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Students for Justice in Palastine host Palfest to celebrate middle eastern culture, the Palestinian struggle Reno Waswil DISTRIBUTION EDITOR

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a student-run organization on campus serving to celebrate Palestinian culture within the Illinois Tech community, as well as to speak about and protest the struggle and injustice in the region stemming, to a large part, from its conflict with the nation it Israel. On Wednesday, April 12 beginning at 6 p.m., SJP hosted Palfest: “a cultural festival to showcase the beauty and tradition of Palestine.”

Hosted in the Hermann Hall Expo outside of the Academic Resource Center (ARC), several decorated round tables were set up between booths on one side of the area and a stage towards the windows on the other side. Passers were welcomed with open arms to come by, sit down, and take part in the festivities. These festivities included touching performances by two Palestinian spoken word artists who described their intricate and powerful connections with their culture and how that culture shapes their personal identities, as well as their infuriation and disgust at the injustice in the region.

Additionally, as SJP often does, trivia about the culture, region, history, and politics of Palestine were asked with the possibility for attendees to win prizes for correct answers. Most notably, a game in which tables competed to be the first to correctly sort provided slips of paper with statements on them into true/false categories won one table prize buckets filled with chocolate, olive oil, and other treats. Palestinian and Middle-Eastern decor, art, music, as well as henna tattoo artists, calligraphers, a photobooth, ample food, and even a Snapchat filter embellished the event to the large crowd that it drew. Each

of the tables was decorated with informational and inspirational statements, along with the important and symbolic decorations, such as the pattern of the table cloths representing the struggle of the Palestinian people. After dinner and dessert had been served, and time to eat and socialize was taken, the festival concluded with one more demonstration of Palestinian culture, a performance of the Arabic folk dance Dabka to aptly conclude the educational and enjoyable evening.

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Next Student Government Association executive board stresses unity and direct student involvement for upcoming academic year Ethan Castro COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBER

As the semester draws to a close, the newly elected Illinois Tech Student Government Association (SGA) executive board is taking their formative steps to map out the direction they wish to take the organization in the coming year. Although the summer break creates an upset at the beginning of the new board’s tenure, it is imperative that the new heads of SGA form a solid understanding of the ideals and actions they wish to accomplish in the coming year. In their first meetings as an executive board, President-elect Morgan Peters, Executive Vice President-elect Alyssa DeLuca, Finance Board Chair-elect Nina Tamras, Vice President of Academic Affairs-elect Golzar Shobeiri, Vice President of Communications-elect Nathan Cooper Jones, and Vice President of Student Life-elect Beatrice “Trixie” Weiner have all outlined a series of priorities to focus on

as a cohesive board. President-elect Peters expressed an overarching directive of the new executive board to “be united and strong together” as it pursues each of these items. The first item on the new board’s agenda is to facilitate stronger visibility and accessibility of SGA project documentation. Regardless of what progress individual senators may make across SGA’s committees and across the entire campus, if the student body cannot properly attribute positive campus changes to SGA, then their overarching impacts are minimized. Having a focused, accessible platform that lists off SGA project progress and outcomes will constitute a major step in legitimizing the role and structure of SGA. Vice President of Communications Nathan Cooper Jones will likely play a large role in this directive through his planned expansions and advertising of the SGA website (found at sga.iit.edu) as a means of both providing information and sourcing feedback from the student body. Another similar directive of the new

executive board is to foster greater student involvement in the projects of SGA by utilizing more prevalent digital idea sourcing methods. Examples of this include hosting online petitions and surveys on the SGA website for students to contribute and vote on issues they wish to see become projects. Another historic example that the organization is looking into integrating is a third-party voting system known as VoteBox. Used in the past by the Illinois Tech SGA, VoteBox would allow students of the university to democratically select which ideas they wish to see become SGA projects through a simple up-or-down vote system, similar to online platforms such as Reddit. A third, more specific item on the new board’s agenda is pushing for stronger student input in the future of on-campus dining through established SGA structures. Food Advisory Board (a joint effort with the Residence Hall Association) currently collects and provides student input on all on-campus dining experiences to the management of

Illinois Tech Dining Services. President-elect Peters foresees this organization serving as the primary arm of the student body in collecting feedback, data, and suggestions on significant changes to the overall dining experience, such as the proposed conversion of the Pritzker Club into a coffee bar and the upcoming contract renegotiation with Sodexo. The final item brought forward by the new executive board is one that is especially close to many of their personal standings: support of women's and minorities’ issues. With a board entirely composed of women aside from Vice President of Communications Nathan Cooper Jones, the new SGA leadership will be in a strong position of power to advance these rights at the university level for all generations of students to come. While the new executive board has not officially began their tenures yet, a foundation is already being laid to bring about positive change in the name of SGA.


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The missing voters in SGA's executive elections Viktor Koves TECHNEWS WRITER

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When election results came in for the new SGA executive board some time ago, many students were surprised by the outcomes. Although most students are aware of the voter turnout of SGA elections, most are not aware of the trends of how students vote, specifically how voters abstain on positions in SGA executive elections. It is important to first look at voter turnout for the SGA executive elections, specifically the percentage of eligible voters who went and voted. From published data after the elections provided by SGA, we know that 1,045 votes were counted in this year’s elections. From student enrollment data the university provides, we know that in Fall 2016 there were 7,809 total students in the university, who are all eligible to vote. However, undergraduate students are far more likely to vote in SGA elections as they are often more directly impacted by student government and remain at the university for longer than most graduate

students do. According to the University’s quick facts, there were 2,800 students enrolled pursuing Bachelor’s degrees, and an additional 177 undergraduates consisting of visiting undergraduate students and non-degree seeking undergraduate students, yielding a total of 2,977 undergraduate students. This means that of eligible undergraduate students, 35% cast votes in the SGA election, while 13.4% of all students cast votes. Of the 1,045 votes cast, however, most of them were not actually complete ballots. Using anonymized ballot data, we can compute that the average ballot abstained on 1.43 positions out of the six positions available on the SGA ballot. It is worth noting, however, that the Vice President of Communications positions was uncontested, and had much higher abstain rates than the other positions, skewing the average. With abstains for the Vice President of Communications not considered, the average ballot had 1.06 abstentions. More interesting, around 100 votes were cast for only one position, with abstains marked for the other positions. For

the President, Executive Vice President, and Vice President of Student Life positions, the number of abstain votes in the position races was larger than the lead the winning candidate had over the second candidate. This means that the abstain votes for these positions could have changed the election outcomes altogether. All of this may seem grim, but it is worth looking at the history of SGA executive elections. In the 2016 executive elections 1,170 votes were cast, while a mere 508 votes were cast in the 2015 elections. These historical turnouts indicate that SGA has struggled with voter turnout in the past, but has made improvements that have helped improve participation. SGA must continue to increase participation in elections by improving publicity and making the elections accessible, while individual students must take personal responsibility for being informed in the SGA elections and voting for all of the available positions.

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Major changes coming to the Chicago L this summer Steven Milan Moreno TECHNEWS WRITER

Chicago is a city of constant change and improvement, as much of the city's infrastructure is updated, improved, or downright replaced altogether. This summer will be no exception to this fact as major reconstruction alters the face of the famed Chicago “L” for months to come. From changing line paths to the opening and closing of major stations in downtown Chicago, it is essential for any student staying on campus over the summer or returning in the fall to know and understand all that is happening on the rails that lie directly overhead. Starting this month, major construction will begin at the Red Line’s southern terminus at 95th Street and Dan Ryan. This construction will completely reconstruct

the current station, which is also served by Greyhound Buses, to better accommodate the growing number of commuters traveling the rail line daily to downtown and northern Chicago. Due to the importance of this station as the line's southern terminus, which is where the trains switch rails to return north or to be placed into storage for repairs or consolidation of rail cars, service will continue but will be significantly altered. The largest change will be the fact that every other Red Line train will travel on the Green Line track south of Roosevelt Station to the Green Line during rush hour periods, which goes from 7:56 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:40 p.m. to 5:58 p.m. each weekday. During these hours, students on campus have the unique opportunity of being able to board the Red Line from the 35thBronzeville-IIT Green Line station located at the southern end of campus. This provides students direct access to all Red Line stations

from Roosevelt to the Red Line northern terminus at Howard without the need to transfer between rail lines as it had been with the Green Line alone. As with the Green Line’s unique green on white background signs for Cottage Grove bound trains, it is anticipated that all Red Line trains traveling on the Green Line south of Roosevelt Station will have a red on a white background to alert passengers of the train's destination, which they can use to determine with ease whether to board or wait for the next Red Line train down the line. The next major change to service on the L will be the closure of the Randolph/ Wabash Station for the Green, Orange, Pink, Brown, and Purple (during rush hour) lines in the heart of downtown by the start of this summer. This station is a significant stop as it is the closest station on the L to Millennium Station and Millennium Park. Service to these and other nearby locations will instead

be serviced by the soon-to-be-opened Washington and Wabash station which has been under construction for the past year and a half. The purpose of this new station is to consolidate both the Randolph/Wabash and the former Madison/Wabash stations into one large station located directly between the two previous station locations. This station will be the first major change to the L in the Loop in nearly twenty years, as the last major change was the reconstruction of State/Van Buren Station back in 1997. All lines that currently serve Randolph/Wabash will serve this new station in the same directions and same frequency as before, but riders should be prepared for a large crowd for the first couple of weeks as people venture downtown to see the newest addition to the L station family.

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Illinois Tech’s Society of Women Engineers hosts end-of-year banquet Divya Soopal COPY EDITOR

On April 14, 2017, Society of Women Engineers hosted a banquet in Pritzker club to congratulate their efforts during the academic year - fall 2016 and spring 2017. The executive board members: Sirisha Damaraju(President), Leslie Villanueva(Vice President), Sany Nguyen (Events Coordinator), Gina Kapadia (Secretary), Austeja Staneviciute (Treasurer) and others were awarded for their passion and work for this organization. IIT’s SWE has promoted aspiration, achievement, and advancement throughout

this academic year through diverse activities. Whether it was luncheon learn speaker sessions (with guests from the industry) or the meeting with Fermilab, SWE members have had opportunities to connect with people from congruent STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) background. The banquet kick-started with the servings of exquisite dishes in the Pritzker Club. SWE members were welcomed to a composed atmosphere. Although the dress code was formal, members were much at ease and were engaged in casual conversations with each other. From time to time, they were taking selfies and enjoying each other's company. Soon, President Damaraju drew

everyone’s attention. She began with thanking everyone for making it to the banquet. In her speech, she also mentioned how SWE has shaped her into someone who approaches circumstances with flair. As a sophomore, she learnt much from this organization through leadership. Her equation for the smooth running of SWE was dedication coupled with hard work. She shared the limelight with Vice President Villanueva, who has been supportive to her throughout her journey as the president. She continued by congratulating everyone for believing in SWE. And, she proceeded with a modest award ceremony. A few unique awards included the best freshman, best sophomore, best junior, and best senior

of the year. Another interesting award was the best male member in SWE which went to Aury-Ken Bwashi. The president also seized the chance to show her appreciation to the alumni that joined in for the gathering by presenting each an award. She further introduced the newly elected executive board members: President - Austeja Staneviciute, Vice President - Gina Kapadia, Secretary - Shailee Shah, Treasurer - Savannah Kelley, Public Relations Chair - Amreen Nasreen and Events Coordinator Ashley Mathius.

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Game Overview: Yooka-Laylee by Playtonic Games David Sobel IT MANAGER

Beginning as a Kickstarter campaign on May 1, 2015, "Yooka-Laylee," a game created by a group of ex-Rareware employees in the form of Playtonic Games, finally saw its release on April 11, 2017, following a couple of delays. With the aim of providing an experience nostalgically reminiscent of the 1998 "BanjoKazooie" and other Rareware games from the Nintendo 64 era, the game is directed at both old and young players. Without further ado, here’s an overview of Playtonic's first game, "Yooka-Laylee": "Yooka-Laylee" was released as a spiritual successor to the 1998 "BanjoKazooie" and its 2000 sequel, "Banjo Tooie", with many aspects that are almost one-to-one with those games. Most notably, there are two main characters, Yooka, a chameleon, and Laylee, a bat, who are quite literally inseparable during gameplay, each with their own abilities that must be utilized and honed to progress through the game. For the most part, you control Yooka, who can do typical platforming moves such as running and jumping, gaining various new moves throughout the game such as a ground slamming technique and rolling technique. Laylee, on the other hand, can help Yooka glide to a far-away platform or use her sonar ability to reveal hidden items and other secrets. By using a combination of these abilities and many more that can be later acquired, players navigate through various worlds, collecting feathers and book pages among other things with the overall goal being to collect everything that can possibly be collected by beating bosses, helping other characters, and solving puzzles. On the note of book pages, these are collected in order to access and expand new worlds which are entered by jumping inside a book. A variety of types of worlds exist, each providing a different

experience both visually and mechanically. For example, in the ice world, named Glitterglaze Glacier (pictured), players must operate around ice-based obstacles, be it slippery paths or puzzles involving melting ice. This is of course nothing new for the platforming genre, but it’s safe to say that players will enjoy the experience, perhaps finding it fresh after many years of 3D platformers that lack this game’s explorative yet highly structured nature. In addition, this game brings back unlockable content which has typically been replaced with achievements and downloadable content in more recent game releases. As such, "YookaLaylee" allows players to unlock new game features by simply playing the game (I know, it’s crazy) and completing various objectives such as beating the game or performing actions like defeating 100 enemies, which now would typically just earn you an achievement with your game service of choice, allowing you a potential sense of self-satisfaction and nothing more. That said, this game does feature achievements, but typically you get something of worth in return as well, so it all works out. As for graphics, this game looks very good, featuring wonderful terrain textures and detailed particle effects, running very smoothly overall in my experience with the PC version. And while the visuals are certainly wonderful to look at, it would not be a "Banjo-Kazooie"style game without a touch of cartoonishness. This is most notable with the enemies and collectables, who have the now iconic look to them of comically large eyes (if eyes at all, for that matter) and other features players may have come to expect. On the matter of smoothness, the game runs at a solid 60 frames per second, never dropping in speed. However, and it may just be isolated to the PC version, the game does seem to freeze at points when transitioning between areas, which may be a problem that’s fixed in later updates to the game. Another minor issue I noticed is with

rotating the game’s camera in cases where the player is navigating a very enclosed space or finds themselves hugging a wall. In addition, certain automated events, such as a race starting, will face the camera in the opposite direction that the player should go in, which can be disorienting and has been a problem for years, so I hope that Playtonic Games will attempt to fix this issue as well. Seeing as some more recently released Kickstarter games, such as the "Megaman" spiritual-successor "Mighty No. 9" by Comcept, failed to come through as strong games in terms of gameplay and visuals, I’m very happy to see "Yooka-Laylee" come through on all of its promises after a bit under two years since being put up on Kickstarter, which in itself is amazing. Along with gameplay elements very much like "Banjo-Kazooie," "Yooka-Laylee" features a soundtrack by the former’s original composers, which includes Grant Kirkhope, famous for also composing the soundtrack for Donkey Kong 64. For those unfamiliar, Grant Kirkhope is known for composing playful and curious tracks, featuring the sounds of the xylophone, tuba, flute, and more, with this game’s main theme featuring a ukulele. As with "Banjo-Kazooie", the music changes if you go underwater, typically turning into a more subdued melody, featuring more in the way of harp or piano sounds alongside a slower tempo. On the note of changing sounds, along with the game having various types of locations, it also has music to match, providing an icier, more serene tone in a cold climate, for example. While the type of music this game features is not really in my taste, the effort is very respectable and fits perfectly with the type of game "Yooka-Laylee" is. In addition to music, the iconic “grunting” is also back in this game, with different characters' voices being represented by various grunts, such as a businessman snake making a “nyeh” sound for every word. Admittedly, the grunting in "Yooka-Laylee" feels a bit more flat than in

"Banjo-Kazooie," but the good (and bad) news is that it’s just as annoying now as it was back then. While this certainly allots the game’s characters more, well, character, some of these voices drove me up the wall and through the roof, so I elected to turn them down, which to nostalgic gamers is something of a sacrilegious move, I’m sure. There is not much to say in terms of the game’s story, so this section will be brief. The game begins with Yooka and Laylee having a conversation about how wonderful their life is, when suddenly a golden-paged book which Laylee had been keeping flies away, its pages going everywhere. This is of course the basis for the game’s book theme and the reason why collecting pages is the key to unlocking worlds and completing the game. The main villain is a giant bee who runs a major evil conglomerate and whose goal is to steal all of the world’s books and do something seemingly nondescript with them. If you were asking for a strong story, it won’t be news to you that there is essentially none in "Yooka-Laylee," but it offers enough of one to push off the game in wonderfully cliché way. From my experience with the game so far, I can easily say that I plan to finish it as it features things that are a bit nostalgic for me in terms of 3D platforming games from my childhood. It features a world that I feel compelled to explore with a huge amount of collectibles, fun and smooth gameplay, and a fitting soundtrack. In addition, featuring unlockables gives this game a major bonus from me, as it adds replayability. Of course, this being an overview, I will not assign a rating to the game and simply tell you that it’s worth looking into and that I'm very glad I contributed to its Kickstarter campaign. "Yooka-Laylee" is available now on PC through Good Old Games and Steam (OSX, Windows, and Linux), PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch for $40.

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Shimer Theatre performs trio of pieces in a conceptually claustrophobic show Reno Waswil DISTRIBUTION MANAGER

As might be overlooked, the Illinois Tech campus community is not limited to its Illinois Tech affiliates; the university’s Mies Campus (MC) location shares its property, many of its facilities, and a sense of its community with two other unaffiliated colleges: VanderCook College of Music and Shimer “Great Books” College. Unfortunately, Shimer, after spending nearly 11 years in its current location, is in the course of its last semester as its own entity before moving to Naperville to become fully integrated into the suburb’s liberal arts college North Central College. And so, with this unfortunate news, Shimer Theater put on what will probably be their last performance at least in the entity’s current form: a trio of pieces in a show directed by Todd Frugia titled “a PLAY, a POEM, and a SPRECHSTÜCK.” The conceptual rather than narrative show starred Shimer students Mark Cunningham and Abby MacLachlan, and

aired for three days, April 13, 14, and 15 from 8-9 p.m. in the school's Cinderella Room. Over the course of the hour, the staging had the two actors stood at podiums at opposite ends of the audience, creating an intended intimacy between the parties. As the program explained, the pieces making up the show were chosen for their shared unpredictability and conveyed perspectives of fear, anxiety, and danger. “We've strived,” it stated, “to create a claustrophobic auditory journey that puts the spotlight on the text itself.” It was under these circumstances and towards these effects that three pieces were performed by the two. The first piece was called “PANIC! (How to be Happy)” and was written by leading figure in avant-garde theatre and founder of the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, Richard Foreman. The absurdist play was slightly presentational and humorous, serving as something of an introduction to the show itself. The actors would speak to the audience, telling them when to take off and put on “the blinders.” Furthermore, a series of forced laughs following poetic utterances, speaking

over megaphones, humming, and waxing singing of the hook from the song “Come Sail Away” by the band Styx, added additional elements of humor to the piece. Lights coming down on this performance, the actors came back up to perform a more dramatic piece by poet, essayist, translator, and professor of Classics Anne Carson titled “Lots of Guns.” This poem/play was made up of several theme-interconnecting parts (including “Guns and Desire” parts one, two, etc. and “Guns and Robbery”), each of which separated by the playing of bells situated by each of the podiums. The piece began and ended with dialogue between two particular characters -- Cunningham’s sporting a western accent holding a gun on MacLachlan’s, who remained, overall, unfazed. Parts were also punctuated by unison readings of similarly styled verses generally sharing phrases such as “The mythical past. The curious past. Lots of guns.” The show toyed with Freudian interpretations, gender, and other abstract thoughts on or relating to guns. The third and the Sprechstrück (or Speak-in) of the trio was “Calling for Help,”

written by Austrian novelist, playwright, essayist, and poet Peter Handke. The piece started with a disclaimer provided by the actors explaining the course of events to be expected. The show would have two seekers who would be searching for the word help and need help finding that word help but could not ask for help. They would eventually find it after which they would not need help any longer and their use of the word would be meaningless. Audience members would not be allowed to help, and the actors would be frightened if they tried. The actors were also allowed to, at intervals, drink Coca Cola, which they did. This was summarily what commenced, and the actors, after one made any word or statement, many of which were societally common terms such as “yield” or “credit cards accepted here,” would respond, with a certain inflection and implied meaning, “no.” This went on in what was, at times, a cacophonous dance, until the word was finally found with resounding answers of “yes!” in response.


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Macy's Annual Spring Flower Show debuts downtown

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Sean Hahn performs at Hawks Coffee House

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ISA packs the house at their Bollywood Musical at Cultural Night 2017 Reno Waswil DISTRIBUTION EDITOR Illinois Tech's Indian Student Association (ISA) serves to “foster a sense of community and friendship among all people

of South Asian origin and anyone who likes to interact with them.” On Saturday, April 15, ISA held their “Bollywood Musical at Cultural Night 2017” to a packed house in the Hermann Hall Auditorium. Starting a little past 7:00 p.m., the show featured performances of acting, music,

dance, and more presented and hosted by Illinois Tech student. Beginning the show with observances of both the Indian and American national Anthems, the show proceeded to, in addition to presenting “desi” culture in its many contemporary forms, also presented how that culture has blended and been affected

by American culture and vice-versa. The night concluded with a food social held in the Hermann Hall Expo for those who arrived before 9 p.m. (those arriving afterwards would not receive food tickets) concluding the night of cultural-rejoicing entertainment.

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I have spelled myself out limb by limb I weighed organs and counted cells I straightened my spine disc by disc I tore out my eyes and bade you see And who now? Where now? I bent my knees to wait.

you woke up feeling heavy; others felt the same. but while the heaviness pressed, demanded, hurt, its absence would not soothe, not help, but maim.

There was that sparkle in your presence that simply lured in me, a gravitational force pulling me into your orbit. You radiated, leaving me to bask in your warmth, leaving me with searing pain. And when he eclipsed you from my sight, my eyes welled of sorrow and regret. I stared at that night sky, desperately searching for a star. But I saw none. The stars have gone elsewhere, far from where I am.

time and time again, despite your perfect, pointed aim, you fail to fly. instead of clouds, the taste of dirt. you woke up feeling heavy; others felt the same. so it’s funny to find that what keeps your joints aflame, that same weight that seems to wish you immobile, inert: its absence would not soothe, not help, but maim. your weight is the reason why your bones became strong and stable at all. resilience: you’re an expert. you woke up feeling heavy; others felt the same. remember, then, that while the heaviness may be to blame for the ache you curse, it taught you to stand, to remain alert. its absence would not soothe, not help, but maim. fight with every breath. remember the steps you overcame. you wouldn’t be yourself without that discomfort. you woke up feeling heavy, and others felt the same, but its absence would not soothe, not help, but maim.

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Same ingredients and price of the sub or club without the bread.

The original Italian sub with genoa salami, provolone, capicola, onion, lettuce, tomato, & a real tasty Italian vinaigrette. (Hot peppers by request)

#6 THE VEGGIE

Layers of provolone cheese separated by real avocado spread, sliced cucumber, lettuce, tomato & mayo. (Truly a gourmet sub not for vegetarians only, Sprouts* optional)

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J.J.B.L.T.®

Bacon, lettuce, tomato & mayo! (My B.L.T. rocks)

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★ Chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookie ★ Extra load of meat ★ Extra cheese or extra avocado spread

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freebies (subs & clubs only) Onion, lettuce, tomato, mayo, sliced cucumber, hot peppers, dijon, Jimmy Mustard, yellow mustard, oil & vinegar, oregano, sprouts*

#7 SMOKED HAM CLUB 1/4 pound of real wood smoked ham, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato & mayo!

#8 BILLY CLUB®

Choice roast beef, smoked ham, provolone cheese, Dijon mustard, lettuce, tomato & mayo.

#9 ITALIAN NIGHT CLUB®

Genoa salami, Italian capicola, smoked ham, and provolone cheese all topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo & our homemade Italian vinaigrette. (Order it with hot peppers)

#10 HUNTER’S CLUB®

A full 1/4 pound of medium rare roast beef, provolone, lettuce, tomato & mayo.

#11 COUNTRY CLUB®

Sliced turkey breast, real wood smoked ham, provolone, and tons of lettuce, tomato & mayo! (A very traditional, yet always exceptional classic!)

★ Soda Pop ★ Real potato chips or jumbo kosher dill pickle

My club sandwiches have twice the meat or cheese, try it on my fresh baked thick sliced 7-grain bread or my famous homemade French bread! Tell us when you order!

Sprouts* optional Fresh baked turkey breast, provolone cheese, avocado spread, sliced cucumber, lettuce, tomato and mayo!

#12 BEACH CLUB®

#13 GOURMET VEGGIE CLUB® Double provolone, real avocado spread, sliced cucumber, lettuce, tomato & mayo. (Try it on my 7-grain whole wheat bread. This veggie sandwich is really yummy! Sprouts* optional)

#14 BOOTLEGGER CLUB®

Roast beef, turkey breast, lettuce, tomato & mayo. An American classic!

#15 CLUB TUNA®

THE J.J. GARGANTUAN® The original gutbuhstuh! Genoa salami, sliced smoked ham, capicola, roast beef, turkey & provolone, jammed into one of our homemade French buns, then smothered with onions, mayo, lettuce, tomato & our homemade Italian vinaigrette.

The same as our #3 Totally Tuna except this one has a lot more. Housemade tuna salad, provolone, sliced cucumber, lettuce & tomato. (Sprouts* optional)

#16 CLUB LULU®

Sliced turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato & mayo. (JJ's original turkey & bacon club)

#17 ULTIMATE PORKER™ Real wood smoked ham and bacon with lettuce, tomato & mayo! (This one rocks!)

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"YOUR MOM WANTS YOU TO EAT AT JIMMY JOHN'S!" ® *WARNING: THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ADVISES THAT EATING RAW OR UNDER-COOKED SPROUTS POSES A HEALTH RISK TO EVERYONE, BUT ESPECIALLY TO THE ELDERLY, CHILDREN, PREGNANT WOMEN, AND PERSONS WITH WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS. THE CONSUMPTION OF RAW SPROUTS MAY RESULT IN AN INCREASED RISK OF FOODBORNE ILLNESS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT. ©1985, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014 JIMMY JOHN’S FRANCHISE, LLC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. We Reserve The Right To Make Any Menu Changes.


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