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America should welcome more refugees

September 21, 2015

Germany made headlines Sept. 8 when Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the country is expected to spend $6.6 billion to welcome 800,000 refugees by the end of 2015. Merkel has insisted that the country’s borders remain open in light of Europe’s refugee crisis. Germany, which could accept up to an additional 500,000 refugees in future years, has committed to absorbing more refugees than any other European Union nation.Sweden h...

‘Synaesthetica’ dissolves boundaries, expands understanding

‘Synaesthetica’ dissolves boundaries, expands understanding

September 14, 2015

“Synaesthetica” is an art installation by Chicago artist Stevie Hanley, which will be on display until Nov. 15 at The International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive. The exhibit in...

Initiative benefits students across gender spectrum

September 14, 2015

Columbia is known by its students for its diversity and inclusiveness—a reputation the college will strengthen this fall as the Office of Multicultural Affairs launches its Gender Inclusive Initiative across campus.Some parts of the initiative existed prior to this academic year, such as allowing informal name change requests and providing a limited number of all-gender restrooms on campus, but the initiative will expand tho...

Notable Native: Aaron Wolf

Notable Native: Aaron Wolf

September 14, 2015

Aaron Wolf grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, where he spent most of his childhood outdoors. After studying business at DePaul University, Wolf knew he did not want to spend his time in an office cubicle bu...

Religious exemptions from work have a limit

September 14, 2015

ExpressJet flight attendant Charee Stanley recently filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after being suspended for a year without pay following a co-worker’s complaint about having to assume one of her duties. Stanley, an observant Muslim, had previously approached her supervisor and said she could not serve alcohol because of her religious beliefs. According to Stanley, the supervisor told...

Sexual assault bill ensures sensitivity

By Editorial Board

September 8, 2015

From the retracted Rolling Stone article about an alleged rape at the University of Virginia  to TIME Magazine dubbing sexual violence on campus a “crisis” on its May 2014 cover, the frequency of sexual assaults at colleges and universities has remained a controversial topic in the media in recent years. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while attendi...

Exit survey signals need for more student feedback

By Editorial Board

September 8, 2015

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness has released results from an exit survey that was emailed to graduating students last spring. The survey, available on the website of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, included questions regarding the college’s faculty, curriculum and technology, as well as its reputation with working professionals and how well it prepares graduates for the workplace. The 2015 responses wer...

Professor balances two professional lives

Professor balances two professional lives

March 30, 2015

Columbia prides itself on faculty members who work professionally in their field in addition to teaching. Theatre professor Brian Shaw embodies that ideal with an acting career that features both stage and scr...

Real emotions run deep in ‘Coming Out Simulator 2014’ video game

Real emotions run deep in ‘Coming Out Simulator 2014’ video game

By Colin McInerney

March 2, 2015

“Coming Out Simulator 2014” is exactly what the title implies. Those who have never experienced the very personal process of coming out as gay or bisexual can now get a sense of what the experience e...

Metra goes mobile with app payment method

Metra goes mobile with app payment method

March 2, 2015

Metra is scheduled to release a mobile ticket-purchasing system early this summer, allowing riders to pay from their smartphones and other mobile devices. To promote the upcoming app, Metra is increa...

Dry campus a wet blanket

By Editorial Board

February 16, 2015

Columbia proudly touts itself as a “dry campus”—drinking, possessing or distributing alcohol is strictly prohibited on campus and at college-sponsored events held off campus, unless the college’s administration approves otherwise. While the college’s dry campus policy means well, it is a laughable and barely enforceable policy at best.The Chronicle in no way condones underage drinking or providing alcohol to minors...

Trauma center drama trumps Obama

By Editorial Board

February 2, 2015

In light of the University of Chicago’s bid for the Barack Obama Presidential Library, some South Side residents and community organizers have opted to use the bid as a platform to discuss the area’s deafening lack of an adult trauma center. Protesters chant “No trauma, no ‘bama,” demanding the university reopen its Level 1 trauma center rather than pursue a presidential library. U of C’s Medical Center close...

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