Plant power: Vegan track stars share how they compete in meets without meat

By Caroline Kurdej Medill Reports  Like 3 percent of Americans, DePaul University running stars Violet and Henry Harper self-identify as vegans. On a recent Wednesday evening, the Division I athletes ambled into their student center.  The pace: a lot slower than last month, when Violet led her Blue Demon teammates in the Badger Invite women’s […]

The Man in Front of the Door: Derrick James opens up about life as a doorman

By Carter Mohs Medill Reports Sitting comfortably behind his desk in the quiet lobby of the Streeter Apartments, just over a quarter-mile east of the Magnificent Mile, Derrick James greets residents and visitors with an infectious smile, as if he’s known them for years. Sometimes he has. Born and raised on the South Side, the […]

After-words bookstore owner shares how she got started

By Areeba Shah Medill Reports Beverly Dvorkin, owner of After-words in River North, discovered her love for stories as a toddler. At 15, she got her first job at a bookstore and edited her high school newspaper. She spent a semester abroad in London during college and wrote for City Limits, a feminist magazine. After […]

Two comedians discuss their journey from Northwestern to Twitter stardom

By Alex Schwartz The Daily Northwestern Twitter may be a fiery hellscape most of the time, but seeing a side-splittingly funny video makes scrolling through the pain worthwhile. Never longer than a minute or two, comedians spend these short, short films depicting an absurd character or bit. They’re often recorded selfie-style and feature amateur production […]

Meet the woman building a community for Latinx parents at Evanston Township High School

By Paola de Varona Medill Reports Evanston Township High School’s Latinx pride can be found tucked away in Mercedes Fernández’s small office in the welcome center. Peruvian and Latin American textile art line the walls, photos of Latinx ETHS families pepper her bulletin boards and a rendition of the Rosie the Riveter poster reimagined with […]