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FBI raids activists’ homes

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 4, 2010

by: Darryl Holliday and Meghan KeyesIt is 7 a.m. on a Friday morning, and Doug Michel is in Minnesota visiting his friends, whom he met working on a protest at the 2008 Republican National Convention. There’s a knock at the apartment door. The FBI enters, serving a search warrant and a subpoena to one of the roommates, Tracy Molm. By Michel’s account, he and friends were instructed to sit in the corner, asked not to move...

Roosevelt breaks ground, record

By Stephanie Saviola

May 3, 2010

The second largest university skyscraper in the United States will soon stand in what used to be The Herman Crown Center, which housed an old fitness facility used by Columbia and Roosevelt University students.On April 17, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., held a groundbreaking ceremony to jumpstart its plans to open a 32-story skyscraper. Mayor Richard M. Daley, along with several community leaders, attended th...

More CTA discounts for students

By Editorial Board

May 3, 2010

Many students will remember how expensive transportation in the city can be after their spring U-Passes expire on May 16, while part-time students see it as just another day on which they pay $2 or more to the Chicago Transit Authority.U-Passes will not be distributed for summer classes, even for those who may be registered full time. In fact, Columbia has never provided summer train passes.The Chronicle reported in Decembe...

Columbia rapper makes his mark

By WilliamPrentiss

January 25, 2010

The best rappers back up their swagger with verbal feats over master beats. Fresh-faced Columbia freshman Chris Engh demonstrated that concept when he outshined eight other rappers at Columbia Urban Music Association’s Rock the Mic contest in December. The Chronicle talked to the victor to find out what he’s been up to since beating the competition.The Chronicle: How did you get involved with Rock the Mic?Chris Engh: I c...

A ‘moveable feast’ for students

By CiaraShook

January 25, 2010

For the first time in its 120 year history, Columbia has commissioned an entirely new academic building in Chicago’s South Loop.  After years in the making, the groundbreaking new building, known as the Media Production Center, opened its doors to Columbia students today, kicking off the start of the spring semester.Making the MPC a reality has been in the works for seven years and after a quick 12 months of construction,...

Reading ratings’ role

By CiaraShook

December 14, 2009

Justin Kulovsek of the Nielsen Company visited Columbia to discuss the importance of Nielsen ratings in the media, urging students to consider the important role ratings play in their careers.Kulovsek, a 2004 alumnus of Columbia, was on campus Dec. 10 to present “What TV Ratings Really Mean” to students and the public in which he discussed how research for the Nielsen Company is done and how it affects what is shown on te...

Columbia fiction instructor practices what he teaches

By CiaraShook

December 14, 2009

Sam Weller’s cozy office on the 12th floor of the South Campus Building, 624 S. Michigan Ave., is packed with books, a small desk and a giant painting of a robot breaking out of a toy store by a member of the metal band Galactic Cowboys. The bookcases are studded with works by Joan Didion, Ambrose Bierce and Bill Zehme, but Ray Bradbury’s books commandeer almost two rows in the small library.“That’s not even a tenth of my ...

Holly Jolly Trolley Food Drive spreads holiday cheer

By CiaraShook

December 7, 2009

If the entire student body, which comprises more than 11,000 people, were to donate just $1 or a single canned food item, it would be “incredible” in the present economic climate, according to Cheryl Morton-Langston, director of Columbia’s WCRX radio station.WCRX 88.1 FM and the Radio Department will host their 7th annual Holly Jolly Trolley Food Drive on Dec. 10 and will be accepting donations for the Greater Chicag...

College Council wraps up fall semester

By CiaraShook

December 7, 2009

In a speedy College Council meeting on Dec. 4, general announcements were made with a review of Columbia’s graduate programs and retention reports at the forefront of the discussion.The council was led by Hope Daniels, associate professor of Radio and vice president of College Council on the eighth floor of the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.The council elected sole candidate Arvis Averette, instructor of Humanities, Histo...

Marijuana law reform group aims to dispel myths

By LauraNalin

November 30, 2009

Columbia students have created a chapter of the nationally-recognized group NORML, an organization aimed at dispelling what it says are the myths and propaganda regarding marijuana.NORML, which stands for National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is headed at Columbia by President Benji Marton, junior fiction writing major and Tommi Swift, senior film and video major. The two friends decided to form the group at...

LGBTQ observes World AIDS Day

By CiaraShook

November 30, 2009

Though the diagnosis of HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence, K. Bradford, coordinator in the Office of LGBTQ Culture and Community, said there is still a great deal that people don’t know about the disease.LGBTQ, a group that is part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will observe World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 to stress the importance of awareness and testing among the Columbia community, but it will do so in a much mo...

Archaic Love

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 16, 2009

I don’t believe in love.  The divorce epidemic, rising instances of domestic violence and bad eHarmony commercials have dispelled the notion that true love in the modern age is possible. I may have aged out of this particular system and that’s fine with me.But I do believe that love was real in bygone eras. Knowledge, cemented in my memory from exposure to family, literature, history and art, sustains me.Graduate-level li...

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