The Columbia Chronicle

A run for his health

By Cristina Aguirre

October 18, 2010

Thousands of runners participated in the 33rd Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 10. While many ran for charities, others, like Pedro Gonzalez, 44, ran for their health and children. After becoming tired of being overweight, Gonzalez changed his lifestyle and became determined to run the marathon for the second consecutive year. He said he wants to become an inspiration for his children. The Chronicle followed the lo...

‘No Where Boy’ Film Review

By Cristina Aguirre

October 11, 2010

While Elvis Presley was creating music history in the 1950's, John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) was coming of age and looking for guidance between his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), who raised him and his mother that left him as a child. Lennon turns to art, which would be the start of the Quarrymen and gains a growing friendship with young Paul McCartney. In 'No Where Boy', John Lennon faces the challenges of an adolescent to ...

Alumni exhibit raises breast cancer awareness

By Cristina Aguirre

October 11, 2010

Vibrant colored boob prints and art work framed the wall, and a half-naked mannequin stands by the large window of Cafe Mestizo, 1738 W. Pilsen. In their first act of exhibitionism, four former Columbia students embraced femininity through Querida production's first event "Ella," an exhibit dedicated in female empowerment and hopes in raising awareness for breast cancer....

Anti-war activists speak out about FBI raids

By Cristina Aguirre

October 4, 2010

The FBI conducted raids in Minneapolis and Chicago on Sept. 24, targeting those suspected to be providing “material support” to international terrorist groups. Outside the Chicago FBI headquarters, 2111 W. Roosevelt Road, approximately 200 people protested the searches and the subpoenas on Sept. 27. Joe Iosbaker, an activist in Chicago and chief steward for Local 73 of the Service Employees International Union, was one of t...

‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

October 4, 2010

Sixteen-year-old Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) looks for a quick getaway from his stressed-out life. He attempts to check himself into a youth psychiatric hospital, but is instead put into the adult ward. A patient, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), takes Craig under his wing during his stay. Craig learns there are more stressful problems than what he was experiencing prior to checking in, such as life, love and growing pains into ...

A ‘DREAM’ on hold

By Cristina Aguirre

September 27, 2010

On Sept. 22, a U.S. Senate proposal called the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, more commonly known as the DREAM Act, which allows undocumented students who enter the U.S as children create a path to citizenship, was defeated by a vote of 56-43.Despite the vote a rally, entitled “I, too am American”, was held on Sept. 23, outside of Roosevelt University, where nearly 100 undocumented students an...

‘ONE TRIBE’ celebrates Columbia’s diversity

By Cristina Aguirre

September 27, 2010

Columbia's Multicultural Council, Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs brought together an evening of diversity. Four of Columbia's student organizations--Black Student Union, International Student Organization, Latino Alliance and Asian Student Organization--united to celebrate diversity on campus with the first annual "ONE TRIBE" event at Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave. The event brought forth performances, music, "Pi...

Urban Assault Ride brings pedal to the medal

By Cristina Aguirre

September 20, 2010

The Urban Assault Bike Ride is a national event that combines a bike race, a scavenger hunt course and festival into one. Beginning in Austin, Texas, in 2003, the Urban Assault Bike Ride is now in 13 U.S. cities with 7,000 riders from across the country participating in the event this year. The race includes different checkpoints throughout the city with different obstacles participants must past before finishing the race. Some ...

Sports Hall of Fame honors Chicago’s best

By Cristina Aguirre

September 20, 2010

White Sox legend Frank Thomas and Duke University's head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski were inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame held at Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 S. Laramie Ave., in Cicero, Ill., on Sept. 15. Assistant Health and Fitness Editor Etheria Modacure brings you exclusive interviews with Thomas and Krzyzewski.

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization ‘toxic’ education

By Cristina Aguirre

September 13, 2010

The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) works with the community to improve environmental conditions around the area. The Chronicle takes you on one of their Toxic Tours in Little Village, where they educate people about the toxic presence lurking in their backyards, as well as an insight of The Crawford Coal Generating Station, 3501 S. Pulaski Road. It's one of Chicago's only coal-burning power plants besid...

Agony of triathlon, joy of competition

By Etheria Modacure

September 7, 2010

Swimming, biking and running are ways of exercising many find rewarding, but doing all three on the same day along Lake Michigan can be challenging. This didn’t deter more than 8,500 Olympic, paratriathlon, elite, amateur and first-time triathletes from competing in the 28th annual Lifetime Fitness Chicago Triathlon on Aug. 29.From elite athletes to local law enforcement and military personnel, participants gave their full eff...

Convocation revamped

By Shardae Smith

September 7, 2010

Stilt walkers, jugglers and unicyclists entertained an estimated 3,200 freshman and 500 upperclassmen on Sept. 2 at Grant Park during this year’s New Student Convocation, an annual celebration that welcomes new students to the college.But this year’s event came with changes, allowing incoming students to become a part of the event.Buttons were distributed to new students and they were encouraged to wear them for the fir...

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