Archive for August 2016

My Version of Groundhog Day...a.k.a A Second Chance at College

Recently, I was asked, “What’s something in life you’d like a second chance at?”  Good question.  It made me think of the movie Groundhog Day.  What if we really could get do-overs? I didn’t have to ponder the question long.  I’d have to say, if there’s something in my life I could take a stab... Read more »

In Saying "No" to Safe Spaces, University of Chicago Safeguards Free Speech

“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.” So reads a letter sent... Read more »

Getting Through Graduate School

Our impromptu topic:  Describe a time you worked hard in your life at something. The first thing that came to mind when I saw the prompt was my experience in graduate school.  In September 2003, I officially began work on a master’s in education with a concentration in teaching blind students.  My adviser encouraged me... Read more »

Residents Contest Sober Living Center in Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood

A building at Waveland and Ashland Avenues on the city’s North Side has been at the center of controversy. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rosecrance, a private behavioral health organization, opened Rosecrance Lakeview last month.  A counseling center operates on the ground floor, providing outpatient services.  The three floors above the counseling center, however, are... Read more »

Two Chicago Neighborhoods Consider Private Security to Counteract Crime

Retailers and residents in two trendy Chicago neighborhoods, Bucktown and Wicker Park, are concerned about recent increases in crime rates, the Chicago Tribune reports. Aldermen representing these areas want to hire private security, mostly consisting of off-duty and retired police officers, some of whom can carry guns and all of whom will have the power... Read more »