The Columbia Chronicle

Community members will influence franchise success

By Eleanor Blick

October 18, 2010

If you order a Subway Cold Cut Combo in Pensacola, Fla., you expect it to taste the same as a Subway Cold Cut Combo in Palo Alto, Calif. You expect the ham and salami to be sliced and salted similarly, the same options for breads and dressings and  familiar  vegetable toppings to choose from. This consistency is one of the fast food industry’s main missions, even with cities 2,000 miles apart.You also expect the same e...

Reconsider full-time credit hours

By Eleanor Blick

October 18, 2010

Columbia makes tremendous efforts to keep tuition low. Although there was a slight tuition increase this year, Columbia remains one of the most affordable private arts and media colleges in the country and the most affordable private college in Chicago. Without these continued efforts, the unique education Columbia offers would be less accessible for many.Despite Columbia’s moderate tuition cost, though, some students sti...

Link cabs’ GPS to improve safety

By Editorial Board

October 18, 2010

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson recommended the city link GPS devices in all Chicago cabs to a single system. All taxis have been required to install GPS for directional purposes since 2007, but this technology would allow the city to track and record the locations of cabs at all times.Cab drivers in Philadelphia and New York City argued similar systems invaded privacy, but systems in both cities remained. The i...

Supreme Court hearing on Westboro Baptist monumental

By Contributing Writer

October 18, 2010

by: Heather McGrawIn honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Harley-Davidson USA is sponsoring nationwide rides to promote awareness of the condition. One of these rides took place on Oct. 2 in Effingham, Ill. It attracted the attention of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., defendants in a Supreme Court case dealing with First Amendment rights.Westboro Baptists protested the ride wearing bandanas that read ...

CPS should use discretion with incentive pay

By Editorial Board

October 11, 2010

Chicago Public Schools recently received a federal grant of $35.9 million to offer teachers as incentive pay. The money will target 25 schools, a portion reserved to reward approximately 1,125 teachers with bonuses if classrooms show improvement.  Schools with a history of underperformance and higher teacher turnover will be chosen.While few CPS teachers get the credit they deserve for working so tirelessly with Chicago’s youth, a...

Health care for restaurant workers would benefit all

By Eleanor Blick

October 11, 2010

“A cobb salad with a side of common cold and a Southwestern wrap with strep throat sauce, please.”In the past year, almost two-thirds of restaurant employees worked while sick, according to a report published on Sept. 30 by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. The study described people sneezing on food, crouching behind counters to blow their noses and supervisors having little sympathy for sick workers. Some of th...

Student employees deserve more

By Editorial Board

October 11, 2010

Having a job on campus is more than a source of income for Columbia students. Certain positions offer invaluable, real-life experience students could not receive at a typical off-campus part-time job.Columbia sets a 20-hour weekly limit for on-campus positions, which provides more employment opportunities for students than if the cap were not in place. Undergraduate student employees are paid $8.75 an hour, 50 cents more tha...

Gay youth suicides should fuel American wake up call

By Jonathan Allen

October 11, 2010

Tyler Clementi jumped off a bridge. That’s the long and short of it. After his Rutgers University roommate live-streamed gay sex involving Clementi on the Internet using a hidden webcam, Tyler, a closeted student studying music, was so stricken with fear, anger, anxiety and unknown emotions he took his own life. I have always wondered what could drive someone to such an end. Even more devastating, Clementi is one example o...

Economy, politics fuel gentrification

By Darryl Holliday

October 4, 2010

The history of segregated neighborhoods in America is definitive, and Chicago, being one of the most racially segregated cities in the nation, is the clearest example. There are places all over the city where one can see it exemplified every day of the week—choose any crosstown bus line.Gentrification adds to the problem. Neighborhoods like Austin, Uptown, Bronzeville and Humboldt Park are a few examples where it is currently seen...

Campus fitness needs flexibility

By Editorial Board

October 4, 2010

Columbia has made long strides in recent years to improve campus fitness initiatives. The Fitness Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court, is open to all students, the school has acquired South Loop Elementary School’s gym for evening sports practice and every student housing center has fitness facilities. More group programs have recently been announced, like the Fun Run clubs and Back to Nature Boot Camp.The big thank you is due t...

Don’t condone ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

By Editorial Board

October 4, 2010

Of all the promises President Barack Obama made during his campaign, the pledge to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” echoed loudest. He was the first president to set real goals toward achieving gay rights, and the plan to end the discriminatory practice was a crucial step in the right direction.As has been the case with many of Obama’s campaign promises, though, the repeal of the military’s policy against openly gay...

‘Critical Mass’ so big it has failed

By Eleanor Blick

October 4, 2010

On the last Friday of every month, hundreds, sometimes thousands, of cyclists gather at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. As the crowd swells, people weave in and out of bicycles, handing out bright flyers about everything from local bicycle-related activism to information about cycling insurance. Sometimes a band plays, or music blares from a bike trailer speaker system.When it’s time to depart, whistles, horns and bells ...

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