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Illinois hazy on medical marijuana legalization

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

December 3, 2012

Proponents of legalizing medical marijuana are urging Illinois House representatives to vote in favor of a medical cannabis bill that will be considered during the week of Dec. 3.If it passes both houses of the General Assembly, State House Bill 30 would enact a three-year pilot program providing patients with serious medical conditions limited access to cannabis. It would be the most restrictive medical marijuana bill in the count...

‘Discovering the Beating Path’ a road trip success

By Ivana Hester

November 26, 2012

The post-treatment stories of cancer survivors are often left untold, but one Columbia student and his crew are trying to change that with a documentary about survivors and how the positivity they feel is often overshadowed by negative media.Evan Bartlett, a junior film & video major and cancer survivor, is working on “Discovering the Beating Path,” a documentary that took the crew across the country this summer and is now ...

Student project benefits reservation

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 26, 2012

What started as a class assignment for one Columbia student became the genesis of a project to benefit others.Daniel Wessell, a junior photography major, created the Lakota Spirit Project to provide programs  to stimulate economic growth and foster a higher standard of living for the Oglala Sioux tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, which he said is one of the poorest reservations in the country.Wes...

The Chicago Seven

By James Foster

November 26, 2012

Preservation Chicago is an organization that seeks to protest Chicago's historic landmark buildings. Each year they put together a list of the seven most endangered architectural gems in the city. The old Prentice hospital, which made the list this year, has been in the news lately and will be demolished in the coming months.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="http://columbiachro...

Reintroducing Student Government Association

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 26, 2012

Columbia has had a Student Government Association for more than a decade, but the organization, along with many other campus groups, struggles to grab students’ attention. However, it’s still pushing to be a voice for the student body, according to SGA President Cassandra Norris.Norris, a senior journalism major, said she believes that approximately 40 percent of the campus doesn’t know the organization exists, and many of ...

High school students present research, professionals agree

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 21, 2012

Chicago violence is on the rise and targeting the city’s youth, and the high school students in the Columbia Links program are speaking out about the issue.In their latest report on violence, a project titled “Don’t shot, I MUST grow up,” five high school students on the Columbia Links’ Investigative Team presented their findings on youth violence as a public health issue to a panel of doctors, policemen and communi...

‘The P word,’ part two

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 21, 2012

Last year’s prioritization process generated fierce debate over what programs should be cut or restructured. Over the summer, it gained a new name, “self-assessment,” and seemed to be on the back burner until Senior Vice President Warren Chapman announced in a Nov.8 email that the implementation phase has been in progress all semester.The deans and chairs of each school and department have condensed hundreds of recommendations made d...

Donors recognized, students thankful at luncheon

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 19, 2012

As Columbia increases its scholarship fund, it also gives thanks to its donors.The second annual Students First Scholarship Luncheon, an event that recognizes scholarship donors, took place on Nov. 13 in the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building. The Weaver Family Foundation, Cynthia Greene McChesney, Clay Greene and The Nielsen Company were honored for their contributions to the college’s student scholarship fund. Each donor rec...

Hold elections for Chicago school board

By Editorial Board

November 19, 2012

On Election Day, voters in 327 Chicago precincts were asked if they wanted an elected Board of Education for Chicago Public Schools, rather than one appointed by the mayor. The referendum garnered the support of more than 86 percent of the 76,000 people who voted on the issue.Despite being the largest school district in the state and the third largest district in the nation, CPS is the only public school system in Illinois t...

Mary C. Curtis shares experience, advice during Creative Nonfiction week

By Contributing Writer

November 14, 2012

Julia Halpin, Contributing WriterWith race and politics at the forefront of America’s mind, award-winning journalist Mary C. Curtis spoke Nov. 8 to Columbia faculty and students on the important role of race, culture and politics in journalism today.As part of the college’s Creative Nonfiction week, Curtis spoke about her career as a journalist and her recent coverage of the presidential election. Writing for publications ...

Meet Columbia’s safety specialist

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 12, 2012

As Columbia’s campus continues to expand, a newly created position in the Office of Campus Safety & Security has been filled.Susan Rizer is the college’s new environmental health and safety coordinator, a job created just for her. She has been charged with carrying out the College Safety Plan, which requires her to visit each department and conduct safety assessments, to discover what safety hazards are present.Acco...

Schneider wins over Dold in 10th District

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 6, 2012

In one of the closest races of the night, with both candidates taking the lead numerous times throughout the evening, Democrat Brad Schneider won the race for congressman in of Illinois 10th District, the first of his party to win the district in the last 33 years.Republican incumbent Robert Dold, who held the position for two years, thanked the crowd that gathered at his event at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, Ill., for th...

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