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Lions’ Roar


A NORMANDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT MEDIA OUTLET FOR AUDIO, VISUAL AND WRITTEN WORK. Happy Fall NCC students! I hope you all are having fun following the Lions’ Roar as we are now already halfway through the semester. This issue we explore nature at Normandale, a new type of photography and much more. Enjoy! Lydia I. Wiff Editor in Chief Our Staff Lydia I. Wiff Editor in Chief Mark Daniels Assistant Editor Evan Johnson Faculty Advisor Join Us: Mon & Wed, L1743 2-3pm Stop By: K1401 Kopp Student Center

Views expressed in this publication are those of the student contributors. Cover photos provided by Daniel Patterson and Phil Rose


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Extracurricular Excellence


Out of the class, Onto the trail


Resources for Success


GTA: Grand Theft Photography


4 year @ 2 year




Picture Perfect


Success From Within


Normandale in the fall


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Extracurricular Excellence Camaraderie can be a rare commodity in a school as large as Normandale. Other than saying “hello” to every classmate, there are few viable options for forging ties at a two-year school. Some students simply attend classes, and leave for the day. In contrast, Normandale’s Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), acts as a hub for motivated and outgoing students to engage with their classmates, contribute to their school, and create familiarity in a rapidly shifting social dynamic. “It gives you a sense of community in a community college” wrote Dan Renningen, Vice President of PTK’s Public Relations. The feeling of closeness is indisputable. In the meeting rooms people greet each other warmly and hugs are frequently given between committee reviews and seminars. The PTK office is one of the places on campus where few are strangers and all are close friends. This team-spirit has a practical use though. Members of PTK collaborate to perform services to the community and to orchestrate school events. Last semester, members sacrificed time and energy to “Feed My Starving Children”. This year the group has focused their efforts on the effects of social media on students’ careers. Seminars were held during October, “The goal was to engage students with something that relates to them,” said Izzy Dircio, president of PTK. “We all use social media...students don’t realize that employers can look at their accounts if they wish”.


In spite of PTK’s extensive involvement in the school, some presumptions smother the good intentions of the group. Citing the Greek letters, some students believe that PTK is simply Normandale’s local frat house. This misconception bothers leadership in the organization. “No, we are not a sorority”, says Regina Taillefer, Head of Public Communications, and added a resounding, “No.” PTK’s weekly agenda is written on a large whiteboard in the middle of the office; not on one day are booze or partying penciled in. There’s no space for those. “People see those Greek letters and think ‘oh, it’s a sorority’” notes Dircio, “or, ‘they’re some high-class society’”--in fact, PTK is none of those things. Dircio prefers that people see PTK as a team or family, one with constructive goals to better the student body. “We’re all here for the same reasons... we’re on the same level here” notes Dircio. Despite this, there are barriers to entry. Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA and to be offered admittance. From there, students can choose to not to participate in the local group events of the school, but will not enjoy the familiarity of a student organization.

“It gives you a sense of community in a community college”

The benefits extend beyond community sentiments. The organization also allows students to apply for scholarships reserved for PTK members exclusively. Generous scholarships are sometimes awarded to students who exercise leadership or initiative in the organization. Last year a student was granted free tuition to Cornell University for her extensive work throughout the school and in the area. All the venues where she gave speeches and held meetings were through the Honor Society.

Induction into PTK has its pitfalls. Students involved in PTK are immensely busy, and dart from classes to activities, extra-curriculars to seminars, and fill in the gaps with frantic studying or preparation for the next committee meeting. If asked if it’s worth the all-nighters and shortage of spare time, they laugh. “Definitely. No doubt about it”. Rizwan Bankwala Lions’ Roar Student Voice

Current PTK Officers. Photograph submited by Phi Theta Kappa

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Although there is an official hiking trail on campus, many students have never heard of it, and for good reason. The trail has only been cared for for a short while and is not yet complete, but there are plans to do a formal dedication to the trail in the Spring semester of 2014. “During this dedication, benches and trail signage will be put up around the trail.” says

“As well as being a beautiful piece of land to enjoy, there will be ‘huge economical rewards’” Photograph taken by Brianna Egge

Out of the class, Onto the trail The sight of dazzling yellows and reds fill your eyes as you walk deeper into the dense forest. Giant oaks surround you as you gaze into the sky where the sun peaks through the colors, making every leaf more radiant. This is nature’s power on us. It strikes us with its beauty and leaves us amazed to be in the midst of such alluring radiance. Nature affects us from deep within and heals us. Now with the help of many students and faculty, Normandale is bringing this beauty closer to the school for each and every person to enjoy. With Normandale’s hiking trail that has been in the works since February of 2012, the community can enjoy a closer experience with nature any day.


Photograph taken by Brianna Egge

Photograph taken by Brianna Egge

Angela Efferts, one of the Faculty Coordinators of the hiking trail. But before there can be a dedication, there is work to be done on the trail. Angie has helped set out three phases of trail work that will all depend on funding from the school and foundation office. Currently, work is being done on laying mulch down for the trail and removing buckthorn from the trail, but there is much more work to be done after this phase. Eventually, along with putting in benches on the trail, Angie also has plans to put a teaching pavilion on the trail, so that classes may use the area as well. When asked why the hiking trail was created, Angie explained that they wanted the school to have “a trail for recreational and class purposes for students and faculty.” The biology classes use the trail for field sampling and are very excited for the trail to be

finished. The trail was created so that everyone would have a place to go to for even just 30 minutes every day to be outside with nature and get away from the normal routine of daily life. A place where one could walk around the trail, have lunch, do school work, or just relax. The trail could also be used for classes and recreational use. Angie expects the trail to become very popular once finished and be used for all students, staff, and faculty. Angie also puts great emphasis on “LNT” which stands for “Leave No Trace” which will be highly emphasized on the trail. “It is a beautiful property and we want it to stay as pristine as possible just as the Japanese Garden.” As well as being a beautiful piece of land to enjoy, there will be “huge economical rewards” says Angie. “It is a minimal financial investment when looking at maximal benefits and rewards to every student, staff, and faculty member.”

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Angie believes it is a great investment for the college and it’s also unique to our community as a college. “It is very important to our community culture because it is defining of our community at Normandale.” Not every school has something like the Japanese Garden or the hiking trail and because Normandale has created such beautiful areas, this makes our community unique in itself. As well as having these beautiful sights on campus, we know from what science has proven that the health benefits to being outside are greatly beneficial. It adds to our health and wellness and by providing a place where people can go on campus to be with nature is beneficial to our community and its people. For anyone that is interested in helping develop the hiking trail, Angie is always looking for help through volunteering as well as Service Learning. I myself have helped on the trail and it is a great experience Photograph taken by Brianna Egge


to help build something and be a part of something special like this that will continue to be a part of Normandale’s history. For those who don’t know where the hiking trail is located on campus, it is located in the northwest corner of the school’s property, adjacent to the new Partnership Building. For more information, Angie can be reached at her office number 952-358-8458 or her school email address Brianna Egge Lions’ Roar Student Voice

Resources for Success What if there was something so useful that could help you with all your struggles and needs here at Normandale? Would you notice it or would it just pass you by? Normandale Community College has amazing resources here that can help you with all questions. The Math Center, the Tutoring Center and the Writing Center are wonderful resources here at Normandale that are not only useful but are free, convenient and flexible. The Tutoring Center is just one wonderful resource here at Normandale. Not only do they help with just your basics, reading, writing, math, but they help with just about anything else you need. Some of the other areas they help in include: • Accounting • Biology • Chemistry • Physics • World Languages • Psychology • Computer Science • Economics The Math Center is another resource that is offered here on campus. The Math Center is something that is extremely beneficial in my opinion. I’m not the best at math and sometimes I need it broken down step-by-step in order to fully understand. You can get some really good and detailed help from math professionals. Not only is the entire center for mathematical needs, but you also are offered one-on-one help that really helps with the more challenging problems. The Math Center can be used for your simple questions as well as strenuous questions. Some students that I stopped in the hallway, claimed to have never been in the Math Center even when they were struggling in math class. Why not get the help that you need to help you be a successful student? Some students need that push that gets them half way there while others just don’t care and would rather struggle the entire semester. The Math Center here at Normandale is a plus and there are grades to prove it.

The Writing Center is the last resource that I will talk about. This center will double check the students writing. A student can come to the Writing Center with their assignment instructions, a hard copy of their drafts, and any other necessary materials. This way you can get all the help you may need as well as getting all your questions answered the correct way. The Writing Center is extremely beneficial because who doesn’t need a second opinion on an essay, paper, summary, etc. There are six areas that the Writing Center focuses on:

•1.Improving style •2.Generating ideas •3.Formulating topics •4.Developing arguments •5.Organizing and revising drafts •6.NOT adding/changing content or correcting errors

The Writing Center and the Tutoring Center go hand-in-hand. They are actually in the same room as each other- how convenient! Tutoring Center Coordinator Beena Cook states that “This is a great resource for help. There is so much help offered by professionals. Every single person working in this center is a professional, or a student that received A work and can teach this to other the correct way.” Many people struggle with courses and that’s okay, we get that. So why not go ahead and the help that you need? Now that you know what the campus has to offer, will you put them to use or will this information go in one ear and out the other? Remember, all three of these resources are available for our students are free, convenient and flexible. Aleisha Brown Lions’ Roar Student Voice

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GTA: Grand Theft Photography Grand Theft Auto Five, or GTAV, is an open world style 3rd person shooter. That is what to box says, but what people say is so much more interesting. GTAV and game just released by Rockstar North for the Playstation 3 and XBOX 360 is more than just a game where you shoot bad guys. In the past it has gotten a great deal of press, a lot of it negative, for its glorification of violence and its juvenile sense of humor. Past GTA games have been blamed for everything from school violence to making children obese. But the one thing that has never been controversial is it’s success. GTAV became the fastest selling entertainment property in the history of mankind last month when is surpassed one billion dollars in sales in just three days. This massive popularity translated into a huge community of gamers who want to share their experiences with each other. Besides stealing cars and shooting it out with cops, the game also offers a wide range of activities for the players. You can play tennis or golf, swim in the oceans or climb the tallest mountains. Each character also carries a smart phone and that smart phone, like real world smart phones, has a camera. Picture taking in GTAV is simple enough. The in-game camera is just a point and click, but what the players chooses to take a picture of is the important thing. The makers of GTAV created a system by which ingame pictures are then uploaded to the real-world internet and can then be viewed by anyone. Unfortunately, this has meant that there are millions of picture of crashed cars and close up shots of in-game women. However, there is at least one man who see art in this world.

Photograph taken by Daniel Patterson


Photograph taken by Phil Rose

Photograph taken by Daniel Patterson

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Photograph taken by Daniel Patterson

Phil Rose, a professional photographer of 12 years and gamer, recently took a trip to Salton Sea, Joshua Tree and Death Valley in California to photograph the landscape. When he returned home and popped in his copy of GTAV he was astonished to find places in the game that were modeled, quite accurately, after the area he had just visited. Delighted by this, he began photographing the landscape in-game and comparing it to his real life pictures. This inspired him to create a Flickr and a Facebook group called “Landscape photographers of Los Santos and Blaine County,” where other people could share their own beautiful pictures of the GTA world with each other, without having to sift through more “selfies” and pictures of cars. “I see gaming as one of the few areas in my life where things just get better and better.” Rose said, “Camera design and game design.” While politics and the environment may be getting worse, the things that are possible to do inside of the virtual world are only getting more detailed and more free. “Our online life is going to merge with our real life.” Rose said, “I get frustrated by the two dimensional idea people have about games and gamers.” He has set out to show that the media stories of violence and misogyny that get all the headlines are really the minority of people who play games. What’s the one thing he wishes he could add to the GTAV world? A real camera store. “Make photographic stores in-game as real as the gun shop,” Rose said. “That would be great.” Daniel Patterson Lions’ Roar Student Voice


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4 Year @ 2 Year For the longest time, obtaining a Bachelors Degree at a community college was unheard of. We were told that to obtain that kind of higher education, one would need to attend another college, either a state or private school. We were told that community colleges only provide a two year degree to the students that attend. Now, those rules no longer apply to Normandale Community College, for now, Bachelor Degree courses are being offered in order to give students even more opportunity to succeed. These courses are being provided through the new Partnership Building, which was completed in January of 2013. By partnering with other colleges, Normandale can now provide students with the opportunity to obtain a four year degree in several different majors. Currently, Normandale is partnered with Mankato Minnesota State University and Metropolitan State University and provides degrees in several majors including accounting, business, computer science, nursing, engineering, dental hygiene, education, and more. This year there are about 9 Bachelor Degrees and 3 Masters Degrees being offered at Normandale. Allison Alstrin, Project Consultant for Partnerships and Collaboration, says they are “looking and seeking other schools” to partner with but it is not a race. They want to partner with the schools that will be most beneficial to the students and that also means providing the most requested degrees to Normandale students. In the future, they are hoping to provide five or six more degrees, but it really depends on when the school runs out of space to provide the degrees. Most of these classes are provided in the Partnership Building and the partnering schools would like it to stay that way, but if student demand for the degrees increases over the years, then negotiations with the partnering schools may be needed to outgrow the provided space.

For anyone interested in taking these courses,


Photograph taken by Amelia Warwick

there are some differences in registering for these classes. Although they are provided at Normandale, students must register at the partnering school, in our case, Mankato or Metro. Also, the Bachelor Degree classes are the tuition cost of the partnering schools, not Normandale tuition costs. This tuition cost must also be paid directly to that partnering school. There are also many positives to taking these Bachelor Degree classes at Normandale, with a major factor being money. Although one must pay the tuition prices of the partnering school, there are no added extra fees like parking and gym costs. Another major factor is the rising cost of gas. Allison also mentioned “internships and great part-time work opportunities” as well as Normandale being “a convenient location in the metro area.” For many of us who attend Normandale, the campus is a closer drive than many universities. Whether it be close to home or work, many of us chose Normandale Community College for its accessibility as well as good education. By providing these four year degree opportunities to Normandale students, one can

Photograph taken by Amelia Warwick

continue to work or stay close to home while getting a great education. As far as classes are concerned, most of these classes are offered similarly to regular classes with most of them being face to face and some being offered as hybrid classes. A new technology called Tele-presence is also being introduced into some of these classes. Allison says that it’s like skyping but with screens all around the room. By using this kind of technology, a professor can teach a class from home or from another campus even. “There is no delay and it has great graphics. It’s just like you’re talking to them face to face. It’s a great experience,” said Allison. Although this program was started just this fall semester, many students did not know anything about it or why the Partnership Building was made. Allison says the Partnership Building was “designed to handle additional space for additional students, define a specific space for continuing education, and to allow growth of Bachelor Degrees and partnerships” with more schools. And although only about 400 students are currently attending these classes this fall, Allison expects the program to gain popularity and awareness as the marketing efforts around Normandale and the partnering schools gains speed. But when considering

the most in-demand courses and degrees, Normandale has succeeded in choosing the ones students want. This will most likely lead to more popularity of the program among students. Allison says, “We have the ‘If you build it, they will come.’ mentality.” So what happens next? Are there plans to extend the program to include other schools? Allison says, “It depends. We never know what’s coming on the horizon.” She says that they are doing a lot of work around partnering while watching the environment to see what is happening in the world of degrees. Although there have been some problems, there have also been many more improvements and everyone is pitching in to make this a success. Allison says they are “always improving the process.” We do not know the future of partnering degrees at Normandale but we do know we can trust our staff and faculty to make the best decisions for Normandale’s students. Brianna Egge Lions’ Roar Student Voice

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Picture Perfect

Success From Within

Do you have an interest in taking pictures? Have you ever wondered about the science of motion picture technology? If your answer is yes, then joining the Photography and Cinematography Club might be for you! I recently had the opportunity to sit down with one of the club members, Dereck Xayana. Derek is the president of Normandale Photography & Cinematography Club, and also has a strong interest in cinematography. He gave me some really interesting information about the club and all the different opportunities its’ members have.

Student of the Month is something that is new here on campus. Any Normandale student is welcomed to nominate a classmate, a friend or even just an awesome student to become student of the month. Not only are the students able to vote for each other, but the faculty here on campus also can vote for either a student that they know, a student they once taught, or even a student that they know deserves to be recognized for their hard work and dedication.

The Photography and Cinematography Club was created in the fall of 2012 by a group of students who shared the common interest of film and photography. Its’ members today are doing all kinds of projects, allowing students to learn more about these topics and encouraging them to pursue their passion. Most of the members focus on doing different kinds of photo shoots and video shoots, the subjects of which depends on the ideas of the students participating. Photo shoots in the past have been done at the Guthrie Theater located downtown as well as the Japanese Garden right here on campus. They also do a lot of collaborations with other clubs on campus. If a club or organizations is in need of a photographer for an event or project, they contact the Photography and Cinematography Club for help. The club encourages anyone with an interest to join, no previous photography or cinematography experience required. They are currently looking into finding a way to rent out cameras, so even if members don’t have their own equipment, they can still participate. The Photography and Cinematography Club meets every Wednesday from 1-2 pm. You can find them in room K0432 located by the textbook depot anyone is encouraged to stop by! Kiley Hoese Lions’ Roar Student Voice


Student of the month was brought to Normandale by Amanda Lilgreen, the Student Life Coordinator here at Normandale. She decided to go forth with “Student of The Month” idea as a goal for herself. She stated, “why not have something here on campus that dedicates a month to a hard working, determined and motivated student.” The student nominated does not have to have a 4.0 GPA or extracurricular involvement; the students just simply needs to be someone who is improving themselves, someone who hasn’t given up or someone who keeps going and going to reach their success. Voting is easy! It’s done online at SurveyMonkey. You can nominate students from the convenience of your home. While speaking with Amanda, her main concern was to make this an ongoing event here on campus. This will be the first semester that student of the month will take place and she would like it to be a part of what Normandale does. Voting is the easy part, then winning comes in place. The winner for each month will be recognized with a picture and a introduction about the person, also a small gift will be given to you. If you have any questions or comments about student of the month Amanda Lilgreen can answer those for you. Her office is located in the Student Kopp Center! Aleisha Brown Lions’ Roar Student Voice



Normandale in the Fall

Fall is here and with it comes the ever-changing colors in nature that are all around us. Often times with our busy schedules, we forget how much of that beauty is right outside. We may pass it on our way to and from the parking lot or see it outside the windows of our classroom and never give it much of a second thought. This month, I decided to take some time (and a camera) and explore a bit of the lands around our campus and share what I found. I hope you enjoy it! Mark Daniels Lions’ Roar Student Voice

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November, 2013  

The Lions' Roar Student Voice is proud to present our November issue.

November, 2013  

The Lions' Roar Student Voice is proud to present our November issue.