PTK Mental Health & Wellness Fair

By: Cassie Turner

Phi Theta Kappa will be hosting a Mental Health and Wellness Fair this Thursday,
November 16th , from 10 am – 3 pm in the Atrium. There will be a featured guest speaker panel from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, at noon. Another highlight to look for are comfort dogs from Immanuel Lutheran. Any excuse will be good for someone to experience the benefit of therapy dogs. As many students are trying to get to Thanksgiving Break, this fair is a timely scheduled event for RVC students looking for momentum into the final stretch of classes.

World Religions Trip

By Nick Talan:

In America many different religions are practiced. Not everybody ventures out to see what other religions are like outside of their own, and why others practice their certain beliefs. Recently I went with a group of students from RVC’s World Religions class to see four different religious sites and learn about what they do. This photo is a picture of the Buddhist Temple in Cherry Valley. It was interesting to see how the monks on the scene live.

NBA’s Star Rookies

This year’s NBA rookie talent is at an all-time high chock full of new prospects and promising futures. While most people were focused on Lonzo Ball and the phenomena that was created around him, new faces like Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, and Ben Simmons are all proving that they are worth the hype. The NBA offseason was insane this year due to the amount of offseason trades and new acquisitions which created only more anticipation for opening night. Knowingly, the teams with the worst seasons of the previous year have the highest chance of gaining new talent in hopes to revitalize their franchise. This season, may have the most potential of turning the dominant tide in both the Western and Eastern Conferences.

Rockford Record Crawl

Rockford is full of music and vinyl lovers. We are lucky enough to have four amazing local record shops collaborate to meet the needs of avid music listeners around town. Those four shops are Toad Hall, CD Source, Culture Shock, and Kate’s Pie Shop Cafe and Records. On Saturday, October 21st, the 4th annual Rockford Record Crawl (RRC) had a huge turnout! According to Culture Shock’s Facebook page, 25% more people attended this year’s Record Crawl than last year’s.

Sports 360 Episode 5: Hot Takes

In episode 5 of Sports 360, Ryan and John are joined by Nate Talan, Nick Talan, Max Burke, and Mike Leaman. This large cast allows an opportunity for more commentary on multiple pressing issues like “Super Teams” and the NBA becoming competitive again. The Houston Astros were just crowned the World Series Championship on Wednesday. Game 5 between the Astros and Dodgers may have been one of the best Series games in its history. NFL updates are given, in addition to early predictions for the AFC and NFC Championships.

The Problem With Puppy Mills

Upon hearing the words puppy mill, your brain probably produces some very negative thoughts.  You probably think of sad dogs with big eyes looking out from behind bars, but there is much more to it.  According to The Puppy Mill Project, a puppy mill can be defined as a breeder who puts financial gain above the health and happiness of their dogs.  When this happens, the puppies produced in the mills end up being unhealthy and can have a lot of behavior issues that become a burden to the future owners of the puppy. Puppy mills are absolutely atrocious.  Life in a puppy mill is no life at all.  Mothers are shoved into tiny, wire cages that are stacked on top of each other with little room to move and no protection from heat or cold.  Every single heat cycle they are forced to breed, and when they no longer can breed, they are killed.  Dogs in puppy mills do not even get a peaceful death.  The breeders will barbarically drown or shoot dogs instead of euthanizing them humanely, simply because it saves money.  These dogs live in dirty, unsanitary conditions, where they can contract all kinds of horrible illnesses. So, why isn’t anyone doing anything about this problem?  Well, the Department of Agriculture is supposed to be overseeing the treatment of animals in commercial dog breeding facilities.  It is also supposed to be regulating the treatment of animals used for research and animals that are publicly exhibited in places like zoos.  However, it has been very lax in its evaluation of facilities that breed dogs.  It is estimated that Department of Agriculture inspectors “devote a maximum of 6 percent of their time enforcing the AWA.”  The health of the animals is often overlooked, and the mills are granted a license when they only meet minimal standards set by the Animal Welfare Act. The Animal Welfare Act, which was enacted in 1966, mentions only the care and treatment of animals.  The act takes the government out of anything having to do with the guidelines set in these facilities.  Therefore, if the puppy mill sees their dogs as being treated well and cared for (even when they are locked in small cages their whole lives, while being forced to have puppies every time they go through heat), they very well may be granted a license.  Clearly the owners of puppy mills should not be able decide if their facilities are safe and clean, since the reality is that many of them are dangerous and dirty. Instead, further governmental regulation is essential.

Panic in the Meadowlands

The names Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Jason Pierre-Paul all have something in common: they all play for the New York Giants and they all have struggled to earn a win this season. This isn’t like them. In years past, most notably, 2007 and 2011, they twice beat the NFL powerhouse the New England Patriots, and star quarterback Eli Manning nailed down two Super Bowl MVPs. In this 2017 season, they haven’t played nearly as good compared to those in years past. This isn’t something that is new to this team.

Sports 360 Episode 3

On episode 3 of Sports 360 we talk about:

RVC Golden Eagles updates (womens soccer/volleyball and mens soccer)
MLB ALCS and NLCS (0:05:50)
NBA Preseason (0:20:44)
NHL regular season updates (0:45:00)
AHL Icehogs (1:00:00)
NFL regular season updates (1:03:30)
NCAA ranking analysis (1:25:00)
USMNT disaster #IcelandSmites (1:33:30)

 

Domestic Violence Awareness

Rock Valley College is hosting a domestic violence awareness event Tuesday, October 10, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Remedies Domestic Violence Shelters is running the awareness event. They’re a local nonprofit organization aimed to helping people in Winnebago and Boone Counties find immediate refuge from domestic violence abuse. They give over 1,500 women and children a safe shelter and provide over 1,800 patients struggling with addictions treatment every year. The first hour will be a helpful primer on how to help people suffering from domestic violence and the after effects. The last part will have attendees walk a mile around RVC campus to symbolically ponder and internalize a plan of action moving forward.