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Valentine’s Day dance a success By Connor Reynolds News Editor The Gay Lesbian or Whatever (GLOW) club held their first dance on February 10 to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the U building. Students of all demographics attended the danced dressed in anything from jeans to formal wear. Demetrius Robinson, Student Life coordinator, attended and was very excited to a part of GLOW’s first dance. “Overall, it was a great night for students and chaperones alike. The chaperones and GLOW leadership really got the party started,” said Robinson. Weather affected turnout as snow hit the area on the day of the dance. 50 students plus chaperones attended the

event in all. “It was surprising how many came out due to it snowing that day,” said GLOW coordinator Mark Montgomery. He continued, “My favorite part of the dance was that people enjoyed themselves.” The Hip hop group Xclusive gave a performance as part of the entertainment for the event. Other activities included a booth for students to create their own personalized valentines. Free sandwiches, chips and pop were also provided for all attendees. Highlights from the night included an intense dance off between Students at the GLOW Valentine’s Day Dance on February 10, take part in an impromptu dance contest in VALENTINE | page 6 the U building. Despite poor weather, 50 students took part in the dance. [Josh Hoppenrath]

Three chosen as 2012 Moraine Valley master teacher winners

Election process begins for new student trustee

By Connor Reynolds News Editor

Moraine Valley is need of a new student trustee for the fall of 2012 and spring semester of 2013. At the end of the current spring semester Emmanuel Santoyo’s term will come to an end. Applications for the positions were released on February 6 and the deadline to enter the election is March 2. To be elected as the voice of roughly 20,000 students, potential candidates must be willing to commit a minimum of 15 hours a week to the position and be willing to travel off campus. The responsibilities include attending Board of Trustee meetings, writing columns for the Glacier, and conducting surveys to gain insight on what the student’s want from Moraine Valley Community College. The stu-

Moraine Valley has officially recognized Jenine Galka, Jason King and Chris Riola as the school’s Master Teachers for the 2012 school year. The Master Teacher award recognizes teachers who are risk-taking, innovated and have a desire to go beyond their job description in order to help students succeed. Candidates for Master Teacher are nominated by their peers and then begin a process through which the Faculty Development Committee determines a winner. Nominees give a brief presentation to the committee as well as past winners, who Professors Chris Riola, Jenine Galka and Jason King (left to right) were honored as the 2012 master then vote. teachers for their work in the math program. The three implemented a Mastery Learning Program through TEACHERS | page 4 which students can take classes at a self-accelerating pace. [Michael Frederiksen]

By Amel Saleh Editor-in-Chief

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IN THIS ISSUE ENTERTAINMENT Jim Witter brings “Piano Men” back to Moraine Valley. Social page 7

FEATURES Speech finish first at McHenry County College tournament. Social page 2

SPORTS Basketball teams close out seasons with spirit games. page 11


Connor Reynolds, News Editor

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dent trustee will not only gain leadership experience but also stipend for the cost of tuition. The elections will be held on March 27 and March 28. As Santoyo wraps up his final days in office, he shared his thoughts on his term. “It’s been an amazing experience to be behind the scenes seeing how a college really works and seeing that the students really do have voice. If there’s one thing I would say to students considering this, just do it. It’s a positive experience that changes you for the bet-

ter,” said Santoyo. Student Life coordinator, Demetrius Robinson was pleased with Santoyo and all the work he dedicated to the college and to the many students who want their opinions heard. “He’s been a great trustee that accomplished many things and brought his own flair to the table. He is a very active individual, always working out, walking the trail and he definitely promoted a healthy lifestyle. He’s truly going to be missed,” said Santoyo. Robinson hopes to find another trustee just like Santoyo, one that will

bring his or her own uniqueness. Applications are still being accepted. For questions you can speak to Robinson or contact Student Life at (708) 974-5353. Amel Saleh can be contacted at e d i t o r i n c h i e f @ The election process is underway to select the next student trustee. Elections will by held March 27-28. [Emalee Kaye]



New techniques in plastic surgery explained By Kent Spencer Staff Writer Regarded as one of the top plastic surgeons in Chicago, assistant professor of surgery at Northwestern, Dr. Robert D. Galiano gave an hour-long lecture in the Dorothy Menker Theater on the evening of February 8. In front of a crowd of over 100 people, Galiano shared information about scarring and gave new insights of the breakthroughs in the field of plastic surgery. Galiano also shared what was new in the field of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. Through his years as a doctor, his favorite procedure to perform is breast reduction, which relieves woman of back and neck strain. With this, he explained that there are over 25 techniques of breast reduction. “Keloids have been a major branching of the unwanted result of scarring,” explained Galiano. A keloid grows beyond the boundary of scars and has many different treatments such as excisions, steroids, radiation, and the usage of chemotherapeutic agent’s 5-FU and Bleomyein. There are surprising factors

within who gets scars. Race and age are factors people often don’t know about. African Americans and Asians are at a higher risk among all races to get keloids. Ages between 10-30 are also at highest risk for developing keloids. Doctors have found that properly closing incisions helps reduce this occurrence. Big or small, scars rank at the top of people’s personal list for undesirable features. People spend hundreds of dollars on creams and procedures to help remove childhood scars. Making sure the scar is moisturized is a major step in decreasing its visibility. Using moisturizers such as baby oil can have a great effect. Galiano explained that silicon gel sheets are becoming popular in the plastic surgery world for reducing scars. Galiano also highlighted some tips for skin care. He said to get sleep, to not smoke, and to not stay under the sun too much. He pointed out cosmetology is thriving with great treatments to help wrinkles using Botox and Dysport. Galiano included there are currently great options for looking younger. The deep plane facelift is becoming a very usable option to be a great feature for a

Dr. Robert D. Galiano gives his presentation on February 8 in the Dorothy Menker Theater on the advances in cosmetic surgery. [Thomas E. Adamo] great natural facial look. Galiano did a great job explaining what’s new in the medical field. Even with no plans of any of these procedures, it’s important to know what’s

available and progress of health improvement. Kent Spencer can be contacted at

4 STUDENT TRUSTEE CORNER | EMMANUEL SANTOYO When will this cold weather pass? I many people, but I think if we couldn’t know that the ground hog has prom- take action in a certain situation this ised us six more short weeks of winter fear grows and lingers with us as we but these weeks aren’t going by fast continue down our road in life and we enough. I personally think that winter continually begin to accept things withhas just beginning but out question or concern that’s just my opinion, . Many of us can see let’s all hope that I am it, not just in second very wrong! or third grade, but at Today I want to talk work or in college and about the importance beyond. From my perof an individual’s voice. sonal experience I have I feel that I can’t stress witnessed students enough about the imwho decided to avoid portance of speaking speaking out and askout. Just last night I ing questions in class was thinking about the just because of the fear many problems that of getting hurt or beoccur every day in this ing picked on, but what Emmanuel Santoyo good does that do to world. I asked myself “why do such things happen?” I an- anyone? swered quickly and said to myself “well I know of those students because I because there are “bad” people in the was one of them and being silent does world” but I began to think deeper. I be- no good. So we must speak up and not gan to think that there had to be more only ask questions in school but outside to this issue, this was when I knew that of school as well. I am trying to say that “good” people were part of the issue. our voices can stop people from being For example if a third grader sees a sec- bullied, our voices can clarify things not ond grader getting bullied and doesn’t just for an individual but for a crowd, say anything, is he then part of the our voices can change the future. problem? If I put myself in that position Our voices can do tremendous things I would have to hold myself accountable if we only practice using them. If there as part of the problem for not speaking is something that we don’t understand up in defense of the younger student. or agree with I ask that we all speak I think the fear of getting hurt or up and ask questions for clarification, also getting picked on would bother Thank you and have a great day!

THE GLACIER FEBRUARY 17, 2012 VOLUME 44, ISSUE 12 TEACHERS | from front page

Galka, King and Riola won the award for their work in implementing a Mastery Learning concept into several developmental math sections. Mastery Learning is a method of self-accelerating coursework that allows students to complete multiple courses in one semester. The process also puts emphasis on making sure students have completely learned everything they need before moving to the next section of a particular class. This is what allows the process to be self-accelerating; students are able to control the pace of their learning. “In times past, the winners were always phenomenal teachers. It’s an in-

credible honor to be associated with that caliber of teaching,” said King. He continued, “I definitely did not expect to win. I’ve been nominated before and haven’t won. We’ve got some great teachers here.” Galka, King and Riola are all professors who teach developmental math at Moraine. King recognized Riola as the driving force in the project. All three were part of creating and implementing the Mastery Learning pilot course, but King said, “Chris Riola was the visionary for the project.” Connor Reynolds can be contacted at





Students rock out to the music at the GLOW’s Valentines Day Dance. The dance was first put on by GLOW and was considered a success by its organizers. [Josh Hoppenrath] VALENTINE | from front page

groups of students, and a tribute dance to Don Cornelius. Cornelius is the founder of the television program

soul train, who passed away on February 1. GLOW’s next planned event will be a day of silence taking place in April.

The day will serve as a remembrance of the victims of prejudice and bullying in the LGBT community. On that day participants will remain silent all

day as a show of unity. Connor Reynolds can be contacted at



Panel discusses the future of journalism By Kent Spencer Staff Writer Journalism guru’s gathered to participate in a panel discussion on the morning of February 7, in the Moraine Valley Community College Library to discuss the present and future out look of journalism. Panelists included Rob Hart, morning host on 101.1 FM (formerly of WGN Radio); Dan Lambert, editor of the Palos Patch online newspaper; Jeremy Shermak, instructor of Communications at Moraine Valley, and moderating the discussion was Troy Swanson, learning and teaching librarian at Moraine Valley. The discussion focused on the changes in the traditional ways of how news consumers receive their information. In the last decade, many of people have refrained from having the paper boy have target practice with their doors and windows. No longer do readers have to wait for Clark Kent to finish saving the day to receive breaking news: newspapers are becoming extinct. “News is not dying, but the models

of making news happen are withering away,” said Swanson. The internet has evolved to be the dominant source of receiving and giving out information, giving everyone who wishes to be a writer a chance to flex their skills as bloggers. Trust in sources are what’s most important. Even mainstream news organizations make mistakes too when trying to report the truth of a story. It’s important for the reader to keep track of that media groups’ credibility record. Phones are allowing people to take the news whereever they go. Popular cable television networks such as ESPN and CNN have had major impact with attracting news heads to their websites. ESPN offers up to daily sports coverage by a variety of writers covering many different sports teams and events. CNN has also evolved into having great online reporting coverage for breaking news all around the world. Phone applications are another trend that’s starting to pick up between cell phone users. People can now get instant notifications when

breaking new happens with desired people as possible to share views and apps. More platforms are starting information. In the long run, it’s an to break the barrier of sharing news. additional,” said Lambert. Some of the biggest breaking news accounts have been shared to the world Kent Spencer can be contacted at through social networks like Twitter. Hart mentioned that the news of the death of Osama bin Laden was first broken on Twitter. “Before, you needed to work for a main media outlet or a legacy organization to have an audience, now anyone with a computer or internet connection can now breed information. It’s dangerous in some ways, but I don’t see it as a major negative. It’s a democratization of information by Professor Jeremy Shermak takes part in the hyperlocal journalallowing as many ism panel in the library on Febraury 7. [Thomas E Adamo]



IN BRIEF Club Fair Tables will provide club information at the Southwest Education Center on Tuesday, February 21 from 11am-2pm. Best decorated table wins a prize. For More information contact Samantha Kinser at (708) 974-5469 or email Spring Mock Interview Day Job seekers can improve their interviewing skills by attending Moraine Valley Community College’s spring Mock Interview Day on Wednesday, February 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. The free event will be in the Moraine Business and Conference Center (Building M), on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Community members, students and graduates are encouraged to participate in a formal, 30-minute mock interview with an actual employer who will provide valuable tips to help them ace their next interview. Business attire and two resumes are required for entry. Participants must pre-register, and space is limited. Call the Job Resource Center at (708) 974-5737 to schedule a mock interview or to participate as an employer. For more information, visit

Non-Traditional Career Panel The Job Resource Center will be holding a Non-Traditional Career Panel in the U Building in Room U111 on Friday, February 24 at noon. Learn from working professionals how they began their career path to success and gain advice on how to take yours to the next level. Contact the Job Resource Center at (708) 974-5737 or visit morainevalley. edu/jrc for more information. Neither Landscape Nor Architecture Alex Hibbitt’s mixed media roomscapes will be displayed in the The Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery from February 13 to March 8. Exhibits are available for viewing Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and during most Fine and Performing Arts Center performances. For information, contact Jennifer Kiekeben, Art Gallery coordinator, at (708) 608-4231 or After Ashley After Ashley, by Gina Gionfriddo, will be performed in the John and Angeline Oremus Theater on Friday, Feb-

ruary 24 through Sunday, March 4. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. General public is $12, and $10 for seniors, students, and staff. Call the Box office at (708) 974-5500 for details. 2012 Election Registration Deadline Last day to register to vote is February 21, 2012. For more information visit the Illinois State Board of Elections web site, http://www.elections.

February 22, Meeting Notice The regular monthly meeting of the Moraine Valley Community College Board of Trustees will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 22. The meeting will take place in the Board Room, Building D, Room 219, on campus, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills. Moraine Valley offers supervisory classes Moraine Valley Community College is offering a series of workshops for business employees who want to improve their supervisory skill set. Workshops will be offered on Mondays, be-

ginning February 13, from 6 to 9 p.m., on the college’s main campus. Each workshop is $89. These workshops are designed for people who have been newly promoted to a supervisory position, are positioning themselves for a move to supervision or are seeking to improve skills for marketability purposes. Attendees can enroll in one workshop or the entire set. Topics covered are: Supervisory Best Practices Feb. 13 •The Leader Within – Feb. 27 •Effective Delegation – Mar. 5 •Building Winning Teams – Mar. 19 •Building Winning Teams II – Mar. 26 •Performance Management – April 2 •Employee Development – April 16 Register for any of these noncredit courses in person at the Registration Office, located in S125 or by calling (708) 974-2110 (TTY for the hearing impaired 708-974-9556). Participants also can register online at by selecting “Register for Noncredit Classes” under Hot Topics then “Search, register and pay for noncredit classes.” For inquiries call Jessica Crotty, at (708) 974-5281, or e-mail her at



William Shaw Views Editor


Can religious establishments deny employees contraception? “No, because no one has the right to decide what you want to do” By Stephanie Oster Staff Writer

Stephanie Oster is a journalism major. She loves photography, writing, and of course hanging out with her friends. After MVCC she is currently undeced where she’ll go. Stephanie hopes someday to be a photojournalist for a newspaper or website.

Obama’s new and improved section of his health care plan accommodates almost everyone, and he tries to make everyone satisfied with the bill. Even Michael Galligan-Stierle, someone who criticized the original plan, thinks that this improvement is a ‘step in the right direction’. The way I see it, no matter what you do, someone will always have something negative to say about it. So, should religious institutions intervene with issues regarding female contraceptives? Honestly, I don’t see why people even argue about this. I am a firm believer in a solid separation of Church and State. I think that whatever the government decides to do is up to the government and the people of the country, but not up to institutions like the church.

I do think that religions should be respected and valued by the country, but when it comes to personal choices, I feel that it is more up to that person. A female’s body, and choices, should be solely up to her. Matters that are so personal and significant in a woman’s life should not be decided by anyone but herself. I understand that the government would have a say in these things, to an extent, but I feel that if a woman doesn’t fully believe in everything her religion has to offer then why should she have to abide by those rules? This, of course, brought a lot of controversy. There were some mixed feelings about this updated compromise. In my opinion, I believe that females should have access to appropriate contraceptives if they wish. I don’t think that their places of work should have control over something so personal. I do respect religious traditions, and if some females agree with their reli-

gious establishments and feel that it is the best choice for them, then they simply don’t have to use contraceptives. However, I think that the right should not be taken away to those who do want to use contraceptives. In Obama’s updated section about female contraceptives allows women access to female contraceptives that would be provided not by their work, but their insurance company. I think that this way it still protects and respects the religious institution and it’s views, whatever that may be, while still respecting women’s rights. With President Obama’s new plan regarding health care, Obama changed the part about contraceptives, so that religious institutions wouldn’t have to cover the cost of contraceptives, but however they would still be available to those who wanted them. Stephanie Oster can be contacted at

“Yes, because there is no such thing as “free” coverage.” By Amel Saleh Editor-in-Chief “The chairman is promoting a conspiracy theory that the federal government is conducting a ‘war’ against religion,” said Republican Elijah Cummings of Maryland in regards to the ongoing contraception debate. A common approach of attack when an issue is not in your favor. The subject at hand is whether religious intuitions, such as hospitals and universities, should offer birth control in their health plans. This sparked a political storm of religious groups strongly protesting on one side and liberals opposing the other. My take on this is that it does violate the first amendment, which includes the freedom of religion. Looking closely, a group like Priests for Life, technically not a church but an online organization that makes efforts to enlighten religious views about abortion and euthanasia, or a Catholic school would be required to fund these “services” for

employees. Let’s put aside that some religious organizations view these as morally offensive, or – dare I use the word nowadays – sinful and think of other reasons this is a major concern.   To state the obvious, what religious institutions want is something that will not violate their religious liberty, is there any harm in that? Many people would quickly speculate it’s about money, it isn’t. Some provide non-profits insurance for their employees, such as Intermountain Healthcare, this will directly pay the costs regardless of any compromise. Religious employers with insurance still subsidize the costs against their integrity.   There is no such thing as “free” coverage – and an insurer’s expenses form the basis for upcoming costs to consumers. Since employers would be paying for it, it’s inadvertently taking more money away from businesses and therefore attempting to overthrow capitalism.   If you’re employed under a religious establishment, it should be well

known that religious guidelines are to be executed. I went to religious elementary and middle school and there were teachers who clearly didn’t follow the religion, however they still abided by the rules and dress code.   If this ‘contraception rule’ was implemented back then to those teachers, then I would surely believe they would understand that the feelings of birth control and abortion is highly abhorrent to the school and would respect that.   If they needed a plan that offers birth control then they should seek one outside of what the employers provide. Birth control comes in many forms and every form fluctuates in prices. I know girls who take the pill and pay roughly $20 a month. However a person wishes to live their life is their concern. I feel as though the “separation of church and state” is something to be respected.

“Yes, because they have a right to maintain their religious image.” -Armando Guillen

“No, because birth control is an important part of health care.” -Galen Cook

“No, because a person has the right to use contraception.” -Kennis Wong

Amel Saleh can be contacted

Amel Saleh is The Glacier’s editor-inchief. She’s currently wrapping up classes towards her associates degree and plans on transferring to Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2012, to major in environmental science.


No, because as an employer cannot force its workers to conform to its beliefs. -Rick Karnoski




By Bill Droel MVCC Campus Minister The Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest known copies of sacred documents pertaining to Judaism, Islam and Christianity. They were preserved for centuries on parchment in jars hidden in eleven caves. Their 1947 discovery was the most significant development in the humanities in recent years. The documents are extremely fragile, but Google is putting a digital image in cyberspace at http://dss.collections.imj. About five of the scrolls are there now. Each comes with a translation and commentary. These scrolls were originally a library. They were made during the years 200 B.C. to about 68 A.D. The librarians

feared that Romans would destroy their collection, and so they hid the scrolls in caves. The scrolls contain much of what Christians and Muslims call the Jewish Old Testament or more properly the Tanakh. They also contain some song lyrics, codes of conduct and other writings from that time period. Contrary to some initial sensationalism, the scrolls do not disprove anything. The opposite is true. First, the scrolls verify the accurac y of more recent copies of the Old Testament. Second, the scrolls increase understanding of Jewish and Christian writings from that period. Comparisons and contrasts can be made between the lifestyle and beliefs of the scrolls’ librarians (a separatist Jewish group called Essenes) and the culture of mainstream Pharisee Jews and the early Christians. Contrary to other sensational reports, the scrolls do not contain references to Jesus or to another prophet who does things like Jesus did. The Dead Sea Scrolls are not Christian writing! On the other hand, Christianity and Islam emerged from or draw upon Ju-

daism. The scrolls thus illuminate some concepts found in or rejected by Christianity and Islam. For example, the scrolls help in understanding the notion of a Holy Spirit. They also describe table fellowship, which Christians later used. They discuss problems with conduct in the Jewish temple, an issue which Jesus also addressed. In addition to the online version, there is a travelling exhibition for the scrolls. It is currently in Manhattan’s Times Square and in May it will go to Philadelphia. Some time ago there was an exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum. Another place to see the scrolls is in Moraine Valley’s library. There are three copies of the text and nine different commentaries there. I recently saw another valuable, though a new book: “The St. John’s Bible.” It is the first hand-written Bible since the invention of movable type. Donald Jackson, a famous calligrapher in Wales, directed a team for over six years. The result is stunning in its layout, color, small margin drawings and more.

“Both of these treasures benefit from technology.”

The book’s home is in Minnesota, but it is on a travelling schedule (as found on the website). I saw it at LUMA, a wonderful gallery on Chestnut St., just west of the Watertower Plaza, adjacent to the Hershey’s Chocolate display. There are some paperbacks that explain the book’s artwork. A full copy of the book is prohibitively expensive, even for Moraine Valley’s library. I predict, however, that in a year or two the owner (Benedictine monks in Minnesota) will publish a popular edition. Both of these treasures benefit from technology. The lesson for me however is the care of manuscripts and books that many people over many years exercise. Every book that comports with the plan of God is a sacred book. Thus there are thousands of sacred texts on our campus. Textbooks, research books, novels, popular non-fiction, collections—all these are valuable. Our library, our bookstore in the D building, storage areas in C and CCT buildings—all are sacred places. Each student’s backpack contains holy items. It is a blessing to be on our campus in the company of so many books and among people who appreciate their value. Send comments to droelb@morainevalley. edu.

How hipsters are going to kill the poor Where has all the world’s originiality gone? By Anthony Rojas Social Editor For anyone unaware of the creature known as the “Hipster”, Urban Dictionary defines them as people who “Use a great deal of sarcasm, claim to be ironic... listens to Indie Rock, rely on Pitchfork Media, know what’s cool.”   Well, clearly that’s harmless albeit slightly annoying, right? Who would be crazy enough to accuse them of eradicating poor people? The man in my head would.   The thing about hipsters is, they like cheap stuff and they don’t mind paying a lot of money for cheap stuff. You can always find a number of hipsters hanging out at the local thrift store or some second-hand, free market joint.   This is where it all begins. Once the hipster occupies a thrift store he starts telling his chums about it and they start going there. Then they look around the neighborhood and say “Man, this is the place to be, this is where it has to happen.” What “it” is, no one knows, but what’s important is that hipsters start looking around the neighborhood for homes.   Imagine being a realtor dealing with a hipster? Hipsters don’t move to a run-down place because they need a place to sleep, they move in for the great “idea” behind that place. More hipsters move into the area and suddenly the local economy starts to grow.   Everyone’s happy at first. Busi-

nesses are happy because they’re making a profit and the hipsters are happy because they get to be a part of this cool scene. Who gets the bite? The local poor folks get the bite.   Once the local economy gets to a certain point, high-income folks are gonna start moving in. Unlike hipsters, they won’t be moved by the awesome housing project that is an inspiration for their poems. These people work downtown. They need somewhere to live, thus condos have to be built.   Unfortunately, there’s nowhere to put these condos because of poor people. Soon, cops start sprouting up more, making life harder for the poor and the projects get worse and worse until the poor are left with no choice but to get pushed out. It’s called “gentrification” and it really happens. Remember how everyone loved Greenwich Village and Joan Baez? Poor folks loved it first, before hippies pushed them out. It’s happening now in Chicago to Pilsen and the North Side. I’m not calling for a stop to this hipster nonsense because I’m skeptical it can be helped (especially because it’s such a funny argument). What I want is for all hipsters to know what their trendiness works for: displacing poor people. Anthony Rojas can be contacted at social@

By William Shaw Views Editor If there’s one topic of conversation I always hear about it’s a lack of originality in movies, or even TV shows.   Usually it’s after someone feels disappointed after watching their usual show or watching one of the generic action/ romance movies Hollywood loves shoving down our throats year after year.   Time and again they deliver and we--like the guppies we are--eat it up. Don’t take me for the preachy type, I’ve got my own share of movies and shows just to complain.   It makes sense, we love what we find familiar and convenient. Even if we’re not happy in the end, it’s easy to watch, especially when it comes to a TV series we’ve put time into. I don’t care what anyone says, you can’t tell me that after seven seasons that the show “House M.D.” does anything original anymore.   Businesswise, it’s simple. If something is profitable, you keep doing it until it stops being profitable. Unfortunately, it leaves us with generic action movie #125 that doesn’t bring anything new to the table. I may enjoy watching it, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t crave something more substantial storywise.   For those willing to look, original stories can be found everywhere. Books have regained popularity through the rise of e-books. Where do you think Hollywood gets movie ideas from?

“Twilight”, “Harry Potter”, even “Rambo” started as books before Hollywood remade them for the silver screen.   Call me a geek, but gaming is receiving similar looks of interest from Hollywood. It also allow a different perspective no other medium can offer: that of a participant. It’s one thing to watch someone save the world, it’s an entirely different feeling when you’re the one saving it.   There’s also the option of looking towards other countries, as it opens you to stories you won’t see otherwise.   One of the most original works I’ve seen is the show “Sherlock.” Another story about the great Sherlock Holmes isn’t exactly original. Modernizing it is and it’s one of the most brilliant stories I have lost myself in.   Another option for those looking for originality, is your local film festivals. There’s so many up and coming filmmakers that at times it feels like what Hollywood is missing. They have passion and an undying love for the work that they’ve done. These are the people that are willing to take risks, and are not nearly as popular for it. Though, when has popularity ever equated to quality?   Recently, I’ve come to a realization. There are so many great, original stories out there. All we have to do is look. William Shaw can be contacted at views@



Students and players enjoy spirit night By Christian Anderson Staff Writer Moraine Valley hosted its annual spirit games on February 9 with both the women and men’s basketball teams paying homage to their sophomores before the match up against Waubonsee, in their last home game. The woman started off the festivities with a lot of energy right from the opening tip off. Players on the bench as well as the student section, dressed in all green were exchanging “DE-FENSE!” chants. The student turnout was great, as every student participated throughout the game by chanting, cheering, waving their hands or stomping their feet. The lady Cyclones went back and forth, but came out of the first half with a 32-28 lead. They continued battling in the second half and at the 11-minute mark, there may have been a little too much energy in the atmosphere as forward Jessica Contant almost got into a scuffle with a Waubonsee player over a loose ball. This upped the intensity from both benches and the cyclone crowd, as there were “Let’s go Cyclones!” chants, combined with endless booing towards Waubonsee players at the free throw line. Student Ashley Cunningham could only use the words “crazy” and “exciting” to describe the high intensity throughout the game. The match up went down to

the last shot, but to no avail as the lady for all Cyclone fans, and if you weren’t Cyclones fell short of the victory 65-64. there you missed out. That bitter moment was brief, however, as the men’s team came out and Christian Anderson can be contacted at beat Waubonsee 69-55. Assistant coach Justin Domingo said that it meant a lot to come out with a victory for the players that aren’t returning. He added, “they showed great leadership, and did all the little things, like keeping possession and rebounding.” There was no disappointed fans that walked out of the gym on February 9. Both teams came into their games and battled to the end. Sadly the women came up short as the men won their ninth straight game. Amidst all the craziness and hoopla during the games, at timeouts there were cones, candy and even t-shirts being thrown out into the stands. At halftime, there was an entertaining performance by the 24-Karat dance team and they even invited everyone in the crowd to come down and join them. A Cyclone fan dresses up as green man as he cheered on Overall, the spirit games the men and women’s basketball teams. The fans were were a great experience treated to two fantasic games. [Mike Frederiksen]

ATHLETES OF THE ISSUE Rebecca Theriault Forward Women’s Basketball

By Sean McDermott Sports Editor Rebecca Theriault is a second year forward on the Moraine Valley women’s basketball team. Theriault was recently named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Capital One Academic All-District women’s basketball team. Theriault was chosen based on her high GPA as well as her exceptional basketball statistics. This season Theriault is averaging 5.4 points per game along with 2.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Theriault and her teammates are looking to catch fire as they gear up for the Region IV playoffs.

Modestas Masiulionis Guard/Forward Men’s Basketball

Modestas Masiulionis is a second year player on the Moraine Valley men’s basketball team. Masiulionis has been a key component to the Moraine Valley Cyclones offensive attack. Currently, Masiulionis is averaging 12.9 points per game with a 53.7% Field Goal percentage and is ranked second on the team with a Free Throw percenetage of 78.1% Masiulionis best performance came in the first game of the year when he scored 18 points and collected four rebounds. Masiulionis and the Cyclones carry a 10 game win streak heading into the Region IV playoffs. Sean McDermott can be contacted at



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Cyclones turn season around

10 game winning streak sparks new life for the Cyclones By Sean McDermott Sports Editor

Mike Jackson leaps up for a lay up on an Waubonsee player. Jackson scored 13 points in the 69-55 victory. [Josh Hoppenrath]

As the season draws to an end the Moraine Valley men’s basketball team has bounced back into the NJCAA Division II spotlight by winning 10 straight games. During a stretch of a little more than a month the Cyclones season looked to be on a downward trend as the team went 3-4 after starting the year off 9-3. The reason the Cyclones have recuperated is due to the return of Lane Barlow and Mike O’Donnell, both previously out due to school related issues. The Cyclones were pitted against McHenry County College on February 2. Earlier in the season the Cyclones lost to the Scots in a game filled with mental errors. With revenge on their mind, the Cyclones came out and picked apart the Scots defense. The Cyclones led the entire game and crushed the Scots 72-40. Richaun Holmes had another dominating performance, scoring 34 points with nine rebounds and four blocks. The Cyclones flawless play

hit a speed bump during the first half of their match against College of Lake County. Moraine Valley’s shooting ability failed them, as their shots weren’t falling and they fell into an 18-point hole. The second half was a different story as Moraine outscored the Lancers 32-18 preventing an upset to walk away with a 68-55 win. “It’s all about team defense,” said assistant coach Justin Domingo. “We’re not allowing teams to do what they want to do as far as shooting the ball and running their offense. We’re putting pressure on the ball and are crashing the boards.” The Cyclones came into the Spartan Events Center looking for revenge from an earlier loss to Elgin Community College. The Cyclones for a second straight week struggled early on but were able to edge out the Spartans 68-61. Holmes continued his strong play grabbing nine boards along with 26 points. With first place in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference at stake the Chiefs of Waubonsee Community Col-

lege entered a hostile environment at the Cyclone Center. On sophomore night the Cyclones came out on top 69-55. Moraine led for a majority of the game. “The guys have come back together,” said Domingo. “Watching these guys come out and dominate these teams every night is amazing. Being the only team to be able to beat Waubonsee twice in our conference and to have a chance at a conference championship is truly outstanding.” The Cyclones won their tenth straight game when they beat Prairie State College 73-67 improving their chances at the ISCC title. The Cyclones got on a hot streak at the right time as they head into the Region IV playoffs with a high seed. The playoffs begin March 1, at the IVCC Gymnasium in Oglesby, Illinois. The Cyclones look to continue their winning streak all the way to the national tournament, held at Danville Area Community College. Sean McDermott can be contacted at sports@mvccglacier. com.

Women search for their identity

By Frank Gogola Staff Writer

The Cyclones have captured their sixth consecutive 20-win season and currently sit at 20-8 (8-4 in conference) with an outside shot at a conference title. Moraine took their talent on the road on January 31 to Morton College a .500 team. With the combination of a well balanced offensive attack and some new-found defensive energy. Moraine Valley coasted to their third straight conference victory, 64-42. Raven Phillips posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards. Loretta Burton filled the stat sheet with 8 points, 6 boards, 5 dimes, and 2 blocks. Moraine returned home on February 2 to take on McHenry County College. For the second game in a row the Cyclones came out firing on all cylinders, especially from behind

the arc. Moraine cruised to an easy 82-57 victory. Kelly Foley led the team with 22 points. Kim Young added 12 points and Natalina Cifaldi added 6 points and dished out a team high 8 assists. In the end, the Cyclones rained in 13 baskets from downtown. On February 4 Moraine squared off against College of Lake County. The Cyclones played yet another amazing first half with a 35-19 lead. Moraine started the second half where they left off and cruised to a 65-34 win. Young led the team with 17 points. The Cyclones charged into the hostile territory of Elgin Community College (9-1) on February 7. With a win against the Spartans, Moraine would take possession of first place in the ISCC. The Cyclones were up by as much as 13 in the second half, but with six minutes left to play the Spartans went on an extended run and Moraine

fell 64-61. Phillips had 14 points and 19 boards, which gave her yet another doubledouble with. The Cyclones loss can also be contributed by their 29-team fouls. Moraine took on ISCC foe Waubonsee Community College. Despite having the home court advantage the Cyclones fell short in a close one, losing 65-64. With the loss the Cyclones dropped to fourth in the conference. On February 11 Moraine finished their non-conference schedule with a win at Joliet Junior College. The Cyclones captured their coveted twentieth win of the season with 76-69 victory. Throughout the rigorous season the Cyclones have held their opponents under 50 points 11 times, and have outscored their opponents by at least 20 in 11 games. Frank Gogola can be contacted at

Second year guard Brittany Bixman pushes the ball up the court. Bixman was named to the Academic All-District team. Bixman is averaging 4.2 points per game. [Josh Hoppenrath]




Ski Club shreds Crested Butte By Zachary Siemsen Staff Writer Ski and Boarding Club founder Mike Wade says he and his team “want to help people afford a trip to a beautiful place to do what they enjoy.” With this in mind the Moraine Valley Community College Ski and Snowboarding Club recently took their long awaited annual trip to Crested Butte, Colorado. Every year, the club is able to choose a location for the annual ski trip and this year they selected Crested Butte because it’s a beautiful resort that sits nestled at the base of Elk Mountain in the heart of the Rockies. The club began their fiveday trip to Colorado by taking in the powder blanketed mountain and the beautiful Colorado weather. “Every year we pick a new resort to go to, always giving us somewhere new to check out” Wade said. SKI | page 4

From left to right: Steve Knaperek, Scott Conrad, Bil Plucinski, Cassidy Ann and Sergio Torres pose for a picture in Crusted Butte, Colorado during their annual trip. The Ski Club goes on a trip every semester to a location of their choice. [Andrew Plucinski]

Three Little Pigs blow the house down

The Three Little Pigs at the Dorothy Menker Theatre took a new spin on the classic tale. The story presents a world in which the pigs and the wolf begin as friends. [Amel Saleh] By Amel Saleh Editor-in-Chief Why did the three little pigs build houses? Was the wolf really so mean? The Three Little Pigs arrived at Moraine Valley on Thursday, February 16 at 10 a.m. in the Dorothy Menker Theater.

The story, which took a new spin on the classic tale, featured a Big Bad Wolf who wasn’t big and bad and wanting to eat the pigs, but was simply too powerful to play with them. Every character is portrayed in a jubilant manner. The wolf isn’t an enemy of the pigs but a

friend. Even the wolf’s mother is a friend with the pig’s mother. Instead of going straight into “these three pigs built these houses” the play took an interesting turn. In one scene, Mother Pig reads the piglets a bedtime story. One piglet becomes overly

obsessed with the story and fantasizes about living in her own home at a mere 10 weeks old. She describes her dream home as “one with a white picket fence and a strong roof.” The other two piglets then become convinced they want their own homes, too. Each pig then describes the home of their desire, and you guessed it; one’s made out of straw, one sticks and the other bricks. Introducing the reason why they chose the material for their homes and including a mother figure into the story presented an interesting take on the classic tale. Mother pays a visit to the wolf on the day of his birthday, which seemed like a pretty depressing day as he sat alone in front of a cake with one candle. He no longer speaks to the pigs because of some altercation the audience is unaware of. We find out the friendship was severed due to the wolf being too powerful to keep company. Mother pig teaches the wolf about being gentle and encourages him to patch things up.

When the wolf tries to visit the first pig, he can barely get his word across because the character is so worried about the wolf “breaking something.” The wolf becomes sensitive to this and seems to prepare to cry by a series of huffs and puffs. This blows down the pig’s house. I understand they didn’t want to promote violence to an audience full of children but I felt a better idea could have been used for the huffing and puffing. The pigs and the wolf became friends again, thanks to the efforts of Mother Pig’s maternal nature. When there’s conflict, try to understand the other side rather than quickly shutting the person out of your life. It was a cute performance to put it in simple terms. A college student surrounded by second graders, I left with a valuable reminder of something that’s often forgotten in society: never judge a book by its cover. Amel Saleh can be contacted at


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Forensics Team burns the competition McHenry County Tournament MVCC additional winners Poetry Interpretation: 1st Lauren Smith 4th Brett Krivich

Program of Interpretation: 5th Tom Murphy

Speech to Entertain: 6th Brett Krivich 7th Taylor Brooks

Back: Robert Kurnat, Tom Lucio, Galen Cook, Bart Kirchner, Tom Murphy, Nicky Lucio, Mike Hernendez. Front: Malcom Thompson, Kyle Whitehead, Stephanie Martinez, Lauren Smith, Michelle Moyer, Brett Krivich, Veronica Popp, Taylor Brooks. [John Nash]

By Frank Florez Layout Editor Last year, Moraine Valley’s forensics team capped off a fantastic year by stomping the competition in the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Associate State Tournament. Could they top it this year? It looks like the team is well on their way to doing just that. To start off the new semester, the speech team traveled to College of DuPage on January 21 to compete in the first tournament of the year. 18 different colleges and universities took part in the competition. Illinois State University came out on top, but Moraine Valley came in close behind, finishing second overall. This would prove to be a good omen for the tournament that

followed. On February 4, the team traveled to McHenry County College to participate in their second tournament in 15 days. The MVCC speech team not only took home the first place trophy, but they beat second place by a whopping 120 points. College of Lake County, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Northwestern University and Harper College rounded out the top five. Coached by communications professor John Nash, the forensics team has shown that they are very strong from top to bottom. In the category of Top Overall Speakers, Moraine Valley took all three spots. Michelle Moyer proved to be the best, winning the award for Top Overall Speaker. Veronica Popp and Nick Lucio came in second

Duo Interpretation:

4th Bart Kirchner/Mike Hernandez

and third place respectively. Moyer, Popp and Lucio really took it to the competition by winning or placing in a number of events. In addition to winning Top Overall Speaker, Moyer also came in first place for Prose interpretation, Program of Interpretation and Reader’s Theatre as part of a group with Popp and Brett Krivich. Moyer also earned sixth place in Communication Analysis and third place for Impromptu Speaking. Popp did great all around the board in solo-competition, placing second in Prose Interpretation, third in Communication Analysis, fifth in Dramatic

Persuasive Speaking: 1st Galen Cook 4th Bart Kirchner

Dramatic Interpretation: 6th Lauren Smith

Extemporaneous   Speaking: 7th Robert Kurnat

Informative Speaking: 6th Robert Kurnat

Interpretation and second in DUO Interpretation with Nick Lucio. Lucio did great on his own as well. Lucio came in first for Communication Analysis, second in Poetry Interpretation and fifth in Prose Interpretation. The team has started the year out very strong, but they’ve still got a ways to go. After winning state last year, the team and their supporters are looking forward to April 9 where they will compete in the National Phi Rho Pi Speech Tournament in Schaumberg, Illinois. Frank Florez can be contacted at layout@



Get involved, try new things By Nicole Bracken Editorial Assistant

“Glacier changed my life more profoundly than I give it credit. Being on the Glacier steered my life in a different direction through the experiences I had and the people I met,” said Sara Munoz. Munoz began her journey at Moraine a few steps ahead of most students at the age of fifteen. She started taking night and summer classes and graduated from high school a semester early in the winter of 2006. She began a full load at Moraine in the spring of 2007. Munoz was a very actively involved student on campus, participating with Phi Theta Kappa, College Bowl, and the Great Books of the Western World Book Club. At the Glacier she worked as a staff writer, a features editor, entertainment editor, photographer, and finally worked her way up to Copy Editor. “My all time favorite memory of Moraine, hands down, is the trip to DC with the Glacier for a journalism conference,” said Munoz. “The great thing about DC is that the monuments are open 24/7, so we were able to attend lectures during the day and sight see by night.”

After Moraine Valley, Munoz went on to DePaul and earned a B.S. in Biology. During that time she studied shark anatomy and contemporary molecular evolution of fish, and worked at the Field Museum doing various jobs in zoology. Her research on ants and the evolutionary relationship they have with their gut bacteria earned her a grant from the National Science Foundation. Former Glacierite Sara Munoz attended Moraine Valley in 2007 advises students that “attending a Munoz was just as university as a transfer student is competitive. [Tony Munoz] involved on campus at DePaul as she was at Moraine. She was more. “We are a big happy family that Her advice to students is “Make the part of the women’s rugby team, Inter- includes three cats and one dog. We most out of your time there! Getting cambio- which is a cultural exchange would love to have more but now is not into a university as a transfer is competprogram- and she was a two-time De- the right time,” Munoz said. itive. Plan accordingly. Know what your Paul Scrabble Champion. Munoz is currently working as tutor, potential schools are looking for, what Her senior year was accompanied by both privately and for the Illinois Edu- will or won’t transfer, and whether or the sound of wedding bells when she cation Foundation (IEF), and as a social not they have the same credit system.” and her long time boyfriend Tony be- work assistant for an Early Intervention came Mr. and Mrs. Munoz, merging clinic. “I find all the work I do to be very Nicole Bracken can be contacted at their “fur kids” (pets) and adopting one rewarding,” she said.

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Crested Butte offers many shops, restaurants, and bars not far from the resort located at the base of the mountain. “Nothing can compare to the real mountain experience and carving real powdered snow. Local resorts cannot compare in size to a real mountain and most of the local resorts use artificially made snow,” said Scott Conrade, Vice President of the Ski and Boarding Club.

MVCC reaches out to adults By Naomi Washington Staff Writer Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks? Pursing a degree has been, for myself and other older students, challenging yet extremely gratifying. After returning to college after more than 25 years, many of us had to become reacquainted with proper study habits, critical thinking skill, as well as mathematical equations and so on. With much dedication, we are learning to master the concepts that assist in our academic progression. Although we are older than many of our classmates, and even some of our instructors, our enthusiasm and perseverance is demonstrated through our diligence, motivating the traditional younger student to persist and continue their own education. Here at MVCC there is a wealth of information that has helped us fit in. Programs such as the Coffee and Careers Program provide us with a sense of firm footing. The Coffee and Careers Program held throughout the semester offers valuable material to older students such as free scholarship information, online classes, academic advising, and tutoring services, etc. Attaining a degree is a true self-esteem builder and has the power to give us older students the confidence to seek careers that were seemingly impossible prior to our acceptance here at Moraine. MVCC is ranked near the top for adult students receiving scholarships according to Debbie Wills, the program director of Coffee and Careers Program. Meetings for the Coffee and Careers Program are held at MVCC in the S building on Wednesday night a 6p.m. Many of us older students have been out of school for more than 25 years and we all have a different life story, a different background and we all come from different walks of life, yet we all have one goal in common: to attain a college degree from Moraine Valley Community College. Naomi Washington can be contacted at


Last year for their journey the club traveled to Park City, Utah and enjoyed its vast mountainous scenery and temperant climate perfect for their adventures. Mike Wade founded and currently runs the Ski and Boarding club so students can have an affordable opportunity to learn what life on the slopes is all about. “The annual trip is a great way for friends and family to ski and snowboard together for a low cost,” Wade

said. The Ski and Boarding Club hopes their services can offer more people the opportunity to travel and ski with friends and family for a very nominal fee. Since the club travels as a group it receives group rates, which come out to be much cheaper than if a single person was to go alone. Of course, not every college student may believe they can afford such a trip, but with accommodations, air-

fare, lift tickets, and travel all included you can get a pretty good deal with the Ski and Boarding Club. It’s a great opportunity to get out to do what they like and all for a very low fee. If you are interested or have any questions on the Ski and Boarding club please contact Mike Wade at Zachary Siemsen can be contacted at



In the know: Book buybacks STUDENT CLUBS Compiled by Nicole Bracken

By David Alexander Staff Writer Moraine Valley’s extensive book store consists of over 3000 titles, how do they get so many of them? Well from you of course! Students of Moraine Valley Community College who want some quick cash can re-sell any text book they want to at any point during the year without waiting for the semi ritualistic end of semester book buyThe Moraine Valley Bookstore is accepting year-round buy backs, but returning it before the end of the back season. semester can mean settling for twenty-five to thirty-five percent less. [Patrick Vogwill] Kashif Shaf, the Director of Auxiliary Services (who (in a year’s time). Eastern Book Company, and Follett. also oversees the bookstore) said that This of course is dependent on Shaf said that students who elect the main factor affecting the resale val- whether or not the textbooks are the to sell their books before the end of ue of books is whether or not the books current editions the class requires. the semester will have to settle for less will be used in the following semester “Textbook publishers are in the money-averagely between twenty five (including books used for both four and habit of revising their textbooks every to thirty five percent of the actual cost eight weeks classes). two to three years,” said Shaf. So, what- of the text books-as opposed to the fifShah also said that for students tak- ever you do, you still may have to face ty percent or more students who wait ing classes offered only once a year and a gamble. till the end of the semester to sell their looking to sell back their books, the According to Shaf, the year-end books can get. best strategy is to hold on to them until books buy-back event is usually outshortly before the commencement of sourced. Previous contractors include David Alexander can be contacted at the semester that the class is offered the Missouri Book Company, the South

24 Karats For more information, contact Adrienne Stewart at (708) 974-5678. Alliance of African American Students(A.A.A.S.) For more information, contact Alex Elvira at x5487. ALAS: Alliance of Latin American Students For more information, contact Ronny Anderson at (708) 608-5487. Akido Club For more information, contact Janet Kotash at (708) 974-5246. Anime Club For more information, contact Amani Wazwaz at x4060. Art Club For more information, contact Tyler Hewitt at x5219. Arab Student Union For more information, contact Nina Shoman Dajani in the Multicultural Student Affairs office in the S building. Action, Social & Political Empowerment (A.S.A.P.) For more information, contact Anette D’Silva x4023. College Bowl For more information, contact Ted Powers (708) 6084177. Combat to College For infomation, contact Debbie Wills (708) 974-5759. Creative Writing Club For information, contact Eric DeVillez (708) 608-4106 Culinary Arts & Hospitality Club For more information, contact Michael O’Shea x5597. Cyber Security Club For more information, contact Kathleen Hanratty. Drama Club For more information, contact Craig Rosen (708) 974-5432 Down 2 Dance For more information, contact Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353. Fashion for a Cause For more information, contact Maura Vizza x5742. Filmmaker’s Club For more information, contact Dan Pal at (630) 9422800. Freethought Society For more information, contact Tyler Hewitt x5219. GLOW: Gay, Lesbian Or Whatever For more information, contact Matt Cullen x4104. Green Club For more information, contact Stephanie Presseller x5412. Hip Hop Xclusive For more information contact Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353. International Women’s Club For more information, contact Anette D’Silva x4023. International Conversation Partners   For more information contact Elizabeth Boucek x.5427. Kung Fu Club For more information, contact Courtney Reese x4067. Mastadon

  MVCC’s literary magazine. For more information contact, Ted Powers (708)-608-4177 Meeting, Planning, and Travel Club For more information, contact Mary Beth Walsh x5569. Music Club For more information, contact Tammi Carlson (708) 974-5636. P.E.P.   For more information, contact Klaudia Mallett (708) 974-5722 Psychology Club For more information, contact Mitchell Baker at (708) 608-4058. Recreation Therapy and Recreation Management For more information, contact Donna McCauley x5227. Rock Solid Ministry For more information, contact Michael Shannon (708) 608-4047. Science Club For more information, contact Keith Nabb (708) 9745592. Ski Club For more information, contact Michael Wade at (708) 974-5594. Speaking Life For more information, contact Terry Chambers x5647. Stay Strong For more information, contact Teresa Hannan (708) 974-5722 Ultimate Frisbee For more information, contact Jessica Crotty x5281. Web Technology For more information, contact Demetrius Robinson at (708) 974-5353. Women Empowerment For more information, contact Dawn Fry at (708) 974-5717.



MVCC making prom dreams come true By Joel Serna Staff Writer Prom is not an economical event. For this reason, many girls can’t go to prom. Moraine Valley wants to make the dream of high school studens a reality by hosting a drive for prom dresses through the Dream Come True Project. The average cost of a dress ranges anywhere from $500 to $1,000. Instead of girls wasting hundreds of dollars on a dress they can come to Moraine Valley on Saturday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. to choose a quality dress. All dresses will be free. Dresses need to be in good condition. Dresses that are ripped or have stains will not be accepted.   “In the past years the drive has received hundreds of dresses,” said Jessica Crotty who works as the College & Community Relations Coordinator at Moraine Valley. She also said that over the past few years many people have and many underprivileged girls have received quality dresses free of charge. The project is aimed towards in-district high school girls. MVCC is open to dress donations throughout the year but, or course, it will always be better if

Well-cared for prom dresses will be given to underpriveleged girls on March 31. [(Salt of the Earth) at Flickr] dresses are donated before this year’s prom so girls will have enough time to find the right dress. If they don’t want to keep the dress, girls can always return it, according to Crotty. If anyone is willing enough to donate, please drop off all dresses in the

Multicultural Student Affairs office in Building S, room S201 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Dreams Come True Project’s ultimate goal is to collect as many dresses as possible so all girls can enjoy their prom night. The name of the project says it all:

it’s to make the dream of girls a reality. For more information on the Dreams Come True Project contact Jessica Crotty at (708) 974-5281. Joel Serna can be contacted at sernaj29@



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Jim Witter has a Moraine state of mind By Stephanie Oster Staff Writer

Last year, Jim Witter graced the ears of Moraine Valley with the sounds of “The Piano Men.” On February 11, fans were able to enjoy the sequel to last year’s performance when Witter returned with “The Piano Men II.” The show was made up of two parts: the first being about the 70’s and the second part about the 80’s. This performance was also notable for being the band’s first show of 2012. Witter and his band opened the show with the score to Star Wars to pump up the crowd before performing the classic works of Elton John & Billy Joel. The first half of the show contained plenty of classics including “The Stranger,” “Say Goodbye to Hollywood,” and “Movin’ Out” by Billy Joel as well as “Honky Cat,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Daniel,” “Crocodile Rock,” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John. During Witter’s performance of “Crocodile Rock,” audience members were able to volunteer to help sing backup. During the first segment the band also performed a sketch where they took requests for popular TV show

Jim Witter rocked the keys for the second straight year at MVCC, perfoming classic Billy Joel and Elton John songs. [Thomas E. Adamo]

theme songs. Some of the nostalgiainducing performances included the themes to “Gilligan’s Island,” “Love Boat,” “All in the Family” and “Happy Days.” After the intermission, Witter brought the crowd into the next de-

cade while the band performed plenty of 80’s hits, but not before performing a very special tribute. Earlier in the night the world learned of the death of Whitney Houston and after the break the band started things off with Joel’s “It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me” while a

slideshow that contained a picture of Houston was displayed. The second half included more classics including “I Guess That’s Why They Call it Rock & Roll,” “Sad Songs Say So PIANO MEN | page 9



McCartney brings back easy listening By Anthony Rojas Social Editor

ground not hurting anyone or exciting anyone. Listening to it and thinking about McCartney; it’s easy to get the Paul McCartney (or Sir Paul Mc- feeling that this is exactly where he Cartney if you want to be that guy) should be. There’s no need for the prohas danced around through different to-metal shredding of “Helter Skelter” genres for over fifty years. at 69 years old and there’s no need for He’s done the blues thing, the pop experimental compositions like “Unthing, and the rock thing and he’s cle Albert/Admiral Hadley” or “Band dipped his fingers in on the Run.” Now is a the electric pool. Now, time of seasoned comin 2012, he’s broke positions that float into a genre we always easily around the room kind of expected him slowly pushing good to get into eventually. feelings around the air. “Kisses on the BotOf course, I can’t see tom” is an easy-listenanybody calling this an ing jazz/pop album important album in full of pre-rock pop popular music, nor do song covers and Paul’s I think it’s supposed to whimsical vocals, “K.O.T.B.” is McCartney’s 16th be. If you give it a fair which haven’t deterioSolo Album [Hear Music] chance and aren’t lookrated over the decades (not too much, ing for anything special from it there’s anyway). no reason you won’t enjoy it. It doesn’t McCartney describes the album as rock your face off and it doesn’t change something “you listen to when you everything forever like a Beatles song come home from work.” The singer, but it gets your foot in a tap and your himself, didn’t actually play any in- head in a soft nod in that casual way struments on the album (though Eric Paul McCartney has. Clapton added some riffs). The album’s that kind of slow, jazzy upbeat music Anthony Rojas can be contacted at that exists permanently in the back-



Chronicle shines against all expectations A “Safe” Bet

Andrew, one of the telekinetic teens, takes a dark turn. [20th Century Fox] By William Shaw DeHaan), an extremely introverted high Views Editor school senior who buys a camera to record his tragic life between abuse from   In the days leading up to its release, not only his drunken father, but also you couldn’t watch any TV for less than bullies at his school. Due to his shy naan hour without hearing about a new ture, his only friend is his cousin, Matt. movie called “Chronicle” When the two go to a party, Matt and   The story of Chronicle starts off by would be student president Steve find a introducing Andrew Detmer (Dane cave. After venturing into it, the three PIANO MEN | from page 7

Much” and “Empty Garden” by John as well as “An Innocent Man” and “You May Be Right” by Joel. The band also gave the crowd a little treat in the form of one more TV theme song by performing the classic theme of “Cheers.” At the end of the show Witter introduced the rest of the band including Ian Tanner on bass/vocals, Darryl

McWaters on drums and Tony Lind on guitar before sending the crowd off with Billy Joel’s quintessential hit “Piano Man.” The band then walked off the stage but the crowd wouldn’t have it as they continued to cheer for more. Witter kept them waiting, but the crowd erupted when the band return to the stage for a three-song encore that included Joel’s “Uptown Girl” as well as “Let It Be” and “Carry That Weight” by The Beatles.

men soon gain the ability of telekinesis.   For those of you expecting your average superhero flick involving a man’s coming of age to use his powers for good, look far away. “Chronicle” averts the clichés instead by exploring what one would do with these powers. By doing so, it simultaneously explores morality, friendship, and high school life.   Even more unique is the way it’s filmed. Much like the most first-person shot films, everything’s done with the cameras during scenes. However, this doesn’t always mean one used by the cast, and makes for some very interesting scenes.   Against all expectations, “Chronicle” brings forth a unique take on the superhero genre. Don’t watch this for the action, there isn’t a lot. Instead, watch it for its original story and unique depth.

William Shaw can be contacted at views@ Overall, if you want to watch an upbeat and fun show that leaves you with that warm fuzzy nostalgic feeling, check out Jim Witter’s shows. Looking around at the audience I could see their faces all lit up with excitement and happiness. The band was extremely talented and definitely knew how to work an audience. Stephanie Oster can be contacted at

Safe House stars Ryan Reynolds & Denzel Washington [Universal Pictures] By Nicole Bracken Editorial Assistant “Safe House” hit the big screen on February 10 with high-speed chases, bullets flying, conspiracy theories and talented leading actors Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds to draw in crowds. Denzel plays the role of Tobin Frost who has been at the top of the CIA’s most wanted list for years, completely untraceable, when suddenly he is taken into custody and placed in a safe house. When the safe house is attacked and all other personnel wiped out, it is up to Ryan Reynold’s character, young agent Matt Weston, to figure out what to do with his guest. With the realization that the safe house had been a secure location prior to attack, it becomes questionable whether one of the higher-level authorities has become corrupt. We discover that Frost has or knows something that someone doesn’t want coming to the surface, and they will do anything to cover it up. Weston gets tangled into the mess as he begins to wonder if what Frost is holding is true. The top-notch actors seem to carry this film. Denzel and Reynold’s performance were fantastic, but the plot seemed to be a little on the predictable side nearing the end. The film was intense in action due to the man-on-therun nature of it. There were plenty of fierce hand-to-hand combat scenes and a multitude of shoot-outs. A couple chase scenes even utilized the South African setting, running across rooftops and causing chaos at the soccer stadium. The greatest downfall of this film was the frantically moving camera during the action scenes. It really took away from the action when you were spending so much of your energy trying to refocus your eyes and trying not to let it make your head spin. As far as action films go, it is overall a good piece of entertainment, but there isn’t anything groundbreaking. Had they cleared up the issues with it’s action scenes the film would have been tremendously better and viewers would be more engaged. Nicole Bracken can be contacted at


Laura Sparks Classifieds Manager

Career Corner


Be prepared for Mock Interview Day next week By Laura Sparks Classifieds Manager Interviewing for a job need not be a nerve-wracking ordeal. You may feel uncomfortable “selling” yourself or fielding unexpected questions. Or maybe the prospect of meeting and wanting to impress new people is enough to trigger your anxiety. The good news is that interviewing is a skill you can learn. With the right tips and techniques—and plenty of practice— you can become a master of presenting yourself effectively with potential employers. Sharing your well thought out story is a powerful interviewing technique. The way your life has evolved; the things you’ve learned; your achievements, failings, and dreams—these things are unique to you and much more interesting than you realize.. Learn to tell your story and tell it well, especially for interviewing and networking purposes. Be ready the next time an interviewer says, “Tell me about yourself.” Don’t wait until the actual interview to tell it for the first time. An exciting interviewing opportu-

Mock Interview Day will be held on February 22 from 2-5p.m. [Mike Frederiksen] nity is available right here at Moraine Valley Community College. The Job Resource Center is hosting a Mock Interview Session next Wednesday, February 22 from 2-5 p.m., in Building M. Job Specialist, Tamima Farooqui, states “Obtaining employment is not the primary focus of the event,” However, the interview “could become a great

networking opportunity.” Farooqui reports that students have secured employment through introductions made at the mock interview. Beyond networking, a mock interview is an opportunity to learn and practice communication skills. For one who has never interviewed, or hasn’t interviewed in many years, role-play-

ing with a true hiring professional may provide the confidence boost necessary to relax on an actual interview. Farooqui continues, “Where else can you get 30 minutes of interrupted time from an employer?” Use that time wisely. Ask questions, listen carefully to the interviewer’s feedback and consider following their recommendations. Be prepared for your mock interview. You are required to arrive in business attire with your resume. Be ready to briefly describe your experience, showing how it relates it the job. Feel confident in your skills, and communication style without boasting. Be ready to answer broad questions, such as “Why should I hire you?” “Why do you want this job?” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Practice, practice, practice until answering questions about yourself and your experience feels natural. Schedule your 30-minute mock interview and pre-register at (708) 9745737. While you may not land a job, you will learn much about the interview process and yourself. Laura Sparks can be contacted at



Laura Sparks, Classifieds Manager


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 issues will be on the stands March 9, March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11 and June 22.



Car for Sale! 2004 Ford Mustang, 53k, silver w/ black top, automatic, premium sound, reliable, garage kept. $6200 or best offer. Call Laura (708)-349-6612.

Apartment For Rent

Customer Service (Staffing Specialist) Full-time positions Monday-Friday in Customer Service (8am to 5pm) in Alsip, Illinois. Previous contact with clients in an office environment. Busy office and growing. Should possess strong organizational skills and have ability to multi-task. Starting wage $12.00 hour. Call Doreen (708) 239-5400

Sublet my apartment! Quiet building. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. W. 111th St. near Western Avenue. Near buslines, schools, grocery store, library, and restaurants. Off street parking, appliances included. Call (773)301-7801. Garden Club The Orland Park Garden Club meets at 6:30p the third Monday of every month at the Robert Davidson Building at 4700 Park Lane. On February 20th, attendees will learn to garden in February. Guest fees $3.00. More info is available at Condo for Rent 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo for $899. Located at 9826 S. Sayre in Chicago Ridge. Updated kitchen and bath. On-stie laundry/storage unit. Rent includes heat, cooking gas, water, garbage & sewer. Call Prominent Property Management Call (847)-697-7764.

Car for Sale! 2002 Chevy Cavalier. 4 door. 113K $3,000 OBO. Call owner at (708)-668-5489. Support The St. Patricks Day Parade! Jump start the St. Patrick's Day celebrations on the South Side and show your support for the the South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade by joining the Parade Committee for our Kick-Off Party and Fundraiser on February 18, 2012 6-10 p.m. at 115 Bourbon Street! With live music from the South Side's own Larkin & Moran Brothers. * Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 at the door. Pre-sale tickets will be available on our website and at local businesses. * Included: Drinks, delicious dinner buffet from 115 Bourbon Street. Entertainment from the Larkin & Moran Brothers.

Spacious 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms with heat. Owner occupied 2 flat. No Pets. $900 per month, one month security deposit. 111th & Western, 20 minute drive. Call Chuck (773)-779-7077.

Motorcycle for Sale Do you long for adventures on the open road? 1997 Honda Valkyrie, touring model. 70,000 miles, chrome everything, many extras, excellent condition. $5000 obo. Contact Bill at (708)-717-3223

CineVerse CineVerse, Oak Lawn’s weekly film discussion group, will examine “Sunshine Cleaning” on Wednesday, February 22, from 7-10 p.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 708529-9028 or visit cineversegroup.blogspot. com

WANTED Condo for Rent 2 bedroom 1 bath condo for $899. Located at 10425 S. Natoma in Chicago Ridge. Updated kitchen & bath.On-site laundry/storage unit.Central heat/AC. Rent includes water, garbage, & sewer. Call Prominent Property Management (847)-697-7764.


Mike Frederiksen, Photo Editor




The Glacier - Volume 44, Issue 12  

MVCC Newspaper

The Glacier - Volume 44, Issue 12  

MVCC Newspaper