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Reports that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chicago office may close sent shockwaves through the environmental community.  

Rumored EPA closings alarm local environmentalists

May 1, 2017

Circulating rumors that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chicago-based Region five district office will be closing, first raised in an April 15 Chicago Sun-Times article, continue to concern lo...

Shop ‘til you drop: the future of retail

Shop ‘til you drop: the future of retail

February 20, 2017

Massive red signs were scattered across the walls and clothing racks at American Apparel’s Wicker Park store, reading “Sale” and “40% off entire store.” Customers slowly rummaged through the me...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel teamed up with Chicago Housing Authority to open Rosenwald apartments in Bronzeville, according to a City of Chicago press release.

Historic building reopens in Bronzeville

October 17, 2016

After four years of construction and renovation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) and the Chicago Housing Authority reopened the historic Rosenwald Court apartments on Sept. 30, according...

The Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Illinois college students may be forced to drop out

February 1, 2016

College students across Illinois may face an academic halt if Gov. Bruce Rauner refuses to pass the education bill that would allow students who rely on state-funded aid to continue their education.  Col...

Harrington College of Design students have successfully transferred to Columbia after Harrington announced it will close its doors by August 2018.

Harrington students settle in at Columbia after college closing

November 30, 2015

The nearly 145 students who transferred to Columbia from Harrington College of Design at the beginning of the Fall 2015 Semester are almost finished with their first semester at Columbia.Columbia accepted t...

Fans question Beyoncé’s LGBT community support

By Managing Editor

November 9, 2015

Voters in Houston failed to approve a proposed equal rights ordinance Nov. 3 that would have marked an LGBT victory in the state of Texas.The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance  (HERO) would have prohibited discrimination based on a number of characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity. However, the bill failed to pass after 62 percent of the public voted against it.Opponents of gay marriage used fear tact...

Mary-Arrchie Theatre to say goodbye after three decades

Mary-Arrchie Theatre to say goodbye after three decades

September 8, 2015

After 30 years as an alternate theatre staple, the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company will close its doors in August 2016 as developers reconstruct the building, terminating all of its business leases, according to Richard Cotovsky, founder and artistic director of the theater. Cotovsky is a na...

Photography alumna weeks from stardom

February 10, 2014

At 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 16, a Columbia alumna was anxiously waiting for a phone call that most filmmakers can only dream about. Caryn Capotosto was about to find out if her film would be nominated for...

At least you have your health?

By Samuel Charles

March 6, 2012

Last week, it was announced that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had brokered a deal to close Chicago’s two coal-fired power plants in the Pilsen and Little Village communities. The company that owns the plants, Midwest Generation, has been under mounting scrutiny in recent years after several studies have shown that people who live in the immediate vicinity have dramatically higher rates of respiratory problems, such as emphysema and as...

Student rises above to get his message across

By Samuel Charles

January 24, 2011

Chip Duggan, a 25-year-old interdisciplinary arts graduate student, wasn’t used to city life before he moved to Chicago from his hometown in Alexandria, N.H., a town with less than 2,000 residents. The drastic change in environment drove Duggan to reconsider his decision to come to Chicago, but he was able to find his version of peaceful wilderness by climbing city structures and documenting it through his ongoing project “...

Loyola students lose dedicated art space

By KatherineGamby

November 9, 2009

Loyola University’s Crown Center Gallery allowed students and professional artists the opportunity to share wall space. However, that harmonious union may be broken with the gallery’s closing.Loyola’s Crown Center Gallery, 1001 W. Loyola Ave., will host its last show at the end of fall 2009.  Seniors in Loyola’s Fine Arts Department are now left in limbo until the university finds a new space for spring’s senior exhibit. The university had planned to provide adequate space in its remodeled Mundelein Center, 1032 W. Sheridan Road, but that plan was never finalized. Now, the six other Humanities Departments will take the Crown Center Gallery to compensate for its increase in faculty.Sara Gabel, chairwoman of Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, said the department is close to finding a replacement for students, but are still assessing possibilities.“We will be able to make an announcement about where the show will be held before the semester is out,” Gabel said. “We’ve given ourselves that deadline, but we’re just gathering information right now. There’s a lot of just checking the cost—cost of equipment, cost of installation.”For the past three years, the space has grown and drawn large crowds. Nicole Ferentz, director of the Fine Arts Department, has chosen exhibits for Crown Gallery for the past two years with another faculty member and graduate student, Brenda Brammel. Ferentz said she understands the school is juggling moving departments and handling renovation, but the lack of notification was frustrating.“The Crown Gallery was part of the Fine Arts Department for many decades, but I would be happy to let it go and have a new gallery,” Ferentz said. “That’s not what happened. No suggestion was made that was that practical.”Brammel said the recent shows in the space were building up a more varied audience. She said she remembers being a student at Loyola in 2006 when shows saw little attention outside of the student body.“Not too many people went to gallery openings unless it was a senior show or a student show,” Brammel said. “At a gallery opening, there would be maybe five people there, but we started having events at the shows and getting in really good stuff.”Part of the gallery’s focus was to reach out to the greater Roger’s Park art community and connect those artists to students. As part of the program, artists featured in exhibits would interact with students in Q-and-A format sessions with them. The university is currently considering using the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex, 1131 W. Sheridan Ave., but the issue the school now faces is that space is not equipped for professional shows.“That would reduce a scope of our gallery to student projects which might be what happens, but we’ve been doing more than that for decades,” Ferentz said.Brammel said she remembers many of the shows fondly. One she especially liked was the edible art contest where she made a Fruit Roll-Up Mona Lisa for the exhibit. It is currently hanging on Ferentz’s office wall.Another show she remembers well was in October 2008, which featured printmaker Amos Kennedy. Kennedy’s affordable posters differentiate themselves from other art in their use of political and racial commentary. He said the lack of a better space for community artists works against the university’s mission to educate its students in the arts. However, he said that won’t stop artists from coming to the university.“If a person is a professional and has a passion for what they do, the space will not prevent them from showing their work so students can see it,” Kennedy said. “If you really like what you’re doing, you put it up in the bathroom so students can see it just in defiance of that.”The final show in Crown Center Gallery will feature the art of Sister Mary Corita, a Catholic nun and teacher.  The show’s final day is set for March 5, 2010.

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