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March 9, 2018

Blueprint 3

Students take part in first-ever multicultural studies trip By Marc Alvarez, Copy Editor

On Feb. 22, multicultural studies students traveled to the south side of Chicago to learn more about the role of African-American civil rights leaders in both Chicago and the country. This is the first year that the class went on this field trip. Social Studies Department Chair and multicultural studies teacher Christopher Esposito explained what he hopes students learned on the trip. “I think they achieved a much greater appreciation for our city and the way race has historically functioned and currently functions within the city of Chicago. I think these types of experiences can be pretty eye-opening; especially when we are so close to the city of Chicago, to be able to take advantage of that proximity and the experi-

ences that we can learn from, actually exploring it in a genuine way,“ Esposito said. The class was added to the selection of social studies electives because the department previously lacked a class that was focused on issues of race. “It’s the one major class that we have that is focused on the issue of race in society. We hope students get a much broader understanding of the complexity of race and how race functions in the world we live in today,” Esposito said. At the Chicago History Museum students went through a variety of exhibits about the role of race in society. “One activity was you had to match the sound of a person’s voice to their picture … And I realized that I attached stereotypes to a person’s voice and that it’s actually not possible to

determine a person’s race by the sound of their voice,” senior Sarah Ansah said. Senior Lily Skrapka also found the trip to be a beneficial way to take the concepts learned in class and apply them to the real world. “My favorite thing about the trip was getting to tour through Bronzeville and getting to know about the neighborhood’s history ... We got to see and learn what it was like for African Americans living there and how they made it their own,” Lily Skrapka said. Ansah gave her thoughts about what the class and field trip have taught her. “The class helped me not be so emotional when talking about race and to take a step back and recognize where the other person is coming from and how their own history is affecting their mindset on race,” Ansah said.

Photos by Elizabeth Szpytek Students heard from a civil rights leader in Bronzeville at Progressive Community Church

Marine Life Club

Photo by Emmanuelle Copeland

Rock band class coming to DGS By Emmanuelle Copeland, Graphics Director

The DGS fine arts department has proposed to have a rock band class beginning in the 2018-19 school year, and are currently going through the steps to fulfill this undertaking. According to the fine arts department chair Glenn Williams, the class is being approached with the intention to broaden the types of music students may be exposed to. “Nationally there’s a trend to look at ways people interact with music that’s non-western-European, trying to find ways that people interact with music that’s not band, choir or orchestra. So when we looked at ways that would work best

at DGS this was the idea that surfaced,” Williams said. The application process to join the class opened in January, and the auditions soon followed. The auditions were performances for Williams to prove an amount of proficiency in an instrument or vocal class. Groups formed in the class will execute projects to fulfil the sub-genre based units, learning various skills along the way of how to be successful in a rock or eclectic group. Senior Bella Kelly has been in a multitude of music courses and empathizes the importance of different music classes. “Music classes are a great break in the middle of the day to create something

beautiful. School tends to feel like people are throwing all this information at you and you just have to remember it for a week until the test happens, but music classes provide a chance to create art,” Kelly said. Junior Scott Pape has applied for rock band class next year, and looks forward to seeing how it compares to his other music courses. “I know this class will be a lot different than the classic concert band classes since this will be a smaller group performance class, I expect a fun and new environment to practice and learn about rock music, while showcasing and improving my own skills,” Pape said.

like coming up with an “animal of the month” or signing petitions for various organizations. Currently the group is working on a “save the whales” initiative. (continued from page 1) “Right now we’re trysea animals because we’re ing to finalize a fundnot in that environment,” raiser to adopt a vaquita Bhasin said. porpoise because there Club sponsor and social are less than 30 left in studies teacher Laura the wild, and so we want Rodey talked about the to send in money to care steps the co-presidents for that porpoise,” Bhahad to take in order to sin said. start the club. The club presidents “They made a convincand club sponsor all ing argument [to achope students at DGS tivities director Jennifer benefit and become more Martinez], and I could knowledgeable on the tell it was something they topics they focus on from were really passionate participating in the club. about. They have done “I want other DGS all the legwork. They’ve students to learn about done everything to create it, and that’s pretty much their individual impact on marine life and our how it all got started,” global treatment of maRodey said. rine life in both commerIn order to meet the cial and wild settings. goal of raising awareness, the club does things I would love to spark interest in our community for marine life and encourage other students to contribute to making an impact on marine life,” Repole said. Marine life club meets every Monday in C264. Students of Photo courtesy of Ian Bales all grades are Club founders Natalie Repole (left) and Riya Bhasin welcome to (right) take a trip to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. join.

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