Triton College Job Fair, October 27, Bring Your Résumés!

job-fairEmployers from various industries will be on campus recruiting candidates for full and part time jobs, as well as internship opportunities during the upcoming Triton College Job Fair.

 The event is Thursday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria (B Building) located on the west side of campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove.

 The job fair is open to students, alumni and community members. It is free to attend. Professional dress and a résumé are strongly suggested.

 For more information or assistance with résumés, please contact Triton College Career Services at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3789.


Personal Safety & Self Defense


Written By: SJ Neri

Lauren Kosrow, a librarian here at Triton College, is also a black belt. Lauren gave a very informative lecture on how to avoid being a victim of an assault. Following her talk in Parachutes Lounge, she gave a demonstration on a few defensive moves one can use to escape an attacker. Here are a few tips Lauren gave during her lecture:Lauren’s stresses this point first and foremost; if you can remove yourself, without having to defend yourselfWhen, you should do that.

Be Aware 

  •  walking to your car at night, or on campus, be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Do not always stare at your phone while walking in public, this keeps you from knowing what is going on around you.
  • If you insist on walking (or jogging) with earphones in, you should leave one earbud out, so you can hear someone coming up behind you.

Stand Up For Yourself

  • Unfortunately most unwelcome contact will come from someone you know, not a stranger.
  • Set clear boundaries with those people by very clearly stating “You’re making me uncomfortable.”
  • Feel confident and empowered to stand up for yourself.

Remove Yourself

  • Leave the unsafe situation. If you really feel unsafe, walk back to your school building (or any open building with people) and call the campus police.
  • If possible run, don’t worry about how you look to anyone, it’s a much better situation to just remove yourself.

Last Resort

  • If other techniques do not work to remove yourself, defend yourself.
  • Fight. Punching someone can really hurt your hand, it’s better to scratch or elbow your attackers face.
  • Use whatever works to get yourself out of the unsafe situation. When you have disabled your attacker, or distracted him, run.

Target Areas

Eyes – Use finger nails to scratch at the eyes. The face and eyes are great targets.

Groin – A knee to the groin is very effective. When your attack is doubled over, run.

Neck – The neck is a good place to punch or elbow.

Nose – The nose is very sensitive, an upward thrust with the palm of your hand can be very


Feet – Use your foot to stomp on the top of your attackers’ foot.

Jaw – Use your elbow to strike the jaw, as a punch can seriously hurt your hand.

Sexual Violence Prevention Roundtable

49c5bd8bf943fadc8b0ea67ba897d1e6Written by SJ Neri

Following the lecture and demonstration on self-defense by Lauren Kosrow, Triton College gave a roundtable discussion on sexual violence. 1 in 4 college women will be sexually assaulted.

Here are a few facts you should know about the definition of sexual assault, and when a victim is not able to give consent:

  • In the state of Illinois, sexual assault is any non-consensual sexual penetration of the mouth, vagina, or anus with any object (however slight).
  • Sexual abuse is anything that falls outside of that, non-consensual touch.
  • In the state of Illinois, consent cannot be given if someone is under the age of 17, the age of consent in Illinois is 17.
  • If someone is unable to understand the nature of the act, due to some type of developmental disability, (or any other reason that they may not be able to understand the nature of the act), they cannot give consent.
  • If there is force, or the threat of force, someone cannot give consent.
  • If a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they cannot give consent.
  • If there is any type of coercion, for example, if someone tells you that you will lose your job (or house) unless you have sex with them, you are unable to give consent.

This information was provided at the roundtable discussion by volunteer coordinator, Anika Sterling-Florez of Pillars. Pillars is the largest provider of mental health and social services in the western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago. Among several other services, Pillars provides a confidential, 24 hour hotline for victims of sexual assault or abuse. The number is 708-482-9600. Counselors, medical advocates, and legal advocates are all on hand to assist you (or someone you know) with coping with, or reporting a sexual assault.

Faculty Artist Series Opens with Eclectic Trumpet Music

joannchojamesdavis002By:  Rachel K. Hindery

James Davis, a trumpeter who has performed with nearly a dozen ensembles including the Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, opened the third season of Triton College’s Faculty Artist Series on September 19, 2016 at a performance in the Robert M. Collins Center Auditorium.  Between 7:30 and 10:00 p.m., listeners heard classical and modern arrangements of trumpet music from Europe and America.  Joann Cho, PhD, who founded the Faculty Artist Series, accompanied Davis on piano.  Aside from being a talented musician, Davis also directs the Jazz Studies Program at Triton College, and teaches at Moraine Valley Community College and Wheaton College.  Due to a scheduling change, Triton music faculty members Ingrid Mikolajczyk (soprano) and Brien O’Callaghan (guitar) did not perform.

The concert opened with an arrangement of Handel’s Aria con Verianzioni.  Originally written for harpsichord, Davis’ smooth playing and Cho’s accompaniment highlighted the lyrical nature of the piece.

Davis used dynamic changes throughout the second piece, Mendelssohn’s On Music’s Softest Pinions.  This piece was made famous by Jules Levy, a coronet player, at the turn of the twentieth century.

The third piece was based on a traditional Irish melody, The Last Rose of Summer.  The original lyrics are a somber reflection on mortality.  Frequent tempo changes and trills kept this version, for trumpet and piano, moving to a quiet conclusion.

Rondo for Lifey, by American composer Leonard Bernstein, was an upbeat selection for Davis’ fourth piece.  Readers may be more familiar with the works of Leonard Bernstein through musicals such as West Side Story.  Quick and playful, with lilting piano in the background, both piano and trumpet featured staccato sections.  The playful feel of this piece matched its subject; Lifey is a Skye terrier dog.

Any reader who has ever heard or sung Sleigh Ride (“…just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling, too…”) already knows the work of Leroy Anderson, another American composer.  Davis chose Anderson’s Trumpeter’s Lullaby for his fifth piece, which The Fifth Avenue Journal has heard performed by other bands, and it was refreshing to hear this familiar piece.

The sixth piece, George Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me, arranged for piano and trumpet, may have had some audience members silently singing the lyrics in their head.  Cho played an introduction while Davis brought in the melody on the trumpet.  The arrangement became more fluid later on, with elaborations on the melody.  This song has been covered for decades, from a little-known musical (Oh, Kay!) to versions by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra in the 1940s to a 2003 version by Amy Winehouse.  This arrangement added to the song’s illustrious history.

The recital concluded with Concert Etude by German composer Alexander Goedicke.  This was a faster piece overall, and provided an energizing conclusion to the evening.

As guests made their way to the reception just outside the auditorium, The Fifth Avenue Journal spoke with Davis and Cho.

Davis’ students originally studied each piece.  In response to a question about what made the pieces so well-suited for work by trumpet students, Davis explained “all the different techniques like double-tonguing” made them ideal.  After doing some basic research on the subject, The Fifth Avenue Journal learned that a trumpeter will say a two-syllable word, such as “ticket”, enunciating each syllable while blowing into their trumpet, to increase their speed during faster or more complex pieces.

Davis also reflected on one of his favorite parts of performing at Triton: “It’s great to be able to do a classical concert, and Jazz pieces.”  When asked how teaching at three separate colleges informed his teaching style, Davis said, “It’s kept me being flexible, to cater to different students.”  Then, with a smile, he added, “…and keeps me driving everywhere!”

Cho originally began the Faculty Artist Series in 2014 as a way to highlight Triton’s accomplished music professors.  The first years went by quickly, and Cho remarked: “It’s been fun!  Faculty didn’t have a place to perform, and it was good to feature them.”

Such musical offerings at Triton College provide more than merely a place for faculty, students and community members to interact.

Janette Spenny, the Community Life Manager at Victory Centre Senior Living Community, invited some of her residents to the concert.  While this is her first time attending a Faculty Artist concert, she has already attended jazz and concert band performances at Triton.  She often checks Triton’s website for the dates of upcoming musical events, and a friend who performs in the jazz band also keeps her well-informed.

“I think it’s really nice that they do these concerts,” Spenny said, before adding: “one of the biggest things for us is that our seniors are low income.  Having someplace free we can bring them is huge.”  Triton College’s many free activities provide an invaluable resource to the community, making access to cultural activities accessible to all, including those who most benefit from them.  Spenny spoke further with the Fifth Avenue Journal about the healing power of music, especially among seniors who may be facing health conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

The healing power of music was clear as the Fifth Avenue Journal heard Victory Center resident Dorothy Hellen Dolly-Bosch describe her experience.  Dolly-Bosch became more and more animated as she expressed what the concert meant to her.  She’s come to lots of concerts at Triton, and “I’ve loved every one of them…every one!”  Dolly-Bosch enjoyed both the piano and the trumpet music, especially the piano, saying, “I loved the lady [Cho] that played the piano.”  She gave both performers high praise:  “I was speechless.  Both of them [the faculty artists] were good, good, good!”  She used all the words she could think of, including “spectacular” and “terrific” to try to sum up her thoughts on the evening.

Flexible, fun, huge, spectacular.  These are just some of the words used to describe the first Faculty Artist reception series.  Readers who would like to decide on their own adjectives are encouraged to view the full schedule of events, or plan to attend the next concert on November 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.


Guessing the Hidden Life as Triton Art Gallery Opens with The Fantasy Self



postcard_outlined_text_finalBy:  Rachel K. Hindery

Students and community members mingled with artist Jill LoBianco-Bartalis and some of the subjects of her latest exhibition, The Fantasy Self, at a reception in the Triton College Art Gallery the evening of September 15, 2016 between 6 and 8 p.m.  This reception was the first of the 2016-2017 season, and the culmination of months of research by LoBianco-Bartalis, who wrote her thesis on Jungian archetypes and how they relate to one’s fantasy self for a Masters of Fine Arts Degree at Governors State University.  The Fifth Avenue Journal spoke with five visitors at the reception, all of whom noticed similar themes in the photographs, despite having different experiences.

The Visitors…

Juan Silva, a Triton College student, was at his first artist reception.  He is taking a Renaissance to Modern Art class this semester, where he learned about the reception.

Israel Rodriguez, also a Triton College student, had attended a few artist receptions in the past.  He learned about this reception in his Art One class, which teaches basic drawing skills.

Liliana Riano is a community member attending her first artist reception.  A friend, who used to attend classes at Triton College, told her about the reception.

Leslie Roberson was also attending his first artist reception.  He told The Fifth Avenue Journal that he was there to support his friends.  He has known the artist, and many of the photography subjects, for years.

Bela Bartalis was one of the subjects photographed in The Fantasy Self.  He is the husband of the featured artist.

group-gallery_jillThe Reveal…

As visitors entered the art gallery, they were greeted by 16 headshots, one of each subject.  Each subject was dressed in white, against a white background, with each photograph lettered.  The fantasy self of each subject was hidden behind a red curtain, and visitors were asked to guess the fantasy persona only by looking at the eyes of each subject.

After each visitor had guessed, LoBianco-Bartalis opened the curtains, revealing the fantasy self of each.

Before and after The Reveal, visitors could speak with one another around small tables while enjoying some refreshments.

Conveying the Fantasy Self through the Eyes

LoBianco-Bartalis described her purposes for the all-white headshot in her thesis: “The subjects wear white for their headshot to maintain continuity and to keep distractions to a minimum.  The purpose of the headshot is to have the subject look deep into my camera lens and have them convey their fantasy self through their eyes (LoBianco-Bartalis, 4).”

Many of the visitors reflected on the white background while speaking to The Fifth Avenue Journal.

Juan noticed: “There is personality in all the photographs,” adding that the white background made it easier for him to focus.

Israel also commented on the white background.  “It brings people in.  It inspires people.”  Like Juan, Israel noticed the personality in each of the faces, saying: “It brought up sharpness, detail, and emotion.”

The Windows to the Soul?

Ms. LoBianco-Bartalis states in her thesis “My goal is to see if the eyes are the window to the soul.  Can our eyes convey our fantasy (LoBianco-Bartalis, 4)?”

The Fifth Avenue Journal spoke with visitors before and after the reveal, and everyone had something to say about trying to guess the correct fantasy self of each person.

Juan learned that he was most successful when he thought more carefully about each guess, instead of the fantasy self he thought of first: “I tried to think outside the box, and not just go with my first instinct.”

Liliana took the opposite approach, going with her first instinct, although she changed some of her answers later on.  Guessing was hard for her, and she says, “I discovered that all the expressions weren’t what I was first thinking.”  Liliana remembered one of the pictures that was the most difficult for her to guess.  “The way that they’re looking…Letter I, she could be a mermaid…”  However, “letter I” (Anca Moldovan) was actually the ballerina.

Leslie had the advantage of knowing some of the subjects, but he discovered that this did not make him immune to the difficulty of guessing each fantasy self correctly.  “I feel like I’m at about 80 percent,” Leslie said when asked how he felt he did.  However, once the reveal disclosed the true fantasy self of each subject, he had only guessed about 30 percent correctly.  Like Liliana, Leslie had difficulty guessing some of the subjects, saying, “I put the artist down as the bank robber!”

The Fifth Avenue Journal wondered if Leslie had an easier time guessing his friends than the subjects he didn’t know.  Not really.  While he correctly identified the fantasy self of his best friend, he missed some other friends.  Leslie was most surprised at missing the fantasy self of Madelyn Vogelsberg, because, “Maddie I’ve known practically forever.  I never would have pinned her as a mermaid.”

Israel had an easier time identifying Madelyn and some of the younger subjects, and he reported that he had an easier time guessing the fantasy self for kids.

Bela, being one of the subjects, offered a unique perspective.  For him, “the headshot was more surreal than the poker player [his fantasy self].”  He believes this is because he is his regular self more often than his fantasy self, musing “I’m the person I am in the headshot every day, but a poker player once in a while.”

Reflections on Art and Life

Thinking about the difficulty of guessing the fantasy selves led to some good discussion among the visitors whom The Fifth Avenue Journal spoke with.  Writes Ms. LoBianco-Bartalis, “The dialogue I am hoping to generate is why they made the choices they made about the fantasy selves in relation to the headshots (LoBianco-Bartalis, 4).”

Some visitors noticed a temptation to have preconceived notions about a fantasy self for each person.  In the words of Juan, “you’re so used to the norm.”

Israel noticed the idea of “norms” may develop later in life.  To him, kids might be more comfortable, while adults would be shyer.

Leslie found similarities between the art and his own experiences.  He shared that he works in a bar in Forest Park, and has been surprised by learning the interests of people he thought he knew well, especially if those interests didn’t fit his view of their personality.  For example, he described his boss as introverted, but learned that his boss also practices law, which Leslie originally viewed as field more suited for an extrovert.

While Israel admitted he would be shy if modeled for an exhibit such as The Fantasy Self, he encouraged other students and community members to study photography:  “I think people should take more photography.  It shows more detail, and more things they can accomplish in art.”

The Regenerated Self

Each subject was asked to choose three of following twelve archetypes that they believed they most related to: The Innocent, The Orphan, The Warrior, The Caregiver, The Seeker, The Destroyer, The Lover, The Creator, The Fool, The Sage, The Magician and The Ruler (LoBianco-Bartalis, 5-9).

Afterward, they took a quiz, testing which of the archetypes they are actually most related to, based on their personality and experiences.  Ms. LoBianco-Bartalis writes, “In my analysis, I have discovered that our fantasies are rooted in our personal psychology and mirror in many cases the fundamental archetypes that are currently dominant in our lives.  In addition to making the connections between the fantasies and the archetypes, the relationships the subjects have to the archetypes they think they are, are often at odds with the archetypes they actually are… (LoBianco-Bartalis, 13).”

Bela told The Fifth Avenue Journal that he was mostly honest with himself, but that the quiz is from the person’s perspective, and “you see yourself differently than other people see you.”  Two of the three archetypes he most related to were in his top three according to the quiz results.

Bela had the self-identified advantage of being able to live as his fantasy self, although the busyness of life and everyday time conflicts make it impossible for him to be a full time poker player.  In contrast, some fantasy selves are either impossible to live out (for example, a cloud), or undesirable in mainstream society (for example, a bank robber).

When asked how he feels when he is most connected to his fantasy self, Bela had a profound reflection that “It’s like a vacation for me, like I’ve regenerated myself.  I open a door, and there’s no one else there but me.”

Lobianco-Bartalis’ makes expert use of lighting and color in The Fantasy Self.  Some photographs, especially those whose fantasy self related to a historical period or character (e.g. an equestrienne, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn), were shot in black and white.  In others, she used colored lighting set a specific angle to highlight the mood (as in her photograph of the bank robber fantasy self, which utilized red lighting).  The color of the costuming also melded well with the chosen background colors.

These artistic and stylistic technique help draw the viewer into each piece, imagining the fantasy self.  To Bela, living fantasy, if only briefly, gives energy to real life.  Perhaps viewing it, as in The Fantasy Self, does the same.

Do You Want to see The Fantasy Self?

The Fantasy Self will be on display in the Triton College Art Gallery (J-Building) until Friday, September 23, 2016.  Each photograph is also included in Ms. LoBianco-Bartalis’ thesis, above.  If you’re interested in seeing the next art show at Triton College, the Berwyn Art League will host an exhibit between September 26, 2016 and October 21, 2016 with a reception held on the last day of the show between 7 and 9 p.m.