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Archive for January, 2015

Letter to the Editor: A Few Clarifications on an Otherwise Strong Op-ed

Letter to the Editor: A Few Clarifications on an Otherwise Strong Op-ed

The writer [Before Free Community College, Meet Basic Needs of Workers, Jan. 27, 2015 op-ed] concludes with an excellent suggestion: The General Assembly is key to any raise in salaries. However, some of the reasoning employed to reach that conclusion is misleading.  Yes, many adjunct faculty receive no benefits (health insurance mainly), but not only […]


Before Free Community College, Meet Basic Needs of Workers

Before Free Community College, Meet Basic Needs of Workers

by Randall Martoccia op-ed columnist As more details emerge of President Barack Obama’s plan to provide community-college students two years of free tuition, I hope attention can be given to those who would be teaching a large portion of these students: adjunct faculty. (Adjuncts, as I’ll be calling them, are faculty members who are hired […]


Solving a Music Mystery

Actual fragment from Tchaicovsky's "Swan Lake."

by Lisa Ellison Editor Nearly a week ago, my sister Denise Cerniglia, a ballet teacher and choreographer in Holly Springs, NC, told me she’d started choreographing a ballet to music she didn’t have. “I mean,” she elaborated, “I’ve already started teaching the dance, whistling the music. I’ve been whistling it for everyone I know, and have […]


Censorship: From North Korea to the West Wing

Censorship: From North Korea to the West Wing

The 2015 Academy Award nominees will be announced Thursday, and already a documentary by an American filmmaker – a film far too few Americans are even aware of – is favored in that category. If you don’t know of Laura Poitras or her film “Citizenfour,” that’s because it is being screened largely in arthouses – […]


Recommended Read: Virginia Woolf

Recommended Read: Virginia Woolf

by Lisa Ellison Editor Seven (and last) in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. Thanks to a colleague who asked me to read a few of her books, I’ve been on a Virginia Woolf kick lately. My favorite of all was Mrs. Dalloway (Hogarth Press, 1925). […]


Time’s Running Out! We’re Still Seeking “Angels”

Time’s Running Out! We’re Still Seeking “Angels”

Good morning and welcome to what, for many, is the first working day of 2015! As 2014 became this new year, we’ve been featuring some of our contributing writers’ favorite books. We’ve also extended the first of what we hope will be many annual “Guardian Angel” fundraising campaigns, inviting you, our readers, to commit $12 per […]


Recommended Read: Chicago History, Politics and Media

Recommended Read: Chicago History, Politics and Media

By Sidney Moseley Guardian Contributor Six in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. I’d like to recommend two small books by a pair of Chicago natives. Chicago has always served as a microcosm of American politics in general despite its unique status as a major metropolitan city. […]


Recommended Reads: Imaginative Fiction to Inspire Creativity

Recommended Reads: Imaginative Fiction to Inspire Creativity

By Jennifer Johnson Guardian Reviewer Five in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. Mark Haddon’s original and humorous novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Doubleday, 2003), is a unique murder mystery of sorts, narrated by the quirky Christopher Boone, an academically gifted […]


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