The Columbia Chronicle

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...

Important to stay focused during break

By Eleanor Blick

November 29, 2010

It’s something we all know deep down, but none of us wants to hear. On the never-ending list of student advice, it is just about the most dreaded reminder. No, it’s not the p-word (portfolio), and no, it’s not the n-word (networking). It’s a deafening combination of all the buzz words known to give students jitters.Suggesting the time off during school breaks is best used working on resumes and making connections in our ...

Students on a budget can give back

By J_Howard

November 29, 2010

Holiday advertising has taken control of television sets, Black Friday invited shoppers to fight for the best deals and we are all in search of presents for the special people in our lives.The holidays have always been a special time of year for me. Family comes together, college classes are on pause for a few weeks and there is nothing better than coming downstairs to see our beautiful Christmas tree with presents stacked ...

Scale down Wrigley Field upgrades

By Editorial Board

November 29, 2010

When Tom Ricketts announced renovation plans for Wrigley Field and asked for state aid to fund the upgrades, he didn’t exactly hit a home run. It is not uncommon for municipalities and tax payers to help foot the bill for a new or renovated sporting facility, but now is not the time. The state’s budget deficit surpassed $13 billion—the Cubs and the Ricketts family can find $200 million elsewhere.The proposed plan would fund...

Highest paid are least visible

By Editorial Board

November 29, 2010

Running an institution like Columbia can’t be easy. Administrators are constantly working to provide a superb education for 11,992 students. They effectively manage a massive budget, allocating funds the best they can to serve the wide-ranging interests of a diverse population. Through such efforts, Columbia’s image as one of the top media arts schools in the country improved dramatically in recent years.But when annu...

The skinny on male models

By Contributing Writer

November 22, 2010

by: Madeline Eckart, Contributing WriterEmaciated men have graced the runways and fashion magazine pages for years. The pit of despair that strikes after eating an extra piece of pizza or the mentality behind buying a pair of pants one size too small burdens all of us from day to day, regardless of gender. Well, men, now’s the time. Go on and finish that pizza or even order another one, guilt-free.Eat up, put off shaving for a...

Campus tech needs consistency

By Editorial Board

November 22, 2010

It is fundamental for a media arts school to provide students with the latest industry standard technology available. To prepare for the real world, students must be experienced in programs they will be expected to use in their fields of work. Columbia does a fine job of obtaining new software and technology as it becomes available.It it difficult to make a sweeping change to high-definition video or set up an entire digital phot...

‘Straight pride’ is twisted

By Eleanor Blick

November 22, 2010

During St. Charles North High School’s anti-bullying “Ally Week,” one group of students must have decided it was opposite day.The students wore T-shirts to school that read “straight pride” and quoted a biblical passage declaring death as a punishment for homosexuality. Administration asked students to cross out the biblical passages, which they did. When different students wore similar T-shirts to school the next day, ...

Shrinking grants threaten students

By Editorial Board

November 19, 2010

Nowadays, college and debt go hand in hand. Prospective students have to consider cost of attendance as much as or even more than credentials when picking a college or university. The lucky few who come out debt-free are far outnumbered by students who will be paying off school loans for more years than it took to accrue them.Our newly elected politicians cannot lose sight of the financial burden higher education puts on stu...

Community effort needed to keep Howard Brown open

By Eleanor Blick

November 15, 2010

Howard Brown Health Center, 4025 N. Sheridan Road, has been a driving force in LGBTQ care for decades. Since it garnered national attention and respect in the late 1970s when it helped develop the hepatitis B vaccine, it has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV and AIDS, expanded its treatment programs to reach 36,000 patients annually and developed LGBTQ support programs for young adults.Howard Brown recently anno...

Proposed video game law unconstitutional, unnecessary

By Luke Wilusz

November 15, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association on Nov. 2. The case is a dispute concerning a 2005 California bill that would make it illegal to sell certain violent video games to individuals under the age of 18. The U.S. District Court for Northern California and the U.S. Court of Appeals struck the law down on the basis of violating the First Amendment but th...

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