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The Chronicle speaks with Tony Peraica

By Bethany Reinhart

November 4, 2008

The Chronicle's Mandy Treccia spoke with Tony Peraica who is running for Cook County State's Attorney.Peraica had the following to say, "I feel wonderful. Tired. Hopeful. We ran a strong campaign and I'm hopeful the voters, especially the African-American voters we've worked so diligently with, understand that I'm the better candidate. They are sick of police brutality and closed clinics. Change is the operative word in this campa...

Election Updates

By Bethany Reinhart

November 4, 2008

7:47 p.m.Obama steps into a strong lead with 102 electoral votes vs McCain's 34, according to CNN.com.8:11 p.m.Obama now leading with 174 electoral votes. McCain has secured 49, according to CNN.com8:55 p.m.ABC.com shows Obama with 200 electoral votes and McCain with 130....

CTA to amp up service on Election Day

By Jessica Galliart

November 4, 2008

The Chicago Transit Authority announced on Nov. 3 an extended service plan to better serve customers during downtown election night festivities, including rush-hour service on rail lines and additional bus service in the Loop.According to the CTA website, rush hour service will begin in the afternoon for riders attempting to leave work in the Loop early in anticipation of Sen. Barack Obama's election rally in Grant Park. Also...

Reports from Grant Park

By Kaylee King

November 4, 2008

7:53 p.m. Despite early hesitance, the results from Penn. and Va., crowd is thinking Obama is in. People celebrating .. pushing toward Jumbotron. Portapotties are out of toilet paper, lines getting longer, people smoking cigarettes and drinking snuck in alcohol in non-ticketed area.7:21 p.m. Crowd is going crazy with the election results coming in from New England and Illinois. Too early to call yet, but crowd is watching CNN...

Obama wins by huge margin, Grant Park rally in full swing

By Bethany Reinhart

November 4, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama has won the 2008 Presidential Election, making him the first black president in the history of the United States. Although updates continue to flow in, Obama now has 333 electoral votes, according to ABC.com Only 270 were needed to clench the presidency.Obama is expected to deliver his acceptance speech at around 11:45 p.m. in  Grant ParkAs McCain gives his concession speech in Arizona, more state results have co...

Editors Note

By Jessica Galliart

November 3, 2008

News came on Oct. 30 that afternoon classes at Columbia would be cancelled and the campus would be closed down and locked up the evening of Nov. 4. I could have sworn I heard cheers across the South Loop from students, much like those days when I was glued to my TV in high school, waiting to see my school's name displayed on the crawl listing of school cancellations on snowy days.But this sweeping cancellation of classes is not due to snow; instead, it's out of safety concerns for students in the South Loop during what looks to be one of the biggest events in Chicago of the year. Sen. Barack Obama's campaign will host a hometown rally in Grant Park, which is often referred to as "Columbia's backyard."Mayor Richard M. Daley has even said he anticipates up to a million people to attend the block party with or without tickets and even encouraged the masses to attend regardless. "You think I'm nuts? You think I'm not going to invite people down? This is a celebration," Daley told reporters.Less than a half-hour after an e-mail was sent to Obama supporters inviting them to apply for the free tickets, the 65,000 tickets that were made available were spoken for.But although many are itching to be part of the mega-celebration, the city is preparing for the masses to descend upon the South Loop in support of Obama.Amidst concerns about students' safety, shuffling back and forth between classes and even traveling home afterward via public transportation or highway, Columbia's administration had to evaluate the magnitude of the situation and ask themselves an important question: How do we ensure students' safety on Election Day?The question then led to a responsible decision that will ultimately eliminate the chance for anything to go wrong on Columbia's turf and also, probably most important to students, give students the chance to get out and celebrate the evening.Regardless of possible absences in classes, the college examined and has been anticipating how this event would affect Columbia's community and took all of the right steps to make a decision that is ultimately best for students and faculty. The decision came in the nick of time for instructors to make alternate plans-although it's safe to say many were anticipating low turn-outs in classes on the evening of Nov. 4-but the college also allowed enough time to discuss the decision at length and made a rational choice.Many have hypothesized what could happen at the rally: Riots will ensue if Obama loses, criminals will run amok in the South Loop breaking into cars, crowd control will be impossible with riots, etc. Despite all of these predictions, the fact is that the volume of crowds expected at the rally is reason enough to raise security concerns.But students can still gather in Columbia's community at events like the Columbia Urban Music Association's Voter's Block Party at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., or at the Election Night View and Skew party hosted by Columbia's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union at Plymouth Court, 731 S. Plymouth Court. These exceptions, including the allowance for student media to remain on campus to cover the election (thanks!), also show that the college is aware that this day is such an important one for students and doesn't intend to impede on students' desire to gather and celebrate.So even though the decision to cancel classes and close down the Columbia campus was made purely out of concerns for safety, it feels more like a blessing for us to get the opportunity to really celebrate and take it all in. We get to say that we were students at a progressive liberal arts college in Chicago when thousands gathered in our backyard to celebrate Obama's candidacy. That's a very special thing, and we can't take it for granted.Whatever you do to celebrate, soak it all in and enjoy the moment. Oh, and don't forget to thank Columbia administrators the next time you see them.What are you doing on Election Day? Snap some photos of you and your friends and family voting at the polling stations, watching the results roll in and celebrating the outcome. Then send them to us at chronicle@colum.edu and check out our website throughout the week for frequently updated coverage and our Nov. 10 issue for an extensive review of Election 2008. See more details on PG. 6.

College opts for eco-friendly upgrades

By J. DePaolis

November 3, 2008

In an effort to make the campus more environmentally friendly, the Office of Campus Environment decided to make some upgrades to a campus building.In October, improvements were made to the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building, including a new heating and cooling system (HV/AC) and a new "green" roof on the fifth floor. The green roof was completed the weekend of Oct. 25.The green roof, constructed by Live Roof, will reduce the o...

Journalism added to Columbia’s LA offerings

By Thomas Pardee

November 3, 2008

Even more Columbia students will have a chance to chase "the California Dream" next semester, thanks to a growing program setting participants on the fast track to Hollywood success.Columbia's Semester in LA program, which was launched nearly 10 years ago out of the Film and Video Department as a means to get eager seniors a head start in the industry, has grown since its inception to include classes from seven different col...

Dead come alive at Latino festival

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 3, 2008

Latino students with painted skeleton faces marched down S. Wabash Avenue to kick off a night of Latino tradition, dancing and food.The Latino Alliance hosted the 4th annual Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, event on Oct. 30 in the Conaway Center at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.The event began with a procession from the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., to the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. The proces...

Congress Parkway gets facelift

By Eli Kaberon

November 3, 2008

Columbia's northern border will soon undergo a makeover.Alderman Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward), along with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), announced plans on Oct. 22 to do a complete overhaul of Congress Parkway between South Wells Street and South Michigan Avenue. The changes made are intended to improve traffic flow for vehicles, improve the road's visual beauty and give pedestrians more room to walk aroun...

‘Play’ exhibit showcases interactivity as art

By Thomas Pardee

November 3, 2008

Students and faculty from one of Columbia's Interactive Arts and Media programs have the art of gaming down to a science-at least that's what they're trying to prove.The Game Design Department's second annual "Art of Play" exhibit kicked off on Oct. 30 in the Project Room, located on the 4th floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave. It features more than a dozen 3-D, 2-D and "monitor-based" pieces made by stu...

Breaking News: Election Day

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 3, 2008

Columbia will close the majority of its buildings at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4, in anticipation of safety concerns brought about by the event in Grant Park.As stated in a press release sent by provost and senior vice president Steve Kapelke, class schedules will also be altered on Election Day, canceling any classes that begin after 3 p.m. Classes that begin before 3 p.m., even if they don’t end until after 3 p.m., will go on as sch...

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