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The Election Issue

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 9, 2008

This week, The Chronicle canvassed the South Loop to bring our readers inside and out of the Obama rally in Grant Park. As one of the college media granted access into the event on Nov. 4, this issue is packed full with extensive photos and stories from around town.Away from the celebration in the park, Columbia and the city hosted and participated in other events around town. In the Nov. 10 Election Issue, The Chronicle has g...

Kelly outlines student affordability ‘conundrum’

By Thomas Pardee

November 9, 2008

Columbia's vice president of Student Affairs, Mark Kelly, outlined the financial challenges facing colleges all over the country during the monthly College Council meeting, held on Nov. 7 in the Hokin Annex, on the first floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave.Kelly's presentation included data compiled about Columbia students' incomes and financing methods, as well as those of local schools like Loyola Universit...

Students gather to absorb election results

Students gather to absorb election results

November 9, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama has been known to inspire large groups of young voters into organizing and coming together. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that on election night, a mere two blocks from the then-senator's Gra...

Obama rally in Columbia’s backyard

By Eve Fuller

November 9, 2008

Columbia's close proximity to Grant Park gave students easy access to attend President-Elect Barack Obama's historic Nov. 4 rally.An estimated 240,000 people were at the rally to hear Obama's victory speech beginning at about 11:00 p.m., long after the polls had closed."Obama reaches out to a lot of young people. He is refreshing," said Wilfredo Cruz, a sociology instructor in Columbia's Liberal Education Department.Tickets were requ...

Donor indicted on corruption charges

By Timothy Bearden

November 9, 2008

A continuing investigation by the U.S. District Attorney's office brought about the indictment of William Cellini Sr., a Columbia donor, for corruption charges on Oct. 30.Cellini Sr. was charged in a four-count indictment and is the 13th defendant in the case known as "Operation Board Games," said Randall Samborn, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office. Other defendants include Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was recently c...

Security issues postpone election night party

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 9, 2008

Columbia's Urban Music Association election night party on Nov. 4 was forced to be postponed due to security issues brought about by festivities in Grant Park.CUMA planned its "Voters' Block Party" for Nov. 4 in the Conaway Center at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., from 6 p.m. to midnight.Although it was announced on Oct. 30 classes were canceled Nov. 4 due to then senator Barack Obama's rally in Grant Park, the Vot...

No need for a headline

No need for a headline

By Sara Harvey

November 9, 2008

As we were wrapping up The Election Issue, the staff at the Chronicle racked their brains for a headline that would sell. We needed a headline that would say "historic" and "connected to Chicago" at the same time. We played around with...

Chicago legend dies, leaves legacy at college

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 9, 2008

Famed author, historian, philanthropist, journalist and Chicagoan Louis "Studs" Terkel died in his North Side home on Oct. 31 at the age of 96.Terkel has worked with the Community Media Workshop, a nonprofit media organization located on Columbia's campus, to create better communication and journalistic coverage in the Chicago area and Midwest.The organization named Terkel its "patron saint" and has been giving awards in ...

VIDEO: Behind the scenes as college media

By Jessica Galliart

November 5, 2008

Student media from Columbia—including The Chronicle and the college's radio station, WCRX—gained media access into the Grant Park rally for then-Sen. Barack Obama on Nov. 4. Check out some behind-the-scenes footage of how the event played out in Columbia's backyard:Chronicle staffers wait in line to leave the media area and talk with supporters at the event. No more than 20 media members at a time were allowed to ente...

UPDATED VIDEO: The Chronicle’s footage from the Obama rally

November 5, 2008

More video coverage from inside Grant Park coming soon! Keep checking back! The Chronicle caught up with Obama supporters inside and outside of Grant Park on Nov. 4. Check out The Chronicle's f...

‘Yes we can’

By Bethany Reinhart

November 4, 2008

11:16 p.m.Crowds continue to celebrate as President-Elect Barack Obama wraps up his acceptance speech from Grant Park. Obama's speech lasted about 16 minutes. He thanked his supporters and addressed those who did not vote for him. In his speech, Obama graciously reached out to Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin.

Road closures from Obama rally clean up

By Brett Marlow

November 4, 2008

According to the Chicago Tribune, some streets remained closed due to clean up from last night's Obama rally in Grant Park.Congress Parkway, Jackson Boulevard, Balbo Drive and Monroe Street remain closed from South Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive. North Columbus Drive is also shut down between Monroe Street and Roosevelt Road.The city said it hopes to have the roads open before rush hour....

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