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Members of Straightedge at Columbia, the college’s straight edge group, pose with the X symbol. The letter “X” or “XXX” is often used to represent the movement on straight edge clothing and memorabilia.

Life on the edge

April 21, 2014

Many college students sneak alcohol past residence hall security guards and cover the vents in their dorm rooms to contain the smell of weed on the weekend, but within that haze is a group of students ...

Going Against the Norm—Straight Edge

April 21, 2014

It has become a social norm for young adults to engage in typical college activities on the weekends such as smoking weed and drinking. A small percentage decide to rebel against that scene and forge a diff...

Media makers must consider racial representation

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

April 14, 2014

Works of art can seem diverse on the surface but have deeper flaws within, and media makers should carefully consider the effects their work will have on viewers.Artistic liberties, creative freedoms and free speech all play a role in creating influential art, but so does awareness of culture, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. For example, the long-running TV drama “Grey’s Anatomy” has received both praise and criti...

‘Bachelor’ romance a rosy illusion

By Associate Editor

March 31, 2014

As another season of “The Bachelor” comes to a close, star Juan Pablo and his new girlfriend, Season 18 winner Nikki Ferrell, are lighting up the press circuit with their budding romance, but as Pablo settles into life in the limelight, “The Bachelor” continues to misrepresent itself as a matchmaker. The show consistently misleads its contestants and viewers by creating a false image of what real relationships are like...

Residue analysis of ancient pottery

New technology brews ancient ales

February 24, 2014

Beer lovers can get a taste of history thanks to new technology that takes a scientific look at some of the world’s oldest ales.Patrick McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project...

Exonerated inmate sues city, police

Exonerated inmate sues city, police

February 10, 2014

After spending 20 years in prison for a double homicide he did not commit, Daniel Taylor is suing the city and members of the Chicago Police Department, claiming he was a victim of police brutality an...

Scratching the surface of illicit tattooing

Illegal inking: Scratching the surface of illegal tattooing

January 27, 2014

"She told me to do whatever I felt like I wanted to do, which is a really awesome gift to your tattooist."Leaning over a client with the tattoo gun buzzing in his hand, Madsen Minax prepared to freehand a piece...

Running like a girl

By Lindsey Woods

November 12, 2012

I am jealous of a 9-year-old.Her name is Samantha “Sam” Gordon, and she has become the latest Internet sensation via a video her dad posted of her playing peewee football in an all-boys—well, formerly all-boys—league in Utah. The mini quarterback is distinguishable from the rest of the players in the highlight reel, not because she’s a girl, but because she’s clearly an incredible football player.Gordon is a co...

Sister cities shared traits spark cultural dialogue

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 22, 2012

A recent celebration of Pakistani art underscored how members of Chicago’s cultural associations are trying to forge a relationship between the international community and the city.In 1960, Chicago welcomed Warsaw, Poland as its first sister city, which led to the creation of the Chicago Sister Cities International program. Since then, 27 additional cities have joined the ranks.One of Chicago’s newer sister cities, Lahore,...

Wicker Park ranked No. 4 hipster neighborhood in U.S.

By Dannis Valera

October 1, 2012

Chicago’s usual sea of beards, plaid, Buddy Holly glasses and skinny jeans are paired with solemn faces this week—the eclectic neighborhood of Wicker Park, home to many Columbia students, was recently crowned fourth in Forbes’ and Nextdoor.com’s inaugural list of “America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods.”Read the full story by our Assistant Arts & Culture Editor, Emily Ornberg, here on our website!http:/...

Colors and Shapes of Chicago: Greektown

By Dannis Valera

September 4, 2012

In the first of an ongoing series, the Chronicle will be taking a look into the different cultures in the city of Chicagoby going to different neighborhoods, events, art galleries, and other cultural happenings.In this edition, the west side neighborhood Greektown is featured.http://youtu.be/yv5IyVk2ZQU

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...

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