As they near the completion of their doctorates, Jennifer Ferrer and Arianne Rodriguez have faced their fair share of challenges. But the duo has found solace inside Chicago’s climbing gyms, which they started frequenting a few years back. They say that climbing, with its focus on problem-solving and adaptability, has helped with their academic investigations.
Anthony Gaines celebrates an emphatic dunk during the Wildcats’ exhibition opener in the debut of the new Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Northwestern facility received $110 million in upgrades. Additions include new seating with chair-backs, new and expanded restrooms, concession areas with twice as many point-of-sale stations and new locker rooms for men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. (Read more about the new Welsh-Ryan Arena in “New Home Court for the Cats.”)