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Kenwood Academy students excelling in Regional Science Fair, moving to citywide

Kenwood Academy students excelling in Regional Science Fair, moving to citywide

Kenwood Academy High School students Sebastian Augusthy (11th grade), Carlos Cortes (10th), Bennett Hensey (11th), Waylan Mui (10th) and Ariel Judah (11th) represented the school Thursday at the Regional Science Fair at Chicago State University. Out of the five students, four of them — Augusthy, Cortes, Hensey and Mui — advanced to the citywide science(…)

Locals take control of presidential library bid

Locals take control of presidential library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer announced his support for a library housing artifacts from Barack Obama’s presidency located on the South Side of Chicago on Friday. Zimmer’s statement came on the same day that the formal process of finding a location for the library and museum began. The Barack(…)

Ancona revisits diversity at event

Ancona revisits diversity at event

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will host its second annual Diversity Symposium on March 1. The symposium is for educators, school leaders, parents and the community to discuss the importance and challenges of diversity. This year’s discussion will focus on diversity on a broader level by exploring the many faces, misconceptions(…)

The hidden treasure behind the posh at Merge’s A10

The hidden treasure behind the posh at Merge’s A10

By Homa Bash Medill News Serice Casell Lewis winds his way around the newly opened restaurant effortlessly, running up and down stairs from the prep area to the kitchen countless times each shift. “Your glutes will thank me,” said Chef John Vermiglio, laughing as he dashes by. Every inch of the kitchen is buzzing as(…)

Ray, Kenwood in school news

Ray, Kenwood in school news

Students advance from regional to citywide science fair at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Ray Elementary School 6th and 7th graders participated in the Burnham and Fulton Park Regional Science Fair last Friday at Malcolm X College. Four students — 6th graders Elvis Wolcott, Marcelo Gutierrez and Joden Soberano and 7th grader Hope Richard —(…)

Lab School campaign ends

Lab School campaign ends

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Lab+ Campaign closed at the end of 2013 having successfully met its $55 million goal, according to David Magill, director of the Lab Schools. In 2008, the University of Chicago Board of Trustees approved a request from the Lab Schools, 1362 E. 59th(…)

Despres awards announced

Despres awards announced

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society will award the Marian and Leon Despres Preservation Awards to the developers who rehabilitated the Harper Theater and the Shoreland Hotel. Jim Hennessy, associate vice president for commercial and real estate operations at the University of Chicago will accept the award for the work done(…)

Music news at Kenwood Academy

Music news at Kenwood Academy

String Orchestra Kenwood Academy High School’s revived string orchestra will perform at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concert, Jan. 22, at the South Shore Cultural Center. After several years of silence, the string orchestra at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., has been reestablished under the direction of Ernestine Fleming-Jones. Since its re-launch, the orchestra(…)

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After competing against musicians from high schools across the city, Giancarlo Jerry, a junior at Kenwood Academy High School, was selected to be a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) Senior Jazz Band and the IMEA Senior Concert Band later this month. He is the first instrumentalist at(…)

HPAC celebrates 75 this year

HPAC celebrates 75 this year

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) will kick off its 75th anniversary year programming this week. Founded in Hyde Park in 1939, HPAC had several homes — including the Del Prado Building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. — before settling into its current address at 5520 S. Cornell Ave in(…)

Jewish during Jim Crow

Jewish during Jim Crow

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In the 1930s, some Jewish professors from Germany and Austria who fled to America to avoid Nazism found teaching positions at historically Black colleges and universities in the South during the time of Jim Crow “separate but equal” segregation laws. The DuSable Museum of African American History is presenting(…)

University of Chicago bulks up aid to low-income students

University of Chicago bulks up aid to low-income students

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with about 100 college leaders from across the country last Thursday, including University of Chicago (U. of C.) President Robert Zimmer, to discuss a plan to help more high school graduates from low-income households get into college. Zimmer said the(…)

One man’s library …

One man’s library …

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When he was given the chance to have lunch with Barack and Michelle Obama, University of Chicago graduate Michael Sorkin thought he should bring a gift. So he drafted a plan that would put the presidential museum in Woodlawn. “I always had an interest in Hyde Park and planning and(…)

Lutherans gain new leader

Lutherans gain new leader

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Lutheran School of Theology recently named Esther Menn as dean and vice president of academic affairs. Her five-year term began on Jan. 1 and her installation service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Augustana Chapel, 1100 E. 55th St. “The faculty and I are(…)

Famous glass homeless

Famous glass homeless

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The stained glass windows that adorned the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) are still searching for a home. The University of Chicago removed many of the stained glass windows during the construction to turn the building into the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. The windows were donated to Advocate(…)

NY deli in HP

NY deli in HP

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago Heights restaurant Bergstein’s NY Deli opened its Hyde Park location Monday. The deli’s restaurant at 1164 E. 55th St. will “work the kinks out,” according to owner Bill Davis, before a grand opening later this winter. Manager Josh Widen said the deli will be open from 10 a.m. to(…)

Hays bridge closer to reality

Hays bridge closer to reality

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District Board will vote today on the proposal to rename a bridge in Jackson Park after Nancy Hays. Hays was a Hyde Park Herald photographer and worked as an environmentalist in the neighborhood until her death in 2007. She photographed Hyde Park before and after Urban Renewal(…)

Snapshot of HPK icon

Snapshot of HPK icon

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “What did you guys do New Years Eve? It’s just a couple of days ago, don’t tell me you don’t remember,” Mario Smith joked with his audience on the Jan. 2 episode of his radio show, “News from the Service Entrance.” Smith has been hosting the program on WHPK 88.5(…)

“Wait, Wait” doesn’t for tickets

“Wait, Wait” doesn’t for tickets

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern For the first time ever, the popular radio news quiz show, “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” will be recorded on the University of Chicago campus. The recording is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57 St. “Wait, Wait … Don’t(…)

Local artist brings diversity to greeting card scene

Local artist brings diversity to greeting card scene

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A quick walk through any pharmacy’s greeting card aisle will reveal that a few major companies — Hallmark and American Greetings, in particular — dominate the industry. But that hasn’t stopped Hyde Parker Otis Richardson from entering the market. Since 2004, Richardson, an openly gay artist who works at the(…)