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A love letter to Chicago

By Samuel Charles

April 23, 2012

This is potentially my second to last column ever, so I better make it good, right? I’ll try not to let you down, but bear with me.After graduation, which is 13 days from today, I’m fortunate enough to have a job. Well, an internship, actually, at the St. Paul Pioneer Press in, you guessed it, St. Paul, Minn. I have a plan after graduation, which is sadly more than a lot of people who are more deserving than me can sa...

Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 Town hall held at Columbia

By Heather Scroering

February 20, 2012

Imagine a Chicago where art classes are taught daily in public schools. Picture it as a European capital of culture, an even more robust and vivacious city. Ideas such as these are what the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 seeks to turn into reality.The cultural plan is an initiative launched by the city to heighten public interest in art and culture around Chicago by developing communities and cultural leadership. Columbia kicke...

Separation of Church and State

By Vanessa Morton

November 7, 2011

by Samantha Bohner, Contributing WriterSame-sex couples may have a harder time adopting and fostering children if a proposed bill is passed in the Illinois Senate.Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Decatur) proposed Senate Bill 2495 on Oct. 12, that would amend the state’s Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act to allow religious organizations like Catholic Charities, a global network of charity groups, to turn down an...

Construction on Michigan Avenue

By Gregory Cappis

October 17, 2011

Kaitlyn MattsonContributing WriterJackhammers and hard hats will be taking up residence along North Michigan Avenue for the next two months.Construction on Michigan Avenue from Illinois to Oak streets, and continuing along Inner Lake Shore Drive to Division Street, began on Sept. 28 and will last until the middle of November.Workers began by removing the old asphalt and will continue with a longer process of readjusting the...

Spring Break Lives

By Darryl Holliday

September 12, 2011

The verdict is in.Spring break is saved, but students planning on taking J-Term courses in January will need to be open to changes due to the G-8 and NATO summits being held in the Loop in May 2012.The J-Term slot has been condensed from its usual three weeks down to two weeks. J-Term classes will now be held Jan. 3–14, with the number of hours spent in class varying depending on the number of credit hours offered.Spring ...

Construction projects presented in Columbia buildings

By Lisa Schulz

September 6, 2011

As construction workers rushed about along the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building—drilling, pounding and shouting to complete its facade restoration before winter arrives—Columbia made plans for even bigger projects.A $12.6 million budget for 2012 was approved on Aug. 31 by the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees and the Campus Environment Board. The design for a facade replacement on the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Buildi...

Wacker Drive reconstruction part two

By Kristen Franzen

January 24, 2011

Phase two of a two-year plan to re-envision Chicago’s traffic infrastructure is in motion on Wacker Drive, which provides downtown access to 60,000 vehicles daily.Wacker Drive is a major two-level overpass, bordering the north and west sides of Chicago’s business district. The 55-year-old infrastructure has outlived its predictable useful service life.The estimated $200 million reconstruction project—which entails...

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Film Review

By Cristina Aguirre

November 22, 2010

In “Deathly Hallows Part I,” Harry, Ron and Hermione (played by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, respectively) are tasked with destroying what are known as horcruxes—objects that house the fragmented soul of the series’ main villain, Lord Voldemort. Once they complete the task, Voldemort can finally be vanquished and everyone can live happily ever after. The Chronicle's film critic, Drew Hunt, reviews...

Railroad bridge repairs postponed until spring

By Meghan Keyes

October 4, 2010

For Metra Union-Pacific North Line passengers, longer travel times and fewer trains were the rule after Metra began a construction project requiring it to function on a single track, causing delays and requiring the numbers of trains to be reduced.However, on Sept. 30 the whole project was postponed until spring 2011.Originally, Metra said to anticipate minor adjustments. When the adjusted timetable took effect on Aug. 22, commute...

O’Hare expansion gets record grant

By Patrick Smith

April 12, 2010

The United States Department of Transportation awarded the O’Hare Modernization Project the largest grant ever for airport construction in the form of a $410 million letter of intent to be used for the construction of two new runways and the extension of a third.“It’s an enormous amount of money,” said Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood at a press  conference announcing the grant. “But it really is the kind of investm...

Heart disease starts long before symptoms

By Ivana Susic

February 15, 2010

February is Heart Disease Awareness month, but it is an issue that should be heeded all year. The American Heart Association estimates that more than 81 million Americans have heart disease, which includes high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke and other conditions. Heart disease is also the No. 1 killer in the United States, causing one in four deaths.The majority of heart disease deaths occur from coronary heart disease...

Exhibit documents landmarks from the ground up

By WilliamPrentiss

October 5, 2009

An exposed Cloud Gate, better known as The Bean, hangs in a framed photo in the Harold Washington Library Center, its crisscrossing steel innards waiting for the final loose skin that will complete the structure.The photo is one of 42 unfinished Millennium Park monuments lining the walls for the Chicago Public Library’s new exhibit, “Building an Icon: Construction Photographs of Millennium Park.”The photos were taken over t...

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