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Zaena Cherif and Jason Sizer will drop the first–ever electronic music visual album released by an independent label on Oct. 6. Viewing parties will be held at colleges around the world to honor the release.

Independent record label making history with first electronic visual album

September 29, 2014

Jason Sizer and Zaena Cherif, electronic artists with the Chicago-based independent record label Maek, are gearing up for the Oct. 6 release of their collaborative visual album, Maek Pandamonium.Visual al...

Liam Neeson’s ‘Tombstones’ not a walk to remember

Liam Neeson’s ‘Tombstones’ not a walk to remember

September 29, 2014

After actor Liam Neeson’s formulaic performances in critically panned, but financially successful action flicks such as “Taken” and “Non-Stop,” his new role in “A Walk Among the Tombstones”...

U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ an unwanted gift

By Managing Editor

September 15, 2014

Irish rockers U2 teamed up with Universal Music Group and Apple Inc. to announce the release of the band’s latest album, Songs of Innocence, on Sept. 9.The announcement came after Apple Inc. unveiled the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the iWatch at an Apple keynote event on the same day. The press release from Apple went on to explain that the company was “gifting” the album to iTunes users across the globe, which may ...

Barber trims a customer's hair inside Bobby Dee's.

Athlete perseveres toward ownership

September 8, 2014

Despite growing up poor in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, international basketball star Bobby Dixon used his early struggles as fuel to take over a local business.Dixon currently runs Bobby Dee’s...

College creates new department, terminates employees

By Associate Editor

March 3, 2014

The college fired more than half of the current employees in the Office of Institutional Advancement to make way for a new Department of Development.President Kwang-Wu Kim announced the terminations and restructuring in a Feb. 28 email to college staff and faculty. The new Department of Development will replace the current division of Institutional Advancement, which is the office responsible for fundraising and creating and ...

The day the music died: How the recording industry is coping with digital piracy


December 12, 2012

It was March, 1990, years before illegal file-sharing began compromising the music industry. According to a former Warner Bros. Records executive, a company representative was waiting to meet the dir...

Halloween’s innocence scared away

By Sophia Coleman

October 29, 2012

When I was a kid, the nights leading up to Halloween consisted of crafting costumes with my family. The smell of spray paint, foam and markers filled the air, and a monstrous mess grew on the floor of the garage. In 1993, my mom and dad designed beautiful sea creature costumes for my sister and me, artfully cut from pieces of spongy foam and painted with lifelike precision. When the masterpiece was placed over my head, I tran...

Underground fruit gangstas: uncovering the hidden subculture of homo-hop music

By Emily Ornberg

September 10, 2012

The stereotypical hip-hop emcee often posseses a lengthy criminal background. Some were gangbangers while others sold drugs. Some were reputedly wife beaters, killers, robbers and thieves. But the last thing one would expect from such a ruthless genre is homosexuality.Hip-hop is among the last forms of artistic expression where homophobia is not only accepted, but brazenly encouraged. The phrase “no homo” is a common s...

Message for the seasonally challenged

By Sophia Coleman

September 10, 2012

The fashion choices of Chicagoans, like our notorious weather, are unpredictable. It’s a rare day when you put on that perfect outfit that is not only stylish but also shields you from every element that comes your way. Though it is hard to gauge what to wear day by day, normally it is easy enough to have some margin of comfort. But then there are the crazies: people who can wear heavy knits in the dead of summer and leo...

Unsuited for office

By Sophia Coleman

September 5, 2012

As if there weren’t enough reasons to throw Paul Ryan into outer space, he has committed yet another faux pas.This time he is offending the fashion world and—combined with his proposals to ban abortion and other attacks on women’s rights—it is truly a misstep that speaks volumes about his character. Mr. VP-hopeful is a child wearing a man’s suit, and though he may look young, he certainly isn’t as hip as he ma...

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