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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.”

 

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.”