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Prison reform bill keeps jobs locked up

By Editorial Board

October 19, 2015

One in four of the world’s prisoners are incarcerated in the U.S., yet the U.S. only comprises 5 percent of the world’s total population. The disproportionately high number of prisoners in the U.S. can be attributed to its unusually harsh punishments for nonviolent offenders—particularly those convicted of drug charges.In early October, a bipartisan group of legislators led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-...

Kane’s presence on ice sends conflicting message to fans

By Editorial Board

October 12, 2015

During the NHL offseason, Blackhawks fans were shocked when beloved left wing Brandon Saad departed in a trade to the Columbus Blue Jackets. A few weeks later, veteran forward Patrick Sharp was traded to the Dallas Stars after more than a decade in Chicago. However, the most controversial change to the team’s roster is the one the Blackhawks did not make–they kept Patrick Kane.The star right wing is under investigation...

Education, prioritization can reduce local heroin abuse

By Editorial Board

October 12, 2015

Chicago’s heroin epidemic received nationwide attention after 74 overdoses were reported Sept. 29–Oct. 2. Generally, heroin addiction is seen as a crime problem, but this incident highlights it as a public health problem as well that requires public health solutions.The overdoses, which were primarily reported on Chicago’s West Side, are being attributed to a batch of heroin cut with the painkiller fentanyl, making the...

A sample of saffron, the spice sold at Rumi Spice.

Army veterans sell Afghan saffron in Chicago

October 12, 2015

Kimberly Jung and Emily Miller have a lot in common­­—U.S. Army service in Afghanistan, education at West Point and Harvard—and are now business partners.Jung and Miller are two of the co-founders of...

The Wilson Red Line Stop renovation is starting to have a negative impact on local business.

Red Line construction hits Uptown businesses hard

October 12, 2015

For Joseph Uchima, the owner of Ace Hardware, located at 4654 N. Broadway, the renovation of the Wilson Avenue Red Line stop may be good for the neighborhood in the long run, but the effect on his bot...

Controversial college admissions platform has vague intentions

By Editorial Board

October 9, 2015

More than two million high school seniors are expected to apply to college in the next few months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly half of those students will use the Common Application togain admission.. However, the Coalition for Access, Affordability & Success, composed of more than 80 public and private colleges and universities, plans to introduce a new application and “recast the college admissio...

President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim said he encourages students to bring forward their voices in the MAP grant issue to capture the legislature’s attention.

More than 1,000 students waiting for MAP grant funding

October 5, 2015

The state of Illinois has been operating without a budget since July 1, causing uncertainty as to how the state-funded Monetary Award Program grants will be funded for students in colleges across the state, i...

No tact in P-Fac’s no confidence vote

By Editorial Board

October 5, 2015

The results of a vote of no confidence in the current administration, approved by 85 percent of the college’s part-time faculty union was announced on Sept. 25, as reported in the Front Page story. A vote of no confidence demonstrates that P-Fac no longer finds the administration and the Board of Trustees suitable to govern the college.Voting, which initially opened June 24, was extended twice during the summer to include non...

Jeff Awards recognizes Columbia talent

Laurel Vogel, a senior theatre major, was nominated for the 2015 Equity Jeff Awards for her role in the ensemble of the Hypocrite Theater's production of

By Campus Reporter

October 2, 2015

More than a dozen alumni and faculty and a current student from Columbia's Theatre Department have been nominated for this year's Equity Jeff Awards, an annual award that recognizes excellence in Chicago...

College enrollment declines by nearly 500, new student rates up

By Campus Editor

September 28, 2015

columbia’s recently announced fall 2015 enrollment shows a decline for the sixth consecutive year with nearly 500 fewer students total from the data reported from the Fall 2014 Semester, despite an increase in reported new students, according to a Sept. 25 emailed announcement from Senior Vice President and Provost Stan Wearden.The college saw a 5 percent decrease in total enrollment during the last year—the number of s...

Rising city rent prices hurt students, artists

By Editorial Board

September 28, 2015

Chicago has always enjoyed a reputation for being one of America’s largest cities still offering a lower cost-of-living and affordable rents. However, Chicago was recently ranked the seventh most expensive city in the world by the Swiss global financial firm UBS. Tokyo and Paris  trailed Chicago, while New York City topped the list. The rankings, published every three years, evaluate 71 international cities based on t...

Oh my, good ol’ sweet potato pie

By Jessica Scott

September 21, 2015

I love sweet potato pie!  I hate to say this, but it is my favorite food.  Sweet potato pie reminds me of Thanksgiving, spending time with my family and friends back home on the East Coast and good ol’ home cooking.Hold on a minute though, I do not eat sweet potato pie only on Thanksgiving Day—oh no, sweet potato pie is eaten throughout the year.  You know how some people only eat the typical Thanksgiving food on Thanks...

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