The Triton Troupers Prepare for Opening Night: April 10-12

IMG_6503IMG_6498The Triton Troupers Circus returns April 10-12 at Triton College

River Grove Illinois. The show will provide fun for the whole family,

featuring clowns, tightrope walking, juggling, cycling, stilt walkingand much more.

The Triton Troupers are composed of nearly 100 members from Cook, DuPage, Kane and Boone counties who all have a passion for circus arts.

The show will take place in the Robert M. Collins Gymnasium, in the R-Building, on Triton’s campus located at 2000 Fifth Ave. in River Grove.


Tickets are $6 (no debit or credit cards accepted) and available at the door. For more information about the circus, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3383, or visit


Pancake Breakfast

In addition, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of West Suburban Cook and Southern

DuPage Counties will host its annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 12, which will include an

opportunity for families to have a day of fun at the Triton Troupers Circus.

Breakfast runs from 8 a.m. to noon in Room R-221 of the Robert M. Collins Center on Triton’s campus,

and the circus begins at 1 p.m. Tickets for breakfast only is $4 in advance and $5 at the door. A special combination price for breakfast and circus admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit the RSVP program. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3835 or 3603 for more information.


Less than $50 a Month Can Get You Health Insurance

Get Covered America visited Triton College to talk to students about their new insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act. Volunteers with the national, non-profit organization set up a table during the Health Fair on February 6th to answer questions about the new insurance Marketplace.

 “We’re here to tell students that new insurance options are here and financial help is available,” said Kaitlyn Rowney, State Communications Lead for Get Covered America. “Many students aren’t aware of the new low-cost and even no-cost insurance plans. And no one can be denied coverage due to preexisting conditions.”

 According to the Department of Health and Human Services, around half of young adults aged 18 to 34 who are eligible for coverage through the Marketplace can find a plan for less than $50 a month. All plans must cover all the important benefits, including prescriptions, doctor visits, hospitalizations, preventative care, mental health care and more.

 “Triton College students deserve the peace of mind that comes with being insured,” said Rowney. “Having insurance means you’re not one broken bone or unexpected illness away from financial disaster.”

 If you have questions about the new Marketplace, the financial help available or how to sign-up, visit You have until March 31st to sign up for coverage in 2014, but the sooner you sign-up, the sooner your coverage can start.

Where Did the Clubs Go?!!!

By Jeramie L Bizzle @jeramiebizzle87

 Triton College is known for its academics and involvement with the community, but for students who are looking to do something in between classes are looking to find a club or organization that suits their interest whether it being the Gaming Club or Program Board; but some clubs are fighting to remain on the list of active clubs, but instead are being added to the grave yard of inactive clubs.

According to the list of clubs provided by the office of student life, there are 30 clubs including Black Academic Student Association (BASA) and Triton College Democrats (TCD) who has bit the dust as students who start the clubs couldn’t find enough students who share the same interest. With the list of inactive clubs, this information can mean either the students don’t hear too much about the clubs or they simply don’t care.

 “Clubs who want to gain more members can setup a table in the café, or come over to student life and get some help on advertising for their club.” said Claudia Castro, program assistant of student life.

 Students of current active clubs said that it is all about promoting, promoting and more promoting. Triton Student Mia Greene, 27, who serves as serves in three clubs including TGSA, TCSA and MIG said that it begins with placing yourself where possible candidates can be located.

“You have to be where a lot of candidates for the club is located and then promote. For example next week I’m going to set up in the café to promote and recruit for TGSA.” Greene said.

 Other reasoning behind the fall of clubs on campus include lack of leadership and participation, different schedule’s between students and simply members loose interest.

Clubs that continue to impact the campus includes Program Board, Triton College Student Association (TCSA) and Bible club. For students who are looking to start a club on campus, they can to pick up a club packet at student life, have ten members who are willing to join, and members have to be in at least six credit hours each semester and have the minimum of a 2.0 GPA. It is also needed to find an adviser who is full time on campus who is willing to handle the paper work for the club.

Starting a club is the easiest thing to do on campus, inactive means there just are no members, says Jamie DePaolo, TCSA Student Trustee.

“People can pick it up and start it up again. The constitutions are still there so it is not a bad thing, it is a matter of students knowing of how easy it is. Students can come take a look at the inactive clubs and pick one” DePaolo said.

Starting a club on campus is about finding other students who share the same interest as the person starting the club. Promotion, fliers and setting up a recruiting table are just some ways to get started.

“The idea I that the club concentrate on a specific interest. Find ten individuals who like to meet once a week, talk to students in class, ask to reserve a table and there are events like club day and in the mix.”said Johnny Urbina, Director of Student Services.