The Columbia Chronicle

So you got beat by a girl?

By Eleanor Blick

September 27, 2010

"You throw like a girl!” “You run like a girl!” “You hit like a girl!” These taunts are probably all too familiar to any young lady who had the audacity to line up for a neighborhood kickball game or join a T-Ball league.Fast forward to adult athletics, though, and the taunts reverse. “You’re getting beat by a girl!” is a phrase I hear repeatedly at cycling races. When females can hold their own against male com...

Students need Web integration

By Editorial Board

September 27, 2010

Ten minutes of online housekeeping, as experienced by a Columbia student: Go on Oasis to check if your scholarship was processed by Student Financial Services. Next, look through the Campus Resources page to find a print lab with a laser printer for your presentation. Shoot, it directed you to Columbia’s website, and now there is no handy link to get to Loop Mail. A few clicks later, you get to the e-mail login.After rea...

Cops don’t need CAPS to find out issues

By Editorial Board

September 27, 2010

The day after a group of more than 300 officers picketed the Chicago Police Department headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave., complaining of manpower shortages, the city announced it will cut several positions in its Chicago Alternative Police Strategy program to free up more police for street patrol. CAPS Director Ronald Holt said the exact number of reassigned officers is not yet clear, but Mayor Richard M. Daley announce...

Time to reconsider standards for achieving celebrity status

By J_Thomas

September 27, 2010

After years spent at private art schools, expensive acting studios and prestigious dance academies, aspiring artists often move to the West Coast to pursue their dream of making it big and becoming household names. It makes sense that finding work would come next and becoming a celebrity would follow.These days, in order to become famous in the entertainment industry, all one needs to do is make a sex tape and “accidentally...

More affordable, no-frills student housing needed

By Editorial Board

September 20, 2010

When many people think of college dormitories, they picture buildings full of small, symmetrical, cramped rooms for two, with beds lofted to make more space and closets overspilling with clothes and books. In newer college housing, more apartment-style rooms are becoming popular, usually designed for four students with a bathroom and shared living space.At Columbia, though, student spaces are cutting edge. The majority of...

After Daley’s departure, establishing legacy will take time

By Samuel Charles

September 20, 2010

Aside from a 13-year intermission headlined by Jane Byrne and Harold Washington, the Daley family has starred in Chicago’sshow since 1955.Richard M. Daley, like his father Richard J., is a native of Bridgeport. The Chicago neighborhood is a blue-collar enclave on the South Side that has managed to retain its identity while surrounding areas have changed. There is a mentality one picks up from being a lifelong South Sider. Th...

Chicago’s next mayor should work from inside out

By Editorial Board

September 20, 2010

Amidst the city and state’s ever-increasing reputation for political corruption, Mayor Richard Daley’s plummeting approval ratings and his wife’s poor health, it isn’t a surprise that Daley recently announced he is stepping down. Nonetheless, the announcement was a shock.It is time for a fresh face. Chicago needs a mayor and city council who work from the inside out, rather than putting the city’s national and int...

Calorie counts on menus only hint at nutrition value

By Eleanor Blick

September 20, 2010

I didn’t really want to know a bowl of macaroni and cheese has almost 1,000 calories.As part of the health care legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama in March, it will become a federal requirement for restaurants with 20 locations or more to post calorie counts alongside menu items by March 23, 2011.Some cities and states already had similar guidelines in place, but the law creates a national standard as p...

Be prepared for challenges when renting in Chicago

By Eleanor Blick

September 13, 2010

My roommate and I recently celebrated a landmark occasion for two young people living in Chicago: We resigned our lease. Lucy and I have lived together since February 2009. In those 18 months we have shared three addresses, including a nearly year-long stint at our current apartment. Renting in Chicago is an uphill battle, and one I wish I was better prepared for the first (or second, or third) time around.My first apartment ...

Ramirez won’t be Sox’s savior but will still strengthen team

By Etheria Modacure

September 13, 2010

The White Sox made another deal when they picked up nine-time all-star and 2004 World Series MVP Manny Ramirez on Aug. 31 through a waiver claim. The expensive, late-season move has fans wondering if Ramirez will have what it takes to get the team into the postseason.The Los Angeles Dodgers felt they were far enough out of reach in the National League West Playoff picture that they could part ways with their former slugger,...

City shouldn’t meet gang violence with aggression

By Editorial Board

September 13, 2010

In few other cities would a press conference held by current and former gang members capture the attention of dozens of reporters and influential community members, without the interjection of police. But with Chicago’s ubiquitous, historically rooted gang culture and rampant summer violence, people were ready to listen when the conference was staged in Columbus Park. Any non-violent suggestion for a solution should be consider...

Campus safety called into question

By Editorial Board

September 13, 2010

On Sept. 2, there was an attempted robbery of a Columbia employee in the lobby of 218 S. Wabash Ave. Bernadette McMahon, the associate vice president and chief information officer of Information Technology, was approached by two men who reached into her backpack. The men ran off, and nothing was reported stolen. The incident was an alarming threat to campus safety that we understand Columbia is taking seriously.Columbia leases f...

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