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A Painter’s Path to a High Price

22-year old Cory Hamic, holding a painting he offered  for sale at a festival in Michigan in June 2014

22-year old Cory Hamic, holding a painting he offered
for sale at a festival in Michigan in June 2014

Walking along the perimeter of the tables on the inside of his garage, Cory Hamic can’t help but smile as he shows off his miniature market of newly sprayed paintings, each ready to be shipped to the next anxious Chuck with a buck. Only the smile he has on seems more like a grin.

22-year-old art enthusiast Cory Hamic recently realized that one of his favorite hobbies had potential to not only draw a smile on his friends’ faces, but also put money in his pocket. He just didn’t realize how much money he was about to run into.

It was almost two years ago, in the summer of 2013, that Cory began to use stencil art, accompanied by mixes of spray paint and a little creativity, to make colorfully customized posters. He was looking to decorate the walls of his Macomb apartment with posters of musicians and other artists that he enjoyed. After making a few posters that he calls “space paintings,” and receiving a lot of positive feedback after showing them on his social media accounts, he recognized his potential. Continue reading

Illinois State Women’s Basketball Unable to Snag First Win

The ISU women’s basketball team fell short once again on Sunday in a 60-36 loss to the Indiana State Sycamores at Redbird Arena. The defeat brings the Redbird’s to an 0-16 start on the season.
The ‘Birds started off solid, but their defense became sloppy in the second half. Illinois State got in some foul trouble throughout the game. Heading into the half trailing 18-16, the ‘Birds showed small signs of hope in getting their first victory.
The Sycamore’s lead began to grow as the game continued. ISU committed 21 turnovers by the end of the game. Although they had 13 steals, the Redbirds were unable to turn most of those turnovers into points. Continue reading

Hockey players shave ice, not beards

Article by: Michael, John and Jon

Fans of Bloomington’s USHL hockey team, the Bloomington Thunder, may find that some of their favorite players may look a little different.

Things were getting hairy on the ice as the team took part in Movember, a campaign designed to spread awareness of various men’s health issues.  Participants (referred to as Mo Bros), are encouraged to grow a mustache during the month of November.

Vince Pedrie defenseman for the Bloomington Thunder, one of many participants on the team.

Vince Pedrie defenseman for the Bloomington Thunder, one of many participants on the team.

Twelve players and two staff members of the Bloomington Thunder have profiles on Movember.com, a website in which people can donate money that goes towards men’s health organizations such as the Prostate Cancer and Livestrong foundations. They are raising money to fund research and utilities for programs related to prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and other men’s health issues.

Many students here at ISU have also jumped at the opportunity to cut loose this November for a good cause.

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It’s a small world after all: Up Late at State brings culture to ISU


Pack your carry-on bags and grab your passport! Students at ISU are being offered a Trip Around the World without setting a foot off campus.

On November 14, 2014, Up Late at State and Diversity Advocacy brings the campus a trailblazing event. They will be giving students a cultural experience that allows them to visit nine different countries while staying in the Brown Ballroom.

Stations representing nations from around the globe will be set up in the ballroom. Each country has two activities and one food and drink t each station, all of which is native to that country. Activities will include calligraphy, karaoke, and henna tattoos done by students. Continue reading

Needles of Fury hooks new members

Kelsy Brewer Eileen Ehrlich Ryann Hoffenberg

With winter fast approaching, the ISU knitting club is working overtime to knit hats and scarves to donate to people in need around the Peoria area.

Formed in 2007, Needles of Fury, Illinois State’s knitting collective brings those interested in creating things with yarn together. The group allows experienced knitters and crocheters time during the week to work on projects, while assisting anyone who wants to learn.

“I have been knitting for about two years and I enjoy it because it is fun and it calms me down,” member Kelcey Brown said. “The club is open to everyone, even if you don’t know what knitting is, you are more than welcome to come.” Continue reading