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Health clinic suspends testing

By Lisa Schulz

February 27, 2012

Students who missed celebrating February as National Condom Month can still receive testing for sexually transmitted diseases, but they’ll have to travel off-campus and possibly pay their own way.For the first time in five years, the Student Health Center in the Residence Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court, posted a notice that HIV and STD testing was suspended for the spring 2012 semester because of budget cuts from the free ...

The Chicagoan reimagined

By Trevor Ballanger

February 27, 2012

Buried under years of history, a beacon of Chicago’s promising early industrialism lay hidden. Decades later, it would be uncovered and resurrected as a luxury for the 21st century.That is until Neil Harris, author of “Chicagoan: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age,” stumbled upon it. Harris, a professor at the University of Chicago, said he was browsing through stacks of published works at the library when he came acro...

2012: The Year of Nostalgia

By Drew Hunt

February 20, 2012

A lot has been written and said about the Academy Awards over the years, and it’s safe to say that the breadth of the ongoing conversation makes plenty of room for people with diverging opinions. I find there are three distinct zones of Oscar appreciation: Oscar Devotees, who hold annual viewing parties, serve relatively inexpensive champagne and predict the nominees in hopes of winning some sort of office pool; Middle-O...

Renegades avoid Hawks comeback

By Nader Ihmoud

February 20, 2012

The Renegades basketball team is undefeated and as professional as ever.The team defeated the Illinois Institute of Technology Hawks 83-74 Feb. 12, but for Head Coach Joseph Phillips, victory was not enough.Heading into the second half, the Renegades had a 19-point lead after a 9-0 run to end the first half. The dominance did not end there. The team eventually built a 30-point lead against the Hawks during the 20 minutes of...

‘Billion Dollar’ talk with Tim & Eric

By Sophia Coleman

February 13, 2012

They’ve made you laugh. They’ve made you cry. And they probably have made you barf in your mouth a little.Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have never been the kind of comedians eager to appeal to a mainstream audience. Since 2007, the comedic duo has been the kings of uncomfortable, crude comedy with “Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, which served as the perfect platform for ...

The Real Pinball Wizards

By Trevor Ballanger

February 13, 2012

In most dark arcades and bars is the uncharacteristically bright corner past the pool tables where a pinball machine sits waiting to be played.It doesn’t take a fan of The Who or Jodie Foster to realize these mechanical games have made a mark on pop culture history. So it makes sense that as the home of pinball, Chicago has one of the last remaining manufacturers of the classic game, Stern Pinball Inc., 2020 Janice Ave. in...

‘Tim and Eric’ hit the silver screen

By Drew Hunt

February 13, 2012

Fans of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (better known as Tim and Eric) have reasons to celebrate as “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” (shortened by Wareheim and Heidecker to simply “B$M”), is currently available via Video on Demand.The film’s loose, barely-there plot—it’s got something to do with Tim and Eric operating a decrepit and mostly abandoned mall in order to make a billion dollars to pay for the...

Peasant life in black and white

By Drew Hunt

February 7, 2012

One of last year’s best films, The Turin Horse,” will finally have its U.S. release. Reportedly the final work of Hungarian director Béla Tarr, the film begins with an opening narration that describes a time in 1899 when Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed a cantankerous cabbie whipping the defenseless horse that pulled his carriage after stepping out of his home in Turin, Italy. After putting an end to the violence, it is sai...

Blue Demons blows big lead, loses game

By Nader Ihmoud

February 6, 2012

The DePaul University Blue Demons have 11 wins, the most since the team’s 2007–2008 season, but that did not translate into a win Feb. 1 against St. John’s University’s Red Storm.The Demons lost 87-81 to the New York-based team after building a 12-point lead and permitting only 28 percent shooting in the first half.“[Our] defense in the first half compared to the second half [was] night and day,” said DePaul Head Coach Ol...

Smooches for charity

By Trevor Ballanger

February 6, 2012

Cupid’s arrow has hit a soft spot in the heart of Chicagoans, who on Valentine’s Day will be taking a shot at charity—with a kiss.Studio Paris, 59 W. Hubbard St., will be rolling out the red carpet for a fundraiser event on Feb. 14 to support the Primo Center in ending homelessness in women and children. There’s no reason a little generosity for fellow man can’t come with some recreational mouth-to-mouth in the pro...

Haunted inn, mixed results

By Drew Hunt

February 1, 2012

In Ti West’s latest film “The Innkeepers,” slackers-cum-ghost hunters Claire and Luke (Sarah Paxton and Pat Healy) spend their last weekend of employment in a going-out-of-business hotel making a last-ditch attempt to contact its ghoulish inhabitant. This pseudo haunted house film is something of a companion piece to West’s ’80s throwback, “The House of the Devil,” boasting a similarly idiosyncratic take on genre...

Farhadi’s film a house divided

By Drew Hunt

January 23, 2012

From its opening scene, moral responsibility is at the center of “A Separation,” an Iranian film that chronicles the fallout of a husband and wife and the residual damage that accumulates thereafter. Simin (Leila Hatami) sits before a judge, requesting a divorce from her husband Nader (Peyman Moadi) on the grounds that he refuses to accompany her and their daughter to Europe, where Simin believes a better life awaits ...

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