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Students bring the ‘HEAT’ with comedy musical

Students bring the ‘HEAT’ with comedy musical

November 15, 2019

During his sophomore year of high school, Martin Brablec had the idea for a comedy musical he said would “push a lot of lines.” Now, in his senior year of college, alongside senior cinema art and science ...

Meet The Chronicle’s fiercest competition: The Black Sheep

Meet The Chronicle’s fiercest competition: The Black Sheep

October 18, 2019

At 2 a.m., one of the members of The Black Sheep Columbia is filmed drunkenly eating a stranger’s food off the Chicago Transit Authority train floor. Later, he pulls a thread of floss from a fast food ...

Make Memes Great Again: dark, divisive and dank

Make Memes Great Again: dark, divisive and dank

December 11, 2017

Seated behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump signs an executive order with much fanfare, but when he holds up the document, it shows a hand-drawn cat, labeled “kat.” Videos borrow a clip from Hillary Clinton’s carefully crafted campaign announce...

National poetry month reinvigorates literary passion

National poetry month reinvigorates literary passion

April 14, 2017

Huddled in the aisles of After-Words Bookstore, 23 E. Illinois St., poets and listeners came together April 13 in celebration of National Poetry Month. Illinois State Poetry Society and Poets & Patron...

Senate to vote on workload group’s document

Senate to vote on workload group’s document

March 13, 2017

Faculty Senate will vote on the Workload Workgroup’s latest research document before final approval, according to a decision at its March 10 meeting. The senate also welcomed the college’s first ombudsperson and the new senior vice president of Business Affairs and CFO to discuss...

The Goldbergs’ Jeff Garlin speaks to Columbia students | The Columbia Chronicle

November 2, 2015

Actor and comedian Jeff Garlin visited Film Row Cinema at 1104 S. Wabash Ave. for a Q&A session with students on Oct. 27. Garlin, who is a Chicago native, gave students many laughs and shared how he ...

US of CC members oppose merit-based pay system

US of CC members oppose merit-based pay system

November 2, 2015

More than 40 members of the United Staff of Columbia College, the college’s staff union, gathered Oct. 28 in the 600 S. Michigan Ave. Building to discuss a merit-based pay system which the administr...

Mayor Emanuel presents Chicago budget proposal

Mayor Emanuel presents Chicago budget proposal

September 28, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented his 2016 budget proposal to the City Council on Sept. 22, unveiling a record proposed property tax hike, a new monthly garbage collection fee of $9.50 and what he claims are $...

Internet Cat Video  Festival will land on its feet in Chicago

Internet Cat Video Festival will land on its feet in Chicago

September 8, 2015

Cat videos, adoptable cats and a personal appearance by a celebrity cat will highlight the third annual Internet Cat Video Festival, scheduled for Sept. 19 at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave...

Professional party games amuse in Wrigleyville

Professional party games amuse in Wrigleyville

September 8, 2015

Audience members wait with bated breath for the climax of Nick Bernardi’s story about sleeping with someone after knowing her for only an hour. When the punch line is delivered, the floor shakes...

Windy City bows to hilarious ‘Broad City Live’ performance

Windy City bows to hilarious ‘Broad City Live’ performance

November 17, 2014

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson may be known for their Comedy Central show, the hilarious and critically acclaimed comedy “Broad City,” but they proved their unlimited array of talent Nov. 12 at Linco...

Keep Lucas museum on Lake Michigan

By Opinions Editor

September 2, 2014

A June 24 announcement that George Lucas, creator of the “Star Wars” series, plans to pursue a Museum Campus location for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has sparked debate between Lucas enthusiasts and environmentalists.Mayor Rahm Emanuel has voiced his support for the museum, which is expected to generate $2 to $2.2 billion over a 10-year period in tourism revenue. Lucas will fund the museum’s site’s $2 million environmental clean-up and construction process, according to the article on pages 22-23. However, environmentalists are concerned that the possible pollutants underneath the site will be harmful when exposed, and the construction of the museum will violate a 1973 ordinance outlawing private development along the lakefront.It has been suggested by Friends of the Parks, an organization that works to protect Chicago’s parks, that Lucas move his museum to a different site in Chicago, possibly to a South or West Side neighborhood where blighted communities could benefit from the addition. However, because Lucas is funding the museum and any clean up, his wishes should be respected or Chicago could risk losing out on a significant economic booster and a unique cultural institution housing Lucas’ extensive collection of art.Those opposed to the Museum Campus site, such as Friends of the Parks, are not looking at the bigger picture. Friends of the Parks is concerned that the lakefront will be too congested and lack open space, according to a May 20 Friends of the Parks press release. However, the site of the potential museum is currently located on Solider Field and McCormick Place parking lots. While tailgating Bears fans enjoy the lots, they are not there to enjoy the view of Lake Michigan. Lucas also plans on including landscaping and a pedestrian bridge, according to a July 28 museum press release.The unearthing of potentially carcinogenic pollutants remaining from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871–detected by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency beneath the lots–has also concerned some environmentalists. The toxic residue of the Chicago Fire should not prevent Chicago from accepting a museum, especially because many buildings have been erected in the surrounding area since 1871 without apparent ill effect. Environmental cleanup is a normal part of construction in Chicago—many of the city’s neighborhoods are built atop old industry sites.If the city wants to fully reap the benefits from the museum, it is imperative that the museum be a part of the Museum Campus instead of placing it in another neighborhood. The Chicago City Pass, a popular tourist purchase, allows access to the three Museum Campus institutions—the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum—for up to 30 days. Because the museums are located close together, visitors can easily jump from one museum to another. If Lucas’ museum is built too far from the Museum Campus, tourists may pass up on the institution.Big plans often necessitate some sacrifices, and the concerns environmentalists have are not without merit, but Lucas’ promise to assume all of the financial responsibilities for the museum can only benefit a city that desperately needs the money. Chicago cannot afford to lose the museum, but Lucas can afford to lose Chicago.

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