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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Volume 83 Issue 1
Mainstreet JJC enrollment
By Kat Boehle
rising 4.1 percent in the last
Co-Editor-in-Chief year. When comparing this
to other community colleges,
Elgin Community College’s
Joliet Junior College credit hour enrollment is up
enrollment is up 2.5 percent 5.2 percent, while College of
from last year, according DuPage’s credit hour enrollment
to the Vice President of have dropped 0.8 percent.
Student Development, Betsy Oudenhoven believes that
Oudenhoven. the spike in attendance in the
Although the new numbers fall of 2009 was due to the
represent a solid increase, poor economy, and while other
they are far below the increase community colleges have been
experienced by the college last experiencing the same increase,
fall, when the student head count quite a few colleges have been
rose a full 8.5 percent. experiencing a drop.
Last year’s student head count “I think enrollment has
stood at 15,288 students, while been increasing because we
this year’s student count is up to provide an affordable and
15,676 students. quality education and give
The amount of credit hours students multiple options,” said
enrolled in has increased even
Chess Club president Jeremiah Ledford represents the table at Mainstreet. Photo by Sam King
more than the head count, see ENROLLMENT page 3
JJC’s Mainstreet offers something for everyone
By Ryan Forgue booths promoting on-campus Mainstreet gives students
clubs. This semester, Mainstreet an opportunity to meet new
Staff Writer was held on Sept. 8 and 9 people, explore the clubs at JJC,
and was a great way for both and really offers something for
As the calendar rolls into the new and returning students to everyone,” Cipriani said.
autumn months, students are discover new and exciting clubs Another club that has students
settling into the hectic school they could join. buzzing is the Gamers Club.
year that awaits them. And Mishelle Cipriani is a The club is advised by Paul
although they might not be able returning sophomore student at Schroeder, who upon interview
to take all the classes they want JJC and a member of InterVarsity was rocking the Apple iPad. The
to take, they can still be involved Christian Fellowship, an club is exactly what one would
with activities that they really interdenominational group think it is: a club for people who
enjoy. committed to helping students like to play video games. There’s
One way for this is JJC’s take steps in their faith. She something for every gamer.
Mainstreet, the club fair held attended Mainstreet last year Consoles aren’t the only devices
every semester. The fair features and claims that it gets bigger
food, games, and interactive and better every year. “I think see MAINSTREET page 3
JJC culinary arts team wins silver medal at national competition
By Ryan Hackman competed against teams from medal,” said Bucci. “The team competition. This qualified them said Bucci. “At nationals, they
Staff Writer New York, California and was only a half point away from for their first-ever appearance at had three hours and 20 minutes
Savannah, Ga., losing to the the gold. After working two the national contest in August. to prepare 24 portions of a four-
The JJC Culinary Arts Hot State University of New York years on the team, to end up with In the weeks and months leading course menu—appetizer, salad,
Foods team took home the at Delhi by only a 1.7-point a silver medal is tough. But, on up to the competition, the team entrée and dessert. All prep and
silver medal at the American margin. Co-coach Chef Tim the other hand, they took second practiced several times each cooking had to be done on site.”
Culinary Federation’s national Bucci summed up the team’s out of every culinary school in week to perfect the four-course The JJC hot foods team
competition on Aug. 5 in feeling after winning. the nation.” meal required for entry. is coached by Chef Kyle
Anaheim, Calif. “Well, they were pretty In March, the team had won “They had to first win state
The five-member team disappointed in the silver its first ACF central regional and regional level competitions,” see CULINARY page 3
NEWS ENTERTAINMENT SPORTS
Physics professor honored p. 4 ‘Noises’ comes to JJC p.7 Soccer teams off to good start p. 10 and 16
Making the most of your time at JJC Staff
No matter how many A parking space can diverse. So much so, in the department. The Math Co-Editor-In-Chief
times a new semester usually be found in the fact, that even after several Department offers the Math Miranda Gothard
begins, there’s always that same general area. The semesters of returning Center, and the English
same feeling of novelty. walk between classrooms to JJC, you will still be Department offers the Advertisement Manager
The first few weeks are full doesn’t seem so dreadfully learning about services you Writing Center. Sam King
of searching for parking long. The JJC experience can take advantage of. For those still deciding Photo Editor
spaces, adjusting to new becomes a normal part of A great place to start on a major or career, Career Sports Editor
class times and locations, the daily calendar. is the Office of Student Services offers personality
establishing rapport with So, now that schedules Activities. There, you can and skills tests to narrow Copy Editor
professors, reconnecting have settled, how can find a list of all the on- your options. They also Haley Hubert
with friends and tying you as a student get the campus clubs. Pick a club assist you with marketing Copy Editor
up all the other various most out of your time (or two or three) in which yourself to employers. Jon Bulthuis
odds and ends that need here? Although there exist you expressed interest at Counseling is available Copy Editor
attention. perceptions that two-year Mainstreet and get more for academic, personal and
The adjustment is even colleges are merely places involved. Be a student crisis situations. Ryan Forgue, Joe Perkins,
more difficult for first-time to satisfy general education leader. (Hint: It can look This is only a sample Ryan Hackman, Diana
Perez, Shane Tierney, Erin
JJC students, who have the courses before “the real good on a résumé.) of some of the services Cady, John Lindholm
added burden of adjusting party” starts, those are false Academically inclined? and opportunities at JJC.
when it comes to Joliet Check out the JJC Honors Don’t be afraid to take on Adviser:
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first community college graduate high school say much more affordable, so everyone’s first choice for 815-280-2313
in the United States. It they know what they want students who are unsure a school, but it’s better than
was founded in 1901 to do for the rest of their what major to choose don’t not going to school at all.
by J. Stanley Brown, lives. Or at least they think have to spend major bucks The teachers care that their Interested in
superintendent of Joliet they know. on classes they might not students know the material
Township High School, and But, according to even need for the career instead of being content to getting some
William Rainey Harper, MSNBC online contributor
that they would want. just lecture about it.
president of the University Gayle B. Ronan, 80 percent Not only is JJC JJC has outstanding
of Chicago. of college-bound students affordable; the professors nursing and culinary
They founded the junior don’t choose a major are actually quality teachers programs that have sent
college as an experimental
post-graduate high school
straight out of high school.
Fifty percent of the ones
who teach students the
material and help them
many students into high-
program. Its beginning
enrollment then was six;
who do choose a major
straight out of high school
understand it. Many
professors at four-year
For some, JJC is just the
start. For others, it’s an
today, it has more than
end up changing their
colleges and universities opportunity to start fresh Blazer at
are students themselves and and go a different path.
Many students out of In fact, they are even teach by lecturing students Either way, JJC is our blazermail@
high school dream of going more likely to change it instead of making sure they school—our opportunity—
to a four-year college, not only once, but at least understand the material. to make the rest of our lives jjc.edu
but sometimes it doesn’t three times, according to JJC isn’t just for students and careers possible.
JJC community burns ENROLLMENT
calories with Zumba from page 1
Oudenhoven. “They prepare to
By Tavia Hanrahan for many pharmaceutical transfer, prepare to work, improve
Staff Writer prescriptions. According to www. English language skills, take a few
exerciseismedicine.org, exercise courses to retool or take courses
The center bridge was full is the “prescription for health.” for personal interest.”
of life with people dancing and By promoting overall health The numbers that represent the
smiling. Diane Razo was teaching through the use of exercise, the fall increase do not include dual
them how to do a fast-paced dance need for many medications for credit classes or summer classes.
style called Zumba. It is a dance problems such as heart disease, At the Sept. 14 JJC Board of
that focuses on cardiovascular hypertension and diabetes (which Trustees meeting, Trustee Andy
activity while having fun. all affect several Americans every Mihelich asked Oudenhoven for
Zumba includes kicking, day) would be eliminated. The those numbers, which he believes
punching, jumping, hip web site states the campaign’s would add to the overall increase
movements and a variety of purpose: “To make physical over the 2009-2010 numbers.
steps to fast-paced music that has activity and exercise a standard Oudenhoven said she would get
international and Latin influence. part of a disease prevention and those numbers together for the
Razo described it more as a “dance treatment medical paradigm in board.
party” rather than a workout. the United States.” When looking specifically at
The Zumba dance classes are Not everyone enjoys the where attendance has increased,
just one of the several classes traditional workouts, so making continuing students have increased
offered at the fitness center in the workouts fun and exciting by 8.6 percent, as well as online
addition to pilates, nature walks, makes it more enticing to enrollments by 25.7 percent.
aerobic exercises and many more. exercise. The adult student population
To use the fitness center, you need David Opon is leading JJC’s has grown as well with students
to register for the HPR 101 class participation in the Exercise aged 21-30 being up 13.8 percent
and (for first-time users only) an is Medicine on Campus’s and students over the age of 56
orientation session. It includes goal for public health. Opon Photo by Sam King increased 10.9 percent.
access to all of the classes offered enthusiastically explained his Members of the JJC Anglers Club take part in Mainstreet. “Projections indicate that
at the fitness center. hopes to create an overall sense of we will continue to grow,”
On Sept. 3, 2010, JJC jump- well-being among JJC students. MAINSTREET Club teaches students about science Oudenhoven said, and with a
started its participation in the The Zumba class was just the as well as the environment and how smile she added, “That said, it’s
American College of Sports first of a once-a-month class from page 1 to preserve it. Member Jason Andre a good thing that our physical
Medicine’s “Exercise is available on the center bridge. being used, either. Web games are a gave some insight on the club: campus is growing as well.”
Medicine on Campus” initiative Come join the fun and excitement big hit, too. As Schroeder says, “We “We’re not just about preserving
with the Zumba dance class. on the center bridge on Oct. 8 for play everything.” the environment, but educating
The ACSM’s goal with this the free Butts and Guts workout Aside from playing video games, ourselves and others on it as well,” Chicago in the
and in November for kickboxing. Andre said. The club takes trips to
program is to substitute exercise the club is involved with helping
foundations like Relay for Life, Take places such as the Morton Arboretum Movies at Tinley
Back the Night, and Walk a Mile in and Fermilab.
Her Shoes. These involvements have Each semester, Mainstreet provides Tinley Park, IL—The Tinley
led to countless Gold Awards for the students the opportunity to check Park Public Library will host
club, which Schroeder states is their out and join clubs that spark their Chicago in the Movies on
main objective every year. interest as well as meet new people Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at
“The Gamers club is a way for that share some common interests. A 7:00 p.m. Steven Frenzel takes
students to meet new people, play wide variety of special interests were you on a tour of the Windy City in
video games and give back to their represented at the fair this semester, this thrilling collection of movie
communities,” says Schroeder. encompassing ideological, cultural, clips from great Chicago classics,
In addition to spiritual groups and recreational and professional focuses. including “The Untouchable,”
recreational groups, there are groups For more information and club “Ferris Bueller’s Day,” and
centered around academic subjects listings, visit the Office of Student “The Fugitive.” We will also
of interest. The Natural Sciences Activities on North Bridge. have Chicago movie trivia with
DVD prizes awarded. Register
Cappellini, Molly Meehan and in person, online or by phone
CULINARY from page 1 Lindsey Ciszewski. beginning Tuesday, September
Richardson, Chef Tim Bucci and At the Sept. 14 JJC Board of 21. Phone 708.532.0160, ext. 3.
assistant coach Suzette Simpson. Trustees meeting, the trustees read The Tinley Park Public Library
The team includes James a resolution honoring the team and is located at 7851 Timber Drive.
Bingham, Lauren Mulvey, Matt coaches for their achievement. Our website is www.tplibrary.org
Photo by Tavia Hanrahan
From left, Zumba coordinator Diana Ruzo instructs Valerie
Perez, Caitlin Lewis, Warren Dailey, Amy Sims
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JJC buys land for new center
JJC has purchased land in White Store is a big step forward for November. The official
downtown Chicago that will for the college,” Dr. Proulx said. groundbreaking ceremony for
serve as the site for the college’s “Now, we can begin our work the new City Center Campus is
new City Center Campus. to create a campus in downtown tentatively scheduled for the Dec.
On Sept. 9, Joliet Junior Joliet that will provide learning 14 board of trustees meeting,
College completed the opportunities for our residents which will be held at the current
$480,000 deal with the city of in a new facility that will be a City Center Campus.
Joliet to acquire the property complement to the cityscape of The City Center Campus
at 215 N. Chicago St., also downtown Joliet.” project is part of the overall
known as the White Store. Demolition of the building expansion of JJC, much of which
“Completing the sale of the is tentatively scheduled is taking place at the main campus
Photo courtesy of JJC website
Physics professor Dr. Bill Hogan, left, received the Excellence in
Undergraduate Physics Teaching Award in Portland, Oregon.
2 board seats up for grabs in spring
JJC physics professor
wins national award
Two of the seven seats on the petitions for the JJC trustee Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, from 8:30
JJC Board of Trustees will be up consolidated election are also a.m. to 5 p.m. in Boyle’s office in
for grabs in April of 2011. available on the JJC Board of the J-Building, room J-2050. On
the learning process. Nominating petitions for Trustees website, where additional the last day of filing, Dec. 20,
By Erin Cady the seats became available on election materials can be found. hours to file are between 8:30
Hogan was active in the
Staff Writer success of a National Science Tuesday, Sept. 21. The petitions The two seats that will be in a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Foundation-sponsored project can be picked up at the offices of play in the spring are currently JJC is directly governed by a
This past summer, JJC physics to build networks among two- Joan Tierney or Darlene Boyle at held by Jeff May and Mike seven-member Board of Trustees,
professor Dr. Bill Hogan received year college physics teachers in the main campus at 1215 Houbolt O’Connell. May has served on all of whom are elected from
the Excellence in Undergraduate Illinois. He currently serves as Road, Joliet, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 the board for two six-year terms. within the district for six-year
Physics Teaching Award from chair of the AAPT Committee on p.m., Monday through Friday. O’Connell was appointed to fill terms. A student representative,
the American Association of Physics in Two-Year Colleges. For questions, contact Tierney at the vacancy created when former elected annually by the student
Physics Teachers. When asked what his favorite (815) 280-2207 or Boyle at (815) Trustee Dick Dystrup passed body, is a non-voting member of
“My first response when I thing about physics was, Hogan 280-2346. away in August 2009. the board.
was notified of the award was explained that he “love[s] the Information and nominating Petitions can be filed between
to send a message to the chair fact that physics ties into so
of the awards committee asking many things that we see in the
if it was some kind of practical world around us, both in nature
joke,” said Hogan. “I’m not sure and in technology.”
I deserve this award, but I love Despite appearances to the
teaching introductory physics contrary, physics does not
and feel very fortunate to make consume Hogan’s whole life.
my living doing something I He is a baseball fan and he
New student email Affairs and the Vice President area is under construction for the
of Administrative Services, planned renovation and expansion,
enjoy.” mentioned how much he loves respectively. Roberson came to
JJC will have a new email the process for dropping off/
Hogan’s modesty is spending time with his wife JJC in June, replacing interim-
system for students beginning picking up vehicles has changed.
corroborated by the remarks of and two children. Hogan never Vice President Linda Uzureau,
Oct. 1. For more information, go The new procedure for vehicle
Professor John Griffis, chair of expected to win this award, so and Rust took her post in July,
to the JJC home page and click service will be explained when
the Natural Sciences and Physical he is not aiming to achieve any replacing former VP David
on the hypertext that reads “New your appointment is made.
Education Department. “It is a others, except for maybe the Agazzi. Roberson most recently
Student Email—Opt in today.” Call the shop at ext. 2229 to
prestigious honor, not only for American League MVP playing served as President of Olive
Students are urged to opt in early arrange an appointment or to ask
Dr. Hogan, but for Joliet Junior for the White Sox. His goal is Harvey College in Chicago, and
and are encouraged to use their any questions.
College,” said Griffis. “Dr. always to do the best job he can Rust served as an interim vice
Hogan is humble enough to say student email accounts to ensure
every day. president at Harper College
that he is not deserving of such “Dr. Hogan is a very dedicated,
that they receive important
before coming to JJC.
information from the college and
an award, but those of us that hard-working and intelligent
from their instructors. garden open
know him, and work with him, teacher and colleague,” praised
would disagree.” Griffis. “He spends long Support staff sign JJC’s new greenhouse now
Although he has been hours working with students Two new VPs on contract has a formal garden. Designed
teaching since 1994, Hogan did individually, helping them to
not always plan on educating;
campus by Dr. Jim Ethridge and JJC
learn and understand physics. The Support and Technical horticulture students Abe Conde,
his initial career path led him The Natural Science Department Staff Union contract was Cathy Bianchi, and Scott Getz,
The summer of 2010 marked
toward physics research. Once he and Joliet Junior College are approved at the Aug. 10 Board of the formal garden is now open to
the beginning of two new JJC
got a glimpse of being a teacher, fortunate to have someone with Trustees meeting. It marked the the community.
administrative careers as Dr.
though, he was hooked. Hogan the talent and drive that Bill first contract for the newly formed The garden includes nine
Valerie Roberson and Tammy
has taught at JJC since 1997. Hogan brings to his teaching, union, which is represented by the separate gardens with unique
Rust were installed as the
He believes strongly in making and his service to the college AFT/IFT. themes. Bricks composed of
Vice President of Academic
students active participants in community.” recycled materials are used in the
Automobile repairs on pathways between the gardens.
In addition to being open to the
campus community, the formal garden also
serves as a learning laboratory for
The Automotive Service Shop JJC students.
is now taking appointments.
The shop has classes on
Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays Strategic plan update
from 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m., and can
service vehicles for faculty, staff Joliet Junior College will
members and students. begin the process of updating its
T he shop works by appointment strategic plan this fall.
only, and can service vehicles ten The goal of the strategic
years old or younger. Services planning process is to provide the
include maintenance on brakes, college with tools and plans to
suspension and steering, electrical anticipate and respond to change
problems, power windows and in its external environment.
locks, battery and alternator, There will be a kickoff
starter, and more. workshop for environmental
There are charges for parts used scanning teams on Oct. 1.
to service your vehicle and a five Employees interested in serving
to ten dollar service fee. There is on one of these teams should
no labor cost. contact the vice president of their
Since the Automotive Service area for more information.
Photo by Sam King
Dawn Trowbridge serves lemonade at Welcome Week. For
more photos, see page 7.
6 Arts & Entertainment
Noises off set to
take JJC stage
By Shane Tierney a comedy. There is a logical
Staff Writer explanation for this.
“We try to start each season off
The JJC Fine Arts Theatre looks with a bang,” says Terry Hoffman,
to start off the theatre season with theatre technical assistant. “We
a multitude of laughs induced by want people to know that theatre
Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off,” is fun and enjoyable.”
directed by Professor of Speech Many students who will be
and Theatre, Tammy Perkins. attending “Noises Off” have
A play within a play, “Noises never attended a formal theatre
Off” details the attempt of a production. Placing a comedy at
theatre group putting on a show. the front of the season can relieve
However, due to the cast missing any apprehensions the student
cues, dropping lines, and misusing may have about theatre. Many
props, the show is an absolute believe it to be dry and boring, but
train wreck. this show will lighten the mood.
Taking place over the dress “Noises Off” opens Oct. 7 and
rehearsal process and the ten- runs through Oct. 10. Show times
week run of the show, anything are Thursday through Saturday
and everything goes wrong during at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and
the performance, including a love Sunday at 2 p.m. Ticket prices
triangle between the director and are $8 for general public and $3
two of the actresses. for students. Call Nicki Blowers
JJC theatre regulars will notice at the JJC Fine Arts Theatre Box
that for the last four years, the Office at 815-280-2200 to reserve
theatre season has opened with your seats.
Want to use your mad skills?
Like to Write? Edit? Take photos?
Opportunities abound at the Blazer,
the JJC student-run newspaper. To get
involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 815-280-2313.
Photo by Sam King
Automotive Services Association member participates in JJC’s
Mainstreet on Sept. 8 and 9. See the story on page 1
Students were treated to a variety
of activities during Welcome Week.
In addition to being entertained with
several musical performances, stu-
dents also found time to play “bags”
and wet their whistles with snow
cones. In all, more activities were
offered in this fall’s Welcome Week
than ever before.
Photos by Sam King
Machete slashes expectations
By Ryan Miller
and the good guys are the bad
guys. The overall cast of this
If you need the “trash” taken movie is pretty much pure gold.
out, or better yet need to expose Trejo delivers with an almost
a political scandal in Mexico, perfect performance, and is aided
you need to hire a man named by Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro,
Machete. Cheech Marin and Michelle
The new Robert Rodriquez Rodriguez.
film, Machete, is about a Mexican However, some minor roles
mercenary, played by veteran actor that were played by Lindsey
Danny Trejo, who is hired by some Lohan and Steven Seagal were
shady characters to assassinate a just all right, to say the most.
senator from Texas who wants to Also, action in the movie is no
build a fence to solve the illegal doubt good, but some of the
immigration controversy. But just special effects are a little cheesy.
as he’s about to take the shot, he Although it has a good story
notices someone aiming at him plot and lineup of actors, things
and realizes he’s been set up. He can get confusing if one doesn’t
is then forced to run from the pay close enough attention. You
law and his employer, known can also tell this was a low- Photo courtesy of IMDb.com
as Booth, played by Jeff Fahey, budget film. not the actress herself. cameraman with a shaky hand. I really liked the general
while trying to clear his “good” For example, in addition to Another problem is that while An interesting aspect of the plotline of this movie overall. I
name. the cheesy special effects, in one some action sequences were movie, also its main plotline, is suggest seeing the movie to make
This movie is basically where particular scene you can tell it is choreographed well, some seemed that illegal immigration is seen in your own verdict, but I rate it a 3
the bad guys are the good guys Lindsey Lohan’s stunt double and like they were shot with a novice a different way. out of 5 stars.
Autumn flicks coming to local theaters
New releases offer a mixed bag for film audiences as some hit, some miss
it, wait until rental. emergency room visits. The 3D. There are a lot of films that Other October Releases:
By Ryan Forgue If you wait until the following legacy continues this fall, and shouldn’t be made into 3D, but Buried (Oct. 8) - Ryan Reynolds
weekend, you’ll get the pleasure although the whole 3D aspect ones with blood, guts, and body in a horror movie? See this at your
Staff Writer of enjoying Zach Galifianakis is one to be wondered at, we’ll parts flying off, seems like a own risk.
(Allan from The Hangover). That take it with good hopes. The cast pretty sweet combination. The Life as We Know It (Oct.8)
fact alone should draw you out to has said that the stunts are the film will be like the previous - Katherine Heigl and Josh
Break out the popcorn and see It’s Kind of a Funny Story. The craziest they’ve ever been, and ones. The Jigsaw killer is loose Duhamel, romantic comedy,
Milk Duds. Fall is here and so is story centers around a 16-year- yes, bones were broken during again, giving people who have looks decent.
the news on some of the biggest old named Craig who, stressed the making of this film. The film led not-so-outstanding lives a Secretariat (Oct. 8) - Who
and best films to be hitting your out from the demands of being brings Johnny Knoxville, Bam chance to redeem themselves by doesn’t like horses? Wait for the
local cinemas. a teenager, checks into a mental Margera, and Steve-O, as well passing tests. If they pass, they rental.
While September was sort of health clinic. There he meets as the rest of the Jackass crew to live; if they don’t, they die. The Red (Oct. 15) - Any action
a dull month for moviegoers, Bobby (Galifianakis), who soon the big screen again—possibly Saw films always have strange movie with Morgan Freeman
the only decent movie worth becomes both Craig’s mentor and for the last time, but you never twists and keep audiences on the and Bruce Willis has to be good.
forking over the nine bucks to protégé. The film looks great and know with these guys. If you edge of their seats until the very Right?
see it was George Clooney’s The anything featuring funny man Jim see one film this October, make end. The new traps and puzzles Paranormal Activity 2 (Oct.
American. Gaffigan is a must see. It’s Kind it Jackass 3D. are another key feature into 22) - The first one was terrible;
October looks to be a nice of a Funny Story hits theaters Enough with the comedy bringing back audiences. One has expect even less from this sequel.
comeback for cinematic Oct. 8. and feel-good movies. This is to wonder about the people who My Soul to Take (Oct. 29) - It is
adventurers. If you’re someone Oct. 15 is going to be a great October, as in Halloween, as in write that kind of stuff. (Are they a West Craven horror film. Need I
who loves scary movies, October day—just a great and wonderful horror month. And one of the possibly unstable? But who isn’t say more? Okay. It’ll be good.
is definitely your favorite movie day. Yes, Jackass 3D is upon us. biggest and most successful these days, really?) It’s October, Alone in the Dark 2 (Oct. 31)
month. If you’re not too keen on Love them or love them more, horror franchises is back. the horror month; get your fix - Pass. Try trick-or-treating this
the whole guts-and-gore kind of the Jackass guys have made Love it or loathe it, but the with this great (and rumored last) year.
thing, don’t hide under your bed; a living off of entertaining us Saw franchise is pulling out its installment of the Saw series. Saw
there are plenty of films to hold at the expense of numerous seventh installment with Saw 3D freaks out audiences Oct. 29.
you off until November.
Kicking off October is
something for the latter of that
group. The Social Network is
about the emergence of everyone’s
favorite site, Facebook. (You
have one, admit it.) The film is
directed by David Fincher, who
also directed The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button, and is led
by actor Jesse Eisenberg from
Zombieland. Eisenberg plays
Mark Zuckerberg, one of the
founders of Facebook, who deals
with the fame and fortune as well
as the legal issues that come with
becoming the world’s youngest
billionaire at 23 years old.
The film is clocked at two
hours, but will seem longer than
that. A slow and non-thrilling
pace contradicts the “drama” title
given to it. Unless you’re bored
on Oct. 1, or just have to see it
because Justin Timberlake is in Graphic by Kat Boehle
3D film captures video game essence
By Shane Tierney
Resident Evil: Afterlife is the
fourth installment in the highly
successful movie franchise
based on the award-winning
video game series Resident
Evil. Starring Milla Jovovich as
Alice, Wentworth Miller as Chris
Redfield, Ali Larter as Claire
Redfield and Shawn Roberts as
Albert Wesker, Afterlife looks to
cash in on the success of the first
three films. Will this movie cash
in on the prior success, or will it
be dead on arrival?
Most of the fans of the video
game will attend the movie
because of one character: Albert
Wesker. Wesker is portrayed by
Shawn Roberts, who does an
excellent job playing him. Wesker
is a staple of the video game
series, being the only character
who is seen or mentioned in every
game (seven in all to date).
In the movie, Wesker is
the chairman of the Umbrella
Corporation, a company that Photo courtesy of IMDb.com
created the T-Virus. The T-Virus
reanimates dead tissue, bringing 3D fight scenes. be noted, however, that this fight the film to a stop. Many of the This movie is highly
the dead back to life. This causes This movie is all about the was pretty much copied from a moments of the movie would entertaining and definitely worth
a massive global outbreak. Now, 3D. The film was shot with the similar fight in the game Resident have been better served at normal seeing in the theatre, but only if it’s
forced underground, Wesker same 3D camera system used for Evil 5. speed. in 3D. A regular screening would
is trying to keep his company Avatar, and it definitely shows. This movie is far from perfect. The introduction of the not do justice to the sequences.
afloat. Scenes jump off the screen and While the 3D makes the scenes Axeman from the game Resident The portrayal of the characters,
Roberts brings everything that are choreographed very well. The pop off the screen, it seems that Evil 5 seems like filler. He is especially Albert Wesker, is done
made Wesker cool in the video fight scenes between Wesker, the director thinks that making plopped in there and sadly just very well. The story is a jumbled
games to the film: His smugness, Chris Redfield and Claire every scene in slow motion looks ridiculous in the film. mess that sets up a 5th movie.
his indifference to killing anyone Redfield are the highlight of the makes it better. It doesn’t. Scenes The big axe he swings lacks the Overall, Resident Evil: Afterlife
who gets in his way, his love film, not only because it is filmed slow down and as a result drag fluidity that was portrayed in the is a mediocre film that fails to
of wearing sunglasses in all extremely well with the 3D, but horribly. In one scene, all of the game. This makes it apparent that deliver a story that will keep fans
situations. In short, Wesker is a also because A Perfect Circles’ action stops and the camera circles the director was focusing more on of the games entertained.
bad ass, and Roberts does a great “The Outsider” as background around two characters in an “I’m the 3D aspect of the film versus
job showing it, especially in the music was phenomenal. It should in 3D” moment which just brings the plot portion.
Alice worth checking out
By Joe Perkins While it does have the good
Staff Writer message that drugs are bad and
that they can ruin your life, it
Go Ask Alice had something starts to raise questions about
unique about it that caught my whether or not this journal was
attention right away. The book actually real.
was a best seller with over 5 This has been the topic of
million copies sold, yet the author debate for many years since its
remained anonymous. This release, but to find the truth, you
immediately caught my attention do not need to go any further than
and much to my surprise, the the copyright page, which states
book was actually a journal. that the book is a work of fiction.
Throughout the book, we Yes, while it is advertised as a
follow the readings of a girl who real journal of a teen who abused
started using drugs at the age of 15 drugs and as a result ruined her
after someone slipped LSD into life, the fact that it is not a real
her drink. From there, everything story takes a lot of emotion and
goes downhill as she struggles credibility out of the book.
with addiction and abuse of other If you were to look at this book
drugs. as a work of fiction, and not a
The story goes into much detail true story as it was marketed,
about many of the horrifying then you might be able to enjoy
events that occur when she starts it a little more. Despite going a
using drugs such as LSD, which little overboard on the message
makes her more vulnerable to the book is trying to spread, it
sexual abuse and leads her to be did make a really good story that
exposed to more dangerous drugs. provides some realistic situations
While the imagery is powerful, it about the horrors of addiction.
does start to lean more toward It certainly isn’t the best book
the style of a public service out there, and maybe that’s
announcement-style book with a because of the high expectations
“This can happen to you!” sort of I had, but it’s still worth checking
message. out if you’re really into drama
This is where I start to have a and suspense-based books.
bit of a problem with this book. Final Rating: 6 out of 10
off to rough start
By John Lindholm
The Joliet Junior College
football team fell 38-6 to
Ellsworth Community College
in Iowa Falls, Iowa, on Saturday
Sept. 18, dropping their overall
record to 1-3.
JJC’s only scoring drive took
place in the third quarter when
freshman halfback Jordan Jarrell
finished a 74-yard TD drive with
a 3-yard run.
On the previous Saturday, Sept.
11, the Wolves were home for
Head Coach Jeremy Richardson
another tough match-up against
an Iowa community college, and
fell 27-6 to Iowa Western CC. for 108 yards on 11 carries. The
The game started and remained Reivers were able to extend their
Forward Jessica Suero fights for the ball against College of Dupage. Photo by Haley Hubert tough for the Wolves (1-3, 0-3 lead throughout the half, ending
Midwest Football Conference) the game with a final score of 27-
as Iowa Western (3-0, 2-0 MFC) 6.
Womens soccer team keeps improving
made the first strike, which was “This is the second week in a
aided by two 15-yard penalties row in which we were hurt badly
against the Wolves defense. by penalties,” Coach Jeremy
The Wolves were able to make Richardson said after the game.
By Haley Hubert challenges on the horizon for the score 2-1. However, on Sept. 8, a retaliatory strike in the second “We have three issues that we need
Joliet Junior College women’s the girls redeemed themselves quarter with a 6-play, 70-yard to address. Those are discipline,
Staff Writer soccer team. when they faced Triton College drive was capped off by a 38- too many penalties and the way
The team fell to College of by ending the game with a final yard pass to Jawyne Thomas, that we have been practicing. But,
It is the start of a new season DuPage on Sept. 1, but not score of 6-1. 5’11” 175-pound freshman these things can all be fixed and
and with a new season comes without freshman Nicole Holtzer “We’ve got something,” said from Hazelwood Central, from changed.”
new improvements, players and putting in a goal to make the head coach Gino Di Nardo. Quarterback Alzono Bellamy with The Wolves were penalized 12
Di Nardo recognizes the 8:49 left in the half. Bellamy, a times for a staggering 128 yards
improvements that have come 6’1” 190-pound freshman hailing in the match-up. Richardson also
to the JJC soccer program. He from Palm Beach Lakes, was able went on to say that the youth of
was quick to point out many to shine with his arm, throwing the team is showing, and they
improvements the program for a total of 108 yards on 9-18 have to return to the basics. “Iowa
has made over the course of passing. This would narrow the Western won this game, but it
the last year. Several of those gap to 10-6, but unfortunately did not come easily for them,”
improvements including various would be the Wolves’ only score. Richardson state. “We played
players the team has gained. He As the second half rolled hard for four quarters.
was quick to point out the new around, quarterback Darren Jones, “In 2007, we started 1-2 and
team captain Caytin Lewin, a a 6’1” 180-pound freshman from we made a bowl game. We still
freshman from Benet Academy. Thornton, came in for relief and have hopes of doing that again
Another helpful addition is controlled the ball on the ground this season. We just have to keep
freshman Claudia Villanueva, for the Wolves offense. Jones lead working, and not get down on
who joined two weeks later than the team in rush yards, blasting ourselves.”
the rest of her teammates. There
has been a lot of switching and
changing within the team’s
positions, which has brought
about a big improvement in overall
performance. It has also brought
the team closer, something both
Lewin and Villanueva stressed
when discussing the team
Di Nardo and assistant coach
Shannon Mladucky mainly stress
excellent performance in the
playoffs, because those games are
the ones that count. Di Nardo is
quick to remind the girls to play
their game, which consists of
owning the field when the ball is
in their possession. If the other
team is in possession, they should
be pressuring until the ball is
Some opponents they will be
facing are College of DuPage,
Triton College, Harper College,
and Waubonsee Community
College. For now, every game
they take on along the way is seen
as a warm-up for the real deal—
The team currently holds a
record of 2-4-2, going 1-2 in the
2002 JJC football team
gets inducted into
NJCAA Hall of Fame
Eight years after their Twenty-one total players off
impressive record-setting season, the 2002 team continued their
the 2002 JJC football team has careers at four-year institutions,
one more achievement to hang its including five who competed at
head on. the NCAA Division I level.
Earlier this month, the The 2002 Wolves also produced
National Junior College Athletic 18 All-Conference players, 14
Association announced that the All-Region players and five All-
2002 Wolves will be inducted Americans. A class highlighted
Photo by Kat Boehle into its Football Hall of Fame as by current Indianapolis Colts
Outside hitter Mallory Frankovich spikes the ball against South Suburbon College. part of the class of 2010. Super Bowl-winning cornerback
After finishing the 2002 and NJCAA Championship
Lady Wolves shine in conference regular season undefeated,
the Wolves finished off their
incredible year by becoming the
Game MVP, Kelvin Hayden.
Also included is Wolves all-time
single season passing leader Jim
Volleyballers run N4C record to 4-0 in recent victory in game against Madison first non-scholarship team to go Peyton.
on and win the NJCAA Football Among the other inductees
Championship. to the NJCAA Hall of Fame are
By Diana Perez III school so far in the season. She Lady Wolves earned another One of the many impressive Bert Williams, current head coach
believes they are headed in the conference win against Triton accomplishments by the team and athletic director at Georgia
Staff Writer right direction. The team earned College. Caylee Kuchenbecker was what at the time had been Military College; Jeff Leiker,
a second N4C conference win had seven kills and 10 digs while a record-long winning streak previous head coach at Garden
The Lady Wolves volleyball by defeating College of DuPage. Victoria Dutcher added 10 digs of 21 games. Along with the City Community College (Kan.)
team did not open up their season Holly Panock had 14 digs in their and 11 assists. Also, Danielle unforgettable streak, the team and Coffeyville Community
as strong as they may have wanted victory. Bielawski totaled nine digs. averaged a margin of victory of 26 College (Kan.) and the 1985
to. JJC continued to keep their JJC is standing 10-9 overall points while holding opponents to Snow College (Utah) national
The season opened with Illinois tempo later with opponent Oakton and 4-0 in N4C conference as a 10 points per game. title team.
Central defeating Joliet with a Community College. The Lady team. Cameron believes her team
score of 10-25, 18-25, 16-25 at Wolves won by a score of 25-10, just needs to improve to continue
Kankakee Tourney, but the Lady 28-26, and 25-19. to play consistently at the level
Wolves continued to chase a win “When we are playing our of play. The Lady Wolves had a
in the tourney. JJC received their game, we are a serious force to good recruiting year, picking up
first win to the College of Lake be reckoned with,” said Cameron good talent and height.
County by a 25-16, 25-17, 25-13 about her team. “This team “They’re very competitive
score. Mallory Frankovich had 12 demands respect from every as a group, and depth keeps
kills and 18 digs in that game. team that steps on the court with everyone trying to improve,” said
The Lady Wolves are being led them; you can’t dismiss JJC Cameron.
by head coach LaKisha Cameron. volleyball.” JJC still feel that there is more
Her team has not lost to a Division This clearly showed as the to accomplish this season.
Mid-fielder Ivan Del Toro dribbles the ball down field against Madison College. Photo by Carlos Enriquez
Experience a key factor to Wolves’ success
start the 2010 season off on have the idea of acting like a goalkeeper Michael Vertin, who “Experience is a big key,”
By Carlos Enriquez
the right foot, but were instead team down. [Playing at home] transferred to JJC from Carthage commented Smith. “Some of
Sports Editor greeted with two losses right off has given them more time to College this past year, recorded these guys didn’t seem as if they
the bat—both coming in away get used to playing together. his first clean sheet of the season were ready for the college game.
games. The team did have a 2-0- They are definitely getting more as the Wolves defeated Madison They didn’t realize that this level
Coming off back-to-back 1 stretch in their first homestand College 2-0. Sophomore striker is a lot more physical compared
seasons ending with losses in of the season. With two of those Andrew Beltran kicked off to high school. We’ve tried to
the Region IV Championship, games having been against “We have noticed the scoring inside the first ten emphasize that in practice, and
the Joliet Junior College men’s conference rivals. that, as a whole, minutes of the game with his we have noticed that, as a whole,
soccer team has one objective in “It’s tough starting the season first goal of the year. Freshman they are maturing as players.”
mind—and that is advancing to off on the road,” said assistant
they are maturing as Dominick Smith capped off the Unfortunately, the Wolves
the regional tournament. coach (and former JJC soccer players.” scoring during the early stages of were unable to take their recent
After losing a heartbreaker
to Triton College in 2008, the
star) Brian Smith. “Especially Assistant Coach the second half with what at the home success on the road as
since the two teams we played time was his team-leading second they dropped games to South
Wolves were given a chance were very difficult.” Brian Smith goal of the season. Suburban College and Kankakee
at redemption last year with a The coaching staff believes Even with the promising signs Community College (final scores
return to the championship game that playing the last few games comfortable playing with each the team has shown recently, the of 4-0 and 3-0 respectively). The
against Triton College once at JJC has benefitted the team in other on the field.” staff still feels as if there is still team did however manage a 2-
again. Unfortunately, the end more ways than one. The Wolves showcased some room for improvement, 2 draw against conference rival
result was the same as the Trojans “During the first two games, their improvement during their especially considering the fact Harper College.
eliminated the Wolves for the nobody was really performing most recent home game on that 16 out of the 22 players on The Wolves currently stand at
second consecutive year. that well,” stated Smith. “For Sept. 8 against the Madison the roster are in their first year of a record of 2-4-2, going 1-1-2 in
The Wolves were hoping to the most part, they really didn’t College Wolfpack. Sophomore playing at the college level. N4C conference play.
Male athlete issue
the Female athlete the issue
By Carlos Enriquez
Michael Vertin has recorded 37 Nicole Holzer has been an offensive
saves through his first five games force for the women’s soccer team this
for the men’s soccer team. Vertin year. The freshman out of Plainfield
came up huge on Sept. 8 with 12 South High School has scored a team-
saves as he helped the Wolves pull leading 7 goals through the team’s first
out a 1-1 draw against a very tough eight games. On Aug. 30, Holzer scored
Triton College team. On Sept. 10 the 2 goals to lead the Lady Wolves to a 5-
sophomore goalkeeper out of Joliet 0 win against South Suburban College.
Central High School had his first Holzer outdid herself on Sept. 8 against
clean sheet of the year so far against Triton College as she scored a hat trick,
Madison College. making up half of the scoring for the
Lady Wolves’ 6-1 victory.
Michael Vertin Nicole Holzer