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Nero and Scott By: Alicia McPhillips

I had the greatest pleasure to do a ride along with two of Rock Falls finest police officers that make up the K-9 unit: Officer Scott Allspaugh and K-9 Nero! I got to see some of Nero’s training in action, as well as learn what’s the driving force behind the four paws of this dynamic duo. Nero, who will be 7 in January, is a 90-pound purebred who comes from a kennel in Germany; (an actual German Shepherd-I love it!) This means that Nero only understands German commands or phrases. A lot of [Read More]

November 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

We Are All Mirrors to One Another: Artists Talk with Kiam Marcelo Junio By: Laura Winton

Since that famous moment when Marcel Duchamp showed up at the Armory art show in New York with a urinal, set it on a podium and named it “Fountain,” subsequent generations have declared that context is everything in determining art. Augustana College’s Teaching Museum of Art, located in Centennial Hall, recently hosted Chicago-based visual and performance artist Kiam Marcelo Junio (preferred gender pronoun: “they/their/them”), with an exhibition called “Camouflage.” Junio, [Read More]

October 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

Do You PechaKucha? By: Laura Winton

Pecha Kucha is a once-a-month event at the Figge Museum where you can learn about everything from making instruments to fundraising for nonprofits and hear poetry, fiction, and drama from people around the Quad Cities, all in 6 minute and 40 second increments. Pecha Kucha (which is pronounced, puh-CHA kuh-CHA, Melissa Mohr at the Figge explains, not PECH’ a KUCH’ a) is Japanese for “chit chat,” according to every professor’s favorite website, Wikipedia.  The idea is that you present [Read More]

October 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

100,000 Poets for Change By: Laura Winton

Can poetry change the world?  Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre didn’t think poetry had what it took to be considered committed art.  Yet, in December/January 1945/46 Andre Breton, one of the founders of the Surrealist movement in Europe, was travelling throughout the Caribbean at the same time revolution broke out in Haiti, a revolution that while not directly caused by Surrealism, certainly was influenced by the politics and the style of art and literature that Breton and the Surrealists [Read More]

August 29, 2016 // 1 Comment

Final Week Stress Management Yoga at The Mills!

Final Week Stress Management Yoga – Are you feeling some stress and anxiety during the week of your final exams?  Did you know a number of studies have shown that yoga may help reduce stress and anxiety? It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.  This yoga led class will be a 45-minute practice of Hatha yoga, which is one of the most common styles of yoga, and beginners may like its slower pace and easier movements.    This class is held at a gentler pace and focuses [Read More]

May 6, 2016 // 0 Comments