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‘Da Bus’ owner cooks up joy

By Lindsey Woods

September 26, 2011

Tim “Timmy from Da Bus” Shanley, 51, has a lot on his plate. He is raising twin 3-year-old girls, running a plumbing business and traveling between Austin, Texas and Chicago to manage Da Bus.Da Bus is a 1974 school bus, allegedly won in a game of cards in 1989, that two generations of Bears tailgaters have renovated. Shanley got a hold of it in 2000 and gave the International Harvester 1500 series bus a new motor and ne...

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.

CPS sued by parent group

By Patrick Smith

May 3, 2010

At the last minute,  Judge Stuart Hall postponed a scheduled court date for April 28 to give himself more time to get acquainted with the case. Elaine Siegel, attorney for the plaintiffs, said it was encouraging the judge was making an effort to understand the case, but expressed disappointment that so little progress had been made in what she called a very important case to Chicago’s schools and community. The hearing w...

Artists call for change

By Luke Wilusz

April 26, 2010

One poster urges charitable passers-by to donate cigarettes to those who have run out. Another commands viewers to “save the branches” as a part of a campaign to preserve the public library system. A third appears to be taken directly from a dystopian work of science fiction, advising couples thinking about having children to “do it legally” and apply for birthing permits from the “United States Committee on Popul...

Teacher honored for first novel

By Luke Wilusz

March 29, 2010

The Chicago Public School system recently got a dose of prestige and honor when an English teacher at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, 211 S. Laflin St., won the 2010 Hemingway Foundation/PEN award for her first novel.Brigid Pasulka, who has taught at Young for about seven years, wrote “A Long, Long Time Ago & Essentially True” over the course of several years. She was to be presented with the award at the John F. ...

Activist who refused grand jury testimony now charged with conspiracy

By By Ann McGlynn of the Quad-City Times

November 19, 2009

A Minnesota activist who refused to testify earlier this week before a federal grand jury in Davenport is now charged with conspiracy for an act of “animal enterprise terrorism” — believed to be a 2004 animal-rights vandalism act at the University of Iowa.Scott DeMuth, 22, made his initial appearance this morning on a charge of conspiracy. DeMuth was already in custody for contempt of court because of his refusal to tes...

PETA, People Embarrassing True Activists

By Steven Schnarr

February 23, 2009

In its many ridiculous attempts to encourage "humane" treatment of animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals just makes all vegetarians and vegans look like fools. But PETA's activism comes off as a sick joke when compared to the real issue behind vegetarianism.After nine years of a truce with McDonald's, PETA is back at it again with their outrageous antics and protests, according to a Feb. 16 Chicago Tribune ar...

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