UIC’s Cristian Lopez’s resilience comes to light on difficult journey

By Jack Savage Medill Reports When the moment comes to step onto the mound, University of Illinois Chicago’s Cristian Lopez takes off his hat and stares at the four phrases he has written on the inside of the bill. Cutthroat mentality. No fatigue. PVO (positive vibes only). Dance with fear.  Each phrase embodies Lopez and […]

Chicago’s art house theater innovates to survive pandemic

By Jack Murray Medill Reports CHICAGO— Music Box Theatre, an arthouse movie theater located on the city’s North Side, has been a Chicago staple since the 1920s. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world in the early months of 2020, the future of the theater, especially to those who look at the facility as a […]

Latino COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy indicative of systemic issues

By Jonathan Fernandez Medill Reports LOS ANGELES — The Latino community in Los Angeles has been hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, which is a sign of larger systemic issues within the medical field. While only 50% of Latinos had received a single COVID-19 dose through August 2021, there has seemingly always been seeds of […]

Vaccine allocation detours many of America’s small towns

By Natalie Eilbert Medill Reports From above, the roads in Walnut, Kansas, intersect into the green and gray geometry typical of so many rural towns in Middle America. Main Street, the major town artery, offers a bar, a bank, the fire department and a post office. In January, the Crawford County Health Department announced on […]

Asian Americans fight racism and struggle to redefine their identity

By Ester Wells Medill Reports View this story as an Adobe Spark multimedia production. Russell Jeung stood in the checkout line at a sporting goods store in Alameda, California, and glanced over at his 16-year-old son Matthew standing beside him. It was mid-March in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they were buying […]

College stadiums sit empty across the nation

By Kayla McDermott Medill Reports College athletes across the nation are nervous that they may not have a season due to the COVID-19 pandemic similar to the class of 2020. Kayla McDermott is a video/broadcast student at Medill, you can follow her on Twitter @mcdermott_kayla.

Andersonville businesses host socially distanced performance art

'Window Plays' by Stop Motion Plant theatre group

By Amelia Burns Medill Reports In 2021, live performances are rare in the city of Chicago, but a local theatre group is proving that in-person community art doesn’t have to be unsafe. Stop Motion Plant is an ensemble group that recently held a series of socially-distanced performances in Andersonville entitled, “Window Plays.” Amelia Burns is […]