PTK Mental Health & Wellness Fair

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.

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.

Mind Over Matter: A Rock Valley Student Overcomes the Impossible

Last year, Morgan Gile seemed to be as normal and healthy as anyone else.  She loved running on the track team in high school, singing in choir and dancing in musicals.  She was working at Subway and a nursing home in Byron while also attending Rock Valley College as a full-time student. Morgan was going to school to be an artist.  She wasn’t sure what field of art she wanted to focus on, but she knew she wanted to create for the rest of her life.  She and her boyfriend Aaron lived in an apartment in Stillman Valley.  Everything seemed to be going very smoothly for Morgan, until she got the flu. In September of 2016, Morgan began to feel very sick.  She was constantly dizzy, had a fever and was throwing up.  She tried to push through it, thinking it was the flu and she would get over it soon enough.  But the sickness just kept getting worse.  Morgan could hardly stand without passing out from being so dizzy. She could not stop puking.  Morgan told her boyfriend to call an ambulance.  She knew that this wasn’t the flu.

The Unprecedented Legacy of Alan Webb

The outdoor track campaign is upon us with the spring weather and cool crisp air. These signs show track athletes across the nation are strapping on their spikes and waiting in anticipation for the weekend. Athletes will run their fastest, throw their furthest, and jump their highest. Young athletes usually have some sort of role model to look up and follow their example in hopes of becoming as great as they were. Each sport has their Michael Jordan.

Opening Day!

April has arrived and so has baseball. The Chicago Cubs took the nation on a thrilling ride to the World Series to become the World Champions, and that has left America restlessly waiting for baseball to return. Last season was special not only in part of the Cubs winning, but it was the 2nd highest home run scoring season in history. Big hits in big moments make all the difference. This season will offer more of the same excitement that was enjoyed last season.

The five best dance numbers of all time

When I survey the landscape of the music industry today, so many passionate and visionary artists come into view. These are people who heard the murmur of the world uniquely, and somehow possessed the discipline and talent to channel it in a beautiful way. Some mark a significant turn of an era or revolution of thought. Most all found it as a refuge; a release for elation, confusion or heartbreak. Music can also be a narration to everyday life. How much more enjoyable is driving in the car with a playlist or studying with a soundtrack? If there’s one thing that I especially love, it is to see music visually come to life in movements of sound and pattern.

Leslie Knope: the most influential person I’ve never met

Almost all the people in my life who have come along and inspired me are powerhouse women. Luckily, I’ve had many interactions with them, but one of these inspirational kickass women I have never met, and probably never will. That woman is Leslie Knope from NBC show Parks and Recreation. Why Leslie Knope? Here are 7 reasons why she is the best.

Alabama proves to be a powerhouse, dominant over college football

Anyone who follows college football knows that select teams dominate the sport and have been doing so for some time. One team cannot be left out of that conversation, and their recent success in past years is proof. Alabama’s staggering victories and impressive performances have caught the attention of recruiters, fans and sports analysts. Since it’s inception in 1992, Alabama has won 7 SEC Championship Games tying the record for most wins in that conference with the University of Florida (1992, 1999, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). The four times Alabama has won the SEC Championship game, they have also claimed the national title (in the span of eight years, they have claimed four national titles).

How to ace your finals, study tips from the Valley Forge

College students are accustomed to stress. With all the essays, projects, exams and quizzes we have to prepare for, it’s not uncommon to hear students getting little sleep and feeling run down from everything they have to prepare for. These feelings of anxiety are doubled the last couple weeks before finals. There are some that have the general anxiety, but are prepared for the tests, and then there’s those who are stressed to the maximum and are worried they will not pass. According to College Fashion, now is the appropriate time to begin really putting in the work for finals.