Timuel Black to receive honors from the Urban League

Timuel Black to receive honors from the Urban League

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Long time Bronzeville resident Timuel Black is receiving the significant honor of The Edwin C. “Bill” Berry Civil Rights Award at the Chicago Urban League’s 54th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner. Each year, the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave., honors those who have left a positive and lasting impact(…)

Program highlights power of women

Program highlights power of women

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Once a month, a group of women meet to talk about inspiration, creativity and resources in their field of work. Although these women’s careers range from designer to musician, and small business owner to photographer, these women all share one common thing: they are all a female boss. The Chicago(…)

Fight erupts in store

Fight erupts in store

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Joush Om, the owner of Valley of Jordan Food, 1009 E. 53rd St., was arrested last Friday, Oct. 23, following an argument with a 12-year-old middle school student. Ebony Byrd Wesley, the boy’s mother, said that after her son used only pennies to pay for a ten cent piece of(…)

Boutique hotel meeting talks design and parking

Boutique hotel meeting talks design and parking

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The second meeting for the boutique hotel proposal for 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue took place last night to discuss the design’s concept and to address the pressing concerns of the community. GREC Architects presented a design rendering for what the seven-story hotel might look like. Greg Randall, from GREC(…)

Does community policing work?

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) has long been touted by law enforcement and elected officials as an effective means of addressing the discord between police officers and minority communities. However, The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100), a social justice organization located in Hyde Park (5733 S. University Ave.),(…)

Student organization calls for reform of UCPD oversight committee

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization at the University of Chicago, held a series of events last week with the ultimate goal of encouraging reforms within the university-appointed committee charged with reviewing complaints brought against the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). The CEP’s week of teach-ins,(…)

Improv to return to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An art form that began in Hyde Park is getting a revival, literally, with a newly established comedy club that will dedicate itself to entertaining audiences, and of course, making people laugh along the way. Hyde Park resident John Stoops has always had a love of comedy, particularly improvisational comedy,(…)

Hyde Park Junior Spartans Football Makes Impact On The Community


Hyde Park Junior Spartans Football Makes Impact On The Community


By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The Hyde Park Junior Spartans hosted the Gators of Garfield Park in a highly anticipated first round playoff match-up, Saturday, Oct. 31., at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The team boasts some of the top talent of the Chicago South Town United Youth Football League (UYFL).(…)

Storytelling on Hyde Park’s history

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Hyde Park Historical Society will feature a special presentation about the stories that surround Hyde Park’s history. Susan O’Connor Davis, author of “Chicago’s Hyde Park History”, will discuss little-known stories about the neighborhood and their historic significance. The event will take place at the Augustana(…)

Performance art at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Dread Scott, an acclaimed and unconventional artist, will be at the DuSable Museum of African American History, Nov. 12, for a performance art lecture titled “Dread Scott: Revolutionary Art, Propelling History Forward.” The event will take a look at Scott’s artistic endeavors over the past 25 years, which include installations,(…)

Student organization continues action against UCPD

Student organization continues action against UCPD

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization at the University of Chicago, held a series of events last week with the ultimate goal of encouraging reforms within the university-appointed committee charged with reviewing complaints brought against the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). The CEP’s week of teach-ins,(…)

Modern Cooperative celebrates grand opening on Friday

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park will add another unique retailer to its growing list when Modern Cooperative holds its grand opening this Friday. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Modern Cooperative, 1500 E. 53rd St., will show the public what it has to offer in vintage and furniture, handmade décor and one of(…)

Jewish leaders call on U. of C. to keep its trauma care commitments

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Sunday, Nov. 1, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) will host a community meeting urging the University of Chicago to maintain its commitment of bringing trauma care to Chicago’s South Side. On Sept. 10, U. of C. announced it would be partnering with Sinai Health Systems to open(…)

Hyde Park woman the victim of attempted carjacking at gas station

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 25, Hyde Park resident Olivia Spells was the victim of an attempted carjacking at the gas station on the corner of 51st Street and Cornell Avenue. At approximately 2:45 a.m., Spells was driving to her home in the 4800 block of S. Chicago(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society seeks nominations for the 2016 Paul Cornell Award

Hyde Park Historical Society seeks nominations for the 2016 Paul Cornell Award

The Hyde Park Historical Society is currently seeking nominations for Paul Cornell Awards, named after Hyde Park Township’s founder. These awards recognize individuals and organizations whose work exemplify the values and objectives of the society: recording Hyde Park’s history, preserving Hyde Park artifacts and documents, education, and promoting public interest in Hyde Park history.  The(…)

University of Chicago Medicine earns high safety ratings

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Earlier today, The Leapfrog Group, an industry watchdog that tracks hospital safety nationwide, awarded University of Chicago Medicine (U. of C.) with its 8th consecutive A rating. This places the university’s medical center among an elite group of 133 institutions dubbed by Leapfrog as Straight A hospitals. Since Leapfrog launched(…)

When art and culture collide

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of Chicago Artists Month, the Hyde Park Art Center is hosting a special event this Saturday with a cultural twist. The Night Market: Where Art and Spirit Dance, will take place right outside of the art center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 31.(…)

FBI head visits U. of C. campus

FBI head visits U. of C. campus

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An affluent alumnus returned to his alma mater at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Law School on Friday to discuss important and controversial topics of today’s criminal justice system. James Comey, director of the FBI, graduated in 1985 from the U. of C. Law School. He returned to(…)

Star got his start in Hyde Park

Star got his start in Hyde Park

By MARISSA WARNER Special Contributor Stephen Bishop has gained well-earned notoriety as the breakout star of the BET drama “Being Mary Jane” (BMJ). While he continues to branch out in Hollywood, very few may know about his Hyde Park roots. Bishop can recall breaking for lunch at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., and(…)

HPNC providing space for young athletes

HPNC providing space for young athletes

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, Wan’Yae Kelly, a Kenwood Academy sophomore, was the only person present on the empty, hardwood-floored basketball court in the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. Closer to 5 p.m., a stream of about 15 high school students filled the gymnasium.(…)