Stories from Reno Waswil
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a student-run organization on campus serving to celebrate Palestinian culture within the Illinois Tech community, as well as to speak about and protest the struggle and injustice in the region stemming, to a large part, from its conflict with the nation it Israel. On Wednesday, April 12 beginning at 6 p.m., SJP hosted Palfest: “a cultural festival to showcase the beauty and tradition of Palestine.”
Illinois Tech's Indian Student Association (ISA) serves to “foster a sense of community and friendship among all people of South Asian origin and anyone who likes to interact with them.” On Saturday, April 15, ISA held their “Bollywood Musical at Cultural Night 2017” to a packed house in the Hermann Hall Auditorium.
As might be overlooked, the Illinois Tech campus community is not limited to its Illinois Tech affiliates; the university’s Mies Campus (MC) location shares its property, many of its facilities, and a sense of its community with two other unaffiliated colleges: VanderCook College of Music and Shimer “Great Books” College.
Giving Day is a newly formed Illinois Tech tradition during which the community surrounding the university comes together to donate to the school to provide funding for “scholarships, educational supplies, campus support, and other university initiatives.” On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the second annual 24-hour Giving Day campaign was held, which had the slogan “TECH YEAH!”
Finance Board (FB) is the branch of the Student Government Association (SGA) that has the power to allocate money from the Student Activities Fund (SAF) to every student organization on campus. Every semester, they hold three proposal periods for the purposes of hearing student organization proposals for what they want to do and how much money they wish to request from the SAF.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the Illinois Tech bowling alley, bar, and casual hang-out area The Bog closing on Saturdays this semester. Since that article, there has been an update to this story.
Earlier this month it was announced in an email sent out through Hawklink that “Due to popular demand, The Bog will re-open on Saturday, October 8, from [5 p.m. - 1 a.m.]”
As the reader may know, Union Board's fortnightly Wednesday event, Hawks Coffeehouse, invites musical artists and poets to perform at the MTCC Welcome Center from 7-8 p.m., offering drinks and pastries for the patrons. Last Wednesday, September 28, saw a rainy return to the classic Hawks Coffeehouse style that had been experimented with somewhat on the previous few nights.
In the cacophony of events that lined last week’s Illinois Tech calendar in celebration of Homecoming 2016, Union Board’s second fortnightly Hawks Coffeehouse performance was among the many notable and enjoyable festivities.
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