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Triton Prof’s Film on Girls in STEM Makes TV Premiere

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Risé Sanders Weir, whose film recently premiered on WTTW. | Photos submitted 

When Oak Park filmmaker Risé Sanders Weir started working on a documentary exploring some of the social obstacles keeping young women from going into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at a similar rate to men, it was 2012 — a different world in terms of gender politics.

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Education Leaders from Guangzhou, China Visit Triton College

Thursday, August 31, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Dr. Sue Campos, the dean of Triton College’s Health Careers and Public Service programs, leads a group of educators from Guangzhou, China on a tour of Triton’s Health and Sciences building on August 29. | Submitted photo

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Artwork of Local Proviso Students Featured in Community Exhibits

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Artwork created by one of numerous Proviso Township High Schools students on display during Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s Black History Month Exhibition. | Proviso Township High Schools District 209 

Proviso student artworkMonday, March 13, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

[Proviso Township High Schools District 209] Proviso East and PMSA artists had their work represented in two community art exhibits this past month.

The Triton College Annual High School Show and the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s Black History Month exhibition. Triton College, in River Gove, held their reception on Feb. 15. Proviso East had 27 participants, including:

Jala Reid, Cynthia Perra, Amari Johnson, Dominique Wallace, Javonte Dunbar, Kurt Sturgill, Daria Maritnez, Zahory Verdin, Chastity Williams, Jared Charo, Nayelli Mendoza Palomares, Jocelyn Gonzales, Elvin Cortez, Fatima Morales, Brian Barraza, Kevin Stoletto, Jonathan Reyes, Lillian Lopez, Kianna Walker, Gerrund Caffie, Gregorio Velazquez, Andy Miranda, Isabel Saucedo, Keisha Hood, Celeste Loya, Emmy Carpena and Leila Tellez.

PMSA had 10 participants: Elena Buenrostro, Jailene Mireles , Justin Blaylock, Ariadna Perez-Davila, Cynthia Suaste, Nyah Peaches, Lucas Rosa, Melanie Hernandez, Jennifer Orozco and Van Ma.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine hosted an artwork contest with the theme, “Aspire to equality and justice.”

The students who participated in the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Student Art Contest were from Maywood and surrounding areas.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, a reception honoring the exhibiting artists was held at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine where their art was displayed. Many students from Proviso East and PMSA submitted their artwork.

The following Proviso East High School artists participated in the artwork contest:

Kiana Walker, Jay’lan Crout, Gerrund Caffie, Gregorio Velazquez, Malcome Ross, Brian Barraza, LaDashia Fields, Laura Avila, Kennedy Jackson and Nya Mitchell.

Marcia La Porte, Fine Arts and World Languages department chair, stated, “We are all very proud of our students’ hard work and dedication to their own creative process. We appreciate these local opportunities to showcase the finished product.”

La Porte also thanked visual arts instructors at Proviso East High School, who include Allison Hardiman, Daphne Hill, and Felicity Rich. VFP

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Proviso East Grad Eugene Cernan, Last Man to Moonwalk, Dead at 82


Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, died today at 82. | Photos: nasa.gov and Wikipedia

cernan-oldMonday, January 16, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Eugene Cernan, the 11th, and so far, last man to walk on the Moon, died today at a hospital in Houston. He was 82 years old.

Cernan, who grew up Maywood and Bellwood, and attended Proviso East High School, was an officer in the U.S. Navy, an engineer and a fighter pilot. As an astronaut, he traveled to space three times from 1966 to 1972.

“Cernan concluded his historic space exploration career as commander of the last human mission to the moon in December 1972,” according to an obituary on Nasa’s website. “En route to the moon, the crew captured an iconic photo of the home planet, with an entire hemisphere fully illuminated — a ‘whole Earth’ view showing Africa, the Arabian peninsula and the south polar ice cap. The hugely popular photo was referred to by some as the ‘Blue Marble, a title in use for an ongoing series of NASA Earth imagery.”


“Cernan and crewmate Harrison H. (Jack) Schmitt completed three highly successful excursions to the nearby craters and the Taurus-Littrow mountains, making the moon their home for more than three days,” Nasa wrote. “As he left the lunar surface, Cernan said, ‘America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. As we leave the moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.'”

The Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College was named after the famous astronaut and native son. VFP


Triton Professor to Debut Award-Winning Documentary at Siskel Center on Jan. 21


Badlands National Park in South Dakota, which is the backdrop of Triton College professor Seth McClellan’s award-winning documentary, “Little Wound’s Warriors.” | Below: Seth McCellan || Photos submitted  

seth-mcclellanFriday, January 13, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Filmmaker Seth McClellan remembers the first time he took a trip to Badlands National Park in South Dakota. It was during a winter of his childhood.

“That’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been,” said McClellan, of the park’s jagged terrain, during a recent phone interview.

“It’s stunning,” he said. “The stark, vivid composition is just gorgeous. It was awe-inspiring and it’s always been a lifelong dream for me to return there.”

The park’s terrifying beauty backdrops McClellan’s 2016 documentary, “Little Wound’s Warriors,” which will have its Chicago debut at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center on Jan. 21. Last year, the film won the Best Public Service Award at the 2016 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco — the oldest Native American film festival in the world.

“A big part of what we did with this film is solicit a lot of feedback from our interview subjects and community members, so it wasn’t just another white guy swooping in and creating poverty tourism, essentially,” McClellan said.

The film is about the Lakota Sioux Native Americans who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which is located just south of Badlands, in the park’s shadows. McClellan said that when he visited the national park as a child, his knowledge of the reservation was contoured by the limits of American history.

“Like most Americans, you’re sort of aware of that stuff in the background, but you don’t really appreciate it,” the filmmaker said, of the reservation’s existence. “The big point of the movie is to show what taking these people’s land actually did to them. I wanted to show how the genocide that made America prosperous actually worked out for the victims of it.”

McClellan shot the film over 12 days last winter. He had been drawn to Pine Ridge after a friend of his, Mark Hetzel, who is also the film’s co-producer, told him about an outbreak of suicide among teenage girls that had happened on the reservation the previous winter. Hetzel had been teaching at Little Wound High School, located on the reservation, since 2014.


Between December 2014 and May 2015, nine people between 12 and 24 years old committed suicide at Pine Ridge, according to a New York Times article published at the time. Within that same span of time, more than 100 people within that age range attempted suicide.

“We started asking why this was happening and I got really curious,” said McClellan, who added that, as with many residents of rural, impoverished reservations, the Pine Ridge Lakota suffer from high rates of alcoholism, generational poverty and violence.

“I wanted to know the causes and what makes girls that young do that,” he said. “The most basic conclusion is that it’s all rooted in genocide”

McClellan, a mass communications professor at Triton College, has directed or co-produced other documentaries, including “King in Chicago” (2008) and “Chicago Heights” (2009), that are all oriented in social justice struggles. “Little Wound’s Warriors,” the filmmaker said, follows a well-worn path for him.

“My other films deal with social justice and race, because we have to do a better job of understanding what causes cultural and personal dysfunction like the suicide epidemic at Pine Ridge or the murder epidemic in Chicago,” McClellan said. “We can’t get there without really understanding the context. Where did the narrative go wrong for people?”

McClellan said that, compounded with the generational effects of genocide, the Native Americans of Pine Ridge also suffered from cultural forgetting.

“If you rip people out of their culture and don’t let them have a cultural narrative or personal story — we didn’t just slaughter the Indians, we rounded them up, took all their land, forbade them from speaking their language and from practicing their traditional ceremonies, we even took their kids away from them and put them in Christian schools — if you do all those kinds of things it doesn’t come out well.”

The film, however, is more than the sum of that genocidal history, McClellan said. By the time he had wrapped up shooting, he was hopeful — even a bit jealous.

“I went out there thinking I’d kind of feel sorry for these people and I left feeling envious, because of the kind of culture and tradition they’re reconnecting with,” McClellan said. “On the reservation, the young people are really finding who they are — they’re reconnecting with their language, their heritage and their traditional ceremonies.”

To purchase tickets to the Jan. 21 screening of “Little Big Wound’s Warriors,” click here. VFP

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Maywood Native, Proviso East Grad Named Triton Soccer All-American

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Brandon Monteon (white shirt) competes against Milwaukee Area Technical College on Sept. 30 at Triton College. | Triton College 

Thursday, December 29, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Earlier this month, Maywood native and Proviso East graduate Brandon Monteon was named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American. With the honor, the Triton College men’s soccer player became Triton’s 219th student-athlete to receive the prestigious honor.

According to school officials, Monteon is the soccer program’s 21st All-American and the program’s seventh since 2008.

The freshman forward has been instrumental in Triton’s success on the field, leading the team to a 14-4 record this past season, during which he logged 19 goals, 19 assists and 57 points.

“Brandon is probably one of the best players to go through the program,” said Triton head men’s soccer coach Piotr Sliwa in a statement.

“He is a complete player which you could see by the stats. In addition to being a goal scorer, Brandon can also set his teammates and plays unselfish soccer,” he said. “He also can drop off into the midfield and defend. Brandon was double teamed all season and he still put up big numbers. I’m expecting a bigger year from him next year and hopefully he’ll lead the team to nationals and transfer out to a big D-1 program.” VFP

For more information on Triton College Athletics, click here or call Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456-0300, ext. 3784. 

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BRIEFLY: Maywood, Triton to Unveil Christmas Trees | More Mayoral Race Intrigue | The Hamptons Earn More Praise | More


Monday, November 28, 2016 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

After searching throughout the village, the Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission has found a Christmas tree, a spruce, to display during the Christmas season.

The tree, donated by Maywood resident Lawrence Sparks, will be the centerpiece of a tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 5, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the corner of 5th Ave. and St. Charles.

The ceremony will feature numerous special guests, including Pastor Elliot Wimbush of First Congregational Church of Maywood, who will lead participants in carols; storytelling by Kim Davidson; face painting; the Proviso East drama team and band; the Second Baptist children’s choir; and more.

Triton kicks off Festival of Trees

Triton College is seeking people to sponsor Christmas trees on behalf of municipalities, business, organizations and individuals for its annual Holiday Festival of Trees on Dec. 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on the Triton College Mounds, located on the west side of the campus, 2000 S. 5th Ave., River Grove.

Interested sponsors can decorate their trees from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. On Dec. 2, participants will be treated to hot chocolate, cookies, holiday music and a photo booth during the event. They’ll also be able to take in a free holiday show at the Cernan Center.

Take a photo of your tree and share it with the college using the hashtag #DeckTheMounds.

Each lighted tree is $150, with proceeds to benefit the student scholarships through the Triton College Foundation. For more information call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3165/3172 or click here.

Mother Hampton receives posthumous resolution from Springfield


Iberia Hampton, middle, and her son Bill, left, cut a ribbon before the opening of the Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center. | File

Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) introduced a House Resolution earlier this month honoring the life of Iberia Hampton, the mother of famed civil rights activist and Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.

Mother Hampton died on Oct. 16 at the age of 94. In October, the Cook County Board of Commissioners presented its own resolution honoring Hampton’s life during a regular board meeting.

Hampton’s son, Maywood Park District Commissioner Bill Hampton, received an honor of his own by the Maywood Police Department during a board meeting in October.

Hampton, along with the late Mayor Joe Freelon, who served as Maywood’s first African American mayor for four terms throughout the 1980s and 1990s, was honored as the department’s Citizen of the Year.

The department award lauded Hampton for his efforts in continuing “progressive and unique programs” and in the development of “new and innovative projects” for Maywood.

To read the full House Resolution, click here.

Mayor’s race getting more crowded

With just weeks to go before candidates are required to turn in petitions in order to get on the ballot for the April 4, 2017 election, more names are popping up as possible candidates for Maywood mayor.

Sitting Mayor Edwenna Perkins, former mayor and sitting trustee Henderson Yarbrough, sitting trustee Antonette Dorris and liquor commissioner Mary “May” Larry have all announced their intentions to run for the mayor’s seat in April.

Three more potential candidates — attorney Luther Spence, activist Quincy Johnson and community leader Billy Fowlkes — have been named as possible contenders, although they have yet to formally announce.

First Congregational Church seeking new occupants

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Maywood Fine Arts dancers rehearsing inside of First Congregational Church earlier this year. | Spooner Bauman

Maywood’s First Congregational Church, 400 N. 5th Ave., is seeking new occupants to share its space with. For the past five years, the church shared space with Maywood Fine Arts, which has since moved into a new dance studio down the street.

“There are many hours in the week when church activities are not taking place and our simple, but spacious home may work for someone,” church officials noted.

“We are open to ideas and can be fair and flexible with terms.  We are seeking to be good stewards of our church home and not waste any of our assets.”

For more information, call (708) 3344-6150.

Maywood fire chief appeals to residents to obtain working fire, carbon monoxide alarms

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Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh released a statement on the appropriate methods for staying safe during the winter season.

“Because the cold season is approaching, we will soon find ourselves having to both initiate and maintain efforts to keep warm in our homes,” he wrote.

“Sometimes accidents do happen. Because of this possibility, as Fire Chief of Maywood, I am making a personal appeal to every Maywood Village Resident to ensure that you do indeed have present and operating smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your place of residence.

“The devices are not expensive and can be found at local neighborhood stores. The presence and proper operations of both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can notify and protect residents from the devastation resulting from fire and carbon monoxide.

“Thank you, be safe and enjoy the upcoming holiday season!” VFP

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