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Volume 41 - Issue 1 - June 22, 2015

Child Development Center Closes

By Marcus Olah

After two decades of service to Henry Ford students, the Child Development Center will be closing. June 30th will mark the end of an institution that has enabled many parents to return to school.

The Mirror News Salutes Retiring Staff

By Lauren Church
Special Section Editor

Several people have aided in the work that went into the Mirror News over the last year. Led by Halimah Amatullah, our former editor-in-chief,  the paper was home to these talented people and their sweat and tears. (Possibly blood, we didn’t ask.) The current staff is privileged to inherit the paper they have molded and looks forward to carrying on the proud traditions of this student newspaper.

Life After the NFL

Ashley Ball
Staff Writer

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver, Eric Fowler, is no stranger to Dearborn and Downriver. When asked about his local ties to our community, Fowler playfully retorts, “I-94, exit 206, I know that exit well… Plus, my Tax Agent lives in Dearborn, my former Sports Agent Tom, I was over at his house all the time... Tell you what, the best burger I ever had was at Millers Bar on Michigan Avenue. That place is really under the radar.”

Who is Hawkster?

By Lauren Church
Special Section Editor

We are all Henry Ford Hawks. We are Hawks in our sports, our activities, and our achievements, but there is one Hawk who soars above, cheering us on. This is Hawkster the Hawk.

With the start of the fall semester quickly approaching, I took some time to sit down and get to know our school’s mascot and see what makes this bird’s brain tick.

Roller Derby

Megan Judge
Staff Writer

A Local Comic Book Hero

Bryan Rooke
Staff Writer

Listen up! I had the pleasure of interviewing local comic book artist Kevin Furgerson about his webcomic series “Beat Warrior.” My good pal here is a Detroit-grown breakdancing enthusiast, and his comic is full of hip-hop inspired funkiness.

Let’s talk about your comic book.

The Beauty of “All the Light We Cannot See”

All the Light We Cannot See, written by Anthony Doerr, begins its very first lines as such: “At dusk they pour from the sky. They blow across the ramparts, turn cartwheels over rooftops, flutter into the ravines between houses.” Just that could make someone want to read further, to see what these things are, what could possibly be moving so quickly, so artfully through the sky.

“Mad Max” Paves A Road for Modern Feminism in Film

Lauren Church
Special Section Editor

This summer Hollywood has treated us to many different sequels and spin-offs, but there was one film that has stood out from the crowd. There was one that took its source material and re-imagined it as something so refreshing and new, it surely will have an impact on the kinds of blockbuster films we may see from now on.

This film is “Mad Max: Fury Road”, released May 15. If you haven’t seen the film yet, let me give you the five second review: oh my god, the action never stops and I want more.

Lights, Camera, Acting!

Brittney Arafat
Staff Writer

The One Act Festival at Henry Ford College is held almost every year by the theater department. This year it will commence between June 18 and June 28. A riveting collection of short plays, these performances are typically directed by students. This year, HFC goers Josh Nielson, Reba Neely, Christian Plonka and Anita Holsey-Banks governed the acts.

The Wonderful World of Choir

By Chloe Michaels
Graphic Artist

As the school year begins you may be wondering what there is to do on campus to express your vocal talent and grow as a singer. Perhaps you’ve never been in a choir before but are interested in joining. No matter your vocal background, Henry Ford College has a choir for you!

Greek Pottery Gets Modernized

By Carlena Dawkins
Staff Writer

Most people fail to see a connection between the arts and sciences – seeing the arts as more emotional and the sciences as being all about what’s in your head. Victoria Peruski, currently an honors student planning to receive a degree in neuroscience, has connected the two through psychology and studying human behavior. She says that “art expresses our emotions. Art expresses what those biological factors are doing to us – the biological factors that make us who and what we are. We can better visualize how we view not only ourselves, but society.”

College For Creative Studies’ 90th Student Exhibition

Justin Grajek
Layout Editor

When I first walked into the Taubman Center at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, I didn’t know what to expect. It was the last day of CCS’s 90th Student Exhibition. The first thing I saw was a display of sculptures and various 2D works of art – photography, paintings and illustrations of all kinds. I was impressed at the skill and dedication put into each one, but it seemed a rather small exhibit. Then I realized – this is only the first floor.

Dropping In With Nigel and the Dropout

By Justin Grajek
Layout Editor

I first saw Nigel and the Dropout as an opener for another band at Detroit’s “Magic Stick.” Like most concert goers, I expected to be mildly amused whilst waiting for the main act – but when they started to set up their equipment I could see something was different. Finally. they plugged in their LED ampersand and turned down the lights, and I was blown away. Merging techno music, a spectacular light show, and a catchy dance beat, I was an instant fan.

Shepard Fairey Paints Mural In Downtown Detroit

Eva Sagoli
Staff Writer

Shepard Fairey made his first notable appearance as an artist in 1989 in the skateboarding community when, while messing around with a friend, he created a sticker featuring wrestler Andre the Giant, who is perhaps most recognizable to younger generations from the film, The Princess Bride. The words upon the sticker, “Andre the Giant has a Posse” originally referred to him and his friends and quickly spread throughout the community.

E-Cigarettes: A Great Step Forward... Or a Leap Backwards?

By Ashley Ball
Staff Writer

Popping up everywhere are the cool, new and flavorful e-cigarettes. Our generation has been steered away from the carcinogenic and foul smelling cancer sticks through redirection to a new era of electronic vapor cigarettes.

Why Your Hypochondriac Parents Didn’t Do You Any Favors

By Ashley Ball
Staff Writer

People in the US are developing a resistance to penicillin and other medicines. The man that first discovered penicillin predicted that this day would come.
In the biography on Fleming, entitled “Sir Alexander Fleming-Documentary” it states that “While accepting a Nobel Prize for discovering penicillin, Alexander Fleming warned of a future in which antibiotics had been used with abandon and bacteria had grown resistant to them.”

A Fireworks Free Fourth of July

By Eva Sagoli
Staff Writer

For many veterans, particularly those with PTSI (Post-Traumatic Stress Injury), the fireworks of the Fourth of July can be extremely triggering. PTSI is a condition that affects not only veterans, but also others who have been through traumatic events and is marked by hyper vigilance and the desire for predictable surroundings. It is for this reason that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency have teamed up to make select state parks “fireworks free zones.”

Bats: Debunking the Myths

Chloe Michaels
Graphic Artist

Black wings beat effortlessly through the night sky, swooping down to catch mosquitoes and moths. You gaze up and wonder, “Is it a bird? Is it a plane?” No, it’s a bat!

Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight and can reach speeds as high as fifty miles an hour. According to an article by Jennifer Laaser called “DNA Research Sheds Light on White-Nose Syndrome in Bats,” these creatures are found on every continent excluding Antarctica.

Where Have All the Bus Passes Gone?

By Marcus Olah

“It takes me two hours to get here by bus,” says Henry Ford student Porscha Tate. I spoke with commuters waiting for the bus. Tate travels to and from Detroit in her fourth year at the college. “When I first started they [HFC] had bus passes,” she continued.

When the bus passes were active, they could be purchased at the Welcome Center in increments of monthly, bi-weekly and weekly. These passes are the same that one could purchase from a transit center, only located on campus.

The Young Democrats Discuss Islamophobia

By Adeeje Chamas
Copy Editor

On May 18, the Young Democrats, a club at HFC, invited Shaffwan Ahmed, a communications specialist for ACCESS, to come in and speak about Islamophobia and what needs to be done to address it. According to, ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) is a local nonprofit founded in 1971 in the south end of Dearborn, with an original objective of helping Arab immigrants adjust to living in America.

President’s Scholarship Winner Reflects on Award, Path to Graduation

By Lauren Church
Special Section Editor

Rayford McKinstry is a recent Henry Ford College graduate and the first winner of the newly established President’s Scholarship. Humble and kind, McKinstry shared that he had a plan in his mind as he accepted the award at the President’s Gala on May 16th.

HFC President’s Gala Celebrates Past, Present and Future

By Lauren Church
Special Section Editor

Reliving the Civil War

By Brittney Arafat
Staff Writer

The Future of HFC

By Bryan Rooke
Staff Writer

The recent expansion of the HFC campus hopes to reel in a bigger and brighter future for its students and faculty by offering more opportunities in various areas of education. Patrick M. Calhoun, senior associate and planner for Stantec, unveiled his new plans at a conference recently, and there’s much to tell about them.