Jennifer Gonzalez | Multimedia Photojournalist - D.J Kennedy is an eccentric man. He drives around Chester in the “Art Car” and can often be heard by many Chester residents playing one of his many trombones late at night. “I became an artist in 1973 – and I’ve starved ever since,” Kennedy jokes. Kennedy has been playing trombone since he was in the fifth grade. Kennedy owns six houses in Chester, IL and each has it’s own personality. Some include “The Art House,” “The Trombone House,” “The Garage,” and “The Guest House.” He’s named them appropriately for “The Trombone House” is the setting for his shop, Chester Hill Studios. Kennedy beats to his own drum. “I know I’m different, but who cares – not me!”
D.J Kennedy is an eccentric man. He drives around Chester in the “Art Car” and can often be heard by many Chester residents playing one of his many trombones late at night. “I became an artist in 1973 – and I’ve starved ever since,” Kennedy jokes. Kennedy has been playing trombone since he was in the fifth grade. Kennedy owns six houses in Chester, IL and each has it’s own personality. Some include “The Art House,” “The Trombone House,” “The Garage,” and “The Guest House.” He’s named them appropriately for “The Trombone House” is the setting for his shop, Chester Hill Studios. Kennedy beats to his own drum. “I know I’m different, but who cares – not me!”
- Jennifer Gonzalez | Multimedia Photojournalist - Egon Kamarasy poses for a portrait in his Carbondale home Monday. Kamarasy, a former political science professor at SIU and veteran of the Royal Hungarian Army, recently published a memoir. “The more the world changes, the more it will be the same,” Kamarasy said of recording his 95 years of life.
Egon Kamarasy poses for a portrait in his Carbondale home Monday. Kamarasy, a former political science professor at SIU and veteran of the Royal Hungarian Army, recently published a memoir. “The more the world changes, the more it will be the same,” Kamarasy said of recording his 95 years of life.
- Jennifer Gonzalez | Multimedia Photojournalist - Blanche DuBois prepares backstage before hosting the bi-annual campus Drag Show at Southern Illinois University, Saturday at the Student Center.. DuBois has been performing around Southern Illinois for years and has the title of Miss Gay Cover Girl USofA 2009.
Blanche DuBois prepares backstage before hosting the bi-annual campus Drag Show at Southern Illinois University, Saturday at the Student Center.. DuBois has been performing around Southern Illinois for years and has the title of Miss Gay Cover Girl USofA 2009.
- Jennifer Gonzalez | Multimedia Photojournalist - Melanie Schutte has been playing saxophone since she was in fourth grade and hopes to become a music teacher and pass on her knowledge and love for music. “I want kids to feel the way I have about playing music,” Schutte said. Schutte is in her final semester at Southern Illinois University’s Music Education program. She is preparing to begin her student teaching where she will observe an accredited teacher and create lesson plans for daily class structure. Schutte will perform her final senior recital on November 17, where she will be performing works by Amy Quate, Richard Strauss, Pierre Max Dubois, and Rudy Weidoft.
Melanie Schutte has been playing saxophone since she was in fourth grade and hopes to become a music teacher and pass on her knowledge and love for music. “I want kids to feel the way I have about playing music,” Schutte said. Schutte is in her final semester at Southern Illinois University’s Music Education program. She is preparing to begin her student teaching where she will observe an accredited teacher and create lesson plans for daily class structure. Schutte will perform her final senior recital on November 17, where she will be performing works by Amy Quate, Richard Strauss, Pierre Max Dubois, and Rudy Weidoft.
- Jennifer Gonzalez | Multimedia Photojournalist - Roberta Harper, Chester, Illinois, 2012
Roberta Harper, Chester, Illinois, 2012
- Jennifer Gonzalez | Multimedia Photojournalist - Junior Jonny Rigby plays singles in the number one spot for SIU men’s tennis team. Rigby has won his past four singles matches and past three doubles matches with partner Michal Kianicka. Rigby and Kianicka won the 2013 MVC Individuals Doubles Championship, the first double title in 23 years for SIU. “I was really shocked to win the doubles, to be honest,” Rigby says. “It was a great moment.”
Junior Jonny Rigby plays singles in the number one spot for SIU men’s tennis team. Rigby has won his past four singles matches and past three doubles matches with partner Michal Kianicka. Rigby and Kianicka won the 2013 MVC Individuals Doubles Championship, the first double title in 23 years for SIU. “I was really shocked to win the doubles, to be honest,” Rigby says. “It was a great moment.”
- Jennifer Gonzalez | Multimedia Photojournalist - Fisherman, Koshi River, India, 2013
Fisherman, Koshi River, India, 2013
- Jennifer Gonzalez | Multimedia Photojournalist - Steve Matzker in the mountainous village of Tribeni, Nepal. Matzker received a grant from the Pulitzer Center in Crisis Reporting to document water rights in southeastern Nepal
Steve Matzker in the mountainous village of Tribeni, Nepal. Matzker received a grant from the Pulitzer Center in Crisis Reporting to document water rights in southeastern Nepal
- Jennifer Gonzalez | Multimedia Photojournalist - Sam Means, the Chief Audio Engineer at WSIU Studio A, SIUC, recently placed 10th in the National Hearst Journalism Awards Program for documenting the oldest African American barbershop in southern Illinois.
Sam Means, the Chief Audio Engineer at WSIU Studio A, SIUC, recently placed 10th in the National Hearst Journalism Awards Program for documenting the oldest African American barbershop in southern Illinois.
- Jennifer Gonzalez | Multimedia Photojournalist - Robert James is currently a senior at Chester High School and hopes to compete in Olympic weight lifting at the 2020 games. “I’m [going to] make it there - I don’t care how hard it is,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez is currently the top weight lifter at his school and competes in county and state weight lifting competitions. “After high school I’m going to move to Florida and try and train at the Olympic training facility they have there,” Gonzalez said.
Robert James is currently a senior at Chester High School and hopes to compete in Olympic weight lifting at the 2020 games. “I’m [going to] make it there - I don’t care how hard it is,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez is currently the top weight lifter at his school and competes in county and state weight lifting competitions. “After high school I’m going to move to Florida and try and train at the Olympic training facility they have there,” Gonzalez said.
- Jennifer Gonzalez | Multimedia Photojournalist - Jessica Nellessen, 20, poses with her alto-saxophone. Nellessen is currently studying Music Performance and Music Business at SIUC and says her life revolves around music. “I practice all the time!” Nellessen said. “I practice 365 days a year, unless I’m unbelievably sick.” Nellessen participates in a number of ensembles including the Jazz Combo and Wind Ensemble. “I love music,” Nellessen said. “It’s definitely the reason for why I’m where I am today - Music is for me.”
Jessica Nellessen, 20, poses with her alto-saxophone. Nellessen is currently studying Music Performance and Music Business at SIUC and says her life revolves around music. “I practice all the time!” Nellessen said. “I practice 365 days a year, unless I’m unbelievably sick.” Nellessen participates in a number of ensembles including the Jazz Combo and Wind Ensemble. “I love music,” Nellessen said. “It’s definitely the reason for why I’m where I am today - Music is for me.”
- Jennifer Gonzalez | Multimedia Photojournalist - Kristine Graybar has been preparing for her graduate clarinet recital for the past year. Graybar has been playing clarinet since she was in fifth grade. She also plays the alto saxophone, piano, bass clarinet, and flute, in addition to studying conducting.
Kristine Graybar has been preparing for her graduate clarinet recital for the past year. Graybar has been playing clarinet since she was in fifth grade. She also plays the alto saxophone, piano, bass clarinet, and flute, in addition to studying conducting.
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