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College takes runway in local fashion competition

Alumnus Alexander Knox won the Chicago Fashion Foundation’s annual fashion competition last year while he was a student. This year, eight Columbia students will compete.

By Lauren Kostiuk

March 30, 2015

Following months of preparation, eight Columbia students will participate in Chicago Fashion Foundation’s 8th Annual Fashion Design Competition and Fashion Show.Fourteen fashion students from across ...

Lead singer Leah Wellbaum, bassist Kyle Bann and drummer Will Gorin form the Brooklyn-based rock trio Slothrust, who draws its influence from bands like Nirvana.

Slothrust brings ‘Juice’ to grunge sound

February 16, 2015

Slothrust, a Brooklyn-based trio consisting of lead singer and guitarist Leah Wellbaum, bassist Kyle Bann and drummer Will Gorin, infuses Nirvana-like raw emotion while putting its own original spin on the g...

Athlete Profile: Jonathan Jackson

Athlete Profile: Jonathan Jackson

March 10, 2014

Despite a season-ending injury last year, Chicago native and Indiana State University senior Jonathan Jackson won first place in the 800-meter sprint at the Missouri Valley Conference 2014 Indoor Tra...

March Against Poverty

By Jessica Mattison

December 3, 2012

Workers on Michigan Ave get paid a low wage of $8.25 an hour. This is not enough to support their families, so they are coming together to form a union. They are requesting that their wage be raised to $15 an hour because they believe the corporations they work for can afford that.

Empires conquer Lolla’s storm

By Sophia Coleman

August 9, 2012

Local rock band Empires knows a thing or two about close calls.Aug. 4 started out as a sunny second day of Lollapalooza, where the band—comprised of Tom Conrad, guitarist, Sean Van Vleet, vocalist, and Max Steger, guitarist and producer—was scheduled to play at 4 p.m. But a sudden rainstorm and evacuation of the fest made the likelihood of a performance seem bleak.“Our set is cancelled,” Empire tweeted. “Nothing we...

Who’s your radical?

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 7, 2011

by Pamela McKuenJournalism and first-year seminar adjunct professorI grew up in a place where dreams ran small: rain for the corn crops, a win for the high school basketball team on Friday night and a blue ribbon for the dress I entered in the 4-H fair. Few women worked outside the home. If anything, they were teachers, nurses or secretaries. My father resisted, but my mother got a job as a typist so I could go to college. That’s where I discovered Cosmopolitan magazine and thewomen’s movement.These entities aren’t as oppositional as they might seem. My radical, Helen Gurley Brown, was the longtime editor-in-chief of Cosmo, as the publication is affectionately known to readers. But she didn’t start out that way. She spent many years as a secretary and a copywriter before authoring the then-sensational and best-selling “Sex and the Single Girl” in 1962. Three years later, she took the helm of Cosmopolitan, and she steered it for 32 years.Brown, who married when she was 37, celebrated women and the single lifestyle. She urged us to pursue big careers, to be financially independent, and to enjoy sex and lots of it—but only when we chose to, and when fully protected. She championed birth control when it was frowned-on and abortion when it was illegal. She promoted inner strength and outer beauty.Unlike her bra-burning contemporaries and often scorned by them, she delivered her message of freedom and choice while dressed in Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses and high-heeled pumps. And no one from my generation will forget the infamous nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan of actor and heart-throb Burt Reynolds, with one hand delicately draped in front of his delicates.The magazine was, for many years, my personal instruction manual in both life and eyeliner application. When I launched my career as an independent journalist, I took its encouragement to heart. Yes, you can do this, it said issue after issue. I came to believe.In more ways than one, my life has paralleled that of my radical. I, too, was a secretary and a copywriter. I went on to write magazine and newspaper features, and have been published in dozens of national and regional consumer, trade, association and special interest publications. I marched for abortion rights in Washington, D.C., with the National Organization for Women. I compiled a stock portfolio and bought a sports car. I wore stilettos. Then I got married.

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