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Athlete Profile: Rebecca Christensen

By Nader Ihmoud

October 22, 2012

College/Team: Columbia RenegadesSport: CheerleadingAge/Major: junior, art & designRebecca Christensen’s cheering career dates back to her middle school days, before she joined the local Cheer Illinois Athletics chapter in Bensenville during her senior year of high school. Christensen said she learned the most about the sport during her time in the cheer program.Now the captain of Columbia’s cheer team is working to ...

Energy efficiency key to global city

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 15, 2012

Chicago-based design firm Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture has completed the investigative phase of its ambitious plan to decarbonize the Loop by making buildings more energy efficient.The initiative is a response to the city’s call for a plan to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2030. If the firm receives approval from city officials, its plan could reduce carbon emissions 20 percent by the year 2020 and 80 ...

LGBT History Month celebrated for the first time

By Dannis Valera

October 8, 2012

For the first time in Columbia history, LGBT History Month is being recognized and celebrated by the LGBTQ Office of Culture and Community.Joy Conway, the coordinator of the office, started planning for the month since the summer. This will be the first time the office gets their own month-long celebration like the other offices in Columbia’s Multicultural Affairs Office.“I thought that it would be fitting for us to hav...

Timeless Fashion at Field Museum Exhibit

By Alex Stedman

September 24, 2012

Fashion may be fleeting, but timelessness is the theme of “Fashion and The Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto,” in which pieces by Chicago-based designer Maria Pinto are juxtaposed with unusual artifacts, such as a crocodile-skin vest, a raincoat made of seal intestines and a monkeyfur necklace.The exhibit opened to the public Sept. 14 and was curated by Pinto, a favorite designer of Michelle Obama’s, and Alaka Wali...

Posters reflect city’s multiple identities

By Sophia Coleman

April 23, 2012

Sometimes it can be hard to fathom how vast and diverse the city is, but a Columbia alumnus who majored in graphic design has the perfect remedy.Chris Gorz, who graduated in 1991, started his Chicago poster series almost one year ago with the mission to create iconic and vintage-inspired prints that help locals connect with their communities. So far, he has designed eight posters for Andersonville, Edgewater, Lakeview, Linco...

Studying abroad broadens horizons

By Lisa Schulz

April 16, 2012

In three weeks, the spring 2012 semester will be history. Summer 2012, on the other hand, a time to study history—the foundation of Columbia’s overseas study program’s curriculum.For the program’s annual summer trips, approximately 12 students will pack up their bags and check Prague and Florence off their study destination wish lists. The Florence trip lasts from June 28–July 28 and is hosted by the Fiction Writing ...

Time travelers take on Chicago

By Sophia Coleman

April 2, 2012

In Chicago’s future, Michelle Obama will be mayor in 2023 and the world-renowned street artist known as Banksy will reveal his most ambitious piece: a painting of a giant vagina on the diamond-shaped Smurfit-Stone Building at 150 N. Michigan Ave. Oh, and there will be a man-made Mount Kaminski in Lake Michigan.Listeners can learn all this and more from the satirical news reports of Jon Nelson and Dave Michaels on their Tumbl...

‘FML’ takes stance against homophobia

By Trevor Ballanger

March 19, 2012

by Trevor BallangerAssistant Arts & Culture EditorFor years, schools have produced literature and exercises to better prepare adolescents for the dangers of underage drinking. Schools are less adept at dealing with the growing issue of gay bashing, which many summarize with one popular phrase: “F--k my life.”Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St., is taking the topic of gay hate crimes head-on in the new pl...

Watercooler streams internationally

By Lisa Schulz

March 19, 2012

In the contemporary office, the water cooler is a key place for the free flow of information. At Columbia, however, WatercoolerJournal.tv is an online undergraduate- and instructor-run academic journal the Television Department started in September 2010 to stimulate critical dialogue.TV episodes are critically analyzed by students, but due to an increasingly international following, the journal is accepting submissions from...

Aram Saroyan visits, ‘Four Monologues’ bring unity

By Lisa Schulz

January 30, 2012

Despite the gloom of Russian poets’ thoughts during the Stalinist era, visiting artist Aram Saroyan could be seen smiling amid the audience as Columbia theater students rehearsed for his play’s first theatrical performance.On Jan. 25, Columbia students performed “Four Monologues,” a play based on the lives of four Russian poets, at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St. Saroyan, a poet, novelist, playwright and bi...

Wolves see Stars: Chicago’s last minute goal wasn’t enough to surmount eventual 4-3 loss

By Lindsey Woods

January 23, 2012

In the last outing of a five-game home stand, the Chicago Wolves lost its second game in a row to the Texas Stars on Jan. 18.The loss came after the Wolves snapped their season-high five-game winning streak was snapped against the Lake Erie Monsters on Jan. 14. Chicago gave up a 3-1 lead in allowing four 3rd period goals by the Monsters, in a game which also marked the midway point of the season.Chicago led Texas for less ...

Ida B. Wells monument to come to Bronzeville

By Amanda Murphy

November 21, 2011

Memorials to celebrated historic figures are sprinkled throughout Chicago, reminding passersby of those who helped build the city as it stands today. Like the statues in Grant Park, they celebrate the past and assist Chicagoans in remembering their roots and the important individuals who made their mark on the city’s history.One of these figures, Ida B. Wells, will soon be added to that list.The Ida B. Wells Commemorative A...

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