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The Courier

Content by Lucas Koprowski
I am a loser.

I am a loser.

May 9, 2017

Crying would be a subtle and visceral way to release all the pent-up emotion I have towards leaving this newspaper after this semester’s final issue. Since September of 2014, I’ve been a part of...

It Came from Bandcamp

It Came from Bandcamp

May 3, 2017

With the advent of the internet, music has become a commodity. Anyone anywhere can make music and self-publish their work on a number of popular independent platforms. One of the most popular, yet somehow...

“DAMN.” is an understatement

“DAMN.” is an understatement

April 25, 2017

Kendrick Lamar has solidified his craft to be on the same level as Michelangelo and Pablo Picasso. The evolution from his debut release “Section.80” to the outstanding and highly revered “To Pimp...

Board Chairwoman Deanne Mazzochi

COD tuition freeze leaves room for anxiety

March 22, 2017

The most important factor when any student selects the College of DuPage as their school of choice is the cost of tuition. With tuition prices across the nation skyrocketing, students are stuck paying...

Is Milo Yiannopoulos a pedophile?

Is Milo Yiannopoulos a pedophile?

February 28, 2017

The difference between reporting objectively and creating a hit piece is a line many writers have been aggressively grinding down since the dawn of the United States. Although we can laugh at the outrageous...

“Manchester by the Sea” deserves an Oscar

“Manchester by the Sea” deserves an Oscar

February 22, 2017

The east coast has never looked so beautiful, nor felt so human. The last time I left the Midwest was when I was eight to go to Florida, but “Manchester by the Sea” successfully transported me to the...

STAFF EDITORIAL: President or Dictator?

STAFF EDITORIAL: President or Dictator?

February 7, 2017

Trump did not ban Muslims. Stop calling it a Muslim Ban. From writers of mainstream media to professors and students at the College of DuPage, people have been expressively explosive in their disdain for...

The Kanye West you can’t see

The Kanye West you can’t see

February 7, 2017

Kanye West is the grandiose laughing stock of current day hip-hop. After his album “Graduation,” his experimental phase left him complacent, allowing him to create piles of garbage such as “The Life...

A presidency with an explosive start

A presidency with an explosive start

January 31, 2017

Donald Trump began his presidency with an explosive plethora of executive orders that encompass many of his campaign promises. From the pipelines to immigration, his decisions leave many of us on the editorial...

D.R.A.M. at the Metro

D.R.A.M. at the Metro

January 31, 2017

D.R.A.M.’s leg rammed into the side of my head as he jumped into the crowd. His hit single “Broccoli” is being played by his band as he’s shoved back and forth unintentionally as people rush towards...

“Cozy Tapes: Vol 1 Friends -” proves how unoriginal A$AP Mob has become

“Cozy Tapes: Vol 1 Friends -” proves how unoriginal A$AP Mob has become

November 9, 2016

A$AP Mob’s newest mixtape, “Cozy Tapes: Vol. 1 Friends -” is one of the most boring and repetitive albums I’ve heard in a long time. I appreciate experimenting with style and demo-sounding tracks...

Chaps fall to Anoka in District Championship

Chaps fall to Anoka in District Championship

November 1, 2016

The Chaparral women’s soccer team fought hard at their district championship game against Anoka-Ramsey, only to be defeated in a shootout. Although the Chaps took an early lead with a header by Chaparral...

“Scavenger” showcases why Fleece deserves your attention

“Scavenger” showcases why Fleece deserves your attention

November 1, 2016

I would have never expected to find such musical prowess behind a band whose largest accomplishment is an improvised satirical song about putting things up their butt. Fleece, a small indie-alt band...

NIU and COD implement a new reverse transfer agreement

NIU and COD implement a new reverse transfer agreement

October 25, 2016

The College of DuPage and Northern Illinois University have signed into effect a reverse transfer agreement that will give students the opportunity to earn their associate’s degree while at a four-year...

Trump vs Clinton: Pick your poison

Trump vs Clinton: Pick your poison

October 19, 2016

Donald Trump is a sexist megalomaniac who doesn’t care about the people of our nation, and is the only candidate in the presidential race for the power the seat provides to its beholder. That is how...

Why you NEED to vote third party

Why you NEED to vote third party

October 14, 2016

Does voting matter? Most of the people I have talked to in my generation don’t feel like their vote counts at all. They feel voicing their opinion for either of this year’s two major party candidates...

“Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid”: Die Antwoords best album yet

“Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid”: Die Antwoord’s best album yet

October 4, 2016

Before I found Die Antwoord, I wasn’t living life to its fullest extent. The constant berating of radio hits by “artists” like Chainsmokers and DJ Khaled gentrifies the entire idea of musical expression...

Trustee Charles Bernstein, President of the Audit Committee at a news conference the day the audit was released.

[Photo] Audit reveals 19 points for improvement for College of DuPage

October 4, 2016

Trustee Charles Bernstein, President of the Audit Committee at a news conference the day the audit was released.

Interior Design Lighting Show 2016 - Gallery

Interior Design Lighting Show 2016 – Gallery

September 6, 2016

The “Interior Design Lighting Show 2016” hosted a plethora of student work, all centered around light fixtures created by students in the classroom. From wire frames wrapped around Edison bulbs to...

Am I a loser?

Am I a loser?

August 31, 2016

Why am I still here? I promised myself the first week of my freshman year I wouldn’t be one of those losers who sticks around for a third year at a community college, yet here I am. Whether it’s because...

2016 College of DuPage Graduation Commencement

2016 College of DuPage Graduation Commencement

May 25, 2016

  Two thousand nine hundred and twenty students walked at the 49th annual graduation commencement ceremony in front of a packed crowd at the College of DuPage PE Arena on May 20. Of those...

Five movies you can’t miss this summer

Five movies you can’t miss this summer

May 25, 2016

There will be 55 movies released during the summer. Nobody has time to see all 55 of these cinematic adventures, and, of course, no one should see every single film. No one wants to spend anywhere from...

In with Rondeau, out with Joe?

In with Rondeau, out with Joe?

May 10, 2016

With Ann Rondeau preparing to become the next College of DuPage president, Acting Interim President Joseph Collins will step back down to his previous role as executive vice president starting July 1....

Q+A: Rondeau and Mazzochi talk about the future of COD

Q+A: Rondeau and Mazzochi talk about the future of COD

May 10, 2016

On May 6, future College of DuPage President Ann Rondeau, Chairwoman of the COD Board of Trustees Deanne Mazzochi, and Student Trustee Luzelena Escamilla sat down with the Courier’s News Editor Lucas...

“Green Room” was a survival thriller unlike any other

“Green Room” was a survival thriller unlike any other

May 3, 2016

The “Green Room” is the grittiest and most nauseating movie I’ve ever seen in a theater. It was amazing. This film didn’t stop at the status quo of showing just a mere blood splatter after a machete...

Ann Rondeau selected as COD president

Ann Rondeau selected as COD president

May 3, 2016

A large group of faculty in the audience cheered as the College of DuPage board of trustees Vice Chairman David Olsen nominated Ann Rondeau to be the next COD president.  With the Clean Slate and Olsen...

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Rauner passes $600 million higher education funding, including MAP grants

May 3, 2016

The wait is over for thousands of College of DuPage students who have waited nine months for state funds that will allow them to pursue their education. Gov. Bruce Rauner recently passed legislation that...

COD Engineering Club robot handing a ball to an audience member.

STEMCON electrifies the College of DuPage

May 3, 2016

  As the sledgehammer smashed into the cinder block laying on top of a woman between two boards of nails, the audience fell into awe as the concrete block became shards of rock and dust that...

Ann Rondeau elected COD president

Ann Rondeau elected COD president

May 2, 2016

In a 4-0-3 vote, the College of DuPage Board of Trustees elected Ann Rondeau as the president of the college. Her term is effective starting July 1. Interim President Joseph Collins will return to his...

Presidential candidate forum round-up

Presidential candidate forum round-up

April 26, 2016

Barbara Kavalier   Main focus: She wanted to use her past experience at San Jose City College and Navarro College to pull the college out of its probationary period that the Higher Learning Commission...

Wozniak talks about the Presidential Search Committee and more

Wozniak talks about the Presidential Search Committee and more

April 26, 2016

After the Presidential Forum with David Sam on Wednesday, April 20, College of DuPage Trustee Joseph Wozniak sat down with Courier News Editor Lucas Koprowski to talk about his opinions on the Presidential...

Should all drugs be legal? Hell yea.

April 20, 2016

In 1970, Richard Nixon passed the Controlled Substance Act and began the now 45-year infamous War on Drugs. Although this was supposed to help get drugs off of the streets and prevent people from using...

Second annual COD weather balloon launch was a success

Second annual COD weather balloon launch was a success

April 20, 2016

This past Saturday, April 16, marked the second annual weather balloon launch here at the College of DuPage. This was performed by the meteorology department here at COD, and hosted a full crowd of...

Conservative speaker Alfonzo Rachel to visit the College of DuPage

Conservative speaker Alfonzo Rachel to visit the College of DuPage

April 20, 2016

African American Christian conservative Alfonzo Rachel will visit the College of DuPage to speak about the history of Democratic racism and his problem with liberal ideology. Rachel is an internet personality...

COD professor leads team to predict tornadoes two to three weeks ahead

COD professor leads team to predict tornadoes two to three weeks ahead

April 20, 2016

College of DuPage professor Victor Gensini has invented a new method for predicting tornadoes two to three weeks in advance. His team currently includes COD professor Paul Sirvatka, Brad Barrett of the...

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“Batman v Superman” is the second worst DC Comics movie ever

April 13, 2016

★★ “Batman v Superman” was one of the worst superhero films I have ever seen. Of course there were redeeming qualities, such as Ben Affleck playing the role he has been training for his entire...

COD presidential finalists have been announced

COD presidential finalists have been announced

April 13, 2016

Search committee Chairman Lee Daniels believes the three finalists are more than qualified for the challenge the position entails.   “We’re confident that the Board will feel as we do,”...

NASA Scientist gives seminar on satellite fly-by of Pluto

NASA Scientist gives seminar on satellite fly-by of Pluto

April 13, 2016

Pluto is a vastly different planet from anything any space agency on Earth has ever studied. It is the next line in astronomical study, and scientists are uncovering new data from the visual and spectral...

Presidential search committee finalizes final three candidates

Presidential search committee finalizes final three candidates

April 6, 2016

The Presidential Search Committee finalized three candidates that they will be presenting to the College of DuPage board of trustees. They finalized the list on March 31, 2016. Student Body Vice President...

Student Leadership Council election winners talk about the future

Student Leadership Council election winners talk about the future

April 6, 2016

A total of 525 votes were casted in the College of DuPage Student Leadership Council (SLC) elections to choose student body president, vice president and student trustee.  The winners were Luzelena Escamilla...

COD Softball has an explosive start to their season

COD Softball has an explosive start to their season

April 6, 2016

The College of DuPage softball team has been on fire this season. They are 16-4 overall, and 6-3 in conference. The team has a .411 batting average and a .477 on base percentage. They are first in the...

Are you feeling the Bern?

Are you feeling the Bern?

March 29, 2016

Just winning by a 2 percent margin, Democratic socialist and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the United States general election with a historic statement of drastic change. Before a preliminary interview...

A rough season for COD’s women’s basketball team

A rough season for COD’s women’s basketball team

March 29, 2016

This was a tough season for the College of DuPage women’s basketball team. They were 9-18 overall for the season, and 2-10 for their conference. They were 30.4 percent for field goals and 23.9 percent...

COLUMN: 2022 World Cup should be stripped from Qatar

COLUMN: 2022 World Cup should be stripped from Qatar

March 29, 2016

The Qatar 2022 World Cup has been a ticket of controversy since former President of FIFA Sepp Blatter announced their winning bid in 2013. Some of the controversy has led to people scrutinizing FIFA of...

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is so far the best horror film of 2016

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is so far the best horror film of 2016

March 29, 2016

With a trailer as ambiguous as the original “Alien” film in the 70’s, I didn’t know what to expect when walking into “10 Cloverfield Lane.” Throughout the movie, John Goodman’s performance...

New ICCB student representative announced

New ICCB student representative announced

March 29, 2016

The newly elected Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) student representative is first year College of DuPage student Ugné Narbutaité. As the ICCB representative, she will be providing student...

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Chicago raises the smoking age to 21 in California’s footsteps

March 29, 2016

Chicago aldermen have approved raising the smoking age to 21. Not only does this include tobacco, but vaping and smokeless tobacco use also. Although this is a major change in policy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s...

Winners of Student Leadership Counsel elections

Winners of Student Leadership Counsel elections

March 17, 2016

Voter turnout for this year’s Student Leadership Counsel (SLC) elections is the highest its been since 2013, with 525 votes. This year’s election resulted in Luzelena Escamilla becoming the Student...

Student outrage on both sides after Donald Trump cancels his rally

March 15, 2016

CHICAGO--- After Donald Trump cancelled his chicago rally, Bernie Sanders supporters crowded together in the center of the University of Illinois in Chicago Pavilion and celebrated his absence, chanting...

[Video] Postponed Trump rally results in riots (VIDEO)

March 11, 2016

A riot broke out at the Donald Trump rally hosted at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion. After it was announced that Trump would not be showing up to the event, a large group of anti-Trump...

“This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” roots Macklemore as a top-tier performer

“This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” roots Macklemore as a top-tier performer

March 9, 2016

Drug addiction, loss, and the melting pot of mixed and fumbled emotions of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have been packaged almost flawlessly in their sophomore album, “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.” I...

After a long wait, Trump releases Health Care plan

After a long wait, Trump releases Health Care plan

March 9, 2016

After months of Donald Trump saying that he will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with “something much better,” he released his seven-point health care reform plan last week. The reform addresses...

Special board meeting talks in house counsel and Waterleaf

Special board meeting talks in house counsel and Waterleaf

March 9, 2016

The presidential search committee being able to cut the amount of candidates from the initial 388 applicants to 64, then to 20 in January and now 12 as of Feb. 29.   In update on the presidential...

“WotNow” vs “Sunrise”

March 2, 2016

Productivity is an important aspect of a student’s business and social life. Thankfully, there are applications to help increase your everyday productivity. Perhaps none are more useful than a versatile...

COD Faculty Association clears the air with the Board of Trustees

COD Faculty Association clears the air with the Board of Trustees

March 2, 2016

Over the past six years, the College of DuPage has been met with a plethora of hurdles that led to issues which need discussion with the community. The COD Faculty Association (CODFA) voiced their opinions...

Updated freedom of speech policy has been passed

Updated freedom of speech policy has been passed

March 2, 2016

The First Amendment rights of all students have been revamped on the College of DuPage campus to allow more open and comprehensive protection to student’s freedom of speech. The college has changed including...

COD board of trustee meeting roundup, Feb. 18

COD board of trustee meeting roundup, Feb. 18

February 24, 2016

On Feb. 18, the board of trustees held their February regular meeting with a last minute location change from the atrium in student life to SRC 2000. This board meeting marked a few major milestones for...

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Gov. Rauner vetoes MAP grant bill

February 24, 2016

This past Friday, Feb. 19, Rauner vetoed Senate bill 2043, a legislation that would have appropriated $721 million to fund Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants and community college and state universities....

“T.L.O.P” showcases washed-out potential

“T.L.O.P” showcases washed-out potential

February 17, 2016

Kanye West is one of the most outrageous caricatures in hip-hop today. After success with his first three albums “College Dropout,” “Late Registration,” and “Graduation,” he has taken a step...

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“Deadpool” is now my favorite comedy of all time

February 17, 2016

I’ve read “Deadpool” comics for the past couple of years now, and I have always loved the sense of humor that comes with this persona. The anti-hero assassin causing destruction and bloodshed fueled...

S&P lowers the College of DuPage’s dept rating

February 17, 2016

Standard & Poor’s Rating Services (S&P) lowered the College of DuPage’s debt rating two notches on Friday, Feb. 12. The college score has dropped from ‘AAA’ to ‘AA’ for its outstanding...

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COD Buildings and Grounds Staff Unionize

February 17, 2016

The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board certified the College of DuPage Buildings and Ground Staff Union on campus on Sept. 2, 2015 . The current group consists of 17 current union members. There...

ICCB appoints new Trustee

ICCB appoints new Trustee

February 17, 2016

Lazaro Lopez, chairman of the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), announced on Feb. 13 that 27-year-old David S. Olsen will fill the seventh seat vacancy in the College of DuPage Board of Trustees....

Downers Groves David S. Olsen appointed seventh trustee

Downers Grove’s David S. Olsen appointed seventh trustee

February 13, 2016

Chairman of the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Lazaro Lopez announced today that Commissioner of the Downers Grove Village Council David S. Olsen will be filling the seventh trustee position on...

Mindful eating at the COD cafeteria starts with you

Mindful eating at the COD cafeteria starts with you

February 10, 2016

At the College of DuPage, the E.E. Gibson Cafeteria, run by Sodexo, has been attempting to provide a plethora of healthier options to their menu on top of the items that they already serve.   Sodexo...

“Lumpy Morsels, Hot Rocks”

“Lumpy Morsels, Hot Rocks”

February 10, 2016

“Lumpy Morsels, Hot Rocks” was created by Claire Ashley, a veteran artist of 20 years who has adapted her style of painting to become more than just a flat canvas. She sculpted these inflatable...

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“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” review

February 10, 2016

This story was predictable even before its trailer aired. With a title like “Pride, Prejudice and Zombies,” I expected easy-to-follow archetypes that can be pulled from a multitude of the bottom 100...

COD Alumni show off work at Wings Student Art Gallery

COD Alumni show off work at Wings Student Art Gallery

February 3, 2016

From Jan. 11 to Feb. 26, the Wings Student Art Gallery, located in SSC 2210, will be hosting the College of DuPage Alumni Exhibition. The exhibit will be presenting the work of Alumni Larry King, Brenton...

“The Finest Hours” is a refreshing and exciting story

“The Finest Hours” is a refreshing and exciting story

February 3, 2016

On Feb. 18, 1952, the United States Coast Guard pulled off one of the most historic small boat rescues in the history of the military branch, rescuing 32 of the 33 sailors on an oil barge that split in...

A pile of bottled water cases in a room inside the Henry J. Hyde Resource Center in Addison, Ill. on Jan. 30.

COD student coordinates water donation to the undocumented of Flint

February 3, 2016

College of DuPage student Daniel Paz has set forth an initiative to help those in need of clean water residing in Flint, Mich. by coordinating with local organizations Organizaciones por Mexico, Estados...

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“Happy Camper” is a short running but fun experience

January 27, 2016

I haven’t listened to a rap album that brought my mood up with the first track like “Happy Camper” since Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” dropped last spring. Hoodie Allen’s new sound...

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COD to offer Health and Wellness Workshops in Spring 2016

January 27, 2016

Have you ever wondered how far your healthcare provider can take you? Have you ever asked the question, how can I be sure that I am receiving the best care? The College of DuPage Library and Teaching and...

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“The 5th Wave” falls short of being average

January 27, 2016

There are two main characteristics to make a profitable teen blockbuster. First, have a decently cute or borderline hot, but not quite there, girl that has two love interests that she has to choose between;...

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Planet X has moved from fiction to possible reality

January 27, 2016

Although Pluto had its title as the ninth planet striped away in 2006, there might be hope for a new planet to take its place. The California Institute of Technology announced on Wednesday, Jan. 20 that...

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“The Hateful Eight:” a gruesome western, an instant classic

January 3, 2016

Quentin Tarentino’s eighth film “The Hateful Eight” has set a new standard for what a modern western has to exemplify in order to be considered a timeless classic. In this almost three hour film,...

Chaparral forward Hannah Kosinski attempting a rebound in a game against Black Hawk-Moline at the College of DuPage on Dec. 5.

Women’s basketball breaks loss streak

December 9, 2015

The Lady Chaparrals broke out of their losing streak this week as they defeated the NJCAA Division II team Black Hawk-Moline, 53-52. The team learned from their previous matchup against Carl Sandburg and...

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Vaping under fire

December 9, 2015

“If this goes through, I’m gone. I have a lease ready to go in Lake County. I said this last time I spoke in front of you, and I’m prepared,” said Ben Reyes, owner of Colossal Vape in Des Plaines,...

Chaparral guard #12 Anthony Taylor attempting a layup past Black Hawk-Moline forward in a match at the College of DuPage on Dec. 5.

Chaparral men’s basketball continues winning streak

December 9, 2015

Chaparral men’s basketball came back this week with another win, this time against the NJCAA Division II team Black Hawk-Moline, 68-63. They have now won four consecutive games since Nov. 21.             When...

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“The Good Dinosaur” enchants its audience

December 2, 2015

Pixar has a history of making films with the similar story line of “What If…?” that has been told in various different ways. With “Toy Story,” it was what if toys had feelings? With “Inside...

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