‘The Invisible Cut’: A look into racism in fencing

By Leah Vann & Emine Yücel Medill Reports This summer, Boris Vaksman, a prominent fencing coach for St. John’s University and New York’s Fencers Club, was fired after he was recorded making racist remarks on a Zoom call. The comments, which followed the killing of George Floyd and in the wake of a nationally amplified […]

10-year-old social entrepreneur’s ‘Blessing Bags’ raise awareness about homelessness

By Eunice Wang Medill Reports Ten-year-old Jahkil Jackson is a young social entrepreneur who founded Project I Am — an organization to help the homeless — two years ago. He brings street comfort to homeless people with what he calls “blessing bags.” Teaming up with volunteers from different local organizations, Jahkil passed out 5,000 blessing […]

After-school program teaches native children their heritage

By Jiayan Jenny Shi Kelly Summers, 44, is a Chicago-born Native American who volunteers with Native Scholars, an after-school tutoring program at the American Indian Association of Illinois (AIAI). Every Tuesday afternoon, native children across Chicago meet at a church basement in Andersonville where they get homework assistance and cultural instruction. Summers learned cultural traditions at a Menominee Indian […]

Yelp expected to swing to profit in 2017

By Christine Huang One month after opening the doors to Yeero Revolution, a trendy gyro joint in Evanston, co-owner John Nikolaou decided to advertise on Yelp, a popular online review platform. The owner of the two-month-old restaurant says he’s already seeing benefits. “Yelp definitely drives a lot of people,” Nikolaou said in an interview. “They’ll […]

Obama’s supporters at famed barbershop say farewell

By Pat Nabong More than eight years after President Obama gave his first victory speech in Grant Park, Chicagoans in Hyde Park bid farewell to the president who used to live in their neighborhood. In Hyde Park Hair Salon, where President Obama has been getting his hair cut for more than 20 years, talk of […]