Tag: Vanessa Ray


The Agora awarded by Michigan Press Association

The Agora recently won four awards in the 2019 College Better Newspaper Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Michigan Press Association (MPA) and consisted of content produced between Aug. 1, 2018, through July 31, 2019. Vanessa Ray took first place for Best Photographer and third place in the News […]


Past Agora editors take on the Big Apple

A melting pot of culture, art and business — New York City’s bright lights lure ambitious people from all over the world. Two editors from the Agora went on to conquer the concrete jungle. Vanessa Ray was part of the Agora from Fall 2016 to Winter 2019 and editor during […]


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 […]


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, […]


Attack on Titan

What’s in the basement? The question that’s been plaguing “anime-onlies” since the first episode of “Attack on Titan” (AoT) aired back in 2013, is on its way to being answered this season. Unfortunately, due to a delay, fans are going to have to wait just a little bit longer. At […]


They Call Her Q!

Qurrat Kadwani performs "They Call Me Q" at the Meyer Theater on Oct. 2. Monroe area residents experienced an emotional take on one woman’s journey to self-acceptance. “They Call Me Q,” the first solo play starring a South Asian female, was performed at the Meyer Theater on Oct. 2.  “They […]


Beneath the fedora

Professor Edmund La Clair talks to a history class during the Winter 2018 semester. (Photo by Vanessa Ray)   If History Professor Edmund La Clair could tell each MCCC student one thing, it would be to fail. “Look for opportunities to fail,” La Clair said. “Go in trying to succeed, […]


Hundreds turn out to honor James DeVries

MCCC President Kojo Quartey hugs professor emeritus James DeVries during a reception to honor his life in the atrium of the La-Z-Boy Center Aug. 24.   When life starts to end, reflection begins.   For James “Jim” DeVries, a member of the MCCC Board of Trustees and professor emeritus, this […]


One Book, One Community 2018

March 14 — One Book, One Community kickoff, 6-8 p.m., La-Z-Boy Center, Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd. The event will feature a tribute to Asian culture: tai chi, origami, teas and other activities. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a used book sale. Copies […]


Rock on

With the current state of the world, it can seem like there is little people can agree on. However, music — particularly the Blues — is one of the few things where people who would otherwise find little to no common ground can bury their differences and get along. On […]