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Season Affective Disorder

SAD or just sick of winter?

February 24, 2014

The unpredictable weather has left Chicagoans with many complaints, but winter has also made people susceptible to the winter blues, known in the medical community as seasonal affective disorder.SAD is...

Senior marketing communication major Janet Rodriguez will use her admission into the Most Promising Minority program to share her vision of how Hispanics should be represented in media. 

Rodriguez represents Columbia in New York

February 3, 2014

After learning she was the only Columbia student accepted into the American Advertising Federation Most Promising Minority Students program, senior marketing communications major Janet Rodriguez created the hashtag #DrivenB...

Critical Encounters Student Showcase

By Estefania Martinez

April 30, 2012

For the second year in a row, Critical Encounters hosted an end-of-the-year student showcase in the Conaway Center. This year, over 200 student's works were featured, showing the Columbia community how this year’s Critical Encounters’ theme (Rights, Radicals & Revolutions) has enhanced their education and work.

Iraqi novelist visits Columbia

By Dannis Valera

February 23, 2012

In collaboration with the Journalism and Fiction Writing departments, as well as Critical Encounters, Iraqi novelist Mahmoud Saeed came to talk about his latest novel; The World Through the Eyes of Angels. Mary Schmich, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, interviewed him about being a writer under Saddam Hussein's dictatorship and how he ended up here in Chicago.

Who’s your radical?

By Alexandra Kukulka

February 13, 2012

by Ernie LoveAdjunct Faculty, First–Year Seminar“Death of a Salesman” (1949),  “An Enemy of the People” (1950) and “The Crucible” (1952) is a radical body of literary work reflecting Arthur Miller’s attempts to enlighten the consciousness of Americans in the post–World War II era: to be advised that the promise of freedom and prosperity in a communist-free America is rife with “multiple truths.”  He was, in fact, challenging America’s self-awareness.Miller’s 1950 adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play, “An Enemy of the People,” illustrates such themes as tyranny of the majority and shows how leaders can manipulate the masses. Miller’s decision to adapt Ibsen’s play is explained in his autobiography, “Timebends.” Specifically, Miller  confronted censorship of what were considered “un-American” plays at the time because of the “Red Scare” promulgated by Senator Joseph McCarthy. Miller expressed the following thoughts during the process of adapting Ibsen’s play in his autobiography:“I aspired to a rather exalted image of the dramatist as a species of truth-revealing leader whose brandished light would blind the monster chaos in his approach. Dramaturgy was the physics of the arts, the one that failed when it lied and succeeded when it cut to the first principles of human life.”For me, “Death of a Salesman” and “The Crucible” are his most prominent works because they popped up more than once in high school and college as core texts. These two works provided insight for reflecting on my experience in family relationships, personal growth and maturity, as well as a perspective on American culture and society.“The Crucible,”  is an allegory of McCarthyism I first encountered as a high school student in 1968. It was particularly influential in raising my awareness of the delicate balance that exists in the power structure of a democracy, as well as the role of a citizen in a democratic republic.Note that in 1956 and 1957, Miller was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee and was convicted of contempt of Congress for his refusal to identify writers believed to hold Communist sympathies.The impact of “Death of a Salesman” did not register with me until my mid-20s. When it did, Miller’s critique of the American Dream made sense as I reflected on my friends, my family and the stories we could tell about our own successes and failures on life’s journey, particularly as these stories varied with respect to attainment of wealth, lifestyle comforts and a sense of self-worth.Miller was the first American writer to be elected president of PEN International. Miller was also posthumously honored by PEN in 2006 with the establishment of the annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture.  From PEN’s charter:“PEN stands for the principle of unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations, and members pledge themselves to oppose any form of suppression of freedom of expression in the country and community to which they belong, as well as throughout the world wherever this is possible.”It is fitting for Miller, whose activism took on varied forms throughout his life, to receive this honor.

Cafe University makes changes

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 10, 2011

Cafe University is back in business in three locations on campus this year for students to grab a bite to eat between classes: the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave.; the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave; and the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave.This year, much has changed at the cafes including prices, menu items, the student worker policy and construction.“I think we’re good,” said Phillip ...

Onion in the city

By Darryl Holliday

October 3, 2011

“America’s finest news source”—not to be confused with The Chronicle—is moving to the Windy City.The Onion—the satirical, mocking and often hilarious print and online publication—is consolidating its forces in Chicago, resulting in the relocation of the full, 20-person editorial staff that currently resides in New York.According to some reports, most notably The Huffington Post, the decision came as a surpris...

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...

After 25 years, slam poetry still thriving in Chicago

By Brianna Wellen

September 6, 2011

When poet Marc Kelly Smith first thought to incorporate performance with poetry, purists of the art form saw the act as disgraceful. Typical poetry readings at the time consisted of a gathering of artists standing and politely reading their poems, according to Smith. Despite this accepted format and the pushback surrounding any attempts to change it, Smith stepped in and brought his own twist to the medium.“It seemed obvio...

Stricter standards benefit everyone

By Editorial Board

May 9, 2011

Columbia recently announced a change in its graduation standards that requires students to maintain better grades to remain enrolled at the college. Under the new rules, which go into effect after the spring 2011 semester, students whose grade point average reaches 2.0 or lower have one semester of academic probation to bring their grades up or face dismissal from Columbia.The college was right in making its academic requireme...

Guns going undercover

By Darryl Holliday

March 28, 2011

A growing number of downstate representatives may soon make Illinois the 49th state to allow residents to carry firearms in public—to the dismay of manyurban legislators.The Family and Personal Protection Act, HB 148, was introduced on Jan. 13 and has until March 29 to be moved out of committee. If made into a law, it will permit the concealed carrying of firearms statewide and give county sheriffs power to issue permit...

Chocolate chip banana bread

By Molly Keith

March 14, 2011

Chocolate chip banana bread serves as a delectable complement to a chilly homework-filled Sunday afternoon. Take a break from the books to prepare this  simple and savory snack.You will need 1 cup of sugar, an egg, 1 1/2 cups of butter, 1 cup of mashed bananas, 3 tablespoons of milk, 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of finely chopped nuts. You wi...

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