Crime Blotter: Chicago Colleges

By Latricia Wilson

The Roosevelt University Torch Crime Blotter includes coverage of incidents having occurred within the perimeters of Chicago’s North and South Loop college campuses. Incidents having occurred on or near University of Chicago Streeterville and DePaul University Lincoln Park may also be included in the Crime Blotter. Periodically, the passing of college students or faculty will also be included in this blotter.
$1 million MacArthur Foundation grant awarded to U. of C. Crime Lab
The University of Chicago Crime Lab — whose anti-violence research is being embraced by President Obama — will receive a $1 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, 89WLS reported.
The Crime Lab, founded in 2008, is attracting national attention with studies of programs that target high-school students with innovative educational programs meant to reduce their chances of becoming involved in violence, the Sun-Times reported.
One of the lab’s programs, Becoming a Man, uses Olympic sports and counseling to improve at-risk students’ attitudes about school, as well as a math tutoring program modeled on the Match Education charter schools in Boston, according to 89WLS.
“Our work is motivated by the idea that it is not a lack of innovation, good ideas or hard work that has hindered long-term progress on urban crime and violence and the related problem of school dropout, but rather, it is a lack of rigorous scientific evidence about what works, for whom and why,” said Jens Ludwig, Crime Lab director and McCormick Foundation professor of social service administration, law and public policy.
“We launched the Crime Lab in 2008 to work in close partnership with nonprofits and municipal agencies on the front lines of these issues in order to begin to co-produce the scientific evidence necessary to help guide policy and practice,” the U. of C. Crime Lab press release stated.
Evanston student injured in MN crash that killed 3 Carleton College students
An Evanston, Il. college student was injured in a crash Feb. 28 in Minnesota,and three of his fellow students were killed, according to the Star Tribune.
William Sparks, of Evanston, was driving an SUV on an icy road when it spun out and was hit by an oncoming semi around 3 p.m., according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Neither alcohol nor excessive speed appeared to be factors, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“We offer our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of James [Adams], Michael [Goodgame] and Paxton [Harvieux], and we hope and pray for the full recovery of Will and Conor [Eckert],” Carleton College President Steve Poskanzer said in a press release. “The collective Carleton soul aches for the loss of these three young men. Right now, we need to focus all our love and compassion on supporting the families and friends of all these young men, along with everyone in our community who cares for them.”
According to the press release, Sparks is in stable condition.
Chicago College Loop commuters beware of pocket pickers
According to the Chicago Police Department, CLEARMAP Crime reported that 11 pocket-picking incidents occurred in the Chicago Loop from March 15 to 21.
Six pocket-picking incidents occurred on a sidewalk. Three occurred on the CTA. The other two incidents occurred on a CTA platform and at a Hotel in the Chicago Loop community.
Four of the sidewalk incidents occurred on Michigan Avenue, and three occurred on West Lake Street.
Second-year law student loses battle with cancer
Jay Brooks, a second-year law student at the University of Chicago, passed away on March 22 after a battle with cancer. He was 25, the Chicago Maroon reported.
Dean Michael Schill and Dean of Students Amy Gardner said in an email sent to the Law School community, “Jay had a terrific sense of humor, which he maintained even after it was clear that the doctor’s prognosis was correct.”

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