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Starving Artist Joel Janchenko

Joel Janchenko

Major: Associates
of Fine Art

Age: 20

City: Indian Head Park


How would you describe
your art?

Art and music are a culmination of creativity and I search for the exploration of sound to see what boundaries have been crossed, what history has been written and what hasn’t been developed yet. It’s like a space age Goodwill store. My art consists of unique self-disciplined doodles. I’m the drummer in Wednesday small group jazz class and in a Wednesday community big band, which is a club here. I am also in another group which plays funk metal and it’s called $plor! It’s new and developing and it’s a fusion of genres. I am a jazz drummer who loves funk. Some of the other members like metal. We all like different things so it’s a potpourri of sound. I also play the kalimba and do solo projects.


Where do you find

Everywhere. Nature…the streets…I find inspiration in the fact that everyday is a new day and a day to keep pushing yourself and whether you stay with a concept for a week or keep changing it up, it’s about not falling behind and not looking at anyone else but focusing on what I do and how to get better at it. I also get inspiration from music and listening to everything.


What do you love
about your art?

I love that it allows me to express myself completely. No one is telling me what to do. It’s just me and my heart and sometimes my legs and my feet. I really also like that it allows your mind to stay active and it’s exploring what your body and mind can do.


What do you hate
about your art?

I hate when people tell you to do something a certain way and look past the beauty unfolding in front of them. I wish people would take things for what they are instead of saying “you could do this a different way.”


How did you get your start?

I’ve been drumming ever since I could walk. I’ve often thought I was born with drumsticks in my hands. I learned by carrying drumsticks everywhere. I didn’t even have drums because I lived in a townhouse. I carried them and drummed on garbage cans and figured out all these different sounds. I began with self-disciplined doodles that became something nice to look at. I kept drawing until I figured out my own style.



People you admire?

Benny Grab, Jojo Mayer, Adam Deitch, Keith Moon, Jimmy Cobb and Buddy Rich. They’re all influential drummers in their field. The first 3 are all current drummers rocking it day in and day out all around the world. They inspire me because I look at them and think, “they did it, I could do that too.” The last 3 are heroes of drumming; they’re the all-time greats. I love Keith Moon because he’s the reason I started drumming. His explosive style was the foundation of why I started playing.


Plans after COD?

I have a good GPA so I’m going to look at a music college. My aspirations are to go away to a music college and continue to play every single day. My passion will be my drive to get wherever I want to go. I want to go anywhere where I can just play 24/7.


What are some of your
other hobbies?

Drumming takes over my entire life but besides that I like kicking it with my jam buddies and working through rhythms. Just continuing to be courteous day in and day out because people are cool. Every single day I drum. When I go home today I’m going to practice for 4 hours and there’s nothing I’d rather do. Continuing to learn is a hobby. I watch dvds and read books about drumming and that takes a lot of time. I am always discovering who I am by playing the kalimba.


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All Things Considered, NPR Correspondent Ari Shapiro talks about covering the Romney campaign

Ari Shapiro, NPR White House Correspondent, spoke on Tuesday November 13, in the Turner Conference Center.

He spoke about his journey as a journalist covering Mitt Romney’s campaign and also gave some general insight into the election’s outcome.

He talked about many specific individuals he met over the course of the year, traveling from place to place and said

“There are voices I will always remember from this past year.”

He also talked about a story he did on the voters’ gender gap in Daytona, Florida. In a large crowd of white males, he found only one Obama supporter.

He also mentioned something that got him a lot of negative feedback from listeners. He did a show where he played a clip of a woman who claimed that she didn’t like the Obamas because the first lady doesn’t look like a first lady.

Shapiro said he loves that he gets “to hear people’s stories, put them on the radio, and let listeners judge for themselves.”

He said there were two times when he saw a different side of Governor Romney that he said most people didn’t get to see. He said in an off the record conversation, Romney seemed genuine, human, reflective, funny, sincere, and relatable and that was something that Shapiro felt Romney had trouble getting across on camera. The second time Shapiro said he saw this side of Romney was onstage at the first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado.

Shapiro then went on to list reasons why both Romney and Obama struggled in this election.

He spoke about demographics and how social media changed this election.

He spoke to many undecided voters and said there is no single profile and no single issue they are stuck on.

Michael Renland, a physical therapy student said, “I went to get extra credit for a class and it ended up being really entertaining.”

Another student, Christie Lacey, said “He was a really charismatic speaker and it was really cool how he cited different facts not necessarily in the news.”

Shapiro answered many questions after the event ranging from topics of foreign policy stances, NPR, Romney’s position, debates, etc.

Shapiro said he majored in English in college and that the most important thing is not your major but learning “to read and write and think.”

He said his favorite stories so far deal with “average people in extraordinary moments.”

He feels like he is performing a “public service by sharing a voice who needs to be heard that nobody would have heard otherwise.”

Shapiro said “When I can keep someone in their car even if it will make them late for work, that’s a great moment.”

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Theater Department continues long tradition, performs “A Christmas Carol”


“A Christmas Carol” is premiering in the K Building Theater Friday, November 23 at 7p.m.

Auditions were held at the beginning of the term but rehearsals began 6 weeks ago. The cast consists of 47 student actors and 17 young actors.

Amelia Barrett, the director said this script by William J. Norris “was written for COD specifically. This script premiered here in 2006 and we do it every two years.”

She said it has become a family tradition for people in the area to come see the show. One time when they didn’t perform “A Christmas Carol” there was a big uproar and people were very upset.

The show is an hour long with no intermission “to make it family friendly, so everyone from toddlers through grandparents can come and enjoy it.”

Since they are not performing in the MAC due to construction, they have “had to make a lot of adjustments to fit that many people on the new stage,” said Barrett.

Many people have seen “A Christmas Carol” before and Barrett has previously directed it but she says, “With a different cast and a different stage, it becomes a new show.”

They are also running a food drive supporting People’s Resource Center. Non-perishable food items will be accepted at all performances.

The show runs until December 2. Tickets are available at the MAC box office or at 630- 942-4000. They can also be purchased online at