The Chicago Bloc[k]

Underreported Assaults in 2012

By: Kelly Tansor, Copy Editor (

It has recently been reported that the number of Chicago assault and battery cases in 2012 has gone underreported.  The Chicago Police Department has previously reported the number of incidents rather than the number of victims, which silences many victims of assault and battery in Chicago.  Supt. McCarthy is now issuing a review of these cases so that a more accurate number is reported.  Shockingly, though, this practice has been going on for years.


Why We Need More Women in STEM Fields

By: Katelyn Six, Section Editor for Bloc[k] Beat (

On September 26, 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama acknowledged the veracity that “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.” This is more than merely wishful thinking – it is a call to action, urging us all to stop, look and listen to the pressing problem affecting our workforce, our education system, our economy, and, most importantly, our students. (more…)

Ride for the Cure

By: Emiliano Vazquez-Parrales, Section Editor for Student Voices (

Mitch Valentini is at the end of his undergrad career and like many of us he faces the same trials and tribulations that come with graduation.  Final exams, papers, presentation, and work clog up his schedule like fat in an artery but despite that he has not stopped trying to gather donations to sponsor his bicycle team as they ride for a cure for AIDS/HIV . (more…)


By Shannon Keane, Copy Editor (

Question: Which recent event featured six amazing guest speakers, over one hundred UIC students, and a spotlight on our own generation of millennials?

Answer: UIC’s second annual TEDx event!


Campus Organization Highlight: ECOJAM by EcoCampus!

What is Ecocampus?

EcoCampus is a student organization at UIC dedicated to “promoting sustainability and environmental justice at UIC and around Chicago” (Source: EcoCampus website). They are a student-led organization, set on affecting change at UIC with regards to our sustainability efforts.

What is ECOJAM?

ECOJAM is a yearly event put on by EcoCampus to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) with fun, sustainable, and free activities for UIC students! This year, activities include, but are not limited to:

  • a bungee run
  • live performances and demonstrations
  • a bike-powered blender that creates free smootheis
  • informational booths on Green Businesses and organizations in Chicago
  • t-shirts, sandwiches
  •  giveaways
  • mini-bike races
  • sustainable scavenger hunts
  • free bike safety checks and registration
  • more giveaways from other participants
The event on April 22nd will be the third ECOJAM hosted by EcoCampus and UIC! The overall purpose of ECOJAM is to get students to realize how their actions (in any possible way) can affect sustainability and our lives here on Earth.

ECOJAM will be held in the Quad on Tuesday, April 22, from 10am – 2pm – which gives you plenty of time to stop by, grab some lunch, and learn a little more about sustainability!

Current Issue: ComEd

EcoCampus is currently working on a big project for UIC’s campus – attempting to reclaim our land! ComEd owns a plot of land on UIC’s campus that has been blocked off for years due to the toxins in the soil that make it unsafe for activity. The toxins, such as PCBs, are present as a result of issues such as transformer leakage. The UIC Administration and ComEd are currently in the process of turning the land over to our campus and remediating it. However, ComEd does not believe this is a priority, which means the process has stalled.
The UIC Administration and the Chancellor openly support this cause! While support has been garnered from individual students and other student organizations on campus with positive results, more support is always helpful!
This is a very important issue for our campus for two reasons: 1) the pollution could still spread to other areas on campus over time, and 2) this space could be used to improve/build new buildings, which would only benefit students, but right now it is not being used for anything and is a wasted resource. What our campus needs now is a bigger push from the student body – the change is ready to happen, it just needs a little more encouragement!
If you are interested in showing your support (either through a student organization or individually) e-mail David Klawitter, EcoCampus President, at
Don’t forget to check out their website and Facebook page as well!
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