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“Unbroken: Art After Injury” honors Spinal Cord Awareness Month at the Next Door Cafe, 659 W. Diversey Parkway.

Artists conquer physical limitations

September 15, 2014

When a stray bullet paralyzed Mariam Paré 17 years ago, she thought her artistic career was over.But Paré, along with Kennedy N’ganga, Amanda Barnes and Jenni Kostanski, is a featured artist in the exh...

Equal pay a civil right

May 12, 2014

The economy is slowly improving, but not everyone’s paychecks reflect that. On average, women are paid 77 cents for every dollar the average man makes, a ridiculously backward standard that needs to be remedied if the country is truly going to recover economically.President Barack Obama has increased his scrutiny of income disparity in the last six months, pressuring Congress to pass legislation that would strengthen the U.S. E...

Engineers are uncertain of autonomous technology's benefits

Autonomous technology may suffer from mood swings

May 5, 2014

Like those of a teenager, technology’s mood shifts may be dangerous.Autonomous technology, featuring devices that can operate without user guidance, has caught up with sci-fi predictions of automated cars ...

Meet treatment houses halfway

May 5, 2014

A group of residents in the West Town and Bucktown neighborhoods have filed complaints against A Fresh Start Sober Living Environments Inc., which operates eight halfway houses across the city, claiming that the facilities attract drugs and crime to otherwise quiet neighborhoods. While the houses may attract residents who engage in questionable behavior, the courts should consider the residents’ motivations for the compla...

Stitching together artistic past, present

The artists featured in DePaul’s Art Museum exhibit “From Heart to Hand” exhibit are African-American women working in Gee’s Bend, Ala. The quilts, including Mary Maxiton’s “Everybody Quilt” (pictured above) celebrate a historically rich cultural practice.

By Sarah Madera

April 28, 2014

African-American women made quilts to keep their families warm long before the Civil War, but now the quilts demonstrate a cultural artistry unique to the South. To honor the historical significance o...

In response to Feb. 24 issue of The Chronicle

In response to Feb. 24 issue of The Chronicle

March 17, 2014

I happened to pick up the Feb. 24 issue of The Chronicle at the Chicago-Main Newsstand in Evanston and really enjoyed reading the entire issue. I plan on making it a regular habit from now on. ...

Andrew Small (middle) studied music at Yale University and is now touring with Jayme Stone. 

Canadian banjoist brings folk to Chicago

March 3, 2014

Jayme Stone is proof there is still a place for traditional folk music in the modern world. Although it is encouraging that folk has found its way into pop music with the help of bands like Mumford & ...


Homemade French fries with special sauce

March 3, 2014

I know, you’re scared. You want French fries, but you hate the calories and subsequent chubbiness. You’re scared because you really want to eat them, but you just don’t know how to make your own healt...

Programming boot camp uses retroactive payments to motivate instructors

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

March 22, 2013

Near the coast in San Francisco, a class of 30 twenty-somethings hunch over fully-loaded Mac computers, completing assignments for their free nine-week programming boot camp called App Academy.The program, which started in summer 2012, doesn't remain free, however. The students may complete an App Academy session for a $3,000 refundable placeholder fee, provided they pay 15 percent of their first year's salary once they get a job i...

Game theory informs epidemic behavior

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

January 28, 2013

As Chicagoans battle this year’s flu season, researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina have been studying why some people get flu shots and others don’t, using unusual methodology: online gaming.The study examined the decision-making process behind getting a flu shot as well as the factors that dissuade people from doing so. According to Brian Richardson, director of public affairs at the Chicago Departme...

Cellphone bills new frontier for fraud

By Kaley Fowler

December 10, 2012

Cellphone bills may be the new hotbed of fraud, according to a recent Citizens Utility Board report.The report, released Dec. 7 in conjunction with the wireless research firm Validas, shows that the number of cramming charges, or fraudulent third-party fees for services that customers have not solicited, has almost doubled during the last year.The findings indicate that scam artists are targeting cellphone users who do not c...

Illinois could be next to recognize gay marriage

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

December 10, 2012

Although same-sex couples can’t marry in Illinois, Chicago scored 95 out of 100 for LGBT-friendliness on the new Municipal Equality Index published Nov. 27 by the Human Rights Campaign.The MEI scores cities based on a list of 47 criteria under six broad categories, including “nondiscrimination laws,” “relationship recognition by the city” and “municipality as employer,” according to Paul Guequierre, the HRC’s dep...

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