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Uncooked: Chicago's first zero-waste dining experience opens in Fulton Market

Uncooked: Chicago’s first zero-waste dining experience opens in Fulton Market

August 13, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, I have found myself searching for food that is healthy, filling and easy to grab on the go because I like the convenience of take-out, and I also want to maintain soci...

Letter to the Editor: Five dollars' worth of free advice

Letter to the Editor: Five dollars’ worth of free advice

March 19, 2020

When I was 24, I had a cadaveric heart transplant. This puts me in the unique position of not only having faced a life-threatening illness but of having also spent three months unable to leave a small hosp...

To impossible and beyond: Consumers divided on wave of plant-based substitutes at food chains

To impossible and beyond: Consumers divided on wave of plant-based substitutes at food chains

January 1, 2020

Cieara Little, a 2019 alumna of DePaul University with a master's of fine arts in cinematography, is often busy and does not have the time to prepare food to eat. Little has to pick up something q...

Los Angeles musician Ariel Pink blows kisses to audience members in his spikey rhinestone stilettos,  Feb. 17 during his sold-out show at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St.

Ariel Pink shows strange on stage

February 23, 2015

On a night when Sleater-Kinney’s reunion show had just as much star power, Chicago’s rock misfits flocked to Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., for the sold-out performance of lo-fi rocker Ariel Pink...

How to stay fit and healthy this year

January 26, 2015

Losing weight and taking care of your body is hard work, but three Chicago trainers sat down with The Chronicle to discuss how people can get fit and stay healthy.How to reach the trainers:Nnamdi Ugbaj...

Police Profiling: Transgender People

City Council approves new police profiling ordinance

January 26, 2015

The Chicago City Council voted Jan. 21 to expand Chicago’s preexisting ban on police profiling to include “gender identity” and “national origin,” a move aimed at protecting the city’s tra...

Buried languages leave lifelong trace

Buried languages leave lifelong trace

By Assistant Sports & Health Editor and Contributing Writer

December 1, 2014

Languages that people are exposed to at a young age form circuits in the brain that the body does not forget, even if the individual does. The existence of this buried information persists after child...

To be Greek or not to be Greek

By Editor-in-Chief

December 1, 2014

The role that a formal Greek system plays on a college campus is often misrepresented with films like the airheaded “The House Bunny” and misogynistic, hypersexualized “Van Wilder,” Rather than highlight the philanthropic efforts or community building the groups can foster, sororities and fraternities tend to be viewed as party collectives filled with people more concerned with finding a good drink and someone to bed tha...

Akira’s Fashion Show 2014 “The Last Dimension” | The Columbia Chronicle

October 13, 2014

The Chronicle got a chance to attend Akira's 12th Annual Fashion Show at the Grossinger City Autoplex on Sept 5. Along with the fall trends from Akira we were able to speak with the CEO of Social Enjoym...

Liquid bandage

Researchers develop ‘smart’ bandage

October 13, 2014

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have created a new bandage that has the ability to estimate how fast a wound is healing.Conor Evans, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, said the resear...

Less sleep linked to lower grades

By Assistant Sports & Health Editor

October 6, 2014

A SEPT. 22 study from researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden found that students who sleep fewer than seven hours a night are at an increased risk of academic failure. Christian Benedict, an associ- ate professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Uppsala, along with other researchers, tested more than 20,000 students ages 12–19 and found that the reports of sleep disturbance and habitually sleeping for shorter periods of time were linked to a higher chance of students experiencing academic failures in school. Benedict said when students did not pass one subject in school, they were considered as having heightened risk of failure. But he said the team has not specified the particular subject in which the students failed. Benedict said previous studies have shown that sleep is integral to the ability to consolidate newly acquired memory. “[Sleep] plays an important role for your ability to gain [more] insight,” Benedict said. “If you expose yourself to a problem, it is quite effective to sleep afterwards because sleep promotes greater insight, [which] means [it] can help you to solve this problem.” Benedict said when people sleep, their brains can more easily filter out nonessential occurrences that happen during the day. “Sleep is an important piece when your brain has the chance to recover from all these daytime experiences that you have [been] exposed to,” Benedict said. “You recover from this, you downscale all the stuff [that] you [do] not really need that is not of relevance for your future behavior, and this allows you to also perform well the next day.” Benedict said youth today often use electronic devices, which cause major emotional engagement that reduces the ability to sleep. He said young people use smartphones to stay informed, but using the devices in their before-bed routines can impair their ability to fall asleep. Several Columbia students said they believe the lack of sleep negatively impacts students’ academic performance and more. Ibrahim Samra, a freshman journalism major, said he thinks it is vital that students get the proper amount of rest to ensure their academic performance will not be compromised. “[Students who] do not get enough sleep will be sleeping through their classes, and that will affect their focus, which will affect their grade,” Samra said. Samra said he has personally experienced the struggles that come with inadequate rest. During his sophomore year of high school, Samra said he did not get enough sleep, which was reflected in his academic performance. “I felt like the lack of sleep affected the way I performed, and when I had [good] sleep, I felt like I could perform well,” Samra said. “I was going through a tough moment, and [when] you can’t sleep and then [have to get up] the next day, it’s hard to perform because you don’t have that energy or the will.” Samra said he has learned to manage his schedule between school and work. “On school days, I usually try not to work,” Samra said. “I try to schedule to not have work on those days so I can stay focused and energized for the following day, but I usually work weekends.” Joseph Arenson, a freshman photography major, said he thinks adjusting to college right after high school is stressful. During this semester, Arenson said he missed the second day of his “Darkroom Dynamics” class because he did not get enough sleep the night before. He said if he gets the proper amount of rest throughout the night, then he is able to concentrate during school hours. Benedict said while the average person should sleep 7–8 hours, some people can still cope with less. “For the average person, you would say yes, they should sleep at least 7–8 hours, or if they are even slightly younger they should sleep 8–9 hours,” Benedict said. “But for an individual, it might even be that they can cope with shorter time periods.” He said that some people even can go to bed early in the evening and others tend to go to bed late in the evening based on their genetic background. “One issue is that school usually starts in the morning,” Benedict said. “So all those who have—based on their genetics—more late evening types of sleep habits have an issue because they have to get up in the morning and by this, you deprive them [of ] sleep.” Benedict said getting proper rest will help keep students focused and enable their brains to function properly. “A regular good night’s sleep will help you to keep memories and to keep your brain healthy,” he said. 

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American Heart Association advocates for e-cigarette regulation

September 8, 2014

The American Heart Association released its first policy on e-cigarettes Aug. 24, stating that e-cigarettes threaten to “addict the next generation of smokers.” The AHA said it based its position on the limi...

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