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November 2011

Lake Land’s

Season Lake Land honors a fallen soldier see page 7

Fighting for fun see page 11

see page 14

Netflix backs down see page 4

Taste & Travel see page 10

November Events

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Campus Events

October Home Sports

02 - SAB Event: Hot Names

Men’s Basketball

09 - SAB/CVA Event: Veterans Panel

10 - Blood Drive - Webb 081 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 11 - Veteran’s Day

16 - SAB Event: Thanksgiving Supermarket Bingo

11 - Laker Classic @ 8 p.m. 12 - Laker Classic - TBA 13 - Laker Classic - TBA 16 - Lincoln College @ 7:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball

23 - SAB Event: Frozen Turkey Bowling

09 - Lincoln Land College @ 6:30 p.m.

24 & 25 - Thanksgiving break; college closed

12 - Lincoln College @ 11 a.m.

30 - SAB Event: Air Brush Winter Scarves

30 - Lewis & Clark College @ 6 p.m.

SAB Can Food Drive: Now through November 16th, 2011, bring a can food to any SAB Event and your name will be put in a drawing to win a $100 Gas Card or 1 of 5 Subway Gift Cards.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Navigator staff!

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tion produced by the students, for the students of Lake Land College. The Navigator News serves to inform, entertain and enlighten the student community on topics of social importance. The Navigator News respects every

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Lake Land College or its employees. Editorial comments, unless accompanied by the author’s name, are reflective of the opinions of the majority of the Navigator News

The Collegiate Veterans Association will be putting flags out up and down Lake Land Blvd for Veterans Week.

Veteran’s Week activities Promoting awareness

By Megan E. Hammond Managing Editor

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Help your college help others By Danielle Wilson Staff Writer Each year, the Student Government Association and the American Red Cross host blood drives in Webb Hall. This year, the blood drive will be held on Nov. 10, in room 081, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will also be a second blood drive in the spring. “Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood

can only come from a volunteer donor,” the American Red Cross’ website stated. “Currently, only three out of every 100 people in America donate blood.” Donating is as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Show a photo ID, read materials and answer a list of health history questions; 2. Take a mini-health examination of vitals to check eligibility to donate; 3. Donate, which only takes a few minutes. This year, supplies for blood are at the lowest they have been

Lake Land College is lucky, and proud, to have a club called the Collegiate Veterans Association on campus. Why? The Collegiate Veterans Association (or the CVA), as described by this year’s president, Kenneth Finney, is a service-oriented club that helps veterans with whatever they need on campus. “Whether they need a ride or help with paperwork, it’s vets helping vets,” Finney said. The CVA also helps families of veterans. The CVA helps promote awareness of veterans, and the sacrifices they made, by putting on an extensive program of activities for the week of Veterans Day. They will start off the week with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 7 in the Field House. Throughout the week, they will have a variety of activities, including a Veterans Week Activity Day; there will be a ropes course, a simulated rifle game, and much more, for all students of LLC, not just veterans attending Lake Land. The CVA will also have a panel

in years, so donations are essential to keep the supply up. At the Nov. 10 blood drive, there will be snacks provided by the Red Cross. They include cookies, juice and chips. SGA will also supply pizza. Photo by

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discussion featuring several veterans of past wars. Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, there will be a breakfast for any and all veterans in the area. A moment of silence and closing ceremonies will take place at 7:30 a.m., in Webb Hall 081. Any money donated for the breakfast that is left over will go to the Veterans Scholarship fund. The CVA would like people to show their support for all veterans on Veterans Day by wearing red, white and blue. Also, in honor of Veterans Day, the CVA will have flags lined down Lake Land Boulevard and on campus. Finney hopes to create more awareness of veterans during Veterans Week this year. All of the activities the CVA will host during Veterans Week all go to fulfill one purpose: “For people to realize where this country came from,” said Finney, “and that the backbone of our society comes from people doing their patriotic duty.” For questions regarding the CVA, or Veterans Week activities, contact CVA advisors Danielle Downs or Eric Mueller.

Are you interested in working for The Navigator News? We are interested in hiring a brand new Layout and Design Editor for the Spring 2012 semester. If you believe you have the skills to design our paper and would like to apply, stop into the Student Life office for an application or email Megan Hammond at for more information.

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LLC secret brought to life By Danielle Wilson Staff Writer When Lake Land College students were asked if they had knowledge of the cemetery on the college’s ground, most said they did not have a clue, or were in shock. Lake Land College does, indeed, have a small cemetery located on the back side of the campus. Even though it is off the beaten path, it is a small, quiet, well-kept piece of history. Lake Land officials, when building the college back in 1966, never planned on having a cemetery, or burying anyone in it. But, it is a fact; Lake Land is the owner of the cemetery The cemetery is called Dry Grove Cemetery. It once belonged to a small country church, the Dry Grove Methodist Church. “This property, which was in two sections originally, was ceded by William Ferguson and his wife,

Nancy, on or about Jan. 19, 1869, to a group of men…who were the trustees of the Dry Grove Methodist Church and Cemetery,” the Coles County Genealogical Society’s website explained. “The sections were adjacent, the larger part consisting of about two acres. This section was known as the Old Cemetery Grounds, and is the oldest part of the cemetery as it exists today….The second section of the property consisted of about one acre located on the south side of the property and was the part where the church building stood.” The church is not on the grounds, anymore; it was moved to Trilla around 1890. Randy Ervin, chief of campus police, reported requests have been made once or twice a year, for someone to be buried there. Nonetheless, the last burial was in 1978. There are supposedly about 350 people buried in the small little cemetery.

The cool side of nerdy By Chardonnay Latch Business Manager Everyone has seen those television shows where nerds all go to the park, play around using “magic,” and role-play. Well, this is not like that. Mick Arney, a student at Lake Land College, has brought Dagorhir to campus, and it is spreading like wildfire. One might have noticed people on the lawn outside Laker Point, beating each other up with foam swords. That is Dagorhir. Arney said, “This is one of the closest things you can get to actually sword fighting without getting your head chopped off. It’s a very physical sport; almost on the same level as football, soccer, and rugby. It’s the ultimate exercise for couch potatoes.”

According to Dagorhir’s official website, it is “Dark Age Europe meets Tolkien’s middle earth in a safe and action-packed national live-action, battle game.” The rules are simple and easy to learn; they are, basically, just common sense. Players use padded weapons, and can have armor and a variety of different weapons; for professionals attending the events, there is certain “garb” to wear. It is easy to get involved. Arney wants everyone interested to feel free to join in. Every Friday from 10 a.m-1 p.m., occasionally on other days, Arney can be found with his swords; he is either in Laker Point awaiting a challenge, or out on the lawn giving a lesson, or doing battle. “Basically,” said Arney as he asked some people if they wanted to join, “you beat people with sticks. What’s more fun than that?”

“Basically, you beat people with sticks!”

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Tales from the crapper: Better a halfback than on my back By Harry Reynolds Copy Editor On campus, I sometimes feel like a halfback, dodging technology-savvy students engaged in texting. To be fair, not one of these interesting creatures – some of whom are very big (up and down, or sideways) -- has trampled me. The ability of young people to multi-task gives rise to something akin to jealousy. I tried walking and chewing gum once, only to run into a tree. My role at the Navigator is to copy-edit, which requires me to read everything going into the monthly newspaper. Editing critiques of computer games, these I do in the most rudimentary fashion. Typos, agreement of nouns and verbs, etc. – only the normal ingredients are within my reach. Before you rip this column out of the Navigator and set it on fire, which would be understandable considering nearly a half-century’s worth of years separate us, rest assured my observations are not the child of criticism, but amazement. The only texting I do is confined to exchanges with my 15-year-old grandson, Lennon. This is done more out of necessity than desire on my part. He rarely answers the phone; send a text message, and the reply is immediate. I was having a meal at a local restaurant recently, my mind racing in the direction of writing a fiery

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piece poking fun at texting, when my thoughts were interrupted by a guy in the next booth. The balding, middle-aged man was raving about the things he could do on his new phone. His companion sounded bored with the whole thing; considering the fact he waxed endlessly (he was still jabbering when I left), I almost stopped at his booth to offer my condolences to the woman. I was pushing a cart through a local supermarket when out of the blue came thundering a loaded cart, piloted by a shopper engaged in a phone conversation. I swerved just in time. Headed for home, a woman in a van nearly sideswiped me, before continuing down the road in a zigzag fashion. Turning a corner, another driver, also talking on his cell phone, nearly plowed into me. I would rather be a halfback on campus than on my back in the emergency room.

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The murder trial of Michael Jackson continues By Megan E Hammond Managing Editor On June 25, 2009, billions of people simultaneously grieved over the death of Michael Jackson, American musician and the talk of celebrity gossip for decades. Despite all of the past allegations against Jackson, America had lost a true icon to generations of people, and generations to come. The biggest question the public asked was, “How?” How did he die? How could someone let him die? How could someone who was so beloved in the hearts of many be taken away so easily? Jackson was pronounced dead as a result of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol; a dangerous drug Jackson was using to help him sleep at night. The man who helped Jackson administer the drug was none other than Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. Murray was charged Feb. 8, 2010, with the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson; he pleaded not guilty. His trial began Sept. 27, 2011. Murray is facing a maximum of four years in prison, as well as the loss of his medical license if found guilty.

David Walgren and Deborah Brazil, the prosecutors in the case, told the jury in their opening argument that “misplaced trust in the hands of Conrad Murray cost Michael Jackson his life.” According to a poll on the website of Anderson Cooper, over 75 percent of voters believe Conrad Murray is guilty of the death of Michael Jackson. However, after Jackson’s death, police found many drugs in his home, including the propofol which killed him. Some of these drugs were labeled under different names Jackson used in order to acquire them; others were unlabeled, according to ABC News. Police officials also believe Jackson had been suffering from an addiction to the pain medications, OxyCotin and Demerol. These circumstances lead some to believe Conrad Murray’s word is the truth; that Jackson nearly forced Murray to inject him with the propofol, and that the combination of so many drugs was what killed Jackson. According to Murray, he did everything possible to prevent Jackson’s death. The trial is estimated to last as long as six weeks, through the beginning of November. While there is much evidence against Murray, there is also history behind Jackson’s eccentricity and his drug abuse in his later years. Jackson’s

Michael Jackson in the Thriller era.

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death caused grief around the globe; though the public feels someone must be at fault, Murray is consistent on his innocence. Only a jury will be able to deliver a final verdict on who is at fault in the death of Michael Jackson.

American hikers finally get to come home By Chardonnay Latch Business Manager One million dollars bought the freedom of two college friends recently; they were released from prison after two long years. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29 years old, were hiking with Bauer’s fiancée, Sarah Shroud, along the border of Iraq’s Kurdistan region when they mistakenly crossed over into Iran. The friends were arrested by border patrol in July of 2009, and charged with entering the country illegally. They were later charged with espionage. While they denied the charges, they were found guilty and sentenced to eight years in prison.

“What about other Americans?” Shroud’s release was negotiated in September of 2010 because of medical concerns; as for Fattal and Bauer, their families’ lives would hang in

some sort of limbo over another year. “Today can only be described as the best day of our lives,” the families said in a statement on the day of release. “We have waited for nearly 26 months for this moment; and the joy and relief we feel at Shane and Josh’s long-awaited freedom knows no bounds.” While it was very good news for the families to have their loved ones back, the U.S. Government is hoping their release will aid them in something else as well. Another man, Robert Livingston, a former FBI agent, has been missing four years since traveling on business to a popular resort in Iran. There is reason to believe he is still alive; with the hiker’s homecoming, Sen. Bill Nelson hopes a spotlight will be shown on this cold case. Robert Levinson, a married man and father of seven, lived in Florida. He was last

seen March 9, 2007, while he was on a business trip working for a private investigative firm in Kish Island. ABC news said, “According to associates, Levinson had traveled to Kish to meet with an American fugitive accused of murdering a former Iranian official in suburban Washington in 1980. U.S. authorities said he was last seen after checking into a local hotel for the meeting. In March, Clinton said there were indications that he is still alive and being held somewhere in Southeast Asia.”

American hikers Sarah Shroud, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal return after long negotiations.

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GOP candidate spotlight By Logan Burgett New & Opinion Editor Herman Cain’s candidate stock has shot up as the leader in many polls. A Gallup Poll has Cain only two percentage points behind Mitt Romney, who leads the GOP field. The Atlanta native has held many significant positions, including working in ballistics in the U.S. Navy; vice president of Pillsbury; president of Godfather’s Pizza; and

head of the National Restaurant Association. Besides his chairmanship at the Federal Reserve in Kansas City, he does not hold a political career. His newness to the political scene has forced Cain to emphasize his plans, and beliefs -- without political credibility. Cain’s platform has been based on his bold economic plan, known as the 999 Plan. His proposal suggests America gets rid of the current tax system, and replace it with a 9-percent-income, flat tax;

a 9-percent-business, flat tax; and a 9-percent-nationwide, sales tax. His simple, catchy idea is generally popular across conservative and independent voters, but has been criticized from multiple outlets. During a recent GOP presidential candidate debate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman opposed the plan, suggesting the country needs more than a catchy title. “I thought it was the price of a pizza when I first heard it.”

This is not the first time Cain has expressed his views on economic issues. In 1994, Bill Clinton was confronted by then-Godfather CEO Cain, who opposed the president’s healthcare proposal, at a town hall meeting. After Clinton countered his criticism, Herman replied, “You are incorrect, sir.” Cain even ran for president in 2000 as a “political statement.” In 2004, Herman ran for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, where he finished second in the Republican primary.

This Month in History: Gunpowder Plot By Rex Colgrove Campus & Features Editor

On Nov. 5, 1605, a dozen men who felt threatened by King James I plotted to blow up the English Parliament houses – with the king inside. The plot was foiled, and the men were executed. Cain Herman get the nomination? Get it?

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20 years since U.S.S.R falls Russia becomes more democratic By Rex Colgrove Campus & Features Editor Twenty years ago, in December of 1991, the Soviet Union crumbled and dissolved into individual states, ending the era of communism as well as the Cold War; both difficult times for the United States and Russia. Ties between the two nations were not always that bad, though. In the 1940s, Russia and the United States worked side by side to quell the World War II Axis powers. Immediately following that conflict, though, the world shifted its focus to the spread of communism, ushering in the Cold War. “[The Soviet Union], which was built on a Communist ideology, was eventually transformed into a totalitarian state, in which the Communist leadership had complete control over the country,” ac-

cording to the website of the Cold War Museum in Virginia. Many factors contributed to the eventual downfall of the state, including economic crises; straying from original communist ideals; and constant rebellions by nonRussians. In 1985, when Mikhail Gorbachev was in power, he implemented freedom of speech and reconstruction, hoping this would help the people work together to rebuild the failing system. Ultimately, it worked better than he thought it would. “What Gorbachev did not realize was that by giving people complete freedom of expression, he was unwittingly unleashing emotions and political feelings that had been pent up for decades, and which proved to be extremely powerful when brought out into the open,” the website said. When everything started to go downhill, Estonia became the first

Now, every Nov. 5, the leader’s effigy is burned, and Parliament’s vaults are checked for bombs prior to assembly.

region to demand independence. Soon, a “Pandora’s Box” opened, and the snowball started rolling. Finally, a group of Communist extremists kidnapped Gorbachev and staged a coup d’état, which failed. The United Soviet Socialist Republic, or U.S.S.R, had seen its last. A new constitution for the Russian Federation was adopted in 1993. The government is complete with executive, legislative and judicial branches, as well as a president and prime minister. Also, freedom of speech, religion and the press are present, according to the United States Department of State website. Now, the politics in Russia very closely mirror democratic nations around the world; a lot of the unrest in the country has been settled. Also, since Barack Obama’s election as President of the United States, Russia-U.S. ties have im-

proved greatly, the Department of State claims. For more information regarding Russia’s current status, visit Photo from

This propaganda poster from WWII demonstrates the Soviet and U.S. ties. Those years were followed by mistrust until the U.S.S.R. collapsed 20 years ago December.

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Student steps up By Catey Harshman Sports & Entertainment Editor If you happened through the ladies’ restroom in Neal Hall the morning of Sept. 29, or 30, you might have seen something a little odd. Lake Land student Katy Hogan dressed as Cleopatra for her History of Western Civilization class, which recently finished a unit on Ancient Rome. Hogan participates in the Honors Program on campus. As part of it, she works with her professors to create more difficult coursework. This was one of those assignments. She got the costume from a shop in Sullivan; and did research, so she was well-versed in the life and times of Cleopatra.

Then, she sat down in front of two sections of Western Civilization classes and answered questions, mainly from the professor, but also a few from her fellow students, about “her” life. The questions asked were widely varied, ranging in topics from her political life, in which she was constantly under threat of usurpation from her younger brother and his group of advisors; to the personal, regarding the nature of her affair with Marc Anthony, as well as several others. At one point, “Cleo” was accused of incest when it was revealed she had married her brother. She was also called several “not-so-nice” names in light of her many sexual encounters with the men in power during her time. It was all in good fun, and the

professor made sure Hogan was comfortable with the material. But, keep in mind, the things Cleopatra did might not have been viewed with the same outrage as they might be today. Hogan had her choice of historical figures, but said she enjoys the story of Cleopatra and respects that she fought for what she wanted. She is also considering doing this same type of project for other units. Of course, most students would think she was crazy for taking on extra homework, but Hogan said it is more than worth the effort for the boost it will give her résumé. For more information on the Honors Program, visit honors or email Maria Boerngen, the Honors Program Director, at

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Honors student chooses to make her classes more difficult

Katy Hogan dressed as Cleopatra for her History class project.

November 12-16 International Education Week

is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. We encourage the participation of all individuals interested in international education and exchange to take part of the activities this week, so be on the lookout around campus for information on all the events!

To give honor where honor is due Thank you, Sergeant Timothy Sayne By Chardonnay Latch Business Manager Coles County honored another fallen soldier on September 25, as Sergeant Timothy Sayne was brought from Coles County airport in Mattoon to the Hall Chapel Funeral home. His visitation and funeral were both held in his hometown of Effingham, where not only friends and family gathered, but also others who wished to honor the fallen hero and pay their respects, as well as comfort his family. Serving three years in the

military, Sergeant Sayne was killed on September 18. The Effingham daily news said this, “The 31-year-old U.S. Army sergeant died of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a pressure-plate improvised explosive device in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Sept. 18. Sayne is the second casualty from the Effingham area in the war in Afghanistan. Warrant Officer 2nd Class Christopher Donaldson died when his Army helicopter crashed in a mountainous region of Afghanistan on May 5, 2006.”

The funeral procession, which was supposed to travel through Mattoon, had to be detoured because of two separate and unrelated vehicle crashes. Law officials from Effingham County and from a number of area counties safeguarded the procession from the airport to the funeral home. Hundreds of people turned out along the route, and as the procession passed in front of Lake Land College, it was a sobering sight indeed. The misty eyes of onlookers spoke volumes of thanks to this late, but never to be forgotten hero.

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National American Indian Heritage Month Setting facts straight By Rex Colgrove Campus & Features Editor

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This photo from 1963 depicts traditional Aztec clothing and an Aztec dance.

Most people remember American Indians on the fourth Thursday of every November, gathering around the dinner table to gorge, and recall the first Thanksgiving. The truth is there is a whole month dedicated to American Indians, and, very aptly, it is November. Although movements for an “Indian Day” date all the way back to the 1910s, it was not until “President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian

Heritage Month” that the remembrance became official, according to Part of the reason for a heritage month like this one is to examine the history of a particular culture, and learn about it to help keep it alive. So, in honor of this month, it is time to set some facts straight. First, Christopher Columbus did not discover the New World, “America.” Amerigo Vespucci, its namesake, didn’t discover it either. The Indians discovered it tens of thousands of years ago. According to the “Handy History Answers Book,” from Visible Ink Press, modern American Indi-

Exploring the mysteries of Vo-Tech By Megan E. Hammond Managing Editor Tucked away between the Luther Student Center and Webb Hall is a building many Lake Land students pass by nearly every day, but are unaware of what goes on within it. The building is usually called VoTech, a small name for a place that has so many big projects going on inside. Vo-Tech is the shortened term for Lake Land’s Vocational/Technical degree programs, comprised of the automotive, welding, and power-

plant mechanics classes. Within Vo-Tech, students can learn how to repair cars, or weld machinery, or learn the ins and outs of power-plant technology. While not much is heard from Vo-Tech (some students do not even know what, or where Vo-Tech is), it affects LLC in more ways than one. There are approximately 65 automotive students, and 66 welding students this semester; freshmen and sophomores included. Many the classes within the Vo-Tech programs are module, very structured, and hands-on. Sometimes, students can even have their cars repaired at Vo-Tech for a small fee for labor and the pur-

ans are descendants of Asians who came to America when the Bering Strait froze over. Between 50,000 and 40,000 B.C. as well as between 26,000 and 8,000 B.C., Asians crossed the land bridge between Asia and North America, likely following food. By 8,000 B.C., the “new Americans” had traveled all the way to the south tip of South America. So, when the European explorers “discovered” America, they were almost 10,000 years behind the new Native American people, according to the book. Second, the different tribes of American Indians are almost like oil and water to each other. They have

many similarities, but historically, they were all very different. Some tribes hunted, while others farmed. Some were more artistic and “cultured” than others. This is what, in turn, separated Iroquois from Apache, Sioux from Navajo, and all the others apart from each other. Each “tribe” was more like a nation in itself. Despite the differences, this month is a time to reflect on the history and the struggles of all the American Indians. After all, they were here first. They deserve something, don’t they?

Sing, sing, sing The LLC Community Choir By Lori Wolc Staff Writer Lake Land College features many extracurricular activities for all interest areas. From agriculture and future educators clubs, to swordfighting and welding, Lake Land has it all. One of the many activities individuals can participate in is the Community Choir. The choir is open to LLC students, staff and members of the community as long as they are over the age of 18. No audition is required. At the moment, the choir has 55 members. Members can get one chase of all parts, but it all depends on what the automotive class is learning at the time. The same goes for welding students. Last year, a local woman asked if the welding class could make her a stocking tree for Christmas stockings. Debbie Bowling, secretary for the Vocational / Technical programs, believes vocational technology prepares students for many professions. “They are learning here if they want to get a job with Ameren, or something like that,” Bowling said. Bowling also said Vo-Tech participates in a number of activities. This fall, students took part in the

hour of college credit for singing in the choir. Registration at Lake Land, however, is not required, and those who do not register pay no fees to be in the choir. According to the Lake Land website, rehearsals for the choir started on September 27. The choir plans to have its concert at 3 p.m., Nov. 20. The choir will be singing a number of songs, including those from Broadway, Christmas carols from the United States and Great Britain and gospel tunes. The choir is directed by Nancy Caldwell. For more information abou the chior, she can be reached at (217) 234-5464. Coles County Dragway races, and on Oct. 15, they competed in the King of the College race. The automotive club also hosts a car show every May and donates proceeds from food vendors and voluntary donations to charity. The welding club is in the middle of a club fundraiser for which it is raffling off many welding tools and accessories. The club hopes to donate any extra money from the raffle to Shriners’ Hospitals for Children. So while Vo-Tech is small, the happenings within are on a very large scale. For questions concerning the fundraisers, or getting cars repaired, call Debbie Bowling at 217-234-5306.

Opinion- 09

Common cents count for something By Catey Harshman Sports & Entertainment Editor

would save just by buying cheaper materials to use in the coins? Or, what if they just made them with less of that material? Simple math can tell you the Mint spent $22 million in 2009, just to continue making those expensive pennies and nickels. It was a staggering $70 million the prior year. Of course, there are people who want to take it a step further. They believe that since nothing can be bought for a penny, it is relatively worthless. Prices have inflated so much since the penny’s conception, that it is no longer truly necessary to our monetary system. Therefore, we should just get rid of it entirely. A prominent author, John Greene, is a proponent of this plan. He points out the “Opportunity Costs” of having the penny, which is an economics term that basically means “time is money.” Each year, we spend $1 billion using the coins that cost us an extra $22 million to make.

When it comes to politics, I am a proponent of the Common Sense Party -- which, of course, doesn’t seem to exist. But, when you hear about a new policy that could save the country $1 billion each year (or more), you would think people would pay attention. However, that doesn’t seem to be happening, so I am here to tell you: pay attention. It costs the U.S. Mint 1.7 cents to make a penny, 6.1 for a nickel. Considering they are used as a single-cent, and a five-cent piece, respectively, something must be wrong. Those coins are worth more as metal than as money. I am not suggesting you melt some down. That is illegal. But, can you imagine how much money the U.S. Mint

A debate on the drinking age By Logan Burgett News & Opinion Editor Lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 never seemed like a good idea to me. Observing the “bros” who hammered the liquor away every weekend for a social position, and the fact that I have never drank, factored my position to keep it as it is. I was very excited to discover that the group The Pains of Being Pure at Heart were performing in Champaign to close out the Pygmalion Music Festival late this September. My anticipation for the performance was quickly killed due to the fact the legal age to be in the bar venue they were performing at was 19 by city law. I was angry. It hit me. As an 18-year-old male, I can be drafted into the military, live on my own, be married, purchase lottery tickets,

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smoke cigarettes, chew tobacco, walk into a strip club that doesn’t serve alcohol, and stay out as late as I wanted. However, being surrounded by alcohol, or consuming it, is a “grown up thing.” By law, I am one of those “grown ups”. The argument that “If you are old enough to die for your country, you should be old enough to drink” had been presented to me in the past, but I never really grasped how stupid and reasonless the 1984 National Minimum Drinking Age Act was until it affected me. Even after I was over my frustrations, I sympathized for the “bros” who tainted my age group by heavy drinking. They had the same privileges and punishments I previously listed, but they couldn’t legally purchase alcohol. Even though their lifestyle choice is stupid, the choice to ban many adults from consumption is even stupider.

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Changing times of gender associated jobs By Danielle Wilson Staff Writer Today’s society is more accepting of lesbians, homosexuals, and bisexuals; as well as men and women in jobs traditionally limited to one sex. Ten years ago, it would have been as rare to see women on police forces, or even as firefighters, as it would have been to see male teachers, nurses, or even makeup artists. I see a future allowing women to be strong; no longer dominated by males. Recently on the To-

day Show, they were saying women are choosing to remain single longer. They are allowing themselves to prevail in the job force. Women are furthering their education to pursue higher jobs. I am one of two females in a career path at Lake Land College meant for men. Firefighting is usually perceived as male-dominated; but a changing society is opening such a career for women. Males were once looked down on if they wanted to

be teachers, or even male nurses. It was hardly thought of; the key to change is a changing society. Yes, there will always be those who still chose to discriminate, thinking women, or men do not belong in reverse-role jobs. I say if people choosing these fields of work are capable of doing the exact same job as their male or female counterparts, then why hold them back from their dream to do what makes them happy?

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Frugal shopping and jitters galore By Brian Holt Staff Writer New to Lake Land, or would just like to know where to shop and eat? You have come to the right place. If you are looking for classic items, vintage clothing, or just a good deal, then the Catholic Charities is a great place. They have just about anything you can think of in their enormous inventory. Since everything they sell was donated to them to begin with, they can price their clothing from $1-$10 per item (many still have their tag/never worn).

Occasionally they even have special sales like “Wear a Funny Hat” day where everyone who walks in wearing a funny hat gets a voucher for a free shirt or pair of pants. Or if you bring in an item of food such as soup, peanut butter or cereal through the month of October, again you will get a voucher. But there is only one way to really know what the deals are: you must shop there often. How do you get there? Starting at Lake Land, turn left (North) onto route 45. Then follow 19th street to Dewitt Avenue where you will turn left again. Just over a mile later you will find this rather

non-descript building opposite Rural King. On the way to the Catholic Charities, feel free to stop at Common Grounds on the corner of Charleston and 17th, one block east of 45. Open since 1998, they have a full menu in addition to their coffees. Their occasional specials, like the Candy Cane Mocha for Christmas, are sure to help as you use their free Wi-Fi to get your homework done. Don’t worry, there is plenty of seating. Is a study-group more your style? Meeting Grounds is their 40 seat gathering room which is rent free (with food/drink purchase).

Or if you would rather sit back and hear some good music try the contemporary church group Fields any Saturday night at 7:07 or any other live band that occasionally entertains there. If you are not sure what to try, owner Mindy Cordes would recommend either the turkey breast sandwich or chicken Panini, baked potato soup, and a caramel macchiato. Much of their food is handmade, though their cheesecake comes from the Cheesecake Factory. The décor is a highlight, art by local artists on display through the Mattoon Art Council.

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Netflix proves not-so-Qwik(-ster)

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By Catey Harshman Sports & Entertainment Editor If you keep up with the trends, you probably know about Netflix, and heard something about what it did this summer – just, maybe, you did not know what it was all really about. In mid-July, subscribers got an email from Netflix officials saying streaming and DVDs would be split up, and would cost $7.99 per month, each. Since it used to be $9.99 for both, everyone raged. A lot of people canceled their subscriptions. I was one of the disappointed, but still-loyal, subjects who just decided to go without DVDs in the mail. Netflix also decided, in a burst of genius, to create an entirely new service, called Qwikster, for its DVDs. So, instead of getting movies online and through the mail from Netflix, you would only stream from Netflix, and only order DVDs from

A chart of the value of Netflix’s stock over the past year.

Qwikster. An online comic, called The Oatmeal, summed it up very nicely. In the strip, which can be found at . It depicted Netflix as a sandwich shop that first decided to increase its prices by 60 percent; then decided to sell only meat and condiments, directing its customers next door for buns.

However, because of the huge backlash, Netflix received for this move, it canceled that idea (the ingenious gone). But, it said, “the July price change was necessary;” so that will stay. Of course, I have always believed numbers tell the best story. Netflix’s stock has been, more-or-less, steadily rising since it started. But,

it hit its peak about a third through July, and has been downhill (moreor-less) ever since. I highly doubt that is a coincidence. With the growing popularity of Hulu (another streaming service), and the pending release of the Amazon tablet (which includes a large selection of streamable content), I have a feeling Netflix won’t come out on top. But, we’ll see.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 A performance that will change how you experience live music By Delane Young Layout & Design Editor The Canopy Club housed a soldout crowd on Oct. 2. People from up to several hours away, had gathered for the experience. Some were there for the first time; others were long-time veterans, and huge fans. Dressed to party, and armed with

glow-sticks, the crowd slowly filled the venue. Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) took the stage around 9 p.m. This was my first time seeing them perform. I had no idea what to expect; I just knew all my companions were really pumped about the show. We spent the first few hours in the middle of a sea of sweating, fist-pumping,

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STS9 shows combine passionate electronic rock music and spectacular lighting.

dancing fans. It may sound unappealing, but between the surreal atmosphere of the light show and the instrumental, electronic, rock performance, the only thing that mattered was losing yourself in that moment. No one in the building could really dance; not one person cared. That is not what it was about. The band took a short intermission about two hours later; the audience searched for water and fresh air. I found my way to the balcony in the back of the venue, for the remainder of the show. I had to be careful as I climbed the stairs. You would have thought the sprinkler system had gone; the floors were soaked. The humidity from the energy of the crowd had condensed on the cold concrete. I found a seat and experienced the vibes from a whole different perspective. I could see the lights play on every wall, and body, in the room. I watched the waves of dancers move to the music. You could try to describe it as a rocking, psychedelic, dance marathon. Accurate or not, one thing certain about STS9: the emotion in its sound is one of a

kind. This is what moved the crowd and brought it back for more. Toward the end of the set, one of the members of the band made a comment about the energy they were picking up from the crowd as they went into the last song, “EHM.” The adrenaline in the crowd, by this point, was immeasurable. As the lights surged during the chorus, everyone shouted in an almost ethereal manner, “Whoo”. “Baraka” was the encore song. About halfway through, I noticed the crowd stopped moving. This final performance was by far the most powerful. As the songs died down, a guy in front of me could only put his hands on his head and scream, “That was awesome.” I was on the verge of an anxiety attack. With a huge smile on my face, I tried to catch my breath. Words will do it no justice. Just trust me when I say it moved everyone in that room. The only thing I can suggest is to look up the songs from that performance on YouTube. They are there. Then, try to catch a show next time they are around. It is worth every second, and every penny.

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“I did not hit her; I did not. Oh, hi, Mark!”

Wiseau’s “The Room” paints beauty in each stroke By Logan Burgett News & Opinion Editor Terrible acting; unsynchronized vocal dubs; a storyline that makes little sense; and audience members recreating scenes in front of the screen; would usually get in the way of an enjoyable movieviewing experience. However, those elements amplified the greatness of it, and made Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room” an experience I will never forget. The audience surrounding me was made up of first-time viewers, and veterans. When the lights shut off, the crowd’s focus went from the side conversations to the cult clas-

sic projected on the screen. Cheers erupted as the initial credits listed Tommy Wiseau as the Johnny (The star), producer, casting director, and editor. Suddenly….. “Spoon!” The dozens of spoons thrown over my head at the screen after the crowd noticed the unexplained photo of the silverware minutes into “The Room” in the background, explained the handfuls of plastic spoons handed to us at the door of the Champaign Art Theatre. The uncensored theater allowed the audience to yell whatever it wanted. When Johnny faced trust issues with his fiancée, Lisa, almost every voice contributed in unison to the movie’s most popular

quotation with, “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!” The quotations were not the pinnacle of fan dedication. While Johnny and his friends tossed the football -- a couple of feet from each other -- at alleys, rooftops, parks, and in tuxedos; a girl sporting an Eastern Illinois University sweatshirt, and her friends, joined along in America’s pastime with their own pigskin right in front of the screen. Being surrounded by dedicated fans, hurled silverware and other events, made “The Room” a cinematic masterpiece; and an adven-

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Tommy Wiseau makes “The Room” a great story and experience.

ture any open-minded individual should pursue. In Tommy’s own words, it is a “great story, Mark”.

Evanescence: an album for the fans By Delane Young Layout & Design Editor

sings: “I’ve been screaming on the inside and I know you feel the pain. Can you hear me? Can you hear me?” before busting into a lyric-less chorus, “Ahhh…” This outcry gives the song some extra power without

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After a long hiatus, and much musical exploration and identity searching, Amy Lee finally returned to the airwaves. She did so, surprisingly, with the same line-up we saw at the end of the last tour in 2007. The five of them released a self-titled album - together. That is partly why it is their self-titled record. It was written as a band; a new strategy for Lee. The other part: the band said it was inspired by the love and support it still has from its massive world-wide fan base. That is what moved the band to get back together and write another record. It is about falling back in love with that part of their lives. The record opens with “What You Want,” the lead single off the album. Lee says to live your life the way that makes you happy. “Made of Stone,” is a nice contrast. This track continues the heavy energy in a darker manner: “It’s never enough

for you, baby/I don’t want to play your game anymore.” And it is obvious early on, this band hasn’t lost its touch. “The Change” is another song with lines that can be relatable to relationship struggles. Lee

Amy Lee and the gang return after 5 years with another #1 debuting album.

needing words. Later in the album, we hear the first true ballad, “Lost in Paradise.” Comparable to its 2003 single, “My Immortal”, Lee proves once again her ability to rip everyone’s heart out. The exact opposite end of the spectrum hits the listener next with “Sick.” This one is dark and heavy, and almost reminiscent of the band Tool. Almost. The pace stays strong through to the closing track, “Swimming Home.” Written during a very experimental phase during its hiatus, this one brings hope and peacefulness to the closure of the standard edition of the record. A deluxe version was also released with four bonus tracks that are very much worth a listen. Evanescence took some time off to grow and mature, and that is definitely present in this album. Longtime fans can sigh with relief. This band definitely did not lose its identity. If you enjoyed the band in the past, especially its debut album “Fallen,” I suggest getting your hands on a copy.

Shotgun Manor brings the horror to life By Catey Harshman Sports & Entertainment Editor Saturday, Oct. 22, proved an exciting night for many children in Sullivan. The local haunted house, Shotgun Manor, put on its third annual “Night of the Living Zombie

March.” Participants came from all over, some traveling from as far as Champaign (an hour’s drive) to have their faces painted by the pros, and to show off their scary costumes. I was given the honor of being a “celebrity judge” for the parade. We awarded tickets and

TNT Pizzeria gift certificates to the Best Male Zombie, Best Female Zombie, Best Child Zombie, and Best Zombie Hunter. And at the end, everyone got Twinkies and Snowballs. Then everyone either got in line to go through the haunted house,

or went into the house to do the scaring. My cameraman and I were able to get backstage passes, and we sat down with a few of the actors who worked in the house. Surprisingly, most of the actors were only in high school. (continued on page 13)

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Shotgun Manor Shotgun Manor operates every Friday and Saturday night in October, and will put available kids in open spots. They do not assign spots, or costumes, and because they are a non-profit organization, This mime was entertaining the crowd as they waited to go through the house. She would only spell out her answers to our questions, telling us her name was Priscilla and that she is 17, and from Windsor.

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they do not pay their actors, either. ither. But, they provide a sense of community found nowhere else. And the house is able to provide its actors with a hot meal and a safe place to go each night, a rar rare occurrence for some of th the kids. Those I talked to s said they were there beca cause of friends, or family, an and to scare people. We were able to walk alk thr through the house shortly before it opened, and see the actors ctors in th their spots. It usually takes s 2030 minutes to walk through, h, and in includes several twisting corridors and tiny, angular rooms ooms where spooks wait. The corridors and rooms are torn down and rebuilt each year. With the lighting alternating between dancing colors, white strobes, and darkness, we were kept on our toes. Although the house had a futuristic theme this year, we saw every sort of spooky sight as we walked through

Actor Adam Hostetter, a senior from Windsor, is also in his first year, and said he enjoys making people scream in terror.



becuase most of the actors choose their own costumes. There were several clowns and ghouls, as well as a few things we had never seen before. Unfortunately, we missed getting pictures of Joshua Davis, an 8th grader from Sullivan who said he enjoys making people cry while working in a drop-down window as a clown, and Grant Cooper, a

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12-year-old also from Sullivan who helped with the zombie makeup for the march and is in his second year at the haunt. And although the house will be closed by the time you read this, it will be back up and running next October, and just as spooky. They will start working in the summer, and are always looking for more help. Find Shotgun Manor on Fa-

Serbian volleyball team loses a valuable asset By Catey Harshman Sports & Entertainment Editor Dejana Ludoski (Dey-ahn-uh Loo-dosh-key) is not a typical sophomore on the Lake Land volleyball team. She hails from Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia; and only moved to the U.S. when she started her freshman year at Lake Land College. Of course, choosing to leave Serbia and all of her friends and family was not an easy decision. Ludoski grew up playing volleyball – in fact, she has been playing for 12 years. She was offered a spot on the Serbian volleyball team, but there was a problem. Serbians are expected to either play, or learn – not both. Ludoski understood she would not be able to play volleyball her entire life. She wanted something that would last forever – an education. In the U.S., doing both would be possible. So, she contacted an agency, and it gave her lists of colleges to choose from. In order to raise her test scores

and perfect her English, she decided to attend a junior college first. Because she wanted to play volleyball, she looked for a D1 college; which made it one of the best schools for athletics. Lake Land College was a D1; and had already contacted her about coming to LLC. None of the other colleges had, plus Lake Land was rated as the seventh-best junior college in the nation. So, for her, it was an easy pick. After 12 years, most people would tire of a hobby. Ludoski said she still loves it. At first, being an only child, her teammates were her siblings. She loved being surrounded by friends; having a chance to travel, and enjoying the rush of a close game. She still enjoys all of that, but now has a chance to be a good role model as well. She also enjoys coaching kids in volleyball. When she came to the U.S., she was amazed how rural it is. Coming from Belgrade, she was used to city life. Since Serbians cannot drive until they are 18, she walked

everywhere. The hardest thing to get used to was being alone, away from her family, and independent. Americans do a lot of things alone; that was new for her. As far as playing volleyball for Lake Land, she prefers being an outside hitter, where she can hit more balls, and do more for the team. She loves to tip and spike the ball, because they are smart moves. They are hard for the other team to return. She thinks this year’s team has a good chance to win the conference. Her first year, she struggled to learn the rules of American volleyball; they are much more relaxed than Serbian rules. She thought the team, as a whole, was just missing a little something. But, this year, the team has it all. Volleyball is 10-percent body; 90-percent mind; the teams are more focused, dedicated, and ready to win. At games, friends yell, “Go Serbian Sniper,” a nickname they gave her for all the “kills” she

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Dejana, a Serbian student at Lake Land.

makes on the volleyball court. To be nice, they learned how to say it in her native tongue -- Serbian. She also speaks Bosnian and Croatian, which are very similar; as well as English, Spanish, and a little bit of German and Italian. Serbia is located west of Romania; it is landlocked, and across the Adriatic Sea from Italy.

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Live to drag By Leah Oathout Staff Writer The smell of burning rubber, the sound of screaming tires, and the eight to nine seconds it takes to reach the finish line are what drag racers live for. And, though few outside the club know it, Lake Land Automotive Club racers are no exception. The club has had a fantastic season, culminating in the King of College Race on Oct. 15 at Coles County Dragway USA. For those unfamiliar with drag racing and its terminology, here are a few quick basics. The dragway is a two-lane, eighth-of-a-mile track; the goal is to reach the finish line first. Each car has a dial, or a time, it cannot exceed. This is put into a computer which then sets the lights for the starting tree. Theoretically, the cars should reach the finish at the same time. For example, a street SUV with a dial-in of 12.89 seconds, would get a head start over a turbo sports car with a dial-in at 6.02. If everything is identical, the vehicles should reach the finish line together. The key is to have a better reaction time. This is how long it takes for a driver to get off the line when the tree turns green. When it comes to the tree, LLC students are becoming notorious for chopping it down. In the King of College Race, Jason Lord, a Sportsman driver, represented Lake Land in the 1993 Pontiac Firebird owned by the Auto Club.

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King of College is a doubleelimination showdown between LLC, Parkland, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. It was a tough battle between LLC and Parkland, each winning one race. Then SIUC outran Parkland and it became LLC versus the defending champions. Lord had a solid reaction time (0.6429,) and a good run (8.7631); but the SIUC driver was just a little bit better, winning only by a few tenths of a second. Once again, the King of College Trophy will be residing down in Carbondale until next October. “It’s very frustrating,” Lord said. Though temporarily banged up, the LLC team is determined to win next year. “SIU[C] is good,” Lucas Doteman, another Sportsman driv-

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er, said, “but that trophy is coming home with us.” Terry “Scotty” Adams, an automotive instructor and manager of the racing section of the Auto Club, was very pleased with the night. “The car was running consistently, and everyone is improving. Next season is going to be awesome.” If the novice racers, who participated in the regular races also on Oct. 15, are still around, SIUC is going to have plenty to worry about. The husband and wife tag-team, Brad and Leagha Effner, were the two students selected to run the LLC car in the Novice division. Brad went out in the third round; but Leagha continued until the final round, where she, unfortunately, red-lighted, and was disqualified.

Though she was happy to get a trophy, she said, “[It] should’ve been a first.” Other students who ran their own cars were Jenny Shirley, David Spivey, and Dough Longstreet. Shirley went the farthest, reaching the final four before being beaten by Leagha Effener in the LLC car. “I’ve got some bling for my car now!” Shirley exclaimed after receiving her Final 4 sticker. It is too late to join the races now, but the car will be coming back out in April for Test-and-Tune, with the first race being in early May. This is an official sport, so there are rules and regulations; students interested are always welcome to stop by the Vo-Tech building to pick up information.

Laker Baseball demonstrates great skill on the field By Rex Colgrove Campus & Features Editor Lake Land College may not be a massive university that has its sports games televised, but it competes like one. In a double-header exhibition match against Illinois Central College (ICC) on Oct. 8, the Lakers baseball team demonstrated great skill and finesse; they put on quite a show for spectators. But, it wasn’t just play. Before

the game, the team members had to wet the dirt on the field, and stripe it. They worked together and finished quickly. During the games, players not participating were running the scoreboard and retrieving behind-the-stands, fly balls. The baseballs they didn’t retrieve, however, were the out-of-park homers, including two by sophomore Bryce Taylor; and one each by sophomore Vince Anello, and freshman Romer Portes. The reaction time of players in

the outfield was also very impressive. A couple of would-be triples by ICC players were quickly stopped by some incredible, outfield dive catches. The Lakers seemed to work well under pressure, as the outfielders demonstrated; however, when up to bat, they were even better. In the first inning of the first game, Lake Land had two outs, but was still able to get four runs. In addition, the team started the game trailing 6-0; it quickly made its way back,

finishing the first game 11-11. Freshman Micah Wolfe demonstrated some great work, as he pitched the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings of that game; ICC didn’t score a point during that time. Freshman and sophomores together, the Lakers demonstrated some great teamwork on the field. Of course, improvements can always be made; and they will be spending this winter working out the kinks in order to prepare for a great spring season.

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