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Farmworkers protest Cultivate Fest

By Dannis Valera

September 24, 2012

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) staged a protest at Chipotle's Cultivate Festival in Lincoln Park. The CIW is a Florida farmworker organization that developed the Fair Food Program, a partnership between farmworkers, tomato growers, and ten leading food corporations--Chipotle has not signed to be a part of the program.At the protest, the CIW and their allies criticized Chipotle, saying the c...

Acro Cats: Chicago’s local “cat show”

By Dannis Valera

September 24, 2012

Circuses often bring to mind bears, lions and elephants, but Chicago’s own Acro-Cats is proving pussy performers can be just as captivating.Ringleader and trainer Samantha Martin’s unique troupe of 13 housecats has been jumping through hoops, pretending to play musical instruments and ringing bells around the country for the past seven years with.Read the full story by our Assistant Arts & Culture Editor, Trevor Bal...

Bloc Party returns, strips down sound

By Sophia Coleman

September 21, 2012

For a couple of years, London rock-quartet Bloc Party disappeared off the post-punk radar. Rumors spread, a break ensued and the band broke off to pursue individual endeavors.After two years apart, lead vocalist and guitarist Kele Okereke, lead guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist Gordon Moaks and drummer Matt Tong realized they had unfinished business. Four years had passed since the bands album, “Intimacy,” and though...

Q&A with Jury Foreman on the Drew Peterson case

By Dannis Valera

September 19, 2012

In his striped V-neck shirt and jeans, Eduardo Saldana, a 22-year-old junior radio major, has the appearance of a typical college kid. He goes to school, plays video games, watches sports and runs a blog. Saldana is also from bolingbrook, Ill., a fact that led him to become part of a trial that drew national attention.Read the full Q&A by our Campus Editor, Alex Kukulka, in the Sept. 17 edition of The Columbia Chronic...

Faculty Senate Meeting [9/14/2012]

By Dannis Valera

September 19, 2012

Giving faculty and staff a 3 percent pay raise will require $5 million in cuts aimed at  various units of the college given the current budget situation, Louise Love, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, told the first Faculty Senate meeting of the fall semester. Specifically, $2 million will be cut from the Academic Affairs fiscal 2013 budget, she said. Love and Ken Gotsch, vice president of Business Aff...

Chicago Artist Profile: theWHOevers

By Dannis Valera

September 17, 2012

The Chronicle's Multimedia Editor, Dennis Valera, got the chance to sit down with Chicago's hip hop duo theWHOevers. MCs Lloyd Dotdot (Dotkom) and Jesse Arthur Manaois (J. Arthur) make up the pair.The two met back in 2008 at Northern Illinois University through a mutual friend and decided to work together after hearing each others' work."I was doing my own solo thing and he somehow heard some of my stuff," said J. Arthur. "The...

Chicago teachers take to streets

By James Foster

September 13, 2012

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike Sept. 10 for the first time in 25 years. The week leading up to Sept. 9's negotiation deadline brought rallies around the city in support of the union's demands. This week, teachers and their allies have been picketing in front of schools and participating in marches through downtown streets.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="t...

CTU strike hits the streets full force

By Dannis Valera

September 11, 2012

After announcing it late Sunday night, the Chicago Teacher Union (CTU) went on strike Monday morning. The CTU members rallied outside of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Central Administration Building. Clad in red shirts, teachers, students and allies marched through the streets of downtown Chicago."Chicago Teacher Union" "CTU" "Strike" "Demonstration" "Protest" "Teachers" "Teacher" "Education" "Negotiations" "Students" "C...

Marina City survives Windy City

By Alex Stedman

September 10, 2012

From stolen equipment to trying to maintain friendships among six young men, Marina City has already experienced its share of hardships in the music industry.The group persevered to win second place at last year’s Biggest Mouth, a competition featuring Columbia musicians, played two shows at the House of Blues and performed at Michigan’s Rockapalooza. Though the group is primarily described as pop–punk, they said they...

Caravan for Peace marches through Chicago

By Dannis Valera

September 10, 2012

The Caravan for Peace marched through Chicago’s Little Village earlier this week calling for changes in policy and strategy concerning the war on drugs.The caravan first started Aug. 11, after crossing the Otay Border into San Diego. In total, the caravan will travel through 26 cities and will eventually end up in Washington, D.C., Sept. 12.Mexican poet Javier Sicilia started the caravan because of the loss of his son, J...

Colors and Shapes of Chicago: Greektown

By Dannis Valera

September 4, 2012

In the first of an ongoing series, the Chronicle will be taking a look into the different cultures in the city of Chicagoby going to different neighborhoods, events, art galleries, and other cultural happenings.In this edition, the west side neighborhood Greektown is featured.http://youtu.be/yv5IyVk2ZQU

Empires conquer Lolla’s storm

By Sophia Coleman

August 9, 2012

Local rock band Empires knows a thing or two about close calls.Aug. 4 started out as a sunny second day of Lollapalooza, where the band—comprised of Tom Conrad, guitarist, Sean Van Vleet, vocalist, and Max Steger, guitarist and producer—was scheduled to play at 4 p.m. But a sudden rainstorm and evacuation of the fest made the likelihood of a performance seem bleak.“Our set is cancelled,” Empire tweeted. “Nothing we...

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