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After five years in America, and Unit 5, Anna Fukomoto (second from the left) returned to Japan in January. She returned with more than her belongings, but a sense of belonging, something her time as a member of the cross country and track teams helped her discover.

Finding Fukomoto

How studying in America helped Anna Fukomoto find her self
Abby Ruebush, Editor-in-Chief
Feb 21, 2024

A new class of jittery sixth graders funneled into Chiddix Junior High, anxious to enter a foreign world: lockers and their dreaded combinations, too-short passing periods in crowded hallways and an eight-class, recess-less schedule.  Entering junior high: a nerve-wracking experience for every 11-year-old...

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The cast, crew of ‘The Dining Room’ on why audiences should see the winter play [video]

Inkspot Staff
Jan 31, 2024
Hear why the cast, crew of "The Dining Room" think audience's will enjoy the show.
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In an effort to end the stigma around mental health, Community alum Mackenzie Nelson launched the brand Stay Another Day, a clothing brand that donates a portion of its proceeds to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
Photo Courtesy of: Stay Another Day, LLC

From personal struggle to mental health awareness brand

Community alum Mackenzie Nelson's 'Stay Another Day' journey

“Another day,” she told herself, pulling into the Community parking lot every morning.  “Another day,” she thought, sitting alone at the back of the classroom.  “Another day,” she said, crying in her bedroom after softball practice.  Stay another day, just one more day. The phrase...

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Matthew Perry played Chandler Bing on NBCs Friends for 10 seasons from 1994-2004. 
Credit: NBC via Getty Images

Community reflects on Chandler Bing’s impact, Matthew Perry’s comedic legacy after ‘Friends’ star’s death

Anysia Russell, Staff Writer
Jan 11, 2024

Matthew Perry, best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom “Friends,” died on Oct. 28 at the age of 54, after being found unresponsive in his hot tub. The Los Angeles County medical examiner ruled Perry’s death accidental, according to the autopsy report released Dec. 15. After...

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 Merriam-Webster included “rizz” on its list of the year’s top words but gave first place to “authentic.” 
Rizz topped Oxfords list for 2023.
Stock Photo // Envato

Rizz rules: Oxford’s Word of the Year for 2023

Lyra Townsend, Staff Writer
Jan 10, 2024

It’s that time of year again.  Spotify Wrapped. YouTube Recap. Duolingo Year in Review.      Every online platform wants to tell users the artists, videos and creators that they engaged with the most in 2023—including your online dictionary.  As 2023 wound down, platforms like Merriam-Webster...

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Mrs. Mary Esther Baldwin says ‘adios’ after over 25 years as Spanish teacher [video]

Marielsie Iglesias, Senior Staff Reporter
Jan 9, 2024
Mrs. Mary Esther Baldwin talks about the path that lead her to education; the veteran Spanish teacher's coworkers and former students discuss her legacy.
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Content creator Matthew Dominick earned YouTubes Silver Creator award at the end of September recognizing his channels 100,000 subscribers milestone. 
Screenshot // Instagram @Yucking

Yucking it up: One YouTube content creator’s taste of triumph

When content creator Matthew Dominick earned YouTube's Silver Creator award at the end of September, the coveted silver play button plaque recognizing 100,000 subscribers marked a milestone on a journey the 36-year-old foodie was almost too afraid to begin.  Early doubts kept Dominick from kickstarting...

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Senior Charlie Faulkner (left) and Mr. Stephen Robinson (right) perform an improvised concert at Bobzbay Books.

‘Quiet concert’ books Bobzbay, explores musical intentionality

Abby Ruebush, Editor-in-Chief
Nov 18, 2023

Speakers booming. Fans screaming. Music so loud you can feel it in your bones.  From Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour to Nov. 12’s Driver Era concert at ISU, we live in an era where concertgoing often means braving ear-splitting volumes. But for Community teacher Mr. Stefen Robinson, a concert doesn’t...

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The Inkspot interviewed two experts on Childrens Literature, retired professor of children and adolescent literature Dr. Roberta Trites and Mrs. Caroline Fox Anvick, master of library science, to hear their perspectives on diverse literature.
Digital Illustration // Brad Bovenkerk

Experts emphasize impact of diverse children’s literature on empathy, tolerance as Scholastic reverses controversial decision

After a storm of backlash, Scholastic reversed its decision to allow school districts to omit books that deal with race, LGBTQ+, and other issues related to diversity from publisher’s book fairs. The children’s book publisher, in an Oct. 13 press release, announced the decision to create a special...

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Digital Illustration // Brad Bovenkerk
Acorn Image // College Board

Florida’s threats to AP Psychology should scare you—but don’t let them psych you out

Abby Ruebush, Editor-in-Chief
Nov 14, 2023

Ever wonder what high school courses Wednesday Addams or Miles Morales would take?  That’s the premise behind College Board’s new social media campaign. Amidst posts on financial aid and SAT practice problems, fictional characters are now the subject of an inquiry: What Advanced Placement...

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Fourteen-year-old Aiden Rothes life is full of secrets, and his sexuality is only the tip of the iceberg. While his high school wrestling team views gay and strong as mutually exclusive, Aiden is determined to prove them wrong in Joe Chianakass new young adult novel. // Promotional Image Courtesy of: Mad Cat Publishing

Local author pens LGBTQ+ teen novel: ‘Singlets and Secrets’

Before Joe Chianakas’ book signing at Bobzbay Oct. 28, the Peoria native discussed his most recent work with the Inkspot
Malachi McCool, Staff Writer
Nov 1, 2023

When Joe Chianakas, a Peoria native, set out to write “Singlets and Secrets, his newest work of fiction, he wanted to give teens struggling with their sexuality a “superhero” of sorts. When the author was growing up in the ’80s in Central Illinois, there was “the Karate Kid,” “Rocky”...

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In honor of Croctober the Inkspot investigates the Croc fashion phenomenon. 
Promotional Image // Crocs Inc.

Sole searching: Exploring the Crocs craze

The Inkspot investigates the footwear frenzy
Inkspot Staff
Oct 27, 2023

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Para-normal activity

Are Normal's halls haunted?
Avani Rai, Editor-in-Chief
Oct 26, 2023
Moaning Myrtle. Peeves the poltergeist. Nearly Headless Nick. While Community lacks the thousand year legacy of Hogwarts, the school has had its fair share of rumored spirit sightings. The Inkspot’s team of amateur ghost hunters set out to find the paranormal at Normal Community that, according to Gallup, 32% of Americans believe exist.
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Jaspers Java opens Oct. 14 at the corner of General Electric Rd. and Keaton Plaza in Bloomington.

Jasper’s Java serves coffee grounded in family

Abby Ruebush, Editor-in-Chief
Oct 13, 2023

Jasper’s Java isn’t the only coffee shop to call Bloomington-Normal home. It is, however, the only one committed to helping people and pets find homes of their own.  The business, which opens Oct. 14 following its one-week soft opening period, supports animal adoption through sales and human...

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Waiting Room Records, located in Uptown Normal, stocks new vinyl and buys and sells used vinyl, making it a popular among Communitys record enthusiasts.

Vinyl revival: Community’s vinyl enthusiasts on why records are spinning back into popularity

Kirsten Santana, Senior Staff Reporter
Oct 4, 2023

A tug on the sleeve. An adjustment of the arm. Millions are turning to the needle to feed their addiction. This is the vinyl revival. Vinyl records outsold CDs in the US for the first time in over 35 years, according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s annual revenue report. Climbing...

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