Cherubs get an assignment from the instructors. Cherubs were placed into groups for the entirety of the program, with an instructor to serve as their mentor. Photo by Conor Gaffney.
Students research the topic and get all the necessary interviews for the story. Cherubs challenged themselves and found sources to interview in Evanston for stories throughout the program. Photo by Leah Graham.
Once the reporting is done, students work on their drafts in the computer labs. Most students don't use their laptops and prefer to work in the labs where collaboration is the norm. Photo by Maggie Olson.
The cherubs turn in their articles to their instructors' boxes in Fisk 217. These deadlines came up quickly and many cherubs turned in papers seconds before they were due. Photo by Sarah Ryan.
As early as the next day, the instructors return assignments to the students in their boxes, marking in colors like green, purple or red. Check out the story "Meet the pens" to look at the pen color of each instructor. Photos by Jane Gormley.
On Saturday mornings, cherubs meet with their instructors to discuss their work, build on their strengths and learn from their mistakes. These meetings also helped cherubs and instructors get to know one another. Photo by Sarah Ryan.
Then it's time for the next assignment. Photo by Gina Kim.
Erin Edwards spent an afternoon at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival in Dawes Park. Photo by Marc Chappelle.[/caption]
Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival
With its flag-studded landscape and culturally diverse cuisine, the Ethnic Arts Festival offered cherubs a glimpse into Evanston’s diversity.
The free event held in Dawes Park celebrated its 31st anniversary this year with family arts and crafts, authentic food and live music. Artists from a variety of backgrounds, including Africa, Bali and Cambodia, displayed their works.
Although the festival was not a part of their schedule, many cherubs visited the celebration to learn more about the community.
“I got to see what Evanston was all about because often times we only get to see what cherubs is all about,” Matt Tomaselli said. “It was cool to see there is a community outside of the university that supports all ethnicities and loves food.”
Street vendors offered plates from beef-filled gyros to Croatian grilled hot dogs. A large tent overshadowed rows of long, family style tables, creating a well-shaded venue to indulge in dishes like hot tamales or desserts like Italian ice.
For cherub Michael Katz, the lakeside fest provided a strong alternative to campus dining.
“It’s one of my favorite memories of being here,” Katz said. “The food was fantastic — definitely better than Hinman.”