WBEZ | Chicago State University http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-state-university Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Urban agriculture center creates more than green space http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/urban-agriculture-center-creates-more-green-space-109569 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Image1_2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In a former shoe warehouse on 96th and Cottage Grove, Chicago State University professor Emmanuel Pratt has turned a former shoe warehouse into an urban farm focusing on aquaponics.</p><p>What exactly is aquaponics? High school senior Seville Bell, a volunteer at the space, explains.</p><p>&ldquo;Poop from the fish goes into this little tube and feed the nutrients to the plant and helps it grow and the plant cleans the water and goes back to the fish tank. I like that part because it&rsquo;s about recycling. You&rsquo;re not using a lot of water or cleaning the fish tank.&rdquo;</p><p>Recycling is key to the entire enterprise. Used Mountain Dew bottles help water flow into plants. Old shoe racks have been rebuilt to hold classroom easels for teaching.</p><p>The aquaponics center can harvest up to 30,000 pounds of fish a year, much of it ending up in local restaurants or donated. But this once-vacant building is more than just a fish distributor or biology lab for college students.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not ultimately about just growing some food. It&rsquo;s about using the food and the technique and tool of urban ag and aquaponics as an organizing tool in an area that is systemically and systematically disconnected,&rdquo; Pratt says.</p><p>By disconnected, Pratt means from the larger economy. The facility is located where the neighborhoods of Pullman and Roseland meet &mdash; both are struggling with unemployment and economic development.</p><p>Relying on his background in graphic design and architecture, Pratt is flipping the idea of 20th century zoning codes on its head. Dance groups practice here. Community groups hold meetings. There&rsquo;s been a pop-up art gallery. Sometimes people who just need some carpentry work will drop by.</p><p>Pratt hopes the aquaponics center will help people in the surrounding community &mdash; who are part of the informal economy &mdash; plug into the global economy.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author">Natalie Moore</a> is a WBEZ reporter. Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343" rel="me">Google+</a>, &nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a></em>.</p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/urban-agriculture-center-creates-more-green-space-109569 Morning Shift: How tweets are transforming gang activity http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-14/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr Jason A. Howie.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We look at how social media use has exploded among street gangs and is changing the way they operate. Also, we hear from the architect who proposed a plan for Obama&#39;s presidential library to be in Chicago&#39;s Woodlawn neighborhood.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang-act/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang-act.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang-act" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: How tweets are transforming gang activity" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-14/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang Assessing the value of physical education in schools http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-21/assessing-value-physical-education-schools-92262 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-21/Physical Education.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The conversation about a longer school day in Chicago was mainly focused on academics but more hours could also mean more time for activities—including the arts and gym class. Some research suggests exercise can improve more than the body; it may also increase one's ability to learn.</p><p>To talk more about the benefits of gym class, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by two people who knew the field well: Sarah Buck, an associate professor of <a href="http://www.csu.edu/collegeofeducation/HealthPhysicalEducationAndRecreation/index.htm" target="_blank">Physical Education</a> at<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.csu.edu/" target="_blank">Chicago State University</a>, and <a href="http://www.harperhighschool.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=168621&amp;type=u" target="_blank">Gwyn Kram</a>, chair of the Physical Education Department at <a href="http://www.harperhighschool.org/" target="_blank">Harper High School</a> on the South Side of Chicago.</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-21/assessing-value-physical-education-schools-92262 Report: Chicago State let failing students stay http://www.wbez.org/story/report-chicago-state-let-failing-students-stay-89651 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-26/RS394_graduation.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A published report says <a href="http://www.csu.edu/">Chicago State University</a>&nbsp;allowed failing students to continue registering for classes while&nbsp;it was at risk of losing accreditation because of poor enrollment&nbsp;and retention figures.</p><p>The college has a policy saying students with a grade-point&nbsp;average below 1.8 are dismissed. But the Chicago Tribune reports&nbsp;that students with GPAs as low as 0.0 were allowed to stay to boost&nbsp;enrollment.</p><p>The newspaper cites records it obtained.&nbsp;</p><p>CSU president Wayne Watson acknowledges the university made a&nbsp;mistake. He says the practice started before he came to the&nbsp;university in 2009 and continued without his knowledge. He says&nbsp;it's ended.&nbsp;</p><p>About 7,200 students are enrolled at the public university on&nbsp;the city's South Side.&nbsp;</p><p>The school has faced widespread financial mismanagement and a&nbsp;failure to graduate students.</p></p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/report-chicago-state-let-failing-students-stay-89651 A former college president's fall from academia http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-28/former-college-presidents-fall-academia-85788 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-28/Ali_Deloresvsm.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Wednesday <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> presented Part 1 of WBEZ’s Richard Steele’s conversation with former Chicago State University president <a href="http://doloresdrc.org/" target="_blank">Dr. Dolores Cross</a>.</p><p>Cross resigned from <a href="http://www.morrisbrown.edu/" target="_blank">Morris Brown College</a> in Atlanta after she was accused of embezzling millions of dollars in student financial aid. Recently it was reported that the <a href="http://www.ed.gov/" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Education</a> will forgive nearly $9.5 million&nbsp; of the debt owed by the historically black college. Morris Brown will have to pay the remaining $500,000 owed.</p><p>In Part 2 of Steele’s conversation with Dr. Cross, he asked about the terms of Cross' sentence.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Dining Rooms, "You", from the CD Tre, (Guidance Recordings)</em></p></p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-28/former-college-presidents-fall-academia-85788 Former college president reflects on her year under house arrest http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-27/former-college-president-reflects-her-year-under-house-arrest-85736 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-27/Dolores.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://doloresdrc.org/author_22.html">Dolores Cross</a> didn’t leave education because of a changing of the guard. And she certainly didn’t do it by choice. The first female president of <a href="http://www.csu.edu/" target="_blank">Chicago State University</a> went to <a href="http://www.morrisbrown.edu/" target="_blank">Morris Brown College</a> because she believed she could help. She expected to contribute to the struggling historic black college. Instead she was prosecuted for fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in federal student aid. Now Dr. Cross is telling her story in <a href="http://doloresdrc.org/" target="_blank"><em>Beyond the Wall: A Memoir</em></a>.</p><p>In the first of a two-part conversation with WBEZ’s Richard Steele, Cross began by explaining what drew her to Morris Brown in the first place.</p><p><em>Music Button: Phil Manley, "Life Coach", from the CD Life Coach, (Thrill Jockey)</em></p></p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-27/former-college-president-reflects-her-year-under-house-arrest-85736