Anger erupts over “comfort women” settlement between Japan and South Korea

By Jenny Lee and Jenny G. Zhang Min-Ah Cho feels like the last 20 years have been wasted. Cho visited Chicago for a demonstration last Wednesday to protest a recent settlement reached by the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea to end the two countries’ long-standing dispute over Japan’s sexual enslavement of thousands of […]

Grassroots organization hosts legal workshops to prevent expected deportations

Emma Lozano

By Hannah Rank As families filed into the chilly main auditorium of Pilsen’s Lincoln United Methodist Church last Saturday afternoon, signs reading “Holy Ground,” and “ICE Free Zone” lined the walls next to the pews. “They’re frightened,” Reverend Emma Lozano, founder of Centro Sin Fronteras, said. “A lot of people didn’t want to come today […]

City lawmakers join local activists to prevent immigration raids


By Jay Bouchard Chicago activists and city politicians are responding to the federal government’s increased deportation efforts by organizing community awareness campaigns and filing resolutions condemning raids on undocumented families. Several Chicago-area immigration rights organizations have hosted workshops and led door-knocking campaigns in an effort to educate undocumented immigrants about their rights in the instance […]

How Muslims in the U.S. Follow the Islamic Financial System

Devon Bank

By Nikita Mandhani At the entrance of the Devon Bank in Chicago is a small pathway with a billboard that includes “Faith-Based Financing” as one of its options to direct customers toward Islamic alternatives for buying a home. The Islamic financial system, which is based on the principle of interest-free transactions, risk-sharing partnerships and altruistic […]

A phone app that tells Muslims what to eat

By Nikita Mandhani Whenever Anas Razzaq shopped for groceries in Chicago, he labored to understand whether the canned food and chocolate and chips conformed to the ideal Islamic diet. Frustrated, he did what many young millennials would do – he invented an app. Razzaq calls it “Scan Halal.” It is designed to describe the ingredients of food […]

Famous Violinist Itzhak Perlman Breaks Societal Stigma


By Shen Wu Tan Rows and rows of cushioned seats at the Harris Theater filled with spectators with and without disabilities last Wednesday to hear a moderated afternoon talk featuring Itzhak Perlman. The renowned violinist confidently zipped onstage in his scooter to share his experiences as a musician with a disability to the eager crowd. […]

IIT wins battle of words, falls on scoreboard

IIT Coach Todd Kelly draws a play

By Grant Miller Illinois Institute of Technology’s freshman guard Anthony Mosley schooled the upperclassmen Thursday night with his third consecutive 20-point game in a loss to Aurora. “He was calling me soft,” Mosley said about Spartan junior guard Jordan LaGrone. “I had to show him a thing or two.” Mosley, one of IIT’s four freshmen […]