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State takeover will not fix CPS

February 1, 2016

On Jan. 20, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, along with Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, proposed a state takeover plan for Chicago Public Schools, according to a Jan. 20 Chicago Sun-Times article. The proposed takeover plan includes replacing the current mayor-appointed school board, weakening the Chicago Teachers Union’s bargaining power and allowing CPS to file...

Greg Fenton, founder of Red Shelf, said that the company’s attitude toward content distribution is like Netflix for textbooks and educational material.

RedShelf platform promotes educational innovation

January 25, 2016

New print editions of textbooks are typically released every few years, but digital content distributor Red Shelf allows publishers to update their textbooks every semester based on the information students...

Alumnus takes on “American Idol”

Zach Joseph Wcislo, a 2012 music alumnus, received a “golden ticket” at his Denver audition for the 15th and final season of “American Idol.” 

By Associate Editor

January 25, 2016

Zach Joseph Wcislo, a singer-song- writer from the Chicago suburbs and 2012 music alumnus, transferred to Columbia in 2010 from Eastern Illinois University to further his music studies.Wcislo works in constru...

Alumni not paid for Story Week

Alumni not paid for Story Week

December 14, 2015

As one of the alumni quoted in “R.I.P Story Week,” I need to address an issue raised by the letter to the editor from Courtney Zellars regarding Story Week (Nov. 3).  Ms. Zellars states: “T...

‘Columbia Core’ should retain college’s values

By Editorial Board

December 14, 2015

Unlike many colleges and universities, Columbia encourages students to begin taking classes required for their major during their first semester of attendance. Students also take a 42-hour Liberal Arts & Sciences core to supplement their major’s courses. “It was important we establish a strong liberal arts core, and we have done that,” Senior Vice President and Provost Stan Wearden told The Chronicle in an Oct. ...

Education bill should aid disadvantaged students

By Editorial Board

December 7, 2015

ince George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 into law, it has been heavily criticized by teachers, education leaders and parents for overtesting students, limiting teachers’ freedom to modify curricula and inadequately measuring student success. Lawmakers hope to revise NCLB through the Every Student Succeeds Act, released on Nov. 30. The House of Representatives and the Senate will vote on the Every Stu...

The Lathrop Homes located between Bucktown and Roscoe Village has been around since 1937 but is now slated for redevelopment.

Locals urge for more public housing on city’s North Side

November 30, 2015

Low-income residents and families throughout Illinois are struggling to find affordable housing because of increasingly long waiting lists and cuts to existing public housing units.A November 2015 report by ...

Story Week ends without proper communication of its conclusion

By Editor-in-Chief

November 23, 2015

“Author the culture of your time,” is one of many slogans Columbia repeatedly touts at its orientations and open houses, but what serves as arguably the biggest opportunity for students to do just that has been quietly canceled. Freshmen and transfer students, along with Chicago’s devoted literary community, will miss one of Columbia’s most celebrated events this spring. For the last 19 years, Columbia students a...

Director Philip Swift, and filmmakers Emily Strong and Brent Bandemer all were surprised at the amount of support they received in Chicago for their documentaries.

Documentary details Disney’s freaks and geeks

November 23, 2015

Filmmaker Philip B. Swift’s latest documentary, “The Dark Side of Disney,” examines the subculture and sometimes scandalous goings-on at the family-oriented resort in Orlando, Florida.The documentary ta...

Angie McMahon, executive director at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport Ave., said if the “50 Shades of Grey in 50 Minutes” show does well, it might return after the second run of “Porn Minus Porn.”

New comedy show gives ‘Fifty Shades’ a cold shower

November 23, 2015

Comedy lovers can witness a live retelling of “Fifty Shades of Grey” sans the sex scenes at Under The Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport Ave., as a holiday spin-off of the theater’s popular show “Porn Min...

Document-based history education necessary

By Opinions Editor

November 16, 2015

This academic year, millions of elementary, middle and high school students are enrolled in American history classes. Depending on the politics of their state department of education or local school board, they may learn about how Christopher Columbus discovered America and how a bit over a century later, a friendship between Native Americans and English settlers resulted in the first Thanksgiving dinner. Attempts at making hi...

Fans question Beyoncé’s LGBT community support

By Managing Editor

November 9, 2015

Voters in Houston failed to approve a proposed equal rights ordinance Nov. 3 that would have marked an LGBT victory in the state of Texas.The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance  (HERO) would have prohibited discrimination based on a number of characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity. However, the bill failed to pass after 62 percent of the public voted against it.Opponents of gay marriage used fear tact...

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