By Mariela Trevino and Amy Hernandez

Since the coronavirus first appeared in the United States in January 2020, over 574,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and over three million have died worldwide.

Several new variants of COVID-19 have emerged in the last five months from multiple countries, including the UK B.1.1.7 variant which is currently the dominating strain in the United States. A mix of factors has led us to this fourth wave in the pandemic such as spring break vacations, states reopening and loosening restrictions, and the arrival of warmer weather.

Across the United States, nearly 198 million…

Let’s take a spin around the globe to see which art museums are the crème de la crème of the art scene

Art has always been a way to express oneself, to depict what one is thinking/imagining. Museums have collected and taken care of the masterpieces we have grown to love and resonate with.

There are thousands of museums around the world. It can be overwhelming to know which are the top rated and most popular to visit. I’ve compiled an interactive map of the top 10 best art museums around the world, in no particular order.

Photo Credit: “Louvre” by simo0082 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Within the list comes some of the obvious greats; The Louvre, The Met and Uffizi Gallery. Then there are some smaller but just as grand…

A closer look into the ceremony everyone was buzzing about

President Joe Biden had quite the competition for the spotlight during the presidential inauguration with powerhouse poet Amanda Gorman.

President Biden made history on January 20th when he took his oath of office and became America’s 46th President. Naturally, this garnered him plenty of attention but then came along Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet to perform at the ceremony. According to an analysis of Google search data, Gorman soared above Biden for a short time.

Amanda Gorman dominated the charts before Biden caught up.

Amanda Gorman’s passionate and powerful poem “The Hill We Climb” took the nation by storm. …

The endangerment of MAP grants puts thousands of Illinois students at risk of not being able to afford a college education

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP Grants at DePaul University. (Photo/Bob Smith)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said. …

Mariela Trevino

The University of Illinois at Chicago. Junior majoring in Communications.

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