University of Chicago Medicine

University of Chicago grad students will vote to unionize

A heavily debated topic in academia is whether or not graduate students should be considered students or university employees. Last year, Columbia University sent a shock through the system after ruling that they should be considered the latter and given benefits to reflect such. Universities across the country have slowly started to get involved in similar legal battles on their own campuses, including the University of Chicago. 

Betsy DeVos, Bethune Cookman

Betsy DeVos wishes she did more to “decry racism”

Out of all of the members of the Trump administration’s leadership, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be the closest to the top of black people’s sh*t list outside of Agent Orange and Attorney General Keebler. A large part of this goes back to her ill-advised comments in reference historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). 

Parents of Gabriel Taye, child who died by suicide after bullying, sue school district

**Trigger warning: this article makes mention of death by suicide**

Gabriel Taye, 8, hanged himself in his home after being bullied by students. His parents are now suing the Cincinnati school district for not acting on the bullying that led to his suicide.

Security footage shows Gabriel falling unconscious in a school bathroom after talking to another student. The footage goes on to show other students inspecting him before adults came to the scene to check on him.

Harvard’s incoming freshman class is majority non-white

Harvard University has been welcoming students for more than 380 years and, until now, every incoming class has been mostly comprised of white students. Through years of working to better diversify its student body, Harvard's classes have grown progressively more representative as time goes on.

Now, for the very first time, the esteemed institution's incoming class is a majority non-white. 

We can’t talk about Black Greek hazing without talking about slavery

By George Johnson

It’s been a few months since Netflix aired the controversial movie Burning Sands, written and directed by Omega Psi Phi member Gerard McMurray about the underground pledge process of Black Greek Letter Organizations (BLGOs). The violence displayed in the movie was at times over-the-top and in many scenes hard to watch, as a narrow lens focused on some of the worst parts of our illustrious Divine Nine organizations, erasing any hope of full context and comprehension around the needed discussion around hazing.

Esperanza Spalding joins Harvard University faculty

They say the next thing to do after you reach the top of the mountain is to reach back and help someone else make it there.

Esperanza Spalding has already won pretty much every award she can in music – including Grammys, an NAACP Image Award, a Boston Music Award and a Soul Train Music Award. Now, she’s hoping to inspire the next generation to do the same. 

Pedro Hernandez

Bronx teen Pedro Hernandez may lose scholarship after being arrested by alleged crooked cop

Pedro Hernandez is fighting to be released from custody in enough time to claim his scholarship to attend college after being arrested for attempted murder. A judge offered him a deal where a guilty plea would result in five years of probation and a clean record after. However, Hernandez is insistent he’s innocent and wouldn’t accept the terms, according to PIX 11.

A. D. Carson, the Ph.D. student who rapped his dissertation, is now a professor of Hip-Hop

In a perfect career move, the Ph.D student who rapped his dissertation is now a professor of hip-hop. A. D. Carson graduated from the University of Clemson with a Ph.D in rhetorics, communication and information design in 2017 and made headlines by releasing a 34-track entitled “Owning My Masters: The Rhetoric’s of Rhymes and Revolutions.”

Carson’s official title at the University of Virginia will be University of Virginia as Assistant Professor of Hip-Hop and the global south.