All for one
Soggy graduation caps? No problem
Cap? Check. Gown? Check. Rain? Check.
When Naperville North seniors filed into Huskie Stadium for the 38th commencement ceremony last week, they didn’t anticipate they would be quickly rushing out, this time wearing soggy caps and gowns.
After more than an inch of rain dumped on the Naperville graduation ceremony, many students found themselves unable to wear their caps for the graduation that was rescheduled for Wednesday.
North issued this message to students:
“We encourage students with wet gowns not to launder them, especially not to put them in a clothes dryer (as) they will fall apart. We recommend that students pile books on their mortar boards to flatten them as they dry out. Unfortunately, we do not have replacement gowns or mortar board hats.”
In the end, they made a decision. It was all for one, one for all.
“We asked students not to wear their mortar board hats because we wanted to achieve some equity of experience for all the graduates, and a number of them had ruined hats from Tuesday evening,” Principal Kevin Pobst said. “Almost all students walked in without hats on.”
Students instead carried their caps so they could still toss them in the air at the culmination of the ceremony.
Now that’s a class with class.
That’s a wrap
Chef surpasses ‘Dancing’ expectations
French Cakes Patisserie owner Cristine Patolot has created masterpieces before. But on May 20, she out-did even herself with more than 500 cupcakes designed like the “Dancing With The Stars” dance floor and audience.
She had the distinction of being the sole pastry chef for the season 18 official wrap party at Riviera 31 of the Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. She flew to Los Angeles the Sunday before the season finale, leaving two days to prepare.
The main section of the dessert consisted of 200 cupcakes, each topped with a square of chocolate. When placed side by side, they created a large dance floor. Three tiers of elaborately designed cupcakes formed the “audience,” and a round cake decorated like the iconic mirror ball trophy was set in the center.
“I thoroughly enjoyed every minute,” the Plainfield chef said. “Knowing that the guests were accustomed to fine cuisine and pastry, it was important to focus on flavor, texture and visual flair.”
Patolot was in impressive company, as the other eight celebrity chefs were from “Top Chef” and “Master Chef.” The result was an event described by attendees as “epic, amazing, and over the top,” even by Hollywood standards. The food bill alone was $70,000 for the event.
Celebrity guests included show host Tom Bergeron, Drew Carey, Cheryl Burke and Karina Smirnoff.
The celebrities gushed about the cupcakes and wanted to be photographed eating them.
“Judging by the wonderful compliments, I’d say it was a huge success,” Patolot said.
French Cakes Patisserie is a classic Parisian-style bakery at 12337 S. Route 59, Plainfield.
For Ella: ‘One bedroom at a time’
When Special Spaces Chicagoland surprised 3-year-old Ella Casten with a room makeover this week, it was truly a community effort.
Ella was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy shortly after her first birthday, and her parents recently moved to a Naperville home that can accommodate her growing medical needs.
“All of the room makeovers feel special, but this one holds a special space in my heart since it is all wrapped in Naperville,” said Kelly Knox, director of Special Spaces Chicagoland.
Special Spaces creates dream bedrooms for children who have life-threatening medical conditions. Since 2012, the nonprofit organization has completed 20 makeovers for area kids.
Knox said to help complete the makeovers, Special Spaces depends on corporate donations from local businesses, groups and even other foundations. Continental Motors of Naperville stepped up to sponsor Ella’s room, and all of the vendors and volunteers share a local connection as well.
“All of our vendors who tirelessly donate their time and services are from the Naperville-Aurora area,” said Knox, of Naperville. “For all of us, it feels extra special to be able to change a child’s life, one bedroom at a time, right here in our backyard.”
To learn more about the organization, visit www.specialspaceschicagoland.org.
Brandon Marshall ride for mental health
More than 200 motorcycle riders took part in the Brandon Marshall Mental Health Awareness Ride on May 31.
The ride of more than 50 miles began at the Linden Oaks Outpatient Center, 1335 N. Mill St. in Naperville, went through Aurora, Oswego and Yorkville, and ended at the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership in Ottawa, where activities included entertainment, a cookout, raffles and prizes.
The event was presented by The Brandon Marshall Foundation, Starved Rock Harley-Davidson and Linden Oaks at Edward.
Marshall, NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Chicago Bears, was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2010. He and wife Michi co-founded The Brandon Marshall Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to end the stigma associated with mental illness, advocate for unprecedented awareness, connect those suffering to the resources they need and paint the world lime green (the official color for mental health awareness).
For more information about or to make a donation to The Brandon Marshall Foundation, visit www.thebrandonmarshall.com/foundation.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate at NCC
The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, made only one stop in the U.S., and it was at North Central College. On Tuesday evening, she spoke at Wentz Concert Hall about her experiences as a journalist, politician and about human rights.
“We’ve been working for months to bring Ms. Karman to campus to speak,” says John Shindler, professor of English and director of international programs at North Central College. “Her visit is the culmination of North Central College’s three-year international focus on global human rights. We’re delighted and honored to have her as our guest.”
Bold and outspoken, Karman was a leading figure in the revolution in Yemen during the Arab Spring and has been imprisoned on a number of occasions for her pro-democracy, pro-human rights protests. Among Yemen’s youth movement, she is known as the “Mother of the Revolution,” “The Iron Woman,” and more recently, “The Lady of the Arab Spring.”
A senior member of the Al-Islah political party, she is founder and president of Women Journalists without Chains, which advocates for rights and freedoms and provides media skills to journalists.
During part of her lecture, Karman was joined by Yemen native and North Central College student Mustafa Alnaqeb for a question-and answer-session. The free event was hosted by North Central’s office of international programs and leadership, ethics and values program.Tags: pulse