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Volume 41

April 28th, 2014

Issue No. 10

Damage to New Science Building Delays Opening

By Hailey Boyle

The new $39 million Science and Health Careers Center on the Des Plaines Campus has been three years in the making and was set to open this summer for classes. However, substantial damage to the building’s west end has pushed the opening back. According to the Director of Oakton Facilities Leah Swanquist and the Senior Manager of Marketing of College Advancement Janet Bishop, a concrete slab on the west side is experiencing cracking and settlement problems, which usually occur when there is unequal compression on the foundation. Swanquist described the damage as “a garage with a concrete floor… and you look down and there are cracks in the concrete. That’s what it looks like.” Turner Construction, the company building the facility, brought the issue to light during the winter. “They had originally identified it as a shrinkage piece,” which is a change due to evaporation, said Swanquist. “Later on, we see ‘building’ ... page 4

Photo by Chris Riha

The new Science and Health Careers Center will open in August.

With Record Turnout, Oakton Elects New SGA By Sheffield Dynek

Photo by Chris Riha

Zainab Khan is the SGA’s president elect for the 2014-2015 school year.

Creating Justice, page 5

Oakton students elected a fresh slate of SGA members in April, choosing Zainab Khan as president. The Student Government Association’s main purpose is to take the funding provided by the college and distribute it to various student clubs and organizations. The group also provides students with a formal voice. The SGA is like a tendon that links the head and the backbone, connecting Oakton’s 10,000 students to the college administration. Right now, one of the SGA’s main objectives is creating more of a campus life, which can be difficult since this is a commuter school. Current SGA members are trying to give students more of the “college experience” and raise the awareness of the school’s various clubs and activities. Thanks to a new voting system put in place this year, Oakton students set a record for casting the most votes in the last 28 years. Director of Student Life Anne Marie Barry said, “I am delighted to note that 625 students voted” in this year’s election, held April 7-9. With new methods for voting, voters were able to access the polls through their email, a much simpler process. This system will hopefully be used next year to encourage voter

Art exhibit, page 6

turnout, allowing for a more accurate reading of student opinion. “This year was way easier to figure out what was going on than last year,” said Zach Heil, a student at Oakton for the past two years. “I think last year I only voted for one senator, whoever the first guy was, and this year I realized that all those people were running for different positions. Who knew?” Other than Khan, the SGA officers for next year include: Odontuya Sumiyatsooj as vice president, Daniel Alferes as student trustee, and Yeon Woo Kim as secretary. Additionally, there are six senators: Elizabeth Adcox, Benjamin Miller, Akash Patel, Jeremiah Stymacks, Erica Hernandes, and Alexander Anagnostpoulos. With six senators elected in total, there are still four empty senator positions, as well as an empty Treasurer position. At times the SGA has been subject to sudden resignations and vacancies in key posts. This past year, Edet Nsemo assumed the president’s post after the elected president resigned with little warning, and Tyler Solorio adopted the role of vice president in addition to his original position as communications director. As the new vice president, Sumiyatsooj is ready to take charge in the event that something, once again, goes wrong, “I feel like I’m already ready to be president.” see ‘SGA’ ... page 11

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April 28th, 2014


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Oakton Events

By Eleanor Lyon

Tuesday, April 29 Spring Blood Drive Hosted by LifeSource. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Room P103 Skokie Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance Holocaust survivors—including Stella Sokolovskaya and Yakov Zakon, founders of the Evidence of Holocaust Association—will share their experience. Oakton alumnus Ola Culbertson will show photos from Auschwitz and a short documentary will also be shown. 11:00 a.m. Room P104 Skokie UNICEF Culture Day UNICEF hosts a festival celebrating different cultures. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Room 1610 Des Plaines Credit Demystified: How to Obtain a Good Credit Rating and Keep It Sponsored by TRiO and the Office of Student Financial Assistance, students will learn about credit scores and credit agencies, how to manage student loans, explore which credit/debit card to use, and how to prevent identity theft. 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Room C110 Skokie Thursday, May 1 From Mini Skirts to Hijab Jacqueline Saper, Oakton alumnus, will tell her experience in Imperial Iran, Revolutionary Iran, and the Islamic Republic Iran. 11:00 a.m. Room A145/152 Skokie Credit Demystified: How to Obtain a Good Credit Rating and Keep It Sponsored by TRiO and the Office of Student Financial Assistance, students will learn about credit scores and credit agencies, how to manage student loans, explore which credit/debit card to use, and how to prevent identity theft. 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Room 1560 Des Plaines

Tuesday, May 6 #studybreakfast Hosted by the Learning Center, tutoring hours will be extended and students will be able to receive assistance with research papers. There will also be activities, raffle prizes, and food. 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Learning Center Des Plaines Wednesday, May 7 Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Heroes and Heroines This five-part series provides a reading, lecture, and group discussion about “The Avengers” by Rich Cohen. 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Room P103 Skokie Friday, May 9 A Night of Improv Oakton’s OMG Improv group will perform for free. 7:30 p.m. Studio One Des Plaines Thursday, May 15 Open Mics Poetry Club will provide students an opportunity to share poetry, music, and more. 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Room A167 Skokie Saturday, May 17 Community Garage Sale Habitat for Humanity is hosting a garage sale. Those who wish to sell their “gently used” items will receive a 21 x 21 foot space and a table for $40—registration deadline is Wednesday, May 14. 9:00 a.m. South Parking Lot Skokie For more information email habitat@oakton. edu or call 847-635-1845

The Debut of Debate

By Mark Harker

This spring a new student club, the Forensics Debate Team, was formed up at Oakton. It is led by David Nadolski and Bob Gynn. Throughout the semester, the debate team has competed in a variety of competitions locally. On April 7-13, however, the group traveled to Denver Colorado for their first national debate competition. Oakton sent two contestants, Heydi Garcia and Kelly Rozney, to the Phi Ro Pi National Tournament, a prestigious tournament among college debate teams that has been running since 1923.

Garcia, a freshman at Oakton studying business, competed in interpretive events, which add poetry, dramatic interpretation, and dance to a topic. She covered the topic of willfull blindness. Later, she also delivered a more traditional speech on the importance of being tested for HIV. Rozney, a sophomore, performed in a more traditional parliamentary debate. While the team did not make it to the semi-finals, Nadolski nonetheless said he thinks they did extremely well for the college’s first national competition.





Political Cynicism at Oakton By Elizabeth Sutton The level of political interest and action among Oakton students is as diverse as the students themselves. As expected there are politically engaged and passionate students, while others are not concerned with political issues due to time constraints and a need to devote their limited time to studying. In an anonymous survey by the OCCurrence, one student was unsure if political action can make a difference, as “not enough people care to get involved – I’m one of them.” In the wake of a Student Government election that featured the highest turnout in the past 28 years, many students are still unaware that this aspect of student life exists at Oakton, as evidenced in last issue’s Student Speak column, where the question of “Who are you voting for in this year’s Student Government elections?” was met with several responses along the lines of, “We have a Student Government?” This disconnect is not an issue specific to Oakton, as the findings of a 2013 study from Harvard’s Institute of Politics indicate that 48% of individuals aged 18-29, many of whom are attending college or are recent graduates, feel that their vote no longer makes a difference. The New York Times reasoned in the 2013 article “For ‘Millennials,’ a Tide of Cynicism and a Partisan Gap” that “the economy is a major reason for the disillu-

sionment of young voters, who are saddled with student debt and worried about how to find jobs.” 50% of Oakton’s students identify themselves as “not interested” in political issues, though 80% of students also express interest or concern in a variety of issues such as race, gender, LGBT rights, and education. From there, students Photo by Chris Riha split between being “unsure” Only half of Oakton’s students are interested in politics. or “positive” of the ability of political action to make a difference. “I can’t ability to make a difference, even through grasp what goes on [in politics], it’s all smart modest contributions. This seems to already words and bulls----,” remarked one student. be happening at Oakton, as the recent acIt makes sense that students feel left tivities demonstrated by Students for Social out of or misled by political happenings, Justice and the department of Women’s and as “this generation hasn’t seen progress Gender Studies have shown through the on most major reform movements in their “Veterans and Mental Health” and “Sexual lifetime,” reports in the Assault Awareness” campaigns. article, “How to Break the Cycle of Mil95% of Oakton students express conlennial Discontent in Politics.” Combined cern about political issues close to them, with stress, lack of time, and a myriad of despite many complaints about the inaccesdemands, such as part- or full-time work, sibility of politics. Simply sharing informaparenthood, or lack of funds, many com- tion about an issue that is important to you munity college students feel they’ve lost a can spark interest among other students, voice in their government, or simply never as well as taking action through clubs. Use had a say. your classes and professors as a resource, However, at a time when we have ac- and learn about what interests you – even cess to classes that shed a priceless light sites like Tumblr or Reddit can be a great on how our economy, government, and even avenue to contributing. It is never too late how we function and fit into society, stu- to make your voice heard. dents should be made more aware of their

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Veterans Week Highlights Struggles ‘building’ ... from page 1 realized that it wasn’t.” Oakton is working with Turner, as After Military Service By Sheffield Dynek well as Legat Architects, the company that designed the Some of you may have noticed that there were collages of crosses decorating walls all over campus. The collages were comprised of 22 individual crosses, representing the 22 veterans lost to suicide every day, and were meant to raise public awareness to the many struggles associated with discharged veterans. “We wanted to try to do some things to help promote awareness of the many issues surrounding veterans, which people are surprisingly unaware of,” said Tyler Solorio, SGA’s vice president as well as a veteran himself, in regards to Veterans week at Oakton. On April 1, 2, and 3, Oakton hosted Dr. John Mundt’s presentation on the issues veterans have living a civilian lifestyle. About 30 guests attended. His topics ranged from the “stupid stuff civilians say to veterans” to sexual assault in the military. Every topic was more intriguing and, at the same time, more disappointing than the last. In various ways, Mundt described why it is that veterans have higher rates of suicide, mental illness, drug abuse, sexual assault, homelessness, and college dropouts. Regarding mental illness, a majority of veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), while others share common symptoms. PTSD is an illness that appears after a person experiences a situation that may have caused or threatened to cause physical harm. It is a tricky illness to treat because the healing process requires subjects to talk about the experience, but many veterans are reluctant to

open up, Mundt explained. One of the ways that Mundt deals with this is in his peer support groups, “We talk about coping methods, rather than the actual stories that individuals may have. This allows for us to help people in a broader sense, and a less emotional way.” This is a great way of helping individuals, because anything and everything can be a trigger for struggling veterans. Running along side with PTSD is the “meds-only” type of treatment that these patients are receiving, Mundt said. This method is standard for anybody seeking mental illness consultations. You walk into your doctors’ office filled with angst and a desire to recover, but you end up leaving with an expensive prescription. This type of treatment does not always help, especially since veterans are at a higher risk of becoming addicted to drugs, leading to other complications such as suicide and homelessness. According to Mundt, we need to seek out alternate treatment processes that are individually based on one’s needs. “These mental illnesses don’t have a shelf life, they’re gifts that keep on giving, where the gifts are traumatic and violent images in ones mind,” Mundt said. When citizens make an effort to keep in mind veterans’ health, it helps these people that have sacrificed themselves for our freedoms. So, as veterans come back to the states, it becomes our duty as civilians to protect them, not from the tragedies of war but from the tragedies of reality.

facility, but so far there is no clear cause for the damage. “There are a couple things we’re looking at,” she added. “One of them is impact from the flood. “ Last year, a huge rainstorm battered the Chicagoland area and swelled the Des Plaines River to record heights, flooding much of the surrounding region. With its parking lots and surrounding areas underwater, Oakton’s Des Plaines campus was forced to close for more than a week. But the flood is only one possibility, and Legat Architects addressed the issue of flooding in a press release, “the piers raise the center seven-and-a-half feet above ground in response to a flood hazard zone. During floods, water will flow beneath the building.” Approximately 8,000 square feet have been affected by the cracking. Relative to the size of the entire building, which measures approximately 93,000 square feet, “this is a small area,” Swanquist said. The area that is affected is what will be the Division One office, a few restrooms and the adjunct faculty office on the first floor. Soil engineers have taken samples and measurements and confirmed that the cracks and settlement issues will not spread to the rest of the building. “Several origins are currently being explored,” said Swanquist, “but sometimes, things come up during the construction process... Nothing goes according to plan.” The problem will cost Oakton more money to fix; however, the amount is unknown since the origin of the damage hasn’t been pinpointed. “However, as is the case with all major construction projects,” says Bishop, “we do have a contingency budget for the project.” Turner Construction did not respond to requests for comment. The construction delay has put plans on hold, but Paul Gulezian, an Oakton biology teacher, said he is not worried. “Everyone was looking forward to getting into the new building,” he said. “There will definitely be improvements for science classes… but if we have to wait a few months, that’s all right.” The plan is to work through the summer to fix the problem. “We’re working towards being open for fall classes on August 25,” said Swanquist. “We’re excited to move in.”

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Arts & Entertainment


Creating Justice Event Blends Art and Social Activism

By Eleanor Lyon

This year, Oakton has produced its third Creating Justice event at the Des Plaines campus. While Mohamed Mehdi, an Oakton professor, is the main organizer for the event, there are several other individuals and departments that provide their assistance in organizing this event, including Tony Churchill and his assistants in the Performing Arts Center, members of the Humanities department, the Peace and Social Justice department, and the Women’s and Gender Studies department. In the words of Mehdi, “The idea of this event is to showcase and talk about the power of creative arts to transform our society for the better.” He says that art and activism have both helped to strengthen and define the other. Oakton is apparently an ideal place for an event like this because students, artists, educators, community organizers, and local community members are able to come together and, Mehdi added, this is “one key part of what a community college is all about- contributing to the community through intellectual and artistic practices that speak to people.” Another significant driving force behind Creating Justice is a man named Bob Bowen. Although he is no longer with us, he continues to inspire activism. A brother to Oakton’s Tom Bowen, Bob was a member of the band Strike Anywhere who lived according to many of the principles promoted by Creating Justice. Mehdi said, “When he passed away three years ago, we wanted to commemorate it and celebrate this kind of work. Creating Justice seemed like a great

spoke about immigration policies, politics, gentrification, and the influence of the media. Their main message was “we can’t just oppose, we’ve got to propose.” Other than the members of Rebel Diaz, many other speakers came to Oakton from various places just for this event. Nicolas Lampert, an artist, author, and faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Department of Art and Design, gave the opening presentation about activist art and the tactics used. Churchill moderated a panel about political theater that consisted of several leading figures in Chicago theater. Photo by Chris Riha Ricardo Levins Morales, an artist and activist based in MilwauMC Rodstarz (middle) and MC G1 (right) of Rebel Diaz performed in Oakton’s cafeteria as a young fan watched. kee, spoke about how he goes about creating socially-engaged way to do that.” art. Also, Drew Gonsalves, a Canadian but Oppression and discrimination seemed Trinidadian-born musician and songwriter, to be a theme of the event this year. The taught about the emergence of Calypso muheadlining performer for the night was a rap group known as Rebel Diaz from New York. sic in Trinidad and also played traditional Calypso songs. The members of Rebel Diaz, MC Rodstarz With so many speakers traveling from and MC G1, originally grew up in Chicago many different places, how does this all but moved to New York, where they opened happen? Oakton is able to compensate the the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective in 2008. Ugoparticipants by involving many on-campus chi also performed at the event; she is a singer with a style that is described as Af- groups in the funding: the Oakton Educational Foundation, the Women’s and Gender robeat and Chi-town soul. The performances took place in a trans- Studies department, the Honors Program, formed cafeteria at the end of the night with the Office of Access, Equity, and Diversity, a stage set up, as well as lighting and sound and the Humanities department. Mehdi said, “They love coming to a place like Oakequipment. Earlier in the day, MC Rodstarz and ton, and they do it at discount rates.” By hosting an event such as this, Oakton MC G1 gave a presentation that mostly adis helping to create the artists and activists dressed the current attack on hip-hop and of the future. youth culture. In relation to this issue, they

LGBTQ Advocate Speaks with Audience at Oakton

By Cuyler Jenkins

Photo by Chris Riha

Robyn Ochs engaged the audience at Oakton.

An accomplished public speaker, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning) advocate, and educator, Robyn Ochs has spoken at over 400 universities and colleges. On April 9, she brought that experience to Oakton. A strong speaker, she started her talk bringing attention to the LGBTQ community. Ochs started with questioning how old the audience members were. The audience consisted of young adults who came of age

during the time the LGBTQ community made great strides in equal rights, and also adults who came of age during the 1980s, specifically during the advent of the AIDS epidemic. Adding to the diversity of the audience, there were also a few individuals who had grown up in a different culture and immigrated to America. It was interesting to hear how other cultures viewed the gay community and how those who are part of the gay community could illuminate some of the issues. Ochs spoke with a firm conviction and infinite patience as she brought to light an LGBTQ subculture that was never much talked about: the bisexual community. She explained that a large population of the bisexual community started to figure out their identities as they were transitioning from childhood to adulthood, when they were confused by what they were feeling. As time passed, and information became more readily accessible to those who were questioning, they became more comfortable with their sexual orientation and were able to identify in a way they felt most comfortable. However, Ochs explained that some members of the gay community were responsible for a backlash against bisexual people, arguing that they were in denial of their gay or lesbian orientation or even claiming it for attention. As a bisexual woman herself, Ochs contends that such a belief is a contradiction

to the entire LGBTQ community; the community was created to foster understanding relationships, as well as promote a loving and supportive environment, she said. She also stressed the importance of millennials’ access to information regarding sexuality and how this is a great advantage that wasn’t afforded to people growing up before the age of the internet. Audience participation was a big component of Ochs’ talk. Because there was a small number of people in attendance, the audience was able to participate in an intimate way, as opposed to requesting to talk by raising hands. Various members of the audience talked about their relationship with the LGBTQ community, when they first realized that there was an LGBTQ community, and even shared stories about their own experiences. It was a very heartwarming and informative discussion-oriented atmosphere. The end of Ochs’ allotted time came too quickly, and everyone shared what they learned from the talk. After Ochs was finished, she remained to answer more questions, to talk, and even to sell copies of her book, “Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World,” and buttons with many humorous quotes, including one by Captain Jack Harkness, a fan-loved character from the Dr. Who universe. Ochs was a terrific speaker, advocating for a more open and loving world.


April 28th, 2014

Arts & Entertainment

OakArt Showcases Student Work By Kyle Jerominski An event at Oakton that seems to not be receiving enough attention from its student body is the annual OakArt show. Oakton’s Koehnline Museum on the Des Plaines campus showcases pieces of art made by students throughout April, and the opening night was April 3. Maybe because of my moderate colorblindness, I’ve never been to an art opening before, but it also could be because I’m rather inexperienced when it comes to art. At first, I didn’t notice how many people were there or even the art presented, because I spotted and took advantage of the free coffee, cheese, and cookies offered outside the museum. After overindulging myself on the snacks, I went inside the museum. The first thing that caught my attention was the number of people. I’ve gone inside the Koehnline Museum plenty of times before, but I’m usually the only one there. After recovering from the shock of seeing the gallery filled, I started to look around. I was really amazed by the amount of work shown, as well as the many different mediums. They had what I expected to be there – paintings, drawings, and ceramics – but they also had digital and traditional photography and fashion. Soon, after taking a couple of trips around the museum, I talked to student artist Kenna Delmar, who had created a ceramic piece entitled, “Le Château de la Cephalopod” (The Castle of the Cephalopod). This piece to put it simply, depicts an octopus on top of a bottle of wine that appears to have been dropped in the ocean hundreds of years ago. I was astonished when I first

Photo by Chris Riha

OakArt was filled with people and works by talented artists.

saw it, and asked Delmar how long she has been working with ceramics. “This is only my first semester doing ceramics, and this is my first time at OakArt.” She continued by explaining how she came upon the idea of making this piece: “Well, I was in biology, and we learned about an octopus that made a home out of bottles.” Lou Pierozzi, Oakton ceramics teacher and chair of the art department, explained how students are chosen to be a part of OakArt; a student must first be enrolled in an art class to be eligible. “Then, their instructor selects which pieces are going to be shown at

A Talented Poet Tells his Story

Born in Queens, New York on June 22, 1991, Nash grew up with his parents in the Joe Nash, a 22-year-old poet and stu- city of New York. At five years old, Nash made the move from Queens to Glenview. dent at Oakton, was the winner of this After his parents divorced, Nash said he year’s “That Talent Thing,” a performance event and competition sponsored by the OC- struggled with his overwhelming negative Currence. Reading one of his inspirational thoughts and his self-esteem. At this time, the people who surrounded him were a poor poems, “Looking Back,” Nash detailed the hardships of his youth, surviving drug abuse influence. Turning to those involved with and ultimately escaping a life defined by gangs who were selling drugs, Nash started trouble. The crowd was surprised by the de- to rebel against his past, he said. Even in the suburbs of Chicago, he pointtails while moved by Nash’s emotional clarity and his clever rhymes. Along with winning ed out, “if you want to find trouble you’ll find the show, Nash also took home a trophy and it.” Unfortunately for Nash, his actions led to a loss of trust from the people that he cared a $200 prize. about most: his parents and close friends. These losses, he said, inspired him to bring about a positive change in his life. Through the help of various sobriety support groups, Nash was able to emerge from the dark corner of his mind that he settled into for so long. He had to “change playgrounds” to do what was best for him, he said. Becoming a ghost to the life that he once knew so well, Nash began to change the world for the better. Now four years sober since his birthday in 2010, Nash is doing better than ever and finds Photo by Chris Riha his comforts in helping others who are struggling. Through volJoe Nash captivated the crowd at Oakton’s talent show.

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OakArt,” he said. Pierozzi also was available to explain any of the pieces to those who were curious. There was a lot of student work presented, and much of it was impressive. One can easily see everything in ten minutes, but some observers could also easily linger for an hour. Bottom line: OakArt is a pleasant experience, and I believe everyone should take the time to go see it. The museum is conveniently located at the very center of the Des Plaines campus (next to the library), and, most importantly, is free and showcases the talented artists of Oakton.

unteering at mental health centers all over Chicago, setting up meetings, and spreading awareness with his writing, Nash is making a difference. Finding himself in sobriety, along with a confident self-esteem and a real feeling of self-worth, Nash lives every day of his life with a new perspective, he said. He feels that writing is the key to expression, and hopes to document his experiences for the sake of others that are going through the same hardships. He plans to, one day, write a book of his own to inspire people in the same way that he was inspired. “I’m not solely interested in rap music,” Nash said. “Some of my favorite writers come out of the 1960s and 1970s. People like Simon and Garfunkel, the Temptations, Neil Young, and Sam Cooke. There [are] a lot of different groups and music that I listen to, but I would never say that one person is my inspiration because there isn’t one. I would say that the world is my inspiration, life in general, and I’m always inspired by things that I do and the people around me.” Nash is continuing his education and working towards becoming a registered nurse and a police officer. He is enthused about his love for the teachers, students, and staff members at Oakton, because even when he’s struggling to work things out, Oakton will always be here for him, providing a positive escape. Wherever life takes Joe Nash, it is sure to be an interesting story, and through his writing, we can all enjoy it with him.



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April 28th, 2014


Streaking Raiders Hit a Speed Bump During Game One By Jim Hasani The blustery wind and chilled air didn’t stop the Oakton Raiders Baseball Team from playing their best against their conference rival, the College of Lake County Lancers. Game one of the crucial double header didn’t go the Raiders’ way, with Oakton falling to the Lancers by the final score of 6-3. The loss snapped Oakton’s eight-game winning streak. The Raiders started off with a slow start, allowing three quick runs in the first inning. Starting pitcher Jake McCabe said, “I got behind guys too much, could have thrown a lot more quality strikes”. The struggles continued into the second inning, when Lake County scored two more runs. The Raiders were also plagued with some costly errors. Second baseman Brian Czyl reflected on it by saying, “Once we forget the errors we start hitting; we can’t worry about the errors we made and need to keep moving on with the game.” Oakton finally managed to scrape a run together in the third inning, bringing the score to 5-1. The Raiders continued showing signs of life in the fourth inning, bringing

the remainder of the game, for a final of 6-3. “We didn’t come up clutch, as the hitters left a lot on base today,” said pitcher Michael Woods. When asked if the windy weather contributed to the outcome of the game, Raider Mike Shastany said, “The weather might have played a factor, as our hitters tried going for home runs instead of keeping it on the ground.” Postgame, a visibly upset Coach Bill Fratto gathered the team in the outfield to give them a spirited pep talk. Fratto did share some of his thoughts after meeting with the team. “We still can control our destiny in the conference,” Photo by Chris Riha he said. “The next game coming up is a must-win game.” Raider Sean Eder slides into home plate. The bitter loss will not leave the team down. “We won eight in a row until home two more runs. now. We need to put the loss behind us. We The comeback ended up being shortare fighting for a top four seed in the region. lived. The Lancers extended their lead to 6-3 when the leadoff batter started the top We need to step up and show what we are made of,” said Fratto. of the fifth inning by smashing the ball past Oakton came into the game against Lake the left field wall for a home run, extinguishCounty College with an overall record of 18-7 ing Oakton’s hopes and momentum. From that point on, both teams’ offense went ice and a conference record of 7-4. Despite the loss, the Raiders redeemed cold. The pitchers on each side worked quick scoreless innings. The score stayed put for themselves in the second game, winning 6-4.





Softball Team Wins Double Header in First Official Game By Eleanor Lyon In their first official game of the season, Oakton’s softball team really showed everyone what they were capable of, winning a double header against Morton Grove on April 10. The girls won the first game 4-1 and the second 6-3. The first game of the double header started out slowly. In the first couple innings, neither team gained any points. However, once the game picked up, things intensified quickly. The Raiders held their ground and were able to prevent Morton Grove from gaining too much ground. Although it seemed like the other team was going to make a comeback, the Raiders stood their ground. Assistant Coach Denise Hollis said, “I thought we played a good, average game, I don’t think it was a great game for us, but it’s always good to win.” Although Hollis believes there is room for improvement, she also believes that the team is capable of performing well in the playoffs this year. “I think Charlie’s throwing the ball extremely well,” she said of pitcher Charlie Nolen. “I’m impressed that our hitting and defense has improved.” Heather Kuhn, the catcher, echoed Hollis’ expectations for a good season, saying, “I think that if we all keep our heads in it, we’ve got some power.” Head Coach Jim Goranson was also impressed with the team. “I am incredibly proud of how well the players are playing,” he said. “Many of the players have not played since freshman or sophomore year in high school, and here they are competing with players who never stopped playing.” The team was originally held back because of some issues with eligibility. Now that they are able to play, the girls are really proving themselves. “This group of girls has been really great

with overcoming” their issues, added Nolen, the pitcher. She said they are “really stepping up and doing their job, and playing for the game and not for what’s going on around us.” “The girls have really bonded this year and I think that every game we’ve gotten better and improved,” Hollis said. When you speak with the players, improvement seems to be what they are focused on more than anything else. Jess Loy said, “Every day, we try to get 1% better, that’s what our coach asks us to do, that’s what we expect from ourselves; 1% better every day.” With high hopes for the playoffs, Goranson said, “Hopefully, when we start the playoffs, we will be prepared to represent Oakton

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Jess Loy bats for the Raiders.

Oakton Tennis Team Features Stars

By Cuyler Jenkins

On April 17, the Oakton Men’s Tennis team travelled to Grayslake to face down the College of Lake County as the season drew to a close. The NJCAA recorded the team as playing a total of nine matches, winning only two. But those two wins were some of the best in the season. “We had nine matches, with six single games and three doubles,” said head coach Neal Sipkovsky in an interview. “But we won the number one single and number one double. Those are our top spots, the heart and soul of the team.” Sipkovsky is right to be proud of his number one players. Ross Gan is ranked as the number one men’s single tennis player in the NJCAA region, and Dominick Budzik is the number one double player, sharing that honor with his teammate Gan. “Talent wins out,” Sipkovsky said. “They were able to dictate the action of their matches and make their shots count. Two of our

with pride.” Hollis believes that their hard work and team skills will be projected into the playoffs, giving them an advantage. This is the first year that Oakton’s softball team has been an intercollegiate sport. Goranson stresses his feelings about the impact that sports can have on young people, particularly young women, learning skills that are applied to everyday life. “I read a story featuring Jessica Mendoza, a former Olympic softball player and she quoted a study done that interviewed Women Board of Directors and over 70% of those on board played sports,” he said. “That is the impact that playing sports can have on female athletes.”

other losses were incredibly close; they were for the number two ranked and number five ranked singles matches. Our players are a little inexperienced, the other teams have guys who’ve played more in high school. It’s hard to pull an upset in tennis when skill sets aren’t equal.” The tennis season ended in mid-April. But for Gan, the end of the regular season is just the beginning. “I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to excel,” Gan said. “After the last match, next week is a regional tournament. To make national, I need to win the entire single’s bracket. Getting to Nationals was my goal for the entire season.” Should Gan win the regional tournament, he will travel to Texas for the national tournament. In regionals, he will be playing with his doubles partner, Budzik. “Playing with Gan is a challenge,” Budzik said. “I’m so used to being the number one man. Like Dwayne Wade, I had to take a step back for Gan, but I don’t feel the need

to be aggressive. Our strengths cover each other’s weakness, and we make for a very solid team.” The allure of regionals and a few choice re-matches is invigorating for Budzik, and he is looking forward to the challenges it brings. “There was a doubles team from Moraine Valley that I’m really looking forward to,” Budzik says. “They were undefeated when we played, and it was very back and forth, but they ended up taking the match. I’m looking forward to the re-match; Gan and I play very well under pressure, and I’m pumped for it.” Budzik brought the heat to the next match with Gan, as both won their number one doubles match to finish the regular season. Gan, meanwhile, dominated his number one ranked singles match, winning both sets to finish the season with an undefeated 10-0 record. He will be awarded the Skyway Conference Player of the Year, as well as the Region Four Player of the Year award.


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Fashion and Feminism

By Sarah Hernandez

Recently, I had the fortune of meeting fellow feminist and fashion journalist Blair Goldman. She immediately charmed me with her bright personality and fashion-forward statements. As we talked, she enlightened me with her vast knowledge about feminism and the role it plays in fashion. Today, there are magazines, television shows, and websites dedicated to fashion industry. As a woman, it should be empowering to see a world that seems tailor-made for and dominated by a female presence. However, the truth is, the fashion world has been both helpful and harmful to women’s self-esteem. Though the positive aspects of empowerment and expression exist, many fashion outlets insist on objectifying and pressuring women to hold them to unattainable standards. When Goldman and I talked, we discussed the difficulties surrounding the dual identities of “feminist” and “fashionista.” It’s hard to co-exist as both because of all the sexism in fashion outlets. When you are a young girl, embracing fashion is considered normal, yet criticized by some as shallow and materialistic. Girls are constantly reminded that they must look and dress in a certain way in order to get anywhere in their lives. Even though fashion is considered a feminine-oriented industry, a male opinion is more valued than female. Huffington Post Style published an article

in December 2013 called “23 Trends Men Hate,” which featured a list of female fashion trends alongside demeaning comments from men. Goldman was enraged when she saw this article, as she thought it was unjust and sexist to think that men have the right to tell what women what to wear. Goldman and I, as females, feel that fashion has less to do with gender and more to do with oneself. It’s a commonly-held expression that fashion is a way of demonstrating your own personality and interests through your style of clothing. Yet the media stresses that fashion should mainly be used as a tool to gain a significant other or to conform to societal norms, which sends a very negative message to younger children. It shows them that if they aren’t following the popular trends, they won’t be able to ‘fit in.’ The message instead should be that you must be true to yourself instead of trying to conform to unrealistic standards. We should also teach that fashion as a field or a hobby shouldn’t be viewed as shallow or solely for females, but instead as a creative outlet for future fashionistas. So if you ever hear that the way you dress isn’t up to society’s standards, put your foot down and proudly state that you dress for yourself, not others! Goldman and I will gladly come to your side and defend your voice in dressing the way you want. We fashionistas love our trends, but we defiantly dress as we do because it makes US happy.

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Leading Anti-Virus Software a Complete Scam

By Jeremiah Stymacks

With “10,000 downloads at $3.99, a 4.5 star rating, and 1200 positive reviews,” you may be fooled into buying this anti-virus app titled “Virus Shield.” Surely the #1 paid app of the week has someone verifying its integrity, right? That’s where you would be wrong. I put

the pieces together in order to understand what was happening from all possible angles. The most revealing story I read was written by Alex Hern in The Guardian, titled “Fake Android Antivirus App Developer Says Virus Shield was a ‘Foolish Mistake’,” in which he interview the 17-year old Jesse Carter, who had developed the software. Carter had claimed that the software fraud was unintentional, as he had forgotten to upload the actual anti-virus code for the app. Conveniently so, because updates ranging from version 1.0 to 2.2 would suggest a certain level of awareness of the issue – so in my opinion, negligence is implied above all else. It’s hard to place blame solely on one person. While it became clear that this started with the intentions of a 17-year old scammer and amateur developer, I wouldn’t be too eager to believe that this matter ended with him. Just for starters, some blame ought to be put onto the people that elevated this app to be as highly rated as it is. Another fault lies with the Google Play store, whose refund policy made it impossible for people to get their money back after a set

amount of time had passed after buying the app. This policy is especially egregious when the app’s content is based on prevention. How could you know an anti-virus shield is working within the half-hour window to get a refund? If you weren’t tech-savvy in the first place, how would you even know whether it was working within any stretch of time? The real question is not what will happen to Jesse Carter, but what changes are being made in the Google store to prevent this sort of thing from happening again? Shady capitalism isn’t making its first appearance, scams have always played a part in some marketplaces, and the digital version is no different. My advice is to always do your homework on software you download or purchase. I wouldn’t be satisfied with gleaming reviews from a comment section, as those could easily be faked. I would advise using Google and YouTube for some independent reviews. There are tons of resources where geeky tech enthusiasts make it their hobby to explain these things to casual and advanced users alike.


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Visual Style Defines “Alphaville” By Kyle Jerominski What can be said about Jean-Luc Godard that hasn’t been said already? By the time Godard made his 1965 dystopian sciencefiction film noir, “Alphaville: A Strange Tale of Lemmy Caution,” he had directed eight feature-length films in a span of only five years; almost of all these features are highly regarded by filmmakers and critics, as well as me, as masterpieces. What makes Godard so remarkable and different from most filmmakers is how no two films of his are alike, yet they all share a similar and distinctive visual style. He is undeniably a true auteur. “Alphaville” takes place in a city of the same name in the near future. The adventure follows Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine), a secret agent from “the Outlands,” whose mission is to destroy whoever or whatever is in control of Alphaville. Caution is a model film noir protagonist; he is an intelligent, cynical, and hard-boiled secret agent, who wears a trenchcoat and fedora, is always cool and in control of every situation, smokes numerous cigarettes, narrates throughout the film, and falls in love with a girl (Anna Karina). In the world of “Alphaville,” everything is controlled by a supercomputer, named Alpha 60, which has decided to forbid everything it recognizes as “illogical,” such as emotions or free thinking. Those who break the law are interrogated immediately by the supercomputer, and, in most cases, are punished by being shot and stabbed to death in a swimming pool by synchronized swimmers while a large audience watches

with enjoyment. The plot itself is nothing spectacular or astounding, but in film noir the plot of the film does not really matter; it’s all about the visual style, and there is an abundance of it in “Alphaville.” From the opening sequence of the film, I was enthralled by what I was seeing. The way the film’s cinematographer, Raoul Coutard, captures the dark and eerie metropolis by panning from building to building and introduces the protagonist by cutting to Caution sitting in his car – his neck and face hidden in the shadows and seen only for a brief moment when he lights his cigarette – is a perfect and unforgettable way to introduce the viewer to the world of “Alphaville.” I absolutely loved this film from the first frame to the last. The most incredible aspect was that it was shot entirely on-location in Paris with no built sets. Combining modern architecture, natural low-key lighting, and a morose atmosphere makes the viewer completely believe that the city of Paris is a futuristic, fully-functioning Orwellian dystopia. “Alphaville” is another masterpiece from Godard, and, surprisingly, is one of his most accessible films to watch. But there are still many references and homages to film history, fiction, and poetry for hardcore enthusiasts to enjoy. Fortunately, not catching all these references does

not hinder the viewing experience, and, more importantly, does not leave the viewer feeling like an idiot for not understanding what Godard persistently throws at them. This film is absolutely a must-see for everyone, and I recommend it even more highly to Godard fans, people interested in the French New Wave, and those interested in experiencing the more artistic side of cinema.

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“Summer of Blake Sinclair” a Story You Can’t Put Down during and after college. As such, the web comic has high appeal with other college students, and shows the fears and struggles we have on a social level with a warmth and accessibility we can all appreciate. I highly recommend this comic to anyone and everyone. For those who are interested, check out and read this ongoing web comic with me!

By Sarah Hernandez As the summer breezes began rolling in, I was looking for some blissful warm-weather reading. I came across the wonderfully-written web comic “Summer of Blake Sinclair” by Sarah Burgess, a thrilling romance filled with lies, honesty, and a lot of narcissism. I was instantly hooked on the characters and their dynamic backstories. In the comic, we follow main character Blake Sinclair, and his drama-filled summer. Blake is a hipster, to say the least, as well as a ladies’ man who is painfully honest. This compelling character makes you want to love him, yet at the same time yell through the pages at how much of a jerk he is, especially considering how Blake treats another main character, Ruthie. Ruthie is your standard girl-next-door: she has the good looks and the sweet presence, but her antisocial side is a bit of a twist. I found Ruthie to be the character I could most connect with, and I could even see myself in her. This relatable writing makes me applaud Sarah Burgess’ work even more. I was fortunate enough to receive some input from Burgess on what makes her characters tick and what she hopes readers take away from the comic. “My aim with this comic was to have characters with many sides and aspects to them, so I really wanted the story to be incorporated in different ways depending on

who you are,” Burgess said. “I think most of all, I want readers to relate to the characters, their problems and flaws and the changes they go through.” With this story, there are indeed a number of characters to relate to, from the caring Janey, the grumpy Sasha, and the wild-card Blythe. When I began reading the comic, I honestly thought I wouldn’t like it because the art style is rough and a bit ‘all over the place.’ But then, as I kept reading, I realized I wouldn’t want it to be any other way. The style fits the characters well, makes them seem authentic, and articulates the mood of the comic just right. The monochrome colors take me into a world that is plain and realistic. The simplicity of the drawings and color strikes a perfect balance with the crazy life of Blake Sinclair. Sarah Burgess stated that the story is based on their own fears and experiences

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“FIFA World Cup: Brazil” Just Like The Real Thing By Jim Hasani In mid-April, “FIFA World Cup” finally arrived. No, not the actual World Cup; that starts in early June. What I’m speaking of is the “FIFA World Cup: Brazil” video game available for PS3 and XBox 360 consoles. Simply put, the game is spectacular. Minutes after starting up the game, I was completely blown away. It offers everything you could desire in a soccer game. To those who might be hesitant to buy this game due to the perceived notion that it’s just a “World Cup” game and won’t offer the array of teams offered in the regular “FIFA” games, you are in for a surprise. Not only is it better than the yearly “FIFA” games that offer hundreds of teams, it’s the best soccer game ever made while sporting every nation. Now, it’s time to the break down the components that make this game truly revolutionary. Everything starts with the main menu, or “home.” To my surprise, the options are various. You could choose to play a quick, immediate game by selecting “Kick Off.” The most-used option will definitely be “FIFA World Cup Brazil” mode. It consists of a detailed season along the road to the World Cup. You select the team you want to accompany on the World Cup journey, experiencing qualifications, roster changes, managing the team, and finally the longawaited World Cup tournament. You get a chance to delve into a real-life scenario of how it actually all occurs, and you can do it right from your couch. One of the most exciting game modes is the online play. Instead of playing against the computer, you can play against anyone

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in the world. It’s a neat feature, considering the World Cup is a world event, so playing against competitors from around the world can be especially fun. What is usually deemed the crucial component to every game is the gameplay itself. “World Cup” is all about the gameplay. The controls are basic and easy to use; however, if you want to get fancy, they offer a selection of what type of style you want to play. The player movements are out of this world. From tripping over the ball to different variations of kicks, this game has motions completely resembling the real-life movements on the field. Finally, the game’s visuals: to me, this was the most impressive feature, which

speaks volumes. The animations are so detailed that women will gasp at the sight of the video game version of Cristiano Ronaldo, thinking it’s actually him! The in-game action animations are very thorough. It gives you a glimpse of people standing outside of stadiums watching a giant screen and rooting for their teams. Simply put, the graphics and animations are breathtaking. Overall, “FIFA World Cup: Brazil” is easily the best soccer game ever created. It’s easily worth the $60 investment. If you want to experience Brazil at the World Cup without going there, then go out and grab this game today. It’s the next best option.


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“Captain America” Oozes With Action By Jim Hasani Captain America is back at it again. The last time we saw Captain America, also known as Steve Rogers, he was doing battle alongside the Avengers. This time in “The Winter Soldier,” we are introduced to Cap as an everyday criminal-hunting member of the organization SHIELD. The movie does a good job of showcasing his attempt to adjust to modern times. Some nice touches include having Rogers keeping a pen and notepad (how old-fashioned) with him, jotting down the pop culture items he encounters. “The Winter Solider” is a much different movie than the previous “Captain America: The First Avenger” was. From the opening minutes, we delve into a fight scene – something that took much longer to develop in the first film. The first action scene foreshadows much of the remainder of the film. Amidst the action, however, there is an intriguing story that fuels the picture. Though it might surprise most, the movie doesn’t center around Captain America himself. The plot heavily revolves around the leader of the SHIELD organization, Nick Fury. It’s what happens to Fury early on in the movie that propels the plot. Whether you are a newcomer

to the “Captain America” franchise or a Marvel die-hard, if you were hoping to find some answers to the origins of the SHIELD, you are in luck. Instead of focusing on settingup the next “Avengers” flick, the movie unexpectedly does the opposite. We are also re-introduced to a group named Hydra – nospoilers, Hydra has all the answers. The performances in the movie are great. Once again, Chris Evans knocks it out of the park as Captain America. He has mastered the sensitive and humble, yet tough superhero that his character stands for. Robert Redford puts on an impressive performance as Alexander Pierce, walking the fine line between good and evil throughout the movie. Scarlett Johansson reprises her Avengers role as Black Widow, and there is no denying she has great onscreen chemistry with Chris Evans. Finally, Sebastian Stan plays the Winter Soldier, the mysterious nemesis, whose true identity plays a crucial role in the story arc of the film. Action defines this film, and it is relentless and almost nauseating at times. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you will love it. This can be exciting or tiresome, but I found it to be the latter. The excitement doesn’t only rest on the action and destruction. The multiple plot twists are pleasing, with various peaks and valleys through-

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out the 136 action-packed minutes. So don’t look away to play with your phone, or you will miss key plot elements. Overall, “Winter Soldier” delivers an early start to the summer blockbuster season. It is visually appealing, entertaining, and suspenseful, yet at times it can be a draining action flick. Whether you are comic book geek or a fan of action, “Captain America” remains a must see. There’s no better way to kick start your summer than with America’s first “Avenger.”

Capt’n Nemo’s: Delicious Subs Exploding with Flavor By Sheffield Dynek With three locations spanning the north side of Chicago, Capt’n Nemo’s is a sandwich shop worthy of recognition. I checked out the shop located at 38 Green Bay Rd. in Winnetka, just south of Willow Road. Inside the red brick walls is an aroma that will make your mouth water before you even see their wide variety of sandwiches, soups and outof-this-world chili. This location features hand-painted murals on the red and yellow walls, along with old comic books, giving customers a comfortable feeling and kitschy atmosphere while enjoying their food. Since the opening in 1971 at their original location in Rogers Park, the brand has been able to expand, allowing for more people to savor the satisfaction of a high-quality, meat-filled sandwich. Thanks to the hard work of the Ragusi family for more than 40 years, this institution will be around as long as Chicagoans crave

One of three locations in the north side of Chicago.

the hand-crafted meat and vegetable medley that some refer to as a submarine sandwich. I wasn’t sure what to order, because all of the sandwiches seemed elaborate and grasping the flavors of all the ingredients was not easy. So, I asked one of the sandwich architects what he felt was a good decision. He responded, “Well, the Northern Italian and Italian Beef is what we’re famous for, but I go for the Turbo. It’s not on the menu, but a couple of high school kids created it a few years back in a contest and I just can’t get enough of its flavor.” That said, I ordered a Turbo, with extra “Capt’n sauce” (a vinaigrette-based dressing, which is their secret sauce) and a cup of the split pea soup. A combo consisting of half a sandwich, a drink and cup of soup runs you about $7, so anybody can enjoy this place. To say that I enjoyed the sandwich would be an understatement. It was a flavor explosion in my mouth that left me craving more. So I did just that and ordered a half turkey club sandwich to go. In total I spent about $10 at the sandwich shop, but I may have overindulged. In assessing a sandwich, I look for three things to get a good feeling for the actual zest. The first is meatiness, and Nemo’s has a lot of meat in their sandwiches. The second is cheesiness, and their sandwich has about two or more slices of cheese in it. The third, and most important, would be sauciness, and hands down, any location

Photos courtesy of The original Capt’n in 1971 “customers are smart, just make a good sandwich and soup and they will come back.”

that has a secret sauce automatically passes the test there. Passing all three categories is hard to do, but Capt’n Nemo’s did it with flying colors. Another reason why this location is worth mentioning is because every year right around now they link up with New Trier business classes. They hold a contest and the student winners have a sandwich featured at the Winnetka location all summer. I think this is a pretty cool idea, and I really appreciate the fact that they allow students to be a part of their famous heritage. I highly recommend Nemo’s to anyone from out of town, or anyone looking for a well-made old-fashioned sub.


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Student Speak!

By Hailey Boyle

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“Incoming students: What makes you excited about attending Oakton?”



By Hailey Boyle

 Taurus (Apr. 20 – May 20)

 Scorpio (Oct. 24 – Nov. 21)

You will fail all of your finals. What are you gonna do, cry about it? I don’t control the stars, I just read them.

Exams are like relationships: 1. Too Many Questions. 2. Difficult to Understand. 3. More Explanation is Needed.

 Gemini (May 21 – Jun. 21 )

 Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

You better hope the girl you sit next to isn’t absent on exam day.

I agree that you didn’t deserve that zero, but it is the lowest score you can get.

 Cancer (Jun. 22 – Jul. 22)

 Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

The position of Jupiter says you should spend the rest of the month in a fetal position until grades are posted. Keep calm and call your mom.

Sandra Sifuentes

The diversity – there seems to be so many cultures here.

It takes 15 trees to produce the amount of paper that we use to write one exam. Join us in promoting the noble cause of saving trees. SAY NO TO EXAMS!!!

 Leo (Jul. 23 – Aug. 22)

 Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

History exam? On Einstein? There are ten million, million, million, million, million, million, million sources. On the internet. That you can observe. Thanks, Epic Rap Battles!

Newton’s 4th law: Every book will continue to be at rest or covered with dust until some external or internal exam moves it.

 Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

Simone Montgomery

I’m really excited about the classes. They seem small and I like that.

 Pisces (Feb. 19 – Mar. 20)

The teacher said the exam would happen rain or shine. They never said anything about snow and you never know with the weather we’ve been having.

They gave you questions you don’t know, so write answers they don’t know. Tit for tat.

 Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 23)

Aries (Mar. 21 – Apr. 19)

Straight A’s are in the future. Not your future, Scorpio’s future. But you’re so sweet, I knew you wouldn’t mind sharing the news.

Here is a haiku about finals: Was going to fail I mixed red bull and coffee Now I can see sounds.

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Darcy Cagen

The thought of trying new clubs. I never had any leadership roles in high school.

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NEW Alumni Award WHAT WE LOOK FOR: • An associate’s degree from Oakton Community College • A cumulative 3.00 transfer GPA on a 4.00 scale • Admission and full-time enrollment in an accelerated degree completion program at Elmhurst College

UPON ADMISSION, SUBMIT: • A completed scholarship application • Official Oakton Community College transcripts confirming an associate’s degree has been earned • A 500 word essay outlining your personal and professional goals and how a bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College will help you reach your stated goals


This scholarship is offered to one outstanding adult learner per year. Recipient must have earned an associate’s degree from Oakton Community College and enroll in an accelerated degree completion program at Elmhurst College. The scholarship recipient will be selected by the Oakton Alumni Council. The scholarship applies to students beginning in the fall 2014 term.

• Maintain a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale and full-time enrollment AWARD RECIPIENT WILL RECEIVE

LEARN MORE AND APPLY Contact the School for Professional Studies at Elmhurst College: Call: (630) 617-3300 Email:

$3,500 PER TERM

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