T-Pain picks up where Wayne left off  

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Still rolling from the Lil Wayne performance on April 20, Levels welcomed R&B artist T-Pain to the stage last night for a free show to kick off his five-date The Iron Way Tour. T-Pain

The atmosphere was similar to the Lil Wayne show with hefty security enforcement and a growing turnout as the doors opened, but without the $50 ticket charge.

While it was a special show for T-Pain, being his first stop on tour, this was also significant for Levels because its goal was to show appreciation to those disappointed by Lil Wayne’s short-lived performance, as well as all customers who have attended over the years.“Greg [Knoob] and myself wanted to come back with something just so we could get a taste in everyone’s mouth for the end of the semester and also his retirement,” Michael Blakemore, promoter for Blakemore Entertainment said. “T-Pain arose as an opportunity, so we thought it would be a good idea to give back to customers.”Knoob, owner of Levels, has been running the show at Levels all year and has been a disc-jockey for more… 

Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award – B. Rael Ali   

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The annual Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award honors the late Joseph Rickert, a prominent lawyer and former state senator from Waterloo, who loved the arts and appreciated SIUC’s place in the cultural life of the Southern Illinois region. His family established the award in 1974, and it is the most prestigious award offered by the School of Art and Design. 

Three artists will share the 2015 Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

This year’s winners are: Marie DeWerff (Bloomington), Eunji Lee (Yangsan-Si, South Korea) and B. Rael Ali (Chicago). The three split a $15,000 cash award.

Ali may be from Chicago, but he’s no stranger to Carbondale. He used a REACH undergraduate research award to explore community art and what elements are important to different communities in Carbondale. He used what he learned to create his entry – a quartet of large charcoal and watercolor paintings.

“I’m glad I came to SIU because being here – the community, the faculty, the resources – have made me the person I am now,” he said. He noted that besides the undergraduate research opportunities, for which he studied with Associate Professor Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, he had the opportunity to work in a university gallery. The experience, as well as the chance to pursue…

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SCI 2015 Scholarship Applicant Ashley Banks


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