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Written by karichicago on Dec 9, 2013

“The children are at a better school.” According to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, he wanted to give the children who were “trapped” in these local underperforming schools a better chance at life. However, the mayor failed to realize that moving schools does not guarantee moving up. According to Becky Vevea and Linda Lutton, who work for WBEZ91.5, they state, “[…] in a 2009 study of school closings, the Consortium on Chicago School Research found that between 2001 and 2006, most students whose schools were closed by the district re-enrolled in schools that were academically weak. Consortium researchers found that most students lost academic ground in the year their school was slated for closure. And once they were in their new school, they continued on an academic trajectory that was just like the trajectory of the closed school.” The fact is most of the students I interviewed found it...

Written by karichicago on Dec 9, 2013

I owe a mini apology to my readers. I have not been blogging as much as before because I recently e-mailed Ms. Byrd-Bennett and other people that work for Chicago Public Schools (CPS); however, they have yet to respond to my e-mails. Because of this, I was relying on certain information that was never distributed which increasingly slowed down my blogging. Nonetheless, this will not happen again!


Thank you and sorry for the delay!


Happy Monday!

Written by chloeanne on Dec 7, 2013

Here is an infograph I created on Piktochart highlighting poverty percentages in 2012. All of my information was taken from sources such as the United States Census Bureau and Wikipedia statistics on population sizes of both countries and states/territories in the U.S.

I thought that an infograph would help people visualize how many people in our country actually suffer from poverty; the numbers are a lot higher than you might expect! For instance, did you know that more than 20 percent of children under age 18 are in poverty? When I discovered this, it really struck me; how is it that one in five kids in our nation are below the poverty line? This statistic was completely...

Written by karichicago on Dec 7, 2013

563   This is an inforgraphic design that displays facts about the closure and basic struggles that are happening now in Chicago Public Schools.

Sources: magic.piktochart.com & www.wbez.org/news

Written by Cody Pitz on Dec 7, 2013

By Cody Pitz

The Susitna-Watana Dam has an installed capacity of 600 megawatts but would only produce at a maximum of 300 megawatts. This is very little  megawatts for the size of the dam considering smaller dams such as the Grand Coulee Dam can produce over 6000 megawatts. There is some question as to whether the dam could even produce that much as the river is typically frozen in the winter. The state says that the dam will be able to produce energy for up to 100 years but most believe that the dam will only...

Written by alpalu10 on Dec 7, 2013

Protect our Mother Earth. Please Stop!

Early in November, an area near Kent Country, New Brunswick became a point of exploration for extracting shale gas through a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydro-fracking. SWN Resource Canada, “a team dedicated to safe and responsible natural gas and oil exploration in the province of New Brunswick,” wants to explore land that may potentially be a hotspot for natural gas extraction. They intend on running seismic tests in rural areas whereby holes are drilled into the ground, putting in explosive charge, detonating it, and then recording the seismic vibrations to see if there are any shale gas deposits. The Mi’kmaq indigenous people from the Elsipogtog First...

Written by Asana Hamidu on Dec 7, 2013



Oftentimes we read about the experiences of refugees through the journalist who bring their stories to the masses, but in the end up losing the uniqueness of these articles as they construct refugees as a group of people with no unique stories or past. Although these journalists are important in bringing the voices of these people to the masses, the filtering process that these stories go through empties the refugees of their identity and individuality. Dadaab Stories, an initiative of FilmAid is an online documentary media project where the refugees get a chance to tell their stories through video, photography, poetry, music and journalism. This project is located in the world’s largest refugee settlement in northern Kenya. Dadaab houses five camps where new refugees continue to come as major security incidents in the...

Written by ctagg11 on Dec 6, 2013

In the topic of Immigration Reform, it's quite common to hear the phrase 'They are taking our jobs' or 'they our ruining our economy’. The truth however is quite the opposite, increased border enforcement is extremely costly to our country and granting citizenship to undocumented workers has the potential to greatly boost our economy. Immigration enforcement is the most expensive federal enforcement agency, and having people work in our country without offering them the option of citizenship takes a toll on the nations workforce, taxes, and wages.

Even if a person is for some reason morally opposed to opening our borders and loosening immigration enforcement, they can no longer hide behind the economic excuse with all of the data that is publically available. Here’s an infographic that illustrates some basic immigration statistics and highlights the benefits that would come...

Written by skell11 on Dec 6, 2013

We all know that college football has been going through a lot of recent changes to take advantage of large television deals that will financially profit many Division One athletic programs.

The amount of teams that have shifted over the last few years between conferences is overwhelming.  Many annual games between historical rivalries were quickly dropped in exchange for lucrative TV contracts to power-conferences and the teams within them.  We saw the Big East virtually vanish, while teams such as Missouri and Texas A&M darted from their own conferences to join bigger ones for financial cushions.

It is inevitable that teams find other conferences to join over the years and find new rivalries.

But was it because these teams wanted to?  Or because they HAD to?

I hope the infograph below will make you ponder this question more...

Written by cewing11 on Dec 6, 2013

Through this post, I’m intending to look at aid through a relatively different angle. As related back to my previous posts about foreign aid, foreign aid and involvement in other nations is a debatable topic. In this post, I am providing an infographic, titled Aid to Iraq 2011, which will hopefully put the amount of aid in comparison with the amount spent on war. I wanted to compare aid to war because I feel that both departments work for similar goals: economic prosperity, good civil services, democracy, etc. War occurs, for many varied reasons, but one is to guarantee the goals as mentioned above for a nation in need. Yet, foreign aid is also distributed for those same reasons. So the United States is...