Gospel Choir Celebrates Thanksgiving

Jada Hoffman, Campus Life Editor 

Nov. 25, 2019

On Nov. 16, the Gospel Choir hosted their annual Gospel Fest, a Thanksgiving musical, in the Sancta Alberta Chapel from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Every year, the Gospel Choir celebrates the season of thanks by inviting friends and families to this event. The chapel was packed with cheers from their supporters. 

On-stage featured 17 members who had matching red shirts that read “Lewis University Gospel Choir.”  

They performed a variety of different toons including “He Has Done Marvelous Things” by Newbirth, a song requested by gospel choir member Michael Hassan. Hassan was involved in a severe car crash on Nov. 8, the day the group was going to Illinois State University for a performance. The song was played in honor of him; the room was filled with standing ovations. 

The concert also featured a special guest from Joliet: Silent Praise Mime Ministry. The group revealed how one can show their love for God silently through the art of mime. The only qualification to join their team is to believe in Jesus and go to church. 

Once finished, Silent Praise Mime Ministry members said they were “thankful for the invite from Lewis.” 

According to gospel choir member Keshawn Williams, who joined in the spring 2019 semester, the choir has been preparing for this event since their first meeting back in September. Their next big event will be a musical fest in April. 

Anyone affiliated with Lewis can join Gospel Choir. Williams joined because the vibe was very comforting, and he encourages others to join as well. One can either attend their weekly meetings or contact a current member about interest. 

Williams’ favorite song they performed was “My God” by Mr. TalkBox and Nashville Life Music. “It’s the most fun song to sing in my opinion,” said Williams. 

The concert ended with refreshments and drinks in the D’Arcy Great Room, which guests were encouraged to attend. Gospel Choir did a great job of bringing the holiday season in with their talented skills and performances at Gospel Fest. 


Faculty and Staff Present Their Life Callings for Students

Jada Hoffman, Campus Life Editor 

Nov. 11, 2019

On Thursday, Nov. 7, three faculty members presented in the seventh and final panel of Journeys to Purpose: The Discover Stories Project in AS 158 at 3:30 p.m. 

The Journeys to Purpose panels have been occuring all semester and feature faculty discussing the book, “Journeys to Purpose,” which was produced by Lewis staff who decided to offer their life stories to the community.  

This panel was one of the seven that allowed the writers in the book to describe to students how they discovered and developed their vocations. The panel featured Dr. James Oakley, chair and professor of marketing, Dr. Nanci Reiland, associate professor of nursing, and Dr. Serafima Gettys, director of foreign language. 

There was a packed room in one of the campus’ largest lecture halls, leaving some students standing. Sheila Kennedy, professor of English studies and organizer for the panels, welcomed everyone and introduced the first speaker: Dr. Oakley. 

Oakley decided that he did not want to read his piece from the book and would just explain the moment in which he found his calling. He was a student with more credits than he needed at the University of Illinois. He walked by the study abroad building daily, but never had the courage to walk in. One day, however, he mustered the courage. That moment changed his life forever. Oakley was limited to where he could go because he only spoke English in which he later encouraged students to learn other languages so they aren’t limited like he was.  

That day, he decided he was going to Australia. A kid from Chicago was going to one of the furthest places from Chicago. He explained that it was the greatest decision in his life, encouraging students to, “embrace the adventure of life. Enter all the doors you see, not just one,” said Oakley. 

Oakley was nervous to travel 10,000 miles away from home, but he decided to challenge himself and do it anyway. 

The second speaker was Reiland, who decided to read her piece verbatim from the book. She explained that she enjoyed reflecting on her calling in this book because she hasn’t been able to write in such a journalistic and creative style in a while, due to her writing having to be science styled. 

Reiland discussed her many passions growing up, which included ballet, teaching and nursing. She said there was much pressure of only choosing one career to be when she grew up.  

She told the audience to “listen to yourself.” Reiland listened to herself instead of others and decided to check two boxes and not be confined to only one. She had two passions, nursing and teaching, and decided to follow both.  

The last speaker, Getteys, who also happened to be the 24th author of the book also read her story. She began by admitting, “I have a love affair with my work.”  

Gettys explained that growing up, she had a difficult time in class as she was a slow learner with anxiety. She was easily bored with class and didn’t even want to become a teacher as a child. She had talents such as acting and drawing yet realized both the careers required characteristics she didn’t have.  

Gettys eventually accepted that teaching was her calling and that she’d teach English and German. “I don’t want students to struggle as much as I did,” said Gettys. 

At the end of the panel, attendees could ask the three guests any questions that weren’t answered in the panel. The Journeys to Purpose panel was an Arts and Ideas event, so students were able to earn class credit.The Discover Initiative wanted to ensure students were able to understand their purpose in life and hopefully find inspiration in the speakers within the seven panels. 


A Night of Friendly Sportsmanship at Fun Fest

Henrietta Eghan, Reporter

Nov. 4, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 24, the annual Fun Fest was hosted in the Recreational Center. Combining men’s and women’s basketball game from 8:30- 10:15 p.m., the fest commenced. The fun started with tunes from the Lewis Flight Crew. They are a jazz band that throughout the event played music such as Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” 

Trey Maddox, am upcoming comedian who has opened shows for Dave Chapelle, was also invited to this event. He drew laughter and joy from the crowds as he made fun of serious topics such as marijuana and college. Maddox then made basketball jokes to help introduce the first event of this fun fest which was the three-point contest. 

The main event started with both members of combined basketball teams entering by throwing free basketball shirts to the audience. The distribution of free merchandise didn’t end there. Throughout the intermissions of events, there was a short period in which the donations from the basketball team, the golf team and the lacrosse teams were distributed to lucky members whose raffle tickets were announced. The prizes were wide in their variety and included items such as scarves, duffle bags and Lewis swag.   


The event consisted of a three-point contest between both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, which ended up being a tie. Afterward, one person from each of the two teams competed to see who would be crowned the best three-point shooter. The men lost and then the women won. Afterward, there was a slam dunk contest between men’s basketball teams for the players to show off their skills. 

In addition to all the refreshments of pizza and merchandize offered during this event, there was a big prize that many students had their eyes on. There were two students with lucky blue raffle tickets who would get the opportunity to win $500 off next semester’s books.  

The lucky winners were a man and a woman. There were two rounds of basketball trials that needed to be completed in order to win the prize. The woman was out on the first round and the man was also out in the second round. To the disappointment of not only the two opponents but the crowd, no one got the prize.  

The event ended positively with three lucky visitors from the community who through thier orange tickets were able to win prizes of their own.     


“The Legacy Continues,” an Art Gallery Showcase

Henrietta Eghan, Reporter

Nov. 4, 2019

On Thursday, Oct. 17, a gallery talk was hosted in the Wadsworth Family Gallery. Officials invited the prestigious Chicago Society of Artists (CSA) to showcase their art. The art has been on display since Thursday, Oct. 3rd to Friday, Oct. 25. 

The society is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1887. It is the oldest continuing art association in the U.S. The exhibition titled “The Legacy Continues” was showcased by three main artists from the CSA. 


President of CSA and photographer, John W. Boke began the gallery talk with a brief history of CSA and then went on to talk about photographic art. Boke then introduced the next painter, Corrie Lou-Livingston Glass. 


Glass is famous for her watercolors and landscapes paintings. Glass was introduced into landscapes by accident at a dinner party. But that accident fueled her love for painting landscapes. After talking about landscapes, Glass went on to introduce Didier Nolet.  


French-American artist Didier Nolet talked about the business of selling art. Nolet’s skills in the business of selling art are what made his paintings some of the most expensive paintings in the art gallery.  

He emphasized the need for artists to cultivate these skills because most galleries take about 50% of artwork sales. The Wadsworth Family Gallery is quite a popular gallery it’s non-profit.  

There was a full crowd of 50 at the event including the 12 artists from CSA viewing the 65 pieces of art. As it was a group show instead of a solo show, there were many diverse arts. There were multiple art mediums present such as graphic design, water coloring, sculpting and painting.  


Natalie Swain, art gallery coordinator, believed that there “was something for everybody due to the diversity.” Even if one wasn’t interested in art, people could easily find an art to connect to in this gallery.   


After the 40-minute presentation, the audience was invited to take a tour of the works of art. The main focus of the audience seemed to be on two specific pieces of artwork. Nolet’s oil painting, “Growing,” a 76-by-29 painting about nature in the shape of a comma was one of the most popular artworks during the show. Gregorio Meja’s “Idollatry,” an artwork composed of dolls and clowns, drew both the audience’s fascination and horror. 


Even as an Arts and Idea’s event, there was a push by music professors to participate in this gallery event. There was an incentive by music professor Dr. Bowlby to view the art gallery as he gave a scavenger theme-based quiz focusing on the gallery event. Sophomore and elementary education major, Jessica Orden, who was encouraged by music professor Dr. Bowlby, loved the showcase and found an artwork she deeply connected with called “Growing.” 


Dr. Bowlby believes that art is to be admired and that the art gallery offers a safe space for students to relax and destress. The art gallery will have more art for display in November.  


In Her Shoes: A Look Into Domestic Abuse Survivors

Henrietta Eghan, Reporter

Oct. 28, 2019

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Black Student Union (BSU) hosted an interactive domestic violence activity. The event entitled “In Her Shoes,” was held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center.  

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.” This means that in the span of one year, about 10 million people are abused.  

The members of the BSU chose to shed light on this serious topic. President of BSU and nursing major Semaj Robinson chose this event because of the lack of attention given to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “People joke about it, but there are real people who experience abuse,” said Robinson.  

Robinson enjoyed the event despite its heavy subject matter. She believes the event positively impacted her and she hopes it impacted others too.  

BSU started the event by welcoming students and pairing them off so they could share the experience together. There were different stands at this event and each showcased typical domestic abuse scenarios for women. Students assumed the identity of the designated victim and “walked in her shoes.”   

Although the event had a diverse background for the domestic abuse survivors, freshman computer engineering major Keshawn Williams was disgruntled to find out that there were no male domestic abuse survivor scenarios. It is not always males that are the aggravators, women can be too.  

Abuse is not biased toward genders or any other classification. Afterall, according to the NCADV, “one in four women and one in nine men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness and post-traumatic stress disorder.” 

Each time the students chosen characters were abused, they had to put on a bandage. Students had the choice to go to court, police, family, clergy or seek shelter after each scenario. However, no matter what decision they made, they always ended up stuck with their abuser. On average, the victim was abused two or more times before being truly free.  

Freedom isn’t always promised to victims. Sometimes the abuse goes as far as murder. In one story shared, the victim’s life was taken by her abusive husband in a car crash. 

Through these scenarios, students learned that breaking the cycle of abuse is difficult to achieve without outside help. An important lesson that was taught throughout the interactive activities was that, in the case of abuse, immediate action is needed to break the cycle and be placed in police protective care. 


IGC Starts a New Tradition for Greek Week

Jada Hoffman, Campus Life Editor

Oct. 28, 2019

The Inter-Greek Council (IGC) celebrated Greek week Monday, Oct. 14 to Thursday, Oct. 17 with friendly competitions and team bonding.  

IGC helps organize events between Greeks so they can collaborate and promote Greek life. Kylie McGivney, senior health and human performance major explained, “Greek Week helps promote Greek unity.”  

This annual celebration contains different activities throughout four days. The events rarely change (as IGC didn’t want to break tradition) with karaoke, Greek Olympics, meet the Greeks and bowling; however, this year karaoke was substituted with a different type of sing-along activity.  

A lip sync battle on Monday kicked off the Greek week celebrations. Lip Sync was switched in for karaoke because, “the members felt awkward singing. I was happy for lip sync,” said Givney. 

Each Greek organization had to choose a song for their members to perform, as well as a mystery song for another organization to perform. 

Jaylen Bush, president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., started the event singing ‘Sunflower’ by Post Malone. He performed solo, and the crowd erupted in applause and laughter. Present day songs weren’t the only ones performed. 

Alpha Eta Rho picked the throwback song “September” by Earth, Wind, Fire, while Delta Sigma Pi chose “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani causing members to get out their chairs and sing and dance along.  

After each organization performed their chosen and mystery song, Theta Kappa Pi was deemed the winner of the event. The Phiotas were one of the only organizations who had matching outfits as well as a choreographed dance routine to Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk.” 

Greek Olympics was the following day where Delta Sigma Pi took the lead. 

Another popular day of Greek week is Meet the Greeks, in which students are able to receive information about the various Greek organizations on campus. This event was held in the Brother James Gaffney FSC Student Center common area where all tables and chairs were removed to allow the organizations to stroll, chant, watch and enjoy the show. 

Different fraternities and sororities from other schools, including Northern Illinois University and DePaul University, were invited to the event to network with Lewis’ Greek life.  

Even students just visiting the C-store stopped to watch the free and unavoidable show presented by the different Greek organizations on and off campus. 

The following day was bowling at Bowlero for team bonding. The week also consisted of a food drive in which the different organizations competed to see who could bring in the most food items. 

At the end of the week, IGC’s inclusion of a lip sync battle increased student’s interest in Greek life.  


Flyers Gain a New Experience With Goats

Jada Hoffman, Campus Life Editor

Oct. 28, 2019

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, six small goats joined students for a yoga session in the field behind Cody Resident Hall. The entire campus was invited and were required to sign a waiver, as well as pay five dollars. 

Though it was 9:30 a.m. and 47 degrees, students joined professor of ethics and philosophy, Dr. George Miller, in goat yoga. “Let’s sit in silence and enjoy all this,” said Miller.  

Goat yoga is relatively new, starting in Oregon in 2017. These goats are called ‘bottle babies,’ meaning from birth they have been interacting with humans. This helps them behave comfortably around people and gives them an extroverted personality. This outgoing nature allowed for many selfies, as seen on several student’s social media accounts following the event.  

These little babies live on Blue Sky Farm in Sugar Grove, IL. They have hosted about 100 events this year and were very excited to expose students to this fairly new lifestyle. Ellen Beaulieu, owner of Blue Sky Farm, explained, “People are looking for experiences, especially with animals.”  

Unless someone works on a farm, being around a goat is new so it makes sense for people to be hesitant at first. However, the goats were friendly, inviting students in to pat their heads. Many were seen posing for selfies with faculty and students, as well as laying on people’s backs and stomachs. 

Flyers Dialogue, a student organization devoted to encouraging different topic dialogue amongst students, sponsored this event. They came to one of the most influential yoga instructors on campus: Dr. Professor Miller, asking if he would be willing to lead the yoga session, and he happily agreed. 

During his regular classes, he uses yoga to help students destress. Miller tried goat yoga for the first time a few weeks ago. “My two favorite things are yoga and now goats,” said Miller. 

He believes the event was a success with a good turnout and experience for all participants. Despite participants’ apprehension, Miller said, “They end up loving it.” He hopes to bring the goats back to campus before finals as a way for students to take a break and relax.  

Miranda Beverly, a sophomore nursing major, said she would be willing to participate in goat yoga even if she had to pay again. Beverly explained she’s, “been around goats in a petting zoo before, but never anywhere else,” and said the event “was so much fun.” 

Beverly is part of Miller’s ethics class and although he made it optional for his class to participate, everyone was required to attend and observe.  

Like typical yoga, there were multiple sessions people could attend throughout the morning, ending at 12 p.m. Faculty, staff and students were able to enjoy their six new small friends thanks to Flyer’s Dialogue and Miller.  


Students Can Now Earn a Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

Jada Hoffman, Campus Life Editor

Oct. 21, 2019

In the summer 2020 semester, a master of science in Speech-Language Pathology degree will be launched. It was approved and in the works for about two years. 

This degree will prepare graduate students to work as entry level Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP). Students will be able to work in educational, healthcare or clinical settings, after completing the 400 hours required for clinical. Students will also become certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. 

An SLP's purpose is to help clients find and use communication modality best for them. They are certified to work with all ages to improve their communication, to ensure they are able to effectively communicate with people. Sign language would be a great example of what an SLP would use to assist a client.  

“This program will help expand graduate programs within the College of Health and Sciences," explained Dr. Tina Veale, program director of the Speech Pathology Department.  

Graduate students seek their masters for this specific major and it is in high demand right now. However, there are not enough offered opportunities for students to get this degree in Illinois and the rest of the Midwest, so this is very advantageous for Lewis. 

Faculty and local schools will be highly involved with this program. They will assist to ensure the 400 hours required are received by teaching a few of the courses. 

There are a few prerequisites before students can take this class, one of which is a bachelor’s degree in any major.  

A successful accreditation site visit was completed and students can start applying for the classes now. Two informational sessions will be provided later this semester by the Admissions office, ensuring students know about this program. 

Using the classrooms in South Hall, students will complete much of the coursework for the speech-language pathology degree. The first class to graduate from this program will be in the spring of 2022.  


International Immersion Through Tea and Conversation

Henrietta Eghan, Reporter

Oct. 9, 2019

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Department of Interational Student Servies hosted its first International Tea Room event titled “Cultural Conversations.” Held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Br. James Gaffney, FSC Student Center, the departments of International Student Services and Foreign Languages will host a series of discussions bi-weekly. 

The arts and ideas event incorporated exploration, civic engagement and intellectual inquiry.  The host’s goal was to support and promote international students’ cultures, as well as expose and educate U.S. students to different cultures.  

Each event will showcase a specific culture based on the perspective and experiences of an international student in order to “promote  interests in global issues and cross-cultural understanding,” said a staff member of International Student Services on the LewisU app.  

This first event explored Japanese culture. International student and aviation major, Taisei Okazaki, shared information about his home country and his personal experiences as an international student, especially his choice in attending Lewis because of its strong aviation program.  

Although he is new to life in the U.S., he is not inexperienced in visiting other countries as he has solo-traveled to 12 countries before the age of 20. He plans on continuing to travel this summer with a trip to Germany. 

Okazaki started the conversation with the clarification of his ethnicity. He confirmed he is 100% Japanese. He even took “an ancestry test for all those wondering whether [he was] Chinese, Japanese or Vietnamese.” 

Okazaki shared several facts and statistics concerning life in Japan. He specifically noted the leading cause of death: overworking. The Japanese term for this is ‘Karoshi,’ which literally translates to ‘overwork death.’  

This small country, similar in size to the state of California, is also experiencing a low population growth. This is directly correlated to the age gap, in which the ratio of young to old citizens is increasing, favoring the elderly.  

The Tea Room Conversations provide information about other countries’ current events and give a taste of international cultures. Okazaki shared famous dishes, such as Tempura, sushi and Kare-raisu (curry rice). 

Okazaki ended the informational part of his presentation by running a short interactive game about Japanese stereotypes. He asked questions such as, “do all Japanese people love manga, anime and cosplay?” and “do all Japanese people eat whales and dolphins for breakfast, lunch and dinner?” Although the answer for the first stereotype was yes and no for the second, Okazaki shared that he has tried whale meat. He described the taste of the whale as similar to that of tuna.  

In addition to Okazaki’s presentation, adjunct Japanese professor Miki Motomoya did a quick informational session, encouraging students to add Japanese classes to their schedules.  

The upcoming Tea Room events allow students to explore the many cultures of some of Lewis’ international students. Students are invited to learn more about international students’ countries of origin, thus helping develop a stronger, more impactful relationship between international and U.S. students.  

The event concluded with Chris Swanson, director of study abroad, sharing exciting news about two fall study abroad opportunities and a teaching job in Japan. Lewis abides by their mission statement of diversity by hosting events such as this, as well as providing foreign language classes and study abroad opportunities. Lewis prioritizes broadening one’s world view as part of their education. 


Celebrating John Baptist De La Salle With ‘The Encounter’

Jada Hoffman, Campus Life Editor

Oct. 7, 2019

Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Encounter had its official dedication. The following day, the sculpting process was explained in detail in the D’Arcy Great Room. 

On a breezy and cool day of 78 degrees, staff, faculty and students gathered to witness the dedication ceremony in honor of the Encounter being built. It was a successful turnout as President David Livingston described everyone being there like “Church.” 

Although it was built last year, this is the first semester in which the tradition of walking in and out of the doors is being enacted. 

The ceremony began with an explanation of how first year freshman will walk through the doors, as “De La Salle is ushering [them] to get a good education,” said Jay D. Bergman, one of the benefactors to this monument. Over 600 freshmen helped start this tradition. Continuing the tradition will be the graduating class, as they will be invited to walk out and continue their education and provide a helping hand to others. 

The ceremony continued with a blessing from Brother Phillip Johnson, FSC, the coordinator of special projects. He emphasized how students are always invited to walk through the doors, as the monument, “…captures the Lasallian dream.” 

A poem was recited by Dr. Sheila Kennedy, professor from the department of English studies, entitled “Prospective Immigrants Please Note.” “We are all prospective immigrants,” said Kennedy. The poem explained how it was up to students and staff to decide what they will do once they pass through the door. 

After 25 minutes, the ceremony ended and a reception followed with refreshments in the D’Arcy Great Room. 

The following day, during a presentation in the D’Arcy Great Room, the creation of the monument was explained in depth by the Encounter project team with a presentation. Alec Smith, who created the Sitting Brother at the front of the Romeoville campus, sculpted De La Salle. 

Despite monuments usually taking him about 10 months to create, Smith explained that this did not take as long. His goal was to ensure it was “hyperreal” and easy for people to interact with. The hand, specifically, was discussed as an encouraging jester for people to embrace De La Salle without fear.  

The monument was made similar to other creations on campus. The arcs on the door of the Encounter mimic the arches of the Learning Resource Center (LRC). The bricks used are similar to other buildings on campus, such as North Hall.  

There was much thought put into this process. The idea of this monument was brought up back in 2015 when Brother James Gaffney, FSC, was still the president of Lewis University. The goal was for it to “be unique,” explained Livingston.  

For the base, it was debated on whether it should be circular or squared. The team also looked at many other schools’ monuments and statues as they tried to figure out how accessible De La Salle should be, such as whether he should be looking over students or face to face. The door also had to be made wide enough for those with strollers or wheelchairs to be able to enter.  

The two-day celebration of the Encounter allowed students and staff to understand the true meaning of the monument, as well as appreciate the hard work that was put into its creation.  


Career Services Provides Students With Tools for Success

Jada Hoffman, Campus Life Editor

Oct. 7, 2019

Students’ primary goals when coming to college are to receive their diplomas and get the job of their dreams. In order to successfully accomplish this, the Department of Career Services has devoted their time and resources to students and their futures. 

There’s a process all students at Lewis should follow to ensure they receive the necessary amount of assistance.  

When freshmen or first year students enter, they are automatically given a Flyers Get Hired account, which is sponsored by Handshake. This helps students find on and off-campus jobs and internships, and allows them to explore career options. Though students are given this account, it is up to them to activate it.  

When students progress to their sophomore year, a resume should be in the works. Resume templates are on the website to guide students in creating professional ones. Students then can upload their resume to their account in which they will receive feedback by someone in Career Services within two to three weeks.  

Natalie Palm, graduate assistant for Career Services, explains a new athlete resume workshop saying, “We want to bridge the gap student-athletes have of receiving a job because their job is their sport.” The workshop assisted athletes of all years in creating and polishing their resumes.  

By students junior year, networking should be done to create connections within major field. Career Services will also assist with finding students internships.  

Their senior year is when all the skills and tools provided by Career Services should be implemented in finding a stable career as well as achieving any personal goals the student has set. 

This four year career planning guide is how Career Services plans on keeping students on the right track for success.  

Palm emphasized, “We are not afraid to help people. When students come to our office, they feel welcomed and always come back.” Students can find their office in the Learning Resource Center on the ground floor in G25.  

In addition to the checklist, Career Service also provides many events and support systems including “Suits for Students.” This program allows students to anonymously reach out to Christine Breier, associate director of Career Services, to ask for professional suits or suit jackets. All items are donated by staff and faculty of the Lewis community. Students can keep these gently worn articles without anyone knowing where they received them from. 

As students plan out their academic paths, Career Services is working with them to prepare them professionally.  


Food and Fun During Family Day Event

Henrietta Eghan, Reporter

Oct. 7, 2019

The Lewis community celebrated its annual Family Day event on Saturday, Sept. 28.  Families braved through the gloomy weather to join in the festivities hosted in the fieldhouse, which was  filled with music from WLRA, food from Sodexo, inflatables and sports games. 

Family day, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., was divided into three different sub-events. The  first and second events were merged as a combination of  food supplied by Sodexo and a variety of stations. Stations included tie-dying, caricature drawing, face painting, photo booth, pit ball and free merchandise.  

Families enjoyed spending quality time together, which is something that can be difficult when  at college. Dr. Jasmine Bankhead, mother of sophomore aviation major Nia Mitchell, commented that she came because “it was important to come and support Nia” and she comedically joked that “it was also the easiest way to support her daughter," due to this being a free event.  

The tie-dye and the caricature drawings appeared to be the most popular attractions. Junior psychology major, Magdalena Skowronski, who helped out at the tie-dye station said she was “excited to be here.” She further explained that events like this are why she joined Student Activities. Skowronski wanted to “have an opinion on what happened on campus.”  One of the main roles of a Student Activities worker, is offering potential campus events.  

The student workers could be seen helping with the various entertainment attractions. Freshman elementary education major, Shannon Haggerty, summed up the event in one word “fun.” Haggerty, who worked at the sign-in station believes “Student Activities is a great social job to get to know people on campus.” She also enjoys having an “insider” perspective on campus activities. Student activity student workers like Haggerty and Skowronski helped bring famous caricature artist, Angel Contreras, to Family Day. 

Contreras, who has 28 years of experience as an artist, has drawn several famous people including Bozo the Clown, Michael Jordan and his former wife, Juanita Vanoy, Chicago NBC weatherman, Andy Avalos and now Lewis students. His comedic personality, made his family-friendly caricatures an enjoyable experience for the attendees, drawing not only portraits, but also smiles from models. Contreras “appreciated being invited to the Lewis Family Day,” as he loves drawing and entertaining his participants with jokes. 

The second half of the day included a raffle of a Lewis bookbag at 1 p.m. and a women’s volleyball game against Quincy University at 3 p.m. in the Neil Carey Arena. Family Day officially ended with the Flyer’s victory of  3-0. 


National voter registration day at Lewis

Jada Hoffman, Campus Life Editor

Sept. 30, 2019 

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Committee of Civic Engagement and Pi Sigma Alpha celebrated National Voter Registration Day. Tables were set up in the Academic Building hallways from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. so students could register to vote in the upcoming election or check their registration status. 

Students were provided with registration sheets and laptops to assist them in the registration process. For students who do not reside in Illinois, an option was given to use Lewis as their address. If they were opposed to that, those working at the table showed them how they can sign up in their hometown. 

If students were not able to make it to the tables, an email with the registration link was sent out Tuesday morning.  

Though less people registered than last year, Dr. Steven Nawara, the chair of civic engagement, believes it is because there is no big election this year, such as upcoming election in 2020. With an event as big as the presidential election, many people are more engaged and active when it comes to the registration and voting process. 

Despite a decrease in student interest, Nawara was still content. Having just one student register would still be satisfactory because that one student is practicing an essential right. “It is important for people to be engaged as citizens and create a positive influence in the world,” said Nawara. 

In order to help the university’s community become more involved in civics, the Committee of Civic Engagement of Pi Sigma Alpha focuses on community and democratic engagement. Pi Sigma Alpha created nonpartisan guides for the past two elections and will continue to do so for upcoming elections. The Department of Student Activities also assists with providing transportation to voting spots with the Lewis shuttles.  

Lewis will continue to ensure students have a way to be democratically involved with their community. This tradition of helping students register to vote will continue next semester. 


Susan Frankel’s Phrasing

Jada Hoffman, Campus Life Editor 

Sept. 23, 2019

On Thursday, Sept. 19, the Art Gallery presented their 63rd show entitled: “Susan Frankel ‘Phrasing’” in the Wadsworth Family Gallery from 7 – 9 p.m. 

Cheese, crackers, fruit and wine were served as refreshments before Mark Swain, the Department Chairperson, introduced Susan Frankel.  

“I do not look at my work as abstract,” Frankel began.  

She continued by presenting some of the paintings displayed in the gallery room on a slideshow. Her paintings varied from 2012 to now, all based upon the spaces she’s lived in. 

She explained that some of her muses include her son and dog, whose silhouettes can be pictured in some paintings, as well as trees and their shadows.  

“You have to pay attention to the world,” Frankel explained as she showed a woman wearing a flamingo shirt being a muse for one of her paintings. “It’s okay to be silly.” 

It was very evident that Frankel enjoyed her job as her smile never left her face while explaining her work.  

The Art Gallery started six years ago and chooses their artists based upon word of mouth and connections. There is an advisory committee that comes together to discuss possible artists that can be featured in the show. One of the deciding factors is whether the artist has their Master of Fine Arts, which is the highest degree that can be obtained in the field of fine arts.  

Natalie Swain, the Art Gallery Coordinator, explained that Frankel was recommended by someone on the advisory committee named Suellen Rocca, who is a Curator at Elmhurst College Art Museum. 

The Art Gallery does not limit their shows to only painters; they also invite sculptors, drawers, and those of varying talents in the art world. 

This event was an Arts and Ideas opportunity for Lewis students as well as an open event for the community.  


LRC Remodel & Office Relocations Better Accommodate Students

Henrietta Eghan, Reporter  

Sept. 16, 2019

If there is anywhere to expect both help and peace it is at the Learning Resource Center (LRC) building which is to many the heart of Lewis campus. One can always expect the LRC to be filled with people because the building offers so many different resources ranging from the library to the writing centers, to the Business and Financial Aid offices. 

The library offers a varied amount of resources, such as reserving books, providing study rooms, printers and scanners, computer access, reference services, writing centers, technical assistance, research help through librarians and the most forgotten of all, free books for students for the semester through the I-share program. 

In the past the library has hosted clubs such as Flying Needles, Flying Raspberries and Talking Comics. Now, the Library wants to extend its help past all these resources  by remodeling, for the benefit of the Lewis students and community. One of the smaller steps in the remodeling process is the new clock next to the reference desk on the 1st floor that was donated by Brother David Kuebeler, who is a part-time Research and Instruction Librarian. 

In an interview with Gina Sopko, Administrative Assistant to the Director, Mrs. Sopko relayed that she was “grateful for the kind donation by Brother David and the clock really accentuated the library.” 

Over the summer, the library has remolded part of the second floor in the LRC. The building has made more quiet study room areas . 

In addition, the offices for Residence Life and the Lewis University Police Department were moved to the LRC building, making resources more accessible to the students who visit the LRC building. If you need any help regarding dorms or lost items, stop by the LRC building! 


Class of 2023 Settles into First Semester

Jada Hoffman, Campus Life Editor 

Sept. 16, 2019

Wednesday, Aug. 21, Lewis welcomed the Class of 2023 to the Lewis community.

One of the largest classes to step on campus, caused Lewis to open an upperclassmen dorm, DeLaSalle South Hall, for freshmen residents. 

Move-in day was the start of welcome week for freshmen and many enjoyed the activities offered, including Computer Science major, Dominique Wood. 

“I liked playing dodgeball, it was fun,” said Wood, who stays in DeLaSalle South Hall. 

Wood is from Merrillville, Indiana, about an hour away from Lewis. Though Wood was lucky enough to be able to room with his best friend since second grade, making friends is still a goal during welcome week for many, especially when one comes from another state. 

Wood was able to meet many of his new teammates, as he is part of the men’s track and field team, as well as make new friends.  

Wood says, “I chose Lewis because of track. It also has a good education system.” 

Niklaas Kurth, an Aviation Flight Management major, also chose Lewis because of the education system. Kurth liked how Lewis allows freshmen to fly, so this was his top reason for choosing Lewis.  

Kurth comes from Grand Rapids, Michigan and now resides in Sheil Hall.  

Kurth enjoys Sheil, as he said, “It’s across from the rec and I like working out. I use to play basketball and baseball.” 

Kurth also rooms with someone he knew prior to coming to Lewis, as him and his roommate went to the same high school together, yet never spoke much until their senior year.  

Kurth enjoyed welcome week as he won a JBL speaker from playing games at the carnival. 

Though Wood and Kurth both live in a different state than Lewis, they still reside in the Midwest. There are some students who come from further and hotter places. 

Forensic Criminal Investigation major, Shakeria Glynn, came to Lewis all the way from Macon, Georgia. That’s a two hour plane ride, but a 14 hour car ride.  

Though skeptical at first, Glynn decided on Lewis during her overnight visit last year. She chose Lewis due to the welcoming environment, as well as the scholarship money she received. 

Glynn also enjoyed welcome week saying, “I met a lot of people. It was overwhelming at first with all the activities, but seeing the Avengers on the Green was really fun.” 

Glynn admits she feels homesick in her room in Founders Hall, especially at night, as she usually watches movies with her mother at that time. She also missed the birth of her niece on Labor Day weekend. 

However, she is adjusting well. She got her nose pierced and decided to jump out of her comfort zone and try out for the Flyerettes dance team. 

Being a freshman resident can be overwhelming at first, especially if one lives in another state. The culture and experience are different; however, these freshmen seem to be handling it pretty well. Best of luck to all the freshmen as they start a new chapter of their life. 


Philip Lynch Theatre Presents a Metaplay

Henrietta Eghan, Reporter  

Sept. 16, 2019

For those who have never seen or been to a play, the Lewis theater department put on a play to depict how it really is.  In “A Night in the Theatre” viewers experienced the clichés and stereotypical situations of attending a play, but also something a little more.  

The play directed by Mike Frale, starred in the Fine Arts building from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 30-31.  It was the first play of the fall 2019 semester. 

The evening began with four main characters, Jen Glynn as Margaret Locker, Eric Redmon as Stanley Locker, Katy Papineaeu as Donna Pace, and Ryan Flynn as Walter Pace. Or as many as the audience remember the characters being Margaret the “mom,” Stanley the “know it all,” Donna the “ditzy” and Walter the “immature”.  

Through these characterizations, every stereotypical scene in seen in plays and movies were reenacted throughout the four acts in this play. The play started out with the stereotypical ruckus made when trying to find one’s seats. As one would predict, the short trip to finding one’s seats was filled with bumps and the familiar annoyance to one’s seat placement. 

As the play started, the audience were introduced to actors watching a play just like them. They were watching the play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare.  Although, the actors were from the 20th century, their reactions to the play were quite humorous in the similarity to the response by 21st century people. Stanley from the beginning voices out his confusion as to why they have to watch this play when they could have done something more fun and Walter “the know it all” responds in the matter of enriching one’s culture. The interactions between Walter and Stanley generated the most laughs due to how opposite their personalities were. Throughout the play, Stanley was pitted against every character as he tried to simply watch the play without disturbance. Stanley’s plait was the most theatrical part of the play. 

In an interview with sophomore attendee Haley Spirakas, who majors in Early Childhood, Spirakas commented on how she, “...loved how every character but Stanley was confused at why people in front and back of them moved their seats and therefore found it rude that they changed seats in the second half of the play.” When in fact it was they who were rude as they were talking throughout the play causing people to relocate elsewhere. 

There were many instances in which comical scenes like this were acted out, but the irony is that almost everyone could find instances in which they related to a scene or a character. The play ended with a scene full of laughter, cheers and popcorn. 

Furthermore, Phillip’s Theatre now offers online ticket purchases. With the new addition of ticket purchase added to upfront purchase and purchase by phone, the play was able to run even more efficiently and smoothly.  

More plays will occur throughout the semester and their time and dates are accessible online on the Arts and Ideas Program websites or physically in the pamphlets in the Fine Arts building. 


Student Senate Kicks Off 2019-2020 Semester

Jada Hoffman, Campus Life Editor 

Sept. 16, 2019

Tuesday, Sept. 9, three senators were added into Lewis University’s Student Senate.  

Student Senate announced via email and social media that nominations for three senators, freshman, senior, and transfer, would be the first week of school. Voting for the senators was conducted electronically from Sept. 3 to Sept. 9.  

Usually, at the beginning of the year, there are only elections for freshman and transfer senator, however, the senior senator who won last semester dropped, leaving the position vacant. 

There were 11 candidates in all, which is a lot compared to previous years. Winners were emailed Monday night and had until the following day to accept or reject their position.  

Freshman senator, Alexandria Wilson, was surprised when she received the email welcoming her into Student Senate. 

Wilson has been involved in student government since sixth grade and believes government like organizations will help her accomplish her end goal of becoming a lawyer. She is a political science major who chose Lewis due to their 3+3 program for law school. 

Wilson was creative with her campaigning as she purchased a Snapchat filter containing her campaign flyer.  

“It was easy advertisement. I enjoy campaigning and the competition of it,” said Wilson. 

Senior senator, Michael Frutos, was nominated for senate and had assistance from a friend to campaign his running.  

As a senior, Frutos wants to create a similar atmosphere as students experienced in their senior year in high school to ensure it is more memorable.  

“I also want to make it [Lewis] more welcoming,” Frutos continues, “I want to bring more cultural awareness and create more opportunities for students.” 

As a Public Relations major and Marketing minor, Frutos has confidence that after three years at Lewis, he can make a change. 

Transfer senator, Jacqueline Olague, came from the College of Dupage and wanted to be involved on campus, just how she was at her previous college. 

Olague says the campaign process was easy and she was taken by surprise when she won. 

Her major goal is to represent transfers the best way possible and plans to connect with transfers as well as the transfer counselor to ensure they are happy.

The first meeting of Student Senate was on Wednesday, Sept. 11 and President of Student Senate, Fargo Thornton, is excited for this year. 

Thornton is a junior Public Policy and History major who has fulfilled two other positions on Senate prior to his winning of Presidency. He was the athletic senator for the fall semester of last year, and the Vice President of Student Senate for the spring semester. 

“I stepped up as President because I saw a need for change, as well as the need for a good leader,” said Thornton. 

Thornton has many internal and external goals for Student Senate. Some goals include: finding a solution to many of the concerns on campus such as the meal plan, getting Senate’s name more known, and starting the talks of bringing a bar on campus. 

As the semester continues, Senate will be working to ensure all students are represented and heard. 


Lewis Named #20 for Top Psychology Degree Programs

Jada Hoffman, Campus Life Editor

Sept. 9, 2019

In July, it was announced that Lewis was ranked #20 for best psychology degree programs in the Midwest for 2019 by Online Psychology Degrees.

The ranking data was collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Acceptance rates, tuition, accreditation, class sizes and college rankings were taken into play while ranking the universities. A point system was created to put value into each factor. Accreditation, for example, was worth one point. 

Lewis earned 13 points, tying with the University of Michigan Dearborn. Lewis offered many great factors, such as class percentages, which was 64.1%, as well as having a variety of degree options for those studying psychology. Lewis offers four degree options, while many of the schools listed had two, such as the number one ranking school, Truman State University. 

Since the news was announced over the summer, many were unaware of the ranking, including sophomore psychology major, Taylor Wheeler. 

Wheeler said she was, “Very surprised to hear this. Psychology is such a generalized major so I wasn’t expecting Lewis to have one of the best programs for it.”  

Wheeler is beginning to take her major core classes which she finds “very interesting”. Among these classes, Wheeler most anticipates a workshop entitled “50 Myths about Psychology”. 

According to the Online Psychology Degrees website, “The Midwest is home to some of the most competitive, prestigious, post-secondary institutions in the country.” It is very rewarding for Lewis to be on the list as #20 for the psychology department, as it only goes up from here.