WBEZ | University of Chicago http://www.wbez.org/tags/university-chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A Conversation About 'Integrating the Inner City' http://www.wbez.org/news/housing/conversation-about-integrating-inner-city-114750 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/nmoore.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">WBEZ&rsquo;s Natalie Moore moderated a conversation with scholars <a href="https://ssascholars.uchicago.edu/r-chaskin/biocv">Robert Chaskin</a> and <a href="http://msass.case.edu/faculty/mjoseph/">Mark Joseph</a> about their new book on the Chicago Housing Authority -- <em><a href="http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/I/bo18415894.html">&ldquo;Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed Income Public Housing Transformation.&rdquo;</a></em></p><p dir="ltr">The book is five years worth of field research about CHA&rsquo;s billion-dollar experiment to remake public housing.</p><p dir="ltr">The December 2015 event was at Newberry Library and jointly sponsored by the University of Chicago <a href="http://urban.uchicago.edu/">Urban Network</a>, <a href="https://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/">School of Social Service Administration</a>, <a href="https://csrpc.uchicago.edu/">Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture</a>, <a href="http://www.semcoop.com/">Seminary Co-op Bookstore</a>, the <a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/kreisman">Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy</a>, and the <a href="http://www.nphm.org/">National Public Housing Museum</a>. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Watch the discussion:</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eE_ZpbTHSbQ" title="(Video produced by ADPT Pro.)" width="560"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>More on mixed income and housing:</strong></p><div id="content-titles"><h5><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/public-housing-residents-learn-rules-mixed-income-0" target="_blank">Public Housing Residents Learn the Rules for Mixed Income</a></h5><div id="content-titles"><h5><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/social-tension-rises-chicago-housing-authority-mixed-income-development">Social Tension Rises at Chicago Housing Authority Mixed-Income Development</a></h5><div><div id="content-titles"><h5><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/mixed-results-mixed-income-chicago-public-housing">Mixed Results on Mixed-Income Chicago Public Housing</a></h5><div><h5><a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/10/29/chicagos-mixed-income-communities">Chicago&#39;s Mixed-Income Communities</a></h5></div></div></div></div></div><h5 dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/cha-slows-down-mixed-income-housing-108699">CHA Slows Down on Mixed-Income Housing</a></h5><h5 dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-26/chicago-housing-authority-leader-takes-new-challenges-113499">A Conversation with CHA CEO Eugene Jones</a></h5></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/housing/conversation-about-integrating-inner-city-114750 Can The Best Financial Tips Fit On An Index Card? http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/can-best-financial-tips-fit-index-card-114490 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/index_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res462287935" previewtitle="Harold Pollack's index card of finance tips."><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Harold Pollack's index card of finance tips." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/07/index-67f786d0f1fbbf302d422c5bf30dd1624f991dac-s1600-c85.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Harold Pollack's index card of finance tips." /></div><div><p>A couple of years ago, University of Chicago professor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.samefacts.com/2013/04/everything-else/talking-personal-finance-with-helaine-olen-parts-1-and-2/" target="_blank">Harold Pollack did an online video chat</a>&nbsp;with personal finance writer Helaine Olen. The topic was how regular people get steered into bad investments by financial advisers.</p></div></div><p>Pollack said that the best personal finance advice &quot;can fit on a 3-by-5 index card, and is available for free in the library &mdash; so if you&#39;re paying someone for advice, almost by definition, you&#39;re probably getting the wrong advice, because the correct advice is so straightforward.&quot;</p><div id="res462288801"><div><p><em><strong><a href="http://n.pr/yourmoney">Join NPR&#39;s Your Money And Your Life Facebook group</a>&nbsp;for more personal finance know-how.</strong></em></p></div></div><div id="res462278385" previewtitle="Harold Pollack wrote personal finance advice on an index card. Now he's written a book about it."><div><div><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The Index Card" src="http://media.npr.org/assets/bakertaylor/covers/t/the-index-card/9781591847687_custom-eb6cc111b501487e67877e6fab3619e41d7dfa33-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 439px; width: 310px;" title="Cover, The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated, by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack" /></p></div></div></div><div id="con462250965" previewtitle="Book Edition Information"><div id="res462250752"><p>After they posted the video, the emails started pouring in &mdash; people wanted to know, where could they get this index card? What was this fantastic yet simple advice for managing their money?</p></div></div><p>&quot;Since I was speaking metaphorically, I was kind of stuck,&quot; Pollack says. &quot;But I just took one of my daughter&#39;s index cards and I scribbled a bunch of principles, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.samefacts.com/2013/04/everything-else/advice-to-alex-m/" target="_blank">I took a picture with my iPhone and I posted it on the Web</a>.&quot;</p><p>The index card got into Google&#39;s news results.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/09/16/this-4x6-index-card-has-all-the-financial-advice-youll-ever-need/" target="_blank">It got into big newspapers</a>. Famous economists tweeted about it. Self-help sites like Lifehacker mentioned it.</p><p><img alt="Harold Pollack wrote personal finance advice on an index card. Now he's written a book about it." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/07/pollack_vert-b154c4c8430330223057a7e03dc9695066d77995-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 387px; width: 290px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" title="Harold Pollack wrote personal finance advice on an index card. Now he's written a book about it. (Credit: Kyle Zimmerman)" /></p><p>In short, it went viral.</p><p>The ideas on the index card weren&#39;t new &mdash; pay off your credit cards, invest in low-fee index funds, etc. &mdash; but there clearly was an appetite for this simple, good financial advice.</p><p>So Pollack and Olen have now written a book (The Index Card) about it. Which &mdash; if the whole point is that this stuff is so simple you can fit it on an index card &mdash; might seem counterintuitive.</p><p>&quot;Well, I would just say that, why do we need an entire Bible really? We have the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount,&quot; Pollack says &mdash; adding that he does not mean to elevate his work to the level of scripture.</p><div id="res462374568" previewtitle="Personal finance writer Helaine Olen."><div><div><p>The point is, sometimes you need more than the basics.</p></div></div></div><p>&quot;We all know, for example, in tennis, how do you win a tennis match?&quot; Pollack says. &quot;You hit the ball low. I could tell you that, but I haven&#39;t told you&nbsp;how&nbsp;to do that.&quot;</p><p>And this actually gets at what many economists say is the reality with financial advice: Most of it is pretty simple. The rules on Pollack&#39;s index card start with saving 10 to 20 percent of your income, maxing out your 401(k), not buying or selling individual stocks.</p><p><img alt="Personal finance writer Helaine Olen." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/08/olen_vert-f8e9355a053eb4374a732874d5fda9ddbb676086-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 387px; width: 290px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" title="Personal finance writer Helaine Olen. (Credit: Willy Soma)" /></p><p>But there also are more subtle points of advice &mdash; including whom you should bring on to help advise you.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m struck by the number of my friends and relatives who believe that their financial adviser is free, and say things &mdash; &#39;Oh, the funds pay for that,&#39; &quot; Pollack says. &quot;I don&#39;t know about you, but I generally don&#39;t work for free. So you want to understand, how is this person being paid?&quot;</p><p>Rule No. 6 on the index card is to make your financial adviser commit to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bankrate.com/finance/investing/fiduciary-standard-1.aspx" target="_blank">Fiduciary Standard</a>&nbsp;&mdash; meaning that your interests come first.</p><p>But the regulations around that can be mushy. Some economists say an easier approach is to use what&#39;s called a &quot;fee-only&quot; adviser, who can&#39;t take commissions for steering you into overpriced mutual funds. If you have an adviser, Pollack and Olen say you need to talk about this stuff.</p><p>&quot;It shouldn&#39;t be awkward &mdash; if it&#39;s awkward, there&#39;s already a problem,&quot; Olen says. &quot;If somebody is making you feel guilty for asking questions, you shouldn&#39;t be there &mdash; period, full stop &mdash; no matter what standard they&#39;re working to.&quot;</p><p>That said, both Pollack and Olen say a good, reasonably priced financial adviser can sometimes be helpful &mdash; especially when life gets too complicated to fit on an index card.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/01/08/462250239/when-an-index-card-of-financial-tips-isnt-enough-this-book-is-there?ft=nprml&amp;f=462250239" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/can-best-financial-tips-fit-index-card-114490 University of Chicago to Open its Own Adult Trauma Center http://www.wbez.org/news/university-chicago-open-its-own-adult-trauma-center-114216 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/UC%20trauma.jpg" style="height: 400px; width: 264px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="(WBEZ/Natalie Moore)" />In a surprise reversal, University of Chicago Medicine (U of C) committed Thursday to building a Level 1 adult trauma center on its Hyde Park campus.</p><p>The announcement is a victory for activists who, despite opposition from administrators, had kept pushing the university to do more for the South Side. U of C had a trauma center for adults from</p><p>U of C had a trauma center for adults from 1986-1988 but it closed after losing $2 million a year.</p><p>Michael Reese Hospital&rsquo;s trauma unit closed its doors in 1991, leaving surrounding communities on the South Side with no adult trauma center.&nbsp;</p><p>Back in September, U of C and Holy Cross Hospital announced a partnership to offer adult trauma care at the latter&rsquo;s Southwest Side location.</p><p>But U of C hospital president Sharon O&rsquo;Keefe said detailed planning showed the relationship wouldn&rsquo;t work.</p><p>&ldquo;It became apparent that we actually couldn&rsquo;t leverage those synergies,&rdquo; O&rsquo;Keefe said.&nbsp;</p><p>O&rsquo;Keefe said U of C plans to relocate and expand a new emergency room that allows the hospital to integrate trauma services.</p><p>&ldquo;To meet the needs of the South Side, the best solution was to integrate the adult trauma on this campus along with pediatric level 1 trauma and the burn center and offer a comprehensive array of services to the South Side of Chicago.&rdquo;</p><p>O&rsquo;Keefe said she doesn&rsquo;t know how many new beds will accommodate trauma victims and she doesn&rsquo;t expect the hospital to lose money.</p><p>Trauma centers take care of the most critically injured people; car crashes, stabbings and gunshots are the most common wounds. Chicagoans are currently served at six trauma centers: four within the city and two in nearby suburbs. Level 1 trauma centers have in-house, 24-hour care in specialty areas such as neurosurgery and plastic surgery.</p><p>In 2013, Dr. Marie Crandall, then a professor in surgery/trauma care at Northwestern University, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/report-links-chicagoans-distance-trauma-centers-higher-mortality-rates-106732" target="_blank">analyzed 11,744 gunshot patients from 1999-2009</a>. The data found 4,782 people were shot more than five miles from a trauma center. Those patients were disproportionately black and less likely to be insured.</p><p>Among the study&rsquo;s findings: The crude mortality rate for blacks shot within five miles is 6.42 percent; whereas outside of five miles, it is 8.73 percent -- translating into 6.3 excess deaths per year. Crude mortality is not adjusted for variables such as severity of injury.&nbsp;</p><p>Similarly, In 2011, a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/trauma-patients-southeast-side-take-more-time-reach-trauma-centers-93012" target="_blank">WBEZ analysis </a>suggested that when it came to ambulance run times from the scene to trauma centers, there were disparities. Patients living on the Southeast Side face longer ambulance run times than other residents in the city. They have to travel an average of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/trauma-patients-southeast-side-take-more-time-reach-trauma-centers-93012#MAP" target="_blank">50 percent longer</a> to get from the scene of an emergency to a trauma center. Neighborhoods affected include Hyde Park, Woodlawn, Pullman, South Shore and the Southeast Side.</p><p>Before these studies, the death of a young activist galvanized other young people who wanted to honor his memory and help their communities.</p><p>In 2010, Damian Turner, 18, was shot near the University of Chicago. Because the hospital didn&rsquo;t provide adult trauma care Turner was transported nine miles north to Northwestern&rsquo;s hospital. He later died.</p><p>Fearless Leading by the Youth organized around pushing U of C to reopen its trauma center.</p><p>&ldquo;I am so shocked that an institution with historical traces of racism has conceded all the way,&rdquo; said activist Veronica Morris-Moore of Thursday&rsquo;s announcement.</p><div>The effort to reopen U of C&rsquo;s trauma center gained additional attention last fall when the school bid for the Obama Presidential Library.<p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/16542143880_47f677037a_z.jpg" style="height: 214px; width: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" title="In this photo taken March 5, 2015, demonstrators link arms and block Michigan Avenue, calling for the University of Chicago to reopen a trauma center on the South Side which the University closed in 1988. (flickr/Scott L)" />In March, protesters convened at the Ritz-Carlton hotel where the university held a $4.5 billion fundraiser. And a growing coalition of increasingly powerful voices, from pastors to politicians to policymakers, threw their weight behind the effort. U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) once proposed that the federal government grant states money for trauma services.</p><p>&ldquo;Young black organizing is absolutely an effective way to impact political change. It also means the possibility that the deaths that Chicago is seeing through gun violence will dramatically decrease,&rdquo; Morris-Moore said. &ldquo;We know the more resources in our community, the better for our community.&rdquo;</p><p>O&rsquo;Keefe said the Obama library bid had nothing to do with the trauma care decision.</p><p>&ldquo;We actually never disagreed with the activists that the South Side of Chicago is underserved in terms of trauma services,&rdquo; O&rsquo;Keefe said.</p><p>For the trauma center to go forward, state approval is needed and U of C will submit its application in early 2016. O&rsquo;Keefe said the trauma center could open by 2018.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author">Natalie Moore</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. <a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a>. Follow her on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a>.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/university-chicago-open-its-own-adult-trauma-center-114216 University of Chicago Medicine Shifts Gears on Trauma Center http://www.wbez.org/news/university-chicago-medicine-shifts-gears-trauma-center-114195 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_457531774924%20%281%29.jpg" style="height: 443px; width: 620px;" title="In this portrait taken Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Chicago, Veronica Morris-Moore stands outside the adult emergency room at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Morris-Moore was one of many activists with one goal, to pressure the medical center into reopening an adult trauma center it closed 25 years ago. With increasing gun violence on the city's South Side, they believe victims shouldn't have to travel 25 to 30 minutes to reach top level trauma care. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" /></div><p>CHICAGO (AP) &mdash;The University of&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Medicine has announced a plan to build an adult trauma center at its medical center campus, reversing an earlier proposal to partner with Sinai Health System to open a trauma center at Holy Cross Hospital.</p><p>University of&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;and Sinai Health issued a joint news release Thursday about the change in direction.</p><p>The announcement says University of&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;&quot;has concluded that integrating an adult Level 1 trauma center with its Level 1 pediatric trauma program, and Burn and Complex Wound Center would be of great benefit to South Side patients.&quot;</p><p>The health system also announced plans to expand its emergency department and increase inpatient beds &quot;to address current capacity constraints and improve access to care.&quot;</p><p>The plans need approval from state regulators and local trauma hospitals.</p></p> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/university-chicago-medicine-shifts-gears-trauma-center-114195 How the Becoming a Man program reduces youth violence and increases school engagement http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-03/how-becoming-man-program-reduces-youth-violence-and-increases <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Becoming a Man.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>How often do you hear the phrase think before you act? It&rsquo;s something kids and adolescents are told time and again. With Chicago gun violence making headlines across the country, lots of people are calling for reforms to reduce violence and make communities safer. And one approach is called slow thinking.</p><p>The concept is taught in the <a href="http://www.youth-guidance.org/">Youth Guidance</a> Becoming A Man <a href="http://www.youth-guidance.org/our-programs/b-a-m-becoming-a-man/">(B.A.M.)</a> Program in Chicago Public Schools. A <a href="http://home.uchicago.edu/ludwigj/papers/CBT%20paper%20thinking%20fast%20and%20slow%20NBER%20WP%20w21178.pdf">study out of the University of Chicago</a> found that B.A.M. helps reduce arrests, while increasing school engagement and graduation rates.</p><p>Two guests shared insight on slow thinking and how it&#39;s being taught to Chicago students: University of Chicago Booth School of Business professor Anuj Shah, one of the researchers behind the study, and B.A.M. program manager Phillip Cusic.</p></p> Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-03/how-becoming-man-program-reduces-youth-violence-and-increases Man Accused of Threatening University of Chicago Released http://www.wbez.org/news/man-accused-threatening-university-chicago-released-114012 <p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash; A 21-year-old charged with posting threats to kill white students or staff members at the University of&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;who was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager is out of jail.</p><div><p>A federal judge agreed Tuesday to put Jabari Dean under house arrest in the custody of his mother. The engineering student will be allowed to attend classes at the University of Illinois at&nbsp;Chicago.</p><p>Release conditions include Dean staying off the Internet.</p><p>His mother expressed concern at Tuesday&#39;s hearing about her son&#39;s job prospects because of the arrest.</p><p>The University of&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;closed Monday after learning of the threat.</p><p>Dean was arrested Monday. Authorities say Dean, who is black, posted the threat after prosecutors charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder in Laquan McDonald&#39;s death and released the video of the shooting.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/man-accused-threatening-university-chicago-released-114012 What you can learn from your future self http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-30/what-you-can-learn-your-future-self-113984 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/future flickr Kristian Bjornard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>What are you going to be like in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years? Besides older, that is. How connected do you feel to your future self? Your answer to that question could have a profound effect on the way you live your life right now when it comes to decisions about money, health and even generosity of spirit.</p><p><a href="http://www.chicagobooth.edu/capideas/magazine/winter-2015/what-your-future-self-can-teach-you">&quot;What Your Future Self Can Teach You&quot;</a> is the cover story in the <a href="http://www.chicagobooth.edu/capideas/magazine/winter-2015">December issue</a> of <a href="http://www.chicagobooth.edu/capideas">Capital Ideas</a>, the research magazine from the University of Chicago&rsquo;s Booth School of Business. We discuss with<a href="https://twitter.com/halweitzman"> Hal Weitzman</a>, editor in chief of Capital Ideas.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-30/what-you-can-learn-your-future-self-113984 Feds Say U of Chicago Threat was a Response to Police Shootings http://www.wbez.org/news/feds-say-u-chicago-threat-was-response-police-shootings-113981 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/CVEoEf-W4AEkxAg.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash; Federal authorities said an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes Monday targeted whites and was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager, video of which was released last week and sparked protests.</p><p>Jabari R. Dean, 21, of Chicago, threatened to kill 16 white male students or staff at the school on Chicago&#39;s South Side, according to the criminal complaint.</p><p>Dean, who is black, was arrested Monday morning. He did not enter a plea later in the day on a charge of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce in court. Dean is a freshman studying electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and wore a red sweat shirt emblazoned with the name of that school at the hearing.</p><p>The threat was posted Saturday, just days after the city released a video of Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was black, 16 times.</p><p>Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder, and his bond was set for $1.5 million on Monday. That means Van Dyke needs to pay $150,000 to be released, and Van Dyke&#39;s attorney said he was hopeful his client could be released in the &quot;very near future.&quot;</p><p>Authorities said Dean posted online from a phone that he would &quot;execute approximately ... 16 white male students and or staff, which is the same number of time (sic) McDonald was killed&quot; and &quot;will die killing any number of white policemen that I can in the process.&quot;</p><p>The criminal complaint, released by the U.S. attorney&#39;s office in Chicago, said someone tipped the FBI on Sunday to a threat that was posted on a social media website. The FBI was unable to find the threat online, and was provided a screenshot by the person who reported the threat.</p><p>That led them to Dean, who admitted to FBI agents that he posted the threat and took it down shortly after posting it, the complaint said. Despite the threat mentioning three guns, a prosecutor said Monday that Dean did not appear to pose a threat. The complaint did not say whether Dean possessed any weapons.</p><p>The University of Chicago, where President Barack Obama taught law, first alerted students and staff Sunday night about a threat that mentioned the quad, a popular gathering place, and 10 a.m. Monday.</p><p>The University of Chicago statement urged faculty, students and non-essential staff to stay away from the Hyde Park campus through midnight Monday and told students in college housing to stay indoors. The cancellations of classes and activities affected more than 30,000 people, though the University of Chicago Medical Center was open to patients.</p><p>The normally bustling campus was almost desolate Monday morning as Chicago Police Department and campus security vehicles patrolled streets. Security staff guarded campus walkways, including the quad mentioned in the threat. The time mentioned in the threat came and went without incident.</p><p>The university had said the decision to close was taken following &quot;recent tragic events&quot; at other campuses nationwide. On Oct. 1 at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, a gunman opened fire and killed nine people. Other shootings have happened in Arizona and Tennessee.</p><p>Students closed their books, shut down their laptops and hurried home Sunday when the school first alerted people to the threat, according to student body president Tyler Kissinger.</p><p>&quot;I work in the campus coffee shop and when people got the notice (announcements and online) they really cleared out of here immediately,&quot; the 21-year-old senior said.</p><p>Junchen Feng, who&#39;s pursuing a doctorate, said the threat raised his awareness about gun violence in Chicago and beyond.</p><p>&quot;For the first time I was thinking about people who live in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan ... where they live under constant threats of death and violence,&quot; said the student from China, who planned to spend the day at home and in a campus building that was a five-minute walk away. &quot;It&#39;s a mindset that we just don&#39;t have.&quot;</p><p>Police have said that McDonald was carrying a knife and an autopsy revealed that he had PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, in his system. Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez said last week in announcing the first-degree murder charge against Van Dyke that the 3-inch blade recovered from the scene had been folded into the handle.</p><p>In the audio-free video, McDonald can be seen walking down the middle of a four-lane street. He appears to veer away from two officers as they emerge from a vehicle, drawing their guns. One of the officers, Van Dyke, opens fire from close range. McDonald spins around and crumples to the ground. The officer continues to fire.</p><p>Van Dyke&#39;s attorney, Dan Herbert, maintains that Van Dyke feared for his life, acted lawfully and that the video does not tell the whole story. He told reporters Monday that Van Dyke &quot;absolutely&quot; can defend his actions in court and that the officer is &quot;very scared about the consequences he is facing.&quot;</p><p>Alvarez said last week that she had decided a few weeks earlier to charge Van Dyke with murder and was planning to announce charges in a month. But knowing the intense public anger that the sight of the &quot;chilling&quot; video would generate, she announced the charges before the video&#39;s release in an effort to encourage calm.</p><p>___</p><p><em>Associated Press writer Greg McCune contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/feds-say-u-chicago-threat-was-response-police-shootings-113981 Database Shows Complaints Against Chicago Officer Charged In Teen's Death http://www.wbez.org/news/database-shows-complaints-against-chicago-officer-charged-teens-death-113946 <p><p>NPR&#39;s Ari Shapiro talks with Jamie Kalven, co-founder of the Invisible Institute, which with the University of Chicago put together a database of police misconduct in Chicago.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/complaints-against-chicago-cops-published-after-20-year-saga-113715" target="_blank">RELATED: You Can Now Search Complaints Against Chicago Police Officers</a></p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gettyimages-498665158_custom-9c648367ac84089a77935afb947a597730c6d83b-s700-c85%20%281%29.jpg" style="height: 359px; width: 540px;" title="Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago on Tuesday following the release of a video showing Jason Van Dyke, a police officer, shooting and killing Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder for the October 2014 shooting in which McDonald was hit with 16 bullets. So far this year, 15 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)" /></div><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933">Read more of our coverage of the Laquan McDonald case</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/database-shows-complaints-against-chicago-officer-charged-teens-death-113946 What it's like to be #BlackOnCampus http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-20/what-its-be-blackoncampus-113871 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/blackoncampus.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Two top officials at the University of Missouri stepped down last week after student protests broke out over racial discrimination. In the wake of what happened at Mizzou, some schools are adding a new position: Diversity Officer. Northwestern recently added someone in that role. Dr. Jabbar Bennett is Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at NU, and talks about what he&rsquo;s doing to ensure that students are treated equally.</p><p>But in large part, the push for racial equality on college campuses this fall has been driven by students, not school administrations. Thousands have staged protests at schools across the country, and there&rsquo;s a hashtag where black students are talking about their experiences: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/blackoncampus?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Ehashtag">#BlackOnCampus</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/all_worn_out">Stephanie Greene</a> is a junior at the University of Chicago and president of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/obs1.uchicago.edu/">Organization of Black Students</a>. Atrician Lumumba is a U of C sophomore and that OBS&#39;s vice president. They share their experiences with racial discrimination on campus.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-20/what-its-be-blackoncampus-113871