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Advertising to generate revenue

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

November 12, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced the Municipal Marketing Ordinance to the City Council on Oct. 31 that would create new advertising outlets around the city with the goal of generating $18 million in new revenue for the 2013 city budget.The ordinance calls for two initiatives to bring in revenue: the implementation of 34 digital billboards on expressways and advertising on almost 400 BigBelly trashcans downtown, according to an Oct. 3...

Protesters urge Sen. Durbin to prevent cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

By Kaley Fowler

November 12, 2012

As part of a nationwide movement urging lawmakers to preserve social programs, two protests took place outside the Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn St., on Nov. 8 and 9, the latter resulting in 19 arrests.Demonstrators called on Sen. Dick Durbin to denounce policies that extend tax cuts to the wealthy and asked him to block cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.If Congress doesn’t formulate a plan t...

Day Of the Dead Celebrations

By James Foster

November 5, 2012

Chicago celebrated the Day of Dead in a variety of ways on Friday. Residents of Pilsen staged their annual procession. At Columbia students and faculty took to the streets in costumes that culminated in a fashion show.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="http://@columbiachronicle.com/soundslides/DOD_publish_to_web/soundslider.swf" width="500" height="440" targetclass="flashmovie"][/kml_flashembed]...

Columbia’s 24-Hour Night brings students together in Halloween fashion

By Ivana Hester

October 29, 2012

Skinny jeans weren’t the only thing that caused chafing at Columbia’s annual 24-Hour Night, held Oct. 25–26.The event, touted as “Halloween, Columbia style,” was hosted by several student organizations and included a mechanical bull riding competition, a pumpkin carving contest, scary movie screenings and the Creepy Coming Out Ball sponsored by Common Ground, Columbia’s LGBTQ club.Lynsey Mukomel, a marketing manager...

Jewelry project benefits Ugandan sex trade survivors

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

October 22, 2012

One Columbia student is using her academic and entrepreneurial skills to help victims of human trafficking halfway around the world.Hannah Kardux, a senior fashion studies major, is raising money for the Kwagala Project, a nonprofit organization that helps victims of human trafficking in Uganda by selling their handmade jewelry.Most days, Kardux sets up a table with the colorful necklaces, earrings and bracelets in the lobby of the 62...

Lupe visits campus

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 8, 2012

In his earlier performances as a junior in high school, Lupe Fiasco enjoyed being a showman and pumping up the crowd. During a talent show, he sat on stage with a notebook and pretended to write an already finished rap to keep hisaudience engaged.Less than a decade later, Fiasco, 30, still has the ability to hold the crowd’s attention. He did just that when he spoke with Columbia students Oct. 1 about his career, life and late...

Justice sought for wrongfully convicted

By Kaley Fowler

October 8, 2012

Although police are expected to maintain civilian safety, there are often unreported cases of police torture, according to Joey Mogul, an attorney for the People’s Law Office. He asserted during an Oct. 3 discussion that defendant testimony in cases of police brutality is usually viewed as false because of the assumed credibility of law enforcement officials.As part of Roosevelt University’s second annual Wrongful Conv...

Faculty Senate questions salary raises, gets answers from Love

By Alexandra Kukulka

September 17, 2012

Giving faculty and staff a 3 percent pay raise will require $5 million in cuts aimed at  various units of the college given the current budget situation, Louise Love, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, told the first Faculty Senate meeting of the fall semester. Specifically, $2 million will be cut from the Academic Affairs fiscal 2013 budget, she said. Love and Ken Gotsch, vice president of Business Aff...

Bubble campaign bursts onto campus

By Ivana Hester

September 17, 2012

Columbia students might have noticed a colorful addition to the campus’s hallways, stairwells and street level windows, courtesy of a new effort to help them connect to each other and potential employers and internships.The Portfolio Center has launched a campaign to pique student curiosity in Talent Pool, a website that helps students and alumni collaborate and share their portfolios. Nearly every campus building now has...

While you were out

By Ivana Hester

September 10, 2012

Columbia College doesn’t stop getting recognized while students are away on summer vacation. Here’s what you missed while you were out.Hair TriggerHair Trigger, the Fiction Writing Department’s literary magazine, received a gold medal for its 34th issue from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Since its third issue in 1979, which also received first prize from the CSPA, the magazine has received a total of 30 a...

Protestors hunger strike to draw attention to problems in poor neighborhoods

By Mark Minton

September 10, 2012

From sundown to sundown on Sept. 2–3, 13 people fasted to call attention to injustices suffered by poorer communities in the economic recession.The Affordable Power Campaign and members of other Chicago grassroots organizations participated in a 24-hour hunger strike to draw attention to exorbitant utility rates, police brutality and a long string of murders in Chicago this year.At the end of the fasting period on Sept. 4, the ...

Columbia Crawl welcomes community

By Ivana Hester

September 10, 2012

A flash mob, student performances and galleries were only some of the festivities at the Columbia Crawl that welcomed students to the campus on Sept. 6.The college’s annual art crawl, which previously featured only gallery exhibitions, was expanded this year to showcase multiple disciplines in an effort to highlight the campus’s broad artistic community. The more than 20 events included the unveiling of a mural on Wabash and Balbo avenues, the Albert P. Weisman Award Exhibition and the Beats and Greets open house for the student-run radio stationWCRX-FM.The goal was to make the crawl an inclusive event that welcomed returning students and invited new students in, said Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs. He said he wants the event to become as central to the college as other annual events, such as New Student Convocation, which ushers in the academic year for freshmen, transfer and graduate students, and Manifest, Columbia’s annual urban arts festival.“The thinking behind [the Columbia Crawl] is [modeling it after] every strong college community that has its rituals and has its moments when the college community comes together,” Kelly said. “It’s a part of what defines strongacademic communities.”Students had the opportunity to experience several interactive art exhibits and performances held at various venues on campus and in the streets to give students an idea of what Columbia has to offer,Kelly said.“Laying Out the Bones: Great Lakes Installation” in the Sculpture Garden at South Wabash Avenue and East 11th Street was a continuation of the One Million Bones project, created by a group of activist artists who held a workshop at Columbia last school year in which students crafted ceramic bones by hand. The installation featured a portion of the 25,000 ceramic bones made in the Great Lakes region, said Neysa Page-Lieberman, director of Exhibition & Performance Spaces. The project’s founders hope to raise awareness of genocide through the exhibits, which will culminate in spring 2013 with the installation of 1 million ceramic bones in the National Mallin Washington, D.C.The Peek-a-Boo show, hosted by the Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences at Stage Two in the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building, previewed the department’s upcoming events, such as the “I Love the ’90s Tribute Show,” the Cultural Fashion Show and Columbia’s Got Talent.Another event featured the unveiling of a mural by 2005 alumnus Nino Rodriguez at George’s Lounge, 646 S. Wabash Ave., as part of the Wabash Corridor, a long-term project to promote the college’s presence in the South Loop.“[The mural] is just like everyone in the neighborhood,” Rodriguez said. “Everyone is a different shade of color, and they all flow in different ways. I kind of wanted to express that in [my] design.”Ani Katz, a graduate student in the Photography Department, said she enjoyed the Weisman exhibition, which displayed comics, sculptures and other artworks from students who received the award.“If I were an incoming freshman, I would definitely be excited to get a taste of everything that is going on in the community, [especially] in the arts community, [to] see the different work that students are making,” Katz said.Emily Love, a freshman arts, entertainment, and media management major, said the Columbia Crawl helped her see what organizations and events are offeredon campus.“This is definitely appealing to my major,” Love said. “I’m trying to pay attention to what is going [around campus] in hope to get my foot in the door.”In an effort to move forward from last year’s grueling prioritization process, Kelly said he wanted to start the new school year with a bang and welcome back students witha celebration.“When we become cohesive as a creative community, we become more powerful,” Kelly said. “We offer our students a deepening of their learning, and we encourage a strongstudent community.”

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