News In Brief

Hyde Park businesses head to campus

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its First Thursday networking session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 6, at Ida Noyes Hall’s third floor theater, 1212 E. 59th St. The event highlighting chamber members will be hosted by the U. of C.’s student newspaper, The Chicago Maroon, and will be sponsored(…)

Tickets to watch campus Republican gubernatorial forum available today

Tickets will be available starting at noon today for a Republican gubernatorial forum taking place on the U. of C. campus at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, March 4. The 60-minute event moderated by NBC 5 political editor Carol Marin will feature Dan Rutherford, Kirk Dillard, Bill Brady and front-runner Bruce Rauner, followed by a half-hour(…)

Institute of Politics’ Darren Reisberg joins Illinois Task Force on Civic Education

U. of C. Institute of Politics Executive Director Darren Reisberg has been appointed to Illinois’ Task Force on Civic Education. Reisberg met for the first time last Friday with the 13-member task force, assigned to examine civic education in Illinois and present recommendations to the General Assembly. The task force was created last spring after(…)

Executive director named for University of Chicago Delhi campus

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago named Bharath Visweswariah, a business and management consultant in India, as the executive director of the university’s Center in Delhi earlier this month. The center is expected to open in March. Visweswariah will create and oversee administrative functions, staffing the center and implementing a strategic plan(…)

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds in trouble again

Former Illinois 2nd Congressional District U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds was deported from Zimbabwe last Sunday, after pleading guilty Friday to a visa violation but being dismissed on charges of pornography possession. Reynolds was arrested in Zimbabwe’s capital city Harare last Monday. The disgraced ex-Congressman and onetime Rhodes Scholar – who resigned on the heels of(…)

U. of C. student found dead Sat

A 20-year-old University of Chicago student was found dead in his room at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in Booth House in International House, 1414 E. 59th St. Nicholas Brastin Barnes was a third-year Germanic Studies student at the college. Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for Campus Life and Student Services, and Dean of Students(…)

Fire at new fast food spot delays opening

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park restaurant was gutted by fire days before it was scheduled to open. Wingers, 1638 E. 53rd St., caught fire Feb. 5. Management company MAC Property spokesman Peter Cassel said there was smoke damage to three apartments above the restaurant but no injuries. Fire damage was contained to(…)

MSI to host free days through February

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) will be offering free museum entry for kids through Feb. 28. Free days at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities include: “See lightning strike — indoors! Manipulate a tornado” – Science Storms exhibit; “Climb inside a historic(…)