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Sean Spicer visits U. of C.’s Institute of Politics

Sean Spicer visits U. of C.’s Institute of Politics

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Sean Spicer, the incoming Press Secretary for President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, spoke at the University of Chicago (U. of C.), Institute of Politics (IOP) Wednesday night, Jan. 4, at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. Spicer joined IOP’s Director David Axelrod and former White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs,(…)

January JPAC meeting to focus on golf proposal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, with a special focus on the recently proposed golf course. Last month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the development of the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance and its partnership with professional golfer, Tiger Woods, to create a(…)

CIA Director to speak at U. of C.

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer John Brennan, outgoing Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), will speak at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Institute of Politics (IOP) on Thursday, Jan. 5. President Barack Obama appointed Brennan Director in 2013, following three decades of service at the CIA. Brennan will provide insight and analysis(…)

Some transparent questions about transparency

To the Editor: There have been calls in these pages for more transparency about Jackson Park plans, and for more transparency about transparency. Let me be transparent. Since I moved to Hyde Park in 2002, I have come to love Jackson Park for its animals, from dragonflies to birds to coyotes. Before I moved here,(…)

Lady Broncos prevail over Jones College Prep

Lady Broncos prevail over Jones College Prep

By JOSEPH PHILLPS Sports Writer The Kenwood Academy High School Lady Broncos defeated the Jones College Prep Lady Eagles 66-45 on Friday night, Dec. 23. “We tried to establish our inside game,” said Andre Lewis, head coach of the lady Broncos. “We knew settling for jump shots (was not enough).” In the first half, All(…)

U. of C. men’s basketball team ends eight game win streak

U. of C. men’s basketball team ends eight game win streak

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The University of Chicago men’s basketball team fell to 8-2 on the season after a 72-54 loss to Illinois Wesleyan University on the road in Bloomington, Ill. In the first half, the Maroons offense came out sluggish after shooting a season low 37 percent from the field. And due to(…)

Electoral College

Electoral College

On November 8, you may have thought you were voting for President and Vice President of the United States. In fact, you were voting for electors who, under the United States Constitution, decide how to cast your ballot for you. I was one of Illinois’ 20 Presidential Electors. The Constitution calls for each state’s electoral(…)

A backyard Magic Flute from Lyric Opera

A backyard Magic Flute from Lyric Opera

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What: “The Magic Flute” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through Jan. 27 Tickets: Lyricopera.org Lyric Opera of Chicago has launched a new production of ‚“The Magic Flute” just in time for the holidays. Mozart’s comic opera about love and brotherhood is the perfect way to spend(…)

Bess Donaldson,81

Bess Donaldson,81

Bess Donaldson, longtime Hyde Park resident of the Barclays Condominiums, passed away on December 10, after a prolonged illness. Donaldson, who was born in Gary, Ind., spent most of her work life in Chicago in a number of senior level positions—first with Social Security and then the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1984,(…)

Brenda Diann Troy Turner

Brenda Diann Troy Turner

Brenda Diann Troy Turner a longtime Hyde Park resident, entered into eternal rest on Friday, November 18, 2016 in North Charleston, S.C. after a long battle with lupus and stroke complications. She was born and raised in Chicago and was the daughter of Ann Gross and the late Arthur S. Barnes. Troy Turner was a(…)

Local author reflects on years at Lab School in new book

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 34 years, Hyde Park resident Gloria Needlman taught at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. Her recently published book, “It’s Not Forsythia, It’s For Me: My Years Teaching Young Children,” chronicles her fond memories of her years at Lab and as an educator. Needlman said the book acts as(…)

KAMII climate change weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel (KAMII) will be hosting its eighth Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend Friday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, Jan. 15. The yearly social justice program at KAMII, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., focuses on increased motivation to work towards a greener and more equitable world. This year’s(…)