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Static

By: Kelly Tansor, Copy Editor (ktanso2@uic.edu)

I come home to find my mom sitting on the couch watching TV.  She looks at me and smiles.  “How was work?” she asks.

I sigh as I take my shoes off.  “Same as usual.”

“You wouldn’t believe what happened here,” she tells me, pointing to the TV.  “Someone got in an argument with his friend and shot him right in the head.  Something stupid over money.  Can you believe that?”

“Yeah, I can, actually,” I say.  I toss my backpack to the corner of the room and sit down next to her.  “Isn’t that how every news story is?  Murder here, fire there, here’s the weather, more murder, now here’s a puppy to end the show.” (more…)

A Thank You To Our (Amazing) Editorial Team!

Just a congratulatory post for our editorial team and the great articles and hard work they put into the publication! 

Our 2012-13 Editorial Team (left to right): Laura Paton (Section Editor for Student Literature and Art), Dartunorro Clark (Editor-in-Chief), Scott M. Ellingson (Section Editor for The Bloc[k] Beat), Bolaji Oke-Samuel (Section Editor for Student Voices), and Amy Zaiter (Copy Editor).

Our 2012-13 Editorial Team (left to right): Laura Paton (Section Editor for Student Literature and Art), Dartunorro Clark (Editor-in-Chief), Scott M. Ellingson (Section Editor for The Bloc[k] Beat), Bolaji Oke-Samuel (Section Editor for Student Voices), and Amy Zaiter (Copy Editor).

–The Chicago Bloc[k], a news blog for student voices.

Dear Somebodies

By: Minh Tran (mtran21@uic.edu)

Check out some student poetry!

“This was written when I was still trying to figure out my confidence.  It’s a mask that I wore- cliché, I know, but then again… all these cliché stories and poems must mean that I wasn’t the only one feeling this way.”

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Human Mind

By: Julia Aydin (jaydin2@uic.edu)

Check out some amazing student art!

I was drawing an illustration out of my anatomy textbook, do to procrastination of actually studying the content, when I realized that the veins weaving through the human head reminded me of flowers. I then decided to depict a floral arrangement in place of the brain that had been depicted in the reference illustration. However, I do believe that the human mind is forever blossoming with every new idea. New neurons and connections are made everyday, our mind is like a garden to be maintained. Without care or tending to, it withers. Too much information and it floods. KNS 252 flooded my mind garden.”

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Time

By: Julia Aydin (jaydin2@uic.edu)

Check out some amazing student art!

I wanted to achieve sort of an Alice and Wonderland feel in this drawing. Incorporating a human like feel into the weaving of the branches, with some human features attached. Clutching to it’s fruit, the tree permits no escape, because many times we things are bound to their origins. This theme reoccurs often in a lot of my drawings because I often imagine nature as a conscious, mysterious entity.”

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