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Top 5 Quarterbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft

by Jake Lynch Quarterback is one of the most important positions across all sports. There are only a couple of quarterbacks in the NFL that can take over a team and win right away. Patrick Mahomes had a terrible wide receiver group all year with drops and fumbles at crucial ...

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Metallica: A Fan’s Reflection

by Erik Batkiewicz The preteen version of myself had no real idea of rock or metal. I was just listening to the Top 40 tracks on the radio back in 2014, but my world would soon be turned upside. My brother, Kyle, who’s 15 years older than me, grew up ...

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Bruner’s Beat: Can the Caitlin Clark Effect Permeate the WNBA?

by Evan Bruner   What is there to say about Caitlin Clark that hasn’t already been stated one thousand times over? She’s approaching a point where merely calling her a star is an understatement. She’s a supernova, her own entity, and a trailblazer who’s helped change how women’s athletics is covered. ...

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A Rollercoaster of a Time: Lively Reviews for Ride The Cyclone

by N Klepczarek The haunting North Central Theatre Department musical, Ride the Cyclone, enthralled students this semester and gathered significant reviews. After viewing the whimsical production myself, I interviewed three students about their experience visiting Uranium City’s carnival. To set you up with the background on what Ride the Cyclone ...

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Riot Fest Headliner Predictions

by Jesse Hudgins Festival season is upon us! Coachella just went down, Lollapalooza, Summerfest, and Sonic Temple have had lineup announcements, and Riot Fest typically announces their lineup in May with the single day lineups revealed in mid-June. Still, it’s never too early though to start the predictions for the ...

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Maggie Rogers Doesn’t Disappoint With Don’t Forget Me

by Olivia Rosenberg   On April 12, Maggie Rogers dropped her latest album, Don’t Forget Me. The 36-minute record is her shortest yet and was written in its entirety in only five days. The album is a balanced blend of indie pop, rock, and folk, with tight production and story-infused ...

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Joker: Folie A Deux Trailer Finally Debuts

by Jesse Hudgins   After years of anticipation and speculation on whether the movie would even be happening, the sequel to the 2019 movie Joker has gotten its first trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy8aJw1vYHo Dropping on April 9, the trailer gives us our first look at what to expect from what’s said to ...

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A Wish List for EA College Football 25

by Sam Fretto After an 11 year wait, we’re finally getting another college football video game from EA. With the last installment being NCAA Football 14, released July 9th, 2013, fans of sports video games have grown a love for the game and have been hoping for a revival of ...

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Over the Years: Twenty One Pilots

by Karla Damian Twenty One Pilots released two new singles, “Overcompensate” and “Next Semester,” which will be featured on their next full-length album, Clancy, set to come out on May 17. The two songs are different from each other, however, they still sound like “Twenty One Pilots.” But how did ...

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Calling All Local Bands and Musicians

Countless musicians and bands from the Chicagoland area have made an impact in the world of music, but none of them started off as famous. Everyone starts somewhere, and we’re here to help. WONC has a long-standing tradition of featuring music from the Chicagoland area, and we want you to ...

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by Erik BatkiewiczThe preteen version of myself had no real idea of rock or metal. I was just listening to the Top 40 tracks on the radio back in 2014, but my world would soon …

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by Jesse HudginsFestival season is upon us! Coachella just went down, Lollapalooza, Summerfest, and Sonic Temple have had lineup announcements, and Riot Fest typically announces their lineup in May with the single day lineups revealed …

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by Olivia Rosenberg On April 12, Maggie Rogers dropped her latest album, Don’t Forget Me. The 36-minute record is her shortest yet and was written in its entirety in only five days. The album is a …

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by Karla DamianTwenty One Pilots released two new singles, “Overcompensate” and “Next Semester,” which will be featured on their next full-length album, Clancy, set to come out on May 17. The two songs are different …

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by Chloe Kallberg After four months across the pond and on the road, Neck Deep’s second American tour came to a close in Chicago on February 25. Tucked into a tiny and expensive parking spot, my …

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WONC Sports


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by Jake LynchQuarterback is one of the most important positions across all sports. There are only a couple of quarterbacks in the NFL that can take over a team and win right away. Patrick Mahomes …

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by Evan Bruner What is there to say about Caitlin Clark that hasn’t already been stated one thousand times over? She’s approaching a point where merely calling her a star is an understatement. She’s a supernova, her …

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by Sam FrettoAfter an 11 year wait, we’re finally getting another college football video game from EA. With the last installment being NCAA Football 14, released July 9th, 2013, fans of sports video games have …

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by Jayden Lawrence The Atlanta Hawks secured a hard-fought victory over the Bulls in Chicago on Monday, and I was there to see it. Despite the absence of star player Trae Young, the Hawks have won …

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by Dylan GantzThe Cubs faced the Rockies on Monday in what was the much-anticipated Major League debut of Shōta Imanaga, the Japanese star who signed a 4-year, $53 million deal with the Cubs. The first …

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by Andy Jachim Following a hectic week of free agency and trades across the NFL, it’s time to settle in and fully prepare for the draft. This full-steam-ahead mentality excites every single fanbase. Regardless of the …

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Specialty Shows


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by Jesse HudginsThis year, we’ll be getting a new adaptation of The Crow, the first in 19 years. It’ll star Bill Skarsgard as Eric Draven (The Crow) as he takes revenge on the group that killed …

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by Chloe Kallberg After four months across the pond and on the road, Neck Deep’s second American tour came to a close in Chicago on February 25. Tucked into a tiny and expensive parking spot, my …

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by Jesse Hudgins For nearly 25 years, Sony has owned the rights to Spider-Man and the characters connected to him. In that time, we’ve had 11 films using the Spider-Man characters under the Sony banner, nine …

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by Jesse Hudgins and Evan Lindstedt It’s that time of the year for the movie industry. The Oscars have released their nominations for the best of the year 2023. While a lot of nominations aren’t surprising, …

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by Jesse Hudgins and Chloe Kallberg Alternage is approaching its third birthday, which means we've been closely following release schedules of our favorite punk, pop punk, emo, and alternative genres since we began college. Meshed with …

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Over the years there have been TV channels that have reigned supreme as those with the best original content. Whether it be AMC with Breaking Bad and Walking Dead or HBO with Game of Thrones …

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Reviews


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by N KlepczarekThe haunting North Central Theatre Department musical, Ride the Cyclone, enthralled students this semester and gathered significant reviews. After viewing the whimsical production myself, I interviewed three students about their experience visiting Uranium …

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by Jayden Lawrence Traveling is a beautiful thing. A new backdrop to life tends to relieve the stress that the world brings you, especially with just the right people, and with the right circumstances. Sankofa 2024 …

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by: Lola Furbee Ride the Cyclone recently donned the stage of Meiley-Swallow Theatre on the campus of North Central College. Directed by Claribel Gross and Jeremy Ohringer, with music direction by Kevin Disch, this musical served …

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by Jayden Lawrence 1619: The Journey of a People was a captivating experience hosted by a Chicago native group. This musical transcended entertainment by holding itself to a higher standard and ended up being an emotional …

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by Lola Furbee Shattered Noodle Scrapbook recently played on the campus of North Central College in Madden Theatre. It was the NCC Theatre Department’s collaboration with the Neo-Futurists Theatre Group from Chicago. Under the direction of …

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By: Sam Corbett Well, welcome BACK to The Crossroads! I know we’ve been away, and I have a lot to catch up with. First off, I found a new cohost. Zane has graduated on to greener …

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Alumni Spotlight


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Years at WONC : 2006-2009 In his time at WONC, Brian hosted one of the longer-running specialty shows, Precious Metal, with a number of people. He also spent time hosting Vintage Rock, and called baseball, softball, …

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Years at WONC: 1977-1981 In his time at WONC, Bob wore many hats. He was an on-air DJ, specialty show host, newscaster, and occasional color commentator for sports broadcasts. He also served as the News Director …

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Years at WONC: 2017-2021 In his time at WONC, Greg was a force in the WONC Sports Department. Starting as a color commentator for football, he soon took on the role of play-by-play for almost all …

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Years at WONC : 2014-2015 During her short stretch at WONC, Megann made the most of her time, hosting various DJ shifts, as well as frequently covering news, sports, and traffic reporting duties. She used her …

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Years at WONC: 2019-2022 Lucas began his time at WONC doing only newscasts and sports, but his involvement in the sports department was quite heavy. He called many baseball and softball games his first year, even …

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Years at WONC: 2002-2006 Originally from California, Matthew came across the country to attend NCC to be a part of WONC. In his time at the station, he spent a lot of time on the air, …

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Years at WONC: 2007-2009 Mallory spent her two years at WONC well, creating Feel Good Fridays with her future husband, Marc, and serving as the Public Affairs Director. Despite enjoying her time on the air, Mallory …

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