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Unearthing an underground empire: Cut off the head and the body will fall

By Managing Editor

December 9, 2013

"Mourning when they kill three of ours is getting six of theirs.”From the backseat of a car creeping down a bleak alley in North Lawndale, Edward Robinson, a leader of the Conservative Vice Lords, glares through the windshield, his eyes fixated on the dead end where three of his fellow Vice Lords were shot and killed by a rival gang just two weeks prior. The car slows to a halt as Robinson, stoic yet vulnerable, climbs out...

Wildcats’ offensive slump continues against Hawkeyes, lose big at home

By Nader Ihmoud

January 13, 2013

According to senior guard Alex Marcotullio, frustration is “pretty high” in Evanston, following the Northwestern University Wildcats (10-7 [1-3]) 70-50 loss to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes (12-5 [1-3]) at Welsh Ryan Arena, on Jan. 13.Although both teams shot terribly during the first half, Iowa managed to build a 10 point lead thanks in part to the Hawkeyes 14-4 run to end the half. The Wildcats had two stints, each ...


By Tyler Davis

December 3, 2012

The filibuster is an infamous practice used in the U.S. Senate that stalls legislation by allowing members to extend debates. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently said he would like to limit the use of filibusters and require senators to actually speak on the Senate floor if they want to delay a vote on legislation, according to a Nov. 26 Washington Times article. According to a Nov. 28 Huffington Post article, Reid...

‘Comedy’ falters for lack of humorous characters

By Sam Flancher

November 26, 2012

“The Comedy,” directed by Rick Alverson, begins with detached pretension. Its spoiled main character, a Brooklyn hipster named Swanson, played by alternative comedian Tim Heidecker (one half of the comedy duo Tim and Eric), sits in a hospital next to his affluent, dying father. His apparent boredom allows him to hurl vulgarities and a few ill-timed comments about the awful nature of his father’s nurse’s daily activit...

Tiny Fireflies fuse two talents

By Trevor Ballanger

November 5, 2012

Two Chicago-based musicians fused their talents in 2009 to form an indie pop duo with delicate, emotional lyrics and formulaic melodies.Lead singer Kristine Capua of Tiny Microphone and guitarist/drummer Lisle Mitnik of Fireflies united for their collaborative effort, Tiny Fireflies. The two are now roommates but were only pen pals when Mitnik lived in California before moving to Chicago.Together they produced another EP ...


By The Columbia Chronicle

October 22, 2012

by Heather Schroering, Editor-In-Chief and Ivana Hester, Assistant Campus EditorThe median annual income of recent Columbia graduates lags far behind that of other colleges’ alumni, nearly $7,000 below the national median for those in the arts and media fields and $5,000 below the median for all recent U.S. college graduates, a Columbia survey shows.In fall 2011, the college surveyed 2,500 Columbia alumni who graduated wit...

How to; Prevent Yourself from Getting Sick

By Ahmed Hamad

October 22, 2012

With Chicago's temperature dropping faster this fall; the likelihood of getting sick got higher.  The Chronicle sat down with Mark Brticevich, Columbia's Fitness and Recreation Program Coordinator, and found out how you could stay away from the doctor's and pharmacy.

Northwestern continues dominance, Loyola looks to bounce back

By Nader Ihmoud

October 18, 2012

Contributing Writer: Doug PitorakIt seems that no part of Chicago was left dry, and Rogers Park was no exception on Oct. 17.Like the unrelenting rain that engulfed Loyola Soccer Park all evening, the Northwestern University Wildcats men’s soccer team relied on a persistent offensive attack to defeatthe Loyola University Ramblers 2-0 and move to 10-2-2 on the season.Rainstorms like that often make for a sloppy game, but although ...

‘Right to Know’ act brings vital data to students

By Editorial Board

October 1, 2012

Earlier this year, Sens. Marco Rubio and Ron Wyden introduced the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, which would provide prospective college students with coordinated data about post-graduation employment rates and average salary. If passed, the bill would improve students’ ability to choose their college and major while considering how they will pay off student loans based on their anticipated income.“At best, the inf...

Art students make choice

By Editorial Board

January 17, 2012

Nobody said being a successful artist would be easy. But a new study released Jan. 4 shows that recent graduates with degrees in the arts, humanities and architecture suffer the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Undergraduates with degrees in architecture faced an unemployment rate of 13.9 percent; the arts, 11.1 percent; and the humanities, 9.4 percent. Data from the Census Bureau’s 2009 and 2010 American Commu...

Unions join students to protest school policies

By Lisa Schulz

December 12, 2011

Last week’s town hall meeting grew out of a Dec. 6 protest at which Columbia’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, joined forces with staff and students to demand a chance to speak to the administration. For P-Fac, it would be the first contact since contract negotiations broke off five weeks ago.Picket signs bearing President Warrick L. Carter’s photo and slogans such as “institutional continuity,” “chop from the...


By Darryl Holliday

November 14, 2011

Student loans have been advertised as the sort of debt that will always yield a return on investment. However, as the housing bubble showed, “good debt” isn’t always as reliable as it sounds.Experts fear an ever-accelerating cycle of default rates, tuition hikes, unemployment and unprecedented student debt could emerge as a financial mire for members of Generation Y.According to an October report from the independent...

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