Author: Emma Gomez

Posted on: May 5, 2022 Posted by: Emma Gomez Comments: 0

Professors find upholding academic rigor challenging post-pandemic

Graphics by Sarah Schudt By Emma Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Editor Professors at Moraine Valley have recently had to step back and reassess their courses, weighing academic rigor against the stress of a mentally taxing pandemic. Academic rigor, by definition, means to keep high or challenging standards for students, allowing teachers to set the pace for their courses in terms of difficulty. Professors around the world gave their input on rigor…

Posted on: April 28, 2022 Posted by: Emma Gomez Comments: 0

Classical music exec Robert Massey to replace Tommy Hensel as head of FPAC

By Emma Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Editor After a two-month search, Moraine Valley’s Fine and Performing Arts Center has named a new managing director, former head of the Jacksonville Symphony Robert Massey. Massey is set to start officially on May 9. Tommy Hensel, previous managing director for the FPAC, left the position Jan. 31 to further his career at Elgin Community College. Hensel was the managing director at Moraine for…

Posted on: April 21, 2022 Posted by: Emma Gomez Comments: 0

MV theater to open reimagined myth ‘Eurydice’ Friday

The mystical play “Eurydice” is set to open Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the John and Angeline Oremus Theater in Moraine Valley’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.  The play was originally planned as part of the theater department’s spring 2020 season, but it had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Playwright Sarah Ruhl set out to “reimagine the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine.” The…

Posted on: April 14, 2022 Posted by: Emma Gomez Comments: 0

MV Coffeehouse highlights poets’ talent, creativity

Graphic by Sarah Schudt By Emma Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Editor Moraine Valley poets let their talent show through the power of their voices and original poetry during the second annual MV Poetry Contest & Virtual Coffeehouse event on Wednesday.  The contest took place in honor of National Poetry Month, which was started by the Academy of National Poets in 1966 as a way to showcase poets’ talent and creativity…

Posted on: April 8, 2022 Posted by: Emma Gomez Comments: 0

MV Coffeehouse to virtually present poets on Wednesday

By Emma Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Editor Creative juices will be flowing Wednesday from 3-4:30 p.m. as the voices of student poets are showcased in a live virtual “coffeehouse” event sponsored by the library, The Glacier, and the communications department. The second annual MV Poetry Contest & Coffeehouse will feature students reading their original poems in celebration of National Poetry Month. To participate in the contest, poets submitted videos of…

Posted on: April 8, 2022 Posted by: Emma Gomez Comments: 0

A lifetime at the heart of Moraine: Fronczek to retire after four decades

By Emma Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Editor Talking to Wally Fronczek feels like talking to a friend. Even on the phone, you can hear the smile in his voice, and he makes you feel comfortable talking to him about anything. You almost forget that he’s the dean of Liberal Arts–one of the largest academic divisions at Moraine Valley. Fronczek has spent almost four decades helping to build Moraine Valley–and learning…

Posted on: April 1, 2022 Posted by: Emma Gomez Comments: 0

Will Smith controversy raises question: Is there a limit on comedy?

By Emma Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Editor “First of all, we’ve all wanted to slap Chris Rock,” jokes Krista Appelquist. Appelquist, whose day job is speech professor at Moraine Valley, is an amateur stand-up comedian in her spare time. Like most people, she was stunned by the “slap heard ’round the world” that took place at the Academy Awards on March 27. Comedian Chris Rock, who was presenting an award,…

Posted on: March 4, 2022 Posted by: Emma Gomez Comments: 0

Review: ‘Euphoria’ season 2 builds to explosive finale with more addiction, illicit affairs

Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers. Also beware that “Euphoria” contains quite a few scenes that may be triggering to some people.  Imagine stealing your best friend’s boyfriend, cracking a glass bottle over the head of your worst enemy, lying to your entire family regarding your sexuality, and planning to indulge in a suitcase worth of drugs. Welcome to “Euphoria,” the hugely popular HBO show that just finished its second…