The faculty founder of the Northern Illinois University steel band, Professor G. Allan O'Connor, has crossed the final summit. It has been a difficult year for the band and its friends, as musician and pan-pounder extraordinaire Cliff Alexis left us earlier this spring. The band dedicated its spring concert to Mr Alexis. The university's honors to Mr O'Connor will take place in August. "A memorial visitation will be held Friday, August 2, at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb from 4-6 p.m., and a musical celebration of his life will be held Saturday, August 3, at 3 p.m. in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building on the NIU main campus." RIP.