The Columbia Chronicle

‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

By Drew Hunt

November 22, 2010

Despite all the hoopla—the award show tantrums, the braggadocio soap-boxing, the outlandish fashion choices—Kanye West remains, without question, the most captivating figure in pop music today. He surpasses the likes of Lady Gaga because his artistry is ultimately the driving force behind his every move.Although his logic isn’t always the most sound—proclaiming Lil Wayne to be the next Jimi Hendirx is among his most grou...

‘Crash’ director aimless in approach

By Drew Hunt

November 15, 2010

In the film “The Next Three Days,” Russell Crowe plays John Brennan, whose wife Laura—played by Elizabeth Banks—is arrested and found guilty for murdering her boss. She’s given a life sentence without parole, but of course, insists she’s innocent. After it becomes apparent Laura will never be freed from prison, John—ever the dutiful husband—tasks himself with breaking her out and fleeing the country with th...

Rising star to speak, share at college

By Drew Hunt

November 15, 2010

As part of International Education Week, a worldwide initiative dedicated to celebrating the benefits of global culture, the Office of International Student Affairs will host a special speaking engagement featuring Canadian television actor Shannon Kook-Chun. He is best known for portraying the openly gay character Zane Park on the popular teen television drama "Degrassi: The Next Generation."Born in South Africa, Kook-Chun is ...

Prolific French filmmaker bows out gracefully

By Drew Hunt

November 8, 2010

Although it won’t rank among the more exemplary achievements of his dauntingly vast filmography, Claude Chabrol’s final film, "Inspector Bellamy," is an exhilarating swan song for the venerable director. It’s a satisfying finale in a career that spanned nearly five decades.In the film, the title character Paul Bellamy (Gérard Depardieu) is a distinguished Parisian detective who is semi-retired, living in a country cottage with his wife (Marie Bunel). Bellamy soon finds himself caught up in a murder mystery equ...

Feds rule college erred in labor case

By Samuel Charles

November 8, 2010

by: Sam Charles and Drew HuntThe national Labor Relations Board has officially declared the college to be in direct violation of federal labor laws.Stemming from a decision made in February to reduce four-credit hour classes to three-credit hours in the Photography Department, the Part-Time Faculty Association decided to take action against the college upon being told it would not be consulted in the matter, despite the impact t...

‘Due Date’ follows comedic roadmap

By Drew Hunt

November 4, 2010

Given the often formulaic nature of mainstream comedies, it only makes sense that Todd Phillips, director of last year’s breakaway hit “The Hangover,” would turn to one of Hollywood’s most tried and true genres: the road movie. Ever since Clark Gable wooed Claudette Colbert in “It Happened One Night,” moviegoers have remained transfixed by the expansive nature of the open highway and how it pertains to a sort of A...

Part-time faculty seeks new leadership

By Drew Hunt

November 1, 2010

While contract negotiations between the college and the Part-Time Faculty Association continue, an election will be held Nov. 19 to appoint new members to the association’s Steering Committee. According to Joseph Laiacona, part-time instructor in the Interactive Arts and Media Department and current vice president of P-Fac, what is normally an intelligible process has been met with contention as he and a group of adjunc...

‘Poetry can save lives’

By Drew Hunt

October 25, 2010

Senior cultural studies major Olivia Cole received first place in the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards. The contest is sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to abolishing nuclear weapons and increasing international law concerning nuclear arms.The poetry award is given to a writer the foundation thinks best exhibits this ethos and illuminates positive visions of peace.Cole, who was awarded $1,000 for her first-place poem, “Earth, 1945,” said she was excited t...

Pay increase leaves some behind

By Drew Hunt

October 25, 2010

Amid ongoing salary negotiations between Columbia’s administration and the part-time faculty and staff unions, President Warrick L. Carter announced a 1 percent pay increase for all full-time faculty and non-union staff effective Nov. 15. Full-time faculty and non-union staff will also receive a one-time bonus of 1 percent on Dec. 15.Members of the United Staff of Columbia College, the union representing a majority of college staff, as ...

Broadly scoped biopic a winner

By Drew Hunt

October 25, 2010

The new film from Parisian-born Olivier Assayas is based on the true story of Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, also known as Carlos the Jackal. He was a global terrorist—a man who left his mark on many countries—yet it was undoubtedly his worldly extravagance that drew Assayas to this story.Throughout his filmography, Assayas illustrates how cultures often meld together. He sees the once expansive nature of our world as a place currentlywithout borders.Already proven a filmmaker unconcerned with provinciality, ...

Chicago sees the big pictures

By Drew Hunt

October 18, 2010

127 Hours--3/5The new film from Danny Boyle,“127 Hours,” chronicles the plight of one Aron Ralston, and the filmmaker’s frenetic style has once again taken the place of adequate pathos—but because it was only a matter of time before somebody gave this story the big screen treatment, we can credit Boyle for at least being the quickest to the punch. You know Ralston’s story even if you don’t recognize the name—he...

Columbia Night spotlights succesful grads

By Drew Hunt

October 18, 2010

In an event showcasing the finest in global cinema, the Chicago International Film Festival proved to have a vested interest in local filmmaking by hosting Columbia Night, a special program featuring two Columbia alumni’s work.Naveen Chathappuram and Michael David Lynch produced their respective films—the feature-length “Ca$h” and the short film “Swerve”—and each were in attendance at a private reception that was held before their films were screened.As a ...

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