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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...

New Student Convocation 2010 brings new changes

By Cristina Aguirre

September 7, 2010

The fall semester kicked off with the annual new student Convocation at Grant Park. The Office of Student Engagement separated organizations, events and services this year by housing them under several tents giving new and transfer students better navigation to suit their interests. From dancing to freebies and food, The Chronicle takes you there....

Youth programs aim to combat Chicago violence

By Cristina Aguirre

May 3, 2010

West side Chicago youth centers, such as Umoja Student Development hopes to keep kids off the streets and combat the violence within its own neighborhoods. In the wake of Chicago Public school student Derrion Albert's fatal beating at Fenger High School in Chicago's south side, the Obama administration called forth a press conference in October of 2009. There, they addressed youth violence as a national issue. The Chronic...

New line of miniature robots creates buzz

By Cristina Aguirre

April 26, 2010

Toy company Senario launched a new line of miniature, remote-controlled robots called Zibits. The Chronicle speaks with Creative Director, Brian Katzel during the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, C2E2, to learn more about the little collectible robots.For more information on Zibits, check out Senario.com

‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

April 26, 2010

For more than eight years, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Thierry Guetta went to the streets of America and Europe to film the secretive world of graffiti. He set out to locate world-renowned graffiti artist Bansky. After attempting to befriend him, Banksy turned the tables on Guetta with the camera. Named as "the world's first street art disaster movie," the documentary exposes the creators of street art. The Chronicle's film...

Tour of The Dwight

By Cristina Aguirre

April 19, 2010

Columbia College is offering new housing plans for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Dwight, 624 S. Clark St., will replace 2 E. 8th St. and 18 E. Congress Parkway buildings. The Chronicle takes you on a tour of the lofts.For more information on The Dwight visit their Web site at DwightLofts.com...

‘Kick-Ass’ lives up to its name

By Cristina Aguirre

April 12, 2010

Based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., "Kick-Ass" brings to life the story of a teenage comic book nerd who finds himself becoming a superhero with no powers nor training. The Chronicle's film critic, David Orlikoff, reviews the major motion picture starring Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz.

Raising awareness within the Chicago music scene

By Cristina Aguirre

April 5, 2010

The Chicago music scene represents all forms of music, such as hip-hop, rock, jazz, metal, country, folk, or whatever fusion that sounds good to one's ears. The Chicago Music Project, an independently produced local music television network, hopes to bring awareness of the local music scene to let Chicago be the musical powerhouse it once was. The Chronicle talks with co-founders Leo Flores and Israel Fernandez about thei...

Crisp fuses cultural flavors

By Cristina Aguirre

March 29, 2010

While traveling across the country and eating at multiple fried chicken places, financial analysts Doug Funke and Jae Lee realized they were sick of working the daily grind and dealing with numbers all day. With their love of chicken, they decided to create an untraditional Korean restaurant with a fusion of Mexican and American cuisine.Their brainchild became Crisp, a contemporary fast-food restaurant with a traditional twist on Korean ...

‘A Prophet’ of a film

By Cristina Aguirre

March 29, 2010

Malik El Djebena is condemned to six years in prison after spending  a good part of his life in juvenile detention. Although the 19-year-old cannot read nor write, he becomes a fast learner after the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison gives him numerous "missions" to carry out. This toughen him up, but figures out the politics of the prison system. The Chronicle's film critic, David Orlikoff, reviews the crime dram...

Burton’s bland ‘Wonderland’

By Cristina Aguirre

March 15, 2010

Director Tim Burton is not a director, but a brand. He is a weird, dark visionary outsider or so the myth goes. In his latest film, "Alice in Wonderland," he brings a distinct visual style to the fantasy tale. The film stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and newcomer, Mia Wasikowska. The Chronicle's Film Critic, David Orlikoff, reviews the film....

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