Students prepare for the 2018 general election
October 1, 2018 by Bri Bell, Campus Culture Editor Lewis University’s Civic Engagement Committee partnered with Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority to host a voter registration booth for National Voter Registration Day. Students across campus were able to register, update their information and pick up nonpartisan voting guides to the 2018 general election. On Sept. 25 every year, voter registration events take place nationwide with hopes to register U.S. citizens to engage in their personal role in democracy. Many factors play into registering, including individuals who change their address, get married or turn 18. In early November, midterm general elections will take place in the middle of Republican President Donald Trump’s term. This is highly contentious, as both parties are running for 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate. It is now up to voters to determine who is elected into office to represent citizens. This also determines which statewide propositions become law and which judges and justices will remain in their honorary positions. Statewide office holders will remain in their positions until 2022. In Illinois alone, all the executive officers will be up for election along with Illinois’ 18 seats in the United States House of Representatives, making this an incredibly influential election. Senior political science major Nick Krueger said, “Lewis is such a diverse community that really cares about social issues. I am happy that I’m able to sign people up to participate in the elections, because it essentially is the best way to make a change. Our generation really has the power to make things great.” Those interested in registering to vote or students whohave questions regarding special circumstances, should visit Photo courtesy of Bri Bell. Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Karen Davis and Danielle Burke director of student activites, register students to vote.
October 1, 2018 by Emily Krivograd, Contributor Best Buddies started their activities on campus with a social cookout at The Backyard on Sept. 23 to celebrate the new semester. Best Buddies is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with intellectual disabilities gain confidence and enjoy social activities. The organization was founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver in 1989 to foster friendships and build a bridge between people with and without intellectual developmental disabilities. Since then, Best Buddies has made its debut in colleges across the world, spanning six continents and including more than 2.1 million members who volunteer their time to make a difference. “We work with individuals who have intellectual disabilities,” said sophomore elementary and special education major Carmelina DiSabato, president of Best Buddies, “The goal of Best Buddies is to let those with disabilities know that they are important and have friends to talk to.” Students who join Best Buddies can either choose to be associate members or peer buddies. Associate members go to group events, while peer buddies are paired up with a buddy who they will then spend time with outside of the club. The evening of activities featured music, lots of dancing and great food. Members of the club and the buddies both wore name tags to introduce themselves to one another. Future group events in Best Buddies include a trip to a pumpkin patch, a talent show and a Christmas activity. The group hopes to expand and have as many students join as possible. Best Buddies backyard bash kicks off semester Photo courtesy of Emily Krivograd. Members of Best Buddies enjoy the barbeque to celebrate the beginning of the semester.
Library's I-Share feature revamped for student use
October 1, 2018 by Kristina Lazaro, Contributor I-Share, an online library system presented by CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois), underwent a website cleanup for students to better utilize its resources. I-Share is a database that provides participating libraries with an online catalog of their own collection as well a shared union catalog of items from 86 other libraries. The database contains over 12.9 million unique bibliographic records and 38 million item records of physical books and videos that students can rent for free with a valid ID. “I-Share is a great resource for students to get items that Lewis might not have to help supplement their learning and reach their full potential in all of their classes,” said Kristin Anderson, public services nights and weekends librarian. Anderson advises students search for textbooks that they will need for classes as soon as the semester starts. This ensures that students are able to receive a copy before the limited quantity copies are gone. The database can be accessed via the Lewis website under the library quick links. Students log in using their student ID and last name. There, students can search for a variety of resources, including textbooks. Rentals are sent to Lewis’ library and students show their student ID to pick up. Most rentals can be kept for 3-4 weeks and can be renewed up to three times, with no limit on how many items a student can rent. If another library located closer to students is also partnered with I-Share, they can have their items shipped for pick up there. This eliminates the hassle of driving back to Lewis to pick up items, making it a great resource for com