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AIDS advocates ask politicians to “Keep the Promise”

By Dannis Valera

July 26, 2012

WASHINGTON — Chanting “keep the promise,” thousands of AIDS advocates marched through the streets of Washington, D.C. on June 22 calling for an end to the epidemic with more funding and access to AIDS care.“People living with HIV, you are the conscience of the world,” said Michael Weinstein, AHF president, to the crowd. “Your voice must be louder. The solemn promise to conquer AIDS must be kept—history is watch...

Fundraising, showcasing talent at Fashion Columbia

By Sophia Coleman

June 12, 2012

Flashing lights and gleaming runways were the setting as 15 graduates of Columbia’s fashion studies program displayed their handcrafted garments June 8 at Fashion Columbia, a fundraising event that benefits the program.The annual extravaganza, staged for the first time at the Media Production Center, 1600 S. State St., was held in honor of Eunice W. Johnson, a fashion pioneer who co-founded Ebony Magazine with her husband ...

Welcome to their parlor

By Sophia Coleman

June 12, 2012

The deep vibrations of bass and rhythmic riffs of M.I.A and all things vulgar brought Chicago-based band Spider to the Fly together.Two Columbia students—Jack Collier, junior interdisciplinary major with a focus on music and fashion, and Sid Blastfemmy, music business major, magnetically connected in the summer of 2011 to spread messages of rebellion and awaken primal instincts in their fans.Over the past year, the eclectic...

Valid Lush to perform at benefit for Chicago HOPES

By Sophia Coleman

May 30, 2012

A local musician and social worker is looking to make his last mark on Chicago HOPES, a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring and enrichment programing to children in homeless shelters, before he leaves to join the Peace Corps.Luis Valadez, 29, a Columbia alumnus with a degree in poetry and program director of Chicago HOPES, will be leaving the organization at the end of June and move to China to teach English. On June ...

NATO Protesters Clash with Police

By Brent Lewis

May 23, 2012

NATO protesters began their largest march of the NATO summit, Sunday, May 20, 2012 underneath the Pertillo Band Shell in Grant Park which led them to the cross section of Michigan and Cermak, where things became tense between the police and protesters. A small series of clashes took place between police and protesters, leaving many protesters injured and even bloody in some cases.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="1...

12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

By Sara Mays

April 30, 2012

Chicago hosted the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates April 23 - 25, to promote empowering youth to activism and action. The three day summit was co-chaired by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, former Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni and Mayor Rahm Emanuel served as the honorable chair.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="https://columbiachronicle.com/soundslides/Wo...

Critical Encounters Student Showcase

By Estefania Martinez

April 30, 2012

For the second year in a row, Critical Encounters hosted an end-of-the-year student showcase in the Conaway Center. This year, over 200 student's works were featured, showing the Columbia community how this year’s Critical Encounters’ theme (Rights, Radicals & Revolutions) has enhanced their education and work.http://youtu.be/p9QVoY0evb8

Word on the Street: How do you de-stress from finals?

By Dannis Valera

April 30, 2012

Finals is one of the most stressful times for students during the whole semester. Although many Columbia students have started their final projects, a majority of the college is taking their final exams next week. Let's see what some students are doing to relieve some of their stress.http://youtu.be/GzlujAnvL6Y

Undead and fully armed

By Amanda Murphy

April 23, 2012

It’s common knowledge to zombie lovers that shotguns aren’t the best defensive weapons. Similarly, the loud, “in your face” band known as Shotgun Zombie will not save your life in an undead apocalypse, if one were to occur, but they can put on a great show. Just ask them.With Brian Rowe as the band’s new lead vocalist, Brian Sanchez and Marko Preradovic on guitars and Zack Porter on drums, Zombie Shotgun is creati...

Biggest Mouth 2012

By Sara Mays

April 20, 2012

Columbia's annual Biggest Mouth took place at The Metro, 3730 N. Clark, on April 18. The band Otis came in first place receiving a price of $3,000. Marina City took second place taking the winnings of $1,500. The audience choice pick was the band Pete & Nick who won a $500 prize.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="https://columbiachronicle.com/soundslide/Biggest_Mouth_2012/sound...

Take it from me, Cold Country

By Amanda Murphy

April 16, 2012

Phoenix-raised Sean McConnell may not have been born in what’s considered cold country. But after a few musical endeavors and a move to Chicago after a stint in Austin, Texas, McConnell found his warm-blooded self back in a cold-blooded city. After a year of writing, accumulating musicians and recording, he released the self-titled debut album April 10 for his project Cold Country.The album boasts a perfect summer sound...

Anger Over Ethnic Studies Ban Continues

By Estefania Martinez

April 16, 2012

Thanks to a segment on the Daily Show with John Stewart, the anger over the ban on ethnic studies in Arizona has reignited all over again. Also feeling the fire is the recent consideration to extend the ban to the university/college level. The Chronicle's Multimedia Editor, Dennis Valera, asked people on the streets of Chicago about their opinions on the ban.http://youtu.be/QzaXQw-A81g...

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