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Childcare Center nearly completed


The new Childcare Center will complete construction by Dec. 18 and will open on Jan. 19.

Construction timeline was ‘minimally affected’ by pandemic MICHELLE MEYER Business Director The Madison College Childcare Program has remained open during the pandemic with an experienced team of childcare providers. The Childcare Program is prioritizing multigenerational health over maximizing occupancy. In response to statewide protocols, the Childcare Program is working diligently to minimize risks for children and staff. Donna Jost, Manager of the Child and Family Center, describes the situation everyone over the age of two

wears a mask, group play has been replaced by individual sensory stations and the center’s number of children and staff is limited. Parents can no longer come in the building for pickup or drop off. The MC childcare staff communicates with children’s families via an app, sending images to caring students and staff. Despite these many changes, Jost says the extra cleaning, sanitizing and handwashing were already part of Childcare Program procedures. The Madison City Accredited Childcare Program stays goal focused during the pandemic. Jost

said, the new facility construction and move in date are on schedule. The new childcare center will open on Jan. 19, 2021. Despite the move to a new facility, the Childcare Program will continue to follow the pandemic guidelines set by Gov. Tony Evers on March 18. The expansion was intended to provide pre-k care from 30 to 50 children, including infants. However, the staff and student count will be limited by state mandates. “The pandemic protocols will need to continue,” said Jost. In the face of pandemic restrictions, Jost says the

program is continuing to raise their standards with a goal of receiving a National Childcare Accreditation in January 2020. As the program manager, Jost envisions the future Madison College Childcare Program as multicultural, “actively working to truly reflect an antiracist environment.” “The construction timeline was minimally affected by the 2020 pandemic,” Jost said. Construction only slowed as a result of delayed material shipments. The construction will be finished on Dec. 18. Jost plans to move to

‘Walk of the Immigrants’ presents on the journey to America IVAN BECERRIL GUTIERREZ Graphic Designer You’re out of food and the night is cold. You look up to see the moon in the sky. You see the moon not knowing if it will be your last. Back home, your family sees it, hoping for a way to end the misery. Others look up to it in the comfort of their own home. You look and ask one more time, “Is this worth risking my life?” Then you can hear the cries of the babies; just once do you hope the patrols won’t hear. You pray to God in hopes that you will be heard, and at that moment, you close your eyes. All you see is the black sky. Once more you see a brighter future that shines brighter than your past. The family, the village and the country you left behind. Once more, you remind yourself that you can’t go back. You have to face your dreams head-on in hopes for a better tomorrow. As we came to the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Madison College Volunteer Center hosted “The Walk of the Immigrants.” On Oct. 27, Madison College welcomed our guest speaker Saul Flores, photojournalist, storyteller and speaker. The


Mental health study for home-stuck students EZRA PETERS Staff Writer With the advent of COVID-19 and an eerily uncertain future, students are facing a unique and unprecedented slew of issues on top of being a normal student. The University of Michigan is currently sending out a survey to many Madison College students called the “Healthy Minds Study” in an attempt to “Better understand student mental health and related issues and sources of support.” In the email the university sent out with the link to the survey, they state that the results of the survey are planned to be used to get a “representative picture of their student population so that we can improve services and programs.” The results will be processed and

archived by the ones administering the survey, the University of Michigan, who, in the interest of privacy, will be separating their contact information from the responses. The database that will be created will be available to Madison College, so this survey would be an effective way to have your voice heard and your unique situation understood. The survey is an in depth questionnaire approximately 25 minutes in length that covers topics like racial demographics, income and food security, method of class taking, general mental state and much more. The questionnaire can ask about some very sensitive topics, so if you aren’t comfortable answering any question, you can skip them as you need to; You can always

come back to questions later if you feel like you need more time to think about them. The University of Michigan makes it a point to properly define the terms it uses, making its questions much more clear and overall easier to answer. At the end of the survey, you can receive an evaluation on anxiety, depression and likelihood of having an eating disorder. If all the other upsides of this study don’t interest you, then you may be happy to know that as an incentive, you will be entered into a drawing for cash prizes in amounts of $100 and $500 and, as a more unique drawing for Madison College, a Nintendo Switch. The survey closes on Nov. 10, so check your school email for the link.


Saul Flores Walk of the Immigrants was a program created by Saul Flores to raise awareness about the journey and the struggles of immigrants who come to the United States. Flores started the project with four goals in mind. “The first would be to walk to walk across Latin American like migrants do… to raise awareness » SEE JOURNEY PAGE 4





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November, fittingly with Thanksgiving, is when National Gratitude Month is celebrated. While that might seem a hokey thing to celebrate, much less a topic to be written about for a column, this might be a year where gratitude might be worth giving some thought. The year 2020 will not likely be remembered fondly by most people. The pandemic brought tragedy, disruption and economic uncertainty to many of our lives. Multiple disturbing news events exposed racial and class problems in the country. The presidential election seemed to intensify our nation’s polarization as the year went along. It has turned out to be a year that you would least want to express gratitude, but you can make an argument that it might be a year when it’s most important to try. A Time magazine story from a couple of years ago https://time.com/5026174/ health-benefits-of-gratitude/ highlighted seven benefits

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from practicing gratitude: • It can make you more patient. • It can improve your relationships. • It improves self-care. • It can help you sleep better. • It may stop you from overeating . • It can help ease depression. • It can lead to sustainable happiness. Among the many articles that come up in a subject term search on gratitude in the library’s EbscoHOST database is one entitled “Say Thanks, a Lot” by Susana MartinezConde in the journal New Scientist. The short, readable article highlights research

and studies of how expressing gratitude as often as possible will help our life satisfaction and overall health. The article notes that many of us hold back on expressing gratitude because we feel it might sound hokey or insincere, when research shows that shouldn’t be a deterrent. If you want hard, empirical evidence of how gratitude can benefit you, search the library’s Discover catalog on the subject term gratitude to bring up the e-book, The Psychology of Gratitude, by Robert Emmons. After starting with a historical and philosophical foundation of gratitude, it then offers research from many different academic disciplines showing

the benefits. What are some simple ways to express gratitude? Nov. 11 is Veteran’s Day, and you can thank someone you know that has served. Don’t know anyone personally that has served? Send a general thank you email to Madison College’s Veterans Services at veteranresources@madisoncollege.edu. Thank a relative or friend at Thanksgiving you haven’t seen for a while for something they did. Do it by Zoom if you can’t see them in person. Include little thank you notes in the holiday cards you send out to friends and family. Thank a teacher or other staff person who has helped make this challenging online environment semester a little easier for you. Thank a fellow student who brought something up in class that made you to look at an issue differently than you had before. Thank you for the privilege of your time reading this article.




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The fourth annual Changing the Narrative Conference is set for Friday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event hosted by the United Common Ground and the Intercultural Exchange facilitates important conversations on leadership, empowerment, motivation and social justice through guest speakers and engaging dialogue. This year’s conference will be held virtually. To register, look for “Changing the Narrative” in the WolfPack Connect app. The keynote this year is Chris Singleton, a former baseball player for the Chicago Cubs. His mother, Sharonda Coleman Singleton, was murdered in a church in South Carolina in 2015 by a man who intended to start a race-related war in the United States. Since then, Chris has been spreading his message that “love is stronger than hate.”

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Class hosts a blood drive Students in the Madison College project management class are partnering with the Red Cross to host a blood drive. People can sign up to participate online, then donate at a time and location of their choosing. The URL to sign up is https://sleevesup.redcrossblood. org/campaign/staying-alive-with-a-blood-drive/. Students in the class will use the project as an opportunity to learn how to effectively conceptualize, plan and execute a project with also contributing to a cause that saves lives. Every donatation has the potential to save three people.

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Some of the donated cat beds lined up at the drop off area outside Truax Campus.

Volunteer Center creates cat beds for DCHS CHRIS BIRD Managing Editor Students and staff of the Madison College Volunteer Center were able to donate cat beds to the Dane County Humane society thanks to the combined effort of the volunteers and planning that allowed students to safely receive the necessary materials, instructions, and drop off their finished cat beds for donation. Volunteers signed up through an online form in order to be a part of the project. Once signed up, students received a package through the mail that contained all of the materials and instructions that were necessary to make nice cat beds. Last spring, the

Volunteer Center worked in a similar way to provide blankets to children in hospitals, or otherwise in need, through Project Linus. The group was able to coordinate sending supplies and receiving the finished blankets in a similar fashion as the cat bed project. “The student leader Milan, who was in charge of this project, was thinking about something similar we could do … we contacted Dane County Humane Society, and they’re pretty closed down right now, so we were like, ‘what would be most useful to you?’” said Brianna Stapleton-Welch, advisor for the Volunteer Center. “This was on their list of stuff, and we did pretty much the same thing. We

mailed the students the materials and we are doing a drive-thru drop off,” said Stapleton-Welch. The Volunteer Center was able to make 18 cat beds for the DCHS, who thanked the volunteers for their effort and the beds they provided. The beds were dropped off outside of the Truax campus on Oct. 28, and outside the Goodman South Campus on Oct. 30. “Thanks to all of the student volunteers who helped make cat beds for Dane County Humane Society! There will be 18 cat beds delivered to DCHS soon. We appreciate that you’re helping keep cats cozy while they wait for PHOTO PROVIDED TO THE CLARION their new homes,” wrote Stapleton-Welch following The donated cat beds laid out along a the project’s success. flight of stairs.


Volunteer Center advisor Brianna Stapleton-Welch stands with the dropped off cat beds outside the Truax Campus.

Madison College President Jack E. Daniels III announced through a “State of Madison College” email to all current students that the course format for the Spring 2021 semester will look very similar to that of the current Fall 2020 semester. Madison College altered most of its classes to be remote for the Fall 2020 semester and plans to keep it that way in the spring. The introduction of a mostly remote course format was created due to the current COVID-19 pandemic to help decrease the spread of the coronavirus. In his email, Daniels said, “Our COVID protocols have been effective in keeping our community safe. We have been able to limit the number of positive cases on campus. Thanks to careful planning, we were able to act swiftly to limit our campus community’s exposure to those cases.” Daniels stated that Madison College will continue to follow its protocols for the pandemic for as long as necessary, which is why about 70 percent of the school’s courses will continue to be remote in the spring. The remote format includes fully online classes as well as online live classes. For courses that require students to be in person, most of them will be delivered in a hybrid format, which means they will be partly in-person and partly online. The school is limiting fully in-person courses as much as it possibly can. Of the few courses that are in-person, classrooms will be adjusted to follow social distancing procedures. Daniels’ email also mentioned that students who do have classes that require them to be in-person, but who do not feel comfortable or are not able to attend classes in this way, have the option to work with advisors and other faculty to find an alternative that will work best for them. Madison College has created a “Spring 2021 Back-toSchool Checklist” for students to refer to leading up to the next semester. The checklist includes information on how to better prepare for classes, such as a links for students to order their textbooks or request a laptop or hotspot from the school, resources to help students, like tutoring options or academic advisors and ways for students to stay informed about school news and updates, including suggestions to download the school’s Navigate and WolfPack Connect apps or a link to the COVID screener test, which students must complete before entering any of the school’s buildings. To see the full list, you can go to madisoncollege.edu/student-checklist.




Donating joy with the Santa’s Wish List Program EIMY GONZALEZ Staff Writer On this occasion, the volunteer center is swiftly organizing a remote and safe Santa’s Wish List program to assist Madison College students provide gifts to their children on this festive season. For years, the volunteer center along with the Madison College Foundation have offered this program to students that find themselves in financial need as a way to support and deliver joy on the holidays. It ranges from delivering winter essentials to toys, books or games— whatever may find its way into the child’s wish list. Previously, once the online applications were submitted, student workers from the volunteer center would present the children’s wish items— along with their name and age—as ornaments. These decorations were displayed on the giving trees that were

spread in different campuses. This way, anyone who wanted to be a part of the program could grab an ornament, choose the present and bring it back to campus. Then, once the time came for the presents to be distributed to parents, a brief event was organized for them to pick up their correspondent items to take home and wrap. Now, more than ever, the health and safety of the students and their families is carefully taken into consideration. According to Brianna Stapleton, Volunteer Center program advisor, thorough measures have been taken to ensure zero physical contact while participating in this program. What this means is that the participation of the parents as well as the volunteers will be completely virtual. The application can already be filled out online, just as in previous years, however, as campuses will be closed after Thanksgiving, the dynamic of dropping off presents and scheduling a pickup

has already been adjusted. The approach of this year is to move from choosing an ornament at any of the giving trees, to looking for the wish items of each child through an Amazon wish list. For the people who are looking forward to donating this year, the link to this online wish list will be made available once the donor form has been filled out. Once the item has been purchased, it will be mailed directly to the student’s home. It’s important to mention that the volunteer center, with the guidance of the enrollment office, have rigorously worked and reached a solution to protect the privacy of the students being benefited by the program. Although the presents will be mailed directly, addresses and names will be kept private. Stapleton made this approach clear. She states that from the beginning of the organization, options were


explored to ensure that students felt comfortable about receiving their gifts. Making sure that going to campus could be avoided and for their personal information to be out of reach. So far over 100 applications have been submitted. The pandemic has pushed much of the population into financial instability and programs, such as this one, are making a difference in the community. If in the ability to do so, it’s important to be an active supporter of activities and initiatives dedicated to spark joy and provide aid through these complicated times. As of Nov. 16, the application to become a donor will be made available through Wolfpack Connect or under the Volunteer Center page. Donors have the option to purchase a gift through the Amazon wish list or to do an online donation to the Madison College Foundation’s Santa’s Wish List Fund. Both are great opportunities to share some holiday joy and spirit.




the new building over winter break. Aspects of the childcare program will change based on the new facility, but the quality of care will not be limited by the pandemic or the move. MC students, staff, and faculty can be reassured that their children will be safe at the new Child and Family Center. During the interview, Jost spoke about how MC student families can qualify for childcare scholarships and enroll in the upcoming semesters. The steps include filling out a Child Care Interest form at madisoncollege.edu/child-care-interestform. Then, the student’s family will be included in a waiting pool, where scheduling is considered as openings become available. Once the Interest Form is finished, the family can offset program costs through Madison College Foundation Scholarships, Pell Grants and Federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS). The students which receive scholarships for childcare must complete a ANICA GRANEY / CLARION Wolfie Wallet Module, maintain a 2.5 Construction workers completing the outside of the GPA and currently be enrolled in 6 crednew childcare building. its.

for the miraculous journey migrants make north every single day. The second would be to use my camera and photograph the journey. To document ... and use the photographs as a way to introduce our issues into communities around the United States. Third would be to sell those photographs and use those proceeds to help reconstruct the little school back in my mom’s hometown in Mexico. And the fourth, which is the most common one within the immigrants, was to just make it home alive.” Being the firstborn to first-generation immigrants, Flores grew up in New York, where he learned about the hardship of immigrants of the United States through the struggles of his parents. Motivated by hardship of migrant workers, Flores decided he was going to walk the walk of the immigrant. With just a one way to ticket to Quito, Ecuador, Flores and his camera set out on his journey

to the promising United States, walking 5,329 miles from Quito, Ecuador to Charlotte, N.C. As a student, many of us do not understand the struggles that immigrants take when migrating to the United States. Nor will we ever understand the struggles in crossing various countries, crossing borders or risking your own life for a new life of opportunities. Many also don’t understand the struggles of starting a new life in a country where they don’t speak your native language or live a lifestyle as you did back home. Living a life as an undocumented person is something we cannot say we relate to if we never risked our lives for a better life. We are called not to just sympathize and relate to the struggles of the migrant worker, but to help them be heard. As elections wrap up it is our job to let the voice of those who can’t speak be heard. To let their cries inspire others to take action and stop the injustices that occur towards the undocumented community.





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A look into living in Wisconsin HANNAH DOTZLER Copy Editor Wisconsinites - have you ever really sat down and thought about how amazing our state is? Wisconsin has so many cool places to go and things to experience, yet I feel like most of us often take these things for granted. Sure, our state, like any, has its drawbacks. But, overall, Wisconsin is actually a pretty awesome place to live. My personal favorite thing about living in Wisconsin is that it has both city and country life. I love immersing myself in the exciting, busy energy that cities have to offer, but at the same time, I often long for the open, peaceful beauty of the great outdoors. Wisconsin is such a cool state to me because both my needs for city and country life get satisfied here. If you go to Madison or Milwaukee, you can find neat shops with all the latest trends and eat at pretty much any type of restaurant that you are craving! However, if you wander up north a bit or visit one of the many state parks here, you can enjoy scenic hikes and take advantage of a variety of activities that can be done at one of the state’s many lakes. Our state also has many notable tourist attractions, such as Wisconsin Dells (aka “The Waterpark Capital of the World”), Door County, Summerfest – which promotes itself as “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” and the Dane County Farmer’s Market, which is the biggest farmer’s market in the country. Another thing people love about Wisconsin are its sports teams - particularly the Green Bay Packers, who are consistently recognized for having the most loyal fan base of any football team. In fact, every game played in Green Bay has sold out since 1960. This is particularly impressive because Green Bay is not a big city like many of the locations of other football stadiums around the country. Wisconsin is also known for its food


– especially its dairy products. I mean, it is, after all, “America’s Dairyland.” Fried cheese curds are one of my favorite foods, and I often forget that other states do not commonly have them! I feel bad for people in other parts of the country who go to a restaurant and cannot get cheese curds as an appetizer. The final reason why I enjoy living in Wisconsin is because we experience all four seasons here. I love having perfect, warm weather in the summer, watching the leaves turn bright colors


in the fall, waiting for flowers to bloom in the spring, and seeing snow fall during the holidays. However, this one is also a big con of living in Wisconsin… The weather is 100 percent the worst part of living in Wisconsin. Although half the year is really nice, the other half can be quite brutal. Wisconsin winters can get freezing, snowy and just downright unbearable at times. My least favorite part about the weather is driving in it, which is an absolute disaster in the wintertime. I hate having to

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Clean your fridge out. It’s dirty and there’s a tub of moldy yogurt that’s been sitting in the back corner for the last three months. If not today, you should at least take advantage of National Clean Your Fridge Day on Nov. 15. It even falls on a Sunday which means you probably aren’t doing anything anyway. Even if you’re Christian, I’m sure God won’t mind you dumping that tub of moldy yogurt that stinks up to the high heavens on the Sabbath.



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wake up extra early to brush snow off my car each morning, and driving on slick, snow or ice-covered roads is no stroll in the park. Speaking of driving, construction is another reason why living in Wisconsin can be not-so-fun. It seems like whenever the roads are not covered in snow, they are being torn up for construction. Can we ever just drive in peace?!



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I know that cleaning isn’t something that anyone looks forward to, but just like taxes and just like calling your mom at least once a month, it must be done. Begin with sorting out what’s fresh, what’s expired, and what’s definitely expired. Keep the fresh, ditch the definitely expired, and smell the expired while contemplating whether you have time for possible food poisoning this week. After that, get your favorite disinfectant and wipe your fridge down from top to bottom, inside to outside; make your fridge feel as though it’s been violated with how good you clean it.

Now organize the contents of your fridge. Dairy in one corner, fruits in another, the bag of baby carrots you switch out every two weeks without ever opening in the vegetable drawer, everything has its proper place. This step is especially crucial because if you’re anything like me, once I get home from shopping and haul all my groceries inside, organization isn’t something I pay too much attention to when I’ve got an unopened package of Oreos staring me down. National Clean Your Fridge Day only happens once a year, » SEE FRIDGE PAGE 6



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 The only other somewhat bad part to living in Wisconsin are the bugs. And, by bugs, I mean the mosquitos. Mosquitos can be so bad here that people actually jokingly call them the “Wisconsin State Bird.” Although there are some things that can make living in Wisconsin not so enjoyable, I think the positives far outweigh the negatives. So, next time you get mad about the cold weather or driving through construction, just think about all the amazing country and city life our state also has to offer.




Changing leaves, temperate weather, and crisp air all make fall the best season. ADELINE HOLTE Staff Writer There’s just something about autumn. The leaves falling, the crisp air, the decorations, some may even say the general vibe of fall is the ideal time. The weather, for one, is always perfectly temperate. Not too warm, not too cold, not too rainy, not too sunny.

Yeah, those things are great. But are they what really makes what makes fall so wonderful? What makes fall that beautiful, colorful, somehow-perfect time of year? In my opinion, no. Sure, those things are great, and they make up one of the many beautiful things about fall, but to me, that is not what makes fall so magical. When I think of autumn, I

think of the warm colors, the good weather, the feel-good activities we can take part in. But I also think of the premise. The premise of fall, which to me, is the atmosphere and the place of mind it takes me too. The familiar, comforting feel of apple cider and warm sweaters. Fall is the premise of my favorite books and shows, which has turned the season into a comfort. A premise and

a place we all know and love. There are some things about fall I am sure people don’t like. Maybe some people don’t like fall at all. To a lot of us, though, that comforting feel and familiar comfort of the season is something we look forward to every year. And for those reasons, I am one of the people that will agree that fall is the best season.

but we all know that the holiday should actually be celebrated at least bi-annually. A way to eliminate this need is to be realistic with your shopping. Don’t become all healthy and organic at the store because we all know that you’re not going to reach for the kale for your midnight snack and it’ll end up rotting away next to the bag of baby carrots and tub of yogurt. With that being said, go forth and enjoy National Clean Your Fridge Day to the fullest of your extent. There's no excuse for a dirty or cluttered fridge and this holiday is the perfect excuse to get cleaning. We all know it needs it.









Drive-in concert helps to pull audience out of its musical funk PAIGE ZEZULKA Copy Editor For someone who listens to music every waking moment possible, it was difficult for me to go another month without seeing a live show during this pandemic. Thanks to TC Presents, my craving subsided. They brought the Midwestern state of Wisconsin a live experience full of electronic funk that nobody had experienced before. On Oct. 17, in the small town of Chippewa Falls, headliners Gramatik and CloZee, joined together with Guggenz and Quinn Alexander to create a safe environment for live music at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. To start out the night, Quinn Alexander began his set at 5 p.m., followed by Guggenz at 6:20 p.m. The two warmed up the crowd consisting

of spaced-out vehicles with a limit of four masked people per vehicle. Cones and tape aligned the rows, making social distancing a requirement. As part of the crowd, my view was decent even among the several vehicles because of a wise decision to bring my friend’s truck. Also, the expensive platinum ticket we purchased guaranteed us a parking spot close to the stage. Due to the rule of no food and drinks allowed to be carried in, the event offered one concession stand. The concession stand brought many concerns to my friends and me because of the high risk of spreading germs during the pandemic. Instead, we risked getting caught and decided to bring our own food and drinks, which was definitely worth it. As the night got colder, the music got louder and CloZee, the French native, delivered the performance

of the evening. She incorporated her classic organic sound with her new electronic pop style from her recent album, Neon Jungle. It is difficult to explain a favorite track she had played that night because the artist uses live opportunities to create one-of-a-kind mixes that you’d only hear during that special event. Gramatik, one of the “legends” of electronic funk music, ended the night by playing most of his newer tunes off of the album Cyber Punk 2020 OST. During his performance, it began to rain, and the temperatures continuously dropped. I began to notice fewer people dancing, and more people huddled in their cars. I’m not sure if it was the weather or Gramatik’s set, but I personally expected more from the “experienced” artist and wanted to call it quits.

Student artist captures your imagination

‘Soul Drinkers’ an introduction to ‘Warhammer’ GRANT NELSON Staff Writer

EMILY MERLIN Social Media Director There are many artists that study at Madison College, but this particular artist has grabbed my attention. Valenzia Cina (@valenziart on Instagram) has been drawing ever since she could pick up a pencil and painting for about five years now. Her art is so in-depth and connects with the soul. When she paints people, it feels like they have a soul. It doesn’t matter if the art is in black and white, colors, or mixed media; it feels real. One recent painting she made (shown at right) is so realistic while also being futuristic. The white glow of the irises and the green glow of the lighting makes it look like she is a superhero. Perhaps she is. I asked Cina if there was any story behind her art. “I never really have a real reason for making a piece the way I do. That’s one thing I don’t really have, like a story behind the painting. Usually, I just make them because it’s fun and I enjoy the process.” As well as she should be having fun. That’s the whole point of art, is to have fun. “I like to draw too but I am not making a career out of it, and that’s okay » SEE ARTIST PAGE 10

Although this experience made many rejoice safely from their lack of music this year, there were many downfalls to the event. It was freezing. It was raining. You had to be outside to hear the music, so you could not just hide out in your vehicle. And even with an expensive ticket, the view could have been better, but it wasn’t because of the amount of vehicles. I think the one major con about this drive-in concert was the fact that the concert goers were not allowed to be as social as they would have been at pre COVID-19 events. Meeting new people and coming together to share a love for a common musical interest is one of the most special things about a concert. With the circumstances involving the pandemic, the event was as good as it could have been. I think the damper truly was the weather.

A painting by Madison College student Valenzia Cina (above) seems to glow, and truly showcases her unique talent.

So, here we go again down the nerd hole. This past year, I have been reading the Warhammer 40 setting books, and I have fallen in love with the Soul Drinkers saga. The books revolve around a legion of space marines that rebel against the iron-fisted human empire. They begin on a quest of rebellion, seeking the light of the gods, only to wind up cursed and in the midst of a war between the cosmic forces of order and chaos. The books are a mix of science fiction, fantasy, and cosmic horror. The soul drinkers travel across the universe, fighting demons and trying to overthrow the imperium of man. The books are filled with massive battles and a deep 40k mythos. With the occult and unsettling themes that occur throughout the story, I would recommend that you avoid reading if you are prudish. The books are gothic horror. At the same time, it feels like you in the midst of a halo/space marine power fantasy. If you are looking for books to start the Warhammers 40k universe with, I can tell you that Soul Drinkers is a good place to start.



‘The Umbrella Academy’ is a good blend of diversity and history BOH SUH Staff Writer “The Umbrella Academy” is a show that aired its first season on Netflix in February 2019 and its second season in July 2020. The story is based on the comic book series “The Umbrella Academy” written by a singer, Gerard Way. I would say the genre of the show is comedy, superhero, action, science fiction, and possibly a few others, such as romance, drama, family, and so on. The story started with seven children who were born at the same time on October 1, 1989. They ended up being adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a powerful and influential man. He basically trained these children and formed a superhero team, The Umbrella Academy, to fight against bad people. However, this part of the story is all condensed in the first episode of the first season. The plot of the show is about challenges that the children face both from outside and within the family. They are no longer children after years, except for one of them, who still has the physical appearance of a young boy. I want to point out two observations. First, these seven characters bring diversity in their skills and race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. The fact that all the children are adopted makes it possible that the children can be all different. I have never seen any movies or shows that have this unique, diverse set of characters before, so I found this casting unique compared to other shows. My second observation is that the show brings historical events and figures and connects dots from here and there, especially on season two. The plot revolves around the assassination of the president, John F. Kennedy, in 1963, and you also hear about another historical figure, Jack Ruby.


‘The Umbrella Academy’ stars (from left) Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves, Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves, Aidan Gallagher as Number Five, Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves, Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves, David Castaneda as Diego Hargreeves and Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison Hargreeves. I enjoy watching any shows or movies that create or recreate a story around historical events. Overall, “The Umbrella Academy” provides an interesting plot, and I cannot wait for season three if it comes out. If not, I will read the comic book so that I know what happens after season two.


Rotten Tomato Rating: 82% Rotten Tomato Audience Rating: 87% IMDb Rating: 8.0/10 *As of 10/23/2020.



Oaxacan tamales a Day of the Dead tradition EIMY GONZALEZ Staff Writer The last days of October and the first few of November are the spookiest ones of the year. Halloween is eagerly celebrated on the 31st of the month—people host great gatherings and fill children’s hands with delicious candy. However, on the second of November, the dead come to visit our world for a brief period. El Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated in Mexico to honor the loved ones that have passed. Every year, offerings must be made for these spirits to find their way. The best offering, to the dead and living alike, are without a doubt the Oaxacan tamales. This is a spooky and time-consuming recipe, but every bite is worth it. My excuse to make this traditional meal was The Day of the Dead, although it’s great for any time of the year. I prefer these tamales over any other kind as they are truly special and delicious. What characterizes them is the wrapping. They are wrapped and steamed in banana leaf instead of dried corn leaves. In my experience, the corn leaves make the tamales very dry, while the banana leaves conserve the juices of the meat and, in addition, leave a great flavor. This can be a fun cultural experience and a great way to pass the time. The best part is the leftovers. I love having my little stash of tamales around, so make sure to make a few extras. Enjoy!


1 pounds of pork meat, solid 3 cloves of garlic 1/2 onion, cut into another 2 halves 1 teaspoon salt 6 ancho chili peppers, deveined and seedless 8 guajillo chilies, deveined and seedless 2 tomatoes 1 teaspoon marjoram, dry 4 whole black pepper 2 whole cloves, 2 cups of corn flour 5 tablespoons lard 1 banana leaf, large and others to line the steamer

Preparation Meat

In a large saucepan, cover the pork with water and add 1 clove of garlic, 1/4 onion, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. When it begins to boil, cover, and cook over low heat between 45-60 minutes or until the meat is tender. Crumble the meat (preserve the broth). Grill the chiles. Place them in a bowl then cover them with hot water and let them rest for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, roast the tomatoes, peel them, and make a puree with them. Set aside. Grill the other 1/4 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, marjoram, pepper, and cloves. Drain the chiles, mix them in a blender with the roasted onion, the garlic, the marjoram, the pepper, the cloves and 1 cup of the reserved broth. In a pan, melt 1 tablespoon of lard and sauté the previous mixture for 5 minutes. Add the tomato puree to the pan and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Add the meat, mix well and cover. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes.


In a large mixing bowl place 2 cups of corn flour and 1 cup of reserved broth. Knead until the dough doesn’t crack. Add more broth if dough is too dry but it should not be damp. Mix 2 tablespoons of lard into the dough for 5 minutes or until incorporated.


Cut the banana leaf into squares of about 6 inches x 8 inches then place the banana leaf to cook for 5 seconds on a griddle or flat pan. With the remaining lard, grease one side of the banana leaf. Place a square dough about 4 inches on the side of the banana leave with lard. Cover it with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the meat mixture. Fold the opposite edges of the sheet towards the center and then do the same with the other two edges to form a closed rectangle. To secure the tamales, tie them with thin strips of the same leaf. Add 2 cups of water in a pressure


What makes Oaxacan tamales special is the wrapping, which consists of a steamed banana leaf instead of dried corn leaves. cooker with a griddle for steaming, cover the grid with the other extended banana leaves. Place the tamales on the leaves resting on the griddle and cover them with more banana leaves. Cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes. It can also be cooked in a steamer. If you are cooking it with a steamer

is important to note that the time it will need to steam varies from one to two hours. During this time, you can take a break and imagine how delicious your tamales will turn out. Also, you can give yourself a pat in the back. This recipe will make eight servings. For more, you can double or triple the ingredients.


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 because it’s something I enjoy doing,” said Cina. Her landscape paintings make you feel like you’re actually there. One example is a painting of a snowy scene that is one of Cina’s older pieces. Although it’s about a year old, it’s still beautiful and relevant in Wisconsin. Sometimes our winters can be brutal but also serene. This painting depicts a serene winter night. The soft glow of the street lamp is the only source of light in the dark night. The car covered in snow, surrounded by snow, looking like a snowplow hasn’t come through yet. On nights just like this picture, it makes you feel like you’re the only person awake. I asked Cina what she likes about art and why she decided to pursue art instead of her initial idea of becoming a teacher. “I decided to go into art instead of teaching because, although I love working with kids and teaching, I want to work on my art and see how far I can push myself. The thing I like most about art is how rewarding it is for me. Although some parts of a piece can be really difficult, seeing the end result is really satisfying. I also like seeing how much I can improve and seeing how much my style has changed as I’ve practiced,” said Cina. It’s enjoyable to look back and see how much Cina has improved over the years, and she has many more years to improve. That’s what’s nice about art, is that you’re always improving and growing.

A wintery landscape painted by Madison College student Valenzia Cina immerses viewers in the feeling of the season.




Skyler Gisondo appears in the documentary “The Social Dilemma,” which looks at the impact social media has had on society.

Netflix documentary looks at social media’s impact on society HAILEY GRIFFIN Arts Editor Since the dawn of the digital age, people have expressed both praise and concern about technological advancements. Some worry whether technology will eventually pose a threat to society. But what many don’t realize is that it already has. Netflix’s documentary drama, “The Social Dilemma,” explores the existential crisis that algorithms, persuasive technology, the attention economy, and surveillance capitalism have created through social media platforms. Essentially, it demonstrates the negative effects that these elements paired with social media have caused across the globe. Unless technologists acknowledge the need to reform the aspects that have caused this existential crisis, then these negative effects will persist. The film provides input from several people who work in the tech industry but focuses mainly on Tristan Harris, former design ethicist for Google and founder of Center for Humane Technology. The


Former Google design ethicist and co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology Tristan Harris testifies before the U.S. Senate in the documentary “The Social Dilemma.” way that Harris and others discuss social media really makes you think about the larger role that it plays in a democracy. At the same time, while you experience this thought process, you experience an eerie sense of realization that you, too, have been affected by the negative effects that the film speaks about. Most of us don’t realize how ingrained technology and social

media has become in our everyday lives. But when Harris and other tech professionals present such profound evidence, it becomes a bit clearer as to why that might be the case. The profound evidence and the realizations that coincide with “The Social Dilemma” are not the only things that make it unforgettable. The production and visual quality, too, are quite impressive. The film switches back and forth

‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ introduces playable fan-made maps GRANT NELSON

between interviews with those who have first-hand experience in the tech industry, a dramatized depiction of how social media and technological addiction affect a teenager’s life, and several animations. The collaboration of all these visual aspects was well done. The animations were creative, and they created an atmosphere that drew you in but also reminded about the impact of the subject at hand. The dramatized depiction was a nice touch, too. It provides you with a realistic visual of the effects that younger generations face at the hands of social media. Out of the tech professionals that were interviewed, almost everyone agreed that social media’s attention economy business model, which employs surveillance capitalism, algorithms, and persuasive technology, had to be reconstructed. With the evidence that this documentary-drama has provided me, I would have to agree. Overall, “The Social Dilemma” is quite extraordinary. If you want to gain some insight into just how much social media and technological advancements have affected society, I would highly recommend.

Latest ‘Star Wars’ game takes on Sith Lords

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A classic gaming franchise has been reborn in the form of mods, fan service, and an overall living legacy that goes by the name of “Halo: The Master Chief Collection.” “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” was released on PC in recent months, and it has brought back a lot of nostalgic Halo titles, from old game types and maps to remastered graphics.

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But the true greatness lies in how the fan base is taking the game’s campaign maps. In games such as “Halo: Reach One,” we can now


Gameplay of “Halo.” have ship battles in Masa warships. The game’s cinematics has made new stories out of the campaigns, as one

can play as the alien covenant and destroy the UNSC. Many new game types, fan-made maps, and play-

able fan fictions of the Halo universe has made “Halo” a game that is truly kept alive and made great by its fans.

A game I have loved since I was a kid is the classic “Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords.” The game is one of the darkest entries in “Star Wars” legends. The game revolves around a crew of Jedi being hunted. They are the dark armies of the Sith Lords that seek the end of all life. The game allows you to choose what kind of Jedi you want to be from class, powers, and even what path of the force you will take. The game is deep in Sith and Jedi lore, far more than any of the current films or books. It takes you across a war-ridden universe with city crime worlds to war-torn frontier worlds. The universe feels very alive and bleak. You can be a pod racer and try to rebuild the republic as you travel, or you can seek dark powers and train your own party of force users. As a “Star Wars” fan and lover of dark fiction, I would highly recommend this great game.






A look at the week’s top performances


Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had another big game on Thursday night as his team defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-17. Rodgers completed 25 of 31 passes for 305 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating was 147.2. It was the third time this season that Rodgers has thrown three touchdown passes in the first half. In addition, Rodgers completed a



52-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Valdez-Scantling in the second quarter. It was Rodgers’ 40th career touchdown pass of more than 50 yards, the most in the NFL since 2008.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees led his team to a 38-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Nov. 8, in Tampa, Fla. Brees completed 26 of 32 passes for 222 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. This season, Brees has completed 211 of 285 passes for a 74 percent completion percentage. He also has 17 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Brees and Tom Brady are battling back and forth for the career lead in touchdown passes. Brees now leads with 564. The Saints are now 6-2 and the Buccaneers have fallen to 6-3.

Predictions for the 2021 NBA season


BOH SUH Staff Writer Wait, already? I know the NBA final was done not so long ago, but the rumor has it that the NBA resumes on Dec. 22. Many NBA players are already in talk about the trade, and Chris Paul has been the hottest name on any NBA news. I feel like if you dig enough articles, you will be able to find that Chris Paul is going to every single team in the NBA. This article will focus on usual suspects for the playoff, and some dark horses.

Western Conference


Coach Paul Chryst of the Wisconsin Badgers looks on before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 30, 2019 in Minneapolis. A COVID-19 outbreak among Wisconsin players and coaches forced the cancellation of two games, but the team hopes to return this weekend.

Badgers await end of COVID-19 break in play MACKENZIE MOORE News Editor When the Big Ten announced its return in September, the public’s excitement largely overshadowed concerns about spreading COVID-19. Just days after the Wisconsin Badgers rolled to a win against the Illinois Fighting Illini, news broke that the virus had entered the locker room. Graham Mertz, the promising redshirt freshman quarterback who had taken over for the injured Jack Coan before the season began, was the first to have been diagnosed.

Shortly following this news, it also became known the Mertz’s backup, Chase Wolf, had also contracted the virus. From there, the news for Badger fans and players only worsened. In a press release, the team announced that all football-related activities would be halted for a minimum of seven days due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. This resulted in the cancellation of the Oct. 31 game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Nov. 7 game against the Purdue Boilermakers. Neither game is going to be rescheduled and won’t count as a win or loss for any of the teams.

As of Oct. 31, 12 players and 10 staff members had contracted the virus, including head coach Paul Chryst. According to Big Ten guidelines, infected players cannot play in a game until 21 days after their diagnosis. This means that Graham Mertz could return as early as Nov. 14 against Michigan. On Nov. 9, Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alverez said in a press release that he is confident the team has it’s COVID-19 outbreak under control. In addition, he said he anticipates the team will play its game at Michigan this weekend.

1. Los Angeles Lakers – With LeBron James and Anthony Davis (and JR Smith), this team is always in a conversation for winning a championship. The rumor has it that the Lakers have been trying to acquire LeBron’s good friend, Chris Paul, but what about Rajon Rondo? Did you forget about their relationships? As long as they don’t lose key players, they should be favored to repeat. 2. Los Angeles Clippers – The joke about “you blew 3-1 lead” meme is probably all over the internet for Doc River’s Clippers team. Both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have been crucified ever since the loss against the Denver Nuggets, but no one can deny the fact that this team has talents. With Tyronn Lue as a head coach, the Clippers hopefully make a difference for the upcoming season. 3. Denver Nuggets – It was unfortunate that the Cinderella Nuggets team lost against the Lakers, but it was impressive to see their win against the Clippers. With more experiences, the Nuggets should be ready, and addition of any free agents can make this team lethal. 4. Golden State Warriors – Many people forgot about the Warriors dynasty. Even though Kevin Durant left, the Warriors still have Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. With a great pick in the draft, the Warriors should not be underestimated. » SEE NBA PAGE 14

You should give Chloe Ting’s free workout programs a try HANNAH DOTZLER Copy Editor Are you wondering how you’re going to stay fit and active now that it’s getting colder outside? I was too – until I discovered Chloe Ting. Ting is a fitness vlogger with almost 16 million subscribers on YouTube. She offers a variety of different workout programs, and the best part is, they’re all free. She has workouts that target several parts of your body and ones that are meant to give different types of results. For example, she has quite a few ab

and flat tummy workouts in addition to slim thigh and lean arm programs. Some are intended to strengthen and tone your body and others are meant for weight loss. Some even just serve as a way to get in a little daily physical activity. Ting’s programs are made up of a series of short videos to follow each day, and they range from two weeks to 35 days in length. Some days you may only have one or two workout videos to do, and other days, you may have as many as four or » SEE WORKOUT PAGE 14


A free workout option are the exercise videos by Chloe TIng.



Predictions for this week in college football BOH SUH

What will happen in other Big Ten games

Staff Writer Pacific-12 (PAC-12) conference is now back, so all Power 5 conferences are back in the action. There are still a few undefeated teams, and we will see how long the streak will last. East Carolina vs. No. 7 Cincinnati – My pick: Cincinnati. Cincinnati is still undefeated, and they have been constantly mentioned along with Brigham Young University (BYU) as group 5 teams that have a shot for the playoff. No. 13 Wisconsin vs. Michigan – My pick: Wisconsin. Will this game happen this week? I was so worried about this game before the season started, but the way Michigan is going, I feel a little bit relieved about this matchup. I am more worried about whether this game will even happen. No. 9 Miami vs. Virginia Tech – My pick: Miami. Miami survived a game against the North Carolina State last week. However, win is a win, and they should be more prepared to play this week. No. 10 Indiana vs. Michigan State – My pick: Indiana (50-50). Indiana has been one of the biggest surprises in college football this year after beating Penn State, Rutgers (well.. okay), and Michigan. Michigan State is a solid team, and don’t be fooled by their loss against Rutgers. I feel 50-50 on this game, but if I have to pick one, I will go with Indiana. No. 12 Georgia vs Missouri – My pick: Georgia. The home game loss against Florida last week was devastating, and their playoff chance is almost gone at this point. They have to root for Florida to lose two games out of five remaining games (vs. Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Louisiana State University). One loss is possible, but two losses seem very unlikely. It is very unfortunate for an elite team like Georgia in one of the toughest conferences in the nation. No. 15 Coastal Carolina vs. Troy – My pick: Coastal Carolina. Coastal

BOH SUH Staff Writer There are some unusual suspects in this category (hey there Iowa and Penn State) while there are some similar faces (what’s up Rutgers and Illinois?) Any teams in this group can be in top 25 (well, okay, maybe not any teams…). Iowa vs. Minnesota – My pick: Minnesota. Who would have thought that this matchup is between 1-2 teams? Iowa crushed Minnesota’s winning streak last year, and this is a payback time for Minnesota. Illinois vs. Rutgers – My pick: Carolina is still undefeated, and they keep going! It is unlikely that they will get selected as top 4 as a group 5 team, but it is exciting to see a drastic change from the last year (5-7). Western Carolina vs. No. 22 Liberty – My pick: Liberty. Liberty is also undefeated this season, and it will be cool to see 10-0 record teams meet in the final game. Let’s go both Coastal Carolina and Liberty! Middle Tennessee vs. No. 16 Marshall – My pick: Marshall. Wait, another undefeated team? It is great to see many elite group 5 teams in top 25, and I hope for the best for these teams. South Alabama vs. No. 25 Louisiana – My pick: Louisiana. Do you know which team really caused the collapse of the Big 12 conference? Louisiana. The upset game against Iowa State in their first game basically changed a tone in the Big 12 conference. Every time Iowa State beat a Big 12 team, it makes that Big 12 team look possibly worse than Louisiana. Iowa State is currently in the first place of Big 12 (5-1), and there is a good chance that Iowa State will win the Big 12 conference. Imagine Louisiana has not lost, and the win comes from the Big 12

Rutgers. I have never thought that I would pick Rutgers to win, but I think this may be Rutgers’ best chance to get the second win of the season. Go Rutgers! Penn State vs. Nebraska –My pick: Nebraska. Penn State (0-3) and Nebraska (0-2) have been playing hot potato (win) games, but somebody has to win, right? It is disappointing to see the collapse of Penn State and Nebraska. To be fair, they played against some good teams (both played against Ohio State). Both teams’ schedule gets a little bit better, but how motivated are they at this point? conference champion. That may be the strongest case that any group 5 team could have brought. However, the loss against 7-0 Coastal Carolina knocked Louisiana out of top 25 as well as playoff talk. No. 2 Notre Dame vs. Boston College – My pick: Notre Dame (by a small margin). Notre Dame shocked last week by beating Traver Lawrence less Clemson at home. A win is a win, and Notre Dame deserves credits and respect. However, don’t underestimate Boston College. This is the team that almost beat Clemson at away game. The game will be much closer than what people would expect. No. 3 Ohio State vs. Maryland – My pick: Ohio State. It is impressive that Maryland beat Penn State at away. They got another tough matchup against Ohio State this week. Regardless of the result, this season is promising compared to the last year’s (3-9). No. 5 Texas A&M vs. Tennessee – My pick: Texas A&M. Do you know which team has a legit shot to make the playoff without winning a conference title? Texas A&M. Their only loss came from Alabama at away game. But really, how many teams in the nation can

beat Alabama at Tuscaloosa (I have to triple-check the spell..)? if Texas A&M finishes with 9-1 with a win against Florida and only loss against Alabama, it is hard to deny this team in the top four spots. No. 20 USC vs Arizona – My pick: USC. Pacific-12 (PAC-12) Conference is back! The only two ranked teams in the conference, USC and Oregon both won the matchup last week to show some hope for a playoff spot. No. 24 Auburn vs. Mississippi State – My pick: Mississippi State. These two schools have great football teams, but they always struggle in middle of the season after facing other elite teams in the Southeastern (SEC) conference. No. 1 Alabama vs. LSU – My pick: Alabama. Remember when LSU was ranked the sixth in the nation? I don’t, either. Arkansas vs. No. 6 Florida – My pick: Florida. Just like that, Florida is back to the playoff conversation. With only loss coming against Texas A&M, which is currently ranked the fifth in the nation, Florida makes a great case for the playoff spot. Just keep winning, and you will be in. No. 11 Oregon vs. Washington State – My pick: Oregon. It is still a way to go for Oregon to be in top four, but it is promising to see their ranking closer to top 10 (11th currently). With the top 10 teams possibly collapsing, Oregon has a chance for a playoff spot if they go undefeated. No. 19 Southern Methodist University (SMU) vs Tulsa – My pick: SMU. The win against Tulsa will give an edge to SMU to potential rematch against Cincinnati in the conference championship game. Cincinnati needs SMU to be ranked as high as possible to boost their resume for the playoff. No. 23 Northwestern vs Purdue – My pick: Northwestern. Who would have thought that this game would be a top 25 matchup? Northwestern has been impressive by beating Maryland, Iowa (away game), and Nebraska so far.

Who can help your fantasy football team this week? BOH SUH

any involvements with James in this offense. However, 13 targets (the next highest target in the team is five) under the new QB Mullens with is promising. Also, George Kittle, a star Tight End is out, so James should be able to get a plenty of looks, especially against the Saints defense in week

Staff Writer It is getting closer to playoff in fantasy football! If your team has 0-9 or 1-8 record, I am very sorry for your season. If you are in a keeper league, time to trade. Here’s some waiver wire suggestions.


1. Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams) – Goff has been struggling lately, but the bye week should give him some energy. Out of all the matchups in this season, the game against the Seattle Seahawks is a good bet. The Seahawks defense is not as good as they used to be, and this week may be Goff ’s better week. 2. Derek Carr (Las Vegas Raiders) – Carrr has not had good games since week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The home game against the Denver Broncos should be a turning point for Carr as the Broncos defense are bottom 10 against quarterbacks this season.

Running Backs

1. Kalen Ballage (Los Angeles Chargers) – Ballage used to play the New York Jets and he got released in week four. In most cases, that is the end of football career.


Jared Goff (16) of the Los Angeles Rams throws a pass against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on Oct. 11. However, he came back somehow leading the Chargers in carries and even scored a touchdown after Justin Jackson was out. It is clear that Ballage is ahead of another RB, Joshua Kelley and possibly Justin Jackson. 2. Duke Johnson (Houston Texans) – David Johnson is questionable to play in week 10, which means the next man is up. Duke Johnson filled in nicely for the absence of David Johnson in week nine, and he should be in for a big game against the Cleveland Browns in week 10. 3. J.D. McKissic (Washington Football Team) – Kyle Allen was injured, and now Alex Smith is up as the

next quarterback for this team. We all know that Alex Smith throws many times, and this is not good for any traditional runningback. However, McKissic’s catching ability is what caught my attention – nine catches and 65 yards. He may not get these many catches, but he will fit in great with Alex Smith’s offense.

Wide Receivers

1. Richie James (Washington Football Team) – Personally, I do not expect a player to repeat a huge game a week after. James had nine receptions and 184 yards with a touchdown in week 9 under Nick Mullens as a quarterback. Before week nine? None. There has not been

2. Curtis Samuel (Carolina Panthers) – With Christian McCaffrey back, this team’s offense was explosive in week nine against a great team, the Kansas City Chiefs. Samuel has been efficiently involved in both rushing and receiving in the past three weeks, and he should be ready for another solid game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tight End

1. Jordan Reed (San Francisco 49ers) – I know.. I understand how would you start someone with one reception and three yards? Even with 2 points per reception league, that is only 2.3 points for his performance. However, I am still high on his potential as the 49ers are desperately need productions from wide receivers. Someone named Richie James who did not exist in fantasy football league before week nine got 184 yards and a touchdown. Reed will be fine. Plus, it was his first

week coming back from injury reserve. 2. Logan Thomas (Washington Football Team) – Alex Smith is back as a quarterback for the Washington Football Team, which means that runningbacks are in trouble, but wide receivers and tight ends have are good to go. Jordan Reed (TE) and Alex Smith had a good chemistry going (at least in fantasy football perspective), and Thomas should get his targets increased against the Detroit Lions in week 10.

Defense/Special Team

1. Philadelphia Eagles D/ ST – Pretty much any game against the New York Giants and New York Jets is a great bet for D/ST. The Eagles actually have a good defense, but with the bye week, many teams dropped this defense. Snag them for this week! 2. Detroit Lions D/ST – If you are in 12 or 14 team league, you may have to dig in a little bit deeper to find somebody this week. The lions D/ST should be a good bet against the Washington Football team, especially with a new quarterback, Alex Smith under command.


Hope for the best….




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Eastern Conference 1. Miami Heat – The number five seed in the NBA final game? Jimmy Butler led Heat have done phenomenal jobs after beating both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics. They even brought to game six against the Lakers to make LeBron James and Anthony Davis nervous. With more experiences from youngsters, this team will have a good shot to represent the East again. 2. Milwaukee Bucks – It was depressing to see the Bucks disappear in the playoff that early. Before the NBA season stopped due to COVID-19, the Bucks were promising. It is difficult to tell what will happen with Giannis Antetokounmpo in free agency, but this team will still be an elite team in the East. 3. Boston Celtics – When the Bucks lost against the Heat, I thought that the Celtics will represent the East to match against the Lakers. The Celtics have a solid roster with Kemba walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Gordon Hayward. They cannot be underestimated.


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 five. Full workouts range from 10 to 50 minutes each day. And don’t worry about getting over-worked, she does throw in some rest days every once in a while, too. You can find all of Ting’s workout programs on her website, chloeting. com/program/. If you do not feel like committing to a whole workout program, you could always follow individual videos of your choice from her YouTube channel, which is just called “Chloe Ting.” So far, I have completed two of Ting’s workout programs, “25 Days Hourglass Challenge” and “2 Weeks Shred Program,” and thoroughly enjoyed them both. I like how her workouts do not make exercising feel


Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks moves the ball up court against the Orlando Magic on Aug. 22. The NBA will resume play in a little more than a month. 4. Brooklyn Nets – There are many questionable marks in this team as Kevin Durant comes back from a serious injury. The season all depends on how much Durant is back in the form. If Durant is at 100%, the Nets can beat any team in the East. If he is at 80%, Kyrie Irving and other Nets players have to step up. It is also exciting to see some tension between the Nets and the Lakers (and Warriors, too?)

like a chore, but instead make you excited and motivated to get moving. In all her videos, she has upbeat music playing in the background, which really helps to distract you from working out. I follow Ting’s programs primarily to stay fit. However, many people use them to lose weight and have proven to be very successful with it. Ting has multiple videos on her YouTube channel showing before and after pictures of her followers who have done the programs, and the results are amazing. One of her most popular programs is the “2 Week Shred,” which many people have lost quite a bit of weight from – and after only 14 days If you’re looking for a new, effective way to exercise, I highly recommend giving one of Chloe Ting’s free workout programs a try.

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The Clarion issue 11-11-20  

The Nov. 11, 2020, issue of The Clarion looks at the progress being made on Madison College's new child care center.

The Clarion issue 11-11-20  

The Nov. 11, 2020, issue of The Clarion looks at the progress being made on Madison College's new child care center.