Northwestern students revolutionize speaker design with start-up Audiovert

By Ariana LaBarrie Three Northwestern University students are taking their love of music and technology to the next level with their audio speaker start-up called Audiovert. Instead of the usual black box speakers, Audiovert offers as much personality as the music people play . Customers can customize the basic hexagon-shaped speakers by deciding how many panels […]

Superstar The Weeknd captivates the United Center with staging and songs

By Ariana LaBarrie The Weeknd was back in Chicago with “The Madness” tour at the United Center on Nov. 6. The concert also featured opening acts Travis Scott and Banks. The tour features The Weeknd’s latest album “The Beauty Behind The Madness,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart at its Aug. 28 release and spent three consecutive weeks in this position.

Workout fanatics take it to the barre

By Ariana LaBarrie The newest workout trend takes cues from ballerinas, but you don’t have to be a dancer to tone up and build lean muscle. Turnouts, plies – the barre workout is derived from these ballet movements and others.  Participants use the ballet barre for balance, resistance and to perfect form. Small, isometric movements […]

Stars light up the night at WGCI’s Big Jam 2015

By Ariana LaBarrie Festival season ends when the leaves change color in Chicago and this year’s season ended with a bang – cooler weather brought WGCI’s Big Jam 2015 to the United Center on Oct. 25. Sponsored by WGCI, one of Chicago’s urban contemporary stations, the annual concert featured Vic Mensa, Crucial Conflict, Do or […]

Colleges rev up academic success with free fitness classes


By Ariana LaBarrie Students are toting sneakers and water to class instead of laptops and notebooks with the free fitness classes offered at many colleges. Several campuses, including Chicago area colleges like Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University and DePaul University, are offering the work out classes to students ranging from aquatic workouts to Zumba. Students […]