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Hope for the Day, an organization that provides suicide prevention counseling, is partnering with Dark Matter Coffee to create a coffee shop that provides mental health awareness and suicide prevention at 3039 W. Fullerton Ave. 

Café turns coffee into ‘Sip of Hope’

October 30, 2017

Because a cup of coffee can go a long way, a Logan Square café is creating a safe space for support and a morning pick-me-up.  A Sip of Hope, 3039 W. Fullerton Ave., is the product of a collaboration b...

Eminem gives fans a necessary ultimatum in anti-Trump rap

Grammy nominees show improvement in award diversity

By Ariana Portalatin

October 16, 2017

At the Oct. 6 BET Hip Hop Awards, rapper and actor Eminem delivered a fierce attack on President Donald Trump, unleashing on the president’s controversial tactics while also giving his fans who suppo...

Six-time Grammy award winner Malik Yusef has worked with musicians such as Kanye West, Beyoncé and Common. He won his latest Grammy for co-writing “Sandcastles” with Beyoncé.

Kanye West mentor foresees future of hip-hop

March 6, 2017

If the name Malik Yusef does not ring a bell, his collaborations with artists Kanye West and Beyoncé will. The six-time Grammy-award winner and South Side Chicago native has worked with several A-list sta...

Actor Jussie Smollett says he loves being Black

February 15, 2016

Actor Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on the award-winning musical drama TV series “Empire,” came to Columbia for a Q&A, titled “Do Black Actors Matter,” Feb. 12 inside the 1104 S. W...

Cofounder Aaron Amendola said things like dressing in Medieval garb and a love of Harry Potter can bring unity among nerd culture.

Crowdfunding kick starts ‘The Geek Show’

November 30, 2015

There is now a free haven for nerds to gather and discuss their favorite things, thanks to a crowdfunding effort that has  raised more than $3,000.“The Geek Show,” which takes place every other month at S...

Halftime from the Sideline

Marshall gone, Bears move on

March 9, 2015

Take down the highway billboards. Brandon Marshall is no longer on the Chicago Bears.The wide receiver who single-handedly pulled a football out of the air while already mid-air against the San Francisco...

Illinois should keep tuition waivers alive

By Editorial Board

March 19, 2012

Faculty and staff at universities across the nation have enjoyed a prized benefit for years: tuition waivers. Children of parents who have worked at an Illinois public university or within the university system for more than seven years pay half-price tuition at any state school.But a recently introduced bill, waiting to be considered by the Illinois House, would get rid of this benefit altogether.Bill advocates argue that the st...

Vampire Pangs: Bleeding Love

By Trevor Ballanger

March 5, 2012

by Trevor BallangerAssistant Arts & Culture EditorTheir razor-sharp teeth protrude from the corners of their mouths as they breathe on the necks of their victims. They are the mythical creatures that parents tell their children aren’t real before bed. But their essence is alive and well for those who choose to see the world through the absence of sunlight.Among the many sights Chicago has to offer, one in particular g...

Historian Beschloss talks past, future

By Alexandra Kukulka

March 5, 2012

When children are young, their parents tend to take them on trips to museums or parks to help their growth and development. As an 8-year-old, Michael Beschloss, today one of the best country's most noted presidential historians, visited the Lincoln sights in Springfield, Ill., where he discovered his passion for presidents. By age 10, he knew he wanted to write history books.Now, years later, Beschloss has written nine boo...

Media Production Center marks one-year

By Shardae Smith

February 21, 2011

It’s been one year since Columbia officially opened the doors of the 35,500-square-foot Media Production Center, located on 16th and State streets, which made history as the college’s first newly constructed building in its 120-year presence.The Media Production Center serves as a professional laboratory, equipped with sound stages, screen testing rooms, an animation lab and a motion capture studio, aimed at replicating the environment students will encounter post-graduation.The center was designed with the School of Media Arts in mind but also serves as a way to intertwine other areas of concentration, according to chair of the Film and Video Department Bruce Sheridan.“We really have been able to do things at the Media Production Center to break down the separation between departments and between the schools,” Sheridan said.According to Doreen Bartoni, dean for the School of Media Arts, the college would rent sound stations for advanced productions before the MPC was built.“It’s hard to imagine [the college] before the MPC because we’ve integrated the center within the curriculum, particularly with film and video,” Bartoni said.Alicia Berg, vice president for Campus Environment, said the community’s perception of the college has changed within the South Loop because of the MPC.“It’s one thing to take a historic building and brand it with super graphics on the exterior to show the college’s creativity,” Berg said. “But when you’re able to design a whole new building, where the exterior expresses Columbia, like we were able to do on the MPC, it really made a leap frog in terms of advancing people’s concept of what Columbia is.”Bartoni said the concept around developing the MPC in the emerging neighborhood at 16th and State streets was an “open field.”“When pedestrians walk by, they can see what’s going on in the production suites or see students practicing, directing and acting,” Bartoni said. “So we really wanted to be a really good neighbor in that way.”Sheridan said when “Avatar” cinematographer Mauro Fiore visited the MPC, Fiore stated the center had the capability to shoot the award-winning movie.“We’re now in a position to shoot anything,” Sheridan said. “We can shoot a feature film in there when we’re ready to do it.According to Sheridan, because he has previous experience with film studios, he expected problems for the center’s first yearof operation.“I expected there would be all sorts of bumps in the road, and it wouldn’t work well,” Sheridan said. “But in fact, it worked really well from day one, and it was a little bit of a strange feeling. I was sitting back waiting for problems and they never arose.”

Alumnus Erica Hubbard makes history with BET

By Shardae Smith

February 21, 2011

Before landing the starring role in BET’s first scripted television series, “Let’s Stay Together,” Erica Hubbard (’99) studied broadcast journalism at Columbia and earned her degree in three years. She had roles in movies such as “Save the Last Dance” and “Akeelah and the Bee,” as well as a leading role in ABC Family’s “Lincoln Heights,” in which she played 16-year-old Cassie Sutton.Hubbard got her star...

‘The Game’ scores touchdown for black programming

By Shardae Smith

January 24, 2011

After a two-year hiatus, season four of the comedy-drama “The Game” premiered on Jan. 11 on cable network BET. With 7.7 million viewers tuning in, that show is now the No. 1 ad-supported, scripted series premiere in cable history, according to the Nielsen Ratings Co.Now that BET has broken ratings records, does this mean black sitcoms are going to make a comeback? With the numbers “The Game” has produced on BET, the c...

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