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‘The Housemaid’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

February 7, 2011

South Korean director Im Sang-Soo's newest film, "The Housemaid," is a re-imagining of a classic melodrama that falls right into place among the countries latest cinematic output. A film of many moods and tones, "The Housemaid" is a thrilling and seductive experience that wowed audiences at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The film made it's Chicago premiere at the Music Box Theatre on Feb. 4. The Chronicle's film critic Dre...

Study finds music can be addictive

By Cristina Aguirre

February 7, 2011

Throughout recorded history in every culture around the globe, music has existed in one form or another. Listening to favorite music has been universally accepted as a pleasurable and often relaxing experience. For years, scientists have pondered why music plays such a large and important role in life. But recently, a group of neuroscientists, led by Canadian researcher Valorie Salimpoor, discovered music elicits the same reaction ...

Columbia improv group Droppin’ $cience going to Nationals

By Cristina Aguirre

January 31, 2011

With a motto like “We make your tummies hurt,” it’s no surprise Droppin’ $cience, a student comedy group, made it to the finals of the Chicago Regional for the National College Improv Tournament. The group of 10 Columbia students beat out 11 other teams, including last year’s winner, Northwestern’s Titanic Players, for the chance to compete at the February nationals in Chicago.The competition took place at Come...

FBI investigations on the rise

By Cristina Aguirre

January 31, 2011

A protest was held on Jan. 25 in front of the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St., in which an estimated 250 people demanded the FBI cease unsubstantiated investigations into the lives of the subpoenaed activists as well as the millions of U.S. residents of which it has demanded information.“We fear the government may be seeking to use the recent Supreme Court decision Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project to attack...

Circus meets fitness

By Cristina Aguirre

January 31, 2011

They brave tightropes, swing upside down on the trapeze and twirl around long chiffon fabric, but these are not circus performers; these are everyday people working out in aerial arts fitness classes—a new exercise trend that combines physical strength, flexibility and mental reasoning in a class environment. With classes titled Aerial Conditioning and Technique and Aerial Fitness, people with normal day jobs are discoverin...

Windy City Rollers take it to the tracks

By Cristina Aguirre

January 24, 2011

In a blur of spandex, fishnet tights, shin-high socks and helmets, the Windy City Rollers raced around the track fighting for position and points. The organization began its sixth year at the home opener on Jan. 15 at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., for a crowd of more than 4,000 people.Chicago’s WCR league consists of four home teams: Hell’s Belles was up against Manic Attackers and The F...

Revival of athletics at Roosevelt University

By Cristina Aguirre

January 24, 2011

Students attending Roosevelt University were surveyed by administration and asked what the college needed most on campus. Overwhelmingly, they concluded athletics was missing from a formerly commuter-based school. With more students living on campus at University Center, 525 S. State St., and the college needing a great identity, athletics being reinstated was a no-brainer for Roosevelt. After a 22-year absence, athletics retur...

Chicago Public School students juke for success

By Cristina Aguirre

December 13, 2010

Footwork and Juke are two Chicago-style dance forms popular with the city’s urban youth. A Columbia student inspired by tragedy found a way to incorporate the dance into an education-related program with an organization called The Juke Institute. Junior arts, entertainment and media management major Quiana Edmond co-founded The Juke Institute in 2009 and now looks for a free-standing home for the organization. The progra...

‘Dexter’ star motivates students

By Cristina Aguirre

December 12, 2010

High school and Columbia students filled the Hokin Hall,623 S. Wabash Ave., to have a conversation with actress April Lee Hernández. Presented by the Multicultural Affairs Office, Hernández , a Latina film actress, gave a motivational speech and interacted with students. She starred in Freedom Riders, ER, and most recently as part of the ensemble cast on the fifth season of Showtime's award winning series DEXTER. The Ch...

Columbia’s Got Talent

By Cristina Aguirre

December 6, 2010

“Columbia’s Got Talent,” a talent show organized by the Faculty and Staff Scholarship Initiative, was put on to assist Scholarship Columbia efforts. More than a dozen acts performed at Stage Two of the 618 S. Michigan Building, 618 S.Michigan Ave., on Dec. 2 in an effort to raise money for Columbia students.Performers hoping to raise money included a juggler, poet, interpretive dancers and musicians from different depar...

Patti Smith visits, inspires

By Cristina Aguirre

December 6, 2010

Singer/songwriter Patti Smith, came to Columbia on Nov. 30 as part of the Conversation in the Arts series,where she spoke to students about what inspired her book and her hopes for the new generation. Smith gave students a special performance and jammed with a student band on stage. The Chronicle got an exclusive interview with the Godmother of punk....

Behind the class: Stage Combat

By Cristina Aguirre

November 29, 2010

Much practice goes into all the cinematic fight scenes you see in action flicks. One class at Columbia, teaches you the art of stage combat and how it's really done. Artist in Residence and Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors, David Woolley, takes the Chronicle into his classroom and shows us some moves.

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