What to consider before adopting a Siberian husky

By Siyan (Jen) Huang Huskies are cute, but they can also be big trouble-makers. The dogs have been bred to run, so they need plenty of space and frequent outdoor exercise. They are independent thinkers, so they are relatively hard to train. Those furry coats shed a lot, so keeping the fur out off clothing and the floor […]

Genderqueer belly dancer pursues dancing dream after transition

By Siyan (Jen) Huang and Wen-yee Lee Belly dance is usually considered a feminine dance. But now, it’s becoming more common to see men and people from the LGBTQ community performing the Middle Eastern folk dance. Gabriel Vidrine, 36, a genderqueer belly dancer whose stage name is Kamrah, has been dancing since he was 21. The transformation […]

Scientists seeking the gene that guides monarch migration

By Siyan (Jen) Huang Each year, swarms of North American monarch butterflies make their way from Canada and the United States to central Mexico before the fall of winter. The monarchs don’t live long enough to make a return trip, so how do they know when and where they should go? Ayse Trolander, a graduate student at […]

Teen climber continues his sport despite cancer and loss of leg

By Siyan (Jen) Huang Climbing is a sport that requires great courage and strength. I met 17-year-old Ian Vallejo, an agile climber who had lost a leg to cancer, right after his second round of chemotherapy for yet another cancer. He was pale and sitting in a wheelchair. It was hard for me to picture him […]

“Not my President,” protesters chant at Trump Tower

By Siyan (Jen) Huang [See related story of the night’s protest] Around 10,000 people gathered in front of the Trump Tower in Chicago to march down the Magnificent Mile and other downtown areas in protest of Donald Trump’s election as president. “Not my president” became the refrain of many protesters. Photo at top: Protesters at […]

Medill ElectionCast: Before the numbers come in

Election Day in Chicago is over. All that is left is to count the votes. Catch up with our team of Medill reporters who have been covering the election across the state of Illinois. We will continue to post updates throughout the evening. Published at 8:45 p.m. Photo at top: Anchors Jasmine Minor and Katanga […]

Chicago Marathon champion outruns cancer

Serena Burla crossing the finish line at the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9, 2016.

By Siyan (Jen) Huang Cancer, a relentless killer,  gave hope to Serena Burla. Her cancer in her right hamstring brought her the courage and strength to run marathons. Burla, 34,  was the first American woman to cross the finish line in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9. With an overall rank of […]