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Record label alienates fans, remains out of touch

By HermineBloom

January 25, 2010

Forget the resurgence of vinyl among a small slice of the music listening population. Forget the hardcore bands that still sell cassette tapes at loft parties on account of the sound quality combined with an element of kitsch. CDs have yet to become nostalgic by any means. And thusly, record labels are suffering because album sales are still dropping alongside digital sales. This is nothing new.What continues to be disheart...

Crosswalk timers increase street safety

By The Columbia Chronicle

December 14, 2009

By Eleanor BlickThe Illinois Department of Transportation recently reported that nearly 60 percent of intersections in Chicago equipped with red-light cameras had an increase in accidents since the cameras were installed.This has caused a debate in City Hall over whether the installation of crosswalk timers at red-light camera intersections would help improve safety. Chicago transportation officials worry drivers will be distracte...

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...

Snobbery could signal positive shift in consumerism

By Patrick Smith

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.Add to that, national grocery store chains are tryi...

Comcast, GE merger detrimental to media consumers

By Lauren Kelly

December 14, 2009

A multi-billion dollar deal between Comcast and General Electric announced on Dec. 3 will result in the cable television provider gaining control of NBC Universal. Comcast will own 51 percent of NBC Universal and GE will own 49 percent in the joint venture.This recent deal, worth $30 billion according to the New York Times, is harmful to the public’s interests because it concentrates more power in the hands of a few cor...

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...

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...

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...

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