| Oct 20, 2013
| 2:43 PM
Last month, Rebecca Sedwick scaled a tower at an abandoned cement plant near her Lakeland home, walked to the edge and stepped out.
She left a note.
"I'm jumping and I can't take it anymore."
Tragically fitting that her final words were...
| Oct 9, 2013
I recently wrote a column about Regnal Jones, the executive director of a wildly successful program that has helped nearly 5,000 students from underrepresented racial and socioeconomic groups enter health professions.
Jones said that he no longer...
| Sep 25, 2013
I was talking to Regnal Jones recently about the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program, where he's been executive director since 1985 and has helped nearly 5,000 students from underrepresented racial and socioeconomic groups enter the health...
| Sep 16, 2013
Regnal Jones is a University of Chicago-trained molecular geneticist. John Bradley has a master's degree in urban education from Harvard. The two have devoted the bulk of their careers and lives to helping Chicago-area students become doctors, nurses,...
| Sep 15, 2013
For decades now, new buildings at DePaul University have seemed to be performing acts of architectural penance.
Invariably faced in brick and trimmed in stone or some imitation of it, these buildings politely fit their leafy Lincoln Park environs, but...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 1:32 PM
For years now, it has seemed a foregone conclusion that One World Trade Center, the skyscraper that has arisen on the site of the destroyed twin towers in lower Manhattan, would rise to a symbolic height of 1,776 feet and dethrone Chicago's Willis Tower...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 12:48 PM
What does 'green' really mean? In corporate America, it's definitive and quantifiable, such as Patagonia's $20 million green venture capital fund or Cisco's stringent greenhouse gas reduction goals, which just landed it on the prestigious annual Global...
| Jul 28, 2013
The giant Muon g-2 electromagnet that inched its way through the Chicago area last week wasn't the first scientific marvel to snarl traffic even as it excited imaginations.
Rear Adm. Richard Byrd's massive Antarctic snow cruiser made nearly the...
| Jul 22, 2013
As a young boy, Darrell Crawford played his heart out on the basketball court in his South Side neighborhood, imagining he'd one day become an NBA star.
But he quickly realized that the sports arena wasn't where he excelled. He performed much better...
| Jul 1, 2013
In the 1940s, Kenneth Hill was growing up in a one-bedroom apartment in the Altgeld Gardens public housing project. His mother and older sister slept in the bedroom. He slept on the sofa in the tiny living room amid a sprawl of Erector Set parts.
| Jun 23, 2013
There are 140 or so miles of highway between the heart of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It's not the most exciting stretch of road unless you look at it as an asphalt umbilical cord.
Coming to terms with the fact that its...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 2:14 PM
If you can't get in — or can't afford — a top business school, is an MBA from a lesser-known school worth it?
The answer depends largely on the student.
Those gunning for the top of the organizational chart, and without the networking...