Art exhibit presents an alternate view of gendered work

By Melissa Rohman

Until December 15, the O’Connor Art Gallery will be exhibiting the artwork of Chicago artists Jerry Bleem, Brent Fogt, and Jonathan Rockford in a collaborative exhibit entitled Men’s Work: Three Crocheted Perspectives.

The gallery description reads, “Though textile processes are sometimes oversimplified as feminine pursuits, the three featured artists utilize the technique of crochet. Their production reminds us of men’s place in fiber history and that a gendered understanding of that history is only part of the story.”

Jerry Bleem, one of the artists and the co-curator of the exhibit, said, “We don’t remember that history as strongly as we should.” Angela Bryant, Director of Exhibitions and a former art student of Bleem, agreed that they needed to do a parallel kind of exhibition about how fiber processes affects men’s work as much as women’s work. Bleem said: “Collaboration is benefitted through different mediums. What ties it together is the technique of crocheting.”

Jerry Bleem is an artist, writer, professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Franciscan friar and a Catholic priest. He has examined the cultural construction of meaning by looking at what we discard and by transforming the nonprecious through time-intensive accumulation. Some of his work in the exhibit feature crocheted flowers and plastic bags.

Raised in Texas, Brent Fogt is now a Chicago-based artist. He creates intricate drawings and installations that reference plants, maps and microscopic organisms. His work is impossible to ignore as it hangs boldly from the gallery ceiling.

Chicago artist Jonathan Rockford’s focus was developed through his study of fine art, fibers, sculpture, art and technology and art history. His crocheted ceramics pieces consist of crochet fiber dipped in clay slip and crocheted VHS tapes, to name a few.

Ideas of irony, nationalism and symbolism are represented in this exhibit. Bleem supports this variety of ideas being represented together in a university exhibit, stating, “The best thing we can hope for in college is new ways of thinking for ourselves.”

The purpose of the exhibit is as innovative as the artwork itself. Bleem, Fogt and Rockford want visitors to look at ordinary materials that are assembled with traditional hand processes. Bleem said, “We want people to think about things in new, fresh ways.”

Priory campus plans focus on students and administration

By Cory Lesniak

The School of Education is on the move again. After relocating to Parmer Hall from Lewis Hall last year the department is now moving to the Priory campus as part of a targeted $2 million plan to increase the smaller campus’s identity and maximize the use of space.

The 15 plus faculty and staff members of the Priory Visioning Committee (PVC) are tasked with creating a plan for the Priory campus that creates a strong, student-centered identity, maximizes campus space, develops a mix of programs and creates sufficient occupation by students, faculty and staff. The members considered a range of scenarios for utilizing the Priory campus. Member Jill Albin-Hill, vice president of Information Technology, said, “Suggestions such as creating a campus of administrative offices…. or creating a campus focused on the arts were rejected early in deliberations as they struggled to meet the above goals for the Priory.”

Scenarios that did receive extensive consideration included the development of the Priory campus as a graduate center, relocating the School of Education to the Priory campus, where it would operate alongside the Graduate School of Social Work, and moving existing and emerging health science departments to the Priory campus.

Albin-Hill said: “After considerable deliberation the committee is now focusing its efforts on proposing the creation of a School of Education, Health and Human Services (EHHS). These three units have a number of synergies already, for example, the School of Education and the Graduate School of Social Work share the preparation of school social workers.”

EHHS is designed to align synergies and possibly reduce redundancy on administrative support by combining offices, faculty and staff. This move would mean more students may have to take the trip to the Priory campus for class.

The full proposal goes to the Board of Trustees for approval this spring and renovations and moves will run from May 2015 to August 2016. The final project is scheduled for completion by September 2016. 


Dominican MBA student charged with murder

By Sarah Tinoco

A Dominican University MBA student has been charged with first degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and mayhem after allegedly attacking and killing his wife with a hatchet.

Cristian Loga-Negru, 38 of Arlington Heights, Ill., attacked his wife, Roxana Abrudan 36, around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 after tracking her down at a friend’s house in Mount Pleasant, Wisc.

Abrudan had been hiding at the friend’s house in Racine Country for almost a month, seeking protection from Loga-Negru.

After waiting for Abrudan outside the house, Loga-Negru allegedly attacked the woman with a hatchet, striking her head, face and body. Loga-Negru then dragged Abrudan across the front lawn, placed her in his car and drove off, police said.

Within minutes, police received a call about an injured woman at a nearby Super 8 motel. Police found Abrudan in the back seat of Loga-Negru’s car, laboriously breathing and covered in blood with severe gashes to her head, body and her right hand sliced down the middle. Loga-Negru was standing nearby outside the motel with a gash to his left kneecap and his clothes soaked in blood. According to police, when they found Loga-Negru, he requested the death penalty immediately.

Abrudan was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee where she was pronounced dead around 10 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
His father had been waiting in the room at the Super 8 motel. Loga-Negru had told his father he would be back in an hour. When he returned and his father saw him covered in blood, he asked what happened. Loga-Negru replied, “I killed Roxana.”

Police found a Romanian passport and Romanian ID cards in the motel room, as well as a receipt from a gun shop in Caledonia, Wisc. from Nov. 18, showing that Loga-Negru attempted to purchase a .40 caliber pistol but did not obtain possession of the firearm.

Arlington Heights police said they were familiar with Loga-Negru and Abrudan, having visited the couple’s residence several times in the past few months since their July 14 wedding. Police said Loga-Negru began abusing Abrudan only about a month into their marriage.

On Nov. 3, Abrudan filed an order of protection against Loga-Negru. A court hearing for the couple was scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24.
Racine County District Attorney Richard Chiapete said the homicide was especially tragic because Abrudan did everything she should have done in an ongoing situation of domestic violence.

In court, Chiapete said: “She reported domestic violence…she had a restraining order in the state of Illinois, she fled the state of Illinois, and she hid from him. [Loga-Negru] clearly had intent to do what he did.”

According to Ukrainian news reports, Loga-Negru and Abrudan were both from the same area of Translvania, Romania.

Cook County court records revealed that prior to Loga-Negru and Abrudan’s July wedding, Loga-Negru had finalized his second divorce in April from a woman he had married in 2010. Records showed that prior to Loga-Negru’s 2010 marriage that same year, he finalized his first divorce. Court records also showed that Abrudan had finalized a previous divorce in January.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Loga-Negru is the president of his company Monetarial LLC., a financial services company.

Loga-Negru has been an MBA student at Dominican since 2012 and was expected to complete his masters in finance in 2015. He has since been suspended from the school pending the outcome of a conduct hearing. Faculty of the Brennan School of Business declined comment.

Loga-Negru is being held without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court for a competency hearing on December 11 in Racine County, Wisc.

Despite Quinn loss, DU hopeful on grants

By Emily Lapinsky

Republican Bruce Rauner can finally rest after one of the closest and costliest elections in the state of Illinois ended last week. In December Rauner, who won the election for Illinois governor last Wednesday by a five percent margin, will supersede Governor Pat Quinn.

The election, which took place just a week after Gov. Quinn’s visit to Dominican, proved to be unfavorable and Quinn did not concede until the day after the results.

President Donna Carroll said: “It was such a close race. I went to bed not knowing but I thought Quinn handled it well. Imputed voting is a strong initiative so it was right of him to wait for all the votes. He was definitely dignified in his disappointment.”

Student Government Association president Cutberto Aguayo said the win had a lot to do with decreased voting: “Rauner owes his win as much to the citizens that actually voted for him as to those individuals who failed to take their voice to the polls. Voting was down in Chicago by seven percent. When professors asked who was going to vote or who voted, I was between two or three raising my hand in a class of 30. It is ironic those who are most affected by political decisions, such as students, minorities and the poor, are not performing their even their most basic civic duties.”

Gov. Quinn grew up nearby Hinsdale, Ill. and went to Fenwick High School in Oak Park, so it was natural that he developed a strong relationship with Dominican.

President Carroll hopes to create an equally positive partnership with Rauner. Carroll said: “The level of affinity is not there now but I look forward to building a new relationship with him. We have to take a deep breath and see how his statements on higher education become directions he may take. He seems conciliatory and I believe that his commitment to education is authentic because his spouse works within the education system.”

Rauner’s election has the potential to affect the actualization of the grants given by Gov. Quinn. However, President Carroll remains optimistic that Rauner will deliver the funds as promised by Gov. Quinn. “It’s not done till it’s done but I am hopeful,” said Carroll. “Both grants are well in process and I am cautiously confident that all will go as planned. In government transitions, new folks tend to respect former decisions. His priorities may be different but he seems extremely open through dialogue.”

Aguayo thinks not much will change because Democrats still have majority in the Illinois House and Senate and vetoes can be overridden. Aguayo said: “With the change in governor, I think we might see less grants and other things that were so prominently given to institutions around the area. Rauner is not from around the area and Quinn had deep ties to the area.”

Republicans on campus are ready for change and have been anticipating this moment. Junior Chance Emlund, who worked for the Rauner campaign said: As someone who volunteered for the Rauner campaign, I am extremely happy with the outcome of the election. I worked countless hours making phone calls, doing voter reach out and even got the opportunity to shake Bruce’s hand so I am glad that it paid off in the long run. I am excited to see what he can do for this state in areas such as pension, education and corruption.”