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Occupy Columbia protesters granted town hall meeting

By Dannis Valera

December 7, 2011

Members of the Occupy Columbia coalition camped out outside of President Warrick L. Carter's office on the fifth floor of the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave. After more than an hour of going back and forth, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Louise Love offered the group a town hall meeting on Friday, Dec. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m.http://youtu.be/1O7-t1eweWM...

Word On The Street – Is CTA Safer?

By Estefania Martinez

December 5, 2011

On November 21, it was announced that over 1,800 additional cameras have been installed in over 78 CTA rail stations. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said the cameras won't only help catch criminals but will also serve as a deterrent. The Chronicle's Assistant Multimedia Editor, Dennis Valera, asks the people of Chicago what they think of the addition of new cameras.http://youtu.be/W9XB1DSPEZw...

Paper Arrows hit target

By Sophia Coleman

December 5, 2011

Chicago indie rock band Paper Arrows has been on a rapid course to widespread fame since its members first met in winter 2007. With three full length albums out—Joe Goodkin, guitar and lead vocalist; Jay Moreno, bass and background vocals; Darien Garvey, drummer and producer; and recent addition, Drew Scalercio, on keyboard—the band has worked on developing a cohesive, marketable sound.The band’s authentic use of backg...

Funeral for Maggie Daley

By Brent Lewis

November 29, 2011

Sara Mays | THE CHRONICLEThe funeral service for the former first lady of Chicago, Maggie Daley was held on Nov. 28, 2011 at Old St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Mrs. Daley died on Thanksgiving day due to metastatic breast cancer, that she has been battling for almost a decade, at the age of 68. The funeral ceremony was held next to the Francis Xavier Warde school which Mrs. Daley helped found. Mrs. Daley's son Patrick Daley...

This boat ain’t sinkin’

By Amanda Murphy

November 28, 2011

The Portland, Ore.-based group YACHT has seen a lot of changes since its start in 2002. Beginning as a solo project for Jona Bechtolt, the band then became a duet when it added Claire Evans and now has three more members with the addition of Rob Kieswetter, Jeffrey Brodsky and Katy Davidson. But the indie-disco dance band has stayed true to its artistic roots, putting out various albums, like the former “See Mystery Lights,...

The saints come dancing in

By Amanda Murphy

November 28, 2011

Breaking out in the music scene of a major city can be difficult, butBlack Light Saints has pushed through it, making its mark as much asit can on the Windy City. A collective of a variety of musicians, theband has been playing its poppy disco/indie rock to audiences aroundthe city and country. With a tour bonding the group closer togetherand a gig at this past spring’s South by Southwest, Black Light Saintscontinues to...

BSU’s 5th Annual Paint It Black

By Dannis Valera

November 21, 2011

Paint It Black is one of BSU's (Black Student Union) biggest events of the whole year. A big-scale production set with a cast and crew; Paint It Black's main purpose is to pay tribute African American legends in the performing and visual arts. Some African American legends included this year are Patti Labelle, New Edition, and Salt N Pepa.http://youtu.be/SJ12ctlc9qY...

Shawn Chrystopher, hip-hop’s newest prodigy

By Sophia Coleman

November 14, 2011

At 8 years old, rap artist, producer and Chicago native Shawn Chrystopher, now 25, remembers watching rap-duo Kris Kross on MTV, dreaming of the day he would have his own spotlight. His time soon came. He graduated high school at the age of 16 and earned a four-and-a-half-year scholarship to the University of Southern California, which left him to pursue his career in music.With his soaring IQ and ability to play five instr...

Willis Tower Climb 2011

By Brent Lewis

November 9, 2011

Climbers took to the Willis Tower on Sundaty Nov. 6, 2011 to climb 103 floors which equals 2,109 steps to the Willis Tower Skydeck benefiting Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Hand cycles with virtual climbing screens were avilable for those who were unable to climb the stairwell. Last year the Chicago event raised more than $1,000,000 for the RIC, making it the #1 rehabilitation Hospital in America.[kml_flashembed publishm...

Dia De Los Muertos Procession in Pilsen

By Brent Lewis

November 9, 2011

Pros Arts Studio, Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization took part in the Dia De Los Muertos procession in Pilsen on Wednesday Nov. 2, 2011. The annual Dia De Los Muertos is the longest running Day of the Dead event in Pilsen running for 32 years. Pro Art Studio is focused on creating art and working with children, while creating great opportunities for the Pilsen Community. The procession was held to remembe...

Urban Dolorosa

By Brent Lewis

November 9, 2011

Urban Dolorosa is a multimedia ceremony to honor the school age children and teenagers that were killed by violence over the past 3 school years in Chicago. The ceremony took place in 5 locations throughout the city and brought together all groups of people to honor those they have lost to violence. Urban Dolorosa included a musical choir, poetry and photographs. The piece brought out many individuals to pay their respects incl...

Occupying A Critical Mass [Slideshow]

By Brent Lewis

October 31, 2011

Participants of Critical Mass dressed up in costumes for their Halloween bike ride on Oct. 28, 2011. Critical Mass is a bike ride that takes place in Chicago on the last Friday of every month. The ride leaves from Daley Plaza at 5:30p.m. to the sounds of blow horns, bells and yelling of “lets mass!” On Oct. 28, 2011 the Critical Mass route passed by the Chicago Federal Reserve located at 230 South La Salle Street to show ...

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