Beverly Art Walk

Gray dusty-looking clouds, an unpleasant dampness in the air, there’s a cold chill in the wind that never gives a reprieve for those outside. That’s what it should have felt like. But the sounds of rain pattering on the sidewalk and the skidding of tires on wet asphalt was drowned out. I heeded no sounds of sirens or of disconcerting chatter and fits of cigarette-induced coughing. I saw no stoic men in blue or sad dirty faces or the frail forms of old women outside hurrying to wherever they were going. There were all inside, away from the cold chatting and laughing at a common thing to behold. All I heard and saw was the common love for art. This weekend was the annual Beverly Art Walk, a one-day event that brings together the local artists of the Beverly area and the greater community of Chicago.

Here in Chicago, the arts scene is very much alive, and Beverly is no exception. Artists working in oils, others in ceramics and others working with what they’ve found lying on the sidewalk all coming together for a whole day showing their practice in a massive open reception for all to see. A stone’s throw away from Saint Xavier University, the Beverly Art Walk was a sight to behold. Packs of people hopping onto the trolly on a scenic route through the major parts of the Beverly area with stops at the studios and homes of many prominent local artists.

Portrait in Broken glass by Dalton Brown

Portrait in broken glass by Dalton Brown

One such artist I met was Dalton Brown, a prolific black artist whose primary theme in his works is “seeing and feeling.” Working in oil paints, he began dabbling with broken glass due to his background. The picture above is of one of his portraits. What first caught my eye was that it was done in broken glass he collects. The glass is from alcohol bottles which are a meaningful part of the piece since he said the portraits were of members of his family who were or have dealt with alcoholism. He had a lot of good advice for fellow artists: He said it’s not enough that an artist paints or does their craft; they also have to be able to “see and feel” what it is they’re doing. Without that passion for art, it will show in the quality and the heart of the heart.

Wall dedicated to prospective Saint Xavier Students from neighboring high schools.

Wall dedicated to prospective Saint Xavier students from neighboring high schools.

 

Wall dedicated to Saint Xavier

Wall dedicated to  Saint Xavier students.

SXU Beverly Art Walk Mural Wall

SXU Beverly Art Walk Mural Wall

One of two pieces of mine showcased at the SXU Beverly Art Walk Gallery.

One of two pieces of my work showcased at the SXU Beverly Art Walk.

Here at Saint Xavier, we didn’t have that problem. While renowned for our education and nursing programs, SXU has a thriving and well-respected artistic community of which I am part of. For the past three years, SXU has had its own gallery location to showcase the art of current students, alumni and of prospective high schoolers. It was a wonderful thing to see professors from the University and members of the community come and support us and the school and those hopefully soon on their way to join the SXU community. We probably had a good 300 people come through over the course of the day. We had a huge wall, which we left blank for anyone and everyone to come and leave their mark. Children barely able to walk and elderly folks in walkers and canes all came together to create art filled with more than skill but heart. The most meaningful part of the whole event for the SXU Gallery, in my opinion, was being able to talk to the high schoolers, the fresh faces on the block, and learn about their art endeavors, see where they were coming from in their mindsets and give them tips. For now, it is done. But the future is unknowable and uncertain. I just hope to see those fresh faces on campus here at Saint Xavier.

College Runway

Good Morning Cougars!

School is starting to kick my butt! My criminal justice classes are definitely kicking into high gear with exams, papers, and projects. This semester I am taking 4 criminal justice classes (Juvenile Justice, Victimology, Corrections, and Stats & Research 1) and I dropped my 1 political science class (Political Theory). It was totally NOT my thing :(

Next semester is going to be fun! I am getting more of my gen-eds out of the way and I will be taking 3 criminal justice classes, 1 English class because it’s like taking out 5 birds with 1 stone, and a history class as well. I cannot stress how important it is that you make sure you have enough credits to graduate! It’s not just about finishing up your classes. I will be taking 3 extra classes my last semester here because I will have finished my major but I would be short on credits. I am taking suggestions on fun, easy, interesting classes! LOL

In the UNIDOS world, please follow us on our social media pages!

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We are beginning preparations for our 2nd annual mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe who is such an important and influential saint/angel in our Catholic religion. If anyone would like to participate, please reach out to UNIDOS through our Facebook page. We need lots of volunteers and help!

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

I am like getting into this thing called exercise… Have you guys heard of it? What are your experiences like? What are some beginner exercises you recommend to get into shape? I used to play soccer in high school but that was like 3 years again… I feel old :( LOL

Fall is in full motion! What are some of your favorite things to do this time of year? I know I promised a post on DIY Halloween costumes but I just found an awesome video on YouTube that I have stuck in my mind so I’ll share that! I will be posting Halloween pictures on my next blog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUL1pXk5wmU

In about 2 weeks, keep an eye out for my first video blog! It’ll be my first time doing something like it so I hope all goes well LOL

Catch you soon! Live Life, Love Life, Live Large!

-Jess :)

Bittersweet

Today, October 19th, 2014 marks the 9th week of school! That means that we have 7 weeks left. My advice to everyone is that you are meeting with your professors and advisors to make sure that you are doing the best you can.

On Friday, UNIDOS sponsored a dance to close Hispanic Heritage Month in the Regina Res Center and got a head start on Diversity week. Here are some pictures.

UNIDOS Dance

UNIDOS Dance

UNIDOS Dance

UNIDOS Dance

 

UNIDOS Dance

UNIDOS Dance

UNIDOS Dance

UNIDOS Dance

UNIDOS Dance

UNIDOS Dance

UNIDOS Dance

UNIDOS Dance

Follow UNIDOS on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram

Follow UNIDOS on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram

Saturday was Sweetest Day! I spent a wonderful afternoon with my partner. He came to my house with flowers and chocolates. TOTALLY SURPRISED ME! Then we went to eat at bd’s Mongolian Grill (it’s my favorite place). Usually we go to the one in Naperville but this time we went to the one on Bolingbrook. The place is located within a mini mall called the Pomenade. I didn’t even know of this place before saturday but its so nice!

Pomenade Mall in Bolingbrook

Pomenade Mall in Bolingbrook

Sunday was a nice family day. My little cousin slept over and played all day with my little brothers. His parents came later that evening and I got to hold and play with my two baby cousins. It gives me baby fever sometimes :/ LOL

I got my half of my midterms back! I got a C on my political theory midterm and I also got a C on my criminal justice – juvenile justice midterm. It was intense. It was 25 multiple choice plus a short essay and a long essay! Talk about college :( lol

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Psshh… Who Needs High School?

YOU DO!

High School is in fact one of the coolest things that you will experience in life. The neat thing about this cool opportunity is that you HAVE to go. Well, you have to go if you want to get anywhere in life. There are countless amounts of activities, sports, clubs, and friend groups to be a part of. You will meet some of the best and some of the worst people in your life while you are in High School. Soooooo why is doing good in High School so important? (this is a lengthy post so bear with me!)

Laugh a Little- it's okay!

Laugh a Little- it’s okay!

  • College- We all watch those Big Ten schools compete in games, we wear their logos with pride, and we fight with our friends about which school is better. Why can’t you be a part of that? Maybe a Big Ten school isn’t for you, maybe Saint Xavier is! No matter where you go, there is going to be a minimum requirement. Try applying to Saint Xavier, see if you make the cut!
  • Scholarships- There are scholarships that you can receive for just about anything! Apply, Apply, Apply! If you don’t get one, try another! Saint Xavier gives out millions of dollars in scholarships every year. They base one of the scholarships on your GPA (grade point average) and your ACT score, the higher they are, the less you pay for college!
  • Moving on in Your Future and Career- Where do you see yourself in 10 years? A nurse, teacher, counselor, police officer, speech pathologist, insurance agent, doctor etc.? College is the way to achieve these goals. Try taking a look at our undergraduate programs! After you graduate with your undergrad degree, you can go on to achieve a graduate degree.
  • Graduation- Why graduate in the low 30% of your class when you can strive to be in the top 15%! The more you can add to your resume, the better you look! The higher you keep your grades, the less stress you will have on your shoulders when it comes to applying to college.

Everyone complains about High School. Why would you want to go on to more schooling, if you don’t even enjoy the schooling that you’re in now?

  • Repetitive Schedules, mandatory class, and classes are not interesting

IN COLLEGE you can make your own schedule from under 12 credit hours (part-time student) to over 12 credit hours (full-time student). You can choose what section of the class you want to take and what time works best for you. It is your responsibility to make it to class so that you do not miss any lectures.

  • You get your cell phone taken from you when you use it in class

IN COLLEGE you can bring you beloved cell phones to class so you can learn and talk to your boyfriend/girlfriend at the same time (I know you all can’t go a full hour without knowing what the other is doing). You can even bring your laptops, iPad, tablets etc. You can download the notes, type the notes, and share them all within the same hour. On most cell phones (smart phones) you can download apps that actually help you in class such as a graphing calculator, dictionary, chemistry formulas, and anatomy diagrams. You can even send your assignments to the printers here from your laptop or mobile device!

  • Chewing gum gets you 5 detentions

IN COLLEGE YOU CAN EAT IN CLASS, respectfully of course! You can bring water bottles, soda, energy drinks, lunch, breakfast, and countless amount of other things to get you through the day. There are many places on campus that you can buy food and drinks from. Aside from our main cafeteria here at Saint Xavier, there is also an on campus Starbucks and Subway!

  • Having trouble and you can’t seem to get your teacher to help you in the right way

IN COLLEGE you can get all the help you need, for FREE! We have tutors, students who have already taken the course, a fully stocked library, full computer labs for each individual major, and all of the teachers have mandatory office hours. During these office hours, you can meet with your professors and get the help you need!

 

My roommates are going to kill me for posting this picture! I am so lucky to have met these awesome people

My roommates are going to kill me for posting this picture! I am so lucky to have met these awesome people

In High School I was part of the cool crowd, the nerds, and the jocks. I was also part of the Science Club, Environmental Club, Special Education Adaptive PE Program, Pep Club, and Student Ambassadors. I knew everyone and just about everything that went on in my school. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my High School experience. When I graduated from Lincoln-Way I thought it couldn’t get any better than that… then I got here. The people I have met, the classes I have taken, and the teachers/faculty/staff that have helped me along the way is outstanding. At this point in my life, again, I draw the question as to if it can get better than this!