At U of C, basketball takes a backseat to books
By Tacuma R. Roeback On a late January evening at the Gerald Ratner gymnasium at the University of Chicago, students trickled through the doors to collect neon-colored tank tops, sunglasses and Hawaiian leis. It was “Beach Night.” They came to socialize. They came to be transported from the dreary, 37-degree night that would greet them […]
Planned Parenthood braces for a fight for the future of women’s choice
By Anna Foley After the Nov. 8 election, Lauren Zeitz was among the thousands of people who decided to donate to Planned Parenthood to send a message: She’s not going to stop fighting for reproductive health care. “My mom and I decided to make this donatation together because we agree that an attack on Planned […]
A historic evening, but not what they imagined
By David Jordan It was a night of surprises. At the election watch party at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, the overwhelming favorite was Hillary Clinton, and students formed a long line to pose with a cardboard cut-out of the Democratic nominee. Early in the evening when the main dining hall was standing […]
Grad students negotiate right to unionize for more rights, work benefits
By Meredith Francis In a dimly lit, Gothic-style church on the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus, several dozen graduate students are taking small steps to make big changes by going old school: forming a legally recognized union. “The work we do isn’t recognized as a very important part of keeping the university going,” said […]
Obama brings fight for Supreme Court nominee to Chicago
By Max Greenwood President Barack Obama returned to his old constitutional bastion of the University of Chicago Law School on Thursday to pitch his case for his Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland. “Merrick Garland is an extraordinary jurist who is indisputably qualified to serve on the highest court in the land, and no one […]
KAOS youth club uses sports, mentoring as alternative to Chicago’s chaotic streets
By Hannah Gebresilassie Ty Young is giving back to the streets that put a bullet in his son. While Young, a pharmacy tech, couldn’t keep his son from being shot in 2013, he could do something about the South Side youth culture that created the perilous landscape in the first place.
Students of color talk about lack of diversity on campuses–and how to make change for the better
By Branden Hampton Recent racial incidents on local college campuses have brought to light the dissatisfaction felt by black students on predominantly white campuses. Just this week, Northwestern University made news when two students were charged with vandalism and hate crime for spray-painting racist, anti-Islamic and homophobic messages inside the Alice Millar Chapel.
Activists debate over black-only space
By Meggie Morris Two weeks after Buzzfeed leaked emails from a University of Chicago fraternity, revealing four years of racist and misogynistic sentiment, students, faculty and local organizers gathered last week to discuss the complexities of racism and activism. As social justice movements gain momentum and exposure nation-wide, activists remain concerned about the balance between […]