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The Uptown Exchange February 2010 EDITION

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Teachers ordered to miss class Full-time math faculty pulled for mandatory seminar by Benjamin Heimer Managing Editor

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n Wednesday, March 10, the fulltime faculty of every City College of Chicago math department will be required to attend a professional development workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Malcolm X College. Despite an already truncated Monday/ Wednesday spring semester session due to holidays, the Interim Chancellor, Deidra J. Lewis, has made this meeting mandatory. The district office has asked the math faculty to schedule “alternative educational activities” and substitute teachers of all classes affected by the mandated workshop. “Such a requirement is within the scope of the chancellor’s authority,” Lewis said in a statement. She also wrote that the workshop was “critical to learning about best practices as we seek innovative ways to improve success rates for our students, particularly those who come to us unprepared for college-level math.” The March 10 date was chosen because

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Mandatory workshop discussed at the February 16th Faculty Council meeting. of the availability of the featured speaker, John Squire. One of the architects of the redesigned developmental and college-level math program at Cleveland State Community College in southeastern Tennessee, Squire is currently the math department chairperson at Chattanooga State Community College. The redesign won the 2009 Bellwether Award for outstanding and innovative instructional programs and services. Uncomfortable with being forced to attend seminars during school hours, members of the Truman College faculty criticized the mandatory nature of the workshop. In a letter circulated among the Truman teachers, one

Student Club Holds Food Drive to Benefit Haiti Collects food, toiletries for earthquake victims by Sabrina Perkins Staff Writer

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he Students of Caribbean Ancestry Club (SoCa) is holding a food and toiletry drive to benefit the victims of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti in January.

math department professor points out that this type of compulsory workshop could set a terrible precedent, and might lead to other departments being required to attend professional development meetings during school hours. President of the Cook County College Teachers Union Local 1600, Perry Buckley, advised that those instructors directed to go the March meeting to follow said directive and attend. “. . .the Union’s advice on mandatory meetings. Comply. Do not have any of our members risk insubordination by not complying with a directive.”

The Truman Faculty Council met on February 16 to discuss methods of addressing the issues brought about by this event. A motion was passed to craft a statement focused on the faculty’s displeasure at the mandatory nature of the workshop and fear of setting a precedent for future requirements being held during class time. Plans are to direct the message to Truman College President Lynn Walker. The Council will have a business meeting on Tuesday, February 23, in the small conference room of the 2230 office. The mandatory March 10 meeting will be on the agenda. ■

They are scheduled to conduct the drive every Thursday in February from noon to five p.m. outside the cafeteria. They have also set up boxes around the school where students are encouraged to donate food and toiletry items. A complete list of items that can be used is posted on the Truman College website. One problem that SoCA had come across was that many aid organizations were not accepting food and toiletry items, only cash donations. Warehouse space in Hyde Park has been donated to the SoCA club and the Haitian American Community Association. Items will be sorted and stored there, and then shipped

in large quantities to Haiti. “This is a wonderful idea. People in Haiti need food more than money,” said Clayton Coombs, president of the SoCA club. The Student Nurses Association and Veteran’s club also have boxes set up around the school, collecting supplies for Haiti. In addition to the food drive, the Commission on Human Relations will be holding a workshop at Truman College on February 6 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be lawyers that will work with immigrants from Haiti who are facing deportation, in order to offer them temporary protective status as mandated by President Barack Obama. ■


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From beyond the flames: Uptown Uptown Long lost letters to our Former President Exchange Residents Staff Receive by Samantha Gordon Staff Writer

Editor-In-Chief: David Palm Managing Editor: Benjamin Heimer News Editor: William Oliver Hunt Opinion Editor: Melissa Brand Arts & Entertainment Editor: Andrew Murray Copy Editor: Avelyn Isada Editorial Assistant: Oluwafikayo Adeosun Production & Design Manager: Phillip Romanello Chief Photographer & Graphics Editor: Alberto Martinez Artist/Cartoonist: Nefertiti Abdulmalik Production & Design Assistant: Karl Dingle Business Manager: Chirag Patel Faculty Adviser: Benjamin Ortiz Professional Affiliations: College Media Advisers Illinois Community College Journalism Association Student Press Law Center

a wish to protect her privacy and, by extension, the privacy of her family and friends.” The letters released were a mere 8 of the lifton Truman Daniel, Public Rela- 180 total found between pages used as booktions Director of Truman College marks and stuffed in the backs of drawers. and descendant of former President The letters were found during an inventory Harry S. Truman, has continued his effort in of the Truman home in the early 1980s. The the preservation of his grandfather’s legacy. Truman Library has a known 1,316 letters Daniel publicly released letters from the from Former President Truman to his wife ongoing correspondence his grandparents Bess. It is assumed that she originally had an shared between 1910 and 1959. While the re- equal number of her own responses. lease of a few letters Daniel believes from a former first the release of these “We know she burned them lady may not seem letters display a side all that unordinary, of his grandmother out of a wish to protect her these pages are, in besides her shy and privacy and, by extension, fact, miraculous. private demeanor, ‘Why?’ one may ask; the privacy of her family and one perceived as because they are not standoffish. “These friends.” supposed to exist. letters show her to Bess Truman be a caring wife, Clifton Truman Daniel, mother, daughter, burned what was thought to be all Public Relations Director, and friend,” Daniel of her letters that Truman College said. “(Bess Truman is penned to former was) a future first President Truman lady who had a sense in 1955. In an interview with Washington of humor, a keen knowledge of politics, and Unplugged this past October, Daniel said that the normalcy to do all her own ironing.” his grandfather “…came home and found my Daniel has enjoyed the insight these letters grandmother in front of the fire throwing in have offered about his grandparents’ lives. stacks of her letters to him and he stopped “(Harry and Bess Truman were) a pair of her and said, ‘Bess, what are you doing? Think straightforward, middle class Americans with of history.’ And she said, ‘Oh, I have.’” the same lives, the same hopes, and fears as Bess Truman’s reason for burning her let- the rest of us,” Daniel said. “Which is one of ters are not completely known. Daniel, how- the things that I think made my grandfather ever, said, “We know she burned them out of one of our best presidents.” ■

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Uptown Welcomes the Oromo Community Association of Chicago

Center Provides Programs and Enriches Culture by Johanna Granobles Staff Writer

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he Oromo Community Association of Chicago (OCAC), a community organization which serves the needs of Oromo and other immigrants or refugees in Chicago, was inaugurated on June 6, 2009. The OCAC, located on 4554 N Broadway St., originally started in the late 1990s to serve members with Oromo interests. Today, it is one of the oldest Oromo community service organizations. Program Director and Office Manager, Dr. Mohammed Bedaso, explained that about 95 percent of Oromos live in Uptown, making it an ideal location for the center. “Most of us arrive without a car and Uptown has social and public services,” Bedaso said. He also mentioned that Truman College and area high schools, as well as the accessibility of public transportation, may factor into the Oromo’s

presence in Uptown. OCAC provides a variety of programs, including English tutoring, employment counseling and Oromo culture education. The center also provides free Internet access. The center offers volunteer opportunities, especially for tutoring children. “We encourage kids to study so we help them with school and support them with education,” said Bedaso. The center is always seeking volunteers, especially for English, mathematics or science. Bedaso clarified that Oromo is the second largest tribe in Africa. The Oromo people are from Oromia which is made from a state in the East African country of Ethiopia. Oromo people also reside in Somalia, Kenya and Rwanda. 30 years of political oppression has caused thousands of immigrating Oromo people to come to the United States. To sign up fill out an online form at www.oromocommunityinchicago.org ■

Free Tax Preparation by Andrew Dahl Staff Writer

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he Center for Economic Progress (CEP), a not-for-profit organization, is once again offering to do your taxes. Founded and operating in Illinois since 1990 with the stated goal of “an America of shared prosperity, where all working families can access the financial opportunities they need to succeed,” the sites are run by CEP managers, assistants and a staff of trained volunteers. In order to qualify, you must count as a low-income taxpayer, which includes individuals earning less than $25,000 and families earning less than $50,000 dollars in the last year. There are two sites currently set up in Uptown. Each Tuesday and Wednesday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., there will be services available through April 15th at the North Side Credit Union on 1011 W. Lawrence. Representatives from the North Side Credit Union will be providing financial counseling. The CEP is also offering tax preparation at Truman College in the Technical Building from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., all the way through Tax Day, April 15th. There will also be representatives from the Fifth Third bank present for financial advise, as well as assistants available to help college students fill out the student aid form, the Free Financial Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). On a typical weeknight at the Truman site, an average of 60 forms are prepared and filed, with weekend counts sometimes reaching 120. In two weeks of being open, 452 returns have been processed, with estimated total refunds exceeding $1,000,000 dollars. The process can take upwards of three hours. As a result, once the expected daily quota has entered the doors and signed in, those who show up afterwards are warned that there is no guarantee they will be filed that day. The Center for Economic Progress also offers workshops teaching self-employed and small business taxpayers how to file their own taxes. The next workshop in the Uptown area will be on Saturday, February 27th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Cafeteria. Space is limited and reservations are advised. There are no workshops currently planned or scheduled for individual or family taxpayers. For information on the documents needed in order to have taxes prepared, other sites, upcoming workshops, volunteering or general information, the Center for Economic Progress can be accessed at their website: www.economicprogress.org and through their main phone number: (312) 252-0280. ■


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Truman’s Hot Rod And Tuners Club Benefits Local Homeless Service by Alyssa Venable Staff Writer

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ruman’s Hot Rods and Tuners Club is holding their annual food drive to benefit a community center that provides shelter and social services to the homeless. Residents for Effective Shelter Transitions (REST) has been helping save lives since the infamous Chicago Blizzard of 1979, when a homeless man froze to death on the streets of Uptown during the record snowfall of that weekend. Joe Navarro, president of the auto club, and his fellow automotive enthusiasts get together every Wednesday to talk about cars, attend car shows, and even work on their own cars in Truman’s tech building. However, they also find time outside of the garage to volunteer and serve food for REST shelters. “Our sponsor is well-connected to them,” Navarro explains when asked how they found the community center. Their club sponsor, Harold Santamaria, is an automotive training specialist that volunteers for the community center. REST celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. The shelter has provided a safe haven for

tens of thousands of people and has placed thousands in permanent housing situations. The Hot Rod and Tuners Club is attempting to surpass the amount they had previously raised from their food drives. “We raised easily over 400,500 cans last year,” Navarro says. “We’re shooting for 600,000 this year.” Every 10 cans of food that are donated buys a ticket to the Chicago Auto Show that will be held at McCormick Place from February 12th through the 21st. The tickets are worth $11 each and the Hot Rods will give each donor a maximum of four. On exhibit at the Chicago Auto Show this year are luxury vehicles such as the Rolls-Royce Phantom and the convertible Lamborghini Spyder, as well as alternative fuel vehicles, hybrids, and concept car models, including the return of the elusive electric car. The Hot Rods and Tuners Club is not just for automotive technology students. It is for anyone at the school that shares their passion. Even if you know nothing about engine grease, you can keep your hands clean and drop off a donation in Room 104 of the Tech Department, also known as the Tool Crib. ■

Public Reading Attracts Professional, Amateur Writers by Oliver Hunt News Editor

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n Asian boy, about eight, weaves through a group of older boys who, apparently, are trying out different systems of steps. They’re all there to audition for the privilege of performing at Uptown’s forthcoming Harvest Dance. The above two sentences are 36 words. With 477 more, it could kick off a response to a challenge. The challenge has been set forth by Bill Britt, a former Truman student and employee. Some who’ve answered it, a mixed bag of professional and fledging writers- everyone from journalists, teachers, high school students, janitors, policemen and ex-convictswill read the fruit of their efforts March 13 in Truman’s Novar Hall. The challenge: write exactly 513 words, no more, no less. Furthermore, include seven specific words, or put five of those seven in the first paragraph. The seven words are drawn from a hat, and for this round the words are Boy, Dance, Privilege, Harvest, Group, Step and System. However, writers can

also choose from the previous two groups of words, which include: blue, bread, fourteen, joystick, pine-nuts, squirrel, and Zamboni (The original group of words), or diverse, excited, impeccable, lexicon, licentious, model, and umbrage (The second group of words). The work in question can be a short story, essay, poem, or whatever the writer chooses so long as those guidelines are followed. If the guidelines themselves seem arbitrary, they are. According to event founder Bill Britt, the word count itself has no significance. “It just occurred to me that was a good number,” Britt says. “One page, easy to write.” Britt, who’d graduated from Truman in 2001 with an Associates in Fine Art and has worked both in the Cosgrove Library and as a student recruiter, arrived at the idea for the challenge while throwing art receptions. “Art shows are pretty boring, to tell you the truth,” says Britt. “I just wanted to add a little spice.” The readings happen every six months. Previously held in the Sulzer Library, on Lincoln, the March reading will be its first time at Truman. ■

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The Pink Elephant bake sale, one of the events put on to finance the scholarship awarded by AAWCC.

AAWCC Offers $500 Scholarship to Female Students by Marsha Leonard Staff Writer

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t is not too late for any female Truman student to apply for the annual AAWCC scholarship to be awarded this April. Sponsored by the Truman chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, this annual scholarship is a $500 recognition award given to female Truman students who have demonstrated determination in overcoming difficulties and achieving their educational goals. Kathy Judd, ESL teacher, said, AAWCC is a national organization whose mission statement is guided by a “firm commitment to equality, equity, and excellence in education and employment for women in community, junior, and technical colleges.” Membership is open to any woman student attending Truman College and includes

Truman administrative, professional, and clerical staff, as well as faculty. This inclusive approach allows crossover input, and puts Judd in contact with people from a variety of departments. Judd also said the organization is volunteer effort, not unlike a student club. They raise money throughout the year with a variety of fundraising events like the Pink Elephant Sale, held in February, which featured homemade baked goods and rummage items. The more money the group raises, the more scholarships are made available. Last year, six women received stipends. Details on qualifications and applications are available on the Truman home page under student activities (www.trumancollege.edu/ aawcc.) Hard copies are also available from Naeema Mahmood in Room 2230 or on the door of Joanne Kalnitz’s office, Room 2744. The deadline is Friday, February 26, 2010. ■


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Tanzanian Uptown Resident Sponsors Mkombonzi Soccer League by Robert McLeod Staff Writer

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ptown resident James Kitia is part of the Tanzania Community Organization and a Tanzania Representative of the United African Organization. Three years ago, Kitia set out to allow young Tanzanian soccer players the same benefits young American players may take for granted, such as a team soccer ball, being part of a well-organized league complete with coaches and referees, and having a jersey for each athlete. From this drive to see the young athletes of his country have these opportunities, he created the Mkombonzi Sports Organization. While in Chicago, he committed to send 25 soccer balls to Tanzania every year and

send money to help pay for jerseys and athletic staff. The organization is currently comprised of 16 individual soccer teams that hold tournaments each year. There are first, second and third place prizes for each of the top three teams that compete. The third place team wins two extra soccer balls and $50 for their team, the second place prize is three extra soccer balls and $80 and the first place prize is five extra soccer balls and $100 for that team. Kitia continues to look for soccer balls to send to Tanzania and is looking for volunteers to help build a website for the organization. This year, the season has been put on hold because of the World Cup and Tanzanian elections. In the meantime, the Mkombonzi Sports Organization is hosting workshops and conferences. ■

Tanzanian soccer leagues benefit from James Kitia’s organization.

Student Rally Kicks Off Black History Month by Sabrina Perkins Staff Writer

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ruman College kicked off Black History Month events on Monday, February 1 with an opening ceremony in the front lobby. The ceremony opened with “The Black National Anthem” sung by student Nathan Jones and was followed by an opening speech from Interim President Lynn Walker. “Truman is a place for everybody,” remarked President Walker, “where stereotypes are broken down and transcended.” The opening ceremony also included guest speaker Mr. Arnold Romeo, the Director of African Affairs for the Commission on Human Relations, and keynote speaker Prexy Nesbitt, a social activist and educator. The ceremony was the start of a month full of events in celebration of black history. Every Wednesday in February, the cafe-

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teria will be offering soul food in addition to the regular menu. Every Thursday in February, students are encouraged to wear their best African attire or to wear red, green, and black clothing. On Tuesday, February 16, Truman College students and residents of Uptown are encouraged to wear red in order to draw attention to the United States 2010 Census. Movies such as “The Hurricane,” “Rosewood,” and “Four Little Girls” will be showing in the student lounge. There will also be a series of lectures presented by Dr. Anghesom Atsbaha regarding Africa. Finally, there is The Elements of Hip-Hop Expo that will highlight four elements of hip-hop such as graffiti, breakdancing, deejaying, and emceeing. “The program has been put together to include events that are for everyone” said Deon Lopez from Student Activities. A complete list of Black History Month events can be found at http://www.ccc.edu/ Files/BHMTR2010.pdf. ■

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Nathan Jones finishes a rendition of “The Black National Anthem.”

Truman upgrades security 2010 Security director plans more improvements by David Palm Editor-In-Chief

ferent scenarios, as well as customer service, according to Hunter. Several students have responded positively to the new staff. “It’s nice to see some ew uniforms, security website im- people without gray hair around here,” Wilson provements and replacement of re- said. While Andrew Jackson, another student, tired staff are the main security up- mentioned younger guards make him feel grades at Truman College this semester. safer. “One of the main problems with security Interim President Lynn Walker is pleased in the past was lack of visibility,” said Truman with the recent upgrades, but mentioned student Stephen Wilson. “They blended in that there is always room for improvement. perfectly with all the other green-wearing Hunter plans on gathering ideas for improvestaffers.” Ira Hunter, security director of the ments by creating focus groups, as well as college, said that the problem was noted and bringing security issues up at the next faculty that new black uniforms were purchased so council meeting. He emphasizes that security that security would stand out in the hallways can be improved, but the ideas have to be reinstead of just being alistic. “You got a small seen in the booths. group of people saying Hunter plans to ‘close the campus’, but “You got a small group set up a more propisn’t the nature of of people saying ‘close the that er website for secthe building.” Hunter campus’, but that isn’t the urity. He claims that said. It is “almost imnature of the building.” the current website possible” to have ID is not very easy to checks at the six differIra Hunter, ent doors into the colfind and needs upSecurity Director lege, especially with a dating. He wants to add information lot of the people withabout how to stay out IDs are going to safe in and around campus. the community events taking place. Some new staff has been hired recently, There are no district-wide policies set Hunter said. He pointed out that the security by the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) disteam is not expanding but merely replacing trict office, according to Elsa Tullos, CCC retired personnel. He still needs to replace spokesperson. We invest in “maintaining and three more guards. increasing the number of security cameras Truman security staff consists of either district-wide,” as well as maintaining the CCC active or retired law enforcement officers in Emergency Alert System, she said. the state of Illinois. They all received some Truman security budget for fiscal year in-house training regarding policies and dif- 2010 is approximately $1.2 million. ■

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No first Dib(s) here Sub-par food kills mood by Avelyn Isada Copy Editor

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omantic fittingly describes the atmosphere at Dib. Jazzy music whispers from the background and candles can be found scattered and alight on the tables and window sills inside this cozy restaurant. The dim lighting, the tables that either sit two or four, as well as the booths on the far wall, invite intimate conversations to be made. Indeed, Dib is a great place for a date night, provided that you and your significant other do not care much for eating. The cuisine at Dib is billed as Thai and Pan-Asian. Their menu boasts of selections ranging from curries and noodles to teriyakis and the like. Sushi is given a particular emphasis. Emphasis, unfortunately, does not always translate to quality. Their sushi turned out to be a forewarning of the string of disappointments to come. Sushi at Dib comes straight from the sushi bar and is served along with their appetizers. The two I had a chance to sample were not only lacking in presentation, but also in flavor and excitement. The Spicy Salmon Maki was passable at best. Despite adding little to the food’s texture, the shredded salmon worked well in flavor with the crunch of the cucumbers. The

chili oil drizzled on the side allows the diner to adjust the spiciness according to taste. The New York Maki, on the other hand, only tasted of the cream cheese that was stuffed to the brim, masking the flavors of the eel and avocado. It is also drenched in a sweet sauce that buried, rather than accented, the individual components of the maki. Directly under the appetizers section, the Chicken Yakitori was a tempting visual feast… if only for presentation’s sake. The grilled chicken, along with an alternating array of colorful vegetables, were threaded on a skewer and rested atop its sauce and a side salad. Regrettably, the chicken turned out to be dry and the sauce, which contained the entire flavor of the dish, did not percolate into the meat at all. Their entrees didn’t fare much differently. The Beef Teriyaki was, like the Chicken Yakitori, dry and sorely lacking in flavor. The thin slices of beef depended on its too-sweet sauce for any semblance of taste. It came with a bowl of rice, a side salad, and miso soup. The Panang Beef Curry, served with rice, had an interesting composition of flavor. The creaminess of the coconut milk is what first hits the senses before the palate is reminded of the curry and the kick of the spices sets in. However, a heaping plateful of the meat swimming in the sauce will become tedious and will later overwhelm, lest other flavors are

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mixed in. The Hawaiian Fried Rice, though, was the bright, tropical spot of the evening. It was a rainbow of goodwill served with pineapples, mangoes, tomatoes, peas and onions, all topped off with cashews. The vibrant colors and varying textures are a feast for the senses. Food aside, service at Dib requires patience. During my visit, patrons were rushed in between courses in order to bring out other orders, as well as to speed up their dining process and clear more room for new customers. The restaurant certainly is not huge and was more than managed by the two servers circulating the tables. Water was refilled periodically, sure enough, but getting the check was surprisingly near impossible. After almost a half an hour of waiting, I was finally handed the check by another server – leaving mine shocked to find my friend and I packing our doggy bags and leaving. In all, the price range alone, from $7-$15 for most individual dishes, is

hardly worth the subpar food and service despite the charming decor. If you do decide to go, bring a date, eat beforehand, and prepare to stare each other in the eyes – it is one sure way to bide the time. ■ Mon-Thu: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sun: 12 p.m.-10 p.m. 1025 W. Lawrence Ave, Chicago, Il 60640 (At N Kenmore Ave)

Beware, sushi at Dib is not the city’s best. Featured here (clockwise from top-left): Salmon Maki and New York Maki; The Panang Beef Curry is just one of four curry options at Dib. This dish, along with the Red, Green, and Mussamun curries, comes with a choice of meat from either chicken, beef or tofu; Thai Iced Coffee; An order of Chicken Yakitori at Dib consists of two skewers-worth atop a side salad and sauce; Dib’s take on Teriyaki: slices of beef filet and too-sweet sauce; One of the restaurant’s signature dishes, the Hawaiian Fried Rice is a vegan-friendly dish.


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Truman’s Aspiration Goal for a 10 in 2010 by Juan V. Nuño Staff Writer

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n March 22 to 24, Truman College will be reviewed by representatives from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) who will decide whether Truman College has fulfilled its mission and goals in order to extend Truman’s accreditation for another 10 years. Truman College’s accreditation represents an important evaluation for the institution. It is like a “license to operate,” said Helen Valdez, the Mathematics Chairperson at Truman College. “The accreditation is a very serious review for the school,” she said and affirmed that Truman College has been preparing for this event for the last three years by submitting different documents like a selfstudy to the HLC. According to the U.S. Department

of Education Database of Accredited Schools will determine if the work that has Postsecondary Institutions and Programs, been done at the institution fulfills Truman’s “the goal of accreditation is to ensure that mission and purpose, Lynn Walker, Interim education provided by institutions of higher President of Truman College said. education meets acceptable levels of quality.” According to William J. Settles, As stated Professor and in its website, Coordinator for Truman’s misTruman’s selfTruman College’s re-accredision is “to destudy, Truman tation is “crucial and will have an liver high-qualCollege’s reimportant impact on students.” ity, innovative, accreditation is affordable and “crucial and will William J. Settles, accessible eduhave an imporProfessor and Coordinator of Truman’s cational opportant impact on self-study tunities and serstudents.” vices that preWa l ker pare students stressed that the for a rapidly changing and diverse global re-accreditation of Truman College “will deeconomy.” termine if the school will still be able to proBased on walk-through evaluations and vide financial aid, grants and resources for inspections of documents, the HLC of the students.” It will also give students the benNorth Central Association of Colleges and efits of transferring college credits received at

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Truman and to get a cheaper way to continue to attend college, Walker said. Although part of the visit from the HLC will consist of meetings with students in order to hear their experience at Truman, the involvement of students with this accreditation has been small, Settles said. Students like Anahi Cervantes have not heard anything about this event, “I don’t know what Truman’s accreditation is for,” Cervantes said. For this reason, among other things, the school will start meeting with students to introduce what is going to happen, how the school is addressing the accreditation and the importance of this event for Truman, Walker said. The accreditation team is expected to consist of six people who are experts and consulting evaluators. Administrators are hoping for high scores in this review of the college in order to continue to offer high-quality services to students at Truman College. ■

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Letter to the editor What To Watch For… Dear Editor, I have attached an open letter I sent to the CTA: To whom it may concern at the CTA: I am a full time student at Truman College. I am also a disabled veteran. I have a military service pass that I was given by CTA. The military service pass allows me to ride on CTA vehicles as much as I need to. It is not transferable, so I am the only one that can use it. I greatly appreciate this program, just like several thousand other disabled veterans do as well. I feel that there should be some way for a full-time student that has a military service pass to opt-out of participating in the U-PASS program at their school, and not have to pay

the fees associated with that program. I feel that while I am in school my military service pass is useless because I am still required to pay for the U-PASS whether I use it or not, essentially making my service to our country not be recognized correctly by the Military Service Pass program (the way it was intended to). I would appreciate being put in contact with someone who could help fix this so that other students that are also disabled veterans do not have to pay for something that they should not have to.

Thank you for your time, Neal Veteran of the Iraq War

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Flogging Molly Kick Off St. Patrick’s Day Early by Andrew Murray A&E Editor

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hile most people will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on its traditional date of March 17th, some Chicago residents will have cause to observe the festivities a few days earlier. Uptown’s very own Aragon Ballroom will host Celtic punk outfit Flogging Molly as they wrap up the final few stops of their 6th annual “Green 17 Tour” on Saturday, March 13th. The tour, which began in Dallas on February 9th and ends appropriately on March 17th in Phoenix, has become a yearly tradition in which the band stretches out the St. Patrick’s Day celebration for weeks and ends with one final blowout on the official holiday.

Started in Los Angeles in 1997, the band rose from obscurity through years of hard work and persistent touring, combining the styles of traditional Irish folk and punk rock. Dublin-born frontman Dave King formed the band with his now wife and fellow bandmate Bridget Regan at Hollywood pub Molly Malone’s, from which the band derived its name. With influences from similar bands before them such as The Pogues and The Clash, Flogging Molly’s sound ranges from rowdy to somber, often as a result of lyrics touching on subjects such as Ireland and its history, politics, drinking, love and death. Known in the punk community as a live band first and foremost, their shows have become legendary for their high energy and emotion which has further attracted fans through the years. The Chicago performance will be fresh on the heels of a new live release by the band entitled “Live At The Greek Theatre” which hits store shelves March 2nd. Kansas City quartet The Architects, as well as folk/punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner, share opening duties. ■ Flogging Molly w/ The Architects and Frank Turner

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Saturday, March 13, 2010 7:00 p.m. (Doors @ 6:00) Aragon Ballroom – 1106 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL Phone: 773.561.9500 Advance Ticket Price: $29.25 – All Ages


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• Phi Theta Kappa Orientation, 1pm – 3pm, Rm. 3440 @ Truman College

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• The Gimmick, 8 pm @ Pegasus Players

• The Dirty Diamonds w/ Guests, 9pm @ The Kinetic Playground

• Vibesquad w/ guests, 9pm @ The Kinetic Playground

• Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, 9pm @ Green Mill Jazz Club

28 • The Gimmick, 3 pm @ Pegasus Players • Uptown Poetry Slam, 7pm @ Green Mill Jazz Club

Venue Locations • • • •

Aragon Ballroom: 1106 W Lawrence Big Chicks: 5024 N Sheridan Black Ensemble Theater: 4520 N Beacon Fat Cat: 4840 N Broadway

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• Explosion Nortena, 7pm @ The Aragon Ballroom • The Gimmick, 8 pm @ Pegasus Players • Big Gigantic w/ guests, 9pm @The Kinetic Playground

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National Pastime: 4139 N Broadway Pegasus Players: Profiles Theatre: 4147 N Broadway Riviera Theatre: 4746 N Racine The Annoyance Theatre: 4830 N Broadway

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The Green Mill: 4802 N Broadway The Kinetic Playground: 1113 W Lawrence The Spot: 4437 N Broadway

March calendar 1

2 Mid –Term

• Bible Club Meeting, 3pm – 5pm, Rm. 1917 @ Truman College

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3

• Chesterbrown, 9pm @ The Kinetic Playground

• ESL Registration, 12:30pm – 4:30pm, Cafeteria@ Truman College • The Gimmick, 7:30 pm @ Pegasus Players • Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, 9pm @ Green Mill Jazz Club

7 • The Gimmick, 3 pm @ Pegasus Players • Uptown Poetry Slam, 7pm @ Green Mill Jazz Club

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9

• Bible Club Meeting, 3pm – 5pm, Rm. 1917 @ Truman College

10 • JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, 9pm @ The Tonic Room

11 • The Gimmick, 7:30 pm @ Pegasus Players • Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, 9pm @ Green Mill Jazz Club

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6

• Moe., 8pm @ The Riviera

• Moe., 8pm @ The Riviera

• The Gimmick, 8 pm @ Pegasus Players

• The Gimmick, 8 pm @ Pegasus Players

• Jack Straw w/ Special Guest, 9pm @ The Kinetic Playground

• This Must Be The Band, 9pm @ The Kinetic Playground

12 • 513 Words: A Public Reading, 6pm – 9pm, Novar Hall @ Truman College • The Gimmick, 8 pm @ Pegasus Players

13 • Flogging Molly, 6pm @ The Aragon Ballroom • The Gimmick, 8 pm @ Pegasus Players • Ray Davies, 8pm @ The Riviera • Kicksville, 9pm @ The Kinetic Playground

14 • The Gimmick, 3 pm @ Pegasus Players • Uptown Poetry Slam, 7pm @ Green Mill Jazz Club

15 • Bible Club Meeting, 3pm – 5pm, Rm. 1917 @ Truman College

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18 • Transfer Expo, 12pm – 3pm, Front Lobby@ Truman College • The Gimmick, 7:30 pm @ Pegasus Players • Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, 9pm @ Green Mill Jazz Club

19 • The Gimmick, 8 pm @ Pegasus Players

20 • The Gimmick, 8 pm @ Pegasus Players • Alice In Chains, 8pm @ The Aragon Ballroom


Spring 2010 Feb. Issue Uptown Exchange