Pentagon lifts ban on women in combat

Another ceiling has been broken. The “brass ceiling” is a term used to describe the male-dominated U.S. military. Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, recently announced that women would be allowed to serve in combat roles. Ironically, over 152 women have died serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Check out the MVCC catalog for a historical perspective on this topic.

The MVCC Databases are a great source for current information on women and combat.

Five key questions and answers that will help you understand this issue.


The Gun-Control Debate

With the terrible aftermath of the December 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the gun debate has resurfaced. Thousands of articles have been written, cable news has spent countless hours dissecting this issue and radio talk shows have been inundated with calls. Perhaps some MVCC students will research this controversial topic for a persuasive speech or a research paper. The Moraine Library has numerous books and database articles available to help you with your research.




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Elisabeth Fosslien’s Charts Will Make You Much Smarter In The Gun-Control Debate


“The Most Popular Avalanche in America”

Over the last 10 years, the number of avalanche-related deaths has increased dramatically in the United States. In 2012, 34 people were killed by avalanches. One of these disasters took place at Stevens Pass, Washington, on February 19, 2012, where three expert skiers died. Numerous articles were written about this incident. One of these articles described as the “best designed Web story ever” was written by John Branch, a New York Times reporter. Branch wrote a six-part series that explored the disaster. He also compiled an array of dazzling multimedia extras to enhance the heart-wrenching story. It’s incredible and completely engrossing, and does what technology in media should do.

The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

Questions & Answers – Tunnel Creek article



Radioactive band makes unusual music!

The last big rock group to come out of Sweden was ABBA. Sweden has recently introduced another musical group to the world, The Radioactive Orchestra. It is completely safe to go to a live concert because there is no radiation emitting from the band members – “just music that sounds like a techno-version of your science curriculum.” This new band is made up of Swedish scientists who produce music from nuclear isotopes.

Would anyone expect that an assortment of astonishing musical sounds exists beneath the periodic table?

Check it out.

Make your own radioactive music.


Political Cartoons

Political cartoons express opinions using pictures and words. During past presidential elections, political cartoons use to play an important role in evaluating candidates. However, times have changed, and print newspapers are no longer a major source of information for the average person. According to Pew Research Center, only 23% of Americans read print newspapers. Fortunately, political cartoons still play a role in the election process. Google “presidential cartoons 2012” and you will find over 100,000 hits on this subject.

Could your vote be swayed by a cartoon?

Check out the MVCC Catalog.   Political cartoons

View U.S. News & World Report Campaign  2012 Cartoons



Obama, Romney and Facebook

Will the 2012 election results hinge on social media? Facebook and Twitter are playing an increasing role in the 2012 presidential election. According to CNN, a recent survey finds 18% of social network users have blocked or defriended over political posts. David Talbot, a writer for Technology Review, calls Facebook “the real presidential swing state”. Will Facebook influence your vote?

CNN article

Obama’s Facebook Page

Romney’s Facebook Page



Glorious Food!

Oh, food, Wonderful food, Marvelous food, Glorious food!

These lyrics from the Broadway show Oliver could be the theme song for the food craze that is sweeping the country. Research has shown that young people are joining this foodie movement. Many college students are tuning into the Food Network channel and watching programs like Chopped, Iron Chef, or The Great Food Truck Race. Cookbooks can be found on best-seller lists and even summer camps are jumping on the food wagon by including cooking as a major camp activity. The movement toward interesting food and cooking healthy can also be found at MVCC. The college library has a great menu of cookbooks, DVDs and food magazines.

Click here to search our catalog: FOOD (Books/DVDs)

Some of our Food Magazines @MVCC

And coming soon to our library

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