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2NEWS February 13, 2014

NEWS BRIEFS: MERAMEC MORSELS Two seats on the STLCC board of trustees to be filled in April 8 election, Five vying for seats Five candidates are running for two open seats on the STLCC board of trustees. Resident in STLCC districts will have the opportunity to vote for the following candidates at the April 8 election. Theodis Brown Sr. and Redditt Hudson are candidates for the subdistrict 1 seat, which includes the Hazelwood, Ferguson/Florissant, Riverview Gardens, Jennings, Pattonville, Ritenour, University City, Normandy, Clayton and Ladue school districts. Rodney Gee, Libby Fitzgerald and Daniel Henderson are candidates for the subdistrict 4 seat, which includes Parkway, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Rockwood, Valley Park, Meramec Valley and Hancock Place school districts as well as small portions of Jefferson and Franklin counties. District voters elect board members, who normally serve a six-year term. Theodis Brown Sr. Theodis Brown Sr. is running for the Subdistrict 1 seat. He is

currently the chief of the Castlepoint F i r e Protection Association and a trustee of the Castlepoint Community Association. Brown ran unsuccessfully for the STLCC board of trustees in 1994, 1996, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2012. Brown graduated from the St. Louis Police Academy in 1970, and from the St. Louis Fire Academy in 1978. Brown is listed in the International Biographical Centre’s “Outstanding People of the 21st Century.” Brown is also a free-lance paralegal and publishes “St. Louis Private Eye” Magazine. Redditt Hudson Redditt Hudson is running for the Subdistrict 1 seat. He is the regional field organizer for Region IV of the NAACP. Before working with the NAACP, he was a program associate for the American Civil Liberies Union of Eastern Missouri.

Free safety training offered by the NWS The Sky Club will host a severe storm spotter and public safety training class from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Feb. 22, in the STLCCMeramec Theatre. This training session offered by the National Weather Service is free admission and open to the community, as well as students,

staff and faculty. Upon completion of the training session, information will be provided on how to register as an official volunteer storm spotter. For more information, contact The Sky Club at the.sky.club@hotmail.com or call Professor Joe Schneider at 314984-7419.

Alert systems to be tested on Meramec campus STLCC-Meramec’s campuswide tornado drill will take place on Friday, Feb. 21, at 2:45 p.m. The phone broadcast messaging system will be tested

at 7:30 p.m. and the computer pop-up messaging systems will be tested at 10:30 a.m. both on Monday, Feb. 24.

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Hudson is a former St. Louis p o l i c e officer; he left the force in 1999 to focus on addressing systemic problems in the criminal justice system and on improving the relationship between the community and police officers. As a result he co-founded Project PEACE, an organization working with educators, students and parents to address gang violence prevention and intervention in communities and schools. Rodney Gee Rodney Gee is running for the Subdistrict 4 seat. He is a principal for financial advisor diversity performance for Edward Jones. Gee was formerly director of staffing at Monsanto, as well as the director of human resources for

Monsanto’s Roundup business unit, genomics technology and corporate research groups. Gee is also the president of the St. Louis Community College Foundation Board of Directors. Gee was awarded the STLCC’s Honorary Degree Award in 2013. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Missouri State University in 1981 and completed a master’s degree at Webster University in 2002. Libby Fitzgerald Libby Fitzgerald is also running for the Subdistrict 4 seat. She is a retired associate professor in counseling at STLCC-Forest Park. Fitzgerald served two terms as president of the JCDNEA She earned the Forest Park c a m p u s Innovation of the Year Award in 1997. Fitzgerald was a board member of the Ponepiotic Federation of America, a group that defends human rights for the

Greek ethnic minority in Albania. Fitzgerald has a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University and a master’s degree from University of Missouri-Saint Louis. Daniel Henderson Daniel Henderson is also running for the Subdistrict 4 seat. He is president of Henderson’s E l e c t i c LLC. He previously served as an electrician for St. Louis Public Schools and three years as a lead matenance mechanic at STLCC. Henderson volunteers with Kids Against Hunger Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters, KaBOOM and Habitat for Humanity. Henderson holds a bachelor’s degree from Webster University in 2000 and earned his journeyman wireman certification at the Joint Apprenticeship Training Center for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ Local 1 in 2005. He is a first-time candidate for public office.

Meramec Theater program hosts auditions for ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ The Meramec Theater program will launch production of “Bye Bye Birdie” with auditions slated for Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Meramec Theatre. Students

auditioning should prepare a one to two-minute comic monologue and prepare a one-minute song with sheet music in the correct key. The theatre departments encourages dress for a dance

audition. The performances of “Bye Bye Birdie,” directed by Meramec Professor Michelle Rebollo, will be April 16-19 at 7:30 p.m. and April 20 at 2 p.m. in the Meramec Theatre.

Withdrawal deadlines for the spring semester begin Feb. 21 STLCC has set withdrawal deadlines for the spring 2014 semester based on the length of courses. The final withdrawal deadline for full-term (16 week) classes is Friday, April 11. Students

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STLCC launches attendance tracker to safeguard financial aid funds Banner XE Attendance Tracking system replaces paper attendance ‘green sheets’ SPENCER GLEASON EDITOR IN CHIEF In order to assist STLCC with fulfilling the federal regulations for recording and reporting attendance, the college instituted the Banner XE Attendance Tracking system at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester. The attendance tracker has become the electric version of “green sheets” or the paper form of how attendance was previously taken. The program directly affects students with financial aid, according to Regina Blackshear, Director of District Wide Financial Aid and Scholarships. The financial aid office uses the module to assess when and how to distribute federal money. “It helps the school, but it also helps the student,” Blackshear said. “When you have a student that has paid for a class, but never attended we have to send that money back to the Department of Education. We’re liable. The student is in the situation, now, where they have to pay the institution back.” According to Blackshear, the program was put in place because the college had some issues where attendance was not reported for students until the fifth week of class. The Department of Education determined that a student missing 14 consecutive calendar days of class was the magic number of excessive absences and the school needed a quicker way to evaluate attendance. “That meant then, if you received financial aid and you had not attended class, that put us in a lot of positions where we were actually sending money back [to the government], taking money away and those types of issues.” Blackshear said. “The

green sheets were not doing it anymore.” Blackshear, who has been in her position at STLCC for two years, said she hopes that in using this system, they can have real attendance data to work with. “We can actually start looking at processes that will allow us to have attendance on the first week of class,” Blackshear said. “Then hopefully we can look at moving the refund dates back up closer to the beginning of the semester because then we have attendance to confirm.”

Tuesday, Thursday, not attending the class on Tuesday, Thursday, for the two-week time frame, throws up a red flag even though it is only four class periods. The Department of Education also requires proof of attendance in online courses. Just logging in the class does not count as attending, according to the Faculty and Staff Resources section on the STLCC website. There must be verification of regular interaction between students and faculty, such as contributing to an online

“If a student has been reported as never attending a class, then they never received the financial aid for that class. That’s one of the mechanisms that will help us to get that refund date moved up,”

-Regina Blackshear

According to Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Kim Fitzgerald, professors can still use green sheets for their daily attendance, but once-a-week need to enter the attendance records online. “They can still do that and then go in and do it electronically. Once-a-week is ideal because those first couple weeks they have to really stay on it,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s not like a daily task. They can do it by hand and then go in on the computer and do it later.” The attendance tracker is designed to track each individual class session, but lies within a 14 consecutive calendar day period. For students who take one class on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and a different class on

discussion. For this reason, the STLCC website says the school has made it mandatory that all online courses are required to document a weekly assignment. However, according to Blackshear, if a student misses just the one week of classes (or two consecutive class days of a Tuesday, Thursday class) and then comes the second week, the 14-day period starts over. “It’s 14 consecutive,” Blackshear said. “If a student misses 10 days and then shows back up, the clock starts all the way back over.” At the 10-day mark, STLCC sends out two emails, one to the instructor and the other to the student. “The one to the instructor says that this student has been

reported as not being in your class for 10 days. Is that accurate?” Blackshear said. “The one to the student says, ‘You haven’t been to class in the last 10 days. Are you attending or not attending?’ If they are, it gives them an opportunity to talk to the instructor. The email will also tell them if they’re not intending on coming back, then there is a withdrawal process that they need to do. If they don’t do that, then by the end of the semester, they’ll have an ‘F.’” Federal regulations expect the college to determine whether or not the student has the intention of returning to class or withdrawing, said Blackshear. In order for STLCC to identify students who have excessive absences, without administratively withdrawing the student, STLCC created the code for registered but not attending (RN). “Students who have been given an RN status will be documented as just not attending. That allows for if there is some reason a mistake was made, as far as the attendance, the instructor can fix that,” Blackshear said. “It also allows if for some reason a student shows up after those 14 days and does enough work to still pass, it allows the instructor to still give that student a passing grade if that’s what they deserve.” According to Blackshear, students should be proactive about their situation if they know that they are going to miss class. “What that is saying is the student has made contact. We know where the student is and the student has the intention of coming back,” Blackshear said. “Then when we send out an email it’ll say, ‘We’re getting

ready to say you’re registered, but not attending. Is this accurate?’ We want to give them some time in case they’re not proactive to say, ‘Wait. I need to contact my instructor.’” Like any new product, Blackshear said that there were some issues last semester. The problems that arose according to Blackshear mainly involved students who had been given an RN status. “I wish I could tell you it was wonderful. But I can tell you that this semester has gone by a lot smoother,” Blackshear said. “There were some issues for students with an RN status. There’s an option for the instructor to update the attendance. They may have accidentally marked students there when the student knew they’ve never been there. What we do then, is we send out an email that says, ‘You’re sure this student hasn’t been there? Are you sure she’s come back?’ That gives the instructor the opportunity to go in and take that date out. We’re still getting used to working the program out itself.” Despite the kinks, according to Blackshear, the attendance tracker has helped STLCC save money. “If a student has been reported as never attending a class, then they never received the financial aid for that class. That’s one of the mechanisms that will help us to get that refund date moved up,” Blackshear said. “Because if I register for 12 hours and I’ve truly only gone to six, then financial aid should only release aid for six hours. And that’s gone really well.”

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A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO

DARS JUSTIN VILLMER COPY EDITOR

Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) is a tool students can use to evaluate the progress toward their degree. This system displays how classes are applied to a degree, what classes or criteria are still required and student statistics such as GPA or total credits. The degree audit includes a pie chart with in progress, completed and unfulfilled hours; a breakdown of credit hours; how classes apply to the degree and what classes are still required. There is printer friendly link as well.

A step-by-step guide follows:

Go to the campus website: www.stlcc.edu

• Click the MY STLCC box in the upper right hand corner and then click on the Banner self-service tab on the right hand side of the screen.

On the next page, click the green Login button.

• When prompted login using your MySTLCC ID and Password.

Open the link named Student Services & Financial Aid

• This tab offers information about registration, student records and payment options.

Click the Student Records option.

• At the bottom of the choices is Degree Audit, upon clicking it will let you

choose between Request a Degree Audit or View Requested Degree Audit.

First go to Request a Degree Audit.

• Displayed on this page is the degree in progress, next to which there is a button that reads, “Run Audit” click this button.

Now either return to the previous page or click the “What-if?” button at the bottom.

• This option allows students to see which classes would transfer to a different degree program if changing their major.

Now choose View Requested Degree Audit.

• Here should be your name, along with a link made from your degree. If not present, it may take up to 5 minutes for the degree audit to appear. Degree audits are automatically deleted after 7 days.

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6 OPINIONS February 13, 2014

WACKY SCIENCE

CORY MUEHLEBACH STAFF WRITER

Exercising Energy The inevitable energy crisis surrounding America and other key countries is troubling. Relying on oil to power our cars, heat our homes and fuel our military is essentially futile. Oil is a limited resource; so looking in other areas is crucial to our survival in the digital age. Many countries are switching over to renewable energy sources. According to http://makewealthhistory.org, Iceland heats around 85 percent of its homes using geothermic energy (or energy attained from underground heat sources.) Other countries such as Bhutan, use mountains to create electricity and then export that excess energy to places like India.

KEEPIN’ IT REAL

JAKE HUNN GRAPHICS EDITOR

Marius The Giraffe: Martyr for Animal Rights Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark has sparked

America falls behind in the renewable energy race. Though America is creating new wind farms and finding new ways to use solar energy, we still heavily rely on coal, which is horrible not only for the economy but for the environment as well. The problem is that there is no immediate profit from renewable energy and big companies like Ameren want to keep their business, so they lobby for laws against renewable energy in the hopes to delay a possible loss in profit. This puts a huge halt on America’s progress toward green energy. If America wish to see a new country full of renewable energy, we must bite the bullet, suffer short term and give it time. In that time, we will see wind farms rise, solar panels built and other forms of alternative energy flourish, thus relieving our need for expensive oil and coal all the while preserving the planet. It is a win-win, but it takes a little bit of time and aspiration. Ultimately, it is foolish to stay on the path we are now as a country. With depleting resources, one can only imagine why a country as great as America has not made the change towards alternative energy that other countries have. America needs an alternative way of living and what we have now will not cut it.

worldwide outrage. Animal rights activists have turned to the Internet to express their views on a decision made by zoo officials to euthanize the animal. Scientific director Bengst Holst said, “When giraffes breed as well as they do now, then you will inevitably run into so-called surplus problems now and then.” Critics far and wide have shamed zoo for its decision. Holst defends the killing of Marius stating that the animal posed the threat of inbreeding on their “sound and healthy giraffes.” Marius’ body was used for a public autopsy after which his remains were fed the zoo’s big cats. The fact that Marius was himself a member of the population of healthy giraffes, which he was killed in order to preserve, poses serious moral questions concerning the zoo’s decision. Upon reading of Marius’ situation, the first question that came to mind was: why not transfer the animal to a different zoo? Britain’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park offered to do just that. However, the zoo declined the

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Editor in Chief Managing Editor Production Manager Graphics Editor Photo/Asst. Sports Editor In-Depth Editor Sr. Copy Editor Faculty Adviser

DALILA KAHVEDZIC STAFF WRITER

Have a Safe Trip Planning to vacation with a group of friends (and no parents) can be tough, especially when you are 18 or under. Sure you can use the whole “I’m eighteen and I don’t need your approval,” but in many households that just does not do the trick. In a recent student survey, thirteen 18-19 year old people asked their parents to go on a week-long trip to California, and only eight were given the hesitant “okay.” So the question is: are parents being too lenient with their kids, or are they not being lenient enough? Of course every normal and loving parent would be scared of the “what if ’s”…. What if they get into a car crash, what if they get robbed,

what if they get kidnapped, but is this an overreaction? Are these just things they get from watching those crazy fictional Lifetime movies that are evidently way too unrealistic? Of course, kids think so because the goal is to have the time of our lives with best friends and explore new sights or just get away for awhile. It is not like those 18 and under want to run with open arms to a robber or purposely do something to harm themselves, which is what parents often make it seem like sometimes. Then arises another question: What is the point of being young? Students are overwhelmed with trying their best in school and working countless hours at jobs and who knows what else, that they forget how to even enjoy themselves. They get so caught up in paying cell phone bills or filling up gas tanks that they are pushing themselves to adulthood and before long, five years just fly on by. Students only have a couple of years to be young and the rest of their lives to be adults. So to be fair, don’t we deserve a break? Don[t we deserve to look back on our teenage years and get to say “wow, I really enjoyed being a teenager,” before the stresses of adulthood start piling on. But unfortunately, students are often deemed “just kids” and told they “don’t know anything about the dangers of life” and that is the end of the conversation.

park’s offer to provide refuge for Marius. The zoo’s refusal to send Marius packing only reveals that the Copenhagen Zoo values their success as a business more than the lives of the animals they “care” for. What is it that the world needs to know about giraffes that we cannot read in an encyclopedia that would justify killing a young and healthy specimen who would have almost certainly made a positive contribution to the community—fellow giraffes and animal-lovers alike. The Copenhagen Zoo has shown disloyalty to its animals and has only provided significant evidence that a zoo is (in most cases) a profitable organization always looking to increase its income. I, for one, will no longer be able to pay a visit a zoo without first paying respect to Marius by knowing how my contribution affects the living conditions of the animals that call the zoo home. ILLUSTRATION BY JAKE HUNN

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February 13, 2014

ILLUSTRATION BY: CORY MONTERO

Making it legal does not make it right … or even a good idea DENNIS W. PARKS STAFF WRITER For around 50 years, parents, teachers and various government agencies have been telling us that smoking marijuana is a bad thing. Studies indicate that its use leads to the use of stronger, more addictive drugs; an increase in crime in attempts to pay for marijuana and health risks that negatively effect brain function and memory. What made marijuana okay, all of a sudden? What changed? Nothing. Mother Nature did not take the artificial coloring out of grass or the pesticides out of weed. It is still the same stuff that it has always been. Other than eliminating some possession charges, making marijuana possession legal does not make it less harmful. In a country where cigarette smoking has been legal since our founding fathers signed the Constitution, it is being increasingly regulated and/or

eliminated, it seems incredibly strange to foresee a vote on legalization of marijuana. Whether their first cigarette was while in the military or as a stressed-out teen, many smokers agree that a cigarette relaxes them. Perhaps it does. I cannot imagine anyone smoking for the thrill of having COPD or other illnesses connected to smoking. Smoking tobacco can certainly lead to smoking marijuana. Would this serve as proof that marijuana use could lead to use of more addictive drugs? Is it possible that legalized marijuana use would curb the use of other potentially more dangerous drugs such as heroin, cocaine and meth? I do not believe anyone is going to say, “No, I don’t want to get any higher than where marijuana will take me.” What happens if legalized marijuana is combined with legal limits of booze?

How will legalization affect neighborhood crime, organized crime and governmental corruption? The first day that marijuana was legal in Colorado, consumers were paying close to $400 per ounce before taxes according to several reports on national news outlets and the Internet. How long does that ounce last? Once it is wrapped in paper and set on fire, I doubt the lifespan of anything combustible lasts very long. Will a $400 purchase get you through until next week or the next day? Lots of hardworking people in well paying jobs do not have that kind of discretionary income, much less anyone in less elite positions. While it may not be easy to get a job that pays for that kind of lifestyle, some people might find it easy enough to steal to live it. I do not believe anyone steals car stereos just to put that same stereo in their ride.

Opponents say marijuana should not be legal, while proponents say to make it legal and tax it. Colorado lawmakers have imposed a 15-percent wholesale and 10-percent retail tax on marijuana. In Washington State, the tax is 25 percent across the board. The potential for tax revenue may sound good to many. However, you can bet where there are tax dollars, there will be corruption. Will black marketers attempt to persuade licensed retailers to buy from them in order to avoid taxation? Who will be in charge of collecting those taxes and who will be holding them accountable? If you think our government is corrupt now, can you imagine what it will be when there is an influx of drug money to control? Whenever someone is making easy money, they will go to extremes to get what they feel is his or her cut. While long-term effect studies

of marijuana use have yet to prove or disprove possible health risks, how can a natural plant be regulated? Booze can be tested for its alcohol content quite easily. Will there be government inspectors to certify the level Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) of marijuana? What level should be acceptable for public marketing? What if the product was more potent than advertised? What happens if someone overdoses or dies from complications on marijuana purchased from a state certified retailer? Has drug use directly or indirectly claimed the life of a friend or relative? Countless dollars have been spent speaking of the risks of marijuana use. Does making marijuana possession legal really make it less dangerous? Can our society afford to get high, even if it is legal? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding “No.”


8 INDEPTH February 13, 2014

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VALENTINE REBECCA BIUNDO INDEPTH EDITOR

movies to make hearts pop that awkward moment Written and directed by Tom Gormican comes a comedy about three friends who make a pact to stay single but find themselves trying to get around the deal. The movie stars Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots and Michael B. Jordan It is currently showing in theaters nationwide.

endless love

As a remake of the 1981 film starring Brooke Shield, Endless Love features the store of a rich but sheltered girl falls in love with a guy her parents do not approve of. Directed by Shana Feste, the romance stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde. The movie comes into theaters, Friday Feb. 14.

winter’s tale

On Campus: Friday, Feb. 14 Healthy Relationship Seminar SC 125 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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date night: v-day edition

run for chocolate

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Downtown STL Feb 15 at 9 a.m.

The St. Louis Zoo 7:30 p.m.

Jazz St. Louis 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

the valentine’s day playlist How Long Will I Love You/ Ellie Goulding Kiss Me /Ed Sheeran The Other Side/ Jason Derulo Chasing Cars/Snow Patrol Valentine/Kina Grannis

Lovesong/ The Cure Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop/ Landon Pigg Waves/ Electric Guest First Day of My Life/ Bright Eyes 1234/ Feist

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Based on the book by Mark Helpri, Winter’s Tale features the story of a dying woman and a thief. This film is directed and produced by Akiva Goldsman. Russell Crowe alongside William Hurt, Jessica Brown Findlay and Jennifer Connelly. The movie is released in theaters on Valentine’s Day.

about last night

ROSES ARE RED

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From director Steve Pink, About Last Night captures the story of two new couples that are struggling to make and stay in relationships. The romantic comedy stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. The film is released into theaters, Friday Feb. 14, just in time for the holiday.

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how to: chocolate covered strawberries

Get ingredients ready. You will need however many strawberries you want to make, chocolate chips of your choice (dark, milk, white, etc.) and vegetable oil.

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February 13, 2014

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Walk down any store aisle in February and it is apparent love is in the air, or something like that. With giant pink stuffed animals and hearts galore, it is hard to escape the mushiness of Valentine’s Day. However, February 14 can still be enjoyable even when your relationship status is single. Valentine’s Day can be gruesome especially for the lonely. However, Single’s Awareness Day, otherwise known as SAD, is an alternative holiday to the normal Valentine’s Day. As a more recent holiday added to the calendar, SAD is often celebrated on the day of Valentine’s Day but can be on the 13th or 15th to avoid the fluff of the normal holiday.

Relationship Status: Single

To Celebrate Single Awarness Day: Wear Green (the opposite of red) or Black

the anti-valentine’s day playlist Gonna Get Over You/ Sara Bareilles Blow Me (One Last Kiss) /Pink Forget You/ Cee Lo Green 365 Days/ ZZ Ward Somebody That I Used to Know/ Gotye

robocop Starring:Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, and Samuel L. Jackson

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We are Never Ever Getting Back Together/ Taylor Swift Don’t Gotta Work it Out/Fitz & the Tantrums Just Aint Gonna Work Out/ Mayer Hawthorne Stupid/ Kacey Musgraves Let Her Go/ Passenger

ride along Starring: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and John Legizamo

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Starring: Matt Damon and George Clooney

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Where would students go in the world? Students at STLCC dream of different places CORY MUEHLEBACH STAFF WRITER

“I would like to spend a year in Africa. I would constantly sing that one Toto song.” -Mitch Duncan

“I would go to Disney Land and become a Disney Princess.” - Michelle Bommarito

MAN ON THE STREET “I would go to Australia. I always wanted to go there, it seems beautiful.” -Luana Nascimento

“I would go to some kind of space station, or a colony on another planet.” - Taylor Gehner

CALENDAR OF EVENTS – FEBRUARY 13

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Thursday

Friday

Monday

“Under Pressure” Meramec Art Gallery. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Healthy Relationship Seminar with Latricia Buckner SC 125 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WASHINGTON!

19 Wednesday Auditions for “Bye Bye Birdie” Meramec Theatre 7 p.m. Black Trivia 12-1 p.m. SC Commons

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NO SCHOOL

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Tuesday Auditions for “Bye Bye Birdie” Meramec Theatre 7 p.m. 2014 Allied Health Advising Sessions at STLCC-Meramec 6-7:30 p.m., Library

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Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Try something new today. Go for a walk. Ponder life.

Meramec Choral Festival 7:30 p.m., Meramec Theatre

Storm Spotter Class 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Meramec Theatre


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TALES OF THE LOST

FORMICANS

CASSIE KIBENS PRODUCTION MANAGER Cathy, played by Meramec student Caroline Steinkamp, moves back to her childhood home where the characters of her past reappear. In the play “Tales of the Lost Formicans” by Constance Congdon, the audience is supposed to take the view of aliens trying to figure out the human culture, according to Keith Oliver, director. “[The audience is] really on the side of the aliens and seeing it through their eyes and understanding that if they were attending a lecture of a conference

of fellow aliens trying to explain this human race,” Oliver said. “It’s a hard thing to explain who we are.” Oliver and the cast had a few timing set-backs with the weather and other events, but Oliver said he believes the cast and crew pulled through. “I watch them and I’m amazed that they’re getting all the costumes changed and the props; that they’re making it happen,” Oliver said. “I’m very proud of the cast.” At STLCC-Meramec, community members are also welcome to audition

for productions. Dorothy LaBounty is one of those community members. LaBounty has taken some courses at Meramec over the years as well. “It’s great,” LaBounty said. “I mean I really appreciate being able to come here and do shows. It’s a lot of fun.” The production takes place in a New York apartment, then switches to a subdivision somewhere in Colorado. The production is set in 1988, while folded into present day. There will be a 15 minute intermission and seats are limited.

Play By: Constance Congdon Directed By: Keith Oliver Set Design By: Rick Willmore

SHOWTIMES Wednesday, Feb. 12­– Saturday, Feb. 15

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16

2 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public. The production is intended for mature audiences. ABOVE: Jerry (Marshall) lays motionless in the spotlight in attempts to find peace in the chaotic world that surrounds him. LEFT: Cathy McKissick (Steinkamp) appears annoyed by her and Jerry’s (Marshall) conversation.


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CAST Cathy McKissick ............................. Caroline Steinkamp* Eric ......................................................... Robert Hollocher Jim McKissick ......................................... Drew Donahoe* Evelyn McKissick ............................... Dorothy LaBounty Judy ................................................................ Jordan Stiles* Jerry ............................................... Sean Patrick Marshall* Aliens ........................................................ Megan Wallace* David Robinson* Denise A. Chappell Quentin Cockerham* *Indicates STLCC students TOP LEFT: Alien, Megan Wallace, stands invisible while Judy (Stiles) and Jerry (Marshall) share a drink at the bar. TOP RIGHT: Cathy McKissick (Steinkamp) attempts to assist her rebellious son Eric (Hollocher) in his school studies. MIDDLE LEFT: Aliens, Chappell, Robinson, Cockerham and Wallace describe the middle-class American lives as aliens while Jim McKissick (Donahoe) struggles with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. MIDDLE RIGHT: Jerry (Marshall) sits on stage contemplating. BOTTOM RIGHT: Judy (Stiles) and Cathy McKissick (Steinkamp) get back at a recent ex.

PHOTOS BY: DARLA STORM


From Kirkwood Parks & Recreation • IT’S SHINY! Cabin Fever Productions’ annual Gem and Mineral Show is THIS WEEKEND at the Kirkwood Community Center: February 14, 15, and 16. Show times: 4pm to 9pm on Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Gems, minerals, rocks, and jewelry on exhibit and for sale. Cost: $3/adults; $2/seniors and ages 12 to 18; free for under 12. The International Brotherhood of Magicians brings its Greatest Illusionists and their • IT’S MAGIC! Parade of Magic back to the Kirkwood Community Center THIS SATURDAY, February 15, at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. Fun for all ages! $10/adults, $5/children. • IT’S DRAMATIC! Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at the Kirkwood Community Center, Reim Theatre, March 7 through 16, various dates and times. For ticket information call 314-821-9956. From the Kirkwood Police Department • IT’S DELICIOUS! TODAY – February 13: The Annual Kirkwood Police PANCAKE SUPPER at Kirkwood High School, 801 W. Essex, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Buy tickets at the door. All you can eat for $4.00 per person (no carry-outs). Get there early before the line is out the door! • IT’S TIME TO GET INVOLVED! Would you like to be prepared to help your community in the event of an emergency? Join the Kirkwood CERT Team (Community Emergency Response Team). The next class begins March 3 and runs through April 21 – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday nights. It’s FREE, and you will receive training on how to be a qualified “first responder.” Call 314-822-5868.

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PHOTOS BY: DAVID KLOECKENER ABOVE: STLCC Archer forward, Randy Reed II, goes up for the shot against the Wentworth Military Academy Red Dragons from Lexington, Mo. on Feb. 8 at the STLCC Meramec gymnasium. The Archers defeated the Red Dragons, 72-67, for their 15th win this season. The Archers improved their record to 15-7 with their third straight victory. Reed II is named after his father, Randy Reed, who is the head coach of the Archers. The sophomore forward scored 21 points and went 8-for-13 from the free throw line against the Wentworth Military Academy. RIGHT: Archersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sophomore guard Cortez Conners (1) fires an outside shot over freshman Red Dragonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; forward Daniel McElroy (20) from beyond the three-point line. Conners contributed 10 points coming off the bench against Wentworth Military Academy and was one of four Archer players to hit double-digits. The matchup marked the last regular season game that the Archers played at Meramec for the 2013-14 year. The Archers have five more regular season games before the Region XVI Tournament kicks off the postseason, with two home games at STLCC-Florissant Valley on Feb. 12 and Feb. 22. The Archers went 2-1 in their three games at Meramec.


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Beating leukemia STLCC Lady Archers Cancer Awareness Game helps local family SPENCER GLEASON EDITOR IN CHIEF

PHOTO BY: SPENCER GLEASON Kane Weinberg, 20, sits in the bleachers with his dad during the STLCC Lady Archers Cancer Awareness Game on Feb. 8. Weinberg was diagnosed with leukemia his senior year of high school and will continue with his chemotherapy treatment until September 2015.

ILLUSTRATION BY: CORY MONTERO

From the far side of the bleachers, Kane Weinberg, a family friend of Lady Archers Head Coach Shelly Ethridge, sat amongst family watching the STLCC Lady Archers basketball game on Feb. 8. It was the STLCC Lady Archers’ Sophomore Night and Cancer Awareness Game. They were playing Wentworth Military Academy, a team they had beaten by 29 points earlier this season. By half time, the Lady Archers were ahead by eight, 35-27. By the end of the game, the Lady Archers were down, 63-57. For Weinberg, the score did not affect his outlook on the day. He had received chemotherapy for leukemia the day before. With a silent auction, raffles, games and giveaways taking place; the proceeds were going to help his family pay for his treatment. He was there to support a team, who was there supporting him. “I think for most people, at the end of their treatment, the best thing for them is to get back into the world and realize you’re

still who you were before cancer,” Weinberg said in a looping commercial video that played next to the concession stand. “You can still do all the things you want to do in life.” Weinberg, 20, was diagnosed with leukemia during the fall of his senior year at Mater Dei Catholic High School. He is in his third year of chemotherapy, which goes until September 2015. “He went to the same high school that my nephew did,” Ethridge said. “They played in the same sports together and stuff. So all the families sit together and that’s how we got to meet the Weinbergs.” The day marked the third annual STLCC Cancer Awareness Game, which is played in memory of Ethridge’s father, Mike Ethridge, who died in December 2011. The Gateway Grizzlies, Shenanigan’s Restaurant, as well as other local restaurants and hotels donated toward the cause. They also sold T-shirts for 15 dollars. On Sunday, Ethridge went to the Weinberg’s

house and wrote them the check — a $3,050 check. For the Weinberg family it was just what the doctor ordered. The family was so grateful because they just got their new insurance bill and they have to meet that deductible for his insurance to start kicking in. So, they were so grateful when we brought that check over yesterday,” Ethridge said. “The deductible was something like $2,500. We wrote them a check for $3,050 dollars and it was perfect.” Although the game did not end in the Lady Archers’ favor, Ethridge still considered the day a success. It was a day that belonged to Weinberg. “Nothing can take away the importance of that game. Win, lose or draw as far as basketball goes, the game was successful, with being able to write a check to a cancer patient of that stature,” Ethridge said. “It was a successful event. Naturally, we would’ve liked to have won the game, with it being our sophomore night and the Cancer Awareness Game, but it still turned out to be a successful day.”


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