Why ‘Girls Who Code’ is just for girls

By Lucia Maffei “You know, first prize is $10,000. It could be the first share of your college tuition.” The 10-something girl with a cat ear headband sits at a computer desk at DePaul University’s downtown campus.  Two friends of hers work side by side. It’s Saturday morning and every Saturday, Nancy and her friends … Continue reading Why ‘Girls Who Code’ is just for girls

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

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 … Continue reading Women’s wrestling takes a strong stance

International wrestlers pin Rio dreams on U.S. training visit

By Tolly Taylor and Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram Imagine inviting someone to your house for the first time, and she beats you up. That’s what happened in January when Estonian wrestler Mae Epp bludgeoned her U.S. opponents with two technical falls and a pin at the Dave Schultz Memorial International tournament in Colorado Springs. The world … Continue reading International wrestlers pin Rio dreams on U.S. training visit

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 … Continue reading Christ the King claims conference title

Would Jesus really do that?: Experts weigh in on Wheaton College controversy

By Jasmine M. Ellis Whose God is it anyway? As a Christian, Dr. Larycia Hawkins thought she was doing what Jesus would do when she posted a photo of herself in December wearing a hijab head covering on Facebook in solidarity with Muslims worldwide. “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, … Continue reading Would Jesus really do that?: Experts weigh in on Wheaton College controversy

Anti-abortion activists bring caroling to West Loop clinic

By Jasmine M. Ellis In the midst of tension between pro-abortion rights supporters and anti-abortion protesters from various groups, Christmas carolers gathered in front of a West Loop abortion provider on December 5. In frigid temperatures, escorts from The Clinic Vest Project accompanied people to and from the clinic past anti-abortion activists who sang Christmas … Continue reading Anti-abortion activists bring caroling to West Loop clinic

GOP Debate: Candidates bicker over true conservative policies

By Misha Euceph, Jane Hao and Jasmine M. Ellis MILWAUKEE — After four debates, Republicans found themselves back at square one. This was the case at the Nov. 11 debate hosted by Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal not because of the lack of a clear front-runner, but because the most heated discussion … Continue reading GOP Debate: Candidates bicker over true conservative policies

Addressing police chiefs, President Obama demands gun laws and criminal justice reforms

By Jasmine M. Ellis, Harry Huggins, Enrica Nicoli Aldini and Raquel Zaldivar ‘I refuse to believe that the only choice we have is to either ignore circumstances of racial bias or make it impossible for police officers to do their job.” President Barack Obama called for wide-ranging reforms in gun control laws and criminal justice … Continue reading Addressing police chiefs, President Obama demands gun laws and criminal justice reforms