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New Roosevelt building a welcome addition

By Editorial Board

January 25, 2010

This spring, Roosevelt University will begin construction on a new campus building, to be located at 425 S. Wabash Ave. The structure will replace the Herman Crown Center, which previously housed a fitness facility shared by Roosevelt and Columbia. The new, mixed-use building will include classrooms, student services, residence halls, a workout space and a cafeteria, as well as retailers on the street level.The new, 32-sto...

Vacations essential to maintain physical, mental health

By Lauren Kelly

January 25, 2010

Columbia students looked forward to winter vacation so much during the last week of the Fall 2009 semester that their anticipation was almost palpable. As the week progressed, you could almost see the anxiety of finals fading away and the excitement for winter break brewing. After 15 weeks of tireless work, a five-week vacation was more than welcome.Vacations and rest are incredibly important for students and workers of all ...

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...

Monitoring illegal downloads wise

By Editorial Board

January 25, 2010

Columbia recently began monitoring Internet activity on its networks to detect illegal activity such as peer-to-peer file sharing and torrent downloads. If students are found violating the official Network and Computer Use Policy, their Internet access will be disabled for 15 minutes and they must agree to the terms of use. If there are multiple violations, the person will face disciplinary action and possibly fines or a law...

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...

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