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Political leaders gather April 2 for a panel discussion and press conference on decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana to keep minor charges off of permanent records at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave.

Lawmakers push weed decriminalization

April 21, 2014

With medical marijuana recently legalized in Illinois, some lawmakers are advocating lower criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of the drug. Political leaders gathered April 2 at Roosevelt...

Car-free streets not worth the hassle

February 24, 2014

As Chicago’s downtown population continues to grow, community groups have raised questions about how to balance city planning with residential life. The Active Transportation Alliance, an organization that lobbies for bicycle and pedestrian resources, has proposed shutting down portions of major streets to make way for car-free, bike- and pedestrian-friendly areas.While the ATA may have residents’ best interests at heart...

TV alumnus creates Super Bowl Commercial

By Alyssa Medina

February 19, 2014

For Mike Cullen, a 2013 television alumnus, Super Bowl Sunday was more than just a game; it was a stepping stone in his career all because of a 30 second Doritos commercial, viewed by 111.5 million football fans.Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl” is an annual contest that encourages consumers to submit their own 30-second commercial advertising the brand of nacho cheese-flavored tortilla chips. Contestants have the chance to wi...

See how they hear: New study finds heightened hearing in blind mice

By Assistant Sports & Health Editor

February 17, 2014

Vision loss may enhance the ability to differentiate between frequencies and pitches, which could make for better musicality, according to a recent study out of Johns Hopkins University.The study, published Feb. 5 in Neuron, a biweekly scientific journal, found that blind mice were able to hear softer sounds and better distinguish different frequencies than they could when they could see. The study showed the majority of chan...

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...

College's market value increases, one of highest in Midwest

College’s market value increases, one of highest in Midwest

February 10, 2014

The market value of Columbia’s investments increased by 14.1 percent in 2013, beating the national average of 11.7 percent, according to a new study. The strong financial gain followed a loss in value of 1.4 percent in 2012, according to newly released data from The National ...

'Animals' gets wild at SXSW

‘Animals’ gets wild at SXSW

February 10, 2014

As the annual South by Southwest film festival approaches, Collin Schiffli a 2005 film & video alumnus, is excited for his new film “Animals” to debut at the festival. “Animals,” a film set in Chicago follows a young homeless couple battling addiction while living o...

Liquor moratorium dries up West Town

Liquor moratorium dries up West Town

February 3, 2014

Even in a city with a growing number of breweries, liquor moratoriums and dry precincts hamper brewers in opening up tasting rooms and bars, an obstacle that is preventing one West Town brewery from maki...

Isabella Rotman

Notable Native: Isabella Rotman

January 27, 2014

For Isabella Rotman, drawing is a life-long passion. Rotman grew up drawing with her mom, who is also an artist, in a small beach town in Maine. Rotman’s talent and love of drawing have led her to som...

College responds to security malfunction

By Tyler Eagle

March 13, 2013

PANIC STRUCK THE campus March 5, causing students, faculty and staff to hide under desks, some sending out concerned tweets and texts to their loved ones, all because of a false alarm. At approximately 11:30 a.m., AlertWave, the college’s mass-notification system, malfunctioned and announced there was a violent intruder on campus instead of sending a weather advisory about the college closing at 3 p.m. because of a snows...

Wildcats upset Gophers, show life at home

By Nader Ihmoud

January 23, 2013

The Northwestern University Wildcats upset the No. 12-ranked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers 55–48 at Welsh Ryan Arena on Jan. 23.Wildcats Head Coach Bill Carmody went to a 1-3-1 defense during the second half, and it flustered the already struggling Gophers even more, according to senior guard Reggie Hearn.The Gophers turned the ball over 10 times during that stretch, after only committing 5 turnovers during the...

Northwestern Wildcats prepare for another Big Ten opponent

By Nader Ihmoud

January 22, 2013

http://youtu.be/1Kh6TyibGtAThe Northwestern University Wildcats will continue Big Ten play when the No. 12 ranked University of Minnesota Gophers visit Welsh Ryan Arena on Jan. 23.The Wildcats (11–8) are 2–4 against conference opponents and have posted a 6–7 record at home this season. The Wildcats have won the last five meetings between the two teams at Welsh Ryan. Northwestern’s only road loss happened during the ...

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