When he was 15 years old, Xavier Perez, director of criminology at DePaul University, admired the makeshift graffiti that decorated the wall of his cell in a juvenile detention center.
Chicago-area colleges tout new programs that are saving their dining-hall food from going to waste. DePaul University students can now take food to-go in boxes that can be composted, and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) students will soon get bargains on convenience store food that’s getting old. That’s important because colleges nationwide are throwing away 22 million pounds of food each year — as much as the weight of almost 1,700 elephants. But Chicago’s schools fail to get much notice in national surveys that judge their programs’ effectiveness.