Calling All Movie Fans! Conversation Event at BHC QC Campus on October 11

Do you enjoy watching and discussing movies? Interested in how cinema affects us? All Black Hawk College students are invited to the October 11th Conversation Event On Movies, sponsored by the Christian Conversation Club of Black Hawk College.

“We plan to discuss many different viewpoints on movies, including genre, personal preferences regarding content and viewing, and cinema’s impact in our lives,” says CCC’s  Vice-President Ashley Hanson.  Continue reading “Calling All Movie Fans! Conversation Event at BHC QC Campus on October 11”

Found in Translation: The Coalition of Chinese Culture and Mixed Media

Black Hawk College’s most recent exhibition is “Found in Translation” by Peter Xiao, art professor at Augustana College in Rock Island. In Xiao’s exhibit, both the use of mixed media–an art form in which more than one medium is applied, and characters commonly found in Chinese calligraphy coalesce into a very culturally comparative, eye-catching art collection. Continue reading “Found in Translation: The Coalition of Chinese Culture and Mixed Media”

College Night Coming Up at QC Campus– Quick Facts You Need to Know!

Students attend College Night. Image courtesy of Black Hawk College.

Get ready for Black Hawk College’s 46th annual College Night!

College Night is a free event at the Quad Cities campus that will take place on Thursday, September 28 from 5-7 p.m. in the gym in Building 3. Students will have the opportunity to speak individually with representatives from a host of public and private colleges and universities.

According to Gabriella Hurtado, Recruitment Coordinator for Black Hawk College and host of the event, College Night is one of the largest events on campus. Looking back at the past few years, this event has averaged around 400-500 students. If you are a student who plans to transfer, if you are undecided, or if you would like more information about other colleges or universities, College Night is for you. Continue reading “College Night Coming Up at QC Campus– Quick Facts You Need to Know!”

Red Flags Raise Awareness


Photo courtesy of Matthew Hayes

Tanner Rowe

On Tuesday April 25th, red flags were put in the ground outside of building 1 in order to raise awareness about dating violence. The program known as “The Red Flag Campaign” got its start in 2005, and their goal was to “create the first statewide awareness and education campaign designed specifically to address dating violence among students on Virginia’s college and university campuses,” this according to the campaign’s website.

At the time of the campaign’s launch they were only able to spread awareness at 10 college campuses throughout the state of Virginia. To this day the campaign has made its way to hundreds of college campuses across the United States, and was even able to make a stop at Black Hawk College.

It is said that 1 and 5 college students will experience dating violence.

Jeff Schwankie, a sophomore at Black Hawk, said “This really isn’t something I had ever thought about until today. It’s crazy to think about because there is probably a lot of people affected here on campus, but it’s not something that people really talk about.”

While spreading awareness may not put an end to relationship violence, it can help to put it under the microscope. The main focus is to not be afraid to speak out against relationship violence and to encourage victims to tell a friend, a parent, or authorities, so that it can ultimately be put to a stop.

For more information on relationship violence and how you can help spread awareness, visit

photo courtesy of Matthew Hayes

Cuts Continue at Black Hawk

Tanner Rowe

Matthew Hayes

At the beginning of the year, Black Hawk College officials made plans to cut 17 full-time employees due to a lack in state funding.

On February 23rd, teachers spoke out to the Board of Trustees after the final arrangements were made in making cuts that will go into effect at the end of the spring semester. Per Black Hawk college president, Dr. Betty Truitt, “this is the third phase of cuts.”

The first phase of cuts was made “back in 2015, in our small business development center out by South Park mall.”

The second phase of cuts were made at East Campus in Kewanee, when the men’s and women’s basketball teams were eliminated, along with the women’s volleyball team. These athletic programs were cut because “we did not have facilities that were Black Hawk College owned, so we were paying rental fees, and cleaning fees,” said Dr. Truitt.

“Here at the Quad Cites Campus, our athletic director (Gary Huber), has put together a very large budget plan for the athletics area, and many of those students (athletes), only get partial scholarships, so we are running our athletic programs at a profit, and it adds a lot to our enrollment numbers.”

State funding is simply not available like it was in the past. Vice president of finance and administration, Steve Frommelt said, “The state funding that we normally receive for the school was cut down by 6 million dollars in 2016, and 4 million dollars in 2017. “

“We would have had to have raised tuition 60 plus dollars per credit hour to cover the absence in state funding.”

One of the departments that was hit the hardest by this was the art department, and many people were left wondering how specific programs and professors were selected. According to Dr. Truitt, these were instructional decisions coming up from the five point six committee (includes both administration and faculty members), which has been meeting for months, with input from the deans and the vice president of instructions.

“In times of budget crisis some of those plans had been laid, this has been in discussions for quite some time with that committee which involves both faculty and administration.”

Board of Trustees member, Douglas Strand said, “These are not decisions that we like to make, and while a lot of people want to put the blame on us, it really comes down to the state not having enough money.”

“With how much money we have lost there is nothing else we can do, and unfortunately we are left to make business decisions that have a negative impact on people’s lives.”

The programs that have been cut will no longer be available to future students at Black Hawk, but students that were lucky enough to already be enrolled in these programs will get to finish them.

As for the possibility of the programs returning someday, Dr. Truitt said, “As soon as budget funding comes through it would depend on the amount and consistency of (funding) before the programs would be considered for reinstatement.”

The state of Illinois has been without a budget now for more than 600 days in a row.

There are ways that this could be prevented from happening again. Make a call to our state representatives, senators, or even Bruce Rauner himself, and tell them why you think state run community colleges should receive more funding. If state funding continues to fall at this rate, then this may not be the last time that we see cuts that hurt our school.

Upcoming Events

The spring semester of 2017 has kicked off! Below is a list of the upcoming events in January and February.

  • January 20th- March 9th , Art Space Gallery Exhibit. The exhibit is located on the first floor of building 4.
  • January 24th, PaCE Information Night. For students interested in learning more about a variety of  classes offered at Black Hawk College. It will be held from 4:30-6:30, at the adult learning center. 4610 Blackhawk Commons Drive, Rock Island.
  • January 24th, Health Care Career Programs Overview. From 5-6:30, at Black Hawk Colleges Health Sciences Center.
  • January 25th, Veterinary Technology FYI Night. 5:30-7:30, @ the Veterinary Sciences Center, East Campus.
  • January 26th, Artist reception for Art Space Gallery Exhibit. 4:00-6:00.
  • February 1st, Transfer Wednesday- Western Illinois University. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, in the Advising Center.
  • February 7th, Transfer Tuesday- St. Ambrose University. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, in the Advising Center.
  • February 16th, Artist reception for Art Space Gallery Exhibit. 4:00-6:00, building 4.
  • February 22nd, Transfer Wednesday- Augustana College. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, in the Advising Center.
  • February 20th, Presidents Day- College Closed!
  • February 23rd, FYI Night. 6:00-8:00, in the Hawks Nest (Building 4).

Tanner Rowe

Gabbing with Grunt: graduation means leaving neverland

neverlandFor approximately 16 years I’ve been attending school. I’ve survived monkey-bars, drivers-ed, and college-level math. I beat the odds against the “freshman-fifteen,” and even had the honor of becoming the editor-in-chief of a newspaper.

All in all, school has been good.

So when it’s time for it all to end — at least for now, I just may further my degree someday — will it feel any different than graduating from high school? Am I going to wake up the first day after finals and feel like the adulting has officially begun?

I can think of at least 10 reasons off the top of my head as to why I’m not yet qualified for the “adult” position:  

  1. I am the WORST at remembering to do the dishes. Or putting my clothes away after they’re washed. Or taking out the garbage when it’s full. Or cleaning….vacuuming I’m a total champ at, but the rest just sucks. Pun intended.
  2. I hop aboard the struggle bus every time I have to open the lid to a pickle jar.
  3. I cannot “flic the bic” on a lighter, and I tend to break a match in half whenever I try to strike it. I would not survive in the wild. Not even if I had a matchbook.
  4. I’m not ready to stop wearing my fuzzy Cousin Eddie winter hat around Christmas time. Either the other adults comply, or I refuse to join their club.
  5. I enjoy staying up into the late hours of the night watching Netflix; my classes are all basically in the afternoon, so it has yet to become an issue. But it will be. Someday.
  6. I haven’t begun to “officially” save for retirement. I have so little money now…
  7. I never remember to carry an umbrella, even though there’s one in my car. I know it’s there, I’ve seen it.
  8. Sometimes I have a hard time pouring the water out of the macaroni when I’m cooking. There always seems to be a stray noodle that pops out, lands in the sink, and mocks me.
  9. I don’t take a vitamin, and I’ve heard that’s a thing “responsible” people tend to do.
  10. I always feel like chickening out last minute when it comes to calling to make appointments for things; I don’t mind being on the phone with people, I just would love it if my mom did it…

Not to say I won’t figure it all out as I go along — if our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents have figured it out, so can we.

There are hundreds of us graduating on May 19th; completing our time at Black Hawk College is just the next step.

I wish all of my readers the best of luck — it’s been absolutely fantastic being able to have a column where I can openly discuss things that I have found other people have similar distress in. For two semesters, I’ve been fortunate to interact with students at BHC who were excited to be quoted in the newspaper; they didn’t run away from the blonde girl running around from student to student, brave souls. Some students even signed up at the Promotional Fair to receive emails from me about the newest column idea; I couldn’t thank you guys enough.

If you were ever interested in journalistic writing, I have to say that there is almost nothing more rewarding than seeing your work printed in the newspaper.

I also know that if you are graduating this month and you still haven’t got a clue what you want to do for a career, you’re not alone. When I find the right niche for me, it’s going to be just like how Prince Eric expects he’ll realize he’s found the right girl. It’ll just hit me, “bam, like lightning.”

Don’t be afraid to grow up, even if you feel at times that you will never be ready. All that matters is that you’re happy; I’ll be staying up to unreasonable hours in the evening, and you do what you enjoy.

Peace out.