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U. of C. to host future of healthcare under Trump discussion

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The University of Chicago will be hosting a discussion titled, “Single Payer 101: The Future of Healthcare under Trump,” Friday afternoon, Dec. 9, at the Biological Sciences Learning Center, 924 E. 57th St. The discussion will focus on single payer healthcare and the future of the American healthcare system under(…)

CPS and U. of C. create website to help students choose high schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has partnered with University of Chicago’s UChicago Impact to create High School Bound, a website made to help elementary school students decide which high school is best the best fit for them. When students visit the site at, which went live on Monday, Dec. 5,(…)

WhistleSTOP program to host mini-launch

A recent spike in crime in the Hyde Park neighborhood over the last few weeks has some Hyde Park residents on high alert, and as a result, some are looking for ways to stay safe. The WhistleSTOP program will host a mini-launch, Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Harper Court, 5235(…)

4th Ward aldermanic race in motion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The nomination papers for 4th Ward Alderman candidates were closed Monday, Nov. 28, and six people are officially on the ballot for the special election in February of 2017. Ald. Sophia King (4th), who was appointed alderman by Mayor Rahm Emanel after Will Burns abruptly stepped down in March; Marcellus(…)

Circle Pines trees at Nichols

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For many Hyde Parker residents, picking out a Christmas tree from Circle Pines Center is a yearly holiday tradition. This year, Circle Pines is still selling pre-ordered trees to keep the tradition alive. The Circle Pines Center, located in Delton, Mich., began selling trees in the Hyde Park neighborhood in(…)

Hyde Park Holly-Day

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local businesses will host various activities throughout the day during Hyde Park Holly-Day on Saturday, Dec. 10. The holiday fun begins at 10 a.m. at Einstein Bros. Bagels, 5225 South Harper Court, with a special breakfast with the big man himself: Santa Claus. An ice carving demonstration by a professional(…)

Shrine Donation Drive at U. of C.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Shrine of Christ the King’s Carols and Candles Clothing and Toy Drive is visiting the University of Chicago this Friday, Dec. 9, to make it convenient for faculty and students to donate items for those in need this holiday season. Gently used or new clothes for all ages and(…)

Vends + Vibes returns this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This year’s Vends + Vibes arts marketplace is set for this weekend on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11. The annual marketplace features handmade crafts and unique products designed by South Side artists and entrepreneurs. This year’s 28 vendors will sell items such as jewelry, vegan popcorn, soap, clothing,(…)

Storytelling weekend at K.A.M.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., is hosting a special weekend of storytelling this Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10. The Jacob J. Weinstein Committee is celebrating the work of author Howard Schwartz, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who collects and re-tells(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society hosts holiday party

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) is hosting its annual holiday party, Sunday, Dec. 11. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the HPHS headquarters, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. Festive refreshments will be accompanied by live music from Andy Carter and Friends. This event(…)

Woodlawn Resource Center to host hiring fair

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Woodlawn Resource Center, 6144 S. Cottage Grove Ave., will host a hiring event, Wednesday, Dec. 14, from noon to 2 p.m., for those seeking employment. Hiring managers will be on-site and are looking to fill a variety of positions, which include: sales associate, independent living coach, nanny/sitter, tutor, driver, caregiver,(…)

Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Interreligious Leadership Award given to CTS student

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Teresa Pasquale Mateus has been named this year’s winner of the Chicago Theological Seminary’s (CTS) Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Interreligious Leadership Award. Mateus is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity at CTS and won the Leadership Award based on her submitted essay. Her essay, titled, “Mitakuye Oyasin: A Call to(…)

Chicago Bulls to host charity event at MSI

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) will host their 17th annual holiday party on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. The holiday party is for students between the ages of 5-13 who reside in CHA family housing(…)

U. of C. President signs letter in support of DACA

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) President Robert J. Zimmer signed a statement, Tuesday, Nov. 28, in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. DACA is an immigration policy created in 2012 by President Barack Obama, for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as(…)

HP Players perform poetic verse in newest production

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players (HPCP) is bringing back the times of poetic verses and verbal splendor through their latest production, “The Lady’s Not for Burning.” Originally written by Christopher Fry in the 1940s, the play, directed by Player Paul Baker, is set in the 1400s in the midst of(…)

Police alert residents following robberies

 Staff Writer Police are giving notice to residents in the area of robbery related incidents that occurred this month. In both incidents, the offenders approached the victims on the sidewalk pulled out a handgun and demanded property from the victims before fleeing the area. The incidents occurred within 10 minutes of each(…)

Smart café gets new name in honor of benefactor

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., is changing the name of the Smart café to Miriam’s Café in honor of Miriam Graham, who was a longstanding benefactor to the museum. The official dedication will take place tomorrow, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Activities include(…)

Community groups help refugee family move into Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park community has always been one that is welcoming to diversity and to all walks of life. This coming month, Hyde Park will be welcoming a Syrian refugee family to the neighborhood through the Hyde Park Refugee Project. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., the Hyde Park(…)

Report looks at effectiveness of selective enrollment schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Selective enrollment high schools in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district may not be as better academically compared to other schools as previously perceived. A new report this month from the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Consortium on School Research compared students in CPS’ 11 selective enrollment schools at(…)

Report investigates black teens’ interactions with police

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A new report published by University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Legal Forum explores police interactions with black teenagers in Chicago. The report titled  “Youth/Police Encounters on Chicago’s South Side: Acknowledging the Realities” is in collaboration with the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, of U. of C. and the Invisible Institute’s Youth/Police(…)