Guest Columns

Chicago Ensemble to kick off 40th season at I-House

By HANNA PFEIFFER Global Voices Metcalf Fellow On Sunday, Nov.13, the Chicago Ensemble, a musical group known for its eclectic repertoire, will begin its 40th season with a performance at the University of Chicago’s International House. Pianist Gerry Rizzer, who has arranged this Sunday’s concert, explained that he founded the Chicago Ensemble 40 years ago(…)

I-House to host climate change forum, ceremony, film

By Maya Ruíz Global Voices Fellow On Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the University of Chicago’s International House will host two events to explore how North American governments, the City of Chicago and local institutions can fight climate change. The(…)

University of Chicago falls short in volleyball match

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In spite of a 25-17 explosion to win their first set of the match, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Womens Volleyball Team fell 3 sets to 1, in a best of five series match against 11th ranked Juniata College on Saturday evening at the Gerald Ratner Athletic Center,(…)

Op-Ed: Mikva’s Lesson on Democracy Resonates Today

I grew up four blocks away from Abner Mikva’s house in Evanston. In the late 70’s, my contact with then Congressman Mikva was limited to trips to his house on Halloween when he or one of his family members would hand out full size Hershey bars to the neighborhood ghosts and pirates. I appreciated his largesse so(…)

Muhammed Ali remembered by South Side activists

Boxing legend and activist Muhammad Ali died Friday, June 3 in Arizona surrounded by his family. Ali, who was 74 years old, died after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Although Ali was born in Louisville, Ky., he moved to Hyde Park in the mid-1960s and lived in the neighborhood on and off for about(…)

Shop Talk: From basketball to professional barber

Shop Talk: From basketball to professional barber

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS  Sports Writer A former semi-pro basketball player and current barber at the infamous Hyde Park Hair Salon, 5234 S. Blackstone Ave., De Andre Lindsey has established himself as one of the top stylists in the city when it comes to precise cuts, fades and trimmings. “I’ve been cutting hair since I was(…)

International House to host Funkadesi, Tsukasa Taiko at Annual Festival of Nations

By Patrick Reilly Global Voices Interview Editor On Saturday, May 21, International House (I-House) will host international music groups Funkadesi and Tsukasa Taiko for its annual Festival of Nations, a tradition that dates back to International House’s early years. This three-hour celebration, where students from around the world will offer up their native foods and cultures,(…)

“Stop gap” funding will keep lights on at CSU but for how long?

Barbara Flynn Currie State Representative (d-25) I was the lead sponsor of the measure that will keep state universities and community colleges open, for at least a little while. It will also fund almost a semester’s worth of tuition costs for low-income college students. The measure passed, handily, in each chamber of the General Assembly.(…)

A glimmer of hope for CSU

A glimmer of hope for CSU

Kwame Raoul State Senator (D-13) Some good news came out of Springfield last week as the governor signed legislation that finally releases some state money for college students and public universities. It allows Chicago State University, which had been expected to run out of money and close its doors on April 30, to stay open(…)

A victory for state funded schools but still no permanent solution

A victory for state funded schools but still no permanent solution

Christian Mitchell State Rep. (D-26) Last week, in an important victory for our students in higher education, the Illinois legislature passed a bill that provided emergency funding for some of our most cash-strapped public colleges and universities – including Chicago State University. Without this funding, CSU would have been forced to close its doors on(…)

International House to host Latin American Policy Forum

Patrick Reilly Global Voices Interviews Editor Since 1932, International House at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) has brought students and scholars from around the world together in a diverse residential community that builds life-long qualities of leadership, respect, and friendship. Eight decades after its establishment, International House continues to fulfill the vision of(…)

Kids take part in spring break activities at HPNC

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS  Sports Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club hosted its first spring break camp for kids in Hyde Park between the ages 5-13. “A lot of our programs follow [Chicago Public Schools’] calendar,” said Blair Root, Out of School Time Program Director for the HPNC, 5480 S Kenwood Ave. “So when CPS is(…)

“Legends” Little League Baseball program a pillar in the community

“Legends” Little League Baseball program a pillar in the community

By Joseph Phillips  Sports Writer As a Real Estate Broker during the day and a Little League Baseball Coach at night, Greg Faulkner, chief secretary officer of the Hyde Park Kenwood Legends Little League Baseball Program, describes himself as a man on a mission. That mission is to change many lives through baseball, the game(…)

Hyde Park businessmen use chess app to help students excel

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer When it comes to a Chess Master, few can compete with the likes, ranks and royalties of 11-time World Chess Champ and legend , Bobby Fischer. But when it comes to the business of chess, three visionaries from Hyde Park would hope to challenge that perception by investing in the many lives(…)

HP Neighborhood Club 3-on-3 Basketball tournament

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club hosted its first Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, April 10, at the University of Chicago’s Gerald Ratner Center, 5530 S. Ellis Ave. “We call it the Hyde Park Classic,” said Sarah Diwan, executive director of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC). “It’s our first year hosting(…)

Nichols Park, a safe haven for basketball players

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer With over 13 years of coaching experience in the game of basketball, coach Mike Hill, an employee of Nichols Park Community Center, 1355 E. 53rd St., has impacted so many lives throughout his career in the Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) circuit. But in spite of his influence, Hill believes that(…)

The South Side with Natalie Moore and Rick Perlstein

By Sophia Benzarti Global Voices Metcalf Fellow On March 31st,the Global Voices Author Lecture Series at International House will partner with the UChicago Urban Network, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore to present “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” WBEZ’s Natalie Moore(…)

Local trainer offers fitness tips in observance of National Athletic Training Month

Local trainer offers fitness tips in observance of National Athletic Training Month

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In observance of National Athletic Training Month, Bo Leonard, a certified athletic trainer for Athletico, 1644 E. Hyde Park Blvd., is providing health and fitness tips for athletes throughout the community. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about all(…)

The HPNC girls junior roller derby league starts training

The HPNC girls junior roller derby league starts training

By Joseph Phillips  Sports Writer The Second City Slaughter Jr. Roller Derby team held its first fundamental camp for girls ages 8-18, March 26, at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. “This is my first season as an instructor with the Second City Slaughter,” said Ragner Rockner, roller derby instructor for the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club,(…)

Obama is setting a high bar for next U. S. President

Obama is setting a high bar for next U. S. President

Editor’s Note: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha arrived in Cuba on Sunday, March 20. This is the first time a U.S. President has traveled to Cuba in about 88 years. This column is in response to Obama’s decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. By Rev. Jesse Jackson(…)