The Columbia Chronicle

Benefit of inmate release not immediate

By Editorial Board

September 28, 2009

In an attempt to address the ongoing budget crisis in Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn has approved the early release of 1,000 inmates from the state prison system to save an estimated $5 million. Only low-level, non-violent offenders serving the last year of their sentence qualify for this release, and those chosen will be required to wear electronic ankle bracelets that monitor their whereabouts for the duration of their sentence.Althoug...

Oasis use should be mandatory

By Editorial Board

September 28, 2009

Despite many students’ qualms about the structure and capability of Oasis, the foundation of the online system is strong. It is commonly used for things like class registration, academic support and viewing Student Financial Services records, but the system is also often used for classroom communication.Oasis would benefit students much more if it were used by every teacher, but not all faculty utilize the system. Improvements...

Let students design Columbia ads

By Lauren Kelly

September 21, 2009

This past summer, Columbia created a billboard campaign aimed at reaching prospective students and donors to the college, as well as increasing awareness about Columbia in the Chicago community. The ads rotate in nine different locations that are prominently displayed on various city highways and outside the Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W. Madison St.The billboards, which show students jumping in the air with the word ...

Charitable celebrities need to be authentic

By Lauren Kelly

September 21, 2009

When you Google the term “charitable celebrities,” the top web result that appears is a page called Look to the Stars, a site dedicated to covering celebrity charity news and events. The site lists famous people who are involved in some type of charity work.Ironically, it turns out that almost every celebrity is involved in some kind of charity work. There are thousands of people on this list. From Alicia Keys to Zach ...

Obama aims to sway Congress

By Lauren Kelly

September 21, 2009

President Barack Obama re-established himself in the forefront of the health care reform debate by addressing Congress and proposing a reform bill during his televised speech on Sept. 9, after being noticeably absent on the issue for a few weeks. Though much has been said about health care reform and what should be done, it is apparent that Obama’s speech had a strong impact on the debate.The fact that the president made ...

Burnham’s plan for Chicago lives on today

By Lauren Kelly

September 13, 2009

This year marks the centennial anniversary of one of the most influential publications in Chicago history—Plan of Chicago, a city planning proposal by Daniel Burnham, co-authored by Edward H. Bennett.In celebration of the anniversary, the Chicago Public Library chose Carl Smith’s biography of Burnham and his famous plan as the new “One Book, One Chicago” selection and is hosting events and panel discussions surrou...

New advising system clear, effective

By Lauren Kelly

September 13, 2009

In response to student concerns and dissatisfaction about the advising process at Columbia, the Advising Center is constructing a new model to better serve student needs. Implementing a new model is a critical move for the college because it will help all students get the most out of their education, regardless of their majors.The college has been working to design a new system for the past few years and it will go into effec...

Community input vital to CTA project

By Lauren Kelly

September 13, 2009

To better accommodate under served areas of the city, relieve traffic congestion and create jobs, the Chicago Transit Authority voted on Aug. 12  to approve a $2 billion project that would extend the Red, Orange and Yellow Lines. The CTA hopes to get federal funding for as much as 80 percent of the project.The proposal is a smart move for the CTA. As long as the cost of the project does not fall on riders, extending rail lin...

MAP cuts hurt students’ futures

By Lauren Kelly

September 8, 2009

Illinois lawmakers approved state budget cuts amounting to $2.1 billion to erase a large deficit in funding on July 15, including substantial reductions for college grants, specifically the Monetary Award Program grant.  The budget cut was passed to avoid an additional increase on income taxes-an increase that could have prevented MAP grant funding cuts.Including MAP grant funds in the recent budget decrease was shortsight...

Time to see the light, reconnect to the sky

By Lauren Kelly

September 8, 2009

In the very early morning of Aug. 12, after drinking two cups of coffee to keep from falling asleep, I opened my third-story apartment window as far as I could and sat on the sill to stargaze. Other college students stay up until 2 a.m. because that's when bars close. I, on the other hand, am an astrophile and stayed up to see a prolific event that takes place each August, the annual Perseid meteor shower, a three-week long o...

‘Generation Me’ should know ignorance isn’t bliss

By KatherineGamby

September 7, 2009

Most of us can remember a time when we were sitting in our history classes thinking, “This can never happen to us.” The Great Depression, the influenza epidemic of 1918, an all out world war – none of which could ever happen to us. However, all of these did, and although there are currently no immediate threats of a world war, two other important and potentially tragic events seem to be looming over us again: the curre...

Big potential for new arts district

By Lauren Kelly

September 7, 2009

In a city-supported initiative to develop a Creative Industries District in East Pilsen, four landmarked industrial buildings were recently rezoned for creative uses in an effort to provide work and gallery space for local artists. Currently, Chicago does not have a centralized arts district, and the proposed location at Cermak Road and the Chicago River near Jefferson Street would provide a place for people in many differen...

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