For immigrants, cultural values infuse the food at Thanksgiving

By Jenny Zhang

(Additional reporting by Ashesha Mehrotra, Shanshan Wang and Yunfei Zhao)

While families across the U.S. grapple with the usual culinary concerns – to brine or not to brine? Stuffing or dressing? Rolls or biscuits? – in preparation for Thanksgiving, a whole other slew of questions can be asked of American immigrant households celebrating the holiday tomorrow.

Is the turkey served before or after the lasagna?

How sweet should the baklava be?

Does turkey pair better with glutinous rice or hot pot?

When should the yogurt sauce be taken out of the fridge?

Regardless of the answers to those questions, the decisions that families with immigrant backgrounds make when it comes to America’s favorite feast day reveal some of the cultural values that these households assign to daily life and special occasions in the U.S.

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Chicago Wolves: The farm team that reaps what it sows

By Nick Zazulia

Any sports team wants to win, but when you are a minor league team with a developmental deal to season prospects for another team, that can’t be your only priority.

Can it?

According to Wendell Young, the general manager of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves, who are in their third year of such a partnership with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, it pretty much is.

“It starts up top with ownership (team founders Don Levin and Buddy Meyers). They demand winning and give us what we need to do that,” Young said. “We finished third one year, I get told that’s not a good year.”

That may be why the Wolves have never had a losing season since they were founded as an International Hockey League team in 1994.

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Because terrorism has no religion: Chicago pays tribute to terror victims

By Nikita Mandhani

The flickering flames of candles and the feeling of unity among people of diverse races and faiths created an atmosphere of radiance at the Candlelight Vigil for Humanity at the Tribune Tower Wednesday evening.

Saba Uddin and Fatimah Ayyeh organized the vigil in conjunction with Chicago non-profit organizations to pay respect to the innocent people who lost their lives in recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, Syria, Palestine and several other regions. Continue reading

Protest erupts at NU groundbreaking ceremony

By Haydee Clotter

Hundreds of Northwestern University students crashed the groundbreaking ceremony for NU’s athletic center this month, protesting that they didn’t understand how NU could build a multimillion dollar facility when there isn’t enough office space on campus to house organizations that cater to minorities.

The protestors showed their solidarity with University of Missouri students over recent incidents aimed at African-American students.

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Brother Rice’s all-star alum hopes to follow in coach’s footsteps

By Brooke Rayford

The first attempt to bring back a star alumnus was unsuccessful. For two seasons, Rick Harrigan led Brother Rice’s boys’ basketball team after longtime coach Pat Richardson retired. The Crusaders are taking another shot at a former standout with Bobby Frasor as the new coach.

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