The Columbia Chronicle

Soccer not so boring after all

By Bertha Serrano

October 5, 2008

I was never a big fan of watching sports. I was always a "tomboy" growing up-playing basketball in my alley with the basketball hoop that my brother made for me. I wanted to be in the WNBA and be just like Rebecca Lobo. So instead of sitting around watching sports, I would rather play them.But throughout high school, after my childhood tomboy stage was long gone, I played soccer to stay in shape. I was able to get a nice tan, and ...

Bikers with a cause

By Steven Schnarr

October 5, 2008

On a dark evening in early July, Monica Ryan, a volunteer animal transport, was taking a Chihuahua to a better home.The dog had been the abused pet of a convicted serial killer, she said.Ryan had picked up the dog through a series of transports from southern Illinois. She was delivering the dog to its new home at 69th Place and Stony Island Avenue.Her cell phone was dead, and she could hear gunfire, she said. She stopped at a...

Threadless’ audience getting younger

By Adel Johnson

October 5, 2008

Threadless.com, known for its quirky graphic T-shirts, will soon be extending its clothing empire with a kids' store that is expected to open in Wicker Park by the end of November.The online T-shirt company has already expanded from being a web-based operation to a Threadless store, at 3011 N. Broadway St. The kids' line was launched on its website in 2007 around the time the flagship store opened.After a year of success online ...

‘It’s pubes with heart’

By Kaylee King

October 5, 2008

Sarah Silverman gives birth, experiences being homeless and ditches all her friends for better ones in the new season of her show, The Sarah Silverman Program, which premieres Oct. 8 on Comedy Central.The Emmy-award-winning, controversial comedian, who generally jokes about racism, sexism and religion, debuts her latest acts on this season's show. Silverman got herself in the election this year with a humorous project call...

NYC dancers break into Chicago scene

NYC dancers break into Chicago scene

October 5, 2008

A New York-based modern dance company is gaining popularity after introducing real-life situations and physical exhaustion into their choreography and routines.The David Dorfman Dance Company performed...

Fresh air, fresh art

Fresh air, fresh art

By Bertha Serrano

October 5, 2008

While posters can be seen everywhere in the city, a new art exhibit is attempting to become tradition using the outdoors and bright colors to capture spectators' attention.After a year-and-a-half of pl...

From balance beam to recording studio

From balance beam to recording studio

September 28, 2008

Four years ago, Carly Patterson was in Athens, Greece, competing with the American gymnastics team. Her training was so intense that she didn't get a chance to go sightseeing, even after being in Greece...

Comedy show with a Latin twist

By Bertha Serrano

September 28, 2008

In a city where theater companies come and go every day, a local Latino improv group keeps their audience entertained, 10 years after their first comedy sketch.With show titles such as "The Devil Wears Chanklas (slippers)" and "Touched by an Anglo,"  Salsation tours the country during Hispanic Heritage Month and performs at universities every year.  Their main goal is to put up a great show and convey a clear message to students, ...

British comedy peg

By Meryl Fulinara

September 28, 2008

With his launch into American cinema with breakout performances in satirical comedies like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, it's no surprise 38-year-old Simon Pegg's latest movie would be a spoof on celebrity culture.How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, out Oct. 3, is British journalist Toby Young's memoir-turned-movie about British intellectual Sydney Young, played by Pegg, whose celebrity-bashing lands him a job at a c...

Excitement over excrement

By Meryl Fulinara

September 28, 2008

Nance Klehm, a professional ecologist, is trying to make No. 2 her No. 1 priority.Humble Pile is a nutrient looping project started by Klehm that utilizes the composting of human excrement and urine through the use of a dry toilet. With the project now in its second phase-composting-Klehm has started holding workshops at the Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave., to discuss the project and celebrate the end of phase one- collecti...

Rocking the vote

Rocking the vote

September 28, 2008

As the election season heats up, artists and groups like Death Cab for Cutie are helping to get young voters to register and show up at the polls on Election Day. The band is participating in the Ultim...

Lights, camera, fashion

By Bertha Serrano

September 28, 2008

Five years ago, Reggie Valdezco was studying pre-med at DePaul University. Although he wasn’t happy, his future seemed promising. After realizing he needed to do something else with his life, he transferred to Columbia, where his life was about to take a big twist.On Oct. 3, Valdezco will be one of 15 students to showcase his work during Dress Code: Chicago Fashion Design School’s Show, a runway show featuring garments...

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