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T he W right Times

President Palos Speaks On New Position By: Remy Spencer Arts And Culture Editor


Discover Chicago’s music scene on Page 6


Levy Exits High expectations for Wright, Leaves Wilburpalooza this year Advice By: Jackelyn Sigaran

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The annual event known as Wilburpalooza will once again bring fun After nearly two decades teaching and excitement to campus life. WilburMRXUQDOLVP DQG (QJOLVK WR VWXGHQWV palooza, planned by Student GovernIra Levy resigned from his position as ment Association (SGA), will occur on professor at Wright College in mid- August 31 and September 1, each day August to focus on a new project called from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the eve“Pedal America,â€? a program on cycling ning hours of 4 to 7 p.m. The event will culture in North America set to air next take place outside between the Science May. Levy leaves behind a rich leg- Building and the Learning Resource DF\ DV WKH Ă€UVW IDFXOW\ DGYLVRU RI7KH Center. Wright Times, which was founded in Students will have a variety of activities to participate in, including laser tag, a dunk tank, photobooth, gladiator joust, bean bag toss tournament, a caricaturist, popular videogames Dance Dance Revolution and Rock Band and much more. Prizes are available for the bean bag tournament. The video games will be hosted in the Science Building lobby. Several of these Wright students rock out on Guitar Hero. Ira Levy speaks with the Wright Times. activites will be montiored by Wright ColSee Levy on Page 3 See Wilburplooza on Page

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lege clubs and organizations such as Phi Theta Kappa, Wright Rams Wrestling Team, The Wright Side, Stage Wright and the Paralegal Club. This year’s edition of the event will also have serve hot dogs, chips, cookies, lemonade, soft drinks and popcorn on site The goal of Wilburpalooza is to lure new students in and get them excited about Wright College, as well as to raise awareness of SGA, participating clubs and student life on campus. SGA President Lilian Paniagua has high hopes for the event, which was two months in the making this year. “This year will be a big improvement

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WT: What do you think about the ReinYHQWLRQLQLWLDWLYH" Wright Times (WT): How has your JP: Reinvention has Ă€UVWPRQWKLQRIĂ€FHEHHQ" come to mean a lot Jim Palos (JP): It’s been a blast. I’ve of different things met so many wonderful people from to a lot of differfaculty, staff, administration and ter- ent people. For me, ULĂ€FVWXGHQWV(YHU\VWXGHQWWKDW,KDYH Reinvention is a rea conversation with shows me great commitment to servsense of purpose. I try to spend a lot ing our students. It’s of time with folks individually. It has really about how do been a busy pace but tons of fun. we provide the best opportunities educaWT: Tell me a little bit about your tional and otherwise background. to the students who JP: I grew up in Humboldt Park. I was come here wanting to one of nine children, two of which improve their lives. came here to Wright. I went to Colum- Reinvention is a probia University in New York. I just abso- cess for us to think lutely loved Columbia and New York. I through and then act came back for graduate school at Kel- on the best way of logg, Northwestern’s business school. improving outcomes .HOORJJLVDWHUULĂ€FSRVLWLYHZLQQLQJ for our students. President Palos discusses his experiences at Wright. culture and much of what I tried to do everywhere that I‘ve worked after Kel- WT: Tell me about a See Palos Interview on Page 2 logg has been to replicate that culture. situation that stood



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The Wright Times

1995. Levy stepped down from his position in 2008. The Wright Times got in touch with Levy on August 27 at noon to discuss his experience at Wright and what the future holds.

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Wright Times (WT): Can you tell us about your experience at Wright? Ira Levy (IL): I think that the college has been extraordinarily supportive of me since the day I joined. They hired me on 1995 to build the journalism program from scratch. No one was teaching classes, they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much of a newspaper. There was nothing stable, nothing consistent. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anything about student press,

By: Shane Dunn Editor-in-Chief Enrollment for the Summer 2011 semester dipped slightly from the last four years, a report from the CCC OfĂ&#x20AC;FHRI5HVHDUFKDQG(YDOXDWLRQIRXQG Wright College had a total of 8,981 students attend classes during the sum-

mer semester of 2011, which lasted from June 8 to July 30. Of these, full time students numbered 3,760 (41.9 percent) while part-timers numbered 5,221 (58.1 percent). Assistant Dean of Research and Planning Brian Trzebiatowski noted that many students in summer classes are transfers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Typically, one-third of students are transfer students,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually, they come from universities like UIC [University of Illinois at Chicago], DePaul, and Loyola. Gen-

eral education classes here are much cheaper here.â&#x20AC;? Although enrollment for credit classes increased by 5.7 percent, adult education and continuing education classes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which make up the bulk of the Ă&#x20AC;JXUHV²ERWKGHFOLQHGIURPODVW\HDU :LWKLQWKHODVWĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUVVXPPHU enrollment reached a peak in 2010. During that semester, 9,111 students attended Wright, 3,842 who were fulltime and 5,269 who were part-time.


Students wait in line in the Arts Building lobby. but I came from a professional news background. I asked the college to be patient as the students learned how to be journalists. That was my plan. Then the dean of instruction and the vice president [Charles Guengerich] came to me and said they wanted the students to put out a newspaper. When that happens, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say no when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re new. I started spoon-feeding them journalism skills and they put out something. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all that great, EXWLWZDVVRPHWKLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSXEOLFDtion they had done. But it got better as time went on. WT: What was it like watching the staff evolve and improve? IL: Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best part. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where you really get to see the results of your work. As an advisor, with the students on the newspaper, you share a common bond. You travel with them, share common interests and you see a real interest in learning. When you have that engagement, which is continual, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when you see the results of your work. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting is that students that worked on the newspaper tend to keep in touch with me long after their gone, supposed to those that I taught in the classroom. They still call me for career advice for every step. You get to be part of it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to miss mostâ&#x20AC;ŚI feel I learned from the students that the students learn from me. WT: How so? IL: The average students in any given class is about 25 minds. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just one

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because of the new marketing plan we have come up with,â&#x20AC;? noting that SGA has marketed for the annual event far in advance. Funding for Wilburpalooza comes from SGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, which totaled $10,000 and is derived from student activity fees. Paniagua also expressed optimism on attendance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, 300 students were present within two days in total at Wilburpalooza and this year 4,000 students are expected to be welcomed to Wilburpalooza,â&#x20AC;? she said. Wilburpalooza this year also features a carnival theme. SGA Vice President Sara Bustamante came up with the idea of having this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wilburpalooza feature a carnival theme. SGA President Lillian Paniagua said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had a theme before, and we just want to give it a theme. We were inspired by Lollapalooza. The type of games we have are very carnival in nature.â&#x20AC;? Invitations have been extended to every city college in the district. Charzele Lawsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group will be making an appearance at Wilburpalooza on August 31 at 1:00 p.m. Wright student Calvin â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kid Kingâ&#x20AC;? Wallace will also be performing on Sept 1 at 1:00 p.m. In case of severe weather, Wilburpalooza will be held in the gym in the Events building.


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Levy talks about his passion for cycling. listen to them. Go where your heart tells you. You have to do the hard work to get there. Anything worth going after is hard. If it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really, really hard, then it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any value. This project Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working on, Pedal America, was three and a half years in the making. It got 141 proposal rejections. Only three companies said yes. Follow your own passion, because no matter what type it is, live your own life because the only one that can live it is you. Also, take as much writing as you can. No matter what your passion is, it is the number one primary skill that will help to bring your goals to fruition, because no one cares about your dreams or goals in the business WT: Any closing thoughts? IL0\PHVVDJHWRVWXGHQWVLVWRĂ&#x20AC;QG world. What people care about is what out and learn what your passion isâ&#x20AC;Ś your idea will do for them. And if Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about people that say you you cannot articulate that in writing, canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ridiculous. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to connect with them. mind. Sometimes, I think students donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize that they are 25 minds that can do a lot of amazing things and multiple minds are always more dynamic than just one. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had sixteen years of teaching three or four classes per semester. Multiply that by each semester and then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thousands and thousands of inputs and life experiences. And I think that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to absorb all that and use that with your own life experiences. I think the students have taught me more than I taught them. As a professor, I think you have to be open to that. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what makes for a wonderful exchange.

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One common problem brought to our attention by students is that few are aware of just how many clubs exist at Wright. We hope that this informative spread of seven popular clubs and organizations on campus â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just the tip of the iceberg - will help to spark interest and participation in campus life.

The Wright Side According to Editor-In-Chief Abrahim Harb, the purpose of The Wright Side â&#x20AC;&#x153;is to expose the Wright commuThe Wright Side is Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Col- QLW\ WR WKH SRHWU\ DQG Ă&#x20AC;FWLRQ ZRUOGÂľ OHJH¡V OLWHUDU\ PDJD]LQH 6LQFH  Along with providing the magazine, this magazine allows aspiring writers The Wright Side also holds several on campus to get their work published events throughout the school year such free of charge. No experience is re- as the Play Festival, which was held quired to submit work, the magazine ODVW VFKRRO \HDU )HEUXDU\  DQG and the Wright Side complies and pub- featured four short plays, including one lishes all the content. written and submitted by a Wright student. The Wright Side is also presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beats,â&#x20AC;? a performance of beat poetry reinterpreted by 16th Street Theater on September 14. Students interested in joining or submitting to The Wright Side can email the club at wrightside1@gmail. com for more information. Any submissions IRUWKHHGLWLRQRI the magazine should be sent to club advisor Vincent Bruckert at

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Stage Wright

By: Shane Dunn Editor-in-Chief

By: Jose Capetillo Reporter

house management and participating in a show itself. In October they will also hold their Stage Wright, founded in 1999, is Ă&#x20AC;UVW IXQGUDLVHU IRU WKH )DOO  VHhome to students looking to participate PHVWHU 'XULQJ 2FWREHU  6WDJH in workshops that explore the different Wright will have a wardrobe sale from aspects of theater production. previous productions. It will be held Stage Wright began eleven years LQ WKH (YHQWV %XLOGLQJ OREE\ IURP  ago under the leadership of Maria DPWRSP Jaskot-Inclan, who currently serves as Members can expect to spend at least FOXE DGYLVRU7KHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVW VWDJH SURGXF- an hour attending each meeting. The tion was Robert Fulghumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I re- club discusses plans for visiting stage ally need to know I learned in Kinder- plays throughout the city, and possible garten.â&#x20AC;? The club has since produced productions for future fundraisers. two or more stage plays every year Although auditions for their new including dramas, comedies and mu- stage production of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rocky Horror sicals. Students have an opportunity Showâ&#x20AC;? have ended, any students interto work in the production in a variety ested in joining them can contact the RIZD\VVXFKDVVWDJHFUHZER[RIĂ&#x20AC;FH club at

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Architecture Club By: Jose Capetillo Reporter One unique club here at Wright College is the Architecture Club. According to its mission statement, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of the Wright College Architecture Club is to enhance and facilitate awareness and appreciation of architecture.â&#x20AC;? The club has been in existence on and off at Wright. It was not until its current advisor, professor Christine Marriot, that it was established as a FRQVLVWHQWFOXEĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUVDJR The Architecture Club meets twice a week and students have the opportunity to share conversations and plan activities around their common interest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Depending on what we have to talk about,


the meetings can be anywhere from a half hour to a hour,â&#x20AC;? said Marriot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We talk about: activities and fund raising. A lot of the talk has to do with planning and organizing trips. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken PDQ\Ă&#x20AC;HOGWULSVDQ\ZKHUHOLNHJRLQJWR the art museum in Milwaukee.â&#x20AC;? A few years ago during spring break, WKHFOXEZDVDEOHWRWDNHDĂ&#x20AC;HOGWULSWR Fallingwater, also known as the Kaufmann Residence. It is a house built in 1935 and designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in southwestern Pennsylvania. Another spring break destination the club ventured to New Orleans. The Architecture Club meets in room A224 around 12:30 either Tuesdays or Thursdays. For more information, contact

Environmental Club

By: Veronica Ibarra Reporter

Photo by: Kathlyn Talapian

Students who want to make a global impact will feel right at home in the Environmental Club. The club has meetings weekly or bi-weekly depending on the project. Club members look to proThe Environmental Club participating in Earth Day. mote and educate students about environmental students about global warming and recare. Environmental Club advisor Mila cycling. Students and attendees transSimeonovska says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of the act fair trade products, plant seeds and club is to raise environmental aware- can obtain organic seedlings. ness and to get more people involved The Environmental Club also parin activities that lessen the negative im- ticipates in honey harvesting, when a pact on the environment. Students who beekeeper teaches and lets people exMRLQ WKH (QYLURQPHQWDO &OXE ZLOO Ă&#x20AC;QG perience honey harvesting. The club it rewarding to work toward protecting participates in competitions such as the environment and saving it for fu- the Chill Out where club members proture generations.â&#x20AC;? mote activities to reduce global warmThe club organizes many projects ing pollution during the Environmental throughout the year in order to develop Week. solutions, concerns and new ideas for Wright students who are interested the environment. One of their main in joining this club should contact Mila projects is Earth Day, an on-campus Simeonovska at msimeonovska@ccc. celebration where members inform edu.

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Students for a Democratic Society By: Shane Dunn Editor-in-Chief Wright students with a passion for social change and proWHVWV ZLOO Ă&#x20AC;QG 6WXGHQWV for a Democratic Society (SDS) most interesting. According to SDS President Viviana Moreno, the club is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a student and youth organization [that] stands against racism, sexism, homophobia and most importantly against imperialism.â&#x20AC;? SDS participates in many political protests located downtown and in other states throughout the year, which Moreno says are â&#x20AC;&#x153;aimed at ending war and occupation overseas

while raising the morale of Americans.â&#x20AC;? They also work in tandem with other progressive groups in Chicago. When they do not attend these events, they hold active discussions on current events including Reinvention, immigration and the Israeli-Palestinian FRQĂ LFW The club meets every week. Meeting times are to be announced. For more information, students can contact SDS at or join their Facebook group groups/SaveCityColleges for planned meetings and events.

Student Government Association By: Shane Dunn Editor-in-Chief Student Government Association (SGA) exists to serve only one group: the students. For SGA President Lilian Paniagua, SGA is meant to ensure that â&#x20AC;&#x153;students are getting what they deserve: adequate service, encouragement of student life on campus and the best education they can get from Wright.â&#x20AC;? In line with advancing student interests, SGA manages the SGA CafĂŠ, located in the Events Building, where students are hired to serve coffee do-

nated by Stewarts, and cheesecakes and cookies from Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cheesecake. All proceeds from this go towards the SGA scholarship, which is awarded to students that do QRW UHFHLYH Ă&#x20AC;nancial aid. SGA also encourages student participation in clubs. They compile the packet so that students interested in creating a club can EHFRPH RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDO and the clubs are funded and supplied by SGA as well. For more informaWLRQRU WRMRLQWKH6*$ RIĂ&#x20AC;FHFDQEH IRXQGDW62IĂ&#x20AC;FHKRXUVDUHWREH announced but will be open every day.

Video Game Club The Wright Video Game Club (VGC) is the campus haven for gamers of all stripes. The club was founded just a few years ago. According to club member Jordan Evans, the purpose of the club is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;make friends and bring people together.â&#x20AC;? VGC has expanded from just a few members to the largest, most active club at Wright. Every meeting televisions are brought into the cafeteria in the Science Building where they meet to play on popular video game systems, usu-

ally the Xbox 360 and PS3. Fighting DQG Ă&#x20AC;UVWSHUVRQ VKRRWHUV DUH WKH PRVW popular genres, including games such as Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Members also play card games, particularly Magic: The Gathering and 52-card games such as Castle. They also occasionally hold fundraisers, VXFK DV WKH *DPLQJ IRU -DSDQ EHQHĂ&#x20AC;W held for victims of Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tsumani earlier this year. For more information, interested students can go to the cafeteria on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 p.m. and ask to speak to club President Tristan Caliboso.

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By: Shane Dunn Editor-in-Chief

Video Game Club members playing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Danceâ&#x20AC;?.

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The Wright Times called upon local artists to lend us their talent. The result: a compilation CD that represents not only Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aspiring musicians but local Chicago artists. The Wright Times presents Autumn Tunes 2011! Listen online at

BdBusiness By: Erica Harlston Managing Editor

ation, even if it is only for four minutes and nine seconds. Dates for upcoming performances can be found on Twit%HUWR´%G%XVLQHVVÂľ)HUQDQGH]KDV ter @BdbusinessGl. Artist information remained connected to his Chicago can be found at roots over the last ten years. His faithfulness to the city he calls home is evoked in his track, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soulful Music.â&#x20AC;? The lyrics were written while riding the Blue Line on his way to work. ´,MXVWZURWHGRZQZKDWZDVRQ P\ PLQG DQG WKH SHQ Ă RZHGÂľ said BdBusiness. Joining forces with Jusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sam, the beat creator, they were able to perfect a track that combined hip-hop with soul. By incorporating his personal thoughts and emotions he created a song relatable to people from different walks of life. When listening to his music listeners let go of daily stress and ]RQHLQRQDSODFHRISXUHUHOD[-

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Avanti Guitar Trio By: Shane Dunn Editor-in-Chief

but loss and woe, but the blissful duality of heaven and earth in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evening Skydance/Bone Danceâ&#x20AC;? evokes such Avanti Guitar Trio is Wright music serene sounds that my perspective was professor Jeffery Gabriel Silva, Thom- transformed. Silva also hopes that lisas Clippert and Julie Goldberg. This teners â&#x20AC;&#x153;will be encouraged to listen to talented ensemble of guitar virtuosos instrumental music and follow us as from Chicago performed at Wright in fans.â&#x20AC;? Classical musicians rarely get April to great fanfare. Now they pres- star treatment in contemporary society, ent the track â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evening Skydance/Bone but Avanti Guitar Trio proves worthy 'DQFHÂľ D Ă&#x20AC;YHPLQXWH VRQJ WKDW UH- RIWKDWPDJQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQWPDQWOH7KH\ZLOO Ă HFWVWKHLULQWHUHVWLQFODVVLFDODQGMD]] perform at Wright on October 9. For genres. Silva said â&#x20AC;&#x153;the track evokes more information, check avantiguitarUHOD[HG HQHUJL]HG IHHOLQJV ZLWKLQ D wide color palette.â&#x20AC;? I had no idea that acoustic guitars could show anything

Clad In Darkness By: Shane Dunn Editor-in-Chief Many fans of metal in Chicago have heard of Clad in Darkness, and for good reason: the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s twisting tempos, vocals and riffs (to say nothing of genre blending) have won a loyal following. Band guitarist and Wright alumnus Coy Scottberg presented The Wright Times with the track â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revelries and Silenceâ&#x20AC;? from the 2006 EP â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amidst Her Shadows,â&#x20AC;? eight minutes of gentle, slow guitar clashing with furious chops

and blackened, raspy vocals. While opinions can and do differ on what one should get out of a track, Scottberg HPSKDVL]HV WKDW OLVWHQHUV VKRXOG JHW â&#x20AC;&#x153;some type of satisfactionâ&#x20AC;Ś Happiness, sadness, introspection, a calming effect, boundless energy, whatever the case as long as there is some type of IXOĂ&#x20AC;OOPHQW WKHUHÂľ  6KRXOG VDLG HIIHFW be positive, readers can check Clad in Darkness out when they play with 40 Watt Sun and Austaras at Reggieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rock Club on September 24.

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the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bartâ&#x20AC;? in the title is, it is a reference to Bart from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Simpsons.â&#x20AC;? In fact, the popular animated comedy is %\GD\3DXO&]DUQRZVNLLVDFRPLF the focal point of most of Hired Goonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shop manager in Logan Square. By songs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As long as people are listenQLJKWWKRXJK&]DUQRZVNLMRLQVIULHQGV ing and nodding along and rocking out Bill Arceno and John Beavers to put and laughing at the lyrics, then thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on a rocking performance as the band great. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we shoot for,â&#x20AC;? says Hired Goons. The band performs a &]DUQRZVNL´6RLI\RX¡UHORRNLQJIRU song titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Bart Die,â&#x20AC;? which Ar- a silly band, give us a callâ&#x20AC;Śand weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ceno describes as â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the heavier make sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hopefully songs and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;Śand I thought â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Die Bart be doing shows late fall and this win- By: Erica Harlston die,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; would make a great metal sort of WHUÂľ<RXFDQĂ&#x20AC;QGPRUHLQIRUPDWLRQRQ Managing Editor FKRUXV LW¡V MXVW FKDQWLQJ Âś'LH %DUW these funny guys online at www.gabChicago native Samuel Escobar, die.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s any question as to who known by most as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sam,â&#x20AC;? has been composing music for the past six years. Using a computer program known for beat construction, Reason  KH V\QWKHVL]HV VRXQGV DQG EDVV drums to create enrapturing beats that attract all ears. His track, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock This Jointâ&#x20AC;? from his album titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Love,â&#x20AC;? was created when Jusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sam was in a Daft Punk phase and contains a

lot of electro dance elements. He composed the beat at a place called Street Level and the title for the track was given to him by a friend, Chris Lee. The genre behind the song is dance and trance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was kind of drunk when I made this beat so I was in a huge party mood,â&#x20AC;? Jusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sam said. You can expect him to perform in the near future but until then his music can be found at VRXQGFORXGFRPMXVVDP

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distorted violet By: Shane Dunn Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Chapman, who goes under the alias â&#x20AC;&#x153;distorted violet,â&#x20AC;? takes pride in her individuality. She has no problem plundering the mainstream but also is very wary of keeping her distance: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is just so empty,â&#x20AC;? she said referring to â&#x20AC;&#x153;mainstreamâ&#x20AC;? music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just music, so it has to be catchy and repetitive, but I just feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shallowâ&#x20AC;Ś you have to grab peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention, but I

wish it could be done in a more profound way. There should be a message there.â&#x20AC;? In her song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow White,â&#x20AC;? she presents her warped take on the titular character complete with Gagalicious hooks and dark synthesizers with varied textures, deconstructing that squeaky clean image of the pure princess Disney has gleefully stuffed down the throats of generations. Her music can be found at

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Crocodile Children

By: Shane Dunn Editor-in-Chief

wastelandâ&#x20AC;? and the subject of the song %UXFH:LOOLVIURPWKHĂ&#x20AC;OP´$UPDJHGdon, incidentally) â&#x20AC;&#x153;observing all the $WĂ&#x20AC;UVWJODQFHORFDODOWHUQDWLYHURFN destruction that has been brought upon artist Crocodile Children may seem to KLVWRZQDQGWU\LQJWRĂ&#x20AC;JXUHRXWKRZ be yet another collective of musicians to deal with itâ&#x20AC;Ś[the track] is a paseking out a living from canned ravi- sionate call for salvation.â&#x20AC;? The mellow oli and vans parked at Wal-Mart, but a tone of the song conjures not the act of single listen reveals them as something destruction, but the bleak aftermath PRUH6SHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\LWUHYHDOVWKH\KDYH and the isolation upon the survivor, talent, as can be seen from their track perfect for those dark lonely moments â&#x20AC;&#x153;Armageddon (Left Behind).â&#x20AC;? Accord- life springs upon the unwary. Expect ing to band member Logan Mounts, the them to pop up at a gig near you. song evokes scenes of an â&#x20AC;&#x153;apocalyptic

Imminent By: Shane Dunn Editor-in-Chief Imminent is a band without fear. This Chicago-bred hard rock group has no qualms dealing with the duality of singing about Christianity to faces being smashed by their visceral guitar attack. Granted, while this balance may seem strange to the typical music fan, they perform with such an excellent display of virtuosity that even non-Christians will become believers. Their adrena-

The Flashbulb By: Shane Dunn Editor-in-Chief

ceeded, proving himself, once again, a electric wizard across the seemingly thousands of genres his recordings Viridian trees, lavender sunsets and have encompassed. Perhaps his genius velvet nights. These are a few of my fa- lies in isolation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he prefers to keep vorite things. If the bright synthesizers away from trendy scenes, noting that and frolicking guitar featured on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The â&#x20AC;&#x153;most musical fads here are driven Trees In Russiaâ&#x20AC;? is any indication, by gimmicks or subtle ad campaigns. they may be among The Flashbulbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The result is an audience that parties IDYRULWHWKLQJVWRR7KLVSUROLĂ&#x20AC;FDUWLVW harder than they listen.â&#x20AC;? Thank God whose real name is Benn Jordan, said for innovation. The Flashbulb recently he aimed â&#x20AC;&#x153;for an ethereal atmosphereâ&#x20AC;? played here on July 30. For informawhen writing this song from his 2010 tion on future shows, check his webalbum â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arboreal.â&#x20AC;? He certainly suc- VLWHWKHĂ DVKEXOEQHW

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line rush of a song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godspeedâ&#x20AC;? is, to band member Dave, about â&#x20AC;&#x153;the pursuit of lifeâ&#x20AC;Ślife takes us through highs and lows and hope that God will prosper you on your journey.â&#x20AC;? Imminent drummer Kirby added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bible says we are going to go through struggles, but in time, we have to get back on our feet. This song serves to be a reminder that you can "go hard," switch out and move past situations.â&#x20AC;? Upcoming Imminent shows can be found at

Fresh Valuez By: Erica Harlston Managing Editor â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was written at a time when I was totally infatuated with this girl I met, so it reminds me of all those crazy feelings you experience when you become attracted to someone new,â&#x20AC;? Alex Baez

said in regards to his song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hollaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? It was originally a long song that Matt Berger, the other face of Fresh Valuez, had produced a few years ago. He admired a part of the original so much that it is the main riff of the song. The line in his chorus â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep pushing on,â&#x20AC;? is motivational to anyone who needs uplifting. As a self-taught musician, Alex considers his music to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hipster R&Bâ&#x20AC;?. His Chicago-Style hot dog tattoo placed proudly on his forearm shows how deep his Chicago pride runs, and thinks of it as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best city in the world.â&#x20AC;? Alex is currently wrapping up the Ă&#x20AC;QDOWRXFKHVRQWKHXScoming EP. Information regarding upcoming shows can be found at


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Bam! Pow! Wizard DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burnham gets a boost World Hits Chicagoland By: Jose Capetillo Reporter

Photo by: Alex Sanchez

At Marvel Comics, Burnham worked on an X-Men anthology followed by an issue of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvel Mystery Comics 70th It would seem that drawing for Anniversary Specialâ&#x20AC;? in 2009. By: Alex Sanchez DC Comicsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Batman Incorporatedâ&#x20AC;? In 2010, he reteamed with Casey to Reporter with writer Grant Morrison would be UHOHDVH2IĂ&#x20AC;FHU'RZQH7KDWVDPH\HDU enough. Not for an artist by the name Burnham began work on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Armory This past weekend saw the of Chris Burnham. Warsâ&#x20AC;? for BOOM! Studios, completing arrival of one of the Midwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burnham hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allowed himself seven issues before an opportunity of most popular conventions, one to become complacent with his unique a lifetime presented itself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been that can only be described as art style. Walk into DarkTower Com- doing Armory Wars since January and a geek paradise. On August LFV:HGQHVGD\VDQG\RXZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QGKLP I guess it was sometime in October I 11, the Wizard World Chicago in the dollar boxes looking for his lat- got an email from Joe Casey out of the Comic Convention (Wizard est artistic obsession. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every couple blue,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Batman and Robinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; World) landed in nearby Roseof days I see something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh was running behind schedule and they mont and overtook the Donald My God!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I get completely reobsessed were looking for an artist. Grant MorE. Stephens Convention Center. and go to the store and spend all sorts rison, the writer, and his wife Kristen For four days, the convention of money tracking down everything WKRXJKWWKDWP\DUWZRXOGEHDJRRGĂ&#x20AC;W center was overrun with geeks: someone ever drew.â&#x20AC;? and if I was free?â&#x20AC;? there were people dressed as Burnham began his love of comUnfortunately Chris was not free; their favorite comic character, ics through cartoons such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super- it was the weekend of the New York fans of the blockbuster TV sefriendsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spider-Manâ&#x20AC;? and been Comic-Con so no one at BOOM! ries â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Whoâ&#x20AC;? wielded their hooked ever since. His mother entered Studios knew of his new offer. Burnsonic screwdrivers and the clashim into local community art centers ham had to make a choice because the sic, spiked wig of an anime cosjust to give him something to do. He chance wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to last forever. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It player could often be seen over H[SHULPHQWHGE\GRRGOLQJDQGĂ&#x20AC;JXULQJ was just like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing it, sorry the heads of the other conventhings out himself. guys,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Burnham explains. Over the tion attendants. Several celebIn college, Burnham took classes course of that week, Burnham drew An R2-D2 replica at Wizard World. rities and artists from around in life drawing which he credits with eight pages for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Batman and Robinâ&#x20AC;? the country also made appearstars directly, without having to get a helping develop his skills further. â&#x20AC;?I and was eventually offered the art duances to talk with their followers and UDIĂ HWLFNHWDQGWKHQJHWUDQGRPO\VHthink the biggest thing school wise ties for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Batman Incorporated.â&#x20AC;? sign autographs. With all of the attrac- lected for autographs.â&#x20AC;? She even menis storyboarding,â&#x20AC;? Burnham said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Today Chris Burnham has already tions and activities that were available tions that at another well known Chilearned a lot of strict rules that I try to accomplished what most up and comto the participants of the convention, it cago comic convention (C2E2) you are stick to and really anchored myself.â&#x20AC;? ing comic book artists aspire to achieve was apparent that the weekend would less likely to get such an audience with $IWHUPRYLQJWR&KLFDJRKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWMRE but he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allowing himself to relax. blow peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minds. the stars. Gabriel Rodriguez, another in comics was drawing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moonstoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chris intends to see the current storyline :KHQĂ&#x20AC;UVWHQWHULQJWKHFRQYHQWLRQ participant ran into David Della Rocco, Monsters: SeaCreaturesâ&#x20AC;? in 2003. Af- in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Batman Incorporatedâ&#x20AC;? through. He Ă RRULWZDVHDV\WRORVH\RXUEHDULQJV VWDU RI ´7KH %RRQGRFN 6DLQWVÂľ Ă&#x20AC;OP ter working years as a freelance artist can be found working with Grant Morwith the sheer amount of people walk- â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was in the morning when we were outside of comics, Burnham teamed up rison on the Leviathan story arc within ing around. What made the Chicago checking out of the hotel. My friends with writer Joe Casey in 2008 to cre- the pages of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Batman Incorporated,â&#x20AC;? convention special in comparison to and I werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure if it was him. Once ate â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pals.â&#x20AC;? Other art duties in currently available at comic stores evthe better-known San Diego Comic- we realized it was him, we gave him a comics followed thanks to the expo- erywhere. Con was the sense of intimacy in the nod and he nodded back. It was really sure he received working with Casey. air. Vendors, artists, celebrities and at- awkward but cool.â&#x20AC;? tendees were, for the most part, very The closeness of everyone at the approachable. As con-goer Zoe Ster- convention was not only felt between year working on their gianis of Chicago said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Wizard attendees and celebrities but also the RXWĂ&#x20AC;WV One father saw it World you can actually approach big DWWHQGHHVDQGWKHDUWLVWVZKRĂ&#x20AC;OOHGWKH as a way to bond his VHFWLRQ RI WKH VKRZ Ă RRU family. Dressed as known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Alley.â&#x20AC;? Batmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sidekick Artists were glad to have Robin, Brue, a father anyone walk by their booth of two from Columand show interest in their bus, OH, wandered work and they especially WKH FRQYHQWLRQ Ă RRU loved when they got to talk Accompanied by his about their projects. Autowife Amanda and his graphs and art prints were children Lillian and sold and autographed hapElenor (all dressed as pily by these talented folks another Batman reas well. lated character), Brue What usually drove two saw this as a way for strangers to begin talking to the family to bond. one another were the cosAccording to him, tumes that are often donned though, he is â&#x20AC;&#x153;brainat conventions. With the washingâ&#x20AC;? his daughamount of work and time ters to share the same people spend on these cosMany dressed up as their favorite superheroes. love of comics. tumes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder why Congoers even got intimate with elbows with well known artists and acothers are curious about the ATM. There was constantly a line tors. What really brought on the good them. For example, Eric, a of about twenty people waiting to slide spirits was the camaraderie amongst 31-year-old from Rockford, their card and get some more cash to the people who were there. As local IL, said he had spent around spend on all of the collectibles, art and Chicagoan Brian Crowley, creator of four and a half years perphoto opportunities. One woman, not- the webseries â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamster Rage,â&#x20AC;? said, fecting his Joker costume, ed that â&#x20AC;&#x153;this is more popular than the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a commonality, a love of the and still planned to make comics.â&#x20AC;? same things.â&#x20AC;? It truly seemed like there it even better. A group of Certainly, everyone who attended was a connection because when asked women in their 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dressed Comic Con seemed to have a good time to describe the convention in one word, as popular DC Comic charĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJGHDOVRQFRPLFVWKH\QHHGHGWR most people said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fun,â&#x20AC;? with smiles acters Harley Quinn, HawkCatwoman and Batman made an appearance. girl and Poison Ivy over a complete their collection or rubbing gracing their faces. Photo by: Alex Sanchez

Photo by: Alex Sanchez


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September 2011 Vol/Issue 18/2


Take a tour at Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cheesecake By: Veronica Ibarra Reporter Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cheesecake World offers bakery tours and special discounts every day of the week. Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donates slices of cheesecake to Wright Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SGA CafĂŠ and Wright students are able to receive a 10 percent discount upon presenting a valid college ID. Daily specials such as 20 percent on apple desserts and free samples are available. Visitors can enjoy variety of pastries such as whoopie pies, brownies, cookies, frozen cakes and sugar-free

cheesecakes. Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also offers salads, sandwiches, breakfast and lunches. Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conducts tours like the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sneak Peekâ&#x20AC;? that costs $3 and is available from Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. Chicagoans, national and international visitors come to participate in this tour. Visitors can learn about Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cheesecake history, cake preparation and participate in trivia games that reward free slices of cheesecake. Every part of the tour is a fun, interac-

By: Remy Spencer Arts and Culture Editor On Wednesday, September 14, Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s literary magazin, The Wright Side, and the Cultural Events committee are presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beats,â&#x20AC;? a performance from the 16th Street Theater. Located in Berwyn, IL, 16th Street Theater hosts a unique array of live performances. One such show, aptly called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beats,â&#x20AC;? focuses on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;beatnikâ&#x20AC;? movement in the 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Highlighted are excerpts from the work of poets such as Allen Ginsburg, Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, best known for their stark writing style and controversial subject matter. Wright Side advisor Vincent Bruckert described the play as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the original poetry of American beat poets in a fresh, hip-hop style production.â&#x20AC;? Director Ann Filmer said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

Beats were looking at the world and rejecting the work-produce-consume mentality. They were writers, poets, artists and musicians going against the JUDLQ RI VRFLHW\ DQG LQVWHDG Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJ their own way, their own voice, their RZQVRXQG7KH%HDWVJDYHXVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW serious literary movement indigenous to our country.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beatsâ&#x20AC;? attempts to shed light on a time when smoky cafĂŠs and velour berets were associated with oddities, outcasts and the overlooked. Today, Americans are encouraged celebrate their individuality with gusto. The show will last from 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. in the Wright Theater and admission is free. Students who attend the performance at Wright also receive a discount to the show at 16th Street. More information can be obtained from

lets people decorate and take home their own cake and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ultimate Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Experienceâ&#x20AC;? which includes all of the above and lunch. Prices for these tours start at $12.50. For information about Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tours visit www.elicheesecake. com. Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cheesecake is known all over the world and famous people have enjoyed it. Wright students shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss an opportunity to learn from these tours and experience Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delicious Ă DYRUV

Scenes from Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cheesecake World, located at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive.

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Actors from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beatsâ&#x20AC;? on stage.

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tive learning experience. Visitors have the opportunity to enter Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bakery station where they will interact with the personnel and discover how cakes are designed. This tour lasts approximately one hour and at the end everyone gets a slice of cake. Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also provides other tours for large groups such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be a Starâ&#x20AC;? where visitors taste some of Eliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheesecake, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cheesecake Decoratingâ&#x20AC;?

10 September 2011 Vol/Issue 18/2


Starting this month, the Wright Times is bringing you a full page of comics and games for your enjoyment. Whittle the day away with a crossword puzzle, Sudoku puzzle and excellent comics from our staff cartoonists! (Solutions to puzzles will be printed next month.)

Brattitude Clownz By: Willie Lee Ikerd

Get Your Own Answer By: Dominique Price

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Modern-day slavery in Chicago

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Smoking: blame it on yourself By: April Tarchala Reporter

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to save money. About 145,000 students who receive funds from the Monetary Award Program are being told the program will run dry by next semester. :ULJKWVWXGHQW%DFKOH1JX\HQUHOLHV RQĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDODLGWRSD\KHUWXLWLRQ6KH said, "I am sad that this is happening, since I am on my own and have lots of bills to pay and paying for school ZRXOG PDNH HYHU\WKLQJ ZRUVH 0\ parents can't help me pay my tuition, VRLI,FDQ WJHWĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDODLG,FDQ WVHH how I can afford school." Our government needs to re-evalXDWHWKHVWHSVWKDWWKH\DUHWDNLQJEHcause so far, our students are the ones being affected. Last February, President Obama assured that "education is an investment that we need, to win the IXWXUHMXVWOLNHLQQRYDWLRQLVDQLQYHVWment that we need to win the future." If this is true, why is his administration reducing aid to those most in need? If the debt deal reduces funding from programs that induce economic growth and stability through our students, then WKHWHPSRUDU\KHOSIRU3HOO*UDQWVDQG PLQRUKHOSWRRXUFRXQWU\ VGHĂ&#x20AC;FLWSURElem today won't be much worth later on when the same problem resurfaces.

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12 September 2011 Vol/Issue 18/2

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By: Shane Dunn Editor-in-Chief

Illustration by: Willie Lee Ikerd

forward and no murder weapon was produced. But juries still convicted the three.â&#x20AC;? Three teenagers missed out on On August 19, three wrongfully con- their entire young adulthoods as socivicted men were freed of their shack- ety outside the prison walls began to les. Since 1993, Damien Echols, Jason accept the very traits that marked them Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley had as deviants. spent their lives in prison. They were Unlike others wrongfully imprisvictims of the panic and desperation to RQHG WKH\ JRW H[FHSWLRQDOO\ OXFN\ Ă&#x20AC;QGDQVZHUVWRWKHKHLQRXVWRUWXUHDQG Thanks to a blitz of support from high murder of three eight-year-old boys in places, their case received widespread the conservative town of West Mem- H[SRVXUH DFURVV WKH PHGLD  7KH LPphis, Arkansas. When the unthinkable portance of this cannot be overstated. happens, in an equally unlikely place, The same Economist article notes that any answer will do. Even a lie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedom might never have come The West Memphis Three were without the celebrities, documentaries VFDSHJRDWV VDFULĂ&#x20AC;FHG WR DSSHDVH WKH [Paradise Lost] and internet campaigncries for a conviction. Why were they ing that brought international attention scapegoats? Because they were con- to the case.â&#x20AC;? sidered different from the rest. Echols ,QRUGHUWRREWDLQWKHLUIUHHGRPWKH\ was 18, Baldwin was 16 and Misskel- made an Alford plea with prosecution. ley was 17. Echols was a depressed An Ethics Alarms article said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;with boy that wrote Pink Floyd lyrics on an Alford plea, the defendant asserts he notebooks, read Stephen King horror or she is innocent, but acknowledges stories and listened to heavy metal. WKDW SURVHFXWLRQ KDV VXIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQW HYLHe was singled out as the mastermind dence to prove guilt beyond a reasonof the murders. The three, all friends, able doubt, and thus acknowledges lewere implicated when Misskelley â&#x20AC;&#x201C; JDOWKRXJKQRWDFWXDOJXLOWÂľ,QRWKHU ZKRKDGDQ,4RIZDVPLVOHDGLQWR words, in the eyes of the legal system, confessing to prosecutors that he and they are effectively guilty. Even delivhis friends had committed the crime erance is a veil. and were Satanists, which was then the The West Memphis Three are still KRWODEHOIRUODEHOLQJPLVĂ&#x20AC;WV Ă&#x20AC;JKWLQJ8QWLOWKHLUQDPHVDUHFOHDUHG According to The Economist article and the true killer is caught, their strugâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Suddenly, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re free,â&#x20AC;? during their gle will never end. trials â&#x20AC;&#x153;very little evidence was brought

The Wright Times staff answer the questions everyone is asking about popular culture, sports, entertainment and current events. Find out whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on our mind with Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Angles.

By: Erica Harlston Managing Editor

the technology to effectively meet the challenges of managing payments, facility access control, and security managementâ&#x20AC;? as stated in a Blackboard The goal of Blackboard (Bb) Mo- SUHVVUHOHDVHRQ$SULO,IWKLVLV bile, the phone application, is designed intended to make college life simpler to â&#x20AC;&#x153;put more powerâ&#x20AC;Śin the hands of then wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t students having access your students and faculty,â&#x20AC;? making life to the Bb Mobile app make course aceasier for any college participant. tivities even more easily accessible? A Blackboard press release from Giving students the power to engage June 20, 2011 states that â&#x20AC;&#x153;nearly 60 per- on their mobile devices offers instant cent of community colleges use Black- access to the information needed for boardâ&#x20AC;? compared to the 20 percent of success. Access to Bb via any smart four-year institutions that incorporate phone device leaves this generation it into its curriculum. This shows how ZLWKQRH[FXVHIRUDFDGHPLFIDLOXUH important Bb is to our community and At that rate, going mobile is an efKRZ EHQHĂ&#x20AC;FLDO LW ZRXOG EH WR H[SDQG fective way to keep education at evits accessibility. HU\RQH¡V Ă&#x20AC;QJHUWLSV :ULJKW (QJOLVK Just about every professor at Wright professor Dr. Helen Doss said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;[For College relies heavily on using Bb in students] scheduling time to comtheir courses for things such as home- plete assignments is challenging. A work assignments, class notes and good number of my students have had helpful course material. As a student, it some challenges with internet access at is understandable how important these home, but they have smart phones with H[WUD WRROV FDQ EH ZKHQ ZULWLQJ PLG generous data plans. A Bb app with full WHUPSDSHUVDQGVWXG\LQJIRUĂ&#x20AC;QDOV,Q functionality might provide another opa society that relies heavily upon tech- tion for these students.â&#x20AC;? Wright student nology, it is unclear as to why the City (ULF.UDXVHUDJUHHVVD\LQJ´,WZRXOG Colleges of Chicago have not signed be really convenient.â&#x20AC;? on with Blackboard Mobile. The full length article can be found      ,Q DGGLWLRQ WR SURYLGLQJ HIIHFWLYH on class management, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blackboard and remember, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to get with the Commerce Suite provides institutions times, guys.

Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Angles

Will Cubs fans hold a grudge against Zambrano if he comes back?

Who cares about the Cubs?? Tell Zambrano to kick rocksâ&#x20AC;Ś in allies.

Are you down with the brown?

Make like 2Hyped Brothers and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doo Doo Brownâ&#x20AC;?!

Choose: Lollapalooza or North Coast?

Neither. All I need is my boom box and a six-pack.

Two earthquakes struck the U.S. last week. Is the world coming to an end?

Looking for a hot topic? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to your ORFDOVKRSSLQJPDOO,QVWHDGĂ LSWRWKH Opinions section of the Wright Times where every month, Managing Editor Erica Harlston dishes out her opinion on topics piping hot and obscure alike.

The world ends when I say it ends. I am the enforcer!!

No. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Cubs fans.

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure they will. He threw two inside pitches because he was frustrated. What did the poor guy do to you?

I think it makes me look like a clown.

I am a few times a day. It feels great.

Brown? Like doo-doo ca ca? Hmm, does it really matter? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re UIC or something, running around and promoting our colors.

Both â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if admission was free!

North Coast. Terrible predictable artists against terrible predictable artists with candy? How can I not?

Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tomatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tomaaaWR¡¾ (LWKHU ZRXOG VXIĂ&#x20AC;FH Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a music buff.

I hope so. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll show the Mayans.

I hope the world comes to an end. My feet hurt and New York City just got hit by a hurricane. On the other hand, Miley Cyrus is not in any movies premiering soon.

The only thing more rabid than Cubs fansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; loyalty was Old Yeller.

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still waiting on the Rapture.

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