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Colorism in Asia: why be scared of melanin? Rushali Rajesh Joshi (She/her) PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR

Growing up in India, the idea of colorism has always piqued my interest, because as a nation of dark-skinned people, we are quite obsessed with getting fairer. Rationally, being fairer has no real biological benefit, so where did this fixation originate from, despite having historic texts that depict the darker shade of skin as something beautiful and coveted? Even the idols of gods eventually could not escape the prison of being more aesthetic based on the color of the stone they're carved from. The beauty standard of being lightskinned has been a long-standing trend in the southeastern and eastern countries of Asia for centuries. Despite some of the easternmost countries not having been colonized by the

west, the idea of white supremacy has been cultivated there too. Having been told often to not stay out in the sun so that I do not become tanner than my natural color, I know that the fear of being dark was something that was drilled into generations of southeast Asians from an early age. Although the concept of colorism rises from racism, factors such as caste (primarily in India), class (China and Korea), and economic factors add to the discrimination too. For Filipinos, having a lighter complexion is desirable because it signifies social status, noble ancestry, and most significantly, economic status. It is quite often seen that there is no dignity in labor in these countries, as the labor class are the people who spend their days out in the sultry heat, and this is associated with

their skin being darker, their social status being lower and them being portrayed as uneducated. All this coupled with either the oppression of the caste system or the ranking of one's social status by class, it is never easy for a darkskinned person to attain equality. The colorist view is further propagated by the cosmetic industry. Skin bleaching is a $7.5 billion industry in Asia. Eurocentric beauty standards are encouraged by advertisements and the film industry on a daily basis. The models (irrespective of gender) employed in advertisements tend to have features that are often associated with the western standards of beauty, whether it's an ad for toothpaste, cars, or as discussed, skin "brightening" products. Skin bleaching products work on the principle of adding mercury to the skin to prevent mela-

nin from developing, which can eventually lead to kidney failure. About 82.8% of women who bleach their skin are aware of this fact but continue to do so. Colorism is a torpid evil that affects people in the most fundamental of circumstances, diminishing their confidence and sometimes their opportunities. It is my most genuine hope that the people with thousands of different skin tones in the rich lands of the east are taught that their melanin is what brings their magic.

My trip to Little India: Devon Avenue, Chicago Sri Hari Sivashanmugam (He/him) TECHNEWS WRITER

Having traveled from India to Chicago for over 26 hours on multiple flights, I was super tired and jet-lagged. It took a couple of days for me to recover and adapt to the time difference, but then I started missing India, the spicy food, noisy traffic, vibrant colors, and most of all, the people. That’s when I pulled out my phone and started to search for the nearest restaurant, also I needed a couple of Indian spices, so I needed a store that sells Indian groceries, that is how I found out about Devon Avenue, also called Little India. The next day, I got up early, all excited about getting to eat at an Indian restaurant, and got ready. I got into the Red Line and

headed to the Loyola Red Line station. With Tamil music on, I was enjoying my 45 minutes ride along with the scenic beauty of Chicago downtown. At the Loyola stop, I had a transfer, I got into the 155 bus that was headed to Kedzie. After 15 minutes, I was standing there, in Little India. For some reason, it felt like home. There were a lot of stores with Indian groceries, several Indian restaurants, Pakistani restaurants, and a lot more. I strolled through the street having a glimpse of all the stores and reached the Patel Brothers store. This store has a good collection of all the Indian products ranging from spices to grains to rice. It even had my favorite Maggi instant noodles,

which is comfort food, something like mac and cheese for Indians. I picked up some essentials and cursed for it being so far from where I live, but also delighted to have found this store at the least. Having completed my grocery run for the month, I walked out of the store carrying five big bags. I was craving some good, spicy biriyani (highly recommended). So, biriyani for those who do not know, is a mixed rice dish that is made with a lot of spices and slowcooked meat. It is a delight for almost anyone who eats meat. I walked through Devon Avenue only to notice there was not any Hyderabadi restaurant, at least I thought so until I found the place. As soon as I entered the place,

the aroma of spicy food hit me. I decided to get the food to go, considering the COVID-19 situation I did not want to risk dining there. Having completed all that I had planned for, I boarded the same bus and later the Red Line to get back to campus. All in all, it was a great day. They say a good day should always end with good food, or at least I say that. I had an amazing day, I had amazing food. I highly recommend everyone to visit India at least once, to experience the culture, the heat and definitely the food. If it is not possible at least try visiting Devon Avenue where the neighborhood Little India is visited, you will at least get to try Indian food and buy some super sugary sweets.

Life with masks, sanitizers, and COVID-19 Divyanshu Kalola (They/them) TECHNEWS WRITER

Since most of us might have forgotten the days without COVID-19, let's first start by refreshing our memories with what it was like without COVID-19. People were living their lives without any fear of getting infected, collecting their groceries from the stores, meeting their relatives, having parties and making new friends, breathing the air without any filters, and having only one kind of alcohol in their lives which they drank. Universities were happily operating with students enjoying the campus life. Freshmen were making new friends, exploring the city life, and applying for jobs which would give them new experiences

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and contacts. All these things were during the days when if someone wanted to visit any other countries, they would not fear about getting infected, but now COVID-19 is controlling our lives in everything we do. If you forget your mask and were ready to start your car to go to a friend’s house, you have to compulsorily go back and wear your mask. Even with all the chaos and uncertainty, students are still attending their universities but the only difference is that the exposure that they are getting to the university live is very limited. Having online classes not only made students interact less with their professors and classmates but also prevented many

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opportunities like going to career fairs where they would meet with different company’s representatives that the students wanted to work with. The most crucial part of our lives that got affected is our confidence. In just one year COVID-19 has tested all human abilities from how well we can fight the diseases to how fast we can adapt to new variants of the virus. Even though we were able to make vaccines, the world is still fighting to provide each and every soul on this planet with the vaccine to fight the virus. Apart from work and academics, pandemic has influenced our lives at personal level as well. It has changed the way we think and behave. Most of the people have been through

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mental instability but that seems to be changing as universities have started opening and having in person classes. Hopefully things will get better in near future but it seems like life with masks and sanitizers will still remain, at least for a while. Even though things are getting better, masks and sanitizers seem to have taken an important role in one's life. Precautions are always positive so please don't forget to wear mask and use sanitizers. Be safe and be healthy!

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How to design educational spaces for autistic children? STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY SINCE 1928

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When designing a structure with respect to autistic architecture, buildings may be designed with a new outlook. Spatial zoning should follow the seven Autism ASPECTSS Index – acoustics, spatial sequencing, escape space, compartmentalization, transitions, sensory zoning, and safety. These spatial zones should be accessed through a single circulation axis. The campus plan should be worked out in terms of high/low stimulation zones, circulation, and transitional zones. For example, highstimulus functions like dance, music, painting, crafts, and psychomotor therapy requiring a high level of alertness can be grouped together, while low stimulus functions speech therapy, one-to-one communication, classrooms, and general workshops requiring a high level of concentration, can be grouped together. To further facilitate integration possibilities for people with autism, the treatment center must possess interaction spaces designed and placed at the limit between the therapy area and thus the general public spaces. The activities will involve both patients and

people from the outside and they will provide benefits for people with autism by observing and learning from the behaviors of normal people. Also, interaction spaces should have both indoor and outdoor areas so as to hide more levels of sensory stimulation. In this regard, outdoor spaces become very important since they involve a larger degree of unpredictability due to different sound and weather circumstances. Also, by interacting with the patients, people will study their disabilities and necessities and can have a neater task of integrating them into their day-to-day lives. Service areas in campus including bathrooms, kitchens, and administration, which usually come under the high stimulus zone, should be separated from the low stimulus areas, especially the classrooms. Dormitories are a must on such campuses, students above the age of 6 years need to learn the basic activities after getting out of their beds, such as brushing teeth, taking a bath, and changing clothes. These ac-

tivities can be taught in these dormitories or accommodation areas. Such accommodation places may act as a transition towards supervised living off-campus or independent living with the main objective of integration of the autistic into the community. Recreational or play areas such as sensory gardens, sandpits, and other buffer spaces may act as transitional areas between the low-stimulus “focus” zones and the highstimulus “alertness” zones. Thus, in order to create an orderly integration process, necessary provisions need to be taken not only in educating the child but also in the physical space and surrounding context it utilizes. Since architects are the creators of built environments, the task of providing suitable surroundings needs to be taken into consideration.

Is plant based meat the future substitute of meat? Hemanth Mani Raghav Kota (He/him) TECHNEWS WRITER

Right now, the earth’s environment is facing observable risks like climate change, increasing carbon footprints, declining water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, and biodiversity loss due to species extinction. Plantbased meat is eliminating barriers to behavior change and making a big contribution to mitigating climate change. According to some scientific research, more than 2400 gallons of water is used to produce one pound of processed meat. Since its roots in the 1990s, plant-based meat is gaining popularity in the 21st century. Depending on the sort of meat and the firm producing it, plant-based meat can be made from a variety of materials. Grains and legumes are common ingredients because they contain proteins, fibers, and starches that can be processed into isolates, flours, and concentrates. Extrusion is a technique that involves putting components

through hydration, shearing, and cooking to make them more nearly resemble meat qualities while removing undesired odors, flavors, and textures. As a survey taken by the gall up poll reveals that four in 10 Americans have already tried plant-based meat and more than 60 percent of them are very likely to eat them again. As this trend continues, by the year 2030, plant-based meat market will rise to a share of 25 percent which results in a reduction of greenhouse gas emission by two percent. Furthermore, official organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), are concerned about carcinogens found in red and processed meats, which may raise the risk of cancer. Eating more plant protein instead of meat, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), may enhance heart health. It also suggests that they may aid in the prevention of

a variety of health problems, including hypertension and cardiovascular disease. To keep up with the present trend and growing awareness of the health benefits of plant-based meat over animal meat and growth in government initiatives, companies like Beyond Meat, Amy's, and Field Roast are expanding manufacturing facilities in the United States and spending even more money on research and development. Plant-based meats aren't only here to stay, they may even help to reshape the food industry. As seen by consumer demand and favorable feedback over the last few years. Plant-based meats are the kind of transformation the world needs right now when the climate crisis is creating havoc and many people are suffering from the bad health repercussions of eating too much traditional meat.

Social media: how you can monetize on your hobby Hina Valida Mathias (She/her) TECHNEWS WRITER

Social media is often put to test in every second conversation these days, and, whether you like it or hate it, you’re definitely talking all about it. While it is best to leave the question of if it is a boon or a bane to each individual’s opinion, I am here to write about how one could potentially make money from their hobbies on social media. In this day and age, big name brands as well as small businesses all look for innovative ways to market their products across a consumer base with an appeal of personal touch. Social media platforms have become the fastest broadcasters of information and a place where content is picked up at a viral speed with minimum investments compared to other advertising modes. Brands are using influencer marketing programs in order to create a buzz around their products and draw in huge traffic onto their websites, ultimately resulting in increased sales. What is this influencer marketing and how does one become an “influencer” in the first place? Influencer marketing is when brands rely on the creators across social media

(say Instagram and YouTube) to represent or advertise their products to an audience who could potentially be buyers. A creator is usually expected to have a niche audience that they can influence into trying out the products they endorse. Unlike celebrity endorsements that cost a fortune for the brands, this strategy helps the audience feel more connected to the brands as they see the creators of their relevant niches try out the products and hence helps in building trust between the brands and the consumers. Your hobbies define a part of who you are, and that may simply include your obsession with filming your pet doing crazy things, clicking a bunch of your #ootd pictures, or cooking. You can become a creator on social media by documenting your hobbies while meeting like-minded people along the way. Strong engaging content helps attract loyal followers who are ready to take in your advice and recommendations. This trusting relationship between a creator and their audience is what brands desire. This creates an opportu-

nity for creators to monetize on their hobbies by influencing their target audience to buy the products they are endorsing. According to a Forbes article titled “The Importance of Influencer Marketing in the 'New Normal' Digital Sphere” - Generation Z, a demographic aged between 16-26 make up to 40 percent consumers and they spend about three hours everyday on social media consuming and creating content and looking for inspiration. This only implies that the market to monetize on your hobbies is prominent but the challenge of course is to build an interactive loyal audience. While there’s no instant recipe to achieve that, one can always start somewhere and achieve heights by being consistent in producing quality engaging content while ultimately making money off of it.

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Simrana Azam (She/her) TECHNEWS WRITER Eating disorder is "an unhealthy relationship between food and weight affecting many other factors in a person’s life" as described by the National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders (ANAD). The trend of dieting has been triggering eating disorders in young girls and women. Men and women suffer from eating disorders because of the beauty standard that have been set by society and young crowd often feel obligated to fit into these beauty standards. Doctors and psychologists report that there has been a significant increase in the number of patients with eating disorders in Australia over the past few decades. In 2004 - 2005, 14 percent of all hospitalizations for mental and behavioral disorders in women aged 12-24

were due to eating disorders. There are different types of eating disorders: Anorexia: An eating disorder characterized by relentless pursuit of weight loss and fear of weight gain, which is related to self-induced weight loss behavior. Bulimia Nervosa: Eating disorders characterized by overeating followed by ways to avoid weight gain. Binge Eating Disorder: A disorder involving frequent consumption of large amounts of food and uncontrollable eating. Pica: An eating disorder characterized by a tendency to consume substances with very low or no nutritional value, such as soil, chalk, hair, paper, etc. Instances where different types of media are conveying the importance of physical beauty in the contemporary world and

the methods to achieve these characteristics are common. It goes without saying that the attachment to food, the way these foods are consumed, and their positive effects in enhancing attractiveness are self-evident. Due to the spread of ideas of so-called beauty standards, the problem of eating disorders has increased in the contemporary world. The increase in dieting and the popularity of the dieting industry are considered to be one of the reasons leading to the increase in eating disorders and psychological disorders. Dieting is believed to lead to unhealthy obsessions with food. Binge eating after a hungry diet is a common pattern of compulsive over eating. People with eating disorders are not actually open about their behavior. Higher rates of disorders have been noticed in teenage girls as they consider it to be self-diagnosis whereas adults and males are advised by physicians to

start it to lose weight for medical reasons. If you notice a family member or friend who seems to show signs of an eating disorder, consider talking to that person about your concern for his or her well-being. Though you may not be able to prevent an eating disorder from developing, reaching out with compassion may encourage the person to seek treatment.

Srinath Sunku (He/him) TECHNEWS WRITER Singapore is the first country in the world to accept lab-produced meats, and they are creating food history. What in the world is lab-grown meat? Why are we in need of it? It is undeniable that the demand for meat is steadily increasing. People that have enough money begin to eat meat such as steaks, poultry, and pork. Every day, we require billions of pounds of meat to feed billions of hungry people. We ended up with factory farms as a result of this.

This is a waste of energy, it is unnatural, and it is rife with death. However, there is a better method to eat that does not involve killing an animal, and this is what is taking place in Singapore. Eat Just CEO and Co-Founder Joshua Tetrick stated in CNBC that they discovered a means to create billions of pounds of meat from a single cell from an animal. It will be how meat is prepared in the future. It's healthier, safer, and more sustainable. They take a single chicken cell and develop it in the lab. It is fed with soy and corn. That cell

doubles and doubles in size while they feed it, finally resulting in delicious ground chicken flesh. They place it in a special tank and wait two weeks before opening it and what you get is minced meat that looks precisely like the meat we buy at the grocery. They are not growing things that we do not use, such as bones, and this makes them more efficient. As a result, we can grow an infinite amount of meat with just one single cell. One chicken may produce billions of pounds of meat. It is free of antibiotics and free from cruelty to animals and is excellent for the environment and

health because the cells are grown in a clean and sterile environment resulting in a cleaner version that isn't pumped full of antibiotics and doesn't contain growth hormone. It is absolutely healthier meat. It's cultured chicken and it's fantastic. It has the same flavor and feel as the real thing, but without the cruelty. This meat is exclusively available in Singapore and is quite pricey. But, sooner or later, this type of meat will be widely available and inexpensive.

Future of meat: “lab grown chicken”

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"Warhammer 40k" Club: experience the grim darkness of the far future, right here at Illinois Tech Jack Hamilton (He/him) TECHNEWS WRITER "In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war." This ominous tagline summates the hopeless atmosphere of the 41st millennium perfectly. It is the dark tale of an era bereft of peace and progress that has enraptured countless millions of fans across the 21st Century. Those fans have congregated across the globe to build, paint, and ultimately battle with miniatures representing the forces contesting the innumerous worlds inhabiting the milky way galaxy. "Warhammer 40,000" or "Warhammer 40k" is the world’s most popular tabletop battle game. So, it’s no surprise that its popularity would reach the beloved nerd culture of the Illinois Tech. The Illinois Tech "Warhammer 40,000" Club is the place for all things "40k" on campus! Club President Adam Miller, fourth year computer science major and 10 year hobby veteran, and club Treasurer Jack Hamilton (yours truly) welcome any and

all to come and dive into the grim darkness of the far future! Our goal is to provide a place for Illinois Tech's "Warhammer 40k" hobby community and provide an ideal environment for those interested in learning more about the hobby to do so from friendly, experienced veterans. We provide information on the game, its lore, and the hobby when it comes to building, painting, and playing on the tabletop. Weekly meetings seek to provide space for members to hobby and play together every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC) Colored Rooms, and all Illinois Tech students are invited to come drop in and join whenever they please! Club activities are planned to extend to events both local and excursionary including tournaments, narrative campaigns, building/ painting lessons, and painting competitions. For those uncertain about the hobby, the "Warhammer 40k" Club will

provide a place where they can experience "Warhammer 40k" hands on before they buy anything themselves. It is our express intent to provide ample materials to those who seek to learn more about the hobby to be able to do so without any monetary investment on their part, using club materials to learn and play. We also plan to provide opportunities for club members to build and paint club-owned models themselves. The Illinois Tech "Warhammer 40k" Club also wants to extend a welcome to those interested in other tabletop battle games to join the community. Though no interest has yet been expressed, "40k"’s sister game, "Warhammer Age of Sigmar" remains very popular, as do other tabletop battle games such as "Flames of War," and the "40k" Club wants to keep open the possibility of students forming sections within the club for their preferred tabletop battle game. If you want to explore your interest in other tabletop battle games, then the "40k" Club would be more than

willing to provide a place for you to do so! So whether you fight for the glory of the Emperor of Mankind’s Imperium, the dark forces of the ruinous powers - the Chaos Gods, the preservation of the last remnants of the ancient Aeldari, the greater good of the optimistic and enlightened T’au, the galactic WAAAGH! of the Orks, the Tyranids consumption of the galaxy, or the mighty dynasties of the Necrons, we welcome you! For in the grim darkness of MTCC, there is only… The Illinois Tech "Warhammer 40,000" Club! Join us! Meetings are held every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., in the MTCC Colored Room!

How to eat healthy in "The Commons" - advice for Illinois Tech students Angela Petrone (She/her) TECHNEWS WRITER What is a healthy diet? This question will have different answers for different people. Social habits and cultural norms have a huge influence on the way people perceive food, and therefore eating habits in general. "Sunday is for family, and we all eat meatballs with pasta. On Thanksgiving we must eat turkey. Coffee is the only thing that will wake me up in the morning. I always get pizza on Saturdays," and so on. These are just a few examples of how habits that are not directly food-related can shape eating patterns, which in turn influence entire lifestyles. The Commons, any Illinois Tech student’s favorite place to be, is the where most on-campus students have their meals. Despite the general negative opinions, no matter where one is from, the Commons allows anyone to follow a healthy diet if the will is there.

A healthy diet, generally speaking, is a balanced and varied diet. Considering that a person should aim for the most nutritious meals at a reasonable amount of calories in order to develop healthy eating habits, the Commons actually provides a significant amount of healthy choices. There are six groups of nutrients, from which we should try to eat a certain amount of foods every day. Carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are the nutrients that gives us energy. Red meats, dairy products, cereals, cheese, and bread are some examples of foods that can fit in one of these nutrient categories. Vitamins, minerals, and water are defined as micronutrients, because we need them in smaller quantities than carbs, fats, and protein. However, micronutrients are just as essential in supporting tissue growth, regulating body functions, and maintain a good metabolism. It is important that we get vitamin rich products every day, as some vitamins (namely vitamin C and vitamin B) are not stored in the body for long amounts of times and therefore we might

be deficient of them at various point in time. The Commons offers a significant amount of fruit and vegetables choices every day. There’s tomatoes, onions, carrots, salad, apples, bananas, and lettuce available at every meal. Similarly, cereals and yogurt are always available. Varying these foods and combining them in creative ways can significantly improve the diet of any student at Illinois Tech. Bread, cereals, pasta, and rice are also available at all times in various forms. Watching the amount of these foods one consumes can be useful in maintaining a balanced diet. A good eating habit consists in making sure one is eating a colorful plate. The more colorful the plate, the more balanced your diet will be. Green and red fruits are extremely rich in vitamins, which are critical to building and maintaining bone and muscle. High-carb foods are usually white, fruit will always add a touch of color, and some meat will provide protein and some darker shades to your plate. Another useful point to reflect on:

trying to get as much vegetables as carbs could significantly improve your physical and mental wellness, and the Commons allows for this. However, the amount of red meats and fried foods easily available in The Commons can be distracting. Clearly these are among the most attractive foods, as they rely on your sense of olfaction and social instincts, which for some facilitate associations between this foods and collectivity. Simply paying attentions to portions and varying the kinds of foods you get will improve your health and will help you to establish a more positive correlation between health and eating in the Commons.


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Student Government Association Senate recap (9/1/2021) Ben Barber (He/him)

SGA PRESIDENT The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate held its first regular session of the semester on September 1, 2021. Recordings of the live streams of the meeting is available via the "Illinois Tech Student Government Association" YouTube channel. The Senate had a guest speaker, considered three organizational proposals, confirmed members to the special committee, and announced a change in leadership. Guest Speaker: Dean Stetz Dean of Students Katherine Stetz was invited to offer some words to welcome the campus community back for the fall semester. Dean Stetz was excited to have students back on campus and wanted to inform students about several initiatives. First, Hawkhouse is ready, and in the near future, a Women's Center will be rolling out. Second, she discussed the results of a recently completed campus climate survey. Finally, she addressed the recent supply chain issues Chartwell's dining has been experiencing. Organizational Proposal: Society of Women in Space Exploration Kejsi Bishaj, Senator Meghana Tamhane, and Kassidy Moy proposed that Illinois Tech form a chapter of the Society of Women in Space Exploration (SWISE). The goal of SWISE is to discuss space exploration and the contribution of women to the field. Events would include speaker events, conferences, trivia nights, and networking opportunities.

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Senator Lucy Kegley asked about the logistics of renting a car for conferences. Senator Derek Rhea asked about what separated SWISE from existing space-related student organizations. Administrative Justice Nabeeha Syeeda asked about how the organization was estimating its conference attendance. In discussion, Senator Rhea pointed out the clear differences between the proposed organization and existing organizations. The organization was approved with 15 votes in favor and none against (15-0-0). Organizational Proposal: Illinois Tech Roundnet Anthony Banuelos and Neil Dhote proposed an organization to bring roundnet (also called spikeball) to Illinois Tech. Events would focus on playing roundball, a 2v2 game that uses a trampoline. During the discussion, Senator Rhea thought the variety of events the organization proposed was fairly minimal. Senator Kegley thought that the organization would be a good addition to campus by encouraging people to be outdoors. The organization passed with 10 votes in favor, 1 vote against, and 3 abstentions (10-1-3). Organizational Proposal: Engineering World Health Serena Kinkade and Shelby Kroeger proposed that Illinois Tech form a chapter of Engineering World Health (EWH). EWH is a global organization focussed on letting engineering students learn about health technologies in the context of serving under-resourced communities. The organization would focus on fundraising for the Campus to Country

program (a class culminating in a three-week experience in an under-resourced country, followed by a conference), kit-building to provide medical technology kits to under-resourced areas, and partnering with Tau Beta Phi for K-12 outreach. Senator Kegley asked about how the chapter planned to avoid developing a "savior complex." Senator Rhea asked about the organization's budget and if it can secure outside funding streams. During the discussion, Senator Kegley stated that she felt uncertain of the intent of the organization's trips. Vice President for Academic Affairs Sandy Orozco raised the issue of how motivated (by local needs) the trips would actually be. The organization passed with six votes in favor, two votes against, and six abstentions (6-2-6). Special Committee Confirmations Senator Rhea, Senator Tamhane, and Senator Benjamin Kramek requested to be part of the special committee reviewing the SGA governing documents. There was a friendly amendment offered and accepted to fill the fourth Senate position with Senator Na'im Muhammad. The motion passed with seven votes in favor and 2 abstentions (7-0-2). Executive Reports President Benjamin Barber gave an update on the office move and announced that nominations were opening to fill the Stuart School of Business Senate seat. The nomination form is available on the SGA Slack. SGA Advisor Rachel Hirsh discussed Homecoming Week. SGA Executive Vice President (EVP) Keru Omad announced that she had been asked to resign. An EVP nomination form is

available via the SGA Slack. Open Floor Nova Ammerman raised the issue of the cost of the required student dining plans and the lack of an option to opt-out. Finance Board Vice-Chair Francisco Barba asked about what had happened to the student parking ticket review board. Senator Muhammad announced the upcoming Resident Housing Association meeting. Senator Kegley pointed out that Cunningham and Kacek residents need dining plans. Senator Kegley and Advisor Hirsh both pointed out the benefits of maintaining at least a partly virtual meeting. Next Meeting The next SGA Senate meeting will be held at 9:15 pm. on Wednesday, September 15. The meeting will be held on Zoom, and a live stream will be available via the "Illinois Tech Student Government Association" YouTube channel. Links are available on the SGA website (sga.iit.edu).

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Public transportation in Chicago: the best I have ever experienced Aravinthan Ramanathan (He/him) TECHNEWS WRITER As an international student, I am excited to see such a good transportation system in Chicago. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) comes under the Regional Transport Authority (RTA), which is the second largest metropolitan transport service in the United States after New York. It connects almost forty suburbs and the city of Chicago. It has almost 2,000 buses which get connected to 3,000 km (or just under 2,000 miles) of the city's roadways. The world's busiest airport is

the O'Hare International airport. To reach the airport from downtown, the CTA Blue Line provides a rapid transit which is approximately 40 minutes from the Loop. To move around the Chicago downtown area, there are so many public systems available such as Divvy, CTA Bus, CTA Train (the elevated train or simply the "L"), Pace Bus, or the Metra. One can go around the downtown at any time they choose. One doesn't need to take a car or any other transport. They can use the public transport anytime they need. If you like to go cycling, Chicago has separate lanes for cyclists to move around the

city. Chicago has a connected network of 290 miles of bike lanes. The main observation from my point of view is that people should not get into accidents going in the public or private roadway. As I mentioned before, Divvy is the shared bike system one can use. Also, individual owned bicycles are permitted on CTA buses, so people don't need to worry about carrying the bicycles in the car or any other vehicles. For example, if you are from the middle of the downtown area, and you want to drive your bicycles to the Lakefront shore, you can take the CTA buses and reach the Lakefront trail and have an amazing ride along Lake Michigan.

The rail system provides a wonderful experience, it gets connected to almost every place in the downtown. Most times, trains will come every ten minutes, so you do not need to worry about waiting overly long. As an international student, you will be offered to avail the Ventra card which gets activated once your semesters starts. You can use the card multiple times throughout the semester. It ends after your semester end date. Most of the students take the Ventra card which is $155 throughout the semester, which allows easy travel around Chicago.

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128 years for historic speech of Swami Vivekananda

Srinath Sunku (He/him) TECHNEWS WRITER Swami Vivekananda was born in India on January 12, 1863, as Narendranath Datta. Vivekananda was the founder of the Ramakrishna Mission, a Hindu religions and spiritual organization, and was the foremost disciple of Ramakrishna, an Indian Hindu mystic and religious leader. Vivekananda is also recognized with elevating Hinduism to the status of a world religion by introducing Vedanta and Yoga to the west. After the demise of Ramakrishna, Vivekananda saw the struggle of people in India and decided to do something good for the people. He started his journey to the west on May 31, 1893, and visited several

cities in Japan, China, and Canada en route to the United States. He gave speeches in multiple theaters across the United States. He spent all the money to help the needy people who joined him during his speeches. Vivekananda is well-known for his seminal address at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, where he introduced Hinduism to the United States and appealed for religious tolerance. This was the inaugural World Parliament of Religions which took place from September 11 to September 27, 1893, and was attended by representatives from all around the world. He reached one month before his religious speech and got to know that his name was not enlisted in the list of speakers, reason being that he had no credentials. Later he went to Boston with

the help of friend and met a professor and writer from Harvard University. The professor was inspired and motivated with his fiveminute talk with Vivekananda, and he wrote a letter to the World’s Parliament due to which Vivekananda got an opportunity to deliver his speech. Vivekananda spoke on several topics that were significant to the challenges in India as well as the rest of the globe, including the significance of eradicating all forms of fanaticism, which is a global problem. Although uneasy at first, he bowed to Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of learning, and he felt a new sense of energy in his body; he thought someone or something else had invaded his body — "The Soul of India, the echo of the Rishis, the voice of Ramakrishna,

the spokesperson of the resurgent Time spirit." He started his speech by "Sisters and brothers of America!". He received a twominute standing ovation from an audience of 7,000 people in response to this statement. He began his speech after silence had been restored. He addressed the world's youth on behalf of the world's oldest monastic order, the Vedic order of sannyasins, a religion that has taught the world tolerance and universal acceptance. He gave his speech for almost three and half minutes and inspired the youth. With this speech, his name travelled and he delivered more speeches across United States and European Countries. On the anniversary of Vivekananda's birth, India commemorates National Youth Day.

Jack Hamilton (He/him) TECHNEWS WRITER I was first introduced to the “Guilty Gear” series through my good friend, Alex Lee. He once noted that “There are a lot of people that are 'Guilty Gear' players, but not a lot of people that play 'Guilty Gear.'” What he meant by that is that a lot of people liked to say they played “Guilty Gear” for clout without actually taking the time to grind matchups specific setups or lab burst safe combo routing. Well, “Guilty Gear Strive” was the game that turned me from a "Guilty Gear" player into someone that plays "Guilty Gear." My first introduction to the series was the previous iteration, “Xrd,” which was the first “real” fighting game I ever tried, considering until that point I had only really touched platform fighters. My friend Alex had been badgering people to play his favorite game with him, so I eventually relented to trying to learn the game myself. I opted to play Jack-O because she had my name and no other reason, though I quickly came to appreciate how she had relatively low execution. Even so, I could never really wrap my head around “Xrd,” even with the low execution barrier of Jack-O the universal mechanics alone take quite a bit of work to familiarize oneself with. I enjoyed the game casually on and off, although mostly off, but never really got into it. At least not enough to compete with his Baiken. It wouldn’t be until another game in the series, “+R,” was updated to include rollback netcode that I would touch “Guilty Gear” again. Now that there was a “Guilty Gear” game that could be reliably played online with minimal delay, Alex wasted no time in trying to get people hooked again. And with no Jack-O, I instead, in my infinite hubris, decided to try Johnny. This time around I had a bit more confidence, as I had finally managed to really get into a fighting game for the first time: “Killer Instinct.” Not knowing traditional 2D fighters that well was really my main barrier to entry back in “Xrd,” and having overcome that I assumed “+R” would be the game to suck me in. Except it didn’t. I found the mechanics too obtuse for beginners, the learning curve too steep for me to get a sense of intentionality

in my play, and as such playing that game just wasn’t all that fun. After two failed attempts, I just kinda wrote off the series as not really for me. Anime fighters in general didn’t really seem to click with me, after some of my friends tried to get me into “Underknight” as well. So when “Strive” dropped this summer and my friends were all freaking out about it, I didn’t bother with it for a while. But with all my friends playing almost exclusively “Strive,” it wasn’t long until I hopped on the bandwagon. Now three mains and 200 hours later, I’m making some tentative pokes at celestial floor. So what did “Strive” do to suck me in where the other, cooler games failed? We’ll I wouldn’t be the first to say that “Strive” took a number of steps to make the game far more approachable to players and spectators alike. A lot of the gameplay has been streamlined, with the biggest changes being to the universal mechanics. And while that certainly helped, I think where “Strive” manages to stand out most is in its technical achievements I've never really been one to praise technical achievement that much, usually being the first to excuse technical issues in games that I love (See “Fallout: New Vegas”). Gameplay, story, characters, atmosphere, world layout; these are the things I hold up as the paragons of game design. But I think I can confidently say that “Strive” is the first game where the technical achievements make the experience. First off, rollback netcode. “Strive” has some of the best netcode on the market right now, in the genre where good netcode is most important to making the online experience. Delay based netcode giving even just 3-5 more frames of input delay killed a lot of online scenes during COVID. Having netcode good enough to justify an entirely online EVO for the game really does solidify all the other strengths of the game.

of even skill levels to play against. Most of the people that have tried to get me into fighting games are far better than the game than a new player. And getting schmixed into oblivion isn’t exactly terribly conducive to the learning process. Not only is it slower, but it's also a lot more frustrating and a lot less fun for both parties. And coming from games like “Smash,” “Killer Instinct,” or even non-fighting games like “Team Fortress 2,” I can tell you that bad matchmaking can absolutely kill the online experience. Having matches of relatively even skill level become the norm rather than the exception absolutely makes all the difference in the world. Finally, the lobby. Yes, I know, shut up. The lobby was definitely busted on release. But since then, I’ve had pretty minimal issues with it, few enough that I can appreciate how fundamentally well they function in practice. Most games that aren’t “Them’s Fightin’ Herds” just do drop in lobbies, often leaving little for the player to do beyond wait to join a random lobby. In “Strive,’ there are 10 different public lobbies for each region that players can drop into to match with people. And while having public games go for 3 matches regardless of circumstance is a little odd, the rest of the system provides a very nice background to find people to actually play. Still, the lobbies are definitely where you are going to run into the most connection issues. That paired with the absurd loading time to connect to the server are my only two real complaints about the game. Even with as impressive as the lobbies, matchmaking, and netcode are; “Strive” would not have been as incredible as it is if it didn’t look, feel, and play just as wonderfully. The art style is straight up gorgeous, and is perhaps second only to “Killer Instinct” in terms of fighting game soundtrack. Most of the animations are smooth as butter, and the most egregious examples to the contrary are only really noticeable if someone pointed them out to you. As noted previously, all the core systems feel really good, as do pretty much all of the characters. And while there are still a few kinks to work out, the game is incredibly well balanced. My only complaint in this regard is that it is a tad disappointing that some characters (Faust) lost some of the

depth they had in previous games. The game certainly isn’t perfect, and a lot of the old school fans are sad to see a lot of the cool stuff from the previous games get axed, but it's the game that pulled me into a franchise I had essentially given up on learning. Above all, it taught me just how much I enjoy putting people in prison. There is no greater joy than frame trapping an Axl into oblivion with Foudre Arc, and now that she’s in the game I’m like six months away from becoming warden of the Jack-O digital penitentiary. I could talk longer about frame data, matchups, Faust low profile crouch, how guard break needs more answers; but much of that would really just be reiterating the larger point that I now care about all that stuff. “Strive” is the game that made me into someone who plays “Guilty Gear.” And for a lot of people, myself included, gave reason to take a second look at the older games. Final score: 9/10, and seriously close to a 10/10. It’s the game that taught me to love 2D fighters, “Guilty Gear,” and prison.

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"Portrait of a Lady on Fire" - a movie about female gaze

Gayatri Patil (She/her) TECHNEWS WRITER "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" is a French movie based in Brittany depicting the era of the late 1800s. A painter, Marianne, is hired to secretly find a way to paint a wedding portrait of another lead, Heloise, for her wedding as she refuses to pose for other painters since she repudiates getting married. The story revolves around three women: Marianne, Heloise, and the house help Sophie. The movie takes its time to grow on you; the characters talk slowly, every

minute facial expression has many things to convey, the characters have their own different personalities and it is shown slowly, the intimacy between characters builds slowly, it doesn’t explain the character but present it to you, allowing you to make your own opinion or perspective for each one of the actors. Eventually, Marianne and Heloise start getting close to each other. Their touch makes them feel things and as they start observing the other's gestures, we can see the desire in their eyes. The romance grows, and they start to develop feelings. Marianne for her love of painting does her job, but the conclusion for that portrait is what she doesn’t want to happen, the marriage.

The end will make you cry and break your heart into pieces when Heloise is shown crying, remembering the tiny details of the memories of the time she spent with Marianne while Marianne watches her. The farewell is silent and gives you a sense of sadness to feel in your bones. The movie tells you to appreciate the art and preserve it even after the romance is over. At every minute in the movie, feminine perspective is favored, undermining male perspective. It depicts how women see each other, free and living together, when men are not around. It can be magical as well as unreal to see so many splendid female leads,

with Noemie Merlant and Adele Haenel. There are barely any male characters; if there any present they’re seen showing their backs, highlighting their irrelevancy, a detail from my favorite director as well as the writer of the movie, Celina Sciamma. The whole narrative shows when women do the art, it not only wins awards but also makes you feel things which you never predicted.

The Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi: a saga review Sri Hari Sivashanmugam (He/him) TECHNEWS WRITER Written by (or shall I put it this way, crafted by) Amish Tripathi, this series of books titled the Shiva Trilogy is one of the best I have ever read. Besides Tripathi’s use of language and style of writing, what particularly caught my interest was his way of intertwining old Indian heritage to a modern storytelling format. Through his books, Tripathi has broken the barrier of considering a God as just a God, he constructs a logical view as to how a human transcends to becoming a God. Let me try to give a brief summary without spilling out any spoilers. The first book begins at a rural place in the Himalayas, where a person named Shiva is fighting a battle to

protect his tribe. Later, a person named Nandhi approaches him on behalf of the king who ruled northwestern India. On Nandhi’s request, Shiva brings his mountain tribe to the plains of the Indian subcontinent. Because of an ancient myth, when Shiva’s neck turns blue because of the magical medicine, the people of the kingdom consider him their savior. Shiva’s life turns upside down after this event. Later in the story, Shiva, using his wit, eradicates several problems faced by the people like untouchability, punishing a person based on his previous birth’s karma, and other such issues. He became everyone’s favorite in that country; in fact, he even marries the kings’ daughter (that is a whole different love story). During the course of time while helping people, he offends the king who adored him. He

forms an army along with his loyal followers and plans to bid war over the kingdom. This was because people believed in him, that he was the one who was going to eradicate their problems. He succeeds in finding the evil and that the king himself was attached too close to the evil. When he requested the king to get rid of that, the king got offended. To save the people from that evil that has been troubling them for eons, he decides to go against the king. A major turn in events causes Shiva to lose his wife, whom he loved near and dear to his life itself. This event made Shiva extremely mad and Shiva decides to use the weapon which was banned by a legend from the past. He ships the weapon from another country and blows up the kingdom along with the king, henceforth freeing people of the evil

that clung to them for a long time. Thus Shiva became a God because of his honest and selfless deeds. I suggest you read Shiva Trilogy if you have time. Though I have skipped various important portions as I had promised to not give out any spoilers, I assure you it will be worth your time. It is one of the best pieces of fiction I have read. If you are searching, the books are titled "The Immortals of Meluha," then "The Secret of the Nagas," and finally "The Oath of the Vayuputras."

The boom of cybersecurity in the US Trishaan Kalra (He/him) TECHNEWS WRITER In this era of the internet, no individual or enterprise is secure from cyberattacks. With the increasing number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices connecting to the internet every day, the attack surface for such occurrences has increased many folds. As per a research done by Statista, there are about 21.5 billion IoT devices connected to the internet on the planet and the forecast proposes that by 2030 this number will reach 50 billion. With cybercrime on the rise, all government entities & businesses possess the risk of being a victim of such attacks. Most companies have poor cybersecurity practices in

place, thus making them more vulnerable to data breaches and ransomware attacks (which is malware that is installed onto vulnerable systems of an organization that encrypts the organization's network and systems with the motive of getting ransom in return). The chaos of the pandemic has expedited the rate of such cyberattacks on companies and government entities. Now, more than ever, there is a high demand and need for technologists and cybersecurity experts to secure the internet surface of an organization. The quantity of job postings in the cybersecurity field has grown in excess of 90 percent since 2013, contrasted with 30 percent for IT positions in general. As per Cyberseek, a technology job-tracking data-

base, there are 464,420 open positions in cybersecurity nationwide as of September 2021, with over 15,000 open positions in the state of Illinois. Cybercrime incidents like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Homeland Security leaks in 2015, the Atlanta City service hack in 2018, and the Colonial Pipeline hack in 2021 are some situations that have raised multiple questions on the cybersecurity stance of the U.S. Hackers have successfully conducted more than 70 ransomware attacks in the second half of 2020, most of which were targeted at local governments. In order to improve and bolster the Nation’s cybersecurity, President Joe Biden has started multiple initiatives with both the public and private sectors to develop

a new framework to improve the security and integrity of the U.S. critical infrastructure. As cybercrime is estimated to cost the world USD six trillion annually by 2021, it is for the good that organizations realize that the battle against malicious cyberattacks starts with professional expertise. It is thus necessary for companies to make cybersecurity awareness, prevention, and practices a vital part of their culture for the cyber battle to be won.

Don't get married to one technology Aravinthan Ramanathan (He/him) TECHNEWS WRITER As a technology professional, don't stick to one framework, one programming language, one tool-kit. Explore everything that comes out. Also don't solve the business problem with one methodology. If you are comfortable with the adaptability, then you can easily survive in the information technology (IT) industry. For example, programming is just a tool to communicate with the computer. To communicate, people use different languages. Same is applied to computer languages. Don't just stick with one language and one framework.

In the past decade we know there has been a tremendous growth in technology, and all the improvements are possible only when the industry is trying out different possibilities. So the same is expected for the employee who is working in the industry. If you are comfortable with the adaptability then you can easily survive in the IT industry. While you are working on different kinds of projects, there is more of a possibility of encountering different technologies. So during that time, don't be a fanboy or fangirl for that particular technology. You just have to use this technology for this project should be your mindset. While learning a programming language, learn the data structure, the algorithms,

and the basic syntax. The algorithms are not going to change, only the way of communicating with the computer changes. So learn the “Data Structure and Algorithms” rather than memorizing the syntax. While writing the code, always write clean and simple code. Don't use fancy functions to show your smartness in the code. Because everyone in the working environment should need to understand your implementation. All the fancy functions are only going to help in the competitive coding, once you enter into the industry nobody is going to expect your fancy functions. Always have a clean and simple code. Nowadays, you can see people started to learn all the fancy trends, every company

uses their own methodologies. So it is not advisable to learn all the upcoming trends. Don’t learn the technology just because it got hyped in the recent years. For example Amazon, Google, Microsoft, all these companies, use their own technology. It is not advisable for an individual to learn all the technologies developed by these above mentioned companies. Just learn the basics and improve your skills in communicating with people, organizing your presentation, and tackling the situation when your team is in a low state.

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Chocolate chip cookie recipe

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Preparation time- 1 hour Serves- 16 Ingredients • 1/3 cup salted butter, melted • 1-2 tbsp light brown sugar • 2 tsp vanilla extract • 1 egg yolk • ¾ cup all- purpose flour • ½ tsp baking soda • 1/3 cup chocolate chips Method 1. Combine butter, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl and whisk well until the sugar dissolves. 2. Add egg yolk 3. Sift the flour and baking soda together, then add butter and sugar mixture and mix well. 4. The dough should be firm. Then add chocolate chip cookies and knead gently to make soft dough. 5. Cover the dough for at least one hour, preferable overnight. 6. Preheat the oven at 210⁰ C for 5 minutes 7. Make equal portions of the dough and flatten them to keep on greased tray. 8. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes at 210⁰ C. 9. Let it cool for 5 minutes

The sun

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Her effervescent glow grows each passing second, as fast as a sloth. Her colors fascinating blue fading, yellow glowing, orange darkening, red deepening. What other things can she do? Her sunset orange takes me in, but I believe, one day, her red tones will paralyze me

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Vidhi Kakani (She/her) TECHNEWS WRITER It is not so much WHERE you live as it is HOW, WHY, and WHEN you live that answers the question, "Are you fit to live?" in the yes, or maybe in the negative. It is not so much about WHERE you live as it is about HOW you live and if good flows from you across your community. And WHY you exist, and if you seek lofty and noble goals, and keep life full and true. And WHEN you live, and whether Time is at its lowest or highest point, and whether you sink or ascend. It is not so much where you live as it is whether you live while you live and give your best to the world, and so make a positive answer that you are genuinely fit to live.

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Fall 2021: another semester, another playlist

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Kevin Barrera (He/him) ASSISSTANT EDITOR IN CHIEF I’m back with playlists, but I honestly don’t have a gimmick this week. Have a list of jams. “Helena Beat” - Foster the People “American Pie” - Don McLean “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” - The Smiths “Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?” - San Cisco “Dying to Believe” - The Beths “The Denial Twist” - The White Stripes “Plastic Love” - Mariya Takeuchi “Mayonaka no Door/Stay with Me” - Miki Matsubara “The Spins” - Mac Miller “Undercover Martyn” - Two Door Cinema Club

PAST Campus Rewind: President Cramb inaugurated in campus ceremony Kori Bowns (She/her) FORMER TECHNEWS WRITER

Note from the Editorial Board: In honor of the inauguration of President Raj Echambadi, here's an article from TechNews's archives about the inauguration of former president Alan Cramb - exactly how it was written six years ago. Since IIT's formation in 1937 after the merge of the Armour Institute and the Lewis Institute, Illinois Institute of Technology has seen nine presidents in total, including IIT's newest president, President Alan Cramb, who was officially inaugurated into the position on Friday, September 18 in a ceremony held in the Hermann Hall Auditorium. In May of 2014, former President John Anderson announced to the university community that he would be resigning from his position effective August 1, 2015. After this announcement, Bud Wendorf, IIT’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, assembled a diverse selection committee with the goal of selecting IIT’s next president. In October of 2015, it was announced that the selection committee unanimously selected Alan Cramb, then the Provost of the university, to follow Anderson and become the ninth president of IIT. Cramb assumed the role of president of Illinois Institute of Technology beginning in August; Friday’s inauguration ceremony served as an official celebration of his new position and his goals as president.

The ceremony began with a procession into Herman Hall Auditorium, where many members of the university community were already waiting. Members of the procession included university faculty, delegates from other universities, university administrators, members of IIT’s Board of Trustees, and former IIT Presidents Meyer Feldberg, Lewis Collens, and John Anderson. Those entering the auditorium were dressed in the same formal caps and gowns worn at graduation ceremonies, and the processional lines were led by bagpipe players as they entered. The event began with opening remarks from Wendorf as well as speeches from Student Government Association President Rahul Wadhwani and Faculty Council Chair Joseph Orgel. Following these speeches, former President Collens spoke briefly and introduced a video made for Cramb’s inauguration titled “A Leader for Every Season.” The video featured information about the progress and improvements made to the university under each previous president as well as included several positive testimonials from students, staff, and faculty regarding Cramb’s fit into the role of president at IIT. After the conclusion of the video, former President Anderson introduced the keynote speaker for the inauguration event, Indira Samarasekera. Samarasekera, President Emeritus of the University of Alberta, spoke of her

30-year friendship with President Cramb. “I have deeply admired his mind and his heart, his great capacity for inspiring others, and his extraordinary dedication to excellence and the advancement of knowledge.” said Samarasekera. She also expressed her great gratitude for being chosen to introduce President Cramb at his inauguration. Samarasekera lightheartedly compared Cramb’s challenges in his new position to that of someone managing a graveyard; she referenced a quote by Woodrow Wilson: “Trying to change a college curriculum is like trying to relocate a cemetery; you don’t know how many friends the dead have until you try to move them.” Samarasekera also called to attention the many improvements made to the university while Cramb served as Provost. “His tenure as Provost at IIT was inspirational and marked by a significant growth of the undergraduate student body, the opening of two new schools in the areas of applied technology and human sciences, attracting top talent, and improving the university’s financial position.” She also spoke about Cramb’s research and work in his field of metallurgy. After many speeches from those who have personally worked with President Cramb, many had a similar message; they admired Cramb for his willingness to listen, his dedication and his clear vision. Following the keynote address, Pres-

ident Cramb was officially inaugurated and presented with the Presidential Chain of Office. In Cramb’s inaugural address, he outlined four key goals for his presidency: ensuring the success of IIT graduates by focusing on the total student experience, elevating IIT’s visibility and reputation, building a community supportive of our goals, and growing. President Cramb closed by thanking those in attendance and asking the IIT community to envision their goals for the university in the future and seeking their assistance. “It is our time to fulfil the dreams that others have had for this university, it is our time to live up to our potential, and it is our time to come together as a community. It is our time, and it begins right now,” said Cramb. After the inauguration ceremony came to a close, a reception took place in other parts of Hermann Hall. Student organizations showcased their work, refreshments were served, and members of the IIT community had a chance to speak with President Cramb.

Campus Rewind: Provost Alan Cramb selected as next university president Kori Bowns (She/her) FORMER TECHNEWS WRITER

Note from the Editorial Board: In honor of the inauguration of President Raj Echambadi, here's an article from TechNews's archives about the selection of former president Alan Cramb - exactly how it was written six years ago. The Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Trustees unanimously selected current provost, Alan W. Cramb, to succeed John L. Anderson as president of the university. This announcement came late on Thursday, October 23 in the form of an email from Bud Wendorf, Chairman of the IIT Board of Trustees.

The selection process for the next president of the university began earlier this year; at the May 2014 meeting of the IIT Board of Trustees, President John Anderson announced his decision to resign from his position on August 1, 2015. A selection committee was then assembled that included representatives from various aspects of the IIT community, including trustees, professors, and a representative from student government. Under direction from the Board of Trustees, the committee met to conduct an evaluation of Provost Alan Cramb for the position of president. The selection committee then reported their find-

ings to the Board of Trustees, and the board then elected Cramb to succeed Anderson. "Alan has been instrumental in moving the university to a new level of academic excellence over the past six years,” said Wendorf. “His leadership has helped IIT increase its undergraduate enrollment to record levels, strengthen its financial position, and attract eminent scholars to our colleges. He also understands the challenges facing higher education. The Board of Trustees believes that he will be an outstanding president and looks forward to working with him in the years ahead." Cramb has served the university as

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2008. As provost, Cramb is responsible for overseeing all educational activities within the university. He also worked closely with President Anderson to implement the university's new strategic plan. Following the selection of Alan Cramb as our next university president, the IIT Board of Trustees has announced that a national search for a new university provost will begin in the near future.


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