| Aug 26, 2012
Firsts come up a lot in conversations about Ann E. Smith.
She was the first African-American woman to win a statewide election in Illinois, for a spot on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Years before, she was the first African-American to be...
| Sep 12, 2012
Reader Denise Wells Palfy speaks for the lot of us, or at least a lot of us, when she laments the beleaguered state of our discourse—and not just the political kind.
"Aren't the English teachers appalled at the frequent ungrammatical speech?" she...
| May 18, 2012
Huma Gruaz picked a precarious time in her personal life to enroll in a Master of Business Administration program.
She had just moved to Chicago from the suburbs. She had to figure out how to navigate life after a divorce. And she had just started her...
| Nov 30, 2012
— Take a walk around Lathrop Hall at the University of Missouri, and it won't take long before you meet someone from the Chicago area.
There are the roommates from Barrington and Cary, and, two doors down, freshmen from Lemont and Mount Prospect....
| Mar 16, 2012
Dorene Wiese isn't afraid of going against tradition — even though tradition means everything to her.
She was one of seven American Indians in the state of Minnesota to ever graduate high school in 1967. She went on to get her bachelor's degree and...