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Space issues on campus shouldn’t be ignored

By Editorial Board

May 11, 2009

The issue of having an adequate amount of campus space has been a seemingly never-ending struggle at Columbia. With various campus buildings spread throughout the city’s South Loop, it seems as though when we’re not complaining about the lack of space, we’re spending money to build more.As one of the largest landowners in the South Loop, it’s astounding that Columbia is still packed in so tightly. True, we are an u...

Giving green light to buildings, jobs

By mlekovic

May 11, 2009

AFTER classes are over and summer is in full effect, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events will host its annual six-week Outdoor Film Festival in Grant Park.Throughout July and August, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events will be playing seven movies: Sunset Boulevard, Duck Soup, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Born Yesterday, Psycho, Young Mr. Lincoln and Tootsie. The screenings are free and open to the public.“The movies are ...

To be honest, it really doesn’t matter that much

By Molly Lynch

May 11, 2009

As I sit down to write this final “goodbye,” this ode to Columbia and the people here who have shaped me into the upstanding whippersnapper journalist I hope to one day become, I am reminded that out of all the great advice I have received, there is one simple phrase which keeps me from having a heart attack about the future that stands literally right before me.Don’t be so serious.It’s a painfully simple statemen...

About time college upped the ante on honors degrees

By Editorial Board

May 11, 2009

There are a lot of unique things about Columbia’s graduation ceremonies, but aside from the speakers, spectacles and performances, the other thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is that it seems like everyone is graduating with honors—40 percent of seniors, to be exact.As reported in the May 4 issue of The Chronicle, the administration has hopes to change this by beefing up the requirements to graduate with honors.W...

Taking a look back on an assortment of memories

By Lauren Murphy

May 11, 2009

It’s hard to believe that it was almost four years ago when I was packing up my car and leaving Colorado for my big college debut. I came to Columbia with a gut feeling that this was the school for me, and that was all I needed.I look back now, wondering how I was so daring and how it could have possibly managed to work out how it did.I didn’t know a single soul when I came here, and not only did I become good friends wi...

For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while

By Bertha Serrano

May 11, 2009

As I think back to previous graduation moments, three things stand out from each one of them: what I was wearing under that ugly oversized gown, saying goodbye to my friends and my family’s reputation of being late to each ceremony.While I rocked a big, puffy orange dress with matching socks for kindergarten, I thought I was never going to see my best friends again.I remember my mother was late because she was babysitti...

This column is dedicated to you, Mom and Dad

By Quinn Milton

May 11, 2009

Around this time four years ago, I had no idea where I was going to college.Just weeks until the end of my high school career, a counselor pulled me into her office, as she had noticed my lack of college applications. I fully intended to go to college, and I don’t know what held me back from seriously looking for one to attend.My counselor suggested Columbia, as, thankfully, their deadline hadn’t yet passed—I still had a good t...

A few tidbits of wisdom for future graduates

By Timothy Bearden

May 11, 2009

So, I’m graduating.It’s been a seven-year-long journey in figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life. I promised myself this wouldn’t be a sentimental remembrance piece, so let’s do this Baz Luhrmann “Class of ’99” style.  A 10-year anniversary homage piece, if you will.Instead of directing this to the class of 2009, I would like to speak to all the underclassmen.As Luhrmann would say, “Wear sun...

Time to stop causing unnecessary panic over flu

By Molly Lynch

May 4, 2009

As someone who hopes to be a part of the media world after I finish my journalism degree, I have to say that within the past week, I’ve been pretty embarrassed for journalists.Anyone with a pulse is aware that the swine flu outbreak has swept the United States, but not in the sense that a large number of people have died.The real overkill that exists is the incessant and unnecessary news media coverage of the sickness, which i...

Chicago sports fans shouldn’t have to settle

By Quinn Milton

May 4, 2009

A beautiful thing happened on April 18: Four major Chicago sports teams won their respective games. What’s even cooler is that two of those games were playoff games—the Bulls and the Blackhawks—which hasn’t happened in 17 years.Since then, however, there has been criticism about these teams’ subsequent losses, but that’s just as it should be. Fans have gotten a taste of success, and now they shouldn’t expect anyth...

Stronger connection needed for ISO

By Editorial Board

May 4, 2009

After a seemingly long struggle to be recognized as a legitimate group on campus, Columbia’s ISO (International Student Organization) finally appears to be getting the necessary attention and recognition it deserves.As reported in the April 27 issue of The Chronicle, the organization has seen a steady increase in members within the past year, going from only four to five members last year to 30 this year.While this is cert...

Loop renovation plan a much-needed investment

By Editorial Board

May 1, 2009

In the midst of tough economic times, the last thing Americans want to hear about is another long-winded infrastructure plan with a hefty price tag. But, for Chicago, a plan like this might not be so bad.On April 24, the Chicago Tribune  reported that a major downtown revitalization agenda is in the works, costing the city $15.5 billion. Known as the Chicago Central Area Action Plan, the proposed plan has visions to improve...

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