Sydney Paul: May 2012 Archives


By: Sarah Miller, Class of 2015

Photo credit: UChicago Film Studies Center

"What was very exciting for me in making this film was capturing the story of an ordinary people who are not famous but have compelling, dramatic stories make decisions that change their lives and the course of history," - Elsa Rassbach, Executive Producer, The Killing Floor.

On Thursday, May 17, the Film Studies Center sponsored a screening of the 1985 historical drama with Rassbach, senior lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts Judy Hoffman, and Director of the Center of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University Michael Dawson.

Set in the early 20th century, The Killing Floor portrays the story of Frank Custer, a black sharecropper who leaves his family in Mississippi in search for work in Chicago. He ultimately finds work on the "killing floor" in one of the (in)famous slaughterhouses, where he befriends Bill Bremer, a German immigrant who is determined to form a union.

Photo Credit: Alper House
By: Lily Gordon, Class of 2015

"I value being a link in the chain of service," shared Blackstone Bikes Youth Mentor, Southside resident, punster, and University of Chicago sports fan, Tyjuan 'Top 50' Edwards.

"'Top 50' has brought funding, academic opportunities, nutritional lunches, and hope to an after-school program that was struggling to do more than teach kids how to construct bikes," read one of Edwards' three nominations for the 2012 Community Partner Award.  The award, which Edward has received, is one of the seven with which the University Community Service Center (UCSC) recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community members annually. 

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By: Sydney Paul, Class of 2012

Chicago has one of the largest stage theater scenes in the country. With over 300 theater companies, it's practically THE hot bed for live performance behind New York. Staples like The Goodman Theater and Court Theater host a variety of highly acclaimed plays and quality acting that bring theater buffs clamoring back for more. Companies like Steppenwolf and The Second City, which produced "50 years of funny" and helped launch the careers of greats including Bill Murray and Tina Fey, produce nationally recognized shows year round that have stamped the city as a traditional center for live performance.