October 4, 2016

Free time: Use it wisely

By Jarrod Isbell

                The 2016-2017 school year is underway, and while some grunt and groan others couldn’t be more excited. This school year can cause added stress into the lives of students, and everybody deals with it in their own way.
            While not everyone has a packed schedule, some must balance school activities, jobs, and homework.
Haley Bielenberg, a student at CCC, has a heavy work-load. Bielenberg said, “It’s my first year at CCC and I have loaded my schedule with 17 credit hours. It’s a bit different than high school; my schedule is much more demanding, but I’m learning to adapt.”
Without effective time management, your schedule can go from a walk in the park to a living nightmare in the blink of an eye. Bre Gideon, a sophomore at CCC said, “While taking 14 credit hours and also working a part time job, I struggle to keep my head above water from time to time. The biggest piece of advice I can give others is to not procrastinate. Once you get behind, getting caught up becomes more of a hassle than it needs to be. Work smarter, not harder.” 
 Learning to overcome and adapt is a huge part of the college experience. This isn’t high school anymore, and the biggest challenge for some students is learning to balance all of their activities. Bielenberg said, “Although I do not have a job outside of going to class, I like to volunteer at local nursing homes, and that can take up a large majority of my free time.  I’ve learned to use all of my free time wisely and efficiently, because I know my schedule is packed. The most important piece of advice I can give to others, is to prioritize. You need to know what you have to do and get your priorities straight, and you will get things done.”
Around midterm and final exam time, the CCC advising office will offer free workshops for students on study skills and time management. Make sure to keep an eye out for flyers throughout the campus for information on times, dates, and locations.


September 22, 2016

CCC clubs are kicking off the new school year

By Zac Gainer

Two members of the new group Infect greet interested students during the 
CCC Clubs and Organizations Fair on September 7.
The wait is finally over.  Some of you may be saying, “Oh man, back to school already?”  Yep.  We’re keeping our minds sharp and our pencils sharper.  Between the countless books to be read in the library or the free WIFI access we have here at the school, students have a difficult time not finding something to do.
If that doesn’t float your boat, then maybe one of Clinton Community College’s activity clubs or organizations would.  “What’s that?” you may be asking yourself.   Clubs.  A place to get together with other people of like interest and do something fun!  Yep, the college has many clubs and one honor society available at Clinton Community College.
Chi Alpha facilitator Curtis Girod, left, and student member 
Jamie Echebarria provide information about their group.
For example, Chi Alpha is a bible study group which started in 2010. It meets on Tuesdays at three p.m. and is headed by Dewitt Pentecostal pastor Curtis Girod, who has been a pastor since 1991 and has been teaching at Clinton Community College since 1998.  He said, “Chi Alpha is open to anyone of any denomination, or of no denomination.  You do not need to be a Christian even.  If you would like to discuss the Bible, you are welcome to attend.”  Those interested may go to room 106 on Tuesdays at 3 p.m.
If you’re into board games, then the Gaming Club would be great for you.  It started last year and has an average of eight people attending each session.  They meet once a month to determine which day they will be playing board games together and then they get together and play!  Games like Twister, Connect 4, Chess, The Home Alone board game, UNO and more are available to play.  Talk to Laura Gifford at Lgifford@live.eicc.edu if you’re interested in attending.
Laura Gifford is the Gaming Club advisor.
             Let’s not forget our much esteemed Phi Theta Kappa honor society, only available to students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher.  Being a member has nice bonuses like opportunities for transfer scholarship and community service projects.
            Other student organizations include the Creative Writing club, the veterans group, the Fine Arts Club, the Graphic Arts Printer Club, The Gallery student newspaper, the Music Club, the Nursing Club, Student Networkers and Programmers, and River Talk. Whatever your fancy, CCC is sure to have an organization for you. For more information, stop in the main office or call Kemi Okwumabua at 563-244-7071.

Music appreciation instructor Michael Fee and student Nicole Stocker greet music fans.

"The Shannara Chronicles" review: Princess saves the world from destruction

 By Ashley Ploog

            Saving the world isn’t just for superheroes, you know. The princess isn’t always a damsel in distress; she can be the one to save the day. The television series “The Shannara Chronicles” puts a unique twist on elves and princesses and many other creatures.
            The show is created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. Some of the previous works created by these two include the TV show “Smallville” and the movies “Spider-Man 2”, (one of my favorites) “Herbie: Fully Loaded”, “I am Number Four”, and “The Hannah Montana Movie”. When writing a fantasy show, you need to believe in what you are writing. Honestly who better than two writers above; they obviously know what they are doing.
            “The Shannara Chronicles” takes place in the world many years later when human society is nonexistent, and beings such as trolls and dwarves and many others do exist. In this world, there is a ruling power – the elves with their own monarchy. During this show we start off with a race to seek

Hard work in the summer sets up high school marching bands for a strong season

By Brigita Wilson          

         When the school year ends and summer break is right around the corner, most teachers and students are preparing for summer break. This is time to relax and enjoy time to yourselves. For Clinton High School band directors like Josh Hahn however, their work is just beginning.
Several members of the CHS Band Staff sneak in a picture before the show. From left to right : Alyda Kiser, Joshua Hahn, and Brigita Wilson. 
            Hahn is only a few weeks into the new marching band season. The past few months have consisted of deciding a theme, writing music and drill, and even designing props used in the show itself. Hahn said, “Preparation varies month to month, although I am usually picking the next year’s show in November so the other staff can get cracking on ideas and routine. By April we are putting the final pieces together as to what the show will look like, a storyboard essentially. Similar to a Pixar film.”
            Although Hahn used to write the drill himself, he has now decided to have Ted Reicher; a professional drill writer take over that responsibility. As far as the music writing goes, once again the whole staff is involved. The music is written based on the ability of the students, in order for them to have great success. During the show, props are placed across the field, which Hahn, artists, and other members of the staff design. They change every year according to the theme of the show. “The props are based on the theme of course and should essentially amplify the show,” said Hahn. “Sometimes it works and sometimes it has to be tweaked four or five times.”
            This year’s CHS show is named “The Dark Side of Rach,” this was chosen based on what he belied the students would like. “I knew the kids would like the rock parts, but educationally they are being exposed to Rachmaninoff, a 19th century composer.” Finally in July, it was time for band camp to begin, and Hahn and his fellow staff members watched the show they designed come to life.
            The CHS band has now performed the show three times, placing third in a competition on September 17th in Fort Madison, Iowa. Hahn and his staff are pleased with the outcome, although they still have a long way to go before the state marching band competition that will take place in Davenport in October.


Get stress out of your system with extracurriculars

By Tavian Schurbon

The past few years at CCC, extracurricular activities have occurred frequently, from flag football to bowling and even a kickball tournament. 
This coming year, new equipment has been brought in for flag football events. However, according to the Student Engagement Leader Kemi Okwumabua, they are in need of participants and team leaders.  Team leaders will be in charge of setting up and conducting meetings. If you enjoy playing football, grab a friend and in the main office sign up to play flag football. Think of football but with a smaller field, fewer teammates, and easy rules to follow.  It really is tons of fun and any newcomers will be welcomed.
Bowling season is also right around the corner. Bowling is a sport that can reduce your stress and allow you to have fun with your friends and family in a relaxed setting.
Golf is a hard sport for some to enjoy watching.  Playing golf, however, is an entirely different story. Imagine spending a day with your friends on the links with plenty of green (or rough if you are me) ahead of you. Even if you are a really bad golf player, you can still have fun while doing it. Fresh air and fun with friends sounds like a perfect day. 
Extracurricular sports are a nice thing to have at CCC. The time away from all the studying and essays can do wonders for you.  That’s why you should find an activity you like and go for it.

For more information, stop in the main office or call Kemi Okwumabua at 563-244-7107.

May 12, 2016

Local Eco-Centers Provide Information and Family Fun

By Ryan Costello

Children look on as busy honey bees work in their observation hive.

If you are looking for family fun and information about our rich natural wildlife areas, local eco- centers deliver all that and more! Between Clinton and Jackson Counties, three eco centers stand out. Just south of Camanche, Rock Creek, which provides camping, fishing, eco tours, and hiking has a center that has recently been improved. North of Maquoketa, the Hurstville interpretive center provides hiking and wetland bird watching. Lastly, just a few miles from Baldwin lies Eden Valley, which provides camping and hiking.

Underneath the Rock Creek terrarium tunnel, looking up.
8000 gallon fish aquarium at Rock Creek
Rock Creek’s eco-center has been recently renovated to provide a more hands-on approach to some of our native animals. This includes a terrarium with a tunnel that winds beneath it, so you can get a view of a simulated marshland from beneath. It’s like being on the bottom of a pond or creek looking up at the turtles and small fish that inhabit these areas. They also have an 8000 gallon fish tank with many indigenous species including Crappie, Blue Catfish, Northern Pike, Sunfish, and more. There is also a touching area below the tank that houses mussels and some small pan fish. Rock creek also has a great many scale model species that hang from the rafters and adorn the terrarium area. These were all caught or captured in the Mississippi and Wapsipinicon river areas.

In Maquoketa at the Hurstville interpretive center, many native animals can be viewed in the main center of the building. The have acquired many animals that have been stuffed, and put into simulated areas as though they are alive in their environment. Hurstville also sports an observation hive for European honey bees. Onlookers can watch the comings and goings of these essential creatures, and can literally look into an active hive to see how the bees live. Around the building, there are many trails that wrap around a wetland area, so avid bird watchers can view various waterfowl in their natural habitat.

Eden Valley is a hidden gem, bordering on the Clinton, Jackson county lines. A small camping area is available, and just up the road there is an eco-center as well. It is a bit smaller than the other two, and provides the same kind of wildlife experience and information. This eco center also has an observation hive for honey bees. Surrounding the campground and eco center, there are miles of trails and breath taking upper bluff views of the valley itself.

All of these eco-centers provide interactive stations and exhibits. It is truly educational and fun for young and old alike. For more information visit www.mycountyparks.com 

Scale model castings of fish caught or captured in the Mississippi and Wapsipinicon rivers grace the Rock Creek eco-center ceiling.

Taste of CCC Culture is a delicious part of diversity week

By Jamie Jones

The CCC community enjoyed food from all over the world during Taste of CCC Culture
Eighteen countries were represented during the Taste of CCC Culture on April 13 at Clinton Community College.
Collard greens is a Southern family tradition.
 Many faculty staff, students, and friends attended to taste the many different foods that were on display. Jacqueline Cannon, a student at CCC, brought a traditional southern dinner of collard greens, fried chicken, and cabbage. Cannon stated this was a Sunday tradition in the south for her family, after church. Student Becky Emmert said she tried the collard greens and that they were very good.
Tostones (fried plantains) were enjoyed with a special sauce and a dreamsicle.
The Dominican Republic was also on display with tostones, which is a fried plantain snack, as well as a dreamsicle drink, fresh Starfruit, and pineapple. Student Laquint Mcdonald said this was his first time trying tostones. McDonald stated that the dish was “more than was expected”. Mardell Mammsen, head of registration at CCC, provided this Dominican treat.
The flan was one of many desserts at Taste of CCC Culture.
Flan, a Mexican custard desert made of eggs, sugar, evaporated milk with a caramelized glaze, was provided by Dean of Student Development Lisa Miller

Many countries were showcased including Israel with hummus, Africa with homemade flatbread, Italy with orzo salad, Jamaica, and others proving that Clinton Community College is diverse when it comes to culture.

Students, staff, and friends participated in the event.