The Columbia Chronicle

Go green or die

By Editorial Board

November 26, 2012

For those of you who haven’t jumped on the “going green” bandwagon, sooner or later you may want to reconsider.Talk of a carbon dioxide emissions tax has been circulating in Congress for the last few years, and Superstorm Sandy has brought environmental issues to the forefront once again.The carbon tax addresses the issue of climate change on a macro scale. It would charge large companies for every metric ton of carbo...

Environmental conference appeals to youth

By Brandon Smith

November 19, 2012

Nature enthusiasts from across the country gathered in Chicago on Nov. 15 to exchange ideas about how to make the citymore eco-friendly.The Chicago Wilderness Alliance, a group of regional environmental organizations, held its biannual congress at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, where it hosted hundreds of panels on topics ranging from climate change and sustainable design to K-12...

Household income may determine likelihood of receiving medical attention

By Kyle Rich

November 12, 2012

Neighborhoods often influence an individual’s character and lifestyle, and a new study shows that certain community factors can also determine the likelihood of a bystander helping someone in amedical emergency.Researchers observed 29 U.S. cities, not including Chicago, in conducting the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Oct. 25. The study found that those who live in high-income, predominately white...

Lupe visits campus

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 8, 2012

In his earlier performances as a junior in high school, Lupe Fiasco enjoyed being a showman and pumping up the crowd. During a talent show, he sat on stage with a notebook and pretended to write an already finished rap to keep hisaudience engaged.Less than a decade later, Fiasco, 30, still has the ability to hold the crowd’s attention. He did just that when he spoke with Columbia students Oct. 1 about his career, life and late...

Regenerative design goes beyond sustainability

By Brandon Smith

October 1, 2012

The Sustainable Sites Initiative, a collaborative group dedicated to creating voluntary national guidelines and performance ratings for land design, construction and maintenance across the country, recently certified 11 of its sustainable landscape projects.The initiative is an example of how the combination of architecture, sustainability and business models can promote the idea that regenerative landscapes are an integral part of a community’s well-being, according to Lisa Storer, program coordina...

Toxic pollution plagues Village of DePue for 17 years

By Kaley Fowler

October 1, 2012

Seventeen years have passed since the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency ordered two major corporations to clean up 950 acres of toxic pollution in the Village of DePue, yet thousands of tons of hazardous waste remain in the small Illinois town.Since closing in 1989, the remains of a zinc smelting plant have been reduced to a 750,000-ton slag pile in the center of the town of 1,800 people—most of whom are of the l...

Chicago residents’ newest neighbors

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 10, 2012

A mild winter and poor garbage upkeep throughout the city’s neighborhoods have led to a dramatic increase in Chicago’s brown rat population, according to Chicago ecologists.Complaints to City Hall have risen drastically, forcing crews to respond more quickly to 311 calls regarding the rat problem. Calls this year have risen from 12,375 in 2011 to 15,895—a 28 percent increase, according to Matt Smith, spokesman for th...

‘Goddamn, Mitt’ pokes fun at Romney in new Second City play

By Trevor Ballanger

September 10, 2012

Presidential candidates are scrutinized by the media to within an inch of their privacy. Little is left to the imagination as every secret and misdeed is unearthed and revealed to the masses. Things can get especially scathing if a pair of comedic writers willing to use politics for comedy get their hands on it.Jordan Pedersen and Christian McCann met while studying in the writing program at The Second City. McCann said h...

Recycling Program a victim of prioritization

By Tyler Davis

September 4, 2012

The formerly student-run Recycling Program will be seeing some staffing changes this year. Students will no longer be sorting recyclable materials, a task that will now be performed by the school’s custodial staff. The program was created by students and will still have student involvement, but it remains uncertain whether they will continue to have a say in how recycling is carried outon campus.Students started the recy...

Droppin’ $cience, then and now

By Alexandra Kukulka

April 2, 2012

“Scuba diving!” yells someone in the audience.  A member of Droppin’ $cience, Columbia’s improv troupe, steps onto center stage and acts like a crab at the bottom of the ocean. Another player recognizes this and becomes a scuba diver looking at the deep-sea creature. Others respond as fishermen and other ocean animals.This was the final scene Droppin’ $cience performed at the National College Improv Tournament held ...

Bad medicine for meat

By Emily Fasold

January 30, 2012

Meat is a dietary staple for many Americans and often the centerpiece of barbeques, potlucks and family functions. However, new data confirmed by the Food and Drug Administration shows that 80 percent of antimicrobial drugs made in the U.S. end up in meat, meaning you might want to think twice before sinking your teeth into a burger.Earlier this month, the FDA banned the routine use of cephalosporin antibiotics in livestock feed, but r...

Magic and mystery, Chicago’s history

By Sophia Coleman

January 23, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, come one, come all to see the spectacle and wonder that Chicago’s magic history revealed.From the full service magic shop, Magic Inc., 5082 N. Lincoln Ave., to one of Chicago’s oldest restaurants, O’Donovan’s, 2100 W. Irving Park Road, it is no secret that sleight of hand is alive and well in the city.“[The magic scene] is very strong,” said Jay Collen, a magician and demonst...

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