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Story Week receives 3-year grant

By Megan Purazrang

January 24, 2013

Columbia’s Fiction Writing Department was granted new funding support for this semester’s Story Week Festival of Writers, an event that draws a diverse group of writers to the campus to help student writers find a voice through readings, conversation and author Q-and-As.Beginning this semester, the department will receive $9,000 annually until 2016 from the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foun...

Students drunk on friendship

By Brandon Smith

September 4, 2012

Many hungover mornings have been spent lamenting a lost phone or reminiscing about how funny it was when it took that one guy 30 minutes to put his shoes on the night before. But there are serious implications associated with drinking to keep in mind before heading out to a party.First, the good news: research shows there are positive aspects to drinking, much to the delight of college students.Michael Sayette, a professor of psy...

Punch drunk fly love

By Emily Fasold

April 2, 2012

Humans aren't the only ones who hit the bottle to cope with sexual frustration.According to new research from the University of San Francisco, sex-starved male fruit flies also seek the solace of alcohol.Authors of the study, published last month in the journal “Science”, attribute this self-medicating tendency to a brain chemical in flies called Neuropeptide F, which escalates in Volume after mating and boozing. They...

Inaugural festival celebrates beer

By Kaley Fowler

March 19, 2012

With St. Patrick’s Day come and gone, it is safe to assume that Chicagoans have consumed their fair share of alcohol. Yet opportunities to further indulge abound just two weeks following the holiday thanks to the first-ever Chicago Beer Festival.More than 200 vendors will gather March 31 in the Great Hall at Union Station, 210 S. Canal St., to show off their latest brews at the festival hosted by the Los Angeles-based pro...

Bottling Chicago’s spirit

By Amanda Murphy

December 5, 2011

When Sonat Birnecker Hart and her husband Robert decided to move to Chicago, they also decided to leave their careers behind in Washington, D.C. Birnecker Hart, a professor, and her husband, a press secretary for the Austrian Embassy, knew that they wanted a slower-paced life where they could walk to work and spend more time with their children. They knew they needed to start some sort of family business, but they couldn’...

Opera singers ‘Pop-Up’ around Chicago

By Cristina Aguirre

November 8, 2010

The city of Chicago is celebrating National Opera Week, running from Oct. 29 through Nov. 7. The Chicago Opera Theater and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs is hosting "Pop-Up Opera" across the city. Opera singers pop out and start singing in public. The Chronicle caught these opera singers in Macy's as they sang to shoppers.

Alcohol distribution price increase unfair

By Lauren Kelly

October 5, 2009

Recently, wholesale liquor distribution companies implemented a price increase on alcoholic beverages, coinciding with the latest state tax increase on alcohol that went into effect Sept. 1, making alcohol consumption in Illinois much more expensive. Wholesalers seem to be hiding behind the recent tax hike to cover their additional increases and to avoid public complaints.According to a Chicago Tribune article published last mont...

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