Ethan Castro

Stories from Ethan Castro

Date: 
Saturday, October 28th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

From 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Friday, October 27, the Illinois Tech Alumni Association and Prism IIT, an Illinois Tech alliance for gender and sexuality equality, held an open panel discussion for LBGTQ+ inclusion in the modern workplace. Moderated by Brian Ippolito, President and CEO of Orbis Technologies, Inc., the panel consisted of three Illinois Tech alumni D. Paola Arce (ARCH ’14), Ryan J. Gann (ARCH ’14), and Kylie Brewton (CS ’17), Chicago-Kent College of Law professor Anthony Michael Kreis, and Executive Director of the Maria Kaupas Center, Mindy Rueden.

Date: 
Saturday, October 28th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

On the night of Friday, October 27, Illinois Tech students certainly had an abundance of choices to get their fill of Halloween spookiness. From the haunted house in the basement of the John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center to the dance party in The Bog, costume-clad students took to the Illinois Tech campus to experience for themselves the events held by various student organizations.

Date: 
Thursday, October 26th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

The physical and mental health of all Illinois Tech students is an absolute priority of the university, and it is the Mission of the Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) to serve the health needs of the student body. Unfortunately, for a select few students, attempting to begin the process of regular mental health care has led to a frustrating cycle of a perceived waitlist and delays.

Date: 
Saturday, October 21st, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

If this section’s previous entry on Sergeant Stubby’s exploits during World War I (WWI) did not completely satisfy your craving for animal war stories, then this week’s article on the war bear of World War II (WWII), Wojtek, may help in that regard. A Syrian brown bear purchased and enlisted by the Polish II Corps, Wojtek would go on to serve with the Polish army throughout the Second World War, eventually being promoted to corporal and becoming the official mascot of the Polish 22nd Artillery Supply Company, even being featured on the company’s official emblem.

Date: 
Friday, October 20th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

As part of the LEGO Architecture brand, the United States Capitol Building was released in the form of set #21030 in the year 2016. Located in Washington, D.C., the United States Capitol Building is the official home of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature of the federal U.S. government. Originally built in 1800, the real building features a distinctive neoclassical architectural façade and instantly recognizable white exterior. And now, a miniature version of the iconic building is available in LEGO form for your desk, shelf, or window sill.

Date: 
Friday, October 20th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

You would be forgiven for thinking that the Nazi regime ended with the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Unfortunately, the current political atmosphere of the United States has seen the term “Nazi” emerge once again to be used in reference to various political organizations and societies in our modern day. What many would consider a dark era in human history that should be learned from and never again repeated is being brought back to the political forefront, taking no prisoners in its return.

Date: 
Friday, October 20th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

It is an unfortunate and infamous reality that living in McCormick Student Village (MSV), one of the Illinois Tech campus residence halls, requires one to simply get used to regular fire alarms as a part of everyday life. The building’s remarkably sensitive fire alarm system has lent itself to a reputation of very frequent fire alarms to the point that it has become something of a tradition to warn new students in MSV about the fire alarm frequency. However, does the historical data on MSV’s fire alarms actually substantiate these claims?

Date: 
Friday, October 20th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

As has become a biweekly staple in TechNews, this most recent coverage of the Illinois Tech Food Advisory Board (FAB) concerns an open meeting of this body held on Thursday, October 19 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the MTCC Pritzker Club.

Date: 
Sunday, October 15th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

On Thursday, October 12, President Alan Cramb issued the following message to the faculty, staff, and students of Illinois Tech:

“As I mentioned at yesterday’s university fall update meeting, Frances Bronet, Illinois Institute of Technology provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has accepted the position of president of Pratt Institute, a private undergraduate and graduate school in Brooklyn, New York. Frances will remain at Illinois Tech through the conclusion of this academic semester and will begin her new role at Pratt in January 2018.

Date: 
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
By: 
Ethan Castro

The Illinois Tech Student Government Association (SGA) Academic Affairs Committee undertakes projects related to the educational curriculum and environment of the university. From interactions with professors to extracurricular resources (such as the Academic Resource Center), the Academic Affairs Committee upholds a duty to create and maintain a positive educational atmosphere on the Illinois Tech campus.