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Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti spoke to the Green Party of Chicago on Jan. 28. Party Chair Phil Huckleberry (directly behind Fioretti) said Fioretti has upheld the party’s core values while in office.

Green Party of Chicago endorses Bob Fioretti

February 2, 2015

The Green Party of Chicago officially endorsed mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti, alderman of the 2nd ward, on Jan. 28.“I’m proud to stand here with the Green Party as a candidate who has been endorsed...

The online documentary film series “The School Project” explores the issues faced in public school systems nationwide.

Web series addresses Chicago Public School closings

February 2, 2015

in 2013, Chicago Public Schools announced that 49 elementary schools would be shut down due to budget cuts.When the news broke, five film production companies began what is now known as “The School Project,...

Forcing professors to report assault is wrong

By Editorial Board

December 1, 2014

As the issue of sexual assault on college campuses continues to gain national attention, some institutions are mandating that professors report these crimes to their colleges even if students reveal that information to their professors in confidence, according to a Nov. 6 The Chronicle of Higher Education report.Forcing professors to report possible assaults puts them in an uncomfortable position and also violates the trust s...

World-renowned beatboxer Napoleon Maddox spoke to students about the importance of knowing the historical origins of their chosen craft during a beatboxing workshop he led as part of the Black Vocality II Symposium hosted by Columbia’s Center for Black Music Research.

Napoleon Maddox leads beatbox symposium for creatives

November 24, 2014

The Black Vocality II symposium, hosted by the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia, held Nov. 18–19 at the Music Center, 1014 S. Michigan Ave., featured live performance art and conversation f...

Emanuel’s 2015 city budget plan poses problem with Chicago Teachers Union

By Assistant Metro Editor

October 27, 2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the 2015 $8.9 billion budget, which is set to balance the city’s finances without implementing new property, sales or gas taxes for the fourth consecutive year, on Oct. 15.The budget plan has saved taxpayers more than $470 million over the past 3 1/2 years, which continues to be invested in the education of Chicago’s Children, and the health and safety of residents, according to the budget. Summ...

Eden Unluata (right), adjunct faculty in the Interactive Arts & Media and Interdisciplinary Arts departments, teaches “Squishy Circuits and Little Bits” and uses kits that teach students basic circuitry at Donald L. Morrill Math & Science School.

Faculty fellows work on convergence academies

October 20, 2014

The Center for Community Arts Partnerships has named 13 faculty fellows to receive $52,000 in grant money to work on community engagement  projects for CCAP’s Convergence Academy program throughout the year. The program is partnering with two Chicago Public Schools to bring digit...

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Favorite Recipes: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 29, 2014

There is no dessert more basic than cookies, and because I feel especially basic this week, it was only fitting to bake the circle-shaped goodies. Playing with and eating cookie dough was probably a chi...

More CPS students on track to graduate because of new program

By Contributing Editor

September 8, 2014

Chicago Public School students have reached a record-high graduation rate, according to reports from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office and the Chicago Public School District.An Aug. 26 mayoral release states that 69.4 percent of CPS seniors earned a diploma during the 2013–2014 academic year, surpassing the 65.4 percent that graduated in 2012–2013. In addition to the graduation rate, the ACT score averages are at an all-time hi...

Athlete Profile: William Montes

Athlete Profile: William Montes

By Sports & Health Editor

May 5, 2014

William Montes, captain and goalie of the Renegades co-ed soccer team and junior creative writing major, said his mom, a soccer coach, pushed him to join a soccer league at 3 years old. With a love for...

Improvements in black boxes may aid investigators in searching for missing aircraft

Re-examining black box technology

April 21, 2014

In the wake of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are reviving a question that has baffled aviation engineers for years: If black boxes are indestructible, why aren’t planes made from the...

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Editor’s Note

April 21, 2014

This campus is definitely not what it was three years ago when I first moved to Chicago. Shops have closed and chains have opened; walls have been painted and buildings have been torn down—and even burned down—and countless faculty and students have left the campus, deciding this school just wasn’t for them.And although Columbia’s adopted motto, “Create Change,” is something many of us joke about or mock, it’s absolutely fitting. Our students are breaking the mold, our teachers are doing the impossible by working in their fields full-time and also teaching part-time at Columbia, the South Loop community where we reside is quickly becoming a burgeoning neighborhood in the city and the college is progressively working to stay in touch with the way media shapes our lives.So to follow the South Loop and Columbia’s lead, The Chronicle is making a few changes itself to better serve you—our readers. The City Beat section has changed to Metro, which will bring you the latest in developing stories from across the Chicagoland area; the Arts & Entertainment section is now Arts & Culture, keeping you in touch with the people who surround you and the art that inhabits our spaces; and the Campus News section, now Campus, will discuss not only news on Columbia’s campus, but also the issues that affect you as a college student.The idea behind The Chronicle, to become the voice of the Columbia community, hasn’t changed—it’s just being amped up a bit. In our Commentary section, the new Back Talk section will allow you as students and faculty to briefly address your concerns or offer praise via e-mail. Letters to the Editor are still highly encouraged, as many issues just can’t be addressed in less than 75 words.And while you’re e-mailing your Back Talk submissions, please notice the overhaul of The Chronicle’s website. It has become clear in the past few years which direction publications and media are taking, and The Chronicle has decided to follow the same path. Throughout the semester, the website will feature videos, podcasts, blogs, slideshows, articles available only online, breaking news updates and comment capability for readers to comment and give feedback directly on each article. The print edition of The Chronicle has always been an outlet for students to voice their opinions, and now our website will expand this opportunity for feedback to both The Chronicle and Columbia.Perhaps the most notable addition to The Chronicle is the presence of the newspaper on the streets of the South Loop. Twenty free-standing outdoor newsstands are scattered throughout the South Loop, in front of Columbia campus buildings and South Loop establishments, to further demonstrate the importance of the culture Columbia radiates in the South Loop community.For new students who haven’t been around long enough to witness all of these changes: Don’t worry, this community will keep growing and changing. You’ll be able to look back at your first year and remember how things once were. And for returning students: Welcome back. It may not look like the community we first arrived in, but the ideals behind it haven’t changed a bit.

Students from the March 10 Wine & Canvas event, hosted at Bahama Breeze, 406 E. Golf Road, in Schaumburg, paint while drinking wine. 

Painting red with merlot

March 17, 2014

A local art class is harnessing the power of liquid courage to get Chicago artists tipsy with the tip of a brush.Scott Stephan, owner of the North Chicago franchise of Wine & Canvas, began hosting the events bec...

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