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Hidden Hotel

By Vanessa Morton

November 14, 2011

Aviva Einhorn, Contributing WriterTucked into one of the last original blocks in the Chicago Loop is a historic site that dates back to the 1800s. The Ewing Annex Hotel, 426 S. Clark St.—earlier known as The Hinky Dink Tavern and later as The Workman’s Exchange—provides reasonably priced shelter for working men.The hotel is marked by a subtle white sign reading “Hotel, Men Only,” so the average passerby is proba...

Support stop smoking shock tactics

By Sophia Coleman

November 14, 2011

Images of blackened lungs, oxygen masks and caskets could be replacing your beloved Joe Camel, Marlboro or Pall Mall logos next year.In a further effort to save smokers’ health, the Food and Drug Administration has plans to implement a new strategy to people to drop their smoking jones. Nine graphic warnings would be placed on cigarette packs to deter smokers from continuing their killer habit. Some of these images are ro...

Urban Dolorosa

By Brent Lewis

November 9, 2011

Urban Dolorosa is a multimedia ceremony to honor the school age children and teenagers that were killed by violence over the past 3 school years in Chicago. The ceremony took place in 5 locations throughout the city and brought together all groups of people to honor those they have lost to violence. Urban Dolorosa included a musical choir, poetry and photographs. The piece brought out many individuals to pay their respects incl...

Student films reel in support, prizes

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 7, 2011

The lights dim and the crowd gets quiet, anxiously waiting for the films to start. Credits start to roll on the large screen, inviting guests to partake in the 21st annual Take 1 Film Festival.The festival, which took place on Nov. 2 in the Conway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., featured 13 student films. They went through a precise jury process that looked for creativity, content and execution of concept, according to Columbia...

Browser tab mobs no longer threat

By Lisa Schulz

November 7, 2011

Somewhere buried beneath 12 Internet browser tabs lies the user’s long-lost, original intention of commanding a computer to hum to life. Several hours and many tabs later, an exasperated sigh comes from the typical, modern-day Web surfer. If only there was a quicker way to catch the best waves in the infinite website sea.With a similar thought, three Columbia graduates and one student applied to be part of MentorMob.com,...

A look inside Chicago’s leather museum and community

By Brian Dukerschein

November 7, 2011

Chicago’s many museums contain countless historic and cultural artifacts, allowing residents and visitors to view numerous works of art, a World War II submarine and—for the slightly more daring—a custom-made red spanking bench.The Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Ave., is the only museum in the United States devoted to leather culture, sadomasochism and other alternative sexual practices. Now celebratin...

Securing Students’ Safety

By Gregory Cappis

October 10, 2011

In 2011, Chicago authorities have been receiving an average of 35 complaints about abandoned buildings per day. These vacant properties pose a threat to the safety of residents—especially children—and decrease property values of surrounding homes, according to public officials.Two proposed ordinances would impose stricter regulations on owners of vacant properties. Violaters would be subjected to fines ranging from $100–$500 p...

Students deserve better

By Editorial Board

September 19, 2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard have been fighting to extend the school day by 90 minutes as part of a larger initiative to improve the troubled school system. The Chicago Teachers Union rejected the proposed longer day, with CTU President Karen Lewis saying that more quality, not quantity, is what is needed to create a better learning environment.CPS already has one of the shortest sch...

CPS leaders quarrel over schools

By Gregory Cappis

September 19, 2011

Hundreds of people crowded into an auditorium to watch what they thought would be a boxing match between the leaders on opposite sides of the education playing field. However, the spectators found the boxing match to be more of a pillow fight with both sides tending to agree with each other.Bruce Dold, Chicago Tribune’s Editorial Page Editor, hosted a discussion between John-Claude Brizard, Chicago Public Schools’ CEO, and...

City Council votes to extend Chicago school day

By Amanda Murphy

September 12, 2011

In a unanimous decision at a City Council meeting on Sept. 8, the mayor only votes to break ties the city’s 50 aldermen voted to extend Chicago’s school day. The change urged by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, will lengthen the day by 90 minutes, an alteration the members said will improve to the quality of education students receive.At the meeting, aldermen took turns contributing their thoughts on the matter. As the speakers shar...

Chicago Public Schools face future financial issues

By Editorial Board

September 6, 2011

The Chicago School Board recently approved a nearly $6 billion budget for2012 that closes the current revenue gap but does not plan for the $860 million deficit Chicago Public Schools officials expect by 2014.The new budget promises $100 million in not-yet-determined administrative cuts, which is a good place to start. But officials need to maintain transparency with the public about when and in what form these cuts will com...

G-8, NATO derail spring semester

By Darryl Holliday

September 6, 2011

Thanks to governments around the world, March spring break may be canceled or shortened.It’s either that or a shorter J-term.Because of the weeklong 38th G-8 Summit being held at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lakeshore Dr. next spring, activists around the country have begun planning mass protests to which Columbia’s campus will occupy a front row seat.The meeting, the second time in history where two international summits wi...

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