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Janice Richardson: Computer Networking Prodigy by Darick T. Earney Staff Writer Ever wondered who’s in charge of making sure computers aren’t hacked? A CNET professional, that’s who. Lewis and Clark CNET student Janice Richardson has been hired onto the O’Fallon Lockheed Martin Department of Defense, starting after her graduation in May. For the past two years, Richardson has been the network administrator for the CNET labs of Lewis and Clark’s very own computer networking work-study program. Her hard work and dedication has earned her a great reputation amongst teachers and students. “Janice is very good at planning ahead.

Computer Networking requires having a fearless attitude when it comes to solving difficult tasks, and she is one of the best at it. Students like her remind me of why I teach, and make my job much easier,” Computer Networking Professor Doyle McClellan said. “Janice has been a great teacher, and a treasure to have around to help me whenever I’ve had a question, or needed anything. She will be greatly missed, and one tough act to follow,” said new Computer Networking Administrator Rusty Lee. When Richardson isn’t busy helping her fellow students, she is spending time with her husband and playing video games with her children. She is a fan of reading,

particularly young adult novels such as “The Hunger Games” trilogy and the Percy Jackson series. Graduating on May 14, Janice knows she will find it difficult to step away from her computer networking family at L&C. She is grateful for the wonderful people she has met, and plans to keep them close at heart as she takes the next big step in her life. Although she is nervous, she plans to demonstrate her fearlessness. Protecting America from computer hackers will be all in a day’s work. Look out, “Criminal Minds,” here comes Janice Richardson!


Photo by Adam Hill Janice Richardson, from Elsah, is a CNET student at Lewis and Clark, who will be working for Lockheed Martin Department of Defense after her graduation in May.

Donate and Be A Hero

Fighting for More Grants

by Kiersten Connolly Staff Writer

by Amanda Roberts Staff Writer

Thanks to the help of the Be A Hero Campaign, and the assistance of Secretary of State Jesse White, organ donors are making a difference all over the nation. Lewis and Clark has paired up with White in an effort to get students to sign up as donors. Keep an eye out for tables near the Commons and Reid Restaurant to get information about the myths and facts of being a donor. These tables will also have signup sheets for anyone who wants to register as a donor. White is scheduled to visit campus April 15 for the final tally of new donors that L&C has signed up. Being a donor can be the difference between life and death, according to White’s office. “Currently, there are more than 5,000 men, women and children on Illinois’ transplant waiting list; more than 300 people die each year while waiting for a lifesaving transplant,” White said. Anyone can donate and will not

Every year, Illinois sets aside money available for college students applying for aid. MAP grants are among the aid awarded based on financial need and aren’t required to be paid back by the recipient. Currently, the majority of MAP grants are awarded to students who are not attending community college, even though the majority of students enrolled in higher education in Illinois do attend a community college. On April 2, Goesman attended Student Advocacy Day, where she met with Illinois legislators. Goesman presented a petition to add additional grants or increase grant amounts for students. This petition, if passed, will increase grant funds to around $65 million. “The number of students that go to a community college is 60 percent, but less than 15 percent of grants go to community colleges,” said Stevie Goesman, vice president of SGA. Should the state deny the increase, the SGA will continue to petition for a smaller increase in hopes to make more funds available to community

Graphic by Adam Hill be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. According to the organ donation government website, just one donor can save up to eight lives. Every 10 minutes, a person is depending on someone else to step up and help save their life. Without donors, many people on this list will die. To become an organ donor, go to, or stop by a registration table and sign up. It only takes a few moments.


For more information on the grants increase or what, as a student, can be done to help, contact Stevie Goesman at colleges. “I believe that the Illinois Senate wants to support the MAP grant,” Financial Aid Director Angela Weaver said. As the years have gone by, students have had to apply earlier in order to get MAP grants. This year, one must have filed his or her FASFA by the end of February in order to be eligible for MAP grants. For more information on the grants increase or what, as a student, can be done to help, contact Goesman at sgoesman@ For information on grants, student loans or scholarships, contact Angela Weaver at finaid@

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Photo by Brooke Lavite Chef Mike Cool with Cathy Gross, who is mixing a cocktail.

Cartoon by Eric Welch

Gender-Bending Traditions by Athena Whitty Editor in Chief There has been a flood of news lately over children being bullied for wearing clothing, backpacks or acting outside of what is considered the norm for their gender roles. Grayson Bruce, a 9-yearold from North Carolina, was being bullied over a “My Little Pony” backpack that he used at school. Bruce is now being homeschooled during

Whitty mediation between his parents and Candler Elementary, in Candler, N.C. Candler Elementary has said all of their options for Bruce’s return do allow the use of his Rainbow Dash backpack. After Bruce complained about being bullied over the backpack, the school initially responded by banning the bag, but has since lifted the ban, reported U.S.A. Today’s website. “I do feel bullying connected with identity issues is a problem here on campus,” said Sarah Rankin, M.A. assistant professor of psychology at Lewis and Clark Community College. “LC Pride is for everyone to be who they want to be, and wear what they want to wear,” said LC Pride President Lyn Campbell. College campuses have organizations in place for greater acceptance, which is great, but the problem starts long before that.

Colleges have organizations in place for greater acceptance, which is great, but the problem starts long before that. At only 7-years-old, Barnaby Williams already thinks his Rainbow Dash hoodie would cause problems if he wore it to school, said Sean Williams, his father, via Slate’s website. That is far too heavy a burden for someone as young as Barnaby to bear. Instead of expecting these children to fit a neat, preconceived idea of what is to be a boy or a girl, schools should be creating an open dialogue about acceptance with children at an early age. “I think talks could start as early as preschool,” Rankin said. These children who are bullied can grow into adults that suffer depression, anxiety or other psychological issues. It is time to take a step in the right direction, and address the problem head on instead of expecting people to be something they are not.


Bluff City Grill Offers Laid-Back Elegance at an Affordable Price by Brooke Lavite Staff Writer Recently, I found myself running out of dining options in the Alton area, so I was ecstatic to see a new restaurant, The Bluff City Grill, open in downtown Alton. Upon entering the restaurant, I felt as though I walked through a portal. This establishment marries an elegant look with a laid back atmosphere. The interior immediately had me transfixed. It was not at all what I had expected. The restaurant had a very chic, very modern look to it. Highquality, monochromatic stills of various monumental locations in Alton are featured along the walls. The atmosphere is sophisticated, yet casual, while reinforcing local pride. “I wanted to make a business-casual atmosphere for customers to bring clients or friends and family for dinner or lunch, and then come to the sports bar side that is 21 and up to cut loose,” said owner and former Lewis and Clark business major Cathy Gross. The menu is extremely diverse in content. They offer several salad options, many sandwiches or wraps, and burgers. What immediately caught my attention was the expansive list of appetizers and entrees. Head chef and former L&C Communications major Mike Cool explained that if a customer has a

Lavite food allergy or needs something to be prepared gluten-free, they need only mention it and he will prepare the dish accordingly. “We do everything from scratch here. 98 percent of the menu is made inhouse,” Cool said. While going over the menu, it was difficult for me to pinpoint a theme or a commonality between many of the options. When ordering, I asked to be surprised with two menu items. Guac bites with sweet chili sauce and pot stickers with sesame sauce were the appetizers that were brought to the table. “I tried it once and me and my boyfriend thought it was decent. It was nice inside and the food was reasonably priced. We would go back,” said L&C student Stephanie Oh, a business management major. If you are looking to try something new that is affordable, you should give The Bluff City Grill a visit, at 102 W. 9th St. in Alton.


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Career Closet Offers Clothing Resource for Job Seekers by Cailin Daniels Staff Writer Making a positive first impression is an essential component of a successful interview. Alice Bunjan, L&C’s Manager of Career Services, along with other members of the Career Closet committee, have worked to put together a resource to help students do just that. Lewis and Clark Community College holds an annual job fair, but this year’s event included something a little different. April 2 marked the day that L&C’s new student resource, the Career Closet, was made available. At the job fair, two samples of appropriate interview outfits were set up as guides, one for a male; the other for a female. Besides the sample outfits, appointment

cards with information about how to reach the Career Closet committee and gain access to the closet’s clothing racks were available. This is a tool that is geared toward helping students who are nearing the end of their education prepare for the interviews that will allow them to finally begin their careers. The items offered will be free of charge to all Lewis and Clark students who may be interested. “I think the Career Closet is a great idea. It’s wonderful what they are doing for Lewis and Clark students,” said Fine Arts major Maren Valyo. The Career Closet is made possible by the donations of Lewis and Clark students, staff and faculty, as well as the community. The clothing items, clothing

racks and hangers have been donated. No campus money has been spent in order to fund the project. The committee began taking donations in the beginning of the 2014 Spring semester. Donations are still welcome, and may include men and women’s clothes, shoes or accessories. Currently, the closet consists of two full racks of clothing, along with shoes. The committee’s main concern is that they will not be able to collect a wide enough variety suitable to every student’s needs in a few short months. “We want to provide support to students who may not otherwise have resources to purchase their own,” Bunjan said. Students are encouraged to go out and take advantage of the resources that Lewis and Clark has

Graphic by Adam Hill provided. For more information about the Career Closet, visit

or contact Alice Bunjan at

Sustainability: A Future For Tomorrow by Nate Keener Director of Sustainability Mankind has managed to trash Earth so extensively that many leading scientific experts say we might be making the planet uninhabitable for humans in just a few more short centuries. Clearly, we need change. Our political system is in gridlock so that “environmentalism” has become a bad word in some circles. It doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, we can’t afford for it to be this way any longer. Sustainability asks us to set aside petty differences to work together to solve serious common problems. Sustainability is a threelegged stool that’s all about people, planet and profit. Each leg is equally necessary for the stool to stand. Sustainable actions and processes either enhance, or don’t cause harm to the planet, while protecting social justice and the welfare of people. These actions simultaneously allow businesses and entrepreneurs to make a profit. For too long, we’ve been asked to choose between people,

Keener profits or Earth. This is a false choice and we should look to enhance all three. Sustainability focuses on a systems-based philosophy that asks us to conduct business in a way that maximizes profits, minimizing harm to the planet and to recognize that everything is connected dynamically. Lewis and Clark Community College has been recognized locally and nationally for its efforts and has an admirable goal of “Campus Carbon Neutrality by 2058.” Needless to say, there are plenty of opportunities for you to make a change. Actions shape the future, so learn from the past.

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Alton Middle School is Bringing Back Culture by Kiersten Connolly Staff Writer At Alton Middle School, the topic of sharing cultural backgrounds as a collective group has been on the table. The school got together and celebrated Cultural Day for that very reason. More than 100 students were chosen to participate. This allowed for any student regardless of sex, race, nationality, and abilities or disabilities, to have a role in the celebration. Thanks to the dedication of Angel Webber, program organizer, everything went off without a hitch. Sarah Witherbee, a seventh-grade student, stepped on stage to sing the National Anthem to the

celebration of James Brown and Motown. The entire ensemble closed the performance together by singing “We Shall Overcome.” Nicole Marconi, Field Summit House principal, said that this was a serious topic with celebration weaved throughout, and as a school, everyone was to stand together to help one another with all goals and endeavors. “We’re here to reflect on the angels of the past and the warriors of today,” Marconi said. Photo by Adam Hill President Franklin Roosevelt and First Children at Alton Middle School sing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” at Alton Middle Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, School’s Cultural Day event. President John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Princess “I had a chance to make a Bradley Taulbee said. Martin Luther King Diana, Ella Fitzgerald and lot of new friends, and had a Jr., Emily Dickinson, Hellen Keller were among fun experience as President kierstenconnolly1@ Ruby Bridges, President those celebrated. Lincoln,” seventh-grader

L&C Alternative Spring Break: Guatemala 2014

Photos submitted by Lucy Chappee This spring break, seven L&C students, two registered nurses and two administrators traveled to Guatemala, in partnership with the Mustard Seed Peace Project, to establish a rural health clinic to serve the small, rural village of Virginia. Lewis and Clark plans to begin providing annual opportunities like this to a wider range of students, beginning as early as next year, according to Vice President of Student Engagement Sean Hill. To learn more about the trip, visit To see more photos, visit L&C’s Flickr at sets/72157642006837195/.

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The Art of a Greener Future by Sierra Beckwith Staff Writer Recycling is a big step in the right direction toward a greener community. That is just a part of what Lewis and Clark’s Director of Sustainability Nate Keener is trying to encourage in the second annual Art of Recycling contest. “We want to educate our students about our recycling program here on campus, and at the same time demonstrate how we can repurpose things for new uses,” Keener said. In this year's contest, material possibilities include: plastic bottles, writing utensils, any type of safely deconstructed electronic waste, or e-waste. Submissions may be individual or group pieces, but at least one member of a group submission has to be a Lewis and Clark student. This contest is to promote

creativity through recycling, but there's much more Keener wants the students to take away from participating in the project. It’s also to try and help students become mindful of the throw away society that we live in, and to encourage them to make better decisions with what they do with their old, excess or unused materials, he said. “In this case, we’re trying to take what would otherwise be trash, and turn it into something pretty,” Keener said. The pieces will be judged in four categories: Best Plastic Bottle Piece, Best Writing Utensil Piece, Best E-Waste Piece, and People's Choice. Judging will take place during Earth Week, April 21-25, here on the Godfrey campus. $50 gift cards will go to the winning artist from each category. Last year's winners were a 6-foot long dragonfly, a working

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Photo by Athena Whitty Last year’s second place winner in the Art of Recycling contest. cardboard clock, and a tree growing up and out of a recycling bin. Submissions for this year's Art of Recycling contest are only being accepted until April 14.

Contact Nate Keener at (618) 468-2782 or by email at nkeener@ for any information or questions.

Stephanie ‘Stevi’ Johnson Wins L&C’s Student Trustee Election by Brooke Lavite and Athena Whitty Of 327 votes recently cast for the L&C student trustee election, Stephanie “Stevi” Johnson won with 195 votes. Her competition, Logan Walker, received 132 votes. The student trustee serves as a voice for the students of Lewis and Clark Community College. The elected trustee is an active participant of Student Government, and is also required to attend the Board of Trustee meetings as a representative for the student body. Elections were held online last month. Every student received an email containing a link to cast their ballot. “I look forward to the opportunity to represent my fellow L&C students as a member of Student Government,” Johnson said. Johnson currently serves as treasurer for a non-profit board that assists those with disabilities to maintain their independence. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in business, but was inspired to go into nursing after being involved

“I look forward to the opportunity to represent my fellow L&C students as a member of Student Government.” -Stephanie “Stevi” Johnson, Incoming Student Trustee in a serious accident. She would like to give back to the medical community for all they have done for her. The election was held online and every student was provided with information about both candidates in their email with instructions on how to vote. Each candidate put forth a profile so students could get a feel for who they would like to vote for. Trustees are a link between the student body, student government and Board of Trustees. Students can take an active part in their school life by giving ideas and feedback to the elected trustee.

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Trebuchets Battle in River Bend Arena by Sierra Beckwith Staff Writer Trebuchet is a competition of accuracy, focus, patience, luck, and strategy, and on Friday March 28, the trebuchets, or catapults, began launching just after 9 a.m. in the River Bend Arena. Forty teams of 180 high school students and their designs filled the gym. During each battle, two teams faced off with five minutes to score as many points as possible. It left some teams scoreless while others who mastered a technique scored up to 8-10 in a single round. The targets were two five-gallon buckets on each side that the students would aim for that were worth 15 points. Also, there were small baskets placed next to each trebuchet that gave the opposing team an opportunity to knock another team’s structure out of the battle. Peyton Heyen, a CAD student from Southwestern’s Team Ramrod, made five buckets in one round, helping her team score a total of 8. J.P. Mueller was the brains behind the architecture of their design, but she had the perfect touch for release. “I shot the first time, and noticed I was short. I drew the sling back

Photo provided by L&C Media Services The Highland High School trebuchet team, Throwing Up, beat Jerseyville High School to place first in the Seventh Annual Trebuchet contest.

Photo provided by L&C Media Services The Highland High School trebuchet team, Throwing Up, stands with their medieval machine.

farther, altering it just a bit, found the spot and went with it,” Heyen said. After lunch, all teams took their best distance shooting trebuchets out to the soccer field. They set up at the goal line and launched their projectiles. The team who shot the farthest was the victor. Team $quad, from Jerseyville, were the winners of this part of the competition. They made a total of four trebuchets, - three for accuracy and one for distance. Their

the gym had emptied almost completely. Throwing Up and Operation….. were facing off to participate in the championship round against Noah’s Ark. It was a close battle, but Throwing Up came out on top and guaranteed themselves second place or better. The final round had to be played twice, since Noah’s Ark lost for their first time after the battle. The second round was the make or break for Noah’s Ark, and Throwing Up came out with the win, three buckets ahead.

winning design was a falling arm trebuchet that had a pivot point with a series of wheels. “When an arm rolls forward it creates more, or easier, momentum.” Aaron Fosha, a Jerseyville High School senior, said. It was a long day of intense competition, but by about 2:45 p.m. Marquette’s Operation….., Jerseyville’s Noah’s Ark, and Highland’s Throwing up were the only teams that hadn’t lost more than once, the final three. It was down to the wire;

Photo provided by L&C Media Services Jerseyville High School placed second in Lewis and Clark Community College’s Seventh Annual Trebuchet contest.

Throwing Up were from Highland High’s Tech Club. All team members were juniors, with one senior, and had participated in the competition for the last two years. “The first year we did okay. We made it halfway. Last year we got eliminated really fast. We only had one trebuchet that really worked, and this year we went all the way,” saidThrowing Up’s Daniel Deibert, a Highland High junior.

Photo provided by L&C Media Services The winning Highland High School trebuchet team, Throwing Up, poses for a team photo.

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Talk to the Bridge: Disney and ‘Star Wars’ What are your thoughts on Disney making a new “Star Wars” movie?

Shawn Chambers, Bethalto Archaeology major “If they do it right, it could be good. If they stay true to the story, but I’m worried because George Lucas isn’t directing it. It could go either way.”

Melissa Scaturro, Edwardsville Criminal Justice major “I haven’t seen ‘Star Wars.’”

Nathan Sykes, Edwardsville Associate in Science “Disney owning ‘Star Wars,’ they can’t go wrong. I mean look at ‘Frozen.’ They also did the ‘Avengers.’ At the end of the day you have to rely on the writers.”

Nathan Badman, Alton Elementary Education major “Well it’s just another way to get money for Disney. I think if it’s animated it will be terrible. You can’t change an original.”

Nathan Marcrum, Alton Undecided major “I would say I’m skeptical because George Lucas isn’t involved. I also don’t like the idea of bringing back the old actors.”

Jacob Lively, Bethalto Exercise Science major “Sounds like a money grab, like a typical Disney movie.”

George Brewer, Alton General Studies major “It’s great they’re making sequels. I think Disney is evil. They’re fascists. It’ll be exciting to see Han Solo and the Fettman.”

Brandon Burke, St. Louis Biomedical Engineering major “I’m okay with that, so long as they make it interesting and not go off the tracks from the original storyline. If they don’t add that ‘Disney touch.’”

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Going Back to the Galaxy: T h e N ex t S t a r W a r s

Lollapalooza Coming to Chicago

by Eric Welch Staff Writer

by Nick Lowry Staff Writer

“Star Wars” may still be in a galaxy far, far away, but recent announcements by Disney and Lucasfilm have attracted media attention yet again. It has been officially announced that the release date of a seventh film is set for Dec. 18, 2015. This may seem like a long time to wait, but Rome wasn't built in a day. A film must go through three stages to reach its completion, and each stage can take several months. Pre-production is when everything is built for use in the movie. Production is the time the movie is actually filmed. Postproduction is mainly editing and is also when special effects are added in. Official production will begin in May in London. Disney also announced that the seventh installment will take place 30 years after the events of “Return of The

Anxious music festival fans are going crazy as Lollapalooza lineups are being announced. Lollapalooza will be held Aug. 1-3 in Chicago’s Grant Park. In 2013, the festival drew 300,000 audience members in a three-day period. 2011’s headliner Eminem released “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” late last year. It debuted at No. 1 and has sold about 2 million copies, according to the Billboard chart. Also in 2011, Skrillex made his “Lolly” debut, returning last year with his side project Dog Blood. Kings of Leon headlined the festival in 2009. Although Arctic Monkeys played an anticipated afternoon set in 2011, they decided to return to Lollapalooza for their first headlining appearance in North America. Fans are not too happy to hear this lineup, mostly since some artists will only be performing one night shows due to appearances at other festivals, including Coachella and Bonnaroo. Kid Cudi, Outkast and

Graphic by Nicole Leith Jedi,” which was released just more than 30 years ago in 1983. “I hope it will be good, but it’s hard to tell. I have no idea what to expect. I am worried that it will be a fiasco, but I hope it will be awesome,” Lewis and Clark student TJ Cowan said. Terry Frank, a chef in

the Commons Cafe, recalls watching the original “Star Wars” movies of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, and holds onto the belief that no new “Star Wars” movie could top the original three. He does believe that it will be worth watching and is interested to see what Disney develops. As for the cast of the film, no official actors have been announced except R2-D2, who will be playing himself.


Kanye West are some of the named “one-nightstanders.” Recent Grammy winner Lorde is among the most popular acts performing at Lollapalooza, according to Piet Levy, of the Journal Sentinel. Lollapalooza will feature 130 artists, including such headliners as Eminem, Skrillex and Calvin Harris. “If I was able to go to Lollapalooza, it would be awesome to see Drake, Lil’ Wayne or Mac Miller perform there,” said L&C student Darion West. “I love music. It would be really cool to see Nickelback perform,” said Devon Plumer, another music loving L&C student. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 25, and are expected to sell out incredibly fast. Instead of buying tickets, fans can go to the Lollapalooza festival website and enter the “Lucky Lolly” contest, which is a give-away awarding the five lucky winners with two three-day passes to the festival.

A New Spring In Your Step by Kiersten Connolly Staff Writer It’s that time of year again. All of the students, staff and faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College will meet outside for the annual Springfest! Springfest is always full of activities, surprises and prizes to win! Almost every group in the school will be participating, whether by having a table and handing out goodie bags, or having a game and letting people gain points to win prizes. Julien Crawford, a student at L&C, said that Springfest is the time of year where everyone is finally getting out of that winter slump and back to warm weather. Springfest allows socialization with all kinds of people that have never even spoken before. It’s a

time to make friends and memories that will last a lifetime. “Springfest is always full of fun festivities for everyone,” said Jared Hennings, student activities coordinator. Springfest this year will have various kinds of activities. There will be games, giveaways, food and even a lip syncing competition afterward. This year is expected to be more jam-packed than any year prior. Springfest this year will be April 30 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the lip syncing competition will follow directly at 1 p.m. Look for Springfest photos after the event at



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Dark Shadow Cast Over Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Music Video by Nick Lowry Staff Writer Katy Perry has been accused by some Muslims of blasphemy in the video for her single “Dark Horse.” In the Egyptian themed video, Katy Perry, dressed as Cleopatra, is shown using lightning to strike down a man who is wearing the symbol of the Muslim god, Allah. More than 50,000 people have signed a petition at criticizing the pop star for disrespecting Islam in her video. “You can compare the feeling to someone burning a picture of

somebody you love dearly,” wrote one petitioner. The fact that Islam did not even exist during Ancient Egypt, according to, could suggest that the pendant of Allah was placed in scene purposefully. “It comes off as disrespectful. Just like if someone of a different religion of culture was to burn the American Flag. Americans would feel that that type of action was disrespectful towards our country. So why didn’t she think of that before? I don’t know, but I’m not even Islamic, and I find that to be disrespectful,” said L&C student Nia

Alexander. Is the video trying to send an anti-Islamic message or was this the work of some clueless costume designer? “It could be both, but most likely it was a harsh mistake someone made,” L&C Professor Mike Lemons said. It is not the first time Perry has been criticized for her portrayal of other cultures. Last November, she received strong backlash for her portrayal of Japanese culture during her performance of “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards.

Photo courtesy of The before and after digital scrubbing of Katy Perry’s Dark Horse video.

J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘Beowulf ’: A Translation and Commentary by Brooke Lavite Staff Writer Fans of epic poetry or J. R. R. Tolkien may appreciate his translation of “Beowulf,” to be published next month. “Beowulf” is an epic poem about a protagonist of the same name, who conquers a monster with his bare hands, saving his people. He later destroys the beast’s mother as well. The work was originally a part of an oral tradition passed on by scops, Old English bards and poets. “Beowulf” was written some 1300 years ago; the author is unknown. Scops traveled about and told and retold the story with each storyteller contributing their own style to the work. Tolkien, famous for “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, translated the Old English epic poem more than eight decades ago, but had not published his work. His son, Christopher Tolkien, has done the editing of the translation. The manuscript of “Beowulf” has been translated into more than 70 languages. “Beowulf” was written in Old English, which

is much different than modern English. Many people equivocate Old English with Shakespearian language but Shakespeare was speaking a form of modern English. “Because Old English was so much more Germanic, modern English is a mutt of the original, ancient German. ‘Beowulf’ needs a translation in modern English just so people can understand it,” Instructor Steve Higgins said. Modern English is very obscured from Old English, this is why it is relevant for new translations of old works. Retranslating allows for our ever changing language to keep these works in proper context. “I would be interested in older literature if it was in modern context because I would wonder what was written and if I could apply any of it to my life now to make things different. It may make me appreciate the modern world more,” said Kadi Lenhardt, Paramedicine major. Tolkien’s estate has announced that the translation will be published by HarperCollins on May 22.


Photo by Brooke Lavite The legendary legacy of J.R.R, Tolkien. “Beowulf” will soon be posthumously added to his vast list of accomplishments

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Pity the Fool and the April Fish by Darick T. Earney Staff Writer Every year on April 1, thousands of pranksters all around the world are given the opportunity to pull pranks on their friends and loved ones. April Fool’s Day, also known as All Fool’s Day, is the one day out of the entire year when being mischievous is considered to be awesome. Pranksters may or may not know is that April Fool’s Day was originally New Years Day. According to National Geographic’s website, there really is no confirmed origin of April Fool’s Day. It’s believed that the holiday began in France when the Gregorian calendar was first adopted to establish Jan. 1 as New Year’s Day. Ignorant of the change, some citizens continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1, and would be referred to as “April Fools” for doing so. Another piece of trivia is the fact

that it’s celebrated in France as “April Fish Day.” It’s popular among French children to tape paper fish onto the backs of their friends and classmates. Whenever the fish is discovered, they’re supposed to yell: “Poisson d’Avril!,” which translates to “April fish.” According to the Mental Floss website, Scotland enjoyed April Fool’s Day so much in 18th century, that it became a two-day holiday - the first being April Fool’s Day, and the second being Taily Day. The origin of the “kick me” sign on someone’s back started in Scotland. Signs reading “kick me” were taped to victims’ backs, and as a consequence, they were kicked. It’s safe to say that Taily Day was a day one should never turn their back on a friend. However, France and Scotland aren’t the only places in the world getting in on the fun. There’s a famous blessing that goes “April showers bring May flowers,” but in Portugal,

Graphic by Keziah Jordan citizens may bring showers of flour the Sunday and Monday before Lent. All pranks and foolishness aside, April Fool’s Day is a fun holiday for the whole family. There is no age limit on who can celebrate it. American author Mark Twain had his own opinion on how foolish people were way back when:

Lewis and Clark’s First Talent Show by Kiersten Connolly Staff Writer On April 30 at 1 p.m., directly following Springfest, there will be a lip syncing competition among the organizations and clubs on campus. Many first-year L&C students are not aware of the vast number and variety of clubs and other organizations here on campus. This is the first year the competition will be held in hopes that students become more familiar with clubs and organizations available for them to join. Jacob Williams, a comedian, is going to host the competition as each one of these groups get up in front of their peers and lip sync to some popular songs. All acts in the event have already been approved to perform, so this event is 100 percent familyfriendly. The lip syncing competition will allow for everyone who isn’t involved in these groups to get an idea of the kinds of

Graphic by Adam Hill people that are. The groups will be judged by four judges: two faculty members and two students on the following factors: energy, creativity, theme, look and entertainment. The winners of this competition will receive an award of a $200 addition to the club’s account, a trophy and promotion of the club itself through The

Bridge, as well as the L&C radio station, WLCA 89.9 FM for their achievements. “It will be a lot of fun to do a lip syncing competition because here at L&C we have never done anything like it! It’s going to be fun!” said Lyn Campbell, LC Pride President.


“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year,” Twain said. “Trust no one! You never know who or when somebody is going to prank you!” said Emily Chester, current L&C student.


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Cracking the Egg on Easter Traditions Student Art by Darick T. Earney Exhibit on Staff Writer It’s almost time to buy and dye a Campus carton’s worth of eggs, splurge on chocolate and sugar, and hope the Easter Bunny will deliver happiness in a basket to families around the world. Originally, the Easter Bunny was believed to be an Easter Hare, and according to, it was believed among children that hares laid eggs in the grass. This was a contributing factor in inspiring the tradition of easter egg hunts every year. During the 13th century, Pagan festivals were held to celebrate the Anglo-saxon goddess of fertility and spring, Eostre (ee-ah-strah). Eostre was a fan of rabbits, and because she was so popular, the rabbit became a symbol of Easter that would carry on. However, in other countries, such as Germany and Switzerland, rabbits weren’t the only symbol of Easter. It is believed that foxes, storks, swans and even roosters have an important role in the holiday, and the delivery of colored eggs, too. There are many theories as to why eggs have become a significant symbol of the Easter holiday. One classic belief is that the egg is symbolic to the stone that was rolled away from the tomb of Jesus after his crucifixion. Another is that the shape is similar to the full moon that changes every year after Easter. Although there are no known facts as to why the eggs are part of this holiday, it’s the most common belief that eggs symbolize fertility and new life. According to, it is believed by scholars that in the 1800s, children would build nests

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Graphic by Keziah Jordan and leave eggs in them. If the child was a well-behaved, their eggs were colored by the Easter Bunny. However, over centuries the Easter Bunny has begun to leave chocolates to do-gooders on Easter Sunday. Failed Success’ website says that in the 1300s, Easter was celebrated by the Roman Catholics with hot cross buns. Buns, at the time, were a symbol of healing and protection from evil. Thus, they were passed out on Good Friday to the homeless. After the banning of Roman Catholicism in England, it was time to convert the citizens to chocolate. “From buns to bunnies, either way, there is going to be a bun involved”said Lewis and Clark

student Robert Callal. In the 1800s, chocolate had grown so popular that it became a regular tradition for parents to give their kids chocolate on Easter. But, it wasn’t just chocolate that became a sweet success on this holiday. In a nutshell (or perhaps, an egg shell), Easter is chock full of traditions and theories to support these traditions. Easter is the only holiday where eggs are sacred, rabbits are more than just adorable, and eating them isn’t frowned upon. That is, if they’re made of chocolate.


Lewis and Clark Community College’s Annual Student Art Exhibition will be on display in the Hatheway Cultural Center Art Gallery from April 11-25. The exhibit will feature original artwork from fine arts, computer graphics and web design majors alike, including photographs, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, animations and web and graphic design projects. Some art will be available for purchase by the general public. “Every year, the Annual Student Art Exhibition showcases the finest work of our fine arts and computer graphics majors. There are outstanding pieces in a variety of media, presented in a professional manner. It’s an opportunity for our students, their families, and the entire community to view the collected work, and to recognize, and celebrate, the commitment students have made to mastering their craft,” Art Program Coordinator Joe McFarlane said. Lewis and Clark Art faculty will select works to be exhibited from submissions made by fine arts students in all media, and graphic designer Mikey Romano will jury submissions from the computer graphics and web design programs. Student artists will compete for $600 in prizes to be given to the top six entries. The exhibit will commence with a reception and opening from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the gallery. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Enjoy Your Own ChillOut Frozen Self-Serve Creation by Moriah Beiser Staff Writer At first glance, ChillOut Frozen Creations looks like a typical ice cream shop, but is far from it. ChillOut Frozen Creations is just that, a customer’s own creation. The low-fat to fat-free yogurt is made with real milk versus the cream used in custard. Frozen yogurt also offers more variety with taste, and can be topped with things like honey or whatever a customer dares to try. The unique self-serve

machines feature an overwhelming array of flavors, ranging from classic vanilla and mango sherbet, to strawberry cheesecake. Yogurt concoctions can be made into any size and available toppings include almost any sprinkle, nut or candy imaginable. Entrepreneurship is in the blood for owners Chelsea and T.J. Weber. Chelsea’s parents own the local business Leary-Mead Concrete. “T.J. always wanted to own our own business, and I had the idea of

Photo by Josh Simpson a frozen yogurt shop,” Chelsea said. In April 2012, they decided to try their own

luck in entrepreneurship, and opened ChillOut Frozen Creations. She saw opportunity in the

Alton area for a delightful alternative to ice cream to brighten people’s day. “I love watching families come in with their children and seeing the excitement on their faces when they get to make their own snack,” said Lewis and Clark student and Yogurt Slinger Sam Schubert. They are getting ready to expand their menu with new Italian ice, so stop by their location off Homer Adams Parkway in Alton to experience the frozen creations of the future.

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Blues Are Contenders Heading Toward Playoffs by Dane McGuire Copy Editor For more than 40 seasons, the St. Louis Blues have had a number of championshipcalibre teams, only to fall short. With Ryan Miller, St. Louis may no longer sing the Stanley Cup blues. Since acquiring Miller and Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 28, the Blues have a 7-2-1 record in Miller’s first 10 games between the pipes. The Blues are bolstered by leading scorers like Alexander Steen, U.S. Olympic hero T.J. Oshie, and a physical side that includes Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund, that is not afraid to fight, and have upgraded the team’s

defense. Effectiveness of the team’s depth is obvious thanks to their 47-167 record. As of March 22, St. Louis leads their division and the Western Conference. They are also tied with the Boston Bruins for the NHL’s top spot at 101 points in the race for the President’s Trophy, to prove who has the best record at the end of the regular season. Boston entered a tie with St. Louis after the Blues dropped two consecutive games, 4-0 against their rival Chicago Blackhawks, and 4-1 against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 22. Before that, the Blues were the only ones on top of the pile.

In spite of all the great things this year’s team has going for them: depth, scoring, goaltender, rough play, as well as a strong passing, these last two performances have brought out old concerns from fans that just won’t go away. “A weakness is their inability to finish games, they need to be able to play the whole game, not just a period of a game,” hockey player and Architecture and Mechanical Drafting major Michael Monehan said. “If they push themselves and improve where they need, to they will be a championship team.” Complacency is a big issue for the Blues, time after time they will get

SLU Silenced in Mar ch Madness by Dane McGuire Copy Editor The NCAA basketball national title tournament is more than a tournament, it is a chance for a team’s ultimate dream to come true. However, some just don’t make the cut, which is the position that Saint Louis University finds itself in now. “I think they're good, but not good enough to win the championship,” Radio Broadcasting major Jason Langreder said, mere hours before game time against Louisville. It turns out he was right. Louisville defeated the Billikens 66-51 in a frustrating tale of a defense that did it’s part, but was matched with a lackluster offense. SLU went 39.6 percent from the field, and failed to convert on any of ther 15 3-point chances. After doing his duty as a coach of evaluating the performance, Jim Crews remained optimistic about his graduating Seniors. Big picture, I couldn't be more proud and salute these guys for having a wonderful, wonderful career, Crews told the Post-Dispatch. The Billikens produced a 27-7 regular season; the obvious highlight being a winning streak which

the lead, and then relax, a habit which does not win championships. Another area for improvement is at the very start of a game. St. Louis is a team that often times does not win by using a reactionary playing style. To win the big one, the Blues have to be first to strike. Coach Ken Hitchcock described Philadelphia as “a bear in the playoffs,” and they are contenders. However the Blues outshot the Flyers 33-19, but went 0-for-7 with than extra man. The goal of hockey is to put the puck in the net. “Our level of determination in the offensive zone isn't what it's going to need to be to

lasted 19 games. SLU’s postseason story was one of hope, the Billikens had to come back from 11 points down against North Carolina State just to make it into the Round of 32. After a dismal first half of play, it appeared that SLU was seeing some daylight after taking a two point lead over the Cardinals, once again coming from behind. However, unnecessary fouls and a lack of ball control shifted all momentum in Louisville’s direction. The magic was gone. “Right at the start of the second half, we kind of got a little thing going, but we couldn't generate

and kind of get over the hump with a little rhythm offensively, and that's how it played out. That's why we lost,” Crews said. There is one upside here: the Billikens have now experienced at least some postseason success, a fire that should fuel the team looking ahead. This season’s points leaders include Dwayne Evans (475), Jordair Jett (471), and Rob Loe (350). Fans may have also been a large factor, total season attendance was over 143,000 people. The Billikens are still on the hunt, and next season is when it all begins again.

Cardinal Nation Is Back Again Kiersten Connolly Staff Writer

Courtesy: St. Louis University during their final matchup against the Louisville Cardnials

beat great goaltending,” Hitchcock said to the AP. ''We're going to have to find a way to get to a much higher level of compete in the offensive zone.'' Top teams heading into the playoffs include Pittsburgh (2009 winner), Chicago (2010, 2013), Boston (2011), and all three teams out of California, the most recent championship team being the 2012 Los Angeles Kings. Will the 2014 St. Louis Blues etch their names on to the Holy Grail of hockey for the first time in franchise history? With five games left (at the time of publication), only time will tell.

Once more, the entirety of downtown St. Louis will be covered in a sea of red as everyone welcomes the home team back for another season. Opening day at Busch Stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals is April 7 at 3:15 p.m. against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals have had quite a few shake ups since the end of the 2013 season, including trading David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels, Jaime Garcia getting back on the mound, and have welcomed a few new power players, including new shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Shawn Chambers, a student at Lewis and Clark Community College, said he expects to see changes within the team and as a dedicated fan, all faith should stay within the Cardinals. Garcia was rumored to be stepping back up on the mound after all of the surgery and physical therapy he had to go through in the off season due to bursitis. However, this is no longer the case. “The Cardinals are

Opening day at Busch Stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals is April 7 at 3:15 p.m. against the Cincinnati Reds. making some really smart decisions, not only with Jaime Garcia returning, but with the new addition of Peralta. It’s guaranteed to be an exciting year!” said Darcy Coleman, another L&C student. Peralta has proved to be an assett to the Cardinals over and over again during spring training. Although Cardinal nation wasn’t quick to accept the new addition to the team, they ultimately stood by and supported the decision. It looks as if it was one of the best that could have been made for the team. With a new season comes change - that is inevitable.


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