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Written by skell11 on Dec 10, 2013

So as of this past Sunday, we have officially kicked off the BCS Bowl Season.  Amongst the excitement of the twists and turns of the regular season, it is hard to forget how important Bowl appearances are to the future success of an athletic program with increased coverage and interest of the football team.  However, as a fan and a blogger, I wanted to investigate what this meant for teams in terms money.

Fortunately, I did not have to go very far.  I found this article extremely useful and easy-to-read article by Kristi Dosh, writer of 'Saturday Millionaires'.

Here is the article --> http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/12/09/college-football-bowl-season-means-big-payday-for.aspx


Written by chloeanne on Dec 10, 2013

I came across an interesting article on Buzzfeed earlier this morning, called 13 Photographs That Will Make You Think Twice About Homelessness.” The pictures were taken in London at the “only free homeless shelter,” Shelter From the Storm by Rosie Holtom and are black and white. I reckon that many people would be surprised to learn that the people in the photographs are homeless, which I think was probably part of the photographer’s main point.

I really think that these pictures have done something really beautiful because they show that homelessness and poverty affect everyday people; of course, they don’t show every face of poverty in the...

Written by Haley Davis on Dec 9, 2013

The news stories covering abortion only focus on two aspects. The first is the legality debate, shown as a black or white issue and often dealing with religious commentary. The second are the rare violent episodes between anti-choice protesters and pro-choice advocates, such as the murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-choice extremist. However, media rarely covers the real life application of abortion law and practice. 

One story that has recently made some news that focuses on the real life application of abortion law and practice and restrictions deals with a Catholic hospital’s refusal to administer a late-term abortion during a complicated and dangerous pregnancy. 

Tamesha Means went to a Catholic hospital experiencing pain. For her first two visits, she was told to wait out the pain.  On the third visit, she miscarried and the fetus was delivered...

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...