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Mandel Hall facelift done

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mandel Hall was reopened recently after being restored to its original condition. The 109-year-old room was brought in line with modern accessibility standards while maintaining the original look of the hall. Seats were upgraded to create greater accessibility. To accommodate for the extra width the seats take up, two rows(…)

Ray teacher gets school supplies award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chandra Garcia, 6th grade teacher at Ray Elementary School, won an award from Chicago Public Schools and Office Max for being one of CPS’s outstanding teachers. Garcia was one of 100 teachers to receive the honor. She received a new desk chair and $1,000 worth of supplies for her(…)

Trauma center calls back

Trauma center calls back

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After four people were arrested following an attempted sit-in at the University of Chicago Medicine’s new hospital last month, the calls to have access to an adult trauma care center on the South Side have increased. Protestors have also called for the U. of C. to explain the violence that(…)

High-rise proposed for 53rd

High-rise proposed for 53rd

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 13-story building with space for 30,000 square feet of retail and 267 rental apartments could be the future along 53rd Street but residents who heard about the plan last week were more concerned about potential traffic headaches the development could exacerbate than the size of the building. Mesa Development(…)

SSA for 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission will apply to the City of Chicago to create a Special Services Area along 53rd Street, it was announced last week. The SECC has already created an 18-person advisory committee to determine what the SSA’s boundaries would be, what services it would bring to the(…)

Folkies return to Hyde Park event

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The 53rd Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival will take place at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., this Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8 to Feb. 10. Festival concerts will be held in the venue beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m.(…)

Murray teacher gets award

Murray Language Academy Elementary School teacher Anh T. Hoang, won the KIA Educator of the Month award. He will receive $1,000, which will be used for classroom improvements. Hoang, a second grade teacher at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., said his goal each year is to inspire all of his students to reach(…)

WHPK crew celebrates jazz for Black History Month at I-House

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor WHPK will host its Third Annual Black History Month Celebration Saturday, Feb. 8, at International House, 1414 E. 59th St. The program, entitled “Our Gift to the World,” begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes the presentation of the WHPK REACH Award and performances by the Hanah Jon Taylor(…)

Teachers strike looming

Teachers strike looming

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) delegates voted Thursday to go on strike starting Sept. 10. The vote was unanimous with all 700 delegates voting in favor of the strike. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has made alternative arrangements for students during the strike. “We do not want a strike but(…)

Strike!

Strike!

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers went on strike Monday and the 402,000 children who attend public schools have been directed to CPS contingency sites until an agreement has been reached. After about 10 months of negotiations the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and CPS have not come to a contract(…)

UCMC protestors arrested

UCMC protestors arrested

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS StaffWriter University of Chicago graduate students held a press conference Monday to speak out about what they said was rough treatment they and other demonstrators received for peaceably protesting the lack of a trauma center at the U. of C. Medical Center. The group also made attempts to deliver petitions to(…)

Review “A Grand Night for Singing”

RECOMMENDED Where: Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave. When: through March 10 Tickets: $25-$59 Phone: 773-325-1700 The Mercury Theater is kicking off its first subscription season of musicals with “A Grand Night for Singing,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein revue that made its Broadway debut in 1993. Directed and choreographed by Kevin Bellie, this is a(…)

Review “Skylight”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Feb. 10 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The last scene of David Hare’s “Skylight” at Court Theatre is so touchingly funny, sweet and sad that it would be worth waiting for even if the tumultuous two hour-plus encounter between ex-lovers beforehand(…)

Folk festival returns to University of Chicago

The 53rd Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival will take place February 8, 9 and 10. Organized by the University Folklore Society, the festival has in the past brought big names in folk music like Ralph and Carter Stanley and Bill Monroe to Hyde Park. This year’s festival, which includes daytime workshops and evening performances,(…)

Jazz buffs at WHPK celebrate music at I-House

WHPK 88.5’s Jazz Format Team is organizing its third annual Black History Month celebration, “Our Gift to the World,” scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at International House’s assembly hall, 1414 E. 59th St., according to a recent station press release. The program, headlined by The Hanah John Taylor Artet, features(…)

Little Black Pearl expanding scope of youth served

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Little Black Pearl was recently approved by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to offer alternative education to post secondary students through its new alternative school program. In the 2013-2014 school year Options Laboratory Alternative High School, the school that is currently in place at Little Black Pearl, 1060 E. 47th(…)