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October 26, 2010

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Navigating spring course registration

By Utsav Gandhi & Antoinette Smith TECHNEWS WRITER & CONTENT MANAGER

Spring course registration for IIT students officially begins on Monday, November 8 at 8:30 a.m. However, before that happens, students have quite a few decisions to make. Following are important dates, suggestions, and an informal review of some of the resources you can use to make an informed course selection.


Tuesday, October 26—Spring 2011 course schedule published The spring course listing will be available in the Registration Tools channel under the Academics tab of myIIT. Tentative summer 2011 courses will also be available. • Contact your primary advisor for an advising appointment. You can’t register without a registration PIN and only your advisor can give you one. • Determine what courses you plan to take. Check below for some advice on this topic. • Check if you have holds. Whether or not you have holds can be determined by looking in the Academic Profile channel under the myIIT Academics tab. Holds will prevent you from registering. • If there is a course you need to graduate next year that isn’t listed, now is the time to start contacting administration to try to make this happen. Ask your advisor about the relevant parties to contact. Monday, November 1—Fall 2010 withdrawal deadline This is the time to decide whether you might be better off taking a current course you are doing poorly in another semester. First, talk to your instructor to see if you’re doing as bad as you think. Next, talk to your advisor to see if course withdrawal is truly the best option. Friday, November 5, 8:30 a.m.—Priority registration for authorized athletes/ROTC/students with disabilities Monday, November 8, 8:30 a.m.—Graduate and 5th-year undergraduate registration begins Tuesday, November 9, 8:30 a.m.—4th-year undergraduate registration begins Wednesday, November 10, 8:30 a.m.—3rdyear undergraduate registration begins Thursday, November 11, 8:30 a.m.—2nd-year undergraduate registration begins

Friday, November 12, 8: 8:30 a.m.—1st-year undergraduate/exchange/visiting/non-degree registration begins


Prior to talking with your academic advisor, try to have an idea of what courses you plan to take. IIT provides a few tools to help undergraduates along in that process. DegreeWorks, a tool available to undergraduate students under the myIIT Academics tab, is a good place to start when determining what courses are applicable to your course of study. Students, especially those who are still uncertain after viewing DegreeWorks, should also get an academic audit. Undergraduate students can request an audit online by visiting the Undergraduate Academic Affairs website (http:// and clicking on the “Aca-


IIT Course Evaluation (0-5)


BME 309

“Integrates math, physics and chemistry to explain how engineering challenges can be overcome to generate medical imaging systems.


BME 315

“The lab has multidisciplinary practices where you can apply theoretical knowledge learned in other classes. Makes you think like a research professional.


CHEM 124


“Cool Experiments”

CS 105


“A solid intro course to C++ programming”

ECON 151

The Economics of the Firm: recommended by a first-year Business major

HUM 102

3.97 3.83

Industrial Culture

HUM 104

An “interactive, thinking liberal arts kind of class”


demic Program Audits” link.

HUM 106

Life Stories recommended by a chemistry major


As of fall 2009, the results of course evaluations have been made available on my IIT. Prior to two weeks ago, these evaluations were available as PDF documents. Those results have now been replaced by a “Search Course Evaluation Results” button in the Academic Affairs Student that allows for the selection of specific professors or courses. In addition to IIT’s course evaluation tool, websites like Rate My Professors are another resource. The advantage of Rate My Professors is that comments from students are also available. Following are suggestions from your fellow IIT students on their favorite courses and professors. Each favorite is checked against the IIT course evaluation results and Rate My Professors data (if applicable). All evaluations are on a 5-point scale. Please note that IIT evaluations are from fall 2009 through summer 2010, while Rate My Professors evaluations may go as far back as 1999.

MMAE 321

“[The instructor] really knows what he [is] talking about”




The favorites to the right are just a small sample of the student population. If there is a course you’re curious about that isn’t listed, try seeing if that course is offered this semester. Doing an informal survey of the students from that course might help you make the best decision. Finally, help your fellow students as they decide on next year’s courses by filling out course evaluations for your current courses. The myIIT Course Evaluation channel will be available from Monday, November 12 to Sunday, December 5. To make this tool most useful for those to follow, be honest with your evaluations. The results of each semester’s evaluations will be available two weeks after the semester.

PS 338


Recommended by a MMAE/Physics major



IIT Professor IIT Professor Evaluation (0-5) Evaluation (0-5)

Matthew J. Bauer

[CS] “I seriously considered changing my major to CS because of his class” (



Lidia Calcaterra

[CHEM] “Really made general chemistry easy to understand”



Roberto Cammino

[MMAE] “Extremely helpful if you’re stuck” (



Alex Flueck

[ECE] “Awesome professor with a unique teaching style!”



David Gatchell

[BME] “Excellent disposition towards stduents, trying to be fair and prioritizing the learning experience”



Keith Green

[HUM] “Very liberal about his exams. Not satisfied with your midterm grade? Do a book review get extra credit!”



Jon Hanrath

[CS] “Extremely helpful and crystal clear in his teachings” (



Satish Parulekar

[CHE] “Nice person, lively and gives detailed explanations”



Jeffrey Rice

[PS] “Funny and amusing”



Jannelle Ruswick




George Zazi

[MATH] “A funnier man never existed.” Also noted as the major reason to take MATH252”






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Vis-à-vis: For the very first time By Vlada Gaisina OPINION EDITOR

“Why are girls who lose their virginity allowed to go to public school,” said Bambang Bayu Suseno, a provincial legislator from Indonesia, earlier this year. Suseno was proposing to institute a virginity test in Jambi (a province of Indonesia) for all girls enrolling into state schools. If they did not pass, they could not attend. I hasten to add that the idea was dropped by lawmakers in Jambi, after the Indonesian government dismissed Suseno’s proposal on the grounds that it would violate the girls’ basic human rights and potentially harm their health. Articles about the initial suggestion generated a unanimous negative and outraged response among readers from around the world, including Indonesia itself. What sparked my interest was some additional insight delivered by a commentary on “This is one more heinous example of education access being linked to outdated and inhumane notions of acceptable femininity, especially as it relates to sex and our bodies. This kind of shaming… goes on all over the world, and in more subtle but still damaging ways, in the U.S., where pregnant teens or those labeled as sluts are often compelled to leave school”(emphasis added.) While the speculum-crazy Bambang is a case of the extreme, social treatment of virginity everywhere remains questionable. Specifically in the United States, it varies widely; some still consider it important to wait until marriage, while for others the timing of their first sexual encounter is inconsequential. For centuries, in the Western world women were expected to remain virgins until they were married. It seems that now the stigma has shifted in the opposite direction: a person above a certain age who has never had sex is often perceived as deviant. This goes for both men and women, but male virgins tend to have it worse. If

they identify as straight, their sexuality or reproductive organ functioning might be questioned; whereas women can be called “conservative,” “frigid,” or “naive.” Movies with titles like “The 40-year-old Virgin” serve as prime examples of such culture. Of course, no social construct is complete without a double standard. As the Feministing writer pointed out above, engaging in intercourse too early is considered shameful, but almost exclusively for women. Maybe the US doesn’t have legislators pushing to install Virgin-o-meters in public schools, but the treatment received by pregnant teens or “sexually promiscuous” girls can be just as humiliating. A recent movie, “Easy A,” broaches this topic. Are the ladies really worse off in this scenario? After all, historically, there has been an economic value associated with female virginity – a man who had deflowered a maid was expected to either marry her or provide monetary compensation to her family, and as recently as 2008 a few women have reportedly sold their virginity through the internet. Interestingly, although it implies having sex for money, it does not immediately draw a link with prostitution, perhaps indicating another ambiguity of the virginity concept. Such entrepreneurial endeavors are not for everyone, but I tip my hat to the women who took advantage of this market niche. I remember exactly what shaped my current view of the subject. It was a book called Bare: On Women, Dancing, Sex, and Power by Elizabeth Eaves, a journalist who took up exotic dancing to help pay off debts and save money for graduate school. Eaves said she almost hated the knowledge that her first sexual encounter would be painful and uncomfortable, and she sought to get it over with as early on as possible, so she could appreciate sex for what it really was. I had never heard virginity described as simply a hindrance before, but it made sense. Though Eaves’s approach may never be universally adopted, the current treatment

of virginity has to be changed. One reason is that the artificial time-frame appropriate for losing it causes ridicule for people who do not conform to this purely arbitrary standard. As nature stands, any time after puberty is good for sexual intercourse. Why should it be different socially? Whether a person wants to do it right away or whether they want to wait a while is their choice and nobody else’s business. But the source of most problems is this notion of losing virginity as a rite of passage. It can create undue pressure and cause people to regret their first time when they rush to make it happen. This mystical treatment (propagated by the media), in my opinion, also helps make it a communally discussed affair. Why isn’t making Mac & Cheese for the first time an equally big deal? Or driving a car? Or registering to vote? All these denote starting a route to greater independence, a passage into adulthood. Yet, what remains glorified is something uncomfortable and unpleasant for women, and nerve-wrecking for both genders. Another issue arises from the frequent implication that losing virginity equals promiscuity. Just because a person had sex, they may go back to it the next day or they may not do it for three years afterward. And what constitutes virginity? Definitions of sex vary widely in the mainstream, let alone teachings like queer theory, while it has also been proven that the hymen is not a foolproof indicator in women. In short, this “socially-constructed nonmedical ‘status’,” as the Feministing article calls it, needs to be toned way down. It is appropriate for partners to discuss each others’ level of sexual experience, and it is good to educate teens on what they can expect when they first have vaginal sex. But virginity is not a moral virtue, a curse, a sign of immaturity, and most certainly not a requirement for access to public education, Mr. Suseno. Now, to institute a competence test for politicians…

This spring, consider studying abroad By Rebecca Waterloo A&E EDITOR

It was when I was walking out of Gare du Nord with a suitcase in hand that I saw the streets of Paris. The streets are perfect for the curious; the plan of the city is shaped like a tetrahedron, and half the time you can barely see down a block before it curves onto another street. I had just arrived in Paris, jet-lagged, starving and exhausted, but none of that mattered since I stayed up until 2 a.m. that night walking around Montmartre and the Eiffel tower. In fall of 2009, I studied in Paris, France with the IIT College of Architecture (CoA) Paris Program. As an architecture student, the Paris Program is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. The classes consisted of visits to contemporary buildings in Paris, field trips to Barcelona, Rome, and Berlin, and curiously wandering around Paris and its neighborhoods. Paris is a very centralized city in Western Europe, so my travel routes reached out to all directions from France. With a lighter class load, it’s encouraged to travel as much as possible; during weekends and breaks (in addition to class curriculum) it was possible to make it to seven separate countries during the four-month stay. Although architecture is a great major to study abroad with, I would recommend that students of all

situated in different cultures, I was able to learn what varying social characteristics define a good city depending on culture,” said fifth-year architecture student Stacy Morton, who was able to travel through the CoA’s Spain travel and Paris Program. “I spent the fall 2009 semester studying abroad in Stockholm, Sweden, and it was incredible. I met people from every corner of the world, traveled and saw amazing sights, and grew as a person in so many ways. IIT’s exchange program makes studying abroad ridiculously easy, I don’t know why more people don’t take advantage of it,” said Adam Kadzban, Computer Science graduate. The International Center is a huge resource for any answers you have about studying abroad. If IIT can’t (Photo courtesy Rebecca Waterloo) offer you the program you’re disciplines study abroad; get out there and looking for, a long list of other universities see the world beyond IIT’s campus, Chicago can, so no excuses! If you have further and the United States and experience new questions about study abroad opportunities, cultures, different languages, food and feel free to email or lifestyles. Observing a different city transform contact Rob Seal, Coordinator of Study over the seasons 4,000 miles from Chicago Abroad and Cultural Programs atrseal@iit. edu. You can also check out the Study Abroad was brilliant. “Studying abroad changed my entire website at For more reasons to study abroad, check perspective of developing an urban environment. By exploring different cities out my Paris blog. (

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What was missing from Solomon’s discussion By Francisco Ruiz ASSOCIATE CHAIR, MMAE DEPT.

On Wednesday, October 13, IIT threw a nice party to receive its alumna Susan Solomon, who, as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), shared the 2007 Nobel Peace prize for efforts to raise the world’s awareness of global warming. I really enjoyed Susan’s talk and it made me reaffirm my own personal dedication to finding ways to use less fossil fuel by improvements in efficiency and utilization of non-fossil alternatives. But after the talk several things kept bothering me. First, only two graphs showing real data were presented, the rest being models and simulations. One graph showed that the world’s average temperature has increased by 0.75°C (about 1°F) from 1880, when accurate enough temperatures began being recorded, to 2010). The graph included several periods, the last decade among them, when the temperature has in fact decreased for a while. The other graph showed the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere over roughly the same time period, steadily increasing from around 300 parts per million to the

current 375 parts per million. This graph was extended back more than a thousand years (I think it was done by adding ice core measurements), to show that the 300 ppm value had been just about constant for a long time, yielding a graph with the famous “hockey stick� shape that many people have talked about. These two graphs were shown separately and the inference was made that increased CO2 levels from manmade emissions had caused the increase seen in the CO2 graph, and that because CO2 has the ability to trap heat in the atmosphere, this also caused the overall increase in global temperatures. I was waiting for Susan to show the two graphs together on the same timeline, but she never did. Had she done so, she’d probably have shown temperatures rising earlier than the CO2, which is what I’ve seen in pretty much every source that has plotted both graphs together. This, of course, immediately raises the issue of whether cause and effect might in fact be the other way around, with the CO2 increase being the result of the temperature rise, in which case it would not be man-made. Another thing I was waiting for and never heard mentioned is exactly how strong is

Humanities at IIT By Ryan Kamphuis TECHNEWS WRITER

It’s one of the few classes that every major is supposed to take at IIT. Whether you’re an Architecture, ChemE, MMAE, or Business major, you have to take a number of Humanities courses. For some, the class is an enjoyable retreat from endless math homework and lab work. For others, the humanities courses are an annoying distraction from major-specific courses, the actual reason why one may be attending school. One thing is certain, however: IIT’s 100-level Humanities are quite different from the entry level humanities classes taught at liberal arts schools. Simply put, the entry level humanities classes at IIT seem to be watered down from the ones offered at other schools across the nation. From an outside perspective, this is not surprising at all. Illinois Tech is first and foremost a tech school, and the humanities are typically not a skill used by architects and engineers. Humanities classes that aren’t as intense as those at a liberal arts school seems like a good idea at an engineering school: a student is able to get exposure to the subject without losing focus on the important topics being discussed in his or her other classes. The problem is that this doesn’t work in today’s market. While this idea may have been good during the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, when engineers, architects, and scientists were hired right out of college, this isn’t the case

any longer. The recent recession changed the American economy, making companies realize that even during times of growth, they couldn’t take part in the wasteful spending and hiring of past years. Because of this, there’s much more competition in the job market, and engineers are expected to do a lot more. We now not only have to create new ideas, buildings, and technologies, we must also present them to the world, fight, and be public spokespeople for them. The critical thinking skills developed through humanities courses are more important than ever. Not only that, but we are entering a new era in the job market, where we aren’t guaranteed a technical job right out of school. There is the distinct possibility that we may need to take a non-technical job after graduation before we can find our dream position. And when you’re looking for one of these temporary jobs, the skills learned in a humanities class will be indispensable. No doubt a real humanities class might be difficult for most IIT students. There’s a reason why we are attending IIT and not UChicago or DePaul. Humanities and liberal arts are not what we go to school for. But by taking these classes, and making sure that the humanities classes we take aren’t watered down, we can ensure that we stand out in the job market and can compete to the fullest.

CO2’s potential to increase temperatures by absorbing infrared radiation. A quick internet search after the talk led me to several papers, all of which assert that: one, the infrared-absorbing potential of CO2 is much smaller than that of water vapor, which is also present in a much higher concentration than CO2, and which is obviously not of human origin. And two, both the current and the pre-industrial concentrations of atmospheric CO2 are already capable of absorbing just about 100% of the radiation they can possibly absorb, meaning that more CO2 will have near-zero impact on heat retention by the atmosphere. With these questions rattling in my mind, at the end of a series of predictions from computer models —which mostly showed the warm parts of the world getting cooler, while the cooler parts got warmer (beats me how that is supposed to be bad) — I heard Susan say two things I found rather amusing. The first one was that glaciers in some part of the world (I didn’t catch where) are getting shorter, because the weather is getting warmer. I thought it was pretty funny to be saying that in Chicago, which used to be covered by an ice sheet one mile high a mere

ten thousand years ago. Had there been an IPCC at that time, I guess our property values would have been even lower than they are now. The second was that, due to the melting of arctic ice, waves were now beating on the north Alaskan shore, and some Eskimo families had been forced to relocate further inland. Given the population density in northern Alaska, I suspected this might have affected a dozen people or so, who might have been forced to move their tents or igloos a few yards away from the shore. For all the pathos of the onrushing seas, I failed to feel very concerned for their plight, especially now that the more navigable ocean makes it easier to hunt for seals. Never mind how the seals feel about this. It was kind of disappointing to see a perfectly good scientist addressing an educated, largely scientific audience, using that kind of emotional argument in place of real data. Susan Solomon can do better than that. Please, Dr. Solomon, bring it up a notch for the next time. The world needs some cold facts (or warm, if you like) to help us digest the BS we’re being fed by the media.





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A controversial Nobel Peace Prize By ClĂŠment Martin TECHNEWS WRITER

On October 8, 2010, the Nobel Committee awarded Liu Xiaobo the Peace Pr ize â&#x20AC;&#x153;for his long and nonviolent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.â&#x20AC;? Liu Xiabo (Courtesy Wikipeâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Liu Xiaobo? dia/Voice of America) Never heard of him. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know what a Nobel Prize is,â&#x20AC;? was the answer I got from one of my

Chinese acquaintances. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s answer those fundamental questions. As you may know, a Nobel Prize is the highest award a physicist, a chemist, a biologist, an economist or a writer can receive. The equivalent in mathematics is the Fields medal. The Peace prize is issued to people who â&#x20AC;&#x153;shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.â&#x20AC;? Among its famous recipients are Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrei Sakharov, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and many others. Those people have largely fought for peace, civil rights, international diplomacy and cooperation between people. The last person to receive it was Barack Obama.â&#x20AC;? Now what has Liu Xiaobo done and how

did he end up being sentenced to eleven years in prison? Litigation between Chinese government and the Peace Prize winner is not new. It all started when he flew back from the US to China to take part in the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989. When Chinese military was on the verge of firing at the rebellious students, Liu negotiated the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; withdrawal to prevent a bloodbath. From then, he became a civil rights activist and was sentenced to prison three times. On December 10, 2008, the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Charter 08 was published in China. This document claims that China must reform its political system. It demands free elections, as well as freedom of association, expression, assembly and religion. Among other things,

it asks for an independent judiciary and a separation of powers. Liu Xiaobo, along with 350 prominent Chinese citizens signed Charter 08 and that brought him the harsh sentence of eleven years in prison. In the media, it is said that Beijing has violently reacted to the announcement, canceling meetings with representatives from Norway (the country responsible for the award), calling it a blasphemy and largely censoring the news. China is a great country; it recently became the second largest economy in the world, it has an army of 1 million and nuclear power. This is the most populated country in the world, but still those people are not free to talk. Am I mistaken or is something wrong here?



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Representative to know: Elnaz Moshfeghian Name: Elnaz Moshfeghian – Student Government Association VP of Communications Major: Computer Science / Pre-Law Year: Class of 2012 Favorite Color: Green Languages Spoken: English and Farsi Why did you decide to join SGA and what do you like most about this organization? I joined because I had initially just heard about it from my friend’s circle and thought that I might as well just check it out. After doing some research, I realized that with all the activities on campus SGA is one of the groups where the impact really hits the hardest and it gives me the most opportunities to make a difference. What do you admire and what would you like to change about IIT? One thing I definitely admire about IIT is the fact that it tricks me into thinking the world is as intelligent as the people I’m surrounded by. Also, the opportunities that are

available here are so great because you can just reach out and do something to make an impact. As for changing IIT, I want to have some sort of impact on having people branch out; having people to be better-rounded as students, faculty, and what have you. We have these niche things that we’re really good at but how do we go beyond that? Also, I wish I could help IIT students create something awesomely cool, like teleportation. Now that would be something I would like to see happen! What projects are you working on that you’re really excited about? I would have to say UCal and Scarlet Hawk Central, the whole coordination of information on campus is really an exciting prospect. Not only these but also our IIT Thoughts project, where students can drop their suggestions online about how we can make the school a better place. And on November 6th everyone should be prepared to see a flash mob of people just planting flowers all around campus, it’ll be cool to see pans out and how people react.

If you could control the world what would you do and why? I would make airplane flights free across the world so everyone could fly wherever and however often they want. I would just want to make transportation free so that there really is no reason to not explore the world. Would you rather be giant hamster or a tiny rhino? Hah! Definitely a tiny rhino! They’re a relative of a hippo and that’s been a nickname of mine for a long time, besides a giant hamster is just creepy… What is your ultimate lifetime goal? To be rich enough to try any food in the world and have a jet to fly and eat any meal I want. In all seriousness though, I want to be an amazing lawyer to those who really need it, regardless of how much I get paid. So basically an amazing broke lawyer for people who really need it and can’t afford it. I just want to be independent and be who I want to be.



recognized for high school outreach By Alex Miller STAFF WRITER

A few weeks ago, IIT’s AIChE chapter helped host the Midwest Regional AIChE conference for both professionals and students to learn more about the field of chemical engineering. Over 200 high school and middle school students attended the two days of sessions, an outreach that is just the start of AIChE’s plans for high school programs. This level of dedication to outreach, combined with the active levels of membership within the chapter, helped the group become recognized on a national level.

For several years the Chicago section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers has run the Midwest Regional Conference for professionals and college students to spend two days learning about the new advances within their field and networking. Originally the conference focused on the technical aspects within the field, but two years ago Alan Segoria introduced a high school outreach component. “Both events take place within the same venue so that practicing chemical engineers can have lunch with high school students, which is really an interesting idea,” said AIChE advisor, Professor Donald Chmielewski. This opportunity lets students get a more accurate picture of what an engineer really does, as well as ask any questions they might have in a more personal setting. The conference was hosted in the HUB on September 30 and October 1. There were about 150 professionals and college students present at the conference to witness 52 technical presentations. There were also about 200 students there each day for the Pre-College Student Program. Highlights of this presentation included a presentation on what it means to be a chemical engineer by student Marissa Haire,

the aeronautics of skydiving by Professor John Kallend, and a keynote lecture on Chemical Engineering in Space by ex-NASA astronaut Albert Sacco Jr. Marissa Haire is the High School Outreach Coordinator for AIChE. The position was created last semester when the chapter decided to focus more efforts on outreach, especially within high schools. The main focus of the group right now is to share a PowerPoint about Chemical Engineering and the college application process with high school students. “Last year we went to West Leyden High School and presented to two classes. The main focus of our presentation was chemical engineering, but we also talked a lot about college in general. The school has a mix of people from different socioeconomic backgrounds and we just wanted to tell students about scholarships and financial aid, and just encourage them to apply,” said Haire. “Many of them may not have thought about college before. We want to make sure they know that it’s possible.” While they have not visited a high school yet this semester, they spent the last two months working closely with the professional AIChE chapter to make sure the Midwest Con-

ference was a success. Based on the feedback from teachers and students, it was enjoyed by all. This week more West Leyden High School students will be stopping at campus on their way to the Museum of Science and Industry. Their teachers wanted this year’s students to be able to have the same presentation as last year’s students. Haire hopes to keep growing their outreach. “I hope that we can get to four or five schools a semester,” she said. “I also really want to see it work and have students consider becoming an engineer after listening to my presentation.” This high school outreach program helped push IIT’s chapter of AIChE over the top during their application process for being one of the sixteen outstanding student chapters in the nation. This award recognized their membership and participation of the students and faculty, the quality and quantity of their meetings and activities, and the chapter’s outreach within the community. “You have to be very dedicated to get this award, and the students are truly incredible and dedicated,” said Professor Chmielewski.

Gangreen hosts sustainability tours for students By Sumana Sundaramurthy TECHNEWS WRITER

Gangreen, the student body of the Sustainability Committee at IIT, has been actively participating in its motto of motivating IIT students to participate in campus’s sustainability movement. As part of this semester’s events they conducted green tours to various places free of cost. Gangreen wants students to realize the importance of a sustainable environment. A recycling plant tour was organized during September and a tour to Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) was organized on October 16. In September, Gangreen hosted a recycling plant tour that demonstrated the importance of reusing materials. The recycled materials in the plant mainly consisted of paper and cardboard collected from various places including office buildings, markets and packing sections in companies. The plant has the capacity to recycle hundreds of tons of paper and cardboard each day. At the plant, paper and cardboard were separated and then piled up using large machines that bundled them together. There was also a separate section for the recycling of sensitive documents (such as hospital records and office documents which contained social security numbers) where these documents were shredded before recycling. The recycled bundles of paper and cardboard are then sold to other industries that make recycled paper.

Recycling paper not only helps to reduce the cutting down of trees but also helps to reduce waste. On October 16, students visited the Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT), a green building in Illinois. The CCGT is the first rehabilitated municipal building to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum rating by the United States Green Building Council. Electricity is generated using solar panels that provide nearly 25 percent of the building’s power. A rainwater harvesting system is being implemented with cisterns to collect and store the rainwater. There are also bio swales and retention ponds that not only help in the storage of rain water but also serve as a habitat for many native plants. The CCGT has made maximum use of reused and recycled materials: windowsills, tiles, and flooring are made from various recycled products like fiberboard, milk jugs, soda bottles, gypsum, recycled newspapers, rubber and glass. The energy-efficient system in the building includes the heating and cooling system, the harvesting of daylight, skylights, a green roof for cooling, the use of fluorescent bulbs and recycling. For more details about Gangreen and its events please see the website http://www.wix. com/iitGangreen/gg . Future Gangreen events include the Rube Goldberg Challenge which is to be held on November 7 at the MTCC. The Rube Goldberg machine will be built with recycled materials like cans, plastic bottles, and

cardboard. The last date for the registration of teams is October 27. Winning teams receive a $150 gift card.

Down at the Plant (Photo courtesy of Sumana Sundaramurthy)

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Students Speak Update IIT faculty, staff, take part in By Bruce Fisher DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND SERVICE

As of last Friday, we had received over 1,000 completed Students Speak surveys. While this response rate represents a good start, we need significantly more student input. The weigh of influence associated with the survey is a direct function of how many students offer their opinion. Last year, we achieved a response from over 2,700 students, and it is our goal to meet or exceed that result. As we found out last year, IIT’s senior leadership will listen and

respond when students speak with a strong voice. Please offer your opinions to the Students Speak survey by responding to the email invitation that you have received via your iit. edu account or by accessing the following link: Also, remember that we have hundreds of prizes to be raffled off to students who complete the survey, including $100 cash, pairs of movie tickets, bowling parties, book store gift cards, and Global Grounds gift cards. Complete the survey, influence the direction of IIT, and be a winner!

Safe Space 101 training By Teresa Moreno TECHNEWS WRITER

On Tuesday, October 12, faculty and staff participated in Safe Space 101 training led by Interim Director of UIC’s Gender & Sexuality Center, Liz Thomson. Safe Space aims to provide education, skills, and support specifically to heterosexuals so that they can be allies, which will ultimately help with students’ safety, health, and well-being, and academic and professional success. The importance of conducting this training program at IIT was underscored by the increasing reports in national media of teen suicides as a result of anti-LGBTQ abuse. While the training was open to anyone to attend, Safe Space 101 training was historically built for people who don’t identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, because people know that heterosexual people can dialogue with other heterosexuals differently than heterosexuals can with those who identify as LGBTQ. Straight allies are an important part of the movement fighting for equality and nondiscrimination. Due to homophobia and heterosexism, straight allies can have their own coming out process. Oftentimes, people ask why a straight person would be an advocate for someone who

is LGBTQ if that person isn’t LGBTQ themselves. This question is age-old and similar to ideas such as why a male would be a feminist or why a Caucasian person would be an ally to people of color. Simply put, a person does not have to self-identify as the oppressed or marginalized group in order to be an ally or advocate. “It shows such leadership by IIT for having this Safe Space 101 training,” said Thomson. “This might be entirely new to some people, and that’s okay. If the training helps to raise one person’s consciousness, it

will have done its job.” Now that staff and faculty have had the opportunity to take this training, it will now be available to IIT students, our first resource in the fight against discrimination and prejudice against LGBTQ people. For more information about Safe Space 101 at IIT, contact Teresa Moreno at The next Safe Space 101 session will be for students on November 9, from 12:50 to 2:50 p.m. in the MTCC Ballroom. To RSVP, look for the link in the student section of IIT Today.

From left to right: Teresa Moreno with Safe Space 101 facilitator Liz Thomson and Liz Montgomery, Director of the Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion. (Photo courtesy of Teresa Moreno)

Students Speak Survey PERSON YOU SHOULD KNOW: Matthew Bauer            Voice your Opinion By Harshita Iyer TECHNEWS WRITER

One name that anyone who has been at IIT would (or at least, as the title suggests, should) know would be that of Matthew J. Bauer (not to be confused with the Matthew Bauer from the Humanities department). Famous for his lightning fast replies to emails, he is not only one of the most liked members of the Computer Science department, but is also the director of Academic Advising and Computer Science director of Undergraduate Programs. He is the go-to guy for every student at IIT when it comes to registering for classes at the start of each semester. With spring course registration just around the corner, this is an optimal time to talk about the man behind the sparkle and paperwork. “Been here all my life, and I think I’m going to be here the rest of my life too. And my wife knows it, so that’s good, I guess,” said Bauer, a hardcore Chicagoan. He attended college right here at IIT where his father was then a professor of Computer Science. His father, Charles Bauer, is now retired, but still holds an honorary position. Many might assume that he always planned to get into Computer Science, following in his father’s footsteps. However, Professor Bauer (or Matt, as he refers to himself in his emails) majored in Mathematics. With a smile, he mentioned that he knew when he was in high school that he was ultimately going to become a teacher. After a short stint at Anderson Consulting, he came back to IIT as a full time professor in 1995, but (and here’s the catch) as a professor of Mathematics. It was only afterward that he switched to Computer Science, and later published a book titled “Engaged Learning for Programming in C++” along with two other writers, as they felt the need for a manual with a more practical base than the other books in the market. Anyone who has been in his class and done his lab assignments would know exactly how practical and everyday life-based his questions are: for example, he once had students in his CS 201 lab write code to design an auction bid sheet. As a student in that CS 201 course, I have

observed firsthand the kind of passion and zest that he puts into every class. I can tell that teaching is very close to his heart. Thus, it comes as a surprise that when asked what he would pick as his favorite between teaching and advising, he had to think about it for a second before he chose teaching. “The advising part is great, but everybody likes standing in front of the class and teaching, and trying to help students find better ways to do thing,” said Bauer. He talked about how, as a teacher, he gets to watch the bud that he nurtured grow to be something great. One of the greatest gifts of being a teacher, according to Bauer, is that he sees students graduating year after year, and he remembers seeing them in their freshman year, and how they’ve grown and changed since then. He loves the fact that he gets to witness their growth from such close quarters. Another reason that he gives for loving his job is that it gives him the kind of flexibility and freedom that few other jobs do. He gets to spend a lot of time with family, and sometimes even works from home. Between being senior lecturer of Computer Science, Computer Science director of Undergraduate Programs and director of Undergraduate Academic Advising, Professor Bauer is always on a tight schedule. Despite this, he is commonly known for his lightning fast replies to emails, even at 4:30 in the morning (trust me, I’ve tried this). He calls it more of a weakness than a strength in the sense that the reason he replies so quickly is that he hates leaving emails sitting and building up in his inbox when he knows that students out there are waiting for him to respond, if not with an answer, then at the least with the promise of one. Despite all this, he is very close to his family. His wife, 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter, sometimes find their way into his teachings in class, making the whole environment more jovial and enjoyable. In both his roles (that of a professor, and that of an advisor and administrator), Professor Bauer is always looking out for the best for the students. When asked if he sees himself as a tough professor or an easy one, he smiled and replied that he saw himself as the kind of professor who gives his students as many chances as possible to demonstrate their knowledge.

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Though he’s not a “tough professor,” he still expects effort from his students. He acknowledged that though students may take advantage of that, he’s “ok with it”. As the director of Academic Advising and Computer Science director of Undergraduate Programs, he forms the link between the faculty and the students, enabling faculty to do their jobs while assisting students with academic procedures, like course registration deadlines or course changes. He sends out information to students who need help with their schoolwork about the flexibilities in changing/repeating classes and also information on how to get assistance with their schoolwork. His piece of advice to all students is to communicate more with professors and get to know them better. Even if you don’t need any help, it’s always a good idea to go to the office hours, and at least introduce yourself. A lot of students are quite unaware of the facilities

and advantages available to them, and, according to Professor Bauer, just talking to professors would help them be more aware of these things. Professor Bauer is someone that you should know not just because of his wide range of responsibilities, but also because he has been around a long time. He knows how the system works in and out, and thus can give clear advice on a very broad range of subjects. These could include anything, from flexibilities in terms of finishing college early, or taking a couple of extra years, to tackling not-so-good grades, to name a few. Also, he is a very empathetic individual, and even if he can’t help with the problem, he knows who can, and will direct you to that person, or at least to lend a caring ear. This is the person who knows how to get things done, and is always more than willing to help. So just shoot him an email, and I guarantee that you’ll get your reply within minutes.



University Calendar Tuesday


Cold/Flu & You Student Health Services 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., MTCC Bridge Get Self care information/supplies for the cold/flu season. NSBE General Body Meeting National Society of Black Engineers 1:00 p.m. Room 104, Engineering 1 NSBE is an organization for students who want a head start in finding jobs, internships, co-ops and to attain scholastic success.



Cold/Flu & You Student Health Services 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., MTCC Bridge Get Self care information/supplies for the cold/flu season.


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IIT gets ready for Halloween By Madhushree Ghosh TECHNEWS WRITER

With Chicago’s Halloween being dubbed Chicagoween, Navy Pier becoming Navy Fear, Daley Plaza becoming Franken Plaza, and Six Flags annual Halloween Fright Fest, students might be wondering what IIT has in store for October 31. The Commons is dressed up for the season. Huge pumpkins, spiders and their creepy webs, and a gigantic Homer Simpson dressed as Dracula decorate the place. Fall Fest is Thursday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m. in the Bog. Featuring DJs Rob LaRue (an IIT alumnus) and Brian Kibbe, there will be dancing and a costume contest judged by RHA (Resident Housing Association). GLAM (Gays Lesbians Allies and More) hosts the Lady Gaga Dance Party on Friday, October 30. From 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the HUB, students are encouraged to wear their best Lady Gaga-themed costume or best club wear. There will be dancing and a costume contest. Fear Fest, hosted by Union Board together

with 33rd St Productions, is at Perlstein Hall (by the fountain) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The evening has two events: a Catwalk Party and a Halloween Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. The costume contest will be a live catwalk by the participants in their fascinating Halloween costumes. This will be followed by the Murder Mystery Hunt which participants will have 40 minutes to successfully complete. These events will be rewarding: the costume contest winner and the best player in the Murder Mystery game will get an official trophy and a $50 gift card. In addition, there will be up to 50 prize winners. In the scavenger hunt a Mystery Bag of Prizes will be given to anyone who finds the murderer. Even if the prizes run out, there will be free candy. Halloween is celebrated annually on the night of October 31. Today it is ingrained in the fabric of American society and is thought to be the second most popular holiday of the year after Christmas. Halloween traditions include dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating (where children go door to door asking for candy), watching scary movies, and going to haunted houses.


IIT Archives Annual Lecture University Archives 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., MTCC Auditorium “Systems and Systematic Design. Tracing the Evolution of Design Methodology at the Institute of Design 1965-2010” presented by Charles L. Owen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Institute of Design. Public Administration Fall Reception Stuart School of Business 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., 10th Floor Event Room, Downtown Campus Learn what the MPA program at IIT has to offer; meet faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Refreshments will be served. Guest Speaker: The Honorable Pamela Munizzi, MPA Class of 1997



The Road To Wall Street: Analyzing Your Options IIT Center for Financial Markets 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 1st Floor Auditorium, Downtown Campus Students and faculty are invited to attend this informative half-day seminar to hear from successful options traders, exchange leaders, industry professionals and a CFA charterholder. Getting a Job: Transitioning from Student to Professional Career Management Center 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Galvin Library, CMC Get tips on making a successful transition into the work world. (This workshop is required to become a Certified Candidate).



IPRO Ethics Bowl Competition IPRO Office, Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Idea Shop, Technology Business Center The Ethics Bowl brings teams of undergraduate students together to answer questions about a series of ethics case studies, and responses are scored by judges on several criteria. Revealing a More Beautiful You (Re-Broadcast) National Society for Leadership and Success 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., MTCC Auditorium Re-broadcast with Nigel Barker of America’s Next Top Model.



…One ream of paper (500 sheets) uses 6% of a tree, and one ream of paper goes by quickly. Each year, one person uses about two pine trees worth of paper and at least 38.9% of the U.S. waste stream is paper. Reduce your paper use by printing double sided. Most printers offer automatic duplex printing and others provide manual duplex printing. Adjust the printer settings on your computer and reduce your paper

Halloween! Worship and Praise in the Chapel IIT Bible Club 10:00 a.m., Carr Chapel Come and join the IIT Bible Club for Worship and Praise.



WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 8-11 p.m. WHERE: Hermann Hall Ballroom Come dance like a monster! Dress like compete DidGaga, youand know... in the costume contest!


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waste by half. *The Office of Campus Energy & Sustainability (OCES) and the Institute of Psychology Cognition Lab would like to know more about sustainability beliefs and attitudes on campus. Please complete our survey at by October 29, 2010 for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate*

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Free Admission, Discounted Shows Adler Planetarium, Museum Campus, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr @ 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Shedd Aquarium, Museum Campus, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Free Admission Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60304 @ 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Fear Haunted House Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave @ 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The Fear Haunted House Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave @ 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Free Admission to Chicago Wind Symphony Concert Concordia University, 7400 Augusta St, River Forest, IL 60305 @ 8:00 p.m. Free Admission to Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 and 2003) Trader Todd’s, 3216 N. Sheffield Ave @ 8:00 p.m. &10:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

“Franken Plaza”—Halloween in Chicago Daley Plaza, 118 N Clark St @ 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Fear Haunted House Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave @ 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Free Admission to Halloween & Rocky Horror Picture Show Trader Todd’s, 3216 N. Sheffield Ave @ 8:00 p.m. &10:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

“Franken Plaza”—Halloween in Chicago Daley Plaza, 118 N Clark St @ 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Fear Haunted House Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave @ 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Free Admission Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St, Brookfield, IL 60304 @ 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, October 29, 2010

“Franken Plaza”—Halloween in Chicago Daley Plaza, 118 N Clark St @ 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Fear Haunted House Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave @ 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Monday, November 1, 2010 Dia De Los Muertos Navy Pier Crystal Gardens, 600 E Grand Ave @ 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Free Admission, Discounted Shows Shedd Aquarium, Museum Campus, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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TechNews Corrections: ISSUE 7 In the photo captions on the cover-page story “6th Annual BMES Pumpkin Launch: A showpiece Tech Tradition,” Provost Cramb’s name was misspelled. In the SGA story “An interview with Public Safety,” the article was mistakenly not credited. This story was written by Ariel True. TechNews regrets the errors.

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Simple and cheap costumes for Halloween By Rebecca Waterloo A&E EDITOR

Halloween is less than a week away, and you’re probably remembering this only because I just told you. Target’s costume aisle is cleared out, and the prices in any store are twice as normal so companies can take advantage of people like you who still need a costume. No need to go through your couch cushions for loose change, here are some easy and cheap costume ideas for your Halloween plans. Facebook: Just write book on your face, and tell people you are facebook. Blue man group: Find some face paint at CVS, a swim cap, and paint your face, head, and hands blue. Wear black clothing (a long sleeved shirt, pants). Don’t talk, and hit things with drum sticks rhythmically. Tacky Christmas portrait: Find a couple of friends to go thrift shopping with and find a vibrant Christmas sweater. Break into tacky family portrait poses throughout the night. Chipotle burrito: Wrap yourself in tinfoil.

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You might even get a free burrito out of it (see Chipotle’s ‘boo-rito’ event). Pirate: Wear an eye patch, bandana, button down shirt, and talk like a pirate. Stereotypical French painter: Wear a black and white striped shirt, black paints, beret hat, and carry around a paint palette. Add a mustache and talk in a French accent! Greaser: Wear a white t-shirt, leather jacket, and grease your hair to one side. Carry a comb in your back pocket and comb your hair randomly during conversations. Hugh Hefner: All it takes is a long black or purple robe over pajamas, a pair of slippers, a pipe and a stuffed bunny. Captain Underpants: Wear tighty whitey underwear (and possibly a layer of long johns, for the cold weather) and a red sheet (as a cape) over your neck. Dr. House: Wear jeans, a band t-shirt, blazer, and apply a 5 o’clock shadow on your face. Walk around with a limp and a cane, and be really cynical, crabby and rude. Pop some (candy) pills during the night.


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Demera: where tradition is served daily By Kushan Trivedi TECHNEWS WRITER

Demera in Amharic (an Ethiopian language) means a bonfire, which holds a special part in the lives of the Ethiopians. A demera is lit by Ethiopians for celebrating all of their major festivals. These all give Demera, the Ethiopian restaurant, proof it is true to its name. Located in Chicago’s Uptown on the intersection of North Broadway Street and West Lawrence Avenue, surrounded by various Mexican and Italian restaurants, Demera stands out among the crowd because of its authentic and traditional Ethiopian servings. Demera’s jam-packed tables and thoughtful, affordable menu prove that Ethiopian cuisine is worth every penny spent. With soothing Ethiopian music being played in the background, this place is usually filled with people from all age groups. Chef Tigist oversees the

dishes on the highly traditional menu. For the appetizers, there are different varieties of sambussas (with a vegetarian option, as well as meat). The sweet and sour sauce served with sambussas makes the eating experience even more memorable. The entrées—servings of lamb, poultry or beef—are just as delicious. For the traditional dining experience, one can select from the messobs. Messobs allow customers to sample different items on the menu to create a custom dining experience. One can select items ranging from vegetarian, meat, and seafood portions from the menu. Messobs are served with injira, a large sourdough flatbread. Berbere, a mixture of chili pepper and other spices, is used in the preparation of the items in the Ethiopian cuisine. The specials section of the menu gives customers the choice of messob samplers serving a couple of people to the family style messob samplers serving more than four.

For the drinks, one can select from a wide range of local cocktails, wines, and beer to traditional Ethiopian drinks. Desserts are equally sweet and savory; be it the sambussa turnovers filled with almonds and walnuts in raspberry sauce or the missionary’s delight topped with rich chocolate sauce or sweet mango juice. Overall, the Ethiopian cuisine at Demera is not inexpensive, but nevertheless it is an impeccable experience. Location: 4801 N Broadway St, Chicago Parking: Available at 1130 W Lawrence Ave for $1 per hour Contact Number: (773) 334 - 8787 Good for: Dates, group outings and family outings Crowd: Young professionals, college friends, families Menu key: $15- $17 Messob Samplers for one person which include the appetizers, vegetarian/meat portions and desserts, are worth every penny paid.


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The Candyman can scare you this Halloween By Antoinette Smith CONTENT MANAGER

Illinois Tech students looking for the perfect horror movie to start or end their Halloween festivities can’t do any better than Candyman. Simply put, Candyman is like the African-American version of Bloody Mary. Say his name five times in the mirror and prepare to say goodbye to the land of the

living in one of the most unpleasant ways imaginable. What makes this movie so appropriate for IIT students is the location: set in both Chicago’s Cabrini Green, one of the nation’s most (in)famous housing projects, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC); the juxtaposition of academia and poverty makes this movie feel just like home. In Candyman, two UIC graduate students explore the urban legend that is Candyman for their thesis. Of course, they get more than they bargained for when the urban legend turns out to be more fact than fiction. Ultimately, Candyman is a tale of a wrong, the torture and murder of a black man who fell in love with a white woman, begetting more wrong, the death of innocent people who are silly enough to test



out the veracity of an urban legend. Expect to jump quite a few times while watching this movie; Clive Barker does a pretty good job of building the suspense that is a key ingredient in most good horror movies. The more macabre among us will find that finally getting to watch Candyman deliver his signature death by hook (which is shoved into the bloody stump where his sawed off hand used to reside) to be cheerworthy. The best part of all for budget-conscious students is that Candyman is available for instant viewing on Netflix. A few bags of popcorn, some friends, and a dark room (with a mirror if possible) is all you need to make watching this movie a proper Chicagoween event.



CAMPUS Tau Beta Pi:

The letters of success By Young Hong Ip TBP PRESIDENT

Tau Beta Pi is an exclusive national honors engineering society reserved for only those who have shown exemplary character and achieved the highest of grades (Top 1/8 of the Junior Class and Top 1/5 of the Senior Class to be exact). This past week, TBP held two events: Mole Day and Engineering Futures. In celebration of Avogadro’s number of 6.02 x 10^23 molecules in one mole, TBP hosted the Mole Day event where students gathered for candy, chips, and guaca(mole). Anam Khan won the M&M’s Jar Guessing contest with the winning estimate of 842 M&M’s. TBP offered the return of the Engineering Futures Workshops, where student actively engage in workshops emphasizing the soft skills

not taught in the classroom. This past Saturday, a group of students had a chance to practice the art of “Managing Meetings and Group Processes,” and were able to take home new ideas and methods to each of their respective organizations. As a growing organization on campus this year, TBP has spent most of the fall semester generating ideas for events that would give more opportunities for the general student body to become more involved with the chapter. One of several events planned for the spring semester includes a networking opportunity with Research in Motion (RIM), the company that designs the Blackberry product line. To find out more about TBP, email inquires to for more information and to join the mailing list.

IIT students taking part in the exciting Engineering Futures Workshop on Saturday. From Left to Right: Kolade Adebowale Kent Burlingame, Ting Ting Han, Angela Blackwell, Robert Morrison, and Sophia Pilipchuk (Photo by Young Hong Ip)


Women’s Soccer look to finish strongly Lady Hawks move to a 3-5 conference record By Heather Bickerton STAFF WRITER

On Tuesday evening, the Women’s Soccer team lost a hard fought match to Trinity International University at Stuart Field, 2-1. The Lady Hawks were unable to convert a number of chances during the game, and once again the loss of early goals cost the team dearly. Another lax start by the Hawks saw TIU break the deadlock in the 6th minute, before the visitors then added a controversial second goal just ten minutes later. The 2-0 half time score did not reflect the overall play, as the Hawks dominated possession for long spells during the first period. In the second half, the Lady Hawks picked up their game and completely dominated the rest of the game. The team peppered the TIU goal, outshooting the visitors 13 to 4, and in the 82nd minute the constant pressure finally payed off when Lauren Capuano pulled a goal back for the home team. With the visitors lead now halved, the Lady Hawks went in search of an equalizing goal, and in the dying minutes they came extremely close to leveling things up. Meagan Sarratt found space in the TIU penalty area and blasted a shot off the post before the ball rebounded to Megan Meeke. The senior midfielder guided the ball back towards goal, but despite the fact that the TIU goalkeeper was stranded behind the goal line, the ball somehow stayed out of the visitors net, with TIU managing to hold on to their lead to claim a 2-1 victory. On Saturday afternoon the Lady Hawks travelled to Indiana to face the Calumet

Crimson Wave. With confidence high, after a couple of good performances behind them, the Scarlet Hawks pressured the home defense straight from the off. The game at times wasn’t the prettiest to watch, with the weather and the poor field conditions affecting the level of play, but the visitors composed themselves and played good soccer throughout. Plenty of opportunities arose for the Lady Hawks but luck didn’t seem to be on their side for large spells of the contest. At the end of the first half, the score sheet still read 0-0 despite the numerous chances that the Lady Hawks created. In the second half, the ladies kept up the pace and began to use the space available better to move the ball around incredibly well. Great passes played to the corners from the center created several good opportunities in the opposition’s box, but still the away side couldn’t break the deadlock. In the 70th minute, however, the Hawks finally grabbed the goal that their play merited. Diana Otero received the ball on the right wing and drove a ball to Heather Bickerton’s feet on the edge of the area and the English midfielder expertly turned her defender before she lobbed the keeper to make the score 1-0. A great opportunity arose in the final ten minutes for the team to double their lead, when Meagan

Sarratt slid the ball past the keeper but her shot hit the woodwork. The rebound trickled into the six yard area, however, the defense managed to clear before the oncoming rush of IIT players could scramble the ball into the back of the home teams net. The game ended 1-0, which was an excellent result for the Lady Hawks. The women play their final home game of the conference season this Wednesday at 5pm against Holy Cross College. So make sure you get yourself out to Stuart Field to cheer the team on to another victory.

UPDATE Tuesday, October 26th Men’s Soccer VS. Holy Cross 7pm, Stuart Field

Wednesday, October 27th Women’s Soccer VS. Holy Cross 5pm, Stuart Field

Friday, October 29th Swimming and Diving VS. Lewis University 4pm, Keating, Echo Pool

Saturday, October 30th

Women’s Volleyball VS. Judson College-Senior Night 7pm, Keating (Photo by Melanie Koto)

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Math Weekly Problem Competition Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Two brothers sold a herd of sheep they owned. For each sheep they have been paid as many dollars as sheep originally in the herd. the brothers divided the revenue as follows: in turns each of them would take $10 with the older brother being the first to start . At the very end of this procedure, the younger brother found that fewer than $10 are left, and took them. To make the division fair, the older brother gave to the younger one his swiss army knife. How much was the knife worth?

Join the competition! The Department of Applied Mathematics and IIT SIAM Student Chapter is organizing a weekly campu-wide math competition for undergraduate students. • Every Tuesday, grab a copy of TechNews or visit to view the problem of the week. • Submit the solution to by Friday 5pm • The author(s) of the first correct solution(s) will receive a monetary prize. For more details view the official web site Become a Math Club member today and you will receive the problem by email. Good Luck! Have fun and enjoy Mathematics!

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Volleyball wins two games this past week By Kayla Heller STAFF WRITER

The Illinois Tech Women’s Volleyball team traveled to Indiana last Tuesday to play Purdue University-North Central in their ninth conference game of the season. The Hawks began with a rocky start, losing their first two games 23-25 and 22-25. However, the girls turned it around in the third game and took that momentum to win the next three games (25-16, 25-22, 15-8) resulting in a win. Sophomore Rebecca Bograd (Lemont, IL) led the Hawks with 52 set assists in the match. Freshman Kate Kendall (Naperville, IL) led the

team with 19 kills; senior Noelle Bennett had 18 kills and 21 defensive digs; and junior Kayla Heller (Dixon, IL) chipped in 15 kills and 4 blocks. Senior libero Alyssa Walther (Chicago, IL) also had 28 defensive digs in the match. The Hawks then traveled to Dominican University over the weekend where they gathered another win in a four game match – 16-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-22. The Lady Hawks now stand at a 5-4 record in conference and a 18-13 overall. They will play their last home game tonight at 7pm in Keating Sports Center. The team will honor its 6 graduating seniors at the beginning of the match as well. Be sure to come out and cheer your Hawks to a victory!



Intramurals 5-on5 co-ed basketball tournament a success By Graeme Port SPORTS EDITOR

On Friday evening, the Office of Intramurals and Recreations held a 5-on-5 co-ed basketball tournament at Keating Sports Center. Although six teams originally signed up for the event, only three turned up on the night to compete. Despite this small setback, the event was still a huge success. The competition was set up as a round robin format, which saw each of the three teams (the Bulls, the Lakers, and the Hawks) play once against each of the

other two competing sides. The games were officiated by IIT alumni Joe Kirsch and Allysin Williams, and by the end of the evening, it was the Hawks who stood on top of the standings with two wins out of two. The Office of Intramurals and Recreations will be running tournaments at Keating throughout the rest of the semester, so make sure you check the schools Athletics website (http://www. and_Recreation.php) to keep up to date with what’s going on.

(Photo by Melanie Koto) (Photo by Melanie Koto)

Men’s Soccer continue to dominate conference By Allan Coates STAFF WRITER

With last week’s victory over Robert Morris putting the Hawks top of the conference, the team looked to consolidate their position in this week’s two games against Trinity International and Calumet College of St Joseph, respectively. The win against Robert Morris eventually came, despite a lackluster performance from the Hawks, and in the opening phases of the Trinity International game there were worries that it could go the same way. Those worries were realized in the 16th minute when a routine back pass from senior defender Aaran McEneff somehow found its way under the foot of junior goalkeeper Jared Svaldi to give Trinity a surprise 1-0 lead. This seemed to spring the Hawks into action and they were level within just 6 minutes, when a poor headed clearance found its way to Robert Ritchie-Smith, with the forward controlling the ball on his chest before he dispatched a half volley low into the Trinity goal. With the momentum now on their side, the Hawks pressed forward looking to take control of the game. The team got the result they were looking for on the 35th minute when Ritchie-Smith again found himself able to fire the ball into the Trinity goal to give the Hawks the lead at half time. If there were any nerves from the Hawk fans at the half, they were settled in the 50th minute, when senior

forward Diego Dias headed home a Rex Meier cross to make the score 3-1. The game would be put to bed at the hour mark as the Hawks scored two goals in as many minutes, with freshman midfielder Robert Rixer getting on the score sheet and then getting an assist for Dias’ second of the game and the Hawks’ fifth. After the victory over Trinity International, attention shifted to the Saturday away matchup against Calumet College of St Joseph. It was clear from the start of the game that the Hawks would have trouble playing the attractive style of football that they know no team in the CCAC can match. A tight, bumpy pitch on a windy day presented the major challenge to the Hawks’ perfect conference record. Despite this, the team managed to take the lead in in the 15th minute when forward Liam Barrett eventually managed to bundle the ball into the Calumet goal. The game was far from attractive, but the Hawks were doing what was necessary to get the win. The team got the all important second goal soon after the first, when Robert Rixer found himself on the end of a Graeme Port cross to fire the ball into the home team’s net. The Hawks comfortably played out the rest of the game to take their conference record to 7-0, and secure their place at the top of the CCAC with just three regular season conference games left to play. The Hawks will look to take a big step towards the conference title on Saturday with a home match-up against Holy Cross at 7 p.m.

(Photo by Melanie Koto)

University Social Calendar UB General Body Meetings Tuesdays 1:15pm MTCC Auditorium

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October 27th

UB: Toy Story 3 Showing MTCC Auditorium

October 31st

UB+ 33rd: Halloween Murder MysteryPerlstein Hall Hunt and Catwalk Party

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