Rapper Kanye West visits Kaplan Building, attends Idea Shop meeting

Ethan Castro
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Oct 15, 2018
On the evening of Monday, October 8, the staff of the Illinois Tech Idea Shop were met with a very special surprise guest: rapper Kanye West (also known as YE). Held in the new building for the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship (hereafter abbreviated as the “Kaplan Institute”), West surprised the students present (some of whom were new members of the Idea Shop team) with his appearance, especially surprising as news outlets at the time focused their attention on his visit with U.S. President Donald Trump later that same week.
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Taylor Swift breaks political silence, prompts voter registration spike

Ethan Castro
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Oct 15, 2018
Call it what you want, but the celebrity figures we may idealize and blindly following in our daily lives are just like us: trying to find a place in this world. They are people, too, and people (and their political stances) change on a very regular basis. Swift’s primary message that she chose to speak now is one of keeping your eyes open and making your own informed decisions. Simply adapting your political views to match your favorite singer is a treacherous path.
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LEGO Group reveals new “Overwatch” theme, first set shown

Ethan Castro
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Oct 15, 2018
All the way back in August of 2018, Blizzard Entertainment, creators of first-person shooter (FPS) craze “Overwatch”) announced a collaboration with Danish toy company LEGO Group to create a series of plastic brick-based collectible toys based around “Overwatch.”
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2018 - Fall - Issue 6

Video game overview: “Red Dead Redemption 2”

Ethan Castro
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Oct 15, 2018
With claims that it will deliver a game world that is “deeper, more interactive, and more detailed than ever,” what does “Red Dead Redemption 2” have in store for gamers upon its October 26 release date? What kind of story elements, gameplay features, and world-building methods has Rockstar Studios been able to capture in this upcoming Western adventure?
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2018 - Fall - Issue 6

Sofar Sounds Chicago Offers Mini Concerts All Throughout The City

Virginia Spicknall
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Oct 15, 2018
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, how does a mini concert sound? Better yet, a mini concert where you have no idea who is going to be playing until you show up? While not everyone loves surprises, for the adventurous music enthusiasts at heart, Sofar Sounds Chicago (or Sofar), a company that focuses on “intimate gigs all around the world” is the perfect activity to fill an empty weekend with a bit of excitement. Sofar is a company that sets up small concerts in 418 cities worldwide.
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Who Won the Bank of America Chicago Marathon?

Virginia Spicknall
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Oct 15, 2018
On the morning of October 7, runners from around the world warmed up and stretched their legs in anticipation of the annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The event has officially been around since 1977 and this was the 41st annual run, although Bank of America has only sponsored it since 2008. When the event was first created, only 4,200 runners participated. This year around 45,000 runners took on the course that is said to be one of the best for creating personal records
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2018 - Fall - Issue 6

Jodie Whittaker debuts in “Doctor Who” series premiere

Victoria Belotti
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Oct 15, 2018
On Sunday, October 8, the British science fiction show “Doctor Who” made its return to television screens for the first time in more than 15 months with the premiere episode of its 11th series (not season!), entitled “The Woman Who Fell to Earth.” This episode showcased the debut of the new 13th Doctor, played by actress Jodie Whittaker, along with the dawn of new showrunner Chris Chibnall’s era of “Doctor Who.”
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2018 - Fall - Issue 6