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Cost of living cuts Illinois too deep

May 12, 2014

Illinois is often the butt of jokes about government corruption and terrible weather, yet it is still the fifth most populous state in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, that may change, considering that an April 30 Gallup poll found 50 percent of Illinois residents would move if they could, and 19 percent of current residents have plans to leave the state within the next year.The most common reasons for ...

Chronicle named best newspaper in Illinois

Chronicle named best newspaper in Illinois

March 3, 2014

The Columbia Chronicle was named best in state and collected 18 other awards from the Illinois College Press Association Feb. 22. The Chronicle, which was categorized as a non-daily at a college...

New technology brews ancient ales

New technology brews ancient ales

February 24, 2014

Beer lovers can get a taste of history thanks to new technology that takes a scientific look at some of the world’s oldest ales.Patrick McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project...

Brewing creativity in Chicago

By Emily Ornberg

January 28, 2013

In an apartment gallery in Pilsen, owner Paul Hopkin, artist Benjamin Bellas, assistant director Jeffrey Grauel and friends Ann Chen and Brent Garbowski converged in October 2012 to work on a project Hopkin said would enhance the ambience in his contemporary art exhibition space, Slow Gallery.The project became what is now known as Small Ass Brewing, Slow Gallery’s own brewery that plans to prepare a custom batch of beer,...

Alumnus breathes easy with first feature

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

December 3, 2012

Many artists draw inspiration from life experiences, but few find heroes living next door. This experience so moved one Columbia alumnus that it became the subject of his first feature-length documentary.“Miracle on South Street: The Julie D. Story,” by Giancarlo Iannotta, a 2011 film & video alumnus, follows the experience of his neighbor, then-19-year-old Julie D’Agostino, and her family’s push through her near-f...

Brewing up barley girls

By Alex Stedman

November 19, 2012

In a 2003 Miller Lite commercial, two women in low-cut shirts argue about their favorite characteristics of the beer, which eventually leads to a hot and heavy lingerie catfight, the two splashing about in a fountain. Many people had problems with the commercial, and it triggered a backlash for blatantly catering  to men.To be fair, Miller Brewing Company is hardly the first beer company to use such marketing tactics. Con...

Food for thought

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

September 30, 2012

Laughter from dozens of students filled the multipurpose studio in the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building Sept. 26 during the Multicultural Affairs Office’s Family Reunion. The smells of fresh pita bread, kabobs and egg rolls melded with the steady stream of voices. While one band played, two staff members practiced salsa steps and twirls. Students lined up to sample cuisines of various cultures represented in the student body,...

Multitasking: a college epidemic?

By Brandon Smith

September 23, 2012

There are a million things to do in any given day. Writing papers, studying for tests, working, socializing and keeping up with the Kardashians can consume anyone’s time. But research suggests that trying to accomplish all of these things at once isn’t worth the time it purportedly saves.According to Susan Weinschenk, a behavioral psychologist with more than 30 years of experience, our brains can become accustomed to switching between tasks. She said multitasking changes the chemistry of the brain and drives it...

Public funding, private brewing

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 3, 2012

The construction of a microbrewery in the Motor Row District has been approved by the Community Development Commission, a group that allocates tax increment financing funds. The brewery is the leading edge of the effort to cultivate a nightlife district on Chicago’s Near South Side.The Broad Shoulders Brewery is slated for 2337 S. Michigan Ave., one of many vacant buildings in the area. Construction of more restaurants, ba...

Voters get drunk on Obama

By Tyler Davis

September 3, 2012

He bought a round of beers in Waterloo, and then had a few more. He woke up on a bus in Des Moines, Iowa surrounded by beer bottles, unable to remember the events of the previous night. That’s life on the campaign trail for President Barack Obama.OK, not quite, but the president has been talking about his love of beer a lot lately, buying drinks at the Iowa State Fair and handing out some of his home-brewed White House beer to...

Inaugural festival celebrates beer

By Kaley Fowler

March 18, 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...

Take action against ACTA

By Luke Wilusz

January 30, 2012

While the U.S. congress’ Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act were successfully halted in the past few weeks, threats to free speech, privacy and an open Internet are still very real and on a larger scale than those two bills. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a treaty that aims to establish a strong international network of copyright enforcement regulations, has been gaining support from countries acr...

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