Ethan Castro

Stories from Ethan Castro

Date: 
Sunday, October 15th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

On Thursday, October 12, President Alan Cramb issued the following message to the faculty, staff, and students of Illinois Tech:

“As I mentioned at yesterday’s university fall update meeting, Frances Bronet, Illinois Institute of Technology provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has accepted the position of president of Pratt Institute, a private undergraduate and graduate school in Brooklyn, New York. Frances will remain at Illinois Tech through the conclusion of this academic semester and will begin her new role at Pratt in January 2018.

Date: 
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

The Illinois Tech Student Government Association (SGA) Academic Affairs Committee undertakes projects related to the educational curriculum and environment of the university. From interactions with professors to extracurricular resources (such as the Academic Resource Center), the Academic Affairs Committee upholds a duty to create and maintain a positive educational atmosphere on the Illinois Tech campus.

Date: 
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

On Thursday, October 5, the student body of Illinois Tech was presented with the news that Associate Vice Provost for Student Engagement Ryan Miller was no longer employed by the university. For many students, this news came as a shock, with seemingly no prior warning or notice beforehand about such a dramatic administrative change.

Date: 
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

While we may think that this current age is one of rampant political instability and widely publicized personal drama, nothing can compare to the time of the Cadaver Synod in January of 897 in Italy. This is the official name given to the recorded historical incident in which the rotting corpse of Pope Formosus, which ironically translates into “beautiful,” was dug out of his grave, clothed in his papal vestments, sat on a throne to be put on trial, and declared guilty.

Date: 
Saturday, October 7th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

It is hopefully a fundamental truth that war represents the absolute worst of humanity. By all means, it must be avoided at all costs, and this TechNews writer will never endorse it on a matter of principle. However, times of war also inadvertently bring out stories of individual human triumph and glory. This article is not about one of those stories; at least, it is not about a HUMAN achieving triumph and glory in a time of war.

Date: 
Saturday, October 7th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

This article must begin with a preface: The loss of human life due to gun violence in the United States is fundamentally tragic and should absolutely not be our reality. Studies upon studies have been conducted to compile the statistics on gun violence in this country, and they speak of horrifying volumes. The tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas at the hands of shooter Richard Paddock is now among the far too many examples of the failures of U.S. gun control. However, it is not my place to dictate what action should be taken or what policy should be enacted to address these failures.

Date: 
Saturday, October 7th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

Beginning with the Fall 2017 semester, a group of Illinois Tech students have begun the process of creating a campus green fund for the Illinois Institute of Technology. Calling themselves The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), this group’s mission statement explains how the initiative “would help fund student driven sustainability projects with the goal of creating a more sustainable, zero waste and energy efficient (or green) campus.” As the statement goes on to explain, “over 150 universities nationwide have a similar program to promote campus improvement.”

Date: 
Saturday, October 7th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

Continuing in its biweekly trend, the Illinois Tech Food Advisory Board (FAB), a joint subsidiary of the Student Government Association (SGA) and Residence Hall Association (RHA), held an open meeting with the management team of Illinois Tech Dining Services on Thursday, October 5 in the Pritzker Club in the MTCC. These meetings function as open platforms for the student body to directly air out concerns regarding the state of campus dining to the managers who can turn such feedback into strategic change.

Date: 
Saturday, October 7th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

Once a month, the Illinois Tech Office of Campus Life (OCL) hosts a series known as the Leadership Luncheon in which students are invited to have a free catered lunch and partake in a discussion meant to explore the concept of leadership, oftentimes around a fun or culturally relevant theme. The most recent Leadership Luncheon took place on Thursday, October 6 during the student lunch hour, which is from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Date: 
Friday, October 6th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

On the night of Wednesday, October 4, the Illinois Tech Student Government Association (SGA) held its first round of committee meetings with the newly elected 2017-2018 student senate in the MTCC colored rooms. SGA meets every Wednesday night, alternating between regular senate hearings and these more specific committee meetings.