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Entertaining week of events at JJC

By Lindsey Cantrell

Entertaining week of events at JJC

Earth Day and Spring Fling were well celebrated at JJC and filled with events put on by OSA’s activities board over a three day period.

On April 22, Earth Day was celebrated on the Center Bridge starting off with a Recycled Art Show that held pieces from JJC students among many other booths promoting the Earth and raising awareness for the environment.

There was also a raffle held for the artwork presented after the best piece was voted for. Each person was given two pop bottle tops or pop tabs to place their vote in the bag of their favorite artwork. The artwork with the most votes had 89 votes by the end of the day.

Pierre Palacios’ motorcycle piece, made of old silverware and scrap metal, won first place winning him a $100 visa gift card donated by Student Government.

The second place artwork was submitted by Karla Gossen and Steven Keeley. Their to-scale R2D2 received 81 votes and was made out of pop-cans, cardboard, poster-board and some wood. They received a $75 visa card.

The third place winner was Kate Muller. She won $50 visa card for her trees made of metal, clock parts, and crocheted wire for the leaves. Her entry got 68 votes. There were many other entries displayed as well.

In addition, Student Government also had a Wheel of Trivia with Earth Day questions. If answered correctly, an Earth Day t-shirt was the prize.

On April 23 and 24, Spring Fling was also a bit hit on the bridge. John Rush, (AKA The Human I-pod) performed on day one.

John Rush took students on a musical journey like no other one-man show can. Singing and playing guitar, bass, harmonica, piano, saxophone, banjo, keyboard and percussion John Rush plays his own original music and songs requested to him.

Wowing audiences with his guitar work and capturing them with his vocals and lyrics, John Rush recently won Campus Entertainer of the Year and Campus Awards Musician of the Year.

He has opened up for, and played with many other famous music acts and has released three albums to date.

Day two of Spring Fling was met with a one-of-a-kind improv act. The agents of MISSION IMPROVable Comedy Team (MI) are just a few audience suggestions away from creating a brand new and original production that’s all about whatever the audience tells them.

This fast-paced and exciting new form of comedy is a combination of MTV’s "Wild ‘N’ Out" and "Who’s Line is it Anyway?" but there is a bit of a twist.

Just like in the old TV series "Mission Impossible," the Chicagoan actors in Mission IMPROVable pretend to be agents.

The audience members are the co-agents and participate in the hilarious theater games or "missions" by yelling out suggestions. The on-the-spot randomness provided by the audience makes each mission truly unique and very often hysterical.

These guys brought great entertainment and laughs to all that came to watch them. This new improvisational comedy troupe, Mission IMPROVable, is infectious and hot.

A regular at festivals and colleges across the country, Mission IMPROVable give a show that leaves audience with a smile on their face and their stomach aching from laughter.

So, you want to try being an agent, huh? You’re not alone. Often people get so involved with the show that they want to try improv themselves. For that reason, MISSION IMPROVable Comedy Team has created IMPROV BOOTCAMP, a series of on-site improvisational comedy workshops.

"We offer several classes that cater to all comedic levels from the first time stage freshman to the seasoned senior comic," said the troupe, "We make sure that everyone has fun!"

They were the hit of the week with many of their acts including students replacing the arms of the performers, text conversations, crowd involvement and finally, the guessing game without words.

For more information on this team and more, visit their website for all the details at

Overall, Spring Fling and Earth Day were filled with entertainment that satisfied every avenue of interest at Joliet Junior College.

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Phone: (815) 729-9020