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A series of protests first began by
Occupy Wall Street quickly spread
around the country over the last month,
fueled by discontent over the state of the
economy, the disparity in wealth and
general displeasure with Wall Street.
Seeing the drastic changes brought
about by the Arab Spring has helped
push the Occupiers on. Going by the
99 Percent, as opposed to the richest
one percent, the overall movement has
often been compared to the Tea Party
Movement. The Motor City became
occupied on Friday, Oct. 14.
The motivation
Occupy Detroit, and the other occu-
pations, can only really be compared
to the Tea Party in how they both are
fueled by frustrations over the current
state of the country.
A lot of it has to do with people being
sick and tired of not having jobs, not
having healthcare, taxes going up,
said Marshall, a member of the Food
Committee.
Occupy Detroit is still in the process
of coming up with exact goals for the
movement. The general idea of occupy
Detroit is to engage in non-violent,
direct action with the approval of
the General Assembly. The General
Assembly, also referred to as the Peoples
Assembly, is the decision making body
of Occupy Detroit. It is basically a gath-
ering of all of the protesters. Leaderless,
various goals are proposed, which are
then voted on to determine which ones
to adopt. The General Assemblys direct
democracy furthers one of the aims, to
create democracy during the occupa-
tion. One of the organizers made it
clear that the people speaking were not
the leaders stating, We are all leaders.
The only clear cut goals that night
were the ones relating to immediate
concerns, [Our] main goal right now
is to just get everything settled down
and set up, said Brandon, a gradu-
ate student and member of the Direct
Action Committee, [we are here to]
demonstrate our displeasure with Wall
Street and to express feeling of taxing
everybody equally and making sure
everybody gives their fair share.
One protester hoped to get people
involved in this into active struggles in
Detroit.
Wide-ranging diversity
The march was planned to begin at
6 p.m. but, due to the sheer size and
eagerness of the crowd, it began closer
to 5 p.m. Hundreds of people then
marched down Woodward, chanting
and holding signs reading: The world
can do better than capitalism, Viva
La Revolucion and Obama is a Cylon.
Guy Fawkes masks, popularized by V
for Vendetta and the hacker group
Anonymous, were everywhere. Many
people driving by honked in support,
but the protest was more than just a
What's that
big campout
about?
Occupied
By Ian Gallagher
Managing Editor
October 26, 2011
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By Ramon Razo
News Editor
By Ramon Razo
News Editor
American armed forces are built
out of the best, the bravest and the
finest of our citizens. Our military
bands together to fight threats, at
home and abroad, keeping us safe
from harm, regardless of color,
creed, religion or background. Now,
after nearly 20 years, sexual orien-
tation will be a non-factor as well.
As of Sept. 20, the controversial
policy of Dont Ask, Dont Tell was
repealed on the grounds that it is
unconstitutional.
Since the Uniform Code of
Military Justice was signed into law
by Harry Truman in 1950, homosex-
uality in the military was grounds
for discharge. In 1993, President
Clinton introduced Dont Ask,
Dont Tell (DADT) as a compromise
policy leaving room for homosexu-
als to serve in the military.
The title describes the policy
pretty well. No military personal
or appointed official were to ask
any service member their sexual
orientation. Also, no member of
the military was to disclose their
sexual orientation. There is a third
part to the policy, Dont Pursue.
It means that, if there was specu-
lation, only minimal investiga-
tion could be conducted in order
to determine the orientation of
the service member in question.
Another measure, Dont Harass,
was put forth to make sure that vio-
lence or harassment would not be
used against any service members
for any reason.
During the early 1990s, as les-
bians and gays were gaining more
acceptance in society at large,
controversy grew over the idea of
homosexuals serving in the mili-
tary. Senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga.)
was in favor of maintaining the
complete and total ban on gays in
the military. Congressmen Barney
Frank (D-Mass.) was in favor of full
reform of the ban, but ultimately
voted for the defense authorization
bill that included the gay military
ban. Due to overwhelmingly anti-
gay outrage, President Clinton
decided to back off of his campaign
promise of repeal. Instead, he put
his full support behind DADT.
Several years later, in 2004, The
Log Cabin Republicans (the coun-
trys largest gay Republican organi-
zation) filed a case against DADT.
It went up before Judge Virginia
A. Phillips in 2010 and on Sept. 10,
Judge Phillips declared that the
policy was a clear violation of the
First

Amendment.
Starting Oct. 19 of the same
year, recruiters were told that they
could enlist openly gay recruits.
Lt. Daniel Choi, who had been dis-
charged because of his sexual open-
ness, re-enlisted into the army.
I thought it was ridiculous,
said Paul Beaver, President of the
Gay Straight Alliance, I see no
reason why sexual orientation has
anything to do with serving in the
military.
Beaver, in fact, started his mili-
tary service in 2001, just prior to
the 9/11 attacks. He served for 10
years. Beaver says that he served
with gay soldiers in combat situa-
tions, and that it affected nothing.
Who you choose to love does not
affect your patriotism.
Even in the light of its repeal, the
act still has its supporters. Senator
John McCain read from a letter of
support from over one thousand
military officers stating that DADT
protected good order, discipline,
moral and the unique environment
of the armed forces and it deserves
continued support.
Former Chairman of the Joint
Chief of Staff John Shalikashvili
said he believed open homosexuals
in the military would not under-
mine the efficiency of the armed
forces in any way. He also stated
that, with the fight in the Middle
East being so costly in terms of
casualties, the armed forces could
use all the willing and able-bodied
men and women they could muster.
Military opinion on the policy is
differing. In 1993, Admiral Craig
Quigley, a former Navy spokesmen,
said homosexuals are notoriously
promiscuous. He went on to note
that heterosexual men being forced
to shower with openly gay men
would be uncomfortable.
Nick Opalewski, a student at the
College as well as a veteran, dis-
agrees with the repeal of DADT. It
should have stayed the way it was,
said Opalewski. He went on to add
that now soldiers are going to have
to worry about things they never
had to before, like the possibility of
soldiers of a different sexual orien-
tation being hit on. Opalewski also
pointed out how this could lead to
issues of sexual harassment.
There are those who are going
to be uncomfortable, said Beaver.
Sooner or later, [homosexuality
in the military] will be the norm.
Beaver points out that other coun-
tries already allow openly gay men
and woman to serve in the military.
Were just behind, said Beaver.
Between 1993 and 2011, a total
of 13,650 service members were
discharged from the military
under DADT. 1273 were dis-
charged in 2001 alone.
The Government
Accountability Office reported
in 2005 that the training cost for
replacement troops of the 9,488
discharged between 1994 and
2003 cost at least $95.1 million
A 2006, Zogby International
polled military personal about
their thoughts. 26% were on
favor of gays serving in the mili-
tary. 37% were opposed while
another 37% were unsure or had
no preference either way.
A Dec. 2010 Washington Post-
ABC News poll found that 77%
of Americans had no problem
with homosexual men and
women serving in the military.
The end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Repealed!
World news
Egypt Pope Shenouda III of Egypts
Coptic Christina church has called
for three days of fasting and prayer
in response to a tragic clash with
Egyptian military that left 26 dead on
Sunday, Oct. 9. The violence began
when about 1000 Christina protestors
attempted to have a peaceful sit-in
outside a government-run television
station. The protests were in response
to removal of bells and crosses from
one of churches in the city of Aswan.
Things came to a head when the gov-
ernor of the city told the news media
that the construction of the Christian
church was illegal to begin with.
Things turned ugly with the protestors
being attacked. The horrors culmi-
nated with a speeding military vehicle
mounting the sidewalk and running
over several protestors, killing some of
them. Reports have around 500 people
being injured and several dozen being
arrested. Christians in Egypt have
gone after the authorities for what they
see as the government turning a blind
eye to the horrors that have fallen on
Christians since the turbulent transi-
tion of power after Hosni Mubarak was
ousted from power earlier this year.
National news
Boca Raton A father went all out
to surprise his daughter upon his
return from Iraq. Sgt. Therron Johnson
serves with the National Guard and he
hadnt seen his daughter, Skylar, since
Christmas. To make this reunion with
his daughter more special, Sgt. Johnson
coordinated with the school to put on
a fake spelling bee. They worked on it
for over three weeks. After Skylar was
required to spell out the word ser-
geant, the curtains behind her parted
and there, in uniform, was her daddy.
They hugged, cried and celebrated with
the rest of school. Sgt. Johnson even
gave the school a flag that had flown in
the skies in Iraq during operation New
Dawn. With her 10
th
birthday coming
up, little Skylar told reporters that she
hopes her daddy didnt get her anything
for her birthday because nothing could
ever be as special as this.
Seattle Known as a sort of the
poster boy for the real life super hero
movement, Phoenix Jones and about 10
other costumed crime buster make up
the Rain City Superhero Movement, a
group of like-minded do-gooders who
all share a drive to do good, as well as
an extensive military and martial arts
background. One night, while out of
patrol, Jones attempted to break up a
fight. He ordered delinquents to break
it up, and tried to separate the attack-
ers from the ones being attacked. All
the while, he yelled to onlookers to call
911. The fight escalated with several
people trying to attack Jones. He con-
tinually warned them to leave or else
the would-be superhero would pepper
spray them. One thing led to another
and Jones was forced to use his spray.
Ryan McNamee, a documentary film-
maker who has been following Jones
for the past several months, told the
Associated Press that when police
arrived, they didnt take his statement
but instead threatened to arrest him
if he didnt leave. Jones was taken into
custody on four assault charges.
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all heard of, be it from movies, rumored
hauntings and ghost sightings or from
watching the plethora of ghost hunting
shows. People are always interested in
finding if the truth really is out there. Here
in Michigan, there are plenty of groups
dedicated to hunting ghosts, investigat-
ing the supernatural and finding out why
spirits haunt the places they do.
As well as sharing an interest in the
paranormal, all of these organizations
use the same basic equipment to provide
evidence and proof of their findings.
These gadgets include, but are not limited
to, EMF(electromagnetic fields) meters
to find spirits, demons or ghost when
they cannot be heard or seen; recording
devices, which are used to record elec-
tronic voice phenomenon or EVP; video
camcorders and cameras both digital and
35mm are used to capture the images of
the supernatural.
Whether or not the truth is out there
is purely up to speculation. Being hard
to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt,
the realm of spirits, monsters, ghost and
demons will always be an area of specu-
lation and constant fascination with all
sorts of people. As long as there are people
who arent afraid of no ghost, there will be
groups dedicated to the study of paranor-
mal, the scary and the strange.
Below is a selection of some such groups
based here in Michigan.
Grimstone Inc.
In Warren a group called the Grimstone
Inc, which started in 1999, offers their
services in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
and Indiana. This group claims it is their
intent is to investigate legitimate reports
of the supernatural, especially when it
comes to haunting of certain locations.
They investigate homes, businesses or
whatever their clients need. One of the
reasons Grimstone started was to provide
concrete evidence through scientific
proof that some locations were, in fact,
haunted. When doing research on the site
they are looking into, they look at police
reports, fire reports and other records
to discover tragedies that have occurred
which can give hints on what is going on.
They provide their customers with reports
of their findings and why they are being
haunted after a thorough search of the
records and sort out the audio and visuals.
A few of their discoveries on public sites
were in Pontiac where shadow men have
been sighted walking at night in a his-
toric cemetery. Another finding was in
a home in Sterling Heights where many
odd things have happened and in Royal
Oak where it has been said that many old
spirits are in one of the oldest cemeteries.
Ghost Hunters of Southeast
Michigan (GHOSM)
GHOSM are a group of people who
share an interest in the paranormal and
hunt ghosts year round. They investigate
many public places such as cemeteries and
historic homes. They host events that are
open for the public to try a hand in ghost
hunting themselves. GHOSM usually
charge fees for those participating in these
investigations. Like any other investiga-
tion group, they use video cameras, digital
cameras, recording devices, EMFs and
digital thermometers to present evidence
of finding.
Highlights of their investigation
include a high-rise in Detroit where EVPs
recorded a ghost speaking to the investi-
gators, saying, Praise the Lord, as well as
other phrases. At the Whitney Restaurant
a voice was recorded simply saying John.
Michigan Ghost Watchers
The Michigan Ghost Watchers are an
organization made up of certified ghost
hunters, paranormal investigators and an
investigator in training. They are located
in Canton and have been doing investiga-
tions since 2001. They mainly do private
home investigations for no fee at all. The
MGW also accept new members and hosts
events such as Halloween parties. Among
the usual repertoire of ghost gadgets, the
group also uses dowsing rods and pendu-
lums to find spirits. Many of their find-
ings consist of ghost recordings found in
Garden City, Jackson and Detroit.
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To build a stronger Michigan, we must build a healthier Michigan,
said Governor Rick Snyder in his Sept. 14 message on Health and
Wellness. In the address, Gov. Snyder compared average healthcare costs
on the individual and state level. No one will be surprised to hear that
costs rose exponentially. Additionally, Gov. Snyder laid out a plan that
calls for individual action as well as federal policy.
According to Gov. Snyder, Michigan paid $356, or 7.2 percent of the U.S.
gross domestic product (GDP), per person on healthcare in 1970. In 2011,
Michigan is set to spend a whopping $8,648.40, or 17.6 percent of the GDP,
per resident. Even more alarming, employee contributions nearly doubled
from 2001 to 2009, jumping from $1,741 to $3,475. With employer contribu-
tions following much the same trend, it is clear that the bottom line is poor
health costs Michigan a lot of money and obesity is the most costly. But it is
also the most preventable.
With 67 percent of adult residents overweight or obese, Michigan
ranks # 8 on the national obesity list, putting them at a higher risk for
diseases like Chronic Heart Disease (CHD) and diabetes. CHD is the
most prevalent and the most preventable of these diseases. It is also the
most expensive, with one of every six dollars spent on healthcare going to
CHD, annually costing $5.9 billion a year. Snyder says that the easiest way
to curb these costs and maintain quality of life is to practice his 4x4 plan
(see side panel).
While personal temperance may be the single most important thing a
citizen can do, Gov. Snyder addressed policy and proposed changes. He
proposed a primary care-based system with a patient-centered medical
home, so that care can be seamlessly administered. The policy goes on
to specifically outline an increased emphasis on prenatal care, health
education and a push to digitize all patient records. The highlights of
the proposal include Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural
Development (MDARD) expanding access to healthy food in urban areas
and a concerted effort to get Michigan grown produce available in public
schools.
While the plan is thorough, there is a flaw: the most powerful tool
availavble to solve the health crisis is in the hands of the individual.
A college student must balance schoolwork, jobs and highly beneficial
extracurricular activities. Throw in finding time to exercise, keeping
weight in check, as well as being able to find healthy eating choices while
speeding through a mile-a-minute day. Needless to say, it can leave the
average student exhausted.
I am not concerned about my health at all. I probably should be, but
I am not, says Steve Kliemann, a student employed at the Learning
Assistance Center. I am so busy that school and work is all I think about.
When I do eat, its crappy food.
Students often find themselves surrounded by crappy food which Gov.
Snyders plan addresses. As things are, however, empty calories paired
with a strenuous day of work leaves the average student in no mood to put
forth the energy needed to burn off unneeded calories. But a little effort
is better than none.
For instance, Michelle Hamilton tries to work exercise into her day. I
park further from the door, and I try to incorporate more walking and
lifting in my work, said the Bookstore employee.
Sarah Mclean focuses more on consumption, saying, I eat what I want
in moderation.
To further help achieve fitness, Schoolcraft College offers free gym
memberships to all of its current students. This includes use of the bas-
ketball courts, workout rooms and the lap pool. At least until the new
gym opens. When the new gym will open, and how much student mem-
berships will cost, is yet to be determined.
College life can be stressful. Living healthy can be stressful as well. But
its worth it. Even in the midst of such a hectic college life, taking care of
your body is well worth it physically and financially. And in the end, its
the only one youve got.
Out of balance
Living a healthy life isn't easy in college
By Leah Esslinger
Staff Writer
Governor Rick Snyder discussed the Michigan
4x4 plan which addresses four key behaviors
to follow and four health measures that are
early indicators of chronic disease.
Health measures
Body mass index (BMI)
Blood pressure
Cholesterol level
Blood sugar level
Being aware of these behaviors and measures is not
only good for your overall health, its also good for
the health of your bank account.
Behaviors
Maintain a healthy diet
Engage in regular exercise
Get an annual physical
examination
Avoid all tobacco use
bunch of youths looking shake their
collective fist at the way the world
works. The demographics of the
protest were quite diverse. [I am]
proud of all the viewpoints and people
and ages, said Jordan Adams, a pro-
tester from Albion College, [this is]
one of the most diverse [protests].
The protestors ranged from high
school-age socialists with World
Workers party banners to old UAW
members. There was also a wide
variety of political positions displayed,
from black flag-waving anarchists
to libertarians campaigning for
Ron Paul. The opinions of Occupy
Detroit ranged from casually
wanting to check out the event to
gung-ho protesters excited about
the possibilities of change.
Anything but a circus
There was not the carnival-
like atmosphere that has been
said to describe the occupation
on Wall Street. No, the scene in
Detroit was far closer to a hard-
core political rally. There was
near constant chanting ranging
from Ban corporate lobby to
Slash military spending but the
most common was what could be
called the slogan of the Occupy
groups: We are the 99 percent.
At one point some Ron Paul cam-
paigners started chanting, Audit
the Fed.
Some of the organizers used
a megaphone while others those
opposed to the notion that one
voice should be heard over any
other and wanting to avoid the
hierarchy that the megaphone
denotes opted for the peoples
mic, which is basically a system
of call and response. The person
speaking says a sentence and
the crowd repeats it so those in
the back can hear. The effect of
this is quite interesting. It does
magnify what the speaker is
saying, but the crowd shouting
back every word feels indoctri-
nating. Perhaps that is part of
the appeal for some while cynics
might see insidiousness in the
exercise.
Logistics of a movement
The Occupiers have permis-
sion from the city to stay for at
least 60 days with various protests
and marches being planned. They
include proposed marches in front of
Comerica Bank and the Border Patrol
station. Food and supplies are being
donated from sympathetic individu-
als and companies. The tent city has
an approximate population from
50 to 100 at any given time. Occupy
Detroit now is in full swing with a
comfort tent set up distributing free
food, coffee and a free store a
modern day swap shop. Even on a
cold rainy night like Tuesday, Oct.
18, a diligent few were still facing
Woodward holding up their signs
and the cars were still honking.
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Michigan State Senator Mike
Kowall spoke on Oct. 10 before
an American government class at
Schoolcrafts Radcliff Center. He
primarily focused on the plans
for a new Detroit-Windsor bridge.
Weve been having hearings on
the bridge since February of this
year, said Senator Kowall, The
bridge is a very contentious issue.
A new span across the Detroit
River could ease traffic flow and
serve as a back-up if a terrorist
attack targeted the Ambassador
Bridge. However, controversy
exists on whether or not the
bridge should be constructed by
the Detroit International Bridge
Company a privately-owned
company or a joint venture
between Michigan and Canada.
The price for the Downriver
Bridge (the joint venture) has been
estimated to be from $2-4 billion.
Governor Rick Snyders plan is
to have the new bridge be owned
and operated by a contractor,
which would be made up of several
companies hired by various
Michigan and Canadian authori-
ties. However, Senator Kowall
pointed out that states do not have
the right to enter into agreements
with foreign entities. He also dis-
cussed how quiet the federal gov-
ernment has been on the bridge
issue. Were trying to figure out
why [the Snyder administration is]
trying so hard to push [the down-
river bridge] if there is no federal
money [for it].
He also commented on how
Manuel Moroun, the current
owner of the Ambassador Bridge,
is not happy about construction
of new, Michigan/Canada-owned
bridge. Construction of the new
bridge may take a substantial
amount of money away from the
Ambassador Bridge. Opponents
of another Moroun-owned bridge
cite that a redundant structure so
near to the first would only clog
up traffic on either side.
Senator Kowall went on to high-
light the Gateway Project, with
the goal of making access to the
Ambassador Bridge easier. The
project moved I-75, cut Mexican
Town in half and created quite a
bit of havoc, said Kowall. He also
pointed to the fact that all those
who had lobbied for the Gateway
Project were now lobbying for the
Downriver Bridge, even though
the Gateway Project is not finished
yet. There are ramps coming off
I-75 that are currently blocked by
M-DOT because they are claim-
ing certain facilities are in the
wrong place, said Kowall, who
has a background in construction,
as he commented on the lack of
order that went into the organiza-
tion of the Gateway Project. At one
point sand was dumped on the
freeways ramps forcing traffic to
move through side and residential
streets. Senator Kowall recounted
that, among other accidents, a boy
and his father had been killed by a
construction vehicle.
Coupled with increased security
after 9/11 and reduced truck traffic
over the Ambassador Bridge as
a result of the recession, Senator
Kowall pointed to the fact that
theres no immediate need for a
new structure.
If and when the bridges author-
ity is established, most of it will be
comprised by the Canadian gov-
ernment which defeats the entire
purpose of trying to get Michigan
workers jobs. Also, most of the
steel to create the bridge would
likely be shipped in from China.
Im not here to put Chinese to
work, said Kowall, Im here to
put Americans to work.
On whether or not the bridge
would generate revenue, When
it comes to business, you always
look at profit and payback, said
Kowall. It would take 50 years
before that bridge would bring a
nickel of profit [to the state].
I do believe to a certain degree,
there is fault on M-DOTs part for
any injuries that have occurred
[because of the confusion], said
Kowall adding that the State
might have a possible lawsuit on
its hands. In a letter to M-DOT,
he pointed out that the State is
responsible for three things when
it comes to the people of the state:
health, safety, and welfare.
A bridge too many
Senator brings debate to campus
Senator Kowall is the chair of the State Senate Economic Development Committee, the vice chair of the
Senate Transportation Committee and a member of the Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great
Lakes Committee. He also is on the Reinvent Michigan Committee.
Photo by Steven Grill
By Ramon Razo
News Editor
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For those looking forward to transferring to a university upon the comple-
tion of an associates degree at Schoolcraft, selecting a four-year school can
be a daunting task. The primary concern for most transfer students is finding
a school that will accept the credits that they have already earned. Thanks to
the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
(MACRAO) establishment of a MACRAO Transfer Agreement, the process
has become much easier. Several Michigan colleges accept credits from
Schoolcraft, but one is particularly excited about welcoming transfer student
from the College: Madonna University.
Colleen Kibin, Admissions Officer at Madonna, is enthusiastic about the
relationship between Madonna and Schoolcraft. She has found that what
Schoolcraft students appreciate most is that we offer a similar environment
with fewer students in each class and plenty of individual attention.
Madonna boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1 and takes great pride in
their tailored approach. According to Kibin, the majority of Madonnas transfer
students are Schoolcraft alumni. Madonnas nearby location in Livonia also
makes the move from Schoolcraft incredibly convenient. Madonna features
a number of enticements for SC students including personalized advising, a
91 percent employment rate within a year of graduation and more than 100
undergraduate academic programs.
On Sept. 14, Schoolcraft President Conway Jeffress joined with Madonna
President Sister Rose Marie Kujawa, CSSF, Ph.D in signing into effect several
new articulation agreements. These agreements are designed to not only gen-
erate student interest in continuing education but also to guarantee a seamless
transition. The latest agreements outline a transfer path for Schoolcraft gradu-
ates from the programs such as Business (all tracks), Child Care, Criminal
Justice, Computer Graphic Technology, Culinary Arts, Fire Science and
Homeland Security. The agreements allow Schoolcraft graduates to take addi-
tional credits beyond the associates degree prior to transferring to Madonna,
potentially saving students thousands of dollars in tuition.
Many Michigan institutions participate in the MACRAO Transfer
Agreement. This provides for the acceptance of lower-level general educa-
tion credits from Schoolcraft in the areas of English composition, science and
math, social science and humanities. This agreement promotes the relation-
ship between community colleges who provide an educational foundation and
the baccalaureate colleges and universities that offer more specialized instruc-
tion. While some colleges have limited involvement in this transfer agreement,
Madonna University cooperates fully. Madonnas participation in MACRAO
opens the door to a wide array of educational quests. Madonna offers a broad
spectrum of opportunity including journalism, education, religious studies,
philosophy, mathematics, computer science, social studies and even sign lan-
guage studies.
Schoolcraft enjoys relationships with several Michigan colleges and universi-
ties (see sidebar). The MACRAO agreement widens the pool to an even greater
number of educational possibilities proving that a Schoolcraft education is the
first step on the path to nearly limitless educational opportunities.
The Counseling and Advising Center in the McDowell Center on campus is
an excellent resource for Schoolcraft students who are considering a transfer
and working closely with a counselor or advisor will ensure efficiency in your
academic planning. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Madonna
University welcomes all interested candidates to visit the campus and deter-
mine if Madonna is the right school for them.
For more information as well as helpful transfer tools, visit the Schoolcraft
College transfer webpage at www.schoolcraft.edu/transfer.
Have credits, will transfer
Moving from the College to Madonna University
By Brianne Radke
Staff Writer
Dracula
Schoolcraft Colleges Theatre
Department presents Dinner Theatre
performances of Dracula on Oct.
28-29 and Nov. 4-5, and Theatre
Performances Nov. 11-12. The Dinner
Theatre performances begin at 6:30
p.m. with a delicious dinner served
in the VisTaTech Center followed
by the performance at 8 p.m. in the
Liberal Arts Theatre. Tickets for the
Dinner Theatre performances are $24
per person. Tickets for the Theatre
Performances Nov. 11-12 are $12 per
person and the show begins at 8 p.m.
in the Liberal Arts Theatre. Tickets are
available in person at the Bookstore or
by calling 734-462-4596.
As in Bram Stokers novel by the same
name, playwrights Hamilton Deane and
John L. Balderston have adapted the
story of a famous vampire. In Dracula,
a mysterious presence appears at Dr.
Sewards (played by Nathan Shaw of
Livonia) sanatorium near London.
The lives of a beautiful young woman
(played by Rebecca Himm of Northville)
and her idealistic fiance (played by Jake
Edward Beitzel of Livonia) are chal-
lenged. In the light of a full, ripe moon,
creeping shadows, crying patients,
howling dogs and f lying bats the stage
becomes filled with the irresistible
charm of evil. The struggles of three
mortal men against the satanic genius
of Dracula (played by Scott Dreaver of
Canton) is both terrifying and thrilling.
Other members of the cast include
Michelle Danaj of Livonia, Dalibor
Atanaskoski of Dearborn Heights,
Aaron Ruettinger of Fenton, Benjamin
Gresko of Howell, Thomas Peck
of Garden City, Kevin Meloche of
Westland, and Kristen Campbell
of Canton. The Schoolcraft College
Theatre Department performs under
the direction of Dr. James Hartman.
Perplexing Prepositions
Over, above, across, after, against,
between, beside ... all words that a
mouse can do. They are prepositions.
If you want to prepare for preposition
proficiency, plan on being present at
this positively pertinent presentation.
A Writing Rescue Workshop pre-
sented by Writing Fellows.
The workshop takes place Wednesday,
Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to noon. It will be
held in the Bradner Library.
Social Media for Job Seekers, Job
Keepers and Employer
The use of social media is pervasive
in our world. However, the question
becomes how to use this media to obtain
a job and advance our careers. Insights
into how employers use social media
and legal issues surrounding social
media will be addressed as well. A panel
will present information and entertain
questions. Panelists consist of a repre-
sentative from Quicken Loans, a labor/
law attorney and a career counselor.
The event will take place on Nov. 1,
and admission is free. It will be held at
the Liberal Arts building on the main
campus, room 200, from 10:30-11:50 a.m.
October 26, 2011
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Campus Crime
Compiled by Melina M. Chiatalas
Staff Writer
Disorderly person
On Sept. 30, a student walked
into the VisTaTech Main St. mens
restroom with clothes on. Shortly
after, the student walked out of the
restroom wearing a blue speedo and
a red tie. A female approached him
and asked him why he was dressed
like that. His response was, Its
casual Friday. He continued to exit
the VisTaTech and headed toward the
Forum building. He was followed by
an accomplice. The subject and his
accomplice entered one of the class-
rooms. His accomplice said, Excuse
me! Then the subject stated, Oops
wrong class, and they walked out.
The subject and his accomplice were
approached by SC Police. Before they
continued with the interview, the
subject asked if he could get dressed
first. The officer asked him to identify
himself along with the reason why he
was wearing a blue speedo and red
tie. The subject told them his name
and that he was not a student at SC.
He continued to state that he was
conducting a breaching experiment
(for a sociology class) to report how
people would react to a situation out
of the norm. The officer asked the
subject which school he was taking
his sociology class from. Before the
subject responded to the question, he
asked if he was under arrest, and the
officer told him that he wasnt under
arrest. The subject admitted he was
a student at SC and was taking the
class in the LA building. He also told
the officer that he didnt enter any
classrooms while wearing his speedo
and tie. However, he did admit that
three people approached him with
questions such as, Is that underwear
or a speedo? Are you in the show?
Do I even want to know? The officer
informed him that his behavior was
unacceptable and will have conse-
quences if it continues. The student
told the officer he was sorry and that
he was unaware that he was doing
something wrong. He continued to
say that his instructor told the class to
use their imagination as long as they
dont kill someone or break the law.
Further investigation was conducted
after the interview and it was discov-
ered that the student had lied about
his real name and also the fact that
he did enter a class room during that
time.
Possession of a concealed
weapon
On Sept. 20, a student reported
that a man stepped out of his vehicle
and had a black gun handle stick-
ing out of the back of his pants with
his shirt tucked behind it. While the
subject walked toward the Bookstore,
he un-tucked his shirt and concealed
his gun. When the SC Police arrived
in the North Lot (where the subjects
vehicle was parked), they asked the
subject to keep his hands where they
could see them. As they got closer,
they instructed the subject to turn off
his vehicle. SC Police had their Tasers
drawn. When asked if he had a gun,
the subject said, No, and even if I did
I would have a permit. SC police told
him that they had someone report
that he had a gun on him. The subject
responded, I know my rights. When
he was asked to lift up his shirt, he
complied and there was no indication
of a firearm. When asked why he was
on campus, the subject said he was
on campus today to buy a book from
the Bookstore, and then presented his
student ID to the SC Police. He was
then allowed to get back in his vehicle
and leave campus.
Missing property
A student left his backpack on the
ground next to the bench outside
the PE building on Sept. 21. Shortly
after the student left campus, he real-
ized his mistake. When the student
returned to the building, he found
out that a fellow basketball teammate
found the backpack and was holding
onto it for him. After the student
retrieved his belongings, he left
campus again. When he went through
his backpack later on, he discovered
his I-Pod Nano was missing from the
front pocket.
Disorderly person
On Sept. 22, a student got upset and
loud at the Bookstore when told by an
employee that he couldnt get a refund
for a textbook he had purchased in
summer 2011. After the employee
told him that there wasnt any finan-
cial aid available at the moment,
the student started screaming and
cursing at them. SC Security Police
was notified, and they spoke with the
subject (who had calmed down by
that time). The subject requested to
speak with counselor Carl Monroe.
SC police spoke with Carl Monroe
afterwards and worked something
out with Financial Aid so the student
could get the book he needed for his
class.
Illegal dumping behind
Siemens Building
A pile of roofing shingles, wood,
hazardous waste and other items were
dumped on the south east side behind
the Siemens building on Sept. 22.
Malicious destruction of prop-
erty
A report was made on Sept. 22,
regarding someone scratching a
vehicle. The complainant stated she
parked in the center lot and unloaded
a mini fridge from their backseat.
Approximately 20 minutes later, she
returned to her vehicle and found
scratches on the drivers rear quarter
panel.
Disruptive student
On Sept. 26, SC Police were notified
of a disruptive student in the Deans
Office in the LA building. Two offi-
cers arrived to speak with the student.
The subject brought up several com-
plaints to the officers. For starters, he
stated that when he tried to register
for classes, nobody informed him that
his English class began at the end
August. When he tried to get a hold of
his instructor to find out what he had
missed, the instructor was uncoop-
erative with the student. The student
then tried to speak with someone
from the school regarding the issue,
and he felt that some of the people
were rude and unhelpful. The subject
was not pleased with the advice he
was given by the staff. The officer told
him that he needed to file a complaint
and, regardless of how he felt towards
the staff, he had to keep his cool and
treat them with respect.
Disruptive behavior
On Sept. 26, during a class, a
student kept placing his feet on
another students chair while they
were seated. After the student told the
subject to stop, he ignored his request
and still continued to put his feet on
their chair. The two students argued,
so the instructor interfered and told
the subject to leave the class for the
night.
Malicious destruction of property
On Sept. 26, a vehicle owner
reported damage done to their vehicle
while it was parked in row D in the
South lot. They noticed a large X
engraved into the drivers door under-
neath the handle, and also another
deep scratch below the drivers
window. The complainant believes
the damage to be intentional and sus-
pects the one responsible is a woman
that hes been having problems with.
Disorderly person
On Sept. 27, an instructor told
one of their students who has been
frequently leaving their class early
that this habit was not acceptable.
The instructor and student got into a
conversation regarding the students
truancy and the fact that hes falling
behind in class because of it. The
instructor informed the student that
if this continues, he should just drop
this class. The student became upset
and began yelling at the instruc-
tor. The instructor felt threatened
and asked the student to leave. The
subject refused, so the instructor
threatened to call SC Police. The
subject responded, Go ahead. I want
to talk to them. While the instruc-
tor walked out of the classroom and
down the hall to the emergency
phone, the student followed her and
kept yelling the whole way down
the hall. Another student decided
to follow both of them because they
feared that the subject may get
violent. When the instructor arrived
at the emergency phone, two other
instructors came out and made sure
the subject didnt go near her while
she called SC Police. When they
arrived, the instructor and the subject
were separated from each other. The
officers spoke with the instructor first
so she could return to teach her class.
When they spoke with the subject,
he was calm at first, but then became
louder and louder as the conversation
progressed. He had to be reminded
several times to calm down and speak
quietly. The subject wanted to make
a complaint about his class. SC Police
told him to speak to a counselor.
Larceny
A missing cellphone was reported
on Sept. 27. The complainant stated
he left it on the entertainment stand
in the Lower Waterman while watch-
ing other students play video games.
His cellphone was not there when he
returned to the entertainment stand
to pick it up. The complainant doesnt
know who may have taken his phone.
The cellphone is a Black Sprint HTC
Evo Shift.
Missing College property
On Sept. 28, a black Canon
Powershot SX110 IS that belongs to
Schoolcraft was reported stolen. The
complainant (who used the camera
to take photos of the EMT paramedic
class) said the camera was left in the
HPSL control room or in one of the
simulation labs. The complainant
contacted the instructors who were
working that day to see if they may
have it. She is still waiting on a reply.
Larceny from a building
A student was absent from class
while his instructor was giving an
exam on Sept. 29. After the students
handed in their exams, the instructor
went to their office and put the exam
booklets inside. He then went to the
LAC to grade the scantrons. After
returning to his office, the student
(who was absent for the exam)
entered his instructors office without
knocking. The student attempted
to turn in his scantron for the test.
Because the student wasnt present for
the exam, the instructor questioned
how and when he had taken the exam.
After a while, the student admitted
to sneaking into his office and grab-
bing one of the exam booklets. He
scored an 89% on the illegal exam he
attempted to turn in. He was allowed
to re-take the test, and he scored 58%.
Possible fraud
On Sept. 29, a student attempted to
sell back five books to the Schoolcraft
Bookstore. He presented the proper
documentation (proving that he had
purchased them), for three of the
books but the other two books didnt
belong to him. The two books were
Precalculus College Algebra and
Trigonometry. The subject admitted
the two textbooks didnt belong to
him and that he found them outside
his classroom in the Biomedical
Building. The two books were sur-
rendered to the SC Security Police.
The subject stated he wasnt aware SC
had a lost and found. He also stated
he was sorry and realizes what he did
was wrong.
Disorderly person
On Oct. 5, two male students came
in late to class. One of them was
not enrolled. When the instructor
asked them both to leave his class,
they refused to follow directions and
exchanged a few verbal comments
using profanity. When the officers
arrived, they questioned the two
students, along with two female wit-
nesses. Because they felt threatened,
the officers escorted the instructor to
his vehicle afterwards (along with the
two witnesses).
Malicious destruction of property
On Oct. 6, a student contacted SC
Police to report damage to his vehicle,
which was parked in the South lot.
His vehicle had a gouge in the drivers
door below the handle. The gouge
began from under the drivers mirror
to the end of the door, and then
moved towards the rear of the vehicle.
The complainant had a confrontation
with another student earlier that day,
who he believes is responsible for the
damage to his vehicle. The surveil-
lance camera showed a subject slowly
walking next to the complainants
vehicle, which appeared to be on the
way to where her vehicle was parked.

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Campus Life Editor
Photos by Mandy GetschMan
Worked at a cider mill
That time I ...
Welcome, readers, to another
exciting and embarrassing (at least
for me) That Time I article. This
issue takes you inside one of the most
popular fall attractions, a Cider Mill,
as I am given the task of working a day
of doing odd jobs while trying to avoid
being crushed by an apple press and
stung by bees. The kind people at the
Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills
were nice enough to introduce me
to the wonderful world of cider mill
labor. My day began at the crack of 10
in the morning when I was quickly put
to work in the donut area.
Have you ever seen that episode of I
Love Lucy where Lucy and Ethel get
the job at the chocolate factory and
they have to keep up with the conveyer
belt then shenanigans and hi-jinks
ensue? Yeah. Now picture the donuts
in the place of Lucys chocolates.
I didnt think this was going to be
very difficult. Put on the glove, pick
up three donuts, place them in the
bag, pick up three more. Lather, rinse,
repeat. Unfortunately, those conveyer
belts can churn out up to 200 donuts
in a batch. Also, its pretty hard to pick
up three donuts at one time without
smashing one. And, doing all of this
one-handed? Disaster waiting to
happen.
Everyone thinks this is so easy,
said Kevin Michaels, a donut maker
for more than 20 years, then they
try it out and cant wait to get back to
other jobs.
Miraculously, I was able to get the
hang of it quickly and did not leave the
cider mill in debt from donut loss. But,
as soon as I was able to leave the donut
room behind, I did so. Next stop: apple
grinding.
Franklin Cider Mill uses a wide
variety of apples for their cider types
I havent even heard of before. (Red
Delicious, Golden Yellow and Granny
Smith were all I ever needed to know).
The apples are stored in a metal
hopper that leads to a vertical con-
veyer belt. My job was to stand by the
container and wait for the go ahead
before pressing the button that turned
the conveyer belt on. Then I used
a stick to push and prod the apples
onto the belt so theyd run up to the
grinder. I had to keep an eye out for
any bad apples and it was difficult at
times to push the apples as they were
quite heavy. This might have been the
easiest part of the day. While it got
difficult at times, at least it was easy
to keep the pace.
I followed the ground apples
downstairs to where the remains are
pressed into cider. The goop looked
like applesauce and it has to be spread
evenly around a metal frame so that
its pressed easily. After each level of
the pulp is leveled out, its folded
up in soaked cloth and a plastic cov-
ering is placed over it. After about
five levels, four planks of wood are
placed over the covers and the stack is
moved under the press which slowly
squeezes down the tiers of apples until
juice comes out. At one point, heavier
planks of wood are placed down and
this speeds up the draining process.
This tied for easiest part of the day.
However, the planks of wood and the
rake used to even out the goop were
extremely heavy. If assistance hadnt
been there to help me, I probably
wouldnt have been able to do it.
The final stop of the day was my least
favorite: compost leveling. I was taken
out back to the mills 40-ft. dumpster
where all the excess apple cores and
cider refuse is dumped. It was my job to
climb in and shovel it around to ensure
it was evenly distributed so even more
could be dumped inside.
Yes, thats right I walked around
in apple remains. And its every bit as
gross as it sounds. Thankfully, I was
given giant rubber boots and I didnt
sink to the bottom of the dumpster.
Of course, not sinking made it that
much easier for the bees to find me.
They were everywhere. Okay, maybe
not everywhere but there were a lot.
The cider mill workers were merciful
as they didnt have me completely level
the massive pile.
Overall, it was a pretty fun experi-
ence. My arm got more of a workout
than ever before and it was still sore
by the time I got home. I liked doing
something different though. How
many people can say they made donuts
and cider? Or they survived a swarm of
bees and climbed around in a dump-
ster full of pulverized fruit? Plus, I got
cider and donuts out of the whole deal.
Not a bad way to spend a Sunday.
October 26, 2011
11
An inside look at Schoolcraft's GSA
emphasizing
employees
Club promotes equality for all
Terrifyingly fun
Terrifyingly fun
By Daniel Peake
Staff Writer
For years now Schoolcraft College has
been an institution widely acclaimed
for its remarkable level of organiza-
tion and management. Keeping such
prominence is not a simple task to
handle. Many workers are employed by
Schoolcraft to ensure that all opera-
tions of the College go according to
schedule. There are professors, office
workers, grounds keepers, cooks and, of
course, janitors. Yet one vital piece of the
puzzle is missing: the student employ-
ees. This group of constantly-changing
young individuals strives to ensure
that our College remains at its best but
these individuals sometimes seemingly
go unnoticed. Nonetheless, Student
Employment Service Center Coordinator
Kathleen Cox refuses to allow the pres-
ence of student workers to go unknown.
On Friday, Oct. 14, Cox, with a group
of helpers, organized and hosted the
Student Employee Orientation.
The event was done to get student
workers from around campus acquainted
with one another, display key programs
and information to boost student
employee awareness. Most importantly,
it was to show appreciation to hard
working student employees.
The luncheon was hosted by
Schoolcraft counselor Stuart Baker. It
featured many games and prizes which
emphasized team association and devel-
opment.
The orientation is a way for the staff
to show our appreciation to the stu-
dents, said Cox, who has put on the
annual luncheon for the past 12 years.
Speakers for the event included
Michelle Koss (Associate Dean of
Student Services), Daina Salayon
(student), Richard Lounsbery (head
of Campus Security) and Sheba Oliver
(Records Coordinator). They spoke on
key information which edified student
employee familiarity with campus proj-
ects and programs. For instance, the
new emergency systems being installed
around the Livonia Campus was a key
topic. Lounsbery accentuated the impor-
tance of student employees, as well as
the student body as a whole, utilizing
the emergency systems when needed.
The Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act commonly known as
FERPA was also a big subject of the
luncheon agenda. FERPA is a federal law
that protects the privacy of student edu-
cation records, even from close friends
and relatives of those students. Brought
before the assembly by Sheba Oliver,
the FERPA presentation was geared to
increase students awareness as employ-
ees of the College, as well as increase
their comfort and trust in confidential-
ity as students.
All in all, the luncheon was well
received by attendees (although much of
that was probably due to the open taco
bar at the end of the meeting). To close,
Cox addressed the student employees
thanking them for their tremendous
work and steadfastness at each and
every job and duty they are given.
So next time youre walking through
campus and spot a younger face with
a employee badge on their waist, rest
assured that person is working behind
the scenes helping to ensure Schoolcraft
remains one of the best collegiate facili-
ties your community has to offer.
What is the Gay Straight Alliance all about? That may
depend on whom you ask. At times, GSA can resemble
a social club. Friday evenings spent in Lower Waterman
eating popcorn and watching movies supports that
notion. It can also act as a forum to share thoughts and
ideas. Indeed, meetings seem to mix upcoming events
with current social issues. Other people enjoy the
freedom of not having to define who they are, sexually or
otherwise. Everyone agrees that GSA is about promoting
equality for all.
The GSA office already bears the marks of Halloween
and, on Oct. 28, the decorations will spill out into the
Lower Waterman. The GSA will be hosting a Halloween
party featuring a DJ and a Triple-Double Feature, which
is three double-features movies played at once in differ-
ent areas of Lower Waterman. The party will raise food
and awareness for the Schoolcraft Food Pantry. Everyone
is welcome and costumes are recommended. Partygoers
are encouraged to think outside the box for costume
ideas as this club is about acceptance and individuality.
In December, students can look forward to the World
AIDS Day event, which again pairs activism with cre-
ativity. GSA will team up with Amnesty International to
put on an intimate concert featuring local rockers The
Wall Clocks. They will play an acoustic set, reminiscent
of a classic throw back, MTV Unplugged. Music will
be mixed with discussion and red ribbons will be sold
at the door. The proceeds will go to the World AIDS
Foundation.
The clubs ability to give back, even to non-members,
is a characteristic that sets it apart. The GSA runs a
S.A.F.E. office here on campus that is dedicated to offer-
ing space where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
individuals can go to relax, get resources and be with an
ally. Here, an individual may find resources for issues
such as harassment, coming out, faith and questions
about sexuality. In fact, individuals from all over the
Student Activities Office tend to gravitate to the S.A.F.E.
room thanks to the cheerful decorations and the ever-
entertaining cabinet members.
Meetings are open to all who are interested every
Wednesday, from noon to 1 p.m. While being an active
member can be very fulfilling, some members prefer
to join on paper and receive emails. This is a great way
to get involved without being a face on the crowd, as
President Paul Beaver puts it. Being aware of the GSA
communitys struggle for equality, and wanting to do
something about it, is the only prerequisite necessary.
Are you fully prepared to get your spooky
on? Looking for the perfect place to spend an
average Wednesday night? Go no further than
the Lower Waterman of the VisTaTech Center.
Schoolcrafts own Gay Straight Alliance, in
cahoots with the Student Activities Board, is
hosting the second annual Halloween Party on
Oct. 26. From 6-10 p.m., students are welcome
to cross over into Halloweenland and join in on
the fun. The Eccentric Movie Club is hosting
a triple-double feature movie spree, while
Project Playhem is having a videogame fright-
fest. Theres a costume contest and winners
will include best male, best female and scariest
costume. And, of course, no party is complete
without the Monster Mash dance.
For any more information about the fantas-
tic fun times you could be having (instead of
sitting at home), contact the Student Activities
Office at 734-462-4422.
By Leah Esslinger
Staff Writer
Photo by olesia Koval
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Secrets of the Quill
Do you have any
Engl i sh quer i es of your
own? I f so, you can send
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craf t . edu. We l l be gl ad to
hel p you work t hrough your
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Q. In my paper, introductions are
always too short. I try to use a ques-
tion or start with a story, but that
doesnt help. What should I do?
Welcome to college writing. It is
your job to demonstrate a purpose by
clearly stating the topic and defining
the argument or problem. If you stray
from focusing on the purpose, you
will leave your audience dazed and
confused.
Stating the topic calls for specifi-
cally narrowing down your focus and
then defining it. Your topic may call
for some brief background informa-
tion that allows you the fluency
needed to explore the issue and relate
its overall importance. You must
remember to state your problem.
Lacking this understanding makes
the analysis fall flat. Fully stating the
problem that needs attention early on
will help you stay on track throughout
the paper.
This sounds like daunting work but
with practice comes improvement.
When students begin reaching for
better quality work, teachers begin to
respond. So take a deep breath, role
up your sleeve, and give it your best
shot.
Q. I have an essay due next week
and I havent even started. I have no
idea what to write about and I just
dont know what to do. Help!
A. Writers block is a curse known
by all but understood by few. Perhaps
your last essay did less than dazzle
or maybe it was nothing short of bril-
liant. Either scenario creates expec-
tations that can seem impossible
to overcome. In laymens terms, it
sounds like you may be a bit gun-shy.
Succumbing to dread is the worst
thing you can do because it will only
bring about the end you so desper-
ately wish to avoid: failure.
The only thing you can do is to
write. In fact, it is believed by many
successful writers that one needs to
experiment through trial and error
before they can begin creating mean-
ingful work. The sooner you sit down
and put something on paper, the
quicker you will find yourself over
this most common hurdle. While it
may seem like an exercise in futility,
allowing yourself to write poorly does
accomplish a few things. For instance,
essays commonly tend to get more
focused as they progress. Like athlet-
ics, you may need a little warm-up. As
you practice with your topic, ideas will
emerge which will alleviate some of
the pressure. Even if you cant produce
anything better, you have something.
With something on paper, you can
look through your work and see some
potential. You can use this draft to
create an outline, perhaps setting
yourself up for more success than you
have previously experienced. At the
end of the day, if none of this works,
you can bring your essay to a Writing
Fellow. Another set of eyes can point
out your roadblocks and perhaps
see good things that you missed.
Remember, perfection is futile
but understanding the process
and training yourself to work
through hurdles is priceless.
By Leah Esslinger
Staff Writer
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Schoolcraft engages students with NBC Learn
By Margie Wisniewski
Staff Writer
NBC reports crime and does homework
Every student knows the time crunch that goes with
writing a paper. As the deadline gets closer, valuable
information becomes harder and harder to obtain.
Finding sources becomes the only mission in life and
do not forget the proper citations! Research papers are
never easy but Schoolcraft College has a new solution
for you. Schoolcraft has recently introduced a new
online tool for all students and faculty: NBC Learn.
The Distance Learning Department first heard
about NBC Learn from Grand Rapids Community
College. I have been with the College for over 37 years
and am a Schoolcraft graduate. So for me it is all about
student learning, said Cheri Holman, Associate Dean
of Distance Learning, When incorporating resources
into our online courses, it is important to us that the
links to outside resources be reliable. It is very frustrat-
ing for both students and faculty to access a link in one
of their classes only to find that the link is no longer
active. In addition, evaluation of the quality of outside
resources can sometimes be difficult and time consum-
ing. So partnering with highly reputable organizations
is very important.
NBC Learn is a site that contains over 10,000
resources including videos, primary source documents,
articles and images for students and faculty to use.
Resources from NBC Learn are not NBC exclusive, but
a combination of NBC News and other affiliates, such
as MSNBC and CNBC. This online resource offers fea-
tures that students especially will appreciate at no extra
cost. It is extremely user friendly and offers a tutorial
to help you navigate seamlessly. There are many sub-
jects that can be browsed through or the tool bar can
be used to access information by entering keywords or
tags. Closed-captioned videos, with transcripts, are five
minutes or under. Once you have pulled up a resource,
it opens in a Cue Card that you can add to your playl-
ist, save it and even turn the card over to have your cita-
tions for your paper.
This new resource was launched this past August
after the fall semester had already begun. It is antici-
pated that the use of NBC Learn will increase as word
spreads. Some faculty have already integrated it into
their current courses while others are looking forward
to using it for winter courses. The Distance Learning
Department has already received positive feedback
from both faculty and students currently using it.
Step 1: Visit the website, www.school-
craft.edu/nbclearn.
Step 2: Click the register button, then log
into WebAdvisor with your ID number and
password.
Step 3: Click on the Students tab, then
NBC Learn right under the Resources
heading.
Step 4: Follow the instructions on how to
register for NBC Learn
By Heatherlynn Buddenborg
Staff Writer
Club Events
Sports and Recreation Club
The Sports and Recreation Club is a
new addition and hey hold open play of
any sport every Wednesday from 11 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m. in the PE Building. A Threes
Basketball tournament will be held on
Nov. 2. Registration begins at 11 a.m.
Advance reservations are encouraged.
There will be a $10 entry fee per team. All
events will be available to any Schoolcraft
student or faculty member. For more
information on joining either the club
or one of the tournaments, contact Ryan
Marshall at SCC.Sport.Recreation@gmail.
com or visit the Student Activities Office
or call 734-462-4422.
Billiard and Table Tennis Club
Do you like to shoot pool or play table
tennis? This club is for you! Bring a friend
and come join to just hang out and play.
Be sure to keep an eye out for informa-
tion about upcoming tournaments. Want
more information? Stop by the Student
Activities Office or call 734-462-4422.
Friends of the Puzzle Piece
This is a club for people with dis-
abilities or those who like to work with
them. Not sure how to deal with disabled
people? Then come with an open mind
and gain a fresh persepective on what
you can do to help or just be a friend.
Meetings are held every Wednesday from
11 a.m. to noon. For more information,
please contact Student Activities at 734-
462-4422.
Blizzard for Bucks
Join us on Monday, Oct. 24, from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. as we show you the money.
Americas #1 campus game show, Blizzard
of Bucks, is crazier and more fun than
ever. Come compete against others in
the wildest, goofiest games ever for your
chance to step into the Incredible Money
Machine and go for the dough in a swirl-
ing sea of green.
Baptist Christian Challenge
Do you want to enrich the quality of
your overall college experience ethically,
morally and spiritually by challenging
yourself to explore Gods word? Then
come to our meetings every Thursday
from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Lower
Waterman. The next meetings are sched-
uled for Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17.
You can also join us for our Alpha
Course on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. The
next Alpha Course classes will be held
on Oct. 26, Nov. 2 and 9 in the Lower
Waterman.
Beats and Music Faction
Want to make progress in personal
musical talent? Stop by the Beats and
Music Faction meetings! During meet-
ings youll meet, teach and learn as well as
giving and receiving constructive criticism
with those who share the passion of music.
Campus Crusade
Are you interested in learning more
about your faith and want to grow spiri-
tually? Then join the Campus Crusade
during their meetings every Tuesday at 11
a.m. in the Lower Waterman.
Eccentric Movie Club
Join SCs Eccentric Movie Club for
some of the most odd, puzzling and just
plain crazy movies produced by some of
the most respected writers on TV. Each
session is from 12-6 p.m. Schedules of
movies can be provided upon request.
Movies are watched in the Lower
Waterman. Their next viewings are on
Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and 8.
Gay/Straight Alliance
The Gay/Straight Alliance is a social
connection for equality-minded individu-
als who want to create a safe environment
to help change, support and educate our
world one step at a time. Meetings are
held on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Metro Detroit Association for
the Education of Young Children
(MDAEYC)
The MDAEYC was formed to provide a
professional development opportunity for
SC students interested in teaching and/or
working with children and families. The
club is hosting a game night on Thursday,
Nov. 10 from 5-8 p.m. There will be
games, fun, pizza, refreshments and
raffles. For admission, please bring a non-
perishable item to benefit the Student
Food Pantry and/or a gently used toy for
the Abandoned Toy Project.
Native American Club
Learn about Native American culture
and tradition with respected SC faculty
member Karen Schaumann. Learn the
ins and outs of Native American history,
tradition and customs through a variety
of hands on activities, productions and
learning-based activities. Their next
meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at
11:30 a.m., in LA 140
Otaku Anime Japanese
Animation Club
The Otaku Anime Japanese Animation
Club provides an opportunity for viewing
and discussion of Japanese Animation.
Their next meetings are on Saturday, Oct.
29 and Nov. 12, from 5-10 p.m.
Math and Physics Club
We want you to come ask us math and
physics problems as you meet new people
who love math and improve your problem
solving skills. Meetings will be held every
Friday at 10 a.m., in the Biomedical Tech
Center, Rm. 300.
Pageturners
On Monday, Sep. 26 from 1:15-2:15 p.m.
at the McDowell Center Rm. MC 200 and
Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in
LA 105, join the Pageturners book club
as they discuss this months book. Phi
Theta Kappa members will receive star
for attending or one star for facilitating.
They also will be discussing the book on
Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4-5 p.m., at the
Radcliff Campus in Forum F530.
Photography Club
Photography Club provides a welcom-
ing environment for graphically inclined
hobbyists, graphic designers and students
majoring in artistic fields. The next meet-
ings are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27
and Nov. 10, from 5-7 pm.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
The PTK meetings will be on Mondays
from noon to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays
from 7-8 p.m. beginning Oct. 3.
Pizza Kit and Fruit Basket Delivery
Pizzas will be delivered on Tuesday,
Oct. 25, and can be picked up from 1-6:30
p.m. Fruit Baskets can be picked up on
Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6:30
p.m.
PTK/ Biggby Coffee Fundraiser
Help raise money for Phi Theta Kappa
by purchasing our specialty mug. It
includes several coupons, including one
for a free beverage. The mugs are avail-
able for sale now in the Student Activities
Office for $8. They are refillable at the
new Biggby location in Livonia at the
intersection of 7 Mile and Farmington
roads for $1.25. For more information,
please contact the Student Activities
Office at 734-462-4422.
American Cancer Society Mini
Relay for Life
Come help Phi Theta Kappa as we join
the American Cancer Society in the fight
against cancer. We are hosting a Mini
Relay for Life. Monday, Oct. 24 from 6-11
p.m. For more information please stop by
Student Activities or give us a call at 734-
462-4422. Live music, hot dogs and bever-
ages will be available.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Come join Phi Theta Kappa and the
American Red Cross as they join forces
to help save lives. A blood drive will be
held on Nov. 1-2 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Phi Theta Kappa members will receive
one star for donating. Please contact the
Student Activities Office at 734-462-4422
for an appointment.
The Schoolcraft Connection
Want to further your skills in writing,
editing, photography and design? Then
join the award-winning Schoolcraft
Connection, a student-run newspaper!
Staff meetings are every Monday at 4 p.m.
in the Lower Waterman of the VisTaTech
Center.
Student Activities Board
Want to get involved on campus? Then
come and see how with the Student
Activities Board. The Student Activities
Board provides students and the college
community with a variety of programs
and activities that are educational, ser-
vice-oriented, have entertainment value
and provide a social environment where
students can meet a diverse group of new
people. General meetings are Thursdays
at 4 p.m. in the Lower Waterman of the
VisTaTech Center.
Table Top Club
Come and join the Table Top Club every
Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. The Table
Top Club is SCs premier location for
game players alike. Play a variety of card
games ranging from Dungeon & Dragons,
Solitaire and Cheat. Students shall learn
to develop personal friendships and lead-
ership.
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Faux cripples
Keep
In
MInd
By Kim Poma
CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR
kpmail7@yahoo.com
In our country, our land of opportunity and
freedom, everyone is supposed to be treated
equal. So why not animals? Sure, why not. I love
animals. Dogs are awesome. Horses are pretty
neat, too. PETA agrees with me. They think
animals are awesome, too. I love kindness to
animals and celebrities getting naked for cam-
paigns against cruelty as much as the next guy.
And Im not going to lie the animal rescue com-
mercials with Sarah McLachlan are touching.
However, I love people, too. Some of my best
friends are people. PETA doesnt seem to share
those same affections. At every turn they seem
to try and undermine any sort of equality and are
instead are hell bent on making humanity out to
be beastly.
First, let us examine PETAs Holocaust on Your
Plate campaign. In the campaign, graphic, hor-
rifying images taken from concentration camps
are juxtaposed with pictures of animals in hor-
rible living conditions.
Lets consider this for a moment. PETA
is comparing the murder of millions of
innocent Jews, blacks, gypsies, gays, etc.,
to the killing of pigs for food. Are we
serious?
Naturally, the Anti-Defamation League
came down pretty hard on this disgusting
display. Abraham Foxman, the Leagues
national director (not to mention a
Holocaust survivor) wrote in a statement,
The effort by PETA to compare the delib-
erate, systematic murder of millions of
Jews to the issue of animal rights is abhor-
rent. PETAs effort to seek approval for
their Holocaust on Your Plate campaign
is outrageous, offensive and takes chutz-
pah to new heights.
Abhorrent is a pretty good word and
Foxmans words carry a lot of weight. He is
much more qualified to compare anything to the
Holocaust over anyone at PETA. Its truly trou-
bling that they can basically exploit such a thing
just to get attention.
Heres another good one. Many moons ago,
PETA had an Easter-theme campaign, featuring
a billboard of a pig, stating He Died for your
Sin. Go Vegetarian. PETA, in its many prepared
statements to try and fend off the outrage leveled
at this campaign, claimed that they had many
religious-based billboards and they are designed
to generate compassion for Gods creatures.
Sorry, PETA, thats not whats being seen by the
level-headed thinkers. What people see when
they look at these billboards is your organization
comparing Jesus Christ to a pig. As a Christian,
this not only offends me to the umpteenth
degree, it makes me feel slightly sick.
Now it seems PETA has reached a new low.
First, a little background.
C.J. Wickerson was free diving in the Anna
Maria Islands with some friends. Regrettably, the
day ended badly with Wickerson being attacked
by a shark. The attack left Wickerson horribly
wounded but, 600 stitches later, hes recovering.
So, what is PETAs response to this horrible
accident? Compassion or concern, you say? Nay,
these things are beneath such a group as PETA.
Instead, they put up billboards, proudly display-
ing a shark chomping on a human leg with the
words, Payback is Hell; Go Vegan.
PETA claims that the ad is to bring about
attention to all the sharks that are killed by
humans, and that sharks are not the most dan-
gerous predators on Earth. We are, said PETA
campaign spokesperson Ashley Byrne.
To summarize, an animal that basically has
knives in its mouth, is made of pure muscle, and
is hell-bent on doing nothing but constantly
eating is less dangerous than us f leshly, squishy
humans? If Ms. Byrne were crushed by a land-
slide whilst hiking in Yellowstone Park, would I
feel comfortable taking out ad space to promote
the mistreatment of good ol Mother Earth, using
her accident as a centerpiece? If I did, that would
be reprehensible, deplorable and wrong.
PETA needs to wake up, take a step back and
take a long, hard look at the horrendous and
offensive tactics they employ in order to encour-
age ethical treatment. They need to see that
they are showing themselves to be nothing
but crude, offensive zealots. Not to mention,
it makes them look like kooks. Be pro-animal.
Thats fine. Challenge the meat industry. Raise
awareness of the mistreating of pets. But in your
crusade to keep me from my Baconator, dont
become anti-human. Were worthy of compas-
sion, too.
Just the other day I was walking with
friends through a parking lot. We were
walking because we are all able-bodied
teenagers and we happened to snag a
parking spot more near the back of the
lot, furthest from the store. It wasnt
that big of a deal walking is walking
and since we were all able-bodied teenag-
ers, we could do so. And as we crept past
the handicap parking spots at the front
of the lot (the ones that people who are
not able-bodied use because walking is
actually, you know, a problem for them),
what do I see? Two teenage girls hop out
and walk right up to the store.
The point of handicap spaces is so that
people who have disabilities, or elderly
people who struggle with long-distance
walking, dont have to labor as much.
They can shop at any store they normally
would with the added bonus of having
a short and medically safe walk. Its not
for lazy teeny boppers to abuse because
its cold outside and there are no parking
spaces close enough to the store or its
raining and theyre totally going to melt.
The most baffling part: handicap
parking passes are not a breeze to
obtain. According to Michigan.gov, A
qualifying disability is defined under
Michigan law as either blindness or any
condition that significantly limits a per-
sons ability to walk or requires a wheel-
chair, walker, crutch or other assistive
device. Its doubtful that someone can
waltz into a doctors office, pretend
theyre blind and be granted access to a
pass.
So how on earth did those girls the
pass? Well, apparently disability license
plates (which allow the person to park
in the handicap spot) can be issued to
a family member living with a person
with a disability. What Im taking from
this and I hope Im wrong is that
those girls have a family member who
has a disability and are abusing the
power of the pass. And, lets say they do
have a family member with a disability.
Surely, theyve gone out with this family
member and run into the problem of
not having a parking spot because the
spaces are often exploited.
And, according to Secretary of State,
it is illegal to park in a handicap space
if none of the occupants of the car
have a disability. Neither of those girls
needed crutches, a wheelchair, a guide
dog, etc. They were of able body and
yet they parked in one of the few handi-
cap spaces the parking lot offers. Its a
shame to think that something that was
created with good intentions to help
people who couldnt safely walk long
distances is being abused because
walking across a parking lot and into
an expansive super store or megamall is
simply overwhelming.
Excuse me while I go roll my eyes in
the corner.
People for the Unethical Treatment of People
Let's
broaden
our MInds
By Ramon Razo
NEWS EDITOR
misterrazo@gmail.com
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Primary season:
the never ending story
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By EhimaRE aRhEBamEn
SPORTS EDITOR
earhebamen@yahoo.com
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By ian GallaGhER
MANAGING EDITOR
irpgallagher@gmail.com
For the 2008 election,
Michigan was among many
states to push forward their
presidential primaries. New
Hampshire and Iowa are
traditionally the first states,
followed by South Carolina
and Nevada. States such as
Michigan have been moving
up their primaries in an
effort to increase their inf lu-
ence on the national stage,
but pushing up primaries is
not without its risks. Many
states that have changed their
primary dates ended up being
stripped of all or a portion
of their voting delegates (the
representatives who choose
the nominee) at the national
conventions. The Republican
Party has rules, now often
disregarded by the state
branches of the party, which
will strip half the delegates
from states who move up
their primaries. Despite the
risk of losing delegates, many
states are at it again for this
election season.
This assertiveness on the
part of the state parties rep-
resents a profound change in
the way, and when, the pri-
maries are held. Since many
other states are moving up
their primaries, in an attempt
to ensure their positions,
Iowa and New Hampshire
have taken efforts to move up
their primaries. This could
potentially place the first
primary into December of
this year. According to CNN,
Florida is expected to move
their primary to January 31.
Florida may consider
moving their primary to late
February but that would
still result in the loss of del-
egates. However, there are a
number of other states that
have traditionally gone later
than Florida that are threat-
ening to hold primaries or
caucuses before February 21,
according to CNN. This will
take over Floridas traditional
place as at least being one of
the earlier primaries, leaving
the choice to either move
the primary up further or be
overshadowed by other states.
This places the electoral
process on a dangerous
path. Campaigning begins
roughly a year before the
first primary. One has to ask
if there will eventually be a
point where after a brief lull
following the presidential
inauguration, campaigning
will begin for the next elec-
tion. While this may have
some appeal to political
junkies, much like the appeal
of a year-round football
season to NFL fans, it would
take events which are sup-
posed to be significant and
trivialize them, similar to
how having a longer season
decreases the importance
of each individual game.
Further, stretching out the
primaries could dampen the
bandwagon effect, where
winners of some of the earlier
primaries have a greater
chance of winning the later
ones.
Usually there are negative
connotations to bandwagons
but in the electoral process
it allows a party to con-
solidate behind a candidate.
This unifies the party after
a primary season filled with
factionalism. If the primaries
were more stretched out it
would be possible for candi-
dates with weaker support, or
f lavor-of-the-week candidates
(Bachmann and Cain come
to mind) to gain delegates in
some of the primaries. Since
having any number of del-
egates at a convention makes
one more appealing for the
front-runner to strike a deal
with the candidate with the
delegates perhaps a cabinet
position to gain the votes of
those delegates and solidify
the front-runners chance at
gaining a partys nomina-
tion. The end result could be
a more divisive environment
during the party conventions,
thus making each party less
unified during the general
election. The worst effect
would be the stretching of the
campaign season. It already
seems like most politicians
are campaigning year-round,
pushing the primaries up
and up would just codify the
never ending election.
As we witness this snowball
rolling downhill, gaining size
and momentum, one cant
help but think states prima-
ries, in an effort to become
more relevant, are simply
making the entire process
irrelevant.
The NFL doesnt seem to like to stay with
one thing for too long. First it was their
uniforms, a staple of the football team
experience. Now its the team logos. It is
the one thing that the team is known by,
the all important branding of any organiza-
tion. NFL teams are changing their logos
but why? Teams like the Miami Dolphins,
the 49ers and the Lions have all recently
changed their logos, making them sleeker,
meaner, fiercer and tougher.
The Dolphins made their logo lose the
light accents and added darker toning,
even giving the logo dolphin a menacing
stare. (Have you ever met a mean dolphin?
Does such an angry beast exist?) The Lions
drew in some lines on their lion silhouette,
affectionately named Bubbles, result-
ing in a fierce-looking lion. The Houston
Texans dumped their bullhead logo for an
H and T over the state of Texas. All of
these changes are intended to give teams
an edgier feel. What the teams are doing
is changing how they look for a new gen-
eration. With new uniforms, of course
the team branding soon follows. With the
change of the logos, its almost as if the
teams feel the need to change their game
plans and, hopefully, improve the teams
fortunes. (See 2011 Detroit Lions.) Having
altered their logo, along with the front
office, coaching staff, some players and
team philosophies, it took the Lions just
three years to go from losing to an early-
season juggernaut. The new version of
Bubbles symbolizes a rebirth of the organi-
zation and the promising days ahead.
What about the teams themselves? With
everything changing around them, what do
they think about the logo design change?
An idea is that the logos are making the
team back up the new logos meaning. The
idea is really interesting because it just
makes the teams seem much cooler. Its
the new age of everything and anything
sports, so Im all for this idea that the
national teams get new logos. The sports
world is ready for change, so everything
can be switched up, the bigger the better.
The players seem to be taking the changes
well. But then how do the fans feel about
the changes to the logo of their favorite
team? I think the fans will be excited that
their team is getting an upgrade. Its going
to work like a placebo, like having a lucky
cricket, (an old folktale good luck sign to
have) to ensure that their team will win.
Well, as a fellow fan, I can see that some
fans will not be happy with the changes,
but that doesnt matter; the majority of fans
will be pleased with the direction of how
the teams logos will look better on the uni-
forms. The sports world is changing, so any
way that they can move forward, theyll just
have to just go for it.
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October 26, 2011
the Schoolcraft connection
Peace and love. "
Non-Discrimination Policy Proposal: It is the policy of Schoolcraft College that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national
origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, creed, or disability, be excluded from
participating in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination during any program or activity or in employment.
anna
Guider

Major: Sound
Recording
Karlo
nevarro

Major: Business
Management
chris
Duncan

Major: Undecided
nicole
Spitz

Major: Undecided
connor
armstrong

Major: Undecided
hussein
ozeir

Major: Pharmacy
I believe
that as a hu-
man beings
we all de-
serve every
single right
no matter
what we look
like, what
color our skin
is or what
language we
speak. "
The policy is nice,
since humans are [...]
bias. We should treat
everyone alike not to
follow the rules, but
to follow our morals
and ethics.
Rules control the
herd, we should
educate the herd to
make their choices
not their choices for
them."
"If we
currently have
a policy that
is working
perfectly fine
for us as is,
why change
anything
about it."
People should
be nice."
"People should
never be dis-
criminated
against based
on who they
are."
ruby
Mahan

Major: Computer
Programming
If a student isnt
being treated
fairly it is their
decision to put
up with it or
stand up for
yourself and
do something
about it. No
matter what is
thrown towards
them. Be strong
and stand up
for what is right
and dont be a
push over for
anybody!"
lindsey
B.

Major: Criminal
Justice; Forensics
Who is schoolcraft
to discriminate any
person?
No person should
be discriminated
against!"
ocelot oPinionS
Your help isn't wanted here
By Jonathan KinG
EDITOR IN CHIEF
kinetikai@hotmail.com
Imagine that you are terminally ill.
You learn that a massive donation has
recently been made to combat the
very disease that is killing you. This
donation will go toward the develop-
ment of new treatments and trials
which could potentially save your life.
How much do you care where that
money came from? Would you deny
yourself treatment if it was paid for
by an organization you dont believe
in? Would you deny someone else
this lifesaving treatment?
Recently, the secular humanist
organization Foundation Beyond
Belief (FBB) arranged to raise money
for the American Cancer Society
(ACS) through their Relay for Life
program, setting a goal of $250,000.
The idea was spearheaded by phi-
lanthropist and FBB supporter Todd
Steifel. To further aid the effort,
Steifel and his father offered to match
whatever was raised, up to another
$250,000.
Initially, the FBB was allowed as a
national team in the Relay for Life.
Surprisingly, soon afterward the ACS
suddenly backpedaled and refused
the organization the ability to join
and raise money as a national team.
This prompted suspicions that the
reason might be that the ACS was
uncomfortable with the anti-religious
nature of the organization it is
called the Foundation Beyond Belief,
after all. In a response to this criti-
cism, the ACS sent an official state-
ment announcing that the reason
for the change was that Relay For
Lifes National Team Program [...] is a
program for corporate donors and sup-
porters. The Foundation Beyond Belief
is not a corporate entity [...]
Unfortunately, as several have pointed
out, the FBB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
corporation. In fact, had it been
allowed to join as a national team, it
would have sat alongside several non-
business corporate entities, includ-
ing Sigma Alpha Lambda, which is a
501(c)(3) non-profit leadership and
honors organization. The ACS was,
of course, still willing to accept the
half-million they just werent ready
to acknowledge Steifel or the FBB.
There is a chance the ACSs deci-
sion might have nothing to do with
the non-religious stance of the
FBB, although they have yet to fully
explain their reasoning. However,
if the ACS really did deny the FBB
because of not wanting to be associ-
ated with such an outwardly secular
group, FBB should be accustomed to
the treatment. According to the orga-
nizations Executive Director Dale
McGowan, This is not the first time
we have been declined by an organi-
zation we had hoped to support it is
the fourth, in fact nor is it likely to
be the last.
It is common for non-profit orga-
nizations to dissociate themselves
with certain groups where they feel
an association would be detrimen-
tal to their image. PETA would be
unlikely to sponsor the Nathans Hot
Dog Eating Contest, for example.
And thats fair enough if it goes
against the core beliefs of your
group. However, when your core
belief is help everyone everywhere,
it becomes very difficult to justify
turning down support. And yet, its
not unheard of far from it.
In 2008, the United Nations
World Childrens Fund (UNICEF)
announced that it would stop accept-
ing donations from diamond mogul
Lev Leviev because one of his com-
panies was allegedly involved in the
construction of West Bank settle-
ments. The decision was highly criti-
cized and described as a move [that]
smacks of selective political dis-
crimination, according to the Anti-
Defamation League of New York. And
in 2007, the Canadian Cancer Society
turned down money that was raised
for breast cancer research because
the fundraisers were exotic dancers.
(I could make a pithy joke here but,
frankly, Im too annoyed.)
And especially for a group as
widespread as the ACS, to even
give the impression that you might
be prejudiced against any group is
idiotic. While it may still be socially
acceptable to bash the non-religious
and anti-religious in this primarily
Christian country, it doesnt change
the fact that the secular commu-
nity is one of the fastest-growing
in America with numbers reaching
upwards of 16 percent of the countrys
adult population (including atheists,
agnostics and those who claim no
affiliation to major religions, accord-
ing to the Pew Research Center). If
youre trying to reach out to as many
people as you possibly can, alienating
50 million people is not the way to go
about it.
Shunning the support of others for
petty reasons of prejudice or politics
is ultimately detrimental to your
cause, no matter how many brownie
points it wins you in the short term.
And passing up money that could
go towards fighting deadly diseases
or helping starving children is just
obscene. Now, I dont want to deni-
grate these charities entirely because
they do outstanding work and they
do make real contributions. However,
this wave of politically-motivated
selectivity is crippling these organi-
zations at their bases. They may be
doing good works but, if they want to
do great works, theyre going to need
to get their act together.
Is this proposed new policy acceptable?
Compiled & Photos by
Steven Grill
October 26, 2011
17
through
the LooKIng
gLass
By alyson Dolan
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
alysmarie91@gmail.com
Its that time of year again when
we break out the jeans and jackets.
Personally, I have a few things on my fall
and winter fashion list I dont want to
see. Lets take a few moments to address
concerns for readers on what is appropri-
ate this frosty season and what is not.
Firstly, the flip flops/sandals and socks
combos. Guys, you do this constantly.
Stop. Flip flops and sandals should have
been put away at the end of September.
Put the poor babies to bed for the winter.
Do not put on a pair of wooly socks and
those Adidas sandals then strut around
like youre hot stuff. Youre not. And get
rid of those tall baseball socks that go to
your knees and a pair of basketball shorts
matched with those open-toed sandals.
It is incredibly unattractive so please save
us the eyesore and just dump the socks
and sandals look.
And before you ladies think youre
off the hook ... I completely understand
the desire to be a smaller size but that
does not mean you should squeeze into
a smaller size. Dress in the right size. It
is more flattering to dress in the appro-
priate larger size than to pour yourself
into a much-too-tiny outfit. If you wear
a large t-shirt size but you can fit into
an extra-small hoodie that does not
mean you should wear it. And even if
youre beautiful, we all prefer not to see
your skin hanging out of the tops of your
jeans.
Speaking of jeans, the same rules
apply ... and that includes skinny jeans.
Please, please wear the right size in jeans.
It is not sexy to see your butt crack every
time you sit in front of a guy. (If I see a
coin slot, I am chucking a quarter into
it.) Please muffin tops, bulges and butt
cracks are not on this fall and winters
fashion agenda.
Another major fashion faux pas?
Leggings are not pants. If you are
wearing a shirt that hits the top of the
leggings you are obligated to wear pants.
Leggings will not cut it. They are not
flattering to your image to walk around
in leggings with everything showing for
the whole campus to see. They are appro-
priate when worn with a longer top, and
the leggings on the bottom. Please wear a
dress, long tunic or sweater with leggings
and let them be leggings not pants.
Now must sees of this season will be
perfectly patterned tights, wool skirts
and 70s flared jeans. Leather jackets are
a classic of the fall season and, of course,
a tastefully done over-sized sweater
with a pair of matching leggings. Guys
the zippies with the higher collars are a
very sharp look and give jeans a dressier
look. Also tans, browns and cranberry
colors seem to be the most popular colors
this year. Do not forget about the boots,
ladies, and the leather scrunchy boot is
a very fashionable trend this season as
well. Glittens, the gloves with the attach-
able mitten top, are in demand for the
chilly weather and are also very adorable,
especially the longer ones that extend
passed your wrist.
There you have it ladies and gentlemen,
the fashion dos and donts according to
yours truly. I know you are all fabulous
and look sensational, so please make the
right choices for the colder weather this
year. You are not only doing the rest of us
a favor but yourselves as well, so thanks
in advance!
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October 26, 2011
the Schoolcraft connection
In 1986, a time capsule was sealed by then president Dr. Richard McDowell
in honor of Schoolcrafts 25th anniversary. On Saturday night, that very
capsule was opened by Dr. McDowell and Dr. Jeffress during the opening
presentation. McDowell noted humorously, It is a rare opportunity
not only to fill one of these, but be around to open them. You
participated in many ceremonies in which there have been
time capsules loaded with various memorabilia to tell future
generations what were all about and were still here with the
future generations!
The capsule contained an Associates degree, a menu from the
Colleges restaurant (featuring a cup of soup for 75 cents and a
lamb chop dinner that would set you back a whole $6.25), a disk
operating manual for a IBM computer, and a newspaper from Oct.
24, 1986, with a headline reading Ford sets a profit record and
Chryslers net slips 26%. Oh how times have changed.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary, a new capsule was sealed
by Dr. Jeffress and Dr. McDowell on Monday, Oct. 24. This new
capsule, set to be opened in 2061, contains a copy of all the schools
publications, including issues of the Schoolcraft Connection,
the Right Angle and the MacGuffin, a savings bond,
a package of stamps, a graphing calculator, a
Transition Center video, a banquet menu from
the Colleges restaurant and a variety of other
interesting items. The capsule will be stored
in the Archives after it undergoes chemical
treatment to keep away the yellowing pages and
insects.
Time capsules are a way of having people
remember points in time, said Dr. Jeffress after the
ceremony, In 2016, [people] can look back and laugh
at what we thought was important.
By Jonathan King
Editor in Chief
Dr. Jeffress (left) and Dr. McDowell (right) take a glimpse at the
past before sealing away the present
Five decades
of academic excellence
Schoolcraft College celebrates 50 years
of progress with a party for the ages
By Jonathan King and Ian Gallagher
Editor in Chief and Managing Editor
Time capsule
Timeline
Looking out at Haggerty Road here in 1961, that stretch of Haggerty Road was quiet.
[] I-275 was still 15 years away and the ground beneath our feet was farmland, said
Dr. Conway Jeffress, President of Schoolcraft College, musing on the origin of our great
institution. But a citizens group was hard at work on a plan that would transform this
location and Michigans higher education landscape. On the 24th of October, 1961, 72
percent of voters said yes on creating a community college in Wayne County. Now, in
2011, Schoolcraft is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence and innovation.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, students, faculty, alumni, dignitaries and friends of Schoolcraft
gathered together to celebrate this historic milestone and to enjoy a night of food and
festivities. For one evening the SC campus was the hot place to be, as a collection of well-
dressed ladies and gentlemen rubbed elbows at Schoolcrafts 50th Anniversary Gala.
The VisTaTech center was decked-out in gorgeous festive decor. Chefs
stood at the ready as the eager crowd descended down on numerous
hors doeuvres. People relaxed on sleek white couches, enjoying the
samplings from the autumn cheese table. Every table going down
the long main hall of VisTaTech held a custom ice sculpture
featuring each of Schoolcrafts logos throughout the years.
The DiPonio room was hardly recognizable, with elaborate
candelabras gracing nearly every table. It was truly a sight to
witness.
There were several events to complement the
extravagant decor and delectable culinary offerings.
One major attraction was the
interactive Historical Exhibit Hall,
with presentations highlighting
the academic and extracurricular
programs of the College. The
centerpiece was a photo/video exhibit highlighting
each decade from the 60s to the 00s. There was
also a special video presentation entitled It Started
With a Cornfield, chronicling the history of the
College.
The whole event was set to a soundtrack of
wonderful performances by the Schoolcraft
Jazz Improvisation Combo, the Schoolcraft
Synthesizer Ensemble and special guest
band Fifty Amp Fuse. As counselor
Stuart Baker a.k.a. Mr. Schoolcraft
noted, I
remember
on the 25th
anniversary
we had
cake and
coffee.
Well,
this event
certainly took
things up a notch, and
will likely be remembered
for years to come. Heres to 50
more years of progress!
Quotes
from the night

Schoolcraft is dedicated to providing opportunities


for students that will transform their lives. The College
transformed me by providing lifetime career satisfaction.

- Stuart Baker, aka Mr. Schoolcraft


We offer instructional programs and teaching


technologies that go far beyond the dreams of the people
who originally conceived the College. We have partnerships
that have stood the test of time. [] And we have a learning
environment that represents the highest standards of quality
and innovation.

- Dr. Conway Jeffress, Schoolcraft President

Just to think of the thousand of students who profited


because of attending the College is mind-boggling. I am
sure that you will remain a thriving and highly regarded
institution.


- Dr. C. Nelson Grote, Schoolcrafts president from
1971 to 1981

On behalf of Governor Snyder and my legislative


colleagues, [] its my honor to speak on all of their behalf
and say to Schoolcraft College, congratulations on 50 years.
[] Its rare to see something that is universally regarded
[] and Im proud to tell you that community colleges in our
state are regarded in that way, at the highest of all the things
that we do. Walsh added, Theres much to celebrate here at
Schoolcraft. [] What makes Schoolcraft a great place is that
all students are treated equally, and given every opportunity
to succeed and many do. [] Its a
great place where learning simply
doesnt occur, but lives are
transformed.

- John Walsh, Speaker Pro


Tempore and 19th District
State Representative
Art Professor Sarah Olson was commissioned to create a special artwork in honor of the Colleges 50th anniversary. Her magnificent painting, entitled
The Heart Beats On, was unveiled at the opening presentation by this years Foundation Scholar, Heidi Hermawan, and Richard Gray, the first student
ever to register at Schoolcraft. According to Professor Olson, the painting represents the essence of the [Schoolcraft] community in the expressions of
eight imaginary individuals [] connected by the heartbeat of the College which has been beating for 50 magnificent years. The painting will be stored
until a suitable display space is found.
The Heart Beats On - Professor Sarah Olson
1961 - Founded as Northwest Wayne
County Community College
1963 - Name changed to Schoolcraft
College
1963 - 447 students apply for admission
1964 - Bell Tower built
1964 - The College opens with 1990
students
1966 - Culinary Arts Program
established, the first Michigan
Community College to do so
1970 - Physical Education Building
opened
1978 - Computers are installed
1985 - Florence Information
and Service Center moves
permanently to Radcliff
1988 - The Police Academy is
established
1995 - Schoolcraft pays
off its three million dollar
bond, making it one of four
Community Colleges in
Michigan to be debt-free
1995 - McDowell Center
opens
2008 - Biomedical
Technology Center
opens
2011 - Public Safety
training complex
opens
Page layout and design by Brian Camilleri
Photos by Mandy Getschman
October 26, 2011
19
In 1986, a time capsule was sealed by then president Dr. Richard McDowell
in honor of Schoolcrafts 25th anniversary. On Saturday night, that very
capsule was opened by Dr. McDowell and Dr. Jeffress during the opening
presentation. McDowell noted humorously, It is a rare opportunity
not only to fill one of these, but be around to open them. You
participated in many ceremonies in which there have been
time capsules loaded with various memorabilia to tell future
generations what were all about and were still here with the
future generations!
The capsule contained an Associates degree, a menu from the
Colleges restaurant (featuring a cup of soup for 75 cents and a
lamb chop dinner that would set you back a whole $6.25), a disk
operating manual for a IBM computer, and a newspaper from Oct.
24, 1986, with a headline reading Ford sets a profit record and
Chryslers net slips 26%. Oh how times have changed.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary, a new capsule was sealed
by Dr. Jeffress and Dr. McDowell on Monday, Oct. 24. This new
capsule, set to be opened in 2061, contains a copy of all the schools
publications, including issues of the Schoolcraft Connection,
the Right Angle and the MacGuffin, a savings bond,
a package of stamps, a graphing calculator, a
Transition Center video, a banquet menu from
the Colleges restaurant and a variety of other
interesting items. The capsule will be stored
in the Archives after it undergoes chemical
treatment to keep away the yellowing pages and
insects.
Time capsules are a way of having people
remember points in time, said Dr. Jeffress after the
ceremony, In 2016, [people] can look back and laugh
at what we thought was important.
By Jonathan King
Editor in Chief
Dr. Jeffress (left) and Dr. McDowell (right) take a glimpse at the
past before sealing away the present
Five decades
of academic excellence
Schoolcraft College celebrates 50 years
of progress with a party for the ages
By Jonathan King and Ian Gallagher
Editor in Chief and Managing Editor
Time capsule
Timeline
Looking out at Haggerty Road here in 1961, that stretch of Haggerty Road was quiet.
[] I-275 was still 15 years away and the ground beneath our feet was farmland, said
Dr. Conway Jeffress, President of Schoolcraft College, musing on the origin of our great
institution. But a citizens group was hard at work on a plan that would transform this
location and Michigans higher education landscape. On the 24th of October, 1961, 72
percent of voters said yes on creating a community college in Wayne County. Now, in
2011, Schoolcraft is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence and innovation.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, students, faculty, alumni, dignitaries and friends of Schoolcraft
gathered together to celebrate this historic milestone and to enjoy a night of food and
festivities. For one evening the SC campus was the hot place to be, as a collection of well-
dressed ladies and gentlemen rubbed elbows at Schoolcrafts 50th Anniversary Gala.
The VisTaTech center was decked-out in gorgeous festive decor. Chefs
stood at the ready as the eager crowd descended down on numerous
hors doeuvres. People relaxed on sleek white couches, enjoying the
samplings from the autumn cheese table. Every table going down
the long main hall of VisTaTech held a custom ice sculpture
featuring each of Schoolcrafts logos throughout the years.
The DiPonio room was hardly recognizable, with elaborate
candelabras gracing nearly every table. It was truly a sight to
witness.
There were several events to complement the
extravagant decor and delectable culinary offerings.
One major attraction was the
interactive Historical Exhibit Hall,
with presentations highlighting
the academic and extracurricular
programs of the College. The
centerpiece was a photo/video exhibit highlighting
each decade from the 60s to the 00s. There was
also a special video presentation entitled It Started
With a Cornfield, chronicling the history of the
College.
The whole event was set to a soundtrack of
wonderful performances by the Schoolcraft
Jazz Improvisation Combo, the Schoolcraft
Synthesizer Ensemble and special guest
band Fifty Amp Fuse. As counselor
Stuart Baker a.k.a. Mr. Schoolcraft
noted, I
remember
on the 25th
anniversary
we had
cake and
coffee.
Well,
this event
certainly took
things up a notch, and
will likely be remembered
for years to come. Heres to 50
more years of progress!
Quotes
from the night

Schoolcraft is dedicated to providing opportunities


for students that will transform their lives. The College
transformed me by providing lifetime career satisfaction.

- Stuart Baker, aka Mr. Schoolcraft


We offer instructional programs and teaching


technologies that go far beyond the dreams of the people
who originally conceived the College. We have partnerships
that have stood the test of time. [] And we have a learning
environment that represents the highest standards of quality
and innovation.

- Dr. Conway Jeffress, Schoolcraft President

Just to think of the thousand of students who profited


because of attending the College is mind-boggling. I am
sure that you will remain a thriving and highly regarded
institution.


- Dr. C. Nelson Grote, Schoolcrafts president from
1971 to 1981

On behalf of Governor Snyder and my legislative


colleagues, [] its my honor to speak on all of their behalf
and say to Schoolcraft College, congratulations on 50 years.
[] Its rare to see something that is universally regarded
[] and Im proud to tell you that community colleges in our
state are regarded in that way, at the highest of all the things
that we do. Walsh added, Theres much to celebrate here at
Schoolcraft. [] What makes Schoolcraft a great place is that
all students are treated equally, and given every opportunity
to succeed and many do. [] Its a
great place where learning simply
doesnt occur, but lives are
transformed.

- John Walsh, Speaker Pro


Tempore and 19th District
State Representative
Art Professor Sarah Olson was commissioned to create a special artwork in honor of the Colleges 50th anniversary. Her magnificent painting, entitled
The Heart Beats On, was unveiled at the opening presentation by this years Foundation Scholar, Heidi Hermawan, and Richard Gray, the first student
ever to register at Schoolcraft. According to Professor Olson, the painting represents the essence of the [Schoolcraft] community in the expressions of
eight imaginary individuals [] connected by the heartbeat of the College which has been beating for 50 magnificent years. The painting will be stored
until a suitable display space is found.
The Heart Beats On - Professor Sarah Olson
1961 - Founded as Northwest Wayne
County Community College
1963 - Name changed to Schoolcraft
College
1963 - 447 students apply for admission
1964 - Bell Tower built
1964 - The College opens with 1990
students
1966 - Culinary Arts Program
established, the first Michigan
Community College to do so
1970 - Physical Education Building
opened
1978 - Computers are installed
1985 - Florence Information
and Service Center moves
permanently to Radcliff
1988 - The Police Academy is
established
1995 - Schoolcraft pays
off its three million dollar
bond, making it one of four
Community Colleges in
Michigan to be debt-free
1995 - McDowell Center
opens
2008 - Biomedical
Technology Center
opens
2011 - Public Safety
training complex
opens
Page layout and design by Brian Camilleri
Photos by Mandy Getschman
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ntertainment
October 26, 2011
the Schoolcraft connection
By Ian Mark
Staff Writer
It came from the cold
From prequels to remakes, it seems as if the 80s
movies are not being left in the 80s anymore. But
can we blame them? Who doesnt want to go back
to the era of hair metal and The Goonies? The
Thing details the grisly demise of a research team
in Antarctica who discover an alien that can eat,
absorb and perfectly replicate its victims. The film is
technically a prequel to John Carpenters 1982 sci-fi/
horror film of the same title. While certainly not
on the same level as the original cult classic, The
Thing is still satisfyingly creepy.
The film, as a prequel, takes an odd approach to
fleshing out the backstory of the 80s original. The
plot is almost exactly like Carpenters version, with
the exception of the ending. Just like its predecessor,
the plot of The Thing centers around the charac-
ters figuring out who is human and who isnt. Its
punctuated by intensely violent body horror scenes
as a seemingly innocent Norwegian turns into a
monster to devour somebody. The clich scientist
who demands to study the killer alien surfaces, but
thankfully doesnt plague too much of the movie.
Unfortunately, the plot is so close to the Carpenters
version that this one seems stale and uninspired.
Some scenes are directly ripped out of the old
classic, like the scene where the research team
stands around the burning remains of one of those
things and discuss that someone might not be who
they seem.
Carbon copy plot aside, the film itself still has
merit in the way of chills and thrills. The creepy
atmosphere is wonderful and the tension between
the characters is fantastic. While Mary Elizabeth
Winstead is no Kurt Russel, her performance is fine
for the movie. There are plenty of jump-out-of-your
seat moments and enough intrigue to keep you
interested throughout the entire film. The special
effects look incredible compared to those from the
1982 version, and the transformation scenes are just
as gross, over-the-top and violent as any fan could
hope for. The desolate, frozen landscape also adds to
the mood wonderfully.
Unfortunately, the movie fizzles out with a medio-
cre ending. The surviving members of the team
encounter the thing in an unusual setting that
makes for a bizarre and largely unexplained climax.
There is at least one legitimately surprising twist,
which is refreshing after a gen-
erally predictable movie. The
film does a decent job of tying in
with the 1982 film, but leaves a
lot of plot holes and ambiguities
in doing so.
All in all, though the movie
seems more like an updated
version of Carpenters film than
a true prequel, it is still a fun
thrill ride. Its not better than
the cult classic we all know and
love, but it is at least good for a
decent scare. If nothing else, it
is something to hold horror fans
over until Paranormal Activity
3 comes out.
Whats the
Compiled By
Leah Esslinger
Staff Writer
Insane Clown Posse
Wicked and dangerous, the Insane
Clown Posse has been scaring the stuff-
ing out of audiences since 1985. Springing
up in inner city Detroit amidst broken
homes, wrestling dreams, gang violence
and trouble with the law, the Posse was
inspired to write and preform horror-
themed hip-hop lyrics. At first they
had a cult following, but they finally hit
mainstream in 1998 with the album The
Amazing Jeckel Brothers, which included
performances by Snoop Dog, and Ol Dirty
Bastard. Never far from controversy, this
band is dedicated to theatrics, promising a
disturbing performance that will make the
Saw movies seem like childs play. Check
them out on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m., and discover
new reasons to be freaked out by clowns.
They play the Fillmore in Detroit, with
tickets ranging from $35-$47.
Indigo Girls
Inspired by the likes of Tracy Chapman
and 10,000 Maniacs, the Indigo Girls were
one of the pioneers for womens folk music.
Launching their careers in the mid-80s
among scantily clad disco divas was no
easy task, but these ladies dove in with a
grit that would come to define their career.
Best known for their songs Shame on
You and Galileo, they paved the way for
the angry chick rockers that the early- to
mid-90s became known for. Since the 90s
the Indigo girls have founded their own
record company, IG Records, where they
still continue to produce their own music.
They are set to play the Fillmore on Nov. 5
at 7:30 p.m., with tickets from $30-$50. Go
along and get your 90s on!
David Sedaris
Satirist David Sedaris makes his way
to Detroit on October 25. Often blending
humor with wistfulness, Sedaris offers
powerful observations on the human
experience. His books include Me Talk
Pretty One Day, Holidays On Ice and
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and
Denim, and draw upon cultural norms,
as well as familial anecdotes, making his
work both personal and widely relatable.
His self-deprecating humor makes his
intellectual prowess accessible, and his
checkered past (which includes drug use,
questionable job choices and all-around
poor personal decisions) make his rise to
the top applaudable. Sedaris has received
many accolades, including a Grammy, the
Thurber Prize for American Humor and
he was named Humorist of the Year by
Time magazine.
Sedaris will be at the Detroit Opera
House, on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
range from $30 to $46.
Aerial Angels Ghost Circus
Having traveled across the globe, the
Aerial Angels will be preforming at the
Detroit Institute of Arts, promising
feats that will astound you. This diverse,
mostly female troupe has been trained
in acting, dance, elite trampoline and
figure skating. Known for their pyrotech-
nics, they have trained with the Moscow
Circus, Circus Puerto Rico and Cirque du
Soliel. They began touring renaissance
fairs in the U.S. and Canada in 2003.
Recalling the grotesque of yore, the Aerial
Angels will perform feats of daring and
grace in honor of Halloween on October
28, at 7 p.m., with an encore show at 8
p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for
college students with a valid ID. And
of course, Henry the Horse dances the
waltz!
This remake is "The Thing" to watch
Zooey shines on latest sitcom
By Heather Earnley
Staff Writer
The New Girl, starring beloved IT girl
actress Zooey Deschanel is officially a hit.
Fans of the show can rest easy because Fox
recently extended the run of the show
by ordering new episodes to bring the
expected season total to 24. Some new
shows need as much as two months
before a network will give the green
light, so this was a great sign for the
adorable new series.
The show is centered on Jess
(Deschanel), a girl who upon return-
ing early from a vacation came
home to find her boyfriend cheat-
ing on her. Trying to get back on
her feet, she moves in with three
strangers in an amazing loft. The
living space itself is a great setting.
As a television gimmick, many of
the best shows involve iconic apart-
ments (Friends, Frasier, Seinfeld) so
its not a surprising move for The
New Girl to follow. Jess found the
apartment through Craigslist and
the three roommates are three men
from various walks of life.
Jess is quirky and cute. She has
a (sometimes annoying) ten-
dency to sing about almost
everything and is dorky and
awkward. However, she is
also super cute with a big
heart. With her indie darling
status in Hollywood and her
role as part of the indie singing
duo She & Him, Deschanel is a
perfect fit. She is very believ-
able and her character is the
right amount of zany while still feeling
authentic. Jess wins over the three room-
mates quickly, although they are not always
sure what to think about her. Of the three room-
mates, Nick (Jake Johnson) is the most stable
of the group and is the one that gives the most
grounded advice. He is also bouncing back from
a break up, although his previous relationship
that is not quite recent. He is a bartender that
has a slightly weary attitude but is still sweet and
thoughtful.
Then there is Schmidt (played by Max
Greenfield). He is the bouncy, friendly one that
provides the comic relief. He is also the one who
is the biggest contributor to the apartments
Douchebag Jar (when a roomie says something
stupid or sounds like a jerk, they have to throw
a dollar in the jar). Wilson (Lamorne Morris)
rounds out the trio. He is the former roommate
returning from a pro basketball career in Latvia
and his character is the least developed. (The
original character, Coach, was Daman Wayans
Jr., but he had to leave the series after the pilot
because the previous series that he was under
contract for was renewed.) Another reoccurring
character is that of Cece (Hannah Simone), a
friend of Jess who also is a voice of reason in the
midst of the chaos.
As with any television show, it takes a few
weeks for the actors to gain their momentum
and to gel as an ensemble. Sometimes character
quirks need time to figure themselves out. The
New Girl has a good cast, interesting chemis-
try and some decent writing. In the first three
episodes, not everything hit the mark but there
were more than a few moments of brilliance and,
if they keep it up, good balance is sure to follow.
It will be interesting to see where they take this
show. The five characters together make a good
team and they have a sincere relationship thats
not ironic or forced. It is nice to see a group of
friends who genuinely care about each other and
who have each others back. Especially in their
awesome loft.
October 24, 2011
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It is that time again, where
the little children ring the door
bell and ask for candy. The
leaves begin to fall, and the
colors change to a festive orange
and yellow. The familiar old
spooky feeling begins to set in.
Yes, it is Halloween again and
the best way to share that fear is
through an autumn movie.
Its The Great Pumpkin
Charlie Brown
During the sixties Charles
Schultz, the creator of the
Peanuts gang, had a vision to
bring his creation to televi-
sion. Charlie Browns very first
animated adventure was A
Charlie Brown Christmas and
it was an enormous success.
Obviously, Schultz continued
and went on to create more TV
gold, one being, Its the Great
Pumpkin Charlie Brown. The
Peanuts Gang reunites to get
ready for Halloween and for
the first time Charlie Brown
is invited to party. However,
Charlie Browns friend, Linus,
has plans. He plans go to the
pumpkin patch and wait for
a magical being similar to
Santa Clause named the Great
Pumpkin.
The Great Pumpkin has
everything a Peanuts fans
loves. The cute and precious
characters are still there with
all the witty dialogue and
antics in this classic animated
feature. And, of course, Charlie
once again tries to kick the
football from Lucy with no
success, Linus still will not
give up his beloved blanket and
Snoopy soars off into battle
against the villainous Bloody
Red Baron. It is a simple and
wholesome cartoon from our
childhoods. It is great for kids
and adults alike which is one of
the reasons Peanuts is so won-
derful.
Trick R Treat
Today, most fall horror
films tend to stay along the
lines of two types of movies: a
remake or a sequel. Examples
include Funny Games, Final
Destination 5 and Torture
porn. There are some based
more around gore, blood and
shock value like Hostel and
the Saw series. Trick R Treat
does not fall under either cat-
egory, and instead creates a
new form of horror. The movie
has five connected stories that
all occur on the same block on
Halloween night. One couple
finds out what happens when
they take down their decora-
tions down early. Dylan Baker,
the same actor who plays Dr.
Connor in the Spiderman series,
plays a high school principal
who is secretly a serial killer.
Another story follows a group
of teenagers as their prank
goes wrong. A nave college girl
meets the man of her dreams
and finally an eccentric old man
gets a special visit from a hor-
rifying trick-or-treater.
Every year horror movies
are released and most of
them are forgotten. It is sad
when a direct to video is able
to surpass a theatrical film.
Trick R Treat can attribute
its success to two things: First
it actually achieves the goal of
being scary, suspenseful and
creepy. Secondly it is able to
capture the Halloween spirit,
which has not been achieved
since 1978 in John Carpenters
Halloween. The movie plays
out like ghost stories being
shared around a camp fire or
an episode of Are You Afraid of
The Dark. It gives way to one
scary twist after another and
sets an overall mood of being
eerie. This movie will give
anyone nightmares.
Fright Night
There was a time when vam-
pires were actually frighten-
ing and simply mentioning
Dracula struck fear into the
hearts many. Today, however,
vampires have become peace-
loving hippies that have to
ability to walk during the day. It
is best for everyone remember
the true nature of vampires with
the 80s classic Fright Night.
This film is about Charley
Brewster (played by William
Ragsdale) who discovers that his
next door neighbor is a vampire.
Obviously, everyone dismisses
Brewster but things change after
his girlfriend Amy (Amanda
Bearse, Married with Children)
is kidnapped. The only person
who is willing to help is Peter
Vincent, (Roddy McDowall,
Planet of the Apes) a washed up
actor who hosts Charleys favor-
ite show Fright Night.
Many vampire flicks are set
during the Victorian era. Fright
Night is different as it takes
place in the, then, present and
sheds new light to the mythol-
ogy. As it unfolds, the film
never forgets the past, giving
homage to the classic horror
films from Universal and
Hammer series. It also kept the
mythology, the classic guide-
lines still apply to vampires,
for instance they cannot cast
a reflection and are still afraid
of crosses. The movie marries
horror and humor perfectly
and the ending special effects
are amazing. It is nice to see a
vampire movie stay true to the
origins, but to bring the legend
into more modern
times.
Werewolves on Wheels
Trailer: If you only see one
werewolf biker film this year,
make sure is Werewolves on
Wheels.
Grindhouse was a type of
theatre that was very success-
ful, from the late 60s to the
early 80s. It was mainly popular
to the drive-in theatres, which
also showed badly dubbed
foreign films and low budget
horror films. Many of the films
were ridiculous, but none like
Werewolves on Wheels. The
story details a biker gangs visit
to monastery, where the monks
worship Satan. After the monks
attempt to use a girl from their
group in a sacrifice, the bikers
destroy the monastery. However,
it is the monks who get the last
laugh, as the bikers slowly morph
into werewolves on wheel.
With a title like Werewolves
on Wheels it is doomed to fail.
It is one of those movies that are
so bad that it is good, and it is a
great movie watch with friends
and poke fun at after. The
special effects look cheap and
it looks like a five year old did
the makeup. The cinematogra-
phy feels like it was filmed by
a drunken man. The dialogue
has no substance as the bikers
pretty much say dude and far
out in every sentence. The best
part about this movie is the
director decided to actual bikers
with no acting experience.
B-movies are just fun to watch,
and every mishap is noticeable
and pure comedic gold.
The Halloween Edition
By Todd Walsh
Staff Writer
Friday night rental
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Staff Writer
By Dominique Bertrand
Staff Writer
By Todd Walsh
Staff Writer
By Dominique Bertrand
Staff Writer
Gungor
Ghosts Upon the Earth
Genre: Contemporary Christian
Trying to fit Gungor inside a box
labeled genre is proving to be a diffi-
cult feat. While listening to their newest
album, the words folk and alternative
come to mind. While they are Christians
they do not like to be known for being
Christian band, but more liturgical
post rock. They have rocked it out
with electric guitars all the way down
to acoustic, violins, pianos and a lot of
ambient sounds.
Do not expect to hear them on the
radio and they dont expect to hear them-
selves there either. That is the beauty
of their music not trying to conform
to what an industry may want them to
sound like all packaged and labeled.
Gungor are self proclaimed risk takers.
They are breaking a new barrier of what
people perceive worship music to be.
Before you dismiss this album based
on what genre or type of music they
are, this CD deserves a chance. Gungor
takes you on a journey with lyrical
artistry and intense and at times
even dark instrumentation. It dem-
onstrates not only the beauty in life but
the frailty that we sometimes fail to see.
At the beginning of this CD you find,
Let There Be, a song with few lyrics
but poetically hitting the message
home. Wake Up Sleeper closes the CD
out as a love song.
Ghosts Upon the Earth was
released this past September and the
title was inspired by C.S. Lewiss The
Great Divorce. This album is a follow
up from their hit album, Beautiful
Things, which was nominated for
several Grammys. Formerly known as
the Michael Gungor Band, they short-
ened their name to Gungor. The bands
namesake is a married duo. Heading it
up, Michael Gungor, who also wrote or
co-wrote all of the songs and produced
the album, and Lisa Gungor.
While they have been working out
of Denver, they tour all over from
Washington to New York and Michigan
to Texas. If you were interested in expe-
riencing Gungor live you can find them
on the web at: gungormusic.com. You
can also follow them on Facebook and
Twitter as well as YouTube and Flickr.
The Bottom Line:
Though the band comes from a
Christian music background, listen-
ers wont find church anthems on
this offering. While the music comes
from religious inspiration, the result
is straight-up music entertainment.
Regardless of your spiritual affiliation,
this album is worth a listen.
J. Cole
Cole World: The Sideline Story
Genre: Hip-Hop
Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better
known as J. Cole, is one of hip-hops
up-and-coming rappers and produc-
ers. The North Carolina native was
the first artist signed to Jay-Zs label
Roc Nation in 2009. The artist has
had several popular mixtapes includ-
ing his most famous, The Warm Up,
which debuted in June of 2009. He
has also been featured on songs from
top urban artists such as Drake, Trey
Songz, Wale, and Jay-Z. These were all
big accomplishments for the southern
rhyme slinger but his greatest accom-
plishment so far was his debut album
entitled Cole World: The Sideline
Story, which was released on Sept. 27.
The album debuted at number 1 on
the Billboards Top 200 chart with
218,000 units sold in its first week.
Hip-hops newest face is becoming
highly recognized for his great pro-
duction skills. Of the 16 tracks on the
album, Cole produced 12. The album
also has production from Brian Kidd,
No I.D. and L&X Music. The artistic
creation also includes a live orchestra
and musical sections arranged and
produced by Larrance Dopson. J. Coles
rap mentor Jay-Z did not contribute
to any production on the album but
he had a large influence on it. The
rap legend helped J. Cole to mold his
style and often reminds the newcomer
to stay on his path and do not follow
hip-hop trends.
Overall the album is a breath of
fresh air for hip-hop. This album
does not follow the usual style of rap
albums where all you hear about is
drugs, sex and money. J. Cole is dis-
cussing things that arise in his life. His
lyrics are creative but a relatable, and
you can feel the pain in his words even
if you havent gone through exact same
experiences.
The melodies and hooks are
uniquely put together which will have
you wondering what the next song
might bring you. Cole World: The
Sideline Story is a great buy for people
who are looking for a new sound in
their collection of music. If J. Cole con-
tinues on the path he is currently on,
he could end up being one of the best
rappers to come into hip-hop.
The Bottom Line:
Cole World is not the typical
album that you would expect from a
rapper. This debut record is creative
and catchy, with a great delivery that
will leave you wanting more.
Lil Wayne
Tha Carter IV
Genre: Hip-Hop
Dwayne Michael Carter aka Lil
Wayne has just released his ninth
studio album entitled Tha Carter
IV. This album was one of the most
highly anticipated releases of the
year. Lil Wayne released his previous
album in the series, Tha Carter III,
in 2008. The album sold 1,005,545
copies in its first week of sales in the
United States and produced three
top ten singles in the United States.
Waynes last in-studio production
was a rock-themed album, but for this
record, he went back to his hip-hop
roots. Following its heavily delayed
release, The Carter IV was released
to digital retailers at midnight on
August 28, following Waynes sched-
uled performance at the MTV Video
Music Awards.
Tha Carter IV is currently
number three on the Billboard Top
200 Albums list, number one on
Billboards R&B/Hip-Hop list, number
three in digital sales, and the singles
from the album have made numer-
ous hip-hop charts. The albums
first single, 6 Foot 7 Foot featuring
Corey Gunz, was one of the summers
biggest hits and is still number 32 on
Billboards top selling ringtone list.
More hit songs on the album include
John featuring Rick Ross, She Will
featuring Drake and How to Love
which is already a very popular ring-
tone.
The album reestablishes Lil Wayne
as one of the best rappers working
today. His delivery of metaphors
is outstanding. This is the perfect
album to bring back any fans who
thought Lil Wayne had fallen off
after his recent change in style. Tha
Carter IV marks a return to classic
Wayne, and hes never sounded better.
The quality of work that he put
in on this album is fantastic. Fans
are likely to enjoy everything from
the harmonies and melodic depth
of How to Love to the gritty street
sound in 6 Foot 7 Foot. The great
beats backing each track are just the
icing on the cake. If youre a fan of Lil
Wayne, or just hip-hop in general,
Tha Carter IV comes highly recom-
mended.
The Bottom Line:
Fans of Lil Wayne will not be dis-
appointed by this latest release by
one of raps biggest names. Pick up
Tha Carter IV you wont be disap-
pointed.
Seth MacFarlane
Music Is Better Than Words
Genre: Swing/Big band
There was a time when the big
band sound ruled the air waves and
Frank Sinatra was a god amongst men.
As time went on that style of music
slowly disappeared. The need for big
bands were lost and Sinatra was simply
written down in history instead of on
the Billboard Charts. All seemed lost
until unlikely hero Seth MacFarlane,
creator of Family Guy and American
Dad! appeared with his new album
Music is Better than Words.
Seth MacFarlane is known to many
for his unique humor and voiceover
work, but after listening to this album
it is obvious that he is more than a
mere animator. He is an honest to
goodness vocalist. Music is Better
than Words has nothing to do with
Family Guy and is no joke. It is a
tribute album to the golden age of
big bands, featuring a selection of old
Broadway and movie show tunes with
a little added swing.
MacFarlane took the time to make
the album sound like an old swing
album and the result is actually pretty
incredible. He actually recorded in the
same sound booth and with the same
microphone as Sinatra. His voice is
amazing and very similar to the old
swingers from back in the day. It fits
perfectly to the song choices and just
sounds beautiful.
It is nice that Seth did not use the
same songs as his idols like Come Fly
with Me or New York, New York
everyone has heard those songs a
thousand times before. However, the
majority of songs he did choose are
just bad and easily forgotten. Theres a
reason few people have covered these
songs. Luckily, there are some great
treasures on the album. The best track
is The Sadder But Wiser Girl, a cover
from The Music Man. It has every-
thing a pop swing tune needs and it
makes you want to get up and dance
around the room. Anybody Spring
is a timeless song and it plays just like
Sinatras version. Seth Macfarlane has
many talents as an animator, story-
teller and comedian, and now he can
add professional singer to his resume.
The Bottom Line:
Music is Better Than Words is
a decent tribute album and Seth
Macfarlanes singing chops will sur-
prise everyone. While the majority
of songs are poorly chosen, there are
some true gems that make this worth
a listen.
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Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots, the movie
By Tierney Smith
Staff Writer
"Dracula" heads to Schoolcraft just in time for Halloween
By Alyson Dolan
Arts & Entertainment Editor
A classic reborn
One of the oldest villains in story-
book history is Count Dracula, who
is a bloodthirsty aristocratic social-
ite. There have been many interpre-
tations of Draculas story, and one
in particular will be brought to life
in the Schoolcraft College theater
by Professor Hartman and his cast.
The cast will be performing it, very
appropriately, the weekend before
Halloween.
Hamilton Deane and John L.
Balderstons version will be per-
formed by a cast of eight people with
several understudies. It is written in
a classic manner with an air of sus-
pense. According to Michelle Danaj,
who plays the maid Mrs. Wells, The
story itself is gripping. It ll keep
you sitting in suspense the whole
time the story unfolds. The story
follows Lucy Seward after she takes
ill from a mysterious disease which
leaves her father, a doctor for his
mental hospital, stumped. Dr. Van
Helsing is brought in and believes
that Lucy has been attacked by a
vampire, so the search begins to find
the unnatural creature that plagues
their town.
Its a good show. It has intrigue,
mystery and horror. What surprised
me the most was the spiritual under-
current to Dracula some of the
characters are trying to actually save
souls. I really like everyone and we
have established a good rapport,
said Rebecca Himm. Himm plays
the female lead Lucy Seward in the
show. Everyone seems to be very
enthused and excited to perform
Dracula. There are sure to be some
surprises in store.
Kristen Campbell, who is the
understudy for the female parts, had
this to say, Well I sit and watch the
show three days a week and its still
interesting. It is a show that never
gets boring. It keeps you intrigued
from the very opening of the doors
to the very moment the show ends.
The cast seems to have a close
bond and Scott Dreaver, who plays
Dracula, believes they work well
with each other, stating, Our cast
has varying levels of experience in
theater but Hartman ties everyone
together perfectly. Thomas Peck,
the understudy to Renfield, said of
his fellow cast members, They way
the actors bring the characters to
life seems so realistic.
Tickets for the show are selling
quicky, and have been since they
went on sale in late August. The
show opens the weekend before
Halloween, with a dinner theater
performance on Oct. 28. The dinner
starts at 6:30 p.m. in the DiPonio
Room, with the production follow-
ing after at 8 p.m. The tickets for
the dinner and performance are $24
and that runs from the weekend of
Oct. 28 to weekend of Nov. 5. The
following weekend is the closing of
the show with just a theater showing
starting at 8 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 12.
Tickets are on sale at the campus
bookstore and space is limited.
Tickets will not be available at the
door.
If you are looking for a perfect way
to start your Halloween weekend or
to close out the Halloween season
then get your tickets to attend the
Schoolcraft College theater produc-
tion of Hamilton Deane and John L.
Balderstons Dracula. You will be in
for a thrill ride of mystery, suspense
and awe.
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If you are a fan of the Rocky
series and Rockem Sockem
Robots, then Real Steel is a movie
tailored to you. Its an inspirational
movie meant to make the audi-
ence feel good through a little bit of
action and a dash of romance. The
selection of Hugh Jackman and his
co-star Dakota Goyo for the lead
roles was a savvy move. Both actors
take seemingly flat characters and
add a pleasant level of depth to
what at first glance might seem like
a one-dimensional storyline.
Real Steel, written by John Gatins
(known for feel-good flicks like
Dreamer and Coach Carter)
and directed by Shawn Levy (both
Night at the Museum movies and
Date Night), was actually filmed
in around the Detroit area and
other parts Michigan. The match
fights were shot at the Detroit Zoo,
Belle Isle Zoo and the Highland
Park Ford Plant. The Ingram
County court house and the Detroit
Firehouse headquarters were also
backdrops for main scenes in the
movie. This film, unlike so many
others shot in Michigan, showed
the grittier parts of Detroit rather
than hiding the character that is
still there. The city of Detroit isnt
all that is caught on film however as
select rural areas of Michigan were
featured as well.
Jackmans character, Charlie
Kenton, is a former boxer who is
down on his luck. He is in debt
with little hope for money and cant
win any robot boxing matches. He
then finds himself in a custody
battle over his son Max, played
by Goyo. Kenton decides to give
up his custody over his son Max
which upsets the boy. However
he does agree to take his son for
the summer when they bond over
training a robot to box. Max finds
a robot named ATOM who can do
more than the average robot from
his generation can do. The way
that Max Kenton interacts with
ATOM the robot, is like watching
Warner Brothers Iron Giant all
over again. Max is determined to
train and eventually promote fights
for the robot even though his dad,
Charlie, tries to convince him oth-
erwise. Charlie and Max continue
to fight in amateur matches until
they are made an offer to fight in a
legitimate league with the support
of Evangeline Lillys character, Baily.
After winning the fight against
a double-headed robot (named
Twin Cities), Max challenges the
owners of Zeus, the current robot
champion who is undefeated, to a
match. Before the fight, Charlie is
confronted by some goons hoping
to settle and old debit. After real-
izing the danger in his lifestyle he
decides to send Max back to the
safety of his Aunt Debra, played by
actress Hope Davis. After realizing
his love for his son and his respon-
sibility as a parent, Kenton asks
permission to take his son for just
one more night. Aunt Debra gives
her consent, so he then takes Max
to the robot boxing match, ATOM
vs. Zeus. In an epic fight scene, Zeus
and ATOM square off with the
help of Charlie and Max, and they
give their opponents a run for their
money.
Walking out of the theater, audi-
ences seemed pleased with the epic
fight scenes and the inspirational
ending. The music could have had
more variety of metal and rap. The
songs by Eminem were matched
perfectly to the scenes they were
featured in. The soundtrack is
packed with potent music from
Beastie Boys to Foo Fighters to
Prodigy and Tom Morello.
Its not Rocky, and the sen-
timentality might not work for
everyone, but Real Steel is a worthy
Saturday afternoon time-killer.
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It's time to get scared
By Todd Walsh
Staff Writer
Night Terrors
5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
734-390-9206
Another fantastic place to visit is Night
Terrors: a haunted thrill park with six
frightening attractions. The Asylum, The
Haunted Barn, Alien Cage Clowns and
the Mined Shaft are your typical haunted
attractions but with their own unique
twists and elaborate stories. Just like Hell
Survivors, there is also hayride called The
Hayride of the Lost, where people go to find
Pete who died in hayride accident. Then
there is the Labyrinth which is a haunted
corn maze. It is 89 acres of pure terror.
Corn mazes are already challenging to get
through, so imagine trying to get through
it with creatures lurking around every
corner. Each event cost 16 dollars or people
can spend 32 dollars for all six attractions.
If youre not into being frightened, you can
go to Wiards Bakery and buy cider, donuts
and caramel apples. Some nights there is
also live music. For more information, go to
hauntedhousemichigan.com.
Erebus
18 South Perry St., Pontiac
248-332-7884
If the above attractions arent jump-out-of-
your-skin horrifying enough, then head down
to Pontiac for the Erebus. It is not your typical
haunted house. This monolith of fright is four
stories high, with Hollywood special effects,
makeup and nightmares around every turn. This
place is amazing and last year it was voted best
haunted attraction by Real Detroit Newspaper
and Detroit Channel 4. It has been featured
on the Travel Channel and holds the record for
largest haunted house, so you wont find a larger
factory of terror. Nightmares have their price
too, so admittance is 23 dollars a person but it is
worth it for the most terrifying night of your life.
Visit hauntedpontiac.com to learn more.
Those are a few fun attractions for the
whole family, or just a night out with friends.
It is highly recommended to call in advance
to confirm any date and time changes. For
more ideas, you can also pick up a Fear Finder
Halloween Newspaper or visit fearfinder.com
it has great coupons and is great for looking up
local haunts.
Hell Survivors
619 Pearl Street (D19), Pinckney
734-878-5656
For most of the year, Hell Survivors is
known for paintball. However in October,
when paintball is shut down for the season,
they turn it into a zombie playground where
they have three great haunted events. The
first is the Zombie Shoot: an interactive
zombie shoot em up. It is like a live action
arcade game zombies appear as targets and
you get points for each one you hit. Killing
zombies is fairly inexpensive, at five dollars
a pop. The second event is the Haunted
Hayride. For ten dollars you can take a ride
through their zombie-fied haunted play-
ground. What sets this hayride apart from
others is the creepy driver and the horrify-
ing announcer. Finally, the newest attrac-
tion this year is the Crazy Castle, where
your fears come to life. Unlike the Hayride
and Zombie Shoot, this event is rated M
which means it is not appropriate for kids.
Whatever your choice, youre sure to get a
good scare at Hell Survivors. You can learn
more at hayridefromhell.com.
Autumn is the time for cider mills, bonfires and trick-or-treating. For many it is also the time to find the scariest haunted attractions around.
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ports
Photos by andrew KieltyKa
Photo by daniel PeaKe
Photos by andrew KieltyKa
ABOVE: Patrick Smith, #12, charges against his worried opponent.
RIGHT: Phillip Strachan, #3, collides in midair with his Jayhawks adversary.
Ryan Lemaster, #2, cruises over a downed Jayhawk player.
By Daniel Peake
Staff Writer
Ocelots poised to strike
Goal by Laster! Goal by
Lobo! Goal by Beason! Yeah
thats basically what Ocelot
fans have heard through
a perfect 18-0 record this
far into the soccer season.
A victory over Jackson
Community College
clinched another MCCAA
championship, the sixth-
consecutive for the mens
program. This was just one
more accolade in a season
highlighted (so far) by being
ranked the top team overall
in the NJCAA poll for all of
Division I mens soccer. The
team also clinched a first
round bye in the Region XII
tournament on Oct. 29-30.
Of course, Schoolcraft
fans are accustomed to
high-caliber soccer teams.
This is the 13
th
title since
1996 for the mens team. The
Ocelots finished last years
campaign with an impres-
sive record of 17-4. However,
will the undefeated record
ensure us Schoolcraft fans
the first NCJAA Region 12
Mens Soccer championship
trophy to nest in a reno-
vated Phys Ed building this
winter?
Ranked number one in
the NCJAA isnt enough for
the Ocelots, the finals are
all or nothing and our guys
are going to have to bring
every bit of talent to ensure
the title of top dogs, in this
case, cats. Often throughout
the season, the Ocelots were
able to simply overwhelm
opponents by outscoring
them by five or six goals. On
Oct. 11, Schoolcraft hosted
the Jefferson Vikings of
Missouri. The Vikings held
an 11-1 record at the time and
were welcomed with a 5-1
mauling at the hands of the
Ocelots. Since the Jefferson
game, the mens team has
played much tighter games
which will only prepare
them for the level of compe-
tition thats ahead.
The impressive 18-0
run this season has come
because of a tremendous
group of athletes who rede-
fine talent. In fact, three of
the Ocelots Tom Nevill,
Ryan Lemasters and Marco
Lobo are ranked 4
th
, 5
th

and 6
th
respectively in the
NJCAA for leading scorers.
Tom Dugette and Scott
Shewfelt rank as the top two
goalkeepers in the division
as well.
The Ocelots are in the
perfect position to win
it all. With the Region 12
playoff bye already secured
before heading into a rivalry
weekend with Cincinnati
State to wrap up the season,
the men can set their eyes
on the next prize: the
Region 12 championship.
If the Ocelots can find a
way to keep their winning
fire burning, then their
success is likely to continue.
Nonetheless, when October
29 does come around, we
will still have to make it past
an old athletic rival of sorts.
Schoolcrafts opponent
in this years semifinals is
no stranger to our Ocelots.
The two-time NCJAA mens
champion winning Owens
Express are indeed a formi-
dable opponent. In fact, in
2007 it was at the hands of
the Express that Schoolcraft
lost in the NJCAA Regional
semifinals. This year the
Express has a 12-6 record,
with one of those losses
handed to them by the able
talent of Schoolcraft. This
matchup is will defiantly
be a challenge but our
undefeated fellas might
be nicknamed the Ocelots,
but theyre playing like the
biggest cat in the athletic
jungle right now.
All in all, this is definitely
something to be excited
about. If youre a soccer fan
or just a Schoolcraft enthu-
siast, its not too late to see
what the fuss is all about.
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By Ehimare Arhebamen
Sports Editor
Saturday, Oct. 29
Kingston Frotenacs
4:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 4
Barrie Colts
7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5
Windsor Spitfires
7:05pm
Upcoming
Plymouth Whalers
home games
In a sports world where teams change
their uniforms more often than Brett Favre
retires, anyone walking into Compuware
Arena would have to think the Plymouth
Whalers had ditched their familiar white
and green threads for a new, attention-
grabbing shade.
Pink. Bright pink.
Of course, for veteran Whalers fans this
signaled the annual return of the Pink
Out! promotion, and a chance to show
some over-the-top spirit for a good cause.
The event is a way for the Whalers organi-
zation to use hockey to raise awareness and
money for Karmanos Cancer Institute. In
the previous three years, Pink Out! has
raised more than $30,000 for this worthy
cause. A week of events ranging from the
Cut-A-Thon at a local hair shop to Whalers
to Waiters at C.J.'s brewery culminated in
an auction for game-worn jerseys following
the Oct. 15 tilt versus the Sarnia Sting.
During the game, Plymouth was able to
stake itself to a 4-2 lead with goals from J.T.
Miller (2 goals) and one each from Jamie
Devane and Mitchell Heard. Before the
Whalers could walk away with the game,
the Sting put in shots of their own with
goals and assists from Nail Yakupov , Alex
Basso, Reid Boucher and Brett Ritchie.
The Whalers took a 4-3 lead into the
second intermission, and it seemed they
might hold on to the game despite being
outshot 14-4 in the third period. In the
waning moments, at 18:49, a redirected
shot was quickly passed to Boucher who
buried the tying goal behind Whaler goal-
tender Scott Wedgewood. Sarnias Anthony
DeAngelo scored on a low shot against the
Wedgewood. It was the only shot of the
overtime period and DeAngelos first in the
OHL.
The only shot scored in overtime was by
DeAngelo. The Sting outshot the Whalers
51-33 in the 5-4 overtime win.
The win was the sixth-in-a-row for the
Sarnia Sting over the Plymouth team. The
Sting were 8-1-0 at sitting atop the West
Division standings heading into an Oct.
20 date with Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
With the loss, the Whalers fell to 4-4-2 on
the season.
Stung by Sting, Whalers
show determination
Going pink
Photos by Mandy GetschMan
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SC volleyball on the rise
Set up for a run
By Connection Staff
Women' s Soccer Championship Regionals
Ready to pounce
Defensive Specialist Kara Kempinsky, #2, of Livonia
Photo by andrew KieltyKa
The Lady Ocelots have made history
as the first ever team to clinch a MCCAA
soccer title with a perfect 6-0 record, 9-0
in Region 12 and 13-1-1 in overall play. They
have locked up the regular season title and
clinched top seed in the Region 12 tourna-
ment in addition to climbing up to #14 in
the NJCAA Division I Soccer poll.
Lady Ocelots are the two words that
every other womens soccer team in Region
12 cant get out of their minds. Who
wouldve thought it, a group of women
from Livonia, Mich. could strike the purest
intimidation in the minds of talented soccer
squads all over the region. Its finals season
and this year the Lady Ocelots are once
again giving opponents something to be
worried about. Last year the lady Ocelots
finished 4
th
in the nation and this year the
fiery passion and talent on the team is as
high as us fans expectations.
Finals begin October 29 and the Lady
Ocelots are going into it boasting an
impressive record. Now its only a question
of whether the team can continue to reach
new heights as the level of competition
increases.
All games are big! In our game, soccer
can be cruel if you underestimate a
team, said Lady Ocelots Coach Deepak
Shivraman. Wise words indeed from Coach
Shivraman, seeing as Schoolcraft will be
going up against teams with dreams of
toppling a nationally-ranked powerhouse.
In last years tournament, Schoolcraft was
knocked out of the race by the Tyler Junior
College Apaches, who are presently ranked
#1 in the nation. Along with the Apaches,
our Lady Ocelots may have to face talented
schools like Paradise Valley Community
College (Ark.), Georgia Perimeter College
(Ga.) and Laramie County Community
College (Wyo.). Yet the Lady Ocelots have
shown us time and time again they are not
the team to be underestimated.
To push the team even further up the
rankings this year, Coach Shivraman made
a few changes to the Lady Ocelot program.
We brought in more skilled players in
certain key positions, looked for strong
work ethic and tougher mental fortitudes,
said Coach Shivraman.
The results are noticeable in the
intense play styles of freshman Lauren
Badalamente, the third-leading scorer in
all of Region 12.
One thing coach Deepak prides the team
on is the fact that, despite many teams
going after young foreign players, all players
on the Ocelots rosters are hometown tal-
ented young women who have a passion
for the game. Maybe itll be that passion
that brings an NJCAA title back home to
Schoolcraft this year.
No matter how far the Lady Ocelots go
this year the support and encouragement
of fans and Schoolcraft students alike will
remain consistent. According to Coach
Shivraman Its all about momentum,
passion from players and lucky bounces.
By Daniel Peake
Staff Writer
With only one game left on
the schedule, the Lady Ocelots
volleyball team is ready to put
the regular season behind
them and dig in to some post-
season play. At 26-10, the Lady
Ocelots have already qualified
for the state and District E
tournaments to be played on
the next two weekends.
To prepare for the postsea-
son, Coach Rod Brumfield
charted out the remaining
practices, games and tourna-
ments for the entire team to
see. Each competition is a
benchmark for the next. In
order to get an invitation to
play in the national tourna-
ment, the Lady Ocelots need to
make the most of their limited
practices. Players nursing
injuries need to rest up and
the team must be firing on all
cylinders when on the floor
during a game. As the level
of competition heightens, the
room for error tightens.
An upcoming game at Mott will mark the end of the
regular season and serve as a tune up for the MCCAA
tournament set to begin on Oct. 28 at Kalamazoo Valley
Community College. Currently, the Lady Ocelots sit in third
place (9-4) in the Eastern Conference and trails St. Clair
County CC by half a game.
Oct. 25
@Mott
7:00 p.m.
MCCAA Tournament
Oct. 28-29
@KVCC
TBA
NJCAA District E
Tournament
Nov. 4-6
@GRCC
TBA
Volleyball
upcoming games
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Set up for a run
Playoff run falls short but 2012 looks promising
Tigers are still big cats in MLB jungle
By Billy Blueturtle
Staff Writer
For many baseball fans, a
season wrapping up on a 15-5
defeat at the hands of the Texas
Rangers with a trip to the
World Series on the line would
be heartbreak-
ing. For the
Detroit
Tigers, a team predicted by only
6 out of 45 ESPN baseball writers
and analysts to even make the
postseason, 2011 proved to be a
truly memorable season high-
lighted by the inspiring pitch-
ing of starter Justin Verlander,
the slam-the-door perfection
of closer Jose Valverde and the
continued slugging excellence of
Miguel Cabrera.
By the way,
the Tigers
managed to win 95 games and
take the American League
Central Division title by 15 games,
the largest differential in any
division in baseball. A team many
considered to be on the downside
suddenly seems a likely favorite
for 2012.
Heading into the offseason,
the Tigers have a few key posi-
tions all but locked up for spring
training. Barring any major
trades and General Manager
Dave Dombrowski is known for
shaking things up in a big way
the Tigers will enter next season
with a solid core of starting
pitching (Verlander, Brad Fister,
Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello),
an intimidating backend of the
bullpen (Joaquin Benoit and
Valverde), plus a diamond-ful
of all-star talent in the field
(Alex Avila, Jhonny Peralta,
Victor Martinez and Cabrera)
in addition to developing talent
in the form of Austin Jackson
and Brennan Boesch. These
players make all of these posi-
tions of strength for the Tigers.
Depending on which players can
be acquired via trade and free
agency, this team could easily
become a powerhouse in the
American League.
Before there can be addi-
tions, there will be subtractions.
Fortunately, as fan-favorite
players exit, so do their bloated
contracts. Carlos Guillen,
Magglio Ordonez and Brad
Penny have all likely played their
final games as Tigers. Thats $26
million off the payroll leaving
Dombrowski a lot of room to
operate when signing players.
Left fielder Delmon Young will
probably receive a raise. The
same for relief pitcher Phil Coke.
That leaves a bullpen slot or
two, the final rotation spot (that
might be filled by a young arm
from the minors) and second
base as the only vacancies on the
roster. And if Dombrowski feels
ambitious, the team can probably
improve upon Brandon Inge at
third base. Owner Mike Ilitch has
already publically vowed to spend
money to keep the team com-
petitive. Thats a green light for
Dombrowski to shop for players
over the Christmas holidays.
So Tiger fans can pack away
their lucky jerseys and baseball
caps for the long cold winter. As
the temperatures drop and rain
turns to blowing snow, Detroit
fans will be kept warm through-
out the offseason by the knowl-
edge that their favorite team
will return in the spring with a
few new faces and much higher
expectations. Considering how
well the 2011 roster performed,
its certain the 2012 Tigers will
hope to repeat and exceed the
standard that has been set.
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By Ehimare Arhebamen
Sports Editor
Michigan State beats up Wolverines
Brother no more
Green and White ran over the Maize and Blue for
the fourth-straight win in the long rivalry between the
University of Michigan and Michigan State University
on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
Coming into the game, Michigan was ranked 11
th
in the
nation while the Spartans were 23
rd
in polls.
The game itself was notable for the gusting winds that
all but eliminated the passing game. With Michigan
quarterback Denard Robinson unable to move the
ball through the air, the suddenly one-dimensional
Wolverine offense was staggered by the stout Spartan
defensive line.
Michigan scored in the first quarter at 8:50 thanks to
Denard Robinsons 15-yard run but MSU closed the gap
with a touchdown of their own at 5:08 with help from
Edwin Baker. Keshawn Martin took a 10-yard pass from
Kirk Cousins giving MSU the lead in the third quarter
at 11:07. Martin then caught another pass for a second
touchdown late in the quarter. Down by two scores,
Michigan managed to get a touchdown at 9:49 from Roy
Roundtree, breathing life back into a one-sided game.
However, on Michigans next possession, the Spartans
pulled down an interception and used the turnover to
put the game away. Spartans Isaiah Lewis scored the
final touchdown at 4:31 making the score 28-14 and
secured the game for Michigan State.
The four-game win streak is the first for the Spartans
over the Wolverines since 1962.
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Zombies
March 21-April 19
Stay optimistic, my undead
friends, for this is a week of great
giving. This week will be filled with
mystery and excitement for you.
Beware to stay alert though for you
never know when someone might
be out to ruin this most sacred of all
weeks.
Vampires
April 20-May 20
The night has come sweet vam-
pires this will be a week of much
enjoyment, for the most delicious
love is out there for the taking.
It will be a most lucky week for
romance, and you will find copious
amounts of rich love in your near
future. So my friends do not be
afraid to go out at night and meet
up with a special someone in a dark
restaurant, or secluded park.
Goblins
May 21-June 20
Although you have felt incredibly
ignored lately, your day is coming
my dear little ones. Your luck has
been down lately and you are feeling
very unfulfilled, but this week, all
of that will change. Your success
will be immeasurable in work or
school, and your luck will change in
love as well. So hold strong, sweet
little grotesque goblins, your day is
coming.
Trolls
June 21-July 22
Although you have been in a dark
and gloomy place lately you will
come into the light soon. Life has
seemed very dark but the light will
melt that away. As a troll you see
that usually the gloom fades into a
dull, melancholy life, but this time it
will be more than that this week. So
cheer up you ugly creature. Life is
bright be merry.
Werewolves
July 23-August 22
You have been rather heated
lately. Remember to keep your anger
in check, fair werewolf. Although
you have felt on edge as of late you
must remember that humans make
mistakes and you must be patient.
Keep your temper.
Siren
August 23-September 22
Youve been in great spirits
lately. Be careful to keep that
energy, while you experience the
tough week ahead. This week will
test your limits, and although you
make feel like screaming in the
middle of a crowded room, hold
your composure. Your patience
and good nature will benefit you
in the end. Remember the beauty
in the world, siren, if nothing
else.
Witches
September 23- October 22
Usually your cunning wit has
always been able to serve you, witch,
but it may be detrimental to you in
the coming week. Be on your tiptoes
this week for many black cats will
be crossing your path. You have
to stay confident in your abilities.
Remember your potions and spells
and you will remain intact with the
coming trials.
Warlocks
October 23-November 21
You may expect to hear great
news in the next week. Perhaps
something with your family
maybe a much need family vacation
or a long-awaited visit from an old
friend. So keep your family and
friends close this week, cunning
warlock, as they could prove to be
an invaluable asset.
Dragons
November 22-December 21
Dragons have a strong thirst for
redemption this week. Something
that has bothered you for a long
while and its time you took care of
it. You confront someone who has
wronged you recently and face a
fear that has plagued you for some
time now. Be strong and confident,
and remember there is a great fire
within you.
Elves
December 22- January 19
You have been feeling a sense
nostalgia for all things passed this
week. Do not dwell, kind elf, on
the things you did not do but be
proud of the things you have accom-
plished. You have done plenty in
your lifetime and you need to let
that shine. Do not think of the glass
as half empty but rather half full.
Mummies
January 20-February 18
You have been feeling under-
appreciated at work lately but that
will all change this week, for you are
about to be recognized in a positive
light. Do not be afraid to walk into
your job with confidence. Also cel-
ebrate with your friends after a job
well done. Stay current with your
skills and try not to get wrapped up
in a monotonous routine.
Ghosts
February 19-March 20
You have seen much transparency
in your friends and acquaintances
lately. Fear not, young ghost. Do not
exhaust yourself with the frivolous
friendships that are more work than
enjoyment. Although you are kind-
hearted and generous remember
that others will take advantage of
that, so tread lightly and stick to
your gut.
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Volume 25 Issue 05 November 7, 2011 Serving the Schoolcraft Community for 25 years
Schoolcraft The
Connection
After seizing the
title of Region 12
champions, the
victorious Ocelots
continue to focus
on protecting
their unblemished
record.
Photos by Mandy Getschman
SC men's soccer
settles an old score
By Mandy Getschman
Layout & Design Editor
On Halloween of 2010,
Schoolcraft College,
ranked 4
th
in the nation,
faced Cincinnati State
Technical & Community
College, then ranked 3
rd
,
in the Region 12 cham-
pionship game. During
that game, Schoolcraft
took a first half lead only
to have the Cincinnati
State Surge score twice
in the second half and
end the Ocelots season.
Cincinnati State would
go on to finish second
overall in the Div. I with a
loss in the national cham-
pionship.
Flash forward to the
present and it was the
Ocelots once again
squaring off with the
Surge in the Region 12
championship game. This
time Schoolcraft came in
ranked #1 in the nation
and perfect at 20-0 in
the regular season while
Cincinnati State boasted
a 16-5 record and a
ranking of #12 nationally.
While Cincinnati State
players were looking for
a return to the national
tournament, the Ocelots
were looking to settle a
year-old score.
During the first half
of play, Schoolcraft goal-
keeper Scott Shewfelt
misplayed a ball in the 37
th

minute leading to an easy
Surge score. It would be
the only mistake Shewfelt
would make.
This team has a lot of
pride and resiliency, said
Ocelot Coach Rick Larson.
Trailing in the second
half, Schoolcraft pressed
the attack. Ocelot players
grew frustrated as their
shots continued to sail
wide of the net. Those that
made it on net were harm-
lessly turned away by the
Surge goalkeeper.
Tension continued to
mount until, in the 61
st

minute, a Cincinnati State
player was red carded and
ejected from the game.
Even with a one-player
advantage, the Surge con-
tinued to foil the Ocelot
attack. The Ocelots finally
pulled even when mid-
fielder Marco Lobo the
lone SC scorer in the 2010
championship game
took a pass from Jonathon
Heslop and tied the game
in the 81
st
minute.
With the game tied and
time winding down, it was
Cincinnati States turn to
feel the pressure of facing
a top-ranked opponent.
Only moments after the
Lobo goal, another Surge
player was hit with a
red card and sent to the
bench. The Ocelots held
a two-man advantage
heading into overtime.
During the first over-
time period, Cincinnati
began to crack under
the strain of a sustained
Ocelot attack as yet
another player was ejected
via a red card. By the
time the second over-
time period started, the
Surge were desperate to
avoid losing. Down three
players, the inevitable
happened when Lobo took
a Brent McIntosh pass
and scored in the fourth
minute of the second over-
time period. Schoolcraft
College won the Region
12 championship 2-1
and avenged their bitter
Halloween defeat from the
year prior.
They take pride in
winning, said Larson.
Schoolcraft College will
advance to the NJCAA
North Central District
finals on Nov. 5.
The script flips
November 7, 2011
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Crisis averted
Clean kilowatts
The story of how Netflix split... and then didn't
Solar Ypsi promotes local renewable energy
By Ramon Razo
News Editor
By Ashi Arora & Ramon Razo
Staff Writer & News Editor
The video rental world was in an
uproar when DVD-by-mail company
Netflix announced it was splitting its
subscription plans, requiring subscrib-
ers to shell out double the money they
used to. Shortly afterward, Netflix
announced that they were splitting
into two different companies which
would require subscribers to maintain
two separate accounts, one for DVDs
by mail and another for streaming
movies. Customers and pundits were
disappointed and confused by the
announcements.
Then Netflix announced they were
not going to split.
So what now? Will subscribers still
be required to pay for two different
accounts? How much will each plan be?
With this inconvenient new plan, will
the watch instantly video library be
expanded? What is the future of Netflix?
Success of a vision
Netflix was established in the late
90s. Co-founder Reed Hastings was
motivated to start the business after
returning his copy of Apollo 13 to a
video rental store and being charged
a late fee. Fast forward to 2009 and
Netflix was boasting a whopping
100,000 titles and well over 10 million
subscribers. Customers make a list,
or queue, of movies they want to see.
Each time the subscriber sends back
one DVD, the next in the list is sent
out. Customers can also keep the
DVDs as long as they want. Netflix
also features the ability to stream a
wide library of movies and television
shows directly to customers PCs, Wii,
PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
It would seem that Netflix had a
good thing going. With a huge follow-
ing, and a plethora of DVD titles in its
library, Netflix was an ever expanding
wealth of entertainment. Hastings was
considered by many to be a marketing
genius. Then, out of nowhere, some-
thing happened.
One company, two directions
In an email sent out in July, custom-
ers were informed that, instead of
paying $8 each month for streaming
movies and an additional $2 for each
DVD delivered, subscribers would now
be required to pay $8 for streaming
and $8 for DVDs, a total of $16 a month.
This angered a lot of Netflix customers.
Some feel Netflix created a monopoly
on the video rental business. Theyve
almost run all the other rental places
out of business and now they have the
freedom to raise their prices however
high they want, said Lori McDonough,
a Schoolcraft student.
Many considered returning to
alternative sources, like Red Box and
traditional video stores. Netflix has
affected brick-and-mortar stores but
not to the degree people would think.
Out of all the video stores, were
doing the best, said Amanda Allie,
an employee at the Farmington Hills
Family Video.
The fallout
Those at Netflix have sighted the
increase in price as an attempt to
combat the ever-escalating cost of
streaming content from film studios, as
well as the rise in competition. Looking
to get out of the business of mailing
DVDs, Hastings sent out an email to
subscribers informing them that Netflix
would be splitting into two services,
with Netflix being the streaming service
and Qwikster being the service that
handled the DVDs by mail. However,
Qwikster never saw the light of day. The
company experienced immediate back-
lash and a loss of 800,000 subscribers in
the third quarter of 2011. With no end
of the exodus in sight, Hastings had to
backtrack.
It is clear that for many of our
members, two websites would make
things more difficult, so we are going
to keep Netflix as one place to go for
streaming and DVDs, wrote Hastings
on Netflixs blog, Oct. 10. This means
no change: one website, one account,
one password in other words, no
Qwikster. While the July price change
was necessary, we are now done with
price changes.
We underestimated the appeal
of the single website and the single
service, said Steve Swasey, a Netflix
spokesperson.
Going forward
In a press release, Hastings said
he believes that there is a differ-
ence between moving quickly [] and
moving too fast, which is what we did
in this case.
Some of the details of flip-flop split
are still up for grabs. There were talks
about Qwikster potentially offering
video game rentals as well. Swasey
says this is still to be determined.
As Netflix tries to press forward,
some things good and bad are seen
it its future. This winter, Netflix is
expecting to remove Disney and Sony
owned films from their library, due to
failed negotiations with channel Starz.
However, Netflix has worked through
a deal with DreamWorks animation, as
well as a deal allowing them to stream
shows from AMC Networks. There are
also talks of Netflix starting its own
original programming.
The debate between using renew-
able, clean energy sources versus
non- renewable fossil fuels is a hot
button issue these days. A big part of
President Obamas original campaign
promise was to invest $150 billion over
the next 10 years in the research and
the implementing of green jobs. There
are many nations that already use
both fossil and alternative fuels. It has
become apparent, with the amount
of fossil fuels on Earth decreasing,
that alternative sources of power
are needed. By finding renewable
resources, the United States could
become independent of foreign oil
and alleviate the pollution of fossil
fuels.
Over in Ypsilanti, there is a growing
movement to get many of the local
businesses renovated through the use
of solar-powered energy. The group
behind this push is simply called
SolarYpsi that gained national recog-
nition in a commercial for Google.
Every year in Michigan, $18 billion
dollars leaves the state to go buy
energy, said SolarYpsi founder Dave
Strenski. He points out that with the
use of energy sources like solar and
wind, we are able to keep more of this
money in the state. The organiza-
tion was launched in 2005, when the
manager of the Ypsilanti Food Co-Op
(a personal friend of Strenskis) won
a grant from the State of Michigan to
put a solar installation on the build-
ing. Strenski admits that he didnt
know anything about solar panels
before he and the volunteers went to
work on the food co-op. With the help
of DTE, they were able to get all the
hardware necessary to install of the
panels.
In Michigan the sun is right
over youre panels, perpendicular,
for four hours a day, said Strenksi
demonstrating the suns trajectory
over the state. So, if I want to make
my house 100-percent solar powered,
I need about 12 kW (kilowatt) hours
per day. For a building like Strenksis,
he would need 3000 watts of panels
(an average panel usually generates
200 watts). All of the energy that
was overproduced during the day
would be stored for later use at night,
making the building 100-percent solar
powered. Strenksi also points out
that, aside from the panels needing
cleaning every now and then, the
system is basically maintenance free.
At the groups website, solar.ypsi.
com, they feature a map of the various
locations where solar power is being
generated and used in the city.
The website also shows how much
money has been saved through the
usage of the solar
energy. So far, the
website boasts
just over $1200
dollars saved.
The goal of
SolarYpsi is
to make a
majority of
Ypsilanti a
solar destina-
tion.
If you did an
Internet search in
the greater Detroit
area, youd see bad
news, said Ypsilanti
mayor Paul Schreiber in
the Google commercial.
However, when there are
negative things going on, there is
also opportunity. For people who look
for it like Dave, they see the opportu-
nity and say I can make a difference
here.
Stenski says his goal is to have hun-
dreds of businesses all over Ypsilanti
running on solar energy. That makes
the entire mission not only Earth-
friendly, but economically savvy
bringing both the businessman and
the conservationist together for a
common goal.
Places in Ypsilanti with
solar installations
(from Solar.Ypsi.com)
Adams Elementary School
Riverstreet Bakery
403 Huron Street
Apartments A, B, and C
Ypsilanti City Hall|
Ypsilanti Food Cooperative
AATA Bus Stop
November 7, 2011
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In our news
Wailing at Wall Street
Grass roots movement growing fast
Salute to Service event
By Ramon Razo
News Editor
By Leah Esslinger
Staff Writer
Being about nothing makes them
about everything. While some critics
frown upon the lack of organization,
saying nothing will ever change, others
applaud it. Could the best way to fight
the power be rejecting everything
for which it stands? At this point it
is impossible to tell but its clear that
young people are finally standing up
and saying something. And for many
that are unhappy with current eco-
nomic policies and practices, its about
time, too.
With no clear demands, major cities
across America are being bombarded
by people shouting We are the 99%.
They are protesting bank bailouts,
corporate greed and the unchecked
power of Washington. The move-
ment, which originated in New Yorks
financial district on Sept. 17, 2011,
has spread through the country like
wildfire. As of Oct. 15, more than 950
demonstrations were taking place in 82
countries. According to occupywallst.
com, the outcry of the 99% comes from
individuals that mostly identify as
politically independent. With very few
participants identifying with a major
political party, they claim to represent
a post-political movement (which
stands) for something far greater than
failed party politics. They want to
rebuild the system from the ground up,
yelling, We dont need Wall Street and
we dont need politicians.
The growing movement is so dis-
organized, refusing to define itself,
leaving people everywhere biting
their nails wondering whether or not
it will even work.
Whether or not it will inspire lasting
policy changes is unclear but people
in very high places are talking about
it and what they are saying is very
surprising. BlackRock CEO Laurence
Fink went on the record saying, The
Protesting is a statement the future is
very clouded for a lot of people. These
are not lazy people sitting around
looking for something to do. We have
people losing hope and theyre going
into the street, whether its justified or
not.
Vikram Pandit, Citigroup CEO,
agreed, telling Fortune Magazine,
Their sentiments are completely
understandable. Trust has been broken
between financial institutions and the
citizens of the U.S., and that is Wall
Streets job, to reach out to Main Street
and rebuild that trust.
Yet even as the movement can claim
friends in high places, some heartily
disagree with the tactics and even the
movement itself.
Theyre hooking into a certain
resentment that is legitimate on this
crony capitalism that clearly exists.
Instead of going to rally in Washington
to stop politicians from forcing this
crony capitalism, theyre going to the
wrong people. These people dont have
a clue. Ironically, this quote comes
from Yaron Brook, President of Ayn
Rand Center for Individual Rights
to Bloomberg. One would think a
Libertarian would be a sympathizer
with the movement but lack of a formal
message has the establishment con-
fused across the board.
Some believe criticizing the top 1% is
plain bad for business. John Paulson, a
hedge fund manager, publicly stated,
The top 1% of New Yorkers pay over
40% of all income taxes, providing huge
benefits for everyone in our city and
state. He went on, stating that, Instead
of vilifying our most successful busi-
nesses, we should be supporting them
and encouraging them to remain in
New York City and continue to grow.
The movement, which found
strength from examples in places such
as Egypt and Spain, is gaining momen-
tum across the country and across the
globe. According to a recent survey
performed by sociologist Dr. Cordero
Guzman, more than half of Americans
support the occupations. While
most of the occupants are under 34,
overwhelming amounts have college
degrees and are employed fulltime.
This group cannot simply be written
off as misguided young people or polit-
ical extremists. Dr. Guzman believes
they really do represent the 99%,
and with presidential elections fast
approaching, it would be prudent for
policy makers to acknowledge them.
World news
Lybia Former leader Muammar
Gaddafi was apprehended by rebels
on Oct. 20. Shortly after his capture,
he was badly beaten with as many as
four cellphone cameras recording the
act before Gaddafi was finally shot
in the head. His body, along with
the body of his son, Moastassem
Gaddafi, and his Defense Minister,
Abu-Bakr YunisJabar, were put
on public display. People came in
throngs from all over Lybia to see
the dead, brutalized dictator. The
brutal and barbaric way in which
Gaddafi was treated in his last
moments has sparked controversy.
His death is being scrutinized by the
UNs Human Rights Office under the
charges that he was killed without a
trial.
National news
Everglades National Park Why
did it have to be snakes? On Oct.
28, officials captured and killed
a 16-foot Burmese python which
had just recently eaten a 76-pound
female deer. Workers at the South
Florida Water Management District
discovered the massive snake and
officials were notified. Upon arrival,
they captured the python and killed
it via shotgun blast. Scott Hardin,
an exotic species expert, said that it
was important to kill the creature
to keep it from moving north. An
autopsy later showed that the deer
had added a girth of nearly 44 inches
to the snakes overall mass and that
the deer was already dead when the
snake consumed it.
This is clearly an extreme event,
Skip Snow, a biologist and python
specialist at Everglades National
Park told the Sun-Sentinel. It shows
you they can eat huge things.
Local news
Michiganders got a rare treat
several weeks ago. A sight more
reserved for those in the North
graced Michigan sky. On Oct. 24, the
Northern Lights (aptly named, due to
the fact they usually radiate over the
North Pole) managed to reach as far
south as Arkansas. Shawn Malone,
along with her husband, have been
photographing the starry skies for
several years now. Around dusk, I
went out and I could see light where
there wasnt supposed to be light,
she told the Detroit News. She began
filming but thought there wasnt
going to be much to film. However,
after she changed her camera lens,
she looked back up to see the light
blown up with hues of green and red.
The Northern Lights (or the Aurora
Borealis, taken from the name for
the Roman goddess of dawn and
the Greek word for light) are visible
when subatomic particles from the
sun react to the Earths atmosphere.
The result is the beautiful, colorful
display.
The suns solar magnetic cycle is
currently at its peak, which makes
this a great time to keep an eye out
for other such displays. However,
scientists are unable to determine
when the solar particles will reach
us, which makes determining their
occurrence hard to predict.
Veterans Day
Celebrating those who fight for us
By Chad Perkins and Tierney Smith
Staff Writers
Veterans Day is an annual U.S.
holiday honoring those who have
served their time in the military. Its a
federal holiday and is observed on Nov.
11, the anniversary of the signing of the
armistice which ended World War I.
President Woodrow Wilson first pro-
claimed an Armistice Day for Nov. 11,
1919, on the one-year anniversary of the
wars end.
Currently there are 225 veterans
using their benefits on campus,
however there could be more then 500
on campus who are not.
If you are looking to support our
troops, one wonderful way to do so
during Veterans Day is going through
the Adopt a Veteran program. Its a
program where people send a letter to a
soldier once a week and a care package
once a month to let the soldiers know
that they are thought of as they fight
for our freedom and our rights as a
nation. For a soldier in a far-off foreign
land, simply knowing there are people
at home thinking of them can be quite
an inspirational lift.
There are more ways to do your part
in supporting the veterans that have
served over the years. Visiting a veter-
ans hospital is a great way to show your
appreciation for our soldiers. Currently,
businesses also do their part in giving
free meals to the veterans and going
through the sometimes difficult transi-
tion of integrating veterans back into
the everyday workforce after extended
periods in hostile environments over-
seas.
In comparison to other federal
holidays, Veterans Day is probably
one of the most memorable. Where a
holiday like Presidents Day celebrates
the contributions from centuries ago,
nearly everyone knows someone that
is serving or has served in the armed
forces. For that reason, Veterans Day
hits close to home.
All military personal should be
honored past, present and future
because they have given their lives,
their time and theyve sacrificed so
much to make sure the people of the
United States have the rights they
have, said Tara Armstrong-Preston, a
U.S. Army veteran.
On Thursday, Nov. 10, be sure to look
around campus for the various activi-
ties planned to honor our veterans as
the College gets a jumpstart on the
holiday and offers more students an
opportunity to participate. Local com-
munities will be hosting an array of
events on Friday, Nov. 11.
With more than two million men and
women currently serving in our armed
forces, in addition to millions of retired
veterans, this holiday is an opportunity
for all Americans to show our apprecia-
tion for those that stand for us.
Place: Village Theater
50400 Cherry Hill
Info: The event is to honor the
men and woman who have served
and are serving in the armed
forces, at 6 p.m. The keynote
address will be presented by Don
J. Mooney, a retired U.S. Marine,
who will share first-hand accounts
of how he landed at Inchon and
faced the enemy forcing them
back to Seoul, Korea, and across
the 38
th
parallel.
Bonus: The Michigan Military
Moms will be on hand collecting
items for service men and women
who are currently serving overseas.
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What
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(Dont worry if you cant dance WE WILL TEACH YOU!!!)
Where
Where
: The dance studio located in the Physical Education Building.
When
When
When
: Every Monday and Wednesday from 2-5pm

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Campus Crime
Compiled by Melina M. Chiatalas
Staff Writer
CAMPUS CLIFFNOTES
Compiled by Ramon Razo News Editor
Phai Theta Kappa
fundraiser at
B-Dubs
Eat wings, raise
money. Enjoy a meal at
Buffalo Wild Wings on
Wednesday, Nov. 9, and
20% of your partys bill
will benefit Phi Theta
Kappa. Funds raised
will be used for com-
munity service projects
throughout the Metro
Detroit area. Print a cer-
tificate from sao.school-
craft.edu/ptk, then bring
it with you to the Buffalo
Wild Wings on Six Mile
in Livonia and eat up!
Noon Concert
Series: Tribute to
Donald Morelock
Start your af ter-
noon by joining us for
this popular lunch-
time concert. The
Noon Concert Series
events are open to
the public and last
approximately one
hour. The event
will be held on
Wednesday, Nov.16,
in the VisTaTech
Center. For more
information, call
734-462-4403.
How to write a clear
and concise paper
This workshop will
provide valuable tips on
writing clearly so your
reader has a clear idea
of what youre express-
ing. While they wont
think for you, instructors
will help you organize
your thoughts so your
message doesnt become
muddled in a pool of
repetition, repetition,
repetition! The workshop
will be on Thursday, Nov.
15. For more information,
call 734-462-4436
Found Marijuana
On Oct. 12, 1/20th of an
ounce of marijuana was found
on the f loor near the printers
in the McDowell computer
lab. It is unknown who the
marijuana belonged to. When
SC Police brought the illegal
substance back to their office,
they destroyed it.
Hit and Run Accident
A student reported on Oct.
11 that his vehicle had been hit
in the south parking lot while
it was parked. The student
said he didnt notice the
damage right away because
the damage was on the pas-
sengers side. He had discov-
ered the damage when he
arrived home.
Possible Hit and Run
On Oct. 20, a driver of a 2011
Ford reported that his vehicle
was struck while it was parked
in the north lot. There was a
dent in the front bumper of
the drivers side and it was
cracked off from the fender
with possible damage to the
front. There was no damage
to any of the surrounding
vehicles.
MDOP
On Oct. 12, a student parked
her vehicle in the center lot.
Between her classes, she relo-
cated the vehicle to the north
lot. When she returned to her
vehicle in the north lot, she
noticed there was a gouge and
scratch in the drivers rear
door that wasnt there before.
Missing Etude Guitar
On Oct. 12, a student left
his guitar leaning against the
drivers side of his truck in the
north lot at 11:10 a.m. When he
returned to his vehicle to get
his guitar 15 minutes later, he
discovered that his guitar was
missing. The guitar is a clas-
sical Etude guitar with nylon
strings and has butterf lies
around the sound hole. The
guitar is enclosed in a black
case and has three guitar
theory books inside.
Larceny
On Oct. 19, a student was
attending a weight train-
ing class at 12 p.m. in the PE
building. At 12:30, the student,
along with five other students,
went down to the Wallyball
courts. Before playing, he
removed his iPod Touch from
his pocket and placed it in the
hallway underneath his other
belongings. After the game,
the student walked over to
the Forum and realized his
iPod was missing. When he
returned to the PE building to
see if the item was there, he
couldnt find it.
Disorderly Persons
On Oct. 19, there was a
conf lict between a group of
females in the PE building
lobby. When the SC police
arrived, the two females were
being held back from fight-
ing each other by their peers,
while they both continued to
yell at one another. The offi-
cers separated and then inter-
viewed everyone involved.
The following information
was collected: Two females
were talking in the PE lobby
when one of them overheard
their name mentioned by
another student nearby. The
female stood up to the other
female that had mentioned
her name and said, Keep my
name out of your mouth. The
other female responded, Stop
texting my boyfriend.
Harassment/Stalking
On Oct. 10, a student
reported that her ex-boyfriend
had been harassing her for
the past few months and fol-
lowing her to school. While
she was in class, she saw the
subject in the hallway outside
the classroom. The student
then walked out to the hallway
and told him to stop following
her. After her class was over,
she walked out of the building
and over to the person picking
her up. She was informed that
the subject was hiding in a
dark blue van, watching her.
The subject told them that if
he saw anyone else picking
his ex-girlfriend up, he would
beat them up. The student
also informed SC Police that
her ex-boyfriend was also
harassing her friend. They two
of them had dated for a few
months. However, they broke
up after he once showed up
to her work drunk and began
yelling at her.
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Experienced
break dancers,
including presi-
dent Quinton
Cowley (center)
are always
game to show
off their moves.
By Holly Bunzeluk
Staff Writer
By Montgomery Jones
Staff Writer
Break
Dancing
Club
Coi ns for Change opens Ugandi oppor tuni ti es
Schoolcraft donates toward schooling
According to JustGiving.com, a Ugandan girl who
enters secondary school reduces her chances of
getting AIDS by 75 percent. So why arent there more
schools in Uganda? The answer is not cut and dry
there are numerous socioeconomic reasons why this
is the case. The Schoolcraft group, Coins for Change
lead by Dr. Anna Maheshwari wants your help. All
they ask is for you to donate the spare change in
your pocket.
This group was inspired by a book A School for
My Village by Jackson Kaguri. His mission is so
inspiring that I invited him to come to Schoolcraft
and talk about his cause. After we heard him
speak, there was not one dry eye in the room, said
Maheshwari.
Kaguri grew up in Uganda and watched countless
people including two of his siblings
die from AIDS. Kaguri came to the
U.S. in 1995 to study Human
Rights Advocacy at
Columbia University.
His vow to
provide a tuition-free education for orphans met
with much resistance because of local corruption.
Kaguri took the $5,000 he had set aside to build his
own home in order to start the first school.
So how can students from Metro Detroit make a
difference to these children? Well, several students
have already teamed up with staff to help them.
Because I have been living such a fortunate life, I
find it necessary to help as many people as I can that
need help. There are billions of people in the world
that need help and theyre not going to get it if we
just stand around talking. Something as small as a
charity concert may not be enough to help out every-
one, but at least its a start and its raising awareness,
said Jamila Sareini.
I am inspired and motivated by Professor
Maheshwari to do community service, said Ashi
Arora, a dual-enrolled student at the College. She is
doing fundraising plans that will count toward her
Service Learning Project 2011-2012.
Not only can giving some of your time count
toward helping others, but it can allow you to gain
experience for rsums and hours for leadership.
Coins for Change has already raised over a $1000 and
is getting other schools involved, designing shirts
and bracelets, and getting the word out.
If you want to help, you can attend the next
meeting Friday Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. in LA 543, or the
Charity Concert on Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m., in the
Student Activities area. Students can even donate
money and bring it into the Student Activates Office.
Nyaka School and Kutamba School
Hundreds of students have free education,
meals and healthcare in grades 1-7
56% of the students are girls
$110,000 a year to run the school
$45,000 dollars a year for upkeep
Schoolcraft boasts many great
clubs that range in interests from
knitting to roller hockey. Three years
ago, when students Connor Waldo
and Quinton Cowling were looking
for an opportunity to showcase their
dancing moves in addition to being
interested in the hip hop culture and
learning the art involved in break
dancing, they founded the Break
Dancing Club.
Connor has since left to pursue
other academic interests. Quinton has
stepped up and became club presi-
dent. The club was created as a place
to have fun, make friends, show off
your moves and get some constructive
criticism.
The club is open to everyone,
regardless of experience and there are
no membership fees. We believe this
art form is too beautiful and unique
to only offer to some. As dancers, we
all had to start somewhere and we all
had mentors, said Quinton Cowling.
Some of the members have been
dancing their whole lives, while others
are just starting. When the club
was formed, Quinton was a novice.
The members with more experience
end up teaching the fundamentals
of break dancing to the newer per-
formers. Some veteran members are
Brandon Guyton, Nikko Laudicina,
Tyler Williams, Josh Dalton and Jake
Mailloux. All five stand out with their
ability and mentorship. Cowling said,
We all dance and practice together,
inside and outside of Schoolcraft. But
we also eat together, hang out together
and have become brothers over the last
few years.
In a typical meeting, they discuss
any necessary business such as upcom-
ing events or performances. Then they
warm up together, put on music and
dance. Usually everyone works on
their own moves and combinations
while others tell them how they might
improve their routine. Since the newer
members are learning from scratch,
this is especially true for them.
Sometimes they have cyphers, which
are circles where one person dances
while the others watch. Sometimes
they have mini battles and bring
out their best moves to win brag-
ging rights. Occasionally, they learn
routines to use at events outside of
Schoolcraft. Whatever they happen
do, the goal is always to improve as
dancers.
On Friday, Nov. 11, the Break
Dancing Club is hosting Friday
Night Breaks 2. Its a three-on-
three elimination tournament
where different break dance teams
compete for a first-place prize of
$300. They draw people from all
over Michigan and out of state as
well. There will be a live D.J. spin-
ning funk music and old-school
hip hop all night. Intense cyphers
will be happening all over between
battles. There will also be free Red
Bull to fuel the furious dancing.
Anyone who has ever been interested
in dancing or b-boying (the origi-
nal term for break dancing) should
not miss this event. It will be held
in the Lower Waterman wing of the
VisTaTech Center and admission is
$7. Half of the money earned will be
donated to the Crohns and Colitis
Foundation of America and the rest
will go toward funding the clubs
next event.
Break Dancing Club
Club president: Quinton Cowley
Meeting times: 2:30 4:30 p.m.
Mondays and Wednesdays
Meeting place: PE 140
Special Event: Friday Night Breaks
Friday, Nov. 11 in Lower Waterman
Admission: $7
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Secrets of the Quill
By Leah Esslinger
Staff Writer
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Common Nouns vs. Proper Nouns
Emily Dickinson, a prolific poet of the
mid-1800s, let the nation know what it
meant to be a woman in the pioneer days.
Her poetry is known for its slanted rhymes
and unusual capitalization and punctuation.
However, you are not Emily Dickinson.
There are sets of rules that govern which
nouns ought to be capitalized and which
should not. In Emilys world, apparently
all nouns were created equal, and perhaps
she did this to comment on the social
context in which she wrote. However, in
the English language this is not the case.
Nouns are broken up into two classes:
proper and common nouns.
Think of proper nouns as the aristocrats.
They must be noticed and they must stand
out, and the way to do this is to capitalize.
Proper nouns are specific. They identify
a particular place, person or thing, such
as brand names or a persons professional
title. Perhaps you love the mid-nineteenth
century poets (common noun), and your
particular favorite is Emily Dickinson
(proper noun). Do you have a favorite pro-
fessor (common noun)? Is that Professor
Smith (a proper noun)? If the noun does
not point to a specific, is not the first word
of a sentence (offering instant nobility) or
words in a title (which are word mavericks,
they play by their own rules), then you do
not capitalize.
Formal vs. Informal Language
When you chillin with peeps, informal
language is totally legit. When you are
framing a document for academic purposes,
informal language is quite inappropriate and
indeed frowned upon. As society becomes
ever more casual, it is increasingly difficult
to tell the difference between formal and
informal language. Hopefully, with the help
of a few guidelines, it can become easier.
Let us use a simple dinner scenario to
analyze the differences between formal and
informal language.
You: Since were broke, we cant go out for
dinner.
In this example, the most glaring problem
is the use of contractions. From this point
forward, it may be useful to forget about
contractions all together. Some profes-
sors may penalize students for using them.
Also important to point out here, the word
broke is slang, and is unacceptable in
formal English.
You: What you want for dinner?
No skipping words! While this phrase
is fine when you are among friends, you
would do better to ask your boss What
would you like to eat for dinner?
You: There was this article I read
For polite dinner conversation, this
simply will not do. Formal English calls for
the use of the relative pronoun that, as
well as a preference for the present perfect
tense. You should talk about an article
that I have read.
Perhaps you are not planning a formal
dinner party anytime soon, but it would
be wise to keep these rules in mind as you
work to develop your writing. Be sure
to follow these rules every time you
write for any academic purpose, like
essays, research papers and espe-
cially college admission essays.
SC hosts presentations
teaching with themes
Focus outside the box
Hey students, its time to get out
of the classroom and put that fancy
book learning to the test! The Focus
Series is a great way to shake things
up. Sponsored by the International
Institute, which focuses on provid-
ing a multicultural experience, the
series take on a new theme every
semester. On Oct. 19, Professor Karen
Schaumann-Beltran and Mark Harris
hit the ground running with their pre-
sentation of The Other Schoolcraft.
Schaumanns sociology back-
ground paired with Harriss literary
background, allows the audience to
immerse themselves in a world of love
gained and lost, finally culminating
in the ultimate betrayal of a people by
a state that sought to own them. This
presentation focused on Jane Johnston,
wife of the Colleges namesake Henry
Rowe Schoolcraft, and provided an
intimate look at the work she pro-
duced, as well as the world in which
she produced them. Johnstons work is
sensitive, telling of a transitional time
in Native history. The changing atmo-
sphere affected the writer in a deeply
personal way and, as a result, she lost
her husband, her children and finally
her life. She is the first known Native
American literary writer and poet and
she is also credited for being the first
Native American to write out tradi-
tional Native American Indian stories.
After presentations, there is time
to ask questions and mingle with
other students, as well as professors.
Providing rich opportunity that is free
and accessible to students is what the
Focus series is all about.
Schoolcraft has a wonderful oppor-
tunity to come hear scholarly presen-
tations about many different subjects
and regions, said Linda Gutierrez,
Focus Series coordinator.
While it is open to community
members and students alike, these
events may be invaluable for students
wishing to transfer to four-year col-
leges, those who want to pursue
International Studies (including busi-
ness or politics) or any of the social
sciences. Having access to such well-
researched projects, as well as the
intellectual atmosphere, can help give
an edge and round out the college
experience.
Gutierrez is quick to point out, Not
many schools provide opportunities
like these, which are also open to all in
the region.
For more information about the
Focus Series, contact Linda Gutierrez
at (724)462-4400, ext.5067.
By Leah Esslinger
Staff Writer
Upcoming Focus Series
Movie Event: Two Spirits
Where: VisTaTech room 550
When: Monday, Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m.
"Two Spirits interweaves the
tragic story of a mothers loss of
her son with a revealing look at a
time when the world wasnt simply
divided into male and female, and
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Keep our campus clean
Photos by GAry MAtuszAK
Caption
Photo by briAn CAMilleri
Attention students of Schoolcraft: this is NOT a demonstration. This is an image of a student deliberately tossing a
cup full of liquid out of his car and into the parking lot. This must be stopped. Seriously though, stop the littering.
People are being forced to clean up your mess. When did college students suddenly turn into five year olds? Trash
receptacles are all around the parking lot. Use them.
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Schoolcraft
meets the
author
Roger M. Ajluni comes
to VisTaTech
By Kim Poma
Campus Life Editor
Compiled by Margie Wisniewski Staff Writer
Club Events
Billiard and Table Tennis Club
Do you like to shoot pool or play
table tennis? Then this club is for you!
Bring a friend and come join us as
we just hang out and play. Be sure to
keep an eye out for information about
our upcoming tournaments. Want
more information? Then stop by the
Student Activities Office or give us a
call at 734-462-4422.
Baptist Christian Challenge
Do you want to enrich the quality
of your overall college experience
ethically, morally, and spiritually by
challenging yourself to explore Gods
word? Then come to our meetings
every Thursday from 12-1 p.m. in the
Lower Waterman. The next meetings
are scheduled for Nov. 10 and 17.
You can also join us for our Alpha
Course on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m.
The next Alpha Course classes will
be held on Nov. 9, 16, 23 and 30 in the
Lower Waterman.
Beats and Music Faction
Want to make progress in per-
sonal musical talent? Then stop by
the Beats and Music Faction meet-
ings! During meetings youll meet,
teach, and learn, as well as giving and
receiving constructive criticism with
those who share the passion of music.
The next meetings are scheduled for
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 1
p.m. in the Lower Waterman located
of the VisTaTech Building.
Campus Crusade
Are you interested in learning
more about your faith and want
to grow spiritually? Then join the
Campus Crusade during their meet-
ings every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in
the Lower Waterman.
Eccentric Movie Club
Join SCs Eccentric Movie Club for
some of the most odd, puzzling and
just plain crazy movies produced by
some of the most respected writers
on TV. Each session is from 12-6 p.m.
Schedules of movies can be provided
upon request. Movies are watched in
the Lower Waterman of the VisTaTech
Center. Their next viewings are on
Nov. 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Friends of the Puzzle Piece
This is a club for people with
Disabilities or people who like to work
with people them. Not sure how to
deal with people with disabilities?
Then come with an open mind and
gain a fresh look on what you can do
to help, or just be a friend. Meetings
are held every Wednesday from 11 am-
12 p.m. For more information, please
contact Student Activities t 734-462-
4422.
Gay/Straight Alliance
The Gay/Straight Alliance is a social
connection for equality-minded indi-
viduals who want to create a safe envi-
ronment to help change, support, and
educate our world one step at a time.
Meetings are held on Wednesdays
from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Their next meet-
ings are on Oct. 26, Nov. 2 and 9 in
the Lower Waterman located in the
VisTaTech Building.
Metro Detroit Association
for the Education of Young
Children (MDAEYC)
The MDAEYC has been formed to
provide a professional development
opportunity for SC students interested
in teaching and/or working with chil-
dren and families. The club is hosting a
game night on Thursday, Nov. 10 from
5-8 p.m. There will be games, fun,
pizza, refreshments and raffles. For
admission, please bring a non-perish-
able item to benefit the Student Food
Pantry and/or a gently used toy for the
Abandoned Toy Project.
Otaku Anime Japanese
Animation Club
The Otaku Anime Japanese
Animation Club provides an opportunity
for viewing and discussion of Japanese
Animation. Their next meeting is on
Saturday, Nov. 12 from 5-10 p.m.
Math and Physics Club
We want you to come ask us math
and physics problems as you meet new
people who love math and improve
your problem solving skills. Meetings
will be held every Friday at 10 a.m. in
theBiomedical Tech Center, Rm. 300.
Pageturners
On Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 10:15-11:15
p.m. at the VisTaTech Center Rm. W
210B join the Pageturners book club
as they discuss this months book. Phi
Theta Kappa members will receive
for attending or 1 star for facilitating.
Photography Club
Photography Club provides a wel-
coming environment for graphically
inclined hobbyists, graphic design-
ers, and students majoring in artistic
fields. The next meetings are sched-
uled for Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5-7
pm.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor
Society
The PTK meetings will be
on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. and
Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. beginning
Oct. 3.
Inspired to learn more about the
increasing pressures being placed
on children after her daughter com-
plained of being overworked at school
and a local teen committed suicide,
filmmaker Vicki Abeles explores the
failures of the American public school
system while opening a dialogue
about how we might work together
to improve itInspired to learn more
about the increasing pressures being
placed on children after her daugh-
ter complained of being overworked
at school and a local teen commit-
ted suicide, filmmaker Vicki Abeles
explores the failures of the American
public school system while opening
a dialogue about how we might work
together to improve itInspired to
learn more about the increasing pres-
sures being placed on children after
her daughter complained of being
overworked at school and a local teen
committed suicide, filmmaker Vicki
Abeles explores the failures of the
American public school system while
opening a dialogue about how we
might work together to improve it.
PTK/ Biggby Coffee
Fundraiser
Help raise money for Phi Theta
Kappa by purchasing our specialty
mug. It includes several coupons,
including one for a free beverage. The
mugs are available for sale now in the
Student Activities Office for $8. They
are refillable at the new Biggby loca-
tion in Livonia at the intersection of 7
Mile and Farmington Roads for $1.25.
For more information, please contact
the Student Activities Office at 734-
462-4422.
Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser
Help raise money for Phi Theta
Kappa by taking your family and
friends to Buffalo Wild Wings located
at 37651 Six Mile Road in Livonia on
Wednesday, Nov. 9
.
Earn 1 star for
every $50 spent by you and/or your
friends. For more information, please
contact the Student Activities Office
at 734-462-4422.
Sports and Recreation Club
The Sports and Recreation Club
is a new addition to the Schoolcraft
Campus clubs. They hold open play
of any sport every Wednesday from
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the PE Bldg.
All events hosted by the club will be
available to any Schoolcraft student
or faculty member. For more informa-
tion on joining either the club or one
of the tournaments you may contact
Ryan Marshall through: SCC.Sport.
Recreation@gmail.com. You can also
visit the Student Activities Office or
call us at 734-462-4422.
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Schoolcraft Connection, a student-
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Table Top Club
Come and join the Table Top Club
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and leadership.
Schoolcraft College was
given a special treat on Nov.
2 when author of Gospel of a
Cab Driver, Roger M. Ajluni,
graced the presentation room
in VisTaTech with a meet the
author event. Ajluni was born in
Palestine, and moved to America
back in 1994. This is Ajlunis
first novel after originally
having a career as a physician in
Michigan.
Ajluni was introduced by the
college president, Dr. Jeffress,
and took the opportunity to talk
about life before he became an
author. He mentioned how he d
had no prior training, having
come from a career in the
medical field. He recalled that
when he first came to America,
he couldnt even speak English
very well. Most of my reading,
Ajluni admitted, was the New
York Times editorial page. He
did this after professors advised
him that reading every day would
eventually help perfect his lan-
guage skills.
Ajlunis novel is the story of
Zechariah, an illegal immigrant
and the son of a Muslim father
and a Jewish mother who suffers
an identity crisis when he comes
to America. It is set around
the events of Sep. 11, 2001 and
address themes of identity, geo-
politics, and cultural and reli-
gious tolerance.
After Ajlunis presentation,
there was a question-and-answer
segment and then a book signing.
Photo by Andrew KieltyKA
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Yes No
Turkeys,
touchdowns,
& traditions
OcelOt
Den
By ehimare arheBamen
SportS Editor
earhebamen@yahoo.com
The GreaT DebaTe
On the issue of whether it was
correct or incorrect of the state of
Michigans legislature and governor
to pass a law capping welfare cash
assistance programs at a lifetime
limit of four years, this action was
immoral and wrong. Try to place
yourself in both parties shoes. After
some deliberation, you will conclude
that the legislature is literally taking
life and sustenance away from
struggling families and individuals
only to save money.
Although some recipients of
welfare programs may be abusing
this system, a much larger portion
of welfare recipients indeed need
the extra help. For some, this is just
about all they have to survive and,
with news such as this surfacing, the
recoil must be devastating. I think
its tragic, claimed state Senator
Bert Johnson of Highland Park.
You cant have high violence and
crime and poverty and expect that
Detroits going to be able to compete
in its comeback. Grievingly so, the
facts are too immense to ignore
when 11,162 families will and
are being affected by the welfare
cap according to the Michigan
Department of Human Services.
Furthermore, how are families to
know if they will be affected by this
cap? And to a more extreme level,
what events will take place when
this law goes into effect?
President and CEO of the Michigan
League for Human Services states,
There is a lot of confusion, a lot
of misunderstanding. People dont
know what to do when they get the
letters. This sole detail is why this
act by the legislature is immoral and
deceivingly wrong.
For example, isnt it odd the gov-
ernment would even distribute
welfare in the first place knowing
that it may one day indeed be
revoked from the citizens depending
on it. In theory its a fantastic idea
that has helped thousands if not
millions nationwide but, in reality,
its almost as if the government is a
dog owner and the citizens are the
young dog and the welfare program
is a new tennis ball. The owner, or
government in this scenario, waves
the welfare ball around and gets the
young dog, or the people in need
of welfare, all riled up for it only
to fake throw it. While the young
Michigan is one of the last states in
the nation to put some sort of cap
on welfare. It is about time that
this happened. There are people
in this state that have been living
off of the Michigan government
for way too long now and it is time
that someone did something about
it. From now on out, the state of
Michigan will be capping welfare
benefits at 48 months per lifetime,
which is a more than reasonable
amount of time.
The welfare system was created
to provide assisted living benefits
to citizens in between work and
unable to afford their normal daily
expenditures. In the most extreme
cases of taking advantage of the
system, there are people who have
been on welfare for upwards of 10
years and who are enjoying many
things in life that are unnecessary
to someone who needs assistance
in paying for daily living pur-
chases.
When you think about it, 48
months is quite some time to be
without a job in this world where
nobody can get their way without
a source of money. Although,
those people who are not taking
those minimum wage jobs that are
there for the taking and would just
rather collect welfare because it is
easier, are the people that should
take this new policy as a hardcore
reality check and make something
of themselves. It is not the duty of
todays society to hold your hand
because they should be sympa-
thetic to you because you have been
searching for a job for six months
and that you feel is a sufficient
amount of time.
As a college student, I am one who
will accept a minimum wage job.
Why you might ask? Because I have
things to buy and bills to pay. I do
own my own car and pay for my own
lease and own electric, water and gas
bills, and I get that all paid for with a
minimum wage job while currently
taking fulltime college credit so I can
do something bigger with my life.
This new policy will set the standard
higher in the state of Michigan and it
is about time. It should be an option
to lie low and just take in money for
more than four years.
There are those who will claim
that a policy such as this will be
Governor Snyder, working with Republicans in the legislature, has passed leg-
islation which effectively limits cash welfare payments to Michigan residents at
four years of lifetime benefits. This law went into effect on Oct. 1. It is estimated
that approximately 41,000 will lose these benefits. According to Governor
Snyders spokesperson, Michigan can no longer afford these programs.
Students in Prof. Thomsons Political Science 105 class tackled the topic by
addressing this question:
Did Michigans legislature do the right thing by capping welfare
cash assistance programs at lifetime limit of four years?
By Donald Grandahl
Guest Contributor
By Matt Haelterman
Guest Contributor
Ah, Thanksgiving, the time when
students and their families get ready
for the turkey carving, the con-
sumption of various pies and the
usual family argument over whose
team will win the Super Bowl. But
with every family, there is always
a Thanksgiving family tradition.
Instead of turkey, it might be veal or
venison or pheasant. Instead of pie,
some families might have cake. So
what about the sports?
Lets be honest: Every family argues
over which team is going to win and
there usually sides to this kind of
thing. That person, the second cousin
right next to you, is probably on the
opposing side and, in addition to not
liking you a whole lot, doesnt like the
team youre rooting for. But family
rivalries notwithstanding, what tra-
ditions do the sports teams have?
What makes them so great?
For the football teams, they have
the Lambeau Leap, a tradition that
goes back 17 years when Green Bay
Packer Leroy Butler scored a touch-
down after a fumble recovery and
then leaped into the arms of Packer
faithful in the stands behind the
end zone. Of course, now almost
every team does this for their last
touchdown because they want to
share in that same feeling. Okay, now
thats one for the books, but we can
do better. Lets get rid of this one
because, although the other teams
are trying to be like the original duo
of Butler and Lambeau, they cant
capture the true essence of what
that touchdown really meant and
just how close Green Bay fans feel to
their team an organization actually
owned publicly by Packer fans.
The Gatorade bath is another one
for many sports teams. It happens
after a football game when a team
wins a major game. I mean, really,
who would not love to have their
favorite beverage showered on them?
Its a really sweet way to win. (Yes, I
know, but the pun was right there.)
The Gatorade shower is so generic
as to not be owned by any particular
team, thus, it one that teams should
keep.
Next up, we have baseball. What
tradition do they have that is unique
to their sport? How about the old
pie in the face gag? It happens when
a player has a walk-off hit to win a
game or some other distinction that
merits the quickie postgame inter-
view. As the hero is chatting with the
television crew, a teammate sneaks
up and blasts said hero in the face
with a shaving cream pie. I think we
can do away with this one because
it really doesnt have anything to do
with the game at all. And why use
shaving cream instead of actual pie?
If players really want to add a twisted
tradition, how about making the face
of players that lose the game maybe
a strikeout in the 9
th
with bases
loaded or blowing a three-run lead
by writing in highlighters on their
face? That way shame can be worn
much in the same way victory is.
Soccer has the most brotherly tra-
dition of jersey swapping. After a
game, the teams will swap jerseys as
a sign of brotherhood. Technically,
See ArhebAmen PAGe 27
See no PAGe 27
See Yes PAGe 27
November 7, 2011
13
The truth of
intelligence
Sunny side of
climate change
KicKing
&Screaming
By ian GallaGher
Managing Editor
irpgallagher@gmail.com
Customers aren't
always right, but
skills are
Keep
in
minD
By Kim Poma
CaMpuS LifE Editor
kpmail7@yahoo.com
After being in the workplace, I have
learned the answer to life and the universe
(and its not 42): Everyone in the world
should work in retail. Seriously. In my
entire year in the workforce, I have learned
to have more patience, good people skills
and multitasking prowess than in my entire
previous 18 years of living.
Patience is a must for any career path.
Dealing with clients, dealing with stu-
dents, dealing with co-workers. I cannot
even begin to describe the amount of head-
ache inducing nonsense I put up with on a
typical five-hour shift. But I have learned
to grit my teeth and smile through all the
questions (I said aisle five, maam every-
thing is a dollar were probably out no
Im not lying.) all while keeping any trace
of contempt out of my voice.
I plan on becoming a high school English
teacher and I cannot wait to use my new-
found patience as I help students who
struggle through the material or even the
ones who invent obviously fake home-
work excuses. But its not just teaching.
Researchers need bundles of patience to
concentrate on the task at hand and not get
discouraged if their findings dont come up
the right way.
People skills are also a must for any
career path. To be able to relate to
someone, even someone screaming in your
face, and to remain levelheaded in any
scenario is a major plus. Ive learned that
people respond well to sir or maam,
that it is extremely rude to be on the phone
when youre being rung out, and that a
smile can go a long way.
Being a teacher, I ll need to relate to my
students, make them feel like they can
come to me with any problems. I ll also
need to survive parent/teacher conferences
and faculty meetings. If I ended up in the
medical field, people-skills are probably
as important as the degree itself. A doctor
cant do anything the patient doesnt want
if he or she cannot get their patient to trust
and respect them.
Multitasking is key. I ll be ringing
someone up and the phone will ring and
then I have to hand back change and, oh
yeah, make sure I dont forget to list off
the information on the back of the receipt.
From the moment I walk in to the moment I
walk out, its a constant go, go, go environ-
ment.
Teaching is also all about the go, go, go.
Its getting through a lesson and field-
ing questions to giving out pop quizzes
and keeping an eye out for cellphones. Its
constantly being alert and prepared. Law
is also about the go, go, go. Its research-
ing cases to make points and its defending
clients against the charge beyond a reason-
able doubt. And, sometimes its even jug-
gling two cases at once.
Any career could be improved from the
smarts acquired in working in retail. Its
like the pre-pre-training and its only
getting you ready for the real world.
It is that time of year again. As the weather
gets colder, it can really make one wonder: What
is so bad about global warming? Especially for
Michigan, the effects of climate change may not
all be negative. There is some definite upside to
rising temperatures and sea levels.
People have been f locking to the Sunbelt,
the warm southern states stretching roughly
from California to South Carolina, for
decades. According to projections by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC), Earths average temperature is looking
at a probable increase from two to 11.5 degrees
Fahrenheit by the end of this century. This
increase is likely to be double the increase during
the 20
th
century. A key note is that winters will
warm more than summers.
This is good news for us Michiganders. No more
long frigid winters but increased temperatures
will have other positive effects for our state. As
a result of these changes, by 2030 summers in
Michigan may feel more like current-day Ohio.
By 2095, summers will resemble that of north-
ern Arkansas with winters that feel like Ohio,
according to the Union of Concerned Scientists
(UCS).
If temperature projections are accurate, even
the moderate ones, people may be led to leave
the Sunbelt for the cooler temperatures of the
northern states. That will bring more popula-
tion, companies and jobs. There could also be an
increase in tourism as people seek to escape the
brutally hot summers of the balmy south. What
better escape than the mild Michigan weather
and warmer Great Lakes?
The possible economic benefits would also
affect the country as a whole. The fabled
Northwest Passage, a trade route through
Canadas Arctic Archipelago and the Arctic
Ocean, opened fully in 2007, the first time Arctic
sea ice has receded enough on record.
Were probably 30 years ahead of schedule
in terms of the loss of the Arctic sea ice, said
Mark Serreze, a senior scientist at the National
Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), to National
Geographic. The Passage is still seasonal as the
amount of sea ice increases in the winter and
commercial shipping is not yet possible. With the
projected increases in temperatures, however,
the Northwest Passage may become stable
enough to become a viable alternative to the
Suez and Panama Canals. Even a seasonally open
Northwest Passage would allow commercial ship-
ping to go quickly from Asia to Europe or even
from northeast cities to northwestern ones.
There is a downside. Michigan may also become
drier than in the past and could have a slightly
shorter growing season, but is that really ter-
rible? With all the benefits to climate change,
one must look carefully at what exactly the other
downsides are. A handful of ski resorts go out
of business and Miami sinks under the Atlantic.
Is there really anything so bad about that? Like
most anything, climate change has its bright side.
Maybe we should focus more on the benefits than
worrying about any possible problems.
thrOugh
the lOOKing
glaSS
By alyS Dolan
artS & EntErtainMEnt Editor
alysmarie91@gmail.com
Why are we always told to go
to college and enrich ourselves
with the knowledge given to us
by some strange genius? Why
are we told that in order for us to
succeed in life, we must receive
higher learning? It is because they
want us to grow ugly, old and full
of silly intelligence that wont get
us farther than a livelihood.
Intelligence is the root of all
evil, after all. Do you remember
when we were small and naive,
how we were told we were beau-
tiful, precious and adorable? I
certainly do. When we grow up
and begin our education we are no
longer told those things. Instead
we are pushed to get high marks
in all of our subjects in school.
The teachers and parents have
seen intelligence begin to seep
into our faces, so we are pushed to
keep learning and grow more
unattractive. It is absolutely
dreadfully boring. Maybe if we
didnt educate ourselves, we
could stay beautiful, adorable
and precious.
Forget college and books
and degrees. Instead, opt for
a life free of all such nonsense
and to live with nothing in
your head but thoughts of My,
how the sky looks blue today.
Remain beautiful. By receiv-
ing any form of intelligence, I
gain ugly wrinkles, horrid skin
from stress, and my hair grows
dull and limp. When I look no
further into a book than the
colorful pictures on the cover,
I remain simple, glowing and
f lawless. Sitting down to an
arithmetic problem and trying
to solve what seems impossible
only leads to worry and ugly lines
upon a beautiful face.
Take, for example, Albert
Einstein, arguably one of the
greatest minds of the 20
th
century.
He was an absolute chore to look
at and see what he gained from his
lifetime. He achieved the minus-
cule goal of revolutionizing the
world of physics and science, and
changed the way the world views
time and matter. Sure, he became
a legend but at the cost of his
beauty. Beh! Who would want any
of that?
We should look, instead, to the
timeless beauty of Megan Fox.
She has stunning, ice blue eyes
that see nothing more than what
is in front of her face. Her hair is
rich with color and thickness, and
she seems to know nothing that
is going in the world around her.
She will not be remembered for
anything (other than alienating
a director by comparing him to
Hitler) aside from being beauti-
ful. Rather than learning physics
and being published in little-read
scientific journals, Fox is spread
across the pages of various mens
magazines. What more is there to
aspire to?
So, I issue caution to my readers:
If you wish to gain intelligence
that will lead you down a path
of enlightenment and growth,
it comes with a cost ones own
beauty. It is a f leeting thing after
all, and one must do everything
possible to preserve it.
The enduring novel The
Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar
Wilde, comes to mind. Lord
Henry said, But beauty, real
beauty, ends where an intellectual
expression begins. Intellect is
in itself a mode of exaggeration,
and destroys the harmony of any
face. The moment one sits down
to think, one becomes all nose, or
all forehead or something horrid.
Look at the successful men in any
of the learned professions. How
perfectly hideous they are!
Remember, dear friends, while
you sit and ponder the profound
questions of your professors and
educators, how absolutely hideous
you look. So choose beauty. Forget
about the books, degrees, and
diplomas. Save your looks and
savor the attention. Also, learn
how to say "Do you want fries with
that?" as it will be a phrase you
use frequently.
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Compiled & Photos by
Andrew Kieltyka
What is your favorite place to spend time,
other than class, work, or home?"
Places where ocelots prowl ...
Brian
cheesbro

Major: Criminal
Justice
"I enjoy going up north to my grandparent
trailer. When Im there I truly feel free."
christa
Mottt

Major: Education
Caribu Coffee, I like to go there because its
a good place to study."
laura
Montenegro

Major: Performing
Arts
Florida or somewhere tropical."
rachael
ecklund

Major: Nursing
" My favorite place to spend time other
than on campus, the workplace or at home
is Starbucks. Because it is a great place
to hangout with friends and drink good
coffee."
chris
Kinney

Major:M.D
The gym."
Kristian
Vanie

Major: Computer
Engineer
Red Lobster simply because I love to eat &
I love the shrimp & crab legs."
Meghan
Burney

Major: Nursing
Away from everybody, in my own space, in
my own world. Its a secret."
Steven
edwards

Major: Biomedical
Technology
Student Activities , 'cause of pool, is also
my home."
ocelot oPinionS
let'S brOaDen Our
minDS
By ramon razo
nEwS Editor
misterrazo@gmail.com
Not like the books
Weve all heard it before.
But thats not like the book.
Its not faithful to the source
material. Its nothing like
the comic! Making books and
comics into movies has been
a fad for a while now. It gives
movie companies a chance to
play it safe by putting forth a
cinematic offering that has a
good chance of making bank.
Its not always because theyre
out of ideas.
Regardless of what the
source material is, the ugly
reality is that someone is not
going to be happy with what is
put on screen. Whether it is a
missing character, a dumbed-
down subplot or a change in
tone, theres a good chance
that some of your favorite
characters will experience
slight alterations on their
way to the big screen. The
uglier reality is that we have
to accept this and, sometimes,
its for the better.
People hold source material
of any sort in high regards.
Stories like Narnia, The Lord
of the Rings, Harry Potter,
Spider-Man, Batman, etc.
are near and dear to a lot of
people. People grew up with
this stuff. Theyve absorbed it,
reading it and rereading it. So
when Hollywood announces
that theyre giving a cherished
piece a big screen adaptation,
people have certain expecta-
tions. They want to see things
play out a particular way.
They imagine people and
locations looking a specific
way and they expect to see all
of their favorite scenarios.
Sometimes that just cant
happen.
A glaring example is Tom
Bombadil from Tolkiens The
Lord of Rings epic. When
I read The Fellowship of
the Ring for the first time,
Bombadils section was a
literal road block. He doesnt
have anything to do with the
story, hes slightly annoy-
ing and he has the ability to
make the ring disappear. I
mean, if you can do that, why
not just make it disappear
forever. Peter Jackson shared
my thoughts and decided to
cut this character from the
film altogether. Thats good.
It keeps things moving and
doesnt bog down an already
very long story.
Another example can be the
various changes made when
Harry Potter was brought to
screen. If were honest with
ourselves, the Potter books
are primarily about the battle
between Harry and Voldemort
along with all the struggles
and lessons Harry has to go
through on the way. There
are subplots here and there,
and a plethora of fantastic
characters, but any charac-
ter or event that distracts
too much from the basic plot
needs to be cut simply for
time purposes. Sometimes
you just dont have space in a
90-minute movie to go over
every nitty-gritty detail that
was featured in the novel.
When reading, we have all
the time in the world for
the writer to pour over the
characters back story, her
motivations, her thoughts
and her relationships with
other people. When you take
a book that can take someone
upwards of a month to read
and condense it into two
hours, some things are going
to be lost. Film and litera-
ture are two vastly different
formats, both with strengths
and weaknesses.
We must remember that any
film adaptation is just that.
It is an adaptation, not the
book itself. Film and books
are two completely different
mediums. Books are about
eloquence of writing, about
description and dialogue.
Comic books are a blending of
visuals and literature, and not
everything that looks good in
a comic looks good on screen.
(Wolverines costume, for
example.) Film, on the other
hand, is a blending of sound
and motion, as well as dia-
logue and images.
Diehard fans need to
calm down the next time an
obscure subplot is dumbed
down or their favorite charac-
ter is excluded. At the end of
day, movies are a money-mak-
ing business. If they can sell
a few extra tickets by exploit-
ing how hot Emma Watson is
by tamping down the puffi-
ness of her hair, let it be. Just
remember, at the end of the
day, your favorite characters
are still locked away in that
book waiting to be found all
over again.
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the Schoolcraft connection
Lets build Lets build versus
Dont build Dont build
In Michigan there are two bridges that go to Canada: the
Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron and the Ambassador Bridge
in Detroit, which is the main supply line to many companies
on both sides of the river. Both countries want to add another
bridge for several reasons: if there is an attack on the bridge or
some type of a problem and the bridge has to close and then
there would be billions of dollars and lots of time lost. A
second span would also cut down on the trac on one bridge,
making travel across the border easier.
Every day, over a billion dollars in goods crosses the Ambas-
sador Bridge. When heavy trac clogs up the borders, it costs
companies such as Ford, Chrysler and General Motors time
and money. These companies ship products over the bridge
and use a system called just-in-time delivery which allows
companies not to store parts throughout the plant but to
remain at the vendor until they are running low on parts
needed. If there is heavy trac on the bridge, it could run the
plant out of parts and shut down the factory. Last year, delays
at the bridge added an estimated $800 to the cost of every new
vehicle sold in the U.S. and Canada. This was due to automo-
tive companies trying to cover costs of down time.
The proposed bridge, that has been trying to pass through
the Senate since 2009, would cost approximately $2.6 billion
for the entire project. These costs would be split between the
U.S. and Canada. Canada has committed to putting up $550
million as a loan to Michigan to be repaid through future toll
revenue. It would help cut down on travel time across the
border. With U.S. trade with Canada going up 36% from
2009-2010 there is a denite increase in trac. Many Republi-
cans have been trying for a green light on the project, includ-
ing Governor Rick Snyder, but some Senators have been
stalling, reporting that with trac down some 50%, they
cannot justify the building of two bridges. However with
increased trac projections for the next 30 years, up 57% for
cars and 128% for trucks, it would overload the capacity of just
one bridge.
The current owner of the Ambassador Bridge has been
campaigning against building a new, publicly-owned bridge
instead of a privately-owned one like his. Billionaire Manuel
Moroun bought the Ambassador Bridge 30 years ago. Today,
the bridge makes roughly $60 million annually in toll revenue.
Moroun has proposed to build a new bridge alongside the
existing span, with two more lanes and use the Ambassador
Bridge as a back-up. But Canada does not want that due to
current trac problems at the location of the border stations.
If passed, the bridge site would be in Delray, an industrial and
residential area. It was once a nice community but now is
blighted with abandoned, grati-riddled buildings that would
come down to make room for the new bridge. If built, the
government may use eminent domain, per the Fifth Amend-
ment of the U.S. Constitution, to move people out of the area.
Opening up a new bridge in Detroit is a good idea for
Michigan. It would create up to 30,000 jobs, lighten up the
trac across the border, increase travel between the two
countries and help stop gridlock at the border for companies
dependent on trade, thereby getting their parts in time and
possibly lower the costs for the consumer.
Governor Rick Snyder feels that Michigan needs another
bridge to Canada. He expects the state of Michigan, the United
States government and the Canadian government to pay for
this $4.2 billion bridge. The Ambassador Bridge is privately
owned by Manuel Moroun and it is 82-years old. The new
bridge would be a few miles away from the existing bridge,
using up more land. It would take between four and ve years
to complete this bridge. Many people are opposed to its
construction and feel that the money should be used to x
roads in Michigan instead.
The main reason for opposition is the cost. The U.S. is
already in debt. The people of Michigan should not have to pay
higher taxes to build this bridge when there is an alternative.
Moroun has brought up the idea of building another bridge,
alongside the existing Ambassador Bridge, and has oered to
pay up to $500 million for it.
This idea would save land because the proposed site is
already owned by Moroun which means that the State would
not need to use its eminent domain power to take peoples
houses. Eminent domain means that the government has the
constitutional right to take your property for a public purpose.
The government has to pay for it, but their denition of fair is
often dierent than the owners.
The government does a horrible job at making sure roads
are safe, why would a new bridge be any dierent? Michigan
roads are full of potholes and the overpasses have parts that are
crumbling. The idea of the government being in charge of the
upkeep of this new bridge is frightening. It will end up like all
of the neglected roads of Michigan. It will become unsafe and
useless.
Some people who support building the new Detroit-
Windsor Bridge like the idea that it would create many new
jobs. The problem is that most of the jobs would be construc-
tion jobs which most people are not qualied for. The people
who could do these jobs would also nd work repairing the
Ambassador Bridge if that were the route taken. They could
also nd work building another privately owned bridge like
Moroun has oered.
Overall, this proposed new bridge is a terrible idea. It would
hurt, not help, the people of Michigan. It would involve the
government taking land from its owners for much less than
they deserve, the cost for construction and maintenance is
astronomical, and the people of Michigan would be stuck
paying for a large portion of it through our tax dollars. The
government does not maintain our roads, we cannot expect
them to keep a bridge of this size and importance up-to-date
and safe.
Moroun has oered to build another bridge; the govern-
ment should take him up on that oer. Michigan is struggling,
dont make things harder for us by raising our taxes for a bridge
we dont need.
Page Layout by Jonathan King
A brief look at common logical fallacies
Thats wrong and you
should feel ashamed
By Edward Gall
Guest Contributor
By Jonathan King
Editor in Chief
Guest Contributor
By Kara Corbin
Should we build another bridge to Canada?
In an eort to increase the scope of political discussion on Schoolcrafts campus, the Connection sta reached out to faculty to nd
a way to include more voices in the Colleges student publication. The Great Debate provides a venue for respectful discussion on
both sides of todays controversial topics, all in the name of educating readers.
The Connection would like to thank Professor Nanian and her Political Science 105 class.
The slippery slope is a favorite fallacy of the doomsayer. It goes
like this: If event A happens, then event B will surely follow. The
slippery slope is a logical fallacy because it assumes a potential
consequence of a decision that can't be proven. For example, a
common argument against drug legalization is, If we legalize
drugs, then everyone will start using them! The argument assumes
a consequence that is not denite, and cannot be conrmed.
Of course, the beauty of the slippery slope is that it can always slip
both ways. If we make drugs illegal because they're potentially
harmful, we'll have to make everything potentially harmful illegal.
Soon we won't have cars, hammers or toothpicks!
Setting up a straw man involves attacking an exaggerated or
distorted version of someone's position. Political ads tend to be
chock full of them. Senator Jackie wants to increase the healthcare
budget, whereas Senator Mackie wants to take medication away
from the elderly. It's very unlikely that Senator Mackie actually
wants to snatch the pain pills out of your grandmother's hand. It's a
cheap way to turn your opponent into an easy-to-shoot-down target.
Of course, attacking an exaggerated position in this manner is like
criticizing a caricature as if it was a photograph. It's not the way to
make a convincing argument.
The 2012 presidential elections are coming up soon. How many
straw men can you spot?
Humans are quick to make assumptions and jump to conclu-
sions. Post hoc ergo propter hoc means After this, therefore,
because of this. It's a common logical fallacy that boils down to
Event A happened before event B, therefore event A caused event
B. An example might be, John's computer stopped working. He hit
the computer. It started working again. Therefore, John is the Fonz.
The problem is, two events happening in sequence proves nothing,
other than that the events happened in sequence. Hence the phrase,
correlation does not imply causation.
Post hoc can also be referred to as the superstition fallacy, as it
is the error that spawns most superstitious beliefs. Every time I've
worn my red boxer shorts, The Red Wings have won. Therefore, the
Red Wings don't win unless I wear my red boxer shorts. The logic
gap there is pretty easy to spot. Unless you can draw a direct causal
link between a hockey team and your underpants, chances are the
two events are unrelated. Hence the other phrase, sports win does
not imply magic underwear.
There once was a time when argument consisted of a civil
exchange of opinions, using arcane concepts like thought and logic.
Unfortunately, in today's world, an argument usually consists of:
I'm very loud!
Oh yeah? Well I'm even louder!
In an eort to make a return to the golden days of argument, we
present a crash course in logical fallacies. Here are three common
lapses in reason that you should be aware of.
The Great Debate
Political
grudge match!
Page Layout by Jonathan King
Americas greatest political battles
The Nixon-Kennedy debate is one of the most
famous debates of the modern age and the rst to
highlight the importance of appearance in televised
debates. Nixon entered the ring in a thick woolen
suit, sporting a striking ve oclock shadow, he
declined to wear makeup and had spent the day
campaigning. In the opposite corner, Kennedy, who
wore some makeup, was sporting a lightweight suit
and was freshly shaved. He had spent the day
relaxing and practicing answering questions. Under
the hot television lamps Nixon was reduced to a
nervous, blotchy mess, while Kennedy appeared neat
and tan. Referring to Nixon, then mayor of Chicago,
Richard Daley reportedly said, My God theyve
embalmed him before he even died. The people
watching the debate were sure Kennedy had a
knockout. People listening on radio said the match
was a draw.
On July 11, 1804, Alexander The Treasurer
Beyond Measurer Hamilton met Aaron The
Vicegrip President Burr for a battle royale. This
would be nal showdown in a longtime political and
personal competition. The rst punch was thrown
when Burr knocked out Hamiltons father-in-law in
a Senate race. After losing the election for Governor
of New York, Burr decided that he had endured his
last diss when Hamilton taunted Burr at a dinner
party. Hamiltons smack-talk was later published in
a New York newspaper. Burr decided that dueling
Hamilton would reinvigorate his ailing political
career. Neither would back down from the duel,
despite their seconds pleas. They each red a single
shot. Burr was unharmed. Hamilton fell to the
ground, he would die the next day.
In 1858 rookie challenger Abraham Lincoln faced
o against heavyweight incumbent Stephan A.
Douglas for one of Illinois Senate seats. They
squared o seven times, each in a dierent congres-
sional district. The second bout in Freeport, Ill.
resulted in the Freeport Doctrine, which said that
people had the right to exclude slavery from the
territories in which they resided. This came out of
the verbal smackdown Lincoln gave to Douglas
when he trapped him into saying that settlers could
prevent slavery in the territory they lived, exing
the muscles of popular sovereignty. This was a
smack in the face to the Supreme Court and the
Dread Scott decision, which allowed slave-owners
to bring their slaves into the territories. Lincoln lost
the battle for the Senate, but it brought him
national exposure enabling him to eventually take
the White House.
Nixon Kennedy
vs.
Hamilton Burr
vs.
Straw Man
Post Hoc
Slippery Slope
I walked under a ladder and 12 seconds later I stubbed my toe.
Coincidence? I think not!
Senator Jim wants to cut teaching budgets. Unlike him, I don't
believe that children would be better o as babbling idiots.
If we legalize gay marriage, next we'll have to legalize marriage to
cows and table lamps!
By Ian Gallagher
Managing Editor
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Lets build Lets build versus
Dont build Dont build
In Michigan there are two bridges that go to Canada: the
Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron and the Ambassador Bridge
in Detroit, which is the main supply line to many companies
on both sides of the river. Both countries want to add another
bridge for several reasons: if there is an attack on the bridge or
some type of a problem and the bridge has to close and then
there would be billions of dollars and lots of time lost. A
second span would also cut down on the trac on one bridge,
making travel across the border easier.
Every day, over a billion dollars in goods crosses the Ambas-
sador Bridge. When heavy trac clogs up the borders, it costs
companies such as Ford, Chrysler and General Motors time
and money. These companies ship products over the bridge
and use a system called just-in-time delivery which allows
companies not to store parts throughout the plant but to
remain at the vendor until they are running low on parts
needed. If there is heavy trac on the bridge, it could run the
plant out of parts and shut down the factory. Last year, delays
at the bridge added an estimated $800 to the cost of every new
vehicle sold in the U.S. and Canada. This was due to automo-
tive companies trying to cover costs of down time.
The proposed bridge, that has been trying to pass through
the Senate since 2009, would cost approximately $2.6 billion
for the entire project. These costs would be split between the
U.S. and Canada. Canada has committed to putting up $550
million as a loan to Michigan to be repaid through future toll
revenue. It would help cut down on travel time across the
border. With U.S. trade with Canada going up 36% from
2009-2010 there is a denite increase in trac. Many Republi-
cans have been trying for a green light on the project, includ-
ing Governor Rick Snyder, but some Senators have been
stalling, reporting that with trac down some 50%, they
cannot justify the building of two bridges. However with
increased trac projections for the next 30 years, up 57% for
cars and 128% for trucks, it would overload the capacity of just
one bridge.
The current owner of the Ambassador Bridge has been
campaigning against building a new, publicly-owned bridge
instead of a privately-owned one like his. Billionaire Manuel
Moroun bought the Ambassador Bridge 30 years ago. Today,
the bridge makes roughly $60 million annually in toll revenue.
Moroun has proposed to build a new bridge alongside the
existing span, with two more lanes and use the Ambassador
Bridge as a back-up. But Canada does not want that due to
current trac problems at the location of the border stations.
If passed, the bridge site would be in Delray, an industrial and
residential area. It was once a nice community but now is
blighted with abandoned, grati-riddled buildings that would
come down to make room for the new bridge. If built, the
government may use eminent domain, per the Fifth Amend-
ment of the U.S. Constitution, to move people out of the area.
Opening up a new bridge in Detroit is a good idea for
Michigan. It would create up to 30,000 jobs, lighten up the
trac across the border, increase travel between the two
countries and help stop gridlock at the border for companies
dependent on trade, thereby getting their parts in time and
possibly lower the costs for the consumer.
Governor Rick Snyder feels that Michigan needs another
bridge to Canada. He expects the state of Michigan, the United
States government and the Canadian government to pay for
this $4.2 billion bridge. The Ambassador Bridge is privately
owned by Manuel Moroun and it is 82-years old. The new
bridge would be a few miles away from the existing bridge,
using up more land. It would take between four and ve years
to complete this bridge. Many people are opposed to its
construction and feel that the money should be used to x
roads in Michigan instead.
The main reason for opposition is the cost. The U.S. is
already in debt. The people of Michigan should not have to pay
higher taxes to build this bridge when there is an alternative.
Moroun has brought up the idea of building another bridge,
alongside the existing Ambassador Bridge, and has oered to
pay up to $500 million for it.
This idea would save land because the proposed site is
already owned by Moroun which means that the State would
not need to use its eminent domain power to take peoples
houses. Eminent domain means that the government has the
constitutional right to take your property for a public purpose.
The government has to pay for it, but their denition of fair is
often dierent than the owners.
The government does a horrible job at making sure roads
are safe, why would a new bridge be any dierent? Michigan
roads are full of potholes and the overpasses have parts that are
crumbling. The idea of the government being in charge of the
upkeep of this new bridge is frightening. It will end up like all
of the neglected roads of Michigan. It will become unsafe and
useless.
Some people who support building the new Detroit-
Windsor Bridge like the idea that it would create many new
jobs. The problem is that most of the jobs would be construc-
tion jobs which most people are not qualied for. The people
who could do these jobs would also nd work repairing the
Ambassador Bridge if that were the route taken. They could
also nd work building another privately owned bridge like
Moroun has oered.
Overall, this proposed new bridge is a terrible idea. It would
hurt, not help, the people of Michigan. It would involve the
government taking land from its owners for much less than
they deserve, the cost for construction and maintenance is
astronomical, and the people of Michigan would be stuck
paying for a large portion of it through our tax dollars. The
government does not maintain our roads, we cannot expect
them to keep a bridge of this size and importance up-to-date
and safe.
Moroun has oered to build another bridge; the govern-
ment should take him up on that oer. Michigan is struggling,
dont make things harder for us by raising our taxes for a bridge
we dont need.
Page Layout by Jonathan King
A brief look at common logical fallacies
Thats wrong and you
should feel ashamed
By Edward Gall
Guest Contributor
By Jonathan King
Editor in Chief
Guest Contributor
By Kara Corbin
Should we build another bridge to Canada?
In an eort to increase the scope of political discussion on Schoolcrafts campus, the Connection sta reached out to faculty to nd
a way to include more voices in the Colleges student publication. The Great Debate provides a venue for respectful discussion on
both sides of todays controversial topics, all in the name of educating readers.
The Connection would like to thank Professor Nanian and her Political Science 105 class.
The slippery slope is a favorite fallacy of the doomsayer. It goes
like this: If event A happens, then event B will surely follow. The
slippery slope is a logical fallacy because it assumes a potential
consequence of a decision that can't be proven. For example, a
common argument against drug legalization is, If we legalize
drugs, then everyone will start using them! The argument assumes
a consequence that is not denite, and cannot be conrmed.
Of course, the beauty of the slippery slope is that it can always slip
both ways. If we make drugs illegal because they're potentially
harmful, we'll have to make everything potentially harmful illegal.
Soon we won't have cars, hammers or toothpicks!
Setting up a straw man involves attacking an exaggerated or
distorted version of someone's position. Political ads tend to be
chock full of them. Senator Jackie wants to increase the healthcare
budget, whereas Senator Mackie wants to take medication away
from the elderly. It's very unlikely that Senator Mackie actually
wants to snatch the pain pills out of your grandmother's hand. It's a
cheap way to turn your opponent into an easy-to-shoot-down target.
Of course, attacking an exaggerated position in this manner is like
criticizing a caricature as if it was a photograph. It's not the way to
make a convincing argument.
The 2012 presidential elections are coming up soon. How many
straw men can you spot?
Humans are quick to make assumptions and jump to conclu-
sions. Post hoc ergo propter hoc means After this, therefore,
because of this. It's a common logical fallacy that boils down to
Event A happened before event B, therefore event A caused event
B. An example might be, John's computer stopped working. He hit
the computer. It started working again. Therefore, John is the Fonz.
The problem is, two events happening in sequence proves nothing,
other than that the events happened in sequence. Hence the phrase,
correlation does not imply causation.
Post hoc can also be referred to as the superstition fallacy, as it
is the error that spawns most superstitious beliefs. Every time I've
worn my red boxer shorts, The Red Wings have won. Therefore, the
Red Wings don't win unless I wear my red boxer shorts. The logic
gap there is pretty easy to spot. Unless you can draw a direct causal
link between a hockey team and your underpants, chances are the
two events are unrelated. Hence the other phrase, sports win does
not imply magic underwear.
There once was a time when argument consisted of a civil
exchange of opinions, using arcane concepts like thought and logic.
Unfortunately, in today's world, an argument usually consists of:
I'm very loud!
Oh yeah? Well I'm even louder!
In an eort to make a return to the golden days of argument, we
present a crash course in logical fallacies. Here are three common
lapses in reason that you should be aware of.
The Great Debate
Political
grudge match!
Page Layout by Jonathan King
Americas greatest political battles
The Nixon-Kennedy debate is one of the most
famous debates of the modern age and the rst to
highlight the importance of appearance in televised
debates. Nixon entered the ring in a thick woolen
suit, sporting a striking ve oclock shadow, he
declined to wear makeup and had spent the day
campaigning. In the opposite corner, Kennedy, who
wore some makeup, was sporting a lightweight suit
and was freshly shaved. He had spent the day
relaxing and practicing answering questions. Under
the hot television lamps Nixon was reduced to a
nervous, blotchy mess, while Kennedy appeared neat
and tan. Referring to Nixon, then mayor of Chicago,
Richard Daley reportedly said, My God theyve
embalmed him before he even died. The people
watching the debate were sure Kennedy had a
knockout. People listening on radio said the match
was a draw.
On July 11, 1804, Alexander The Treasurer
Beyond Measurer Hamilton met Aaron The
Vicegrip President Burr for a battle royale. This
would be nal showdown in a longtime political and
personal competition. The rst punch was thrown
when Burr knocked out Hamiltons father-in-law in
a Senate race. After losing the election for Governor
of New York, Burr decided that he had endured his
last diss when Hamilton taunted Burr at a dinner
party. Hamiltons smack-talk was later published in
a New York newspaper. Burr decided that dueling
Hamilton would reinvigorate his ailing political
career. Neither would back down from the duel,
despite their seconds pleas. They each red a single
shot. Burr was unharmed. Hamilton fell to the
ground, he would die the next day.
In 1858 rookie challenger Abraham Lincoln faced
o against heavyweight incumbent Stephan A.
Douglas for one of Illinois Senate seats. They
squared o seven times, each in a dierent congres-
sional district. The second bout in Freeport, Ill.
resulted in the Freeport Doctrine, which said that
people had the right to exclude slavery from the
territories in which they resided. This came out of
the verbal smackdown Lincoln gave to Douglas
when he trapped him into saying that settlers could
prevent slavery in the territory they lived, exing
the muscles of popular sovereignty. This was a
smack in the face to the Supreme Court and the
Dread Scott decision, which allowed slave-owners
to bring their slaves into the territories. Lincoln lost
the battle for the Senate, but it brought him
national exposure enabling him to eventually take
the White House.
Nixon Kennedy
vs.
Hamilton Burr
vs.
Straw Man
Post Hoc
Slippery Slope
I walked under a ladder and 12 seconds later I stubbed my toe.
Coincidence? I think not!
Senator Jim wants to cut teaching budgets. Unlike him, I don't
believe that children would be better o as babbling idiots.
If we legalize gay marriage, next we'll have to legalize marriage to
cows and table lamps!
By Ian Gallagher
Managing Editor
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the Schoolcraft connection
By Colin Hickson
Staff Writer
By Todd Walsh
Staff Writer
The Three Musketeers
Stick with the books The titanic trio return in all new movie
The new trend in Hollywood
is taking an old literature classic
and turning it into a movie,
adding some of that famous
Hollywood flavor. Sadly, it does
not always work. This years
example is a steampunk adapta-
tion of the classic story, The
Three Musketeers. Written by
Alexander Dumas in 1844, its a
superior adventure story with
spies, sword fighting, heroes,
damsels, villains and suspense.
It takes place in Paris circa 1625
where the city is split between
two leaders: the evil Cardinal
Richelieu and the good King
Louis XIII. The Musketeers are
allies to the good King Louis,
as the royal guards. To many
guards it is a job, but to one,
DArtagnan, it is his dream. He
travels to Paris on a quest to
join the Musketeers. Not only
does he join, but gets the privi-
lege to be trained by the best:
Athos, Porthos and Aramis.
DArtagnan quickly discovers
a conspiracy that forces the
mighty adventurers to travel
cross country for a jewelry hunt
to defend the beloved queens
honor.
The Three Musketeers is
Alexander Dumas earliest
work and many consider it
among his best alongside
The Count of Monte
Cristo and The
Man in the Iron
Mask. Its a
great adventure story that has
everything from great sword
fights to great villains. The
book is a prime example of
historical fiction. It is actually
based from the memoirs of
Comte De La Fere. The majority
of the characters were actu-
ally real people like Cardinal
Richelieu and King Louis XIII.
Dumas paints a romantic
adventurous picture for the
book but does not take away
any of the main plot.
The Three Musketeers was
published strangely, for it was
never intended to be a novel,
but as a series for a newspaper.
Dumas wrote a new chapter
for each issue of the paper. The
printed chapters would end in a
cliffhanger, where the damsel is
kidnapped or heroes are left in
a near death situation. When it
was published as a novel, each
chapter ended in such suspense
that the reader would not be
able to put the book down.
The slight downside to this
classic novel is the book is
heavy with dated dialogue and
can seem very drawn out and
complicated. The sword fight
scenes are written too short.
Do not choose to read the new
Richard Pevear translation.
He tried to modernize it and
in turn destroyed Dumas rich
story and poetic language.
Instead go for the William
Barrow translation. It is more
faithful to Dumas original tale
however many of the sexual
themes have been weeded out.
If you want, learn French to
read The Three Musketeers,
because there is no better
version than the original.
The book is amazing, a sus-
penseful story with action and
adventure and a dash of history.
There is no movie that can do it
justice. Just read the book and
look into the sequels.
Ever since their debut in Alexandre
Dumas famed novel, the Three
Musketeers have undergone various
reboots and adaptations. Those ranging
from the Hanna-Barbera animated
segments of the Banana Splits to the
anthropomorphized Dogtanian and the
Three Muskehounds. There was also
the 1993 Disney movie starring Kiefer
Sutherland and Charlie Sheen, featuring
Bryan Adams and Stings All for Love.
Hollywood has once again taken these
classic heroes into an all new action
comedy.
Set in 17th-century France, the film
opens with the skilled and deadly
Athos (Matthew MacFadyen), the super
strong and quick-tongued Porthos (Ray
Stevenson), and the agile and religious
Aramis (Luke Evans). The trio are steal-
ing blueprints that detail how to build a
massive airship, which could give France
an advantage over enemy nations. Their
mission ends in failure when they are
betrayed by their partner and Athos
lover, Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich).
She drugs them and hands the plans over
to the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando
Bloom), who doesnt bother to hide his
joy over their humiliation. One year later,
the Musketeers, disgraced by the botched
mission, have been forced to disband, and
are still greatly ashamed by their defeat.
This particularly disappoints DArtagnan
(Logan Lerman), a young man from
the country who had hoped to
join the Musketeers. But both
DArtagnans dreams and
a chance for the trio to
redeem themselves may
come sooner than
they think when
they uncover a
plot by Milady
and her boss,
the corrupt
Cardinal
Richelieu
(Christoph
Waltz). The plan is to force France into
a war with England by making it appear
that Queen Anne (Juno Temple) is having
an affair with the Duke. Seizing the
opportunity, the Musketeers set forth
to foil the Cardinals plan and prevent a
war, fighting off the Cardinals henchmen
along the way.
The film is very interesting, due largely
to its unique take on the classic adventure
story. Unlike the original story, there is
more of a comedic flair and a great deal
of steampunk-styled technology incor-
porated into the story, which adds to the
pulse-pounding action. Its an amazing
new take on the novel, with a few more
changes here and there. The visuals are
wonderful, although the 3-D doesnt help.
It may work for some films, but The
Three Musketeers isnt one of them.
Other than the pesky 3-D, this is a
great film, full of action, romance and
loads of humor thatll keep you wanting
more and more. If you like classic stories
brought to life and action thatll make
your blood run rampant, than The Three
Musketeers
is the film to
see.
November 7, 2011
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By Todd Walsh & Chad Perkins
Staff Writers
The Three Musketeers
Veterans Day
Friday
Night
Rental
In honor of Veterans Day, here are
some excellent films that show the
glory and the horror of war.
Private SNAFU (1943-45)
Back in the early days of film, anima-
tion studios created theatrical shorts
more frequently than full length
movies. During the 1930s and early
40s, animation studios started using
the shorts as propaganda tools to help
educate the masses in an entertaining
way. The US Army looked at cartoons
as a way to educate the soldiers, so
Warner Brothers and MGM were com-
missioned to created twenty-eight
Private SNAFU shorts. The series was
about Private Snafu, the worlds worst
solider and his career was to demon-
strate what not to do. The series used
humor to detail real issues like spies,
traps and malaria.
The Private SNAFU series is one
of the funniest cartoons ever created.
It has a slapstick formula similar
to the classics Tom and Jerry and
Looney Tunes. Many great anima-
tors emerged from Private SNAFU
like Chuck Jones and Tex Avery, who
would go on to become legends for
their work with Warner Brothers and
MGM. Mel Blanc, the voice behind
Bugs Bunny, voiced Private Snafu.
The writing is also excellent of
course, you wouldnt expect less from
Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.)
The cartoons play out like his chil-
drens books with the whimsical
rhythms and rhymes he is famous
for.
Private SNAFU is now in the public
domain. Each short is on YouTube,
although the quality is less than
perfect. If you like animation, con-
sider spending the extra money and
checking out the Thunderbean col-
lection, which has digitally remas-
tered each short.
Flags of Our Fathers &
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
On February 19, 1945, US Marines
were on a mission to invade the island
of Iwo Jima and capture the airfields,
known as the Battle of Iwo Jima or
Operation Detachment. The iconic
image of six Marines raising the
American flag on Mount Suriback took
place after the Battle of Iwo Jima. Clint
Eastwood created two movies depict-
ing this battle. The first, Flags of Our
Fathers, is the tale of three Marines
who mounted the flag on Suriback and
their rise to glory. The second, Letters
from Iwo Jima, describes the battle
through the eyes of the enemy, the
Japanese.
Clint Eastwood is a master of the
cinematic arts and he is one of the only
directors to paint an honest picture of
war. He uses his brush to create images
of the beauty of brotherhood while
still showing the horrors of combat in
exquisite detail. He shows how each
side saw the death of their comrades
and foes. Flags of Our Fathers ques-
tions what it takes to be a hero and
Letters from Iwo Jima shows the fine
line between a man and a monster.
Both are excellent dramatic portrayals
of war are both are required viewings
for fans of war films.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Deer Hunter is a 1978 drama
film co-written and directed by
Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian-
American steel workers and their
infantry service during the Vietnam
War. The film stars some of the great-
est actors of the 70s, including Robert
De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl
Streep, John Savage, John Cazale and
George Dzundza. The film won five
Academy Awards and was named the
53rd Greatest Movie of All Time by the
American Film Institute. Put simply,
this film is worth checking out.
The Deer Hunter takes place
in Clairton, a small town on the
Monongahela River near Pittsburgh
and Saigon, in the midst of the Vietnam
War. It is set up like a theatrical play
there are three acts, all laced into
one another. The Deer Hunter is an
action-packed, glorious and horrific
story about the Vietnam War. This
film gives one a feeling of being behind
enemy lines during the war. Seeing the
tormented souls that were captured
and the bloodshed of the victims gets
the adrenaline pumping and makes one
feel alive. The Deer Hunter is a true
masterpiece among its genre.
Glory (1989)
Directed by
Edward Zwick,
Glory is loosely
based on the
story of the 54th
Massachusetts
Volunteer Infantry
led by Colonel
Robert Gould Shaw.
The film begins in
1862, with Shaw
(played by Matthew
Broderick) leading
an attack against
Confederate troops
at the Battle of
Antietam. Shaw is seriously wounded
and loses consciousness. He is later
awakened by an African-American
gravedigger named John Rawlins
(played by Morgan Freeman). Shaw is
promoted to Colonel for his bravery
and skill and is given command of
the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer
Infantry, the first all-black regiment.
The film follows the 54ths struggles
through training and the institu-
tional racism of the Army in the Civil
War Era, culminating with the 54th
bravely leading the assault on Ft.
Wagner.
Glory is one of the better war
movies out there. It gives the illu-
sion of experiencing the war through
the eyes of Shaw and his men. It is a
spotlight role for Broderick, showing
his depth and serious acting abilities
and also gave Freeman his second
largest role. Denzel Washington
plays a supporting role in the film as
Private Trip, an escaped slave, and the
performance earned Washington an
Academy Award.
Glory is a breathtaking film that
will leave you speechless. You will feel
truly connected to these characters
and give you new insight into history.
Glory is a staple for anyones movie
collection.
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November 7, 2011
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Compiled By
Leah Esslinger
Staff Writer
2 Broke Girls is a sitcom we can all relate to
for better or worse. The writers, comedienne
Whitney Cummings and Michael Patrick King of
Sex and the City acclaim, have a very culturally
relevant concept. Desperate financial situations
force two girls with opposing personalities to
be roommates in a one-bedroom garden apart-
ment in Brooklyn. Caroline (Beth Behrs) is the
poor little rich girl who finds herself homeless
with nothing but the clothes on her back and a
champion horse to feed after her daddy goes to
prison for embezzlement. Max (Kat Dennings)
is her cynical, tough girl counterpart who is
kind enough to offer Caroline a couch. The girls
develop a plan to start a cupcake business and are
working hard to save for it. At the close of every
episode viewers get to see exactly how much
progress the girls have made toward their goal
when the new savings total pops up on the screen.
The two work together at a little dive of a diner
owned by Han Lee (Matthew Moy), who reveals
his ever-present desperation to be hip. Oleg
(Jonathan Kite) is the kitchen pervert who hits on Max and
Caroline at every opportunity and Earl (Garrett Morris) is
the funny guy at the register who always has the girls back.
The dynamic of the work environment is well con-
structed and fairly believable, with the exception of the
occasional flash mob or karaoke night. Unfortunately,
much of the humor in the first few episodes misses the
mark. Make no mistake, there are a few giggles to be had
and Dennings deadpan delivery may be the shows biggest
asset, despite being a little inconsistent. There just seems
to be an awkward disconnect somewhere. The studio
audience does not always laugh at the most appropri-
ate moments and the chemistry between actors is a little
uncomfortable in several scenes. The writers too often sub-
stitute vulgarity for a clever joke and, rather than setting
trends as the greatest sitcoms have, 2 Broke Girls fails
to even stay current. Flash mobs, the love and hate of the
hipster and even the cupcake business are trends that have
seemingly peaked. Also disappointing was a backdoor
reference that, although comedic, would be recognized by
any devoted Sex in the City fan as taken directly from
Samanthas mouth.
Unless the increasingly endearing relationship devel-
oping between the main characters saves the show, the
future is not necessarily promising. The series has fallen
just short thus far, to the dismay of fans of King and
Cummings. Luckily, 2 Broke Girls has not yet seen a dra-
matic drop in ratings so perhaps America is really rooting
for Max and Caroline. It is easy to relate when watching
them slowly grow their savings, especially at a time when
so many can identify with the thrill of a great score at a
thrift store or the shame in dodging calls from a bill col-
lector. A little bit of character development and a few
well-placed jokes could potentially set 2 Broke Girls apart
from the annual plethora of sitcoms and insert Behrs and
Dennings as two of Americas newest sweethearts.
2 Broke Girls airs Monday nights at 8:30 on NBC.
Everlast w/ Redlight King
Former House of Pain front man,
Erik Francis Schrody, is better known
by his stage name, Everlast. He has
been performing solo since 1990, but
did not find any critical acclaim for
his solo efforts until 1998, when he
debuted the single What Its Like.
Challenging audiences to step in the
shoes of those society condemns, this
single proves to be his most popular
to date. The album that spawned it,
Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, gave
another hit to the artist: The Ends.
This single adds to the social com-
mentary by showing the heavily glam-
orized thug life as nothing more
than a means to an ends. Famously
feuding with prominent artists such
as Eminem and members of Cypress
Hill, Everlasts gritty lyrics continue
to display the underbelly of American
pop-culture. Catch him in Detroit at
the Hard Rock Caf on Nov. 11 at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $20.
Demi Lovato
Disneys little girl is all grown up.
Demi Lovato, originally of Camp
Rock fame has three albums to date:
Dont Forget, Here We Go Again and
Unbroken, her newest album. Lovatos
acting chops have been praised, along
with her vocals. Her accomplishments
include Teen Choices Young Artist
Award and the Alma Award for special
music achievement in 2009. In 2010, she
scored a hat trick at Teen Choice Awards,
taking home Best Breakout Artist,
Best Pop Album, and Best Love Song.
Skyscraper, Get Back and La La
Land are some of Lovatos best-known
songs. Catch her at the Fox Theater on
Nov. 16, 2011. The show starts at 7:30, and
tickets range from $39.50-$61.80.
Fitz & The Tantrums
Fitz and The Tantrums have only
just hit the music scene, but they
have done so in a huge way. Their first
studio album, Pickin Up The Pieces,
hit number one on the Billboard
Heatseekers chart. In their April 2011
issue, Rolling Stone magazine let its
readers know that this is the band to
watch. With only one studio album and
two EPs Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1
and Santa Stole My Lady audiences
may wonder what this six-piece, soul/
indie pop band will have to offer next.
They will be coming to the Detroit area
on Nov. 16, 2011. They will be playing
Saint Andrews Hall at 7:30, and tickets
are $27.50.
LeAnn Rimes
At the tender age of fifteen, LeAnn
Rimes wowed audiences with her
mature vocals in the country hit Blue.
Since then she has released 11 albums,
rocketing her to country stardom.
Now in her 30s, Rimes has won a very
impressive six Grammys, winning Best
Female Country Vocal Performance
five times. As time goes by, her music
grows more intimate and her vocals
more powerful. She can be seen at
Detroits Sound Board at the MotorCity
Casino Hotel on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $37.00 to $39.00
"2 Broke Girls" hits
the ground stumbling
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By Brianne Radke
Staff Writer
Open Play
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With the holiday season almost
here, the best part of this time is
perhaps not so much of resting
yourself but to be busy spending
time with your families. Going to
the mall or watching movies with
your family def initely sounds fun
but it can become mundane. To
add a little more color, music and
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ence this holiday season in a new
energizing way. Broadway plays are
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Detroits
Fisher Theater
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from Nov. 15-27. A Christmas
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tions that stand between Ralphie
and his Christmas present. A
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classic that will entertain the
whole family and f ill your holidays
with laughter. The ticket prices
start from $30 for adults.
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Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 1:00 p.m.
If you would like more informa-
tion, or order your tickets online,
please visit broadwayindetroit.
com. If you would like to purchase
your tickets by phone, please call
Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787.
Wicked
The Detroit Opera House is showing
the musical Wicked from Dec. 7-31.
The musical is through the perspec-
tive of two witches from the Land of
Oz, Elphaba and Galinda. Elphaba is
the emerlad-green colored girl who is
mostly misunderstood by her actions
and, contrastingly, Galinda is the
beautiful Blonde who is ambitious and
popular in the land. Wicked illus-
trates the story of these two improb-
able friends who grow to become the
Wicked Witch of the West and the
Good Witch of the North. Both witches
struggle with their clashing viewpoints
and personalities, their opinions about
Wizards corrupt government and the
battle for the same love. The result of
their rivalry results in a witch hunt and
a new twist on the way you look at the
Magical Land of Oz. Tickets start at $67
for adults. The play is showing:
Certain Tuesdays and Wednesday -
Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday
and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
For more information about
Wicked and ticket orders, please visit
broadwayindetroit.com
Little Women
The classic Little Women is coming
to The Village Theater in Canton Dec. 1.
The show is based on Louisa May Alcotts
own life and the novel Little Women.
It follows Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March
and their adventures growing up during
the Civil War. This is a tale near and dear
to many, is considered a timeless work
of art and will be brought to life through
music and dance. Tickets start at $15.
For tickets, timings and more infor-
mation, please visit canton-mi.org/vil-
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November 7, 2011
By Jonathan King
Editor in Chief
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By Alys Dolan
Arts & Entertainment Editor
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Justice
Audio, Video, Disco
Genre: Electro House
For most of the last decade, it seemed
like Daft Punk would hold a monopoly
on French-produced disco-house. Then,
from the depths of Paris sprung the
electronic duo Justice. Their 2007 debut,
Cross, took everyone by surprise, with
its mangled beats, sharply-cut samples
and deliciously distorted bass lines. Four
years later, they launched their highly-
anticipated sophomore release, Audio,
Video, Disco.
Justice described AVD as a daytime
album, to compliment the darker tone of
Cross. The 70s dance club influence is
much more pronounced on AVD. The
album opens with Horsepower, a disco
rocker complete with screaming guitars and
orchestral accompaniment. Later on, a flute
solo appears out of nowhere on the track
OnnOn whens the last time you heard
one of those outside of a Jethro Tull record?
Unfortunately, for all its grandeur,
AVD is a buzzsaw with a blunt blade
and no electric current. The energetic
pulse that drove Cross is dulled and
dissipated on this album. The music is
at its best when Justice forgoes the acidic
grooves altogether and focuses on build-
ing waves of bright, pulsating melody.
The title track makes good use of this
technique, with a soaring vocal chorus
that is simple but wonderfully infectious.
At its worst, the album feels like Justice
lite lower in calories but lacking flavor.
The track Canon hearkens back to
the crunching riffs of Cross, but never
develops into anything spectacular. At the
lowest end of the spectrum, Brianvision
takes so long to get revved up that it feels
like a song made of 75 percent intro. And
even when the crescendo hits, it still feels
limp and lifeless.
This daytime album shows why
the best parties happen at night. While
Cross was hard and harsh, AVD is
light and melodic, but it comes at the
expense of the edge that made Cross
such an exceptional album. The speaker-
crippling distortion that made tracks like
The Waters of Nazareth crawl into your
veins and spike your blood with adrena-
line is all but absent.
As a sequel to an album that raised
eyebrows and expectations, Audio,
Video, Disco simply doesnt deliver. Its
a palatable release for sure, and a decade
ago it may have made some waves.
Unfortunately, in 2011, its just okay.
The Bottom Line:
Audio, Video, Disco lacks the revolu-
tion and raw energy that made Cross so
captivating. Its not bad, but its far from a
genre classic.
Kelly Clarkson
Stronger
Genre: Pop/Rock
Kelly Clarkson came busting out
of the gates as the first and best-
selling winner of the television show
American Idol. She has released
a total of five albums over the last
nine years. Her latest full length CD,
Stronger, was released Oct. 24.
A first listen to this album leaves
you wondering what went on in
Clarksons life to make this album
so dark, yet so relatable. Clarkson
co-wrote five of the songs on this
new full length album. The rest were
written by a group of songsmiths,
including Greg Kurstin, Steve Jordan
and Howard Benson, who took their
time getting to know her.
The songs build off one another
and the theme from the title shows
you just how much stronger she
really is. Her voice, a little deeper and
a bit raspier, leaves visions of P!nk
in the back of ones mind. Several
of the songs are anthems sung for
those longing to move on, having
to start over and standing on their
own two feet for the first time. There
is nothing in the album that really
stands out, musically, aside from the
vocals which are rawer than before.
What truly makes this album is the
lyrics and there could not be a better
title than Stronger.
You can really hear the emotion in
tracks like What Doesnt Kill You.
You know the bed feels warmer/
Sleeping here alone/ You know I
dream in color/ And do the things I
want, tells you that Clarkson is not
sitting around waiting for the one
who is no longer there. In fact, she
is screaming throughout that she is
better off. There is nothing cuddly
about her lyrics, which is incredibly
refreshing.
Stronger is a solid entry in this
American Idols repertoire. While
the music wont blow you away,
Clarksons matured vocals and
powerful lyrics make the album a
worthwhile listen. Fans of Clarksons
previous work will find much to love
in Stronger, and even non-fans may
find something to enjoy.
Bottom Line:
If you are looking for strong lyrical
content with vocals that blow you
over, remember Clarksons lyrics from
the song Einstein: Didnt get it the
first time/ But dont think Ive been so
blind/ Yeah I may not be unstopped/
But I know/ Dumb plus dumb equals
you.
Maya Azucena
Cry Love
Genre: Neo soul
Cry Love is shelved in the neo
soul section, but the album cannot be
limited so simply. Grammy winner Maya
Azucena bends genres in this progres-
sive compilation, including sounds of
smooth jazz, funky blues, island beats
and elements of hip hop. A cognizant
and deeply passionate lyricist, Azucena
covers hope, survival, justice and love
both lost and found. Cry Love has
been referred to over and over again as
her ideal statement as an artist. It is as if
Azucena has gathered all of the passions
in her heart and let them pour from her
lips into a beautiful mosaic of sound.
While the title track is perfectly poised
to kick off the album with a call to social
action, to fully grasp this project one
must begin at the end. The final track
on this album is an exquisite collabora-
tion with Chris Rob covering Donnie
Hathaways Little Ghetto Boy. This
Hathaway song serves as the very root of
Azucenas vision. While it may not have
been the sole inspiration for Cry Love, it
is a precious insight into the artists per-
spective. Azucena reminds the listener of
the child-like faith that humanity clings
to, as she sings Everything is gonna get
better. Robs presence on the piano adds
both warmth and weightlessness to this
classic tune.
The album is laden with contrast.
Following the easy acoustic guitar and
simple flowing rhythm of Cry Love,
Shine utilizes the depth of Azucenas
vocal register and the gospel sounds
of organ, bass and brass to construct a
spiritual ode to the internal conflict of
caring deeply for one who has hurt her
heart. Near is an effortless listen as
Caribbean percussive styling meets the
punch of authoritative backup vocals to
frame a promise of unconditional friend-
ship. Meanwhile, the funky bass line of
Change My Mind is so mesmerizing
that it nearly takes precedence over the
message of rediscovery.
Azucena seems to channel her inner
Mary J. Blige with powerful anthems
like The Half, Run Into the Light and
Warriors. Belonging to the Sun is a
sweet and soulful ballad with melodic,
acoustic rhythms and harmonies remi-
niscent of India Aries vibe. Perhaps the
biggest surprise is in Live On, with its Lizz
Wright-inspired blend of folk and soul.
The Bottom Line:
If you are a lover of neo soul, Cry
Love will make a beautiful addition to
your collection. The album is a heady
cocktail of emotion decanted directly
from the spirit of the artist.
Meat Loaf
Bat Out of Hell
Genre: Hard rock
Marvin Lee Aday, or Meat Loaf as
many call him, was a high school foot-
ball hero turned stage actor. However
after the release of his 1977 rock
and roll classic Bat Out Of Hell he
became a legend of music. The album
was a child of Meat Loaf and the com-
poser Jim Steinman, and has earned
the title of the fifth best-selling record
of all time worldwide. A man of such
humble beginnings has taken a place
in rock and roll history through his
strong vocals and raging music accom-
paniment.
The album opens with the title
track, a ten-minute epic that will leave
you wanting more. The song begins
with an intense music introduction,
with shredding guitars and a stunning
piano arrangement. Meat Loaf s voice
interrupts the music two minutes in,
and it is sheer perfection. He sounds
soft and pleading but powerful and
soaring all at once. His true talent
pours out into the microphone and the
listener can feel the emotion behind
the song.
This album also features the clas-
sics You Took the Words Right out
of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night),
featuring a spoken intro by Steinman,
and Paradise by the Dashboard
Light, a duet with Ellen Foley.
However many fans personal favor-
ite is Two out of Three Aint Bad.
The lyrics tell a terribly depressing
story of love and suffering for a love
lost. Meat Loaf s voice is stunning
and makes one feel like he is opening
his chest and letting his heart bleed
out on the track. He explains how
just wanting someone or needing
them does not equal love. The music
is melodic and fits the mood of th
e song so perfectly. The other great
tracks on this album are Heaven Can
Wait, All Revved Up With No Place
to Go, and the closing rock ballad
For Crying Out Loud.
Bat Out of Hell has sold 43
million albums world wide and sells
200,000 yearly still. This album is
a staple for your rock collection. It
gives the listener epic guitar parts,
classic piano tracks and powerful
vocals.
Bottom Line:
Bat Out of Hell is a wonderful
collaboration of opera, rock and roll
and theatrical spectacle. Meat Loaf s
voice leaves you feeling haunted by its
beauty, and Steinmans music is pure
genius. This album is perfection.
November 7, 2011
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By Jonathan King
Editor in Chief
"The Binding of Isaac" is not a game for decent human beings
For video game hockey, it's "NHL 95"
Well ... that was disturbing
Simply the best
By Billy Blueturtle
Staff Writer
Enjoying The Binding of Isaac is
a bit like discovering you have a taste
for human flesh. Every synapse in your
body tells you that this is profoundly
wrong, and yet you cant help going
back for seconds. Created by the evil
masterminds behind Super Meat Boy
and Gish, The Binding of Isaac is a
relentless and furiously entertaining
experience provided you leave your
soul at the door.
You play as Isaac, a small child who
doesnt have a care in the world that
is, until his mom gets a message from
God that he is unclean and needs to
be isolated in his room, stripped of his
clothes and sacrificed with a kitchen
knife. Luckily, Isaac manages to escape
to the basement before hes stabbed
to death. Unfortunately, the basement
is filled with horrific monsters and
demonic creatures, all gushing blood
and bile and all prepared to rip off
Isaacs skin and wear it like a jacket.
Armed only with his tears, Isaac sets
off to escape the basement and his psy-
chopathic mother. If this story sounds
too dark and depressing for your tastes,
dont worry. This tale of violence, terror
and sadness is played out in a playful,
colorful, cartoony style.
The game is a top-down action RPG
shooter with a heavy Zelda influence.
You fight your way through a series of
dungeons, slaying enemies, collect-
ing upgrades and taking down bosses.
The catch is that you only have one
life to get through them all, and every
dungeon is randomly generated. So no
strategy guide is going to help you here.
Youre on your own, with only your wits
and reflexes to protect you.
Your main weapon is your tears,
which you fire like round bullets of
purest sorrow. Throughout the game
you can collect upgrades all of which
alter your physical appearance to
increase your damage, speed, range and
tear production, as well as add special
effects like charge shots or homing
tears. In addition to your main weapon
you also have single-use items (includ-
ing pills and tarot cards) as well as
special weapons (including Anarchist
Cookbook and My Little Unicorn)
that recharge every couple of rooms.
However, you can only carry one item
and one special weapon at a time. Also,
items and enemies dont respawn, so
your resources are always limited. This
makes Isaac a surprisingly strategic
venture learning how and when to
use your precious keys, bombs and
items is as important as learning how
to dodge enemy attacks.
Making the entire game randomly-
generated is really a genius maneuver,
especially when combined with the
extreme difficulty of the game. Instead
of grinding your way through the same
levels over and over because you will
die frequently every play is a new
experience with new challenges. The
only downside about the random gen-
eration is that lady luck will occasion-
ally throw you a crippling handicap,
usually in the form of a lack of keys.
The visuals are the icing on the
crackbrained cake. The creatures are
as sick and twisted as anything you
might find in a Silent Hill game,
including puppets with blood dripping
out of their empty eye sockets. Not
to be outdone, the bosses are flat-out
disgusting, from The Duke of Flies, a
floating grey demon with his eyes sewn
shut who belches insects, to Gurdy,
a blood-spitting imp who hides in a
mountain of organs and entrails. Its
hard to tell whats more disturbing: the
creatures themselves or the fact that
theyre presented in such a fun Disney-
esque fashion.
Its as if the developers of Super
Meat Boy sat down and said, You
thought that was demented and
ridiculously difficult? Well watch this!
While SMB was all about precision,
repetition and trial and error, Isaac
is all about making decisions, adapt-
ing and being ready for whatever lies
ahead. The game is definitely funny,
although it gets its humor from a place
of bitter blackness, the likes of which
could only be found in the darkest
recesses of the internet. Its not a game
for everyone, but then it was never
supposed to be. The Binding of Isaac
is a game for the hardcore players
with fingers of steel, the patience of a
zen master, and a heart of onyx. If this
sounds like you, then hit download
and buckle up, because youre in for a
disturbingly good time.
Steve Yzerman. Wayne Gretzky. Mario
Lemieux. Brett Hull. Ray Bourque. To
hockey fans, these are Hall of Fame
legends. To fans of a certain mid-90s
video game, they are little electronic
deities.
Way back in the early 1990s, two
video game consoles ruled the world.
There was the Super Nintendo and
the Sega Genesis. In many ways, the
SNES was a superior product except
in regard to sports games. In that one
area, Sega was untouched until
fifth-generation systems like
the PlayStation eventually replaced it.
During this period of Sega dominance,
hockey fans across the Northeast and
Midwest looked to video games to get
their hockey fix. In the fall of 1994, video
game-playing hockey fanatics found
their Holy Grail.
To put it mildly, Electronic Arts NHL
95 for Sega might be the single-most
influential video hockey game ever
created. While many games have come
before and after, it was 95 that
changed the landscape.
Playing a complete season
with trades and player creation
are staples of sports video games
today. Back in 1994, this was
innovative. These add-ins wouldnt
make their Madden debut until
1998. Its hard to imagine a sports
simulation without these stan-
dardized features.
Beyond the new add-ins, it was the
games play that made it a legend.
Masked under graphics that were pedes-
trian even for their time, NHL 95 deliv-
ered unheard of flow and balance that
has rarely been equaled by any sports
video game on any console in the years
since its creation.
In the dark days before 95, hockey
games like 1991s Wayne Gretzky
Hockey for the NES looked like mutant
ants chasing a dot and had as much
flow as a dome hockey game. EAs NHL
Hockey debuted that year and delivered
much of the classic look and feel synony-
mous with the franchise. Skating is intu-
itive giving the game a bit of an arcade
feel. Even novice players will find them-
selves racing up and down the ice within
minutes of picking up the controller for
the first time. More importantly, experi-
enced players can make disrupting flow
a key aspect of their game plan.
Where most sports games are keyed
toward a specific style of play leading to
one-dimensional strategy, the hidden
beauty of NHL 95 lies in its ability to
accommodate a wide array of playing
styles. Enjoy wide-open offense? Prefer
grinding defense? Puck possession?
Speed? Grit? Stonewall goaltending? All
of these styles can be successfully imple-
mented. This balance adds infinite pos-
sibilities for players keeping the game as
fresh as it was in 1994.
And how fresh is NHL 95 17 years
later? The game has a devout cult follow-
ing. NHL 95 leagues have sprouted up
across the nation. Tournaments are held
annually. Not wanting to miss out on the
fun, Finland is home to Europes largest
NHL 95 tournament. A company even
re-released a TV game version in 2004
allowing a whole new generation of fans
to experience the phenomenon.
So go into your parents attic and see
if Dad held on to his old Sega Genesis
in a forgotten box in a dusty corner. You
might even come across an old copy of
NHL 95 amidst the antiquated video
game cartridges. If so, count yourself
lucky because within your hands is the
power to indulge in an incredible hockey
experience and skate with hockey
legends. For any fan of video games and
hockey, this is a must-own game and
only a simple Google search away.
November 7, 2011
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S
ports
Photo Courtesy of deltA ColleGe
Lady Ocelots
fall in Region 12
championship
Upset!
Schoolcraft and Delta go head to head, but Delta push forward with the win.
By Jeremy Stover
Staff Writer
It may be getting cooler outside but,
for the Schoolcraft womens soccer
team, the season was just heating up.
The Lady Ocelots had a great regular
season to say the least amassing a
15-2-1 record heading into the Region
12 championships having already won
the MCCAA championship. The Lady
Ocelots were ranked #14 nationally
and were gearing up to add a National
Junior College Athletic Association
championship to the trophy case.
Schoolcraft has not won an NJCAA
championship since 1988 when the
womens volleyball team brought home
the title. Lady Ocelots soccer had their
eyes set on bringing home one of their
own.
When asked about how he felt about
the team, Coach Deepak Shivraman
said he was very confident in his
girls. Why wouldnt he be with the way
his team has been playing? But in the
postseason everything changes. Its
like a whole new season, you throw all
the records out, Shivraman said.
Those words proved prophetic.
After coming from behind to win
their first-round matchup versus
Owens CC, the Lady Ocelots of
Schoolcraft College had to feel confi-
dent about their chances against Delta
College in the Region 12 championship
game. The Lady Ocelots had rolled
through the region with a perfect 10-0
record. Two of those wins were over
Delta College, 3-1 win at home and 7-1
when visiting University Center.
In a heavily contested game, the
Lady Pioneers did their best to simply
disrupt the Schoolcraft players.
Players under the circumstances,
played really well. We controlled the
tempo, possession and created scoring
chances, said Shivraman.
Throughout regulation play, Deltas
goalkeeper thwarted the Lady Ocelots
every shot and after 90 minutes of
play, the game was still tied 0-0.
Said Shivraman, Turning point
in the game was that the longer that
game went scoreless, Delta grew in
confidence and we grew in frustra-
tion.
Two overtime periods failed to
produce a winner. The match came
down to a shootout. Delta opened
the scoring and Schoolcrafts Renee
Boudreau answered to end the first
round, tied 1-1. Delta scored again
to start the second round, and Sam
Zerilla tied the match again. In the
third round, Delta scored again while
the Lady Ocelot shooter missed
the net. It was 3-2 heading into the
fourth round. Two more goals were
exchanged Lauren Baldalamente
scoring for Schoolcraft leaving the
Lady Ocelots trailing 4-3 heading
into the final round. Schoolcraft goal-
keeper Megan Bauman, who had been
perfect for 110 minutes of regulation
and overtime play tallying seven saves,
missed on the final Lady Pioneer
shootout attempt. Delta College
prevailed 5-3 in shootout to win the
Region 12 championship 1-0.
We had numerous chances and just
couldnt finish them, said Shivraman,
and, for a team like ours that is used
to scoring a lot of goals, I think it was
a shock to the system that we couldnt
convert our chances.
The Lady Ocelots will head home
after a successful 15-2-1 season includ-
ing a semi-final playoff victory and a
tough double-overtime, shootout loss.
Coach Shivraman focused on the
many positive aspects of the success-
ful soccer campaign. Despite the
end result, our team reached many of
the goals that they set. We won the
MCCAA. Academically, our players
performed well in their classes. He
even admitted that a few tears were
shed over the way the season came to
an end. I did cry after our game on
Sunday because I felt that this team
was unique in many ways. I really
appreciated their attitude and collec-
tive work ethic.
That appreciation is shared by the
entire Schoolcraft College family
regarding this special team that
caught an unfortunate break during
a spectacular game and memorable
season.
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SC volleyball looking for
consistency
Men's soccer moves on to districts
Rollercoaster ride
into postseason
Can they remain perfect?
#19 Adrian Tash, of Ontario, shows off his speed and agility
against rival Cincinnati in one of the final home games of
the season.
Brittany
Sprinkles #12
and Amber
Aldrich #16
both move in
to volley the
pass.
By Jeremy Stover
Staff Writer
By Jeremy Stover
Staff Writer
The ups and downs contin-
ued for the Schoolcraft vol-
leyball team as they dropped
their last match to Mott
Community College, losing a
tight battle 3-2. This one was
especially tough after winning
the f irst two games 27-25,
25-23, then dropping the next
three 23-25, 23-25, and 13-25.
The Lady Ocelots have had a
terrif ic season so far with a
record of 26-11 but, as of late,
cant seem to f ind the momen-
tum to get a winning streak
going. In their last seven
matches they have gone back
and forth between winning
and losing.
The Lady Ocelots looked
to rebound quickly though
as their next match was
Halloween weekend in the
MCCAA State Tournament.
The women hoped to get back
to where they were in early
September where they went on
a 15-1 run. Its fair to say that
the Lady Ocelots had proven
that they could hang with
anyone and were a threat in
the postseason. It was simply a
matter of f inding consistency
from match to match and
looking for a player to step up
and carry the team when nec-
essary.
If you talk to most people
around sports they will tell you its
extremely difficult to go undefeated
in a season. To win every single game
is something that every team hopes
for but, realistically, is far too good
to be true. The Schoolcraft mens
soccer team is hoping to keep their
winning streak alive as any loss now
will spell the end of the Ocelots
season.
Schoolcraft is currently ranked #1
in Div. I mens soccer and the team
is having a historical season so far.
After blazing through a 20-0 regular
season, the men won a pair of playoff
games including the Region 12
championship before heading to
a district playoff over the Nov. 5-6
weekend. Coach Rick Larson isnt
impressed by the record, hes just
very proud of his team. We play
inspired at times, and at a high level
at other times Larson said. Keeping
a team motivated to continue playing
at an elite level is one of the tough-
est things for a coach to do. It seems
that Coach Larson has done a great
job of that this year.
The Ocelots have adopted a new
style of play and the results have
been spectacular. Larson said this
team plays a lot faster than previ-
ous teams. He also added that this
team has a lot of confidence in every
game and have really come together
as a team. Confidence and chemistry
are two words in sports that really
dont get enough attention. Theyre
intangibles that cant be taught
which can make coaches go crazy.
Having a team that has a strong bond
and goes out every game thinking
theyre going to win is what every
coach dreams of. Larson has got that
this year from his men. The Ocelots
has even been known to intimidate
other teams with their fierce style of
play.
When we played Jefferson, during
halftime the guys came in and said
that the Jefferson players looked like
they dont even want to be on the
field Larson said.
Freshman Tom Nevill is one of the
Ocelots premier players this year.
Nevill, who calls Notts, England,
home, lead the Ocelots in goals with
15 and added another in the Region
12 tournament. Larson called Nevill a
pleasant surprise.
Nevill isnt alone in leading the
way for the Ocelots. Sophomores
Ryan Lemasters and Marco Lobo
have had great success, both scoring
and setting up goals. It always helps
to have players who can not only put
the ball in the back of the net, but
make good plays for their teammates.
Maybe the most clutch player on the
team has been Gino Pasquali. Hes
had two big game-winning goals this
year in matches that ended 1-0. You
know every player is doing their job
when your team has had that kind of
success.
After their double-overtime
victory on Oct. 30 over Cincinnati
State, the Ocelots traveled to La
Plata, Maryland to play the College
of Southern Maryland (12-3-2) on
Saturday, Nov. 5. A victory will send
the mens team to Nationals, Nov.
17-20, in Phoenix, AZ.
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Join the
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Meetings every
Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
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College Nickname Record Goals for Goals against
Schoolcraft Ocelots 22-0 76 9
Southern Maryland Hawks 12-3-2 37 13
North Central
District
matchup
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Spirit Night
2011
3-1 victory another step toward postseason
Whalers win for the future
By Connection Staff
Photo by MAndy GetsChMAn
In the Ontario Hockey League,
playoff berths are often earned during
the early-season months of October
and November. For a team like the
Plymouth Whalers, one sitting solidly
in the middle of the West Division
pack, a November match would hardly
seem like a must-win game. However,
as points become scarce in February
and March, a missed opportunity
against a struggling foe months prior
suddenly looms large. For the Whalers
to have serious postseason ambitions,
they need to stay focused and take care
of business against scuff ling teams like
the Kingston Frontenacs.
Both teams used the opening
period to test the opposing goalten-
der. Kingston, with the OHLs most
anemic offense, managed a surprising
13 shots against Whaler netminder
Matt Mahalak. All the shots were
successfully turned away. Before the
first intermission, Plymouths Dario
Trutmann scored a power play goal in
the final minute of the period.
Mahalak continued to stand tall even
fending off a five-on-three Frontenac
power play throughout the second
period. A Kingston power play goal
midway through the period spoiled
Mahalaks bid for perfection. In the
third, an early goal by Rickard Rackell
from Stefan Noesen and Garrett Meurs
put Plymouth in the lead and the
momentum. Kingston failed to mount
much of an attack mustering only eight
third-period shots. An empty-net goal by
Meurs sealed the game, 3-1 for Plymouth.
While the victory wont guarantee
the Whalers a postseason spot, losing
the game to a Kingston team with only
a 2-11-2-1 record would be an indica-
tion that playoffs are more of a dream
than an obtainable goal. At 8-6-2, the
Whalers still have a long way to go
before printing postseason tickets but
theyre heading in the right direction.
Saturday, Nov. 12
Sault Ste. Marie
7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13
Erie
2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19
Kitchener
7:05pm
Upcoming
Plymouth Whalers
home games
Center forward J.T. Miller, #12, studies the Kingston defense as he prepares to try for a goal.
Are you looking for a fun evening of Ocelot
basketball and Schoolcraft College pride? Join us
for SPIRIT NIGHT on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in the
gym of the Physical Education building.
The evening centers on a double-header bas-
ketball game featuring both the womens and
mens basketball teams facing the Kellogg C.C.
Bruins. During halftime of the games, the Dance
Team and Break Dance Team will perform in
addition to games and prizes.
Cant make the games? Catch the live broad-
cast of both basketball games on channel 13 in
the Livonia area.
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its not legal but it should be. It means a lot for the players that went head-
to-head to be able to show a little bonding with the opposite team. Aside from
being kind of gross who wants a jersey thats been worn for 90 minutes of con-
stant running this tradition makes sense for an international game like soccer.
In a world where some many things separate different people, soccer players
realize that on the pitch, opponents are only separated by the color jerseys they
wear. This, like the Gatorade bath, is generic enough to keep.
So with just a few of the teams having a few traditions that their game holds
to be sacred and holds them together, maybe you and your family can find
common ground or some random team that both sides of the family hate to
bring you all closer together.
dogs hope of ever getting this ball is
shattered because of this sick joke,
theyre hopes are only to be lifted then
deflated over and over again.
While one can understand the
opposing sides view as to why this law
was passed, being that there wasnt
enough money in the bank to support
its people but enough to build a bridge,
one can still disagree with its views.
It is a sad day when the people, who
initially empowered these leaders, are
at their mercy, fighting for just a small
portion of life when, really, it shouldve
been granted to them in the first place
without contradiction.
harsh to those who have many kids
and cant work, but the reality isnt
true. Just because someone is going
to lose one monthly check from the
government doesnt mean that the
state is hanging them out there to
die. There are many other programs,
such as food assistance programs
and child-specific funding, already
in place that will supplement those
types of people. The reality is that its
time for change in this state, for it to
return to the prominence and stabil-
ity it once was. This program is one
giant step into making that happen in
the near future.
Don't forget to check
what is happening on
campus in the Campus
Life section! See page 8w
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friend in
SAB!
Join the
Student Activities
Board.
Meetings every
Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
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Contact us in the Student Activities Offce at
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or add us on facebook at schoolcraftsab.
Meet new people and
have an awesome time!
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March 21-April 19
A new wind is blowing through
your mist, majestic beast. Youve had
many hurtles lately but your luck is
changing. The hunt will favor you
in the coming week. Stay strong and
keep to your instincts.
Panda
April 20- May 20
There is a sense of new accom-
plishment for you, sweet panda. Life
has been going so smoothly, and a
major event will soon change you
for the good or bad, depending on
your reaction. Keep calm, panda, and
stay strong in yourself.
Lion
May 21-June 21
You have allowed something to
keep you down a stressful situa-
tion with work or with a lover. Let
it plague you no longer. You have
allowed yourself to lay idle in life for
far too long. What are you waiting
for? Go out and be aggressive get
what you want, strong lion.
Black Bear
June 22-July 22
You have felt under stimulated and
oppressed in your current relation-
ship, kind giant. Break free from
your binds and explore elsewhere,
and see the world around you. You
will not regret making the decision
to change your relationship, but do
be kind when doing so.
Wolf
July 23-August 22
Many influences in your life have
pushed you to make a decision you
may not feel is right for you. You have
felt pulled in many directions, but
ultimately it is you who must make
your own path in this world. Be confi-
dent in your decision for yourself, and
do not worry about what other say to
you. It is your life not theirs.
Baboon
August 23-September 22
Be cautious and knowledgeable
where you tread next, baboon, for
your life is hanging in the balance.
Great success and great failure are
both within reach. There is a major
event, family or work related, that
will cause great turmoil in your
future, however if you hold yourself
well all will end well. Take care in
your time of crisis.
Grizzly Bear
September 23-October 22
A great risk is hanging in the
balance of your realm, grizzly.
Whether with work or school or
social life you need to take the risk
it will benefit you greatly in your
future. Although it seems too great
to take on, if you want more from
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Mountain Lion
October 23-November 21
You love life has been put on
the back burner due to your busy
schedule but it is time for you to
put it front and center. Someone
will come along when you are not
looking and your love life will
take off. Stay alert and open to the
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Peacock
November 22-December 21
Youve been suffocated in your
current lifestyle, and you must
change that. Be creative and take
charge of your career and future.
Dont worry about ruffling others
feathers, for your life has little to do
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Alligator
December 22-January 19
Alligator, you have had tunnel
vision with your work and have only
focused on one thing. It is time to
expand your concentration and
enjoy life. Do not get caught up
in the small stuff during life, and
remember to smell the roses from
time to time.
Arctic Fox
January 20-February 18
Life has been very hard on you
over the last few months and
things have not gone your way.
Life will get better, arctic fox, so
keep your cunning wits about you,
and do not give in to the trials of
life.
Indian Star Tortoise
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You have been very focused
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have paid to your friends and
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Focus the loved ones around you.
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By Isha Kaur
Staff Writer
High student loan amounts with
rising interest rates are draining
the bank accounts of college stu-
dents all around the country. In
the midst of an already troubled
economy, this comes as a hard
blow. College students are strain-
ing under the weight of their astro-
nomical finances, which is affecting
their academic performance and
ultimately impacting their career
progression as the economy slides
downhill.
The data from a survey conducted
by the Associated Press shows that
22 percent of students said they
worry a lot about having enough
money to get through a typical
week at school. More students,
one-third, said they worry a lot
about the finances of their parents.
The poll surveyed students at 40
colleges exploring their state of
mind as they face financial pres-
sures which can lead to depression.
Additionally, 32 percent of students
said financial worries have a lot
of impact on the stress they are
under. Moreover, nearly one-in-five
students have considered quitting
school.
Last year, graduates who took
out loans left college owing an
average of $24,000, said President
Obama at the University of
Colorado on Oct. 26, expressing his
concerns over the ever-increasing
debt. Student loans debt has now
surpassed credit card debt for the
first time ever. Living with that kind
of debt means making some pretty
tough choices when youre first
starting out.
Student loan debt has recently
exceeded $1 trillion. These circum-
stances are harming the economy
and slowing recovery. Although
education plays a vital role in the
advancement of the nation, many
students are now reconsidering
higher education for fear of bur-
dening themselves with debt. Even
President Obama and his wife,
Michelle, had been the victims of
student loan debts, owing more
$120,000 in law school debt, which
took roughly a decade to pay off.
Understanding the struggle and
pain of college students, President
Obama outlined a plan called
Know Before You Owe. This
option could benefit up to 1.6
million low-income borrowers and
reduce their payments by as much
as a couple of hundred dollars a
month. This plan has a potential
to boast the
economy as stu-
dents get some
relief from their
student loan
debts. Fortunately, the changes
will carry no additional costs for
taxpayers.
Although a student loan relief
program sounds promising to some,
it has its opponents, including
many Republicans. Virginia Foxx
(R-NC), the chairwoman for the
House Committee on Education and
the Workforce said, Any time the
federal government assumes control
over a private sector industry,
there can be national implications.
Furthermore, thousands of workers
in student lending, including those
from Sallie Mae Inc., have been laid
off because of the change.
On the bright side, it is antici-
pated when Obamas plan is put
in action sometime next year,
along with healthcare overhaul,
$60 billion could be saved over a
decade. Even Schoolcraft students
will benefit from this as they will
be encouraged to attend classes,
thus continuing their education at
either this campus or transferring
to a four-year school without the
pressure of high debts.
Obama to offer students a helping hand
Relief in sight
Federal loans will be forgiven after 20 years,
instead of 25 years as it is now. The require-
ments for the qualifying borrowers are that
they must have student loans in 2012 and have
had loans in at least one of the previous five
years. This will allow borrowers to consoli-
date their loans and get lower interest rates
which includes nearly 6 million people who
have more than one federal student loan. As
a result, White House officials estimated that
this could possibly reduce the interest rate of
some borrowers. In addition, this plan would
allow some college graduates to limit federal
student loan repayments from 15 percent to 10
percent of discretionary annual income.
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Look before you logon
Are some rights more right than others?
Are you aware of internet monitoring on campus?
The divide on the Julea Ward Act
By Leah Esslinger
Staff Writer
By Sharita Watson
Staff Writer
When you log onto a computer at school, work, or any
other public place, you probably are not thinking about
if someone is monitoring your internet usage. However,
utilizing internet service through any company allows
for the possibility of internet monitoring.
Schoolcraft College, as well as many other colleges
and universities across the country, have implemented
internet monitoring as part of their computer policies.
EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission
is to advance higher education by promoting the intel-
ligent use of information technology, states on their
website that Since the U.S. law does not regulate
content on the [Internet] except through other laws
such as child pornography, universities must decide if
they are going to regulate what students and faculty
can look at. EDUCAUSE researched computer usage
polices for 71 state universities and found that 28 of
the schools researched, reserve the right to monitor
accounts and usage if there is evidence of illegal activ-
ity or unethical use. Although most student internet
usage is only being monitored for illegal or inappropri-
ate activity, everything the student does online using
the college network can be accessed. The majority of
universities and colleges, including Schoolcraft, have
their computer policies posted online.
Internet monitoring is not some sort of big
brother conspiracy. It is simply a fact of life in this
day and age. In the real working world, in any job
that requires computer usage, chances are that all
activity will be monitored. This is simply because
the company providing the web usage has their
own interest to look out for and if illegal activity is
being conducted through their internet, they have a
vested interest in seeing it stopped.
Although some students may disagree with the
fact that they are being monitored while using the
internet on campus, allowing colleges the opportu-
nity to monitor student internet activity can have
positive results. Internet monitoring can be a great
way to catch actual criminals that break the law
and utilize the internet for repellent activities, like
child pornography. Jonathan Wong, a 23 year old
student at the University of York, was arrested for
downloading child pornography on his computer.
Students at the University became suspicious about
certain files on the campus internal network. They
alerted campus authorities, who ultimately traced
the files to Wong. When utilizing a campus inter-
net network, the campus may even have access to
files saved on your personal computer, as seen in
Jonathan Wongs case.
There can also be severe consequences for those
that do not follow the rules or utilize the internet for
illegal activity. Schoolcrafts computer usage policy
states Penalties for violation of this policy will vary
depending on the specific violation and the degree of
violation. Penalties include reprimands through ter-
mination for employees, with the potential for pros-
ecution for either student or employee, if violations
of law are involved. Furthermore, The government
is increasingly looking to Internet service providers,
including colleges and universities, as a source of
communications data to aid in the investigation and
prosecution of illegal behavior.
Schoolcraft students have mixed emotions on
the topic of internet monitoring. I think its an
invasion of my privacy and its kind of creepy, said
Dominique McClaster, a freshman. In contrast,
Clifford Foster, also a freshman at the College,
said, If youre not doing anything wrong, then you
have nothing to worry about.
Its a good idea for all students to view the com-
puter usage policies for Schoolcraft, or anywhere
else internet access is controlled by a company or
educational institution.
schoolcraft's policies
on internet monitoring
Schoolcrafts Campus Computer Use Policy states
While respecting users confidentiality and privacy,
the College reserves the right to examine all com-
puter files including email, Internet, network,
and hard drive files. The Colleges web rules not
only address illegal activities like gambling and
pornography, but one might be surprised to know
that Schoolcraft strictly prohibits other non-illegal
activities such as, Personal gain and/or conduct-
ing private business online. Students may view the
Colleges full Computer Use Policy, online at http://
faq.schoolcraft.edu/.
The Julea Ward Freedom of Conscience
Act was proposed on Oct. 5. The act was a
result of student Julea Ward being released
from her Eastern Michigan University gradu-
ate program for refusing to affirm a gay
students homosexuality. She stated it went
against her Christian beliefs to do so. If
passed, the bill would penalize colleges and
universities from such dismissal.
This case has never been about religion
or religious discrimination, read a state-
ment issued by Walter Kraft, vice president
for communications at EMU. It is not about
homosexuality or sexual orientation. This
case is about what is in the best interest of a
client who is in need of counseling.
After being dropped from the program,
Ward filed suit against the university, saying
she was facing discrimination because of her
belief system. The courts, however, did not
agree and she lost her suit.
Judge George Steeh stated, The university
had a rational basis for adopting the ACA
Code of Ethics into its counseling program,
not the least of which was the desire to offer
an accredited program. Furthermore, the
university had a rational basis for requir-
ing its students to counsel clients without
imposing their personal values.
ACA stands for the American Counseling
Association, and it states in section C.4
of its code of ethics that Counselors do
not condone or engage in discrimination
based on age, culture, disability, ethnicity,
race, religion/spirituality, gender, gender
identity, sexual orientation, marital status/
partnership, language preference, socio-
economic status or any basis proscribed by
law. Counselors do not discriminate against
clients, students, employees, supervisees or
research participants in a manner that has a
negative impact on these persons.
When a person goes against this code,
they are subject to license suspension or, in
Wards case, dismissal.
But the problem raised here is not that cut
and dry. While the code clearly states that
a counselor cannot discriminate based on
sexual preference, it also says that students
cannot be discriminated against based on
their religion. It is this religious discrimi-
nation that David French, lawyer for The
Alliance Defense Fund, says Ward is facing.
Christians shouldnt be expelled for holding
and abiding by their beliefs, he told Fox
News. He went on to suggest that this case
could set a precedent which could result in
Christian students across the country being
expelled from public universities for similar
views. As French says, this could indeed
become a slippery slope.
However, the opposite side also predicts
dire outcomes should the act go through.
Jay Kaplan, staff attorney at the Michigan
ACLUs LGBT project, told Between the
Lines, Its very dangerous to have legis-
lature micromanage public universities
curriculums that not only interfere with
the universitys autonomy but could very
well jeopardize their accreditation. Such
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Search Giant launches Music Store
By Ian Gallagher
Managing Editor
By Ramon Razo
News Editor
California Forget the fact that Italy
is about to go into default. Hide away
the fact that our economy seems to be in
freefall. What matters is that Sasha Grey
read a book to little kids.
Grey is a former adult film star, who
has starred in numerous gentlemans
interest pieces, as well as appearing
in Steven Soderbergs The Girlfriend
Experience and the seventh season of
Entourage. On Nov. 2, Grey posted
on Twitter that she had spent that day
reading to first and third graders at
Emerson Elementary School in Compton.
She was volunteering as part of the Read
Across America program. When word of
this got to parents, they were not happy.
They could not find a fireman or a police
officer? one parent, when speaking to a
local news program, asked. They had to
get a porn star?
When complaints began coming into
the school, the school denied that Grey
was ever at the school.
I committed to this program with the
understanding that people would have
their own opinions about what I have
done, who I am and what I represent,
Grey stated. I have a past that some
people may not agree with, but it does
not define who I am. She also added that
she believes in the future of Americas
children, and that she would continue to
support the cause until she finished.
Maryland The trials of the Dark
Knight are never over. Howard Countys
dispatch got a 911 call saying that a man
dressed as Batman (thats the sort of
detail you dont exclude) was stranded
on Route 29, outside of Washington DC.
When police arrived on the scene, they
found, in fact, Batman. Or at least a man
dressed like him. As it turned out, he
was on his way to entertain some kids
at a childrens hospital in Washington.
However, his tire blew out (we suspect as
result of a scheme concocted by the Joker)
and he was in need of assistance. The
costumed do-gooder stuck around with
the officers to take some pictures until
a friend of his (insert Robin joke) came
to drive him to his destination. Oh, and
his vehicle was a Lamborghini. Of course
Batman drives a Lamborghini.
Los Angeles Michael Jacksons
doctor, Conrad Murray, was found guilty
of involuntary manslaughter earlier this
month. Murray was convicted on charges
that he had been careless in administrat-
ing a lethal dose of the anesthetic drug
propofol that resulted in the death of the
King of Pop. The drug is normally only
administrated during surgery.
Back in 2009, when Jackson had been
found dead in his mansion, coroners
ruled his death a homicide. Leading up to
his comeback tour, Jackson was experi-
encing sleep deprivation and Murray was
the only professional who offered Jackson
the powerful sedative, after other means
didnt work. After administrating the
drug to Jackson, he left his side. When
Murray returned, Jackson had stopped
breathing.
The jury deliberated for less than nine
hours. Murray now faces up to four years
in prison, and could also lose his medical
license.
I feel better now, mother Katherine
Jackson told the Associated Press.
Outside the courtroom, fans of the late
pop icon were cheering and holding
signs that read guilty and killer, while
others sang Beat It in unison.
Campus Crime
Compiled by Melina M. Chiatalas
Staff Writer
Obscene Language
During a soccer game on Oct.
23, it was reported that someone in
the crowed was using obscene lan-
guage. SC Police were requested to
be there, to make sure things didnt
get out of hand. The identities of
the subjects using profanity were
unknown. The officer stayed for
the rest of the game. There were no
further incidents.
Harassment
One of the Tutors in the LAC
had made several reports since
July of this year of a student
who had developed romantic
feelings toward her. She didnt
express the same interest in
the subject and his persistence
made her feel uneasy. She had
spoken to other staff members
about the subject. A meeting
regarding this issue took place
with the subject and his father.
He was told not to have further
contact with the tutor. The
subject had made contact with
the complainant three times
after the meeting took place.
The third time (on Oct. 31), the
subject was taken to a class-
room, where the SC Police met
with him. As the subject filled
out a statement, SC Police
explained to him that he cant
have contact with the tutor
and is no longer allowed to
visit the LAC until a decision
is made from the student dis-
cipline hearing. The SC Police
also informed him if he was to
visit the LAC again before the
hearing, they were going to
arrest him for trespassing.
Disruptive Student
On Nov. 1, when a student
entered the McDowell com-
puter lab, he was asked to
provide a student I.D. or
current class schedule. The
student only gave the staff
member an email address,
which didnt qualify them
to use a computer. The staff
member told the student
that they could visit the
Admissions office, collect the
proper information needed
to use the computer lab and
then return to use a computer.
The subject stated he would
not comply. He also told the
staff, You wont do anything
about it. Then the subject
walked past the front desk,
and continued on to one of the
librarys computers. The staff
let a few minutes pass, then
approached the subject again.
The staff made a few more
attempts to obtain the sub-
jects proper information, but
the subject just kept ignoring
them. SC Police were called in
and they asked the subject to
step outside. After being asked
several times, the SC Police
told the subject that he would
be placed under arrest if he
didnt cooperate with them.
Finally the subject listened
to directions, and stepped
outside to speak with them.
The subject made a written
statement and told his side
of the story about what hap-
pened. After being told not
to return to the lab until the
student discipline hearing, he
gathered his belongings and
left the building.
Disruptive Student
On Nov. 2, a staff member
in the LAC was explaining
the test rules and policies to
a student. The student was
instructed to remove her
sweatshirt and cell phone
while taking her test. After the
staff member finished explain-
ing the rules, the student
became upset. They said that
they werent told to remove
their sweatshirt the last time
they took a test in the LAC.
Another student who was
trying to take their test during
this time had asked the subject
to quiet down. The subject was
upset that the other student
was still wearing their sweat-
shirt while they were told to
remove theirs. They accused
the staff of profiling because
they felt the staff was being
unfair to them. After speak-
ing with an officer, the student
apologized to the staff and she
was allowed to continue taking
her test.
Google launched an Android-based Music Store on
November 16. The store, part of Google Music, will be inte-
grated with Android Market and the social networking site
Google+. This will allow Android devices to buy, store and
stream MP3s. The music store has a 13 million song library
through EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal and 23
independent labels. A notable exception is Warner Music
Group, whose artists include Led Zeppelin and Gym Class
Heroes.
The new Music Store has the power to become a serious
rival to iTunes. Apple iOS smartphones and tablets make up
only 15 percent of the market, while Android devices make
up over half according to a study by Gartner, a music indus-
try research firm. The songs will also be priced competi-
tively enough to take on iTunes, ranging between 69 cents
and $1.29. Different free tracks will be available daily.
There are also opportunities for smaller artists. Through
Googles Artist Hub, musicians can add a page for $25 and
will be able to set their own prices. However, Google will
take 30 percent of each sale.
The service will provide a compliment to Google Music
Beta, unveiled earlier this year, where users are able to
upload their music libraries so they can be used on multiple
devices. Users of Google+ will be able to listen to a full song
purchased by their friends for free. Recommendations from
friends are the single most important way that people dis-
cover music and we think that this feature has the potential to
really transform purchasing behavior, said Zahavah Levine,
Googles director of content partnerships for Android, to
Reuters at the launch event.
There may not be a significant uptake in revenue from
the new store, but it is important for Google to get a more
complete media experience for Android. Although coming
in late to the music game, Googles successes in its other
operations should make the new music store something that
Apple and Amazon should not take lightly.
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What
about the
history?
Letter to the editor
KicKing
&Screaming
By Ian GallaGher
Managing Editor
irpgallagher@gmail.com
Looking into the past is often
the best way to gain insight about
our future. Since written histori-
cal records are usually imperfect,
if extant, the best way to discover
information about the people who
lived before us is through what
they left behind, their fragile-but-
lasting fingerprints on the world.
Some of the earliest civilizations
developed in the Fertile Crescent.
This region included the ancient
state of Mesopotamia which lies
within the current borders of Iraq.
The Mesopotamians left many
remains but these important
pieces of the history are at risk and
many artifacts and sites may have
already been lost. The problem is
that Iraq has been in a state of war
for nearly a decade. This presents
the risk that many artifacts and
archaeological sites have gone the
way of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in
Afghanistan, the giant sixth-cen-
tury statues carved into a moun-
tainside that were dynamited by
the Taliban.
With the upcoming withdrawal
of U.S. troops from Iraq, one has to
ask what damage has already been
done to these landmarks and items
along with what will the Iraqi gov-
ernment now do to protect them?
According to the New York Times,
an antiquities police force was
created in 2008. Underfunded and
operating on a shoestring budget,
the antiquities police simply lack
the ability to protect anything
aside from their headquarters, a
mansion from the Ottoman period.
But their creation led to the better-
funded Federal Protection Police,
who took over guarding the sites
from the U.S. military, to start
protecting those ancient sites from
looters.
In the chaos at the beginning
of the Second Gulf War, the Iraqi
National Museum was looted.
However the artifacts that were
taken from there have a higher
chance of recovery. Most of the
pieces stolen from the National
Museum will come back, each piece
was marked and recorded, said Mr.
Zubaidi, the antiquities inspector
in Iraqs Dhi Qar Provence, to the
New York Times.
However, the artifacts taken
from sites do not have the same
likelihood of recovery. The pieces
stolen [from the archaeological
sites] will never be returned. They
are lost forever, Zubaidi said to the
Times. Before the First Gulf War
there were not many Iraqi artifacts
in foreign antiquities markets.
According to news organizations
like National Geographic, now
there are.
The looting is not the result of
one or two people going out into
the desert with a shovel and a
f lashlight. Rather it is the work of
highly organized groups, number-
ing 200 to 300 people and using
heavy machinery. The temptation
to steal ones own national history
is strong in a nation where the
median annual income is $1,000.
A single digs worth of looted
artifacts can sell for $20,000 with
looters able to sell two or three
hauls a week according to the
American Association of Museums
(AAM).
While the looting of Iraqi antiq-
uities is nothing new some
families having done it for gen-
erations there has been a dra-
matic increase since the U.S.-led
invasion in 2003. Under Saddam
Hussein, the penalty for looting
was death. Now, up to 15,000 arti-
facts are taken daily according to
MacGuire Gibson, a professor of
Mesopotamian archaeology. This
leaves one to wonder how can the
looting and illegal trade of arti-
facts be stopped? It would take $2
million to cut off the multi-million
dollar trade in antiquities, said
John Russell, an archaeologist who
worked with the Iraq Museum and
State Board of Antiquities and
Heritage (SBAH), to the AAM. The
problem is that in a troubled state
like Iraq, there are many more
immediate concerns (like stability).
The protection of historical sites
and artifacts is just not high on the
Iraqi governments list of priorities.
The history not just of Iraq, but
of humanity, may fall victim to the
concerns of the day. It is hard to
devote resources to protecting a
pile of stones in the desert when
there are insurgencies to deal with
and people looking for ways to feed
their families. Perhaps some of
the collectors who purchased the
looted artifacts will allow them to
be studied but the loss of the arti-
facts context means that another
piece to the puzzle of humanity
might be lost as well.
Dear Editor,
As an adjunct professor, I dont get every opportunity to read The
Schoolcraft Connection. After seeing the cover story for October 26th
edition, I not only felt compelled to read the entire issue, I felt the need to
write this letter. The story and corresponding photo that caught my eye was
in regard to a story about the Occupy Detroit campaign. Nothing written
in the story bothered me. In fact, what I found disturbing was the large pho-
tograph portraying protesters that was poorly altered, or Photoshopped,
in a way that made a placard held by a protester unreadable. The freedom of
the press allows for the reporting of news regardless of how uncomfortable
or disturbing. When a news agency chooses to alter or lie about the facts
to skew a story toward a more comfortable opinion or to knowingly delete
facts from a story because they would not fit within what the public wants or
needs, they are no longer a news agency and become authors of fiction. Your
readers will never know what that placard said and we can no longer trust
you to tell us what it said. The altered photo is worthless as news. What did
the sign say? I want news not lies.
Adjunct Professor Christopher Crowder

Dear Professor,
The word on the protestors placard that we blurred out was a large, four-
letter obscenity beginning with the letter F. In full, the protestors sign actu-
ally read [obscenity] greed, although the word greed was accidentally
obscured by the two women standing in front of him (a mistake we didnt
realize until much later). Had his full statement been visible, we would have
been more inclined to show it in its entirety. However, as it stood, it appeared
as if he was just holding a sign with a large obscenity written on it. This left
the editorial staff with a problem. On the one hand, we didnt want to alter
the message of a protestor, but the unintentional blocking of that message
(by other protestors) did just that. With the true message distorted, the ques-
tion became whether showing the out-of-context obscenity would take away
from the content of the article. We ultimately felt that there was no benefit
to having the F-word emblazoned on our front page and that the alteration
would not change the editorial content of the photo. The word was intention-
ally removed in such a manner that even a novice eye would note the altera-
tion.
We at the Connection do our best to present the news in a fair manner and
we apologize if we gave the impression that we were trying to conceal some-
thing or skew the facts.
Jon King
Editor in Chief, The Schoolcraft Connection
November 21, 2011
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We need
"Human
Centipede"
My take on
the matter
By Jonathan KInG
Editor in ChiEf
kinetikai@hotmail.com
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Respecting
comics as art
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gLaSS
By alys Dolan
arts & EntErtainMEnt Editor
alysmarie91@gmail.com
LeT'S broaden
our mindS
By ramon razo
nEws Editor
misterrazo@gmail.com
It warms my very core when I see stu-
dents my age stand up for something
they believe in. The idea is absolutely
beautiful and when they express it in
such a passionate manner it is all the
more wonderful. The students will
stand up and declare they know some-
thing is wrong and unjust. Everyone
must listen and heed their words of
infinite wisdom.
For instance all of the people that
rally in Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor and
Detroit following the courageous
example of those on Wall Street, they
are standing up for the 99% against the
1%. They are expressing their disgust
for the capitalist pigs that have torn our
country to shreds with greed.
These men have invented a product
or service that was in demand by
consumers and they had the abso-
lute nerve to charge for these goods.
Instead of handing out these services
to every Tom, Dick and Harry that
walks down the street, these greedy
corporations only allow those who can
pay for them to enjoy their products.
For too long now we have been forced
into a Starbucks and told to pull out
our wallets to give them money for a
rich, flavorful, frothy coffee drink. This
money fuels the 1% and it stuffs the
big, fat bank accounts of the business
bureaucrats.
Dont you hate that? How can they
pull us, the hardworking middle class,
off the streets and demand we contrib-
ute to their grotesque bank accounts?
How did the 1% think they could get
away with such disgusting capitalism?
All of this laissez faire nonsense
aside, we the tax payers of America
are forced to pull money from our
paychecks to bail out these banks and
businesses deemed too big to fail. The
banks have knocked on our door and
demanded we pay them right then and
there. Oh wait, I am mistaken, I apolo-
gize. The government, our overprotec-
tive, benevolent government decided
that our money should go to bail out
these businesses. Instead of allowing
the businesses to fail and weeding them
out of the market, our government took
pity on them. Politicians took pity on
them with our money. How absolutely
generous of them.
So when a student stands up to
defend the 99% and demand we get
justice for those of us who are in des-
perate need of money, be aware that
everything you do contributes to the
1%. Do you refuse to hold down a job
to support the pig capitalists? Do you
make your own clothing? And pick the
cotton and spin it into fabric for your
clothing? Do you kill your own animals
and grow your own vegetables to make
your meals? If you have answered yes
to all of these questions, congratula-
tions, you are self-sufficient and the
99%. If you did not, then perhaps think
twice about zipping up your Northface
jacket, putting on your Burberry boots
and grabbing you Coach purse to
protest the man. Remember to also
step up in classes and protest some-
thing you have no idea about and to
stand up for a cause simply because
all of your friends are doing it.
I recently had the pleasure and
Im using the word pleasure quite
incorrectly of watching The
Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence.
In case you were fortunate enough to
dodge that particular bullet, heres
a quick synopsis. Directed by Dutch
wackaloon Tom Six, The Human
Centipede is a series of horror films
about stitching people together, mouth
to anus, to form a creature with a
single digestive tract. Cue gag reflex.
The first film centered around a mad
surgeon and contained relatively little
gore, focusing more on the psychologi-
cal horror of the scenario. By sharp
contrast and also as a response to
those who thought the first film wasnt
nearly sick enough the second film
makes a decent case for being one of
the most disgusting and disturbing
motion pictures of all time. Everything
good and decent is broken down in a
torrent of violence, humiliation, gore
and gushing bodily fluids.
Of course, the films intense brutal-
ity and total demolishing of any kind
of decency barrier caused a furor upon
the films release. In England it was
initially banned by the British Board
of Film Classification for potentially
posing a real risk to moviegoers.
Many have cried out that it is a movie
that ought not to have been made. Even
though I would not likely sit through
the film a second time willingly,
anyway I heartily disagree. I think we
are all better off living in a world where
human centipedes roam free.
Before I move on, let me make
one thing crystalline: The Human
Centipede 2: Full Sequence is a hor-
rendous film. By every standard
conceivable, the movie is detestable.
The script is tripe and not one line of
dialogue is convincingly delivered.
The stilted speech, black-and-white
cinematography and slight surrealism
suggest an attempt at creating some
kind of Eraserhead-like atmosphere.
Of course Tom Six fails miserably at
even hinting at David Lynchs bril-
liance. Then theres the schizophrenic
juxtaposition between hyper-realistic
gore and over-the-top, Looney Tunes-
esque violence. All in all, it is a film
designed to insult the intelligent, bore
the stupid, exasperate the sensible and
destroy the fragile.
And yet, as strange as it may sound,
Tom Six and his almost obsessive
determination to produce films that
are systematically unlikeable represent
everything thats great about movies.
Theres a wonderfully twisted artistic
purity to Sixs commitment to bring-
ing about feelings of disgust in all who
watch his movies. If the purpose of
art is eliciting an emotional response,
perpetuating discussion and stirring
the soul, then Tom Six is for better or
worse an artist. Like it or not, The
Human Centipede 2 has prompted
more discussion on what it means to be
a good film or indeed, what it means
to be a film than just about anything
to have been recently churned out of
the Hollywood meat grinder.
Like Martin Scorsese or Quentin
Tarantino, Sixs love for cinema is
expressed in his directorial exploits.
(Unlike Scorsese or Tarantino, Six has the
directorial skills of a freshwater salmon,
but thats beside the point.) Theres also
something remarkably admirable about
his can-do, devil-may-care attitude. The
fact that Full Sequence took in less than
$1500 on its opening weekend in the U.K.
seemingly hasnt dulled Sixs enthusiasm
in the slightest. In fact, hell be out shoot-
ing Human Centipede 3 at the begin-
ning of 2012.
Six is like a garage punk band con-
sisting of four tone-deaf kids whose
only dream is to change the world of
music. His mere existence is a sign of
hope, even if what he produces is of
little value. Are his films unwatch-
able? Perhaps. Is he a modern-day Ed
Wood? Possibly. Am I glad he exists?
Definitely. We need more movies that
provoke discussion. We need more
movies that make you want to stand
up and shout. And ultimately, we need
more artists like Tom Six in the world
of film ... just, maybe not Tom Six.
Go to any college and you might stumble
across classes on film, literary or art
appreciation. However, you would be hard
pressed to find a class titled comic appre-
ciation. Comic books (or sequential art
as The Spirit creator Will Eisner dubbed
them, have been gaining quite the cult fol-
lowing over the past two decades. Comics,
however, have yet to really earn the respect
they deserve as a valid art form. Some tend
to think of them as brainless entertain-
ment, while others simply dismiss them as
immature. When you really look into all
the elements that go into a comic, you can
see that these biases and presumptions are
simply incorrect.
While the combination of words and
pictures have been around for thousands
of years (Egyptian hieroglyphics, for
example), comics as we know today didnt
arrive in American until the early 1930s.
Back then, comics were mostly simple
stories about fantastic science, noir-style
detectives and fantasy adventures. They
were known as funny books, a title
that continues to hurt the medium to this
day. While there were exceptions, most
of these stories, like all new art forms,
lacked the focus to establish them as cred-
ible.
However, in the early 1980s, comic
books saw a renaissance. Stories like Neil
Gaimans Sandman, and Frank Millers
The Dark Knight Returns established
comics as a mature, intelligent form of
entertainment. They featured stories of
real people involved in strange and fan-
tastic situations from traveling to Hell to
fist-fighting Superman.
People cite characters that can fly,
who have super-strength, or muscular
men punching each other whilst falling
off buildings as something for children.
In reality, very few comics today follow
those simple conventions and the ones
that do are comparable to Greek, Norse or
other such mythology. Batman, Superman
and Spiderman are the American myth
heroes.
When we cite comics as a cred-
ible medium, one of the best places to
turn is Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
seminal work, Watchmen. The book
is about Golden Age-style heroes exist-
ing in an alternate 1980s, where Nixon is
serving his fifth term and World War 3 is
looming. (For the uneducated, the Golden
Age refers to a period of American
comics usually considered to be from
the 1930s to the late 40s in which comics
enjoyed a major surge in popularity.)
Watchmen deals with these super-peo-
ples inspirations, their oppositions, public
image (many are viewed as perverts),
and ultimately the consequences of their
very existence. Among other accolades,
the book appeared on Time magazines
100 best English books from 1923 to the
present. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly
placed it at #13 on its list of the best 100
novels printed in the last 25 years (Neil
Gaimans Sandman also made it at
#46). EW went on to describe the books
as The greatest super-hero story ever
told and proof that comics are capable of
smart, emotionally resonant narratives
worthy of the label literature.
One of the greatest contributions that
comics offer to entertainment is the
freedom it gives writers. In his book,
Writers on Comic Scriptwriting, Mark
Salisbury wrote, While the Hollywood
money men have turned movies into a
homogenized, mass-marketed concern,
comics are currently in their most cre-
ative, coursing with limitless, visionary
promise and a capacity for invention,
intelligence, action, humor and wit thats
second to none. Unlike movies or televi-
sion, comics are not bound by budgets or
conventions. A writers creativity is the
only bound by his or her imagination.
Comics combine literature and art into
one unique form of entertainment.
While comics might never reach the
widespread admiration that other art
forms have achieved, its worth noting
they deserve it. Comics are a cheap, easy
and effective way in which writers can
express any story they wish. I fear that if
people dont give sequential art the rec-
ognition it deserves, they are, as comic
writer Mark Waid said in Salisburys
book, doomed, [and that] the print comic
book is hopelessly [lost]. And that would
be a very sad day.

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Spots
Food
Black
Friday
Family
Favorite Aspect of Thanksgiving
Compiled & Photos by Steven Grill
"What is your favorite aspect of the Thanksgiving
season? Is it the great meals? Getting together
with family? All the sports? Or Something else?
calvin
trager

Major: Undecided
" I dont see how something could be more
important for any holiday (Family)."
Dr. Johnathan
Drake

Music Department
"Giving thanks and therefore honoring
those men and women who have sacrificed
everything for liberty. "
Kyle
Duman

Major: Business
Best time of the year to eat with the ones
you love."
nancy
haddad

Major: Massage
Therapy
" My favorite is family because you dont get
to see the far ones all the time, and its fun to
see them once or twice a year, and have lots
of food."
colette
Moore

Major:Art;
Baking & Pastry
I value tradition and the unity of everyone
leaving their problems behind and
joining in food, color, and a wonderful
atmosphere. Its a culinary dream and
explosion."
Gladys
asencio

Major: Nursing
My favorite part about Thanksgiving
season is being around my family and being
thankful for everything we have."
Melissa
Buck

Major: Speech
Language, Pathology
Shopping! Black Friday!"
robby
lee

Major: Undecided
Favorite part about thanksgiving is
helping preparing the food. It smells
amazing and worth it in the end."
ocelot opinionS
Keep
in
mind
By KIm Poma
CaMpus LifE Editor
kpmail7@yahoo.com
Its that time of the year
again: canned food drives
around every corner and the red
Salvation Army buckets outside
every store. We are entering the
season of giving and give we
do. I always put a dollar in the
buckets as I pass. As a child, I
would bring in hats and gloves
to put on those Christmas trees
in elementary school.
See, heres the thing: every-
one gives during the holidays.
Its almost become a standard
behavior right between shovel-
ing the driveway and buying
presents for the family. And its
really great to be able to give
families a nice Thanksgiving
meal or gifts to kids for
Christmas. But thats just not
enough. People dont magically
stop being poor when the holi-
days are over and the seasons
change. How many canned food
drives do you see in March?
How many toy giveaways are
held in August?
And how many volunteers do
you see in the soup kitchen after
the New Year?
John Psiharis, executive direc-
tor of Chicagos Irving Park
Community Food Pantry, was
interviewed in a USA Today
article a year ago. You have
a tremendous outpouring of
support in November and
December, then in January,
things get kind of dry, he said.
He went on to explain how trou-
bling this trend is, especially
with the low economy forcing
more and more people out of
homes and into soup kitchens.
Hes even had to turn volunteers
away telling them, People are
hungry 12 months of the year
and wed love to have you come
out in February or March.
The last thing Im saying is
that anyone should stop vol-
unteering during the holidays.
Its just that people should
spread their charitable giving
throughout the year. Lets say
your family tradition is to go
down to the local soup kitchen
on Thanksgiving. Thats great
but why dont you kick it up a
notch? Go on a random day in
April. See how happy people are
that someone cares about them
on a day that means absolutely
nothing to anyone but them
because its a day they got a nice
meal and a bright smile.
If you want to take on the
challenge but dont know where
to go, have no fear. Schoolcrafts
Phi Theta Kappa Honors
Society goes to St. Leos Soup
Kitchen throughout the year
and you can easily hitch a ride
with them. Want another chal-
lenge? Donate toys to the local
fire department. I did this once
and my toys went to children
who had lost relatives, belong-
ings and everything under
their roof to fires. While a toy
cant fix everything, it certainly
helped. There are multiple ways
during the down season to
give back. Dont be afraid to go
looking for them.
Volunteering, charity, giving
back they are all amazing
things. But they dont have to
come in a box wrapped in pretty
paper with a bow and a tag on
top that reads Do not open
until Xmas.
favori t e aspect of thanksgi vi ng
Sport s
food
Black friday
fami l y
CAMPUS CLIFFNOTES
Compiled by Ramon Razo News Editor
Spirit Night
On Wednesday, Nov.
30, be sure to pack your
school spirit! Join us in the
Physical Education Building
to watch the Womens
Basketball game at 5:30 p.m.
and the Mens Basketball
game at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
sold at the door will benefit
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of
Metro Detroit. Prices are
$5 for adults and $3 for stu-
dents.
Transition Center
Luncheon
On Dec. 2, the popular
Transition Center Luncheon
Series continues for the fall
semester. The event will
be held at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy
lunch and an informative
guest speaker each month.
Luncheons are $16 each,
and are located at the VisTa
Tech Center. Speaker this
month is TBD. All reserva-
tions must be prepaid one
week prior to the event.
Two Sister Cities: Pompeii
& Herculaneum
Stopped in their tracks by
the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
in 79 A.D., the volcanic
ash covering sister cities of
Pompeii & Herculaneum
offer the best look at what
life must have been like
2,000 years ago. Enjoy an
interesting archaeologi-
cal photo tour of what life
was like on that August
afternoon at 1 p.m., while
the city was calmly having
lunch. The event will be
held on Dec. 2, and it begins
at 1:00. For more info, call
734-462-4448.
Let's not volunteer
during the holidays
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accreditations instruct counselors to
remain objective. In their line of work,
judgment can be dangerous with the
worst-case scenario being loss of life.
Both sides can claim discrimination
but which side should be protected?
Does the answer depend solely on
which side of the political fence a
person sits? While it seemed like an
easy answer to the courts, the atten-
tion given to the issue by the Defense
Alliance has made it a major concern
in many conservative and religious
circles. Could elements of this case
resonate in the already stormy rela-
tionship between religious institu-
tions and the arena of public service
and education? One need only think
of the creation vs. evolution debate
that rages in the schools.
Whatever the case, the ultimate
issue might just lie in the answering
of one simple question: Does lifting
up the rights of one person have the
potential to infringe on anothers?
In the world today, sometimes the
answer is not so cut and dry.
Julea Ward

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It's like homecoming in November
Spirit Night
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Operation
Cornucopia
On Nov. 30, Schoolcraft College will host
Spirit Night. This is an event that began five
years ago and generates spirit among stu-
dents, staff and faculty about athletics, said
Sid Fox, Schoolcrafts Director of Athletics.
It can be described as the College version of
homecoming with sports games, entertain-
ment and even charity benefits.
Admission will be $5 for just a ticket and
$10 for a ticket and a special commemora-
tive t-shirt. All the money raised will go to
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metropolitan
Detroit, a program which mentors young
children of all ages, assigning them a big
brother or sister for them to talk to, spend
time with and look up to.
This is one of the two big events that the
athletic department actually charges admis-
sions for and only because all proceeds
go to charity. The second event will be in
February and will benefit the fight against
Breast Cancer. Spirit Night is also one of the
events on the campus that is actually tele-
vised, with Media Services producing a live
broadcast locally (check your local listings).
Schoolcrafts mens and womens basket-
ball teams will go head-to-head against
their Kellogg Community College rivals for
the big event. At 5:30, the women will battle
it out and then the men will take over at
7:30. During the halftime for both games,
spectators are given the treat of watching
the Schoolcraft Dance Team and Break
Dance Team show off their respective skills.
DJ Jason, who appeared at School Daze, will
also make an appearance to kick out the
jams all night long.
One of the best, and probably most
touching, parts of the whole evening is
the guest judge that stays for the game.
Usually a member of the faculty (Dr. Jeffress
once took part in it), the guest judge hangs
out with the team on the bench during the
game and is even with them in the locker
room as they prepare. Its a great insight for
the staff to see the game from the players
point of view and its an interesting way for
the students to sit side-by-side with staff
and faculty.
The night is not limited to only students
so bring family and friends. Come find out
who the guest judge is or what this years
t-shirt looks like. Support a worthy cause
and your school all in one night.
By Kim Poma
Campus Life Editor
Schoolcrafts resident
gaming club, Project Playhem,
put down their controller to
spread some holiday cheer this
month. Known as Operation
Cornucopia, this charitable
event breaks the club into two
teams (Crimson and Cobalt)
and each team tries to raise
the greatest amount of money
and food to donate. This year
was awesome, proclaimed
Project Playhem President
David Mayne, We do this every
year and we get a lot of enjoy-
ment over helping those in
need. [Im] proud of the hard
work Project Playhem has done
this year. The club managed
to raise $400 in cash for dona-
tions and about $450 in food
donations. Everything is being
allotted to both St. Leos Soup
Kitchen and Schoolcrafts own
food bank.
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One man's trash is another man's treasure. Johnston Farms
consists of acres of land devoted to composting and the cre-
ation of nutrient rich soil to distribute to the public.
When people get careless and include non-biodegradable
trash in their compost, it builds up in the soil as ugly litter.
Finally! Its my turn to take over
the Campus Life Section. (Note:
This will be a very interesting and
informing article and all questions
will be answered at the end of this
article. Thank you.)
Ah the farm life, open ranges,
the fresh air, the majestic horses and
the giant compost heaps. Usually
when someone talks about life on
the farm, they dont say anything
about composting. So what exactly
is composting anyway? Simply put,
composting is the decomposition or
breaking down of organic compounds
to make nutrients for plants.
Students often remember that
decomposition is the breakdown of
stuff, said Professor Gray about the
process of decomposition. This trip
allowed students to see how compost
can be used as a nutrient-rich medium
for plant growth on the farm.
If you are wondering why Im on
a farm, its because the trip was a
service learning project to under-
stand the process of decomposition
for a biology class. When the class
met up with Mr. Johnston, the owner
of Johnston Farms, he started to tell
us about how the process of com-
posting went. Johnston told us how
he started the composting business.
He started a couple of decades ago
with his wife. The idea was started
when he had heard that people
wanted to find an area to put excess
amounts of their garden refuse. He
decided to take up the challenge and
gave those people the back of his
farmland. When he drove the stu-
dents down to the compost mounds
at the back of his farm, we were
shocked by their magnitude. Some
were as big as tractors.
I expected the compost would
be smelly and dirty. Surprisingly,
its actually odorless and feels like
fresh topsoil when you hold it. It
usually takes six months for all of
the bacteria to die in the compost
before it can be used. The issue
with compost, that took me two
hours to find out from picking it
up, was that people put plastic and
other non-biodegradables in the
compost bags, so when the trash
goes into the shredding machine
along with garden refuse, the trash
becomes harder to find. In the piles
that I worked on, there were shoes,
bottles, car parts and cables.
Why would I go out to a farm a
good while out of Livonia, and pick
out bottles from a decomposing
heap? Because people need to know
that just throwing everything out
with the compost bag is not a good
thing. A majority of the things that I
found did not decompose, which can
cause problems for the environment.
It takes plastic decades to decom-
pose because its made of polyeth-
ylene terephthalate which comes
from petroleum. Plastic bottles
take thousands of years to break
down. Styrofoam can last almost
indefinitely compared to newspapers
which only take about four weeks to
break down.
So its great that I learned some-
thing about composting but what can
you get out of this? Now you know
what happens when you go gardening
or planting. If you throw everyday
items away with the leaves, it just
creates more work for someone else.
So please, throw your trash some-
where besides your yard waste pile.
Went to a composting farm
By Ehimare Arhebamen
Sports Editor
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November 21, 2011
the Schoolcraft connection
By Montgomery Jones
Staff Writer
By Usha Kadiyala
Staff Writer
The annual Tur key Bowl is back
An inside look at Schoolcraft's distinguished honor society
Gobble-gobble touchdown!
Phi Theta Kappa
Here at Schoolcraft College, students work
hard to academically succeed, earn degrees
and step into a bright future. In addition,
extracurricular and campus involvement
expands ones horizons to many scholarship
and employment opportunities. Schoolcraft
College offers many clubs and organizations
that you could be a part of to enrich your
learning experience. One such club is Phi
Theta Kappa (PTK).
Phi Theta Kappa is an International Honors
Society originally formed in 1910 at Stephens
College in Columbia, Mo. The honors society
began with six members with the name of
Kappa Phi Omicron. Over the years, PTK
continued to grow successfully and was rec-
ognized as one of the many honors groups
in 1918. Later on, members decided to refine
their chapters to support character, stand and
management. They chose the name Phi Theta
Kappa and the society was soon incorporated
as a national organization, later expanding
into an international society.
Schoolcraft College opened its chapter,
Omicron Iota on Sep. 22, 1966, one of 1,200
community college chapters. Students and
graduates from Schoolcraft run PTK as
officers and encourage students to partici-
pate in club events and activities. Michael
J. Wisniewski Jr., Omicron Iota chapter
President, said, Phi Theta Kappa Omicron
Iota Chapter works with the many depart-
ments across Schoolcrafts campuses on many
different service orientated projects. [PTK]
helps its members develop their leadership
skills and helps build their rsums.
Over the past weeks, Phi Theta Kappa has
hosted an American Cancer Society Walk on
campus and helped during Schoolcrafts 50th
Anniversary Gala with set up, clean up and
coat check. PTK members volunteer at events
such as Thayers Park Clean-Up and St. Leos
Soup Kitchen. In addition to service, PTK
members also fundraise and organize movie
nights.
Its a great organization that gets people
involved. The events are fun because you get
to help out the community while meeting new
people, said Eliot Dolgin, a freshman student
who recently joined the organization.
Phi Theta Kappa is organizing a
Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Giveaway this
holiday season. Students and staff are encour-
aged to nominate Schoolcraft students in
need of a nice meal for the holidays. Baskets
will include a turkey, veggies, side dishes and
trimmings for a great Thanksgiving meal. It
is a wonderful event that will help a needy
family relax and enjoy the holiday.
For further information about Phi Theta
Kappa meetings, Omicron Iota and online
access for their application, please visit
sao.Schoolcraft.edu/PTK.
the skinny on ptk
How to join: Pick up an application in the
Student Activities Office (located in the
Lower Waterman Wing of the VisTaTeach
Center).
How to be eligible: Accumulate 12 credit
hours and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or
higher.
The Memberships:
Par Excellence Active membership
where students are rewarded with stars
for their service and leadership towards
various volunteer opportunities.
General Membership Perfect for stu-
dents who have a busy schedule with
school, jobs and families that make it dif-
ficult to volunteer and earn stars. There are
no service requirements.
Are you ready for some flag
football? Then youre in luck
because Schoolcraft is hosting
its third annual Turkey Bowl on
Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 12-3 p.m.
Come sit and watch or participate
and get in the game the day before
Thanksgiving. The Turkey Bowl
pits two teams of Schoolcraft stu-
dents against each other.
The game takes place on the
Schoolcraft soccer field. There will
be no school that day so keep your
schedule clear so you can par-
ticipate. Every player must sign a
waiver before playing. The sign-up
sheet and waivers are located in
the Student Activities Office.
I hope it stays warm this year!
Last year it was very competitive
and everyone came together to
make it the best, said Heather
Greenshields, a Schoolcraft
student looking forward to the
game.
There will be pizza and hot
chocolate provided after the game
in the Student Activities Office.
Students have been signing up
since October and are very excited
to get out on the field.
I love football, its a great way to
get exercise and build teamwork,
said student Josiah Thomas, Ive
never played flag football but my
friends and I do pickup games. Im
pretty confident Ill have fun its
going to be epic.
Besides the game and the free
food, many come to socialize and
spend time with their friends. I
dont like football, I dont watch
football, Im just coming for the
boys and to see friends, said
student Conor Cacicedo.
The Student Activities Board
has been promoting the Turkey
Bowl for weeks and SAB secre-
tary Aryana Ibanez is more than
ecstatic. We are really excited to
be promoting the Turkey Bowl
so we can support our school
and show students that Student
Activities Board is about unity,
she said, Everyone should join us
for hot chocolate everyone loves
hot chocolate.
Turkey Bowl will be a fun
way for students to get together
outside of class so stop by on
Wednesday. Dont forget to dress
warm and come hungry!
From left to right: Keith Dawkins (Vice President
of Leadership, Phi Theta Kappa, Omicron Iota
Chapter), Mital Patel (Vice President of Phi Theta
Kappa, Omicron Iota Chapter), and Michael
Wisniewski, Jr. (Omicron Iota Chapter President
and Michigan Regional President of Phi Theta
Kappa).
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Artwork submitted from Professor Anthony Bacon's Basic Drawing Class, Drawing 105
Secrets of the Quill
By Leah Esslinger
Staff Writer
Do you have any
Engl i sh quer i es of your
own? I f so, you can send
ques t i ons to f el l ows@school -
craf t . edu. We l l be gl ad to
hel p you work t hrough your
wr i t i ng t roubl es.
Q. I am always unsure about how to
email teachers. Are there certain rules
I should keep in mind?
The holidays are approaching, the
days are getting shorter and the end
of the fall semester is in sight. Perhaps
the final papers are in and so you are
ready to shelve that writing quill at
least for a little while. Dont put away
Elements of Style yet, your exercise
in written communication may not be
as complete as you think.
How you address your professors in
writing is just as important as those
essays. Its true that MLA format is
not necessary here but you will want
to be sure your instructor will take
your query seriously. This sort of
writing may well be the thing that sets
you apart from the crowd in the work
place. You would do well to get the
rules of engagement straight now.
The first point of concern is the
salutation. Nobody wants Yo, Teach,
to be the first thing a professional
sees. Likewise, think hard about start-
ing off with Hi Mr. Johnson, Ask
yourself honestly, does this ref lect
the relationship you have with the
instructor? Perhaps it does but it most
likely does not. Also, these are not
high school teachers. Every instructor
you currently have has at least a mas-
ters degree so keep that in mind while
you are writing. With male teachers,
you may be able to get away with such
a salutation but with female teach-
ers it can be tricky. Whether or not
you address a woman as Miss, Ms.
or Mrs., is determined by age and
marital status. Misusing the suffix
can be a major faux pas but all that
nasty business can be avoided by just
using Professor for everybody.
The proper salutation: Dear/Hello
Professor Johnson.
Keep in mind this is not the time to
forget about structure. The end of the
semester can be hectic for a professor
as they are forced to wade through
all those final essays students have
written. The previous advice about
concise formal language applies here.
Never use three words when one
will do and dont sacrifice clarity for
novelty. Here is an example:
It has come to my attention that
due to certain concern or concerns,
democratically raised betwixt the
student body at large, you will now be
offering extra credit.
You are not trying to draft a con-
stitution here. The f luffier you try
to make a simple statement, the
more ridiculous it begins to sound.
Simply asking, Are you offering extra
credit? is much better. (Although the
former example may produce hours of
entertainment among professors.)
Finally, remember your manners.
Most likely, you are writing to your
professor to ask a favor. Even if you
feel some moral indignation over a
perceived injustice, you always catch
more f lies with honey. Keep the
language polite and humble, and
always sign off with a thank you.
You may be surprised at how
many doors common courtesy
will open.
Jessica Glenn
Major: Art/Teaching
"My introduction into the
art world was anime and
manga; I was about 11 years
old and living in Germany at
the time. A friend of mine
taught me how to draw
Sailor Moon and I have been
drawing ever since."
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Club Events
Billiard and Table Tennis Club
Do you like to shoot pool or play
table tennis? Then this club is for
you! Bring a friend and come join us
as we just hang out and play. Be sure
to keep an eye out for information
about our upcoming tournaments.
Want more information? Then stop
by the Student Activities Office or
give us a call at 734-462-4422.
Baptist Christian Challenge
Do you want to enrich the quality
of your overall college experience
ethically, morally, and spiritually by
challenging yourself to explore Gods
word? Then come to our meetings
every Thursday from 12-1:30 p.m. in the
Lower Waterman. The next meetings
are scheduled for Dec. 1 and 8.
You can also join us for our Alpha
Course on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. The
next Alpha Course classes will be held on
Nov. 23 and 30 in the Lower Waterman.
Beats and Music Faction
Want to make progress in per-
sonal musical talent? Then stop by
the Beats and Music Faction meet-
ings! During meetings you ll meet,
teach, and learn, as well as giving
and receiving constructive criticism
with those who share the passion of
music. The next meeting is sched-
uled for Tuesday, Nov. 21 noon in
the Lower Waterman located of the
VisTaTech Building.
Campus Crusade
Are you interested in learning
more about your faith and want
to grow spiritually? Then join the
Campus Crusade during their meet-
ings every Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the
Lower Waterman.
Eccentric Movie Club
Join SCs Eccentric Movie Club
for some of the most odd, puz-
zling and just plain crazy movies
produced by some of the most
respected writers on TV. Each
session is from 12-6 p.m. Schedules
of movies can be provided upon
request. Movies are watched in the
Lower Waterman of the VisTaTech
Center. Their next viewings are on
Nov. 22 and 29.
Friends of the Puzzle Piece
This is a club for people with
Disabilities or people who like to
work with people them. Not sure
how to deal with people with dis-
abilities? Then come with an open
mind and gain a fresh look on
what you can do to help, or just be
a friend. Meetings are held every
Wednesday from 11 am- 12 p.m. For
more information, please contact
Student Activities at 734-462-4422.
Gay/Straight Alliance
The Gay/Straight Alliance is a
social connection for equality-
minded individuals who want to
create a safe environment to help
change, support, and educate our
world one step at a time. Meetings
are held on Wednesdays from 12:30-
1:30 p.m. Their next meetings are
on Nov. 23 and 30 in the Lower
Waterman located in the VisTaTech
Building.
Otaku Anime Japanese
Animation Club
The Otaku Anime Japanese
Animation Club provides an oppor-
tunity for viewing and discussion
of Japanese Animation. Their next
meetings are on Saturday, Dec. 3
and 17 from 5-10 p.m.
Math and Physics Club
We want you to come ask us math
and physics problems as you meet
new people who love math and
improve your problem solving skills.
Meetings will be held every Friday
at 10 a.m. in the Biomedical Tech
Center, Rm. 300.
Photography Club
Photography Club provides a
welcoming environment for graphi-
cally inclined hobbyists, graphic
designers, and students majoring
in artistic fields. The next meetings
are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 8.
Look us up on Facebook for more
information.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
The PTK meetings will be
on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. and
Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m.
PTK Bowling Fundraiser
Help raise money for Phi Theta
Kappa by participating in their
bowling fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 2
at Merribowl Lanes from 8 p.m 12
a.m. Cost is $15.00 and includes pizza
and pop. Members receive 1 star for
attending and star for every guest
that joins them. For more informa-
tion, please contact the Student
Activities Office at 734-462-4422.
PTK/ Biggby Coffee
Fundraiser
Help raise money for Phi Theta
Kappa by purchasing our specialty
mug. It includes several coupons,
including one for a free bever-
age. The mugs are available for
sale now in the Student Activities
Office for $8. They are refillable at
the new Biggby location in Livonia
at the intersection of 7 Mile and
Farmington Roads for $1.25. For
more information, please contact
the Student Activities Office at 734-
462-4422.
Fruit Basket Fundraiser
Phi Theta Kappa is hosting
another Fruit Basket fundraiser.
Orders are due by Tuesday, Dec.
13. Members will receive one star
for every $50 sold. Baskets will be
delivered on Friday, Dec. 16 and can
be picked up on that day anytime
after 11 a.m. Order forms are avail-
able in the Student Activities Office.
For more information, please the
Student Activities Office at 734-762-
4422.
Sports and Recreation Club
The Sports and Recreation Club
is a new addition to the Schoolcraft
Campus clubs. They hold open
play of any sport every Wednesday
from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the PE
Bldg. All events hosted by the club
will be available to any Schoolcraft
student or faculty member. For more
information on joining either the
club or one of the tournaments you
may contact Ryan Marshall through:
SCC.Sport.Recreation@gmail.
com. You can also visit the Student
Activities Office or call us at 734-
462-4422.
The Schoolcraft Connection
Want to further your skills in
writing, editing, photography and
design? Then join the award-win-
ning Schoolcraft Connection, a stu-
dent-run newspaper! Staff meetings
are every Monday at 4 p.m. in the
Lower Waterman of the VisTaTech
Center.
Student Activities Board
Want to get involved on campus?
Then come and see how with the
Student Activities Board. General
meetings are Thursdays at 4 p.m.
in the Lower Waterman of the
VisTaTech Center. The Student
Activities Board provides students
and the college community with a
variety of programs and activities
that are educational, service-ori-
ented, have entertainment value and
provide a social environment where
students can meet a diverse group of
new people.
Table Top Club
Come and join the Table Top
Club every Thursday from 12-10
p.m. The Table Top Club is
Schoolcraft Colleges premier loca-
tion for game players alike. Play a
variety of card games ranging from
Dungeon and Dragons, Solitaire
and Cheat. Students shall learn to
develop personal friendships and
leadership.
The winter semester is fast approaching and thus the time to register is
upon us. Registration began a week ago and the race to get the best classes is
on. Students: register as soon as possible. Nothing is more heart-wrenchingly
disappointing than being waitlisted for a class. If this tragedy falls upon
students, they are welcome to place their names on the waitlist. Wait listing
steps are as follows:
In order to get the classes you want, register sooner rather than later. Get
in quick and dont be left waiting.
If the section you want is already full, you can place yourself on the waitlist.
Should a spot become available, we will email you permission to register.
Register and pay before the specified date and time in the email, or your
permission to register will expire, and the seat will be offered to the next
student on the waitlist.
Waitlists are typically purged just before the start of a semester. Schedule
adjustment continues until the deadline in the schedule book.
Presidential Debate Watching Party
Come and watch the
heavyweights of the GOP
duke it out in an intense
and exciting contest for the
Republican Party nomi-
nation at a Presidential
Debate Watching Party
hosted by the Schoolcraft
College Republicans. The
Watching Party will be held
in the VisTaTech Center on
December 1 at 8 p.m. During
the debate there will be a
Mini Straw Poll. The poll will
give attendees a chance to put
their support behind their
preferred candidate or the
candidate they thought did
the best in the debate. There
will also be information on
local and state races.
This is a great opportu-
nity for local activists to get
together and discuss the pres-
idential race and see where
the candidates stand on the
issues, said John Dalton,
Michigan Political Director of
the College Republicans, we
also hope to bring together
the partys elders and youth
to share ideas on how to move
forward to victory in 2012.
The event is free and open
to the public. Complimentary
food and drinks will be
served. The Debate will
be hosted by CNN and the
Arizona Republican Party.
The Presidential Debate
Watching Party will be a
great night full of food and
politics. Call (734) 462-4422
to RSVP.
By Ian Gallagher
Managing Editor
November 21, 2011
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Cooking by Christmas
Schoolcraft offers classes just in time for the holidays
By Tierney Smith
Staff Writer
Photo by brian CaMillerie
Students create delicious holiday treats in the Culinary Arts Program
The holidays are here and youre
stuck yet again using the same old
recipes that Grandma handed down
because you cant find anything new or
are just scared to try something else.
You might be the kind of person who
cant cook or doesnt know how to but
wants to learn. Whatever the case, the
Continuing Education and Professional
Development (CEPD) Culinary Arts
program is for you. It gives you a
chance to learn in a hands-on environ-
ment with instructions and demonstra-
tions from master chefs.
The CEPD Culinary Arts program is
popular among the culinary students.
But it caters to anyone wanting to learn
a couple culinary tricks, refresh skills
or learn new and different cooking
skills and lingo. No matter the level,
theres a class available with a master
chef ready to teach and help. For begin-
ners, it is recommended to take a food
safety and sanitation course to develop
some of the basic skills and learn some
new techniques.
If cooking isnt the issue, register
for any of the lecture/demonstration
courses for meal plan and holiday
party plan classes. Learn how to
entertain your guests along with the
variety of foods that could be served
at Easter, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah
or Christmas. No matter the holiday,
come learn a new recipe, taste it and
apply it in your own home. Also try
any of the hands-on homemade soup
courses and learn how to make some
of your favorites like chicken noodle or
authentic chowder from scratch. You
can even learn how to make sausages
and prepare extravagant seafood dishes
for everyday meals.
Whether youre already in the culi-
nary arts program or looking for short-
term cooking classes, this program is
for you. Learn how to cook or improve
your skills to surprise family and
friends with new recipes and cooking
styles. Study under master chefs who
share their passion for the kitchen
including Master Chef Gabriel. If I
didnt love [and] enjoy it, Gabriel said,
I wouldnt do it.
Registration for the classes opens on
Dec. 12 and online registration opens
Dec. 26. Its recommended to register
ASAP as the classes are extremely
popular and fill up fast. To see the cost
of courses, stop by the Continuing
Education Center. Courses run between
one day and five weeks. Sign up before
time runs out.
ServSafe and/or Cooking Skills
101: Learn kitchen safety and sanita-
tion methods as well as the proper way
to prepare and cook those wonderful
delicious full-course meals hands-on in
a professional kitchen. Taught by Chef
Gabriel and Chef Holewinski.
International Cuisine: Learn how
to make tradition foreign meals for
your family that you cant get at the
nearest take-out restaurant or all-you-
can-eat buffet. Surprise your guests
with something new at the next BBQ or
learn to cook authentic Mexican appe-
tizers, finger foods and quick party
snacks.
Pastry 10: Skills Development:
Learn the basics to baking and the
proper terms and skills to make bread,
tarts, pies, cakes, cookies and other
treats. Other pastry classes include
cake decorating, cookie decorating,
Polish and French desserts.
Big Chefs & Jr. Chef Program:
Learn kitchen safety, sanitation skills
and how to cook main dishes and
desserts together. Perfect for family
bonding time. For kids seven and up.
Culinary Arts Exploration: A
chance for teenagers to work in a pro-
fessional kitchen and find if culinary
arts are right for them. Ages 12-17.
Presidential Debate Watching Party
Winter Culinary Programs
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November 21, 2011
the Schoolcraft connection
Moving
forward
A farewell to our veteran Ocelots
The Athletic Department wishes the
best of luck to the talented athletes
that will be departing the College
to continue their athletic careers
outside of Schoolcraft. These skilled
players gave their all during their stay
at SC, leading their respective teams
to a great season of successes and
triumphs.
The mens soccer teams spent
much of the 2011 season atop the
national rankings thanks to a 22-0-
1 record that included an MCCAA
title and a thrilling double-overtime
playof victory in the Region XII
championship.
The Lady Ocelots soccer team ran
through the MCCAA and Region XII
with a perfect record and a peak at #14
in the national rankings on the way to
an impressive 16-2-2 record.
On the cross country scene, the
combined mens and womens roster
overcame early season departures of
experienced runners to have the teams
best fnish since 2001 at the National
Championship.
Lady Ocelot volleyball experienced
continued success on the court as the
team qualifed for both the MCCAA
and NJCAA district tournaments.
The head coaches for each team,
Rick Larson for mens soccer, Deepak
Shivraman for womens soccer, Ed
Kozlof of the cross country team and
Rod Brumfeld, all generously ofered
their thoughts and refections on this
years crop of student athletes that
have played their fnal games here at
the College.
Mens Soccer
Womens Soccer
Volleyball
#23 Renee
Boudreau:
Rene's speed
just took over
some of the
games. Her work
ethic in training
and in games
really propelled
our team during
many crucial
points.
#2 Ashley
Werner:
Ashley is one
of the most
cerebral players
that I have had
the pleasure
to work with
[and] she made
consistent good
decisions under
pressure.
#19 Sam Zerilli:
Sam is tough!
There were at
least four games
when I saw her
bleeding and
[she] wanted to
continue playing
despite eforts
to keep her for
treatment. Her
battle scars and
bruises are a
testament to
younger players
on how to be
mentally tough.
#7 Ashley
Welch:
Ashley is the
ultimate warrior
and was a great
example to
our younger
players with her
work ethic and
passion for the
game.
#22 Emily
Marshall:
Emily's
attitude and
determination
really helped
her game this
year. She was
always receptive
as to how to
constantly
improve herself.
#4 Lindsay
McMullen:
Lindsay is the
ultimate "Steve
Yzerman"
prototype of
leader. She led
by example
[and] her
personality
made everyone
gravitate toward
her.
Cross Country
Hailee Azizi:
[Hailees] a
steady runner who
overcame injuries to
make a positive daily
impact and was an
encouraging team
member.
Maddy LaFave:
[She was] a leader
of the team as a two-
year captain who was
the frst Schoolcraft
woman fnisher in
20 straight races
and the Detroit Free
Press International
5 Kilometer Race
Champion.
#16 Douglas
Beason:
Doug meant
so much to our
program over the
past two years.
His competitive
nature, passion
for soccer and
understanding
of how to
contribute are
qualities that
will be difcult
to replace."
#1 Scott
Shewfelt:
"Being a
goalkeeper here
at Schoolcraft
comes with lofty
expectations.
[Scotts]
fantastic
physical
qualities
coupled with a
great positional
understanding
provide a
tremendous
foundation for
success."
#20 Anthony
Lourenco:
"Anthony is
a top-class
teammate. This
year, he brought
experience,
work ethic and
passion to play
soccer the right
way."
#10 Brent
McIntosh:
"As talented of
a soccer player
to ever play at
Schoolcraft.
Brent's fashes
of brilliance
often left his
opponents and
teammates in
awe."
#18 Marco
Lobo:
"Marco's impact
on our program
was immediate
and will be long
lasting. His
professionalism
and humility is
unparalleled."
#5 Juan Garcia:
"Juan has natural
competitive
characteristics
that enhanced
our program
from his very
frst practice."
#2 Ryan
Lemasters:
"Ryan led our
program in
many ways. His
multi-faceted
personality
inspired his
teammates daily
and made our
environment a
better place to
be."
#8 Damjam
Stamenkovik:
"Dom really
came on at
the end of
the season
this year. His
work ethic and
determination
are attributes
that will
continue to
provide him
success in his
life."
#3 Phillip
Strachan:
"Phil has
tremendous
physical gifts. He
is a determined
athlete with a
bright future."
#16 Amber
Aldrich:
Amber brought
the physical part
of the game to
her kills on the
court. Rarely
does one see
the power this
young student
athlete brings.
#9 Chrissy
Maleske:
[Bringing]
an intellect
and business
persona unlike
any other to
our program
Chrissy enjoyed
successes
on the court
regularly with
a strong skill
set and sheer
determination to
succeed.
#5 Kelly
MacDonald:
Kelly's
contributions
were amazing.
She was called
the 'Trojan
Horse' because
no one saw it
coming. Though
by physical
appearance not
the typical hitter
on a college
roster, Kelly
relentlessly
delivered kills to
our opponents.
#4 Lauren
Macuga:
Lauren led the
region in digs
and was like a
human shovel
on the court
continuously for
two seasons.
#7 Jessica
Macari:
[She] brought
a work ethic
second-to-none
to the volleyball
program. Jessica
as captain was
a steady force
leading her team
on and of the
court.
#15 Kayla
Boose:
A frst-year
player coming
from Macomb
College as
a transfer
student, Kayla
was excellent
academically, a
talented setter
and strong team
supporter.
#1 Taylor Kerr:
[Taylor]
certainly
honored a
family legacy
of being a great
volleyball player,
athlete and
student. Taylors
personality
on and of the
court helped
us stay strong,
motivated and
focused.
#8 Lauren
Meadows:
A.K.A. 'BIG'
girl, Lauren was
a strong middle
block and
decisive killer on
the court.
#17 Sarah
Suppelsa:
Sarah added
a decisive
volleyball skill
set. [Her] strong
academics
transferred to
the court as a
contributor with
big kills.
Page Layout by: Brian Camilleri
Photos by: Rena Laverty, Brian Camilleri
November 21, 2011
19
Moving
forward
A farewell to our veteran Ocelots
The Athletic Department wishes the
best of luck to the talented athletes
that will be departing the College
to continue their athletic careers
outside of Schoolcraft. These skilled
players gave their all during their stay
at SC, leading their respective teams
to a great season of successes and
triumphs.
The mens soccer teams spent
much of the 2011 season atop the
national rankings thanks to a 22-0-
1 record that included an MCCAA
title and a thrilling double-overtime
playof victory in the Region XII
championship.
The Lady Ocelots soccer team ran
through the MCCAA and Region XII
with a perfect record and a peak at #14
in the national rankings on the way to
an impressive 16-2-2 record.
On the cross country scene, the
combined mens and womens roster
overcame early season departures of
experienced runners to have the teams
best fnish since 2001 at the National
Championship.
Lady Ocelot volleyball experienced
continued success on the court as the
team qualifed for both the MCCAA
and NJCAA district tournaments.
The head coaches for each team,
Rick Larson for mens soccer, Deepak
Shivraman for womens soccer, Ed
Kozlof of the cross country team and
Rod Brumfeld, all generously ofered
their thoughts and refections on this
years crop of student athletes that
have played their fnal games here at
the College.
Mens Soccer
Womens Soccer
Volleyball
#23 Renee
Boudreau:
Rene's speed
just took over
some of the
games. Her work
ethic in training
and in games
really propelled
our team during
many crucial
points.
#2 Ashley
Werner:
Ashley is one
of the most
cerebral players
that I have had
the pleasure
to work with
[and] she made
consistent good
decisions under
pressure.
#19 Sam Zerilli:
Sam is tough!
There were at
least four games
when I saw her
bleeding and
[she] wanted to
continue playing
despite eforts
to keep her for
treatment. Her
battle scars and
bruises are a
testament to
younger players
on how to be
mentally tough.
#7 Ashley
Welch:
Ashley is the
ultimate warrior
and was a great
example to
our younger
players with her
work ethic and
passion for the
game.
#22 Emily
Marshall:
Emily's
attitude and
determination
really helped
her game this
year. She was
always receptive
as to how to
constantly
improve herself.
#4 Lindsay
McMullen:
Lindsay is the
ultimate "Steve
Yzerman"
prototype of
leader. She led
by example
[and] her
personality
made everyone
gravitate toward
her.
Cross Country
Hailee Azizi:
[Hailees] a
steady runner who
overcame injuries to
make a positive daily
impact and was an
encouraging team
member.
Maddy LaFave:
[She was] a leader
of the team as a two-
year captain who was
the frst Schoolcraft
woman fnisher in
20 straight races
and the Detroit Free
Press International
5 Kilometer Race
Champion.
#16 Douglas
Beason:
Doug meant
so much to our
program over the
past two years.
His competitive
nature, passion
for soccer and
understanding
of how to
contribute are
qualities that
will be difcult
to replace."
#1 Scott
Shewfelt:
"Being a
goalkeeper here
at Schoolcraft
comes with lofty
expectations.
[Scotts]
fantastic
physical
qualities
coupled with a
great positional
understanding
provide a
tremendous
foundation for
success."
#20 Anthony
Lourenco:
"Anthony is
a top-class
teammate. This
year, he brought
experience,
work ethic and
passion to play
soccer the right
way."
#10 Brent
McIntosh:
"As talented of
a soccer player
to ever play at
Schoolcraft.
Brent's fashes
of brilliance
often left his
opponents and
teammates in
awe."
#18 Marco
Lobo:
"Marco's impact
on our program
was immediate
and will be long
lasting. His
professionalism
and humility is
unparalleled."
#5 Juan Garcia:
"Juan has natural
competitive
characteristics
that enhanced
our program
from his very
frst practice."
#2 Ryan
Lemasters:
"Ryan led our
program in
many ways. His
multi-faceted
personality
inspired his
teammates daily
and made our
environment a
better place to
be."
#8 Damjam
Stamenkovik:
"Dom really
came on at
the end of
the season
this year. His
work ethic and
determination
are attributes
that will
continue to
provide him
success in his
life."
#3 Phillip
Strachan:
"Phil has
tremendous
physical gifts. He
is a determined
athlete with a
bright future."
#16 Amber
Aldrich:
Amber brought
the physical part
of the game to
her kills on the
court. Rarely
does one see
the power this
young student
athlete brings.
#9 Chrissy
Maleske:
[Bringing]
an intellect
and business
persona unlike
any other to
our program
Chrissy enjoyed
successes
on the court
regularly with
a strong skill
set and sheer
determination to
succeed.
#5 Kelly
MacDonald:
Kelly's
contributions
were amazing.
She was called
the 'Trojan
Horse' because
no one saw it
coming. Though
by physical
appearance not
the typical hitter
on a college
roster, Kelly
relentlessly
delivered kills to
our opponents.
#4 Lauren
Macuga:
Lauren led the
region in digs
and was like a
human shovel
on the court
continuously for
two seasons.
#7 Jessica
Macari:
[She] brought
a work ethic
second-to-none
to the volleyball
program. Jessica
as captain was
a steady force
leading her team
on and of the
court.
#15 Kayla
Boose:
A frst-year
player coming
from Macomb
College as
a transfer
student, Kayla
was excellent
academically, a
talented setter
and strong team
supporter.
#1 Taylor Kerr:
[Taylor]
certainly
honored a
family legacy
of being a great
volleyball player,
athlete and
student. Taylors
personality
on and of the
court helped
us stay strong,
motivated and
focused.
#8 Lauren
Meadows:
A.K.A. 'BIG'
girl, Lauren was
a strong middle
block and
decisive killer on
the court.
#17 Sarah
Suppelsa:
Sarah added
a decisive
volleyball skill
set. [Her] strong
academics
transferred to
the court as a
contributor with
big kills.
Page Layout by: Brian Camilleri
Photos by: Rena Laverty, Brian Camilleri
20
A
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& E
ntertainment
November 21, 2011
the Schoolcraft connection
Fairytales have been popular
throughout history. They give
people everything from morals
to faith in life. Over the centuries,
certain tales have been written, rewrit-
ten, and made into plays, musicals,
movies and even TV series. Generations
have enjoyed the telling and retelling of
these mystical, magical and sometimes dark
gothic stories. Once again, beloved childhood
stories of princesses, evil witches, the beloved big bad
wolf and other magical talking creatures are making a
comeback. NBC and ABC have presented two new series:
Grimm and Once Upon Time. They take the classic
fairy tales and add a new twist to them. But are they
worthy of the hype they have been receiving?
The producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and
Angel brings you the new NBC series Grimm.
Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is a decedent
of the Brothers Grimm. He learns this after a visit from
his Aunt Marie, who has cancer. It is his job to keep the
balance between humans and monsters, like the Jaberbar
(bears) and Blutbudan (wolves).
Nick Burkhardt is a crime-solving detective who slays
creatures from fictional stories that take on human
appearances. Not even ten minutes into watching the
killer is revealed, so the audience is left with just the
fighting scenes and Burkhardts personal problems. The
show is very similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and
Angel with a bit of Fringe thrown in. The show lacks
originality or creativity, and very little effort put into
writing the episodes. The action and the character of
Nick might keep you coming back to watch Grimm, but
theres little else to keep viewers interested.
Who wouldnt want a happy ending in their life? You
know, the kind of ending where you meet prince charm-
ing or rescue the princess, fall in love and live happily
ever after? The kind of ending that says, Good always
triumphs over evil? Well, Once Upon Time puts a
twist on these happily ever afters. Snow White, Prince
Charming, Rumpelstiltskin, Geppetto, and many more
beloved fairytale characters are stuck in the human
realm. The Evil Queen banished everyone there with the
dark curse. Now, it is up to Snow Whites daughter and
grandson to save all the characters and return everyone
to the land where they belong and restore their happily
ever afters.
Jennifer Morrisons character Emma Swan (Snow
Whites daughter) and her son Henry (Jared Gilmore)
have decided to take on the mission of defeating the Evil
Queen, Henrys adopted mother. The show has a very
involved and engaging storyline. If you turn your head
even just for a second, you are bound to miss something
important. Once Upon Time is captivating, fun and
keeps you guessing. However the main theme of the
show, good triumphing over evil, is overdone.
In the end, both Grimm and Once Upon Time fall
short of their potential. While decent, they could use
some improvement. Both series, though very different,
raise the idea of How would fairy tale creatures behave
in our world? Grimm airs on NBC Fridays at 9 p.m. and
Once Upon Time airs on ABC Sundays at 8 p.m.
Comedy legends unite for spectacular spoof of heist films
Ocean's (less than) Eleven
What if fairytales were real ?
By Colin Hickson
Staff Writer
By Tierney Smith
Staff Writer
Ben Stiller stars in the new comedy, Tower Heist, an Oceans
Eleven-style film co-starring Eddie Murphy and Alan Alda. As the
film opens, the audience meets Josh Kovacs (Stiller), the building
manager of the Tower apartment complex. Kovacs is on good terms
with the complexs most noteworthy tenant Arthur Shaw (Alda), a
supposedly nice and trustworthy billionaire who lives at the very top
of the building. He has an obsession with his Ferrari 250 that is kept
in his living room. The world as they know it comes crashing down
when one day the FBI arrive with a warrant for Shaw because he has
been embezzling money from other employees and investors. The
Tower employees entrusted all of their retirement funds to Shaw. Upon
Lester, the Towers doorman, learning about the grave news he tries
to kill himself. Shaw shows little sympathy to Lesters predicament.
Hellbent on getting back at him, Kovac joins fellow bellhop Enrique
(Michael Pena), his brother-in-law and concierge Charlie (Casey
Affleck) and a broke Wall Street investor Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew
Broderick). They decide there is only one-way to get back the money:
steal it. There is a bump in the road, however, for no one on the team
knows how to commit a heist. Josh recruits an old friend and experi-
enced criminal, Slide (Murphy), who teaches the group all he knows.
With all of the experience and the skilled team what could go wrong?
For those who believe it is a spoof on the Oceans Eleven series, they
should take a closer look at this film. It has a colorful cast of charac-
ters, most notably Odessa (Gabourey Sidbe), the Jamaican housekeeper
who is a safecracking expert and fast-talking Enrique and his sidesplit-
ting one-liners. The whole film is filled with some of the goofiest lines
imaginable, with the outlandish predicaments the characters get into
and some great emotional scenes this movie keeps you wanting more.
This may be the film Eddie Murphy needs reignite his career.
However, Tower Heist may not be suitable for younger viewers, due
to the excessive foul language, adult themes, and raunchy situations.
All crudeness aside, this is probably one of the funniest films of the
entire year. If you like heist movies, or want to see a crime film spoof,
go see Tower Heist.
November 21, 2011
21
A double rum on the rocks, hold the gonzo
"The Rum Diary: A Novel"
By Ian Gallagher
Managing Editor
Drunken antics abound in "The Rum Diary"
By Brian Camilleri
Assistant Layout Editor
99 bottles of rum on the wall
Editors Note:
We managed to recover the following review from the remnants of the Managing
Editors laptop. When he f inished reading The Rum Diary, the Managing Editor jumped
up and declared that he had found a new direction in life. The Managing Editor then
threw his laptop out the window and leapt through the hole of broken glass. He was last
sighted at Detroit Metro Airport boarding a f light to San Juan with a carton of cigarettes
and two f ifths of Bacardi Select.
Ever feel like you are just marching on, getting older, approaching that hump where
everything goes downhill? Sure you have. We all have. Paul Kemp has. Kemp is a
young journalist that heads to Puerto Rico in the late 1950s to take a job at the San
Juan Daily News, a paper that is constantly on the verge of bankruptcy. The operation
is run by a paranoid ex-communist, Lotterman, and staffed by a motley assortment of
drifters and drunks, the type of people that wander around the globe, hustling their
way by working at English-language newspapers until they get bored of the place or
are fired.
Before even arriving in Puerto Rico, Kemp begins his infatuation with an attrac-
tive young blonde, Chenault. She came down to be with Yeamon, another reporter at
the paper. Kemp soon moves in with the only pro on the island, the photographer
Robert Sala, in his filthy street-level apartment. Together, they spend most of their
time drinking cheap rum and banging out a story or two between drinking ses-
sions. Feeling the door to a better life closing, Kemp manages to befriend
Sanderson, a high-powered advertising executive who Kemp thinks will
help him get there.
After a night in a Puerto Rican jail due to an evening of
drunken mayhem, Kemp, Yeamon and Sala are put out on
bail. An upside being that Kemp manages to secure
a job as the New York Times Caribbean stringer.
Unfortunately, that high would not last. The paper
goes bankrupt, outraged over the loss of pay the
reporters plot to kill Lotterman, forcing Kemp, Sala
and Yeomon, who are out on bail, to f lee.
The Rum Diary is the second novel by Hunter S.
Thompson, written when he was only 22. Much like
the earlier still-unpublished Prince Jellyfish, The
Rum Diary was turned down multiple times by pub-
lishers. It was eventually published in the 90s, long
after Thompson made a name for himself with Hell s
Angels and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The
Rum Diary was first published with the pushing of
Thompsons friend Johnny Depp, who discovered the
work in Thompsons fortified compound near Aspen,
Colo. Depp liked the work and encouraged Thompson
to rework it.
The plot is rambling, although that later becomes a
hallmark of Thompsons style. But it still feels more
organized than Hemmingways The Sun Also Rises.
Characters that are supposed to work at the paper
from the beginning are introduced halfway through
the novel. One can definitely tell the parts that were
originally written and those that were added before
publication. The hints at Kemps past dont mesh well
and the novel would have worked better without most
of them. Some however, namely the football one,
manage to feel haunting. Throughout the book there
are many references to getting older and knowing the
best years of ones life are behind them.
Fans of Fear and Loathing may be disappointed
with The Rum Diary. It lacks Thompsons signa-
ture gonzo style and thorough descriptions of sub-
stance use. But it still hints at what would come
later. Unless you are a diehard Gonzo, you may want
to look to some of Thompsons other works before
taking a shot of The Rum Diary.
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen,
to what appears to be the sequel to
Blow with a little bit of Secret
Window mixed in. If you want to hate
living in Michigan and wish you lived
in a place that has palm trees, a view
of an ocean or a bar where you can
drink outside without having to freeze
then this movie is for you.
Johnny Depp is a writer named
Paul Kemp who comes to Puerto
Rico with the hopes to write for a
local newspaper. He is sent to bring
this quickly-dying paper back to life
with his creative writing, but mostly
because he was the only one who even
applied for the job. Low and behold,
alcohol comes into play, and mixing
it with the wrong people spins his life
in a different direction. Paul moves in
with a photographer named Sala and
his half-a-brain-cell Nazi supporter
roommate named Moburg who sup-
posedly writes for the paper when
hes not drinking. Together these
three characters better recognized
as Larry, Moe and Curly stumble
drunkenly around Puerto Rico for
about three-fourths of the movie and
then pull everything together with a
somewhat happy ending.
Despite all of the bad decisions
in this movie, The Rum Diary is
engaging and funny with a little bit of
romance but no nudity. Do not bring
a girlfriend to this movie. Thats not
to say that every girl will hate this
movie, but its definitely more catered
to a mans taste. It is full of drinking,
drugs, turtles decked out in rhine-
stones and slow-motion cockfighting,
which is horrible yet fantastic. Not
to mention Johnny Depp who is at
the top of his acting game. He transi-
tioned himself from his previous role
as a drunken pirate captain to just a
regular drunk.
Although, nothing can compare
to the natural charisma of Amber
Heard who plays Johnny Depps love
interest. She provides all of the sex
appeal for the movie, looking just like
Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed
Rodger Rabbit. Her luscious red lips
and insane curves will make every
mouth in the theater drop. Ms. Heard
without a doubt wins the Oscar for
most outrageous body. Every time she
enters a scene it is almost impossible
to pay attention to the dialogue of
Larry, Moe and Curly.
With all of this rambling comes a
moral to this movie and that is, always
take the high road. When corporate
greed tempts you to be a part of some-
thing illegal, it is better to drink a lot
and mess everything up. Although, a
word of advice to anyone who watches
this movie: if you see a man dressed
in an open jacket like someone out of
The Matrix, dont take the red pill.
By Colin Hickson
Staff Writer
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November 21, 2011
By Jonathan King
Editor in Chief
By Brianne Radke
Staff Writer
By Alys Dolan
Arts & Entertainment Editor
By Alys Dolan
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Vweto
Genre: Experimental Funk
Georgia Anne Muldrow is best known
for her inventive approach to musical com-
position. Her style-blending techniques
generate the kind of fresh and funky
product that exemplifies the heart and soul
of west coast hip-hop. Her latest project
Vweto, demonstrates her devotion to
refreshing complexity. Vweto, meaning
gravity in Swahili, could be described
as alternative jazz, though it also combines
elements of funk, hip-hop and electronica.
Vweto is Georgia Annes first
entirely instrumental creation, and it is an
impressive effort, especially considering
that she plays nearly every instrument.
Unfortunately, the whole project feels
a little empty without her silky vocals
draped over the imaginative melodies, but
even so, Georgia Anne has produced yet
another cohesive astrophysical-type expe-
rience. Georgia Annes signature flair for
layering loose, discordant melodies over
tight, instrumental beats gives her a unique
sound that may not have great pop appeal,
but is a style coveted among the fans of
producers like Californias Madlib and
Detroits own J. Dilla.
Some bits of the album drag. A few
of the songs may have retained more
command had they been trimmed down
just a bit. The album kicks off with
the enchanting shuffle of The No No
Chords. The track begs for movement
with its steady, focused beat and subtle
melody. fOnkrocker is precisely what it
alludes to, it is somehow gritty and groovy
and ambient all at once. This is difficult to
understand without actually hearing the
gutsy, almost ominous electronic beats
that meet extended electric guitar rifts
and an especially funky slap bass rhythm,
accented by a snare. fOnk stroll is
another song in which the title is indicative
of the tune. When the synthesizer joins
the mix the track is elevated to that spacey
plane where Georgia Anne seems to most
enjoy spending her time. The track evokes
a scene of Afros, bell-bottoms, beads and
air thick with Nag Champa.
Though Vweto may never be her most
popular creation, Muldrow has once again
remained true to her artistic commitment
to evolution and intention, and has done so
with elegance and panache.
The Bottom Line:
While this album may not have a place
in the Top 40, it is the perfect music for
setting an earthy, groovy, soulful ambi-
ance, but more importantly, for those
who value precision in composition, this
is a thinking piece. Regardless of your
approach to her album, Georgia Anne
will not allow you to sit still. Vweto will
move you.
R.E.M.
Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part
Garbage 1982-2011
Genre: Alternative Rock
In 1987, Rolling Stone magazine
announced on the cover of their
December issue that R.E.M. was
Americas Best Rock & Roll Band.
Now, after 31 years of playing together,
R.E.M. has decided to call it a day. As
a final farewell, the group released
Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part
Garbage, a two-disc 40-song career-
spanning retrospective.
The album opens with Gardening
at Night from their 1982 debut
EP Chronic Town, and continues
throughout their three-decade career.
Everything is covered, from the early
jangle pop to the late 80s stadium rock,
the folksy melancholy of the early 90s,
the mellow haze of the last decade and
everything in between.
There are a few surprising but
welcome additions to the album, most
notably Sitting Still, Life and How to
Live It, New Test Leper and Living
Well Is the Best Revenge. Just about
every other song falls under the header
of, Well yeah, they pretty much had to
include that. Every song youve heard of
even if you dont listen to R.E.M. are
rightfully present.
Part Lies also contains three brand
new tracks, including R.E.M.s final
single, We All Go Back to Where We
Belong. As a swan song for the band, its
flat-out fantastic. The Bacharach-styled
pop orchestral production provides
the perfect background to lead singer
Michael Stipes wistful lyrics.
On the other end, A Month of
Saturdays sounds like a hastily thrown
together demo from 1983 with vanilla
lyrics about enjoying the weekend. (This
is surely the part garbage R.E.M. was
talking about.) Hallelujah is at least a
more curious track, with its darkly beau-
tiful production. Its a fine standalone,
but its placement at the very end of the
album seems odd, especially since We
All Go Back provides such a fittingly
stirring conclusion.
As a primer on the evolution of such a
storied group, Part Lies does an excel-
lent job. It will forever be impossible to
completely sum up the the R.E.M. expe-
rience on a single disc or even two
but Part Lies makes a darn good effort.
The Bottom Line:
Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part
Garbage makes a fine argument for why
R.E.M. might just be Americas Best
Rock & Roll Band. R.E.M. may be no
more, but their legacy as one of the the
greatest forces in alternative rock will
remain secure for quite some time.
Rave On Buddy Holly
Various Artists
Genre: Pop Rock
Remember those thick, square
rimmed glasses on the nerd in the
skinny suit? Remember that nerd?
Well that nerd was Buddy Holly, and
he was the single most inf luential
creative force in early rock and roll,
according to critic Bruce Eder. With
classic hits like Peggy Sue, Send
me Some Lovin, and Its so Easy,
he was on his way to becoming a
rock and roll legend. Unfortunately,
his career was cut tragically short at
the age of 22. Holly, and fellow musi-
cians, Richi Valens, and J.P. The Big
Bopper Richardson were killed in a
plane crash on February 3, 1959. Don
Mclean deemed this day later The
Day the Music Died, thanks to the
popular song American Pie. Now,
52 years later, several musicians have
gathered together to pay homage
to the legend and wish him a happy
75th birthday with Rave on Buddy
Holly.
Paul McCartney, The Black Keys,
She & Him, and Cee Lo Green are a
few of the artists who have covered
the songs made famous by Holly.
Although the music and lyrics are
beautifully simple, their depth and
meaning rings true and touching to
the heart still today. For instance,
in True Love Ways performed by
My Morning Jacket, the lyrics are so
stirring and Jim James voice is very
pleading. The cover is stunning,
and the effortlessness of the guitar
is perfect. It is a very sad song that
reaches into your soul, and leaves an
impression of sorrow on the listener.
Brian Wilson, from The Beach Boys,
decided to contribute to the album
with a cover of Listen to Me. The
song is catchy, yet slow and lingering.
The backup vocals that accompany
Wilson are striking and impeccable,
and add a great old-time feel, remi-
niscent of Hollys era.
There are a total of 19 tracks on this
tribute album. Many other diverse
artists have added to this CD, like Kid
Rock, Modest Mouse, Nick Lowe and
Patti Smith. Although Buddy Holly
left this world so early his music still
remains fresh and timeless.
The Bottom Line:
Although the album is long, the
songs are short, but the artists who
came together in this tribute album
did a beautiful job. It is a blast from
a very far past and takes the listener
back to a more modest and innocent
time.
Doo Wops and Hooligans
Bruno Mars
R&B
The new hot performer on the
scene is a young man from Honolulu,
Bruno Mars. He was born into a
family of musicians, and began
developing his musical abilities
early. After high school, the heart-
throb moved out to Los Angeles to
pursue his dream career in the music
industry. After a few unsuccessful
attempts with Motown Records he
joined up with Atlantic Records,
where he guest starred on singles
like Nothin on You by B.o.B and
Billionare by Travie McCoy. Shortly
after, he released Doo Wops and
Hooligans which gained immedi-
ate recognition, thanks to his smash
hits Just the Way You are and
Grenade. The album hit number
three on the Billboard 200, and Mars
was nominated for seven Grammys,
and received the award for Best Male
Pop Vocal for Just the Way You are.
The Album opens with the dra-
matic track Grenade, and it is
unmistakable that this young man
has a powerful voice. The lyrics
are cheesy, but he makes it work.
Grenade is followed by his smash
hit Just the Way You Are. The song
is absolutely adorable and makes any
female listening wish to be Mars
girl. His voice is so pure and perfect,
and he makes it seem so effortless.
One of the songs on this ten-
track album is Marry You, it is
quite catchy and clever. The lyrics
are simple, the song talks about
having nothing to do one night with
a pocket full of cash, so why not
get married? Mars vocals are gor-
geous and melt the heart. He mixes
a raspy pleading sound with a pure
and clean tone. There is no doubt
this boy has an amazing sound and
range.
A truly beautiful song is Talking
to the Moon. Bruno Mars really
projects his broken heart in his
words and melody. He sounds
beseeching and haunting, and makes
one want to cry out, Bruno, its ok,
Im here for you!
Doo Wops and Hooligans is a
combination of pop and art that is a
great start for Mars career.
Bottom Line:
This album is a collection of feel
good pop songs that are cheesy, but
are worth listening to. If you are a
fan of R&B or Reggae it would be
a wise idea to take a look at Doo
Wops and Hooligans.
November 21, 2011
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"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet"
By Alys Dolan
Arts & Entertainment Editor
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On Nov. 12 Dracula
ran its final show at
Schoolcraft College. The
play was very dark and
focused on saving ones
eternal soul. The cast
did a lovely job with the
characters. Dracula, Scott
Dreavar, did a wonderful
job, and he was incred-
ibly truthful and believ-
able. Rebecca Himm, as
Lucy, was perfect, and
was a beautiful leading
lady. Dalibor Atanaskoski,
Abraham Van Helsing,
was sensational, and
really kept the show
going. Under Professor
Hartmans direction the
cast performed a beautiful
interpretation of Dracula
that was filled with
mystery and suspense.
Have you ever had an
interest in being apart
of a production like
Dracula? Have you been
dying to get a moment
in the spotlight? Well
heres your chance, the
colleges next show is
Romeo and Juliet. It is
a typical Shakespearian
drama, where two star-
crossed lovers defy their
families in an attempt
to live happily ever after.
This production will
be an edited version by
Schoolcraft Colleges own
Professor Hartman, which
will be a pleasant take on
the conventional show.
Auditions will be held in
the Schoolcraft College
Theater, located in the
Liberal Arts Building, on
Jan. 17 and 18 at 7 pm. It
is open to all students,
faculty, and general
public. This is a perfect
chance to try something
new and be apart of
the wonderful world of
Shakespeare, so mark your
calendars.
Under the cloak
of darkness, the
menacing Count
Dracula (played
by Scott Dreaver
of Canton) stalks
his beautiful
victim Lucy
(Rebecca Himm
of Northville).
Photo by Mandy GetschMan
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November 21, 2011
the Schoolcraft connection
Internet deals and
smartphone apps
Whats the
Compiled By
Heather Greenshields
Staff Writer
By Alys Dolan
Arts & Entertainment Editor
With the holiday season coming up
your budget is going to be tight, so
try using these Internet sites featur-
ing coupons and deals to lighten the
financial burden this year.
Groupon App/ Groupon.com
Groupon gets you deals through
negotiating huge discounts with dif-
ferent businesses and makes it easy to
get the savings. Simply go to groupon.
com or download the app on your
smartphone to sign up. You will have
to give them your location so that your
experience and groupons are catered
to you and the businesses in your area.
The savings are usually between 50
and 90 percent and it is completely
free. For instance, I signed up recently
and the first offer I received was a
massage at MassageLuXe in Novi for
$30, which is usually $89 thats a 66
percent discount. Groupon also offers
deals for restaurants and other hang
outs.
LivingSocial
Livingsocial.com handpicks their
deals in hopes of brightening each
calendar day for those who sign up to
their service. They strive to bring new
customers into local businesses for a
new, adventurous and positive expe-
rience that will keep them coming
back. Livingsocial.com tries to instill
a sense of loyalty and trust with their
followers by outlining their intent
on the website and a description of
their staff. Like Groupon, youll be
prompted upon entering the website
to sign up with an email and a city
near you, like Ann Arbor. After that
it is easy to receive the deals and dis-
counts, so enjoy!
Foursquare
Foursquare allows you to check-in
at businesses and other locations, see
where your friends are, post ratings
and find deals to local places. If you
have a smartphone you can down-
load the app or use the text message
feature with a basic messaging phone.
It is very simple to use first check-in
to one of the thousands of locations
available on Foursquare, then let your
friends know about the food, drinks,
or specials the business has to offer.
The more you check-in the more
deals you get and chances you have to
become the mayor. Foursquare offers
exclusive deals for their participants
and gives you a sneak peak at what
certain businesses have to offer. The
more you participate and check in the
more points you earn to get better
deals. Its simple, quick, and great for
any budget.
The Loop
The Loop wants to surround you
with personalized coupons for your
lifestyle. It offers select deals for stores
like Pac Sun, Finish Line, Sketchers
and local jewelry stores. You can
get these deals by subscribing to
their website, luvtheloop.com, or by
downloading the free app for your
smartphone. Unlike the other sites
above they use your location to find
the shopping deals near you, instead
of choosing the coupon first. It caters
to your specific location at the time
you check in with the app. The Loop
even offers deals for your pets, garden
and home. There are all sorts of deals
to help lighten the burden on your
wallet.
Concerts
The Fearless Friends Tour
The Fearless record company
presents their signature
scream-metal sound with one
of their signed bands, Bless
the Fall. Also touring will be
The Word Alive, Motionless
In White, Chunk! No, Captain
Chunk! and Tonight Alive. The
show will be on Nov. 23 at the
Magic Stick in Detroit. Doors
open at 6 p.m. and tickets are
$21.
City and Colour
City and Colour are an indie-
rock group that have been
touring for years now, and if
you have not been able to see
them perform live now is the
time. Promoting the tour with
their newly released album,
Little Hell, they are playing
two nights in a row at the
Filmore in Detroit, on Nov. 25
and 26. Doors are at 8 p.m., and
tickets are $35.
Watch the Throne Tour
The Watch the Throne Tour
will be hitting the Palace of
Auburn Hills on Nov. 26. This
tour features the hip-hop
artists Jay Z, Kanye West and
Caddy Da Don. With purchase
of a ticket through ticket-
master.com you will receive a
digital copy of their new album
called Watch the Throne.
Tickets range from $60 to $213.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Comedy
Mike Epps
As a well-rounded comedian
Mike Epps will be performing
two back-to-back shows Nov.
23 at the Fox Theater. Epps is
known for his work in movies
such as The Hangover and
Next Friday, and he is cer-
tainly entertaining and humor-
ous. Tickets range from $35 to
$112.
Events
Americas Thanksgiving
Parade
Take the time to remem-
ber the meaning behind
this beloved holiday at the
Thanksgiving parade on Nov.
24. The parade starts at 9:20
a.m. and begins at the intersec-
tion of Woodward and Mack. It
will continue down Woodward
Avenue until it reaches
Congress. This tradition of
celebrating Thanksgiving in
downtown Detroit is on its 85th
year. The parade will include
75 diverse programs and busi-
nesses that range from f loats
and clowns to award winning
marching bands from the area.
Ballin
on a
Budget
Metro Detroit Association for the
Education of Young Children
Student Chapter Presents...
Mitten Madness 240
We are collecting mitens, hats,
and scarves for children in need
in Wayne County. Our goal is
240 pairs of mitens!
Now through Dec. 10.
Please help by dropping the
items of to the box located
outside of room 240 of the
Liberal Arts building.
For more information, please contact the
Student Activities Ofce @ 734.462.4422 or
Elizabeth Grace @ egrace@schoolcraf.edu or
Diane Flynn-Hahn @ dfahn@schoolcraf.edu
Co-Presidents: Tierney Garland and Marilyn Fitzhugh; Secretary/Publicist: Heather
Jahn; Treasurer/Membership: Kelsey Hadyniak/Events Coordinator: Danielle Best
November 21, 2011
25
Friday
night
rental
By Todd Walsh
Staff Writer
Over the past twenty years one
actor has entertained the masses
through horror, animation, televi-
sion, drama, comedy and even musi-
cals: the one and only Johnny Depp.
His versatility and believability
have made him one of Hollywoods
go-to actors. With The Rum Diary
recently released, lets take a look
back into the long and successful
career of Mr. Depp.
Benny & Joon (1993)
Benny & Joon is considered to
be one of the greatest romantic
comedies of all time. Its a story
about Benny (Aidan Quinn), an
auto mechanic who takes care of
his mentally ill sister Joon (Mary
Masterston). However, things
change when Sam (Johnny Depp)
moves in. Soon Sam and Joon fall in
love but Benny is not too keen about
the idea.
Benny & Joon is a simple but
beautiful story that shows how love
can conquer all. It takes a chance
with placing a mentally ill girl as
the love interest, and it hits pretty
hard. But the film pulls it off. The
acting is all-around solid. Quinn
plays the straight man perfectly
and Masterson is brilliant as the
outspoken Joon. However, its Depp
who steals the show. Depp plays a
character playing a character he
behaves like eccentric versions of
film stars Buster Keaton and Charlie
Chaplin. There is a scene where
he copies Keaton perfectly whilst
street performing, and its hysteri-
cal. This movie also shed light on
the one-hit wonder 500 Miles by
the Proclaimers. If youre looking for
an excellent and eccentric romantic
comedy, Benny & Joon is one film
to check out.
Dead Man (1995)
After man went to the moon in
the 60s, Hollywood made a shift
in genre focus, and sadly Westerns
were left out in the cold. However,
in 1995 the western genre gained a
gold star with Dead Man, thanks to
director Jim Jarmusch. Johnny Depp
plays William Blake, an accountant
who is on the run after murdering a
man. He encounters Nobody (Gray
Framer), an Indian who prepares
him for a spiritual journey.
Dead Man is a very obscure
film from Depps career and is
highly underrated. The film uses
the noir technique, which is when
the movie has unbalanced compo-
sitions and low-key lighting. This
acid western style, which was first
developed in the 60s and early 70s,
was reinvigorated by Dead Man.
The film plays out similar to a silent
movie with very little dialogue
and emphasizes carefully-formed
set pieces and visuals. Neil Young
wrote the haunting musical score
to accompany the movie, which will
leave a lasting impression on audi-
ences. Unlike many westerns before
it, Dead Man did not stereotype
American Indians, placing them in
a more realistic light. The film is
interesting to watch and if you are
paying attention you can spy refer-
ences to William Blakes poetry.
Dead Man is considered one the
best films at the end of the twenti-
eth century.
Pirates of the Caribbean:
Curse of the Black Pearl
(2003)
When someone says Johnny Depp
the image that pops into many
peoples heads is the character
Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates
of the Caribbean. For a movie based
on a Disney theme park ride, its
actually pretty good. Captain Jack
Sparrow (Johnny Depp) teams up
with Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) in
search of the mysterious ghost ship,
the Black Pearl. They must rescue
the lovely Elizabeth Swan (Keira
Knightley) from the clutches of the
cursed pirate crew and their ruthless
leader, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey
Rush).
Pirates is the perfect adventure
movie. It has everything from sword
fighting to full-on ship battles,
witty dialogue and a stunning score
by Hans Zimmerman. The acting
is brilliant, and Geoffrey Rush as
Barbossa will send shivers down
your spine. Knightly and Bloom
have perfect chemistry, however
it is Depp who steals the show. He
does not play Captain Jack like an
Errol Flynn type. Instead, he based
his character on Keith Richards
from the Rolling Stones. The special
effects and fight scenes are master-
ful from fighting skeletons to a
duel in the blacksmiths shop, the
staging is immaculate. The last fight
scene with Sparrow and Barbossa
is something to see a battle in the
moonlight with a twist. Yo ho, yo ho,
a pirates movie for me.
Edward Scissorhands
(1990)
There have been many famous
duos throughout history: Bonnie
and Clyde, Batman and Robin,
Abbot and Costello and more
recently, the director and actor
combo Tim Burton and Johnny
Depp. Out of the 15 films Burton
directed, Depp has been in
seven. Their first team-up was
on the dark fantasy Edward
Scissorhands. The movie is about
an incomplete project named
Edward (Johnny Depp), a mechani-
cal man with scissors for hands.
After his inventor (Vincent Price,
in his last significant film role)
dies, he meets Peg Boggs (Dianne
Wiest) and she takes him home to
be a part of her family. Edwards
tries to live a suburban life and
eventually falls for Pegs daughter,
Kim Boggs (Winona Ryder).
Tim Burton is a master story-
teller and has a very distinctive
visual style. He mixes the fairytale
world with a satiric view of life in
suburbia. His vision really comes to
life throughout the film, which is
inventive, imaginative and quirky.
Once again Depp does an excellent
job and, similar to his character in
Benny and Joon, he does not say
much. Instead he uses his facial
expressions tell the whole story.
The best thing about the movie
is Danny Elfmans score. This is one
of his best soundtracks along with
The Nightmare Before Christmas.
It has a dark and mysterious feel, but
at the same time it can sound playful
with a pinch of jazz. The song at the
end of the movie will most certainly
pull on your heart strings. Edward
Scissorhands is visual masterpiece
that you truly must witness.
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ports
Photo by andrew KieltyKa
Photo by Mandy GetSChMan
Ocelots decimating opponents
Men's basketball begin their prowl
Sophomore Zachary Childress hangs from the net after
making a slam dunk against the opposing team.
Sophomore Domonique Jones
flies high as she sinks the ball into
the net during the second period
against Kellogg.
By Daniel Peake
Staff Writer
Nov. 30
Kellogg
Spirit Night
7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2
Lorain
Away
7:00 p.m.
Dec. 3
Lakeland
Away
1:00 p.m.
Men's Basketball
upcoming games
Mens basketball begin their prowl
The two-game opening weekend was a sensational start for the mens basketball team.
The Ocelots took on two very well-respected opponents in contests against Marygrove
College and Lorain County C.C. More importantly, the Ocelots trampled over both
unmatched squads outscoring them by double digits each game.
The Nov. 4 home game, though not officially a tournament game, was a blowout served
up by the talented Ocelots. With collaborative efforts from Lenderick Witcher and big man
Karl Moore, the Ocelots put down the Mustangs 106-58. You definitely read it right, thats a
48-point victory! The following day the Ocelots, again at home, were faced with their first
NJCAA tournament game of the season against Lorain Commodores.
The Ocelots hadnt faced the Commodores last season so coming into the game it was a
tossup. Nonetheless, the Commodores were clearly overmatched as the Ocelots played an
impressive game. The guys tore into LCCC squad, delivering a 20-point bludgeoning, 87-67.
The team delivered another 20-point victory over Rochester College on Nov. 9 at home
propping the team up with a 3-0 record to start the 2011-12 season.
Individually, the Ocelots played with utter talent and capability. Leading the pack in
scoring for this weekend was star power forward Karl Moore. Make sure to remember that
this was the man who Ocelots coach Randy Henry assured
would gain All-American stature if he played his cards right.
One can assume that Moore took those words to heart. Over
this opening weekend, Moore packed in an impressive 48
points, 29 rebounds and 3 blocks. Hopefully that momentum
remains consistent as the season progresses.
Another Ocelot player singled out for illustrating remark-
able capability was guard Mohammed Elhaj. Coach Henry
thinks highly of Elhaj. Henry cited Elhaj as the overall brains
of the team, emphasizing his on-court intellect as one of the
best hed ever seen. Elhaj did indeed meet the expectations
mapped out by Coach Henry. Despite only accumulating
eight points over the weekend, Elhaj showed us that scoring
isnt everything. In just three games, Elhaj tallied up an
impressive 18 assists and 10 steals, an elaborate demonstra-
tion of exactly what coach Henry meant. Elhaj is expected to
lead the Ocelots this season with his sensational ability to
make a mark on the court without being the leading scorer.
Elhajs unselfish style will be hopefully serve as an example
helping him to take charge this year in order to bring success
for the club.
All together, the Ocelots busted open the doors for this
season in a big way. If the Ocelots keep playing with this type
of discipline and intensity then the team is certain to make a
dent in the MCCAA and Region XII.
By Ehimare Arhebamen
Sports Editor
Lady Ocelot
Basketball
upcoming games
Friday, Nov. 25 vs. Columbus State Turkey Trot Shootout, Toledo, OH
Saturday, Nov. 26 @ Owens Turkey Trot Shootout, Toledo, OH
Wednesday, Nov. 30 vs. Kellogg Spirit Night, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2 vs. Sinclair Gillette Invitational, Kalamazoo, MI
Saturday, Dec. 3 vs. TBA Gillette Invitational, Kalamazoo, MI
Opening night drama leads to four-game streak
On a roll
Coach Brathwaite had his first
game Saturday, Nov 5 as head of the
womens basketball program. I think
that the girls will play hard and learn
a lot about themselves. I think that
the challenge is not to win but to play
to the best of our ability. The girls
have worked very hard and the first
game will only reveal the next set of
skills to strive to improve, he said.
The Lady Ocelots opened their
season at home against a surpris-
ingly tough opponent, Lakeland
C.C. College, and managed to break
a record. The 16
th
-ranked team in a
preseason poll came in for their 64
th
-
consecutive home win, a new NJCAA
record.
The first point for Schoolcraft
came from Charlise Slater. She then
followed up for 14 more. Ocelot
Diamond Tolliver scored 14 points
and Shawnicka Thomas scored 12
points. Ashley Beemon tallied nine
points and nine rebounds. Thomas
pulled down eight boards and deliv-
ered five assists. Lakeland player
Diminika King scored 24 points with
16 rebounds and Alyson Lee got 10
points in, while other Lakeland player
Melyssa Kaprosky gets 10 boards.
For this being Brathwaites first
game, the team did very well adjust-
ing to their new coach. During
practices, Brathwaite expects the
women to execute plays in repetition
until they become second nature.
That practice definitely helped the
women in their opening match as
the Lakeland team forced the game
into overtime. Eventually, the Lady
Ocelots, pulled away en route to a
71-66 victory.
The momentum gained from
their first win propelled the team to
another pair of wins at tournament
held in Cincinnati from Nov. 11-12.
Rend Lake and Lincoln Trail colleges
both fell to Schoolcraft, 89-49 and
77-59 respectively.
During the first three games, a trio
of players have already pulled ahead
by averaging double-digit scoring.
Guard Charlise Slater has averaged
13.7 points, forward Domonique Jones
13.3 points and forward Shawnicka
Thomas another 11.3 points per game.
Behind these three potent scorers, the
team is starting off another season on
an impressive winning streak.
The streak continued on Nov. 16 as
the Lady Ocelots squared off against
Grand Rapids C.C. in another home
game. Schoolcraft opened up their
high-powered offense and outgunned
the Raiders 91-78.
They did good enough but they did
not execute well enough. Thats not
how we play. The game was won with
a stronger second half, putting on the
press, getting steals and making sure
to win the game, said Brathwaite.
The victory ran the Lady Ocelots
record to a perfect 4-0 under the new
head coach.
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Photo by Mandy GetSChMan
Shortly into the second period, Whalers forward Garret Meurs accepts a
pass from teammate Rickard Rackell and scores the fifth goal of the game.
Michigan State
hoops update
Spartan basketball takes flight
By Ehimare Arhebamen
Sports Editor
& By Ian Gallagher
Managing Editor
The No.1 ranked North
Carolina Tar Heels defeated
the Michigan State Spartans
67-55 in the first Carrier
Classic game on Veterans
Day, Nov. 11. The USS Carl
Vincent, the carrier that held
Osama Bin Ladens burial at
sea, hosted the event in San
Diego Bay. Among the high
profile celebrities in atten-
dance, such basketball lumi-
naries and alumni Michael
Jordan and Magic Johnson,
were President Obama and
First Lady Michelle. They
arrived early to shake some
hands and chat with the mili-
tary personnel before taking
their seats at center court.
The Tar Heels ran up a
double-digit lead late in the
first half. The Spartans never
seemed to get their feet under
them as North Carolina con-
trolled the second half and
cruised to an easy victory.
Dexter Strickland had
already contributed 10 points.
John Henson made 12 points,
seven rebounds, two assists
and a career high of nine
blocks for the Tar Heels. The
Spartans Brandon Dawson
and Adreian Payne each
scored 10 points. States
Draymond Green had 13
points, 18 rebounds a career
high and two assists.
This marks the sixth
straight defeat the Spartans
have suffered at the hands
of the Tar Heels, including
the 2009 national champion-
ship. Even with the loss, the
Spartans were still exited
to be there. We played the
number one team in the
country and in front of the
number one team in the
world, said Michigan State
Coach Tom Izzo to ESPN.
The game was played in a
specially constructed stadium
on the carriers flight deck,
which is the size of 41 bas-
ketball courts. That provided
more than enough space for
the 7,000 spectators, includ-
ing 4,500 sailors. To commem-
orate Veterans Day, all of the
players on both teams wore
jerseys that were a special
camouflage design and had
USA in place of the player
names. The North Carolina
staff even opted for combat
boots and cargo pants.
Duke, the #6-ranked team
in the nation, delivered
another defeat to Michigan
State on Nov 15 in a nation-
ally televised game. The
Spartans lost 74-69 in the
State Farm Champions Classic
at Madison Square Garden.
This was Duke Coach Mike
Krzyzewskis 903rd win.
This makes him the coach
with the most Div. I wins in
NCAA history surpassing Bob
Knight. The star of the night
was Dukes Andre Dankis with
26 points, three rebounds
and four steals. States Keith
Appling led the Spartans with
22 points and four rebounds.
Currently, the Spartans
basketball team is unranked
as Coach Izzo looks for ways
to develop consistency and
determine which players will
emerge to lead this roster.
The Whalers have done it
again! They played a spotless
game against the Sault Ste.
Marie (Soo) Greyhounds on
Nov. 12.
The Whalers came in strong
with two goals and two assists
by Mitchell Heard starting at
18:11 in the first period. Dario
Truttmann added another 21
seconds later. J.T. Miller scored
two goals and an assist. The
first came after 18 seconds
in the second period and his
second came in at 3:24 on an
errant rebound.
Why though were the
Greyhounds just lying like
dogs taking such a beating?
Soo came shorthanded into
the game with a roster ham-
pered by injuries and four
players serving suspensions
for fighting during a victory
against the London Knights.
With the hockey gods
smiling on them, the
Whalers had little problem
piling up goals on the out-
manned Greyhounds. Garrett
Meurs got around Soo
goalie Campbell at 1:11 in the
second. Alex Aleardi rocked
one in at 13:36 in the second,
putting the Whalers at 6-0.
Heard closed the scoring
with two more goals, the first
at 15:42 in the second period
on a power play and his
second at 7:17 of the third. The
Whalers decisively outshot
the Greyhounds 38-30.
Since an Oct. 22 loss to
Niagara, Plymouth has been
on a 8-1-0-1 run thats pro-
pelled the team to second
place in the Ontario Hockey
Leagues West Division
standings, trailing the top
spot by a single point and
third overall in the Western
Conference. The streak is
evidence the team has finally
gotten their feet under them
and put their inconsistent
start to the season behind
them. As long as the Whalers
have their sights set upon the
top of the standings, a playoff
berth wont be out of reach.
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Plymouth shuts-out Soo
Whalers neuter Greyhounds
By Ehimare Arhebamen
Sports Editor
Opening night drama leads to four-game streak
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Three promising seasons come to an abrupt halt
And then they were done
By Connection Staff
Mens soccer
The Schoolcraft College mens soccer team,
ranked No.1 in the nation, witnessed a dra-
matic end to their 22-0 run when they lost
to the College of Southern Maryland Hawks
1-0 in a triple-overtime shootout. The Hawks
managed to outscore the Ocelots 5-4 on
penalty kicks after 90 minutes of scoreless
action and two additional 10-minute over-
time periods. Southern Maryland advanced
to play in the NCJAA Div. I National
Championship tournament to be held Nov.
17-20 in Phoenix, AZ.
Womens soccer
The Lady Ocelots suffered a similar fate
in their playoff tournament. After coming
from behind to win their first-round matchup
versus Owens Community College, the Lady
Ocelots of Schoolcraft College had to feel
confident about their chances against Delta
College in the Region XII championship game.
The Lady Ocelots were ranked No.14 nation-
ally in Div. I soccer and had rolled through the
region with a perfect 10-0 record. Two of those
wins were over Delta College, 3-1 win at home
and 7-1 when visiting University Center.
In a heavily contested game, both the Lady
Ocelots and the Lady Pioneers battled to a tie
after 90 minutes. Two overtime periods failed
to produce a winner. The match came down to
a shootout.
Delta opened the scoring and Schoolcrafts
Renee Boudreau answered to end the first
round, tied 1-1. Delta scored again to start the
second round, and Sam Zerilla tied the match
again. In the third round, Delta scored again
while the Lady Ocelot shooter missed the net.
It was 3-2 heading into the fourth round.
Two more goals were exchanged Lauren
Baldalamente scoring for Schoolcraft
leaving the Lady Ocelots trailing 4-3 heading
into the final round. Schoolcraft goalkeeper
Megan Bauman, who had been perfect for 110
minutes of regulation and overtime play tal-
lying seven saves, missed on the final Lady
Pioneer shootout attempt. Delta College pre-
vailed 5-3 in shootout to win the Region XII
championship.
The Lady Ocelots headed home after a suc-
cessful 15-1-2 season including a semi-final
playoff victory and a tough double-overtime,
shootout loss.
Delta College advanced to host the NJCAA
District D championship against the winner
of Region VI.
Volleyball
On the court, the Lady Ocelots volleyball
team also stumbled before reaching their
ultimate goal.
Heading into the NJCAA District E play-
offs, members of the Schoolcraft volleyball
team found it difficult to string together
wins. This was a surprising change from
September when the team raced to the top
of the standings with a 15-1 run. Rather
than getting back on track with a deep
playoff run, the Lady Ocelots were bounced
with a three-set loss to Owens C.C. at dis-
tricts. Though the unfortunate run came
at a crucial time, the overall season was
a success for a program in its second year
under Coach Rod Brumfield.
Overall, these three teams continued
the tradition of sports success here at the
College and the future looks bright for all
three programs.
Here are the Final
Records for our
Schoolcraft fall teams:
Overall record Titles
Mens soccer 22-0-1 MCCAA, Region XII regular season and tournament champions
Womens soccer 15-1-2 MCCAA and Region XII champions
Volleyball 29-14 MCCAA and NJCAA District E tournament qualifiers
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March 21-April 19
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May 21-June 21
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August 23-September 22
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October 23-November 21
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November 22-December 21
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December 22-January 19
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Ferris State University welcomes YOU
to the next chapter of YOUR life. If YOU
have been waiting for the right time to
finish YOUR Criminal Justice degree or
start working toward it, YOUR time is
now. We invite YOU to take advantage
of the Ferris location right here on YOUR
campus and begin to find YOUR place
in law enforcement.
Our reputation for transforming students
for real life and real careers is what sets
us apart from other universities, and why
Ferris State University ranks number one
in transfers in the state of Michigan. Our
Criminal Justice students enjoy small class
sizes between 15 to 30 students, as
well as faculty who have the professional
experience and education necessary to
provide quality instruction. We have
online, evening and weekend classes,
making Ferris ideal for transfer students
to finish or further their education.
YOUR career in Criminal Justice
begins at Ferris State University.
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Friday
December 9
th
2011
7:00 p.m.
$5 donation per ticket
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MCCPA Best Overall

Judges Name __KARL ZIOMEK_________________________
Name of Student Newspaper ___CONNECTION
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College __SCHOOLCRAFT CC
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Division (Please circle): DIVISION 1
Directions:
Rank each of the following elements on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lower quality, 5 being
higher) by circling your choice. Write the number you circled in the space to the right;
add the total when done. Please use whole numbers (i.e., 1, 2, 3, etc.).
Needs work Excellent
Content 1 2 3 4 5 __5____
Coverage 1 2 3 4 5 __4____
Writing/Editing 1 2 3 4 5 __4____
Headlines 1 2 3 4 5 __4____
Design/Visual Appeal 1 2 3 4 5 __4____
Photography 1 2 3 4 5 __5____
Total __26____
JUDGES NOTE: JUDGING PACKAGE INCLUDED THREE ISSUES OF THE SAME
EDITION. MY SCORING IS BASED ON ONLY THAT SINGLE EDITION AND NOT
THREE SEPARATE ONES.
Please write comments below; they will be used in the awards presentation. Please be
as specific as possible. Consider the strengths of the newspaper, its weaknesses and
include any suggestions for improvement.
COMMENTS:

GOOD PRODUCT! GOOD VARIETY OF CONTENT AND WRITING, EDITING APPEAR
SOLID. OCT. 26, 2011 IS A HUGE NEWSPAPER, BUT DOESNT DULL DOWN AS THE
PAGES PASS. LAYOUT AND DESIGN MAKES GOOD STORIES AND PHOTOS ON
THESE PAGES SNAP.

LOVED TREATMENT OF SUPERNATURAL MICHIGAN, CIDER MILL, FEATURED
ARTIST, FIVE DECADES, A&E, FRIDAY NIGHT RENTALS AND GOING PINK.

GOOD, SOLID INDEPTH PIECES ON REPEALED, OUT OF BALANCE AND BRIDGE
TOO FAR. GOOD VARIETY OF OPINION. HATS OFF TO SPORTS PHOTOGS.
QUALITY THERE.

SOME DRAWBACKS: SOME HEADLINE WRITING COMING UP WAY TOO SHORT OF
THE MARGINS. PRINTING TEXT ON IMAGES AND OVER COLOR TONE IS TRICKY
AND, AT TIMES, OVERDONE (TONING THE ENTIRE CAMPUS CRIME PAGE?).
REMEMBER, SOMETIMES TOO MUCH DESIGN IS SIMPLY TOO MUCH