Chris Weller and his band wear hearts on sleeve

Eric Novak   It’s not often that an innovative record comes out that stars a blood-related relative. In the case of the new jazz record eponymously titled Chris Weller’s Hanging Hearts, my cousin Cole DeGenova plays keyboards in a trio comprised of sax, keyboards and drums. This instrumentation stands out […]


The Frugal Foodie

The Frugal Foodie

Tia Patsavas   College students love food, but we also love big flavors. The problem? Finding meals we love with flavors we enjoy, all on the college student budget. Looking for an inexpensive way to a gourmet dinner? Start with a staple, prepackaged meal, and add new flavors to mix […]


Offerman utilizes his diverse talents

Nick Cocorikis   On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Illinois Wesleyan University Shirk Center was the place to be. Around 8:00 p.m., Nick Offerman, popular for his role on Parks and Recreation, not only performed a hilarious comedy act with multiple songs and personal stories, but also gave students advice for […]


10 terrifyingly simple Halloween costumes

Zane Nyhus   With Halloween only a few days away, time is running out for your impromptu DIY costume.  If you are like me and have procrastinated deciding on a costume, but still don’t want to be a witch or your favorite superhero for the umpteenth time, then check out […]


Out and about: haunted houses in Bloomington area

Out and about: haunted houses in Bloomington area

Emily Considine   Whether you’re terrified of Halloween’s haunted houses or think you can handle anything, there are several options around Bloomington-Normal that want to challenge you. Haunted houses are the perfect way to indulge yourself in the Halloween season, hold your girlfriend’s hand and act like the tough guy […]


Jen Kober wields a playful outlook

Casey Williams   Actress and comedian Jen Kober visited Illinois Wesleyan University for the second time on Friday, Oct. 24. Kober has appeared on shows such as The Mindy Project, Anger Management and Franklin & Bash. The comedian filled the Hansen Student Center with laughter with her riotous routine including […]


Fall horror film ill-conceived

Giovanni Solano   If you’re looking for a psychological thriller and a period film, I recommend watching Stonehearst Asylum, Brad Anderson’s loose adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe short story, “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.” The story begins in an Oxford Lecture Hall, where Eliza Graves (played […]


Trip Lee’s Rise answers challenge of disease

Jeff Neukom   “Christian rap?” I remember the time my dad looked at me in disbelief when he heard hip-hop blaring from my car’s speakers only to realize that it wasn’t the typical misogynistic, materialistic fodder to which we have grown so accustomed. Rap is quickly becoming a staple in […]


Christian film adaption one to leave behind

Anna Lowenthal If you’re going to the theater searching for a thrilling, mind-numbingly awe inspiring film, make sure to pass up Vic Armstrong’s film adaptation of Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’ Christian-apocalyptic novel Left Behind. Though Armstrong snagged big-name actor Nicholas Cage to play the role of the lying, […]


The Fall Foodie

The Fall Foodie

Tia Patsavas   Changing leaves, crisp weather and cozy sweaters—fall has arrived in Bloomington. One of the best things about the fall season is its festive food. From hearty soups to warm desserts, fall flavors can be incorporated with any kind of meal. Celebrate the season with these four favorite […]