College gymnast faces reality of program’s final NCAA season

Tyler Davis vs. Iowa

By Connor Groel Medill Reports There had been months of waiting. Over the summer of 2020, members of the University of Minnesota men’s gymnastics team had asked their athletic department repeatedly if there was any chance their program could be cut. They wanted to be prepared for the worst but received no straight answers. Then, […]

New coronavirus variants explained

By Grace Rodgers  Medill Reports Virus mutations are a natural occurrence during an epidemic or pandemic. However, some new coronavirus variants have raised concern amongst scientists because of the number and type of mutations they contain, leading to questions on what role these new variants play in the transmissibility of coronavirus. While COVID-19 cases remain […]

We’ve found Atlantis, and it’s dying: Coral bleaching, explained

By Caroline Catherman Medill Reports For years, Atlantis fanatics have zealously searched for a city on the ocean floor. But there’s been a thriving metropolis hiding under the ocean’s currents for millions of years. These constantly expanding reefs have the most biodiversity — the number of living species in one place — of any ecosystem […]

Large-scale equity solutions needed to eliminate root causes of homelessness

Makeshift Shelters in DTLA

 By Liam Bohen-Meissner Housing alone is not a solution for eliminating homelessness, emphasized participants in a panel on “Homelessness in America: The Search for Solutions During COVID-19” panel. Panelists called for large-scale efforts tackling root causes of homelessness, such as structural racism and a shortage of affordable housing. Although the panelists said they believe […]

Environmental education in Chicago has room to improve, teachers say

by Emily Little Medill Reports Chicago-area educators see increased flooding, intense cold and beach erosion all around their city. They see these issues as paramount to their climate change teaching and better environmental learning. Ayesha Qazi, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaches Advanced Placement environmental science and honors biology at […]