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Most memorable moments from the NBA Celebrity Game

By Jourdan Kerl and Brianna Williams
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES – The 2018 NBA Celebrity Game pit some of the most recognizable names against one another for bragging rights and a possible MVP selection by fan vote. Late additions Justin Bieber and Quavo of the rap group Migos would play for Team Lakers and Team Clippers, respectively, and they proved to be the main attractions for the event.

“If we was on the same team, we would’ve been the greatest 1-2 punch ever,” Quavo said.

While the two would not play together in this All-Star event, other individual moments throughout the competitive game became equally as memorable for attendees as their guest appearances. In the end for many of the players, the goal was to raise money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which received $20,000 from Ruffles at the event.

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Enjoying the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend on a budget

By Jourdan Kerl
Medill Reports

The price of Sunday night’s NBA All-Star game tickets rose to an average of $1,900 per seat but it did not stop thousands of fans from traveling across the globe to see the league’s top talent, even if they would not be seated in Staples Center.

Instead, they were in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, enjoying a budget All-Star experience.

Attendees could see the NBA on TNT Road Show and the NBA Crossover, both of which headlined the fan experiences at All-Star weekend. Diehard basketball fans and tourists will find similar activities to enjoy at future All-Star weekend sites, like Charlotte in 2019 and Chicago in 2020.
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Composing music for mummies

By Jourdan Kerl
Medill Reports

Each ancient portraits’ piercing gaze leaps from the shadows of the gray walls, lending an ambience of an abyss at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.

The exhibit “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt.” features portraits painted to be placed over the faces of  wrapped mummies.

The soft music playing through the space adds to the meditative mood.  “Respectful,” yet “minimalist” could describe the melody surrounding these expressions.

Thomas Molash drew inspiration from these two words to compose the ambient soundtrack “Abyss” for the portrait exhibit.

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Frosty Faustings’ 10th anniversary celebrates Chicago’s esports community

By Jourdan Kerl
Medill Reports

The first bell sounded, launching furious fighters into battle. “Round one. Fight!” Mission: to defeat the opponent, to climb through the brackets and win  a new championship title in Chicago-area esports.

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