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Madigan Urges Stronger Oversight of For-Profit College Industry

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Attorney General Joins Letter of Support for Passage of Federal Legislation to Improve Coordination in Agencies Overseeing For-Profit Schools

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sent a letter to U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) expressing support for their legislation that would improve coordination among federal agencies overseeing the for-profit college industry.

“We’ve heard from far too many graduates of for-profit schools in Illinois who are struggling with enormous debt levels and limited job prospects in their chosen field,” Madigan said. “It is long overdue for the federal government to increase its oversight of the for-profit college industry to ensure for-profit schools focus less on maximizing revenues and more on improving their students’ graduation and employment rates.”

Currently, at least nine different federal agencies have a hand in overseeing the for-profit school industry: the Department of Education; the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; the Department of Justice; the Securities and Exchange Commission; the Department of Defense; the Department of Veterans Affairs; the Federal Trade Commission; the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service. The Propriety Education Oversight Coordination Improvement Act would require representatives from each agency to coordinate efforts and publish a report about for-profit colleges, which would allow Title IV borrowers to make better informed decisions about the school they may want to attend.

Additionally, the bill would require the interagency committee to hold quarterly meetings as a group and annual meetings with state attorneys general to coordinate federal and state activities related to for-profit school oversight. The legislation would also charge the committee with publishing a “For-Profit College Warning List” for parents and students, which would identify schools that have engaged in illegal practices or where there is evidence of widespread abuse – including unethical, fraudulent, and/or predatory recruiting or lending practices.

“This bill will provide the federal government with a mechanism by which to hold for-profit colleges more accountable for accepting billions of dollars in taxpayer money and will not conflict with, nor pre-empt the important work of the States in enforcing state law,” the letter states.  “Further, this bill will help prevent Title IV funds from continuing to line the pockets of some for-profit colleges that offer deficient educations in a deceptive manner.”

Attorney General Madigan has been a national leader in investigating and enforcing consumer protection violations in the higher education field, becoming the first state Attorney General to file lawsuits against emerging student loan debt scams, leading the investigation into Sallie Mae (now Navient), and pursuing litigation against national for-profit colleges for fraudulent marketing practices. Earlier this year, Madigan testified before the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on the role of states in higher education.

Joining Madigan in the letter of support were attorneys general from Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

Secretary of State Jesse White hosts National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will host the office’s annual National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration by recognizing the historic contributions of judicial, philanthropic, academic, community and public safety leaders.

White will honor the honorable Ruben Castillo, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with the Lifetime Achievement Award; José Santiago, Fire Commissioner for the Chicago Fire Department; Sylvia Perez, Broadcast Journalist formerly with ABC 7 News Chicago; Elba Aranda-Suh, Executive Director for the National Latino Education Institute (formerly the Spanish Coalition for Jobs); Héctor Molina, Sports Radio Broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls; and Roberto Armendariz, President of Academics Through Latin American Sports nonprofit organization.

The event will feature performances including a Mariachi band, Guatemalan Marimba performance, a Spanish flamenco dance and a Mexican dance performance.

The event will be held Wednesday, October 8th, Noon to 1 p.m., at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Concourse Level

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th – a time when the accomplishments and contributions of the Hispanic community are recognized across the country.

Poems by Author Unknown: Unlikely New Anthology Publishes Anonymous Poems Sent to Massachusetts Newspapers During WWII

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The result of a fascinating family story, ‘Poems by Author Unknown: An anthology of poems sent in to newspaper ca World War II’ is finally being brought to the market by Nancy Behan. The book contains over fifty poems that were anonymously submitted to two Brockton, MA newspapers between 1938 and 1944. Each verse offers a vital insight into the past and is a welcomed addition to a literary world that is over-modernizing at an alarming pace.

Wells, Maine – When Nancy Behan was given a book while helping her mother downsize to a retirement community apartment, the clippings stuffing its pages first appeared to be nothing more than scrap. However, closer inspection revealed hundreds of yellow newspaper clippings and the start of a project that is now being brought to readers around the world as  ‘Poems by Author Unknown: An anthology of poems sent in to newspaper ca World War II’.

After dozens of hours of diligent research, Behan discovered that the clippings were compiled by a neighbor’s grandmother, who had cut out and stored poems sent to two Brockton newspapers between 1938 and 1944. Most were written anonymously, and now have their own unique place in the nation’s wider history books.


This is an anthology of poems by unknown authors submitted by readers of a local Brockton, Massachusetts newspaper during the time period 1938 to 1944. Although the language might be considered dated, the themes ring true today. These poems are fun to read – especially aloud – and uplifting and timeless.

“These poems changed my life, so I wanted to make sure that others could cherish them too,” explains Behan. “I was inspired to compile fifty of the most powerful into the wholly-unique anthology that we see today. It was either this, or leave them in a box where they would deteriorate and ultimately be lost forever.”

Continuing, “The world is undergoing radical change, with technology now seemingly gripping everyone’s attention at all times. We have lost our traditional way of life and this book showcases how innocent and organic things used to be. It’s a vital link to the past for those who remember WWII, and a bold education for those growing up in today’s society.”

Since its release, the book has garnered a string of rave reviews. For example, one reader comments, “You are spreading lots of joy, especially to those of us who remember World War II.”

With the anthology’s popularity increasing, interested readers are urged to purchase their copies as soon as possible.

Poems by Author Unknown: An anthology of poems sent in to newspaper ca World War II’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1ywGJtT.

About the Author:

Nancy Behan is from Massachusetts and is currently living in Maine. She graduated from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a degree in Organizational Behavior. She has published work for Green Craft Magazine and The York County Coast Star. She loves reading and writing poetry and is a craft re-purposing enthusiast.

Illinois Students Participation and Performance on AP Exams Continues to Show Gains

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Illinois AP participation continues to outpace national average and the percentage of Hispanic test takers in 2014 exceeds percentage of Hispanic students overall as record number of Illinois students take exams and excel

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Hispanic and African American student participation in the Advanced Placement tests exceeds the national average, helping a new and more diverse generation of students move into more advanced classes in their post-secondary institution or gain college credit – or both, according to the 2014 College Board Program Results.

Statewide, 19.9 percent of Hispanic 11th and 12th graders took an AP exam in 2014, surpassing the total statewide population of Hispanic students (19.7) and continuing a decade-long trend of increasing participation and performance among Hispanic students in accelerated college-prep courses.  Across Illinois, 15.3 percent of Hispanic examinees scored successfully for possible college credit.

African American 11th and 12th graders comprise 10 percent of those who took AP exams last year and 16.6 percent of the eligible student population. While still underrepresented, the percent of Illinois African American AP exam takers exceeds the 8.6 percent of African American AP examinees nationwide.

Statewide, 23.5 percent of Illinois’s public high school 11th and 12th-graders took at least one AP Exam in 2014, up from 10.5 percent a decade ago in 2004. More than half of those students, or 15.5 percent of the 11th and 12th grade test takers scored a 3 or higher on the AP Exam, up from 7.7 percent in 2004.  The College Board and the American Council on Education (ACE) recommend that colleges and universities award credit for AP scores of 3 and higher on any AP exam.

“Illinois has been a leader in closing the participation and success gap for Hispanic test takers on the prestigious AP exams, which is a huge step forward in achieving excellence and improving college enrollment for this growing population,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico “We must continue to improve access for all students. We anticipate that some of the intense work with low-performing schools will mean more students will get the opportunity to take these challenging courses and exams which can lead to college credit and reduced higher education costs.”

Advanced Placement exams measure a student’s content mastery of college-level studies in specific academic disciplines. The College Board’s just-released national report offers data from the 2014 Advanced Placement Exam administration. In February each year, the College Board releases it’s “AP Report to the Nation,” which uses data from the most recent graduating class cohort. Sharing data from the most recent school year, as provided in this October 2014 report, allows states, districts, school and the public the opportunity to analyze results and access to the program in a timelier manner.

As its student population grows more diverse and economically challenged, Illinois continues to see record numbers of graduates taking these rigorous courses and exams.

Illinois ranked 13th in the nation for the percentage of 2013 graduates – 21.5 percent – who scored at least a 3 on an AP exam during their high school career. The national average is 20.1 percent. The College Board will release its annual Report to the Nation again in February 2015.

Other highlights of Tuesday’s National AP Report include:

·         4,356 graduating students in Illinois schools took the SAT. These college-bound seniors account for 3 percent of the total 2014 graduating class.

·         Of the 4,356 graduating seniors who took the SAT, 84 percent achieved the SAT Benchmark and have a high likelihood of succeeding in college and the workplace.

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Check Out the Charity Before Donating To Breast Cancer Awareness Month Causes, Says Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) and scammers are using emotional appeals to target their victims. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging consumers to research charities before making a donation to be sure your money goes towards good for others.

“The goal for charities should be to raise money towards curing cancer, not for their operators to make a profit,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Consumers should do a careful assessment of the charity, questioning its methods and procedures and checking it out with the BBB before donating.”

Consumers can check out charities online with the BBB at www.bbb.org/charity .  The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) organization also has a website at www.nbcam.org. This group is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease and provide greater access to services.

It is important for consumers to check that companies disclose a charity name, the amount of a sale going to the charity, the duration of marketing campaigns and, if applicable, the maximum or minimum contribution amount.

Here are tips to avoid scams with this cause:

  • Research the charity with the BBB. If the product or service is in support of an unfamiliar charity, learn more about the organization by reviewing the BBB’s charity report online at www.bbb.org/charity
  • Identify the charity receiving the donation. If the product or service is linked to a donation percentage, contact the business or manufacturer to determine exactly where the money is going and what percentage is donated.
  • Confirm the charity’s corporate partners.  Many national breast cancer charities list the names of corporate partners and sponsors on their websites.
  • If you contribute, do not give cash. Use a credit card or check or money order made out to the name of the charitable organization, not to the individual collecting the donation.
  • Keep records of your donations. This includes receipts, canceled checks, and bank statement. Keeping these documents will allow you to document your charitable giving at tax time. Although the value of your time as a volunteer is not deductible, out-of-pocket expenses (including transportation costs) directly related to your volunteer service to a charity are deductible.

Be wary of charities that are reluctant to answer reasonable questions about their operations, finances and programs. Also be careful of appeals that are long on emotion, but short on describing what the charity actually does.

For more tips, visit www.bbb.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Let Silicon Valley Companies Know That Diversity is Key to Their Futures

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By  John Burnett

This weekend, The New York Times published an editorial, “Silicon Valley’s Diversity Problem”, highlighting the abysmal record Silicon Valley companies like Google have in hiring African-Americans, Latinos and women.

I have spent months trying to raise awareness of this issue, as have major leaders like Reverend Jesse Jackson and Honorable Marc Morial.

Please take this opportunity to read the Times’ editorial and let Silicon Valley companies know that diversity is key to their futures.


John Burnett
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Director Gina Prince-Bythewood and Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw to be Honored at 18th Annual Black Perspectives Tribute and Gala

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Prince-Bythewood to Receive The Chicago International Film Festival’s Artistic Achievement Award and Mbatha-Raw the Emerging Talent Award

CHICAGO, IL – The 50th Chicago International Film Festival will honor director Gina Prince-Bythewood and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the 18th Annual Black Perspectives Tribute and Gala Friday, October 10. The red carpet event starts at 6.30 p.m. at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.), followed by a special presentation of Prince-Bythewood’s latest film “Beyond the Lights.” Mbatha-Raw and Prince-Bythewood are scheduled to appear on the red carpet and at the Gala.

“Both honorees are great inspirations for women in the film industry and are making tremendous contributions to American cinema,” said Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, Michael Kutza. “It is a great pleasure to be honoring these two extraordinary artists in celebration and showcasing their work in ‘Beyond the Lights’ at this year’s Festival.”

In addition to showcasing and celebrating the depth and diversity of black cultures and filmmakers from around the world, the Black Perspectives program pays tribute to emerging and established film artists. Gina Prince-Bythewood, recipient of this year’s Artistic Achievement Award, boldly forged her own career path, breaking out in 2000 with her widely lauded film, “Love & Basketball,” which won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. She followed that success with HBO’s “Disappearing Acts.” Prince-Bythewood’s adaptation and directing skills shone through again in “The Secret Life of Bees.” As her latest film, “Beyond the Lights” reveals, she continues to grow and shine as a formidable talent.

British-South African actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw will receive this year’s Emerging Talent Award in celebration of her tremendous talents and contributions to the art of acting. Mbatha-Raw first received acclaim on the English stage and has since received plaudits for a series of outstanding screen performances, on British television (“Doctor Who,” “Fallout”), for her Hollywood debut “Larry Crowne” (2011), and most impressively, her starring, breakthrough role in the independent film “Belle” (2013).

In “Beyond the Lights,” Prince-Bythewood spins an inspirational story about a young woman learning to find her own voice. Noni (Mbatha-Raw), the music world’s latest superstar, is feeling the pressures of fame, until she meets Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker), a young cop and aspiring politician, who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the objections of those around them.

“Beyond The Lights” opens in theaters nationwide on November 14th.

Black Perspectives Program
The films in this year’s Black Perspective program represent a variety of styles and genres from around the world. In the New Directors competition, Jeffrey Wray’s “The Evolution of Bert” employs a free essayistic style to create a witty and poignant meditation on the cultural factors that shape African-American identity. Darius Clark Monroe’s “Evolution of a Criminal,” exploring the causes and repercussions of the bank robbery he committed at age 16, is part of this year’s Docufest program and Education Outreach programs. As part of the Education Outreach program, Monroe will be in attendance at the Festival to engage in discussion with students after screenings of the film. Spike Lee, cofounder of the Black Perspectives program, is one of the producers of the film.

Two of the most-lauded films in the program, “Dear White People” and “CRU,” are also part of this year’s World Cinema program and both were produced by Chicago natives. “Dear White People,” directed by Justin Simien, won this year’s Sundance Film Festival Breakthrough Talent Award, and co-producer Columbia College Chicago graduate Lena Waithe was named one of the “75 Most Powerful Black Women in Hollywood” by Essence Magazine (February, 2014) alongside honorees Prince-Bythewood and Mbatha-Raw. “CRU,” directed by Alton Glass, won five awards at this year’s American Black Film Festival, including Best Film. The film’s producer, Chicagoan Danny Green, is returning to the festival for his third year of powerful films in the Black Perspectives program. Both Glass and Green will be in attendance.

The Chicago International Film Festival Black Perspectives program was founded in 1997 in collaboration with legendary filmmaker Spike Lee, to showcase the talent of black filmmakers and present films that break barriers and shatter stereotypes. The Festival has consistently honored actors and directors of the highest caliber, such as Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Lee Daniels, Spike Lee, Forest Whitaker, Viola Davis, Morgan Freeman, and Halle Berry. Over the past 17 years, the program has featured films by luminaries such as Maya Angelou and Laurence Fishburne, as well as the most recent works of masters Djibril Diop Mambéty and Ousmane Sembene and brilliant British filmmaker Steve McQueen. Select screenings and panel discussions program create a unique learning environment in which participants can gain valuable insights into the issues, challenges, and triumphs of black film artists.

The Black Perspectives Program Partners are AARP and Allstate.

The 50th Chicago International Film Festival runs October 9-23, 2014.

Black Perspectives Films
“Afronauts” USA (Director: Frances Bodomo)–July 1969: It’s the night of the moon landing and a group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat America to the moon. “Afronauts” plays in the Shorts 7 Program: Waking Dreams. 13 min.

“August Winds” (Ventos De Agosto) Brazil (Director: Gabriel Mascaro)—Shirley and Jeison are young lovers in an isolated seaside community. After severe thunderstorms, a meteorologist arrives to record the sound of the wind. When his corpse washes up a few days later, Jeison becomes obsessed with giving the body a proper burial. Recalling the work of filmmakers as strikingly different as Vittorio De Sica, Alain Resnais and Terrence Malick, Gabriel Mascaro’s narrative debut beautifully captures the essence of a particular place out of time. Portuguese with subtitles. 77 min. Chicago Premiere

“CRU” USA (Director: Alton Glass)—Winner of five awards at this year’s American Black Film Festival, including Best Film, CRU follows a group of four formerly tight-knit high school athletes meeting up 15 years after graduation. The reunion opens up old wounds and long hidden secrets, including the lingering effects of a car crash they experienced on the way back from winning a state championship. CRU is a nuanced portrait of friendship, forgiveness and redemption. 85 min. Chicago Premiere

“Dear White People” USA (Director: Justin Simien)—“Dear White People” follows the stories of four black students at Winchester University, where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’ themed party thrown by a white fraternity. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Breakthrough Talent Award. 108 min. Chicago Premiere

“Evolution of a Criminal” USA (Director: Darius Clark Monroe)—When he was 16, Darius Clark Monroe and two friends robbed a Texas bank. Seventeen years later, and seven years in the making, Evolution of a Criminal Through vivid reenactments of the heist, home videos, and interviews with friends, family, and witnesses, Monroe weaves an uncommonly perceptive piece of autobiographical cinema. 83 min. Chicago Premiere

“The Evolution of Bert” USA (Director: Jeffrey Wray)—Bert, an African-American first-generation college student, struggles to define himself. Diving headfirst into a world of campus poetry readings, jazzy beats, and unavailable women, Bert tries to avoid the stereotyped social roles that so often pigeonhole black men. Employing a free essayistic style, bold new director Jeffrey Wray offers a witty and poignant meditation on the cultural factors that shape African-American identity. 77 min. World Premiere

“Full-Windsor” USA (Director: Faraday Okoro)–A 10-year-old boy battles his mother in order to wear his father’s tie to school. “Full-Windsor” plays in the Shorts 5 Program: Thicker Than Water. 6 min.

“Jaspa’ Jenkins” USA (Director: Robert Carnilius)—In this provocative short film, Jasper Jenkins wants to be an All-American, civilized member of society. The only problem is that he’s Black. This experimental piece critiques racist messages in the media. “Jaspa’ Jenkins” plays in the Shorts 1 Program: City & State – Locally Sourced. 4 min. Chicago Premiere

“Parietal Guidance” USA (Director: Lonnie Edwards)—Narrated through sparse dialogue and sound-bites, we follow 10-year-old Alinah for the duration of a day. Parietal Guidance allows the viewer a sensory opportunity to capture and process information through the mind of a child as she encounters the realities of the adult world. “Parietal Guidance” plays in the Shorts 1 Program: City & State – Locally Sourced. 13 min. Winner of the Illinois Film Office 2014 Shortcuts Competition.

“Timbuktu” Mauritania, France (Director: Abderrahmane Sissako)—A beautifully crafted and devastating account of the takeover of Northern Mali by Islamic militants two years ago, Timbuktu tells a deeply humanist tale about a diverse group of citizens’ struggles in the face of adversity and intolerance. Like his previous cinematic gem Bamako, veteran filmmaker Sissako focuses on the inner fortitude of his characters, particularly the steadfast women, who, despite abuse and oppression, still sing in defiance. Arabic, Bambara, French, English, Songhay, Tamasheq with subtitles. 97 min. Chicago Premiere

The Women’s Business Development Center Offers October Programs That Support and Accelerate Women’s Business Ownership

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WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance

CHICAGO, IL – Workshops offered in October by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC include:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

“Winning Corporate and Government Contracts: Strategies and Tips for Developing Important Relationships”

Description: A panel of small business owners will share best practices for developing relationships, tips on how to nurture and maintain the relationships, and ideas for turning these relationships into government or corporate contracts. Moderated by Freida Curry, director of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the WBDC, panelists include Rebecca Fyffe, president and owner, Chicago Wildlife Management & Consulting; Julie Savitt, president and owner, AMS Earthmovers; and Poonam Gupta, president and owner, Iyka Enterprises Inc. A light breakfast will be served.

Cost: $15.00

Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Registration: http://goo.gl/8f68CM

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“Evaluating Your Business IQ”

Description: In this interactive workshop, prospective and established business owners will learn about resources for capital and how an owner’s legal entity can impact one’s finances.

Cost: $10.00

Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Registration: http://goo.gl/KMUnvx

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“Building Your Financial Team”

Description: In this workshop you will learn the importance of forming a solid financial advisory team to so you can make informed decisions for your business.

Cost: $10.00

Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Registration: http://goo.gl/lzQtHF

For further information about these or other WBDC workshops, visit http://www.WBDC.org or call (312) 853-3477. Now in its 28th year, the WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance in Spanish and English. More information is available at www.WBDC.org.

College of DuPage Student Music Ensembles Showcased in Mid-Semester Concert at the McAninch Arts Center October 16

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Works by Cedar Walton, Paul Simon, Franz Joseph Haydn and More Featured in Diverse Program of Pop, Jazz, Folk and Classical Music

GLEN ELLYN, IL – Five College of DuPage (COD) student music ensembles unite for a mid-semester concert at the McAninch Arts Center located on the campus of College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The diverse and entertaining program of 16 works will include Adam Miller’s rhythmic “Rainfall;” distinguished contemporary jazz composer Cedar Walton’s “Cedar’s Blues,” Felix Mendelssohn’s reverent choral work, “Verleih uns Frieden;” a gospel version of Paul Simon’s Grammy Award-winning hit ,“A Bridge Over Troubled Water;” Franz Joseph Haydn’s composition for wind instruments, “Selections from Feldpartie in C;” David O’Fallon’s beautiful and creative “Gaelic Overture;” Thomas Weelkes masterful madrigal, “Hark, all ye Lovely Saints;” Thomas Tallis’ well-known anthem, “If Ye Love Me;” among  others.  A list of the full program follows this release.

Twice a year, the MAC offers this showcase of student music ensembles. The concert demonstrates some of the wide variety of music-making in the College of DuPage music department. The two choirs and three instrumental ensembles represent the very best in guided collaborative music-making, from the traditions of classical chamber orchestra to the free improvisation of small group jazz, a broad spectrum of the contemporary percussion ensemble and both small and large choral ensembles. Under the leadership of professional faculty, COD students have the opportunity to grow as music-makers. This concert gives audiences a chance to peer into the window of that process.

“We’re very proud of our talented and energetic music students. This concert is sure to pique the interest of anyone who likes to see music students learning and demonstrating their craft,” says COD Music Department Chair Lee Kesselman.

The following ensembles will be performing at the Oct. 16 concert:

The Small Group Jazz Ensemble. This 10-member ensemble, under the direction of Tom Tallman, addresses the many aspects of jazz including improvising and constructing small-group arrangements.

The Percussion Ensemble. This 14-member ensemble, under the direction of Ben Wahlund,  is a chamber ensemble that performs repertoire written specifically for the percussion family as well as transcriptions adaptable to percussion.

The Chamber Orchestra. This eight-member orchestra, under the direction of Alison Gaines, focuses on reparation and performance of music for small orchestra.

The Concert Choir. This 42-member enthusiastic student choir, under the direction of Lee R. Kesselman, sings classical and lighter fare with piano accompaniments

The Chamber Singers. This 25-voice select chamber choir, under the direction of Lee R. Kesselman,   specializes in unaccompanied vocal chamber music of all periods with particular emphasis on Renaissance madrigal and motets, music of the 20th century.

For more information about the ensembles, visit cod.edu/programs/music.

Five College of DuPage (COD) student music ensembles are showcased  in a mid-semester concert at Glen Ellyn’s McAninch Arts Center located on the campus of College of DuPage (425 Fawell Blvd.) Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355,  and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org. You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at facebook.com/AtTheMAC or on twitter at twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Tell the Senate: Stand up to the NRA and Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General now: Sign the petition

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The NRA and the U.S. Ebola response.

Sign the petition to the U.S. Senate:

“You must stand up to the NRA and confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general. With dangerous misinformation about the Ebola virus running rampant, we need a level-headed surgeon general who can authoritatively and calmly lead the federal government’s public response.”

Add your name:

Sign the petition â–º
Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

With Fox News spewing blatant1 misinformation2 with a shameful “racial component”3 to whip Americans into a frenzy about the Ebola virus, it would be useful to have a high-ranking public health official who could calmly and authoritatively communicate what the public needs to know.

And that’s exactly what the surgeon general of the United States is supposed to do.4

But because a handful of Senate Democrats caved to the NRA and opposed President Obama’s nominee over his acknowledgement that gun violence is a public health problem, we haven’t had a permanent surgeon general in place since July of last year.5

Tell the Senate: Stand up to the NRA and confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general now. Click here to sign the petition.

Recent polling indicates that the media’s Ebola fear-mongering is working. A Harvard School of Public Health poll found that nearly 40% of Americans think there will be a large scale Ebola outbreak in the United States, and that more than 25% are afraid that they or someone in their immediate family will contract the virus sometime in the next year.6

Meanwhile, the real risks are being ignored. Medical personnel who first encountered the only Ebola patient who has surfaced in the U.S. ignored safety protocols, potentially exposing hundreds of people to the disease. Despite having traveled recently from Liberia and exhibiting clear symptoms of the disease, he was sent home with antibiotics. Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called this incident a “teachable moment.” And the federal official that should be leading the charge to educate the American people and medical establishment to keep us all safe is NRA-blocked surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy.

Given the corporate media’s failure to responsibly educate the American people about the real risks associated with the Ebola virus – and the fact that panicking will only make the situation worse – it is more important than ever that we have a level-headed surgeon general in place who can calmly communicate with the American people.

Sign the petition: Tell the Senate to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general. Click here to sign the petition.

Dr. Vivek Murthy is exceptionally well qualified to serve as surgeon general. He currently serves as president of Doctors for America, works as an internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and teaches at Harvard Medical School. In the past, he started a software technology company that makes clinical trials more efficient and co-founded a non-profit focused on HIV prevention and AIDS education in India and the United States.

That’s why more than 120,000 CREDO activists signed a petition last year urging the Senate to confirm Dr. Murthy as surgeon general, and nearly 1,000 made calls to key Senators with the same demand.

With public health capturing Americans’ attention due to the spread of the Ebola virus, now is the perfect time to pressure the Senate to stand up to the NRA and confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as General.

Tell the Senate: Fight the NRA and Ebola at the same time by confirming Dr. Murthy as surgeon general. Click here to sign the petition.

Thanks for standing up to the NRA.

Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. “Fox ‘Expert’ Lies About How You Can Catch Ebola,” Crooks and Liars, October 4, 2014.
2. “Media Promote Ebola Fear-Mongering Stunt,” Media Matters, October 2, 2014.
3. “PBS science reporter: Fox’s Ebola coverage is ‘a level of ignorance we should not allow’,” Raw Story, October 5, 2014.
4. “About the Office of the Surgeon General,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
5. “How the NRA is making the Ebola crisis worse,” MSNBC, October 2, 2014.
6. “Poll finds many in U.S. lack knowledge about Ebola and its transmission,” Harvard School of Public Health, August 21, 2014.

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