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Birth control battle

By Emily Fasold

April 22, 2012

While the first wave of feminism in the early 20th century was aimed at gaining the right to vote, the current generation of American women has struggled to achieve full insurance coverage for pregnancy, birth control, emergency contraception and other women’s health care issues. Up until now, that is.After fierce negotiation, President Barack Obama’s administration and the Department of Health and Human Services announ...

Studying abroad broadens horizons

By Lisa Schulz

April 15, 2012

In three weeks, the spring 2012 semester will be history. Summer 2012, on the other hand, a time to study history—the foundation of Columbia’s overseas study program’s curriculum.For the program’s annual summer trips, approximately 12 students will pack up their bags and check Prague and Florence off their study destination wish lists. The Florence trip lasts from June 28–July 28 and is hosted by the Fiction Writing ...

Cruisin’ for a bruisin’

By Amanda Murphy

April 8, 2012

The year was 1982, and roller derby was in the prime of its existence, keeping adults and children alike plopped in front of their TVs, admiring the often theatrical display.That’s when the roller derby bug bit Charles Gamble a.k.a. Chasmanian Devil, who sits on a bench at the Lombard Roller Rink, 201 W. 22nd St. in Lombard, Ill., recalling his senior yearbook and what he put as his dream occupation: professional roller...

Diamond in the Rough: The undocumented history of baseball at Columbia

By Lindsey Woods

February 27, 2012

Digging through Columbia’s archives, one finds hints of a baseball team: a brief mention in The Chronicle, a passing note on the website or just whispers in the hallway from students who know a friend of a friend who may have been on the fabled baseball team. But the championship flag of 2004 that once hung in the basement of the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., has disappeared.The archives don’t tell the story ...

Doc Films: Past, present and future

By Amanda Murphy

January 17, 2012

Tucked away in the depths of Hyde Park and the University of Chicago’s campus is a once influential and still highly regarded film society. In the past, one of many and now a rare commodity, Doc Films continues its mission, providing viewers with a $5, one-of-a-kind film experience.The story began in 1940, when students at U of C formed the International Documentary Film Group. From the start, the group had an emphasis ...

Lincoln LOLz

By Amanda Murphy

November 21, 2011

When walking past the Lincoln Restaurant, it’s hard to imagine anything beyond its doors other than the typical diner dishes and décor. But past the plastic tables and linoleum floor resides one of Chicago’s best kept secrets.With 12 years under its proverbial belt, The Lincoln Lodge, which shares the restaurant space at 4008 N. Lincoln Ave., has been home to a number of successful comedians and gained the title of the l...

The story of beer pong

By Lindsey Woods

October 23, 2011

Paying your bills with beer pong seems like a dream, but for Nick Velissaris, the winner of the first World Series of Beer Pong and a Chicago resident, it is a reality.Velissaris has gone to the World Series—which takes place in Las Vegas—every year since its inaugural season in 2006, where the self-proclaimed underdog and his friend from the University of Michigan, Jason Coben, clinched the top spot and the $10,000 c...

Chicago Beach Polo World Cup 2011

By Brent Lewis

October 6, 2011

Members of the Women's Lufthansa Private Jet (gray) and Gascon (purple) teams participated in the Grey Goose Chicago Beach Polo World Cup on Saturday and Sunday at North Avenue Beach. Originally, the tournament was held every year in Miami, Florida. However, Bruce Orosz, who brought the sport to the United States, saw the beauty of North Avenue Beach and knew he had to hold the tournament in Chicago. A portion of the funds ra...

A community of comics

By Amanda Murphy

October 2, 2011

They’re everywhere. Creeping in the corners of darkness, stalking through dimly lit alleys. But then they’re taking the train during rush hour, sitting next to you on the el, listening to an iPod and checking email. They seem like everyone else. But the world they live in is far beyond what any normal human could imagine.Comic book artists have been walking the streets of Chicago for decades. Cluttering bookstores and new...

Recollections of original Chicago Playboy Club; new club plans to open next year

By Sophia Coleman

September 18, 2011

A velvety red carpet trails up from the street and under the color-stacked canopy surrounding the entrance of the sexy, swanky Playboy Club. A heavy layer of cigar smoke clogs the senses and induces a dream-like state, while scantily clad Bunnies serve up drinks, food and games. This was the original Playboy Club of the 1960s—the place where sex and sophistication combined to create an atmosphere that transcended the prudis...

Krispy Fringe, Vintage Bazaar and more put their spin on vintage shopping

By Brianna Wellen

February 14, 2011

In a Lincoln Square boutique, a customer admires a vintage dress with a modern industrial zipper up the side. Holding the garment against her frame, she wants a few adjustments and an antique handbag to complete the outfit.Instead of simply wishing, she lists her specific requests on the boutique’s customer wish list, which is covered with handwritten yens for typewriters and 1960s Chanel. Kristy Kladzyk and Sara McIntosh,...

Tracking students and crunching numbers

By Shardae Smith

September 26, 2010

If you are a freshman at Columbia this fall in a first-year class, such as the First-Year Seminar, take a look around. There will likely be 17 students enrolled, the average class size at the college. Assuming the college’s current graduation rate of 40 percent, just seven or so members of the class will receive their diploma at Columbia in the allotted time.That 40 percent is an improvement from last year’s graduation rat...

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