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As the semester winds down with no state budget in sight, Chicago State students ponder their school’s future

By Jasmine Cannon

Illinois is the only state in America that has not passed a budget for its fiscal year. The political impasse between the governor and the legislature has been going on since July.

The deadlock has caused an uproar in the educational community because some public universities are running out of the money needed to operate.


David Ellis Flynn, a Chicago native and junior at Chicago State University, refuses to let the predicament of the state’s finances deter him and his peers from getting an education.

“When this type of tragedy is happening to students, it’s heartbreaking,” Flynn said. “You can either be sad, mope, and go about your day, or be mad and do something about it.”

Photo at top: When David Ellis Flynn was younger, he had no intentions of going to college. Now, he’s fighting to save his beloved Chicago State University. (Jasmine Cannon/MEDILL)

Gladiator has a new attitude, ready to slay competition

By Jasmine Cannon

Christ the King girls basketball team usually leans on its senior class for vocal leadership and to carry the team on the court, but younger Gladiator, Kaylesha Johnson, is making some surprise contributions.

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What’s beyond #OscarsSoWhite? Chicagoans sound off on Hollywood diversity

By Jasmine Cannon and Jasmine M. Ellis

While Hollywood is still recovering from criticisms revolving around racial diversity in casting, some Chicagoans believe it’s time for The Academy to take a different approach.

According to UCLA’s 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report, little more than 10 percent of lead actors in theatrical films were minorities, and just over 12 percent of directors were people of color.

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Women’s wrestling takes a strong stance

By Jasmine Cannon

Until two decades ago, a fan could go to a wrestling match and all of the athletes shared a common trait: they were male.

Now the ladies have leagues of their own. Twelve years ago, women’s wrestling became an Olympic sport. Today 28 colleges sponsor a varsity program and more than 11,000 girls participate in high school, according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association. California, Tennessee, Washington, Texas, Alaska and Hawaii host girls-only high school state tournaments.

“When I started wrestling in high school, there were no kids programs available or junior high programs available in Hawaii [for girls],” said Clarissa Chun, the bronze medalist in the 2012 Olympic games in the 48 kg weight class. “Now when I go back home and all across the country, I see little girls wearing little singlets.”

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Christ the King’s season comes to an end (video)

By Jasmine Cannon

The buzzer sounded and Christ the King’s dreams of ending their season with a state championship vanished.

Stalling in sectionals for the third straight season, the Gladiators pulled to within one with 49 seconds remaining in a see-saw game against DePaul College Prep, but did not score again in a 58-53 semifinal loss at The Willows Academy in Des Plaines.

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Christ the King gets a jumpstart on college (video)

By Jasmine Cannon

Students at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School had a packed day on Tuesday with a college fair, ACT practice test and college visits.

The Mid-American Catholic Colleges fair gave students the opportunity to learn more about its colleges and universities, and college life. At the same time, some students were off campus visiting nearby institutions such as Illinois State University.

Following their visit to the fair, juniors took another step to help prepare for their future by taking a practice ACT exam.

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Christ the King kicks off playoffs

By Jasmine Cannon

After winning their third straight Chicago Prep conference tournament title, Christ the King began regional play Tuesday in the IHSA playoffs. The Gladiators continued their winning ways beating Guerin 42-17. Despite injury issues, Christ the King still has the same motto, “one goal, state.”

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Dave Schultz Memorial International Wrestling Tournament in Pictures

By Jasmine Cannon


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Christ the King claims conference title

By Jasmine Cannon

Tears and cheers.

In only a matter of minutes, Christ the King girls basketball team went from watching senior point guard Mia Farris sobbing on the bench, to celebrating its fourth consecutive Chicago Prep regular season conference title with a 63-53 victory Tuesday night over Chicago Hope.

It was not the only dramatic swing of the night for the Gladiators. Their 14-point, fourth-quarter lead was cut to five on back-to-back three-pointers from Hope’s Precious Burnham and Deja Southall with less than three minutes left in the game, and to three with just more than a minute left. But a furious Christ the King defensive flurry held Hope scoreless the rest of the way, giving the Eagles their first conference and second overall loss of the year.
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