Lake Land College Student Newspaper - Mattoon, Ill.
Vol. 13 • Issue 7 • May 2014
Inside the Nav... +Tree Campus USA
+Opening the time capsule
+Save the Will Rogers
+ON THE COVER: Summer events
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Letter from the Editor:
Dear Readers, As the spring semester comes to a close, it is my duty, as editor-in-chief, to write a letter addressing the hope that you have all enjoyed our newspaper and wishing you all farewell and good luck on your individual journeys. We would like to thank all of our readers for choosing to spend their time with us. We hope you have enjoyed every issue and every article you have read. We strive to be informative and entertaining, and we hope that we have demonstrated those attributes. We would also like to thank any of those who participated in any of our contests and activities. Thank you to all of our family and friends, for always being so supportive and helpful. We would also like to thank those who had nothing to do with this newspaper. I am sure you are awesome in some aspect besides being a Navigator reader. We would secondly like to wish you all good luck in your endeavors. Are you graduating and transferring? Good luck. Are you taking a break from college? Neato. Are you going right into the workforce? Go you. Whatever you are doing, know that the Navigator staff supports you in your decisions.* For those who will return to Lake Land and plan to pick up a copy of the Navigator News, thank you for your dedication and enthusiasm, and it is with our sincerest hope that next yearâ€™s staff meets your expectations. Look for the September issue of the Navigator next fall and enjoy your summer. Or you can hate your summer, I am not the boss of you. When you return in the fall, the Navigator team will be working to keep you informed and entertained as always. With that, we at the Navigator bid you all adieu. Editor-in-Chief
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P21 Summer movies to see P26 Going camping
Opening the time capsule
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The man with the gun
Shooting birds on campus Brice Simmons//Campus & Features Editor
The shooting happened in the maintaince building on Lake Land’s campus. Even though the air rifle was low powered, it is still illegal to bring a gun Photo by Elizabeth Schaub onto campus.
On May 3 of last year a BB gun was brought to campus for the purpose of shooting at pigeons that were being a nuisance in the maintenance building, according to an interview with former President Scott Lensink by the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier (JG-TC). The shooter was a Lake Land College employee who oversought student workers. According to JG-TC the BB gun brought to campus was a Daisy Red Rider. This air rifle can only be considered illegal if it shoots 700 feet per second; however, this particular rifle only shoots about 350 feet per second. As stated by Lensink, this is “probably one of the lowest powered rifles on the market.” This being said, it is still illegal to bring a gun onto campus. Lake Land College proclaimed that they took appropriate action
in this matter and that the committee handled this “personal matter” according to JG-TC. In a personal interview with a student who has experience with this particular air rifle, he proclaimed that “I’ve been shot by that gun many times. A bee sting feels worse. The only way that the Red Rider is dangerous is if someone gets shot directly in the eye.” That being said, the only thing left to look at is if there was anyone in danger due to the employees act. This is yet to be determined. According to the Lake Land committee, however, he did not commit a crime worth being fired over. After the incident, he continued to work at Lake Land. He later quit the maintenance job for other undisclosed reasons and is now employed elsewhere.
Lake Land receives award from Arbor Day Foundation Committee discusses algae in campus ponds Adam Hostetter//Sports & Features Editor Lake Land College has officially received a Tree Campus USA designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation. In order to receive this award, a campus has to meet and maintain five standards: a campus tree advisory committee, a campus tree care plan, a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditure, a Service Learning project and Arbor Day observance, which was April 25. Receiving this prestigious award helps motivate Lake Land College in its broader sustainability efforts. The tree advisory committee coordinates many activities on campus as a result. In addition to getting students involved through the Service Learning Project and involved clubs such as the Environmental Club and Veterans Club, they also protect the trees on campus and plant more trees every year. When plans for a new geothermal well field
may have meant cutting down some existing oak trees, the well field was moved roughly 10 feet to protect the trees from destruction. Over at the Kluthe Center in Effingham, there is a Veterans’ Site that the club develops, adding trees to it every year. The committee also discussed in their latest meeting the issue of algae blooms in the campus ponds. Due to fertilizer and parking lot runoff, the south pond has seen an overwhelming amount of algae growing in the water. To combat the issue, an idea of converting certain areas surrounding the pond to wetland habitat was laid out, as well as the area below the walking bridge to the West building. Converting the ground in these places into wetlands would naturally filter out much of the nitrates fueling the
See Award, page 7
Photo by Elizabeth Schaub Photo of one of the trees on Lake Land’s Campus.
Intersession and summer classes Classes should be taken… seriously Beth Koehler//Copy Editor In general, people dread the idea of taking classes during the summer months. After all, summer is supposed to be a school-wide break, right? Maybe in middle school, but as an adult, time is limited and getting all the classes needed or wanted can be incredibly difficult. This is where summer and intersession classes come in.
Photo by Elizabeth Schaub Pictured is Welding major, Kennie Tuttle. Tuttle is taking classes this summer term at Lake Land.
Summer classes are exactly what they sound like- the same classes students can take during the spring and fall semesters, only during the summer. They tend to have a somewhat faster pace than a class during a “regular” semester, but it covers the same material. While summer classes may not contain every class, it always has general education classes and a decent variety of common classes, practically guaranteeing that there will be something relevant to ones education for students to take. In fact, there are some classes that can only be taken during the summer months (usually extensions or advanced versions of spring classes). Getting into these classes tends to be relatively easy, as summer classes fill much slower than regular classes. Fewer people have heard about intersession classes, which are classes that take place in between “actual” semesters. These classes last for a period of two weeks, with the upcoming semester starting on May 20 and ending on Jun 5. As such, these classes tend to be incredibly intense, and are usually frequented by people who are one class shy of graduation. There are no classes on Fridays, and students taking intersession classes must pay for the classes themselves, as financial aid is not processed during that time. They are likely the most intense classes one can possibly take at Lake Land. Nevertheless, for students who are in a hurry, intersession classes are the fastest way to get credit for a class. So keep them in mind as a possible option for college careers.
Christopher Walk New student trustee Gretchen Neal//Editor-in-Chief Christopher Walk is an agriculture-transfer student from Neoga. He was raised on a livestock farm that he plans to return to after attending the University of Illinois for agriculture accounting. He plans on working with swine and the trucking company that works with his farm. If his name seems familiar, that is because he was running for Student Trustee of Lake Land College – and he won. The Student Trustee is the title given to the liaison between students and an individual school’s board. The trustee will communicate with the students and then report to the school board what concerns the students are having. Walk is involved with both Lake Land College’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Illi-
Photo by Elizabeth Schaub
nois’ community colleges at a state level. His involvement with these groups helps him so that he can attend to the needs and concerns of the students and communicate them to boards so that those issues can be resolved. Walk was very happy to hear the news
of his win, but he went straight into work, and says that he plans on getting Lake Land more internships. He states that funding is a problem on the state level but that his main concern for Lake Land College students is
See Walk, page 7
Campus Award, from page 5 immense algae growth, and would be more cost effective over time than the other idea discussed, which was dredging the pond. As a recognized Tree Campus, Lake Land College also reaches out to the community with students, faculty, landscape management and community members on the committee. To learn more about the committee contact Tom Caldwell. To learn more about the Tree Campus USA program visit www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa/
Walk, from page 6 ensuring that they are all offered the same internship opportunities that can often be found in the agriculture program. The agriculture program currently has plenty of internship opportunities, but he feels that the other programs offered by Lake Land College are robbed of this benefit. He plans to work with the Mattoon area’s businesses on these potential internships, so that Lake Land College graduates can be better prepared for the workforce by the time of their graduation and can easily be hired. When it comes down to it, Walk really has the students of LLC’s interests in mind. He hopes that by the time he leaves Lake Land, he will have secured some internships for the betterment of his classmates.
Spring Carnival Yeehaw
Shelby Mitchell//News & Opinion Editor The Lake Land College Student Activity Board (SAB) hosts events every week. As stated by Frances Hebron, “SAB is one of the most underutilized resource at Lake Land Community College.” These events are on Wednesdays of every week. Two of the main events that are hosted, however, are the Spring Carnival and Welcome Day. Of all the events that the Lake Land College Student Activity Board (SAB) hosts, the Spring Carnival is one of the biggest and most attended. Everything will be free, including attendance. The main goal is to have fun and pay nothing. The Spring Carnival will be Western themed, with all sorts of fun and exciting activities tied in. Some of the many activities there will be featured at individual booths. There will be Old Time photos, a mechanical bull, Make Your Own Cowboy Hats and many more fun activities. The whole event will be catered by the Mexican restaurant Don Sol. There will be many students and individuals coming to the event to have fun and get free stuff. The day will be dedicated to carefree fun and, obviously, western-themed shenanigans. So come out to the event and enjoy the day! It will be on May 7 from 10 to 1 at the Field House on the Lake Land College Campus in Mattoon Illinois. Yippee-kiyay little dude(ette)s.
Showdown at the LLC Corral An SAB FREE Event Wednesday, May 7 10 AM-1 PM 07
Save the Will Rogers Renovations are in the works for the former Charleston movie theatre Kaitlyn Conrad//Photo & Web Editor On 705 Monroe Ave. in Charleston stands the Will Rogers Theatre. Some of those from the area may remember when the theatre still played movies and some of those from the older generation may even remember when the Will Rogers was a popular place to go. In recent days, the theatre may not be in current service to the public, but plans are underway to restore it to its original grandeur. Tim Burke of Hollywood, CA, and Jim and Katie Troccoli of Ottawa, IL purchased the Will Rogers Theatre Photo by Kaitlyn Conrad in November 2011 after it was closed by AMC At the 100th Anniversary of the Charleston Riot, blueprints were on display in the theatre lobby. The Will Entertainment Inc. in the Rogers Theatre is located in Charleston. summer of 2010. Burke and the Troctime spent at the location. I believe the theatre can be a vital part coli’s are not only working on restoring the theatre, but they are of downtown Charleston once again,” Troccoli remarks. also working on making that area of Monroe Ave. a community But restoring a historic Art Deco building is no easy and cheap social location. task. Since the building has been listed on the Landmarks Illinois There are 5 storefronts to the right of the theatre’s entrance and Ten Most Endangered Places and is on the National Register of have been used as a theatre dumping ground for storage. Katie Historic Places as listed by the United States Department of InteTroccoli’s plan is that as they restore the theatre and the storerior, bringing the Will Rogers back to what it was like in 1938 as fronts and to start looking for businesses to rent three of the five well as meeting today’s building codes is pretty costly. storefronts. Troccoli says Troccoli has set up a fundraising website where anyone can that this will create jobs “The Will Rogers Theatre is and that these storefronts donate to the Will Rogers cause. The donation website is http://www.gofundme.com/49rb4o. part of a great community. will provide needed foot There are many things to be done before the building is ready traffic to the theatre. but one of the first obstacles was to get the blueprints. At the Many people have fond The rented income from 100th Anniversary of the Charleston Riot, the blueprints were on memories of time spent at the storefronts will also display in the theatre lobby. help move the theatre res“We have a lot to do,” Troccoli points out. the location. I believe the toration project forward. Troccoli also says that anyone should feel free to contact her theatre can be a vital part of “The Will Rogers with any questions or suggestions. Theatre is part of a great downtown Charleston once Everyone is encouraged to join the Facebook group “Save the community. Many people Will Rogers Theatre” to keep updated on what is going on. again.” - Katie Troccoli have fond memories of
A New Hope for summer fun and adventure Tanner Garren//Layout & Design Editor Near the briny shores of Lake Mattoon along 40 acres lies Camp New Hope. While certain events such as holiday parties and bowling leagues are held by the camp throughout the year, summer is Camp New Hopes ideal time for fun. The camp offers all sorts of activities such as fishing and paddle boats for Lake Mattoon, swimming, mini golf and asphalt trails for hikes. The full week summer camp program, however, is what Camp New Hope has the most fun with. Different themed camp weeks are offered through June and July with special activities, guest performances, and lots of recreational fun with art, music and other creative elements to ensure a good time. One of the camps special programs offered is respite weekends. Campers from ages eight and up are welcome to a fun and safe environment without respite workers needing to come to their home. Campers are offered a fun weekend of activities, playing, movies and safe lodging in their respite building with happy counselors and an RN to administer medication if needed. These weekends are offered throughout the year. Just because summer is not always around, it does not mean the campers cannot have fun indoors or in the snow. Employment may be full but volunteers are always welcome. After all, it was volunteerism that made Camp New Hope possible to begin with. Volunteering as a sponsor in their “Have a Heart, Give a Smile” program will give a camper a chance for financial help when to comes to their education. One can also volunteer as a counselor or as a talent. If an individual can play
music, dance, paint or do any other kind of creative performance then volunteering to entertain the campers is an option. Volunteer application are available at Camp New Hope’s website: www.cnhinc.org. Do not miss out on an opportunity to help out the community or to provide someone with a meaningful and joyous summer experience that they will remember as a special cornerstone of their youth. Sign up for Camp New Hope today and give the gift of summer fun.
Places to visit on a road trip Road trips; great vacation spots Dakota Pruemer//Staff Writer Photo by Brice Simmons
When looking for something to do over the summer that is entertaining and new, look no further than a vehicle. There is nothing better than getting in a car with a few friends or family members and going on a road trip. Luckily, there are some interesting local places around to visit on these road trips. The University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana is home of the Spurlock Museum. The Spurlock Museum features exhibits from the following places: Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt and Africa, Ancient Greece and Rome, East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, Europe
and Native American Cultures. They offer tours and programs and it is the fifth ranked tourist attraction in that area on Trip Advisor. Miller Zoo is a great place for animal lovers around the Bloomington area. Miller Zoo is sizable and contains many animals including river otters, red pandas, lemurs, bald eagles, snow leopards and even reindeer. On Trip Advisor, Miller Zoo is the fourth ranked attraction in Bloomington. The next cool place is the Luthy Botanical Garden in Peoria. The garden prides itself on having beautiful scenery
for every season and is five acres. Luthy Botanical Garden was founded in 1951 and is the ninth highest ranked place to visit in Peoria on Trip Advisor. There are many great places in Illinois to visit on a road trip, and these are just the tip of the iceberg. If none of these places sounded interesting, then go to http://tripadvisor.com and just search for a general area and a list of attractions in the area will pop up. It can be a very memorable time, so have fun and start planning a very own road trip today.
Relay for Life
Mattoon’s annual Relay for Life rally Brice Simmons//Campus & Features Editor The majority of individuals have been affected by cancer in some form or another, whether an individual has this disease, or a friend/family member did have. There are many organizations out there that help raise awareness of this disease, some raise money to support research in finding a cure for cancer, and others still help support the victims of this disease. Relay for Life is one of these organizations. Relay for Life holds many events throughout the year to raise money and awareness of cancer. While they do not put much of the money earned back into cancer research, they do use it to put on rallies and raise awareness for the cause. On Relay for Life’s home page it explains what they are; stating, “What Is Relay For Life? Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement.” There will be a Relay for Life rally at Peterson Park in Mattoon, IL on Aug 23. To get started, all who are interested can go to http://relayforlife.org, and then on the home page there will be a place to enter a zip code or city/state then it will give the nearest event to that town. After this one can sign up or volunteer. For more information go to http://realyforlife.org
Photo by Elizabeth Schaub Relay for Life rally at Peterson Park in Mattoon will take place on Aug 23. If interested, go to http://relayforlife.org to sign up or volunteer.
The successful student
Learning the economics of couponing Kory Stone//Business Manager The popular phrase “makin’ that paper” is one used to describe earning income. Though today many people are also “cuttin’ that paper” to supplement “makin’” it. Couponing has taken quite the rise since both the 2008 economic recession and the 2010 TLC show “Extreme Couponing” aired. It has even gotten to the point where the show was blamed for the rise in newspaper thefts. According to Lisa Reynolds, RedPlum’s Mom Saver-in-chief, “Today’s savers are relying on behaviors learned during recessionary times that have become a part of everyday life.” There was even a survey conducted by RedPlum in which out of 23,000 shoppers, 96 percent of the respondents who couponed said they would still use coupons even in the case of
a big lottery win. This may be a reflection of how value-minded people are becoming since the onset of the recession. The survey also states that the majority of the savings used from coupons are going toward paying down debt, long-term savings and an emergency fund – all things which any finical advisor would say is smart. Couponing seems to be the highest among stay at home spouses or parents in the lower to middle income bracket; but is also seeing a rise in teens between the ages of 13-17. Some parents even use incentives to get children to help out with the work involved in couponing and grocery shopping, such as by giving them an allowance off it or to put it towards college tuition. To get started is going to require
Photo by Kory Stone
patience and an ability to adapt. Extreme couponing is a cumulative process and takes a bit of preparation and willingness to change buying habits. To really be efficient in time and savings is going to require adjusting what one is willing to buy. That means, within reason, only buying the products on sale or that have coupons for them and buying in bulk when possible. But it also does not have to be an all or nothing practice. Any savings are
See Coupon, page 11
Changing of the guard
Blast from 1999; Lake Land opens time capsule Tori Daniels//Staff Writer Buried deep in the ground, behind the Judge Learning Resource Center and next to an old tree, is a time capsule left here from Lake Land students past. The time capsule was buried on campus by the Phi Theta Kappa 15 years ago. Back then Thomas Caldwell and his wife, Nancy Caldwell, were both in charge of Phi Theta Kappa. They decided that in honor of Arbor Day 1999 they would bury a time capsule and plant a tree near it, keeping the theme of Arbor Day. Now, 15 years later, they unearthed the capsule to revisit the items that were left by past students. According to Mr. Caldwell some of the items that were included in the time capsule were then-current news items, sports memorabilia such as a baseball signed by former Lake Land student Gary Gaetti and future building plans of the time. President Josh Bullock read a letter that was left by former President Luther. It should be noted that those building plans did not include the West Building; they had no plans to build the West Building until after the time capsule was buried. The tree that was planted after the time capsule was buried was provided by Ron Roberts of Roberts Nursery At the time the tree was less than 2 feet, but now it is over 20 feet tall. A few things have changed since 1999, though. Emily Buhnerkempe is now in charge of Phi Theta Kappa and both of the Caldwells have moved on from their Phi
Theta Kappa responsibilities. Both are still involved with Lake Land; Thomas Caldwell is now in charge of the Collegiate Veterans Alliance. Since the responsibilities of these clubs have changed, the unearthing of the time capsule has included both Phi Theta Kappa and the Collegiate Veterans Alliance. The date of Friday, April 25 has significance as well. This year that is Arbor Day. Since the time capsule was buried in honor of Arbor Day, another tree was planted after the reburial of the time capsule this year.
Phi Theta Kappa and the Collegiate Veterans Alliance are doing this in the hopes that it will help boost Lake Land’s chances of becoming a nationally recognized “Tree Campus.” Being a Tree Campus will give Lake Land national recognition and the knowledge that the student involvement has helped out the environment. Hopefully on Arbor Day in 15 years, a new group of students will unearth the things that our generation put in the time capsule, and hopefully they carry on the tradition of environmental awareness that we are striving for today.
Photo by Kaitlyn Conrad On April 25, 2014, Tom Caldwell (left) and Paolo Mendez (right) dig up the time capsule from 1999 that was burried behind the Learning Resource Center. This was one of the last events of Lake Land’s celebration of Give Life month.
Coupon, from page 10 better than none if it is worth the time. So for some, even employing only some of the techniques will still add up to savings. One can keep an eye out for coupons and sales through a couple mediums: the newspaper, magazines, online and through the radio. Local student Tosha Beard, who just started couponing, likes to use “Favado”, an application for your phone which promises to help save up to 70% on groceries.
Former student Brandon Baston has been extreme couponing for over two years and has mastered the art of it. In one instant last year he bought a total of 82 items and taking advantage of price matching and coupons, was able to walk out with an extra $10.99 on top of the items. He says it’s about planning and being strategic when shopping.
“Today’s savers are relying on behaviors learned during recessionary times that have become a part of everyday life.”
Fighting exotic species
The invasion of the emerald ash borer Adam Hostetter//Sports & Entertainment Editor In recent years many regions of the United States are battling against foreign invaders of all kinds, from the Asian carps in the Mississippi river to the kudzu of the South. There are quite a few in local backyards from the dandelion (originating from Europe) to the autumn olive (from Asia). However, none has had a more devastating effect than the emerald ash borer, a tiny bug no bigger than a penny that is from Asia. These shiny green insects can decimate ash tree populations, and, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, were first discovered in Michigan in 2002, then found in Illinois in 2006. Since then the emerald ash borer has destroyed ash tree populations in the southeastern portion of Michigan, and they are spreading. Emerald ash borers are so destructive that there is a federal quarantine on firewood and ash products in the Midwestern U.S. to limit the bugs spread. All of Illinois is within this federal quarantine, and the bug has been confirmed to be in northeastern Ef-
See Borer, page 13
U of I expands health care
Trans* inclusive insurance now included Frances Hebron//Staff Writer As of the 2014 fall semester, the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana will be providing insurance that covers procedures that are crucial to a safe and healthy transition for many transgender students. The new policy will cover various procedures from psychological counseling to hormone replacement therapy and various surgeries associated with gender reassignment. Because of this change in policy, many transgender students will have safe access to the medical care that they need in order to live a safe, healthy, happy life. The change passed by a vote of 8-2 on March 6. There will be a slight change in the cost of student health insurance, varying from $4-6 a year. Many other colleges preceded in adopting insurance plans that would cover transgender studentsâ€™ medical care, such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford. For many students who do not have families that are supportive of their transgenderism, having their own health insurance coverage could be a life saver. This allows the students to make their own decisions on what is best for their health and well-being without having to worry about ridicule or denial from their families.
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The emerald ash borer is a destructive pest that is destroying ash trees throughout the eastern U.S. and has decimated the ash trees so much that there is a federal quarantine zone to inhibit EAB from spreading.
Submission to Paul Simon Essay Contest
“How My Community College Has Changed My Life” Hilary Rhode, Student Submission The following is Hilary Rhode’s submission to the Paul Simon Student Essay Contest. Her essay has been selected to be sent to the Illinois Community College Trustee Association. Rhode has given the Navigator News permission to publish her essay. “I honestly have said that deciding to attend Lake Land College was the best decision I have made to date. Lake Land College impacted my life in numerous ways, but the most significant impact on my life is being a member of the Lake Land College Student Ambassador team. When I graduated high school, I was a very shy person. I was apprehensive about starting college at Lake Land and trying to get involved and meet new people. Then I heard that the Student Ambassador team was accepting applications for new team members for the school year. So, I filled out an application, not knowing the huge impact it would have on my life once I was selected for the team. Throughout these past two years as a member of the Student Ambassadors, I have noticed a dramatic difference in my personality. As I stated before, I joined the Student Ambassador team as a shy girl, which is opposite of the personality needed to be a Student Ambassador. Public speaking was not one of my strongest attributes. As an ambassador, I was to meet with new people and speak in front of a group. My insecurities were quickly faced as I talked with potential students during college fairs, high school
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visits, college visits and tours. By having to meet with potential students and initiating conversation with them, I have learned to overcome my shyness. Additionally, by having to present potential students with information about Lake Land College, I have gained the confidence to speak in front of a group. This has profoundly made a difference in my personal and professional lives. Now, I have the confidence needed to introduce myself and initiate conversation with people. This has helped to better prepare me to pursue my career in Hospitality Management. Before I was a Student Ambassador, I lacked the confidence in myself that is needed for a career as an event planner. Without the opportunity of being a Student Ambassador, I would still be the same shy girl I was in high school. I would not have gotten the chance to make lasting memories during events representing the college. Additionally, I would not have gotten the chance to meet my fellow team members and make lasting friendships. Since I have become a member of the Student Ambassadors, I have surprised myself, and many others who know me well, on how much confidence and how outgoing I have become. I am so grateful for my experience at Lake Land; I would not have wanted to miss out on the opportunity that has made me grow as a person. Now instead of being the shy girl, I am the confident and outgoing girl anxiously awaiting the many opportunities ahead of me.
Borer, from page 12 fingham County. The IDA stresses that transporting firewood out of its local area can exacerbate the spread of the emerald ash borer, so campers should get the firewood from where they are camping. The emerald ash borer actually kills ash trees in the larvae stage of its life cycle. After the eggs hatch in the bark of the tree, the larvae bore into the ash tree, tunneling through the inner bark and cutting off the flow of food and water. Infected trees show multiple symptoms, such as crown dieback (where the top of the tree usually loses leaves), ‘sucker’ formation (many new branches forming on the trunk), and a D-shaped hole of 1/8 inch diameter in the side of the tree. Other native insect borers leave round or oval holes of varying sizes. Ash trees are common trees, so when the Illinois Department of Agriculture claims that “all ash trees near any new infestation will most likely become infested and die,” there are alarm bells ringing in people’s minds. Prevention and control treatments continue to be studied for this serious issue.
An Illinois summer guide Kaitlyn’s top 7 summer events to check out Kaitlyn Conrad//Photo & Web Editor As a child, I remember summer being the most exciting time of the year. It meant freedom, fun and running around the neighborhood with bare feet. Summer, as I got older, was still exciting but with the rise of technology, it was more tempting to stay in the cool air conditioning on the computer all day or watch marathons of Boy Meets World or Spongebob Squarepants. But staying indoors during the summer means I am not taking advantage of all the fun adventures that, surprisingly, Illinois has to offer. Being a person of list making, I like to make lists of things I would like to do over the summer and/or places I would like to visit. Illinois actually has some pretty cool things going on, with festivals (check out page 20) and events that are around where you live, or places maybe you could take a mini road trip to, possibly while singing the theme songs to Boy Meets World or Spongebob Squarepants.
First up on my list would be the Superman Celebration happening on June 12-15. This is taking place in none other than Metropolis, IL. This happens on the second weekend in June each year celebrating the ‘Man of Steel’. The weekend is kicked off with a Superman Drama and then there are contests, music, food and fun. There is also a comic book and artist show, fan films, street vendors, a carnival, costume contest and a Super Car Show. This event sounds geek-tastic and seems like it would be a super time. Their website, http://www.supermancelebration.net, has the schedule of events, different vendors, the happenings, special guests and maps & travel information.
The 4th of July brings out the patriotic side in practically every American. I generally find myself yelling “’MERICA” at an 11 percent increase around this time of year. Where is a better place to celebrate than the Illinois Nation Capitol, Springfield. On July 3 and 4, Springfield will be buzzing with red, white and blue fanny packs with entertainment of local bands and free activities for children starting at noon. The Springfield Illinois Junior Chamber Web Page, http://www.springfieldjaycees.org/, has information about the celebration.
I love food. Any event that has a wide variety of foods to try, I am there. Taste of Chicago is awesome. It is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community, which is so vast and delicious. The tasty array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. This event takes place at Grant Park on the city’s lakefront, July 9-13. The city of Chicago’s website has some more details on the tasting and some information about parking because, well, parking in Chicago is not the easiest job in world. But, admission is free, you just have to pay for food tickets.
Sometimes I like to pretend that I am a high-class person and I go and stare at art whilst stroking my chin, tilting my head to the right and letting out an audible “Hmmm.” In all seriousness, art is awesome, and checking out the talent that people possess fills up my heart with joy. The Geneva Arts Fair sounds like a place I need to be on July 26 and 27, which is when it is happening. Downtown Geneva, Ill, transforms into a venue for over 150 esteemed artists and draws a crowd of more than 20,000. Admission is my favorite number (free) and includes a children’s art area with special activities. http://www.genevachamber.com shows pictures of what the event will like and provides lists of what merchants you will come across.
My dream has always been to go to Lollapalooza. Hanging out with thousands of hipster music fans in Chicago’s Grant Park for this three-day music gathering during the some of the hottest days of summer without showering sounds awesome. So awesome you have probably never heard of the word for how awesome it is. On Aug. 1 - 3, 70 different acts will be on five stages, giving you a chance to see everything from hip hop and heavy metal to punk and alternative rock. Artists I am most excited about being at Lolla: The Head and the Heart, Fitz & the Tantrums, The 1975, Phosphorescent, The Temper Trap and Bombay Bicycle Club. The whole line up is posted on http://www.lollapalooza.com/ and while tickets are already sold out, you can view live streams of the festival online.
County fairs are awesome, but the State Fair is ten times better. The State Fair has eveything your small town county fair has, but times like, a million. The Illinois State Fair is happening Aug. 7 - 17 this year and is held in Springfield. There are 10 days to enjoy the Illinois excitement and entertainment, with everything from top name stars to carnival rides, foods, contest, concerts, livestock shows, auto racing and the thing 12 year old me could not wait for each year, the 4-H exhibits. A whole calendar of events can be found at http://www.agr.state.il.us/spacerental/calendar.html.
If my father Bobby Dean has taught me anything worth remembering, it’s that Bluegrass can cure the soul. Nearing the end of the summer, on Aug. 10 at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Lerna, the Annual Bluegrass Jam will be taking place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Musicians from Illinois and Indiana will converge at the site for a day of jamming, with informal groups playing along the creek throughout the day. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs and more served, with proceeds to benefit the historical and interpretive programs at the site. More information about this down home event can be found at http://www.lincolnlogcabin.org/.
These are just a few things that are happening around the state of Illinois in the summer month. You check out more for yourself, you can start by viewing http://www.enjoyillinois.com/.
Area events in East Central Illinois Kaitlyn Conrad//Photo & Web Editor
Photo taken by Katherine Johnson at the 2007 Old Capitol Art Fair. The Old Capitol Art Fair will take place in Downtown Springfield on May 17 and 18. The Art Fair is just one of the many events taking place in East Central Illinois during the month of May.
May brings the end of the school semester and the beginning of the summer months. Whether it is for a break from finals to be studied or in celebration of the ending school days, take some time to check out these events happening this month in the East Central Illinois area.
• On May 3, Bill Engvall will be at the Effingham Performance
Center (EPC). Engvall, the everyman comic, is back with his brand of down-home humor and blue-collar comedy. He will be performing two different sets; the first will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the second will be 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Contact the EPC at http:// the-epc.org/ or call 800-745-3000 to get ticket and event information. • The Champaign Urbana Ballet present The Sleeping Beauty May 3-4. Performed at the Virginia Theatre in Downtown Champaign, this fairytale story follows Princess Aurora who is cast into a hundred-year sleep by the spell of the evil fairy Carabosse and, through the enchantments of the Lilac Fairy, is awakened by the bearer of true love’s first kiss -- the charming Prince Desire. Tickets are on sale now and can be reserved for the Saturday 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. show and the Sunday 2 p.m. show by purchasing online by calling 217-356-9063. Visit http://thevirginia.org/ to get more information about the event and to check out other Virginia Theatre happenings. • The 9th Annual Effingham Artisan Fair and Coffee Crawl will be Friday, May 9 to Saturday, May 10. The Fair on both days will begin at 8:45 a.m. and is held in Downtown Effingham on Jefferson Street. Explore what over 40 artisans from across the region have to offer, from paintings and poetry to jewelry and sculptures. Head over to http://www.visiteffinghamil.com to learn more. • “Jungle” Jack will be returning to Effingham with “Into the Wild LIVE,” an unscripted and action-packed safari that
is sure to leave audience members with renewed appreciation for all creatures, great and small. Families and kids of all ages can enjoy this performance at the EPC on Saturday, May 10 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Call 217-540-2788 or visit http://the-epc.org for ticket and event information. May 15-17 will be the Pana Days Chautauqua located at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Pana’s historical Kitchell Park on South Route 51. There will be carnival rides, live stage entertainment, Baby and Little Miss & Mr. Contests, games, pony rides, kiddie tractor pull, as well as lots of vendors and food. Pana’s website, http://www.panachamber.com/, provides more information on the event happenings. Whether one is a serious art collector or are just developing and appreciating, the Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair will have fine art in the form of jewelry, sculpture, glass, pottery, wood, metal, oil, watercolor and more. There will also be a Children’s Tent that is sure to be a big hit with the kids. The fair will be held in Downtown Springfield May 17-18. Call 217-321-7184 or head over http://www.socaf.org for artist information and fair information. May 17-18 is also the date of the Southside Chili Shuffle Cookoff in Taylorville. This two-day regional event at the Southside Shuffle Bar is incorporating the former Lincoln Prairie Trail Chili event that was formerly held in Pana. The categories include Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. There will also be live entertainment. There is an entry fee but admission is free. Call 217-287-7023 for times and address. The 20th Annual Jasper County Strawberryfest will be held in Newton on May 30-31. This two-day festival celebrates strawberries in Jasper County. There will be free family entertainment, music, games, food and crafts to provide fun for everyone on the square in Newton. Contact the city of Newton at 618-783-3399 for information on this event. For those who enjoy historical re-enactments, the Old State Capitol grounds will be transformed into a Civil War Medical Encampment on May 30 through June 1. It will be complete with re-enactors, camp life and activities for the entire family, including Civil War living history programs on the grounds and history education programs in the site’s historic rooms. Visit http://www.state.il.us/hpa/hs/old_capitol.htm or call 217-785-7960 to find out more. The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan presents “Showcase 2014” on May 31. The Little Theatre will be celebrating its 56th year of bringing live performances to the prairie. “Showcase 2014” features performances by the equity actors who will be starring in the 2014 summer season. Visit the Little Theatre’s website, http://www.thelittletheatre.org/, will for more information on this performance as well as the summer performance schedule.
The free will dilemma A dance of science and philosophy Kory Stone//Business Manager The subject of free will is a cornerstone to many of our cultural views. Changes in science, along with philosophy, are helping us come to understand it better. What we have come to find out may drastically change the way we see ourselves in relation to everything. Is it as simple as it being something we do or do not have? Maybe not. Like many forms of mental processes such as autism, anxiety and depression, it can be viewed in terms of degrees or levels - three basic ones to be more precise: dualism, determinism and agency. The first level of free will deals with dualism. This is the belief that consciousness and thought are independent of the brain and/or body and was often referred to as our soul. This concept of a soul was often associated with our free will in the past. Yet today all the evidence suggest
that our consciousness and thoughts in every form testable - visual, audio, linguistic, creativity, emotional - are pinned to the brain. The mind is what the brain does. So, at least while we are here on earth, any concept of our soul is seen in relation to the mind and it is not “free” of physical or biological processes. This first level is of free will is rejected outright almost by the majority of science and philosophy. Determinism, which is not so much based in mental process or psychology, is more a logical interpretation of philosophy. It basically states that everything about us is determined and that there is little to no room for choice free of factors. This is at least partially true given we cannot pick our genetics, the environment we are born and raised into and the process of cause and effect, meaning each effect is directly tied to the cause before it. Right
Graphic by Dr. Pial Walpola, revised by Kory Stone.
away any “choice” we may have is limited by things we have no choice over – there is never a point where one could have been given the option to choose who, where, when or how they would have been raised or their genetics, biology and looks. These two separate yet intertwined areas affect one another and ultimately help in shaping who we become. Compatibilists believe that forms of free will can still exist even within determinism on a mental level. The answer to this is still being studied and debated and may even come down to how one defines certain terms or from which angle it is seen. Though most scientists and philosophers accept determinism, there is still a split between what exactly consists of free will. Those in sciences of mind, for the most part, still reject most - if not all - notions of free will. Philosophers of the mind feel some forms of limited free will can exist within determinism. Agency is a term used in social sciences. It is similar to determinism in that it accepts that who we are and the choices we may be able to freely make are at least bound to factors outside our control. Take, for instance, economic levels. Higher income families have more choices available for schools, food and protection to “freely” choose from compared to those born into poverty. Also, those born into poverty are at much higher risks of being taxed of will power, the drive that allows us to follow through with whatever “free will” we may have, due to harder living conditions. So even if it is shown that it is, in fact, true that forms of free will can exist in the mind, they would still be subject to things like income, mental disorders, closed social stratification, cultural or geographical seclusion.
Above is an info-graphic about free will.
Cleanse your life of toxic people Gretchen Neal//Editor-in-Chief Last week, I got a phone call concerning my oldest sister. She and her boyfriend had gotten into what the cops would later describe as a “civil dispute,” which would result in the damage of much of her property and physical harm to herself. Every day, I read a text post from a blog I follow about the writer’s abusive mother, who only shows up to steal things and insult her before taking off to go score some more heroin. A woman was killed the other day - in a town nearby - by her abusive partner and the same town just held their annual Take Back the Night march, where you could have seen countless victims of sexual assault take a stand. Sometimes, it is really hard to see what is happening right in front of you. Most people, however well-intentioned they might be, never know about the abuse a friend is going through unless it is blatantly obvious. That is why it is so important for victims to speak out themselves. I know, speaking out is not always easy. Seeking help is not always easy. But there are places that can help if you or a loved one feels threatened. HOPE of East Central Illinois is a good resource for people involved in abusive relationships, romantic or otherwise, and SACIS is another local resource for sexual assault. For those who are in constant danger, the app Aspire News is a free app for smartphones that runs and looks like a regular news site, but on pressing the “Go” button, will turn on location services and start recording. Please utilize any or all of these resources if you need to, and find a safe place where you can seek help. Always remember this: the victim is never to blame for their abuse. That being said, some good advice to everyone would be to cut toxic people out of your life before they have the chance to
hurt you. Do you have a friend who constantly belittles you and goes through a cycles of being nice and then suddenly turns cruel? Cool, show them the door, because you do not need that. Do you have a family member who uses the crutch “But I’m your sibling/parent/distant cousin and you therefore have to put up with me?” You do not actually owe them anything, and you are not obligated to help them or let them use you simply because you are related, especially if the benefits of the relationship are one-sided. Anybody who emotionally manipulates you can go, too. Even if it is only a friendship that makes you uncomfortable, there is no shame in letting that person go. And certainly anyone who threatens to cause you, or anyone else, physical harm needs to be cut loose, because they are the walking embodiment of bird shit. Get the authorities involved if you have to. Just please, please do not sit back and pretend that it is not happening. Do not allow it enough time to escalate. You deserve better, even if you think you do not. You may not think it now, but you will be so much happier if you get away from the negative people around you. If they wanted to benefit you in some way, they would have already done so by now. Leaving something comfortable is hard, but doing it will ultimately improve your life. There are people out there who do not even know you who would support you through this. Remember that there are wonderful people out there - do yourself a favor and go meet some of them, instead of wasting time around the people you will regret ever knowing.
The failed war on drugs
“Drug users aren’t criminals, they’re sick” Kory Stone//Business Manager What comes to mind when you think of someone who uses or sells drugs? Adrian Grenie, director of up-and-coming documentary, “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” which explores our four decade long failure on the war on drugs, elaborates, “Maybe it’s the shady character luring customers on a corner in a 1980s ‘Just Say No’ ad. Or perhaps you think of the guy from your college with scales in
his dorm room, measuring out marijuana to sell to his buddies… Whatever it is, chances are the image will be shaped by some degree of moral interpretation, fear stoked by inability to understand the forces and systems that are at work and make up the drug culture.” The problem with drug use is not so much the drugs themselves as it is the addiction, which can vary from substance to substance. Such as painkill-
ers to the feeling of per with levels that range from functioning to debilitation. Addiction is something that takes over someone’s life to the point where it starts causing harm to them and those around them. It is a disease of the mind, and a perpetuating culture, not a vindictive or sadistic attempt from people to unravel
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Letter to the Editor Dear Navigator, This all started on Monday, Feb. 10, when I had shopping to do with my feisty 3-year-old at Walmart. Since I had shopping to do, then why shouldn’t I go ahead and get my oil changed by Walmart as well? They make it so convenient to do so! Would I ever regret that decision. As I was driving home that afternoon directly from Walmart, I noticed the smell of burning oil, but assumed it was nothing but some oil remains on my engine. I ventured out the next day and my oil light started blinking erratically and then my vehicle was completely dead on the side of the interstate (just before mile marker 192). It was 9 degrees that day and I had my 3-year-old in the vehicle with me so I was rather upset. I called Walmart while on the side of the road and they informed me that it most likely wasn’t their fault because if it was, I wouldn’t have made it out of their parking lot. I proclaimed, “I know it’s your fault, what do I do to get this investigated?” The Mattoon Walmart ASM said, nonchalantly, “You need to get it checked out by a mechanic and if they find Walmart is at fault, call us and start your claim.” I took a photo of where I was at on the interstate and that photo matches up with the time frame of calling Walmart. They are claiming now that my call never happened (yay for call records). My car was towed to Bartley’s Garage in Charleston. Bob Bartley found that Walmart was at fault due to incorrectly putting my filter on, causing an extreme leak of oil. He also suspected engine damage from the metal shavings he found. I have video of Bob Bartley explaining exactly what Walmart Service Center did wrong. From there, I filed my claim with Walmart and I was assigned Gabe Tilly as my claims agent. Gabe Tilly never once answered his phone when I called numerous times this past month. Mattoon Walmart couldn’t get ahold of Gabe Tilly either, so they very nicely took matters into their own hands. I found out this past Friday from KC Summers that Gabe Tilly was fired. So after not being able to get the ball rolling on my claim, the Mattoon Walmart ASM went to Bartley’s and paid my tow bill
and was informed that my vehicle should be taken to a dealership (Kummers) to be fixed. From here it gets really confusing. The ASM took my oil filter from Bartley’s to Walmart instead of KC Summers. I find this odd since it’s evidence and should be reviewed by the dealership. KC Summers found that I needed a new engine. When Walmart was informed of this, they refused to pay. Walmart claimed the oil change was done correctly according to their video footage. They would not be able to tell from their footage what Walmart’s Service Center did to my oil filter. My oil filter was screwed on incorrectly when it was placed on the O ring. No video footage can prove this. I was also told I have a 500 dollar diagnostics bill for KC Summers on my car. All these tests were ordered by Walmart and Walmart told the dealership to have me pay these fees. KC Summers knows that legally it’s their responsibility but I am unable to retrieve my vehicle until this bill is paid. All I want is my engine to be fixed. Walmart is absolutely at fault. Walmart hasn’t followed procedure, has been unorganized, and is unwilling to consider all the evidence I have toward them. I have pictures of oil spilled in my driveway from my car. I have 2 mechanics who can vouch that my engine needs replacement due to not having ANY oil in it because of the extreme leak through my oil filter. It’s just me and my son here in Tuscola. I need my vehicle to maintain a job. If Walmart doesn’t step up, I’m without my only mode of transportation. I feel if I can get this story out maybe it will speed up their motivation to help me by considering the evidence that I have. I hope by my story I save someone else this experience. People are people, and we all make mistakes - what matters is that we amend those mistakes the best way we can. Walmart has failed me on this very simple humane concept and it’s unacceptable. Thank you for reading my story. Melissa Alf
Drugs, from page 18 society. In either case, these people need understanding and help, not judgment and arbitrary incarceration. Dr. Evan Wood, scientific chair of the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy and research chair in Inner City Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Canada, says, “Due to the growing body of evidence that the war on drugs has failed, we should look to implement policies that place community health and safety at the forefront of our efforts, and consider drug use a public health rather than a criminal justice issue.” One country did just that over 12 years ago; Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug
users. Since then, those caught with small amounts of marijuana, cocaine or heroin skip the judicial system and are only held with a misdemeanor on par with illegal parking. There is also no record if the user can abstain from trouble and participate in prevention programs for three months. “Drug users aren’t criminals, they’re sick,” Goulão, a family physician who helped shape Portugal’s drug policy, says. “We figured perhaps this way we would be better able get things under control. Criminalization certainly wasn’t working all that well.” The police still search people for drugs, seize and destroy all these substances, but before doing so they weigh the
drugs and consult the official table. Anyone possessing drugs in excess of a 10 day supply is treated as a dealer and charged in court. Anyone with less is told to report to the “warning commission on drug addiction” within 72 hours – an environment that is welcoming and where they have to go through speaking with a social worker, lawyer and a psychologist. If behaviors insist, harder consequences such as community service and fines are established though they say their most important duty is to invite people to participate in rehab. While things are still not perfect and there are some things to work out, experts are pleased with the results.
Summer festivals for everyone Gretchen Neal//Editor-in-Cheif Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the promise of boredom. Luckily, the area usually celebrates its summers with plenty of festivals to entertain its community members.
• The ninth annual “Effingham Artisan Fair and Coffee Crawl”
will be held from Friday, May 9 to Saturday, May 10, opening at 8:45 a.m. on both days. This event will be found at Jefferson Street in downtown Effingham. The event will be hosting artists’ work and local venders. The 20th annual “Strawberryfest” in Newton will take place on Friday, May 30 through Saturday, May 31. This will be a free event featuring music, games, entertainment and food. This event will be – surprise – in celebration of strawberries. It will be held in Newton Square. “Neoga Days” will be from Jun 12-14, and will feature live entertainment, rides, tractor pulls, pageants, a parade, and competitions. The theme this year is “Under the Big Top.” “EffingHAM Music Fest” is an outdoor concert that will be held at Mid America Motorworks in Effingham, Saturday, June 17 starting at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Mid America Motorworks at http://mamotorworks.com or 217-540-4200. “Moccasin Creek Festival” on the stage at Lake Sara, Effingham, will be from Friday, June 27 to Sunday, June 29, starting at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Bill Poss at http://www.moccasincreekfestival.com or 217-342-5310. Mattoon’s annual “Bagelfest” will be from July 17 to 19 and will include live entertainment, rides, a parade, pageants, and vendors. Information on individual events can be found at http://mattoonbagelfest.com. Villa Grove’s annual “AG Days,” which will include fireworks, vendors, live music, 5k races and amusement rides, will take place at the beginning of August. The “Effingham County Fair” will start Friday, Aug. 1 and continue into Saturday, Aug. 9. Events will start at 10 a.m. and will include tractor pulls, pageants, concerts, demolition derbies and other entertainment. The fair will be held at the
Effingham County Fair Grounds. For more information, call 618-483-6717. • “Windsor Harvest Picnic” will take place from Thursday, Aug. 21 to Saturday, Aug. 23 and will feature live music, games, tractor pulls, runs, food, amusement rides, vendors and concessions. • Other less-local (but not less-important) events consist of “Steamboat Days” from June 12 to June 14 in Peoria, the “Chicago Blues Festival” in Grant Park from June 13 to June 15, the “Rhapsody in Bloom Art Fest” at Luthy Botanical Gardens, Peoria from June 28 to June 29, and “Lollapalooza” in Chicago from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3. And there are even more festivals in surrounding communities and cities. This summer, defeat boredom with these fun summer jubilees and make the most of the school break.
Photo by Kaitlyn Conrad Central Illinois Festivals are happening all throughout the summer. Photo taken at the 2011 Bagel Fest in Mattoon.
Radio DJ spotlight: DJ GK Dakota Pruemer//Staff Writer Gage Kyle, referred to as DJ GK on Lake Land College’s radio station 89.9 WLKL “The Max Alternative,” is a freshman in the Radio TV Broadcasting department here at Lake Land. Kyle decided to go into the Radio TV program because of his plans of becoming an actor. When he moves to Los Angeles, after getting his Associates degree, he will already have
experience with performing in front of people and an opportunity to get his foot in the door. Major inspirations for Kyle’s decision to become an actor were watching the bloopers and behind the scenes of the television show “Friends.” Seeing how much the cast had become a family made him realize that he would one day like to experience this feeling.
If you have ever listened to 89.9 WLKL, there is a good chance you have heard DJ GK during 80’s hour and his signature lead-in tune, “Africa” by Toto. During the 80’s hour GK likes to also play “Heroes” by David Bowie, which is in his favorite
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Upcoming summer movies
Tanner Garren//Layout & Design Editor The race is on for Hollywood filmmakers and only the public can help them succeed in becoming number one with a summer box office hit. This three month extravaganza is the ideal time to get their names and films noticed, to get top notch reviews and to become the summer favorite. For those who may or may not notice, it is usually during summer that the year’s biggest epics and comedies fight their way to the pockets and hearts of movie goers. The question that lies in front of all is which summer blockbusters will they be seeing this summer. With so many to choose from, it is a wonder how film makers are trying to take out the competition. This month kicks off the summer movie season with the follow up of Sony’s Spider-Man reboot with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” featuring three of the web head’s foes: Electro, Rhino, and Green Goblin, not to mention for the inevitable teasers for the upcoming Venom and Sinister Six movies. Marvel is also releasing their fifth X-Men film in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” reuniting many original X-Men movie characters as well as introducing some new ones. Two men of the same first name, Seth Rogen and Seth MacFarlane, are starring in their raunchy comedic films “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and “Neighbors,” respectively. What seems to be the upcoming superpower for audiences of all ages is Disney’s “Maleficent,” the gruesome tale of how the
“Sleeping Beauty” villain came to be. June and July are full of epics that strive to give audiences adventure lust with the second installation of Dreamwork’s “How to Train Your Dragon” series, along with funny crime fighters Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum back for “22 Jump Street.” The supernatural and science fiction return with the fourth Transformers installation, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” as well as the follow up from the rise to the dawn with the takeover of superior primates in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Finally August, which usually saves the greatest for last, offers us long awaited films, with a new Marvel team of superheroes never before seen on screen. Join an all-star cast featuring Bradley Cooper as furry and fierce Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The super woman exists in Scarlett Johansson as the title character in “Lucy,” the epic of a woman who can only retain information and even learn more than man may ever know. The one most critics, fans, and movie goers are anxious to see if it is a success or a flop is Michael Bay’s new interpretation of the classic comic book series of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Look out for these movies this summer and support your local theaters, actors, and directors in seeing these films. Which ones will be seen and which ones will be remembered?
Photo by Kaitlyn Conrad
Radio, from page 20 movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” However, Kyle does not only play 80’s songs; other artists he likes to play are Capitol Cities, Lorde and Coldplay. While he has an amazing taste in music, this is not all that DJ GK brings to the table. He also likes to incorporate his own personal stories and his segment, “Gage’s Record of the Week,” where he talks about his latest favorite record. Kyle overcomes the fear of going brain dead on air by coming up with ideas for topics he would like to talk about throughout the day.
You can listen to DJ GK on Lake Land’s radio station, 89.9 WLKL “The Max Alternative,” on every Tuesday, by himself, from 5-7 p.m., and every Thursday from 1-2 p.m. with DJ Johnny Ringo and 5-6 p.m. by himself for the 80’s power hour. Gage is just one of the Lake Land College student DJs and brings a new style to the segments involving comedy and personal stories like no one else.
Gagg Kyle is a DJ on Lake Land’s radio station, 89.9 WLKL.
Photo by Dakota Pruemer
Abby’s Chronicles Chapter Six: Red Lightning Adam Hostetter//Sports & Entertainment
Graphic by Beth Koehler
A gust of wind originating from the opened door knocked Abby back to the floor. It was Alan, the mysterious figure who has been skirting the sidelines of her experiences ever since she awoke on the train. “Come with me,” Alan demanded, “we need you for something important.” Neither Abby nor Spencer Camel saw or heard the cell’s gate open. In fact, the gate was still closed when Alan grabbed Abby’s arm. Abby tried to shove him away but Alan’s grip would not loosen, and resisted without results when Alan dragged her through the closed gate. “Aww, were these holograms the whole time?!” Spencer Camel exclaimed. He then tried to proceed through his own cell’s gate, but instead smashed his face into the metal bars instead. Rubbing his jaw, Camel said, “I thought these gates were based in Sharknado reality! Not mine!” Alan closed the prison doors behind Abby and began climbing the stairs, still tugging at her arm. “Let me go!” Abby screeched, “You’re a monster! I didn’t do anything wrong and you imprisoned me for what? A questi-” Alan muffled her mouth with one hand. “We need you for something important,” Alan repeated. Abby heard a slight quavering in his voice, as if he was desperate for her help. Abby quit resisting; there was something about this figure that quelled her turmoil.
When the two returned to the office, the well-tailored young man with a moustache was nowhere to be seen. The only object of interest in the room was the intricately detailed box on the mayor’s desk, which was there during her last encounter. “All the magic of Topsham resides within this box,” Alan stated. “One of the former mayors put it in there out of fear. Fear that someone would abuse the magic for their own gain and destroy the town in the process.” He waited a moment, and then added, “Someone like my nephew.” “Why should I help you? You knocked me unconscious, locked me in a prison cell, and I didn’t even know who you were until that wonderful nephew of yours mentioned the name!” The mere mention of that young man sickened her. Abby’s anger became so overwhelming that she grabbed the ornate box and threw it towards a wall. It must have been a delicate wooden box, because the container splintered into a thousand pieces upon contact. When Abby and Alan came closer to the mess, a tiny silver wire cage with a glass bird inside was among the wood shards and splinters. “That was rather unnecessary.” Alan ignored Abby’s complaints, adding, “I had a key, you know. “My brother, the mayor, had let me in on the secret of that bird
See Abby, page 23
Entertainment Abby, from page 22 and how to unlock the magic within it. Apparently it was a secret only known to the mayors of Topsham. In order for the magic to be unleashed-” “A child’s memory must be sacrificed,” Abby finished his statement. She wondered how she knew that. Alan revealed a shiny green pyramid from a pocket, and explained that it was Abby’s memory. He revealed that he took it for the greater good of Topsham, that Abby knowingly gave him her memories, and that many forces wanted this magic. Abby was still skeptical even with no memories she was not an idiot. The office doors burst open and Alan’s nephew stormed in, his suit torn and dirty. He was scowling at Alan, his smug grin from earlier replaced with hateful eyes full of hellfire. “How dare you turn on me,” he growled. “I will control Topsham even if I have to destroy it first!” The young man lunged for the bird cage, knocking Alan to the ground. “This town does not deserve any magic without payment!” Red sparks were surrounding him, growing in intensity and length. Alan shoved him away, “People don’t deserve a dictator, they need this magic to revive our dead land! The next winter will starve us without it!” He ran towards the door with the caged bird and the green pyramid, but was struck by red lightning originating from his nephew. Abby sprang for the items and escaped the office, and ran out of town hall leaving footsteps full of grass in her wake. How did her memory pyramid reveal the magic in the bird? She tried shov-
ing the pyramid into the bird cage but it did nothing. Abby looked back and saw town hall spewing red lightning. Definitely not a good thing. She tripped and fell down a slope. When she stopped in a small creek, the magic bird and pyramid both began glowing and green fog began crawling out of the cage. This fog moved fast, overtaking the creek and eventually the few buildings nearby, while the horrific cracking of the lightning began to grow closer. “Give me the bird cage,” a voice hissed. The once well groomed man had red lighting crackling where his eyes and hands should be. “No! I am sick of playing victim! You can’t take me!” Abby yelled at the top of her lungs. With every word the green fog grew thicker, and suddenly shot out of the bird cage at Alan’s nephew. He collapsed and the red lightning died. The fog thinned out, and grass started growing all throughout Topsham, with beautiful red flowers growing where Alan’s nephew was. The green fog was still there, and would be there for weeks to come as the magic began to settle into Topsham once more. Abby returned to Alan, sprawled on the ground. Spencer Camel was tending to his wounds, having somehow escaped his cell. On Alan’s shirt was the same symbol as Abby’s tattered blouse. After that day Abby settled in Topsham, she and Spencer Camel were taken in by Alan to repay them. But she went to the train station every once in a while, wondering each time who she was before she woke up on the train.
Swimming in Central Illinois Beat the heat with these local beaches Shelby Mitchell//News & Opinion Editor When summer has kicked up the temperature and swimming is of utmost importance, there are many different options in the area for all beach preferences. Be it packed and lively beaches, more secluded and solitary beaches or beaches where dogs are just as welcome as the humans, the options are fairly inclusive. Going the route of the more popular beaches, Shelbyville beach, tucked behind Shelbyville dam, always has a fair amount of people and is always reasonably clean, if a little small. Sullivan beach is more sizeable and also fairly popular and clean. Lake Mattoon and Lake Paradise are the closest to Lake Land College, but are usually skipped over in favor of the more popular pools in the area. Farther away is Lake Sara in Effingham, Illinois. There is also the many beaches at the campgrounds in the area,
Photo by Kaitlyn Conrad Charleston Lake is another local area where one can enjoy a beach setting.
including Lake Mattoon’s campgrounds and Robin Hood camp ground. Wilbourne Beach outside of Sullivan is also near campgrounds, a bit more secluded and less populated, perfect for going to the beach without being stuck around a gaggle of people. Wolf Creek is the perfect place to
get away with the family, including the furriest family member. So, make sure to get out and go for a swim this summer. Pile on the sunblock, pack a picnic and spend a day with family or friends.
A story of love, hope and hate crimes Kory Stone//Business Manager
by Adam Hostetter
Velociraptor Tea Time
On Apr 2, Lake Land College anthropology teacher Carolyn Stephens and I happened across a very interesting car parked at Charleston’s Los Potrillos. The car was a rainbow colored bug with the inscription “fagbug” in big white letters on the side. After doing a double take, it was assumed there had to be more to this than a simple style choice. In doing a quick internet search this assumption turned out to be right upon seeing the caption “Activism on wheels” at the top of her webpage, www.fagbug. com. The car was driven by Erin Davies. We spoke briefly, and she invited us to come see her newest documentary “Fagbug Nation.” She was having a test showing at Eastern Illinois University’s Coleman Hall auditorium later that evening. According to her website, on the 11th Annual National Day of Silence, Davies was a victim to a hate crime in which the words “fag” and “u r gay” were spray painted on the driver’s side window and hood of her car. This was presumably due to her having a rainbow sticker placed on the back windshield. Despite the initial shock and embarrassment, Davies decided to embrace what happened and let it inspire her. She took her car, with the words meant as hate, and drove them across the United States and Canada on a 58 day trip to inspire a conversation of equality and humanity. Along the way, Davies heard of other people’s stories
Photo by Kory Stone Owner, Erin Davies, next to Fagbug. Fagbug visited EIU for a test showing of the new documentary “Fagbug Nation.”
of love, hope and hate crimes. Davies eventually was talked into to giving her car a makeover after someone told her that it would symbolize her fully taking over the word, to take off the attackers
See Fagbug, page 26
1st Place poem from Navigator Poetry Contest by Frances Hebron A year ago, I had a friend ask me, “How is life?” I thought for a moment, and responded with, “Mediocre.” They looked at me and smiled, and seeing my confusion, they replied, “At least it’s adequate.” For an entire year, I’ve thought about that. “At least it’s adequate.” At first, I was dissatisfied, Because that day, I was whiny and flustered. Now, “At least it’s adequate” actually means a lot to me. Because on the days when getting out of bed is a chore, Or in the weeks where I cry myself to sleep, Or on the nights when I cannot get my eyes to stay shut, no matter how hard I try, I still feel mediocre, but at least I am adequate.
Because I am adequate, I do not have to be anything other than myself. For people to tell me that I am anything more than adequate is stressful. I do not want to be beautiful, Because what if one day, I am ugly. I do not want to be wonderful, Because what if one day, I am not. I do not want to be brilliant, Because what if one day, I do not know. By being adequate, I am good enough, and good enough is good for me.
Lonnie by Adam Hostetter
And because I am adequate, my feelings have value. So when I am sad, and cannot figure out why,
Or when I am angry, and cannot remember why, Or when I am lonely, and do not want to be reminded why, That is okay. I am adequate. There does not have to be a why.
Camping as a summer activity
The great outdoors can be enjoyed by temporarily living admist Kaitlyn Conrad//Photo & Web Editor With summer just in reach, outdoor activities become more attractive for those who have been cooped up all winter. Camping, though, is not something that one can just decide to go do. A camping trip must be planned out and one must be aware of the elements and the surrounding area they are going to inhabit. One of the first things to do is decide where the camping will take place. The internet is a great place to search for camping grounds that are in the area, but traveling to a National Park for a camping vacation is also an option. Different sites have different amenities to suit a variety of needs. Some places have toilet and shower facilities while others may also include area entertainment. Many seasonal campers prefer to go backcountry camping, which is going camping out in a more remote location that does not include any amenities. Picking a destination first is important so campers know what type of equipment to get. Like any sport, having proper equipment is one of the most important factors. Playing basketball with a soccer ball just does not work and in the same way, camping without some essentials does not work. While many get fancy supplies and may camp in an RV (recreational vehicle), anyone who is wanting to go camping without breaking the bank will only need a few things: a good tent, a sleeping bag, cooking and food supplies, plenty of water or a way to filter water, a light source, clothes and a first aid kit. Depending on the comfort level, more may be needed. A good checklist can be found at http://www.lovetheoutdoors. com/camping/checklists.htmors.com/camping/checklists.htm. Other things that are important to know for camping are how to start a fire, how to cook camp food, how to set up a tent, knowing where to go hiking and how to keep property and campers safe from the wildlife. For those who enjoy camping or would like to know more, Lake Land College offers a camping class during the spring semester. Students have the opportunity to learn outdoor living skills, camping equipment and techniques and orienteering skills. During this two credit hour class, students will take two camping trips. To learn more about this class, contact Cedric Brown who is the current instructor for this course. If interested, keep a look out on the Hub or on IRIS for the spring 2015 semester. As always, when camping, make sure to take whatever is brought and leave nothing behind.
Photo by Kaitlyn Conrad One of the main essentials of camping is having a good tent. Finding a good camping site is one of the first things to do while planning a camping trip. Photo taken at East Bay Camp in Hudson, IL.
Fagbug, from page 24 words and add her own style. The makeover symbolizes the end of the first documentary, “Fagbug” and opens the door leading to the second phase of her journey in “Fagbug Nation.” In “Fagbug Nation,” Davies brings to an end her quest for all fifty states, gets married and talks to many more people along the way, catching their reactions to the car and the subject of inequality. When asking Stephens her reaction to the subject of
inequality she said “It was one of anger,” recalling a story of seeing her sister, Beverly, being discriminated against for being gay. After Stephens realized the “fagbug” was meant to promote equality she was glad to see the activism. Stephens, also a former JG-TC entertainment reviewer, thought the documentary was cultured and that Davies portrayed realism by hitting the street, asking everyday people from the top to the bottom. “She’s a great example
of how we can turn words around to mean ones of strength and pride.” The movie is close to finishing production and will be sent to over 100 film festivals. Davies explained her plans are to tour and promote the new movie for a couple years before she turns her focus on the children’s book she wrote “Rainbow Bug.” “Fagbug” the documentary and “Fagbug Nation” the trailer can be found on Neflix or Hulu.
Fish to fish for at Lake Mattoon and Lake Paradise Beth Koehler//Copy Editor Summer has a great number of activities that are fun to do, but one that people sometimes overlook is fishing. It is a delicious and cheap way to get some food and is a fun and relaxing way to spend a day. However, getting started can be difficult. After all, there is so much to consider when going fishing, and depending on where, the things needed can change dramatically. The most important thing to consider is the kind of fish intended to catch, which affects what equipment is required, such as the type of bait needed. At Lake Mattoon, only line and pole fishing is allowed, and no person is allowed to carry more than two poles, with no more than two hooks or lures per pole. Fish that can be caught at Lake Mattoon are the bluegill, the channel catfish, the common carp, crappie, the flathead catfish, the freshwater drum, the hybrid striped bass, the largemouth bass and the sauger. While the bluegill, the channel catfish, the common carp, and crappie are generally the most abundant, everything except the flathead catfish are considered acceptable to catch. The flathead catfish is encouraged to be released, rather than kept. At Lake Paradise, motorized boats are not allowed. Fish that can be found here include the bluegill, the carp, the channel catfish, the largemouth bass, the muskellunge (muskie), the tiger muskellunge (tiger muskie), the white crappie, the yellow bass and the yellow bullhead. Just keep in mind that fishing will certainly require some kind of fishing license, no matter where one goes, local or otherwise. Double check the requirements of any fishing spot before heading out!
Photo by Kaitlyn Conrad Fishing is a summer activity that can be done by individuals around the area. There are many places that allow fishing. Photo taken at East Bay Camp, Bloomington, Ill.
Staying afloat in the summer sun
Boating provides a wonderful way to stay active and outdoors this summer Frances Hebron//Staff Writer This summer, many people will be hitting the beaches and lakes for swimming, but swimmers are not the only ones who can enjoy the water. Boating is an awesome way for people who want to be on the water, but not necessarily in the water, to get their fix of the outdoors. There are various forms of boating, including motorized boating, such as speed boating, pontoon boating and non-motorized boating, such as canoeing, paddle boating and sail boating. These are all used for various, individual purposes. With motorized boating, water sports such as tubing, water skiing and wakeboarding come into play. Non-motorized boating
tends to be a more leisurely activity around this area, but traveling to larger river could pay off for those who seek a more thrilling adventure with white water rafting. Boats also provide an excellent spot for fishing and wildlife observation. Many fishermen prefer to fish from a boat as is assures a space that cannot be intruded upon by other fishers. It also offers the chance to catch fish that do not live near a shore. Regardless of activity level, boating is a wonderful way to get outside this summer Be adventurous, try something new and get out on the water.
Photo by Katelyn Hebron
Photo taken on Lake Shelbyville.
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