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Halloween weekend shooting puts Truman in lockdown by Yesica P. Prado Photographer and Staff Writer

Uptown’s Positive Loiterers unite against crime by Yesica P. Prado Photographer and Staff Writer



Crime scene on campus, Friday Oct. 25. n African-American man was shot in the leg while riding his bicycle in front of 7Eleven on 1136 W. Wilson Ave. Friday night at 7:15 p.m., according to Truman student and eyewitness Olivia Pate, resulting in a campus-wide lockdown. “We were in our break from our class when we heard six or seven shots,” said Pate. “We saw the guy running right by 7Eleven, and he was holding his leg limping when he fell down. People picked him up and carried him up the stairs right by Harold’s Chicken to go up to that apartment.” The victim was brought down from the apartment and taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in an ambulance minutes after the shooting. According to Pate, who witnessed the incident from Truman’s main-building third floor while in class, the victim was a young man maybe in his teen years, 16 or 17 years old, who “wore a hoodie and Army pants.” Chicago Police appeared at the scene of crime minutes after the shooter fled on foot while others fled in a car that abruptly turned right at the intersection of Wilson and Racine. Approximately 11 bullet shells were found and labeled where the shooter stood next to the main entrance of Truman College. The east and west corners of campus were red taped and closed off to gather evidence, along with the 7Eleven and the Harold’s Chicken restaurant next door. Truman College went into lockdown after Chicago Police showed and investigated the crime scene.

Photo credit: Yesica P. Prado A mass e-mail was sent out to City Colleges of Chicago students alerting that “all persons must remain in their classrooms/offices. All persons in hallways must enter and remain in a classroom or office.” Campus security guards stood at the main entrance, only allowing students who had gone to purchase food before the incident back inside the main building. Witnesses living close to campus feared to come outside after hearing the loud gunshots. “I heard 10 to 11 gun shots,” said a witness, a woman living in the apartment next to campus. “I think this is one of the craziest things, that stuff like this is happening while they are also having Positive Loitering just right down the other corner.” Positive Loitering, an Uptown event focused on stopping crime with community presence on the streets on Friday nights, was taking place at the intersection of Broadway and Wilson, when it was disturbed by the gunshots down Wilson Ave. Positive Loiters joined Chicago Police shortly after two more police vehicles arrived at the scene. 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman and others aided police with investigation after having witnessed the shooting. Chicago Police continue to investigate, as the shooter and possible accessories are still on the loose.

reen, yellow and red lights glistened on the dark pavement of the intersection of Sheridan and Lawrence as water poured from the enraged gray sky. A thunderstorm smothered Uptown that Friday night, forcing residents to dash for cover. Heavy rain pelted Genne Tenner’s face and his recumbent bicycle, as he stood at the intersection alone for Positive Loitering. The clouds angrily roared, and wind picked up speed, but that didn’t stop Tenner from preventing a drug deal in his neighborhood. Tenner attended Positive Loitering, Uptown’s neighborhood crime watch, and stood against the harsh weather, using his presence to intimidate two young men from completing a drug deal. Positive Loitering meets every Friday night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at various neighborhood corners, such as Sheridan and Lawrence and recently Broadway and Wilson, to prevent and report crime to the Chicago Police Department. “I want to clean up the community,” said Tenner. “Being out in the corner on a Friday night reclaims this corner for us. It’s our community.” 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman, 11 local neighbors and four Chicago Police attended Positive Loitering on a Friday night this fall, stopping public drinkers and drug dealers from disturbing peace on the streets. Positive Loiterers report criminal activity to 911 and have become extra eyes for the police by providing testimony on crimes witnessed. ...Cont. on Page 2

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Uptown’s Positive Loiterers unite against crime by Yesica P. Prado Photographer and Staff Writer “I am finding the police are often times torn between addressing hot spots where there is gang violence and places where there is a lot of public drinking,” said Cappleman. In August 2009, Richard Thale, organizer of Positive Loitering and Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) facilitator, met with community members to address street violence and drug trade at the monthly CAPS meeting. At the time, street violence was very intimidating to residents, buttogether, the community chose Positive Loitering as a solution, said Thale. The first Positive Loitering meeting took place Aug. 28, 2009, at which 100 people attended to show support and took over several corners of the Uptown area, added Thale.

Positive Loiterers continue to confront crime hot spots, and according to Thale they “have made a difference” and “set the tone out in the streets. But some residents don’t share these feelings. “I don’t know if I have seen a lot of difference,” said Patrick Waters, who has also participated in Positive Loitering. “There’s more drug sales than anything else, and I can’t say that has changed much since I’ve been here.” Hoping to make a difference, Positive Loiterers welcomes everyone to join in the cause. Every Friday night, these dedicated residents continue to stand firm, protecting the community even during the cold winter.

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Alderman James Cappleman (next to pole) and Positive Loiters Richard Thale (wearing hat) and Genne Tenner (wearing helmet) join Chicago Police to provide details of what they witnessed on Wilson Ave. this past Friday night, Oct. 25. Photo credit: Yesica P. Prado

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Outdoor Farmers Market at Weiss Open Through October, Moves Indoors Through June by James Griffin Staff Writer


center. Freshness is a standard at this and all the other stands. t was a brisk 3 a.m. when they were taken from the place they grew up and thrown in the Bess Schanker was running a tent selling eggs and vegetables. Usually her son Jude back of a truck traveling from Michigan to Illinois in a matter of hours, unsure of who they Schanker and his business partner Will Cool would be running the tent, but sometimes they would be sold to. Set out on display, they waited until someone (anyone) would come and need help with their non-profit organization named Loud Great Produce Squad (LGPS). purchase them. Bright red through and through, they sat while potential customers picked them up Partnering with Weiss Hospital, LGPS runs a rooftop garden on the Weiss parking garage. and checked for firmness. Unable to move, they waited — this is when they are most vulnerable. Currently, they have a chicken coop with 20 chickens, bee hives to make honey, tomatoes, Eventually all of the tomatoes would be gone. kale and other herbs, and Schanker says space for gardening is available to rent for For the last four years Weiss Memorial Hospital (4646 N. Marine Dr.) has hosted a farmers individuals and organizations. market located on the southeast corner of their parking lot. Weiss Hospital asks individual farmers As a member of the Uptown community this market provides easy access to fresh, to come out every Thursday from 7 a.m. till 1 p.m. and sell their products. This market is not a part colorful, vibrant and succulent produce and meats. This market is definitely worth spending of the City of Chicago’s Farmers Market, making it harder to find but also a diamond in the rough. a few minutes to check out for some extremely fresh food. Starting from the beginning of June until the end of October, the market is held outside. At the end of October, the weather can get too harsh to stay outside, so many choose to move inside the hospital’s foyer and sell what they can grow until June rolls around again, making this a year-round market. Pork products, freshly baked goods and organic vegetables are neatly arranged in the separate tents. Tent titles include Beijo de Chocolat, D & R Gardens & Orchids, Rooftop Garden Weiss Hospital, Uptown Brownie, Vintage Jewerly and Goodies and La La Latina Simply Bath & Body, among iting) others. r W & Rhonda Dingus and her husband Phil have come from Michigan to sell r ting o p e tomatoes, apples, grapes, jams, jellies and cucumbers, among other fruits and ews R N + vegetables, for the past four years. Dingus stated she likes this Weiss Farmers r e spap w Market because it’s very accessible. Rhonda describes this market as a “Weiss e N ge Memorial pet project.” (Colle Rhonda asserted that apples are her favorite thing to sell right now because “it shows we are progressing through the year and we get to the fall, which means some of the hardest part of the season is finally coming to a productive state. All the fruits of our labors are really at the end.” She went on to talk about other items on her tables: “You’re looking at tomatoes that were picked yesterday (at 3 a.m.).” Also, their grapes had a tangy skin that burst and gave way to a sweet juicy

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‘Tip-Off Classic’

pits Warriors versus Truman Falcons by James Griffin Staff Writer

Coach John Cooksey urges the Falcons on. Photo credit: James Griffin

Trumans Falcons are set for a basket - see their next home game on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Dave Rowlands Sports Complex. Photograph by James Griffin


t the end of this past weekend’s National Junior College Athletic Association two-day “Tip-Off Classic” basketball contest, the Truman men’s Falcons team fell to Springfield’s Lincoln Land Community College Warriors at the Dave Rowlands Sports Complex, on Saturday, Nov. 2. By the end of the game, the score clock read 46 to 79, but going into the second half the score was much closer. Even so,

missed passes plagued the Falcons. Head coach John Cooksey said, “We need to become a more cohesive unit on the offensive end of the floor.” The Falcons moved with a quick pace and high intensity, which may have led to so many turnovers, as suggested by Cooksey: “We are really mobile. I think our guys expend a tremendous amount of energy on the defensive end of the floor. We run a lot of different trapping defenses, so our guys



eams of students versus faculty and staff playfully poked fun at each other in their very first volleyball match, hosted by the Volleyball Club, when students won 25 to 23 on Sept. 30 in the school’s gymnasium. “It felt good to finally beat them at something!” said Samantha Ronan, Volleyball Club President. Teachers usually take over in the classroom, but this time students ruled. Although the gym had an audience of only eight, fans enthusiastically cheered on their favorite teams. They, too, wanted to get in and play against each other. The purpose of this game was to come together and have fun, and both teams were very supportive of one another. Every 10 minutes, students and teachers would substitute another player, to give everyone a chance to play. At the very end of the game, all the bragging started. “Just wait until our next encounter… We will beat you once again!” said club member Rey De Leon to a teacher. Club members provided practice and game-day information that same afternoon. “It’s a process to become a team … but hopefully one day we will be a team, “ Ronan commented on the current status of the club. Practice is usually held every Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gymnasium, and schedule updates are posted on their Facebook page. The club welcomes new members and volleyball spectators alike.

Club members and staff during a heated match. Photo courtesy: Truman Volleyball Club

To learn more about the Truman basketball team contact head coach John Cooksey at 773-633-3585 or email The basketball program is actively recruiting for the 2012-2013 season and will continue to do so until the roster is complete. All NJCAA eligibility requirements must be fulfilled before any prospective student-athlete will be considered.

must communicate and react quickly in unison.” Unfortunately, the Warriors took advantage of this lack of communication, with relentless offensive drives and baskets. However, the Falcons never faltered in effort. Nearing the end of the game, Truman’s team drained a few threes and did not give up. Be on the lookout for returning players Derrick Poe (No. 55, 5’9”, 150 lbs., Guard, from Chicago) and Dantrell Rhone (No. 45, 6’0”, 230 lbs, Forward, from Chicago), as Coach Cooksey “expect(s) a great deal of leadership from them.” Cooksey added that he wants to help “create a culture of doing the right thing academically, socially and athletically — consistently.” The Falcons return to the Dave Rowlands Sports Complex on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7:00 p.m. against Elgin’s Judson University Eagles.

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Patricia Barber’s jazz electrifies blue Mondays at the Green Mill

Chicago native returns with release of new album by Marina Villarreal Staff Writer and News Editor


low pluck of a bass resonates through the room followed by the slow hiss of a cymbal. A pink glow from ceiling lights highlights the ornate paintings on the wall, gleaming as if revisiting a bygone era. Total darkness envelopes the space, leaving a complete quiet as all eyes rest on the silhouette of four figures. A man quickly introduces the act while a cash register dings open in the background. Suddenly, fast-paced piano notes begin, and finally a silky voice splits the air. Continuing off the success of 2006 release “Mythologies” and 2007′s “The Premonition Years,” jazz composer and songwriter Patricia Barber is back after a five-years of touring. Her latest album “Smash,” a debut off Concord Jazz recording label, is an impressive array of poetic nuances on life, destruction, love, loss and the way we think. Wearing a white bandana, hoop earrings, black coat and signature black glasses, Barber makes no special announcements and instead goes straight into the music. The casual playing style allows for her performance to speak for itself. Growing up in South Sioux City, Iowa, Barber was classically trained in piano at a young age and was used to hearing jazz played from her musician father, Floyd “Shim” Barber from the Glen Miller Band. Later, she moved back to her hometown Chicago and played sets at local jazz lounges. Her latest album’s title track, “Smash,” is both a haunting and sinister look at grief after heartbreak. A guitar solo triggers a melodic punch and exemplifies the sense of hopelessness of lost love that digs deep long after it is over. Barber is known to sing sometimes above a whisper, making the audience really reel in to listen, another trait that makes every show an intimate experience. This is apparent in “The Wind Song,” a delicately smooth composition. It allows the listener to relax and drift away in thought. In up-tempo “Red Shift,” a crowd favorite, we are immediately seduced by Barber’s clear vocals alongside soothing guitar riffs and light piano notes. Hypnotic lyrics also weave stories full of imagery. “Spinning in myself/ it’s difficult to tell if interstellar movement is separation/ Will you leave behind/ your planetary guides for deeper space and time and brighter constellations.” “Scream” comes off as a slow ballad until the notes turn into a fireball of rock and angry tones suggesting the release of pent up emotions. When she is not traveling on tour, Barber returns to play her weekly Monday night sets at the infamous Green Mill with her band mates Larry Kohut (bass), Makaya McCrave (drums) and Neal Alger (guitar). Substitutions of band players can occur depending on the night. With electrifying notes, sharp vocals and clever lyrics, Barber embodies a soulful and honest approach to each composition in her extensive repertoire while still staying true to jazz traditions. She continues to astound audiences from all around the world and various walks of life. This can readily be seen in the diverse audience at her shows. On this particular late-Autumn night, not one seat is empty, and latecomers are crammed into the venue as standing-room only. Her album “Smash” is an incredible achievement and provides an emotional depth not easily captured, making this a sophisticated jazz album meant to be shared. An audience member commented on her popularity: “What’s not to like about her? Her lyrics are smart, yet she’s also unassuming.” The Patricia Barber Quartet performs Mondays at the: Green Mill Jazz Club (4802 N.Broadway), $7, Time: 9pm November 18 - January 27, Except on December 9.

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Horrid Casino brings family together Video games have a bad rap, is it all true? by Yesica Prado Staff Writer influence our choices? Maybe. But we should also take risks, otherwise, we wouldn’t get up everyday. Oddly enough, falling out of bed accounts for 1.8 million emergency room visits, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Don’t let their club name define who they are. Everyone deserves a chance for fair representation, right? Gamerz Inc. has become Truman’s largest club with over 100 members, staying connected even after graduating, said Graham, alias “edgedragon.” “We have a secret Facebook page to link all members, which allows us to interact and do stuff together,” said Graham. “We had our former president from two years ago still come back to play even though she goes to DePaul now.” Gamerz Inc. will be hosting another gaming party on Nov. 27 with an ‘80s theme. For more information on joining the club, visit the Student Activities Lounge on Mondays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. to sit through their weekly meetings. Don’t miss out on being a part of this wonderfully weird family.


he soldier runs in circles inside the mansion desperately looking for an exit, only to find the doorways blocked. He takes a peek through a foggy window, searching for survivors beyond the darkness of the virtual night. Suddenly, the screen turns red. The soldier gets cornered, and blood squirts out of his head as dozens of hungry human teeth ferociously devour him. “Ahhhhh, what the fuck,” a 6-year-old boy yells at the 51inch TV. “Noooooo, don’t die!” he continues, grinding his teeth and slamming the remote against the floor. BAAMM! White pieces of plastic and colorful buttons burst out from the $40 control. Many of us have stereotyped video gamers as quick - tempered, anti-social, nerdy and lazy. I didn’t believe instereotypes until witnessing my sibling break his fourth remote control this year. Searching for a new club as a shy new student, I immediately stereotyped the gamers club as I pictured my angry little cousin, which made me hesitate to join. Yet, after hanging out with Gamerz Inc., Truman’s official video game club, I found the members to be more than nerdy guys playing video games. The gamers club is a family founded on friendship. Gamerz Inc. has many interests for every taste from video games, anime, manga and comic books. The members plan events every month that include: gaming tournaments, anime screening days, parties, and fundraisers, stated Reginald Graham, Gamerz Inc. Vice President. One of their focuses is to bringnon-mainstream anime shows, so nothing like famous animes Bleach, One Piece or Naruto is played as they hope to bring awareness to new shows unheard of for students. As for video games, shooting and role-playing games such as Call of Duty and Kingdom of Hearts are among the many choices. This month, the club along with Truman’s dance crew HYPE hostedHorrid Casino, which was a fun gaming party on Halloween,from noon to 6 p.m., in the Student Activities Lounge where students socialized, ate candy, wore costumes, played video and group games. Wearing a costume was not required, but members enjoyed

Photo credit: Yesica P. Prado cosplaying as zombies and Batman to name a few, which is a fanatic trend among gamers and anime lovers where participants wear costumes and accessories to represent their favorite fictional character. “Brandon cosplayed as an elementary schoolgirl last year,” said Victor Arduno, club member recalling Gamerz Inc. President Brandon Figueroa’s costume. “I think he even shaved to keep it authentic. Seeing him in a dress was a little weird, but it’s understandable since it’scosplay.” Joining the Gamerz Inc. grants you a fresh start: new friends, new hobbies and even a new name. In the member’s initiation, you will be baptized with a name that best describes your personality. Club member Jennifer Nguyen was renamed as “ladyxdeath” because “they think I’m evil,” stated Nguyen. I guess you know what they say, “it’s always the quiet ones.” But are video games productive? My aunt certainly doesn’t think so, but still allows her child to play video games? She is contradicting as always. The average child aged 8 to 12 plays 13 hours of video games per week, according to the research organization Harris Interactive. One might think, “they are just kids and they’ll grow out it.” Wrong. Video game researcher Stephen Burgess conducted a study on “Video Game Playing and Academic Performance in College Students,” revealing 81% of 18 to 29-year-olds play video games. Additionally exposure to violent games may disrupt school performance as the study concludes those with higher exposure demonstrated the lowest GPAs. But of course, there are always exceptions. Arduno has been a club member since the fall of 2011 and although he admits playing video games in excess, sometimes for even 10 hours in a day, but he has never abandoned his studies. “I work two part-time jobs and I go to school,” said Arduno, alias “machete.” “When I’m not doing something productive, I’m playing video games. It really calms me down and releases stress. It’s 10 hours of relaxation and then back to reality.” Should we allow frightening statistics and stereotypes

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Fall 2013


Resolving rich-versus-poor class warfare Guest Opinion by Christian Lopez Guest Opinion Writer and Truman Student


consider myself lower middle class in terms of socioOther options remain, however, that could potentially economic status, and even though this is still better off improve the majority of Americans’ financial situation, and than most of the world’s population, I believe it one in particular has come to light recently. Fast food workers nonetheless lends me some perspective on the matter of the around the nation have been campaigning for higher minimum so-called “1 percent” versus the rest of the population, wages because, by most accounts, the current minimum wage regarding the growing gap between rich and poor in the United is insufficient to make a decent living. Realistically speaking, States. living on a $7.25-per-hour wage even when working full time Two years ago or so, a fairly notorious movement spread while living in a large city where the cost of living is fairly high around the world based upon the actions of protesters on can prove to be almost impossible. Wall Street, namely the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. This If these strikes are successful, I believe they may well serve activist group originated in various circumstances, such as as a stepping stone towards increasing wages across the board people being fed up by how a minority of the population in low-skill low-pay jobs. If not, there is always the option of controls a majority of the total income, the worldwide increasing taxes on the rich in order to reduce stress on the less economic meltdown that started in 2008 and the increasing fortunate. This option is likely to be met with fierce opposirate of unemployment in the U.S. tion, however, by some of the richest people who do not share These people focused their protests on increasing Bill Gates’s philanthropic interests. Whatever steps are taken awareness about this will need to have a noticeable wealth disparity, and they effect, and quickly, before “Once you throw us together, asserted that it was unfair the world faces yet another for the other 99 percent financial disaster where I we’ll find our humanity.” of the population. suspect that measures taken But I believe the - Dr. William Settles, Truman Professor by the 99 percenters will wealthy do, in fact, take not be simply limited to notice of their status in peaceful demonstrations. comparison to the lower class, as demonstrated by the various While I am fortunate enough to live in the U.S. and to foundations being established around the world in addition dedicate myself fully to being a student, I am still aware of to numerous other philanthropic efforts, such as the Bill the hardships endured by the less fortunate not only in this Gates and Warren Buffet Giving Pledge campaign, which is country, but around the globe as well. And so, even if the exemplary of their commitment to helping the less fortunate situation of wealth disparity has not necessarily improved and which goes to show that we are not being completely since the end of the recession, I am still hopeful that there abandoned by our most fortunate figures. will eventually be a resolution, whether it is through the However, improvements could still be made in order to efforts of our wealthier citizens, tax reforms, wage increases resolve the immense disparity between rich and poor, or other possibilities. In the end, the only path to progress is including increasing wages for low-skilled jobs and higher not through class conflict, but through mutual understanding taxes on the rich in order to reduce the burden on the rest of and cooperation. the population. After all, the self-made billionaires did not get to where they are on their own, and thus it is in their best interests to prevent mass outrage by assisting in solutions to the problem.



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Uptown Exchange Fall 2013 #1  

The Uptown Exchange, the student journalism newspaper of Truman College, releases its first Fall 2013 issue.