Q&A: Artist, educator, activist Sarah Ross on her passion for social justice and her fight for incarcerated people

By Yue Li Medill Reports In 2006, Sarah Ross, then a part-time art history teacher at a central Illinois prison, learned more about segregation and imprisonment firsthand through her interactions with her students. “I had read things like, ‘The prisons are full of Black and brown people.’ It was so racist and so prejudiced,” Ross […]

Off-stage stage fright: Here’s what to do about everyday performance anxiety, according to experts

By Sarah Anderson Medill Reports    You might have forgotten your lines as Tree No. 3 in the school play ages ago, but your nerves are waiting in the wings for an unwelcome encore. “Performance anxiety is not limited to actually being on stage,” said psychologist Tamar Chansky, founder of the Children’s and Adult Center […]

What I’ve learned: Sarah Hay

Sarah Hay

By Olivia Lee Medill Reports At 32 years old, Sarah Hay has become an accomplished ballerina and actress. As a child, she danced at the prestigious School of American Ballet. She later trained at American Ballet Theatre, and at the age of 22, she joined the Semperoper Ballett in Germany. In 2010, she made her […]

Beige Book’s impact extends to everyday individuals, businesses

The Beige Book, a publication of the Federal Reserve

By Sarah Foster Medill Reports This is the final installment of a multi-part series on the Federal Reserve System Beige Book. Read the previous article: “Despite falling under regional banks’ purview, Fed’s Beige Book excludes territories, commonwealths” Four years ago, Bethany Sanchez received a surprising inquiry: A request from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago […]

Sarah “Squirm” Sherman goes all out “sliming” stand-up comedy

Sarah Sherman Helltrap Nightmare

By Lauren Ball The crowd erupted into unabashed roars of laughter as I made my way into the darkened back room of Chicago’s Hideout Inn on an otherwise mundane Thursday evening. The show had kicked off 30 minutes ago and the room was filled, from corner to beer-drenched corner, with young faces hoping to lose […]

The Art of Style: Meet the Met’s Costume Institute Conservator Sarah Scaturro

By Emma Sandler “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style” showcases the French countess’ couture wardrobe through February 21 at the Metropolitan Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  De Ribes, 86,  remains a Parisian fashion icon and the exhibit features approximately 60 haute couture and ready-to-wear ensembles, primarily from de Ribes’ personal archive, from 1962 […]

Williams-Sonoma helped by West Elm brand, hurt by PBteen

By Sarah Very Shares of Williams-Sonoma Inc. tumbled Thursday as disappointed investors responded to lower-than-expected earnings caused by softening performance at the retailer’s Pottery Barn brand. The San Francisco, Calif.-based specialty home goods retailer, parent of the Pottery Barn and West Elm brands, said net income fell 4 percent to $141.1 million, or $1.55 per […]

Single-family homes boost February housing starts

By Sarah Very Construction of new homes jumped unexpectedly in February to their highest level in five months, bolstered by a spike in single-family home-building. Housing starts jumped 5.2 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted 1.18 million annualized rate, outpacing January’s upwardly restated 1.12 million pace, the U.S. Commerce Department said Wednesday. This outperformed […]

Can you sit and stay fit?

By Sony Kassam and Sarah Very Three University of Chicago graduates want to change the way people think about health in the workplace. Frustrated by the lack of affordable and accessible workplace fitness options during their summer internships and post-graduate jobs, Arnav Dalmia, Shivani Jain and Ryota Sekine decided to take matters into their own […]

Black Diamond reports year-end loss, plans to shake up operations

By Sarah Very Despite a one-time charge that stifled its bottom line, Black Diamond Inc. turned in results Monday that bested Wall Street estimates, and unveiled plans for a major corporate restructuring. The Salt Lake City, UT-based maker and marketer of equipment and apparel for climbing, mountaineering, backpacking and skiing reported a loss of $20.7 […]