LASO Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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By Jeramie L Bizzle    @jeramiebizzle87

The Latin American Student Association held their first annual Latino cultural exhibit on September 25th and 26th in the parachutes lounge located in the B Building in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The exhibit featured traditional costumes, paintings and pottery from countries including Venezuela and Mexico. Mayra Anguiano, 21, who serves as the president of the club said that this is important to Hispanic students as it express culture to others for every culture has a meaning.

“No one has done this here as far as I know, and we want to teach others about the arts and the cultures of other countries,” Anguiano said. “We have countries here like Columbia, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico.”

more artifacts featured in the exhibit included candy skulls for day of the dead in Mexico, Paintings from San Antonio de Pereira and currency from Honduras. Fellow students and members Nicole Burgos, 19, and Daniel Gonzalez, 18, also said why this event is important not only to the college but to themselves.

“We are a very diverse school, showing the differences in culture introduces them to different culture. We have a lot more stuff coming and we hope to expand it.” Burgos Said.

“Most people think that Latin America is in the south, but we have a broaden horizon and people get to learn about other cultures and get a sense of heritage,” Gonzalez said. “I’m born in the U.S but I don’t know much about my own culture so this is a good experience for me.”

the Hispanic Heritage month begins September 15th and lasts until October 15th. President Anguiano also mentions that they are working with Program Board to end the month with more traditional Hispanic customs for students.

LASO will also be hosting an event for the upcoming day of the dead on October 31st, Time and location to be announced.

Lorenzo Webber Leaves Triton College to Join UIC College Prep

By Jeramie L Bizzle

@jeramiebizzle87

 The words of inspiration, leadership Bill Cosby impressions and the unforgettable laugh of former program assistant of special initiatives and Student Ambassador adviser Lorenzo Webber will be missed he announced his departure from the college last week.

Webber, 25, began serving along Student Life staff at Triton for three years in August of 2010, around the same time he graduated from the institution. Along with launching the Student leadership institute, he has worked closely with other clubs and organizations on campus including TCSA, Campus Net and Program Board and is the President of the Triton College Alumni Association. He reflects on his first day being a part of student life and his experiences here at Triton.

“The memories are endless, the opportunity to work directly with students is something I will never forget,” Webber said. “I can remember the first day of sitting at this very desk with the question coming in mind “Oh My Goodness” what is special initiatives, and I came to understand it is about serving students.”

Webber will now be serving in administration at UIC College Prep, a Charter High School in Chicago. He leaves all his co-workers, friends, students and staff with a message as he begins a new chapter in his life.

“To the staff and the students and administration of Triton College, It has been a pleasure to serve along side you and for our students to serve you,” Webber said.

“If there is anything I would leave for student leaders here on campus or to students who come to our campus for the first time, make the most of your time here at Triton College. It is often a brief moment but a very essential moment and that you take advantage of the resources that’s available to you, the staff members are there to support you and most importantly of all the opportunities to build yourself into a better person”

Webber in addition said it is not goodbye it’s see you later and encourage students to learn about their alumni association. For the full interview visit5thavenuejournal.com.

Do You Know What to do When a Person is Having a Seizure?

Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 3.20.20 PMBetween chemistry and English class, you’re enjoying your lunch on the quad, marveling at the spring flowers.  Across the way, you spot a classmate acting a bit odd.  You don’t know her name, but you recognize her and notice she looks a little dizzy and then right before your eyes, she falls to the ground and goes into what you think is a seizure.  You’ve seen this on TV, and the shaking and foaming at the mouth is all you know about seizures.  You freak out and don’t know what to do.

Seizures are a symptom of epilepsy, one of the most common neurological disorders.  A seizure is marked by excess electrical energy in the brain at a brief moment in time.  Anything the brain can do under normal circumstances, the brain can do during a seizure (altering one’s movement, behavior, awareness and sensation). The majority of all seizures are NOT medical emergencies.  The young student described above had a tonic-clonic seizure.  It is a very common type of a generalized seizure and is not fatal.  These seizures begin with a loss of consciousness and a fall to the ground.  Immediately the person will experience stiffening of their limbs followed by jerking of the limbs.  It can be scary to watch, but the person having the seizure feels nothing and is not in pain at all.  But for certain s/he will wake up feeling exhausted, fatigued and possibly confused.

First aid:

If someone around you is having a seizure, (and you know they have epilepsy) the best thing you can do is to make sure the person is safe.  First aid for the tonic-clonic seizure is as follows:

  • A first time seizure – always call EMS
  • Track the time
  • Turn the person to his/her side & loosen their necktie, scarf, etc
  • Stay with the person until after their seizure is over
  • Be a friend

Fast facts about seizures and epilepsy:

1 in 10 people will ever have a single seizure in their lifetime?

1 in 26 people in the US will develop epilepsy in their lifetime?

Epilepsy is not contagious.

Epilepsy is not a mental disease; it is a neurological disorder.

Be a friend

Don’t be afraid to ask the person questions about seizure triggers or first-aid options.

Treat the person the same as you would anyone else, epilepsy is just a part of their life.

Respect the person’s privacy and don’t discuss their epilepsy with others who might not know about their condition.

Have campus medical personnel or security numbers readily available.

Educate yourself

To learn more about epilepsy, or to have a free presentation on campus, contact Ayesha Akhtar, Community Education Coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.  Email: aakhtar@epilepsychicago.org

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Affordable Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home

By Jeramie L Bizzle

                With kids running and playing dressed as their favorite superhero, parents flooding the candy aisle in every store and the sounds of thousands of doorbells being rung in exchange for tricks or treat. That means it’s almost time for Halloween, but although it is a fun and festive holiday it is also the dangerous. For parents who want to take their children treat or treating during the day but have nothing planned for the evening, here are some helpful ways to put the spook in your night that is fun for the whole family.

Scavenger Hunt

If you have children between the age of six and nine, hiding candy throughout the house and giving scary clues to where they are may not scream scary but will scream fun as they look to find extra candy. The bigger the candy more, the harder the clue and the more laughter you will have as you see your kids pull their hair out to find it.

Practical Joke War

Don’t do the typical scary movies; this day is perfect because you’re dressed in scary attire anyway, grab your phone or camera and record yourself scary the living daylights out of a family member or neighbor. Now you have a scary slash comedy film to look at afterwards.

Scary Food

By this time it is probably dinner time, foods that are perfect for this holiday includes spaghetti for worms, meatloaf molded into a brain shape and for desert marshmallows with Hershey’s kisses in the center for the eye balls.

After the end of the day after everyone has fell asleep from the activities, pat yourself on the back for not only having a fun day with the family but for also keeping everyone, especially your children, safe and sound.