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Bonus system could bridge college income gap

March 3, 2014

As college faculty unions fight for realistic living wages, national attention has shifted to the income disparity found at universities. To address the growing gap between administrative salaries and faculty wages, the faculty union at St. Mary’s College of Maryland has proposed limiting the salary of the college president to no more than 10 times that of the lowest-paid staff member.The concept of tying staff and adminis...

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...

Chicago residents’ newest neighbors

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 10, 2012

A mild winter and poor garbage upkeep throughout the city’s neighborhoods have led to a dramatic increase in Chicago’s brown rat population, according to Chicago ecologists.Complaints to City Hall have risen drastically, forcing crews to respond more quickly to 311 calls regarding the rat problem. Calls this year have risen from 12,375 in 2011 to 15,895—a 28 percent increase, according to Matt Smith, spokesman for th...

Posters reflect city’s multiple identities

By Sophia Coleman

April 23, 2012

Sometimes it can be hard to fathom how vast and diverse the city is, but a Columbia alumnus who majored in graphic design has the perfect remedy.Chris Gorz, who graduated in 1991, started his Chicago poster series almost one year ago with the mission to create iconic and vintage-inspired prints that help locals connect with their communities. So far, he has designed eight posters for Andersonville, Edgewater, Lakeview, Linco...

Abandoned rails along Bloomingdale Avenue to be transformed into trail, park

By Tim Shaunnessey

April 9, 2012

A long-abandoned freight track runs along and above Bloomingdale Avenue on the city’s Northwest Side, flanked by grassy embankments with flowers growing mere feet from the rails. The track has long been a destination for explorers in the Logan Square neighborhood and will soon be transformed from a relic of industrial expansion into a trail and park.The Bloomingdale Trail project is a long-running undertaking by both com...

Bucktown business brings luxury

By Amanda Murphy

January 30, 2012

In the ultra trendy neighborhoods of Wicker Park and Bucktown, consignment shops and vintage boutiques aren’t a rarity. But much like its location, Luxury Garage Sale, a wholesaler, etailer and occasional retailer of designer clothing, is a little more off the map than its counterparts.Luxury Garage Sale, 1646 N. Bosworth Ave., has been successfully selling its designer consignment items since November 2010. Owners Brielle...

Coyote Festival-The Wicker Park/ Bucktown Festival of the Arts

By Brent Lewis

October 4, 2011

Coyote FestivalThe Wicker Park/ Bucktown Festival of the Arts is a three day art fest hosted by the Flat Iron Artist's Association, kicks off Friday night at 1579 North Milwaukee Avenue. Painters photographers, musicians, jewelers and more welcome guest to enjoy their work in their studio space of the Flat Iron building.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="http://www.columbiachronic...

Sweepmarket carts sweep city

By HermineBloom

March 14, 2011

For Team Action-squad, constructing a 6-1/2-by-7-foot- atall stagecoach to sit atop its shopping cart seemed appropriate. Despite slush and unforgiving weather on March 5, the stagecoach made its way across the city’s West Side alongside costume-clad Chicagoans. Held annually for the past six years, the charity-driven, large-scale event, known as Chiditarod, is part shopping cart race, part pub crawl and part street theater, ...

West Town aims to retain artistic reputation

By Colin Shively

February 8, 2010

During the past 30 years, the Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood has seen drastic changes in the demographic and culture of the area. Originally a Polish neighborhood, the evolution of its culture and community has grown to a mixture of high-fashion, artists and young families. However, West Town is focusing to bring the artists back—and keep them.In February 2009, the Special Service Area, an organization that funds services...

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