The Columbia Chronicle

‘Looper’ an aesthetically dazzling disappointment

By Sam Flancher

October 1, 2012

The critical and commercial success of 2010’s “Inception” was a refreshing change of pace for many filmgoers. Love it or hate it, the film was something of an anomaly in modern Hollywood—a gamble on an original screenplay in an era of adaptations, sequels and reboots. Though hampered by expositional and structural faults, “Inception” ushered in something new. “Looper,” the latest film from director Rian Johnson (“Br...

Poetry program highlights student, faculty work

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 24, 2012

By Tyler Eagle Contributing WriterColumbia’s poetry program kicked off its annual reading series Sept. 19 at Stage Two in the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building.The readings highlighted the work of two poets, Jill Magi and Kenyatta Rogers, and drew a full audience of students from Columbia and other colleges. Both poets are currently visiting writers in the English Department.Magi a professor at Goddard College in Plainfield,...

Occupy Chicago denounces 2012 presidential candidates

By Kaley Fowler

September 10, 2012

With election season in full swing, attacks against both major political parties are abounding. While many are typically critical of either Democrats or Republicans, a recent Occupy Chicago protest brought together a group of individuals who denounce both political parties.On Sept. 4, the first day of the Democratic National Convention, approximately 100 protesters gathered at the corner of Jackson Boulevard and LaSall...

Taste of Charleston in Chicago

By Alex Stedman

September 10, 2012

The East Coast seafood, fresh vegetables and fluffy rice of Lowcountry cuisine can cause mouthwatering reactions, but Chicago hasn’t had a restaurant featuring this distinctive genre, until now.Mark Steuer, executive chef The Bedford, is opening the highly-anticipated Carriage House restaurant Sept. 18 at 1700 W. Division St in Wicker Park. Though Chicago has its fair share of Southern cuisine from restaurants such as B...

P-Fac wrestles administration

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

September 4, 2012

Two major developments in the ongoing battle between P-Fac, Columbia’s part-time faculty union, and the college administration were announced during summer break.The first was a July 31 National Labor Relations Board ruling that upheld P-Fac allegations of unfair labor practices against the college. The complaint concluded the college refused to bargain collectively about the effects of prioritization and new contracts fo...

Academic Team’s letter endorsed by Faculty Senate, Chairs Council

By Lindsey Woods

June 6, 2012

An open letter written by the Blueprint | Prioritization Academic Team in response to President Warrick L. Carter's prioritization recommendations has been officially endorsed by both the Faculty Senate and the Chairs Council. The letter was read by Suzanne Blum Malley, associate professor in the English Department and member of the Academic Team, at the listening forum held May 25. The Faculty Senate announced its endorsement in...

College campuses prep for NATO summit

By Sophia Coleman

May 17, 2012

With the beginnings of the NATO summit in motion, Columbia, Roosevelt University and other campuses in the South Loop are preparing for four days full of protests and thousands of people coming from around the globe.Columbia’s campus will close May 18 – 21, and security has been heightened in each college building. Security personnel have gone through an eight-hour specialized NATO training program, sponsored by Allied...

The gang’s all here

By Drew Hunt

April 30, 2012

When Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man” became a runaway hit, a few things happened: Robert Downey Jr. became America’s sweetheart; Marvel Studios pocketed millions dollars; and the possibility of an “Avengers” film was teased, sending the Internet into an outright tizzy. From there, Marvel was bought out by The Walt Disney Company, who proceeded to map out a series of films featuring numerous characters from the Marvel ...

Administration Frustration

By Alexandra Kukulka

April 23, 2012

A witness has alleged that she heard a top college official announce that he would like to “beat the s--t out of that girl” after a fractious confrontation in his office with a student seeking to get the college to install a green roof atop the Media Production Center, 1600 S. State St.Sophomore marketing communication major Toni Andreina said she was meeting with John Kavouris, associate vice president of Facilities &a...

Reclaiming Chicago’s Water: Officials plan water treatment plant improvements

By Chris Loeber

April 23, 2012

Built around a river that was once solely a means of industrial development and transportation, the city is taking steps to improve the quality of its waterways as officials hope to make them attractive for recreational use.The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago plans to install new technology at two local water treatment plants that will lead to cleaner waterways, including the Chicago River, by 2015...

Oscar loser still a winner

By Drew Hunt

April 23, 2012

When it comes to the Academy Awards, few categories are as controversial as Best Foreign Film. For starters, “Best Foreign Film” is something of a misnomer, as the award is seen more as recognition for the country as a whole, not for the film itself. Included in this year’s crop of nominees was Canada—a most curious selection—represented by the Montreal-set and –produced “Monsieur Lazhar.”Mohamed Fellag plays the titula...

Popular doc returns to Siskel

By Drew Hunt

April 18, 2012

Ferran Adria’s El Bulli is widely regarded as perhaps the most innovative and influential restaurant in history, specializing in a style of cooking known as molecular gastronomy. Adria’s essential idea was to deconstruct food as a concept and reorient the notion of cuisine as we know it. Sometimes, this led him to some radical departures His menu frequently included such curious items as “carrot air,” “potato foam gnocc...

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