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U. of C. Dems take part in the 2016 race through debate

U. of C. Dems take part in the 2016 race through debate

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While the nation is awaiting the last two democratic debates on Feb. 11 and March 9 before the primary elections, the University of Chicago Democrats (UC Dems) are jumping into the political heat. The UC Dems are a student-run organization of the University of Chicago (U. of C.) that was(…)

Revels prepare for 2016 show at Quadrangle Club

Revels prepare for 2016 show at Quadrangle Club

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer What started as a long-standing tradition of satirical comedy poking fun at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) and its inhabitant’s returns for the Quadrangle Club’s 2016 Revels. This year’s show titled, “Grand Hotel Parc Cache-Cache” follows some of the presidential candidates and their plot to take over a(…)

Orchestra in Indonesia formed by Hyde Parkers is making a big impact

Orchestra in Indonesia formed by Hyde Parkers is making a big impact

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Jan. 12, two Hyde Park residents, Michael Hall and Robert Nordling, set out for Bandung, Indonesia, to create the city’s first professional Orchestra. Hall, a violist, and Nordling, a conductor, have been organizing the endeavor for over a year. The idea surfaced after Nordling received a call from his(…)

Supreme Jewelers to be closed

Supreme Jewelers to be closed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Supreme Jewelers will be closing its doors after 68 years of serving the community as a quality, jewelry store in Hyde Park. Owner Michael McGuire said that the store will be closing on March 31. “I thought long and hard about it, but I have been doing this since 1959(…)

U.S. Secretary of Labor speaks at U. of C.

U.S. Secretary of Labor speaks at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez visited the the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Thursday, Jan. 21, to speak on an economic movement he calls “Conscious Capitalism” and how it is driving America toward a vision of ‘shared prosperity.’ Perez appeared in conversation with(…)

Coalition questions speedy church demolition

Coalition questions speedy church demolition

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sunday, Jan. 17, community residents and parishioners of Shrine of Christ the King gathered in the auditorium of First Presbyterian, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave., to discuss the fate of a historic Woodlawn church that faces imminent demolition. The congregation of Shrine of Christ the King was displaced from 6401(…)

Treasure Island pipe burst

Treasure Island pipe burst

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Pedestrian and car traffic near Treasure Island Foods was rerouted today due to a burst pipe in the grocery store. The burst happened in a small room on the northeast side of the store, according to a representative from Treasure Island Foods, 1526 E. 55th St. Water flowed into the(…)

Anti-Violence organization finds support in Hyde Park

Anti-Violence organization finds support in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The South Side anti-violence organization Mother’s Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day by inviting children from across Chicago to dialogue with each other on issues of social justice. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, M.A.S.K. organizers working out of KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

Art from behind bars

Art from behind bars

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is showcasing work from behind prison bars at its latest exhibit, “Weight of Rage.” The “Weight of Rage” features poetry, paintings, sketches, stories and more of the incarcerated at Stateville Prison in Crest Hill, Ill. The exhibit officially kicked off on Saturday at an(…)

53rd St. Chase Bank robbery

53rd St. Chase Bank robbery

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department is investigating a robbery that happened at Chase Bank, 1204 E. 53rd St., Wednesday evening. According to Chicago Police, on Jan. 13, at about 5:55 p.m. a Black male in his 20s wearing a gray jacket entered the bank and announced the robbery while implying that(…)

Murray principal to be retained

Murray principal to be retained

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A unanimous vote of nine to zero resulted in the retaining of Murray Elementary School principal, Gregory Mason, at Wednesday night’s Local School Council (LSC) meeting. The open meeting began at 5:30 p.m. at Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., where 10 people spoke on Mason’s accomplishments and handling of the(…)

Haitian artist’s work on display at Blackstone Library

Haitian artist’s work on display at Blackstone Library

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jean Yves Hector, 20, is a painter from Camp-Perrin, Haiti. For the past six months, Hector has lived in Hyde Park through a residency program with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC),4654 N. Racine Ave. Twelve pieces of Hector’s work have recently gone on display in the Main Adult(…)

Chicago After Laquan McDonald

Chicago After Laquan McDonald

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Scholars, politicians, journalists and law enforcement professionals have, over recent months, debated, in public forums throughout the city, the most effective ways of manufacturing trust between residents of Chicago’s most neglected neighborhoods and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which is currently embroiled in a crisis of public relations following multiple,(…)

Supporters speak out at Brutus kick-off campaign

Supporters speak out at Brutus kick-off campaign

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Patrick Brutus’ kick-off campaign event brought out supporters and volunteers to back him up on his candidacy for the U.S. Representative of the 1st Congressional District in Illinois. Even though his candidacy has been announced since Nov. 30, Brutus and his supporters celebrated a kick-off event on Jan. 7 at(…)

Laughs abound at The Revival on opening week

Laughs abound at The Revival on opening week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer You can expect the unexpected at The Revival, but that’s of course in part due to the improv comedy shows four nights a week at Hyde Park’s new comedy theater. The thing about comedy is, sometimes the jokes are told over and over again. We’ve all heard the same joke(…)

Local artist explores new creativity in art show

Local artist explores new creativity in art show

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As Robert Borja sat in his living room in Hyde Park surrounded by dozens of his paintings hanging and explaining their various meanings, you could guess that he has a passion for painting, but you would not guess that up until recently, he never explored this passion. “I wanted to(…)