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Ciara Barnett Features Editor


ActOut; become a volunteer now

By Ciara Barnett Features Editor

Many local nonprofit organizations filled the halls of the L Building for the ActOut Volunteer Fair. Students learned what exactly the volunteers do for our community, and what we can do to help. Organizations such as Share Your Soles, Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, and PAWS had booths and pamphlets sharing their stories with whoever passed by. “We’re taking in volunteers all the time. My next volunteer orientation is May 7, so I hold those two to three times a month,” said Julianne Watterson, volunteer coordinator for the South Suburban Humane Society. Many faculty and staff interested in volunteering brought their classes to hear the stories of philanthropists in our community. From food pantries, donating shoes, and animal rescue, there was a booth for all students, no matter what their interest. “I brought my students to the ActOut Volunteer Fair so that they would have the opportunity to learn about these volunteer opportunities in our community. Also, depending on their needs, I wanted them to learn about these services as well,” said Thomas Dow, professor. “Even though this was

my Shakespeare class, so there was not a readily apparent tie-in to our curriculum, access to events like this is one of the benefits of being a part of an active college community.” Dow also shared information regarding the Faculty and Staff Community Learning Day for the fall staff development day, anticipated for Oct. 7. “The college faculty and staff will be participating in a variety of on and offcampus community service-oriented projects and information sessions. When I proposed this upcoming event, my goal was to bring the type of learning experience that Mike McGuire’s students experience to my faculty and staff colleagues,” said Dow. “We can learn so much about the community we serve here at the college by partnering with community organizations like those who participated in today’s ActOut Volunteer Fair.” This event was perfect timing for students who are graduating soon; some classes require community service hours as a final project before students can get their degree. Volunteering also helps shape young adults to be more concerned about senior citizens, homeless animals, and local food pantries. Also, it’s a chance to learn more about the people behind the scenes of the community who get involved simply with others’ needs in mind. “I’ve been volunteering since high

Volunteer Julianne Watterson of the South Suburban Humane Society. [Erica Sinnott] school, but that was before we had to do service hours,” said Shelly Genis, corporate volunteer coordinator for Smith Senior Living. “This event was a great opportuni-

ty for students to see what volunteer work is out there,” said Genis. Ciara Barnett can be contacted at

American English invade Menker Theater By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor No one has had more number one singles than the Beatles, and American English is a tribute band dedicated to preserving their timeless classics. The amazing songwriting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the proficient guitar work of George Harrison, and the capable drumming of Ringo Starr is reproduced note for note by this extremely talented Chicago-based Tribute band through live performance. When Eric Michaels, Tom Gable, James Paul Lynch, and Frank Canino take the stage, they become Paul, Ringo, George, and John. American English performed at the Fine and Perfoming Arts Center (FPAC) on April 12. Their muchanticipated show sold out months in advance, reeling generations of Beatle fanatics into the Dorothy Menker Theater. When the stage lights came up, the quartet resembled a reflection of the Beatles in their youth; armed with authentic instruments, wearing the same

The members of American English pose as the Beatles. [American English] suits, ties, and shaggy haircuts of the original band. Bopping their ­­heads and tapping their feet, American English opened up with “All My Loving,” commemorating the Beatles’ American debut performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964. Paul’s impersonator, Michael’s, led

the group with a left-handed Hofner Bass while Ringo’s counterpart rocked a Ludwig drum-set. Lynch mimicked Harrison’s proficient guitar solos with a vintage brown Gretsch, while Canino played the part of John, holding the rhythm with his black Rickenbacker guitar. Each member bore the name and instrument

of their respective role, impersonating their inspirers flawlessly as they cruised through the same five-song set that captivated Americans over 50 years ago. Spectators danced out of their seats to early pop-rock hits like “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Twist and Shout,” as American English whisked the audience through the quintessential tracks of the early ‘60s. American English welcomed the audience into the second set garbed in the same fluorescent costumes from the cover of “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The band recreated these intricate songs without any aid of pre-recorded tracks by fully employing the work of a fifth, sideline member, Ken Zemanek. Zemanek displayed his synthesizer/keyboard mastery, filling the air with all the bells and whistles that adorn this the tracks from the album. As the show went on, American English performed key tracks from “Yellow Submarine” and “Revolver.” One of the best performances of the evening came ENGLISH | page 8

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