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Chicago wins battle for Lucas Museum

By Managing Editor

September 2, 2014

Filed under Arts & Culture, Features

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

Filed under Arts & Culture, Features

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...

Mozart’s inheritance: Discovering the science behind child prodigies

By Opinions Editor

March 10, 2014

Filed under Arts & Culture, Features

At 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night, most 11-year-olds are already in bed after an afternoon of soccer practice, homework and TV. Yerin Yang, however, is arched over the polished ebony surface of a Steinway piano in Palatine, Ill., intently studying a 50-page Chopin concerto and practicing for the chance to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Barefoot in her teacher’s softly lit studio, Yang moves her small hands acro...

Ice carver vs. robot

Ice carver vs. robot

March 3, 2014

In a studio the size of a small warehouse, the sound of whirring freezers echoes off of walls lined with chisels, saws and ironing plates as Danny “Hollywood” Rebholz prepares to turn a formless bloc...

Some like it hot

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

February 10, 2014

Filed under Arts & Culture, Features

I am ze greatest guitarist in ze world,” said a jovial Joshua Zirko, owner of Caravan Guitars, 4754 N. Rockwell St., in a phony French accent. His modestly sized audience laughed, as if the joke had been told before and would be told again many times. The name of a jazz standard was called out and met with the loud sound of flipping pages. The musicians began to play enchanting tunes like no other. Sitting in Caravan on a...

Illegal inking: Scratching the surface of illegal tattooing

Illegal inking: Scratching the surface of illegal tattooing

January 27, 2014

"She told me to do whatever I felt like I wanted to do, which is a really awesome gift to your tattooist."Leaning over a client with the tattoo gun buzzing in his hand, Madsen Minax prepared to freehand a piece...

Unearthing an underground empire: Cut off the head and the body will fall

By Managing Editor

December 9, 2013

Filed under Arts & Culture, Features

"Mourning when they kill three of ours is getting six of theirs.”From the backseat of a car creeping down a bleak alley in North Lawndale, Edward Robinson, a leader of the Conservative Vice Lords, glares through the windshield, his eyes fixated on the dead end where three of his fellow Vice Lords were shot and killed by a rival gang just two weeks prior. The car slows to a halt as Robinson, stoic yet vulnerable, climbs out...

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