This past weekend at Rock Valley College, Professor Brian Wagner gave a lecture about climate change, “One Earth.” His approach was different to the issue than most that are available to listen to on a podcast or on cable news. The goal of the lecture was to meet an understanding of how environmental ethics, science, and religion can agree and support each other on this argument. Instead of the norm of polar opposites. The idea is one of two things, the argument from ignorance or the argument from design.
A beautiful 80 degree day ruled the campus at RVC. As students who walked by the main walkway in between CL1 and the ERC to the Student Center had the opportunity to get a free, cool treat. Intervarsity, one of RVC’s student clubs on campus, ran a free snow-cone stand. It would’ve been hard to miss because of the popularity of the walkway; also the significant lines of students waiting their turn for a snow-cone was a clear giveaway. The snow-cone stand was there from 10-2.
Tomorrow marks the start of the Fall 2017 semester at Rock Valley College. Here at The Valley Forge we’re excited for what this year has in store for all of us. RVC is bustling with activities for many students, new and returning. There are film festivals around the corner, sports events to attend, and club activities that will give plenty of chances to make new friends. Last semester was fun, full of good stories.
In light of the London terrorist attack which left 3 dead and 40 injured, Europe has reached out to show their support. The suspect, Khalid Masood, 52, was responsible for the most horrific attack on the United Kingdom in 12 years. According to the New York Times, Masood drove his car onto Westminster Bridge and hit a crowd of pedestrians. Officers responded by shooting and killing the perpetrator. Paris, France showed their solidarity with London by blacking out the Eiffel Tower.
Celebrate your Irish heritage, whether pure or fantasy, and dance a jig! Erin go Bragh! “Saint Patrick was a gentleman, who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland, here’s a drink to his health! But not too many drinks, lest we lose ourselves and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick, and see them snakes again!”
Administrators, faculty and students gathered in the Atrium for an open forum with Dr. Doug Jensen on February 20. Rock Valley College’s Student Government Association began the event at 3 p.m. with an introduction from Student Trustee Nathanael Webber and current SGA President, Levi Sommerville. Sommerville participated as the moderator, posing questions to the RVC president. SGA posed the first question concerning how Jensen first became involved with RVC. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Jensen attended a community college himself and jumped at the chance to become the president of RVC years later. He believes that while Rockford is a challenged community, it is a city dedicated to change, which is exactly what attracted him to this new career opportunity.
Rockford Area Art Council will premiere the opening of its news space, the Shumway, February 13 and 15, featuring Feverland. “Feverland is a dark comedy that commemorates the 88th anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” said the RAAC in their official press release. Written by Connie Kuntz, it depicts the love between Al Capone and Lady Liberty, the figurehead of the American Dream. The piece will feature talented local actors, dancers and musicians of Rockford, which music by Matthew Flamm and choreography by Caitlyn and Meghan Baylor.
Donald J. Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, January 20. During the inauguration, peaceful as well as threatening protests erupted in Washington, D.C. to raise voices against the seemingly unpopular man. News coverage followed the ceremonies of the day and showed the response of the American people. While the inauguration was shown to have significantly less attendees than in the past, the true force of solidarity was seen on January 21. Women all across the United States, and across the world joined, in a march to promote the unity and equality of women. It was one of the largest movements worldwide and the future goal of the Women’s March is to make this peaceful protest into a social impact that produces a change in the political world.
The 2017 spring semester has begun at Rock Valley College, and already there is no shortage in upcoming events for January.
The college campus will be closed on Monday the 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day.
In the world of basketball, there are different events to choose from to attend:
Tonight at 5:30 p.m., the women’s basketball team will face Malcolm X College in the Physical Education Center. The men’s and women’s teams will both be playing against Milwaukee Area Technical College on January 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the PEC. On the 21, Rock Valley College will host the fourth annual Rumble in the Rock basketball tournament beginning at 10 am and will feature four Rockford area high schools as well at RVC’s own basketball teams. After the tournament, the Golden Eagles will come up against Triton College with the women playing at 4 p.m. and the men playing at 8 p.m.
Madison College’s teams will travel to RVC’s PEC on the 25 to play against the women at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m.
On the 28, Joliet Junior College will play the women’s basketball team at 1 p.m. and the men’s team at 3 p.m.
January 18 is the last day that students are able to drop a spring semester class in order to receive a refund.
The Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society held an event in the ERC on November 28 in order to raise awareness for stress among college students. As part of an initiation process for this society, the group contacted the RVC campus officials to help educate students on the dangerous symptoms of anxiety and depression that are common around finals time. With final exams about two weeks away, RVC students must develop techniques to deal with the stress of studying and preparing for the end of the semester. The fundraiser teamed up with Circle of Wellness, a massage therapy organization which specializes in acupuncture, chiropractics, reflexology, nutrition, massage and rehab, and provided free massages for people who wanted them. Observed students who received their own massage promptly noted that they felt entirely relaxed and that they had not realized how stressed and tense they had felt.
Massage therapy was not the only stress free option available.
This presidential election has been crazy whether you’re Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green Party or other. The candidates have not been ideal for most and it finally all comes to a bittersweet end on November 8. At 6 pm, CNN’s coverage of the election showed that Donald Trump had 65.0 % of the popular vote, while Hillary Clinton had 30.7%. But this number was quickly changing as more votes were processed, and the percentage was rising in favor of Clinton. Trump was the projected winner for Indiana, with 11 electoral votes, and Kentucky, with 8 electoral votes. Clinton was the projected winner for Vermont, with 3 electoral votes. According to CBS News, at 7 pm, Clinton was the projected winner of Illinois, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Vermont.