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Researchers study worldwide power of music

Aelsa Butler, IV Leader Staff Writer

February 8, 2016

Filed under A&E, Featured A&E, Featured Opinion, Music, Opinion

Finding interests that span all people groups across the world is not an easy task. Many nations have wildly divergent cultures, affecting everything from games to television programs. When a recreational activity sweeps across...

Adele solidifies her return with release of ‘25’

Aris Showers, Opinion Editor

January 28, 2016

Filed under A&E, Music

Soul singer Adele is back in the spotlight after a four-year hiatus with her brand new album “25.” The singer is breaking records on the Billboard charts and inspiring fans. The Billboard charts have steadily tracked Adele’s...

Out of this world

Brianna Brooks, IV Leader Columnist

January 28, 2016

Filed under A&E, Movies, Opinion

Taking place in a galaxy far, far away, we will take a look at the world’s newest blockbuster and continuation of everyone’s favorite space opera, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which came to theatres this December. The...

Ellie Goulding’s new album leaves fans delirious

Jessica Bursztynsky, IV Leader Associate Editor

December 3, 2015

Filed under A&E, Music

British singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding debuted her third studio album “Delirium” on Nov. 6, and has managed to successfully navigate a switch in genres. “Delirium” brings a shift in tone to Goulding’s music, with...

Theater group raises awareness, receives award

BRIANNA BROOKS, IV Leader Columnist

November 10, 2015

Filed under A&E, Theater

Stepping into the IVCC Cultural Center auditorium on Wednesday night, audience members were immediately ushered onto the stage where chairs had been set up for the audience making the production a much more personal affair....

‘Ruthless!’ Hilarity, macabre, backstage jokes enliven musical

Aelsa Butler, Culture Editor

November 10, 2015

Filed under A&E, News, Theater

To what lengths would an artist go for time in the spotlight? In IVCC’s fall production of “Ruthless! The Musical!”, a third-grader named Tina will stop at nothing – not even murder -- to get the lead role in her school...

Re-enactors bring Civil War to life in Channahon Farms

Matthew Phillips, IV Leader Staff Writer

November 6, 2015

Filed under A&E

On the weekend of Oct. 17 and 18, the Civil War came to Channahon in one of the most spectacular re-enactments the state of Illinois has to offer. Dollinger Family Farms hosted its 20th Civil War Re-enactment with more than...

‘Tales of Terror’ haunts the hallways of IVCC

Lindsey Choate, IV Leader Staff Writer

November 6, 2015

Filed under Theater

On Friday, Oct. 30, people of all ages filled IVCC’s Cultural Center for a night of spooky stories, chilling performances, and flashy musical numbers. “Tales of Terror,” performed by IVCC’s theater department, was...

In life and song, J. Cole tries to attain happiness

Caty Keene, IV Leader Columnist

November 6, 2015

Filed under Music

Editor’s Note: This article contains profanity. I stood in Tinley Park in a mass of other die-hard J.Cole fans, on a humid July night, for the 2015 Forest Hills Drive Tour. I had been to a couple concerts before, but J.Co...

5 Seconds of Summer begins to blaze its own trail

Maddi Loiselle, IV Leader Columnist

November 6, 2015

Filed under Music

5 Seconds of Summer, more commonly known as 5SOS (or the band that toured with One Direction), have certainly shown the world that they deserve a spot in the music business. Their debut album graced the No.1 slot on the Billboard...

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