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Chancellor Cheryl Hyman takes a question from an audience member at the Sept. 2 presentation of her plan to reinvent the City Colleges of Chicago.
CCC reinvention begins By Brian Alexander Editor-in-Chief
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Chancellor Cheryl Hyman began the initiative to reform the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) system in September, starting with a presentation to assembled faculty, staff and students at HWC on Sept. 2. Armed with internal CCC statistics and data about the state of higher education in the country, Hyman laid out the reasons why the administration believes that change is needed at CCC. The center of the chancellor’s argument for reform is that only seven percent of students who come to CCC earn an associate
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as the CCC does not currently have a way to track why students leave the college. CCC also does not keep internal data on students who transfer away from the colleges. “When someone comes in to get a transcript, why aren’t we tracking them then? Where is the transcript going?” said interim HWC President John Metoyer in a follow-up session on the reinvention on Oct. 1. The overall goals of the reform that the chancellor hopes to accomplish are an increased number of students attaining a degree from the colleges, an increased rate of transfer to other colleges and universities, improving the
remediation at CCC so that students who need it are more likely to stay in college and to increase the number of degrees that the school grants that are "of economic value." With over 120,000 students served by CCC, more than any other college or university in the Chicago area, the chancellor and other college administrators see the CCC system as holding a vital role in educating the residents of the city. “This is the place that makes the most sense to go to from the Chicago Public Schools. We should be the first option,” said Metoyer. See Reinvention, p.5
SGA needs student input After last election,request more student involvement at HWC By Iesha Pompey Staff Writer
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degree at the colleges. Comparable community colleges of a similar size, program offerings, demographics and financial aid graduate 22 percent of associate degree seeking students according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a national database of higher education statistics. The chancellor also highlighted a problem with student retention, with 54 percent of students dropping out of the CCC system within one semester of classes, approximately 15 credit hours. However, data on why the students are leaving is lacking,
The new officers of the HWC Student Government Association (SGA) are focused on getting more students involved in school clubs and the SGA voting process. The most recent election resulted in its only candidate, Edgar Gonzalez, being appointed president of SGA by former HWC President John Wozniak. Gonzalez is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Pride Alliance and the Organization of Latin American Studies. The other officers appointed were: vice president Angie Shum, secretary Sydney Zepeda, treasurers Sterick Wills and Devin Nissen, senate chair Micheko Allen, parliamentarian Dimar Vasquez, and head of public relations Aisha
McCoy. Sterick Wills, a psychology major and also a member of the Chess Club, says students should be more involved with what is going on at school. Students always have the right to voice their concerns to the SGA. “We‘re the voice of the students for the college. We handle everything from Beck’s to, you know, how they go about the classes. We talk to the president of the school, the chancellor of the whole City Colleges. We have meetings with them and we‘re there to help. We solve the problems,” said Kailin Hightower, criminal justice club president. Hightower stresses the importance of his affiliation with SGA. “It’s a good way to get to know your dean. You get
to know them on a personal level. Let’s say you want to go to an ivy league college: you get good recommendation from the important people at your school, that always helps,” he said. The SGA welcomes new members and student issues. HWC students can find the schedule of upcoming events in Room 204. General body SGA meetings, which any student
may attend, are held every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Room 320. When asked how students can take advantage of HWC resources, Gonzales says, “Use all the free resources available to you: Chicago Legal Clinic, Wellness Center, transfer center, career center. Did you know they existed? Check them out. They are super helpful and nice.”
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Interim HWC President John Metoyer (standing at right) addressing the SGA board. Seated, from left: SGA officers Angie Shum, Edgar Gonzalez, Sterick Wills, Devin Nissen and Aisha McCoy.
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PTK volunteers adopt a beach By Gregory Fairbanks News Editor
Before noon on Sept. 25, members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an honors society at HWC, were sifting through the sands of the Ohio Street Beach with an intern from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Nickey Farr. Farr was researching over the summer, testing for E. coli bacteria in the fresh-waters of Lake Michigan. To satisfy the underwriters of her grant, this semester she needed to adopt a beach. But Farr didn’t stop there, she was more than willing to check in on multiple beaches along what some people call the “Third Coast.” “Luckily Phi Theta Kappa stepped in and volunteered [to clean Ohio Street Beach],” Farr said. “Since I have the internship, I have to go and check on other beaches, so I checked on 41st and 63rd Street beaches...essentially though, this is our beach,” she said. The term “Third Coast” is often used to describe Chicago’s stretch of
coastline on Lake Michigan. Third Coast Valet, 3rd Coast Cafe & Wine Bar, the Third Coast International Film Festival and Third Coast Guitar Repair Shop are just some names that are employed to describe Chicago-centrism. PTK was proud of their time spent, and a jovial attitude was felt that sunny morning. Members danced and chanted after all the work was done. “We actually felt really accomplished...I think we get most of the stuff [trash] and it really looks cleaner,” said Jose Rodriquez, a PTK member. In addition to the glass, plastic and countless cigarette butts, a set of keys were found. Also, while the clean-up was happening, a man was using the beach as a way to propose to his fiance, who was high-up in a building nearby. His method was spelling out the words of proposal using green plants he stuck into the sand, so she or he could see it from a telescope. PTK did not need to clean up after that.
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Yami Guzman tests freshwater from Lake Michigan for E. coli after cleaning up the Ohio Street Beach on Sept. 25.
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Robert Rebecca and Leah Lewis from the Wellness Center talk to a student at the information booth on the second floor.
By Courtney OʻDonnell Staff Writer
Student life can be an overwhelming and frustrating experience. Add parenthood and money troubles, and success can seem impossible. Fortunately, there is hope for those in seemingly hopeless situations right here at the HWC Wellness Center. The Wellness Center is dedicated to supporting students more inwardly, not just academically.
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“I believe the Wellness Center is under the umbrella of support services for students that includes things like Disability Student Access Center, tutoring, The Writing Lab, the International Student Program. Like those programs, by offering key support to the students during a particularly stressful time, when they have experienced a disruption in life, it helps them succeed. It helps to
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support them in whatever is going on in their lives so that they can continue to focus on their coursework,” said Michael G. Russell, manager of the Wellness Center. As a result of this commitment to student success, The Wellness Center has launched a set of support groups geared toward the specific needs of the students of Harold Washington College. “We like to offer services that students need, and services that aren’t available outside of Harold Washington. With Alcoholics Anonymous or Substance Abuse, there are a lot of free sources outside of Harold Washington, so our resources are better spent on other issues,” said Robert Rebecca, a Wellness Center Intern and graduate student of the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Starting Oct. 4, the Wellness Center will begin several support groups: Stress and Time Management, Surviving Breakups, Busy Parents, LGBTQ issues, Transitioning to Being a College Student and Support for Caregivers. These themed groups offer a sounding board for good students who run into bad situations.
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“What’s particularly nice about the support groups is that they have more of a focus on one issue, so you’re coming together with other people in the group who are also dealing with the same issue. Perhaps they have had some success in dealing with [a problem], and perhaps they can share their ideas for success. Or as a group people can strategize about how to solve a particular problem,” says Russell. One other positive aspect of support groups is to help students make social connections on the basis of extremely intimate issues. In the loneliness of a fairly large school in an urban setting, having a relatable peer can be invaluable. “One other thing groups offer is the chance to make a social connection. You get to know the other group members well, and maybe you end up supporting each other [outside of a group] by studying together, or just having a friendly face here,” said Russell. The Wellness Center in Room 713 is a convenient, free resource for students who need to see a friendly face and need a little guidance.
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Waiting until the last day hurts By LaToya Allen Staff Writer
The registration process is one that many students at HWC do not look forward to. “I’ve gone through countless numbers of semesters dealing with the registrars office and it is probably the most disorganized place in this entire school.” said Coleen Sawalla, biology major at HWC. This semester, Sawalla registered for both summer and fall courses in the spring. Her schedule revolved around one hybrid honors course that was offered only in the fall semester. “I had to jump through hoops to get it. I found out Friday before classes started that they sent out an email and two of my classes had been cancelled because of low enrollment,” she said. “I come in on Monday, which you know is a zoo, because everyone is doing
last minute registering,” she said. Problems with registration has been a frequent complaint of many students for years, and the staff who work with students take their concerns seriously. “I think everybody is trying to make it a better process,” said Cheryl A. Wiley, registrar. Wiley thinks that improvement could be made and the process could become more user friendly for the students. A part of the chancellor’s reinvention plan includes trying to streamline the process for students so that they are able to register faster and make sure that they get the classes they need to graduate. Wiley describes the student’s input in the matter as “invaluable”. “I caution them against waiting for the last minute to register. We register over a three-month period. Those students who talk about disorganization are probably the ones who waited until the
last week to register … so it’s really unfair to say that when the process is available to the students over a long period of time,” she said. Kelsye Moore, in her first semester at HWC, found the registration process easy. “If you are already in the school’s system students will be able to register easily online,” Moore said. However she did not have the same experience at the financial aid office. “The lines were long. Irritating. The staff was rude,” she said Moore was sent to the Financial Aid office with a group of students who were told by a facility member to go, as a group and without explanation, to the beginning of the financial aid line. When they did as they were told the woman sitting at the financial aid desk told them to get in the back of the line. “She was talking to us in a demean-
ing tone, like we were children. We decided not to say anything because it really wasn’t worth it. Maybe she was having a bad day, but she was very rude,” said Moore. Aida V. Diaz, assistant director of financial aid, is eager to help students with the process. “Students should know the urgency of applying early for financial aid. If they don’t they will be cheated out of some grants and programs that are important to students,” Diaz said. “We actually beg students to come and do their applications early.” “We are the only city college to have assistance to students in filling out their financial aid application. As long as you want to take advantage of the financial aid opportunities we are here to help you,” Diaz said.
The path to success starts with you By Gregory Fairbanks News Editor
For many of the students that are admitted to Harold Washington College, moving on to a four-year institution is a commonly stated goal. The Transfer Center in Room 101 makes the process of selecting and being accepted to a university easier while ensuring a direct path to academic success. But sometimes, students procrastinate making an appointment to see an adviser...and get an unexpected surprise. Ellen Goldberg, Director of the Transfer Center, says she is always pleased to inform students that they have unknowingly received an Associate Degree when they come to her office. “It’s been really fun working in the Transfer Center because a lot of students come to me in the effort to transfer and what ends up happening is that they have a degree” [after adding up their credits], Goldberg said. Through the Transfer Center, an academic plan can be made to ensure exactly what classes a student should take that will transfer to the program and university they wish to transfer to. By making the academic plan, the exact semester that someone can expect to graduate from HWC with an Associate Degree can be calculated. “A lot of students want to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Goldberg said And when a student obtains an Associate of Art or Science at CCC, institutions such as the University of Illinois-Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, National-Lewis University and Roosevelt University will transfer an entire course load of general education core-curriculum requirements (GECC). These schools are members of the Illinois Articulation Initiative, and transferring to their respective four-year institution without having to retake courses is an expressed purpose of the collaboration with Chicago City Colleges. “They encourage students to go ahead and get the Associate Degree
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Ellen Goldberg and Richard Young discuss his long-term goals at the Transfer Center office, in Room 101
because at that point you’ve completed the GECC, so you can transfer in and concentrate on whatever your major is,” Goldberg said. The Transfer Center also has a Facebook page that Goldberg updates, letting students know when the next trip to visit a university is, or just to post “congratulations” to someone who has successfully completed the transfer process. She also has experience helping transfer students to highly selective schools. “I’ve had a lot of students who wanted to go to extremely selective enrollment institutions like Stanford University, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Chicago , Northwestern University...we had a couple of students last year transfer to University of Southern California...it just runs the gamut of where Harold Washington Students are transferring,” Goldberg says.
There are other advantages in obtaining an Associate Degree, especially for someone who has to work while going to school. John Lytle, a Multi-Media major, says in his field of study an Associate Degree can give you an edge on the rest of the work-force that may have gotten their Bachelor’s Degree several years ago. The rapid pace of how technology changes requires that employers adapt to the next version of software or latest social network. “An employer can then hire you [after getting an Associate Degree], and pay for your continued schooling in a particular area that is beneficial to them,” Lytle said. “They want to see that you have achieved some level of completion,” he said. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a database detailing the advantages of obtaining an Associate Degree at
www.bls.gov. Next month, a Transfer/Career Services Symposium will be held at HWC, November 1st through November 4th and students are encouraged to attend. Some of the workshops will focus on how to write an admission essay, defining your goals and achieving them, and tips on how to get accepted to the school of your dreams. On November 10th, a Transfer Fair is being held on the 1st floor of HWC and over 60 schools are expected to attend. Columbia University-New York, Indiana University, the University of Chicago, the University of NebraskaLincoln and Hawai’i Pacific University will all have admissions representatives there. Additional resources on transferring to an IAI member institution can be found at www.itransfer.org, a clearinghouse of transferring information.
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New plan for women’s studies riculum, and present them in the printed class schedule in a more coherent way, so that the students have a clear idea of what the program is offering for the semester,” she said. In addition to the more cohesive schedule, the Women’s Studies Committee plans to work with faculty to create a calendar of events that will make students more aware of events
going on in various classes such as guest speakers, movies and discussions. Visomirskis hopes that many of these events will be open to all students. “We plan on opening up a dynamic calendar for events regarding women’s issues across the curriculum, to move forward in terms of spreading awareness,” she said.
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Loretta Visomirskis, chair of the Womenʼs Studies Committee.
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The fall semester has seen an increase of courses that focus on women’s issues and thoroughly examine the female’s role in society. HWC’s Women’s Studies Committee has projected a larger rise in the classes in the upcoming spring semester. In anticipation of this flux, the committee is planning to involve faculty to create a more cohesive set of curriculum. From biology to humanities and social science, there are a variety of classes offered that are included in the concentration of women’s studies. “Biology of women, sociology of sex and gender, women in the creative arts; all of those courses have women’s studies written into them as their primary focus,” said Amanda Loos, assistant professor of humanities and former chair of the Women’s Studies Committee. Although students cannot declare majors at HWC, students intending to major in women’s studies can opt to pursue an Associate degree with a concentration in that discipline, and declare their major after transferring to a fouryear institution according to Loos. “So for instance … with these classes, students can get an Associate in Arts degree with a women’s studies concentration,” she said. The number of classes taught from the female prospective is not determined by the women’s studies committee, but rather professors who chose the subject matter of their courses based on the needs of their students. “In any given semester, we typically have a number of courses that are taught with a women’s studies emphasis, typically courses that are general education courses from all the different disciplines,” Loos said. Some professors believe that the best way to introduce students to the feminine perspective is to examine women from a creative point of view. Laura Heldt, an adjunct professor of humanities, teaches a fine arts class focusing on opera. In her course, Heldt examines the female’s role in many clas-
sic operas. Heldt believes that her class not only aptly exposes students to the arts, but to female characters and personalities that thoroughly examine the human condition, such as Lady Macbeth from Shakespeare’s wellknown play, “Macbeth.” “There are a lot of things covered that people wouldn’t know about Macbeth’s wife, she is very important in the story arc of the play,” Heldt said. Heldt believes that exposure to women in fine arts is important even for non-humanities majors. “During the course, students are able to take a trip to the Lyric Opera house at no cost. This is important for people who want to learn more about music and get more exposure,” she said. “Even if it’s not your focus, women’s studies are wonderful studies that always benefit us by opening our minds.” Faculty is vital in the establishment of women’s studies courses, according to Loretta Visomirskis, humanities professor and chair of the Women’s Studies Committee. Visomirskis plans to create more of a partnership between faculty who teach courses pertaining to women’s studies and the committee itself. “The committee is looking at the new process of working with all the faculty that do teach in the women’s program, and we will also be trying to involve more faculty in participating in the program,” Visomirskis said. The welcoming of faculty participation has resulted in more input, which has led the committee to examine new ideas on creating awareness among students. To initiate this partnership, the Women’s Studies Committee has asked faculty to provide a list of their courses which pertain to women’s studies curriculum. “The faculty have very cohesively responded to the committee’s call,” Visomirskis said. “What the committee is trying to do for the spring semester is pull courses from across the board, across the cur-
208: Women in the Creative and Performing Arts Henry, 12:30-1:50 TTh 201: Literary and Visual Arts Bivens, 9:30-10:50 MW Young, 7:05-8:25 TTh (p.m.) 212: Non-Western Humanities Henry, 2:00-3:20 TTh
Literature 137: The Black Woman in Black Fiction Finney 12:30-1:50 MW 150: Womenʼs Literature Visomirskis, 12:30-1:50 MW
Sociology 207: Sociology of Sex and Gender Smith, 5:30-6:50 MW
Courses with Womenʼs Issues Emphasis Fine Arts 104: World of Cinema Loos, 12:30-3:20 MW 110: Opera and the Humanities Heldt, 12:30-1:50, MW
Literature 114: Ideas in Prose Rivera-Van Schagen, 3:55-5:15 MW (p.m.)
Philosophy 110: Social and Political Philosophy Richardson, 12:30-1:50 MW
Social Science 101: General Course Harris, 9:30-10:50 MW or TTh
New scholarship 2.0 GPA or better required to apply By Donna Muehlfelder Staff Writer
The Illinois Education Foundation (IEF) offers a Signature Fund Scholarship for Illinois community college students working towards their first degree who are in need of financial and academic assistance. The application process opens in January 2011 to students with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. When a student has been selected for the scholarship they may receive up to five years of financial aid and academic support. “We award over 30 scholarships each year on average. Scholarships include financial assistance in the form of lastdollar scholarships and stipends, coupled with student support services including tutoring, academic advising, and mentoring,” said Jessica BesserRosenberg, a program manager at the IEF. Of the 10 HWC Students selected to receive the scholarship, Lewis Magers is pursuing a degree at HWC and plans on going to a four-year university to earn a Bachelor’s degree in social work. “The IEF Signature Fund Scholarship has given me some much needed help in terms of comprehensive mentoring, one-on-one tutoring, financial assistance, and friendship.” said Magers “Sometimes us college kids can fall
between the cracks but the IEF has become a bridge for me to walk over and reach my full potential,” he said. “I would encourage all CCC students, especially Harold Washington College students, who have put forth the necessary effort to get good grades not to be intimidated by the scholarship applications. We all know that the applications seem long and time consuming. That‘s what I thought when I first applied. But if you never try, you will never know where you stand. So my advice is to apply, apply and keep on applying,” Magers said. What sets this scholarship apart from others is that it offers academic support in addition to financial support [for students] which may be helpful for those that need extra assistance to succeed. There are rules a student must adhere to as well. “All first-year IEF Scholars have mandatory tutoring once a week for an hour, during their first semester as an IEF Scholar. Any IEF Scholar who receives a ‘C’ or below in a class also is assigned mandatory tutoring for onehour a week for an entire semester. Furthermore, if a scholar requests a tutor, the IEF will match a scholar with a tutor,” said Besser-Rosenberg. More information about the IEF Signature Fund Scholarship can be found at www.iledfoundation.org.
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Hyman wants CCC to have an important role in the future of the city, since jobs requiring degrees are only expected to rise in the future, according to a study by Georgetown University and the Urban Institute. “By producing graduates ready to take on the jobs that need to be done around our city, both today and in the future, we also fulfill our mission of supporting employment and job creation needs residents and employers,” she said. The reform will take place over the course of the next year and will chiefly involve six committees who will work on a different issue that the final reinvention plan will implement. The areas that the committees will focus on will be: classes and programs offered at CCC; advising, tutoring and job placement; how to improve remediation; faculty and staff performance goals and evaluation; improving the return on investments for non-instructional costs; and how to integrate the latest technology into instruction. Each committee will include an advisor from the CCC administration who will be either a college president, vice president or vice chancellor from the district office. A project manager from the office of strategy and institutional intelligence, run by Alvin Bisarya, vice chancellor the office, will be on each team to help provide guidance to the team members, which will be made up of students, faculty and
staff from the colleges. The team members will be expected to provide either a full or part time commitment and may be compensated for their time. People interested in becoming a team member should submit a brief biography, resume, preference of which committee they would like to be on and five suggestions on how you would address the challenges in the task force you would like to apply to. All applications should be sent to email@example.com by 9 a.m. on Oct. 11. For people who would not be able to make a commitment to being a team member, there are other ways to be heard. There is a plan for public forums and ad-hoc committees in the future, and the district also takes any ideas that people are willing to voice at the same email address that committee members apply to. The chancellor will also be soliciting the input of the groups she calls “stakeholders,” such as employers in Chicago, other institutes of higher education, community representatives and civic leaders and foundations. These groups will form advisory councils that will hear from each committee to evaluate the reform progress and provide input. "We need input from external agencies who are going to actually be hiring or working with our students. We need to know what other people want before we start looking at what we are already doing," Metoyer said.
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Alvin Bisarya, vice chancellor of strategy and institutional intelligence, addresses the audience at the Sept. 2 reinvention presentation.
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Artists exhibit found on every floor A recent installation placed art pieces in the President’s Gallery and throughout HWC campus By Ingrid Clausen Staff Writer
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An untitled piece by Susan Garcia
The Center of Multiple Middles was a collaborative and interactive exhibit through which a group of artists distribute pieces of art throughout HWC during the month of September. The artwork is placed so that not only students and people who go to the President’s Gallery on the eleventh floor would see it but also students walking around the hallways of HWC. The artwork is also displayed along the length of a few windows and the corners of ceilings on almost every floor of the school. “The show is conceptualized as having a decentralized curatorial process, where change and chaos help break down the unspoken barriers that art has,” said Vanessa Smith, the director of the President’s Gallery. The show features the collaborative work of many artists. Alberto Aguilar is the featured artist and organizer of the show. He explained that the project all started when he was given a space in one of the popup galleries at 208 South Wabash and decided to make it an open space for other artists to make, display, and sell their work along with a place to exchange ideas among their peers. Then he was given the space at HWC to show his work throughout the month of September. In the process to make this a reality, people were added and some people were taken out and instead of it being just visual art the space was opened up to video and performance. “[The idea was] to make a collaborative show where you can see that we grouped the art work and even hung some pieces on top of each other to make then interact,” Aguilar said. One of his pieces consists of a collection of sculptures made of cardboard. “Those were made at the workspace and there was physical activity behind this work. I had to wrestle
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Alberto Aguilarʼs “Bouquet” Photo by Lawrence Przybyl
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theHERALD with the boxes in order to make them. So, the idea of having them all over is that the people have to move to find them. That’s why I titled them, because they are my moves but also the moves of the people who find them,” Aguilar said. Aguilar’s piece is not the only work that can be found around the school. In the atrium on the second floor students can see a display of window paintings done by Zach Parsons, a former SAIC student. When it came to his paintings they were not planned ahead but were created based on the students in the atrium at the time. According to Parsons he wanted his paintings to create a contrast in light whether it was night or day. “I asked myself what was this space for and who occupies it? I recently graduated from The School of the Art Institute, so I am familiar with this kind of space and I feel that in many cases they are ignored and I wanted to help make this one noticeable,” Parsons said. On Sep. 16 there was an artist reception at the President’s Gallery as well as an artist’s performance. Brian Zaner performed a piece titled,” I am able to move small objects with my mind, electric dance,” which was written by Robert Reich, former secretary of labor under the Clinton administration. “Too much of our incoming wealth is concentrated into the hands of a few people and this will ultimately destroy the country. The stability depends on peoples trust on the system which benefits us all. When the people stop trusting the system, it harms everyone, including the rich,” Zaner said.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Zaner also showed an installation related to the performance in which he wanted to compare a huge chair (which he was carrying throughout most of his performance) with several small little objects contained in a cabinet made of glass and wood. In 1990, Zaner met Dionisio Portillo who is a Honduran refugee brought into the United States by Amnesty International seeking asylum. Zaner and Portillo shared a passion for wood working. “Dionisio wanted to make a chair like the one his grandfather used to have, but super-sized for North American people,” Zaner said. That is why a big chair is a part of the performance. The chair has an inscription on the back that says, “I was crying because I didn’t have shoes and then I saw somebody smiling who didn’t have feet. Now I try to look at the good in everything.” This is the message that Portillo wants people to get from his art. Placed in front of the chair are two small objects that are from Zaner’s family. The small objects next to the big chair are meant to show the relation between the few people with large amounts of money and the many people with very little of it. “I think what we have to do in terms of economical, social, and political change is to do this with our minds and bodies, that’s the relation with the title. I am hoping that somehow in this economic crisis that we are living right now, that enough of the small people will be able to make some change and to be able to move something forward. It is a symbolic message for people in the economic system.” Zaner said.
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Need plans for Halloween?
What’s the craziest thing you’ve been for Halloween?
Try these fun events around Chicagoland Oct. 5-31 The Chronicles of the Cursed: Hades Emerges 560 W. Grand Ave. $20 online or at the door
If you don’t mind spending a little money you can get a good scare at Chicago's largest haunted house. More then 20,000 square feet of bone-chilling monsters, ghouls, zombies, hellions, and other frightening beings. Oct. 23, 11a.m.-2 p.m. Spooky Zoo Spectacular Lincoln Park Zoo Free; family-friendly
Guests are invited to learn fun facts about the animals in the Spooky Zoo. Make crafts, collect treats and enjoy entertainment throughout the zoo, all while dressed in your best or spookiest costume. Oct. 29-31 Franken Plaza Daley Plaza Free; family-friendly
Special performances by Chicago’s very own Midnight Circus, a Monster Bash (complete with prize give-aways), hay rides and trick-or-treating. Oct. 29, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Carnival and Haunted House Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St. $3; family-friendly
Face painting, haunted house. Right across the street from the CTA Central stop on the Green Line.
Oct. 29, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Skate Party Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave. Free; family-friendly
Spooky fun on skates. Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Teen Haunted Drive-In Movie Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr. $5 (incl. popcorn)
This year they will screen teen vampire favorite “Twilight” indoors. Oct. 29 Back Alley Party Hyde Park Art Center 5020 S. Cornell Ave $45 ($40 for members)
“I was Alex from Clockwork Orange.”
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A parking lot gallery with graffiti from artist Alberto Trevino, who will also be demonstrating some old school tagging; along with other events. Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m Edgar Allen Poe readings Glessner House Museum 1800 S. Prairie Ave. $25 ($20 for members), reserve ahead; Family-friendly
Staged readings of Poe’s classic stories and poems has been a holiday tradition here since 1987. A favorite of young and old alike. Each of the two readings is limited to 40 people; reserve by phone at 312-326-1480. compiled by Aiesha Wesley Staff Writer
“I wore a pink neon wig two years ago and got more attention than I’ve gotten in years.” Laurette Hasbrook ESL/ELL instructor
“I was a female for Halloween, I stayed in character all day. I even went to the women’s restroom.” William Hall psychology student
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“I’m gonna be the Gulf oil spill this year.” Tyler Wilson student Interviews by Leanna Burton
“I was a ladybug, but I was mistaken for a prostitute.” Alanna McDonald nursing student Photos by Elizabeth Senesac
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OCTOBER 2010 - 9
‘Psyched’ therapy By Gregory Fairbanks News Editor
The Psychology Club held an event on Tuesday, “Psyched by the Beat,” an interactive experience using song, dance, self-expression and creativity that showcased talented students from HWC. There was a wall that students could draw and write on as the performances were taking place, creating an outlet for people to express themselves simultaneously with the artist. This wall of, “Art of Psych and Sound” was nearly filled by the end of the event. "The purpose of [the wall] was all about the expression of how people draw, how an individual uses their artistic nature that is already inside them to express themselves while the music is playing," said William Hall, president of the Psychology Club. "Also, what the changes are in not only the lines but the styles [of drawing] when the music changes, so when we go from one extreme [rap] to another [classical] the lines change," Hall said. Hall planned and coordinated "Psyched By The Beat" and felt like students in attendance needed a way to communicate and connect with the two guest speakers he had scheduled for the event. He wanted to make sure that students were not just listening to a lecture but interacting and being engaged with the music and performances taking place.
"The performers were really a way to bring life to the event," Hall said. "So when a speaker talked about how the music can affect you, you were able to feel it and see it...you were able to experience it for yourself." Professor Don Elligan, an HWC faculty member who has a Ph.D. in Psychology, was one of the guest speakers that afternoon. He talked about how he came about writing a book called Rap Therapy after trying to find a way to connect to middle-school students in the Boston area. He recognized that they all had things in common, a love of rap music and its culture. This led him to start thinking that he could connect with the adolescents, if he met them where they were. "Rap Therapy in Psychology tries to capitalize on the student's strengths," he said. "One of things that was interesting about a lot of these students, they knew all the rap songs and they knew every dance...but they were still failing in art and math, despite these strengths," Elligan said. Laura Allen, a dance therapist from Columbia College, was the second speaker that afternoon. She explained how movement is the first form of communication that we develop as an infant. Through dance, one can engage in an activity that is playful and healing. "Dance movement therapy is about the process over the product," Allen said.
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Participants at the “Psyched By The Beat” event were encouraged to draw on a wall of paper what the music playing “moves” them to draw.
Justice is a new kind of blind in play Loop Players’ new production is cast genderblind to emphasize justice By Keith Dow Staff Writer
Harold Washington College‘s Loop Players will be putting on an adaptation of Reginald Rose‘s play “Twelve Angry Men,” entitled “Twelve Angry Jurors”. The play will run from Oct. 28 to Nov. 12, with shows Monday through Thursday in Room 103. “Twelve Angry Jurors” is about a jury that is involved in a murder trial. Although 11 of the jurors are convinced that the defendant, a young boy who is accused of murdering his father, is guilty, the remaining juror believes that the evidence indicting the boy is not strong enough. The play details the deliberation process of the jury, showing how personal experiences and beliefs can radically change your view on something. Students might have seen posters advertising the play, with the word “men” crossed out and replaced with “jurors” to appropriately reflect the title. “I was concerned because I thought,’I don‘t know if I have twelve men‘, and I wanted to be inclusive rather than exclusive,” Kathryn Nash, director of the play, explained. “I looked up the publishing company that holds the rights for the play, and they allow you to
cast it with women and change the title,”she said. Nash chose “Twelve Angry Jurors” because she wanted to emphasize the importance of individual feelings and critical thinking. “I want to open people‘s eyes to how our emotions and how the baggage that we carry can impact the lives of other people so drastically,” Nash said. “It‘s a really interesting situation because the weight of this person‘s fate weighs on your shoulders.” “There‘s always something more behind what‘s given to you,” explains Mickey Grayer, who is acting in his first play at HWC and plays the role of the holdout juror. Although he had already been in an adaptation of “Twelve Angry Jurors” at Columbia College, he was still excited to audition for it again. “(The play) makes you think,” Grayer said. “It‘s all about seeing the bigger picture.” Tickets for “Twelve Angry Jurors” are $5 for college students and $10 for the general public. Shows on Monday and Wednesday are at 7:15 p.m. and shows on Tuesday and Thursday are at 2 p.m.
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Runners take on length of Chicago By Jason Astorga Staff Writer
Every year, thousands of athletes participate in the Chicago Marathon, a 26.2 mile run that starts and finishes in Grant Park. The Chicago Marathon is one of five major marathons across the world. The first Chicago Marathon was held in 1977 under its original name, The Mayor Daley Marathon. The route winds through downtown, north to Addison, south through the West Loop, down to Chinatown and back to Grant Park on October 10. HWC student Joe Ryan will be one of this year’s many competitors. Ryan is an avid runner and has run the marathon two previous years. “I’ve been running for about six years now,” Ryan said. “I try to run at least a marathon a week, you would run four or five miles a day and it totals up at the end of the week,” he said. Many athletes train for the marathon. They run five to six miles a day, eat a healthy diet and get plenty of
rest. There are many things an athlete has to do to avoid accidents and injuries. “Take glucosamine, anything for your joints … those are the things that will really help you going for five hours on that day,” Ryan said. Prior to the day of the marathon, athletes may attend a pasta dinner buffet at the Hilton Chicago, as carbohydrates provide is the energy athletes look need. “[I] just have a plate of pasta the night before,” Ryan said. After the finish line, Grant Park’s Butler Field will be hosting the 27th Mile Post-Race Party where participants can relax to live entertainment, food and beverages. Those who wish to participate next year must register online as soon as possible, because the maximum capacity is fixed at 45,000. Registered participants will receive free t-shirts, and be placed into age groups. Runners may also form teams in the spirit of competition.
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Red Line Chaos: how to solve the CTA’s unsafe feel? CTA safety system, CPD criminal after a crime has been superintendent Jody Weis committed. If a crime is committed on still claims that transit Lake and it’s not reported until a person By Reginald Hester crimes are on the decline. gets home, then it’s less and less likely Staff Writer These statements are filled the perpetrator will be caught. with misinformation. Asking fellow students to gauge how The lack of public safety on the CTA Armed robberies are up. Assaults are safe they feel on the CTA Red Line, you Red Line has gone from deplorable to up. Pickpocketing is up. Almost every get a near unanimous answer. Most “transit” crime is on the move up. downright frightening. students do not feel safe on public transThere is no place on the Red Line that a person can feel safe. The new platform cameras are supposed to CTA workers don’t seem to be too reduce crime, but if a crime happens far enough from the camera, it would interested in responding to emergency be hard for authorities to get any useful call buttons. Maybe trained volunteers information. Sure, you can get photos of the potential suspects, but they will be are the answer? long gone by the time the tapes are reviewed. Armed police officers are stationed So what are some potential solutions portation. I asked Paxton Wilson his at certain stops on the Red Line. The to the transit crime spree? Sure, you level of comfort on the public transit key word here is: certain. The purpose could put more police officers in the ter- system and he said “Man, anything can of the emergency alert buttons on minals to help protect passengers better. happen on the train. There’re are all almost every CTA train stop is to alert a Considering that the police department types of crazy people that are out here.” CTA worker to alert the police, but if doesn’t have enough police to patrol the He continued to describe several alterthat is the case, then why did I see a streets or enough money to pay for addi- cations on the bus and train. “Every bunch of children push the “emertional patrolmen as it is, this is a long time you get on the train it’s like playing gency” alert button at least twenty times Russian Roulette.” shot solution at best. on the 87th Street stop...and not one The only way that I can conceive a Putting up more cameras could help CTA worker even came to check for a deter some criminals from acting on really dramatic drop in the number of problem on the platform. This is the system that we are their crime – if they see a camera right crimes is if another intimidating presin their face. But the camera can only ence, besides the police, is at every transupposed to trust for public safety? Despite these glaring holes in the provide a picture. It can’t help track a sit stop. A group of volunteers trained to
make criminals at least think twice about committing a crime. As I stated earlier, CTA workers don’t seem to be too interested in responding to emergency call buttons. The volunteers I envision would not be allowed to intervene, but would have a direct line to the proper authorities to address the problem quickly and effectively. There is a perfect example of this system in action at a local park I frequent. There was a string of violent altercations at this otherwise quiet park. After a shooting incident that left four people critically injured, the alderman’s office initiated a “Peace Buddies” program. Their responsibility was to quell any hostile situations that arise at the park. There was never another situation that the volunteers could not handle without police intervention. This is just a small example of the volunteer system working. I personally think that just the sight of these volunteers would have a similar effect as if a police officer were standing there. When people know that someone will put up a resistance to crime, more times than not they won’t act on the urge. Making not only the Red Line but all of the transit system safer is in everyone’s best interest.
The silent wail: international students paying out of pocket would be a viable solution, scholarships available to international in order to solve a piece of students. Second, the very few available their problems. are only awarded to a handful of the US Unfortunately, it can only 586,000 reported by the By Yvan Naoussi Immigration and Customs meet the needs of a few. Staff Writer Student employment in Enforcement’s Student and Exchange college can be difficult to Visitor Information System. Third, As the summer get. This is perfectly pictured by Harold public schools, usually institutions of last ended and the autumn swiftly arrived, Washington College’s own tutoring resort in affordability, charge them out many of us students flocked to the center sated with international students of state tuition, which can sometimes second floor to either get financial aid or and hundreds of applications on stand- be more than the double of the resident pay our tuition and fees for the classes we had previously registered for. Among the late registering students was a silent minority. The very studious ones filling the dean’s list every single semester: I’m referring to international students. These students, every semester, have to come up with enough money to cover “Yes, it is true that international students out of state tuition and fees without any have a contractual obligation to meet all form of governmental support. This might not be news to many of us, but their financial needs as they agreed with the fact that they solely depend on family funds to afford tuition and living their respective U.S. embassies.” costs can sometimes be a burden. A year ago, while discussing the matter with a student, I was asked: “Why don’t they work?”. I was then compelled to explain to him why that was not an option for them as there are several provisions on their visa status (F-1 visa holders) limiting their employment oppor- by. The same is applicable to many uni- tuition. At Harold Washington, the out of tunities only to the school that they versities across the nation. Another suggestion I once overheard state to in state tuition ratio is close to 3would be attending. That said, should all international was to encourage them in applying for to-1, according to the Fall 2010 class students work at their schools? That scholarships. First, there are very few schedule. On the other hand, it is not
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to say that these students are meant to hit bottom while studying in the US. On the contrary, international students have at many times overcome these issues to become extremely successful individuals that shape our everyday lives. Examples such as Citigroup Inc. CEO Vikram Pandit or eminent New York City economist Nouriel Roubini can only demonstrate how well these students can excel despite the challenges and achieve uncontested success. Yes, it is true that international students have a contractual obligation to meet all their financial needs as they agreed with their respective U.S. embassies. However, looking at the meager opportunities offered at home, it is comprehensible that one seeking a better education would agree to any if not all conditions. You see, there could be several remedies to this problem, but it is clear that the system is broken. This should not be another immigration issue. The matter involves most states and the federal government as well. That would be a solution allowing fairness or equality and not exclusion or discrimination.
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