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according to www.praireghosts.com. The story of the love struck teacher is found alongside other legends on many other websites, as well. “None of the story, however, is true, but conditions in the tower’s later years would seem that the tower is in fact haunted. Penny Hannah, an Urbana High teacher who taught in the tower, recalled that it was quite drafty in the tower, and on windy days the false ceiling would blow upwards suddenly and reveal the real ceiling above it in a frightening manner,” notes the Urbana High School Pictorial History website. An additional ‘mystery’ that causes many to believe the tower is haunted is the peeling paint. The walls would be newly painted and in just a few months, every part of the paint

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Editor’s note - Any locations mentioned in the following article should not be investigated without consent from the property owners. People around the world have a fascination with ghosts and hauntings - evidenced by the many television shows, websites and movies that surround the phenomena. However, the spirits aren’t relegated to castles in Transylvania and graveyards in New Orleans. In fact, many are rumored to reside in Champaign-Urbana. Urbana High School is one of the alleged locations. More than a few different versions of how the school’s tower, which was built in 1913, became occupied by a spirit

are in circulation. The tower is in the center of the school and is a single story taller than the rest of the structure. It was originally accessible using a small staircase and contained two small classrooms, which were used for art and music classes. In the 1980’s, renovations began. It was soon realized that, due to modern building codes, the tower was no longer appropriate for educational purposes. The two classrooms were then joined into a single utility room. “One legend about the ghost in the tower involves a teacher who fell in love with a student and then hung herself. Another story involves a girl who was mixed up in a love triangle with a married teacher and still another tells of a boy who committed suicide there,”

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Parkland College students and staff gathered in room D244 on Friday, October 14, for a viewing of the Iranian film The White Meadows, originally titled Keshtzar Haye Sepid. This was the first showing of Parkland’s presentation of the 2011 Global Lens film series, which features six critically acclaimed films from a variety of countries. The film series was created by The Global Film Initiative in 2003. Parkland’s showing of the series is being co-sponsored by both the Parkland Art Gallery and International Student Services and is free to attend. “Parkland has a very strong international presence, and we like to encourage our students to broaden their minds to international influences and the culture that is out there,” explained Joy Garling Prud’homme, Assistant Director of International Student Services. “(The films) have not been released to general audiences yet. Most of them are fairly new films and are generally from countries that you probably haven’t seen a movie from.” This year’s series fea-

will have peeled off. But, the school’s website can dismiss this uncertainty. Since being turned into a utility room, several pieces of machinery have been installed and due to the humidity that comes from them, in view of the fact that the tower is boarded up, it causes moisture to settle on the walls, thus creating the mysterious peeling paint. “Hannah also related an indoor fire-escape that led out of the tower into another part of the school. Constructed in the 1960’s, it made fire drills a harrowing experience because the stairs were of a metal tread that one could see through. Students were quick to say that fire escape was where the ghost hung herself. A visit to the tower provides no answers to the haunting issue. Perhaps it is all the better that

tures films from the countries Bosnia, Herzegovina, China, Argentina, Kyrgystan, India, Georgia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Iran. Lisa Costello, Parkland Art Gallery Director, shared a similar opinion. “I think it helps us understand other cultures,” she explained. “It’s also great that they’re not your happy Holly-

wood films; they really make you think.” Costello mentioned that she enjoyed seeing foreign films as a college student, so she is glad to be able to bring the series to Parkland students. To increase awareness about the festival, International Student Services and the ParkSee LENS on P. 7

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there is no explanation. The myth of the tower ghost will live in infamy,” continued the school’s website. One student, who wishes to remain anonymous, has ventured up into the tower for various reasons, noting that there is nothing scary about it. “There are tons of clocks and heating vents, and a sign that says if you’re this tall, you’re probably too big to be afraid of ghosts,” the student said. Among the other ghosts in the area, one of the most notable is found on the U of I campus. According to theshadowlands.net’s inventory of haunted places in Illinois, the University’s English building is home to a distraught young woman who killed herself when the building was a girl’s

Paying compliments and holding entry doors open for others are just some of the deliberate “acts of civility” Parkland College faculty, staff, and students are performing this month during the college’s first Civility Awareness Month observation. Parkland’s college wide efforts to promote kindness, consideration and respect on the campus will also include “flash mob”-type moments initiated by students and college employees, according to Dean of Students Marietta Turner. “The Civility Team consists of more than 35 faculty, staff, administrators and students who seek to enhance the collegial environment,” Turner said. “The team decided to host a series of events under the ‘Civility Awareness Month’ heading to consolidate different efforts that were already in place for this month and to attract more campus involvement.” Earlier in the month, students were asked to write down their thoughts as to what civility means on a large banner. Students were also asked

to sign pledges of campus civility; the signed pledges were placed in the college center display cases for all to see. Employees and students then signed up to participate in hour-long “acts of civility” to take place between October 17 and October 26, which include picking up garbage around campus; pushing in chairs in student lounges; distributing information with suggestions on campus civility; and offering compliments and hugs to people they meet on the campus grounds. Other Civility Awareness Month events incorporated free movie screenings about disability and gender expression/sexual orientation awareness, as well as a discussion entitled “Free Speech, Not Mean Speech” hosted by the Counseling and Advising department. “We seek to have a respectful campus climate,” Turner said. “We hope that by using the Civility Statement, which is based on our Core Values, to showcase films, discussions, and activities that encourage respect and empathy, we will create more awareness of civility as part of the Parkland College culture.”


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The international Halloween experience Spencer Brown Staff Writer On Monday, Oct. 31, from Los Angeles to New York, ghouls, ghosts, gremlins and goblins will inhabit the streets. It’s not the end of the world, just Halloween. Children will put on the most accurate imitations possible of their favorite characters and heroes. The adventures will begin as costumes are displayed and the battle of trick-or-treaters determines who can obtain the most cavities. Adults even partake in the festivities, as Halloween inspires countless costume parties, most of which feature a prize for best costume. Halloween will be celebrated like this from LA to NY and everywhere in between. These traditions have been embedded in the mind of every child born and raised in America. Across the world, however, many countries have their own variations and interpretations of the holiday. Halloween has many different meanings in other countries. Here at Parkland College, there is a great international center, which features many students from a

wide variety of cultural backgrounds. Though successfully adapting to American customs, they retain undeniable aspects of their own nations’ characters. The way they celebrate certain holidays is one of these aspects. A quick journey around a few countries should provide some perspective. The first stop is Mexico. A victim of its proximity to America, Halloween has taken on the influence of its neighboring country. The children are dressed in costumes and also trick-or-treat as well. There is also an abundance of costume parties among the older crowd. In Mexico, Halloween marks the beginning of a three-day celebration of holidays. On Nov. 1 and 2, the country celebrates Dia de los Muertos, which means Day of the Dead. Family and friends gather to remember those close to them that have passed. They build private altars to honor the departed. They also visit gravesites, leaving gifts of sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the deceased. The next destination on our holiday journey is Ireland, where Halloween takes on a

very different form. The Irish refer to Halloween as ‘Oiche Shamhna’, which means “Samhain Night,” the Irish name for November. Their celebration has some similarities to the American version, but many differences as well. The children still dress up in costumes, but unlike in the US, these are limited to creatures of the underworld. Princes, superheroes, and others of that sort are not the norm. There is also an Irish festival of Samhain. Its purpose is to acknowledge shorter days and the “darker half” of the year. The festival is also associated with the dead revisiting the mortal world. A trip to Romania on Halloween night could be quite interesting. Halloween is celebrated in Romania around the myth of Dracula. There are costume parties here as well, but Dracula is the focus. This is especially true in Transylvania, where his spirit is claimed to have residence. The reasoning behind this is due to Transylvania’s history of witch trials. These trials are reenacted by many actors on Halloween night. Not every country has its own specific tradition when

it comes to Halloween. Some countries draw off media influence and pop culture. One such country is Japan, in which Halloween is a relatively new concept. Some people there dress in costumes, but it is usually limited to private functions and to smaller children. Trickor-treating is not a general practice there. And then there are places like Australia. Their take on Halloween is completely different from most countries. Australia does not relish the idea of celebrating Halloween, because the holiday does not have any relevance to Australian culture. And while some retailers use Halloween to make a profit and one may find the occasional costume or decoration, as a whole, Halloween bears little importance to the country. From America to Asia, the Halloween tradition takes on many different forms. It lends itself to many different meanings. It is important to remember this as we celebrate any holiday, and to respect the customs of those with different cultural backgrounds. Have a safe and festive Halloween.

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Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico to honor those that have passed. Similar to Halloween, children dress in costume and take part in trick-or-treating.

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Get the scoop at Parents’ Night Nov. 3 Parkland Marketing and Public Relations Parkland College presents Parents’ Night, on Thursday, November 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room D244 at the main campus. This event is free and open to the public. Get the scoop on college, including information on the hottest career fields, financial aid, admissions, student life, transferring and more. Hear from parents and students who have experienced Parkland. Plus, register your student to win a $250 scholarship for Parkland. This is a great opportunity to meet with Parkland staff members who can answer your questions. Prospective students are also welcome to attend. For more information or to RSVP for Parents’ Night, please call 217/353-2002 or email admissions@parkland.edu.

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Police officers of Parkland College celebrate 20 years of being a certified police force in the Gallery Lounge on October 20, 2011. Different patches were displayed at the ceremony, many of which had been worn by officers over the years.

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“My friends were ‘Peace and Quiet.’ So one was a mime and one was a hippy.” -Mariah Flaishans Vet Tech

“I saw a kid dressed as Captain Crunch one time.” -Dakota Ruff Kinesiology

“The best costume I’ve seen was ‘Jasmine’ from Aladdin.” - Amber Parrish Mass Communication

“A friend of mine dressed up as a Sith Warrior from Star Wars. He went out and bought all of the technical makeup, the eyepieces, and everything for it.” -Anthony Hamm Computer Sciences

“The best costume I ever saw on Halloween was a bumblebee. It was just the cutest little costume I have ever seen. It was just walking down the hall, and there were little wings for the bumblebee, and the perfect little goldenrod, orange and black, and it was just really cute. – Cathy Robinson Office of Disability Services

Parkland Marketing and Public Relations “Spooky Visions,” a concert by the Parkland Wind Ensemble, Parkland Chorus, and Parkland Chamber Singers, will be performed on Sunday, October 30, at 4 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1203 W. Green St. in Urbana. The concert is free and open to the public. The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Verlin Richardson, will perform “Danse Macabre” by Damille Saint-Saens; “Ghost Train” by Eric Whitacre; and selections from “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Parkland Chorus and Parkland Chamber Singers, directed by Barbara Zachow and accompanied by Sunny Choo and Kristina Engberg, will perform choral selections relating to autumn, All Saints Day, and changing identities, including such pieces as “Sine Nomine (For All the Saints)” by Ralph Vaughn Williams; Medley from “Sister Act” arr. by Mac Huff; “Full Fathom Five” by Jakko Mäntyjärvi; “Stiller Nacht” by Johannes Brahms; and “In Memoria Aeterna” from “Beatus Vir” by Vivaldi, among other selections.


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$4 billion goes to community college dropouts Rita Giordano The Philadelphia Inquirer A new national study reports that federal, state, and local governments invested nearly $4 billion in full-time community college students who dropped out after their first year. In Pennsylvania, that five-year expenditure amounted to about $87 million - $98 million in New Jersey - in government aid to students and support to schools, according to data released Thursday by the American Institute for Research of Washington. Nationally, the report’s authors say, nearly $1 billion in government funds was spent on these first-time students who dropped out in 2008-09, the most recent year surveyed, a 35 percent increase from five years before. “The Hidden Costs of Community Colleges” comes when the colleges are seeing swelling enrollment and increasing demands on their services. Their student bodies now include displaced workers, remedial students, non-English speakers, and students seeking more affordable higher education. Also, community colleges feature prominently in the Obama administration’s pledge to substantially increase the number of the nation’s college graduates by 2020. “Given the central role that community colleges play in the nation’s plans to regain its position as the number-one country in

the world when it comes to college-educated adults, and given the increasing fiscal difficulties facing individual states and the nation as a whole, it is clear that ‘business as usual’ is far too expensive,” the report states. The report by the nonpartisan socialissue and behavioral-science research group calls for improved measures to try to ensure that students who enter certificate and associate-degree programs actually graduate. Jerry Parker, president of Delaware County Community College, was not shocked by the findings and said he has been working to address the root causes. “We’ve been living with this for years. This is not a new reality for us,” Parker said. “What they’re doing is putting dollars to it.” Christopher Mullin, an official with the American Association of Community Colleges, said the colleges serve multiple missions and are committed to seeing more students graduate. He disagreed with the study’s cost estimates and said many dropouts are actually “stop-outs” who reenroll. Mark Schneider, AIR vice president, countered with other data that indicate a poor graduation prognosis for students who leave. Locally and nationally, community colleges have been exploring ways to retain their diverse student populations so they meet their education needs and goals, including the nationwide Achieving the Dream project, a collaborative effort by many colleges with foundation funding. “We’ve always been about open access,” said Jacob Farbman, spokesman for the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. While numbers vary from campus to campus, New Jersey’s two-year colleges average about 70 percent

Illustration by Elizabeth Landt/MCT of their students requiring some remedial or developmental courses. The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges says it does not keep such statistics, but some campuses report similar numbers. In some parts of the country, they are higher still. For the last two years, county colleges in New Jersey have taken part in the “Big Idea Project” aimed at finding solutions to problems such as the huge need for remediation and the low retention that often goes with spending so much time and funding on noncredit courses. Often community college students have time-consuming jobs, which can cut into their studies, as may other issues. “The issue of remediation in college is a serious one,” said Raymond Yannuzzi, president of Camden County College. His school is one of the New Jersey county colleges working with local schools to give high school students their placement exams before they enter college so they can identify academic weak spots early. --Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

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News of the Weird Lead Story Somehow, upscale restaurateurs believe that diners will soon willingly pay more for a beef dish if it comes with disclosure of the DNA of the actual cow being eaten, according to a May Associated Press report. “People want to know where their food is coming from,” said one excited chef, lauding the knowledge to be gleaned from a calf’s upbringing. (A more practical beef-supply executive added that DNA can help identify the “multiple animals” whose parts were used in hunks of ground beef -- a 10-pound package of which may include contributions from “hundreds” of different cows.) [Iowa City Press-Citizen-AP, 5-26-2011] Can’t Possibly Be True It was not difficult to find critics when the Orlandoarea government job-service engine Workforce Central Florida said it was spending more than $70,000 of federal stimulus money to help the laid-off by handing out 6,000 satiny capes for jobless “superheroes” to “fight” “Dr. Evil Unemployment.” (“Absolutely absurd” was the reaction of a laid-off customer-service representative.) Several critics interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel noted that such an awkward program further erodes the unemployed’s fragile self-respect. WCF, though, remained convinced. In the words of a spokeswoman, “Everyone is a superhero in the fight against unemployment.” [Orlando Sentinel, 4-15-2011] Urban Legend Come to Life: Too-good-to-be-true stories have circulated for years about men who accidentally fell, posterior first, onto compressed-air nozzles and selfinflated, to resemble “dough boys,” usually with fatal results. However, in May in Opotiki, New Zealand, trucker Steven McCormack found himself in similar circumstances, and had it not been for quickthinking colleagues who pulled him away, he would have been killed -- as the air, puncturing a buttock, had already begun separating tissue from muscle. McCormack was hospitalized in severe pain, but the air gradually seeped from his body (according to a doctor, in the way air “usually” seeps from a body). [BBC News, 5-25-2011] Oops! Oswind David was convicted of “first-degree assault” in a 2006 trial in New York City, but unknown to him, his lawyer, and the judge, the charge had already been dismissed by another judge due to prosecutorial error. Nonetheless, David has been in prison since his conviction, serving a 23-year term, and was freed only in May when the error came to light. (However, the New York City district attorney still resisted releasing David, arguing that only the “first-degree” part had been dismissed. A judge finally freed David on bail while prosecutors ponder reopening the case.) [WABC-TV, 5-26-2011] Parents were puzzled in June after Dry Creek School District in Roseville, Calif., passed out questionnaires asking for biographical details of prospective students, including whether or not the child has been delivered by C-section. Parents told Sacramento station KOVR-TV that school officials were refusing to explain why they wanted to know that. [KOVR-TV, 6-4-2011] News That Sounds Like a Joke Night club singer Simon Ledger was arrested following a performance at the Driftwood Beach Bar on Britain’s Isle of Wight in April after a patron complained to police. Ledger was covering the 1974 hit “Kung Fu Fighting,” and two customers of Chinese descent reported that they felt victims of illegal “racially aggravated harassment.” [Daily Telegraph, 4-27-2011]

Leslie Clarke, 29, turned himself in to police in Darwin, Australia, in May after authorities released surveillance tape of a break-in and vandalism at the Hidden Valley Tavern. Clarke, a large man, confessed to going on a drunken prowl with friends, but said he remembered the break-in only when he saw the video and recognized his distinctive image from the back, including several inches of his butt crack. [Courier Mail (Brisbane)-NT News, 5-20-2011] Inexplicable An April Associated Press story, citing federal government sources, reported that 247 people on the terrorist “watch list” were nonetheless legally permitted to purchase guns in 2010 -- about the same number who did so legally in 2009. [Chicago Tribune-AP, 4-28-2011] In May, Oklahoma judge Susie Pritchett, receiving guilty pleas from a $31 drugdeal raid in 2010 that netted a mother and her two grown children, sentenced the mother and son to probation but the 31-year-old daughter to 12 years in prison (just because the daughter showed “no ... remorse”). [KFOR-TV (Oklahoma City), 5-19-2011] Unclear on the Concept In May, a federal appeals court reinstated the Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit filed in 2007 by Darrell Miller after he was fired as a bridge maintenance worker by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Miller had been medically diagnosed with a fear of heights, and could not work on many projects, but a lower court dismissed his lawsuit, concluding that working at heights was an unavoidable condition of bridge maintenance. (The appeals court said that a jury “might” find that bridge maintenance could be done in “teams” with one worker always on the ground.) [WorkersCompInsider.com, citing Miller v. IDOT, 5-102011] The Redneck Chronicles Zachary Woody, 21, of Calhoun, Ga., was charged with aggravated assault in May after stabbing a friend. Allegedly, Woody had escalated what was initially just a fistfight over whether Fords are better than Chevrolets. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5-16-2011] Joseph Hayes, 48, was arrested in South Memphis, Tenn., in June after allegedly threatening (with a gun in his waistband) the hostess of a birthday party to which his kids had been invited but which ran out of cake and ice cream. “Y’all didn’t save my kids no damn ice cream and cake,” he was heard to say, and “I ain’t scared to go to jail.” [Commercial Appeal (Memphis), 6-5-2011] Brave Nude World Nakedness Recently in the News: After a clothing malfunction, veteran marathoner Brett Henderson, 35, decided during the Flying Pig race in Cincinnati that, since marathoners sometimes run naked in California, he could do it there. Henderson outran police and stopped only when he was Tasered (May). [Urbana Daily Citizen (Urbana, Ill.), 5-2-2011] A News of the Weird Classic (January 1994) In December (1993), a New York appeals court rejected Edna Hobbs’s lawsuit against the company that makes the device called The Clapper. Hobbs claimed she hurt her hands because she had to clap too hard in order to turn her appliances on: “I couldn’t peel potatoes [when my hands hurt]. I never ate so many baked potatoes in my life. I was in pain.” However, the judge said Hobbs had merely failed to adjust the sensitivity controls. [Troy Record-AP, 12-19-1993]

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Recognizing the racial divide McClatchy-Tribune News Service Does racism against blacks still exist in the United States? Yes. Is it still an institutionalized evil that holds back African-Americans? Depends on where you look and what you see. There is a sizable black middle class, more blacks go to college than ever before and yes, you know what’s coming a black man is president of the United States, as is his leading campaign opponent, at the moment. On the other hand, by almost every statistical index of wellbeing, blacks fare worse than whites. The percentage of African-Americans mired in poverty is nearly three times the percentage of whites in poverty. Blacks make less money generally and have higher unemployment levels. A study published this month by the National Education Policy Center says that, nationwide, African-American students in grades K-12 are suspended three times as often as white students for nonviolent infractions of school rules. What all these statistics mean about how and why African-Americans continue to lag behind is a complicated topic. And perhaps that’s what Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain should have said Sunday in a CNN interview when asked about race. Instead, he said: “I don’t believe there is racism in this country today that holds anybody back in a big way.” Cain, who is black, is the former chief executive of the Godfather’s Pizza chain. Academics and politicians have been arguing over the root causes of those continuing disparities for decades. As Cain noted in the interview, one reason for the continuing gap in employment statistics is education. But advocates for underserved minority stu-

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According to a 2010 report part of the Economic Mobility Project sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts - among children of black middle-class parents who remain married, the percentage who grow up to earn incomes exceeding those of their parents is significantly less than among white chil-

dren from similar families (62 percent versus 86 percent). Many economists and sociologists do not believe that opportunities are equal for all. Even Cain qualified his remarks by saying that a level playing field existed for “many” AfricanAmericans, not all. It’s probably wiser for all of us, partic-

ularly those who want to be president, to characterize the availability of opportunity in the United States, as Austin Nichols, an Urban Institute economist, does: “The playing field is still slanted.” (c)2011 the Los Angeles Times

Rock ‘n’ roll may never die, but folks do get old Pete Fornatale MCT Rock ‘n’ roll music is littered with larger than life pronouncements about youth, aging and mortality. Here’s a roll call and an update on some of the most famous: “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?” -Paul McCartney wrote that for the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album back in 1967. Well, Sir Paul passed that significant birthday more than five years ago and still basks in the warm glow of love, respect and admiration from his international fan base. He filled Yankee Stadium twice in July, and just wed for a third time on Oct. 9. “Let’s live for today!” -This was the song sung so passionately by The Grass Roots, becoming a Top 10 single, also in 1967. Lead singer Rob Grill died this past July from complications caused by two strokes and a head injury, at the age of 67. “Too old to rock ‘n’ roll, too young to die.” -Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull turned 64 in August and has tour dates listed on his website that will carry him and the group through 2012, performing their “Thick as a Brick” album in its entirety for the first time in 40 years. “All things must pass.” -George Harrison exploded as a solo performer post-Beatles with his 1970 three-record set “All Things Must Pass.” Harrison succumbed to cancer in 2001 at the age of 58. Then there’s the oldest, boldest, prematurest proclamation of them all: “I hope I die before I get old!” -Pete Townshend is far beyond fulfilling the arrogance-of-youth declaration he wrote in 1965 at age 20. He turned 66 in May and is still productive in rock ‘n’ roll. To paraphrase the kind affirmation by septuagenarian Bob Dylan, in his timeless “My Back Pages”: “Pete was so much older then, he’s younger than that now.”

Illustration by Nease/MCT Finally, there’s this one: “Can you imagine us years from today sharing a park bench quietly? How terribly strange to be 70.” -Twenty-something songwriter Paul Simon penned those words for the song “Old Friends” on Simon & Garfunkel’s classic “Bookends” album back in 1968. Well, hold on to your AARP card, everybody: Simon turns 70 on Thursday. (You may have heard him whining about it to Brian Williams recently on “NBC Nightly News.”) And Art Garfunkel reaches that same milestone on Nov. 5. What are we aging baby boomers to make of all this? A litany of cliches comes immediately to mind: “Youth is wasted on the young,” or “Time flies when you’re having fun,” or “You’re only as old as you feel.” “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow .... “ Enough already. How about: “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” That quote from Groucho Marx should lighten up this subject, which furrows the brow of many soon-to-be or already-are seniors. Let’s face it. Any self-respecting boomer who isn’t thinking about mortality is just fooling himself or her-

self. The clock is ticking. The days are dwindling down to a precious few. And the conveyor belt to the dustbin of eternity is picking up speed. But I still say our collective generational response to all of this should be a loud and clear: “Carpe diem!” Or in the more recent, equivalent, phrase of a dying Warren Zevon, in his last interview on “The Late Show with David Letterman”: “Enjoy every sandwich.” The best antidote to age anxiety can be found in the writings of Viktor Frankl, the late Holocaust survivor and originator of the school of psychotherapy known as logotherapy. In his ageless book “Man’s Search for Meaning,” he included a passage describing why young people should envy their elders: “Instead of possibilities in the future, they have realities in the past - the potentialities they have actualized, the meanings they have fulfilled, the value they have realized - and nothing and nobody can ever remove these assets from the past.” Amen to that. Remember the million-dollar quartet? Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis gathered to record together at Sun Records in Memphis on a December day in 1956 - a session that inspired the recent Broadway musical. Only Lewis is still alive, so he called the album he released 50 years later “Last Man Standing.” One of his best songs is “Rockin’ My Life Away.” Those are words to live by. And, by the way, when Lewis (aka “The Killer”) made an appearance on “American Bandstand” on Thanksgiving Day 1957, the other guests on the show were a couple of kids from Queens who called themselves Tom and Jerry, promoting their teen hit “Hey Schoolgirl.” Their real names? Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. How terribly strange to be 70? Not so much. Writing this has made me hungry. I think I’ll turn on Dylan’s “My Back Pages” and make myself a sandwich.


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A brush with Halloween Wendy Donahue Chicago Tribune

For Halloween 2011, zombies are battling vampires for hearts and minds. The peacock is the new black swan. And Monster High’s Frankie Stein is challenging Hannah Montana in the ‘tween popularity contest. Along with the classics, a new generation of pop-culture heroes and villains inspire Halloween costumes each year. This time around, influences range from AMC’s grisly hit TV show “The Walking Dead” to the elegant bird who fled the Central Park Zoo in August to strut his stuff in Manhattan. For younger girls, Mattel’s dollfaced Monster High clique fills in the generation gap left by dusty Dracula and fogey Frankenstein. Comic book heroes who leapt to the big screen are big for the boys. Many of the trendiest characters require special attention to the face to achieve the desired effect. The good news is, once you’ve got that down, the rest of the costume is likely already in the closet. “Zombies are the biggest costume category for 2011,” said Ressa Tomkiewicz, spokeswoman for Party City. “That’s partly because vampires are falling out of fashion a little bit. Consumers are looking for the newest dark creature to personify.” Part of the appeal of zombie looks, which are proving popular among adults and boys, is that any character can be zombified - nurses, rockers, day traders, teachers. “This is where makeup comes into play,” Tomkiewicz said. Costume stores have expanded makeup kits for Halloween. But the face is such a focal point this year that some adults are calling in professionals. “We’ve already started booking up,” M.A.C. Cosmetics senior artist Jane McKay said in September. “The Saturday night parties will be crazy.” ADULTS: GASHES AND LASHES “Halloween is becoming more and more popular for adults,” Tomkiewicz said. According to a National Retail Federation report released in September, Americans will spend $1 billion on children’s costumes in 2011, up from $840 million last year, and $1.21 billion on adult costumes, up from $990 million last year. About 68.6 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Halloween, up from 63.8 percent last year and the most in the federation’s nine-year survey history. Adults like to buy a la carte items to create costumes that are both economical and can be customized, Tomkiewicz said. So Party City added more mini-kits this year containing, say, peacock wings and a mask, or peacock clips for shoes, to which some adults might add a tutu, leggings, blue and green makeup and false lashes, which abound in a rainbow of colors and embellishments at beauty stores such as ULTA as well as M.A.C. “Lashes can be used for creating a lot of characters,” McKay said. “Many times you want your features larger than life. Lashes help achieve that.”

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There’s more than one way to create a walker, but here’s one that’s fairly kid-friendly, says M.A.C. senior trainer Crista Chan: 1. Start with a white or very light foundation, dust with white powder. Include neck and hands if they will be visible. Using a fluffy but compact brush (such as M.A.C. No. 109), start blending inward around eyes and contours of cheeks and neck with a taupe shadow. 2. Choose a reddish eye shadow and buff around outer edges of eye in a circle, in an oblong panda-bear eye shape. 3. Finish with a black shadow over the eyelid and under the eye. Use soft brushes to blend the colors together. For a finishing touch, pucker lips and brush a little black eye shadow across lips for a cracked effect.

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Popular culture is ruling costumes this Halloween with vampires and zombies taking center stage. Everyday toiletries can add up to some of the most dramatic looks. The pale skin of a zombie can start with sunscreen containing zinc, McKay said. “Then you have to create the gore.” TEENS: CUE THE SCARY MOVIE The remake of “Fright Night” pumped fresh blood into the vampire genre. To get the look, celebrity makeup artist Kela Wong, who has done the faces of “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson and “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert, applies foundation in the lightest shade (he likes Cover FX shade E0), then follows with the lightest powder. (And remember, no real vampire would forget the neck!) Then he adds brownish foundation (Cover FX B65) under the cheekbones

and around the rims of the eyes. “The lower you go, the more of a sunken, sleepless look you’ll get,” he said. Finish with a wine-stained, matte color tapped onto lips and around eyes. Another past favorite, Lady Gaga, hasn’t gone away either. This year Gaga’s “Judas” video is sure to bring a few blackened brows, elaborately lined eyes and jeweled fingernails. TWEENS AND YOUNGER: KEEP IT LIGHTHEARTED Boys are gravitating to comic book heroes such as Captain America and Green Lantern this year. Many of those costumes come with masks, but makeup can be safer and more comfortable and not much more challenging, McKay points out. (Use a nude lip pencil to outline the area of the mask

on the face, then fill in with a makeup pencil in the relevant color.) Also sure to pop off the big screen and onto the streets are Smurfettes (blue makeup can be found at costume stores) and Kung Fu Pandas (just draw oblong shapes in black kohl pencil around the eyes; on the rest of the face, pat whatever white cream you can get your paws on). At partycity.com, Monster High costumes are among the most-clicked costumes, Tomkiewicz said. To complement the costume with a gloomy complexion, add a dot of black or green liquid eyeliner or eye shadow to a dollop of light foundation on your hand, stir and apply. --(c)2011 the Chicago Tribune

M.A.C. senior artist Louise Zizzo says the key to makeup like this is to pretend you’re painting on a piece of paper. 1. Brush a pink blush in middle of cheeks, then use a soft fluffy brush to apply a haze of blue and green eye shadow on temples and down to cheekbones. 2. Sketch a feather design lightly on the face with a nude lip pencil. 3. Paint in design over the nude pencil with brown, turquoise, blue, green and gold cream eye shadows or M.A.C. Pro Chromacakes. For feather details, use a fine-tip brush dipped in the creams or use liquid eyeliners. 4. Add gold or blue glitter to accent the eye of peacock feathers. 5. Line tops of lashes with black liquid eyeliner. Apply mascara. 6. Apply eyelash glue to a set of false lashes. Let glue dry slightly so it’s tacky before you place false lash on real lash line. For ideal placement, look down but do not close eyes as you place the false lash on lash line. 7. For more drama, glue a second set of lashes above the first, into the crease of each eye as a visual trick to make the eyes pop. (Zizzo used one set of M.A.C. lash No. 44 on each eye for our model.) 8. Apply pink gloss on lips. 1960s cat-eye “Pan Am” wannabes can create the look like this, said Kimberly Keys, a prestige manager for ULTA Beauty (ulta. com): See HOW on P. 7

Without sound, the world’s a tougher place Cassandra Spratling Detroit Free Press DETROIT - “I went to a play at the Gem Theatre last week and I didn’t hear a thing,” says one woman. “I know my son gets tired of me asking him to repeat himself,” another says. “I hate when they say, ‘Never mind. It’s no big deal,’” says Judy Taub, 71, of West Bloomfield, Mich. “They don’t want to take the time to repeat; we feel left out.” These are among the concerns of the 20 or so men and women who meet monthly at a Royal Oak, Mich., church, where they find comfort in talking about what it’s like to be hard of hearing. As they speak, a microphone connected to a computer puts words on a screen so everyone can read what they’re saying. Welcome to a meeting of the Royal Oak chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of Michigan. The degree of members’ hearing loss varies - from mild to severe to complete, as do their reasons for being hearing impaired, including birth defects, disease, loud noises and, the most common cause of hearing loss, aging. They’re not alone. Some 36 million people in the U.S., about 1 in 10, have some degree of hearing loss, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. There’s evidence that hearing loss is becoming more widespread. America’s population is aging and, as most people age, hearing diminishes. About 40 percent of people older than 65 have some degree of hearing loss. Some studies show hearing loss is becoming

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JJ Peyton of Farmington, Michigan, discusses living with hearing loss on October 2, 2011. “Probably the biggest challenge for anyone with hearing loss would be acceptance,” Peyton says. “I choose to be positive about it.” more prevalent among the young. One in 5 teens has slight to mild hearing loss. The prevalence of hearing loss among ages 12 to 19 increased 30 percent - from 14.9 percent in 1988-1994 to 19.5 percent in 2005-2006, according to a study, published last year in the Journal of the American

Medical Association. “Everyone assumes iPods and other personal listening devices are the cause, but there is not enough data yet, so we don’t know for certain,” says the lead author of the study, Dr. Josef Shargorodsky, a University of Michigan Medical

School graduate, now a clinician researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “One problem is that adolescents don’t report well whether the music they’re listening to is loud.” Circumstantial evidence is enough reason to be concerned, says Dr. Paul Kileny, director of the University of Michigan’s Audiology and Electrophysiology Department. “This last decade or so has seen a significant increase in the use of personal audio devices that are much lighter, more comfortable, and have longer battery lives, so they allow hours and hours of listening at high levels of intensity that can promote hearing loss,” Kileny says. But some audiologists doubt that hearing is any worse now than in the past. “Most kids are listening at moderate levels and for reasonably safe amounts of time,” says Dr. Brad Stach, director of audiology with the Henry Ford Health System. “Now, those kids who are driving with stereos so loud you can feel it, they’re doomed.” But he believes that just as older people are generally healthier than in the past, so too is their hearing. He and others agree, however, that everyone needs to do what they can to protect their hearing because once it’s gone, it doesn’t come back. Untreated hearing loss can lead to a myriad of other problems, including depression, social isolation and academic deficiencies, and it can cost billions annually in lost productivity. Doctors say the two best ways to protect your hearing are to reduce exposure to loud noises See HEAR on P. 7


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Collections make Dallas & Co. stand out Kelley Heaney Community Columnist When October rolls around and Halloween becomes a focus for fun and entertainment, Parkland College students seem to inevitably start thinking about Dallas & Company for party decorations, supplies, costumes and to go through the free, but spooky, Haunted Room. Dallas & Company is a theatrical party store. But, amid all the latex masks, cowboy hats and designer wigs is actually a retail establishment like no other. Part of the reason it is unique is its owner, Andy Dallas. “It’s really all about me,” said Dallas. “This is all about what I want out of my life, my journey, and the items here reflect that. I surround myself with it.” Surround is a good word to describe the hundreds of thousands of items in the store and its storage rooms. “It’s really a bit overwhelming when you walk in,” said Parkland student, Vallena Adkinson. “It seems to have some of everything which makes it quite convenient.” Having recently been to the store for the first time, Parkland student, Andrew Lawson said, “It was a great experience. I’d like to go back. The people were really helpful and they had just about everything you could ever want to be.” But what they, like many people, are unaware of is that the store secretly contains Dallas’s collections from his worldwide travels as a magician and escape artist. Knowing from a very early age where his career path would lead, he, like Harry Potter, has practiced magic since the age of eleven. Dallas did his first escape from atop Cham-

paign’s University Inn and is now, according to him, considered one of the top five escape artists in the world. He is a member of the Order of Merlin in the International Brotherhood of Magicians, is one of only 300 magicians to reach the elite status of M.I.M.C. in the Inner Magic Circle based in London, England and was the 2006-2007 president of the legendary Harry Houdini’s Society of American Magicians, (SAM). In spite of his impressive accolades, scattered throughout his small city store, are items from his movie prop and arcade game collections. There is a supersized gorilla placed above the merchandise in one area and it actually extends into the second floor office area. It is 12 1/2 feet tall and weighs 650 pounds. According to Dallas, there are only two like it in the world and it was created by Hollywood special effects studio, Burnett Studios. Dallas is amused that it has been in the store for over 15 years, but many people miss it tucked onto its high perch. There is also several other one of a kind or rare props in the special Haunted Room that is only open during some weekends in October. A sword used in the movie Braveheart is for sale in the weapons section of the store and several vintage arcade games, such as the Fortune Teller near the back door, are on show throughout the retail space. There is even an 1850’s coffin with a real human skeleton on display near the checkout counter. Dallas enjoys sharing these things that he loves with his customers, and often performs simple magic tricks for children and baffles parents

with card tricks. “I love sharing it with people,” he said when asked about his favorite aspect of magic. “I want them to experience all of it and I love every minute of it. I like putting on this show, my personality is projected here.” The show, as he refers to his store, has lasted for more than 35 years, going from a small 6x8 foot space to the more than 15,000 square feet that now encloses this fascinating collection. But even while running this show, Dallas’s first love of magic still shows through. When asked if there was a decline of interest during this electronic age, Dallas said that even now with all the available and overwhelming information on the internet, people are still fascinated by magic. “It is safe. The number one show in Vegas for many years wasn’t singers, it was Siegfried and Roy’s magic show, because not everyone likes a certain style of music but they understand magic.” Even when it is possible to discover the trade secrets with a click of the mouse, people like the show. Controlling the environment is the most difficult part of any magic show he claimed. “Magic is the only business that hides its skill,” Dallas continued. “The skill level can be low and still trick a spectator and a high skill level is lost on the general public. But it is an international language. I can perform anywhere in the world and Photo by Kelley Heaney/Prospectus News people understand it without me saying a word.” Andy Dallas, owner of Dallas & Company, draws customers from miles around with his unique

collections and novelty holiday items throughout the store.

Who’s afraid of the big bad web? Buster Bytes Tech Columnist

***Disclaimer: Buster Bytes is a logical individual and in no way, shape or form believes in ghosts, zombies, vampires, haunted houses or the trolls that live under bridges. Any reports that he slept with the lights on after writing this column are malicious slander and have no basis in reality.*** Halloween is fun. We get to dress up as monsters, scary creatures or even Justin Beiber. We get sweet treats and get to have fun dealing with our fears in a safe, controlled environment. We tell scary stories around a campfire or stay up late eating candy. For some people, this kind of thing is so fun that they don’t want to limit it to just one night a year. For them, there are scary movies, books by Stephen King, horror magazines and even spooky websites that are available year round. The following websites fall into a few categories and some of the best of them are compiled here for your enjoyment. A lot of scary websites host “pop-up” videos. These sites show scores of videos that contain seemingly safe, normal content. Then, just as you are lulled into a sense of safeness, BAM, a scary face pops up on screen and screams loudly. If any of these videos did startle Buster, they proba-

bly would have been found on http://www.scaryandfun.com/ scary_pop_ups.html. The one which definitely didn’t scare Buster the most was the one called ‘Coyote Attack.’ Please note that neither Prospectus News nor Buster Bytes can be held responsible for any heart conditions or loss of sleep resulting from viewing these videos. Buster will also like to point out that he is not responsible for any lost friendships or punched arms resulting from people being tricked into watching these videos under false pretenses. Some sites have popup games, too. The difference between the games and the videos is that the games require viewer participation. They often use different tactics to get the player to lean in closer to the screen right before the scare. In the scary maze game at http://www.scarymazegame. biz/, the maze gets really small at the end forcing you to lean forward to see what you’re doing right before the payoff. One problem with the scary maze is that it’s actually kind of hard to get through the game and some people might give up. Also, is says “scary” right in the title of the site. This one works better as a set up for someone else. The most effective one that Buster came across (not that it scared him of course!) was http://www.maniacworld. com/color_blind_test.htm. It appears to be just a website devoted to testing yourself for color blindness. Nothing in the name or on the page says anything about it being scary, although there is a warning that children under 13 should not use the test. The last test has no number visible. This makes you think that maybe you are color blind, after all, so you lean in for a closer look,

Illustration by Laurie McAdam/MCT and then sit back very quickly. The site at http://www.winterrowd.com/ contains an entire collection of these sorts of games and nothing on the page indicates that it’s anything other than a normal flash game site. Once again, under no circumstances should you send links to these games to friends or acquaintances if you wish to keep them. Being startled is one thing, but for a real, lasting scare there’s no substitute for a good

scary story. Novelists of the horror genre such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz sell millions of copies of every book they release and new scary movies are released all year long. Spooky tales are so popular that the theme even has its own magazine, Fangoria, with a website located at http:// www.fangoria.com. Many websites feature creepy stories, both short and long. Some sites feature member submissions, which

are alleged to be true stories. These can be the most effective, because someone is saying that these events actually happened to them. These stories don’t follow traditional story lines, which makes them seem more realistic. A lot of times, there’s not even a scary event at the end, just a series of strange events. These events will often leave you with the hair on your arms standing up and an urge to keep looking over your shoulder. A great

source for these stories is http://www.reddit.com/r/thetruthishere and http://www. reddit.com/r/nosleep, both of which are continuously updated with new user submissions. You can also add or read comments about the stories, ask questions and share your own similar experiences. Some other sites feature age old stories that have made their way into our cultural folklore. The website http://www. americanfolklore.net/campfire.html showcases a number of these tales, but if you do visit it, beware! Some of these stories can cause nightmares, chills, and insomnia. It’s also a very easy site to fall into. You may decide to read one or two, and come up for air a day and a half later. Oh, and if you have anything else to do today, stay away from http://ohinternet. com/Creepypasta/Awesome. Buster was just going to read one or two, but ended up on the site for hours reading every single story on the site. While he wasn’t at all scared, of course, he couldn’t stop reading the stories. A lot of the stories seemed completely possible, containing situations with real people in modern times, and the ghosts of children. Why are creepy little kids so much scarier than anything else? Those twins in The Shining are especially horrifying, as is the phenomenon of Black Eyed Kids, not that Buster avoided all contact with teenagers after reading about them. All in all, visiting scary websites can be …Wait, what was that? Did you hear a noise in the other room? Never mind, it was probably just the wind. All the same, could you turn the lights on, on your way out? Have a Happy Halloween!


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dormitory. The Church St. YMCA in Champaign is another haunted location found in the area. According to theshadowlands. net, there are reports of “cold spots, lights turning off and on by themselves, feelings of being watched, balls rolling down stairs by themselves, strange noises, shadows moving, and doors on the third floor opening and closing by themselves.” There is no information given as to the possible reason for this haunting. Another spirit who is said to haunt the area is the Blue Man of Clements Cemetery. According to prairieghosts. com, “the story of this ghost has been around for nearly 150 years. In 1841, a man was found to be hanging, either from suicide or a lynching, near the cemetery. Since that time, this stranger’s ghost has said to be haunting the area.” This particular haunting seemed so interesting that three members of the Prospectus News staff decided to look into it. The following is an account of what happened on that night. On Sunday, October 16, 2011,

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and, if you can not avoid exposure, wear protective devices, such as ear muffs, when doing activities such as mowing the grass or hunting. And even though hearing aids and implants help, those with hearing loss say it’s sometimes like living outside the normal world. They’re more likely to miss announcements of gate changes at airports and train stations. A dinner table conversation can be totally lost because it’s more difficult to follow a conversation when several people are talking. Some people stop going to movies or the theater because it’s too difficult to follow. “I tend to go to restaurants early so there are fewer people and thus fewer noises, says Penny Kennedy, 72, of Birmingham, Mich., a psychologist who counsels people with hearing loss. She lost her hearing at age 50 due to a closed head injury. Some hearing impaired people fake it and keep it to themselves for fear people will

Chanelle Stokes, photographer, Morgan Bernier, voice recorder and Alisha Kirkley, videographer, journeyed into Clements Cemetery shortly after 7:30 p.m. The cemetery is said to be haunted by a ghost known as the “Blue Man.” As soon as the team arrived, Stokes started taking photos and Kirkley began recording video. Bernier also ran her audio recorder to potentially record any ghostly communication. The team heard many noises, most of which had a believable explanation such as a leaf falling or the wind rustling objects around. A few noises, including what seemed like a small rock being thrown, had little explanation behind it. After the team’s Electronic Voice Phenomena session, photo sessions, and videotaping, they went over findings in their car. In one video clip, as Kirkley turns, a blue orb that was a little smaller than Stokes’ head passed directly between the two. The video was observed many times to try to rule out any possibilities, but no explanation could be found for the blue hue. Kirkley also took a few photographs and found a single white orb, which was ruled out as a pos-

sible dust particle due to the movement and clarity of it. Other findings include pictures Stokes captured of three gravestones in a group. In each picture taken, there appears to be a small, translucent orb over the middle gravestone. Given the persistence of the orb and the fact that it appears in every picture taken over the course of half an hour, it seems as though dust can be ruled out. Also of note is the feeling of heaviness and dread experienced by all three team members in a location towards the back of the cemetery. While it could be attributed to a magnetic field, or the general creepiness of being in a cemetery, the fact that this feeling only happened in a particular spot could lead to the conclusion that it was paranormal in nature. All in all, no conclusive evidence was found. However, the spirit of Halloween was definitely located by all team members. If you decide you want to check it out yourself, make sure to clear it with the owners before you do your own investigating and remember to stay safe and have fun with whatever your holiday plans may be.

think less of them. Groups like the Royal Oak organization help them develop the confidence to speak up for themselves. A gunshot at a circus blasted the hearing out of JJ Peyton’s right ear when she was 3 years old. At 17, she began losing the hearing in her left ear, she thinks from a family car accident. But her hearing didn’t get really bad until college. At Michigan State University, she sat where she could see as well as hear her instructors, and eventually asked instructors to use a microphone that projected sound into a clip in her ear. Still, when she began working after college she was reluctant to tell people she was hard of hearing. She’d been working for almost four years before she told her employers she had hearing difficulties. “I wasn’t comfortable telling people in the work place about my hearing loss for fear I wouldn’t get promoted or wouldn’t get prime assignments,” said Peyton, 36, of Farmington Hills, Mich. By the time she started working for SapientNitro in Birmingham as an advertis-

ing executive in 2002, she was comfortable speaking up and found no negative responses to her hearing difficulty. She credits the support of the Hearing Loss Association of Michigan with giving her the courage and confidence to tell people about her hearing loss and to ask for assistance when she needs it. “I’ve found that if I’m confident in telling people, they’re comfortable,” she says. “I still prefer not to be on conference calls and there are a lot of conference calls in my line of work. But I’ve learned to recap to make sure I understand or to follow up in an e-mail. One good thing is that it’s made me a really good listener.” Patty Frenkel, 57, of Huntington Woods, Mich., said the meetings and her cochlear implant revived her life. Her hearing began deteriorating after the birth of her first child when she was 32. “He was born in October. By January (of 1986), I couldn’t hear the clock tick,” she says. Except for a couple of friends, her social life came to a standstill. “I stayed home and read,” she says. “My books were my best friends. You’re afraid to go out and say some-

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bottling sorrows to give to a fairy that lives down a well and sacrificing a virgin to become the bride of the sea. One of the most brutally vivid tales within the film involves an artist who colors the sea red in his paintings. The people demand that he should paint correctly, but he claims that he simply paints the way that he sees. Because of this, his family attempts to cure his eyes by making him stare into the sun and dripping monkey urine into his eyes. Costello mentioned this scene as being a fascinating part of the film. “I thought that The White Meadows was really fascinating because I get to see someone’s poetic interpretation of the arts being shut down,” she explained. “That transcends all cultures, we can all

understand that. Even though some of the movies are a little depressing, I find it encouraging that we can relate to them.” The second film in the series was The Light Thief (Svet-Ake), which was shown on October 25. The upcoming movies being shown are Dooman River, on November 2; Belvedere, on November 8; Soul Of Sand (Pairon Talle), on Novermber 16; and The Tenants (Os Inquilinos), on November 22. Each showing occurs in room D244 at 7 p.m., with the exception of Soul of Sand, which will be shown earlier at 4 p.m. For more information on the Global Lens 2011 Film Series at Parkland, see http://artgallery.parkland.edu/global-lens. html. For more information on The Global Film Initiative, see their web site at http://globalfilm.org.

1. Apply eye shadow primer to both eyelids “so that your eye color doesn’t crease or fall to the lash line.” Use a neutral eye shadow color (white, pale blue, pale green) on eyelids. 2. Line the top rim of the eyelids with a black eyeliner pen-

cil. “Start with a thin line from the inside corner of the eye to the outside and wing out at the outside corner of the eye at an upward angle.” Then trace over that line with a liquid eyeliner for a more dramatic look. 3. Apply lip primer, then line the lips with ULTA’s Contouring Lip Liner in Beet. For lipstick, she likes ULTA Lip Color Shade No. 203.

4. Add a pair of faux eyelashes, and blend them into your natural lashes with a couple of coats of mascara. “Faux lashes will make any Halloween costume pop,” she said, “but I think they really stand out for the Playboy Bunny look, Nicki Minaj, Snooki and any witch’s costume.”

thing because you may misunderstand and say something inappropriate, and people look at you like you’re stupid.” She had a cochlear implant in her left ear in 2004. “It was like I got my life back again. You forget you’re hard of hearing. Now I hear crickets and birds. I hear raindrops. And I appreciate them. They’re just so beautiful to hear.” --8 WAYS TO GUARD YOUR HEARING Keep the volume of personal listening devices at moderate levels. If you can’t hear someone talking in a normal conversational voice standing at a normal distance from you, it’s too loud. Limit the amount of time you’re listening to devices or have them in your ear. Take regular breaks. Don’t listen endlessly. Wear ear protection when performing tasks or activities that expose you to loud noises, such as mowing the lawn, hunting or operating loud machinery. As soon as you notice that you are not hearing as well as you used to or others express concern that you don’t seem to be hearing as well, make

an appointment with a doctor. The sooner you get assistance, if needed, the better. The cause also may be related to a medical condition that can be corrected. Parents should insist that pediatricians make hearing checks a part of well baby and well child visits. The fact that an infant passed a hearing screening test as a newborn does not necessarily mean that hearing loss cannot happen later in life. As a norm, check with your physician regarding the potential of the medications you have been prescribed to contribute to hearing loss. If that is the case, your physician may be able to prescribe a different combination of medications that may have a lower potential to cause hearing loss. While it is true that hearing loss is more common after age 65 than at younger ages, report progressive hearing loss to your physician, especially if you notice that one ear is worse than the other. Tinnitus or ringing in the ears can be a manifestation of hearing loss, so it is more common in people with hearing loss than those without. Report new onset tinnitus to your phy-

sician, especially if it is only in one ear because it can be associated with certain medical problems that may need timely attention. -Sources: Paul R. Kileny, professor and director of Audiology in the Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Department at the University of Michigan Health System and Medical School, Dr. Dennis Drescher, professor and director of Molecular Research in the Department of Otolaryngology at Wayne State University, and Dr. Brad Stach, Henry Ford Health System. --MORE INFO Want to learn more about hearing loss or get support from people who have it? Join a local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. Other sources of helpful information include: The Better Hearing Institute at www.betterhearing.org www.listentoyourbuds.org, an online public service campaign aimed at educating children and parents about hearing loss. --(c)2011 the Detroit Free Press

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Cobras Sophomore Gregg Flores (23) attempts to make a goal in a game against South Suburban College Sept. 2, 2011. Rod Lovett Athletic Director The Parkland College Men’s Soccer team (108-1) beat Southwestern Illinois College (9-6-4) 2-1 Saturday to advance to the Region 24 semifinals. The first 24 minutes of the match went scoreless, despite several scoring chances from both sides. In the 25th minute, the Cobras

scored the first goal of the match when Gregg Flores passed the ball to Khody Ellis just outside the SWIC penalty area. Ellis dribbled around a SWIC defender and played a ball across to find Douglass Andrade, who banged the ball into the net. The 1-0 Cobra lead didn’t last long however, as SWIC freshman Alex Novy was able to recover a rebound in the Parkland box and scored to tie the match in the 29th minute. Then,

just before halftime, Andrade would ensure the Cobras would take a lead into halftime. Dhani Cerra played a ball from the half line in front of a streaking Andrade, who took a touch to position the ball and struck a fantastic shot in stride to beat the diving SWIC goalkeeper and score in the 43rd minute. The second half was back and forth, with SWIC outshooting the Cobras 16-6 on the day, but 15 saves by goal keeper Jason

Photo by Nick Washington/Prospectus News Saucedo and and key stops by Cobra defenders helped secure the win. With the victory, PC moves on to face the #1 seed in Region 24 and NJCAA #17 ranked Lincoln College (15-3-0). The match will be played at Lincoln on Wednesday at 2pm. The winner will advance to the Region 24 Championship on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Parkland Basketball teams ranked in Pre-Season Top 10 Rod Lovett Athletic Director Both the Parkland College Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams are ranked in the Pre-Season NJCAA D-2 Top 10, released by the NJCAA last Thursday. The Cobra Men, who surprised many with their run to the National tournament, are ranked #5 after finishing 22-13 last season and going 1-2 at Nationals. PC has a very difficult schedule this season with trips to four tournaments including events at Hutchison CC KS., and Southeastern Iowa and games against several highly regarded D-1 and D-2 programs. The Cobras will open the season on November 3 against Central Florida CC in the opening round of the Hutch

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Classic. After six road games, PC will play their first home game of the year on Nov. 16 against Lewis and Clark. The Parkland Women would like to make it four straight trips to Nationals and they will begin the season as the #9 ranked team in D-2. PC returns just two players from last season’s team that placed 3rd in the Nation. The Women get underway with a road game at Olney Central College on November 1 before opening at home on November 9 against Illinois Valley CC. Like the men, the schedule is a tough one as the Cobras face nationally ranked teams from Kirkwood, Kankakee, and Illinois Valley along with the normally talented Region 24 opponents from Lincoln Land, Lake Land, Lewis and Clark, and ICC.


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