Students files discrimination suit against U. of C.

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A doctoral student at the University of Chicago (U. of. C.) filed a $1 million dollar lawsuit, Monday Nov. 7, against the university’s board of trustees. Sameena Azhar, an Indian-American woman, in the lawsuit alleges that she was fired from a position at the university when she voiced complaints about(…)

The legacy of Cuesta Benberry premieres at DuSable

The DuSable Museum of African American History’s, 740 East 56th Pl., new exhibit “The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American Quilt Scholar”opened Tuesday, Nov. 15. “The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American Quilt Scholar” is a traveling exhibition that showcases the textile collections of Cuesta Benberry, a pioneer in research on American and(…)

The Shrine gives back for the holidays with caroling and donation drive

The Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., is celebrating the joy of the holidays with a caroling event and a donation drive. Carols and Candles at the Shrine will take place Saturday, Dec. 17, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will include hot chocolate and carol singing to the lighted(…)

Iconic ships return to MSI

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer After five months of renovation, the historic collection of model ships at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., is open again to the public. The new and improved Ships Galley exhibit demonstrates the highlights of ship design and evolution through model ships. In January(…)

Murray in giving spirit for the holidays

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For the fifth year in a row, Sam Love, a 7th grade student at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., is hosting a toy drive for children affected by natural disasters and poverty. Since 2012, Love has collected a total of over 13,000 toys for both kids who live(…)

Resident offers free Thanksgiving meals

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For six years, Hyde Park resident Sharon Carney has provided a Thanksgiving meal to the homeless. This year, she has received some help from Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Lake Shore Dr., with a $400 donation to pay for the meal. “I feed the homeless because they are not invisible—-I see(…)

Metra fare to increase

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Hyde Park residents that take the Metra to commute to work, school, or for leisure activities will see an increase in the fare next year. On Friday, Nov 11, the Metra Board approved a $1.06 billion dollar budget that provides $781.2 million and $279.5 million for capital improvements in 2017.(…)

Shop small in Hyde Park this Saturday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Skip the long lines and crowded stores on Black Friday and instead, do holiday shopping at locally owned businesses on Saturday, Nov. 26, for Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday happens every year the day after Black Friday to promote shopping small for the holidays to support the businesses that(…)

70th Annual Latke-Hamantash debate at Mandel Hall tonight

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Laktke or Hamantash? The 70-year-old debate will once take place at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., Tuesday night, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The debate tradition has been in practice since 1946 and will include University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty members from various departments who will hash(…)

U. of C.’s Legal Forum’s new paper investigates black teens’ interactions with police

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A new paper published by University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Legal Forum explores police interactions with black teenagers in Chicago. The paper is in collaboration with the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, of U. of C. and the Invisible Institute’s Youth/Police Project. The article reports on what the authors; Professor(…)

Thanksgiving traditions in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place on Thursday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Hyde Park Interfaith Council has been sponsoring a community Thanksgiving celebration of all faiths for over 90 years. The service will feature readings and chants(…)

U. of C. student robbed

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A University of Chicago student was robbed Friday night, Nov 18. At 6:20 p.m. the student was walking on the sidewalk off campus on 54th Place at South Ellis Avenue when the student was approached by three unknown suspects. One of the three had a weapon and demanded the victim’s(…)

CPS to reinstate Safe Passage program at Shoesmith

CPS to reinstate Safe Passage program at Shoesmith

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The lack of Safe Passage workers at Shoesmith Elementary School was part of the discussion during its local school council (LSC) meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16. According to school officials, Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St., has not had Safe Passage workers for the school for about a year and a half.(…)

20th Annual Hyde Park Tellabration takes place this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This Sunday, Nov. 20, the 20th Annual Tellabration will take place in Hyde Park. This neighborhood storytelling tradition is a part of national day of storytelling where Tellabration events take place across the country and around the world. Over 40 storytellers will visit Hyde Park to share personal narratives, classic(…)

JPAC Turkey Trot race postponed until Tuesday

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council’s (JPAC) 10th annual Turkey Trot, which was scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18 has been postponed until Tuesday, Nov., 22. The Turkey Trot is a mile-long race for children. Each race is divided by age group: 4-6 year olds, 9-12 year olds, and 12-15 year olds.(…)

Mindfulness groups team up to quell violence

Mindfulness groups team up to quell violence

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hema Pokharna has been teaching Nonviolent Communication for 21 years on Monday nights at Regents Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. She teaches the practices of Marshall Rosenberg, who created Nonviolent Communication teachings in the 1960s. The practice of Nonviolent Communication can help foster a peaceful response rather than a(…)

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit opens at MSI

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry kicked off the holidays by opening its Christmas Around the World and the Holidays of Light exhibit, Thursday, Nov. 17. The exhibit showcases more than 50 decorated trees surrounded by a 45-foot-tall “Grand Tree” wrapped in 30,000 twinkling lights. Today, the Grand Tree was(…)

Police urge residents to be careful after reports of multiple robberies

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Chicago Police are asking residents in the Hyde Park area to be careful as a result of two robberies in the area on Wednesday night, Nov. 16. In both incidents two-to-three offenders exited a vehicle described by victims as a white van or gray SUV, possibly a Jeep, surrounded the(…)

U. of C. student robbed

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A University of Chicago student was robbed on Wednesday night, Nov. 16, off campus. The student was walking on the 5400 block of South Drexel Avenue at 7 p.m. when he was approached by two unknown men, according to Chicago Police. The men demanded that the student hand over his(…)

Promontory to kick off Chicago Podcast Festival

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The first annual podcast festival in the City of Chicago kicks off in Hyde Park. The festival begins its tour at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., Thursday, Nov. 17, and presents shows at other locations through Nov. 19. Festival Producer Jonathan Pitts came up with the idea to(…)