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11th Annual Lakeview Polar Bear Plunge

By Estefania Martinez

February 6, 2012

Each year, since 2003, the Lakeview Polar Bear Club gathers in the middle of winter to dive into icy Lake Michigan for a good cause. This year, The Chronicle's Multimedia Assistant, Dennis Valera, was one of the 597 brave participants. The charity was able to raise 26,020 dollars which will be donated to the Brya family and Katie Kline.To find out more about the LPBC Polar Plunge, visit

Second Town Hall Meeting

By Sara Mays

January 30, 2012

By: Sam Charles Managing EditorThe second town hall meeting in as many months between members of Columbia’s full- and part-time faculty, administration, staff and students was held on Jan. 27, with many of the same attendees present and themes of the initial town hall meeting last year being discussed.Taking questions from the audience were Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Louise Love, Interim Associate Pro...

Bowl of Dust is “occupying” your ears

By Amanda Murphy

January 30, 2012

Many people wouldn’t look at losing their job as a good thing. But Kyle Klipowicz, frontman for the band Bowl of Dust, said it was really the starting point for the group. Going on its second year, the band has experienced success with the release of its debut EP, “Sour Mash.” Consisting of Klipowicz as guitarist and vocalist, Brian Lewis-Jones on trombone, the mysterious Johnny D playing upright bass and Kyle Drouin con...

Town Hall Meeting (1/27/2012)

By Dannis Valera

January 30, 2012

For the second time, Columbia's administration hosted a Town Hall open meeting for people to air their grievances about the college. In attendance were many of Columbia's part-time faculty, Columbia students as well as students and faculty from other institutions in the area. Some problems brought up for discussion were Columbia's tuition costs, prioritization and transparency of Columbia's decision-making.

Car Fire at 710 S. Wabash

By Sara Mays

January 27, 2012

Firefighters and paramedics were called to respond to a car fire in a parking garage at 710 S. Wabash on Jan. 26 around 4pm. The cause of the fire was not determined but it was deemed not suspicious.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="" width="500" height="440" targetclass="flashmovie"][/kml_flashembed]...

Tripping with Secret Colours

By Sophia Coleman

January 23, 2012

Mix a large dose of psychedelia, a heap of garage rock and a pinch of pop, and you have the recipe for Secret Colours, a sextet at the forefront of Chicago’s psych-rock scene.With Tommy Evans on lead vocals, Dave Stach on guitar, Dylan Olson on vocals, Justin Frederick on drums, Margaret Albright on background vocals, keyboard and percussion, and Nate Wiese on keyboard, rhythm guitar and percussion, the 2-year-old band ha...

Panda Express Serves Free Food

By Sara Mays

January 21, 2012

Panda Express will be serving free food on Jan. 18 from 11am till 8pm for their official grand opening. The new Panda Express located at 515 South State St, decided to give out free entrée meals as a way of advertising to local businesses, students and residents of the Loop.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="

2012 Iowa Caucuses

By Sara Mays

January 9, 2012

Presidential candidate hopefuls took Iowa by storm to kick off the race to the Presidential nomination. After numerous appearances and speeches to the residents of Iowa, it was left up to the people on Caucus night to decide their fate. Mitt Romney won the Caucus with 24.6%, while Rick Santorum came in at a close and surprising second at 24.5%. Michele Bachmann came in last with 5% which caused her to drop out of the race ...

Words ‘N Stuff Zine Workshop

By Estefania Martinez

December 12, 2011

Words 'N Stuff, a new student organization that started this year, held a zine-making social at the Conaway where various members taught attendees how to make zines. Besides the workshop, the organization also sold zines to help them fundraise for their trip to Brooklyn Zine Festival in April.

Occupy Columbia

By Estefania Martinez

December 12, 2011

At approximately 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, more than 20 members of the Occupy Columbia coalition camped outside President Warrick L. Carter's office on the fifth floor of the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., asking for a town hall meeting so the group may have a chance to "air grievances" against the college. The grievances are hallmarked by Columbia's rising tuition costs.After more than an hour...

Administration, protest groups town hall meeting

By Estefania Martinez

December 12, 2011

Facing relentless questioning from several different groups, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Louise Love and Interim Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs Len Strazewski did their best to respond and shed light on some of the most high profile problems facing the college today. Love and Strazewski were only able to answer a small number of the more than 20 questions asked during the meeting because o...

Stand Off in Uptown

By Brent Lewis

December 8, 2011

Four people were arrested after a six-hour standoff on Dec. 5 on the 4600 block of North Broadway. Three individuals barricaded themselves in a building around 4:15 after another individual involved in a firearms investigation, was arrested six hours earlier. The individuals involved were “wanted” and Town Hall District officers and ATF agents were notified that they were in the Chicago area. The incident caused the CTA ...

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