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U. of C. tuition — and aid — rising

By Andrew Holzman Herald Intern Though students at the University of Chicago will see an increase in tuition next year, they may also get more help paying. Tuition at the University will increase four percent for undergraduates in the 2013-2014 year, but most students will also benefit from an 5.1 percent overall increase in the(…)

Hyde Parkers! Host a student

A global student exchange program called the Student Travel Schools Foundation, or STSF, is seeking host families. Any Hyde Park family or individual can volunteer to host one of more than 400 students for the 2013-2014 school year. For more information, call 1-800-522-4678.

All must rally for Canter

If Chicago Public School administrators have their way, this will be the last school year Canter Middle School remains open. It was listed as one of more than 50 schools CPS announced would close last week because of underutilization. CPS is broke, we are told, and maintaining underused buildings will mean fewer programs for the(…)

Review “Proof”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through April 14 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Court Theatre’s artistic director Charles Newell loves pushing the envelope. There’s no better proof than his production of “Proof,” David Auburn’s 2001 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play about a 25 year old(…)

Blame to share for Canter closure

To the Editor: As the parents of a recent Canter Middle School graduate, we’re sickened by the news that this excellent school will be closed. Let us be perfectly clear: Canter is a successful school, and it is not “underutilized.” We’re sickened, as we say, but not surprised. This is simply the final insult added(…)

Review “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway When: through March 30 Tickets: $28-$85 Phone: 800-775-2000 Everybody loves a show about drag queens that reaffirms family values. It makes them feel safe and promises a sequined spectacle replete with double entendres and sarcasm. “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” delivers. Based on the 1994 film,(…)

McMobil project will make life difficult

To the Editor: This letter is regarding the development of the property at 1338 E. 53rd St., Chicago. As a nearby resident, it is my opinion that a building of this size and at this location will cause a major increase in area congestion and make street parking extremely difficult. Fifty-third Street is not an(…)

Local housing group supports McMobil

To the Editor: The Coalition for Equitable Community Development is an association of Hyde Park & Kenwood residents, businesses, religious communities and civic organizations who are concerned about the loss of affordable housing in our community. The University has shared its plans for the development of the partly-vacant site on 53rd Street commonly called the(…)