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Booth booster gives $5M gift

John Edwardson, a member of the University of Chicago’s board of trustees and the former CEO of CDW, a Vernon Hills-based technology company, has donated $5M to the university’s School of Business. Edwardson, who graduated with an MBA from the school in 1972, currently chairs its Council on Chicago Booth. He was the CEO of(…)

Promontory items nod to Piccadilly

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The old Piccadilly Theater has been closed for decades but Hyde Parkers will be able to see pieces of the old movie house when they visit The Promontory. The future home of a music venue, bar and and restaurant will be decorated with pieces of the old theater, which was(…)

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(…)

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(…)

SECC reflects on ’12

SECC reflects on ’12

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission had a productive year, said Executive Director Wendy Walker Williams. The SECC in the previous year focused on the Violent Crime Prevention Initiative. The VPCI used grant funding to create a safety task force to work with the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, or CAPS program.(…)

Columnist visits Hyde Park

Columnist visits Hyde Park

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg, author of the 2012 book, “You Were Never in Chicago” gave a talk to a small audience in the basement of Blackstone Library, 4949 S. Lake Park Ave., last Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m., as part of the Friends of Blackstone Branch(…)

CPS’s new track

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer All schools in Hyde Park and citywide will be on the same calendar track in the 2013-2014 school year. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved the one-track school system at its January board meeting. All schools were on a Track R regular school calendar where school started in August and(…)

HPAC artist master of surprising

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Aliyah, a junior at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), lifted her foam horse from a piece of newspaper on the studio floor. An imperfection in the mold she had used left a large, saucer-shaped blob on its head, and she warned that she “hadn’t done it right.”(…)

Teachers helping at Blackstone

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon recently announced the expansion of the Chicago Public Library’s homework help program “Teacher in the Library.” The “Teacher in the Library” after-school homework program has been a part of the Chicago Public Library (CPL) for 12 years. The current program is(…)

Local pols join jobless youth talk

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) will join state and local legislative, educational, civic and community leaders for a hearing on youth joblessness. A diverse group of youth will testify on their experiences and the opportunities that employment and education provide. Additionally, education and youth advocacy(…)

Kenwood student in D.C.

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School sophomore Arianna Alexander was chosen by the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference to attend the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. The High School Presidential Inaugural Conference is held every four years in conjunction with the inauguration of the president and vice president of the(…)

Gun violence talk draws big names to U. of C.

Gun violence talk draws big names to U. of C.

A high-profile discussion on firearms, “The Politics of Guns in America,” took place Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. Institute director Darren R. Riesberg and top Obama strategist David Axelrod spoke briefly at the start of the program and panel members, who included Mayor Rahm Emanuel,(…)

Zines get their day at Regenstein

The Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago Library, 1100 E. 57th St., opened the exhibit “My Life is an Open Book: D.I.Y. Autobiography” Monday Jan. 14. The exhibit features “zines,” or small, self-published magazines, primarily written by women. A major cultural phenomenon in the 1980s and 90s, zines circulated among friends and(…)

King celebrated at DuSable next Monday

The DuSable Museum of African American History will begin its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration with a live screening of the inauguration of President Barack Obama for his second term at President of the United States of America. The inauguration broadcast will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, and end following(…)

Sharing spaces returns with Augustana tour

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Interfaith Council is resuming its Sharing Sacred Spaces tour this month. This second round of tours will be held monthly through May. On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3:30 p.m., the council will lead a tour of Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)

Civil rights inform Logan Center exhibit

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Canadian artists Duane Linklater and Brian Jungen, whose Logan Center exhibit “Modest Livelihood” addresses civil rights issues behind a wave of recent protests in Canada, will speak in the tower’s Performance Penthouse, 915 E. 60th St., next Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. Logan Center visual arts program(…)

Manz organ series fundraiser

Manz organ series fundraiser

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Paul Manz Organ Series is hosting its first fundraiser in order to keep the series running. The Paul Manz Organ Series, which is now in its seventh season, is a lunch time musical performance that takes place from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of(…)

New scholarship at DuSable seeks to help mothers

New scholarship at DuSable seeks to help mothers

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum announced the launch of a new scholarship that will support single mothers who wish to return to school. The late Dorothy Lajewel Myree, who was a social worker and teacher in Chicago Public Schools, requested that The Dr. Margaret Burroughs Scholarship Fund be established for African(…)

Local music director to lead University Chorus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mollie Stone was named the acting assistant conductor of the University of Chicago’s University Chorus. She will be directing the University Chorus Winter Concert, which will take place in March. Stone received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 2001, her master’s degree in conducting from Westminster Choir College(…)