Author: Vanessa Ray

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Importance of butterflies, pollination focus of Earth Day Expo

Mason Central Elementary School students used tissue paper to create a butterfly for the “Scaled Wings at Work” project on display Saturday during the Earth Day Expo at MCCC. (Photo by Vanessa Ray) Going green may have been the focus of Saturday’s Earth Day celebration, but a kaleidoscope of rainbows […]

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Panel discusses state of journalism in the world today

Dave Murray (left), Zoe Clark, Rick Pluta, and Khalil AlHajal discuss the state of journalism during the One Book One Community Panel Discussion at Monroe County Community College Tuesday evening. (Photo by Todd Salisbury) In the modern era of misinformation, journalism may be more important than ever. On Tuesday evening, […]

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Carving out a lifestyle

Art by Kenneth M. Thompson on display in the MCCC library. (Photos by Vanessa Ray) Growing up, artist Kenneth Thompson never gave sculpture much thought. “I was a painter,” Thompson said. “That’s what I wanted to do.” Shortly before graduating from Siena Heights, an adviser insisted he take a class […]

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MCCC feels effects of shutdown

After weeks of name-calling and accusations, a temporary agreement to end the government shutdown was reached Jan. 25. With 800,000 federal employees looking to miss yet another paycheck, the pressure on both parties to reopen the government was reaching a fever-pitch. The effects of the 35-day shutdown were felt throughout […]

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Out of the frying pan, on to the four-year

2018 MCCC graduate Emma Muth is all smiles at graduation. (Photo by James Quick) One of the best weapons in the arsenal of an MCCC student who wishes to transfer is the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Mandated by the Michigan legislature in the fall of 2014, the MTA focuses on […]

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MCCC opening at 11 a.m. today

MCCC’s North entrance shows signs of snowfall Sunday morning. Photo by Vanessa Ray Due to icy conditions, MCCC will open at 11:00 a.m. today.  Classes which begin before 11, but end after this time, will still meet starting at 11 a.m. Those interested in receiving MCCC’s emergency alerts – such […]

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Keeping the dream alive

Manuel Mendez channels Martin Luther King Jr. during “I Have a Dream, Revisted,” Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Vanessa Ray Growing up in Monroe during the race riots of the early 1970s had a profound effect on Manuel Mendez. The pervasive racism swirling around the country and his hometown was hard […]

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Veterans honored at holiday ceremony

The Emerald Guard Drill Team performs during the Veteran's Day Recognition event Nov. 8.   Monroe radio personality Jeff Tuttle was asleep at his home in Nashville on Sept. 11, 2001. Shortly after 8:46 a.m., he was jolted awake by a phone call. It was his friend from Toronto. “My […]

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FDA takes aim at e-cigarettes

  Isabella Beahr vapes outside of Vape Escape in Monroe. (Photo by Vanessa Ray) Once upon a time, in the year 2006, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) found their way to the United States market. Advertised as a way for smokers to get their nicotine fix anywhere they went –  including airports, […]

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Disagreeing over Narcan

Narcan {Photo via Creative Commons} MCCC security officers still do not carry Narcan, a drug that reverses the life-threatening effects of opioids when administered during an overdose. A story in the March 2018 issue of the Agora addressed the college’s handling of addiction on campus. In that story, social worker […]