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University of Chicago hires new deans for college and Graham School

University of Chicago hires new deans for college and Graham School

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago appointed two new deans last week. John “Jay” Ellison will replace Susan Art as dean of the College. Mark Nemec will succeed Dan Shannon as dean of the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. Ellison has previously worked as an administrator at Harvard. Art(…)

Study affirms value of CPS On-Track program

Study affirms value of CPS On-Track program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Derrius Quarles known nationally as “The Million Dollar Scholar” and a multitude of seniors who received Millennium Gates Scholarships over the past five years always attribute a large part of their success to the counselors from Kenwood Academy High School’s Freshman On-Track Program. According to a new study released(…)

Music Teachers of Hyde Park’s annual Concerto Day this Sunday

Music Teachers of Hyde Park’s annual Concerto Day this Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Music Teachers of Hyde Park will be hosting its 11th annual Concerto Day from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Sunday, April 27, at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. Founded in 2004 by Hyde Park piano teacher Elaine Smith and Daniel Golden, principal violinist for the(…)

K.A.M. gets jazzy for gala event

K.A.M. gets jazzy for gala event

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer KAM Isaiah Israel’s annual fundraiser will celebrate Hyde Park’s jazz roots at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Tammy McCann and her combo will provide entertainment and WBEZ personality Richard Steele will speak. The focus on the evening will be Hyde Park’s position in the history of jazz. McCann is(…)

Christian Mitchell gets Laurene Jobs donation

Christian Mitchell gets Laurene Jobs donation

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell’s (D-26) campaign has raked in tens of thousands of dollars since election day, including a large donation from a prominent West Coast billionaire. Illinois Board of Elections records reveal Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs, was reported to have donated(…)

A Seder that’s open to everyone

A Seder that’s open to everyone

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer An interfaith Passover Seder will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 E. 60th St. The biennial tradition is being co-sponsored by Jewish renewal congregation Mishkan Chicago and Hyde Park Muslim Family Circle (HPMFC), a community-based religious group. The interfaith Seder will(…)

Soul Reunion returning to Hyde Park Records

Soul Reunion returning to Hyde Park Records

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer WHPK DJs will be presenting their seasonal Soul Reunion celebration from 1-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd St. The first Soul Reunion event of the year — which coincides with Record Store Day — is one of three such annual events presented by(…)

Piccolo Mondo chosen by Consulate General of Argentina to mark annual celebration of wine

Piccolo Mondo chosen by Consulate General of Argentina to mark annual celebration of wine

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Piccolo Mondo will be marking the fourth annual Malbec World Day with a public tasting of the wine from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. The day of the international celebration, established by an Argentine wine promoter and supported by the Argentinean government, marks the 1853 establishment(…)

Family seeks contributions to Max Isaac Allender Memorial Fund

Family seeks contributions to Max Isaac Allender Memorial Fund

Max Allender passed away March 5, weeks before his second birthday. The young Hyde Parker, who was born at 26 weeks with his twin Coral, went on his first outing last August with his mother, to Bixler Playlot, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave. The family is asking for funds to pay for Max’s funeral expenses through(…)

Local Golden Apples, transgender teacher in Hyde Park school news

Local Golden Apples, transgender teacher in Hyde Park school news

Kenwood student awarded Golden Apple Scholarship: Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Kenwood Academy High School student Jermecia Trenell was selected as a 2014 Golden Apple Scholar. Trenell was one of 175 scholars to receive Golden Apple Scholarships from The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program. The program is designed to prepare future teachers to thrive(…)

Hyde Parker helps students achieve prom dreams

Hyde Parker helps students achieve prom dreams

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Glass Slipper Project is celebrating its 15th year of helping teen girls across the city, whose families can’t afford pricey gowns, find dresses for prom. The boutique also has a new location this year. The Glass Slipper Project (GSP), which was founded by Hyde Park native Dorian Carter,(…)

Chicago Harris Study: Kindergarten too easy

Chicago Harris Study: Kindergarten too easy

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Offering more advanced content to kindergarteners regardless of their economic background can save school systems money, according to a new study from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Past policies such as smaller classroom sizes and extended school days, which can be expensive for cash strapped districts such(…)

57th Street Art Fair helping art students this year

57th Street Art Fair helping art students this year

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Art students Seth Carlson, Sofia Hardy, Antonia-McMan McCline and Hannah Murray-King won the 57th Street Art Fair’s 2014 student competition. The art work of jewelry designer Carlson, a student from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, sketch artist Murray-King and photographers Hardy and McMan McCline, students from(…)

Sephardic music at Congregation Rodfei Zedek this weekend

Sephardic music at Congregation Rodfei Zedek this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Rodfei Zedek Congregation, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a weekend of programming focusing on Sephardic music. This Friday evening and Saturday morning, guitarist and singer Gerard Edery will incorporate Sephardic melodies into the congregation’s Shabbat services, according to cantor Rachel Rosenberg. On Saturday, the synagogue will host a(…)

Hyde Park Community Players take on Shakespeare

Hyde Park Community Players take on Shakespeare

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will mark their fifth anniversary with a production of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” This is among the players’ biggest casts, with more than 30 cast members, staging a production of “Romeo and Juliet” over three weekends in April. The players are once again collaborating(…)

Harper Avenue greystones coming down

Harper Avenue greystones coming down

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The three greystone buildings on the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue have begun to come down. Antheus Capital purchased the three greystone buildings in 2008 with the intention to renovate and rent them as apartments. Peter Cassel, Antheus spokesman, told the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing Advisory Council last(…)

Fundraising effort pays for Canter Middle School’s D.C. trip

Fundraising effort pays for Canter Middle School’s D.C. trip

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Friends of Miriam G. Canter donated more than $5,200 toward Canter Middle School’s class trip to Washington, D.C. The donation will allow two more students to participate and lowered the cost for those going, according to the school’s principal. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of The Friends of(…)

U. of C. launches local small business initiative

U. of C. launches local small business initiative

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago announced last week an initiative that would put businesses based on the Mid-South Side through a training program that would lead to contracts with the school and medical center. The first class of 10 businesses began training last week: it includes Rome’s Joy Catering, 4455 S.(…)

Kenwood Academy basketball regular season ends positively

Kenwood Academy basketball regular season ends positively

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Reporter In their final home game of the 2013-2014 Illinois High School Association basketball regular season, the Kenwood Broncos defeated the Lincoln Park Lions 63-61 in front of a packed house of crazed fans on “Senior Night” in Kenwood’s gymnasium at the school, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. “This is our last(…)

U. of C. Lab teachers show support for CPS test opt-outs

U. of C. Lab teachers show support for CPS test opt-outs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Faculty Association of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools issued a statement to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) in support of educators for families and teachers who opted out of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) in Chicago Public Schools. CPS students take more standardized tests in one(…)