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Bradley Hilltopics

Winter 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 1  



Hallmark Hall of Fame presents grad’s story

Left, Brad Cohen at Bradley basketball game, right Jimmy Wolk portraying Cohen in movie

CBS and Hallmark Hall of Fame aired Front of the Class — the made-for-TV movie about BRAD COHEN ’96 and his life with Tourette syndrome — on December 7. Cohen, shown second from right at a basketball game during his junior year, said he was impressed with the channel’s interest in maintaining the authenticity of the story. At right, actor Jimmy Wolk is shown portraying Cohen. Visit for more about the production and Cohen, a Georgia teacher.


Aaron Schock at rally

Youngest in Congress

AARON SCHOCK ’02 followed in the footsteps of BOB MICHEL ’48 HON ’81 and RAY LaHOOD ’71 when he was elected to fill the same seat in the United States House of Representatives for the 18th Congressional District in the November election. Schock has also served as president of the Peoria District 150 School Board, as a representative in the Illinois General Assembly, and at the age of 27, will be the youngest member of Congress when he is sworn in January 6. Look for more on Schock, as well as Michel and LaHood, in the Spring 2009 issue of Bradley Hilltopics.


Entertainment with an alcohol-free twist

The inaugural Late Night BU, an event created as part of Bradley’s Comprehensive Alcohol Action Plan, drew more than 1,000 students to the Markin Center on Halloween night. Alexander’s Steakhouse sponsored the event and provided food while students participated in activities including a dodge ball tournament, costume contest, pumpkin painting, mummy wrapping, tarot card readings, and jumping on a Velcro wall.

Lydia’s Lounge, which opened in University Hall in early 2008, also provides students with a late-night, alcohol-free social environment. Comedians and bands have played Lydia’s Lounge, which is open Friday to Sunday but available throughout the week for relaxing, studying, or watching TV. Numerous events, including a voter registration day, have been hosted at Lydia’s Lounge.