Author: Mariam Itani

Posted on: May 7, 2021 Posted by: Mariam Itani Comments: 0

Moraine’s new restaurant Table 67 prepares for public opening

By Mariam Itani, News Editor On May 4th, Moraine Valley hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the school’s very own restaurant, Table 67. Sylvia Jenkins, president of Moraine, kickstarted the ceremony with a speech thanking all those who were involved and helped make Table 67 a reality.  “I’m amazed at how it has transformed from a traditional classroom to a small demonstration kitchen to this beautiful restaurant that…

Posted on: April 22, 2021 Posted by: Mariam Itani Comments: 0

Conviction in Floyd murder brings momentary relief, reveals a need for deep reflection

By Mariam Itani, News Editor People worldwide–including at Moraine Valley–breathed a sigh of relief this week as former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. On May 25, 2020, outside a local shop in Minneapolis, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a consecutive nine minutes and 29 seconds until his last breath. On April…

Posted on: April 15, 2021 Posted by: Mariam Itani Comments: 0

What will fall look like? More face-to-face classes, but ‘normal’ campus life uncertain

By Mariam Itani, News Editor Since quarantine started, we’ve been stuck in a limbo between the before and the now–fearing the unknown and facing unprecedented times. And with COVID-19 still affecting the normality of things, uncertainty continues for the fall semester. The college plans to offer a mix of in-person, hybrid, virtual and online courses, but things could change between now and August. At this point, all full-time faculty have…

Posted on: March 26, 2021 Posted by: Mariam Itani Comments: 0

Part-time faculty face extra hardships due to pandemic

Featured image and graphic by Sarah Kauffman By Yunuen Perez and Mariam Itani Over the past year, many people have been on a rollercoaster of worry, fear, and uncertainty, wondering if they might lose their income or be hit with high health care costs. Some of those people are right here at Moraine, working alongside full-time professors as adjunct faculty. Adjuncts are part-time professors who often jump among two or…

Posted on: February 26, 2021 Posted by: Mariam Itani Comments: 0

Despite higher risks than their K-12 counterparts, college faculty in Illinois not prioritized for vaccine

Graphic by Sarah Kauffman By Mariam Itani, News Editor A Moraine Valley professor comes into class after having been in quarantine for months and follows all safety procedures as closely as possible. Meanwhile, some of the students coming into the classroom have not been adhering to the strict guidelines necessary to combat the COVID-19 virus, putting at risk the professor, who is not vaccinated. Down the street, a high school,…

Posted on: February 12, 2021 Posted by: Mariam Itani Comments: 0

Spotlight on STEM: Club to host speaker on kinesiology, nutrition

By Mariam Itani, News Editor Moraine Valley’s STEM Club meets every other Tuesday with events such as guest speakers, experiments/games, assistance with the upcoming Skyway research competition, or just simply having fun and sharing common interests. “Any and all are welcome into the club,” says Julia Jimenez, club vice president. “We encourage you to join us as we build a friendly community of students during these rather isolated months.” Officially,…

Posted on: January 28, 2021 Posted by: Mariam Itani Comments: 0

Rainbow Reception to highlight LGBTQ+ resources

Image: ACLU Website By Mariam Itani, News Editor Moraine will host the annual Rainbow Reception virtually this year at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1. This event, organized by the  LGBTQ+ Subcommittee of the Celebrating Diversity Committee, will highlight all the resources at Moraine that are available to students that identify themselves under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.  Representatives from many offices at Moraine will be speaking at this event, explaining the…

Posted on: November 2, 2020 Posted by: Mariam Itani Comments: 0

MVCC students: Show up and vote!

By Mariam Itani, Staff Writer On Tuesday, many students at Moraine Valley will be voting for the first time. It’s crucial that we take this opportunity seriously because we are the youth of America. If we wish to have our voices heard, we must place our vote; if we wish to bring about changes to this country, we must place our vote; if we wish to stand up for what…