The Clarion issue 3-1-23

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Maintenence, staff costs prompt fitness referendum


When the renovated and upgraded fitness center reopened last April it had doubled in size, boasting over 8,100 square feet. These improvements include adding new strength and cardio equipment, along with TRX, squat racks, dumbbells and benches that all match industry standards and some offer multi-function uses.

It was important not only to keep up with industry standards but also to research the

New theater collaboration

Bartell to host spring show for Madison College


Madison College Performing

Arts and Madison Theatre Guild are partnering to produce a one-of-akind romantic comedy “Bad in Bed (A Fairy Tale),” written by Karen Saari. This play takes place March 3 through 11 at the Bartell Theatre in Madison.

This play is a direct collaboration between the students of Madison College who are in the Stage and Entertainment Certificate and the Madison Theatre Guild, the oldest community theatre group in Madison.

This play is a romantic comedy about old friends, unrequited crushes and a Scandinavian sex curse.



March 3 & 4, 7:30 p.m. March 5, 2 p.m. March 8-10, 7:30 p.m. March 11, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $25 per person. Wednesday is Industry Night. Tickets are discounted to $20. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Location: Bartell Theatre

113 E. Mifflin, Madison, WI

Purchase tickets here: http://bartelltheatre. org/2023/bad-in-bed-afairy-tale/

Student urges help for quake victims


Thousands of people have lost their lives, and thousands more have been injured in a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the Turkey and Syria borders. This earthquake was the strongest earthquake to hit the region in 100 years.

Homes, buildings and essential infrastructure have been destroyed. Buildings and

homes are unsafe, with people stranded outside in freezing temperatures. Children and adults need urgent support to access food, shelter and warm clothing.

Oznur Gulsan, a Turkish student at Madison College, implores all Madison college students and staff to help people that lost their families, their beloved ones, houses and everything they own.

“It’s bad out there. People are living in the street in this

previous facility and make decisions based on what prior equipment had the most usage.

Fitness Center Director and Athletic Business and Facility Operations Manager Bill Kegler notes the importance of the new equipment, as it elevates the equipment with current industry standards. Many of their decisions came from studying the last center.

“We did research on that based on the original fitness center. What equipment had the highest usage? Then we were able to plan for that when accommodating this fitness


Kegler is proud of the facility but also realizes the need for a new referendum, requiring the athletic department to increase the fitness center fee by 25 cents a credit next year and 3% a year after that. The Student Senate conduct the referendum on behalf of the athletic department this spring.

The referendum is not exactly new.

As Kegler explains there


freezing weather. They lost everything,” Gulsan said.

Gulsan’s family and friends were safe, but thousands of people are still seeking shelter and food besides their loss of beloved ones under the debris.

“My family lives in Istanbul, away from where the earthquake happened. But what about the others? They are human too, just like me, and they need help, which is what I

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A pitch to watch this Best Picture nominee

The Academy Awards will be presented this year on Sunday, March 12. As usual, there’s no shortage of controversies concerning who or what was or wasn’t nominated.

Instead of focusing on any of those controversies, though, in this column, we’d like to make a pitch for watching one of the Best Picture nominees if you haven’t already seen it.

The film with the most nominations this year is “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” with 11 in total. It is nominated for best film, director, original screenplay, original song, original score, film editing, costume design, lead actress, supporting actor and two supporting actresses.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is the story of Evelyn (played beautifully by Michelle Yeoh), a middle-aged

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Chinese woman in the U.S. running a failing laundromat. Her business is in the middle of an IRS audit due to some creative accounting. In addition to the business anxiety, she feels her life is mundane and is frustrated by her relationships with her husband, daughter and father.

But as she laments her life being drab and dismal, she receives a visit from a version of her husband named Alpha Waymond from a parallel universe. Alpha has shown up to convince Evelyn she is the key to stopping an evil force that


threatens to destroy all the infinite universes that exist. Evelyn bounces around universe to universe, living out different versions of herself (e.g., lifesaving scientist, martial arts master, movie star, chef) to save the multiverse. There’s a lot going on in the film, with the pace being frenetic at times. It’s visually striking and imaginative, narratively clever and balances being funny and serious. Without giving away too much of the plot, there’s a nice little existential message for all of us about making the best

Important numbers for you to know

Do you know phone numbers to call in an emergency? How about if you spill your coffee? Need to meet with a counselor? Below are some handy phone numbers to write down or keep in your phone.

• Police, Fire and EMS – 911.

No matter what the emergency is, you can call 911 and an emergency dispatcher will connect you with the appropriate service.


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The Clarion strives for accuracy in all of its articles. If you have questions or concerns, please call us at (608) 246-6809 or e-mail:


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• Madison College Public Safety Emergency – 608-245-2222. This phone line is monitored 24/7, 365 days a year. Call this for any emergency you come across on campus.

• Madison College Public Safety NonEmergency – 608-246-6932.

This number is monitored during normal business hours. For any after-hours assistance, always dial 608-245-2222.

• Madison College Parking – 608-2466031.

Call this number to talk to somebody about any questions you may have about parking.

• Madison College Facilities – 608-2466782.

This will connect you with somebody from Maintenance or Custodial.

• Madison College Counseling – 608-2466060.

Need to speak with a counselor? Call this number to make an appointment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 608-243-4165 or send me an email at

WolfPack Alert

Have you signed up for WolfPack Alerts from Madison College? These alerts notify you of school cancellations or emergencies on or near campus. If not, please do so on our webpage. Registration is free, easy and takes about a minute on your mobile device. In addition to our Facebook page, we have a Twitter account! Be sure to follow @ PublicSafetyMC to stay informed of what’s happening on your campus.

of things in chaotic and worrisome times and embracing the relationships we have. Also, the film just makes you feel good.

The movie is available for checkout from the Madison College Libraries. Other nominated films, from this year and past years, are also available in our library collection. Try searching by title or with the subject term Academy Awards. You can also find many of those films through the library’s streaming movie databases, Swank and Kanopy. While we’re on the topic of movies, if you’d like to show off your cinematic knowledge and possibly win a prize, check out the library’s Academy Awards trivia contest at You can submit an entry through March 10, and the winner will be announced on March 13.

College Transfer Week activities

The Madison College Transfer Center has a number of in-person events scheduled for March 6-10 to help students learn more about transferring to a four-year school. Activities include:

• College Transfer Fair for UW-Madison, March 6 – Students can meet with representatives from UW-Madison about program options, next steps and the transfer process.

• UW-Madison Contract Signing, March 7 – Did you know Madison College has several guaranteed admissions contracts for UW-Madison? Programs include education, general admission, nursing and business (online majors only). Stop by to check your eligibility.

• College Transfer Fair for private and out-of-state schools, March 8.

• College Transfer Fair for UW-System schools, March 9.

• Spirit Day, March 10. Wear your Madison College gear and tag @MCTransferCenter in your Instagram story to be entered for a prize giveaway.

Learn the benefits of origami

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. The benefits of the practice include increasing handeye coordination and the development of fine motor skils.

Join the Peer Health Educators as they teach you to make one flower for yourself and get a bag of colorful papers to take and practice some more. The event will be March 6 from 12:30 1:30 p.m. in Truax Room C1430.

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CLARION STAFF PHOTO Students battle snow on their way into the Truax Campus building recently. February has brought a mixed batch of weather with cold, snow, freezing rain and now thunderstorms.

Learn how to work behind the scenes in entertainment

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For anyone interested in behind-thescenes work, Madison College offers a new certificate program called the Stage and Entertainment Technology Certificate. This certificate is 15 credits and by itself can be completed in just two short semesters, or it can be part of the Liberal Arts Transfer Associate's Degree.

Senate seeks feedback at event

The Student Senate held a town hall meet on Feb. 14, its first at the Goodman South campus.

The Student Senate is the elected representative of all students at Madison College. It is the student government of the college, coordinating services for students, advocating for students and more.

Empowered by State Law (Wisconsin State Statute 38.145), the Senate is the students' leading voice and is primarily responsible for formulating and reviewing policies concerning student life and services.

Prompted by the Student Senate hosting a hybrid town hall last semester, where there were various concerns about the Goodman South campus, this town hall centered on receiving student feedback from those attending the Goodman South campus classes.

Using Post-it notes collected from the room, some of the comments included the types of clubs they'd like to see at

Internship Fair held at Truax

Madison College Career and Employment Services held the Spring Internship Fair on Feb. 20-21. Student Support Advisor Jeff Close oversaw this event. There were many different businesses there, including Buckle, Children’s Theater of Madison and Madison Parks. Many different types of positions were offered and they were paid internships. If you want to know more about internships or how to spruce up your resume, you can contact Jeff Close by email at Close@ or by phone at 608-616-3336.

Goodman South. They would appreciate seeing more identity and culture clubs, addiction clubs and anatomy and physiology labs.

The questions that solicited the most responses were what can students do at Truax that you wish you could do here? They offered a variety of comments, including human services, peer specialists, volunteer activities and leadership roles.

The students also want to see Goodman South promoting the Retention Initiatives and Student Engagement (RISE) programs. They would also appreciate a fitness center, a work area and more in-person tutoring.

Student Senate Advisor Ellie Rome was excited about the variety and amount of feedback they received, although not everybody was ready to offer an issue.

"After the town hall, Senators and Senate officers approached students in the cafeteria at Goodman South to ask if they had any concerns to share. Most students who they talked to did not have any concerns," said Rome.

This exciting certificate prepares students for a wide variety of stagehand jobs. These jobs could include being a roadie for your favorite music artist, working on the backstage crew for theatre productions, helping out at your local place of worship with the live stream or working below-theline for TV and film. The possibilities are endless! This program is extremely flexible and is led by Kristi Ross-Clausen, who has worked in the field for many years in many different jobs.

While these opportunities can have extremely flexible part-time hours working "on-call," there are also a variety of full-time positions available in the Madison area working for manufacturers, AV integrators and related businesses. The industry is open to everyone and is currently looking to expand its diversity by hiring more women and people of color.

To be admitted to the certificate, you must be admitted as a student at Madison College and be at least 18 years old due to the nature of the jobs and the time of day you may be required to work.

Students who choose this certificate will leave the program trained with a wide variety of skills and ready for entry-level work in many careers. There are many opportunities to gain experience in the field while in the program starting about midway through the first semester. The goal is for students to have hands-on experience both inside and outside of the classroom to learn the skills needed for success.

If this sounds interesting, email RossClausen. As she says, “I absolutely love what I do and you can too, so come talk with me if you’re interested. You'll never know what's possible for you unless you ask.”

Email Ross-Clausen at: krossclausen@

KELLY FENG Managing Editor TALEISE CLARION STAFF PHOTO Members of the Madison College Student Senate speak at Goodman South Campus on Feb. 14 during a town hall event. CLARION STAFF PHOTO Student Senator Erdi Braimllari introduces himself during the town hall event at Madison College’s Goodman South Campus on Feb. 14.


was a referendum done around a decade ago. It’s been in place to run for 10 years, however, it’s expiring at the end of this fiscal year. The following is what the new referendum covers:


The increase has been in place to help sustain the cost of the fitness center with increased wages for student workers. It also takes into staff considerations, ensuring there is enough manpower during all hours.


While the facility was upgraded and expanded, not all equipment was replaced, as the center still utilizes existing equipment. At some point in the future, it will need to be replaced.


Because the center needs more equipment, the staff has more to clean and maintain. As a result, the cost of preventative maintenance for all the



care about,” Gulsan said.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the initial earthquake struck the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, roughly 150 miles away from the Turkey-Syria border, at 4:17 a.m. local time at a depth of about 11 miles.

The aftershock was expected following the large earthquake, but they were as powerful as the earthquake itself. The aftershocks occurred close to where the original earthquake happened and are due to the fault readjusting after the sudden slip.

People in Syria and Turkey barely overcame the sadness from the first earthquake when they subtend a new earthquake on the evening of Feb. 20. A 6.3-magnitude tremor hit Turkey’s southern Hatay province near the Syrian border.

Between desperation and hope, Gulsan did not give up; she found a way to help people who needed a miracle to survive.

Gulsan teamed up with the Madison Association of Turkish Students to support people in Turkey and Syria, “We collect new products. Blankets, clothes, toys and anything could help. And send

equipment has increased.

“There’s a substantial cost with planning in the future, so we can continue to have functional equipment in the fitness center,” said Kegler, who’s now in his seventh year with the college. “The last thing we want is to have six out-of-order signs on machines when students come in. We want every-

thing to be operational.”

Kegler said while they need to propose a new referendum for the purposes of the fitness center, it is a continuation of what has already been in place.

Recreation App

Anybody at the college can use the facility. Students require at least one-degree



credit. If a student is in a certificate program, they can purchase one card, which gives them access to the facility for the entire school for $75.

It’s important to Kegler and his staff to make everybody’s fitness journey accessible and easy. He’s excited about all the available resources, particularly the Madison College

The play starts with two old friends deciding to have a boy’s weekend to drown their sorrows of single-ness: Charles, whose third wife just left him, and Jack, who was recently broken up with.

When a college friend Betsy happens to be rolling through town promoting her new bestselling book, “Bad in Bed (A Fairy Tale),” they

Recreation app.

The app offers a QR code that scans at the front desk for students to use the facility. Through the app or their website, students can sign up and utilize the resources.

Also available on the college website, that app comes with many free resources to help people in their wellness journey, such as Headspace, a mindfulness and well-being app.

Headspace offers resources to help with sleeping, meditation or breathing through exercises. The app also provides resources such as video workouts for students who aren’t coming to campus.

“So students typically have their phones in their hands most of the time anyway, so we just lean into that and gave them access to it. So they have it right at their fingertips.”

The staff welcomes students to tour the facility. They are available to encourage exercise newbies, where they will show available equipment and walk them through its uses. The fitness center is open Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

all decide to meet up.

Betsy reveals a secret from their college days and Charles decides that it is the root of all of his relationship problems.

Written by Saari, the External Communications Director at Madison College, and directed by Allen Ebert, an Executive Director of Children’s Theatre of Madison, this play is full of much heartbreak and humor. Do not miss the opportunity to see this play being performed for the first time ever at the Bartell Theatre right here in Madison.

them to the Turkish Embassy in Chicago, and the Turkish Airline will ship everything to Turkey,” Gulsan said.

Thousands of people remain trapped under rubble and those who have survived struggle to meet their basic needs.

“Everyone must have something to offer; even sending thoughts and prayers would help,” Gulsan said.

The incident response team has been overwhelmed as thousands are injured, missing or dead. Thousands already need humanitarian assistance. The need to project several types of economic impacts from this earthquake, including the financial losses resulting from destroyed or severely damaged buildings and other structures and the economic losses due to disruption of the business interruption, loss of revenue and increases in expenses for the public sector, and losses of individual and household income because of injury, death or job interruption, the loss was colossal.

“Everything is gone... everything is gone; it’s a disaster. Even one dollar donation will make a difference,” Gulsan said.

Students and staff who wish to help are encouraged to donate to the Turkish Philanthropy Funds or Doctors Without Borders USA.

EMILY FAUST / CLARION On-going equipment maintenence and staff costs are the reason why the Madison College Fitness Center is seeking more funding via a student fee referendum. MEHMET KACMAZ / GETTY IMAGES / TNS Local people walk among the ruined buildings on Feb. 24, in Hatay, Turkey. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit near Gaziantep, Turkey, in the early hours of Monday, Feb. 6.


Questions asked to you, our readers.

What's your favorite thing about your pet?

"I can talk to them about how I'm feeling."

"My cat's fur is soft."

Ruining the school experience?

How will ChatGPT and artificial intelligence change education?


Editor in Chief

Creating art is a difficult task, with many artists spending weeks to months on one piece of artwork.

So it came as a shock when a computer-generated art piece won first prize during the 2022 Colorado State Fair Fine Art Show. The internet backlash that soon followed afterward is something still discussed today among the art community, with many groups confusing real art for AI art. Some claim that AI art is still a valid form of art; just because

a computer generated it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t convey emotions or tell a story. This controversy has created a divide among the internet with many people fearing what AI can do next.

ChatGPT first debuted in June 2020. It was advertised as an online chatbot that allowed people to have human-like conversations with an artificial intelligence. Students have even benefitted academically using this technology. Instead of waiting for an answer from a teacher or tutor, students can receive quick and easy data for answers that the AI receives from the internet. It even helps students improve their grammar and better understand the learning material. Teachers now, however, are calling for the banning


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Letters to the editor should be typed or written legibly, be 250 words or less, and include the writer’s name, phone number and email address. The Clarion reserves the right to refuse to publish any editorial submission or advertisement, which may be edited for length, taste and grammar. All submissions become the property of The Clarion and may be used for publication. Bring letters to The Clarion office, Room B1260G Truax, or email

of ChatGPT for school use.

Instead of using ChatGPT as a study tool to assist with homework or essays, students are taking advantage of the artificial intelligence by submitting essays that the program wrote. These essays not only lack the time and effort from students, but it can be difficult to differentiate human-written and AI-written essays. Educators are now crying out in outrage, stating that students should be challenged using critical thinking and problem-solving skills, instead of finding an easy way out with artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligences like ChatGPT can be used to benefit students. It could generate essay

"My cat Watson is the fluffiest."

Gaming world monopolies disconnected from their fans

Ahuge issue has arisen in the “nerd sphere” and entertainment industry over the past decade, and it impacts everything from video games to comic books to movies and TV shows.

The problem is a rising disconnect between companies, developers and creators who care more about microtransactions and marketing to every kind of demographic. They often shove aside or distance themselves from longtime fans of many different intellectual properties.

We see the rebirth of Rockefellers in the form of every intellectual property being bought out and the control of an entire market ending up in the hands of a few companies that destroy the market due to oversaturation and leave little room for healthy competition. More recently, we saw the attacking of indie and fan-made projects such as the “D&D” tabletop game market.

All these practices are killing and destroying the market, eliminating creativity and ingenuity and creating a widening gap between corporations and their long-standing fans.

What made nerdy media so great for decades was this free market of passion and trust and a sense of community. This new era is destroying these great worlds of imagination and dreams by treating them like a mass-produced market.

But I am hopeful.

These worlds of dreams were created by outsiders, and so will the next great gold rush of art. Creativity is in the hands of dreamers who will take on this new age of technology with fresh ideas.

I hope we are on the verge of brave new worlds where the gaming community can thrive.

Fast-food workers face threat of violence

My first job was at Burger King. I was assigned the drink station, and I was terrible. Training another food station didn't help and my skills only worsened.

No big surprise; it wasn't a dream job. Customers were often annoyed. The worst that happened to me was a customer's take-out bag bottomed out, causing a large order of fries to mic drop on the floor and the customer screamed at me.

However, my life in the fast food community doesn't even compare to Waffle House Wendy, the social media name given to Halie Booth, recogniz-

ing her spectacular effort and Bruce Lee reflexes behind the counter.

It started at the Austin, Texas, Waffle House in

September 2021. It was a long night, and customers began piling in. Booth was the only cook on the overnight shift as people started getting restless and impatient, demanding food.

Despite explaining she was the only cook on duty, angry and drunk customers started harassing Booth for not serving breakfast to all 40 customers quickly enough.

Events quickly unfurled. Customers became increasingly annoyed they weren't getting served promptly.

A person inside decided that instead of coming to Booth's aid, he would film footage of the physical fight, which

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TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE A recent attack on a Waffle House employee went viral, highlighting how fastfood workers are facing an increased threat of violence. » SEE THREAT PAGE 6
LEON NEAL/GETTY IMAGES/TNS In this photo illustration, the welcome screen for the OpenAI ChatGPT app is displayed on a laptop on Feb. 3.

has since gone viral on social media platforms.

While the altercation occurred in 2021, the video resurfaced online in late December 2022.

In the clip, a customer is seen attacking the restaurant employees while they defend themselves. One customer climbed over the counter while others threw items, including a chair hurled towards Booth.

The customer was in for a surprise when Booth easily dodged and caught a chair thrown at her.

Taking a cue from Rhonda Rousey or Kung Fu Panda, Booth doesn't even break eye contact when the chair sails toward her, and she easily intercepts it, looking defiantly bored. (You can see this video at )

Based on what most viewers see, Booth has been training to catch furniture all her life.

At this point, most employees would be running for the service entrance. Not Booth, who stands defiantly, feet planted on the floor, egging her attacker with her gesturing, "Fight me."

What kind of training does it take to be a Waffle House employee? Where on an application does it say "must have the ability to dodge chairs and deflect on your feet?"

Isn't it enough that Waffle Houses need to stay open through hurricanes and tornados?

(Explainer: During severe weather, usually hurricanes, Waffle Houses are the barometer of hurricane's danger. A Waffle House's status reflects the seriousness of a storm. Hint: if you come upon a shuttered Waffle House, it's time to run and take cover.)

Since the video resurfaced, Booth has quickly become known for having unusual strength, quick timing and impressive footwork. A social media hero, spawning memes and Wonder Woman-type T-shirts, an item that promptly sold out. Is this film an inkblot of America's increasing violence towards fast-food employees, an issue that has been around for a decade? One doesn't need to look for more Waffle House videos. Many classic fast-food battles have come from either McDonald's, Burger King or Wendy's archives.

Last September, customers were traumatized at a McDonald's on Manhattan's Lower East Side when a 31-year-old man went on an ax-wielding rampage after arguing with a group of men.

At a Harper Woods, Michigan, Burger King in 2019, a woman said a burger she bought the day before had tomatoes on it, and by the way, she didn't order it that way. Apparently, she had the sandwich with her.

She was offered other food or store credit, but she demanded cash.

When she didn't receive money, she repeatedly tried to climb onto the counter, but her friend held her back. She then launched a cookie rack and a wet floor sign at the cashier.

Last November, a North Carolina man allegedly pulled a gun on Wendy's employees after not getting sauce packets with his meal. Wendy's employees closed the drive-thru and quickly called 911.

The list goes on. Nobody knows why such violence has escalated; many believe it has risen since the pandemic, but specific statistics are hard to find. Because more people are taking out their phones and pressing “record,” there's more public awareness.

The only concrete statistics come from California, where fast-food employees are now tallying and documenting 911 calls, demanding better security.

It's clear that until certain measures are in place, the fast-food industry employees are at risk, psychologically and physically.

In the meantime, Booth can use the Waffle House Wendy video as an audition tape as a stunt double.

National Love Your Pet Day

Special day on Feb. 20 highlights value of pets


Do you have a pet? Nowadays it feels like everyone has a pet of some kind. Most people usually get cats and dogs, and some people have unique pets like raccoons or chameleons. No matter the case, the one feeling that all pet owners share is companionship. When you live with and spend every day with them, it is very hard not to be fond of them.

Besides having to pick up their poop and them ruining all your belongings, what’s not to love? The benefit of having a pet means you get a free comedian in your house, as well as an instant vacuum to clean up all your spills!

Albeit, when you come across an animal and you have that love at first sight moment, that is where the bond normally starts. They begin to grow on you with their little mannerisms, reminding you that they have their own personalities

and different tastes. It could be the way their tongue sticks out or the way their butt wiggles when they're excited.

There are so many funny and charismatic things about your pet, that allow you a great comfort and happiness. One of the best parts of coming home is seeing your buddy greet you at the door from a long day. Or when you’re having a bad day, they are always there to listen to your woes and comfort you. It’s the little things about them that make you love them more.

I have always had a pet in my house ever since I can remember, so I am well accustomed to owning and taking care one. Currently, I have a male tabby cat named Marshall. He is the cuddliest and the most troublesome thing. He likes to loom over my head at 6 a.m. to constantly remind me that he wants me to feed him and that I cannot waste another minute, or he will immediately die from starvation. Another thing he likes to do is just plop himself right on your chest and face (he is a big cat) when you least expect it. He does this because he loves you and because he wants attention, if you

couldn’t tell.

The fact is, with owning an animal comes a lot of responsibility. They are a lot of work and energy. You must feed them, play with them, take them on walks, as well as having to pick up their poop every day. And let’s not forget with a pet, they like to destroy everything in their wake. For example, my cat used his claws to tear up every side of my bed, and a very large corner of my rug; now it has giant chunks of fabric ripped out.

Sometimes I get so angry at him that I want to throw him out of a window (but I don’t). Then I must remind myself that he is just a cat, and he doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong. Having a pet is sometimes so frustrating because they do unpredictable things due to their nature. So be wary of your emotions when it comes to owning a pet because they will test your patience.

All in all, owning a pet is a big deal, but it is one of the most fulfilling relationships a human being can have. Unconditional love and companionship are what I value in a pet. What do you value in yours?

prompts, it could help with better grammar and language usage, it can help students with any difficulties they may have with their homework and it can even assist in bettering students understandings of their learnings by providing examples and explanations to concepts they may be having trouble with.

If used properly, ChatGPT can have a positive impact on students' education. However, if ChatGPT continues to be used to autogenerate homework and essays for students who refuse to do the work themselves, educators may just ban the program entirely instead of allowing its usage in moderation.

EMILY FAUST / CLARION Madison College students visit with the Dogs on Call pets earlier this school year. National Love Your Pet Day was Feb. 20, and reminds us of the positive aspects of pet ownership.


Yahara Journal event gives students chance to share their work

The Yahara Journal hosted an open mic on Feb. 21, incorporating a pleasant mix of poetry, slam poetry and prose written and performed by Madison College students. Going into the studio where it was held, a large turnout was not expected by myself, though I was taken aback at the velocity at which the room had filled with nervous and exciting chatter.

Throughout the performances, which encapsulated a little over an hour, the people in the audience were visibly afflected to each piece, coupled with laughter and wonder, and at some points, grief and self-reflection. And to me, it seemed like a Kafkaesque-absent fever dream—a raging flurry of lucid and fathomable pseudo-speeches. All the while with themes of meditation and mythology, “F you to the rich people” and “On spring nights...” and some many others, it was perhaps a singularity of beauty one wishes upon.

And to be frank, poetry and prose staging is quite difficult to write about due to the vast array of complicated and sometimes untouched feelings. A simple article does not constitute, nor does it touch the power of the countless stories of the open mic.

I sat down with Yahara Journal editor Asime Ibraimi, who played a paramount role in organizing of the event, after the cleanup. We talked about what her goal for the Yahara Journal is, and, plainly put, the lack of support for the art and poetry community affecting her and many alike. The shining

thought of connecting people through their works acted as a primary guide. A problem that Ibraimi had brought to the conversation was marketing strategies to promote events and readings such as the one that occurred last Tuesday. She expressed the importance of getting in people’s faces, and to a fantastic avail, it certainly proved to be a success, a success that confidently will continue. There happen to be flyers floating about.

Moreover, the Yahara Journal not only organizes and promotes poetry and prose readings but also grants students the opportunity to read and accept submissions to be published in the journal. Ibraimi describes the atmosphere of the group, which meets every Tuesday at 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Truax Room B1260G, as “a group of friends who tell jokes, read and share poetry and chill. Everyone gets close (to each other).” Anyone is free and is encouraged to join.

Additionally, the Yahara Journal holds writing contests which can be submitted by email to, through the Madison College website, and by scanning the QR code on flyers. The first-place winners receive a $50 prize. I thank everyone at the Yahara Journal for arranging such a special event and all who performed their spectacular original pieces.

Great Dane Pub & Brew is a great place to dine


Are you missing the fun time with friends and family, hanging out in a good relaxing view at the same time?

Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. in East Madison is the place to go.

The restaurant has two floors. The first floor, where the bar is located, is always crowded. But if you are looking for a quiet place with a calm view, the second floor is your destination.

I went upstairs to the second floor and sat on one of the booths facing the windows. The view was relaxing.

I am vegetarian, so I ordered a tofu banh mi sandwich. I had never tried tofu before. Surprisingly, it was so delicious.

The vinegar, jalapeno pepper and fresh cilantro make the sandwich taste delicious. The toasted baguette was crispy on the outside and heavenly soft on the inside. With each bite you take, you taste each sandwich layer individually; all the layers together create this sour, spicy and fresh taste that makes you long for another bite.

I ordered the waffles fries included with the cost of the sandwich, which was $13.50, and it was crunchy and soft at the same time with the right amount of salt and these mystery spices that mix with the fries make them taste perfect.

The tofu banh mi sandwich was unique, light and tasty. If you plan to visit

EDITOR: CLARION STAFF PHOTO Taleise Lawrence reads during the Yahara Journal open mic in the Truax Campus Studio Theater on Feb. 21. CLARION STAFF PHOTO Madison College student Matti Powers shares work during the Yahara Journal open mic.
IMAN ALRASHID / CLARION Portions at the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. are large, so bring your appetite.


the Great Dane restaurant, keep in mind that there are five locations. The one I usually visit is in East Madison. Downtown Madison, Fitchburg, Hilldale and Wausau are the other locations.

The cost of one meal at Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. is between $12 and $20 an entree. The only inconvenient thing is the parking lot. Sometimes I cannot find a place to park my car. But otherwise, it is a delightful place for family and friends to gather.

Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen

A new “Dungeons & Dragons” game book just dropped titled “Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen.”

The “Dragonlance Campaign Setting” is one of my most beloved “Dungeons & Dragons” games. It takes place in the war-ravaged world of Krynn, which is during a war between an alliance of races and the hordes of the Dragon Armies. The game introduces new classes, such as Mage and an Order of Knights.

Its setting is inspired by “Lord of the Rings” in its war of gods of light and darkness. The books span the better

part of three decades and follow the adventures of many heroes and villains.

A very military and wargame version of “D&D,” it allows you to command armies and lead military campaigns. The world is known for its dragon warfare and players can gain dragon units for their battles.

It is a world is filled with thousands of years of lore, the rise and fall of empires, vast battles between hordes of goblins and legions of knights, evil gods that seek to enslave the world to their will and dragons destroying entire armies.

Travel to the world of Krynn and join the battle.

IMAN ALRASHID / CLARION The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. has five locations.

Rihanna’s halftime show was fantastic

Even though it had been five years since her last live performance and seven years since her last album, Rihanna showed the world she could still pull off a stunning performance during her Super Bowl Halftime Show.

She opened the show by performing “B---- Better Have My Money,” while levitating on a platform high above the Super Bowl field in a gorgeous red outfit. The rest of her performance consisted of a mashup of her greatest hits, such as “Where Have You Been,” “Only Girl,” “We Found Love” and “Umbrella” after descending from her platform.

During her performance, she didn’t perform much choreography and left most of the movement up to the backup dancers. Many fans online wondered if she was pregnant with her second child during the performance because of her lack of movement and a slight bump showing out of her outfit. These rumors were soon confirmed by her representatives after the show.

After her main performance, she ascended from the ground on her platform and closed the show with her 2012 top hit, “Diamonds.” She sang her last few verses with a spotlight on her, making her shine just like a diamond in the sky.

The feedback from her performance on Twitter shows just how much fans loved it! One fan tweeted “I thought Rihanna’s halftime show was GREAT, from song selection to production to the unabashed swagger of a woman soaring high above a football field while pregnant with her second child, just nine months after giving birth.”

The topic “Rihanna” was No. 1 trending on twitter for four hours after the performance, even higher than the actual Super Bowl itself. Also, this performance was the third most watched Super bowl Halftime show ever with 123.5 million viewers. This shows just how her Super Bowl Halftime Show was nothing short of extraordinary!

The Ponce de Leon lighthouse is the largest in Florida


With spring break coming up, people think of warmer locales. For many students who venture to Florida, thoughts of places like theme parks and Daytona Beach probably come to mind. Recently I visited Florida and decided to visit a piece of Florida history, the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse.

Constructed over a period of four years in 1883, the towering lighthouse stands 176 feet tall, the tallest in the entire state. It has been meticulously restored, and you can climb the lighthouse staircase. Views from the observation deck on the lighthouse are breathtaking. You can see the ocean, the inlet and much of the surrounding town and landscape.

The lighthouse grounds and property are a working museum, with original buildings preserved and displays covering all aspects of lighthouse operations, from 1883 until the light was ordered extinguished by the Coast Guard on Jan. 1, 1970.

The lighthouse started as a kerosene wick system with chandelier-style lights to an electrified 1000-watt bulb system in its first working career. The lighthouse was put back into service in 1982, as high-rise buildings were affecting the view of the Coast Guard’s other light on the opposite side of the inlet. It became a National Historic Landmark in 1998.

For additional historical value,

many older style lighthouse lamps, lenses and other equipment are on display with signs explaining much of the purpose and history of each. The museum goes into detail about how each different lighting element and lens was a technological feat for the time, and how it affected lighthouse operations. There is also lots of information about Coast Guard lighting and what colors are designated for the smaller shoreline and waterway lights.

The newer building designated for the various lights and lenses gives you an up close view of the inner workings of many different types of lamps that have helped keep ships safe for centuries. The grounds offer a nice walk and view as well as the neighboring Ponce de Leon Park.

The surrounding city of Ponce Inlet offers the usual tourist amenities like local restaurants and souvenir shops. With so many nearby attractions as well as New Smyrna Beach a short drive around the inlet, the area offers more ways to fill your day.

The lighthouse and grounds were salvaged from vandals and disrepair by the efforts of the Lighthouse Preservation Association that formed in 1972 and still cares for and preserves the land.

If you find yourself on Florida’s East Coast during break, check out this historical treasure! Ponce Inlet isn’t too far from Daytona Beach and right next door to New Smyrna Beach.

Scavenger hunts, secret passageways and adventure found at Wizard Quest

If you’re like most people, you probably have gone to Wisconsin Dells at least once in your life. Like most tourist areas there are plenty of T-shirt shops, arcades, waterparks, large hotels and other attractions. However, one of these attractions sticks out to me because of how unique it is compared to everything else. This attraction is known as Wizard Quest! Located on the 400 block of Broadway, WQ takes up the entire block and is a three-story building that is part scavenger hunt and part escape room.

When you first enter, you are greeted by a tavern-like lobby that plays a video explaining how to play the game. After the cashier explains further directions, you are given a tablet and a magic torch (a UV flashlight). Taking your important items, you go through a door that looks like something out of “The Hobbit,” entering what is called the Crossroads. Another video explains further your mission: find Quest Givers (characters with tablets in front of them) and aid them with their plight. The sixteen characters are spread throughout the four realms of Air, Fire, Earth and Water. As a player you can decide what realm to enter and what character to start with.

Each realm is themed to its element very nicely. There are clouds in Air, plastic bubbles suspended from the ceiling in Water, flickering lights in Fire and winding trees in Earth. You can easily tell which realm you, the player, are a part of. The building is so full of immersive art, you might forget to play! Each realm also has at least four or five Quest Givers to choose from in the two-hour play time. All the characters range in difficulty, time, distance and challenges you may

face along the way as well.

If this doesn’t catch your eye just yet, let me tell you about the secrets within the game. The UV flashlight reveals clues for six of the quests and they are hidden all over the building. Wizard Quest also has several secret passages (of course I won’t tell you where they are, otherwise, it wouldn’t be much of a secret) spread throughout.

After your adventure, you turn in the tablet and flashlight before arriving in the gift shop that looks like a Village Market. They offer a variety of costumes, props, fairy statues, dragon statues and other fantasy themed items. If you like the Village, try the shops in the courtyard. There’s a sock shop, a boutique, an up-and-coming bagel shop as well as an ice cream store.

I find Wizard Quest very fun. It’s a place that you can keep coming back to, especially since they keep expanding. They also offer a combo ticket with Ripley’s Believe It or Not, if that is sort of your thing. So, the next time you visit the Dells, you should give Wizard Quest a

go! KRISTA OLSON-LEHMAN / CLARION The Ponce de Leon lighthouse is currently in service and its 1,000 watt beacon shines into the night sky once it automatically activates at dusk. PHOTO PROVIDED TO THE CLARION Bailey Hanson enjoys her visit to Wizard Quest located in Wisconsin Dells.



Profiles of WolfPack athletes



A freshman guard/forward on the Madison College men’s basketball team, Peter Gustafson played in 29 of the team’s 30 games this season. He averaged 6.1 points and 3.4 rebounds a game. Gustafson also had 25 assists, 24 steals and 15 blocked shots.

Gustafson is a graduate of Monticello High School, where he earned WBCA First Team All-State honors as a junior and a

senior. He was also a three-time first team all-conference selection in the Six Rivers East Conference. He plans to major in sports business, and is the son of Mark and Rebecca Gustafson.



A freshman guard on the Madison College women’s basketball team, Kayla Staveness averaged 7.1 points and 2.9 rebounds a game for the WolfPack this past season. She also had 32 assists and 16 steals.

Staveness, who is a graduate of Rio High School, played in every game for Madison College this season and started in 15 games. She tied Kaylee Anzalone for the most three-pointers on the team this season, converting on 39 of 108 shots from behind the arc. She scored in double figures in nine games.


Up until the end of January, the Madison College WolfPack men’s basketball team has had a consistently inconsistent season, heading into the last weekend of January with a 9-10 (1-2 conference) record.

But as I mentioned a couple issues ago, if there was any time in high school and college basketball to get hot, now is that time. The time right before tournament play starts, right around February, is when you hope your team is clicking and has enough chemistry to keep their season alive as long as possible.

Madison College Coach Jason Roscoe’s squad got the memo going into the home stretch. The WolfPack won their next two games on Jan. 26 and Jan. 28 by a combined score of 179-119, a 60-point margin.

WolfPack learned to string wins together Regional title bout

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A slow first half put Madison College down by more than double digits against rival College of DuPage in the NJCAA Division II Region 4 men’s basketball championship on Feb. 26.

The early 13-point deficit was too much for the WolfPack to overcome as they fell, 85-69, in the championship game.

Madison College ended the season

with a 16-14 record in Jason Roscoe’s first year as head coach. The team was 5-3 in conference play, good for a second-place finish.

While some of the first-half difference was the result of a below-average shooting performance by the WolfPack, who hit just 40.7% of its shots, much of it was due to foul trouble.

College of DuPage outscored Madison College, 13 to 5, from the free throw line in the first half and 34 to 16 in the game. Deante Luster, the team’s second leading scorer, was limited to 11 points and fouled out of the game.

Madison College falls in regional first round game


Madison College fell behind early against Joliet Junior College in their first-round game of the NJCAA Region 4 Division III tournament and was never able to recover.

Joliet Junior College raced out to a 28-9 lead in the first quarter, and Madison College was unable to close the gap, falling 69-54 on Feb. 24.

It was the third time this season the WolfPack had fallen to Joliet. The 15-point margin was the largest of the three meetings.

Kayla Staveness led Madison College with 19 points and was the only WolfPack player to score in

double figures.

Joliet’s defense held down two of Madison College’s best scorers.

Jordanna Davis had eight points on 4 of 13 shooting, while Taylor Ripp had six points on 2 of 12 shooting.

Madison College finished the season with an 8-20 overall record.

Joliet advanced to the Region 4 championship to play top-seeded College of DuPage.

Rock Valley College 107, Madison College 73

Former conference rival Rock Valley College posted a 107-73 victory

Sophomore forward Keith Hoffman led the team with 29 points and had 11 rebounds. He and Luster were the only players to score in double figures. Hoffman finishes his Madison College playing career with a total of 1,003 points and 495 rebounds.

Madison College 90, Harper College 59

The opening round of the NJCAA Division II Tournament saw Madison College dominate Harper College, 90-59, on Feb. 24. It was the

Their next two games after that were in conference play against the College of DuPage and Joliet Junior College. They kept up their winning ways, but at a much closer margin. Madison College posted a 72-70 win over DuPage and then followed it up with an 85-77 overtime win over Joliet.

On Feb. 7, they hosted a struggling Harper College, which entered that game with a 3-21 record on the season. Throughout the beginning minutes of the game, Harper played the WolfPack close. But size was a big advantage for the WolfPack in this game and once they began to use it to pull away from Harper, taking 38-21 at halftime. Harper kept fighting, with three-pointers and turnovers keeping them somewhat close.

The inside presence of sophomore Keith Hoffman was too much for Harper College to handle, as he finished with 26 points and seven rebounds. With six minutes left in the game, the WolfPack extended their lead to

JACKSON CROSSEN / CLARION Madison College’s Keith Hoffman looks to pass the ball as a pair of South Suburban College defenders close in during a home game earlier this season.
MORGAN WITTHUN / Madison College’s Taylor Ripp drives past a defender during a recent home game.

Esports team had many highlights from fall season

The Madison College Esports team recently completed their Fall 2022 season and had a great deal of success.

The team competed in Valorant, Rocket League, Overwatch 2, Super Smash Bros and Call of Duty Warzone.

The Overwatch 2 team made a splash in the NACE Starleague playoffs. They had a 5-2 record going in and made a nice run during the playoffs, defeating the University of Ottawa 3-1. They played the University of Hartford next, and quickly fell behind 2-0. The team battled back to force a deciding game five, but ended up falling 3-2 and finished with an honorable top four finish in the Starleague.

The Rocket League team made its way over to the Wisconsin Collegiate Rocket League Lan tournament on Nov.



over 20 points, putting this game away. They won 79-61 to extend their season-long win streak to five games.

They came out of that game having won five games in a 12-day span after just nine in the first two months of the season.

After that they finished the regular season on a 1-3 mark, including a loss in a hardfought game to the Stormers of Milwaukee Area Technical College, one of the best teams in NJCAA Division II and the defending conference champ.

But Roscoe’s team showed that they have it in them to pull off what you need to do during tournament season – string together wins.

They finished the regular season 15-13 overall and 5-3 in conference play, good for second place. Now we’ll see if they can string toether wins in the postseason.



over Madison College on Feb. 21, scoring the most points the WolfPack has allowed this season. Rock Valley, ranked 12th in Division II, took a 26-14 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

Reyna Knox led Madison College with a career-high 18 points on seven of 10 shooting. Mikala Williams and Taylor Ripp both added 16 points. Jordanna Davis rounded out the double-digit scorers with 13 points.

Rock Valley College has now won the last 12 meetings between the two teams.

Milwaukee Area Technical College 69, Madison College 62

A 12-0 run early in the fourth quarter turned what had been a back-and-forth game into a 69-62 victory for Milwaukee Area Technical College on Feb. 19. Madison College had pulled within a point at 52-51 before allowing Milwaukee to score 12 straight points over a three minute stretch.

Ripp had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the WolfPack, while Knox scored 12 points.

Emma Paulson was the only other player in double figures with 11 points.

11 and 12. This tournament was double elimination, and Madison College was one of the only two-year schools in attendance, making the competition even more challenging.

UW-Milwaukee brought five different teams to the tournament, and Madison College was able to dispatch one of them in the first round, 2-0. They faced Milwaukee’s top team next, where they fell just short in a 2-1 loss. They advanced all the way to the lower bracket quarterfinals where they fell just short to the same Milwaukee team that beat them earlier.

They finished with a record of 4-2 and a sixth place finish, including a win over defending champion UW-Whitewater. The team received a nice consolation prize when member Ian Conlin was named MVP.

The Valorant team competed in the most difficult division in the NJCAAE,



second time in two weeks that Madison College beat Harper by more than 30 points.

Madison College scored the game’s first seven points and never trailed, leading 48-20 at halftime. Sophomore Keith Hoffman led all players with 24 points and nine rebounds. Deante Luster added 19 points, while Nik Feller scored 14.

Rock Valley 81, Madison College 67

A late-game cold spell dashed any hope the Madison College men’s basketball team had of closing out the regular season with a win. Former conference rival Rock Valley College held Madison College to just six points in the final eight minutes to score an 81-67 victory over the visiting WolfPack on Feb. 21.

The two teams battled closely throughout the game, which saw nine ties and 13 lead changes. In the final eight minutes, though, Rock Valley outscored the WolfPack, 22-6.

Luster led Madison College with 24 points on 10 of 17 shooting. Hoffman scored 13 points, hitting three of his team’s seven three-point shots. But he struggled shooting, converting just five of his 16 shots.

and finished the season with a solid 4-3 record. They bowed out gracefully as they were unable to get by their firstround opponent, Suffolk Community College.

The Smash Ultimate team had three players competing at these playoffs. Connor Mayhew was unable to secure a victory as he fell to Heartland Community College and Lincoln Land Community College. Baxter Beckwith was able to get a win over Eastern Arizona College, and finished the day with a 2-1 record. Zach Stephens was the only player from the WolfPack to advance to the next round, finishing with a 2-1 record.

The Call of Duty Warzone team ended their season with a 5-2 record, and began their playoff run against Tallahassee Community College. The WolfPack put up a valiant effort, but unfortunately ended up falling 3-1.


Madison College schedules and results.



NOV. 1 at home vs. McHenry County College, 83-78 LOSS

NOV. 4 at home vs. Mesabi Range CTC, 60-53 WIN

NOV. 5 at Waubonsee CC, 97-74 LOSS

NOV. 9 at University of Dubuque JV, 80-71 WIN (2OT)

NOV. 11 vs. North Central Michigan College, 82-80 WIN (OT)

NOV. 12 vs. Bay College, 73-69 LOSS

NOV. 15 at home vs. College of Lake County, 77-58 WIN

NOV. 17 at home vs. Rockford University JV, 95-76 WIN

NOV. 19 at Carl Sandburg College, 87-81 LOSS

NOV. 22 at Rochester Community and Technical College, 73-67 LOSS

NOV. 30 at Western Technical College, 80-54 WIN

DEC. 3 at home vs. Prairie State College, 69-66 LOSS

DEC. 8 at Loras College JV, 78-77 LOSS

DEC. 10 vs. Kishwaukee College, 75-62 WIN

DEC. 29 at Elgin CC, 75-70 WIN

JAN. 10 at home vs. Bryant & Stratton College, 74-53 LOSS

JAN. 12 at home vs. College of DuPage, 76-70 LOSS

JAN. 17 at Joliet Junior College, 82-72 WIN

JAN. 24 vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College, 108-65 LOSS

JAN. 26 vs. Gogebic Community College, 85-60 WIN

JAN. 28 vs. UW-Baraboo, 94-59 WIN

JAN. 31 at College of DuPage, 72-70 WIN

FEB. 2 at home vs. Joliet Junior College, 85-77 OT WIN

FEB. 7 at home vs. Harper College, 79-61 WIN

FEB. 11 at home vs. South Suburban College, 83-62 LOSS

FEB. 17 at Harper College, 104-69 WIN

FEB. 19 at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 87-68 LOSS

FEB. 21 at Rock Valley, 81-67 LOSS

FEB. 24 NJCAA Region 4 Tournament vs. Harper College, 90-59 WIN

FEB. 26 NJCAA Region 4 Tournament vs. College of DuPage, 85-69 LOSS



NOV. 1 at home vs. McHenry County College, 79-60 LOSS

NOV. 4 at home vs. Iowa Central Community College, 82-65 LOSS

NOV. 5 at Waubonsee CC, 90-60 LOSS

NOV. 9 at University of Dubuque JV, 74-57 LOSS

NOV. 11 vs. North Central Michigan College, 57-36 WIN

NOV. 12 vs. Bay College, 44-40 WIN

NOV. 15 at home vs. College of Lake County, 67-56 WIN

NOV. 17 at home vs. Rockford University JV, 74-41 WIN

Milwaukee Area Technical College 87, Madison College 68

Madison College fell behind the No. 6-ranked team in Division II by 15 points at halftime and was unable to close the gap, falling to Milwaukee Area Technical College, 87-68, on Feb. 19. With the win, Milwaukee claimed its third-straight North Central Community College Conference title.

Hoffman led three double-digit scorers for the WolfPack, scoring 19 points and grabbing six rebounds. Luster added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Telin Porter finished with 10 points.

Madison College 104, Harper College 69

A strong shooting performance saw Madison College post its season-high points total in a 104-69 victory over host Harper College on Feb. 17. The WolfPack converted on 44 of 67 shots for a season-high 65.7% shooting.

Four players scored in double figures for Madison College, led by Hoffman with 29 points and seven rebounds. He became the first player in school history to score 900 career points and have 450 career rebounds.

Luster finished with 26 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to fall just short of a triple-double. Gustafson added 12 points, while Cortez Telefred had 10 points.

NOV. 19 at Carl Sandburg College, 80-76 WIN

NOV. 22 at Rochester Community and Technical College, 96-70 LOSS

NOV. 30 at Western Technical College, 94-60 LOSS

DEC. 3 at home vs. Prairie State College, 63-47 WIN

DEC. 8 at Loras College JV, 65-51 LOSS

DEC. 10 at home vs. Kishwaukee College, 68-64 LOSS

DEC. 29 at Elgin CC, 86-63 LOSS

JAN. 3 vs. Oakton CC, 92-73 LOSS

JAN. 10 at home vs. Bryant & Stratton College, 87-56 LOSS

JAN. 12 at home vs. College of DuPage, 83-78 OT LOSS

JAN. 17 at Joliet Junior College, 72-65 LOSS

JAN. 24 at home vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College, 68-66 LOSS

JAN. 26 at home vs. Gogebic Community College, 60-57 WIN

JAN. 31 at College of DuPage, 71-61 LOSS

FEB. 2 at home vs. Joliet Junior College, 71-67 OT LOSS

FEB. 7 at home vs. Harper College, 80-65 WIN

FEB. 11 at home vs. South Suburban College, 71-53 LOSS

FEB. 16 at Harper College, CANCELLED

FEB. 19 at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 69-62 LOSS

FEB. 21 at Rock Valley College, 107-73 LOSS

FEB. 24 NJCAA Region 4 Tournament vs. Joliet Junior College, 69-54 LOSS

MORGAN WITTHUN / CLARION Madison College men’s basketball player Tyler Haak goes up for two points during a home game earlier this season.



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Personal Research Help

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Pick Up a Bus Pass

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Lockers Available

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50 Clubs to Choose From

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Join the Clarion

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