Dominic Gwinn
Staff Reporter
from Roosevelt Torch

Roosevelt was recently gifted $25 million dollars from the estate of the late Rosaline Cohn, and her daughter, the late Marcia Cohn. This marks the largest donation in the school’s 72 year history.

“This magnificent gift will be used to support student scholarships in accordance with Mrs. Rosaline Cohn wishes,” President Malekzadeh said in a statement. “Mrs. Cohn believe in the transformative nature of higher education. She was a long-time friend and supporter of Roosevelt University and for several decades has helped Roosevelt students through the Jacob and Rosaline Cohn Scholarship fund.”

Long time donors of Roosevelt, Mrs. Cohn’s late husband, Jacob, was one of the school’s first contributors, giving $200 to the school in 1945 shortly after opening. An immigrant who began a successful coffee business in Chicago, Mr. Cohn was an annual donor to Roosevelt.

“The purpose is it’s dedicated completely to scholarship funds,” said Dan Jones, vice president of institutional advancement and chief development officer in an interview with the Torch. “It will become part of the Cohn family scholarship fund.”

About $1.2 million will be available for student scholarships as the university will spend approximately five percent each year, according to Jones.

Patricia Harris, chair of Roosevelt’s Board of Trustees, said that the gift will “increase the strength of Roosevelt’s endowment and perpetuate the University’s mission of enabling deserving and talented students to achieve a first rate education. We are overwhelmed with the size and generosity of this gift and are extremely grateful to Mrs. Cohn for her thoughtfulness and devotion to Roosevelt University.”

The donation comes at a time when many students are struggling to obtain the necessary funding to continue their higher education goals due to a decrease in the Illinois Monetary Assistance Program grants, as well as Roosevelt’s continued austerity measures.


By Dominic Gwinn
Staff Reporter
from Roosevelt Torch

On Tuesday, October 4, a somber memorial service was held for Roosevelt University Professor Paul Green, chair of Roosevelt’s Department the Political Science and Public Affairs. Friends and family closest to Green spoke candidly to a packed room comprised of loved ones and colleagues at Maggiano’s Little Italy, offering insight and compassion in a time of great loss.

“For my whole time at Roosevelt, Paul was a constant source of wisdom and insight,” remarked Mike Ensdorf, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Founder and Director of the Gage Gallery at Roosevelt. “I’m really going to miss him tremendously. It was a great tribute, a lovely tribute. It was just an honor hearing from his family and his colleagues, and confidants and comrades. It’s a complicated set of emotions when someone dies suddenly.”

Green, a staple in Chicago politics for decades, passed away suddenly at the age of 73 on Sept. 10. In remembering Green, his family and colleagues recalled their personal stories of Green and his family, ranging from his childhood, political ambitions, and academic life.

“It was perfectly suited for Paul Green,” commented LeeAnn Revis, a political science major. “The quips, the humor, the reverence for politics. It did him justice.”

It was announced at the memorial that the Chicago City Council had adopted a continuing resolution signed by Alderman Ed Burke and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in honor of Green.

“It was a lovely memorial, and to me it showcased the fact that Paul had a very big life, and was an intellectual,” said Bonnie Gunzenhauser, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “That’s how we knew him at Roosevelt, but he was also a family man. He really lived the mission of community engagement with a democratic approach to the world.”

At this time there is speculation of a public memorial at Roosevelt late this semester, however, there no formal plans were available at press time.



By Dominic Gwinn, Staff Reporter
from Roosevelt Torch

On Thursday, September 29, Roosevelt University Gage Gallery opened its newest exhibit, “Gone But Not Forgotten,” a glimpse into the street-side memorials found throughout Chicago. Using original interviews of Roosevelt Journalism Professor Anne-Marie Cusac, and Wisconsin photographer Thomas Ferrella, the exhibit offers an emotional glimpse into a part of Chicagoland that often begs many questions, and yields few answers.

“For me this is obviously a troubling topic that in some ways reflects a troubled society,” Ferrella said in his opening remarks. “For me, the emotions are very deep and the run the continuum of emotions, from love to hate, despair to joy, anger and hope. And, where there is hope there is light.”

Pairing Ferrella’s photographs with Cusac’s reporting, the exhibit features quotations from the community members who knew the fallen, ranging from friends and family, to neighbors and residents. The impromptu shrines serve as fixture in communities, and the exhibit is meant to serve as an extension to the lives they are meant to honor and remember. Quotes adorn the walls of the gallery to accompany the photos, and selections from over 30 hours of recorded interviews will captivate somber attendees.

Utilizing the aid of anti-violence community groups, CeaseFire and Brothers and Sisters of Love, Cuasc and Ferrella’s work documents a large swath of Chicago, from the Far North Side of Rogers Park, to Englewood on the South Side.

“I think these memorials on the streets are very very important It’s how people memorialize them,” said Brother Jim of Brothers and Sister of Love in his denim frock. “Some of these memorials were torn down a couple days after they took the pictures. Some people think that the memorials shouldn’t be there; they’re glorify gang members. But I think that people in their grief – the murder rate in Chicago’s going back up. People need to do this.”

Renee Trimble’s neighbor, Jeremiah “Man Man” Shaw, was was murdered in front of her home in a case of mistaken identity. She reflected about the the photo of the memorial of her home, before the audience in an emotional plea for understanding. “He wasn’t a part of my family birth-wise, but you don’t always have to be blood to be family…I’ve seen a lot of tragedies on the block that I stay on, but this particular one just – I don’t even know. I just don’t know.”

Students and community members in attendance expressed heartfelt emotions after viewing the exhibit, such as 22 year-old IMC majors Mollie Bunnell and Keegan Kaczor.

“I cried,” admits Kaczor. “When you make that kind of emotional connection, it’s all you can do. I can’t imagine something so personal and tragic. It breaks my heart.”

“It’s one thing to just read about it,” said Bunnell of one iconic photo that has been featured in Time magazine. “It’s much more powerful in person, and the memorial on the street as you walk past, or just hearing people talk about their story? It’s really moving.”

In a brief interview with the Torch, Cusac commented about the exhibit, “There is a relentlessness there to kind of give the feeling of what it was like…I hope we give people some awareness. I feel like I’m only a conduit to help bring what other people say out.”

“I want them to take away that these are people that existed at these spots, and this is where they died,” says Ferrella. “I think the memorials reflect that personal nature.”

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