Popular all-male ballet company returns to Yardley Hall

Photo courtesy of JCCC Performing Arts Series.

Back by popular demand, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will perform at Yardley Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. Meant to be a fun and playful interpretation of classic ballet, the Trocks, as they’re affectionately referred to, consists of professional dancers equipped with feminine costumes, makeup and wigs.

Opinion: Youth vote pivotal in making a difference

It’s likely no one knows what percentage of students at the college are registered to vote, much less what percentage actually votes. The best statistics come from the U.S. Census, which conducts surveys after each election. Its data is that 36 percent of 18-to-24-year-old Kansans were registered to vote in 2014 and only 14 percent of those who are citizens

Opinion: Proper grammar facing extinction

With the rise of social media and text messaging, people’s motivation to put any effort into wording, spelling or punctuating anything correctly has declined at a shocking rate. What was once “Oh my God, that’s hilarious!” has now become “OMG ROFL.”

Kansas Focus Gallery opens at the Nerman Museum with post-apocalyptic exhibit

Kansas Focus Gallery Inaugural Exhibition Lori Nix ● The City, February 4  – May 29, 2016, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas. Photos: EG Schempf

The Kansas Focus Gallery at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, initially announced in July 2014, is opening its doors on Feb. 4. The gallery aims to showcase the talent of artists associated with Kansas.

Student exposed to Costa Rican culture

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The Study Abroad program allows students to take classes all over the world. One student, Angela Sas, attended school in Costa Rica during the last semester.

Letter to the editor: Give refugee status to those fleeing the Middle East

Dear Editor: I would like to compliment you and your staff on the Staff Editorial and other concise articles in the December Campus Ledger concerning issues related to the Middle East and the refugee crisis.

Future basks in addiction, incredible success in ‘Purple Reign’

The cover art for Future's new mixtape "Purple Reign".

by Aaron Rhodes Staff Reporter arhodes2@jccc.edu The introduction to “Purple Reign” is ominous. The sounds of lightning and pouring rain are present. You can hear “Where Ya At” (Future’s collaboration with fellow superstar Drake) faintly playing inside a car before the door shuts and someone (presumably Future) steps out into the stormy Atlanta night. “Purple

Employee error cited as reason for false tornado alarm trigger yesterday

Mostly clear skies dominated the skyline from on top of Galileo's Garage on campus. Photo by Pete Schulte

Tornado sirens sounded throughout campus shortly after 4 p.m. today, causing confusion given the cloudless sky and clear, nearly 50-degree weather. According to an email distributed to the college, the alarm was “inadvertently activated during a systems check.” The same email also issued an apology for the alarm.

WATCH: Strangers on campus meet for the first time

Student DeAmbra Bond, left, explains to student Martin Mwangi how she would want to meet U.S. President John F. Kennedy if she could go back in time and meet a famous person of her choice. Photo by Andrew Hartnett.

What happens when two people meet for the first time and are given a random question to ask one another? JCAV-TV and The Campus Ledger paired up to break the ice between groups of strangers.

Oxford English Dictionary adds new words, phrases

The Oxford English Dictionary comes out with a list of new words and phrases four times a year. The most recent update was in December 2015, with around 500 entries introduced. The full list of new entries can be found here. Among these additions are “phablet,” “waybread,” “bank of mom and dad” and “yes way.”

Members of the Blue Man Group discuss their experiences with the show

Paint drumming is one of Blue Man Group's signature moments of the show.

Over the course of three days, the Blue Man Group performed a total of five shows at the college, but despite their busy schedules, two members of the group sat down with The Campus Ledger to discuss the show and their experiences as Blue Men.

Students and professors get in shape, stay in shape during National Healthy Weight Awareness Month

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As our readers may know, January is National Healthy Weight Awareness month. This event pairs nicely with the fact that January is the month when people hit the gyms in an attempt to stick to their New Year’s resolutions of exercising more and getting in shape.

Bookstore works through increased traffic as spring semester gets underway

Bookstore hours are Monday-Thursday: 7:45 a.m -6:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday:  Closed

The first week of the any semester typically brings heavier foot traffic to the college bookstore, with students in search of required textbooks, class materials, and new tech items. While it is busier than usual, lines and wait times may have actually decreased over the years.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winter weather hits campus

A collection of photos from Thursday, Jan. 21.

Thursday of Welcome Week includes karaoke, Senate lunch

Student Brandon Nonprasit sings “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child at the karaoke event.  Photo by Andrew Hartnett.

Welcome Week consists of numerous activities for students to take part in in order to get to know other students. For one of the events on Thursday, Student Lounge held karaoke, which was free for all students.

Blue Man Group to perform at college for the first time

Blue Man Group is coming to the college for the first time. Photo courtesy of jccc.edu

For the first time, the Blue Man Group has brought its theatrical United States tour to the college. Beginning on Friday, Jan. 22, the entertainment group will perform at Yardley Hall, located in the Carlsen Center, for three consecutive nights with a total of five performances.

The 5th Wave author discusses book as movie adaptation nears release

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

The upcoming movie "The 5th Wave" starring Chloe Grace Moretz and directed by J Blakeson, will hit theaters nationwide this Friday, January 22nd. The film is based on the book of the same name by Rick Yancey. "The 5th Wave" follows Cassie Sullivan, as she navigates an Earth ravaged by alien invasion in search for her little brother Sam.

Students, professors face challenges at start of semester

Spanish Professor Christina Wolff talks about her role in assisting students on campus as well as some of the difficulties and stresses she encounters while working. Photo by Andrew Hartnett.

When a new semester begins, students have to adapt to new classes, new professors, and new classmates. For some, this can be overwhelming; luckily, the winter break gives students time to prepare for the challenges ahead.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” delivers in a big way

Photo courtesy of Disney & Lucasfilm.

If the reaction in the theater was any indication, and you’ve already been building toy X-Wings and reenacting lightsaber battles with your friends for years, you won’t leave disappointed. The new blockbuster brings a welcome jolt of energy, warmth and excitement. It has certainly motivated me to travel to a galaxy far, far away a few more times to discover

Events occurring over the winter break

April 6, 2015: Freshman Chastity Franklin attempts to add more points to the board during the final NJCAA tournament game. Franklin is from St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Mike Abell.

A few big events took place during the winter break, including President Obama’s executive order regarding gun control, the release of the long-awaited “Star Wars” film, the record-high Powerball lottery and, on a local level, the resounding success of the college’s male and female basketball teams.