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“The Third Man” revived at Music Box Theatre

By Drew Hunt

November 28, 2011

As part of its ongoing Weekend Matinee series, The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., is screening “The Third Man,” a classic noir directed by Carol Reed, written by Graham Greene and starring Orson Welles. The 1949 film stands as one of the masterpieces of post-war cinema, emerging at a time when most of Europe was still decimated by the effects of World War II.Ethereal cinematography and a decidedly bleak, p...

America’s biggest problem: itself

By Matt Watson

November 28, 2011

In an unsurprising act, Congress’ Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction failed to meet its Nov. 21 deadline for drafting a plan to shave more than $1.2 trillion off the federal deficit in the next decade. The committee had months of time to deliberate and the specter of more than $1 trillion in random cuts to defense and non-defense spending hanging over its head as motivation. These politicians had the opportunity to sa...

‘Sexting’ scandal needs more insight

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 28, 2011

School administrators have been making the news frequently these last few months, and not in a good way. Specifically they’ve been accused of condoning or performing scandalous acts, such as rape, sexting and harassment. Why some feel the need to do these things is unclear, but then again, it is hard for any mentally dysfunctional person to explain the logic behind touching and harassing other people.The Chicago Tribune recen...

Director’s tribute to early cinema

By Drew Hunt

November 22, 2011

Set in Hollywood at the end of the 1920s and stylized like an old silent picture, “The Artist” emerged as something of a surprise on this year’s festival circuit. As a whimsical and nostalgic homage to early years of cinema, critics and filmgoers alike have taken a shine to the film’s fanciful depiction of an era that, despite its assumed antiquity, is as full of life as any other time in movie history.“The Artis...

Another shot for men’s basketball

By Lindsey Woods

November 14, 2011

Men’s basketball teams at Columbia have a history of fouling out and collapsing after problems like transportation arise. But one Columbia freshman is determined to revive the historically tumultuous program.Brian Byrd, music major and co-captain of the basketball team, is shooting for a Renegades men’s basketball team to start this semester and is optimistic about the interest thus far.“I’ve seen the passion in a lot ...

Helmets go head to head in study

By Nader Ihmoud

November 14, 2011

If it’s new, it must be better.But, playing organized football with 21st-century headgear may offer no more protection against concussion than old fashioned leatherheads.A study published on Nov. 4 in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, titled “Impact Test Comparison of 20th and 21st Century American Football Helmets,” found that the risk of head injury while wearing vintage leather helmets has not been improved upon by ...

Barnes, Williams set to lead UIC

By Lindsey Woods

November 14, 2011

The University of Illinois at Chicago Flames outplayed the Lake Forest College Foresters in their final exhibition game of the season on Nov. 8.Returning players Daniel Barnes, guard, and center Darrin Williams combined for 27 points in UIC’s definitive 57-33 win over the Division III Foresters.“It was a good win, but we’re never satisfied,” Barnes said. “We’re always striving to be better.”After an angry lock...

Payne, Clooney pair up for new film

By Drew Hunt

November 14, 2011

Even by his lofty standards, George Clooney is having a good year. His latest directorial effort, “The Ides of March,” is an entertaining if somewhat unsuccessful political thriller that has the added benefit of timeliness. His latest starring vehicle is “The Descendants,” a family drama/comedy filmed in Hawaii that finds the suave actor stepping out of his usual comfort zone.In the film, Clooney’s character, Ma...

The scramble for wards

By Editorial Board

November 14, 2011

Redistricting in Chicago reflects the city’s politics as a whole, which means it’s rarely clean or transparent. Despite losing approximately 200,000 residents in the 2010 Census, African-Americans are trying to hold on to 19 wards. Meanwhile, Latinos, the only major ethnic group whose population grew during the last 10 years, are fighting to attain 14 wards. Chinese residents would prefer that their enclave on the Nea...

Willis Tower Climb 2011

By Brent Lewis

November 9, 2011

Climbers took to the Willis Tower on Sundaty Nov. 6, 2011 to climb 103 floors which equals 2,109 steps to the Willis Tower Skydeck benefiting Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Hand cycles with virtual climbing screens were avilable for those who were unable to climb the stairwell. Last year the Chicago event raised more than $1,000,000 for the RIC, making it the #1 rehabilitation Hospital in America.[kml_flashembed publishm...

Cannabis Ticketing

By Vanessa Morton

November 7, 2011

A proposed ordinance, if enacted, would change the way Chicago regulates marijuana possession, potentially raising revenue for the city and allowing police to focus on more serious crimes.Alderman Danny Solis (25th Ward) introduced the ordinance at a City Council meeting on Nov. 2, which would, in effect, decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. The “marijuana ticketing ordinance” would allow police to ticket those caught ...

‘Into the Abyss’ dives deep

By Drew Hunt

November 7, 2011

Legendary German director Werner Herzog has spent the better part of a decade moving between narrative and documentary-style filmmaking. These days, it’s arguable that he’s better known for the latter, so it comes as no surprise that his newest film is another exploration of human behavior.The film, called “Into the Abyss,” profiles the aftermath of a triple homicide committed by death row inmate Michael Perry and his ...

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