The Columbia Chronicle

Aldermen push for plastic bag ban

By Metro Editor

March 31, 2014

The choice between paper and plastic could be a distant memory for Chicago shoppers if a proposal to ban plastic bags continues to gain momentum among aldermen.The proposal, introduced March 5 by Alderman Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward), would ban plastic bags in retail stores to reduce waste in landfills and the Great Lakes, according to the ordinance. However, the legislation would require retailers to offer only paper or reusab...

Free agency frenzy

Ihmoud's Moods

By Media Relations Editor

March 17, 2014

The Chicago Cubs and White Sox are projected to depress baseball fans across the city this summer, and if it were not for NFL free agency, I would have to unjustly bore you with news of spring baseball t...

The Wind Rises

Miyazaki offers dark twist to outstanding career

March 10, 2014

Traditional animation is becoming unfashionable in the United States. Changing tastes have given rise to computer-generated films like the Oscar-winning “Frozen” in favor of Disney’s near-extin...

Diseased DNA strand

Cancer genetics software gets update

March 10, 2014

Tumor analysis has become faster and more accurate thanks to new technology that better identifies cancer markers.Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine in Minnesota made improvements to the syst...

Bonus system could bridge college income gap

March 3, 2014

As college faculty unions fight for realistic living wages, national attention has shifted to the income disparity found at universities. To address the growing gap between administrative salaries and faculty wages, the faculty union at St. Mary’s College of Maryland has proposed limiting the salary of the college president to no more than 10 times that of the lowest-paid staff member.The concept of tying staff and adminis...

Department shuffling shortchanges students

February 24, 2014

The Marketing Communication Department will be disbanded and its three concentrations will merge into other departments in the fall 2014 semester, according to a Feb. 17 memo from Robin Bargar, dean of the School of Media Arts. Current marketing students will be allowed to complete their degrees.Nevertheless, dissolving the Marketing Communications Department could have serious repercussions for the two that absorb its students....

Chris Visconti

Athlete Profile: Chris Visconti

February 24, 2014

Chris Visconti grew up in Chicago, where he started playing tennis 38 years ago. He continued his career through college, playing Division I tennis at Southern Illinois University and going on to play p...

Police clock in, budget clocks out

February 17, 2014

The Chicago Police Department’s current strategy of transferring officers from their desk jobs to the streets successfully reduced crime in 2013, but it carried an unreasonably high price tag. The overtime bill ran up to $103.5 million, nearly $10 million more than the department projected in the 2013 budget. The overinflated cost raises questions about how effectively the police department is utilizing its resources and whet...

A look into the future of the HIV and AIDS epidemic, finding a solution

Turning a positive into a negative

February 17, 2014

Seven years ago, the only thing Rashid Bashir, leading developer and head of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his researchers needed to revolutioni...

Noted Chicago photographer reflects on achievements

Noted Chicago photographer reflects on achievements

February 3, 2014

Art Shay picked up his father’s Kodak camera at the age of 14. Now, 77 years later at age 91, he has published 30,000 pictures and photographed 1,100 covers for prominent magazines such as Time and Sports Illustrated. He h...

State of the Union becomes #StateOfAwful

By Copy Chief

February 3, 2014

The Constitution states that the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Though its forms have varied across American history—written messages, radio addresses—the State of the Union is a hallmark of the presidency. It is an opportunity for the commander-in-chief to set s...

You will always be my Bieby

For the Record

By Managing Editor

January 27, 2014

There is something magical that happens at the Addison street Taco Bell at 3 a.m. Out of the shadowy abyss, packs of 20-somethings sporting their best heels wiggle through Wrigley with makeup smeared acr...

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