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Learn to prevent a dead-end road â€œScott Pilgrim vs. The Worldâ€? reviewed see page 11
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– Navigator News on stands and online: www.navigatornews.org – SAB Event: Don’t gain the freshman 15!, 11am Theater
– SGA Petitions & SAB applications due @ 4:30pm, Student Life Office – Last Day for Refund for full semester classes
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– Labor Day, college closed – Volleyball: Millikin JV vs LLC, 6:30 pm Field House – SAB Event: Thinkfast gameshow, 11am Theater – Volleyball: John A. Logan vs LLC, 6:30 pm Field House – Family night at Kluthe center, Drive-in movie: Shrek Forever After, FREE Begins at dusk – Board of Trustees meeting, 6 pm Kluthe Center – SGA elections begin on IRIS, 8 am – SGA elections end, 6 pm – Lake Land College celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month – SAB Event: Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off Event, 11am Laker Point – Volleyball: Lincoln Land vs. LLC, 6:30 pm Field House – Special Olympics Family Festival, all day, LLC Campus TO VOLUNTEER STOP BY THE STUDENT LIFE OFFICE – Relay For Life, Peterson Park Mattoon, TO VOLUNTEER STOP BY THE STUDENT LIFE OFFICE – Student Leadership Workshop I, 2 pm – 4 pm Webb Hall 081. Attend all 4 workshops over the fall semester and have it documented on your transcript. For more info – stop by the Student Life Office. – SAB Event: Sex Signals, 11am Theater – Volleyball: Southwestern IL, 6:30 pm Field House – RAINN Day, See table display in Student Center Lobby – SAB & Intramurals Event: Whiffleball Tournament, 11am Field House – Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker, 11am Theater – Volleyball: Rend Land vs. LLC, 6:30 pm Field House – Volleyball: Jefferson College vs. LLC, 6:30 pm Field House
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In spring 2010, the Lake Land College Learning Resource Center (LRC), the library on campus, was shut down and construction began to give the library a new look, more space for conference rooms and offices and more storage. Director of Facilities Planning Mike Kasdorf talked about all the new things that were in store, such as lounge areas, geothermal heating/cooling units, automatic doors and much, much more! “All the computers in the library will be on the first level,” said Kasdorf, motioning all around the center of the building. There are a few study and lounge areas sprinkled on the first level of the library and there will be new, automatic doors and the previously perilous elevator is being replaced with a much safer, working one. The entire upper level is to be used for offices and conference rooms, most equipped with the option of using electronic media, and all with energy efficient lights that use motion sensors to detect when people are in the room. If you walk into the room, the light flickers on; if you walk out, it quickly turns off. To make an even more energy-efficient library, the upper level is also where the geothermal heating and cooling units are
stored. Instead of making heat or cold air and having the excess go nowhere, the geothermal units recycle the excess and keep using it, creating the ability to heat only the rooms that need to be heated or cool the rooms that need to be cooled. The entire lower level is mostly offices, storage and more conference rooms, but it also holds the brand new restrooms and within them is the latest handdrying technology. While some students are in a fuss over why the library has not been finished by the start of fall semester, Kasdorf wants students to know that while he cannot guarantee it, renovations will be hopefully completed by the end of September, and everything should be moved in by the end of October. Until then, remember to visit the temporarily relocated LRC in the Northeast building, room 116.
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Dropping a class 101
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and time, required textbook, professor’s availability, attendance policy, grading policy and other facets of the instructor’s guidelines. Likewise, the syllabus will contain what the instructor expects of the students. Some examples include participation, attendance, assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. Consequently, if a student is concerned with any portion of the syllabus, it would be wise to discuss it promptly with the instructor and ask for clarification. Without a one-on-one conversation, hypothetically speaking, the instructor could later state all of this information is included in my syllabus so the student should have dropped the class early on if they did not like the way in which it was set up. Under the circumstances, remaining in a difficult or demanding class can actually impair a student’s grades in their other courses. It is basic human nature to work harder in a problematic class to achieve an adequate grade. Regrettably, a students’ determination to achieve well in a challenging class can actually undercut the students remaining classes, causing them to score lower in one’s remaining curriculum. If it is impossible to get a good grade, and there is no possible
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In a perfect world, dropping a course would be an uncomplicated decision. There are numerous instances when a student must determine if dropping a course is the proper action to take. There are times when a student must back away and drop a course before the semester begins to accelerate—feasible options can quickly diminish once the semester gains momentum. Dropping any class is a serious step, not a trivial matter to be entered into without due consideration. There are perfectly legitimate reasons to drop a class. Similarly, there are valid reasons to remain in a course. Generally, on the first day of class a course syllabus is distributed to students. The syllabus is unquestionably one of the single most important documents a student will ever receive from their instructor. More importantly, however, is that the syllabus acts as a contract between the instructor and the student. The syllabus details to students what the instructor will bring to the course. Typically, the syllabus will contain the correct course section, name of the class, the designated meeting days
way that to pull this grade up by the end of the semester, than the only recourse may be to drop the class. Normally, having a ‘W’ on a transcript looks better to transferring universities than having a ‘C’ or below. A warning for students who are considering dropping a course—there may be consequences if one falls below full-time status. Full-time status, at Lake Land College, is a minimum 12 hours during the spring and fall semesters, six hours during the summer semester. The method of payment for college tuition can directly affect and influence one’s ability to drop courses. Many student loans, grants and scholarships contain stipulations that require students
to be enrolled in a fulltime curriculum. If a student falls to a part-time status, they may lose a scholarship or find that they are required to make immediate payments on an existing student loan. When receiving any type of tuition assistance, it is best to check with the Financial Aid office before dropping any coursework to avoid penalties. Dropping a class one semester, more than likely, means it will have to be repeated during a later semester. Therefore, use sound judgment when deciding whether to drop a course. Never enter into the decision of dropping a course lightly—weigh and balance the options carefully before making a decision of this magnitude!
To drop a class:
* Go to your IRIS account * Click “Preferred Sections.” * From there, check the box of the class(es) you want to drop * Select “Remove From List” from the “Actions” drop down list * It will be finalized when you click the “Submit” button, so act wisely!
The jury has reached a verdict on a single count jury deadlocked on remaining 23 By Daniel J. Beauchamp Business Manager Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, 53, was found guilty on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, after 14 days of deliberations on a single count of making false statements to the FBI. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the 23 other charges. The judge declared a mistrial on the other 23 counts. Blagojevich vehemently denied doing anything improper, and in a written statement prior to the trail Blagojevich maintained his innocence. “I want the people of Illinois to know I did not lie to the FBI,” Blagojevich told reporters. “I told the truth from the very beginning. This is a persecution.” Gov. Blagojevich was charged with counts ranging from conspiracy to commit extortion, attempted extortion, conspiracy to commit bribery, making false statements to the FBI, mail fraud, wire fraud and others. “The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering,” said U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in a statement following Blagojevich’s arrest. “They allege that Blagojevich put a ‘for sale’ sign on the naming of a United States senator [and] involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman
On every charge except for one, they could not prove thatt I did anything ng wrong. I told d the truth from the very beginning.
meeting his annual sales target.” Blagojevich, elected Governor of Illinois in 2002, had once envisioned himself as a presidential contender. He ran for governor as a reform candidate promising to clean up the Illinois’ messy politics. Ousted Gov. Blagojevich pleaded innocent to all 24 counts against him. Among them Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to scheming to sell or trade Obama’s Senate seat for financial and other personal gains. Purportedly, Blagojevich’s aspirations included an annual salary of $250,000$300,000 at a nonprofit foundation or an organization associated with labor unions. Blagojevich referred to the vacant Senate seat in a taped conversation, as a ploy to reap revenues. “I’ve got this thing, and it’s [bleeping] golden. I’m just not giving it up for [bleeping] nothing.” By the time of his arrest, prosecutors allege Blagojevich was in the middle of a “shopping spree” trying to fill the vacant Senate seat for financial inducements. The indictment said that after Obama was elected president, Blagojevich began meeting with others to figure out a way he could make money from his position to appoint a replacement senator. In the case that led to his arrest, prosecutors say Blagojevich called the opportunity to choose Obama’s replacement a “gold mine.” Pondering one post, to be financed in part by a labor union, Blagojevi Blagojevich is quoted as saying, “I’d like a four-year contract for a million m mil lion a year or somethin’. Or 750 or whatever. It’d have 75 to be good. Obama’s got excess money; he just gives them more money.” The prosecutor alleged that Blagojevich is recorded on tape demanding promises of campaign resources, including cash up front, a corporate board seat for his wife, Patricia, worth as much as $150,000 a year and an
“I’m saddened and hurt, but I am not surprised by the indictment,” Blagojevich said. “I am innocent. I now will fight in the courts to clear my name.”
ambassadorship for himself in the Obama administration. Blagojevich is accused of denying state business to companies that would not hire his wife and extorting campaign contributions from a children’s hospital that was set to get state money. The prosecutor cited the incident where Blagojevich purportedly said he wanted to withdraw $8 million in funding from the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago because he did not receive $50,000 in personal contributions from the hospital. Additional charges allege that Blagojevich attempted to influence the composition of The Chicago Tribune editorial board in exchange for state aid to the Tribune Company. Some the greatest damage to Blagojevich’s political standing
came from the trial and conviction of one of his closest supporters, Antoin Rezko. Rezko was one of Blagojevich’s top fund-raisers, bringing his campaign contributions, according to federal authorities, to more than $1.4 million from 2001 to 2004. “Neither Blagojevich nor his campaign fund received any money,” John Beal, former Justice Department attorney, stated. The fact that Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, was paid by Rezko may not be sufficient to persuade jurors that her husband was guilty he said. Days before the outcome of this trial Turner said, “They might just spend taxpayer money on another trial, and then just get the same outcome. If this jury can’t seem to reach a verdict, it should send a message to prosecution: This case is not very strong.”
The end of FutureGen as we know it By Mark W. Jensen News & Opinion Editor FutureGen is a futuristic, stateof-the-art power plant that Mattoon, Ill. was selected to receive by the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2007. The DOE chose Mattoon as its site after a vigorous selection and deduction process with four other contestants in both Illinois and Texas. Over the period of the last three years, the amount of federal funds for the project have decreased, coupled with proposed changes that have caused Mattoon leaders to say no to FutureGen. The FutureGen Alliance was drawn up as a zero emissions coalfired power plant with a carbon emissions capture. The plant, capable of producing 275 megawatts had an original price tag of about $1.8 billion. This futuristic power plant was supposed to be built 3.5 miles northwest of Mattoon.
Due to rising costs of the project, the DOE has planned to restructure the project: now called FutureGen 2.0. The new project designates that the town of Meredosia, Ill. would receive the originally proposed plant designated for Mattoon, while the site in Mattoon would be used as a storage location for the carbon emissions produced from the Meredosia plant. To get the carbon emissions gas from the plant in Meredosia to Mattoon, a 175 mile pipeline would need to be constructed, and a storage site up to five times the original size of the 2.2 mile site outside of Mattoon would need to be established. “You’d have to go to every landowner in a whole town to negotiate easements for subsurface rights underneath, that’s not going to happen,” said Rep. Chapin Rose. Also, new guidelines from the DOE state that any pipeline built
from the Meredosia site would need to be within a 100-mile radius, thus taking Mattoon and Tuscola, Ill. (one of the other contestants for the original power plant) out of the running. Proposed plans for the construction of the new plant in Meredosia are not set to begin until 2012 according the DOE. However, there is skepticism as to whether or not the Meredosia site will be able to meet all EPA requirements by that time.
Senator Dick Durbin stated in a press release, “I remain convinced that FutureGen 2.0 will create thousands of jobs, generate substantial economic activity, provide important environmental benefits and infuse more than $1.2 billion in federal funds to the state of Illinois. I am committed to moving this project forward and ensuring our state is the leader in clean coal technology.” What is the future of FutureGen? At this point it is hard to say.
A computer generation of what the Mattoon Ill. FutureGen would have looked like.
More than just spilt milk By Megan Hammond Campus & Features Editor In April, the world, the sea and the British Petroleum Oil Company (BP) were hit with an astonishing blow when one of
BP’s oil wells started leaking millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. One would think that this problem should have been solved quickly, but it has been four months now and the BP company is just now having success at stopping the leak. Since the spill, everything that BP has been doing has been under heavy criticism; from CEO’s resigning to hazardous oil dispersants, many Americans have decided that thinking about the spill is not worth any more of their time and it seems as if they have just laid back and forgotten about it. The fact is that the oil spill is still there and it is still a heavy issue.
According to BP’s website, the cement plug that they have created to stop the leak has been successful after its initial testing and they estimate that within the next month, the first wave of relief should wash over the gulf. Now that the oil leak is stopped, the serious cleanup has started. On the “Cleanup” page of the oil giant’s website, BP claims, “We are fighting the oil spill at sea by skimming oil from the surface, carrying out controlled burns and spraying dispersant. Hundreds of miles of protective boom have been laid.” Booms are floating barriers that corral the oil on the surface of the water. All these things look to be doing their job, but officials have started researching what future consequences these cleanup methods can have on the environment. The dispersants that BP is using can very well be more
harm than help, according to Toxicologist William Sawyer. Interviewed by Fox News in Louisiana, the Florida Toxicologist said that the dispersant itself may not be toxic but when it mixes with oil, it “releases PAH’s (polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons) that are known to bio-accumulate in sea creatures, such as blue crab larvae,” according to Sawyer. These hydrocarbons that are bio-accumulating in sea-life are cancer-causing to humans and become more concentrated as they travel down the food chain. It is looking as if BP still has a handful of things to accomplish before the oil spill is all said and done. Not only do they still have a mess to clean up, but they still have the consequences from the mess to deal with as well. Hopefully within the next year or so, this environmental disaster will be behind the U.S. and the world!
Meet Blake Leitch: A man for the people By Megan Hammond Campus & Features Editor Last year Blake Leitch would have never thought he would be saying that within the next year he would become a crucial member of the Student Government Association (SGA), earning the title of Student Trustee on the Lake Land College Board of Trustees. But in August he was saying just that as he helped out with book rental for fall classes. Leitch, a Mattoon High School graduate, is now a fulltime student at Lake Land College after spending seven years in the United States Army and doing various other work, including plumbing. When Leitch was asked about why he ran for the Student Trustee position,
he said that he “slowly walked into it,” involving himself with the SGA and the Student Activity Board (SAB) and deciding to run for the Student Trustee position this spring. “I saw it as a great opportunity,” Leitch said. Having a student on the Board of Trustees gives the students a voice in the way the school plans to spend funding, but Leitch has a particular group of students he wants to represent. “The average student [age] at LLC is 28 years old,” said Leitch, who is 28 himself. “I’m representing the average student; dislocated workers and especially military veterans.” Leitch wishes to give the non-traditional students a voice that they have never had before. “I don’t want traditional students to be forgotten,” he
added, “but I want veterans to be honored and known.” This year, Leitch will be working for Danielle Downs, the Financial Aid and Veteran Services Advisor, as part of a work study. He is finishing his associate degree in Speech Communication and plans to transfer to Eastern Illinois University when he graduates from LLC. Additionally, Leitch and his wife Jackie became parents this summer. Baby boy Spencer is the newest addition the Leitch family. Leitch has a lot going for him this year and has many people supporting him in everything he is doing. The student body really seems to look forward to what he has in store for the students at LLC this year.
Depression + substance abuse = a dead-end road By Samantha J. Brandel Copy Editor
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More than 32,000 people die by suicide each year, it is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. Although each suicide has a unique set of circumstances, over 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a psychiatric illness, usually substance abuse and/or mood disorder which is often undiagnosed, untreated or both. Although data is highly variable from year to year, in 2007, 1,108 people, which is a rate of 8.6 people per 100,000, died by suicide in the state of Illinois. The overall total suicide deaths in the United States the same year was 34,598, or a rate of 11.5 per 100,000 people. In addition to psychiatric illness, impulsivity, demographics, sex, age, genetic predisposition and past history of suicide attempts are risk factors for suicide. Between 20 and 50 percent of suicide victims have previously intentionally harmed themselves. A suicide crisis is a time-limited occurrence that signals an immediate danger of suicide. This is
in contrast to suicide risk which is a very broad term to describe the aspects mentioned above. Fifty to 75 percent of suicide victims tip off their friends and/or family members of their intentions, and these suicide crisis warning signs must be taken seriously. The recognizable signs are: A precipitating event that is more distressing than usual; changes in routine behavior; deteriorating social functioning; desperation, rage, guilt, hopelessness, sense of abandonment, or any intense affective state combined with depression; and/or speech that suggests the individual is leaving, either direct (“I wish I were dead.”) or indirect (“My family would be better off without me.”). Cody Stearley, an English Education major and freshman at LLC talked about a victim of suicide that he knew. “Everyone wanted to know ‘why’? He was popular and on the football team. He worked for his dad and he had nice things, but he was heavily into drugs.” The risk of self-inflicted harm and suicide is much greater in young adults when substance
abuse exists in conjunction with a mood disorder. If open aggression, anxiety or agitation is also present in these individuals then the risk of suicide is increased. If an individual begins using alcohol or drugs, starts taking unnecessary risks, acts impulsively, threatens suicide, has unexpected rage or anger, begins making a plan by giving away their possessions, or purchasing deadly implements (gun, poison, medication) not previously used, these are all imminent warning signs. If someone you know is in crisis, take it seriously. Listen to
them, let them know your concerns and get them help. Do not leave a suicidal person alone. Remove any dangerous objects or substances and get the individual to a treatment facility, call 911 if necessary. While most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicide victims are depressed. Depression and other psychiatric illness, in most cases, is recognizable and treatable. Some helpful Web sites where more can be learned are www. afsp.org, www.suicide.org, and www.save.org.
I wanna “sext” you up By Bernadette Francis Staff Writer
it may consider it creepy, or decide to pass it along to a friend. Just think about the consequences before making the decision to sext, some things really need to remain private. The bottom line is sexy photos and flirty videos of oneself can be fun and add spice to a committed relationship, but once you put it out there, it is just that: out there. Be responsible and mature and think of the images and what kind of effects they may have on one’s future.
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The last think anyone wants is a begrudging ex to have nude pictures of them at their disposal. According to the Chicago Tribune, 75 percent of college students admit to having sent some form of nude photos of their self via phone or Internet. Sexting is when provocative pictures or messages are sent to others by cell phone. Although this act is considered a felony if the person in the picture is underage, college students who are usually over the age of 18 could also get in trouble with the laws addressing this phenomenon called sexting. Texting, instant messages and emails are easy because they lack the confrontation aspect. It is very easy to get hooked on sexting because one may have the confidence to say or do over the phone one may not be able to say or do in person.
One must remember that when something is sent over the Internet it is no longer private. The risk might be greater than one thinks and the more the act of sexting is committed, the more one plays into the odds of someone finding these risqué photos or messages. Also, bear in mind that these choice picture of oneself that are sent to someone can be forwarded over and over again. This could come back to haunt a person, sometimes years or decades later. The majority of teens and young adults can understand the appeal of sexting; perhaps a current lover is out of state and it is nice to keep the fire burning. In this day and age when everyone is on a social network such as Facebook, having nude pictures in a private album may not be the best idea. There are so many hackers out there, and where nude pictures could ultimately end up is unknown. To some people, sending a sexy picture to a crush may be fun, but the person receiving
Walk in circles, you’ll find it: A letter from the editor Starting college is a great transition for many students. However, Lake Land College offers a few ways to make that transition a bit smoother. Lake Land College contains a Student Life Office where you can get to know other college students in a non-academic setting. This office is located by Subway in the Student Services building. Student Government Association (SGA), Student Activity Board (SAB) and the Navigator News all call this office home. SGA is “One Body, One Mind, One Voice.” If a student has any questions or concerns dealing with Lake Land College, SGA is the group that will listen. This year, Allison Telgmann is the
President of SGA and will handle all dealings with student rights on campus. Until Sept. 3, SGA will be accepting applications and student-signed petitions. Formal campus-wide elections will be held Sept. 14 and 15. If you have any additional questions you should email SGA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings for this organization are during the activity block on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Student Life Conference Room. SAB is in charge of giving away free stuff to students…it is a hard life. They organize events like Welcome Day and Spring Carnival. The woman in charge of your fun and entertainment this year is Miss Brandie Heitkamp. If you are interested in being a part of the board, SAB is looking
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Students recieved free SAB shirts on Welcome Day at Lake Land College
for new freshmen and sophomores to join in on the fun. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 8. Applicants will then interview with the board for a position on Sept. 8, 9 and10. SAB events are open and free to all students on Wednesdays, also during the activity block, at 11 a.m. September highlights include a “Thinkfast” game show, “Sex Signals,” and a Wiffle Ball tournament.
So, to all you new freshman I suggest staying involved on campus to gain a more well-rounded college experience. If none of the Student Life organizations fit your fancy, Lake Land College also offers about 30 other clubs in which to participate. Freshman year is easy to get through, just be open to meeting new people and new experiences. Best wishes to all the new Lakers out there!
Nightmare on unemployment street By Maria Mink Staff Writer
This is my story, but know there are others who are dealing with the same thing as I. In the state of Illinois alone there are over 155,000 people on the TAA program and many of them are waiting on paperwork and pay checks. This figure does not include those on unemployment alone. I have become very disillusioned with my government and the promises they make. My government has let me down. I have called my Senators, my Congressmen but I have a feeling that when they sit down to their steak dinner at night, they don’t give me or the thousands who are in the same situation as I am, a second thought.
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What does a person do when your government agencies are not there for you like they promise? What happens when you are told that they will help you work toward another career and fail to deliver? What happens when you will receive unemployment benefits while doing so and all of a sudden the checks stop? The buck stopped, but it was not here. Being unemployed due to the auto industry collapse, displaced workers saw an opportunity to have a better career that would benefit their families. Many people jumped at the chance. I am one of those people. What followed became one of my worst nightmares. My government became the big scary monster that lurks in the dark closet. Since May, there have been long lapses in unemployment checks due to losing my extension and being transferred to the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform program (TAA). This stopped my unemployment checks or any other government aid. This caused my utilities to be turned off, late loan and rent payments. Finances and late charges accumulated. Congress passed the unemployment extension. When this happened it all went south again for us on the TAA program. Since the extension was passed I was moved to unem-
ployment again until those funds are used up and then transferred back to TAA benefits. Opening up my mail I received a letter from unemployment stating that I have no extension left. There is time-frame when I will have to be transferred back to the TAA program. The TAA program is an excellent program. The sad part is TAA recipients have to go weeks without an unemployment check and have nobody to fight for their rights within the unemployment office. Knowing wing this, many would not have signed the contract ract with them. It turned into loads of paperwork ork verifying classroom attendance ndance and mileage reports. TAA does not hold ld up their end of the contract. ntract. Being on the TAA program ogram with a family has caused undue financial hardships. ships. Not one person in the unemployment nemployment cares if you can feed your children ildren due to the lack of a check. Once again, I am behind in my bills. I face being evicted, late car payments, utility bills and no income come to buy gas to get to school, and attendance endance is mandatory to keep my grant. t. Unemployment gave ve me a phone number to the regional offi ce that only goes to voice fice mail. I have been waiting ting days for a reply.
Reduce stigma, reduce stress
By Nikki Davidson Staff Writer
“He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail.” These are the words of a well-respected cofounder of humanistic psychology, Abraham Maslow. This quote is a great way to describe the way that many mentally well people perceive those with mental illnesses. Most humans find life to be challenging
Glenn Close, an advocate for for mental health.
at times, but sustainable and enjoyable. The mentally well are skilled with problem solving and states of mind. They have a hard time understanding that those with mental illnesses are poorly equipped to live life as fluidly. The mentally ill are stigmatized. It is not farfetched for one to understand that a diabetic needs insulin. However, a bipolar man is ostracized by his peers for being hospitalized or taking medication. Bipolar disorder is an illness the same as diabetes, but there is a large difference in attitudes toward the illnesses. A person who has survived a suicide attempt and has scars does not have the same opportunity for employment as someone who does not have scars. The laymen often have misconceptions and strong personal opinions about mental illness. They tend to think that the mentally ill are violent, weak and forever tainted. Violence is not common among an overwhelming majority of the mentally ill. Each disorder or disease has its symptoms and violent behaviors are the minority of these symp-
toms. Anyone can be stricken with a mental disorder at any time in their life. Marilyn Monroe is known to be one of the strongest women in pop culture history, yet she was affected with depression and overdosed on barbiturates. Jim Carrey, a successful, comedic actor, was afflicted by depression. He was not forever tainted; he sought treatment and continued his career as an actor. Twenty-five percent of families and one in six adults have diagnosable mental illnesses. This is a problem worth investigating and implementing resources for the public full of factual and non-discriminatory information. A few groups exist such as National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Bring Change 2 Mind. Glenn Close has been a valuable figurehead, sponsoring Bring Change 2 Mind, and sharing her personal experience as the sister of a bipolar woman with the nation. Educate yourself and be aware of the struggles of your less fortunate mentally ill peers. They are people too.
Extra 15 pounds on the freshman menu By Bernadette Francis Staff Writer “It comes like a thief in the night, you never see it coming, and before you know it your clothes can’t fit anymore,” said Jade Prince, a second semester sociology major at Lake Land College. Prince isn’t alone; one of every college student’s main fears when starting college is gaining weight; what some call the freshman 15. As thousands of high school graduates leave the comfort of their parent’s home for college, the stress of having rigorous studies, living in an environment with unlimited access to food at any time of day and limited ability to move about freely can create the inevitable: The freshman 15. One of the challenges for a freshman is deciding what to eat and the time it takes to prepare something healthy. This often deters the student from cooking and that is when they reach for a burger or fries and the beginning of eating unhealthy foods and putting on unwanted extra pounds begins.
Students tend to eat what tastes good rather than thinking of food with nutritional value. Even at the cafeterias in most colleges the choices of healthy foods being available are slim to none. Venessa Chinkwahgwa, a premedical student at Lake Land College admits to gaining about 10 pounds her first semester mostly due to being bored, lack of exercise and eating footlong subs with extra mayonnaise nnaise at Subway. Chinkwahgwa a also dealt with the stress of being ng away from friends s and family which added to her weight gain. According to the Journal of American College Health, 49 percent of college students s gain an average off seven pounds theirr first semester of college. The premise se of gaining weight ht in college is sim-ple; living on one’s own so there ex-
ists more time and options to eat whatever, at any time of the day. Fortunately, the skills of managing weight while in college are easy. One must be disciplined, willing to make the right food choices and maybe hit the gym a couple times a week. If serious about maintaining one’s weight and not gaining the dreaded freshman 15 then a few sacrifices must be made. Limit the amount of burgburg ers, fries and pizza eaten during
the week. Try substituting those foods with a healthier choice like fruits or maybe a bowl of cereal. It may be easier said than done, but it can be achieved if the mind is set for results. Managing weight involves planning meals and exercising regularly as well as anticipating high stress situations that may trigger overreacting such as a tight class schedule. avoidances to Here is a list of av keep from gaining th the freshman 15. Do no not: eat late at night, night keep unhealthy snacks in rooms, drink alcohol in excess or lack exe exercise regularly. A Also, get involved in school activities and clubs; it is a g great way to stay active. activ If y you follow these steps then you are well on a your way to avoiding the freshman 15!
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Scott Pilgrim, quite the voyage By Lindsey Probst Managing Editor Scott Pilgrim, played by Michael Cera, is a 22-year-old guy from Toronto, Canada who thought his sad life would never be interesting again. After dreaming about and meeting Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Pilgrim is thrown into a high stakes game of love. “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is an odd combination of drama, comedy, romance and action—all of which was adapted from Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel. The audience may get confused while experiencing this film, mainly because it is hard to discern if
what you see is a rock concert, movie, comic book or if you are racing your way to extreme levels of the latest video game. But, it is a good confusion. Jam-packed with special effects, the movie is set up as if it were a comic book or a video game. It even includes all the onomatopoeia (sound) words like “ding dong” and “pow”. Other parts are scattered with written side comments like, “He has to pee,” as if the scene were posted on a white board. Basically, Director Edgar Wright made a video game into a movie. “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” has all the classic levels, including ally battles, battling multiples and things even get a little “Guitar Hero”-esque with a bass battle. We follow Pilgrim through his everyday life and relationship with Ramona as he occasionally has an impromptu battle with one of his girlfriend’s evil ex’s. It is the classic story of nerdy guy gets the girl…with super awesome fight scenes. After a fairly normal start, the movie takes a weird turn into a half-dreamland half-reality phase. We are smacked in the face with very realistic special ef-
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fects, but get lost with the story line. This is where logic says “game me over.” The auudience never really falls for the love interest and is thrown back and forth between edgy Ramona and his safe high school girlfriend, Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). It is if his love was the ball in a game of “Pong.” Many of the real life scenarios are awkwardly unbelievable. I can see that they were trying to make his world seem wacky like a video game. But, they way Scott’s life is flung between reality and a virtual reality without any explanation is a bit odd. I give props to the cinematographer, Bill Pope (“The Matrix” and “Spiderman 2”) for making the unreal world of video games a KO, even if it made the real scenes seem unreal. However, it is a great leap toward success compared to Robert Rodriguez’s attempt to make a virtual reality into reality in “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.” Aside from the flashy effects and gamer sentiment, Cera does not disappoint. Of course, he plays the wristband wearing, dweeby yet lovable loser as he does in most all of his castings like “Juno” and “Superbad,” but in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” he has a fist that can send an opponent spinning across
I love my truck... but it breaks down all the time and it’s my only vehicle. Why don’t you just sell it?
the room room. “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is really the story of how a slightly social awkward gamer may feel as he or she goes through life. Love and relationships may not be easy, always a battle to be won. Scott Pilgrim and Cera prove that nerdy guys can triumph in life, even if only in a video game. Overall, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is a must see for all classic video game lovers and even the people that only played when they were children. The wellmade fight scenes, a great supporting cast and crazy special effects overshadow tthe lacking story line. The tagline “An epic of epic epicness” may be a little exaggerated, but the movie is definitely victorious. The movie is one that should just be watched, not delved into. It is a great movie to experience and it has put a twist on the trend of turning comic books into movies. Do not be surprised if next time you go to a movie theater, you see another movie trying to be a video game. But for now, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is one of a kind.
...But I have so many memories! Yeah...those will get you where you need to go...
Horoscope for the month of September Aries (3/21 - 4//19):
Virgo (8/23 - 9/22): V
Highlight news, contracts, learning and communication. Be careful when signing documents, and look out for spiteful gossip which can bring scandal.
Power and temptations are plentiful. Change and loss will wound your pride, but open new doors. Be careful to not gossip or lie this month!
Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21):
Tenacity and sacrifice are the main themes. You must call a truce to relieve temporary difficulties. Do not make unnecessary purchases this month!
If your birthday is in
September: Taurus (4/20 - 5/20: Watch for circumstances to improve. Others at work are causing difficulties and stress. Bide your time and do not seek promotion this month.
Gemini (5/21 - 6/21): Beware of disagreements. Vanity, arrogance and resistance to change are creating relationship and partnership troubles, thus your success is delayed.
Commitments and partnerships are emphasized. You are experiencing harmony at work and productivity in working relationships. If you are in a committed relationship, you are entering a new phase; if you are single, a new love interest shows promise!
Capricorn (12/22 - 1/19): Concentrate on relaxation and renewing confidence. If you want to solve your problems, release selfish behavior and avoid causing more difficulties.
Aquarius (1/20 - 2/18): A Transformation and faith need to unite. You are resisting change because thoughts of an end are too painful. Let go and move forward to fresh horizons!
Cancer (6/22 - 7/22):
Libra L ibra (9/23 - 10/22):
Pisces (2/19 - 3/20):
Focus on studies and creative endeavors. There is a danger of jealousy, gossip and emotional unhappiness. Changes in behavior produce rewards this month.
Dreams can come true! Things are working out famously for you, bringing success and lasting happiness. Friendships and relationships grow to permanence.
Celebrations and achievements flourish. Difficulties are ending initiating change, accomplishment and freedom. Inspiration overcomes obstruction.
Leo (7/23 - 8/22):
Scorpio Sc cor o p (10/23 - 11/21): Love, harmony and beauty are in the spotlight. Nurture creative ideas to expand your outlook. Your relationships are fruitful this month.
Memories bring pleasure. Forgotten talents and hobbies are rediscovered. Perhaps renewing former friendships inspires important work contacts.
Horoscope made by Samantha J. Brandel. It is meant to be used for entertainment purposes only.
Eminem and Rihanna’s new hit single “Love the Way You Lie” By Chardonnay Latch Staff Writer The song “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna has gotten quite a bit of controversy in the short time it has been out. It seems fans will either love or hate it, with little middle ground. Some say it is the best work yet of Eminem, that Rihanna is the one who made the song, and that both were at the top of their game. Though others insist it was far from the best from both artists and some even say it was terrible. The biggest controversy though would have to be about what the song portrays and the meaning of it. Fans have asked, in a not so calm manner, why these artists would be
willing to endorse such violence in relationships. It has been suggested that the reason was just to sell the music. That perhaps Eminem has no idea how many die-hard fans will simply take what he says as gospel, not even considering the right or wrong of it. Critics say the song suggests women to be weak, and stupid, not only believing every lie, but being ok with it. Where as they say it portrays men to do no wrong, in the aspect that it is always okay to come back, no matter what, even if he himself knows he is only lying to get what he wants. On the other side of things, people say it was very well written, and they love how relatable it is. That it is life, it happens,
but love is worth it, love outlasts all things. The optimist might even say it is the artists attempt to warn, seeing as they have been in abusive relationships themselves. That it’s not to condone such behavior, but to say they understand and can relate to the average person. To show that they know what it is like, to go through such pain, but be willing to live with it for the love of that person. Whatever your opinion may be about the songs portrayal, most will agree the musical aspect of it worked well. Although the two artists separately have very different styles, somehow they go well with each other. The song is already a huge hit, and is expected to be one of the year’s hottest songs.
What songs are stuck in your head this month? “Airplanes” B.o.B. ft. Hayley Williams 17% “Dynamite” Taio Cruz 0%
“I Like It” Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull 3%
“Love The Way You Lie” Eminem ft. Rihanna 66% “California Gurls” Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg 14%
Tranformers: War for Cybertron By Cody Neal Staff Writer Many people have seen the Transformers movies; some may even remember the cartoon. However, does anyone know how the war between the Autobots and Decepticons even started? Well thanks to Activision, Blizzard and High Moon Studios now we will. The game takes place on the Transformers home world of Cybertron. There is campaign mode played for single player or up to three player co-op. Characters are either played as the Autobots or the Decepticons. When one faction’s story is finished, the other faction’s story will start. The single player campaign is not really the main appeal for
this game though, as many people game online, this is where this game really shines. I played this game myself and it was fantastic. Even while being fragged by another player one cannot help but have fun. For those that have played “Gears of War” this game will feel very familiar. The camera perspective is third person over-the-shoulder and fast paced. No one who enjoys “Unreal Tournament” will be disappointed. The death matches are as epic as gets without blowing up the console from the sheer amount of awesome that this game mass-produces for our consumption! There are four classes to choose from, all of which are customizable. The classes are scout, scientist, soldier and leader. The different classes all have special abilities and attri-
A screenshot of the game “Transformers: War for Cybertron”
butes; for instance, scouts can move fast and turn invisible but lack significant firepower to take on several people in a firefight so it is necessary to be stealthy and pick people off one-by-one. It works like rock, paper, scissors; one class is not very good against one as it is the other, though this is not concrete as long as you are good enough to outsmart your friends. The different game modes are all very fun and will involve teamwork, so it is safe to say play nice and your team mates will not kill you. However, avoid pretending to be Rambo, or you almost certainly die. I tried this approach… I ran out of ammo, everyone aimed at me and my teammates laughed at me. It was not a great experience. Overall, I give this game 5 out of 5.
Mama warned you By Lindsey Probst Managing Editor
about playing with your food
Over 200 years ago, atop one of the steepest hills in England, a tradition started with a wheel of cheese. Cooper’s Hill, near Gloucester, England is host to the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake every Spring Bank Holiday (the last Monday in May). Do not let the name of this strange sport trick you. It is not only the cheese that does the rolling! Competitors, mainly from the local village, race down the hill, or cliff rather, in pursuit of the cheese wheel. The first “athlete” to cross the finish line is the champion. Originally, the goal was to in fact, catch the cheese, officially called a Double Gloucester. However, the cheese gets an unfair one-second head start, and travels at speeds of roughly 70 mph.
While standing at the top of Cooper’s Hill, competitors say it is so steep “that the rays of the sun rarely fall on the slope itself!” For the math majors out there, “[t]he slope has a gradient that is in places 1-in-2 and in others 1-in-1!” In fact, the face of the hill is literally concave, and unable to be seen at the top. The terrain of the hill makes it almost impossible to stay standing the entire 200 yard venture down. At the bottom of the hill, waiting for the flailing competitors is a burly line of Rugby players who are there to halt all tumblers before they hit the fence. Much to the dismay of the small town in England, cheese rolling was officially canceled in March of 2010. This dismissal was
due to the lack of paramedics available in relation to the amount of competitors attending the race. It comes as no surprise that injuries are a part of the game as the competitors tumble down the hill. Just like football, or any other contact sport, sometimes you have to hurt to get the win. In this sport, victor waddles home with their very own seven pound wheel of cheese. Despite risk of injury, over 500 competitors showed up for an unofficial race in May 2010, with not a single injury reported. Maybe there is hope that one day twenty-something guys can again bask in the glory of rolling down a cliff for some cheese. But, until that day, some unofficial cheese will just have to “cut” it.
New volleyball coach sets the bar high
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Lake Land College’s volleyball team has a fresh start this season with a new head coach whose face is quite familiar.
Amory Porter, the previous assistant coach of three years, has moved up to head of the team. “This is a very strong program,” said Porter, adding that the team should continue its “winning tradition.” He would also like to add more to the previously established discipline of the team. Last year the volleyball team won the Academic All-American team award, granted to the team with the highest grade point average. When asked about this season’s goals, Porter smiled and said “The girls love to beat John A. Logan, but the team I want to win against is Iowa Western.” He explained that Iowa Western is a top 5 team
and that they have won the nationals. “If we beat Iowa Western, we’re on the road to nationals.” Personal and coaching experiences are two assets Porter possesses. He began playing in high school, and later on an area men’s volleyball club and men’s beach volleyball club. Before becoming assistant coach at Lake Land in 2007, he coached a junior volleyball club. Porter is well equipped to instill discipline in the team after serving six years in the Army Reserve. He was married last July and bought a home in Arcola last August. He now resides there with his wife Lori and their two cats.
Photo Provided by Lake Land College CCS
By Nikki Davidson Staff Writer
The first game of the season will be hosted by the Lady Lakers on Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. against Lindenwood. Ashli Wicker, a former player, will debut as a ssistant coach.
What are you looking forward to this semester?
“Meeting new people and enjoying my classes.” ~Jennifer Niemerg 1st Semester Dental Hygiene Major
“Aplying for the Student Government Association.” ~Austin Haddock 1st Semester Business Major
“Applying for the Student Activity Board.” ~ Kelly Wright 3rd Semester Psychology Major
“Getting A’s in all my classes...hopefully!”
~Nicholas Murray 6th Semester Elementary Education Major
All photos were taken and gathered by Megan E. Hammond
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