Have you heard about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act)? A vote on this proposed legislation is set for January 24, 2012 and you should probably know about it, because it may very well impact (or even shut down!) some of your favorite websites like Facebook, YouTube, and Wikipedia. Check out the video below; it is a quick overview of what this legislation is about and what impact it can have on you. You can also search “SOPA” and “PIPA” on Google to find all kinds of information about the bills.
RMU Springfield’s Official Partnership for Revitalization
by Agustin Esquivel, Springfield Staff Writer
On Saturday, January 16, 2012, six interns in Robert Morris’ Architectural Technology CAD Program presented their senior capstone projects. Through these projects, members of Enos Park Development, as well as members of the community, were able to see illustrations and examples of facade renderings for the Enos Park neighborhood.
The goal for the Robert Morris University students is to help revitalize Springfield’s Enos Park neighborhood through its ICenter projects which focus on taking education into the implementation stage.
Using architecture software, students created examples of home designs that could be recommended for construction throughout the neighborhood. Styles include Queen Anne,Craftsman, and Dutch Colonial. The designs were shown in several typical sizes, as 1,200, 1,600 and 2,200 square foot homes; all of which are in keeping with the integrity of the neighborhood.
Enos Park’s Steve Combs told an intrigued audience Saturday that what started with a phone call last summer from a Robert Morris faculty member has now become an ongoing collaboration. Combs was also elated to announce that along with Robert Morris’ help, Habitat for Humanity is lending a helping hand to the cause. Having already committed to building five new homes in the neighborhood, students provided renderings for Habitat for Humanity that fit the guidelines for the homes they are allowed to build per corporate standards.
Enos Park Development has purchased over 40 properties in the neighborhood and plans eventually to turn the abandoned properties over to developers or contractors for renovations or demolition.
Saturday morning, before presentations began, Combs took pleasure in announcing an official partnership between Robert Morris University and Enos Park Development LLC. Combs assured important members and potential partners present at the announcement that the students’ work will aid in the plans for redevelopment.
“It gives us a visual to offer to potential new partners and gives them an opportunity to see the neighborhood revitalized before they do anything intrusive,” said Combs.
Dan Savery, Springfield professor of CAD and Architectural Technology at Robert Morris, said “This is a huge step for the students, not only that they get to put what they learn in my class to work, but it also creates opportunities for future internships. Having to find new venues for interns every ten weeks can be a struggle, but in assisting Enos Park’s ongoing cause to rebuild this historic neighborhood, through this partnership we won’t have to worry about that for some time. This is the tip of the ice-burg and I can’t wait to continue with this in the quarters to come because there is so much that our students have to offer.”
Along with presentations, the interns presented an “integrity map” of the neighborhood that identifies properties based on their conditionssuch as nationally historic, Springfield historic, good integrity, and poor integrity. Instead of looking at a bunch of data, the students produced a color-coded map that shows the conditions.
Of the soon to be graduates, Josh Branham was the final intern to present, bringing home the intentions of Robert Morris University. Not only did Branham show a personal interest in the efforts of Enos Park Development in his thanks for his unique opportunity, but he also suggested a starting point and a suggestion using a rendering of his own as an example for an existing building in the area.
When asked how he thought his project, as well as, those of his classmates would affect the plans of Enos Park he said, “From what Steve was saying today, I think I know even more now than before how it’s going to be used. After touring the neighborhood and seeing what this place used to look like, hopefully through our work and the work of future interns we’ll get it back to its former glory. I know we are about to graduate, but this is just the beginning for Enos Park. I’m just glad to have been a part of it.”
Although renovations and construction have not begun, planning, with the help of Robert Morris University, has indeed started to stumble in the right direction.
Since this afternoon, people have been lined up to get free food at the new Panda Express located on State Street just south of the Chicago campus. The offer continues until 8:00pm, but the line is still long. Readers, is a free meal at Panda Express worth a long wait in the cold? Sound off on the topic by leaving a comment!
On Thursday, January 12 at 6:30pm, RMU will be hosting an event on the Chicago campus titled “Is College Worth it?” with radio personality John Williams. Space is limited, so RSVP here.
John Williams is heard weekdays from 12:30P-3pm on WGN Radio. John originally came to WGN Radio in September 1997 as midday host. Before arriving in Chicago, he hosted middays on WCCO Radio, Minneapolis, for four years. Prior to that, John spent ten years at WMBD, Peoria. His first radio job out of college was WSPY, Plano, Illinois.
Robert Morris University is pleased to host a pre-movie premiere for RMU alumna Julie Papievis. Julie Papievis is the author of the book “Go Back and Be Happy,” which is soon to be made into a movie by the producers of the hit movie “The Blind Side.” Julie was featured on TV Lifetime’s “Beyond Chance” and her story is gaining national media attention. Her upcoming speaking engagement/book signing event is scheduled for Thursday, January 5, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Julie’s website is
The Eagle newspaper will be printing Valentine’s Day greetings in the February 2012 issue for $0.50 and $1.00 (depending on how long the message is) and all proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association.
The Eagle’s Chicago staff has a booth setup in the Student Center (7th floor in Chicago) from 11-1 and 5-6 on January 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. You can get a message form and leave donations there.
If you’re at another campus and you are interested in sending a message or just donating, feel free to e-mail Editor-in-Chief Nicole Koskovich at firstname.lastname@example.org or Faculty Advisor Paul Gaszak at email@example.com.
“You can’t Make Tasty Holiday Cookies without a Good Egg”
by Cheryl Dillon
Many faculty, staff and students the 11th volume of RMU’s literary magazine egg release amidst the backdrop of the Orland Park Campus’s festival celebrating“Cookies Around the World” with wedding cookies from Mexico, Walnut cookies from China,Maamoul cookies forRamadan, Rugelach Bars for Hanukkah andBeene Cookies for Kwanzaa. The eggfeatures students’ creative writing fromall campuses. The current volume, entitled “Shipping Out,” is unique from other editions because it is dedicated to stories, poems and photography of RMU students who served or are currently serving in the United States military.
During the festival I spoke to Mr. James Baltrum, an English instructor and the new faculty editor of the egg,and asked why this subject was chosen. He stated, “That the genesis of this issue was initiated by the previous editor, Mr. John Flaherty, who is no longer with the University, so I was given the taskof bringing this edition to print and I think we did a good job with an important assignment.”
Mr. Baltrum also talked about the significance of the current issue’s s cover art, which he researched and decided would make a great cover for this issue. He tasked the artistic designand layout of the issue to three Orland Park design students: Kevin Gross, Kristina Maki and Evalyn Armellino. Kevin told me thathe “designed the cover and Kristina and Evalyn designed the inside of the issue, which has black and white photographs submitted by students while overseas on duty.” The photos as well as the stories depicting the soldiers’ lives in the military gives the reader a realistic view of life in the military and in a warzone.
In regards to the future of egg, starting in 2012, Baltrum suggested that egg will become a semi-annual publication. Baltrum stated that “The Fall issue will be an open topic, but starting with the Spring ’13 edition we will have a topical issue changing every year, military one year, sports the next, politics, family, etc. So, we’ll just see where the topics take us.”
In closing, if you are interested in submitting your poetry, short stories, photography or artwork to be in a future issue of egg, please review the submission process found on the egg’s website at http://www.robertmorris.edu/publications/egg and if you have any questions feel free to contact the egg editorial board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning this quarter, students will be able to complete evaluations for all courses and instructors ONLINE instead of in the traditional paper and pencil format. The evaluations will be available in Week 7 of the quarter, and students will have until the end of Week 10 to complete them. This new method will be both simple and GREEN. Each evaluation will take no more than FIVE minutes to complete. The feedback is extremely important for the courses, faculty, and university. Students, watch your email for important information regarding completing the course evaluations. Thank you very much for your participation and please remember to complete one evaluation for each class that you are enrolled in for the Winter 2011 quarter!