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Interim President parks hope in garage Lynn Walker plans upgrades and construction
By Erika Buchancow Staff Writer
Photo by Eldon Schulz
ynn Walker, former VicePresident of Wright College, replaced Dr. Marguerite Boyd as interim Truman President this past summer. Walker faces changes that will affect the structure of the campus as well as students’ lives, specifically, new parking facilities. Although Walker is an interim president, permanent residency is a possibility. “I don’t take that [my position] for granted, I know I have to prove myself…the student family has to get to know me and
Walker believes that Truman College is long overdue for a new building. Photo by Anna Karewicz
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I have to get to know them,” states Walker. Walker’s main goal is to make sure that the parking lot construction comes to fruition. The plan would be to build a seven-story parking garage. Walker gives credit to former Truman President Dr. Marguerite Boyd for securing from several government agencies the $55 million needed for the construction of both the parking garage and student services c enter. The construction is set to begin in March and proceed for the next 18 months. Walker claims that there are a lot of things to be done before the project is completed.
Lynn Walker, Tr uman’s new Interim President She states that one of her main concerns would be to make people aware of parking construction by the end of November. Walker also plans to upgrade the gymnasium for students in order to promote recreational activities. She even hints at a new building for the college that could be used to provide art activities while bringing more technology to students. Walker believes that Truman College is long overdue for a new building. Dr. Pervez Rahman, Vice-President
of Truman, has been working with Walker for the past three months and believes that they already have a strong working relationship. Rahman has known Walker for some time. He also says that City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Wayne D. Watson thinks that he and Walker work well together. Walker says she is fortunate to have such a good team working with her and that she doesn’t have to work alone.
Forum’s Focus: Women’s Wor th Dialogue helps women here and abroad
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By Tomás Martínez Guerra Staff Writer
“Messenger,” photo by Jan Wessels
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id you know that women working full-time in the United States are paid only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn? And did you ever hear that Latinas earn only an average of 58 cents? Olga Vives, Executive Vice-President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), spoke to these facts as the key note speaker at the conference “Women’s Economic Empowerment: Where the Buck Starts, Stalls, and Stops for Women in Today’s Globalism” on Oct. 26, 2007,
Did you know that women working full-time in the United States are paid only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn? And did you ever hear that Latinas earn only an average of 58 cents? at Truman. NOW is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States and Vives has been a leader in the struggle to end discrimination against women, gays and lesbians for decades.
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During the month of October many events took place that focused on domestic violence . De picted here is one of the female figures that appeared in the Tr uman lobby. T he writing on the chest tells a stor y of an abused woman.
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The forum’s goal was to engage in a cross-cultural dialogue on the economic status of women here and abroad, and to learn what can be done to help them. The one-day event was sponsored by the Truman Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and included participants from as far away as Champaign Illinois. Christina Aguila, Truman’s AAWCC Chapter President, said that men and women who want a fair and just society benefit from these forums by getting an understanding of the economic problems that women face in today’s globalized world. Aguila said that AAWCC had received several proposals for the seminar from Illinois State University, Chicago State, Truman and
local community organizations. These proposals were presented at the conference. After a continental breakfast and keynote panel discussion of relevant topics by professional women in the local community, participants had the opportuni-
Christina Aguila (...) said that men and women who want a fair and just society benefit from these forums by getting an understanding of the economic problems that women face in today’s globalized world.
Gutiérrez visits Truman
On Oct. 8th, 2007 Congressman Luis Gutiérrez came to Truman Collage to give a speech. The audience was constituted by students from Truman and high school students from Elmhurst. Gutiérrez talked mainly about his early years in school and his experiences as a Puerto Rican student in Chicago.
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ty to be involved in three separate break out sessions covering diverse subjects which made up the core of the program. Johana Muriel, one of the approximately 50 participants at the conference, said her main reason for participating was key note speaker Olga Vives. When asked about the Latina women’s perspective Muriel said, “I think of it in a holistic way. I think most [Latina] women work because there is no paternal influence.” She believes that the traditional Latina role of housekeeper is still predominant and that it was important to get information such as the break out session titled “Latina Immigrants Reinventing their Families.”
Photos by Anna Karewicz
Gutiérrez is a Democratic Member of the Congress and the first Hispanic House Representative from Illinois. He has represented Chicago’s Fourth District since 1992. He is a member of the radical Progressive Caucus in the House and is one of the leading members of the Hispanic Caucus. Gutiérrez supports the implementation of a comprehensive immigrationn reform. He also pushed for legislation to stop crime and gun related violence.
Inter-school program gives future teachers an edge Focus on math and science preps middle school teachers By Edward Kuras News Editor
Photos by Anna Karewicz
he first batch of students participating in a coordinated initiative by Northeastern Illinois University and Truman and Wright colleges, are set to graduate this year. The program is Math and Science Concepts for Elementary and Middle School Teaching, and started as a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop fresh ideas for creating math and science teachers at the middle school level. Middle school teachers in urban environments face unique challenges, and Kay McSpadden, the coordinator for the program at Truman and Wright Colleges, says it is not for everyone. “Teaching is a very challenging career, and it’s essential that those who go into it are passionate about their work.” McSpadden notes five goals the program is intended to fulfill. To help alleviate the shortage of math and science teachers and better prepare future teachers for the difficult task of keeping middle school students engaged at a crucial point in their development. The program will also
K ay McSpadden, the prog ram coordinator; Richard K ampwir th, Tr uman’s biolog y instr uctor and his students. train future teachers in the importance of integrating separate curriculums and to expose future teachers to the challenges of teaching in urban environments. Finally, it also teaches them how to use software and various computer technologies responsibly.
Future teachers during the Nor theaster n Environmental Science class.
McSpadden claims the teaching program fulfills these goals for the approximately forty students currently participating in the program spread out across all three colleges and levels of schooling, fifteen percent of which attend Truman. Students enrolled in the program benefit from being able to pay city college rates for many classes normally only available after transferring to NEIU. They also benefit from taking some of their classes at NEIU as well as interacting with current teachers at local elementary schools. Upon graduating, students will have a B.A. in elementary education and a minor in math and science concepts, along with the certification for Illinois Elementary Education as well as endorsements from Illinois in middle level teaching, math and science. Although the program was initiated seven years ago, it took some time for the participating faculties to get together and figure out just how the program would work and what it would look like. McSpadden notes the unique opportunities students have in
The program, which includes courses specifically designed for participants, creates highly competent math and science teachers through a combination of real-life classroom observations and daytime classes taken at all three colleges simultaneously.
Photos by Anna Karewicz
Uplift’s Psychology of Instruction and Learning class. Poster session on IDEA- Individual Disability Education.
the program, “College students, the college faculty and the middle school teachers are all working together to improve middle school teaching. All three groups are learning from and teaching each other and putting into
“College students, the college faculty and the middle school teachers are all working together to improve middle school teaching. All three groups are learning from and teaching each other and putting into practice the concept of lifelong learning…,” says Kay McSpadden. practice the concept of lifelong learning…” Teresa Martinez, a third semester student in the program feels she is getting an edge over other students who are not in the program. When speaking of the overall program she says, “The biggest and greatest benefit I have received from the program is the advisory period. We do not get graded for this portion of our class; nevertheless, it is the most rewarding. Advisory teaches us as future teachers how adolescents feel about the world around them. We learn that teachers have to act like humans and treat their students with respect…. It teaches us techniques on how to have our students open up to us.” For more information or to schedule an interview, you should contact Kay McSpadden, Truman’s program advisor, in office 3633 or by phone at 773-907-4079.
Students and Dr. Shobha Shar ma during a chemistr y class at Nor theaster n University.
Everyone goes home before I do
A Truman security officer talks about his day at the campus
By Rubina Jabbar Opinon Editor ecurity officer Roger Guerra, posted at the Truman parking lot, starts his day at 7:45 a.m. every morning. He inspects the compound, which has 1020 parking spots for students and 60 for staff, to make sure empty bottles and cans thrown by careless drivers have been removed and that no homeless person has lodged overnight so the lot is clear for the drivers rushing in for morning classes. He also checks that drivers locked their cars and parked properly in the allotted spots. Protection of college students, faculty, staff and property are the basic responsibilities of a Truman security officer. Investigation of crimes, disorders and traffic accidents and maintenance of records relative to incidents occurring on campus are some of the other duties of campus security, which operates in three shifts. Each shift has 5 to 15 officers who are active or off-duty police officers and security aides with years of experience. Security officers have all the powers possessed by police in cities and counties. Truman security works closely with the Chicago Police
Protection of college students, faculty, staff and property are the basic responsibilities of a Truman security office. Investigation of crimes, disorders and traffic accidents, and maintenance of records relative to incidents occurring on campus are some of the other jobs of the campus security. that operates in three shifts. Department, state police and federal agencies. Guerra is an active police officer at the Cook County Police Department and he is much younger than his fellow officers. He loves loves his job and takes it seriously. “My job is to ensure that everyone goes home before I do,” he says proudly. A Communication Grad from UIC and currently taking Nursing classes at Northwestern University, Guerra is not the kind of guy who believes in dreams. Practical and plain speaking, he sets goals because they are “achievable,” and dreams are not. Dreams are, as he put it, “fairy tales,” that have nothing to do with real life. He plans in joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and he believes nursing will help him in the medical side of investigation – DNA and forensic. Guerra also helps students fix their problems with cars, which are mostly flat tires. Once, Guerra and his partner Smith helped rescue a driver who had left her keys in the car while her baby was inside. “You feel good,” he says, “when you do things like that.” However, public service is a tough, challenging domain because one comes across hundreds of people who have different problems and expect immediate results. “We come in contact with hundreds of people daily. We have to act accordingly,” says Roger. “The majority of the problems at the campus relate to lost articles, U-passes and parking.” Apart from patrolling the campus and parking lot, the security staff takes care of classrooms. They unlock rooms before the class starts, keep a watch on computer labs and the library to maintain peace and order and ensure the safety of the equipment. Teachers can summon the security to deal with a student who might have had a bad day for some reason, or is unhappy with his professor over grades. According to Policy Statement on Security and Campus Access avail-
Photo by Anna Karewicz
From left: Officers McCluskey, Smith, Powell, and Guerra. able on Truman College’s Web site, students and staff are required to wear their college badges while on campus. Visitors are required to sign in upon entering the college. “This policy is for your protection in that each of us has a right to know that everyone in the building is here to conduct the business of the college,” says the statement. However, one hardly sees visitors signing in at the security counter. In fact, it’s hard to tell between students and visitors. Security officer Guerra is of the opinion that the majority of the visitors are information seekers regarding class schedules, courses, admission and enrollment. They cannot be discouraged from seeking information. Campus security personnel, he maintains, have their own way of keeping an eye on visitors and entry points through a camera system, an electronic alarm and other means.
Crime statistics, available on college website, supports Guerra’s assertion. The number of crime incidents is low for a college with a student population of over 23,000 that enroll annually in degree, certificate, adult education, English as a Second Language, and Continuing Education programs. Crime statistics, available on college website, support Guerra’s assertion. The number of crime incidents is low for a college with a student population of over 23,000. One case of burglary was reported, and two arrests were made for liquor and drug related violations on the campus in 2004. Disciplinary action was taken in two cases of liquor law violations in 2004 and 2005. Students are advised to use designated entrances – Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest doors, and make sure that doors close properly as they leave the building. They are also advised to keep their personal items with them particularly when they are in the cafeteria or li-
Truman security works closely with the Chicago Police Department, state police and federal agencies. brary, and keep their vehicles locked and packages and cell phones out of sight. Students, faculty and staff members should report law violations that oc-
cur on the campus to the security department on the first floor. “It is our desire to be crime-free and we can do that with your help,” states the announcement. A copy of security policies report can be found at http://www.trumancollege.cc/ visitors/security.php. The website also offers useful tips against bike thefts on campus.
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One more try for immigration
Many undocumented immigrants pay taxes but get no benefits Photo by Anna Karewicz
Despite the Senate’s failure to pass a comprehensive immigration bill people are still demonstrating in support of the reform. By Tomás Martínez Guerra Staff Writer
hen Senate leaders failed to pass an immigration bill last June, they didn’t just leave 6.5 million undocumented Mexicans in limbo. They also kept two million children, 1.5 million Asians and one million South Americans—all of them also illegal—in an underground world. Those who blocked the bill—37 Republicans, 15 Democrats and liberal Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) — did so to please their anti-immigrant supporters, afraid that
In 2003 alone, the Suspense File gave Social Security $7 billion in revenue, 10 percent of its 2004 surplus. The New York Times called the the Suspense File a subsidy. I call it a double standard: A federal taxing body willing to take money from the millions of undocumented year after year on the one hand, and denying them the benefits that legal taxpayers enjoy, on the other. Billions keep amassing in the Suspense File, which Social Security does take into account when doing its projections. The file amounted to $586 billion at the beginning of 2007, and Social Security officials
have stated that it will continue to grow. Congress’ lack of action has only worsened the problem. Without channels for low-skilled immigrants to enter the United States legally, the undocumented class is only increasing. A fence at the Southern border is an archaic idea and will not fix the issue. Illegal immigration started in 1964 when the Bracero Program—which allowed over 3 million Mexican farmers to come work legally—was ended. Sadly, what we do have now is a 12-million-strong and vulnerable underclass, living in fear of deportation. And why is it that the Mexicans are
they would lose their Congressional seats. The opponents of the bill are out of touch with reality. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Al), for example, quoted a study by Harvard Professor George Borjas estimating that immigration—legal and illegal—has brought the wages of native workers down for the last two decades. But Sessions didn’t mention that the same study also found that immigration increases the wages of workers who are needed when the population grows, such as nurses, business managers and plumbers—opportunities for low-skilled native workers to take. What senators opposing the bill didn’t mention either was the Earnings Suspense File—billions of dollars in federal taxes paid by undocumented immigrants to Social Security that go unclaimed because many of them use fake social security numbers to find work.
Photo by Anna Karewicz
Gallup polls taken before the bill’s collapse showed that up to 66 percent of U.S. residents supported a road to citizenship for hardworking immigrants.
the only ones being mentioned in the debate? In last year’s pro-immigrant rallies, when undocumented immigrants marched downtown, Mexicans weren’t the only ones there. There were Polish and Irish, there were Asians and Africans. More importantly, however, there were thousands of children, the innocent lives—U.S. Citizens and illegal—caught in the middle of this quagmire. Gallup polls taken before the bill’s collapse showed that up to 66 percent of U.S. residents supported a road to citizenship for hardworking immigrants. So why isn’t the Senate moving to address the issue? Because they’re afraid they’ll be unseated in the next elections and because the rest
What senators opposing the bill didn’t mention either was the Suspense File – billionsof dollars in federal taxes paid by undocumented immigrants to Social Security that go unclaimed because many of them use fake social security numbers to find work. of the federal agencies and business owners will not complain about the status quo much either: low-waged unskilled labor and billions in revenue for Social Security without entitlement to any benefits. Congress must revive the immigration bill. It affects too many people, millions of whom have been here for many years paying taxes, trying to achieve their “American dream.” New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has taken the lead in dealing with the undocumented
Immigrants often come to demonstrations with their children.
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Letters to the Editor
Sports activity is an important part of a student’s life. But Truman College does not have any sports field for students to play outdoor games. If Truman has a sports field, students can start teams and play different games. They can also participate in competitions with other college teams. The authority of City College of Chicago should look into this demand of the students of Truman College. Rawnaq Kabir
* * * * As a third semester Truman student, I know about many sports clubs like soccer, volleyball and basketball clubs. I think these clubs should form sports teams and have tournaments and league matches in summer with other colleges, just like high schools do. Soccer is a very popular sport. We have lots of Hispanic and European students and our common sport is soccer. The soccer club should form a soccer team for the next summer. They should also build or rent a soccer field. Colleges like Truman need sports fields and good coaches. I think sports activities will help students take things more seriously.
gestions to fix these problems. The students should pick up their trays after they finish and put chairs on their places. Cafeteria should be cleaned more frequently. I hope cafeteria will be a better place where you can enjoy food and drink with your friends and teachers. Miriam Lopez
* * * * Anyone connected with the exhibition of washroom photographs by Sangeet Gupta should get “their heads out of the toilet.” Photographs of this ilk are a “slap in the face” of freedom of speech. Leon Gifford Lutz
Photo by Sangeet Gupta
* * * * The computers in the library don’t have Microsoft Word. The computer labs have this program but they do not open before 8:00 am. This is a big problem for the students who take morning classes. I would like the college administration to install all Microsoft applications in computers in the library.
Students often leave all their garbage on the cafeteria tables. ria should have a fresher environment. They should put more lights, flowers and paintings to make the environment more relaxing. The cafeteria menu should also be changed. The majority of food items served are fried and oily. We all know that fast food is not good for health. So there’s no point letting the students eat unhealthy food. They should add fresh vegetables, salads and fruits to the menu. We are going to spend the whole two years in school. I don’t think we can put up with the kind of food being served at cafeteria for two years. Eating healthy food in a good environment will sure help students refresh their minds. Nguyen Huynh
* * * * The cafeteria is in a bad shape. Tables are dirty and are not put in order most of the time and the floor is sticky too. One cannot sit, eat and drink or study comfortably. The vending machines also do not work. If you need a soda, water, or snacks you cannot get it because the vending machines do not function. I have a few sug-
Photo by Anna Karewicz
“Eco-Urinal,” photo taken from a lodge in Ecuador. The Truman cafeteria is a place where most of students go to during break time. After sitting in class for three hours they get tired and hungry. I suggest that the cafete-
* * * * I am concerned about the future of Truman students because of drugs being sold around the college building. One can see suspicious people passing something to one another at street corners, bus stops and the train station. We should take everys step to stop this dirty business, which could poison our students and affect the safety of the neighborhood. There should be more police patrolling around the building to keep suspicious people away from the students. Security cameras should be fixed around the build-
ing, on bus stops and train stations to scare drugs dealers away. The college should start drug awareness classes. Every student should be required to attend these classes. Abida Zeb
While we do not have adequate number of men’s bathrooms, some of the bathrooms on the first and third floors have been locked for unknown reasons. And those open to the students are not in working order. We have to walk all the way down to the other side of the long hallway to use washroom. We miss a lot of things done in the class during this time. I ask the maintenance department to please fix the problem ASAP. A student
* * * * Suspicious looking people seen hanging around the building pose a threat to students’ safety. Once a guy approached me and asked for a dollar bill. I gave him 50 cents but he turned it back to me with an angry look on his face. I suggest the students, particularly, those who come to Truman for evening classes should be alert and keep Racky Wane
Hey Truman, got soap? By Erika Buchancow Staff Writer
he photo exhibition at Truman College of toilets around the globe by Sangeet Gupta, a Truman photography student, offers a broad vision of how different cultures get rid of their bodily waste. The images in Gupta’s gallery range from impoverished communities to public facilities, like the photo of a urinal at a street corner in Europe. Seeing such images, one can imagine how nice it would be to repair our broken toilets at Truman. I spent one evening investigating why our toilets are in bad shape. At around 6 p.m., the janitors arrived to perform their daily routine. As I approached one of them, I could see her eyes irritated. This is the portrait of Paulette Whitfield, one of the janitors on campus. Photo by Sangeet Gupta
“Empty Roll”, photo taken by Sangeet Gupta in his friend’s appartment in Barcelona.
I followed Whitfield throughout her routine to get a clearer picture of the hygiene conditions of our bathrooms. She showed me urinals and toilets out of order,
Until the school administration, faculty, and student body accept responsibility in this issue, the bathrooms at Truman College will remain a stain upon the integrity of the school. making her job more difficult. She has to carry a bucket of water because these toilets don’t flush. She also brings her own products to make her job easier, according to Whitfield, the school provided cleaning supplies don’t clean good enough. According to Andre Smith, housekeeping supervisor of the evening shifts at Truman, a variety of things can happen in the washrooms. For example, students throw toilet paper on the floor without even bothering to pick it up. This causes other students to assume that janitors don’t clean properly. When I asked about the nauseating odor in the washrooms, Smith added that this is a “plumbing problem.” He explained, “We do have certain cases where, um, a urinal or toilet is not working, that can be an issue too.” Some students agree with Smith’s
comments, like biology major Koustav Bandyopadhyay, who stated, “ We can’t really blame the janitors. We have to take the responsibility on ourselves to do something.” However, many say that it’s the school’s responsibility. One faculty member, who preferred to remain anonymous, suggested, “I think signage with pictures would be very helpful in doing it (showing how to flush paper).” Along with the plumbing problem, there are other issues that complicate the janitors’ labor. Some people are using the bathrooms for other purpose. “It is disgusting,” said Bandyopadhyay, “The men’s bathroom facing east on the first floor is the worst. I have seen it all, drug dealing and sex propositions.” Repeated vandalism increases the amount of time needed to clean each bathroom. Whitfield points out the open drainage pipe on the floor. She said, “Users block the pipes on purpose, clogging the pipes.” Whitfield sighs saying, “I came in here and (pop) cans were in the pipes.” This is the reason for the nauseous odor. The janitors dump bleach down the pipes to get rid of the smell. In the hallways, Whitfield and I bumped into one of the engineers (plumbing maintenance). Whitfield asked him about the status of the bathrooms that are out of order. The engineer replied, “That is up to the chief…I am here to do what I am told.” This situation reflects the miscommunication among the housekeeping department. There is a “finger/pointing” at-
Photo by Anna Karewicz
Exhibit inspires a critical look at Truman’s bathrooms
A piece of napkin in the door of Truman’s bathroom protects students’ privacy. titude, instead of showing that the department really wants to resolve the problem. Until the school administration, faculty, and student body accept responsibility in this issue, the bathrooms at Truman College will remain a stain upon the integrity of the school.
ARTS &J EVENTS
Jan Wessels’ mystical realites A photo exhibit of dr eam-like wor lds
By Tomás Martínez Guerra
Photo by Eldon Schulz
“StairLight.” Light, shadow and motion captured in a stairway; black-and-white photograph.
f you enjoy images that provoke thoughts of dream-like realities or the supernatural, then you will appreciate Jan Wessels’ photo exhibit. For 20 years she’s been using alternative darkroom and digital techniques to transform black-and-white images into outer-world realities. Wessels’ art was on display at the Green Gate Gallery (1602 W. Granville) through Oct. 28, along with works by photographer Michael Walsh. All of Wessels’ images start in the
“Street Motion” depicts a procession of ghosts in a dark and . supernatural world darkroom using black-and-white film and then they are manipulated to achieve a serene, fantasy feeling - dream-like realities that cannot be literally photographed. “Messenger,” looks more like a painting with glowing gold and gray-green hues. The image started as an infrared negative of the photographer’s husband and was then bleached (literally soaking the print with bleach and toner) and solarized (exposing it to darkroom lights). Birds and feathers were then hand-colored onto the image. “At the end,” Wessels said, “I wasn’t sure if the messenger was the man or the birds.”
Photo by Jan Wessels
“At the end, I wasn’t sure
if the messenger was the man or the birds.” “Street Motion” depicts a procession of ghosts in a dark and supernatural world. The leading entity carries a suitcase, and energy is fleeing through his head like filaments of light. Wessels created this piece by shooting a crowd using a slow shutter speed to achieve blurriness. The artist also manipulates film with digital-imaging techniques. In “Inner Spirit” she merges the photogram (a photograph made without a camera by exposing film to a light source) of a plant with a female gymnast. The print was also colored and transformed using Photoshop and digital processes. When the work was finished, Wessels said, “The lady was the identity of the flower, the energy of the plant. She’s telling you, ‘I’m growing.’” Wessels has been a photography instructor at Truman for more than 20 years. She has also taught at North Park University and has worked as a gallery director, curator, graphic designer and newspaper photographer. Her work has been featured in national and regional exhibitions. Wessels’ images are also available on her online gallery, at http://www.janwessels.com/.
Jan Wessels in the Green Gate Gallery.
Photo by Jan Wessels
“Inner Spirit,” infarred image collaged in photoshop. Michael Walsh and one of his nudes.
Photo by Anna Karewicz
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Evolving ink: Under the skin of Uptown’s Tattoo Factory By Erika Buchancow Staff Writer
he neon lights pick up the bold outline of a large backpiece on a female client, as her artist hunches over his canvass in close concentration. The sound of the plasma TVs and classical music is barely audible over the buzzing needles. It’s a typical night at Uptown’s Tattoo Factory, where the ink flows well into the night. As the neighborhood has undergone its gentrification, the Tattoo Factory has continued the same process through renovation.
“It is normal to see a mother and a daughter getting tattoos at the same time while they are spending their weekend in Chicago from Ohio.” The current Tattoo Factory has 15 tattoo artists and seven piercers. Alex Higgins, a full-time tattooist enjoys doing military tattoos, but most people get tribal ones, likes Celtics and Orientals, he says. Bethany Snyder, another tattooist, is working on a customer’s hands, placing with her needles one word on each that reads, “Royal Family.” Snyder has been working at the Tattoo Factory for one year. “It’s the best place to do what I do,” she says, smiling. The customer’s friend is lining up to get the same tattoo. The Tattoo Factory opened its doors in Uptown in 1976 under its original name, “Pete’s Tattoo Studio.” Back then it was the only tattoo studio in Chicago, according to Paul Collurafici, brother of Peter Collurafici, the original owner of the tattoo studio. Peter Callurafici died in a motorcycle accident in 1996. He stated, “The
“Be Swank, be pierced by Hank,” reads Hank Bangcock’s business card. neighborhood was a little crazy back then and tattooing was considered a little crazy too.” The Tattoo Factory opened at 4408 N. Broadway, but had to move to the new location right across the street, 4441 N. Broadway. When Paul’s brother, Peter, opened the tattoo studio 30 years ago, he said, “The neighborhood was kind of rough and tattooing was a rough business too… the only people who got tattoos were punks, gang bangers and bikers.” However, Uptown has undergone
changes throughout the years, reflecting a new group of residents in the area. Callurafici states, “It is normal to see a mother and a daughter getting tattoos at the same time while they are spending their weekend in Chicago from Ohio.” Paul Callurafici learned the tattoo business from his brother who moved to California in 1974. There, Peter Callurafici became a tattooist under the apprenticeship of Colonel William Todd, a tattoo artist who had a studio in San Pedro, California.
After this experience, Paul Callurafici moved back to Chicago and he and a friend decided to open their own tattoo studio called “Windy City Tattoo,” in Chicago. This tattoo studio eventually closed and Peter Callurafici opened his first studio, which became the Tattoo Factory, on his own. For more information on the Tattoo Factory, visit its website, w w w. t a t t o o f a c t o y.
When Peter Collurafici opened the tattoo studio 30 years ago he said, “The neighborhood was kind of rough and tattooing was a rough business too… the only people who got tattoos were punks, gang bangers and bikers.”
In the Tatoo Factory you can get matches as well as tatoos.
Photo by Anna Karewicz
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In a few words...
Photo stories of recent Truman events
Hispanic Heritage Month
Photos by Anna Karewicz
On Oct. 15, 2007 a group of Aztec dancers came to Truman College to present several of their songs, dances and instruments. The presenters talked about the symbols of their culture. They also explained the verbal and visual metaphors in the Mexica codices that had been largely misunderstood by the Europeans and created terrific myths of massive human sacrifice. The event was brought to Truman by the Latinos United for Education Club.
The Lowenstein brothers Photos by Anna Karewicz
“Broken workers, broken promises” Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Chicago Reporter staff writer and photographer Jon Lowenstein came to Truman to talk about the problems faced by Hispanic immigration.
The two brothers have a similar way of gesticulating.
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein focused on the Latino workers who had been injured on the job and now have great difficulties finding work and supporting their families, the issue was the focus of Lowenstein’s latest research and article. The presentation of Jon Lowenstein’s photography revealed the sad reality of workplace abuses, border arrests and detentions of undocumented immigrants. Many loose their lives in a desperate attempt to get to the country that is nowadays very hostile to the hard working, low-paid immigrants.
ARTS &J EVENTS
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Openings and closings in Truman Photo by Eldon Schulz
New Vision The new 2008 Truman College Vision Calendar presents the work of Truman’s photography students. It was designed by Alexis Steinkamp and coordinated by Jan Wessels. Proceeds from the calendar will go to the Truman College Student Scholarship Program. The calendar can still be purchased. For more information, contact Jan Wessels: 773 907-4487, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victor Buzeta in front of his photos in the President’s
Photo by Eldon Schulz
Gallery. Photo by Anna Karewicz
A Strange and Quiet Existence: Portraits of Mannequins and Dolls Exhibition of photographs by Victor Buzeta, the Truman student from Valparaiso, Chile.
New Vision calendar for year 2008.
The artist’s reception toook place on Nov. 20, 2007 in the President’s Gallery, where Buzeta exhibited his works. Buzeta’s photographs explore the “lives” of fashion mannequins on various store windows’ displays. Some also depict the still-life set-ups of dolls. Photo by Eldon Schulz
Opening of the exhibition of Truman watercolor students’ artwork, Nov . 9, 2007. The reception took place in the Truman lobby where the paintings were displayed until Nov. 30.
From left: Truman student Pamela Hickey, her watercolor class instructor Stephanie Roberts and Jan Wessels, the digital photography instructor. Photos by Anna Karewicz
Pamela Hickey in front of her watercolor painting.
From left: one of Victor’s teachers, Jan Wessels, Lynn Walker, Truman’s new Interim President and Victor Buzeta.. “For me, mannequins are untouchable, fascinating, and strange beauties that have been locked behind an invisible glass wall. They stand ever still, staring out into the street with distinctive expressions and strange frozen smiles. Using the art of my photography, I want to dig in and capture those expressions and try to give them some kind of life and humanity.”
Pen to paper: Uptown writer’s space provides sanctuary, entertainment Photo by Anna Karewicz
he short trip writer/performer David Kodeski travels every Wednesday to the Uptown area is a part of mentally preparing himself to write for that day. He makes this trip specifically for the sanctuary of working without the distractions of his home and bouncing ideas off of others with a similar goal: to write. His destination is a 1,200 square foot office space, converted into a light-filled room with couches, desks, a conference ta-
Uptown Writer’s Space (4802 N. Broadway) provides unlimited access for writers and other individuals to compose their work, while supporting an artistic community and holding special events. ble and a small stage. Kodeski enters from the bitter cold outside and sits down at a computer, watching the screen with great focus, as he begins a brief free-writing session for his next project at the only place, in his opinion, where he can get his work done. For members like Kodeski, the Uptown Writer’s Space (4802 N. Broadway) provides unlimited access for writers and other individuals to compose their work, while supporting an artistic community and holding special events.
The space is located right on the corner of Broadway and Lawrence Avenues. “To anyone who’s serious about writing … take a look at it and it’s exactly right,” says Kodeski about the Uptown Writer’s Space. The space has provided him with avenues to work with other artists and writers, as well as having an area where he knows his work will be accomplished. All members have access to the space, its high speed Internet and reference materials. The fee to become a member varies, depending upon the desired amount of time. The space offers several options, including one month ($95), six months ($515) and one year ($970). The membership pricing meets that of the New York writer’s spaces - reduced to make it more affordable. All members receive keys to the space and can come and go as they please. “It’s very much like a health club,” says co-owner Julie Saltzman. Of the more than 40 members currently attending, many come from different walks of life. Some are graduate students, retired men and women, poets and professors. Their
(Immigration from pg. 5) humanely. Last Sept. 21 he decreed that his state’s Department of Motor Vehicles could issue driver’s licenses to those who can prove their identity and pass the driving tests. Gov. Spitzer did this in reaction to Washington’s failure and to improve safety, because people who live in fear of being deported will not ask for help or want to cooperate with the police. They will continue to bury themselves in our 12-million underground economy. email@example.com
People who live in fear of being deported will not ask for help or want to cooperate with the police. Photos by Anna Karewicz
Millions of undocumented immigrants do pay taxes and get no benefits.
Two failed immigration reform proposals have kept 12 million undocumented migrants in a state of limbo
goal is to complete their work with an ease that is not attainable outside of the space. That’s not to say the members support the all work-no-play mentality. The chance to rub elbows with other writers and artists is also a highlight of the space. The regular book readings workshops and writer meetings allow members and those not a part of the Uptown Writer’s Space the chance to network. Literary events aside, the space holds a regular Thursday night movie screening. December 20 marks the next movie, “The Pajama Game.” Saltzman opens the invitation to anyone who inquires about the film night to come. The cost is free and food and beverages are provided. The movie night began from a tradition between Kodeski and friends every Friday night at his home. Once the space opened, the owners decided to carry on the movie night. Of course, this is not for blockbuster films; many of the movies are from the early ‘40s and ‘50s, chosen for their visual aesthetics or obscurity. The Uptown Writer’s Space was merely an idea when it began between co-owners Julie Saltzman, a freelance journalist, and solo performer/writer Susan Karp. Although, Saltzman recalls that the idea arose simply from an article and a desire to have a peaceful work environment. “We had both read the same article in the New York Times Sunday Style section about writer’s spaces in New York … and we talked the idea out there and went for it.” Karp and Saltzman, who are both mothers and residents of Evanston and Wilmette, respectively, found that the rigors of raising children cut severely into
their time to write. (Karp was, in fact, having her fourth child at the time of the interview and unavailable for comment.) The decision was partly one of having a space to work without the distractions of their everyday home lives. The two decided on Uptown after seeing the space above the Green Mill Jazz club, the current location for just over one year. The owners enlisted Chicago furniture maker John Lindsay to construct all of the pieces found at the space; however, as Saltzman states, the space demanded some radical reconstruction. “We had to tear down walls and paint it. We had to put in new carpet, new electrical. We sunk a lot of time and energy into making this a place people would want to come to.” For more information on the Uptown Writer’s Space, you can contact Saltzman or Karp by telephone at (773 -275-1000) or on the space’s website, www.uptownwritersspace.com.
Photo by Anna Karewicz
The Uptown Writer’s Space provides a quiet and comfortable space to work.
CALENDAR J December 12 Afro Folk
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave, Weds at 8:30 Dec l2 & l9 Free with RESV 773-728-6000
December 13 Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer
ANNOYANCE THEATRE 4830 N. Broadway, 773-561-4665 or annoyanceproductions.com. The comedy company presents improvisation sketch shows nearly every night. $2-15, Call for evening times, afternoon 3pm, Dec 16,23 $15/10
December 14 “Home For The Holidays.”
December 20 Neo 2350 N. Clark: DJs spin at l0pm,
Thurs-Sat &Tues Free, 773-528-2622
December 21 Santa Bady
WaterWorksVisitor Center,163E.PearsonSt. Fridays,3B4pm Cabaret diva KT McCammond spices up the season with jazzy renditions of holiday songs from yesterday and today. Holiday shoppers can break with complimentary hot chocolate.
December 22 Holiday Fever A Musical Tribute to Peggy Lee
Provision Theater, (Royal George Theatre) 1641 North Halsted Street, C.S. Lewis On Stage, In Dec, Wed Fri - Sun, call for evenings or matinee, $21, 312-988-s9000
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street Saturday, December 22, 2 pm Many of Chicago’s finest jazz and cabaret performers will perform a musical tribute to the late jazz singer Peggy Lee. After Dark Award Winner Bob Moreen will music, direct and perform with other Chicago greats, including Nan Mason, Susanne Petri, Elizabeth Doyle, Petra Van Nuis, Paul Marinaro, Allen Nichols and Chicago legend Audrey Morris. The concert will feature many of Miss Lee’s greatest hits such as Fever, Winter Weather, Is That All There Is, I Don’t Know Enough About You, Black Coffee, Blues In The Night, Just One Of Those Things and many of the holiday songs she record-
The Protégé Philharmonic
Ice Skating at the McCormick
Water Works Holiday Songs of the Season W a t e r W o r k s V i s i t o r Center,163EPearsonSt. Fridays, 3B, 4pm “Home For The Holidays.” Chicago’s beloved cabaret duo Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael perform the favorite holiday tunes Holiday shoppers can break with complimentary hot chocolate provided by Flat Sammies and seasonal favorites
3 pm G.A.R. Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Tribune Ice Rink 78 E. Washington Street . Young per- 55 N. Michigan Ave, Open now until formers from across Chicago perform a 3/16, from 10am-10pm,Free, bring your holiday program with conductor Joseph skates,(skate rentals $9).Closed Dec 27&Jan 7 Glymph. The program includes Offenbach’s 3 1 2 - 7 4 2 - 5 2 2 2 Orpheus in the Underworld; Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24; Anderson’s Christmas Festival and Sleigh Ride; Tchaikovsky’sss Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20 and a special Christmas Carol Sing A Long
December 17 Time to Start Worrying 4 4 3 7 N . B r o a d w a y , 7 7 3 -7 2 8 - 8 9 3 3 : Restaurant/bar/theater Overstock features a rotating lineup of improv teams. Open run: Mon 10:30 PM, $3 The sketch revue “Time to Start Worrying”, through 12/17: Mon 8 PM, $5 plus a roll the dice.
December 18 The Bryan Room Presents Goodbar, 2512 N. Halsted, 773-296-9700. Showcase of comedy acts hosted by improv group the Bryan Room. Open run: first and third Tue of month, 8 PM.
December 19 Bady Wants Candy: The Rock Musical APOLLO THEATER studio, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100 or apollochicago.com: This venue features improv, sketch comedy, stand-up, and theater. Through 1/18: Fri 10:30 pm $5-$15
Kinetic Playground, 1113 W. Lawrence, 9pm. $15. www.Kineticplayground.com, 773-769-5483
December 29 Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence, at 6pm, $30, ticketmaster.com, 773-56l-9500
Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence, at 7pm, $30, ticketmaster.com, 773-56l-9500
December 30 Chicago Taiko Legacy
Sunday at 3 pm, GAR Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E, Washington Street Asian Improv Rts Midwest and the Japanese American Service Committee proudly present The Fourth Annual Chicago Taiko Legacy, featuring taiko (Japanese drumming) and a very special presentation of Japanese classical music
December 31 Future Rock, Eliot Lipp, Orchard Lounge
KineticPlayground, 1113 W. Lawrence, 9pm, $10adv & $15door, Kineticplayg round.com, 773-769-5483
December 31 New Years Eve with SWITCH with Justin Long, Santiago and James Amato
Smar t Bar Chicag o, 3730 N. Clark, 773.549.0203, $30adv, $35 night of/ Concert info: smartbar.com (Shows Dec l4Feb. $10 and up, some free before llpm.
Happy New Year
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street. FREE Music, exhibits, cultural events. for details www.chicagoculturalcenter.org
Wild Hare, 3530 N. Clark, Reggae & Afro-Caribbean music nightly at 9:30 pm $8, l-773- 327-4273
December 28 Major Daley`s Holiday The Hue Macpodz, The Twin Cats
A Two-Man Sketch Show in One Act THE SPOT. 4437 N. Broadway, 773-728-8933 Restaurant/bar/theater Open run: first and second Wedzzzof m o n t h , 7:30PM,$5
January 3 Raggae & Afro-Caribean music
Wild Hare, 3530 N. Clark at 9:30 pm $8 l-773-327-4273
Dec 28-30, Free, McCormick Place, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive,
Annual Young Playwrights Festival
Kinetic Playground, 1113 W. Lawrence, 8pm, $10. Kineticplayground.com, 773 769 5483
January 6 THE MUTINY 2428 N. Western, 773-486-7774: Open Wound Comedy presents a showcase of sketch, improv, and stand-up. Open run: first Sun of month, 9:30 PM.
Merry Christmas! January 1
Ennui Café, 6981 N. Sheridan, Sat at 7pm, Free, 773-973-2233
Pegasus Players, 1145 W. Wilson Ave, 22nd Jan (04-27 Fri-Sun), 8pm, $12, Four short plays by Chicago’s most exciting young writers. Pegasusplayers.org 773-878-9761
Chicago History Museum
January 8 Field Musuem 1400S.LakeShoreDrive, FreeonTues, 312-922-9410
January 9 Free Music nightly
U n c o m m o n G r o u n d , 3800 N.Clark, 773-929-3680
January 10 Music
U n c o m m o n G r o u n d , 3800N.Clark, 773-929-3680
January 11 SmartBarChicago, 3 7 3 0 N. C l a r k , 7 7 3 - 5 4 9 - 0 2 0 3 Concert info www. smartbar.com (Shows thru Feb. $10 and up, some free before llpm.
January 12 Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore, Discount Days (Jan l2-l8) 312-939-2438 Sheddaquarium.org(Freepa ssesatChicagoLibraries)
January 13 DJs spin most nights
January 14 IO 3541 N. Clark, 773-880-0199 or www.iochicago.net. Formerly known as ImprovOlympic, this comedy theater and training center is a whirlwind of activity whose schedule changes frequently but features performances nightly.
January 15 The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan, FREE on Tues @5:00pm-8:00pm artic.edu (Free passes at Chicago Libraries)
January 16 Sunday`s Poetry Slam
G r e e n M i l l , 4 8 0 2 N. B r o a d w a y, S u n d a y ’s Po e t r y S l a m a t 7 p m , $ 6 Greenmilljazz.com,773.878.5552