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2017 May 11 - 04:57 pm

Around Campus

A Look at Campus Life at Various Community Colleges

Silver Creek cowboy Trey Engel is making a comeback. The Mid-Plains Community College (Neb.) sophomore won the bull riding at the Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede hosted by Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. He placed second at the same rodeo last year, gaining points that set him on the path to nationals as the top bull rider in the region. This season hasn’t gone as well. Out of the past seven rodeos leading up to the Yellow Jacket Stampede, Engel only placed at one, the MPCC Stampede in September. “We’ve got two rodeos left, and he will have to do well at those to make it to nationals this year,” said Elliott. “It was good to see him get some things turned around — things you would expect from a defending regional champion.” The team also had two second place finishes at Spearfish: Reece Weber, in the tie down roping and Lane Kennedy in the saddle bronc riding. In the team roping, Wyatt Killion placed third. Charmane Macombe was fourth and Chandler Comfort finished fifth. Rowdy Moon ended up fourth in the bareback riding. Coming in at sixth place was Riley Weehler in the tie down roping and Tyler Murray in the steer wrestling. For the second rodeo in a row, MPCC finished third in the men’s team standings.

The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg. New Jersey, will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts for all ages. “Black Holes” takes audience members on a journey through one of the most mystifying, aweinspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Take a virtual tour through space and explore the science and mystery of black holes: Where do they come from? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth’s horizon?

HCG, LDL, FBS, CBC, TBIL…No, these abbreviations are not text talk or cyber slang. Laboratory professionals and physicians have been using these abbreviations before abbreviating was cool. The information obtained from these laboratory tests tells us much more than LOL, YOLO, IMO, or JW. A physician may order an LDL (low density lipoprotein) test to monitor a patient’s cholesterol, an HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) to determine pregnancy, a FBS (fasting blood sugar or glucose) to detect diabetes, a CBC (complete blood count) to determine the effectiveness of chemotherapy, or a TBIL (total bilirubin) to monitor jaundice in a newborn. Most of us have had at least one of these tests performed in our lifetime. For some, the results of these tests could mean the difference between life and death. Thousands of laboratory tests are available for physicians to utilize in the detection, diagnosis, and therapeutic monitoring of disease states.

Medical laboratory technicians perform testing in microbiology, chemistry, hematology, and transfusion medicine. Many tests are performed using automated laboratory instruments while a more manual approach, such as microscopic examinations, remains the gold standard for some laboratory tests. Medical laboratory technicians may work in hospital laboratories, reference laboratories, physician’s offices, blood banks, and other facilities. Students in the MLT program at Wallace State Community College (Ala.) have been celebrating Medical Laboratory Technician Lab Week. The week was filled with games and activities as they recognize the importance of the work they’ll be doing as professionals.

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