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Are feelings of shame affecting your life? Find out about the dangers of it by reading “Shame Hurts” By Nicole Lazariuk.

of it by reading “Shame Hurts” By Nicole Lazariuk. Page 5 Is your internship a lucky

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Is your internship a lucky break or are you being taken advantage of?

-Sarah Springer Unpaid Internships:

Opportunity or Oppression

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“Why Horizons Matters”

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Did UCONN win fair and square or did they cheat?

-Neil Knox Tainted Title

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State Board Of Regents Responds To Security Concerns

By Neil KNox

Criminal Justice Club Visit to Ground Zero Memorial and the NYC Police Museums

By Paul Chuhvov

Feeling “Blu:” An E-Cigarette Disaster

By leslie Pizzagalli

Expectations vs Reality

By steveN eszeNyi

The Battle Against Obesity

By Paul Chuhvov

Shame Hurts

By NiCole lazariuK

Can Textbooks Be Made Less Costly?

By Paul Chuhvov

It’s a Legend-wait for it- dary Life

By FraNKliN JusiNo Jr.

Unpaid Internships: Opportunity or Oppression?

By sarah sPriNger

Get Fit!

By olivia hodge

Never Give Up Your Dreams

By seKiNah ersKiNe

Tips to Transfer More Easily

By liNdsey Baldassare

Can Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

By ashley teare

Horizons Is Not A Joke

By ashley seetoo

Instagram Gone Wild

By olivia hodge

Brother Dan’s Travelling Salvation Show

By Neil KNox

UConn’s Tainted Title

By Neil KNox

Keep Your Kindness to Yourself

By sherly MoNtes

No Cash?

No Lunch

By alyxaNdra irizarry

Beyond Artistry…Passion

By CaroliNa triNidad

EB: The Quiet Struggle of Butterfly Children

By desiree sweNdseN

Silent Shouts: A Confession of Abuse

By desiree sweNdseN

The College Dropout

By sylvia taylor

Closets Are For Clothes

By desiree sweNdseN

The Underappreciated Treasure of HCC

By Bre NNa MCi N tyre


Painter Michael Peery Visits HCC

By Paul Chuhvov

HCC Faculty Act as (A)Muse to Students

By BreNNa MCiNtyre

The Daughter of Another Illustrator

By sarah sPriNger

Poems Found in Issue 2 of Horizons

By horizoNs staFF

Campus Haiku

By horizoNs staFF

Bologna Stew: A Lesson in Ingenuity

By sarah sPriNger

Delzell Chili

By NiCole lazariuK

French Onion Chicken Recipe

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Horizons Staff

Editor-in-Chief David Weidenfeller

Advisor Prof. Steve Mark

Managing Editor Sherly Montes

Editors-at-Large Emma Tecun, Nicole Lazariuk, Ashley Seetoo

Opinions Editor

Neil Knox

Online and Social Media Editor Lindsey Baldassare

Staff Writers Paul Chuvov, Steven Eszenyi, Olivia Hodge, Alyxandra Irizarry, Monica Medina, Leslie Pizzagalli, Sarah Springer, Desiree Swendsen

Senior Staff Writers Sekinah Erskine, Franklin Jusino, Brenna McIntyre, Stacy Shippee, Ashley Teare

Contributing Writers Jay Lederman

Art and Design Directors Vanessa Morales, Carolina Trinidad

Design Advisor Prof. Andy Pinto

Front Cover Design Carolina Trinidad



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By Neil KNox oPiNioNs editor

State Board Of Regents Responds To Security Concerns

I n response to public criticism from

one of its own college presidents,

the Connecticut State Board of Re-

gents for Higher Education has allocat- ed $191,000 of its own money to pay for security evaluations of all 12 Connecticut Community College campuses. The evaluations began in February of this year, and as of mid-March were, ac- cording to a Board of Regents official, “75 percent completed.” “It was the publicity that [Manches- ter Community College President] Gina Glickman brought upon the issue that prompted certain Board members into action,” said Board official Ahmed Beer- mann. Beermann is the only acting Board official dealing with the issue of campus security pending designation of a new de- partment at the Board. It is hoped that ap- proval will be given to designate a Public Safety Office for the first time in Board of Regents history soon. Manchester Community College was the scene of an accidental shooting in March of 2013 when a responding police

officer, while performing a search of the campus shot himself. At the time of the shooting Manchester’s campus was in a full lockdown or “Shelter-In-Place” mode. Officers at the scene were responding to a call about a gunman on the campus. The “Shelter-in-Place” procedure is the use of a structure and its indoor atmosphere to temporarily separate individuals from an outside threat. Participants are encour- aged to “stay indoors, close, lock, and stay away from external doors and windows.” It is used primarily at schools but also has been used in workplaces as well. During the room to room search, al- ready in its third hour, one of the officers carelessly allowed his automatic weapon to discharge inside the school. No students were injured but the incident brought out the ire of the school’s President. Gina Glickman was quick to take to the airwaves to criticize the existing policies dealing with potential threats to campus security. In the Record Journal she was quoted as saying, “ Why have a sworn po- lice force on campus if it is unable to act as

a sworn police force?” Glickman has also been at the forefront of a movement that would allow for armed security personnel on all community col- lege campuses. “At that particular time the Board was in complete disarray with the recent resig- nation of Board President Kennedy. There was very little communicating going on at all regarding the campus security topic,” Beermann said. The shooting at Manchester occurred on the heels of the horrific crimes committed at Sandy Hook Elementary just a short six months after, “concern here at the Board was on other things,” Beermann said. “The issue was finally addressed by in- terim Board President Dr. Lawson. I don’t know how they did it but he and CFO found the money somewhere and we put the contract up for bid, hoping we’d find a security firm willing to do what was need- ed for the amount we had at our disposal,” Beerman said. Elhert Associates got the job and began evaluations of campus security protocols

for all 12 of the Community Colleges here in Connecticut this past February. They will not only evaluate security responses to actual physical threats on a campus but will also look at the ways schools can se- cure themselves better against natural di- sasters as well. “We were fortunate enough to receive a $1,000,000 grant from the Federal Emer- gency Management Agency (FEMA) for just such occasions. After Hurricane San- dy, as part of my own responsibilities, thought it a good idea to be ready for any- thing and I applied to them for the grant,” said Beerman. “The final report will be submitted to the Board with recommendations. At that time we will hopefully have a new Public safety Department formed to address any outstanding concerns.” The public safety procedures at HCC have already been evaluated by Elhert, and any recommendations will be available in their final report. Whether or not these evaluations will be made available for pub- lic scrutiny has yet to be determined.

Criminal Justice Club Visit to Ground Zero Memorial and the NYC Police Museums

By Paul Chuhvov staFF writer

O n April 12, The Criminal Jus- tice Club held a trip to the New York City Police Mu-

seum and the 9/11 Memorial. The event was organized by Mike Borges, Mari- am Noorzad, and Kathryn Hanrahan the president, vice-president, and treasurer of the club respectively. Vern Krill, pro- fessor of Criminal Justice at HCC and advisor to the club accompanied the group. A bus drove the 25 people who signed up for the trip to New York City and dropped the group off a few blocks from the Battery Park near the southernmost tip of Manhattan island. We all walked a few short blocks to the New York City Police Museum, now temporarily locat- ed at 45 Wall Street. The New York City Police Museum sustained great damage from Storm San- dy on October 29 2012; the first floor of the museum had four feet of water and it is now being restored. The temporary museum is just one small room with a limited amount of ar- tifacts. Noorzad was impressed by the clothing that police-women wore back in the 1960’s when women were first allowed to become policewomen. Some- one recalled that about four years ago there was a similar trip to the police mu- seum and that it was more interesting. 9/11 Memorial and Museum Noorzad said,“The visit to the 9/11 Memorial reminded me of when the 9/11

event happened I was just a little girl in school and did not fully understand then what this was all about. We lived in New Haven at that time, near the Coast Guard base and near an oil tank farm, and there was a lot of concern back then should the oil tanks explode if also attacked.” The Ground Zero has two parts to it:

the Memorial and the Museum. This vis- it was limited to the Memorial because the Museum portion is not yet open. The museum portion is scheduled to open on May 21 2014 and many on the this trip, including the writer, felt that they had misunderstood the scope of this visit and were disappointed. The weath- er on that day was just perfect and being at the memorial park was comfortable although the atmosphere was of guarded quiet reflection and sadness. The Memorial portion are two square reflecting pools set within the footprint of where each World Trade building stood surrounded by a park with about 400 trees occupying about half of the 16 acres site. The footprint of each pool is about one acre in size. Along the four edges of each pool, about 200 feet long, there are many large marble blocks with the names of the 3000 people killed, in the attacks of February 26 1993 and Sep- tember 11 2001, inscribed and carved through them. The reflecting pools con- tinuously circulate water in a fountain fashion except that the water just over-

flows the edges towards the center of the each pool. The flow of the water creates the sound of a loud waterfall. After the museum opens, Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. admission is free starting on May 27 2014. U.S. student admission, at other times, is $18.

“Mike, the club president, kept us all informed throughout the trip, and no one was lost and we all returned to- gether,” noted Krill at the end of the trip. The Criminal Justice club meetings are every other Thursday at 2 p.m.

Justice club meetings are every other Thursday at 2 p.m. Reflection pool at the 9/11 Memorial

Reflection pool at the 9/11 Memorial visited by the Criminal Justice Club during trip to New York City. Photo by: Paul Chuvov



Feeling “Blu:” An E-Cigarette Disaster

By leslie Pizzagalli staFF writer

A notorious trend that has re-

cently swept the nation is the

increasingly popular “elec-

tronic,” or “e” cigarette. Teenagers, young adults, and older adults have been participating in the craze. The e-ciga- rette is a device containing nicotine va- por instead of the normal tobacco and smoke of a typical cigarette. These elec- tronic cigarettes were created in order to provide a healthier and “safer” alterna- tive to smoking. Little did the creators of these devices know it would cause more stress than help. The electronic cigarette was released in September of the year 2010. Since then, the CDC released in February of this year that over 200 calls each month have been sent out to Poison Control. These calls are regarding nicotine poi- soning in children under the age of five.

Children are drawn to the sweet scent of the vapor tubes used to refill these e-cigarettes and end up swallowing the liquid. Even more frightening, children do not need to directly ingest this sub- stance in order to experience symptoms of nicotine poisoning. Inhalation of the vapor and absorption through the child’s skin is enough to cause extreme illness. Although the harm is not said to be the product of one specific type of e-cig, one thing is for certain: the liquid chem- ical used in these electronic devices, when exposed to the skin, becomes fatal to children, and in some cases, younger adults. An abundance of people have become part of the electronic cigarette infatua- tion. Students at Housatonic are familiar with these devices, and many of those enrolled in HCC also have children un- der the young age of five. Students who have children are worried about the new e-cigarette devices. Even students who use and know those who smoke e-cigs are concerned. What harm are they do- ing to young adults if so many calls have already been made to Poison Control? Students were shocked to hear the news of these poisonings. If children were becoming severely ill by not even consuming this substance, but only absorbing it through their skin, is it

substance, but only absorbing it through their skin, is it The new hot spot for purchasing

The new hot spot for purchasing electronic cigarettes: ‘Shelton E-Cigs,’ located on Howe Avenue in Shelton, CT. Photo by Leslie Pizzagalli

possible that is it harming the older adults using it as well? The answer to this question: yes. An- other quite appalling piece of information released by the CDC, located on the offi- cial government Centers of Disease Con- trol and Prevention website (www.cdc. gov), reports that although more than half the calls made to Poison Control were regarding children under the age of five, the remaining calls were all young adults around the age of twenty and older. That is around the age of most students and us- ers of these electronic cigarettes. The use of people smoking e-cigs is rising, and poisonings related to electronic cigarettes is escalating just as quickly. Recently, in Shelton, Connecticut, an E-Cigarette store opened on Howe Ave- nue. ‘Shelton E-Cigs’ sells these vapor dispensing pens in all different assort-

ments. Two Shelton residents and HCC students disclosed their ideas on e-cig- arettes. Mark Carotenuto offered a pos- itive response when asked about elec- tronic cigarettes and the Shelton E-Cigs store: “It’s pretty cool. When I have mine, I smoke significantly less, which is awe- some. I feel that smoking is more of an oral [fixation] rather than an addiction sometimes,” Carotenuto said. Carotenuto personally smokes these e-cigarettes and is friends with many stu- dents who do as well. As far as the nic- otine poisoning in children, Carotenuto adds, “Nicotine around children is defi- nitely not okay though. No matter what, it’s just not right.” Johnny Goulart does not smoke elec- tronic cigarettes, but he knew a pletho- ra of information about them. Goulart shared this information by saying, “I had

no idea about all the nicotine poisoning, but I’m not surprised, seeing as though the oil from the pens contains small doses of concentrated nicotine. What I did know is one drop of pure nicotine in some- one’s coffee can poison that person to death.” “Plus, the e-cigarette says on the box to not take more than fifteen drags or so an hour, yet kids go far beyond that,” he added. From a medical standpoint, Ruth Du- shay, a nurse practitioner at Yale New Haven Hospital, is the mother of two Housatonic students, including aspir- ing nursing major Molly Dushay. When asked about the e-cigarette situation, Mrs. Dushay reciprocated by saying how she thought it could potentially change the smoking situation, but not anymore. “It seemed like an awesome idea to begin with, but after hearing all these nega- tive effects, it doesn’t seem like much of a change in comparison to tobacco cigarettes,”she said. Although this nurse had high hopes for this product, hear- ing about the injuries and harm these e-cigs have brought transformed her the- ory on these devices completely. Ruth’s daughter, Molly Dushay, a HCC student longing for a nursing de- gree, following in her mother’s foot- steps, was extremely disappointed when hearing the news. Dushay plans to work with children in the future, and learning about the multiple poisonings saddened her intensely. Overall, it was agreed by not only by these students, but fellow Housatonic pupils, to know your boundaries if you choose to smoke these devices while having or being around children. These electronic cigarettes are filled with fruity and sweet liquids that attract young kids who could become severely injured by simply breathing in the vapor. In the future, the objective for sellers of this product is to achieve child-lock packag- ing for these devices. That is not the only element of the situation that attention should be drawn to. If students choose to smoke these cigarettes, they must take their own health into consideration as well.

By steveN eszeNyi staFF writer

A t the beginning of the school year, every incoming student was wondering how their col-

lege experience would be. The amount of work expected by students was definitely nerveracking. Just thinking about it in- duced a headache. Now that it has been a few months, some expectations might have been a bit farther than they needed to be. Many students were very worried about whether they would pass all their classes. Is this the case for everyone? Has college lived up to the expectations of other first-year students so far?

Christopher Burns came into college expecting the workload to be less than that of high school but more challenging. “I don’t have a teacher telling me assign- ments every day, so I have to stay on top of my assignments,” he said. Burns said he would make a sched-

Expectations vs Reality

ule change to college to help match his expectations. He said, “I would change the class length and frequency. Instead of class being an hour-thirty minutes, two days a week, I’d make it an hour, three days a week.” Hannah Ornstein of listed a few common expectations about the first year of college that are nowhere near reality. One of these is making friends. Everybody is faced with the chal- lenge of doing this with all of their high school friends going to different schools. “Everyone starts college with a clean slate,” Ornstein said. Nobody has to carry any past experiences around and nobody knows anything about you. It’s one of the few chances to really remake yourself. The problem is that making friends is not as easy as it appears. Ornstein says, “The first few weeks can be awkward.”

The conversations can also be repetitive. It is very difficult to make new friends. Now that we are well into the school year, I’m sure a lot of people can agree that it took some time to build some friendships. Not all students who attend college live at home. For Housatonic, this is usu- ally the case as it is a community college. Some students who plan on transferring may want to know what to expect when they become a first year student in a dorm room. Roddy Eskew, a student at Boston University, lives in a dorm. “I expected it to be tough to get work done without my parents making sure I do it. This is the case,” Eskew said. Getting work done without any supervision is tough. Pro- crastination levels may reach peaks and you may find yourself doing assignments well into the night. To keep from doing

this, try to keep a schedule and reward yourself with a trip to the dining hall after completing some work. Eskew also pointed out something that he predicted that ended up being false. “I signed up for a few 8 a.m. classes think- ing it would be a good idea to get a jump on the day. I regret that decision because finding the motivation to get up was diffi- cult,” he said. Everybody operates on dif- ferent schedules and it is best to find what works for you. This could be different for students who live at home. Waking up may be easier in your house where it is easier to go to bed at a decent hour. All in all, college is a tough place. Every student had a different idea what it was going to be like heading into it but as the year winds down, the reality of col- lege has surely changed how some people feel.



The Battle Against Obesity

By Paul Chuhvov staFF writer

N utrition determines our fitness

to a significant extent. This is

not always apparent when we

are young, but becomes increasingly ap- parent as we grow older. By then, often, health avalanches into illness and the re-

covery of fitness can be difficult, and even

a losing battle. What can we do about this

predicament? One way to motivate ourselves to ad- dress this problem is to always stay fo- cused on what the U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona said ten years ago in March 2004: “Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.” In the same year Dr. Kelly Brownell, professor at Yale university, published a book titled “Food Fight: The Inside Sto-

ry of the Food Industry” and also found- ed the Rudd Center at Yale University. Dr. Brownell, a Rutgers university gradu-

ate, taught at Yale for about two decades.

A multidisciplinary course taught by him

was: “The Psychology, Biology and Poli- tics of Food.” This course was videotaped and still can be accessed on the Yale web- site as part of the opencourseware move- ment. In July of 2013, Brownell left Yale University after directing the Rudd Center for 10 years, and accepted an offer to join Duke University as the dean of the Sanborn School of Public Policy. After 6 months at Duke University, the January 31 2014 issue of the Chronicle reported an interview with

Brownell where he said, “

probably in

April or May a strategic plan will emerge.” Hopefully the plan will include continuing the promoting of the fight against the caus-

es of obesity (malnutrition) at the Sanborn

Center and new opportunities will permit Yale and Duke universities to collaborate on the fight “For Our Health.” On the West Coast, from 1995, Dr.

Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist

at the University of California in San Fran-

cisco, has been tracking down the reasons why children are also becoming obese.

Both Lustig and Brownell have identified that sugar is one major contributor to the obesity epidemic. Recently New York City Mayor Mi- chael Bloomberg attempted to act on these findings by discouraging heavy consump- tion of sugary beverages, but his initiative was overturned. Efrain Tirado, a business management student at HCC, said, “Fats are important to eat. I don’t think that the sugary bever- ages like ‘Sunny-D’ or ‘Capri-Sun’ give us energy.” Nyrasia Lomax, a general studies stu- dent at HCC, looks at the nutrition problem in a more comprehensive way and said, “People are lazy and use the elevator, stay inside in air-conditioned places, and drive. They should take the stairs, go outside, and walk.” She then added, “people in England eat smaller portions. People say ‘I am obese’ or

‘I have high cholesterol’ and resign to their

condition and just don’t care. The flesh is overpowering their better judgment.” “I became aware of the food issues from close family friends and my aunts,” added Lomax. Being mindful about eating sugar is

difficult. One reason for this is that on the website there is a refer- ence to a project on Facebook about the

names for sugar that

249 (and counting

appear in the ingredient lists of packages in

the USA and Canada. One outcome from the existence, and proliferation, of all these names is: It “helps” to hide the obvious name of sugar. At the same time this makes it difficult for the consumer to figure out the relationship of these many names to sugar. For the com- mon person, to be aware of all these names is not a small task. Just imagine, each of these names corresponds to an industry which manufactures, advertises, and dis- tributes these substances to the industries that add the “stuff” to the foods, which they produce that eventually reaches us, the (informed or misinformed) consumers. Fortunately for the HCC community the “Healthy Living Club” was recently


HCC community the “Healthy Living Club” was recently ) ¿Foods of Human Destruction…? reactivated by Debbie

¿Foods of Human Destruction…?

reactivated by Debbie Green. The mis- sion statement is: “Health and wellness,” said Green. The HLC is a place where students can seek the fitness goal and where they can learn from each other and at the events it organizes. This se- mester the HLC had a gardening program to grow vegetables at community desig- nated land parcels. At the beginning of

each semester the members vote for the day and time when the meetings are to be held. The members of the HLC also receive email reminders to “Stay Health Conscious” and to “Make Positive De- cisions.” The HLC can be reached at and on Facebook at oul.hcc.

By NiCole lazariuK editor

W all feel shame from time to

time. It’s said that the answer



to let it go, but how?

Sleep comes hard when thoughts of regret are creating the painful emotion of shame. Just when you think you have conquered it, it pops up again ruining your peace of mind. According to Indira Reddy, a counsel- or at the Housatonic Counseling Center, shame is hard to avoid and why we feel shame can be different depending on our cultures, religions, classes, genders, and so on.

John Sopchak, Professor of Psycholo- gy at HCC, agrees that shame differs from culture to culture. “Shame is a huge event

in the Asian culture and needs to be avoid-

ed as much as possible while other cultures will just let shame roll off their backs,” he said. However, we don’t come into this world filled with shame. “Shame is not some- thing that we are born with it is something we learn,” Reddy said. Something as simple as a person’s

grandfather not acknowledging something

a child has said can send the message that

the child is not worthy of attention. Even

if the child is misinterpreting the slight the

result is the same.

Shame Hurts

Reddy says if something like this is not

clarified right away the child may get the

wrong idea and feel shame for not being lovable. Claudine Coba-Loh, Professor of Psy- chology at HCC, explained in an email that there is a huge difference between guilt and shame that needs to be understood. “People feel guilty over something they have done. Shame comes from how the person sees themselves, their self-percep-

tion i.e. I am a horrible person

at the core of the individual, it leads to res- ignation and despair,” she wrote.

Reddy says you can see it in a person’s

face when they are down on themselves. They may for example think ‘I’m not wor- thy even to look good’. No wonder when

a person feels shame they might decide to

isolate. Isolation creates more problems be- cause we don’t get that sense of approval and belonging we all crave. “People who isolate socially don’t have that mirroring experience of ‘You look good today,’ you are left with nothing else so you draw your own conclusions,” Reddy said. She says a person may think for example “I’m all bad” or “How can God love me when I have let him down?” It can be painful to admit to shame so

Shame is

often people will try to just pretend they are fine. “What people will do instead of dealing with shame is repress it,” Sopchak said. Reddy agrees,. “In my experience stu-

dents will find it difficult to own up to the emotion of shame because shame comes

with it a sense of having failed

ple your Mom and Dad’s expectations,” she said. Sopchak explained that we need to face what is causing the shame: “Repression is a defense mechanism that people use when they don’t want to deal Psychoanalysis is used to bring the contents that are re- pressed to the surface, this is called a ca- thartic event.” Sopchak agrees with the need to get things out, and said journaling can be help- ful. “Yes, that helps us to keep it in the here and now and sometimes we are able to work through it by writing…,” he said. It’s important to look at what is really

for exam-

going on. As a counselor, Reddy guides students to look at themselves and devel- op self-awareness. She says healing is a gradual process, though, that won’t happen overnight. The shame will slowly begin to be eliminated, Coba-Loh says, as the person faces and corrects wherever possible the

behavior that caused the shame. “The person will start feeling bet- ter about themselves as they address the guilt,” said Coba-Loh. “We see the spiral going upward as the individual is ridding themselves of shame, ultimately raising their self-esteem and confidence.” Talking to people seems to be the key to conquering shame. Tammie V. Smith from the Housatonic Women’s Center knows that sometimes people don’t want to admit to feelings of shame and needing others. “We are two people, the people you see and the peo- ple we are when we go home,” Smith said. “We wear masks and try not to show what’s going on.” The Women’s Center has an open door policy and people come in all the time just to sit, talk, and release. “We have a coun-

seling center for the need to talk in privacy

and deal with any issues

no ears.,” Smith said. It’s important that if you don’t have people to talk to that you seek counseling or a support group, so you can see that there are others going through the same things as you. Housatonic has The Wom- en’s Center, The Men’s Center and The Counseling Center available to students if you need somewhere to go and talk.

our walls have



Can Textbooks Be Made Less Costly?

By Paul Chuhvov staFF writer

S tudents generally agree that for some courses the cost of text- books is often very high. At

times students say that the textbooks are not even used and that the teachers are not satisfied with the textbooks. Does the stu- dent’s point of view matter? Is the cost of textbooks like a runaway train that can not be stopped? Many textbooks at HCC are expensive. Why are they so expensive? Is there a way to reduce their cost? Is anyone attempting to reduce their cost? Diahann Phillips, a student at HCC, said,“The price of the textbook was more than half that of the tuition for the course. The professor does not like the textbook but just lectures. So far, this semester, we actually used the textbook only three times.” According to librarian Mark Gore,

one way of reducing the student burden is to take advantage of the library. “The library has textbooks reserved for use in the library for up to 2 hours at a time. For popular classes several copies of the same textbook are available,” he said. For Edwin Irizarry, “Books are heavy and I would like to have digital textbooks on a device of my choice.” A University of Michigan study for the high cost of the textbooks cited that “A Connecticut Board of Governors for High[er] Education study (2006) revealed that only 58 percent of that state’s faculty were aware of the cost of the textbooks they selected for their courses.” The same report, written by Nichols, among many factors, cites two major reasons for chang-

es in textbook prices. One: ‘

the revision

cycle of three to four years common to many books, regardless of whether or not

the previous edition needed updating ’

because it limits the students’ ability to

purchase used textbooks. Two: ‘


tional instructional materials such as soft- ware and workbooks bundled into text- books.’” Another reason in the Michigan study

many faculty members choose and

is: “

assign their textbooks with little regard to the cost of the textbooks.”

The report also explains that “ the unusual separation existing between those who choose the textbooks and those who eventually pay for them contributes to the rising costs of textbooks…”

for them contributes to the rising costs of textbooks…” Textbooks on the reserved shelves in the

Textbooks on the reserved shelves in the HCC library for use in the library for up to 2 hours at a time awaiting checkout. photo by: Paul Chuvov

Do the students speak up? Have the students been heard? Should they be heard? Do they want to be heard? If the students want to be heard how can this be done effectively? Any student may attend the Student Senate meetings every Thursday at 2:00 p.m. and make a motion to address the is- sue to organize an HCC or an inter-com- munity college representation effort to have the students be represented at the selection process to insure a reasonable cost, re-usability, and initial quality for textbooks. The students at the Tacoma Commu- nity College were heard, they initiated an action through the student government. “Tacoma Community College’s student government helped pay to hire a special-

ist, Quill West, to help professors track down low-cost alternatives to textbooks.” The discovery of public domain re- sources suitable for community college use needs to be encouraged. There also must be a quality assurance that the work- books are made with suitable and accept- able paper quality for the intended use. The existing production does not appear to have the student usability factor con- sidered or sufficiently represented and enforced. Is the profit motive unilaterally driving the “system?” Another factor is that in some cases textbooks are highly illustrated contrib- uting to the increase in size, weight, and cost. Are all of the illustrations really necessary? Some of these consideration appear to

have been addressed by the Washington

State Board of Community and Technical

College. The board “

developed its own Open Course Library,

a project that assembled all curriculum

materials online for the 81 most popular courses offered at Washington’s commu- nity and technical colleges.” And “As part of that initiative, the State identified or helped create online textbooks and class materials for each course that could be

purchased for $30 or less.” It is estimated that the Open Course Library initiative in

the State of Washington “

at least $5.5 million to date.” Students who receive financial aid may not feel the cost of the textbooks and may not be looking for cheaper textbooks. Teachers, if not asked, may not have

realized that there may be hardships for some students when buying costly text-

books. “It is a shame that tuition is only a part of the costs. You have to plan for $200

to $300 dollars more for books, depending

on how many classes you are taking,” said Nicole Lazariuk, a student at HCC. Marlene Kinchen, a theater major at HCC, said: “Textbooks are definitely ex- pensive. Colleges should find a way to make less expensive and more affordable textbooks for students. That will help the students in financial area.” Thomas Kinchen, Marlene’s broth- er, said: “This semester I am taking four classes and I paid about $600 dollars for the books. Introduction to theater cost $180, English writing cost $120, Music History and Appreciation cost $200, and Theater Directing cost


My own experience has been that the art and theatre department teachers seem to have more sensitivity about the affordability of textbooks than teachers of other disciplines although that can easily be a direct consequence of indi- vidualized personal life experiences. A related issue ought also not be for- gotten. Lab workbooks at times are print- ed on paper that is difficult to write on with a pencil and does not erase well but instead smudges creating a mess. Why does this happen? How is quality and suitability of paper accounted for? Such carelessness is inexcusable; especial- ly when the workbooks are also so very expensive.

saved students

(SBCTC) has also

It’s a Legend-wait for it- dary Life

By FraNKliN JusiNo Jr. seNior staFF writer

I f you could live to be 100 years old, what would have had to do to make your life perfect? What’s your

dream? What do you think 20 years from now you’ll remember with fondness? In the recent finale for the show “How I Met Your Mother”, one character, Barney Stin- son, was focused on living the “dream” and making life “legendary”. The character is a terrible role model, a womanizing socio- path who cares little for others. Despite this he lives life to the fullest. So there is a gem hidden in this. So we went around and asked some students about their dreams

and what, in 20 years, will have made their lives great. Ashley Seetoo- “I want to work for the

Rolling Stone.” 20 years from now I’ll be happy with all of the friends I made. Orlando Williams- “Getting married is one, having kids.” “20 years from now I’ll remember the best part of today is my daughter.” Lisa Coppeto- “Traveling the world, meeting Channing Tatum and Bruno Mars. Married Happily.” The best part of today she’ll remember is seeing her best friend. Dina Vidalis- “Acquire all the knowl- edge and wisdom in the world.” 20 years from being a high school dropout and being in college working to- wards a degree I want.

Seana Nieves “Travel I guess? My boyfriend Lauren Lukianuk - “I don’t think I’ll

have a perfect life but I’ll be happy if I was content.” 20 years she’ll remember- being

young and not having

being tied down to a Ken Bran- “I want to just have en- joyed myself. 20 years from now. “I’ll be happy with how I’m pushing myself to be better.” Gabriel Jackson-”If i lived to 100, it’ll be perfect if I make myself happy.”

flexibility not

20 years from now, he will remember the experience. Larry Learie- wants to be able to do

anything he wanted to do to make him- self happy, skydiving, traveling. He’ll remember his friends and what they did and how they hung out. “Same as in 20 years I guess” Barbara Hernandez- Living to 100 would be perfect, she said, if she was getting to do everything she wanted. 20 years from now she’ll be happy fin- ishing school, it’s a big accomplishment. These are just a few dreams that fel- low students have. With summer fast approaching the people you may see every day could be leaving to start new lives: graduating or moving. You need to Carpe diem (Seize the day). What’s your dream?



Unpaid Internships:

Opportunity or Oppression?

By sarah sPriNger staFF writer

W hen Dave Fuller interned

with the political campaign

for Senator Joseph Lieber-

man in 2004, he hadn’t quite realized the financial burden he would be undertaking. “[The internship] was unpaid,” he ex- plained, “and a long commute from Strat- ford to Hartford, plus paying a monthly parking pass. Work days were long, and the work always piled up more than the office seemed to have room to handle.” Those parking passes in Hartford cost him about $1000 for the four months he in- terned, and while gas prices in 2004 were lower than they are now, he had to pay that, too. His forty hours of work per week (the equivalent of most full-time careers) and the length of his commute to and from Hartford did not leave time for gainful em- ployment in even a part-time job. Yet Fuller’s hard work on this campaign benefited him in the long run. “I graduat- ed in 2006, when Senator Lieberman was seeking re-election. I was hired immediate- ly after graduation for the campaign,” he said. But not everyone who takes on an un- paid internship is as lucky. In their Class of 2013 Student Survey, the National Associ- ation of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that paid interns were twice as likely to get jobs as unpaid interns. Having an un- paid internship did not increase the chance of getting a job over those students who had no internships, either. Overall, paid in- terns earned better once they got a job, too; on average, over $16,000 more per year.

Currently, about half of the available internships are unpaid, and two thirds of interns had to take a second job in order to continue their internship. Some unpaid in- terns are fighting back on the grounds that unpaid internships violate the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than 20 lawsuits have been brought against companies including Gawker Media, Atlantic Records, Condé Nast, and NBCUniversal – and they’re getting results. NBCUniversal has started paying its interns, and Condé Nast abol- ished its unpaid intern program for 2014. Helping these interns is the Fair Pay Campaign, a grassroots organization launched in September 2013 whose goal is to “end unpaid internships, and build an economy that works for everyone [by] working with business leaders, partnering with labor advocates, empowering students and interns, and pressuring the Department of Labor.” In addition to ending unpaid internships, the Fair Pay Campaign promotes increas- ing the educational benefit of internship. “Interns can do more than make coffee and photocopy,” their website states. “Intern- ships should offer real opportunities for learning and professional development.” Housatonic graduate Liz Chueka, a for- mer intern for a state representative at the Connecticut State Legislature, had a simi- lar experience. “I had nothing to do a lot, and the down time was frustrating. I read a lot during down time,” she said. While some of her responsibilities included on-the-job experience like

researching past bills, most of her tasks centered around the banal office manage- ment work that no one else wanted to do:

copying, collating, sealing envelopes, and answering emails. Despite this, not all former interns believe that unpaid internships are a bad thing. Jamie Antonazzo, an Analyst in San Francisco, California, thinks highly of the unpaid internship she took on at Carnegie Hall in New York City. “I loved the exposure to the classical music scene in New York,” Antonazzo said. “I made a number of valuable con- tacts while I was there, and loved being behind-the-scenes at such a prestigious institution.” This love may have had something to do with the work that Antonazzo was able to perform at Carnegie Hall. Unlike Chue- ka, Antonazzo had a better balance be- tween menial office labor and on-the-job experience during her three months there, like managing educational programs and organizing events. Antonazzo believes that both paid and unpaid internships have a valuable place. “In certain fields that offer paid intern- ships, these internships are paid because the internship experience is essentially be- ing used as a recruiting opportunity,” she said. “In the case of unpaid internships in nonprofit or arts oriented fields, there are many, many more qualified people who want to do those jobs than there are avail- able positions, and it seems logical that those internships would be unpaid.”

Antonazzo’s internship was a forty hour per week job, but at least it was paid in college credit. Fuller agreed that col- lege credit is a decent reward for unpaid internships. “Getting unpaid internships compensated with college credit [saves] the student and their family serious mon- ey.” While unpaid interns like Antonazzo do not directly receive a paycheck, the credits from the internship save them money on their college tuition and any other expenses a course they might incur (such as textbooks and school supplies). In essence, it is very much like getting paid. Fuller now hires interns himself, in political campaigns, local nonprofit work, and local online news sites. While mostly unpaid due to the nature of the work, he said that he tries to do what he can to ease the financial burden. “With the political internships, I try to work into the budget a bonus or small ‘thank you’ stipend for the hard work,” he ex- plained. The final verdict on unpaid intern- ships is still out; they can be helpful to some interns like Antonazzo, who feel that they were paid in experience and college credit, and a financial burden to others who have to pay out-of-pocket expenses to perform free labor. With the growing dissatisfaction amongst interns, and the work of organizations like the Fair Pay Campaign, only time will tell if the unpaid internship will survive.

By olivia hodge staFF writer

D id you know that our school has

a gym? If so, how many of us

actually use it?

Ok, so it doesn’t have a swimming pool and basketball court like L.A. Fitness, but unlike L.A. Fitness, HCC’s gym is total- ly free and it provides access to the same workout machines as other gyms, including the treadmill, which works on your cardio- vascular fitness, the chest press machine, which works on your chest, shoulders and triceps, and the front lat pulldown, which works your lats, biceps and middle back . Our gym also has a locker and shower room. All you need to enter this world of fitness is your school I.D., and a change of clothes, of course. People work out/exercise for many rea- sons. It may be to lose weight, tone up the muscles, create that “perfect body”, or the most important reason: to stay healthy. Our school gym, located in Beacon Hall, across from the evening division center, is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Zumba classes are also offered from 6-7 on Wednesday nights. There is also a sign on the door that lets you know what other times may be available. Think about what times may be convenient for you to stop by and visit the gym and get your ex- ercise on! “When it comes to physical activi- ty, some is better than none, and more is better” according to an article from “The Nutritious Source.” While that bit of information may seem obvious, how many of us really act on it? Maybe we’re just lazy, or maybe we feel that we have

Get Fit!

more important things to do other than exercising? Well, exercising is just as important as anything you can think of. “Nutri Strategy” states: “Regular ex- ercise can help protect you from heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, noninsulin-dependent diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and can im- prove your mood and help you to better manage stress.” They also mention that “experts recommend that you do 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic activity three or more times a week and some type of muscle strengthening activity and stretching at least twice a week.” One of our students here at HCC, Smeralda Bruno, has recently started working out at our gym, and she loves it! She says, “I just started a few weeks ago and I come here every week for at least two hours. The machines are good and I can’t wait to see results.” How convenient is it for you to have a gym right in your school? That’s right, VERY convenient. Just think, after you’ve finished your delightful meal in the cafeteria, you can go right on over to the gym and burn what ever fat you may have gained. Or, after leaving that stressful class, you can swing on by the gym and work all that stress off. Your body will be winning both physically and mentally. It may help to have a partner there for support, so maybe suggest to one of your classmates or a friend who attends HCC to join you. Don’t let an opportu- nity like this go to waste! Visit the gym and get fit.

nity like this go to waste! Visit the gym and get fit. Get your stomach, arms

Get your stomach, arms and legs ready for the summer! Here are just a couple of the machines out of the many that are available.


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By seKiNah ersKiNe seNior staFF writer

Never Give Up Your Dreams

F or many students at Housatonic this month, like Timothy Mc- Dougald and Simone Buster,

there’s cause to celebrate as they prepare to receive their diplomas at HCC’s gradua- tion ceremony on May 29, 2014. And even though they have finally accomplished their goal of getting a college degree, the journey has not been without sacrifice. Timothy McDougald, a Human Ser- vices major, works as a case manager at a non-profit agency, and says he’s ready to keep looking ahead. When he went to high school in the 80’s, going to college wasn’t even a thought. When he graduated, he joined the military and then made his career working in retail and customer ser- vice. But it wasn’t until the economy took

a shift several years ago, and his company

downsized that he started thinking about furthering his education. He was a manager at a department store and his company was part of a merger. “I was told I could take a pink slip or keep my job at a lower pay rate,” Mc- Dougald said. He decided that he didn’t want to work his same job for lesser pay and left. He then started hunting for

jobs. He had 20 years work experience, but every employer kept telling him he needed a degree to back him up. It was a turning point in his life. “That’s what inspired me to get my de- gree,” McDougald said. He enrolled at Housatonic in 2006, and his outlook on education changed. He was encouraged by Ms. Mary Eady, a counselor at HCC to go after his dreams.

“She told me you’re never too old, and

to read something every day, whether it’s

a paper, magazine, or a bible verse,” Mc-

Dougald said. Once he got settled in at HCC he was glad that he conquered his fear of school. “One of my English teachers made me feel good about my writing and encouraged me to write more,” McDougald explained. “The teachers at HCC have been great,” he added. When he thinks about walking across that stage and getting his diploma he’s overjoyed. “I’m kind of excited because I never thought school was my thing,” Mc- Dougald said. And even though he’s had to prioritize his life and try to find the balance between his church, job, family life, and school, he’s glad he stuck with it. “A win- ner never quits and a quitter never wins,”

McDougald said. “Knowledge is key in this day and time,” McDougald added. And he’s decid- ed not to stop at HCC. He’s got big plans for the future and will be enrolling at Uni- versity of Bridgeport to pursue his bache- lor’s degree. “It feels great,” McDougald said. And for Simone Buster, who is majoring in Early Childhood Education, she’s just as excited as McDougald. She has been on her grind as a student, working adult, and mom. It took some time to get there, but for her getting a college degree is a dream come true. Her advice to other students is:

“Keep going, don’t get deterred!” “I’ve been here for seven years, since 2007 when I was first pregnant with my son, and it’s been a long road,” Buster

said. “But finally I’m here and I’m almost done,” she added. For her one of her big- gest obstacles in college has been math. “It’s one of the things that was very, very hard for me,” Buster said. “It’s scary and something I dread,” she added. But she knows that having an education is import- ant, so that has motivated her to keep going and not give up. “Nowadays there’s a lot of different re- quirements for certain jobs and the expec- tations they have of people,” said Buster, “It’s not the way it used to be before. You have to have a high school diploma just to work at McDonalds,” she explained. She attributes a lot of her success at HCC to having a great family support sys- tem. But she can’t wait to graduate and start the next phase of her life. “I’m starting my bachelor’s this summer right after I leave HCC, and I’m looking to get my Master’s degree after that.” She wants to be an advocate for the safety and education of children and their futures. “I want to focus on the adminis- trative aspect of education and how to be a director, and maybe even get my PhD,” said Buster. “I also see myself taking over my family’s business.” She encourages other students to take as many classes as they can so they can get it done quicker. “That was the mistake I did, [was] taking one class here and one class there,” Buster said. But in the last two years she started taking more classes and that helped her finish quicker. “Don’t get too frustrated,” Buster added. “Noth- ing that’s worth it is going to be easy, in

the end all the hard work is going to pay off.” And nobody knows that better than HCC’s very own Professor Robin Avant (formerly Curry). She was once a stu- dent at HCC where she got her Associ- ates degree in Biotechnology/Clinical Laboratory Science in 2003. “HCC was not only my foundation in education and in the work field, but importantly it was my launching point,” Avant said. After she graduated HCC, she went on to get her bachelor’s degree in 2006, and her master’s degree in 2008 at Cen- tral Connecticut State University in Bio-Molecular Science. “I didn’t have family support pushing me or creating paths to take, I did it alone but with the support, guidance and faculty of Housa- tonic Community College,” Avant said. “Use all of the resources that are avail- able to you and know that you are not alone.” Avant is now a full-time instruc- tor of Biology/Molecular Biology at HCC, which shows that hard work real- ly does pay off. “Without HCC I believe my foundation wouldn’t be as strong and structured as it is,” Avant said. For any student reading this who may have been contemplating giving up because the road seems hard, let these three graduates of HCC inspire you to keep on going. “Never give up on your goals or ambitions,” Avant said. “Tough times don’t last forever, only tough people do,” she added.

By liNdsey Baldassare seNior staFF writer

Tips to Transfer More Easily

S ome students are going to be transferring to a four year school after HCC. Choosing the perfect

school can be the most stressful thing to do especially when you have work and home- work that has to be done. If you didn’t do so well in high school,

it is ok because four year universities don’t

really look at high school grades. They look at how well you did in community college, which is a huge relief. On Facebook, Horizons conducted a poll to see what students at HCC think is the most stressful. Most of the students thought that it was transferring and seeing what credits could transfer and what credits will not transfer. One student on Facebook said that Southern Connecticut State Uni- versity wouldn`t take all of their credits. At a transferring workshop, Marilyn Wehr, the college’s transfer counselor, gave a presen- tation on how to make transferring easy. It shows a list of the schools that take HCC credits, including most state schools and some private schools. I got really lucky when I applied for Eastern Connecticut State University took all my credits from HCC and Gateway. Most state schools will have a transfer evaluation on the portal for their school. But it also depends on what school you

are transferring into. I’m a journalism ma- jor but I put the department down on my application. I put English instead. For En- glish, they wouldn’t take any of journalism

credits instead of having 46 credits I only had 15. When I switched majors to a com- munications major they took all my cred- its. Look at the degree evaluation for each school that you want to apply for to make that sure they will take your credits. Making sure that you fit in the school is always going to be one of the main fo- cuses for a student who is transferring. If

a person doesn’t feel like they belong, they

are not going to enjoy being at the school.

The school can say anything that they want to sell the school to you, but it’s up to you whether or not you feel like this is some- thing that you can be a part of. To tell if you fit into a school, you should make sure that you are going to a school that is more geared towards your major. Another way to see if you fit, if you feel comfortable there by taking a mock class or even talking to some people that went to school and see what they think about the school. A mock class is where you choose

a class in your major and go through the

class just like a class you take now to see if

it would be something that would intersect

you. Everyone is going to have different

experiences at different schools. Universities have a day where students and parents can go to talk to teachers and counselors and have parents talk to other parents about how they felt about their kid going to go that school. This day is some- times called Admitted Student’s Day. This is a day were students that are thinking about going to the school can take a mock class. Parents can talk to other parents that have children that go to the school can get information on how they feel the school is. I went to the one at Eastern Connecti- cut. The classrooms are small, which means you would have a small class just like HCC. But you can get more out of be- ing in a small classroom then if you were at Uconn and having more than 30 students in a class. One of the benefits of having a small classroom is that you can get more help working one on one with the professor instead of being in a large classroom with 200 students and the professor not even knowing your name. Another reason that I know that East- ern was for me is because the counseling and advising center help me step by step in getting all my classes and registering for my classes. I had a Skype meeting with the transfer counselor at Eastern and she show how I register for class, check my financial

aid, and check the status of my housing. Everyone at Eastern took the time to an- swer my questions and make should that I fully understand. I have had conversations with stu- dents that are thinking about transferring and for them one of the most important things is how much money the univer- sity is going to give them. And I know for everyone, money is going to be one of the main focuses on why they choose that school. Look at colleges that you can afford and that is willing to give you enough money to pay for school because no one wants to take out student loans be in debt for a long time. There is people that have to pay back over $100, 00 in student loans when you can get the same thing at a school that is less expensive. Scholarships are good to have because its you pay for school. If the school doesn’t give you enough money talk to the school about how you can get more money. School also has student employ- ment so instead having to travel if you are living on campus you can work in walking distance from your class. Transferring can be the scariest thing but knowing that you don’t have to go through it alone is one of the best feelings.

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Can Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

By ashley teare seNior staFF writer

T hat old cliché, “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is one people in or entering into long

distance relationships often hear from oth- ers after explaining their circumstances. While the sentiment is sweet, the person is usually doing a silent eye roll, thinking something more along the lines of yeah right. “I just know it’d never work for me,” said soon-to-be graduate Nick Antosh, not- ing that even moving across the state posed

too difficult an obstacle in a past relation- ship. Antosh also added, “Long distance?

I mean, that’s tough stuff. I need that re-

assurance of seeing each other every day.” While onlookers may not be rooting against these couples, most certainly aren’t expecting them to succeed. Is this common view merely being realistic, or is possible that being miles away from one’s signifi-

cant other can actually strengthen the re- lationship? Personally, I think it varies based on circumstances, but maintaining

a healthy relationship from a distance is

certainly possible, and can absolutely be beneficial. Long-distance relationships have long remained unexplored, one reason being that the overarching public opinion paints them to be scarce and abnormal. A range of past studies have revolved around how those in LDRs cope with issues like stress and jealousy, rather than the ways in which these types of relationships can actually prevail over those that occur between peo- ple living in close proximity. Recent statistics as per the Internation- al Communications Association state that 25-50% of college students are currently in long-distance relationships and an estimat- ed 75% have engaged in one in the past. Couples for which physical distance is

a factor have actually been proven to forge

stronger connections as a result of the con- stant, more meaningful communication the geographical distance results in, accord- ing to a July 2013 article in the Journal of Communications. In the Journal’s featured study, dating couples in long-distance and “geograph- ically close” relationships reported their

daily interactions across all media out- lets—face-to-face exchanges, phone calls, video chat, text messaging, instant mes- senger, and email, for a week-long study by Jeffrey Hancock, Cornell University, and Crystal Jiang, of the City Universi- ty of Hong Kong. Drawing a comparison

between the two types of relationships re- vealed that long-distance participants felt

a greater sense of intimacy as a result of communications leaning more toward full disclosure than “normal” couples. For many soon-to-be college students,

the dilemma of whether or not to attempt

a LDR with their high school sweethearts

is a pressing issue; some agree to part ways before going away to school, others aim to make it work—whether or not the latter are successful relies on a number of factors. Student Kristen Gispan said mov- ing away from home for college saved her

Gispan said mov- ing away from home for college saved her Photo by Ashley Teare relationship

Photo by Ashley Teare

relationship with her long-time high school boyfriend. “The distance was a blessing in dis- guise, lame as it sounds. Living in such close quarters, seeing each other everyday, we isolated ourselves from our friends, and that proximity allowed us to take each other for granted. Once I moved North for school, we still talked every day, but we appreciated that time more.” Gispan said that the miles between them put an end to the constant bickering, and forced the couple to learn to resolve conflict with honest conversations, rather than yelling to be heard. She and her part- ner are back living within close range, and going on five years now. While LDRs can be difficult, even sometimes draining, face-to-face interac- tions on a constant basis pose a plethora of issues on their own. Do you remember coming home from school as a child and your parents asking, “how was your day?” That kind of question doesn’t leave much room for a thoughtful response, but rather, the robotic, formulaic, good or okay. Just like what’s up or how are you, these ques- tions reinforce the habit of cursory com- munication. Often times couples who see each other on a daily or regular basis ask each other generic questions to fill the silence with small talk, which can grow stale pretty quickly. What I’ve found through personal experience, and recent studies have prov- en, is that long-distance couples engage

in a significantly lower amount of superfi- cial chit-chat. After all, distance can be an enormous barrier, and something must be done to compensate for having to interact through text-based, electronic and mobile media; being so eager to catch up, LDR couples usually just want to skip to the good stuff. Dr. Ben Michaelis believes “relation- ships that are forced to become long-dis- tance for a defined period of time (e.g., because of time-limited school, economic or military commitments) generally do not fall into the fantasy trap because they are actually very much based in the reali- ties and practicalities of life. As a clinical psychologist, I have actually seen these types of relationships thrive.” His formula for success can be found in a recent Huff- ington Post article, “Why Long-Distance Relationships Never, Ever Work (Except When They Do).” While I can’t speak for those who have started relationships from afar with- out actually meeting in person, I’ve done the long-distance thing twice. The first was when I initially went away to college freshman year, which was a nightmare. Something that’s entirely crucial to any re- lationship, distance or not, is trust. If you, or your partner, cannot trust each other to be faithful and honest, there is simply no way to maintain a healthy relationship from afar. Obviously, it’s easy to blame these kind of break-ups on the distance, but the

inability to properly communicate with, voice concerns to, or rely on a partner is a

clear red flag for those looking to maintain

a current relationship or follow through

with a newly budding romance. With a foundation of trust firmly estab- lished in my current long-term relation- ship, we’re making the distance work for

us. Going from living under the same roof

to living 16,000 miles apart has certainly

been a daunting task. There’s no escaping the fact long-distance means having to sometimes miss out on major life events

of a partner, or dealing with the day-to-day

reminiscence of times when we could actu- ally make dinner together in person, rather than seeing each other through a screen on video chat. However, the distance has ultimately strengthened our relation- ship. We have been fortunate enough to have frequent visits and vacations togeth- er, which isn’t always a possibility for all couples. But, there are some things all cou- ples can do, ones that are rarely done in short-distance relationships— like surprise gifts or letters via snail mail. Hand written notes or cards tend to be much personal than say, a text message or an email (do people even use email for regular commu- nication anymore?). When you actually have to sit down and write something other than a simple “hey,” the effort and thoughtfulness definitely don’t go unnoticed by the partner on the re- ceiving end. And, the messages don’t disap-

pear into cyberspace after a period of time, so they’re there to save and look back on. Isn’t that nice? Not only does a LDR help couples treasure the little things more, but all time together is infinitely more valuable; even the most mun- dane activities together become exciting. If you’ve been saving for a new pair of shoes for months and you’ve finally got enough cash to afford them, isn’t that far more rewarding than

if you always got what you wanted from the

get go? Isn’t it true that you take much bet- ter care of what you’ve had to work hard for than what’s been simply handed to you? Think about that in the context of seeing a partner. I’m sure the majority of people experience a level of happiness upon seeing their signifi- cant other, but to what extent? I know I didn’t get those happy jitters every time we talked when I knew my S.O. would be there after I got home from school or work every day. Self- ies, Snapchats, and food photos are a whole lot more enjoyable now, too. Voicemails become cute and endearing, rather than annoying clut- ter on a phone. Best of all, though, is long-dis- tance couples always have something to look forward to. “Indeed, our culture, emphasizes being together physically and frequent face-to- face contact for close relationships,” said Ji- ang, “but long-distance relationships clearly stand against all these values. People don’t have to be so pessimistic about long-dis- tance romance. The long-distance couples try harder than geographically close couples in communicating affection and intimacy, and their efforts do pay back.”


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Horizons Is Not A Joke

By ashley seetoo editor

Horizons Is Not A Joke B y a shley s eetoo e ditor Spotted in the

Spotted in the Beacon Hall cafeteria: Turning someone’s hard work into paper airplanes. Photo by Ashley Seetoo

T o those of you reading this, I have a serious question to ask you. Do you think this newspaper is

a joke? If you say no, well, I completely

agree with you and I appreciate your loyal-

ty. If you say yes, here is my answer to that:

The HCC school newspaper should not be taken as a joke. This paper provides students with im- portant information about HCC and the surrounding community. It is more import- ant to you the students than you might

think. Blah

it all before. Seriously though, WHY is it important?Now, I don’t know about you, but I actually learn a lot from this paper. Whether it be about the school, health is- sues, entertainment, most of all the person-

al experiences and advice shared in each issue. In our last issue, for instance, Neil Francis wrote an article about Governor Dannel Malloy visiting HCC in hopes of gaining support for the new “Go Back To Get Ahead” program. This program affects past students who for one reason or another had to stop, but this program allows them to come back to school with added incen- tives.

Sarah Springer wrote an article about the Housatonic Evening Division in Bea- con Hall, informing students that it’s open daily as well as every night and on week- ends when classes are in session. She clear- ly stated that many students don’t even know about its existence or what services

it offers, so she provided valuable informa-

tion about it. Articles like these provide students with answers to questions they might have or, not know how or where to find the an- swers. The Horizons staff works hard FOR the student readers, yet many student read- ers don’t realize that. We strive to get the faculty, staff and students more involved in their college, and make them realize it’s more than just a community college. Our staff writes stories about events that are happening on campus and extreme chang- es that can influence them. I want students to know what is happening here and keep them informed about any situation that

goes on. Some articles even talk about life changing situations or things that we don’t even realize we do. Ashley Teare wrote an

yes you’ve heard



article about the benefits of procrastination. Who knew procrastinating could be a good thing ? I know I didn’t. Many people that I asked didn’t know either.Franklin Jusino wrote a very personal story about his past and how it changed him. We put ourselves and our personal ex- periences out there to help give the read- ers a better perspective on life and the hard times we’ve encountered. It’s not okay to put down something someone puts their all into without having even read the story. Over the past few semesters, hav- ing been a part of the Horizons staff, I’ve noticed that many students are not taking this newspaper seriously. I’ve seen papers being made into paper airplanes and be- ing thrown around the cafeteria, and I’ve witnessed people throwing out the paper as soon as it’s been handed to them with- out even taking a glance at it. How would you feel if you handed in an essay you’d worked very hard on to one of your profes- sors then watch as he or she made a paper airplane out of it or just tossed it into the trash? I believe you’d have an issue with that, wouldn’t you? Jordan Crego, full-time student at HCC, has not read any of the issues of Horizons. She said she does not like to read news- papers in general because of how negative they are, “I’d like to see more positive things in the paper like things that happen in the community,” Crego said. “When there IS a positive thing in the community, there’s only a short little paragraph about it,” Granted, when I started taking the Pub- lications 1 class with Professor Mark, I had no idea HCC even had a newspaper. But after being involved in the process for sometime now, witnessing the work that goes into it, I’ve realized that there’s more to it than just a school newspaper. I enjoy writing for this paper and get- ting my thougghts and opinions out to the public. I feel like I’m a part of the commu- nity and I want students and staff to know what’s going on in the world as seen through my eyes. Everyone deserves an answer to a question they have and I try my best to get the answers. Matthew Christman, an HCC student, shared his thoughts with me about Horizon’s and gave me some words of wis- dom regarding why he feels students may not want to read the paper.

Christman talked about some people nowadays having short attention spans, anything that doesn’t keep their interest isn’t worth reading/doing.“Its like people today are so used to instant gratification that they think anything that takes more

than ten seconds or requires any effort isn’t worth doing,” Christman said. “Which is ridiculous because so many of the trials

in life won’t come easily, and good things

come to people who work hard. Personally I think that important information is out

there and smart people are the ones willing

to put the work into learning it. I wouldn’t

change Horizons at all, but there are things you can do to make it more appealing to

the ‘demographic’ you’re trying to reach,” he added. I completely agree with Christman on the “more appealing” proposal, and our graphic design team is doing their best to create a better looking paper.Working for

a newspaper or magazine is my career

choice and I want to continue my journey


Journalism and make the best of it. To


honest, it really gets me upset to see our

hard work and time being thrown away and tossed around like it means absolutely nothing. How can some people really not care about what goes on around them? If that’s the case, “don’t care” on your own time and don’t treat other people’s hard work like it’s garbage. Dave Weidenfeller, the Editor-in-Chief of Horizons, has been working with the Horizons staff for a few years now, he shared some insight on what the paper means to him.“Horizons became a very big part of my life. The paper gave me an academic goal that I could be proud of. It’s been my life for about 4 years. I wish more students would take it seriously, not just by reading it, but by participating with submissions, opinions, or information on the clubs they are a part of,” Weidenfeller said. “It’s a very important part of the col- lege community. It’s a way for students to

communicate in a different way than what they’re used to and it’s a creation, not just for the publications students but for any- one. It’s one of the only classes that you actually do what you’re learning in. It also helps communication skills so students are able to ask questions and it’s an important skill set to use anywhere.”Weidenfeller also stressed that he is very proud of what

the Horizon’s staff has done and where it’s going in the future.

Sherly Montes, the Managing Ed- itor of Horizons, plans on taking her journalism dreams and making them come true. Montes expresses her feelings on her experiences working as a Horizons staff member.“Having the opportunity to influence others and what they read is powerful. Writing for the paper gives me a voice and allows me to empty my mind in a way that hopefully attracts others to what I’m saying,” Montes said. “Writing for an audience is always intimidating, but it’s also really cool, especially when others actually approach you about what you wrote.”Why should our dreams and hard work be disrespected without even the tiniest bit of acknowl- edgement? What if your hard work and efforts were being put down every time you felt proud of them? All of us have dreams that we want to come true. Not having my work taken seriously is basically like being criticized for it. Henry Schissler, sociology pro- fessor, has taught at HCC for about 15 years now. He has read every is- sue of Horizons and enjoys reading it.“[Horizons] has diverse topics and interesting, well-written articles”, Schissler said. “I think people should read Horizons because they’ll learn about things around campus and stu- dents would be better informed and connected to the school”, he added.

If only everyone could understand and see this for themselves. I take what I do seriously, and if other peo- ple don’t, then why should I? What would the world be without news? What would a college be without people there to get important infor- mation about things that are hap- pening? No one would know what to do or where to turn.If you were to give me something you worked real- ly hard at putting together, I wouldn’t throw it down and stomp on it. I really want people to show my work the

same respect I would show them.

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By olivia hodge staFF writer

Y ou know what really “grinds my gears?” Instagram! Okay, maybe not Instagram as a

whole, but some of the things that get post- ed really gets on my nerves. Instagram is one of the most popular social networks available these days. It is an app that you can use to follow people’s life journeys or experiences/adventures, which they ex- press through pictures. Now it has gotten way out of hand. There’s never really a safe time for me to scroll through my timeline. There’s al- ways someone giving shoutouts, asking for “likes,” setting “thirst traps” (posting promiscuous pictures to gain “likes”) or participating in daily “IG games” such as: “Like this post for…” (whatever non- sense they choose to do at the moment).

Instagram Gone Wild

My favorite, sarcastically speaking of course, is the “Group Rate.” This is when someone screenshots a picture from some- one who is participating in the game and

reposts it onto their timeline, along with a number from each person of the group, on a scale of 1-10; 1 being the lowest. A lot

of embarrassment and arguments have bro-

ken out because of this game, yet people continue to do it. You know what annoys me the most? “Good Morning” posts. Someone would post something that goes like this; “Like 5 pictures for a “Good Morning.” I’m like, are you serious? And people really go through with it and click the heart under their pictures. After they like the picture, the person who made that post screenshots

a picture of the other person and writes

“Good Morning.” That’s it! It’s annoying seeing a bunch of random faces on my timeline. First of all, I’m not following you, so why am I seeing your pictures? Well, unfortunately, there are people who have that much time on their hands, to sit around and screenshot a thou- sand pictures daily. Now, what’s the pur- pose of a “shout out”? Usually, it is so that the person who is getting this display of recognition will gain more followers by way of the person who is doing the actual shout out. Some pages are available to the public, while others need to be approved before they can gain access to the pictures. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want hundreds of random people staring at my pictures all day because there are some real creeps out there who like to just stare.

What some people seem to forget is that their “likes” mean nothing in the real world. Once you remove that fil- ter, what do you have left? I feel that people are basing their sense of self importance on the amount of “likes” that they get on their pictures. People have become so self-conscious, that they go to the extreme by offering shout outs in exchange for “likes” on a cer- tain amount of pictures. My timeline has become so overcrowded with so many random faces, that it takes away from me being able to see posts from people I actually do know. My solu- tion to this annoyance? Unfollow the people who post these irrelevant pic- tures. I don’t even know how I ended up following them in the first place.

Brother Dan’s Travelling Salvation Show

A Lesson In Political DoubleSpeak

By Neil KNox oPiNioNs editor

G overnor Malloy’s “drive by” visit to HCC earlier this se- mester reminded me of an old

time southern church revival without the after picnic. Some pomp, a dash of fan- fare, but very little of circumstance. Even a bit of reverence was asked for, the only things missing were the alleluias and a few amens. After I walked out, I felt restored, renewed, totally convinced that politicians still consider most of their constituents to be either complete fools, or totally out of touch. I could hang on to my distrust of all things political with a newly charged fer- vor. Sitting second row center aisle (great seats for a concert), I paid close attention to what was said by all the parties involved and couldn’t help leaving the Events Cen- ter scratching my head, and more than a lit- tle confused. What was the message? What did I just hear? Toto? I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. Now, granted this was the first time I’d ever attended a political event / press con- ference so I wasn’t familiar with protocol however, I was a bit taken back by the def- erential treatment given a politician. We were all asked, quite nicely I might add ,by our school president to stand when Malloy entered the room. No disrespect intend- ed but, he’s a human right? Just like you and me. So in walks the gov and I found myself a bit reluctant to stand up (see first paragraph), so I compromised and came halfway out my chair before an invisible hand pushed me back down into seat. I settled in for the show. Several opening acts softened up the room for the headlin- er. One poor fellow, a recent graduate of HCC’s manufacturing program, was no sooner at the mic before he got the long hook, “sorry son the governors in a hurry, sit back down.” Poor guy was a nervous wreck before the proceedings, they prob- ably did him a favor yanking him the way they did, I would have hated to have seen him have an accident on the gov’s shoes. No, I take that back. Next up, the Gover- nor of the great state of Connecticut, or was it Stephen Colbert’s doppelganger? “Good Morning everyone, thank you all

for coming and blah, blah, blah, thank you

all for attending and hey, spread the word!! “Now here’s the great Mayor Bill Finch to further complicate what I just said to you all.” Finch didn’t disappoint. Nope he was spot on. Except he said, “Yada Yada Yada, blah, blah.” Okay, I’m being too vague and obtuse and a tad disingenuous (see first paragraph again). Some things of importance were said, especially if you were someone NOT

in the room that day. That hard sell wasn’t

meant for me or any other student here at HCC. It wasn’t until a little while later af- ter I’d had some time to digest what I’d

heard that I realized I was just a prop,

a cardboard cut out, a body for the news

cameras and reporters. Malloy spoke for approximately ten minutes cleverly trying to disguise the fact that the CSUS is look- ing at a budget deficit of over $43 mil- lion, never once mentioning the fact that this new initiative of “ Go Back To Get Ahead” is designed to help make up some of that budget deficit. That’s not the insulting part. While do- ing so he managed to slip in a comment about a tuition increase for current stu- dents, that’s right, you here in this room right now are going to pay more. And, just in case that didn’t sting enough, students who have been out of school will be given free classes when and if, they come back. Sorry folks, you guys aren’t the target au- dience but, I appreciate you all being here anyway. And by the way, No questions, unless you’re with the press. Thank you all so much for coming, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. I checked my pockets to see if my wallet was still there after hearing all this good news, delivered with such sly political doublespeak. So, Malloy came to OUR school to tell us that WE will pay more, while for- mer students will be offered a two for one deal to come back to school. And if they hurry and act immediately as soon as the phone lines are opened at Charter Oak the state will send them two free Chia Pets

of their choice ( see first paragraph once more). How does that make you feel? It didn’t sit well with me either. You guys?

Well you’ll be receiving a bill in the mail to cover those increases in your tuition. Oh, by the by, it’s not so much we want those folks to come back to school to earn the degree that they really want, we hope they’ll help to fill the vast shortage of manufacturing jobs now available here in Connecticut. There’s some more confu- sion. Fast talker our governor is, “come on back to school and we’ll give you a free class for every two you register in, but unless you’re looking for a job in the manufacturing market there really isn’t much we can offer you when you gradu- ate.” Oh man, political doublespeak spo- ken by a true saloon poker player. You’ve got to admire whoever puts these little speeches and gatherings together. “Let’s stage it at a college campus, fill the room with current active participating students, drop this little diddy on them, they’ll be paying more than in the same breath offer those out of school the type of deal that sounds like some late night television in- fomercials.” “No questions please, unless you’re with the press.” You see, we’re

ready for the press, but you guys? No

no get angry and bring up the bad news.” When both Malloy and Finch were done peddling the wares they sat directly

in front of me. I mean directly in front of me. My mother raised a gentleman, so I kept my tongue and probably my seat at the festivities but, I found myself search- ing the backs of both men looking for the strings that make these people dance. I didn’t see any, but my eyes are going, and

I was sure they were there somewhere. “ Come on back to college and finish that degree. Why? Well because that de- gree will help you get a job in the manu- facturing market. What? You don’t want to work in manufacturing? Well Con-

necticut’s manufacturers are hounding my office relentlessly to get those job vacan- cies filled. There are thousands of jobs available in manufacturing. Oh. you want

a journalism degree, a nursing degree, a

teaching degree? Well as I said, no ques- tions unless you’re with the press.” Toto? How do we get back to Kansas?


can’t take a chance someone will

we get back to Kansas? no can’t take a chance someone will “Malloy’s Doublespeak at HCC”

“Malloy’s Doublespeak at HCC” Photo courtesy Neil Knox


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UConn’s Tainted Title

The Shame Of College Athletics

By Neil KNox oPiNioNs editor

A nother national basketball title

recently for the University of

Connecticut, ho-hum. It’s not

the fact that they managed to pull this off having started the tournament as a huge underdog that interests me. It’s the way that UConn. manages to find their way to successive title games thats more intrigu- ing. Basically, they cheat. Come on, calm down, take a deep breath

and let’s get real. And let’s “get it right.” What in the name of student-athletics does a big-time college basketball program, es- pecially one known for rotten academic achievement, have to do with college? It’s not so much about the how: it’s more about the who they cheat and the why they do it. Money drives many things

in this country, almost everything when

you stop to think about it, but, in college sports where young men and women are

supposed to be instructed in the right way

to do things, just seems a bit inappropriate,

don’t you think? No? Then stop reading this right now. UConn was banned from last year’s competition because it failed to meet the minimal academic progress rate (APR). The APR is a simple metric that measures whether a team’s athletes are in good ac- ademic standing. What’s more important to a learning institution like UConn? The money brought into the school from spon- sors and television or the competency of the students that leave it? I would think as a parent it would be what my child is taking with him into the real world as opposed to a few brief

“It’s not so much about the how: it’s more about the who they cheat and the why they do it.”

fleeting moments of fame accomplished on

a basketball court that should matter most.

So many of today’s college athletes never do make it to the pro’s, failing at that they have to fall back on what they’ve learned and earned at school to make their way in the world. As a result, many fall flat be- cause their academic progress was never really the important thing to the schools trusted with educating them and turning them into living, breathing ready for the

world adults. Instead they see how the alleged real world operates behind the scenes. Coaches turn a blind eye to aca- demic failings, and instructors grade on a curve that would make any major league pitcher envious. Division 1 basketball, like Division 1 football, remains predicated on fraud — fi-

nancial, academic and social, the last in the form of the expensive, relentless recruit- ment of young, minimally educated and predominantly poor kids to empower our colleges to win ball games. The legitimate higher education of these recruits is not

a matter of precedent, but accident. And

if the kid doesn’t make it as a pro — and that’s the overwhelming majority — he will be returned, uneducated, from where he was recruited and to his own devices, que sera, sera. No college student is sup- posed to peak at age 21 or 22. But for what will be the start of social, financial and familial success for legit students, serves

thousands of athletes as their “Finished Lines.” So back to Kentucky verse’s the Hus- kies in this years NCAA Championship fi- nal, both universities that have exhibited no shame in manufacturing big-ticket basket- ball programs that allow their full-schol- arship recruits to front for the school as “student-athletes.” UConn-educated and graduated basketball coach, Kevin Ollie, as a representative of the State’s namesake university and a school that in 2012 was sanctioned for gross academic negligence, is so painfully deficient in fundamental, spoken grammar it’s painful to listen to, let alone ignore. I have to wonder if Ol- lie, who played for UConn, and, with a new deal that will pay him roughly $1.3 million per plus perks, is the third-highest paid state employee (behind UConn wom- en’s coach Geno Auriemma and UConn football coach Bob Diaco), might consider, if only for the future sake of his recruits, to work on that. It’s criminal. Criminal in theory, in the planning, in the process and finally in the practice. And it’s duplicated, worsened and loopholed here, there and everywhere. Heck, half-and-half, while pathetic, would be overly optimistic, wouldn’t it? Or are full scholarship college student-ath- letes supposed to peak in life at 21, while regular, genuinely educated college stu- dents are supposed to be just getting

started? With many state colleges facing budget shortfalls Governor Malloy has found a way to direct the flow of a billion, yes, a billion dollars over the course of the next ten years to use for recruitment pur- poses. These national titles don’t hurt that agenda, the underlying message being giv- en hurts the players and any student who is aware of how they go about their recruiting young undereducated poor kids to come to their school. And just to assure that the un- derlying agenda is all about winning at any cost here’s a small sampling of one student recruited to play just this last semester at UConn. In that Saturday’s game against Florida, CBS announcer Jim Nantz, casu- ally brought our attention to a player en- tering the game. “Lasan Kromah has just entered the game for the Huskies, Lasan is a graduate student by way of George Washington. He was a 1,000 point scorer from his years at GW.” So what exactly does that tell you? Kro- mah, an undergrad at George Washington, also found time to play for its Division 1 basketball team, then having enrolled as a graduate student at UConn- with a year of eligibility left-has found the time from pur- suing his master’s to play basketball? Any-

thing’s possible

not buying it. Who are they cheating? The vulnerable kids recruited. The parents of those same kids. The society they will be forced to live in when the pro’s don’t come knocking. The local Connecticut athlete who dreams of one day playing at UConn.

It’s a sad commentary on the current state of college athletics.


suppose. Nah, I’m

By sherly MoNtes MaNagiNg editor

Keep Your Kindness to Yourself

D oing something for someone else without asking for any- thing in return has always been

a “feel good” thing to do. Living in our

society today and being as self-centered as some people tend to be makes me wonder whether people perform Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) out of the kindness of their hearts, or if they’re doing it to get at- tention and recognition from others, which would defeat the purpose. The real random acts of kindness are the ones you never hear about. “Growing up I was taught that no mat- ter how much or how little you have, we must consider the next man’s struggles,” said Samantha Montreal, an everyday RAK doer who was featured on the Ran-

domActsofKindness website.

“It is your duty to help them and there

is a specific way to go about it. You just do

it. Do it, but never speak of it,” she added. Yet in these last few months, I’ve no- ticed that “random acts of kindness” has become a bit of a fad. It has even become

a popular hashtag on Instagram ‘#ran-

domactsofkindness’ and it’s used to either

post a picture of a random act that someone

is performing, or a picture of an act that

was performed for a person by someone they don’t know. I can understand why someone would want to post a picture of

a RAK that was done for them. It makes

most people feel happy and they’d want to share it with their friends, but why on earth would post a RAK you’re about to perform on social media? This, again, just defeats the purpose! Doing a kind act for someone is admirable, it sets a fine example but, wouldn’t it be more fulfilling if you kept it to yourself. Being selfless. If you’re shar- ing it on social media then you’re probably just looking for a “good job!” and a pat on the back from your friends. When did

paid for about five or six cars behind her at a toll booth along with a picture of the toll booth.When I first saw this, I didn’t think anything was wrong with it, but as I let it sink in I found that everything about it was wrong. Some could easily question Shields’ intentions. Could it be that she was trying to encourage her fans to be kind to others? If so, I think word of mouth would suffice. Posting a picture or multiple pic- tures of yourself that indicate just how nice you are doesn’t send the right message, it

“The real random acts of kindness are the ones you never hear about.”

doing the right thing become this popular notion that others want to do just to be no- ticed? Some celebrities have jumped on board as well and have performed random acts of kindness for those around them and posted

it to Instagram.

Willow Shields, who plays Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games series, was one of the first ones I noticed on Insta- gram that started performing random acts of kindness and posted the evidence for her fans to see. Shields has posted pictures of things like taping money to a bench in front of a bus stop so that other people would have enough for bus fare, and she said she

makes me wonder if she just wanted fam- ily, friends, and fans to shower her with praise and post comments about how good she is, publicity seeking, perhaps? “People who flaunt their kindness and niceness are attention seekers,” said Kevin Fontan, an HCC Student, “They’re either doing it to receive a kind act in return, or to feel good about themselves .”And yet there are those who truly are kind and do things for others just to make them smile. A random act of kindness that the late Paul Walker performed and kept a secret was featured in US Magazine after the sales associate of a jewelry store, Irene

King, came forward with the story after Walker’s death. According to King, the Fast and Furious actor witnessed an Iraqi veteran and his fiancee looking through engagement rings at a jewelry store and overheard the young couple saying they couldn’t afford the ring they liked. Walk- er stepped in and asked King to put the $10,000 ring on his tab. “He asked for the employees to keep his identity hid- den, and walked out the door,” said King. While Walker was recognized for do- ing other charity work and good deeds, this one will stick with me the most. He performed a RAK that nobody knew about and when it finally came out, it didn’t come from his mouth, or his Insta- gram account. For those who don’t know, there’s a whole day, and a national RAK week which is dedicated to performing random acts of kindness for strangers, and while I commend the efforts of the organiza- tions who put these things together, why should we wait for these days to come around in order to be nice to other peo- ple? Do we really need a specific day to do good and honorable things like hold the door open for someone? Or give up your seat on the bus for an elderly per- son? Shouldn’t we naturally be kind to- ward those around us every day?

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By alyxaNdra irizarry staFF writer

W hat’s better than grabbing a bite to eat from the cafeteria before class, besides having

the money to pay for it? If you’re like me, then cash is something you almost never have on you because you live and die by your debit or credit card. Being the debit card junkie that I am, I almost never make

a purchase at the HCC cafeteria. Why?

Because the school cafeteria isn’t set up to accept them. Devastating, I know. I’m not sure about anyone else, but when I find out a merchant doesn’t take cards, I go through something similar to the 5 stages of grief…

No Cash?

give or take a few. First, I am in complete denial, “No, there’s no way that they are cash only!” Then, I head straight to anger, “What do you mean you don’t take cards? WHO DOESN’T ACCEPT CARDS?!”As of late though, I’ve skipped right over bar- gaining and depression and headed right for acceptance.Yes, it’s beyond annoying that the cafeteria doesn’t accept cards and I might have to starve until after class but I’ve learned that it’s for a pretty good rea- son. Merchant services don’t come free and they sure as heck don’t come cheap. For

No Lunch

merchants, credit card machines mean pay-

ing a fee, typically a certain percentage of each sale. To recoup that loss, they hike up the prices of their goods which means that the customer is paying more for the same thing that they have always gotten. So my $2.00 container of shoestring fries that’s practically overflowing with un- salted goodness, waiting to be smothered in ketchup, might increase by a dollar or two. Which of course doesn’t sound like

a lot by itself but add a marked up drink

and a higher priced sandwich and you’ve easily spent over $10.00 on a meal when

you could have headed to McDonalds and assaulted the dollar menu. If they continue with this cash only nonsense I’ll have to just be accept it even if I roll my eyes every time I reach into my wallet for something

other than plastic, and if they raise the pric- es I’ll gripe about how much money I have to spend to get a bite to eat on campus.

In a perfect world I would be able to use

cash or card wherever I wanted and busi- nesses would just eat the cost but unfortu- nately I don’t live in such a mythical land. So, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it, I like many others will complain regardless.

By CaroliNa triNidad horizoNs art aNd desigN direCtor

A rt can mean so many things to

everyone; however, the mean-

ing of art is unique to an artist.

It is often described as passion. Inevitably, passion than becomes the driving force be- hind everything that surrounds us. As I listened to Everett Raymond nar- rate his life as an artist, the one thing that kept resonating with me was the passion

Beyond Artistry…Passion

with which he spoke. Many times through out his dialog he said, “I did it, because I love it.” His drive was passion. Perhaps, he would have not been as successful if he were solely interested in what he could reap financially. Art was, and is a form of learning and expression for him. I am dumbfounded with the amount —and di- versity, I may add— of individuals he had

the opportunity to spend time with. Just think about how much he learned and how those experiences are embedded between the hardened layers of paint in those por- traits. His technique is fantastic, and certainly reflects a great deal of passion as well. It is amazing how much time he spent studying his subjects. Chances are, he probably got

to know them better than anyone else that had ever come close to them, why? Be- cause he was passionate about what he did and wanted every portrait not only to speak of him as the artist but of the individuals as well. He wanted them to be remembered. This experience has ignited the passion in me to pursue what I love…art —more than it already is.

EB: The Quiet Struggle of Butterfly Children

By desiree sweNdseN staFF writer

I magine what it would be like if

every time you walked, the skin

on your feet would blister and fall

off. Imagine sitting down and having the weight of your body cause almost all of the skin on your backside peel off leaving raw, exposed flesh. There is a disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) which causes this nightmare to become a reality. According to infor- mation given by, it is a genetic disease that 1 out of 20,000 babies are born

with. It is caused by a genetic mutation that makes skin very fragile and influences the connectivity between the layers of skin. Those affected by it are often known as “Butterfly Children” because their skin is

as delicate as the wings of a butterfly. Everyone has experienced a scrape from time to time, or gotten burnt after tak- ing dinner out of the oven. Remember that sting you felt in the shower as that scraped knee made contact with the water for the first time? Now think of how it would feel if that annoying little sting now advanced to nearly your entire body. Bathing be- comes pure torture, a tight loving hug is now impossible, even running around out- side would be thought of as a miracle. An article on the Genetics Home Ref- erence website as well as Debra.og explain that there are different severities of the disease ranging from slight blistering and peeling to a debilitating disease that leads to death before the age of 30. Geri Kelly, Nurse Educator from DEB-

RA (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association) explains that there are four different types of EB. These types would be Dystrophic, Junctional, Sim- plex, and Kindler. The types are defined by which proteins are affected by a genetic mutation in any of 18 genes that are linked to the disease. There is no treatment or cure for this disease. Those who have it undergo constant bandage changes, often from head to toe where much of the skin can be peeled off in the process. Antibiotic ointments are used to prevent infections and blisters are lanced and drained. Painkillers can be used to reduce the constant pain but still hard- ly makes a dent in their everyday lives. Kelly explains that EB can often cause damage to other parts of the body as well. It can be difficult for people with the dis- ease to eat because they get blisters in their mouths and throat from chewing and swallowing so a feeding tube can be used to supplement their nutrition. Scarring can close off their esophagus causing patients to need multiple operations a year just to re-open the passageway. explains that much like burn victims, the skin that takes the place of the damaged skin is very tight and can cause hands and feet to “mitten”, meaning that their fingers and toes fuse together. Worst of all, many cases of EB can cause skin cancer that eventually becomes fatal. There are many misconceptions about EB and truly understanding the disease. Kelsey Dashiell, Program Manager

from DEBRA strongly expresses her con-

cern that many people believe the disorder

is contagious. She explains that as children,

the patients often experience bullying as well as many parents who believe that their children will catch the disease. This leads

to isolation for the child and their families. Kelly adds, “another issue we run into

is that many of the parents are accused of

physical abuse. We have worked with DCF on cases where people had thought that the parents were harming and even burning their own children. One case was so se- vere that after the child had died naturally from EB, the police had put up police tape and set it as an investigation because the child’s wounds were so severe it looked like they were murdered. The family had

done nothing wrong but they were treated as criminals and are still looked at that way by their community even though they were innocent.” In the documentary, “The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off” Johnny Kennedy had grown

to accept his death. In the last year of his life

he filmed the documentary to show what it

is like to live with EB. He had grown to

a point where he had not only welcomed

death and made peace with it, but he saw

it as a relief. Most people would consider

this to be crazy, but after seeing what he went through, you finally understand why. An entire life spent in constant agonizing pain like he did, to have such a severe form

of EB (Dystrophic), his solace was the be- lief that after he passed away he would be

right up there with the angels, no longer suffering. No one should have to feel this way, regardless of how understandable the circumstances may be. Just because this is known as an in- curable disease does not mean that it is impossible to help. Raising awareness is the first step. The programs for EB lack funding because so very few people real- ly understand the disease or even know it exists. DEBRA is a beacon of hope for those diagnosed. Not only are they re- searching a cure and treatment, but they help countless families in the meantime.

Dasheill states, “My goal is to give these kids the best quality of life as possible with the resources we have.” They help provide families with bandages and oth- er medical assistance, grant wishes to the children with EB and have functions where patients from all around can come together and see that they are not alone. Getting involved is as easy as going to and clicking the “take action” button.

I will also be hosting an event at

“Two Boots Pizza” this summer where there will be a live venue. Performers are welcome to join and tickets will be sold through the DEBRA website. All proceeds will be given to DEBRA and all further information will be updated through the “DEBRA- Two Boots Fundraiser” page on facebook and on the website.


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1 4 HORIZONS • Self Reflections Silent Shouts: A Confession of Abuse B y d esiree

Silent Shouts: A Confession of Abuse

By desiree sweNdseN staFF writer

T his is the first time I have ever brought this subject to light, outside of a psychiatric facility.

Time goes by, and it can be hard to realize that I was once a victim of anything. Mem- ories are repressed for years at a time and resurface at the worst possible moment. Even if I’d try to speak it, the words don’t come. Sentences grow vague and full own- ership is never taken of “the situation”. It

wasn’t until I sat in a group therapy session

in a mental health facility for self harm and

suicidal ideation that I finally spoke up. Staring nervously at the floor, clutching

a stress ball with all my strength, it hap- pened.

when I was younger I

with all my strength, it hap- pened. when I was younger I It is time to

It is time to break the silence

ing better control. We both failed our class and I was kicked out of my dream school.

It still wasn’t until almost a year later that I

finally sent her a text explaining the times

I had been abused and assaulted, ranging

from full molestation as a child to being cornered in an elevator at fourteen while the clothes were being tugged off of my newly matured body. People ranging from close family members, drug dealers, alco- holics, and random strangers abused me. Up until this past month, I had no choice but to communicate with many of these people regularly, playing naive like I sim- ply didn’t remember. How could a three year old remember the suffocating feeling of being held down to that floor and staring at a picture of winnie the pooh, trying to break away. Or how about a six year old remember that “fun game” that forced her to get down on her knees and perform oral sex because that’s what the “big kids” do? Or the night that family member came to visit my dying mother and instead spent a good chunk of time squeezing my arm to make sure I didn’t leave, running his fin- gers through my hair telling me I looked just like my mother and continuing to feel up the rest of me. Coming from the same man that told me that women were only good for sex and money and once they were used up you threw them out






of all people spoke up. I was shocked to hear their experiences as they held my hand and reassured me of everything I questioned of myself. Through it all, one common phrase is said over and over and over again, “Don’t blame yourself” See in my mind I almost scoffed at this like, “Well no s***, Sherlock! Obviously it wasn’t my fault, I was a kid. I wasn’t to

blame”Honestly, it wasn’t until earlier to- day that I realized what it meant. I never once blamed myself for what they did, however, not a single day has passed that I haven’t blamed myself for how I reacted. I was ashamed for not getting help and I still hate myself for being such a coward that I’m only speaking out now that I have basi- cally “ran away” from everyone in my life.

I analyzed everyone and everything except

asking the one question; did what happen make me do this? I was abused at three years old and then began a lifelong hab-

it of compulsive skin picking that I will admit persists to this very moment and leaves my skin covered in small round scars. The events following the multiple instances at 13 and 14 years old involved

a long battle with an eating disorder and a

nine-year struggle with self injury and sui-

cidal thoughts. I acted out in my relation- ship and panicked whenever my girlfriend simply wasn’t in the mood because I was convinced that not having sex meant that I wasn’t good enough. I had an abnormally active sex drive by the time I was seven

years old before I even really knew what sex was. I was intrigued by it to the point of even watching porn as young as nine years old and conversing with strangers. Yet the thoughts and the actions were completely different things. Simply making out with

a boy in high school brought me to tears,

finding myself throwing up after and feel- ing like a cheap whore and wanting to kill myself desperately. Getting to close with anyone just could not happen. I avoided social situations, spent every lunch period in the nurse’s of- fice compulsively weighing myself three times a day, withering down to 95 lbs and taking control of myself and my life with





was sexually abused. It happened multi- ple times throughout my life by different people, both men and women. So no, it’s NOT why I’m a lesbian but after my last relationship I am seeing how much what happened really destroyed my life.” Those few seconds of courage that I ripped off like bandaid just hit me in one foul blow. At that moment I knew I could no longer take back what was said. The control was now taken away,and I was subjected to judgement but worst of all, questions.

Nothing seemed more upsetting than my psychiatric evaluation upon entering the facility. I remember the nurse asking me the question, “have you ever been sexually abused or assaulted?” I had been asked this in therapy before, but not once did I ever tell the truth. This time I sheepishly nod- ded my head and gave one word responses. Her alarming response made me feel like an idiot. “Did you press charges? Did you tell someone? Why didn’t you say any- thing? Do you want to still press charges?”

It was like I swallowed my tongue. Clutch-

ing my arm and digging my nails into my

skin while holding back tears as always. I choked out an “I don’t know, I was just a kid. It was mostly family. It was so many

years ago. I just

about this anymore.” And suppressing my rage when I heard her tell another nurse what happened right in front of me as if I wasn’t there. Despite the awful experience I just had to force myself to work through it. I knew that I was there to get help and being sex- ually abused destroyed so many aspects of my life. I couldn’t heal until I finally spoke my life long secret. Prior to this my ex-girlfriend was the only one who knew. Being my first, so many issues came about regarding sex. The worst by far would have had to been the night terrors of being raped

really don’t want to talk






however, not a single day has passed that I haven’t blamed myself for how I reacted.”

by the closest person I had in my life. From that moment on I felt destroyed. I couldn’t sleep and when I did I woke up in panic attacks an hour or so later that kept me up until about seven in the morning with an eight o’clock class. It became a nightly routine of falling asleep by midnight, wak- ing up one to two hours later screaming in my sleep, running into the bathroom and sitting on the floor, clawing at my skin with my nails until my girlfriend eventually swooped in and made up a story to calm me down. I hated myself for it and for not hav-

and found a new one. I was pressured to never tell anyone by the sheer fact that my mother was dying of cancer and that she couldn’t handle the stress and I would be a horrible person for upsetting her in the last moments of her life. There are many reasons people keep quiet. Whether it be fear of the other per- son, blame on themselves, not wanting to destroy their family dynamic, or even just the pain of facing those questions of “why didn’t you do anything?”. When I fi- nally shared my story in group, two men

food. The voice that drove my eating dis- order and self injury seemed to be awful- ly similar to that of the man who abused me in the back of my mom’s house. It all culminated into that one simple solution. The first person who abused me was over- weight, I looked at overweight people with fear and disgust and couldn’t let it happen to me. Then the embedded impression that if I wasn’t beautiful and sexually attractive, that no one would want me. I was already invisible. Even now at 21 years old with the mouth of a sailor I still have to struggle to be heard on a daily basis. If I was beauti- ful, people would care. Most importantly, if I could match the pain I felt on the inside with physical pain on the outside, it made what I felt real. I wouldn’t have to scream for attention, I wouldn’t have to repeat my story. I wouldn’t have to beg someone to listen to me and understand. If someone could look at me, see my scars, see my bones, see those hollow eyes, they would know what I was incapable of saying. They would know that I was in pain, I was bro- ken. Something happened that wasn’t okay.

I didn’t have to tell them. They could see it. That thought resonated in my mind for al- most a decade of my life. I’m not going to

lie; it is still a struggle that I’m trying to figure out as I go. At one point the line has to be drawn. Thinking this way served a purpose but that purpose did not serve me.

I was slowly killing myself physically and

emotionally and using anything I could to stop the pain. I lost everything I had ever wanted and at one point had to just have a reality check. Self injurious behavior only

benefits the person who made you feel it was necessary. By hurting myself it gave the abusers a permanent place on my body and in my life. I thought that I was help- ing myself and in reality I was letting them control the level of success I could achieve. Through recovering I have connected with amazing people. Complete strangers that had given me messages of hope that kept me going. Realizing how much I had to live for and how successful I could be. I chose to embrace what had happened and direct my energy into helping others from all walks of life. The key to all of this and the driving point behind this article is the fact that more people experience abuse than we re- alize. The fact that no one talks about it is such an issue that even Kathy Griffin has

a joke about it. I’m sure I’m not the only

one that has listened to someone make a rape joke or use it in the wrong context and desperately wish you could punch that person in the face while biting your tongue and walking away. It is not okay. Sexual abuse is a topic that isn’t warranted the re- spect that it should really get. Until today I have been one of many that has kept quiet nearly her entire life, afraid of ridicule and not finding the words to say, causing my- self mental and physical pain rather than just reaching out to another person. Over the past few months I have had a couple of friends confide their experiences with me and made me realize how many people around me could understand what I went through if I stopped treating it as a taboo. It’s okay to speak up, to confide in some- one, to look for outside help. The experience has lifelong effects that cripple an individual’s way of living

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forever. Their perspective will never be the same. However, it is not hopeless and there are ways to help. I personal- ly would never turn down anyone who wanted to confide in me. After eighteen years, this is the first time my voice has been heard. I am scared, and I don’t

know how anyone will react. My only hope is that at least one person will be able to connect with my story and find it helpful. Perhaps they will even be reminded that there is a lot more to life than what happened and from here on out you can be the author of

your own story. If anyone has any questions or needs any assistance they can go to rainn. org to access help or call their hotline. There is a group in the works with HCC Counselor Linda Wolfson and me work- ing to begin a school-wide group where

members can feel safe in confiding in their experience and overcome the negative effects in a positive environment. Feel free to contact me on facebook or contact Linda Wolfson in the HCC Counseling Center for information next semester.

The College Dropout

By sylvia taylor CoNtriButiNg writer

I was that girl who dominated high

school. I was a permanent resi-

dent on the honor roll list, and I

was involved in multiple school groups and activities. Freshman through se- nior year was very predictable. It was expected that I go on to college. I was a shooting star. I graduated at the top of my

class and went on to college at my first choice school, the University of Connecticut, with scholarships and amazing recognition. High school was nothing compared to what college ended up to be. I wasn’t as prepared as I thought I was for this next step. Educationally, I was exactly where

I was supposed to be. Mentally, I was

immature. I got distracted by the seem- ingly infinite amount of freedom I had because I lived on campus. College life was like a huge gym. We all had paid our membership fees, but not all of us were

putting in the work that would get us fit.

I was very preoccupied with my social

life. Much like most students, I made plenty of friends,and we were at all the parties on weekends. I was rarely at the library, or in an acceptable study envi- ronment. I lost sight of my purpose and

my goals of being at school in the first place. Consequently, my grades suffered horribly and by the end of my third se-

mester I knew I wasn’t going to make it.

I dropped out of school because I missed

the deadline for my financial aid. It was as if I was an entirely different person than the one my dad had dropped off in August 2008 as a new and fresh student. Originally dazed by the shining opportunity that this place held for me, now seemed so foggy, dim, and distant. My heart cried feeling as

if everything I had worked so hard for was

now completely gone. I had blew it. I let everyone down, especially myself. What was I supposed to do now? It was the abso- lute worst feeling I had ever felt in my life. For the next few months I walked around feeling heavy, like I had eaten three

pounds of rocks. I was miserable, I didn’t want to get a job, I didn’t want to do any- thing that would allow my brain to accept what I had done. I realized that I had to get over the outcome of the decisions that I had made, due to my lack of good judgement. I had to live my life and not allow this failure to ruin me or rob me of any future educational success. Moving

on was very hard, but I realized that leav- ing school was not the end of the world.

I ended up getting a job in an attempt to re-

gain stable footing on a positive path. I was doing well, but my presence at home was creating conflict between my father and I. He had always been a difficult man to be around, but his evident disappointment in my mistakes made our relationship unbear- able. Home life as a 20 year old college dropout was feeling more and more like hell. As a desperate attempt to regain my sanity I reached out to my mother. I ended up leav- ing the home I had known my entire life,

and movedwith her to Savannah, Georgia

for a new start. I was terrified and excit- ed with the feeling of opportunity all over again. Life changed very quickly. Before I knew it I had established stability in Sa- vannah with my new boyfriend. After 2 years of being together my boyfriend and

I were blessed with a precious daughter. Becoming a mother was the scariest

thing I’ve had to go through. Every day

I was introduced to new and more dif-

ficult challenges. Past struggles seemed so insignificant to the ones I had now. Every thought I had now was about the

best possible way to provide for my daughter. Unfortunately, my relation- ship began to fall apart after 3 years of being together and we separated. If I were asked as a high school graduate where I thought I would be in 5 years. I would have said I would be a college graduate with my bachelor’s degree in biology. I would have never thought thatIwouldbeacollegedropoutthatmovedto Savannah, got pregnant, left her daugh- ter’s father, moved back home, and en- rolled in community college. Life has taught me many things, the main thing being to not expect your life to fol- low some predetermined schedule. Dropping out of college ended up help- ing me grow up. I had a lot of time to straighten out my priorities and gain a solid, adult perspective on decisions that I make. I moved back home and enrolled in Housatonic Community College. I’m ready to do this from start to finish and give it everything I have this time around. Failure is just an opportunity to knock it out the park to make everyone forget about you striking out. Life goes on and creates new opportunities for success.

Closets Are For Clothes

By desiree sweNdseN staFF writer

L GBT issues have been a hot top- ic the past few years. With the controversy regarding LGBT

equality, many opinions that were once kept quiet are now being well versed. Ei- ther way you spin it, someone’s feelings are going to be hurt. Having such an open minded family, discrimination was some- thing I was able to avoid for a long time, other than a occasional teasing and a cou- ple lost friends throughout high school. That was of course, until I fell in love my freshman year of college with a girl who was still in the closet. The pain not only devastated the person I cared about the most in front of my own eyes, but tor- mented us both and our relationship. Now, let’s paint a picture. Three years ago I noticed this breathtaking girl sitting at the table in front of me in the cafete- ria of a private environmental college in Maine. Out of every single person I met she was the only person I was too nervous to talk to. This “straight” girl had the at- tention of three other people at the time and I, this horrendously awkward girl, was the least likely contestant. After a month of being mocked for my feelings by everyone, I had won her heart. We became that cute couple that ev- erybody “awed” at as we walked by. On campus we were on top of the world, we

moved into the same dorm and spent ev- ery second growing closer to each other until the day came when we moved back to our home towns on opposite sides of Connecticut. We managed our visits un- til the day her older sister revealed our relationship to her highly religious and prejudiced mother. All went to Hell, for lack of a better term. For weeks she was put down every single day, told how her entire life was a sin and that she would never be accepted. Until the day she used her mother’s exact words against me to end our relationship. For months we spent our nights in tears trying to communi- cate, wishing things could be different. Personally, not really having any parents around after my mom passed away, I had difficulty understanding her situation. Family bonds were something that just didn’t register in my mind. The family that raised me didn’t accept anything about me other than my sexuality, oddly enough. So despite trying to be patient, I found myself getting frustrated and beginning to resent the fact that she couldn’t just say, “Screw it!” and not care what they thought about her. It’s still something I struggle with, years later that caused conflict between us. We snuck around for over a year in an on again off again relationship and no mat- ter how hard we would try to stay apart,

the second we saw each other there was no denying our feelings. For months I’d visit her at her oldest sister’s house and have to spend hours hiding in one room or another while her parents stopped over the house. That is until an awkward visit ended with a face to face confrontation with her dad who stormed away, slamming the door be- hind him as I tripped down the stairs in his wake. He later spent the entire night texting both her and her sister ranging the full anger spectrum from her being dead to him, to him no longer caring who she was with as long as it wasn’t me. I responded with a long letter to him finally standing up for myself which end- ed his harassment towards me. We were able to openly see each other for the first and last time this past December where we celebrated our own holiday. We com- bined Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as celebrating the memory of my grand- mother who had just passed away. Little did I know that this would be our last time seeing each other. When she returned home, her mother began to torment her on a daily basis to the point of mental abuse. Day after day she was put down and blamed for every- thing simply for who she loved. I hated that there was nothing I could do to help as she was being driven farther and farther

away from me, spending days depressed and lashing out at me for what was hap- pening. Eventually she started talking to a guy that her family loved. She ignored me all of Valentine’s day to which to later found out that she had brought him to a family dinner to celebrate and persisted to cheat on me. I never knew why she wouldn’t talk to me until that night as I sat on the side of the road sick to my stomach while her sheepish words hit me like bullets and later followed a nervous breakdown. In my eyes, I had lost the last support I had ever had. My parents were gone, my grandmother was gone, and the only per- son I had ever let in just cheated on me with a guy. But her family granted her re- spect. They no longer bullied her or put her down and she had found a scapegoat. We both spent weeks physically ill with depression as I tried with all my strength to understand and forgive her. Months later and the center of my world is now a complete stranger. It is always so easy to see how homophobia affects the person that it is directed to but very few people see the girl curled up in a ball in the mental hospital, malnourished and covered in scars from head to toe, wondering why loving someone uncondi- tionally warranted such deceit.


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The Underappreciated Treasure of HCC

By BreNNa MCiNtyre seNior staFF writer

S tudents walk past one of HCC’s

treasures every day without a sec-

ond glance. The art collection at

HCC is one of the largest of any two-year school in the country and is on display all over campus. It has works by revered art- ists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picas- so, and Joan Miro. “I can’t really say there is one highlight, the collection as a whole is so impressive,” said Lizbeth Anderson, an art history pro- fessor at HCC. “…The highlight to me is that we get to live in it here.” The collection is not confined to a spe- cific theme or medium. It is free to be var- ied, and continues to get more diverse as HCC acquires more pieces. “The diversity in cultures, the diversity in time periods, the diversity in styles, I mean it is really boundless,” said Anderson. Thomas Brenner, an art professor at

HCC, also likes the diversity the collection offers. However, some pieces, such as Oc- tober Moon by Bernard Chaet, are partic- ularly interesting because they were done by professors he had as an undergraduate at Yale University. “It is interesting after all these years encountering pieces,” says

of them I saw him work-

Brenner. “

ing on when I was a student.” Art is important. It allows humans to express themselves in a way no other me- dium can, everything from abstract ideas buried deep inside a person’s subconscious to the physical objects that surround them. “It is the history of human imagination, it is what separates us from the animals,” says Anderson. “It is something that just


animals,” says Anderson. “It is something that just One October Moon by Bernard Chaet enhances our

October Moon by Bernard Chaet

enhances our appreciation of life.”

think that there is a lot of talk

that art is not important, that it is a luxu- ry, that it is more important to train peo- ple for business and professions like that. But when we look back throughout all of

history, what we look at is the art,” adds Brenner.“While art may seem like the icing on the cake, it is really the batter.” Andrew Pinto, an art professor at HCC, wonders what would life be like without art. “Would you like a car that had no de- sign built into it? How interesting would your house be?” inquires Pinto. “Art is

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what allows us to express ourselves. It helps us create new ideas and problem

solving. It makes life fun and interesting.

It helps you identify yourself and express

yourself as an individual.” Students and staff should be taking

a closer look at the art that surrounds

life at HCC, whether it be a sculpture, a painting, or a photograph. To help stu- dents look at art in a more meaningful way, Anderson uses, what she calls a vi- sual assessment. This assessment asks

a series of questions to get students to

look at different aspects of a piece of art.

Questions include: What medium did the artist use? How is the piece lit? What col- ors are used? These types of questions force students to look at a piece more formally and get used to some of the particularities of art. “It is like learning a new language. To become sensitized to line, color, light, you know?” says Anderson. “We are not really used to thinking in those terms.” The art collection also acts as a teaching tool. Brenner takes students from his two dimensional design class on a tour of the halls. He finds different pieces that clearly illustrate ideas that they covered in class so the students can see real life examples of what he teaches. “Appreciating visual language isn’t just about being able to understand art better. It is about having a richer experience in life too,” says Anderson. The art also helps teach students through experiences. “ What we are seeing is great experiences in art are available to students here because of the art department,” says Pinto. “They are also available to the com- munity because the events are all open to the public.” An example of a past event is when artist Mike Perry, famous for paint- ing portraits, came in and talked to students about his art and had a live demonstration of portrait painting. The art collection is arguably the most impressive thing about HCC in part be- cause it is so unexpected. Everyone should take the time to soak in all the history, ideas, and feelings that the art expresses throughout the campus.

By Paul Chuhvov staFF writer

Painter Michael Peery Visits HCC

F ine arts painter Michael Peery

graciously and gently shared

and demonstrated his oil portrait

painting “secrets” in a 5 to 7 p.m. event held at the HCC Beacon Hall auditorium on April 22. Peery started the event by speaking about himself, sharing that he was born in Idaho and moved from an Idaho small town to New York City and for 7 years walked around and looked. He explained that it was easier for him to become a painter and avoid his father’s business because he was the youngest of six children and that he thinks that his older brothers had already satisfied his father’s wishes to continue the family business. He decided to study art because he wanted to become a teacher and needed the MS degree to teach in college as a profes- sor. Today he teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. The meaning of art to Peery means “just to be good at it.” Peery considers himself to be an oil painter be- cause he likes “the smell of it, the look of it, the feel of it.” He also uses gouache and

considers himself to be a traditionalist. He also said that in college he studied anatomy so that he would be better able to paint the human figure. He spoke about his strategy with the palette which he developed over an eight-

strategy with the palette which he developed over an eight- Palette of Artist Michael Peery photo

Palette of Artist Michael Peery photo credit: Paul Chuhvov

year period and that it functions well - it has 5 values at 100% then to 50% dark grey. Throughout the demonstration of his painting he encouraged questions from the audience to be just shouted out since he had his back to the audience while paint- ing. The audience did not hesitat, and there was a dialogue of questions and answers

during the demonstration. To a question from the audience of who influenced him he replied that he, while a child, was in- fluenced by the Flamenco Dancer painting hanging at the Wendy’s fast food restau- rant and remembers that moment which validates his decision to become a painter. Other influences were: Norman Rockwell, Wyeth and Homer.

He used a warm light brown canvas color and before starting to paint he wiped the canvas with linseed oil and explained that it helps the paint to flow better on the wiped canvas and that it also helps the paint to spread better and less paint is consumed this way and it is more economical. With oils one can start with dark and then go to lights. He said that he starts with the bris- tle brush because it maintains shape longer and can take a lot of abuse and also holds more paint and is more sensitive. He starts his paintings with a basic color statement and then pushes to colors. At the start he blocked the shadow shapes and said that a good light source is important for shadows and shapes. During painting one is “not copying but interpreting and feeling.” Peery likens painting as a “visual in- formation emerging like a fog on canvas” and he warned about investing too much in specifics too soon and becoming a prob- lem and he initially invests less. He identi- fied three stages: beginning (something to start), middle (which then challenges the start), and the finish which may take two years depending on the painter’s tendency. He also commented about the colors of the model that he was painting, that they “are more warm than cool and the flesh is not atypical but has many chromatic state- ments.”

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Also from time to time he emphasized that he squints a lot and that is a technique which helps to simplify the visual informa- tion when choosing the lighter or darker areas. Towards the end of the demonstration he announced that he was switching to a smaller brush. At that time he also point- ed out and explained that he uses a cane (a walking stick) to give support and stability to his arm and hand. On several occasions he warned about being “too specific” too soon because it “throws you for a loop” and “that you have to hold yourself back from going there” which is “the shiny object syn- drome - a trap” and that usually, when

that happens, one needs to backtrack - and that it is better to just stay away from it and avoid it.” All decisions must be chal- lenged - instead keep it general. “No per- manent decisions and nothing is precious,” Peery said. To the question of what influences him now he said that “now I am more influ- enced by what I do not want.” When he was young he competed with Rembrandt and the masters and studied their paint and strokes. “There is no perfection but only a quest for perfection and there is only good stu- dio practices - not an OCD,” said Peery. When the painting does not look right the answers are in the palette.

He emphasised that painting is a dis-


lem - let it develop - if you try too hard you can miss the journey of discovery.” For an example of discovery he said about pastel that to find that “ONE MARK

- try, try, try, … - then when you see it:

that’s what I want …” Peery said: “I am linear when drawing

and there is no line in nature, all is value”

- all is through the value relationship - not

copying but interpreting and feeling, look- ing at the edge - the color relationships, not focusing on feature but on swatches. Peery likes to work in stages and then scratch the excess paint and then continue - not in 1 sitting without pressure and without being

is all a visual prob-

covery and said: “

exact - to avoid bad decisions. Capturing the three dimensions to the canvas, to the painting, is a translation. It is a skill based activity - repetition and practice is required - the magic is in the development of the skill - stay with it - set the bar high - look to improve - look to those before you. He made encour- aging statements in his parting message “to seek improvement, that perfection is not a destination but a journey that is never reached.” In his concluding statement he said:

“America has a long way to go to cele- brate the arts. At HCC you have art all around and teachers are working art- ists.”

HCC Faculty Act as (A)Muse to Students

By BreNNa MCiNtyre seNior staFF writer

Students B y B reNNa M C i Ntyre s eNior s taFF w riter Stack

Stack 3 by Andy Pinto

T he Housatonic Museum of Art

constantly rotates exhibits in the

Burt Chernow Gallery. However,

one that comes back year after year is the Faculty Art Show. This year the show is called (A)Muse. “It’s the best,” Thomas Brenner, an art instructor says about the exhibit.“The variety is at least as great as always but I feel like there are more pieces that really make you stop and say ‘woah’.” Art pro- fessor Andy Pinto thinks the annual faculty exhibits are very interesting because they express the diverse abilities and interests of the faculty. The show displays the ar- tistic talent of some of HCC’s faculty and

the ar- tistic talent of some of HCC’s faculty and City Line by Thomas Brenner includes

City Line by Thomas Brenner

includes a variety of mediums. The pieces of art in the show include life-like pastel drawings, large abstract encaustic compo- sitions, and breathtaking acrylic paintings. The whole gallery is filled with magnifi- cent designs. Lizbeth Anderson, an art history profes- sor at HCC, has two encaustic pieces in the exhibit. “It is important for faculty to show the HCC community what they do in their studios, to express ideas through visual work and not just through their teaching, “ says Anderson. “I think it’s important to show my work so my students can see what I do,” says Andrew Prayzner, an art professor at

HCC, “My hope is that they are inspired by example, and that they discover their own means of producing great art. Secondarily, exhibiting my work legitimizes my qualifi- cations as an instructor at the college.” “I think it is great for the stu- dents to see what the instructors do that might not be completely limit- ed to what they are teaching,” says Brenner. “If you take Drawing from someone you think of them a someone who draws but maybe they’re a paint- er.” The faculty show can allow stu- dents to see a different side to their instructors, in both choices of subject matter and the medium they chose.

in both choices of subject matter and the medium they chose. Dedication by Andrew Prayzner Brenner

Dedication by Andrew Prayzner

Brenner uses exhibits such as this one to help with his teaching. For instance, if he is teaching color theory he can take examples that the students are al- ready familiar with, from seeing them around school, as opposed to a random photo he found offline. Housatonic has an student art show that occurs every spring and acts almost as a companion to the faculty show. “It is particularly interesting to see the faculty and student shows back to back, it truly creates the sense of a living, breathing art community here,” says Anderson. The student show runs May 5 through May 29.

By sarah sPriNger staFF writer

The Daughter of Another Illustrator

O ne of the last things that illus-

trator Victoria Vebell said in a

talk to Housatonic students was

that there was a “wonderful connection be- tween the canvas and oil paint.” Despite this connection, Vebell has recently moved from traditional illustration to digital art. On the evening of April 28, around 30 students (most from art classes meeting during the time of the presentation) gath- ered in Housatonic’s Performing Arts Cen- ter to listen to Vebell’s presentation, “Line and Tone,” about her experiences as an art- ist and the comparison between her work

and the work of her father, illustrator Ed Vebell. The presentation commenced with a re- view of her father’s body of work. “My father sees through a more linear filter,”

she explained. “My filter is more tonal. I have been fascinated throughout my life with light.” Vebell’s father had only three months’ worth of formal art school before World War II broke out. After being shipped overseas, he began working as a war cor- respondent for Stars and Stripes, a newspa- per for the troops. In 1945, he covered the Nuremburg Trials as the only illustrator in the courtroom. These particular works now hang in the Holocaust Museum. He also illustrated for magazines including Sports Illustrated and Reader’s Digest. In the 1980s, Vebell and her father worked together on a series commissioned by the United States Postal Service for the History of the United States stamp pro- gram. After, both went back to their sep-

arate careers. “One of the problems I had as an illus- trator is that everyone wanted me to be like my father,” Vebell said. Vebell started with watercolor, working extensively on covers for mysteries and Young Adult novels. Also an instructor at Pratt Institute in Manhattan and Nau- gatuck Community College, Vebell was approached to write a book. In 2004, her text “Exploring the Basics of Drawing” was published. The second edition will be published this year. Around this time, she became involved in digital art and her book cover illustration scope seemed to branch out into Young Adult paranormal fiction. The majority of these covers featured a long-haired young woman holding a weapon, surrounded by

“magic” sparks, while a large semi-trans- parent bust of a chiseled-jaw man loomed over her. Whether this was an artistic choice intentionally made by Vebell or a request of the publisher was left unsaid. “In going to the digital medium, I was allowed to embrace my photography,” she said. Vebell uses Photoshop and Painter, programs in the Corel suite. At the end of the presentation, when asked what the biggest difference between illustrating in her father’s time and illus- trating in the present day, Vebell quickly mentioned a current drop in the amount of available work. She likened it to standing beneath an apple tree. In her father’s time, she said, “You just had to wait for the ap- ples to fall. Now, sometimes, you have to climb up to the tree and shake it.”


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Poems Found in Issue 2 of Horizons

By horizoNs staFF

F or Issue 2, we published some of the “found poetry” that Karyn Smith’s creative writ-

ing students wrote based on past issues of Horizons. They took words and phrases from past issues and “remixed”

them in new combinations to create original poems of their own. In April, we decided to try our hand at “finding” poems in Issue 2. In these found poems, we worked to create our own original poems by us-

Burden comes with choices, Two faces. Contemplated failure, timewaster Roadblocks encountered have a greater presence Insulting playpen for the mind Make submissions, Credit mistakes, create expansion

Mess shows the stakes of the stage A catalog for the collection Highlighting the good, document what happens, Rhythmical composition Elevated thoughts, Intense growth In the process of making Jubilee “Hakuna Matata”

---Ashleigh Teare

ing text from articles, headlines, and even advertisements from all over the issue. Below are some of the editors’ fa- vorites. If you’re interested in find- ing your own poems in this issue

of the newspaper, we’d love to see them and consider them for publica- tion in a future issue or online. Email with “Issue 3 Found Poem” in the subject line.

The person who gave you the world, It is important to evaluate your success, My grades were constantly fluctuating, I had so much on my plate, Stress impacts how you feel, function, Overdose is dangerous, A rush of emotions came to my stomach,nervous, What do I do now? Too much to give up when it really mattered, Rising up out of the shadows, Smell the flowers and blow out the birthday candles, Weaknesses that I shouldn’t let hold me back, From what I want in life, I can look at it as an immense success. And maintain a positive mindset.

---Desiree Swendsen

Confession time I had come to the conclusion Memories come and go Making it difficult And that’s all right Search the nooks and crannies Where the path may lead So now we’ll just stick with the idea The good old days Memories lost The past transforms the future Knowledge and experiences Bumpy road I was prepared

--Leslie Pizzagalli

April is one those months were a lot happens The governor came to HCC The President is leaving Memories are coming and going And HCC is turning fifty. ND HCC IS TURNING FIFTY

---Lindsey Baldasare

A musical play Is about the Civil Rights struggle

“Glory” is centered on the road- blocks The African-American singer Encountered roadblocks because of her color During the discussion During the slavery years An HCC student said:

“No. You can’t let that stop you.” “…but there was also this musical struggle which was never mentioned in history classes.” Overall, the event met with great success.

--Olivia Hodge

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By horizoNs staFF

A s one of our activities in hon- or of National Poetry Month, Horizons staff traveled around

The birds in the grass Are more alive than the students Who are lost behind screens. -- Brenna McIntyre

Arms crossed, head up Wind blowing in springtime We walk, think.

--Franklin Jusino

In their hands they hold it all Their lives and the lives of others What great power a cell phone has. ---Sherly Montes

A boy in grey sits Using hands like drums he taps Seeking quiet, others leave --Alyxandra Irizarry

Campus Haiku

campus at various times of day to observe and then wrote their own original haiku based on these observations. Some of the

There’s a security guard - He is telling me to leave; The college has closed.

--Sarah Springer

Silent but for wind Streetlights on rain-slick pavement; No one learns past supper. --Sarah Springer

Life is beautiful We all have things that we have to do But it’s always good to take a moment and cherish the moment ---Lindsey Baldassare

Spring brings sense of relaxation As I overhear random conversations, I feel like a creep.

---Olivia Hodge

editors’ favorites are below. If you’re inter- ested in sharing your own campus haiku, we’d love to consider them for publication

in a future issue or online. Email housa- with “Campus Haiku” in the subject line.

Did you



traditional Japanese haiku


a three-line poem with seventeen syllables,

written in a 5/7/5 syllable count.

Housatonic Community College Welcomes Veterans

Housatonic Community College Welcomes Veterans How to apply for educational benefits: After applying you will receive

How to apply for educational benefits:

After applying you will receive a certification letter stating which benefit you qualify for.

Before or after applying , see VA Rep. Bring a copy of your certification letter to our VA Rep along with a copy of your DD214.

*Make sure to bring any transcripts and any immunization records with you*

Our Vetarans Representative Jeff Stewart Phone: 203.332.5087


Room: B101 Email: Please contact for any questions.

We also have a Veterans Oasis located in room B101 where our Veterans can do homework, relax and get acquainted with other Veterans

Please Recycle This Newspaper

Most of the classrooms at HCC have both a garbage bin and a blue recycling bin. There are only two things that you should put in those bins:

- Printer Paper/Notebook Paper - Newspaper These items CANNOT go in the recycling bins:

- Food - Plastic of any kind, including bottles - Other packaging

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“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.”

“In spite of everything I shall rise again:

I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.”

–viNCeNt vaN gogh

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By sarah sPriNger staFF writer

Bologna Stew: A Lesson in Ingenuity

G rowing up, my father’s fami-

ly was occasionally poor. Oc-

casional poverty is not a rare

phenomenon, especially when raising five children of varying ages while going through a divorce in the 1950s. I think that this is where my father’s love of cooking came from. Lena, my grandmother, was a formida- ble, forward-thinking woman from Italy, where food was a joy to all people regard-

less of their personal financial status. And food was a shared thing. If the mailman happened to deliver the day’s letters while

a pot of soup was simmering on the stove,

he would be invited in for a taste or two (“a taste” being equivalent to at least “one bowl”). He had all that walking to do, all

those letters to deliver – he needed suste- nance! My father’s favorite meal, so I am told, was Bologna Stew. My grandmother would make this dish every so often and my father grew to look forward to it.

He grew up (at least, physically) and joined the Air Force. When he had served

My father has never made me Bologna Stew, as my grandmother would never give

ative. And I recommend creativity. So does Grandma Lena.

out his term, he came back home. “What do you want to eat?” my grandmother must

him the recipe and, to him, any guess he might make would be a poor substitute.

Bologna Stew

have asked him, because I know he re- quested Bologna Stew. I know this because that’s where his story starts, when he tells

Her Bologna Stew reminded her of the bad times, so my father says – and although I know that he understands her motives for


it to me once every few months. “Bologna stew?” she asked. “I only

keeping the recipe close to her chest, I also know that he misses his once favorite meal.

1 lb bologna ends, thickly sliced and cut in quarters


made that because we were poor and that’s

Still, she gave him something better

· salt to taste

all I could afford!”

than a recipe – important life lessons. Use

· 1 medium onion, sliced

Bologna ends were cheaper than most

what you have on hand and get creative.

· 1 carrot, diced

other cuts of meat, and it was a way for

Some of the best things come from the

· 1 small turnip, diced

her to feed her children with whatever

direst circumstances. She taught him these

· 2-3 potatoes, peeled and cubed

small amount of coinage she could scrape

lessons, and he passed them on to me while

· 2-3 tbsp ketchup (if desired)

together. It was, to her, an embarrassment – tangible proof that she could not properly

he showed me how to roast a chicken or make chili con carne. Now, when I cook


provide for her family. Still, she made it for him. Pauper foods are now often considered

for myself, I think of those happy discov- eries and of my grandmother, making do with what she had.

Fry the bologna end pieces until slightly browned. Add the fried bologna and all of

some of the most delicious, and some have

While this is not my grandmother’s rec-

the vegetables into a soup or stew pot. Pour

evolved to be the most expensive. Even

ipe (I imagine that, if nothing else, more


just enough water to barely cover the in-

lobster was once only eaten by poor folk and indentured servants, and was viewed with much derision.

onions and a good deal of garlic would have found their way into the pot), this is a solid starting point with which to get cre-

gredients. Let boil slowly until vegetables are tender. Stir in ketchup near the end for added flavor, if desired.

Delzell Chili

By NiCole lazariuK seNior staFF writer

Chili B y N iCole l azariuK s eNior s taFF w riter ent Photo by


Photo by Nicole Lazariuk

S ummer, winter, spring and fall my

sister’s father-in-law, Mike Del-

zell, makes an incredible chili.

Whenever someone tries it they always want to know what the secret is. Just the other day, my sister Laura was going on about how he was going to make it for an

upcoming birthday party and I thought that

it would be a great recipe to share with peo-

ple, and he graciously allowed me to write

it up for the HCC newspaper. He likes his

chili very hot but that can be adjusted to

taste. My brother-in-law Luke says it’s all

about the bacon grease and he prefers to use hickory bacon. He says it’s good with bread , corn chips, or sometimes he

likes it with spanish rice. Of course you can have it anyway you like. It has a delicious sweet and savory taste. If you add less heat the sweetness comes out more.


family picnics, and Luke likes it best in the winter, so I guess it’s a year round treat. Laura says, “Everyone always asks, ‘Make

sure you bring that chili.’ It’s spicy and

always look forward to it.”










3 strips bacon

1 medium onion

1 hot pepper

1 lb ground beef

1 ½ tsp chili powder

black pepper cayenne pepper mustard relish 12oz can of diced or crushed tomatoes liquid smoke gray master 12 oz can of b&m baked beans

Cut three strips of bacon. Fry. Re- move from pan. Cut medium onion and hot pepper. Brown in bacon grease. Add 1 lb ground beef plus bacon and 1 ½ tsp of chili powder. Add a few dashes of black pepper and a dash or two of cayenne pepper. Add 1 tsp of mustard,

a forkful of relish, a 12 oz can of diced or crushed tomatoes, a capful of liquid smoke, 2 capfuls of gravy master and 12 oz’s of water. Simmer and add can of beans. Hot sauce optional accord- ing to taste. Cook until thickened and Enjoy!


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By alyxaNdra irizarry staFF writer

French Onion Chicken Recipe

I f you’re like me, you’re exhaust- ed when you get home from work, school, or both, the last thing you

really want to do is cook dinner. Here’s a recipe that can easily be served with a veg- etable and/or rice for a quick meal that’s budget friendly. Ingredients:

1 lb. chicken breasts (turkey breast is an excellent substitute) 1 ½ packages of French’s French Fried

Onions (just shy of 8oz.) 1 egg, beaten Black Pepper Parmesan Cheese Preheat oven to 400°F. Place French Fried Onions into a large ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin so that the onions wind up ground pretty fine- ly. Open bag and add in black pepper and Parmesan cheese to taste. After cleaning chicken, pat dry and

place into beaten egg mixture. Make sure chicken is fully coated with egg and to shake off excess egg. Place chicken in large ziploc bag with French Onion mixture. Shake vigorously until fully coated. Place coated chicken on a baking tray, you may want to put down tinfoil for a mess-free clean up. Pop baking tray into the oven for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

*This recipe is intended for chicken, but what I’ve found that I and my fami- ly love is using turkey breast. The turkey breast comes out a little more moist than the chicken, which really adds to the fla- vor.

** If you have a picky child at home, try cutting the breasts up into nugget sized pieces and serving that way, (great for toddlers.)




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