Science movie and discussion by Doc Films

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer “The Martian” will be shown in partnership with University of Chicago (U. of C.) Science on the Screen and Doc Films at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., on Jan. 9 for $5. The movie is nominated for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy for the 2016 Golden Globes. The(…)

Chicago Public School teachers authorize strike

Chicago Public School teachers authorize strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a three-day voting period across all Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) voted, Dec. 14, to authorize a strike if needed in the upcoming future. Ninety six percent of the CTU’s voting members voted “yes” to authorize a strike. Overall, 88 percent of the CTU membership(…)

Boutique hotel talks resume

Boutique hotel talks resume

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The third conversation between community members and developers of a new boutique hotel, which will be located at 1411 E. 53rd St., took place Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Hyatt Place, 5225 S. Harper Ct. Over the past few months, parking has surfaced as the most prominent issue surrounding the boutique(…)

Kenwood crowns DuSable in conference match

Kenwood crowns DuSable in conference match

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Coming off an impressive victory over King College Prep on Tuesday night, the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos (5-1) hosted conference foes the DuSable High School Panthers (0-3) in a game featuring two of the city’s top players, which also happen to be Kenwood students, Zion Morgan and Nick Robinson of Kenwood. Although Morgan(…)

Parents continue to question the necessity of standardized tests

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The issue of standardized testing has been widely discussed and challenged in the education sphere. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is one of those tests that are surrounded with differing opinions and resistance. The PARCC tests math and English language arts (ELA) for students(…)

Looking ahead to plant in spring

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Openlands, an organization that protects the natural and open spaces of Illinois, is accepting applications for its 2016 TreePlanters Grant. The grant will be used to plant trees in neighborhoods throughout various communities, and residents in Chicago have from now until Jan. 11 to apply for a chance for their(…)

DuSable celebrates Kwanzaa

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This weekend, the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., begins its annual celebration of Kwanzaa. The festivities begin at noon on Saturday, Dec. 26, in the museum’s Illinois Black Legislators Auditorium (ILBA) with celebration of umoja, which means unity. The celebrations will continue on Sunday, in(…)

Obama Foundation hones in on possible library architects

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Monday morning, The Barack Obama Foundation narrowed its search for a designer of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) down to seven architectural firms. In August, the Obama Foundation issued a Request for Qualifications to which 140 architectural firms responded. Since mid September, the foundation has been reviewing the field of(…)

Christmas Eve events in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The countdown to Christmas is in single digits, and if you haven’t made plans for Christmas Eve yet, two events in Hyde Park will get you in the holiday spirit. On Thursday, the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., holds its traditional Christmas service beginning at 4 p.m. Carols(…)

HPKCAC questions its future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) meets once a month to discuss area schools and the current issues. However, the council is having its own issues with attendance and commitment at their meetings. The council was created almost two years ago, and the eight HPKCAC members that were at(…)

La Rabida benefits from Michael Jordan settlement

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer La Rabida Children’s Hospital will receive a portion of the $8.9 million awarded to Michael Jordan this past summer when a jury ruled that a 2009 Dominick’s advertisement unlawfully used the legendary athlete’s name. Jordan announced on Tuesday, Dec. 15, that he would be donating the settlement money to 23(…)

U. of C. changes course, brings adult trauma care center to Hyde Park

U. of C. changes course, brings adult trauma care center to Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In a surprising turn of events, University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) announced Thursday morning that it will construct an adult level one trauma care center on its Hyde Park campus. The decision deviates from the university’s previous intentions of partnering with Sinai Health System to bring a center to Holy(…)

Watch the debate with aldermen

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The third Democratic debate takes place this Saturday, Dec. 19 and Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Roderick Sawyer (6th) are hosting a viewing party. The debate between Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley will begin at 7 p.m. The Aldermen’s debate viewing will be(…)

Man’s body pulled from Jackson Park Lagoon

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) Marine Unit pulled the body of an unidentified 20-30 year old man out of Jackson Park’s West Lagoon Saturday, Dec. 12. The corpse was recovered after law enforcement officials responded to a call from the 5800 block of S. Cornell Ave. at 9:30 a.m. that(…)

Incident of public indecency in Kenwood

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After an unidentified man inappropriately exposed himself to a teenage girl on Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the 4700 block of S. Ellis Ave., 2nd District police issued a community alert to resident of Hyde Park and Kenwood. The incident took place at 9:40 a.m., Tuesday, as the teenager was walking(…)

Jane Averill remembered as a passionate teacher

Jane Averill remembered as a passionate teacher

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park lost a long-time community member and passionate teacher Monday Dec. 7. Jane Averill passed away after her battle with cancer. Averill was a pre-K teacher at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., from 2001 until April of this year when she retired. Inside her classroom, room 413,(…)

Project 120 update

Project 120 update

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Cultural Center, 50 E. Washington St., hosted a lecture on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10, that focused on the history and future of the city’s South Side parks. The discussion, titled “The South Parks: An American Story,” was led by Bob Karr, president of Project 120, the non-profit organization(…)

State legislators call for expanded DOJ investigation

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (13th), state Rep. Christian Mitchell (26th) and the remaining 30 members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC) have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to expand the scope of its patterns and practices investigation of the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The ILBC penned a(…)

Red Mango closed

Red Mango closed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a year of a half in the neighborhood, Red Mango’s Harper Court location, 5221 S. Harper Ct., has closed permanently. According to a statement from the University of Chicago, the owner of Red Mango made the decision to close the weekend of Nov. 28. No details about the reason(…)

Holiday concert at Hyde Park Union Church

Holiday concert at Hyde Park Union Church

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Union Church is hosting a free holiday concert this weekend. Hyde Park’s Le Cantanti Di Chicago women’s choir, led by Dhilanthi Fernando will perform at the concert, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)