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Students clean up Everglades on break




Mental health is a big part of physical fitness » 5

Edgar Kunz poetry reading

Men’s basketball earns win against Rock Valley »12

Author shares his poetry and past experiences, tells students it’s OK to feel like you need to ‘Tap Out’ once in a while » 9

Flu still the bigger threat New Coronavirus causes fear, but annual flu virus impacts many more people BRITNI PETITT & MANDY SCHEUER Photo Editor & Office Manager

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A new virus has made its global debut and as a result, people wonder if they should be concerned. According to Dr. Ryan Westergaard, chief medical officer at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the normal flu is more of a concern here in Wisconsin, where most of the state has high influenza activity. In the 2018 to 2019 flu season alone there were 17,210 cases of the flu in Wisconsin according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. This number puts Wisconsin in the high activity threshold for influenza-like illnesses. There have already been 26 total deaths this season due to the flu in the state, whereas there have been zero deaths from Coronavirus, let alone any confirmed cases yet. The novel coronavirus, now being called 2019-nCoV, had not been detected in humans prior to the outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019. While it is concerning, it’s mostly from a lack of information about this specific strain. As more data becomes available, containment and treatment will likely become easier. Medical Director of Infection Control at UW Health, Dr. Nasia Safdar, noted that a vaccine is currently being worked on. The new virus has similar symptoms to the flu we see every year, fever, cough, shortness of breath etc. so a travel history is important if you are going to a clinic. If you have been to the Wuhan, China region or have been around someone who was in that area and begin showing symptoms, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Communication is important for determining who needs to be tested and/or monitored for the new virus.

Getting away from the cold winters of Wisconsin is a chance not many people would pass up, and Madison College recently gave students that option with an Alternative Winter Break service opportunity in Florida that happened Jan. 7-14. This trip allowed the 12 students who went to better the world by cleaning up some of Florida’s National Parks, which helped reduce the amount of waste destroying the natural beauty of the everglades. The service members traveled to three different locations to help with relief: Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and a botanical garden, Fruit and Spice Park. Student Carolyn Kosabucki was one of the Madison College trip coordinators. “The trip was amazing,” Kosabucki said. “The Everglades were beautiful and peaceful. It was endless terrain that went on forever, similar to being out in a wheat field.” In total, the group collected 1,500 pounds of trash during their time at the national parks. Some of the trash was from local fisherman waste such as beer cans or fishing line, but most of what the group picked up washed into the parks from the ocean. Each day, the group would measure how much trash they picked up, giving them an idea of the difference they were making. “We were one of 22 groups » SEE BREAK PAGE 4



Efforts to increase student voting rates earn recognition for college CHRIS BIRD News Editor Madison College received an award for student voter participation from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge at their award ceremony in Washington D.C. on Nov. 12. Madison College was given the Best In Class Award for two year public institutions, which was received for having the highest voting rate of all the eligible schools during the 2018 midterm elections. Beating out 21 other institutions, Madison College’s voting rate was 53.5

percent for the 2018 midterms. This was a significant increase from the 12.1 percent voting rate that Madison College had in 2014. Nationally, the voting rate for college students was 19.7 percent in 2014 and 39.1 percent in 2018, according to a study by Tufts University. Madison College has gone from below the national average to surpassing it by a fair amount. This jump in voter participation is thanks to many groups and individuals at Madison College who worked to get students registered and help them vote early or at the polls on election day said » SEE VOTING PAGE 4


Senate advisor Ellie Rome, left, and Dr. Howard Spearman, Vice President of Student Affairs, accept an award on behalf of Madison College from the All In Campus Democraty Challenge.





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“If the only tool you have is a hammer, then everything tends to look like a nail” – Abraham Maslow. Maslow’s quote refers to the tendency to use just one way, often heavy-handed, to look at or solve an issue. Many people have used a hammer to express their anger over this year’s Academy Awards nominees because of a lack of diversity. Comedian Melissa Villasenor took a slightly different angle with a short bit she did during the Jan. 25, 2020, episode of Saturday Night Live. She sang an original song for several of the nominated films, which all concluded the film was mainly about white male rage. It was very funny, and based on social media reaction, she got the point across perfectly without having to use a hammer. Criticisms of this year’s Academy Award nominees noted, something many of the

Understood You Would I Have This Look on My Face?” (2017) draws upon work done at his Center for Communicating Science to encourage people to take different strategies in the way they try to communicate ideas to other people. Best Picture nominees do well is offer unique ways to look at things already familiar to us, perhaps getting us to think a little differently about those things. “1917” uses two separate long one-shot techniques to immerse the viewer in the claustrophobic and horrific perspective of a soldier navigating the tunnels and deathtrap landscape of World War I to fulfill an assignment. “JoJo Rabbit” uses dark humor, surrealism, and the perspective of a 10-year old boy in the Hitler Youth to show the horror of Nazi Germany, as well as how good people can participate in bad things. “Parasite” uses dark humor


Similarly, George Thompson’s “Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion” (2013) highlights different communication techniques to defuse confrontation and generate cooperation. Adam Savage’s “Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life is What You Make It” (2019) presents a broader approach, emphasizing that in the creative process readers should think outside the box when making things or creating projects, and try several different approaches. In these divisive times when everybody seems to be using a hammer to get their point across, these books offer a perspective worth considering.


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and a compellingly suspenseful story line to make a comment on social inequality. “Little Women” beautifully offers the familiar Louisa May Alcott story for viewers, but director Greta Gerwig uses the opportunity to add in her adapted screenplay an added emphasis on Jo standing up for the right to her own writing voice amid male-dominated publishing interests. The lesson of being more flexible or creative with the way we communicate or try to get a point across is something we might want to consider in our everyday lives. Some books in the Madison College Libraries offer strategies to get there. Alan Alda’s “If I


Public Safety wanst you to join their team as a Student Help Patrol Officer. If you are interested in a position, stop by the Public Safety Office and pick up an application.

Public Safety Officers respond to many calls for service and we communicate our activities to the college community. Here are some notable incidents from the past two weeks.    On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Public Safety responded to an individual experiencing a medical emergency and had fainted.  Public Safety rendered aid to the patient until Madison Paramedics could arrive to take over. On Wednesday, Jan. 22, a laptop was reported to have been stolen from a backpack that was left unattended on campus.  Please remember to not leave valuables such as laptops, cell phones, wallets or purses unattended while on campus. On Thursday, Jan. 23, Public Safety responded to a minor vehicle accident in the Goodman South Campus parking lot.  After it was determined there were no injuries, Public Safety made sure that both parties were able to exchange information before going on their way. To all new students, Madison College is no longer issuing physical parking permits.  Remember to register your vehicle on the Madison College website.  Simply type “Parking” in the search tab, click “Parking” then click Student Vehicle Registration.  Simply enter in your vehicle’s information and you are all set!

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Have you signed up to receive WolfPack Alerts from Madison College? These alerts notify you of school cancellations or about emergencies on or near campus. If not, please do so on our webpage. Registration is free, easy and takes about a minute on your mobile device. In addition to our Facebook page, we have a Twitter account! Be sure to follow @PublicSafetyMC to stay informed of what’s happening on your campus. If need to report an emergency or have other campus safety concerns, please contact our department at 245-2222; Public Safety Officers are available 24/7.


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Campus Bakery to Open

The Bakery, a retail outlet for products produced in class, will open for the semester on Monday, Feb. 10. The shop will be open all week offering a variety of Valentine’s Day treats.

Puzzle Challenge

The Madison College Libararies are offering a “coverless puzzle challenge” for

students. Stop by your campus library to collaborate on a difficult puzzle, with no cover shown. This is the second year the college’s libraries will be participating in the challenge.

Internship Fair

Career and Employment Services are hosting an Internship Fair on Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Truax campus cafeteria atri-

um. Stop by to learn more about applying for internships and to get feedback on your resume.

New show in The Gallery

A new show will open in the Truax Gallery on Feb. 6. Entitled, “The Horizon Just Laughed,” the show consists of eight Wisconsin artists who are all focused on painting as their central medium.

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Fitness instructor Venus Washington, left, leads Get Movin’, a free and twice-weekly exercise class for seniors. Moderate levels of exercise can help combat Alzheimer’s and dementia, according UW-Madison’s Dr. Nathaniel Chin.

Fending off Alzheimer’s, dementia Many healthy lifestyle factors can reduce effect of diseases BRITNI PETITT Photo Editor Researchers from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, including Dr. Nathaniel Chin, attended the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) last July. According to research reported at the conference, adhering to multiple healthy lifestyle factors can greatly reduce risk for dementia and cognitive decline. This is huge news for the center as they are Dr. Nathaniel researching Chin prevention and early detection of Alzheimer’s. Currently there is no cure, they can only treat symptoms and hope to slow its progression. Considering it is the 6th leading cause of death in the nation and 110,000 Wisconsinites currently have it, prevention is important. Healthy lifestyle factors can include many things but according to Dr. Chin, the director of medical services at Wisconsin ADRC, there are

a few aspects that he recommends to patients the most, including refraining from smoking and excessive alcohol use. Exercise, diet, stress management, sleep, socialization, and challenging your brain regularly are all important in the name of prevention too. Exercise has the most research and most convincing studies proving prevention. Moderate level cardio is recommended but if all you feel ready to do is walk more, Dr. Chin says that’s fine. Some is always better than none in this case. A free, twice-weekly exercise class for seniors, called Get Movin’ is available here in Madison. Diet, specifically the MIND’s diet, is being researched and showing that brains look younger as they age when followed closely. Sleep is important and the research field is growing but the important take away is not to use Benadryl for sleep or other similar medicines. Over a lifetime it has been shown to increase the risk of thinking changes. Challenging your brain creates a higher cognitive reserve which may help reduce dementia in aging brains. Learning a new hobby or language, formal education, or playing brain games like sudoku can help, but the key word is challenging. If it’s easy, it doesn’t help. Dr. Chin says it’s important to note that dementia

and Alzheimer’s are not the same thing. He gives lectures explaining this. Simply put, Alzheimer’s is a specific cause of dementia. While Alzheimer’s is the most common cause (about 60-80% of cases), other diseases or illnesses can be responsible for dementia. Mental health plays a role as well. Depression can act as a mimic of dementia and is also a noted risk factor. Alzheimer’s itself has two types, early onset and late onset. Early onset occurs

before the age of 65 and late onset occurs after. A genetic risk is involved in both; however, they are caused by different gene issues. Early onset involves a gene mutation whereas, late onset occurs in a variant of a specific protein. Of course, having a genetic risk doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee that you’ll develop the disease. When the lifestyle aspects are adhered to, there’s a drop in the genetic risk for Alzheimer’s. When four or five of the factors are followed

there’s a 60% Alzheimer’s dementia risk reduction than when only one or two factors are followed. There’s a lot that goes into preventing and caring for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Dr. Chin has a podcast called Dementia Matters where he speaks to caregivers, researchers, social workers, and offers advice to those wanting to help a relative or learn more about dementia. Feel free to check it out if you’d like to learn more.


Dr. Chin (right) talks with a visitor in his office in the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Research Center.

Brief spotlight on Canopy doesn’t tell the full story TESSA MORHARDT Editor in Chief Fifteen seconds of fame isn’t always what people believe it to be. Information can easily be taken out of context when not all of the information is presented. As Canopy tries to open its doors, a clip was released from an Alcohol

Licensing Review Committee meeting that only showed a quick snippet of what was being explained. This clip then reached its way to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, was aired on his show and now has been published on a variety of news outless. The owner of Canopy, Madison College student Austin Carl, wants to create a space where the Madison

community is able to connect with one another while enjoying coffee, food, music, and people’s company. Carl recently had a soft opening which he had served mocktails and soda. Guests had enjoyed their time while connecting with each other along with the drinks and music. Much love and support was shown by the people who had come out.

Carl said all of the news spreading claiming that he is trying to put “liquor before the license” has not only hurt the image of what Canopy really is trying to be, but has impacted how people view him. “I still plan on opening soon. Canopy will open with a dry bar and be able to serve to more ages this way,” he said.




CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Ellie Rome. Groups like Black Student Union, Student Senate and The League of Women Voters worked to help students register early and encouraged people to vote. Rome said that this award is “motivating us to try even harder in 2020.” Madison College is going to work to increase voter rates again by allowing people to vote early at events at the Truax campus or at Goodman South. Through working with the Clerk of the City of Madison, people will be able to register and vote early. The first of these events will be on Feb 10 through 15. Rome said that, in the past, “we talked to a lot of students who had not registered to vote, but were excited to be prepared for that.” Rome said that their enthusiasm was encouraging at past events to promote voter participation. Rome advises that even if you have voted in the past, it is important to make sure that you are ready to vote in the upcoming elections. If you have moved recently or other personal details have changed, it might be necessary to update your voter registration. You can do this in person at the polls in Wisconsin, as long as you have proper identification with you and potentially a proof of address. If you are unsure if you are all set to vote, visit MyVote.WI.gov and check your status. Rome is organizing more voter registration events, and wants students and others to keep encouraging others to vote and maybe even reach out to Madison College if they have an opportunity to help their efforts to increase voter participations.


Chef Phillip Foss, right, prepares a dish by adding liquid nitrogen to ice cream, potatoe bits and cream soup.

Phillip Foss presents at Chef Series Owner of El Ideas in Chicago shares his personal story during Madison College event TESSA MORHARDT Editor in Chief Madison College had the pleasure of having the owner of El Ideas, Phillip Foss, for its January Chef Series program. He created a dish that combined the aspects of sweet and salty. Using small potato bites with a cream soup and adding liquid nitrogen to ice cream to create a dish that is an experi-

ence in itself. With liquid nitrogen ice cream added to a boiling hot soup created a reaction that truly exploded. Foss’s restaurant is located in Chicago Illinois. This is not like any ordinary restaurant. You pay beforehand, as well as bring your own bottled service. You are able to go interact with the chefs as they prepare your meal for you. They explain to you what the process is along with what is all being put into the dish. Foss is not only a chef but is now an author who had created a book with his cousin, Timothy Foss, who drew all of the illustrations, based on his experiences in creating El Ideas.

Timothy Foss tagged along to the chef series and drew what was going on during the event. Foss had started his business with a food truck, but knew that he could do more. He then moved into the restaurant business. Chef Foss stated that “there was a whole other side of me that no one got to see,” so by creating this book he was able to show how he was feeling and how he had acted during these times. Foss wanted to be more known for his book rather than his cooking because he had felt that his book is a better way to explain who he really is. Phillip Foss’s, “Life in El,” can be found on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Avoidance of any virus is recommended and luckily, both flu and 2019-nCoV have similar prevention guidelines. Wash your hands with soap and water and practice good respiratory hygiene by covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Avoid others who have a fever or cough and use alcohol-based wipes and cleansers to sanitize surfaces. As always, more information is available on both the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Center for Disease Control websites.


Chef Phillip Foss gives instructions to a student as they prepare a meal for the January Chef Series event.




Madison College students gather after a day of cleaning up waste from the Florida Everglades during an alternative winter break trip.

that traveled down to help with habitat restoration. The handheld weight that we used to weigh the trash really showed us the measurable impact we were making,” Kosabucki said. At the Fruit and Spice Botanical Garden, students cleared out a 40 squarefoot area overgrown with tropical foliage. “The stems were the size of your wrist and the leaves were the size of elephant’s ears,” said Kosabucki. The clearing they made

will be the site for a future exhibit. An upcoming Alternative Spring Break trip is available for students to go out to Utah on March 15-21 and help out the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, which is the largest animal sanctuary in Utah. The sign-up deadline for this trip has already passed, but there are service opportunities during spring break available to students here in Madison. For $15 students are able to serve locally and can choose to volunteer a single day or the whole week of spring break.

“The stems were the size of your wrist and the leaves were the size of elephant’s ears.” – CAROLYN KOSABUCKI, SPEAKING ABOUT THE FOLIAGE THE MADISON COLLEGE STUDENTS HELPED REMOVE





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More to health than physical well being CASEY ANDERSON Opinion Editor


hysical education in schools must teach more than just standards of physical wellness, but mental wellness, too. I find a lot of students dread gym courses, especially in grade school. I think this is because gym courses are constructed to achieve a standard of endurance or physicality that can be stressful or difficult for many to achieve. The problem is, without mental wellness and motivation, achieving physical wellness is extremely difficult. My stress management class this semester is truly opening my eyes to the importance of holistic wellness. In our Western society, when you are not feeling well, it is assumed that it whatever you are experiencing, it is a physical diagnosis. The typical protocol is to go to the doctor, be diagnosed, and then medicated. But not all health problems can be fixed in this routine way. A pill will not fix your fatigue, chronic body aches, or inability to wake up on time or get out of bed.  Physical education tends to teach that a healthy physical state means a healthy mental state and healthy life. But our physical education courses often overlook the need to include the teachings of nutrition, sleep, stress management techniques, breathing exercises, stretching, yoga, mental relaxation techniques. Physical education courses should not


only teach us to take mental inventory on the state of our physical body, but to mostly pay attention to how we are feeling, our energy levels, and the quality of our mental state. A lot of the unwellness students are experiencing can be improved by changing diet, stress




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Courses should focus on mental wellness and nutrition, too.

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Who needs a hug? Not me!


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management techniques, and mental perspective and processes. Students need to learn how to handle their mental wellness as well as their physical wellness, because they go hand in hand when it comes to overall wellness and happiness.

ugs. Much like the diaper brand, I can see how they benefit society but would very much prefer to not find myself in one. In general, I find hugs to be a little uncomfortable in most situations. This hot take is brought to you by National Hugging Day which was on Jan. 21, otherwise known as the first day of spring classes here at Madison College. Meaning, if you wanted to, greeting all of your teachers with a hug the first day of class would have been perfectly within celebration guidelines as per the national holiday. Not in the mood to celebrate this unnecessary holiday? I’m with you there, reader. Hugging seems to be in this weird limbo of socially acceptable behavior. Some people find it to be a perfectly suitable greeting and graciously throw their arms around anybody they say hi to. Others, including myself, would much rather prefer a simple wave hello, a friendly handshake of welcome, or even a warm head nod of acknowledgement. The less physical contact with others the better. As I see it, the world can be split in to two categories: huggers and non-huggers (or as I like to call them, pro-personal spacers). There’s nothing wrong with either way, but people should definitely be labeled in some way so huggers don’t accidentally intrude on pro-personal spacers personal space. Believe me, once this happens world peace is soon to follow. To all the huggers reading this wondering who hurt me to make me this cold wretch of a woman, I assure you I am just as lovable as anyone else, I’d just prefer expressing my love in a well thought out note or an admirable gaze. I don’t need to awkwardly wrap my arms around another person and lightly squeeze to get that point across. In fact, hugging etiquette is a whole monster in itself. There’s arm placement to think about. Whether a pat on the back is OK and if so, how many pats on the back? Or is a gentle rub more appropriate? How long should the hug last? All of these factors depend on who the person is, where the hug is taking place, and what the hug means. It’s all very unpredictable. I do understand a huggers point of view. Every hugger I’ve met has been an optimist and romantic. They think the world could use a hug and, by golly, they’re going to be the ones to satisfy that need. In their minds, hugging is a nice action that puts a little more good into the world, and as much as I condemn hugging, I can’t condemn that mindset. So, to all the huggers out there, Happy National Hugging Day. Us pro-personal spacers will just have to look forward to National Handshake Day on June 28.

Many ways to find college success SHIA AARON L. FISHER Contributor


y advice for new college students is to gamify their learning experience: learn the rules, practice the techniques and win. First, I should add a disclaimer, everyone’s experience is unique and I certainly do not have all answers myself. In fact, I have developed my style after several failures. I am happy to say, however, that I have made Dean’s List three times so far in my college career and you can too! Consider the following analogy before proceeding if academic excellence is more valuable

than only passing a class. A videogame has winners and losers, largely there is not much to be gained beyond bragging rights, unless you’re a professional gamer playing for major cash prizes. School in this context is a lot like a video game. The goal is to win. Cash incentive may be one prize worth striving for, after all – earning an associate, bachelorette, or post-secondary degree increases one’s earning potential. Decreasing college debt should also incentivize achievement. One way to reduce student debt is to earn scholarships and awards while in school. Inside the Madison College course catalog is a course called

College Success. Success is literally in the name. This class is superb at helping with focus and clarity with self-reflexive response journals and S.M.A.R.T. goal planning. Creating specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-based goals is an important skill in completing larger and smaller tasks. Making a schedule that makes sense is all about balance. Meet with an advisor and think about what normal week will entail. For example, examine what the transportation situation is going to be like, how far is one classroom from » SEE SUCCESS PAGE 6



There are many ways to find happiness in life AMARA GOBERMANN Managing Editor


appiness is more than a moment to me, happiness is more of a dream sometimes. I can see myself in happiness and in blissfulness, but it is hard to get there. Happiness is built off of habits and most times resources. So far in my first two years of college I have explored what things bring me happiness, and consistent happiness. My main source of happiness is faith, I believe in God and energy. I attend church and it definitely gives me a sense of community. I also practice praying, meditation, and sometimes I will read the Bible, if I am really feeling it that day. Personally I consider religion and spirituality to be two different things, and so I would say spiritual is what I identify with. Being spiritual puts a little less pressure and confusion onto people to conform. For example, with

the LGBTQ+ community, I am queer but some may think I would automatically go to hell. I think religion divides people, whereas spirit brings people together. Since I go to church, and openly talk about my faith, I have made new friends and reconnected with old ones, and I continue to share what I believe with my current friends and I think it brings us closer together. Although I do love church, I need other things to make me feel good. I have recently started yoga, and surprisingly this brings me a lot more happiness than I expected. I tried Barré cardio for the first time and it made me feel great. After we were done, not while doing it. It pushed me to my limits, but it was nice to see what my limits were and to see if I could get better. I also tried a Yin class, and it is all about stretching hamstrings, hips, and the lower back. After that class I felt more relieved than any chiropractor appointment for my back and hips. I also felt

proud of myself for going out by myself in the morning and doing something for me. I spent time alone but not alone, and I was active. Going out and doing something for myself by myself brings me so much happiness, and a feeling of independence. It’s nice to take care of myself, but I also love taking care of my dog Bubbles. Bubbles is probably the one thing that keeps me going the most. When I am feeling down, he is there to cuddle, when I have lots of energy he is always ready to play, and when I feel lonely and scared he always barks super loud to remind me that he is there. I have had my dog Bubbles since the eighth grade, so he has grown with me. He was there for my whole adolescence years, and it was pretty rough. It’s still rough sometimes, but knowing I have Bubbles me feel so much better. Having a dog also forces me to take some kind of responsibility, and keeps me motivated. I have to feed him and

take him out and give it lots of attention. Taking care of a pet makes you a little more selfless which to me makes everyone happier. The old saying of “a dog is a man’s best friend” is very accurate. There are also plenty of studies to show, that having some kind of animal companion brings more joy and happiness into people’s lives. Now I am not the happiest person in the world. I still have a long way to go to build the habits that I want in my life to be in complete bliss. But so far I have a good foundation and I want to keep growing off that. I hope by next year I am out of Madison and I find new hobbies and I hope to make new friends. I think happiness is a life long journey and I think our definition of happiness changes over time too. What makes me happy now in my life may not in a few years from now. I am looking forward to reaching happiness every day the best I can, and building on it every day after that.


Graduation is fast approaching TESSA MORHARDT Editor in Chief


The British royal family attends Trooping The Colour, the Queen's birthday parade, on June 8, 2019.

Why do we care about the royal family? EMILY MERLIN Social Media Editor


hy are people so interested in the lives of the royal family? I asked myself that very same question when I agreed to write this piece. It’s kind of hard not to realize that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, are leaving the royal castle. It’s understandable that they want to depart, because of the severe amount of discrimination that Meghan has received from the British population. But why do we care about it? Well, according to Hailey Griffin, the Arts Editor for The Clarion, “They’re like the Kardashians for Britain.” I never understood the appeal of watching rich people flaunt about their daily life with an excessive amount of drama. Why do we care what other people are doing? For me, I don’t care. I don’t care what people do in their lives. I don’t

care if people wear a face full of makeup. I don’t care if someone gets plastic surgery. I don’t care if someone leaves a monarch. It’s not my problem, and if it makes them happy, so be it. There are many people that feel the need to meddle in the businesses of other people. That, unsurprisingly, causes drama. Is that what they wanted to happen? Are there people who thrive off of drama? Is that why people enjoy keeping up with the royal family? Or do American College students enjoy the Kardashians more because they seem relatable? How are rich people relatable to students at a technical college? I wish I had an answer to all of these questions, alas, I do not. I don’t know why people want to create drama. For me, it gives me too much anxiety that I already have enough of. It is none of our concern what Harry and Meghan do, and we should leave them alone. I understand people are concerned about the types of


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 the next, how much study time is necessary do well. Remember that the schedule is not only about class time, but it is also about preparation per lecture, lab or discussion hours. It is important to have a good diet

information that Harry has regarding the royal family. There seems to be a saying that Harry, “knows where the bodies are.” To be clear, no, he has not killed anyone. This saying is relating to the skeletons in the closet that the royal family has. They have secrets that should not be released into the public and are attempting to keep it that way. If these secrets are going to hurt someone, then please, Prince Harry, you keep your secrets. If not, then why hide them? Overall, the complication of Harry and Meghan leaving have people on edge. Over here in the U.S., it doesn’t seem to affect us and I’m sure there are people who don’t even realize the duke and duchess are leaving. Meghan and Harry are adults and they can handle themselves. We need to be aware that we cannot do anything about their move to Canada and we should let them be. It’s their lives and we should not meddle with it.

and good self-care routines; forming new habits may mean practicing sleep hygiene, for example. Self-care can build good habits for life and declutters the mind in the process. When it is hard to focus on study material at home, keep calm and stay productive. This may be the break that is really needed. Self-care first, it is crucial to attend every class. This practice helps to set

eek three of the semester has already started, and the feeling of it being the last semester of my at Madison College really hit me hard. The last semester. Graduation is fast approaching, and I'm reaching the end of a chapter of life. It really hit home as I was stressing about all the things I have to do this semester: look for an actual job, try to finish all of these last projects for the portfolio show, and figure out what my next steps in life are. As I sit here and write, I look back at all of the opportunities that this school has given me and all the amazing people that I have met and connected with along the way. I am beyond grateful for what this school has given me, and I hope you feel the same way. During my time here I’ve had amazing teachers, met great friends, made lasting memories, and have gone through many stressful times that made me realize that if I can get through what I was going through then, I can get through anything in life. School may be stressful, but it is a time to really transform into who you are. This is the time to really get your name out there and show people what your worth is. People will find out exactly who you are and will want to know more. I can still remember the first day I walked into The Clarion office. The advisor Doug Kirchberg welcoming me in and introducing me to everyone. From then on, everyone that I had met made me feel more and more at home. They brought me in as though I was family and I can’t thank them enough because I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. It really is the little things in life that make the biggest differences. A simple hello can make the hardest goodbyes. I really will miss being at this college after I graduate. I’ll miss my professors that continually pushed me to succeed and showed me that it is OK to be different. I’ll miss The Clarion staff that will forever be my family. I’ll miss getting a good morning and a goodbye hug from Rhoda McKinney who has really given me the inspiration to be happy and to have an amazing day. Will I cry when it’s the last day of school and on graduation day? No doubt about it. They will be both happy and sad tears because this college has turned me into the best person I can be, and I will forever be grateful.

the right intention. Plus, missing class can greatly affect a final grade. The expression “you cannot win if you don’t play,” certainly applies here, but if you’re sick, do not forget to take care of yourself. In a survey that tested children’s responses before and after receiving feedback, the growth mind-set approach has been shown to foster more correct responses from children

surveyed than children who were given the praise approach. Researchers concluded that praise affirms natural talent as the key to success while the growth-mindset rewards effort and hard work. Those who adhere to a growth-mindset are less likely to feel defeated from failures than those from a praise approach mindset and are more likely to learn more.



WolfPack Parenting: Finding childcare can be a challenge DESTINY HINES Contributor


had to bring my six and eight year old boys to my 5:30 p.m. class last week. Of course, as soon as we started to walk from the parking lot to the main building, they started saying they were hungry. With only five minutes until class started, we proceed to the bookstore for snacks. While in the bookstore there were several arguments about snacks. While checking out we were greeted with smiles and nice comments by staff. I fought back tears of frustration and pushed out a smile. Once we were finally in class, to my surprise, they were very well behaved and even a little curious about our class discussion. I was very fortunate that my instructor allowed me to bring them to class, not everyone is as fortunate. According to classroom atten-

dance and visits regulations No. 302 for Madison College, “non-students, regardless of age, shall be permitted to visit classes offered by the Madison Area Technical College with the consent of the instructor teaching the class to be visited.” This means if your instructor doesn’t want them there, even if they are perfectly behaved the entire time, the instructor can say no and you would have to miss a day of class. If a student has a child outside of the ages of two to five years of age, then child care is not an option. If a student has a late-day or weekend class, then child care is also not provided. When comparing this to other local colleges we are falling short of great student/parent support expectations. If we can get enough student parents to back this change, maybe we can make an impact and work toward a change.

Resources Madison College Child and Family Center – (608)246-6766 https://madisoncollege.edu/child-care Cupboard Student Food Pantry – Truax Campus Food Pantry is located in the Health Education Building Room 122. Contact with question: studentwellness@ madisoncollege.edu. Website: https://madisoncollege. edu/cupboard-student-food-pantry. Parental Stress Line – 1-800-632-8188 Confidential Listening Support for parents 24 hours a day DIAL 211 – available 24/7 if you ever need help with food, shelter, disaster relief, employment or education opportunities, domestic abuse help, support groups, and more!




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Latin dance sessions HAILEY GIFFIN / CLARION

Luis Armacanqui(middle right) and his dance partner Audra (middle left) walk through the cha-cha-cha with the rest of the class.

Attendees learn a variety of dance styles, from Bachata to Salsa HAILEY GRIFFIN Arts Editor It’s Thursday night. It’s almost the end of the week, and you’ve had a long day at work. You feel like a night out on the town is much needed, but there aren’t many places that cater to the Thursday night crowd. Never fear; Robinia Courtyard’s Latin dance jam sessions are just what you’ve been searching for. Every Thursday, Robinia Courtyard hosts live Latin Jazz music, dance lessons, and DJ sets from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. The dance lessons, led by instructor Luis Armacanqui, start at 8:30 and run for about an hour. Afterward, live music plays for about an hour, then Luis comes onstage to DJ until the end of the night. The cover charge is only $10. During the Latin dance jam session that I attended on Jan. 9, Luis taught Cha-Cha-Cha. According to Luis, “ChaCha-Cha is similar to the Salsa step, but you have a bit of syncopation in the middle, kind of like a little foot shuffle. As opposed to Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha is so slowed down that every step must have

its own flavor. You must think about every move. We’ve only taught ChaCha-Cha once or twice, but I’ll alternate between Bachata and Salsa.” Bachata, a Dominican genre of music, is easier to learn than Salsa. There are several different dance styles within the Salsa genre. Tony Casteneda and his Latin jazz sextet performed for the event on Jan. 9. Tony Castaneda is a Chicano musician from Madison who focuses on Latin jazz. What exactly is Latin jazz? The term Latin jazz stems from the improvisation that the genre entails. According to Luis, the musicians “begin with a melody, and an introduction; after that, they’ll improvise.” Latin dance jam sessions run every season; during Fall and Winter, the event takes place inside the Jardin portion of the Robinia complex. During Spring and Summer, the event takes place outside in the courtyard. No matter the temperature, Thursday night Latin dance jam sessions have proven to be quite successful. Luis states that Robinia Courtyard has “become the place to be on Thursday nights.”

Luis and a Latin jazz band named Acoplados started the event around three years ago at Café Coda. When Café Coda changed locations, Luis and the band moved the event to the Nomad World Pub. Now, after several location changes, the event has settled into the comfortable space at Robinia Courtyard. Changes have been made to the event since it moved to Robinia Courtyard a year and a half ago. First, the event’s coordinators have made efforts to include several different local musicians into the live music set. Second, a stage has been added to the Jardin dining room and the outdoor courtyard to accommodate the live musicians. Luis says that he and Acoplados plan to incorporate “more of a salsa night, or more of a bachata night, or a romantic couple’s night.” Themed nights will collaborate with live music to create an optimal experience for attendees. Latin dance jam sessions are open to everybody 18 and over. Luis mentioned, “One of the things we’re aiming for is to make this event accessible to college students. People of all ages come out

here, but you cannot have a vibrant setting without younger people too.” The inclusive 18+ age restriction is just one of the many elements that add to the event’s success. When I asked Luis what advice he had for those who are new to Latin dance jam sessions, he replied, “Let yourself go. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is not doing something because you think it sounds silly, or you think you can’t do it. The nice thing about Latin dancing is that you can take it anywhere. Just like in our studio classes, we rotate partners not only so that people learn different styles of partner, but just so that they can meet new people.” My experience at the Latin dance jam session was excellent. The music I heard, the people I danced with, and the dance techniques I witnessed inspired me and left me with a desire for more. I’m excited to see what the event will be like when it becomes warmer out, and things move outside to the courtyard. If you’re hesitant to attend Latin dance jam sessions, don’t be. Step outside of your comfort zone. Try something new. You won’t regret it.

Edgar Kunz presents his story to Madison College PAIGE ZEZULKA Staff Writer Edgar Kunz, a poet known for his 2019 book of poems, Tap Out, shared his story to Madison College on Thursday, Jan. 30. The Intercultural Exchange Room C1430 was filled with an audience of students and staff. Kunz connected to the crowd on a personal level. At times the room fell silent, as the poet unraveled soul wrenching details of his own personal life. Matthew Guenette, a Professor in the English department at Madison College introduced young Kunz as an inspiration. He confessed to the audience that Tap Out, has been one of the best books he has read in the last 10 years. Guenette, who’s creative writing class filled the room, described poetry as, “something that never has to explain to us why it exists.” The energy a poem can bring is not necessarily within the words itself, but within its absence. Kunz created this energy as each word spilt out the next. Kunz’s poems are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction that, “transfer across

time.” He spoke about growing up in a poor neighborhood in Massachusetts and about the several obstacles he had to face to be where he is today including the passing of his struggling father. Kunz took the audience for a journey through heart felt experiences that hit home for many. When asked what advice he could provide to someone who is trying to find their way through hardships, the poet explained an important piece of realization to the audience. “We accept the love we think we deserve. It was a huge moment for me in my life when I realized, you know what…I deserve better. Don’t accept anything less than you deserve,” he said. Kunz wants people to know the raw reality of what life holds. Therefore, having his readers dip their toes into the unknown, to see things in different angles and perspectives is his overall message. The audience left the evening with a vital piece of information. Though we all are trying to challenge our fears daily it’s wise to accept the fact that occasionally, it’s OK to tap out.


Edgar Kunz reads from his book “Tap Out” in the Intercultural Exchange at the Truax Campus, Room C1430. The event was sponsored by the Yahara Journal.




The Madison College Programs and Activities Council hosted a “Roaring Twenties” celebration to kickoff the semester. The event included non-alcoholic champaign served in flute glasses, swing and jazz music performed live and a photo booth for students.



Is ‘Birds of Prey’ worth seeing? BROOKE FOYE Staff Writer Set to release February 7th, Warner Brother Studio’s new action-comedy, based on the DC universe, promises to be a colorful, chaotic film for all. Birds of Prey features the return of Margot Robbie as Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn), and the premier of

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Helena Bertinelli (The Huntress), and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Dinah Lance (Black Canary). Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) and Harley Quinn defend a girl named Cassandra from the movie’s villain, Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). The plot focuses on the defeat of the crime lord Black Mask, as well as Harley Quinn in the events after a

previous DC film, “Suicide Squad.” In “Suicide Squad,” Harley ends her abusive relationship with The Joker. In the wake of her new single-status, Harley finds that rather than a line of bachelors, only one man wants her; that is, he wants her dead. Harley recruits a team of skilled individuals who have their own abilities and reasons for wanting Black Mask dead or behind bars.


Harley Quinn (middle) and her posse: Renee Montoya (far left), The Huntress (middle left), Cassandra Cain (middle right), and The Black Canary (far right).

Birds of Prey, the predominantly female-led film, was written by Christina Hodson. It is also the first superhero film to be directed by an Asian American. Director Cathy Yan is known for having directed several short films such as “Down River,” “According to My Mother,” and “Dead Pigs.” Yan’s affinity for dark comedy bodes well for a film that stars someone as unpredictable and insane as Harley Quinn. The film also stars female powerhouses like The Huntress and Black Canary, women who depict both heroes and villains in the comics. “It’s a lot of fun,” says Margot Robbie in a Mayhem Mendes interview. “And I think we wanted people to get a taste of what life could be like when you see it from Harley’s point of view and when you watch this film that’s what you’re getting. It’s unpredictable, and it’s out of order, and it’s messy, and it’s funny, and it’s dangerous. It’s absurd.” Margot’s commentary holds more weight when you know that she pitched the idea of a gang movie with Harley Quinn. Margot worked closely with Christina Hodson on the script; she worked with nearly every part of production to see the film through to completion. It’s worth noting that fans within the shipper community will have already noticed the lack of a fan favorite in the trailers, Poison Ivy. As Harley Quinn’s latest significant other in the comics, it’s understandable why fans—especially members of the LGBTQ+ community—would want to see her make an appearance. Since Harley’s breakup with The Joker is a recent development in the film’s timeline, Poison Ivy was likely left out not to make her seem like Harley’s rebound. Margot Robbie has stated that “she looks forward to exploring Harley and Ivy’s relationship in the future.” Regardless, “The Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” promises to be a colorful, wild ride from start to finish.

A spoiler-free review of ‘1917’ – movie lives up to the hype SEAN BULL Video Manager “Seeing “1917” in the theater will redefine what you think is possible at the movies.” When I first heard that, I rushed to buy a ticket. Little did I know what a transformative experience my night out at Point Cinema would be. Even my guarded optimism couldn’t prepare me for what I would see that night. I can say without hyperbole that I will never approach movies in the same way again. A guy brought a beer into the theater. Now, this place was no trendy movies and microbrews establishment. It was a regular Marcus, and not even one of their “Big Screen Bistros,” where you can order food. The beer wasn’t even contraband, smuggled in from outside. Some guy in his early 50’s—someone’s dentist, probably—got an enormous beer from the Take 5 Lounge, walked it into the 7:30 screening of “1917,” and sat down right next to me. For the entire film, I could smell the fermented wheat and hops, wafting up from a plastic cup the size of a child’s thigh. It was strangely comforting. No matter what happened on screen, that smell kept me grounded. I watched a guy wade through corpses, but I didn’t puke; my nose knew where I really was. I love Wisconsin. With the most important thing out of the way, let’s get to the real review. I actually do like this film. I think it lives up to the hype. If you hear about “1917” in passing, it will always be about how the whole movie looks like one uncut shot. It certainly does, and that’s impressive. The cinematographer and crew were able to work around lighting, pyrotechnics, and sometimes dozens of people on screen at once, all the while keeping the camera as a single point of view. I can’t wait to get insights into how this was achieved. Never have I been so excited about the release of a DVD commentary. At a certain point, your brain gets tired of looking for hidden cuts. Here’s the secret: anytime a large item passes across the full screen, that’s a cut. After


George Mackay plays Lance Corporal Schofield in “1917.” about twelve cuts, your brain fatigues, and you can’t look for them anymore. At this point, the gimmick is no longer distracting. Instead, it forces you to pay attention to the acting, which happens to be excellent. Hollywood needs less famous actors. Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio are capable of enthralling performances, but their perfectly sculpted faces never quite disappear into a role. It’s hard to make this sound like a compliment, but the leads of “1917” don’t have this problem. I’m in no position to say that Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay aren’t movie-star handsome, but their faces are interesting; they look like real people. And just as the seamless camera work pulls you into their world, the relatively

unknown actors serve to immerse you further in their journey. I wish every movie gave me the sense of discovering new talent on screen like this. More than anything, “1917” is a movie perfectly in control of its pacing. Despite being a tightly choreographed dance between camera and actors, the movie has time for crude jokes. Soldiers pause to listen to a song. A guy recites a whole nursery rhyme to a baby. The movie gives the characters, and by extension the audience, just enough time to breathe while exploring a gamut of emotion along the way. “1917” is a masterpiece not because of the visual spectacle it creates, but because these little moments help that spectacle seem real.






Profiles of WolfPack athletes


A sophomore from Madison, Earl Lewis played in 19 games for the WolfPack in the 2018-2019 season. Lewis averaged 2.9 points, and 1.2 rebounds per game last year. Lewis scored a career-high 22 points this season against Rock Valley College on Jan. 4. Lewis is averaging 11.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season. A four-year participant and two-time letter winner in basketball at Madison East



High School, Lewis helped the Purgolders reach back-to-back WIAA Division 1 Sectional Finals. An undeclared major, Lewis is the son of Sonja Battle.

A sophomore from Madison, Stewart played her 2018-2019 season at NJCAA Division II Southeastern Community College in Iowa. Stewart started in three of the 27 games she played in, Stewart averaged 9.0 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. Stewart this season is averaging 9.1 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game. She was a two-year participant and one-time letter winner in basketball at Madison Memorial High School. An undeclared major, Stewart is the daughter of Rebecca Gomez-Stewart and Terry Stewart.

Post-season play not a possibility this year Probabtion means baseball program will miss tourney CHRISTINA GORDON Sports Editor Baseball practice has started for Madison College as the team prepares for the start of a new season. Usually, the team has its sights set on post-season play, and for good reason. Madison College has made 14 appearances in the National Tournament in school history, including a point from 2010-2015 where the WolfPack made consecutive appearances. Madison College has even won back-to-back-to-back national titles from 1995-1997.

Last season Madison College reached the National Tournament with a 40-9 record, earning a No. 2 seed and playing in the semi-finals. Unfortunately for Madison College, the team already knows it will not be playing in the national tournament this season. The baseball program has been placed on probation and is ineligible for this year’s post-season tournaments. Every year the NJCAA audits 5 percent of the schools, and last year Madison College was one of those schools. During the audit, the NJCAA found that Madison College didn’t have the transfer waiver form filled out for some of the players. Because of the results of the audit,

Madison College had to forfeit the games in which the players whose paperwork wasn’t complete played. So instead of a 40-win season, the official record will show last year’s record as 29-24 with a forfeit in the NJCAA regional championship. “The college made a mistake in not having the proper paperwork turned in, it was just a clerical error. The players didn’t do anything wrong,” Madison College baseball coach Mike Davenport said. “We know what we did on the field was earned.” Madison College will have to sit out of the post season this year as a result. The baseball team along with three other teams will be audited this year as a result also. Since the audit, Madison College

WolfPack on rise in rankings

Impressive wins for WolfPack basketball CHRISTINA GORDON Sports Editor After a three-game losing streak earlier this month, the Madison College men’s basketball team has won two games and impressed their coach with their play. The latest win for the Madison College Men’s Basketball team was huge. Madison College beat Rock Valley College, 78-72, on Jan. 29 and moved to one win above .500 in conference play. “From start to finish they were zoned in,” said Madison College coach Jamal Palmer. “It was huge. It was an important game, and it was a game that we felt like we needed to get. We needed to make up for the earlier loss. We felt like we could go out there and beat them, and we went out there and did it. It was a big win.” Down by nine at half Madison College went on to outscored Rock Valley, 46-31, in the second half. “We were down by nine at half, but we knew that we missed two layups at the rim, it could have been like a sixpoint game,” Palmer said. “At the same time, we knew that they made some shots where we forgot to guard the guy in the corner, so it was a lot closer than that. So, for it to be nine points at the half we felt like we had them.” Defensively Madison College was able to stop Rock Valley and that was something that Palmer wanted to do. » SEE WINS PAGE 13

Athletic Director Steve Hauser had implemented a new checks and balance system, where more people are going to be involved in the paperwork process. Even without the possibility of post-season play this season, Davenport said his players are excited about the upcoming season and working hard. “We are young. Last year’s entire team position-wise was sophomores, we only return Cam Cratic, Carson Holin, and Pierson Gibis that have post-season play,” he said. “They are the only players that would have been playing at the end of last season, for the most part. But it is a talented group.” Madison College starts of the season on Feb. 28 through March 1 when they travel to Millington, TN, to play in the Babe Howard JUCO Classic.

Women’s basketball team cracks top 15 for first time this year CHRISTINA GORDON Sports Editor


Madison College guard Aniah Williams, right, drives to the basket during her team’s victory at home against Joliet Junior College on Jan. 25. The WolfPack posted a 89-79 win, avenging an earlier-season loss.

After a slow start to the season, the Madison College women’s basketball team has shown continual improvement. “Since the very first game I like what I have seen, I like what I have seen at all positions.” Madison College coach Lois Heeren said. For the first time this season, the Madison College is ranked in the top 15 in the NJCAA Division III polls. The WolfPack have gone 2-2 in their last four games against some tough teams, and 5-4 in January. The team now stands at 13-8 overall and 5-4 in conference play. On Jan. 29, Madison College traveled to Rockford, Ill., to face No. 3 Rock Valley College. Down by nine points at half Madison College couldn’t find a way chip away at Rock Valley’s lead, losing the game, 84-64. During the third quarter Madison College struggled to find its shot, and was outscored, 26-13. Everyone who got a chance to play in the game scored for the WolfPack. Freshman Olivia Marron led the WolfPack with 19 points. Sophomore Aniah Williams was close behind with 16 points. Marron also had a team high nine rebounds and two blocks. On Jan. 25. Madison College avenged an earlier loss to Joliet Junior College, posting an 89-79 victory. The game didn’t start out the way the WolfPack wanted, with Joliet taking a 24-14 first quarter lead. “We didn’t have a lot of energy to start the game, we switched up the defense a little bit, and tried to get some more energy. We didn’t take them lightly that is for sure, because they » SEE BASKETBALL PAGE 13



Up to 12 Big Ten teams could be in the tourney BO SUH Staff Writer It is now February, which means that March madness is on its way along with warmer weather. It has been quite a while since the Big Ten conference games started, and many experts believe 12 out of 14 teams in the Big Ten conference have legit shots at making it to the tournament. According to Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology, the Big Ten will send 12 teams, while the SEC, Pac-12, Big-12, and Big East will each send five teams. Yes, the Big Ten has been ridiculously amazing. Here’s the next couple weeks of Big Ten schedule, and my prediction based on their home records along with their trends. Feb. 5 – Iowa at Purdue, my pick: Purdue; Wisconsin at Minnesota, my pick: Wisconsin. Feb. 7 – Maryland at Illinois, my pick: Illinois. Feb. 8 – Michigan State at Michigan, my pick: Michigan State; Purdue at Indiana, my pick: Indiana; Minnesota

at Penn State, my pick: Penn State; Nebraska at Iowa, my pick: Iowa. Feb. 9 – Ohio State at Wisconsin, my pick: Wisconsin; Northwestern at Rutgers, my pick: Rutgers. Feb. 11 – Penn State at Purdue, my pick: Purdue; Nebraska at Maryland, my pick: Maryland; Michigan State at Illinois, my pick: Illinois. Feb. 12 – Rutgers at Ohio State, my pick: Ohio State; Michigan at Northwestern, my pick: Michigan. Feb. 13 – Iowa at Indiana, my pick: Indiana. Feb. 15 – Maryland at Michigan State, my pick: Michigan State; Northwestern at Penn State, my pick: Penn State; Purdue at Ohio State, my pick: Ohio State; Wisconsin at Nebraska, my pick: Wisconsin; Illinois at Rutgers, my pick: Rutgers. Feb. 16 – Iowa at Minnesota, my pick: Minnesota; Indiana at Michigan, my pick: Michigan. My pick are based on how teams play at home compared to away games. Teams perform better at home game than away games, and the Big Ten con-

ference this year is more extreme with the home court advantage. Remember Purdue beat Michigan State by over 20 points? The only exception to this would be Nebraska and Northwestern. However, I would not be surprised if they win one or two at their home games during this two weeks-span. Minnesota and Purdue have a lower change to make it to the tournament compared to other 10 Big Ten teams, but the win against Iowa, Penn State and Wisconsin would significantly increase the chance for Iowa. I am less worried about Purdue from their strong performance at home. I strongly believe that Purdue will take down Penn State and Iowa at home (both ranked), and possibly either Indiana or Ohio State at away games. Many sports analysts believe that Big Ten cannot send 12 teams to March Madness, but with the right wins, there is a great chance that they all can make it. I believe that at least 10 teams will enter the tournament without any problems.


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beat us last time,” Heeren said. Madison College controlled the second half, with Madison College outscoring Joliet, 27-15, in the third quarter. “We just really took control and managed the game really well the second half. We made some adjustments, and once we got that lead, we kept it.” Coach Heeren So, what changed from the last time they played? “We played with a lot more intensity on defense and we took care of the ball. We let the game come to each individual.” Coach Heeren Sophomore Mrylena Stewart led the WolfPack in scoring with 21 points to go with her six assists. Williams came off the bench and had 17 points. Madison College shot 48.6 percent, up from 29.5 percent last time they played. Madison College played in state rival Milwaukee Area Technical College on Jan. 22. Down by six at half Madison College went on to win the game by three points, 82-79. Madison College used a big fourth quarter to help them win, outscoring Milwaukee, 31-12. “This win was huge; it was a gritty performance and wasn’t pretty but a win is a win.” Coach Heeren Milwaukee College had to play with four players for the fourth quarter because of foul trouble. “We knew that they had some others in foul trouble and we just wanted to penetrate. We tried to be more aggressive on the defensive side as well,” Heeren said. Williams had a season-high 31 points to lead all scorers. Marron lead the WolfPack in rebounds with a season high 12, to go along with her two blocks. Madison College out-rebounded Milwaukee College, 52-33. Madison College played Triton College on Jan. 18 and lost, 68-49. Down by 12 at half Madison College wasn’t able to come up with much in the second half. During the third quarter Madison College was only able to score nine points. Williams had 24 points to lead the team, while sophomore Lilly Dorman had a team-high nine rebounds. Madison College turned the ball over 28 times compared to Triton’s 15. “I’m a little disappointed in the number of times we turned the ball over, which turned into easy points for them. We will keep working on that and getting better,” Heeren said. Madison College’s final home game of the season is on Feb. 5. The WolfPack then has three road games to finish out the regular season.

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Madison College’s Marcus Kartes sizes up the Joliet defense on Jan. 25.


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 “We started out playing a two-jump defense,” he said. “We played a 1-2-2 zone to start the game. Once they figured it out and started to beat us on the inside, we then started playing a 2-3 zone. And after they figured it out, we were like ‘let’s play man’ and our guys were on board and they locked up, and locked into their man.” Madison College had been emphasizing different defenses in practice, and it payed off. “In practice we knew we were going to play some 2-3 and some 1-2-2, but we practiced more on not letting No. 15 and No. 5 shoot up the three’s, but at the same time guard all the other guys. Keeping them in front of you and containing them. We went in there with a game plan and the guys executed it to the T,” Palmer said. Freshman Jason Williams lead the team with 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore Davion Washington was close behind Williams with 20 points of his own from off the bench. Four days earlier, Madison College avenged a loss from earlier in the season when it beat Joliet Junior College, 85-81. The difference from the last time was the number of players that Madison College had available. The first time the two teams played Madison College only had six players. “We were more at full strength, the first time we played them we didn’t have three of our players that was a big difference,” Palmer said. Down at half with a score of 43-38, Madison College used a big second half to win the game by four points. “They really dug in as a team to get the win,” Palmer said. Madison College won the second

half, 47-38, but didn’t take the lead till three minutes left in the game when freshman Marcus Kartes hit a three pointer to put the home team up by one. Once they had the lead Madison College didn’t look back. Sophomore Earl Lewis hit two late free throws to secure the win with nine seconds left. Madison College had four players with 10 or more points. Williams led the team in scoring with 20 points, while also having five rebounds and two blocks. Lewis was close behind with 19 points of his own. Washington had 14 points, while Kartes had 11 to round off the scoring. On Jan. 22, Madison College played in state rival Milwaukee Area Technical College, losing 10889. Milwaukee is ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA Division II polls. Madison College was down by 19 points at half, with the score of 58-39. Madison College had six players score 10 or more points. Sophomore Shamar Newman and Washington both scored 17 to lead Madison College. Lewis and freshman Amire WilliamsStribling both had 14, while Williams had 13 and Kartes had 12 to round off scoring. On Jan. 18, Madison College faced unbeaten Triton College, and lost 94-79. Triton got out to a fast start in the first half and Madison College found itself trailing by 24 points at halftime. Madison College had four players in double digits for scoring. Williams lead the team with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Kartes and Lewis both had 17 points of their own. Newman had 13 points along with three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Madison College has its last regular season home game on Feb. 5, when it plays Wilbur Wright College. Madison College then has three away game to finish off the regular season.

at Sheboygan College, 101-94 OT WIN vs. McHenry County College, 10481 WIN vs. Anoka-Ramsey College, 10388 WIN vs. St. Cloud Technical College, 114-111 LOSS, OT at Sauk Valley Community College, 79-71 LOSS at Carl Sandburg College, 80-60 LOSS vs. College of Lake County, 94-87 LOSS at Waubonsee Community College, 108-95 WIN vs. Elgin Community College, 88-80 LOSS at Rochester Community & Technical College, 74-66 LOSS at Malcom X College, 85-80 WIN at Western Technical College, 87-80 WIN vs. Kishwaukee College, 80-72 WIN at Joliet Junior College, 83-71 LOSS vs. Rock Valley College, 87-73 LOSS at Harper College, 98-89 WiN at Wilbur Wright College, 86-79 WIN vs. College of DuPage, 80-79 LOSS vs. Triton College, 94-79 LOSS vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College, 108-89 LOSS vs. Joliet Junior College, 85-81 WIN at Rock Valley College, 78-72 WIN home vs. Harper College, 3 p.m. home vs. Wilbur Wright College, 7 p.m. at College of DuPage, 3 p.m. at Triton College, 7 p.m. at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 3 p.m. NJCAA Region IV Quarterfinal. NJCAA Region IV Tournament. NJCAA Region IV Tournament. NJCAA Great Lakes District Championship.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Schedule NOV. 5 NOV. 8 NOV. 9 NOV. 12 NOV. 16 NOV. 19 NOV. 21 NOV. 23 NOV. 30 DEC. 4 DEC. 7 DEC. 10 DEC. 13 JAN. 2 JAN. 4 JAN. 8 JAN. 11 JAN. 15 JAN. 18 JAN. 22 JAN. 25 JAN. 29 FEB. 1 FEB. 5 FEB. 8 FEB. 12 FEB. 15 FEB. 18 FEB. 22 FEB. 23

vs. McHenry County College, 80-53 LOSS vs. Anoka-Ramsey College, 78-59 LOSS vs. St. Cloud Technical College, 70-57 WIN at Sauk Valley Community College, 78-62 WIN at Carl Sandburg, 65-54 WIN home vs. College of Lake County, 72-53 WIN at Waubonsee Community College, 63-44 LOSS home vs. Elgin Community College, 68-29 WIN at Malcom X College, 70-51 WIN at Western Technical College, 86-51 LOSS home vs. Kishwaukee College, 83-56 WIN home vs. UW-Washington County, CANCELLED at UW-Richland, 84-18 WIN at Joliet Junior College, 75-64 LOSS home vs. Rock Valley College, 74-79 LOSS at Harper College, 100-15 WIN at Wilbur Wright College, 80-74 WIN home vs. College of DuPage, 84-41 WIN vs. Triton College, 68-49 LOSS vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College, 82-79 WIN vs. Joliet Junior College, 89-79 WIN at Rock Valley College, 84-64 LOSS home vs. Harper College, 1 p.m. home vs. Wilbur Wright College, 5 p.m. at College of DuPage, 1 p.m. at Triton College, 5 p.m. at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 1 p.m. NJCAA Region IV Tournament Quarterfinal NJCAA Region IV Tournament NJCAA Region IV Tournament




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CROSSWORDPUZZLE Rich Norris and Joyce Lewis / MCT Campus


1 Healthful berry 5 Sommelier’s concern 9 San Antonio cagers 14 Bananas 15 “... the __ blackness of the floors”: Poe 16 “The Fox and the Grapes” storyteller 17 Dutch cheese 18 Way to go 19 Queen’s milieu 20 “That’s fine” 23 Get going 25 “Knives Out” Golden Globe nominee de Armas 26 Lansing-to-Flint dir. 27 “That’s all folks” 32 1960s chess champ Mikhail 33 Mustard family member 34 They’re tapped 37 Bundle 39 On the money 42 Kentucky coach with 876 victories 44 Foolhardy 46 __ avis 48 Mex. title 49 “That’s not the point” 53 Withdrawal site 56 Carnival city 57 Words before “so sue me” 58 “That’s rich” 63 Polynesian language 64 Sitar music 65 Yemen’s Gulf of __ 68 Conclude with 69 Indicator 70 Feet-first race 71 Video chat choice 72 “What __ is new?”

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1 Cream __ 2 Fish that’s salted and dried to make bacalao 3 Like Pentatonix numbers 4 Flying insect with prominent eyespots 5 Bookish type 6 Wind up on stage? 7 Fly like an eagle 8 Win over 9 Hapless sort 10 Ucayali River country 11 Grammarian’s concern 12 Type type 13 Just-in-case item 21 “The Caine Mutiny” novelist 22 Paternity identifier 23 Web address letters 24 Atheist activist Madalyn 28 Deface

29 “When We Were Kings” boxer 30 Pola of the silents 31 Poetic contraction 35 Dressed to the nines 36 Wild period 38 Uncommon sense 40 Actor Holbrook 41 Amount past due? 43 Ranch bud 45 Wonder Woman, for one 47 Plot-driving song, perhaps

50 Zilch 51 Rough around the edges 52 High-pH compound 53 Summits 54 “__ goodness” 55 Temperamental 59 Edit for size, as a photo 60 Follow 61 Confident juggler’s props 62 Candy __ 66 It may need a boost 67 Flanders who inspired the band Okilly Dokilly



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The Student Life Office is hosting its annual WInterfest Celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 5, starting at 11 a.m. in the WolfPack Cafeteria Atrium and Truax Room D1630. Stop by to learn about student activities and for free food, fun games and entertainment.

There are more than 60 clubs available at Madison College. Participating in a student-led club is a great way to meet new friends or develop a new skill. Visit madisoncollege.edu/ clubs-organizations to learn more about how you can join.

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