When it comes to premature death and disease, what we eat ranks as the single most important factor, according to a study in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Yet few doctors say they feel properly trained to dispense dietary advice. One group, at least, is trying to fill that knowledge gap.

In a bustling kitchen at one of Chicago’s top cooking schools, a student cracks an egg into a wide, stainless steel bowl. But he’s not an aspiring chef. His name is Emmanuel Quaidoo, and he’s a first-year medical student. Quaidoo is working on a spinach and feta frittata, one of the healthy breakfast alternatives he has learned to make.

Quaidoo and about a dozen of his University of Chicago classmates are here on a stormy spring night taking a culinary nutrition class they won’t even get credit for.

A Dose Of Culinary Medicine Sends Med Students To The Kitchen

Photo credit: Monica Eng/WBEZ

anonymous asked:

So my school has 3 NFL players, 2 NBA players, A NASA astronaut, two actors, a journalist/author, and a mayor of San Diego. It's funny because i go to one of the worse high schools in Chicago, apparently to everyone here.

An astronaut? I’m jealous!! I’ve got 4 actors/actresses, 2 writers, 5 musicians, 4 athletes (NFL and NBA) a member of House of Representatives, and a Playmate haha. Maybe all the crappy schools produce great celebrities! 

Today, I fucked up... by thinking I was allergic to black people

This one is from back in my kindergarten days…

So there I was, one of the few white kindergarteners in my south side Chicago elementary school. One day, I’m hanging out on the playground when this little black boy runs up to me and asks, “will you marry me?” I panicked and kicked him in the shin and ran away.

Shortly after, I’m sent to the principal (who is also black). She asks me why I kicked the boy, and I began to panic. I was only in America for a short time, and my English was very poor. I quickly thought back to when I didn’t want to deal with peanuts, because I did not like them, and I would say I was allergic to them and bam! No more peanuts to be dealt with. Using this logic, I didn’t want to deal with this situation, so not knowing what allergic means, I told my black principal that I was allergic to black people. Shocked, she called my mother, who had even poorer English, and my mom confirmed, that yes, indeed I was allergic to black people. After all, what in the world could allergic mean?

Tl;dr: terrible English led to unintentional racism.

Edit: I see some people are linking me not liking peanuts with not liking black people. The way I wrote this, I can see how that indeed comes off as intentional racism. I meant I didn’t like eating peanuts, and I didn’t like being in this situation. The way the principal spoke with me made me feel like I was in trouble because she felt that I kicked the kid because he was black, and therefore I said “I’m allergic to black people.” Most of my friends were black (since it was a predominantly black community), and I continue to have black friends that I love dearly (though I get people can have black friends and still be racist). I honestly did not mean to offend anyone with this, and I’m sorry for those that I did.

Re-thinking Perceptions: African Architecture Now

A major new exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art, “Africa: Architecture, Culture, and Identity,” focuses on architecture, art and culture on the African continent. The exhibition sheds light on the diversity and complexity of Africa south of the Sahara Desert to help refine our image of this part of the world. Among other architects, the show features work by NLÉ, Kéré Architecture, and Studio[D]Tale, who will be presenting new work at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial this fall. NLÉ’s Makoko Floating School, designed for regions that have little or no permanent infrastructure thanks to frequent flooding, is shown above. 

Foreign language push features new state credential

Limited proficiency in a foreign language is no longer acceptable in a global, multicultural society, experts say, and Illinois is launching a statewide initiative this school year to do something about it.

Backed by a new law, the Illinois State Board of Education wants to ratchet up foreign language skills. The move will allow school districts to add a special credential called the State Seal of Biliteracy on high school diplomas and transcripts if students show a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English
Read 21-year-old Bernie Sanders' manifesto on sexual freedom
The Democratic presidential candidate was exactly what you'd expect in college.

The campus chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality, the national civil rights group that organized the Freedom Rides, decided to take action. And Sanders helped organize a sit-in at the office of the university’s president, aimed at making him reverse the school’s discriminatory policy. The sit-in lasted for 15 days, as CORE worked out a compromise with the administration—it would vacate the premises if the university included representatives from CORE in a new commission that would study the housing issue.

During his junior year, Sanders, by then president of the university’s CORE chapter, led a picket of a Howard Johnson’s restaurant in Chicago, part of a coordinated nationwide protest against the motel and restaurant chain’s racially discriminatory policies. Sanders eventually resigned his post at CORE, citing a heavy workload and took some time off from school.

Sanders was fined $25 for “resisting arrest” during a demonstration against segregation in Chicago’s public schools. Chicago Tribune
But he remained active on civil rights. At the time, the University of Chicago was in the midst of a massive urban renewal campaign to remake Hyde Park, a mixed-race neighborhood on the city’s South Side. The result was the eviction of many poor black residents. Sanders, as he would throughout his career, viewed the conflict in his backyard as a piece of a much larger issue, and penned a letter to the editor of the Maroon in February of 1963:

To attempt to bring about a “stable interracial community” in Hyde Park without hitting, and hitting hard, the segregation and segregation mentality that exists throughout this city, is meaningless. Hyde Park will never solve its racial problems until these problems are solved throughout the city. Segregation (in the form of “benign quotas”), the promise to white people that Negroes will not be freely admitted into the neighborhood, cannot work on any long term basis.

In the summer of 1963, Sanders took a bus to Washington, DC, to attend the March on Washington. That same summer, he was charged with resisting arrest during a demonstration against segregation in the city’s public schools, and fined $25.

Civil rights weren’t his only passion. Sanders was also active the Young People’s Socialist League (“Yipsel”), a leftist organization which advocated for the “social ownership and democratic control of the means of production and distribution,” but was explicitly anti-communist. (It fielded an intramural football team called the Budapest Eight, in honor of the Hungarian revolution that was suppressed by the Soviets, and enjoyed a rivalry with another squad of leftists called the Flying Bolsheviks.) When LBJ aide Sargent Shriver visited campus during Sanders’ senior year to make his pitch for the new Peace Corps, Yipsel organized a picket. In an open letter in the Maroon, the group explained why: “Mr. Shriver, those who are sincerely interested in economic and social justice will not serve as a front for your capitalist system; instead they will oppose it in any way they can.”

Sanders and his cohorts succeeded in nudging the university forward on civil rights over the course of his three years on campus. But it was a struggle. The committee to study the university’s housing practices, for instance, was a far from satisfying outcome for many of the student demonstrators, Sanders included. (When the journalist Rick Perlstein brought up the subject of the compromise in a recent interview, the Senator issued “a weary sigh.”) And after the initial furor over Sanders’ sexual-freedom manifesto died down, life on the quads returned to normal—late-night curfews and all. In that sense, it was an appropriate lesson for a young activist who would go on to spend most of his political career as an outsider. Lasting political change doesn’t come overnight. Even if you use ALL CAPS.


9-year-old Asean Johnson blasts the Chicago Board of Education

“One thing I don’t like about this board is that you only give us two minutes to speak and you give these corporate businesses, what, an hour to speak?”

via The Smoking Section

Two teenagers murdered my parents, Milton and Ruby McClendon. Detectives reported that acquaintances of the murderers might have known about the plot before the tragic events transpired. If only there were an app where teenagers could feel safe enough to report potential crimes before they happen.

Chicago is the city of big shoulders but is soft on backbone when it comes to creating social media avenues to disrupt crime … According to a recent Wired story, the use of social media is fueling gang wars in Chicago. To fight back, the city needs a massive social media campaign to foster positive behavior and to bring shame and dishonor to the perpetrators of crimes, aimed at citizens between ages 16 and 24.
—  Garrard McClendon, assistant professor of education at Chicago State University, writes for Crain’s about how social media can be used to reduce Chicago’s horrendous crime problem, instead of fueling it.
Public Hearings on CPS Budget - Lane Tech, TONIGHT!

Chicago Public Schools released their 2012 Budget on Friday evening August 5th. The budget includes a $150 million tax increase. You are allowed to make comments about the budget at one of three public meetings. 

Registration for public comment occurs between 6 pm and 7 p.m. for each hearing.

Where:Lane Tech High School (2501 W. Addison)  

When:Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 7 p.m.

Where: Westinghouse High School (3223 W. Franklin Blvd)

When: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 7 p.m.

Where: Simeon High School (8147 S. Vincennes)

When: Friday, August 12, 2011, 7 p.m. 

Here’s a link to their budget.


While college students around the country are relaxing with warm beaches and late nights for Spring Break, a group of Michigan Engineering students  are in Chicago working with students in public schools.

The Alternative Spring Break (ABS) Chicago team has gotten down and dirty with high schoolers for the last two years, introducing engineering concepts and talking about what it means to be a successful college student. Their goal is to spread the message of STEM, and to encourage students to set high goals and create paths for achieving them.

So while you’re lying on the beach, sipping your ice-cold drink, remember there are a few good engineers out there making a difference…



Please feel free to use this image however you would like. No copy right and/only one restriction: Not to be sold on ANY item, without permission. The words are from Fred Klonsky, the drawing is mine (Ellen Gradman). I am hoping this is the beginning of a larger project that others will add their words to the map image. I am also uploading a black & white copy and a blank copy of the map. Please, share, create and post! All of Chicago belongs to all of us! 

The parents who kept their kids home that October day in 1963 likely doubted that the schools would desegregate quickly. But I don’t think they could have imagined that school segregation would still be so pervasive here a half century later—that, for instance, nearly a third of the city’s schools would have not a single white student.

Steve Bogira, “The tenacity of school segregation

FILM: 63 Boycott