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Volume 40 - Issue 4 - November 24 , 2014

The Beauty of the Native American Culture

As I sit in the student center, waiting upon the arrival of The Authentic Native American Trio, I suddenly hear the clacking of bells from behind me. A smile emerges on my face: they have arrived.

Seven (7) Questions: There to Here - Scott Barnett

I recently had the good fortune of meeting math instructor Scott Barnett and working with him on a project. Scott and his colleagues developed a math modular that allows students to work at their own pace. Scott presents as a person with a mission, he has drive and dedication to help students to learn math.

One of the responses of the interview he notes that his greatest challenge while attending college was the death of his father. Scott suddenly had to deal with the death of his father and not having health insurance. He had to manage the mourning of his father along with somehow establishing financial stability and health insurance, which was not easy at the time he was attending school.

Along with his personal challenges he also was a full-time student. With all of this he did not drop out and give up which would have been understandable. But he elected to seek help from his college and continue with his studies.

Manufacturing-Career Cluster

McGraw Hill Education says “Clusters are Jobs in the manufacturing career cluster which involve planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities, such as production planning and control maintenance, and manufacturing process engineering.” They also, identify and further clarify “. . .


For some students the most challenging and worrisome part of the career development process is networking. Knowing how to engage with potential professional peers is an ability that takes time to hone. Working on the five steps below can aid you in getting on track for more confident and successful networking!

1. Break the ice!
A smile, an introduction of self and a simple opening question like, “So what brings you here?” are enough components to break the ice. Don't over-think it!

2. Practice on others

Metro Art’s Best Kept Secret-3rd Annual Pottery Boutique

“We (Ceramics) are one of the best kept secrets in metro Detroit in that we have a very good ceramics studio that equals that of the surrounding universities. . . people don’t seem to know about it.” Steven Glaser, HFC ceramic instructor

Rebuilding the Strip: Gaza Under Construction

An event that resulted in protests around the world, the 51 day war between Palestine and Israel is now at an end, with much of both cities left in ruin. Attempts our now being made, with lots of government funding, to rebuild the Gaza Strip, a small Palestinian territory located between Egypt and Israel. It runs along the Mediterranean coast and is populated by Palestinians who are mostly ethnic Arabs and majority Muslim. The Strip’s history of war has left it deeply impoverished (

Meet Your New trustees

Recently, elections took place in which a variety of different positions were voted upon and filled, including governor, secretary of state, senator and school board members. At Henry Ford College, the latter has a particular impact, as the school board members are also the Board of Trustees at the college.

Meet HFC’s Best Kept Secret; The OTP Program

Offering over 100 programs of study, HFC is a place filled with endless possibilities for students starting their college careers. Known for its nursing and culinary arts programs, the college also offers majors as diverse as criminal justice, graphic design, and ophthalmology.

The only program of its kind in Michigan, the Ophthalmic Technician program prepares students interested in vision care by incorporating lectures as well as hands-on experience.

Our Fall Brawl Winners

Henry Ford College had four place winners at the Fall Brawl NCWA (National
Collegiate Wrestling Association) tournament hosted by Mott Community

Place winners for HFC included:

Champion Jeff Henderson (235 pounds) 3-0
Runner-Up Cody Stanley (165)
Third place Andrew Osbron (285)
Fourth place Darian Holmes (285)

Jeff Henderson (235 pounds) was one of the youngest wrestlers in the
building at the season opening Fall Brawl hosted by Mott Community College,
that didn’t stop him from posting a 3-0 record and winning his first
collegiate tournament.

Who Killed Hae Lee? New Podcast “Serial” Investigates

While one might never have heard of her, the question “Who killed Hae Lee?” is intriguing. It brings up a lot of additional questions. Who is Hae? How did she die? Why is there any doubt as to who did it?

Survival Horror Gems 2

There is something about classic survival horror games that have an everlasting charm. Despite the fixed camera angles, clunky controls and punishing difficulty, many of these games still hold up well. Last time I did a survival horror article I reviewed the ambitiously action heavy Fear Effect and the unique Sci-fi based Galerians. This time I’ll be reviewing Parasite Eve and Dino Crisis, two Playstation One classics in my opinion.

Parasite Eve was released in 1998 by Squaresoft (now known as Square Enix). The story follows a cop on the trail of a mysterious woman who is the cause of a renegade parasite outbreak and an army of hostile mutated creatures. The story of this game is surprisingly deep and the gameplay throws

"Interstellar" (2014)

Interstellar is director Christopher Nolan’s tenth movie. His films have gradually grown in scale and ambition. He’s come a long way from his first film Following – which despite its small budget is still very well done. Like most great directors; The Cohen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Alfred Hitchcock, Nolan makes each movie uniquely his. Despite each film’s striking uniqueness, he maintains certain themes, and Interstellar is no exception. Themes like revenge, deception, obsession, good vs. evil. He is also known for placing scenes in a very nonlinear order.

"Nightcrawler" (2014)

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton
Directed and Written by Dan Gilroy

Louis Bloom, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is creepy. He will get things done by any means necessary. When he pulls over on the side of the highway at the scene of a car crash he discovers the art of nightcrawling. Nightcrawling is to go out and try to capture scenes of accidents or crimes on camera before everything is cleared by police and paramedics. The goal is to then send the footage to the news station of the highest bid. Louis becomes fixated when he sees a man, played by Bill Paxton, jump out of a van to record a woman being pulled out of the wreckage of the car crash. The next day he trades in his

Joy Ike Gives Her All

Joy Ike, Pittsburgh based neo-soul/pop singer and songwriter, graced Henry Ford’s Student Center with her captivating music on the last Wednesday of October. Ike’s songs, filled with a deep melodic beat and combined with her captivating, crystal clear voice, her affectionately dubbed “soul folk” music definitely caught the attention of students. Switching from an electric piano to a ukulele throughout her performance, Ike’s unique rhythmic blend is a balancing act of rich, deep sounds and often times melancholy music, making for a one of a kind, genre-coalescing music experience.

Deals and Steals: Black Friday Is Coming

The holiday season is just around the corner. Around that corner are also lines of hundreds of people hoping to save some cash and cross some gifts off their to-do lists. The day after Thanksgiving comes what is known as Black Friday in the retail sector, and the official beginning of the holiday shopping season.

On Black Friday, retailers offer deep discounts to try to tempt people out of their high-carb comas and open their wallets for savings. Stores taking part in this

The Safety and Benefits of Stretching

The body always needs to have a good stretch every now and then, whether a person exercises or not. It is a great way to stay flexible and energetic throughout the day. Stretching has been known to have benefits, which includes easing lower back pain. Before I start with the benefits of stretching, let’s begin with how to stretch safely:

The Mayo Clinic ( advises to use the following tips when thinking about stretching:

1-Don’t consider stretching a warm-up
When thinking about starting to stretch, they recommend to warm-up with a light jog or biking in order to warm the muscles. Also, they suggest holding off your stretching regimen before any extraneous activity as it might decrease performance.

The Health Benefits of Chocolate

Chocolate can appear ubiquitous when it comes to deserts and other foods, but in recent years it has also been shown to be beneficial to health. Of course, with that said, it should be consumed in moderation, and in such one can reap the advantages fully.

Chocolate may be healthy in the fact that it contains antioxidant flavonoids which come from the cacao plant, where chocolate originates. Other plants rich in such include grapes and grapefruit ( Flavonoids are what give fruits and vegetables pigmentation. They work in the human body as antioxidants which can help protect cells from damage (

Avoid Stressful Holiday Season

     It is that time of the year again. The holiday season is here and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This time of the year is always a hectic period of preparing, shopping, and traveling. Students also experience the additional stress of preparing for finals. So what can one do to avoid the stress often experienced at this time? Planning, preparation, and stress management techniques are just a few ways to reduce holiday stress.