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Surviving the big pay off

By Maria Castellucci & Matt McCall Opinions Editor & Features Editor

October 27, 2014

Russell Harrison might never have paid off his student loans if he hadn’t had his debt consolidated.Upon graduating in 2008 from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, after receiving a bachelor’s of arts in music composition, he owed $40,000–50,000 in private and federal student loans. At the time, he was working at 7-Eleven and a Millworks furniture construction factory, operating heavy machinery. He worked mornings an...

Pediatric medicine’s damaging oversight

Pediatric medicine’s damaging oversight

October 13, 2014

In 1889, pediatric surgeon William Hill was removing the tonsils from children with obstructed airways to alleviate their struggles with breathing when he noticed unforeseen side effects of the procedure. T...

Back to basics

By Features Editor

September 29, 2014

When CBS tweeted, “Stephen Colbert to be next host of ‘The Late Show’” in April, it was a bittersweet moment for fans. The wry comedic powerhouse will shift to CBS from his long-time home on Comedy Central in 2015, but something will be lost in the process: Stephen Colbert, the character. The bombastic, conservative pundit who started as a correspondent on “The Daily Show” in 1997 and hosted the Emmy Award-wi...

Pulling at the seams: Uptown’s decades-long heritage of diversity beginning to crumble

By Copy Chief

September 22, 2014

“Hey, man, can I have a smoke?”Startled from his private thoughts, Tobias Elder tried to keep walking past the man who asked him for a cigarette. The man looked like he could be a gang member, Elder says, and Elder was not in the mood to barter over cigarettes, so he tossed him the whole pack and tried to move on.To his surprise, the man followed him and looped an arm across his shoulders, asking what was wrong. When ...

Can’t Live With ‘Em, Can’t Live Without ‘Em

Can’t Live With ‘Em, Can’t Live Without ‘Em

September 15, 2014

There is almost no limit to Lakeview-native Michael Mayor’s devotion to the Cubs. He endured his wife’s wrath for waking his two eldest sons—then ages 5 and 4—on the night of Oct. 14, 2003, ...

Chicago wins battle for Lucas Museum

By Managing Editor

September 2, 2014

Sarah Pilotte, a sophomore business & entrepreneurship major, said she became a fan of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ work as a child when her parents sat her down to watch the series, but as she got older, she developed a deeper fondness for his ability to tell human stories through wildly imaginative storylines.“It shows humanity in a different setting,” Pilotte said. “The world [Lucas] created is so re...

Educating ‘the other’ at Columbia

Educating ‘the other’ at Columbia

May 12, 2014

Marcus Martin, former president of the Black Film Society and senior Cinema Art + Science major, spoke in a student-produced documentary to express his frustration with Columbia’s lack of diversity in its faculty. The Black Film Society, a student organization that hosts critical d...

Strong Eyebrow Game

Strong Eyebrow Game

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

May 5, 2014

Columbia student Sydney Zenon has one strict fashion rule for herself: She cannot leave the house without filling in her perfefectly-plucked eyebrows. As she delved into the world of makeup during her ...

Connecting Columbia’s Urban Campus

Connecting Columbia’s Urban Campus

April 28, 2014

Last Friday evening on campus, students could have watched independent films by Master’s candidates in the Cinema Arts & Science Department, gone to a play about Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotts, attende...

Conceiving identities

Conceiving identities

April 14, 2014

When I was 7 years old, my father told me I was conceived through an anonymous sperm donation.As he told me the story of where I came from, the scene became burned in my memory like an acid-etched plat...

Gear up for steampunk

Gear up for steampunk

March 31, 2014

Professor Marius Mandragore fancies himself a modern-day Viking. A professor of occult studies who has a degree in philosophy and history from Oxford, the soft-spoken actor has a penchant for embroider...

Unearthing an underground empire: A city divided

Unearthing an underground empire: A city divided

March 17, 2014

Click here to read Part I of Unearthing an Underground Empire.When drugs infiltrated Chicago’s gangs in the late 1980s, they brought prosperity to gang leaders. Moving pounds of crack-cocaine and raking in tho...

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