The Columbia Chronicle

Ramirez won’t be Sox’s savior but will still strengthen team

By Etheria Modacure

September 12, 2010

The White Sox made another deal when they picked up nine-time all-star and 2004 World Series MVP Manny Ramirez on Aug. 31 through a waiver claim. The expensive, late-season move has fans wondering if Ramirez will have what it takes to get the team into the postseason.The Los Angeles Dodgers felt they were far enough out of reach in the National League West Playoff picture that they could part ways with their former slugger,...

City shouldn’t meet gang violence with aggression

By Editorial Board

September 12, 2010

In few other cities would a press conference held by current and former gang members capture the attention of dozens of reporters and influential community members, without the interjection of police. But with Chicago’s ubiquitous, historically rooted gang culture and rampant summer violence, people were ready to listen when the conference was staged in Columbus Park. Any non-violent suggestion for a solution should be consider...

Campus safety called into question

By Editorial Board

September 12, 2010

On Sept. 2, there was an attempted robbery of a Columbia employee in the lobby of 218 S. Wabash Ave. Bernadette McMahon, the associate vice president and chief information officer of Information Technology, was approached by two men who reached into her backpack. The men ran off, and nothing was reported stolen. The incident was an alarming threat to campus safety that we understand Columbia is taking seriously.Columbia leases f...

American Apparel needs fresh face to save sales

By Eleanor Blick

September 6, 2010

I have always had mixed feelings for American Apparel. I grit my teeth at its semi-pornographic advertising, gag at licentious stories surrounding sleazebag-CEO Dov Charney and have never approved of leggings taking the place of pants; particularly blindingly fluorescent ones. On the other hand, how many clothing companies have become international successes while paying their factory employees—most of whom are immigrant...

Gamers should understand the impact of buying used

By Luke Wilusz

September 6, 2010

Cory Ledesma—a creative director for video game publisher and developer THQ—made a statement to ComputerandVideoGames.com Aug. 23 claiming consumers who purchase used games are “cheating” his company. His statement sparked angry backlash from the gaming community and generated widespread online debate, with gamers and developers alike throwing in their two cents on forums, blog comments and Twitter feeds. While it’...

Daley should privatize recycling

By Editorial Board

September 6, 2010

Mayor Daley recently announced the city is looking to privatize a slew of services, from the city pound to the Taste of Chicago, all in an effort to erase Chicago’s $654.7 million budget shortfall without raising taxes. Among that list was the city’s blue bin recycling program.Although privatization has become a dirty word after the notorious parking meter fiasco, a private recycling program could have its benefits. T...

Campus needs more bike parking

By Editorial Board

September 6, 2010

Even on an early morning in the middle of summer, the bike racks in front of the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building are full. It’s the same scene outside the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., where the long string of racks removed during last year’s construction project has been replaced with only eight U-shaped racks, room for 16 bicycles. Most of the racks on Michigan Avenue are blocked off due to construction...

Parting thanks

By Lenny Gilmore

May 9, 2010

My time at Columbia has been blessed with wonderful people, none of whom I have ever properly thanked. While this isn’t a proper thank you and unfortunately comes off like a long-winded Academy Awards acceptance speech, it is sincerely heartfelt.Faculty members throughout the school have consistently gone above and beyond to help and befriend me.  I wanted to thank Jo Cates for adopting me, befriending me and being the...

Looking forward

By EmiPeters

May 9, 2010

I would like to begin this column with a passage from “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath that beautifully illustrates the world of possibilities in store after I complete this chapter of my life:From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out.This passage is a perfect example of where I am in my life right now, at the edge of the unknown, where anything is possible and the world is mine for the taking. Even though I am graduating with a degree in journalism, I don’t feel obligated to pursue a career in the field. If anything, by obtaining this degree, I have proved to myself that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.The minute I stepped foot on Columbia’s campus for student orientation, I knew this was the school for me. Everything about Columbia appealed to me, from the bold-colored walls to the funky, student-made art hanging on them.  And the students who attend Columbia were certainly not like me. The clothes, piercings and tattoos were elements I didn’t normally see in my sheltered hometown of Auburn, Ala. But those differences were some of the things that attracted me to this college.I left my hometown in hopes of finding something new—to have new experiences and to meet new people. And what I found was a world full of possibilities. At this college I found a number of creative, engaging individuals who inspired and encouraged me to let the world know what it is I have to offer, and I feel I have the potential to offer a lot.From day one, I’ve seen Columbia’s motto painted on every building and printed on every business card and letterhead: Create Change. It’s probably not the most profound motto, but I liked the sound of it. I liked the idea of how it could apply to me. It got me to think, “What kind of change can I create?” Or more importantly, “What kind of change will I create?” While I’m not entirely sure what the future has in store for me, I do know I’m ready to get out into the world, make some big jumps and not be afraid to break some bones in the process.I know as college students, we can become jaded toward our selected career paths, and the future can start to look bleak. But as I get closer to crossing the stage on graduation day, I find myself becoming more hopeful. Yeah, the economy may be in the hole and I probably won’t find a job right away, but I know I will always have that piece of paper that reminds me of how determined I was to not give up, and I will have the knowledge to back it up. I feel with the solid education I’ve acquired over the past four years, I have the courage to do whatever my heart desires.At this point in my life I feel anything is possible, and I want to thank all of the wonderfully dedicated professors I’ve had the chance to encounter throughout my college career, as well as my loving family and friends. Without their guidance and encouragement, I would not have realized my full potential.

Job opportunities through Manifest

By Editorial Board

May 9, 2010

With spring classes coming to an end and final projects being turned in, students have more to look forward to besides their upcoming summer vacation: Manifest and Industry Night.Columbia hosts many events throughout the year to help students gain exposure for their work and meet potential employers, but these end-of-the-year happenings surpass every other occasion, drawing in thousands of professionals, South Loop residents, paren...

Less funds for gun turn-in program

By Editorial Board

May 9, 2010

Eliminating high rates of gun violence in Chicago has been one of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s top priorities throughout his 21 years in office. The city currently holds some of the strictest firearm laws in the United States that ban hand guns in the city.Additionally, another effort of Daley’s to deter violence and ownership of illegal guns is an annual “no questions asked” program, which gives an incentive to those...

The Tea Party needs to get behind Financial Reform Bill

By Cody Prentiss

May 9, 2010

The Tea Party movement has been accused of being a collection of ignorant citizens convinced the government is out to get them. However, many who consider themselves a member of the disparate movement with legitimate political stances would disagree with that negative perception portrayed by the media.An April 14 New York Times/CBS poll found a majority of Tea Partiers felt their party’s main concern was their financial futu...

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