OCTOBER 30, 2019 • THEONLINECLARION.COM • VOLUME 50, ISSUE 5 • MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE ARTS
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Stay safe this Halloween
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Many people enjoy costumes and celebrating Halloween, but it’s important to continue to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe while having fun. » 7
STEM Center teaches about 3D-printing CHRIS BIRD News Editor The STEM center at the Madison College Truax Campus is offering students, staff, faculty and community members the opportunity to learn about 3D printing and get hands-on experience with the process known as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). Madison College community members can attend two and a half hour sessions which will show them how to use a variety of tools used in 3D printing. If completed, they will earn a Digital 3D Printing badge for their efforts, and will have the knowledge they need to 3D print objects all on their own. When asked how people can qualify for these sessions, Alec Weiland from the stem center replied “Exist.” The sessions are totally free, and are designed so no prior knowledge of the equip» SEE 3D-PRINTING PAGE 5
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Madison College Performing Arts is putting on the play, “Puffs,” on Oct. 30-Nov. 3, in Mitby Theater.
Just feel the magic Performing Arts has fun with comedic ‘Puffs’ ANDREW KICMOL Editor Emeritus
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A 3D-printed bust of the Marvel character Groot sits in the STEM Center.
If you’ve ever felt like a side character in someone else’s story, then “Puffs” is the story for you. Taking place in the world of Harry Potter, the show focuses on the characters of the lesser known house of Hufflepuff. While they are spectators to Harry’s heroics as he runs around and saves the day, the Puffs are the main characters in this story. They don’t have lofty goals their aim is to finish
third among the houses, but they don’t need big dreams, they know who they are. “Getting to focus on these people that you don’t necessarily think that much of when you’re watching the movies or reading the books it’s really interesting to take a different spin on this by looking at these people,” said Cooper Skubal who plays Wayne Hopkins in “Puffs.” That different spin allows for a comedic take on the Harry Potter series that doesn’t show up in the books and the movies, after all Harry is the one saving the day. The stakes are high and when you’re the chosen one you don’t have time to laugh. Comedy is built in from the very start with Wayne thinking he’s going » SEE MAGIC PAGE 5
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Puffs is about students seven increasingly eventful years at a certain school of magic, but from the perspective of the lesser-known students.
Options available for those who drive electric vehicles BRITNI PETITT Photo Editor Many students may not know it, but if you drive an electric vehicle, you can get it charged at Madison College. While most charging for electric vehicles happens at home, charging stations have been installed around the Madison area at businesses, schools, and other well-traveled locations. MGE installed two chargers on the Madison College campus in the Fall of 2017 and another at Goodman Field earlier this year. The new Goodman South campus
will be getting a charger in the future. Public vehicle charging stations have become more common in recent years as people turn to electric vehicles as a way to reduce carbon emissions. According to Kaya Freiman, the Corporate Communications Manager at Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), “transportation accounts for 29 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.” In recent years, many public transport vehicles have become electricity run. Consumers are purchasing electric vehicles at increasing rates and the vehi» SEE ELECTRIC PAGE 5
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Madison College student Emily Dimond charges her car using one of the MGE charging stations at the college’s Truax Campus.
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By Mark Luetkehoelter, librarian
Library and academic support for students THE STUDENT VOICE OF MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
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A community college study conducted in 2018 entitled “Student Needs are Academic Needs” surveyed over 10,000 students across seven community colleges spread across the country to assess the value and demand for needed services. Among the key insights from that study was that students are trying to balance academic needs with course expenses, and that they want greater access to technology like laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, printers, and more. Another key insight from the study was that libraries, tutoring services, and writing centers were highly valued by students in addressing unmet needs. The Madison College Libraries and Student Achievement Centers address
the study’s expressed needs by providing access to laptops, Chromebooks, Wi-Fi hotspots, printers, scanners, multimedia equipment, and more. Go to https://libguides. madisoncollege.edu/technology/equipment to see a list of equipment we provide. We also have a lot of librarians, peer tutors, faculty tutors, and writing center staff to help you. Also, a recent article in the October 2019 issue of The Atlantic by Alia Wong entitled “College Students
Just Want Normal Libraries” argued that even while colleges have been on a mission to reinvent their libraries to make them more attractive to the student body, a majority of students still generally appreciate academic libraries for their more traditional offerings. Many just want a quiet place to study or collaborate on a project, the ability to write and print research papers, help in-person from a librarian to research and find material, and access to books. While the Madison
College Libraries and Student Achievement Centers hope that they have kept up with the times by offering more services and features, as well as the latest tech equipment, we have not forgotten those old-fashioned aspects of what students want from libraries or study centers. We strive to keep some spaces for those who covet a quiet environment, and we provide personal help on research needs. Plus, we still offer access to print books through our own collection and through interlibrary loan. What do you think an academic library or student achievement center should be? We’d love to hear your thoughts, and you can use our online suggestion form at https://libguides.madisoncollege.edu/suggestions to do so.
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things to do for Halloween
‘Star Wars’ for a night at Bierock NELSON GRANT
Photographer Double bubble, toil, and trouble! Here are five things to do this Halloween season to get you and your friends or family in a spooky mood.
1. Wisconsin Scary Land
Wisconsin Scary Land is a haunted house located fifteen minutes away from the Truax Campus near Waunakee. This attraction is only for true seekers of horror and fright. Don’t expect a refund if you get too scared!
4. Boo at the Zoo 2. Pumpkin Patch A great place to buy pumpkins, gourds, and other fall produce. Pick your own pumpkin and bring it home to carve and make into a fun (or scary!) jack-olantern. Most pumpkin patches also have corn mazes and other fun farm activities to do.
A great event held at The Henry Vilas Zoo here in Madison that provides the opportunity for kids to score some candy while also learning about the animals.
3. House of Sin Located on the 1000 block of E. Gorham St. the House of Sin is decorated year round and is a cool yet creepy attraction to visit during the spooky season.
5. Apple Orchard Apple orchards are great places to stock up on fall food essentials from apple cider donuts, caramel apples, apple cider, pumpkin treats, and a variety of apples that visitors can pick themselves. Apple orchards provide great photo opportunities.
This Halloween night you can journey to a galaxy far, far away to a hive of scum and villainy known as Bierock, a bar in Madison that has a lot to offer. The owners of Bierock have recreated the cantina from “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” and have spared no expense. The bar will even have Star Wars-themed drinks from the movies. “All you have to do is take a look at the movie and aesthetic of the Cantina to see that it has a lot of tubes and pipes hanging from the ceiling,” said owner Brian Carriveau. “We’ll try to recreate that. We’re doing a twist on the blue milk Luke Skywalker drinks in the movie into our own specialty cocktail. And there will also be a few special Easter eggs our customers will notice, but they’ll have to see them for themselves.” Last year, Bierock turned their space into Mo’s bar from “The Simpsons” and was dedicated to recreating the experience for the fan base. This year, with the last Star Wars movie about to be released they are really going after fans of all generations. “We want customers to feel as if they’re coming to Mos Eisley when they step into Bierock,” Carriveau said. “The staff will be dressed up, but a little bit of the burden also falls on the customers. The more that come in costume – be it Jedi, Sith or other alien forms – the more it will feel like a galaxy far, far away.”
Brain power teaches how to deal with mental health and stress BRITNI PETITT Photo Editor Stress and mental health play a large part in people’s day-to-day lives. We’ve been seeing the headlines for years about how chronic stress can negatively impact both physical and mental health. College students today are under more stress than ever before. Many are working while taking classes, some have families to take care of on top of a busy work and class schedule. So this begs the question: how do we effectively manage stress in an increasingly stressful world? Lisa Lanting, a Health and Wellness Coordinator, was among a group of people who applied for a grant to test out the bio- and neurofeedback equipment on campus. According to the innovation request form, “Madison College has a large population of students and employees who are suffering from stress-related disorders.” The form goes on to explain that 64% of college dropouts report it’s because of a stress-related disorder, whether it be anxiety, depression, etc. Bio- and neurofeedback devices have been used clinically to treat anxiety, PTSD, and other disorders. Biofeedback training in schools also has a long, successful history of reducing anxiety and improving health and academic performance. Here at Madison College, students have access to multiple options to learn about stress management. From yoga, walking, and meditation, there are options every afternoon Monday through Friday. On Tuesdays at the TRIO office, you can experience Biofeedback for Brainpower, a program to help
students learn new ways to regulate their nervous system, strengthen their resilience, and relieve stress-related disorders in a way that makes it seem like a game. There are a couple different options of bio- and
neurofeedback students can attempt. Participants wear a clip on their ear or a headband depending on which program they’re trying. The main goal for both is to learn how to manage stress responses with breathing techniques.
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Madison-Kanifing Sister City annual fundraising dinner TARA OLIVIA MARTENS Staff Writer
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A pair of students perform a song at the open mic.
Open mic at The Den ANICA GRANEY Design Director On Wednesday Oct. 16, the Programs and Activities Council introduced an open mic night in the Wolfpack Den. Open mic night allowed for several students to perform with their peers. The open mic went from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and showcased stand-up comedy, singing, dancing, poetry and readings. Open mic night’s most unique attraction was Mr. Fart Man who, with a can of soda in each hand, serenaded the audience with his many burps. More than 60 students attended the event.
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Madison College student reads an original poem.
On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 19, Madison College sponsored a fundraiser for Kanifing Gambia. This African city has been one of Madison’s nine sister cities across the globe since 1998. The event began with a social hour and which a wide range of local and international figures came to support the event. One of the speakers who came the furthest distance was the city of Kanifing’s Mr. Taking Bensouda. There was also the mayor of Sun Prairie and his wife, and welcome remarks from Mayor Rhodes-Conway’s Deputy Mayor, Dr. Linda Vakunta. One of the most important advancements that is in the process of being built is the establishment of a new library for the city of Kanifing. The various speakers who presented material for the evening Drew attention to the desire and ambition of the Gambian population, especially it’s youth. With only one public library in the entire country of Gambia, a book becomes a rare treasure. What is happening in Madison is a project to sustain a library where are all of the materials (mostly books) are being donated by a group of eager volunteers who share a vision of having Madison’s sister city have its own Library. Currently, there have been over 1500 books donated, but for a shipping container to be sent it may be a number of weeks and months more before there is sufficient amount of supplies and books for a cargo box to be sent to Gambia. The catered events from the evening of Oct. 19 had a little over 100 guests who also stayed for the meal. Various speakers from Gambia discussed the eager anticipation for area students from Gambia receiving quality education. As the Madison Kanifing Sister City Board Chair, Jerreh Kujabi stated: “These books are more than paper these books are opportunity.” Many who study at various colleges in the United States lose track of the opportunity and privilege available for their taking. Kujabi shared his own experiences, stating “because there was no electricity in my village, five days a week, each night after dinner for almost four months, I trekked to the Management Development Institute in Kanifing to study at the facility in preparation for exams. The issue with electricity still persist. A library will transform the lives of young people in the municipality and beyond,” states Kujabi. Books and access to lights and electricity pair together perfectly. This is one of the basic forms of opportunity that is being offered through the Madison-Kanifing Sister City Program. If you would like to find out more information about the Kanifing Sister City project or if you are interested in contributing financially and or volunteering for this project there is still time to act. Mayor Talib Ahmed Bensouda of Kanifing Gambia shared “I am very excited about the impact the Kanifing Municipal Library will have on the education and well-being of our young people.” Knowledge is power and books change lives. For more information, the Madison-Kanifing Sister City Program can be found online at: www.madisonkanifing.org. Mailing address: P.O. Box 70817 Madison, WI 53707 Kanifing-Madison Sister City project phone number: 608287-4865
WolfPack parenting: Everyday life as student superhero parents DESTINY HINES
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! RISE – (608)250-6634 – Parent Support, Home Visiting, Emergency Child Care. Parental Stress Line – 1-800-632-8188 – Confidential Listening Support for parents 24 hours a day. CAC Clothing Center – (608) 246-4730 ext. 216- Free Clothing for Interviews, School, Work, and home
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• Madison Children’s Museum – (608)2566445; Free Family Night, first Wednesday of each month; 2116, 100 N Hamilton St, Madison • Turville Point Conservation Park – (608)698-0104; Free, Madison Fun Bird & Nature Outing, second Sunday of each month; 1156 Olin-Turville Court, Madison • Family: Engineering for kids – (608)2863150; Free, Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Located at Dream Bank, 821 East Washington Ave. Madison • UW Arboretum Family Nature Program – (608) 263-7888; Free for ages 3-11, Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison
Staff Writer Since starting college, after becoming a parent at the ripe age of 36, I’ve been hearing one line often, “Oh my gosh, you’re like a superhero!” Am I really like a super hero? The first image that comes to my mind when hearing the title “super hero” is Batman getting caught napping in the streets of New York while people are screaming for help in the distance. I can’t image that a super hero would have a chaotic mind like my own and I doubt they’d fall asleep on the job, at least I would hope they wouldn’t. As a parent, I agree, I’ve witnessed that parents tend to be better at multitasking their ever changing schedule than the average non-parenting person. Parents who attend college often have more than one job, along with multiple classes, endless amounts of homework, a home to tend to, even with all of those duties they still manage to be there for every flag football game, t-ball game and gymnastics meet all in order to support their kids. Being a parent requires a good amount of patience, combined with a whole lot of humor. According to a study found on IWPR.ORG (Institute for Women’s Policy Research), more than 1 in 5 college students are also parents. Really, what that means, is that every college out there, including Madison College, has a bunch of out-of-their minds super hero’s sitting in classes, while their thoughts may be somewhere else, like wondering what kind of trouble their kids are getting into at school themselves. All humor aside, if that’s even possible, our fellow class mates who are parents, are amazing people. They make it to class after busy days and the very fact that
they even had the courage to enroll when, for some, their heads were filled with doubt about going back to school to begin with. As a parent, I know this, because thats were I was for so many years. To some kids, their parents are real super heroes and when we as parents take that leap to become a student again, we also become role models. So, when I sort though all that laundry after a busy day of work and several hours in the classroom or working on class work , I think I start to understand what they mean when they call us super heroes. You’re doing great parents, hang in there! We all deserve a capes! Editor's Note: Destiny Hines is a Journalism Major currently enrolled in the Liberal Arts transfer program at Madison College and a proud parent of two very busy boys. Each issue of The Clarion, WolfPack Parent column will provide parenting support for our WolfPack Parents. To reach Hines with questions and suggestions for future topics, please email her at email@example.com
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Student superhero parent not only takes their child to school, but attends school themselves throughout the 2019-2020 school year.
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3D-PRINTING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ment or software is required. “ We will walk you through everything,” Weiland said, “what 3D printing is, what its strengths are, what its weaknesses are.” According to the STEM center, to get a Digital 3D Printing Badge you must: • Load filament into a 3D print pen and control heat and speed settings to achieve desired results, with understanding how these concepts apply to operating any 3D printer. • Obtain a 3D printable model via download from the web. • Create a simple 3D printable model using basic Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. • Export 3D printable models to a STereoLithography file format (STL). • Import the STL file into slicer software to generate machine-readable G-code instructions to direct the printer. • Load filament into the 3D printer. • Load G-code instructions into the printer. • Print a model. “Engineering, Design, and Architecture students, especially, could use this technology,” Weiland said, but he encourages anyone who has interest in 3D printing to utilize these seminars. Once they have a badge, anyone can go to the STEM center to use their equipment, and will only have to spend money on their own filament for printing. The STEM center also plans on having fundraisers every other week where they will sell 3D printed objects. Anyone can have a piece commissioned by the STEM center as well, for prices that vary based on the piece being made. The proceeds from these commissions help fund the STEM center. Upcoming sessions to earn your Digital 3D Printing badge are on Oct. 31 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. These can fill up fast, so if you are interested, sign up online through the “Earn a Digital 3D Printing Badge” event by Madison College on Eventbrite.com.
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Above, one of the 3D printers int he STEM Center prints a pumpkin. At right, a windmill was created using 3D-printer pen, that allows users to hand-draw a piece. Students can earn their Digital 3D Printing badge at two upcoming sessions planned in the STEM Center. Those sessions are on Oct. 31, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Nov. 8 form 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To participate, students must sign up ahead of time using Eventbrite.com. Just search for “Earn a Digital 3D Printing Badge” by Madison College.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 to be the hero of a certain school of magic, only to find out that isn’t the case. From the Puffs perspective Harry is seen as the annoying boy wonder who can do no wrong. The satirical take on Harry is one of the more fun elements of the show. At one-point Potter walks across the stage and says “Yay Harry!” and then disappears. The comedy also allows the performing arts students a chance to challenge themselves in something that they may not have experienced before. Comedy isn’t easy in a play setting and unlike a sitcom tv show with multiple takes, you’re trying to get it right the first time. “Just look ahead, stay in the moment, focus focus deep breath, don’t laugh,” said Braedon Gibson one of multirole actors. Along with comedy “Puffs” also required different accents for the British world of Harry Potter. Many actors were cast in multiple roles. “It’s been an absolute trip trying to come up with different voices, different acting styles, different voices and body mechanics for each of the different characters,” said Gibson At the core of the show is a group of characters with a lot of heart.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 cles are becoming more common on roadways. These changes are welcomed by MGE whose goal is to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 and to have net-zero emissions by 2050. Emily Diamond, a student at
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“Puffs” is a playful romp through the wizarding world. They may not be chosen to save the day, but everyone is the hero in their own story, and the Puffs find out what they are capable of, eventually joining the fight against evil. Puffs is a must see for any Harry Potter fan, whether you read the books and watched the movies or just watched the movies, it’s a show worth seeing. And it reminds us that even if you aren’t the chosen one saving the day, you are still the hero of your own story.
Madison College who owns a Tesla, said that it’s cheaper to maintain than a traditional gas run vehicle. According to MGE, on average, it costs the equivalent of $1.20 per gallon to charge a vehicle. MGE has a host of services to help those with electric vehicles. The company will install chargers in homes as part of their Charge@ Home program for a monthly fee and the cost of electricity.
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Questions asked to you, our readers.
EDITOR: CASEY ANDERSON
What is your favorite childhood TV show?
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Domestic violence does not discriminate HAILEY GRIFFIN Arts Editor
ational Domestic Violence Awareness Month is held in October to recognize victims of domestic violence and help spread awareness. Participants wear purple ribbons to show their support towards the fight against domestic violence. Statistics prove that domestic violence does not discriminate; it affects couples of all ages, races, religions, economic statuses, and sexual orientations. Abuse within romantic
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Elmo and Karli hug on "Sesame Street." In May, the show's creators introduced Karli, a Muppet in foster care, and in October they revealed the reason for her situation: Her mom struggles with substance abuse.
Muppets offer comfort TESSA MORHARDT Editor in Chief
esame Street has come out with a new character to show children that they’re not alone while their parents struggle with addiction. The new muppet Karli, who is 6 years old, talks to other Muppet friends about what is going on in her life, and how her mother is struggling with addiction. She tells them that she may have to stay with a foster family because her mother is not able to handle some of her problems. These videos show children that they don’t have to feel alone in these situations and that there are other children out there they can connect with. Karli tells kids that she goes to special
meetings to meet with these other children so they are able to share what their experiences are. “For children who connect to Karli, hearing ‘It’s not your fault—you are not alone, and there are safe people and places that can help,’ opens a path to hope and healing,” said Jerry Moe, national director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Children’s Program, one of many advisers for the movement. In one of the videos, Karli ends up meeting 10-year-old Salia who shares her story about what it’s like for her and her sisters while her parents both deal with addiction. Salia states that “I’m proud of Mom and Dad for asking for help, and not using drugs and alcohol anymore. And they’re proud of me, for just being me.”
Sesame Street is providing access to tools, activities, and help so that children are able to manage their feelings while their parents are managing their addictions. Sesame Street is giving hope to children all over the world, and changing the way they see themselves and their parents. Having a character like Karli gives them support and provides comfort when their parents aren’t able to. There are too many children in today’s society who live with parents who are suffering from addiction, and they don’t know how to cope. With these videos, Sesame Street has really gone above and beyond for these children. Showing them that someone cares and telling them that it isn’t their fault is a great action to be taken for them.
relationships can take many forms, whether it be verbal, physical, or sexual. Physical abuse is defined by assaultive behaviors like pushing, hitting, or choking. According to the U.S Department Justice System, “1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year.” Manipulative behaviors such as gas-lighting (causing one to question their perception of reality), demeaning, constant criticizing, or intimidation define verbal abuse. Verbal abuse can mentally debilitate victims, and seriously warp their self-esteem. Sexual abuse consists of any types of unwanted sexual advances. Another figure from
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Culture should never be a costume
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alloween is fast approaching and with times changing, we, as a society, are becoming more aware that certain costumes are culturally insensitive. With older photos of Justin Trudeau in blackface coming to light across the internet, we are reminded that changing the color of your skin is never a Halloween costume. It’s unfortunate that, even with Gov. Tony Evers changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, we still have to talk about the cultural appropriation of the Native American culture.
According to the National Congress of American Indians, there are 11 Indigenous tribes in Wisconsin and 573 federally recognized Indian Nations across the United States. To the people of these tribes, wearing headdresses as part of your Halloween costume is offensive. There are many different types of headdresses with many different meanings worn with honor, and you shouldn’t wear one unless you are a part of the culture and understand the meaning behind it. Most of them worn by men who are highly respected in their tribe, and each feather represents an act of bravery.
When you consider that one in three Native American women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and rain.org states that Native Americans are at the greatest risk of sexual violence, so when you wear one of these costumes you are insulting them and ignoring this truth. Madison College has a Native American Student Association, and anyone who wants to learn more about the culture can join or participate in the club’s activities. “The thing about the Native American culture is that it’s so open-ended and so welcoming to » SEE CULTURE PAGE 7
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Meet the new arts and cultures editor HAILEY GRIFFIN Arts Editor
’ve always thought that names that could be spelled in three or more ways were overcompensating. Hailey, which can be spelled in at least five different ways, demonstrates overcompensation at it’s finest. Griffin, however, is a unique antecedent to my first name. What could be cooler than having a last name that represents a mythical half-lion, half-eagle creature? When I was growing up, it was only natural that my nickname was something along the lines of Gryffindor; there isn’t much creativity to play on with a simple name like “Hailey.” Enough about name origins; I’m Hailey Griffin and I’m going to tell to you a little bit about myself. I grew up in a small town called Waterloo that is located about 34 minutes northeast of Madison. In a town of only 3,000 people, you can assume that everyone knows about anything and anyone in the community. I graduated with the kids I had known since kindergarten. Around the time I became a teenager was when I started hanging out in Madison. I had friends who lived here whom I had met through work or at concerts. Attending concerts in Madison is still a large part of who I am. Concerts are a wonderful way to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people while enjoying music. Another way to meet new people is through travel. Since I can remember, my family and I have traveled to various part throughout the United States every summer. Each of these vacations introduce me to something or someone that makes an impact on me
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Hailey Griffin is the new arts and cultures editor at The Clarion. in some way. For example, last summer I went to Southern California for the first time. I connected with people on the Venice Beach boardwalk, on Long beach, and in the various restaurants we visited. It is refreshing to see how people interact outside of the Midwest, and how an area’s culture is reflected in its environment and architecture. The first time I traveled by myself was to go visit my best friend in Monterrey. It was a truly momentous experience that I would relieve if I ever got the chance to. Travel is something I want to continue throughout my life, although it does require lots of money. Skateboarding is a cheap and alternative interest to traveling. A few years ago, I decided to teach myself how to navigate a skateboard. Skateboarding has been a part of my life ever since then. The thing I enjoy the most about skateboarding is that no mat-
ter how many times you fall, you can pick yourself back up and try again. Skateboarding is a physical outlet for other types of pain you may be experiencing in your life; you can use your pain to better your skateboarding technique. After you take that initial fall, you realize that you can only advance from there. Nothing else matters in that moment besides pushing yourself towards what you want to accomplish. I suppose you could say that you get into “the zone”. A couple of things that have always interested me are reading and writing. There have been many instances where literature has influenced my outlook on life. My indulgence in different novels and articles, whether they be fictional or informative, has given me a better understanding of topics I wasn’t familiar with. Reading and writing has expanded my academic and
philosophical view on life. When I was young, I didn’t plan on wanting to be a journalist. As I mentioned before, reading and writing has influenced my outlook on life in countless ways, on countless occasions. I’ve realized that I want to be able to give the same effect to other readers and writers. Throughout my journalistic endeavors, I would like to travel various places outside of the country. Gathering opinions outside of my realm is something that is very important to me. Every person on Earth has a story; some have less opportunity to be heard than others. I want readers and writers to recognize that at some point in time, someone else in this world has had similar experiences. Because of my inclination to journalism, I decided to enroll in the liberal arts/ humanities transfer program at Madison Area Technical College after graduating from Waterloo High School. Attending Madison Area Technical College has allowed me to further expand my networks in the Madison Area. I recently began a hosting/serving job at a restaurant on East Washington Avenue, which has introduced me to a lot of great opportunities and a handful of wonderful people. Upon the completion of my liberal arts degree, I wish to transfer to an institution that focuses on journalism. I’d like to be able to receive my bachelor’s degree at University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and enable myself to study abroad in foreign countries. As much I enjoy the state of Wisconsin, I want to see what it’s like to permanently reside elsewhere. Who knows; perhaps I will end up back in Wisconsin one day.
Halloween fun can turn frightening KALEIA LAWRENCE Staff Writer
alloween is right around the corner. It is important to remember that along with this spooky season, you must also take precautions to stay safe. Madison is filled with so many unique, fun things to do to celebrate Halloween. One of them is Freak Fest. Because of the large number of people in the area during that time, there have been concerns when it comes to safety, especially in light of tragic instances in recent years. Fortunately, safety is always the priority of the Madison Police Department. With new safety protocols in place, the number of arrests during this event has gone down from 334 in 2005 to 13 in 2016, as stated on the Freak Fest website. Maybe you opt-out of Freak Fest and have different plans for the night. Whether you’re going out with a group of friends or flying solo, there are a few actions you can take to ensure your safety. Make sure that
your phone is all charged up before you head out. If you think you will be out long enough for your phone to run low or die, bring a portable charger. You don’t want to be left with no way to communicate in case something goes awry. If you have location settings turned on your smartphone, it might be a good idea to share it with friends or family. Even if nothing bad happens, it might be helpful if you lose your phone during the night’s fun. Have fun and socialize, but stay cautious of people you do not know, especially if they are masked. Because they are unrecognizable, you want to take an extra step of precaution. If you are uncomfortable in any way, do not be afraid to leave. If you suspect that there is foul play at hand, do not be afraid to report something. You might be protecting others. Halloween should be a fun time to celebrate with your friends. Just remember to stay safe this spooky season, and have fun!
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 the U.S Department Justice System shows that “between 40 and 45 percent of women with abusive partners are sexually assaulted by their abuser during the course of their relationship.” A 2019 American Association of Universities survey reports that “26.1 percent of female under-graduate students at UW-Madison reported having experienced some form of sexual assault.” Often, people are hesitant to address domestic violence because they believe in the “fine line” between argumentative behavior and abusive behavior. Warning signs of an abusive partner include: exhibiting extreme jealousy towards friends and family, controlling where you go or who you see, preventing you from making your own choices, or pressuring you to do things you are uncomfortable with. Witnesses to abusive behavior can easily recognize maltreatment; victims of abusive behavior have difficulty recognizing abusive behavior. Many victims ignore abusive tendencies in an attempt to rationalize maltreatment. Abusers, as well as victims, come up with ways to rationalize their actions. Justification of maltreatment on both sides of an abusive relationship contributes to a vicious cycle of domestic abuse. Long-term effects on victims of domestic violence include: low self-esteem, trust issues, post traumatic stress disorder, physical disability, or depression. Many victims of domestic violence have difficulty coping with their trauma. Failure to develop healthy coping mechanisms can severely impact an individual’s ability to function in society. There are communities, support groups and movements that are dedicated to assisting those who have been affected by domestic violence. Prominent domestic violence organizations include American Bar Association and The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice. Each of these agencies provide legal representation and a support system for victims of domestic violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 is available 24/7, and provides “crisis intervention, referrals to battered women’s shelters and programs, social-service agencies, legal programs, and other groups and organizations willing to help.”
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anybody that wants to learn about it,” says member Pierson White. “There’s plenty of Native American tribal centers, there’s events … there’s not really many exclusive events in Native American country.” Even starting at your local library can go a long way to understand the culture. Changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day is a great step forward for cultural awareness and, according to Onedia Nation Chairman Tehassi Hill, can serve as an educational tool about tribal culture and history.
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Chef Michael Twitty visists with host Kyle Cherek during the Chef Series event on Oct. 23.
Chef honors traditional fare TESSA MORHARDT Editor-in-Chief Chef Michael Twitty appeared on Madison College’s Chef Series on Oct. 23. A Jewish African American who was raised in the south, he was taught to cook by his parents and grandmother. In addition to being a master chef, Twitty is a culinary historian, educator, and author. Twitty wanted to show and teach people the culture of Africa through his food. His work is through two different sources: the Antebellum Chef and the Kosher/Soul. His goal was to revive the old traditions of African American food, honoring his ancestors while
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Chef Michael Twitty prepares a dish for the Chef Series event held at Madison College on Oct. 23. giving hope to people of color who are looking to better their lives in this new economy. The real goal for Twitty was to connect the history of
food and family from Africa to America – slavery to freedom. Twitty had learned how to cook through the old ways, cooking on rocks, with sticks
and branches, cast iron, etc. The food had become so real because “the fire was real” and “cooking with cast iron is seen as far beyond rustic.” During the series discusison, Twitty explained that when he first stepped into a modern kitchen, everything was very foreign and he knew he stood out from the crowd. “I didn’t know how to use a can opener,” he said. But being in the kitchen and not knowing anything, he had received much support and help from those around him. Being in a modern kitchen had been a switch because all the flavorings had become different and all the techniques weren’t familiar. All of the
recipes he had used from his techniques with stone, fire and wood couldn’t be translated because there wasn’t certain flavorings that would have been added using the fire, such as the wood smoke. Among the things Twitty learned while working in a modern kitchen is that “at the end of the day it’s us (family).” What really brings all the food together and how the experience happens is through the people you work with. He also learned that “you find a lot of expectations that people bring to your food.” He had explained that they expect you to cook it a certain » SEE CHEF PAGE 11
Fiber Arts Club members have fun and ‘sew’ much more EMILY MERLIN Staff Writer Many people think that knitting is something that your grandma does. You’re not wrong, but the younger generation is starting to pick it up. The Fiber Arts Club isn’t your grandma’s knitting club. The Fiber Arts Club includes arts such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery, sewing, and much more. Jessica Goerling and Vanessa Levenson are the current club treasurers that came together to decide to create this club as a way to encourage people to hang out and have fun. Goerling was handing out flyers and asking people to sign up at Campus Fun Day.
Currently, there are around 20 people that signed up and the Fiber Arts Club is hoping to get more people interested. Currently, the Fiber Arts Club is a safe, supportive community for people to come in, hang out and work on their own project. Having a group of people with the same interests as you allows you to make friends as well as ask questions if you need help with something your working on. Goerling wants to be able to get funding from the school or participate in fundraisers to be able to get supplies available for people. Before getting the funding, there have to be enough people signed up and consistently going to the club. There was a spreadsheet sent out
to everyone who said they were interested to find out which day works best, and the Fiber Arts Club treasurers have decided that early afternoons on Friday. If there is enough demand for the club, then they would be able to add another day during the week. They hope to increase the number of students who want to participate. The Fiber Arts Club allows you to be creative in any way you want. Sometimes working on a project alone can be boring, but working on your project in the club can allow you to chat and ask opinions. If you have any questions or interest in the Fiber Arts Club, email Jessica Goerling at email@example.com.
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‘Black and Blue’ takes on police corruption AMARA GOBERMANN Managing Editor On Thursday, October 24th the premiere of the new movie Black and Blue came out in theaters. If you have not seen the film yet I suggest you do that first, for there will be spoilers. The new, high action movie follows the intense crises that a new officer of New Orleans police department, Alicia West, has to face. Officer West is one of the few black female cops on the team, and was previously in the army. Her partner, Kevin Jennings, depicts an ignorant white man with a seemingly good heart. Officer West ends up working an overnight shift. During her shift, she witnesses a cop killing a young, unarmed man. The dilemma is not only that she witnesses the murder, but captures it all on film. An interesting conflict in this movie is who your people are and what side of the law you relate with. Either you are a “blue”, or you are in the streets. Regardless of skin color or ethnicity, wearing the blue uniform rejects community membership. Or in the case of Black and Blue, membership in the hood. After Officer West returns from the army, she doesn’t realize that being “blue” would be such a problem for friends of hers who did not make it out of the hood. When she tries to come back into contact with her friends, they shun her. This is a conflict because the history between people of color and the police is not very positive. The police brutality rate has become more severe, and the amount of power police hold over communities of color is overwhelming. Why join the police and support their systematic ways if they aren’t looking out for the best interests of the community?
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Actors Tyrese Gibson and Naomie Harris as Milo Jackson and Alicia West in ‘Black and Blue.’ On the other hand, what if you did join them? What if you did try and make a change to better the community? This is the perspective that Officer West looks at. She wants to change the way that the community and the police interact, but one person cannot build trust on their own. Building trust takes open mindedness, training on how to be un-biased, and an integral change of systems that have been in place for hundreds of years. I think this is a constant battle for people of color in all areas of work, but particularly in the law enforcement field. Throughout the film, Officer West endures a lack of respect from her team, and a lack of trust from her community. Everyone refuses to help her when she tries to evade the bad cops. All people think about is how they can-
not involve themselves with the police, no matter the circumstance. I definitely found it hard to watch her struggle to find a place or a person who was safe for her. I think this is such an interesting and important perspective to watch from, and the film does a great job of making you feel isolated the way West does. As the intensity rises, Officer West comes across an old friend of hers and forces him to help her. His name is Milo Jackson, but his nickname is ‘Mouse’. I believe the casting director was going for the stereotypical ‘big scary black guy’, but of course he was the one to be West’s new right-hand man. One scene in particular that I think the director of the film captures so well is when Mouse calls for the police because he hears noises in the back of
the store. The police arrive and immediately interrogate him, as if he was the criminal. This alone is an explanation as to why the black community feels fear towards police involvement. As the officer continues to interrogate Mouse, the situation escalates. He puts Mouse in handcuffs, and pulls out his gun. He even begins to threaten Mouse and belittles him. He says “no one would even care if I blew your brains out.” In the end they let Mouse go because he has no warrant out for his arrest. I think this was by far the most powerful part of the movie. You see the power difference that police hold in comparison to other members of the community, specifically black people. You see the » SEE BLUE PAGE 11
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Lizzo rescues dog from local shelter EMILY MERLIN Staff Writer On Oct. 10, The Sylvee was blessed with Lizzo’s presence. Before the 8 P.M. show, a member of Lizzo’s crew adopted a puppy from Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin. Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin is a local, non-profit organization that wants to find homes for all breed-companions. A majority of the animals that are available for adoption are from shelters down in the southern states. Most of the animals are on the euthanasia list, but thankfully the Underdog volunteers are able to transport them from down south to Wisconsin. Underdog Pet Rescue is mostly run by volunteers. There are volunteers who drive to the shelters down south to pick up these animals and drive them back to Wisconsin. Our wonderful foster families take care of these animals until they can find them a forever home. Foster
families give pets a sense of what being in a home is like since most of them spent their days down south in crates or kennels. When trying to find a pet that fits your lifestyle, Underdog provides a
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much more personal experience Lizzo’s crew adopted Saba (now Poke) because this dog fit her lifestyle. Poke is a two-month-old, mixed breed that currently weighs five pounds. Young Poke has stolen the hearts of Lizzo fans, local pet lovers, and animal advocates around the world. Poke will enjoy that BlingBling lifestyle! Ever since Lizzo mentioned Underdog Pet Rescue on her Facebook and Instagram, the pet rescue has seen an incredible jump in viewers and potential adoptees. On Instagram alone, 2,000+ followers, as well as some adopters said they found out about Underdog Pet Rescue from Lizzo’s social media. Underdog is incredibly appreciative of Lizzo for the exposure she has given to them. The number of animals that need a family is immense; Underdog Pet Rescue does all that they can to help. There are more adorable animals available for adoption at underdogpetrescue.org
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 way and they expect it to taste that way as well. Because of today’s era and all of the new technology, people expect perfection instead of having an open mind to new (old in this case) ideas. Cooking has taught Twitty that mistakes are good because they teach us the right way to go. Along with that, you won’t always create the same cuisine while trying to explain it to someone while also reinventing it. Twitty explains that part of cooking is improvisation, and things won’t always be the same as the day before. “What you feel or what your inspire by is what you are going to put into the pot while cooking,” he said. Twitty has written a book, “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South.” He also has a blog that explains his culinary journey through cultural issues. His book can be purchased at Barnes and Nobles (paperback $16.99) or Amazon (paperback $15.29). His blog is located on https://afroculinaria.com/
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Actors Willem Dafoe as Thomas Wake and Robert Pattinson as Ephraim Winslow in ‘The Lighthouse.’
Eggers debuts 2nd film ‘The Lighthouse’ ANDREA VELAZQUEZ Contributor The follow-up to Robert Eggers’ 2015 debut, ‘The VVitch,’ tells a different tale set in the 1890s. Two lighthouse keepers, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as Ephraim Winslow and Thomas Wake, reside on a mysterious and secluded island in New England. ‘The Lighthouse’ gifts its audience with a ravenous progression of events, striking cinematography, and two stellar performances by the main characters. Robert Eggers describes the film as “the literary genre of a weird book.” Winslow is the quiet newbie who takes orders from Wake–the older, quick-tempered, eccentric who performs all the strenuous work and upkeep for the lighthouse. Winslow refuels the light, hauls heavy kerosene barrels up the stairs, and scrubs the floor. However, there is an exception to his work–he’s forbidden to go to the top of the lighthouse. There’s enchantment in the light. The lighthouse, the storms, and
the stressful, deprived conditions of the setting are meant to highlight the film’s main focus: the main characters’ descent into madness. The light consumes Winslow and Wake until their reality slowly becomes a dizzy hallucination of quarrels, dancing, gaslighting, masturbation, and lies; an overbearing, honking siren in the background never seems to stop. There are elements of the film that feel real and other elements of the film that defy reality. A one-eyed seagull pecks at Winslow’s calf at one point in the story, but what of a giant tentacle that chokes him? There is a mermaid- is she real, or did the mermaid figure that Winslow found in his mattress manifest itself as a visual hallucination? The aspect ratio of the film is squarelike. The black and white scheme is reminiscent of silent films and old classic Swedish cinemas. Eggers has cited Ingmar Bergman as a personal inspiration numerous times throughout his career. Eggers’ devotion to old cinematic language reflects a style highly evocative of Bergman’s. “The VVitch”
uses only natural lighting and simplistic cinematography. “The Lighthouse” looks like a film that is several decades old. Presently, cinematic technology is at unimaginable potential and film cameras are sharper than ever. Nonetheless, Eggers prefers to use 35mm film, and revert to old-fashioned aspect ratios, color, and light. Like most writers and directors, Eggers carries similar themes throughout his work. ‘The Lighthouse’s’ Ephraim and ‘The VVitch’s’ Thomasin are both plunged into unescapable situations. Animals, such as black goat and a one-eyed seagull, taunt the main characters in both ‘The VVitch’ and ‘The Light Belongs to Me.’ It is evident that this film would not be as remarkable as it is without Pattinson’s and Defoe’s performances. Pattinson’s performance in ‘The Lighthouse’ is gritty and raw, but it is outstanding. Dafoe’s forceful monologue evokes a stage play, and allows for the viewer incorporate themselves into the scene.
trauma in Mouse’s eyes of having his life on the line, and you see the bias that the police hold regardless of who made the phone call. Mouse was in tears in this moment, and I think something really important here to take away is the fact that he feels like his masculinity and power have been taken away. Men have the stigma of strong, brave, and to never let anyone punk you. What can a black man do when a police officer is holding a gun to his head? This is where the anger arises in the black community. In the places where we feel we can take our power back, we do it with full force. Not only does Black and Blue talk about the disconnect of civilians and police, the storyline is about how the two are connected as well. It is the modern and dramatized film of war on drugs. There is so much to discuss about this film, but I think the main idea is that the abuse of power between people of color and the police is real. Young black men have their lives stolen because of the color of their skin; the police have so much power that they abuse it, and there are only a few people who are brave enough to do the right thing, even when it seems like everyone is against you. Overall this film broke so many barriers. This was one the first films with a black woman as the protagonist who isn’t looking for romance. This film unapologetically calls out the abuse of power that police continually use. The best perk of the film is that it was directed by a black man, Deon Taylor. I love that more films these days are being produced by black people. This gives us a more authentic perspective into the black community and the black experience. The movie did a great job with music choice and frame work. You can feel almost every emotion that the characters in the scene were feeling. I look forward to seeing black excellence grow throughout the movie industry, and seeing true representation of black people and black culture. ‘Black and Blue’ is the first of many more to come, and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.
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sports EDITOR: CHRISTINA GORDON CLARIONSPORTS@ MADISONCOLLEGE.EDU
GOLF ETHAN CHURCHILL
Profiles of WolfPack athletes
VOLLEYBALL LIBBY RUHLE
A sophomore on the Madison College Volleyball team, Libby Ruhle started in seven of the 25 matches in the 2018 season, and had 13 kills, nine aces, and 36 digs. So far this season, Ruhle has had 84 digs for the WolfPack. Ruhle was a two-sport participant (volleyball, downhill skiing) and two-time letter winner in the Madison Homeschooled Program. She was a four-time participant
and two-time letter winner in volleyball. Ruhle’s dream job is a firefighter for Madison Fire Department, and says lake rescue would be cool. She is the daughter of Veronica and Robert Ruhle.
A freshman from Sun Prairie on the Madison College Golf team, Churchill finished tied for 23rd place at the Texas Roadhouse Madison College Invitational. In Churchill’s first college goal match at the Highland “36” Invitational finished tied for 54th with a two-day total of 188. A four-year participant and one-time letter winner in golf at Sun Prairie High School, Churchill placed 12th in the WIAA Division 1 Regionals and 22nd in the Big Eight Conference Championship. Churchill’s dream job is a FBI Agent and is the son of Kelly and Tom Churchill.
WolfPack fall to Rock Valley, defeat Elgin in shootout
Playing ball once again
CHRISTINA GORDON Sports Editor
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Madison College baseball player Pierson Gibis was the inspiration for a blood drive that was held on campus this week. He is thankful for the donors who provided the more than 100 units of blood he required during his battle with cancer.
Gibis overcomes battle with cancer, returns to baseball CHRISTINA GORDON Sports Editor When Pierson Gibis was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, the first thing he asked the doctors was if he could play baseball again. When the doctors said yes, Gibis looked at this dad and told him “I’m going to go through this for a year, then take a year off to get my strength back. Then go to Madison and play.” Now a sophomore catcher on the Madison College baseball team, Gibis can look back and see that things worked out as he had hoped, but it was a long road to recovery. Gibis found out he had a rare form of cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma, on Aug. 17, 2016. The disease is a cancer of the muscle, bone, and connective tissue. His scheduled 54-week treatment plan of chemotherapy and radiation actually lasted 70 weeks. During that time, Gibis lost about 60 pounds and had to receive over 100 units of blood to help keep him alive.
When they first learned about his diagnosis, the Gibis family didn’t really have time to react. They were told what they had to do to get him better, and they just took it one day at a time. Pierson credits his family for being his biggest support system during his battle with cancer. His mom, Jan, and dad, Ryan, were there every day to help him, while his brother, Brandon, came home every other week. “I don’t think I went a single day without seeing her face,” Gibis said of his mom. “My dad was working a little more, but I saw him every day. He would take me to play baseball or to go hit or throw.” “My older brother was playing baseball at UIC (University of IllinoisChicago) at the time and had other obligations, but he was at the hospital every other week and I got to see him a lot at that time and, it was nice to see him and for him to be there for me.” Immediately after his diagnosis Gibis was not able to do much. “I was either laying in a bed or sit-
ting in a couch for most the time. I also had really bad muscle atrophy in my legs, so couldn’t sit in a squat or run,” he said. “I couldn’t go be my normal self. I didn’t have much of an athletic life at the time.” Pierson’s first time playing baseball after his diagnosis was on March 23, three months after he finished everything. He went to the Hitter’s facility in Racine to pop his head in and say hello to everyone who was there. They asked him if he wanted to play in the scrimmage that was happening. Of course he did, and in his first two at-bats in about two years, Gibis got two hits. “It was just really cool,” he said. But that wasn’t his most memorable baseball moment. Neither was playing in his first collegiate game. The most memorable moment for him was getting drafted by his favorite Major League Baseball team – the Chicago Cubs. » SEE BASEBALL PAGE 13
The WolfPack women’s soccer team concluded their regular season on Oct. 12 with a 2-1 loss to Rock Valley College. The WolfPack got on the board first when they were awarded a corner kick. Sophomore Kaitlyn Clapper perfectly kicked the ball in and freshman Mackenzie Bielecki was able to score on the header to give the WolfPack the lead at the 32-minute mark. Rock Valley then added a goal in each half against sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Kubicek ended the game with seven saves. The WolfPack entered the NJCAA Region IV Division 3 tournament on Oct. 23, as the No. 2 seed and faced No. 7 seed College of DuPage. Down by one in the second half the WolfPack got their only goal by sophomore Jenna Kohrt at the 48-minute mark scoring unassisted. Kubicek had three saves on the game. Tied 1-1 after two overtimes the game was decided by a shootout. The WolfPack would win the shootout by a score of 4-3 to win the game. After both teams missed the first shootout attempt both teams would go on to score the next three attempts. The College of DuPage missed its last attempt, while Bielecki tapped the ball in on the right side past DuPage’s goalkeeper to score. The WolfPack advanced to the semifinal round to play No. 3 seed Elgin Community College on Oct. 6. The WolfPack and Elgin Community College have faced off once this season, and finished tied, 1-1, after two overtimes.
1-0 loss to Harper College ends season for WolfPack men’s soccer CHRISTINA GORDON Sports Editor A pair of one-goal games decided the Madison College men’s soccer team’s fate in the NJCAA Region IV tournament. Third-seeded Madison College beat sixth-seeded Joliet Junior College, 2-1, in overtime to open the tournament on Oct. 19, but lost to second-seeded Harper College, 1-0, in the next game. Against Joliet, Madison College trailed, 1-0, at halftime. It took the
WolfPack to the 89-minute mark to tie the game up 1-1. Andy Mendez-Maya scored the tying goal assisted by Lucas Martin-Heid. Going into over time the WolfPack had the momentum and it only took them just over a minute to score the game winning goal at the 91-minute mark, when Martin-Heid scored assisted by Pablo Guzman. Soph. Saxon LaFlash started in goal playing all 90 minutes having one save and allowing one goal. » SEE SOCCER PAGE 13
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Madison College men’s soccer player Evan Bartz (5) passes the ball to a teammate during a recent match at home. The WolfPack season ended with a 1-0 loss to Harper College in the NJCAA Division IV Regional Tournament.
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WolfPack volleyball team wins 2 of last 3 CHRISTINA GORDON Sports Editor The Madison College Volleyball team finished its last three games of the season winning two matches and losing one. The first game the WolfPack played was on Oct. 15, when Joliet Junior College traveled to Madison. The WolfPack had a two-game winning streak going into the game and extended their winning streak after they beat Joliet Junior College in three straight sets, (25-14 25-23, 25-21). The WolfPack had two players with nine kills on the match, freshman middle hitter Calla Borchert and sophomore Cathleen Flannery. Freshman Skyler Salter lead the WolfPack is
assists with 11, while fellow freshman Lena La Fleur was close behind with nine. In the back court the WolfPack were led by sophomore Sage Esser having 10 49 digs. The WolfPack traveled to Rock Valley College on Oct. 17, and lost in four sets (27-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-17). Once again, the WolfPack were led by Flannery who had 13 kills while also posting 12 digs to mark her second career double-double. Salter and La Fleur both had 13 assists to lead the WolfPack in that category. Esser once again led the team in digs having 16 of the 67 digs for the WolfPack. The final game of the regular season for the WolfPack came on Oct. 22, when they traveled to River Grove ,Ill., to face
Triton College. The WolfPack got back to their winning ways against Triton, winning in three sets (25-21, 25-10, 25-14). Flannery lead the team in kills having 10 and finishing the regular season with 222 kills. Flannery also had a career high five aces in the game. Fellow sophomore Olivia Marron had seven digs for the WolfPack, Marron and Flannery both had seven digs. The WolfPack finished the regular season with an overall record of 15-15 and an 8-4 conference record. The WolfPack will start the NJCAA Region IV Tournament on Oct. 30 and will host the first round, the opponent has not been determined yet. You can go to the Madison College website for updates.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Gibis was drafted by the Cubs in the 2018 MLB draft in the 39th round as the 1178th overall draft pick. “It was something that definitely was unexpected,” he said. “Not that many people get to wear that on their chest. It is just a pretty special thing for me.” Throughout Pierson’s treatment, he made contact with Madison College’s baseball’s head coach Mike Davenport. He asked coach Davenport “would you take a chance on me if I came here?” There was never a question about it, as coach Davenport told Gibis “we would love to have you.” He said he is thankful Davenport gave him an opportunity that not many others would have. Gibis’s first career collegiate hit came on March 19, when Madison College was playing Morton College. He singled to right field in the fifth inning, and eventually came into score. Madison College would go on to win the game 11-1. Having had a personal fight with cancer, Gibis said he would tell anyone going through this just to take it one day at a time and to stay positive. “Throughout all of it, it felt like the same things kept happening over and over and over again and I was in the hospital an insane amount of time,” Gibis said. “For a while I thought that it never would end, and I would never feel better or have a life again. Here I am. It really does end one day, I would just say keep that in mind.” Madison College held a blood drive on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 in honor of Gibis. Athletic Director Steve Hauser came up with the idea to help Gibis give back, in thanks of the donors who provided him with the 100 units of blood he needed. “It is something that is really important to me and means a great deal to me,” Gibis said.
Madison College schedules and results.
VOLLEYBALL Schedule AUG. 22 home vs. Elgin Community College, 3-0 WIN AUG. 23 at McHenry County Invite vs. Muskegon CC, 3-0 LOSS.; vs. North Iowa CC, 3-1 LOSS AUG. 24 at McHenry County Invite vs. Parkland College, 3-0 LOSS, vs. Carl Sandburg, 3-0 LOSS AUG. 27 home vs. Oakton Community College, 3-0 WIN AUG. 29 vs. Harper College, 3-0 LOSS AUG. 30 at College of DuPage Invite vs. Black Hawk College, 3-0 WIN.; vs. St. Cloud, 3-0 LOSS AUG. 31 at College of DuPage Invite vs. Minnesota State CTC, 3-1 LOSS; vs. Kishwaukee, 3-0 LOSS SEPT. 4 at College of DuPage, 3-2 WIN SEPT. 6 at Yellowjacket Invite, vs. Des Moines Area CC, 3-0 LOSS.; vs. Iowa Central CC, 3-1 LOSS SEPT. 7 at Yellowjacket Invite vs. Central Lakes College-Brainerd, 3-1 LOSS; at Rochester CTC, 3-0 LOSS SEPT. 10 home vs. Bryant & Stratton College, 3-0 WIN SEPT. 12 at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 3-0 WIN SEPT. 17 at Joliet Junior College, 3-0 WIN SEPT. 19 home vs. Rock Valley College, 3-0 WIN SEPT. 23 home vs. Lakeland University JV, 3-0 WIN SEPT. 24 home vs. Triton College, 3-0 WIN SEPT. 26 at Bryant & Stratton College, 3-0 LOSS OCT. 1 at Harper College, 3-1 LOSS OCT. 3 vs. College of DuPage, 3-2 LOSS OCT. 7 at Lakeland University JV, 3-1 WIN OCT. 8 home vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College, 3-0 WIN OCT. 15 home vs. Joliet Junior College, 3-0 WIN OCT. 17 at Rock Valley College, 3-1 LOSS OCT. 22 at Triton College, 3-0 WIN OCT. 30 NJCAA Region IV Tournament. NOV. 2 NJCAA Region IV Tournament
MEN’S SOCCER Schedule CHRISTINA GORDON / CLARION
Above, Pierson Gibis stands next to his mom, Jan Gibis, while relatives help them at the Truax Blood Drive on Oct. 28. Below, Gibis takes some swings.
AUG. 25 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 0-0 TIE AUG. 31 home vs. Joliet Junior College, 0-0 TIE SEPT. 4 at Triton College, 2-0 LOSS SEPT. 7 at Harper College, 5-1 LOSS SEPT. 11 home vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College, postponed SEPT. 14 home vs. Elgin Community College, 2-1 WIN SEPT. 18 home vs. Rock Valley College, 1-0 WIN SEPT. 22 home vs. Illinois Valley Community College, 3-1 WIN SEPT. 25 at Joliet Junior College, 2-1 WIN SEPT. 28 vs. Triton College, 4-2 LOSS OCT. 2 vs. Harper College, 5-1 LOSS OCT. 5 at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 6-0 WIN OCT. 9 at Illinois Valley Community College, 1-0 LOSS OCT. 12 at Rock Valley College, 1-0 LOSS OCT. 19 at NJCAA Region IV Tournament vs. Joliet Junior College, 2-1 WIN OCT. 22 at NJCAA Region IV Tournament vs. Harper College, 1-0 LOSS
WOMEN’S SOCCER Schedule
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 The game winner by Martin-Heid allowed the WolfPack to advance to the semifinal round where they would face Harper College, on Oct. 22 in Palatine, Ill. In the game, the WolfPack were not able to get on the board and ended their season losing to Harper, 1-0. The WolfPack were outshot, 22-2, in the game. LaFlash started in goal playing all 90 minutes having 15 saves. LaFlash’s 15 saves tied Ian Murphy’s 2012 record. LaFlash finished the season having played in 13 games with 53 saves and one shut out. The WolfPack finished the season having an overall record of 7-7-2. Madison College’s regular season ended with three straight road games.
The WolfPack traveled to La Salles, Ill., on Oct. 9, to face Illinois Valley and lost a close game 1-0. It took almost the whole game for anyone to score, Illinois Valley scored at the 89-minute mark to win the game. The WolfPack had chances to get on the board but were not able to get the ball past Illinois Valley’s goalkeeper. The WolfPack had eight shots on goal with freshman Samuka Toure having three shots on goal. Fellow freshman Bubacarr Bah was close behind Toure with two shots on goal, with freshmen Bobby Urey, Mendez-Maya, and sophomore Ben Saric all having one shot on goal. Sophomore Msughter Abel Dzoho got the start in goal and played all 90 minutes having seven saves and allowing one goal. For the second game in a row, the WolfPack lost a close game 1-0 this
time to Rock Valley College on Oct. 12. The WolfPack were outshot in the game 14-6. Guzman and Toure both had one shot on goal for the WolfPack. Sophomore Saxon LaFlash got the start in goal playing all 90 minutes, having six saves and allowing one goal. The WolfPack men’s soccer team got back to their winning ways on Oct. 17, when they traveled to Oak Creek to face Milwaukee Area Technical College, winning the game 6-0. Freshman Omar Torres and Mendez-Maya both had two goals, while sophomores Lucas Martin-Heid and Saric both had one. LaFlash started in goal playing 45 minutes having two saves and not allowing a goal, Dzoho came in to start the second half and played 33 minutes, freshman Sebastian Varela came in to replace Dzoho and played the last 11 minutes. Dzoho and Varela keep the shut out alive.
AUG. 25 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 2-0 WIN AUG. 31 home vs. Joliet Junior College, 6-1 WIN SEPT. 4 at Triton College, 5-0 WIN SEPT. 7 vs. Harper College, 2-1 LOSS, 2OT SEPT. 14 vs. College of DuPage, 1-0 WIN SEPT. 18 at Rock Valley College, 2-1 WIN SEPT. 20 home vs. Elgin Community College, 1-1 TIE, 2OT SEPT. 22 home vs. Illinois Valley Community College, 2-1 WIN SEPT. 25 at Joliet Junior College, 1-0 WIN SEPT. 28 home vs. Triton College, 5-0 WIN OCT. 2 at Harper College, 4-0 WIN OCT. 5 at Bryant & Stratton College, 2-0 LOSS OCT. 9 at College of DuPage, 1-0 WIN OT OCT. 12 home vs. Rock Valley College, 2-1 LOSS OCT. 16 at NJCAA Region IV Tournament, vs. College of DuPage, 4-3 WIN OCT. 19 at NJCAA Region IV Tournament vs. Elgin CC, 2-0 WIN OCT. 23 at NJCAA Region Championship.
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Puzzles and Cartoons
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CROSSWORDPUZZLE Rich Norris and Joyce Lewis / MCT Campus
1 Gold rush storyteller Bret 6 Saints’ org. 9 Word pronounced like its middle letter 12 “The Lion in Winter” co-star 14 Senator Lisa Murkowski, notably 16 Participated in a pub crawl 18 Cleanse (of) 19 Afore 20 Video game pioneer 22 Sch. playing home games in the Sun Bowl 24 “Shadows of the Night” Grammy winner 28 Numbs, as senses 30 Bilingual TV explorer 31 File menu command 32 Seiko Group printers 34 Mountain myth 36 Flower location 37 Placating words before a confession 40 The Eiger, for one 43 Scott who played Chachi 44 Supplement 48 Snowblower brand 50 Schedule 52 “Borat” star __ Baron Cohen 53 New and improved 56 Vegetable with Golden and Chioggia varieties 57 San __, California 58 “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” singer Chris 60 __-di-dah 61 Upset ... and what can be found in the four other longest answers?
66 Nonworking time 67 Twain of country 68 Bigger copy: Abbr. 69 Place to retire 70 Over
1 Indignant reaction 2 Savored the flattery 3 Short poems 4 Playdate participant 5 Hamburg’s river 6 “I don’t wanna” 7 Woman in Progressive ads 8 One of 12 on a sitting jury? 9 Tough dogs 10 Deferred payment at the pub 11 Impress deeply? 13 1994 Costner role 15 Go over 17 Get lost in a book 21 Ticked off 23 Lumber (along)
25 Bath time plaything 26 “Grimm” actress Turner 27 Wonderland cake words 29 Elitist sort 33 Harry Potter’s potions teacher 35 Fleming and Holm 38 Incline 39 Hardly lively 40 “Lemme __!” 41 Precious 42 Many a middle schooler 45 Most sparsely populated European
country 46 Inexpensive knockoff 47 Consequence of wearing a cap too long 49 Low soccer score 51 Sleuth Wolfe 54 Some spammers 55 Two-legged zebras 59 1975 Wimbledon winner 62 Non’s opposite 63 Coffee server 64 Phil Rizzuto’s retired number 65 Chewie’s pal
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Objective The object is to place the numbers 1 to 9 in the empty squares so that each row, each column and each 3x3 box contains the same number only once.
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The Oct. 30, 2019, issue of The Clarion previews the upcoming performance of "Puffs" by Madison College Performing Arts.
Published on Oct 29, 2019
The Oct. 30, 2019, issue of The Clarion previews the upcoming performance of "Puffs" by Madison College Performing Arts.