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Big week for Harper Court

Big week for Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Office tenants will begin moving into Harper Court this week, just ahead of the project’s grand opening. Administrative personnel from the information technology services, alumni relations and facilities services departments will all begin moving into the office tower, 5235 S. Harper Ct., on Nov. 7. The moves should be complete(…)

Teacher reaches out to Hyde Park for new program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Educator Lauren Beitler held a meeting for Hyde Park parents Tuesday night to survey interest in the start of a school that emphasizes a democratic process. Beitler, who is a graduate of the University of Chicago Urban Education Initiative program, was a middle school teacher at several schools on(…)

Scary rumors trafficking in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some Hyde Parkers heard quite a scary story this Halloween. Rumors started flying that the University of Chicago and the South East Chicago Commission were planning to block all vehicular traffic from 53rd Street. The SECC’s 53rd Street Twitter feed, @HydePark53, tweeted Thursday afternoon “How would you feel if east(…)

World Sport aids CPS

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has a new partnership with World Sport Chicago (WSC) to promote participation in its 30+20+10 pilot physical education program. CPS implemented the 30+20+10 program to improve the health and wellness of Chicago’s students. It is a part of the city’s faceted public health agenda Healthy(…)

U. of C. receives $10M gift to improve public schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) received a $10 million gift to help it continue its work in enhancing the state of urban schools in Chicago and nationwide. Chicago philanthropists Paula and James Crown committed the large monetary gift to the program to support UEI’s student achievement,(…)

Court’s Newell gains award

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell won the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Foundation’s (SDCF) Zelda Finchandler Award last week. The prestigious distinction, which comes with an unrestricted $5,000 grant, is awarded by the New York City-based foundation to “an oustanding director or choreographer making an exceptional contribution(…)

Kenwood teen driving competition

Kenwood Academy High School students are rallying community members to commit to safe driving. Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is participating in Celebrate My Drive, a State Farm-sponsored program that teaches teens how to have fun but also be responsible when driving. The program also helps schools raise money for school improvements such as enhancements(…)

Art at Ray

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School hired Lori Dana as its new art teacher. The decision to hire the teacher was based partly on a survey issued to the community from the school’s local school council (LSC). Chicago Public Schools (CPS) budget cuts left only room for one arts education teacher and(…)