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Hyde Park Community Players to perform Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia”

Hyde Park Community Players to perform Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia”

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will perform Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play “Arcadia” throughout the month of November. The play’s opening night will take place 8 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 8, followed by a 3 p.m. matinee the next day. The play will be performed four more times, with 8 p.m.(…)

First Unitarian Church to screen Kartemquin documentary on homeless youth

First Unitarian Church to screen Kartemquin documentary on homeless youth

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer First Unitarian Church will be screening a newly-released documentary on homeless youth by Chicago-based Kartemquin Films this Friday. The film, entitled “Homestretch,” will be shown at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at the church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Anita Holcomb, supervisor at Greater Grand Crossing homeless youth shelter Ujima(…)

Wicker Park designer opening new pop-up store on 53rd Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A pop-up clothing shop will soon be opening at the northeast corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. On Saturday, Nov. 8, Wicker Park-based Anastasia will open its second location at 1500 E. 53rd St., where it will remain through Christmas Eve. Named after owner Anastasia Chatzka, the store will(…)

University of Chicago to double paid internships for students

The University of Chicago plans to double the number of paid internships for students in the College. The internships are funded through the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. The college hopes to have 2,000 placements, or enough for everyone in next fall’s first-year class to have one opportunity before they graduate. This is a part of(…)

Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Dozens of protesters marched last Wednesday night to call on the University of Chicago to open a trauma center, yards away from the kick-off gala for the public phase of its biggest-ever, $4.5 billion fundraising drive, Inquiry and Impact. Several organizations were represented at the march, including grassroots activist group(…)

Thanks to all who supported Dyett

To the Editor: Three years ago the Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Dyett High School by 2015. I, along with many other Bronzeville residents and stakeholders, opposed that decision. We engaged in advocacy efforts at the time to stop the Dyett closure. We were not successful in 2011. But I remained undaunted.(…)

UCPD behavior is no mistake

To the Editor: I have followed with interest recent conversations in the Herald and in online forums about the University of Chicago Police Department. I also attended the Oct. 29 forum at the Experimental Station, where I counted nearly 200 people in attendance. In my opinion, the main result of the forum was to make(…)

Schools bill misses the mark

By JAY TRAVIS I attended a town hall on Oct. 27, 2014 at the Chicago Urban League regarding the School Funding Reform Act (S.B. 16). I agree with the numerous concerns expressed by parents, local school council members, and organizers about this legislation in its current form. To truly support a high-quality education for all(…)