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Comcast-NBCU merger bad news for the future of media

By Luke Wilusz

January 31, 2011

On Jan. 18, the Federal Communications Commission and the United States Justice Department gave their blessings to a deal that could change the face of media as we know it.The agencies approved a merger between cable and Internet giant Comcast Corp. and entertainment juggernaut NBC Universal Inc., which will create the largest single corporate media entity in the world.The new company will own all of Comcast’s propertie...

Put capital punishment to death

By Editorial Board

January 24, 2011

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed a bill that would make capital punishment in Illinois a thing of the past. The fate of the bill now rests in the hands of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet decided whether he will sign it or not.Illinois has had a moratorium on executions in place since former Gov. George Ryan implemented it in 2000, after 13 wrongfully convicted death row inmates were exonerated based on new evidenc...

Easing course registration woes

By Editorial Board

January 24, 2011

Students go through the course registration process each semester. While most get into the classes they need fairly painlessly, some aren’t as fortunate. Sometimes sections fill up too quickly and students are unable to register for required courses essential to their majors. This could prevent students from fulfilling prerequisites for other courses, which might make them fall behind in majors and delay their graduation...

‘The Game’ scores touchdown for black programming

By Shardae Smith

January 24, 2011

After a two-year hiatus, season four of the comedy-drama “The Game” premiered on Jan. 11 on cable network BET. With 7.7 million viewers tuning in, that show is now the No. 1 ad-supported, scripted series premiere in cable history, according to the Nielsen Ratings Co.Now that BET has broken ratings records, does this mean black sitcoms are going to make a comeback? With the numbers “The Game” has produced on BET, the c...

National Internet ID program a risky proposition

By Luke Wilusz

January 24, 2011

The Obama administration recently announced plans to give the Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create a system of national Internet identification for Americans. The program will be part of the administration’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which aims to enhance security, efficiency and convenience in online interactions.Details on the identity program continu...

Chronicle senior farewell

By Lisa Wardle

December 13, 2010

Well, that is that. I have finished the last paper I will ever write for college. All that is left are two exams and a presentation and then my college career will be complete. I am not sure whether I deserve a congratulations, good luck or maybe a little bit of both.Columbia is not like any other school. It is a unique environment that couldn’t be replicated anywhere else. That is why I transferred here from Ohio. I needed something new, vibrant and challenging. I got exactly what I asked for.Looking back on my three years at Columbia, I’m beginning to see my peers, colleagues and my professors who challenged me at almost every turn, and for that I am grateful. There is no mathematical equation (yes, we do have math at Columbia) to show all I have learned and am prepared to do so once I go out into a world still unfamiliar to me. I must admit, I am scared, if not fearful about taking the first step. The job industry is dismal, our economy is still on the rocks and unemployment is on the rise. Who wouldn’t be afraid?But through my time here and living in Chicago, I have learned one valuable thing I will always take to heart: I have my friends, family and co-workers to help guide me and push me in the right direction when I am at a loss. Without them, I would never have made it to Columbia and all the way to graduation. They have seen me cry, be angry and crazy, but they all stuck with me and it’s something I won’t be able to repay. Thank you to all my friends, you are my Chicago family and I love you dearly.Since enrolling at Columbia, I have worked at The Chronicle day and night, week after week. It has been grueling at times, but they have been the best times of my life while on campus. I have made friendships and connections that will last beyond Chicago.The Chronicle isn’t replicated anywhere else on campus. We have a mini-Columbia College in the office with journalism, photography, fiction writing,  graphic,  advertising, marketing communication, fine art, film and video and even fashion design majors all working together. It is the real world, in a way.Columbia teaches us we can’t do everything on our own—the world was not created by any single person. If we want to do as our motto says and “create change” in this world, then the first step is with us coming together toward that goal. We all have different passions, different knowledge and experiences. But if this oddball Chronicle staff can win “Best of the Midwest” and best overall in the entire state of Illinois, than we can certainly make a change in the outside world. True, a single person could change the world, but there is strength in numbers.You are a strange school, Columbia. But you are, after all, where misfits come together and start to create and change the world. Our inspiration comes from the knowledge you give us. I will miss you.

Monitoring redistricting reform

By Editorial Board

December 13, 2010

Once the 2010 Census results are finalized, the scramble to redraw legislative districts will begin. The process is notorious nationwide for back-door deals, secrets and gerrymandering. District lines are based on which communities politicians want included in their voter base.On Dec. 1, the Illinois Senate passed the Redistricting Transparency and Public Participation Act, a reform package designed to have the public more inv...

Ethical questions bring blemishes to Medill

By Samuel Charles

December 13, 2010

Recently, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism came under fire for allegedly violating Illinois’ law on proper recording techniques. In Illinois, a court order must be obtained to clandestinely record someone, or the interviewer must get the interviewee’s consent before a conversation is recorded.The allegation stems from students’ work in the Medill Innocence Project. The project, founded and directed b...

Chicago’s icy sidewalks

By Eleanor Blick

December 13, 2010

Chicago’s first substantial snowfall of the season came on Dec. 4 and was met with the usual first-snow-of-the-season excitement—massive amounts of road salt, an onslaught of terrible driving and a swift dip in winter wonderland enchantment when the flakes stopped and bitter cold followed the next day.As usual, sidewalks all across the city were left unshoveled. The temperature drop turned compacted snow to ice, and Chi...

Bookstore needs to update shelves

By Editorial Board

December 12, 2010

Textbooks cause headaches for most students twice a semester. Prices are always too high and buyback rates are never high enough. It’s hard to justify spending $150 on the latest edition of a book required for a class when there is no guarantee it can be sold back next semester. It’s no surprise many students get books elsewhere—prices are almost invariably cheaper, even more so when considering Chicago’s sales tax.The bo...

Put industry first

By Editorial Board

December 6, 2010

U.S. Bank’s Chicago Neighborhoods Initiative aims to transform two depleted South Side communities into thriving mixed developments.In the Pullman neighborhood on the far South Side, a plan to revamp the old Ryerson and Son Inc. factory on 111th Street into a retail center with a Walmart is paired with rehabbing nearby historic homes. In Woodlawn, Grove Parc Plaza along Cottage Grove Avenue is already under construction to...

WikiLeaks blowing the whistle

By Drew Hunt

December 6, 2010

Actions taken by WikiLeaks were met with resounding indignation, although not everyone is upset for the same reason. Diplomatic officials labeled the leaking of the cables as an act of outright terrorism, and the Obama administration is considering harsh legal action against the organization. But while the government’s ire stems from what it deems a “serious violation of the law,” others are appalled by what can aptly...

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