MAY 5, 2021 • THEONLINECLARION.COM • VOLUME 51, ISSUE 16 • MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE OPINION
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Holistic healing during the pandemic SHERRA OWINO Contributor The term “pandemic” has seemingly changed its definition according to many modern people. Instead of seeing COVID-19 as a worldwide disease, many may instead say that it’s a shift in conveniences and the normal way of life. As creatures of habit, the drastic change in routine and what’s known has had effects on humanity in a holistic way; mental, social, spiritual and physical. Since the body is a whole package as opposed to random pieces walking around separately, it makes sense that when one part is affected, the other parts follow suit.
Nutrition and Physical Health
The “stay at home” order caused a considerable change in eating habits. People were no longer eating in restaurants and instead having groceries delivered directly to their residence. While these could be for some a positive shift with more home-cooked foods and intentional ingredients, for the majority of adults (61 percent), staying home meant unwanted weight gain or loss. So, how does that happen? Again, the body is a whole piece. According to the American Psychological Association, weight changes are a common symptom in working through challenges with mental health with stress or emotional eating or lack thereof. Furthermore, people often reported sleeping more or less than they wanted and consuming more alcohol to deal with stress during the pandemic as compared » SEE HEALING PAGE 6
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International student offered Phi Theta Kappa scholarship CHRIS BIRD Managing Editor Ana Paula Rodovalho Fernandes Moreira was recently offered a New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa. This scholarship reflects academic accomplishment, leadership, participation in activities and extending intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Only one scholar is selected in any one state in the U.S. An international student from Brazil, where she was a licensed nurse and an active member of the Madison College community, Ana has already achieved a great deal since becoming a student in the Fall of 2019. Ana started her path at Madison College as a tutor in the Student Achievement Center, and took volunteer opportunities when able, including coaching soccer for high school students on the south side of Madison. Not long after, when health restrictions due to COVID cut down on many volunteer opportunities, Ana looked for
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Ana Paula Rodovalho Fernandes Moreira new opportunities to get involved at the college. “I joined PTK February 2020, and in April I ran for officer and I got into a position as PTK’s representative for the Student Affairs Council and the
Student Activities Board…I got elected on, I don’t know, like a Monday and then next Friday I was already in one of the meetings.” In a new position, while also transitioning with everyone else into a new working and learning environment, Ana hit the ground running. “Everybody was super welcoming in the councils … everybody helped me understand how the councils worked and guided me through the processes and everything. So I did that since mid May and I learned a lot. It was like two months after COVID, so they were still trying to figure out things with online, and I just learned so much leadership skills, and communication skills because I’m not a native English speaker. So communication for me, like I speak fluently, but to express myself clearly and in an organized way, like these meetings require, so I learned a lot there.” When the position for Co-Chair of the Student Affairs Council opened up, Ana applied and was voted into the role, working alongside Dr. Tim Casper,
Executive Vice President at Madison College. “It was amazing, Dr. Casper was super nice as well and helped me and guided me through the processes. I started taking part in the College Assembly and the Co-Chairs Assembly. I was the only student in the Co-Chairs assembly … so I was very glad that I decided to become a co-chair, and be able to share my voice and hopefully represent the students’ voice.” “This was a part of the scholarship, they ask about what was my biggest, my most significant endeavor with my College Community, and this is what I told them. PTK allowed me to develop myself and become a representative for students voices in those processes. Be part of the shared governance with senior administrators.” Ana is also a student Ambassador for the Goodman South Campus. “I plan events for students and we try to do as many events as possible, interactive events. At least once a month we try to do events that interact with students » SEE SCHOLARSHIP PAGE 6
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By Dana Ryals, Librarian
Another year in the books for Madison College library THE STUDENT VOICE OF MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
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The end of another school year is once again approaching, and I think we’re all ready for it. Madison College Libraries usually takes this time to thank our excellent student workers. During regular times there are many students to give a shout out to, but this year we have only had the pleasure of working with one awesome and professional student worker, Opeyemi Adedeji, aka Solomon. Solomon has been with us for several years in the library and has consistently been a dependable source of knowledge, kindness, and great customer service. He is graduating from Madison College this Spring. We wish him and all our 2021 graduates all the best as they move on to their next chapter. Farewell Solomon and the rest of the class of 2021! Congratulations on graduating during this memorable, challenging remote year. We
wish you luck as you enter new colleges and new jobs. Although we have seen students in the Truax Library this past year for the occasional book or in-person appointment, we have been working with them primarily remotely this past year without the benefit of our student helpers. This past year, here are some impressive figures of what we have been up to: 129 – second language support 195 –one-on-one appointments 352 –classroom visits, workshops, and other events 358 –physical books
checked out 515 –electronic interlibrary loan articles filled 968 – library phone calls answered 6,518 –online chats answered 7,061 –technology phone calls answered Clearly, we have stayed busy working on college-owned laptops in our makeshift home offices. Although it is nice to show up to work in our comfy clothes and not need to commute, we are looking forward to going back to Madison College. We miss the face-to-face interactions with our stu-
dents and the sometimes calm, sometimes chaotic energy of the libraries. We miss the long walks around the building just getting from one place to another. We miss the coffee shop and the bakery counter. We miss walking through the rows and rows of books. We miss watching our students walk across the stage as they graduate and move on. As everyone goes away for the summer or sticks around to earn extra credits before next August, know that we will be around still answering questions but also exploring new ways to start coming back in person safely in order to help you in the hopefully not too distant future. Farewell to the 2020-2021 school year and all the challenges and opportunities it has provided. Whether or not the memories are fond, this year will stay with us as we carve out our new future and look to better days.
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Pandemic’s impact on mental health
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Counselor discusses COVID-19’s impact on students’ mental well-being ANNIKA VANDERWERF Contributor More than one year after the COVID-19 quarantine began, let’s take a moment to reflect. Take a deep breath, in through the nose, out through the mouth. Unclench your jaw, stretch your neck, whatever you need to do to relax yourself at this moment. It has been a year of reckoning, bringing our country’s ugliness into the spotlight. It was a year of loneliness and grief. It brought out the best and worst in people. All around, people are discussing racism, LGBTQ+ issues, health issues, and over all of these, mental health. Ironically, one of the best impacts the stresses of the past year has been an emerging openness towards mental health in all its aspects: inter-generational trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, effects of bullying and discrimination, anxiety and depression. You name it, and people are talking about it. At least a lot of people are. After all of that, it’s now recognized as “normal” to feel stressed, anxious and depressed. Robyn Groth, an access specialist at UW–Madison for mental health resources and former therapist at Quest Counseling and Consultation Center in Madison, has been addressing the impact of the pandemic on students’ mental health in the past year. Groth mostly has experience with UW–Madison students, but also saw clients from Madison College and Edgewood College during her time at Quest, as have almost all of the other therapists there. “[Students are] having a trauma response, in a lot of ways, and that’s something I’ve seen a lot with them: the fight flight and freeze response being activated. That’s going to impact our capacity and our bandwidth – we feel like we’re in this blender, like, ‘what the hell is going on?’,” she said. The pandemic is different in terms of traumatic experiences, Groth said, in that it’s everywhere, all the time, and we kind of just have to wait it out. Ringing any bells? Maybe not. Usually, when we talk about PTSD, (TRIGGER WARNING) we think about war veterans or sexual assault survivors. In recent years, another type of PTSD, called Complex-PTSD (or C-PTSD) was added to the DSM-5. C-PTSD results from “complex” trauma, that didn’t come from one specific event, rather a series of events over a longer period of time. Usually people with C-PTSD feel that they were (or literally were) unable to escape the traumatic environment that they were in. Sound familiar now? Groth said it’s a fair parallel to draw, not just in the sense that we can’t snap our fingers and make COVID19 disappear, but “also the way in which media and social media can heighten our trauma responses and our stress reactions, it’s just like information overload.”
Every single day there is more news, more cases, more deaths and more restrictions. It’s extremely difficult to get away from. Then on top of media-related information, most people are all spending their time inside and on Zoom calls. “The Zoom fatigue is real,” Groth said, sighing, through her Zoom call interview with a student reporter, “and dread of online school, and then services that are intended to be supportive, telehealth even, is also on Zoom. So, it’s like ‘I’m gonna take these strides to take care of myself…and engage on a screen again.’” Biologically and socially, humans are not designed for the Zoom life. As Groth noted, “We were designed to coregulate, like human body to human body.” Thus, the way that people have been forced to function and continue with work and school is neglectful to their bodies and minds. It’s not just the amount of time that people spend on screens or in their homes. A lot of the stress may come from where home is, who you are living with, and whether or not you can afford to keep living there or be able to eat. “I’m working with a handful of LGBTQ+ students who have been forced to move back home, and home is not a safe place. They move into this survival mode, like ‘I just have to get through or I have to conceal parts of myself while I’m stuck at home or in an environment that’s not safe for me,’” Groth said. She added that she has another client in her group therapy sessions who is unable to do telehealth appointments from home, because her roommate listens in and uses that confidential information against her. These stressors and restrictions now facing college students across the country translates into missed milestones and missed relational connections. Students are not getting the same opportunities that they would have under normal circumstances that help them figure out their identity. “I had some students who have decided to live alone just to have more safety,” Groth said. Then, of course, there’s the ever-looming financial stress that so many college students and their families worry about even in normal times, that has become increasingly severe due to job insecurity from the pandemic. Some students would have a job in a research lab, and they wouldn’t have a way to do that from home, and so they would be forced to just not get paid, and then they can’t pay their rent,” Groth said. Students whose families are experiencing financial insecurity due to the pandemic are now able to access more funds through financial aid both at Madison College and UW–Madison, “but that’s more loans that they’re taking out, so that compounds the financial stress.” Groth has also seen an increase in focus and atten-
tion related concerns at the UW especially. “Students worry that they might have ADHD, and there are increased rates of folks talking about social anxiety, and difficulties entering back into spaces in society, loneliness, feeling disconnected…think of the mindset of students: hardworking, high-achieving, not accustomed to taking time off or seeking help,” she said. Groth said that even once we do get “back to normal,” whatever that will be, that stress response isn’t going to go away overnight. There is some good news, however. Groth said students are lucky to be in a place like Madison. “Not only do we have a lot of licensed providers in Madison and Dane county in general, but we also have some lower cost options too,” she said. Many local counseling practices have programs that cost less for clients. At Quest, clinical interns are able to get more training and experience to boost their career, but as they are not yet licensed, sessions with them cost much less. UW–Madison has a staff of 40 to 50 licensed therapists. “It’s a really great team,” Groth said, “but we serve 48,000 graduate and undergraduate students, so it’s one therapist per thousand.” She says demand has skyrocketed, and Groth has never had a single no-show since switching to telehealth. At Madison College, students are all put in contact with an advisor, who can help them with academic and career questions, as well as getting students connected to counseling services either at the college or elsewhere. Contact information for counseling services at Madison College can be found at https:// madisoncollege.edu/counseling-services. There is a diverse staff of seven therapists and counselors, whose bios are also provided on the counseling page on the Madison College website. The website has a section reaching out specifically to the BIPOC student community regarding “recent episodes of overt racism in our communities and nationwide,” offering a safe and supportive space for them to process thoughts and feelings. Minority communities are already presented with higher rates of mental illness and were at higher risk of developing trauma-related mental health issues before the pandemic, and the events of the past year have only made things worse. Groth said that, if there is anything we have learned about mental issues among students during pandemic, it is that “This might be a call to college administrators, or students or other people: we have to figure out systemic ways to find outlets for people to take care of themselves. It feels like we’re going to be at a place where it’s too late before we employ wellness initiatives that care for the whole person.”
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COVID-19 crisis recieves mixed response from the LGBTQ+ community G. FLETCHER Contributor The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on many American’s mental health. As social animals, humans do not tend to cope well in social isolation. Yet throughout 2020 and into 2021, people have been told to do just that -- isolate in order to protect each other. Because of this isolation, it’s not unsurprising to see reports of depression, drug use and anxiety levels increasing across America during the pandemic. Yet, one group that has largely been ignored in coverage of the effects of COVID, has been the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ population in the United States has been historically affected disproportionately by poverty, lack of health insurance, unemployment, and poorer mental and physical health compared with non-LGBTQ people. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made those challenges worse. Some in the community have found themselves having to isolate with family members who reject their identity. Others have lost contact with their support and social networks. But one couple says they have found ways to cope and even learned that time alone can have its benefits. Hexi Wells is an engineer working on software, while Lucy Wells, her partner, is an unemployed Twitch streamer. While Lucy’s employment status has not changed during the pandemic – she remains unemployed --, it’s clear that her relationship with her partner has seen a bit of a change. “I was not impacted by the pandemic… I didn’t leave the house that much beforehand. The only thing that changed is that I don’t go out on dates as often,” Lucy states. “I’m coming from unemployment to a pandemic, there’s not much that’s going to be changing in that situation.” However, Hexi noted that the pair have played fewer board games. The pair self-identify as nerds and have had difficulty when it comes to gathering with their friends. With the reduced focus on social gatherings, their hobbies have seen a decline. Hexi reflects on the inability to get inspired to play board games, stating that, due to being unable to go to stores to see what new board games are out, they are less likely to play games. They also note that their area where they play games with Lucy and their friends is currently a mess. “The dining room has been a wreck for a [expletive] year at this point,” Hexi reflects . “With all the stress from all the other [expletive] going on in the world, I haven’t really felt like doing anything. Just like, I come home and let my brain rot… [The pandemic] did increase my drinking for a while. I was drinking way more alcohol as a ‘I don’t want to think’ mechanism.” They added that much of the early media coverage of the pandemic played a large role in their drinking, as well as the inability to get facts from the highest office in the country. It was like watching high school drama play out in the White House, they agreed. “We waited a day or two for whatever was said to be processed and then translated through the lens of truth,” they shared in tandem. “Because quite frankly we didn’t trust or believe anything that was being said in the official [White House briefings].” Between the two, it’s clear that the pandemic had more of an impact on Hexi. While stressful, the pandemic also has afforded some surprise benefits for Hexi. “I don’t enjoy being around people for the most part… Being able to have skype or email between me and other people has been really nice,” Hexi said. Ultimately, Hexi said, she also has come to like working from home, finding it to be far less distracting. “My office is off the manufacturing floor, which is pretty noisy, and I share the office with one other person, and there’s constantly people coming in to look for him and ask him questions about stuff…,” Hexi said. “If I get distracted and lose my place, I may lose 20 minutes trying to remember what I was trying to do before I can continue working. Working from home has been way more comfortable and more productive.” Lucy said she’s looking forward to things going back to normal, expressing an excitement of going on dates again, while Hexi is hoping to be able to continue working from home. While underrepresented, these two people have shared an experience with all Americans. They have struggled, but also learned to adjust, and even seen some benefits from their experience. Where America will go from here is unknown, but Hexi and Lucy say that they do feel more productive in the new normal.
Finding balance as a first-year college athlete during COVID KALEIA LAWRENCE Opinion Editor Making sports COVID-19 safe took some time, but Madison College did it. While all of the indoor sports seasons were fully cancelled, they were still granted permission to have up to five scrimmages against other teams and practices. Outdoor fall sports saw their season moved to spring and have been competing. All athletes at the school have been granted another year of eligibility. Even with all of these advantages, the athletic experience was very different from the pre-COVID seasons. While there were significant changes for all athletes, the effects of COVID-19 were perhaps felt greatest by first-year college athletes. For example, many first-year college athletes came into their first season after not playing for a year or longer because their high school senior season was cancelled. “I was nervous in general with not knowing what to expect coming to college athletics, then throw COVID in there. I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Samantha Plantz, a member of the Wolfpack women’s volleyball team. While many athletes were recruited, some still attended open tryouts. One change that was made this year was that tryouts were only open to those who weren’t already recruited. In typical years past, recruited players attended tryouts along with those who only came to open tryouts. “I was the only one who attended tryouts because of COVID. Everyone else already had their spot on the team,” said Brianna Hendrickson, a point guard on the Wolfpack women’s basketball team. The overall message from athletes is how grateful they are for a chance to play. “I’m happy we were still able to get together and practice throughout the year because I was able to form friendships I would have otherwise never made,”
said Hendrickson. Even though there have been many positives, that doesn’t mean that there are no hardships. “It’s been tough not really having a season or national tournament to look forward to but it’s been a lot of fun experiencing a new coaching style, growing as a player immensely and meeting some awesome girls that I get to practice with,” said Plantz. As expected, doing physical activity while wearing a mask isn’t something that athlete’s bodies are used to. While athletes are used to going through extraneous physical training, another layer of difficulty is added when doing so with a mask. “Training our lungs to be able to handle breathing through a mask while completely exhausted was probably the biggest challenge,” said Hendrickson.Even esports, which is currently held completely virtually, requires a lot of training. “Whether that’s regularly gaming, lifting or cardio, it’s important to put in the effort before it’s needed rather than after,” said Brian Haugh, member of the local esports team. Although sports will likely be looking different for a long time, first year athletes have words of encouragement for those considering sports during COVID. Overall, they stress that time is a crucial part of the experience. “My advice for freshmen thinking about being a collegiate athlete during COVID is to have good time management, utilizing your resources when you need help and have a big work ethic ready to further improve your athletic ability,” said Hendrickson. Another important aspect is to enjoy the time that you have with the sport. With the nature of the virus, nothing is guaranteed. “My advice would be to not take any practice or rep for advantage...all in all don’t take that time you get in the gym for granted because just like that it could be taken away,” said Plantz.
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The Redsten Gymnasium where the wolfpack volleyball and basketball teams practice and play.
PUBLICSAFETY By Sgt. Lucas Adler
Recent incidents at Madison College Public Safety Officers respond to many calls for service, and we like to communicate our activities to the college community. Here are some of the more notable incidents from the past couple weeks. • Officers responded to the main parking lot for a report of an individual walking through the lot looking inside of vehicles. The individual had left the area before officers arrived. Public Safety would like to remind students and staff to keep valuables out of sight and their vehicles locked. • There was suspicious activity reported in the shipping and receiving area of the Truax Campus. A female was found who was believed to be under the influence of drugs. Madison Police responded to assist and ended up transporting the female to a local shelter. The female was issued a warning for trespassing.
• During a recent softball game, an individual was struck by a ball and injured. Madison Paramedics responded and rendered aid to the individual. Public Safety would also like to give a friendly reminder that even with many individuals becoming vaccinated, at this time masks and the Covid Screener Survey are still required to enter the building, even if you have been vaccinated. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at Lfadler@madisoncol-
lege.edu or by calling my phone at 608-243-4165.
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Newly appointed WTCS ambassador Nikki Retelle-Harden leads involved life HAILEY GRIFFIN Arts Editor You get home from a long day at work. Basketball practice isn’t until tomorrow, so you don’t have to worry about heading to the gymnasium later. You feed your sons and make sure they’re taken care of before you hunker down for a long night of homework. Such is a day in the life of Nikki Retelle-Harden. As a full-time mom, a student, a special education teacher, a part-time golf course employee, a WTCS Ambassador and a basketball coach, free time is a rarity for Retelle-Harden. However, that is the sacrifice that she is willing to make to do what she loves while receiving a college education. Retelle-Harden’s multi-faceted lifestyle began in the neighborhood of Wexford Ridge on the west side of Madison, Wis. Being born and raised in Madison, Wis., life was good for Retelle-Harden as a kid. Sledding, baseball games, and summer trips to Seattle, Wash. with her siblings are things that she remembers fondly. “Every summer, my dad would take us to Seattle for pretty much the whole summer. I grew up with five brothers and sisters. There’s six of us, and we’d all get in the car and travel to Seattle every summer. Then, during the school year, Wexford was home,” said Retelle-Harden. While growing up in Wexford Ridge, RetelleHarden discovered her love for basketball. Playing both in her youth, her high school years, and on the Madison School and Community Recreation basketball team as an adult, Retelle-Harden’s strive to play never waned. This strive is what got her into coaching. It all started at one of her son’s basketball games when the coach invited her to assist him after hearing her advice from the sidelines. Her position as a coach took off from there—over the years, Retelle-Harden went from coaching a third grade boys’ team to coaching an eighth grade girls’ team. When her sister suggested that she go to her eighth grade niece’s practice and help them out, she
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Nikki Retelle-Harden. knew she had to step up to the plate. “I…brought all the girls in and said, ‘Hey, guess what? I’m your new coach. I’m coach Nikki,” said Retelle-Harden. As of now, Retelle-Harden coaches a seventh grade girls’ team. Of course, coaching is just one of the many things that Retelle-Harden spends her time doing. During the day, she is a special education teacher at Sunset Ridge Elementary School in Middleton, Wis. Before working at Sunset Ridge, Retelle-Harden worked in the daycare realm.
After working in a daycare for several years, Retelle-Harden knew that she had a passion for working with kids. Not only that, but she knew she had a dual passion for being a special education teacher—a passion fueled by personal experience. “My youngest sister was born with down syndrome, and that just stayed in a special place in my heart. So, I knew I wanted to get into special education. And so, when my director left the daycare, they offered me the position of director, but that wasn’t where I wanted to be or what I wanted to do. So, I applied to the school district, and here I am,” said Retelle-Harden. Though she is passionate about her position as a special education teacher, Retelle-Harden has felt a “real push” to go back to school and attain a degree to become a classroom teacher for several reasons. “Being African American and working in a school district that is predominantly white, I have seen a lot of things that make me realize how important being a teacher of color is, and so that’s been my real push to go back to school and to make a change,” said RetelleHarden. Another thing that has prompted Retelle-Harden to go back to school is her children. “I feel like in order for me to really be that example for them, I needed to do what I’m telling them to do, and that was going back to school. So, I always knew I needed to go back,” said Retelle-Harden. Now that Retelle-Harden is back in school, she’s found that she really enjoys the flexibility and personal interaction that a smaller school like Madison College provides. As a liberal arts transfer student with an emphasis on education, Retelle-Harden strives for nothing less than absolute success when it comes to her grades. When her time to transfer comes, Retelle-Harden is leaning towards going to UW-Whitewater. Despite a large schoolwork load and a jam-packed schedule, Retelle-Harden does find time now and then to have fun. She plays basketball, reads thriller novels, and every summer, she takes road trips with her sons, just as her dad did with her.
The show must go on for the performing arts during COVID-19 ERIN SCHUSTER Contributor The performing arts at Madison College are integral to the creativity and expression of students on campus. Unfortunately, this program has experienced significant setbacks due to regulations caused by COVID-19. Over the harsh year students have experienced, those involved with the performing arts have kept busy and have contributed to our community in ways unimaginable before the pandemic. As quarantine began, the theater program was closing the show These Shining Lives. The whole process took about eight weeks. Miranda Hawk, department chair of Madison College’s Performing Arts, explained the biggest challenges students have faced since that show closed and how students ultimately overcame the pandemic’s obstacles. The program faced fear and hesitation to move online. “We were one of the last activities that was allowed on campus,” Hawk recalled. Theater is not intended to be recorded, and scripts are meant to be performed live. “There is a very specific relationship with the audience and all of that has gone away” Hawk continued. Not only does the production change, but the line design and the entire set design changes as well. As students proceeded to put their hard work into digital practices, an instant challenge became not having a performance to display their training. That challenge quickly brought a change to their hesitant mindset. “All we have to do is continue to create art and continue to tell stories in ways that are probably closer to film than they are live theater,” Hawk said.
As a result, the Monologue Festival was created. Proposals were sent virtually, requesting monologues from all over the world. Submissions were received from places as far as New Zealand, New York, Florida and California. This was the first dive into what the new world looked like for those in the arts. The next challenge students took on was The Laramie Project. The production normally runs two hours with a cast on stage transformed into scenes recorded with cell phones and video conferencing programs. Countless hours were spent with each individual actor trying to find locations in their bedroom, living room or outside on their street to film. Creativity was essential in the success of this project. Hawk also pointed out how she connected with students in a way she never would have without the challenges COVID-19 brought. “It is the most hours I’ve put into a production, and I loved it,” Hawk said. “I would spend seven hours a day at rehearsal, but watching each actor create and go through the process, as an educator and theater-nerd, it was awesome.” Despite the slow start to this new way of life, those in theater are using this time to stay involved in their community. Later this semester, the students are hosting the first black theater festival in town. This festival was originally planned for last year; however, plans were delayed due to the pandemic. The students are eager to now be involved with this event. “We are taking a risk on other projects as well,” Hawk noted. Students in theater are partnering with the nursing program in need of actors to play as patients. The actors will roleplay individuals with anxiety,
knee pain, high blood pressure and even stoke victims. Opportunities like this are helpful for the performing arts to stay active and keep busy. Hawk says she is confident the students will have live shows in the future, whereas six months ago
the chances were iffy. “We’ve had this just, “do it” mentality, which has brought the best out of students,” Hawk said. “If we screw up, who cares. We’ve taken chances and done things that we would have never done.”
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 to before. Despite the distancing challenges, Madison College has gotten creative with ways for students to stay or get active and healthy. Online wellness courses can be found on the college’s website at madisoncollege.edu and include Zumba, yoga, core strengthening, dance for fitness, Intro to Meditation, kickboxing and muscular weight training. Jessica Jones, peer health educator for student health at Madison College, described the lengths the Student Wellness Center has gone to work with students on their health. With so much requiring hands-on or close proximity, Jones bemoans that staying healthy has become a challenge. She sympathizes with students who are struggling with having everything virtual and acknowledges that doing yet one more thing online such as counseling or solo fitness proves to be too much. Jones and others are not giving up, though, and will continue to strive toward making a healthier campus. Her efforts are seen on the school website as well as Instagram under Madison College PHE where students can access exercises, nutrition (including recipes), mental health and others.
With emotionally eating comfort food or taking too much alcohol being ineffective solutions to coping with stress, other mindful modalities such as yoga, therapeutic massage, meditation, counseling, pet therapy, coloring and physical exercise are better choices. In this season of COVID-19, stress management has powerfully risen to the surface as a necessity for everyone’s daily life.
Matt Fish, director of the Therapeutic Massage program at Madison College, explains the key elements of massage and how this relaxation method has holistic healing properties. “The main benefit of stretching is similar to the main benefit of massage in that it’s getting muscles that are hypertonic (too tight) to relax and it’s a nervous system thing,” Fish said. “It shouldn’t be thought of as stretching the tissue directly. The muscle tissue is only responding to the nervous system. If you get the nervous system to relax and work properly, those tight [or problematic] muscles will probably start to relax as well.” Fish also described how studies have been done using meditation to increase range of motion since a focus of meditation is to enable a sense of calm and complete relaxation. According to what’s been found, meditation works just as well with stretching even if stretching is not being done at the same time as meditation. While there’s certainly a difference between a professional massage and one done by a friend, Fish said that it’s more about the presence of touch. A roommate can easily help with tight muscles without worrying too much about creating injury by applying some pressure and gentle range of motion.
A sense of uncertainty in today’s world, brought on in part by COVID-19, has caused a shift in spiritual pursuits for many people who otherwise did not count themselves among churchgoers. The BBC News reported that the convenience of being able to participate in religious services from home has opened up more options of partaking in different services and denominations. A report by the Pew Research Center shares
THE CLARION that almost 30 percent of Americans claim their faith is stronger during the pandemic and family connections have strengthened.
Some have said that just having the term “social distancing” during this pandemic has automatically caused anxiety for a number of people. The phrase perhaps could be called “physical distancing” instead of social as staying connected with friends and family, even from a distance, is important to stave off feelings of loneliness and depression. According to the Military Health System, one of America’s largest and most complex health care institutions, it’s necessary to use the “multitudes of technologies and apps (many free) that can help you stay in touch with those you love,” and that this time, more than ever, is when people should “fully exploit these modern capabilities for fellowship, companionship and camaraderie.” Even though individuals each have their own personalities and preferences when it comes to being social – some prefer alone time, while others thrive at big gatherings – research suggests that humans are not meant to be completely cut off from others all the time. To maintain (or gain) holistic health, it’s important to have connections with other people. Research is also showing that during this time of COVID, a main focus in holistic health has been to maintain a healthy level of stress and anxiety through nutrition, physical activity, social and spiritual connections and a focus on mental health. Madison College has really watched how to take care of its students by getting creative with holistic health despite the circumstances. Little steps can make a big difference toward health and now’s the best time to start.
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because that is something they tell us they miss.” On top of all of her positions, Ana is also a tutor in the Student Achievement Center for Math, Chemistry, Physics, Nursing and does even more tutoring work through the Writing Lab as well. Inside PTK, Ana participates in their meetings and takes part in the yearly projects that the honors society develops. The project that she is involved in is the Honors in Action project. The project’s focus this last year was Inheritance and Legacy, and the team at Madison College chose to focus on students of color, and how the college admissions process works for them. During the course of their research, the team decided that they wanted to look further into the experiences of the students at Madison College beyond just admissions. When it came to the action part of the project, the team came up with the idea of hosting a virtual residence hall. “In a four year university, they have the residence halls … you have an RA, you have a lot of support there, and we wanted to create something like that at Madison College.” The team knew that it couldn’t have a physical residence hall for students of all backgrounds to gather, but wanted to create a place where students of color could find community and support virtually. Now that the project time frame is over, the research and goal of the project has been handed to Student Life at Madison College, though PTK plans to continue to work with them and hopefully find more ways to offer support to international students and students of color in the future. “Everything that I’m doing here in the College, especially what I did with PTK, started with me being an international student. I didn’t feel included
or welcomed in some ways in the community, and I wanted to make things better for the students who came after me. That’s why I decided to run as an officer for PTK and join on the councils because I wanted to make the student life better for all students, but especially for international students. We face some struggles that many American students don’t, and we many times don’t feel included, so I just wanted them to know that Madison College is a place for them, and we are welcome here, we can have a really good experience and I am proof of that.” Ana’s goal is to become a math teacher. She is already qualified as a nurse in Brazil, but discovered an interest in teaching through her work. “While I was working as a nurse, I started helping a kid that I was caring for with her schools stuff and helping her friends. So I discovered this passion for teaching … so I just applied to come here and came to Madison College. And I just love teaching, I love my job in the Student Achievement Center and that’s what I want to be, I want to be a high school math teacher.” The scholarship offer is the latest in recognitions to Ana’s efforts, as she received a second place award for Distinguished Chapter Officer for her work in PTK, and was a semifinalist for the Cooke College Scholarship Program. Ana has been accepted into the University of Minnesota and UW Milwaukee, but is hoping to hear back from Edgewood College and UW Madison so that she can stay close enough to continue work as an employee in the Student Achievement Center. No matter what, she plans to focus on Mathematics and obtaining a teaching license. Ana wanted to thank Renee Alfano, Stephanie Belmas, Angelica Gulbis, Marty Crabbs, Eric Off, Talita Maciel, and Seeham Bryant for their help and support during her time at Madison College.
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“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is the newest installment of the Marvel franchise. ELISE FJELSTAD Copy Editor After my very positive experience watching “WandaVision,” I was excited for more MCU superhero action in the six episode series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” Once again named for its two titular characters, the show follows Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) as they deal with both personal challenges and the worldly aftermath of the Blip. My overall reaction was good; there were many parts where the show absolutely excelled, but a few where it fell short. SPOILERS AHEAD The show sets up several conflicts, the first being set up in “Avengers: Endgame” when an elderly Steve Rogers passes the Captain America shield on to Sam to carry on the legacy. In the first several episodes we see him struggle to explain to Bucky why he gave away the shield to be displayed in the Smithsonian exhibit. It’s quickly clear that he is grappling with the complexity of being a Black man and bearing a symbol of a country whose history towards Black
Americans has been anything but decent. Bucky, after being used as a super soldier weapon by Hydra for 40 years and recovering with help from the Wakandans, is trying to adjust to life as a civilian. He also is attempting to make amends for people he harmed as the Winter Soldier, with the help of his court-mandated therapist. All the while, a radical group called the Flag Smashers is growing in its efforts to… well, that’s a little unclear. The main villains in this story have a frustratingly ambiguous motive. The gist is that they feel things were better—that the world was more united—during the five-year period of the Blip. There is a lot of talk by the leader, Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) about how a lot of people who stayed during the Blip were very wronged by the government when dealing with the chaos of people coming back. However, it was never explicitly stated what that wrongdoing was, or what exactly pushed Karli to the point of such violence. Karli’s death felt meaningless and underwhelming, as if the writers felt like it was just the logical
step to kill her off. It was stated that there was a subplot of the show that included a ravaging disease, but it was cut for sharing too many similarities with the current COVID crisis. So, it’s understandable that certain aspects wouldn’t make sense. Still, my main complaint is that there could have been more world-building and characterization of Karli. By far the best part of the show is the chemistry between Mackie and Stan. Every interaction between Sam and Bucky felt natural and organic, whether it be semi-serious bantering or a much-needed heart-to-heart. Their conversations were also the source of the many genuine laughs I had while watching. John Walker (Wyatt Russell) as an anti-hero added a lot of layers to the show as well. I liked his contrast of character to both Steve and Sam, and his embodiment of America as it stands. The re-introduction of Zemo (David Bruhl) added both entertainment and important commentary on the themes and political undertones explored in the show. The only other disappointment
was the “twist” of Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) being revealed to be the Power Broker, the mysterious and ultra-powerful crime-boss of Madripoor. All the build-up was there; it really wasn’t a shock. Instead, I would have liked to have seen a reveal with her motives, because it all seems out of the blue for her. Second to the acting, the other best part was Isaiah Bradley’s (Carl Lumbly) storyline. His life and experiences were necessary for audiences to hear, and the scenes between him and Sam were so raw and powerful. Despite the show’s shortcomings, there were very important themes and current issues that were explored, and Sam finally taking on the role of Captain America at the end was one of the most impactful moments in the franchise. Bucky and Sam both resolved their inner conflicts and we got to see some real character development that had been lacking in previous MCU films, and the ending left me with warm fuzzies. I highly recommend “Captain America and the Winter Soldier” for everyone, even if you’re not a Marvel-obsessed geek like me.
Japanese cheesecake worth the work HANNAH DOTZLER Copy Editor For the past year or so, I have been seeing pictures and videos of “Japanese Cheesecake” all over the internet, and it has always looked very intriguing to me. The videos make it look so fluffy and delicious, and as someone who as always had a ginormous sweet tooth, I knew I had to give it a try. Making the Japanese Cheesecake was actually a bit more difficult than the typical American cheesecake. And honestly, I would not recommend the recipe to beginners. It requires a lot of beating to get your egg white whipped, and it has a very particular and complex baking method. If you’re looking for a bit of a challenge in the kitchen, this is the perfect thing to try! The cheesecake itself was quite yummy and definitely worth the hard work! It was much fluffier than American cheesecake, and it had less of a cream cheese texture and instead was more cloudy and cake-y like. It was also not quite as rich as typical cheesecake, and it
wasn’t overly sweet. I thought it was the perfect dessert to fulfill your sweet cravings without making you feel sick afterwards! If you would like to give it a try (and you definitely should) just follow the recipe below!
5 egg whites ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar ½ cup sugar 5 egg yolks 8 oz cream cheese ¼ cup butter ½ cup milk 2 tbsp cornstarch ¼ cup flour
Separate five eggs. Place the egg yolks in a bowl and the egg whites in a mixer. Place the butter, cream cheese and ¼ cup of sugar into a pot over low heat. Once the ingredients melt, mix them until smooth. Remove the pot from the heat and add the egg yolks to the mixture. Mix well. Mix in the cornstarch and
flour. Be sure to get rid of any clumps. Add milk and mix well. The batter should be smooth and runny. Set aside the batter and beat the egg whites into stiff peaks. Preheat the oven to 330F. Add water to a deep rectangular baking dish and place in the oven. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch cake pan with parchment paper. Gradually fold the beaten egg whites into the batter mixture. Mix just until everything is fully combined – be sure to not over or under mix. Pour the batter into the pan. Place in the water dish and bake for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes (or once the cake has risen), lower the oven temperature to 255F and bake for another 45 minutes. After baking, allow the cake to rest in the oven for 10 minutes. Place a plate on top of the pan and flip upside down to remove the cake. You’re done! Enjoy! You can eat the cake warm or refrigerate it.
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One fluffy cheesecake!
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Black Theater Festival from Loud’N Unchained celebrates artistic expression LAUREN TAILLON Staff Writer On Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, Loud ‘N Unchained aired the Black Theater Festival on their website, which displayed original performances from a diverse group of black entertainers. The festival consisted of a drag performance, monologues, spoken word, one person shows, a play reading and a fulllength play. “This festival means the world to me,” said T. S. Banks, festival creator. “Not because we had to endure so much to put it on, but I just wanted a space, a container to celebrate us. To show us just how magnificent we are, how beautiful we are, how talented we are, how important our stories are, how important it is for us to survive,” he continued. The shows are free to everyone and are still being hosted on the Black Theater Festival website for people who were not able to see them on the weekend of May 1. The festival, which was founded by T. S. Banks, Doug Reed, Janine Gardner and Dana Pellebon, is the sixth black theater festival to air in the United States. But that is not the only thing about the festival which is breaking ground. It showcases and celebrates artistic expression from individuals in the black community who are also trans, queer and disabled, while being intergenerational, with the youngest member being a 15-year-old poet. Originally, the festival was going to air in March 2020, but unfortunately, COVID-19 had other plans. “This was a project that was happening back in 2019 but it was put on hold due to COVID. And then
(Madison College theater instructor) Miranda Hawk contacted me to see how we could partner to do something this year, and I brought this project back to life with the sponsorship of Madison College. So, we are so grateful for their belief in what it is we are doing and their generous donations,” said Dana Pellebon.
“These things are very important because we know that black folks in particular have been disproportionately affected by COVID. So, it was important for us to make sure it was an environment where Black artists not only felt represented but felt safe.” Dana Pellebon
The Black theater festival came a long way since T. S. Banks first had the idea to contact Doug Reed at Broom Street Theater about a few plays that he wanted to put on. After talking to some Madison friends, T.S. Banks decided that he wanted to showcase a whole array of work by black artists whose voices often get sidelined. Reed connected T. S. Banks with Pellebon and Gardener, who were both excited to be a part of the project. Originally, the team received 75 submissions from all over the country and planned for the festival to last three weeks before businesses and entertainment
venues started shutting down. After Madison College teamed up with Broom Street Theater and T. S. Banks, the artists were contacted to see if they would still be willing to participate in the festival virtually, to which they agreed. The shows were then pre-recorded at Hinckley Studios in Madison. “Hinckley productions really took care to be respectful, and when your identities are respected and not being misgendered and not having to deal with anti-blackness onset, was also something that was incredible,” explained T. S. Banks. Having the festival pushed into the following year isn’t the only way that COVID-19 caused challenges for the crew. There was a mass effort on everyone’s part to make sure everything was done safely and timely - from detailed post-production work to performing under COVID-19 guidelines. Even though the festival ended up being a two-day affair, T. S. Banks has high hopes for what the future has in store. “Oh, this is not a one-time event. No, no, no, no. This will most definitely be a recurring, I’m hoping annual, event. The outpouring to see this representation and to see the stories has been overwhelming, and I don’t think that it would be of service to the black community here, the black arts community here, to just put it on once. So, I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that we are funded and can go forth with as many festivals as possible,” he said. To watch the performances online and to learn more about the founders and performers, go to blacktheaterfestival.com. You can also leave tips if you wish under the performers via Venmo or PayPal.
Flop or bop: ‘Perfect’ Albums From The 2010s ANDREW DOUCETTE Staff Writer Perfect albums are something music fans debate constantly. One thing that I noticed is that most of the time, the albums they talk about are generations old. It’s not a bad thing at all; some of the best music is from that era, but there’s only so many times one can have discussions on how many Beatles or Rolling Stones albums are perfect. Instead, I wanted to look at albums that came out last decade and see which are actually perfect. In order to pick the five albums from the last decade, I looked at Metacritic, which is a website that aggregates reviews, and picked the five albums that appeared the most on the “Best Albums of the Decade” list. It should also be noted that I made sure only one album from an artist is on here, as both Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean would’ve had more than one album in this list. So, without further ado, let’s look into these five albums.
in over five years and is still in the top 20 most listened to artists on Spotify. A big reason for that is due to this album, her 2016 opus “Anti.” It’s easily her most experimental project yet and contains everything from a Drake feature to a Tame Impala cover. There are for sure some incredible tracks on here, such as the slow jams “Kiss It Better” and “Love on the Brain.” Even the hits “Needed Me” and “Work” with Drake still sound fresh today and would kill at any social event. Unfortunately, I think the influence
Blake provide vocals to the project, but “Lemonade” also has writing credits from Diplo, Mike Will Made-It, Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend, Mike Dead, Jon Brion, and so much more. The empowerment trap banger “Formation” usually wouldn’t be on the albums as a meditative country song like “Daddy Lessons,” but Beyonce was able to weave everything together into this genre-defying classic. Even with how amazing the music is, I haven’t even mentioned the heavily symbolic film that adds a whole other level to
Kanye West - “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”
Kendrick Lamar - “To Pimp a Butterfly”
We’re going to start off with an easy one, Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.” As soon as the album was released, it was held up as the best album of the 2010s, and critics still thought so at the end of the decade. It’s easy to see why it’s held in such high regard just by looking at the tracklist. He has funk legends like George Clinton and Ronald Isley on here, hip hop icons like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, and even new school jazz pioneers like Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, and Thundercat. All of these different sounds come together to create a timeless monument of an album. Kendrick tackles systematic racism, depression, survivor’s guilt and much more over these sixteen tracks. This album even had people like Prince and David Bowie saying how amazing it is. Even personally, this album was the start of me realizing music can be more than just having fun. I would have a completely different outlook on life if it weren’t for this album. I certainly wouldn’t be writing for a newspaper or working for the radio station if I had never heard this album. “To Pimp a Butterfly” will go down as not only one of the best albums of the decade but one of the best of all time.
Rihanna - “Anti”
Rihanna hasn’t dropped new music
on the production, while Andre 3000 and Beyonce provide some incredible vocals. While there are some flat out incredible moments, like the stunning outro to “Self Control” or the fascinating beat switch in “Nights,” “Blonde” is special for the feeling it encompasses. Everything from the poetic lyrics about failed relationships, to the naked instrumentals, helps Frank relate this overarching depression feeling to the listener. The internet gave this generation a loss of innocence at a younger age than ever before. We as a generation haven’t learned how to cope with much of our pain yet, resulting in a sense of malaise. Ocean has the incredible ability to materialize this feeling with “Blonde.” For that reason, Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” is a perfect project that will likely continue to stand out for this generation.
of those songs covers up the weakness of some of the deep cuts. For every fantastic track like “Consideration,” there’s a failed experiment of “Woo.” For every beautiful vocal performance, like on the outro “Close To You,” there’s one that sounds like she’s straining her voice way too much, like the ending of “Higher.” There’s no denying the influence that Rihanna and this album have had on music, but in my opinion, it’s not a perfect project.
Beyonce - “Lemonade”
Beyonce’s masterpiece recently turned five years old a couple of weeks ago, and it’s a culmination of everything she’s done. Her vocals are the most powerful they’ve ever been; it easily contains the most genres out of her entire catalogue, and the credits contain legends. Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, The Weeknd, and James
“Lemonade.” Due to the masterwork of the film and the transcendent music, Beyonce’s “Lemonade” is perfect and will go down as one of the classic projects from this decade.
Frank Ocean - “Blonde”
Frank Ocean has become an icon without being in the limelight. Ever since early 2013, Frank has moved in silence. He is only seen when he wanted to be seen, and the release of 2016’s “Blonde” was one of those times. “Blonde” was the second of the two albums he released that weekend and immediately connected with the masses. The unique combination of airy instrumentals with Ocean’s layered and often pitched vocals sounded different from anything currently out there. As with previous projects, he has icons sprinkled throughout “Blonde.” Pharrell and Tyler the Creator show up
Well, we reached the most controversial artist on the list. Kanye as a person is obviously extremely hit or miss and has even fallen out of the good graces for a lot of his fans now. But even for his less-than-perfect personality, most people can’t argue about the music, and “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is the ultimate example of that. These albums all have a lot of collaborations, but this is the ultimate album for the CEO method of album making. MBDTF was made on a self-exile to Hawaii, where he brought in anyone that made the music he liked. The result is some of the most bombastic tracks in hip-hop history. “All of the Lights” has a dozen high profile singers only providing melodies, “Devil in a New Dress” has this gigantic, sample-heavy beat with a beautiful guitar breakdown, and the combination of tribal drums, vocoder vocals, and a choir on “Lost in the World” is awe-inspiring. There are a couple of clear flaws, though, which include Chris Rock’s outro to “Blame Game” and Jay-Z’s weird verse on “Monster,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean this album isn’t deserving of a spot on this list. I can’t say if this project’s perfect or not due to how people define perfect. If you define perfect as “Nothing can make this project better,” then it’s not perfect because there are some clear moments that haven’t aged well. But if you’re looking at the word perfect as a 10/10 project, then I would say this is a perfect project and Kanye’s unarguable masterpiece.
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A final farewell from the editor-in-chief ANICA GRANEY Editor in Chief
wo years ago, I graduated from high school and enrolled in Madison College. Being the planner that I am, I had a pretty good idea of what the next four years would hold for me: take classes at Madison College for two years, join the college’s newspaper, make some friends, gain some experience, transfer to UW-Madison, and eventually graduate with a degree in journalism. While lists and plans can be comforting to make, executing is another story. I often found myself stressed and overwhelmed at times while completing the goals I made for myself, wishing that time would hurry up so I could finally take a break and not have to worry about what’s due tomorrow. I had the same mentality in high school, too, and by the time senior year was wrapping up, I found that I actually had fun and felt satisfied with what I accomplished. Now that my time with Madison College and The Clarion is coming to an end, I’m feeling similar emotions to what I felt two years ago.
Madison College and The Clarion have given me all the opportunities I’ve needed to gain more experience in the things I’m passionate about. Of course, I’ve had to put the effort in along the way, but as I leave my position of editor-inchief, I know that my time here was incredibly valuable. The people I’ve met and worked with through The Clarion are some of the most hard-working, dedicated, passionate people I’ve had the pleasure to know. Every two weeks for the last two years I’ve witnessed dozens of people coming together to publish award-winning sixteen-page newspapers. And that kind of work doesn’t come easy, especially in a global pandemic. I’d sincerely like to thank everyone I’ve worked with for the past two years. I’d list you all out and thank you individually but I’m afraid I’ll accidentally leave someone out. So, if you’ve ever contributed in any way, shape, or form to The Clarion, know that you have my thanks and appreciation. I am forever grateful to have held the position of editor-inchief and will always remember the time I've spent at The Clarion fondly.
"Getting to know the senate team and getting back on campus. That would be pretty awesome."
very time graduation comes around it is inevitable that we all take a look back on the road that so many students have taken to make it to the finish line and receive their diplomas, certificates, and qualifications. They’ve done their assignments, showed up to all their classes, made it through many finals, and juggled work and life outside of school the whole time. This past year, the students have had to add dealing with a pandemic to that list of hurdles that had to be overcome. In any year, becoming a graduate is worth celebrating, but after we have watched this class of students navigate all of these obstacles, we want to say to the students that you have all been incredible. If you are graduating this semester, chances are you were here last spring when we first transitioned to online learning in response to COVID-19. The shift was sudden and completely changed up the dynamic of most students’ learning environment, as well as the flow of their lives. There have been less opportunities to stay connected with others at the college and socializing, or participating in classes online can be difficult. As a community, we all had to adapt to the times and be innovative to make sure that we could all keep moving forward. Staff had to find new ways to reach their students, the college and students had to make sure everyone had the tools needed to keep learning and we all learned the ins and outs of applications that we may never have interacted with if life had just proceeded as normal. For many, picking up these extra skills was not a part of the prescribed path to their degrees, but they did it anyway because that is what was asked of them. After a year of the odds being stacked against having any sort of a normal final year at college, this class of 2021 has come out the other side and they deserve their moment in the spotlight. We still can’t present them with the usual fanfare, but don’t think that this moment deserves to pass without some celebration. Put on your robes and attend the virtual graduation ceremony on May 14 at 5:30 p.m., dance around your place, write a long line in your resume to say you are an expert in virtual meetings, get that new qualification of yours out of its envelope and just hang out with it and let it sink in that you have EARNED it. So, here’s to the class of 2021, and to all of the staff, volunteers and fellow students who have stuck with them through their time here at Madison College. Unable to let their progress be stopped by any multitude of challenges, this year’s graduates have proven themselves. The staff of The Clarion would like to say congratulations, and we are glad to have known such a resilient and hardworking class of students.
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What's in your water? BRENDA STAUDENMAIER Contributor Studies show that the unnecessary fluoride chemicals purposely added to the Madison drinking water supply is health-harming in many ways; but most critically to infants’ developing brains. Several organizations and individuals sued the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize fluoride’s neurological effects when setting safe water fluoride standards. Plaintiffs include myself and children, Ko and Hayden Staudenmaier. The case heads back to federal court on Aug. 26, 2021. Fluoridation began in the 1940s with the mistaken belief that ingested fluoride was essential to reduce tooth decay. It doesn’t. Fluoridated toothpastes might help, but not fluoridated water. In today’s polarized environment, politics, not science, keeps fluoridation policies in place. Dentists convinced officials in the 1940s that ingesting 1 milligram fluoride per day via water fluoridated at 1 part per million (1 ppm) would prevent tooth decay; but only in children while their teeth formed under the gums. To prove they were right, dentists convinced public officials to experiment on children. Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Newburgh, New York, added sodium fluoride into their drinking water, which current science proves is neither a nutrient nor essential for decay-free teeth. Adults weren’t studied. And long-term effects were ignored. Planned to last 10 to 15 years, but declared successful after five, these experiments gave rise to the oft-repeated but scientifically unsubstantiated claims that fluoridation is a safe and effective method to reduce tooth decay. A massive PR campaign convinced the public and media. Wisconsin played a major early role in fluoridation in the U.S., fluoridating three times as many cities as the rest of the country combined by 1950. Leading the charge in the 1940s was John Frisch, a Madison dentist. One historian described him as “a man possessed. Fluoridation became practically a religion with him.” He even labeled his regular tap water as “Poison” to encourage his children to drink water he’d fluoridated. He was actually delighted when his daughter’s teeth showed fluorosis. Frisch was an evangelist for fluoridation, crisscrossing the state to spread the word. He persuaded the Wisconsin Dental Society to endorse fluoridation on March 19, 1945, which asserted that fluoridation had “no untoward results.” By Dec. 13, 1946, the Madison city council approved it. His goal was “50 by 50,” fifty Wisconsin cities fluoridated by 1950, and he succeeded. He was aided by another dentist, Frank Bull, who promoted the issue both in Wisconsin and nationally. This is a quote from him at the national conference of state dental directors in June 1951, telling others how to promote fluoridation: “We are into a program, fluoridating
the water, which has absolutely no bad connection with it . . .The question of toxicity . . . Lay off it altogether. Just pass it over. We know there is absolutely no effect other than reducing tooth decay, you say, and then go on.” Fluoridation is, in fact, one of the most widely rejected health interventions in the world, just the opposite of the “consensus” that supporters say it enjoys. Out of 196 nations, only 24 have any fluoridation, and only 10, like the U.S. for more than half their population. Ninety-five percent of the world’s population drinks unfluoridated water. Many European nations, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, have disallowed it. And for nations that haven’t banned it, the vast majority of cities and towns have either rejected it or won’t even consider it. Numerous nations cite the ethical problem of putting any drug in drinking water. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights says “Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information.” As the Dutch health ministry stated, “the addition of chemicals to drinking water is prohibited by law in the Netherlands. This law came into effect because it was widely perceived that drinking water should not be used as a vehicle for pharmaceuticals.” Fluoridation actually gives a government entity the power to administer a drug without your approval, an authority even your own physician doesn’t have. Fluoride is the only drug in the world administered through drinking water, where there is no control over who gets it, how much and for how long. Adding fluoride to water for cavity prevention doesn’t make any more sense than adding aspirin to water because some people get headaches or a statin drug because some people have high cholesterol. An original Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) petition was filed by myself and others with the EPA in 2016 containing over 180 studies demonstrating fluoride’s neurotoxicity. Since then, even more neurological studies have been published validating the harmful effect of fluoride exposure during infancy. This includes high-quality National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded studies in Canada and Mexico which associate fluoride
with lower IQ and increased ADHD, even at the exposures we get in fluoridated communities. The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) has also drafted multiple versions of a report on the neurotoxicity evidence of fluoride where they identified 29 high quality studies, 27 found statistically significant adverse effects to the brain. Thirteen of the studies found adverse effects at levels of 0.7mg/L and below. Dane County Public Health and Madison Water Utility currently consider 0.7mg/L as their target to dose the population. The experts used by the plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit include, Drs. Hu, Grandjean and Lanphear who have all been funded by both the EPA and National Institutes of Health (NIH). These grants are only given to researchers conducting the highest-quality studies. Dr. Thiessen is president of a private consulting firm and does work for numerous countries. All four are world-renowned. ELEMENT refers to studies conducted in Mexico and MIREC to studies in Canada. The U.S. has done no comparable studies. Philippe Grandjean, MD, DMSc, is adjunct professor in environmental health at Harvard and chair of environmental medicine at the U. of Southern Denmark. EPA based its current regulations for mercury on his studies. He has co- authored 16 studies on fluoride: “The IQ losses associated with community water fluoridation are substantial and of significant public health concern.” (http://fluoridealert. org/wp-content/uploads/EPA-trialGrandjean-Declaration.pdf ) Howard Hu, MD, MPH, ScD, is currently chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. He previously taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan and was founding dean of the school of public health at the University of Toronto. He has co-authored four studies on fluoride: “The results of the ELEMENT prospective cohort studies are consistent with and support the conclusion that fluoride is a developmental neurotoxicant at levels of exposure seen in the general population in water-fluoridated communities.” (http://fluoridealert.org/ wp-content/uploads/EPA-trial-HuDeclaration.pdf ) Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH is a professor in health sciences at Simon Fraser U. in Vancouver, BC and clinical investigator at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. EPA used his study of lead to determine the current
national safety standard that there is no safe level in the bloodstream. He has ANICA GRANEY / CLARION co-authored three studies on fluoride: “Converging results from the MIREC (Canada) and ELEMENT (Mexico) cohorts indicate that exposure to “optimal” levels of fluoride during fetal development is associated with diminished intelligence in childhood.” (http://fluoridealert. org/wp-content/uploads/EPA-trialLanphear-declaration.pdf ) Kathleen Thiessen, PhD, is president and senior scientist at Oak Ridge Center for Risk Analysis. She was co-author of the 2006 National Research Council’s authoritative review: “Fluoridation chemicals present an “unreasonable risk” of neurotoxic effects, including IQ loss, if assessed under the same risk characterization and risk determination framework that EPA uses in its evaluations of other chemicals under TSCA.” (http:// fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/ EPA-trial-Thiessen-Declaration.pdf ) We are learning that government agencies are slow to act when it comes to protecting human health and the environment. Like fluoride in drinking water, government agencies such as EPA and HHS are dragging their feet on fluorinated PFAS standards as well. Many states have set their regulatory levels much lower than EPA’s non enforceable Hazardous Advisory Level (HAL) of 70ppt. PFAS are hazardous materials that we are measuring only a small fraction of them in our water. Dr. Linda Birnbaum recently recommended to the Wisconsin Environmental Health Network that total organic fluoride should be measured in our water supply. Fluoride chemicals are sourced from the phosphate fertilizer slurry ponds in Florida. They can contain up to 50 mg/L of arsenic and lead contamination. Editor's note: Brenda Staudenmaier is a native of Peshtigo and lives in both Green Bay & Madison. She attends college at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and Madison College while working full time operating the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. She has a YouTube channel (thelovelybrenda) where she posts videos about fluoride and water.
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sports EDITOR: KYLE KUNZ
SOFTBALL CASEY FOUNTAIN
Profiles of WolfPack athletes
A freshman pitcher on the Madison College softball team, Casey Fountain leads the team in wins with a 10-2 record and has a 1.12 ERA. She has allowed just 12 earned runs in 75.1 innings pitched, striking out a team-high 83 batters while walking just 12. She has also recorded a save. Fountain is a graduate of Poynette High School where she was a two-time state champion and a three-time all-conference honoree. She was conference player and pitcher of the year as a junior. A liberal arts transfer student, she is the daughter of Jenny and Mike Fountain.
BASEBALL REAGAN KLAWITER
A graduate of Verona Area High School, Reagan Klawiter is in his first season with the WolfPack baseball team. A pitcher, Klawiter leads the team in earned run average, allowing just 1.71 runs per game. He has a 4-1 record and has one save. In his most recent victory, he pitched a complete game against Joliet Junior College and allowed just one run on three hits. For the season, he has struck out 34 batters
while walking just seven. He was a fouryear letter winner in baseball at Verona, where he earned first-team all conference honors as a senior. He is the son of Jennifer Digmann and Mark Klawiter.
WolfPack baseball wins N4C CLARION STAFF REPORT
Gear up to bike safely ANICA GRANEY / CLARION
A helmet, glasses, multitool, CO2 inflator and inner tube can help ensure a safe bike ride.
Plan for emergencies before you ride out this summer THOMAS CHALTRY Contributor Fill up your water bottles, pump up your tires, and snap your helmet onto your noggin. It’s summertime and biking can be a great sport for those looking to stay in shape or simply enjoy the outdoors. One of the many luxuries of living in or around Madison Is the diversity of biking that can be had. From the wide city biking lanes to the spacious country roads that can be reached just fifteen minutes out of town, Madison is a mecca for bikers. As you wander about this summer on your bike, it is important to make sure you are prepared for any sort of emergency or mechanical mishap. Some safety essentials include helmet, water bottles, phone, inner tubes, multitool, and a handheld pump or CO2 inflator. You can store these tools either in the back of a biking jersey or in a little saddle bag that can be purchased online or at a local bike shop. Family members and those close to you are put to ease knowing that you are prepared for the worst, likewise you can focus on your ride and enjoy the
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Thomas Chaltry shows his safety gear after a recent ride. outdoors. Before getting out on the roads or trails, make sure your tires are filled, you’re wearing reflective clothing, and everything on your bike is in top condition. Watching the weather is also important as you don’t want to get caught in a famous Wisconsin summer storm while in the middle of a ride.
Bike etiquette keeps yourself and those around you safe. Common hand signals include left or right pointing with your hand before stops or turns, an open palm with your fingers facing the ground indicates that there is a stop sign ahead or that you are slowing, and pointing out sticks, potholes, or other turbulent surfaces with a pointed finger to the ground can help riding mates avoid a flat tire or a bumpy ride. Whether you are a beginner, a casual rider, or a seasoned racer there is a bike team for you. Bike teams act as a great community and social aspect to riding. I would personally recommend the Brazen Dropouts, a local Madison team for casual riders to racers. I have learned new bike routes and made many great friends from this bike team. All college students receive free admission to the team. To learn more about this team check out their website at http://www.brazendropouts.org/. Biking is a great activity that is low-impact and perfect for all ages but making sure that you’re safe and well-equipped beforehand is crucial for an enjoyable ride.
The Madison College baseball team captured the North Central Community College Conference title with a pair of close victories over visiting Joliet Junior College on May 1. Madison College finished conference play with a 9-1 record, the only conference loss was 1-0 to runner-up College of DuPage which has lost two games already. The WolfPack now has a 32-11 overall record and has won five of its last six games. In the doubleheader sweep that brought them the conference title, Madison College defeated Joliet, 4-1, in the opening game and, 5-3, in the second game. A three-run fourth inning propelled Madison College to victory in the first game. Gunnar Doyle opened the inning with a base hit and stole second base, advancing to third on an error by the catcher. He scored on a sacrifice fly. Eduardo Saucedo then was hit by a pitch and Spencer Bartel followed with a double, putting runners on second and third. After a strikeout, Taiten Manriquez doubled in both runners. Reagen Klawiter pitched a complete game three-hitter, allowing one unearned run and striking out five. He improved his season record to 4-1 overall. The second game saw Madison College jump out to a 4-1 lead after two innings and then hold on for a 5-3 win despite being outhit in the game. Walks to Brady Jurgella and Kameron Laskowski and a double steal allowed the WolfPack to score a pair of runs on just one hit, by Jake Fulton, in the bottom of the first inning. Similarly, a walk to Gabe O’Brien and Ryan Hubley getting hit by a pitch keyed a two-run second. Both runners scored a single by Jurgella. Madison College added its final run in the bottom of the sixth when Hubley singled and scored after a pair of Joliet errors. Luke Hansel pitched the win to improve his record to 6-1, allowing three runs on eight hits in seven innings. Madison College has seven games before the NJCAA Region 4 Tournament begins on May 14. The WolfPack are ranked 17th in the NJCAA Division II and have high hopes » SEE BASEBALL PAGE 14
Teams starting to clinch spots in the NBA playoffs BOH SUH Staff Writer As the season is winding down, more teams start to clinch their spot in the NBA playoffs. The usual suspects, the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, and the Los Angeles Clippers have all clinched their playoff spots. On the other hand, the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City
Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Houston Rockets have all been eliminated from the playoffs this year. They are all young teams, so NBA fans hope that they can turn things around for the next year. It also looks like the New York Knicks are going to make the playoffs this year. I know there are a few games left, but they have been playing extremely well lately (9-1 in the last 10 games) and
are currently sitting in the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks had 21-45 record last year (0.318 winning percentage), but they have a 36-28 record (0.563 winning percentage). That is an impressive turn around! Both the Eastern and the Western Conference have a close race for the playoff spots as the Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, and Washington Wizards are all within two games for
the last spot in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards have been on fire lately (8-2 in the last 10 games), so I would not be surprised to see the Wizards to sneak in the playoff. Similarly, the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, and San Antonio Spurs are all within a game for the last spot in the Western Conference. They all had a similar trend going, so it is hard to tell which team is going to get the last spot, but we will find out soon.
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A month of games can reveal fantasy baseball trends BOH SUH Staff Writer After a month of fantasy baseball, you can see how players have been doing in the past 29 games, unlike fantasy football in which you would only have four games to evaluate players. Fantasy baseball managers clearly have much more data to analyze. At this point, if your high draft pick is still struggling, you will need to make a decision soon. Trading that player is a possibility if you can get a good return. For example, Francisco Lindor of the New York Mets had 19.7 average draft position, according to ESPN. If someone is offering Marcus Semien of the Toronto Blue Jays whose average draft position was is 119.6, it may not be the worst deal. However, we all know the feeling inside our head “What if he is going to do so much better after I trade him away?” Yes, we never know what can happen in the future. The only thing you can do is try to figure out the reason why your players aren’t living up to expectations. Sometimes, it can be due to their minor injury that players have
had since last season. Sometimes, it can be some personal issues. Both can be overcome, but depending on the gravity of the situation, some players may not return to their old form. If you do not feel like trading for players, then dig into free agency to fill in that position. Here are some options you may consider.
Daulton Varsho (Arizona Diamondbacks) – He is my pre-draft sleeper pick. What I like about him is that he is eligible for both catcher and outfielder position. If he is just eligible for an outfielder position, I would not consider him as a sleeper pick. However, his eligibility as a catcher makes him extremely valuable. Last year, he hit three home runs and had three stolen bases in 100 at bats. He has a potential to make it 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases as a catcher! He just got called up to majors, so I would add him as soon as possible.
C.J. Cron (Colorado Rockies) – One
Brewers have taken early lead in the National League Central BOH SUH Staff Writer Let’s start with the news that the Milwaukee Brewers are in the first place in the National League Central Division with a 17-11 record. This is the second best record in the Major League Baseball right after the Kansas City Royals at 16-10. I know there are plenty more games to go, but it is always good to see both the Brewers and the Bucks are doing well. Currently, the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Washing Nationals are on four game winning streak and both are currently in the second place in the National League Central and East respectively. On the other hand, the
Detroit Tigers are on five game losing streak and had 1-9 record in the past 10 games. The Tigers are the only MLB team that has not won more than 10 games despite the fact they played 29 games. The main concern is their offense because they have only scored 79 points. Without the three games against the Houston Astros back in early April when they won all three games and scored 20 runs during that span, they have only scored 59 runs in 26 games. That is 2.269 runs game, and it is difficult to get a win with that kind of offense. The pitching has not been good either as they allowed 141 runs. They had one of the worst records in the MLB last year, and I wish them luck to turn their season around.
thing to remember in fantasy baseball is to draft batters from the Colorado Rockies. They tend to perform much better, particularly at home. Also, I always monitor someone who played in the American League and now plays in the National League. They tend to perform better. Cron played seven years in the American League and had 30 home runs in 2018. He has power and is capable of hitting 30 home runs again, especially when he is playing for the Rockies.
Second Base / Shortstop
Josh Rojas (Arizona Diamondbacks) – Another Diamondbacks player! He is eligible for both second base and shortstop, so I put that in the same category. He had a three-game home run streak going and is on fire lately. It is rare to find this type of surge in the second base / shortstop position.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa (Texas Rangers) – This is another player who was on my sleeper list. He is also eligible for a shortstop position, so his value is
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 for the tournament. Zach Storbakken leads the team with a .430 batting average and seven home runs. Hansel and Alex Redman lead the pitchers with six wins each.
Madison College’s softball team might not win the North Central Community College Conference title this season, but the WolfPack has shown it can hold its own with national powerhouse Rock Valley College. The two teams have played two doubleheaders against each other this season, and Madison College won a game each time. Most recently, Madison College lost to Rock Valley College, 1-0, before winning, 8-7, in eight innings. Due to Madison College’s
even higher! He currently has five home runs and five stolen bases with .277 batting average. I did not expect him to perform this well, but enjoyed his hot streak in the past week (three home runs, one stolen base, and .346 average).
Tyler O’Neill (Saint Louis Cardinals) – He is on fire lately (two home runs, two stolen bases, and .393 average). Playing time has been an issue with O’Neill, but he has been delivering it since he received regular playing time. If you want some power and stolen bases? He is your guy.
Alex Wood (San Francisco Giants) – He is back to his old form now and is having a great season so far – 1.50 ERA and 0.61 walks plus hits per innings pitched (WHIP). Do you know who has a similar ERA and WHIP as Wood at this point? Gerrit Cole (1.43 ERA and 0.72 WHIP), one of the best fantasy baseball pitchers (well and real life baseball pitcher). Can Wood keep up?
earlier conference loss to College of DuPage, Rock Valley leads the conference standings with a 7-1 record while Madison College is second at 6-2. For Madison College to claim a share of the conference title, they will have to win both games against Milwaukee Area Technical College and hope the College of DuPage can take a game from Rock Valley in their doubleheader on May 4. No matter what happens, though, Madison College has shown what it can do against a six-time defending national champion. Madison College is now 36-5 overall and is on a ninegame winning streak. The WolfPack has eight games left before the NJCAA Region 4 Tournament on May 11.
Madison College’s abbreviated soccer seasons are about
to come to a close. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams have played five games this season. The men’s team has three games left, while the women’s team has just one game remaining. The WolfPack men’s soccer team now has a 2-2-1 record. In its most recent matches, the team lost to Harper College, 2-1, on April 21 and beat Joliet Junior College, 4-2, on April 23. Madison College will now play three games in less than a week before heading to the NJCAA Region 4 Tournament on May 15. The Madison College women’s soccer team has won its last two matches, beating Rock Valley College, 5-1, on April 16 and Illinois Valley Community College, 1-0, on May 2. A rematch with Rock Valley awaits before the WolfPack women will play in the NJCAA Region 4 tournament semifinals on May 15.
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The May 5, 2021, issue of The Clarion looks at how COVID-19 has impacted students over the past year.