By Kayla Malone
Imagine Illinois was a day of community service where all community colleges across Illinois were encouraged to do community service in their area.
This past weekend John A. Logan College sent students to Barnes and Noble in Carbondale to read to children for their Imagine Illinois Project.
Former Miss. John A. Emma Crouse said, “It was an amazing volunteer experience for all of us. I am not sure if we had more fun than the kids”.
Media coverage contributed a lot to the success of the event. WSIL Channel 3 did a couple segments and interviews for the event. Also, local radio stations promoted the event on air and through Facebook.
Social media also played a huge part in the event as well. Over 2100 invitations were sent out through Facebook. The Facebook page was also a wonderful place for everyone who was involved to place comments, pictures, and videos of the event.
Other community colleges across the state did projects such as; painting a local YMCA, shoveling snow, and donating time at food pantries.
by Ian Willis
The Steven Martin original play Picasso at the Lapin Agile is coming to O’Neil Auditorium at John A. Logan. The play features an intriguing debate between the characters of artist Pablo Picasso and physicist Albert Einstein about the significance of talent and genius.
Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7 p.m. There will also be a 10 a.m. matinee on Friday.
Mike Seagle, JALC Theatre professor, is directing the play. Seagle has a storied directing history, which began in Clearwater, Florida, as the Artistic Director for the Boatyard Stage Company. He’s directed Once Upon a Mattress, Twelve Angry Men, and Redemption: A Dream Play, an original, at Logan previously.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile is set on October 8, 1904 in Paris, which coincidentally occurs before Picasso and Einstein publish the groundbreaking works of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon in 1905 and the theory of relativity in 1907 respectively. Their ideas of the works, which presumably ignite the debate, are combated by a host of other characters, including a surprise “visitor” from the 1950s.
Jared Shofstall, a student at Logan, will play the role of Picasso. He’s anticipating performing the role and has enjoyed Seagle’s directing of him in the process.
“Picasso is like a womanizing, arrogant force of nature that always dives towards everything like a bull,” Shofstall said. “Mike has been very positive towards me in regards to the role. He’s given me broad direction, let me hone the role, and has stood back when need be.”
Seagle is excited about the show and looking forward to sharing it with audiences.
“There’s going to be a lot of funny parodies of the historical characters,” Seagle said. “It’s going to be a good time. It’s light, silly, fun, and it shouldn’t be taken too seriously. We have a great set and great acting.” Seagle adds that there are adult themes throughout the show, including drinking and sex.
Tickets for Picasso at the Lapin Agile are free for students and faculty during the Friday matinee, and $2 for the public. The evening performances are $7 and $12 respectively for each evening performance.
For more information, contact Student Activities at 618-985-2828 ext. 8287 or visit the Information Desk.
This Saturday, March 1st from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm the JALC Choir will be having their annual yard sale.
The money raised will help with the cost of their upcoming Alaskan Cruise. Every year the choir takes a trip in the summer. This trip is important because it gives students the chance to perform in a different environment.
Donations will be accepted this Friday from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm in the choir room.
This Saturday, March 1st John A. Logan College will be participating in Imagine Illinois.
Imagine Illinois is a day where all community colleges in Illinois are encouraged to do community service in their area.
John A. Logan College students will have the opportunity to read or act out a story to children at Barnes and Nobel Carbondale between 10:00 and 12:00 this Saturday.
If a student is wants to participate, but doesn’t want to read or act out a story there will be other ways to volunteer at this event.
Please spread the word about this event to everyone you know.
Student Senate is the organizer of the college’s participation in Imagine Illinois. They want to encourage children to keep reading and that it can be enjoyable.
Any student that would like to participate can contact Kayla Malone at email@example.com.