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The Uptown Exchange A Truman Student Publication Serving the Uptown Community
OCTOBER 2011 EDITION ONE FREE COPY PER PERSON
Truman SafeTy commiTTee meeTS feDeraL funDS announceD
for WiLSon eL SToP
Visible IDs Part of Security Effort Six Million Reasons Why Renovation Plans
by Daniel Domel Might Move Forward
Staff Writer by Patrick erwin
I n an effort to identify concerns and address security
issues after recent Uptown violence, Truman’s Safety
Committee met on Monday, Sept. 26. The commit-
tee met with the goals of identifying strategies to keep
Students, faculty and community members have ex-
pressed great concern about the most recent rash of shoot-
ings. Since late August, several shootings have occurred
within a few blocks of the Truman Campus. Brian Gill,
21, was killed in a drive-by shooting in the 1100 block of
West Sunnyside Avenue. And the most recent shooting, on
Oct. 2, was just a few blocks east of campus, on Sheridan
between Sunnyside and Agatite.
However, the event that alarmed students the most was
the Sept. 12 shooting near Beck’s Bookstore on Broadway.
That shooting happened during the day (approximately
4:30 pm) and the action spilled onto the Truman campus.
Many students heard or witnessed the shooting.
In response to these events, the Safety Committee
established a concrete list of safety measures to be taken
immediately. The most immediate and visible change: re-
quiring students to wear and present their student IDs.
Ira Hunter, head of Truman College Security, com- current state of the Wilson red Line stop, entrance on
mented on the issue. Broadway. Photograph by Sharon Pearson
“Uptown is policed as well as anywhere in the city. What
we have here is an issue of perception, and that’s our big- Truman security guard chris Davis enjoying keeping the ruman students and Uptown residents have heard
gest problem. It’s about changing the culture,” he said. school safe. Photograph by Akili-Malcolm Myrick it all before: the Wilson Chicago Transit Authority
Hunter continued that it was the responsibility of (CTA) Red Line station is slated for renovations!
security to make the students feel safe, by working with One issue identified by Hunter is the lack of an estab- But while other recent initiatives never made it past the
students, faculty and staff to take ownership of the school. lished perimeter defining our campus. Identifying boundaries planning stage, the announcement on Oct. 12 that federal
After the Sept. 12 shooting, new Truman College is a top priority to make students and community members funds were being allocated specifically to the Wilson stop
President Reagan Romali was bombarded with student aware they are on campus property and must abide by Tru- may finally put those plans into motion.
concerns. However, a subsequent man rules. Hunter also The news came in a press release from U.S. Sen. Dick
forum about the recent violence Durbin’s office, and is part of a larger grant which provides
was sparsely attended by students,
“What we have here is an issue of per- mentioned a long stand- over $51 million to several Illinois transit projects. The CTA
ing concern – balancing
who missed an opportunity to talk ception, and that’s our biggest problem.” Truman’s mission as a is getting $38 million, and $6 million has been designated for
to Chicago police and the Truman funding of the Wilson station project.
security team. Regarding the low
-Ira Hunter, head of Truman Security community resource
with the need to keep In addition to what the press release refers to as “exterior
attendance rate, President Romali students safe. rehabilitation” and “street modification,” the Wilson stop is
praised the team for its cooperation and support. Hunter poses the question, “Our campus is designed to be also slated to have an elevator, which will make it the first of
In addition to enforcing presentation of IDs by a part of the community, at what point do you say, you can’t the Uptown stops to be accessible.
students, staff, and faculty, additional changes are in the be here?” Several previous projects or initiatives had been an-
pipeline. More security guards will be hired, and accord- According to Romali and Hunter, the school is in daily nounced in prior years that were intended to renovate or re-
ing to Hunter, the security team motto will be “more feet, contact with the Police Department. Hunter said the police furbish the Wilson stop. The CTA outlined plans to renovate
less seat.” More signs will be posted around campus with “are very concerned with the gang activity here, and I’ve had the Wilson stop in their 2004-2008 Capital Improvement
security information, including reminders that Truman is policemen come in here and say, ‘that’s one of your students, Plan, but those plans never got past the design stage.
watching on camera. but he’s involved with the gangs.’ They are concerned about CTA conducted a North Red and Purple Line study in
President Romali also suggested that white holiday lights the college.” 2009 to plan for changes and updates, and held a series of
be put up on the trees around campus to increase light at The next meeting, tentatively slated for mid-October, will community meetings, including one at Truman.
night. A recent state law mandate for behavioral assess- continue to identify immediate measures that can be imple- In 2010, CTA had a preliminary agreement with the City
ment teams on each campus will also be part of the campus mented for security, and will analyze the costs of proposed of Chicago to receive $3 million in TIF funds for renova-
security strategy. RFID chips in Truman IDs are also being ideas. tion, but the agency never received an allocation of funds.
discussed, as well as security software that identifies suspi- No specific details regarding a timetable or design plans
cious behavior to cue the camera when to record. for the renovation have been released.
2 OCTOBER 2011 neWS SecTion
uPToWn eXchanGe uniTy BaSe in uPToWn
Local Organization Provides Youth Programs
by cierra Brownlee
editor-in-chief f you wandered into Clarendon Park in early September, Unity Base provides mentor services to help their younger
members with homework, as well as helping them to stay fo-
Patrick Erwin you may have witnessed a big gathering with parents and
cused on education. Services and programs are also provided
children. Attendees enjoyed barbeque, and the entertain-
ment included a basketball tournament, music and games. to teens and adults age 17 and older.
news editor Free school supplies were distributed, and speakers discussed The group has an online talk radio show that airs on TCO
school, reading, and sports. Radio at tcoradiolive.com. They’ve discussed provocative,
Emma Mullins This wasn’t a school picnic, or even a family reunion. It compelling topics like the new curfew law and prevention of
was an event held by Uptown organization called Unity Base. teen pregnancy. The show airs every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Unity Base is eager to be a member of the Uptown
Web Producers The non-profit group was formed in late 2010, after a reading
community, and work with other programs in the Uptown
group for adults gave them an inspiration to provide kids in
Patrick Erwin the Uptown community needed with structured activities. neighborhood. They attended the recent Peace March on Sep-
Emma Mullins With recent violence in Uptown, Unity Base increased their tember 23, which also featured Cease Fire, Ward 46 alderman
visibility and focus. James Cappleman, the Uplift School marching band, and other
Sharon Pearson “We did not want the ideas to go to waste. Youth are the organizations in Uptown.
main target,” said Michael, one of the young men who helped For details, follow Unity Base on Twitter at twitter.com/
unitybase or visit unitybase.org.
Staff Writers form Unity Base.
Unity Base members requested their last names be omitted.
Daniel Domel 9/11 commemoraTive “BreakfaST
Brandon Dorsey WiTh The PreSiDenT”
Truman’s New President Speaks on Patriotism, Civics
Akili-Malcolm Myrick by Sharon Pearson
Michael Nelson Staff Writer
Professor keitel’s chorus begins to sing. Photograph by Sharon Pearson
faculty adviser en years ago, Americans were stunned by the terrorist in the line of duty in New York City and all over the world.
Benjamin Ortiz attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, Adam Novarro-Lowry, the director of veteran services,
D.C. that claimed over 3,000 lives. This year, com- invited the students to the veteran services center which helps
munities from across the nation and across the state held veterans transition into campus life. Novarro-Lowry re-
Professional Affiliations observances of the 9/11 attacks and honored those who were counted vividly his memory of when the planes hit the World
College Media Advisers killed. Truman College joined many groups in Chicago and Trade Center and shared his thoughts on resilience, hope and
held a commemorative event. forgiveness.
Illinois Community College The 9/11 observance was a breakfast with Truman’s new Andrea Werner, the National Women’s Director of Stu-
Journalism Association president Dr. Reagan Romali. The breakfast was held on Sept. dent Veterans of America (SVA), spoke on the organization’s
12 and began at 9 a.m. in the Truman front lobby. Deon Lo- mission to help veterans get work and move on from the wars
Student Press Law Center pez, Liaison of Student Affairs, emceed the event. in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to Werner, many veterans
The program opened with Professor Keitel, a music come back home wounded, homeless, and need to re-enter
instructor at Truman, and the chorus, who sang “The Star- the world as productive citizens. She said that the SVA’s goal
Spangled Banner.” The crowd of about 40 students, veterans, is to help soldiers transition into college in order to graduate
and fire fighters proceeded outside and observed a moment and find a career.
The uptown exchange
of silence. A presentation of the towers falling was shown on a
President Romali spoke on the lesson she learned about screen. Lopez asked the crowd where they were on 9/11, and
compassion on 9/11. She emphasized that it’s important not several students responded with their personal stories. After
uptown_exchange to stay angry with loved ones and that personal issues must be the program concluded, a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, cof-
resolved. Romali also encouraged students to get involved with fee, cookies, apple and orange juice was served.
civic services to honor their country and those who have fallen
neWS SecTion OCTOBER 2011 3
GanG recruiTmenT: are you aWare?
Gang Recruitment and Awareness Seminar Summons Uptown Residents
by John hewitt
C itizens from Uptown were among the attendees at a carbon monoxide leak. “I was shocked that it was so close to sized, as the gangs often post information online.
recent Gang Recruitment and Awareness seminar held my home,” she added. Stasch outlined steps taken to prevent gang recruitment.
by the 23rd District Chicago Police Department. The Among the gangs with a presence in Uptown are Vice First, parents (and teens) should recognize the issue and edu-
hour-long meeting, held on Sept. 8, was organized by State At- Lords, Gangster Disciples, Spanish Gangster Disciples, Latin cate themselves. Awareness of an issue can help a parent or
torney Anita Alvarez. Kings and Black P. Stones. Despite their differences, gangs tend guardian divert the child’s attention to other activities. Parents
The meeting’s focus was to inform residents about gang to use a similar approach in recruitment, commonly befriend- should also become more active in their child’s academic life.
recruitment tactics. ing young, susceptible people. The steps Stasch discussed really emphasize that pre-
“Anyone who thinks that we will completely eliminate Besenjak and Stasch outlined recruitment techniques such vention begins in the home and community. The law is not
gangs is mistaken,” said Lt. Robert Stasch, also of Chicago’s as seduction, subterfuge, obligation and coercion. Children involved in preventing recruitment until after a crime has oc-
23rd District Police Force. “Instead we have to understand are prime targets because they are easier to intimidate and curred, unless you recognize that your child is being recruited
gangs as a social network. Understanding leads to action.” convince than adults. Besenjak believes this is because adults and you ask for help.
Speaker Jill Besenjak, Stockton Elementary School Prin- are more aware of the consequences. Children in close contact Community members can also get involved. There are op-
cipal, emphasized that the community should not become with gangs get pressured into the lifestyle as young as 9 or 10. portunities to become a youth mentor. Residents are encour-
desensitized to gang violence because this problem affects the A parent who recognizes the signs of recruitment can and aged to attend CAPS meetings. Positive Loitering has also been
entire community. Lt. Stasch encouraged attendees to call 911 should take action. successful in reducing crime activity by meeting Friday nights
when they see a crime or suspicious activity. Carter Cary, Assistant Principal of Nicholas Senn High near Sheridan and Leland.
Tonia Lorenz was among the Uptown attendees. Lorenz School, referenced another element which is increasingly es- If you think your child is being recruited and you don’t
said she’d gone to investigate a nearby Vice Lord drug house sential to gang recruitment: the Internet. The importance of know what to do, help is available. Contact the State Attorney’s
in 2010 which had a long list of code violations, including a checking a child’s online accounts (like Facebook) was empha- Office at (773)-334-4066 for details.
veTeranS heLPinG veTeranS
Office of Veterans Services Offers Weekly Workshop
by akili-malcolm myrick
T he Office of Veterans Services is now offering a
weekly writers’ workshop every Thursday. The work-
shop is for those on active duty, as well as veterans
and their family members.
According to Adam Navarro-Lowery, the director of
stress disorder (PSTD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and
military sexual trauma (MST).
“We encourage all student veterans from the Truman
community to come tell their stories through a creative lens
in a comfortable setting - much like the barracks - without
The key element of the program is that veterans are
helping and mentoring other veterans. As Navarro-Lowery
shares, “As a veteran myself, I want Iraq and Afghanistan
veterans to know that they are writing their own history, the
history of the present day soldier, sailor, airman, or marine.
Veteran Services at Truman and himself an Army veteran, the officers, sergeants, or ‘civilians’ there to censor them. Our We are veterans helping veterans.”
the workshop has been set up as a means to “help veterans goal is to provide a safe place where student veterans may cre-
process and transition back into civilian life.” This can be atively explore and express their military experiences by writ-
a daunting task for returning soldiers. The slogan for the ing or other artistic mediums. Participants will have the option Additional research and reporting by Gayle Blakely.
workshop according to Navarro-Lowery is “Veterans Help- to share their work in the tradition of great oral histories.”
Daniel Buckman, an adjunct professor in the Communi-
cation Department, is the facilitator of the workshop. Buck-
man, who served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division,
indicates that that the workshop is “up, running, growing To foster open discussion of ideas, The Uptown
and expanding.” It launched in September with approximate- Exchange solicits guest editorials and letters to the editor
ly 15 participants. from the community. Truman students, faculty and staff,
Navarro-Lowery says that the need for the workshop as well as Uptown community members are welcome to
comes from the issues many veterans face readjusting to submit:
civilian life. According to Buckman, the workshop offers “an a Guest editorial of no more than 600 words
environment where vets won’t be judged and where civilians (word-document file). Arguments are encouraged and
won’t be freaked out or scared.” One example is, as Buck- clearly cited facts are required. Please focus your article
man says, the fact that “veterans have a different language on issues relevant to our Truman/Uptown readers.
than civilians” and a different way of communicating. a Letter to the editor of no more than 100 words
According to Navarro-Lowery, the Veterans Services (word-document file). Please focus your letter on the
program were mandated by Illinois’ Higher Education Vet- content of the newspaper or other subjects relevant to
erans Service, which was implemented in 2009. The program our Truman/Uptown readers.
“was needed not now, but yesterday. The need was antici- All submissions must include the name of the author
pated approximately four or five years ago.” Both Navarro- and a telephone number, for verification purposes. The
Lowery and Buckman agree that Truman has traditionally Uptown Exchange reserves the right to edit all submis-
been a veteran-friendly campus. sions for length, style, and editorial value, judged by our
Navarro-Lowery says that the program “is open to all journalistic commitment to local readers.
City Colleges. Truman is ground central. There is one on Please email your submissions, and any ideas for
each City College campus.” He outlined the objective of the stories or information on upcoming events to:
Veterans Services department at Truman. “We help unem- firstname.lastname@example.org
ployed veterans, homeless veterans, and veterans who suffer
from service-connected disorders, such as posttraumatic
4 OCTOBER 2011 SPorTS SecTion
Truman Soccer Scores
by Patrick erwin
T he Truman College Falcons, our mens’ soccer team,
launched their season in September under the guid-
ance of Coach John Ngugi. The Falcons played
against the following teams:
Sept. 1: Won against Daley College 4-1.
Sept. 8: Lost to South Suburban College 5-2.
Sept. 15: Won in a shutout over Kennedy-King College 2-0.
Sept. 18: Tied in a match with McHenry County College 1-1.
Sept. 22: Lost to Morton College 2-0.
Sept. 25: Won against Kankakee Community College 4-2. freshman fernanda Perez of Truman falcons Women’s soccer team goes for the score. Photograph by coach Anthony
Oct. 6: Lost to College of Lake County 4-3. Gamboa.
Oct. 8: Lost to Moraine Valley Community College 5-2.
Oct. 13: Lost to Kishwaukee College 3-1.
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The women’s Falcons soccer team, under Coach Anthony
Gamboa, started their season in late August. Here’s the results
of their matches this season:
August 27: Lost to Oakton Community College 6-4.
August 31: : Lost to Oakton Community College 5-3.
Sept. 7: Won over South Suburban College 5-1.
Sept. 10: Lost to Moraine Valley Community College 3-1.
Sept. 12: Shut out by College of Lake County 3-0
Sept. 19: Tie game in overtime against Daley College 0-0.
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Oct. 3: Lost to Waubonsee Community College 3-0.
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Oct. 8: Won against Prairie State College 3-2.
Oct. 12: Won in a shutout against Morton College 5-0.
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Truman’S neW neiGhBor and white pictures of Uptown from the turn of the 20th
century. To their left is a picture of Jack Black from the movie
“Nacho Libre,” that, according to Barocco-Alicea, pays hom-
Rokito’s Restaurant Brings Business to Uptown age to an uncle that was a pro wrestler in Mexico. Aristras,
chiles indigenous to the Mexican Southwest, hang from the
ceiling. The tables are made from ash wood and reclaimed and
by Sharon Pearson recycled steel, and the floor tiling dates back to 1917.
Staff Writer The restaurant’s exterior features wooden boards salvaged
from an old farm in Michigan, and pictures of skeletons on
the wall next to one of the windows.
“I wanted to be near a university and thought this was
a raw look that had the potential of being a little oasis that
would be appreciated,” says Barocco-Alicea.
A native to Uptown, Barocco-Alicea was familiar with the
challenges experienced by the neighborhood when he opened
up the restaurant. With assistance from Alderman Capple-
man, Barocco-Alicea made a decision to launch his business
here, and hopes that “this is what’s to come for Uptown.”
Barocco-Alicea is not new to business; he launched his
entrepreneurial career at 19 by opening up a ballet com-
pany. He’s owned a bus chartering service that operated out
of O’Hare Airport, and played semi-pro football. He also
opened an art gallery and operated a furniture company.
That experience allowed him to springboard into yet another
career, designing and building over two dozen restaurant and
club interiors over the last fifteen years.
Barocco-Alicea’s love and pride for Mexican culture is
inflenced by his family heritage. His life experiences inspired
him to open a restaurant where people could enjoy the food
as well as the surroundings.
Barocco-Alicea had always been fascinated by skeletons,
the “mechanical engineering of the human body.” On No-
rokito’s colorful exterior attracts students and passersby. Photograph by Emma Mullins vember 1, Mexicans celebrate The Day of the Dead, which
pays homage to the deceased. Rokito’s will be celebrating, too,
E very morning, Rokito’s Mexican Streetside Rokito’s opened on August 5 in a spot that was once home with a party.
Kitchen proprietor Rocky Barocco-Alicea to Express Corner. The name of the restaurant, Rokito’s, is Rokito’s offers a 10% discount to faculty, staff and stu-
samples his homemade recipes. When he’s confi- a play on Barocco-Alicea’s first name. Barocco-Alicea says dents of Truman, and also free WiFi if you feel like surfing
dent the food is ready, Barocco-Alicea opens its doors to that the neighborhood has embraced the restaurant, and the the Web.
a mixture of Truman students, commuters and Uptown students love it because it’s really colorful.
residents, and greets them with a smile. Rokito’s interior is eclectic. On the back wall are old black
Jazz, SWinG, & PoeTry in uPToWn
Green Mill Offers Entertainment, Atmosphere
by Stacey hunt
O f all the bars and clubs in Uptown, The Green Mill
Cocktail Lounge is one of the most distinctive.
Nestled between an all night greasy spoon and the
dormant Uptown Theater, The Green Mill has been around
for more than a century. According to the venue’s Web site,
it opened in 1907 as Pop Morse’s Roadhouse. In the 1920s,
one of Al Capone’s henchmen was part owner – and Capone
himself graced the space.
Upon entering, patrons find a wall of mirrors looking
back at them. The jukebox is loaded with classic jazz: Benny
Goodman, Dave Brubeck, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk,
and John Coltrane to name just a few. The bartenders are
clad in white oxfords and black ties, bringing another round
of Manhattans to their thirsty clientele.
On a recent Sunday evening, the Uptown Poetry Slam
was in full swing. The Slam is a Sunday night staple here.
From the center stage poets joke and occasionally rant about
science, politics, and love. The house band consists of a pia-
nist, guitarist, bassist, and drummer. The quartet combines Green mill’s unmistakable neon sign facing east onto Broadway St. Photograph by Emma Mullins
jazz, funk, and hip-hop effortlessly. After their set, they offer
accompaniment for poets with some background music. pianist Patricia Barber plays with her quartet. Ms. Barber sells pinch of Cuban flavor. No other club comes to mind where
Garrett, one of the exceedingly funny poets, rhymes along out venues world wide, but still maintains a weekly gig at the you can catch an orchestra for a $7 cover.
to the band’s rendition of Bill Withers’ “Use Me.” The next Green Mill. On Wednesday, the Alfonso Ponticelli & Gitan And finally, every Saturday night, Sabertooth plays. This
poet spat rhymes with A Tribe Called Quest playing in the Swing entertains with their unique brand of gypsy swing. modern jazz quartet of drums, bass, guitar, and saxophone
background. Thursdays belong to the Alan Gresik Swing Shift Or- hail from Chicago and have been luring the crowds back
Besides the Sunday night poetry slam, the Green Mill chestra. This fourteen piece orchestra will transport you every weekend for nearly 20 years.
hosts a steady rotation of house musicians. Every Monday, back at least 70 years. They are a devoted swing band with a Green Mill is located at 4802 N. Broadway at Lawrence.
6 OCTOBER 2011 a & e SecTion
arTS & enTerTainmenT PrevieW!
Upcoming Arts Events in Uptown
by Patrick erwin
LiLLSTreeT arT cenTer firST friDayS BLack enSemBLe TheaTer Beer hoPTacuLar
Uptown studio artist center Lillstreet continues its First Uptown’s Black Ensemble Theater, led by founder and On Saturday Nov. 5, Aragon Ballroom will host the
Fridays program on Nov. 4 with a concert by musicians Ben executive director Jackie Taylor, launches season 35 in a brand second annual Beer Hoptacular, a festival featuring dozens of
Lundquist and Lydia Landor. Visitors can check out the new home at 4450 North Clark Street. The new home, and brewers from across Illinois and the U.S. Last year, over 4,000
studio spaces where potters, painters and other artists work. Black Ensemble’s new season, launches on Nov. 18 with a attendees sampled hundreds of craft and specialty beers and
A reception for the current exhibition, “Minnesota Nice,” will revival of audience favorite “The Jackie Wilson Story.” The voted for Beer of the Year, Dirty Summer Blonde Chocolate
also be held that evening. The First Fridays event is from 6:30 play runs until Jan. 8 and is one of the five shows in Black Beer from America’s Brewing Company based in Aurora. Two
to 9 p.m. at 4401 North Ravenswood Avenue. Ensemble Theatre’s 2011-2012 Season. sessions will be held, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m.
For more details, visit http://lillstreet.com/first-fridays, or For more details or tickets, visit www.blackensemblethe- Visit beerhoptacular.com for more information or to
call 773-769-4226. ater.org or call 773-769-4451. purchase tickets.
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SecuriTy: inSiDe anD ouT We
Reinventing Truman’s Main Building
by Patrick erwin WanT
To foster open discussion of ideas, The Uptown
Exchange solicits guest editorials and letters to the
editor from the community. Truman students, faculty
and staff, as well as Uptown community members are
welcome to submit:
a Guest editorial of no more than 600 words
(word-document file). Arguments are encouraged
and clearly cited facts are required. Please focus your
article on issues relevant to our Truman/Uptown
a Letter to the editor of no more than 100
Signs like these are now found everywhere at Truman. Who’s paying attention? Photograph by Akili-Malcolm Myrick words (word-document file). Please focus your letter
on the content of the newspaper or other subjects
T his fall, security at Truman has once again become a guards could be accused of profiling students on the basis of relevant to our Truman/Uptown readers.
big issue. With several shootings in the area, includ- race, age, gender or nationality. That could lead to legal issues All submissions must include the name of the
ing one near school property, it’s at the forefront of and a general lack of cooperation and trust from students. author and a telephone number, for verification pur-
everyone’s minds. You can see the focus on these events and And students who buy into the safety effort are an impor- poses. The Uptown Exchange reserves the right to edit
the school’s response to them on our front page. tant piece of the puzzle. Yes, the security team could easily all submissions for length, style, and editorial value,
I know that the Truman Security team is working hard to point a finger back at us (students and faculty), claiming we’re judged by our journalistic commitment to local read-
address security concerns, and our new President, Dr. Reagan not being responsible about sporting ID cards at all times.
Romali, has also made security concerns a priority. I agree And they’d be right - to a degree. What they need to realize
that it’s important to spend time and resources in identifying is that many of us have never had to show an ID in the past, Please email your submissions, and any ideas for
and monitoring forces outside of campus, particularly gang and many of us STILL have not been asked for one. In prior stories or information on upcoming events to:
members. These efforts definitely help keep us safe. years, efforts like these fell by the wayside or were totally email@example.com
But more can be done, and Truman should be thinking abandoned. So let’s have a consistent implementation regard-
not just about the short term, but about the bigger picture ing our IDs going forward.
when it comes to security. We need to think not just about As a newer student, I’m shocked at the number of en- One thing we’ve often heard when the topic of access is
gangs and criminals outside, but about basic safety and secu- trances to the building. There are a half dozen or more just raised is that Truman is part of the community, and part of
rity needs right here on the first floor alone. Anyone our mission is to serve our community. I completely agree
at Truman. We’ve had can get into ANY entrance, with and support that mission. But we can balance serving
some big changes in I was a little sleepy, but it was clear and they often do. On one the community and keeping students safe. There’s no reason
our campus, with a morning, I walked into the everyone needs access to every floor, classroom and office if
new building opening, these guys weren’t in a prayer circle first floor men’s room to see they’re not a student. With the recent relocation of the Reg-
and we have oppor- seven or eight men gathered in
tunities to re-imagine
or holding hands singing Kumbaya. a circle around an open stall.
istrar and Admissions Office, there is now a huge amount of
space in the front lobby that can be repurposed for commu-
existing space and I was a little sleepy, but it was nity use. If we share a resource with the community – tutor-
utilize it in a much more effective way. (You could even call it clear these guys weren’t in a prayer circle or holding hands ing areas, the library, meeting rooms – these areas should be
a REINVENTION of the main building!) singing “Kumbaya.” Something (I couldn’t see what) was redeveloped with that purpose in mind. Truman would have
Security has already implemented some welcome measures changing hands. Whether they were students or strangers to a free, open space for the public as well as restricted access to
to keep us safe. With all due respect to the hardworking team campus, something was going on. classrooms and labs in a more organized, sensible way.
members of the Truman security squad, however, the check- It seems like a logical move to limit access by non-students The administration and the security team should defi-
ing of IDs has been applied inconsistently. I’ve spent some by limiting the number of entrances to the building. Yes, nitely be commended for their response to the violence on
time observing the guards, and the general approach seems to safety and fire regulations would require all of those doors to our streets this semester. But as I said before, I hope that we
be to check only those who, from their perspective, stand out open OUT as exits in case of an emergency. And that makes as a school are considering the bigger picture. We must think
from the crowd. One fellow student in my English class – an sense. But the number of entrances INTO the school can be about basic safety and security needs on the inside. We want
older student like me – expressed his confusion about being restricted, which could make ID-checking easier. I know bud- to avoid student violence like what we saw at Virginia Tech or
asked for his ID when no other student near him was asked. gets are limited, but I’ve wondered why Truman doesn’t have NIU. We want to anticipate our response to issues like domes-
I mean no disrespect to the staff, but even the most expe- an automated ID scanning system. Such a system would allow tic violence or workplace violence. Safety and security need to
rienced security team member uses very subjective criteria for limited access to the building by students and faculty, and be addressed in visible ways and with multiple strategies. And
when deciding who to “card”. This system leaves a wide only at certain entry points. If there is any long range plans to all of us – students, faculty and staff – need to do our part.
margin for error. It also puts the school in a position where implement something like this, I hope that Truman does it.
monDay TueSDay WeDneSDay ThurSDay friDay SaTurDay
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haLLoWeen Day ANNOYANCE: ANNOYANCE: ANNOYANCE: ANNOYANCE: ARAGON:
Chicagoland & Fish Nuts Ripper The Musical (8 p.m.) Girls, I Do Adore! (8 p.m.) Salem The Musical (8 p.m.) Beerhoptacular,
TRUMAN CAMPUS: (8 p.m.) Rebels With A Cause Tiny Fascists (10 p.m.) (1-4:30 p.m. or 6-9:30 p.m.)
Funhouse All Campus Hal- In A World... (9:30 p.m.) (9:30 p.m.) Welts (Midnight) ANNOYANCE:
loween Party (12–3 p.m., BIG CHICKS: Messing With A Friend NEO-FUTURISTS: F*** You, I Love You, Bye
cafeteria) Homolatte (7:30 p.m.) (10:30 p.m.) Too Much Light Makes the (8 p.m.)
ANNOYANCE: Baby Go Blind (11 p.m.) Co-Ed Prison Sluts (10
Splatter Theater (8 p.m.) RIVIERA: p.m.)
ARAGON: Feist (8 p.m.) Skinprov (midnight)
Widespread Panic NEO-FUTURISTS:
(7:30 p.m.) Too Much Light Makes the
Baby Go Blind (11 p.m.)
Never Shout Never (8 p.m.)
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GREEN MILL: ARAGON: ANNOYANCE: ANNOYANCE: ANNOYANCE: ANNOYANCE:
Uptown Poetry Slam World War III Tour (7 p.m.) Marc Maron: The Voice of Fooling Around with Casey Salem The Musical (8 p.m.) F*** You, I Love You, Bye
(7 p.m.) ANNOYANCE: Something (7 p.m.) Joost (7 p.m.) Tiny Fascists (10 p.m.) (8 p.m.)
Kimberly Gordon Organ Marc Maron: The Voice of ANNOYANCE: Girls, I Do Adore! (8 p.m.) Welts (Midnight) Fa La La....F It (10 p.m.)
Trio (11 p.m.) Something (7 p.m.) Ripper The Musical (8 p.m.) Rebels With A Cause NEO-FUTURISTS: Skinprov (midnight)
NEO-FUTURISTS: Chicagoland & Fish Nuts RIVIERA: (9:30 p.m.) Too Much Light Makes the NEO-FUTURISTS:
Too Much Light Makes the (8 p.m.) Airborne Toxic Event Messing With A Friend Baby Go Blind (11 p.m.) Too Much Light Makes the
Baby Go Blind (6:30 p.m.) In A World... (9:30 p.m.) (8 p.m.) (10:30 p.m.) RIVIERA: Baby Go Blind (11 p.m.)
48TH WARD: PROFILES THEATER: Mastodon (8 p.m.)
Residents’ Day at Shedd Assisted Living opening
Aquarium (All day) night (8 p.m.)
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GREEN MILL: ANNOYANCE: ANNOYANCE: ANNOYANCE: ANNOYANCE: ANNOYANCE:
Uptown Poetry Slam Chicagoland & Fish Nuts Ripper The Musical (8 p.m.) Girls, I Do Adore! (8 p.m.) Salem The Musical (8 p.m.) F*** You, I Love You, Bye
(7 p.m.) (8 p.m.) Rebels With A Cause Tiny Fascists (10 p.m.) (8 p.m.)
Kimberly Gordon Organ In A World... (9:30 p.m.) (9:30 p.m.) Welts (Midnight) Fa La La....F It (10 p.m.)
Trio (11 p.m.) BIG CHICKS: Messing With A Friend NEO-FUTURISTS: Skinprov (midnight)
NEO-FUTURISTS: Homolatte (7:30 p.m.) (10:30 p.m.) Too Much Light Makes the ARAGON:
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (11 p.m.) Alejandra Guzman (7 p.m.)
Baby Go Blind (6:30 p.m.) NEO-FUTURISTS:
Too Much Light Makes the
Baby Go Blind (11 p.m.)
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GREEN MILL: ANNOYANCE: ANNOYANCE: ThankSGivinG Day ANNOYANCE: ANNOYANCE:
Uptown Poetry Slam Chicagoland & Fish Nuts Messing With A Friend Salem The Musical (8 p.m.) F*** You, I Love You, Bye
(7 p.m.) (8 p.m.) (10:30 p.m.) Tiny Fascists (10 p.m.) (8 p.m.)
Kimberly Gordon Organ In A World... (9:30 p.m.) Welts (Midnight) Fa La La....F It (10 p.m.)
Trio (11 p.m.) ARAGON: Skinprov (midnight)
NEO-FUTURISTS: Umphrey’s McGee (7 p.m.) ARAGON:
Too Much Light Makes the NEO-FUTURISTS: Umphrey’s McGee (7 p.m.)
Baby Go Blind (6:30 p.m.) Too Much Light Makes the NEO-FUTURISTS:
Baby Go Blind (11 p.m.) Too Much Light Makes the
Baby Go Blind (11 p.m.)
• Annoyance Theatre 4830 N. Broadway St. • Fat Cat 4840 N. Broadway St. • Profiles Theater 4147 N. Broadway St.
• Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave. • Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St. • Riviera Theater 4746 N. Racine St.
• Bar on Buena 910 W. Buena St. • Kinetic Playground 1113 W. Lawrence Ave. • The Spot 4437 N. Broadway St.
• Big Chicks 5024 N. Sheridan Rd. • National Pastime Theater 4139 N. Broadway St. • Uptown Lounge 1136 W. Lawrence Ave.
• Black Ensemble Theater 4450 N. Clark St. • Neo-Futurists 5153 N. Ashland Ave.