it made a horrifying thud sound. He went down immediately and kept rolling around and repeating, “It hurts, it hurts, it hurts!” A few days later my brother had a huge hematoma under his chin and had bruising on the inside of his neck. Former Notre Dame Pitcher Wade Korpi was hit with a come backer to his head in 2008. Korpi became a YouTube sensation from his experience with a batted ball off an aluminum bat. The video was so gruesome that people actually commented under the video asking if he was dead; He did, in fact, survive. In 2003 Brandon Patch, an 18-yearold pitcher at a Montana high school, was killed after being struck in the chest

with a batted ball off an aluminum bat. The family of Brandon filed a lawsuit against the bat company “Louisville Slugger.” The Patch’s case against “Louisville Slugger” was that their son had no time to react to the ball because it came off their aluminum bat too fast. The judge ruled in favor with the Patch family and awarded them $850,000. Baseball is a game of reactions. It takes ¼ of a second to determine the spin of the ball, speed and location of the pitch and start the swing. So you as the batter have to decide either to swing or take a 90-mph pitch in less than ¼ of a second. It’s quite unreal to think about that fact now as mentioned above the pitcher only has 0.03 seconds to react to a 96 mph come-backer. Aluminum bats present a serious danger to pitchers as well as infielders. Based on the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2009, 108,976 kids were treated in hospital emergency departments due to baseball injuries. The use of aluminum bats should be banned in college sports as well as high school. The players are stronger and can hit at dangerous levels. After all what’s more important, the costs of replacing wood bats for college and high school teams, or the player’s safety? It’s time for a change. Ban aluminum bats now. Sean McDermott can be contacted at


April 29, 2011  —  Sports


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Molly Hankes pitched a gem in a game against the Joliet Wolves. [Zandro Zafra] scored and three RBIs. The next day saw the Cyclones on the road for a double-header with conference rival McHenry County College. Sandy Saunders continued her season success in the first game when she only allowed five hits while striking out four. Mo Galazkiewicz was the hero of game two, sliding into home after a sac-fly from Maggi Crockett in the fi-

nal inning. On April 13 the Cyclones brought their streak up to six with two dominating performances against South Suburban College. All of the wins prior to these were impressive, but they were all nail-biters. It was nice to see these performances, to take a little stress off of head coach Mike Veen. Both games were won with the identical score of 2-0.

Alyssa Prucak was the star of game one driving in both runs. In game two Saunders threw a one-hitter with seven strikeouts. She also went 2-3 at the plate with an RBI. Some thought the games against Oakton Community College would be cancelled due to weather, but the teams played on. The Cyclones are a versatile team this year. They can win the game through defensive presence and masterful pitching performances or they can simply slaughter you by piling on runs. Jennifer Jessup suffered an injury sliding into home during game one, which she hopes to be nothing serious. Theresa Urchell and Katie Ferguson both went 2-3 in game one. In game two Elizabeth Reynolds had a huge night with a homer and 4 RBIs. It wasn’t until April 20, the matchup with College of DuPage, that the win streak would end. These were the first games after the game cancellations. Neither game was close, but the team put some impressive work in at the plate. The Cyclones know how to win and they have obviously proved that to everyone in the conference. The upcoming matchup with Waubonsee Community College will determine who will top the conference this year. Tony Gustin can be contacted at

Women’s Soccer Alert The Cyclones are looking for players to join the 2011 women’s soccer squad. Anyone who is interested should call head coach Jim Knawa at (708) 9745237 or e-mail him at knawaj@ with any questions.

Men’s BasEball Update The Men’s Baseball team has hit some bad luck over the past two weeks. The Cyclones have had three of their last six games cancelled due to weather conditions including games against McHenry C.C., Prairie State College and College of DuPage. These conditions have forced the team to practice indoors on hardwood floors. Two Games were also relocated from Moraine Valley to Waubonsee C.C. where the Cyclones lost game one 2-14; Game two was suspended after six with the Cyclones down 3-6. MVCC did deafeat College of DuPage on April 21 in a 9-4 road victory. MVCC hopes to return to their home field on April 30 against Robert Morris University.



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Despite first loss, Cyclones named conference champs By Frank Florez Copy Editor Despite losing their first meet of the season, the Cyclones stand atop the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference as champions with an impressive 8-1 record, including a perfect 6-0 conference record. After beginning the season with a perfect 7-0 record the Cyclones’ streak finally came to an end on April 19. The meet had to be held indoors due to adverse weather conditions. Alex Zavala, Terrence Gamboa, Mike Giordano and Josh Leininger all won singles matches but the Cyclones failed to win a doubles match against College of DuPage. Team Captain Peter Danos was disappointed about the loss, but keeps perspective with a silver lining. “Although we did not come out on top, we learned a lot about what we need to do to win matches, ” said Danos. Danos, who has been out with a right tricep strain, has returned to the team and has been cleared to play in the team’s regional match-up. “The trainers at school are awesome. They got me back playing and I am healthy enough to help our team this weekend at regionals,” said Danos. Moraine Valley took a hit against College of DuPage, but they were able to put the loss behind them and step up against College of Lake County on April 21. The Cyclones bounced back against and defeated their conference

foe 7-2 to earn an unblemished conference record this season. When asked about winning conference for the first time in years, Danos explained how much it meant to the squad. “It’s a great honor not only individually but as a team for us to go out and represent the school,” said Danos. The Cyclones are one of the top teams competing in the regional tournament and are hoping to get big performances out of their top players this year including Giordano, Gamboa and Linnenger. “If we all play well and with confidence, we do not see anything else but a championship,” said Danos. The Region IV tournament began last night and is hosted by Moraine Valley. The tournament will go on through the weekend commencing on April 30. Following regionals, the Cyclones will compete in the NJCAA Nationals in Plano, Texas. When asked if he’s thought about it Danos admits that he has, but he knows he still has to focus on every set now before getting ahead of himself. “Of course [I’ve thought about nationals], that’s what we’ve all been training for, but at the same time we have to focus on the task at hand and go out and try to win every point,” said Danos. The Cyclones will participate in Nationals from May 8-15.

“If we all play well and with confidence, we do not see anything else but a championship.” - Peter Danos

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Peter Danos has returned to the courts after an early season injury. [Zandro Zafra]

Making the case against aluminum bats By Sean McDermott Staff Writer America’s past time is turning into a deadly game of life and death. Young ball players have been experiencing horrific injuries such as broken jaws, fractured skulls, comas, and even death due to the use of aluminum baseball bats. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA) adopted new standards for aluminum bats a few years ago. The standards state that aluminum bats have to have a diameter of 2 5/8 and a weight length differential of 3. Despite the recent changes the NFSHSA has made, the aluminum bats are still a serious

safety hazard. I believe aluminum bats should be banned from High School and College. The reason why high schools and colleges use aluminum bats over wood is to cut the costs of purchasing new wood bats when they break. Aluminum bats are more durable and don’t need to be replaced as often. “With the rate of colleges cutting (baseball) programs around the country, I think college baseball really has no choice but to stick with aluminum bats,” said Coach Tom Radz. “It’s much more cost effective to keep using aluminum bats. Economically I can tell you that Moraine could not afford a year with wooden bats. In 1997, J.J. Crisco and R.M.

Greenwald conducted an experiment on aluminum bats. The results were conclusive. Aluminum bats produce faster speeds of balls off the bat than wood. The reason why aluminum bats produce higher speeds is because of the “trampoline effect” or “the sweet spot” The “trampoline effect” is defined as “the bouncing back of the baseball off an aluminum bat. It occurs during and after the collision of the ball and bat, and results in the ball springing off the bat.” The bat barrel of an aluminum bat basically acts like a spring when the ball impacts it. The “trampoline effect” can send the baseball to speeds of Aluminum | page 10

Cyclones in the hunt

Next match will determine conference champ By Tony Gustin Editorial Assistant The Cyclones have finally cooled down after a massive 8-game win streak. They have lost their last four games, but are still staying positive. The opposition needed something to slow down MVCC and their wish was granted. The three double headers that were scheduled from April 17-19 with Harper College, Joliet Junior College and conference rival Prairie State College were all cancelled due to weather restrictions. That was the last thing the Cyclones needed while

they were cruising along on their dominating streak. On April 11 against Joliet Junior College, the team grabbed two close wins with their home field advantage. Little did they know, this is what would start the winning streak that would turn their season in the right direction. In both games, the Joliet Wolves put up most of their runs in the first inning and couldn’t manage to hold on to their leads winning 6-4 and 5-4. Molly Hankes picked up the win in game one. She was also the star of the second game with two doubles, a run Softball | page 11

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Features and Entertainment


Students come together to welcome spring

Because of the weather, the bulk of the festivities were held inside, but that didn’t stop participants from enjoying the event and the free hot dogs. [Zandro Zafra] By Stephanie Arendt Staff Writer “Spring Fest allows everyone to showcase their special talents and the clubs help get people involved outside of school,” said student life coordinator Demetrius Robinson. The theme was “Pop into Spring” and the chilly weather didn’t deter

people from participating. Sundus Madi from Academic Advising said, “The weather is unfortunate but we are blessed the school can accommodate us all indoors.” Students were able to dance in the corridor, enjoy food and visit the many creative tables set up to promote, raise awareness, recruit and inform the stu-

dents of MVCC. The Spring Fest entertainment was held indoors. However, the weather didn’t stop some students from entertaining themselves outside with the inflatables that were set up. Student Roosevelt Harmon said “It’s nice we can come outside and there are activities for kids and stu-

dents.” Inflatables such as the “First Down” or the Bungee Run, a race to throw beanbags, were a big hit. Participant Linda Serna said, “The Bungee Run is an awesome part of Spring Fest.” Among the many clubs present were the Culinary and Hospitality, Psychology, Cyber Security, Ultimate Frisbee, Ski/Board, Music and the Anime Clubs. Many of them were creative in hopes of drawing students in. The Alliance of African American Students, Muslim Student Association, Arab Student Union, and Multicultural Students Affairs participated as well. Spring Fest not only encouraged students to sign up for clubs but it provided an excellent opportunity for students to raise money and awareness. Asian Diversity was selling wristbands, origami and t-shirts to raise money for the Japan Relief fund. Women Empowered were raising awareness to prevent domestic abuse. Springfest | page 4

Sexual Perversity in Chicago turns up the heat on stage By Amel Saleh Entertainment Editor Moraine Valley opened its theatrical doors for all to view David Mamet’s timeless play Sexual Perversity in Chicago on April 28. Sexual Perversity in Chicago is a 35-year-old play that teaches the lesson of the power of influence and love. It does contain strong use of sexual content and language. Taking place in the modern day, twenty-something Danny Shapiro (Michael Olson) meets Deborah Soloman (Stephanie Lewis) and approaches her with charm mixed with slight gracelessness. The obvious mood detected here is the strong attraction between the two. Attraction that is, in fact, so strong they don’t waste time. Next thing we know Deb is in Danny’s bed having sex and exploiting all her sexual fantasies and tales to him. One of which was being how she had sex with a woman and enjoyed it. At this point in the play audience members couldn’t help but think how awkward this might be for the elderly. I was more concerned with how awkward the air might be under the covers of the actors. But of course, they’re actors, so they’re used to this, right? What entertained me the most was Peter Surdyk’s character Bernard Litko, a friend and associate of Dan Shapiro. Think of Vin Diesel on Jersey Shore

who won’t shut up about a woman’s rack and make sure he has a heavy Chicago accent. There’s your man. The amount of vulgar conversations this character initiated probably outnumbers the amount of women he’s slept with. His character will also probably remind you of a certain tool you know. If so, I hope you aren’t sleeping with him. Throughout the play Bernie is there to guide Danny about the female population. Deb (Stephanie Lewis) and Danny (Michael Olson) act out a sex scene in Sexual Perversity [Zandro He talks the game, Zafra] shares the common “man” stories and when Danny confesses the possibility of being in- away, as she rants about the statistics after many ups and downs? Sexual Perversity in Chicago will fatuated with Deb, Bernie is caught off of divorce rates. While reading a story guard and labels Danny’s belief as fool- to her kindergarten class, she talks make you laugh, make you say “aw” and ishness. This is where we see the influ- about how a beautiful woman turned make you feel awkward to say the least. ence take place. Bernie doesn’t encour- into a hag and emphasizes the word But with every tale comes a lesson and there are plenty here that can translate age his friend in such a commitment. “hag.” Could it be jealousy? Fear? Sexual Perversity In Chicago goes into to life. You can check this play out anytime Bernie’s complement character, Joan the depths of gender sociology. During Webber (Katherine Heffelfinger), has a our college years, we are conflicted with between April 28th-May 7th in the F building in the John and Angeline Orenegative view on dating and men. She finding “the one.” warns Deb about the downfall and danAfter the struggle of finding the one mus Theater. Be sure to expect explicit gers of leaping into a relationship. She fades, how does one work up the cour- language and content. carries a logical cynicism that floats age to expose their vulnerability and throughout each scene. say “I love you”? And even after all Amel Saleh can be contacted at saleha@ We see her eating her loneliness that, how does a couple stay committed



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Students face off in Talent Show Finale By Hal Jawayyed Staff Writer The big finale of Moraine Valley’s Got Talent culminated Thursday in the U building. Students were asked to come and show their skills in every field for a prize of approximately $450. Sure enough, marvelous feats were performed. The talent show took place over the span of three weeks. The final showing was at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. To open the show, Sam Krsek from Hip-Hop Exclusive performed a routine of hip-hop dancing. Krsek has been dancing all her life and is a common site in the U building where she shows off her skills. Next up was Marcus Johnson, also from Hip-Hop Exclusive, with his very rhythmical dancing in a style called “popping.” Following Johnson was K.J. White, who recited a poetic memoir. When White hopped onto the stage he was wrapped in a lavender plastic bag. He shared a powerful story about his mother, bringing the audience to a complete silence and the judges to a moment of emotional intrigue. Craig Watson hopped up front after White to perform a unique style of dance called “crumping.” Watson, along with a group of friends, displayed feats of acrobatic skill that were synchronized to the

music. Watson’s been dancing since he was a young boy who gave it all he could in an attempt to impress the judges. Next up was Pat Smith, with a cover of Michael Buble’s song “Haven’t Met You Yet.” Smith had the audience members singing along with this happy tune and definitely threw some winks to ladies in the crowd. Mike Woods threw in a little metal for the crowd, playing a variety of rock covers from Metallica to Christmas-themed tunes. His thrashing guitar incited many members of the audience into some headbanging. Another vocal act was Rosco, who displayed his expert rendition of Usher’s “OMG,” along with a backup dancer who performed beautifully alongside him. Last up were two passionate dancers by the names of Brianna Jordan and Mike Simmons. The wonderful sound of “Stand By Me” complimented the burning passion in their eyes as these wellchoreographed dancers lit up the stage. After the crowd was awed by the performances the judges convened to tally up the scores. On April 29, the judges decision was announced. Finishing in a tie for first place were the OYB dance group and the duo of Brianna Jordan and Mike Simmons. The runner up for the competition was beat boxer Yazan Salmon. Hal Jawayyed can be contacted at

Brianna Jordan and Mike Simmons, who tied for first place alongside dance group OYB, engage in a passionate dip during their sensual performance. The runner up of the talent show was Mike Simmons, who beat boxed for the audience.[Brian Vickers]


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Martin Papa named MVCC Student Employee of the Year By Liz Dewey Staff Writer A small room in the S building was abuzz this last Thursday, filled with passionate, hardworking students and appreciative staff members. The cause was the celebration luncheon for the MVCC Student employee of the year. This event is held across the country to recognize students who work at the college they attend. Students who are nominated and awarded show exemplary work and outstanding contribution in leadership, communication skills, professionalism, organizational ability and accountability. This year the 2011 student nominees were: Yasmeem Hamarshaw of the foundation office, Laura Joy of the fine arts lab, Mariam Khanani of Student Life and Judicial Affairs, Aaron Lopez of the Academic Skills Center, Martin Papa of photo ID and admissions, Jameel Shukair of the America Reads program, and Jawan Zeidan of Multicultural Student Affairs. The occasion began with a delectable buffet and active conversation at the beautifully adorned tables in the Moraine Business and Conference Rooms.

Winner of the Moraine Valley Student Employee of the Year, Martin Papa, displays his awards. [Zandro Zafra] Once all was settled, directors, teachers and other staff members took to the podium to discuss the event and congratulate all nominees. “This program is so near and dear to my heart,” said Dr. Ludwick, who has

been with Moraine for 10 years and was heading up the event. She commented, “It’s really all about the power of one.” Finally the winner was announced and was presented by last year’s winner,

Rosa Perez. This year’s winner was Martin Papa. Ryan Budds, who nominated Papa, said that he is “a treat for admissions. He is the ideal student employee and we couldn’t be happier to have him on our team.” As the winner of this award, Papa has recieved a $250 scholarship and his name will be placed on a plaque alongside previous winners of MVCC Student Eployee of the Year. Papa will also participate in a state competition where he will compete with students from other colleges for a certificate and a check for $75. Martin then took the stage to accept his award and give his speech. “I am honored to receive this award,” said Papa. The entire event was very welcoming and sincere. “We have been so excited to hold this event and celebrate all of you,” said Dr. Ludwick. Papa stated that here at Moraine Valley he is treated like a family. “Attending this college as well as working here is certainly one of the best experiences of my life,” said Papa. Liz Dewey can be contacted at lizzydew22@


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“We don’t just empower women, we support them,” Jessica Hudson, a member of Women Empowered (WE) said. The WE sponsors, Yazmin and Maria Esquivel of Reygui Designs, sold jewelry to help the WE. Stephenie Presseller, sustainability coordinator for the Green Team, educated people on water conserva-

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tion while letting them paint various rain barrels. “This really gives students the opportunity to express themselves through art and hopefully we will be able to raffle the barrels for student scholarships,” Presseller said. The Creative Writing Club was also raising money for with personalized love poems and Combat

to College was raising awareness to help veterans. Aside from fundraising and promoting, Spring Fest helped faculty inform students of the resources provided on the MVCC campuses. Academic Advising, Financial Aid, the MVCC Bookstore and the Counseling and Career Development Center were among the many student services

Moraine Valley students gather in the U building for MVCC’s annual Spring Fest. On the floor, the 24 Karat dance team show off their moves. [Zandro Zafra]

present. Students could also take advantage of The MVCC Job Resource and UPS recruiters on site assisting with job placement. Students interested in working for UPS can see Chris Haynes in T100 to learn about the college education assistance UPS offers. Students and Faculty were not the only ones popping into spring; many outside services were promoting and informing students at this year’s Spring Fest. The Southside Pregnancy Center informed students of services they offer in the U building and off campus. Pace Bus Representatives demonstrated the use of bike racks on buses and encouraged students to participate in “rideshare,” a carpooling program. Spring Fest provides students the opportunity to mingle with one another and explore what MVCC has to offer. Student Nadia Amed said, “It’s nice to see everyone getting together, the crowd and the environment.” Students who were not able to attend can learn more about the student resources and clubs through the MVCC website. Stephanie Arendt can be contacted at

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Moraine Valley student volunteers time and effort to helping children of Africa By Amel Saleh Entertainment Editor

to students during a presentation on March 29 and recently became the President of the Social Action “Be the best you in life,” said and Political Club. She also apDavid Ocheta, an activist involved plied to become a “roadie,” which in the struggle to raise awareness is a volunteer who goes on tour to to the war in Uganda. promote the unnoticed war. He probably had no idea how This is an unpaid internship for much impact his words would the organization of the Invisible have. Children. Elise Duran, a former student Even celebrities are getting inof Stagg High School, felt an auvolved in the cause. tomatic change of heart when her Former Fall Out Boy guitarist high school showed a screening of Pete Wentz also joined the movethe documentary “The Invisible ment and helps bring peace to a Children.” silent war that’s been terrorizing Duran wanted to do something the people, and mainly the chilmeaningful at that moment, so dren, of Uganda. she dedicated her time to helping Supporters who join this proothers. gression seek to put a halt to the “The area where the civil war is hostility, build necessary institutaking place is between the Ugantions and provide food, clothing, da government and the rebel and shelter. Elise Duran, a student of MVCC is dedicating group lead by Joseph Kony, the “I’m interested in helping othher time to spread awareness about the plight of leader of the LRA (Lords Resisers and promoting awareness for children in Uganda [Amel Saleh] tance Army),” said Duran after Uganda. Since I’m young I have a presentation of “The Invisible the time to do it, so why not?” Children.” With an extraordinary drive to as- Duran explains. She continued, saying, “He has sist those in need, Duran is setting an You can learn more about the strugbeen brutalizing the people of Uganda example for student activism at Mo- gle at and recently has been killing and ab- raine Valley. ducting children in the Congo to be Duran brought the screening of the Amel Saleh can be contacted at his soldiers for 25 years.” documentary to MVCC and showed it


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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



Features  — April 29, 2011

MVCC students strut their stuff for Japan Relief By Trina Walton Staff Writer Lights! Camera! Fashion! On Thursday April 21 Moraine Valley students were able to show off their best runway walk as they worked the stage during a fashion show presented by Fashion for a Cause. This event took place in the Student Union at 5 p.m. and lasted for a little over an hour. Fashion for a Cause is a fundraising club that meets twice a month to support any cause around the world. The motivation behind putting this specific fashion show together was to support the victims in Japan who were effects by the earthquake. All the

money collected during the show will be sent to the Red Cross. Last fall semester Fashion for Cause held a fashion show to support the American Cancer Society. The fashion show consisted of over thirty models and everyone was able to show off three different outfits as they walked down a runway to a mixture of pop music. The first look was casual-style clothing that showcased each student’s own unique style. “We just want people to express themselves while having fun,” said Nino Dizo, president of the club. For the last two looks the models showed two styles of formal attire, including clothing designed by Angelique’s Boutique.

Audience members were able to enjoy refreshments after each round and also had the pleasure of meeting Angelique, the designer and owner of Angelique’s Boutique after the fashion show. “I enjoyed watching the fashion show. There were a lot more models than last show and better music. There was also more of a variety of outfits this time around. It was also nice to have the designer come to present her line and to introduce herself at the end of the show; it felt like real fashion show,” said Justin Cabel, an MVCC student. Trina Walton can be contacted at

Moraine Valley students put together a fashion showcasing their own private styles. All funds collected went to the Japan Relief Fund. [Zandro Zafra]

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A successful story that’s beyond belief By Amel Saleh Entertainment Editor

  What do you believe in? It’s different for many people but one underlying notion remains common in the company of all-faith. You could believe in a God or not. You could believe your leaders or not. And ultimately, you could believe in yourself, or not. You could reach the haziness of anything you’ve possibly dreamed of only if you believe. It’s sort of like a self-fulfilling prophecy where thoughts become things. If you think you’re going to fail at something, chances are you probably will because you’ve used all your energy consuming the thoughts of misfortune. Turn things around and believe in incredible accepted wisdom. Believe in the greater things in life, such as success. This is exactly what the band Believers stand by, the concept of belief. Their motto is “nothing is impossible.” To them, impossible is just two words driven together to generate uncertainty: I’m possible. The band consists of four talented individuals, Andrew Carrera (guitarist), Jake Ogden (guitarist), Kyle Stalla

a cross between Saosin and Secret & Whisper. Their influences comprise of Circa Survive, Conditions, Decoder, and Emarosa, a genre cooperatively acknowledged as Rock/Post-Hardcore. “We want to play good music, nothing recycled. There’s little to no screaming and we have fun with what do,” explains Bauer. “We’ve been a band for a month and went through 4 or 5 different members already. We’re not quitting,” said Bauer. With such a short span of being together, they’ve reached close to 1,000 likes on Facebook and launched merchandise ready to sell. This is the astonishing reward belief can do to person. “Don’t give up. Keep trying because From left to right: Kyle Stalla, Andrew Carrera, and Jeff Bauer. Three out of four mem- you can do anything your set you mind to. Everyone’s a believer and everyone bers of the band Believers. [Jamie Koala] has something to believe in,” a wise (bass) and Moraine Valley student Jeff eligible member, big things will happen closing remark Bauer leaves me with. Bauer (drums). for them. You can check Believers out on As of now the band lacks a singer Under the experienced care of Thrust Facebook ( plays instrumentally, but the ab- Management’s artist manager, Phil- lievers) and Twitter ( of a vital member doesn’t stop lip Kinzer, the band has caught sight lieversTweet) and support something them from doing what they love. They of some label attention but without a that’s worth resting your faith in. keep pursuing their search for the most singer, the elusive pinnacle of fame is qualified member and they recognize tricky to pin down. Interested in the Amel Saleh can be contacted saleha@ that once they come across the most type of music Believers play? Think of

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Entertainment  — April 29, 2011

Lukewarm Water for Elephants By Anthony Cox Views Editor “So where were you when I was 17?” asks the 35-year-old Reese Witherspoon, as Marlena, to the 23-year-old Robert Pattinson. I have a feeling Pattinson gets this question a lot. This is one of Pattinson’s first real opportunities to act outside the “Twilight” franchise and he spends most of the movie staring intensely off-camera and looking like Robert Pattinson. You might be surprised how little he actually speaks in the film. When he does, half the time it is in Polish. Everyone else in “Water for Elephants” has the task of trying to make Pattinson look sexually desirable and posing the kind of dramatic questions that might be provocative to a thirteen year old. All this is supposed to make us feel like we are not watching a sophomore’s version of “Twilight”, which we are just by virtue of the fact that they are trying so hard. The plot of “Water for Elephants” moves mostly by wish fulfillment. I know everyone is going to say the book was better. It couldn’t have possibly been that much better. From what I could tell, the main question at hand is “should I stab this elephant with a bull hook?” Who would ever do that? How about every circus, ever? It must be very comforting to think that those elephants we remember from the Ringling Bros. Circus as a child were just happy to do a handstand for us because a young Robert Pattinson could speak Polish to them. It would also be comforting to imagine that only Christoph Waltz, the Nazi “Jew hunter” from “Inglourious Basterds” would wield such a horrific weapon or ever deny his wife to Robert Pattinson. “Water for Elephants” is not a horrible movie, but you will probably enjoy it more if your brain has gone slightly soft. Rodrigo Prieto does an amazing job lighting the movie, making it much easier to ignore how bland everything

else is under all the pretty imagery. Some comment should be made about the image of Robert Pattinson being probed by an elephant trunk. Some directors have spent their entire careers trying to capture a moment quite so surreal. Bravo. Tony Cox can be contacted at coxt@

Unexpected romance sparks in unique settings. [20th Century Fox]

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McCombs is at Wit’s End By Stacey Reichard Online Editor

singing doll and her gravest call / It’s a little reminder to us all who said this wasn’t so small.” This monotonous tune   Being at one’s Wit’s End brings on leaves the album sounding rather proa whole new meaning with Cass Mc- saic. “Memory’s Stain,” a strange but Combs latest album. strong ballad where McCombs sings th Wit’s End, released on April 26 , about looking back at the past and deal2011, is this artist’s fifth full-length al- ing with the power that the past holds bum contribution to the music realm. over one person. McCombs is not a McCombs spent his widely known artist. time recording this He has toured with album in numerous bands such as Arcade places. Some of them Fire, Modest Mouse, include Chicago, CaliThe Shins and Iron fornia, New York and and Wine. If you are a New Jersey. The man fan of these artists you is known for living a may fancy McCombs somewhat nomadic life latest work of art. by living in cars and His music is comsuch as he travels from [Domino] prised of indie-folkplace to place. rock type ballads. This   The downside to would be a great album to relax to. these melodies is that the album tends “County Line” the opening track on to run together. There could have been the record starts the album off with a more prodigious variation amongst the overall feel of a luscious rainy day song composition. weather-type sound. Although it’s not This album is definitely dropping the the strongest canticle on the album it end in wit. It isn’t meritorious the first definitely sets forth a melancholy ste- listen through but grows on one by repreotype for the rest of the record. etition. Give this record a chance and The most repetitive track on the re- you will not be sorry. cord, “The Lonely Doll,” states that, “In tribute to all things petite, pretty and Stacey Reichard can be contacted at sweet, the lonely doll / I remember that


April 29, 2011  —  Entertainment

A look at baseball beneath the stitches By Connor Reynolds News Editor Catching a foul ball is a rarity at Major League Baseball games, but not for Zack Hample. Zack Hample is a full-time “ballhawk” and part-time author releasing “The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches.” It is his third literary offering following the success of his other two books: “Watching Baseball Smarter,” and “How to Snag Major League Baseballs.” Hample’s credibility as the author of a book come from his ability to get numerous baseballs from MLB games; not including this season, he has snagged 4,662 balls in 48 Major League stadiums. The book can essentially be divided into two parts: how to get your own baseballs, and the history and technical facts that goes into the ball itself. Hample dives deep into the history of the baseball by going all the way back to the earliest days of baseball. Using a lengthy timeline that goes all the way back to first balls readers are able to read through all the way to present day. Along the way, the research reveals more than just the history of the ball itself. The fact-finding Hample engaged

in ultimately led him to one of the more interesting sections of the book, a tour of the high security Rawlings Baseball assembly factory in Nicaragua. The chapter presents incredibly detailed information on just what goes into the balls that often are taken for granted as people watch a baseball game. After the book covers everything that one would ever like to know about the baseball, and more, the book moves onto the second part. In this chapter Hample lets the reader in on the knowledge he amassed through his ball hawking. Everything from how to address players and coaches and how to best position yourself on the field is covered. This book is an incredibly interesting read, if you really like baseball history. Hample’s writing style is very entertaining and helps keep even the driest bits of baseball history fairly intriguing. Despite his skill, it would be tough for anything less than a pretty avid baseball fan to appreciate. I’d highly recommend the purchase of this book for anyone who can appreciate baseball history. If you’re looking to finally get your hands on a foul ball, this book is a must own. Connor Reynolds can be contacted at


The Scream legacy continues By Tony Gustin Editorial Assistant After 11 long years, director Wes Craven has released his final installment of the Scream franchise with Scream 4. You would think people would forget about a series of movies after such a long period of time with no new material, but the Scream series was a big part of a lot of people’s childhood back in the 90’s. You couldn’t go out on Halloween from 1996 to present day without seeing at least ten people wearing the iconic ghost facemask. Scream 4 brings us back to Woodsboro, a fictional town with plenty of history. Neve Campbell, who has been unheard of since the last Scream movie, reprises her role as “The Queen of Darkness,” Sidney Prescott. Also returning to the cast are newly divorced couple Courtney Cox and David Arquette. The rest of the cast was assembled just how the last three movies were. They put together a lot of good-looking girls who are making their mark in pop culture at the given point in time. Scream had Drew Barrymore and Rose McGowan, Scream 2 had Sarah Michelle Gellar, Scream 3 included Jenny McCarthy, and now Heroes star Hayden Panetierre, for the fourth in-

stallment. The movie does a great job refreshing your memory about the past three stories without being obnoxious or annoying. Scream 4 will be enjoyable whether you have seen the other movies or not. All of the old fans of the cult classics will get everything they ask for. Scream 4 is packed with twists, bloody murders, and things that will make you jump out of your seat. One thing the new movie utilizes that weren’t so apparent with the others is the use of modern technology. Everyone in the movie is constantly on their iPhones and referencing things like Facebook and Twitter, which can be rather annoying. No one likes a movie that is filled with product placement. The thing about the Scream movies that appeals to more audiences than just the horror fans is its use of comedy. Adam Brody from The OC and Anthony Anderson do a great job providing the laughs as part of the Woodsboro Police Department. Overall, Scream 4 was worth the wait. It is definitely a movie to see in theaters. The ending is completely unpredictable, and you will leave being satisfied. Tony Gustin can be contacted at gustint@



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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 May 13 and June 24.

For Sale House For Sale! 3 bedroom house for sale in Worth, near 111th and Harlem. On two adjacent lots. Take advantage of the tax credits! Buy now! Build later! Asking $184,500. Call (708)-267-3421 Sahara Henna Designs and Body Art Non Permanent Tattoos and Face Painting specializing in contemporary and traditional henna, mehndi and body art. Great Summer Fun, Backyard Home Parties, Carnivals and Fests, Fundraisers, Engagements, Weddings, Birthday Parties, Custom Designs, and much more! To guarantee your special event, call Susan (708) 296-5974 Prices Vary according to design. Car For Sale -2000 Honda Accord LX -Good Condition -Reasonable Price Call Wenney (708) 974-5797 Tired of Getting Ripped Off? I am in the automobile program at Moraine and will do tune-ups, oil changes, starters, alternators, brakes and all minor auto repairs. I will make you an offer that you cannot resist. Call Andrew (708) 289-5046.

For Sale / Rent/ Services Furnished Room For Rent! Close to school and transportation, kitchen previledges, smoke free. Sitting room and access internet, cable-net ready. $475 a month. Call (708) 941-4086 Noga’s Construction For all you Carpentry/Handyman needs. No job too big or small! Free estimates (708) 601-1618 The Stray Dog Theatre The Stray Theatre Group will present the hilarious Neil Simon comic fable “Fools”. Performance will be held Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th at 8 p.m. continuing Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th at 8 p.m., closing Sunday, May 15th at 2 p.m.. This show will be staged at the theater located at Veterans Memorial Middle School, 12320 S. Greenwood, Blue Island, enter the second door west of Greenwood on 123rd Street, and go down stairs to the theater. Call (708) 841-7396 for tickets $12/adult, $10/senior Battle of the Bands Come see Valley Fever at Congress Theater Saturday, June 18th at noon. 50 tickets available $15 per ticket. Call (708) 601-3745

CineVerse CineVerse, Oak Lawn’s free weekly film discussion group, will examine “A Beautiful Mind” starring Russell Crowe on Wednesday, May 4, from 7-10p.m. and will also examine the classing film noir “The Big Heat” starring Glenn Ford on Wednesday, May 11 from 7-10p.m. at Oak View Community Center, located at 4625 W. 110th St. in Oak Lawn (check building signage for room number). For more info, call (708) 529-9028 or visit Always Beautiful Hair Designs & Makeup

We are a team of hair and makeup professionals dedicated to provide quality service at an affordable price. On-Site Services for: Weddings, Quinceañeras, Sweet 16, and any other Special Occasion. Please visit our website or contact us at 708-769-5874 Your Ad Here! Looking for a quick and effective way to get your car sold? Not to mention a cost effective way to sell your property! Place your ad here for quick results. Check header for details. Contact: Nadia at glacier@

Wanted Barbers Wanted New business. The Line Up Barber Shop is located in the Bridgeport neighborhood. We will have flat screen TV’s, Wi-Fi, Xbox 360, Playstation3, pool table and much more! We are looking for experienced barbers to join our crew. If you are interested in working with us, we are interested in hearing from you! For more info, call (773) 656-0280 or check us out on Freelance Editing and Journalism! Contact Liz Richardson, Glacier Editor in Chief, for journalism services at (773) 597-8767 or e-mail her at Gymnastic Instructor! Join a growing company based in Addison. Part time or Full time. Travel required. Starting pay $10 - $12 per hour. Gymnastic background is helpful but not required. Call (630) 458-9211. Resource Data Services! Palos Hills inside sales office is looking to hire a few motivated, hard working individuals. No experience necessary. Hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pay is $8.25 per hour VS. high commision plus bonus. Call for more information at (708) 974-2738. Or apply in person at 10717 S. Roberts Rd.

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Career Corner

11 Stand out from the crowd: be non-traditional

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By Nadia Ahmad Classifieds Manager Have you ever wanted to be different? Well the Job Resource Center is the place for you to be non-traditional! On Thursday, April 28, the JRC held an event regarding non-traditional careers with guest speakers Pam Exline, Firefighter for the Orland Fire Protection District, Staff Sgt. Maria George, United States Army, and Vallorie O’Neil, Retired Locomotive Engineer, Metra. One option many people overlook in their job search is non-traditional careers. A non-traditional career is defined as one where more than 75 percent of the workforce is of the opposite gender. Basically it’s a career that is either female-dominated or male-dominated. There are quite a few careers for both men and women that can be listed as non-traditional. Research shows that men and women are increasingly moving into non-traditional careers and are succeeding in them. Common examples for men in-

From left, Pam Exline (fire-fighter) Vallorie O’Neil (retired locomotive engineer) and Staff Sgt. Maria George (U.S. Army) speak about non-traditional jobs. [Martin Papa] clude administrative assistant, childcare worker, early childhood teacher, massage or respiratory therapist, and nurse. For women, jobs include automotive technician, computer animation or IT security specialist, firefighter, and welder. Both men and women working in non-traditional careers report high levels of job satisfaction. In addition to being trained, non-traditional career

program graduates have the drive and desire to succeed, which can lead to reduced employee absenteeism and turnover. They set themselves apart from competitors, increase company diversity, and add to their inclusive work environment, which creates greater trust with other fellow employees. Many non-traditional career graduates that are skilled in their trade have the potential for overtime pay. Jobs often

provide a greater variety of schedules or shifts to choose from. The pay for evening and night shifts are usually higher but women will tend to earn more. For many years there has been a push to move more women into nontraditional careers. The reason? Simple. It’s higher pay. These types of careers typically pay 30 percent higher wages than the traditional jobs women most often pursue. It’s a good idea to consider all your options. Don’t limit your career options just because the job you want has some sort of stigma for a person of your specific gender. The gender stereotypes about what is considered “men’s work” or “women’s work” is still too common in our society. The point? It is important for people to be aware of all their options. So take a chance at being different and stand out from the crowd. O’Neil said, “When you make it to the top, take the time to look around and give someone else a chance to succeed.” Nadia Ahmad can be contacted at



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Board Recognition On April 19, the Moraine Valley board of trustees met to recognize student groups. The April meeting is usually one of celebration, as numerous student groups which have won awards are recognized by the board. Phi Theta Kappa, an honors society on campus, was honored for winning a national award for their local chapter. The Forensics Team recently won a

statewide championship, among other smaller awards. The Glacier, which won the Mike Foster Award for Overall Excellence, was also honored. Other groups honored include the Cross Country team, of which several members were maintaining a high GPA. Collected here are a few photos from the meeting. Photospread by Ryan Kiefer.

Above: Emmanuel Santoyo, the new student trustee, is sworn in to his new position. Santoyo will serve in the upcoming fall semester, and he delivered his first update at the meeting. [Zandro Zafra] Left: Forensics Team member Angela Cesario speaks on the secrets of staying young. The Forensics Team recently won several awards, including a statewide championship. [Zanfro Zafra] Below: Hajer Ibrahim and Alyssa Rae Tarnayo, two Phi Theta Kappa members post with the board president, Joseph P. Murphy. PTK members recently took home a national award for their local charter. [Zandro Zafra]

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