Construction at Black Hawk College is Seen as both a Blessing and a Curse

On March 22nd, a ceremony detailing the construction work to be done for Building 1 at the Quad Cities Black Hawk College was conducted. At the ceremony, attendees learned about what renovations would be done to BHC. The construction plan costs $16 million and will include both a 9,000 square foot addition to the east side of Building 1 and an open courtyard connecting the addition to the existing building. Continue reading “Construction at Black Hawk College is Seen as both a Blessing and a Curse”

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Black Hawk College’s Nursing Program a Proud ACEN Certification Recipient Since 1971

This spring of 2018, Black Hawk College’s nursing program received its most recent accreditation renewal from the ACEN national certification. The ACEN, which stands for Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, was founded in 1967. Black Hawk College’s nursing program has been a recipient of the national certification since 1971, marking a total of 47 wonderful years for the department. The nursing program’s renewal will last until 2023. Continue reading “Black Hawk College’s Nursing Program a Proud ACEN Certification Recipient Since 1971”

Awards, Helpful Advice, and More at the 2018 ICCJA Writer’s Workshop

Written by Elodie Bouwens, Logan Raschke, & Hannah Rose Showalter.

On April 5th and 6th, Elodie Bouwens and current writers for The Chieftain Logan Raschke and Hannah Rose Showalter had the privilege of attending the ICCJA Writer’s Workshop down in much warmer and sunnier Springfield, IL. During this two-day program at Lincoln Land Community College, everyone had the honor of listening to great speakers educated in the field of journalism. Some of the speakers included professors and alumni of the community college, current instructors at other universities, and other experienced and well-respected journalists.  Continue reading “Awards, Helpful Advice, and More at the 2018 ICCJA Writer’s Workshop”

The Importance Of “Love, Simon”

Written by Hannah Rose Showalter.

“My name’s Simon and I’m just like you, except I have one huge… secret. Nobody knows I’m gay.”

For most movie-goers, this might be the first time they’ve heard a sentence like that spoken in a movie. Not spoken as an insult, or the punchline to a joke, but spoken as a normal, everyday part of life. Continue reading “The Importance Of “Love, Simon””

The Death of a Legend: Employees Share What They Believe Led to the Downfall of Toys ‘R’ Us

The downward spiral of the once legendary Toys ‘R’ Us company began at the heels of its $6.6 billion buyout in 2005. KKR and Bain Capital, private equity firms, have controlled all aspects of the store since the buyout. The climate for retail was already getting to be calamitous for a number of retail companies in the mid-2000’s. To make matters worse, the firms who bought out the store knew very little about properly managing a retail company, especially in the midst of such unforgiving times. Continue reading “The Death of a Legend: Employees Share What They Believe Led to the Downfall of Toys ‘R’ Us”

The Dude Abides: An Analytical Perspective of “The Big Lebowski” and its Popularity Over 20 Years

A trophy wife kidnapped, a trigger-happy Vietnam War veteran, a pompous millionaire, a seductive artist, and a pacifist stuck in the very center of them all. These incredibly odd elements ought to amount to something meaningful, right? In all actuality, The Big Lebowski is a movie that concludes very little and mostly revolves around the Dude’s nonchalant response, “The Dude abides,” to all of the madness that unfolds in his life. Continue reading “The Dude Abides: An Analytical Perspective of “The Big Lebowski” and its Popularity Over 20 Years”

Voices Sing At Black Hawk College

Written by Christopher Rannow

If you stroll through the halls of Black Hawk College this week, you may hear some faint, beautiful singing. Don’t worry, it isn’t another student playing his or her music too loudly; it’s the Black Hawk Chamber Singers–an a cappella group led by Jon Palomaki, Professor of Music at Black Hawk College. The Black Hawk Chamber Singers is a class (Music 109) offered at the college. Members are chosen only after auditioning. Continue reading “Voices Sing At Black Hawk College”