Attack on Titan astonishes critic

Jeremy Kohn

Staff Writer

When you find yourself having a bad day, you should be thankful you don’t live in a city where giant cannibals attack, where you and your friends must ban together to stop them or suffer impending doom.

No, this isn’t a plug for the next National Geographic special about a distant tribal land; it is, in fact, the premise of the action anime Attack on Titan.

For those unfamiliar with what an anime is, it is a Japanese animated production, and they are often intended for an older target audience. Attack on Titan is definitely an anime not aimed toward little kids.

It has been 100 years since the gigantic Titans have attacked.  To stop the invasions from ensuing, great walls have been erected around the remaining cities of the world.

The story follows Eren Yaeger and his comrades Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert. In the beginning, they watch in horror as an “armored Titan” breaches the outside walls and leads an attack on the city.  During the impending raid, Yaeger witnesses the death of his mother right before his eyes by a Titan.

After this traumatizing experience, Yaeger decides to seek vengeance on the Titans and he enlists in an elite military unit called the Survey Corps. Their mission is to learn more about the existence of the Titans and stop them from raiding the remaining city walls.

Yaeger, Ackerman and Arlert meet new and interesting characters in the Survey Corps.  They begin to discover new tactics to combat the Titans, as well as learning startling revelations about the Titans’ origins.

This show had all the necessary traits of a great anime.  It portrayed a brutal post-apocalyptic world where each character showed his or her own way of dealing with the reality of a bleak existence.

Attack on Titan has many twists and turns throughout the series to keep viewers on their toes. Hopefully there will be a second season of Attack on Titan because there are still many unanswered questions that remain.

LCC inducts three vets into memorial

Nathan Wilson

Editor in Chief

LCC commemorated its fourth annual Veterans Day ceremony by inducting three local veterans into the Veterans Memorial Nov. 11.

The lower level of the Health and Human Services Building was packed with family members, friends, school representatives and camera crews as the ceremony unfolded. The inductees included WWII veterans Billy Arnold of Lansing, Joseph R. Beyrle of Muskegon and Harry Bell of Charlotte. Bell is the only one of the three men still alive.

Arnold served as a ship serviceman Third Class with the U.S. Navy. Beyrle served as a sergeant with the U.S. Army. Bell served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Forces.

After LCC Trustee Larry Meyer led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, LCC alumni Marshon McFadden sang God Bless America to raucous applause.

“I’m touched right now to see this many people here today,” said Lt. Col. James Bender, LCC Director of Veterans and Military Affairs. “The diversity in this room means so much to me.”

A video welcome from Michigan Senator Carl Levin was played during the ceremony, during which he praised LCC’s contributions to veterans.

“The Veterans Memorial at LCC is an appropriate and lasting sign of our appreciation for generations of Michigan veterans,” Levin said. “LCC has an admirable record, not just of honoring their veterans, but helping them achieve their dreams after their military service.”

Levin also highlighted the college’s groundbreaking military medic to paramedic program.

Bell, 95, was present to receive an award from Bender. Family members of Beyrle and Arnold were present to receive their mementos.

According to LCC President Brent Knight, this year’s attendance at the college’s Veterans Day was the largest he has ever seen.

“Our inductees model courage, self-sacrifice, honor and duty,” Knight said. “We gather here, mindful that there are scores of men and women today who continue to defend democracy and maintain the peace around the world. They, too, deserve our tribute and their families deserve our support.”

Knight added LCC has the largest enrollment of veteran students in community colleges in Michigan.

“Veterans are often among our best students,” Knight said. “They bring leadership skills, global perspective and a clarity of purpose to their college work … We have a responsibility to ensure that yesterday’s warriors become today’s scholars and tomorrow’s leaders.”

 

Harriers win regionals en route to nationals

Richard Schenck

Sports Editor

Cross country teams in Region XII have to wait another year to try to dethrone the LCC men’s and women’s teams from the regional title.

No team came close to challenging either team Oct. 26 at the NJCAA Region XII Meet at Grand Woods Park in Lansing.  The LCC men won handily by 32 points and the women won by 34 points.

LCC freshman Grant Webber was the first finisher for LCC in the men’s race, placing fifth out of 66 runners with a time of 26:15. Second across the line for LCC was sophomore Chris Gantt in seventh place with a time of 26:21.

The women’s team had an even more impressive performance with LCC freshman Alison Dible finishing second overall out of 66 with a time of 19:16. Sophomore Viviana Alamillo finished seventh overall in 19:31.

“I was really, really happy,” said LCC Head Coach Chuck Block. “The other teams in the region ran well. It’s getting harder and harder but we still win.”

As has been the story for the majority of the 2013 season, both LCC teams used their depth and talent to keep their title streaks alive.

“On the guy’s side, we didn’t get the performances up front that we thought we would get,” Block said. “But we got the performance from our depth.”

Following the regional, Block selected his top runners for the NJCAA National Championship  Nov. 9 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

After the final rankings were selected Nov .5, Block said his teams would be traveling with a chip on their shoulders. The men were ranked ninth and the women were fifth heading into the nationals.

“I think we are a whole lot better than that, I really do,” Block said prior to the meet. “I think we are going to surprise a lot of people, especially the guys.”

LCC sophomore Joe Marrah shared his coach’s high ambitions, explaining he wants to finish  2013 on a successful note.

“I am looking to finish All-American, I believe that’s top 25,” Marrah said. “It has been a goal since the summer and I want to go out there and achieve it. Hopefully Chris (Gantt) will do it with me.”

The national meet was the last race for some of Block’s runners; it would be special to be able to leave a mark on a national stage to prove they have reached the top.

“I am excited, I really think this team is ready,” said Block. “They have been training hard, they have a great attitude.”

Block said he had every bit of confidence in his runners heading to Iowa.

“This year I’m going in thinking, ‘Hey we are ready and we can do it,’” he said.

Results of the meet will be available in the Nov. 25 issue of The Lookout.

Explore innovation through DICAST

Jeremy Kohn

Staff Writer

Has anyone ever told you playing video games is a waste of time and will amount to nothing when it comes to life in the real world? Don’t let the members of LCC’s DICAST hear you say that.

DICAST, which is located on LCC’s West Campus, stands for Digital Innovation Center for Arts Science and Technology. DICAST is a digital think tank, and its members use their computer programming knowledge to create video game simulations as learning tools.

DICAST is funded through various grants and state funding.

The center is fairly new, having only been around for two years, but in those two years, DICAST has made quite an impact using its digital simulations for various educational purposes.

“We have made learning programs for the Automotive Programs and Alternative Energy Programs,” said Sean Huberty, lead faculty for LCC’s Alternative Energy Engineering Technologies.

These games include the Auto Earmark Project, which is a simulation program created for students who take the Automotive 267 course. The game demonstrates the inner workings of a hybrid Toyota  and what tools are needed to run  a proper maintenance on the vehicle.

Building Energy Audit  Simulation Training, or B.E.A.S.T, is a program designed to teach students how to measure levels of energy through a digital house using a specialty meter.

DICAST Programmer Aaron Mundale talked about a current project he has been working on to help with the LCC Police Academy.

“They used to carry around tons of paperwork with comments for the troops, so I’m working on digitizing them so they can be  organized and placed on tablets,” Mundale said.

DICAST is open to all LCC students who wish to sign up for an internship.

For students who want to take their love for video games and start on the path to a career in game design, DICAST may be the perfect opportunity.

Fishing for knowledge in A&S

Chelsea Allen

Freelance Writer

Ever walk by the fish tanks in the Learning Commons in the Arts & Sciences (A&S) Building and wonder why they were placed there?

Some students might think they were installed for decoration and to look pleasing to the eye. In reality, they were placed there for a much greater purpose — as a teaching and learning tool.

These tanks were previously located in the Academic Resource Center, commonly known as the ARC, on the fourth floor of the A&S Building before it underwent renovations.

Now students can easily find these tanks by entering the A&S Building from Washington Square and taking a quick left into room 107.

Through an open bid, Preuss Pets in Old Town was selected to be a part of this project and helped install the tanks.

Michael Nealon, dean of the Arts and Sciences Division at LCC, and Rick Preuss, the owner of Preuss Pets, agreed the fish tanks should remain a part of the learning environment.

There is one freshwater tank and a saltwater tank. Both tanks hold approximately 600 gallons of water, according to Preuss.

A wide variety of aquatic life can be found in both tanks, ranging from exotic sea animals and coral reefs to everyday clown fish. Preuss said these tanks were designed to require very low maintenance.

At least once a week, there is a partial water change and the walls of the tank get scrubbed if needed. The fish and tank equipment are checked and any supplementation of food is given to the aquatic life. Both tanks have an automatic fish-food dispenser that dispenses food pellets for the aquatic life.

Nealon said he felt it was crucial for students to take advantage of these tanks because they offer great learning opportunities for those who take part in the many different science courses offered at LCC.

“Many science professors plan a study lesson around these fish tanks and take their entire class to observe the aquatic life in their habitat and study their ecosystem,” Nealon said.

Steve Oberg, aquatic manager of Preuss Pets, described what it meant for his business to be involved.

“It was truly an honor for us to be a part of this and to have our work selected,” Oberg said. “It represents a much greater footprint than the older tanks.”

Preuss also expressed his gratitude to LCC.

“We’re extremely proud of LCC and for them keeping in mind of nature when that is truly the anchor point of science all together,” Preuss said.

For any student who has a chance to stop by the Learning Commons in the A&S Building, make sure to take a quick look at the fish tanks and get a chance to explore and observe the nature happening right before your eyes.

Homecoming hype

Nathan Wilson

Editor in Chief

Students, staff and faculty should mark Nov. 18 to 23 on their calendars for LCC’s 2013 Homecoming celebrations.

This year’s eventful Homecoming is a partnership effort by LCC’s Student Life and Alumni Association.

Josh West from Student Life Office said the college’s Homecoming is an opportunity to celebrate school spirit and enhance the overall experience on campus.

“It all goes back to creating an atmosphere that’s not only fun but alive for students,” West said.

A tailgate event with free food is scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Washington Square Mall.

“We’ll have some stands set up for food, and we’re hoping on three different vendors at least,” West said. “We’ll have some other stands … to get your tickets. It will be free but you just have to have a voucher.”

The women’s basketball game will take place Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the Gannon Gym with the men’s game following at 7:30 p.m.

West highlighted the One CAN Make a Difference food drive, running from Monday, Nov. 11 to Saturday, Nov. 23.

“Any time you donate, you will be entered into a drawing,” West said. “This year, you can get into the Homecoming game with canned food donations. You can choose to either donate $5 or two cans.

“Students (with an ID) are always free but we’re encouraging them to bring one can to help the food drive out.”

LCC staff and faculty with an ID are also allowed to attend the Homecoming game for free.  That same day, the American Marketing Association (AMA) will host the seventh annual Business Etiquette Dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. in the MSU Kellogg Center.

Seating is limited and tickets can be purchased for $20 at the Hole in the Hall on the first floor of the Gannon Building.

On Nov. 23, LCC’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) will present the “Feeling Lucky?” drag show at 8 p.m. in the Dart Auditorium on Main Campus. Tickets cost $5 and funds will go to support the Betsy Lou Robson Memorial Scholarship.

Justin Hartges, secretary of the LCC Program Board, said of the events: “I’m not really sure what it’s about, but I am excited to seeing what LCC has in store for Homecoming.”

Director of Student Life Al Nowak said, “(Student Life) is trying to engage more students this semester so hopefully when we get the information out, more students would be more willing to participate. Our hope is to continue to build the community here at LCC.”

For the latest information about 2013 Homecoming, visit www.lcc.edu/bethere.

Public checks out A&S renovations

Amber Glomb

Freelance Writer

Dozens of people filled the newly renovated Arts and Sciences (A&S)Building for the community open house Oct. 26.

The total cost of the renovations, which started in November of 2012, was $31 million, according to an LCC press release.

The tour consisted of over 20 different departmental demonstrations, as well as student music, a virtual tour, blue prints and much more.

The demonstrations included “Acid or Base?,” “A Smile is Worth a Thousand Words,” “It’s What’s Inside that Counts,” “The Beautiful Mind,” “Alternative Energy Learning” and “Virtual Reality Arc Welding.”

Among the tour attendees was LCC President Brent Knight, who explained there was much to see.

“There has been considerable publicity about this building,” Knight said. “We wanted to invite the public to come and see it.

“I think that this building and these spaces equal any college or any university in the nation for freshman and sophomores.”

LCC chemistry instructor Coretta Fernandes, who was involved in the “Acid or Base?” presentation, explained how the new labs and technology have helped her and the students.

“We are still finding our way around what works and what doesn’t work,” Fernandes said. “For the most part, we are really happy.

“We can modify the class to meet the needs of the students. We love having the storage area so we can quickly grab chemicals … We are enjoying it.”

LCC alumni Paul Wozniak said he enjoyed the open house experience.

“It’s incredible,” Wozniak said. “It’s very open and accessible. It’s shiny. It seems very welcoming and student-focused … It’s updated in a very chic, cool way.”

LCC music instructor Molly Cryderman-Weber, who used to teach in the A&S Building, said the tour experience was great.

“I love all the areas where students can study,” Cryderman-Weber said. “It’s nice there is a blend of the high-tech look and the natural.”

Beyond: Two Souls transcends video game and film industry

Nathan Wilson

Editor in Chief

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so captivated by a video game as when I was playing Beyond: Two Souls. Developed by Quantic Dreams Studios (the creators of Heavy Rain),

Beyond: Two Souls is an interactive drama that revolves around a girl named Jodie, voice acted by Ellen Page.

Jodie discovers early on she has an unexplainable connection to a poltergeist-like entity named Aiden. Due to this strange ability, she is monitored and heavily controlled by the Department of Paranormal Activity, and she is eventually recruited as a CIA operative.

You jump from one phase of Jodie’s life to the next and not necessarily in any sequential order. One moment you will be transported to a time where Jodi is homeless and living on the streets, and during the next “episode,” the CIA is sending you on a mission to Africa to assassinate a warlord.

The control interface is different in the sense that the analog stick is the primary method of interaction. Time will slow down during portions of the game such as combat to briefly allow you to react.

When you are in control of the entity Aiden, you have the ability to freely move through walls, move objects, possess humans and strangle your enemies, all while unseen.

The most common complaint I’ve heard about Beyond: Two Souls is that it’s different; it’s too cinematic, it strays beyond the boundaries of genres, and it feels inconsistent due to the episodic storytelling.

I can understand why some critics might feel the game is inconsistent, but the bit about cinematics and genres doesn’t quite hold up.

As an avid gamer, I’ve noticed more games showing up on the market that are narrative-driven or cinematic (The Last of Us, GTA V, Bioshock: Infinite, Deus Ex: Human Revolution.)

A game shouldn’t be restricted to one or two genres simply because it doesn’t fit someone’s preconceptions of a video game.

Beyond: Two Souls definitely isn’t for everyone, but if you aren’t afraid of a new gaming experience that relies heavily on story and emotion, I encourage you to give it a try.