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By Michael Stelzer Jocks, History Faculty. After Paul’s last post, I would like to give him another perspective on his thirty years. I am going to show him how I perceive time zooming past in my idiosyncratic, historian’s style in the hope that it will allow him to view his years from another angle. Simply […]

The Chicago Experience

Posted: August 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

By Paul Gaszak, English Faculty For undergrad, I went to a smaller, Christian-affiliated university in the Chicago suburbs, and all students had to take a handful of religion courses as part of our general education requirement. My senior year, I took a course in religious artwork to fulfill my final religion course. I was an […]

By Paul Gaszak, English Faculty Political humor is a wonderful and necessary rhetorical tool in shaping our perceptions about politics and politicians. Growing up in the 80s/90s, I was shaped in part by the many hilarious impersonations of politicians by one of America’s most notable comedic institutions: Saturday Night Live. A number of SNL’s most famous impersonations […]

By Michael Stelzer Jocks, History Faculty.  When Paul Gaszak and I started this blog 4 years ago, we did so with the goal of avoiding ‘controversial’ and ‘political’ topics. Of course, this has not always been possible.  Completely ignoring the aforementioned two topical realms pretty much closes off most blog possibilities.  Our blog’s discussions of race, […]

By Paul Gaszak, English Faculty (This post is a response to “Superhero Movies are Rarely Super” by Michael Stelzer Jocks.) Yesterday, my dear colleague Michael Stelzer Jocks wrote about how superhero movies are rarely super, and I feel compelled to respond. I am a lover of superhero films (the only thing I want for my […]

By Paul Gaszak, English Faculty My senior year of high school, I vowed to get in shape. At that point, I had been playing the role of “fat kid” since at least 5th grade, and I was tired of being uncomfortable in my own skin thanks to the teasing and invisibility to girls. I decided […]

By Paul Gaszak, English Faculty What’s your favorite Michael Jackson song? Think about it for a second. Okay, what’s your answer? Today, I tested a hypothesis of mine by texting and asking a number of people this same question. Everyone, without exception, responded within seconds: “‘PYT.’ No question.” “I like ‘Man in the Mirror.’” “Probably […]

By Ellen Mannos, Career Management Faculty/Curriculum Chair.  Dear Students, In ancient Greek times, learning existed in the streets  of Piraeus where you would have found Socrates roaming around encouraging youthful inquiring minds to think, question and argue. A more modern day version of this collective gathering would have existed,  for example, during the 60’s and […]

By Paul Gaszak, English Faculty There are so many great theme songs from movies, television shows, videos games, and more. A bit of news came out late last week that got a lot of people talking online, and it got my favorite theme song of all-time stuck in my head. It also got me thinking […]

By Paul Gaszak, English Faculty I have been a sports fan my whole life, and I engage with sports everyday in some fashion, be it watching games, reading articles, or talking with family and friends. In all my years of sports, “Deflategate” may be the dumbest controversy I have ever encountered. For those unaware, Deflategate […]