This Made Me Laugh: Student Podcast

This Made Me Laugh is part of the Moraine Valley Broadcasting Channel podcast network hosted by the Library and Liberal Arts. This is where Moraine Valley students assign a favorite funny text (movie, show, stand-up, etc…) to their classmates and then they get together to talk about them. You can listen to recent episodes of This Made Me Laugh here. If you are interested in learning more about the Moraine Valley Broadcasting Channel visit our about us page. Students interested in participating in MVBC can contact the library (library@morainevalley.edu).

Here are share some links MVBC’s channels:

MVBC Home Page
Sound Cloud
YouTube Channel
iTunes
Stitcher

Graveyard Story? Lincoln in the Bardo?

Looking for a graveyard story as we head toward Halloween? Maybe an  exceptionally beautifully written graveyard story that also meditates on life and death with humor and extreme… thoughtfulness? Check out George Saunders’ latest, Lincoln in the Bardo, an unconventional and surreal story of the days following the death of President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son, Willie. The 16th president visits his son’s tomb, mourning his personal loss and coming to terms with the role he plays in the unfolding Civil War, while at the same time unknowingly influencing the reality of the Washington cemetery “residents” caught somewhere between life and death. Saunders’ first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, mixes fact with fiction, and was awarded the Man Booker Prize yesterday. Check it out at the Moraine Valley Library, available as book, e-book, and on audio.

Additional Resources in MVCC Library Collection on the One Book One College Topic

Beyond the Moraine’s One Book One College selection We Believe You by Annie Clark Andrea Pino, the MVCC Library has additional books on the topic of sexual assault. Below are some additional resources available within the MVCC Library collection. Also, keep in mind, Counseling Services can be reached at (708) 974-5555 or the Hopeline at (800) 784-2433. The next One Book One College event, Sexual Signals, an interactive audience engagement, will be Tuesday October 24th, 11 am – 12:15pm

BOOKS IN THE MVCC COLLECTION

    Finley, L. L. (2016). Domestic abuse and sexual assault in popular culture.
    Call Number: P96.V52 U65 2016.

    Germain, L. J. (2016). Campus sexual assault: college women .
    Call Number: LB2345.3.R37 G47 2016.

    Ghafoerkhan, O. (2017). Sexual assault: the ultimate teen guide.
    Call Numbe:r HV6556 .G43 2017.

    Hodo, P. W. (2013). When women sexually abuse men : the hidden side of rape, stalking, harassment, and sexual assault.
    Call Number: HV6561 .C663 2013.

    Martin D. Schwartz, W. S. (1997). Sexual assault on the college campus : the role of male peer support.
    Call Number: HV6561 .S35 1997.

    Mitchell, S. C. (2016). The crisis of campus sexual violence : critical perspectives on prevention and response.
    Call Number: LB2345 .C75 2016.

    Oliver, K. (2016). Hunting girls : sexual violence from The hunger games to campus rape.
    Call Number: P96.S45 O45 2016.

Michael Espinoza, Instructor of Criminal Justice, and Eric DeVillez, Associate Professor of Communications/Literature

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“I found a home.”

Michael Espinoza and Eric DeVillez have both taught here at Moraine Valley for many years and have had many family members attend classes here. Both feel that a highlight of their job is hearing from former students about what they’ve gone on to do. They’ve heard many success stories. They also have some funny stories to tell about things that have happened to them on campus.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Michael Espinoza, Instructor of Criminal Justice, and Eric DeVillez, Associate Professor of Communications/Literature

Event Video: Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health #webelieveyou #consentissexy

This program addresses sociological, psychological and practical ideas and concerns related to sexual health and relationships. Topics may include sex positivity, obtaining consent, consensual sex, communication, STD/STI prevention and dispelling sexual myths and misconceptions. This event is part of the One Book, One College, We Believe You program.

Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Is Your D&D Character Rare?


On gaming day at our 2017 Graphic Novel Symposium, we had a session on the classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons. In honor of this event, I want to pass along some nerdy D&D analysis from the 538 blog, “Is Your D&D Character Rare?” They have released a table of the the most popular races and classes in D&D. This is gaming data analysis on steroids. Check it out!

Event Video: Science & Computer Science in the Argonne Leadership Computer Facility

We are excited to share the video from this week’s STEM talk from computer scientist Ben Lenard. His talk focused on supercomputers at Argonne National Laboratory’s Leadership Computer Facility which help  solve problems within the world, from physics to medicine.

Ben is responsible for overseeing the administration and improvement of database systems in the ALCF’s supercomputing environment. These databases are critical to many of the facility’s support services, including job scheduling, job accounting, and business intelligence. In 2016, Ben deployed the IBM Data Server Manager to help streamline database administration tasks. With this tool in place, Ben has a better idea of how the databases are being used, while developers have an improved method for identifying and addressing any performance issues with their queries. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Ben has been strong advocate for the ALCF and for computer science, volunteering for events like the Hour of Code and Argonne’s public open house. He is also currently pursuing a PhD in Computer and Information Sciences at DePaul University. Prior to Argonne Ben worked in the financial services industry for 13 years as well as academia for 2 years.

Science & Computer Science in the Argonne Leadership Computer Facility

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Two Arab Heritage Month Events: Authors Reading & Immigrant Communities

We are happy to be hosting these upcoming Arab Heritage Month events.

The Arab/Arab American Experience: Author Conversation and Reading Featuring Sahar Mustafah and Nevien Shaabneh
Tuesday, November 7th , 11am-12:30pm, Library Lounge, Building L?
We welcome acclaimed writers Sahar Mustafah and Nevien Shaabneh to Moraine Valley for this special event. Sahar Mustafah’s debut, prize-winning Code of the West is a short story collection that spans two continents and follows native Palestinian and Palestinian American characters as they navigate displacement and loss, while battling hatred and fear. Nevien Shaabneh is author of Secrets Under the Olive Tree which is a haunting, mesmerizing novel that touches on the depths of the human spirit and unbreakable bonds that transcend tragedy. It is a story about the power of hope, second chances, and faith in the midst of tribulation.

No Ban, No Wall: Standing With Immigrant Communities
Wednesday, November 8th, 11am-12:15pm, Library Lounge, Building L??
Organizers from the Arab American Action Network and Organized Communities Against Deportation will join us to discuss President Trump’s issued executive orders targeting immigrants, refugees and Muslims. In the face of these threats and uncertain times we will come together to unpack the implications of these executive orders and the strategies being implemented to protect members of our campus, families, and communities.

Special Event: Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health

Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health
Thursday, October 12th, 9:30 am-10:45am, Library Lounge, Building L
This program will address sociological, psychological and practical ideas and concerns related to sexual health and relationships. Topics may include sex positivity, obtaining consent, consensual sex, communication, STD/STI prevention and dispelling sexual myths and misconceptions.