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College Assembly to unify campus

By Heather Scroering

December 12, 2011

Opportunities for students, staff and faculty to work together on a college campus can be rare. However, the creation of the College Assembly is doing just that by bringing the community together to create change.The College Assembly is an “information sharing” committee consisting of constituents of student, full- and part-time faculty and staff bodies, which will meet throughout each semester to discuss both internal and ...

Officials unite

By Gregory Cappis

December 5, 2011

To ensure students focus more on their schoolwork and less on safety, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department are using a new technique to help put schoolchildren’s minds at ease.The departments are collaborating with the use of the strategic control computer program, CompStat, to help deter crime in and around schools. The program is already being used by the CPD and will now be used to target crime trend...

Bolivia’s nature legislation something to strive for

By Heather McGraw

May 8, 2011

Some of us in Chicago may love the iconic Ferris wheel at Navy Pier, but if we’re speaking truthfully, a cornfield is almost certainly more of a state symbol than a carnival ride. Midwestern farmers have undoubtedly dealt with decades of struggles regarding their crops, and their battle likely isn’t over yet because new federal budget talks might include cutting funds to farm subsidies, according to a May 4 Washington Post...

Detained journalist’s colleagues, friends hold rally for his release at Northwestern University

By Heather McGraw

May 1, 2011

A Northwestern University alumnus who, as of press time, has been detained in Libya for more than three weeks, is gaining some support from some students and professors at his alma mater.Roughly 40 people gathered outside Crowe Hall, 1860 Campus Drive, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus on April 27. The rally is part of a nationwide movement called “Free Foley,” a campaign to raise awareness of the detainment of Jim Foley, ...

Chicago Tea Party rallies on Tax Day

By Heather McGraw

April 24, 2011

The U.S. government changed the deadline to file taxes this year but that didn’t prevent the Chicago Tea Party from holding its third annual Tax Day rally to gather support for the movement.Tea Party members gathered outside Daley Plaza on April 18 to hear speakers from across the nation talk about the party’s future and what impact the Chicago group will have on it.Speakers at the event included Rep. Joe Walsh, of Illin...

Catholics protest church’s refusal to recognize women’s ordination

By Heather McGraw

April 21, 2011

While some Catholic women have taken on ministerial roles in their church, the Vatican is holding strong to its law that only allows men to be ordained.Protest vigils were held on April 19 as part of a week-long nationwide movement by Catholics who oppose the church’s stance on the issue of women’s ordination. Many of the protests took place outside cathedrals in different cities performing Chrism masses, a ceremony where mal...

New ruling on Plan B One-Step in Illinois

By Heather McGraw

April 17, 2011

A recent Circuit Court ruling in downstate Sangamon County threatens women's abilities to receive emergency contraception.Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich pushed through legislation in 2005 that required all pharmacists to carry Plan B. This legislation later became known as “The Rule.”Pharmacies will now have the option to refuse stocking and selling the medication after a ruling by Judge John Belz, of the 7th Judicial Ci...

End of an era in 50th Ward

By Cristina Aguirre

April 10, 2011

Having lost the bid for re-election to what would have been his 11th term, Alderman Berny Stone (50th Ward) said he still has some things he wants to say about Chicago and the changing face of its City Council.Stone was drawn into a run-off race in the Feb. 22 general election after nearly 40 years representing the 50th Ward. On April 5, the longest-serving alderman in the City Council lost his seat when challenger Debra Silverstein took nearly 62 percent of the vote. Stone won 38 percent of the 9,629 ballots cast, according to the Chicago Board of Elections.

Group helps ease murder rate

By Heather McGraw

April 3, 2011

Within months of being released from prison in 2002, Zale Hoddenbach was approached by a stranger who seemed to know a lot about his life.The man was working for an organization called CeaseFire, a group which interferes in gang violence. He contacted Hoddenbach to recruit him as one of the group’s "violence interrupters". After a few failed attempts, the man finally convinced Hoddenbach to come on a response call. Hoddenba...

Creationism does not have place in public classrooms

By Heather McGraw

April 3, 2011

Here’s a scenario: The U.S. Supreme Court acts under its appellate jurisdiction and makes a ruling against a certain act. If a person thereafter commits said act, that person would be doing something illegal.So why has Beau Schaefer, biology teacher at Libertyville High School in Illinois, not been fired from his job?Schaefer admitted to the Community High School District 128 School Board in March that he was teaching creationi...

Obama’s image used in anti-abortion billboards

By Heather McGraw

April 3, 2011

“Every 21 minutes our next future leader is aborted,” reads a billboard featuring President Barack Obama’s profile as a new anti-abortion ad campaign got underway last week in some of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods.Life Always, a nonprofit anti-abortion organization founded in Texas in the beginning of 2011, unveiled three of its 30 new billboard advertisements at a press conference at an empty lot at 58th and S...

Nuclear concerns highlighted

By Heather McGraw

March 27, 2011

Japan’s dire nuclear situation has many Americans concerned about the state of nuclear power in the U.S., causing a surge in preventative medication purchases and re-evaluation of the country’s nuclear energy needs.When Japan was hit with a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11, it caused a fatal tsunami and shifted the tectonic plates, moving Japan 13 feet closer to the U.S. These natural phenomena caused the nuclear react...

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