The SpongeBob Musical: It’s Not Guys in Big Foam Costumes

By Jazmine Chartrand



The SpongeBob Musical…I know what you’re thinking.  It’s going to be a lame musical for kids where the people on stage are wearing silly, bulky costumes made out of foam.



It’s something totally new. You’re immersed in a Bikini Bottom made of found objects that might sink to the bottom of the ocean- blue pool noodles, beach balls, pipes & tubes, tires, food cans, kiddie pools, hula-hoops, and garlands of flip flops. The characters themselves are just people dressed in normal clothes with special tweaks to make their characters come to life. There’s so many things about this musical that make it different.

They bring everything you expect.

That one fish that always shouts, “My leg!” in the show? He’s there. That French narrator dude? He’s there too. Sandy makes random similes about life. They do karate (or care-rah-tay). There’s jokes for adults and kids alike. The creators of the musical tried to jam-pack this thing with the details that make the TV show worthwhile. SPOILER ALERT: A certain number one fan of SpongeBob‘s is there to see the musical as well.

The music is unique.

The whole score is basically one big collaborative love letter to SpongeBob by renowned musical artists like Aerosmith, Panic! At The Disco, Cyndi Lauper, and John Legend to name a few. There’s even a song by David Bowie. The musical includes a bunch of different styles and genres of music just like the TV show.  And to set the mood while your finding your seat, the musical includes quirky little tunes on bongo drums and kazoos.

It’s fun!

Yes! Really! It’s fun to watch, cheer, and kinda participate in the show. It’s like you’re inside Bikini Bottom with them instead of watching it on a screen. You can’t help but smile when Patrick and SpongeBob sing a song about being BFFs or when men in pink flapper costumes dance across the stage. The show pushes the theme to find the best in all situations, even the bad ones, and to stick with your friends when they need you the most. The show’s co-creator and director, Tina Landau, says, “SpongeBob is a presence and a spirit that is here to say ‘Lets have the best day ever'” and the show truly gives you that.

spongebob 2I recommend this musical to both children and adults alike.

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Chance The Rapper Showed Love to Chicago


By Abby Nelson

It is no secret that Chance The Rapper is from Chicago. He uses every opportunity to let the world know where he is from. His nickname is even Lil Chano from 79th.

I first learned about Chance when I moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College. His mixtape, ‘Acid Rap’ was just beginning to get recognition and my freshmen year came to a close after seeing Chance headline Manifest, Columbia’s urban arts festival.

Here is Chance performing one of the hit songs from ‘Acid Rap’ at Manifest 2013:

This Friday, is my last day as a student at Columbia College and the same date of Manifest 2016, so it’s only right that Chance The Rapper is releasing his third mixtape, ‘Chance 3’ on the same day, May 13th. Fans have eagerly waited for this mixtape especially after seeing Chance perform on SNL, The Stephen Colbert Show and learning that it’s Chance that co-wrote not one, but five songs on Kanye West’s latest album.  These accomplishments are huge for the 22 year-old independent, unsigned artist.

One thing that I love about Chance, is his love for his fans and for the city. The campaign behind ‘Chance 3’ is that you can order posters much like the album cover on the far right and post it around your city.


You then post the image on a social media site with the hashtag, #Chance3 and #Nameofyourcity and you can win a chance to meet Chance the next time he is in your town!

In the music video for his latest single, ‘Angels’, Chance flies high over the Chicago skyline and rides on top of the el. When I first saw the video, I immediately wondered, ‘Did he really ride on top of the train?’ The answer is yes, he sure did. All while rocking a Chicago White Sox hat. The video closes out with him and featured artist, Saba dancing on the corner of LaSalle and Adams.

Check out the video for yourself:

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The Ruining of the Bulls

By Tom Okkema


Over the weekend the Chicago Bulls were officially eliminated from playoff contention. This will be the first time the Bulls will miss the playoffs since 2008. Due to the ineptitude of the front office and certain players the Bulls have turned a perennial championship contender into a .500 team at best.

This leaves us wondering who do the Bulls need to eliminate?

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