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Food snobbery could signal shift in consumerism

By Lauren Kelly

December 14, 2009

It’s not difficult to point out the watershed moment for America’s new gastronomical consciousness, well, moments actually, when it was confirmed the food-renaissance had begun. When Budweiser unveiled its American Ale and McDonald’s started including pictures of vegetables in its commercials, it was clear the way Americans were thinking about consuming was changing.Added to that, national grocery store chains are tr...

Grad tuition hike should benefit programs

By Lauren Kelly

December 14, 2009

At the last College Council meeting of the semester on Dec. 4, administrators and faculty members discussed the possibility of raising graduate tuition at Columbia by 5 percent in 2011.Graduate tuition is currently lower than undergraduate tuition and is also lower than graduate tuition at peer institutions. Louise Love, vice president for Academic Affairs, said Columbia’s graduate programs are currently “underpriced.”Accord...

Spirit of holiday season obscured by material obsession

By Lauren Kelly

December 7, 2009

In every holiday movie that is shown on cable TV in December, there’s inevitably a character who has lost faith in the season and has no Christmas spirit. These famous characters, from the Grinch to Scrooge, always find the true meaning of Christmas by the end of the film and everyone is happy.I am very much a Grinch during the holidays, but I don’t see myself having an epiphany and suddenly being overcome with Christmas...

City shouldn’t privatize more services

By Lauren Kelly

December 7, 2009

Just nine months after Chicago leased its parking meters to a private company in a quick deal, Mayor Richard M. Daley made a statement that any city service is up for sale given the right price, according to the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board.Chicago is still in financial trouble despite the $1.15 billion meter deal with Chicago Parking Meters LLC in February, and the city is now reportedly open to selling off other service...

Columbia sometimes too liberal

By The Columbia Chronicle

December 7, 2009

By Eleanor BlickColumbia has historically been a liberal institution, from its founding in 1890 to its resurrection in the 1960s during a peak of political change.  As an open-admissions college, Columbia attracted freethinking students and professors that cultivated an open mindset.  Former Executive Vice President Albert Gall was even arrested during Chicago’s infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention.This libera...

Winter season doesn’t mean you should forfeit cuteness

By HermineBloom

December 7, 2009

Witnessing the first pristine, white snowflakes dance atop my car windshield in early December can be a rather heart-warming experience. I must admit though, snow becomes considerably less romantic when I’m exposed to a bounty of hideous UGG Boots, scantily-clad women in less-than-appropriate attire for clubbing purposes and a plethora of disgusting, matching winter accessories, among other things.While most people admitted...

Gitmo detainees should move to Ill.

By Lauren Kelly

November 30, 2009

Federal authorities inspected an Illinois state prison Nov. 16 to determine if it is fit to house terror suspects and detainees from the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval base when it closes next year.  Thomson Prison, a nearly vacant facility located 150 miles west of Chicago, would become a super-maximum security federal prison if authorities select it to house the suspects.This would be a positive move for the state and federal g...

New women’s health care guidelines not for everyone

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 30, 2009

Since new female health care recommendations were announced Nov. 16 by the federal Preventive Services Task Force and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, many cancer survivors, doctors and women from around the country have been scratching their heads and shaking their fists.  Some are calling the announcements the beginning of rationed health care; some are calling it the end of preventive care.  Some...

Metra fare hikes understandable

By Lauren Kelly

November 30, 2009

Metra announced Nov. 13 it would raise one-way and weekend ticket prices on all rail lines, effective Feb. 1.Columbia has long been a commuter school, so this increase will affect students as well. However, monthly and 10-day ticket prices will not increase. Those who commute regularly will still be able to purchase these passes at the normal price, so Columbia students aren’t as affected as they could have been if all pr...

Gay marriage issue should not limit Catholic Charity work

By Lauren Kelly

November 30, 2009

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. is currently at odds with many city council members in the District of Columbia regarding a proposed same-sex marriage bill that will be decided on in early December. The Catholic Church said it would cut its social service contracts with the city if the bill is passed. If the church follows through on its threat and abandons social services, tens of thousands of people will be n...

Social networking: The end of real communication

By LauraNalin

November 23, 2009

When I was younger and postage stamps were still in fashion, girls from my circle of friends would send out chain letters. You had to send the letter to ten people and in turn, you would receive anything from little trinkets to a pair of socks in the mail.Once the age of the Internet arrived, I began to receive e-chain letters, which consisted of listing things such as your favorite songs or the name of your best friend, a...

Does the punishment fit the crime?

By Lauren Kelly

November 23, 2009

Two Bears players were fined for inappropriate conduct on the field during the Nov. 8 professional football game between the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals in week nine of the regular season.Tommie Harris was charged $7,500 for unnecessarily striking an opponent, and Jay Cutler was fined $20,000 for abusive conduct against an official.This type of behavior is unacceptable and is detrimental to the entire Bears team an...

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