Stories from Soren Spicknall
If you live in the residence halls or Greek housing here at Illinois Tech, you probably think you know the ropes by now. If you commute to school, you’ve probably still visited one of our residential buildings with friends at one point or another. Still, there are some little things that you may not notice from day to day, and some bigger things that THE SHADOW BOARD OF TRUSTEES IS HIDING FROM YOU.
The most recent meeting of the Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGSC), the body composed largely of faculty and staff which makes major decisions about the future of undergraduate education at Illinois Tech, covered a range of proposals stemming from previous discussions and from new material presented by various departments.
With only 13 of the 21 active senators present, the Student Government Association (SGA)’s latest meeting in Stuart Building room 113 was noticeably more empty than usual. It was the night of the final World Series baseball game (November 2), and even one of the two prospective student organizations slated to present at SGA that night had decided not to come.
Proposed by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Student Government Association (SGA) and formulated throughout last year in a process that involved SGA, the Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGSC), and eventually the University Faculty Council (UFC), Illinois Tech’s new Pass/Fail grading policy will finally come into effect next semester.
Located at the split between the Ashland and Cottage Grove branches of the Green Line, the Garfield stop is a mainstay for a wide variety of CTA customers. Located at Garfield Boulevard (55th Street) and Prairie Avenue, the station straddles the line between the northeastern boundary of Englewood and the western edge of Washington Park, with the University of Chicago beyond it.
In recent years, a body composed of students, Illinois Tech Dining Services staff, and university administration have met twice a month to discuss major decisions involving Sodexo’s dining facilities on campus. Including official representatives of the Student Government Association (SGA), Residence Hall Association (RHA), Office of Campus Life (OCL), and Residence and Greek Life (RGL), Illinois Tech’s Food Advisory Board (FAB) has been responsible for many of the changes to dining in its lifetime.
Though much of the day-to-day business of Illinois Tech’s Student Government Association (SGA) Senate involves working on self-formulated projects and deciding the status of prospective student organizations, its reach is much broader than the group’s most visible facets. Senators are put in a special position of trust by both their constituents and their college, standing as representatives of student opinion in conversations with administrators.
The work of the Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGSC), a body composed largely of faculty members representing each undergraduate academic department at Illinois Tech, is an important step in the process of creating or modifying degree programs, changing institutional academic policies, and setting general education requirements for undergraduate students at the university. While its decisions must be approved by the University Faculty Council (UFC), the UGSC toils independently to formulate important items that come before the UFC.
That sentence, written by student Sanjin Ibrahimovic near the top of a wide-ranging 1990-word post to the Illinois Tech Student Community (ITSC) Facebook group, was the first public sign of simmering discontent over a small new section of the university’s Student Code of Conduct which had been the subject of private outcry among campus activists during the preceding week.
Prior to 1997, residents of some of Chicago’s most culturally distinct neighborhoods were connected by the 31st Street bus, a route that started way out west in Little Village, made its way through Bridgeport and the southern edge of Chinatown, and eventually terminated here in Bronzeville.
Situated between two popular transfer points just outside the Loop, the Harrison Red Line station is one of the lowest-traffic CTA train stations in the core of the city.
On Wednesday, September 7, the outgoing Student Government Association (SGA) Senate met for the final time before elections the week of September 12 were set to change its makeup drastically. Though turnout was still fairly low among the senators (whose terms hadn’t yet technically ended), it was higher than two weeks before, when debate over the interpretation of quorum rules took up much of the meeting since so few voting individuals were present.
Eight years after the quiet 2008 release of his debut album ‘Never to Alight’, UK native David Fitzpatrick begins his latest release with a refrain of the closest thing that first LP had to a title track, “Empty Carriage.” While a back-to-back listening of both the original and the new version, titled “Empty Carriage (Return Journey),” reveals a sig
Anybody who’s visited a place after leaving for a long while knows the feeling of discovery that comes with finding something new there. For students who’ve been away from Illinois Tech for the summer, that feeling is bound to pop up at least once or twice in these first few weeks of classes. Here are a few things around campus that you might notice as you settle into this new academic year:
Illinois Tech’s Student Government Assocation (SGA), the organization which is charged with representing the general opinion of the student body to top university administration and engaging in projects to improve the student experience, witnessed a short-term record turnout during its Executive Board elections this Spring.
For the last four years, ROAR have not been an easy band to pay attention to. Following two brief EPs in 2010 and 2012 which gained exposure through Jeff Rosenstock’s Quote Unquote Records netlabel, the Phoenix-based project of Owen Evans seemed like it was going through the time-honored tradition of a slow-motion evaporation.
Ferro’s – 200 West 31st Street
American staples like hot dogs, subs, and burgers served alongside Italian ice in a completely casual setting. Walk up or dine in, depending on the season.
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