The Columbia Chronicle

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...

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...

Westside Health Authority’s Community Kitchen

By Estefania Martinez

October 24, 2011

Members of the Austin community came out for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Westside Health Authority's Community Kitchen located at 5852 West Noth Ave. on Monday Oct. 17. The Community Kitchen will hold nutritional classes to encourage a healthier lifestyle and to prevent obesity. AARP and Trader Joes sponsor the Community Kitchen and chef and nutritional coach Norma Rixter prepared a vegan meal for everyone in attendance....

Kevin moves into the MSI

By Dannis Valera

October 24, 2011

Kevin Byrne, the winner of the Museum of Science and Industry’s Month at the Museum 2 contest, moved into the museum on Oct. 19. Byrne was picked out of six finalists from nearly 1,000 applicants to participate in this experiment. For 30 days, Byrne will live in the museum and share his experiences through a blog and social media like Twitter.Be sure to visit Kevin during his 30 day stay at MSI or see what he’s up by vis...

Dessert Crawl

By Estefania Martinez

October 17, 2011

Chicago neighborhood Andersonville hosted their 6th annual Dessert Crawl on Sunday, Oct. 9. This year, over 30 local businesses satisfied the neighborhood’s sweet tooth by providing samples from a number of desserts. The Dessert Crawl also groups the businesses by three routes, this year they were the Candy Cane Route, the Gumdrop Route, and the Lollipop Route.http://youtu.be/EZcFLbGeIVE...

Indie-rock group The Earth Program talks shop

By Gabrielle Rosas

October 17, 2011

Don’t expect just any indie-rock experience when you listen to The Earth Program. Its debut album “Invade!” is a dystopian mesh of punk rock, alien spaceships and eerie synthesizers. Its live performances are high-energy, campy displays of live music, video and costumes. Now the nerd-rockers are working on their next album, a DVD and comic book stories. Some of the group’s new music was recently played on 93-XRT’s...

Light on media blackout

By Darryl Holliday

October 10, 2011

Week two of the “Occupy Chicago” protests came and went, with steadily. growing crowds but wide fluctuations in daily attendance. During the first 14 days, somewhere between 30 and 300 people could typically be seen around LaSalle and Jackson streets or marching toward Grant Park for the movement’s twice-daily general assemblies.The numbers have grown from an original four to become one of the largest offshoots of the “Occupy...

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