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05/07/2014

Comedy Club’s last showing

The JJC Comedy Club will be hosting their Finals Show with improv, stand-up and sketch comedy performances from club members.

The event will take place on May 9 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater, room K-1001. For additional information, contact Marc Kaufman at mkaufman@jjc.edu.

Foster proposes break on cost of textbooks at St. Francis

With the cost of going to college becoming increasingly burdensome on students and their families, Congressman Bill Foster (D-Ill) introduced legislation aimed at making textbooks more available and accessible.

Foster’s proposal, H.R. 4455, the Learning Opportunities With Creation of Open Source Textbooks (LOW COST) Act, was unveiled at a public discussion on April 22 at the University of St. Francis.

If implemented, the LOW COST ACT will provide students free online access to open source college-level textbooks, and allocate federal funds towards developing improved and freely sourced science textbooks.

Each year, students pay $1,207-$1,270 on average for college books and supplies according to government estimates.

"By making high quality educational materials freely accessible to the general public, students would save money on textbooks, making higher education more affordable and accessible," said Foster in an official release.

The discussion and proposal are part of Foster’s Project Growth initiative, which works to stimulate the economy by focusing on education, transportation, manufacturing, and securing the middle class.

Foster, who is running for re-election in November, is a frequent guest speaker and participant at JJC hosted events, most recently, during the campus’s Walk for Freedom march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The discussion was attended by JJC president, Dr. Debra Daniels, and DR. Arvid C. Johnson, president, University of St. Francis.

Memoriam for John Houbolt

JJC alum and NASA scientist during the Apollo moon landings, John C. Houbolt, passed away at the age of 95 on Tuesday, April 15, due to complication from Parkinson’s disease.

JJC has had its fair share of famous alum: John Williams, former WGN radio D.J., and current hot at WCCO (AM) in Minneapolis, Minn., former member of the United States House of Representatives, George Sangmeister, and three current players in the NFL, Ron Ninkovich, Jeris Pendleton, and current Chicago Bear, Kelvin Hayden.

But Houbolt’s contributions to NASA’s space program, specifically his work in the design and planning the 1969 moon landing module, give him an esteemed and unique place in the college’s history.

Known for his work in developing the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR) method for moon landing, Houbolt was both innovative and revolutionary in his contributions to aeronautical science.

The LOR method entailed detaching a separate lunar module the main craft as it orbited the moon. After making the moon landing, the module would blast off from the moon, and then rendezvous and re-attach itself to the main craft for the return trip to earth.

Though criticized and considered risky at the time, Houbolt advocated strongly for LOR, famously writing to NASA Associate Administrator Dr. Robert Seamans urging for both the adoption of LOR, and for greater expediency on the part of NASA, rhetorically asking, "Do we want to go to the moon or not?"

After graduating from JJC in 1938, Houbolt received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees degree in Civil Engineering and the University of Illinois, Champaign, then went to receive his doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich in 1957.

After the first moon landing’s success, Houbolt returned to Joliet a hero and was paraded down the streets by the city’s residents. Soon after, Airport Road was renamed in his honor.

Depicted in a mural at Joliet Union Station, Houbolt is also honored and celebrated with an exhibit detailing his accomplishments at the Joliet Historical Museum.

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