Ethan Castro

Stories from Ethan Castro

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.

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

Back in 2008, the LEGO group introduced a new product line known as the Architecture line, which (according to the LEGO group) aims “to celebrate the past, present, and future of architecture through the LEGO Brick.” This sub-brand went on to release a number of sets under one of two series: the Landmark Series, which has contained sets such as the Sears Tower (set #21000), the Burj Khalifa (set #21008), and the Solomon R.

Date: 
Sunday, October 1st, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

With “Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi” due for release in theaters on December 15, 2017, many fans of the series are looking to relive the myriad battles that have taken place in that far, far away galaxy (a long time ago). From Disney parks to LEGO sets, “Star Wars” is no stranger to promotional co-branding.

Date: 
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

With the 2017-2018 Illinois Tech Student Government Association (SGA) senate elections now concluded, the organization is now set on a path to begin a new academic year of sourcing and addressing student feedback, initiating new senator-led projects, and a continued general effort to serve as a conduit between the student body and campus administration. The new batch of senators has already had its first senate hearing, which is covered elsewhere in this week’s issue, and from it, a refreshing amount of initiative and discourse was generated.

Date: 
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

Although this institution has an intrinsic nature and extrinsic reputation as a center for the sciences and technological innovations, it is the opinion of this TechNews writer that a base level of appreciation (or at least understanding) for the social sciences will serve one well in any career and walk of life. Chief among these social sciences is the study of human history. However, developing an understanding of human history needs not be boring; there exist many an anecdote of humanity’s hidden blunders, silenced successes, and hushed tragedies.

Date: 
Friday, September 29th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

In addition to serving as the primary hub for Illinois Tech students’ medical services, immunizations, and health insurance, the Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC), located on the third floor of the IIT Tower, also offers an array of free mental health services, including intake assessments, individualized therapy, psychiatry, and referral services, all with a full-time staff of licensed professional therapists. These services are available to all Illinois Tech students and are covered by the annual service fees that are part of  university tuition.