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Strikes never ideal, sometimes necessary

By Editorial Board

September 17, 2012

On Sept. 10, the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike after it could not reach a contract agreement with Chicago Public Schools, robbing students of vital class time. Both sides should have come to an agreement before classes started.Chicago should always stand by its teachers, but both sides have let students down by taking so long to forge an agreement. Hopefully, this strike has taught CPS and CTU not to fight their bat...

Teachers strike displaces students

By Kaley Fowler

September 17, 2012

As the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools battled over contract negotiations, approximately 350,000 students were displaced when the teachers strike wore on.On Sept. 10, unionized teachers took to the streets following months of unsuccessful contract negotiations between CTU and CPS officials. As of press time, the teachers and school board were slated to reach an agreement on Sept. 16.“[CTU and CPS] are wor...

Featured Work- The Balloons Rising Over Chicago

By Contributing Writer

September 17, 2012

By: Michael McColly Instructor, English DepartmentThey are hard to miss--those shriveled remnants of a child’s birthday, those pleas for love, those decorations of pride for the new graduate. Look and you will find balloons everywhere in Chicago, caught in trees, bouncing in traffic, strewn along the beaches. The numbers of dead balloons from yesterday's party are rising, but not all are accidental trash or symbols of ...

‘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...

Playgrounds starting to grow up

By Kyle Rich

September 5, 2012

Playgrounds are no longer just for kids. An innovative trend utilizing playground equipment has adults maintaining their fitness in anew way.At first glance adult playgrounds may look like child’s play, however, their purpose is much different. They are free-to-use, steel-reinforced stations that can target and strengthen abs, quadriceps, biceps and other muscles just as effectively as gym equipment. Users can also supplemen...

Kid Color paints stage at Lolla

By Heather Scroering

August 7, 2012

Perry’s stage at Lollapalooza in Grant Park was already a sight to see with jumbo screens that projected psychedelic visuals flanking either side of it and one that stretched across the platform. But Chicago’s Kid Color made it even more vivid, delivering jivey disco jams at his 12:30 p.m. set on Aug. 5.Kid Color—also known as Kyle Woods, 24—moved to Chicago, equipped with DJ equipment, from Newport Beach, Calif., fi...

Milo Greene, calm before the storm

By Sophia Coleman

August 7, 2012

It was a hot and sweaty early Saturday afternoon at Lollapalooza in Grant Park when Los Angeles band Milo Greene performed their energizing folky set. But—as locals should’ve anticipated—Mother Nature decided she needed a break from the 100,000 plus concertgoers and cancelled several sets with a flash rainstorm.The five-member band—made up of Robbie Arnett, 27, Andrew Heringer, 27, Graham Fink, 26, Marlana Sheetz, 22, w...

Iraqi media outlet visits Columbia

By Heather Scroering

July 23, 2012

Five Iraqi journalists from a news outlet in the newly democratized nation visited Columbia’s Journalism Department on July 12.In the United States for a 16-day leadership program funded by the U.S. State Department, the members of the Iraqi Media Network came here to understand the inner workings of Columbia’s journalism program.“We are striving in Iraq to build new media outlets and have effective rule in new media outlets,” said J...

Birth control battle

By Emily Fasold

April 23, 2012

While the first wave of feminism in the early 20th century was aimed at gaining the right to vote, the current generation of American women has struggled to achieve full insurance coverage for pregnancy, birth control, emergency contraception and other women’s health care issues. Up until now, that is.After fierce negotiation, President Barack Obama’s administration and the Department of Health and Human Services announ...

Out of the shadows of corruption

By Kaley Fowler

April 23, 2012

With reputations for being corrupt, government officials in Chicago and Illinois are under scrutiny, especially in light of the recent Rod Blagojevich trial and prison sentence. In an effort to combat this image, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform is working to diminish the negative connotations surrounding governmental actions within the state.During an April 18 panel discussion sponsored by the ICPR, a nonpartisan...

Emeritus Faculty receive honor

By Alexandra Kukulka

April 23, 2012

When a people end their career, they usually want to be remembered for their accomplishments. For educators, the many lives they've touched is a continuing achievement. But being named emeritus, an honor given to a retired professor, is one of academia's greatest distinctions.This year, seven faculty members received the emeritus title: Dennis Brozynski and Dianne Erpenbach from the Fashion Department; Dan Dinello from the F...

Popular doc returns to Siskel

By Drew Hunt

April 18, 2012

Ferran Adria’s El Bulli is widely regarded as perhaps the most innovative and influential restaurant in history, specializing in a style of cooking known as molecular gastronomy. Adria’s essential idea was to deconstruct food as a concept and reorient the notion of cuisine as we know it. Sometimes, this led him to some radical departures His menu frequently included such curious items as “carrot air,” “potato foam gnocc...

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