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Religious exemption goes too far

February 24, 2014

The First Amendment to the Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion, but in Missouri, Idaho and Arizona, recently proposed bills call into question the limits of that freedom.The pending legislation in these states would allow businesses and health care professionals to deny any medical service if the worker’s religious beliefs oppose it—a measure that runs dangerously close to enfranchising discrimination. Allow...

‘Four is gold, five is a crowd’

Jason Brown skates for gold at this years Olympics in Sochi

By Assistant Sports & Health Editor

February 17, 2014

Figure skating spectators will see their fair share of elaborately choreographed routines on Olympic ice this year, but intricacy could reach a new level if skaters are able to pull off a seemingly impossi...

Sugar Daddy Issues

Sugar Daddy Issues

By Copy Chief

February 11, 2014

The first time I ever had sugar cubes was at a bris. If you don’t know what a bris is, it’s a traditional Jewish ceremony at which a baby boy is circumcised. I was 7 years old at the time and was too bu...

Provost finalist visits Columbia

Provost finalist visits Columbia

February 10, 2014

Although reluctant to propose any plans specific to Columbia, provost finalist Chris McCord touched on transparency, technology and diversity during his first forum with the college community. Approximately 250 faculty, staff and students gathered Feb. 4 at the Conaway Cen...

Costume-clad activists hit Chicago to spread altruism

January 27, 2014

On the kind of snowy Saturday that begs you to stay inside, Chicago’s Real Life Superheroes descended upon our fair city to hand out blankets and food to the Loop’s homeless population.But first, Cr...

Monumental Media, an environmental video marketing company started by sophomore cinema art + science major Brendan Babinski, aims to help national parks such as Sleeping Bear Dunes with its Reserved Grounds Project, an effort supported through Kickstarter.

Featured Artist: Brendan Babinski

January 27, 2014

Brendan Babinski, a sophomore cinema art + science major, first discovered his love of environmetal filmmaking when he and a neighbor in his hometown, Midland, Mich., took a break from skateboarding to film the scenery. More recently, Babinski and his two best friends, Lex Hol...

Carpets and wall trims are being replaced after the 8th floor of the University Center flooded on Jan. 8. The damage has displaced 16 students.

Pipe burst floods dorms, scatters students

January 27, 2014

A frozen pipe that burst Jan. 8 in the University Center displaced Columbia students and led to flooding during winter break. The water damage from the exploded pipe started in an apartment unit on the 8th floor of the University Center, 525 S. State St., and trickled down to t...

Dean Holdstein announces departure from Columbia

January 24, 2014

Deborah Holdstein, dean of the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, recently announced she is stepping down from her position after seven years at Columbia. Suzanne Blum-Malley, associate professor of t...

Punk Flock: Uncovering Chicago’s subculture of eccentric nomads

September 3, 2013

At 18 years old, D.J. Pommerville was eating pizza out of the trash, sneaking onto cross-country rail cars and getting drunk under highway bridges. Now, he's 33 and still dumpster diving. The only thing that's changed is he gets asked for his autograph. Pommerville is known as the crust lord, the figurative leader of a community of young panhandling travelers called crusties.Every summer, packs of crusties—mostly white, reb...

Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper channels Chicago hip-hop

May 13, 2013

CHANCE THE RAPPER took the hip-hop blogosphere by storm on May 7 when he released his sophomore mixtape “Acid Rap,” a matured version of his cartoonish style with classic soul production that includ...

Columbia’s non-fiction film program opens door to all departments

By Ivana Hester

November 5, 2012

Renewed, refreshed and revamped, the Film & Video Department’s documentary concentration will soon allow students from all majors to learn more about this genre of filmmaking.As interest in nonfiction filmmaking continues to grow, the department has made documentary classes available to all students to expand the curriculum and encourage more collaboration withother departments.Dan Rybicky, an associate film & vide...

Special Olympics founded, grows in Chicago

By Kyle Rich

October 29, 2012

Chicago is known for Al Capone and the devastating fire of 1871, but it is also the birthplace of a positive historic movement that began more than four decades ago.The city hosted the first International Special Olympics Summer Games at Soldier Field in July 1968, at which more than 1,000 athletes with mental disabilities from the United States and Canada gathered to compete in swimming and track andfield events.Mayor Rah...

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