Senior student-athletes react to NCAA cancellations

By Sally Ehrmann Medill Reports Jason Kerst sat alone in the University of Iowa men’s tennis locker room winding down from an intense workout. Amidst the black and yellow equipment and Hawkeye tennis displays, Kerst received a screenshot of the NCAA’s announcement on March 12 that winter and spring sports were canceled the rest of […]

Women executives lead six Chicagoland breweries

By Sally Ehrmann Medill Reports Chicago might be known for harsh winters, hot dogs, sports teams and deep dish pizza. But the city is becoming a hot spot for craft breweries as well. A 2018 study from the Brewers Association found that the Chicago area led the nation in the number of breweries with 167 […]

Eris brings Chicago a new brewery dimension with first female-owned cider taproom

By Sally Ehrmann Medill Reports Eris Brewery and Cider House, Chicago’s first female-owned cider taproom, celebrates two years in business this winter. The cider house serves Chicago’s craft beer scene with specialty brews, bites and a rotating draft of about eight flavored hard ciders such as cherry, pear or coffee. After years of planning, Eris […]

Life on the road for a Riverdance pro is hectic but ‘happy’

By Sally Ehrmann and Michaela Schirra Medill Reports Riverdance has dazzled fans onstage with sparkling costumes, rhythmic beats and lightning-fast footwork for 25 years. The dancers behind the showcase blend artistry and athleticism that is nothing short of spectacular. Patrick O’Mahony, 33, began Irish dancing at the age of two in his hometown of Rusheen, […]

WOMANISH panel focuses on female self-care to preview upcoming exhibit

By Sally EhrmannMedill Reports Women of many backgrounds reflected on how to be more selfish in the new year as part of a panel discussing what happens when women deliberately focus on their well-being through self-care. WOMANISH, a women’s empowerment group, created SELFISH as part of a series of events in Chicago introducing their upcoming […]

Cancer mortality rate records largest single-year drop ever

By Sally Ehrmann Medill Reports Cancer survival rates are climbing with early diagnosis and new therapies, according to the latest annual report from the American Cancer Society released earlier this month. The report documented the largest single-year drop ever in U.S. cancer deaths. The 2.2% decline in cancer deaths from 2016 to 2017 falls in […]