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Meet Jesus Coll, one of the first college students in the U.S. to receive an athletic scholarship for esports

By Daniel Comer
Medill Reports

The next big thing in college athletics is simmering beneath the city streets of downtown Chicago, tucked away in a basement full of computer science majors whose sweaty palms and beady eyes indicate they’ve been battling for hours.

Athletes or not, this team of Robert Morris University (RMU) esports players is poised to challenge conventional thought and shake up the future of college athletics, one scholarship “athlete” at a time.

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The Second City: A comedic journey through Chicago

By Daniel Comer
Medill Reports

Chicago has long been known for its bustling comedy culture. In this newscast, we take you on a behind-the-scenes journey through the city, stopping at classic comedy venues where comedy stars of past and present are born.

Photo at top: Mural at The Second City Training Center depicting some of the theater’s famous alumni in comedy. (Daniel Comer/MEDILL)

Catching Up with All-Star Weekend’s Mascot Babysitter

By Daniel Comer
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES – Several recognizable team mascots have entertained spectators throughout NBA All-Star Weekend, but who is the middle-aged man wearing 10 credentials and chasing them from event to event?

That would be Dominic Davila, 46, who is known in NBA circles as the mascot babysitter this weekend, a designation that doesn’t veer far from his official title of “mascot coordinator” with the Houston Rockets.

“The most difficult part about my job is getting grown men dressed,” Davila said. “It’s like dealing with a bunch of big babies on a candy rush.”

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