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Coalition forms to oppose concealed carry

By Dannis Valera

December 3, 2012

A coalition launched Monday, Nov. 26, in opposition to the possibility of Illinois lifting the ban on carrying concealed weapons, in light of the Illinois legislative veto session.They are dubbed the Stop Concealed Carry Coalition and are made up of several community leaders, religious leaders, political leaders, and victims of mass shootings.“We need to make sure Illinois leads this nation by saying conceal carry is not...

New holiday Steppenwolf show incorporates Liza Minnelli

By Dannis Valera

December 3, 2012

Her mother took audiences over the rainbow in "The Wizard of Oz," she sang and danced her way to an Oscar for her part in the 1972 film "Cabaret" and today Hollywood veteran Liza Minnelli is giving Chicago the old razzle-dazzle again as the inspiration for a new play titled "We Three Lizas."While Minnelli doesn't actually make an appearance in the production, which runs through Dec. 23 at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Hals...

‘Mastodon’ guitarist goes ‘West’

By Alex Stedman

December 3, 2012

Brent Hinds is best known for shredding guitar in the heavy metal band Mastodon, but his side project, West End Motel, presents a whole new sound. The Atlanta-based band, which has been described as country/punk, is the product of a 20-year friendship between guitarist Hinds and vocalist Tom Cheshire.The group also includes Mike Shina, piano/guitar; Ben Thrower, acoustic guitar/background vocals; Stiff Penalty, bass guitar ...

The Chicago Seven

By James Foster

November 26, 2012

Preservation Chicago is an organization that seeks to protest Chicago's historic landmark buildings. Each year they put together a list of the seven most endangered architectural gems in the city. The old Prentice hospital, which made the list this year, has been in the news lately and will be demolished in the coming months.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="http://columbiachro...

What does SGA exactly do?

By Dannis Valera

November 26, 2012

Columbia has had a Student Government Association for more than a decade, but the organization, along with many other student groups, struggles to grab students’ attention. However, it’s still pushing to be a voice for the student body, according to SGA President Cassandra Norris.Cassandra give The Chronicle a quick rundown about how SGA works and how being involved with SGA has influenced her life.Check out the full s...

Seven Harry Potter books in just 70 minutes

By Dannis Valera

November 26, 2012

70 minutes, seven Harry Potter books. This is the tagline of Potted Potter, a parody of the Harry Potter series by former BBC TV hosts Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner.The parody duo first met in 2005 when Clarkson needed a partner to do a show for the midnight launch of the sixth book—the first five books in five minutes. He found Turner as he was performing on the streets of London.“That’s the kind of style I wa...

How To: Plan a Vacation

By Dannis Valera

November 19, 2012

As the semester winds down, winter break gets closer and closer. Although a lot of people spend the time at home, it also is prime vacation time. The Chronicle sat with Christie Andersen, the Career Development Specialist at Columbia's Portfolio Center, and asked her for some tips.http://youtu.be/ze6zTICZZ_c

Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit

By Ahmed Hamad

November 19, 2012

Since its first run in newspapers like the Chicago Tribune in 1950, “Peanuts,” written and illustrated by Charles Schultz, has become one of the most beloved and recognizable comics in history. Over time, “Peanuts” characters came to life through other mediums, including animated TV specials and theater productions. More than 60 years later, Charlie Brown and the gang have come to Chicago in an exhibit that chroni...

Elections Night 2012

By Ahmed Hamad

November 12, 2012

Elections night was just a few nights ago, but it's impact will effect all of our lives for the next four years.There were an array of emotions being felt that night by americans everywhere. Watch and relive the events as they unfold, and history was made right before our eyes.The Journey Begins with Columbia College at 1104 S wabash and ends with chicagoans from all over the at the Thompson center as the winner is anno...

Rolling the ‘Dice’ at Columbia

By Alex Stedman

November 12, 2012

German disc jockey and electronic music producer Loco Dice has undergone a significant evolution since his start in the early ’90s. He was initially a rapper playing support slots for Usher, Ice Cube, and R. Kelly. He’s since taken a turn to techno, releasing two electronic albums, several remixes and seven EPs, including his latest, “Toxic,” which drops Nov. 12.The Düsseldorf-based musician’s latest project is the...

A “Beanstock” to music

By Ahmed Hamad

November 12, 2012

One of Columbia's Entrepreneurship classes put on a concert to raise funds for Rock for Kids, an initiative that brings music education to undeserved children in Chicago. The name Beanstock came from the combination of Woodstock and Chicago's infamous bean. The event took place Wednesday night at 7 at Columbia's HAUS at 623 S. Wabash Ave. Joshua Fletcher, The Man in My Shoes, Jordan Burk and Reid Bower came to perform at ...

Four more years

By James Foster

November 12, 2012

President Barack Obama was re-elected Nov. 6 to a second term, and although the crowd of approximately 10,000 at McCormick Place was smaller than the Grant park gathering four years ago, the air was electric with enthusiasm.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="https://columbiachronicle.com/soundslide/election_night_2012%20/soundslider.swf" width="500" height="440" targetclass="flashmovie"][/kml_flashembed]...

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