The Clarion 12-8-21 issue

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Time to re-think some classic holiday traditions » 6

Spider-Man 3 deserves more credit.

Men’s basketball wins on the road »12

While the film gets a lot of flack, there are still positives that shouldn’t be overlooked. » 11

Scrub drive helps students in need KALEIA LAWRENCE Editor in Chief Becoming a nurse isn’t cheap. Schooling for a bachelor’s of nursing science can cost anywhere from $40,000 to more than $100,000, according to Nurse Journal. High quality scrubs and other equipment is needed too. In order to combat barriers that are caused by expenses, Madison College Peer Health Educators hosted a scrub drive. There were 140 tops and 30 bottoms donated. “The scrubs is specifically for students in financial need. When you are starting out a career like nursing assistance, you don’t have much money. And you’re not gonna

be making much money when you become a nursing assistant or dental assistant...It was focusing on students’ needs,” said Talita Maciel, student peer health educator. The donation period lasted about three weeks with drop offs at Truax, the Health Building and Goodman South. It was open to staff and students, with much contribution from the various health programs at Madison College. In regards to all the donations received, Maciel said, “I believe that there’s two sides of it. There is a side of donating the scrubs for people that are in need, but there is also people that donate it to us.” A letter was given along with a donation » SEE SCRUBS PAGE 4


Student peer health educators organized the scrub drive.

Student board gives feedback to Public Safety MORGAN ENGELS News Editor


La Raza club member packages a chocolate concha on Tuesday, Nov. 30. The students set up their products outside of Student Life.

La Raza hopes to help immigrants IVAN BECERRIL GUTIERREZ Design Director As the holiday season approaches, students from the club La Raza decided to host a fund-raising event in the last couple of weeks before the end of the fall semester. La Raza Unida is a Madison College club that focuses on the involvement of students of Hispanic background in the community. The purpose of their fund-raiser was to donate to the International Institute of Wisconsin, a non-profit organization that helps with immigration and refugee services. “This was an organization that club members chose and decided to donate to,” said Pedro A. Zepeda Samano, President of La Raza Unida. Outside the Truax Student Life Office, students played music and sold Mexican sweet bread and beverages. The club sold conchas and champurrado.


La Raza Unida raised funds for the International Institute of Wisconsin. Conchas are sweet Mexican bread named after seashell, conchas in Spanish, due to their visual resemblance to a seashell. Champurrado is a Mexican hot beverage, that shares a resemblance to hot chocolate.

Members of La Raza prepared for this fund-raiser event with weeks of planning after the success of the Day of the Dead event last month. Students worked to create a » SEE CONCHAS PAGE 4

When John Flannery was named Madison College’s director of Public Safety in February of 2019, he brought with him a vision for a committee; one which would give students a voice on the many important issues his team is responsible for addressing. The Public Safety committee is made up primarily of students, along with a few staff members. It’s primary purpose is to allow the members to voice their thoughts and feelings on matters pertaining to the safety and security of the college. “It’s really an advisory committee for me,” Flannery said. “I get information from the college administration, I get information from my own staff, but what I really wanted was to focus on a student voice, to be able to say ‘when I come to Truax Campus, here’s what I think could be done better.’” Flannery, or Flann, as he insists on being called, spent 20 years working as a police officer for the city of Green Bay before going to work at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). At NWTC, Flannery worked as an instructor in the criminal justice program and as an associate dean in their public safety program. While at NWTC, Flannery formed a committee to gather input from students on matters pertaining to their classes, course work and curriculum. According to Flannery, the committee brought about mostly small changes, but what he noted was the sense of satisfaction from the students when they felt they were being recognized. “It’s one thing to say ‘students come first,’ it’s another thing to actually bring them into the fold and actually make them feel it,” Flannery said. Flannery has since taken the lessons he learned at NWTC and applied them to his job at Madison College with the Public Safety committee. “It’s been great for me to feel like I have some input on the safety protocols here for students,” Brandy Richer said. Richer, who is currently in the human » SEE COMMITEE PAGE 4





By Mark Luetkehoelter, Librarian

Try some slow reading over the holidays THE STUDENT VOICE OF MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

2021-2022 Kaleia Lawrence EDITOR IN CHIEF

Paige Zezulka



Morgan Engels NEWS EDITOR

Josie Rickerson OPINION EDITOR

Lauren Taillon ARTS EDITOR


Andres Sanchez

The busy fall semester is almost done, and soon hopefully everyone will have a little time to slow down and not worry so much about deadlines over the holidays. During the down time, the Madison College Libraries would like to encourage you to do some slow reading. What’s slow reading? According to David Mikics in his seminal book on the topic, “Slow Reading in a Hurried Age,” available to read as an e-book from the Madison College Libraries, “In reaction against the breathless pace of our computer- driven world, writers on social trends have begun to extol the virtues of a more meditative, involved approach to many parts of our lives, and reading is no exception. Faster is not always better. Reading for information is not the same as slow, deep reading for pleasure and understanding.” So much of what we do

today is done at a breakneck speed, and that includes reading. Since Mikics wrote his book, many scholarly articles have been written extolling the virtues of slow reading, or deep reading as it is also referred to now, for building comprehension and critical thinking in our brains. You can read many of those articles in the library’s subscription database EbscoHOST. OK, so if we’ve convinced you to try some slow reading over the holidays, what to read? The Madison College Libraries would like to suggest some National Book Award nominees. Each November the

National Book Foundation presents these awards to celebrate the best literature in America. Most of those books find their way into our library collection. This year’s winner for best fiction, “Hell of a Book,” by Jason Mott is already in our collection. Mott’s novel follows an African American author on a cross country tour promoting his novel, a young boy named Soot living in a rural town in the recent past, and a possibly imaginary character named The Kid as their stories converge in this examination of racism, police violence, and what it means to be Black in America.

The libraries also have the runner-up titles in fiction, “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr, and “Matrix” by Lauren Groff. Following up his Pulitzer Prize winning “All the Light We Can See,” Doerr’s new novel follows the stories of children over vast spans of time trying to make sense of the world around them. Groff ’s novel follows a young woman cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquataine who is sent to be the prioress of an impoverished abbey in England. If those titles don’t do it for you, and you’d like a suggestion on something to read, ask a librarian at askalibrarian who would be happy to recommend a fiction or non-fiction title for you. Congratulations on getting through the fall semester, have a relaxing holiday and try to find a cozy spot to do some slow reading!




By Sgt. Lucas Adler

Sydney Hise


Public Safety Officers respond to many calls for service and we communicate our activities to the college community. Here are some of the more notable incidents from the past couple weeks. On Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, an individual was escorted off property for harassing a contractor as well as attempting to stay overnight in the building. The individual has been warned for trespassing.

Taleise Lawrence Sherra Owino COPY EDITORS

Michelle Meyer


Ivan Becerril-Gutierrez DESIGN DIRECTOR

Luis Rodrigo Alcala Roblero Iman Alrashid Paul Edfors Kelly Feng Jonathan Jones Brayden Locricchio Lilliana Miranda Melissa Moua Grant Nelson JD Smith Nelson Stuart Pate Keondre Randle Mary SeGall Boh Suh Spencer Wakefield

On Nov. 30, an individual was escorted off property for being under the influence of marijuana. A reminder to all campus community members, you cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on campus property. Public Safety wishes you all a great Holiday break! A reminder that Public Safety Officers are available 24/7, even during holiday shutdowns. If you need to speak to an Officer for any reason, please dial 245-2222. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please give me a call at 608-2434165 or send me an email at lfadler@



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Training exercise Instructors and staff from Madison College’s Fire Program partnered with the City of Madison Fire Department on Nov. 16 to conduct a controlled burn of the former Callahan’s Sports Pub, now owned by the city of Madison. The burn was a training exercise for local figherfighters. It started around 9 a.m. and was done by 2 p.m.

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Nerds of the Round Table have tradition of acceptance STUART PATE Staff Writer


Students help the Volunteer Center wrap presents as part of the Santa’s Wish List gift-giving program.

Volunteers needed over break STUART PATE Staff Writer There are always organization that serve the community looking for volunteers. However, semester break can be a difficult time to find volunteers. Brianna Stapleton-Welch, the senior program advisor for the volunteer center said, “Usually students aren’t checking their [campus] email.” This year may prove to be increasingly difficult to find volunteers with regards to COVID. “I don’t know what it’ll be like this year,” said StapletonWelch. “Everything this year is a totally different ballgame.” In past years, there have been volunteering opportunities that took students out of state. This year the Volunteer Center is shifting its focus closer to home. One volunteering opportunity on the books is an event benefiting Project Linus. Named for the blanket wielding Peanuts’ character, Project Linus distributes handmade blankets to organizations serving children such as American Family Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and St. Mary’s Hospital to name a

few according to Project Linus’ Madison Chapter website. Students will have the opportunity to make blankets for Project Linus on Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at Truax in the Intercultural Exchange. Students volunteer for a variety of reasons. StapletonWelch has noticed a trend in students simply wanting to connect with other Madison College students. “Students have been isolated over COVID,” she said explaining why students seem enthusiastic about in-person activities. Other students are looking to gain skills. “Maybe someone wants to have a career working with children, so they want to volunteer working with kids,” said Stapleton-Welch. “Other students have used volunteer experience to build resumes and transfer applications.” In addition, some students have received community resources and know how they are important. There is no shortage of volunteering opportunities in the community said StapletonWelch. “If a student has time, we can definitely find them organizations.”


The Volunteer Center hosted a gift wrapping party at the Truax Campus on Dec. 6 to wrap presents for Santa’s Wish List.

Friday afternoons are seemingly quiet on Truax’s second floor. But tucked away in a nondescript classroom, gods and monsters engage in battle while a group of flamboyant self-described nerds play Dungeons and Dragons. They call themselves “Nerds of the Round Table,” and club president Tierney Miller says they’ve been around for “a very long time.” Miller joined after being rejected from other Dungeons and Dragons clubs in high school because of her gender. “I always wanted to learn [Dungeons and Dragons] but the boys wouldn’t let me in,” Miller said. “I think in college, people in college are more open.” Miller started with Nerds of the Round Table not knowing how the game is played but found herself openly welcomed. She originally wanted to sit and watch but was encouraged to join in. Dungeons and Dragons, or D&D, is a game where the Dungeon Master, or DM, is a combination master of ceremonies, storyteller and referee. The DM tells a story, and the players take on the roles of various characters. As the story unfolds the characters battle with dragons, zombies, vampires or whatever the story calls for. The players use several different types of dice to see who is successful at swinging a sword, shooting an arrow or even casting a spell. But it’s not all violence. There’s the appeal of role-playing as well. Miller says, “You play the character instead of just killing things all the time.” During one session, one could overhear a story of boarding a ship, encountering hallucinogenic plants and the occasional reference to Rick and Morty thrown in. Here the fantastic is commonplace while strategy is met with imagination and all with a sense of enthusiastic harmony amongst the players. There is no animus towards the term nerd here. “A nerd is someone who knows how something works and enjoys it,” says Miller. She went from first time player to low level officer and eventually became president. Currently, The Nerds of the Round Table are looking to fill a few vacant officer positions and Miller has concern for the position of president as she will be graduating soon. “I want to leave it in good hands,” she said. Until then, nerds of all sorts are welcomed into this world of adventure and unity. This is a club that is about, as Miller puts it, “Finding that group of people that [you] have commonalities with and just want to have fun.”

College’s STEM Center is moving to into a new space KALEIA LAWRENCE Editor in Chief The STEM Center is moving from the first floor of the school to a new, spacious office with more amenities to assist students. It has multiple conference rooms that students can take advantage of, as well as space to study. The area will also have desktops and laptops that students can use. Across the hall, there will be another conference room, a kitchen area as well as 3-D printers. A couple different factors went into the decision to move. “We need more space because we track students who come into this STEM center and… pre-pandemic we could see the rise in the number of students coming in looking for services,” said Teresa Werhane, STEM Center Administrator. “So that was one reason and then the other reason is that that whole wing is going to be for the IT programs so they needed to move

us out…it was kind of a win-win because we're getting more space and better visibility as well.” Some of the services offered through the STEM Center are tutoring, study jams, events and STEM club. These services and the STEM Center space is open to all students. “If you're taking the kind of STEM classes that many more students do, like Calculus and Chem 2, and, you know, some of those really higher level classes, it's really nice for them to be hanging out with other students that are going through the same pain,” said Werhane. “We don't put restrictions on it because you know STEM is infused in everything these days and so we just try to be a, you know, space that, like I said, anybody can use and feel comfortable in.” The STEM Club will be hosting a pizza and movie party on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. in the new center. It’s located on the second floor in the Ingenuity Wing at Truax, A2101.


The STEM Center has relocated to the second floor in the Ingenuity Wing of the main Truax Campus building in room A2101.



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 resources program, has been a part of the public safety committee since 2019. She recently completed the human services program; while she plans to transfer to Lakeland College in the spring to earn a degree in psychology, she is on track to graduate from Madison College in the spring. Katrina Willis completed the medical coding specialist program in May. She has also completed the medical administration specialist program and the healthcare management program. She is currently signed up for the human resources management program. She is preparing for her certification exam and plans to continue taking classes while she does so. With a significant portion of the committee having graduated or soon to graduate, there is a need to recruit new members. Willis has made a point of making herself available to the committee while they do so. Along with her involvement in the public safety committee Willis is a member of the Student Senate. She is also on two governance councils: the professional development council and the facilities planning and investment council. “It gives me the opportunity to go between faculty, staff and so on, and bring the perspective of a student to the table,” Willis said. “I can then take the issues and concerns they raise back to the student senate and make sure students’ voices are being


heard.” When Madison College was forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everything the committee had been planning at that point had to be put on hold. Despite this they had still managed to organize a listening session on intimate partner violence and safety in relationships. They also arranged a station where students could meet and talk with representatives from UNIDOS, an organization that supports Latinx survivors of domestic violence and helps them access local services. Among the plans put on hold by the pandemic is a public safety general feedback listening session, which would be open to any and all students. They had also discussed setting up a program where students could volunteer to escort other students to their vehicles; as well as looking into crimes committed in the area, and sharing some of the information with the campus community. Despite the unprecedented challenge brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Flannery characterizes the public safety council as a success. Amongst the group there appears to be a consensus that what it needs most right now is a diverse set of fresh voices. “When we talk about diversity we are not just talking about race and ethnicity, we are talking about disability, LGBTQ and so forth,” Flannery said. “We are looking for diverse candidates from everywhere because there are so many voices and perspectives we need to hear.”


Conchas are a sweet Mexican bread designed to look like a seashell.


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 menu and posters. They also worked along with local businesses to serve the champurrado and conchas. “Last month, we started the year with our first fundraiser. Working alongside Madison College club, United Common Ground. We sold conchas and sugar skulls on Día de Los Muertos, Nov. 1 and 2, intending to gain more funds for our club,” Zepeda Samano said. “We chose conchas thinking about the weather, the holidays and the time when the Truax campus is most busy. For November we sold 50 conchas.” The conchas were donated to the group from Los Atlantes Mexican Restaurant & Bakery, located at 5706 Raymond Road. “The fundraiser was a success,

having the 50 conchas sell out in an hour and a half. So, we decided to double the amount and add a drink this month,” Zepeda Samano said. The conchas again were provided by Los Atlantes, while three gallons of champurrado were provided by Pan & Pan, 3559 E. Washington Ave. While selling conchas and champurrado, the club members filled the hall with their music. They played anything from Mana to Daddy Yankee, from Latin pop to reggaeton. Students and staff danced as they enjoyed a cup of champurrado. The club is considering holding another fund-raiser before the end of the semester. They’re also planning other activities for the rest of the school year. Sometime in February, they hope to bring in Edin Alex Enamorado, an activist from California whose focus is street vendors.


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 reading “To the next generation of healthcare professionals- may you find as much joy and fulfillment in your career as I did in 33 years of bedside nursing!” from an unnamed retired Registered Nurse. The collected scrubs are now available for students with financial barriers.


Letter on top of scrubs from a Registered Nurse.


Advisor Ellie Rome welcomes students and guests to the NSLS Induction Ceremony.

NSLS celebrates its recent inductees during ceremony KALEIA LAWRENCE Editor in Chief The National Society of Leadership and Success, NSLS, held its first in-person induction ceremony since the start of the pandemic. The option to attend online was available as well. Since there was no ceremony in the spring due to COVID, members that were inducted online were invited to participate in the physical ceremony. With the event being offered as a hybrid with families invited as well, there were a total of 62 attendees. There were 45 people in person and 17 online attendees. It was hosted at Truax on Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Lots of people brought family members with them so it was really fun,” said Ellie Rome, NSLS advisor. Rome recognized Jadyn Hayes and Samantha Smith with the Advanced Leadership Certificate Recognition. Lucia Nunez, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, delivered the keynote speech. She talked about being a woman that was brought up in a generation where leadership wasn’t something that was encouraged for girls, or that Nunez thought was possible. Nunez was also

presented with the Impact Leader Award. The inducted members from the spring 2021 includes: Cassidy Bender, Ashly Bergholz-Dixon, Allyson Brunette, Staci Brunner, Julie Chavez, Ashley Chesmore, Megan Crary, Mary Cooper, Karly Dyer, Vesna Dzamonja, Amy Gonzalez-Orozco, Sean Green, Roxanne Hatch, Gretchen Hulka, Clarire Krintz, Brian Marowsky, Ricardo Marroquin Santos, Alycia, Tierney Miller, Frank Redd, Victoria Reyes, Sandra Rice, Kayla Salmon, Isatou Sanneh, Olivia Schulte, Aleemuddin Syed, Maimoua Thao, Argon Useini, Kelsey Wagner, James Washburn and Eric Ziebell. Inducted members from the fall of 2021: Jeniya Adams, Ian Auger, Alex Boeckelman, Sarah Buck, Rebekah Cain, Emi Engen, Sarah Fields, Kirie Friedrichs, Adam Frohmader, Tina Gaustad, Terrance Gilmore, Maya Greengus, Nathan Hallberg, Clarissa Kuster, Rebecca Lemke, Jacquelyn Luengas, Abby Manning, Kelly Mendoza Viveros, Casey Merrill, Lydia Miller, Haven Murdock, Myka Olsen, Nate Paulsen, Stephanie Percifield, Tia Petts, Brandon Reda, Caroline Royer, Meeghan Schorr, Katelynn Smith, Jacob Stark, Harris Uhlier, Jacob Vance and Destiney Wruck.





Questions asked to you, our readers.

Who is your favorite Spider-Man actor and why?

Andrew Garfield is my favorite because I thought his performance was the most emotional.

Andrew Garfield because he's the only one I've ever watched.

Tobey Maguire because his face is so personable. - Kelli Kahl

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- Anthony Wells

Holiday thoughts TALEISE LAWRENCE Copy Editor


ere are my opinions on the upcoming Christmas season:



Virtual game show becomes a roast but was still very fun IVAN BECERRIL GUTIERREZ Design Director


EWS FLASH: PAC hosted a Free Money Virtual Game Show on Nov. 15. The Clarion design director Ivan Becerril joined in. While he is great at many things, he is not great at playing game shows. Ivan, what do you have to say for yourself? “Well, it wasn’t about winning for me, it was about playing with my buddies at the Clarion. But apparently, I found out they didn’t care about our friendship, it was more about winning the money.” And how did that make you feel? “It was truly devastating, so here I thought there was a bond between us. That experience, I thought, would bring us closer together as a group, but I was gravely mistaken.” All jokes aside, I was so happy to be a part of this Free Money Virtual Game Show that was presented by Madison College’s PAC. It was a fun experience. I will admit that I got roasted by everyone, including the host. The game show was divided into four categories about music: name the artist, name the band, name the TV show in which the song was played, and name the movie in which the song was played. So, at the start, I was doing pretty decent naming the artist. My strategy was simple; identify the artist, if I didn’t work just rule the one you know to sing the song. And it worked, up until the most disappointing song played, "Make Me a Believer” by Imagine Dragons. As an Imagine Dragons fan, you’d think I would get it right? Well, I didn’t and it cost me the $50 prize. And the worst part, I answered with Fall Out Boy. Fall Out Boy and Imagine Dragons are two of my favorite bands, and somehow, I got the song wrong. No wonder my parents are disappointed. That was only the beginning of my suffering and pain. Then my buddies at the Clarion were like, “Ivan we are coming for you.” And that, my

friends, is how I found the spotlight of the game show host, and sadly it didn’t end there. One of the questions in the third round was to name of the song from the TV show. Of course, it was an easy one, “Pokemon Theme/ Gotta Catch ‘Em All” by Jason Paige. You’d think a large portion of the students would get it correct, but of course they didn’t. I decided to put “No!!!” in the chat, expressing disappointment that so many got it incorrect. And that put me in the hot seat again – everyone was telling me how I got it wrong. So I had to clarify that I was talking about the fact that so many students got it wrong. And yet again the game show host decided to wreck me in front of the whole group. First showing a video of someone trying to jump over a counter, and falling, to me. Then calling me out and saying, “at least you can’t be as bad as Ivan, who can’t pass 12th place.” Before the last round started the game show host asked us, “If you could choose the topic for the last round what would you choose?” I commented to the chat, “Disney” and guess what song was the first? “You Got a Friend in Me,” by Randy Newman. Of course, I had to fat-finger it and was the only one who got it wrong. I put that the song was from the movie “Up.” In one of the songs on the last round, the host played “The Pirates of the Caribbean Theme Song” by Hans Zimmer. In the chat, I put, “I’ve got of a jar of dirt,” making a reference to the movie. And yet again the game host destroys me by commenting, “Ah that is my favorite quote, however, Ivan the only thing you will be bringing home today is a jar of dirt.” Overall, I think it was personal with the game host; however, it was very fun just to be a part of it. It was a good way for me to destress and get a kick out of it. Even though I was the one that was being made fun of it, I still enjoyed being there. I guess what I learned from the event is just stick to graphic design.

I have a soft spot for Christmas music. When I was little, my sister and I would take time off from school to help our mom bake treats for Christmas Eve. From early in the morning until the sun had set for many hours we listened to hours of Christmas music. I’m certain I’ve heard every single piece of holiday music out there, from the classics to alternative rock covers. My coworkers have gotten annoyed that we’re already playing Christmas tunes where I work, but I secretly love it. It brings back fond memories from when I was little.


This might be an unpopular opinion, but I prefer a plastic Christmas tree. Growing up, my family had so many ornaments that a real tree literally would not support them all. The branches would bow and break. I can only remember cutting down a holiday tree once in my life,

BOH SUH Staff Writer


he highlight of the College Football playoffs this year is that Cincinnati, as a Group of Five team, was included. Now the Bearcats will face No. 1 Alabama in one of the semifinal games. One loss Georgia will face Big Ten champion Michigan in the other semifinal. This is a huge accomplishment for

Cincinnati as the first team from Group of Five Conferences to ever make it to the playoffs. Teams from those conferences have been ignored due to the strength of schedule, and often undervalued even though they had a great season. University of Central Florida had two perfect regular seasons (12-0), but were not even close to top four in both seasons (eighth and » SEE FOOTBALL PAGE 6


Presents are arguably the biggest part of Christmas. Getting them is so stressful, though! I have a big family, with four siblings and ten nieces and nephews. That’s a lot of presents. My siblings are so hard to buy presents for. They say they don’t want or need anything, but I can’t show up empty-handed when I know they’ll get me something. Without a clue of what they need, I’m sent on an endless search for the right present for them. I don’t buy kids Christmas presents, though. I know it sounds rude, but they get enough presents from other people. I’d rather spend money on them at a different point in the year, on something they’ll really like and remember. My older sisters appreciate this, as it’s one less unloved » SEE CHRISTMAS PAGE 6


CLARION EDITORIAL BOARD 2021-2022 Kaleia Lawrence

Lauren Taillon



Paige Zezulka

Josie Rickerson



Eimy Gonzalez

Sherra Owino


Morgan Engles

Football rankings show favoritism

and ever since then it’s been plastic all the way. I think it’s the better option. There are so many trees cut down during winter for one holiday, which are quickly thrown out and wasted. They make a mess in your house, and they require constant upkeep. Plastic trees are easier to set up and can be used for years and years.



Ivan Becerril


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Aaron Rodgers vaccination status


toy clogging up their houses.



I love when people decorate their houses with lights. The more the better, I say. When people sync up their light show to a radio station, that’s gotta be about the coolest thing in the world. Who thinks of that? It’s so fun to walk or drive around town and look at all the lights, and rate people’s decorations with friends.

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s a lot of you football heads may know, Week 9 of the Packers ended up with Aaron Rodgers sitting out the game against the Chiefs due to a positive test for Covid-19. People were left confused and fantasy fans probably upset from the outcome of this test. This comes from the fact that in an interview with Rodgers earlier that season, he told reporters about his COVID status, that he was “immunized.” To me and a lot of other people this meant he was vaccinated. To our surprise, he of is not, which he stated was due to being “allergic” to parts of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and was opposed to taking the Johnson and Johnson due to blood clot complications. The MVP quarterback said on talk shows the he is an “athlete not an activist” in regards to his opinions on the situation. Rodgers sides with how he is in control of his body and what he puts in it, and is opposed to the rules and regulations the NFL has in place. He doesn’t want to be a huge face in the anti-vax community, and actually refers to himself as not being any part of that community. Although Rodgers seems to be careless about the situation, he acknowledges the hardships that COVID has caused. He understands what people have gone through, people dying, losing businesses and “their way of life,” but this doesn’t stop Rodgers from implying his opinion of “believing in himself ” and his body being able to fight off the virus. Overall, the situation is very hot, and Rodgers is under a lot of fire from this. This won't change his opinion about the vaccine, and he has said that he will not answer any more questions about it at this time. At least he isn't a total denier of the situation like a few groups are at the moment. The loss against the Chiefs is noted due to the backup quarterback Jordan Love being Rodger’s replacement, but in the end was a small setback for the Packers. As of now, the team is at an amazing 9-3 record, on top of the NFC North conference and looks to be that way for a long time.


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 twelfth). Again, the excuse for the low rankings by the CFP was the strength of schedule. What is strength of schedule? It is basically how many tough opponents that a team faces during the season. However, how do we know if a team is strong? There are a limited number of games per season. Therefore, it is impossible to make a decision based on a small sample size in college football, unlike college basketball where teams play 30 or more games. This makes every game of college football very impactful on the ranking of the team. However, there is a little flaw here. What makes certain teams high in preseason ranking? If we look at the Top 25 preseason rankings in the past five years or so, the teams look familiar. There are a few teams that may appear here and there, but most of the teams are the same but in a different order. From 2018 to 2021, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia all appeared as top five teams, with Oklahoma (three times) and Wisconsin (one time) joining them. If a team is in one of Power 5 conferences, there are plenty of opportunities to play against high ranked teams to boost their resume. For example, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) teams could have one loss (or even two losses) to consider to be top 4. For example, Auburn in 2017 had a 10-2 record, but they were ranked



Kids playing in the snow.

Winter activities on a budget KALEIA LAWRENCE Editor in Chief


hinking of fun things to do during the winter can be hard. No one wants to go outside because it’s cold but being inside can become repetitive after some time. Activities that can be done outside of the home usually mean having to shell out a decent chunk of money. Being a broke college student doesn’t allow for frivolous spending on frequent activities, so that’s why I’ve compiled a list of things to do for little to no cost. Go outside – I know, I know. This sounds like a lame suggestion but there’s more to it. Even though it’s freezing cold and sometimes miserable, wait for a day that’s not too icky outside, preferably after a fresh snow. Then head to a nature area and enjoy the views. Something about seeing nature covered in snow brings a sense of nostalgia and wonder. If there’s room to do so, build a little snowman! That might not be an option at all nature areas, but there are some where there would be space to do so. Ice skating – Even if you don’t have skates, you can rent them sometimes. Even if that’s not an option, hit the ice with some normal shoes. While the experience won’t be the same, there’s still some joy in slipping and sliding around. When I was little, I used to do this. Even though there

was a lot of falling and not a lot of mobility, it was still fun. Even just looking at the frozen water below is pleasing. Stargazing – There are a couple ways to do this one. While the traditional setup of a blanket in the grass might be a little too cold given the season, it might be feasible if you’re bundled up and before it gets too cold. However, you can stargaze from your car! Bring a blanket and some hot chocolate and get cozy in your car. You could even make a playlist of winter music to match the vibes of a chilly, starry night. Window shopping – This might not sound like fun, but given the time of year, there are some perks. Many shops are going to have cute, unique decorations in their windows and on their doors. A great place to do this is downtown Madison, although any area with walkable distance between shops will work! Even if you don’t end up going into the stores and buying anything, it can be fun to compare and pick the decor you like the most. Sometimes, though, you might spot a good deal while doing this so you can get something you need or something to commemorate the journey you took. Don’t let winter and money keep you from doing anything fun this winter. Most of these options are cheap, fairly COVID safe and provide something other than inside activities to do.

I’m just going to say it. Turkey for Christmas is not good. WE just got rid of turkey from Thanksgiving! It’s too soon to bring it back already! Not to mention, most people just don’t know how to cook a turkey. It’s never flavorful enough and always too dry. My family has never done turkey on Christmas Day. It’s been a tradition for as long as I’ve been alive that we cook Chinese food together instead. I have memories of being around six years old, sealing up wonton wrappers to make crab rangoons. We all pitch in with different foods, and sit down for lunch after all the kids have opened their presents. The food is one of my favorite parts of Christmas, even though it’s not the typical holiday dinner.

Ugly Sweaters

What’s Christmastime without an ugly sweater party? Nothing, in my opinion. I love ugly sweaters. Anyone who has seen me around campus knows this. I wear the ugliest sweaters I can find year round, so of course I love to see everyone else wear them, too. It’s so much fun to see what everyone comes up with. Some people wear a simple holiday themed sweater, while some people go all out on a homemade one. Whichever one you choose, it’s sure to be a fun time.

Santa No. 2 after beating No. 1 Alabama the week before the SEC championship game. Can you imagine Cincinnati had two losses or let alone one loss? They may be lucky to even ranked in the top 15. Even with the perfect record after beating Notre Dame on the road, Cincinnati was not included in top four in the CFP ranking this year until the last week when Oklahoma State lost against Baylor. To be quite honest, if Oklahoma State became the Big 12 champion, the CFP would have put Oklahoma State over Cincinnati even after a 13-0 record based on “strength of schedule.” The biggest bias in current CFP ranking system is how much some big named teams in Power 5 conferences are favored. For example, there are between three and four top 10 SEC teams in preseason ranking in the past four years. This makes the SEC teams have better strength of schedule and a higher chance of getting ranked because there are plenty of opportunities to beat high ranked teams. But again, this strength is also determined by preseason ranking which is based on various factors that are likely from recruitment, the number of returning players from the previous year and so on. I believe that the experts who are making the rankings do their best to decide which team in each ranking. However, the preseason ranking is such a big influence in ranking that makes it unfair for many teams that are not considered a good team by the experts. One fun example (there are actually many examples) is No. 3 Georgia. On paper, they beat No. 3 Clemson, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 18 Auburn and No. 11

Kentucky. The one loss came from No. 3 Alabama. These rankings are based on the rankings when the opponents were ranked at the time. However, what are the current rankings of the teams that Georgia beat? Clemson is No. 19 and Arkansas is No. 21. The rest of the teams are not even ranked. Their resume is basically beating two top 25 teams and loss against No. 1 Alabama. Now, it does not look as impressive, right? Let’s look at another example, Notre Dame. On paper, they beat No. 18 Wisconsin and lost against No. 7 Cincinnati. At the end, they have no top 25 wins, and the best game is basically the loss against No. 4 Cincinnati. Notre Dame ended up being No. 5 in the CFP ranking. Again, not as impressive right? Unfortunately, I do not have an answer to make preseason ranking more objective. I know one thing that should happen in college football. Increase the number of games between power five conferences and decrease the number of games against non-power five or even division two schools. Recently, Alabama played against New Mexico State, and apparently, the computer could not even figure out the odds for the game because it was just lopsided. Why do power five teams need to play three easy games, because those teams win 99% of the time? Have one game against “weak” opponents and two games against power five conference teams to evaluate each other. I believe that this can help reduce bias against certain conferences.

Santa is weird, simple as that. He watches you yearround? Comes into your house and eats your cookies? I’m sorry, but that is so strange. I never believed in Santa as a kid. My parents didn’t encourage or discourage it, so it was never a big deal in my house. I just don’t understand the appeal of Santa. Seeing him in the mall was scary as a kid. Why would I want to sit on some random man’s lap? No thanks! If I buy someone a present, they’re going to know it’s from me. Santa will be taking zero credit for the thought I put into it, thank you.

Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf is another thing that is creepy to me. I guess it could be mystical and cool for some kids, but I don’t get it. To me, it feels like adults lying to kids. It’s often used as a way to keep kids in line, saying that the Elf will report them to Santa for being a bad kid. I think you should just be honest with your kids and have open communication with them, instead of pinning it onto an omniscient elf toy. It would’ve scared me to have that smiling little elf in my house as a kid.







Rupert Grint (left) and Toby Kebbell in “Servant.”

A riveting psychological thriller LAUREN TAILLON Arts Editor You may be keeping tabs on all of the newest binge worthy shows on all of the top streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, but have checked to see what’s trending on Apple TV? Yes I know, you already pay subscriptions for too many streaming services that you don't use enough but hear me out here… you should subscribe to Apple TV even if it’s only a free trial. Why? One word: “Servant.” This riveting but underrated show steals the spotlight when it comes to psychological thrillers and already has a very respectable cult following. And for good reason. It has the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, humor, drama and originality.

Furthermore, it has an extremely talented cast and was created by M. Night Shyamalan. You may have seen his other works, such as: “Signs,” “The Village” and “The Sixth Sense.” While the show’s cast is relatively small, a great deal of time is spent on character development. The show is centered around renowned news anchor Dorothy Turner, played by Lauren Ambrose from “Six Feet Under,” and her famous chef husband Sean Turner, who is played by Toby Kebbell of “Planet of the Apes.” They hire a young live-in nanny named Leanne Grayson, played by Nell Tiger Free from “Game of Thrones,” to babysit their infant son Jericho while they juggle their busy work schedules. Dorothy’s colorful brother Julian Pearce, played by Rupert Grint of “Harry Potter,” also

makes frequent visits to the Turner house. The show opens with Mrs. and Mr. Turner bickering with each other as they prepare for Leanne’s arrival. Leanne proves to be quiet and polite while Dorothy runs around the house, excitedly showing her everything while a more guarded and skeptical Sean follows. Everything seems relatively normal at this point until it doesn’t. As a viewer, you realize that things aren’t quite as they seem and the plot thickens until you are on the edge of your seat, holding your breath during the first season’s climax. It’s an unusual plot that is dark, compelling, and always keeps you guessing. While the material can be quite heavy, there is plenty of character humor to keep you chuckling. The atmosphere of the show is super thick and well done.

As the show takes place in Philadelphia, the weather is gloomy and frequently rainy, which parallels the show nicely. The Turner house is fully utilized, allowing you to get to know every room in the beautiful home. So much so that it is almost as if the house is a character of its own. The production is phenomenal and the guest appearances from supporting characters are almost as equally entertaining as the show’s main cast. What’s more… one of the actors said on Twitter that they were landing into Dane County airport during Season 3 production! While the episodes are only 30 minutes each, the show currently has three seasons and is still running. Since the weather has been cold and gloomy, now is the perfect time to plop on your couch and get watching!

New season of ‘You’ is now the most-watched series on Netflix LILLIANA MIRANDA Staff Writer The new season of “You” on Netflix has gone viral across the globe, becoming the most-watched series on Netflix. The psychological thriller surpassed records made by “Bridgerton” and “Squid Game,” which held the number one spot for over a month. That is until season 3 of “You” came out on Oct. 15. This show became extremely popular with the first and second season due to its tense, stalker main character Joe Goldberg (portrayed by Penn Badgely). He speaks in first person, so you can hear what he’s thinking throughout the show. Joe presents himself like an average Joe. He is quiet, and manages a bookstore in New York, but viewers quickly learn that Joe is not average at all. He is a sociopath who has violent tendencies and a habit of stalking the woman he’s obsessed with. He’s literally a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Once they fall for him, he then goes through

extreme measures to remove anyone who he thinks stands in the way of their romance. Because viewers know what he’s thinking, the show gives off this chilling and dark question of what’s going to happen next, that keeps viewers wanting to dig deeper into what happened to Joe Goldberg. Why is he this way? Who will be next? He definitely gave viewers sociopath vibes. In the second season Joe decides to move to Los Angeles, California, where he gets a new identity. He hopes to start a new life and put the past behind him, when he meets a new love interest named Love Quinn. Viewers later learn she too has secrets of her own and plays her own twisted character. Little does he know they’re a match made in heaven which turns Joe completely off. He plans to get rid of her until she surprises him with some interesting news. She’s pregnant. The second season also explains his childhood trauma and answers some


From left, Shalita Grant, Victoria Pedretti and Penn Badgley in “You.” questions we may have had watching the first season. It is strange because although fans know he is not right in the head it was hard not to feel a level of empathy for his character. Fast forward to season three, Joe is now married and has a child with Love. Life is different now all the juicy scenes of him acting crazy died down.

Sure, there are some scenes where you definitely see the sociopathic behavior we all were patiently waiting for, but now that he is a father, he isn’t sure he can be the father that his child deserves. He struggles with this the most the time he has a baby strapped to his chest which makes it hard for him to properly stalk “You.”



Broccoli and cheese casserole for the holiday dinner parties LAUREN TAILLON Arts Editor


Simmer for 45 minutes or until tender.

Lentil Soup is a healthy warm meal LAUREN TAILLON Arts Editor Looking for a warm, low maintenance, healthy meal to cozy up to this fall? I may have just the thing: Lentil Soup. This meal is a recurring one at my dinner table, especially when the weather starts to get cold. All it takes is the chopping of celery and carrots, throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pot and letting it cook. The meal ends up providing roughly 8 servings and is about 110 calories for a bowl.


2 envelopes of Lipton Secrets Onion 8 cups of water 1 ½ cup of lentils 1 cup of uncooked brown rice 1 can of petite diced tomatoes 1 can of original Ro-Tel

tomatoes with green chiles 3 full-sized carrots, diced 3 stalks of celery, chopped 1 tsp of basil 1 tsp of oregano ½ tsp of thyme


You may want to sauté the chopped veggies for about eight minutes before adding them to the pot. Rinse and drain the lentils before using them. After these steps, bring these ingredients to a boil, then simmer covered, stirring occasionally for 45 minutes. Then stir in the following: 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp of parsley ½ tsp of pepper After all the ingredients are stirred together, the meal is ready to go! While this is the original recipe, I always add a little extra apple cider vinegar to taste, seasoning and

a small pinch of salt to amp up the flavor. If you aren’t a fan of spiciness, you can always substitute the can of Ro-Tel for more diced tomatoes. Or, if you love spicy food, you can substitute the diced tomatoes with an extra can of Ro-Tel. Apple cider vinegar might seem like an unusual addition in this recipe, but it makes a world of difference in the flavor of the stew. Many people boast of the wonderful health benefits it has, such as being good for weight loss and helping to reduce cholesterol. While studies are mixed on how helpful apple cider vinegar is, I do recommend getting Bragg’s apple cider vinegar or another raw and unfiltered one with a “cloudy” consistency to it. Not only do I find the flavor profile deeper, but it’s possible that it may provide some health benefits as well.


Cast of “The Nutcracker” at Sun Prairie High School.

Sun Prairie performs musical rendition of “The Nutcracker” IMAN ALRASHID Staff Writer Sun Prairie high school students created an amazing performance of “The Nutcracker." "The Nutcracker" is a piece of unique art. The music belongs to the Romantic period and contains some of the creator's most significant melodies. Still, Marsha Heuer, the director of "The Nutcracker" at Sun Prairie high school, created an unforgettable performance with her amazing cast and team during November. Heuer's passion for theater materialized in this creative work. "The script itself was built for middle school students," said Heuer. “It was a lot of work between developing the script and choosing the right music to go with it. It was quite challenging to put the music together to make sense for the play." Rachel Traband is a junior this year at Sun Prairie High School.

She was an Associate Producer for the show. Traband worked hard to make this performance run smoothly and be the best version possible for the audience. "I was where they needed me to be," Traband said. Micah Friedman, a senior at Sun Prairie High School, creatively played Clara. Friedman believes that what was behind the play's success was how the director treated the cast and how all the cast worked so hard to make this performance succeed. Gabriel Rodriguez played two roles, the Mouse King and Mickey. It was his first experience on the stage, and he did an outstanding job. "The Nutcracker" was a huge success. The ballet dancers, actors and the whole cast did remarkable, hard work. Sun Prairie High School is now preparing for the next musical performance, “Mama Mia,” on April 22- 24 and April 29-30 at 7 p.m.

If you have been going about your holiday season without a broccoli and cheese casserole recipe, then you are missing out big time! This hot, decadent dish has been a massive crowd pleaser at my family’s table for Thanksgiving, Christmas and holiday parties for decades. While there are multiple recipes online for this dish, I have to say, I think mine is the best. I know, I’m biased. But, I really do think it’s because my family uses a secret ingredient that makes the dish standout from the rest. The secret? A jar of Cheese Whiz.


¼ cup of butter ⅓ cup of onion ⅓ cup of celery 1 can of cream of mushroom soup 12 oz. jar of Cheese Whiz 12 oz. of frozen broccoli 2 cups of cooked rice Salt and pepper to taste


For this recipe you will want to cook your rice ahead of time. While the rice is cooking, saute the onion and celery in a skillet with a little olive oil for about five minutes. Cook the broccoli according to the instructions in the meantime. After everything is complete, add the cooked ingredients to a 9 by 13 casserole


Broccoli and cheese casserole fresh out of the oven. dish. Now, my family members have strong opinions about this next part. Some prefer the ingredients layered and others like to mix everything together in the dish. Personally? I enjoy both equally. But either way will work depending on your casserole preferences. Then, bake it in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Normally, I’m not super big on artificial or frozen ingredients, but for some reason it all works in this recipe perfectly. I have tons of requests for this and no complaints yet. However, feel free to switch out frozen broccoli to fresh, as long as it is cooked ahead of time. You can swap out Cheese Whiz for a different cheese if you’d like but I’d highly recommend trying it this way first because in my opinion, this one ingredient really makes this recipe. However you decide to make it, I wish you a season of merriness and delicious eats.



Exploring cups of coffee from across Madison MARY SEGALL Staff Writer Calling all coffee connoisseurs! Where do you usually get your first cup of coffee in the morning? You know what I am talking about, that first cup in the morning to warm us up and actually make our brains function again! That cup starts our day; it is important to start the day off right. So where do you choose to purchase your coffee and more importantly why did you choose that brand? It is easy enough to stop at Starbucks and order the same caramel nonfat, two percent milk, drip coffee and wait in line with the rest of the morning rush but why not explore new options that can also help the community by shopping locally? I am an individual who enjoys her morning cup of coffee as well. It makes me feel alert and sometimes more pleasant people to be around after we have had our coffee, right? I decided to explore different coffee vendors and learn what makes them unique, maybe try a few new drink options I would have never thought to try before. My first stop was Moka, located on Madison’s East side on East Washington Avenue down by the mall

to be exact. I had heard good things about this company but wanted to try it out for myself. Moka offers teas, lattes, cappuccinos, French roast and espresso smoothies among many others! I ordered a Cool Jamaican Cold Brew Coffee, made with Blue Mountain Coffee from Jamacia. Blue Mountain Coffee is more than often described as one of the best coffees out there due to its smooth light blend of coffee. I ordered my drink with coconut milk and two sugars. The service was very fast and the young lady standing outside, taking my order, was pleasant despite having to stand outside in thirty-degree weather. There is no place to go inside which I found unique from other coffee houses; it is only a drive thru. My order was taken, placed and made within five minutes and I was impressed! The cold brew Cool Jamaican was made to perfection, ice cubes layered the top but not too many to water down the drink. The amount of cream was to my liking, I drink my coffee with a decent amount of creamer, to create a lighter white colored coffee. For my first stop I would say it was going to be hard to beat. The next coffee house I visited was Gloria Jean’s Coffee, located in Madison’s West Towne Mall. My

thought process was I wanted to review different places who serve coffee, I have heard a lot from friends about Gloria Jean’s, but I do not make it to the west side of town very often. Gloria Jean’s also proudly serves smoothies, hot coffee, blended coffee and espresso. Gloria Jean’s Coffee is a small little shop right after the food court in the West Towne Mall in Madison. It seems like they specialize in their own blends of coffee, and there were many holiday drinks available to try. This time around I decided to change it up and get a still cold but blended, frozen beverage. While waiting in line to order, the workers behind the scenes were making drinks and joking with the customers so the camaraderie was not in short supply there by any means. From the time I ordered to the time I received my drink was about nine minutes, and they were not too busy when I arrived. The vibe I got at Gloria Jeans was not a grab your coffee and go, since you are in a mall, I guess they figure they can stop and talk to their customers and get to know them a little which was interesting and » SEE COFFEE PAGE 11



Video-game based shows aren’t usually as good as ‘Arcane’ JONATHAN ZORC Staff Writer


The conclusion of the Spider-Man trilogy JD SMITH NELSON Staff Writer After the smash hit success of his incredible sequel, Sam Raimi had the biggest challenge of them all. He had to not only top “SpiderMan 2,” he had to cap off his trilogy with a bang. Pressure was immense not only from his own mind and the audience expectations, but also from Sony executives. Raimi had a vision. He had a powerful conclusion to his trilogy, nearly without flaw, but Sony had other plans. Raimi’s vision would be tainted by one thing. One black, slimy, toothy thing. That horrible thing would be Venom. Raimi had no intention of putting Venom in the movie. Its inclusion required too much attention and knowledge of the character, neither of which Raimi had, nor could afford. He didn’t have much of a choice either way, however, so he went back to the drawing board. Deep in “Spider-Man 3” there is heart. There is a soul of a good movie that shines through in certain scenes where the goopy black tendrils slink back to the edges of the screen. The reality is that “SpiderMan 3” is a good, possibly even great, movie. All the usual suspects return. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco return as Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson and Harry Osborn, respectively. JK Simmons and the entire Daily Bugle

cast return as well. However, the Bugle has a new employee among their ranks in the form of Eddie Brock, played by Topher Grace. Eddie is a scummy man and an even scummier villain in the form of Venom. He isn’t the only one Spider-Man will have to face, though. Thomas Hayden Church plays Flint Marko, a.k.a. Sandman. These two foes, as well as a vengeful Harry Osborn are the external forces of villainy Peter must contend with in this tonally inconsistent outing. His worst opposition in this film, however, is himself. No one is perfect. That is the clear message at the heart of “Spider-Man 3.” We all have our flaws to grow past and people in our lives to forgive for their flaws. It is part of human nature. Peter struggles with his ego, Mary Jane struggles with inferiority and Harry struggles to let go of resentment and forgive Peter for what happened to his father. This is a human story about three-dimensional people. This inability to let go of hate is what consumes Eddie, and Sandman is burdened with the flaws of his past. It practically buries poor Flint unless he can be forgiven for one horrible act that changed his life. Much like its characters, the film itself is flawed. Peter oscillates between being a good yet flawed man, to a complete narcissistic manchild thanks to the symbiote. It also


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 refreshing to see. My beverage was a blended coffee with mint and dark chocolate, it was very satisfying for a holiday blended coffee treat. For a place in a hurry to get coffee I would not recommend Gloria Jean’s but if you have a little time on your hands to chat while shopping at the mall then this is the shop for you!

makes characters like Mary Jane come off as too self-centered when that clearly wasn’t the intention. Equally unintentional is the off-putting CGI sequences. Many of the “Spider-Man 3” fight sequences look rather out of place due to faulty compositing of certain objects or even just awkward green screen usage. This really takes the viewer out of the experience for a moment and makes them ponder why “SpiderMan 2” looked so much better despite being three years older. Overall, though, Sam Raimi did the best that he could with the messy black goop Sony gave him, and tried to recover a rather crammed cinematic experience. Between three villains, a messy entanglement with an alien costume, a rushed redemption arc and sometimes incoherent tonal shifts, “Spider-Man 3” holds true to its core and shows us that despite our flaws, however deep, we have the capacity for good and for growth. We just need to hold on a moment longer, and believe in what we have within ourselves. This wraps up the rather small web of Spider-Man reviews. Sandman, as well as the previous films’ Doc Ock and Green Goblin will be giving our webhead plenty of trouble in “Spider-Man No Way Home” on Dec. 17, so hopefully you’ve brushed up on their stories! Happy holidays webheads.

My last choice of coffee shops was Ancora Coffee Roasters. I’ve had Ancora coffee before and it is for the individuals that prefer a slightly stronger taste in their coffee. Their beverages include espresso, Black Thunder, French Sumatran coffee, Guatemalan, Black and Tan and Ethiopia Sideman coffee. There is a new blend they are promoting for the holiday season called “ugly sweater,” a darker roast with a slight hint of cinnamon and citrus. My choice of beverage this time was

“Arcane” is best described by the community as one of the best video-game based shows possibly created in recent history. Although there is little competition, compared to a lot of failed video game movie spin offs, this is seemingly a one in a million chance to even be good. But I assure you, this series is more than just good, with its amazing character development and heart-breaking moments, this TV series caught the attention of the entire gaming and TV communities. The show is based on a popular MOBA-based game, League of Legends, with a little over 11 million players per day, it's hard not to have heard of it. There is a big community surrounding the game, including Esport tournaments happening several times a year with huge prize pools. Although the game itself might get a bad reputation, concerning itself with more toxic game environments compared to other multiplayer games, the story is what we are really focused on today. “Arcane” is set in the city of Piltover, which names itself “the city of progress” and has very smart scholars and intense technology. What the city doesn’t show you, is what they call the undercity of Zaun, where our two main characters are raised. The two sisters, Vi and Powder, are born into this poverty and learn to steal and live under the radar. This is the basis of the story, in how the girls spend their relationship with and apart from each other, creating addicting drama and colorful characters. As much as I want to tell you the entire story, I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun and binge that I went through for an entire day. The episodes are about 45 minutes long, having nine total and have no dull moments in any of them. Personally, I have never played “League of Legends” either, which should give you even more of an incentive to watch a bit of it yourself. I never knew anything about the characters or what the game was about when walking in, and I have to say it is one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. Rotten Tomatoes gives this show a 100%, and I couldn’t have agreed more, with an audience rating of 4.9 from nearly 17,000 ratings. So make sure to give this one an honest try, it's definitely worth your time.

‘Resistance: Fall of Man’ GRANT NELSON Staff Writer A game I love is the “Resistance: Fall of Man” series from the PlayStation 3 era. These games are the PlayStation equivalent of “Gear of War.” The games follow the tragic stories of the battles fought by remnants of humanity against an alien horde/virus that is infecting all life on Earth and driving humans to the brink of extinction. The games take place in the 1950s during a timeline in which World War 2 never happened. Most of the battles are across America, England and France, with guns and vehicles representative of the time. There are vast hordes of alien monsters, ranging from message walker types to alien goliaths the size of towers with all sorts weapon thrown in the mix. The game play is very much fighting all sorts of enemies and has so much creativity and variety to how it plays out. It has a massive selection of guns and weapon. The story is amazing, and captures the themes of World War 2 well, but takes them to a much darker level. The game really dives deep into many science fiction elements.

a hot coffee, the Ancora D’oro blend. It has a smooth taste to it. I would call it a lighter blend of coffee which is exactly what I prefer. The aroma is slight but sweet. As I look around, the customers seem to be happy and served in a decent and timely manner. The servers were very friendly and extremely helpful in figuring out what I should order by asking about my preferences. There seemed to be good customer service! Out of the three coffee shops I had the honor of visiting, I must say the

one that stuck out with me was Moka. All three shops were very good and different in their own way. I have dietary restrictions and they were so careful, and triple checked that my drink order was correct. What most impressed me was the girl went and cleaned out the utensils used for the last drink and made it with clean cups, pitchers and spoons just to ensure my safety. This really stuck out to me. The service I received was great and I will be back at Moka again soon.






Profiles of WolfPack athletes


Jamal Palmer has been the head coach of the Madison College men’s basketball team following the end of the 2017-18 season. Now in his fourth season as head coach, Palmer has lead the program to a 33-33 record including a 6-4 start this season. He has coached one All-American, six all-regional players and one all-conference selection. Palmer join the WolfPack staff as an assistant in 2015.



Prior to coming to Madison College, Palmer coached at Shippensburg University, Slippery Rock University and Saint Vincent College, Unversity of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Le Moyne College.

Things are looking up

Lukens set expectations during his first season

Men’s basketball team now has 6-4 record

KELLY FENG Staff Writer Coach Quinn Lukens’ first few months instructing the women’s volleyball team wasn’t teaching passing or setting drills in the gym. It wasn’t in the gym at all. His coaching came mainly through his computer monitor, as the COVID19 shutdown blocked any of his traditional coaching plans three days into the job. Quinn Lukens Eventually, the pandemic canceled the 2020 volleyball season, but Lukens and the team carried on with practices, weight training and scrimmage games.

CLARION STAFF REPORT A close loss to Prairie State College on Dec. 4 ended a two-game winning streak for the Madison College men’s basketball team. The game was close throughout, with Madison College losing, 74-66, after trailing by five points at halftime. The WolfPack are now 6-4 on the season and are off to a strong start as they prepare for the start of conference play next month. The Pioneers led in both points of turnovers (19 to 10) and points in the paint (26 to 8). Madison College shot just 36 percent for the game, hitting 20 of 50 shots, compared to 41 percent (29 of 70) for Prairie State. Keith Hoffman and Arrion Curothers led Madison College in scoring with 14 points each. Curothers had nine rebounds, while Hoffman added eight. Malcom Reed was the only other player in double figures for the WolfPack, scoring 11 points. Hoffman leads the team in scoring this season with an average of 15.4 points a game. He also leads the team in rebounds per game with an average of eight. Telin Porter and Nik Feller have both added 11.1 points a game. Madison College’s next home game is Dec. 9 against Loras College JV. The team will then play four games before returning home on Jan. 15 to face Waubonsee Community College.

From Club to College

As a 6-foot, 7-inch middle blocker, Lukens is familiar with the junior college athletics landscape, spending two years at Santa Monica College playing volleyball, leading the Corsairs to consecutive Western State Conference titles. Coming into the job, Lukens could rely on his 12 years of coaching club, mainly at the Capital Volleyball Academy, paving the way for the WolfPack. While Lukens admits there are different ways to train a 12-year-old versus teaching a 19- or 20-year-old college student-athlete, he believes much of » SEE LUKENS PAGE 13

Lois Heeren is in her sixth season as head coach of the Madison College women’s basketball team after being hired in August 2016. She has led the WolfPack to a 77-43 record in her time as coach. In addition, she is a physical education instructor at the college. Prior to joining Madison College, Heeren coached for 17 years at NCAA Division III UW-LaCrosse. Heeren is the winningest coach in school history at UW-LaCrosse, with a career total of 209 victories that is ninth most all-time in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Madison College 70, College of Lake County 56


Freshman forward Keith Hoffman scored 23 points and hit four 3-point baskets to lead Madison College to a 70-56 victory over the College of Lake County on Dec. 2. The 23 points tied Hoffman’s season high in scoring. Madison College led throughout most of the game after taking a 34-28 halftime lead. The second half was similar with the WolfPack outscoring Lake County, 36-28, to secure the victory.

Madison College’s Trevon Liggins (24) slips past a Western Technical College defender for an easy basket at home on Nov. 30



WolfPack women’s basketball earns first win of the season CLARION STAFF REPORT


Madison College’s Viola Larson (20) looks to inbound the basketball during the first half of her team’s 80-55 loss to Western Technical College at home on Nov. 30

Four players scored in double figures as the Madison College women’s basketball team earned its first win of the season, beating Prairie State College, 72-53, on Dec. 4. It was the highest scoring output for the WolfPack this season. The team’s previous high was 57 in a loss to Anoka Ramsey Community College. Olivia Marron led the team with 16 points and seven rebounds. Taylor Ripp scored 13 points, Lauren Thole had 12 points, and Brianna Hendricks added 11. As a whole, the team hit 45.3 per-

cent of the shots it attempted, converting on 29 of 64 shots. They also made 12 of 19 free throw attempts. After ending the first quarter tied at 17, Madison College took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring Prairie State 20-17 in the quarter to take a 37-24 halftime lead. Madison College’s record now stands at 1-8 overall. The WolfPack’s next home game will be Dec. 9 against Loras College JV. After that they won’t return home again until Jan. 15, when they host Waubonsee Community College. » SEE BASKETBALL PAGE 13





Freshman Telin Porter came off the bench to score 15 points and post a team-high four assists. Nik Feller and Trevon Liggins each added eight points for the WolfPack.

Madison College 74, Western Technical College 59


Madison College’s Keith Hoffman (15) looks to inbound the ball to Hayes Hensler (32) during a recent home game.

Madison College raced out to a 41-23 first-half lead as it easily defeated Western Technical College, 74-59, at home on Nov. 30. Telin Porter and Keith Hoffman both scored 17 points to lead the WolfPack. Hoffman had nine rebounds and four steals, while Porter had four rebounds and four steals. Madison College forced 24 Western turnovers that resulted in 21 points for the WolfPack. Western only scored nine points off of the WolfPack’s 16 turnovers.


Madison College schedules and results.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 volleyball coaching, whether at the club or college level, is translatable. “You’re trying to teach the game of volleyball. It’s all chances to learn how to coach the game better and manage and connect with people. It’s all one of the same with college,” Lukens said. Last fall, the WolfPack finally got a chance to play in tournaments and regular conference games. In addition to working through his first competitive season, Lukens gained an understanding of the work-life balance of his team. Once the competition starts, the team has a goal of competing in 30-34 matches per season, averaging about 10 games per month or more. “I learned what the demands are, both the student-athletes and myself during the season,” he said. “There’s a lot of volleyball played in a short amount of time.” Over the season, Lukens became acutely aware of his player’s academic course load. “The academic demands for the student-athletes was a steep learning curve for me, trying to make sure that we give the student-athletes enough time and energy to focus on school, as well as spending time in the gym, traveling and playing matches,” Lukens said.

Badger Student Manager

Lukens’s formative years were spent as a student manager for the Wisconsin Badgers women’s volleyball team from 2012 to 2015. He credits Head Coach Kelly Sheffield and his staff, where he observed how to communicate player expectations and hold the players accountable. “I learned how important culture

and establishing expectations are,” Lukens said. His players can back it up. “[Coach Lukens’s] main thing is that we always had to be loud, or he would say, ‘Bring your voice,’” said setter Kaleia Lawrence. “We always had to bring our voice and pursue every ball, so that meant if there’s a ball on the floor, there had to be a body on the floor. Those expectations were set really clear.” As a student manager, Lukens also noticed that no detail was too small. Lukens remembers the Badger staff being meticulous with their details, including pairing players for warmups, ensuring their personality dynamics would not interfere with the drills. “The idea that no detail is too small was another lesson. It’s part of my learning and growing as a coach— it wasn’t in a coaching capacity, but being around that program consistently was a huge learning experience for me,” Lukens said.

The Right Fit

Lukens takes a year-round approach to recruit players, believing there’s more to a player than a high vertical leap and excellent hitting skills. An essential element in vetting a player is whether Madison College is the right fit academically. Because Madison College doesn’t offer scholarships, it has to be the right fit for various reasons—location, academics, athletics and costs. Lukens says every coach wants to see players capable of encouraging and supporting their teammates and being resilient during adversity. “When you see players who can experience failure but continue to have the same level of energy, effort and connection with their teammates — that’s important,” he said.

He believes volleyball is the ultimate team sport. “No one player can take you anywhere in volleyball,” Lukens said. With a game requiring at least one other player to set the ball, one to pass, and one player to swing, he believes outstanding playing stems from how his team connects and communicates. Off the court, behavior is critical as well. “What type of environment does a player help create as a teammate on the bus, the hotel or in the hallway between classes?” Lukens said. Lawrence appreciates her coach’s holistic approach. “Quinn has strong values, and he adheres to those values. He’s strict in saying exactly what he believes, and he makes it clear throughout the season and follows through,” Lawrence said. “There were moments where there was a miscommunication or something wasn’t being held up to standard. We would always have conversations, whether it was an apology from him or an apology from us.” The WolfPack ended the 2021 season with a respectable 15-13, becoming more competitive towards the end of the schedule. The team’s last regular game finished positively, defeating the Joliet Wolves in four sets. Heading into 2022, Lukens has big goals to reach Nationals and win a national championship ultimately. He admits he’s aiming high, and in the months leading up to August 1st, it’s a matter of faith in the players who can help the team. “It’s a matter of establishing the culture that will allow us to do that,” Lukens said. “Then it’s getting the work done to be a win away from a conference title, from a national and from winning a national championship. The goal is always there.”

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College of Lake County 59, Madison College 49

A low-scoring third quarter proved costly in Madison College’s game against College of Lake County on Dec. 2. Madison College was outscored 14-5 in the quarter and ended up losing 59-49 after holding a one-point halftime lead. Lake County opened the second half with an 8-0 round which gave them a lead they would never surrender. Hendricks led the WolfPack with 14 points, hitting 7 of 14 shots and adding seven steals and five rebounds. Marron added 13 points, including hitting 5 of 7 free throws.

Western Technical College 80, Madison College 55 Madison College hosted

defending NJCAA Division III national champion Western Technical College on Nov. 30 and lost 80-55. A tough second quarter allowed Western Technical College to build an insurmountable 21 point halftime lead. Madison College was outscored 23-8 in the quarter. Laurissa Pickel led the WolfPack in scoring with a career-best 15 points. Two other players reached double-figures, with Marron added 12 points and Amareyna Knox scoring 11 points. Turnovers and a below average shooting effort both played roles in the loss. Madison College committed 27 turnovers, resulting in Western’s 26 to 7 edge in points off turnovers. In addition, Madison College hit just 35 percent of its shots in the game, converting on just 23 of 64 attempts.

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Brianna Hendricks (10) plays close defense.

at McHenry County College, 78-53 LOSS. at Elgin Community College, 68-66 WIN at home vs. Rockford University JV, 86-80 WIN at home vs. UW-Sheboygan, 89-55 WIN at Anoka Ramsey Tournament vs. St. Cloud Tech, 49-44 WIN at Anoka Ramsey Tournament vs. Anoka Ramsey, cancelled at home vs. Carl Sandburg College, 81-76 OT LOSS vs. Rochester CTC, 78-61 LOSS at home vs. Western Technical College, 74-59 WIN at College of Lake County, 70-56 WIN at Prairie State College, 74-66 LOSS at home vs. Loras College JV, 7:30 p.m. at Kishwaukee College, 3 p.m. at Bay College Michigan, 7 p.m. at Gogebic Community College, 4 p.m. at Bryant & Stratton College, 7:30 p.m. at home vs. Waubonsee Community College, 3 p.m. at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 8 p.m. at home vs. Rock Valley College, 5:30 p.m. at College of DuPage, 7 p.m. at home vs. Joliet Junior College, 5:30 p.m. at home vs. Harper College, 5:30 p.m. at home vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College, 7:30 p.m. at Rock Valley College, 7 p.m. at home vs. College of DuPage, 7:30 p.m. at Harper College, 2 p.m. at Joliet Junior College, 7 p.m. NJCAA Region 4 Tournament. NJCAA Region 4 Tournament. NJCAA Great Lakes District Championship.

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at McHenry County College, 88-48 LOSS at Elgin Community College, rescheduled at home vs. University of Dubuque JV, 44-42 LOSS at Anoka-Ramsey Tournament vs. St. Cloud Tech, 58-48 LOSS at Anoka-Ramsey Tournament vs. Anoka Ramsey, 80-57 LOSS at home vs. Carl Sandburg College, 59-49 LOSS vs. Rochester CTC, 98-38 LOSS at home vs. Western Technical College, 80-55 LOSS at College of Lake County, 59-49 LOSS at Prairie State College, 72-53 WIN at home vs. Loras College JV, 5:30 p.m. at Kishwaukee College, 1 p.m. at Bay College Michigan, 5 p.m. at Gogebic Community College, 2 p.m. at Bryant and Stratton College, 5:30 p.m. at home vs. Waubonsee Community College, 1 p.m. at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 6 p.m. at home vs. Rock Valley College, 7:30 p.m. at College of DuPage, 5 p.m. at home vs. Joliet Junior College, 7:30 p.m. at home vs. Gogebic Community College, 1 p.m. at home vs. Harper College, 7:30 p.m. at home vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College, 5:30 p.m. at Rock Valley College, 5 p.m. at home vs. College of DuPage, 5:30 p.m. at Harper College, noon. at Joliet Junior College, 5 p.m. NJCAA Region 4 Tournament. NJCAA Region 4 Tournament. NJCAA Great Lakes District Championship




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The stage is set for the College Football Playoffs BOH SUH Staff Writer The last week of college football before the College Playoff (CFP) Committee made its selections did not create much chaos. If No. 5 Oklahoma had beaten No. 9 Baylor, then the committee would have faced its toughest decision about who to include. Consider the following: Alabama beat Georgia, so Alabama should be in in the playoffs. Georgia earned a playoff berth with its dominant season, except for the SEC championship. Michigan is the Big Ten champion, so they should be in. Cincinnati is 13-0, so they should be in. Fortunately, Oklahoma State lost, so it was easy for the committee to choose their top four teams – Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati. That means two Southeastern Conference (SEC) teams, Alabama and Georgia, one Big Ten team, Michigan, and one Group of Five Conference team, Cincinnati, will all take the big stage. Now, Alabama is facing Cincinnati and Michigan is facing Georgia in semifinal game. Currently, Alabama is 13.5 points favorite, and Georgia is 7.5 points favorite according to ESPN. Things can change from now until the actual games begin on Dec. 31, but it seems like most prognosticators expect an Alabama and Georgia rematch in the College Football final. Of course, many non-SEC fans hope to see Michigan and Cincinnati play each other, but we will see what happens. What will be interesting between Alabama and Cincinnati is that the Bearcats are the underdog. Alabama was fueled by being an underdog against Georgia, and they were able to take down No. 1 Georgia team in the SEC championship game.

The key point between Michigan and Georgia is how much Georgia recovers from the loss against Alabama. ... Is the loss going to be their medicine to beat Michigan or is the damage unrecoverable? Now, the role is reversed. Cincinnati has been undervalued the whole season, and is an underdog while Alabama is in its usual position. Will this make a difference? The key point between Michigan and Georgia is how much Georgia recovers from the loss against Alabama. Georgia has been the best team unanimously until last week. Is the loss going to be their medicine to beat Michigan or is the damage unrecoverable? Also, this is the first time Michigan, not Ohio State is representing the Big Ten in the playoffs. Many felt coach Jim Harbaugh was in a hot seat last year after falling to Ohio State again, but he proved everyone wrong and showed why he was the right man to lead Michigan. My prediction is Cincinnati vs. Michigan in the College Football Playoff Final, and Michigan becomes the College Football Playoff champion for the first time. Yes, I know. People say I should never gamble, but I really like the motivation by Cincinnati and the new look of Michigan team this year. Time will tell in a few weeks and college fans cannot wait.

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