Interviews by Myisha Kinberg, Staff Writer
Photos by Morgan Filsinger, Photographer
How do you feel when an app asks for your personal information to use or download it? And how do you feel about people you don’t know being able to access your personal information online?
Daniel Harsh, 19 Tipton, undecided
“It’s a trade off we take between the freedoms that we have and the amount of service we get from the app. Things like Google require a lot of information, but we get so many free benefits. I’m willing to give up my privacy to get these free services that I might have had to pay for if I had used other companies.”
Adam Saunders, 25, Ypsilanti, photography
“I think it’s a good thing because it makes people more aware that they are allowing their information to be out in public. I don’t read privacy policies, but sometimes I do research on why an application would need or how they would use certain things such as my location. Anyone can access a phone number, a full name, and possibly a home address just by looking in a phone book whether we want that information to be out there or not it is. And it’s been public for a long time. It’s a more social culture now and instead of trying to be closed off from it, I think we should just be accepting.”
Edgar Vargas-Castillo, 19, Canton, automotive services
“It depends on what an app is trying to access, if it’s my photos or microphone I don’t mind so much. I does make me feel weird to think about strangers looking at my personal information, but I think chances of strangers being interested in my stuff isn’t very big.”
Marc Stephens, 47, Detroit, videography
“I don’t understand why I should give them my information. Sometimes I give out half-truths like the wrong age or a different last name since you have to enter something. When I post on Facebook I only post things that I want to share, but also won’t hurt me or get me in trouble. I wouldn’t be worried about people I know looking at my information because a lot of it has been public for quite sometime.”
Kelsey May, 14 Canton, journalism
“I usually allow apps to access my pictures, but not my location. It scares me to think that random people can view my personal information. When I see other people using location and putting out a lot of information about themselves on social media, it makes me think twice about what I’m posting. Why should I be holding information back and others are so upfront about theirs? It’s actually worrisome to me to think about what this world has come to and how easy it is to find someone and find out so much information about them with just a few clicks. There is no clear line as to how much exposed personal information is too much, and I think we need to set boundaries.”
Ryan Green, 17, Ypsilanti, undecided
“If I want to use an app I’m not going to delete it because it asks to access my photos or location. I do question why so many apps need my information and what it’s used for, but honestly I don’t care if apps access it.”
Anders Smith, 16, Ann Arbor, video production
“If I download an app to use its services I don’t feel like I should be required to give my information. Having that requirement almost feels like a double payment. If apps have my information they often use it to advertise things to me by sending me emails and potentially phone calls. I keep my account private on Instagram so that I can provide the information I want to, but only people I allow to follow me can see it. I like when you can use privacy settings because I can control everything more easily.
Ben Sussman, 19, Brighton, mathematics
“It depends of what kind of information the app is asking for, but generally I try to make my information as public as possible so people can find me easily.”
Christopher Dale, 39, South Lyon, math and science
“I don’t mind letting apps access my personal information because I don’t feel like I have anything to hide. Even if I was bothered, I’m not sure I would know what to do since I still want to be on social media and that’s pretty hard to do without giving out information.”
Colin Gibson, 19, Howell, automotive services
Katie McCullogh, 19, Ann Arbor, business
“I find it irritating and time consuming to have to allow access to all the different things apps feel they need to access when I download them. When I use social media I usually try to keep all my information private.”
People have been asking where we’ve been, in the hallways, in our emails and at board of trustee meetings. It is good to know how loud the cries would be on this campus if the Voice were to disappear, but be assured, we’re still here.
We were on temporary hiatus, planning for the future.
In December, the Voice’s advisor Keith Gave resigned his position and accepted a job writing for Fox Sports Detroit.
Since then, administrators have been meeting with the Voice staff as a group and individually to assess the needs of the paper and students currently and moving forward. After weeks of consideration, the Voice staff is getting back to work without an advisor for now.
Because the job encompasses so many varied responsibilities, and because it is crucial to find the person with not only the right qualifications, but also the right personality, mores, passion and work ethic, we fully support the administration in holding out for that right person.
The right teacher and mentor will make all the difference for the students who inherit the Voice for years down the line.
For now, we have no information on when the job will be posted.
In the meantime, the Voice leadership will meet with the editorial board, established by board of trustees policy, on a regular basis. Faculty, students and administrators sit on this board, and will provide us with feedback, guidance and advice.
We are confident that with the support of the WCC community, the Voice will continue to be a force this year and long into the future.
The Voice is an institution, as old as WCC itself. Throughout those 50 years, in much more turbulent times than these, the students, faculty and staff have shown a great understanding of the important role of a free press.
Despite disappearing for years at a time, the Voice has risen from the ashes in the past. The student newspaper that began by editorializing about civil rights and Vietnam War protests remains and is still keeping a watchful eye on WCC’s campus, and speaking up with the voice of the students.
As long as the readers desire a free press, the Voice isn’t going anywhere.
Letter to the editor
Full-time licensed professional counselors (LPCs) have been part of the WCC landscape for many years and have a multifaceted skill set providing counseling services to students on a regular basis. All LPCs in Counseling and Career Planning, the Student Resource & Women’s Center and divisional counselors strive to provide the very best wellness care, assisting students to meet their academic needs.
Since 1988, LPCs have been recognized in the state of Michigan as mental health clinicians through the counselor licensure law and are regulated by federal and state laws that define our scope of practice. At WCC we are also trained in confidential reporting, participate in Psychological Emergency Procedure (PEP or At-Risk Team) assisting students in crisis, and we will play a primary role in the upcoming Behavioral Intervention Team.
All counselors at WCC are committed to assisting students in achieving academic and personal success. We understand that life gets complicated at times and various issues can impact students’ academic success. Full-time WCC counselors are available to meet with students on an individual basis to provide personal counseling services for a variety of concerns. From time to time, counselors make appropriate community referrals to best suit student needs.
Mission of the college
Our college strives to make a positive difference in people’s lives through accessible and excellent educational programs and services.
- We provide a caring, open-door teaching and learning environment.
- We provide excellent teaching, counseling and support services.
- We reach out to people who have limited income or other barriers to success.
- We enable people to progress in their academic and career pursuits.
- We work in partnership with the communities we serve.
We are all in support of the college’s mission statement. We attempt to serve our students using the outlying principles listed above. We hope that your academic semester is off to a good start. Please know that we are here to support you.
Pat Taylor, LPC, dean of support services and student advocacy
John Rinke, LPC, director of student support services
Debra Guerrero, LPC, director of learning support services
Liz Orbits, LPC, manager of the Student Resource & Women’s Center and International Student Center
Kim Groce, LPC, divisional counselor
Sue Travis, LPC, divisional counselor
Jim Bauer, LPC, counselor
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by PAULETTE PARKER
A 13-year-old girl. Dead. Shot with a rifle while in a house of unsupervised children. An unsecured, unlocked firearm. Ruling: accidental. A loved lets out an excruciating howl in the cold street, illuminated by red-white-and-blue police lights.
A 5-year-old boy. Shot in his face while sitting on the floor in his home watching cartoons after a bullet came through the wall. He survived but lost his eye. His home, which should be his sanctuary, may have been targeted.
As I sat down to watch the 10 o’clock news, as I do every night, I was nauseated, tears welling up in my eyes and ready to turn off the television within the first 30 seconds. Two incidents, one evening. Both in Detroit with approximately 10 miles between them.
Stories such as these have become all too familiar and all too common. This should not be the norm. Carelessness. Retaliation. Whatever the reason, how have we not had enough?
Children are supposed to worry about choosing a favorite color. They are supposed to fret over not wanting to eat their vegetables. They are supposed to be learning math, science, English. They are not supposed to be relearning how to walk after a bullet penetrates their spine. They are not supposed to be losing their lives to guns.
Where is the outrage?
The latter half of 2014 was marked by grand jury decisions, protests, marches and riots. Long-mounting racial tensions reached a boiling point and exploded onto the forefront after the killings of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers.
People worldwide were pissed, fed up, enraged – rightfully so. But when will we be fed up for our babies? Where are the marches? Where are the signs? Where are the protests when our own children are dying in our own backyards? Where is CNN, HLN, and MSNBC; is this not sensational enough?
According to The Chicago Reporter, one in every five people murdered in Chicago is 18 or younger. What makes this any less urgent than the tragedies in Ferguson or Staten Island?
In May 2014, a 3-year-old Arizona boy found a cocked and loaded semiautomatic weapon while visiting a neighbor’s house with his mother and shot his 18-month-old brother in the head, killing him.
That following July in Inkster, Michigan, Kamiya Gross was outside enjoying a warm summer evening with her father. A man approached, shot her point blank in the right eye then shot her father in the stomach. Her father survived; little Kamiya did not. She was just 10 days shy of her third birthday.
A toddler’s life was taken so heinously, so viciously, to “send a message” to her father.
How can our ears bear to continue to hear the agonizing wails of mothers as they clutch their chests and collapse? How can we stomach seeing the vacant expressions of loved ones’ faces as they make desperate pleas for tips to solve these cases? How long will we have to prematurely lower little caskets into the cold ground?
We can only imagine the potential that is lost every time a life is gone. These are our future doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers.
As a mother, I empathize with these families and my heart weeps with them. But this is not a parent thing. This is a human thing.
Gun locks and safes need to become the standard to prevent tragic accidents. And we need to have the desire to and be vigilant about taking back our communities from perpetrators of violent crimes.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Well, lives are ending and I feel it’s time to speak up for those that can’t speak up for themselves. We are our children’s best advocates.
If the children are our future, then what kind of future will we have without them?
Combat depression with no side effects
by M. M. DONALDSON
Nestled between two high chocolate holidays, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, reports of a chocolate shortage loom like a huge grey cloud. Indeed, climate and diseased crops have decreased the key commodity ingredient of chocolate confectionaries, but the largest factor in this shortage is demand outpacing the world supply of cocoa products.
Americans love chocolate. According to a 2014 report by the World Cocoa Foundation, the U.S. imported more than $1 billion of cocoa products in 2011.
This news of a shortage could be terrible timing when the northern hemisphere is also in its winter season, giving rise to Seasonal Affect Disorder and winter blahs.
Conspiracy theorists may have already discussed the possibilities of chocolate becoming a controlled substance or the cost becoming so prohibitive that people would have to choose between chocolate or food. This plagues many who rely on pharmaceutical interventions and is not a far stretch of the imagination as scientific studies have discussed self-medicating with chocolate.
The psychoactive properties of cocoa were studied by Adam Drewnowski while working at the University of Michigan in the 1980s. He concluded the psychological effects had more to do with the combination of fat and sugar used to cut the cocoa.
A psychological high was documented in “chocolate addicts” by Marion Hetherington and Jennie Macdiarmid at the University of Dundee in a couple of their studies, but the mood elevation melted as quickly as the chocolate physically did in the mouth.
There is no doubt that chocolate makes people happy, but Gordon Parker, from the University of New South Wales, and his colleagues concluded that chocolate is not an antidepressant in a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders in 2006.
There is little to gain trying to convince people that chocolate is not an antidepressant when it gives so much joy. But as with most psychotropic substances, there are side effects.
Drewnowski, who now works for Washington State University, and other researchers have found pure cocoa did not alleviate or change any emotional status until the addition of fat and sugar. Hence lies the side effect of weight gain from extra calories that are forgotten to be counted with the daily caloric intake.
With so much chocolate marketed in small and cute portions, a Snickers Fun Size could hardly be a problem. Perhaps what researchers should be studying is how chocolate in small pieces clouds mathematical reasoning, allowing people to think three Snickers Fun Size is not the same as eating a regular size Snickers Bar, which it is.
What is really needed is a long-term psychological mood elevator with no side effects.
For several decades, research has shown that exercise causes the body to release endorphins such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, the biochemicals that regulate mood.
Numerous published studies have shown that exercise does lower depression, but to what extent is being debated. Most recently in the Journal of American Medicine Association, Gary Cooney with the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and his colleagues compiled data from multiple studies to define the link. Researcher James Blumenthal from Duke University Medical Center responded in a letter to the editor, stating that exercise lowers depression at a greater rate than what the Cooney meta-analysis concluded.
Furthermore, research published in the American Journal of Prevention Medicine (2013) by George Mammen and Guy Faulkner at the University of Toronto postulate that exercise may minimize future depression.
Clinical depression is a serious condition that requires professional care. For less serious, occasional moody days, a little chocolate can be a nice treat, but exercise can be beneficial physically as well as psychologically with no side effects.
M. M. Donaldson loves Snickers in any size, but trains for half-marathons to combat depression and the weight gain side effect of chocolate. She has a Bachelor of Science in family and community services from Michigan State University, and has several years’ experience with nutrition issues affecting infants through older adults.
by SOFIA LYNCH
What is it about resolutions that people just can’t stick to? Better yet, why do people even bother? Every New Year’s Day, people promise themselves a resolution and say as they have before, “This is going to be my year,” only to throw the promises out by February, along with the new weights or nicotine gum they swore they’d use.
At the least, this emergence of hope every year can help keep people driven and out of the realms of seasonal depression that the cold will always bring. And if swearing an empty promise to yourself every year can give you that extra pep in your step, more power to you.
But most resolutions are a bigger bite than one can chew. As far as the most common resolution – weight loss – goes, no one is blaming the quitters. Walking into the gym for the first time in months, it’s as if the gym rats can sense all the hours you spent molded into your couch.
Maybe it’s just paranoia that makes the less active feel so singled out, or maybe it’s the face of bewilderment they wear as they scan the empty machines pondering what in the hell they do that draws eyes to them. It always feels nice for a second, “power-walking” on the treadmill to the beat of “New year, new me” pounding in your head, but by minute 20 that mantra is usually replaced with the overwhelming sounds of heavy breathing.
The difference between those who go to the gym and those who don’t is a very thin line. Everyone has those negative body thoughts as they look in the mirror, pinching at their chub and wishing it away. The difference is that those who do go to the gym somehow find it in themselves to choose the hell of working out over the supreme pleasure of vegging out.
And that’s what breaking a New Year’s resolution always comes down to: The want for change is outweighed by the pleasure of old, less strenuous ways. So next year, maybe start smaller, or at least try something more manageable – like spending more time with family, so you don’t feel the shadow of your broken resolutions hanging in the back of your mind all year.
by NATALIE WRIGHT
On Jan. 17, Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Michigan) took a stand for transparency by signing HB 4001 into law. The bill is the most significant reform to Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act since it was written almost 40 years ago. The reforms set tighter limits on the fees public institutions can charge, establish an appeals process. They also enforce stricter penalties on institutions that are sluggish in their responses to FOIA requests.
Most importantly, Snyder said, the reforms make it clear that those in government are working on behalf of the citizens who should not be discouraged from learning about how the government operates.
Interviews by TAYLOR ROBINSON, photos by HARRISON FISCHER
If you could meet any African American hero, well known or not, who would it be?
Brandon Harris, 20, Belleville, general education
“I would say that there are a lot of war veterans that we don’t always acknowledge that I would like to meet. I have a friend in the Marine Corps and he’s given me a lot of stories about commanding officers. They seem like wonderful people. So, I would like to meet the servicemen who have held all kinds of positions.”
Elizabeth Jenkins, 20, Canton, anthropology
“I would like to meet musicians, especially those from the Louisiana area where there was a large movement for music. For me, it was large part of what helped with the rights movement because everyone listens to music, if they listen to the same music, it can bring people together.”
Antonio Williams, 26, Ypsilanti, business
“I would like to meet Martin Luther King Jr. I wouldn’t really ask him anything in particular, but I would take all the information he could give. He was a smart man. We just read an article about him in class. I read a letter from Birmingham jail. The article was about how he was in jail and the how the U.S. was treating black people wrongly.”
Rayshawn Johnson, 21, Detroit, music engineering and production
“I would want to meet Muhammed Ali. I would ask him how he felt about the government. What pushed him to stay in the boxing ring?”
Carly Cash, 20, Ann Arbor, Asian studies
“I would like to meet the author of ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God,’ Zora Neale Hurston. The main character was mixed so I liked the fact that she was torn between two interpretations. People interpreted her in two different ways. It’s about this girl in the 1900s in a small village and how she is confronted with traditional values versus modern values. I’d also like to see the Harlem Renaissance and would like to hang out at jazz clubs.”
Ronald Schroeder, 22, Ann Arbor, general education
“I’d want to meet Jackie Robinson. I’m a huge baseball fan and he was the first one to break the barrier. I’d just want to ask him ‘How’d you do it, man?’”
Steven Wade, 22, Ypsilanti, nursing
“Oh man, oh man, there are so many of them. Mine would have to be Denzel Washington. Obviously he’s a wonderful actor. I’d also want to meet Morgan Freeman.
Each of them have complete opposite views of Black History Month. Morgan Freeman doesn’t believe in it. He believes that there shouldn’t be one month to celebrate African Americans because there’s not one month that celebrates other nations of people. He sees that it’s not needed in any community and exploits the negativity.
But, Denzel thinks of it completely differently. He thinks it enriches our culture and how we came to be. One of the positive questions I would ask them would be how they got to this point in their life about African Americans …
My view is neutral. I don’t agree with it or disagree. I see views from both ends and that’s why I stated them both. It’s true, not many people know a lot of African American history…
It’s enriching history. Any history can be enriching but African American culture is just kind of a whole world of its own. But, you can say that about any culture. “
Emily Freeland, 21, Blissfield, nutrition
“I would say Harriet Tubman. When I was a little girl I did a report on her. I think it was fourth grade. I read a book about her and I just thought that she was such an inspirational woman. I would just want to meet her. She was obviously so strong. I know when she was older she did some public speaking about her life. I think it would be so cool to hear her talk about what she went through.”
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interviews and photos by taylor robinson, staff writer
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The snow lightly falling on campus during a November afternoon reminds students that the holidays are right around the corner. The Voice wanted to know what they love most about the holidays and the traditions they share with their families.
“Every Christmas, my family and I go to my grandma’s in the afternoon. Before Christmas, we always pick out a tree at my uncle’s nursery in South Lyon. We get a big tree and decorate it together. We have very general traditions. Later on, we eat a great ham dinner and way too many desserts. I’m vegetarian so I don’t eat the ham, but I do enjoy the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and everything else. We pass out gifts after we eat and just hang out for the rest of the night.”
Becca Brown, 20, Brighton, nutrition
“We figure out who we’re getting Christmas presents for during Thanksgiving. We put everyone’s name in a hat and draw a name, and that’s who you get a gift for.”
Dakota Monarch, 23, Fowlerville, nursing
“My family’s German, and we put a pickle on our tree. If you find the pickle then you get an extra present or open your present first. We have a family dinner and open presents together.”
Andrew Stewart, 20, Fowlerville,
“Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, my family and I go to the Fantasy of Lights Parade in downtown Howell. It involves an art show, Christmas Alley with Santa Claus and reindeer. Locals will sell homemade sweets and candles.
“The 5K will have runners dressed in costumes, decorated with lights. There’s always someone dressed like a banana or gorilla, running down Grand River.
“The parade will have different floats and there’s different prizes. There’s one for ‘the most holiday spirit,’ going back to the true meaning of Christmas. There’s another prize for the float with the most lights. Last year’s winner had over 2,000 lights.
“The local elementary schools and high schools are there with bands and choirs. They march and play songs. It really brings the community out, too. The first year we went because my sister won a contest at school and got to ride on one of the floats. Ever since then, despite it being horrendously cold and rainy, we got hooked because we loved it so much.
“We’ve gone every single year for the last 10 years. There was only one year that we missed it because we were sick. We do our Black Friday shopping in the morning and then go to the parade.
“Every Christmas Eve, my family will come to our house. We do a dinner with baked ham and exchange presents. I will always read ‘‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.’ I’ve literally done that since I learned how to read.
“New Year’s Eve, my family will cook prime rib and shrimp. We’ve done it for the last five or six years. That’s one thing I look forward to, New Year’s Eve dinner. We play games like trivia and Pictionary.”
Briana Resinger, 18, Howell, journalism
“In the morning, after everyone wakes up, we open presents. We cook breakfast together, and always have bacon, eggs and biscuits. We hang out for the day and then make dinner together later.”
Amani Flowers, 18, Ypsilanti, early childhood
Washtenaw Community College is a dynamic place. The campus hosts countless events during the year, ranging from bat festivals to breast feeding workshops. It also houses thousands of students, faculty and staff, each with their own unique stories.
For those who like to tell stories, it is a treasure trove. We regret that we will never be able to fit every story in our pages, but we’ve managed quite a few.
We’d like to reflect on the stories we’ve paid witness to, along with our readers. So together, let’s remember 2014, in the stories we’ve told:
Judith Hommel, beloved retired WCC staffer, loses battle with cancer
Biology instructor David Wooten presents Darwin: Books, Beetles and Blasphemy
WCC releases SOQs to The Voice
English instructor Maryam Barrie elected WCC Education Association president
Same-sex marriage legal in Michigan for less than a day
WCC holds first free college day
Obama visits Ann Arbor to speak to students
Trustees vote to increase tuition for Fall 2014
Faculty votes ‘no confidence’ in WCC President Rose Bellanca’s leadership
Three of five academic deans resign
State Rep. Adam Zemke, in partnership with WCC, proposes GED funding program
1,626 student graduate from WCC
Faculty sends letter to Higher Learning Commission, challenging WCC’s accreditation
Five new programs approved for Fall 2014
Mold discovered in LA building, clean up to cost $500,000
Students take gold at SkillsUSA competition
Five digital video students win student Emmys
Eight candidates file for board of trustees election, Trustees Patrick McLean and Anne Williams do not file for reelection
Part-time English instructor Stephanie Gelderloos sues WCC for alleged gender discrimination in hiring process
WCC, UA sign 15-year contract
International soccer game at the Big House
University Center opens, allowing students to take Ferris State University courses at WCC
WTMC named seventh best high school in U.S.
CFO Bill Johnson reports $4.7 million surplus for 2013-14 academic year
Asbestos discovered in LA Building, increasing clean-up cost $290,000
College announces $8 million raised in Campaign for Success
WCC announces plans for Advanced Transportation Center
Entrepreneurship Center grand opening
Radiography students win big at statewide competition
Culinary Arts teams up with CORE Garden to host sustainable dinner
The Voice wins first place in ‘Best in Show’ contest at ACP/CMA College Media Convention
Hatcher, Fleming sweep trustee election, DeVarti beats incumbent Freeman by 57 votes
Trustees add protections for gender identity and gender expressions to student policies
Voice’s SOQ website goes live
WCC eliminates therapist position as semester ends