The Columbia Chronicle

Small fee could empower city to fight crime

By Editorial Board

October 1, 2012

Alderman George Cardenas (12th Ward) proposed on Sept. 20 a “safety and security fee,” to be paid by residents to hire more police officers. A fee of up to $5 a month would be added to Chicagoans’ monthly energy bill, which may be what the city needs to fight its growing crime problem, as long as it isn’t applied to people who are already struggling.Cardenas expects the fee to raise $70 million, which he says is en...

Demolitions fail to curb crime

By Editorial Board

September 10, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Aug. 31 that the Department of Buildings demolished its 100th vacant building linked to gang-related activity. These buildings are being destroyed as part of the mayor’s aggressive—and so far unsuccessful—anti-gang strategy. With a homicide rate 30 percent higher than last year’s, maybe creating vacant lots in the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods isn’t the solution we need.Getting...

Caravan for Peace marches through Chicago

By Dannis Valera

September 10, 2012

The Caravan for Peace marched through Chicago’s Little Village earlier this week calling for changes in policy and strategy concerning the war on drugs.The caravan first started Aug. 11, after crossing the Otay Border into San Diego. In total, the caravan will travel through 26 cities and will eventually end up in Washington, D.C., Sept. 12.Mexican poet Javier Sicilia started the caravan because of the loss of his son, J...

Marina City survives Windy City

By Alex Stedman

September 10, 2012

From stolen equipment to trying to maintain friendships among six young men, Marina City has already experienced its share of hardships in the music industry.The group persevered to win second place at last year’s Biggest Mouth, a competition featuring Columbia musicians, played two shows at the House of Blues and performed at Michigan’s Rockapalooza. Though the group is primarily described as pop–punk, they said they...

‘The British are coming’ to ‘Freq Out’

By Lisa Schulz

April 23, 2012

Harrison O’Neal sits cross-legged in a leather chair with an old book in hand, his hair styled in a greased comb-over and fake rotten teeth in his mouth. A fireplace, statue and a painting mimicking his formal posture surround him in an odd scene introducing four exchange students from Bath Spa University in England to satirical American humor.Columbia’s Television Department dipped its toes in British humor during its seco...

Film, video professor retires after 33 years

By Lisa Schulz

April 2, 2012

Traditional retirements are often sad occasions with teary send-off speeches. At Columbia, however, they involve a review of 33 years of accomplishments in a 45-minute film of award-winning clips ranging from 1970s documentaries to comedy sketches starring Stephen Colbert.Dan Dinello, professor in the Film & Video Department, and a distinguished scholar, journalist and author, showcased his work March 22 for faculty, sta...

Activists find strength in collaboration

By Aviva Einhorn

February 13, 2012

Occupy el Barrio members and community activists came together Feb. 4 to voice concerns about issues faced by Chicago’s Latino immigrant population and to discuss upcoming events.Occupy el Barrio, a Pilsen-based branch of the larger movement dedicated to addressing economic and other issues faced by the community, held a town hall meeting at Casa Aztlan, 1831 S. Racine Ave. Occupy el Barrio members Crystal Vance Guerra a...

CTA railcars should stay in spotlight

By Editorial Board

January 30, 2012

New Chicago Transit Authority train cars, paid for with $1.14 billion of taxpayer money, were pulled from the Pink Line in December 2011 after CTA authorities found quality defects in a crucial part provided by the parts supplier to the new cars’ manufacturer.The CTA is making the mistake of concealing aspects of the quality testing process from the public. If Chicago is truly striving for transparency and an improved e...

Thou shalt copy, Thou shalt paste

By Gabrielle Rosas

January 17, 2012

In the post-digital age, information is shared instantly. Images, stories and music shoot through cyberspace at a rate that would baffle the forefathers of technology. In the last decade, information has become more accessible than decent health care. Most would say it has become a commodity. The Church of Kopimism believes it is holy.Kopimism, a new religion based on the “holy sacrament” of file-sharing, or the sharing of information ...

A closer look at Christmas trees

By Brian Dukerschein

December 12, 2011

Christmas trees, a ubiquitous part of the holiday season, for many, are more than a depository for presents. They are an industry unto themselves.Approximately 27 million real trees with a retail value of $976 million were sold in the U.S. in 2010, according to the National Christmas Tree Association, and many of the 15,000 tree farms across the country have been run by the same family for generations.Bruce Tammen was raise...

Officials unite

By Gregory Cappis

December 5, 2011

To ensure students focus more on their schoolwork and less on safety, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department are using a new technique to help put schoolchildren’s minds at ease.The departments are collaborating with the use of the strategic control computer program, CompStat, to help deter crime in and around schools. The program is already being used by the CPD and will now be used to target crime trend...

Cursive writing becoming extinct

By Vanessa Morton

October 3, 2011

With technology of the 21st century constantly evolving, it’s no surprise that communication has become substantially easier. As computers continue to infiltrate our lives, keyboards and screens have replaced pen and paper. While technology has made everything more convenient, the art of writing may be at risk of being forgotten.This is a problem, as educational institutions across the United States no longer require their eleme...

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