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Wednesday October 17, 2012 Volume 4, Number 30 Your source for Parkland College news, sports, features and opinions.



Top Stories

Food For Thought brings new food and new hours


News - Page 2

Pell Grants boost college access for lowincome students


Opinions - Page 4

Javier Murillo Staff Writer

Stop the stress and get ready for midterms


Lifestyle - Page 3

Full Story - Page 7


yet, let alone a music playing device.” “Fashion has also changed. In 2002, The North Face was not a popular brand,” Hisser said. “I saw many people wearing Levi’s and Tommy Hilfiger, it is just amazing how times change.” According to the Parkland College Library, before Parkland’s campus opened in the fall of 1973, classes were held in a temporary downtown location in Champaign.

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Ted Setterlund Staff Writer On Thursday, Parkland Pride, a student-run organization, and the staff-run Ally Team held an event for National Coming Out Day for Parkland College. According to the event’s organizers, The Human Rights Campaign, National Coming Out Day is “an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender.” Celebrated since 1988, National Coming Out Day is held each year on October 11. The Human Rights Campaign chose this day to honor the anniversary of the famous 1988 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. During the march, thousands of men and women took to the streets of Washington to support LGBT rights. Each year, the event has a theme based on a current trend. The Human Rights Campaign does this in order to preserve the spirit of the event. This year’s theme is called “Come Out, Vote,” and is based around the current

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Members of Parkland Pride collect donations and pass out rainbow ribbons to students, faculty and staff in the College Center during National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, 2012. presidential election. Tanino Minneci, staff advisor of Parkland Pride, and a member of the Ally Team, was one of many who help put the event together for Parkland. “Today, it is a day for LGBT

individuals to celebrate living truthfully and openly and for their straight allies to  show their support,” said Erin Wilding-Martin, a member of the Parkland Ally Team. “Unlike some of the other events that are throughout

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The first semester was in the fall of 1967. The line for registration extended down the block and 1,338 students registered for classes. These students paid $4.50 per credit hour for tuition. One year later, Parkland graduated 20 students who had earned one-year career program certificates. Twenty different sites were proposed for the location of Parkland’s permanent campus. Because of its central location

on the district map, the present site on Bradley Avenue in Champaign was selected for the permanent campus. Kump, an architect from a firm based in Palo Alto, California designed the campus. His original design was intended to accommodate 5,000 full-time students. Kump referred to his design as an “educational village” See 45YRS on P. 2

Parkland observes National Coming Out Day Shelby Geers is October Athlete of the Month


In 1967, Parkland College opened in Champaign, Illinois. It began with the vision of architect Ernest Kump, and the rest is history from there. This year marks the 45-year anniversary of the college and many signs can be seen throughout the college honoring the event. Jessica Hisser, Business major, started at Parkland

College 10 years ago. She pursued general studies before leaving school to become a stay-at-home mom. This year, she re-enrolled at Parkland. “So many things have changed in ten years, it is just amazing,” Hisser said. “The most obvious change would be technology.” “When I came to Parkland ten years ago, we had the computers with the gigantic backs,” Hisser remarked. “I did not have a cell phone

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the year where we do some more serious outreach, this is more of a celebration, and it’s a really fun way for the students to show their pride here at Parkland College, to show support for each other, and to try to get more

awareness among Parkland faculty and staff and students about Parkland Pride,” she continued. Dimitri Prince, Business major and member of Parkland Pride, also helped out. He explained his thoughts about the event, saying, “The goal pretty much was to just be yourself and accept who you are.” According to Minneci, the student-run organization has experienced several name changes since its founding in the early 90s. First called “Colors,” the group became “Parkland Pride” last year after years of being known as “Queer and Ally.” “The students decided that we were going to rename the group, rebrand it and call it ‘Parkland Pride.’ Everybody felt like it was a much more representative name for the group,” Minneci explained. “The group focuses every year on building community among students here at Parkland that identify as LGBT and allies of LGBT issues. It gives them a safe place to meet and have fun, do activities and events See PRIDE on P. 2


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Food For Thought brings new food, new hours Nick Laptew Staff Writer There has been a certain grumbling heard resonating throughout the halls of Parkland College. Emanating from the hungry stomachs and mouths of many Parkland students, this grumbling asks, “Why is Food for Thought closed so early?” “I am only at Parkland during the evenings,” stated Jenna Czubek, a Community Health major at the University of Illinois. “Sometimes my day is so busy I do not have time to eat before coming to Parkland. I know Mama Leone’s is open, but I’m not always looking for something as unhealthy as pizza or a sandwich.” The reason for the change in the food service hours of operation is the introduction of a new company, known as Food For Thought, which is tasked with the mission of satisfying the appetites of Parkland’s students. Head Chef Shaun Brown, the general manager of Food For Thought at Parkland, had a simple explanation for why the hours of operation have been shortened: quality over quantity. “There are so many factors that go into deciding the hours of operation,” Brown explained. “You have your labor, your food and how much you are charging for the food. In order to keep the food at the low prices we have them at now, we have to keep the hours the way they are.”

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Food for Thought staff performs closing duties on Oct. 12, 2012. Some students have voiced their concern over the cafeteria’s limited hours of operation. The food service closes daily at 2 p.m. At its core, Food For Thought is about providing quality food for decent prices. “We gear ourselves towards locally sourced food as much as we can. More health conscious food and more cooking from scratch,” Brown said. As with any major change in people’s comfort zones, certain problems present themselves.

Many Parkland students had grown fond of items previously available and were upset to no longer see them. Essentially, the food is completely different from what the previous company was providing. “With a small company like Food For Thought, we are able to put our love and quality into the food

as much as possible,” Brown explained. “Most of the complaints we have received are from students wishing to have items that were previously available back on the shelves,” Brown stated. “However, those foods were not up to our standards as far as their level of healthiness and freshness.”

Despite a few minor complaints, many students are quite satisfied with the changes Food For Thought has brought about. “The burgers are definitely a step up from those microwaved, gas-station burgers they used to have,” general studies student Josh Krueger proclaimed.

The relatively small confines of the cafeteria have restricted many of the ideas Brown wants to bring to the table, such as hand breaded chicken tenders. However, there are more improvements on the horizon that will come with the opening of the new student center. “We absolutely cannot wait to get into the new student center,” Brown exclaimed. “It is going to entail a bigger space and different equipment that is going to allow us to do more from-scratch cooking at a bigger scale and really allow us to bring home what our company is all about.” Future improvements students can look forward to include a salad station and sandwich station where employees will hand-make the food to customer specifications. “At the end of the road, we are really going to be able to show what the company is about to the students and faculty of Parkland,” Brown stated. “It is an exciting thing to be a part of.” The current hours of operation for the main cafeteria are from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., while Momma Leone’s is open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. So, while one may not be able to get a burger after 2:00 pm, there is comfort in knowing the burgers available up until that time are actually what they claim to be.

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and also raise awareness here at Parkland College.” The Ally Team has a similar mission. Minneci described their goals, stating, “It’s our mission to bring more awareness to Parkland College about LGBT issues, so we like to bring speakers on to campus and do things like the SafeZone Training to train other people at the college to be more sensitive to LGBT issues. And it’s also another sort of social way for LGBT and allies staff and faculty to get together and have events and do fun things together.” Wilding-Martin stated, “I first heard about the Ally Team when I started working at Parkland, and they offered the Ally Training as part of Respectful Workplace training offered by Human Resources. I joined after taking the training, and became more involved over the years.” For more information about National Coming Out Day, visit the Human Rights Campaign website at

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Parkland President Thomas Ramage receives a proclamation from Illinois State Representative Photo by Briana Kay Stodden/Prospectus News Chapin Rose on Oct. 3, 2012. The Illinois General Assembly sent the proclamation to congratulate The Office of Student Life served cake to students, faculty and staff Parkland College on 45 years of academic service. in honor of Parkland’s 45th Anniversary on Oct. 3, 2012.

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and recommended subdued lighting to give the feeling of a living room. In 1979, Parkland College was featured in an exhibit at the New York Museum of Modern Art  to highlight outstanding architectural designs. The creation of the permanent campus began in July of 1970 and Parkland officially opened the campus in the fall of 1973. Later additions to the

campus included the Physical Education building in 1976, the playing fields in 1980, the south building in 1983, the A-Wing in 1984. The Parkland Theatre and the William M. Staerkel Planetarium were added in 1987. Access to the Parkland archives is available to all Parkland College faculty, staff and enrolled students, as well as alumni and researchers. Access is granted by scheduled appointment only and the archives may not leave the facility. Crystal Terrance, student in general studies, knows

that times have changed. Her mother came to Parkland College 30 years ago. “My mom always tells me that she cannot believe how much technology is taking over our lives,” Terrance said. “She always talks about how the current fashion is really unattractive.” “My mom is a firm believer that things such as cell phones and computers and even fashion put more stress on us,” Terrance remarked. “My mom also talks about how the college has evolved and how Parkland is growing.” Parkland College has

changed. Students can tell by the construction going on in the front of the building that Parkland will continue to evolve. Daniel Blackmon, Communications major, is already looking into the next 45 years. “I do not believe that in the next 45 years we will have flying cars,” Blackmon said. “I do believe that with the constant change in technology the future will look nothing like what we see today.” “Fashion will continue to change, fashion changes every year, so to say that fashion will

not change is impossible,” Blackmon remarked. “In 45 years, I will look back and remember these days and I will laugh at myself because I will be a totally different person.” In 45 years, Parkland College will be much different than what it is today. It will possibly be bigger and better. Fashion will change, technology will change and most importantly, every person will change. One can only imagine what Parkland College will look like in 2057.

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Stop the stress and get ready for midterms JoJo Rhinehart Staff Writer The thought of winter strikes many students hard, and for more reasons than just the cold weather. The beginning of fall marks not only the beginning of cold and flu season, but also something dreaded by many students - midterms. As the beginning of the year enthusiasm dwindles, midterms can seem a little bit daunting. The idea that you have to break out of party mode and study everything since the beginning of the semester is a tough one to grasp. Fortunately for most, there are ways to get through the exams without unnecessary stress. A good diet, time management, organization and plenty of sleep can all be helpful practices. Mass Communications Alumni Amorette Perez commented that even though she is both a full-time student and maintains a full-time job, she will do just fine on her exams. She said that it’s important to balance school and work while also making time to relax. “When I have extra time, I like to hang out with friends or just stay home with my boyfriend and watch TV. You have to surround yourself with positive people so you can stay positive yourself,” Perez said. Many students try to combat midterms with long cramsessions, little sleep and lots of caffeine. The trouble is that this can actually be detrimental to your body in the long run. Wellness Coordinator June Burch explained that even though college students’ bodies are young and may adapt, eventually the use of drugs, poor nutrition and lack of sleep can do some serious damage. Burch also stated that although your body can be pushed pretty far,

Illustration by Ghada Yousef/Prospectus News eventually you will crash. “You just have to know your limit. Instead of trying to cram everything in during one night, and then going the next day with no sleep, try doing just a little bit.” Burch explained. “You have to realize

there won’t be enough time for everything.” Another way to improve your fitness and your test scores is to get active. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or go the long way to class instead of taking

shortcuts. The Wellness Center also offers advice on alcohol abuse, and offers plans to help quit smoking. Burch insists that smoking is one of the most detrimental things you can do to your body.

“It compromises your health, even just being around them, because it deprives your entire body of oxygen,” Burch said. “The process of quitting is different for everybody, but you can stop.” Student Development

Advocate Jan Thom agreed that sleep and good nutrition were important factors in staying fit and keeping up with school. She added that good time management and a clear goal will help you stay motivated. Many students go to Parkland without actually knowing where they are headed or what they want to do. Thom insists that you have to know why you’re in college, otherwise you might shut down. “Sometimes it’s almost better to go for a semester without college. Take on a fulltime job, and look for your passion,” Thom said. “Find what makes you feel alive. College isn’t for everybody.” If you have decided that higher education is the route for you, try planning your schedule early so you know if you are meeting all the required grades to go onto that course. Also, make sure to sign up for a class you can actually look forward to. Both Burch and Thom stated that sleep is the number one thing you can do to stay on track at school. Sleep not only keeps you alert and energized, but also gives your body a chance to relax and recuperate for the day next. Have you ever wondered why you can’t fall asleep at night or have trouble getting a full night’s rest? Research has shown that stress is a large factor that can take a toll on your sleep schedule. So relax and take advantage of the stress management help that Parkland has to offer. The Wellness Center offers free fifteen minute back massages by appointment, as well as stress and time management assistance. For more information on how to stay motivated and get fit this school year, go online to


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Pell Grants boost college access for low-income students but money is only half the story Arnold Mitchem MCT It’s ironic that just as the U.S. poverty rate rises to its highest level in more than four decades, the Pell Grant program - the most important source of federal aid for low-income students aspiring to a college education - celebrates its 40th anniversary. To be sure, there is good reason to celebrate the Pell Grant’s huge impact on expanding college access. Named after the late U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, D-R.I., the program’s need-based assistance has made it possible for 60 million students to pursue their dream of higher education, young people who otherwise would not have had the opportunity. And according to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of recipients is skyrocketing - up 52 percent since 2008, to an expected 9.4 million in award year 2011-2012 which is a direct result of the economic downturn and the growing ranks of students and families needing assistance. In New York State alone, more than 520,000 students received a Pell Grant award this year. Despite a recent increase in the maximum value of the Pell Grant to $5,550 next year, its value remains half of what it was decades ago, compared to the rising cost of college. The average Pell Grant now covers just 21 percent of the cost of attendance at a post-secondary institution, and with recent changes that reduce student eligibility to 12 semesters from 18, tens of thousands of students will be left without enough financial support to complete their education. Why this erosion in value? We have seen an unfortunate shift by policymakers and institutions of higher education away from emphasizing need-based aid to ensure that college remains open to all students, regardless of their economic circumstances, and an accompanying move in favor of education tax credits and merit-based aid. The problem is that the populations

Illustration by Cliff Blair/MCT historically underrepresented in higher education - low-income, minority and first-generation students - are the same populations that most depend on needbased federal assistance.

Yes, it is important to balance the need to provide financial aid to large and growing numbers of underserved students with other considerations. We must ensure that this enormous

investment of taxpayers’ resources is used efficiently and effectively, including providing incentives for students to complete college within a reasonable timeframe. But increasing financial support is only half the story. Equally important is providing Pell Grant recipients with other types of support and guidance. Many of these students face multiple barriers - academic, socioeconomic, cultural, informational - to postsecondary education, not just a lack of funds. Merely providing them with financial aid is not enough to get them through college. U.S. Department of Education data show that six years after beginning their undergraduate program, students who have received a Pell Grant and participated in TRIO Student Support Services - another federal program that provides counseling, tutoring, mentoring and other guidance to underserved students - have a higher rate of earning a baccalaureate degree (30.9 percent) than other low-income college students who only received a Pell Grant (21 percent). With poverty rates rising and the U.S. slipping to 16th among OECD countries in the percentage of college graduates, federal and state policymakers and college leaders need to do everything possible to support and encourage students from all walks of life who aspire to a post-secondary degree. Instead of shrinking that opportunity, we should be working together to guarantee access to higher education by ensuring that rising tuition and student debt are held in check and that assistance - financial aid combined with other types of proven support - is focused more on those with the greatest need. After four decades, that would truly be cause for celebration. (c) 2012 McClatchy-Tribune

Gangnam style? Not in N. Korea Laura Ling Los Angeles Times

By now, “Gangnam Style” has become part of the pop culture lexicon. The infectious song by South Korean singer Psy broke the Guinness world record for “most likes” on YouTube. The video has been watched nearly 425 million times and has inspired flash mobs and parodies by lifeguards, Ivy leaguers and hot moms. If you haven’t heard of “Gangnam Style,” you’ve probably spent the last month orbiting in outer space. Or perhaps you live above the 38th parallel, in North Korea. North Korea is as isolated and backward as South Korea is wired and technologically advanced. And while some ruling elites in Pyongyang are certainly aware of “Gangnam Style” - we know this because of a parody video posted on the North’s official website featuring an image of South Korean presidential candidate Park Geun-hye doing Psy’s signature horse dance - the regime prohibits ordinary North Koreans from having access to the Internet. The average citizen has no knowledge of YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.

It’s safe to say that North Korea’s notorious propaganda machine would never willingly let its impoverished population see the original “Gangnam Style” video, which parodies the riches and excess enjoyed in Seoul’s trendy Gangnam neighborhood. Three years ago, I got a unique glimpse of the so-called Hermit Kingdom after I was taken prisoner by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border while working on a documentary. The North was like no place I’d ever been. In contrast to the frenzy of the South, life there was slow and antiquated, a land frozen in a Cold War time warp. All media in North Korea are tightly controlled by the country’s propaganda network. I was able to watch television with my guards on certain evenings, and as far as I could tell, the closest thing the North Koreans had to a pop sensation was a group of handsome singers from the military choir who belted out old-fashioned love songs and patriotic anthems. My female guards would swoon at the sight of these acoustic-guitarplaying performers dressed in army garb. But my guards were not totally unaware of outside pop

culture. One had been given Hollywood screenplays in college to help improve her English language skills. It was disconcerting to hear her reciting lines from the Adam Sandler flick “Big Daddy.” U.S. culture was clearly seeping into North Korea, but it was hard to fathom what effect it was having. Since North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jung Un, took power after his father’s death in December 2011, there has been much speculation about what kind of regime he will lead. Will the Western-educated Kim move to modernize his country and open it up to the outside world? Or will he take a hardline, military-first approach to governance like his father? Kim presents himself as a younger, more huggable version of his beloved grandfather, Kim Il Sung, and there is some indication he’s interested in change. He has reportedly increased the flow of workers and officials to neighboring China, both to bring in cash for the strained regime and to study Chinesestyle capitalism. But in the end, it may not be entirely up to Kim when and how his country modernizes. Despite the culture of fear that permeates North Korean society, food shortages and

the Gulag-style prison camps that hold an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 political prisoners, there are signs that the government is losing its iron grip. Some televisions in the border region, for example, are now able to pick up programming from neighboring China, providing some North Koreans access to news from outside the country. USB drives, MP3 players and DVDs are regularly smuggled across the border, and surveys of people who manage to sneak across the border into China each year suggest that around half of them had watched a foreign DVD while living in North Korea. Smuggled Chinese smartphones have allowed people in the border regions surreptitious access to the Internet, and the phones have also allowed many North Koreans to learn about what’s happening in the outside world by speaking with their relatives in South Korea. Illegal marketplaces, where individual traders squat on dusty street corners to peddle cigarettes, socks, vegetables and anything else they can get, have been instrumental in fueling not only a shadow economy but in creating a new way for people to share

information and network. Migrant workers and traders, who cross to China and back, return not only with goods but with knowledge of the outside world. Many officials are bribed to turn a blind eye to the markets. But even without the payoffs, it would be difficult for the regime to crack down on enterprises that are supplying people with necessities the government cannot. The black market has allowed many to break away from their reliance on the regime. “The change signals emerging since Kim Jong Un took over can only be fully understood by taking into account the bottom-up pressures,” said Sokeel Park, director of research and strategy for the group Liberty in North Korea. Kim, he said, will have to find a way “to adapt to these changes if he wants to have a long-term career as leader.” North Koreans won’t be living in Gangnam style any time soon. But the more they can break through the government’s information blockade and learn about life outside the Hermit Kingdom, the more the regime will have to adapt and change. --(c)2012 Los Angeles Times

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Shelby Geers: October Athlete of the Month Spencer Brown Sports Writer

national championship. We’re all working really hard in practice, tournaments and games to get things changed where we need to get them to win that national championship.” So far, so good for the Lady Cobras. The Prospectus athlete of the month has definitely done her part. As of this past Saturday, Geers was No. 5 in the nation in kills with 348 and No. 4 in hitting percentage at .463. Impressive, but these stats say nothing of Geers’ competitive spirit. Nor does she consider them her best success. “For me, it was my freshman season,” Geers said. “I was out the first 17 games. So my biggest accomplishment is coming back and making the All-Tournament team at the National tournament.” “I put in all the work in the preseason in August. Then I had to sit out for the first part of the season so I got out of shape. Then all the work I put in at the gym after I got back, I think that’s my biggest accomplishment.” If she keeps up the pace, she’ll be considered for more than just the AllTournament team. Even with the success and accolades surrounding her and the team, she’s a rather cool customer on and off the volleyball court. “I haven’t felt any pressure just because we go into each game with the same outlook that we have a job to do and we want to get it done,” Geers said. “We just go out there and play.” One would assume a mental obstacle would present itself knowing that this women’s volleyball is the hunted and gets every team’s best shot at all times. Again, this doesn’t faze Geers in the slightest. “I’m sure we have a bull’s-eye, but I don’t feel any pressure,” Geers assured. “We don’t really give them a chance.” Dominance combined with a focused mentality will bode well for Geers and the Lady Cobras. It will serve Geers well at the next level of her volleyball career. She hasn’t decided on a school yet. That announcement will come in due time. The current line of sight is a championship at Parkland. The National Tournament is about a month away. This team fully expects to be there. For more information on Shelby Geers, Women’s Volleyball and other Parkland teams, visit www.parkland. Photo courtesy of Parkland Marketing and Public Relations edu/athletics.

There is a lot to be said for great coaching, but the athletes are what make a team. It is with the intention of recognizing these efforts that Prospectus News has chosen to begin featuring one of these special student athletes each month. October’s Athlete of the Month is Shelby Geers. Geers is one of the headlining athletes on the women’s volleyball team. Head coach Cliff Hasting’s team has won its 18th consecutive MWAC conference title. This line of success, and more importantly, Hastings himself, is what made Parkland College an attractive destination for Geers. “I always knew I wanted to go to Parkland,” Geers said. “Cliff Hastings, the head coach, was my club coach since I was a freshman in high school. I knew I liked Cliff, so when he became the head coach here, I decided I wanted to come here also.” That connection, along with the bond with her teammates, has led to a 32-6 mark on the season thus far. For those that don’t know, Geers is a product of St. Joseph-Ogden High School. The proximity to her hometown has had a very positive effect. “I like staying in town because all my family’s from here,” Geers said. “They’re able to come to a lot of my games, so it’s a good support system.” “It’s a good transition also, going to college close to home. It’s like the college atmosphere still, but being at home also.” There was more than a transition to college made for Geers. A shift to a more important role on the team was required in her second season. “Being a sophomore, there’s a lot of leadership especially with their being nine freshman players,” Geers said. “That’s a lot of girls to handle. I think the four sophomores have really balanced the leadership. We all have a different role. We all split the jobs.” Geers and company have high expectations for this team. “I think we all have high expectations, especially with all the talent that we have on the team this year,” Geers explained. “Most of us have all played together and we all know what we want is a

Parkland volleyball streak reaches record 23 games Alex Wallner Sports Writer

Photo by JoJo Rinehart/Prospectus News

Freshman Allyn Krenz spikes the ball against Danville in the Dodds Athletic Center on Sept. 18th. The Parkland volleyball team is on a record 23 game winning streak.

Since early September, the Parkland volleyball team has been nothing but spectacular. They are currently on a school-record 23 game win streak after their dominating performance on Tuesday and have earned their No. 4 National ranking. Heating up like this is just what the team needs, especially as they prepare for Regionals with hopes of going on to Nationals. During this winning streak, the team has come away with victories over some quality teams. Wins over Lincoln, a winning streak of 15 sets at the Kankakee Invite and victory at their own tournament, the Parkland Invite, have put this team in an enviable position. The streak has resulted in the team being boosted to the number four spot in the nation for Division II volleyball. It has also resulted in an eighteenth straight Midwestern Athletic Conference championship. Have the challenges become tougher during the streak? Some players do not think so. Jessica Galotta, sophomore outside hitter explained, “I don’t think they’ve been tougher, I think every game we have a challenge that we focus on, but every game there’s always going to be a challenge.” “I think we just keep getting better and the competition is not really stepping up,” freshman Jordan Wooden responded. Sophomore Megan Scharnett had this to say, “Yes, now that we are on a 22 game winning

streak, I feel like everyone is trying to end that winning streak and ultimately, that is every opponents dream. I feel as the season goes on and we’re coming closer to nationals, that we can only expect that some team will come along and end that winning streak.” Overall, the competition level is big for any team. Every team strives to believe they can win every game. It’s an edge they need to succeed. The team is getting terrific support from sophomore stand-out Shelby Geers, who ranks nationally in kills at No. 5 with 348, and No. 4 in hitting percentage at .463. Megan Scharnett ranks No. 6 in the Nation in digs, with, 516 and the team is getting significant contribution from their outstanding freshmen players, as well. Wooden had this to say, “I think Shelby has really stepped up, she has really put the ball down when we really need a point and Megan, her service has really helped us out. I just think all the sophomores in general have really helped us out the most.” “I think our right side hitter, Allyn Krenz has really stepped it up a lot, she’s one of our big hitters now and I think overall all the freshmen are finally getting adjusted to it and really picking up their game,” Galotta responded. Scharnett added, “It takes a team to win everything. Sophomore wise, I love my fellow sophomores to death. Shelby Geers is an amazing middle blocker and Dana Belcher and Jessica Galotta are both amazing defensive players. Our freshmen have

really stepped up a lot this year to contribute. Allyn Krenz and both of our setters have stepped it up a lot.” For this Cobra team, mistakes may have happened early on, but now they are looking stronger than ever. As a result, they are one of the best teams in the country. Parkland is ranked No. 4 in the country for a reason. They have worked hard and played even harder. Parkland trails only No. 3 Grand Rapids Community College (25-1), No. 2 Glendale Community College (11-4) and No. 1 Cowley Community College (23-0). The Cobras anticipate facing these teams at the National Tournament in Toledo next month and are ecstatic about the opportunity. “I think if we keep improving the way we are now and playing to our full capability, there is no doubt that Nationals will be in the future,” Wooden said, regarding a National berth. Before the game, Scharnett said, “Going into tonight’s game against DACC; a win would make us 30-6 and would extend our streak to 23 games, which I was told was a school record. But overall, I feel very confident and I think that we are in mid-season form and if we keep it up, Toledo will be where we will be heading in mid-November.” The Cobras are looking better than ever. With this outstanding sophomore class, a national championship would be a fitting end to the season.

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Planetarium features “Songs in the Key of Earth” Mace Mackiewicz Staff Writer

songs, plus recordings of the songs so that we would be familiar with them. Her images and her video are then loaded into our digital library. It’s not easy but that’s why it is a special event,” Leake said. Shih explained how the interactivity worked before the show and why she chose to make the show interactive, saying “There will be singing, dancing, sign language, spontaneous songwriting, movement and more from the audience.” “My shows have been some of the top-booked in the arts-in-education field in the entire U.S. for over 26 years precisely because they are so interactive, educational and most of all, fun,” Shih said. “Both kids and adults love being part of the show, and all ages enjoy it even if they are shy and don’t want to participate. It’s fun to watch others having fun too.” The kids in the audience were very into it. Jumping at every opportunity to go on stage or suggesting a line for one of the songs that required ideas for lyrics from the audience. The songs themselves were creative and catchy enough for the kids, which is probably important for this type of show. Shih put a lot of sentiment into making a show like this and it shows that she wanted to entertain the audience as much as possible. She even captivated quite a bit of the audience to come to her booth after the show to buy one of her many CDs and get an autograph from her. Everyone seemed pleased with her show and wanted to talk to her a bit after it was over. For more information on the show itself, visit For insight on what’s happening with the planetarium, visit planetarium. Patricia Shih’s website may be accessed by visiting www.patriciashih. com.

On Friday night, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Staerkel Planetarium was the home of a highly interactive musical event put on by Patricia Shih, a singer-songwriter from New York. The attendees were treated to educational music about everything from weather to diversity. According to the Parkland events website, Shih started making music at the age of 12 and was signed to a label at the age of 15. Since then, she’s been with multiple bands and has written several albums. She even had a special on PBS called “Patty Shih - Music from the Gallery.” David Leake, the planetarium director, recalls how Patricia came to his attention for a show at the planetarium. “We wanted to do some sort of special event for our 25th anniversary. For the tenth and twentieth, we had astronaut Joe Tanner speak and we thought about doing something different,” Leake explained. “Our show producer, Waylena McCully, attended a planetarium meeting on the east coast where Patricia Shih gave a short presentation on her concerts and how she would like to do more planetarium performances.” “Waylena spoke highly of Ms. Shih so I decided to call her. I didn’t think we’d be able to afford her given the physical distance, but it ended up she was coming for a conference in Chicago for the weekend and she decided to come to Champaign-Urbana for a visit.” The show itself, only being an hour long, was very kid-oriented. Shih would play songs while Leake would control the planetariums visuals and audios to match Shih’s. Leake explained how he did the show live. “Musical shows are a challenge since there is timing involved but you can’t program the show for set times. It all depends on when a song starts and its tempo. So we will have lots of visuals ready to go, but I am going to have to bring them all up manually,” Leake said. “What this means is that she had to provide a script well in advance and the lyrics to all the Photo courtesy of Patricia Shih

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