Category: Features

Posted on: October 22, 2021 Posted by: Mariah Trujillo Comments: 0

Prepare for fright before Halloween night

By Mariah Trujillo, News Editor There is nothing like the feeling of walking over crunching leaves when a hint of pumpkin spice and a cool breeze stops you in your tracks. As perfect as it may sound, why is there that lurking feeling of being watched? Could the nail-biting tales told before Halloween night have some truth to them? And could you be the main character?  Whether you’re looking to…

Posted on: October 22, 2021 Posted by: Nick Stulga Comments: 0

Tech CEO uses artificial intelligence to enhance human connections

By Nick Stulga, JRN 111 Student Matt Coughlin is a man of many words, taking calls all day long. So it’s no surprise that he has a multitude of mottos. “Obstacles are opportunities. They’re just not yet achieved,” said Coughlin, the founder and CEO of XSELL Technologies, a Chicago-based artificial intelligence company. “I think if I were to look back on most of the things that I’ve gotten great satisfaction…

Posted on: October 3, 2021 Posted by: Ethan Holesha Comments: 0

Lynch uses award-winning writing to overcome personal struggles

Photo by Gretchen Lynch Gabrielle Lynch reads her national award-winning essay, “In a World of Nancy Kerrigans.” By Ethan Holesha, Features Editor Battling bipolar disorder, autism, and depression, Moraine Valley student Gabrielle Lynch has been able to use her writing as a coping mechanism.  Lynch’s essay, “In a World of Nancy Kerrigans,” took third place in its category at the national level in the League for Innovation in the Community…

Posted on: October 1, 2021 Posted by: Deana Elhit Comments: 0

Zwick shares Hispanic Heritage tales of myths, legends, curiosities

By Deana Elhit, Editor-in-Chief Aurora Zwick hopes to shine a light for students on the stories of their own cultures and traditions from their homelands. Zwick, who is manager of the English Language Learning Center, presented a series of myths, legends, and curiosities Friday in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  “I think it’s important for us to know the Hispanic culture,” she said. “I know sometimes it’s hard for parents…

Posted on: September 16, 2021 Posted by: Ethan Holesha Comments: 0

Finn: After 39 years, athletic director position still doesn’t feel like work

Photo by Ethan Holesha Even after almost four decades as the athletic director at Moraine Valley, Bill Finn still feels as if he’s living out his dream job. While COVID has put a damper on sports over the course of the past two years, Finn continues to come to work day after day with the same positive attitude he’s always had. By Ethan Holesha, Features Editor As he enters his…

Posted on: September 5, 2021 Posted by: Deana Elhit Comments: 0

Professor of the Year Sweis-Dababneh opens minds to Arabic culture

By Deana Elhit, Editor-in-Chief Arabic is a complicated, difficult language to learn, but teaching it is a passion for Maha Sweis-Dababneh.  When she came to the U.S. from Jordan in 2007, Sweis-Dababneh brought her dedication to spreading the knowledge of her native language. She created the first Arabic courses at Moraine Valley that year. Since then, she has never stopped inspiring students, opening minds and creating enthusiasm. Her innovative methods…

Posted on: May 13, 2021 Posted by: T'naya Anderson Comments: 0

Could cancel culture creep into college?

Featured image by Sarah Kauffman By T’naya Anderson, JRN 111 Student The world of social media can certainly be dark with its looming threats of social unacceptance, cyber bullying and false realities. Just when you think that’s all, startling whispers of a cancel culture float to the surface, and now you wonder, “Can I too get canceled?” Cancel culture is society’s way of holding businesses, brands, media outlets or individuals…

Posted on: May 13, 2021 Posted by: Paige Doherty Comments: 0

‘He died in my arms’: Moraine alum sees all as respiratory therapist during COVID

By Paige Doherty, COM 101 Student Joanna Danko rarely cries over a patient, but she will never forget the day she had to take a COVID patient off life support. “A 70-year-old man came into the emergency room, saying that he wasn’t feeling too well and wanted to get checked out,” says Danko, a respiratory therapist at Palos Community Hospital. “He came in walking and talking fine. Over the next…