Orland Grassland

 

Less than ten miles from the Moraine campus is a Cook County forest preserve that gives visitors a chance to experience nature as it looked centuries before the existence of the Orland Mall, the Marcus Orland Park Cinema, Whole Foods, and various other business that form a commercial corridor on South LaGrange Road. Welcome to the Orland Grassland where a “visitor is transported back in time, to an age when only native plants and animals lived on the land.” This preserve consists of over 900 acres of grasslands, wetlands and oak woods. “Each ecosystem provides a habitat for many threatened and endangered birds of the Chicago Wilderness Region.”

Take some time this summer to visit this southwest preserve.
Check out the MVCC catalog for more information on prairies .

 

 

 

 

Take some time this summer to visit this southwest preserve.

Check out the MVCC catalog for more information on prairies .

 

Icebergs in the Desert

There have been numerous scientific theories on how to transform the deserts of the world into lush farmlands or dense forests.  Scientists have developed numerous permaculture projects specifically designed for dry land desert environments.  These projects range from”conserving scarce water and nutrients, building up fertile soil, and creating cooling micro-climates to protect tender crops from the desert heat.”  Other ideas are”Contour Trenching Technique“, which consists of digging trenches on contour elevation lines in the landscape and trapping precipitation in the trenches” or integrating solar power and desalination technology.

One idea that has been in the news recently is an attempt by the United Arab Emirates to drag an iceberg from the Antarctica (over 5,000 miles) to the coast of Fujairah.  It will be used to provide billions of gallons of fresh water and perhaps, as The Emirates’ weather experts hope, the enormous iceberg will change the weather system of this arid country.  Some scientists question the possibility of this plan harming the global climate.

Quick Facts on Icebergs

More information on the project

More information on icebergs and climate

 

So may I introduce to you Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?

 

 

According to the magazine, Rolling Stone, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album is the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time – The Beatles.”

The MVCC library has books, e-books, dvds, and database articles on this band and their music. One way to get a “live streaming” feel to the album’s introduction on June 2, 1967 (U.S.) is to use the historical databases and read the world’s reaction to this historical album.

This short article is full of insights on how Chicago teens reacted to the album.

1967 Chicago Teens weigh in on the album

 

World Down Syndrome Day

“World Down Syndrome Day is observed annually on the 21st of March. This date is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Why this date?  Because it is the 21st day of the 3rd month. The numbers represent the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.”

There are many organizations that help “raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.”

A recent indie film, My Feral Heart, gives a positive portrayal of a young adult with Down syndrome.

 

 

 

 

ORWELL’S 1984 on AMAZON’S BESTSELLER LIST

 

 

The 2016 election may have helped propel Orwell’s 1984 to Amazon’s bestseller list.  The book, published in 1949, continues to be read especially at this time when everyone’s talking about fake news and ‘alternative facts’.

The MVCC library contains an interesting array of formats of 1984.

A visual history of the book covers of 1984.

View the Apple 1984 Super Bowl Commercial.

 

The 75th Commemoration of the Pearl Harbor Attack

It has been 75 years since a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii.  The air strike claimed the lives of more than 2,400 people and injured hundreds of people.  The Pacific fleet was severely damaged by the Japanese air force.  Franklin Roosevelt stated the “date which will live in infamy,”prompted Congress to declare war on Japan.

Click here for more information on Pearl Harbor

Click here for video of the actual attack.