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Marcus Tardelli: The Passion of Guitar

Written by Tim Gao

Photo by Tim Gao

Last night, at Krannert Center for Performing Art, there was a guitar concert performed by a Brazilian genius, called Marcus Tardelli. When he was still a child, his talents of guitar started to show up. Marcus Tardelli likes to listen and memorize all of the notes about the song. After that, he will replay the song he heard and even ask his teacher for more songs. Because of Tardelli’s extraordinary ability in guitar, he started to give concerts in this hometown. Since then, Tardelli started to listen to more genres of music, such as symphony orchestras, jazz, European classical, and Brazilian music. He perfectly combines the music with other genres of music from the world, to give the audience an idea that how amazing guitar could be. The show in the Foellinger Great Hall was a rare opportunity to witness all of these.

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It Happens Queer


Poster at the LGBT Resource Center that says, ‘ROPES’ an acronym for Respect/Risk Oops/Ouch Pass Educate Safe Space.

October is widely known as breast cancer awareness month, but it is also LGBT history month and domestic violence awareness month. The LGBT community has come a long way in the past several years, but there are still research areas in which a lot of work has to be done. One of those ares is domestic violence in queer relationships. Often times when people hear about psychical abuse, the narrative is always a man and woman. In reality however, queer men and women are more likely to be a victim of domestic violence. I did a short video piece to denounce some of the stereotypes and make people realize that domestic violence within in the LGBT community is an issue for everyone regardless of what you identify as.

Race Against Domestic Violence

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Runners get ready to start their race

The starting line of the annual Women’s Fitness 5k was a collage of bright colors as runners rallied together to show their support for victims of domestic violence.

204 runners showed up for the 5k race, which was held at Crystal Lake Park. Click here for live coverage of the event.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The race kicked-off a series of events and activities dedicated to eliminating violence and abuse in the community.

All the proceeds from the run went to two local groups, Courage Connection and the Crisis Nursery. At the end of the race the organizations were each presented with $1600 checks.

This is the 30th year for the race, but this year the help couldn’t have come at a better time. With the state budget stalled at the Capitol, Courage Connection is struggling to keep its doors open. Meanwhile, the Crisis Nursery is looking to expand. Last year, staff had to turn away 600 people for lack of space.

If you interested in donating to the Crisis Nursery or Courage Connection you can find more information on their websites. Also, if you would like to be apart of the race next October you can sign up on the Second Wind Running Club’s website.

Fall Festival parades through southern Illinois community

JC Fall Festival 2013

Johnson County Fall Festival 2013 (Courtesy of The Vienna Times)

For Johnson County in southern Illinois, the first week of October is more than just the start of a new month. It’s the beginning of the area’s biggest fall celebration: the Fall Festival.

This year, despite cold temperatures and blistery winds, the festival’s main attraction, the parade, went off without a hitch and was one of the best in recent years according to many locals.

It seems that bad weather is becoming the calling card of the parade, as this is not the first year mother nature has not complied.

To see coverage of the parade click here.